Red Sox hire 28-year-old GM

Red Sox hire 28-year-old GM
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox made 28-year-old Theo Epstein the youngest general manager in baseball history Monday, ending a long search for a front-office leader by promoting one of their own.

City, minor-league team dispute property on auction after team leaves town

City, minor-league team dispute property on auction after team leaves town
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The city of Columbus and its former minor-league baseball team are grappling over the rights to auction off ballpark bric-a-brac from popcorn makers to the scoreboard.

Sometimes the tradition is as important as the truth

Odds and Ends
OKLAHOMA CITY -- It's taken 13 years, but Gov. Frank Keating finally has his briefcase back.

University investigating whether laws broken in filming of adult movie on campus
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University officials were trying to determine if the makers of a pornographic video filmed partly in a campus dorm broke any laws or if 20 to 30 students who participated violated any campus rules.

Head-on crash kills sisters traveling in separate cars to visit each other
SIX MILE, Ala. -- Two sisters were killed when their vehicles collided head-on on a rural highway as they traveled to visit each other, authorities said.

Atlanta Braves announce 2003 spring training schedule

Glavine's agent to propose four-year deal
NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine's agent prepared a four-year counteroffer Monday, hoping to spur higher bids from the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.

Atlanta Braves announce 2003 spring training schedule
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves on Monday announced their 2003 spring training schedule, which begins Feb. 27 with an exhibition against Georgia Tech at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

Glavine's agent to propose four-year deal

Giving to your employees

Merged bank details closings
The First Union-Wachovia merger will result in three closed branches in Richmond and Columbia counties.

Business briefs
Paving company APAC Inc. said it is merging the Augusta portion of its Southern Roadbuilders Division with its Atlanta division to create APAC Georgia division.

Existing-home sales jump by 6.1 percent in October
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes shot up in October by 6.1 percent to the third highest monthly level on record as house hunters scrambled to take advantage of low mortgage rates amid an uncertain economic climate.

Stocks rise despite prospects of disappointing sales for Wal-Mart, Federated
NEW YORK -- In another display of its immunity to bad news, Wall Street moved higher Monday despite the prospect of disappointing sales at Wal-Mart and Federated Department Stores.

Home repair gripes top list
WASHINGTON - Roofs that leak, poor driveway paving jobs and other home improvement headaches were the No. 1 and fastest-growing type of consumer complaint last year, surpassing gripes about car sales and household goods.

Group announces plans to build career center

Money funds have investors thinking twice
NEW YORK - Seen as a safe haven for cash, money market funds have lulled investors with the promise that their principal - plus some interest payments - would always be there for a rainy day. But investors might need to rethink that view.

Group announces plans to build career center
Goodwill Industries, the nonprofit whose motto is "to build lives, families and communities," plans to build a multimillion-dollar career center in Augusta.

When it comes to money, working women need to demand their due

A child's credit is tempting
CHICAGO - It was her first credit card application, or so she thought, prompted by an offer on her Ohio college campus for a free T-shirt.

Fourth-quarter rally stunning - but will it last?

Money funds have investors thinking twice

When it comes to money, working women need to demand their due
NEW YORK -- Executive coach Mary Genkins was working with a young woman who was soon to go before her boss for a year-end evaluation.

Giving to your employees
NEW YORK -- Gifts to employees at holiday time can be one of the most difficult issues for a small business owners. If you've never given to employees, should you? Can the company afford them this year? And what do you give?

Existing-home sales jump by 6.1 percent in October

Fourth-quarter rally stunning - but will it last?
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's steady march upward sure seems awesome. A look at who's participating, however, indicates it may not be as encouraging as it appears.

A child's credit is tempting

Business briefs

Stocks rise despite prospects of disappointing sales for Wal-Mart, Federated

Clemson is tough enough

Clemson wins season opener

Clemson AD says school will examine on-field policy

Clemson wins season opener
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Chris Hobbs knows his coach was right. Still, that doesn't make him feel much better about missing most of the first half, even after scoring 14 of his 19 points after the break in Clemson's season-opening win Sunday.

Clemson AD says school will examine on-field policy
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson will review whether football fans should be allowed on the field following games after two people were injured last weekend.

Clemson is tough enough
CLEMSON, S.C. - They read all week that South Carolina would have the advantage because the Gamecocks were tougher than Clemson.

No. 1 Miami, NCAA discussing possible infraction
MIAMI -- No. 1 Miami and the NCAA are trying to determine if center Brett Romberg's "friendly wager" with a radio talk show host earlier this season violated NCAA rules, athletic director Paul Dee said Monday.

Miami No. 1, but not unanimous

Miami strengthens hold on top spot in BCS standings
Ohio State may be headed for the BCS national title game in the Fiesta Bowl, but Miami still sits atop the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Iron Bowl win gives Tigers boost

BSU picked for Humanitarian Bowl
BOISE, Idaho -- No. 19 Boise State has accepted an invitation to play in this year's Humanitarian Bowl.

Miami No. 1, but not unanimous
Miami is still No. 1, but it's no longer unanimous.

BSU picked for Humanitarian Bowl

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

No. 1 Miami, NCAA discussing possible infraction

Wofford wants answers after missing Division I-AA playoffs
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wofford halfback Jesse McCoy expected a celebration on Sunday when he came to campus. Instead, he knew his season was over when he saw running backs coach Freddie Brown shaking his head in disgust.

Monday morning quarterback

Iron Bowl win gives Tigers boost
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 20 Auburn found the surest way to rescue a faltering season: Win the Iron Bowl.

Wofford wants answers after missing Division I-AA playoffs

Women's college basketball poll

Paine women's basketball schedule

Recent success has SIAC taking notice of Paine

Men's college basketball poll

Pacers lose lead, game in OT

Paine men's basketball schedule

Ignorance is Blix

Fat and greed

The ties that blind

Twilight savings time

A delicate balance

John Walsh adds a daily talk show to his crime-busting armament
NEW YORK -- For 14 years, John Walsh has mobilized a crime sweep from the nation's TV screens. Briefed by Walsh every week on "America's Most Wanted," his deputized viewers help flush out the bad guys (with 727 captures and counting).

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
"The Pennsylvania Miners' Story" is a remarkably good film, but you'll want to rate it "C" (for claustrophobic).

Bond bumps Potter as 'Die Another Day' opens with $47 million
LOS ANGELES -- Super-spy James Bond has outcharmed boy wizard Harry Potter.

In the know
Is Thanksgiving just not the same without Mom's dressing? Did Grandma's green bean casserole taste better than anyone else's? Does a Christmas dinner without macaroni and cheese seem strange?

Dillard's worker enjoys helping others
A few weeks ago, Margaret Mims braved Augusta Mall on a weekend to do some Christmas shopping.

'Harry Potter' among hot children's games
LOS ANGELES - Parents looking to stuff their kids' stockings with video games this year can look to a time-warping cat, a famous boy wizard and a kleptomaniac raccoon for wholesome digital game play.

Georgia Southern routs Maine
ORONO, Maine -- Julias Jenkins had 22 points and the Georgia Southern defense stepped up in the second half as the Eagles beat Maine 91-77 Sunday to win the Maine Tip-Off Classic.

Eagles seeded third in Division I-AA playoffs
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern, in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs for the sixth straight year, got a No. 3 seed in the pairings announced Sunday, and the Eagles will face Bethune-Cookman in the first round.

Gailey familiar with rivalry
ATLANTA - He grew up in Americus, played at Florida and now, as head coach at Georgia Tech, Chan Gailey will make his first game-day trip to Sanford Stadium in Athens.

Eagles seeded third in Division I-AA playoffs

Georgia Southern routs Maine

No secret to Sorenstam's spectacular encore
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam had just wrapped up the most dominant season in women's golf in almost 40 years when she saw her coach waiting for her off the 18th green.

New poll on Augusta National dispute

Woods fails to make a run at Dunlop Phoenix
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Tiger Woods rediscovered his putting stroke too late to make a run at the Dunlop Phoenix title.

Harrington wins Asian Open
TA SHEE, Taiwan -- Ireland's Padraig Harrington shot a 3-under 69 Sunday for a one-stroke victory over India's Jyoti Randhawa at the Asian Open.

A perfect ending to Sorenstam's year
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Dominant to the very end, Annika Sorenstam finished off the best LPGA Tour season in 38 years with a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the season-ending ADT Championship, her 11th victory of the year.

Woods fails to make a run at Dunlop Phoenix

A perfect ending to Sorenstam's year

New poll on Augusta National dispute
NEW YORK -- Two-thirds of the men and half the women interviewed in a New York Times poll said they did not believe the PGA Tour should withdraw its recognition of the Masters.

Allan wins Australian Open by a shot
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Steve Allan shot a 68 Sunday to edge PGA Championship winner Rich Beem and two others by a shot in the Australian Open.

No secret to Sorenstam's spectacular encore

Allan wins Australian Open by a shot

Tour releases full schedule, big prize money

Tour releases full schedule, big prize money
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem lived up to his word Monday by delivering a 48-tournament schedule next year that includes eight new title sponsors and $225 million in prize money, with $5 million purses at 20 events.

Players to watch

Players to watch

Trojans look to rebound from last year's lossc

Bitter memories fuel Augusta Christian

Sometimes the tradition is as important as the truth
Here's to Thanksgiving. Where else but America would we create a holiday just to express gratitude?

Tournament changes qualification rules
The Masters Tournament announced Tuesday that it is revising two qualification standards for the 2003 event.

Aiken teens plead guilty in school plot
AIKEN - The two Aiken Middle School students who devised a plot to blow up their school and kill students along with the police officer assigned there pleaded guilty Monday.

Cartoonist McKee should be ashamed

Wishes she took kids to craft show

Kids enjoy craft shows, too

National PAL Boxing Tournament

Poor folks' houses in polluted areas

Georgia flag debate continues

'Harry Potter' among hot children's games

John Walsh adds a daily talk show to his crime-busting armament

Bond bumps Potter as 'Die Another Day' opens with $47 million

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Dillard's worker enjoys helping others

In the know

Lynx GameDay
South Carolina Stingrays at Augusta Lynx.

Lynx making right moves in community
They may be last in the standings, but the Augusta Lynx continue to be champions in the community.

Lynx making right moves in community

Groups seek holiday help
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Money, nonperishable food and new toys are needed by a number of southeast Georgia social service organizations gearing up to make the Christmas holiday brighter for the homeless, low-income families and others in need.

Across Georgia

Holiday closings

Experts expect big crowd
With ballots still arriving in the mail and a steady stream of voters heading into the Richmond County Board of Elections offices Monday, today's mayoral election could be one for the record books.

Forum aims to debunk myths
Magic Johnson's health status wasn't exempt. Neither was a myth about Glenn Hills High School or a misconception that only the young and promiscuous contract AIDS.

News you can use
NOV. 25, 1962 A foul-smelling odor, which blanketed the downtown Augusta area Saturday morning, was finally traced to a broken cooling unit at Borden Creameries on Walker Street.

News you can use
NOV. 26, 1952 A couple of Camp Gordon soldiers who started out yesterday in a truck to pick up a stalled Army vehicle in Edgefield wound up instead as chief assistant in the Santa Claus Parade.

Across the southeast
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -Lawyers for the nursing home whose owner had an affair with Gov. Paul Patton go to court today to defend the facility against state efforts to shut it down.

News you can use

Garden honors walker's memory
NORTH AUGUSTA - A memorial garden at the John C. Calhoun Park was dedicated Sunday to the memory of "the woman who walked."

Plant begins cleanup after fire
BARNWELL, S.C. - The manager of Sara Lee Sock Co. said some of the plant's 360 employees likely will be drawing unemployment this week as workers clean up the mess left by a fire Friday night that charred 25 percent of the building.

Freshman lawmaker leads class
WASHINGTON - The leader of an improbable class of congressional newcomers might be the most improbable of them all.

Across the area
Two 13-year-old Aiken Middle School pupils who were arrested Tuesday after policesuspected a plot to blow up the school were being held Sunday night at Columbia's Department of Juvenile Justice detention center.

Killer of teen dies in prison
An Augusta man convicted of murdering an Augusta teen in 1986 apparently has committed suicide in a Georgia prison.

City eyes downtown proposal
An early plan to turn part of downtown Augusta into an entertainment district would greatly reduce the required 100-yard buffer between bars and churches but would prohibit drinking alcohol on the street.

Taylor's road to governor bumpy
ATLANTA - A month ago, he was master of the state Senate and on track, many believed, to be governor in four years. Suddenly, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor is about to be made a figurehead by a Senate no longer under his thumb, and his road to the governor's office is much less clear.

Rants and Raves
FOR THE MAN who has been given a stay of execution. He has been on death row for years for killing a go-go dancer. Give me a break. Kill the man and get it over with.

Disabled man to be tried for DUI
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A mix of plea bargains and a lack of communication among authorities in the Carolinas allowed Jerry James Carruth to slip through the cracks in a half-dozen drunken-driving cases, prosecutors say.

Sanford chooses barbecue over ball
COLUMBIA -- Put away the tuxedo and gown - the governor's traditional inaugural ball will be a barbecue next year.

Taylor's road to governor bumpy

Disabled man to be tried for DUI

Workers made good friends, living at plant

Garden honors walker's memory

Across the area

UGA trains new tech leaders
ATLANTA - Despite appearances, the 18 students and eight corporate executives seated in a hotel conference room discussing the characteristics of leadership were engaged in something beyond a typical management seminar.

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -A former high school assistant principal was convicted Saturday in the death of his companion, but how much time he will spend in jail remains uncertain.

Across the southeast

Holiday helpers
Holiday helpers Above, 10-year-old Dashaun Judge (left) and classmates at Jefferson Elementary School fill baskets with

Freshman lawmaker leads class

Pupils admit to violent plan
AIKEN - The two Aiken Middle School pupils who plotted to shoot fellow pupils and the police officer assigned to the school pleaded guilty Monday. The two now await evaluations before sentencing.

Holiday outlook on trips stays up

Holiday outlook on trips stays up
The cons of traveling this Thanksgiving: higher gasoline prices in the midst of a possible war with Iraq, looming terrorist threats at home and abroad and a frigid weather forecast.

News you can use

Woman keeps holidays bright
JACKSON - All the time, something.

SRS reveals new layoffs

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is William Christman of Augusta.

Tournament changes qualification rules

New governor contemplates Barnes-initiated road bonds

Killer of teen dies in prison

Tellers celebrate art by spinning tall tales

Hodges recalls assembly for budget work

UGA trains new tech leaders

Sanford chooses barbecue over ball

Woman keeps holidays bright

City eyes downtown proposal

LeBlanc brother takes stand
GASTONIA, N.C. - In the North Carolina apartment where former Augustan Aaron LeBlanc was staying, detectives said they discovered rope smeared with blood and a steak knife that a neighbor identified as the weapon Mr. LeBlanc used when he attacked and raped her.

Across the southeast

New governor contemplates Barnes-initiated road bonds
Road projects could be delayed if incoming Gov. Sonny Perdue ignores Gov. Roy Barnes' proposed road bonds, meant to speed up work.

Subscriber of the day

Tellers celebrate art by spinning tall tales
The Augusta-Aiken area's storytelling troupe celebrated man's oldest art form, one that uses no canvas, paint or brush, at the Morris Museum of Art on Sunday.

Experts expect big crowd

Rants and Raves
FOR THE MAN who has been given a stay of execution. He has been on death row for years for killing a go-go dancer. Give me a break. Kill the man and get it over with.

LeBlanc brother takes stand

Workers made good friends, living at plant
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Small, square houses with neatly manicured lawns line street after street. Flowers and ornaments pepper the landscape - a feeder here, a birdbath there.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Nearly 17,000 National Guard members and reservists from South Carolina could be mobilized if the United States goes to war with Iraq.

Across the area

Judge refuses jury questions
YORK, Pa. -- Attorneys for two white men found guilty in the 1969 race-riot slaying of a black Aiken woman failed for a second time to convince the trial judge that they should be able to question jurors in an effort to undo the convictions.

Survey reveals lottery players

Across the southeast
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -A former FBI agent was acquitted Monday of killing two brothers by driving drunk the wrong way down an interstate, but was convicted of lesser charges.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A big rave to the Aiken Hospitality Group, who pushed for Sunday (alcohol) sales in Aiken. I think it will help tourism a lot more than it ever has here. Three cheers to the Aiken Hospitality Group for your accomplishment!

Visitors center draws distant work
The exhibits and videos chronicling the Augusta Canal's colorful history are under preparation in places as far away as Boston and California.

Judge refuses jury questions

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A big rave to the Aiken Hospitality Group, who pushed for Sunday (alcohol) sales in Aiken. I think it will help tourism a lot more than it ever has here. Three cheers to the Aiken Hospitality Group for your accomplishment!

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Thanksgiving:

Across the area
A 30-year-old Augusta woman was arrested Monday morning after she cut her sister-in-law on the hand with a knife, police say. Police also arrested her husband for failing to register as a sex offender.

SRS reveals new layoffs
AIKEN - A spokesman for the contractor in charge of Savannah River Site confirmed Monday that almost 20 people have been laid off from the Department of Energy complex in the past few working days.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Regina Derrick of Evans.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Former state Sen. Ralph David Abernathy III will spend the next 13 months in prison after the state Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Monday to revoke his parole.

Hodges recalls assembly for budget work
COLUMBIA -- Gov. Jim Hodges on Monday said he will call the General Assembly into special session to deal with budget woes but asked that public education be spared and higher education and health care receive light cuts.

Cheeks will lead city legislators
In the weeks since the general election, Republicans have taken control of the Georgia Senate, and now party-switcher and new Republican Don Cheeks will take chairmanship of Augusta's legislative delegation.

Survey reveals lottery players
COLUMBIA -- The average lottery player in South Carolina is a black woman between the ages of 25 and 54, according to an initial survey for the South Carolina Education Lottery.

Plant begins cleanup after fire

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - Investigators were working to identify a man whose body was found at the scene of a fire.

Council allows vote on districts
After a heated debate Monday night, the Aiken City Council narrowly approved holding a referendum to create a fifth voting district.

Jackets are focused, but is Georgia?
ATLANTA - So many issues. So little focus.

CART drops English race from calendar

CART drops English race from calendar
LONDON -- CART dropped the Rockingham 500 from next season's calendar on Monday, leaving the troubled open-wheel series without any races in Europe in 2003.

Jordan ready for more minutes if team doesn't play well
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Michael Jordan is ready to play more minutes if some of his teammates don't start improving.

Women's college basketball poll
A convincing victory over Tennessee moved No. 1 Duke even further ahead of the pack Monday in the AP women's basketball poll.

Pacers lose lead, game in OT
NEWBERRY, S.C. - USC Aiken lost a 22-point lead in the first half, then were dominated in overtime and took an 87-77 loss to Newberry on Saturday night in the final game of the Peach Belt/South Atlantic Clash at Newberry.

Recent success has SIAC taking notice of Paine
Any clandestine efforts by Ron Spry to keep opposing teams from noticing Yari Scott this season probably won't work.

Paine women's basketball schedule
PAINE WOMEN SCHEDULE

Paine men's basketball schedule
PAINE MEN BASKETBALL

Men's college basketball poll
The top six teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll held their spots from last week, and the only change in the rankings came at the bottom with Wisconsin moving in at No. 25.

Monday Night Football: Eagles rout 49ers

Panthers fall prey to Vick, Falcons

Falcons rout Panthers

Unbeaten streak keeps Blank in overdrive

Smith returns to troubled Panthers

Falcons force Panthers' hand

Mrs. Thelma Moore    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Northern Harris    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Claude Fuller    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Edd Willoughby    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ethel Clark    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Yarbrough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Judy Dupree    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. James Adair    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Edsel Waters Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Augustus Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary OCain    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eddrie Bryce    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Vester Simonton    (EVANS, Ga.)
Ms. Sandra Dale    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marilyn Gillum    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Mims    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Earline Freeman    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
Ms. LuEtta McLimans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Glover    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
Mr. Samuel Littles Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Sweat    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Lee    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Barbara Cicchetto    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Daniel Hull    (WARSAW, Ind.)
Mrs. Thelma Moore    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Reese    (MITCHELL, Ga.)
Mr. Stanley Wade Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Hall    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Townsend    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Samuel Littles Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Hull    (WARSAW, Ind.)
Mrs. Ethel Clark    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Mayers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Brihm    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Arlease Lee    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Bunny Aiken    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosemary Hollingsworth    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Alberta Demmons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosemary Hollingsworth    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Neal Durden Jr.    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. Edsel Waters Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hammond Freeman    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Stanley Wade Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Gleaton    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. William Taylor    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Graybill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Sweat    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Dicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Florence Sellers    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Sue Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Whitley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Sue Richardson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Alberta Demmons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Daniel Sweat (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Sellers (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marilyn Gillum (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Whitley (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Mayers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eddrie Bryce (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Arlease Lee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Edd Willoughby (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edsel Waters Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Townsend (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Brihm (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Graybill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Hall (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Edsel Waters Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Hull (WARSAW, Ind.)

Mr. Neal Durden Jr. (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemary Hollingsworth (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Adair (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Augustus Black (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Taylor (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Reese (MITCHELL, Ga.)

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

Mr. Daniel Hull (WARSAW, Ind.)

Mrs. Mary OCain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Moore (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosemary Hollingsworth (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Northern Harris (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Stanley Wade Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Earline Freeman (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Bunny Aiken (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Judy Dupree (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Yarbrough (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Fuller (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Sweat (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Lee (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Dicks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Stanley Wade Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Moore (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Gleaton (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Hammond Freeman (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. LuEtta McLimans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Capital projects for Augusta doable
SO WHERE DOES Augusta go from here? I firmly believe the plan for a new entertainment and sports center is doable. But this cannot happen without community support. And I also believe it will not happen alone - an entertainment and sports complex is just one of several capital projects Augusta needs to address. What do you want Augusta to look like in the next 10 years? What should Augusta focus its limited resources on?

Cartoonist McKee should be ashamed
In reference to the editorial cartoon of Nov. 8, how dare cartoonist Rick McKee be so indecent as to ridicule fellow Georgians and Americans who have given so much to Georgia and America? Jesse H. Heath Jr., Hephzibah, Ga.

The ties that blind
When New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani turned down a $10 million donation from a Saudi prince after the Sept. 11 attacks, he was criticized by many for being an ingrate.

Ignorance is Blix
"Aggressive is an American quality. You're aggressive in business - that's fine. ... Aggression is prohibited under the U.N. charter..."

Georgia flag debate continues
My dictionary defines flag as a rectangular piece of fabric of distinctive colors, patterns or devices, which is used as a symbol, banner and ensign for a nation or state. Thomas W. Godbee, Augusta

Poor folks' houses in polluted areas
It's a shame that low-income families are housed legally in demographic areas that are polluted with arsenic and metals that will eventually affect the health of the adults and children that live there. Tamekia Parker, Augusta

Kids enjoy craft shows, too
Regarding Jean Strein's Nov. 12 letter, "Craft show is no place to bring strollers": Glenda E. Johnson, Augusta

National PAL Boxing Tournament
On behalf of the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, I would like to thank Tom Beck, the Augusta Recreation and Parks Department and the volunteers from the Augusta Boxing Club for all their hard work, dedication and support during the 2002 National PAL Boxing Tournament. Jeremy Phillips, North Palm Beach, Fla.

Capital projects for Augusta doable
SO WHERE DOES Augusta go from here? I firmly believe the plan for a new entertainment and sports center is doable. But this cannot happen without community support. And I also believe it will not happen alone - an entertainment and sports complex is just one of several capital projects Augusta needs to address. What do you want Augusta to look like in the next 10 years? What should Augusta focus its limited resources on?

Wishes she took kids to craft show
I am a mother of two young children, and I am appalled by the women who do not think that children have a place at events such as Christmas Made in the South. But as I went through the whole floor looking at items, there seemed to be a Santa to take pictures with the children and other things for the children as well. Christy Gonsalves, Hephzibah, Ga.

Twilight savings time
Bob Dole need not worry about retirement. For one thing, he doesn't plan on retiring. And anyone who's tried to keep up with the youthful 79-year-old isn't surprised.

Fat and greed
Talk about super-sizing. That's what plaintiffs' lawyers are doing in their latest assault on McDonald's. They allege in a class-action suit that McDonald's high fat, sugar and cholesterol content has created an epidemic of obese children in New York.

A delicate balance
The advent of the war on terror has forced the nation to seek a new balance between security and civil liberties. Before the awful events of 9-11, the balance was weighted toward civil liberties. Since then, and for understandable reasons, the weight has shifted more toward security.

Postell wins balance beam, Sheehan third in floor exercise

Postell wins balance beam, Sheehan third in floor exercise
DEBRECEN, Hungary -- American Ashley Postell won the balance beam, and teammate Samantha Sheehan finished third in the floor exercise Sunday at the 36th Gymnastics World Championships.

Fundamental issues of world anti-doping code still under debate
MONTREAL -- Officials of the World Anti-Doping Agency argued Monday over penalties and deadlines for the proposed global anti-doping code for international sports.

Players to watch
Here are South Carolina prep basketall girls to watch this season.

Bitter memories fuel Augusta Christian
The Augusta Christian boys basketball team finished last season with 23-5 record and a sixth straight region championship.

Trojans look to rebound from last year's lossc
The Ridge Spring-Monetta Trojans led by four points with 12 seconds left in last season's Class A Upper State championship game against Louisville.

Players to watch
Here are profiles of Independent Schools prep basketball players to watch this season.

Panthers don't know who will start Sunday
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers don't know who will start at quarterback in Sunday's game against Cleveland.

Falcons rout Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons proved the Carolina Panthers have as many problems on the field as they do off of it.

Falcons force Panthers' hand
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brian Finneran has endured ugly stretches in his three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, but the fourth-year receiver can't recall a game in which he succumbed to negativity.

Panthers fall prey to Vick, Falcons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Keion Carpenter was the first Falcon to pass the magic Sunday afternoon.

Monday Night Football: Eagles rout 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO -- When the game of Koy Detmer's life abruptly ended with a scary elbow injury, A.J. Feeley capably backed up the backup - and the Philadelphia Eagles rolled on to an impressive win.

Smith returns to troubled Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Smith returned to the troubled Carolina Panthers on Monday apologetic for beating up a teammate, but unsure if he has been forgiven.

Unbeaten streak keeps Blank in overdrive
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When the Atlanta Falcons were 1-3, Arthur Blank wanted a couple of wins to help him sleep.

Jackets are focused, but is Georgia?

Cheap computers offer good perfomance
If this year's holiday personal computer retailing had a theme song, it would be "The Limbo Rock" instead of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Prices on desktop systems from name suppliers are around or under the $500 mark, and they're for systems that are more than adequate for most of us, with some reservations.

Magazines might move from Web to America Online
NEW YORK -- Time Inc. publications now available for free on the Internet may soon be available only to subscribers of its sister company America Online, a source familiar with the matter said Monday.

Scientists hope to make synthetic chromosome, make new form of bacteria
WASHINGTON -- Scientists plan to create a new species of single-cell life by modifying a simple microbe and driving it with artificial genes to make a hydrogen fuel. Some experts say the research, which could play a role in biological warfare, raises safety concerns.

Biotech goal: sweet-smelling blue roses
SAN FRANCISCO -- Roses are red, and a variety of other colors. But they've never been blue - an omission legions of rose breeders have sought for centuries to remedy.

Johnson a budding star no more for Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia wide receiver Michael Johnson might be taking his newfound celebrity back to the bench.

Johnson a budding star no more for Georgia

Dogs say bragging rights are enough motivation

Dogs say bragging rights are enough motivation
Georgia really doesn't have to beat Georgia Tech this weekend. It just really, really wants to.

Gamecocks squeak out a win
COLUMBIA - With 6:27 left in South Carolina's season-opener against East Tennessee State on Sunday, the electrical system at the new Carolina Center went haywire.

South Carolina edges East Tennessee St.

Season slips away for South Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz says a couple of key plays led to South Carolina's 27-20 loss to Clemson on Saturday.

Season slips away for South Carolina

Lady Gamecocks top College of Charleston

Lady Gamecocks top College of Charleston
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Minutes after she lit up College of Charleston for a career-high 45 points, Jocelyn Penn smiled and shrugged her shoulders when asked to judge her performance.

South Carolina edges East Tennessee St.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's defense held East Tennessee State to just a meaningless 3-pointer over the last 3:48 as the Gamecocks won their Carolina Center debut 71-66 on Sunday.

Gamecocks squeak out a win

Holtz looks for rest after frustrating season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Next season can wait. South Carolina coach Lou Holtz is ready for a rest.

'Chamber' is more magical than first Harry Potter film
Muggles, beware. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is in theaters, and the movie is even more magical and fun than its predecessor.

My ride
THE FACTS: Dana Leaf, 16, is a junior at Lakeside High School.

Artist's corner
Paul Scisney, 17, is a junior at Westside High School. He drew World Champion, a color pencil on paper, as an assignment for his art class.

4-1-1
Hitch a ride with author Isabel Allende through the Amazon rainforest in her new book for young teens, City of the Beasts. This vivid tale follows 15-year-old Alexander Cold on the journey of a lifetime. Along with his grandmother and a team of specialists, Alex is sent to the Amazon to discover the mystery of the Yeti - a.k.a. the beast. This page-turner will immerse you in the vibrant setting and keep your heart racing as you travel through this exotic and suspenseful adventure.

Question of the week
If you were a foreign exchange student, where would you go?

Xtreme calendar

Artist's corner

My ride

Teen is learning far from home
Peter Schuhmacher seems like any other 16-year-old high schooler.

Audio best

Girl should tell friend to start telling the truth
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My friend did something wrong, got caught and then lied and almost got me in trouble. What can I tell her to stop this before it gets out of control? - 13-year-old Aiken girl.

Question of the week

Your Style
THE FACTS: Ashleigh Jowers, 14, is a freshman at Greenbrier High School.

Girl should tell friend to start telling the truth

Xtreme calendar
New music in stores today includes This is me ... Then from Jennifer Lopez; Steal This Album from System of a Down; and Better Dayz, another posthumous album from rapper Tupac.

'Chamber' is more magical than first Harry Potter film

Your Style

Audio best
Associated Press Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Teen is learning far from home

University investigating whether laws broken in filming of adult movie on campus

Head-on crash kills sisters traveling in separate cars to visit each other

Scientists hope to make synthetic chromosome, make new form of bacteria

Biotech goal: sweet-smelling blue roses

Cheap computers offer good perfomance

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