Airport TV offers little useful news

Odds and Ends
HOUSTON -- Would anybody like to buy a vowel?

Band director faces charges, dismissal for mailing raccoon head
CLEVELAND -- A suburban high school band director has been indicted on charges of intimidation and retaliation for allegedly mailing a raccoon head to a school official during a teachers strike.

Mets introduce Glavine

2003 Atlanta Braves schedule
Here is the 2003 Atlanta Braves schedule.

Smoltz bemoans loss of Glavine and others this offseason
ATLANTA -- John Smoltz expected to spend the rest of his career pitching alongside Tom Glavine. That's not going to happen.

Smoltz bemoans loss of Glavine and others this offseason

Mets introduce Glavine
NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine has spent much of his career trying to prevent the New York Mets from winning.

Popular holiday toys pull quick disappearing act
Parents who haven't found FurReal Friends or Bratz accessories for their children this holiday season might have to rethink their shopping lists.

Business briefs

Bush taps transportation executive as Treasury chief

Business books can be good stocking stuffers

Technology buries boomers under piles of bills
NEW YORK - Baby boomers grew up watching their parents pay the bills: phone, gas, electricity, mortgage, probably a car and credit cards.

Stocks roller coaster worth the ride

Business briefs
The Augusta publisher of author Naomi Williams' Two Rivers said the coming-of-age novel set in the South Carolina low country is on course to set company sales records.

Technology buries boomers under piles of bills

Stocks fall on UAL bankruptcy, IBM downgrade

Popular TIPS' future appears questionable

Stocks roller coaster worth the ride
Q: I'm under 30 and understand that my age makes stocks the logical choice for my 401(k). But the market has made my quarterly statements a stomach-churning terror. Is this equities emphasis still good for my retirement?

Stocks fall on UAL bankruptcy, IBM downgrade
NEW YORK -- UAL's bankruptcy filing and a brokerage downgrade of IBM put investors in a black mood Monday, sending stocks sharply lower and the Dow Jones industrials down more than 170 points.

Business books can be good stocking stuffers
NEW YORK -- Still hunting for stocking stuffers for your grade schoolers or teens? You might take a look at some of the new books on personal finance, investing and organizing that aim to give children a jump on learning life skills.

Bush taps transportation executive as Treasury chief
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday nominated John W. Snow, chairman of the transportation and railroad conglomerate CSX Corp., to replace Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and lead an economic team retooled for the president's re-election drive.

Popular TIPS' future appears questionable
NEW YORK - With the outlook for stocks still uncertain and many bonds overvalued, investors have been lured by double-digit returns on TIPS, the U.S. government securities that protect against inflation. But analysts are advising caution for anyone considering TIPS - the good times might be coming to an end.

Clemson to face Texas Tech
In last year's Humanitarian Bowl, Louisiana Tech brought quarterback Luke McCown and an offensive passing attack that averaged 422.6 yards per game.

Clemson to face Texas Tech

HEISMAN WEEK: McGahee scores more Heisman attention

No change at the top: Miami unanimous No. 1 in AP poll
Miami will go into its Fiesta Bowl matchup against Ohio State as a unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll, while the rest of the top 10 also remained exactly the same.

Navy hopes to build on win over Army
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Navy opened and closed its season with victories.

BCS roundup

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

Vandy places six players on All-SEC Freshman Team

Ohio State's Tressel has seen Miami before
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Before the season, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel took his staff on a road trip to watch other teams' spring workouts. One of the stops was Miami.

HEISMAN WEEK: Penn State's Johnson has something to prove

BCS roundup
No surprise in the Fiesta Bowl: It's No. 1 Miami vs. No. 2 Ohio State in the BCS national title game matching major college football's only undefeated teams.

No change at the top: Miami unanimous No. 1 in AP poll

HEISMAN WEEK: McGahee scores more Heisman attention
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Willis McGahee has three losses this season, all to Miami teammate Ken Dorsey in a video game.

Colquitt fulfilling his potential
Tennessee's Dustin Colquitt hasn't wasted any time establishing himself as one of the nation's top punters.

Navy hopes to build on win over Army

Colquitt fulfilling his potential

HEISMAN WEEK: Penn State's Johnson has something to prove
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Facing Larry Johnson one-on-one, Michigan State safety Jason Harmon stood the Penn State tailback up at the 4-yard line - then felt himself being pushed back, step by step, into the end zone.

Vandy places six players on All-SEC Freshman Team
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Maybe better days are on the way for perennial SEC doormat Vanderbilt.

Ohio State's Tressel has seen Miami before

Iowa's Brad Banks is AP Player of the Year
For a guy who never started a college football game before this season, Iowa quarterback Brad Banks caught on pretty fast.

Iowa's Brad Banks is AP Player of the Year

Monday morning quarterback

Notre Dame 10th; Creighton ranked for first time since '75

A little perspective

Sorry state of affairs

Drought is over

Tax reform inevitable

Emotion often determines type of tree
It comes down to this: Do you lean toward nostalgia or practicality?

ABC's 'Extreme Makeover' holds a mirror up to a whole new level of beauty fixation
LOS ANGELES -- When Cinderella decided to move out of the 'hood, her fairy godmother obliged with a carriage, ballgown and glass slippers.

In the know
It's a down-home celebration when NBC's Evening With the Dixie Chicks gives the country trio a network special dedicated to their past hits and material from their current album. The show airs at 8 on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Fasten that seat belt in your recliner: Colin Quinn aims to rock your viewing experience.

Bond rules again as 'Die Another Day' retakes top box-office spot
LOS ANGELES -- "Die Another Day" has won another weekend at the box office.

James Cameron dives into Bismarck adventure
LOS ANGELES -- The story of the ill-fated German warship Bismarck took hold of filmmaker James Cameron as a youngster, when he watched the 1960 British movie "Sink the Bismarck."

Wal-Mart worker is jewel to customers
As a little girl, if Danielle Carter misbehaved in a public place, her mother would give her "the look."

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Cale

Eagles fall to Air Force
STATESBORO, Ga. -- A.J. Kuhle scored 23 points, including four of six 3-point shots for Air Force Sunday and the Falcons went on to beat Georgia Southern 70-56.

Eagles coming of age for Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern's young team has grown up at just the right time. The Eagles, riding a 10-game winning streak, are just two wins away from the school's seventh Division I-AA championship.

Jackets will face Fresno State in Silicon Valley Football Classic
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech accepted a bid to the Silicon Valley Football Classic on Sunday, securing a bowl appearance for the sixth consecutive year.

Eagles coming of age for Georgia Southern

British Open added to 31-event senior schedule

Martin moves into 21st place at Q-School

Harrington lets Tiger make the mistakes
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Two holes into the final round, Padraig Harrington extended his lead to eight strokes over Tiger Woods and then braced for the worst Sunday in the Target World Challenge.

Martin moves into 21st place at Q-School
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Casey Martin moved into position for another chance on the PGA Tour, shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to climb 16 spots into a tie for 21st place going into the sixth and final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Harrington lets Tiger make the mistakes

Snow, tapped for Treasury, will resign from Augusta
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary nominee John W. Snow will resign his membership in Augusta National Golf Club, which has been under fire for not allowing women to join.

British Open added to 31-event senior schedule
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The Champions Tour became the first golf circuit with five major championships Monday when it designated the Senior British Open as a major and added it to the 2003 schedule.

Snow, tapped for Treasury, will resign from Augusta

Oilers blank Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Tommy Salo stopped 15 shots for his third shutout in 10 games as the Edmonton Oilers continued their stifling defensive play with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday.

Oilers blank Thrashers

Airport TV offers little useful news
I had to pick up someone at the airport last week, and I learned firsthand that the bad weather around the Southeast had caused some disruption with flights.

Snow resigns from Augusta National
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary nominee John W. Snow resigned his membership in Augusta National Golf Club, which has been under fire for not allowing women to join.

Teen sentenced to life in prison
An Augusta teen was sentenced this morning to life in prison for his role in the murder of his ex-girlfriend in April.

Appreciates veteran recognition

Women don't share Burk's mission

Augusta Mini Theater a vital force that touches lives

Intersection needs better care

Editorial attack was unfair to NCWO chief Martha Burk

Machines enable the blind to vote

Ex-Augustan sees city as a 'mess'

Abolish the Federal Reserve

We can't move forward with Young

Appreciates constituents' support

In the know

Bond rules again as 'Die Another Day' retakes top box-office spot

Wal-Mart worker is jewel to customers

James Cameron dives into Bismarck adventure

ABC's 'Extreme Makeover' holds a mirror up to a whole new level of beauty fixation

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

Emotion often determines type of tree

Senior calendar

Lynx launch own Shmyr campaign

Late-game flurry dooms Lynx

Lynx launch own Shmyr campaign
The sign at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center read "Somebody's gonna get Shmyr'd."

Late-game flurry dooms Lynx
The defending Kelly Cup champion Greenville Grrrowl haven't played much like champs this season, and after Saturday night's 6-3 loss to the Columbia Inferno, coach John Marks ripped into his players for their lack of intensity.

Councils discuss road's placement
AIKEN - A traffic-alleviating connector route between Whiskey and Silver Bluff roads likely will be built as close to the city as possible, according to Aiken City Councilman Dick Smith.

Across Georgia

Senior apartments draw little interest
AIKEN - Construction on the Aiken Area Council on Aging's senior citizens housing project is ahead of schedule, but applications from potential residents are slow in coming.

News you can use
Dec. 9, 1932 Reversing public promises that the people of Richmond County would be able to vote on the liquor question, members of the Democratic white primary committee gave in to "dry" protests last night in a blanket vote and refused to include prohibition repeal on the Municipal Court ballot.

North Carolina jury finds LeBlanc guilty in assault
GASTONIA, N.C. - If anyone should have been living a long, righteous life, Aaron LeBlanc should have, a judge told him Monday.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Gennie Balogh of Augusta.

Senate race sets record

Parading around
Santa Claus left his reindeer at home Sunday and still managed to make it to the annual Christmas parades in Augusta, Aiken and North Augusta.

History text angers commissioners
Some Augusta Commission members were calling for Fire Chief Al Gillespie's job after an internal document detailing the history of his department failed to mention the city's first black firefighter, Commissioner Marion Williams, and its first black fire chief, Ronnie Few.

Woman swaps luxury for the Peace Corps
AIKEN - Next month, 22-year-old Ashlyn McKnight will leave the comfortable home that her father, a security consultant, and mother, a dental hygienist, have provided for her.

Ordinance lets retirees resume duty
North Augusta Director of Public Safety Lee Wetherington retired for 15 days in October, but the public was never made aware.

Single mother seeks help to brighten son's holiday
She moved to Augusta to make a fresh start, but with a large debt, a single mother worries that she won't be able to give her 3-year-old son a merry Christmas this year.

Reverend makes stop in Augusta
Nearly 900 people filled Tabernacle Baptist Church for the 8 a.m. service Sunday to hear the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the pulpit.

Voting system wins over skeptics
ATLANTA - Georgia's decision to abandon punch-card and optically scanned ballots for the election last month was greeted with skepticism by some. They feared that older voters would find the new touch-screen devices intimidating and that poll workers would be hopelessly bewildered.

Activist tells mayor to resign

Author details canal's history
As a veteran author and historian, Edward J. Cashin was hesitant, at first, to write an entire book focusing on the Augusta Canal.

Across the area

Mother wants to give Christmas to children

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

6 students arrested in brawl
Six students from Glenn Hills High School were arrested and suspended Monday, authorities said, for participating in a brawl outside a Friday night basketball game.

History text angers commissioners

Correction

Senior apartments draw little interest

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Thieves who trashed presents for the children of parents in prison caused only a momentary problem for members of a church.

6 students arrested in brawl

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Sister Laura Ann Grady of Augusta.

Across the area

Toying around
A stuffed animal awaits its ride to the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America on Deans Bridge Road. On Sunday, the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots toy drive for underprivileged children ended at the sponsoring group's headquarters. The event attracted 90 motorcycle's and riders, each with a toy onboard.

City gets funds from drug case
The city of Aiken recently turned what officials say might be the biggest profit ever in its battle against drugs.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are asking for the public's help in finding an Augusta woman they say slashed a woman with a box cutter.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use

Toying around

Author details canal's history

Water concerns not top priority for new governor

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to rant at the people who can't understand that Knox Avenue in front of the new Wal-Mart is not necessarily a speed trap but is a construction area. In every construction area in South Carolina, and probably in Georgia as well, there is a reduced speed limit. It used to be 45 mph; it soon will be again once the construction is complete.

Snow resigns from Augusta National

Voting system wins over skeptics

News you can use

Environmentalists put hope in Perdue

Parading around

Activist tells mayor to resign
WASHINGTON, Ga. - The leader of a black community activist group squared off against Mayor Frank Thomas at a city council meeting Monday, publicly asking the mayor to step down amid revelations that he had an affair with the woman charged with extorting him.

Volunteers bring holiday to YDC
Probably better than anyone, Joe Testino understood the significance of a Monday night volunteer Christmas celebration at the Youth Development Campus in Augusta.

Across Georgia
NORCROSS - Police arrested two teenagers in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy.

Woman swaps luxury for the Peace Corps

Volunteers bring holiday to YDC

Rants and Raves
TO THE MAN in North Augusta who had to have two brake jobs done because he had to slow down to the speed limit: I hope the police get you every time you speed. Driving the speed limit will not only keep you from getting a ticket but also make your brakes last longer.

Teen pleads guilty before murder trial
An Augusta teen was sentenced Monday to life in prison for his role in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend last April.

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to rant at the people who can't understand that Knox Avenue in front of the new Wal-Mart is not necessarily a speed trap but is a construction area. In every construction area in South Carolina, and probably in Georgia as well, there is a reduced speed limit. It used to be 45 mph; it soon will be again once the construction is complete.

Correction
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported that the Imaging Center of Aiken had changed its name. It has not, according to its officemanager, Edwina Bernier.

North Carolina jury finds LeBlanc guilty in assault

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Faced with the daunting task of trying to find places to trim more than $300 million from the state budget, legislators will return to the Statehouse today for an emergency session called by Gov. Jim Hodges.

Mother wants to give Christmas to children
A single Augusta mother doesn't want her two children to be disappointed Christmas morning.

Walker claims funding crown
Democratic 12th Congressional District candidate Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. collected more, spent more and ended up owing more money than Max Burns, the Screven County Republican who defeated him in the Nov. 5 election.

Single mother seeks help to brighten son's holiday

Senate race sets record
ATLANTA - Georgia's two U.S. Senate candidates didn't just break the state's spending record for a congressional campaign - they shattered it.

Reverend makes stop in Augusta

Across the area
A 29-year-old Hephzibah man has been charged in the death of a Matthews, Ga., man who died in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning on Deans Bridge Road.

Environmentalists put hope in Perdue
ATLANTA - During Gov. Roy Barnes' re-election bid, environmental groups were among his strongest supporters.

Across Georgia
Two Georgia students have been selected to receive the prestigious Rhodes scholarship.

Water concerns not top priority for new governor
ATLANTA - For months, Gov. Roy Barnes had been saying water would be a top priority for the next session of the General Assembly.

News you can use
DEC. 10, 1922 The stunt fliers - those who live to dare, swirling and spinning through space to satisfy their abnormal appetites for thrills - are in Augusta today and will give breath-taking exhibitions at Daniel Airport this afternoon and tomorrow.

A bowl system with integrity? Not as long as money talks
Big East powerhouse Miami did Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese a big favor by remaining unbeaten, and it has nothing to do with conference prestige or enrichment.

Ricky Hendrick to put Vickers in Busch Series car
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Busch Series car owned by Hendrick Motorsports will have a fresh new look next season, with Ricky Hendrick calling the shots as owner and 19-year-old Brian Vickers behind the wheel.

One week to go until new NBA owner is selected

One week to go until new NBA owner is selected
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With just one week left until the NBA interviews prospective owners of a new Charlotte franchise, there doesn't seem to be a clear-cut favorite.

Notre Dame 10th; Creighton ranked for first time since '75
Notre Dame's week of upsets landed the Fighting Irish in the Top 10 in The Associated Press college basketball poll Monday.

Top seven unchanged in women's poll
Duke was again an overwhelming choice at No. 1 in the AP women's basketball poll Monday, with the top seven teams unchanged.

Reeves tries to keep Atlanta focused on goals

Morgan needs shoulder surgery

Monday Night Football: Dolphins top Bears

Panthers 52, Bengals 31

Tampa Bay, Oakland and Philadelphia: three serious contenders

Buccaneers end Falcons' streak

Mrs. Mary Gay    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Montine Pulliam    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Pamela Jackson    (NORTH AUGUST, S.C.)
Ret. F.Sgt. Orlanda Justice    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Koon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Donna Moseley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. George Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Molly Mock    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Georgianna Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John Mitchell Jr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Lovett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Proctor    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Jane Matheny    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Clinton Hadden    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Langston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Cheek    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mrs. Mamie Koon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Wilbert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Jamaal Wilkerson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathy Schweitzer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Tina Rhodes    (SHARPSBURG, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kathy Schweitzer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marguerite Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Aldridge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Catharine Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Helen Champion
From Portugal to Moscow to demolished churches in Europe in search of rusty antiques, Helen Champion loved to travel.

Mr. Norman Greene    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Stubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Norman Folk Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Emmett Joiner Sr.    (GARFIELD, Ga.)
Rev. Donald Cisick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dea. David Johnson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Sadie Ivey    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Pamela Jackson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ila Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Junebug Hudson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Marguerite Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Verdy Blackwell    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Russell Sanders    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Bradshaw    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Phillips    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. George Davis    (MACON, Ga.)
Zakia McGee    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
S.Sgt. Benjamin Terry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Lord    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Zittrauer    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Corine Landers    (WRENS, Ga.)
Dea. David Johnson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Marion Keller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alvin Brown Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Lawrence Baker Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Helen Champion    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Verdy Blackwell    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clinton Hadden    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Rev. Mr. Donald Cisick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marvin Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. James Boyd    (YORK, S.C.)
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Mr. Jimmy Proctor (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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Mrs. Helen Champion (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mr. Clinton Hadden (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Kathy Schweitzer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Mary Langston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Emmett Joiner Sr. (GARFIELD, Ga.)

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Mr. Lawrence Baker Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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Mr. Russell Sanders (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Martha Lord (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Boyd (YORK, S.C.)

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Mr. Norman Greene (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Ret. F.Sgt. Orlanda Justice (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Stopgap Rx help for seniors is available, but few know about it
WITH NO MEDICARE prescription coverage for now, where can seniors turn for affordable prescription drugs?

Intersection needs better care
On Nov. 15 I stopped for a traffic light at the intersection of Tobacco Road and Windsor Springs Road. I noticed several men wearing prison uniforms working on the islands at the intersection. Howard G. Battle, Augusta

Drought is over
Twenty years ago Ronald Reagan was in the second year of his presidency; John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the assassination attempt on the president; the Falklands War was in high gear; Prince William was born to Lady Diana; liposuction was introduced and the first-ever heart transplant reported; the Vietnam Memorial was erected in Washington; Graceland was opened to the public; E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, was a huge hit; Michael Jackson's Thriller sold 20 million albums, smashing all previous records; Tom Watson won the U.S. and British opens.

Abolish the Federal Reserve
The chief engine for inflation is the Federal Reserve. Inflation is an increase in the quantity of currency. It causes currency to become less valuable, much the same as an increase in the quantity of any commodity will cause its unit value to decrease. Karl Bergman, Aiken, S.C.

Appreciates constituents' support
I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to all my constituents for their encouragement and kind support. Thank you for your vote during both the primaries and the recent general election in November, which returned me to the state Senate representing District 24. It is truly an honor and privilege to represent this election district. State Sen. Joey Brush, Appling, Ga.

Tax reform inevitable
There are a couple of good reasons why South Carolina lawmakers are smart to be looking for new ways to fund the state's school systems.

We can't move forward with Young
Augusta's recent mayor's race indicates there is something in need of fixing. Under normal circumstances, a first year incumbent does not get opposition from four different fronts - including his own power base. Such was the case in Augusta. The outcome of a runoff was predictable because both candidates ran an excellent three-week campaign capitalizing on their strengths and resources. James Williams Jr., Augusta

Stopgap Rx help for seniors is available, but few know about it
WITH NO MEDICARE prescription coverage for now, where can seniors turn for affordable prescription drugs?

A little perspective
At a park in Seoul, South Korea, 20 Catholic priests last week waged a hunger strike.

Editorial attack was unfair to NCWO chief Martha Burk
Your Nov. 16 editorial about Chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations Martha Burk, "Empress has no clothes," was almost too inane to respond to. I do so only because your brand of character assassination is too dangerous to leave unanswered. Alan Roberts, Augusta

Ex-Augustan sees city as a 'mess'
I lived in the Augusta area for 42 years before moving to Kansas City, Kan., with my company six years ago. I love Augusta. I still call it home and fly back about every two weeks to see my daughters. I care about Augusta's future because of all the family I have who lives there and the strong roots that I have there. George Hobbs, Overland Park, Kan.

Women don't share Burk's mission
What is it that makes Chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations Martha Burk tick? Why does she have to try to stir something up that is absolutely none of her business? Denise Beck, Martinez, Ga.

Sorry state of affairs
Saddam Hussein's "apology" to Kuwait might even put to shame American athletes and celebrities - who are famous for issuing non-apologies when cornered with unpleasant truths about their behavior.

Augusta Mini Theater a vital force that touches lives
Hats off to the Augusta Mini Theater! Augusta has been blessed to have the Augusta Mini Theater as a vital force in our community for the past 27 years. The Lord placed a dream in the heart of Tyrone Butler in 1975 - a dream that he nurtured - and with "God, tears and hopes," it became a reality. Cecelia Johnson, Augusta

Machines enable the blind to vote
This year, during November, there was an event of historical importance that our local news media did not seem to pick up. This had to do with the new voting machines, which Georgia took the forefront in providing. Jack Eckert, Augusta

Appreciates veteran recognition
As a military wife, I want to express my appreciation to the Golden Corral franchise on Peach Orchard Road for their complimentary steak dinner to veterans on Nov. 11. Ethel O. Bahm, Augusta

Ivanisevic expects to play doubles vs. United States

Overtime

Cuche beats Buechel in super-G

Seattle OneWorld admits violation at America's Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- A designer for Seattle's OneWorld Challenge on Sunday admitted owning a computer and computer disk containing secret design information belonging to America's Cup defenders Team New Zealand.

Cuche beats Buechel in super-G
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- Nearly lulled to sleep by a 10-minute course delay, Switzerland's Didier Cuche got a wake-up call.

Ivanisevic expects to play doubles vs. United States
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Goran Ivanisevic expects to play doubles for Croatia against the United States in February's opening round of the Davis Cup.

Overtime
Lance Armstrong was cho- sen Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year for 2002 after becoming the first American to win a fourth Tour de France.

Panthers 52, Bengals 31
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Shunned by most of his teammates two weeks ago, Steve Smith is suddenly the most popular Carolina Panther.

Morgan needs shoulder surgery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan needs surgery to repair his dislocated shoulder and could miss the final three games of the season.

Tampa Bay, Oakland and Philadelphia: three serious contenders
Only two of the 12 playoff teams are set, and the AFC is particularly muddled.

Buccaneers end Falcons' streak
TAMPA, Fla. - Before arriving for the Atlanta Falcons' rematch Sunday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Michael Vick promised to play the best game of his short but amazing career.

Falcons fall to Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made Michael Vick look average - again.

Monday Night Football: Dolphins top Bears
MIAMI -- Ricky Williams put on a show Monday night that Roone Arledge would have loved.

Reeves tries to keep Atlanta focused on goals
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- If the regular season ended today, the Atlanta Falcons would be preparing for a first-round playoff game at Tampa Bay.

A bowl system with integrity? Not as long as money talks

Teen pleads innocent in DVD-copy protection trial
OSLO, Norway -- Norwegian teenager Jon Lech Johansen pleaded innocent Monday to breaking data security laws in the first day of a widely watched trial over a program that unlocks the security codes of DVDs.

NBA titles are good, pretty good and OK
When it comes to hoops, have you got a game? Didn't think so. Fortunately, you can be the biggest doofus on the court and still block Shaq into the cheap seats. Just pick up one of the plethora of new NBA titles on the market. Whatever system you prefer, there's a game for you.

Goggles perform, but outdone by other devices
SAN FRANCISCO -- Geeky new "i-glasses" from i-O Display Systems deliver video from DVD players, camcorders and video game consoles directly to your eyeballs.

Cheaters pose serious threat to success of online gaming
DALLAS -- Tony Ray knows how cheating can ruin a good time online.

Lady Dogs rout Oakland
ATHENS, Ga. -- Sherril Baker watched Georgia win its first Southeastern Conference football championship in 20 years Saturday, but her inspiration against Oakland on Sunday came from watching another athletic event Saturday.

Lady Dogs rout Oakland

Matchup pits Richt against his mentor

Pollack named Player of the Year
David Pollack is a no-name no longer.

Matchup pits Richt against his mentor
Shortly after being hired as Georgia's football coach, Mark Richt was asked about the eventuality of facing the team he left.

Pollack, Richt claim top SEC honors
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Georgia defensive end David Pollack was named Southeastern Conference player of the year Monday by league coaches who voted the Bulldogs' Mark Richt as coach of the year.

Georgia back on top in SEC

Georgia back on top in SEC
ATLANTA -- Vince Dooley knows a thing or two about winning championships, and he suspected early on that this was going to be a special season for Georgia.

Seminoles not the team that Richt was a part of

Seminoles not the team that Richt was a part of
When Mark Richt decided to leave Florida State almost two years ago, the Seminoles were college football's closest approximation of a dynasty.

Pollack named Player of the Year

Pollack, Richt claim top SEC honors

Gamecocks fall to North Carolina St.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- It's a good sign for North Carolina State when Julius Hodge gets to practice his shimmy after key baskets.

Gamecocks fall to North Carolina St.

Audio best

Holiday is too commercial

Justin's solo CD mostly upbeat
After becoming a household name from years of success in the boy band 'NSYNC, Justin Timberlake is out on his own. His debut CD, Justified, supposedly presents a different side of Justin.

Question of the Week:
Have you finished your Christmas shopping?

Free fonts

Artist's corner
Taylor Gray, 17, is a senior at Hephzibah High School. She wrote Family Is... as an entry for a school contest on what family meant to students.

Free fonts
If you're tired of the boring old fonts that came with your computer's word-processing program, visit www.larabiefonts.com.

Creative students will bring traveling studio to their school
You in a sound booth, recording a demo tape, surrounded by music professionals.

Justin's solo CD mostly upbeat

Girl should take time to make good decision
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm dating this guy. We've been going out for about a week. The problem is that he's black and I'm white. I know my mom wouldn't agree with it. He's already telling me he loves me. I don't think he should be doing that after such a short time. I wrote him this note and I want to break up with him but I don't want to hurt him. What should I do? - 14-year-old Augusta girl.

Question of the Week:

Holiday is too commercial
As I strolled through the mall one unseasonably warm early November day, my senses were bombarded with various sights and sounds: the smell of delicious food, the sight of shoppers scurrying every which way and, oh yes, the angelic sound of Christmas carols.

Girl should take time to make good decision

Your style
THE FACTS: Orrealus Harris Jr., 14, a seventh-grader at Evans Middle School.

4-1-1

Audio best
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:

4-1-1
Have you ever heard the enchanting sound of a bazantar, or the exotic rhythms of a Javanese bonang? Curious? Then head to www.oddmusic.com. The site name perfectly describes what you'll find inside - a veritable "freak show" of unheard-of and forgotten-about instruments.

Creative students will bring traveling studio to their school

Xtreme calendar
Since the movie isn't out yet, maybe the soundtrack will satisfy you. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, is out on CD today. Also in stores: Just Whitney, from pop diva Whitney Houston; Pandemonium!, from B2K; and another album from late R&B Singer Aaliyah, I Care 4 U, which includes hit singles as well as some previously unreleased material.

My ride
THE FACTS: Hobson Fulcher, 19, is a second-year student at Aiken Technical College.

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Odds and Ends

Cheaters pose serious threat to success of online gaming

Goggles perform, but outdone by other devices

NBA titles are good, pretty good and OK