Evil women are fun to watch

A spirited conversation
Ebenezer Scrooge the star of A Christmas Carol? Bah humbug.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday. Some screenings will change Wednesday with Thanksgiving holiday openings. See Wednesday's Your Life section for reviews of new movies. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Ramblin Rhodes: Young fan revives faith in country

Wine and dine
Fresh Thymes Cafe in Surrey Center is serving up fine wines paired with a themed meal each month.

It's all about food at Nacho Mama's

Club calendar
Old-school hip-hop outfit 2 Live Crew will perform at I.Q., 1082 Bertram Road, on Thursday. The Miami-based act is best remembered for its X-rated song parodies and First Amendment court cases. Admission is $10. For more information, call 737-8077.

It's a jungle out there

At the movies: 'Friday After Next'
Ice Cube has had Friday on his mind for one too many movies.

Video watch

It's all about food at Nacho Mama's
Subtlety is not Nacho Mama's strong suit.

Club calendar

Ramblin Rhodes: Young fan revives faith in country
When I get disillusioned about the way country music is going, something usually comes along to make me believe that it will be around for a long, long time.

A spirited conversation

Video watch
JUST OUT: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Reign of Fire, Juwanna Mann, Sunshine State, 13 Conversations About One Thing and Notorious C.H.O.

At the movies: 'Friday After Next'

Applause calendar
BURKELAND GARDEN CLUB FESTIVAL OF TREES: 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Waynesboro-Burke Campus of Augusta Technical Institute, Waynesboro, Ga.; evening with Santa, Teddy Bear Tea Party, silent auction; $10; 554-0187.

Mini reviews

At the movies: 'The Emperor's Club'
While they were casting about for a title for "The Emperor's Club," they might have considered "Goodbye, Mr. Cicero," "To Caesar, With Love" or "Dead Orators Society." (The film originally was titled "The Palace Thief," after the Ethan Canin short story it's based on.)

Wine and dine

At the movies: 'Die Another Day'
Perhaps it's time to say goodbye to Mr. Bond.

Applause calendar

Artists get fired up by giving life to old city
The brick-and-mortar monolith rising out of the Tire City parking strip is causing Augusta artist Shishir Chokshi some concern. He eyes the transparent tendrils of heat rising from the structure's makeshift chimney and, following the gas lines snaking across the pavement like tails, gives a set of propane tanks an experimental shake.

Love for an old classic lends inspiration for a new version

Love for an old classic lends inspiration for a new version
For as long as Stephen Jones can remember, he has watched his father dance in Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

At the movies: 'Die Another Day'

Standing ovations
Comedian Don "DC" Curry will bring his personal brand of humor to Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., at 8 tonight. The comedian also appears in the film Friday After Next, which opens today. Tickets to Mr. Curry's stand-up performance are $28.50-$30.50. For more information, call 724-2400.

Standing ovations

Evil women are fun to watch
They lie, cheat, swindle and, yes, sometimes kill. They are morally malformed, manipulative and often strikingly beautiful. And audiences can't get enough of them.

At the movies: 'The Emperor's Club'

Artists get fired up by giving life to old city

It's a jungle out there
Although he had spent most of his life on skates, nothing could prepare Jamie Loper for the rigors of performing as Tarzan in Disney's Jungle Adventures on Ice show.

Darrell David Deckert
Jason Deck

Jessee Gabrielle Moore
Douglas F. and Cara J. Moore Jr. of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Jessee Gabrielle Moore, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mark and Sandy George of Hephzibah and Doug and Vicki Moore of North Augusta.

Jesse Dylan Jasmin
Jeff and

Mary Kay Knox

Amy Nicole Holmes

Susan Delaine Willis

Amy Nicole Holmes
Russe

M'Kayla Jade Pritchett

Anthony Charles Farmer Jr.
Deidr

Leila Rene Hollows

Patrick Wayne Roof
Marty and Dawn Roof of Clearwater announce the birth of a son, Patrick Wayne Roof, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dee Short of Warrenville and Wayne and Ann Roof of Clearwater.

Alexander Cole Blount
Michael D. B

Russell Davis Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Williams of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Russell Davis Williams, Friday, July 5, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Duncan of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Williams of Belvedere.

Christopher Dwayne Halford
Christopher D. Halford and Jennifer R. Williams, both o

Ke'Andre Marquise Marshall

Gabriel Thomas Heimel
Thomas and Angela Heimel of Hephzibah

Antonio JaShawn Hurst
Anthony Corley and

Leila Rene Hollows
Daniel A. and Jillian R. Hollows of Bee

Olivia Alana Johnson
Reginald L. and Stephanie P. Johnson of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Alana Johnson, Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Hightower of Aiken and the late Mr. and Mrs. James L. Johnson.

Alana Isabella Thomas-Gomez

Ke'Andre Marquise Marshall
Michelle Marshall of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Ke'Andre Marquise Marshall, Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparent is Anna Marshall of Augusta.

Patrick Wayne Roof

Landon Michael Richards
Patrick and Ruthann Rich

Lauren Marie Davis

Cole Lamar Gregory
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Cole Lamar Gregory

Callie Alise Burnett
Philip K. Burnett and

Zane Brooks Johnson

John Basil Burnham
Mr. and Mrs. John Burnham of Evans announce the birth of a son, John Basil Burnham, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Bush of Orange Park, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Basil Burnham of Massena, N.Y.

Russell Davis Williams

Roderick Anthony Bowers II

Olivia Alana Johnson

Christopher Dwayne Halford

Taylor Rachel Dizon
Richard and Jessica Dizon of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Taylor Ra

Arlaysha Faith Hudson
Franklin and Arlinda Hudson of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Arlaysha Faith Hudson, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Willie Walters of Millville, N.J., and Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Hudson of McCormick, S.C.

Callie Alise Burnett

Roderick Anthony Bowers II
Roderick Bowers and Teausha Tanksley, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Roderick Anthony Bowers II, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Sandra Nerd and Louis Bowers, both of Augusta.

Bethany Donata Bookard

Zane Brooks Johnson
Jeff and Melissa Johnson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Zane Brooks Johnson, Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson of Augusta, Ken Johnson of Clearwater and Barbara Johnson of North Augusta.

Landon Michael Richards

Bethany Donata Bookard
Donald E. and Elizabeth H. Bookard of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Bethany Donata Bookard, Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mertis Harley of Aiken and Janie M. Johnson of Richmond, Va.

Jessee Gabrielle Moore

Mary Kay Knox
Brandon and Jenny Knox of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Kay Knox, Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Rexer of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Knox of Augusta.

Alexis Lauren McBurney

Alexis Lauren McBurney
Joe W. McBurney

Gabriel Thomas Heimel

M'Kayla Jade Pritchett
Christophe

Antonio JaShawn Hurst

William Bryce Romero
Kim and B

John Basil Burnham

Alana Isabella Thomas-Gomez
Detrick Thomas and Yvette Gomez, both of

Jesse Dylan Jasmin

Lauren Marie Davis
Willi

William Bryce Romero

Alexander Cole Blount

Arlaysha Faith Hudson

Catherine Laura Waibel
Ki

Darrell David Deckert

Susan Delaine Willis
Jason Wil

Taylor Rachel Dizon

Rico Cuyler
Robert and Shawanda Cuyler of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Rico Cuyler, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are LaFFayette Kelly of Waynesboro, Gladys Phillips of Augusta and the late UGene and Julia Cuyler.

Anthony Charles Farmer Jr.

Catherine Laura Waibel

Rico Cuyler

Odds and Ends
ARTESIA, N.M. -- A man who was trying to fix a car he bought at a police auction discovered more than he paid for - bundles of cocaine.

Snake owner survives pet's kiss of death
YACOLT, Wash. - A man who was showing off for friends by kissing his new rattlesnake was bitten on the lip and nearly died.

Glavine visits New York, Philadelphia
NEW YORK -- Next year's competition in the NL East got off to an early start.

Hampton happy to be an Atlanta Brave
ATLANTA -- A change of scenery may be all that Mike Hampton needs.

Glavine visits New York, Philadelphia

Braves show off pitcher

Hampton happy to be an Atlanta Brave

Braves show off pitcher
ATLANTA - Mike Hampton finally got it right.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Philip Morris U.S.A. has asked the Federal Trade Commission to develop new rules governing the measure and disclosure of tar and nicotine yields of cigarette brands.

Housing construction plunges in October

Stocks trade sharply higher

Business briefs
The parent company of First Bank of Augusta on Wednesday announced a 15 percent common stock dividend on each share to be distributed on Dec. 16 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 2.

Proposal to raise SUV fuel efficiency studied

Park will be closed to hunters
It's official - there will be no hunting, dumping or trespassing on the county's industrial park.

Controversy may keep clients away

Jobless claims plunge to lowest level since late July

Group members say parking would lure stores downtown

Group members say parking would lure stores downtown
As downtown Augusta continues to develop, a lack of convenient parking could keep it from evolving to the next level, according to some members of a downtown merchants group.

Augusta housing escapes decline

Cajun cafe crosses border
AIKEN - Augusta's riverfront will get a little easier come January.

Augusta housing escapes decline
WASHINGTON - Housing construction lost momentum in October, plunging by 11.4 percent, the biggest drop since 1994.

Housing construction plunges in October
WASHINGTON -- Housing construction lost momentum in October, plunging by 11.4 percent, the biggest drop since 1994.

Fear of war will slow sales
ATLANTA - Playing the role of The Grinch Who Steals Christmas this year is Saddam Hussein, as worries about war with Iraq throw icy slush on holiday sales.

Jobless claims plunge to lowest level since late July
WASHINGTON --New claims for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in four months, providing a dose of encouraging news for workers who have been feeling the strain of the uneven economic recovery.

Leading economic indicators flat in October

Stocks trade sharply higher
NEW YORK -- Investors set aside concerns about a plunge in housing construction Wednesday and propelled stocks sharply higher as they focused on a growing sense that the economic recovery is gathering momentum. The Dow Jones industrials rose nearly 150 points, while the Nasdaq composite index climbed more than 40.

Proposal to raise SUV fuel efficiency studied
NEW YORK -- The Bush administration is considering a proposal that would require sports utility vehicles to be more fuel-efficient, according to a report published Wednesday.

Controversy may keep clients away
Badges will be sold, and rooms will be full, but local hospitality businesses say not all of their regular clients will be returning for the 2003 Masters Tournament.

Leading economic indicators flat in October
NEW YORK -- A gauge of U.S. economic activity was flat in October after four straight months of declines.

Business briefs

SEC notebook
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz typically enjoys the role of underdog - unless his season is going to the dogs.

ACC notebook
Clemson's Death Valley has long been known as one of the more intimidating places in college football, but visitors have been doing a lot of the intimidating lately.

Valdosta State faces last year's nemesis
Valdosta State has reeled off 11 consecutive victories since it last faced the Catawba Indians, the team that knocked the Blazers out of the NCAA Division II playoffs a year ago.

College picks
Two of college football's top rivalries will have more at stake than just trophies and braggin' rights: There's a national championship hanging in the balance when No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 12 Michigan, and Washington visits No. 3 Washington State.

USC Aiken women's schedule

Jags open with tough road test

USC Aiken squads face changes in new season

A map to progress

Congress' good deal

How sweet it is

Matt Stovall

It's up to us now

In the know
Who says there's nothing to do in Augusta? The city rates a write-up in the November edition of GQ magazine as the "best town to drop out in."

NBC wins Nielsen week, but ABC shows some signs of life
NEW YORK -- Thanks to a bachelor-trashing session and Jennifer Lopez, ABC showed some signs of life last week.

Flavors shake up traditional martini
It's Sex and the City - Augusta style: Friday night, the bar is lined with young professionals and everybody is holding a martini glass.

Be like Bond
Here's the bad news. An Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, similar to the car James Bond takes for a high-speed spin in the new 007 caper Die Another Day comes with a heart-attack-inducing price tag that hovers around $235,000. The super-spy's watch, a special edition Omega Seamaster, will ring up for about $2,200, and his so-blue-it's-black Brioni tuxedo will probably cost close to $5,000.

Groups protest Victoria's Secret TV fashion show
NEW YORK -- Two women's groups and a media watchdog organization on Tuesday asked CBS not to air the Victoria's Secret fashion show, calling it a "soft-core porn infomercial."

Plot your actions carefully before planting fruit trees

Plot your actions carefully before planting fruit trees
Fruit trees will arrive in nurseries and garden centers next month. Before running out and buying several fruit trees, sit down and do some planning and studying.

Fall planting of trees makes sense
Now is a good time to put new trees in the ground and to move around small ones previously planted in the wrong place. Many people wait to do this until spring. However, spring planting must be delayed until the soil thaws and dries some, and pending this delay, there is danger that the top of a plant will grow before its roots establish or - worse - before they are even in the ground.

Fall planting of trees makes sense

Jackets relax before matchup
ATLANTA - Marvious Hester has been known to talk a little bit on the field, but the senior Georgia Tech cornerback says, "It's not bragging if you do it."

Jackets relax before matchup

It's a big world of memorable people, after all

Woods eyes victory in Japan
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- His knee is feeling better, and Tiger Woods is ready for a tournament that also features Sergio Garcia, David Duval and Darren Clarke.

Sorenstam where everyone expected

World's best video golfers compete in Golden Tee tournament

Sorenstam where everyone expected
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The end of the year is no different from the beginning or any part in the middle. Annika Sorenstam is on her game, contending for yet another title in the ADT Championship.

Tiger Woods calls Augusta National issue 'frustrating'
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods is becoming annoyed by the calls for him to skip next year's Masters because of the all-male membership at Augusta National Golf Club.

Sorenstam cooks up another stunning season

LPGA: Augusta owes it to golf to invite women

World's best video golfers compete in Golden Tee tournament
ORLANDO, Fla. -- On the 18th hole of the King's Canyon course, Graig Kinzler tapped in a short putt as his opponent watched his final drive bounce off an embankment and into the water.

LPGA: Augusta owes it to golf to invite women
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- LPGA Tour commissioner Ty Votaw urged Augusta National to admit a female member, saying its obligation to golf outweighs its rights as a private club.

Woods eyes victory in Japan

Sorenstam cooks up another stunning season
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam wants to go to culinary school after the LPGA Tour season ends this week.

Georgia prep football poll

Prep schedule

On the air

Prep picks

Short week, big plans at Laney

Balance key to Screven County's success

Patriots take on best for title

QB leads Pats quietly

Quarterback shares spotlight

Key matchups

Balance key to Screven County's success
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Last year, Screven County was Michael Cooper's team. There's little doubt about that. He touched the ball on about half of the offensive plays, so opposing teams focused most of their attention on stopping him.

Patriots take on best for title
Steve Taneyhill never won any championships as South Carolina's starting quarterback, but he has fared much better since taking over as head coach at Cambridge, of the South Carolina Independent School Association, four years ago.

Georgia prep football poll
With BC-FBO--Ga Prep Poll and BC-FBO--Ga Prep Pairings

QB leads Pats quietly
Westside quarterback Alan Gregg is surrounded by players with more talent and by players who get more newspaper headlines.

Prep schedule
Here is a schedule of this weekend's area prep football games.

Key matchups
Here are key matchups for this weekend's prep football games.

Prep picks
As the Georgia playoffs start today, most of the jokes for this column are no longer applicable.

Short week, big plans at Laney
Normally, Laney coach Eric Parker said, a six-day turnaround between games is not ideal.

Quarterback shares spotlight
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Screven County coach Mark Daniel admits that for many years, the Gamecocks weren't known for their ability to throw the ball.

On the air
Here is a radio broadcast schedule of this weekend's area prep football games.

As election season ends, campaign cleanup begins
This fall's elections are not quite over for Augusta, but most candidates - winners and losers - appear to have done a good job at cleaning up their signs.

Walker: 'no desire' to overturn election
One day after state Sen. Charles Walker filed a lawsuit that seeks to send voters back to the polls to redecide the District 22 race, the outgoing legislator is saying emphatically that he has "no desire to overturn the election."

Coroner confirms burn victim's identity
Confirming what authorities have suspected, Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said today the body found inside the trunk of a burning car off Deep Step Road near the McCormick County, S.C., line is that of Jack A. Murray, 63, of Oakton Trail in Evans.

Train strikes, kills Grovetown man
A Hephzibah man was killed this morning after he was hit by a CSX train in Grovetown.

Two State Construction Company president sentenced
The president of a Thomson-based construction company and a former employee of a pharmaceutical giant were sentenced to federal prison today for their part in cheating the maker of the arthritis drug Celebrex out of millions of dollars through fraud and kickbacks.

Atlanta more like New York now

Strollers and mommies aren't going anywhere

If guilt's clear, why say 'suspect'?

Election post mortem: separating facts from the rhetoric

Highway safety office advises buckle up for the holiday ride

Trial lawyer's statements misleading

Should all inconveniences be banned?

Is sick of political correctness

Vietnam vet found healing at Veterans Day ceremonies

Voters the real victors

'Chronicle' uses questionable journalism

Disrespectful display of memorial

Democrats have forced one-party rule on us

In the know

Groups protest Victoria's Secret TV fashion show

Be like Bond

NBC wins Nielsen week, but ABC shows some signs of life

Flavors shake up traditional martini

Lynx fortify lineup
Armed with a big shot and big upside, Augusta Lynx defenseman Jonathan Gauthier wants to be the answer to his new team's biggest problem.

Lynx road report
FRIDAY: vs. Richmond Renegades, Richmond Coliseum, 7:35 p.m.

Forward agrees to compromise
Doug Christiansen didn't mean to get his relationship with the Augusta Lynx off on the wrong foot.

Perdue pushes leaders to quit

Historic group OKs demolition
Augusta's Historic Preservation Commission approved a businessman's request Thursday to tear down two Queen Anne-style homes on Greene Street to make way for a showroom.

Coroner confirms burn victim's identity

News you can use

MCG president touts transition

News you can use

Train hits, kills man

Doctors discover virus vaccine
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.

Train hits, kills man
A Hephzibah man was killed Thursday morning after he was hit by a CSX train in Grovetown.

Groups lead day to help smokers stop
The biggest barrier to quitting smoking might be in your head, a smoking cessation expert said. And today might be the day to find out as area health care providers join with the American Cancer Society in the Great American Smokeout.

Perdue pushes leaders to quit
ATLANTA - Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue asked at least 80 state department heads to resign as part of a personnel reorganization for his new administration.

Four face charges of kidnapping
Authorities know how the person found in the trunk of a burning car earlier this week died, but they still haven't identified the body.

McIntyre, Young debate before runoff

Globe games
Globe games Above, former Harlem Globetrotter TyRone "Hollywood" Brown, from Sa

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Bob Young. He is against poor people. I am voting for Ed McIntyre because he is for all people.

Physician, forensic expert detail evidence in rape trial

Walker contests loss in election
State Sen. Charles W. Walker is contesting the results of the Nov. 5 election in which he lost to political newcomer Randy Hall by 266 votes.

Doctors discover virus vaccine

Civic center lowers food costs
Concessions and the prospect of going broke were topics that divided members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Wednesday.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Bob Young. He is against poor people. I am voting for Ed McIntyre because he is for all people.

U.S. Supreme Court member applauds new courthouse
From a podium under a white tent on the front lawn, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy issued a challenge to the people who will use Columbia County's new Justice Center.

Aviation official asks for review
What started as a presentation Thursday about the Augusta Regional Airport's unfulfilled goals turned into stern words, defensive rebuttals and a vote to hold a performance evaluation for Airport Director Ken Kraemer.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Bob Young. He is against poor people. I am voting for Ed McIntyre because he is for all people.

Two State Construction Company president sentenced

Across the area
The Augusta Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to reorganize the city's Office of Indigent Defense.

Aviation official asks for review

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A judge has issued an indefinite stay on the planned execution of a man convicted of raping and strangling an Atlanta go-go dancer.

McIntyre, Young debate before runoff
With only two men left to debate the issues, candidates in Augusta's mayoral runoff got tough on the issues Thursday night, during their first - and likely last - joint appearance prior to Tuesday's election.

Across South Carolina
BONNEAU -Divers searching for the wreckage of a small plane believed to have crashed with three people aboard found part of the cockpit and recovered a body from the waters of Lake Moultrie late Wednesday, authorities said.

Departing senators mark end of an era

Disputes on old homes come before commission
A dispute over an Augusta homeowner's changes to a house in the Summerville district has city officials considering an increase in the fine for permit violations in historic areas.

Subscriber of the day

Fake checks spur search by police
Richmond County investigators want to question two people about a series of counterfeit checks totaling about $4,000 that were given out at local businesses.

Walker discusses points of lawsuit

Kolb withholds jury response
The latest special grand jury report will get no written response from Augusta City Administrator George Kolb.

City facilities get good marks

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Joyce Warren of Augusta.

Globe games

News you can use
NOV. 21, 1982 AIKEN - At least two persons were killed Saturday night when an airplane crashed and burned about a mile from Aiken County Municipal Airport.

Cake sale benefits summer camp
It's cake time again in Grovetown.

City facilities get good marks
AIKEN - June Murff, the outgoing president of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, says it's no surprise that the city has two of the most outstanding nursing homes in the area.

Four face charges of kidnapping

Family awaits bridge repair
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Stroll across the old logging bridge at the Hardin Canal on Wild Cat Dam Road, and you'll find Anthony Young's house - about a 10-minute walk on the far side of the bridge that state officials shut down in September, saying it was unsafe.

Walker discusses points of lawsuit
State Sen. Charles Walker answered the following questions from reporters during his Thursday news conference:

Residents can discuss SRS emissions
AIKEN - A hearing tonight at Silver Bluff High School will give the public an opportunity to air its concerns on Savannah River Site air quality issues.

Crash briefly hospitalizes man
An Evans man was discharged from the hospital Thursday afternoon after an accident in which the pickup he was driving was struck by a tractor-trailer and pushed into a tree.

Woman testifies at rape trial

Departing senators mark end of an era
WASHINGTON - A colorful cast of characters left the S

Woman testifies at rape trial
The trial of Aaron LeBlanc, who is charged in the rape of a Gastonia, N.C., woman, continues today.

Physician, forensic expert detail evidence in rape trial
GASTONIA, N.C. - A 25-year-old woman testified Thursday that the last time she saw the apartment where she said Aaron LeBlanc raped her, she was showing a detective the spot where her head lay during the March 18 assault.

Research uncovers GOP gains in county
AIKEN - Aiken County appears to be growing even more Republican.

Incinerator raises debate on SRS permit
JACKSON - Air quality surrounding the Savannah River Site could become more radioactive if the Consolidated Incinerator Facility at the site's H-Area were allowed to resume operations.

Fake checks spur search by police

Walker denies election suit is attempt to overturn vote

Walker contests loss in election

Subscriber of the day

Incinerator raises debate on SRS permit

Research uncovers GOP gains in county

Governor holds talks with rival

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Bob Young. He is against poor people. I am voting for Ed McIntyre because he is for all people.

Residents can discuss SRS emissions

Cake sale benefits summer camp

MCG president touts transition
With two international patents and a prestigious position at Harvard University, Al Head had a number of schools pursuing him. He not only chose to become the new chairman of anesthesiology at the Medical College of Georgia, he also brought some bright young colleagues with him.

News you can use
NOV. 22, 1972 A $21 million Rich's "regional shopping complex" is being planned for the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Bobby Jones Expressway, The Chronicle has learned.

Historic group OKs demolition

Journey leaves mark on pastor
AIKEN - It didn't take John Zimmermann long to absorb the reality about Afghanistan: crumbled buildings, poverty and the uneasy future of a country once ruled by an oppressive Islamic regime.

Across South Carolina

Walker denies election suit is attempt to overturn vote
One day after state Sen. Charles Walker filed a lawsuit to send voters in Senate District 22 back to the polls, the legislator is saying emphatically that the election is over and that he has no desire to overturn it.

Groups lead day to help smokers stop

Disputes on old homes come before commission

Crash briefly hospitalizes man

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
2nd body is recovered from airplane crash

Journey leaves mark on pastor

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgia's chief medical examiner says work is wrapping up on the remains of corpses found at the Tri-State Crematory in north Georgia, even though many human remains have yet to be identified.

Across the area

Murder charges likely in car case
Four teenagers charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of a 63-year-old Evans man are expected to face murder charges in South Carolina, authorities said Thursday.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Robert Cook of Augusta.

Across the area
A retired agent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office faced an additional charge of child molestation in Gwinnett County on Thursday.

Family awaits bridge repair

Civic center lowers food costs

Across the area

Governor holds talks with rival
ATLANTA - Two weeks after an election that turned Georgia politics upside down, a defeated incumbent governor and a victorious governor-to-be met privately Wednesday to look to the state's future.

It's a big world of memorable people, after all
Sometimes I wish the world was a lot smaller or life was a lot longer. As it is now, there are too many interesting people to meet in one lifetime. I miss the ones I've left behind and mourn for the ones I'll never get to know.

NASCAR ratings rise 59 percent since 2000
NEW YORK -- NBC's coverage of last Sunday's Winston Cup race from Homestead-Miami Speedway delivered a 5.2 national rating, NASCAR's best ever against NFL football, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Drivers have no time to rest during offseason
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The finish line at the Homestead-Miami Speedway was still stained with victory champagne Monday morning when Tony Stewart went back to work.

Spotlight on Greg Zipadelli
Here is a profile of NASCAR crew chief Greg Zipadelli.

Newman, Johnson set new standard

Newman, Johnson set new standard
ATLANTA - Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson are regarded as the best group of rookies to ever join the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Drivers have no time to rest during offseason

NASCAR ratings rise 59 percent since 2000

Ford, CART joining forces for next two years
MIAMI -- Ford and CART officials announced a two-year marketing and promotions agreement Thursday, a move the embattled racing series hopes will allay fears of its impending demise.

Spotlight on Greg Zipadelli

Dickau out four to six weeks with knee injury
ATLANTA -- Rookie Dan Dickau of the Atlanta Hawks will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a cartilage tear in his left knee.

Dickau out four to six weeks with knee injury

USC Aiken squads face changes in new season
When he was hired in September as USC Aiken head women's basketball coach, Mike Brandt stepped into a nearly perfect situation.

Jags open with tough road test
Augusta State's men's basketball season begins tonight where it ended last season - in Jefferson City, Tenn.

USC Aiken men's schedule
USC Aiken men schedule

USC Aiken women's schedule
USC Aiken women's schedule

Falcons trying not to overlook Panthers

QB tells Reeves not to fret over sacks

Panthers defend organization

Smith suspended for fighting

Vick makes lineman's job easier

Fantasy Football: Don't underestimate a kicker's power

Pro picks

Mrs. Ruby Chumbley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Panowich    (CHATTANOGA, Tenn.)
Mr. Wilbur Goninan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Overton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Mayo    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Thetus Douglas    (KITE, Ga.)
Mrs. Myra Jones    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Kettles    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Hughes    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evva Pettinato    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Lester Hobbs    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mr. Fielding Dillard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evva Pettinato    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Theodore Hickman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lester Hobbs    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mrs. Janie Greenaugh    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Williams    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbur Goninan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Sarah Riner    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Elizabeth Gerber    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Alfred Vance Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Catherine Franklin    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Ida Chance    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Frails    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Clay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Rhoades    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. Zona Dooley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Rev. Quay Rice, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Earl Fagan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Glover    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Rhoades    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. Tommie Habersham Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ann Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Arthur Clay
Arthur Clay always seemed to be wearing dark glasses and a serious look, but his co-workers at The Augusta Chronicle remembered him this week as one of the "nicest men you'd ever meet."

Mr. Robert Spencer    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Ned McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Alfred Vance Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Vincent Naglieri    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Matt Stovall
Augusta actor and radio personality Matt Stovall, 52, died Wednesday at Doctors Hospital after an extended illness.

Mrs. Margarette Richardson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Rhoda Dickey    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Embre Scurry    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Clay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Tussey    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Chumbley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gloria Randolph    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosie Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Brown    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Brown    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Vincent Naglieri    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Cannon    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Vivian Smith    (HOUSTON, Texas)
Mr. Earl Fagan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Matt Stovall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jane Eve    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Fielding Dillard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Clay (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Richardson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Spencer (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Hickman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Catherine Franklin (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Thetus Douglas (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Fagan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Brown (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Mayo (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Arthur Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jane Eve (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Wilbur Goninan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Chumbley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Zona Dooley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Overton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rhoda Dickey (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. James Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Hughes (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Frails (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Kettles (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lester Hobbs (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Hobbs (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Glover (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mrs. Myra Jones (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margarette Richardson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ned McGahee (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosie Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Chance (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Greenaugh (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vincent Naglieri (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Gerber (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Gloria Randolph (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Disrespectful display of memorial
As Vietnam veterans, my wife and I are both greatly disturbed by the way the Vietnam War Memorial was portrayed last weekend in Columbia County. Edwin R. Knight, Aiken, S.C.

Democrats have forced one-party rule on us
The once-great Democratic Party is now in shambles and disarray, without vision or hope for its future. Albert F. Kotras, Augusta

Voters the real victors
The recent election was a great victory for conservatism. The pendulum swung to the right, defeating the Democratic left. Carl Rafoth, Augusta

It's up to us now
While reading what is apparently the Augusta-Richmond County Special Grand Jury's final presentment Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett paused to exclaim "Hallelujah!" at the report's recommendation that a simple majority rule city commission meetings when a quorum is present.

Is sick of political correctness
I am so sick and tired of all this political correctness. I mentioned our organization once before, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, trying to get the Fort Gordon Marching Band to march in our Heritage and Memorial March on Confederate Memorial Day - then being turned down because "they didn't want to be associated with 'that' flag." But they marched with pride in the Egyptian Church of Karast "Christ" Inc. (Nuwaubians) Parade. Walker B. McWee, Augusta

Congress' good deal
It may not be as good as winning the lottery, but getting a $5,000 pay raise for doing nothing is still a pretty good deal. However, it's not for you. It's for the people you pay to go to Washington to make laws for us to live by.

Election post mortem: separating facts from the rhetoric
Now that the election is over, along with the mudslinging, let's look at what is fact and what is rhetoric. E. Albright, Augusta

Vietnam vet found healing at Veterans Day ceremonies
I came home from Vietnam in 1971 as a very young buck sergeant. I had just finished 23 hours of air time and layovers on a stretch-eight aircraft picking up soldiers from around the world. We were headed home from one of the most horrible wars ever. Jim Vause, Warrenville, S.C.

How sweet it is
What a difference an election can make. Before Nov. 5, when it appeared Democrats would hold onto control of the U.S. Senate, it looked like the nation's longest serving senator, Republican Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, would retire from that august body after 48 years with a bad taste in his mouth.

'Chronicle' uses questionable journalism
The headline at the top of the Nov. 16 front page reads, "Palestinian attack on Israelis kills 12." The large photo beneath the headline shows an Arab boy and a young Arab man running down a street, a tank behind them, while "defying an Israeli curfew ... in Nablus." Steve Kohn, Hephzibah, Ga.

Atlanta more like New York now
Regarding the letter by Ed Rolader on Nov. 18, "Southern-speak for pronouncing Atlanta," if you've been there recently, you'll know that "Atlanta" should no longer be pronounced either "At'lan-tuh" or "At'lanna." From the run-down physical appearance of the city, the gridlocked traffic jams and the manners (or lack thereof) of its residents, it is clear it should now be pronounced "Noo Yawk." David Clayton Carrad, Martinez, Ga.

Strollers and mommies aren't going anywhere
I am writing in response to the two women complaining about the strollers at the craft show. First of all, if they were really enjoying the show, they would not be worried about the strollers. Parents with strollers are nothing compared to the number of people who attend this event. Some of us mothers have to work and do not wish, on our weekend off, to send our children once again to a sitter. There is nothing wrong with enjoying both the area events and our children together.

Highway safety office advises buckle up for the holiday ride
We are just days away from one of the heaviest travel seasons of the year. Are you more concerned about potential crimes against your family during your holiday trip or about traffic crashes? Well, if your answer was traffic crashes, you were correct. Yvonne L. McBride, Atlanta, Ga.

Should all inconveniences be banned?
Regarding complaints about strollers at the Christmas Made in the South craft show (letters, Nov. 12 and 18), I used to believe baby strollers at the craft show were an inconvenience also, but I yearned to be pushing one of them. I now have the opportunity, because I have been blessed with two wonderful grandchildren and I couldn't be happier. Wanda M. Williams, Martinez, Ga.

Trial lawyer's statements misleading
Regarding Joseph R. Neal's Nov. 12 guest column, "Don't blame trial lawyers for insurance costs," he made so many statements that are simply not true, and included information that is misleading, that it's easy to see how he, as a trial lawyer, can confound an otherwise unsuspecting jury. Mike Taylor, Augusta

If guilt's clear, why say 'suspect'?
It is amazing that Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and other news agencies, as well as Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and other news anchors, are calling Madelyne Gorman Toogood, the mother caught on department-store camera striking her 4-year-old child in their SUV, an "apparent child-beater." Keith Wilson, Martinez, Ga.

Matt Stovall
We join the family and many friends of Matt Stovall in mourning his death Wednesday at the too-young age of 53.

A map to progress
It's a mistake, as we pointed out in yesterday's editorial, to see the Augusta-Richmond County special grand jury's nine reports since 1999 simply as a serial condemnation of the city commission and local government.

Softball

Overtime

Runners receive recognition

Tyson to fight Etienne

Chinese take lead in two events at worlds qualifying

Overtime

Runners receive recognition
For years, Augusta Prep cross country coach Mike Burley thought his sport wasn't getting enough attention.

Chinese take lead in two events at worlds qualifying
DEBRECEN, Hungary -- Former world vault champion Li Xiao-Peng of China won the first qualification round in the event during the 36th World Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, while U.S. athletes performed well in their events.

Overtime
The Suburban Woman's Club of Augusta voted unanimously Wednesday to distance itself from a national women's group's campaign to get a female member admitted to Augusta National Golf Club.

Tyson to fight Etienne
LAS VEGAS -- Mike Tyson will begin his latest comeback in the same ring where he took a beating his last time out against Lennox Lewis.

Augusta Georgia: Other Sports: 11/22/02
Softball

Overtime
The Greenbrier softball team had two signings this week.

Fishing report
Strom Thurmond Lake is a shade over 11 feet below normal - a difference of nearly three feet before last week's deluges - but instead of becoming safer for boaters, it's more dangerous.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Team's 113-point win raises some eyebrows
DETROIT - Walkerville 115, Lakeshore 2.

QB tells Reeves not to fret over sacks
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick wants Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves to stop worrying.

Pro picks
The Green Bay Packers could have clinched the NFC North with a win last week. They didn't, and this week they go to Tampa in a game that could help determine whether Green Bay gets to spend the playoffs at Lambeau Field.

Smith suspended for fighting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith was suspended by the Panthers on Wednesday for one game for a fight that sent teammate Anthony Bright to the hospital.

Panthers defend organization
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are a mess of off-field problems - again.

Falcons trying not to overlook Panthers
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons' only shutout in the past nine years came a month ago against Carolina, a 30-0 drubbing that left the Panthers with only one healthy quarterback.

Fantasy Football: Don't underestimate a kicker's power
The playoffs are just around the corner, and it's nail-biting time for fantasy owners.

Vick makes lineman's job easier
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Todd Weiner is so glad he signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

Study to see if oak trees contribute to air pollution
ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is spending $715,000 to set up monitors to determine whether oak trees in the Ozarks are contributing to high levels of formaldehyde in the air over St. Louis.

Digital camera advice
Retailers predict sales like ski resorts predict snow, but the current buzz says digital cameras are going to be a hot gift item this holiday season.

Filters reduce risk from procedure to clean up neck arteries
CHICAGO -- Doctors have found they can substantially improve the safety of balloon angioplasty to clean out the arteries in the neck by temporarily inserting a tiny filter to trap stirred-up gunk before it floats to the brain.

Join the rebels, fight for freedom in 'Red Faction II'
You're trapped in a ruined sewer system. A constant parade of enemy soldiers is firing at you from above and below, aided by killer machines which follow your every move and shoot the second they see you.

Bulldogs fans give wide receiver sign of support
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Georgia fans are saying thanks to Terrence Edwards, the leading pass catcher in Bulldogs history, by placing a billboard near his hometown.

Fans of Edwards show support with billboard

Bulldogs fans give wide receiver sign of support

Fans of Edwards show support with billboard
Ted Kohn considered buying a newspaper advertisement in Atlanta or Athens, but the price was too high.

It all began on Big Thursday
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QBs from Georgia quickly learn what rivalry means

It all began on Big Thursday

QBs from Georgia quickly learn what rivalry means
Dondrial Pinkins hasn't heard of Big Thursday. Charlie Whitehurst doesn't talk in reverent tones about Jerry Butler's leaping catch in 1977 that gave Clemson a last-minute victory over South Carolina.

Snake owner survives pet's kiss of death

Odds and Ends

Filters reduce risk from procedure to clean up neck arteries

Join the rebels, fight for freedom in 'Red Faction II'

Digital camera advice