Report: Murdoch might sell Dodgers within six months
LOS ANGELES -- Rupert Murdoch might put the Los Angeles Dodgers up for sale within the next six months, an Australian newspaper reported on its Web site Sunday.

Weddings provide glimpse into your past, future

Biz bits
Pat Fair, financial consultant with the Sampson Fair Group at Smith Barney, has earned the firm's designation of Financial Planning Specialist, which is awarded to consultants who successfully complete the firm's financial planning training program.

What is the "Dogs of the Dow" investment strategy?
What is the "Dogs of the Dow" investment strategy?

Biz bits

Business calendar

Women gain ground in corporate world
NEW YORK - Despite the recent shocks to corporate America and the faltering economy, women continue to make gains in reaching the upper echelons of Fortune 500 companies, according to a recent survey.

Social Security: The underpinning of a secure retirement

Investors could benefit from making resolutions
NEW YORK -- 2002 was definitely a year mutual fund investors would rather forget, and for good reason. It was the worst year for funds in nearly three decades and nearly every stock fund posted a loss.

Investors could benefit from making resolutions

Five-year market perspective shows recent turmoil not so bad
NEW YORK -- As painful as Wall Street's three-year slide has been, it might offer some useful lessons. Analysts say investors who stuck with a long-term approach such as buy-and-hold and diversification likely ended up with modest gains, a far better outcome than the market's own tortured and downward path.

What is the "Dogs of the Dow" investment strategy?

Business calendar
Thursday: Meeting of the National Association of Purchasing Management Augusta chapter; Cafe on the Green, 2701 Washington Road; 6 p.m.; dinner provided; newcomers welcome; for reservations call Carol, (803) 474-0982; or Sylvia, 860-7719.

Five-year market perspective shows recent turmoil not so bad

Pocket change

Pregnant & chic

Pregnant & chic
MARIETTA, Ga. - For 12 years, Vivian Brown had no problem finding attractive business suits for her job as an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

Women gain ground in corporate world

Social Security: The underpinning of a secure retirement
NEW YORK -- Allan Wikman knows the pluses and minuses of life on Social Security.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Very Vera

Clemson can't contain Duke
CLEMSON, S.C. - Newly-renovated arena. Same old result.

Ohio State wraps up No. 1 spot
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ohio State's fourth national title was its most memorable of all.

Paine ends skid against city rival

Rolling up our sleeves

Lula's ominous start

Road rage denouement

To our better selves

Angels walk among us

Album sales down in 2002 for second straight year
NEW YORK -- In more bad news for the music industry, album sales declined for the second straight year in 2002, down 10.7 percent from the previous year.

If you're 30, let's get wordy
We want to know what it means to be 30. Are you officially a grown-up on that birthday or is it just another year? Do men think about it the same way as women?

Home front
Once the Christmas tree, garland and colored lights have been tucked away for yet another yearlong nap, it's time to return your home to the way it looked before the holidays.

Jersey shore helps tourists find nature
LAVALLETTE, N.J. - Watching a landscape come alive with birds is a magical experience. Slight flashes of movement alert to the presence of some wary creature where a moment before it seemed there was nothing.

Rooms with a view
When Jency Mills moved to Aiken in July, she filled her Woodside Plantation home with an eclectic combination of antique, art deco and contemporary furniture and art.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Those who vowed to break the reality TV habit in 2003 - and we know network executives aren't part of that crowd - will find themselves sorely tested this week.

2002 was a record year for tours
NEW YORK -- Classic acts such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Cher lured more people to concerts in 2002 and helped the industry make a record $2.1 billion in ticket sales, according to figures released Friday.

Ken Howard finds it easy 'Crossing Jordan'
LOS ANGELES -- The more years Ken Howard works, the more of himself he sees in the characters he portrays.

Customization puts your own stamp on your style
NEW YORK -- You might have heard that the logo look is over. Not true.

'An American Family' son is remembered in a new film
NEW YORK -- "The Osbournes." Now that I have your attention, let's talk about another series - one that pioneered "reality TV" three decades ago - and about a new documentary celebrating that series' breakout star, "Lance Loud! A Death in an American Family."

Carefully check your R.S.V.P.s for party
Dear Carson: I'm hosting a party and the invitations requested an R.S.V.P. by a certain date. I realize people are extremely busy this time of year, but am I allowed to phone those who haven't responded by the date stated on the invitation? I want to be assured I have enough food and beverages for everybody. - Food Frets

Augusta Assembly marks its 50th
The Augusta Assembly celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday, Dec. 27, with its annual winter ball.

Arts calendar
AUGUSTA FUTURITY HORSE AND CARRIAGE PARADE: 2 p.m. Jan. 26, downtown Augusta; Augusta Futurity Festival Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 2; Dennis Kelly, 828-4388.

Flyers edge Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Mark Recchi snapped two third-period ties to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Flyers edge Thrashers

Weddings provide glimpse into your past, future
I went to see my niece get married last weekend. It was the first such ceremony for a grandchild of my parents, and we were all expected to make the trip through five states and a small snowstorm to be there, which we did.

Perdue could evict top Democrats
ATLANTA Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue could oust the top two Democrats in Georgia from their long-held quarters in the state Capitol later this week when he announces how he wants to use the first and second floors under the Gold Dome.

Republicans are in it for themselves

Director's pro-choice assertion is folly

Rector offers ransom for stolen items

Don't reward administrator's failure

War protesters are not anti-American

Policyholders need more control

Planned Parenthood's card ironic

Tripp: unglorified whistle-blower

If you're 30, let's get wordy

Carefully check your R.S.V.P.s for party

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

Augusta Assembly marks its 50th

Rooms with a view

Ken Howard finds it easy 'Crossing Jordan'

Arts calendar

Customization puts your own stamp on your style

'An American Family' son is remembered in a new film

Jersey shore helps tourists find nature

Home front

NHL pioneer to visit
Willie O'Ree, known as the Jackie Robinson of hockey for breaking the color barrier in the National Hockey League, is coming to Augusta this week as part of the NHL's Ethnic Diversity Task Force program.

Lynx waste early lead on road
FLORENCE, S.C. - Greg Schmidt recorded two goals, and Ron Vogel saved 18 shots as the Pee Dee Pride defeated the Augusta Lynx 4-1 on Saturday night at the Florence Civic Center.

ECHL notebook

Lynx lose in shootout

Lynx lose in shootout
No goals on 12 power-play chances.

Lynx gameday
Charlotte Checkers at Augusta Lynx

Lynx gameday

Slapshots
Cincinnati Cyclones forward Joe Cardarelli had a 13-game scoring streak entering Friday's games and was named ECHL player of the month after scoring 16 goals and 25 points in December.

NHL pioneer to visit

Lynx goalie receives surprise NHL callup
Colin Zulianello got the phone call every hockey player dreams about.

ECHL notebook
Happy New Year, and welcome to the halfway point of the 2002-03 East Coast Hockey League season.

UGA chief pleased with job

Police battle to head off road's speeding problem
WINDER, Ga. - Georgia Highway 316 is the front line in a battle between stubborn speeders and the officers who are bent on slowing them down.

Subscriber of the day
Jean Colohan of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue won't allow his supporters to wave Georgia's former state flag with its prominent Confederate emblem when he's sworn into office Jan. 13 at Philips Arena.

Reward offered for stolen needlework

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND -A new state law that prohibits homemade temporary license plates could be blamed for the rash of stolen tags in southern Beaufort County, police say.

Perdue still a mystery to Georgians
ATLANTA - The man had been waiting for Sonny Perdue for some time, but he choked with emotion when he finally got the governor-elect's ear. Tears streamed down his cheeks.

Reward offered for stolen needlework
It was either the coat that the thief left behind or the cross-stitch that was stolen which upset C.G. Bennitt enough to do something about it.

Bikers learn riding tips
A chilly breeze blew across the sparkling, sun-splashed waters of the Savannah River while a group gathered Saturday to learn more about their hobby - mountain biking.

City strives to enhance its historical features
Like a grand dame putting on lipstick and rouge, the city of Warrenton is gussying up in hopes of attracting some new suitors, or at least a few tourists.

Perdue could evict top Democrats

Man makes living recycling stories
Mike Dorn, the owner of Augusta Book Exchange, said he would have changed Georgia's prison system if not for a newspaper ad.

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A rant for smokers and nonsmokers. Just drop the issue. As a smoker, I realize my smoke does bother the nonsmoker, and I try not to smoke around you, and I would appreciate if you kept your comments about my smoking to yourself. I know what it is doing to my body; you don't have to tell me. For all you smokers, there are many nonsmokers who are highly allergic, so try to keep their health in mind.

Across the southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -A man using an assault-style rifle shot and killed his girlfriend and two convenience store workers Friday before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Subscriber of the day

Ailing woman seeks money for operation

Perdue still a mystery to Georgians

State hopes changes will speed cases
AIKEN - After being arrested in January 2001 on a misdemeanor car-theft charge, 17-year-old Christopher Lewis of Graniteville did what 16 percent of all people released on bond do - he committed another crime.

City set to clean up after plant

Project closes Laney-Walker intersection
The New Year's resolution for Laney-Walker Boulevard: continue shaping up and become beautiful.

News you can use

Man makes living recycling stories

Across the southeast

Group to open first facility in Atlanta

Across South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON -A man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife in their home.

Across Georgia

Leader is awed by year's success

Outlook for 2003 good for farmers

State hopes changes will speed cases

Rants and raves
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City set to clean up after plant
A $50 million cleanup project starting today at Eighth Street and Walton Way might smell bad but it is expected to bring beauty and new development to Augusta's Laney-Walker district.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A rant for smokers and nonsmokers. Just drop the issue. As a smoker, I realize my smoke does bother the nonsmoker, and I try not to smoke around you, and I would appreciate if you kept your comments about my smoking to yourself. I know what it is doing to my body; you don't have to tell me. For all you smokers, there are many nonsmokers who are highly allergic, so try to keep their health in mind.

Police battle to head off road's speeding problem

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
ATHENS -Police didn't have to go far to investigate after a man used his sport utility vehicle to ram another car through a wall of the police station in what the police called a fit of road rage.

Ailing woman seeks money for operation
Tina Fore would love to take a long, slow drag on one of the USA Gold cigarettes she spent years smoking.

News you can use
JAN. 5, 1962 Budget requests for Augusta's 1962 budget are higher than last year, but officials expect the final figure will be about the same as 1961.

Barnes' farewell draws protesters

Leader is awed by year's success
Max Burns, Georgia's 12th District U.S. representative-elect, sat in a lounge chair in the living room of his country home in Screven County last week and marveled at the events of the past year.

Barnes' farewell draws protesters
MARIETTA, Ga. - Outgoing Gov. Roy Barnes toasted his supporters with a formal reception Sunday, but several dozen protesters against the new state flag tried to turn the goodbye ceremony into a victory celebration for those who helped boot him from office.

Flames gut home in North Augusta
Homeowners Ron and Lisa Wheatley watched as North Augusta firefighters battled flames raging from the roof of their home, bellowing black smoke in the air.

Ready and waiting

Family halts store robbery
CRAWFORD, Ga. - Two gun-wielding, masked men picked the wrong place to rob when they burst into the Junction Package store in Oglethorpe County last week.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
A road rehabilitation project on Interstate 20 between the Warren Road overpass and the South Carolina state line begins today.

City strives to enhance its historical features

Family halts store robbery

News you can use
JAN. 6, 1981 Augusta broke a 61-year-old record with its low temperature of 13 degrees Monday morning. The previous low was 15 degrees set in 1920, according to the National Weather Service at Bush Field. Monday's high was 40, a spokesman said.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Sheila Stahl of Augusta.

Project closes Laney-Walker intersection

Group to open first facility in Atlanta
ATLANTA - In a matter of weeks, the much-anticipated Georgia cancer initiative will finally open up shop for patients.

Across the area

UGA chief pleased with job
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael Adams, who has completed five years as the chief of the state's flagship university, recently sat down for an interview with Athens Banner-Herald reporter Kate Carter. Here is what he had to say:

Rants and raves
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13-year-old charged as adult in molestation
Police say a 13-year-old boy was trying to copy a sex act he saw on television when he molested a 7-year-old girl.

Across the area
Police arrested two Augusta women after an accident in the parking area of Dog Wood Terrace on Saturday afternoon.

Across the southeast
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -Jury selection is expected to begin today for the trial of a lawsuit that accuses Bridgestone-Firestone and Ford Motor Co. of causing the wreck that killed civil rights leader Earl Shinhoster.

Outlook for 2003 good for farmers
TIFTON, Ga. - Farm economists see a glimmer of hope in 2003 for improved prices on at least two of Georgia's major commodities, cotton and peanuts.

Ready and waiting
KUWAITI DESERT - War sounds like a jackhammer.

Rally driver killed in Sweden during race
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- One driver was killed and another injured when their rally car veered off a road and landed on its roof during a race Sunday.

Rally driver killed in Sweden during race

Paine ends skid against city rival
Before every game, Germaletta Dyson says a prayer. Saturday night, she believed someone was listening.

Jaguars pull away
As a senior transfer from UNC Pembroke, Jaguars center David Siebrands didn't know much about the Augusta State-Paine rivalry.

Jets jolt Colts, continue playoff pursuit

Tundra thumping

Atlanta Falcons notebook

Falcons set their sights on next win

Vick gets first shot at McNabb

Colts trying to forget about playoff loss, focus on future

Steelers devastate Browns

49ers upset Giants

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War protesters are not anti-American
This letter is in regard to the editorial, "Not at any cost," in the Dec. 12 Chronicle. Alex Cameron, Aiken, S.C.

Tripp: unglorified whistle-blower
I cannot help but agree with your Dec. 27 editorial, "Doing the right thing," concerning Time magazine's "Persons of the Year." The choice was at least more appropriate this year than in the past. Barnwell Baker, Augusta

Director's pro-choice assertion is folly
It is generally pointless to debate choosing life or choosing abortion in letters to the editor. The issue quickly becomes emotional, as both sides are firmly entrenched. Richard White, Evans, Ga.

To our better selves
As a parent, one of the most important messages you impart to your children is that just because they can do something doesn't mean they should.

Don't reward administrator's failure
In regard to the report that the administrator of the Augusta Regional Airport received a hefty raise after scoring 66 percent on his evaluation: Did I read that correctly? He was rewarded for failure? If he had been taking a test in school, his grade would have been an "F"! Janice McNair, Augusta

Lula's ominous start
Did you ever wonder what the dog would do with the car if he caught it?

Angels walk among us
When Trent Lott crashed and burned, Bill Frist was in the right place at the right time.

Rolling up our sleeves
What makes America great?

Planned Parenthood's card ironic
Few things have offended me as much as Planned Parenthood's Christmas card. How dare they take God's holy word and twist it around to suit their agenda? Kim Jones, Aiken, S.C.

Road rage denouement
"Reflecting on the testimony in the trial, someone said we perhaps would not be here if there had just been a backing off. We've got to find a way to avoid such terrible violence, especially on the roadway."

Policyholders need more control
I would like to respond to the article in the Nov. 16 Business section titled "Group brings up insurance issues." It concerned insurance and the collision repair industry. Bill White Jr., Edgefield, S.C.

Republicans are in it for themselves
Regarding Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.: If he were for jobs, there were lots of low-paying jobs that benefited "big business" more than the workers. Mr. Thurmond's trick was this: When it came to benefits for workers such as health care, safety, retirement, fair wages or the right to organize, he voted against creating benefits, or remained silent. Charles Alexander, North Augusta, S.C.

Rector offers ransom for stolen items
If the people who robbed the Gregory family of North Carolina will call me at (706) 736-7479, the St. Luke Anglican Catholic Church on Wheeler Road is offering a ransom of $50 for the needlepoint that was being worked on by Mrs. Gregory. I am in the business of forgiving, and will return the needlepoint to its owner. It has no value to you and is priceless to Mrs. Gregory.Father Daniel McAughey, North Augusta, S.C.

Overtime

Blake beats Hewitt in Hopman Cup

Overtime

Kostelic siblings make skiing history

Area sports announcements

Blake beats Hewitt in Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia -- James Blake upset top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday and Serena Williams beat Alicia Molik to give the United States its second Hopman Cup title.

Area sports announcements
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Overtime
Miami running back Willis McGahee had surgery Sunday on two torn ligaments in his left knee following a crushing hit during a Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State.

Kostelic siblings make skiing history
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia -- This was a day like no other in skiing for the Kostelic family. Ivica and Janica Kostelic became the first brother and sister to win World Cup Alpine races on the same day.

Overtime
The U.S. national soccer team worked out for the first time this year, preparing for exhibition games against Canada and Argentina that will test a young squad.

People made 2002 great
Some years deserve a resounding "good riddance" on Dec. 31, but not 2002.

Outdoors calendar

People made 2002 great

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

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Atlanta Falcons notebook
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Mark Simoneau had essentially no chance to play in base defense this season, but the Atlanta Falcons' third-year linebacker continued his knack for big plays on special teams Saturday night.

Falcons set their sights on next win
ATLANTA - Dressed in a beige suit outside the team locker room, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking could have been heading to a party Saturday night.

Colts trying to forget about playoff loss, focus on future
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Dungy didn't want to talk much about the Indianapolis Colts' worst loss in playoff history.

Vick gets first shot at McNabb
ATLANTA - The last time the Atlanta Falcons played this far into a season, Michael Vick pondered a scholarship offer to play football at Syracuse.

Steelers devastate Browns
PITTSBURGH -- The Cleveland Browns never have gotten over The Drive by John Elway. Now they've got to live with The Comeback by the quarterback who was once supposed to be the next Elway.

Tundra thumping
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It looked so perfect for Green Bay. Snow falling. Packers in green and gold. Lambeau Field in January.

49ers upset Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buried in a 24-point playoff hole after a season of missed opportunities, the San Francisco 49ers finally woke up.

Jets jolt Colts, continue playoff pursuit
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After what they went through to make the playoffs, what a waste it would have been to exit early.

Dell Axim a good deal for the price
NEW YORK -- With its crisp graphics, a Microsoft operating system that's familiar to Windows users and a price tag under $300, there's a lot to like when it comes to the new Dell Axim X5 Handheld.

Don't fear the mummy's curse, scientists say
LONDON -- Don't sweat the curse of the mummy.

Experts suspect disease in two more deaths
Two bald eagles found along Thurmond Lake were sent to veterinary pathologists to determine if they succumbed to a mysterious brain disorder linked to 26 other eagle deaths.

Antarctic ice sheet may disappear in 7,000 years
WASHINGTON -- An Antarctic ice sheet the size of Texas and Colorado combined is melting and could disappear in 7,000 years, possibly raising worldwide sea levels by 16 feet.

Techies seek 'gadget nirvana' in Las Vegas
NEW YORK -- Panasonic, Palm, Philips and other makers of cell phones, handheld computers and electronic doodads would have you believe the good times are rolling now like never before.

Orangutans pass knowledge to new generations
WASHINGTON -- From the dainty use of a leaf as a napkin to saying goodnight with a lip-quivering raspberry splutter, the orangutan is a cultured ape, able to learn new tricks and pass them along to the next generation, researchers say.

FDA approves Prozac for children
WASHINGTON -- Prozac is now formally available for depressed children.

Bulldogs' streak up to eight

Bulldogs' streak up to eight
ATHENS, Ga. - If Jarvis Hayes and Ezra Williams continue to play as they did Sunday, Georgia fans won't have to worry about their team losing another game this season.

Warren breaks bone in ankle; second injured Gamecock in four days
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina forward Chris Warren broke a small bone in his left ankle during practice Sunday, adding to the Gamecocks dismal injury situation.

Warren breaks bone in ankle; second injured Gamecock in four days

Orangutans pass knowledge to new generations

Techies seek 'gadget nirvana' in Las Vegas

FDA approves Prozac for children

Antarctic ice sheet may disappear in 7,000 years

Dell Axim a good deal for the price

Don't fear the mummy's curse, scientists say

Experts suspect disease in two more deaths