Jerry Springer musical may face closure

Journalist to co-write book about being hostage in Iraq
NEW YORK - Micah Garen, an American journalist held hostage in Iraq last summer by Shiite militants, is collaborating on a memoir. Simon & Schuster expects to publish the book, currently untitled, in the fall of 2005.

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.

Westminster prepares for play competition

Westminster prepares for play competition
At rehearsals for Westminster Schools' production of Mark Twain's The Diary of Adam and Eve, Jenny Wiggins, who plays Eve, occasionally stops practicing her lines and laughs.

Fine arts calendar

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

Fine arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Review: Satirizing news and those who make it

Review: Satirizing news and those who make it
NEW YORK - It's "The Daily Show" set to music. Presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry preen and strut with puffed-out chests while fake news reporters deliver the day's headlines mid-sashay. Michael Moore is there, too, with bullhorn in hand, accusing the Bush administration of hiding flu vaccines to keep the voters on the toilets, and not in the polls, on Nov. 2.

Pop-ups, monster tales hit shelves

Lowe hits top for Red Sox

Manager still has a lot of work to accomplish
ST. LOUIS - Terry Francona knows better than to get comfortable.

Lowe hits top for Red Sox
ST. LOUIS - Derek Lowe came through where Dave Ferriss failed. And Jim Lonborg. And Roger Clemens and Bruce Hurst, too.

Red Sox vote for Garciaparra to get full share

All curses must end
ST. LOUIS - Harry Frazee was ready for the reaction. The Boston Red Sox owner had just sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 and a $300,000 loan

Manager still has a lot of work to accomplish

Cardinals' fan base ranges far and wide
ST. LOUIS - On a clear summer night, a trucker can pass through West Virginia or a boy can cradle a transistor radio under the blankets in Oklahoma and hear announcer Mike Shannon pleading to the baseball, "Get up, baby! Get up! Get up! Home run Cardinals!"

Wolfpack have a den filled with lots of bats

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

All curses must end

San Francisco chosen for 2007 All-Star game
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco will host the 2007 All-Star game, an official with Major League Baseball told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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.

Yankees continue high-level meetings
TAMPA, Fla. - New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with other top team officials Wednesday during the second day of high-level organizational meetings.

Auction ends for Bonds' 700th homer ball
SAN FRANCISCO - Giants slugger Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball drew a top bid of $804,129 Wednesday after a 10-day online auction.

Red Sox win first World Series since 1918
ST. LOUIS - The Boston Red Sox - yes, the Boston Red Sox! - are World Series champions at long, long last. No more curse and no doubt about it.

Boston's Epstein spreads credit

Boston's Epstein spreads credit
ST. LOUIS - In the tumult of the visitors' clubhouse at Yankee Stadium, champagne pouring all around him, Theo Epstein held a beer.

Bonds selected as baseball player of the year

Red Sox vote for Garciaparra to get full share
ST. LOUIS - The Boston Red Sox have not forgotten Nomar Garciaparra.

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.

Cardinals have been far from their best

Martinez moves Red Sox within one win of title

Red Sox win first World Series since 1918

Wolfpack have a den filled with lots of bats
Whenever the Greenbrier softball team steps on the field, the first thought that comes to most coaches' minds is, "How are we going to hit against Kristan Glover?"

Birth announcements

Birth announcements
Connor Elijah Savage: Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Savage, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Connor Elijah Savage, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Peter Golden, of Hephzibah, Eyvonne Markyna, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Savage, of Brunswick, Ga.

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
ESSEXVILLE, Mich. - Oh, thank heaven: 7-Eleven employee Erin Kappen got a bonus for having a baby that weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

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.

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.

Oil prices fall as winter-fuel supplies ease
Oil futures prices sank nearly 5 percent Wednesday, dropping below $53 a barrel, as concerns about tight winter-fuel supplies eased, at least temporarily, and traders turned their attention to rising U.S. inventories of crude.

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.

Google investors revel in stock's success

October consumer confidence lower than expected

Business briefs

Web server takedown called Internet speech threat

Street expecting a huge IPO from DreamWorks

Mining stirs resurgence of company's pump sales

Delta may announce plan today

Rain in California contributes to tomato shortage

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

Fuel prices boost prospects for renewable energy

Street expecting a huge IPO from DreamWorks
LOS ANGELES - It's shaping up to be an ogre-sized debut for the shares of the company that made the animated hits "Shrek" and "Shark Tale."

Mining stirs resurgence of company's pump sales
Emptying an Olympic-size swimming pool in only a few minutes isn't easy.

Rain in California contributes to tomato shortage
LOS ANGELES - A nationwide tomato shortage brought on by Florida's rash of hurricanes and a nagging pest in Mexico is being made worse by a bruised and rotting harvest in California.

Fuel prices boost prospects for renewable energy
SAN FRANCISCO - With oil futures soaring above $55 a barrel and natural gas doubling in price in the last two years, renewable energy is looking a lot better to many - not just on environmental merits, but on price.

Business briefs

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 rise back above $55 a barrel

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.

Fed: Economic growth continuing

Bank's parent reports lower earnings
The parent company of First Bank of Georgia reported a 46 percent drop in earnings during the third quarter because of a precipitous decline in mortgage activity.

Delta pilots announce tentative concessions

Redeveloper gains approval for project

Oil prices fall as winter-fuel supplies ease

Redeveloper gains approval for project
ATLANTA - After seeing Progressive Redevelopment Inc.'s rehabilitated crown jewel in Atlanta on Wednesday, Augusta officials were swayed toward allowing the company to do a similar project at home.

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.

Delta pilots announce tentative concessions
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines' pilots union said late Wednesday it had reached a tentative agreement on concessions that could save the struggling carrier from bankruptcy.

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.

Dr. Spock label will be on products
NEW YORK - Dr. Benjamin Spock's name lives on in print - and soon on products.

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.

Fed: Economic growth continuing
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy continued to grow in the early fall despite being buffeted by rising energy costs and hurricanes, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, providing its last snapshot of business conditions before Election Day.

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

Comcast reports third-quarter profit decline
PHILADELPHIA - Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, reported a sharp decline its profit for the third quarter from results a year ago that included a big gain on the sale of its interest in the home shopping network QVC Inc.

Cingular becomes country's largest cell phone company

Business briefs
Wireless provider SunCom said Wednesday that the merger between Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless will have no local impact.

Sickly Tigers need offense

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

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.

Gators bemoan coach Zook's firing

SEC Eastern Division notebool
FLORIDA: Not much has gone right for the Gators this week.

Return of Spurrier hardly a done deal
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - All the trophies Steve Spurrier brought to Florida still line the hallways inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Six Southeastern Conference championships, two Heismans and a national title.

Return of Spurrier hardly a done deal

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

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.

SEC Eastern Division notebool

Club has several perks for new pro

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.

Norwood for District 9

DeLoach for state House

Let hate-crime law die

Re-elect Henry Howard

An explosive myth

More court arrogance
Georgians will be able to vote next week on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages - that's the good news.

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.

DeLoach for state House
Mad at the Augusta Commission? Had it up to here with its sloth and ineffectiveness? Want something to change?

Re-elect Henry Howard
The Augusta state House member with the most seniority is businessman Henry Howard, Democrat of the 121st District. If his party retains control of the lower chamber, Howard, chairman of the Human Relations and Aging Committee who also serves on the all-important Appropriations Committee, could see his stock rise even higher.

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.

Ghost walks reveal Augusta history
Raising the wick on his oil-burning lantern, allowing it to illuminate just his cobweb-embroidered jacket and undertaker's top hat, Michael Wolff points to a shadow-soaked spot in a secluded corner of the Old Medical College building and smiles.

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.

Club calendar
COYOTES: The nightclub will hold a costume contest Saturday, with $700 going to the big winner. Coyotes is at 2514 Peach Orchard Road. Call 560-9245.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of some of the entertainment and drink specials at Aiken and Augusta area nightclubs:

Club calendar
BLIND PIG: 1251 Broad St.; El Dorado Deluxe tonight, Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips Friday, Halloween masquerade party with Knowface and The Cubists Saturday; 722-7335.

Stuff to do
In case you haven't heard, Hobbits are kind of hot right now. Capitalizing on the fever for Tolkien, Storyland Theatre is staging a production of its original Hobbit adaptation, Bilbo and the Magic Ring.

People in the news
NEW YORK - Usher is feeling the vibe. The R&B singer leads the second annual Vibe Awards with five nominations. Right on his dancing heels is Alicia Keys, with four nominations.

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.

Howard Stern criticizes FCC chairman during interview
SAN FRANCISCO - Shock jock Howard Stern made a surprise call to a radio station during an interview of the Federal Communications Commission head, claiming the chairman only got his job because his father is Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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.

'Gone with the Wind' maker gets Hollywood star
LOS ANGELES - Even though he produced "Gone with the Wind" and other movie classics, David O. Selznick never had his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Club provides area singles opportunity to stay active with safe, fun outings
Arlene Ingram knew after she retired as a school teacher in May that she'd want something to do.

Can a stock market crash happen again?
NEW YORK - With more people in the stock market than ever before, nobody seemed to pay much attention to the bad news that cropped up throughout the year in 1929. Individual investors were buying stocks on margin, speculators drove up prices and the government had a hands-off policy on the economy.

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.

Can a stock market crash happen again?

Focus, Ranger get low marks in crash, rollover tests

Law brings changes to checking accounts

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.

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).

Grubbin': Shangri-La asian cuisine
SIGNATURE DISH: Hong Kong-style sea bass (steamed with ginger and green onions), $16

Grubbin': The other Asian food
Chinese and Japanese foods dominate the Asian restaurant market in the Augusta area, leaving Thai food a rare find. That didn't stop us from locating a few restaurants, along with an interesting bunch of area residents ready to give their opinions on the places.

Legacy of Election Cake continues

Grubbin': Shangri-La asian cuisine

Low-fat cooking: Shrimp and tomatoes

Pork tenderloin with chipotle-maple mop

New catering company focuses on quality of food, presentation
They don't wear crowns or have thrones, but Jan Sanchez and Jai West call themselves queens.

New catering company focuses on quality of food, presentation

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.

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.

Yellow Jackets on bowl bubble
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's football team has a few holiday destinations in mind.

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

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

Tech hopes to fare better against ACC newcomer
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech doesn't want to get embarrassed by another ACC rookie.

Tech hopes to fare better against ACC newcomer

Tiger's' caddie: Woods will return to top of his game
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A swing change, not romance, caused Tiger Woods to drop to No. 3 in the world rankings.

Different goals for different players

Ballesteros under investigation for assault
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - The European tour is investigating Seve Ballesteros, who is accused of assaulting another Spanish golfer off the course during an amateur tournament last month.

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.

Memories of Stewart abound at Disney

Different goals for different players
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Rod Pampling has never been to the Tour Championship.

South Carolina prep football polls

Carolina schools face playoff puzzles

Georgia prep football polls

Playoff picture looks cloudy

Carolina schools face playoff puzzles
The Palmetto State has its own riddles concerning the postseason. The twists of the South Carolina High School League are magnified in this week's Silver Bluff-Wade Hampton contest.

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.

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):

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

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

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.

Greenbrier softball team gets pair of shutout victories
COLUMBUS, Ga. The Greenbrier softball team moved two steps closer to a state title on Thursday with a pair of shutout victories on the opening day of the Class AAAA state championships

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.

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

Quit carping about racial unfairness

Mini Theatre needs SPLOST to pass

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

Lawyers must butt out of election
The Democratic Party has announced that it has 10,000 lawyers, money and airplanes on stand-by ready to fly anywhere in the 50 states to challenge, on any basis, any 2004 state election outcome favorable to President Bush. This is the Democratic Party that raised chaos in Florida in 2000 over a state election that Bush won. They now propose to take that chaos to all 50 states. James M. Wetzel, Aiken, S.C.

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

Modern liberalism is a disease

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

Elect experienced Padgett

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

Elect Joe Scott

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

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.

Elect better school leaders
Regarding Joseph Diggs Sr.'s Oct. 22 letter, "Re-elect leaders to Richmond BOE": The claim that attending school, marrying and raising children in Richmond County are qualifications for the board of education is, at best, ludicrous. Anthony B. Cresci, Augusta

It's not Bush's war any more; it's ours
Many politically biased people continue to brand our current Iraq involvement as "Bush's war." H.G. Barclay, Evans

Mini Theatre needs SPLOST to pass
The Augusta Mini Theatre Community Arts School celebrated its 29th birthday Oct. 8. And $2.5 million would be a great gift. Tyrone J. Butler, Augusta

Elect better school leaders

More people miss radio oldies
My friends and I often wondered if we were the only retired people who wished we had a radio station such as WMUU-FM (94.5) out of Greenville, S.C., with what we call "oldies." Thanks to the letter from Eleanor Farrell, published in The Augusta Chronicle on Friday ("What happened to golden oldies?"), we see that we are not. The older generation is the generation that supports, buys, and invests in the local area. We believe this type of station would be a great success. Louise Johnson, Evans

More people miss radio oldies

Bush has mismanaged monumentally

McElmurray must be next solicitor

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

District 123 needs DeLoach

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

Bush will lead nation into ruin

Kerrys are facing a taxing dilemma

Right denies president's flaws

It's not Bush's war any more; it's ours

DeLoach should represent us

Lawyers must butt out of election

Right denies president's flaws
I am disturbed when it comes to the Christian right and President Bush. Bush's past includes encounters with the law, deceiving the country, dismissing intelligence, and lying to the American public. So why does the Christian right attack every rebuttal of the president as liberal propaganda? Roy Ellis, Augusta

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

Bush will lead nation into ruin
Only God knows the future of the United States. God help us all if President Bush is given four more years in the Oval Office with his chief political strategist, Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the evil wealthy who rule the world. Jaquelin Williams, Augusta

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

Modern liberalism is a disease
Tom Zwemer's litany of liberalism ("Liberals are resilient, right," Oct. 18) fails to mention that Thomas Jefferson's classical liberalism bears little resemblance to modern liberalism. Liberals today believe that our Constitution is a living document subject to change by demagogues or the if-it-feels-good-do-it crowd. Jefferson would not approve of abortion on demand, or the assault on the Second Amendment. The laissez faire of classical liberalism stands in stark contrast to modern liberalism, which would regulate our economy and give government control over our lives and our pocketbooks. Don Christian, 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

Kerry's record proves unfitness
Is John Kerry the United Nations' Manchurian candidate? Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta

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

Vote yes on Aiken's sales tax plan

Scientists find prehistoric dwarf human skeleton

New crop of portable players nips at the iPod

Experts urge caution in talking to anorexics

Samhain focuses on departed loved ones, growth

Cassini takes close-up look at Saturn's moon

Companies team up to make robot vehicle

New supercomputer claimed to be world's fastest

Heartburn drugs linked to increased pneumonia risk

Some Americans getting flu shots while overseas

Cassini takes close-up look at Saturn's moon
PASADENA, Calif. - The U.S.-European spacecraft Cassini began beaming close-up images of Saturn's giant moon Titan to Earth late Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Scientists find prehistoric dwarf human skeleton
In a breathtaking discovery, scientists working on a remote Indonesian island say they have uncovered the bones of a human dwarf species marooned for eons while modern man rapidly colonized the rest of the planet.

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.

Company strives to create genetically engineered cats
The biotechnology revolution is shaking up the pet world.

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.

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.

New supercomputer claimed to be world's fastest
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The builders of a new NASA supercomputer claim the 10,240-processor machine is the fastest in the world - an exciting prospect for researchers even if the speed title has yet to be officially bestowed.

FDA approves first artificial spinal disc
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration granted approval Tuesday for the first artificial spinal disc for use in patients suffering from persistent lower back pain.

Some Americans getting flu shots while overseas
LONDON - When Janet Robinson flew in from New York on a business trip this week, she added an extra, unusual appointment to her schedule - "get flu shot."

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.

Coach has seen plenty to praise
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia called Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Pee Dee Pride "domination."

Coach has seen plenty to praise

News you can use

Stage appeals to girl
After attending drama camp with the Augusta Players during the summer, Mackenzie Marr decided she wanted to start using some things she had learned.

Across the region
SAVANNAH, GA. - A unit of 130 troops from Hunter Army Airfield prepared to depart late Wednesday for their second tour in Iraq.

Event exposes children to chemistry

Adversaries

Restaurant ratings

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

Flu vaccine isn't sought by everyone

Minister receives battalion's volunteer award
The Rev. Woodrow Miller Jr. has spent his life helping soldiers.

Sheriff says record will sell re-election

Voters will consider 2 amendments
AIKEN - South Carolina voters will be asked to consider two constitutional amendments this year - one related to the amount of alcohol served in drinks in the Palmetto State, the other rooted in the obscurities of the tax code and corporate ownership of farm land.

Official's tour of SRS is strategy to restore cuts

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

Some win, some lose in race for flu shots

Stage appeals to girl

Greenbrier softball team gets pair of shutout victories

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

County can begin tax projects early

Around the block
The 13th annual Woodrow Wilson Symposium will be tonight and Friday at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The opening reception will begin at 6:30 tonight at the ASU Guardhouse museum. There will be Scotch-Irish music with Betty Smith and a seminar, The Antrim-Augusta Connection: A Multigenerational Scotch-Irish Heritage.

Voters cast ballots early
On Nov. 2, Gwen Williams won't have time to cast her ballot. That's why Ms. Williams waited in a long line Wednesday to participate in advance voting at the Henry H. Brigham Community Center.

SPLOST project: Records Retention Center Expansion

Prosecutors say defendant admitted shooting on tape

Signal symposium finds funds to continue
An annual event almost didn't take place this year.

Violent crime is below average in Augusta
Augusta is a safer city for residents than Savannah or Valdosta, but violent crime did increase slightly last year, according to FBI reports released this week.

DeMint touts ties to Bush

DeMint touts ties to Bush
AIKEN - U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint continued to tie his U.S. Senate campaign to President Bush and national politics Wednesday, telling listeners at an Aiken rally that his victory is crucial for the Republican Party to maintain power and continue its push for conservative values.

Around the block

Along for a ride

Judge sues county administrator, 2 others
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County Probate Judge Robert Peeler is suing the county's administrator and county council chairman, along with a computer consultant, for taking his computer and downloading information for "private political purposes" meant to "embarrass, humiliate and cause harm," the lawsuit states.

Prosecutors say defendant admitted shooting on tape
AIKEN - Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday against defendant Cedric Coldan after playing an audio tape of him telling investigators he shot 19-year-old Christopher Carroll, but not on purpose.

For the record

Aquinas students enjoy doing Home Works
Aquinas High School students assisted two homeowners last weekend by making repairs to their homes.

Voters will consider 2 amendments

Kid of the day

Post Happenings

Meetings

Augusta 911 service now locates cell calls
Depending on the manufacturer and service provider, Augusta 911 officials can now pinpoint a cell phone caller's location within a certain area, officials said.

Correction
A Richmond County Superior Court sentence published in the Oct. 7 edition of the Richmond County Neighbors should have read Judge Shawn Wood, 28, of the 2200 block of Central Avenue, a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana; 12 months' probation and fined $1,500. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Sheriff says record will sell re-election
AIKEN - In his campaign for re-election, Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey is borrowing a historic page from President Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge, preferring to let his record speak for itself.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court indictments, paroles, juvenile court sentencings, dui sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces.

Richmond County school lunch menus

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health for the third quarter of 2004. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Landing system is needed, fliers say

Across the area

Victim's pickup is subject at trial

Correction

Across South Carolina

Richmond County school lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through Nov. 5.

Across Georgia

Milestones
Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta has received a $1,000 grant to implement Goals for Graduation in 2004, a program developed by the J.C. Penney Afterschool Fund and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Milestones

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Meetings
Editor's Note: To list your organization's event, awards and meeting notes in Neighbors, e-mail the information to ed. scott@augustachronicle.com and include a phone number.

Many make sacrifice for flu shot

Young people make a difference at fort
Saturday was a day to help others, especially at Fort Gordon.

Norwood released from hospital

Young people make a difference at fort

Groups make appeal for tax package

Voters cast ballots early

Kid of the day

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Autopsy shows pilot was in good health

Event exposes children to chemistry
National Chemistry Week events drew hundreds of children to the National Science Center's Fort Discovery last week.

Aiken County 911 service restored

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use

Official's tour of SRS is strategy to restore cuts
AIKEN - The Ohio politician whose congressional committee chopped next year's federal money out of four programs deemed vital to the future of Savannah River Site will tour the embattled federal nuclear reservation today, officials said.

Disabled voters have more options at polls

SPLOST project: Records Retention Center Expansion
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.

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.

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
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.

Across the region

Judge sues county administrator, 2 others

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

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Aquinas students enjoy doing Home Works

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.

Fighting students get 60-day jail terms

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

Reunions

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.

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

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.

Flu vaccine isn't sought by everyone
Thousands of Americans have recently found themselves waiting in line hoping to be among the lucky few to get a flu shot.

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.

County can begin tax projects early
A county receiving a good bond rating is like a first-time homebuyer getting a great credit score before trying to buy a house.

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.

School councils reduce meetings

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.

Along for a ride
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, 5, of Grovetown, rides his bike at Riverwalk Augusta. Juan was on an outing with his mother.

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.

Kid of the day
Lance A. Herring Jr. of Martinez is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Across the area
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has been released from a Washington, D.C.-area hospital after a lung transplant, his staff reported Wednesday.

Death leads school to push safe driving

Fighting students get 60-day jail terms
Wielding his zero-tolerance gavel, Juvenile Court Judge Herbert Kernaghan Jr. is ordering 60-day jail terms for juveniles arrested for disrupting schools this year in Richmond County.

Seniors are still looking for flu shots

Across the area

Adversaries
Canvaser Crystal Boggs, left, of the Democratic congressional campaign committee and Burns for Congress volunteer Monty Philpot face off as Max Burns supporters visit Channel 12 WRDW in North Augusta to protest the John Barrow ads that are running on television .

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

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augustachronicle.com/movies.

At the Movies: 'Saw'
The fright flick "Saw" is consistent, if nothing else.

White Chick's is more offensive, unbelievable than it is amusing
Every once in a while a movie comes along that redefines cinematic irresponsibility, a movie so unnecessary, uninspired and unkind toward the poor saps who might have dropped 8 bucks for a ticket, that it becomes the model against which all things bad will be measured.

At the Movies: 'Ray'

At the Movies: 'Saw'

Monster films go for screams at the Imperial

Jude Law far from obscure

New home-video releases

White Chick's is more offensive, unbelievable than it is amusing

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?

At the Movies: 'Ray'
He certainly did not feel it at the time, but director Taylor Hackford is enormously lucky it took 15 years to bring his film biography of Ray Charles to the screen.

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."

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

Movie critics get mixed notices among fans

It's not easy to have a real scream on camera

It's not easy to have a real scream on camera
There is an art to the cinematic scream, a willingness to open up emotionally and physically and emote in the most primal possible way.

Monster films go for screams at the Imperial
A classic comedy duo, Dracula and a man with one hand are helping bring movies back to the Imperial Theatre.

Heeeeere's Doc
It's been 12 years since Doc Severinsen played Johnny Carson through the curtains as the Tonight Show's band leader, and yet he considers his 30 years on the show as the alpha and omega of his musical career.

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

Singer Solange Knowles gives birth to baby boy
LOS ANGELES - "Solo Star" singer Solange Knowles, little sister of Beyonce, has given birth to a baby boy, according to her publicist.

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.

Concert calendar
BETTE MIDLER: 8:30 tonight, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta

Singer Solange Knowles gives birth to baby boy

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are still going strong
Bluegrass music star Doyle Lawson and his award-winning band, Quicksilver, return to Augusta for a concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Imperial Theatre. The concert launches the 2004 Southern Soul and Song series presented jointly by the Imperial Theatre and the Morris Museum of Art.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are still going strong

Concert calendar

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sonic Spotlight
Joel Cruz of Hephzibah is in the Sonic Spotlight.

Heeeeere's Doc

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.

Death of friend could motivate Gordon to title
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ricky Hendrick was like a little brother to Jeff Gordon.

Sabates, Hendrick lucky to be alive

Death of friend could motivate Gordon to title

Sabates, Hendrick lucky to be alive
HAMPTON, Ga. - Felix Sabates was invited to fly to Martinsville Speedway last Saturday on one of Hendrick Motorsports' planes, but he decided at the last moment to stay at home.

Candlelight service held for plane crash victims

Candlelight service held for plane crash victims
CONCORD, N.C. - Hundreds of people, some wearing brightly colored racing team jackets and caps, gathered outside the Hendrick Motorsports complex Wednesday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor 10 people who died when the team plane crashed on the way to a race.

Newsmaker: Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon has shown tremendous resolve in the past two races, rebounding from two crashes at Lowe's Motor Speedway to finish second, then finishing ninth Sunday at Martinsville, Va.

Newsmaker: Jeff Gordon

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

Bobcats top Hawks in preseason game
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Rookie Emeka Okafor scored 15 points and Primoz Brezec added 14 to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 93-89 preseason finale victory over the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.

Upshaw says balance is gone

Chiefs not using revenge as motivator vs. Indy

McNair misses practice due to family crisis

Fantasy football: Time to look at the halfway point

Titans' plan to avoid rebuilding is unraveling

Falcons hope Draft will help defense

Mrs. Ellen Goode    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Helen Woodward Adkinson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Annie Mae Smith    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Frances Gordon Whaley    (AUGUSTA,Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Charles P. Ross    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Russell Harvey Yost    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Owen Lee Henderson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Lucille Hadden Lewis    (WADLEY, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Jo Ann K. Morrison    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Dr. Chester B. Kanavage    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Horace Wallace, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Allene James    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Roger L. Norman    (MSG HARLEM, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Elzia Knight    (TRENTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Dr. Chester B. Kanavage    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Owen Lee Henderson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Lloyd V. Lowery    (Retired-Farmer Augusta, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Ida Mae Gay    (APPLING, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Donald E. Abney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ret. SSG Matthew E. Simpkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Russell Yost    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary Pittman    (GIBSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John P. Weeks    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Charles P. Ross    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Rose Z. Salter    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. J. Reid Beasley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary Pittman    (GIBSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Wilson Ross    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Roger L. Norman    (HARLEM, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Rose Z. Salter    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Exzeamma Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Walter B. Abel    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Emma Lean Smith    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Joe Alvin Thomas    (GRANITEVEILLE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Rosa Lee Holmes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Dora Ann Gregory    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Albert McCain    (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Robert Bailey, Jr.    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ret. SSG Matthew E. Simpkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Deray Boyd    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Dora Ann Gregory    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Guy F. Benjamin, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Rosalie Brickles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Barbara Carole Brown    (ELKO, Nev.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Thomas Wright III    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Oscar McMillan, Jr.    (Augusta, GA)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Sylvester Moody    (MORROW, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary Lou Hawkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. George Simpkins    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Virginia Fox    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Lt. Col. Sanroy Joseph LeBert    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Shirley Parler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Wilson Ross    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Fannie M. Harris    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Linda S. Poole    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Lyda C. Haynes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Ellis Parks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Jane Hester    (MONROE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Annie Mell Lacey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Marjorie J. Hill    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Ellis Parks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Willie James Bigham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. C. F. Johnson, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Deborah Chancellor    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Gerald R. Collins, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Evelyn M. Fuller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Gary Edwards    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary M. Garrett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Evans Grady Johnson    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Tommie Lee Haynes    (AUGUSTA)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Ellis Parks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elzia Knight (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Roger L. Norman (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Exzeamma Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Parler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Hester (MONROE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jo Ann K. Morrison (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Linda S. Poole (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ida Mae Gay (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Wright III (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Hadden Lewis (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Deray Boyd (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Owen Lee Henderson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. C. F. Johnson, Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary M. Garrett (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Holmes (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. Chester B. Kanavage (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deborah Chancellor (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Allene James (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Charles P. Ross (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ellis Parks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Guy F. Benjamin, Jr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Sylvester Moody (MORROW, Ga.)

Mr. Roger L. Norman (MSG HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Fox (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn M. Fuller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Z. Salter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tommie Lee Haynes (AUGUSTA)

Mr. Albert McCain (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Smith (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Alvin Thomas (GRANITEVEILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Yost (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Harvey Yost (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ret. SSG Matthew E. Simpkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar McMillan, Jr. (Augusta, GA)

Mrs. Helen Woodward Adkinson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Donald E. Abney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Simpkins (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosalie Brickles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Lean Smith (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Edwards (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lyda C. Haynes (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ret. SSG Matthew E. Simpkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie M. Harris (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Z. Salter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Horace Wallace, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Owen Lee Henderson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Pittman (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles P. Ross (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Mell Lacey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilson Ross (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Bailey, Jr. (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ellen Goode (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Wilson Ross (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. John P. Weeks (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Walter B. Abel (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie James Bigham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald R. Collins, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

Kitten's Joy is even-money favorite

Bailey welcomes Azeri to the Breeders' Cup

Lifestyle keeps Bryant young

Area announcements

Classic field filled with champions

Classic field filled with champions
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Champions galore will line up for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday, several with legitimate chances to stake their claim for Horse of Year by winning America's richest race.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Kitten's Joy is even-money favorite
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Kitten's Joy was made the even-money favorite Wednesday for the $2 million Turf, and Nothing to Lose was the morning-line choice in the Mile, giving owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey two favorites in the Breeders' Cup.

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
Carter spends day in court, not on it Just days before the NBA regular season begins, Vince Carter is in a court of a different kind.

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.

Lifestyle keeps Bryant young
For thousands of years, people have searched for the fountain of youth. Sixty-two-year-old Sam Bryant believes he has found it.

Falcons hope Draft will help defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - For a player who had 178 tackles last season, Chris Draft may be most noticeable in his absence.

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.

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.

Fantasy football: Time to look at the halfway point
It's almost daylight savings time again. You know what that means? An extra hour of sleep. And for those who work the late shift, what a blissful hour it should be.

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.

McNair misses practice due to family crisis
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair missed practice Wednesday not because of his bruised chest, but because of a death in the family.

Upshaw says balance is gone
DEARBORN, Mich. - Gene Upshaw told NFL owners Wednesday he believes eight powerful teams have obtained an unfair advantage over the other 24.

Country music carves a bigger niche into the Augusta broadcast market

Country music carves a bigger niche into the Augusta broadcast market
The addition of two new, powerful country music stations, WGOR-FM (93.9) and WIBL-FM (105.7), makes for 11 stations in the Augusta broadcast market with country music formats: seven FM and four AM.

Gators' trap has been set

Strangely enough, ballet based on Everly Brothers makes sense

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

Brokaw bolsters ratings for NBC news

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.

An update on Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' streak
Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, has shattered records on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" His run began June 2 (interrupted by several special theme weeks). A look at Jennings' streak:

Baseball leads Fox to dominant week in ratings

'The Young Visiters' is pure British fare

Al Franken: political activist on and off air

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.

'The Young Visiters' is pure British fare
LOS ANGELES - Jim Broadbent is most comfortable being British.

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.

Club calendar

Open tab

Club provides area singles opportunity to stay active with safe, fun outings

Club calendar

Kidman, Oprah get People's Choice bids

Stuff to do

Ghost walks reveal Augusta history

Singer's dad blames acid reflux for SNL gaffe

Applause calendar

People in the News

Howard Stern criticizes FCC chairman during interview

People in the news

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.

Seniors look for first win against Gators

Brown packs wallop for team's running game
ATHENS, Ga. - Thomas Brown didn't have to show up in Athens to begin hearing from the doubters. He says that talk began in his own hometown.

Florida streak burdens Georgia

Florida streak burdens Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Stuck in an inherited losing funk to Florida which stretches back to Steve Spurrier's first season in Gainesville, Georgia coach Mark Richt isn't sure exactly how to approach a game that is as much a mindgame as any on the Bulldogs' schedule.

Brown packs wallop for team's running game

Strangely enough, ballet based on Everly Brothers makes sense
In every great success story, there is an element of risk.

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.

Odds and Ends

Teacher charged with beating parent is fired

Odds and Ends