Selig talking with Rose about reinstatement
NEW YORK -- Pete Rose may finally be getting his second chance.

Selig talking with Rose about reinstatement

Airport TV offers little useful news

Museum honors America's sideshow past
BALTIMORE -- Most curators dream of stocking their museums with Picassos, Rodins or golden treasure from the pharaohs' tombs.

Odds and Ends
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mike Samples doesn't like the new dress code at his state job - so he wore a dress to work.

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

Mets introduce Glavine

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

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.

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting

Bush taps transportation executive as Treasury chief

Business briefs
CHICAGO - A day into its bankruptcy reorganization, United Airlines held preparatory talks with its unions Tuesday on concessions while its CEO began a tour of United's U.S. hubs as part of a campaign to reassure passengers and employees.

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting
NEW YORK -- Wall Street bounced back Tuesday following a week of declines, bolting higher as bargain hunters picked up stocks on expectations of a year-end rally.

Fed holds key interest rate steady
WASHINGTON --The Federal Reserve left a key interest rate unchanged at a 41-year low Tuesday, giving consumers and businesses more time to take advantage of rock-bottom borrowing costs and help the economy snap out of its listless state.

Law creates more choice on channels
TV viewers who love The Sopranos but couldn't care less about The Osbournes might be able to pay less on their cable bills.

Wachovia becomes top area bank
Wachovia Corp. has displaced Regions Bank as metro Augusta's largest financial institution, according to a recently released bank report.

Stocks fall on UAL bankruptcy, IBM downgrade

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
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.

Fed holds key interest rate steady

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.

Law creates more choice on channels

Business briefs

Wachovia becomes top area bank

Bowden says there were no negotiations with Baylor
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says he wants schools to contact him about job offerings - he's just not going to take them.

Tangerine tastes fine to Tigers

Bowden says there were no negotiations with Baylor

Tangerine tastes fine to Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - The night before the Nov. 23 South Carolina game, Clemson wide receiver Jackie Robinson addressed the Tigers at the team hotel.

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.

Colquitt fulfilling his potential

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.

All-American makes cut
After being named to the 25-man watch list for the 2001 Ray Guy Award, Mark Mariscal didn't make the cut when the list was trimmed to 10.

Judge dismisses contempt charge against Watson
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- South Carolina State running back Derek Watson's murky legal issues in the Upstate were cleared up Tuesday.

Palmer turns groans into cheers
LOS ANGELES -- Carson Palmer rolled to his right, as he has done dozens of times as the Southern California quarterback.

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

Franck, Spani among 15 new members inducted into Hall of Fame
NEW YORK -- George "Sonny" Franck never thought he'd live to see this day.

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.

Valdosta prepares for Grand Valley in Division II championship

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

Franck, Spani among 15 new members inducted into Hall of Fame

Judge dismisses contempt charge against Watson

Valdosta prepares for Grand Valley in Division II championship
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Valdosta State fans and officials are getting ready for a trip to the Division II championship game Saturday in Florence, Ala.

Palmer turns groans into cheers

Vandy places six players on All-SEC Freshman Team

Ohio State's Tressel has seen Miami before

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

Iowa's Brad Banks is AP Player of the Year

Creighton savors first basketball ranking in 27 years

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

Sage Valley receives praise

Drought is over

Real help is welcome

Sorry state of affairs

Last line of defense

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.

Whether film or digital, photography is photography
A reader asked if digital photography is better than film.

Beauty is in eye of American audience
LOS ANGELES -- When Cinderella decided to move out of the 'hood, her fairy godmother obliged with a carriage, ballgown and glass slippers.

Sauce adds spicy-sweet taste to hors d'oeuvre
Little smoked sausages smothered in barbecue sauce are ever present at casual holiday parties. This combination is popular party fare because of its easy preparation (just pour a jar of barbecue sauce over a package of "little smokies" and heat), plus the fact that this hors d'oeuvre can sit unattended in a crockpot for hours.

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

Small portions
To add a citrus note to sugar cubes, rub the cubes over the skin of an orange or lemon. These are a nice accompaniment around the holidays for tea or coffee.

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).

In the know
The 2000 Pine Ridge Dijon Clones Chardonnay from California is a great example of terrific wine loaded with great tropical fruit hints and a perfect amount of oak and vanilla flavors. This $16 wine is classically made, and the quality shows in each sip. It is reminiscent of many more expensive wines, but at a fraction of the cost. It will pair perfectly with chicken in a cream sauce or even veal!

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

Second-biggest 'Sopranos' audience ever watches Tony, Carmela split
LOS ANGELES -- The season finale of "The Sopranos" was the second most-watched episode of HBO's mob drama, with 12.5 million viewers tuning in as Carmela and Tony Soprano split.

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."

Ashanti, Nelly among top winners at Billboard Awards
LAS VEGAS -- R&B newcomer Ashanti made an impressive debut at the Billboard Music Awards, taking home eight awards Monday night while rap star Nelly won honors in six categories. The album of the year went to Eminem for "The Eminem Show."

Snow, tapped for Treasury, will resign from Augusta

The case of the missing wedges
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods had an exciting week at the Target World Challenge, and not just because he nearly staged a great comeback before finishing second to Padraig Harrington.

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.

Toms plays practice round minus partner Mickelson

Group might sell course
Jones Creek Golf Club will be sold to the highest bidder in January if foreclosure proceedings continue.

British Open added to 31-event senior schedule

Toms plays practice round minus partner Mickelson
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- David Toms split fairways with his drives and tossed iron shots at the pins Tuesday as he got his first look at one of Mexico's plushest courses.

Picture this: A caddie takes matters into his own hands
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- With $200,000 on the line, Tiger Woods dug his feet in the bunker, waggled his sand wedge over the ball and was at the top of his swing when the silence was pierced by a nerve-racking noise he has come to despise.

The case of the missing wedges

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.

Picture this: A caddie takes matters into his own hands

Prep basketball scores

Trick yields treat
THOMSON - They've run the play in practice all season, but they hadn't used it in a game.

Thrashers send Lessard to Chicago of the AHL

Commissioner: Sabres sale on track
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Despite speculation about the financial weakness of the intended new owners of the Buffalo Sabres, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the transaction to go through by February.

Commissioner: Sabres sale on track

Thrashers send Lessard to Chicago of the AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned forward Francis Lessard to Chicago of the AHL on Tuesday.

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.

Aiken plant files for bankruptcy protection
Aiken's Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC announced today it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Recycling a stressful exercise

Editorial attack was unfair to NCWO chief Martha Burk

We can't move forward with Young

Ex-Augustan sees city as a 'mess'

Regional women's shelter seeks help from Martha Burk

Writer should move beyond dilemma over violence

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

Senior calendar

Wal-Mart worker is jewel to customers

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

In the know

Second-biggest 'Sopranos' audience ever watches Tony, Carmela split

Emotion often determines type of tree

Ashanti, Nelly among top winners at Billboard Awards

Sauce adds spicy-sweet taste to hors d'oeuvre

Beauty is in eye of American audience

In the know

Whether film or digital, photography is photography

Small portions

For players locker room is home away from home
If the cinderblock walls of the Augusta Lynx dressing room could talk, just imagine the tales they would tell.

For players locker room is home away from home

Five Questions with Josh St. Louis

Lynx notebook

Lynx notebook
Augusta Lynx center Brad Ralph was awarded the No. 2 star of the game after Saturday's 3-1 win over the Pee Dee Pride.

Five Questions with Josh St. Louis
Augusta Lynx forward Josh St. Louis answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Volunteers bring holiday to YDC

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A Rock Hill man has died after he fell about 25 feet from a tree while trying to trim branches that had become loose in last week's wintry storm, authorities said.

Across Georgia

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.

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

Across the area
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began taking extensive soil samples Tuesday at an east Augusta public housing complex where elevated levels of arsenic and lead were found beneath playgrounds last month.

Subscriber of the day

State foresees no tax changes
ATHENS, Ga. - Tax increases may not be necessary, but tax cuts aren't likely, either, based on comments from state officials meeting informally to discuss issues before the General Assembly next month.

News you can use
Dec. 11, 1912 BARNWELL, S.C. - Sheriff Frank Creech died suddenly at his home this week.

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.

Disabled teenager loses bike to thief
Hundreds of bicycles are stolen in Augusta every year. But the theft of Keith Thomas' special three-wheeled bicycle was especially devastating for his mother, who had saved for months to get it for her son.

Perdue says tight budget awaits state
ATHENS, Ga. - Calling on Democrats and Republicans to work as a team, Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue warned lawmakers Tuesday that tough economic times will mean less money for popular spending projects next year.

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.

Camden officials get push to quit
WOODBINE, Ga. - The Camden County Board of Property Assessors and the county's chief tax appraiser have been asked by the County Commission to resign because of mistakes, late assessments and lack of uniformity in assessments.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Benny Sasser of Thomson.

Postal workers prepare for Christmas scramble
If you want Aunt Hilda to get that Christmas card on time, you'd better mail it by Dec. 18.

Camden officials get push to quit

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.

Postal workers prepare for Christmas scramble

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.

Judge steps up fight against offenders
Statutory rape cases have doubled in Richmond County over the last three years, an alarming increase one local judge isn't taking lightly.

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.

Lawmakers protest plan on school start date
COLUMBIA - A proposal to set when South Carolina schools should start has raised the ire of some lawmakers.

Experts disagree on water policy
ATHENS, Ga. - Foreshadowing a debate likely to occupy the General Assembly in the months ahead, a panel of experts clashed Tuesday over whether Georgia should treat water as a public resource or a private commodity.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Medical costs keep man from buying presents
With medical problems to deal with, an Augusta man is having a difficult time getting money to buy Christmas presents for his two children.

Mother wants to give Christmas to children

Lawmakers protest plan on school start date

Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter warns that war only leads to more war

County gets plan for charter school

North Carolina jury finds LeBlanc guilty in assault

Activist tells mayor to resign

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

Senate race sets record

Park prepares to brighten holiday
AIKEN - On Saturday, Whiskey Road becomes Winter Wonderland.

6 students arrested in brawl

Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter warns that war only leads to more war
OSLO, Norway -- Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday - long-awaited for his diplomacy in the Middle East in the '70s - with a warning to nations to avoid bloodshed in resolving their conflicts.

Senior apartments draw little interest

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A Savannah police officer was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot while he was sitting in his car.

News you can use

Leaders say cuts will be covered
AIKEN - Aiken County school officials say they can absorb Tuesday's latest across-the-board budget cuts from the state by dipping into contingency funds.

History text angers commissioners

City considers air-quality plan
In Augusta's effort to avoid ending up with pollution problems like Atlanta's, city officials are expected to voluntarily consent to an aggressive ozone-reduction plan with a December 2007 deadline.

Perdue says tight budget awaits state

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.

County gets plan for charter school
The Richmond County School Board has two months to decide whether to grant a local inner city revitalization corporation's petition for a charter school.

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.

State foresees no tax changes

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.

Medical costs keep man from buying presents

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

Across the area

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.

City considers air-quality plan

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.

Aiken plant files for bankruptcy protection

Correction

News you can use

County recalls creation

Leaders say cuts will be covered

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.

Experts disagree on water policy

County recalls creation
Voices of the Kiokee Baptist Church choir filled the courtroom of Columbia County's Appling courthouse in celebration of two birthdays - Christ's and the county's 212th.

Judge steps up fight against offenders

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.

NASCAR sanctions SpeedPark in heart of stock-car community
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR expanded its effort to reach out to a younger fan base Tuesday by signing off on an officially licensed SpeedPark to be located in the heart of the stock-car racing community.

NASCAR sanctions SpeedPark in heart of stock-car community

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.

Witness claims to hear police toasting Iverson's 'next felony'

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.

One week to go until new NBA owner is selected

Witness claims to hear police toasting Iverson's 'next felony'
PHILADELPHIA -- A former hotel security guard says he overheard a police detective make a toast to Allen Iverson's "next felony" last summer, days before the NBA star was charged with threatening two men with a gun.

Creighton savors first basketball ranking in 27 years
OMAHA, Neb. -- Not too long ago, students in the library outnumbered the fans in the stands when the Creighton basketball team played.

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.

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.

Reeves tries to keep Atlanta focused on goals

Monday Night Football: Dolphins top Bears

Defensive coordinator in familiar territory with Atlanta

Tampa Bay, Oakland and Philadelphia: three serious contenders

Morgan needs shoulder surgery

Mrs. Kathy Schweitzer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nada Fowler    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Catharine Petersen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie Hair    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Norman Folk Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Peggy Hancock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sadie Ivey    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Glenoris Holt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Georgianna Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Marvin Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Montine Pulliam    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marian Keller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Lovett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mamie Koon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. George Manders    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Montine Mobley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dea. David Johnson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Christopher Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Norman Greene    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Terri Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Douglas Early    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Russell Sanders Sr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Marguerite Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Patrick Stewart    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Russell Sanders    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Yonce    (JONESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Phillips    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Jett Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Zakia McGee    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Lord    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. George Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Corine Landers    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Tae-Cha Bales    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Marion Keller    (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.

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Mrs. Hassie Carroll    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Davis    (MACON, Ga.)
Ms. Pamela Jackson    (NORTH AUGUST, S.C.)
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Rev. Mr. Donald Cisick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Elizabeth Fortson    (HARTWELL, Ga.)
Mr. Norman Folk Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Tae-Cha Bales    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Nada Fowler    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ila Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Russell Dunn    (GORDON, Ga.)
Rev. Mr. Donald Cisick    (AUGUSTA,Ga.)
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Mrs. Mabel Gaffney (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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Zakia McGee (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Walker's iron-fisted pursuit of dynasty did him in
IF A HISTORIAN should ever decide to record the deeds of Georgia's minor-league dictators and petty potentates, state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, would deserve a chapter of his own. He ran his fiefdom with an iron fist, rewarding friends and vanquishing enemies, dispensing patronage and meting out punishments to those who dared oppose him.

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?

Recycling a stressful exercise
I read with interest Ann Chan's Nov. 28 letter encouraging recycling, since I used to be an advocate of a strong recycling program. When my trash service was consolidated in August of 2001, I rushed to take advantage of the new recycling option. Don Doughty, Augusta

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

Last line of defense
Justice was finally meted out to rapist Aaron LeBlanc in Gastonia, N.C., Monday when Judge Jesse Caldwell sentenced the 20-year-old to serve at least 54 years in prison. He'll be over 70 if and when he ever gets out.

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.

Walker's iron-fisted pursuit of dynasty did him in
IF A HISTORIAN should ever decide to record the deeds of Georgia's minor-league dictators and petty potentates, state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, would deserve a chapter of his own. He ran his fiefdom with an iron fist, rewarding friends and vanquishing enemies, dispensing patronage and meting out punishments to those who dared oppose him.

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

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.

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.

Real help is welcome
While Martha Burk uses her national pulpit to try to get a rich woman into Augusta National Golf Club, Sandra K. Johnson would simply like to get battered women and their children into a safe haven.

Regional women's shelter seeks help from Martha Burk
Dear Martha:

Writer should move beyond dilemma over violence
Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. opines that religions are using a belief in "God as a weapon" (Dec. 2 column). This is as true today as it was in the dark ages of earlier civilization. Religion is defined as the service and worship of God or the supernatural, which could mean simply a god. To say that a person believes in God or is religious gives no characterization of what to expect from them morally. Wheldon Hair, Harlem, Ga.

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?

Overtime

Ivanisevic expects to play doubles vs. United States

U.S. women to play in Chinese tournament
CHICAGO -- As the first major step in preparation for the 2003 Women's World Cup, the U.S. team will play in an international tournament in China next month.

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
Fort Gordon's Al Robinson has been named the recipient of the 2002 Hall of Fame Award at USA Boxing's annual meeting in Spokane, Wash.

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

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.

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

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

Defensive coordinator in familiar territory with Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When he was hired as defensive coordinator 10 months ago, Wade Phillips promised the Atlanta Falcons would play hard. He never said they would be perfect.

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.

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

Defamation ruling could affect Internet publications worldwide
SYDNEY, Australia -- In a landmark case, Australia's highest court on Tuesday gave a businessman the right to sue for defamation in Australia over an article published in the United States and posted on the Internet.

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.

Computer gifts that won't break the bank
December is the time of year when "stocking stuffer" means more than a plus-size person in petite-size hose. Those little gifts often bring more pleasure than the super-expensive ones, and personal computing offers lots of opportunity. Here are some suggestions that won't break the bank:

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.

Researcher looking for clues to global warming
Researcher examines plant fossils, looking for clues to global warming

Pollack named Player of the Year

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

Georgia dominates All-SEC team after winning first title in 20 years

Georgia running back robbed at gunpoint in East Athens

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.

Seminoles not the team that Richt was a part of

Georgia guard quits team
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia guard Mike Dean has been released from his scholarship and will leave the team at the end of the semester.

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 running back robbed at gunpoint in East Athens
EAST ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia backup tailback Tyson Browning was one of two people robbed at gunpoint early Monday at a home in East Athens.

Georgia dominates All-SEC team after winning first title in 20 years
ATLANTA -- At the beginning of the season, Georgia coach Mark Richt told his team to focus on winning the Southeastern Conference championship and everything else would take care of itself.

Pollack, Richt claim top SEC honors

Georgia guard quits team

Sage Valley receives praise
Sage Valley Golf Club has made Golf Digest magazine's America's Best New Courses of 2002 list.

Question of the Week:

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.

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.

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

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

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.

4-1-1

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.

Free fonts

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

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.

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:

Creative students will bring traveling studio to their school

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.

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

Audio best

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

Xtreme calendar

Holiday is too commercial

Girl should take time to make good decision

Odds and Ends

Museum honors America's sideshow past

Defamation ruling could affect Internet publications worldwide

Researcher looking for clues to global warming

Computer gifts that won't break the bank

NBA titles are good, pretty good and OK