'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.

'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.

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.

'Hanging' will keep readers suspended

Astros to go with Munro
ST. LOUIS - Roger Clemens can relax. For now, Pete Munro is the Houston Astros' pick to pitch them into the World Series.

Texas Hold'em: Astros must wait to celebrate

Sox extend Series with clutch hits

One miracle down. Three to go?

Cardinals in rare setting in Game 6
ST. LOUIS - For the first time in a long time, the St. Louis Cardinals are suddenly in an unfamiliar must-win predicament.

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

Shaking hands a thing of future
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers drew a lot of praise for their show of sportsmanship, shaking hands on the field after their first-round playoff series ended.

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.

Red Sox-Yanks series already one for books

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.

Texas Hold'em: Astros must wait to celebrate
HOUSTON - Hold on, Astros fans. Remember 1980? How about 1986? Of course you do.

Astros to go with Munro

Red Sox-Yanks series already one for books
NEW YORK - Heroics and heartbreaks, diving catches and basepath blunders, hot bats and bizarre slumps, rainy days and endless nights.

Yankees remain confident

Sox extend Series with clutch hits
BOSTON - David Ortiz had just lifted the 471st pitch of the night into center field for the winning hit, setting off another wild celebration, just as improbable as the one he started the night before.

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.

Schilling wills Boston to Game 7
NEW YORK - Gritting his teeth and grimacing throughout, Curt Schilling willed away the pain in his right ankle and the Boston Red Sox got the benefit of two reversed calls to move within one win of the most shocking comeback in baseball postseason history.

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

Shaking hands a thing of future

Tantrum results in break for Tavarez

Varitek switches to the right against Mussina

Cardinals in rare setting in Game 6

Where a balloon may land can be left to imagination

Man's TV emits distress signal
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Chris van Rossman's television came with a VCR, DVD player and CD player - plus a hidden feature that had a rescue team beating a path to his door.

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.

Odds and Ends
LONG BEACH, Wash. - When hundreds of giant squid washed up dead on the Long Beach Peninsula last weekend, Dean Marsh knew exactly what to do: He stocked his freezer.

Business briefs

FDA looking at Canadian supplier for flu vaccine
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is in "active negotiations" with a Canadian manufacturer to obtain an extra 1.5 million doses of flu vaccine, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday.

McDonald's profits jump 38 percent
CHICAGO - McDonald's Corp. rode strong U.S. sales to a 38 percent increase in third-quarter earnings, its fifth straight quarter of increased profits since snapping out of a slump last year.

Wealth gap widened for minorities

Most and least fuel efficient 2005 cars

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.

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.

Companies take pains to stop virus onslaught

Inflation still manageable
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices picked up momentum in September, especially hitting the pockets of people paying for medical care, education costs and filling up gas tanks.

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.

Greenspan: Debt, home prices not hurting economy

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

Companies take pains to stop virus onslaught
Online assaults aim to crash systems, shut down companies and steal money, data or even your identity.

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.

Bourne sells Toyota store
Great deals won't be "Bourne" at Bourne Toyota any longer.

Kmart appoints new CEO and president

Business briefs
The two-day decline in oil prices isn't expected to last.

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

College cost increases moderate
The pace of ever-rising college costs has slowed somewhat this year, and students are relying more on private loans rather than grants or other federal sources to finance their education, according to two new studies.

Bourne sells Toyota store

Cadillac Escalade EXT most likely to be stolen
WASHINGTON - The Cadillac Escalade EXT, a $53,000 chrome-trimmed luxury pickup with leather bucket seats, a seven-speaker stereo system with satellite radio and a global tracking system, is the vehicle most targeted by thieves, a study by the insurance industry found.

Most and least fuel efficient 2005 cars
The most and least fuel efficient 2005 model cars, trucks and sports utility vehicles, according to information submitted by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

PSC has panel to call for low bills

Inflation still manageable

Greenspan: Debt, home prices not hurting economy
WASHINGTON - The record level of debt being carried by American households and soaring home prices do not appear to represent serious threats to the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.

Cadillac Escalade EXT most likely to be stolen

FDA looking at Canadian supplier for flu vaccine

US Airways changes flight schedules

Clemson's time is now
If Clemson has any aspirations of salvaging what's left of a season that started with such lofty expectations, quarterback Charlie Whitehurst says the true reclamation project must start this week.

Clemson's time is now

Three Rutgers players hurt in car accident

Miami claims No. 2 in BCS

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.

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.

Teenager resumes junior career

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 draft scare
One of the more bizarre developments in the presidential campaign is how the issue of a military draft has managed to catch on and hang on. Oddly, no candidate brought the controversy to the fore - the Internet did.

Uniform SAT urged

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.

The draft scare

School choice yes; this, no!
Good parents will do just about anything for their children.

Olsen twin can't avoid media spotlight
NEW YORK - After spending time at a treatment center for an eating disorder, Mary-Kate Olsen is under heavy scrutiny during her freshman year at New York University.

Violence in Prince video is criticized
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
PARIS - A court has thrown out a defamation lawsuit against Brigitte Bardot, ruling that the former film star had been provoked into calling the host of Radio Courtesy "a little jerk."

Soft molasses and crispy chip cookies
CONCORD, N.H. - My standing mixer is my new hero.

Small bites

Butternut squash soup is big South African favorite

Book details sensational, simple, cooking
"The simpler the better" is a phrase that's welcome to many busy cooks. When it's followed by the words "sensational home cooking," who's not going to be eager to know more?

Oatmeal almond bars are wholesome treat
These wholesome oatmeal bars taste good enough to win over children who tend to shy away from what's said to be good for them. Adding to the enticement is that these bars can be dressed up in their own colorful guise for Halloween or Thanksgiving, with pumpkin-colored icing and candy corn toppings, with marzipan carrots served on the side (carrots for dessert!).

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.

Book details sensational, simple, cooking

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.

Oatmeal almond bars are wholesome treat

Small bites
An easy way to give deviled eggs an effectively spooky twist for Halloween is to top each stuffed egg with a slice of black pitted olive - for the eyeball look.

Red Velvet cupcakes taste sweet

Lemon mustard grilled halibut with tarragon
Lemon Mustard Grilled Halibut With Tarragon is an appealing way to use tarragon, especially if this aromatic herb with its anise-like flavor is an unfamiliar ingredient to the cook.

Spooky potatoes hover over meaty pie

Weird witch hat is good to gobble up

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.

Butternut squash soup is big South African favorite
NEW YORK - Conversation with South Africans reveals that a lot of people think of butternut squash soup as the national soup of South Africa - it's served in restaurants, at home, and even on safari.

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

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

Europeans headed this way

Disney all fun now for Smith
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Chris Smith now wishes he had brought his family to the Funai Classic at Disney, where they could have spent the week at the Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon or other amusement parks.

Sorenstam shows she's still got it

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.

Europeans headed this way
Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are among Europeans who are planning to take up membership on the PGA Tour next year.

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

Coach says leaders must step up for North Augusta program

Coach says leaders must step up for North Augusta program
It's been a disappointing season for the North Augusta football team. The Yellow Jackets (2-6) have averaged eight wins over the past three years.

League, players won't negotiate; arenas book other events
DETROIT - The hum from machinery tucked under the seats at Joe Louis Arena was the only sound heard.

League, players won't negotiate; arenas book other events

Herb-laden flat bread can rise to any occasion
There's nothing like the aroma of yeast bread in the oven, but most yeast breads require multiple rises and loads of kneading, making the process more fit for the weekend than weeknights.

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.

Man wanted on domestic violence charges
Richmond County deputies are looking for a man who they said fled this afternoon when they tried to arrest him on outstanding domestic violence warrants.

Hospital gives flu shots to seniors
Prescilla Williams drove through the darkness from Trenton, S.C., and pulled into the parking lot of University Community Resource Center around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday for a flu clinic that would begin five hours later. She was fourth in line.

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.

Tragedy ends happily for youths
During a seven-day period last month, three young black men lost their lives to gun violence. In the same week, the ban on assault weapons expired. The devil must be exhilarated and jumping for joy. Carolyn Alberta Adams Augusta

Know truth about 'volunteer' military
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently stated, "We are not having trouble maintaining a force of volunteers. Every single person is a volunteer. We do not need to use compulsion to get people to come into the armed services. ..." John M. Orr Evans

Blacks need economic liberation
I was quite amused, but not surprised, that the main themes of South Carolina's NAACP convention in Augusta recently focused on a lot of issues - Iraq, health care, Medicaid, criminal penalties, etc. - but not a single word regarding what I believe is the only way blacks can improve our position in America. Steven Lemon Augusta

America needs a new president and a new vision
I now believe that President Bush is a real man's man. How else would he be able to take the pounding John Kerry gave him in the second debate and keep smiling? Naren Gupta Augusta

'Stolen Honor' is just a shameless smear tactic
A major media player has made the decision to air an anti-Kerry "documentary" two weeks before the election in a number of swing states. Sinclair Broadcasting Group's decision to use public airwaves to pander to right-wing extremism is reprehensible in every respect. David B. Trowbridge, M.D. North Augusta, S.C.

Is Kerry a hawk? Not very likely

Tragedy ends happily for youths

Kerry as our leader simply is better for America

Harold Jones would serve us well

Cheeks is right man for Senate
I would like to take this opportunity to endorse state Sen. Don Cheeks for election to the District 22 seat. Rayonta Whitfield Hephzibah

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

Radio is dying; high-tech is thriving
News flash: It's already a swan song on local music radio, folks. Randy Potter 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

Kerry presidency would be ruinous
John Kerry says he has a plan for fighting the war on terror. He also has a plan for: Floyd Brown Evans

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.

Kerry as our leader simply is better for America
I support the Kerry-Edwards campaign and I would like people to know that they should vote for change. Don't think in the narrow-minded view that Republicans are inherently pro-military and Christian in view, and the Democrats are anti-military and immoral. Martinjunior Mundo Grovetown

Poor leadership is ruining Augusta

Radio is dying; high-tech is thriving

Bush-basher makes president sound really good

Kerry presidency would be ruinous

Is Kerry a hawk? Not very likely
For 30 years, John Kerry has been a socialist and a peacenik. Now he wants us to believe that he is a born-again hawk who will pursue Islamic terrorists until the last one is dead. Sally McKibben North Augusta, S.C.

'Stolen Honor' is just a shameless smear tactic

Bush-basher makes president sound really good
Charles Heywood, in his recent letter to the editor ("Bush's steadfast resolve is detrimental," Oct. 8), describes President Bush like this: a thinker; a policymaker; uncomplicated; has a vision for America; has straightforward ideas; unquestionable morals; conviction; pursues his policies; and has steadfast resolve. Gilbert Ward Evans

Know truth about 'volunteer' military

Sleeper is right man for board
I have recently met Mike Sleeper, and I am very impressed with him as a candidate for the Columbia County Board of Education. Julius McAnally Evans

Sleeper is right man for board

Spider-Man, undead characters big this Halloween

Style briefs

Health and fitness calendar

Fur enjoys status as a fashion trend

All-girl Swedish team is on its game

Using your cell phone as your only phone

Study will seek genetic causes of breast cancer

Pfizer to study pain medication Celebrex

New Google tool a privacy risk on shared PCs

Monster tales featured in Halloween books

Retirees seek warmth, comfort south of the border

Monster tales featured in Halloween books
NEW YORK - Spider-Man and princess outfits might be the most popular costumes this Halloween, but the authors and illustrators of children's books still prefer ghosts, goblins and witches.

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.

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.

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.

Pfizer to study pain medication Celebrex
NEW YORK - Pfizer Inc. plans a major study to see if its pain medication Celebrex can help osteoarthritis patients at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Fur enjoys status as a fashion trend
NEW YORK - Fur is no longer a status symbol that only the rich and famous can afford, and faux fur is no longer an ugly alternative worn only by social protesters.

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.

Using your cell phone as your only phone
Cutting the cord: Using your cell phone as your only phone

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Kohl's now has its own beauty department - and its own beauty brands.

Retirees seek warmth, comfort south of the border
Robert Fulton traveled to Mexico many times during his career in manufacturing and as a contractor, but never thought of it as a place to retire. Nonetheless, he and his wife settled in a little village on the shores of Lake Chapala called Mirasol, where they found a thriving community of retirees, many from the United States.

New Google tool a privacy risk on shared PCs
NEW YORK - People who use public or workplace computers for e-mail, instant messaging and Web searching have a new privacy risk to worry about: Google's free new tool that indexes a PC's contents for quickly locating data.

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.

Lynx look to trim roster as season nears
The countdown to the Augusta Lynx season is nearing its end.

Around town

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Electricity rates for South Carolina Electric and Gas customers might increase if approved by the Public Service Commission, adding an extra $4.88 to monthly bills.

Augusta's 2005 budget would raise taxes

Fail-safe voting system begins
If it could happen in Florida, it could happen in any of the other 49 states.

Candidates jab over experience card
AIKEN - Democratic coroner candidate Ed Gladd isn't bothered by the fact that Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend endorsed his opponent before she died.

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.

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.

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.

Butler High works hard to meet marks

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.

Augusta's 2005 budget would raise taxes
Augusta officials hope to remedy a $9.3 million budget deficit and balance the city's 2005 budget by raising property taxes, cutting departmental budgets, decreasing services and dipping into the city's emergency fund.

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

Drunk driver will face felony charge
A drunken-driving suspect charged in the death of a popular Cross Creek High School student was swerving at other cars as if intentionally trying to wreck minutes before the fatal crash, witnesses 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.

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR whomever is responsible for hiding the nicest building, and I am referring to the Martinez post office, which is stuck back in the boondocks. So much for bringing Martinez up to the Evans Town Center standards.

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.

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.

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.

Magnet School Chorale invited to showcase

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.

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.

Gay marriage ban dominates debate

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.

Across Georgia
DORAVILLE - A former police chief faces criminal charges over accusations that he used department money to buy hunting supplies.

Around the area

Around town
Matthew Murphy, 5, chases his ball on the putting green at Brookfield Park. He was there Tuesday with his parents, siblings and friends enjoying time off from his Columbia County school.

Drunk driver will face felony charge

Primary suspect indicted in case
An early suspect in an unsolved 2003 homicide was indicted on murder charges Tuesday.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 1-year old TyLiyah Sacoya McDonald of Augusta.

News you can use

Squirrels are targets after driving city nuts
Washington, Ga., Police Chief Mike Davis is predictably hesitant to sanction gunfire on downtown streets.

Counties see increased interest for '04 election

News you can use
OCT. 20, 1951 Granville M. Read, the chief engineer of the Du Pont Co., completed an inspection tour of the H-Plant yesterday and told a group of 70 members of the project's top-level supervision that "this job is in better shape than any project I've seen in 35 years of engineering and construction experience.

Nursing homes hit top of vaccine list
Georgia public health authorities will not be setting up flu clinics this week as they concentrate on vaccinating high-risk nursing home patients and staff and then turn to vulnerable hospital patients and those who care for them.

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

Lawmakers aim for power

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.

Former appraiser tries to regain old job
ATLANTA - A lawyer for Richmond County told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the county tax assessor's office was right in demoting one of its employees because she hadn't obtained the certification necessary to keep her job.

St. Mary's gets stroke certification

Magnet School Chorale invited to showcase
The chorale at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School is among an elite group of choirs asked to perform at the American Chorale Directors Association convention in February.

Fail-safe voting system begins

Lawyers argue over gay marriage referendum
ATLANTA - A legal battle over a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage went before the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday, with justices hearing arguments for and against allowing voters to weigh in on the controversial referendum during next month's general election.

Across Georgia

St. Mary's gets stroke certification
ATHENS, Ga. - St. Mary's Hospital has been certified as a "primary stroke center," one of only two hospitals in the state so far to receive the designation, hospital officials announced.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into a Monday night carjacking in downtown Augusta, reports state.

Dealership cashier charged with theft

Across South Carolina

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.

School seeks stolen silver

District tracks down students with fake addresses

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR whomever is responsible for hiding the nicest building, and I am referring to the Martinez post office, which is stuck back in the boondocks. So much for bringing Martinez up to the Evans Town Center standards.

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.

News you can use

Waste limits upset group

Nursing homes hit top of vaccine list

Officials are looking for bank robber

Hunt gets top power at facility

Approaches to holiday vary

Around town

Parolees to be tracked by GPS

SPLOST Project: Safe Homes of Augusta

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

Craig clears deputies involved in shooting

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

Across the area

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Fun, fame with Lynx

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.

Ousted judge slams courts

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.

Squirrels are targets after driving city nuts

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.

Aiken County Coroner

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.

Lawyers argue over gay marriage referendum

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.

Hunt gets top power at facility
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office cleared its last hurdle Tuesday night toward managing the county's detention center.

Exhibit tells victims' stories

News release leads ex-senator to sue

Officials still searching for clues in murder

Across Georgia

Gliding across the lake

Small plane crashes in downtown Atlanta

Across the southeast

Aiken County Coroner
AIKEN COUNTY CORONER candidates

Augustan unveils plan for retirees

Fun, fame with Lynx
Mark Holloway fits a helmet on his son Mikaiah, 4, while son Elliott, 10, looks over hockey sticks. The Augusta Lynx were selling equipment during a yard sale and job fair at the Augusta Richmond County Civic Center.

Kid of the day

Lawmakers aim for power
ATLANTA - With party control of the Georgia Legislature expected to come down to the wire Nov. 2, Augusta's lawmakers will be watching closely to see how they fare next year for landing plum leadership roles and rebuilding the area's position in Atlanta.

Butler High works hard to meet marks
When Butler High School was recognized last week for making adequate yearly progress, Principal Walter Reeves told school board trustees that he already had warned the teachers about the honor.

SPLOST Project: Safe Homes of Augusta
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.

Marriage ruling could shake up courts, Capitol

Small plane crashes during storm
ATLANTA - A small plane clipped an auto-body shop and crashed and burned in a parking lot Tuesday near the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., killing both people aboard.

Craig clears deputies involved in shooting
Authorities have cleared Richmond County sheriff's deputies in a fatal June shooting.

Ousted judge slams courts
After former Chief Justice Roy Moore was ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court last year for refusing to remove a 2.6-ton monument of the Ten Commandments, the Decalogue was put back on display in the rotunda of the Montgomery courthouse.

Candidates jab over experience card

County could see water rate go up
The cost for water and sewer use in Columbia County could increase next year.

Across South Carolina

Bulldogs have sunk to hoping Tide rolls
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt summed up the state of Georgia's championship aspirations in two awkward words.

DVD set brings lives of 'Seven Up' kids home

Review: 'The Grudge'

'Buffy' star faces fear in horror remake

Review: 'Sideways'
It would be too easy to use wine metaphors to sing the praises of "Sideways," the story of two mismatched best friends who spend a week vineyard-hopping along California's central coast.

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.

Review: 'Sideways'

'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.

Review: 'Surviving Christmas'

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.

Review: 'The Grudge'
Another week, another remake of a hit Japanese movie.

DVD Review: Phish, "It"
As it turned out, "IT" wasn't "it" for Phish.

Sum 41 growing up despite itself

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.

Original Duran Duran releases 12th album

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Although signs pointed to suicide, the official cause of Elliott Smith's death a year ago is still a mystery. That leaves the veiled confessions and snarling invectives found throughout "from a basement on the hill" prime for close inspection. Written and performed almost entirely by Smith in the years leading up to his death, the somewhat uneven songs that comprise his last studio album vividly tie Smith's aching tenor to the circumstances, perfectly echoing the sentiment of the albums title: being high and low at the same time.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Original Duran Duran releases 12th album
NEW YORK - They played the obligatory classics: "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Girls on Film." But when Simon Le Bon ripped into the chorus of the new single "(Reach Up for the) Sunrise," the sun suddenly illuminated Times Square as if to officially mark a new day for Duran Duran.

Sum 41 growing up despite itself
NEW YORK - Whether they like it or not, the punks from Sum 41 are growing up.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs release DVD

NBA could be locked out next
Now that the NHL is involved in a lockout, could the NBA be next?

NBA could be locked out next

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

St. Louis Rams rock in October

St. Louis' passing game spreads out

Early picks measuring up

Could Dolphins go winless?

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Glazer's share of United on rise

Glazer's share of United on rise
LONDON - A year ago, few soccer fans had heard of reclusive American businessman Malcolm Glazer. Now he's on the verge of a possible takeover of Manchester United - the world's richest and one of its most storied soccer clubs - much to the dismay of its fans.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

St. Louis Rams rock in October
ST. LOUIS - Move over Reggie Jackson. Mike Martz is the NFL's version of Mr. October.

Carolina Panthers in shambles
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After examining what opponents the Panthers have to face, Julius Peppers declared: "We're going to still go to the playoffs. I feel in my heart we are going to still make it."

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.

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.

Bulldogs have sunk to hoping Tide rolls

Study: Evening news focus on campaign's substance
NEW YORK - In an about-face from four years ago, network evening news programs are concentrating more on substantive presidential campaign issues than the horse race, a think tank reported.

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.

The real LAX star on NBC's 'LAX'

TV Feud: Tucker Carlson's and Jon Stewart
NEW YORK - How's this for a feud that straddles the line between politics and entertainment: CNN's bow-tied conservative Tucker Carlson vs. "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart.

'West Wing' could see GOP president

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.

'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.

TV Feud: Tucker Carlson's and Jon Stewart

TBS signs agreement for more reality shows

Violence in Prince video is criticized

People in the News

People in the News

Adversity is dead ahead for Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia is likely to have a dismal season on the basketball court.

Richt takes action to slow down errors

Richt takes action to slow down errors
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Mark Richt is tired of seeing all those yellow flags. So he's going old school.

Adversity is dead ahead for Georgia

Gamecocks hope to rewrite history

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

Teenager resumes junior career
Alina Lee of Evans is ready to play against golfers her own age again, or least those only a few years older.

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.

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.

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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.

Xtreme question of the week

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.

With playtime over, it's time to come clean

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:

Who is policing the school police?

Marching band keeps me from Gamecocks

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?

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

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:

Man's TV emits distress signal

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

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