Santana is unanimous AL Cy Young winner

Santana is unanimous AL Cy Young winner
NEW YORK - As joyous fans celebrated by honking car horns in Caracas, Johan Santana sounded overwhelmed. He became the first Venezuelan to win a Cy Young Award, and not only that, he was a unanimous choice.

Fairs evoke the most vivid of childhood memories

Odds and Ends
ARDMORE, Okla. - It's a nutty explanation, but a mechanic says a rat is to blame for a traffic accident.

Coin toss determines winner in central Florida city council race
GROVELAND, Fla. - Florida, the state that decided the 2000 presidential race with hanging chads and botched ballot designs, added a page to its history of electoral quirkiness Friday: a city council race that was decided by a coin toss.

Troopers suspended for Bill Elliott helicopter ride
ATLANTA - Two Georgia State Patrol troopers were suspended without pay for letting NASCAR driver Bill Elliott hop a ride in their helicopter when they were supposed to be reporting about marijuana fields.

Unlucky man blinded four times in same eye
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - In 1985, Brian Calen claimed he was blinded in the right eye in a cruise ship accident. Seven years later, he said a ship's telescope blinded him again. Then, he said, he was blinded on two more trips - by a champagne bottle and a flying disc.

Tough DUI prosecutor charged with drunken driving
TAMPA, Fla. - A prosecutor known for being "tough as nails" in drunken driving cases was charged with DUI after police said they stopped her with three children in her car.

Odds and Ends
NORTH VERNON, Ind. - When hunter Jim Mick went into the forest to bag himself a deer, he never expected to come out empty-handed - and badly bruised.

Otellini to succeed Barrett as Intel CEO
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Paul Otellini, a 30-year Intel Corp. veteran who oversaw the launch of the Pentium processor in the 1990s, will replace chief executive Craig Barrett when he steps aside to become chairman in May, the chip giant's board of directors announced Thursday.

Weak dollar boosts some corporate growth

Weak dollar boosts some corporate growth
NEW YORK - American company Tupperware Corp. is rooting for the dollar to stay weak, while Irish crystal maker Waterford Wedgwood PLC wants the opposite. The reasons why show how the dollar's fall to a record low against the euro boosts some companies but bruises others.

Coke scales back growth goals
ATLANTA - The Coca-Cola Co., the world's biggest soft drink maker, is scaling back its long-term targets for sales volume and earnings growth amid continuing weakness in key markets including North America. Its shares were down 3 percent in early trading.

Company helps in emergencies
Last month, an American Airlines commuter flight slammed into a wooded area near Kirkland, Mo., killing 13. Employees at Augusta's Emergency Services Integrators soon sprang into action at their Wachovia building headquarters.

Pilot vote on wage cuts offers Delta better chance of avoiding bankruptcy
ATLANTA - The battered shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. surged nearly 9 percent Friday after its pilots agreed to pay cuts to try to help the ailing carrier escape bankruptcy, but their new contract offers no guarantees for the company's future.

Unemployment claims decline in Georgia
ATLANTA - New unemployment claims dropped in October, the third straight month of good news for Georgia's labor market.

Car sales put brake on buying
WASHINGTON - Consumers lost a little of their enthusiasm for auto purchases last month but spent like mad in a number of other areas including clothing and gasoline, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

GM, Ford offer anti-rollover equipment in '05
DETROIT - Electronic anti-rollover systems will become standard equipment on 1.8 million sport utility vehicles from GM and Ford in 2005, the automakers announced Thursday.

Unemployment claims decline in Georgia

Nintendo's latest system aims for teens and young adults
Nintendo Co. is set to launch Nintendo DS, the latest of its wallet-sized game systems designed to slip easily into your backpack and encourage procrastination wherever you may roam.

Acquitted Enron defendant says she's wiser, not bitter
HOUSTON - When Sheila Kahanek left Enron Corp. several months before its 2001 collapse, she thought she walked away from a culture where accounting rules were stretched.

Business briefs

Georgia commissioner rejects merger, wants larger benefits
ATLANTA - Georgia insurance commissioner John Oxendine has rejected Indiana-based Anthem's proposed $16.4 billion merger that would create the nation's largest health insurance company.

Blockbuster makes offer for Hollywood Entertainment

Market feels sting of tomato shortage
Though the cost of tomatoes Colden Waller received on Friday more than doubled, he bought them anyway.

Economists: Fed may raise interest rates again

Delta pilots accept pay cuts

State wants to expand life sciences sector

Business briefs
The Augusta-Aiken area saw a 28 percent increase in first-time unemployment claims in October as 272 newly laid-off workers filed for benefits.

Company helps in emergencies

State wants to expand life sciences sector
ATLANTA - As Georgia competes to become a center for the life sciences industry, the state needs to have a better organized offense, according to a commission charged with evaluating the efforts.

Nintendo's latest system aims for teens and young adults

Former Microsoft workers charged with stealing software
SEATTLE - Four former Microsoft Corp. employees were charged with stealing $32.4 million worth of software and selling it on the side.

Market feels sting of tomato shortage

Economists: Fed may raise interest rates again
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policy-makers encouraged by the economy's performance may bump up interest rates again in December - a fifth time this year - and will continue to tighten credit in 2005, economists predict.

Acquitted Enron defendant says she's wiser, not bitter

Delta pilots accept pay cuts
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines pilots have agreed to slash their salaries by nearly a third and forgo pay raises for five years to help the struggling airline avoid bankruptcy, their union announced Thursday.

Pilot vote on wage cuts offers Delta better chance of avoiding bankruptcy

Blockbuster makes offer for Hollywood Entertainment
DALLAS - Blockbuster Inc. has offered $700 million for rival Hollywood Entertainment Corp. in a deal that would extend Blockbuster's position as the world's largest movie rental company. Shares of both companies rose in early trading.

Business briefs
Hildebrandt's Food Store is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The deli and grocery store was founded by Nicholas Hildebrandt in 1879 at the corner of Sixth and Ellis streets.

Stocks push higher on retail report
NEW YORK - Wall Street closed its third straight winning week with another rally Friday, advancing as a new retail sales report and a consumer sentiment reading showed that Americans are growing more confident about the economy.

Stocks push higher on retail report

Tigers prepare for Wallace Wade
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium hardly qualifies as one of the most intimidating places to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. But the quiet confines of the 33,941-seat stadium provides a unique challenge.

Tigers prepare for Wallace Wade

Clemson tries to keep streak going

Clemson tries to keep streak going
After starting 1-4 this season, Clemson has reeled off four straight victories - including an upset of Miami - a year after winning five of its final six games to help coach Tommy Bowden earn a contract extension.

School lawsuit is costly
The Cobb County Board of Education is defending in court a disclaimer sticker put on its science textbooks, saying that evolution is "a theory, not a fact."

Remember engineer, too
Five people are dead. One innocent man has to live with it. We feel for all the souls whose lives were forever altered early Wednesday when a car carrying five Avondale Mills employees home from work tried to beat a train at Ascauga Lake Road and Canal Street in Graniteville, S.C.

The wait is over

Schrenko shocker

Why books are trashed

Schrenko shocker
A state audit early last year clearly showed that Linda Schrenko's management of education funds during her 1994-2002 tenure as Georgia school superintendent was a disaster - particularly during her second term when she lost a GOP gubernatorial primary bid to Sonny Perdue

The wait is over
As much as any political figure in memory, Yasser Arafat's life was blackened by conflict and shrouded by conflicting perspectives from beginning to end.

Why books are trashed
Books often are trashed by critics, but not by librarians - and certainly not literally. The issue of trashed books surfaced last week when military physician Keith Fincher came across Augusta-Richmond County Library employees putting books out by the trash at the Jackson Road branch.

Bon Jovi marks a milestone
NEW YORK - Love them or hate them, there's no denying Bon Jovi's accomplishments.

Diaz, Timberlake defend paparazzi fracas
LOS ANGELES - "Charlie's Angels" star Cameron Diaz and her pop star boyfriend Justin Timberlake snatched away a photographer's camera when he and a partner surprised them outside a ritzy hotel.

Poor sequels crowd new releases
The road to hell, the saying goes, is paved with good intentions. I disagree.

Man charged with stalking Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw
GALLATIN, Tenn. - Police arrested a man Wednesday on charges of harassing and stalking country singers Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw, who said the suspect threatened to kill him and his family.

Burt Reynolds' ex sues for support
LOS ANGELES - A former girlfriend of Burt Reynolds has sued the "Cannonball Run" actor for abuse and broken promises - just one day after he sued her on grounds that she was threatening to falsely accuse him.

People in the News
LONDON - She's famed for being the Material Girl, but Madonna's next illustrated children's book is about how wealth is overrated.

Mortgage rates climb
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country climbed this week as Wall Street investors responded to some encouraging signs that the economy is gaining traction.

Fishing tournament results

Inclement weather spawns few catches

Fishing tournament results
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Inclement weather spawns few catches
High northeast winds and cold temperatures have curtailed the fishing activities of many anglers, but those who braved the inclement weather have been able to catch a few fish.

Late fall is best time for gardening

Late fall is best time for gardening
November is a great month for gardening in the Augusta area.

Breaking gardening traditions is good - sometimes
Now is a good time of year to attack some gardening traditions -- five, to be exact --- associated with planting trees and shrubs.

Take usual care with indoor plants
When it comes to growing plants, there's nothing quite like the great indoors. The weather is predictable, the bugs are minimal and those punk kids next door will never stomp on them.

Breaking gardening traditions is good - sometimes

Leonard, Flesch take lead
NAPLES, Fla. - Justin Leonard and Steve Flesch combined for 9-under-par 63 and a one-stroke lead over Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman on Friday after the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Leonard, Flesch take early lead at Franklin Templeton Shootout

Leonard, Flesch take early lead at Franklin Templeton Shootout
NAPLES, Fla. - Justin Leonard and Steve Flesch combined for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke lead over Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman on Friday after the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Leonard, Flesch take lead

Quartet share lead after first round

Quartet share lead after first round
MOBILE, Ala. - Grace Park birdied the last three holes for her 6-under-par 66 on Thursday that left her in a four-way tie after the first round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

High School Playoff Capsules

Lincoln County Red Devils erase Tigers

Blackville-Hilda gets revenge

Laney routs Greater Atlanta Christian

Spartans' staunch defense shuts down Tigers

Sandersville gets pair of shutout wins in town

Aiken wins shutout in fog

Steady hand keeps Wildcats on right track

Panthers bounce Rebels

Sandersville gets pair of shutout wins in town
Tyree Burnett had 150 rushing yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Golden Hawks posted the shutout and moved into the Class AAA quarterfinals.

Laney routs Greater Atlanta Christian
It is a score that will be cause for pause if you're on a team still in the Georgia High School Association Class AA playoffs. Eyeballs belonging to the head coaches of strong teams will take one look and wonder: How in the world did Laney score 57 points in a 31-point victory against Greater Atlanta Christian?

Aiken wins shutout in fog
AIKEN -- Terrence Smith didn't need to admit he juggled the catch. No one in the stands could see much of the play anyway. For that matter, no one saw much of anything in the second half after fog rolled into Aiken High School.

Panthers bounce Rebels
JOHNSTON, S.C. - This will forever be remembered at Strom Thurmond as the season that went up in fog.

Blackville-Hilda gets revenge
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Marcus Allen said his team has been thinking about Lake View since spring practice.

High School Playoff Capsules

Lincoln County Red Devils erase Tigers
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- The Lincoln County Red Devils overcame a sluggish start and captured their 99th playoff victory, coming from behind and tripping rival Commerce, 35-14, in the second round of the Class A playoffs Friday night at Buddy Bufford Field.

Steady hand keeps Wildcats on right track
No one understands a quarterback better than his go-to receiver.

Spartans' staunch defense shuts down Tigers
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens Academy knew all week it would have to find a way to win without senior quarterback Chris Rogers. The Spartans bet on stifling defense and speedy special teams work to help sophomore backup Malloy VanGorder

Fairs evoke the most vivid of childhood memories
The fairs are back in town, reviving the memories of our youth. You remember? We used to boast about how much junk we could eat.

Scott Peterson convicted of murder in death of his pregnant wife
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Scott Peterson was convicted Friday of murdering his pregnant wife and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay in what prosecutors in the made-for-cable-TV case portrayed as a cold-blooded attempt to escape marriage and fatherhood for the bachelor life.

Tort reform goes easy on negligence

Walker's political plans won't work

Bush has won; proceed with caution
The American people have spoken loudly. They want values in the White House. While I agree that this country needs to return to a more values-oriented mind-set, remember that we - especially the middle class and the poor - can't eat values. William Sanders, Augusta

Black vote gave Walker the win
State Sen.-elect Charles Walker, D-Augusta, stated in your front-page article on Nov. 7 that "I know there had to be some divine guidance in all this." Thus, he explained how he managed to be elected again on Nov. 2. Jim Shoffner, Augusta

Fruit drinks? Get to the real problem
In response to E. Maner's letter of Nov. 9 ("Artificial fruit drinks bad for kids"), let me be "blunt, honest and real" - the problem with kids today, health and otherwise, is not the school system selling artificial fruit drinks. It's the parents! Tanya Simpson, Clarks Hill, S.C.

Who really wears the flip-flops?
Near the end of the 2004 presidential race, I heard the decision summed up as the choice between boots or flip-flops, or Bush vs. Kerry if you wanted a nonpartisan translation. The reality is that our political choices are rarely this simple. Craig Byron, Augusta

Quit fanning the flames of racism

Quit fanning the flames of racism
Recently, two people on a radio talk show were conversing about the results of the past election. One of the speakers said he could not believe that (former state Sen.) Charles Walker, D-Augusta, was elected again, and he was aware that the votes he received were strictly along racial lines. Ernest Leysath, Augusta

Tort reform goes easy on negligence
In response to your Nov. 9 article on tort reform, "Survey: State's voters support tort reform": I wonder if the Georgia Hospital Association told Georgia citizens they surveyed that 195,000 Americans die nationwide every year because of negligence and abuse in hospitals. Jacqueline Boatwright, Hephzibah

Judges in paid release did wrong
My degree is in a field other than the law, so I can only judge some legal actions by the way they smell. Judging by the smell, something that happened recently certainly stretches the law. Neil O. Myers, Aiken, S.C.

City falling apart in so many ways
Through the media, it is my understanding that Augusta-Richmond County needs to make budget cuts. They plan on starting with the sheriff's department. This is idiotic planning by the Augusta Commission and our dummy mayor. Tina Cloer, Augusta

Walker's political plans won't work
I read with interest the interview with state Sen.-elect Charles Walker, D-Augusta ("Walker sees win as chance to change," Nov. 7). Walker makes a reference to the Bible in his win over Don Cheeks. Rufus Rollins, Evans

Bush has won; proceed with caution

Climate change affecting global environment

Enthusiasts say extreme skiing can be done safely

Cholesterol control: two pills better than one

Stairwells need not be ho-hum

Study: Vitamin E might make heart disease worse

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers

New worries tarnish arthritis drugs

Fireplace smoke signals

Enthusiasts say extreme skiing can be done safely
LOVELAND PASS, Colo. - The four skiers emerged from vehicles at the side of a highway high in the Rockies and headed up a steep, tree-covered slope into the wilderness.

Stairwells need not be ho-hum
Stairwells are often, well, boring. They need not be. In fact, a stair railing can be a focal point of an entire room if well-designed.

Fireplace smoke signals
Firing up a fireplace after it's been sitting idle all summer can cause all sorts of unwanted problems. They range from red eyes and coughing to air pollution and carbon monoxide poisoning. So before you hold a match to any logs, be they natural wood or natural gas, look for smoke signals.

Drug shows promise against Crohn's
An experimental drug that selectively tamps down part of the immune system can offer dramatic relief to many victims of the painful bowel disorder Crohn's disease, and might also work against illnesses such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis, researchers say.

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: Could you recommend a treatment to remove the white streaks and efflorescence on a natural red brick fireplace, which were caused by a leak at the roof-chimney connection? We have tried washing it with pool acid and had little or no success. -- John

Study: Vitamin E might make heart disease worse
NEW ORLEANS - Vitamin E supplements - taken by many Americans in hopes of warding off heart disease - do not work, and may actually make the condition worse, researchers say.

Climate change affecting global environment
Global warming has had little noticeable impact in Washington, D.C. Politicians in the nation's capital have been reluctant to set limits on the carbon dioxide pollution that is expected to warm the planet by 4 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit during the next century, citing uncertainty about the severity of the threat.

Cholesterol control: two pills better than one
NEW ORLEANS - Taking one drug to boost "good" cholesterol and another to lower its evil twin can slow the progression of heart disease more effectively than one medicine alone, the first study to test this dual approach has found.

CDC: Smoking declines in U.S.
ATLANTA - Heavily Mormon Utah has become the first and only state to meet the government's goal of reducing the smoking rate to about one in eight adults, federal health officials said Wednesday.

New worries tarnish arthritis drugs
WASHINGTON - One by one, arthritis drugs that promised to ease pain without causing ulcers are losing their luster.

Magowan looks to continue fast start

Magowan looks to continue fast start
It appeared the streak had ended. Augusta Lynx forward Ken Magowan failed to record a point in Sunday's game against Pensacola.

Offense falters in Lynx loss
The only period Friday night that the Augusta Lynx out-shot the Charlotte Checkers was the second.

Kid of the Day

Bond denied for sex offender
AIKEN - Convicted child molester Richard Grey Mayson Jr. was denied bond Friday by an Aiken County circuit judge after a two-hour hearing in which he was portrayed as a son devoted to his ailing father, a member of his church choir and a "pedophile in recovery" who employed teenage boys in the work crews of his handyman business.

Ceremonies honor nation's veterans

Members say city still faces obstacles
The outgoing Richmond County grand jury asked Augusta leaders Friday for a renewed commitment for reform. Their plea comes nearly five years after the creation of a special grand jury, which was convened to investigate Augusta's government.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The Department of Juvenile Justice said Friday it will release a report card Wednesday on its attempt to improve the way it handles the state's young offenders.

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Firefighters strike a pose for charity
A familiar joke asks the question: How does a firefighter keep his pants up? The calendar, featuring 12 pouting and posing firefighters in various states of undress, has been on sale for only one week, but the fund-raiser already is generating lots of heat.

Proposal threatens soccer complex funds
The West Augusta Soccer Complex would be under new management if Augusta commissioners agree to a proposal outlined Thursday by the city's recreation and parks director.

Evolution dispute rages on
ATLANTA - First, Georgia's education chief tried to take the word "evolution" out of the state's science curriculum. Now a suburban Atlanta county is in federal court over textbook stickers that call evolution "a theory, not a fact."

Funding proposal stuns soccer club

SCLC announces new leader, vision
ATLANTA - With oratory vigor and power reminiscent of co-founder Martin Luther King, Jr., the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference - the storied organization tied to some of the civil rights movement's greatest achievements - announced Friday the group will raise money and work against injustice around the world.

Proposal threatens soccer complex funds

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Lawyers fighting a court challenge of evolution disclaimers on textbooks defended the warning stickers in final arguments Friday as a show of tolerance, not religious activism as some parents claimed.

Woman confesses in soldier's death

Mother is upset over school official reading diary
The diary had a Winnie the Pooh cover and a place for a lock, but that didn't stop the assistant principal at Langford Middle School from reading it.

Friends talk of wreck's victims

Disease led man to spread word
An Augusta man who was criss-crossing the country to raise awareness about hepatitis C died Thursday from complications from the disease. Paul Hagan was 63.

Across the area

Marine's death hits Georgia town hard
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Phil Scarborough ran track with such intensity that his coach made the Washington-Wilkes high schooler practice with potato chips pinched between his thumb and forefinger, recalls classmate and fellow runner Gretchen Lamar.

Kid of the Day
Rasha Lifsey is today's Kid of the Day

Funding proposal stuns soccer club
Directors of the Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club awoke Friday morning to surprising news on the front page of their newspaper.

At 59, Georgian is pregnant with twins
SYLVESTER, Ga. - A 59-year-old great-grandmother living in south Georgia is set to give birth to twins next month, which would steal some of the limelight, and a purported record, from a 56-year-old New York City woman who gave birth to twins this week.

Order of flu shots coming
Georgia will be getting more than 200,000 additional flu shots, though some will not arrive until January, the Georgia Division of Public Health announced Friday evening.

Fire chief wants tax increase to get staff

Firefighters strike a pose for charity

Vaccine helps reduce cancer

North Augusta felons may be in for a shock

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Kid of the Day
Maya Phillips is the Kid of the Day

Mother is upset over school official reading diary

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Across South Carolina

Across the area
Three small children found alone Thursday in their Crosland Park home in Aiken have been placed in protective care by the South Carolina Department of Social Services, authorities said.

Proposed budget cuts rattle arts community

Woman will give Virginians taste of her 'real' stew
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Patricia Jones headed out Thursday for Richmond in hopes of showing some Virginians how real Brunswick stew tastes.

Woman will give Virginians taste of her 'real' stew

Proposed budget cuts rattle arts community
In an attempt to reach a balanced budget, Augusta Administrator Fred Russell has proposed fiscal cuts to culture that have some in the arts community worried.

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina

Marine's death hits Georgia town hard

Across South Carolina
CLOVER -The Clover Town Council has unanimously agreed to ban tobacco use in city parks and at city-sponsored events.

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Across the area

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - Condemned inmate Frank Ray Chandler waited Thursday for word from the governor's office on a request for clemency, hours before his scheduled execution today for killing an elderly woman during a robbery.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth says he is resigning from his position as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Friends talk of wreck's victims
GRANITEVILLE - The sound of a Thursday morning train whistle was an eerie reminder for Avondale Mills textile workers heading home after a long, emotionally draining night at work.

Colleges await cutbacks
ATLANTA - As state colleges and universities scramble to come up with ways to cover looming midyear budget cuts, officials with the state's university system insist no final decision has been made on how the cuts will be divvied up or when the budget ax will fall.

Vaccine helps reduce cancer
Suzanne Scoggins knew about the common sexually transmitted virus, and when a friend told her about an experimental vaccine against it, she thought, "Why not? I can only benefit from it."

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Evolution dispute rages on

Party welcomed Schrenko's help
The leader of the Columbia County Republican Party said Thursday that former state Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko feared a federal indictment was coming, but wanted to work with local campaigns this year to "stay busy."

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Across the Southeast

Bond denied for sex offender

Across Georgia

Ceremonies honor nation's veterans
On a cold, gray Veterans Day, Augusta-area residents gathered to honor veterans of wars past and present.

At 59, Georgian is pregnant with twins

Schrenko diverted suspicion
ATLANTA - Linda Schrenko was so outspoken about so many topics, and had drawn criticism about so many things she supposedly did or didn't do, that initial reports of her awarding suspicious contracts caused only tiny ripples.

Pupils move on despite failure

Members say city still faces obstacles

SCLC announces new leader, vision

Officials push to get land behind grocery

North Augusta felons may be in for a shock
NORTH AUGUSTA - At first, Capt. Bill Luckey was cynical about the North Augusta Department of Public Safety's new Taser gun.

Order of flu shots coming

Fire chief wants tax increase to get staff
Augusta's new fire stations are bigger, more open and have more space that a modern fire department needs.

Party welcomed Schrenko's help

Disease led man to spread word

Across the area
Someone fired a BB gun at a Richmond County school bus Friday afternoon, chipping a window.

Budget talk will get tougher
It's going to get worse before it gets better.< That's the message Augusta officials are preparing for government departments and non profit agencies that are funded from the city's general-fund budget each year.

Budget talk will get tougher

Officials push to get land behind grocery
It's an open field in the Evans Town Center where county events often are staged, children sometimes fly kites and a whoosh of passing traffic reminds visitors that growth is near.

Woman confesses in soldier's death
An Augusta woman pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday in the stabbing death of a Fort Gordon soldier.

Pupils move on despite failure
Of the eight Columbia County third-graders who failed a re-test of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in July, at least five made it to the fourth grade anyway.

Colleges await cutbacks

Anything's possible Saturday
ATHENS, Ga. - The oldest rivalry in the Deep South has a built-in worth. Yet as Georgia coach Mark Richt sees Saturday's showdown at Auburn, it's not so much a classic as abstract art.

Capsule reviews of new films

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

Peter Sarsgaard makes 'leftover' roles memorable
NEW YORK - Peter Sarsgaard will take the leftovers, thank you.

Peter Sarsgaard makes 'leftover' roles memorable

DVD Review: "The Grateful Dead Movie"
Followers of the current jam-band scene would be wise to check out "The Grateful Dead Movie" to see how it all began.

Rain puts leaders out front at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - The contenders for the Nextel Cup championship moved to the front of the field without turning a lap Friday at Darlington Raceway.

Rain puts leaders out front at Darlington

Contenders put in front for Sunday
DARLINGTON, S.C. - When NASCAR decided to throw out the red flag with four laps remaining last week at Phoenix International Raceway, it defied the purpose of its new green-white-checkered rule that was supposed to help assure a green-flag finish.

Busch looking forward to Darlington

Busch looking forward to Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kurt Busch has learned a lot during his four years in NASCAR's top series. He just hopes that knowledge is enough to carry him and his Roush Racing team to a Nextel Cup championship.

Hawks top Hornets
NEW ORLEANS - Antoine Walker and Atlanta Hawks snapped their winless streak and extended the disastrous start of new Hornets coach Byron Scott.

Hawks top Hornets

Rockets downed by Timberwolves
HOUSTON - Kevin Garnett hit a jumper with 8.3 seconds left and finished one assist shy of a triple double, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 96-91 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Rockets downed by Timberwolves

Gruden, Bucs seek consistency vs. Atlanta

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Elizabeth Inez Cook Byars    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lynda G. Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Dale Eugene Cook, Sr. ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Mack (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Jones (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Palmer Edenfield, Jr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh David Rucker, Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lynda G. Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. John Ethel Williams (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Eubanks (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Hay (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearlie L. Herron (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Holly Hoyt Miller (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Yvonne Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Huie P. "Hurricane" Cain ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Domiya Ni'Asia Young (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. David B. Bell (PLEASANT, S.C.)

Dr. Kenneth Ardell Johnson (FLORENCE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lenester Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Scott A. Youngblood (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Loree Harrill (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Clark Saxon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Tyler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenester Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Blockett (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Claude Marie Keith (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Hildred Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerold Jennings (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lynda G. Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Fitzgerald (HAMMOND, L a.)

Mr. Jessey Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Elizabeth Inez Cook Byars (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Leah Hardin Beaudreau (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Grady John Mobley, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby Peterson Jones (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)

Mr. John Claude May ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Connie Bodie (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice Eugenia Hall Bailey (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lena Thomas (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Jane Winfrey Story (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Claude Marie Keith (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Fields Ford (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Madeline S. Dickerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael B. Pyle (BOSTON, Mass.)

Mr. Francis St. Onge (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Bell, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Dale Goggans, Sr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Infant Kloyee Rene Wood (WINDER, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora W. Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Lamar Walker (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas J. Carswell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary E. Jenks ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Michael "Mike" Lanier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Scott A. Youngblood (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sing Powell Tomlinson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Leah Hardin Beaudreau (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil V. Carter (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Alice Huie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Connie D. Bodie (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Kendrick (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Pecola Johnson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Kendrick Lee (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Redd Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James A. Felton, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Roddick, Fish lead U.S. Davis Cup squad

Overtime

Overtime
The annual Head of the South Regatta will be held Saturday on the Savannah River.

Roddick, Fish lead U.S. Davis Cup squad
NEW YORK - Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish will play singles for the United States in next month's Davis Cup final at Spain, with twins Bob and Mike Bryan in doubles.

Overtime
In Jekyll Island, Ga., Savannah's Steve Hoffman and Ken Stewart fired a final-round 69 and defeated Spencer Sappington and Bill Ploeger in a one-hole playoff to capture the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship at Jekyll Island Golf Resort.

Gruden, Bucs seek consistency vs. Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coach Jon Gruden went nine games without consecutive victories before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Kansas City last week.

Lecture teaches to beat grudges
Warning: Unforgivingness is harmful to your health. It affects blood pressure, heart rate, brain activity and cortisol levels in the blood, all subject to scientific probing and measuring, studies have shown.

Japan's ancient religion struggles to adapt
ISE, Japan - The steady crowds cross an arched bridge and follow a pebbled path into a forest of towering cypress trees, bowing before a simple gate that stands between them and the holiest place in Japan - the inner sanctuary of the Grand Shrines of Ise.

Religion News in Brief
LONDON - The Church of England remains sharply divided on whether women should be priests and soon must decide whether they should be bishops as well, a church report said.

Session will teach people to release pressure, gain insight through labyrinth
All Karen Hill needed to achieve her dream of a labyrinth at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd was one summer.

Can 77 million Anglicans avoid an eventual crackup?
Is the Anglican Communion headed toward an eventual crackup? The situation doesn't look particularly hopeful, based on reaction to the work of an emergency commission whose goal is preserving the worldwide body of 77 million Christians.

Mission trip will aid blind
Like the evangelist Paul, Willie Jones has his own Damascus Road story to tell.

Faith digest
A musical tribute to veterans will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bible Fellowship Church, which meets at the Belair Conference Center, 4081 S. Belair Road.

Anything's possible Saturday

TV stations cancel 'Saving Private Ryan'
NEW YORK - More than 20 ABC affiliates around the country have announced that they won't take part in the network's Veterans Day airing of "Saving Private Ryan," saying the acclaimed film's violence and language could draw sanctions from the Federal Communications Commission.

Robert Blake's murdered wife to be subject of biopic
LOS ANGELES - In the opening scene, Robert Blake and his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, are leaving the restaurant. He goes back inside. A vehicle pulls alongside the couple's car and Bakley's hit by gunfire. The killer is not shown.

CBS still awaiting report on how its National Guard story went wrong
NEW YORK - CBS News is still awaiting the conclusion of the independent investigation into its discredited "60 Minutes Wednesday" report on President Bush's National Guard service, a network spokeswoman said Thursday.

Robert Blake's murdered wife to be subject of biopic

TV stations cancel 'Saving Private Ryan'

People in the News

Bon Jovi marks a milestone

Man charged with stalking Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw

Poor sequels crowd new releases

Georgia vs. Auburn: a game with everything

Georgia vs. Auburn: a game with everything
AUBURN, Ala. - This Georgia-Auburn game has it all: star quarterbacks, stingy defenses, talented running backs and high stakes.

Pope is big man on campus for Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - At 6-foot-7, Leonard Pope is hard to miss. Then again, it took a while for him to find a place in the Georgia offense.

Pope is big man on campus for Bulldogs

Odds and Ends

Coin toss determines winner in central Florida city council race

Tough DUI prosecutor charged with drunken driving

Odds and Ends

Troopers suspended for Bill Elliott helicopter ride

Session will teach people to release pressure, gain insight through labyrinth

Mission trip will aid blind

Can 77 million Anglicans avoid an eventual crackup?

Faith digest

Japan's ancient religion struggles to adapt

Religion News in Brief