Average salary up 7.3 percent to nearly $2.3 million

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.

Courtney Dianne Johnson

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.

Aidan Jacob Grayson

Jordan Marie Richardson
Mr

Ashantee Renae Wright

Patrick Brian Sanders
Brian and Eric

Jason Emery Little

Jaden Isaiah Tanner
James Tanner and Tab

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.

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

Destiny Claudette Burns

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

Jasmine Tamera Yancey

Ashantee Renae Wright
Gerald and Tameka Wright of Augu

Madyliene Grace

Jasmine Tamera Yancey
Randy and Carmen Yancey of Augusta

Destiny Claudette Burns
E. Claude and Wanda Burns

Brett London Zerbel
Darryl an

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
Brian Campbell and Elizab

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.

Emily Kathleen Crenshaw
Jeff and Rosalind Crensh

Ansleigh Victoria Hash
Vict

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.

Michael Wang

Robert De'-Michael Gibson
Chris

Elysia Jadyn Rains

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

Justin Michael Turno

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

Lydia Jean Muns

Morgan Elizabeth Newsome

Jordan Marie Richardson

Zackory Kylan McCord

Jaden Isaiah Tanner

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.

Patrick Brian Sanders

Xavier Dantrez Jackson

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.

Brianna Alexandria Lee

Lydia Jean Muns
Frank and Kim Muns of Beech Island an

Kaleb Zachary Johnson

Ansleigh Victoria Hash

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.

Alexandria Kaylen Gilpin

Kaleb Zachary Johnson
Kevin and Kim J

Summer Victoria Dyches

Courtney Dianne Johnson
Richard D. and Cynthia D. Johns

Brett London Zerbel

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.

Dylan Bryce Campbell

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.

John Lewis Stallings III

Khalil Denico Johnson

Robert De'-Michael Gibson

Emily Kathleen Crenshaw

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 agree to terms with Haney on minor league contract

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.

Slow growth on horizon, UGA reports

Man makes dream of resort a reality

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.

Agency reviews its media policies

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.

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.

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.

College break hurts stores

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

Recording industry's anti-piracy campaign targets retail outlets

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.

Many remember man as visionary

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.

Business briefs

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.

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.

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

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.

Study: Georgia's economic recovery lackluster

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.

Stocks fall on weak earnings from Micron Tech

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.

Conseco files for Chapter 11 protection

Whitehurst, Tigers preparing for Texas Tech

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.

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

Seminoles' quarterback declared ineligible for Sugar Bowl

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.

Ohio State places three players on AP All-America team

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.

QB showdown highlights GMAC Bowl

Auburn prepares for Capitol One Bowl, Johnson

LSU gets back to work, prepares for Cotton Bowl

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

Price takes over proud, troubled Alabama program

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Watson fined $100 for traffic violations

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.

North Texas wins in New Orleans Bowl

What a kick!

Geographic ignorance

Consider the source

Afghan women need help

Sending the very worst

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Silly money still spends the same

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

Q-school loses five tour spots

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.

Woods braces for longest layoff to rehab knee

Assistant coach develops unbeaten Screven unit

Welsh's speech fires up Thomson

State title game will mark end of an era at Thomson

Screven passes seating challenge

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lemieux leads Eastern Conference All-Star voting

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.

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.

Howard's remarks 'sour grapes'

Can't Democrats take a joke?

'Brain trust' petitions Iraq invasion

Burk wrong about National's donations

Burk a disservice to real causes

Jackson only cares about publicity

Invite Burk to join and be done with it

Aiken Prep teacher writes spirited history of chemistry

Learn shopping basics to avoid digital overload

Architects show plans for site of trade center

Holiday brownies go blond

In the know

Small portions

ABC may have found a winner with 'Extreme Makeovers'

Lennon-McCartney out, McCartney-Lennon in

Ex-Lynx goalie receives call-up from Coyotes

Grrrowl take victory

Five Questions with Brad Ralph

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

Lynx will celebrate Howell

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

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.

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.

Lawmakers push panel to study at-large position

Judge dismisses news group's case

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

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

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.

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

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.

News you can use

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

School taps mother to be parent liaison

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.

Group releases feasibility study

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

Across the southeast

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.

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

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Across the area

Across Georgia

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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

Parents travel often to help son's recovery

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

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.

Smallpox planning continues in Georgia

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.

Parents of four want special Christmas

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

Belushi takes date for show at Masters Gala

Study: Georgia's economic recovery lackluster

DUI death rates differ across line

Men sentenced in 1969 race riot slaying

Across South Carolina

UGA senior wins scholarship, fiancee

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.

Morehouse tops magazine's list

News you can use

Purse snatcher escapes officer

Judge allows pets to remain

System keeps close eye on newborns

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Ill dad wants happy holiday for children

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.

State NAACP wants Lott out

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.

Barnes volunteers as lawyer to poor

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 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.

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!

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.

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
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.

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.

Yates puts son in charge of NASCAR operation

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

Yates put son in charge in restructuring

Drivers get a fraction of revenues

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

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

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

Season ticket sales underway

Titans on roll, winning eight of last nine

Walls may be near end of line at Carolina

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

Mr. Luther Blalcok Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Zona Gibson    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Yates    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie McClintock    (REIDSVILLE, N.C.)
Mr. Michael Dorland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Leola McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnnie Jean    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eula Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Turnage    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Evelyn Mosley    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Martha Floyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Owen Newby Jr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Ms. Margery Malone    (CORAL GABLES, Fla.)
Mr. Lawrence Park    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Edith Johnson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Ms. Lachandra Partlow    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Phrontis Heath    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Harold Blumberg    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
Ms. Myrtice Ayer    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mrs. Johnnie Patterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Guillebeau    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Pierce    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Futch Jr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. James Richard Jr.    (AUGUSTA)
Mrs. Martha Evans    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Sikes    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mr. David James    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Lt. Gregorie Taitague    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. James Beckworth    (WRENS, Ga.)
Ms. Mamie Turnage    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Matthew Buckman    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mrs. Melba Watson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Dorothy Johnson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Hayse Weeks    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. David James    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Willie White    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Zady Hampton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Lt. Gregorie Taitague    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Luther Blalock Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John Small    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Raymond Askew    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lovern Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hayse Weeks    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Ms. Betsy Cullars    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Atwood Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Latonya Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Owen Newby Jr.
Owen Newby Jr. spent most of his time with family, and his daughter says his fun-loving and caring nature will be missed.

Mr. Myron Fogel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Nelson Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Jason Feutral    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Eula Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alethia Edwards    (CLAXTON, Ga.)
Mr. James Kennedy    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Melvin Cummings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alice Kahn    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Guillebeau    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Levesque    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Janie Youmans    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Forest McCorkle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Douglas Linyear    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Sikes    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Cowart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Shurley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Jerry Brown    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnnie Patterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Grant Orr Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Dr. Keith Pase Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Dorothy Johnson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Kahn (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Lt. Gregorie Taitague (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie McClintock (REIDSVILLE, N.C.)

Mr. Raymond Askew (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lachandra Partlow (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Leola McKie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alethia Edwards (CLAXTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Douglas Linyear (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Johnnie Patterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Johnson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Evans (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Pierce (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Shurley (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Yates (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Guillebeau (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Zady Hampton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Johnnie Jean (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mamie Turnage (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Jason Feutral (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Atwood Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David James (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Latonya Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Park (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Forest McCorkle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Guillebeau (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James Richard Jr. (AUGUSTA)

Ms. Betsy Cullars (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. David James (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Cowart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lovern Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sikes (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Ms. Margery Malone (CORAL GABLES, Fla.)

Mr. Melvin Cummings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zona Gibson (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Beckworth (WRENS, Ga.)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

'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

Mosley hoping to reclaim status as premier boxer

Forrest remains focused on bout

Sampras to play in 2003; will skip Australian Open

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Bulldogs expect best from 'Noles

Georgia wins center's return

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

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

Internet access coming soon at 35,000 feet

Desert navigation is easier with tech

World's fastest computer spawns high-tech race

Bringing photos back from the dead

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