'Passage of time' changed Selig's mind about talking to Rose
NEW YORK -- There were standing ovations at World Series games and chants of "Pete! Pete!" at Cooperstown.

Selig talking with Rose about reinstatement

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

'Passage of time' changed Selig's mind about talking to Rose

Carmen Renee Hudson
Jeffrey and Leatrice Hudson of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Carmen Renee Hudson, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Curtis and Mary Leverett of Augusta and Bruce and Marilyn Hudson of Hephzibah.

Chloe Madison Lirley
Paul

Spencer Maxwell Taylor
Deon B. and Jennifer M. Taylor of Augusta announce the birth of a s

Savannah Grace Padgett

Morgan Taylor Johnson
Paul and Pamela Johnson of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Taylor Johnson, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Francis A. Greiver Jr. of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Neil A. Johnson of Augusta.

Chloe Madison Lirley

Brett Landon Zerbel
Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Zerbel of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Brett Landon Zerbel, Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Hatcher of Augusta and Richard Zerbel and Gladys Toole, both of Hephzibah.

Ryan Jacob Ingalls

Cameron Joseph Rodgerson
Eric W. and Amanda C. Rodgerson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Cameron Joseph Rodgerson, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Steve and Shonea Williams of Martinez and Jeff and Debra Zachary of Warrenville.

Cameron Joseph Rodgerson

Hannah Leigh McMillian
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McMillian of Edgefield, S

Treveon Louis Williams

Uri Samya Kittles
Mr. and Mrs. Urban S. Kittles Jr. of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Uri Samya Kittles, Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Joeann Johnson of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Urban S. Kittles Sr. of Wrens, Ga.

Timothy Lee Burton Jr.

Lajuna Angel Freeman
Juna Freema

Rickey D. McGhee III

Spencer Berry Wiley
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Wiley of Evans announce the birth of a son, Spencer Berry Wiley, Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Willard Scoggins of Americus, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Wiley of Winder, Ga.

Daniel Allen Diver

Davis McCall Rogers
Thomas L. and Tracey M. Rogers of Evans announce the birth of a son, Davis McCall Rogers, Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Mayer of Ocala, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Rogers of North Augusta.

Spencer Berry Wiley

Savannah Grace Padgett
Kev

Troy Deondre' Falls

Carmen Renee Hudson

Novalee Michelle Delone

Ryan Jacob Ingalls
Mr. and Mrs. Chri

Morgan Taylor Johnson

Timothy Lee Burton Jr.
Timothy L. Burton Sr. a

Rickey D. McGhee III
Rickey D.

Thomas Alexander Kilpatrick II
Thomas A. and April L. Kilpatri

Lajuna Angel Freeman

Nevaeh Diamonique Holmes
Wilson Holmes Jr. and Terri A. May, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a dau

Daniel Allen Taylor III

Troy Deondre' Falls
Harry P. and Wakeelah

Brandon Thomas-Van White

Treveon Louis Williams
Ronnie L. Williams and April

Lydia Jean Muns

Brandon Thomas-Van White
Michael and Jenny White of Aug

Thomas Alexander Kilpatrick II

Kelsie Elizabeth Schuyler
Mr. and Mrs. David Schuyler of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Kelsie Elizabeth Schuyler, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Pamela Grygo and Mr. and Mrs. William C. Reed, all of Augusta.

Spencer Maxwell Taylor

Daniel Allen Diver
Kevin and Sandra Diver of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Daniel Allen Diver, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Allan S. Tardiff of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Keith M. Diver of Martinez.

Brett Landon Zerbel

Julia Lee Parrott
Robbie and Jeri Lynne Parro

Davis McCall Rogers

Lydia Jean Muns
Frank and Kim Muns of Beech Island an

Uri Samya Kittles

Kelsie Elizabeth Schuyler

Julia Lee Parrott

Hannah Leigh McMillian

Nevaeh Diamonique Holmes

Novalee Michelle Delone
James Delone and Amy Brazell, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Novalee Michelle Delone, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Brazell of Martinez and Beverly Ward of Aiken.

Daniel Allen Taylor III
Daniel A. and Yolanda E. Taylor of Augusta annou

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Bank marks anniversary with plans for growth

Aiken plant files bankruptcy
Layoffs did not accompany Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, but company officials said they could not rule out future downsizing.

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.

Stocks advance despite Kimberly-Clark's downbeat outlook

Law creates more choice on channels

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.

Wachovia becomes top area bank

Stocks advance despite Kimberly-Clark's downbeat outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended a tepid trading session Wednesday with a moderate advance after a disappointing outlook from Kimberly Clark left investors questioning prospects for a solid business recovery in 2003. Stocks struggled for much of the session to claim their gains.

Fed holds key interest rate steady

Aiken plant files bankruptcy

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting

Events will give business forecast

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.

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.

Events will give business forecast
ATLANTA - Next week's release of economic information from the University of Georgia will likely attract people who already know business activity is tepid but who are eager to know when it will heat up again.

Bank marks anniversary with plans for growth
A community bank with a mostly rural customer base is strengthening its position in suburban Augusta as it celebrates its centennial.

Business briefs
DALLAS - Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Wednesday that sales and profits would fall in the fourth quarter because of tougher competition for sales of diapers and training pants.

Business briefs

Tangerine tastes fine to Tigers

Bowden says there were no negotiations with Baylor

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

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.

Judge dismisses contempt charge against Watson

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.

Alabama's search apparently comes down to two
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's search for a new football coach appears to have been narrowed to two candidates, South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt and New Orleans Saints assistant Mike Riley.

Banks draws on strong family ties
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Brad Banks was among the fortunate.

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

Size helps Kentucky punter

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.

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.

Banks draws on strong family ties

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.

Alabama's search apparently comes down to two

Palmer turns groans into cheers

Teammates make list

Valdosta prepares for Grand Valley in Division II championship

Size helps Kentucky punter
If you're a burly defensive lineman or linebacker, there are few things more satisfying than taking a free shot at some scrawny, unsuspecting punter.

Coaches expect strong game in sold-out Orange Bowl

Coaches expect strong game in sold-out Orange Bowl
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A matchup of conference champions has the Orange Bowl sold out, and coaches Pete Carroll of Southern California and Kirk Ferentz of Iowa aren't surprised.

Teammates make list
NEW YORK - Top-ranked Miami's Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee are Heisman Trophy finalists, the first time since 1994 that teammates were among the top five in the voting.

Creighton savors first basketball ranking in 27 years

Sage Valley receives praise

Last line of defense

Not at any cost

All 'wings' periled

Real help is welcome

Judge orders N.Y. to allow direct wine shipments
NEW YORK -- New York state must allow out-of-state wineries to ship their products directly to consumers, a judge ordered.

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.

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.

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.

In the know
Colgate-Palmolive is inviting members of six of the largest national youth organizations to enter the 30th anniversary Colgate Youth for America campaign.

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

NBC dominates the week's top 10
NEW YORK -- CBS had the top-rated show with "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" while NBC won last week's overall prime-time ratings, claiming six of the top 10 shows.

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!

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.

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."

Survey finds harmful, drug-resistant bacteria in chickens
WASHINGTON -- A consumer magazine says it found harmful bacteria, much of it drug resistant, in almost half the chickens it bought from stores around the country.

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.

Decorations available in shapes of historical sites
The boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson already has its place set in history.

Space baddies: Rating the villains of 'Star Trek'
LOS ANGELES -- Villains both menacing and lackluster have gone after the crew of the starship Enterprise through 10 feature films in the "Star Trek" franchise.

By the time I repair one thing, two more break

Mickelson's driver will get plenty of work in World Cup

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.

Mickelson's driver will get plenty of work in World Cup
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Phil Mickelson is scrapping Plan B and will rip his way through the World Cup.

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

The case of the missing wedges

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.

Picture this: A caddie takes matters into his own hands

Toms plays practice round minus partner Mickelson

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.

Persistence pays off

Prep basketball scores

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.

Four Gwinnett County high schools in football semifinals
Four high schools from Gwinnett County will play in the semifinals of the state football playoffs this weekend at the Georgia Dome, including Class AAAAA defending champion Parkview.

Persistence pays off
Ask the question, and Laney coach Eric Parker immediately will reel off the Wildcats' win-loss records for the six years he's been in charge.

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

Atlanta F Savard activated from injured reserve

Atlanta F Savard activated from injured reserve
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers activated forward Marc Savard from injured reserve before Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Lemieux tops Eastern Conference All-Star voting
NEW YORK -- Mario Lemieux leads the Eastern Conference in fan voting for the NHL All-Star game.

Thrashers send Lessard to Chicago of the AHL

Commissioner: Sabres sale on track

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.

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

Article on black community of Carpentersville draws rave

Christmas parade not G-rated

Writer should move beyond dilemma over violence

Recycling a stressful exercise

America run by leaders, not wimps

Regional women's shelter seeks help from Martha Burk

Insurers not to blame for medical crisis

Beauty is in eye of American audience

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

In the know

Small portions

Ashanti, Nelly among top winners at Billboard Awards

Judge orders N.Y. to allow direct wine shipments

Whether film or digital, photography is photography

Space baddies: Rating the villains of 'Star Trek'

Survey finds harmful, drug-resistant bacteria in chickens

Sauce adds spicy-sweet taste to hors d'oeuvre

Health calendar

Decorations available in shapes of historical sites

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

Augusta signs goaltender

Augusta signs goaltender
Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie believes the season-long search for a No. 1 goaltender has ended with the signing of David Brumby on Wednesday.

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

For players locker room is home away from home

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.

News you can use
DEC. 12, 1932 Until January, when the Augusta National golf course formally will be opened, members of that club will probably devote their effort toward breaking the non-tournament marks established last week.

Mother wants two sons to have happy holiday
Unable to work because of her son's medical condition, a Martinez mother wants her two young sons to enjoy Christmas.

News you can use

Medical costs keep man from buying presents

State foresees no tax changes

Across the area

Across the area
An Evans man was placed in the Richmond County jail Wednesday, charged with molesting an 8-year-old Augusta girl.

City considers air-quality plan

Charities see more help with projects

Subscriber of the day

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

Aiken plant files for bankruptcy protection

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgians went so wild over the most recent wildlife license plate that the Department of Natural Resources wants their help picking new ones.

News you can use

Lawmaker targets Young's leadership
Mayor Bob Young wasn't in the audience of a Wednesday morning legislative breakfast sponsored by the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, but that didn't keep state Rep. Henry Howard from sending the city's chief executive officer a message.

Leaders say cuts will be covered

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The South Carolina House of Representatives made history Wednesday by meeting with its 124 desks vacant.

Experts disagree on water policy

Across the area

Parents await glance at school zone plan

Panel seeks public works staff

Lawmakers protest plan on school start date

Woman faces abuse charge
An Augusta infant was recovering Wednesday from injuries attributed to shaken baby syndrome, and authorities charged the child's baby sitter.

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.

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.

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 the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -Amy Grant, Pat Boone and the Blind Boys of Alabama are the newest inductees into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Association announced Wednesday.

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.

Aviation committee evaluates director
In a week, Augusta Aviation Commission members hope to finalize their first performance review of Airport Director Ken Kraemer.

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.

Middle school raises funds to help group grant wishes
Columbia Middle School pupils hope they will soon become wish makers.

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.

Parents await glance at school zone plan
Columbia County elementary school parents will get a first look at a new rezoning plan at a public hearing tonight.

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.

Readers help boy get new bicycle
Keith Thomas will have a shiny new bicycle before Christmas arrives.

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.

Panel seeks public works staff
A panel of Augusta commissioners said Wednesday they are committed to filling vacancies in the city's Department of Public Works and Engineering, partly because the office's staff shortages affect their ability to respond to constituents' requests.

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.

Mother wants two sons to have happy holiday

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.

Lawmaker targets Young's leadership

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Middle school raises funds to help group grant wishes

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Karen Parker of Augusta.

Georgians get to pick new tags
ATLANTA - Georgians went so wild over the most recent wildlife license plate that the Department of Natural Resources wants their help picking new ones.

Across Georgia

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

Postal workers prepare for Christmas scramble

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.

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

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

Judge steps up fight against offenders

Youths will get a longer summer

Subscriber of the day

County recalls creation

County gets plan for charter school

Perdue says tight budget awaits state

Camden officials get push to quit

Across the southeast

Rants and Raves
WON'T SOMEONE please do something about the drugs and crime around here? Why ask the citizens to do the job?

Youths will get a longer summer
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's public schools would open around Labor Day in 2004 under a plan approved by the State Board of Education on Wednesday.

Officers stage accident to provide lesson

Officers stage accident to provide lesson
AIKEN - Using a fictionalized version of a drunken-driving fatality and some of their own real-life experiences, law enforcement and public safety officials gathered Wednesday at the Aiken Mall with one message: End all impaired-driving deaths.

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

Rants and Raves
WON'T SOMEONE please do something about the drugs and crime around here? Why ask the citizens to do the job?

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.

Teachers become certified
Tim Easler, who teaches social studies to gifted pupils at Riverside Middle School, gladly accepted the congratulatory high-fives and hugs from his colleagues when he became a National Board Certified Teacher.

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.

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.

Aviation committee evaluates director

Charities see more help with projects
Christmas is a season of giving, and some area charities say they're seeing a bit more green this year.

At 37, Augusta golfer gets his 'foot in the door'
In the ultra-competitive world known as PGA Tour qualifying, most of the stories end in failure - failed skills, failed nerves or failed dreams.

By the time I repair one thing, two more break
As I look back over 2002, I realize that it has been the Year of Home Repairs.

Belgian GP off Formula One calendar for 2004
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Belgian Grand Prix will not be part of the Formula One circuit 2004 after parliament approved a ban on tobacco advertising.

NASCAR sanctions SpeedPark in heart of stock-car community

NASCAR notebook

2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule
Here is the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule and ticket office numbers.

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 notebook
ATLANTA - Bill Elliott was the first driver in NASCAR Winston Cup Series history to win more than $1 million in a single season. But his $2.4 million effort in 1985 now seems like chump change.

NASCAR getting far too expensive for its own good
ATLANTA - Although Tony Stewart had the worst finishing average of any champion since the NASCAR Winston Cup Series went to the point system in 1975, he still managed to win more than $9.16 million last season.

2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule

Pistons top Hawks
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 32 points, and Cliff Robinson added a season-best 21 as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Atlanta Hawks 91-80 Wednesday night.

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.

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

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.

Suddenly, playoffs not a certainty for Steelers

Smith caps comeback week with NFL award

Defensive coordinator in familiar territory with Atlanta

Fantasty Football: Playoff-bound teams can end a fantasy

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Mrs. Peggy Hancock (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Will cash-paying medical savings accounts die a crib death?
OCTOBER'S U.S. CENSUS Bureau report on the increase in America's uninsured contained a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy picture. Medical savings accounts, or MSAs, appear to be the one free-market solution that is actually battling the increase of families with no health plan, with 73 percent of MSA beneficiaries coming from the uninsured.

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.

All 'wings' periled
About the only thing that could get pro-life activists together with left-wing groups - and even West Wing actor Martin Sheen - is an assault on freedom of speech.

Will cash-paying medical savings accounts die a crib death?
OCTOBER'S U.S. CENSUS Bureau report on the increase in America's uninsured contained a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy picture. Medical savings accounts, or MSAs, appear to be the one free-market solution that is actually battling the increase of families with no health plan, with 73 percent of MSA beneficiaries coming from the uninsured.

Article on black community of Carpentersville draws rave
Thank you for the Nov. 11 article in The Chronicle's Metro section on Carpentersville ("Residents recall life in black community"). I have to admit that it was very refreshing to see something that was black and positive. I know there's a lot of history that has never been uncovered about some of the most important happenings in Augusta because of one's color. Stephanie M. Talley, Augusta

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.

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

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.

Not at any cost
Peaceniks had a star-studded coming-out party on Tuesday during International Human Rights Day.

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.

America run by leaders, not wimps
Here's a question I have for the Augusta National and the former CBS chief executive Thomas Wyman (who recently resigned): Why now? Bill Adams, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Christmas parade not G-rated
I thought I had seen everything until I watched the Dec. 8 Augusta Jaycees Christmas Parade on television. I could not believe my eyes at the kids in the parade, doing such disgusting dance moves - that is, if you want to call it dancing. Janet Kunisch, Augusta

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.

Insurers not to blame for medical crisis
In recent Chronicle letters and guest columns, personal injury attorneys have argued that the cause of Georgia's medical liability crisis is the insurance industry, which they claim made "reckless and risky" investments during the stock market boom. Joseph W. Griffin Jr., M.D., Augusta

Hughes back from long layoff for busy weekend

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IBF title fight offers study in contrasts

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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.

IBF title fight offers study in contrasts
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Chris Byrd is an undersized, unorthodox heavyweight, and the southpaw's herky-jerky style scares off would-be opponents and flusters those who do fight him.

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.

Hughes back from long layoff for busy weekend
HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Sarah Hughes' friends finally recognize her fame. All it took was a mention in Adam Sandler's latest "Hanukkah Song."

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Augusta's Vernon Forrest will take on Ricardo Mayorga in a welterweight title-versus-title match in Temecula, Calif., just outside of San Diego, on Jan. 25, the day before the Super Bowl

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

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

Falcons' Kerney gets good news
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Patrick Kerney was flooded with nightmares as he stomped off the field last week, hobbling on one good leg.

Fantasty Football: Playoff-bound teams can end a fantasy
If there are three words fantasy owners hate to hear late in the season, they're "clinched playoff spot."

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.

Smith caps comeback week with NFL award
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina receiver Steve Smith, slowly earning the trust back of his teammates, gave the Panthers a reason to cheer him Wednesday when he was named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week.

Suddenly, playoffs not a certainty for Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- Almost since training camp started, the Pittsburgh Steelers have dismissed getting into the playoffs as a mere formality, a gimme putt for the team once considered the AFC favorite.

At 37, Augusta golfer gets his 'foot in the door'

Honda shows off upgraded walking robot
TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. may have come up with the most attentive and perhaps honest car dealer ever in its child-size walking robot Asimo.

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:

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.

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

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.

Georgia running back robbed at gunpoint in East Athens

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

Georgia guard quits team

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.

Watson told NCAA that South Carolina didn't violate rules
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former South Carolina running back Derek Watson says he told an NCAA investigator that the Gamecocks didn't violate any rules during his recruitment.

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

Museum honors America's sideshow past

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Museum honors America's sideshow past

Odds and Ends

Researcher looking for clues to global warming

Honda shows off upgraded walking robot

Computer gifts that won't break the bank

Defamation ruling could affect Internet publications worldwide