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.

Judge: Historic Bonds ball must be sold, proceeds split

Judge: Historic Bonds ball must be sold, proceeds split
SAN FRANCISCO -- The two fans who claimed ownership of Barry Bonds' record 73rd home run ball were ordered by a judge Wednesday to sell the ball and split the money, worth perhaps more than $1 million.

Average salary up 7.3 percent to nearly $2.3 million

Lydia Jean Muns
Frank and Kim Muns of Beech Island an

Alexandria Kaylen Gilpin
Larry and Shannon Gilpin of Lincolnton, Ga., announce the birth of a daug

Michael Wang
Zhuoqiang and Rongjie Wang of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Michael Wang, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at University Hospital.

Morgan Elizabeth Newsome

Kaleb Zachary Johnson
Kevin and Kim J

Jason Emery Little

Jordan Marie Richardson
Mr

Emily Kathleen Crenshaw

Dylan Bryce Campbell
Brian Campbell and Elizab

Robert De'-Michael Gibson

Zackory Kylan McCord

Halei Ranae Burke

Jason Emery Little
Jim and Amy Little of Evans announce the birth of a son, Jason Emery Little, Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ledford of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. James Little of Martinez.

Justin Michael Turno

Morgan Elizabeth Newsome
James C. and Katherine S. Newsome of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Newsome, Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Phil and Rebecca McBeath of Grovetown and Juston and Jean Newsome of Thomson.

Patrick Brian Sanders

Jaden Isaiah Tanner
James Tanner and Tab

Michael Wang

Jasmine Tamera Yancey
Randy and Carmen Yancey of Augusta

Courtney Dianne Johnson

Summer Victoria Dyches
Toasha Ann Dyches of Warrenville announces the birth of a daughter, Summer Victoria Dyches, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Nancy Kneece and Tony and Jannette Babb, all of Warrenville.

Jasmine Tamera Yancey

Aidan Jacob Grayson
Adam Grayson and Desiree Rath, both of Omaha, Neb., announce the birth of a son, Aidan Jacob Grayson, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at Immanuel Hospital. Grandparents are Larry Rath and Lori Rath, both of Omaha, and Bruce and Georgi Grayson of Martinez.

John Lewis Stallings III
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Stallings Jr. of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, John Lewis Stallings III, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, at University Hospital.

Ashantee Renae Wright

Courtney Dianne Johnson
Richard D. and Cynthia D. Johns

Xavier Dantrez Jackson
Patrice Denise Jackson of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Xavier Dantrez Jackson, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earnestine Gathers and Albert Jackson, all of Augusta.

Elysia Jadyn Rains

Khalil Denico Johnson
Karessa Denise Johnson of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Khalil Denico Johnson, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Travalus Lawson of Augusta.

Jaden Isaiah Tanner

Brianna Alexandria Lee
Vaughn and Rena' Lee of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Brianna Alexandria Lee, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Barbara W. Johnson and Willie and Mamie Lee, all of Augusta, and the late Alexander Johnson.

John Lewis Stallings III

Zackory Kylan McCord
Mr. and Mrs. Corey McCord of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Zackory Kylan McCord, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Theodis Hudson Jr. of Wrens and Mr. and Mrs. George T. McCord of Evans.

Dylan Bryce Campbell

Destiny Claudette Burns
E. Claude and Wanda Burns

Brett London Zerbel

Elysia Jadyn Rains
Nicholas and Farah Rains of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Elysia Jadyn Rains, Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Steve and Vickie McCarter of Louisville, Ga., and Philip and Dreama Rains of Duluth, Ga.

Summer Victoria Dyches

Patrick Brian Sanders
Brian and Eric

Alexandria Kaylen Gilpin

Justin Michael Turno
David M. and Jennifer B. Turno of Ridge Spring

Aidan Jacob Grayson

Ashantee Renae Wright
Gerald and Tameka Wright of Augu

Kaleb Zachary Johnson

Brett London Zerbel
Darryl an

Lydia Jean Muns

Emily Kathleen Crenshaw
Jeff and Rosalind Crensh

Madyliene Grace

Robert De'-Michael Gibson
Chris

Jordan Marie Richardson

Madyliene Grace
Jeff Winsett and Kimberly Sizemore, both of North Au

Khalil Denico Johnson

Xavier Dantrez Jackson

Destiny Claudette Burns

Brianna Alexandria Lee

Halei Ranae Burke
Bobby and Bridget Burke of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Halei Ranae Burke, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hall and Sheila Taylor, all of Grovetown, and Larry Burke of Wrens.

Ansleigh Victoria Hash
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Ansleigh Victoria Hash

Lost bus driver pleads guilty to disorderly persons charge
MARLBORO, N.J. -- A frustrated bus driver who got lost and then told his passengers "I'm taking you to the Taliban" pleaded guilty to a disorderly persons charge - after getting lost again on the way to court.

Teen dies after attempting stunt he'd seen in movie
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A teenager died while practicing what police say was a stunt he and a friend had seen in the movie "Jackass."

Odds and Ends
QUINCY, Mass. -- Waitress Sarah Nilsen got an early Christmas present in the mail this week: A $10,000 tip from one of her regular customers.

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.

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 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

Braves trade Moss for Ortiz, sign Byrd

Maddux mum on his arbitration plans
NEW YORK -- Greg Maddux has been offered arbitration by the Atlanta Braves. Whether the four-time NL Cy Young Award winner accepts their offer, however, is up in the air.

Funeral home obtains new facility in merger
In a move participants say is planned to increase efficiency in a changing economy while reducing operating expenses, two family-owned funeral homes in Aiken are merging their operations.

Slow growth on horizon, UGA reports

Man makes dream of resort a reality

Agency reviews its media policies

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.

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.

Business briefs

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.

Stocks fall on weak earnings from Micron Tech

Many remember man as visionary

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.

Stocks fall on weak earnings from Micron Tech
NEW YORK -- Disappointing earnings from Micron Technology prompted a sell-off on Wall Street Wednesday, as investors unloaded stocks on renewed anxiety about the strength of corporate profits.

Inflation a tiny 0.1 percent rise in November

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.

College break hurts stores

College break hurts stores
ATHENS - Janna Leech, a waitress at Mellow Mushroom, complains that during this time of year, tips dry up and her wallet empties out.

Radio stations will end shows
Clear Channel Communications plans to drop local morning shows from at least two of its Augusta stations next year.

Study: Georgia's economic recovery lackluster

Recording industry's anti-piracy campaign targets retail outlets

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.

Conseco files for Chapter 11 protection
INDIANAPOLIS -- Insurance and finance company Conseco Inc., facing $6.5 billion in debt and a federal investigation of its accounting practices, filed for Chapter 11 protection in the third-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Conseco files for Chapter 11 protection

Slow growth on horizon, UGA reports
ATLANTA - Perhaps it would be best to turn extra calendar pages and skip 2003, considering the economic news presented Wednesday by the University of Georgia.

Business briefs
INDIANAPOLIS - Conseco Inc. said Wednesday it plans to make a quick exit from bankruptcy court protection, even though a group of creditors who were late to the table threaten to delay and potentially tangle the insurance and finance company's reorganization.

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.

Whitehurst, Tigers preparing for Texas Tech
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst doesn't mind being the other passer at the Tangerine Bowl - for now.

Whitehurst, Tigers preparing for Texas Tech

Whitehurst, Tigers preparing for Texas Tech

Watson fined $100 for traffic violations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former South Carolina and South Carolina State running back Derek Watson was fined $100 for his traffic arrest in Richland County three months ago.

QB showdown highlights GMAC Bowl

Price takes over proud, troubled Alabama program

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.

Price takes over proud, troubled Alabama program
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Joe Namath escorted Mike Price past the portraits of Alabama's All-Americans and into a packed room adorned with bouquets of red poinsettias, with Paul Bryant Jr. looking on.

Watson fined $100 for traffic violations

LSU gets back to work, prepares for Cotton Bowl

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.

Ohio State places three players on AP All-America team

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.

Marshall prevails
MOBILE, Ala. - Byron Leftwich threw four touchdown passes in his final game to lead Marshall to a 38-15 victory over Louisville in the GMAC Bowl on Wednesday night.

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

Seminoles' quarterback declared ineligible for Sugar Bowl

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.

Whitehurst, Tigers preparing for Texas Tech
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst doesn't mind being the other passer at the Tangerine Bowl - for now.

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 prevails

North Texas wins in New Orleans Bowl

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.

What a kick!

Consider the source

Geographic ignorance

Sending the very worst

Afghan women need help

Aiken Prep teacher writes spirited history of chemistry
Physical chemistry is defined as the scientific analysis of the properties and behavior of chemical systems primarily by physical theory and technique.

Architects show plans for site of trade center
NEW YORK - Skyscrapers even taller than the 110-story World Trade Center towers and memorials ranging from twin reflecting pools to a "Park of Heroes" are among the newest round of proposals for rebuilding ground zero.

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.

Small portions
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.

Oscar wins heralded promising year for blacks on film
LOS ANGELES -- Halle Berry's tearful acceptance speech and Denzel Washington's nod to Sidney Poitier were just the beginning.

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.

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

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.

In the know
The 2001 Rosemount Giants Creek Chardonnay from Australia is a $17 reserve-level wine that is full of great flavors. The nose is accented with pear and hints of cedar notes and loads of peach and tropical fruits blend perfectly with the creaminess of the nutty finish. This seamless Chardonnay is perfect for seafood or veal piccata. This also is a great choice for sipping and entertaining.

In the know
French's mustard is letting the fans of the spicy yellow condiment choose what the new flavor should be in the Next Great Mustard Flavor Contest. One grand-prize winner will earn a trip for four to the 10th Annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival in Napa Valley, Calif.

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

A visit from some big, strange guy at Christmas

Woods, Sorenstam win writers' awards

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.

Woods braces for longest layoff to rehab knee
Tiger Woods is giving up golf for swimming and a stationary bike, part of rehabilitation from knee surgery that will force him to take the longest break of his pro career.

Q-school loses five tour spots

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

Silly money still spends the same

Woods, Sorenstam win writers' awards
HOUSTON -- Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year Wednesday by the Golf Writers Association of America, the fourth consecutive year he has won the award.

Woods braces for longest layoff to rehab knee

Screven passes seating challenge

Assistant coach develops unbeaten Screven unit

Welsh's speech fires up Thomson

State title game will mark end of an era at Thomson

Prep basketball scores

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.

Screven passes seating challenge
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Screven County won all 10 regular-season games, clinched the Region 2-AAA title for the third straight year and earned home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

State title game will mark end of an era at Thomson
THOMSON - He's hooked up to an oxygen bag much of the time now, and he must wait a second to catch his break between words.

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

Lemieux leads Eastern Conference All-Star voting

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.

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.

Burk wrong about National's donations

Burk a disservice to real causes

Howard's remarks 'sour grapes'

Invite Burk to join and be done with it

Jackson only cares about publicity

'Brain trust' petitions Iraq invasion

Can't Democrats take a joke?

Small portions

ABC may have found a winner with 'Extreme Makeovers'

Architects show plans for site of trade center

Holiday brownies go blond

Learn shopping basics to avoid digital overload

In the know

Lennon-McCartney out, McCartney-Lennon in

Aiken Prep teacher writes spirited history of chemistry

Lynx will celebrate Howell

Grrrowl take victory

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
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.

Five Questions with Brad Ralph

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

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

Ex-Lynx goalie receives call-up from Coyotes

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.

UGA senior wins scholarship, fiancee

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.

Across the area

Lawmakers push panel to study at-large position

Parents travel often to help son's recovery

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.

Board aims to slow bond vote

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.

Rants and Raves
TO THE LANEY High School Football Team. As a 53-year-old Augustan, I went to the Dome to follow our team. I want you to know you made Augusta proud. My brother-in-law just happens to be a scout for the Falcons and I see a lot of Falcons on that field. Well done, young men!

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue said Wednesday he will adopt a business model for managing government when he takes office next month, appointing a chief financial officer and a chief operating officer for the state.

Judge dismisses news group's case

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

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

Smallpox planning continues in Georgia
Digital photos of suspicious rashes examined by "smallpox warriors" could be part of Georgia's response to an outbreak of the disease, a state official said. It's one of the ideas being considered as officials prepare plans for pre-emptive smallpox vaccinations.

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

Board aims to slow bond vote
A bond referendum that would pay for nearly $200 million in capital improvement projects, including a new performing arts center and a regional sports arena, could go before voters as early as March, but it probably won't, Augusta commissioners said Wednesday after a capital improvement work session.

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

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

Judge allows pets to remain

Morehouse tops magazine's list

DUI death rates differ across line
All it takes is a drive across the Savannah River into South Carolina to greatly increase your chance of being killed in a drunken-driving crash.

Barnes volunteers as lawyer to poor

Parents of four want special Christmas

Subscriber of the day

Track owner broke zoning rule
AIKEN - Jack Wetzel, a prominent Aiken horseman recently nominated to the city's Historic Preservation Commission, violated the board's guidelines in late March, according to city records obtained this week.

Smallpox planning continues in Georgia

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.

Across Georgia

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.

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

Judge allows pets to remain
AIKEN - On the day a judge could have decided to euthanize some of her dogs, a prominent Aiken horse trainer agreed to keep them from hurting others.

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.

Workers await new complex
Construction on the new Broad Street offices is expected to last a year.

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.

Parents of four want special Christmas
Financial problems have created hardships for an Augusta family.

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.

Belushi takes date for show at Masters Gala

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.

DUI death rates differ across line

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

Across South Carolina

Group releases feasibility study

Across the southeast

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Study: Georgia's economic recovery lackluster

Rants and Raves
TO THE LANEY High School Football Team. As a 53-year-old Augustan, I went to the Dome to follow our team. I want you to know you made Augusta proud. My brother-in-law just happens to be a scout for the Falcons and I see a lot of Falcons on that field. Well done, young men!

State NAACP wants Lott out

News you can use
DEC. 19, 1985 Henry T. Armstrong of Boy Scout Troop 504 has been named Scoutmaster of the year for the Netami District of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 504 is sponsored by Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Across the area

School taps mother to be parent liaison

Ill dad wants happy holiday for children

Purse snatcher escapes officer
An Augusta woman was dragged down Broad Street when a man on a bicycle grabbed her purse Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Parents travel often to help son's recovery
It's been exactly a year since Robert Levin took his last photograph.

Belushi takes date for show at Masters Gala
Television and film star Jim Belushi will perform at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery Masters Gala 2003 in April.

Men sentenced in 1969 race riot slaying

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.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Joy Hilton of Waynesboro.

System keeps close eye on newborns

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.

Purse snatcher escapes officer

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.

Thieves take boxes of gifts from charity
Police are looking for an Augusta Grinch who broke into a Catholic charity and hauled away 14 boxes of new toys and gifts destined for needy families.

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.

Across the area
Two Aiken men were arrested Wednesday on charges of robbing an Aiken convenience store.

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.

Pupil catches error in English textbook
While learning a lesson about making words, a South Columbia Elementary School second-grader found that the book's publisher had made a mistake.

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

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.

Educators given gifts from A to Z
As area schools let out for the holidays, tiny Santas have been busy, and it's gifts from the heart that mean the most, teachers say.

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.

A visit from some big, strange guy at Christmas
It was Christmas. Well, technically, the night before Christmas. I was the only one still up.

Yates put son in charge in restructuring

Drivers get a fraction of revenues
ATLANTA - The NASCAR Winston Cup Series is ranked first in attendance and second in television ratings among all professional sports.

Gift ideas abound for racing fans
HAMPTON, Ga. - Pam Harris thought the gift shop at Atlanta Motor Speedway had everything to satisfy the most ardent race fan. She was wrong.

Yates puts son in charge of NASCAR operation

Drivers get a fraction of revenues

Yates put son in charge in restructuring
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Car owner Robert Yates made sweeping changes to his NASCAR operation on Wednesday, putting his son in charge of the daily operations and moving crew chief Todd Parrott into management.

Gift ideas abound for racing fans

Yates puts son in charge of NASCAR operation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robert Yates made sweeping changes to his NASCAR operation Wednesday, putting his son in charge of daily operations and moving crew chief Todd Parrott into management.

Jordan doesn't disappoint

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.

Johnson wins NBA team; to be first majority black owner

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.

Jaguars, Pacers ready for event
Starting today, Augusta State and USC Aiken will play their final basketball games before Christmas this week as the teams will kick off the two-day Christmas Classic.

Injuries, lack of playing time wear on Duckett

Fantasy Football: Time to pick 2002's best, worst

Season ticket sales underway

Titans on roll, winning eight of last nine

Walls may be near end of line at Carolina

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Owen Newby Jr. spent most of his time with family, and his daughter says his fun-loving and caring nature will be missed.

Ms. Latonya Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Guillebeau    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Jason Feutral    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. David James    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Atwood Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alice Kahn    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Grant Orr Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. James Kennedy    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Beckworth    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Lovern Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Dorland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Margery Malone    (CORAL GABLES, Fla.)
Mr. Willie White    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie McClintock    (REIDSVILLE, N.C.)
Mr. Charles Sikes    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Guillebeau    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eula Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Zona Gibson    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Evelyn Mosley    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Ralph Futch Jr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Owen Newby Jr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Ms. Martha Floyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Park    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Levesque    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnnie Jean    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Forest McCorkle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hayse Weeks    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Jerry Brown    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Mamie Turnage    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Nelson Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Dorothy Johnson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnnie Patterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edith Johnson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Luther Blalcok Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John Small    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Janie Youmans    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Ms. Lachandra Partlow    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Alethia Edwards    (CLAXTON, Ga.)
Dr. Keith Pase Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Shurley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnnie Patterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Betsy Cullars    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Cowart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Lt. Gregorie Taitague    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. James Richard Jr.    (AUGUSTA)
Mrs. Melba Watson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. David James    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Lt. Gregorie Taitague    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Blumberg    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Phrontis Heath    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Shirley Pierce    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie McClintock (REIDSVILLE, N.C.)

Mr. Douglas Linyear (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Phrontis Heath (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lovern Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Atwood Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Edith Johnson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola McKie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zady Hampton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Buckman (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Jason Feutral (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. James Richard Jr. (AUGUSTA)

Mrs. Johnnie Jean (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lt. Gregorie Taitague (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Cummings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Grant Orr Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Pierce (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Patterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Melba Watson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Forest McCorkle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lachandra Partlow (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Yates (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Park (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Latonya Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Margery Malone (CORAL GABLES, Fla.)

Mrs. Eula Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Kennedy (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie White (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice Kahn (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Guillebeau (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. David James (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eula Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Askew (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Beckworth (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Alethia Edwards (CLAXTON, Ga.)

Ms. Mamie Turnage (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Evans (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Zona Gibson (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Guillebeau (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sikes (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Nelson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Cowart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Shurley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Myrtice Ayer (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Ms. Dorothy Johnson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. David James (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Betsy Cullars (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Futch Jr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

'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

Afghan women need help
There may be no creature that walks the Earth that has had a tougher time of it in the past few decades than the endangered Afghan woman.

Jackson only cares about publicity
This is what angers me: I am a white woman who has plenty of black friends. But I have to say that the Rev. Jesse Jackson is nothing more than a publicity pig. He goes where he thinks there might be a little, if not a lot, of publicity for him. Christy Long, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Burk wrong about National's donations
Regarding "Burk responds to Augusta shelter" in the Dec. 17 Chronicle, Martha Burk reported that her organization's groups have and are working with domestic-violence issues. This is good news! R. Lee Smith Jr., Augusta

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.

Can't Democrats take a joke?
Look all around. Look over your shoulder and make sure no one's there. Now that you're sure, go ahead and tell your joke... Charles G. Newton III, Thomson, Ga.

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.

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

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.

Consider the source
From the spin being put on the recent Pew Global Attitudes Project survey, you'd think that America might want to fold up its embassies all over the world and slink back home, a defeated and shamed occupying force.

Forrest remains focused on bout

Sampras to play in 2003; will skip Australian Open

Mosley hoping to reclaim status as premier boxer

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.

Sampras to play in 2003; will skip Australian Open
LOS ANGELES -- Pete Sampras plans to play in 2003, after skipping the Australian Open.

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

ATP will start testing for EPO in 2003
Tennis players must take random blood tests to check for the banned endurance-enhancing substance EPO starting next month.

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.

Forrest remains focused on bout
Vernon Forrest has been named the World Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year. USA Today presented him with a similar award, and The Ring magazine will honor him as its Fighter of the Year.

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

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

Walls may be near end of line at Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wesley Walls was in a hurry, anxious to hit some stores Wednesday to buy a Christmas present for his wife and in no mood to discuss his future at Carolina.

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.

Injuries, lack of playing time wear on Duckett
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After playing just one snap in the second half of the Atlanta Falcons' overtime loss to Seattle last week, first-round draft pick T.J. Duckett was struggling to keep his spirits up.

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

Fantasy Football: Time to pick 2002's best, worst
The next to last week of the NFL season is this weekend, and that means fantasy season is basically over.

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.

Internet access coming soon at 35,000 feet
NEW YORK -- For many busy people, a long airplane flight is one of the last places in life with guaranteed down time, away from the tentacles of e-mail and requests from the office.

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.

World's fastest computer spawns high-tech race
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- It's a machine so fast it performs more computations per second than there are stars in our galaxy. It's so large it's housed in a building the size of an aircraft hangar.

Bringing photos back from the dead
Digital cameras have added new capabilities for photographers, but also new ways to mess up. Press the wrong button and the camera will happily erase the prize-winning image you had captured a moment earlier.

Georgia wins center's return
ATHENS, Ga. - Steven Thomas missed seven games, but it felt like a whole lot more.

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

Bulldogs expect best from 'Noles
ATHENS, Ga. - Of all the lessons Bobby Bowden imparted to Mark Richt during Richt's 15 years at Florida State, the ability to spin a negative into a positive might have been the most valuable.

Dogs have respect for Seminoles despite four losses and Rix

Georgia wins center's return

Bulldogs expect best from 'Noles

Dogs have respect for Seminoles despite four losses and Rix
ATHENS, Ga. -- Even though Florida State is a four-loss team that has to break in a new starting quarterback, Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday the Seminoles have the respect of the fourth-ranked Bulldogs.

Gamecocks rout Louisiana-Lafayette
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jocelyn Penn scored 25 points and No. 18 South Carolina used its strong, tiring defense to hold Louisiana-Lafayette to two field goals in the opening half for a 70-41 victory Wednesday night.

Gamecocks rout Louisiana-Lafayette

Lost bus driver pleads guilty to disorderly persons charge

Odds and Ends

Bringing photos back from the dead

Desert navigation is easier with tech

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

World's fastest computer spawns high-tech race

Internet access coming soon at 35,000 feet

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