Jerry Springer musical may face closure
LONDON - Defamation suits. Bad press. Feuding producers. "Jerry Springer: The Opera" has spawned a behind-the-scenes soap opera to match its onstage melodramatics.

Jerry Springer musical may face closure

Pop-ups, monster tales hit shelves
Who knows what might pop up on Halloween: ghouls and ghosts, witches and werewolves, boogeymen and - books?

Pop-ups, monster tales hit shelves

Martinez moves Red Sox within one win of title
ST. LOUIS - Don't question Pedro Martinez anymore. Fame and fortune already his, Martinez finally made it to the World Series on Tuesday night.

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.

Martinez moves Red Sox within one win of title

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.

Cardinals have been far from their best
ST. LOUIS - Tony La Russa grimaced, then pulled the bill of his cap down low.

Suppan faces old team in Game 3

Bonds selected as baseball player of the year

Red Sox halfway to World Series win

Cardinals have been far from their best

Prosecutors to seek probation in bullpen brawl

Bonds selected as baseball player of the year
ST. LOUIS - San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds was selected The Sporting News' 2004 baseball player of the year after a season in which he hit.362, set a record with 232 walks and topped 700 career homers.

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.

Judge throws party as she sends man to prison
DALLAS - A judge threw a party complete with balloons, streamers and a cake to welcome a former fugitive back to her court - and sentence him to life in prison.

Teacher charged with beating parent is fired
MACON, Ga. - An elementary school teacher who was arrested for beating a student's parent in front of the class has been fired.

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

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
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It's about the size of a jellybean, but it is the biggest thing to happen at Riverbanks Zoo in quite some time. It is a baby koala.

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.

Cingular purchase of AT&T Wireless approved

Crude prices rise back above $55 a barrel

Crude prices slip

Delta may announce plan today
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. hit a self-imposed deadline Tuesday for some of its debtholders to respond early to an exchange offer meant to give the carrier breathing room as it seeks to avoid bankruptcy.

Cingular becomes country's largest cell phone company

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.

Business briefs

Delta works to ward off Chapter 11

October consumer confidence lower than expected

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.

Web server takedown called Internet speech threat

Business briefs

Google investors revel in stock's success

Court changes stucco ruling

Yahoo and Adobe team up

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.

Development will have store, laundromat

Crude prices rise back above $55 a barrel
Oil futures surpassed $55 a barrel again on Tuesday as traders focused on the government's upcoming petroleum supply report, which is expected to show only a modest build in heating oil inventories.

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.

Google investors revel in stock's success
NEW YORK - To all of the Wall Street naysayers, the talking heads and the bearish doubters, Cyndi Mackell and her 120 shares of Google Inc. have something to say.

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

Web server takedown called Internet speech threat
Devin Theriot-Orr, a member a feisty group of reporter-activists called Indymedia, was surprised when two FBI agents showed up at his Seattle law office, saying the visit was a "courtesy call" on behalf of Swiss authorities.

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.

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.

Delta may announce plan today

Cingular becomes country's largest cell phone company
WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission gave its approval Tuesday to Cingular Wireless LLC's $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc., completing the federal regulatory blessing necessary for creation of the country's largest cell phone company.

October consumer confidence lower than expected
NEW YORK - Continuing job worries drove consumer confidence lower in October for the third consecutive month, a New York-based private research group said Tuesday. The decline was steeper than expected.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Worries about job prospects sent consumer confidence to a seven-month low in October and its third consecutive monthly decline.

Women learn how to juggle business, life
Juggling isn't about making great catches; it's about making great throws.

Sickly Tigers need offense

Lawyer: Clemson freshman appealing suspension
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson freshman guard Troy Mathis is appealing a suspension from school after he was charged in a campus fight last month, his attorney said Tuesday.

Sickly Tigers need offense
Charlie Whitehurst walked into Tuesday's weekly meeting with the media nursing a sniffly nose and a little cough.

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

Gators bemoan coach Zook's firing
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The decision to fire Florida coach Ron Zook was welcomed by Gator fans around the country.

Florida denies contact with Spurrier
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley denied a report Tuesday that school officials have contacted former coach Steve Spurrier about replacing Ron Zook.

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.

Florida denies contact with Spurrier

Gators bemoan coach Zook's firing

Florida coach fired but will finish season

Zook firing added obstacle for Dogs

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.

Club has several perks for new pro

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.

Let hate-crime law die

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

An explosive myth

Norwood for District 9

Bernes for appeals court

Norwood for District 9
Although he's currently laid low by a rare lung disease that forced a lung transplant, veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, running for re-election to Georgia's 9th House District, is on the mend and is expected to be back in full health by the time the 109th Congress opens for business next year.

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

An explosive myth
During this final week of a tight-as-a-tick presidential campaign, watch for the anti-Bush mainstream media to flood the zone with as many last-minute October surprises as possible.

Let hate-crime law die
The Georgia Supreme Court did exactly the right thing for precisely the wrong reason this week in striking down the state's hate-crime law.

Burns for Congress

People in the News
NEW YORK - In the new film "Birth," Nicole Kidman stars as a woman who believes her dead husband is inhabiting a 10-year-old boy's body.

Singer's dad blames acid reflux for SNL gaffe
NEW YORK - If Ashlee Simpson's stomach was upset Saturday night, imagine how she's feeling now.

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.

Kidman, Oprah get People's Choice bids
LOS ANGELES - Rapper Eminem and baritone Josh Groban now have something in common: They are among the nominees for favorite male singer in the People's Choice Awards.

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.

Panel contests electric rate increase

Focus, Ranger get low marks in crash, rollover tests

Law brings changes to checking accounts

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.

Law brings changes to checking accounts
Checking accounts are about to enter a new era in which speed will reign and some familiar old habits will go by the wayside.

Focus, Ranger get low marks in crash, rollover tests
WASHINGTON - Two 2005 Ford vehicles, the two-door Focus and the Ranger 4x4 pickup, were the worst performers in new government crash and rollover tests, according to results released Tuesday.

Pork tenderloin with chipotle-maple mop
Here is a recipe that may be just the right cure for the cold weather no-barbecue blues - it's a shortcut barbecued pork tenderloin, with a preparation time of just 20 minutes.

Low-fat cooking: Shrimp and tomatoes
A delectable meal can be just one pan away when you have the right recipe and some cooking tips to ease the making of it. The term "skillet dinners" covers a whole range of possibilities, including the following simple but tasty, low-fat combination of shrimp and tomatoes.

Pork tenderloin with chipotle-maple mop

Legacy of Election Cake continues

Low-fat cooking: Shrimp and tomatoes

Vegetarian cooking: Cabbage baked with feta
CONCORD, N.H. - Full disclosure: This one isn't pretty. When I struck upon the idea of cooking something Russian, I was hankering for something earthy and rich, something that would stick to my ribs but wasn't a tired classic American comfort dish.

Sweet treats for tricksters

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

Legacy of Election Cake continues
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The tradition of the Yankee Election Cake is among subjects explored in "America's Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking" by Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald (University of North Carolina Press, 2004, $34.95).

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.

Yellow Jackets go after ranked Hokies
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech has given football fans good reason to second guess the pollsters this season.

Lineman tearfully walks away from football
ATLANTA - Brad Brezina feels just fine, which may be the worst part of all.

Memories of Stewart abound at Disney

Memories of Stewart abound at Disney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Paul Azinger rarely plays in a golf tournament without something reminding him of Payne Stewart, and the memories were particularly strong during The Funai Classic at Disney.

South Carolina prep football polls

Georgia prep football polls

Playoff picture looks cloudy

South Carolina prep football polls
COLUMBIA - The Associated Press high school football poll as selected by a panel of South Carolina sports writers, with the school's name, record, number of first-place votes, total votes and last week's ranking. (Based on 15 ballots):

Georgia prep football polls
The Associated Press Georgia high school football poll representing tenth week results, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points.

Playoff picture looks cloudy
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - It sounds like a spy novel. A Popeye's fried chicken shack in Millen will be the rendezvous point. Leaders of three opposing forces in Region 3-AAA South will emerge from the fog.

Pancetta, beans make for hearty Italian soup
When the autumn air turns crisp and cool, I often serve my family hearty homemade soups.

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.

Norwood released from hospital
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has been released from a Washington, D.C., area hospital after a lung transplant, his officials reported this afternoon.

Many make sacrifice for flu shot
By the time Lacey Kinton got to First Baptist Church at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, a patrol car with flashing blue lights was already blocking off the parking lot and more than 600 people were in line for 430 flu shots.

Aiken County 911 service restored
Aiken County 911 service is out throughout Aiken County this afternoon, according to a sheriff's office spokesman.

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.

Elect experienced Padgett

Bush won't back up abortion talk
When asked about his position on abortion, President Bush likes to brag that he values life. But do his actions match his words? John Wilson, Evans

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

District 123 needs DeLoach
George DeLoach needs to be returned to Atlanta. Jack James, Hephzibah

Bush has mismanaged monumentally
President Bush may be the boldest hypocrite who ever graced the White House. Who is he to chide John Kerry for trying to play the fiscal conservative? Sierra Wilson, Evans

Elect Joe Scott
Vote for change. Vote Joe Scott for Richmond County Board of Education District 5. Silas Hawkins Jr., Augusta

Elect experienced Padgett
I am writing this letter in support of Jeff Padgett, running for re-election for the Richmond County Board of Education. I have known and worked with Mr. Padgett for the past 27 years. During that time, he has worked as a volunteer with the Richmond Community Federal Credit Union, and served as vice-chairman of the board of directors for more than 20 years. Brewton W. Lawton, Augusta

Kerrys are facing a taxing dilemma
It is stunning to hear the super-rich Senator and Mrs. Heinz Ketchup bemoan the fact that they got a tax cut from President Bush. Haven't they heard that they don't have to take advantage of tax loopholes? They could actually pay more voluntarily! Gasp! What a concept! Linda Coffman, Augusta

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.

Put Roach on commission
On Nov. 2, residents in the College Acres community will be voting for commissioners. Thomas C. Brandner, Aiken

Augusta's government is deplorable
I am writing in response to the proposed 16-percent tax increase that is said to support, for one thing, the hiring of 39 additional firefighters. Charles Masters, Evans

McElmurray must be next solicitor
I have known Ben "Swain" McElmurray for 25-plus years. During that time, he has shown a deep respect for the law, and has worked hard for what is right and just. As a lifelong resident of Augusta, Swain cares about his community. As our next solicitor general, Swain will make sure everyone is treated fairly.Don W. Beasley, Augusta

Bush has mismanaged monumentally

DeLoach should represent us
I have known George DeLoach and his family for more than 50 years, both as friends and in business. I always have found him to be a man of his word. He is a good family man and a successful business owner. He cares about family and family values, and about our state, community and surrounding areas of Richmond and Burke counties. He has worked hard for us in the past, and I have no doubt that he will continue to do so in the future.Gordon Bartlett Sr., Hephzibah

Vote yes on Aiken's sales tax plan

Quit carping about racial unfairness
Not to deny that the article Oct. 10 on black coaches wanting fairer hiring practices deserves recognition ("Black football coaches want fair play in hiring") - but front-page news? Mark Barksdale, North Augusta, S.C.

District 123 needs DeLoach

DeLoach should represent us

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

We need Barnes on school board

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

Change Aiken school board

Amendment 1 must be defeated

Time is ripe to feel God's wrath

Don't give SPLOST to commission
Andy Cheek's article in the Oct. 14 Augusta Chronicle ("Sales-tax approval ensures city's bright future") says it all. If we entrust hundreds of millions of dollars to the Augusta Commission, then we are indeed small-minded. They have shown over the years that each of their own self-interests overrides what is best for the community as a whole. We can't trust these people. Elliott Mumper, Augusta

Kerry has a poor record on guns

Vote yes on Aiken's sales tax plan
As a member of the Aiken County Recreation Commission, it is my mission to help promote the parks and recreation programs of the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, and to advise the staff on key issues. Our commission is made up of one citizen who represents and oversees progress in each council district, and one representative at large. John Gratop, Aiken

Plan would boost Maxwell House

Kerrys are facing a taxing dilemma

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

McElmurray must be next solicitor

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.

Quit carping about racial unfairness

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.

Elect Joe Scott

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

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

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

Volunteers gather what machines miss to feed hungry

Internet users not as safe online as they believe

Seniors calendar

Experts urge caution in talking to anorexics

Health calendar

Heartburn drugs linked to increased pneumonia risk

Most people fine without a flu shot

Companies team up to make robot vehicle

New crop of portable players nips at the iPod

Samhain focuses on departed loved ones, growth

Company takes over arranged marriage tradition

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.

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.

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.

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

Samhain focuses on departed loved ones, growth
January might be months away, but it's not too early for Rhonda Johnson to start thinking about New Year's resolutions.

Experts urge caution in talking to anorexics
ALBANY, N.Y. - They became fast friends in college, sharing rides home and going to parties. Then, month by month, year by year, Lisa Roy noticed her friend getting thinner, alarmingly so.

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.

New crop of portable players nips at the iPod
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Lauren, 11, saunters nonchalantly past a Discovery Channel store and a Gymboree clothing store at the mall. Then suddenly, the girl's eyes light up and she pulls her mother into an Apple Computer Inc. retail shop.

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.

Companies team up to make robot vehicle
BOSTON - In a trailblazing pairing of robotics and tractor companies, iRobot and John Deere announced plans Monday to build a 9-foot-long semi-autonomous battlefield vehicle.

Heartburn drugs linked to increased pneumonia risk
CHICAGO - Widely used heartburn and ulcer drugs such as Nexium, Pepcid and Prilosec can make people more susceptible to pneumonia, probably because they reduce germ-killing stomach acid, Dutch researchers found in a study of more than 300,000 patients.

Ghostbusters investigate paranormal activity
JACKSON, Miss. - Alan Brown, like the characters in the "Ghostbusters" films, ain't afraid of no ghosts. Only he's never actually met one, yet.

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.

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.

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.

Plane crashes, killing experienced pilot

Autopsy shows pilot was in good health
AIKEN - An autopsy of retired Delta Airlines pilot Vincent Goransky shows he died of blunt force trauma with no signs of a medical problem that could have caused the fiery airplane crash that claimed his life, authorities said Tuesday.

Candidates reach out to women, black voters

Candidate calls check flier unfair
AIKEN - Aiken County School Board challenger Diane Giddings is crying foul about an information card that was stapled last week to the paychecks of teachers that highlights accomplishments during the past school year with an election right around the corner.

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.

Landing system is needed, fliers say
AIKEN - The push to install a more accurate landing system at the Aiken Municipal Airport has been reinvigorated after the death of a pilot Monday who crashed trying to land his plane there in dense fog.

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.

Victim's pickup is subject at trial
AIKEN - The cousin of a Graniteville man accused of murder testified Tuesday that the defendant brought a pickup, which prosecutors say was stolen from the 19-year-old victim, to Atlanta, looking to sell it quickly.

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

Death leads school to push safe driving
In the wake of a Greenbrier High School senior's death in an Aug. 10 car accident, Greenbrier administrators kicked off a safe-driving campaign this week.

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

Kid of the day

Enthusiasts will learn how to spot storms
Want to be an official storm spotter? Then Pam Tucker has the perfect opportunity.

Across the area

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.

Seniors are still looking for flu shots

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Autopsy shows pilot was in good health

News you can use

Aiken County 911 service restored

Hold on tight

Death leads school to push safe driving

Slaying suspect gets 2nd lawyer

Norwood released from hospital

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

Landing system is needed, fliers say

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

News you can use

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.

Victim's pickup is subject at trial

Minorities struggle to find place at UGA

Across South Carolina

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 Georgia

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.

Disabled voters have more options at polls

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

Disabled voters have more options at polls
From listening to a recording of the sales-tax referendum to voting from their cars, the disabled will find it easier to participate in next week's election.

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.

School councils reduce meetings
Given the chance to meet as often as they like to discuss student achievement at their schools, 65 percent of school councils in Richmond County chose the bare minimum required by law.

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.

Across the area
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners gave final approval Tuesday night to a new water and sewer rate and a resolution concerning $22.7 million in general obligation sales tax bonds.

Plans about mold, marina are discussed

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - The T.L Hanna High School employee involved in the accidental release of personal student information has resigned, district officials said.

Georgians turn out to vote early

Groups make appeal for tax package
Tyrone Butler kept waiting for the groups who usually support Augusta's special purpose local option sales tax proposals to step forward and push the tax, but this time nobody has.

Earthlings about to be treated to total lunar eclipse

Seniors are still looking for flu shots
Pete Sherlock has covered a lot of ground in his search for a flu shot, including showing up 19 hours early at First Baptist Church to scope out where a clinic will be held today.

Across the area

Crossing guard is forced to miss shift
It took a puncture wound to pop Pauline Sconyers' perfect work attendance record of 33 years.

Evans bus backs into historic school pillar

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

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

SPLOST project: Entertainment arena

School councils reduce meetings

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.

Corporate spending boosts Aiken, Edgefield economies

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.

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

Court throws out hate crimes law

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.

Aiken County sophomores surpass average in state

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.

School's playground reopens

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage can stay on the ballot, but left the door open for a future legal challenge.

Kid of the day
Cody Turner of Martinez is today's kid of the day.

Many make sacrifice for flu shot

Groups make appeal for tax package

Burns challenges rival over charge at forum
Sparks flew at Tuesday's political forum between incumbent Republican U.S. 12th Congressional District candidate Max Burns and his Democratic challenger, John Barrow.

Gators' trap has been set
ATHENS, Ga. - It's so absolutely brilliant, you'd think the evil genius ball coach himself thought it up.

Movie critics get mixed notices among fans

Jude Law far from obscure

Jude Law far from obscure
NEW YORK - He's Jude the Far From Obscure. Two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law already can be seen in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" and "I (Heart) Huckabees."

Movie critics get mixed notices among fans
LOS ANGELES - Let's review movie reviews. Millions read them. Actors covet nice ones. Studios scour them for positive nuggets to cram into advertising blurbs. But how much influence do reviews really have on a movie's fate?

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Leonard Cohen is an old man now, but the Canadian-born crooner once was cool.

Island Def Jam in talks to hire Jay-Z
LOS ANGELES - Jay-Z is in final negotiations to become president of Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam label, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.

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.

Robby Gordon to start own team
WELCOME, N.C. - Robby Gordon said Tuesday he will leave Richard Childress Racing at the end of the season with the intention of racing for his own Nextel Cup team in 2005.

Crews recover all bodies at crash site

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.

Players demoted from Sixers' starting lineup
PHILADELPHIA - Glenn Robinson and Samuel Dalembert have been demoted from the Philadelphia 76ers' starting lineup, coach Jim O'Brien announced Tuesday as he put the first stamp on his new team.

Players demoted from Sixers' starting lineup

Chargers opening eyes with 4-3 start

Falcons have to regroup after loss to Chiefs

Bengals top Broncos Monday night

Falcons try to look ahead

Titans' plan to avoid rebuilding is unraveling

Chiefs not using revenge as motivator vs. Indy

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Overtime

Bailey welcomes Azeri to the Breeders' Cup

Overtime

Bailey welcomes Azeri to the Breeders' Cup
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Jerry Bailey greeted the shift of the champion mare Azeri to the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic as a double shot of good news.

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.

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

Overtime
Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips said the university must address its basketball program and change public perception that it's one of the weakest in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Titans' plan to avoid rebuilding is unraveling
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Six hours before kickoff, doctors removed Shad Meier's appendix, leaving the Tennessee Titans with only one healthy tight end: rookie Ben Troupe.

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

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.

Players union wants additions to revenue pool
NEW YORK - The NFL players union wants major additions to the revenue pool used to determine player salaries, making negotiations to extend the current contract more difficult than in the past.

Chiefs not using revenge as motivator vs. Indy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dick Vermeil would prefer not to hear the "R" word - you know, "revenge" - tossed around Arrowhead Stadium this week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Gators' trap has been set

Al Franken: political activist on and off air

Brokaw bolsters ratings for NBC news
NEW YORK - Tom Brokaw is giving Brian Williams a clear head start as he prepares to pass the baton on NBC's Nightly News.

Tommy Smothers: I wouldn't fit on TV today, either
NEW YORK - Tommy Smothers has no doubt what would happen if he tried to put "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" on television today.

Brokaw bolsters ratings for NBC news

Al Franken: political activist on and off air
NEW YORK - Al Franken a Kerry man? On Friday he formally endorsed John Kerry for president!

Baseball leads Fox to dominant week in ratings
NEW YORK - Baseball has been very, very good to Fox. Classic seven-game league championship series and the start of a World Series involving two storied franchises led Fox to its best week in prime-time ratings in 2 1/2 years, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

Baseball leads Fox to dominant week in ratings

Kidman, Oprah get People's Choice bids

People in the News

Mark Twain Prize goes to SNL's founder

People in the News

Singer's dad blames acid reflux for SNL gaffe

Seniors look for first win against Gators

Seniors look for first win against Gators
ATHENS, Ga. - Perhaps Mark Richt should listen to senior Fred Gibson as the coach tries to figure out a way to end a long losing streak against Florida.

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.

Club has several perks for new pro
John Keller and his wife, Barbara, thought they were perfectly content in Kiawah Island, S.C., where John was in his fifth year as the senior assistant golf pro at the River Course at Kiawah Island Club.

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

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?

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

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

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.

Xtreme question of the week

Vote for me, not my choices in clothing

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.

Don't let others decide how you feel about candidates

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

My style

Xtreme calendar

Many teens consider election vitally important

Your wardrobe doesn't communicate sexuality

Clinic offering drive-through flu shots triggers massive traffic jam

Odds and Ends

Teacher charged with beating parent is fired

Odds and Ends

Does the Bible provide support for democracy?