Average salary up 7.3 percent to nearly $2.3 million

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.

Average salary up 7.3 percent to nearly $2.3 million
NEW YORK -- The average major league baseball salary rose to nearly $2.3 million this year, a 7.3 percent increase that was the smallest since 1998.

Braves trade Moss for Ortiz, sign Byrd
ATLANTA -- Quickly remaking their starting rotation, the Atlanta Braves acquired Russ Ortiz from San Francisco on Tuesday and signed free-agent Paul Byrd to a $10 million, two-year contract.

Braves agree to terms with Haney on minor league contract

Two veterans join Braves staff
ATLANTA - Continuing their efforts to refurbish a rotation without Tom Glavine, the Atlanta Braves added a pair of proven winners to their staff Tuesday, trading for Russ Ortiz and signing free agent Paul Byrd.

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.

Two veterans join Braves staff

Braves agree to terms with Haney on minor league contract
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves on Tuesday agreed to terms on a minor league contract with right-hander Chris Haney and invited him to their major league spring training camp.

Braves trade Moss for Ortiz, sign Byrd

Recording industry's anti-piracy campaign targets retail outlets
WASHINGTON -- An anti-piracy campaign by the recording industry is threatening lawsuits to try to force stores to pull pirated music from their shelves.

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.

Bargain hunters give stocks a big boost

Many remember man as visionary
Charles Fraser might be gone, but the visionary of Hilton Head Island left a landmark that will not soon be forgotten, friends and associates said Tuesday.

Agency reviews its media policies
As the Federal Communications Commission undertakes its broadest review of media ownership policies in decades, the general public still has time to weigh in on the debate.

Man makes dream of resort a reality

Chamber looks for director

Many remember man as visionary

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.

Business briefs

Recording industry's anti-piracy campaign targets retail outlets

Man makes dream of resort a reality
Charles Fraser conjured up his dream for Sea Pines Plantation in the 1950s, when the mosquito-infested south end of Hilton Head Island was a place to be survived, not afforded. At midcentury, about 1,000 black and 25 white people lived on the island, all of them on the north end.

Inflation a tiny 0.1 percent rise in November
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices edged up a tiny 0.1 percent in November, the smallest gain since July, as the first decline in energy prices since May helped offset another big jump in medical costs.

Inflation a tiny 0.1 percent rise in November

Business briefs
JACKSON, Miss. - Six of WorldCom Inc.'s 11-member board of directors resigned abruptly Tuesday, ridding the troubled telecommunication giant of the last group of directors who were present when it racked up $9 billion in accounting fraud.

Agency reviews its media policies

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.

Marshall's Miracle in Mobile remembered

QB showdown highlights GMAC Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. -- Bob Pruett is certain college football's premier quarterbacks were missing at the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Alabama reportedly close to offering job to Price
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama is reportedly close to offering its head coaching job to Washington State coach Mike Price, also a candidate at UCLA.

LSU gets back to work, prepares for Cotton Bowl

Seminoles' quarterback declared ineligible for Sugar Bowl

Auburn prepares for Capitol One Bowl, Johnson

Auburn prepares for Capitol One Bowl, Johnson
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's defenders are spending a quite a bit of time trying to bring down No. 5 this week.

Seminoles' quarterback declared ineligible for Sugar Bowl
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State quarterback Chris Rix was suspended Tuesday for the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl game against No. 3 Georgia after he overslept and failed to take a final exam.

LSU gets back to work, prepares for Cotton Bowl
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU finished the season banged up physically and emotionally at the end of November with a painful 21-20 loss to Arkansas.

Alabama reportedly close to offering job to Price

Ohio State places three players on AP All-America team
NEW YORK -- Ohio State is No. 2 in the polls and No. 1 in AP All-Americans.

North Texas wins in New Orleans Bowl
NEW ORLEANS -- Kevin Galbreath ran for 130 yards and a 35-yard touchdown, and North Texas intercepted Cincinnati's Gino Guidugli five times en route to a 24-19 victory Tuesday night in the New Orleans Bowl.

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.

North Texas wins in New Orleans Bowl

Ohio State places three players on AP All-America team

QB showdown highlights GMAC Bowl

UW-Green Bay makes debut in women's poll

Arizona stays on top, Minnesota back in rankings

What a kick!

Agenda come first

Sending the very worst

Gore II fell flat

Geographic ignorance

In the know
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A free wine-and-cheese pairing wheel, to help consumers make suitable combinations of the many varieties of these classic dining partners, is available by e-mail.

Lennon-McCartney out, McCartney-Lennon in
NEW YORK -- Paul McCartney believes the last shall be first.

Holiday brownies go blond
In a perfect world, our holiday baking would be done by now. Sealed in tins or frozen in zip-top plastic bags, this fun chore of the holiday season wouldn't be a last-minute task.

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 may have found a winner with 'Extreme Makeovers'
NEW YORK -- It was a bad week for fake dinosaurs but a great one for liposuction on ABC.

Learn shopping basics to avoid digital overload
Most 12-year-olds can spout off a list of the coolest electronic gadgets without batting an eye.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jackets' injuries disrupt practices
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey has spent the entire season juggling his lineup because of injuries.

Elder sparks Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - B.J. Elder matched his career high with 25 points and three other players added 11 each as Georgia Tech remained unbeaten at home with an 88-66 win over Troy State Tuesday night.

Elder sparks Georgia Tech

Silly money still spends the same

Q-school loses five tour spots
Already one of the most pressure-packed events in golf, the PGA Tour qualifying tournament figures to be even more intense next year when there are fewer cards to hand out at the end of the week.

Q-school loses five tour spots

Silly money still spends the same
The silly season is no longer just for fun.

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.

Assistant coach develops unbeaten Screven unit

Welsh's speech fires up Thomson

Prep basketball scores

Welsh's speech fires up Thomson
Thomson wasn't playing particularly well last Saturday against Shaw, and Bulldogs coach Luther Welsh was tired of it.

Assistant coach develops unbeaten Screven unit
SYLVANIA, Ga. - A 72-hour work week is not uncommon to J.T. Pollock this time of year. The Screven County defensive coordinator figures he works 12 hours six days a week during football season.

Thrashers shut out Maple Leafs

Thrashers put Smehlik on injured reserve, recall Tapper from AHL

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.

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.

Study: Georgia's economic recovery lackluster
ATLANTA -- Georgia has been hit hard over the past year in three business sectors it depends on - air travel, conventions and tourism - and the ripple effects will continue to damage the economy next year, researchers reported Wednesday.

Men sentenced in 1969 race riot slaying
YORK, Pa. -- Two white men convicted in the fatal shooting of a young black woman during the city's 1969 race riots were sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison.

Defense budget aids military effort

Burk a disservice to real causes

'Brain trust' petitions Iraq invasion

Howard's remarks 'sour grapes'

Stereotyping stigmatizes school

Invite Burk to join and be done with it

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Tolkien's classic journey continues

Seniors calendar

Holiday brownies go blond

Learn shopping basics to avoid digital overload

In the know

Lennon-McCartney out, McCartney-Lennon in

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

Lord of the Rings: a guide to the characters

Greeter makes customers feel at home in store

ABC may have found a winner with 'Extreme Makeovers'

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

Lynx will celebrate Howell
The Lynx will honor rising PGA Tour star and Augusta native Charles Howell when they return home to face the Columbus Cottonmouths on Dec. 27.

Grrrowl take victory

Ex-Lynx goalie receives call-up from Coyotes
The long and difficult journey back to the National Hockey League for Zac Bierk is over.

Five Questions with Brad Ralph
Augusta Lynx center Brad Ralph answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Lynx will celebrate Howell

Grrrowl take victory
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mik-ko Sivonen, Jonathan Roy and Matt Demarski scored second-period goals as the Greenville Grrrowl defeated the Augusta Lynx 4-2 at the Bi-Lo Center on Tuesday.

Ex-Lynx goalie receives call-up from Coyotes

Five Questions with Brad Ralph

Across South Carolina
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a 27-year-old man charged with killing a Etowah couple last week, Henderson County authorities said.

CSX plans to pull up track for biking trail

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.

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.

School taps mother to be parent liaison

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.

Grades show many pupils would repeat

Ill dad wants happy holiday for children
An Augusta father who is battling cancer worries about providing Christmas for his family.

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.

Mailed package leads to arrests
Consider it an early Christmas delivery gone to pot.

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

Judge dismisses news group's case

Lawmakers push panel to study at-large position

Convicted man wants new trial

Firefighter dies in car accident
Lt. Greg Taitague's place was at the scene, fighting fires and helping people in emergencies. Those who knew him described him as a seasoned firefighter who was becoming a key leader in the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

Salley's residents plead for festival

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.

Barnes volunteers as lawyer to poor
ATLANTA - Defeated last month for re-election, Gov. Roy Barnes announced Tuesday that he will spend his first six months out of office as an unpaid attorney for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, where he will represent poor people.

Judge dismisses news group's case
A Jacksonville judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Florida Times-Union's parent company against the PGA Tour, rejecting claims by the media company that the Tour should be required to allow it to sell real-time golf scores from Tour events via the Internet.

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

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.

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.

Men sentenced in 1969 race riot slaying

Across South Carolina

Morehouse tops magazine's list

UGA senior wins scholarship, fiancee

System keeps close eye on newborns

Across the area
A North Augusta man was indicted on a vehicular homicide charge Tuesday in the Oct. 1 death of a woman.

Study: Georgia's economic recovery lackluster

UGA senior wins scholarship, fiancee
ATHENS, Ga. - Receiving a Rhodes Scholarship was the second most exciting thing that happened to University of Georgia senior Adam Cureton last week.

State NAACP wants Lott out

Subscriber of the day

Barnes volunteers as lawyer to poor

Engineers might reduce river water flow

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.

Computer crime lab impresses FBI chief
COLUMBIA - South Carolina has created a model for fighting crime in cyberspace that the rest of the nation can follow, FBI chief Robert Mueller said Tuesday.

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.

New arrival
Rural/Metro Ambulance's Augusta Operations Manager Matt Paynter (right) discusses the new ambulance's features with Deputy Administrator for Public Safety Fred Russell. On Tuesday, four of the eight new Rural/Metro ambulances were on display at the Municipal Building. The ambulances are Braun's Express XT models and cost about $80,000 each.

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.

Teen asks for help for mom, other relatives

Subscriber of the day

Across the southeast

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

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.

System keeps close eye on newborns
It was the silence that scared Ynetrius Jess. She had just delivered by Caesarian section what should have been a healthy 10-pound girl, but instead of a piercing wail she heard nothing.

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.

Panel OKs candidate in 6-3 vote
After 13 months without a housing director, Augusta commissioners voted to hire a candidate with nearly three decades of experience in community development.

Morehouse tops magazine's list
ATLANTA - Morehouse College, the alma mater of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and filmmaker Spike Lee, is once again the top school for blacks, according to a survey by Black Enterprise Magazine.

Aiken streets get face-lift
AIKEN - About $1.7 million in street and parkway improvements have begun in downtown Aiken and will continue through the spring, according to city officials.

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.

News you can use

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.

Group releases feasibility study

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

Group releases feasibility study
The results of a yearlong study are in, and they say the arts should be in the heart of Augusta.

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.

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -A crook robbed a Glynn County convenience store of $300 last weekend, but not before an embarrassing crash into the store's front door.

Ill dad wants happy holiday for children

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Jessye Norman and the magnificent music she sang Monday on PBS, and a rave for the way she speaks for her native town and her love for Jesus.

School taps mother to be parent liaison
Grace Bagley is working with the Richmond County school system to build a bridge.

Lawmakers hear case to fight poverty

Across Georgia

Correction

Rural/Metro adds ambulances

Across the area

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Jessye Norman and the magnificent music she sang Monday on PBS, and a rave for the way she speaks for her native town and her love for Jesus.

News you can use

Two men rob elderly man in his house

New 911 center is open

Senator denies deal with GOP

Chairman gives public report about dealings

Swinging to sleep

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.

Columbia County's delegation meets

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.

Lawmakers push panel to study at-large position
Columbia County's legislative delegation charged the school board Tuesday with the duty of creating a task force to study the possibility of having an at-large board chairman.

State NAACP wants Lott out
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina NAACP on Tuesday called on U.S. Sen. Trent Lott to resign from his position as majority leader, about two weeks after making racially insensitive comments at the 100th birthday party for retiring U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.

News you can use
DEC. 18, 1995 A developer's plan to add docks to a new South Carolina riverfront subdivision has Georgia officials concerned about the potential impact on major Savannah River boating events.

Across the southeast
BALTIMORE -A former altar boy acquitted of attempted murder for shooting a priest who allegedly molested him will not have to go to jail for weapons violations under a deal reached Tuesday with prosecutors.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Myrtle Malpass of Augusta.

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

Sheriff puts off plan for funding

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.

Across Georgia

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.

North Carolina State fans get on the defensive
If your Internet connection has been a little sluggish since Thanksgiving, I must sincerely apologize. The World Wide Web has been bogged down by N.C. State fans sending me their fondest thoughts regarding my opinions of their fourth-place ACC football team.

Johnson wins NBA team; to be first majority black owner

Jordan doesn't disappoint

Johnson wins NBA team; to be first majority black owner
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, has been chosen as owner of the NBA's new Charlotte expansion franchise, The Associated Press learned Tuesday night.

Jordan doesn't disappoint
ATLANTA - The two sat at the very top of Philips Arena, far away from the court, more than an hour before Tuesday's Atlanta-Washington game.

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.

Monday Night Football: Titans beat Patriots

Beware of upstarts with nothing to lose

Panthers coach defends starting quarterback

Vick reports no problems with left thumb

Titans on roll, winning eight of last nine

Sore abdomen might sideline CB

Season ticket sales underway

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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.

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 a disservice to real causes
If National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk wants to spend time helping women, she should focus on issues like female genital circumcision in Cameroon, which is a republic in central Africa, instead of the Augusta National Golf Club. The central African women need all our help to survive. Claudia Stovall, Grovetown, Ga.

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.

'Brain trust' petitions Iraq invasion
One hundred or so very well-respected and eminently knowledgeable Hollywood "artists" have signed a petition to advise our president against an invasion of Iraq. Clifton Rice, Augusta

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.

Howard's remarks 'sour grapes'
I call on Mayor Bob Young, all Augusta-Richmond County commissioners and our local state lawmakers to follow the lead of Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue by agreeing to air out their differences behind closed doors - not in the headlines of the newspaper. John F. Pardue, Augusta

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.

Sending the very worst
When an unfortunate journalist in Nigeria opined that the Islamic prophet Muhammad would've considered marrying a Miss World contestant, the resulting riots killed more than 200.

Invite Burk to join and be done with it
What's all this fussing about women becoming members of the Augusta National Golf Club, and just who's causing this fuss? Is it Martha Burk or Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson? Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

What a kick!
As the home of the world-famous Masters Tournament, Augusta gets much more than its share of notoriety.

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.

Geographic ignorance
Despite the devastating 9-11 attacks, the war against al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, a looming war against Iraq, and powerful new global trading authority granted by the U.S. Congress to the president, young Americans wallow in ignorance on the important subject of geography.

Overtime

Mosley hoping to reclaim status as premier boxer

Official Salt Lake report has only brief mention of scandal

Overtime
Augusta's Michael Green has been named Southeastern Junior Golf Tour co-player of the year for 2002.

MLS reaches two-year deal to keep Landon Donovan
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Landon Donovan, star of the U.S. World Cup team, will play for the San Jose Earthquakes for at least two more seasons.

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

Mosley hoping to reclaim status as premier boxer
LAS VEGAS -- It's been a long time since Sugar Shane Mosley had to prove himself in the boxing ring.

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.

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

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.

Season ticket sales underway
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - In late August, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the Atlanta Falcons' 98 percent increase in season-ticket sales was the largest increase in league history for an existing franchise.

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.

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.

Titans on roll, winning eight of last nine
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans are the NFL's proof that timing is everything.

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

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.

Desert navigation is easier with tech
KUWAITI DESERT - Looking over the horizon, it's all the same. It's tan. It's flat. It's empty.

2,800-year-old frozen microbes found in Antarctic lake
WASHINGTON -- Bacteria and algae frozen for more than 2,800 years in ice capping an Antarctic lake returned to life after thawing in a laboratory in a study that may be a dress rehearsal for searching for life on Mars.

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.

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.

Lady Dogs edge Michigan State
ATHENS, Ga. -- Christi Thomas and Kara Braxton normally account for 45 percent of No. 20 Georgia's offensive output.

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

Artist's corner

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

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,

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

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

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

Ask us

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.

Age difference too much for teen girl and boyfriend

Making your money STRETCH during the holidays

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.

My style

Xtreme calendar

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.

My pad

Be creative to get on the bus

'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."

Audio best

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:

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

Desert navigation is easier with tech

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

2,800-year-old frozen microbes found in Antarctic lake