Red Sox halfway to World Series win
ST. LOUIS - Curt Schilling and the pitchers are clicking. Little Mark Bellhorn and the hitters are delivering. Manager Terry Francona is making all the right moves.

AP: Game 2 could be last start for Schilling

AP: Game 2 could be last start for Schilling
BOSTON - Curt Schilling might not be able to make a second start in the World Series because the unprecedented surgical procedure to stitch together his injured right ankle might be too damaging to keep repeating.

Red Sox halfway to World Series win

Prosecutors to seek probation in bullpen brawl
BOSTON - Two former New York Yankees players who allegedly assaulted a Fenway Park groundskeeper during the 2003 American League Championship series could have charges against them dropped if they perform community service and possibly undergo counseling.

Red Sox take game 2

Prosecutors to seek probation in bullpen brawl

Postseason glance

Postseason glance
Here are 2004 postseason results and World Series game times.

Suppan faces old team in Game 3

Suppan faces old team in Game 3
ST. LOUIS - Last year, Jeff Suppan had the Boston Red Sox behind him when he pitched. In Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night, he'll be starting against them.

Red Sox take game 2
BOSTON - The oozing red sock is now the very symbol of these Red Sox, a rallying cry in the shape of a stitched-up right ankle.

Clinic offering drive-through flu shots triggers massive traffic jam
MAGNOLIA, Ark. - Hundreds of Medicare patients rolled down their windows and rolled up their sleeves Monday to get a flu shot while sitting in their cars at a drive-through clinic.

Odds and Ends
DEERBROOK, Wis. - What goes in your mouth, tastes like pine trees and helps mask human-smelling breath?

Actor arrested for punching leading lady, beating director
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - An actor playing a stressed-out soldier in a local stage production was arrested after he punched his leading lady in the face and then beat up the director backstage just before a scheduled performance, police said Monday.

Divers go underwater to carve pumpkins
KEY LARGO, Fla. - Divers submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary during the weekend for an unusual pumpkin-carving contest.

Delta works to ward off Chapter 11
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. said Monday it has obtained as much as $600 million in new financing as the struggling carrier seeks to avoid bankruptcy.

Crude prices slip
LONDON - Crude oil futures prices slipped Monday as Norwegian officials ordered striking oil workers back on the job Monday night, preventing any more cuts in production from that important global supplier.

Equal Weight Index sees stocks from different view

Court changes stucco ruling

Development will have store, laundromat
A local developer is spending $1.5 million to construct a gas station, convenience mart, laundromat and car wash at the intersection of Mike Padgett Highway and Old Waynesboro Road.

Delta works to ward off Chapter 11

Court changes stucco ruling
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Savannah couple suing over damages they say were caused by the improper installation of artificial stucco on their home, but the case now returns to the Chatham County courthouse for another trial.

Yahoo and Adobe team up
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Stepping up the heated battle of online search and services, Yahoo Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. have joined forces to tap each others' customers and put Web search features into Adobe's popular Acrobat Reader software.

Cellular-only service can have drawbacks

Cingular purchase of AT&T Wireless approved
WASHINGTON - Justice Department antitrust regulators cleared the way Monday for Cingular Wireless LLC's $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc., a crucial step toward creating the nation's largest wireless telephone company.

Business briefs
Security Federal Bank's holding company announced a drop in third quarter earnings, largely because of decreased mortgage loan originations.

Development will have store, laundromat

Cellular-only service can have drawbacks
Q: I'm thinking of canceling my land-line phone service and using my cell phone as my only phone. How do I go about it? Are there any drawbacks?

Business briefs

Pressure on reporters begins to spook sources
NEW YORK - In the coming weeks, two reporters from major news organizations could be sent to jail for refusing to disclose confidential sources, and others could face fines. Another reporter is already being assessed a fine of $1,000 per day for refusing to say how he obtained a videotape of a former Providence, R.I. city hall official taking a bribe from an undercover FBI informant.

Crude prices slip

Pressure on reporters begins to spook sources

Economy: Similar impact from Bush, Kerry programs

Netflix girds for DVD rental price war

Gas prices rising again after short decline
LOS ANGELES - After dropping to less than $2 per gallon last month, the national average price of a gallon of gas is rising again, in large part because of higher crude oil prices, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Yahoo and Adobe team up

Equal Weight Index sees stocks from different view
NEW YORK - Poor performance among mega-cap stocks has dragged the Standard & Poor's 500 down lately, along with the index funds that track it. But one version of the S&P 500 hasn't come under quite as much pressure, and big investors are starting to take notice.

Cingular purchase of AT&T Wireless approved

Economy: Similar impact from Bush, Kerry programs
WASHINGTON - Despite the stark differences in economic plans from President Bush and John Kerry, growth and job creation should turn out pretty much the same no matter who takes the White House.

Netflix girds for DVD rental price war
SAN FRANCISCO - The future suddenly looks shaky for online DVD rental pioneer Netflix Inc. - a plucky home entertainment upstart that managed to hold its ground after retailing giants Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Blockbuster Inc. invaded its turf.

Auburn's Cadillac drives offense again

Florida coach fired but will finish season
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Ron Zook was fired Monday after two-plus years and a stack of embarrassments, but will finish the season while the university searches for his replacement.

Win makes Bulldogs believers again
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The defeats kept mounting at downtrodden Mississippi State, and the doubters questioning new coach Sylvester Croom wondered if these were just the same old Bulldogs.

Florida coach fired but will finish season

USC and Oklahoma fixtures atop Top 25
No. 1 Southern California and No. 2 Oklahoma have been the top two teams in The Associated Press Top 25 since the preseason, a nine-poll run that is the longest to start a season in nine years.

Zook firing added obstacle for Dogs

Monday morning quarterback
WHO'S HOT: Sylvester Croom. Good on Mississippi State's first-year coach picking up his first conference win. With losses to Alabama-Birmingham, Vanderbilt and Maine, it's been far from a dream season in Starkvegas for Croom and his staff. Perhaps beating Florida was a necessary measure to jumpstart the fledgling program.

Hurricanes remain unbeaten despite early struggles

Purdue, Michigan headed in opposite directions
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Just over two weeks ago, Purdue was undefeated and looked to be shifting the balance of power in the Big Ten.

Zook firing added obstacle for Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - This year's version of the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party just got shook up like a mixed drink in a blender.

Hurricanes remain unbeaten despite early struggles
RALEIGH, N.C. - Brock Berlin fumbled away the second snap of the game, and he later threw an interception to set up a go-ahead touchdown for North Carolina State.

Web site part of Zook's lasting legacy
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The webmasters got their wish. Florida finally decided to fireronzook.

Tide gets extra week to regroup
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama has a week to stew over another heartbreaking loss to Tennessee, fix its shortcomings and accentuate the positives.

Tide gets extra week to regroup

USC and Oklahoma fixtures atop Top 25

Purdue, Michigan headed in opposite directions

Auburn's Cadillac drives offense again
AUBURN, Ala. - Welcome back, Cadillac.

Bernes for appeals court
We know a race for an appellate judgeship doesn't get the political juices roiling like a showdown between a couple of highly partisan candidates running for, say, a state Senate seat.

Bush for president
Opposition to President George W. Bush has moved from the merely shrill to the utterly irrational.

With friends like these ...
Sen. John Kerry received this ringing newspaper endorsement in June: "Kerry is exactly what the U.S. needs right now."

Bernes for appeals court

Burns for Congress
With vicious attack ads blaring at you night and day, you might be confused about Georgia's 12th District congressional race.

Bush for president

Burns for Congress

Actor Tom Sizemore accused of sexual harassment
LOS ANGELES - A woman has filed a lawsuit accusing actor Tom Sizemore of sexual harassment while he starred in the now-canceled CBS show "Robbery Homicide Division."

People in the News
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil and German romance singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau were named the 2005 winners of the Polar Music Prize for their contributions to music.

Catherine Zeta-Jones sues Nevada topless club
LOS ANGELES - Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has sued a Nevada topless club she said used her image for advertising and promotion without her permission.

P. Diddy takes voter drive to swing states
NEW YORK - Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is following the lead of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry by taking his get-out-the-vote campaign to the swing states.

Mark Twain Prize goes to SNL's founder
WASHINGTON - Lorne Michaels, who launched "Saturday Night Live" and generations of stars who brought their irreverent talent to his stage, picked up one of the nation's top comedy honors Monday, the 2004 Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center.

"Saturday Night Live" gaffe exposes Ashlee Simpson's extra help
NEW YORK - Singer Ashlee Simpson's "extra help" may have been exposed when a "Saturday Night Live" audience heard her voice - singing the wrong song - while she held a microphone at her waist.

Q&A: Raven-Symone, grown-up Cosby kid
LOS ANGELES - Raven-Symone doesn't remember much about stealing scenes from her TV grandpa, Cliff Huxtable, on "The Cosby Show" - she was only 3 years old.

Panel contests electric rate increase
ATLANTA - First, return all of the money that Georgia Power customers have paid for environmental cleanups in the past. And second, lower the amount of profit the utility company can make off its electric bills.

Panel contests electric rate increase

Sweet treats for tricksters

Sweet treats for tricksters
Parents, you might not want your children to read this next sentence.

Tech makes annual Thursday night appearance
ATLANTA - Growing up in Minnesota, Andy Tidwell-Neal didn't get much of a chance to watch Georgia Tech play football.

I'll take a CD over the radio any day

Sterne wins Madrid Open
MADRID, Spain - Richard Sterne shot a 5-under 65 and rallied to win the $1.2 million Madrid Open by two shots Sunday, earning the 23-year-old South African his first European tour victory and playing rights on the continent for another year.

Sterne wins Madrid Open

A Sunday charge by (Ryan) Palmer

A Sunday charge by (Ryan) Palmer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Arnold Palmer couldn't have done it much better.

Trahan gets first Nationwide victory
MIAMI - D.J. Trahan shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Sunday to capture his first Nationwide Tour victory at the Miccosukee Championship.

Trahan gets first Nationwide victory

My mums like the silent treatment
Without question, the prettiest, best-looking flowers around my place are yellow mums. Each year about this time, they bloom in spectacular color with bright, lemon-colored flowers and dark green leaves.

Sooners and Utes move up in BCS
Oklahoma moved up to No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings Monday and Utah is now sixth, a position that would guarantee the Utes a spot in one of the four big-money bowl games if they can hold on to it.

Body found in Columbia County
An autopsy is being conducted this morning on a body that was found near Grovetown on Sunday afternoon.

Earthlings about to be treated to total lunar eclipse
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Earthlings are about to be treated to a total lunar eclipse, just in time for Halloween.

Man dies in accident on I-520
Richmond County authorities have released the identity of a man killed this morning in a single car accident on Bobby Jones Expressway.

Gators coach Zook fired
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Ron Zook was fired Monday but will finish the season, a university source told The Associated Press on Monday.

Aiken plane crash kills one
Aiken County authorities are investigating an airplane crash outside of Aiken, officials said this morning.

Editorial is rife with bias
There you go again. You have decided to attack once again your favorite scapegoat - France - using the biased Duelfer report on Iraq's oil-for-food program ("French treachery," Oct. 11). As usual, you only revealed the part of the news that fit your agenda. Edouard J. Servy M.D., Augusta

Questions arise about Kerry, media
I am an independent-thinking person, trying to cut through all the pros and cons of each presidential candidate. To that extent, I have come across a news article from a respectable media source that is disturbing, to say the least. Lenora Brown, Evans

Look to Democrats for solutions
Concerning those negative campaign ads about John Barrow: Max Burns' auntie said only, "Don't believe a word of it," implying that all the facts on his record were lies. Ruth C. Tewes, Martinez

Bush is strong, compassionate
In The Augusta Chronicle on Oct. 10, there were 10 letters to the editor. Six of the 10 were pro-John Kerry. The authors of the letters wrote an interesting collection of their perceptions of President Bush's failures. They included: the Iraq war; erosion of budget surplus; tax cuts "for the rich;" health care costs rising; trade deficit; not following through on an agreement with North Korea but not talking to them. Susan Reaves, North Augusta, S.C.

We need Barnes on school board

Dems will resort to anything
The liberal spin on so-called Republican propaganda is laughable. They complain about President Bush wrongly going to war, but they want the freedom to express their opinions, which people in terrorist-run countries cannot do. The liberal approach to terrorism can be epitomized by the approach President Clinton took toward the first World Trade Center bombing. Bill Giddings, Evans

Plan would boost Maxwell House
One of the issues being raised is that the proposed redevelopment of the Maxwell House Apartments would "change the character of downtown." We completely agree. We believe it will change the character of downtown for the better. Our partner, Progressive Redevelopment Inc., has had tremendous success in downtown residential redevelopment projects such as the one we are proposing. Thomas P. Gallagher, McLean, Va.

Dems undermine war on terrorism

War in Iraq freed the oppressed
American soldiers have ventured into hostile ground. These soldiers have gone into battle to protect and "preserve the Union" from a dangerous enemy. The reasoning was that the enemy, if left uncontested, would have destroyed our way of life. Ryan H. Beaty, Evans

We need Barnes on school board
The voters living in District 1 for the Richmond County Board of Education once again have the opportunity to elect an informed and dedicated educator, Marion E. Barnes. His wealth of knowledge about this community and his experience as a teacher and administrator make him exceptionally qualified to continue his service to the children of Augusta. Elizabeth L. Chamblin, Augusta

Sheriff supports Bunker, Carlton
While much attention is focused on upcoming national elections, I would like to offer my endorsement of two local Republican candidates: Gary Bunker and Tim Carlton. Gary is running for the Aiken County Council District 7 seat, being vacated by Rick Osbon, while Tim is vying for the office of Aiken County coroner. Michael Hunt, Aiken

Time is ripe to feel God's wrath
To my knowledge, there is nothing being done by Homeland Security or the Bush administration to prevent future "acts of God." I know of no system in place to prevent earthquakes, storms, volcanoes, tsunamis, meteor showers or other similar "weapons of mass destruction." Timothy Fellows, Augusta

Sheriff supports Bunker, Carlton

Littlejohn has wealth of experience
As a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Richmond County Board of Education, Dr. Sylvia Littlejohn has the experience, the knowledge, the maturity and the insight to make a difference in public education policy. Debbie Daniel, Evans

Change Aiken school board
I keep reading how the Aiken County public schools are doing so well academically. Every time they turn around, they are patting themselves on the back for scoring above the average on this test and that. A little sanity needs to be brought to the table. Pam Brammer, North Augusta, S.C.

France would make a poor ally in war
American navete confounds. John Kerry continues to disingenuously and pompously proclaim his ability to woo the French into joining us in our war against terror. William J Welsh, M.D., Augusta

Littlejohn has wealth of experience

Amendment 1 must be defeated
The Augusta Chronicle and the Augusta churches that condemn same-sex marriage always ignore three facts. Susan Yarborough, Augusta

Politicians, please spend responsibly
This is not meant to be politically partisan. It applies to all so-called politicians. I think it would be fair to say that the government is sustained by taxes in one form or another, be it business, income, FICA, death or any other form. The fee-for-service programs I would imagine don't even break even. Al Davis, Evans

Kerry has a poor record on guns

Dems undermine war on terrorism
Author David Horowitz, who wrote Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left, said on C-SPAN that the United Nations is a moral cesspool. He referred to the oil-for-food scandal involving Russia, France, China and Germany, and even U.N. members. Anne B. Sawyer, North Augusta, S.C.

Time is ripe to feel God's wrath

Choose Sleeper for school board
I have watched the two candidate forums for Columbia County Board of Education and I saw that District 5 candidate Mike Sleeper is truly focused on winning the race for the right reason - he cares about education, and he wants to offer his experience and enthusiasm to help make an excellent school system even better. Darrell Byrd, Grovetown

Change Aiken school board

War in Iraq freed the oppressed

Plan would boost Maxwell House

Kerry has a poor record on guns
If you are a hunter, John Kerry is the person you do not want in office. I am a National Rifle Association member, and I have found some of the things that Kerry is strongly against in reference to firearms. Jamie Turner, North Augusta, S.C.

Amendment 1 must be defeated

Seniors calendar

Destinations touched by the hurricanes

Volunteers gather what machines miss to feed hungry

Health calendar

Company takes over arranged marriage tradition

Towns hope Reagan trail boosts tourism

Most people fine without a flu shot

Tourists drawn to Kentucky's abandoned mines

Thrill-seekers can take zero-gravity ride

Amish families open homes to tourists

Internet users not as safe online as they believe

Travel briefs

Most people fine without a flu shot
DENVER - Public health officials say Americans should roll up their sleeves for a dose of reality: For most of us, getting a flu shot is not a life-or-death matter.

Destinations touched by the hurricanes
NEW YORK - Here are some tips to help you plan a trip to an area that may have suffered hurricane damage.

Travel briefs
LAS VEGAS - Cirque du Soleil is opening a new show on Nov. 26 at the MGM Grand hotel-casino featuring pyrotechnics, puppets, martial arts sequences and the use of multimedia, including video.

Internet users not as safe online as they believe
WASHINGTON - Internet users at home are not nearly as safe online as they believe, according to a nationwide inspection by researchers. They found most consumers have no firewall protection, outdated antivirus software and dozens of spyware programs secretly running on their computers.

Company takes over arranged marriage tradition
TOKYO - Tadashi Saito imagines his son leaving the office and trudging home to a lonely bachelor's apartment - with all the lights out and no hot food on the table - after a long day at work.

Tourists drawn to Kentucky's abandoned mines
HARLAN, Ky. - Out-of-state license plates tell the story of eastern Kentucky's rising popularity among off-roaders.

Thrill-seekers can take zero-gravity ride
ABOARD G-FORCE ONE ABOVE THE GULF OF MEXICO - Space is the one frontier that's out of reach to the average person. But the feeling of space travel is now a little less elusive.

Amish families open homes to tourists
BALTIC, Ohio - A 2-year-old Amish boy plays on the front lawn with a pinwheel, barely noticing as 40 tourists shuffle past and into his grandparents' home.

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.

Towns hope Reagan trail boosts tourism
GALESBURG, Ill. - Ronald Reagan took a side trip down memory lane when the 1980 presidential campaign brought him back to the tree-lined streets he had roamed as a kid, long before he reached Hollywood's back lots and the Oval Office.

Volunteers gather what machines miss to feed hungry
GOLDEN, Texas - Volunteers fanned across Texas farm fields to pick up sweet potatoes missed by mechanical harvesters, joining a national network to feed the poor with produce that might otherwise go to waste, from California oranges to Indiana beans and Florida squash.

Health 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.

Across the area

Across Georgia

Where your tax money will go
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.

Candidates reach out to women, black voters

War on terror dominates McKinney debate
ATLANTA - Cynthia McKinney vowed to "reach out" to Republicans if voters return her to Congress, but the fiery Democrat said Sunday she wouldn't hold her tongue when she believes the GOP is wrong. "When I go back to Washington you can count on me to tell the truth," McKinney said during a televised debate.

Earthlings about to be treated to total lunar eclipse

Budget woes become hot issue
Trimming the state's growing budget is a key issue in the race for the 23rd District state Senate seat, according to the candidates vying for the position.

News you can use

Georgians turn out to vote early

Plans about mold, marina are discussed

Aiken plane crash kills one

School's playground reopens

War on terror dominates McKinney debate

Aiken County sophomores surpass average in state

Winner gets vote on rates
ATLANTA - When Georgians ponder their ballots next month, some might pause at the Public Service Commission heading and its three choices and wonder, "What do they do? Volunteer work?"

Court throws out hate crimes law

One bishop, many brides

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:LAWYERS SHOULD NOT take up time on TV and bombard us with their nonprofessional encouragement. They're telling everybody to sue, sue, sue and we all have to pay for it.

Across the southeast
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday told blacks embittered by his narrow loss in the 2000 presidential election that "it doesn't have to be this way" and urged them to turn anger into energy at the polls.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Rev. John A. Hamrick, who founded what is now Charleston Southern University, has died. He was 88.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A 16-year-old boy apparently was playing with a loaded gun when it discharged and shot his girlfriend's sister in the face, police said.

Kid of the day
Bianca Camille Jones of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Kid of the day

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Lowcountry residents line up for shots
BLUFFTON, S.C. - People began lining up outside the Bluffton Health Center as early as 1:30 Saturday morning to get a flu shot.

Court throws out hate crimes law
ATLANTA - A Supreme Court ruling throwing out Georgia's hate crimes law Monday means state lawmakers will have to revisit a roiling debate that divided them deeply four years ago.

Budget woes become hot issue

Mental health center will offer CEO position
After nearly two years without a permanent CEO, an Augusta mental health center moved a step closer Monday night.

Dentist left mark on MCG
If there was an accolade or award in the field of dentistry, Dr. Judson Hickey won it, his friends and colleagues said.

Burning ban may reduce air pollution
Outdoor burning could be banned in Richmond and Columbia counties from May to September as part of an ongoing effort to reduce air pollution in the Augusta metro area, according to a proposal before Georgia's Board of Natural Resources.

One bishop, many brides
DULUTH - Bathed in sunlight streaming through a stained-glass window of Jesus Christ, Gwen Robinson held the hand of one man of God as she listened to the words of another.

Plane crashes, killing experienced pilot
AIKEN - A Trenton pilot on a return trip from ferrying his two granddaughters to Spartanburg was killed in a fiery crash early Monday while attempting to land at the Aiken Municipal Airport in heavy fog, authorities said.

Dentist left mark on MCG

Minorities struggle to find place at UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - The boonies, a place where blacks aren't welcome and students are educated about ignorance - that's how Chantal Stepney regarded the University of Georgia as an Atlanta high school senior just three years ago.

As many as 60,000 file to vote in both Carolinas

Candidates reach out to women, black voters
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The candidates for South Carolina's open U.S. Senate seat are crisscrossing the state working to shore up key votes from blacks and women in a tight race that has some in political circles talking about a possible photo finish.b

Scooters put new spin on campaigning
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - On a quiet afternoon, a man zips through the streets of a suburban neighborhood standing atop his battery-powered Segway scooter, drawing envious stares from two young boys standing in a front yard.

Slaying suspect gets 2nd lawyer
A judge settled the sticky question Monday of who will help represent the man accused of killing Tamara Dunstan, whose abduction and massive search by citizens and law enforcement attracted national media attention.

Woman spreads love of music

Corporate spending boosts Aiken, Edgefield economies
AIKEN - The economies of Aiken and Edgefield counties saw a dramatic increase in corporate spending this year, raking in $400 million worth of capital investment that created 500 new jobs, the chief development executive for both counties said Monday.

Corporate spending boosts Aiken, Edgefield economies

SPLOST project: Entertainment arena
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.

Across Georgia

Evans bus backs into historic school pillar
Columbia County school officials have planned to move the seven pillars lining the front of Evans Middle School sometime within the next two years. On Monday, a school bus gave them a head start.

Across South Carolina

Plans about mold, marina are discussed
The first step toward getting the mold out of the Joint Law Enforcement Center is to stop the leaks, according to an action plan presented to city commissioners Monday.

Perdue announces new coastal heritage center

School's playground reopens
Pupils at T. Harry Garrett Elementary School have returned to the school playground after major safety concerns were fixed.

Gore urges black voters to turn anger into energy

Georgians turn out to vote early
Alice and Willie Johnson waited 40 minutes Monday at the municipal building to be among the first to cast ballots in what they think will be a tight presidential election.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Brianna Boyd, 2, of Augusta.

Police switch to desk duties after shooting
Two Richmond County sheriff's deputies are on leave after shooting a man who police say tried to run over them.

As many as 60,000 file to vote in both Carolinas
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As many as 60,000 people may be registered to vote in both North and South Carolina, according to an investigation by The Charlotte Observer and WCNC-TV.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers: LAWYERS SHOULD NOT take up time on TV and bombard us with their nonprofessional encouragement. They're telling everybody to sue, sue, sue and we all have to pay for it.

College of Building Arts accepting applications
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The first applications from students who hope to become America's new artisans are trickling into the American College of the Building Arts housed in Charleston's 200-year-old jail.

Minorities struggle to find place at UGA

Perdue announces new coastal heritage center
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Gov. Sonny Perdue joined local preservationists over the weekend to kick off a $5 million capital campaign to build a new coastal Georgia heritage center and renovate a historic U.S. Coast Guard station.

Hold on tight

Edwards assures congregation that votes will be counted

Evans bus backs into historic school pillar

Across the area
A 19-year-old Augusta woman who was killed in a two-car accident on Mike Padgett Highway on Saturday was pulling out of a trailer park when another car rammed into her, according to police.

Kerry talks of faith, values

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. and its pilots union recessed without reaching an agreement Sunday from pay cut talks that are key to the carrier's effort to avoid bankruptcy.

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
A Lexington, S.C., man was killed Monday in a single-car accident on Bobby Jones Expressway, officials said.

Five questions
Marlea von Beck, a Hooters employee, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Body found in Columbia County

The week ahead
A college professor once referred to time as one of those rare resources you don't get any more of. You get 24 hours in a day for seven days a week, and once that's gone, you won't get it back, she said. Although this was obviously not new information, it was profound to stop and think about it in terms of getting things accomplished. Which is why Sunday is my pick for this week.

Scooters put new spin on campaigning

Woman spreads love of music
For Aundra Golden Clark, music has been her passion since she was five.

Across the southeast

Sooners and Utes move up in BCS

Kid of the day

DeMint, Tenenbaum support I-73 to coast
FLORENCE, S.C. - Inez Tenenbaum and Jim DeMint agreed that South Carolina's Grand Strand should have its own interstate, but they disagreed in a debate Saturday night on whether current legislation is the way to do it.

Lowcountry residents line up for shots

Dougherty sheriff drops lawsuit against county
ALBANY, Ga. - The Dougherty County sheriff has agreed to a settlement in his lawsuit against the county for slashing his operating budget.

The week ahead

Burglar charged in strangling attempt
A convicted burglar released from a Georgia prison five months ago has been arrested in connection with the attempted strangulation of an 86-year-old retired teacher in Wilkes County, authorities said Sunday.

Five questions

Winner gets vote on rates

Gators coach Zook fired

Growth lets cash stay in borders

DeMint, Tenenbaum support I-73 to coast

Plane crashes, killing experienced pilot

College of Building Arts accepting applications

SPLOST project: Entertainment arena

Hold on tight
Kelly Barnes helps his daughter Caroline climb a chain rope at the playground at Riverview Park in North Augusta . His daughter Mark Kate watches from below.

Slaying suspect gets 2nd lawyer

Kerry ridicules President's terrorism remark

Aiken County sophomores surpass average in state
AIKEN - About 75 percent of students in the Palmetto State passed the new South Carolina graduation test on the first try, just one percentage point shy of the state goal, education officials said Monday.

Burglar charged in strangling attempt

Growth lets cash stay in borders
Like an adolescent maturing into adulthood, Columbia County continues to grow, and local officials say they hope the process leads to more self-reliance.

Officials identify body found near Grovetown
A body found last weekend near Grovetown was identified Monday as that of a 26-year-old Martinez man.

Man dies in accident on I-520

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
GILBERT - Two people were killed when the small plane they were riding in crashed Saturday near an airport in Gilbert.

I'll take a CD over the radio any day
They tell me that some of the local radio stations have changed, or even swapped, their music formats. You couldn't prove it by me; I gave up long ago trying to find something on the dial worth listening to.

'Grudge' grabs top box-office slot
LOS ANGELES - Movie-goers hold no grudges against Sarah Michelle Gellar, but they apparently have a beef with Ben Affleck.

'Grudge' grabs top box-office slot

Show celebrates punk rock's style

Show celebrates punk rock's style
LONDON - To punks, image was as important as music. The Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious was a poor bassist but an excellent icon: He lived fast, died young and left a cool-looking corpse.

New Orleans has tomb for musicians
NEW ORLEANS - Lloyd Washington was a member of the legendary Ink Spots from 1945 into the late 1960s, but when he died in June his family couldn't afford to bury him. For months, his ashes were kept in a box at the Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law Lounge.

Gainesville teen no ordinary drummer
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Doug Loggins may be deaf, but he's not tone deaf. This 17-year-old Gainesville boy has been deaf since infancy but plays drums in his high school marching band and plans a career in music therapy.

Crews recover all bodies at crash site

Crash rocks Hendrick racing team

Crews recover all bodies at crash site
PATRICK SPRINGS, Va. - Crews on all-terrain vehicles on Monday recovered the bodies of all 10 people killed in the crash of a Hendrick Motorsports plane that was carrying family and friends of one of NASCAR's top syndicates.

Junqueira wins in Australia

Team owner nearly on downed plane
Felix Sabates made a last-minute decision that saved his life Sunday, choosing not to take a ride on the Hendrick Motorsports plane that crashed on the way to a NASCAR race, killing all 10 persons on board.

Montoya wins Brazilian GP
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Juan Pablo Montoya won in his final race for Williams-BMW on Sunday, beating future McLaren teammate Kimi Raikkonen to capture the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Crash rocks Hendrick racing team
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - An airplane carrying family members and top officials from Hendrick Motorsports crashed Sunday morning while traveling to Martinsville Speedway, killing all 10 passengers.

Junqueira wins in Australia
SURFERS PARADISE, Australia - Brazil's Bruno Junqueira spoiled his teammate's bid to clinch the Champ Car drivers' title.

Johnson victory marred
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - There was no trip to Victory Lane on Sunday for Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson victory marred

Dolphins give fans reason to celebrate

Bucs turn on offense against Bears

Patriots win again

Falcons have to regroup after loss to Chiefs

Monday night matchup: Chad vs. Champ

Chargers opening eyes with 4-3 start

Falcons end up roadkill

Chargers hand Panthers fourth loss

Jaguars edge Colts

Lions get another road win

Falcons try to look ahead

Culpepper leads Vikings to win

Bengals top Broncos Monday night

Eagles win in overtime

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Overtime

American Bode Miller wins giant slalom

Controversial soccer match fuels feud

Overtime

Overtime
Rachel Dalitz has been named Peach Belt Conference Specialist of the Week. Dalitz is USC Aiken's first recipient of the new award, which recognizes setters, liberos, and defensive specialists.

American Bode Miller wins giant slalom
SOELDEN, Austria - Bode Miller's quest to become the first American in more than two decades to win the World Cup overall title got off to the perfect start.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx made several moves before Saturday night's 4-1 loss at Pee Dee.

Controversial soccer match fuels feud
LONDON - The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United is getting downright nasty.

Kerry ridicules President's terrorism remark
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - President Bush and Sen. John Kerry stayed on the offensive in swing states Sunday as the presidential race entered its final full week. In a television interview, Bush said it is "up in the air" whether the nation can ever be fully safe from another terror attack and suggested terrorists may still be contemplating ways to disrupt the election.

Kerry talks of faith, values
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Democrat John Kerry on Sunday tried to persuade late-deciding voters that they can put their faith in his leadership by describing the values and beliefs that he says have guided him and would shape his presidency.

Gore urges black voters to turn anger into energy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday told blacks embittered by his narrow loss in the 2000 presidential election that "it doesn't have to be this way" and urged them to turn anger into energy at the polls.

Edwards assures congregation that votes will be counted
CINCINNATI - Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards assured mostly black churchgoers Sunday that a record turnout would render meaningless a federal court decision that limits where some votes can be cast.

Jags turnaround has them in first place in AFC South
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Their are several reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars have gone from 1-6 at this time a year ago to their current 5-2 record, The answer given by most players is just one word: confidence.

Chargers opening eyes with 4-3 start
SAN DIEGO - Surprise, surprise. Look who's above.500 and talking about making a playoff push,

Falcons end up roadkill
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bryan Scott loved how the Atlanta Falcons opened their game Sunday to quiet the roars at Arrowhead Stadium.

Ravens get win over Bills
BALTIMORE - High-stepping Deion Sanders made sure the Baltimore Ravens wouldn't lament the absence of Jamal Lewis.

Falcons have to regroup after loss to Chiefs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - On the day after one of the worst defeats in Atlanta Falcons history, Jim Mora used jokes and compassion as medicine for his players' wounded psyches.

Falcons try to look ahead
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora was in his first year as secondary coach with San Francisco in 1997 when the 49ers brought an 11-game winning streak to Arrowhead Stadium.

Bengals top Broncos Monday night
CINCINNATI - With two reputations on the line - his team's and his own - Chad got the best of Champ and turned the Bengals into a prime-time success.

Chargers hand Panthers fourth loss
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Keenan McCardell took his time getting dressed, carefully buttoning his bright fuchsia shirt and securing his striped tie.

Culpepper leads Vikings to win
MINNEAPOLIS - With Randy Moss relegated to two snaps of decoy duty, Daunte Culpepper and the Minnesota Vikings shifted gears and grinded one out against the Tennessee Titans.

Bucs turn on offense against Bears
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers found a tonic for their sputtering offense in the Chicago Bears' porous run defense.

Monday night matchup: Chad vs. Champ
CINCINNATI - Chad Johnson leaned toward the tape recorders, ready to make another prediction.

Dolphins give fans reason to celebrate
MIAMI - That noise the crowd made Sunday at Pro Player Stadium was faintly familiar from seasons past.

Lions get another road win
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After going three years without winning on the road, the Detroit Lions are unbeatable away from the Motor City.

Jaguars edge Colts
INDIANAPOLIS - The Jacksonville Jaguars found another team to burn in the fourth quarter.

Patriots win again
FOXBORO, Mass. - The New England Patriots needed a big play to keep their record winning streak alive. They got it from a familiar place: the defense.

Eagles win in overtime
CLEVELAND - The only sign that Terrell Owens didn't have an issue with was the scoreboard.

Torah finds new home at Brooklyn synagogue
NEW YORK - A 150-year-old Torah, hidden for a half-century in the former Soviet Union, was paraded through New York's streets Sunday on its way to its new home at a Brooklyn synagogue.

Does the Bible provide support for democracy?
"Is democracy actually a Christian notion? Is it found in the Bible?"

Vatican handbook lays out teachings
VATICAN CITY - A Vatican handbook released Monday laid out Roman Church teaching, questioning preventive war and denouncing the "horrendous crime" of abortion. But Vatican officials sidestepped questions on whether the war in Iraq was illegal or whether Catholics can vote for candidates who back laws permitting abortion.

TV highlights, lowlights for the week
If you're sick of the cartoonish behavior of people on reality shows such as "Wife Swap" and "The Bachelor," here's a new series that makes the most of its cartoonish participants. "Drawn Together" is billed as television's first animated reality series, and the reality is: it's really funny.

TV highlights, lowlights for the week

Lawyers talking in O'Reilly case
NEW YORK - Lawyers are talking in the harassment case against Bill O'Reilly, raising the possibility of a settlement between the Fox News Channel host and the producer who says he engaged her in unwanted phone sex.

Catherine Zeta-Jones sues Nevada topless club

Actor Tom Sizemore accused of sexual harassment

P. Diddy takes voter drive to swing states

Q&A: Raven-Symone, grown-up Cosby kid

People in the News

Mark Twain Prize goes to SNL's founder

USC coach unsure of which QB to use
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Who's South Carolina's quarterback? At this point, your guess is as good as the head coach's.

Holtz yet to beat elite

USC coach unsure of which QB to use

Holtz yet to beat elite
They've won two games this season with their backup quarterback.

Xtreme calendar

Your wardrobe doesn't communicate sexuality
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I have a problem. I don't like to dress up in heels or skirts. I do wear hip-hugger jeans and small girly tees, but I wear them with sneakers. People are always asking me, "Are you gay?" I'm not gay; I just don't like to wear those types of things. Am I less of a girl if I don't wear those things, or should I start just to rid them of asking that question?

Your wardrobe doesn't communicate sexuality

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY: Dawn of the Dead, the remake of the zombie thriller, starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames and Mekhi Phifer, or White Chicks, the off-the-wall comedy starring Shawn and Marlon Wayans as black FBI agents who go undercover as white females.

Many teens consider election vitally important

Xtreme question of the week

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Do you consider yourself of a certain political affiliation?

My style

Vote for me, not my choices in clothing
Today, the way you look has so much to do with the way you are treated. Teens deal with this all the time.

Many teens consider election vitally important
Unlike past election years, many teenagers are attuned to the political activities of 2004.

Don't let others decide how you feel about candidates
Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertar-ians and, yes, once even the Know-Nothings.

Don't let others decide how you feel about candidates

Vote for me, not my choices in clothing

My style
Kentrice Gaines, 14, a freshman at Butler High School.

Odds and Ends

Divers go underwater to carve pumpkins

Clinic offering drive-through flu shots triggers massive traffic jam

Does the Bible provide support for democracy?