A Carnegie Hall 'South Pacific' with Reba

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."

Schilling will have ankle examined, surgery possible next week

Jeter, Wells win first Gold Gloves

Jeter, Wells win first Gold Gloves
NEW YORK - Derek Jeter's diving grab caught the attention of all of baseball and perhaps earned him his first American League Gold Glove.

Schilling will have ankle examined, surgery possible next week
BOSTON - Red Sox ace Curt Schilling will have his right ankle examined on Friday, and could have surgery early next week.

Woman's diary solves cold case
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A man was sentenced Monday to 19 to 20 years in prison for strangling a 14-year-old girl in 1975, a case that remained closed for more than 20 years until police read a diary kept by the man's mother.

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."

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

Manufacturing, consumer spending grow

Consumer spending grows
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.

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.

Vehicle sales expected to be off in October

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

Oil prices drop below $50 a barrel

Riverfront may lead to jobs

AOL to cut 700 jobs
NEW YORK - America Online, which has been trying to turn its fortunes around as users leave the service for broadband connections, plans to cut about 700 jobs next month, or 5 percent of its U.S. work force, in a bid to meet financial targets, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Effect of Google IPO felt by newer deals

Government faces record borrowing requirement
WASHINGTON - The federal government, running record budget deficits over the past two years, is projecting that it will have to borrow a record $147 billion in the first three months of 2005, the Treasury Department announced Monday.

Riverfront may lead to jobs
As jobs continue to disappear from the Savannah River Site in coming years, North Augusta's riverfront development will play a vital role in the region's future, a leading economic developer told the North Augusta City Council on Monday.

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.

Ex-Holland employees keep on trucking
A few former executives of The Holland Group Inc. are trying to bring truck-part manufacturing back to Denmark, S.C.

Clubs endure despite market volatility

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

Clubs endure despite market volatility
Ken Janke gets asked one question more than any other: When should I get into the stock market?

Business briefs
Augusta's Iran Oriental Rug Co. on Tuesday announced it has purchased the inventory assets of International Rug Inc., a New York-based rug wholesaler.

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.

Insurers suffer record third-quarter losses

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.

Oracle boosts bid for PeopleSoft

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.

IRS audits of businesses decline

Business briefs

Delta's pilots begin voting

Consumer spending grows

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.

Yahoo hires former ABC TV programmer
LOS ANGELES - Yahoo Inc. has hired a former ABC television programmer, who was behind shows such as "The Sopranos" on HBO and "Lost" on ABC, to head the online giant's media and entertainment division.

Vehicle sales expected to be off in October
DETROIT - After a sizzling September, U.S. sales of new cars and trucks likely cooled in October, more so for Detroit's Big Three carmakers than foreign brands, analysts say.

Insurers suffer record third-quarter losses
NEW YORK - The property insurance industry sustained record third-quarter losses this year after a series of storms, including a string of hurricanes, according to an actuarial firm's preliminary estimate.

Clemson looks to add to Orange Bowl history
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says his team has a chance to notch one of its most impressive victories since the Tigers' last visit to the Orange Bowl.

Clemson looks to add to Orange Bowl history

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.

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.

Tigers need help to make Orange

Rix gets 'Noles nod, again

Big Stakes event true to name

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?

Too little info on court

No mercy for the enemy
It was no coincidence that the Osama bin Laden video tape turned up a few days before U.S. elections. Clearly the 9-11 mass murderer sought to have an impact on the nation's voting. Yet it's impossible to say how the impact played out.

No mercy for the enemy

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State title at last
They finally won the big one, and they won it with big talent.

Too little info on court
In the old Soviet Union, you could tell by the sad music on the radio that your leader had fallen ill or died.

Breslin files last regular column
NEW YORK - Opinionated and outspoken to the last. In his last regular column, published in Newsday on Tuesday, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jimmy Breslin said he was so sure Democratic nominee John Kerry was going to win the presidential race easily that he wasn't even going to stay up to watch the election returns on television.

Peggy Ryan dies at 80
LAS VEGAS - Peggy Ryan, who teamed with dance partner Donald O'Connor in movie musicals such as "This Is the Life" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," has died at age 80.

People in the News
LONDON - A small leather-bound volume in which Muhammad Ali drew pictures of himself fighting archrival Joe Frazier has sold for $30,000 at auction.

Attorney general supports Jackson prosecutor
LOS ANGELES - California's attorney general has urged the judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case to reject a bid by the pop star to remove the Santa Barbara County prosecutor's office from the case.

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.

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.

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.

Vegetarian cooking: Pizza dough and tomato sauce
CONCORD, N.H. - It seemed like such a great idea at the time, and for that I blame those cursed home improvement shows.

Low-fat cooking: Lime mini tarts
Go ahead, have dessert. A sweet treat can be the perfect way to end a meal, especially if it's light and refreshing as a miniature lime tart can be.

New Orleans lunch institution hits bookstores

New Orleans lunch institution hits bookstores
NEW ORLEANS - When Uglesich's opened in 1924, it served the basics: fried egg sandwiches, poor boys and roast beef.

Vegetarian cooking: Pizza dough and tomato sauce

Olive bread: Bake it yourself
HYDE PARK, N.Y. -The cool, crisp autumn season brings with it hearty appetites that call for hearty recipes.

Olive bread: Bake it yourself

Beef stroganoff in minutes
With a full-fledged fall chill in the air, there are few things as tempting as a good book, a soft blanket and a roaring fire. This recipe for beef stroganoff, however, comes close.

Tech loses Daniels for N.C. State game
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech has yet to prove it can win without star tailback P.J. Daniels.

Tech loses Daniels for N.C. State game

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.

Els still going global with tour's blessing

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.

A new landscape for Tiger Woods

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

Singh on an unimaginable ride

Haas earns trip to Augusta

Geiberger feels trapped by fine for slow play

Geiberger feels trapped by fine for slow play
ATLANTA - Brent Geiberger got into the PGA Tour record books by winning the same tournament as his father with his two-shot victory in Greensboro. But he also made history for something that bothers him.

A new landscape for Tiger Woods
ATLANTA - Tiger Woods does not play golf with a ring on his finger.

Els still going global with tour's blessing
ATLANTA - Ernie Els will play in the United States and in China, in England and in Australia, during another season of global golf with the blessing of the PGA Tour.

Jefferson County tops Burke County in OT

S.C. prep football polls

Georgia prep football polls

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.

S.C. prep football polls
The Associated Press high school football poll as selected by a panel of South Carolina sports writers, with the school's name, record, number of first-place votes, total votes and last week's ranking. This will be the final poll for Class AAA, AA and A, which start playoffs this week. There will be a final Class 4A poll Nov. 9. (Poll based on 15 ballots):

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

NHLPA shores up its solidarity
TORONTO - Seventy-five NHL players met with union leaders Tuesday to get an update on a lockout that shows no sign of ending. Among those players was Montreal's Pierre Dagenais, who has said he would be willing to disobey the union and accept a salary cap if that would help settle the lockout.

NHLPA shores up its solidarity

Casserole's seasonings give it spicy Cajun kick
Casseroles are convenient, but they also can be boring.

Casserole's seasonings give it spicy Cajun kick

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

Transcript of Sen. John Kerry's concession speech
SEN. KERRY: Thank you. Thank you. (Continued cheers, applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. (Continued cheers, applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you so much. You just have no idea how warming and how generous that welcome is, your love is, your affection, and I'm gratified by it.

Kerry concedes
WASHINGTON - President Bush won a second term from a divided and anxious nation, his promise of steady, strong wartime leadership trumping John Kerry's fresh-start approach to Iraq and joblessness. After a long, tense night of vote counting, the Democrat called Bush Wednesday to concede Ohio and the presidency, The Associated Press learned.

Transcript of President Bush's acceptance speech
Remarks by the President in Acceptance Speech

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.

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.

Transcript of Sen. John Kerry's concession speech
SEN. KERRY: Thank you. Thank you. (Continued cheers, applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. (Continued cheers, applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you so much. You just have no idea how warming and how generous that welcome is, your love is, your affection, and I'm gratified by it.

Go to meeting to help save our community
I have heard nothing but positive feedback concerning the town hall meeting at Fort Discovery recently. I did not attend, but I wish I had. However, I plan to attend the next town hall meeting to be held at noon today at the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., in the commission chamber on the eighth floor. John R. Davis, Augusta

Flag must not endure as symbol

Rotten apples spoil Augusta Commission
In reference to James Clanton's Oct. 19 letter to the editor regarding the Augusta Commission ("Poor leadership is ruining Augusta"), I must disagree with his belief that the entire commission needs to be impeached. E. Renard Bing, Augusta

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

This is war, and we must win
Liberals decry the number of war causalities in Iraq, as do I, but they ought to quote the correct number; it is not 1,000, but almost 5,000. They forget the nearly 4,000 innocent people killed in the deliberate and coordinated attacks by the enemy on this country on Sept. 11, 2001. We are at war. Elwyn Wingo, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Church, state meet in elections
We read regularly where some court rules that religious icons cannot appear on government property. The reason given is separation of church and state. This brings up an important question: How does the government get by with holding elections in our churches? Ernest F. Daniel, 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

Columbia County plan is trash

Hospital's staff excels in its duties

Church, state meet in elections

Columbia County plan is trash
In the news recently, I was astounded to hear we could no longer have free enterprise in garbage pickup, or at least someone was annoyed with the normal noise we hear when a garbage truck picks up our most undesirable waste... How much noisier are 10 garbage trucks than one garbage truck? Donald O. Gregory, Martinez

Go to meeting to help save our community

FDA: Olive oil may boost heart health

Vaccine protects against cervical cancer

Products to enhance men's sexual prowess include hidden danger

School nurses at front line of children's health issues

Tech companies feel heat from spyware

Stem cells ferry concentrated anticancer drug to tumors

Study: Annual flu shots decrease elderly deaths

Eating fruit and vegetables linked with heart health

A spyware mystery: Who are those guys?

Seniors calendar

Love & Politics

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Products to enhance men's sexual prowess include hidden danger
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned consumers not to buy or use Actra-Rx or Yilishen because the supplements contain an ingredient that could lower blood pressure to unsafe levels.

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

Study: Annual flu shots decrease elderly deaths
CHICAGO - Yearly flu shots significantly reduce deaths from all causes in people 65 and older, Dutch researchers found in a study that underscores the seriousness of this year's U.S. vaccine shortage.

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.

Eating fruit and vegetables linked with heart health
WASHINGTON - A multiyear study involving more than 100,000 participants provides added support that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for the heart.

Stem cells ferry concentrated anticancer drug to tumors
WASHINGTON - Texas researchers say they have perfected a method to deliver cancer treatment directly into tumors, bypassing healthy tissue.

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.

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.

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.

Republicans battle Democrats for renewed Senate control.

Tift voters will weigh in on mixed drinks

Special tax drops dead at polls
The sales tax lost. Augusta's $486 million special purpose local option sales tax proposal went down in flames Tuesday, with voters saying no to all four referendum questions.

Lawyer files ethics charge against Hall

Lengthy lines greet some voters
It took five minutes for Nikita Haskell, 18, to become a first-time voter Tuesday after being spurred on by the Vote or Die campaign of hip-hop entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs to get young people to the polls.

Kid of the day

Shorter lines are expected

Undecideds remain as races end

Gay marriage ban easily approved in Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia voters approved a constitutional ban on gay marriages, with the amendment passing Tuesday by huge margins among every demographic group.

Mayor wants looser fire ban

Across Georgia

Georgian is killed in Iraq blast

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.

Controversial past caused firing, ex-professor says

Incumbents keep Aiken school seats
AIKEN - Although challengers put up a good fight, voters opted to rubber stamp the work of the Aiken County school board by keeping three incumbents in office.

Runaway vehicle thumps church

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

S.C. expected to remain 'Bush Country'

Parties hope remap pays off in Georgia
ATLANTA - Democrats and Republicans kept a close eye on election returns Tuesday, both parties saying the outcomes in several key swing districts could determine control of the Georgia Legislature.

Poll shows S.C. Senate voters concerned with taxes, economy
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In the state's closely watched U.S. Senate race, the economy and taxes ranked highest among voter concerns, according to the Associated Press exit poll.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man who they said molested an 11-year-old girl for several years, officials said Tuesday.

Cleanup sweeps away Cold War-era buildings

Walker tops Cheeks in battle for state Senate
Beleaguered Democrat Charles Walker defeated his longtime political rival, Republican Don Cheeks, for the District 22 state Senate seat Tuesday.

Glitches thwart some S.C. voters

Bridges and Sleeper win school seats
Two Columbia County School Board seats were up for grabs Tuesday, and Wayne Bridges and Michael Sleeper snagged them.

Parties hope remap pays off in Georgia

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.

Bush, Kerry trade early wins after bitterly fought contest

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.

Georgia backs Bush, Isakson
ATLANTA - Flooding the polls in what looked to be record numbers, Georgia voters backed President Bush and chose Republican Johnny Isakson to replace maverick Democratic Sen. Zell Miller.

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.

GOP expected to easily keep control of S.C. Legislature
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Democrats were expected to gain little ground Tuesday in the state Senate, which they lost control of four years ago.

Incumbent Dobey earns second term
Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey, a Democrat, won a second term Tuesday with a decisive victory over retired South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent Dan Choate, a Republican from the Merriwether section of the county.

Fate of minibottles hangs on ballot
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Along with weighty issues such as the state's newest U.S. senator and who should become president, South Carolina voters were determining Tuesday how their drinks are poured.

Voters revamp school board
Richmond County residents voted for change on the board of education Tuesday, removing two veteran trustees and the board president.

S.C. expected to remain 'Bush Country'
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Giving South Carolina's eight electoral votes to the Republican candidate is as reliable a modern political tradition in the state as sending Strom Thurmond and Fritz Hollings to the Senate used to be.

Georgia backs Bush, Isakson

Iraq pivotal in presidential pick of Georgia's voters
WASHINGTON - Georgia's presidential ballot might as well have been replaced by a referendum on the war with Iraq. The outcome would have been identical and the margin pretty close, according to an exit poll by The Associated Press.

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

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

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Man gets death in woman's slaying
COLUMBIA - A federal jury sentenced Branden Basham to death for kidnapping and carjacking after about six hours of deliberation Tuesday.

Teenage fugitive had wanted to run away
BOLINGBROKE, Ga. - Just weeks before she and another teenager, who is accused of murder, became fugitives, Jesseca Williamson wrote in her diary that she wanted to meet someone "carefree" and "hit the road."

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.

Printing plates excite experts
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston city employees have discovered steel plates used to print bills near the end of the War of 1812.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - About 25 gun locks given out this weekend by police don't work, officials say.

Screven County says Kile will keep badge
Screven County voters have given a fourth term to Sheriff Mike Kile, the subject of state and federal investigations into allegations he put county prisoners to work for personal gain.

Sales-tax extension approved in Aiken
AIKEN - With 64 of 77 precincts counted, 60 percent of voters Tuesday favored an extension of Aiken County's 1-cent sales tax, which is supposed to generate $114 million in less than seven years.

Printing plates excite experts

Jones wins Richmond County solicitor spot
With 68 of 73 precincts counted, Richmond County voters have selected Harold V. Jones II, 35, as the county's next solicitor.

Powell gets slight lead over opponent

Voters favor Whitehead
Jim Whitehead defeated Chuck Pardue on Tuesday night in Georgia's District 24 Senate race.

Across Georgia

Across the area

Kid of the day

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Transcript of Sen. John Kerry's concession speech

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.

Transcript of Sen. John Kerry's concession speech

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.

Bush philosophical at end of last campaign: worked "as hard as we possibly could"

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.

Across the area

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.

Aiken school worker finds powder in mail

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Special tax drops dead at polls

Moore cruises to easy win
AIKEN - In the end, it wasn't even close. Democratic state Sen. Tommy Moore crushed Republican challenger Bernie Hamby on Tuesday, grabbing a resounding 68 percent of the vote with 38 of 54 precincts reporting.

Teenage fugitive had wanted to run away

Carlton leads in bid to be Aiken coroner
Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton claimed a commanding lead over his Democratic challenger, Ed Gladd, in the race for county coroner, 70 percent to 30 percent, with 64 of 77 precincts reporting as of 10:45 Tuesday night.

DeMint wins U.S. Senate seat

Howard clinches 8th term with ease
In a repeat of the election two years ago, Democrat Henry Howard overtook Republican Davida Johnson to hold on to his Georgia House District 121 seat Tuesday.

Howard clinches 8th term with ease

GOP expected to easily keep control of S.C. Legislature

Poll shows S.C. Senate voters concerned with taxes, economy

Fate of minibottles hangs on ballot

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.

Powell gets slight lead over opponent
Although Richmond County voters supported Republican incumbent Randy Hall for the 23rd District Senate seat, it was Democrat J.B. Powell with the slight lead across the district Tuesday night.

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Iraq pivotal in presidential pick of Georgia's voters

Power struggle brews in Atlanta

Americans overseas wait to see if their votes make a difference

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.

Walker tops Cheeks in battle for state Senate

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Lengthy lines greet some voters

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

Gay marriage ban easily approved in Georgia

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

Carlton leads in bid to be Aiken coroner

Across the Southeast

Bridges and Sleeper win school seats

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

Kid of the day
Melanie Jean Whitaker is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Police are investigating the shooting death of a 28-year-old man at a Berkeley County bar.

DeMint wins U.S. Senate seat
COLUMBIA, S.C. - U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint latched onto Republican coattails to turn back a late surge by his challenger and win South Carolina's open U.S. Senate seat, which had been held by Democrat Ernest "Fritz" Hollings for 38 years.

Candidates want sign thefts to end

Glitches thwart some S.C. voters
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Technical glitches with voting machines and disputes over poll watching caused delays and frustrated some voters at precincts across South Carolina.

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Bush, Kerry trade early wins after bitterly fought contest

Incumbents keep Aiken school seats

County names teacher of year

Year took a nosedive for Masters champion
ATLANTA - A lot has happened in seven months since Phil Mickelson drove out of the Augusta National Golf Club gates and onto Washington Road with a green jacket and Masters Tournament trophy tucked in his suitcase.

New home-video releases
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New home-video releases

Marx Brothers' comedy returns with DVDs

Marx Brothers' comedy returns with DVDs
LOS ANGELES - During the dreary Depression days, moviegoers were startled, then amused and finally convulsed by a kind of comedy they had never seen before.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

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

Wallace fined for postrace actions

Johnson in position to claim first 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 in position to claim first title

Wallace fined for postrace actions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR fined Nextel Cup driver Rusty Wallace $10,000 Tuesday for intentionally hitting Ryan Newman's car as the field returned to pit lane after the Oct. 24 race at Martinsville Speedway.

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.

Knicks' expectations higher than they've been in years

Walker wants to prove his worth

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.

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.

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

Mora discounts 'nothing' yards

Jacksonville's Leftwich is out with knee injury

Eagles are only undefeated team in NFL

Jets trounce Dolphins

Steelers off to best start since the 1970s

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Augusta, SC- Miss Frances Hammock, 65, of 4136 Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah, Georgia entered into rest Monday, November 1, 2004 at Doctors Hospital. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Mr. Daniel Michael Wheatley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ellean Briggs (HARLEM, Ga.)

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Overtime

Sweepstakes Results

Barrel racers getting votes in

Monfils thrills home crowd with win over Enqvist

Open first go-round - Day 1

Seay wants top prize

Open 1st go-round, day 2

Venus Williams advances at Advanta Championships

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.

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.

Venus Williams advances at Advanta Championships
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Fifth-seeded Venus Williams advanced to the second round of the Advanta Tennis Championships, beating local favorite Lisa Raymond 6-2, 6-1 Tuesday night.

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.

Seay wants top prize
Two-year-old Harley Seay reached out and waited for the sorrel gelding to eat the apple wafer out of her little hand.

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

Overtime
In Columbia, a federal jury ordered NBA star Vince Carter to pay his imprisoned former agent, William "Tank" Black, nearly $4.7 million in lost commissions and damages Tuesday.

Open 1st go-round, day 2
Working orders are listed by draw, competitor, hometown, and horse.

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

Bush philosophical at end of last campaign: worked "as hard as we possibly could"
WASHINGTON - President Bush was all smiles but no swagger as he finished the campaign he said would be his last, a marathon that seemed a sure thing after the Sept. 11 attacks but ended up a likely photo finish.

Republicans battle Democrats for renewed Senate control.
WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats swapped seats in Georgia and Illinois Tuesday night as they battled for Senate control in a string of races concentrated in the South and West. GOP Sen. Jim Bunning struggled for a new term in Kentucky.

Americans overseas wait to see if their votes make a difference
MEXICO CITY - Most cast their ballots weeks ago, and some will have to hunt down a television to find constant coverage of the U.S. election.

Bush, Kerry trade early wins after bitterly fought contest
WASHINGTON - President Bush and challenger John Kerry traded early swing-state victories Tuesday night, a tension-packed conclusion to a race for the ages fought out over Iraq, the economy and terrorism. With results coming in from Connecticut to Colorado, the race remained wide open.

Bush, Kerry trade early wins after bitterly fought contest
WASHINGTON - President Bush and challenger John Kerry traded early swing-state victories Tuesday night, a tension-packed conclusion to a race for the ages fought out over Iraq, the economy and terrorism. With results coming in from Connecticut to Colorado, the race remained wide open.

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.

Jacksonville's Leftwich is out with knee injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich is out indefinitely after spraining the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee in last weekend's 20-6 loss to the Houston Texans, coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Tuesday.

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.

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.

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

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.

Year took a nosedive for Masters champion

The race for young television viewers is intense
NEW YORK - A competitive, down-to-the-wire race may be in the offing for TV networks, too.

An update on Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' streak

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:

'dr. vegas' gets the hook
NEW YORK - Rob Lowe, who flopped last season in a freshman NBC drama, lost another bet Tuesday as his new series, "dr. vegas," was yanked by CBS.

Peggy Ryan dies at 80

People in the News

Breslin files last regular column

People in the News

Computers keeping Georgia down in the BCS
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt can't figure it out. Georgia is fifth in one poll, eighth in the other - and ninth in the all-important Bowl Championship Series standings.

Computers keeping Georgia down in the BCS

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.

Big Stakes event true to name
If you've got an extra $50,000 lying around, you can play in the Big Stakes Match Play Golf Tournament in Nevada. By the way, you need a partner who also has $50,000.

Girl should ask boy about his behavior

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

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.

Part of the process

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

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

Audio best

Practice pays off when band marches into competitions

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

Question of the week

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:

Phish's decision to disband brings to mind musical memories

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.

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.

Odds and Ends

Should the U.S. legalize polygamy?