Cooler temperatures snap us into November

Odds and ends
KENOSHA, Wis. -- A store's offer of limited edition Barbies for just $1 drew scores of shoppers who overwhelmed the supply of the dolls - and the store's staff.

Russian TV network offering a prize that is out of this world
MOSCOW - Bob Barker gives away new cars. Pat Sajak let you spin the wheel for cash and other prizes. But a Russian television network plans to make both those shows look like misers.

Source: Hampton to Braves for Spooneybarger

Selig OKs Braves' deal for Hampton

Selig OKs deal for Hampton

Source: Hampton to Braves for Spooneybarger
MIAMI -- Mike Hampton will try to rejuvenate his career with the Braves after a whirlwind weekend that had the left-hander dealt from Colorado to Florida and then to Atlanta.

Selig OKs deal for Hampton
ATLANTA - Mike Hampton became the latest high-profile starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves on Monday after commissioner Bud Selig approved his trade from the Florida Marlins.

Selig OKs Braves' deal for Hampton
ATLANTA -- Left-hander Mike Hampton's trade to the Atlanta Braves was approved Monday by commissioner Bud Selig.

Braves strike a deal
ATLANTA - A proposed deal that will make lefthander Mike Hampton an Atlanta Brave has not lessened the team's interest in re-signing Tom Glavine.

Winter slows construction
It tends to happen every year.

There's a reason to keep one item off your resume
REASON FOR LEAVING: Fired because I insisted on having a television in my office so I could keep up with the trials on Court TV.

Fund investors flunk test, have some learning to do
Fund investors flunk test, have some learning to do

Business briefs

Right health care plan is vital
It's open enrollment time at my company, when employees must choose health care plans for the coming year. How can I determine which coverage is right for me?

Stocks fall on war fears, Wal-Mart outlook

Right health care plan is vital

Stocks fall on war fears, Wal-Mart outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pulled back Monday as investors tried to extend six weeks of blue chip gains but were stymied by war concerns and a tepid Wal-Mart outlook.

Business briefs
Merchants Credit Bureau in Augusta has aligned with a Connecticut company that sells credit reports to regional and community banks and to credit unions via the Internet.

Winter slows construction

Monday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead in college football:

Iron Bowl captures state, if not nation

Top-ranked Hurricanes have Heisman hopefuls
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes have had two Heisman Trophy winners in their history. Now they have two candidates in the same backfield.

Gators come up short in another 'nice' season

Colorado returns to Big 12 title game
BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado accomplished what seemed so unlikely two months ago.

Miami remains a unanimous No. 1 in AP poll
Miami was a unanimous No. 1 in the AP media poll again, while Ohio State remained second despite a shaky win and Texas tumbled out of the top 10.

Monday morning quarterback

Miami squeaks past Ohio State for top spot in BCS standings
Miami finally moved atop the Bowl Championship Series standings - by the slimmest of margins.

Iron Bowl captures state, if not nation
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Terry Bowden surveyed crimson-coated Legion Field with his daughters, soaking up the waves of excitement in a stadium packed mostly with Alabama fans.

Top-ranked Hurricanes have Heisman hopefuls

Gators come up short in another 'nice' season
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- They call these "nice" seasons at places like Florida. Not great, not spectacular, but simply "nice."

Louisiana Tech makes big jump in women's poll

Speaking of history ...

Abuse policy weakened

In the right Hans?

Too much restraint?

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday
Seven reasons to watch television on Thursday night:

Celebs on the prowl for love
NEW YORK - Would you like to go on a blind date with Vicki from The Love Boat?How about Screech from Saved By the Bell?

A matter of time
Like comedy, getting Thanksgiving dinner to the table takes impeccable timing ... and planning ... and a little creativity.

Senior calendar
MASSAGE THERAPY: For Seniors Club members; available at Seniors Club, University's Breast Health Center, W.G. Watson M.D. Women's Center and Health Central; prices begin at $12; 724-4408.

Georgia Tech falls to Kansas St.
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Nicole Ohlde had 20 points and Kendra Wecker added 19 as No. 5 Kansas State beat Georgia Tech 83-59 Sunday in the second round of the preseason WNIT.

Georgia Tech falls to Kansas St.

Americans overcome cold to win Warburg Cup

U.S. has bunker mentality
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The UBS Warburg Cup was supposed to be an opportunity for most of the golfers, all age 40 and over, to relive their Ryder Cup match play experiences.

Americans overcome cold to win Warburg Cup
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- No one will ever mistake the UBS Warburg Cup for the Ryder Cup, although the action sure looked familiar Sunday.

New York Times suggests Tiger Woods skip Augusta
NEW YORK -- The New York Times suggested in an editorial Monday that Tiger Woods skip the Masters next year because of the all-male membership at Augusta National Golf Club.

U.S. has bunker mentality

New York Times suggests Tiger Woods skip Augusta

Montgomerie wins back-to-back titles
DONGGUAN, China -- Colin Montgomerie won back-to-back titles for the second time in his career, rallying to a two-stroke victory over Thongchai Jaidee on Sunday in the inaugural TCL Classic.

Montgomerie wins back-to-back titles

Bulldogs sit and wait for answer to playoff question
Thomson coach Luther Welsh knows the time for his team's first-round Class AAAA playoff game Friday night.

Cooler temperatures snap us into November
What is there about the first cold snap of the season that causes us to face it with disbelief?

Man injured in shooting
Police say a Quebecor World material handler was shot following an argument with a co-worker Tuesday morning.

Grand Jury releases report
The Richmond County Special Grand Jury says local politicians have not acted on recommendations from its nearly three-year investigation of Augusta government, and have failed to enact many much-needed changes.

Echoes sentiment about craft show

Brave souls furthered Christianity

A chosen leader for the people

Former police academy director honest

McIntyre has a plan for Augusta

Recognizes great military veterans

Don't let fox back into hen house

Turning other Cheeks

Laments removal of historic trees to build a park

'Miserables' people to watch for

McIntyre will get Augusta moving again

Southern-speak for pronouncing Atlanta

Local judge sides with mothers in child custody cases

Officials don't care about lake

For a job well done, vote Bob Young

Pelosi a shot in foot for Democrats

Watch what you say in foreign language

Celebs on the prowl for love

A matter of time

Senior calendar

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday

Lynx demolish Cottonmouths

Lynx demolish Cottonmouths
COLUMBUS - The Augusta Lynx picked up their second road win in as many days as they manhandled the Columbus Cottonmouths 7-3 on Sunday afternoon.

City hires traffic consultants

Across the area
A burglar's plans to hide in the attic at an Augusta convenience store until closing time fell through during the weekend when the ceiling gave way, a sheriff's report states.

Stage is set for LeBlanc trial
Once again, a jury will be asked Tuesday to decide whether Aaron LeBlanc raped a woman.

IRS seeks refund owners
The Internal Revenue Service could be looking for you. This time, though, it's the one that owes the money.

Rants and Raves
A BIG RAVE FOR the terrific Veterans Day celebration at Midland Valley High School. The student performers and guest speaker were just outstanding.

View the Leonid meteor shower in 3D
AIKEN - Astronomers are predicting that conditions won't be spectacular for what might be the last Leonid meteor storm of a lifetime.

Mother tries to drown boy, police say
An Augusta woman's attempt to drown her 3-year-old son in a bathtub may have been a cry for help, the woman's sister said Sunday.

Board to hear Kolb's request

Escort sting nets three arrests

Grand Jury releases report

Town prepares for homecoming
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Preparations are under way in a town of 2,500 to welcome back its favorite son, U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond.

LeBlanc's rape trial is delayed

Stage is set for LeBlanc trial

Body found in burning car's trunk

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating whether the director of the state's juvenile justice agency ordered the destruction of public records.

Correction

Subscriber of the day

Body found in burning car's trunk
Authorities in two states were investigating the discovery Monday of a human body found in the trunk of a burning car that was registered to an Evans man, police said.

News you can use

ANIC OKs Laney-Walker office bid

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Delores Boston of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
TO THE PERSON who categorized African-Americans as the people who do not buckle up their kids, look around. Plenty of people don't have their kids buckled these days, whether they are black, white, Hispanic, Asian or whatever. It sounds as if you pick out a black person and look in their car just to see if they have kids in there who are buckled or not.

Meteors hit peak Monday night
AIKEN - Astronomers are predicting that conditions won't be spectacular for what might be the last Leonid meteor storm of a lifetime.

Board to hear Kolb's request
A $1 million salary plan that has been rejected twice will go before the Augusta Commission a third time today - this time as part of the city's 2003 budget.

Across Georgia

Escort sting nets three arrests
Vice officers involved in a crackdown on escort services in the Augusta area are beginning to arrest customers.

Subscriber of the day

County approves tax funds to restore 1797 residence
As a portrait of Augusta's former cotton and tobacco days, historians say, the 18th century Ezekiel Harris House on Broad Street has become a faded picture with crackled paint and a decayed wooden frame.

Rants and Raves
A BIG RAVE FOR the terrific Veterans Day celebration at Midland Valley High School. The student performers and guest speaker were just outstanding.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a man suspected of being a peeping Tom.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -More than 90 people, including at least 6 nuns, were arrested for marching onto Fort Benning grounds Sunday during an annual protest of a U.S. military program that trains Latin American soldiers.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A clemency board heard a final appeal Monday for James Willie Brown.

IRS seeks refund owners

Rants and Raves
TO THE PERSON who categorized African-Americans as the people who do not buckle up their kids, look around. Plenty of people don't have their kids buckled these days, whether they are black, white, Hispanic, Asian or whatever. It sounds as if you pick out a black person and look in their car just to see if they have kids in there who are buckled or not.

City hires traffic consultants
Foreseeing a boom in business growth, North Augusta officials recently hired three consultants to help draft regulations on commercial access to the major thoroughfares.

Man sees with devices on job
Will James, the snack shop operator at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, said that he lives a normal life despite being visually impaired. In fact, Mr. James said, he breaks a stereotype sometimes associated with blindness.

View the Leonid meteor shower in 3D

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -In the six months since the deadliest jail fire in North Carolina history claimed eight lives, the head of the state agency that inspects county jails has overhauled his safety programs and increased pressure on local officials to improve their lockups.

Man sees with devices on job

Across South Carolina
BELTON - An Anderson man and a Belton girl were killed and two others were injured after a pickup went off the road and hit a tree, authorities said.

Mayoral candidates say race split votes
Bob Young and Ed McIntyre differ on most issues but say the same thing about how voters cast ballots along racial lines Nov. 5.

ANIC OKs Laney-Walker office bid
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. board voted Monday to award a $1.5 million contract for an administrative office building on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

Police look for link to snipers

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Michele Douglass of Augusta.

Mother tries to drown boy, police say

News you can use
NOV. 19, 1930 Late Monday night, armed bandits held up and robbed "Peach" Snell, an employee at A.V. McClure's filling station on Louisville Road about 1 1/2 miles from Blythe, escaping with $25, Deputy Sheriff Josh Cawley said.

Across the area

Correction
An article in Sunday editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified the medals that Navajo code talkers received for their military service. They received the Congressional Gold Medal.

Across the area

Governor considers next post
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges needs a job.

Across South Carolina

New residents change state's political view
COLUMBIA - Politics in South Carolina is changing, largely with the influence of new residents.

News you can use
Nov. 18, 1940 The Rev. John E. Hines, the rector of St. Paul's Church for the past four years, announced his resignation yesterday to accept the call to Christ Church in Houston, Texas.

Meteors hit peak Monday night

Residents prepare yards for first possible freeze
Armed with a rake and insulated drink holders, Susan and Mark McBeath, of North Augusta, prepared Sunday to battle the area's first possible freeze.

Across the southeast

Police look for link to snipers
GAFFNEY, S.C. - It's been more than 9 months since a minister was shot to death outside a grocery store, and Cherokee County's sheriff wants a federal task force investigating the sniper shootings around Washington, D.C., to look into his unsolved case.

Mayoral candidates say race split votes

Warm kiss, cool day
Steve Yarish kisses his bundled-up daughter Ania, 11 months, as cooler temperatures hit Augusta. On Sunday, the two attended a concert at Riverwalk Augusta that was raising money for Ania's liver transplant last June.

LeBlanc's rape trial is delayed
GASTONIA, N.C. - Aaron LeBlanc's trial on rape and other charges was delayed a day Monday.

Warm kiss, cool day

University has thousands try early admission

Residents prepare yards for first possible freeze

University has thousands try early admission
ATHENS, Ga. - Forty-two tubs of mail were delivered to the University of Georgia admissions office in the span of eight days as thousands of students decided to take advantage of UGA's first early admissions process.

Across Georgia

Consummate racer Stewart takes after hero Foyt

Formula One could have fewer teams in 2003

Consummate racer Stewart takes after hero Foyt
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Tony Stewart is volatile, unpredictable, sardonic, headstrong and, above all, a great race car driver.

Stewart wraps up NASCAR title; Busch wins race

Stewart wins Winston title

Stewart wraps up NASCAR title; Busch wins race
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Tony Stewart got the job done Sunday, winning the Winston Cup championship with an 18th-place finish as Kurt Busch raced to victory in the Ford 400.

Formula One could have fewer teams in 2003
LONDON -- Formula One might lose at least one team next season because of financial trouble in a sport trying to revive interest and improve TV ratings.

Stewart wins Winston title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Stock-car racing got a new champion Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, and in the process it may have gotten a glimpse of a champion in the making.

Stewart takes page from Foyt
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Tony Stewart worked five days for legendary A.J. Foyt, and every time he felt like he did something good during that week of Indy car racing, Foyt would growl:

Stewart takes page from Foyt

Hawks rout Raptors
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks had no mercy for the tired, ailing Toronto Raptors.

Hawks rout Raptors

Louisiana Tech makes big jump in women's poll
An impressive victory in its opener lifted Louisiana Tech six spots Monday in the AP women's basketball poll, which still had Duke, Tennessee and LSU as the top three teams.

Alabama makes biggest jump in first regular-season poll
Alabama hasn't been regarded this highly in 25 years.

Fox sticking with Peete for now

Falcons top Saints

Bolden's pick pay back for getting beat

Bucs rout Panthers

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Mrs. Patricia Tallent    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Mrs. Jean Morris
It was the need of money during tough times that brought so many customers to Jean Morris, but it was her kind and compassionate response, her daughter Shannon Bledsoe said, that attracted customers to her as a friend.

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Mr. Mark Bowers    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise OHara    (EASTON, Md.)
Mr. Christopher Wren    (PALM CITY, Fla.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Farmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Brave souls furthered Christianity
Regarding Douglas Cummings' Nov. 10 letter, "No satanic holiday," complaining about Christians and Halloween: Sadly, he is factually correct in saying human beings burned other human beings a mere 600 years ago. Some were Christians. These Christians were not, however, in the process of advancing the cause of Christ. James Fulford, Evans, Ga.

Don't let fox back into hen house
Why should Ed McIntyre be elected as mayor? The last time he was mayor, he spent three years in jail for his illegal dealings. Why give him another chance to do the same? I feel we need to go with someone who at least doesn't have a criminal record. No need to let the fox back into the hen house. Doug Weaver, Augusta

Abuse policy weakened
Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they're doing.

Turning other Cheeks
It's very disturbing that state Sen. Don Cheeks of Augusta would even consider switching parties immediately after the elections. Milton C. Keene, Thomson, Ga.

Local judge sides with mothers in child custody cases
A letter from Gene L. Rickaby on Oct. 15, "Charges judge's rulings are not in children's interests," hit me between the eyes when I realized he was writing about Judge Lyn Allgood. Very close friends of mine have had problems brought before this judge, and the things they complained about sounded a lot like the things in Mr. Rickaby's letter. Frank Wallace, Augusta

Southern-speak for pronouncing Atlanta
I was born and raised in Atlanta, and despite what that blood-thirsty Gen. William T. Sherman did to Atlanta, she is still a grand ol' dame. With so many Yankees now living in the South, it's tough for some of them to understand that you don't change the age-old pronunciation of a town (but they mean well). Ed Rolader, Aiken, S.C.

'Miserables' people to watch for
I just had to write and say how much I agree with Dr. Patricia Palmer in her Nov. 8 letter, "Applauds Les Miserables cast," concerning her praise for the Augusta Prep performance of Les Miserables. T. Hazel, Augusta

Laments removal of historic trees to build a park
As the week of Nov. 4 arrived, I knew that work was being done where our beloved courthouse had once stood. I also knew the work was for a new park. That morning, as I came through the middle of Swainsboro as I do on most work days, I was shocked - to put it mildly - when I saw what was taking place at the proposed park. Stuart Fagler, Swainsboro, Ga.

Officials don't care about lake
Jerry Clontz's Nov. 12 letter regarding "Proposal for Thurmond Lake levels" was not only well thought-out and technically relevant, it put the whole problem in proper perspective. Bob Cipperly, Evans, Ga.

Echoes sentiment about craft show
I agree with Jean Strein's Nov. 12 letter, "Craft show is no place to bring strollers." The Christmas Made in the South craft show is no place for baby strollers. Sherrie Barefield, Waynesboro, Ga.

For a job well done, vote Bob Young
Mayor Bob Young has the character, experience and youthful energy to move Augusta toward a positive future, without taxing us into the financial "poor house." With the recent changes in the Georgia House and Senate, there's no doubt about it - he is the proper person to deal with those who are aware of our local problems. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

In the right Hans?
It's maddeningly difficult to know which would be worse: if Hans Blix says there are signs of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or if he says there aren't.

McIntyre will get Augusta moving again
Ed McIntyre's health is just one more specious argument raised by people who never intended to vote for him to be Augusta's mayor anyway. He has explained many times that he deliberately lost 50 pounds and recently had surgery, which resulted in additional weight loss. Richard Burkeen, Augusta

A chosen leader for the people
Stagnant Augusta has not become the great city it could be. Ed McIntyre is a man full of wisdom given him by God. The two years and some months he was in office, this city moved faster and improved in so many things - that has not happened since he left office. He implemented plans for the civic center, the Riverwalk, the railroad overpass and so many other things. Bernice Herrington, Augusta

Former police academy director honest
I have known Maj. Michael Farrell, the former director of the East Georgia Regional Police Academy ("Academy director is dismissed," Nov. 8), for several years, and I absolutely do not believe he would ever make such a statement "about assisting a legislative candidate" in the same context as talking about failure at the police academy. Sandra Parson, Augusta

Speaking of history ...
Just because there's been so much Augusta political news - the mayoral runoff, upsets in the congressional and state legislative campaigns and Sen. Don Cheeks' switch to the GOP - doesn't mean historic developments haven't also been happening elsewhere.

Recognizes great military veterans
Mother Nature had her way on Veterans Day in Augusta. It was a disappointment that the outdoor events were canceled, but a good decision. Brig. Gen. Jan Hicks, Fort Gordon, Ga.

Pelosi a shot in foot for Democrats
On Nov. 14, the Democrats in the U.S. House voted 177 to 29 in favor of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's bid to become their leader. Interestingly, the elections held earlier this year taught the majority of Democrats nothing. In the South, Democrats were humbled by the tag "too liberal for (put in the state name here)." So, what do the Democrats do? They elect a San Franciscan Democrat to define the vision and strategy of dealing with the Republicans for at least the next two years. This is amazing, because you cannot find a more liberal Democrat than those out of San Francisco. Will Tinney, Aiken, S.C.

Too much restraint?
Was the complaint filed by the family of Laterrio Collins against Richmond County Deputy Paul Kervin chutzpah or just plain frivolous?

McIntyre has a plan for Augusta
I am writing this letter in regard to everybody criticizing Ed McIntyre for one mistake he made in his life. All I can say is judge not less you be judged. I promise you he was doomed for this to happen. Some people did not want a black man as mayor in this town. Alvin Reese, Augusta

Watch what you say in foreign language
When I came to this country one year ago, I was happily surprised to know that so many people were fluent in or learning my language - Spanish. I felt honored that of all the languages there are to learn, Americans were choosing mine. Natalya Delgado Chegwin, Augusta

Ali in Afghanistan on goodwill mission for U.N.

Fan punches goalie in head in Italy

Overtime

Drug agency assured of money from U.S.

Overtime

U.S. soccer team beats El Salvador

Fan punches goalie in head in Italy
CAGLIARI, Sardinia -- A fan went on the field and punched the opposing goalkeeper in the head during an Italian league game Sunday, sending the player to the hospital.

Overtime
The New York Times suggested in an editorial Monday that Tiger Woods skip the Masters next year because of the all-male membership at Augusta National Golf Club.

Drug agency assured of money from U.S.
MONTREAL -- The World Anti-Doping Agency received assurance that the United States will pay what it owes for the agency's budget once Congress appropriates the money.

U.S. soccer team beats El Salvador
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. national team wrapped up its most successful year Sunday and took its first steps toward the next World Cup with a 2-0 exhibition victory over El Salvador.

Ali in Afghanistan on goodwill mission for U.N.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Muhammad Ali arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday for a three-day visit to focus world attention on rebuilding one of the most devastated countries on earth.

Overtime
Nicole Ohlde had 20 points and Kendra Wecker added 19 as No. 5 Kansas State beat Georgia Tech 83-59 Sunday in the second round of the preseason WNIT.

Vick leads Falcons, again
ATLANTA - Michael Vick's arsenal of weapons is well documented. Arguably the fastest quarterback in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons' 22-year-old phenom can also use his arm as a weapon when necessary.

Falcons top Saints
ATLANTA -- Michael Vick flew through the air, somehow managing to stick the ball across the goal line before he went tumbling out of bounds.

Bucs rout Panthers
TAMPA, Fla. -- Another tremendous defensive effort vaulted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into sole first place in the NFC South.

Fox sticking with Peete for now
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rodney Peete's four turnovers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparently won't cost him his job as starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.

Bolden's pick pay back for getting beat
ATLANTA - Juran Bolden was one of the happier players in the locker room after the Atlanta Falcons' 24-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Monday Night Football: Rams top Bears
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger carried the St. Louis Rams closer in their improbable run toward the playoffs although Kurt Warner made a cameo appearance a week earlier than scheduled.

Undergraduate students help to turn out robotic photographer that's good for party shots
ST. LOUIS -- Here's a new one for Miss Manners: Is it proper etiquette to take your robot to a wedding reception? What if the bride insists?

Linux finding niche in automotive industry
DETROIT -- For years, the big automakers bought pricey supercomputers to design new cars, run crash simulations and crunch through structural analysis tasks.

Feds increase pressure on spammers
The Federal Trade Commission says regulators are stepping up enforcement of that plague of spam filling your e-mail inbox, and launching undercover operations to put cyberhucksters out of business.

Journalist uncovers Saddam's e-mail file
DURHAM, N.H. - Even Saddam Hussein gets spam.

Big win means little without SEC crown

Big win means little without SEC crown
It was unquestionably the biggest play of the season for Georgia, and it was probably the biggest of the past 20 years.

Georgia fans can exhale: They're Atlanta bound

Georgia fans can exhale: They're Atlanta bound
AUBURN, Ala. -- Georgia fans can make travel plans, because their team's definitely going to Atlanta for the SEC championship game.

Gamecocks, Tigers concentrate on rivalry

Gamecocks have not lived up to Holtz's high hopes
COLUMBIA - A month ago, South Carolina's football team was talking seriously about winning the Southeastern Conference title.

South Carolina has motivation, no momentum for Clemson game
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina doesn't need any artificial motivation for Saturday's grudge match against Clemson, but the momentum is missing as the Gamecocks travel to Death Valley for the 100th meeting with the Tigers.

South Carolina has motivation, no momentum for Clemson game

Gamecocks, Tigers concentrate on rivalry
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One of the nation's oldest rivalries will be a match up of two embattled teams - each adjusting to new quarterbacks, injuries and disappointing seasons.

Gamecocks have not lived up to Holtz's high hopes

Ask Us
Q: Is there any food, like chocolate, that makes you have acne? - 13-year-old Evans girl.

My pad
THE FACTS: Jamie Fulmer, 14, a freshman at Curtis Baptist High School.

Girl, 13, should avoid boy who wants her to have sex

Girl, 13, should avoid boy who wants her to have sex
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I met this boy and he's trying to force me to have sex with him. But it's not right, and I don't feel right about it. What should I do? - 13-year-old North Augusta girl.

Divorce is especially difficult on teens during the holidays
Here's a question for you: What is one thing that puts thousands of teens in the midst of parental cross-fire?

The play's the thing

My pad

Your Style
THE FACTS: Angela Mason, 17, a senior at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School.

Your Style

Artist's corner
Jennifer Hope, 14, is a sophomore at Southgate Christian School. She regularly writes poetry and considers it one of her favorite pastimes.

The play's the thing
As the light hits the stage, you are transformed to a Northern boarding school dorm room from the 1940s, and then you hear it - the nagging voice of a needy girlfriend lecturing her Ivy League love.

New Aguilera album shows variety of singer's talents
Don't judge a book by its cover. And don't judge Stripped, the long-awaited sophomore album by Christina Aguilera, by its provocative cover or by Christina's new, raunchy image.

Russian TV network offering a prize that is out of this world

Odds and ends

Journalist uncovers Saddam's e-mail file

Feds increase pressure on spammers

Undergraduate students help to turn out robotic photographer that's good for party shots

Linux finding niche in automotive industry