Sleuths must solve their personal crises
Some fictional crime-solvers apparently don't have enough problems, having to pursue murderers, kidnappers and their ilk. While saving the world from such bad apples, some sleuths are trying to solve their pressing personal problems, too.

Jessica Lynch book has solid early sales
NEW YORK -- They don't compare to Harry Potter, but early sales for Pfc. Jessica Lynch's authorized biography have topped those for such high-profile works as Toni Morrison's "Love" and Anne Rice's "Blood Canticle."

Arts calendar
GET LISTED:Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle,

MoMA's Italian film festival pays tribute to Francesca Archibugi

Actor's novel entertains, frustrates
Daniel Pecan Cambridge knows he has, in the simplest of terms, issues.

PBS show uncovers valuable Heade painting stored in attic

MoMA's Italian film festival pays tribute to Francesca Archibugi
NEW YORK -- At 72, Marcello Mastroianni was a star making his 122nd movie. At 28, Francesca Archibugi was directing her second feature film.

A pop tuneful 'Taboo'; Boy George on Broadway

PBS show uncovers valuable Heade painting stored in attic
BOSTON -- A pair of antiques experts filming an episode of their new television series made an exceptional find when they discovered a previously unknown work of art worth hundreds of thousands of dollars tucked away in an attic.

Jessica Lynch book has solid early sales

A pop tuneful 'Taboo'; Boy George on Broadway
NEW YORK -- Not many stars can get away with making their initial entrance on stage through a toilet stall but Boy George does just that.

Actor's novel entertains, frustrates

Arts calendar

Anti-Doping Agency head calls baseball drug penalties a 'joke'

Anti-Doping Agency head calls baseball drug penalties a 'joke'
LONDON -- Baseball's policy on steroids is a "complete joke" and an "insult" to the fight against performance-enhancing drugs, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday.

More than one clock is never good measure of time

An hour after being declared dead, little girl is revived
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Detective Mike Kendrick began photographing the body of a little girl on an emergency room table for an investigation of a drowning.

Mayor in Utah wins re-election by roll of the dice
WASHINGTON TERRACE, Utah -- With the roll of the dice and the flash of cameras, Mark Allen won a third term as this city's mayor.

Man who went over Niagara Falls joins Texas circus
HIDALGO, Texas -- The only person to survive a plunge over Niagara Falls without a safety device has run off and joined the circus.

Greek government withdraws brothel bill
ATHENS, Greece -- The Greek government withdrew legislation that would have made it easier for brothels to operate in Athens during the 2004 Olympics.

Odds and Ends
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- When Roy Williamson hit a tee shot off the fairway, the lie turned out to be rougher than he thought.

Camel cheese could enrich Sahara Desert herder
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Herd boys tug at camels' udders, loosing the raw material for a unique, creamy cheese this desert nation's growers hope to place alongside Roquefort and cheddar on the world's crackers.

Effective Web site can help boost business
A Web site can be a great marketing tool for a small business. The key to a successful Web site is traffic, sometimes called hits, which means the number of people who visit a site.

Yoga gains popularity as exercise for mind, body
Campbell Austin doesn't claim to be a flexible person, but that didn't stop the Medical College of Georgia student from trying yoga, a practice that relies heavily on flexibility and stretching.

Business briefs

Bankruptcies nearly double in decade
WASHINGTON -- Bankruptcies have nearly doubled in the past decade, including more than 1.6 million people who filed for personal bankruptcy this fiscal year alone in a hangover of debt from the free-spending 1990s.

On the move
Tad Gomez was been named the pharmacy director for MCG Health Inc. He was previously the director of inpatient pharmacy services for Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston. He is responsible for overseeing pharmaceutical services for MCG Medical Center and the MCG Children's Medical Center.

Target to court active, upscale segment of Baby Boomers
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. will be introducing an exclusive line of women's and men's apparel in January at its namesake discount store division that's aimed at a subset of the baby boomer generation that it calls "zoomers."

Print shop searches for buyer

Coca-Cola, education groups agree on guidelines for drink sales
WASHINGTON -- Coca-Cola Co. and leading education groups have come to terms over how the company's drinks should be marketed and sold in schools, aiming to address concerns about nutrition without canning the vending sales that both sides favor.

Bread makers contend Atkins diet is hurting their business
PORTLAND, Maine - A sign in Stephen Lanzalotta's bakery reads, "Senza il pane tutto diventa orfano." In Italian, that means, "Without bread everyone's an orphan."

Spending down, wholesale prices up in October
WASHINGTON -- America's shoppers kept a tighter grip on their wallets in October for the second month in a row, and wholesale prices registered the biggest jump since March, raising questions about the shape of the economic rebound in coming months.

Print shop searches for buyer
Tidwell Printing, one of the oldest names in Augusta business, is for sale.

Coca-Cola, education groups agree on guidelines for drink sales

Pocket change
TX's Hamburg Division in North Augusta is one of the company's three major repair and manufacturing centers in the country. Smaller repairs are made at nearly three dozen maintenance facilities nationwide.

Effective Web site can help boost business

Business calendar
Tuesday: QuickBooks Pro 2003; Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co.; 701 Greene St., Suite 200; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; www.smepca.com; seminar by Sonia Gowen, certified QuickBooks Pro adviser; qualifies for A&A CPE credit; $195 due at registration; continental breakfast and lunch provided; call Dawn M. Hayen at 722-5337.

Reporter finds yoga a painful experience

Spending down, wholesale prices up in October

Bread makers contend Atkins diet is hurting their business

Business briefs
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A jury ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay $11.9 billion in damages Friday after finding the oil giant had cheated the state of Alabama out of natural-gas royalties.

Pocket change

Yoga gains popularity as exercise for mind, body

Reporter finds yoga a painful experience
Yoga is just breathing and stretching. How tough can it be?

Mayor's bags miss trip to China

Mayor's bags miss trip to China
HIDDEN SUITCASE, crouching mayor. Mayor Bob Young's trip to China was cut short this month when he arrived in the Asian republic but his luggage didn't. What he had in a carry-on bag and the clothes on his back had to suffice for the two-week excursion, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Whitehurst tries to keep good things going against Duke
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was sitting in Finance 306 this week when his friend and center Tommy Sharpe, nudged him.

Tigers establish dominance
CLEMSON, S.C. -- It's taken a while, but Clemson has finally found some consistency.

Tigers establish dominance

Whitehurst tries to keep good things going against Duke

Small school roundup
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Presbyterian quarterback Zach Ellis threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as the Blue Hose set a series record with its sixth straight victory over Newberry on Saturday, a 42-14 win to keep the Bronze Derby.

Top 25 capsules
NORMAN, Okla. -- Jason White threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma's defense didn't allow a touchdown for the third straight week, lifting the No. 1 Sooners to a 41-3 victory over Baylor on Saturday.

LSU tops Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Matt Mauck, Chad Lavalais and LSU did just about everything right in a dominating win over Alabama. Yet no matter how overpowering the Tigers look on the field, they still need help off it.

LSU tops Alabama

Alabama braces for balanced LSU team
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- How good is No. 3 LSU? Mike Shula had a prop handy for just that question, holding up a Southeastern Conference stat sheet with the Tigers' stats marked.

Small school roundup

Top 25 capsules

Alabama braces for balanced LSU team

Peach Belt Conference preview

Aiken Tech addition should better team

'Other' women want to show ability today

Relevant history

Not above the law

Pillars of a community
How do buildings sprout? How are businesses born, and how do they survive? What stuff are these things made of, that they can stand against time, the forces of nature and the whims of man?

CNN's new low
Unpredictable. Unscripted. Uncensored. That's what a recent CNN "Rock the Vote" Democratic presidential debate was supposed to be.

Relevant history
The Columbia County school system hopes it will start a nationwide trend with its school board-proclaimed Proud To Be an American Month, now under way. Indeed, other school systems would be wise to follow suit.

Not above the law
His most ardent supporters may never understand this: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore didn't lose his job over the Ten Commandments, or his fervent desire to acknowledge God in public.

CNN's new low

Pillars of a community

Child welfare woes
Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services, rocked this past summer by the unnecessary deaths of two children, is undergoing a top-to-bottom overhaul.

Oscar alterations leave shorter season, bruised egos
LOS ANGELES -- Maybe there should be an Academy Award for behind-the-scenes theatrics. That's where the real melodrama lies this Oscar season.

Video best sellers
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine

People in the news
LONDON -- Michael Jackson's father says he never beat his son but admits in a TV interview to be broadcast Sunday that he whipped him.

Improper trading is disclosed at Charles Schwab Corp.

Rules give options to cell-phone users
Q: What do I need to know if I want to change cell-phone companies when new rules take effect Nov. 24 allowing people to switch but keep the same wireless phone number?

Optimism rises as Dow climbs
NEW YORK - Rona Crystal often wondered when stocks would recover after the three-year bear market ravaged one-third of her financial portfolio. Now that the Dow Jones industrials have climbed back near the 10,000 level, she's more optimistic about its outlook.

Lawyer can give business an edge
NEW YORK - Among the most important advisers for many owners of small companies is an attorney, someone to help avoid costly legal mistakes in transacting business and dealing with employees.

Lawyer can give business an edge

Rules give options to cell-phone users

Improper trading is disclosed at Charles Schwab Corp.
SAN FRANCISCO - Charles Schwab Corp. disclosed Friday that a handful of its mutual funds engaged in improper trading practices, becoming the first major discount brokerage linked to an industrywide scandal. The company's stock fell 8 percent.

Wall Street lower on disappointing economic numbers
NEW YORK -- Wall Street sank Friday as investors sifted through a series of downbeat economic reports, but drug makers including Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co. got a boost as Congress neared an agreement on Medicare prescription legislation. The market's three major indexes ended a choppy week with a decline.

Optimism rises as Dow climbs

Wall Street lower on disappointing economic numbers

Eagles' victory likely ends season
ELON, N.C. - Now what? The Georgia Southern Eagles aren't accustomed to ending their football season in mid-November.

Daniels carries Jackets to win
ATLANTA - When not even a near-historic workload could tire out P.J. Daniels, the North Carolina defense stood no chance.

Yellow Jackets try to bounce back from loss to Duke
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech took a four-game winning streak and a chance to tie for the Atlantic Coast Conference title to Duke last week - and promptly lost.

Eagles' victory likely ends season

Yellow Jackets try to bounce back from loss to Duke

Han, Delasin share lead in LPGA event
MOBILE, Ala. -- Hee-Won Han and Dorothy Delasin shot 1-under-par 71s to share the lead Friday after the second round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

Sluman-Kuehne lead after opening round of shootout

South Africans take lead at World Cup

South Africans extend lead at World Cup

Han, Delasin share lead in LPGA event

South Africans take lead at World Cup
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The South African team of Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini shot a 3-under-par 69 Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the World Cup.

Sluman-Kuehne lead after opening round of shootout
NAPLES, Fla. -- Jeff Sluman was eager to join up with Hank Kuehne. The chance to play a team format with the tour's longest driver was too good to pass up.

Golf capsules
MOBILE, Ala. -- Dorothy Delasin shot a 4-under-par 68 and took a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

South Africans extend lead at World Cup
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- South Africa's Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini birdied six of their first seven holes Saturday and finished with a 9-under-par 63 to take a seven-stroke lead heading into the final round of the World Cup.

Musketeers close with win

Aiken falls to Richland Northeast

Washington County gets four straight region title

Thomson clinches 3-AAAA title

Thomson tops Baldwin

Playoff teams are prepared for challenges

Wildcats race to win

Burke County drops Lakeside

Jackets' beat Battery Creek

Hawks using big words, bigger plays

Wardlaw heads for title game

Swainsboro blanks Tattnall County

Evans ends season with loss

Prep football scores

Statesboro ends Glenn Hills' year

Prep football scores
Here are scores from Friday's prep football games and pairings for South Carolina High School state playoff games to be played Nov. 21.

Musketeers close with win
Richmond Academy closed its 2003 season on a winning note Friday, defeating Josey 28-14 at White Road Stadium.

Burke County drops Lakeside
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Burke County closed out its season with a 27-16 victory over Lakeside on Friday night, denying the Panthers a chance to finish with a .500 record.

Playoff teams are prepared for challenges
Westside coach Gerald Barnes made a trip to Swainsboro on Friday to see what the Patriots were getting themselves into next week.

Statesboro ends Glenn Hills' year
After Glenn Hills' 24-7 loss to Statesboro, Spartans coach Felix Curry walked away looking to the future.

Thomson tops Baldwin
THOMSON - Baldwin needed a win to stay in the playoff hunt, and Thomson needed a win to be the undisputed Region 3-AAAA champion.

Evans ends season with loss
Evans concluded a 3-7 season Friday night, falling to Douglass of Atlanta in a Region 7-AAAAA game.

Wardlaw heads for title game
JOHNSON, S.C. - Wardlaw Academy broke the SCISA consecutive victory streak record Friday, stopping Carolina 52-6 in the Class A semifinals.

Hawks using big words, bigger plays
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - When you rush for 193 yards and five touchdowns - all in the first half no less - it's probably OK to invent words.

Thomson clinches 3-AAAA title
THOMSON - Baldwin needed a win to stay in the playoff hunt, and Thomson needed a win to be the undisputed Region 3-AAAA champion.

Aiken falls to Richland Northeast
COLUMBIA - Aiken scored the first and final points of its playoff game against Richland Northeast on Friday night.

Swainsboro blanks Tattnall County
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Albert Webb rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns as Swainsboro blanked Tattnall County 38-0 on Friday night to win the Region 2-AAA championship.

Jackets' beat Battery Creek
A friend playfully punched Brandon Satcher on the arm and asked him where the party was Friday night.

Washington County gets four straight region title
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Washington County left no doubt, sweeping to a perfect region record and a fourth consecutive Region 3-AAA championship Friday night with a 42-6 victory over Jefferson County.

Wildcats race to win
HARLEM - Laney coach Eric Parker and Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis were in agreement on at least one thing after their team's regular-season finale Friday night.

Flyers shut out Thrashers

Flyers shut out Thrashers
PHILADELPHIA -- Jeff Hackett has been waiting for 16 years for an opportunity like this one. He's making the most of it.

Thrashers rookie Lessard suspended for one game
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers forward Francis Lessard, second among NHL rookies in penalty minutes, was suspended without pay for one game Friday for a spearing infraction.

Thrashers rookie Lessard suspended for one game

More than one clock is never good measure of time
Got a minute? I have only limited power down here at News 'R Us, but there is one thing I control - I set the big clock on the newsroom wall. It is a clock visible to all, with its bright red second hand sweeping rapidly by the minute toward the deadline du jour.

New Augusta logo is not what we need

Surprised to agree with Goodman column

War on terrorism is mythological
It is said religions and mythologies serve four functions: They instill a sense of awe, relate conciseness to the heavens, weave our social fabric/laws, and provide psychological comfort... Therefore, we need myths. They don't have to make sense, don't have to be rational, just speak to the psyche. Robert L. Smith, Augusta

War on terrorism is mythological

Concentrate on ending suffering in Mideast

New Augusta logo is not what we need
Does Augusta's Public Works Department not have enough to do? Are there not more pressing budgetary concerns? Apparently, some Augusta commissioners think not. Aubrey Moore, Augusta

Surprised to agree with Goodman column
As I read the Ellen Goodman column on Nov. 7, "Choose who will honor your final wishes," regarding the necessity to have a clear living will with a carefully defined and selected health-care proxy, I was surprised to note that I fully agreed with her - which is a first. Joseph M. Weaver, Graniteville, S.C.

Planned Parenthood encourages women to abort
Regarding Daniel Fawaz's Nov. 8 letter, "Defends Planned Parenthood's work," and his claim that Planned Parenthood offers "non-judgmental pregnancy options counseling": Joyce Morris, Appling, Ga.

School mascot may represent new South
I wonder if anyone else finds it a little ironic that people are upset that Strom Thurmond High School (named after an old, white-haired, former segregationist farmer) is represented by a mascot who is an old, white-haired, former segregationist farmer. Frank N. Densmore, Augusta

Concentrate on ending suffering in Mideast
Dr. Hossam E. Fadel expresses concern over the lack of coverage of the suffering of Palestinians in his letter on Nov. 8, "Paper more often sympathizes with Israel." There can never be enough coverage of the suffering of either the Israelis or the Palestinians. Leah Ronen, Evans

Planned Parenthood encourages women to abort

Dream becomes reality at Doctors Hospital
Almost every day in the daily newspapers, we read about the "bad, the ugly and crime," etc. Here is a true story about dedication, love and compassion, and it won't be on the front page. Jacob T. Ley, Martinez, Ga.

Cruising from Galveston to the Caribbean

Don't be shy to say 'No gifts, please'

New BMW 5-Series features high-tech, active steering

Technology eased filming of 'Looney Tunes'

For durability on the roof, tar-gravel mix is superior

Pedicabs crowd Las Vegas Strip, but maybe not for long

In the know

Home front

Patio townhouse is perfect fit for Augusta woman

Holiday stress has some people running for cover

FDA approves first chewable birth control pill

Amateur trapeze artists fly through the air

Home front
Autumn is a great time to do some "spring cleaning." A little elbow grease now could save you time when the holidays roll around and you're too busy entertaining to wash down the walls. Here are a few tips to make your home clean and comfortable for the winter.

New BMW 5-Series features high-tech, active steering
When a car is being replaced by a newer-generation model, sales sometimes lag as consumers wait for the latest model to arrive.

For durability on the roof, tar-gravel mix is superior
Q: My home has a flat roof that is covered with asphalt, tar and aluminum or silver paint. Although this was installed by a professional roofer (who is no longer in business), the paint has faded to black. The roof is still in good condition and is not leaking. What is the purpose of aluminum or silver paint, vs. gravel over the asphalt, and which method will give my roof more protection? What is the life expectancy of this type of roof.

Cruising from Galveston to the Caribbean
GALVESTON, Texas -- As the cruise ship pulls away from shore, a tropical mood takes over with a band playing island music and waiters handing out rum fruit drinks.

Holiday stress has some people running for cover
Keeping your perspective might be the best way to keep your sanity during the holidays.

Technology eased filming of 'Looney Tunes'
LOS ANGELES - Brendan Fraser is grappling with thin air.

FDA approves first chewable birth control pill
WASHINGTON -- Women are about to get their first chewable birth-control pill.

Patio townhouse is perfect fit for Augusta woman
Two and a half years ago, Lois Watson decided to downsize.

Pedicabs crowd Las Vegas Strip, but maybe not for long
LAS VEGAS -- On bustling Las Vegas Strip, tourists see a sinewy long-haired savior in Bill Jones. Authorities see a safety hazard.

Don't be shy to say 'No gifts, please'
Dear Carson: I am hosting a "Sip and See" for a friend who recently had a baby. Although guests do not typically bring gifts for this type of party, my friend is afraid that people will feel obligated to bring one anyway. My friend wants it communicated that guests should not bring gifts. I have been invited to children's parties and a "Sip and See" where the phrase "No gifts, please" appears at the bottom of the invitation, but I am not sure if this is appropriate. Please help. - Ambivalent About Appropriateness

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle is looking for the pinnacle of culinary cookies and will pay the top chef $100 for the best of the bunch.<

Amateur trapeze artists fly through the air
WASHINGTON -- It's never too late to run away and join the circus, and Paula Bridwell half-jokes that she just might.

Lynx gameweekend
Tonight vs. Columbus Cottonmouths, 7:35; Sunday vs. Mississippi Sea Wolves, 4:05 p.m.

Lynx bite Cottonmouths
It had the makings of another classic third-period meltdown, a potential replay of Thursday's shootout loss to Gwinnett.

Dzieduszycki gets call to go to San Antonio

ECHL notebook

ECHL notebook
During his, uh, illustrious four-month stint as Augusta Lynx interim general manager this summer, Larry Kish often referred to himself as "The Problem Solver."

Dzieduszycki gets call to go to San Antonio
The Augusta Lynx lost their best two-way forward Thursday when Matt Dzieduszycki was recalled to San Antonio of the American Hockey League after the team's 3-2 shootout loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Lynx bite Cottonmouths

Unit's families find support

Across the area

County asks court to dismiss Ten Commandments lawsuit
Barrow County officials have filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the county in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union, which is challenging a Ten Commandments display in the county courthouse.

Students complain as last road in ASU closes

Target store might go to Evans
The gateway into Evans may soon have a red target on it. Frank Mullins, the president of Mullins Land Co., said he is in preliminary negotiations with Target to build a second Augusta-area location, anchoring a three-phase shopping center that would be built on 50 acres at Washington and Owens roads across from Brandon Wilde.

Correction

Correction
A report in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle on a fatal traffic accident at Gregory and Reynolds Pond roads in Aiken County was inaccurate.

Across the area

Kid of the Day
DriQuan Xavier Sanders is today's Kid of the Day.

FutureCall lays off majority of staff

Officials pledge to fund Washington Road project
ATLANTA - The state Department of Transportation has unofficially pledged at least $400,000 to Columbia County to use for a turn lane on Washington Road, officials said Friday.

Soldiers' group effort is rewarded

On-the-job hazards
Emergency officials check a motorcycle damaged in a crash near the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Blount Street.

Victim's mother offers forgiveness to driver

Perdue back HOPE moves

ANIC insurer is under scrutiny
If Global Bonding is operating without a license in Georgia, then state insurance officials say the office project's bonds, which protect Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s $1.7 million investment, would be invalid.

Students complain as last road in ASU closes
Wearing tennis shoes and shouldering a book bag, Tiffany Jackson trekked across the campus of Augusta State University on Friday with a scowl on her face.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the parents who don't want the dress code in the schools. Have them read the paper where a little boy got robbed of his tennis shoes. If they don't have a dress code, next they'll be robbing them of their jackets and their shirts and all their expensive school clothes. That's another reason for a dress code.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON -Entertainment companies that helped produce and distribute Radio are raising money to rebuild a house for the man on whose life the movie is based.

Soldiers' group effort is rewarded
The men and women of the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade serve behind the scenes, performing the intelligence work necessary to win wars.

City lavishes honors on Brown
In less than a month, the nation will honor James Brown. On Saturday, Augusta residents showered the Godfather of Soul with love in the form of applause, cheers and, for the first time, a key to the city.

News you can use
The Paine College drive to raise $100,000 to replace historic Haygood Hall has been revitalized with a $1,000 check from M.M. Scott Sr., vice president of Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Co.

FutureCall lays off majority of staff
FutureCall is laying off most, if not all, employees at its Augusta call center.

Program changes restrict nursing students
LANGLEY - Robbie Bentley has a strong desire to get the education he needs to become a better nurse and make more money, but right now he is forced to put these plans on hold.

Pupils injured in bus accident
A small group of North Augusta pupils was hospitalized after a car driven by a North Augusta man collided with their school bus Friday afternoon, police said.

State's schools rate low in study
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A new study shows South Carolina does a poor job in getting its children through high school and college.

Red Cross wants money back

Red Cross wants money back
AIKEN - Facing the prospect of possible closure, an official from the American Red Cross Blood Services center asked for a hefty reimbursement Friday from the company that plans to level the nonprofit's Whiskey Road location.

Unit's families find support
AIKEN - They came together from disparate backgrounds Saturday, sharing a common bond in concern for their sons, daughters, husbands and fathers.

Across Georgia

Before arrest, sergeant quits

Pupils injured in bus accident

Students speak out against HOPE change

Program changes restrict nursing students

City lavishes honors on Brown

News you can use

Official declares UGA Foundation records are open
ATHENS - The University of Georgia Foundation has called off Tuesday's meeting of its 54-member board of trustees, citing the likely absence of many of the trustees and a need to do more planning before undertaking a set of corporate reforms recommended by its lawyers.

Yarbrough: Board should get off its high horse

Georgia leader wants national tax
ATHENS, Ga. - Abolishing the existing tax system in the U.S. would stimulate the economy, create jobs and increase the number of imports to the country, said U.S. Congressman John Linder, a Georgia Republican.

ANIC insurer is under scrutiny

Across the southeast

Target store might go to Evans

Police seek leads in explosive case
Authorities are continuing their investigation into a suspicious briefcase that was left in a south Augusta restaurant parking lot last week.

Heart device is in 2 schools

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Teachers plan may see reform
AIKEN - An incentive program put in motion by South Carolina lawmakers in 2001 meant to keep experienced teachers around during a statewide shortage is costing the state money, and some legislators say it needs reform.

Across the area
A North Augusta woman told police Saturday that someone took a handgun from her residence during the afternoon, a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report states.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the parents who don't want the dress code in the schools. Have them read the paper where a little boy got robbed of his tennis shoes. If they don't have a dress code, next they'll be robbing them of their jackets and their shirts and all their expensive school clothes. That's another reason for a dress code.

Yarbrough: Board should get off its high horse
I'm not sure about the criteria for becoming a member of the Board of Regents, but I suspect, like most state appointments, it isn't what you know, but who you know.

Cleanup is sought for Gordon Highway
Keeping one Gordon clean to help the image of another is what it's all about.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A small fire broke out on the roof of a building at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention early Friday afternoon, but the blaze was quickly controlled by firefighters.

Across the area
The Georgia Department of Education has removed Butler High School from the needs-improvement list, the third Richmond County school to win its appeal.

Victim's mother offers forgiveness to driver
Joyce Ford said she knew her daughter was wrong to be involved in drugs, but it shouldn't have cost her her life. It shouldn't leave the family with such grief and two small children to raise.

Heart device is in 2 schools
Lakeside High School and Greenbrier Middle School are the first two public schools in Columbia County to purchase automatic external defibrillators.

Columbia County hunts ways to enjoy, manage fast expansion
It's a problem most counties would like to have. Even during the economic slowdown of recent years, more homeowners and businesses have continued to move into Columbia County.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Brandy Zoe McNair

Cuts to child psychology services draw criticism
ATLANTA - When you're told to cut $141 million from a $1.6 billion budget, you try to spread the pain.

Across the southeast
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Three former Broward County election workers are suing their former boss, accusing her of firing them because they told state investigators about mismanagement in her office.

Students speak out against HOPE change
Students with HOPE scholarships would be forced to borrow more money or work longer hours if Georgia legislators eliminate funding of books and college fees through the program, Augusta college students say.

Lottery-funded scholarship plays havoc with student work force
ATHENS, GA. -- From his location across from the University of Georgia's famous arch entryway, restaurant owner David Carter can see clearly how the HOPE Scholarship has changed the student work force.

Columbia County hunts ways to enjoy, manage fast expansion

Perdue back HOPE moves
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue gave his full support to recommendations by a state commission working to save the HOPE scholarship and renewed his push to require a minimum SAT score to qualify for the college tuition money.

News you can use
NOV. 16, 1960 During a vacation visit at the Augusta National Golf Club, President Eisenhower on Tuesday ordered federal departments and agencies to cut the amount of money they spend abroad. More details will be spelled out within 48 hours.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Newcomer in Senate speaks up over trade
AIKEN - He doesn't have a statue in the square of his hometown yet, and he lacks the booming bluntness of his white-maned Democratic elder, but Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham regularly shows the outspoken independence South Carolinians always love to see in their public figures.

Homicide numbers up in area

Before arrest, sergeant quits
An eight-year veteran of the Aiken Department of Public Safety resigned Friday before he was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor harassment by sheriff's officials, authorities said Saturday.

County asks court to dismiss Ten Commandments lawsuit

Georgia leader wants national tax

On-the-job hazards

South Carolina's black colleges prime stop for White House hopefuls

Lottery-funded scholarship plays havoc with student work force

Newcomer in Senate speaks up over trade

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS -An exotic nightclub will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block two city ordinances that restrict adult entertainment.

Official declares UGA Foundation records are open

Across Georgia

Teachers plan may see reform

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A Hilton Head Island man was crushed to death Thursday at Sun City Hilton Head after a tanker truck backed over the car in which he was riding.

Cuts to child psychology services draw criticism

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Homicide numbers up in area
It's true that Augusta's homicide tally has almost doubled since last year.

Tigers give Bulldogs the momentum again
ATHENS, Ga. - There was no catchy play call to label it such as "P-44-Haynes" or "70-X-Takeoff."

Wal-Mart's expected to enter online music business

Wal-Mart's expected to enter online music business
LITTLE ROCK -- With the expected launch of an online music service by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., industry watchers predict major changes in a business that until now has been the realm of high-tech start-ups.

McMurray wins first Cup pole on new track
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Jamie McMurray won a historic pole Friday - the first on the reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway and the last in NASCAR's Winston Cup era.

Racers rave over new Homestead-Miami
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The sign leading into the Homestead-Miami Speedway warned fans of 20-degree banking ahead.

Kvapil wins championship; Hamilton wins race
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Controversy clouded the finish of the closest championship in the history of the NASCAR truck series, with Travis Kvapil winning the title and Ted Musgrave winding up angry and frustrated in third.

Racers rave over new Homestead-Miami

Kvapil wins championship; Hamilton wins race

Busch's debut delayed after NASCAR takes car
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The Winston Cup debut of Kyle Busch was delayed until next season when his car failed to meet NASCAR specifications and was confiscated.

McMurray wins first Cup pole on new track

20-year-old gets Busch Series title

20-year-old gets Busch Series title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Brian Vickers became NASCAR's youngest champion ever Saturday, claiming the Busch Series title with an 11th-place finish behind first-time winner Kasey Kahne at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Busch's debut delayed after NASCAR takes car

Hawks fall to Nets
ATLANTA -- Kenyon Martin is healthy again, and the New Jersey Nets are recovering as well.

Aiken Tech addition should better team
LANGLEY - It was mid-August, the week before Aiken Tech's fall semester began, when basketball coach Charles Welch received a phone call from his assistant.

Peach Belt Conference preview
The road to the Peach Belt Conference championship runs through Augusta - by default.

Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference preview
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coaches chose Morehouse to win the conference title this season. Maybe the Maroon Tigers should be worried.

'Other' women want to show ability today
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Women's college basketball is anxious to show that the sport does not begin and end with Connecticut and Tennessee.

Bolden, Horn friends, rivals

NFL power rankings

Falcons' Dunn makes most of his opportunities

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Overtime

Agassi comes back to reach final

Overtime

Some U.S. Open, Davis Cup urine samples to be retested for THG

Cohen wins short program at Lalique Trophy

ASU pays tribute to man who brought many firsts to school's athletics programs

Overtime
Argentina's Omar Narvaez kept his WBO flyweight title Friday, stopping Russia's Alexander Mahmutov after 10 rounds in Paris.

ASU pays tribute to man who brought many firsts to school's athletics programs
Like a fingerprint, Marvin Vanover's name might not be visible on Augusta State University's athletic complex, but the proof of his handiwork will remain there for years to come.

Overtime
A raise made Mel Stottlemyre feel owner George Steinbrenner wanted him to stay on as the New York Yankees pitching coach

Cohen wins short program at Lalique Trophy
PARIS -- Sasha Cohen skated a lyrical, error-free short program Friday to move atop the standings at the Lalique Trophy.

Some U.S. Open, Davis Cup urine samples to be retested for THG
HOUSTON -- Some drug tests from the U.S. Open and Davis Cup will be rechecked for the newly discovered steroid THG.

Agassi comes back to reach final
HOUSTON -- Andre Agassi has plenty of energy, and he's needed it this week.

A child's first deer is memorable experience
Each autumn, I fondly recall a November morning long ago, when a clumsy teen-ager cradled a tarnished 12-gauge in hopes of seeing a deer.

South Carolina's black colleges prime stop for White House hopefuls
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Benedict College doesn't have to look for ways to get students excited about the presidential campaign because the Democratic candidates have been beating a path to the historically black campus.

Falcons' Dunn makes most of his opportunities
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Once Warrick Dunn made peace with himself, the running back found it easy to forgive Atlanta coach Dan Reeves.

Bolden, Horn friends, rivals
NEW ORLEANS - Juran Bolden is friends with Joe Horn, but the two NFL veterans will exchange no pleasantries after kickoff today (1 p.m., FOX-Ch. 54) at the Louisiana Superdome.

NFL power rankings
Every week during the NFL season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will break down the rankings of all 32 NFL teams and why they're ranked where they are.

Faith digest
A 1,348-square-foot ranch home at 222 Trimmier Place in North Augusta will be sold to the highest bidder to benefit Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta.

Family quintet feels 'Just Blessed' to perform
It's a family thing. Every Tuesday, Janet Brown plays host to practices for Just Blessed, the quintet she formed about two years ago with daughter Alexa Harris and cousins Elizabeth Bryant, Michelle Gordon and Karen Allen. The last two singers are sisters.

Organizer wants permanent venue for praise music
The 300-seat Jesse Carroll Auditorium in Hephzibah will play host to the annual CSRA Thanksgiving Sing next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22.

Jewish leader was empowered to fulfill God's will
It is amazing how God has called into power leaders to deal with some situation that temporarily prevented God's purposes from being fulfilled.

Minister to teens entertains, illuminates
In melodramatic tones, Jeremy Williamson sets the scene for his youth group drama at New Life Christian Center: the ultimate face-off between good and evil.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

A child's first deer is memorable experience

Tigers give Bulldogs the momentum again

ABC pulls 'Karen Sisco,' sets Stephen King series date
LOS ANGELES -- ABC pulled "Karen Sisco" off its schedule but will give the critically acclaimed crime drama a second chance in the spring.

ABC pulls 'Karen Sisco,' sets Stephen King series date

Christopher Reeve says device allows him to breathe
NEW YORK -- Christopher Reeve says a device implanted into his chest now allows him to breathe without a ventilator for hours at a time.

American Music Awards host Kimmel to provide laughs, not bleeps
LOS ANGELES -- Dick Clark says viewers who tune in to Sunday's American Music Awards telecast will get to hear jokes from host Jimmy Kimmel - instead of long sequences of bleeps.

'Frasier' may still have life in it yet
LOS ANGELES -- Reports of the demise of "Frasier" may be exaggerated.

American Music Awards host Kimmel to provide laughs, not bleeps

Oscar alterations leave shorter season, bruised egos

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Swim boosts morale of Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Just a few days after his team's national title hopes took a dive, Georgia coach Mark Richt figured it was time to take a plunge.

Lady Dawgs ready to make championship run
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Lady Bulldogs are talking championship. No wonder.

Georgia signs son of former NBA player

Swim boosts morale of Bulldogs

A look at Saturday's Georgia-Florida game
Last Meeting - Georgia won 24-21 on Nov. 2, 2002, when Michael Johnson caught a fourth-down, 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 remaining, clinching the SEC East title for the Bulldogs.

Georgia defense silences Auburn

Johnson foils Auburn again

Johnson foils Auburn again
ATHENS, Ga. - Michael Johnson was one of the last players on the field Saturday evening at Sanford Stadium.

A look at Saturday's Georgia-Florida game

Georgia defense silences Auburn
ATHENS, Ga. -- This time, Michael Johnson and the Georgia Bulldogs didn't wait till the end of the game to beat Auburn.

Georgia signs son of former NBA player
ATHENS, Ga. -- Channing Toney, son of former NBA player Andrew Toney, will play at Georgia next season.

Lady Dawgs ready to make championship run

Gamecocks fall short against Gators

Florida's Leak returns home - sort of

Florida's Leak returns home - sort of
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Florida's freshman quarterback Chris Leak thought he knew how hard college football would be. Then, Gators coach Ron Zook said, the games came.

Gamecocks fall short against Gators
COLUMBIA - One minute and one yard killed South Carolina's chances for an upset Saturday. One minute and one yard kept the Gamecocks from becoming bowl eligible. One minute and one yard just might have destroyed their season.

Iraqi council endorses new timetable for handover of power
MOSUL, Iraq -- Two Black Hawk helicopters collided and crashed Saturday night in northern Iraq, killing 17 coalition soldiers and injuring at least five. One helicopter smashed into the roof of a house, witnesses said, amid reports one of the aircraft was shot down.

Iraqi council endorses new timetable for handover of power

Agreement on formation of Iraq's new government
The agreement between the U.S.-led coalition and the Iraqi Governing Council on the formation of Iraq's new government.

Camel cheese could enrich Sahara Desert herder

Man who went over Niagara Falls joins Texas circus

Greek government withdraws brothel bill

Odds and Ends

An hour after being declared dead, little girl is revived

Organizer wants permanent venue for praise music

Faith and fellowship calendar

Minister to teens entertains, illuminates

Faith digest

Family quintet feels 'Just Blessed' to perform