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."

Neil Patrick Harris to play two roles in 'Assassins'
NEW YORK -- Neil Patrick Harris will be doing double duty when the Roundabout Theatre Company production of "Assassins" arrives next spring at Studio 54.

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

Neil Patrick Harris to play two roles in 'Assassins'

'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.

Euan Morton makes Broadway debut in 'Taboo'

Arts calendar
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'Blacklist' tells complex mystery

Euan Morton makes Broadway debut in 'Taboo'
NEW YORK -- Boy George sashays through a darkened London nightclub filled with drag queens, druggies and devotees of debauchery. His Kabuki makeup piled inches thick, he belts out pitch-perfect renditions of "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Karma Chameleon."

Arts calendar

Rules will keep you out of trouble during holidays

High school senior challenges rule against same-sex dance dates
BIG PINEY, Wyo. -- A straight teenager is challenging a school district policy that bars students from bringing same-sex dates to school dances.

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.

New Braves boss wants better marketing for team
ATLANTA -- The Braves' new boss wants the team to sharply improve its game - off the field.

New Braves boss wants better marketing for team

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.

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

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.

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.

Nolo: Legal publisher for the do-it-yourselfer

One attempt in marketing is never enough

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."

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.

Improving efficiency is ongoing process
NEW YORK - If you're looking for ways to make your small business more productive, the answer isn't just to buy new computers or outsource tasks such as bookkeeping.

On the move

Chamber doing more for Columbia County

Benefits help draw members

Pocket change

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Macuch Steel Products Inc.

Discount airlines poised to excel in down economy

Business calendar

Home Depot puts focus on customer service

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.

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.

Nolo: Legal publisher for the do-it-yourselfer
NEW YORK -- When Ralph Warner was a young lawyer working with legal aid in California, he was disturbed that he had to turn some people away.

Prayers needed for city officials

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

Whitehurst leads Clemson to success
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst may be 2-0 in his career against South Carolina. But he still has a lot of things to learn about this series.

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.

Gamecocks are no match for Tigers

Whitehurst leads Clemson to success

Bubow: Losses by Ohio State, TCU clear up BCS picture
This sure turned out to be a good week for the folks that run the Bowl Championship Series.

Auburn celebrates, Alabama suffers

Oklahoma stays at No. 1

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.

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.

Still in the hunt

Auburn celebrates, Alabama suffers
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Iron Bowl provided more frustration for Alabama and a much-needed reason to celebrate for Auburn.

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

Bubow: Losses by Ohio State, TCU clear up BCS picture

Top 25 roundup

Stoops has probably created last game plan for the Sooners

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.

Oklahoma stays at No. 1
Oklahoma finished its regular season where it started: No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.

Stoops has probably created last game plan for the Sooners
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Oklahoma will miss co-defensive coordinator Mike Stoops should he decide to head west. Texas Tech sure won't.

No. 1 Connecticut breezes through opener

Aiken Tech runs streak to five games

Aiken Co.'s super break

The real contamination

Flower on Cumming Road
It is a simple fact of nature that some flowers are more radiant and enduring than others.

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.

No shame whatever

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

Aiken Co.'s super break
What's bad news for Linda Eldridge is good news for Aiken County's students, teachers and school board. It's no secret that the school superintendent had been seeking a similar post in Florida for family reasons - to be closer to her grandson and two sons living in Tampa.

No shame whatever
The Yemeni government is asking the United States to return two Yemenis arrested in a sting in Germany and accused of funneling money to Islamic extremists, including al-Qaida.

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.

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

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:

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Does the 'presidential market cycle theory' really work?

Miles can be donated to charity
Q: I have many more frequent-flier miles than I can use. Is there a way I can donate some to charity?

Boomers have little to expect from inheritances

Does the 'presidential market cycle theory' really work?
Q. I'm looking to buy some stocks, and I heard about the "presidential market cycle theory" which is supposed to be a good gauge of when the market will do well. What's the theory, and does it really work?

Boomers have little to expect from inheritances
Today's retirees are the wealthiest ever, but that doesn't mean they'll be leaving behind significant bequests to bail out the baby boomers.

Mutual fund woes may boost growth of ETFs

Mutual fund woes may boost growth of ETFs
NEW YORK -- With the mutual fund industry increasingly under attack for suspected illegal trading, advisers say investors have other options, including exchange-traded funds and separately managed accounts.

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.

Eagles unhappy at home
STATESBORO, Ga. - Inactivity surrounded the Dan J. Parrish Football Center this week. Most of Georgia Southern's football coaches got out of their offices and on the recruiting trails.

Tech's hopes for a Florida bowl trip turn sour
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech had its hopes for a bowl game in Florida all but wiped out by Saturday's loss to Virginia, leaving Coach Chan Gailey's Yellow Jackets hoping to at least stay in the South for the holidays.

Georgia Tech routs Cornell
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Jarrett Jack had 21 points and eight assists to lead Georgia Tech to a 90-69 victory over Cornell Sunday.

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.

Georgia Southern tops USC to Aiken women

Eagles unhappy at home

Georgia Tech sent packing

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia Tech routs Cornell

Tech's hopes for a Florida bowl trip turn sour

A Mallon moment in the Year of Annika
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Meg Mallon turned herself into more than just a footnote in this, the Year of Annika.

A Mallon moment in the Year of Annika

Tiger, Ernie slug it out to a tie

Golf roundup

U.S. retains UBS Cup
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The United States kept the UBS Cup on Sunday after Scott Hoch rallied from two holes down with five to play for a draw against Eduardo Romero.

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
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.

Bjorn overtakes Garcia to win Dunlop Phoenix tournament
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot an even-par 71 Sunday to overtake third-round leader Sergio Garcia and win the Dunlop Phoenix tournament.

Tiger, Ernie slug it out to a tie
GEORGE, South Africa -- After 34 matches between the best two teams in the world, and three exhilarating playoff holes between the best two players in the world, the Presidents Cup was declared a tie Sunday.

Daly wins Pebble Beach Invitational
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- John Daly shot a 3-under-par 69 Sunday for a one-shot victory at the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational, his second straight win and first in the United States in nine years.

United States suffers shutout

Swainsboro finds momentum

Late field goal eliminates Butler

Prep football roundup

Georgia Playoffs

Prep basketball scores

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.

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.

Late field goal eliminates Butler
In LaGrange, Ga., on Saturday night, Troup's Jody Sellers kicked a 25-yard field goal with 22 seconds to play, lifting the Tigers to a 9-7 win over Butler in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA playoffs.

Georgia Playoffs
Here are Georgia prep football playoff scores and pairings.

Thrashers shut out Coyotes

Thrashers shut out Coyotes
ATLANTA -- After being bailed out by his offense the past three games, Pasi Nurminen returned the favor.

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.

Bank robbery suspect sought
An armed man robbed SouthTrust Bank on Tobacco Road this morning while it was full of customers.

Soldier from Thomson killed in Iraq
THOMSON, Ga. - The brutal attack on two soldiers in downtown Mosul, Iraq, Sunday claimed the life of a soldier from McDuffie County.

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 made ultimate mistake with adventure in Iraq

Requiring attorneys for closing is hooey

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

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

Let's not lose Continental; promote Augusta airport

Is 'good ol' boy' system at play in government?
Human Resources Director Brenda Byrd-Pelaez did well in presenting her case during the appeal hearing before the Augusta commissioners. The disciplinary action was overturned. Where does Ms. Byrd-Pelaez go from here? Will she be able to mend her relationships with upper administration? Certainly, we hope that will happen. Ruth H. Morris, Augusta

Bush made ultimate mistake with adventure in Iraq
President George W. Bush had the opportunity to show why conservatism was the better alternative to the clumsy liberalism of former President Bill Clinton's first term and the contrived moderateness of his second term. Instead, Mr. Bush has squandered his chance to fix what Mr. Clinton broke. What Mr. Clinton broke, Mr. Bush has placed on a virtual course to destruction. Herbert A. Edney IV, 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

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

Editorial undermines confidence in government
I am a pro-life Catholic who shudders to think of the idea of abortion. However, I take issue with your Nov. 7 editorial, "Judicial tyranny," in which you blame "the system of governance" that allowed a federal judge to issue a temporary injunction preventing the partial-birth abortion law from being enforced. Joseph R. Neal Jr., P.C., Augusta

Is 'good ol' boy' system at play in government?

Hot trends help shape holiday shopping

Laptop offers 3-D vision, without special glasses

Parents, try a new rhyme this time

Make the holidays special as a family

Picking the right doll this season

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

Sending that personal touch in your greeting cards

Cheer yourself up with a gratitude list

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

Tugging at the heartstrings

Rice-Stuffed Snowmen

Presents they'll really thank you for

A+ teacher gifts for the holidays

In the know

Invest a little time to create a theme gift

Scientific panel concludes FBI bullet analysis is flawed

Lunchbox savings

Linen requires a gentle touch

Gift ideas

Book tells story of nurses in World War II

Civic rights leader's home open to the public

Skype offers telephone-like communication

Pond near house helps convey rural atmosphere

Scoring points this holiday

Home front

Fake greenery looks better than ever

Tis the season...

Fathers and daddies are different

Coloring Contest for Kids winners

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."

Laptop offers 3-D vision, without special glasses
Coming soon to a screen close to you: The Invading Laptop from the Third Dimension.

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.

Skype offers telephone-like communication
TALLINN, Estonia -- It's the moneysaving potential that's likely to draw your attention to Skype, the Internet phone software whose creators are bent on displacing the POTS, or plain old telephone system.

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.

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.

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:

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

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.

Scientific panel concludes FBI bullet analysis is flawed
WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences has concluded that a technique the FBI has used for decades to match bullets to crimes is flawed, a position that could hand defense lawyers a new avenue of attack against the world's most famous crime lab.

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.

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

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.

Saal saves Lynx in third period

Past continues to haunt San Diego winger

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 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.

Report: In outbreaks, Georgia, North Carolina hepatitis A strains linked
ATLANTA -- During Georgia's hepatitis A outbreak, a single Atlanta Farmers' Market distributor provided green onions - the food believed to be the source of the outbreak - from California suppliers to Norcross, Macon and Centerville restaurants where multiple people caught the liver infection, according to a preliminary Georgia Division of Public Health report obtained by The Associated Press.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Blake Parrish, 9, of Evans.

Bank robbery suspect sought

Across Georgia

Charges of gambling may result from raid
WAGENER - Authorities will decide this week whether to pursue gambling charges in a raid of an elaborate cockfighting operation near Wagener, where 120 members of what was known as the Carolina Club were cited Saturday.

Income disparity stays in Georgia

Kid of the day

Across the area

Rants and Raves
AFTER WATCHING the Carolina-Clemson game, I just have one comment: The chicken curse has returned.

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.

Shoppers flock to festival

Developers change name, plans for park off I-95
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A planned park associated with former Wild Kingdom host Jim Fowler now has a new name and new attractions.

Lottery tax plan could threaten game

Recent killings raise questions about court
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Local officials want to re-evaluate the county's Mental Health Court following two incidents in which offenders released from jail for treatment met with tragic consequences.

10 Commandments display rights urged at rally

Report: In outbreaks, Georgia, North Carolina hepatitis A strains linked

Post to get $4.3 million for center

Across the area

Kid of the day

Event heralds Empty Stocking Fund's season
The thousand attendees at First Baptist Church went on a Sleigh Ride of sorts on Sunday afternoon.

U.S. ban grounds planes' banners

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 the southeast

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.

Base closures lead Perdue to take requests
ATLANTA - Christmas might be more than a month away, but Gov. Sonny Perdue is already busy trying to fulfill the wish lists of the commanders of the 13 military bases in Georgia.

Thousands gather for annual protest at Fort Benning
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- As 10,000 demonstrators on Sunday chanted and waved signs to protest a military school for Latin American soldiers, the commander of Fort Benning said he was duty-bound to arrest those who trespass or damage military property.

Group to help in care of sites
Call it the ultimate irony, but the people who care for Augusta's cemeteries are dying out.

Atlanta airport, Georgia roadways expecting typical holiday rush
ATLANTA -- With tightened security measures now familiar to most fliers, this may be the most routine Thanksgiving travel week since 2000.

120 in Aiken County cited for cockfighting

Perdue's incoming chief of staff divests ties
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's incoming chief of staff says he has shed all connections with his lobbying firm as he prepares to begin his new job Monday.

Across South Carolina

Five questions

Stock is lost in fire

Ruins of business still burn

Schools resort to rewards in increase attendance

Perdue's incoming chief of staff divests ties

Principal fights penalty order

Measure paves way for privately financed roads

Growth plan gets residents' input

G-8 Summit bringing tech upgrade to coastal lowlands

Rants and Raves
AFTER WATCHING the Carolina-Clemson game, I just have one comment: The chicken curse has returned.

Event heralds Empty Stocking Fund's season

Measure paves way for privately financed roads
ATLANTA - Georgia motorists could one day choose newer roads with limited traffic, but they would likely have to fork over a toll for the convenience.

Across the southeast
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -Elizabeth Kistin's mom calls her "the traveler" for venturing across Latin America to pursue her passion of rural development.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -During Georgia's hepatitis A outbreak, a single Atlanta Farmers' Market distributor provided green onions - the food believed to be the source of the outbreak - from California suppliers to Norcross, Macon and Centerville restaurants where multiple people caught the liver infection, according to a preliminary Georgia Division of Public Health report obtained by The Associated Press.

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.

Across South Carolina
DALZELL -Two boys on an overnight camping trip with their fathers found the skeletal remains of two people, Sumter County's sheriff says.

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.

Across the area
A 17-year-old Augusta man told police that he was shot in the neck early Sunday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

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.

News you can use

Police find drugs in man's vehicle
Authorities arrested a Millen man over the weekend in connection with drug charges and an assault on police officers, according to the Georgia State Patrol's Sylvania post.

Boy left at home dies by his bed
An 8-year-old boy was found dead after a fire destroyed a Wagener mobile home early Sunday.

Five questions
Gwen Fulcher Young, well-known Augusta businesswoman and wife of Mayor Bob Young, answers five questions.

Man follows call beyond his airport security job
Each day before he takes the helm of security at Augusta Regional Airport, Chief James Cole reads the Bible and says a prayer.

Scholars urge further analysis of 1st-century Jesus inscription
ATLANTA -- Whether or not a purported first-century inscription naming Jesus is the real thing, many scientists and scholars at a panel discussion Sunday agreed on one point: The Israel Antiquities Authority's cry of hoax was a hasty conclusion.

Ruins of business still burn
Half a dozen Building Surplus and Salvage employees gathered at what was left of the Beech Island business Sunday, one day after a fire destroyed two of its buildings and heavily damaged another.

Figures from the past come to life at elementary school
STATESBORO, Ga. -- There was no need for a trip to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Instead, fifth-grade students at Screven County Elementary School created their own wax museum last week to teach kids about Harriet Tubman, Daniel Boone, Thomas Jefferson and others from the past.

Plans ignore finance advice
A 2004 spending plan being considered by Augusta commissioners goes against the advice of at least two officials in key city finance positions.

Soldier from Thomson killed in Iraq

Institute teaches spiritual side of healing

G-8 Summit bringing tech upgrade to coastal lowlands
ATLANTA -- Hunting for deer or alligator along Georgia's coastal lowlands can be downright simple compared to finding a reliable cell phone signal in the area.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Base closures lead Perdue to take requests

Atlanta airport, Georgia roadways expecting typical holiday rush

Scholars urge further analysis of 1st-century Jesus inscription

State's top officers using planes less
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Compared with his predecessors, Gov. Mark Sanford already has cut back on his usage of state planes, saving the state thousands of dollars.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

State job cuts hurting families at holiday time

State's top officers using planes less

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.

State job cuts hurting families at holiday time
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When state government workers lose their jobs, the bureaucrats call it a "reduction-in-force," or RIF. But it's a little more personal when it happens to you.

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.

Group to help in care of sites

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.

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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.

Police find drugs in man's vehicle

Students to learn craftsmanship at new school
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Organizers of a college for building artisans say this historic city is the perfect place for their kind of school. Students will be able to learn and ply their art on the many buildings in and around the city.

Charges of gambling may result from raid

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Plans ignore finance advice

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.

Educators expect poor scores

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.

Three killed in police chase
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Three Monetta residents died in a car accident during a police chase in Lexington County.

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.

Man follows call beyond his airport security job

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

Educators expect poor scores
AIKEN - Pupils often don't score well the first time they see a test.

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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.

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NOV. 24, 1952 Augusta will be the focal point of thousands from throughout the Central Savannah River Area tomorrow afternoon as Broad Street becomes the scene of the most gigantic pre-Christmas celebration ever to thrill Yule season enthusiasts.

Across the southeast

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

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.

Recent killings raise questions about court

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.

'Cat in the Hat' survives bad reviews to debut with $40.1 million
LOS ANGELES -- Critics were cat-haters but "Dr. Seuss the Cat in the Hat" had families purring.

Q&A with Denys Arcand

Filmmakers unleashed Mike Myers on 'The Cat in the Hat'
LOS ANGELES -- You don't put a leash on a cat. That was the philosophy the filmmakers followed to transform the simple whimsy of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" into a candy-colored, in-your-face comedy starring Mike Myers as the mischievous feline in a towering red-and-white cap.

'Cat in the Hat' survives bad reviews to debut with $40.1 million

Filmmakers unleashed Mike Myers on 'The Cat in the Hat'

Q&A with Denys Arcand
LOS ANGELES -- The Sept. 11 attacks gave filmmaker Denys Arcand the last piece in a puzzle he had struggled to assemble for 20 years.

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.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Fans support Michael Jackson, celebrities largely silent

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Major provisions of Medicare legislation

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.

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.

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

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.

No. 1 Connecticut breezes through opener
STORRS, Conn. -- Wide-open from 3-point range, Diana Taurasi glanced at the basket and then passed to a teammate.

Defenses shine for NFC's elite

NFL power rankings

Cowboys win showdown against Panthers

Johnson gets another chance

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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.

Overtime

Overtime

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.

Overtime
Eight Augusta Boxing Club members were winners in the Georgia USA Boxing Championship Finals in Carrollton.

U.S. loses to France in Fed Cup final
MOSCOW -- Even a victory by Martina Navratilova came too late to rescue the Americans, who were beaten by France in the Fed Cup finals Sunday.

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.

Outdoors calendar

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Depth is key for Brentwood
The Brentwood Eagles will try to repeat this season as GISA Class AA state champs when they open the season against Stratford at home December 2.

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.

Cowboys win showdown against Panthers
IRVING, Texas -- They've beaten everyone in their division and on Sunday took down the top team in the NFC.

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

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.

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.

Titans top Falcons
ATLANTA -- The backup quarterback replaced the injured starter and led his team to victory.

Eliminate human scent to successfully lure deer

Bowden states case - emphatically

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Trio revives the golden age of miniseries this week. First, the network salutes the top 10 miniseries of all time, as chosen by a committee including miniseries laureates Richard Chamberlain, LeVar Burton and Peter Strauss. The documentary, "Epic TV: The Top 10 Miniseries of All Time," airs 8 p.m. EST Wednesday.

Poker is suddenly one of television's hottest programming trends
NEW YORK -- Card playing - an activity that filled the evening hours before television was invented - has improbably become one of TV's hottest programming trends.

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

Poker is suddenly one of television's hottest programming trends

New Asian-American TV program targets sought-after second-generation youth
BRISBANE, Calif. -- Sporting blue-streaked hair and a ripped pink mesh shirt, Jeannie Mai sat in the conference room of a TV station that broadcasts mostly Asian-American programing and confessed.

Comic penguin makes comeback

Georgia stays alive for SEC East title

Bulldogs one victory away from possible return to SEC title game
ATLANTA -- Georgia needs to win its final regular season game for a chance to return to the Southeastern Conference championship game.

No-huddle makes pleasant return for Georgia

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

What to do

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.

Keeping children entertained

Bulldogs one victory away from possible return to SEC title game

Dogs backing Vols now

Kickoff set for 1 p.m. Saturday

Kickoff set for 1 p.m. Saturday
ATLANTA -- Saturday's Georgia Tech-Georgia football game will be televised nationally by ABC.

Bennett alive, kicking into history

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

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.

Holtz counts on changes before next season

Analysis: Gamecocks can't turn tide

Holtz counts on changes before next season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz hasn't figured out the details yet. But after a second straight 5-7 season - and a second straight late-season fold - Holtz knows changes are ahead for the Gamecocks.

Analysis: Gamecocks can't turn tide
Wait until next year.

High school senior challenges rule against same-sex dance dates