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.

Bargain hunters give stocks a big boost

Investors must determine asset allocation that's right for them

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

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
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.

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.

Chamber looks for director

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.

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

Japan rebuilding in development rush

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
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
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.

Palmer overcomes struggles to win Heisman

Marshall's Miracle in Mobile remembered

UW-Green Bay makes debut in women's poll

Arizona stays on top, Minnesota back in rankings

You can be a big shot

Betrayed and burned

Gore II fell flat

A need for change

Agenda come first

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 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.

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

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

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.

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

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 put Smehlik on injured reserve, recall Tapper from AHL

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

Stereotyping stigmatizes school

Complains bashing of Democrats turns his stomach

Thanks, holiday wishes to military

Teaching Spanish a waste of money

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

Tolkien's classic journey continues

Lord of the Rings: a guide to the characters

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

Seniors calendar

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

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

Greeter makes customers feel at home in store

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

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.

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.

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.

Salley's residents plead for festival

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

New 911 center is open

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.

Across the area

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.

Engineers might reduce river water flow

Kolb's choice will go to panel

Subscriber of the day

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.

News you can use

Across the southeast

Convicted man wants new trial

Across Georgia

Rural/Metro adds ambulances

Correction

Across Georgia

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.

Lawmakers hear case to fight poverty

Columbia County's delegation meets

Sheriff puts off plan for funding

Senator says he's ready to lead GOP

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Teen asks for help for mom, other relatives

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aiken nears changes to districts

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

Swinging to sleep

Grades show many pupils would repeat

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.

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

Parents need help with bills, holiday gifts

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.

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.

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.

Chairman gives public report about dealings

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Two men rob elderly man in his house

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.

Senator denies deal with GOP

Subscriber of the day

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Across the area

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

News you can use

Sheriff adds to center security

Cheeks set to prove himself

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.

Man's pastime grows into town

Across the southeast

CSX plans to pull up track for biking trail

Couples urge partner benefits

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.

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.

Charges mount in robbery case

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.

Would-be Charlotte owners prepare for 'beauty contest'

Hawks slumping, and playoff spot in doubt

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.

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.

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

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.

Panthers coach defends starting quarterback

Steelers top Panthers

Sore abdomen might sideline CB

Monday Night Football: Titans beat Patriots

Beware of upstarts with nothing to lose

Falcons fall to Seahawks in overtime

Falcons fail in OT

Vick reports no problems with left thumb

Mrs. Ellen Hutto    (PELION, S.C.)
Mr. Gregory Boyd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Wimberly    (AUGUSTA)
Mrs. Maryann Clack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Richard Jr.    (AUGUSTA)
Mrs. Virginia Culver    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Day    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Dowd    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Mr. John Small    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Tina Ford    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Carpenter    (AUGUSTA)
Ms. Marjorie Garner    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
Mrs. Eleanor Rivenbark    (METTER, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Posey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Gordon    (AUGUSTA)
Mrs. Alpha Peppers    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Miss Romethia Daniels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Pearce    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Dr. David Shelton    (DALLAS, Texas)
Dr. Keith Pase Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Anderson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Shane Parker    (BALLENTINE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Anderson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Anthony Nunziato    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Posey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lester Merritt    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Pat Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Zelema Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nora Kennedy    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie Hammock    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Grinder    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Jennie Brewer    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Dorland    (NEWPORT NEWS, Va.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Mary Ann Clack
Mary Ann Clack idolized her father in many ways, even following him in his footsteps as a pianist.

Mr. Vernon Dant    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lydia Wicker    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. William Seigler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Earline Rosier    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Thomas    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Sikes    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mr. Hayse Weeks    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Ronald Ward    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. MaryAnn Clack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Benson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Owen Newby Jr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Wimberly    (AUGUSTA)
Mr. Lawrence Park    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. James Beckworth    (WRENS, Ga.)
Dr. Keith Pase Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Pearce    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Mathis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Luther Blalcok Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Nora Kennedy    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. William Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Lloyd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Margery Malone    (CORAL GABLES, Fla.)
Mr. Harry Weathersbee    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Dr. David Shelton (DALLAS, Texas)

Mr. Benjamin Day (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Beckworth (WRENS, Ga.)

Dr. Keith Pase Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Earline Rosier (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Hayse Weeks (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Marjorie Garner (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Culver (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola McKie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Wimberly (AUGUSTA)

Mrs. MaryAnn Clack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Benson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Owen Newby Jr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Thomas (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Small (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Alpha Peppers (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lloyd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Mathis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sikes (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. William Dowd (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Dorland (NEWPORT NEWS, Va.)

Ms. Tina Ford (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Rivenbark (METTER, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Park (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Weathersbee (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Miss Romethia Daniels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Wimberly (AUGUSTA)

Mr. Gregory Boyd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie Brewer (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lydia Wicker (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. William Carpenter (AUGUSTA)

Mr. Vernon Dant (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Richard Jr. (AUGUSTA)

Mrs. Nora Kennedy (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Posey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Merritt (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Maryann Clack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Nunziato (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. Keith Pase Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Gordon (AUGUSTA)

Mr. Ronald Ward (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Pearce (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Luther Blalcok Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Shane Parker (BALLENTINE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Pearce (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Margery Malone (CORAL GABLES, Fla.)

Mrs. Mary Posey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Pat Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Zelema Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Official Salt Lake report has only brief mention of scandal

Holyfield out of titles, and out of time

New therapy for Yagudin: winning

Overtime

Seles remains a Kournikova supporter

Overtime

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

No. 18 South Carolina hangs on vs. Raiders

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

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

Xtreme calendar

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

My pad

Audio best

Artist's corner
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.

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.

'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."

Making your money STRETCH during the holidays

Age difference too much for teen girl and boyfriend

Ask us

4-1-1

Artist's corner

My style

4-1-1
Are you dreading the SAT? Does the task of drilling vocabulary words into your head bring chills to your spine?

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Be creative to get on the bus

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.

No Use makes good use of music

Xtreme calendar
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,

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

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

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

Odds and Ends

Boy celebrates birthday at dump

FDA approves non-surgical treatment of uterine fibroids

Hospitals struggle with shortages of key drugs

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