Bat boy age to be at least 14

Bat boy age to be at least 14
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Darren Baker will have to wait even longer than he thought to get back into the dugout as a bat boy.

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.

Braves trade Helms to Brewers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Milwaukee Brewers acquired third baseman Wes Helms and left-handed pitcher John Foster from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for left-handed setup man Ray King on Monday.

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.

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.

Business briefs
Three Augusta-area projects were among the 16 selected for funding through the OneGeorgia Authority. Gov. Roy Barnes announced the $7.5 million grant and loan awards Monday.

Chamber looks for director

Bargain hunters give stocks a big boost

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.

Bargain hunters give stocks a big boost
NEW YORK -- Bargain hunters bought stocks discounted by two weeks of declines on Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrials up more than 140 points.

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

Holidays elicit good will toward needy

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.

There are things more important than money

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

Japan rebuilding in development rush

Investors must determine asset allocation that's right for them

Chamber looks for director
In a move to increase focus on member services as well as protect its future, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has begun advertising for its own executive director.

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.

Marshall's Miracle in Mobile remembered

Marshall's Miracle in Mobile remembered
MOBILE, Ala. -- Dave Ragone stopped watching last year's GMAC Bowl when it looked like the outcome was decided. After all, Marshall trailed East Carolina by 30 points.

Arizona stays on top, Minnesota back in rankings

UW-Green Bay makes debut in women's poll

Gore II fell flat

Agenda come first

A need for change

Betrayed and burned

You can be a big shot

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.

Greeter makes customers feel at home in store
Trisha Ganus takes her job personally. She calls her customers by name; she hugs them; she cries with them if the occasion calls for it.

Seniors 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 Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

'Lord of the Rings' makes its mark on pop culture
LOS ANGELES -- Deep into their quest to destroy the evil One Ring, the hobbit Samwise Gamgee asks his friend Frodo if people will ever write "songs and tales" about their adventures.

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).

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
The History Channel airs The Christmas Truce at 8 on Tuesday. The documentary traces the holiday story of how World War I German and British soldiers stopped fighting for a day.

Tolkien's classic journey continues
It looks alike, it sounds alike, it lasts as long. Yet "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" is a lesser fantasy world than last year's "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first installment in the film trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic.

Lord of the Rings: a guide to the characters
Lord of the Rings: a guide to the characters and creatures in 'The Two Towers'

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.

Lopez's 'Maid' wins weekend by a nose over latest 'Trek'
LOS ANGELES -- Jennifer Lopez's "Maid in Manhattan" won a photo finish at the weekend box office over "Star Trek: Nemesis."

Eagles rout Spring Hill
STATESBORO, Ga. --- Julius Jenkins scored a season-high 25 points to lead Georgia Southern to a 66-41 victory over Spring Hill Monday night.

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.

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

Vols' last shot beats Jackets

Burk takes fight online
A Web site aimed at Augusta National Golf Club members who also are some of the nation's top corporate leaders will be launched today.

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

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.

Thomson faces fast turnaround for title game

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.

Thrashers shut out Maple Leafs

Thrashers put Smehlik on injured reserve, recall Tapper from AHL

Thrashers put Smehlik on injured reserve, recall Tapper from AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers put defenseman Richard Smehlik on injured reserve Monday before their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Thrashers shut out Maple Leafs
ATLANTA -- Something about the Toronto Maple Leafs brings out the best in the Atlanta Thrashers.

Watch out for Santa in the car next to you
True story. I was driving down Washington Road on Friday morning. It was raining. Lots of traffic. And it seemed like every other car was trying to cut me off.

Defense budget aids military effort

Complains bashing of Democrats turns his stomach

Thanks, holiday wishes to military

Teaching Spanish a waste of money

Stereotyping stigmatizes school

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

Lopez's 'Maid' wins weekend by a nose over latest 'Trek'

Lord of the Rings: a guide to the characters

Greeter makes customers feel at home in store

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

'Lord of the Rings' makes its mark on pop culture

Tolkien's classic journey continues

Seniors calendar

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

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.

Engineers might reduce river water flow

Convicted man wants new trial
A judge will decide whether a Jackson man convicted of murder will get a new trial.

News you can use

Grades show many pupils would repeat

Convicted man wants new trial

Couples urge partner benefits

Rural/Metro adds ambulances

Salley's residents plead for festival
SALLEY, S.C. - The struttin' is all but over in Salley.

Across Georgia

Two men rob elderly man in his house

Sheriff puts off plan for funding

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.

Swinging to sleep

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.

Senator denies deal with GOP

CSX plans to pull up track for biking trail
It's the end of the road for at least one train track in downtown Augusta and the possible start of a walking and biking trail in the same location.

Chairman gives public report about dealings

Cheeks set to prove himself

Salley's residents plead for festival

Two men rob elderly man in his house
Two men robbed a 91-year-old Augusta man Monday after forcing their way inside his home and putting him in a headlock, a home invasion that led police to issue a warning to elderly residents.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Correction

Neighbors alert others to fire
As smoke billowed from her Augusta apartment complex Monday night, Denice Grant pointed to Duke Daniel - the neighbor who roused her and her two sons to escape the burning building.

Lawmakers hear case to fight poverty

New 911 center is open

Columbia County's delegation meets

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Scientists' plants soak up toxins
ATHENS, Ga. - A bit of bioengineering might one day be the basis for a low-cost clean-up technique for arsenic, one of the world's deadliest pollutants.

Senator denies deal with GOP
LaGRANGE, Ga. - A Democratic state senator who switched parties after the November election has denied cutting a deal with state GOP leaders.

Swinging to sleep
Six-month-old BreAnne Richards doesn't seem to mind as her father, Curtis, steals a kiss while she swings. They were at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center taking advantage of Monday's near-70 degree weather.

Across the area
Salvation Army officials say donations to red kettles in Augusta are down this year, causing them to ask the public for more help.

Rural/Metro adds ambulances
More ambulances will be available for Richmond County emergencies next year as Rural/Metro adds eight new vehicles to its fleet.

Correction
Articles in Sunday's and Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified the location of a fatal weekend shooting. The articles should have listed Providence Place Apartments as the location where 27-year-old Aldreco Booker was killed.

Man's pastime grows into town

Across the area

News you can use

Sheriff adds to center security

Chairman gives public report about dealings
WINDER, Ga. - Barrow County Commission Chairman Eddie Elder has publicly distributed an investigative report about whether he improperly approved development plats without getting necessary approval from other county officials.

New 911 center is open
ATHENS, Ga. - Sometimes shaving a few seconds off police and fire response times can spell the difference between life and death.

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.

Sheriff puts off plan for funding
WOODBINE, Ga. - For the second time since May, Camden County Sheriff Bill Smith has withdrawn a request for a $5 increase in traffic fines, with at least some of the revenues to go into a sheriff's retirement fund.

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.

Lawmakers hear case to fight poverty
ATHENS, Ga. - The persistent cycle of poverty plaguing much of the rural South could lead to the economic stagnation of the entire region unless a new federal commission is formed to address the problem, a recent study suggests.

Engineers might reduce river water flow
A revised drought-management plan proposed Monday by the Army Corps of Engineers would conserve water levels in Thurmond Lake by reducing water flow into the Savannah River during periods of low rainfall.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. of Augusta.

Richmond County work set to begin
It premiered in McDuffie and Columbia counties more than a year ago. Now, a sequel to the Interstate 20 delays is coming to Richmond County starting Jan. 6.

News you can use
DEC. 17, 1982 Salaried employees of the city of Augusta are in for an especially tight post-Christmas pinch this year. They'll work two weeks, Dec. 20-31, for only one week's pay and won't get paid again for an unusually long stretch of three weeks.

Grades show many pupils would repeat
ATLANTA - Georgia pupils improved in nearly every category of state-mandated tests, but many still would not advance to the next grade, according to school report cards released Monday on the Internet.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A suggestion for the schools in Aiken County. If they would get rid of Linda Eldridge with that ridiculous salary and let each area superintendent run their area, then they wouldn't be so much in the red. If they would clean out the district office, they could hire a lot of aides to help the teachers. Before you cut teachers and aides, examine the worth of certain people in the administration.

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

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.

Senator says he's ready to lead GOP

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.

Kolb's choice will go to panel

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

Parents need help with bills, holiday gifts

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

Aiken nears changes to districts

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.

Across Georgia

Charges mount in robbery case

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina
WEST PELZER - An Anderson County woman has died in a blaze that gutted the house her husband built about 50 years ago.

Colleges returning to nuclear sciences

Teen asks for help for mom, other relatives
A 15-year-old Augusta girl writes the Empty Stocking Fund seeking help for her family at Christmastime.

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

Across Georgia
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - About 240 jobs at Robins Air Force Base could be cut over the next seven years, officials said.

Across the southeast

Across the southeast
TAMPA, Fla. -A federal judge threw out a University of South Florida lawsuit Monday that was aimed at getting the court's blessing before it fired a tenured Palestinian professor with alleged terrorist ties.

CSX plans to pull up track for biking trail

Columbia County's delegation meets
Don't expect any promises from members of Columbia County's legislative delegation.

Teen asks for help for mom, other relatives

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.

Hawks slumping, and playoff spot in doubt

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.

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.

Would-be Charlotte owners prepare for 'beauty contest'

Arizona stays on top, Minnesota back in rankings
Arizona held onto the top spot in the AP college basketball poll Monday, a day after narrowly beating Texas.

UW-Green Bay makes debut in women's poll
With BC-BKW--Top 25

Falcons fall to Seahawks in overtime

Sore abdomen might sideline CB

Panthers coach defends starting quarterback

Falcons fail in OT

Steelers top Panthers

Beware of upstarts with nothing to lose

Vick reports no problems with left thumb

Monday Night Football: Titans beat Patriots

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Burk responds to Augusta shelter
Dear Ms. Johnson,Thank you for your letter outlining your concerns about domestic violence ("Regional women's shelter seeks help from Martha Burk," Letters, Wednesday, Dec. 11). Domestic violence has always been an important part of our agenda. Our groups got the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed after a five-year effort, which, as you know, provides funds for shelters as well as the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Burk responds to Augusta shelter
Dear Ms. Johnson, Thank you for your letter outlining your concerns about domestic violence ("Regional women's shelter seeks help from Martha Burk," Letters, Wednesday, Dec. 11). Domestic violence has always been an important part of our agenda. Our groups got the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed after a five-year effort, which, as you know, provides funds for shelters as well as the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Gore II fell flat
After his controversial defeat for the presidency at the hands of George W. Bush in 2000, Al Gore all but sank out of sight for two years. Then about a month ago he resurfaced with a vengeance and a clean shave.

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.

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.

Stereotyping stigmatizes school
Regarding the Dec. 3 Xtreme article, "Stereotyping schools": I think that the research was not accurate. I never knew that the representative for our school, who is on the Xtreme board, was passing out surveys on stereotyping schools. Megan Sink, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

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.

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.

Defense budget aids military effort
I am grateful and proud of our men and women serving in the military to ensure our freedom, and I am encouraged by the positive results we are already seeing under President George W. Bush's leadership. Randall T. Gulley, MM2(SS) USN Ret., Statesboro, Ga.

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.

Agenda come first
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate must move swiftly to stem the loss of momentum it gained in last month's congressional victories. And if that means finding a new majority leader, then so be it.

Official Salt Lake report has only brief mention of scandal

Holyfield out of titles, and out of time

Overtime

New therapy for Yagudin: winning

Overtime

Seles remains a Kournikova supporter

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

Official Salt Lake report has only brief mention of scandal
SALT LAKE CITY -- The bid scandal that tarnished the city's otherwise successful Winter Games was relegated to three paragraphs in a 20-pound, two-volume official history of the 2002 Olympics.

Overtime
Evander Holyfield had tests Monday on the left shoulder he injured in losing his IBF heavyweight title fight to Chris Byrd.

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.

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

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.

Sore abdomen might sideline CB
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After the Atlanta Falcons allowed 464 yards in an overtime loss to Seattle, cornerback Ray Buchanan said he was hurting his team by playing with a sore abdomen.

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

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.

Panthers coach defends starting quarterback
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox on Monday defended the play of starting quarterback Rodney Peete, but did not do the same for backup Chris Weinke.

Beware of upstarts with nothing to lose
Contenders often learn the hard way about teams with nothing to lose. Just ask the Saints, Falcons and Jets.

Monday Night Football: Titans beat Patriots
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans can cancel practice: Steve McNair doesn't need it.

Vick reports no problems with left thumb
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves does not expect Michael Vick to miss practice time this week because of a slightly swollen left thumb.

Children have new titles for Christmas
If there are some youngsters on your shopping list, you may be looking for a videogame or two to brighten their holiday morning.

Satellite to keep tabs on thickness of globe's ice sheets
LOS ANGELES -- NASA scientists hope to get new insight into the future of global ocean levels with the launch this week of a laser-equipped satellite designed to measure the waxing and waning of the planet's largest ice sheets.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bulldogs get win over Gonzaga

Gamecocks manage win against Wofford
COLUMBIA - Ten minutes of good basketball isn't enough to satisfy South Carolina coach Dave Odom, but it's just enough to beat Wofford.

No. 18 South Carolina hangs on vs. Raiders
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Cristina Ciocan didn't think she was anything special for South Carolina. Middle Tennessee coach Stephany Smith knew differently.

Gamecocks manage win against Wofford

No. 18 South Carolina hangs on vs. Raiders

Age difference too much for teen girl and boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm really 16 but my boyfriend thinks I'm 17. Now we are in love. Should I go ahead and tell him, since he's about to turn 26? - Augusta girl.

Age difference too much for teen girl and boyfriend

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'They' aren't very scary
When most of us hear "Wes Craven Presents" we automatically think, "Yes! A new horror movie by the king of fright."

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No Use makes good use of music
No Use For A Name has done it again.

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THE FACTS: Ellen Kist, 13, an eighth-grader at Lakeside Middle School.

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No Use makes good use of music

Be creative to get on the bus
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest Educational Tour Bus, a nonprofit, mobile recording studio outfitted with traditional musical instruments and current technological advances, will make a stop at an area high school on Feb. 10. Eight students will have the chance to spend the day on the bus writing, producing, recording and making a music video.

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New on video and DVD: The summer blockbuster Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise as a futuristic crime fighter; Unfaithful, starring Richard Gere as a man scorned by his cheating wife (Diane Lane); and as if the TV show weren't torture enough,

Making your money STRETCH during the holidays

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THE FACTS: Megan Waters, 15, a freshman at Lakeside High School.

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Are you dreading the SAT? Does the task of drilling vocabulary words into your head bring chills to your spine?

Making your money STRETCH during the holidays
It's not diamonds that are a girl's best friend. It's the dollar store.

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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:

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Q:What is the proper way to pluck your eyebrows?

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Shelly Major, 16, is a junior at Westside High School. She made An Homage to Salvador Dali, a clay sculpture, as a project for her art class.

Boy celebrates birthday at dump

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Hospitals struggle with shortages of key drugs

FDA approves non-surgical treatment of uterine fibroids

Satellite to keep tabs on thickness of globe's ice sheets