Arts calendar

'Blacklist' tells complex mystery

Artistic Central Park benches to go on auction

Slow-moving 'Train' is strong in characters and atmosphere

Arts calendar
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'Blacklist' tells complex mystery
V.I. Warshawski isn't your typical detective-story heroine. This Chicago private eye is a one-woman operation who works hard just to pay her bills. She is stubborn and has a penchant for breaking the rules, but she's also tenacious.

Artistic Central Park benches to go on auction
NEW YORK -- One is painted pink and equipped with two beehive-style hair dryers. Another is covered with black-and-white photos and fake rabbit fur, and yet another is covered with a small fortune in subway tokens.

Slow-moving 'Train' is strong in characters and atmosphere
One of the main characters in Pete Dexter's new novel Train earns the nickname the "Mile-Away Man."

Rules will keep you out of trouble during holidays

School building is sold on eBay
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The La Crosse School District in western Kansas tried to give away its former middle school to more than 40 charities. There were no takers.

Odds and Ends
BUTTE, Mont. -- The wary, dreadlocked mutt that survived more than 17 years alone in a toxic pit and served as unofficial mascot of the Berkeley Pit miners has died.

One attempt in marketing is never enough

Home Depot puts focus on customer service

Pocket change

Business calendar
Dec. 3: 2003 Tax Law Update; satellite broadcast produced by Professional Education Network for area CPAs and attorneys; sponsored by Chuck Foster of Aiken's Edward Jones investment firm in the Publix shopping center, 2 p.m.; (803) 643-0808

Growth is becoming balanced
ATLANTA - Economic growth in the Southeast is becoming more broad-based and sustainable, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta said Friday.

Foes of Bush overtime rules abandon effort to kill regulations

Company will head south
Blanchard and Calhoun will open a real estate office in south Augusta for the first time in its 85 years of business to tap the area's burgeoning housing market.

Discount airlines poised to excel in down economy

Foes of Bush overtime rules abandon effort to kill regulations
WASHINGTON -- Foes of the Bush administration's proposed rules changing which workers would qualify for overtime pay abandoned their fight on Friday in the face of unrelenting pressure from the White House and the House.

Benefits help draw members

Business briefs
Golf car maker E-Z-Go said Friday that its ninth annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic raised $23,000 for the Augusta Boys & Girls Clubs. Fifty-two teams competed in this year's tournament at Aiken's Woodside Plantation Country Club.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Macuch Steel Products Inc.

Company admits inflated earnings
WASHINGTON - Mortgage-market giant Freddie Mac disclosed Friday that it had inflated its earnings for 2001 in financial reports by nearly $1 billion, the first time in its months-long accounting crisis that it acknowledged overstating profits.

Chamber doing more for Columbia County

On the move

One attempt in marketing is never enough
As I sat in Mike's living room, he complained that his business was not doing well. The phone wasn't ringing, and the jobs weren't coming in. He said he didn't know how much longer he would be able to stay in business if things didn't get better soon.

Golfers tee off on mounds of trash
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - From the 100-foot hill of the 12th tee at McCullough's Emerald Golf Links, players negotiate undulating, treeless fairways dotted with sand traps. The casinos of Atlantic City glitter 10 miles away.

Discount airlines poised to excel in down economy
With several years of brisk expansion behind them and large rivals retaliating more aggressively, low-cost airlines such as Southwest, JetBlue and AirTran will have a harder time growing, right? Not necessarily.

Business briefs

Business calendar

Benefits help draw members
With his ownership in three thriving businesses, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Blane Bailey made it a point to join the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Home Depot puts focus on customer service
ATLANTA - As rival Lowe's charges its turf, The Home Depot is seeking to transform its do-it-yourself warehouses into stores with more polish, better merchandise and a new, service-oriented attitude of "do-it-for-you."

Chamber doing more for Columbia County
It has existed for more than 15 years, but in many ways the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is starting from scratch.

Company will head south

On the move
Wayne Bridges has joined Eagle North America as the chief financial officer. Mr. Bridges, a certified public accountant with more than 20 years' experience, was the chief financial officer of a general contractor in Augusta and an audit manager with a local accounting company.

Growth is becoming balanced

Prayers needed for city officials

Prayers needed for city officials
IT'S BEEN ONE of those weeks for city politics.

Clemson, Bowden heading to Columbia on upswing

Tigers prevail in overtime
CLEMSON, S.C. - Julie Aderhold saw something good as soon as Clemson teammate Julie Talley put up the long 3-pointer that turned the tide for the Tigers.

Purnell, Tigers win
CLEMSON, S.C. - Chris Hobbs scored 17 points and Clemson kicked off the Oliver Purnell era with a runaway victory, 86-55, over Gardner-Webb on Friday night.

Tigers prevail in overtime

Clemson, Bowden heading to Columbia on upswing
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A section in this week's Clemson football notes lists several areas of improvement this season, from yards per game to tackles per loss to kickoff returns.

Gamecocks are no match for Tigers

Purnell, Tigers win

Gamecocks are no match for Tigers
COLUMBIA - Clemson put to rest a popular rumor Saturday night, and this one had nothing to do with a coach's job security.

College football gameday
Clemson (7-4, 5-3 ACC) at South Carolina (5-6, 2-6 SEC) WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia

Still in the hunt

Valdosta State again braces for Carson-Newman's option attack

SEC roundup
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee fans and coach Phillip Fulmer showed their love for Casey Clausen, and the senior quarterback paid them back with a memorable performance.

Jaguars in good shape despite turnover woes
Jaguars in good shape

Top 25 roundup
FRESNO, Calif. - Ryan Dinwiddie passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and Tim Gilligan caught six passes for 149 yards and a score in No. 20 Boise State's eighth straight victory, 31-17 over Fresno State on Friday night.

Small school roundup

College football gameday

Top 25 roundup

Forget frills, Iron Bowl features old-fashioned styles

Small school roundup
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dewitt Ellerbe returned an interception and a blocked field goal for touchdowns as South Carolina State dominated rival North Carolina A&T 49-9 on Saturday.

Forget frills, Iron Bowl features old-fashioned styles
AUBURN, Ala. -- If you want dozens of downfield passes, light-it-up offenses with all the frills, skip Saturday night's Alabama-Auburn game.

Jaguars in good shape despite turnover woes

Valdosta State again braces for Carson-Newman's option attack
Somewhere between 50 and 60 times Saturday, Valdosta State's Black Swarm defense will be faced with three decisions.

Still in the hunt
OXFORD, Miss. - Stellar defense, just enough offense and a little good fortune kept LSU in the hunt for a national championship - and No. 15 Mississippi from clinching its first SEC West title.

Jaguars in good shape despite turnover woes

Aiken Tech runs streak to five games

Time to fill stocking
For most of us, the holiday season is a joyous, cheerful time of year. We sup with family, party with friends, celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, give and receive wonderful gifts.

40 years and 7 seconds
It's still maddening. It still churns the stomach. Scientists and hard-bitten investigators still break down when going back over it.

The real contamination
Have you ever thought about what's required for the exercise of leadership?

The real contamination

40 years and 7 seconds

Not by bread alone
Consult your physician before reading this editorial. It could be dangerous to your health. It's about diet and carbohydrates, in particular, bread and meat.

Not by bread alone

Comic penguin makes comeback
The beach beckons, the island ingenue awaits. What more could a big-schnozzed guy want in life?

Judge orders trial over Diaz pictures
A photographer accused of using topless photos of Cameron Diaz in an attempt to extort $3.3 million from the actress must stand trial, a judge ruled.<

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.

Dixie Chicks singer still speaking her mind despite criticism
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, whose criticism of President Bush last spring led to boycotts of the group's music, still has a lot to say about the war in Iraq.

Tugging at the heartstrings
The kids had a fall break some weeks back, and we took advantage of it by visiting my brother and his family in Pittsburgh. The children were excited about seeing their brand new baby cousin Katie and her 2-year-old sister ... but they weren't as excited about the long car ride from Georgia to Pennsylvania.

Tis the season...
BODY:For me, the holidays hit in mid-November. It was a Saturday - a beautiful, clear, crisp fall day. I walked into Sam's. Everywhere it was Christmas.

Parents, try a new rhyme this time
Need a break from read-aloud fare starring creatures such as Sneetches, Wockets and Zizzer Zazzer Zuzzes? If your little one's bedtime routine absolutely must include Dr. Seuss, but you can't hop on pop or sample green eggs and ham with Sam one more time this week, Peculiar Zoo is the book for you.

Coloring Contest for Kids winners
Last month we asked children ages 4 to 10 to enter our Fantasy of Lights coloring contest. We published a basic line drawing of a Christmas Tree and asked them to decorate their tree with pencils, crayons and markers, keeping in mind that this was the "Festival of Lights."

Gift ideas
Here are some gift ideas for family and friends.

Keeping children entertained
With the holiday season come the holiday parties. But just how can you strike a balance between keeping your kids happy and entertained while you try to enjoy the party at the same time? A little pre-party planning, a children's activity and a children's menu can go a long way.

A+ teacher gifts for the holidays
Catch your child's favorite teacher in an especially candid moment, and he or she will probably admit to having a whole closet full of "#1 Teacher" doo-dads, ornaments, figurines and other items received from students over the years.

Fathers and daddies are different
Someone asked me a question recently that I couldn't answer right away.

Appease your children's wish list
People are always giving and receiving gifts during the holidays. When it comes to children, though, how do you strike the balance between enough gifts and too many gifts?

Rice-Stuffed Snowmen
Tis the season of giving ... to teachers, coaches, hairdressers and hospitable hosts and hostesses.

Lunchbox savings
Your kids' school lunches shouldn't take a bite out of your budget. To pack in the savings, consider these suggestions from Parents magazine:

What to do
The Augusta Players 2003/2004 MainStage season will mark our 59th consecutive year of bringing great theatre to the Metro Augusta area. For ticket information call (706) 826-4707 or visit our website at www.augustaplayers.com.

Make the holidays special as a family
This year give your children gifts that are really gifts for the family - activities that the children can enjoy but that also can bring the family together.

Stocks rise modestly despite terrorism fears

Terrorism causes market jitters
NEW YORK -- A wave of bombings in Turkey over the past week revived fears of terrorism on Wall Street, but the attacks didn't send stock prices plunging - while the market closed the week with a loss, it drew strength from the steadily improving U.S. economy.

Terrorism causes market jitters

Stocks rise modestly despite terrorism fears
Wall Street ended a difficult week with a modest advance Friday after strong earnings from retailers Dillard's and Nordstrom helped bolster investor expectations of a rebounding economy. But trading was muted by concerns about terrorism, and stocks suffered their second straight weekly loss.

Georgia Southern tops USC to Aiken women
In Statesboro, Ga., Lee DuBose scored a career-high 18 points, including 15 in the second half, and Kellie Tiller had a career-high 15 points to lead the Eagles past the Lady Pacers.

Georgia Southern trounces North Georgia
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Elton Nesbitt scored 18 points in 25 minutes and 12 of 14 players cracked the scoring column in Georgia Southern's season-opening 94-55 rout of North Georgia Friday night.

Georgia Tech notebook
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Jonathan Smith continued his assault on the Georgia Tech record books in the Yellow Jackets' 29-17 loss to Virginia on Saturday.

Georgia Tech sent packing
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Three short weeks ago, Georgia Tech's season seemed virtually assured of ending in a sunny locale with the Yellow Jackets soaking in the spoils of exceeded expectations.

Jackets, Cavaliers look to build postseason stock
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- It was only a month ago that Virginia went into a game against Florida State thinking about taking a big step and unseating the Seminoles as Atlantic Coast Conference champions.

Georgia Southern tops USC to Aiken women

Georgia Southern trounces North Georgia

Georgia Tech sent packing

Georgia Tech notebook

Jackets, Cavaliers look to build postseason stock

U.S. finishes the job to take big lead

Thorpe two strokes behind Oppenheim

Golf roundup
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Annika Sorenstam started seeing clearly again Saturday, and the view was quite familiar. The world's best player found herself back at the top of the leaderboard.

United States suffers shutout

U.S. finishes the job to take big lead
GEORGE, South Africa -- The Americans were good from start to finish Friday, winning seven of 10 matches to build a 9 1/2 -6 1/2 lead in the Presidents Cup.

Thorpe two strokes behind Oppenheim
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Two-time Champions Tour winner Jim Thorpe shot a 5-under-par 67 Thursday and was two strokes off the lead after the first round of the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational

United States suffers shutout
GEORGE, South Africa - Jack Nicklaus felt apologetic as he stood on the first tee Saturday, his U.S. team holding a big lead and poised to turn the Presidents Cup into a rout.

Diaz breaks through while Sorenstam struggles to see the light
A good book and a good friend helped Laura Diaz enjoy herself on the golf course again. A trip to the emergency room and an eye infection made Annika Sorenstam wish she was someplace else.

Golf event moves to avoid Masters
Two years ago, the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship golf tournament couldn't wait to move its date and bask in the afterglow of the Masters Tournament.

Commish: Lighter schedule helps, diversity key
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Less is more on the LPGA Tour, which will take January off in 2004 and will stage four or five fewer events than it did at the start of the decade.

Commish: Lighter schedule helps, diversity key

Golf roundup

Garcia leads after two rounds at Dunlop Phoenix
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Spain's Sergio Garcia shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament.

Garcia leads after two rounds at Dunlop Phoenix

Non-winners share lead
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Meg Mallon and Laura Davies each turned 40 this year. They wish that was all they had in common.

Diaz breaks through while Sorenstam struggles to see the light

Prep football scores

Swainsboro romps Westside

Wolfpack's early lead vanishes vs. Raiders

Inspired Hawks roll early

Prep football roundup

Thomson gets wish

Red Devils are right at home

Hawks' fast start finishes Islanders

Swainsboro finds momentum

Records can't save Jackets

Screven County hangs on for win

Inspired Hawks roll early
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Washington County coach Rick Tomberlin read the letter to his players moments before they took the field to begin their quest for another state championship.

Thomson gets wish
THOMSON - With a rematch of last year's Class AAAA state championship game against Thomas County Central looming in round two of the playoffs, Thomson ran the risk of overlooking the Griffin Bears.

Wolfpack's early lead vanishes vs. Raiders
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Earlier this week, Shaw High School coach Charles Flowers wondered how well his team would be able to defend Greenbrier's complex and unconventional passing game.

Swainsboro finds momentum
After his team barely survived South Effingham three weeks ago, Swainsboro coach Shane Williamson rounded up his team and told the Tigers they had to find a way to regain some momentum heading into the playoffs.

Hawks' fast start finishes Islanders
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - St. John's won the coin toss Friday night and elected to kick off in its playoff game against Blackville-Hilda.

Prep football roundup
Associated PressKENNESAW, Ga. - The Harrison Hoyas met one of the toughest first-round challenges of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state playoffs head on, upsetting No. 5 Brookwood 30-14 Friday night at Hoya Stadium.

Swainsboro romps Westside
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - You want the personification of loneliness? Of despair? Of solitude?

Wardlaw wins second crown
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The bruised and broken body parts kept piling up this season for Wardlaw Academy.

Red Devils are right at home
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Prior to the opening Class A playoff game between Lincoln County and Temple, some Temple fans mistook a sign that read, "Have Faith, Temple," as a good omen for their team.

Prep football scores
here are scores from Friday's prep football games.

Records can't save Jackets
COLUMBIA - The game was characterized by incredible numbers both individual and collective.

Screven County hangs on for win
SYLVANIA, Ga. - It was bad enough that James Howard missed practice time the past two weeks with the flu. Then Tuesday, his uncle, Freddy, suffered a fatal heart attack.

Thrashers get third straight victory
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Shawn McEachern had two goals, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 15th to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to their third straight victory, 6-3 over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Thrashers recall MacKenzie from AHL

Thrashers recall MacKenzie from AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers recalled forward Derek MacKenzie from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Rules will keep you out of trouble during holidays
You'll begin to hear a lot about holiday stress this time of year, but you won't hear it from me.

Fort Gordon receives grant for training center
With the signature of President Bush on Saturday, Fort Gordon was granted $4.3 million for a new training center that officials say is important for the base's missions - and its future.

Authorities break up cockfighting in Aiken County
AIKEN - Authorities charged 120 people and shut down an organized cockfighting arena in northern Aiken County Saturday, officials said.

More than a dozen agencies battle Beech Island blaze
BEECH ISLAND - Aiken County authorities are investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a building of a Beech Island company early Saturday morning.

Boy, 8, dies in blaze
An 8-year-old boy was found dead after an early fire Sunday that destroyed a Wagener mobile home.

Bush seems like he was a stubborn child
I taught kindergarten for 27 years and I am a mother, grandmother and great grandmother; therefore, I believe I can speak with some authority about the personality traits of children. Anne Cook, Augusta

Formation of unions still necessary
Recent economic statistics forecast a turnaround in our national economy; a recovery cannot get airborne due to one factor - lack of jobs.Dale A. Law, Evans, Ga.

Miller turns his back on middle class
I would never say anything against Democratic Sen. and former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, but now that he is standing behind President George W. Bush and the Republican Party and making remarks against liberals - and possibly traditional Democrats - someone needs to respond.Robert Periano, Augusta

Requiring attorneys for closing is hooey

Parents responsible for child's education
A whole lot is being said about the education industry these days. Here is something that I saw in the American Legion magazine a few months ago. Its authorship is attributed to (the late comedian) Milton Berle. He may have meant it to be humorous, and it would be except that it seems to be so true: William H. Schisler, Waynesboro, Ga.

Let's not lose Continental; promote Augusta airport

Parents responsible for child's education

Requiring attorneys for closing is hooey
In response to Leland Malchow's guest column on Nov. 13, "Barbers should not close real-estate loans," I do not know why someone would insult the profession of barbering by comparing a barber's ability to an attorney's. Barbers have a much better reputation for being trustworthy. Paul Rosenzweig Jr., Augusta

Let's not lose Continental; promote Augusta airport
We read and hear so much about the future and fate of Augusta Regional Airport. I can't help but wonder why we have all the negativity and controversy. We should promote what we have instead of making unnecessary changes. Doris A. Jones, Augusta

NPR is a national treasure
This is in response to your Nov. 14 editorial, "NPR's windfall a Kroc." Kevin D. Jenkins, Augusta

In the know

Coloring Contest for Kids winners

Linen requires a gentle touch

A+ teacher gifts for the holidays

Home front

Cheer yourself up with a gratitude list

Book tells story of nurses in World War II

Scoring points this holiday

Invest a little time to create a theme gift

Pond near house helps convey rural atmosphere

Lunchbox savings

Tis the season...

Gift ideas

The Christmas Tradition of Aunt Sissy's Fudge Lives on at Doris Diamonds

Fathers and daddies are different

Civic rights leader's home open to the public

Parents, try a new rhyme this time

Add style to your table with simple items already in your home

Hot trends help shape holiday shopping

Picking the right doll this season

Sending that personal touch in your greeting cards

Presents they'll really thank you for

Rice-Stuffed Snowmen

Tugging at the heartstrings

Fake greenery looks better than ever

Make the holidays special as a family

Cheer yourself up with a gratitude list
Many of us entered stores before Halloween, only to see Christmas decorations already set up.

Civic rights leader's home open to the public
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The home where Martin Luther King changed from Montgomery pastor to national civil rights leader has been restored to its 1950s appearance, providing another tourist site in a city that describes itself as the "Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement."

Picking the right doll this season
Three very different types of dolls are hot this holiday with little girls.

Hot trends help shape holiday shopping
Robert Elzer doesn't doubt that the marketing gurus in this country help shape people's tastes. It's just that he give the people themselves more credit, especially during the holiday shopping season.

Pond near house helps convey rural atmosphere
Windows and French doors on Beth and Lorick Brooks' Edgefield County home bring the outdoors in with views of spacious grounds and trees sloping down to a pond at the back. The views and the accompanying quiet all say "country living," though the Currytowne Station subdivision house is only 10-15 minutes from Augusta Mall.

Invest a little time to create a theme gift
Holiday shopping and gift-buying can be difficult at times, not to mention out of the budget.

The Christmas Tradition of Aunt Sissy's Fudge Lives on at Doris Diamonds
Aunt Sissy's Christmas Fudge at Doris Diamonds is one of the enduring traditions in Augusta - as are the craftsmanship, personal service and timeless elegance that the Doris family has carried on for three generations.

Add style to your table with simple items already in your home
Entertaining at the holidays opens the door to great food, family and decorations.ns.

Home front
Many folks think marble and granite are much alike.

Scoring points this holiday
Is your son batting his way toward becoming the next Alex Rodriguez? Dribbling her way to being the next Mia Hamm? Jump shooting his way to the next Tracy McGrady?

Linen requires a gentle touch
Fragile or valuable linens need extra care when cleaning them.

Presents they'll really thank you for
How many times have you seen the well-meaning practice of holiday gift-giving go horribly awry?

Book tells story of nurses in World War II
Frances "Frenchie" Plenert, of Augusta, never expected to be ducking bombs when she graduated from nursing school in 1940.

Learn the etiquette of hosting parties
How to be a good host or hostess:

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

Fake greenery looks better than ever
That wreath hanging from the front door. The garland draped around the light post. The poinsettias lining the stairway.

Sending that personal touch in your greeting cards
If sending cards is a holiday ritual you enjoy, perhaps this is the year you should try your hand at making some yourself.

Saal saves Lynx in third period
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Augusta Lynx scored a goal in all three periods and held off a late Louisiana charge to capture a 3-2 victory Saturday night.

Saal saves Lynx in third period

Past continues to haunt San Diego winger
You're an ECHL coach who desperately wants to win. On the eve of your first training camp, you're putting together your roster when you take a phone call from the boss dropping an NHL player in your lap.

Saal, Lynx blank Wildcatters
BEAUMONT, Texas - Augusta goaltender Jason Saal stopped 31 shots for his second shutout in three games, and the Lynx got goals from three different players in a 3-0 win over Texas on Friday night.

Saal, Lynx blank Wildcatters

Past continues to haunt San Diego winger

Yarbrough: Senate nonsense drives Miller to the edge

Across the area
A west Augusta package store employee told police three men came into his business Friday night, stole four bottles of liquor, and then dropped three of the bottles while trying to escape the store.

Agency targets transit routes
Carolyn Beard has witnessed firsthand the lack of transportation options outside downtown Augusta for those making the transition from welfare to work.

Man to give help in murder case

Across the southeast

County sees rise in school drug cases

Jobless rate fails to rebound
AIKEN - South Carolina's unemployment rate for October shot up unexpectedly by nearly a full percentage point, the highest increase the state has recorded in 2003, according to federal jobless numbers released Friday, while Georgia's dropped by a small margin.

Schools resort to rewards in increase attendance
The latest emphasis in public education is showing up. Attendance has become such an important measure of education report cards that schools are offering incentives such as pizza parties, exam exemptions and parking privileges.

Income disparity stays in Georgia
ATLANTA - Despite years of government relief programs and private efforts, there still are places in Georgia where privilege and poverty have a common address, and Clay County in southwest Georgia is at the top of the list.

More than a dozen agencies battle Beech Island blaze

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
GRIFFIN -A small plane hit a building as it attempted to take off Friday afternoon. One person aboard the twin-engine plane was confirmed dead, but there appeared to be no injuries on the ground.

News you can use

Institute teaches spiritual side of healing

Fort Gordon receives grant for training center

Lottery tax plan could threaten game

Bill Gates in town? Rumor keeps flying
If Microsoft mogul Bill Gates were house hunting in Augusta, he'd have his pick of top-dollar digs.

Across the area

Ex-boyfriend charged in property damage
NORTH AUGUSTA - North Augusta authorities arrested a Johnston man who they said ran away from police officers after he followed his ex-girlfriend to the city and damaged some of her property.

Across Georgia

Post to get $4.3 million for center
With the signature of President Bush on Saturday, Fort Gordon was granted $4.3 million for a new training center that officials say is important for the base's missions - and its future.

Across Georgia
HARTWELL -Another makeshift casino in Hart County was closed Friday after a tip by unhappy video poker players, sheriff's officials said.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Robert White III, 5, of Appling.

Yarbrough: Senate nonsense drives Miller to the edge
"I declare this session of the U.S. Senate open for business. We will dispense with the morning prayer because the ACLU has told us that praying in a government building is clearly a violation of church and state. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Georgia, Zell Miller."

Shoppers flock to festival

Man to give help in murder case
A young man accused of hindering the apprehension of four teenagers facing murder and kidnapping charges pleaded guilty Friday.

Stock is lost in fire

Blaze spreads, damages two Brunswick homes
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A towering wall of roaring flames has destroyed one century-old house, severely damaged another and scorched a third in the heart of Brunswick's downtown historic district.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
The U.S. Attorney's Office has indicted 19 people from Anderson's home financing industry on charges that they profited from inflated home appraisals

Mine will be restored into a park

Institute teaches spiritual side of healing
Karen Hill recalls seeing a woman about to undergo surgery hand a piece of paper to her anesthesiologist and another to her surgeon and asked that they read the Biblical scripture with her.

Two unrelated fires destroy houses
AIKEN - Fire chased two sisters and their three children out of their Couchton community rental home Friday, devastating the one-story dwelling. An earlier blaze destroyed a vacant house in Aiken.

Growth plan gets residents' input
While masses of people got Christmas shopping done Saturday overhead, in the basement of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, others took a look at a vision for the Augusta area's future.

Arrest warrants pile up
AIKEN - Stacked nearly to the ceiling in a records room of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, 13,469 arrest warrants sit unserved in their files, some more than 10 years old.

120 in Aiken County cited for cockfighting
In northern Aiken County on Saturday, authorities swooped down on a cockfighting ring and charged 120 people gathered at a makeshift arena called The Carolina Club.

Rants and raves
AUGUSTA, GA., IS the birthplace of the Southern Baptist Convention. There are literally hundreds of Baptist and other Protestant churches in the CSRA. The large majority of your readers are Protestant. So why do we have a rabbi and a Catholic priest giving advice on Saturdays in the Religion section?

6 plead guilty in separate sexual assault cases

Official says ANIC bonding company deal is 'unusual'
The Georgia insurance commissioner's office could take legal action against Global Bonding as soon as next week.

Food bank expansion adds donation storage
The idea is to have no crumb turned away and to end hunger in the Augusta area by 2010.

Mine will be restored into a park
RIDGEWAY, S.C. - Throughout its 11 years of operation, the sprawling Kennecott-Ridgeway mine off U.S. Highway 21 produced 1.5 million ounces of pure gold and 28 tons of silver.

Across the area

U.S. ban grounds planes' banners
ATHENS, Ga. - With the final regular season football game at the University of Georgia held Saturday, some fans might wonder what happened to the banner planes that used to fly over Sanford Stadium.

Blaze spreads, damages two Brunswick homes

Stock is lost in fire
BEECH ISLAND - Employees of a Beech Island building supply company stood watch through this morning after their place of employment was destroyed by a suspicious fire early Saturday.

Official says ANIC bonding company deal is 'unusual'

Pupils get lesson in patriotism
Columbia County pupils sang, twirled and dramatized their patriotic feelings during the county's first annual Proud To Be An American program, "Americana."

Jobless rate fails to rebound

Schools resort to rewards in increase attendance

Authorities break up cockfighting in Aiken County

Post to get $4.3 million for center

Across the area
Robber strikes Augustan, 79 Richmond County sheriff's investigators are investigating a robbery in which a 79-year-old man said he was hit in the head.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Arrest warrants pile up

Principal fights penalty order

Across South Carolina

120 in Aiken County cited for cockfighting

Growth plan gets residents' input

News you can use
NOV. 22, 1972 A $21 million Rich's "regional shopping complex" is being planned for the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Bobby Jones Expressway, The Chronicle has learned.

Agency targets transit routes

10 Commandments display rights urged at rally

Pupils get lesson in patriotism

Nation's loss 40 years ago lives in residents' memories

Japanese visit Athens schools

'Chronicle' kicks off holiday charity drive
As the holiday season fast approaches, The Augusta Chronicle is seeking help for the 73rd annual Empty Stocking Fund.

Income disparity stays in Georgia

Lottery tax plan could threaten game
AIKEN - When politicians and pro-gambling hawks first started hustling state-run lotteries in the 1980s and 1990s, they spun two myths around the widespread games of chance that have been stubbornly hard to shake.

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Across the southeast
PENSACOLA, Fla. -A seventh-grader who compiled what officials call a "hit list" of pupils and faculty members he wanted dead has been indefinitely suspended from school.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A single-engine plane crashed near a downtown airport in Columbia on Saturday afternoon, injuring one person on board, authorities said.

Principal fights penalty order
A Richmond County principal accused of not reporting a knife on a school bus will fight a five-day suspension ordered by Superintendent Charles Larke.

6 plead guilty in separate sexual assault cases
Six people pleaded guilty in sexual assault cases Friday, and a seventh pleaded guilty to public indecency in Richmond County Superior Court.

Japanese visit Athens schools
ATHENS, Ga. - Clarke County schools had a few extra - and older - students in their classrooms last week, as a group of Japanese teachers talked to teachers and pupils and learned about the U.S. educational system.

County sees rise in school drug cases
Marijuana cases in Richmond County schools have nearly doubled from last year because of police presence and unannounced searches by sheriff's office K-9 units, school officials said.

News you can use
NOV. 23, 1962 GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Baron Coon, 21, of Graniteville, suffered wounds on the face and one hand when he accidentally shot himself while hunting Thursday, the Aiken County Sheriff's Department reported.

Nation's loss 40 years ago lives in residents' memories
On the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, The Augusta Chronicle's front-page headlines announced the expulsion of Soviet diplomats from the Congo and the downing of an Iranian airplane by Soviet jets.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kasie McTier of Thomson.

Shoppers flock to festival
Augusta's 17th annual Christmas Made in the South arts and crafts festival concludes today. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. For more details go to www.carolinashows.com.

Kid of the day

10 Commandments display rights urged at rally
ATLANTA - Proponents of public Ten Commandments displays urged about 100 supporters on Saturday not to let their beliefs be taken away and to be more active in the political process through voting and letting elected officials know their views.

U.S. ban grounds planes' banners

Bowden states case - emphatically
COLUMBIA - In case there was any lingering doubt, Tommy Bowden offered 63 reasons Saturday night why he should keep his job.

All bets are off, unless you're on the course
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As has become painfully aware over the last three months, nobody has a clue about this college football season.

Fans support Michael Jackson, celebrities largely silent

Fans support Michael Jackson, celebrities largely silent
LOS ANGELES -- As the spectacle of Michael Jackson's arrest was beamed to viewers around the world, fans rallied to the pop icon's defense while his entertainment industry peers mostly kept a cautious silence.

Jarrett gets new crew chief
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Mike Ford is Dale Jarrett's new crew chief, the first of a number of changes expected at Robert Yates Racing before the start of the 2004 season.

Jarrett gets new crew chief

Significance of JFK assassination changes through generations

After historic vote in House, it's up to Senate to determine fate of Medicare bill

Major provisions of Medicare legislation
Details of the Medicare bill to provide older Americans a prescription drug benefit and overhaul the government-run health care program for 40 million older and disabled Americans.

Witnesses recount aftermath of Kennedy assassination
DALLAS -- President John F. Kennedy's assassination still kindles vivid memories - especially for those with an inside view:

Assassination still stirs memories, debate 40 years later

Major provisions of Medicare legislation

Witnesses recount aftermath of Kennedy assassination

Significance of JFK assassination changes through generations
DALLAS -- For Janis Gregory, it's the whispers, the muted weeping and the soft shuffle of feet she remembers hearing in the Capitol rotunda as she waited 12 hours to see her president's coffin.

After historic vote in House, it's up to Senate to determine fate of Medicare bill
WASHINGTON -- The fate of the Medicare prescription drug bill rests with 100 senators after the measure narrowly passed the House, which endured a dusk-to-dawn debate capped by the longest roll call vote in the chamber's history.

Two museums give different accounts of JFK assassination

Assassination still stirs memories, debate 40 years later
DALLAS -- Moments before President John F. Kennedy's limousine reached the Texas School Book Depository on that November afternoon four decades ago, Nellie Connally turned to Kennedy and remarked, "No one can say Dallas doesn't love and respect you, Mr. President."

Two museums give different accounts of JFK assassination
DALLAS -- The man behind the counter popped in a video in the Conspiracy Museum's darkened back room and pulled a chair in front of the TV.

Ted Kennedy remembers his slain brothers in interview
BOSTON -- U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy remembered his slain brothers Sunday, saying he felt loss, but also inspiration, when thinking of them.

Spurs topple Hawks
SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Jackson got a firsthand lesson in how bad NBA teams don't always get the calls.

Spurs topple Hawks

Hawks down Cavaliers

Hawks down Cavaliers
ATLANTA -- When the Cleveland Cavaliers began their 29-game road losing streak, Paul Silas was coaching in New Orleans and Ira Newble was playing in Atlanta.

Aiken Tech runs streak to five games
AIKEN - After Aiken Tech's season-opening loss at Atlanta Metro, the Knights wanted to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

Jaguars in good shape despite turnover woes
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

NFL power rankings

Johnson gets another chance

Falcons receiver breaks right thumb

Defenses shine for NFC's elite

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Beware of so-called 'energy deregulation'
JUST AS THE phony "campaign finance reform" that passed Congress seemed appealing so, too, does the sound of "electricity deregulation" sound welcome to the unsuspecting.

Beware of so-called 'energy deregulation'
JUST AS THE phony "campaign finance reform" that passed Congress seemed appealing so, too, does the sound of "electricity deregulation" sound welcome to the unsuspecting.

Ohno withdraws from World Cup due to death threats

U.S. qualifies two female lifters for Olympics

Overtime

Overtime

Captain's birthday is spoiled by French
MOSCOW - The United States needs three straight wins if it's going to beat France in the Fed Cup final.

U.S. qualifies two female lifters for Olympics
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The United States clinched two spots for female weightlifters at the 2004 Olympics by virtue of the team's showing at the world championships.

Overtime
Atlanta Braves free agent outfielder Gary Sheffieldmight be poised to sign with the New York Yankees, according to his uncle, former Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden.

Ohno withdraws from World Cup due to death threats
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. short-track speedskating team pulled out of next week's World Cup event in South Korea on Friday after team member Apolo Anton Ohno received death threats via e-mail.

Clijsters to boycott Olympics if she cannot play in outfit of her choice
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters threatened to boycott the Athens Olympics if she is not allowed to wear apparel from her sponsor.

Overtime
In Park City, Utah, Bode Miller charged through the wind and falling snow to come from behind for his second straight World Cup giant slalom victory.

U.S. faces France in Fed Cup final
MOSCOW -- If the Fed Cup final is 2-2 heading into the doubles match this weekend, U.S. captain Billie Jean King will feel pretty good about her team's chances against France.

McDuffie fishing ponds finally get renovations

Outdoors calendar
Fri., Dec. 5: Today is the deadline to apply for a special firearms deer hunt at Bussey Point Wilderness Area in Lincoln County, to be held by drawing Dec. 19-20. Call 1-800-533-3478, ext. 1159 for details.

Outdoors calendar

Bowhunter gets prize 10-pointer
Jeff Shelton, a bowhunter from Dearing, Ga., logged many hours in the stand this season and continued to hunt with archery gear long after modern firearms season had opened. On Nov. 7, he made a perfect shot on this 10-pointer, which had a 19 1/2 -inch inside spread and green-scored 152 7/8 Boone & Crockett points. To view dozens of other hunting and fishing photos, please visit The The Augusta Chronicle's online Sportsmen's Scrapbook at www.augustachronicle.com/sports/outdoors/scrapbook/shtml. To submit photos, mail to: Rob Pavey, Outdoors Editor, Augusta Chronicle, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, or e-mail to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

McDuffie fishing ponds finally get renovations
DEARING, Ga. - After two years of budget-related delays, renovations to three ponds at McDuffie Public Fishing Area are under way and scheduled for completion next year.

Eliminate human scent to successfully lure deer
Making sense out of deer scents isn't easy. The pungent products sprout like mushrooms each fall on store shelves - and vanish as fast as they arrive.

Briarwood coach urges team to focus
Briarwood Academy is looking to avenge two consecutive defeats in the GISA Class AA championship game with another title run this season.

Defenses shine for NFC's elite
IRVING, Texas - The home team has been shut out twice in the last four games. The visitors have won by seven points or more only once all season.

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

Johnson gets another chance
ATLANTA - The starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons finally got his job back. Too bad it wasn't Michael Vick.

Falcons receiver breaks right thumb
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Receiver Brian Finneran will wear a splint on his broken right thumb Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons host Tennessee.

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

Waynesboro pilot flies Bibles to Russia
Betty S. Bailey-Dant Trenter of Waynesboro, Ga., spent July 4 with a daughter in New Mexico before flying her first mission into Russia to deliver children's Bibles.

Faith digest
Music from Bach to Stephen Foster will take advantage of the more than 3,000 pipes on the Schantz organ at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church during a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2261 Walton Way.

Groups will feed bodies and spirits
Greg Barcklow wants to get the word out: Call by Tuesday or his turkey dinners-to-go will be gone.

Eliminate human scent to successfully lure deer

Bowden states case - emphatically

All bets are off, unless you're on the course

Doris Roberts takes a break from 'Raymond' to star in a TV drama

Doris Roberts takes a break from 'Raymond' to star in a TV drama
NEW YORK -- Doris Roberts is so good on "Everybody Loves Raymond," and the sitcom is so good at mining laughs from the quarrelsome Barones (whose queen bee, of course, is played by Roberts) that viewers might forget she can play anyone else.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 10-16. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Comic penguin makes comeback

Top 20 Concert Tours

Keeping children entertained

Georgia tops Georgia St. in women's basketball
ATHENS, Ga. -- Kara Braxton and Christi Thomas made the most of their limited time together.

Bennett alive, kicking into history
ATHENS, Ga. - The day was beautiful. Temperatures in the mid-60s, a nice little breeze floating through Sanford Stadium.

Georgia wins 1st game with Felton as coach
ATHENS, Ga. - Damien Wilkins scored 16 points, and Georgia held off Western Carolina 78-67 Friday night in the first game for coach Dennis Felton.

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Gibbs suspended for nine games for rules violation
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia freshman guard Corey Gibbs was suspended for nine games Friday for making more than $500 from selling textbooks and school supplies, a violation of NCAA rules.

Dogs backing Vols now
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia linebacker Odell Thurman doesn't like orange. Never has, never will.

Georgia tops Georgia St. in women's basketball

Bennett alive, kicking into history

Georgia wins 1st game with Felton as coach

Gibbs suspended for nine games for rules violation

No-huddle makes pleasant return for Georgia

Georgia stays alive for SEC East title

No-huddle makes pleasant return for Georgia
Georgia implemented a once-common aspect of Mark Richt's strategy during Saturday's 30-10 against Kentucky - the no huddle.

Georgia braces for another meeting with Lorenzen
ATHENS, Ga. -- Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen is listed at 260 pounds but probably is heavier. And with a helmet that appears too small and his shirttail often flapping in the breeze, he's not taken all that seriously at times.

Dogs backing Vols now

Georgia braces for another meeting with Lorenzen

Georgia stays alive for SEC East title
ATHENS, Ga. - When his final game between the hedges as athletic director ended, the old coach in Vince Dooley came alive again in Georgia's locker room.

Gamecocks sink Midshipmen
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina forced a school-record 30 turnovers as the Gamecocks beat Navy 73-40 Friday night.

Embattled coaches jump on one another's bandwagon for finale

Gamecocks sink Midshipmen

Embattled coaches jump on one another's bandwagon for finale
COLUMBIA - They have privately accused each other of cheating. They have publicly bickered over close calls and questionable hits.

Odds and Ends

Groups will feed bodies and spirits

Faith and fellowship calendar

Waynesboro pilot flies Bibles to Russia