Randolph takes over hometown team
NEW YORK - Willie Randolph hung up the phone and gave his wife a big hug. After falling short nearly a dozen times, he finally was a major league manager.

New ballpark site could derail Expos' move
WASHINGTON - The chair of the District of Columbia Council proposed Friday that a new ballpark be built next to RFK Stadium instead of a site south of the U.S. Capitol, a plan that could cause Major League Baseball to drop the scheduled move of the Montreal Expos to Washington.

New ballpark site could derail Expos' move

Auction should score with collectors

Auction should score with collectors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville Slugger Museum is having a rummage sale.

Randolph takes over hometown team

Gamble for health, not profit

Naked man climbs fence to reach plane
LOS ANGELES - A man was charged with trespassing after he stripped naked, scaled a airport fence, ran across the tarmac and climbed into a plane's wheel well before firefighters talked him out, officials said.

New Jersey school accidently strafed
NEWARK, N.J. - Sen. Frank Lautenberg called on a National Guard unit Friday to halt all training flights over New Jersey until it determines why an F-16 fighter pilot strafed a school with cannon fire during a night mission.

Odds and Ends
OSWEGO, Kan. - And you thought the hot air ended when Election Day arrived: Labette County election officials pulled out a hair dryer to solve a jam in an electronic scanner.

A's, Angels to visit Braves next season
ATLANTA - The Oakland A's and California Angels will make their first appearances at Turner Field during the 2005 season, the Atlanta Braves said on Friday.

A's, Angels to visit Braves next season

Cuba extends currency exchange
HAVANA - Because of the huge demand to dispose of the U.S. bills that were legal tender in communist Cuba for more than a decade, the Central Bank said Thursday that people will have an extra week to exchange their American money for a local currency tied to the dollar.

Digital video recorders give viewers control

Wendy's fires 'unofficial spokesman'

Business briefs

Hotel will not house parolees
Hotel guests will occupy the Relax Inn, not parolees and probationers as originally planned.

Brake cleaner cans recalled
WASHINGTON - Valvoline Co., a Division of Ashland Inc., is recalling about 2.8 million cans of brake cleaner due to a defective spray valve that might stick in the open position and empty the flammable contents, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

Crude futures fall below $49
VIENNA, Austria - Oil futures prices plunged by more than $2 a barrel Thursday, continuing a selloff that began last week amid rising U.S. supplies of crude and expectations of a surge in heating oil production before winter arrives.

Productivity slows, jobless claims plunge

Delta to cut up to 6,900 job

Real-estate firm buys stake in Sears
CHICAGO - Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s stock shot up 23 percent Friday after a real estate investment trust disclosed it had purchased a 4.3 percent interest in the department-store chain.

Business briefs
Junior Achievement of Georgia's Augusta district will induct four area business leaders, one posthumously, into the CSRA Business Hall of Fame on Wednesday evening.

Wendy's fires 'unofficial spokesman'
DES MOINES, Iowa - Goodbye, Mr. Wendy. The fast-food chain's management canned the man they referred to as the brand's "unofficial spokesperson" after dismal reviews of the advertising campaign that featured him

Real-estate firm buys stake in Sears

'Hijacking' software can hurt businesses
Judi Cohen's online business boomed for eight years, then it came to an end.

Retailers post sales growth
NEW YORK - The outlook for the holiday season brightened Thursday as many of the nation's retailers reported an improvement in sales in October. Discounters, however, had another month of lackluster results as their customers cut back spending again.

Employment rises by 337,000
WASHINGTON - Employers went on a hiring spree in October, adding 337,000 new jobs, many of them for hurricane cleanup. The surge was the largest in seven months, a sign the jobs recovery may have taken hold.

Productivity slows, jobless claims plunge
WASHINGTON - The productivity of America's workers grew at a 1.9 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the smallest gain since late 2002, the government reported Thursday.

'Hijacking' software can hurt businesses

Retailers post sales growth

Employment rises by 337,000

Brake cleaner cans recalled

Business briefs

Wachovia to settle SEC charges

Hotel will not house parolees

Digital video recorders give viewers control
The quarterback drops back, play-fakes, goes for the throw and then freezes. Everything is frozen, even the bloodthirsty linebackers who were coming his way only seconds before.

The post-election agenda for small business

Crude futures fall below $49

Wachovia to settle SEC charges
WASHINGTON - Wachovia Corp. agreed to pay a $37 million civil fine Thursday to settle federal regulators' allegations that the banking giant violated disclosure rules in connection with its 2001 merger with First Union Corp.

The post-election agenda for small business
NEW YORK - President Bush's re-election and the Republican Party's larger membership in the next Congress have made small business advocacy groups optimistic about some of the issues on their national agendas.

Delta to cut up to 6,900 job
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. released new details Friday on the up to 6,900 jobs it plans to eliminate starting Jan. 1.

Business briefs
Allen Corporation of America opened its Augusta office Friday. The Sterling, Va.-based company - ranked No. 81 on the 2004 Deloitte & Touche list of North America's 500 fastest growing tech firms - will employ four at the Augusta-Richmond County Small Business Incubator.

Cuba extends currency exchange

Tigers still underdogs against Hurricanes

Tigers still underdogs against Hurricanes
MIAMI - The weather was beautiful this week on the University of Miami campus, all blue sky with a hint of fall in the balmy breezes.

Clemson gets a shot at Miami

Clemson gets a shot at Miami
RALEIGH, N.C. - Miami plays Clemson for homecoming Saturday, its first Atlantic Coast Conference game at the Orange Bowl since the opener more than two months ago.

No. 3 Albany State focuses on playoff position
ALBANY, Ga. - Albany State, which won its second consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, jumped to third in the American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll.

Seeking edge, college hoop teams try out video game

Spurrier withdraws from Fla. coaching search

Seeking edge, college hoop teams try out video game
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis forward Simplice Njoya sat hunched over a laptop, testing a theory first studied on Israeli fighter pilots.

Spurrier withdraws from Fla. coaching search
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - If Steve Spurrier decides to coach again, it won't be at his alma mater.

No. 3 Albany State focuses on playoff position

Arizona, Washington could finish 1-2

Gerrymander winners
If it wasn't for gerrymandering U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., probably wouldn't have been reelected Tuesday and U.S. Rep.-elect John Barrow, D-Ga., would still be practicing law in Athens.

Message received?
What sank John Kerry's presidential campaign? Many analysts blame the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth for questioning Kerry's Vietnam medals and his 1970s testimony to Congress that GIs routinely engaged in war atrocities.

Wise choices

Gerrymander winners

Watchdog, not a lapdog
Few area candidates will enter office in January with more of a mandate than those who shockingly knocked off three longtime Richmond County Board of Education incumbents.

Message received?

Back to United States
Sen. John Kerry's concession speech was more than gracious. It was patriotic. And it was wise.

Wise choices
There were no big surprises in South Carolina's election results. Perhaps this was because voters made the right decisions Tuesday.

People in the News
NEW YORK - The Rev. Al Sharpton and his wife, Kathy Jordan Sharpton, have announced their separation after 23 years of marriage.

Jackson lawyers seek removal of prosecutor
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson, saying his upcoming child molestation trial is nothing more than a grudge match by a vindictive prosecutor, wants a judge to remove District Attorney Tom Sneddon and allow the state attorney general to intervene.

Patty Duke 'up and walking' after cardiac surgery
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke Pearce was up and walking Friday, two days after cardiac surgery, officials said.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Freddie Prinze Jr. is set to do television.

P. Diddy plans all-night birthday party
NEW YORK - Sean "P. Diddy" Combs plans to celebrate his 35th birthday Thursday with an A-list, ultra-exclusive, all-night party.

U2 submits album for best-band job
It's hard to believe that it's been more than three years since U2's Bono, buoyed by the bounty of awards and accolades heaped on their 2000 release All That You Can't Leave Behind, said they were reapplying for the job of "best band in the world." On Thursday, the first single since that remark, the guitar-driven, glam rock rave-up single Vertigo, will be released. When the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is released later in the month, the job could very well be theirs.

Anti-Bush artists lament president's victory
NEW YORK - They urged young people to "Vote for Change" and "Rock the Vote." They gave concerts and readings in "battleground" states. They made movies meant to turn Republicans into Democrats and the president into both a monster and a laughingstock.

Oil price drop, Bush agenda boost stocks
NEW YORK - Wall Street bounded higher for the second straight day Thursday as investors reveled in sharply falling oil prices and the pro-business agenda of the second Bush administration. The Dow Jones industrials gained more than 177 points for its best day of 2004, while the S&P 500 closed at its highest level since early 2002.

Stocks higher on strong employment report

Lucrative deals expected on new vehicles

Lucrative deals expected on new vehicles
DETROIT - Automakers weren't as generous with consumer incentives in October as they were in September, but shoppers can expect a new round of deals as manufacturers, particularly General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., try to end the year with a flurry, analysts say.

Market may not fare as projected under Bush

Market may not fare as projected under Bush
NEW YORK - The market may have been sighing in relief over the quick resolution of the presidential race, but investors should be careful about rushing into sectors they think might do well during the second Bush administration: All may not be as it seems.

Stocks higher on strong employment report
NEW YORK - Wall Street capped a stellar week by extending its rally for a ninth straight session, as a better-than-expected employment report boosted stocks and gave investors hope that the economy was strengthening. The week's gains were among the strongest of the year, with the Dow Jones industrials having their best week since early 2003.

Oil price drop, Bush agenda boost stocks

Tournament news

Cold could jump-start top-water migration

Cold could jump-start top-water migration
Schooling hybrids and striped bass have been no-shows for much of the past several weeks, but that Thurmond Lake scenario is due to change, perhaps as early as this weekend.

Tournament news
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.

Fall plant provides array of colors and blooms

Garden business rock solid for stoneyards
A pity that New England's original farm families couldn't cash in on the hard harvests of a century or three ago.

Fall plant provides array of colors and blooms
There's no better autumn accent than chrysanthemums for Ann Morton, of Augusta.

Follow rules for camellias to be success

Scraps of food whet appetites of plants

Scraps of food whet appetites of plants
BERKELEY, Calif. - Haute cuisine is going green in a program that recycles restaurant and household food scraps into high-grade compost for Northern California farms and vineyards.

Follow rules for camellias to be success
Camellias remain a popular garden-center choice and continue to be demanded by area gardeners. Not even the threat of sudden oak death disease has dampened the enthusiasm.

Garden business rock solid for stoneyards

Teams go for undefeated seasons
Georgia Southern has owned Furman in the past and it figures to be no different this season. The No. 2 Eagles will face third-ranked Furman on Saturday in hopes of continuing an eight game-winning streak at Paladin Stadium.

Duo is school's 'best tandem'
It would have sounded so ridiculously idealistic to anyone within earshot. Foolish or not, Brian Bratton and Isaac West believed every word of their adopted creed.

Pair still hoping to qualify for a bowl
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina State should have T.A. McLendon and Georgia Tech won't have P.J. Daniels.

Jackets can't afford loss
ATLANTA - The drills must be performed, futile as they might be.

Duo is school's 'best tandem'

Teams go for undefeated seasons

Jackets can't afford loss

Pair still hoping to qualify for a bowl

Que takes lead at Vietnam Masters

A three-way tie, and Singh lurking
ATLANTA - Vijay Singh went 15 holes without a birdie. He missed half his fairways and a half-dozen putts inside 12 feet. And when he walked off the 18th green Thursday at the Tour Championship, he was right where everyone expected him to be.

Sorenstam seeks record fourth Mizuno title
OTSU, Japan - Annika Sorenstam started her quest for a fourth consecutive Mizuno Classic title with an eagle Friday and held a share of the lead after the first round.

Haas in control at Tour Championship

Que takes lead at Vietnam Masters
HANOI, Vietnam - Angelo Que of the Philippines shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a three-shot lead over Corey Pavin and three others after the second round of the inaugural Vietnam Masters.

Haas in control at Tour Championship
ATLANTA - The Tour Championship suddenly is loaded with optimism for Jay Haas and Tiger Woods.

A three-way tie, and Singh lurking

Tigers' wishbone attack 'finishes the deal' in win

Bulldogs get bounced

Top 10 prep football teams

South Carolina prep football poll

Hillary lifts Rebels to easy win

Spartans come up short against Cougars

The week's key matchups

Evans loses playoff opener

Thomson lineman seeks doctor's approval

Hawks drop Tigers

Laney flexes its muscle

Player of the week: Danny Daggett

Irish fall short

Aiken outlasts city foe

Prep football playoff scores

Waters has worn many hats

Prep football playoff schedule

'Dogs sent home

The week's key matchups
LAST YEAR: Washington-Wilkes lost in the first round to Adairsville, 16-7; Whitefield lost in the first round to Commerce.

Prep football playoff schedule
Here are the high school football pairings for the first round of the state playoffs Friday:

Laney flexes its muscle
Laney coach Eric Parker said one of the difficulties of playoff football is that you only minimally know your opponent. It's whatever you can pick up from Sunday to Thursday.

South Carolina prep football poll
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.

'Dogs sent home
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Minutes after Silver Bluff's 28-14 first-round playoff loss to Bishop England, Bulldogs coach Al Lown looked ahead to 2005.

Thomson lineman seeks doctor's approval
Cephus Jones missed his 77th consecutive day of practice Thursday. The Thomson lineman will miss his 11th game tonight because he is injured.

Hillary lifts Rebels to easy win
JOHNSTON, S.C. - CoCo Hillary spent much of Friday's second half lounging in the football equivalent of a posh resort - except the only fruity drinks available were in plastic squirt bottles.

Top 10 prep football teams
POWER POLLThe top 10 prep football teams in the weekly Power Poll as selected by members of The Augusta Chronicle and WJBF NewsChannel 6 sports departments.

Aiken outlasts city foe
AIKEN - Aiken coach Carey Johnson offered no sugar-coated description of how his team played in the first half Friday.

Bulldogs get bounced
THOMSON - On paper it looked like a mismatch. But someone forgot to tell the Westover Patriots they weren't expected to win their opening playoff game against Thomson.

Hawks drop Tigers
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Washington County ran through a 20-foot banner to begin their first-round playoff contest against Troup. That was fitting.

Tigers' wishbone attack 'finishes the deal' in win
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Georgia has its "Finish the Drill." Washington-Wilkes has its "Finish the Deal."

Spartans come up short against Cougars
CORDELE, Ga. - Glenn Hills had Crisp County on the ropes twice in the final 51 minutes of play but couldn't land the punch that would have at least gotten it a draw in a Friday night Class AAA state playoff opener.

Prep football playoff scores
Scores from Friday's playoff games in South Carolina and Georgia.

Irish fall short
FAIRBURN, Ga. - Aquinas waited 32 years to return to the state football playoffs.

Player of the week: Danny Daggett
LAST WEEK: The speedy sophomore found the end zone twice on returns to power a 30-12 victory against Westside. Daggett reversed a 6-0 deficit with his 75-yard fumble return in the second quarter. He then halted a Patriots march to tie the game late in the first half when he picked off a pass in the end zone. He put a 12-6 game out of reach when he returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards along a sideline-to-sideline jaunt for his second touchdown. Daggett has been a part of 10 touchdowns for the Eagles over the past three weeks.

Waters has worn many hats
Charlie Waters has been a lot of things in his life: a football player, a coach, a grieving father, a businessman, a broadcaster and even an author.

Evans loses playoff opener
FAIRBURN, Ga. - Evans had a window of opportunity early in the first quarter of its first round playoff game against Creekside.

NHL lockout at a glance
A look at the NHL lockout through Thursday, Nov. 4:

Two NHL players start anew in a Britain
LONDON - Almost two months into the NHL lockout, a third of the league's players have drifted to Europe to play in hockey-loving countries such as Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Two NHL players start anew in a Britain

Gamble for health, not profit
The race may not be to the swift nor the victory to the strong, but that's how you bet.

Is out-of-state license a valid ID?
When I went to cast my votes Nov. 2, I experienced something I didn't quite understand as a registered Georgia voter. The lady voting in front of me at Westmont Elementary School in Columbia County presented a South Carolina driver's license as her valid identification for qualification as a Georgia voter. Don Brown, Martinez

Taliaferro County's landfill issue smells
There is a stench wafting its way across Taliaferro County, and it doesn't come from the proposed landfill. It seems to originate at the state Capitol. J. H. Milner, Crawfordville

Medical professionals are the best

Election was a win for Christians
President George W. Bush's re-election is more than a win for the Republicans; it is a win for all Christians. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Take that, Democrats: Your ticket lost

Walker, judge are short on ethics

Bail decision was shameful
Although I have never written a letter to the editor in the past, the article "Father pays for dealer's release" (Oct. 31) enticed me to write this one. The idea of releasing a drug dealer from a 10-year jail sentence because his father was able to pay the county $70,000 is a novel one to me. James A. Sullivan, Warrenton

Take that, Democrats: Your ticket lost
I do not usually gloat, but in Paul Cook's case I will make an exception. Bill Scholly, Evans

Shame on judges in bail incident
It is with difficulty, but with a sense of humor, I try to understand the Augusta area's issues as reported in your newspaper: the Augusta Commission, smoking in public places, the Confederate flag and, most recently, re-electing a former state senator with 142 federal indictments against him. Lots of letters to the editor as well as Rants and Raves - they're a hoot! Bob Groothand, Augusta

Without top 40 hits, radio is dead
Finally, there is an actual article ("Pop fizzles," Oct. 31) regarding the lack of a top 40 music station in Augusta. Jacquie Rives, Evans

Medical professionals are the best
Recently I was a patient at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. I wish to express my appreciation for the extremely good care I received. Sarah Rivers, Evans

Is out-of-state license a valid ID?

Without top 40 hits, radio is dead

Walker, judge are short on ethics
I find it truly incredible that the people of Richmond County would vote for someone who has 142 grand jury indictments out against him. Evalyn M. Williams, Augusta

A septic tank reminder

Twins Day: Which is which?

Molecule is key to nicotine addiction

Flowers, fruits favorite notes in new fragrances

Land Rover LR3 named magazine's top SUV

Smaller doses of flu vaccine seem to work

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers

Corn toss craze: It's beanbag plus beer

Decorate in and out for holidays

Molecule is key to nicotine addiction
WASHINGTON - California researchers fiddled with a single gene to create mice hypersensitive to nicotine, pointing to a single molecule partly to blame for nicotine's addictive allure.

A septic tank reminder
There's no such thing as a "free flush" -- sooner or later it'll need attention.

Land Rover LR3 named magazine's top SUV
DETROIT - Land Rover's new entry in the sport utility segment has claimed the honor of Motor Trend magazine's 2005 SUV of the Year.

Corn toss craze: It's beanbag plus beer
CINCINNATI - The projectiles are lighter than horseshoes and safer than lawn darts, but the idea's the same: Players try to hit a target several paces away.

Coty marks 100 years, taking time to smell success
NEW YORK - Coty, the cosmetics and fragrance giant, celebrates its centennial with several high-profile fragrance launches, but CEO Bernd Beetz says the success of new products is all built on the ideas and ideals that Francois Coty had 100 years ago.

Flowers, fruits favorite notes in new fragrances
NEW YORK - The newest crop of fragrances focuses on flowery notes, ranging from the ever popular jasmine to rare orchids, and fruit smells, including grapefruit and apple.

Decorate in and out for holidays
In planning your holiday decorations, remember to include the outside of your home.

Action game "Halo 2" sold early on eBay
DALLAS - Advance copies of the aliens-versus-space marines video game "Halo 2" have already fetched as much as $265 on Internet auction site eBay, days before the official launch.

Smaller doses of flu vaccine seem to work
New research suggests that giving flu vaccine in a novel way can stretch doses and protect more people, but it didn't work as well in those over 60 and is too experimental to be used to ease this year's shortage, experts say.

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have a cabin and had the roof replaced. The contractor put new plywood on the roof, then put the composition shingles on the plywood without felt paper. He said this is the way he does his roof. Is this legal?

Twins Day: Which is which?
In 1819, shortly after Moses and Aaron Wilcox arrived in the tiny town of Millsville, Ohio, the identical twins struck a deal with town officials: rename the town Twinsburg in their honor, and they would donate six acres of land for a public square and throw in $20 toward a new school.

Busiest stretch of games starts long way from home

Busiest stretch of games starts long way from home
The Augusta Lynx's season picks up the pace this weekend. The Lynx (1-2) have played only two games since fans welcomed the new players at their season opener Oct. 22 at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Across the area

Across the area
A day before an Aiken woman was supposed to start a drug rehabilitation program in Greenville, police say she took her 3-week-old son, who was not legally in her custody, and her mother's car without permission.

Aiken hopes funds will bring overnight guests
AIKEN - The city of Aiken is giving out about $100,000 in tax money generated from hotel visits to event coordinators who promise to lure even more overnight guests.

Site to blend homes, wildlife
Developers of an unusual subdivision along the Savannah River in Columbia County are placing about a third of the site into conservation easements that will preserve wetlands and nearby natural areas in perpetuity.

Cheeks says he has no regrets
Augusta's state Sen. Don Cheeks lost his race for the District 22 Senate seat to his longtime rival Charles Walker this week, but if you think he's morose about it, think again.

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Poll: Perdue is in position for re-election
ATLANTA - Sonny Perdue has plenty to smile about. Not only have the governor's fellow Republicans captured a U.S. Senate seat and control of the state House, but a new poll shows that he's in good shape for his re-election contest in two years.

Area churches fuel high voter turnout
Christians' high-powered effort to get out the vote started long before Tuesday's election, but activity grew in many area congregations as the day approached.

Gamble for health, not profit
The race may not be to the swift nor the victory to the strong, but that's how you bet.

Aiken councils debate location
AIKEN - In order to avoid conflict over a South Carolina law passed this year that permits tattoo parlors, the Aiken City Council will confront a looming dispute of its own Monday night.

Corps again allows look inside powerhouse
The public will be offered another glimpse inside Thurmond Dam's sprawling powerhouse Saturday during one of the Army Corps of Engineers' last series of organized tours of the restricted site.

Aiken toils to replace aging ambulance fleet

Graham describes new clout
CHARLESTON, S.C. - For the first time since Reconstruction, South Carolina is sending two Republican senators to Washington, something that will give the state a greater presence on the national stage, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says.

Gamble for health, not profit

Man receives life sentence
A man accused of hacking another man to death last year during an armed robbery avoided the death penalty Thursday by pleading guilty to murder.

Plant disease still a concern
Although sudden oak death is no longer considered a problem at area plant nurseries, Georgia forestry officials say that doesn't mean the killer plant disease has suddenly disappeared from people's front yards.

Two districts force runoffs
AIKEN - Edgefield County voters will head back to the polls Nov. 16 to determine who will hold the District 3 and District 6 seats on the school board.

Education can help alleviate shortage
A looming nursing shortage can be countered by getting more-educated nurses and allowing the nurses themselves to transform their work environments, a leading nurse researcher said Friday.

Perdue says Georgia's economy is improving
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue told government agency heads Thursday he is optimistic the state's fiscal health will continue to improve in coming months, but he stopped short of saying budget cuts would be off the table in the upcoming legislative session.

Bike ride's profits will aid support group for families
Alex Chartier pedals an average of 15 miles a day. This weekend, he'll attempt to ride four times as far.

Victory doesn't surprise Dobey
EDGEFIELD - There's a reason Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey says he stayed out of the public spotlight and avoided mudslinging during the re-election campaign he handily won Tuesday night.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A company has filed a federal lawsuit against city officials, claiming illegal bid-rigging and favoritism in the way contracts are awarded at Atlanta's airport.

Aiken toils to replace aging ambulance fleet
AIKEN - Aiken County's aging ambulance fleet soon will be getting reinforcements - four new ambulances in the next four months - but with ongoing money and staffing problems, the department won't be keeping pace with the county's growth-fueled emergency demands, officials say.

Youth prison seeks skilled volunteers

Court upholds ban on council's prayers
COLUMBIA - The Great Falls Town Council has suffered another setback in its appeal of a court decision that prohibits the group from opening meetings with a prayer that mentions Jesus Christ.

Two districts force runoffs

Bush victory might bode well for SRS
AIKEN - President Bush's re-election was a promising outcome for Savannah River Site and provides a measure of insurance that future missions will be funded and completed as planned, political leaders and nuclear experts say.

Man receives life sentence

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A North Charleston policeman shot and killed a man who police say fired at officers during a drug sting at Northwoods Mall.

Elections board rejects 52 Paine College voters

Elections board rejects 52 Paine College voters
The Richmond County Board of Elections voted Thursday to reject all but one provisional ballot cast Tuesday by 53 Paine College students who thought they had registered recently on campus but were not on the voter rolls.

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Court overturns ruling on reclassifying nuclear waste
YAKIMA, Wash. - An appellate court has overturned a lower court's ruling barring the U.S. Department of Energy from reclassifying high-level waste at nuclear sites in Idaho, Washington and South Carolina, saying it was too soon to consider opponents' claims.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - The University of Georgia Athletic Association fired cheerleading coach Marilou Braswell because of her retaliation against a student, not her religious beliefs, the association said in a motion to dismiss Ms. Braswell's civil rights lawsuit against the school.

Hypnotist hopes to attract all to show
Oscar the robot did his best to stir up the crowds, but on the first night of the 82nd Georgia-Carolina State Fair, the hypnotist had to yield the stage to the Georgia-Carolina Clogging Classic.

Across the area
A fatal accident that caused a massive traffic jam on Interstate 20 in Aiken County was most likely caused by speeding, South Carolina Highway Patrol officials said Thursday.

'Professor of Hip-Hop' shares rap's importance
Around campus, he's known as the Professor of Hip-Hop. So who better to throw a celebration for the 25th anniversary of the birth of modern hip-hop?

Kid of the day
Jeffrey T. Meeks is today's Kid of the Day.

Youth prison seeks skilled volunteers
The Augusta YDC is looking for volunteers to help reach out to the troubled, underage offenders soon to be housed there.

Corps again allows look inside powerhouse

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Across Georgia

Perdue says Georgia's economy is improving

'Professor of Hip-Hop' shares rap's importance

Marksmen endure challenges in sniper competition
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Cpl. Eugenio Mendoza, a young veteran of the Iraq war, had to carry his buddy for 50 yards, scale an 8-foot wall and crawl through a skinny water-logged tunnel at the 4th International Sniper Competition, where the challenges are designed to simulate combat scenarios in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Education can help alleviate shortage

Two area counties part ways
Columbia County began penning a Dear John letter to Richmond County on Friday. The message: "It's over and it's not us, it's you."

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Hypnotist hopes to attract all to show

Across Georgia

Officials working to keep post open
With President Bush back in the White House, base closure is still on track for Fort Gordon, and other installations are in its sights, experts say.

Across the area

Plant disease still a concern

Two area counties part ways

Bush victory might bode well for SRS

Marksmen endure challenges in sniper competition

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Area churches fuel high voter turnout

Kid of the day

Cheeks says he has no regrets

Poll: Perdue is in position for re-election

Aiken councils debate location

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Court overturns ruling on reclassifying nuclear waste

Across South Carolina

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Kid of the day
LaTalia Nichole Holton is today's kid of the day.

'Incredibles' shows human side of heroes

'Incredibles' shows human side of heroes
LOS ANGELES - Superheroes are typically loners, not family guys. The powers of Superman, Spider-Man, Batman make them outcasts from the very society they protect and drive them to hide their powers from even close confidants like Lois Lane, Aunt May and Commissioner Gordon.

Imelda Staunton gets chance to shine

Imelda Staunton gets chance to shine
LONDON - You've seen Imelda Staunton before - possibly in period garb, probably stealing a scene from more famous co-stars.

Review: Spears' premature greatest-hits

Review: Spears' premature greatest-hits
NEW YORK - "People can take everything away from you, but they can never take away your truth," Britney Spears insists breathily at the beginning of her greatest-hits collection, sounding like a pop-star version of Dr. Phil.

Ja Rule upbeat as he prepares for new album
NEW YORK - Ja Rule probably should have battled nemesis 50 Cent with sticks and stones, considering what happened after their war of words.

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Ja Rule upbeat as he prepares for new album

Streaking Johnson looking to future
AVONDALE, Ariz. - With three straight wins, Jimmie Johnson has NASCAR points leader Kurt Busch looking in his rearview mirror.

Carter, Raptors pummel Pistons
TORONTO - Loren Woods had 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and Vince Carter scored seven of his 12 points in the final three minutes to help the Toronto Raptors improve to 2-0 with a 101-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Carter, Raptors pummel Pistons

Streaking Johnson looking to future
AVONDALE, Ariz. - The age-old NASCAR ethic of hard work and patience has helped Jimmie Johnson win three straight races and put him back in the Nextel Cup championship picture.

Newman's record lap earns ninth pole

Newman's record lap earns ninth pole
AVONDALE, Ariz. - If Ryan Newman could find a way to shift his qualifying magic to the races he would be a solid contender for the Nextel Cup championship.

Wallace plans very active retirement

Streaking Johnson looking to future

Streaking Johnson looking to future

Wallace plans very active retirement
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Just because Rusty Wallace will stop racing after the 2005 season doesn't mean he plans to slow down.

NTSB: Hendrick plane did not climb before crash

NTSB: Hendrick plane did not climb before crash
RICHMOND, Va. - The Hendrick Motorsports plane that crashed last month and killed all 10 aboard missed the approach to the airport and then failed to immediately climb before crashing into a mountain, according to a preliminary report Friday.

Wizards foil Bobcats' season opening plans

SuperSonics top Hawks
SEATTLE - Rashard Lewis brought his game at both ends, scoring 23 points and blocking five shots, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 106-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

Wizards foil Bobcats' season opening plans
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Primoz Brezec fought through a double team, spun to his left and sank a layup for a 2-0 lead.

SuperSonics top Hawks

Arizona, Washington could finish 1-2
LOS ANGELES - Arizona is back in its accustomed spot, picked by the media to win the Pac-10 basketball title.

Panthers' Rucker having down year

Lynch's injury draws criticism

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Open second go around

Safin downs Hewitt at Paris Masters

Overtime

Mauresmo advances at Advanta

Overtime

Marathoners hope for win in New York

Racing family makes rounds in area event

Sibling rivalry spices up Open division final

Lance Armstrong's ex-wife running for charity
NEW YORK - Like plenty of people, Lance Armstrong's former wife took up running as a way to get in shape.

Racing family makes rounds in area event
Kim Manley is relegated to watching the NBHA World Championships from an arena seat. The small scar that runs across her throat backs up her words about doctor's orders preventing her from riding this year.

Capriati, Myskina upset in Philadelphia
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Jennifer Capriati's shot at qualifying for the WTA Tour Championships ended Friday with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals of the Advanta Tennis Championships.

Roddick, Henman upset at Paris Masters
PARIS - Top-seeded Andy Roddick and defending champion Tim Henman were upset in the third round of the Paris Masters on Thursday.

Open second go around
Times are listed by competitor, hometown and horse:

Marathoners hope for win in New York
NEW YORK - After Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor made history in Athens, the town where they train decided to honor them with a parade they would never forget.

Safin downs Hewitt at Paris Masters
PARIS - Marat Safin hit 10 aces and beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 7-6 (2) Friday in a showdown between U.S. Open champions to reach the Paris Masters semifinals.

Mauresmo advances at Advanta
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the quarterfinals at the Advanta Tennis Championships on Thursday, defeating Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-2.

Overtime
Westminster will take on Stratford in the state title game tonight at 7:30.

Overtime
In Paris, top-seeded Andy Roddick and defending champion Tim Henman were upset in the third round of the Paris Masters.

Sibling rivalry spices up Open division final
After running in the second go-round Friday, Tanya Steinhoff pointed to her main competition in today's National Barrel Horse Association World Championship finals.

Lynch's injury draws criticism
DENVER - Before Denver safety John Lynch limped off the field, he started yelling toward the Atlanta huddle, upset that he got hurt on a block made 30 yards away from the play.

Panthers' Rucker having down year
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mike Rucker had eight sacks at this point last season. The Carolina Panthers were well on their way to the NFC title and Rucker was headed to his first Pro Bowl.

Gospel program will celebrate anniversary at Bell
Gospel stars who sang to generations of Augustans on WJBF-TV's Parade of Quartets and made it the longest-running show of its kind in television will be honored at 7 tonight to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary.

Church builds faith community
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Mary Nadayil immigrated from India to the United States two decades ago, but she knows there's no pushing her American children into the heritage of her homeland.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Faith digest
Joe Dunagan , the manager of St. Joseph Hospice Center, will speak on strategies for coping with loss at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 117 Pleasant Home Road. Call 863-4956.

Scouting council focuses on black youths
Brandon McQueen is within weeks of earning Boy Scouting's highest rank, Eagle, but there was a time when he rarely talked about his Scouting activities around his black friends.

Adventists reaffirm literalism on biblical creation account
In a society where young adherents often face challenges to their beliefs, the top world authorities of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have reaffirmed the faith's insistence that fidelity to the Bible requires belief in "a literal, recent, six-day creation," no matter what conventional science says.

Religion news in brief
WASHINGTON - Six American Muslim imams have urged the immediate release of all civilian hostages in Iraq and says Muslims involved in terrorism are "betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent."

Jason Alexander plays sports nut on sitcom
NEW YORK - On "Listen Up," Jason Alexander plays a sitcom version of real-life TV sports talk host and newspaper columnist Tony Kornheiser. His character, Tony Kleinman, is a sports fanatic.

Ratings for basic cable networks

Jason Alexander plays sports nut on sitcom

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:

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. 25-31. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

An update on Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' streak

U2 submits album for best-band job

P. Diddy plans all-night birthday party

Anti-Bush artists lament president's victory

Jackson lawyers seek removal of prosecutor

People in the News

People in the News

Patty Duke 'up and walking' after cardiac surgery

Greene poised to pass Manning milestone
ATHENS, Ga. - When Peyton Manning finished his career at Tennessee, they named a street after him.

Flowers: a dependable punt returner
ATHENS, Ga. - Thomas Flowers has proven to Georgia coach Mark Richt that he can be a dependable punt returner after a shaky preseason.

Flowers: a dependable punt returner

Arkansas, S. C. coaches not strangers
LITTLE ROCK - When Arkansas visits South Carolina this weekend, the relationships between many of the coaches involved will be more complex than usual.

Jones a thorn in South Carolina's side

Gamecocks are winless at home in SEC
If South Carolina is to earn the right today to play in its first bowl game in three seasons, it will have to do it in an environment that's been most unfriendly to it this season:

Gamecocks are winless at home in SEC

Arkansas, S. C. coaches not strangers

Jones a thorn in South Carolina's side
COLUMBIA, S.C. - When South Carolina coach Lou Holtz calls Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones the most feared player in the Southeastern Conference, he's talking for Gamecock fans everywhere.

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New Jersey school accidently strafed

Church builds faith community

Religion news in brief

Faith digest

Gospel program will celebrate anniversary at Bell

Faith Calendar

Scouting council focuses on black youths