History, myth blend in Queen of Sheba exhibit
SANTA ANA, Calif. - She's perhaps the original one-hit wonder.

A Carnegie Hall 'South Pacific' with Reba
NEW YORK - Reba McEntire proved to be quite a sensation when she stepped into the role of Annie Oakley in the most recent Broadway revival of "Annie Get Your Gun."

A Carnegie Hall 'South Pacific' with Reba

History, myth blend in Queen of Sheba exhibit

Dead people's votes may be counted
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An untold number of ballots from people who have died since casting them will be counted this year because of the haphazard and cumbersome process of enforcing laws in many states to weed out these votes.

Odds and Ends
BELSANO, Pa. - Forget "Kramer vs. Kramer." A legal fight brewing between doughnut maker Krispy Kreme and a seasonal ice cream stand could be called "Kreme vs. Kream."

Around the watercooler
Vacations aren't just for rest - plenty of us shop up a storm.

Oil prices drop below $50 a barrel
Oil futures prices sank to their lowest level in nearly a month Monday on a continuation of the selloff sparked last week by rising U.S. supplies of crude and easing fears about the refining industry's ability to satisfy heating oil demand.

IRS audits of businesses decline
WASHINGTON - The pace of corporate audits by the Internal Revenue Service continued to decline in the first six months of fiscal 2004, despite IRS pledges to crack down on tax violators, an analysis of government data shows. The IRS differed with the findings.

Class of '99 still recovering from dashed dreams
The day she graduated from Northeastern University, Liz Erk thought she had it made.

Manufacturing, consumer spending grow
NEW YORK - Consumer spending rebounded in September while manufacturing activity expanded in October, though at a slower pace than the previous month, providing further evidence of continued but moderating economic growth on the eve of the presidential election.

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.

Business briefs
Morris Communications Co. announced it has acquired the rights to publish the visitor magazine WHERE in certain U.S. and European markets.

Wachovia finishes SouthTrust acquisition
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Wachovia Corp. has completed a $14.3 billion acquisition of SouthTrust Corp. to create the largest bank in the Southeast, both banks said Monday.

Agents choose Internet over hefty property lists

Business briefs

Delta's pilots begin voting
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc.'s pilots started voting Monday on a union contract proposal that would cut their salaries by nearly a third, while the ailing airline announced it had secured another $500 million in financing to help it stave off bankruptcy.

Delta's pilots begin voting

Agents choose Internet over hefty property lists
This year, the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors spent almost $480,000 on something hardly anyone uses.

Oil prices drop below $50 a barrel

Oracle boosts bid for PeopleSoft
SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle Corp. sweetened its hostile bid for rival business software maker PeopleSoft Inc. to $9.2 billion Monday, a 14 percent increase aimed at resolving the long-running takeover battle between the bitter foes.

Effect of Google IPO felt by newer deals

Effect of Google IPO felt by newer deals
NEW YORK - Google Inc. had some IPO coattails after all. Initial public offerings just wrapped up one of their best weeks in some time, with 10 companies coming to market, raising $1.7 billion, and several soaring in their debuts.

Manufacturing, consumer spending grow

Oracle boosts bid for PeopleSoft

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New CEO still evaluating Penney's business
PLANO, Texas - Unlike the bankrupt retailer he took over at Macy's in 1992, Myron E. Ullman III will inherit a chain on the rebound when he assumes control of J.C. Penney Co. Inc. on Dec. 1.

Officials use hurricanes to create more OJ drinkers

Officials use hurricanes to create more OJ drinkers
LAKELAND, Fla. - Drinking orange juice will help Florida rebuild from the damage of hurricanes that blew through the state this season, according to a television advertisement approved Wednesday by the Florida Citrus Commission.

New CEO still evaluating Penney's business

Class of '99 still recovering from dashed dreams

IRS audits of businesses decline

Tigers need help to make Orange

Heels savor victory over Miami
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina coach John Bunting never lost faith in his players, unabashedly supporting them even while their mistakes and poor play led to more losses.

Tigers have time to savor title

Rix gets 'Noles nod, again

Monday morning quarterback
WHO'S HOT: North Carolina and Maryland. Your friends would have called you an idiot if you proclaimed before the games that the Tar Heels would beat Miami and the Terps would take out Florida State. Just further proof that gambling on college football is an incredibly dumb idea.

Monday morning quarterback

Tigers have time to savor title
OXFORD, Miss. - Expect a quiet November from third-ranked Auburn.

Rix gets 'Noles nod, again
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Quarterback Chris Rix will start for No. 13 Florida State on Saturday against Duke, returning to the job he lost six games ago to Wyatt Sexton.

Florida in state of shock after loss
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida, Florida State and Miami were out of the national championship picture by Thanksgiving last year.

Tigers need help to make Orange
Auburn moved into third place in the Bowl Championship Series on Monday, while Southern California and Oklahoma held firmly to the top two spots.

Florida in state of shock after loss

Heels savor victory over Miami

Yes to Aiken sales tax
South Carolina voters will confront two constitutional amendments Tuesday, and Aiken County will be asked to extend the 1-cent sales tax another seven years. Our recommendation is yes for all three referenda.

Yes to Aiken sales tax

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Servants - or sovereigns?
Which is worse: A twice-convicted drug dealer getting out of prison early when his father pays $70,000 in fines - or the fact that the two Augusta judges who let it happen see absolutely nothing wrong with it?

People in the News
DUBLIN, Ireland - Pierce Brosnan, who played British agent James Bond in the last four "007" films, says he thinks fellow Irishman Colin Farrell would be his ideal successor.

Affordable-housing goals eased
WASHINGTON - New government-set goals for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make home ownership affordable have been eased slightly from the targets proposed earlier this year, the Housing and Urban Development Department said Monday.

Gas prices average $2.03 per gallon
WASHINGTON - The retail price of gasoline inched higher last week to average $2.03 per gallon nationwide, the Energy Department reported Monday.

All I want is a little bit of courtesy from those fouling my atmosphere

A $10 million year for Singh

Haas earns trip to Augusta
Jay Haas is not going back to college in 2005.

A $10 million year for Singh
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Vijay Singh once earned $10 a lesson as a club pro in Borneo. With his ninth victory of the year Sunday in the Chrysler Championship, the Fijian became golf's first $10 million man.

Haas earns trip to Augusta

Park wins CJ Nine Bridges Classic
JEJU, South Korea - Grace Park won the CJ Nine Bridges Classic, shooting a 7-under 65 for a five-stroke victory.

Singh on an unimaginable ride

Harrington could disrupt money list
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Jesper Parnevik and Tag Ridings have to wait one week to see if their crucial spots on the money list hold up.

Watney takes Nationwide
PRATTVILLE, Ala. - Nick Watney completed his late-season charge to the big leagues Sunday with a 3-under 69 to win the Nationwide Tour Championship, moving him up to No. 5 on the final list to earn a PGA Tour card.

Singh on an unimaginable ride
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The mayor wanted a picture with him. The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars wanted a word with him. Civic leaders simply wanted to shake his hand.

Park wins CJ Nine Bridges Classic

Vietnam will host the inaugural Carlsberg Masters

Vietnam will host the inaugural Carlsberg Masters
CHI LINH, Vietnam - Cone-shaped hats dot the manicured green as a crew of young women wearing rubber boots and sun-shielding face masks learn how to caddy for Vietnam's first major golf tournament. It's an unlikely sight in the communist country where the average annual income still hovers around $420, and a monthly wage often wouldn't cover greens fees.

Jefferson County tops Burke County in OT

Seeds are on the line for area teams
Thomson and Glenn Hills are going to the playoffs in Class AAA. Who'll they'll play and what seed they are will depend on three teams and numerous scenarios.

The top ten prep football teams in the weekly
Power Poll as selected by members of The Augusta Chronicle and WJBF NewsChannel 6 sports departments. A first-place vote is worth 10 points; a 10th-place vote is worth one point. First-place votes are in parentheses:

Jefferson County tops Burke County in OT
The deciding effort came after 10 regular season games, 2 mini-games and two college football-style overtime periods.

Turning back the hands of time is a waste of time
So much for all that daylight I was supposed to be saving.

Voters wait two hours or more at Edgefield County polling place
Voters at Merriwether Middle School appeared to experience the longest wait at the polls today, according to those who called TheAugusta Chronicle to report their voting experience.

Heavy turnout at polls
On a balmy, gray morning, Augusta-area voters lined up to cast their ballots in one of the most hotly contested elections ever seen.

School board must be held accountable
I was dismayed by what can only be characterized as a personal attack by Lakeside High School Principal Jeff Carney against Merle Temple in the Oct. 24 Opinion section ("Top-notch school system continually improves"). Oksana Demediuk, Martinez

Local air fares are outrageous
The Augusta Aviation Commis-sion has its hands full trying to take us into the future: Continental leaves us; Delta discontinues 6 a.m. flights as of Dec. 1; and Delta continues to rip us off on ticket pricing. John T. Viers, North Augusta

Hospital's staff excels in its duties
The beauty of the human person has been revealed to me. I'm sure it has always been present but my eyes and heart have not been fully open to it. Openness is the key. To allow God to penetrate our being by sending His own created messengers of His love. ... Maggie Douglas, Augusta

Hospital's staff excels in its duties

Flag must not endure as symbol
While it is a brilliant document of self-regulation that has required few amendments, our Constitution, when ratified in 1789, contained a flawed premise. Each slave, while not allowed to enjoy rights afforded free citizens, was counted as three-fifths of a person in determining how many congressional representatives could come from a state. Don Dickerson, Martinez

School board must be held accountable

Rebel flag was misappropriated
The Augusta Chronicle's editorial cartoon Oct. 10 showed a Klansman behind a group of Confederate flag supporters. This, without a doubt, is a bigoted view of those who seek to simply protect their heritage. It is a low point in journalism. Trey Morris, North Augusta, S.C.

Flag must not endure as symbol

Let's help soldiers financially
Having been a veteran in the Army from 1965 to1968, and working at Fort Gordon for civil service for the past 34 years, I have a suggestion for everyone in the CSRA to assist our military personnel at Fort Gordon. As you all know, our soldiers put their lives on the line every day to keep America free. I have watched many of my soldiers go to Iraq since 2001 - and some have not come back - to do what they do best: put their lives on the line for every American, and try to rid us from these evil countries. I watched a news segment recently on television where a small town in the state of Washington donated money and raised $15,000 for all of the military from their city, to assist their families with their financial situations. Some of you people in the CSRA do not realize that a private first class only makes about $1,500 a month, and perhaps has a family of two or three, whereas they were making $3,000 a month in civilian life, before Sept. 11, 2001. This is a hardship on them. Charles Mongold, Augusta

FDA: Olive oil may boost heart health

Game reviews: "Donkey Konga," "Tony Hawk's Underground 2"

Spyware is sneaky, aggressive, oppressive

Users often invite spyware trouble

School nurses at front line of children's health issues

Seniors calendar

Tech companies feel heat from spyware

A spyware mystery: Who are those guys?

Techbits

Flat-panel TVs: Tune in, turn on, burn out?

Review: A flat panel that's also 3-D

Love & Politics

Vaccine protects against cervical cancer

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

School nurses at front line of children's health issues
NEW YORK - School nurses do a lot more than tend to cuts, bruises and the occasional bloody nose.

Vaccine protects against cervical cancer
WASHINGTON - Efforts to develop the world's first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer took a key step forward Monday with test results suggesting that it can provide long-lasting protection.

Flat-panel TVs: Tune in, turn on, burn out?
Q: I'm thinking of getting a plasma TV, but I've heard the image can "burn" into the screen. Is this something I need to be concerned about?

A spyware mystery: Who are those guys?
NEW YORK - In less than two years, CoolWebSearch has become the bane of the computing industry.

Users often invite spyware trouble
NEW YORK - All Dennis McGrath wanted was to belong.

Love & Politics
Politics always has been a hot potato avoided in casual conversation.

Spyware is sneaky, aggressive, oppressive
NEW YORK - David Eckstein turned on his computer one day and launched his Web browser, just as he had every day. This time, however, CNN.com did not automatically open. Instead, the page was a search engine he'd never heard of.

FDA: Olive oil may boost heart health
WASHINGTON - Food containing olive oil can carry labels saying they may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, the government says, citing limited evidence from a dozen scientific studies about the benefits of monounsaturated fats.

Techbits
SAN FRANCISCO - The mayor says San Francisco plans to rapidly expand its free wireless Internet access program and will soon make free computers available at housing projects and community centers.

Tech companies feel heat from spyware
SEATTLE - The people who call Dell Inc.'s customer service line often have no idea why their computers are running so slow. The ones who call America Online Inc. can't necessarily explain why Internet connections keep dropping. And those who file error reports with Microsoft Corp. don't always know why their computers inexplicably crash.

Review: A flat panel that's also 3-D
NEW YORK - Three-dimensional movies at home, without the silly glasses, have been a science-fiction dream for at least as long as Dick Tracy's wristwatch cell phone and the household robot.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Game reviews: "Donkey Konga," "Tony Hawk's Underground 2"
Nintendo has created what could be the ultimate house party video game with "Donkey Konga."

7 minutes decided girl's life

Georgia parties launch 11th-hour push

Still no suspects in Chesnee shooting
CHESNEE, S.C. - Nearly one year after four workers were found shot to death in a bike shop, no suspects have been identified and family members still wrestle with grief.

Aiken school worker finds powder in mail
AIKEN - An envelope leaking a suspicious white powder was found at the Aiken County school district office late Monday afternoon by an employee sorting mail, school and law enforcement authorities said.

The week ahead
It's almost over. Tuesday - Election Day - is almost here.

Runaway vehicle thumps church
Augusta's New Testament Church of Jesus Christ normally doesn't offer drive-through worship services, but on Sunday, Pastor J.L. Timmons said he thought he might have to.

Across the southeast

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Boy hurt in bicycle accident
A 14-year-old south Augusta boy suffered serious head injuries after a car slammed into him while he was riding his dirt bike Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Across Georgia

Georgia parties launch 11th-hour push
ATLANTA - After a year of record voter registrations, Democrats and Republicans are now unleashing massive grassroots campaigns designed to spur Georgians to the polls on Election Day - with each side hoping their efforts will prove victorious.

Across the area

Cleanup sweeps away Cold War-era buildings

Across Georgia

Controversial past caused firing, ex-professor says

Kid of the day

Across the Southeast

Undecideds remain as races end
ATLANTA - Republicans George Bush and Johnny Isakson can be confident of comfortable wins in Georgia today, according to a late poll, but a large number of likely voters say they haven't made up their minds.

Board says area turnout will be high
With a close, heated presidential race at the top of the ballot, voters in Georgia and South Carolina also will select two new U.S. senators and weigh in on a host of other issues Tuesday.

Volunteers out in force to make sure votes count

Across the area
Firefighters extinguished a fire at an Augusta asphalt plant Sunday morning.

Third party candidates offer choices in U.S. Senate race
CHARLESTON, S.C. - They don't come close to grabbing the same headlines or spending the millions that Republicans and Democrats are in the U.S. Senate race, but minority party candidates say they are more than political underdogs.

Isakson, Majette debate tax system
ATLANTA - Underdog Demo-crat Denise Majette was on the attack Sunday against front-running Republican Johnny Isakson in the next-to-last debate of Georgia's U.S. Senate race.

Shorter lines are expected

Five questions with Dr. Connie Drisko
Dr. Connie Drisko, dean of the School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Across the area
Police say an ongoing feud between two North Augusta men ended Monday in a fatal shooting.

Volunteer gives time to children
In an upstairs room of the New Bethlehem Community Center, Elfriede Howard sits in a child-size chair at a short table and, in her thick Austrian accent, explains subtraction to inner-city schoolchildren.

Candidates want sign thefts to end
ATHENS, Ga. - When Warren Massey saw someone steal a large Bush-Cheney sign from his Barrow County front yard a couple of weeks ago, he jumped in his truck to follow the fleeing vehicle.

Board says area turnout will be high

Tift voters will weigh in on mixed drinks
TIFTON, Ga. - After three months of passionate debate and the theft of pro- and anti-liquor yard signs, Tift County voters head to the polls today to decide whether to allow restaurants to serve mixed drinks.

County names teacher of year

Controversial past caused firing, ex-professor says
MACON, Ga. - By many accounts, Roger Roots was a gifted scholar and well qualified for his tenure-track teaching position at Macon State College.

Georgia's flu season has begun

Volunteer gives time to children

Mayor wants looser fire ban

Mayor wants looser fire ban
A plan to reduce air pollution by banning outdoor burning from May to September should include room for reasonable exceptions, Augusta Mayor Bob Young told state regulators Monday night.

Horry County strives to be tops in education
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The mantra of Horry County Schools, "First in Five," sums up the district's goal to be the best in the state for student performance by 2005.

South Carolina Marine dies in Iraq
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A South Carolina Marine was among those who died this weekend from enemy action in Iraq, the Pentagon said Monday.

Volunteers out in force to make sure votes count
ATLANTA - In a classroom inside First Iconium Baptist Church, volunteers sort through yard signs and discuss strategy. They pick up buttons and car magnets and coordinate cell phone numbers.

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

Across the southeast
NAPLES, Fla. - Dr. John G. Wiegenstein, a leader in establishing emergency medicine as a specialty, has died in a car crash in Florida.

Shorter lines are expected
Danny Renee got his first look at an electronic voting machine Monday, and he liked what he saw.

Hopefuls say they will miss Womack
The two candidates vying to be Jenkins County sheriff mourned the death of James Robert "Bobby" Womack, the former sheriff accused of using jail inmates as personal laborers, on Sunday but said they don't expect it to affect the election's outcome.

Boy hurt in bicycle accident

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - One man was killed and another injured after a two-seater plane crashed at Summerville Airport.

Still no suspects in Chesnee shooting

Rivals for Hollings' seat make travel plans
COLUMBIA - The candidates for South Carolina's open U.S. Senate seat almost certainly appeared at a church, restaurant, community festival or high school football game near you in recent days.

Lawyer files ethics charge against Hall
ATLANTA - An 11th-hour ethics filing by the Jefferson County government's attorney has sparked accusations of hypocrisy and political high jinks in a crucial state Senate campaign.

Campaign costs get higher
AIKEN - The $500 campaign donation state Rep. Jim Stewart got from the Bridgestone/Firestone tire company almost equals his challenger's entire campaign expenditures.

Study raises traffic concerns
With population and retail growth come headaches on the road.

7 minutes decided girl's life
Richmond County sheriff's deputies say they had just seven minutes in the early morning hours of Oct. 15 to stop a reckless driver who had already hit one vehicle on Mike Padgett Highway before he killed someone.

Rivals for Hollings' seat make travel plans

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina began expanded screening for genetic conditions in newborns Monday.

Power struggle brews in Atlanta
ATLANTA - While voting booths will be closed and ballots counted by Wednesday morning, control of the Georgia Legislature might still be undecided.

Rants and Raves
WE ARE NOW INTO the fifth month of the Stevens Creek Road closing. It's supposed to last six months. We're in the fifth month. The sun is shining. There is no work being done. Can you try to find out when we can expect to have this road opened, because we're never going to get Furys Ferry Road opened in anybody's lifetime now?

Kid of the day

Cleanup sweeps away Cold War-era buildings
BARNWELL, S.C. - The first part of Savannah River Site to go operational has become the first to be demolished.

Study raises traffic concerns

Across Georgia
DECATUR - A DeKalb County police officer was attacked and then kidnapped Monday morning by a person he had stopped.

Undecideds remain as races end

Georgian is killed in Iraq blast
A Marine from Washington, Ga., was among eight Americans killed Saturday in a car bomb attack in Iraq.

Kid of the day
Princeton Smith of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Campaign costs get higher

County names teacher of year
JOHNSTON -- Davina Johnson was pleasantly surprised when her name was announced as the Edgefield County School District 2004 Teacher of the Year on Monday night.

Across the Southeast
RICHMOND, VA. - A University of Richmond professor was found dead in his driveway after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots, and police were investigating the death as a homicide.

Power struggle brews in Atlanta

Aiken school worker finds powder in mail

Candidates want sign thefts to end

Battle renewed for school choice, credits
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The legislative session won't begin until January, but supporters and opponents of tax credits for parents using private schools already are drawing battle lines.

Tift voters will weigh in on mixed drinks

Girl with rare disease doesn't know pain

Lawyer files ethics charge against Hall

Across the area

Researches study spider silk

Across South Carolina

Isakson, Majette debate tax system

News you can use

Battle renewed for school choice, credits

Runaway vehicle thumps church

Horry County strives to be tops in education

Georgian is killed in Iraq blast

Girl with rare disease doesn't know pain
PATTERSON, Ga. - Ashlyn Blocker's parents and kindergarten teachers all describe her the same way: fearless. So they nervously watch her plunge full-tilt into a childhood deprived of natural alarms.

Third party candidates offer choices in U.S. Senate race

Researches study spider silk
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson researchers hope that a spider's silk may provide a way of helping wounds heal more quickly.

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Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Keyazia De'Amber Jeanique Taylor, 5, of Augusta.

Scientist hopes for Civil War sub's preservation

Scientist hopes for Civil War sub's preservation
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A maritime archaeologist hopes the technology used to restore the Hunley submarine can be used to preserve another Civil-War era sub now resting on a deserted island near Panama.

Georgia's flu season has begun
ATLANTA - Georgia, get ready for a new season of coughs, runny noses, tissue-filled trash cans and even hospitalizations and deaths. The flu season has officially started, state health officials said.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. is hoping its pilots' union will approve a steep pay cut to help the company avoid bankruptcy.

All I want is a little bit of courtesy from those fouling my atmosphere
Several weeks ago I wrote about people who are discourteous in public, and I based it on the recent talk of banning smoking in local restaurants as a starting place. I included noisy cell phone talkers, dangerous drivers and the like, and notably a recent restaurant experience I'd had with someone at the next table who was not smoking, but reeking in perfume.

New home-video releases

New home-video releases
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'Grudge' still tops at box office

'Grudge' still tops at box office
LOS ANGELES -- Halloween spirit possessed movie-goers as Sarah Michelle Gellar's fright flick "The Grudge" remained the top draw for the second straight weekend with $22.4 million. The film biography "Ray," which has drawn Academy Awards buzz for Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in the title role, debuted in second place with $20.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Review: Good Charlotte, "Live at Brixton Academy"
Filmed live during a December 2003 concert, "Live at Brixton Academy" is Good Charlotte's DVD attempt at taking the Brits by storm with their easily digestible brand of punk-pop. This well-produced performance DVD lasts about an hour-and-change and, if nothing else, is the very definition of modern-day band dependability.

Review: David Bowie, "David Bowie - A Reality Tour"
David Bowie fans not lucky enough to catch him during his most recent world tour can witness the career-spanning spectacle on a new DVD capturing his magnetic Dublin performance from last November.

Review: Good Charlotte, "Live at Brixton Academy"

Good Charlotte keeps success in perspective

Jam Master Jay's killer still on streets

Jam Master Jay's killer still on streets
NEW YORK - At his platinum-selling peak, when rap pioneers Run-DMC were a worldwide sensation, Jam Master Jay still drew musical inspiration from the gritty streets of his native Queens.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Darryl Worley, "Darryl Worley" (Dreamworks Nashville)

Review: David Bowie, "David Bowie - A Reality Tour"

Good Charlotte keeps success in perspective
NEW YORK - If his bubble burst and all else failed, Benji Madden is sure there'd be more than a few regular jobs waiting for him.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Johnson contends for first NASCAR title
HAMPTON, Ga. - Jimmie Johnson is a realist. When he finished 37th at Talladega, then 32nd at Kansas City, he figured that was it. No chance of winning his first Nextel Cup championship this year. Might as well start looking ahead to 2005.

Johnson captures emotional victory
HAMPTON, Ga. - The photos of friends killed in an airplane crash graced the hood of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 car Sunday for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

Johnson captures emotional victory

Title contenders can't capitalize
HAMPTON, Ga. - Nine drivers began Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 chasing points leader Kurt Busch.

Title contenders can't capitalize

Knicks' expectations higher than they've been in years
NEW YORK - Even as Lenny Wilkens aims to keep early expectations low, there's no doubt the New York Knicks are setting the bar higher for the longer term.

Knicks' expectations higher than they've been in years

Walker wants to prove his worth

Walker wants to prove his worth
ATLANTA - Antoine Walker wants to be known again as one of the NBA's top players.

Heat concerned O'Neal might miss opener
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal missed most of the Miami Heat's practice Monday because of a strained left hamstring, sparking concerns that the 11-time All-Star center might not be ready for Wednesday's season opener at New Jersey.

Heat concerned O'Neal might miss opener

Packers defeat Redskins

Bills get win over Cardinals

Titans beat Bengals

Mora discounts 'nothing' yards

Cowboys top Lions

Eagles are only undefeated team in NFL

Eagles stay perfect

Jets trounce Dolphins

Seahawks edge Panthers

Chiefs end losing streak

Steelers off to best start since the 1970s

Giants power past Vikings

Texans down Jaguars

Falcons get big win over Broncos

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Mr. Willie Scott, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Edward "EM" Stallings (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Paschal (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bridgett T. Espinoza (Wrens, Ga.)

Mrs. Hilda Saggus Walker (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy M. Ennis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Ivey Northington (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Hester Lee Johnson (NEWARK, N.J.)

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Mrs. Frieda Mundie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellean Briggs (HARLEM, Ga.)

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Mrs. Madonna Owen Bryans (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

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Mrs. Lucille Arwood Veneziani (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lori E. Hoffman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Hilda Saggus Walker (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Wider (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Jerome "Jerry" Allen Caster (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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Overtime

Monfils thrills home crowd with win over Enqvist

Barrel racers getting votes in

Open first go-round - Day 1

Sweepstakes Results

Open first go-round - Day 1
Working orders are listed by draw, competitor, hometown, and horse.

Rogge expresses confidence in Beijing's 'frugal Olympics'
BEIJING - International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge expressed confidence in Beijing's decision to scale back Olympic construction, saying Monday plans to cut costs wouldn't interfere with holding the 2008 Summer Games.

Monfils thrills home crowd with win over Enqvist
PARIS - French teen Gael Monfils improved to 3-1 as a pro by upsetting 1999 Australian Open runner-up Thomas Enqvist 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 Monday in the first round of the Paris Masters.

Barrel racers getting votes in
Swing state barrel racers are taking a vacation from the barrage of political ads in their respective residences.

Part of Olympic champion horse's drug test stolen
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Part of a doping sample taken from the horse that won Ireland's only gold medal at the Athens Olympics was stolen, the International Equestrian Federation said Monday.

Sweepstakes Results
Results are listed by 1st round time, competitor, hometown, and horse.

Overtime
The team from Augusta Country Club prevailed over the squad from Biarritz, France in the 2004 in the inaugural Augusta/Biarritz Cup held at Augusta Country Club's Hill Course.

Cowboys top Lions
IRVING, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys finally got some big plays from the old legs in their running game, only they didn't come from 33-year-old Richie Anderson or 31-year-old Eddie George.

Chiefs end losing streak
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In yet another Kansas City-Indianapolis shootout, Peyton Manning negated his huge day by throwing the ball to the wrong guy.

Titans beat Bengals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans bought themselves two more weeks of hope at the expense of an old foe they still love to beat.

Mora discounts 'nothing' yards
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - One week after agonizing as his team allowed 540 yards at Kansas City, Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora embraced an effort at Denver that was 27 yards worse.

Giants power past Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS - After another loss to the New York Giants, Mike Tice walked into the interview room and announced the only good news of the afternoon for Minnesota.

Steelers off to best start since the 1970s
PITTSBURGH - He wasn't yet born the last time the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl. That isn't preventing rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from bringing back the memories of the greatest times - and the greatest teams - in franchise history.

Texans down Jaguars
HOUSTON - Byron Leftwich sealed yet another victory with a touchdown throw in the game's final minute. This time, he did so for the other team.

Eagles are only undefeated team in NFL
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles aren't used to being leaders.

Bills get win over Cardinals
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Buffalo Bills are perfect with Willis McGahee as their starter.

Jets trounce Dolphins
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - No miracles needed this time. Curtis Martin and LaMont Jordan each ran for 115 yards and a score to help the New York Jets rout the hapless Miami Dolphins 41-14 Monday night.

Falcons get big win over Broncos
DENVER - Michael Vick looked like Michael Vick again and the Atlanta Falcons shook off their recent collapse with a surprisingly easy 41-28 win Sunday over the Broncos.

Seahawks edge Panthers
SEATTLE - Shaun Alexander certainly did his part to put the Seattle Seahawks back on track.

Packers defeat Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. - Playing with a sprained hand and a major personal distraction, Brett Favre started on a roll and survived a rocky finish.

Eagles stay perfect
PHILADELPHIA - Terrell Owens gave Ray Lewis some dance tips, mocking the All-Pro linebacker with a few of his own moves and making even more enemies in Baltimore.

Should the U.S. legalize polygamy?
With same-sex marriage now a reality in Massachusetts and a possibility elsewhere, should legalized polygamy be next? Yes, asserted George Washington University Law School's Jonathan Turley in a recent article in USA Today.

'Regency House Party' plays the 1800s dating game
LOS ANGELES - What kind of reality dating show is right for PBS? One with impeccable manners, of course, and a British accent.

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:

An update on Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' streak

'SNL' to spoof campaigns past and present
Just to get you fired up for Election Day, "Saturday Night Live" will be making fun of campaigns past. Airing 10 p.m. EST Monday on NBC, "Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash" will feature candidates' debates from three decades -- as spoofed by "SNL."

Networks ready for election night

'SNL' to spoof campaigns past and present

'Regency House Party' plays the 1800s dating game

TV highlights, lowlights for the week
Just to get you fired up for Election Day, "Saturday Night Live" will be making fun of campaigns past.

TV highlights, lowlights for the week

Networks ready for election night
NEW YORK -- Before 2000, the focus of television Election Night coverage was pretty simple: Count votes as fast as you can and explain why people voted the way they did.

People in the News

Georgia's SEC hopes fade

Georgia's SEC hopes fade
On a day when Georgia finally beat its greatest nemesis, the Bulldogs' hopes of getting back to the Southeastern Conference championship game took a crushing blow.

Bulldogs catch a break from Saturday upsets

Bulldogs catch a break from Saturday upsets
ATHENS, Ga. - The morning after Georgia's first win over Florida in seven years, Bulldogs fans were still savoring a victory that was a long time coming.

Film moves Holtz to tears

Film moves Holtz to tears
Like a lot of other people did this past weekend, South Carolina coach Lou Holtz watched a horror flick on Halloween eve.

Girl should ask boy about his behavior

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY: Around the World in 80 Days, the big-screen version of the classic book.

Phish's decision to disband brings to mind musical memories
I was at Wal-Mart buying milk when my cell phone rang. I picked it up to hear my dad's greeting, followed by dreadful news. He'd seen that Phish has announced its breakup after 21 years.

Audio best

Question of the week

Part of the process
Some of the first faces that voters will see at the polls today won't be old enough to cast ballots.

Girl should ask boy about his behavior
I'm in the ninth grade, and I have a crush on a senior. When I went to the school last year to visit, he talked to the ninth-grade class and I thought he was cute. I see him around school a lot, and he's usually by himself and he's pretty quiet. I'm afraid to even talk to him. Lately, I've been pretty close to him, like he'll be standing by me or he'll be in my biology class getting tutoring on something. What should I do

Audio best
Here are the weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Practice pays off when band marches into competitions

Practice pays off when band marches into competitions
You might have noticed a dedicated group of people at your school. They begin a grueling process in early summer and don't quit until mid-November. They can be seen on a practice field at 5:30 p.m. after school. They give up their time on Fridays for the football games.

Question of the week
Should sex education be taught in schools?

My style
THE FACTS: Francis Hulse, 13, an eigth-grader at C.T. Walker Magnet School.

Phish's decision to disband brings to mind musical memories

Part of the process

Dead people's votes may be counted

Odds and Ends

Should the U.S. legalize polygamy?