'Turkey terrorist' take hostages to stop meat eating
NORFOLK, Va. -- The nation's largest animal rights group is under fire for a television campaign featuring a "turkey terrorist" taking hostages in a supermarket, which is appearing on only one station.

Pelican with broken wing found heading south on foot
OTTAWA, Wis. -- A white pelican rescued from the cold North this week had a broken wing, but its sense of direction appeared to be fine.

Individual buyers yet to be swayed by market's rally

Company making cash from trash with junk hauling franchise

On the move
David Moore and Ken Talbert of The Talbert & Moore Financial Group have joined The MONY Group as representatives for the MONY Life Insurance Company and MONY Securities Corporation.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Keebler Co.'s Murray bakery

Genetics mapping project leaves some with a headache

Minority consumers prove to be viable targets
Hispanic, black and Asian-American populations are growing at seven times the rate of the general market.

Holiday celebrations on Wall Street may be premature
NEW YORK -- As investors cheer eight weeks of blue-chip gains, analysts are cautioning against uncorking the champagne just yet. That's because upcoming data in early December could well make or break the market's stunning year-end rally.

Retailers expect a modest holiday season
NEW YORK -- All those coupons and pre-Thanksgiving sales from the nation's retailers haven't enticed Linda Foley to get a head start on her holiday shopping. In fact, this year, she's taking her time.

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Relax and open wide
ATHENS, Ga. - What do you call a dentist's office that offers all the amenities of a spa? Give up? Appreciated - at least by customers.

Company making cash from trash with junk hauling franchise
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- In Brian Scudamore's vision of the future, the next great North American brand - in the mold of Starbucks and Federal Express - will be boldly colored trucks that haul away your junk.

Selling Christmas trees can be tough seasonal work
Toby Brown was at the back of his father's Christmas-tree lot when he saw a truck speed off with one of their trees.

Tax planning now can save you money next April 15

Holiday celebrations on Wall Street may be premature

Retailers expect a modest holiday season

Tax planning now can save you money next April 15
NEW YORK -- Many people think all the good tax breaks go to the rich. But there are steps even average wage earners can take to reduce their income tax burden.

Individual buyers yet to be swayed by market's rally
NEW YORK - Wall Street's recent rally might suggest that the market is finally bouncing back, but many mutual fund investors aren't convinced.

Genetics mapping project leaves some with a headache
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Steindor Erlingsson feels like the least popular man in Iceland.

Clemson headed to Tangerine Bowl
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson receiver Jackie Robinson says he started calling everyone he knew when he heard the news the Tigers were headed to the Tangerine Bowl on Dec. 23 in Orlando, Fla.

Clemson headed to Tangerine Bowl

Alabama's seasons closes after 10th win
HONOLULU -- Even with a 10-3 record, Alabama would have been in the SEC title game if not for NCAA sanctions.

Zook turns to recruiting
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida coach Ron Zook will set about doing something this week that he's really good at: recruiting.

Seminoles' changes pay off
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jeff Bowden went to the pressbox, Chris Rix was back on the field and Florida State was in business.

Friedgen thrilled with Peach Bowl homecoming

Friedgen thrilled with Peach Bowl homecoming
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- There won't be any noisemakers and champagne for Ralph Friedgen this New Year's Eve. Much to his delight, he will spend the night on the sidelines in the Georgia Dome.

Miami, Ohio State still 1-2, Oklahoma tumbles in AP poll
Miami is a unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll again, and Southern California moved into the top five for the first time in more than seven years.

Monday morning quarterback

Alabama's seasons closes after 10th win

Zook turns to recruiting

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

Seminoles' changes pay off

Horse sense

What we don't need

Home front
The last thing you want to think about with the holidays and company coming is clogged drains, but give it some thought.

West Lake house embraces spirit of the season
Al and Carla Ramsey have their West Lake home all decked in classic holiday decor, inside and out.

Party pics
Andrea Kho (left), Larry Millen and Christine Crookall of the Augusta Symphony provided the amb

In the know
Hide the lasagna: Garfield is returning to the daily comics page, beginning Monday. The footloose feline received strong support from readers of all ages after Garfield was dropped in our test strip tryout for November.

Spielberg guides UFO miniseries
LOS ANGELES - The sky's no limit for Sci Fi Channel's Taken, which is big by just about any measurement.

NBC News creates investigative unit
NEW YORK -- NBC News' Lisa Myers has been named chief investigative correspondent for a newly created investigative reporting unit, NBC News President Neal Shapiro announced Monday.

North Augusta tour stop shows holiday charm
When Cal Berry bought his house 11 years ago, it was the location and 5 acres of land that interested him. As one of eight stops on the North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes, the house is the main attraction.

'Providence' and Harry Connick Jr. may return
LOS ANGELES -- NBC may spare "Providence" from oblivion.

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Character is fusion of computerized and hand-drawn animation
LOS ANGELES -- On one hand, you've got traditional ink-and-paint animation, and on the other, there's 3-D computer animation.

There are crafty ways to use your leftovers
The benefit of hosting the annual Thanksgiving feast definitely is the leftovers. But after your 10th turkey sandwich, what seemed a blessing begins to look like a bane.

'Osbournes' premiere draws 6.6 million viewers
LOS ANGELES -- "The Osbournes," the reality series about rocker Ozzy Osbourne's unorthodox family and home life, drew 6.6 million viewers in its second-season premiere, MTV said Wednesday.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
When Andy Richter reaps a cash windfall, he knows what he wants: A second television set for his bedroom, so that, if he rolls on his left side in bed, he won't miss a moment of the show.

Ex-boyfriend's hostility is uncalled for
Dear Carson: My ex-boyfriend and I were at a dinner party where everyone was seated at one table. I had an out-of-town guest with me and not only was my ex hostile to me, but surly and rude to my guest. He obviously made a very poor impression on her and now that my ex and I have gotten back together, she continues to disapprove of him. Is there anything I can do or say to rectify this situation? - Vex at Ex

Plenty of room on Eagles' flagpole
STATESBORO, Ga. -- It was an impressive sight, the brisk wind making the six white national championship banners pop out stiff on the flagpole at the west end of Paulson Stadium.

Maine prepares for next step in quest for title
ORONO, Maine -- Now, to the next step in Maine's quest for a national football championship.

Southern wins via shutout
STATESBORO, Ga. - They're supposed to be too young to know about business as usual.

Yellow Jackets have to regroup for possible bowl game
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey led his team through a season full of turmoil and adversity, but his biggest challenge probably will come in the weeks ahead.

Jackets rout Gardner-Webb
ATLANTA -- Chris Bosh is making the transition from high school to college look easy.

Yellow Jackets survive scare
ATLANTA - With the crowd far from Wednesday's sellout for Georgia - and the opponent far less hated than the Bulldogs - Georgia Tech's basketball team got a different kind of test Sunday.

Yellow Jackets stumble badly in lopsided defeat
ATHENS, Ga. -- The struggles of P.J. Daniels epitomized a forgetful day for Georgia Tech.

Yellow Jackets try to put loss behind them
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Tech still doesn't know which bowl it's headed to.

Plenty of room on Eagles' flagpole

Maine prepares for next step in quest for title

Jackets rout Gardner-Webb

Yellow Jackets survive scare

Yellow Jackets have to regroup for possible bowl game

Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson wins Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG -- Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden shot a 5-under 64 Sunday to win the Hong Kong Open by two strokes for his first title in seven years on the PGA European Tour.

Forgotten O'Meara walks off with the most loot
INDIO, Calif. -- Every now and then, Mark O'Meara can still get the best of Tiger Woods.

Lonard, Moseley declared dual champions of Australian PGA
COOLUM, Australia -- Peter Lonard and Jarrod Moseley shared the Australian PGA title Sunday when darkness halted play after one playoff hole.

Forgotten O'Meara walks off with the most loot

Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson wins Hong Kong Open

Member dispute divides public
Americans are evenly divided over whether Augusta National Golf Club should have female members, and three-fourths say Tiger Woods should play in the Masters despite the dispute, an Associated Press poll found.

No challengers for Els at Nedbank Challenge
SUN CITY, South Africa -- Ernie Els shot a course-record 9-under 63 Sunday for an eight-stroke victory over Colin Montgomerie in the $4.06 million Nedbank Challenge.

Golf roundup
INDIO, Calif. - Phil Mickelson was in the bushes three times, took himself out of the hole twice and even hit one shot right-handed. Thanks to one good swing, he was the biggest winner on the first day of the Skins Game.

Westside dreams go south
Westside's seniors walked around the Shamrock Bowl in a daze Friday. The Patriots lost 41-16 to Dublin, their season finished in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.

Thrashers get win over Capitals
ATLANTA -- Tony Hrkac scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:04 remaining Sunday, giving the Atlanta Thrashers a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals.

The really important news comes across the family table
I like the Thanksgiving holiday because it brings families together. When families get together, you learn things.

Veteran wrong about wall memorial

Students cheating more serious than they know

Democratic leaders were let down

Good idea, wrong county

Spielberg guides UFO miniseries

'Osbournes' premiere draws 6.6 million viewers

Character is fusion of computerized and hand-drawn animation

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

'Providence' and Harry Connick Jr. may return

NBC News creates investigative unit

Loss closes book on tough month for Lynx
Goodbye, November. And good riddance.

ECHL notebook
One of the allures of the East Coast Hockey League is the chance to watch raw young talent chasing a dream one day, then see it fulfilled on ESPN a few years later.

Slapshots
Roanoke Express forward Jason Jaffray has scored at least one point in eight straight games and leads all ECHL rookies in scoring with 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists.

Chambliss touts data-sharing plan
WASHINGTON - Rep. Saxby Chambliss is keeping secret most accomplishments of his subcommittee on terrorism and homeland security, but he's promoting one that could reveal information held by the federal government.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Lead-foot motorists returning from a Thanksgiving holiday weekend Sunday met their match - a traffic-congested Interstate 20.

Mother wants special gifts for children
A young Augusta mother seeks help for the holidays.

News you can use
Dec. 2, 1947 For the first time since "before the war," dusk settling over the Augusta area was rudely jostled aside last night and put to flight when a switch was thrown sending the glow from about 2,000 Christmas lights on Broad Street to the heavens.

Thurmond's father taught him at an early age to help others
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Strom liked to ride.

Ending on a high note
Between holiday tunes about red-nosed reindeer and sleigh rides Sunday afternoon, the musical director of the Augusta Concert Band passed the baton, surrendering the podium after serving as maestro for 10 1/2 years.

Collectors crave Thurmond items
COLUMBIA - Collectors are going crazy for Strom Thurmond memorabilia as the oldest and longest-serving U.S. senator prepares to retire in January.

Residents mark life, hold hope at event
With fallen leaves at their feet and balloons bouncing above their heads, they gathered in Augusta on Sunday to remember the past and convey hope for the future on World AIDS Day.

Looking at Thurmond's lifetime of service
AIKEN - Jimmy Stewart's character, a man who does what he thinks is right and sticks to his word, got to see in his own lifetime the fruits of his sacrifices in the movie It's a Wonderful Life.

Perdue throws party to thank supporters

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Groups expect slimmer budgets
COLUMBIA - Several state agencies worry they have nothing left to cut as lawmakers try to solve South Carolina's continuing budget crisis.

Across the area

Thurmond's early years led him to war, office
AIKEN - After Strom Thurmond earned his college degree, he saw the inside of a classroom again, this time as a coach and a teacher.

Across the area
A suspect in the shooting of a Richmond County sheriff's investigator remained in critical condition Saturday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Troops find out tear gas dangers
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Spc. Elton Jeffrey coughed.

Groups expect slimmer budgets

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A woman was found stabbed to death in a one-room post office in Fleming, about 15 miles from Hinesville in Liberty County.

News you can use

Ending on a high note

Thurmond's early years led him to war, office

Alleged gunman remains critical
A suspect in the shootings of a Richmond County sheriff's investigator and another man remained in critical condition Saturday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Grandmother seeks help this season

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Spencer Hobbs of Augusta.

Across the southeast

Rants and Raves
IF YOU WANT to see the circus or a kangaroo court, don't worry about the courthouse; come to Waynesboro for the city council meetings.

Across the southeast
ELKTON, Ky. -Four more Amish and Mennonite schools have failed to comply with health codes for refusing to install running water and a septic system for outhouse toilets, a county health official said.

Perdue throws party to thank supporters
PERRY, Ga. - Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue and his wife, Mary, held a party at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter on Sunday for about 2,000 supporters, inviting them to attend his Jan. 13 inauguration in Atlanta and pledging to set a high standard for the state.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ralph Gunter Sr.

Grandmother seeks help this season
An Augusta grandmother needs help from the Empty Stocking Fund to make Christmas a little brighter for her grandchildren.

News you can use
DEC. 1, 1902 The regular monthly meeting of tonight's Augusta City Council will apparently avoid a planned protest.

Across the southeast
MOBILE, Ala. -Wilford "Longhair" Taylor, the chief of the MOWA Choctaws, promises to fight until death for what some prominent scholars say is his right: federal recognition as a genuine American Indian tribe.

Young says he will stay the course
Mayor Bob Young isn't concerned that his popularity during the past four years has seemingly diminished by thousands of votes.

Gift of quilts honors infant
ATHENS, Ga. - Abraham David Calkin, born May 16 with a fatal heart defect, touched many people in his short life. Those who found inspiration in the 52 days he was alive have found a way to celebrate his memory and help others.

Police arrest man in slaying
An Augusta man was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with the Friday night shooting death of a man who lived in his apartment complex.

Neighbors find help to ease road speeds
AIKEN - The cars fly past Joe and Rose Proietti's Oriole Street home in Dexter Park.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Kingstree man who lost control of his sport utility vehicle was one of at least three people killed on South Carolina roads during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, state Highway Patrol says.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Lexington woman involved in a two-car accident was one of at least six people killed on South Carolina roads during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the state Highway Patrol says.

Sparse crimes attract officers
Hephzibah Police Officer Gary Weaver said small-city police officers are no different from a Richmond County sheriff's deputy or a Georgia State trooper.

Virus leads man on nationwide trek
His journey has cost him a spot on a liver transplant list, and the ensuing complications packed his body with 60 pounds of fluids, which took two weeks in the hospital to shed.

Troops endure 5-day journey to Kuwait camp
SHANNON, Ireland - The deployment for Operation Desert Spring in Kuwait almost became Operation Irish Spring for 291 Georgia soldiers from Fort Stewart.

Virus leads man on nationwide trek

Holly Days opening weekend brings heavy traffic to retailers
The first installment of Aiken's seventh annual Holly Days was a big success in downtown Aiken, according to some business owners who said they were glad for the extra boost in sales.

Chambliss touts data-sharing plan

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
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Sanford proposes overhaul
South Carolina Gov.-elect Mark Sanford says part of his plan to restructure government includes ending the state Legislature's role as Big Brother and empowering local governments.

Salley may have enjoyed its final Strut
SALLEY - America can have her apple pie. The folks of Salley would rather have chitlins.

Across Georgia
DECATUR -DeKalb County police shot and killed a man early Saturday who had abducted his ex-girlfriend and led police on a chase around Atlanta.

Rants and Raves
IF YOU WANT to see the circus or a kangaroo court, don't worry about the courthouse; come to Waynesboro for the city council meetings.

Senior's presence inspires Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Nowhere in the stat sheets is his name mentioned or his contribution reflected, but David Jacobs was a big part of Saturday's victory against Georgia Tech.

Augusta State pulls inside job for win
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell told his post players to take advantage of their inside game. In the second half, the Jaguars listened.

Jaguars find a new rival
Ernesia Wideman and Tameika Bridges jumped up and bumped their chests together in celebration at midcourt following the biggest shot in Wideman's Augusta State career.

College basketball scores
PAINE 89, LANE COLLEGE 83

Panthers top Browns

Falcons QB drives overtime win

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What we don't need
Nothing feeds on itself like hatred does.

Horse sense
By voting against designating the Mile Track on Banks Mill Road a historical landmark, the Aiken City Council struck a blow for two precious American ideals: property rights and justice.

Veteran wrong about wall memorial
After reading the letter by Vietnam veteran Edwin R. Knight on Nov. 22 ("Disrespectful display of memorial") concerning the Vietnam Veteran Moving Wall Memorial, I feel it necessary to respond with the correct information. I, too, am a Vietnam veteran - Airborne Infantry, 100 percent disabled. Michael P. Deal, Martinez, Ga.

Why not unisex all sports?
Let me state that I do not hate women. I love my mother, wife and daughter. But people like Martha Burk and the National Council on Women's Organizations, who do not like the way others live and play, need to mind their own business. Lloyd Johnson III, Washington, Ga.

Democratic leaders were let down
Concerning the Nov. 5 election, God gave Georgia some God-fearing leaders who care about people - like Gov. Roy Barnes, Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, and Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., who gave all of his limbs except one arm and never stopped helping his country. Yet, you let them down. Norma Groom, Martinez, Ga.

De-fund lobbyists
Mark Sanford won't take office as South Carolina's governor until Jan. 15, but he's already sending signals that his campaign talk of cutting back on state spending wasn't just to get votes.

Good idea, wrong county
In response to the news story of a new civic center in the Nov. 23 edition of The Augusta Chronicle, the area is in desperate need of a new facility in a better location. Jim Lewis, Martinez, Ga.

Students cheating more serious than they know
Recently WJBF-Channel 6 aired a news piece about students cheating by use of the Internet. We see items about student-cheating with increased frequency. Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Who pays cost of election investigation?
Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, was quoted in the newspaper as not wanting a new election because of the close count on Nov. 5. I think what he really wants is to be declared winner of the election on Nov. 5. J. Chester Marsingill, Augusta

Time to fill up
While the more fortunate among us gear up for a merry, fun-filled holiday season, let's not forget our needy neighbors who have fallen on hard times.

Qualified teachers
There's some good news on the education front. Both Richmond and Columbia County school systems report all their teachers have met the standards of President Bush's No Child Left Behind education reform package.

Li gives China third gold; Townsend third

Overtime

Li gives China third gold; Townsend third
STUTTGART, Germany -- Sean Townsend of the United States finished third in the parallel bars Sunday behind world champion Li Xiaopeng, who gave China its third gold medal at the final meet of the Gymnastics World Cup season.

Overtime
Russia won its first Davis Cup title Sunday by rallying to beat defending champion France 3-2 in Paris with the greatest comeback in a final in 38 years.

Overtime
Michael Green of Augusta finished second in the American Junior Golf Association's Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship on Saturday in Championsgate, Fla.

France nears second straight Davis Cup title
PARIS - With its resilient doubles team buoyed by a crowd pounding ThunderStix, France closed in on a second straight Davis Cup title.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga., 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Local hunters can participate in venison drive
Georgia's "Hunters for the Hungry" program brought in 396 deer during its first collection weekend Nov. 9-10, but the drop-off sites were too far away for most Augusta-area hunters to participate.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

It's an ideal time for bluegill
My friend Rick stopped by the other day to fish in the little pond behind my house.

Quarles' father still knows best
The two faced each other four times last year at the junior varsity level, and the father prevailed in three of the contests.

Prep basketball scores
Ninth annual Thanksgiving Classic at Richmond Academy

Falcons QB drives overtime win
MINNEAPOLIS - When Michael Vick became the Atlanta Falcons' starting quarterback earlier this year, head coach Dan Reeves gave him carte blanche to make decisions on the run.

Vick, Falcons don't want to be Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS - Michael Vick was a sophomore in his final year at Virginia Tech when Daunte Culpepper had his NFL coming-out party.

Falcons top Vikings in overtime
MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Vick couldn't get much going with his arm, so he let his legs take over.

Panthers top Browns
CLEVELAND -- After weeks of self destruction, the Carolina Panthers finally damaged somebody else's season.

These DVDs self-destruct
SAN FRANCISCO -- On a dismal, rainy day after watching Mel Gibson battle the English in "Braveheart," wouldn't it be nice to simply throw away the DVD instead of slogging the rental back to Blockbuster?

Critics fear Comcast's new muscle could hurt Internet offerings
PHILADELPHIA -- Its purchase of AT&T Broadband completed, Comcast Corp. now finds itself with unprecedented power to shape the future of Internet access in the United States.

MCG Doctor aims to convert bad fat
Steffen E. Meiler has pulled off an impressive feat of biological alchemy.

Officials find high West Nile risk
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Teams of Chatham County mosquito control workers went door-to-door in a midtown Savannah neighborhood last week, dumping water from pots and looking for standing water under homes after county health officials discovered an elevated risk of West Nile virus there.

Georgia looks to Atlanta

Bulldogs swat Yellow Jackets
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia may not get a spot in the national title game, but the fifth-ranked Bulldogs sure played like champions Saturday.

Georgia notebook
ATHENS, Ga. - It was clear from the start that Georgia tailback Musa Smith wasn't going to take long to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark in Saturday's 51-7 thrashing of Georgia Tech.

Georgia looks to Atlanta
On Nov. 23, Georgia coach Mark Richt thought Michigan was going to give his team's slim national-title chances a boo by pulling off an upset of Ohio State.

Buzzer-beater downs 'Dogs
MINNEAPOLIS -- After letting a late lead slip away in five of its losses last season, Minnesota was thrilled to finally win a close one.

South Carolina hangs on for win
COLUMBIA - Chuck Eidson scored 16 points and became South Carolina's all-time steals leader in a 71-56 victory over Appalachian State on Saturday night.

Pelican with broken wing found heading south on foot

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