Rules of etiquette are needed for sending Christmas cards

Odds and Ends
CHESTER, Va. -- Police are looking for a man with a familiar description who robbed a drug store at gunpoint: long white hair and beard, a white-fur-trimmed red suit and hat, black boots, prominent belly.

Guinea pigs destroy home in Michigan
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- Hundreds of guinea pigs did so much damage to a house that authorities called in a demolition crew to raze it.

Discrepancies in credit reports can be harmful

Business calendar

Uncertain holidays for those facing cutoff of jobless benefits
PHILADELPHIA -- A Christmas tree is on display in Linda Bissinger's home, but she expects few presents to appear beneath it. Though eager for seasonal cheer, she heads into the holidays angry, uncertain and out of work.

Investors should remain wary about fund mergers

Pocket change

Many Koreans come to Augusta in search of American Dream

Many Koreans come to Augusta in search of American Dream
When Pyung (Paul) Park came to Augusta in 1979 to visit his sister, he didn't intend to stay.

Uncertain holidays for those facing cutoff of jobless benefits

The right pricing strategies can move products
Standard thinking on pricing is not too difficult to understand.

The right pricing strategies can move products

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Medac, Inc.

Bad investments in 2002 give hope to better new year

Biz bits
Elizabeth "Betty" M. Meehan, has been named director of development for Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing. Ms. Meehan, previously the director of Institutional Advancement at Augusta Technical College, has more than 10 years' experience in health care and education.

Investors should remain wary about fund mergers
NEW YORK -- As many investors fled stocks for safer havens in 2002, mutual fund firms have scrambled to liquidate poor-performing funds. While the wave of closures is touted as cost-saving, investors should be wary of what's happening to their money.

Business calendar
Friday: Start of eight-week, instructor-led course in MCSE and MCSA certification; classes are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 27; ComputerLand; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; call Don Strogonoff at 823-1449 or visit www.catg.com.

Bad investments in 2002 give hope to better new year
NEW YORK -- If 2002 felt worse than Wall Street's previous two losing years, there's a good reason. Stock investors really had no place to hide.

Biz bits

Discrepancies in credit reports can be harmful
WASHINGTON -- Just how accurate are those credit reports that agencies keep on you? A study by advocacy groups suggest that many have errors or omissions that can hurt your chances of getting a good interest rate on a loan.

Tigers at play
ORLANDO, Fla. - This is what bowl week should be about. Clemson knows it better than anyone.

Jumping on their Kliff
The numbers are crazy, mind-boggling. Really, they're almost ridiculous. Ludicrous even.

Jumping on their Kliff

Tigers at play

Clemson tops Cincinnati
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Edward Scott scored all of his 20 points in the second half as Clemson continued its best start in seven seasons with a 58-51 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.

Clemson tops Cincinnati

The stage is set

S.C.'s scary DUI stats

Painful step forward?

Christians shut out

Billy Mays enjoying the fruits of his TV pitches
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Out in his three-car garage, next to the brand new black Bentley, TV pitchman Billy Mays keeps a long cabinet stocked with the cleaning products that are making him a household name.

Homefront
There may be an abundance of holiday cheer this season, but it'll be accompanied by shortages - shortages of space, that is, for gifts and holiday trappings.

'Tis the season to be kind, courteous
Emotions during the Christmas season are a mixed bag, running the gamut from childlike excitement, to frustration and depression. Bearing these varying and divergent mindsets among us, here are suggestions for making the holidays flow more smoothly for you and for others:

Arts calendar
CHRISTMAS IN HOPELAND: Holiday light displays in Hopeland Gardens, Whiskey Road and Dupree Place, Aiken; 6-9 tonight-Monday and Wednesday-Saturday; (803) 642-7631.

Berry tasty
It was fruit vs. fruit. Cranberries were pitted against candied cherries, but, in the end, they all fell to the power of the strawberry.

City lights Christmas in New York keeps season bright
NEW YORK - The hustle and bustle of the shopper-filled streets, elaborate decorations in store windows, a towering 7-ton Christmas tree, and over-the-top luxury hotels are some of the things that make New York City a tempting travel destination during the holiday season.

Cottage comfort
Some women marry the boy next door. Rachel Brown fell in love with the house next door - or the one across the street, anyway.

'The Osbournes': Bad comedy, bad taste
NEW YORK -- When it comes to the Osbournes, my favorite member of that family is 19-year-old Aimee.

Celery root has flavor, not looks
About the size of a baseball or grapefruit, celery root is brown, scraggly, dirty and off-putting to most people who pass by it in the produce section. How would one even begin to prepare this bulbous root?

Dancing in boxers will get you noticed
DETROIT -- Pulling away from the airport rental car company, baseball cap on his head, cellular headset in his ear, Vaughn Lowery didn't expect to be recognized.

Sci Fi Channel's audience taken to new heights 'Taken'
NEW YORK -- "Taken" took the Sci Fi Channel to basic-cable leadership during its two-week run - and even beat broadcast networks UPN and the WB.

Actor has fun making rounds on NBC's hospital comedy 'Scrubs'
NEW YORK -- There are many ways that "Scrubs" mirrors the healing profession.

Eagles hang on for sixth win of season
STATESBORO, Ga. - Julius Jenkins scored 22 points and Kordel Gibson added a career-high 17 to lead Georgia Southern to a 90-81 victory over Wagner on Saturday.

Orangemen prove too much for Jackets
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - When Carmelo Anthony missed his first three shots Saturday against Georgia Tech, it appeared Syracuse might struggle for the first time since its season opener. All it took was a steal by Kueth Duany to put the Orangemen in the right frame of mind.

Eagles hang on for sixth win of season

Orangemen prove too much for Jackets

Barnett's long wait worth it

Spartans withstand challenge

Eagles fly higher in fourth for title

Prep basketball scores

Barnett's long wait worth it
THOMSON - Two hours after Thomson defeated Thomas County Central 42-27 to win the Class AAAA state title, a Mexican restaurant just outside of town already had a congratulatory sign displayed.

Daniel brings Screven its first championship
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mark Daniel wasn't about to take credit for Screven County's undefeated season after the Gamecocks' 24-7 win over Dublin in the Class AAA championship game Friday night.

Rules of etiquette are needed for sending Christmas cards
It's easy to make a friend. It's harder to make a stranger. But somehow over the years we manage to do it.

Jackson's mission not worthwhile

Criticisms of verdicts undermines juries

Arts play key role to progress

Teen wants prayers in schools

Cottage comfort

Arts calendar

Homefront

City lights Christmas in New York keeps season bright

'Tis the season to be kind, courteous

Dancing in boxers will get you noticed

Berry tasty

Billy Mays enjoying the fruits of his TV pitches

Sci Fi Channel's audience taken to new heights 'Taken'

Actor has fun making rounds on NBC's hospital comedy 'Scrubs'

'The Osbournes': Bad comedy, bad taste

Celery root has flavor, not looks

ECHL notebook
You can call it a generalization, but hockey players are widely regarded as being the nicest guys in pro sports. If you've ever been in a baseball clubhouse or an NBA locker room, and then spent time around a hockey dressing room, you know this to be true.

Augusta falls again on the road
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Augusta Lynx continued their season-long woes with a 3-1 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday night.

Slapshots
Former NHL forward Tony Tuzzolino of the Louisiana IceGators has registered a point in 10 straight games (15 points total) and Joe Cardarelli of the Cincinnati Cyclones has a point in eight straight (15 total).

Augusta falls again on the road

ECHL notebook

Police stay on Grinch patrol

Across the southeast
JONESBORO, Ark. -A judge declared a mistrial in a rape case in which the alleged victim - a 3-year-old girl - testified in open court.

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News you can use
DEC. 22, 1919 Big-time vaudeville opens in Augusta today at the Imperial, formerly the Wells Theater. Augustans are going to have the opportunity of witnessing just as high-class vaudeville as Washington, Philadelphia or any other city.

Across Georgia
HAPEVILLE -A city councilwoman was charged with battery after allegedly scuffling with another councilwoman.

Subscriber of the day
Wanda McWatty of Martinez is today's subscriber of the day.

Speaker hopeful gives nod to GOP

Woman watches over neighborhood cleanup
A newspaper article Camilla Goolsby read more than a decade ago has had the South Nellieville neighborhood resident working to keep her community clean ever since.

News you can use
DEC. 23, 1959 Gov. Ernest Vandiver came here Tuesday afternoon and found himself "on the fence." Actually two of them.

Across Georgia
EAST POINT -An East Point police officer and a motorist were killed Sunday in a hit-and-run accident while they scuffled on Interstate 285.

Woman hopes to see her grandchildren smile
An Aiken grandmother wants her grandchildren to wake up smiling on Christmas morning.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Two of every 1,000 students at the College of Charleston have reported being sexually assaulted in the past four years, according to a newspaper analysis.

Christmas closes in
Think the holiday season is all about the bottom line?

Inmate program spreads holiday
Sally and Latasha Heath haven't seen their mother, Marilyn, in more than a year.

Rhodes committee awards student
Adam Cureton is at the top of his game. The Lakeside High School graduate was recently named one of Georgia's two Rhodes scholars this year.

Crowded skies, not highways, await travelers
Prepare for a crowd at the airport this week, but on the road, travel officials say, you should have a little more room to maneuver this holiday season.

Rhodes committee awards student

EPA eases access to records
Ever wonder who the worst polluters in your community are?

Police look into home invasion
Three armed burglars wearing ski masks invaded an Augusta home during the weekend, terrorizing the woman who lived there and tying up her 21-year-old son, authorities said.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Magnet schools change policies
Starting next fall, it could become harder to attend one of Richmond County's three magnet schools.

Taylor takes greater role within party
ATLANTA - For Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, the days since the Nov. 5 elections have been a strange time.

Across the area
A 14-year-old boy was charged Sunday with leading police on a chase that ended when a 1994 Ford Explorer overturned on Wheeless Road.

Woman hopes to see her grandchildren smile

Police stay on Grinch patrol
AIKEN - Near the end of the last shopping week before Christmas, another holiday tradition continued.

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Single mother asks for holiday charity

Coleman wants separate House

EPA eases access to records

Santa, Grinch join to entertain children

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Across the southeast

Crowded skies, not highways, await travelers

Capitol eyes jury awards

Taylor takes greater role within party

Shelter's program depends on lease

Inmate program spreads holiday

Capitol eyes jury awards
ATLANTA - Last month's demonstration at the Georgia Capitol by doctors and hospital officials served notice that they plan to make legal reform a priority in the upcoming legislative session.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

Woman watches over neighborhood cleanup

Across Georgia

Santa, Grinch join to entertain children
The unlikely duo of Santa and the Grinch entertained dozens of children Saturday at Patriots Park for Breakfast with Santa and Lunch with the Grinch.

Subscriber of the day
Emolene Campbell of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

LeBlanc accusers have few regrets
If she had known beforehand how it would turn out, that Aaron LeBlanc would be acquitted of her accusation of rape, Amanda Revis still would have reported the crime to police and still would have spoken out publicly, she said.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

LeBlanc accusers have few regrets

Single mother asks for holiday charity
A 33-year-old single Augusta mother seeks help for the holidays.

Coleman wants separate House
ATLANTA - A hush fell over the Georgia House one morning last March as Rep. Terry Coleman began addressing his legislative colleagues from the well. The longtime chairman of the House budget-writing committee was doing something Democrats never do: seek to override a Democratic governor's veto.

Campaign makes galloping start
AIKEN - A joint fund-raiser involving the Aiken Center for the Arts and the United Way of Aiken County, aimed at generating $150,000, is off to a good start.

Speaker hopeful gives nod to GOP
ATLANTA - Rep. Larry Walker's Democratic colleagues crowded around his desk inside the House chamber one day last month.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Christmas and New Year's:

Shelter's program depends on lease
In an effort to establish a low-cost spay and neuter program at the CSRA Humane Society's Lake Olmstead area shelter, the animal group will ask the Augusta Commission on Monday to extend its lease at the old city stockade for an additional 10 years.

Christmas closes in

Across the area
After a one-car crash in North Augusta just before midnight Friday, police found six bags of methamphetamines in a 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and took four men to jail.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -An 8-year-old boy who used an illustrated flow chart on how to handle a seizure victim was honored for bravery in saving his father's life after the man collapsed with only three small children at home.

Across the area

Hawks get by 76ers

Hawks get by 76ers
ATLANTA -- On a night when they lost another player, at least the Atlanta Hawks did not lose another game.

Falcons tame Lions

Mrs. Frances Bohler    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Jeanette Williams    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
Mrs. Louise Durshimer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Jones Jr.    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Earl Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dollie Wilson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Mary Fallaw    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Emma Grimm    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. William Fennell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Jada Proctor-Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Angel Freeman    (CUMMINGS, S.C.)
Mrs. Marian Tremaine    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David Haltiwanger    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Reginald Watkins    (ALEXANDER, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnnie Jean    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alfred Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Jones    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. William Fennell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Dolores Kukoly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnnie Jean    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Judith Maguire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Irene Mattox    (Bath, S.C.)
Mrs. Charlotte Mance    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Anderson Smith    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Sherry McCall    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Marie Thomas    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie McCoy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Whitaker    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Muriel McPeake    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Toole    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Moye    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Alethia Williams    (FRONT ROYAL, Va.)
Mr. Louis Mozone Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarah Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ewart Brabham Jr.    (OLAR, S.C.)
Mrs. Ophelia Abney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Anderson Smith    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Nellie Adams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Irvin Stanley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Earl Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dollie Wilson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Garner    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie Adams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Hopwood    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Bohler    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Jones    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Alfred Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Jowers    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Louis Strickland Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eleanor Peeler    (ATHENS, Ga.)
William Taylor    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pat Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John Rudolph    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wade Terry    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Ms. Marie Thomas    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Irvin Stanley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Anderson Smith (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Anderson Smith (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Esther Jones (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Jean (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Terry (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Johnnie Jean (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie McCoy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Williams (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Louis Mozone Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Alfred Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Irvin Stanley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mamie Whitaker (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. David Haltiwanger (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sherry McCall (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Reginald Watkins (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Bohler (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Jones Jr. (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Dollie Wilson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ophelia Abney (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Esther Jones (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Fallaw (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Muriel McPeake (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Adams (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Durshimer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Irvin Stanley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Fennell (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Adams (THOMSON, Ga.)

Jada Proctor-Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Marie Thomas (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Grimm (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Tremaine (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Mance (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Eleanor Peeler (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dolores Kukoly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Hopwood (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John Rudolph (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Angel Freeman (CUMMINGS, S.C.)

Mr. Louis Strickland Sr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Moye (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Jowers (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Shreve: An outsider's view of Augusta
DURING MY FIRST visit to Augusta this past June, I found myself needing film to take more pictures of the impressive collection of historic buildings in the downtown area. The problem was, I couldn't find any place to buy it.

The stage is set
Some folks were saying the new feasibility study for an Augusta performing arts center is about 1,200 pages.

S.C.'s scary DUI stats
"Isn't that disgusting?" was Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend's appropriate response on learning that South Carolina is tied with Louisiana and Montana for the highest rate of drunken-driving fatalities.

Painful step forward?
If a month ago you had been able to foresee Saturday's headline in the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger saying a "scandal" had brought down Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, you'd have wondered: Will it be a financial scandal? Will it be philandering? Will it involve a dead body?

Christians shut out
Every year about this time, stories pop up around the nation about how various Christian icons come under attack - not, mind you, because of any anti-Christian sentiment, but because of the "constitutional" principle to keep church and state separate.

Criticisms of verdicts undermines juries
I read - with disappointment - your article on Dec. 8 ("Man is cleared of rape charge," Metro section), concerning the Raymond Wayne Huffman trial. District Attorney Danny Craig and his staff must stop criticism of juries. We fight the issues in court under rules which protect fairness to both parties, but we should never fight in the media. Feeding the media with slanted interpretations and/or inaccurate information only demeans our cherished jury system. Mr. Craig's statement that "the evidence shows a very dangerous person has been released onto our streets" is a gross insult to the factual determination by the jury. Victor Hawk, Augusta

Arts play key role to progress
What a refreshing pleasure it is to see the promising plans for the Augusta area that include a new arena, performing-arts center and other important new constructions. It is good to see extensive research done, with planning that can point us toward a progressive journey and with hope toward an exciting future. Judith Goodwin, Evans

Jackson's mission not worthwhile
So, the Rev. Jesse Jackson - self-anointed mediator and peace activist - is coming to protest the Masters Tournament and "stir the pot," so to speak. Buford Thompson, North Augusta, S.C.

Shreve: An outsider's view of Augusta
DURING MY FIRST visit to Augusta this past June, I found myself needing film to take more pictures of the impressive collection of historic buildings in the downtown area. The problem was, I couldn't find any place to buy it.

Teen wants prayers in schools
I am 14 years old and attend John S. Davidson Fine Arts School. I decided that schools needed prayer after I learned it was illegal to have a religious discussion in the classroom, or even pray with a couple of your friends who are willing. I was furious. I believe people should have the right to pray or talk about God whenever they have the urge to. Heather Poole, Augusta

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
Basketball Camden High player dies at tournament Marcus Warren, a 17-year-old center on the Camden High basketball team, died Saturday after collapsing on the bench at a holiday tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Area sports announcements
Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta GA, 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408.

Overtime
Golden State forward Chris Mills was suspended for three games without pay on Sunday for fighting with Portland's Bonzi Wells after Friday night's game, going after him in the locker room and then blocking the Trail Blazers' bus.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Thurmond Lake made attempts to create fishery
Creating a trout fishery where there is none is a labor of love.

Stocking up
LEXINGTON, S.C. - The helicopter droned as it approached a vacant pasture a few hundred yards from the Saluda River.

Stocking up

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Eagles fly higher in fourth for title
Josey erased a 12-point second half deficit en route to posting a thrilling 59-58 victory over Hephzibah in the boys' Holiday Round Ball Classic final Saturday night at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Sunday's games

Spartans withstand challenge
In a rematch of last season's Class AAAA state championship, No. 1 Glenn Hills once again proved its supremacy by edging No. 2 Hephzibah 38-35 on Saturday night in the finals of the third annual Holiday Round Ball Classic at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Vick, Atlanta try avoid another slip
ATLANTA - Michael Vick stopped short of guaranteeing a victory over the Detroit Lions. The Pro Bowl quarterback only promised the Atlanta Falcons wouldn't come out flat today (1 p.m., Fox-Ch. 54).

Falcons tame Lions
ATLANTA - Warrick Dunn made four trips to the playoffs in five seasons with Tampa Bay. Helping the Atlanta Falcons reach their postseason goal is no different.

West Nile virus outbreak put horse owners on guard
ODON, Ind. -- Standing ankle-deep in barnyard mud, veterinarian John Royal pries a draft horse's eye wide with his thumb and forefinger, looking for signs of West Nile disease.

Lawyer-in-a-box
Nature sends fleas to irritate dogs and lawyers to irritate humans. In both cases, the pests are after blood, and while dogs can turn to flea-collars, there is, as yet, no effective lawyer collar.

Boeing shelves futuristic Sonic Cruiser passenger jet
SEATTLE -- Boeing Co. is shelving its proposed high-speed Sonic Cruiser passenger jet in favor of a more traditional but highly fuel-efficient airliner, a company executive said Friday.

Pushing through pain
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - For Henry Heath, every movement is a triumph.

Techbits: cool laptops, unused computing power
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Imagine a lighter, more powerful notebook computer that doesn't feel like it's burning up in your lap.

Georgia routs Appalachian State
ATHENS, Ga. - After Sunday's game, Appalachian State head coach Houston Fancher smiled and told Georgia's Jarvis Hayes that he was still 2-1 against him.

Ground control

Ground control
ATHENS, Ga. - When Musa Smith heard Mark Richt was hired as Georgia's football coach in December 2000, he had visions of becoming an afterthought in the Bulldogs' offense.

Gamecocks waste halftime lead
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Ronnie Clark scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half as Colorado State remained unbeaten at home with an 81-67 victory over South Carolina Sunday.

Guinea pigs destroy home in Michigan

Odds and Ends

Techbits: cool laptops, unused computing power

Pushing through pain

Lawyer-in-a-box