Evil women are fun to watch

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.

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.)

At the movies: 'Friday After Next'

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

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

Applause calendar

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

Ramblin Rhodes: Young fan revives faith in country

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.

Video watch

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.

Club calendar

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.

A spirited conversation

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

Wine and dine

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

It's a jungle out there

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.

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.

At the movies: 'The Emperor's Club'

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.

Artists get fired up by giving life to old city

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.

Standing ovations

Wrigley Field close to becoming landmark
CHICAGO -- The Cubs are closing in on a deal that would allow them to expand Wrigley Field and would make the famous ballpark a landmark.

Wrigley Field close to becoming landmark

Glavine visits New York, Philadelphia

Glavine meets with Phillies

Glavine meets with Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies almost ended Atlanta's string of consecutive division titles in 2001. Adding Tom Glavine might get them past the Braves next season.

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

Leading economic indicators flat in October

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

Jobless claims plunge to lowest level since late July

Employees await payoffs

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

Quality issues delay hangar

Business briefs
Doctor's Associates Inc., owner of the Subway sandwich chain, announced the opening of its newest Augusta-area location at 4104 Windsor Spring Road, Suite 14, in Hephzibah.

Controversy may keep clients away

EPA eases clean air requirements on power plants
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration will ease clean air rules, allowing power plants and refineries to avoid new pollution controls when expanding operations, administration sources said Friday.

Stocks rise on investor optimism after two-day rally

EPA eases clean air requirements on power plants

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.

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.

Shutdowns, acquisitions to continue, expert says

Employees await payoffs
ST. MARYS - Former employees of the Durango-Georgia Paper Co. waiting for their paychecks got more bad news Friday: The earliest checks will be distributed is Monday, assuming a bankruptcy court judge gives the company permission.

Stocks rise on investor optimism after two-day rally
NEW YORK -- Wall Street edged higher Friday, as investors fought a temptation to cash in profits from a two-day surge on hopes of a year-end rally. A disappointing outlook from Brocade Communications pressured tech stocks.

Quality issues delay hangar
Four months after a new private airplane hangar was supposed to be finished, quality issues are still delaying its opening.

Shutdowns, acquisitions to continue, expert says
ATLANTA - Mergers and acquisitions are likely in the pulp and paper industry, and older, unprofitable mills such as Durango Paper in Georgia will continue to shut down.

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.

Bowden, Holtz put priority on meeting
CLEMSON, S.C. - It took Clemson coach Tommy Bowden a few years to taste the full flavor of his team's rivalry with South Carolina.

Nagys suspended for eight games for NCAA violations
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson has suspended forward Tomas Nagys for eight games because of several NCAA rules violations.

Bowden, Holtz put priority on meeting

Nagys suspended for eight games for NCAA violations

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.

Iron Bowl features different fortunes, similar styles
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Both teams have strong running games powered by backups. Both have used two quarterbacks, one a dropback passer, the other a runner. Both have opportunistic defenses.

Lady Dogs top Chattanooga

Jags open with tough road test

Compete for jobs

Matt Stovall

A clean break

How sweet it is

A map to progress

Plot your actions carefully before planting fruit trees

Fall planting of trees makes sense

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.

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.

Hewitt, Jackets should go deep
ATLANTA - For the first time in his three seasons at Georgia Tech, head coach Paul Hewitt has the kind of deep, talented roster he craves. As a result, the Yellow Jackets will play the up-tempo, pressing style that Hewitt loves.

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

Hewitt, Jackets should go deep

Howell leads Australian Open

Sorenstam takes a familiar position

LPGA: Augusta owes it to golf to invite women

Huston-Maggert team takes first-round lead in Shootout

Huston-Maggert team takes first-round lead in Shootout
NAPLES, Fla. -- John Huston and Jeff Maggert fired an 8-under-par 64 under the alternate shot format to take the first-round lead Friday in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Woods set to make a move at Dunlop Phoenix

Re-start benefits Howell
MELBOURNE, Australia - Augusta native Charles Howell took full advantage of the decision to re-start the first round of the Australian Open from scratch, shooting 5-under-par 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead.

Howell leads Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Charles Howell III took full advantage of the decision to re-start the first round of the Australian Open from scratch, shooting a 5-under-par 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead.

Sorenstam where everyone expected

Sorenstam takes a familiar position
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The LPGA Tour season comes to an end this week, and Annika Sorenstam is still going strong.

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 set to make a move at Dunlop Phoenix
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Finally, somebody found a weakness in Tiger Woods' game. And it turned out to be Tiger.

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.

On the air

Westside tops Appling

Key matchups

Short week, big plans at Laney

Blackville-Hilda advances

Georgia prep football poll

Unbeaten Screven County easily advances

Balance key to Screven County's success

Lincoln County gets easy victory

Patriots take on best for title

Wardlaw gets easy win over Cambridge

Prep picks

Prep schedule

Quarterback shares spotlight

Washington-Wilkes tops Chattooga

Friday's prep basketball scores

Wardlaw gets easy win over Cambridge
BATESBURG, S.C. - Kevin Molony scored seven touchdowns as the Patriots won their second SCISA Class A title in four years.

Blackville-Hilda advances
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - If it's not broken, don't fix it. That philosophy served Blackville-Hilda coach David Berry well this season. The formula worked again Friday night as the Hawks defeated Johnsonville 27-10 in the Class A Lower State semifinals at Huggins Stadium.

Westside tops Appling
BAXLEY, Ga. - Aundra Ellison, Alan Gregg and Obi Egekeze were the heroes as 10th-ranked Westside routed Appling County in the Class AAA playoffs.

Unbeaten Screven County easily advances
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Screven County rushed for 348 yards and blew past Jefferson County, 47-20, in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs at Kelly Memorial Stadium on Friday.

Brentwood trounces Piedmont
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Brentwood roared into the GISA Class AA championship game with an easy victory over Piedmont.

Burke County ousted
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Shaw coach Charles Flowers found a video tape of the Raiders' 2000 Georgia Class AAAA state semifinal victory at the Georgia Dome.

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

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

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

Golden Hawks run by Tigers
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - In its third game of this football season, Washington Countywas still struggling to find its offense, and needed a fumble return for a touchdown to escape with a 7-0 road win over Swainsboro.

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.

Lincoln County gets easy victory
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Terrence Norman and Gavin Williams scored two touchdown each as Lincoln County returned to action with a victory over Bremen in the Class A playoffs.

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.

Laney gets easy victory
Never underestimate the importance of momentum in prep football. For that matter, don't underestimate the importance of Laney's J.K. Sabb, either.

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.

Washington-Wilkes tops Chattooga
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Herman Wynne scored on two short runs and Jake Dyson rushed for 72 yards as Washington-Wilkes easily handled Chattooga in the Class AA playoffs.

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

Wardlaw wins state title
BATESBURG, S.C. - Senior quarterback Kevin Molony knew he had just one more shot at reliving state championship glory.

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.

Penguins top Thrashers

Penguins top Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Johan Hedberg claims it's not as easy as it appears.

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.

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.

Voters the real victors

Trial lawyer's statements misleading

Disrespectful display of memorial

Is sick of political correctness

Supporter Young included in SRS recognition

We need Young

At least Young's mistake was honest

Augustans lose

Make Young the 'unbound' mayor

Election post mortem: separating facts from the rhetoric

Highway safety office advises buckle up for the holiday ride

Atlanta more like New York now

Co-owner of ice center buys share of Lynx
The Augusta Lynx have their first local owner. Majority owner Peter Gillespie announced Friday that Augusta Ice Sports Center co-owner Pete Budwick purchased a minority share of the minor-league hockey team.

Co-owner of ice center buys share of Lynx

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

Augusta loses big
RICHMOND, Va. - It was not a good night to be an Augusta Lynx goaltender.

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.

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.

Two State Construction Company president sentenced

Physician, forensic expert detail evidence in rape trial

Agent says blood ties LeBlanc to scene

Across South Carolina
2nd body is recovered from airplane crash

Across the Southeast

Cake sale benefits summer camp

Boy saves choking pupil
With one well-placed squeeze, seventh-grader A.J. Kirkman saved the life of a friend in the lunchroom of Riverside Middle School on Thursday.

Across South Carolina

Indigent advocates fear shift

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

Election raises research concerns
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens could become a focal point for cancer research and outreach if a proposal from the University of Georgia and the Athens health care community is not derailed by the change in state administration.

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.

ScheerGame offers good record
Skip Ashooh always wondered whether his hometown of Manchester, N.H., could accommodate an amenity as sprawling as a 10,000-seat arena.

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.

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.

Aviation official asks for review

Local officials support plan for coliseum
Downtown Augusta's aging civic center could be replaced by an $89 million regional coliseum on River Watch Parkway if elected officials - and ultimately voters - get behind a new study unveiled Friday.

Rants and raves
I AM A WOMAN, too, and I think we should fight for our rights sometimes, but leave the men at the Augusta National alone. Men like to get away sometimes from their wives. If you want a golf thing, start your own.

Veteran speaks at Boy Scout benefit
Retired lieutenant general Robert F. Foley was the guest of honor at the annual benefit for the Boy Scouts of America, Georgia-Carolina Council, on Friday night.

Historic group OKs demolition

Sanford, secretary of energy hold talk
COLUMBIA - U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham met with Gov.-elect Mark Sanford for about a half-hour Friday to talk about plans for Savannah River Site to handle weapons-grade plutonium, along with other issues.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Michelle Reeves of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

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.

Flag emblem's popularity grows
Twenty years ago, Lark Jones wanted to show his pride for South Carolina by flying a state flag in front of his North Augusta law office.

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.

Police say pupils planned attack
AIKEN - Two Aiken Middle School pupils were arrested Tuesday after police said they had detailed a plot to blow up their school and kill the police officer assigned there.

Indigent advocates fear shift
ATLANTA - Since 1964, advocates have struggled to improve the way people who can't afford a lawyer are represented in Georgia courtrooms.

Inmate gets life sentence for rape

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.

Inmate gets life sentence for rape
Justice for an Augusta woman arrived Friday, nearly seven years after she was attacked.

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.

Convicted killer gets life in prison
A Martinez man will serve life in prison for the murder of an Augusta woman.

Subscriber of the day

Pupils help feed needy for holidays
'Tis the season of giving for local schools. For the past several weeks, Columbia and Richmond county pupils have been bringing in canned food items for the Salvation Army's annual Christmas food drive

MCG president touts transition

Board examines filing by Walker
The Richmond County Board of Elections met behind closed doors Friday to discuss state Sen. Charles Walker's lawsuit challenging the results of the Nov. 5 election.

Police say men planned jailbreak
Two inmates at the Richmond County jail were charged with attempted escape Friday after authorities uncovered a plot to free themselves from their cell, police said.

Across the area
Police arrested a North Augusta man in the parking lot of a North Augusta bank Friday morning as he waited for a woman whom police said he forced at gunpoint to make a withdrawal.

Police say pupils planned attack

Fraud sends 2 men to jail
The president of a Thomson-based construction company and a former employee of a pharmaceutical giant were sentenced to federal prison Friday for their part in cheating the maker of the arthritis drug Celebrex out of millions of dollars through fraud and kickbacks.

Departing senators mark end of an era

Walker discusses points of lawsuit

Perdue pushes leaders to quit

Walker denies election suit is attempt to overturn vote

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Columbia County panel makes plans for 2003
ATHENS, Ga. - The Columbia County Commission will start the new year with two veterans, two new arrivals and one member who has been in office less than six months.

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.

Across the Southeast
WHITESBURG, Ky. -An eastern Kentucky group plans to launch a national newspaper advertising campaign to persuade CBS to stop casting for a new reality show based on The Beverly Hillbillies.

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.

Boyfriend is sought in assault on woman
An Augusta man was being sought Friday on domestic violence charges in the severe beating of his girlfriend, police said.

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.

Subscriber of the day

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

Police say men planned jailbreak

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.

Sanford, secretary of energy hold talk

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

Flag emblem's popularity grows

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

Local officials support plan for coliseum

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

Across the South Carolina
LANCASTER - Police have arrested a Lancaster man they accuse of scamming residents out of money by promising them well-paying jobs and stock in a nonexistent company.

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.

Festive hospital

Across the area

Incinerator raises debate on SRS permit

Journey leaves mark on pastor

News you can use

Festive hospital
Amy Mears and her daughter Mia, 3, listen to the festive music of the Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School Strings at University Hospital.

Augusta women offer support to fourth accuser

Agent says blood ties LeBlanc to scene
GASTONIA, N.C. - Aaron LeBlanc's blood dribbled not only onto a couch cover but also onto the panties of the woman who has accused him of rape, a DNA expert testified Friday.

Train hits, kills man

Augusta women offer support to fourth accuser
GASTONIA, N.C. - For a long time they just called her "Number 4," - the fourth woman to publicly accuse Aaron LeBlanc of rape.

Boy saves choking pupil

Slain sheriff's wife sues county
DECATUR, Ga. - The widow of slain DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown is seeking $50 million in damages from the former sheriff convicted of his murder. Other former officers and the county government also are part of the suit.

Fraud sends 2 men to jail

Warrants served for teen suspects
Edgefield County officials delivered warrants for murder and kidnapping to Columbia County on Friday for the three teens already charged in Georgia in the disappearance and slaying of an Evans man.

Warrants served for teen suspects

Rants and raves
I AM A WOMAN, too, and I think we should fight for our rights sometimes, but leave the men at the Augusta National alone. Men like to get away sometimes from their wives. If you want a golf thing, start your own.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 19-year-old Morehouse College student accused of beating another student with a baseball bat will be prosecuted under Georgia's hate crime law, District Attorney Paul Howard said.

McIntyre, Young debate before runoff

Across the area

Election raises research concerns

Beloved ecologist's wishes will guide use of 25 acres
ATHENS, Ga. - Eugene Odum, a UGA ecologist known for his love of nature, willed 25 acres along the Middle Oconee River in Clarke County to the University of Georgia Foundation.

Crash briefly hospitalizes man

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.

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.

NASCAR ratings rise 59 percent since 2000

NBA briefs
Charles Barkley kissed a donkey's backside on television Thursday night, paying off a debt for his errant prediction that Yao Ming would not score 19 points in a game this season.

NBA briefs

Atlanta falls in double OT
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics learned last spring that no deficit is too big to overcome.

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

Pacers back home, continue streak
AIKEN - No. 17-ranked USC Aiken ran its home winning streak to a school-record 14 games with a 73-51 victory over Voorhees on Friday night in the Four Seasons Tip-Off Classic.

Lady Dogs top Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Georgia's two tallest players delivered, just when the game got a little close for comfort for the eighth-ranked Lady Dogs.

Panthers defend organization

QB tells Reeves not to fret over sacks

Vick makes lineman's job easier

Pro picks

Panthers' wide receiver charged in film-room fight

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Mrs. Ann Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Carl Foster    (HEPHIZBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Gloria Randolph    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Marvin Lewis Sr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evva Pettinato    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Dr. Henry Schmidt Jr.    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Panowich    (CHATTANOGA, Tenn.)
Mrs. Betty Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Vincent Naglieri    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Girton    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Ned McGahee    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. David Ingram    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Kettles    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Murray    (EVANS, Ga.)
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."

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Mr. Lester Hobbs    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mr. Matt Stovall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tommie Habersham Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Rev. Stephens Baumgardner Sr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbur Goninan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Samuel Thomas Littles Jr.
Those who knew Samuel Thomas Littles Jr. will remember him for the intensity he displayed on the golf course and on the bandstand.

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Mr. Earl Fagan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Spencer    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Louis Hauser    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Louise Huffman    (MISHAWAKE, IN.)
Mr. Alfred Vance Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Cannon    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Samuel Littles Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Shelva Carroll    (MILLEN, Ga)
Mrs. Evva Pettinato    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Williams    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. James Reeder    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Zona Dooley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ann Riley    ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Fielding Dillard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Clay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sayle Titter    (FLORENCE, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Chumbley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Chance    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Vivian Smith    (HOUSTON, Texas)
Mrs. Barbara Cicchetto    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Thetus Douglas    (KITE, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Lee    (EDGEFIELD, S.C)
Mrs. Virginia Wall (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. Stephens Baumgardner Sr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Kettles (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Girton (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. David Ingram (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Lester Hobbs (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Murray (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Huffman (MISHAWAKE, IN.)

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

Mr. Marvin Lewis Sr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thetus Douglas (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Littles Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ned McGahee (THOMSON, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Samuel Thomas Littles Jr.

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

Mrs. Christine Lee (EDGEFIELD, S.C)

Mrs. Ida Chance (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Matt Stovall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Spencer (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Riley ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Vincent Naglieri (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Foster (HEPHIZBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbur Goninan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shelva Carroll (MILLEN, Ga)

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

Mr. Henry Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewey Fuller (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Cicchetto (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Artie Holland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sayle Titter (FLORENCE, S.C.)

Mr. Zona Dooley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Kathleen Cook (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Arthur Clay (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Compete for jobs
The government should always be looking for ways to save money - after all, it is our money it's spending.

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

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.

At least Young's mistake was honest
Paul L. Cook, a regular contributor to these pages, remaining true-to-form in his incessant zeal about the virtues of voting for Democrats - regardless of their suitability for the office in question - has spoken yet again in his Nov. 14 letter, "City needs McIntyre's leadership," in support of Ed McIntyre for Augusta's mayor. Terry Bedell, Appling, Ga.

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.

Augustans lose
When you are convicted of a felony, you can't own a firearm. But you can run for mayor of a city and get the right to do the same thing you were sent to prison for. Ray Newman, North Augusta, S.C.

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

We need Young
Things are looking up for Augusta and Georgia. We got rid of the Walkers - Jr. and Sr. - as well as the do-nothing senator, but all is not well and good. M. Don Williams, Augusta

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.

Make Young the 'unbound' mayor
Four years ago, following Mayor Bob Young's election, I approached a local AM station owned by the family of Lee Beard, mayor pro-tem of the Augusta Commissioners, about launching a weekly radio program where the people and the mayor could have a dialogue on issues pertinent to the city and Central Savannah River Area. Hours upon hours were given, the mayor even re-arranged schedules, but the program failed. I believe the project failed because the station owners were unwilling to promote and advertise the mayor's outreach efforts. Sam Jones, Harlem, Ga.

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.

Supporter Young included in SRS recognition
On Oct. 29, the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration held a public hearing to obtain community input on a proposed Modern Pit Facility. At that meeting, over 500 people turned out to provide their opinions. An overwhelming majority of those present were very supportive of the work we perform at Savannah River Site. Bob Pedde

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

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.

A clean break
Since the Nov. 5 election, the air in Augusta has been just short of electric.

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

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

Overtime

Overtime

Chinese take lead in two events at worlds qualifying

Softball

Overtime
The Greenbrier softball team had two signings this week.

Overtime
Augusta State University's Physical Education/Athletic Complex was renamed Christenberry Field House on Wednesday, honoring Dr. George A. Christenberryfor his 16 years of service as president of Augusta College.

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

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.

Bulgarian wins weightlifting gold in 170-pound category
WARSAW, Poland -- Georgi Markov of Bulgaria won a gold medal in the men's 170-pound category Friday at the World Weightlifting Championships.

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.

Friday's prep basketball scores
Here are prep basketball scores from Friday's games.

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

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

Panthers' wide receiver charged in film-room fight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was jailed and charged with misdemeanor assault Friday after attacking a teammate earlier this week.

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.

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

God's children should live in peace instead of fear
``Americans are taking a risk 30 times greater by driving on the freeways in our major cities than traveling as pilgrims to Israel,'' says Wayne Skaff, who leads pilgrims on Holy Land Tours. He goes on to say, ``No one should go there in fear of losing their life. If people really are scared, they shouldn't go. On the other hand, we believe that our Christian faith puts us in God's hands, and he will be there to protect us on the freeways or in Israel.''

Faith digest
About 65 to 70 motorcyclists will escort a truck full of frozen turkeys across Augusta starting at 1:30 p.m. today. The ride will kick off at Augusta Harley Davidson, 4200 Frontage Road, and end at Miracle Making Ministries' Trinity Outreach Mission, 818 8th St., where 65 families will be waiting for the delivery.

Giving thanks
Thoughts of going home and sitting with the family; the freedom to worship; the joys of a long life and watching grandchildren grow - these are some of the treasures that local families cherish this holiday season.

Volunteers will feed the masses
Turkey and dressing, yams and greens will abound Thanksgiving at several Augusta-area centers where hundreds will come for their holiday dinner.

Menorah lighting opens eight days of Hanukkah
As the sun slips below the horizon Friday, observant Jews will light the first of eight candles on their menorahs.

Faith and Fellowship calendar
COMMUNITY DAY: 9 a.m. Saturday, Crawford Baptist Church; clothes giveaway, health fair, music and more.

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.

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.

Tech 'monitoring net' readied for scouring Iraq
NEW YORK -- With four years of tidy-up time since weapons inspectors left Iraq, finding remnants of outlawed arms in a country the size of California would meet anyone's idea of a tough job.

Trust us, Microsoft asks in secure computing push
NEW YORK -- A global powerhouse famous for steamrolling competitors is now asking us to trust it as a crucial government partner in information security.

Transfer of power: Wilkins ready for Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Jim Harrick thinks he knows how difficult it was for Damien Wilkins to sit out last season while fulfilling NCAA transfer requirements.

Georgia students mad about lack of tickets
ATHENS, Ga. - Students at the University of Georgia on Friday protested the lack of tickets allocated to them for the Southeastern Conference title game Dec. 7 at the Georgia Dome.

Transfer of power: Wilkins ready for Dogs

Clemson, South Carolina have much in common
CLEMSON, S.C. -- An inexperienced quarterback learning on the job. Several mistake-filled, high-profile losses. More disappointment than any one expected.

Gamecock fans embrace new Carolina Center

Clemson, South Carolina have much in common

Gamecock fans embrace new Carolina Center
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's new arena is so nice, even Clemson fan Leslie Wylie had to grudgingly give it praise.

Game of the week

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.

Game of the week
In the 100th playing of one of college football's more intense rivalries, South Carolina tries to win back-to-back games over Clemson for the first time since 1969-70.

South Carolina tops Clemson in women's basketball
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Cristina Ciocan scored a career-high 23 points as South Carolina opened up the new Carolina Center with a 72-58 win over Clemson on Friday night.

QBs from Georgia quickly learn what rivalry means

Trust us, Microsoft asks in secure computing push

Tech 'monitoring net' readied for scouring Iraq

Digital camera advice

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

God's children should live in peace instead of fear

Menorah lighting opens eight days of Hanukkah

Volunteers will feed the masses

Giving thanks

Faith digest

Faith and Fellowship calendar