Concert calendar
A listing of upcoming concerts in Augusta and the surrounding areas.

At the movies: Far From Heaven
"Far From Heaven" easily would have been one of the year's best films, based solely on its exquisite cinematography and production design.

The Boss delivers no-frills rock
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band don't spend much time in Nebraska anymore.

The Boss delivers no-frills rock

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs

Concert films can rock the house

At the movies: 'Empire'
"Empire" could be a book on tape: It's essentially an extended voiceover by John Leguizamo, punctuated periodically by spurts of gunfire.

O'Charley's can satisfy every taste

O'Charley's can satisfy every taste
O'Charley's restaurant is such a big, cheerful eatery (its awnings make it look kind of like a circus) that it's hard to leave the place in a bad mood.

Mini reviews

Play shows darker side of weddings
In playwright Alan Ball's eyes, there is no lubricant to communication like purple taffeta and a hoop skirt.

At the movies: 'Analyze That'

Applause calendar
SCROOGE! Musical 7 tonight-Sunday, also 3 p.m. Saturday, Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road; $5 to $10; 863-7002.

Ramblin Rhodes: Season promises to be special

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. 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 augustachronicle.com/movies.

Yuletide treats

At the movies: 'Analyze That'
There's a real sense of been there, analyzed that to Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Harold Ramis' second mobster-in-therapy comedy.

Club calendar

Army takes their show on the road
Who better to spread the message of national pride and patriotism than the U.S. Army?

At the movies: 'Empire'

Yuletide treats
From parades to concerts, there's something for everyone

Concert calendar

Ramblin Rhodes: Season promises to be special
This should be an exciting holiday season, because I'll hear Brenda Lee sing Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree in person, and I'll get to walk through Bethlehem.

At the movies: Far From Heaven

Concert films can rock the house
Live rock music is a tricky business. On the concert stage, a skilled performer can send a crowd reeling with the simple flick of a finger across the neck of a guitar. But that mysterious alchemy is lost the moment the performance is taken out of the concert context in an attempt to preserve a musical moment. As powerful as they can be, a live album is never as stirring as the concert at which it was recorded, and the concert film, well, it's nothing like a live performance.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Austin Powers in Goldmember and Lilo & Stitch

Applause calendar

The winter storm scam makes fools of us again

Andrew Justin Middleton

Jeffrey Nicholas Ball

Morgan Bailey Newton

Hunter Scot Haskins
Scot and Tonya Haskins of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Hunter Scot Haskins, Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John C. Williams of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Haskins Sr. of Waynesboro.

Kevin Erich Neal
Michael and April Neal of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Kevin Erich Neal, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Audrey Jones and Karen Neal, both of Augusta, and Erich Neal of Columbia.

Tahir Amari Hairston
Latashia Hairston of Roanoke, Va., announces the birth of a son, Tahir Amari Hairston, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Broadnax Jr. of Reidsville, N.C.

Camden Michael Gragert

Camden Richard Gray
Atwell and Latisha Gray of Evans announce the birth of a son, Camden Richard Gray, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rick Ballew of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn A. Gray of Evans.

Kevin Erich Neal

Camden Michael Gragert
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Willie Edward Chase III

Allison Dianne Gentry
Chris Gentry and Dr. Mindy Gentry of North Augusta announce the birth of

Andrew Justin Middleton
Carl A. Middleton and Dionne R. Plummer, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Andrew Justin Middleton, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Pearl G. Plummer of Jamaica, West Indies, and Queene Cheatham of Augusta.

Claire Danielle Flett
Brian T. and Kelli B. Flett of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Claire Danielle Flett, Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Danny and Frances Bailey of Appling and Jerry and Brigitte Flett of Aiken.

Elias Patrick Hergott

Natalee Madyson Cosnahan
Trey and Kimberly Cosnahan of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Natalee Madyson Cosnahan, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Laura Andrews of Hephzibah and William and Karen Cosnahan of Augusta.

Noah Ashton Becker

Kara Elizabeth Willis
Michael L. and Sharon S. Wil

Jamal Donice Smith

Michael Joseph Walsh
Martin and H

Claire Danielle Flett

Jamal Donice Smith
Tamika L. Smith of Aiken announces the birth of a son, Jamal Donice Smith, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hudson of Aiken.

Kara Elizabeth Willis

Noah Ashton Becker
Jay and Serena Becker of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Noah Ashton Becker, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Preston D. Harpe of Augusta, Ladawnna Wise of Martinez and Charles Becker of Hobbs, N.M.

Hunter Scot Haskins

Zydairyn Simir Middlebrooks
Laaciea Middlebrooks of High Point, N.C., announces the birth of a son, Zydairyn Simir Middlebrooks, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Acie Legrand of Aiken and Renee Middlebrooks of Miami, Fla.

Desiree' Nina Munro
Mic

John Benjamin Robertson
Chris and Kathryn Robertson of Fort Go

Michael Joseph Walsh

Morgan Bailey Newton
Ron and

Zydairyn Simir Middlebrooks

Kallie Michelle Newsome
Richard K. Newsome J

Dalton Blayze Manning

Sara Victoria Michel
Thomas and L

Allison Dianne Gentry

Mason Ryan Mealor
Dan and Crystal Mealor of Sylvania, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Mason Ryan Mealor, Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dale Griner and Mr. and Mrs. Danny Mealor, all of Sylvania.

Mason Ryan Mealor

Dalton Blayze Manning
Willie and Shannon M

Desiree' Nina Munro

Natalee Madyson Cosnahan

Kallie Michelle Newsome

Sara Victoria Michel

Kameron Jordan Kelly
Travis a

Colby Payton Jennings

Colby Payton Jennings
Jamey R. and Lauren P. Jennings of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Colby Payton Jennings, Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David V. Weber and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jennings, all of Augusta.

Tahir Amari Hairston

Willie Edward Chase III
Willie Chase Jr.

Anya Huang

Elwin Kirk Smith III
Mr. and Mrs. Elwin K. Smith Jr. of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Elwin Kirk Smith III, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Bonnie Shinliver of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. Elwin K. Smith Sr. of Augusta.

John Benjamin Robertson

Anya Huang
Wei Huang and Yu Ding, both of Aug

Camden Richard Gray

Elias Patrick Hergott
Mr. and Mrs

Kameron Jordan Kelly

Jeffrey Nicholas Ball
Mr. and Mrs. James

Elwin Kirk Smith III

Dancers say Lusty Lady is skimpy with wages
SAN FRANCISCO -- Workers at the nation's only unionized peep show walked the picket line, arguing that a contract offer by management at the Lusty Lady is too skimpy.

Odds and Ends
KEY WEST, Fla. -- Katha Sheehan relies on a 3-year-old rooster named Young Warrior as a lure to capture other feisty cocks fowling the main streets and back alleys of Key West.

Artist turns cows into poetry
PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Any artist can paint cows. Nathan Banks paints ON cows.

Braves open 2003 season at home against Expos
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves begin their quest for a 12th straight division championship at home, opening the 2003 season with a three-game series against the Montreal Expos beginning March 31.

Glavine agrees to deal with Mets

Glavine counts out Braves
ATLANTA - Barring a last-second change-of-heart by the Atlanta Braves, free agent pitcher Tom Glavine will sign a contract with the New York Mets or Philadelphia Phillies in the next day or two.

Glavine agrees to deal with Mets
ATLANTA - One day after the Christmas tree was lit in New York City's Rockefeller Center, free agent pitcher Tom Glavine put a star on top by agreeing to a three-year, $35 million contract with the Mets with a fourth year option that could make the deal worth $42.5 million.

Braves open 2003 season at home against Expos

Glavine counts out Braves

Organizers hope crowd braves cold
This month's First Friday is expected to be chilly with a chance of returning crowds.

Stocks fall on UAL bankruptcy threat, retail sales

Holiday online sales see post-Thanksgiving surge
NEW YORK -- Online holiday sales, which started picking up in mid-November, kicked into high gear over the Thanksgiving weekend, blazing past year-ago figures.

Military reviews technology
There's one hand-held computer that won't be on the shelves of the local electronics store in time for Christmas.

Business briefs
CHICAGO - McDonald's Corp. is replacing its chairman and chief executive, Jack Greenberg, as it struggles to emerge from a deep, two-year slump.

Brokers oppose new law
ATLANTA - A law designed to protect low-income homeowners came under fire Thursday from a group of bankers who say minority borrowers have a tougher time getting loans because of it.

Productivity grows; factory orders rise
WASHINGTON -- Productivity, a crucial ingredient to the economy's long-term vitality, grew at a sizzling annual rate of 5.1 percent in the summer, a faster pace than the government previously thought. Orders to U.S. factories rose in October for the first time in the last three months.

Productivity grows; factory orders rise

Stocks fall on Disney, Hewlett-Packard warnings
NEW YORK -- Profit warnings from Disney and Hewlett-Packard pressured Wall Street Wednesday, sending stocks lower in choppy trading as investors grew jittery over the strength of corporate America's recovery.

Business briefs

Military reviews technology

Business briefs

Bar prepares new floor plan
Just in time for December's First Friday, a downtown bar plans to debut its new look this week, doubled in space and expanded into an entertainment venue.

Stocks fall on UAL bankruptcy threat, retail sales
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated for a fifth straight day Thursday as investors dumped stocks on worries that disappointing retail sales and United Airlines' threat of bankruptcy would curtail corporate profits. The Dow Jones industrials slid more than 110 points.

Stocks fall on Disney, Hewlett-Packard warnings

Holiday online sales see post-Thanksgiving surge

Business briefs
An Aiken couple will open a Subway restaurant franchise later this month in the Aiken Exchange shopping center at 2571 Whiskey Road.

Organizers hope crowd braves cold

Clemson routs Winthrop

Clemson routs Winthrop
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Chrissy Floyd scored 18 points as Clemson beat Winthrop 90-52 on Thursday night.

Navy seeks good ending to bad season

Former Air Force mom with Navy son roots for Army

Franchione leaves Alabama for Texas A&M

There really can be title game without Florida or Tennessee

Navy seeks good ending to bad season
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The last time Paul Johnson walked the sideline in an Army-Navy game, the Midshipmen had a chance to win the prestigious Commander-in-Chief's trophy, snare a bowl bid and stay on course for a 10-win season.

Ohio State keeping an eye on Saturday's games
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State knows it is going to the Fiesta Bowl. Now the Buckeyes want to find out who they're playing.

Texas A&M gets OK to pursue Franchione
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dennis Franchione made one speaking engagement, skipped another and still left Alabama fans guessing as to his future plans Wednesday.

Final games to determine BCS pairings
Notre Dame's biggest game of the season is Saturday - when Washington State plays UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

Tennessee accepts Peach Bowl matchup with Maryland
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee on Thursday accepted a New Year's Eve date in Atlanta against Maryland in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, making the most of a disappointing year.

There really can be title game without Florida or Tennessee
ATLANTA -- There actually can be a Southeastern Conference championship game without Florida or Tennessee participating, and it'll happen Saturday night in the Georgia Dome.

Final games to determine BCS pairings

Big Ten says Iowa in BCS game

Ohio State keeping an eye on Saturday's games

A few games may decide many bowl matchups

Palmer wins Unitas award
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Southern California's Carson Palmer on Wednesday won Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.

Franchione leaves Alabama for Texas A&M
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dennis Franchione, who coached Alabama the past two seasons, reached a deal Thursday to leave for Texas A&M.

Big Ten says Iowa in BCS game
Iowa became the fourth team assured a spot in one of the four Bowl Championship Series games, even though there was no official announcement from the BCS.

Tennessee accepts Peach Bowl matchup with Maryland

Palmer wins Unitas award

A few games may decide many bowl matchups
The bowl hopes of many teams are riding on just a few games to be played Saturday, the final day of the regular season.

Texas A&M gets OK to pursue Franchione

Former Air Force mom with Navy son roots for Army
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sharian Gardner served eight years in the Air Force. She has a son in Japan serving as a Navy corpsman with a Marine division, and another relative in the Coast Guard.

USC Aiken's women feel right at home

Turnovers are costly as Lady Jaguars lose

College of Charleston surprising opponents once again

Missile hysteria

Huge stakes in S.C.

He'll outlive us all

Saudis: Pick sides

In the know
Milton Ruben Auto Mall is looking for cell-phone donations that will be given to Call to Protect, a national program that redistributes recycled wireless phones to domestic violence shelters, law enforcement agencies and other organizations working to fight domestic violence.

Fox plans digital channel featuring extreme sports
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Fox Cable Networks Group is launching a digital cable and satellite sports channel next summer aimed at the younger set.

Thurmond's lifetime eventful from start
It turns out that you were right - Strom Thurmond is as old as the dinosaurs.

A lottery for cheap tickets to Broadway's biggest hit
NEW YORK -- Can't get tickets to "Hairspray," Broadway's biggest hit?

Capsules
Boy gall wasps find girl gall wasps by forcing plants hiding the females to give off chemical calling cards, biologists have found.

50 years later, 3-D movies are still a thrill
LOS ANGELES - Robert Stack recalls the audience reaction 50 years ago at the Hollywood premiere of a movie in which he starred: "People jumped up from their chairs and ran screaming out of the theater."

CBS logs a ratings win for the week
NEW YORK -- CBS is giving thanks for a decisive ratings win Thanksgiving week. But it was ABC that served the turkey: its premiere of "Dinotopia."

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Thurmond's lifetime eventful from start
It turns out that you were right - Strom Thurmond is as old as the dinosaurs.

Keep holiday plants glowing
Flowering potted plants make welcome holiday gifts.

Broken wrist sidelines Georgia Southern's Faulk
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern sophomore guard Keny Faulk will be out two-to-three months after breaking a bone in his left wrist during the second half of Tuesday night's 74-62 win over Furman.

Minnesota edges Georgia Tech
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota got by Georgia Tech with good defense.

Broken wrist sidelines Georgia Southern's Faulk

Minnesota edges Georgia Tech

I'm delighted my TV show has been canceled

Augusta National no longer allows purchases at Gate 6
Golf fans accustomed to buying Masters Tournament merchandise throughout the year will have to wait until the spring to get their hands on items with the familiar yellow logo.

Outcry over changes at Road Hole at St. Andrews
LONDON -- The most famous bunker in golf has been altered to make it less terrifying - and traditionalists are furious.

Wilson leads Q-School

Outcry over changes at Road Hole at St. Andrews

Times cites editorial standards in refusal to run two sports columns

Steady play gives Furyk the lead

Woods ends the year as a tournament host
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods is the host of the Target World Challenge, giving him a schedule that hasn't been this orchestrated since the Ryder Cup.

Wilson leads Q-School
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Dean Wilson shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead Thursday after the second round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Times cites editorial standards in refusal to run two sports columns
NEW YORK -- The New York Times said Wednesday two sports columns about Augusta National Golf Club's men-only membership policy were killed because they failed to meet newsroom standards, not because they disagreed with the stance taken by the newspaper's editorial page.

Steady play gives Furyk the lead
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Jim Furyk had a boring round compared to Tiger Woods and Davis Love III, which was fine by him Thursday in the Target World Challenge.

Woods ends the year as a tournament host

Star QB out for big game

Red Devils face another tough test

Sophomore QB keeps Laney in contention

Prep football playoff schedule

Key matchups

Lady Rebels surprise coach

Prep basketball scores

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

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

Sophomore QB keeps Laney in contention
Dominique Walker was told last spring he was going to be Laney's starting quarterback this season.

Star QB out for big game
The buzz surrounding Friday's Screven County-LaGrange Class AAA third-round playoff game has been palpable across the state.

Red Devils face another tough test
For the second week in a row, Lincoln County will face an undefeated foe in the Class A playoffs.

Lidstrom leads all Western Conference vote-getters in NHL all-star balloting

Lidstrom leads all Western Conference vote-getters in NHL all-star balloting
NEW YORK -- Joe Sakic, Rob Blake and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are in line to start for the Western Conference All-Star team in early voting announced Thursday.

Bruins spoil Dafoe's first start

Thrashers reassign Hnilicka to AHL

Thrashers reassign Hnilicka to AHL
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers goalie Milan Hnilicka was reassigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Forbes: Red Wings most valuable NHL franchise, Leafs most profitable
NEW YORK -- The Detroit Red Wings are the most valuable NHL franchise at $266 million, and the Toronto Maple Leafs the most profitable, according to Forbes magazine.

Bruins spoil Dafoe's first start
BOSTON - Glen Murray scored his 16th goal of the season at 1:53 of overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers and spoil the return of goalie Byron Dafoe.

Forbes: Red Wings most valuable NHL franchise, Leafs most profitable

The winter storm scam makes fools of us again
My theory? Winter storm scares are obviously conspiracies to sell bread and milk.

Body found in burned apartment
Authorities are trying to identify a body found inside a burned apartment Friday night.

Glavine, Mets reach three-year deal
NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine, the most sought-after pitcher on the free-agent market, reached agreement with the New York Mets on a three-year contract, his agent said Thursday night.

Heartfelt 'thanks' for votes

Adults are the real craft-show problem

Claims she's victim of racial profiling, harassment

Don't build airport - fix the old one

America must wage another battle: the war on ignorance

Door only cracked

Treated poorly by civic center staff

Children should be the primary concern of our community

Urges forming black political party

Facts about doctor are not on columnist Goodman's side

How will Young gain black confidence?

Historic events integral to economy

Finds pride in Lucy Laney Wildcats

Barnes to leave big mess behind

Thurmond's lifetime eventful from start

In the know

CBS logs a ratings win for the week

50 years later, 3-D movies are still a thrill

A lottery for cheap tickets to Broadway's biggest hit

Health calendar

Thurmond's lifetime eventful from start

Fox plans digital channel featuring extreme sports

Capsules

Trade reunites former teammates
The Augusta Lynx dressing room was buzzing about the acquisition of high-scoring winger Andrew Williamson.

Augusta acquires former league MVP

Trade reunites former teammates

Augusta acquires former league MVP
Addressing his team's desperate need for goal scoring, Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie completed a trade that is about as major as it gets in minor-pro hockey.

Lynx add another local minority owner
Loyal fans of the Augusta Lynx since the beginning, Angela and David Key are taking their love of hockey one step further.

Lynx add another local minority owner

Area braces for icy weather
The freezing rain expected to ice over trees, power lines and overpasses hadn't made it to the Augusta area late Wednesday, weather officials said.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are not sure what led an elderly Peachtree City man to walk in front of a tractor-trailer along Interstate 20.

Weather delays LeBlanc trial
GASTONIA, N.C. - An approaching ice storm aborted Wednesday's proceedings in Aaron LeBlanc's rape trial.

Grand jury indicts suspect on murder-for-hire charge
An Augusta man who police say hired a hit man to kill a local woman has been indicted by a Richmond County grand jury.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Thurmond

Happy Birthday, Mr. Thurmond
"Happy birthday" is a sentiment that can be expressed in so many ways.

Man is charged in vehicle theft

Town readies birthday bash
EDGEFIELD - Strom Thurmond Elementary School pupils will be at his birthday party today, and so will students from Strom Thurmond High School.

Family settles in girl's death
A settlement has been reached in a claim against the Columbia County school system in the 2001 death of a Martinez kindergartner.

Woman says she forgot dog ban

Sick mother wants bright Christmas

Across the southeast
TAMPA, Fla. - The South leads the country in new HIV infections and overall AIDS cases, yet lags in federal funding when compared with other regions, officials at a regional AIDS conference said Wednesday.

Glavine, Mets reach three-year deal

When fun turns fatal
Kay Huffman knows how deadly a prank can be.

News you can use

Chilly dog?

Police say man had record of rough play
An Augusta father charged with fracturing several bones in his infant son's body was known to play rough with the child, police said Wednesday.

Woman says she forgot dog ban
AIKEN - Jean Hrcsko says she doesn't remember a judge telling her she couldn't have any more dogs.

Crispness in the air
Corrina Watson and Todd Sundstrom try to keep warm on a Broad Street bench while they eat some potato chips. The pair came down from Aiken on Thursday to brave the cold weather while shopping for Christmas presents.

Crispness in the air

Edgefield throws gala for native's milestone day
EDGEFIELD - Strom Thurmond wasn't at his hometown birthday bash Thursday, but his presence was felt through the lives he touched.

News you can use
DEC. 5, 1972 The final chapter in the long and often bitter campaign for the district attorney's office was written Monday when Richard Allen was installed as DA pro tem.

Weather delays LeBlanc trial

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Alberta Harris of Augusta.

Town readies birthday bash

NAACP branch fights to reawaken activism
Some remember when Clarke County residents believed civil rights were worth a fight.

Area braces for icy weather

Public works positions get little interest
Despite high unemployment rates and a tough economy, more than 15 percent of the positions in Augusta's Department of Public Works are vacant, and repeated efforts to fill several of those spots have been unsuccessful.

Grand jury indicts suspect on murder-for-hire charge

Subscriber of the day

Stolen car is found in Florida

Deals draw scrutiny
ATLANTA - With only days left in state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko's tenure, state auditors and lawyers are investigating whether a half-million dollars in contracts she signed were illegal.

Couple asks for holiday assistance

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Fifty-one reputed members of five violent street gangs that formed La Gran Familia face racketeering charges in federal indictments unsealed Wednesday that allege murder, robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

Across the area

Across the area
An Augusta man wanted in a violent assault on his mother escaped capture after a sheriff's investigator found him hiding in his mother's closet.

Slow ambulance investigated
Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers launched an internal investigation Wednesday after a 73-year-old woman died while waiting nearly a half hour for an ambulance.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT against the LPGA and its entourage for canceling their Masters trip to Augusta.

Chilly dog?
As the steam rises, sidewalk hotdog vendor Pat McCraith prepares a chili dog on Broad Street. Mr. McCraith, originally from upstate New York, says he loves the cold weather.

Vogtle keeps reactor offline
One of Plant Vogtle's two nuclear reactors remains offline this week after both units were shut down Nov. 24 because of abnormal levels of chemicals in water used to supply steam generators.

Stolen car is found in Florida
A vehicle stolen at gunpoint last month from an Augusta pizza deliveryman turned up Wednesday in Florida after a robbery suspect wrecked the car, authorities said.

Poll will pick tag designs
Life is about choices, and Georgia's Department of Natural Resources wants everyone's help deciding which animals to add to the Peach State's popular wildlife license plates.

Harlem kicks off holidays
Calyn Holdaway, of Pumpkin Center, was driving by city hall and decided to brave the cold and enjoy Harlem's tree-lighting ceremony with her 2-year-old son, Garrett.

Democrats get corporate plan
ATLANTA - Facing minority status for the first time, Senate Democrats on Thursday rolled out a corporate structure they hope will help them focus their agenda and regain control of the chamber in two years.

Family's farm still thrives
MAYSVILLE, Ga. - On a clear day, Charles Turk can see all the way from his family's Banks County chicken houses to Alto, about 2

Suspicious blaze evacuates school
Authorities suspect a pupil started a fire in the auditorium at Spirit Creek Middle School that forced pupils and teachers out into the bitter cold Wednesday.

Judge's order cools court
After three days of sweating through trial in an 85-degree courtroom, Richmond County Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett decided to make city officials sweat a little.

Suspicious blaze evacuates school

Across Georgia and South Carolina
DUBLIN, Ga. -Two surgeons have temporarily suspended using a common weight-loss procedure known as gastric bypass surgery after two of their patients died from complications.

Harlem kicks off holidays

Couple asks for holiday assistance
A Grovetown couple struggling to make ends meet wrote the Empty Stocking Fund for help this holiday season.

Public works positions get little interest

News you can use

Democrats get corporate plan

Sick mother wants bright Christmas
An Augusta mother diagnosed with a fatal illness wants to make Christmas special for her children.

Colleagues celebrate Thurmond
WASHINGTON - The Senate is a family, former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., said at Capitol Hill's 100th birthday celebration for Sen. Strom Thurmond, "and today the family assembles to honor its patriarch."

NAACP branch fights to reawaken activism

Edgefield throws gala for native's milestone day

Family's farm still thrives

Poll will pick tag designs

Across the southeast

News you can use
DEC. 6, 1962 Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the nation's former First Lady, joined local Republican women at a reception Wednesday honoring Leroy H. Simkins Jr., the unsuccessful GOP candidate for county commissioner in the Nov. 6 general election.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Carlenia Evans of Martinez.

Judge's order cools court

When fun turns fatal

Sheriff says error stalled help
Aiken County dispatchers were involved in an attempted suicide call when they received a second call about a woman who collapsed in North Augusta, Sheriff Howard Sellers said Thursday.

Subscriber of the day

Colleagues celebrate Thurmond

Across the area

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Man is charged in vehicle theft
Some people just love a parade.

BCS fate is up for debate
If we've learned nothing else from the BCS experience, it's to expect the unexpected.

I'm delighted my TV show has been canceled
After nearly a year, it is safe to turn on your television again: My face no longer can be seen on the 11 o'clock news.

Munson breathes life into Bulldogs broadcasts
In those other 49 states, millions of college football fans will tune in to CBS for the Southeastern Conference championship game and be stuck listening to talking heads such as Craig Bolerjack while waiting with baited breath for the next sideline update from Jill Arrington.

Unpredictable season helps Home Depot car to title

NASCAR answered its three challenges in 2002
NEW YORK - Sheryl Crow and Third Eye Blind will perform during tonight's NASCAR awards ceremony.

NASCAR notebook
NEW YORK - Tony Stewart once sealed parking lots to pay his bills. He also used to punch a time clock at a machine shop. He also drove a tow truck.

NASCAR exceeds TV expectations
NEW YORK -- The ratings for NASCAR's race broadcasts have exceeded the high expectations of the TV networks after the first two years of a six-year $2.8 billion deal.

Rahal tabs Brack to race in IRL
Bobby Rahal has chosen Kenny Brack to drive his team's first full-season entry in the Indy Racing League.

NASCAR exceeds TV expectations

Spotlight on Joe Gibbs

NASCAR notebook

Spotlight on Joe Gibbs
Here is a profile of NASCAR car owner Joe Gibbs.

Unpredictable season helps Home Depot car to title
NEW YORK - The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season started with Tony Stewart's engine belching white smoke and dying on the third lap of the Daytona 500. It ended with Stewart celebrating a championship amid the smoke and explosions of fireworks.

NASCAR answered its three challenges in 2002

Robinson beats his former team
ATLANTA - Glenn Robinson scored 23 points in his first game against his old team, and Jason Terry added 19 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 98-80 on Thursday night.

Robinson beats his former team

Turnovers are costly as Lady Jaguars lose
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Turnovers proved to be the downfall of the Augusta State women, who lost their first game of the season Wednesday night.

USC Aiken's women feel right at home
AIKEN - USC Aiken women's coach Mike Brandt credits his home gym, the Courthouse, with the way opponents are shooting the ball.

College of Charleston surprising opponents once again
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The College of Charleston might have in recent years knocked off teams like North Carolina (twice), Maryland and Tennessee, but did anyone think the Cougars and their rookie coach would win the 2002 Great Alaska Shootout title?

Pacers notch first win
AIKEN - After dishing out just six assists in a 21-point loss at Augusta State on Saturday, the Pacers did a better job of passing the ball Wednesday night.

Pro picks

Vick gets rematch against stingy Bucs

Panthers' Weinke wants to discuss his future with coach

Running back eager to face old team again

Fantasy Football: It's time to work some magic

Graham more comfortable with Panthers now

Starzz moving to San Antonio

Mr. Bennie Atkins    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Georgianna Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Timothy Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Owen Henry    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Maurkice Frazier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. William Wansley
William Wansley made everyone he met smile - so much so that workers from the Wal-Mart in Thomson asked him to be their official "Wal-Mart Greeter."

Featured obituary: Mrs. Marie Harris
As a business manager of a mobile home community and a private nurse, Marie Harris spent the majority of her life serving others in more ways than one.

Mrs. Norma Comissiong    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Weeks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Albert Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Williams    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mr. Terry Smith    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Mae Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Beard    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Gerald Burroughs    (TUCKER, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Fox    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Moseley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Thelma Bowman    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Ms. Sharon Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Brantley    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Bauknight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Cason    (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)
Mr. Thomas Dyson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Bussell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Miss Sally Brightharp    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Daniel Cason    (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)
Mr. Wade Waller    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Coleman    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Bennie Bauknight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hubert Crawford    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. William Weeks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie Dunbar    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Miss Sally Brightharp    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Rev. Douglas Forrest    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Carr Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Sgt. James Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Minnie Conway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Monteen Davis    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ellis Lee    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Dyson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Mann    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Maurkice Frazier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Yelton Jr.    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Wallace Youngblood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alice McNeal    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. James Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Nathan Norman    (DANBURG, Ga.)
Miss Sophia Matthews    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jessie Roberson    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond Dabbs    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Aaron Shuster    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Stewart Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. James Smith Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
S.Sgt. Benjamin Terry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Bowman    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. William Wansley    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Driver Sr.    (MILLEN, S.C.)
Mr. Elmer Davenport    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Rev. Douglas Forrest    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Randall    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Matthew Gartrell Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. L.B. Gilyard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Amelia Brown    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Ms. Sharon Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Lula Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny McCullough Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Patricia Sweetland    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Moseley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Nell Underwood    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Claude Parks    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mollie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ada Pingrey    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Cordie Ramsey    (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
Mrs. Ella Way    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Matthew Gartrell Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nell Underwood (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Roberson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Weeks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Coleman (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Claude Parks (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Atkins (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia Sweetland (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Beard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Dunbar (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. James Bussell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Hatcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Amelia Brown (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Hicks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Brantley (TENNILLE, Ga.)

S.Sgt. Benjamin Terry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Owen Henry (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mr. William Weeks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Cason (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)

Mrs. Ella Way (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Fox (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Ramsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lula Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice McNeal (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Dyson Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgianna Smith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Maurkice Frazier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Timothy Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Sally Brightharp (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Bowman (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Moseley (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Elmer Davenport (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Driver Sr. (MILLEN, S.C.)

Dr. Gerald Burroughs (TUCKER, Ga.)

Ms. Sharon Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Douglas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. James Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. William Wansley

Mrs. Monteen Davis (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny McCullough Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Shuster (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Cordie Ramsey (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Rev. Douglas Forrest (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Dabbs (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Cason (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. L.B. Gilyard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Carr Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Crawford (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Norman (DANBURG, Ga.)

Ms. Minnie Conway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Bauknight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Sally Brightharp (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Moseley (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Ada Pingrey (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Wallace Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Norma Comissiong (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wade Waller (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Sophia Matthews (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Sharon Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Maurkice Frazier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Correction
A paragraph in a Dec. 2 letter to the editor by Michael P. Deal was published incorrectly. The paragraph should have read:

Adults are the real craft-show problem
I do not agree with recent letters about craft shows being no place for baby strollers. I attend the craft shows knowing the strollers will be everywhere. The strollers don't bother me. Beverly Moncus, Waynesboro, Ga.

Urges forming black political party
The Republicans are on a roll and will be in control of the country and state come 2003. I give them a lot of credit for a great propaganda program. They are selling the same divisiveness to the poor and middle-class whites as the slave owners did 200 years ago. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Correction
A paragraph in a Dec. 2 letter to the editor by Michael P. Deal was published incorrectly. The paragraph should have read:

Saudis: Pick sides
The two faces of Saudi Arabia were on display this week as one high-level official came to the United States to promise a crackdown on terror funding while another influential adviser to the royal family told a Kuwaiti newspaper that "Zionists" - not Saudis or Muslims - were responsible for the 9-11 attacks.

Finds pride in Lucy Laney Wildcats
On behalf of the Lucy Laney High School alumni, staff and fans, I say double kudos to the Wildcats for a job well done thus far. They have proven to us and, should I say, "the haters," that we can stand up to the test when we have to. Lavonia Thomas, Augusta

Don't build airport - fix the old one
For Pete's sake, don't go in debt for a multimillion-dollar airport improvement for the Augusta area. A "mid-field" terminal is not going to work miracles for anybody. Guy Taylor, Evans, Ga.

He'll outlive us all
We hope our readers have been following The Chronicle's Page 1 series on the life and times of Strom Thurmond, the nation's longest serving U.S. senator and South Carolina's most beloved.

Door only cracked
In the letter that appeared in The Chronicle on Nov. 14, "Eager to serve Columbia County," Rep.-elect Barry Fleming stated that his door would always be open. I'm glad he figured out how to open it. Billy Thigpen, Evans, Ga.

Missile hysteria
Are al-Qaida terrorists and their extremist Islamic affiliates using surface-to-air missiles to ratchet up the war against innocent civilians? That seems to be the fearful consensus forming in Washington after two shoulder-fired missiles missed an Israeli passenger airliner taking off from a Kenyan airport last week.

Huge stakes in S.C.
South Carolinians would be well advised to divert their attention from the holiday season for several days as the General Assembly prepares to meet in Columbia Monday to deal with a whopping $348 million fiscal year deficit - which grows every day.

How will Young gain black confidence?
Now that Bob Young has been re-elected Augusta's mayor, I would like to know what he is going to do to gain the confidence of the black community. It was evident by watching the election results that a majority of the black community did not vote for him during the runoff election. William Sanders, Augusta

Claims she's victim of racial profiling, harassment
Harassment and racial profiling of American citizens are two issues that all of us need to be concerned about. Tammra Nelson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Historic events integral to economy
Richard Amundson ("No conservative," letter Nov. 30) claims that President George W. Bush "is the most liberally spending president we've ever had" and says he doesn't understand how a president can take an economy that is strong enough to produce a surplus and turn it into a deficit. To Mr. Amundson and all of the other educationally challenged Democrats, permit me to explain. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Facts about doctor are not on columnist Goodman's side
In her Oct. 23 column, "Religious profiling: Another term for 'litmus test'?", Ellen Goodman attacked Dr. David Hager personally rather than his ideas. Instead of addressing his belief that we are human persons from conception, deserving rights and protections granted to those outside the womb, she paints Dr. Hager as an extreme ideologue. Karen M. Cox, Waynesboro, Ga.

Children should be the primary concern of our community
With all the election hype ending, it is my hope that we will now get to what should be a real concern in our community - our children. I am amazed at how we overlook the most important part of our community. Our children are, at best, used as political fodder. They are our children - not something to be toyed with. The Rev. Roscoe F. Perry, Appling, Ga.

Heartfelt 'thanks' for votes
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the voters of Columbia County District 4 who voted on Nov. 5. In spite of the bad weather, many of you faithfully cast your ballots for me in my bid for the Columbia County School Board. Andy Ezell, Martinez, Ga.

America must wage another battle: the war on ignorance
Yes, we all are familiar with the war on terrorism, but what about the war on ignorance? Lisa Myrick, Martinez, Ga.

Barnes to leave big mess behind
The election is over, and we were all shocked that the polls lied like they did. Gov. Roy Barnes is still in shock. He was completely confident. We were not, however, shocked that Mr. Barnes lost; he lost in the main because he deceived the people of Georgia. Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

Treated poorly by civic center staff
My granddaughter and I saw the "Disney on Ice" show Nov. 24. It was exceptional, but my purpose here is to express my disappointment with the staff at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Jessie Walker Lees, Grovetown, Ga.

Overtime

Panel to recommend changes to Title IX

Overtime

Mayweather not around to find out he's no longer star of his own card

Bettor sues in Breeders' Cup scam

Munson breathes life into Bulldogs broadcasts

Lewis testifies against his former lawyer
NEW YORK -- Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis took the witness stand Wednesday and accused his former lawyer of helping a promoter who was "ripping me off."

Mayweather not around to find out he's no longer star of his own card
LAS VEGAS -- Much to the irritation of his promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn't show up at a press conference to promote his lightweight title fight Saturday night with Jose Luis Castillo.

Overtime
Franklin Langham and Scott Parel went different directions in the first round of the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament in La Quinta, Calif.

Panel to recommend changes to Title IX
PHILADELPHIA -- Universities could find it easier to comply with Title IX under proposals that a federal commission began considering Wednesday.

Overtime
The USC Aiken Lady Pacers remained in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll for the 14th straight week, but barely.

Bettor sues in Breeders' Cup scam
WASHINGTON -- In the latest fallout over the Breeders' Cup betting scandal, a professional handicapper filed suit Wednesday against the company that handles most of the nation's on- and off-track betting.

United States to open 2003 schedule against Canada
CHICAGO -- The U.S. soccer team, coming off its best World Cup since 1930, will open its 2003 schedule against Canada on Jan. 18 at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Striper tubes to be used during tournament
MCCORMICK, S.C. - When more than 100 two-man teams from Pennsylvania and several southeastern states converge on Strom Thurmond Lake next week for the $50,000 National Striped Bass Association National Championship, the emphasis will be on weighing in and then releasing live fish.

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.

Striper tubes to be used during tournament

Fishing report
Georgia's Little River in the Raysville Marina area has been red-hot for hybrids and stripers, but caution is the key word for anglers who venture out.

Lady Rebels surprise coach
Hephzibah girls basketball coach Wendell Lofton was pretty sure his team couldn't compete with Laney. His Lady Rebels were too young, too inexperienced to hang with the Lady Wildcats.

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

Pro picks
The Oakland Raiders got some breaks in their win Monday night over the Jets - a muffed punt by New York and a ceremony honoring Tim Brown's 1,000th career catch that seemed to give them momentum to start the second half.

Vick back at practice after stomach virus
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick returned to practice for the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday after missing the previous day's workout because of a stomach virus.

Fantasy Football: It's time to work some magic
This is what fantasy owners have been waiting for all year.

Panthers' Weinke wants to discuss his future with coach
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Weinke wants to talk with coach John Fox after the season about his future with the Carolina Panthers.

Vick gets rematch against stingy Bucs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team that has made Michael Vick look ordinary.

Running back eager to face old team again
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When Warrick Dunn debuted against his former team, the results were disastrous.

Graham more comfortable with Panthers now
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox gave Shayne Graham a vote of confidence Thursday, saying he's pleased with the second-year kicker despite two misses last Sunday against Cleveland.

BCS fate is up for debate

Mammograms may now be able to detect heart disease
CHICAGO -- Mammograms are designed to detect breast cancer, but new research suggests they may also reveal signs of an even greater threat to women: heart disease.

Task force softens stance on prostate cancer screenings
PHILADELPHIA -- A government advisory panel has dropped its objection to routine prostate cancer screenings for millions of middle-aged and elderly men, saying it is possible the tests save lives.

Bad weather forces delay of shuttle's return from space station for at least another day
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Bad weather at space shuttle Endeavour's landing site in Florida on Thursday delayed its homecoming for a second day in a row.

Full-body scans often cause unnecessary anxiety, study says
CHICAGO -- Full-body CT scans - widely promoted in advertisements as a way to give yourself peace of mind - frequently find harmless abnormalities that lead to invasive, anxiety-producing follow-up tests, researchers say.

FDA finds highly variable levels of worrisome chemical in foods
ADELPHI, Md. -- Popular U.S. brands of potato chips and french fries contain highly variable levels of a possible cancer-causing substance - amounts that fluctuate from bag to bag and seem to depend partly on how long foods are cooked - according to federal research released Wednesday.

Georgia defensive lineman managed to stay in the headlines

Georgia has homefield edge in SEC championship

Q & A with Houston Nutt
How much vindication was beating LSU to win the SEC West after losing a shot at the title in other years?

Nutt says Razorbacks' confidence biggest asset against Georgia
LITTLE ROCK -- All Arkansas coach Houston Nutt needed to dampen the euphoria that followed his team's final-seconds victory over LSU was a remote control.

Bailey credits Dogs' defensive line

Bailey credits Dogs' defensive line
ATHENS, Ga. - Boss Bailey keeps telling the players up front he's going to treat them to dinner after the season.

Punt returner is a natural

Q & A with Houston Nutt

Richt's behavior rubs off on Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Vince Dooley saw it with his own eyes, so don't tell him Mark Richt is incapable of showing emotion.

Arkansas quarterback poses threat
ATHENS, Ga. - When Arkansas took over at its 19-yard line with 34 seconds remaining in last week's showdown against Louisiana State, some might have wondered why quarterback Matt Jones was even in the game.

Arkansas quarterback poses threat

Q & A with Mark Richt

Razorbacks use quartet of backs to build SEC's top rushing attack

Georgia has homefield edge in SEC championship
ATLANTA -- There's nothing neutral about the site of the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Fever sweeps Bulldog Nation
ATHENS, Ga. - Bonnie Sillay freely admits she wasn't a Bulldog fan when she started her freshman year at the University of Georgia in the fall of 2000.

Georgia takes crack at first SEC title since 1982
LITTLE ROCK -- After 10 years of watching Tennessee and Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game, Georgia will finally make the event a home game.

Q & A with Mark Richt
ATHENS, Ga. - Running back Musa Smith suggested earlier this week that Georgia coach Mark Richt has only gotten more relaxed as the stakes of this season have risen.

Georgia defensive lineman managed to stay in the headlines
ATHENS, Ga. -- Defensive linemen aren't supposed to make headlines. Try telling that to David Pollack.

Punt returner is a natural
ATHENS, Ga. - Sean Jones' ninth-grade coach called him "The Natural" because of his ability to play football, basketball and baseball.

Razorbacks use quartet of backs to build SEC's top rushing attack
LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas started this season with three one-time starters at tailback and a redshirt freshman trying to squeeze into the rotation.

Richt's behavior rubs off on Dogs

Fever sweeps Bulldog Nation

Nutt says Razorbacks' confidence biggest asset against Georgia

Gamecocks rout Wofford

Georgetown tops South Carolina
WASHINGTON -- Mike Sweetney scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Georgetown held South Carolina without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes in a 67-59 win over the Gamecocks Thursday.

Gamecocks rout Wofford
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Wofford coach Ed Wyant was so stunned to see South Carolina pressing and fouling his team in the final minute with more than a 50-point lead, he had to call a timeout.

Georgetown tops South Carolina

Starzz moving to San Antonio
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Starzz are moving to San Antonio, the third WNBA franchise to either relocate or shut down this year.

Artist turns cows into poetry

Odds and Ends

Dancers say Lusty Lady is skimpy with wages

Mammograms may now be able to detect heart disease

Task force softens stance on prostate cancer screenings

Full-body scans often cause unnecessary anxiety, study says

FDA finds highly variable levels of worrisome chemical in foods