Texas' Ransom Center a collection of cultural treasures

Texas' Ransom Center a collection of cultural treasures
AUSTIN, Texas -- The collection is as big as it is diverse. Five million photographs, including the first one ever. One million rare books, including one of the most important ever printed and the first printed in English. Thirty-six million manuscripts.

A personal journey by one performer who was 'Addicted'

To portray Gold Meir, actress Tovah Feldshuh cuts few corners
To portray Gold Meir, actress Tovah Feldshuh cuts few corners

To portray Gold Meir, actress Tovah Feldshuh cuts few corners

Casting set for Manhattan Theatre Club's next play
NEW YORK -- "The Violet Hour," the first Manhattan Theatre Club attraction at Broadway's Biltmore Theatre has just opened, but already casting has been announced for its second play at the newly restored playhouse.

In Latvia, a renewed interest in a favorite son, Mark Rothko

A personal journey by one performer who was 'Addicted'
NEW YORK -- Mark Lundholm has been obsessed with a lot of things, and they have found their way into his new theater piece, a one-man show called "Addicted ... a comedy of substance."

Casting set for Manhattan Theatre Club's next play

In Latvia, a renewed interest in a favorite son, Mark Rothko
DAUGAVPILS, Latvia -- Until recently, a display of old clocks, most of them silent and motionless on the wall, was a clear sign that time stood still at the Daugavpils Museum.

Swiss show focuses on Georgia O'Keeffe's key works
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Her blowups of blossoms are a standard in European poster shops, alongside reproductions of Andy Warhol's images and prints of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Rodriguez wins AL MVP, confirms Texas has discussed trade

Rodriguez wins AL MVP, confirms Texas has discussed trade
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez became the second player from a last-place team to win a Most Valuable Player award, then confirmed that the Texas Rangers have talked to him about a possible trade.

Rest never seems to make the cut on my to-do list

SMU pledge critical after water-drinking competition
DALLAS -- A 21-year-old student at Southern Methodist University lay in critical condition Monday after chugging water in what authorities say may have been a fraternity hazing.

Odds and Ends
LEHI, Utah -- Something borrowed, something blue. Something old, something flown back from Iraq.

Milwaukee postal workers find live alligator chewing through shipping carton
MILWAUKEE -- A four-foot alligator chewed its way out of a shipping carton before a postal worker tossed it into a hamper and called animal control officers.

Miami braces for protesters, trade disputes at globalization talks

Cheek wants hotels audited
The city might soon carry out a special internal audit to see whether hotel and motel owners are stiffing the tax man.

Delta to focus on better customer service to bring passengers back
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines, trying to fight its low-cost competitors, is renewing its focus on one of its strengths of the past: customer service.

Cheek wants hotels audited

Business inventories rise in September
WASHINGTON -- America's businesses - which have been keeping supplies fairly lean - boosted their stockpiles of unsold goods in September for the first time in six months, a sign that companies may be feeling more confident about the economic recovery's staying power.

Water park's owner declares end to ride

Can big bet on consumer electronics save Gateway?

Boston investment firm buying Simmons for $1.1 billion

Smoking ban clears Florida restaurants, bars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Nearly five months after Florida's statewide smoking ban went into effect, some restaurants are drastically reducing the size of their menus, claiming their businesses will survive only if they become bars - which are exempt from the ban.

A Boeing Co. town rebels as jet maker increasingly looks elsewhere
SEATTLE -- James Adams was a die-hard Boeing backer from the moment he saw B-17s during World War II. The Washington resident would promote Boeing jets to anyone who would listen, and even picked airlines based on whether they flew Boeing jets.

Miami braces for protesters, trade disputes at globalization talks
MIAMI -- At most free trade meetings, protesters on the streets are the most vocal opponents to global economic expansion. But recently, Brazil and other developing nations have been equally resistant to proposed U.S. policies to ease trade restrictions.

Smoking ban clears Florida restaurants, bars

Business inventories rise in September

October deficit larger than year ago
WASHINGTON -- The government began its 2004 budget year in the red, producing a deficit of $69.5 billion in October, a larger shortfall than that registered for the same month last year, the Treasury Department reported Monday.

Delta to focus on better customer service to bring passengers back

Negotiations on Free Trade Agreement of the Americas start
MIAMI -- Officials from 34 countries in the Americas convened talks Monday aimed at creating the world's largest free trade bloc.

A Boeing Co. town rebels as jet maker increasingly looks elsewhere

Boston investment firm buying Simmons for $1.1 billion
ATLANTA -- A Boston investment group is buying No. 2 bedding manufacturer Simmons Co. for $1.1 billion.

Shop for bank that fits your business
NEW YORK - It's generally believed that smaller financial institutions such as community or regional banks are better for smaller companies, offering more personalized service and often lower fees than the nation's biggest banks.

Negotiations on Free Trade Agreement of the Americas start

Business briefs

Ranchers credit meaty diets for high beef prices
KINGSVILLE, Texas -- Until recently, a lanky Texan like Paul Genho had little interest in celebrity doctors and their diet trends. But thanks to the toppled food pyramid advised by gurus such as Dr. Atkins and Dr. Agatson, red meat sales are up again.

Garage door opener doesn't violate digital copyright, judge rules
CHICAGO -- In a closely watched technology lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled that a garage-door opener designed as a replacement for a model made by a rival manufacturer does not violate the nation's digital copyright law.

Can big bet on consumer electronics save Gateway?
POWAY, Calif. -- Ted Waitt had his eureka moment over a baccarat table two years ago at Comdex, the technology trade show in Las Vegas. His computer company, Gateway Inc., was hemorrhaging money and becoming an also-ran against Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.

Water park's owner declares end to ride
The owner of the area's only water park has decided to close the summer attraction for good.

Business briefs
DOVER, Del.- DuPont has agreed to sell its Invista textiles unit, which makes nylon and spandex, to two Koch Industries subsidiaries for $4.4 billion in cash, the companies announced Monday. The deal is expected to close in the first half of next year pending government approval.

Ranchers credit meaty diets for high beef prices

Allen, Rivers lead weekly awards
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Career days for Maryland's Josh Allen and North Carolina State's Philip Rivers led to individual Atlantic Coast Conference honors on Monday.

Auburn tries to snap Iron Bowl's homefield woes

Tuesday morning quarterback

BCS leaders and critics agree on process for finding new bowl system
NEW ORLEANS -- Leaders of the Bowl Championship Series and its critics found a few things to agree on Sunday - although a new system for major college football's postseason wasn't one of them.

Allen, Rivers lead weekly awards

Oklahoma extends season-long run at No. 1
Oklahoma remained No. 1 in The Associated Press college football Top 25 for the 13th straight poll, the third longest run ever to begin the season.

Auburn tries to snap Iron Bowl's homefield woes
AUBURN, Ala. -- There was Alabama's offensive no-show and Auburn's humbling defeat, Tre Smith's stunning performance and Shaun Alexander's fourth-quarter rampage.

Oklahoma extends season-long run at No. 1

Utah senator wants briefing from BCS leaders

BCS leaders and critics agree on process for finding new bowl system

Ohio State moves into second place in BCS
Ohio State moved past USC into second place in the BCS standings Monday. Even so, the Buckeyes might need more than a win at Michigan to defend their championship.

Tuesday morning quarterback
A look back and ahead in the SEC, ACC and elsewhere:

Utah senator wants briefing from BCS leaders
A U.S. senator wants Bowl Championship Series leaders to brief him before deciding whether to hold more Congressional hearings on whether smaller schools are being treated unfairly.

Ohio State moves into second place in BCS

Paine drops opener

Lions look for new leaders

Texas moves up in women's poll, UConn still unanimous No. 1

Area college basketball schedule

Let trustees set taxes
We thought Republicans were against centralizing power, that they believe government closest to the people governs best.

Don't let them win
You'll be glad to know that financial analysts have upgraded Abercrombie and Fitch's stock from "neutral" to "buy," saying the specialty retailer is poised for a good Christmas season.

Let trustees set taxes

Saddam to return?

Saddam to return?
If you're an Iraqi who wants to stake your future on the U.S.-led coalition sticking it out until a free and democratic government is in place that can take care of the nation's security needs, you'd have to be terribly discouraged at events of the past week.

Deficit the last cloud
The day after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan predicted the final indicator of an improving economy - the unemployment rate - would finally start to go down, it did - from 6.1 percent to 6 percent.

Deficit the last cloud

Don't let them win

Luther Vandross, 50 Cent among American Music Awards winners
LOS ANGELES -- Ailing soul veteran Luther Vandross and street-tough rap newcomer 50 Cent led winners at the American Music Awards with two honors each, setting the tone for an eclectic group of honorees that ranged from Kid Rock and Fleetwood Mac to Missy Elliott and Alabama.

Celebrity private eye vows not to cooperate with wiretap investigation
LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Pellicano, the private eye to the stars who is going to prison for possessing illegal explosives, says he won't cooperate with authorities investigating whether he secretly taped conversations of celebrities and their lawyers.

Limbaugh returns to radio show after five-week drug treatment
NEW YORK -- Rush Limbaugh returned to radio Monday after what he called "five intense weeks" of rehab for an addiction to painkillers, promising listeners "even more honesty to come."

Q&A With Nick Lachey
NEW YORK -- Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees knows his fan base is mostly teenage girls, but he's OK with that. Those fans pushed sales of the boy band's "98 Degrees and Rising" and "Revelation" albums to multiplatinum.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Administration prepares strategy to revamp Social Security

Youth, incomes among reasons for lower savings among Hispanics

Terror fears push stocks lower in U.S. markets and abroad

Year-end tax planning can reduce aggravation in April

Terror fears push stocks lower
NEW YORK -- New fears of terrorism sent stock markets tumbling around the world Monday and extended Wall Street's selloff into a second week.

Terror fears push stocks lower in U.S. markets and abroad
NEW YORK -- New fears of terrorism sent markets diving around the world Monday, extending Wall Street's selloff into a second week. The Dow Jones industrials fell more than 130 points before regaining some ground late in the session.

Terror fears push stocks lower

Youth, incomes among reasons for lower savings among Hispanics
WASHINGTON -- Hispanics are less likely to save regularly than Americans overall because they are typically younger, have lower incomes and are less proficient in English, an analysis suggests.

Year-end tax planning can reduce aggravation in April
NEW YORK -- April 15 may seem far away, but it's not too early to start thinking about your 2003 income taxes.

Some firms could benefit from mutual fund scandal
NEW YORK -- As if finding a safe investment wasn't tricky enough, the widening mutual fund investigation has made it even harder for investors to figure out where to put their money.

Some firms could benefit from mutual fund scandal

Administration prepares strategy to revamp Social Security
WASHINGTON -- With the stock market climbing and a re-election campaign approaching, the Bush administration is renewing its push to overhaul Social Security with personal investment accounts.

Smith shows skills by scoring 3 ways
ATLANTA - In his four seasons at Georgia Tech, Jonathan Smith has been asked to do a lot for the Yellow Jackets. He's caught passes, returned kicks, carried the ball and even lined up under center from time to time.

Smith shows skills by scoring 3 ways

South African team captures World Cup
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The South African team of Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini shot a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday, but it was more than enough to capture a 4-stroke victory over England in the $4 million World Cup.

South African team captures World Cup

The oldest player with a young heart

Dorothy wins LPGA Tournament of Champions
MOBILE, Ala. -- Dorothy Delasin rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to edge Korea's Hee-Wan in the LPGA Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

Will Wie wear out the welcome mat?
The drawback to being a child star, as anyone who's watched "Hollywood Squares" can attest, is that most have nowhere to go but down.

South Africa's Immelman, Sabbatini win World Cup
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- South Africa's Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini combined to shoot a 1-over-par 73 Sunday for a four-stroke victory at the World Cup.

Big Mac wins golf competition
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Mark McGwire can still go deep - and he's pretty good around the greens, too.

Curtis shares second place in Japan
GOTEMBA, Japan -- British Open champion Ben Curtis was runner-up at the Taiheiyo Masters on Sunday, finishing six strokes behind winner Kiyoshi Murota of Japan.

South Africa's Immelman, Sabbatini win World Cup

Will Wie wear out the welcome mat?

Curtis shares second place in Japan

Big Mac wins golf competition

The oldest player with a young heart
GEORGE, South Africa -- Jay Haas never imagined being in this setting, not at this stage in his career.

Goosen defeats Sorenstam in Tiger Skins
SINGAPORE -- Retief Goosen defeated Annika Sorenstam on Sunday to win the Tiger Skins, then urged her to compete again against men.

Local teams face uphill battles as playoffs begin
For local South Carolina teams, the postseason party has been in full swing for three weeks, and only North Augusta and Blackville-Hilda haven't called it season.

Thrashers defeat Panthers
ATLANTA -- Francis Lessard and Tommi Santala scored their first NHL goals and the Atlanta Thrashers broke a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

Rest never seems to make the cut on my to-do list
I was at First Baptist of North Augusta earlier this month for its weekday Business By the Book luncheon.

Muhammad convicted of capital murder in sniper trial
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A jury convicted John Allen Muhammad of capital murder Monday, concluding he used a rifle, a beat-up car and a teenager who idolized him to kill randomly and terrorize the Washington area during last year's sniper spree.

Vet says corporate tiff threatens soldiers' communications
My heart goes out to the troops from Fort Benning, Fort Stewart and communities across the country that are forging ahead with the reconstruction of Iraq despite the hostile and dangerous environment. Their professionalism and courage deserve our support. Gerald J. Piper, Albany, Ga.

Pornography is not a victimless crime

Vet says corporate tiff threatens soldiers' communications

Letter writer twists religious texts to support views
The Nov. 1 letter to the editor by the Rev. Paul L. Cook, "Teachings of 'God Squad' are false," is both disappointing and deeply disturbing - especially having come from someone who professes to be a teacher of the Bible.

Letter writer twists religious texts to support views

Pornography is not a victimless crime
Pornography and obscenity are issues of concern to Augustans. I wrote a guest editorial entitled "Pornography is no 'victimless crime"' in March of 1989 when Augusta was trying to stop the rental of obscene and pornographic videos in video stores. The issue still seems to be with us. ... Kevin Murrell, M.D., Augusta

Can't spend ourselves to prosperity

Can't spend ourselves to prosperity
Reasonable estimates now place the soaring Bush administration budget deficit at more than $600 billion for the current fiscal year. The federal government, whose gargantuan existing debt already burdens American taxpayers, must again become a borrower. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Thanks doctor for appreciating vets
I retired from the U.S. Army in 1988. I never served in combat, but I did serve in our Air Defense, our Signal Communications, our Forward Combat Maintenance and our Combat Engineers. Timothy W. Powell, Appling, Ga.

CDC chief: Flu season starting early and strong

Very good price and performance on USB drive

Encryption has the tantalizing promise of 'unbreakable' codes

Seniors calendar

From 'morbid obesity' to 'Wow!' - a step-by-step journey

Planning can help cope with loss of a loved one

More solar fireworks possible by Thanksgiving

TECHBITS: Finger phone, EFF donation, Webcast license

The goof-off-proof computer

Patients, soldiers won't be left out

Health and fitness calendar

Spammers now clogging blogs, cell phones, instant messages

Seniors 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 Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

At age 75, Mickey Mouse represents American culture
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mickey Mouse arrived on the world's cultural stage 75 years ago Tuesday as a scrawny but buoyant black-and-white product of the Jazz Age.

The goof-off-proof computer
Would you want a laptop that displays only two colors, gray and black? What about one that can't play MP3 music files or run the latest games?

Spammers now clogging blogs, cell phones, instant messages
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Three years ago, Adam Kalsey set up a Web log to share his thoughts about online business and the digital revolution. Like countless other "bloggers," he lets his readers post comments on his entries.

Patients, soldiers won't be left out
Being home for the holidays isn't always an option for soldiers or hospital patients, but that doesn't mean there aren't other ways to celebrate.

More solar fireworks possible by Thanksgiving
DENVER -- Glowing steadily for more than 4 billion years and rising unfailingly every morning, the sun is something even astronomers can take for granted. Among the 100 billion stars in the Milky Way, ours is rather lackluster.

From 'morbid obesity' to 'Wow!' - a step-by-step journey
Starting up the steep, narrow staircase, I waited for the effects to kick in - the frighteningly rapid heartbeat, the heavy breathing, the sweat. But I had no choice.

Very good price and performance on USB drive
If Santa's looking for "wow!" stocking stuffers and has no current plans to rob a bank, check out the new Digitalway MPIO HS-100 USB drive.

CDC chief: Flu season starting early and strong
ATLANTA -- Flu outbreaks are already going strong in parts of the country, months before the season typically peaks, and this year's vaccine does not exactly match the strain doctors are seeing so far, the government warned Monday.

Encryption has the tantalizing promise of 'unbreakable' codes
NEW YORK -- Code-makers could be on the verge of winning their ancient arms race with code-breakers.

Planning can help cope with loss of a loved one
In the season of turkeys, trees and tinsel, keeping the holiday spirit can be a challenge, especially when a family member is absent.

TECHBITS: Finger phone, EFF donation, Webcast license
TOKYO -- Let your fingers do the talking with an experimental cell phone by Japan's top mobile carrier. To use the Finger Whisper phone, simply put your finger in your ear.

In the know
Quotes from Associated Press entertainment coverage: "Don't tell. It's a big secret I used to do drugs." - Courtney Love.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Lynx defeat Mississippi

Tasker does his part on the bench
Ken Tasker was a healthy scratch in Sunday's 3-1 win over Mississippi, but the Augusta Lynx assistant captain was on the bench filling in as assistant coach for the final two periods.

Lynx defeat Mississippi
If only Lynx assistant coach Chuck Weber had a phone on the bench, he could have called head coach Stan Drulia for a some moral support during the frenetic final seconds of Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves.

Tasker does his part on the bench

Scholars who need remedial help won't lose HOPE
ATLANTA -- Georgia's popular HOPE scholarship program was designed to reward scholastic high achievers. But what if some of those high achievers are required to take remedial courses when they get to college? Should the scholarship still cover the cost?

Road panel focuses on residents
AIKEN - Residents and officials reviewing a proposed connector route between Whiskey and Silver Bluff roads are putting the concerns of residents affected by the route ahead of convenience or cost, they said last week.

Fort Gordon group leads fund raising
ATLANTA - Supporters of Fort Gordon are ahead of other areas in raising donations to fund a campaign to keep the local military base open.

Iraq war veteran turns up slain - allegedly by men from his unit

Panel cancels X-Mart hearing

Latinos learn finance skills

Latinos learn finance skills
LYONS, Ga. - For 13 years, members of the Cruz family took the money they earned from working on Georgia's Vidalia onion farms and hid it in their home.

Police catch man after cycle chase

Cherokee County band hooks up with 'P. Diddy's' record label
MACON, Ga. -- City police say an anti-truancy program in one neighborhood has worked so well in keeping kids in school and reducing juvenile crime that they want to expand it to the rest of the community.

News you can use

One year later, families still grieve for missing women
AYNOR, S.C. -- The plants and shrubs Alice Donovan once tended in the yard of the dream home she and her husband built by hand don't seem to be thriving like they did last November.

Kid of the day

Odd strain adds danger to flu season
Michanda Bryson gets a flu shot every year, but this time it is taking on added importance. For one thing, she is five months pregnant with her second child. And for another, the flu season might be much worse this year.

Democrats visit black colleges

Filling up fast
For Riverside Elementary School Principal Jeanie Hill, it's the little things that count when managing a school that grew by 100 pupils this year.

Corrections

Across the area
A 60-year-old Augusta man told police that three men beat and robbed him in his home Saturday night, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Tiny computer chip can sniff out drugs

G-8 names host committee including Miller, Chambliss
ATLANTA -- Georgia's two U.S. senators - Zell Miller and Saxby Chambliss - will serve as honorary co-chairmen on the host committee planning next summer's world leaders summit at Sea Island.

Across Georgia

Photography program brings craft to children
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Anthony Fulton's love of photography started to develop when he was only 8.

Winthrop University has 'experienced' rookie

Investors file federal civil lawsuit
ANDERSON, S.C. -- HomeGold's bankruptcy trustee has filed a lawsuit seeking to recover millions lost by investors against company officers, accusing them of withholding the truth about the high risk of junk bonds they sold to retirees and others.

Sharpton's message addresses war, Bush

Sharpton speaks at Orangeburg soldier's funeral
CORDOVA, S.C. -- Standing over her son's silver casket, Harriet Johnson cried as she and hundreds of friends and family honored Spc. Darius Jennings, who was killed two weeks ago when the helicopter he was riding in was shot down in Iraq.

Muhammad convicted of capital murder in sniper trial

Fort Gordon group leads fund raising

Investors file federal civil lawsuit

Author sees red hat as symbol of empowerment for baby boomer women
BUFORD, Ga. -- After a painful divorce and a mid-life reevaluation of her career writing romance novels, Haywood Smith began looking for a new outlet for her angst. She found it in a red hat.

Filling up fast

Tiny computer chip can sniff out drugs
ATLANTA -- A new invention can sniff like a dog, find drugs like a dog and help police catch criminals like a dog.

Author sees red hat as symbol of empowerment for baby boomer women

Sanford's endorsement list stirs up lawmakers
AIKEN - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford reignited the anger of legislators in his own party last week with an endorsement list for his tax reform and economic stimulus package that they say was long on Republican partisanship and light on accuracy.

Lawyer: Escapees likely will turn on each other at trial

Five questions
Five Questions is a weekly feature with a prominent member of the community. To nominate a questionee, call (706) 823-3344.

Shooting suspect's bond denied
AIKEN - Bond was denied Monday for a Ridge Spring man charged in the shooting death of an invalid in a wheelchair.

Panel cancels X-Mart hearing
A license hearing that could have closed the doors of a widely opposed adult bookstore has been canceled, but that isn't expected to stop hundreds of protesters from showing up at city hall.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Charleston woman has been found strangled in her home, and police have arrested a man whose father once dated her, according to friends.

Health workers disperse vaccine to prevent raccoon rabies
ROME, Ga. -- Raccoons in parts of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee may find a special treat while they're making their nocturnal rounds to gather food from garbage cans and roadsides.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Janet Oliva was named the director of the state's Division of Family and Children Services on Monday, taking a job the governor called one of the most important and most difficult in state government.

Child abuse specialist named to head state agency
ATLANTA -- Janet Oliva, a veteran child abuse specialist, was named Monday as director of the Division of Family and Children Services, a job the governor called one of the most important and most difficult in state government.

Lotto tax raises objections
Gov. Mark Sanford's proposal to end the 5-cent sales tax exemption for lottery tickets to raise $30 million for his tax reform and economic stimulus plan would make South Carolina the only lottery state with such a tax,, lottery experts and administrators say.

Condon wants cease-fire in FOI battle
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Condon called for a cease-fire Monday in the battle of the Freedom of Information Act requests.

Man from Augusta wins role on soap
David Spearman is ready to step into the Light.

Across Georgia
TRENTON -A Dade County sheriff's department employee has been arrested and charged with having improper sexual contact with a female inmate.

Local unit tries to get home in February
So far, members of the 63rd Signal Battalion have had a safe stay in Iraq.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Julius Ja'von Williams, 3, of Augusta.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Emilee Craven, 11 months, of Beech Island.

Residents collect goods for laid off steel mill workers
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- Laverne and Sharon Williams did their grocery shopping this weekend at the First Assembly of God.

Gephardt talks with unemployed, gets endorsement
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Democratic presidential candidate Dick Gephardt told job seekers Monday that he has long been against the NAFTA trade agreement, while his opponents only recently have decided to take a stand against it.

Rants and Raves
I'D LIKE TO RAVE for Judge Roy Moore, who took a stand for the Lord.

News you can use
NOV. 18, 1940 The Rev. John E. Hines, rector of St. Paul's Church for the past four years, announced his resignation yesterday to accept the call to Christ Church in Houston

Residents collect goods for laid off steel mill workers

Rants and raves
HERE'S A GIGANTIC RAVE for the staff and faculty of Stratford High School (in Goose Creek, S.C.) for demonstrating solid support for their principal concerning the recent police raid over possible drug activity on school property

Health workers disperse vaccine to prevent raccoon rabies

S.C. Senate Republicans' symposium draws fire
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Anyone can voice their opinion on tort reform during a seminar this week sponsored by state Senate Republicans, but those who make contributions between $3,500 and $10,000 can get a private audience with GOP senators.

Peculiar items stop at airport
If you went by the items often confiscated from passengers at Augusta Regional Airport, you might think flying is a combat sport.

Charleston woman found strangled in home
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Charleston woman has been found strangled in her home and police have arrested a man that friends say formerly dated his father.

Atlantans build memorial for three killed during storm
ATLANTA -- A thunderstorm that claimed the lives of a mother and her two children ended a 3-year-old's thoughts of being a firefighter, but that dream will live on in a playground built Saturday to remember the family.

Rules mentioned in ricin letter worry truckers
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The new federal trucking rules mentioned in a letter threatening to release deadly ricin have transportation companies and workers worried.

Group says study of foster care cases shows children subjected to abuse
ATLANTA -- A child advocacy group suing the Division of Family and Children Services in Fulton and DeKalb counties says a review of 300 case records of foster children shows that 22 percent were subjected to abuse by caretakers or had to be removed from their homes.

Diamondbacks believed disappearing from S.C.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are thought to be disappearing from South Carolina because of indiscriminate killing and burgeoning development.

Adults with disabilities hit the dance floor
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- When they were in high school, many of them never went to a homecoming dance or their senior prom. But 30 adults with disabilities proved this weekend that it is never too late to hit the dance floor.

Across the area

Community board says state plans to cut more jobs, ignored advice
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The new directors of Georgia's largest community service board say the state Department of Human Resources has recommended 100 job cuts and ignored the advice of a consultant the state hired when it took over the board earlier this year.

Atlantans build memorial for three killed during storm

Sharpton's message addresses war, Bush
A day after he eulogized a soldier gunned down in Iraq, the Rev. Al Sharpton criticized President Bush's decision to invade Iraq, calling it "a war that doesn't seem like there's a way out."

Road panel focuses on residents

Police catch man after cycle chase
A chase that started in south Richmond County and reached speeds of more than 100 mph before ending in Jefferson County on Sunday resulted in the arrest of an Air Force serviceman, police said.

Scholars who need remedial help won't lose HOPE

Democrats visit black colleges
COLUMBIA - 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.

One year later, families still grieve for missing women

Trial lawyer has police memories
E. Freddie Sanders personifies the successful, genteel Southern lawyer. One might never know that as a firefighter a brick wall broke his back or that his honesty helped bring down a bribe-taking sheriff.

Sanford's endorsement list stirs up lawmakers

Georgia, S. Carolina rank low in health
A state-by-state health ranking released Monday provided a good news/bad news scenario for Georgia.

Trial lawyer has police memories

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for a Hephzibah man wanted in connection with an armed home invasion at a Savannah West apartment.

Odd strain adds danger to flu season

MOX fuel plant must pass new guidelines
AIKEN - The company building a $1.6 billion nuclear fuel conversion plant at the Savannah River Site has been handed stricter radiation guidelines that could delay construction scheduled to start in 2004.

S.C. Senate Republicans' symposium draws fire

Child abuse specialist named to head state agency
ATLANTA -- Janet Oliva, a veteran child abuse specialist, was named director of the state's Division of Family and Children Services on Monday, taking a job the governor called one of the most important and most difficult in state government.

Condon wants cease-fire in FOI battle

Bishop defends Catholic statement opposing same-sex unions
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Roman Catholic bishop who co-authored a statement opposing same-sex unions, approved by U.S. bishops last week, said Monday legal gay marriages would be "another diminishing of society, just like abortion."

Lotto tax raises objections

Macon police seek funding to keep anti-truancy program alive
MACON, Ga. -- City police say an anti-truancy program in one neighborhood has worked so well in keeping kids in school and reducing juvenile crime that they want to expand it to the rest of the community.

Kid of the day

Crucial vote on Atlanta sewer rate increases nears
ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Council members are facing a crucial vote on whether to make improvements to the city's aging sewer system by rate hikes.

Man from Augusta wins role on soap

Community board says state plans to cut more jobs, ignored advice

Bishop defends Catholic statement opposing same-sex unions

Corrections
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. Finance Committee Vice Chairman Dr. William Bloodworth.

Sharpton speaks at Orangeburg soldier's funeral

Across South Carolina
LANCASTER -A 28-year-old man has been charged with holding a younger cousin down and letting a dog bite him, police said.

Across Georgia

News you can use
NOV. 17, 1951 The Richmond County Board of Education and its president, T.M. Nickles, were severely criticized yesterday by the retiring grand jury that asked for a law to remove board members "under certain circumstances."

MOX fuel plant must pass new guidelines

Rants and Raves
I'D LIKE TO RAVE for Judge Roy Moore, who took a stand for the Lord.

Local unit tries to get home in February

St. Helena woman ignores judge's order to keep off land
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- A 75-year-old woman who was released from jail after agreeing to stay off a piece of land on St. Helena Island is back on the land and says she has no plans to leave.

Cherokee County band hooks up with 'P. Diddy's' record label

Winthrop University has 'experienced' rookie
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Every cop shop has rookies. But most police departments don't have a rookie within shouting distance of Social Security.

Peculiar items stop at airport

Photography program brings craft to children

Gephardt talks with unemployed, gets endorsement

Iraq war veteran turns up slain - allegedly by men from his unit
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The body was almost a skeleton when investigators discovered it, hidden in the woods near a public park for four months and so decomposed that knife marks cut into the bones were the only way to tell the man died from stabbing wounds.

Across the area

Lawyer: Escapees likely will turn on each other at trial
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Prosecutors say Chadrick Fulks and Branden Basham helped each other escape from a Kentucky jail and elude authorities for more than a week during a crime spree last November.

Rules mentioned in ricin letter worry truckers

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Macon police seek funding to keep anti-truancy program alive

School officials have unwanted duty
ATHENS, Ga. - Amid the scattered trinkets in Rick Rose's office - the no-whining sign, the catchy calendar quotes, the photograph reading "Let the good times roll" - sits a stack of seven folders guaranteed to put a choke hold on the eyes.

Bond women find immortality by tempting movie superspy
LOS ANGELES -- One was a fashion model, one a professional ice skater and another an actress living in the shadow of her famous sister.

Hollywood Santas come naughty, nice and everything in between

Hollywood Santas come naughty, nice and everything in between
LOS ANGELES -- Where else but in Hollywood would Santa Claus arrive bearing gifts, cuss words and even an ax?

'Elf' takes weekend box-office crown
LOS ANGELES -- Will Ferrell's "Elf" scuttled Russell Crowe's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" to finish as the weekend's No. 1 movie.

'Elf' takes weekend box-office crown

Bond women find immortality by tempting movie superspy

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Pink morphed from B-list R&B singer to multiplatinum diva with her 2001 breakthrough, "M!ssundaztood," which mined her angst-filled life for gritty, pop-rock songs with plenty of attitude.

Music review: Jay-Z's 'The Black Album'

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New music magazine aimed at older fans debuts

Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron finds time for moonlighting
SEATTLE -- Between drumming for Pearl Jam and raising two young children, Matt Cameron doesn't have much time for moonlighting.

New music magazine aimed at older fans debuts
NEW YORK -- Publishing executive John Rollins, who witnessed the infancy of Vibe and Spin magazines, had a revelation one day when he dropped a Buena Vista Social Club album into his CD player.

Music review: Jay-Z's 'The Black Album'
Is Jay-Z really retiring? Listening to the "The Black Album," it truly looks like this world-class hustler is leaving the rap game like he left the drug game: on top.

Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron finds time for moonlighting

Happy ending eludes Elliott
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Just about everything was perfect for Bill Elliott to walk away from stock car racing Sunday afternoon.

Longtime sponsors bid farewell to sport
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Two of the sport's longest and most-loyal sponsors made their final appearances Sunday.

Happy ending eludes Elliott

Longtime sponsors bid farewell to sport

NBA approves realignment plan
NEW YORK -- The NBA's board of governors approved a realignment plan Monday that creates three divisions of five teams each in the Eastern and Western conferences.

Wizards top Hawks
ATLANTA -- Jarvis Hayes keyed a fourth-quarter run with a go-ahead 3-pointer and the Washington Wizards snapped a four-game losing streak with a 106-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Ceremony for Vanover today
Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant believes today's events hold symmetrical value.

Paine drops opener
The situation was too titillating. Down by one with 25 seconds remaining, Paine had the ball with a chance to deliver a stunning upset to a veteran Armstrong Atlantic State squad.

Texas moves up in women's poll, UConn still unanimous No. 1
The Texas Longhorns replaced the Duke Blue Devils at No. 2 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll Monday, their highest ranking in 16 years.

Lions look for new leaders
A framed number 23 Paine College uniform rests in Ron Spry's office.

Lady Jags get win in opener
Four players scored in double digits as the Augusta State women won their season opener, 76-61, over Voorhees on Monday night.

Area college basketball schedule
Here are schedules for area college basketball teams.

Gonzaga drops from Top Ten following loss to Saint Joseph's
Just five ranked teams played in the opening days of the college basketball season and the two that faced each other were the only ones to make significant moves in The Associated Press' Top 25 on Monday.

Panthers edge Redskins

Saints top Falcons in overtime

Bengals end Chiefs' win streak

Atlanta waives third-year receiver

MNF: 49ers defeat Steelers

Reeves: Kittner not out of Falcons quarterback mix

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March of Dimes focuses on ending premature births
PREMATURE BIRTH looms as a major challenge to the heart of America's strength - the health of our children. Today, one in eight babies is born too soon, many without warning and for no known reason.

March of Dimes focuses on ending premature births
PREMATURE BIRTH looms as a major challenge to the heart of America's strength - the health of our children. Today, one in eight babies is born too soon, many without warning and for no known reason.

Overtime

Kasten out as president of Braves, Hawks, Thrashers, Philips Arena

Overtime

Overtime
In Regina, Saskatchewan, Jason Tucker caught two touchdown passes, and Edmonton got even with the Montreal Alouettes with a 34-22 victory that gave the Eskimos the Grey Cup.

Kasten out as president of Braves, Hawks, Thrashers, Philips Arena
ATLANTA -- Stan Kasten, president of three major sports teams in Atlanta, left all three posts Monday.

Overtime
Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan has heard the reports of steroid use by four of his players, and he acknowledges it's hurt the team's mood.

Roddick officially closes 2003 at No. 1
HOUSTON -- Andy Roddick officially became the second-youngest man to finish a season at No. 1 when the final ATP Tour computer rankings of 2003 were released Monday.

Panthers edge Redskins
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stephen Davis was careful all week to keep his level of dislike for the Washington Redskins bottled up. Scoring the winning touchdown against his former team finally allowed him to release it.

Saints top Falcons in overtime
NEW ORLEANS -- Once Deuce McAllister hit his stride, Atlanta's hopes for back-to-back victories disappeared.

MNF: 49ers defeat Steelers
SAN FRANCISCO -- His catches were beautiful. His blocking was gritty. Terrell Owens thrived in the spotlight again - and he even kept his pens in his socks.

Reeves: Kittner not out of Falcons quarterback mix
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Kurt Kittner had a quarterback rating of 8.7 in the Atlanta Falcons' latest loss. Don't ask how that's computed, but this much is clear:

Atlanta waives third-year receiver
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons placed receiver Quentin McCord on waivers Monday afternoon, one day after the receiver dropped three passes in the second quarter of a 23-20 overtime loss at New Orleans.

CBS: Four Raiders test positive for THG
Four Oakland Raiders have tested positive for the newly discovered steroid THG and face four-game suspensions, CBS reported Sunday.

Bengals end Chiefs' win streak
CINCINNATI -- Pop the corks and make the toast, you '72 Dolphins. The perfect record is safe for one more season.

Confidence helping Panthers master comebacks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jake Delhomme didn't panic when the Washington Redskins scored the go-ahead touchdown with time running down against the Carolina Panthers.

Showtime to air 'The Reagans' on Sunday after Thanksgiving
NEW YORK -- Showtime will air "The Reagans," the made-for-TV movie that CBS scuttled, on Nov. 30.

How does television's Nielsen system work, anyway?

Showtime to air 'The Reagans' on Sunday after Thanksgiving

TV marks the 40th year of Kennedy's death
NEW YORK -- In the week leading up to Nov. 22, more than a dozen JFK specials invite viewers to encounter him from every vantage point on the 40th anniversary of his death.

For TV's Nielsen ratings, problems with networks are a familiar story

For TV's Nielsen ratings, problems with networks are a familiar story
NEW YORK -- Television's biggest mystery this season has nothing to do with what's on the air.

How does television's Nielsen system work, anyway?
NEW YORK -- Some facts about Nielsen Media Research, the company that measures television viewership:

One Nielsen participant feels the power
NEW YORK -- Somewhere in America, a TV remote control is guarded jealously.

CBS won't be airing 'The Reagans' - so what won't be aired next?
NEW YORK -- This was where I was going to review "The Reagans," CBS' much-anticipated miniseries airing Sunday and Tuesday. Except it isn't going to air - not then, not on CBS.

TV marks the 40th year of Kennedy's death

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Viewers who like soft-core porn infomercials will be thrilled as "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" returns for its yearly festival of titillation and merchandising.

One Nielsen participant feels the power

Q&A With Nick Lachey

Limbaugh returns to radio show after five-week drug treatment

Luther Vandross, 50 Cent among American Music Awards winners

Top 20 Concert Tours

Celebrity private eye vows not to cooperate with wiretap investigation

Williams: Richt makes aggressive calls
Contrary to what his sideline demeanor might indicate, Mark Richt does have a pulse.

Williams: Richt makes aggressive calls

Job security not hot topic with Holtz
COLUMBIA - The quips and one-liners didn't flow as easily from Lou Holtz, and neither did the laughter from everyone else.

Coaches center stage for Clemson-South Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Is this the last go-round for Bowden vs. Holtz?

Coaches center stage for Clemson-South Carolina

Job security not hot topic with Holtz

Cheating will lead to hurt feelings, bad reputation

Cheating will lead to hurt feelings, bad reputation
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a boyfriend, and we've been dating for a year. Over the summer we split up, and I had a little fling with his best friend. He knew about it. Now the fling is still going on, and me and my boyfriend are back together. But this time he doesn't know. I like his friend a lot but I don't want to break up with my boyfriend. I love him a lot.

Vegetarian teens find it hard in carnivorous world
Jamie Shelnut, 16, said she can see arteries clogging when her father cooks his favorite Southern-fried, meat-laden meals.

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Xtreme calendar

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Saving now will pay off later

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Saving now will pay off later
Investing money is the last thing on most teenage minds. Shopping, eating and even sleeping seem to take a priority compared with saving a little cash for the future. I was one of those teens until I received my first lecture on compound interest.

Your style
Whitney Wiggleton, 15, is a sophomore at Greenbrier High School.

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.:

Xtreme calendar
Britney Spears returns with a new CD, In the Zone. Other new releases include Wyclef Jean's Preacher's Son and Linkin Park's Live in Texas.

Vegetarian teens find it hard in carnivorous world

Xtreme question of the week
How much money are you planning to spend on holiday gifts?

Football referees need glasses
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that there are flaws in today's society. At any given moment, you could find defects in the world by simply walking down the street or turning on the TV.

Local gang activity is overblown rumor
To hear it told, the teen population is infected with gang violence that is consuming our schools. Lucy C. Laney High School and Glenn Hills High have been scrutinized, and lately the magnifying glass has been placed on T.W. Josey and Cross Creek high schools.

Milwaukee postal workers find live alligator chewing through shipping carton

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