Paine College puts twist on Greek classic
With Creon donning a three-quarter-length, two-piece suit and a Greek chorus rapping rather than singing its lines, Paine College is putting a twist on the centuries-old play Antigone.

Paine College puts twist on Greek classic

Bonds wins sixth NL MVP, third in a row

Bonds wins sixth NL MVP, third in a row
NEW YORK -- This one was for Dad.

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

Russian school installs pay toilets
MOSCOW -- Pay toilets are not unusual, but in school?

Man gets finger stuck in pay phone for more than three hours
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A man and a pay phone were rushed to a hospital after he got his finger stuck in the coin return slot while trying to retrieve his 50 cents.

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.

Odds and Ends
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Children anxious to see Santa Claus at The Crosswinds mall this holiday season may have to wait, but it won't be in a long line.

Miami trade talks hit first snag over US-Brazilian deal
MIAMI -- Early conflicts among negotiators trying to turn the Americas into the world's largest free trade zone have focused on the scope of the proposed agreement.

Correction

Boston investment firm buying Simmons for $1.1 billion

Consumer prices flat in October despite big jump in beef
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices were flat in October as a sharp drop in the costs of gasoline and other energy products swamped the biggest jump in beef and veal prices seen in 24 years.

Roundtables assist owners

State backs China import limit
AIKEN - South Carolina politicians and embattled textile manufacturers are applauding President Bush's Tuesday decision to restrict Chinese imports on four clothing categories, although they won't know for another four months just how tough those limits will be.

Negotiations on Free Trade Agreement of the Americas start

Roundtables assist owners
When a new employee brought in a contract worth $800,000, Jana Dunaway didn't know how to reward her for generating almost a year's worth of revenue.

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.

Business briefs
About 132 former FutureCall employees have filed for unemployment insurance so far, the Georgia Department of Labor's Augusta Career Center said Tuesday.

GM hoping for Beijing's help in promoting hydrogen cars

Facility expects growth in jobs
A chemical maker in south Augusta will add as many as 20 new workers and invest "several millions of dollars" in coming months in an expansion effort.

State backs China import limit

Correction
Because incorrect information was provided to The Augusta Chronicle, dentist Logan Nalley Jr. was incorrectly identified in the On the Move listing of Sunday's Business section. Dr. Nalley has been in private practice in Augusta for 23 years and is the president of the Georgia Board of Dentistry.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Water park's owner declares end to ride

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.

Business inventories rise in September

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.

Miami trade talks hit first snag over US-Brazilian deal

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.

GM hoping for Beijing's help in promoting hydrogen cars
BEIJING -- General Motors Corp. is trying to enlist the Chinese government in promoting cars that run on hydrogen fuel cells instead of gasoline, in hopes the nation's potentially huge market might generate enough sales to make the new technology profitable.

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.

Consumer prices flat in October despite big jump in beef

U.S. to impose quotas on Chinese textile products
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration, in a further escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China, announced Tuesday it had decided to impose quotas on three types of textile products in an effort to give the U.S. textile industry temporary breathing room from a flood of Chinese imports.

Boeing using lights, bigger windows in 7E7 interior design

Boeing using lights, bigger windows in 7E7 interior design
TUKWILA, Wash. -- Klaus Brauer can't cut any miles off the distance between New York and Tokyo, but he is hoping to make passengers on Boeing Co.'s proposed 7E7 jetliner more comfortable - even by a matter of inches.

Cheek wants hotels audited

U.S. to impose quotas on Chinese textile products

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.

Smoking ban clears Florida restaurants, bars

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.

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.

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.

Clemson's Purnell ready to begin season

Bowden gives teary response
Clemson fans often complain that they want to see more genuine emotion from Tommy Bowden.

Clemson's Purnell ready to begin season
CLEMSON, S.C. -- For a few seconds during his Monday jog, Oliver Purnell let himself forget the difficult job at hand and revel in the excitement of his new position as Clemson men's basketball coach.

Bowden gives teary response

Tuesday morning quarterback

One concussion leaves football players prone to others, studies say

TCU could have hard time making up BCS tumble
FORT WORTH, Texas -- After being criticized for all of its close wins, TCU finally had a decisive victory - then dropped two spots in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

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.

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

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.

One concussion leaves football players prone to others, studies say
CHICAGO -- College football players who sustain concussions are left prone to another one, especially if they return to action too soon. They also become slower to recover from such blows to the head, researchers say.

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.

TCU could have hard time making up BCS tumble

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.

Ohio State moves into second place in BCS

Auburn tries to snap Iron Bowl's homefield woes

Utah senator wants briefing from BCS leaders

Will Ole Miss finally gain a spot in the SEC title game?

Will Ole Miss finally gain a spot in the SEC title game?
ATLANTA -- Only one team in the Southeastern Conference West Division has failed to make an appearance in the conference championship game - the Ole Miss Rebels.

Allen, Rivers lead weekly awards

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

Paine drops opener

Jaguars fall in overtime

Augustan earns money playing, drawing courses

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.

'If not now, when?'
This is a man whom the president of the United States salutes.

Saddam to return?

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.

Getting it wrong

Don't let them win

'If not now, when?'

Getting it wrong
A panel of Augusta commissioners met with the legislative delegation the other day and again urged lawmakers not to change the local government's voting structure - from a mandatory six-vote majority to get anything done to a simple majority of commissioners who are present.

Meat Loaf concert canceled after pop star goes into the hospital
LONDON -- Grammy-winning singer Meat Loaf, who collapsed on stage during a concert, is being treated for exhaustion brought on by a virus, hospital officials said Tuesday.

Stuff to do
The Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., will present an exhibition of work by Louisiana artist Douglas Bourgeois, opening Friday and running through Feb. 15.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

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.

Police search Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. -- Investigators armed with a search warrant swarmed Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch on Tuesday, a sheriff's official said. The purpose of the search was not disclosed.

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."

Britney Spears receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES -- Part of Hollywood Boulevard is now "In the Zone" of Britney Spears.

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.

People in the news
DETROIT -- Singer Mary J. Blige will perform during halftime at the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers.

Janus says international exec resigns

Janus says international exec resigns
DENVER -- A Janus Capital Group executive whose e-mail was cited during an investigation into allegations of improper trades and other employees who thought such trades were legitimate have resigned, the mutual fund company said.

Greenspan, Snow: changes to mutual funds should not hurt investors
WASHINGTON -- Amid the expanding mutual fund scandal, two top government officials on Tuesday cautioned lawmakers against passing reforms that end up costing investors more in fees and diminished returns.

Youth, incomes among reasons for lower savings among Hispanics

Labor Department delays hurt job assistance programs

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

Will consumers shop or not?
NEW YORK -- This isn't the time for consumers to lose their holiday spirit. The economy needs ho-ho-ho, not ho-hum.

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.

Labor Department delays hurt job assistance programs
WASHINGTON -- A federal program touted as the answer to helping displaced workers find new jobs has been bogged down, with assistance delayed for months, congressional investigators report.

Terror fears push stocks lower

Stocks down despite good earnings, flat inflation reading

Administration prepares strategy to revamp Social Security

Greenspan, Snow: changes to mutual funds should not hurt investors

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.

Will consumers shop or not?

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.

Stocks down despite good earnings, flat inflation reading
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated again Tuesday, extending its losses into a fourth session despite better-than-expected earnings from The Home Depot and a brokerage firm upgrade for General Electric Co.

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.

Pancakes, muffins are breakfast bounty

Dining out

Japanese grill offers best of show cooking
For the best sushi in town and a quality Japanese hibachi grill experience, Miyabi Kyoto Japanese Steak House in the Augusta Village Shopping Center scores a perfect 10.

Japanese grill offers best of show cooking

Pancakes, muffins are breakfast bounty
Familiar advice that bears repeating: A good breakfast is a great start for the day.

Dining out
Mini reviews of area restaurants.

Georgia Tech wins opener
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech was worried about getting beat by one player. The Yellow Jackets made sure it didn't happen.

Jackets attempt reversal
ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets haven't had much success at Scott Stadium through the years. Georgia Tech has lost its last five games at Virginia, including a 39-38 decision to the Cavaliers in 2000, the last meeting in Charlottesville, Va.

Georgia Tech cornerback wouldn't mind dabbling on offense
ATLANTA -- Reuben Houston just can't forget his offensive roots.

Georgia Tech wins opener

Jackets attempt reversal

Georgia Tech cornerback wouldn't mind dabbling on offense

Finding a partner for Tiger
GEORGE, South Africa -- Tiger Woods stood off to the side on the 12th tee and studied the stance, the setup and the swing of the junior member on the U.S. team.

Finding a partner for Tiger

Gale leads Champions Tour qualifying tournament
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Australia's Terry Gale shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions Tuesday to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour qualifying tournament.

A tie neither captain wants
GEORGE, South Africa -- If the Presidents Cup ends in a tie, it could lead to the most exciting aspect of these matches - a sudden-death playoff.

Gale leads Champions Tour qualifying tournament

A tie neither captain wants

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.

The oldest player with a young heart

Big Mac wins golf competition

U.S. team taking these matches more seriously
GEORGE, South Africa -- The photo on the front page of the Cape Times sent a strong signal to captain Jack Nicklaus that the Americans were not taking this Presidents Cup lightly.

U.S. team taking these matches more seriously

Will Wie wear out the welcome mat?

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.

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

Burke County's victories ends season on a high note

Teams face stiff challenges

Prep basketball scores

Illinois high school coach who conspired to break record steps down
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A high school football coach resigned three weeks after making a deal with the opposing team to allow his quarterback to complete a record-setting pass.

Teams face stiff challenges
Here's part two of our breakdown of what the next few weeks could offer for our local Class AA and Class A Georgia schools, and our remaining South Carolina and independent programs.

Burke County's victories ends season on a high note
When Burke County fullback Isiah Lockhart was injured with two games to play, coach Steve Summers tapped Marcus Washington, a force on defense for the Bears who was used sporadically on offense, as a replacement.

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.

Changes make Sin more forgiving on calories
The Internet's popularity means that good recipes find a long life on the Web - traveling around the globe faster than gossip at a neighborhood block party.

Changes make Sin more forgiving on calories

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.

Arrest warrant issued for Michael Jackson
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. -- Authorities said Wednesday an arrest warrant had been issued for Michael Jackson in a child molestation case.

3-month-old girl returned safely
RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A 3-month-old girl was returned safely to police Wednesday by the man accused of kidnapping her after shooting her mother.

Pornography is not a victimless crime

National Guard officer comments on differences in treatment
As an officer in the Georgia Army National Guard called to active duty and serving in Iraq, I read with interest Dick Yarbrough's column, "Iraq soldiers deserve 1st-class treatment" (Nov. 1 Metro section).Bobby L. Christine, Iraq

National Guard officer comments on differences in treatment

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.

'Poppycock law' is working well
Regarding your Nov. 5 editorial, "Poppycock is the law," I find myself disagreeing with the editorial staff - a rare occasion, at best. However, I feel obligated to voice my opinion on the "Stalinist" oppression of religion that you mentioned. Christopher Baugh, Evans, Ga.

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

Praises those who did vote
I would like to thank the fine people of Augusta-Richmond County who supported and voted for me on election day. I was honored that you placed your trust in me to be a steward of your community and tax dollars. We fell a little short in being your representative, but my family and I are still here and willing to assist Commissioner-elect Jimmy Smith in any way that we may be needed.Robert J. Buchwitz, Hephzibah, Ga.

'Poppycock law' is working well

Praises those who did vote

USB drive is right price

In the know

Patagonian glaciers melting faster than in previous years

Civil rights group fears effect of e-voting company's threats

CDC chief: Flu season starting early and strong

Palestinians turn to Internet to cope with Israeli restrictions

Planning can help cope with loss of a loved one

Seniors calendar

Health and fitness calendar

Patients, soldiers won't be left out

Chicago-born dance tradition gaining a broader following
CHICAGO -- It's Tuesday at the 50 Yard Line Bar and Grill and the dance floor is packed with couples twirling and sashaying to the mellow sounds of Barry White, Gerald Levert and other R&B balladeers.

Palestinians turn to Internet to cope with Israeli restrictions
DEHEISHE REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank -- Cooped up in their communities for most of the past three years of fighting, Palestinians have found a way to escape: going online.

Video game review: Light-gun game is a real blast
Light-gun shooters are a rare breed. They attract a limited crowd, and are generally short and not too engaging.

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.

In the know
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday on CBS (WRDW-TV, Channel 12). Top models such as Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum strut their stuff, and Sting and Mary J. Blige sing their duet Whenever I Say Your Name.

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.

Patagonian glaciers melting faster than in previous years
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- When Borge Ousland and Thomas Ulrich trekked across the vast and wild Patagonian glaciers, they braved heavy snows and bitterly cold temperatures - nothing to make them think the ice was melting beneath their feet.

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.

China looks to promote its own alternative to DVD format
BEIJING -- Seeking to compete on its own terms in the lucrative entertainment industry, China announced a government-funded project Tuesday to promote an alternative to DVDs and "attack the market share" of the global video format.

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.

Civil rights group fears effect of e-voting company's threats
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates.

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

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.

USB drive is right price
If Santa's looking for "wow!" stocking stuffers and has no 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.

Rookie makes most of tough situation

Lynx slapshots

Augusta prepares for long road trip

Augusta prepares for long road trip
The good news for the Augusta Lynx is the bus driver hired for Thursday's trip to Beaumont, Texas, is said to have a lead foot.

Rookie makes most of tough situation
The news rocked him like a punishing check into the boards.

Two minutes with Josh Bennett
Augusta Lynx left wing, Josh Bennett answers questions for Chronicle writer Rob Mueller.

Lynx slapshots
Up next Friday: Lynx at Texas Wildcatters

State delays new FCC rules for small phone companies

Rants and raves
I'M A STUDENT at ASU and I'm ashamed at the comments of my fellow students in the article griping about walking a couple hundred yards. You would think they had to walk five miles every day. They need to get off their butts and walk. It's good for them.

Arrest warrant issued for Michael Jackson

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.

Parents of accused soldier say war affected their son mentally
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- The parents of Army Pvt. Jacob Burgoyne, who is charged in the death of a fellow soldier killed shortly after returning from Iraq, said their son displayed violent tendencies and had been taking anti-depressants since a previous deployment in Kosovo.

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.

Richmond Academy promotes program

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.

Man from Augusta wins role on soap

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.

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

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.

State delays new FCC rules for small phone companies
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Residents in some South Carolina cities will have to wait until next year before they can take advantage of new federal rules that let people transfer their home phone numbers to cell phones.

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

Men posed as police to rob motorist

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the day

Bishop defends Catholic statement opposing same-sex unions

Parents of accused soldier say war affected their son mentally

Fort Gordon group leads fund raising

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.

Health workers disperse vaccine to prevent raccoon rabies

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.

Panel cancels X-Mart hearing

Conservative group airs second ad against Edwards
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A group formed to garner support for President Bush's judicial nominees has launched a second attack ad in South Carolina against Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards.

News you can use

Conservative group airs second ad against Edwards

Rules mentioned in ricin letter worry truckers

Across the area

Across the area

Rabid fox attacks two Snellville residents

Gephardt talks with unemployed, gets endorsement

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."

Peculiar items stop at airport

Macon police seek funding to keep anti-truancy program alive

Mill, salary raises on budget list
The latest plan to balance Augusta's financial books proposes a quarter-mill property tax increase and adjusts the salaries of most city employees, something city officials are hopeful will be acceptable both to government workers and the taxpaying public.

Case closed? Adams, Regents insist UGA controversy is over

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

Mill, salary raises on budget list

Local unit tries to get home in February

Kid of the day

MOX fuel plant must pass new guidelines

Condon wants cease-fire in FOI battle

Group holds prayer vigil for officials
Cradling crosses and with palms pressed in prayer, more than 125 men, women and children gathered outside Augusta's municipal building Tuesday afternoon to pray for the officials charged with determining the fate of a Gordon Highway adult bookstore.

News you can use
NOV. 19, 1930 Late Monday night, armed bandits held up and robbed "Peach" Snell, an employee at A.V. McClure's filling station on the Louisville Road about 1 1/2 miles from Blythe, escaping with $25, Deputy Sheriff Josh Cawley said.

Perdue reveals two logos for G-8 summit
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue unveiled the G-8 summit's two official logos Tuesday, both of which are nature-based designs created by students at Savannah College of Art and Design.

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

Man reports assault downtown
A Lincolnton, Ga., man said he was assaulted by three men early Tuesday morning after he tried to intervene in an argument between one of the men and a woman in downtown Augusta, a police report states.

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.

Police search for man wanted in kidnapping
Authorities were looking Tuesday for a man wanted on charges of kidnapping and battery of a woman who said she was taken against her will and later escaped.

Sons of MLK shifting jobs at King Center, SCLC
ATLANTA -- One of Martin Luther King Jr.'s sons is resigning as president and chairman of the board of the King Center, while another is stepping down as head of the civil rights group co-founded by his father 46 years ago.

Projects cross funding hurdle
The Augusta area moved a big step closer Tuesday to receiving more than $9 million in federal money for four major transportation projects.

Club inspires students with mix of classic, contemporary poetry
MORROW, Ga. -- LaToija Dawkins still remembers a time not too long ago when she could barely speak in front of a crowd.

Aurora likely in Augusta sky
You might have missed the peak of the Leonid meteor shower early Tuesday morning, but experts say the light show in the sky isn't over for Augustans.

South Carolina dedicates new state forest
GOURDIN, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford helped dedicate South Carolina's newest state forest Tuesday - an almost 12,500-acre tract of land stretching for 12 miles along the Santee River.

Pop-Tart art equals sweet success for 7-year-old
Pop-Tarts may be smaller and more crumbly than your typical canvas, but that didn't stop Isabella Zeiler.

Teen accused of shooting at police after car chase
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A 16-year-old was charged after shooting at North Charleston police officers following a chase involving a stolen car.

Aurora likely in Augusta sky

Disgruntled farm worker charged with killing former boss

Across South Carolina

Judicial center site approved

Police end yearlong search with 3 arrests
Richmond County sheriff's authorities arrested three Hephzibah residents in connection with drug trafficking and possession charges, a narcotics investigator said Tuesday.

Officials approve accepted sales list

Officials seek economic plan

Perdue reveals two logos for G-8 summit

Police end yearlong search with 3 arrests

Volunteers' past could affect future at schools

Across the area
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday tabled a rezoning vote that would allow a new school or housing development to be built on Hereford Farm Road.<

Police arrest second man in 2001 rape, killing of 12-year-old
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Rock Hill police have charged a second man with rape and murder in the 2001 death of a 12-year-old girl, raising questions for similar charges against the girl's father.

Officials seek economic plan
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Its people are out of work at a sky-high rate and the economy is stagnant, but McCormick County has the potential to grow and officials plan to make it an example of how poor, rural counties across the state can attract business.

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.

Man who shot wife through ceiling of their home appeals to Ga. Supreme Court
ATLANTA -- A Savannah man who fired a gunshot through an upstairs floor of his home that fatally struck his wife downstairs has appealed his murder conviction to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Across Georgia

Rabid fox attacks two Snellville residents
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Two Gwinnett County residents are getting rabies shots after being attacked by a rabid fox.

Augusta might pass federal clean air standard
Unusually low levels of air pollution during 2003 helped reverse a plan by state regulators to designate Augusta as a nonattainment area that flunks the U.S. Clean Air Act standards for ozone.

Case closed? Adams, Regents insist UGA controversy is over
ATLANTA -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams is getting tired of the question - is he worried the Board of Regents will fire him?

Storms pass through the area

Men posed as police to rob motorist
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Two men used a flashing blue light in their car to get a motorist to pull over in North Charleston so they could rob him, police said.

Suspect admits to his guilt in court

Bus driver fired; officials say tape caught threats to special needs student
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- A Colquitt County Schools bus driver has been fired after being caught on tape threatening a 12-year-old special needs student, school officials said.

Students cross social boundaries

Black Baby Doll project aims to wipe away 'Teary Deary'

Rants and raves
I'M A STUDENT at ASU and I'm ashamed at the comments of my fellow students in the article griping about walking a couple hundred yards. You would think they had to walk five miles every day. They need to get off their butts and walk. It's good for them.

Across the southeast

Storms pass through the area
Pop-Tarts may be smaller and more crumbly than your typical canvas, but that didn't stop Isabella Zeiler.

Augusta might pass federal clean air standard

Judicial center site approved
The decision is final. Again.

Friends recall shooting victim linked to sniper suspects

Lotto tax raises objections

Sons of MLK shifting jobs at King Center, SCLC

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is William Gage Holden, 2, of Hephzibah.

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.

Students cross social boundaries
For Lakeside High School students, it was the luck of the draw - red, pink, orange, brown, green, purple or blue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

S.C. Senate Republicans' symposium draws fire

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

Suspect admits to his guilt in court
AIKEN - A young Augusta woman tearfully told a judge Tuesday she might never fully recover from the horrifying ordeal of being kidnapped and gang-raped at gunpoint by three men after a carjacking in Augusta last year.

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.

Across Georgia
DOUGLASVILLE - A Douglas County principal has been suspended with pay for a possible violation of his employment contract with the school system, county school officials said Monday.

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

Across the southeast
A line of strong thunderstorms that unleashed an apparent tornado in Mississippi roared through Alabama on Tuesday with enough force to topple trees and knock out power to 50,000 customers.

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.

Officials approve accepted sales list
Clarifying the list of acceptable fund-raisers for schools, the Richmond County Board of Education has banned a few questionable moneymakers, including the sale of Glamour Shots photographs and a contest called Kiss the Turkey.

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.

Lawmaker backs pit facility in Amarillo
AMARILLO, Texas - In making another pitch for the location of a new plutonium pit facility at Pantex, a contingent of Amarillo representatives gained the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

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.

Disgruntled farm worker charged with killing former boss
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- A migrant farm worker was arrested Monday and charged with gunning down his former employer at a south Georgia mobile home park.

Group holds prayer vigil for officials

Odd strain adds danger to flu season

Teen accused of shooting at police after car chase

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - Police have charged a man and his father with plotting to kill the man's wife.

Pop-Tart art equals sweet success for 7-year-old

Volunteers' past could affect future at schools
EDGEFIELD - Most South Carolina schools can't afford to hire new teachers because of state budget cuts, so they rely on volunteers to help with field trips and after-school programs.

Projects cross funding hurdle

Letter shares lack of proof
In the end, the investigation of Superior Court Judge Duncan D. Wheale appeared to be only smoke, a lot of it, lacking credible evidence to pursue criminal charges.

South Carolina dedicates new state forest

Richmond Academy promotes program
Parker Rogers made the jump from private school to public to attend the Academy of Richmond County's International Baccalaureate program.

Black Baby Doll project aims to wipe away 'Teary Deary'
STAUNTON, Va. (AP ) - Andrea Cornett-Scott's first black baby doll was named Teary Deary, and the first thing she'll tell you about it was that it was ugly

Friends recall shooting victim linked to sniper suspects
ATLANTA -- A man whose shooting death has been linked to convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad worked hard and prayed regularly after coming to Atlanta from war-torn Ethiopia.

3-month-old girl returned safely

Vanover's name is immortalized
If ever there was a road in town in need of renaming, it was the winding drive that leads up the hill from Wrightsboro Road to the athletics facilities at Augusta State University.

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?

Bond women find immortality by tempting movie superspy

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

Microsoft to enter online music market
The marketplace for legal online music services is about to get more crowded with tech behemoth Microsoft Corp. entering the fray.

Don Gibson, songwriter, dies at 75
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Don Gibson, an elementary school dropout who wrote and recorded country standards like "I Can't Stop Loving You," has died, his lawyer said. He was 75.

Composer reaches for 'Crunch' in new 'Red Violin Concerto'
NEW YORK -- In the 1800s, composer Hector Berlioz asked string players to tap the wood of their bows against the strings for a percussive effect. Nicolo Paganini had his fiddlers perform devilish magic by ricocheting the bow on a string and simultaneously plucking another string with the left pinky.

Music Review: Britney Spears' 'In The Zone'

Al Green reunites with legendary producer for secular album

Microsoft to enter online music market

Composer reaches for 'Crunch' in new 'Red Violin Concerto'

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.

Don Gibson, songwriter, dies at 75

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.

New music magazine aimed at older fans debuts

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

Music Review: Britney Spears' 'In The Zone'
It happens to all Barbies at some point. The little girls who once idolized them grow up and lose interest, leaving them on the shelf as a reminder of quaint, pre-teen days gone by.

Al Green reunites with legendary producer for secular album
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- When the spirit moves him, the Rev. Al Green throws his head back to laugh, clapping his hands and stomping his feet.

Canadian Grand Prix back on 2004 racing calendar

Canadian Grand Prix back on 2004 racing calendar
MONTREAL -- The Canadian Grand Prix is back on the 2004 schedule.

Bryant prosecution team grows
DENVER -- The team of prosecutors working on the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant is growing.

Bryant prosecution team grows

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.

Hawks top Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- The Atlanta Hawks took Stephen Jackson's tough message to heart.

Hawks top Bucks

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.

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.

Jaguars fall in overtime
Gary Tuell took the blame for his team's 80-75 overtime loss to Carson-Newman Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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

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.

Reeves: Kittner not out of Falcons quarterback mix

Falcons to wear red jerseys at next 2 home games

Falcons sign WR Lewis from practice squad

MNF: 49ers defeat Steelers

Bucs tell Keyshawn to sit out rest of season

Atlanta waives third-year receiver

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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.

State champion heads up team

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Love him or hate him, Kasten's impact was huge

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

Overtime
In Springfield, Ill., a high school football coach resigned three weeks after making a deal with the opposing team to allow his quarterback to complete a record-setting pass.

Love him or hate him, Kasten's impact was huge
ATLANTA -- Love him or hate him - and there wasn't much middle ground - Stan Kasten made quite an impact on Atlanta sports.

State champion heads up team
State champion Rebekah Madebach of Augusta Christian leads the 2003 All-Metro Augusta Cross Country teams, which were honored Monday night at Augusta Prep.

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.

Pound accuses U.S. government of failure in fight against drugs in sports
LONDON -- The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency accused the White House on Tuesday of showing no interest in the fight against performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

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.

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.

Falcons sign WR Lewis from practice squad
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed wide receiver John Lewis from their practice squad Tuesday.

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:

Falcons to wear red jerseys at next 2 home games
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Embarrassed by his team's pitiful play at home this year, Patrick Kerney hopes new red jerseys will help the Atlanta Falcons change their luck Sunday.

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.

Bucs tell Keyshawn to sit out rest of season
TAMPA, Fla. -- Keyshawn Johnson will get his wish to leave Tampa Bay - once the season is over.

Vanover's name is immortalized

CBS continues its sweeps-month domination
NEW YORK -- CBS continued its domination of the November "sweeps" with the three most popular programs last week, including the special reunion of "The Andy Griffith Show."

'Survivor': All-Stars' gets post-Super Bowl spot
LOS ANGELES -- First the Super Bowl, then an all-star game.

Gary Sinise thinks twice before taking lead in holiday confection
MALIBU, Calif. -- When he first read the script for the Hallmark Hall of Fame holiday confection "Fallen Angel," Gary Sinise was reluctant to take on the leading character.

CBS continues its sweeps-month domination

AFI to sing praises of top 100 American film tunes
LOS ANGELES -- Bing Crosby and Judy Garland will square off against Eminem and Madonna as the American Film Institute sounds out Hollywood on the 100 best songs in U.S. cinema.

How does television's Nielsen system work, anyway?

ABC's 'Karen Sisco' will return in spring
LOS ANGELES - ABC pulled Karen Sisco off its schedule but will give the critically acclaimed crime drama a second chance in the spring.

NBC holds onto old hits for dear life

'Survivor': All-Stars' gets post-Super Bowl spot

Showtime to air 'The Reagans' on Sunday after Thanksgiving

NBC holds onto old hits for dear life
NEW YORK -- Novelist Raymond Chandler must be big at NBC, where the motto seems to be "the long goodbye."

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.

Gary Sinise thinks twice before taking lead in holiday confection

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

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Limbaugh returns to radio show after five-week drug treatment

Meat Loaf concert canceled after pop star goes into the hospital

Celebrity private eye vows not to cooperate with wiretap investigation

Greene staying at Georgia, Pollack undecided
ATHENS, Ga. -- Quarterback David Greene is definitely staying for his senior year at Georgia. Defensive end David Pollack is not so sure.

Greene staying at Georgia, Pollack undecided

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.

South Carolina extends Holtz's contract
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina has extended football coach Lou Holtz's contract Tuesday by one year through 2008.

South Carolina extends Holtz's contract

Job security not hot topic with Holtz

Augustan earns money playing, drawing courses
It was of little consolation at the time, but whenever Augusta's William Lanier III missed the 36-hole cut in a NGA/Hooters Pro Golf Tour event last season, he usually walked away from the course with money in his pocket.

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

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.

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.

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Cheating will lead to hurt feelings, bad reputation

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.

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.

Xtreme question of the week

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.

Xtreme calendar

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.

Vegetarian teens find it hard in carnivorous world

Saving now will pay off later

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

Your style

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.:

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Russian school installs pay toilets

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