Piazza connects with his Italian roots

Piazza connects with his Italian roots
ROME -- In soccer-crazed Italy, Mike Piazza is a virtual unknown.

Cubs finally get All-Star manager

Cubs finally get All-Star manager
NEW YORK -- For the first time in more than a half-century, a Chicago Cub is in line to be an All-Star manager.

Cooler temperatures snap us into November

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

Selig OKs Braves' deal for Hampton

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 deal for Hampton

Stocks mixed, blue chips rise despite weak sales for Home Depot

Stocks mixed, blue chips rise despite weak sales for Home Depot
NEW YORK -- Investors eager to resume buying lifted Wall Street out of the doldrums Tuesday, allowing stocks to shake off early losses and move higher.

Business briefs
LOS ANGELES - Northrop Grumman Corp. will sell control of the automotive parts segment of TRW Inc. for $4.13 billion to a private equity firm once its merger with TRW closes, the company announced Tuesday.

Hard rains take heavy toll on crops
JESUP, Ga. - In spite of a five-year drought, Billy Burch had a good cotton crop. Then heavy rains began in the late summer, and his crop is now ruining in his fields in western Wayne County.

EPD considers permit fees
ATLANTA - Georgia builders would pay permit fees to finance stepped-up efforts to curb water pollution near construction sites, under a plan being crafted by state environmental regulators.

Stocks fall on war fears, Wal-Mart outlook

Workers get gift composters
Most companies are giving employees turkeys and hams this time of year.

Business briefs

Winter slows construction

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.

EPD considers permit fees

Winter slows construction
It tends to happen every year.

Workers get gift composters

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.

Hard rains take heavy toll on crops

Business briefs

Fans call for Bowden's job
CLEMSON, S.C. - Tommy Bowden still has a job, but that hasn't stopped some folks from suggesting who should replace him.

Tigers say Saturday is a must win

Fans call for Bowden's job

Lady Tigers seek eight-straight over South Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Jim Davis said he may have had a "weak moment" when he scheduled the Lady Tigers season-opening game at South Carolina's new arena Friday.

Tigers say Saturday is a must win
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst had no idea at the beginning of the year he would be starting in the Tigers' biggest game of the season.

Lady Tigers seek eight-straight over South Carolina

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.

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.

Iron Bowl captures state, if not nation

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

Internet hoax causes friction between LSU and Alabama

Internet hoax causes friction between LSU and Alabama
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Nick Saban found an irritated Dennis Franchione waiting midfield after the Tide beat the Tigers 31-0.

Augusta State women schedule

Jaguars face loss of five starters

Louisiana Tech makes big jump in women's poll

New owner aims to keep club on par

What 'zero tolerance'?

A new Georgia flag?

Speaking of history ...

In the right Hans?

In the know
Annual parties hail new Beaujolais

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.

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

Godfather gambles for soul in new film
James Brown's acting oeuvre will never be remembered for the singing star's versatility. In every cinematic escapade - whether it's his fondly remembered role as a soulful preacher in The Blues Brothers or as the funky bandleader in the best-forgotten Doctor Detroit - Mr. Brown essentially has played himself.

Sweet recipe for the holidays
Sweet potatoes are an annual part of the Thanksgiving menu.

Georgia Tech routs Team Nike
ATLANTA -- Freshman Chris Bosh scored 17 points and Georgia Tech used a pressing and trapping defense to stifle Team Nike in an 81-48 exhibition victory by the Yellow Jackets Tuesday night.

Georgia Tech routs Team Nike

At 57, it was a Hale of a year
The Senior PGA Tour used to be the only league in sports where it paid to be a rookie, and not just because the 50-and-older circuit doesn't have a cut.

New York Times suggests Tiger Woods skip Augusta

At 57, it was a Hale of a year

Woods beats Choi in exhibition match

A calamitous footnote about Augusta National
In the Trophy Room at Augusta National is the famous putter belonging to Bobby Jones, which the Grand Slam champion called "Calamity Jane."

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.

Woods beats Choi in exhibition match
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods beat South Korea's K.J. Choi in a playoff Tuesday to win the Phoenix Challenge, a six-hole exhibition match played before the Dunlop Phoenix tournament.

Woods says his views on Augusta National unchanged

Woods says his views on Augusta National unchanged
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods hasn't changed his mind about playing at the all-male Augusta National Golf Club despite a New York Times editorial calling on him to skip the Masters.

Swainsboro looks to upset Washington County

Prep playoff pairings

Prep basketball scores

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

Swainsboro looks to upset Washington County
The first game was not pretty. It was a defensive struggle on a wet field, Washington County beat Swainsboro 7-0 on Sept. 20.

Thrashers, Dafoe reach agreement
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers reached a tentative agreement on a contract with free-agent goalie Byron Dafoe on Tuesday.

Thrashers edge Panthers

Thrashers, Dafoe reach agreement

Thrashers edge Panthers
ATLANTA -- Shawn McEachern scored a power-play goal at 3:23 of overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday 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?

Judge: arrests in killing during 1969 race riots not prejudicial
YORK, Pa. -- A 32-year delay in the arrests of two black men accused in the 1969 race-riot slaying of a white police officer was not unfair to the defendants, a judge ruled.

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.

Moussaoui tied to Sept. 11 mastermind
WASHINGTON -- Accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui met with the suspected mastermind of the attacks in late 2000 or early 2001 in Afghanistan, a top al-Qaida operative has told his interrogators, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Arrests made in missing person case
Four people have been arrested in the disappearance of an Evans man whose burning car was discovered this week in Edgefield County.

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

Cancer vaccine shows promise
After losing her mother to breast cancer, Bleu Harper has watched both of her mother's sisters battle cancer as well. And it gives her a sense of foreboding.

Local judge sides with mothers in child custody cases

Don't let fox back into hen house

Has 'private' lost its meaning?

Direction of comics isn't good

Pelosi a shot in foot for Democrats

Cheeks applauded for courageous switch

Critiques letter supporting McIntyre

It's about time

McIntyre will get Augusta moving again

Protect U.S. sovereignty by supporting Helms-DeLay bill

Officials don't care about lake

Watch what you say in foreign language

For a job well done, vote Bob Young

The continuing growth of entitlements is ruining nation

McIntyre has a plan for Augusta

A matter of time

Sweet recipe for the holidays

Godfather gambles for soul in new film

Senior calendar

Five questions with Ryan Crane

Hockey helps rookie find his life's path
So you're a hyperactive teenager from a broken home with a serious problem with authority. You're bright yet foolish, gifted yet misguided, passionate yet disenfranchised.

Wilkie unloads Moore to bolster the blueline

Wilkie unloads Moore to bolster the blueline
The first major deal of the David Wilkie era was made Tuesday, with the Augusta Lynx coach acquiring defenseman Jonathan Gauthier from the Dayton Bombers in a three-way trade.

Hockey helps rookie find his life's path

Five questions with Ryan Crane
Augusta Lynx defenseman Ryan Crane answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

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.

Air Force will name plane for senator
COLUMBIA - The Air Force plans to celebrate U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday by naming its newest C-17 cargo and troop transport plane after the nation's longest-serving senator.

Leader talks budget solutions

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A judge put the execution of a man convicted of raping and strangling an Atlanta go-go dancer on hold for two days.

Schools want to revisit reform
Richmond County school officials are urging legislators to take a second look at a statewide education reform package next session.

Across the area
Authorities say a 52-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning near Sylvania when his vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree.

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the many smart voters who were able to get Gov. Roy Barnes' battleship turned around in such a short time.

Across the area

Budget amendment would reduce raises
If Augusta salary reclassifications are approved as part of next year's budget, it will likely be for only a fraction of their full cost, according to a 2003 fiscal plan considered Tuesday by city commissioners.

Athens man wants DOT seat
ATHENS, Ga. - A Clarke County man who is a longtime advocate of turning Georgia's section of U.S. Highway 441 into a major tourism corridor is angling for the new seat on the board of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The state has collected about a tenth of the money that delinquent taxpayers owe through an amnesty program.

Escort sting nets three arrests

Special grand jury hits leaders
The Richmond County Special Grand Jury said failed attempts by state and local leaders to improve city operations should empower Augusta residents to work toward stamping out government corruption.

Across the area

Flag promise looms over Perdue
ATLANTA - With renewed debate over the state flag looming, top advisers to Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue appear to be backing away from the possibility of returning the Confederate battle emblem to the banner.

Police find evidence of drugs after wreck

University has thousands try early admission

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.

Teacher of the Year
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFTeacher of the YearFran Brewer, a first-grade teacher at Goshen Elementary School, tells her mother that she won the Richmond County Teacher of the Year award at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Across Georgia

Flag promise looms over Perdue

Food for thought
Kayla Worden (left), an activist with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, waves to Carol Bruce (right) as she leaves the Burger King on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta. Ms. Worden, wearing a bikini made to look like lettuce, and Tracey Duncan were passing out the new BK Veggie Burger to promote PETA's message.

Cancer vaccine shows promise

Across Georgia

Agency creates leasing program

Leader talks budget solutions
AIKEN - On July 1, his first day as president of the University of South Carolina, Andrew Sorenson inherited what appeared to be an $18 million shortfall in state funding.

Video link-up gets day in court

Across South Carolina

Judge: arrests in killing during 1969 race riots not prejudicial

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

Food for thought

Boy goes on suicide watch
Seventeen-year-old Jason White, whose parents are fighting to have him moved out of the Augusta Youth Development Campus, is on suicide watch after cutting his wrists with the metal end of a pencil.

Arrests made in missing person case

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.

Subscriber of the day

Grand Jury releases report

Priest with Georgia ties admits abuse

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mike Deal of Martinez.

Moussaoui tied to Sept. 11 mastermind

Correction

Teacher of the Year

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Supreme Court justice to preside at dedication

Police hunt owner of burned car

Priest with Georgia ties admits abuse
ROCKVILLE, Md. - A Catholic priest ordained in Georgia pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing two brothers in the 1970s while he was a seminary student.

Athens man wants DOT seat

Across the southeast
GREENSBORO, N.C. -A regional leader in the nation's largest Confederate heritage organization says he has been stripped of his post because he does not embrace the far-right politics of other members.

Man is shot in confrontation

Video link-up gets day in court
SAVANNAH, Ga. - They called it the Hollywood Squares screen.

Across the southeast

Supreme Court justice to preside at dedication
Most of the cleanup work is finished, and the tent and chairs are in place.

Air Force will name plane for senator

Man is shot in confrontation
Police say a Quebecor World material handler was shot after an argument with a co-worker Tuesday morning.

Subscriber of the day

LeBlanc's rape trial is delayed

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

Body found in burning car's trunk

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

ANIC OKs Laney-Walker office bid

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

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.

News you can use
NOV. 20, 1992 A pedestrian believed to be a homeless man was killed Thursday night when he was struck by a car on Peach Orchard Road, then run over by at least three more cars.

Boy goes on suicide watch

Agency creates leasing program
In January, the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. will begin structuring a lease-purchase home-ownership program, which it will market to moderate- and low-income Augusta residents by midyear, ANIC Director Robert Cooks said.

News you can use

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.

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

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.

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

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

Police hunt owner of burned car
Police aren't certain who was in the trunk of Jack Murray's burning Mercedes, but they haven't located Mr. Murray and now say the Evans man is considered "missing and endangered."

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.

Police find evidence of drugs after wreck
Police discovered what they say were materials for making methamphetamines after a one-car accident in Grovetown on Tuesday morning.

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.

Special grand jury hits leaders

Board to hear Kolb's request

Tracy to join Player's racing team

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

Tracy to join Player's racing team
TORONTO -- Paul Tracy will join Patrick Carpentier on the Player's racing team for the 2003 CART season.

Formula One could have fewer teams in 2003

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.

Consummate racer Stewart takes after hero Foyt

Ex-girlfriend of Jordan denies extortion attempt

Ex-girlfriend of Jordan denies extortion attempt
CHICAGO -- The woman accused of extortion by Michael Jordan responded with her own lawsuit Tuesday, saying he offered her $5 million to keep quiet about their relationship.

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

Hawks rout Raptors

Augusta State women schedule
Augusta State women schedule

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

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.

Augusta State men's schedule
Augusta State men schedule

Jaguars face loss of five starters
When Gary Tuell became head coach at Augusta State in 1997, he inherited a foundering program.

Woods beats Choi in exhibition match

Fox sticking with Peete for now

Peppers to play against Falcons

Mr. Embre Scurry    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Bette Madden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Mayo    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Pearle Sauls    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Mark Bowers    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Rogers    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Evva Pettinato    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Jimmie Pitts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Patricia Pearson    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)
Mr. James Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Suckow    (LADSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Shealy    (GILBERT, S.C.)
Mrs. Patricia Tallent    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Reverend Quay Rice, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Terry    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Panowich    (CHATTANOGA, Tenn.)
Mr. Alfred Vance Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Landrum    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Bettie Williams    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucy Goodwin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Christopher Wren    (PALM CITY, Fla.)
Mr. John Randall    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Otis Beauford    (PALATKA, Fla.)
Mrs. Louise OHara    (EASTON, Md.)
Louquintin Jamison    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucy Goodwin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Mayo    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Theda Glover    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Margarette Richardson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Sgt. Reginald Gilchrist    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Rhoades    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. James Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Patricia Pearson    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Frails    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise OHara    (EASTON, Md.)
Mrs. Dorothy Farmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bette Madden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Howard Ellison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Myra Jones    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Josiah Cadle Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Janie Greenaugh    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gloria Brady    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Theda Glover    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Bradley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Clay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Sgt. Reginald Gilchrist    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)
Mrs. Nancy Pitts-Rodriquez    (PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.)
Mrs. Annie Frails    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Magdaline Millwood    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Dillard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edith Bowles    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Tussey    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Chance    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Miles    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Irene Butler    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Howard Ellison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Williams    (ROCK HILL, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Landrum    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Bettie Williams (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Bette Madden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy Pitts-Rodriquez (PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.)

Mrs. Annie Frails (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Butler (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Tussey (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Bowles (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Mayo (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Miles (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Rogers (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Theda Glover (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myra Jones (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. John Randall (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Rudolph Williams (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Sgt. Reginald Gilchrist (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mrs. Theda Glover (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy Goodwin (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Evva Pettinato (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Farmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Clay (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Brady (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Rhoades (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Mark Bowers (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Chance (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia Pearson (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Reverend Quay Rice, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dillard Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Shealy (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mr. Alfred Vance Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise OHara (EASTON, Md.)

Mrs. Janie Greenaugh (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Beauford (PALATKA, Fla.)

Mr. Howard Ellison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Richardson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Magdaline Millwood (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Frails (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Embre Scurry (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Howard Ellison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Landrum (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise OHara (EASTON, Md.)

Mrs. Bette Madden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jimmie Pitts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Has 'private' lost its meaning?
Private - adj. Designed or intended for one's exclusive use. The Augusta National Golf Club is a private organization and should be allowed to exclude whomever it wants. Monica Shah, Martinez, 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

It's about time
Here in Georgia, they killed a killer on Nov. 13. Finally. It was 22 years after William Putman, 59, killed three people sleeping in their cars at two I-75 rest stops way back in July of 1980. So, what took so long? Due process is one thing, but 22 years? Randy Potter, Augusta

Critiques letter supporting McIntyre
Regarding the letter on Nov. 15 by Robert A. Daniels about Ed McIntyre, I offer a point-by-point critique: Jerome R. Singer, Augusta

Direction of comics isn't good
I concur with Betty Grimstead's letter of Nov. 6, "Serial-story comics wanted for older readers," concerning elimination of the Rex Morgan strip. It is one of about eight of the strips I read on a daily basis, and I miss this one particularly. E. Doyle, Augusta

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.

The continuing growth of entitlements is ruining nation
When a voting population can require increasing benefits for themselves from government, and the politicians give in to these demands in order to be elected, then our nation surely is in peril. S.G. von Schweinitz, Appling, 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

A new Georgia flag?
Many political observers believe that in the wake of his surprise win over Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue is backing off his pledge to support a voter referendum on whether to return to the 1956 banner dominated by the red and blue Confederate battle cross, or to stick with the new flag that sharply diminishes the battle cross.

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

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.

Protect U.S. sovereignty by supporting Helms-DeLay bill
If you care about the future of America, if you care about our nation's safety and security, if you care about our men and women in the military, it is crucial that you support the "American Sovereignty Project." Mildred W. McNair, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Cheeks applauded for courageous switch
I commend state Sen. Don Cheeks of Augusta for his courageous and unselfish decision to switch to the Republican Party. Elbert Maddox, Augusta

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.

What 'zero tolerance'?
In dealing with ornery nations at the dawn of the 20th century, President Teddy Roosevelt believed in the adage, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." What does George W. Bush, first president of the 21st century, believe? "Talk tough and carry a small stick?"

Overtime

Drug agency assured of money from U.S.

Overtime

U.S. women to play Japan on Jan. 12
SAN DIEGO -- The U.S. women's national soccer team will open its 2003 schedule against Japan on Jan. 12 in preparations for the World Cup in China.

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.

Overtime
The Colorado Rockies put together their second big trade within a week, agreeing Tuesday to a tentative deal that would send Larry Walker to Arizona in a five-player trade in which the Diamondbacks would give up Matt Williams.

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.

Glenn Hills star to sign with LSU
For Marian Whitfield, her decision was sealed when she stepped on the court for a five-on-five pick-up game.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Woods beats Choi in exhibition match
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods beat South Korea's K.J. Choi in a playoff Tuesday to win the Phoenix Challenge, a six-hole exhibition match played before the Dunlop Phoenix tournament.

Panthers lineman misses court date, arrest warrant issued
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A judge ordered Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Chris Terry arrested Tuesday after he failed to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his wife.

Peppers to play against Falcons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Julius Peppers' appeal of his four-game suspension will not be heard by the NFL until next week, leaving Carolina's rookie defensive end and the league sack leader eligible to play Sunday against Atlanta.

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.

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.

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.

Congress told U.S. Internet security suffers serious problems
WASHINGTON -- A House panel gave failing grades Tuesday to the government's overall efforts to protect some of its most important computer systems and said online security at the departments of State, Justice and Transportation was especially bad.

Georgia sneaks peak at the BCS

Georgia sneaks peak at the BCS
ATHENS, Ga. -- With an off week to relax and a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game safely tucked away, Georgia can afford to sneak a glance at the BCS standings.

South Carolina has motivation, no momentum for Clemson game

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.

Gamecocks have not lived up to Holtz's high hopes

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.

New owner aims to keep club on par
Chris Verdery's name has been synonymous with the River Golf Club ever since it was established in North Augusta nearly five years ago.

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

My pad

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.

The play's the thing

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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Linux finding niche in automotive industry

Congress told U.S. Internet security suffers serious problems