Boston will toast its World Series champs

Winning leaves Red Sox fans elated, puzzled

'Pack' on verge of history
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Greenbrier softball coach Garrett Black can almost feel the state championship trophy.

Boston will toast its World Series champs
BOSTON - The city will toast its first World Series champions in 86 years with a parade Saturday that will stretch from the Fenway to City Hall Plaza.

'Pack' on verge of history

Cubs fans hope broken curse can rub off on them
CHICAGO - Chicago fans believe that if one curse can be broken, so can another.

Millions expected to attend Red Sox parade
BOSTON - After 86 years of frustration, Red Sox fans are used to disappointment.

Red Sox raise World Series trophy
ST. LOUIS - Keith Foulke squeezed the ball tight. After all those years and all that heartache, the Boston Red Sox had the World Series firmly in hand.

Millions expected to attend Red Sox parade

Greenbrier sets sights on title
COLUMBUS, Ga. - It's all downhill from here. The Greenbrier softball team advanced to the final of the winners' bracket of the Class AAAA state softball championship with two dominating performances by Kristan Glover on Thursday.

Red Sox raise World Series trophy

Greenbrier sets sights on title

Cubs fans hope broken curse can rub off on them

Winning leaves Red Sox fans elated, puzzled
BOSTON - Matt Savage stood in the chill outside Fenway Park, elated and a little dazed as he greeted the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. He ruled out going to work for now, but he wasn't worried about job security. His boss was standing next to him.

Man killed with sword made at the factory by fellow worker
DETROIT - A factory worker attacked and killed a fellow employee with a sword the suspect apparently made himself at the metals plant where both men worked, police said Thursday.

The 2005 Colondar
Women bare their midsections, and large scars from surgery, on the cover of a 2005 calendar aimed at increasing colon cancer awareness in this 2004 file photo taken in Little Rock, Ark.

Suspect arrested after grand jury indicts his DNA
NEW YORK - A career criminal faces robbery and sexual assault charges after becoming the first person arrested in the state on an indictment based solely on DNA.

Man: Wife's near-death experience meant to save marriage
LA CROSSE, Wis. - A man who said he threw a live electrical wire into his wife's bath hoping a near-death experience would save their marriage was convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide Wednesday.

Odds and Ends
SPOKANE, Wash. - It may seem creepy, but it's not necessarily a crime to keep a corpse in the freezer, police say.

Town to pardon witches executed centuries ago
PRESTONPANS, Scotland - Accused witches - and their cats - executed during a wave of hysteria and religious ferment hundreds of years ago will be pardoned on Halloween in this Scottish township, a court official said Friday.

DreamWorks Animation IPO get splashy debut

Mortgage rates fall again
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates declined again this week, with 30-year mortgages dropping to the lowest level since early April, providing more of a boost to the housing industry.

Sporty restaurant set for kickoff

Football frenzy a treat for Georgia businesses
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The Georgia-Florida football game lasts only a few hours, but the impact to many southeast Georgia businesses lingers for days.

Unemployment claims jump by 20,000 last week
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week by 20,000, the largest jump in a month, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Bank construction continues
Construction progresses on the future headquarters of First Bank of Georgia at the corner of Wheeler Road and Agerton Lane. First Bank's parent company, which reported a third-quarter profit of $935,000, expects to move into the building in late July or August.

Together, advertising dollars buy more
Anthony Brown likes sharing advertising space for his Main & Taylor Shoe Salon with his fellow Surrey Center shops.

Business briefs
AUGUSTA - Aiken's jobless rate in September fell to 5.4 percent, benefitting from the 7,200 jobs created statewide during the month, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Delta's deal may not suffice
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc.'s tentative deal with pilots for $1 billion in concessions gives the nation's third-largest carrier much-needed breathing room. But its crucial debt restructuring efforts remain a work in progress, and Delta's CEO cautioned Thursday that bankruptcy remains a possibility.

Economy grew, but not as much as expected
WASHINGTON - The economy grew at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the summer as a big rebound in auto sales offset weakness from an exploding trade deficit, soaring oil prices and the Florida hurricanes, the government reported Friday.

Together, advertising dollars buy more

Crude prices rise ahead of weekend
LONDON - Oil prices bounced higher Friday following two days of sharp declines that came on the heels of rising inventories of crude in the United States and a move by China to cool its economy.

China hikes rates for first time in nine years
SHANGHAI, China - China announced Thursday that it will hike interest rates for one-year loans by 0.27 percentage points to 5.58 percent, the first increase in more than nine years.

Expert says job outlook is good

Banks implement Check 21 starting Thursday

Lifting of curse creates dilemma for marketers
BOSTON - Unbelievable as it may seem, not everyone in New England is thrilled about the Red Sox winning the World Series.

Higher U.S. inventories cut crude oil prices
NEW YORK - Crude oil futures prices slipped Thursday as supply concerns ahead of the Northern Hemisphere winter eased after an unexpectedly high rise in U.S. inventories.

Analysts fear tight oil supplies
The world's oil supply is expected to be stretched thin for another two to three years, even as demand tapers off and the industry gears up for an exploration and production spending spree in 2005.

Analysts fear tight oil supplies

Groups oppose development
Augusta's three downtown development agencies on Friday recommended against authorizing bonds needed to purchase and renovate Maxwell House Apartments.

Crude prices rise ahead of weekend

Sporty restaurant set for kickoff
There will be 60 televisions, 20 beers on tap and sports team banners hanging from the ceiling.

China hikes rates for first time in nine years

Expert says job outlook is good
The U.S. economy didn't grow as fast during the third quarter as many analysts expected, but the Augusta-area economy is steadily improving.

DreamWorks Animation IPO get splashy debut
LOS ANGELES - DreamWorks Animation Inc. shares rose well above their initial public offering price Thursday as trading began in stock of the company behind the recent hit films "Shrek 2" and "Shark Tales."

Lifting of curse creates dilemma for marketers

Banks implement Check 21 starting Thursday
NEW YORK - New federal regulations designed to speed up the processing of checks went into effect on Thursday, and consumer advocates advised Americans to be more vigilant about monitoring their accounts.

Bank construction continues

Delta's deal may not suffice

Higher U.S. inventories cut crude oil prices

Mortgage rates fall again

Unemployment claims jump by 20,000 last week

Football frenzy a treat for Georgia businesses

Economy grew, but not as much as expected

Louisville star turns deaf ear to critics

Coaches see time is now
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - In a microwave coaching environment, had Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings not led the Commodores to the NCAA Tournament last season, he would have been cooked.

Coastal Carolina the surprise in Big South

Bowden feels fortunate Seminoles are 6-1

SEC short on experienced point guards
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three years ago, Alabama won a Southeastern Conference title with freshman Mo Williams at point guard.

Bowden feels fortunate Seminoles are 6-1
RALEIGH, N.C. - Florida State is only one overtime loss away from being undefeated at this point.

Coaches see time is now

Coastal Carolina the surprise in Big South
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Just two years ago, Coastal Carolina was practicing wherever - tennis courts, a driving range, a field with massive fire ant mounds. Now the Chanticleers are contending for a conference championship.

Louisville star turns deaf ear to critics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Stefan LeFors grew up deciphering body language and expressing himself without words.

SEC short on experienced point guards

Augustus sweats to show off skills

A note on letters
Because of the overwhelming number of candidate endorsement letters we have received in recent weeks, starting this morning we have stopped accepting such letters for the 2004 election cycle. The limited space with which we have to publish letters prompted this decision.

Mind our business, board
The Richmond County Board of Education has had better years.

Jones for solicitor general

Grove, Bridges for BOE

Jones for solicitor general
It takes a special kind of person to stay for very long in the meat grinder we know as the Richmond County Solicitor's Office.

Grove, Bridges for BOE
We heartily recommend returning Wayne Bridges to the Columbia County Board of Education District 2 seat on Tuesday - and selecting exciting newcomer LouAnne Grove to join him from District 5.

Isakson for U.S. Senate

Are you protected?
It's a good bet no one's ever used your toaster against you.

Are you protected?

Isakson for U.S. Senate
Unwavering. Principled. Hands-on. Eminently knowledgeable.

Ex-Pumpkin is busy as rockers issue CDs, books
Safe money would have marked former candidate for the King of Rock throne Billy Corgan as a Where Are They Now waiting to happen.

All aboard P. Diddy's political party plane
ABOARD P. DIDDY'S PLANE - At first glance, it appears presidential: A private jet bound for swing states days before the election. A campaign staff. Hungry media. An omnipresent slogan, "Vote or Die."

Courtney Love ordered to trial for assault
LOS ANGELES - Singer Courtney Love was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon despite her attorney's claim the case had been "grossly overcharged."

People in the News
NEW YORK - Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is ready to play travel agent for the presidential candidates.

People in the News
LONDON - Helen Mirren was named naturist of the year Friday by Britain's main nudist group.

Friends, family gather at Reeve memorial
NEW YORK - Three weeks after Christopher Reeve's death, his family and friends celebrated him Friday at a place that was central to his life: the Juilliard School, where he first honed his acting skills and later returned to receive an honorary doctorate.

The top five in entertainment
TELEVISION 1. "Fox Major League Baseball American League Championship Series Game 7," Fox.

Banks implement Check 21 starting Thursday
NEW YORK - New federal regulations designed to speed up the processing of checks went into effect on Thursday, and consumer advocates advised Americans to be more vigilant about monitoring their accounts.

Mortgage rates fall again
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates declined again this week, with 30-year mortgages dropping to the lowest level since early April, providing more of a boost to the housing industry.

Mortgage rates fall again

Banks implement Check 21 starting Thursday

Largemouth bass love floating plastic worms
Several years ago, the floating plastic worm made its debut in Strom Thurmond Lake with amazing success. Largemouth bass loved it.

Fishing tournament results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament results

Largemouth bass love floating plastic worms

Ignite the landscape with color

Geraniums can survive through winter
Geraniums are some of the most popular flowering plants in Augusta, blooming from late April through frost, but that first hard frost does not have to be the end of this year's geraniums.

Growers offer colorful options to pumpkin fans
MADISON, Wis. - For purveyors of pumpkins, there's more to life than orange.

Geraniums can survive through winter

Ignite the landscape with color
What a sight the landscape is this time of year! Massive trees smoldering like glowing embers or dancing in flames. Embers and flames of color, that is.

Fans a factor in Ga. Southern's home games
STATESBORO, Ga. - Last season, Roger King was playing football for one of the most successful prep teams in the state, Peach County. The crowds for his senior season of high school football were loud and loyal as the team marched to a state title.

Another discouraging setback for Tech
ATLANTA - This was a game that could have put Georgia Tech over the hump, like so many others in the Chan Gailey era.

Johnson records TD mark
ATLANTA - Calvin Johnson began his assault on the Georgia Tech record books Thursday night.

Breakdowns cost Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - For all its defensive brilliance the past few weeks, two mistakes doomed Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Jackets hurt their bowl hopes
ATLANTA - A loss is a loss as far as Georgia Tech's football team is concerned.

Fans a factor in Ga. Southern's home games

Jackets hurt their bowl hopes

Another discouraging setback for Tech

Garcia, Lara share lead at Valderrama

Sluman hits course-record 62 at Chrysler
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Golf finally felt easy to Jeff Sluman, and it wasn't hard to see why.

Garcia, Lara share lead at Valderrama
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under-par 67 in the wind Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Volvo Masters with fellow Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara, who was stung by a bee early in his round.

Sluman hits course-record 62 at Chrysler

Sluman, Byrd share the lead
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Jeff Sluman and Jonathan Byrd were tied for the lead at the Chrysler Championship, both knowing the tournament really doesn't start until the weekend.

Garcia overcomes slow start, rules scare
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Sergio Garcia recovered from a poor start and survived a rules scare, closing the second round with two birdies for a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the Volvo Masters.

Sluman, Byrd share the lead

Prep football scores

Daggett propels Eagles

Sawyer cuts through team's past struggles

Wolfpack miss their chance at playoffs

Bulldogs get bounced off region perch

'Pack' on verge of history

Week 10 key matchups

Luck isn't with Irish

Ex-QB towers over program

Welsh's team squeezes out huge victory

Wildcats tame Tigers' attack

Ex-QB towers over program
Mike Anthony remembers feeling pretty darn good about where his team was situated.

Wolfpack miss their chance at playoffs
The Greenbrier Wolfpack went into Friday night's game with one shot at extending their season.

Week 10 key matchups
LAST MEETING: North Augusta won 35-28 last season.

Bulldogs get bounced off region perch
Roundup of area prep football games.

Welsh's team squeezes out huge victory
Thomson's players knew they had to win their final game to be the outright Region 3-AAA champs. What they didn't expect was that the other Bulldogs powerhouse in the North Division would put up such a fight.

Prep football scores
Here are scores from Friday's prep football games.

Sawyer cuts through team's past struggles
JOHNSTON, S.C. - How could something so simple be considered a masterpiece?

Laney takes its region title
Even the school's walking football historians, as Laney coach Eric Parker calls them, had no answer for him.

Luck isn't with Irish
SPARTA, Ga. - Aquinas wanted to make a strong point heading into the playoffs, but too few points on too many opportunities got in the way Friday night.

Hornets rout Jackets
Aiken was penalized five yards before its first play from scrimmage Friday night. It was one of the few times the Hornets went the wrong way on a night they clinched the Region 4-AAAA title.

Player of the week: Vincent Scott
Scott grabbed two interceptions in his second career start at Glenn Hills. The 15-year-old returned his first interception 22 yards for a touchdown, and his second halted another Glenn Hills scoring drive. Scott snatched the ball at the Thomson 4-yard line in the third quarter for his second career interception. He also had two solo tackles, broke up a pass and went 4-for-5 on extra points.

Wildcats tame Tigers' attack
Even the school's walking football historians, as Laney coach Eric Parker calls them, had no answer for him.

'Pack' on verge of history
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Greenbrier softball coach Garrett Black can almost feel the state championship trophy.

Daggett propels Eagles
One play was all Danny Daggett needed to shift momentum. Just in case, the Josey junior decided to make two game- changing plays.

Augusta gains bit of revenge
DULUTH, Ga. - The Augusta Lynx got a little revenge and a huge first win, beating the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 in a shootout on Friday.

Dueling politicians could avoid prison time
Every election we think political advertising can't get worse. And every election we are amazed when it does.

Man robs bank with a smoke bomb
Richmond County sheriff's deputies blocked part of a west Augusta road this morning to search for a bank robber who set off a smoke bomb.

Littlejohn is the right fit for BOE

Online Only: Why SPLOST is unfair
A general sales tax impacts people living from paycheck to paycheck more frequently and painfully than people in higher income brackets. Gene A. Andrews Jr., Augusta

President's agenda is troubling

Online Only: Myers best for school board

SPLOST proposal needs to fail
I don't understand why some Augusta commissioners didn't see the wisdom in accepting the Citizens Review Committee's recommendations for SPLOST. Kim Franklin, Augusta

Online Only: Combat vet backs Bush

Dems will cure what ails you

SPLOST proposal needs to fail

Online Only: Why terrorists hate Bush

We need some answers to save city
Let's stop asking wrong questions, such as: Should we support SPLOST? Or: Who should we re-elect? Instead, we should ask: What steps are necessary to change our current inept form of city government? Everyone admits that it's broken. Charlie Dutch, Augusta

Online Only: Why terrorists hate Bush
Thanks to President George W. Bush, there has not been another terrorist attack on our country due to his quick action ... . He was told, as was Congress, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. I believe this to be true, as four trucks were reported going from Iraq to Syria before we arrived. Hilda B. Jones, North Augusta, S.C.

Do your civic duty and vote Tuesday
The election season has produced much passion as pundits on both sides have made arguments that their candidate is the best. Political discourse of this nature is good for the country, and helps to keep our political parties in check.

SPLOST simply isn't way to go
Before you cast your vote, think to yourself what you would like to see happen in Richmond County over the next 10 years. After all, isn't 10 years enough time to accomplish great things? Then read the SPLOST V referendum on the ballot and decide if it fits your needs in an efficient, concise plan. Mary Davis, Augusta

Come to next town hall meeting
I am so proud of the Citizens' Action Committee for taking the lead in initiating positive change. They are playing host to a town hall meeting Nov. 3 at the Municipal Building in the commission chambers from noon to 12:30 p.m., which is immediately before the commission's scheduled meeting at 12:30. An invitation was extended to all commissioners to attend so that citizens' concerns regarding recent actions taken can be addressed. Crystal Barber, North Augusta, S.C.

Come to next town hall meeting

Economy is even better under Bush

Oil-for-food flap was an outrage
I find it amazing that only one major news source is covering what is probably the biggest news story that has ever occurred. That story is the rip-off of the Iraq oil-for-food money scandal at the United Nations.Bob Cipperly, Evans

Burns' Medicare stance flawed

Thanks, Cheney, for daughter
John Kerry's comments about Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter in the last presidential debate gave The Chronicle the opportunity to blast the senator yet again, among the hundreds of times since January ("The great debate," Oct. 15). Richard D. Renew, Martinez

Myers shows proven leadership

Religious zealot Bush dooms U.S.
When are we going to understand that we cannot win the war on terrorism by military means? If we have learned anything from 4,000 years of history, it should be that fighting terrorism by force will never work.Harold M. Szerlip, Martinez

Campaign literature looks fishy
I had the opportunity to read a campaign flier by Swain McElmurray, the Republican candidate for Richmond County solicitor general, and I found some misleading information that disturbs me. Beaurine Wilkins, Augusta

Carolina needs Bush, DeMint
America needs to re- elect George W. Bush as our president Tuesday. No president in recent memory has done so well under such adverse conditions. Shirley Schilling, Belvedere, S.C.

Online Only: Myers best for school board
Richmond County School District 5 voters will elect a trustee Tuesday who could very easily determine the direction of the school board for years to come. Quincy L. Robertson, Augusta

Iraq casualties not a race issue
This is in response to the article, "Black leaders see range of Kerry support" in the Oct. 20 Chronicle. Staff Sgt. Robert Boland, Evans

As a Catholic, Kerry's a disgrace
John Kerry recently stated in a speech on the campaign trail that the values he practices as a Roman Catholic "will guide me as president." In response to church bishops critical of his support for abortion rights, Kerry stated, "I love my church, I respect the bishops, but I respectfully disagree." Mary Ann Mancuso, Grovetown

Economy is even better under Bush
Despite John Kerry's constant refrain that the economy is worse than it's been in years, the truth is the opposite. Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

Go with Grove for school board
We need a school board member whose objectives are to strengthen the positive and improve the negative aspects of the Columbia County school system. LouAnne Grove is such a person. She is unquestionably the most qualified candidate. Ye Sun Wiltse, Evans

Dems will cure what ails you
I can hardly wait for the Johns to be elected. John Edwards said that if he and the other John are elected, the crippled will walk, and diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, cancer and a host of other illnesses will no longer exist. Steve King, Belvedere, S.C.

Commission must not get SPLOST
I am writing to urge everyone to vote "No" on all questions on Richmond County's SPLOST V ballot Nov. 2. The simple fact is, we cannot trust the Augusta Commission to spend the money wisely that they have. At present, we have a $9.3 million budget deficit... Sandra S. Hutchison, Augusta

Christians should vote for Bush
Most voters are aware of President Bush's faith-based initiatives that should appeal to Christians. In addition, the "domino theory" put forth by the late President Nixon, detailing what would happen if North Vietnam won the war against South Vietnam, proved to be all too true. Around Easter 2004, hundreds of Christians were put to death in Vietnam ... Bob Gordy, Louisville, Ga.

Former commissioner: No SPLOST
Tuesday is an important day for our country and our city. One big issue for our city is the special purpose local option sales tax vote. William B. Kuhlke Jr., Augusta

Bush has the experience to lead
As a lifetime resident of Augusta, I have voted in every presidential election since Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected in 1952. Although every election is important, I believe that this 2004 presidential election will be the most important one in my lifetime, and possibly the most important U.S. election ever held. Robert Symms, Augusta

Commission must not get SPLOST

Oil-for-food flap was an outrage

Myers shows proven leadership
The Richmond County Board of Education trustees deserve the support of our community. I base this on several facts. Our students' academic performance has been steadily improving for the past six to eight years. The board has worked together as a body without the discord that has plagued many of our elected and appointed boards. Roy Jones, Augusta

President shows courage, faith

Look, think, take intelligent action

Iraq casualties not a race issue

Choose wisely in Edgefield races

Do your civic duty and vote Tuesday

We need some answers to save city

Online Only: Blacks must not vote Democrat
To the African-American community, I would like to respectfully present facts that never seem to surface. Charles Kimbrough, Sylvania

Bush has the experience to lead

Online Only: We can't afford to elect Kerry
As we stand on the precipice of the most important election of our lives, I am amazed at the number of individuals who have fallen prey to the lies and distortions of John Kerry. In a time of war, where there are individuals who desire to kill Americans, we cannot afford to entrust the security of our nation to the likes of Kerry. Jerry Powell , North Augusta, S.C.

Jones is sound solicitor choice
We should elect Harold Jones II for solicitor general. Vivian W. Newton, Augusta

Online Only: Combat vet backs Bush
When I saw on television what happened on 9-11, my thoughts went back to Pearl Harbor and what happened to this country. I had been in the U.S. Army about two years in the 2nd Armored Division. John P. Clements, Augusta

SPLOST simply isn't way to go

Online Only: Kerry, Edwards unfit to lead
I am an 80-year-old medically retired paratrooper/infantryman who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam with over 28 years service, including over four years of combat duty. James N. Dover, Martinez

Vote Pulliam for Richmond BOE
I have been viewing many local debates over the past several weeks. As a mother of two, I have to say that Barbara Pulliam has really impressed me and won my vote. She is a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Richmond County Board of Education. Matisse Holman, Hephzibah

No longer undecided; vote Bush
I am an independent voter. I examine and listen carefully to each candidate's platform, morals and political history. There is never a perfect candidate. However, after listening to all the debates, I've decided that President George W. Bush will get my vote. Penni Silvey, North Augusta, S.C.

Keep Myers on school board
I am the recently appointed pastor of Miles Memorial C.M.E. Church in Augusta. I have served the Augusta community for the past 27 years as campus pastor and instructor of religion at Paine College. Jerry Poole, Augusta

Littlejohn is the right fit for BOE
Having been a student in several of Dr. Sylvia Littlejohn's classes at Evans High in the 1970s, all I must say is she has my vote. Arthur Wilson, Augusta

President's agenda is troubling
On Tuesday we are going to elect a president of the United States. I have some problems with comprehending some of the terminology that the current president is using. Dr. John Maben, Augusta

Vote down Aiken sales-tax plan
On Nov. 2, voters in Aiken County will be asked to vote on a special 1-percent sales and use tax. If it is approved, it will amount to taxation without representation. C. Clyde Hooks, Belvedere S.C.

Choose wisely in Edgefield races
In the upcoming elections, things in Edgefield County are at a pivotal point. As one who follows local politics in depth, and after much investigation, I have found some very obvious choices in the races. Roy Blackwell , Merriwether, S.C.

President shows courage, faith
Qualities that make a great president include determination to do what is right regardless of the latest polls; personal strength to bear the weight of the nation on your shoulders; and faith that a higher power will direct the actions of good people. Neal B. Dillon, Aiken, S.C.

Look, think, take intelligent action
We express our preference for a presidential candidate by letters to the editor that boost our candidate, and the placing of yard signs. Both reveal our beliefs and biases. In Georgia or South Carolina, where the Electoral College outcome is known, letters or yard signs will make no difference. Rick Brown, Augusta

Padgett is needed for BOE
I have known Jeff M. Padgett for 29 years, and lived next door to him for the past 12 years. He is also my favorite son-in-law and the father of three of my grandsons. Peggy Belger, Augusta

Burns' Medicare stance flawed
I was a little more than amused by the ad for Max Burns appearing on Page 5A of the Oct. 20 Augusta Chronicle. The ad put a whole other spin on the notion of visionary leadership. "Thanks but no thanks" would be more appropriate. Michael Shlaer, M.D., Augusta

Presidential vote is important
The November presidential election is crucial because the future of our country is at stake. The next president, along with Congress, will have to address a large number issues that have not been discussed or debated to a great degree during the campaign. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Kerry insults military families
This is in answer to the letter by David B. Trowbridge, M.D., Oct. 20 ("Stolen Honor is just a shameless smear tactic"). Barbara Sharkey, Augusta

Sleep-deprived doctors-in-training make more errors

Self-mover packing tips

Light's glow will brighten the holidays

Managing home energy costs

Etched in memory

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers

Sensitivity to bitter taste linked to lower weight

Western red cedar preferred wood in homes

Stargazers enjoy total lunar eclipse

Halloween costume ideas for pampered pooches

Americans are getting taller and a lot fatter

Halloween costume ideas for pampered pooches
HARTSDALE, N.Y. - Sure, any old dog can go out trick-or-treating in a mass-produced costume. For less than $30, he can be a pumpkin, a devil, an astronaut, a cheerleader or - oh, the insult! - a cat.

Etched in memory
Seventeen-year-old Brandi Matney died in a 1998 car accident, but now she has a guardian angel watching over her.

Sleep-deprived doctors-in-training make more errors
From prescribing overdoses to sticking a tube in the wrong vein, doctors-in-training made one-third more serious mistakes during typically long shifts than they did during "short" 16-hour ones, a Harvard study found.

Light's glow will brighten the holidays
An inexpensive, space-saving way to achieve delightful winter holiday ambience is with light. Use natural light, candlelight and artificial light, and you cannot miss the mark. Compact, lightweight and portable, decorating with light is not only smart, but it's also about as simple as it gets.

Western red cedar preferred wood in homes
If there's a better wood than western red cedar on, in and around houses, the Western Red Cedar Lumber Assocation doesn't know about it. For that matter, there's no faux-wood that outperforms cedar, either.

Sensitivity to bitter taste linked to lower weight
TRENTON, N.J. - Could a sensitive palate be the key to a svelte figure?

Americans are getting taller and a lot fatter
WASHINGTON - Americans are getting a little taller and a lot fatter.

Self-mover packing tips
Are you one of the many renting a truck and moving to a new home? If so, it pays to know what things to stack, what goes in back and what to wrap in foam.

Stargazers enjoy total lunar eclipse
BALTIMORE - Astronomy buffs and amateur stargazers turned out to watch a total lunar eclipse Wednesday night - the last one Earth will get for nearly two and a half years.

Managing home energy costs
When it comes to managing home energy costs, your best defense is a strong offense. Taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home will not only save you money on utility costs, but you'll improve personal comfort as well.

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We are remodeling our bathroom and will need a new shower pan. Our contractor has suggested fiberglass or terrazzo. Can you tell me what the difference is between the two? -- Julie

Augusta gains bit of revenge
DULUTH, Ga. - The Augusta Lynx got a little revenge and a huge first win, beating the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 in a shootout on Friday.

Augusta gains bit of revenge

Numbers continue to climb for early voting
ATLANTA - The numbers continued to climb for early voting in Georgia Thursday, nearing the 135,000 mark for the 80 counties that voluntarily report their statistics to the Secretary of State's office.

Heath officials rave over area's emergency plans

Boy sets up display of frights
When Halloween arrives, James Beckham prefers scaring the bejeezus out of folks to chasing around for tooth-rotting treats.

Across the area
A former office manager at the Medical College of Georgia who used a state purchasing card for personal business pleaded guilty Friday.

Across the area

Libertarian Senate candidate pushes for a balanced budget
ATLANTA - Even if he's considered a long shot to win Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat this year, Allen Buckley is a man on a mission.

Tenenbaum says she's on side of Carolinians
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Standing in front of a statue of Strom Thurmond, Inez Tenenbaum said Thursday that she, too, would put South Carolinians first if elected to the U.S. Senate.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson has been charged with assault over a confrontation with a resident at a meeting last month.

Minibottle campaign turns nasty

Carrier departs from Augusta today
Today Continental Express will say goodbye to the Garden City, more than likely never to return.

House rivals focus on jobs

Black voters are torn on marriage
ATLANTA - At a doughnut shop near downtown Atlanta, two black men chat over coffee. One is gay, the other straight. They agree on this: Gay marriage could be as soundly rejected by black Democrats as it probably will be among white Republicans.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day
Haden Lowe of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Exotic car show to aid depot
AIKEN - A charity group is counting on a collection of high-priced roadsters to resurrect a piece of Aiken's history.

Early trick-or-treating
Augusta Tech student Lawrence Tate gives out candy to Christopher Carson, 4, as children in the pre school and kindergarten program went trick-or-treating in the college's cafeteria . T

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Black voters are torn on marriage

Hunley money can be used for submarine

Learning their civic duty

Demand might hurt hospitals

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Tech school evolves with demand
GRANITEVILLE - Zaneta Bussey said she decided to go into the medical field after getting an X-ray in high school.

Sheriff suspends deputy

Numbers continue to climb for early voting

Kid of the day

More data needed to secure SRS work

Heath officials rave over area's emergency plans
With the hood still in its bag, the odd-looking hose and power pack belted to Lt. Tim Walker's waist look more like parts of a leaf blower than a device to battle bioterrorism.

Bogus letter warns of voter arrests
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A bogus letter circulating in South Carolina, purporting to be from the NAACP, threatens the arrest of voters who have outstanding parking tickets or failed to pay child support. The NAACP said Friday the letter is a scare tactic and called for an investigation.

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ATLANTA - Two youths are facing murder charges after a carjacking attempt that left a man dead, police said.

Soldier dies in ambush
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon, of North Charleston, S.C., died in Iraq this week, only days after returning there from leave, his family and friends said.

Group says candidate's TV ads are misleading
ATLANTA - The television ads for Georgia Appeals Court candidate Howard Mead are misleading and improper, according to a legal-ethics watchdog group.

Sheriff suspends deputy
Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey is suspending a deputy nearly three weeks after he was caught working at an illegal bar outside Sardis during a raid by state alcohol and tobacco agents.

New plan for budget banks on efficiency
With no increase in Medicare funding next year, University Hospital is banking on millions of dollars from streamlining operations to help it meet its budget next year.

Mock vote aims to generate interest
ATLANTA - Like many John Kerry supporters, Zachary Thomas cites the war in Iraq as his reason for voting Wednesday for the Massachusetts senator.

Details of airport marketing director hire a secret
Augusta Regional Airport Director Buster Boshears announced Thursday that he has hired a new marketing director, but he kept the details to himself.

Learning their civic duty
If it were up to Greenbrier Elementary School fourth-grader Tabitha Kent, President Bush would continue to run the country for another term.

Soldier dies in ambush

Data cards rile some candidates
AIKEN - One of two Aiken County School Board incumbents who floated campaign circulars that contain verbatim data from a district-produced information card stapled to teacher paychecks Oct. 19 said he did so only after the cards were printed and distributed.

Group says candidate's TV ads are misleading

SPLOST project: Paving dirt roads
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.

Renegade reservists hail from other states
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says none of the 18 Army reservists who refused to complete a mission in Iraq is a South Carolinian.

Across the area
The executive committee of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is voicing its opposition of the special purpose local option sales tax.

Libertarian Senate candidate pushes for a balanced budget

More than 10,000 cast ballots early
Advance voting has been a big hit in Richmond County, election officials said Friday.

Report: Columbus contractor killed in Iraq

Richmond County schools await budgets
Three months into the school year, principals at all 55 Richmond County schools still are waiting to find out how much money they have to buy supplies for teachers and staff.

County questions 95 Hispanics' right to vote
PEARSON, Ga. - Ninety-five Hispanic voters in south Georgia's Atkinson County were summoned to a courthouse Thursday to defend their right to vote after a complaint alleged a county commissioner attempted to register non-U.S. citizens.

Race says no to political signs
AIKEN - The Aiken Fall Steeplechase is about horse racing and best hat contests, not politics, organizers said Friday.

Across South Carolina
SUMTER - A woman working as a psychologist for Sumter School District 2 has been arrested and accused of forging educational documents to get her job.

New plan for budget banks on efficiency

Late bloomers

ASU can be a spooky place

YDC set to open again

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County questions 95 Hispanics' right to vote

Data cards rile some candidates

Hook line on sinker

SPLOST: The Mach Academy

Hunley money can be used for submarine
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Money raised by the nonprofit group Friends of the Hunley may be used to preserve the Confederate submarine and does not have to go to the state general fund, Attorney General Henry McMaster says.

Renegade reservists hail from other states

Underdog relishes battle for seat

Officials in Aiken redefine 1-cent sales tax package

Hook line on sinker
Bo Wooten, of Don's Collision, attaches a tow cord to a truck that was driven into a pond near the Aiken-Augusta Highway in North Augusta. Department of Public Safety Officer C.F. Toole said the driver, Alex Mills, 37, of North Augusta, didn't stop Thursday when signaled and led authorities on a chase that ended when Mr. Mills drove the truck into the pond.

House rivals focus on jobs
In the race for Georgia House District 123, voters will have to choose between two Waynesboro residents with years of experience as legislators.

SPLOST: The Mach Academy
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.

Carrier departs from Augusta today

More data needed to secure SRS work
NEW ELLENTON - The politician who holds the purse strings on four major projects considered crucial to future jobs and missions at Savannah River Site said a multibillion-dollar trigger factory for nuclear weapons won't be built until more scientific research is conducted.

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Exotic car show to aid depot

Race says no to political signs

Kid of the day

Demand might hurt hospitals
With a growing and aging population increasing the demand even as payments dwindle, Georgia's hospitals are on a "collision course" that imperils their future, the Georgia Hospital Association said Friday.

Tenenbaum says she's on side of Carolinians

Lesbian daughter of gay marriage ban leader speaks against measure
ATLANTA - Tess Fields, the lesbian daughter of Georgia Christian Coalition leader Sadie Fields, is speaking out against her mother's campaign to add a same-sex marriage ban to the state constitution.

Jury finds man guilty of murder
AIKEN - After three days of testimony, it took a jury less than an hour Thursday to convict Cedric Coldan of armed robbery, kidnapping and murder in the December 2003 slaying of 19-year-old Christopher Carroll of North Augusta.

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Late bloomers
Terry Ferrell prunes his flowers in front of his antiques shop and museum in the Edgefield town square.

Mock vote aims to generate interest

ASU can be a spooky place
There were no campfires. No flashlights shining on the speakers' faces as they told their ghost stories.

YDC set to open again
Georgia's Juvenile Justice Department is about to take another crack at running a statewide mental health prison for delinquent boys in Augusta.

More flu shots to arrive soon
The remaining flu vaccine is trickling out across the county over the next few weeks, and public health authorities are asking for patience in getting it to those at greatest risk from the virus.

Minibottle campaign turns nasty
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The campaign over whether South Carolina bars and restaurants should continue to pour drinks from tiny bottles of liquor has become anything but hospitable.

Officials in Aiken redefine 1-cent sales tax package
AIKEN - Supporters of Aiken County's proposed renewal of a 1-cent sales tax to pay for road and civic projects are worried negative publicity surrounding Augusta's $486 million sales tax package will damage the chances of their own referendum.

SPLOST project: Paving dirt roads

Underdog relishes battle for seat
The two candidates vying Tuesday for the Georgia House District 121 seat present contrasts.

Report: Columbus contractor killed in Iraq
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A contract worker from Columbus has been killed in a car bomb attack in Iraq.

Kid of the day
Haley Jean Stone is today's Kid of the Day.

Early trick-or-treating

Smoke bomb set off during bank robbery
Officers from the Aiken County bloodhound team and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office search the woods behind the Bank of America on Center West Parkway after it was robbed at about 9 a.m. Friday.

Smoke bomb set off during bank robbery

Across Georgia

Tech school evolves with demand

Augustan to take rightful place in hall of fame
Teaching tennis in a golf town is a tireless job. That's why you'll find Margaret Faughnan spending six days every week at Augusta Country Club, standing at the service line fighting the siren song of the tee box.

Review: 'Enduring Love'
The ads for "Enduring Love" proclaim that the film comes from the director of "Notting Hill." And that's true, it does - but don't expect glamorous stars trading witty banter and falling in love.

Capsule reviews of new films

Review: 'Enduring Love'
The ads for "Enduring Love" proclaim that the film comes from the director of "Notting Hill." And that's true, it does - but don't expect glamorous stars trading witty banter and falling in love.

Review: 'Enduring Love'

Directors incorporate series win into film
NEW YORK - Your eyes weren't playing tricks on you. That really was Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore making out on the field as the Boston Red Sox celebrated their first World Series victory since 1918.

Review: 'Enduring Love'

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

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Home recordings used for new Lennon disc

Companies in talks to launch new download venture

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Home recordings used for new Lennon disc
NEW YORK - Yoko Ono knows she could probably release old recordings of John Lennon yodeling and there would be market for it.

Companies in talks to launch new download venture
LOS ANGELES - Sony BMG Music Entertainment and online peer-to-peer software distributor Grokster are working on a new venture that is expected to offer paid and free song downloads over the Internet, sources say.

Top 20 Concert Tours

With heavy hearts, Hendrick team goes back to work

With heavy hearts, Hendrick team goes back to work
HAMPTON, Ga. - Jeff Gordon gnawed at his lips, struggling to contain the tears that were so desperate to escape.

Bliss wins pole for Atlanta Busch race
HAMPTON, Ga. - Ryan Newman might be out of contention for the Chase of the Championship, but it hasn't slowed him down.

Gordon vows to bring home title

Gordon vows to bring home title
HAMPTON, Ga. - Tears welled in Jeff Gordon's eyes Friday afternoon as he vowed to win the Nextel Cup Series championship to honor the 10 people who died aboard an airplane owned by his Hendrick Motorsports race team.

After mourning, NASCAR gets back to work

Bliss wins pole for Atlanta Busch race

After mourning, NASCAR gets back to work
HAMPTON, Ga. - The NASCAR family paused for a few days to mourn. Now it's back to business.

James, Cavaliers have eyes on playoffs

Cavaliers rally for win over Hawks
PITTSBURGH - Zydrunas Ilgauskas can't wait to start the NBA season. The way the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing, it's no wonder why.

James, Cavaliers have eyes on playoffs
CLEVELAND - Believe it or not, LeBron James doesn't have it all. Not yet.

Augustus sweats to show off skills
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Seimone Augustus has been anything but content since she led Louisiana State to its first Final Four this past March.

NFL closer to picking place for L.A. franchise

Hall 'can't wait' for first start with Falcons

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Agassi wins in straight sets to reach semifinals

Overtime

Azeri, Pleasantly Perfect headline a Classic

Agassi wins in straight sets again

Overtime

Overtime

Baffert's confident about BC Juvenile

Overtime
In Waco, Texas, Carlton Dotson, the former Baylor basketball player charged with murdering a teammate was ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Overtime
In Waco, Texas, Carlton Dotson, the former Baylor basketball player charged with murdering a teammate was ruled incompetent to stand trial.

New course won't play into Armstrong's hands
PARIS - The 2005 Tour de France might give other riders their best chance to test Lance Armstrong, if he goes for a seventh straight title.

Agassi wins in straight sets to reach semifinals
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Top-seeded Andre Agassi beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 6-2 Friday to reach the Stockholm Open semifinals for the first time.

Azeri, Pleasantly Perfect headline a Classic
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Leave it to D. Wayne Lukas to add intrigue to an already appealing Breeders' Cup Classic.

Baffert's confident about BC Juvenile
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Bob Baffert finally arrived at Lone Star Park and immediately began talking up the only horse he has in the Breeders' Cup, his latest 2-year-old whiz kid, Roman Ruler.

Agassi wins in straight sets again
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Andre Agassi had little trouble reaching the Stockholm Open quarterfinals, beating Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-4 Thursday.

Overtime
The Augusta State golf team jumped to 14th in the latest Golfweek rankings after back-to-back top-5 finishes.

NFL closer to picking place for L.A. franchise
DEARBORN, Mich. - The NFL hopes by next May to select a site for a potential franchise in the Los Angeles area.

Hall 'can't wait' for first start with Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - It didn't take the Atlanta Falcons long to put rookie DeAngelo Hall in the starting lineup.

Vatican takes small steps to reconcile with Orthodox
VATICAN CITY - Call it icon diplomacy. Just as the visit of a U.S. table tennis team to China - "pingpong diplomacy" - helped open the way for a visit by President Richard Nixon in 1972, the Vatican is hoping that a series of small steps can break down barriers with the Russian Orthodox Church and Orthodoxy elsewhere, bringing Pope John Paul II to Russia.

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Stories can illustrate God's promises
All of God's people want to hear the stories of God's unchanging promises.

Gospel artist to perform at forum
Hip-hop gospel artist Jubba will wrap up a rap session between Augusta-area politicians and youths today at May Park with a benefit concert for Hope Christian School.

Faith digest
More than 100 boats, cars and trucks will go on the block at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Salvation Army's auto auction.

Woman ministers to children
Her bright-green smock adorned with three pockets, two hands and one heart is a pictorial shorthand for the preschoolers who make up Miss PattyCake's audience.

Meditation advocates push for their practice elsewhere
FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Here in the American headquarters of Transcendental Meditation, people like to brag that, much as in Garrison Keillor's fictional Lake Wobegon, "all the children are above average."

Treats, no tricks
Bethlehem Advent Christian Church will keep it simple for Halloween.

Religion News in Brief
SEATTLE - Two Washington state parishes severed ties with the Episcopal Church last week and joined the Anglican Diocese of Recife, Brazil, partly to protest last year's U.S. consecration of an openly gay bishop.

Augustan to take rightful place in hall of fame

TV host, plaintiff agree to settle harassment dispute
NEW YORK - Fox News Channel television host Bill O'Reilly and a former producer of his talk show have agreed to settle their legal dispute over her allegations of sexual harassment, O'Reilly's lawyer announced Thursday.

CNN plans splashy Election Night

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Oct. 18-24. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Sunday TV news shows guests
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

CNNfn shutting down after nine years

Ratings for basic cable networks

Election coverage: long-awaited answers, or more questions?

Election coverage: long-awaited answers, or more questions?
NEW YORK - To recast a catchphrase from the Watergate era: What will we know and when will we know it?

TV host, plaintiff agree to settle harassment dispute

CNN plans splashy Election Night
NEW YORK - People who tune into CNN on Election Night will face a blizzard of numbers.

Sunday TV news shows guests

CNNfn shutting down after nine years
NEW YORK - CNN will shut down its struggling CNNfn financial news network in mid-December, giving up its attempt to compete with CNBC after nine years.

The top five in entertainment

Ex-Pumpkin is busy as rockers issue CDs, books

People in the News

People in the News

Friends, family gather at Reeve memorial

All aboard P. Diddy's political party plane

Munson talks way into hall

Richt says Dogs must 'play loose'

Bulldogs look to end losing streak
ATHENS, Ga. - Thirteen has been the most unlucky number for Georgia the last two years against Florida.

Gators wants to beat No. 10 Georgia for the Zooker

Bulldogs look to end losing streak

Munson talks way into hall
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Georgia quarterback Matt Robinson would like to be Larry Munson's replacement as the voice of the Bulldogs.

Richt says Dogs must 'play loose'
ATHENS, Ga. - Getting fired up for the Georgia-Florida game is never an issue for the players involved in one of college football's biggest rivalries.

Gators wants to beat No. 10 Georgia for the Zooker
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - When athletic director Jeremy Foley fired Ron Zook, he asked him to coach Florida's remaining four games.

Williamson's on the list of semifinalists

Pinkins returns for Gamecocks
South Carolina has had a difficult enough time beating Tennessee at full strength.

Williamson's on the list of semifinalists
South Carolina's Troy Williamson, of Jackson, S.C., was among the semifinalists announced Thursday for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to college football's best receiver.

Pinkins returns for Gamecocks

Odds and Ends

Man: Wife's near-death experience meant to save marriage

The 2005 Colondar

Man killed with sword made at the factory by fellow worker

Meditation advocates push for their practice elsewhere

Woman ministers to children

Faith digest

Treats, no tricks

Gospel artist to perform at forum

Religion News in Brief

Vatican takes small steps to reconcile with Orthodox

Faith Calendar