Better leave tree shopping up to women

Boy celebrates birthday at dump
MILWAUKEE -- Talk about dropping some change between the couch cushions.

Odds and Ends
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A mistake by a meat processing company will mean 3,000 cooked chickens for the needy.

On the move
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Will consumers keep buying in the final stretch of the holiday season?
NEW YORK -- With eleven days until Christmas, the holiday season is again turning out to be a nail biter.

On the move

Business calendar

Textile industry spins tales of woe on tariffs
WASHINGTON - Five months after reluctantly voting to broaden President Bush's trading powers, some Southern lawmakers fear they might have bartered away their best leverage to protect the struggling textile industry.

All entrepreneurs have similar drive for success
Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life but typically have many common characteristics.

Holidays elicit good will toward needy

Investors must determine asset allocation that's right for them
Investors must determine the asset allocation that's right for them

There are things more important than money

Planners want to turn Augusta Canal into tourist destination

Japan rebuilding in development rush

Textile industry spins tales of woe on tariffs

Investors must determine asset allocation that's right for them

Business briefs

Will consumers keep buying in the final stretch of the holiday season?

Planners want to turn Augusta Canal into tourist destination
Edward J. Cashin's new book is a chronicle of the Augusta Canal, the public works project that thrust the city into the industrial revolution and rescued it from what appeared to be a slow and certain economic death.

There are things more important than money
NEW YORK -- Annie Gullion retired from her job as a social worker in 1991, and her life since then has been anything but sedentary.

Business briefs
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT HEALTH CENTRAL Health club offering full array of weight-lifting and cardiovascular equipment and fitness and wellness classes, ranging from yoga and tai chi to step aerobics.

Japan rebuilding in development rush
TOKYO -- With shimmering glass towers rising amid the rumble of jackhammers and cranes, the ever-changing Tokyo skyline doesn't give a clue that this nation is fighting its worst economic slowdown in decades.

Business calendar
Monday: Columbia County Legislative Breakfast; Savannah Rapids Pavilion; 7:30 a.m.; call 821-1300.

Holidays elicit good will toward needy
NEW YORK -- For many Americans, the holidays are a time of giving to family and friends - and to needy people they might never know.

All entrepreneurs have similar drive for success

Charlie in charge

Charlie in charge
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson rover Altroy Bodrick is holding court in the McFadden Building auditorium, telling reporters why he thinks the bowl system is out of whack.

Palmer handed Heisman

Palmer handed Heisman
NEW YORK - Carson Palmer capped his rise from mediocrity to stardom by winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, taking the bronze statue back to the West Coast for the first time in 21 years.

Palmer overcomes struggles to win Heisman

Palmer overcomes struggles to win Heisman
NEW YORK -- The way Carson Palmer finished last season, he had no reason to even think about the Heisman Trophy.

Pacers stumble on road vs. Owls

Kentucky State holds off Paine

It's time for leadership

You can be a big shot

A need for change

Betrayed and burned

Howard could lead way

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Every kid (at least every boy) beyond the age of 50 knows the best toy that ever was. It's the Erector set - a magical, metal assembly of girders, beams, panels and gears that built just about anything you could imagine (and left little nuts and bolts in the carpet to drive your mother crazy when she vacuumed).

Island hopes its active volcano will attract adventurists
SALEM, Montserrat - Montserrat's erupting Soufriere Hills Volcano may have chased away more than half of the island's population, but the government thinks the phenomenon may lure adventure tourists.

Send small gift to wedding couple
Dear Carson: If you are invited to a wedding and you do not plan to attend, are you still obligated to send a gift? We don't know the bridal couple and only know the bride's parents through a professional relationship. Also, we don't know the couple's taste or needs. - Nongiving Guests

Arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

ABC shifts 'The Practice,' new series 'Dragnet'
LOS ANGELES -- ABC, faced with the daunting prospect of starting three new midseason dramas on Monday next month, will move its popular legal series "The Practice" to anchor the night.

Lipstick tone should match your skin tone
Red lipsticks for redheads? Bright pinks and oranges for anyone?

Rules of tuxedo buying are not always clear
A patterned vest with a Windsor knot tie can make the tuxedo more trendy.

Home front
Aren't you dying to see where Cher unwinds, where Wesley Snipes calls it a day, where Tyra Banks hangs out without her makeup?

View from the hill
NORTH AUGUSTA - Despite 2 1/2 acres of thick overgrowth, peeling paint and falling shutters, the vacant house atop the hill overlooking Carolina Avenue seemed to call to Bernie and Loretta Laurel.

Orlando Jones to star in a talk show on cable's FX
NEW YORK -- The FX cable channel is planning a talk show starring actor-comedian Orlando Jones.

In the know
Do you want to give your tree some historical significance? Several Christmas ornaments, depicting local historic sites, are available from Easter Seals of Georgia, 1500 Wrightsboro Road

There's a world of laughs on 'Andy Richter'
NEW YORK -- Who is Andy Richter? This seems like a simple question, especially for longtime fans of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," where Richter made his name as an easygoing yet waggish sidekick.

Western Kentucky sets out to 'FINISH' with first national title
STATESBORO, Ga. -- After getting knocked out in the first round of the playoffs last year, Western Kentucky's coaching staff had T-shirts printed with the word "FINISH" that players have worn ever since.

Eagles can't make history
STATESBORO, Ga. - ASaturday afternoon roller coaster ride for Georgia Southern and Western Kentucky ended with both football teams' hopes riding on a field-goal attempt framed by the blackened Eastern sky.

Vols' last shot beats Jackets
ATLANTA - Minutes after Jon Higgins' miracle 3-pointer found nothing but net, minutes after Tennessee's impromptu celebration, Georgia Tech was already playing the "what if" game.

Western Kentucky sets out to 'FINISH' with first national title

Eagles can't make history

Vols' last shot beats Jackets

Golf roundup
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - Phil Mickelson's spectacular performance has the United States back in contention at the World Cup.

Japan wins World Cup, beats United States in two-man event
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Americans Phil Mickelson and David Toms played mistake-free golf for three rounds and 17 holes of the World Cup.

Japan wins World Cup, beats United States in two-man event

Golf roundup

Prep football notebook

Dogs' defense shines again

Thomson faces fast turnaround for title game

Kicker saves Gamecocks

Prep basketball scores

Dogs' defense shines again
ATLANTA - When Luther Welsh returned to Thomson for his second stint as head football coach in 1999, he had no set goals. He just wanted to do two things: work hard and improve a program that went 3-7 the year before.

Prep football notebook
ATLANTA - Screven County's secondary couldn't have played much better in the Gamecocks' 13-10 semifinal win over Gainesville in the Georgia High School Association Class AAA playoffs Saturday.

Kicker saves Gamecocks
ATLANTA - Screven County place-kicker Tony Evans practiced all week on turf.

Thomson faces fast turnaround for title game
Laney's J.K. Sabb was limited by dehydration and exhaustion in the Wildcats' overtime loss to Dublin.

Better leave tree shopping up to women
My wife was out of town last weekend, which is why my son and I were shopping on our own for a Christmas tree.

Thanks, holiday wishes to military

Shepard's pay-raise statement tacky

Teaching Spanish a waste of money

The objects of 'men-only' clubs

Suicide bombers defend nothing

Complains bashing of Democrats turns his stomach

Island hopes its active volcano will attract adventurists

Rules of tuxedo buying are not always clear

Home front

ABC shifts 'The Practice,' new series 'Dragnet'

Send small gift to wedding couple

Arts calendar

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

View from the hill

There's a world of laughs on 'Andy Richter'

Augusta wins second straight

ECHL notebook
Whenever the East Coast Hockey League All-Star Game comes up for discussion, one must remember to take the term "All-Star" with a grain of salt.

ECHL notebook

Slapshots
Baton Rouge Kingfish center Bryan Richardson has scored eight goals in his past seven games and Louisiana IceGators center Bruce Richardson registered at least one point (23 total) in 11 straight games. The veteran forwards are not related.

Augusta wins second straight
Healthy scratch one night, hero the next.

Across South Carolina

'Nutcracker' ends with marriage proposal
The Augusta Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker usually ends with a curtain call, but on Saturday the holiday classic ended with a marriage proposal.

LeBlanc trial costs accusers time, money

Colleges returning to nuclear sciences

Subscriber of the day
Ann Hiers of North Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Across the southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -A federal appeals court dismissed a Virginia prison warden's lawsuit against two Connecticut newspapers Friday, saying articles posted on the Internet were not aimed at a Virginia audience.

Couples urge partner benefits

Charges mount in robbery case

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A prosecutor violated Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin's constitutional rights during closing arguments of his trial in the murder of a Fulton County deputy sheriff, defense attorneys said in an appeal.

Across the southeast

Many homeowners fail to pay mandatory fees
AIKEN - Volunteer fire departments have come a long way in terms of funding their operations.

Across Georgia

Across the southeast

Aiken nears changes to districts

Baseball players trade gloves for ASU diploma
When Ricky Buffkin graduated from Heritage High School in Conyers, Ga., he considered a pitching career like his idol, David Cone.

Parents need help with bills, holiday gifts

Subscriber of the day

Kolb's choice will go to panel

Winning Pair
ATLANTA - As Screven County coach Mark Daniel was finishing a live television interview with Georgia Public Television on Saturday, he made sure he got this message to Thomson coach Luther Welsh.

Senator says he's ready to lead GOP

Neighbor tries to recall fire rescue
SAVANNAH - Oji Lukata could not remember how many children he pulled from his neighbors' burning house.

Subscriber of the day

Children have an uplifting day off
Denver Champion, 16, broke out into a wide grin as he described his first flight.

Sheriff adds to center security

Recreation plans branch out
Columbia County isn't looking for any more diamonds in the rough or in its parks.

Across the area

Aiken studies retirement policy

News you can use

Across Georgia

Man's pastime grows into town

News you can use

Cheeks set to prove himself

Previous rape acquittal shocks Gastonia jurors
When the jurors in Aaron LeBlanc's Gastonia, N.C., rape trial learned that he had been acquitted of sexual assault charges in Augusta just three weeks before he attacked a woman there, their jaws dropped.

Cheeks set to prove himself
From street vendor to state senator, from Democrat to Republican, the outspoken new chairman of Augusta's legislative delegation, Sen. Don Cheeks, faces a new challenge: proving he didn't make a mistake switching parties.

Records show untapped funds

Kolb's choice will go to panel
On Tuesday, City Administrator George Kolb will recommend to the Augusta Commission a housing director candidate with nearly three decades of experience and a resume that includes a gubernatorial appointment for Virginia.

Many homeowners fail to pay mandatory fees

Rants and Raves
HOW COME NORTH Augusta can enforce a 35 mph speed limit, while drivers in Augusta can go 75 mph on Bobby Jones and Washington Road.

Rants and raves
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Couples urge partner benefits
ATHENS, Ga. - If Adrian Childs has one wish, it's that his partner of 10 years, Craig Wiegert, doesn't become ill anytime soon.

Across the area
Police were investigating a shooting at a home on Mundy Road.

Republicans rally around Perdue
BLACKSHEAR, Ga. - Sonny and Mary Perdue saw more flashes than a mall Santa working overtime.

Across South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT -The 16-by-54-foot mural at East Cooper Baptist Church is so big that the artist designed it as a giant paint-by-numbers project so volunteers could get the work done by Saturday.

Aiken nears changes to districts
Aiken's application to the Department of Justice for a referendum to change voting districts will be mailed this week, City Manager Roger LeDuc said.

Man is found shot to death
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into the shooting death of an Augusta man at an apartment on Southgate Drive early Saturday morning.

Parents need help with bills, holiday gifts
A young Hephzibah couple struggles to make this holiday season brighter for their two children.

Records show untapped funds
Money that could have been used to repair crumbling bricks and broken park benches at Riverwalk Augusta sat idle in city bank accounts for nearly 1 1/2 years, according to budget records on file with the city's Finance Department.

News you can use
Dec. 16, 1972 A permit for construction of $1.6 million worth of apartments has been issued by Richmond County building official W.L. Watkins Sr.

Aiken studies retirement policy
A change in state law that allowed North Augusta's public safety chief to retire and return to work at his previous salary - and with a pension - might not have the same effect in Aiken.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Latoya Hall of Augusta.

Chiefs to ask for call times
AIKEN - Frustrated by what it sees as a lack of timely responses, the Aiken County Fire Chiefs Association will ask Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers for dispatch times for emergency calls.

Colleges returning to nuclear sciences
AIKEN - When the nuclear industry stopped making new reactors, many students dropped nuclear science to pursue other engineering degrees.

News you can use
DEC. 15, 1962 Hamilton Holmes, a black premedical student at the University of Georgia, has been accepted by the Emory University School of Medicine.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Slightly more aspiring teachers are failing Georgia's certification tests, erasing gains made in recent years, according to the Professional Standards Commission, which certifies teachers.

'Nutcracker' ends with marriage proposal

Senator says he's ready to lead GOP
ATHENS, Ga. - For the past five years, Eric Johnson has been the straw that stirred the drink in the Georgia Senate.

Mom wants merry Christmas for children

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Faced with tight budgets and a weak economy, city leaders say it's unlikely they will be able to comply with a request to offer more money for a Hunley submarine museum.

Recreation plans branch out

Across the area
Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding an Augusta man wanted for aggravated assault.

Children have an uplifting day off

Sheriff adds to center security
Sheriff's officials will tighten security at the Augusta-Richmond County Law Enforcement Center this week by requiring visitors to enter through one set of doorways and pass through a metal detector.

Neighbor tries to recall fire rescue

Across the southeast
MONROE, N.C. -Fifteen people named as victims or witnesses in one of North Carolina's largest child sex abuse cases now say the assaults never happened or weren't committed by the man serving life in prison for them, The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday.

Previous rape acquittal shocks Gastonia jurors

Charges mount in robbery case
A Hephzibah man suspected of robbing an overnight guest at gunpoint was charged Sunday after police raided his home, authorities said.

LeBlanc trial costs accusers time, money
The money Helen Dent saved all year to buy Christmas presents mostly went to cover the expenses of ensuring that her daughter could see Aaron LeBlanc stand trial.

Man's pastime grows into town
Jim Locke smiles with satisfaction as his toy train chugs along the track in his fictional village of Brenville.

Mom wants merry Christmas for children
An Augusta mother who is battling illness and trying to raise her two children is asking the Empty Stocking Fund to help her make Christmas special.

Rants and Raves
HOW COME NORTH Augusta can enforce a 35 mph speed limit, while drivers in Augusta can go 75 mph on Bobby Jones and Washington Road.

Across the area

Rants and raves
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There's no place like the Dome
ATLANTA - Skeebo has a lot of life left and a lot to look forward to, including a state championship game Friday. But the Screven County senior safety will be hard-pressed to top his moment in the Dome.

Hawks slumping, and playoff spot in doubt
ATLANTA -- A three-game losing streak has dropped the Atlanta Hawks into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and while there are still 59 games left, guard Ira Newble has seen enough.

Hawks slumping, and playoff spot in doubt

Would-be Charlotte owners prepare for 'beauty contest'

Would-be Charlotte owners prepare for 'beauty contest'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robert Johnson has a simple view of how NBA owners will decide whether he or a competing group should own an expansion franchise in Charlotte.

Suns burn the Hawks
ATLANTA -- Amare Stoudemire showed off his skills, and his best attribute might be his uncanny maturity.

Kentucky State holds off Paine
Paine College was looking for revenge against Kentucky State on Saturday night.

Pacers stumble on road vs. Owls
Kennesaw State had three players in double figures as they defeated USC Aiken 67-50 Saturday afternoon.

Falcons fall to Seahawks in overtime

Falcons aim for playoff spot

Falcons fail in OT

Steelers top Panthers

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Betrayed and burned
Whether Terry Barton set it intentionally or accidentally, her igniting of the largest wildfire in Colorado history represents one of the worst betrayals possible: As a then-U.S. Forest Service employee, Barton was assigned to protect the public against exactly the sort of thing that she herself did.

Shepard's pay-raise statement tacky
I was stunned by the comment made by the Augusta Commission's Finance Committee Chairman Steve Shepard in regard to the recent budget approval that did not afford any raises or bonuses for the city or county employees. Although that may be the situation, the part about being thankful they have a job, and the comment he made that "They should consider their jobs their raise," was tacky, tacky, tacky. I'm sure the employees were delighted with that comment. Carol Johnson, Augusta

Howard could lead way
State Rep. Henry Howard stood up at a legislative breakfast here last week to deliver some pointed, and welcome, remarks on bridging the racial divide in Augusta.

Complains bashing of Democrats turns his stomach
Since Nov. 5 it has been open season on Democrats in the Central Savannah River Area. The numerous rants and letters to the editor bashing Democrats make my stomach turn. Roy M Judkins, Evans, Ga.

The objects of 'men-only' clubs
There have always been men's and women's clubs and, as far as I'm concerned, never the twain should meet. There are enough functions for singles, couples and families to go around that, by now, everyone in America should find some happiness in their peer group without having to invade another's territory. Ken Lummis, Martinez, Ga.

Teaching Spanish a waste of money
Regarding Natalya Delgado Cheguin's Nov. 19 letter, "Be careful what you say in a foreign language": Kurt Eifert, Garfield, Ga.

It's time for leadership
It's been a tough year in Augusta - at least on the community's psyche.

Thanks, holiday wishes to military
There are many things to be thankful for this holiday season. Among these, I can think of one that directly benefits every man, woman and child in our great country - the brave men and women of our armed forces. Jason Clay Pope, North Augusta, S.C.

You can be a big shot
Imagine being important and wealthy enough to employ financial experts who could handle all your charitable giving - experts who set up an endowment with your money and give away only the interest. And only as you see fit.

A need for change
There's going to be a lot going on in Georgia's General Assembly next year. The first Republican governor since Reconstruction. A GOP Senate, too. Scary revenue shortfalls. Critical programs that won't go away - education, medical care, transportation, etc.

Suicide bombers defend nothing
Regarding Harry Sellers' Dec. 4. letter: Mr. Sellers asks where the experts gain knowledge of world affairs. I suspect he gets most of his from the funny pages and al-Jazeera television. Brent G. Betz, Augusta

New therapy for Yagudin: winning

Overtime

Seles remains a Kournikova supporter

Area sports announcements

Holyfield out of titles, and out of time

Lewis has second thoughts about Vitali Klitschko fight
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Two weeks ago, Lennox Lewis said he had his boxing future figured out, beginning with a spring fight against Vitali Klitschko. Now the heavyweight champion appears to be having second thoughts.

Seles remains a Kournikova supporter
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The fact that Anna Kournikova has achieved widespread fame without winning a single tournament causes resentment among many players on the women's tour.

Holyfield out of titles, and out of time
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Evander Holyfield has run out of heavyweight titles to give away. He still refuses to admit he's also running out of time.

Overtime
Fred Hall of the Augusta Boxing Club won the main event of the Mayors Cup of Atlanta amateur tournament on Friday night.

Area sports announcements
AREA SPORTS ANNOUNCEMENTS

New therapy for Yagudin: winning
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Alexei Yagudin tried several forms of therapy for his injured right hip.

Outdoors calendar
MONDAY: CSRA Flyfishing Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at Brandon Wilde clubhouse, 4705 Owens Road, Evans. The public is welcome.

Outdoors calendar

Area team reels in title

Lawmakers are expected to address huunting issues
The autumn elections have set the scene for a new political landscape in next year's General Assembly - and topics of interest to outdoorsmen could range from canned hunts to restrictions on dog hunting.

Area team reels in title
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Wade Dunnaway caught a 38.05-pound striped bass about an hour before the weigh-in and it turned out to be the most important fish in the 35-year-old Washington, Ga., man's life.

Lawmakers are expected to address huunting issues

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area high schooll basketball games

Falcons fail in OT
ATLANTA - Of all the disappointed Falcons who left the Georgia Dome late Sunday afternoon, none felt worse than Jay Feely.

Steelers top Panthers
PITTSBURGH -- For much of the game, it was a virtual repeat of the week before, with lots of turnovers and a near-perfect performance by the Pittsburgh defense. Only this time, the Steelers had a little offense, too.

Falcons aim for playoff spot
ATLANTA - The Seattle Seahawks are 4-9 and only figure in the playoff race as a spoiler, starting today against the Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m., Fox-Ch. 54).

Falcons fall to Seahawks in overtime
ATLANTA -- Just when it appeared as if Michael Vick had saved the game for the Atlanta Falcons, the Seattle Seahawks snatched it away.

There's no place like the Dome

Hospitals struggle with shortages of key drugs
TRENTON, N.J. -- At hospitals across the country, physicians, pharmacists and nurses are constantly coping with a persistent, potentially dangerous problem: medication shortages.

New display technology could replace silicon-based LCD
NEW YORK -- A new technology that makes cell phone screens glow like a firefly's tail may well be destined to brighten displays on everything from televisions to digital cameras.

Be an assassin with 'Hit Man 2'
Life is full of choices. Make the wrong one, and it could prove costly. That's especially true with "Hitman 2: Silent Assassin."

FDA approves non-surgical treatment of uterine fibroids
WASHINGTON -- Microscopic spheres that shrink uterine fibroids and save women from more extensive surgery were approved on Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

Stem cell transplants successful in sickle cell patients
PHILADELPHIA -- A group of French doctors said they believe they can cure children with severe sickle cell disease through stem cell transplants without risking serious complications or death.

Strong second half lifts Georgia to win

Bulldogs get win over Gonzaga
ATLANTA -- Although he called it "a tale of two halves," Jarvis Hayes played flawlessly for all 40 minutes.

Former Georgia player arrested
ATHENS, Ga. - Former University of Georgia basketball player Tony Cole was arrested this week for trespassing.

Bulldogs get win over Gonzaga

Strong second half lifts Georgia to win
ATHENS, Ga. - From the bench, Georgia center Christi Thomas and guard Sherril Baker were harmless spectators.

Boy celebrates birthday at dump

Odds and Ends

Be an assassin with 'Hit Man 2'

New display technology could replace silicon-based LCD

Hospitals struggle with shortages of key drugs

FDA approves non-surgical treatment of uterine fibroids