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.

TV commercials sink into impressionable young minds

Braves bring in All-Star Fick
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves finally have a regular first baseman after signing free agent Robert Fick to a $1 million, one-year contract on Monday.

Free agent Fick signs with Braves
ATLANTA -- Free agent Robert Fick agreed Monday to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Braves bring in All-Star Fick

Braves bring in All-Star Fick
ATLANTA - It's not so much a question of who has played first base for the Atlanta Braves recentlybut who hasn't.

Free agent Fick signs with Braves

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.

Five-year market perspective shows recent turmoil not so bad

Tax tips: What's New
WASHINGTON -- The big news for taxpayers preparing their 2002 tax returns this spring is a bevy of new incentives - to save for college and retirement, to file returns electronically and to plan for a more secure financial future.

Sanford heightens focus on tourism

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.

Mall owners halt marketing
With a failed attempt to partner with the city behind them, owners of the Regency Mall property on Gordon Highway say the defunct shopping center will remain dark indefinitely.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - BellSouth Corp., Verizon Communications and SBC Communications Inc. made heavy gains Monday as investors anticipated a favorable move by the Federal Communications Commission that could decrease competition for local phone service.

Guynn says moderate economic growth expected in 2003
ATLANTA -- Low interest rates are important to reviving the economy, which is only expected to grow about 3 percent this year amid modest consumer spending and a continuing rise in the jobless rate, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Jack Guynn said Monday.

Older Americans become entrepreneurs
Karen Stinson's late husband, Ken, used to try talking her into leaving her job at H&R Block and starting her own tax-preparation business.

Farm payoff hurts state, study says
ATHENS, GA. - A state program that pays farmers not to irrigate their fields during drought years could actually be harming rural economies, according to a little-noticed report from the University of Georgia's Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

Guynn says moderate economic growth expected in 2003

Sanford heightens focus on tourism
COLUMBIA - The makeup of a new economic development task force indicates Gov.-elect Mark Sanford is taking the role of tourism in South Carolina's economy seriously, industry leaders say.

Business briefs

Stocks rally in anticipation of tax cuts
NEW YORK -- Investors' anticipation of a tax cut reignited the New Year's rally on Wall Street Monday, sending stocks barreling higher and lifting the Dow Jones industrials more than 170 points.

Farm payoff hurts state, study says

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

Stocks rally in anticipation of tax cuts

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

Social Security: The underpinning of a secure retirement

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

Tax tips: What's New

Older Americans become entrepreneurs

Investors could benefit from making resolutions

No. 1 Duke tops Clemson

Clemson recruit ruled ineligible by NCAA
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson won't get help from freshman Ori Ichaki after the NCAA ruled the 6-foot-5 forward played professional basketball in his native Israel.

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

No. 1 Duke tops Clemson
DURHAM, N.C. -- Alana Beard scored 16 of her 26 points in the second half to rally top-ranked Duke to a 69-53 victory Monday night over Clemson in the Blue Devils' Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Duke No. 1 in men's and women's polls

Scott leads Lions to win

Tuesday Tipoff

Ohio State moves into women's Top 25

Lula's ominous start

Rolling up our sleeves

Building bridges in Augusta

Killing peace

Ex-Ga. flag barred

Road rage denouement

In the know
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?

'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."

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.

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.

Eminem, Springsteen, Jones, Lavigne favorites for top Grammy nods
NEW YORK -- Eminem and Bruce Springsteen were favorites to dominate Tuesday's Grammy nominations, but a chanteuse, a teen rocker and an R&B songbird could also be up for multiple honors.

Presenting food in technicolor
Forget what your mother told you. It's OK to play with your food.

'Lord of the Rings' is box-office king for third weekend
LOS ANGELES -- "The Two Towers" has scored a triple.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta C

Woods wins fourth straight player of year award
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Tiger Woods started off the new season with an award, even though he's not playing. He was the 2002 PGA Tour player of the year for the fourth consecutive season.

Woods wins fourth straight player of year award

Thrashers send Hnilicka to AHL, activate Bartecko
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers sent goalie Milan Hnilicka to AHL club Chicago and activated forward Lubos Bartecko from injured reserve Monday.

Flyers edge Thrashers

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.

TV commercials sink into impressionable young minds
I'm driving down the road, and my 8-year-old is explaining to me the benefits of getting a new mattress: "It's like sleeping on a bed of air ..." he says confidently.

Hospital told not to perform heart procedure
The state has issued a cease and desist order against Doctors Hospital for performing heart procedures the hospital is not authorized to do.

Jones Creek Golf Club bought by Aiken businessmen
A group of Aiken businessmen paid nearly $3 million for the Jones Creek Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Deeds count more than appearance

Rector offers ransom for stolen items

Don't reward administrator's failure

Another way to spend campaign money

War protesters are not anti-American

Look for another job or quit complaining

Peace is more than a smile away

Republicans are in it for themselves

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

In the know

Presenting food in technicolor

Senior calendar

'Lord of the Rings' is box-office king for third weekend

Eminem, Springsteen, Jones, Lavigne favorites for top Grammy nods

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

Ken Howard finds it easy 'Crossing Jordan'

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

NHL pioneer to visit

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 road report
TUESDAY: vs. Pee Dee Pride, Florence Civic Center, 7:00 p.m.

Lynx lose in shootout

Power outages frustrate Lynx

Power outages frustrate Lynx
The game was over for nearly 30 minutes, but Andrew Williamson still sat at his locker in the Augusta Lynx dressing room, wearing a blank look and wet gear.

Hospitals redesign for nonurgent patients
Ted Williams may have been felled by his own hand - or grill.

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.

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.

Group to vote on project
By August 2004, construction should begin on a new judicial complex, and improvements to the adjoining municipal building should follow shortly thereafter, according to a project plan set to go before the Augusta Commission for approval today.

Across the area

Adult bookstore gets set to open
A widely opposed adult bookstore on Gordon Highway is expected to open its doors again early next week - more than five months after its manager was arrested and the store's doors were closed for violating the city's adult entertainment ordinance.

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.

Man's fight against cancer is fueled by friend's death
Many eyes brim with tears at the mention of Brian Piccolo, the running back whose death from cancer was immortalized in the movie Brian's Song, but David Zacks' eyes also reflect a fierce determination to defeat the disease that claimed his college classmate and Mr. Zacks' father.

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.

Perdue could evict officials from Capitol

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.

Officials continue to probe house fire
AIKEN - Fire officials said Monday that an investigation into a house fire Sunday in Woodside Plantation would be completed later this week.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Patricia Johnson of Augusta.

Perdue could evict top Democrats

Across Georgia

Pet fee proposal receives forums
Augusta pet owners who would like to voice an opinion about mandatory pet licensing will have an opportunity beginning Thursday.

News you can use
JAN. 7, 1943 George Nicholson, local attorney and Cracker Party candidate for the state Legislature, won in a three-cornered election here yesterday over Jack Rogers and Alpha Traylor, but not before his party was served notice that there was another man in the race besides its candidates.

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.

Rants and Raves
I JUST READ the article in the paper about David Westerfield. The prosecutor said there is no justification for anything less than the death penalty. Why are we going to let him languish in jail for 25 years before we finally give him the chair? We ought to take him out to the side of the building and shoot the son of Satan.

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.

Fire department will meet Tuesday night
Martinez and Evans residents will get a detailed report of where their fire subscriptions went at Martinez Volunteer Fire Department's annual meeting tonight.

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.

EMS providers sign contract on backup plan
Emergency medical service providers for Augusta and Columbia County worked out a deal Monday for times their ambulances have to cross county lines.

Outlook for 2003 good for farmers

Correction

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A Cobb County woman who was kidnapped by her husband is recovering from a two-day ordeal that ended at a Florida hotel, authorities said.

Perdue could evict officials from Capitol
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.

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.

News you can use

City strives to enhance its historical features

Barnes' farewell draws protesters

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greer man who told authorities he shot his house mate while cleaning his gun has been charged with murder, police said.

Cancer center will get funds, Cheeks says
Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue will make good on a promise to put funding "on the fast track" for a cancer research building at the Medical College of Georgia, state Sen. Don Cheeks said Monday.

Adult bookstore gets set to open

Hospitals redesign for nonurgent patients

Cancer center will get funds, Cheeks says

Perdue still a mystery to Georgians

Group to open first facility in Atlanta

News you can use

Hospital told not to perform heart procedure

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.

Man makes living recycling stories

Subscriber of the day

City set to clean up after plant

Across Georgia

Across the southeast

Man's fight against cancer is fueled by friend's death

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.

Group says it won't repeat famous calendar

Reward offered for stolen needlework

EMS providers sign contract on backup plan

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:

Across the southeast

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

Group to vote on project

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.

Sheriff election moves to April

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.

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.

Sheriff election moves to April
AIKEN - The primary for the special election to replace Sheriff Howard Sellers will take place April 15, Stuart Bedenbaugh, the executive director of Aiken County Registration and Elections, said Monday.

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
BATON ROUGE, La. -Nearly 1,000 men have opened their mouths so police investigators could swab out saliva and take cheek scrapings in search of DNA that matches that left behind by a serial killer.

UGA chief pleased with job

Group says it won't repeat famous calendar
AIKEN - It's the new year - time to make plans and start new calendars.

Subscriber of the day

Correction
A photo caption in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified Doug Barnard. Mr. Barnard is a former U.S. representative.

Across the area
More arrests could follow in the shooting death of a 14-year-old Thomson girl, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Mike Seigler said Monday.

Jones Creek Golf Club bought by Aiken businessmen

Rally driver killed in Sweden during race

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.

Teams prepare for testing runs at Daytona

Teams prepare for testing runs at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The racing season on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series lasts almost three months longer than its counterparts in professional baseball, basketball, football or hockey.

Jordan wins player of week honor
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan was honored as the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after scoring a season-high 41 points against Indiana.

Hawks fall to Nets
ATLANTA -- New Jersey took control with an early 12-0 run and went on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-94 Monday night, extending the Nets' winning streak to 10 in a row.

Duke No. 1 in men's and women's polls
Duke jumped to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 Monday, joining the Blue Devils' women atop the rankings. Connecticut is the only other school to have held the top spots simultaneously.

Virginia's Watson named ACC player of the week
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia's Travis Watson, who turned in a double-double in each of Virginia's three games last week, has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week.

Ohio State moves into women's Top 25
Jim Foster is working fast at Ohio State.

Tuesday Tipoff
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Scott leads Lions to win
Paine coach Ron Spry asked Yari Scott in practice Sunday if he could score 40 points against Tuskegee on Monday.

Duckett in a rush to help out team

Colts trying to forget about playoff loss, focus on future

NFL: Officials missed pass interference call in Giants-49ers

Steelers devastate Browns

Coaches, vets kept Jets believing

Falcons set their sights on next win

Peppers sacks his way to rookie honor

49ers upset Giants

Vick gets first shot at McNabb

Favre to return to Packers next season

Mrs. Leonora Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Shepherd    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Johnson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Charline Ogbonnia    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ronald Suber Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Chap Murray Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Baker    (CONWAY, S.C.)
Mrs. Isabell Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lisa Maloney    (FORT GORDON, Ga.)
Mrs. Pearl Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Catherine Phillips    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Blackston    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Jessie Blackston    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Shirley Branch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Yearty    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Eloise Brinson    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Jane Hinman    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Isabell Murphy
To members of Liberty Baptist Church, Isabell Murphy was known fondly as "Mother."

Ms. Sarah Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Jane Brooker    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Ansel Miller    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Lonnie Moss    (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Isabell Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Bufford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Romig    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Cadle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sadie Blackburn    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Ms. Betty Cridland    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Michaeline Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Catherine Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary White    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Suber Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Earnnie Lindsey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Charlotte Harmstad    (LITTLE MOUNTAIN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Lawless    (CAMDEN, S.C.)
Mr. Angus Jimmerson    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Korbelik    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Lawless    (CAMDEN, S.C.)
Mr. E.J. Kent    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Justus    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Linda Dunagan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Willie Mims    (RIDGE SPRINGS, S.C.)
Antwoine Sumpter, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Spann    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Eunice Johnson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Ullie Oglesby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Angus Jimmerson    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mrs. Geraldine Poston    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Evans    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
Mrs. Virgie Sargent    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mable James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sandra Thompson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Hollingsworth    (BARNWELl,S.C.)
Mr. Michael Banks    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Tawanda Haynes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Ray    (DENMARK, S.C.)
Mrs. Susanna Gay    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Rita Halpin    (LANSDALE, Pa.)
Mr. James Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Celeste Hanson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Trecia Wilhite-Rodgers    (LITHONIA, Ga.)
Ms. Shirley Branch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Francis Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Banks    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Janet Baldwin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Leroy Eubanks
Leroy Eubanks spent most of his life helping people, said his brother Ed Eubanks.

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Mr. Lonnie Moss (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Johnson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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Mr. Francis Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Willie Mims (RIDGE SPRINGS, S.C.)

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Mrs. Pearl Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Angus Jimmerson (WINDSOR, S.C.)

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Mr. Jessie Blackston (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Trecia Wilhite-Rodgers (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Earnnie Lindsey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bennie Lockhart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Lawless (CAMDEN, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Evans (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Angus Jimmerson (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Isabell Murphy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Thompson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Leroy Eubanks

Mr. Frank Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Justus (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Janet Baldwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Branch (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Isabell Murphy

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Mrs. Leonora Ward (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Ms. Shirley Branch (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Jane Hinman (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Poston (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary White (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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Mr. Arthur Korbelik (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Cadle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Bufford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Eloise Brinson (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Chap Murray Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Banks (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Susanna Gay (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lisa Maloney (FORT GORDON, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Harmstad (LITTLE MOUNTAIN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charline Ogbonnia (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Another way to spend campaign money
Boy, I couldn't disagree with George F. Will more concerning his Dec. 29 column, "Campaign finances focus of court case." Brian Russell Brown, Augusta

Look for another job or quit complaining
Regarding Jose A. Torres Jr.'s Dec. 25 letter, "Holiday a joyless one for city workers": He is an employee of the city of Augusta. I feel so sorry that he didn't get his $50 Christmas bonus, and he didn't get a pay raise this year. Oh, his health-insurance cost also went up. Peter Pruitt, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

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."

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.

Peace is more than a smile away
There is an old saying: Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry, and you cry alone. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

Deeds count more than appearance
My wife and I read Beverly Redmond's Dec. 24 letter, "Celebrate Christmas season by helping the homeless," and agree with much of what she had to say. Gary and Betty Hartley, Jackson, S.C.

Killing peace
Just when you start to think after six weeks of inactivity that suicide bombings may be losing their appeal as Palestinians' preferred weapon of war against Israel, suddenly new bomb attacks shatter hope, not only for peace, but for sanity in that turbulent part of the world.

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.

Building bridges in Augusta
Augusta Mayor Bob Young hit just the right note in his inaugural address launching his second four-year term: stressing the need to bridge the city's racial divide.

Ex-Ga. flag barred
"I've been organizing presidential events for 15 years. For the last couple of years, security people have been doing that."

Rolling up our sleeves
What makes America great?

Kostelic siblings make skiing history

Overtime

Overtime

Ferman, Saviano resign USTA posts

Ahonen wins Four Hills Tour

Ferman, Saviano resign USTA posts
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Rick Ferman resigned as executive director and chief operating officer of the United States Tennis Association on Monday. He will continue in his position until a successor is chosen.

Ahonen wins Four Hills Tour
BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria -- Finland's Janne Ahonen won ski jumping's Four Hills Tour on Monday with a fourth-place finish in the final leg.

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.

Overtime
Tiger Woods started the new season with an award, even though he's not playing in the first tournament. He was named 2002 PGA Tour player of the year on Monday for the fourth consecutive season.

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.

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.

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.

Reeves within two wins of another Super Bowl
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After three straight losing seasons, Dan Reeves appeared washed up as an NFL coach.

NFL: Officials missed pass interference call in Giants-49ers
NEW YORK -- The San Francisco 49ers' 24-point comeback victory over the New York Giants ended with an officiating error.

Duckett in a rush to help out team
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Either inactive or ineffective for the last month, T.J. Duckett returned as a force in Saturday night'sNFC wild card victory at Green Bay.

Peppers sacks his way to rookie honor
Not even a four-game suspension could stop Julius Peppers from winning The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award Monday.

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.

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.

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.

Coaches, vets kept Jets believing
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- In those dark, early season days when the New York Jets were losing lots of games, they never lost their faith.

Favre to return to Packers next season
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre will return to the Green Bay Packers next season.

Rocket fuel pollution strains water supplies in West
LOS ANGELES -- A toxic chemical used to fuel Cold War-era missiles and the rockets that put man on the moon has left a legacy of contamination across the Southwest, where it pinches the region's already tight supply of drinking water.

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.

China looks to manned space flight
BEIJING -- As China celebrated the return of its latest unmanned space capsule from orbit, state television offered a rare glimpse Monday into its secretive astronaut program, showing two men training in simulated weightlessness.

Journalist who promised test of cloning claim suspends effort
NEW YORK -- The freelance journalist who said he would oversee DNA testing to prove whether the first human clone has been produced said Monday he was suspending his efforts for now.

GM to offer hybrid vehicles over next four years
DETROIT -- In one of the clearest signs yet that hybrid cars may be going mainstream, General Motors Corp. plans to offer a variety of the gas-and-electric powered vehicles over the next four years.

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.

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

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Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Signs, starring Mel Gibson as a former priest who finds mysterious crop circles in his Pennsylvania farm; and The Good Girl, with Jennifer Anniston as a discount store clerk who strikes up a romance with a stock boy.

Blood flows freely in 'Gangs'

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THE FACTS: Lindsey Wilson, 16, a sophomore at Greenbrier High School.

Entries due today to work on music bus
Want to work in a studio with music professionals? Here's your chance.

Girl should ask boyfriend what he likes about her
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I think my boyfriend is attracted to me for all the wrong reasons. How can I know if he likes me for the right reasons? - 16-year-old Augusta girl.

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Question of the week

'Drumline' has a good beat
Drumline, directed by Charles Stone III, is a superior film, filled with laughter, romance and beats that will remain in your head.

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'Drumline' has a good beat

Volunteering is more than school project for Lakeside student
On the last day of Christmas break, Lakeside High School senior David Tian wasn't tucked away in the comfort of his bed.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Your style

Your style
THE FACTS: Angelena Hannah, 14, a freshman at T.W. Josey High School.

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Question of the week
Q: How long will it take you to forget about your New Year's resolutions?

Artist's corner
Dru Daniel, 12, is a sixth-grader at Lakeside Middle School. Drawing is one of his favorite pastimes.

Blood flows freely in 'Gangs'
It was considered the bloodiest period in New York's history until Sept. 11, 2001. It was a time of political unrest - a dark, ghastly nightmare in American history that led to the Civil War draft riots in 1862 - four days of hangings, burnings and riots.

Journalist who promised test of cloning claim suspends effort

Techies seek 'gadget nirvana' in Las Vegas

Rocket fuel pollution strains water supplies in West

GM to offer hybrid vehicles over next four years

China looks to manned space flight

Dell Axim a good deal for the price