Euan Morton makes Broadway debut in 'Taboo'

'Wonderful Town' celebrates making it in New York
NEW YORK -- It's practically a lost art these days on Broadway. We're talking honest-to-goodness musical comedy: the marriage of music and mirth, an artful blend of laughter and song.

Neil Patrick Harris to play two roles in 'Assassins'

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.

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."

'Wonderful Town' celebrates making it in New York

Red Sox pursue Schilling
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Curt Schilling is headed to the Boston Red Sox - if he waives his no-trade clause with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Red Sox pursue Schilling

Thanksgiving is trivia feast

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.

Odds and Ends
EL PASO, Texas -- Border agents last week landed a meaty bust, seizing 756 pounds of bologna arranged into the shape of a car seat and covered with blankets in a man's pickup.

Company takes down controversial billboard near school
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A mobile telephone company has taken down a controversial billboard located near an elementary school in Cobb County.

What goes up, must come down
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- A bullet fired in the air during a Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony came down and struck a participant in the head, critically injuring him, authorities said.

Braves claim Gary Matthews Jr. off waivers
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves claimed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. off waivers Monday from the San Diego Padres.

New Braves boss wants better marketing for team

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

Braves claim Gary Matthews Jr. off waivers

Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn dead at 82

Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn dead at 82
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Warren Spahn, the winningest left-hander in baseball history and a leader of the dominant Milwaukee Braves teams of the late 1950s, died at his home Monday. He was 82.

Business briefs
Boeing fires CFO for his hiring choice

Industry sees fewer people head into mortuary science
Kari Moates started out with plans for a career in forensics, but the more she looked into it, the more working in a funeral home interested her.

Delta chairman and CEO plans to step down
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines chief executive Leo F. Mullin, who led the nation's third-largest airline through the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, a controversy over his pay and the still unresolved task of getting wage concessions from pilots, said on Monday he is leaving the company.

Industry sees fewer people head into mortuary science

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.

Business briefs

Economists see strong economic growth
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, primed by tax cuts and low interest rates, should grow next year at the fastest pace in two decades, but that will do little to decrease unemployment, top economic forecasters predicted Monday.

Delta chairman and CEO plans to step down

Nolo: Legal publisher for the do-it-yourselfer

Economists see strong economic growth

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.

G-8 planners take lessons from Miami riots

G-8 planners take lessons from Miami riots
ATLANTA - As Tom Packard watched television coverage of violent anti-trade demonstrations in Miami last week, the coastal Georgia business owner wondered whether the same scenario would come to his front yard during next year's G-8 Summit.

Bronfman group to buy Warner Music
LOS ANGELES -- A partnership led by former Universal Music chief Edgar Bronfman Jr. has agreed to buy Warner Music Group for $2.6 billion cash, creating one of the world's largest independent music companies.

Bowden will get extension
Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips appears committed to keeping Tommy Bowden as the Tigers' football coach.

Clemson, Bowden talking long-term deal

Whitehurst leads Clemson to success

Clemson 88, High Point 81

Clemson 88, High Point 81
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Sharrod Ford had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Clemson to an 88-81 victory over High Point on Monday night.

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.

Clemson, Bowden talking long-term deal
Clemson and its football coach Tommy Bowden are talking long term. But for now, athletic director Terry Don Phillips, says the two have more to discuss.

Terps to return to Gator
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Maryland accepted an invitation Monday to play in the Gator Bowl for the first time since 1975.

Trojans return to 2nd place

Tuesday morning quarterback

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

Rivers finally first-team all-ACC
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Philip Rivers has finally been named first-team all-ACC.

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.

Rivers finally first-team all-ACC

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

Terps to return to Gator

Oklahoma stays at No. 1

Auburn's Williams receives SEC award

Auburn celebrates, Alabama suffers

Auburn's Williams receives SEC award
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Auburn tailback Carnell Williams was named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week for the fourth time this season Monday.

Stoops has probably created last game plan for the Sooners

Trojans return to 2nd place
Southern California moved back into position to play for the national title - for now.

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

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

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.

No. 1 Connecticut breezes through opener

UConn still unanimous, top four the same

Just two changes in Top 25

The worst of the worst

An economic engine
Can automotive research accelerate the South Carolina economy?

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.

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

The worst of the worst
We're not sure lethal injection is a fitting punishment for sniper John Allen Muhammad.

An economic engine

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.

No shame whatever

Aiken Co.'s super break

Grinch strikes again
There used to be diving boards at nearly every community pool in the nation. Today there are hardly any.

People in the news
BOSTON -- Cate Blanchett is getting reviews for "The Missing" that match the raves she received for "Veronica Guerin," though the back-to-back releases couldn't be more different.

Christmas arrives early at some radio stations
PHILADELPHIA -- It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but on radios nationwide it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

Michael Jackson remains an elusive presence
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. -- For more than a decade, John Cody has watched thousands of Michael Jackson fans stream past his front porch and up the eight miles of rural road that lead to the pop star's sprawling Neverland Ranch.

Some workers hoping to stay on after holidays

Some workers hoping to stay on after holidays
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Just in time for the holidays, Carlita Cane got a cashier's job at a Cracker Barrel restaurant and store. She's hoping to keep it after Christmas - and Cracker Barrel also wants her to stay.

Companies say they're ready for 'keep your cell number' rules
NEW YORK -- Phone company ads proclaimed "Bring your number up to speed" and "Your number on America's best wireless network" as new rules went into effect Monday letting consumers switch cell phone service without switching their phone numbers.

UPS announces 2004 rate increases
ATLANTA -- United Parcel Service Inc. is raising its ground shipping rates 1.9 percent effective Jan. 5.

UPS announces 2004 rate increases

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.

Stocks advance on dollar's rebound
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index notched its best advance in nearly five months Monday as a recovery in the dollar motivated investors to pick up shares following two weeks of declines.

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?

Car sales, home repairs top list of consumer complaints

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?

Companies say they're ready for 'keep your cell number' rules

Boomers have little to expect from inheritances

Car sales, home repairs top list of consumer complaints
WASHINGTON -- Hassles related to buying new or used vehicles top the annual list of most frequent consumer complaints, according to a survey released Monday.

Does the 'presidential market cycle theory' really work?

Stocks advance on dollar's rebound

Free-range turkeys live the good life - until Thanksgiving
NEW SHARON, Maine -- After being herded into pens on Bob Neal's turkey farm, the gobblers start attacking the salad bar like there's no tomorrow.

Free-range turkeys live the good life - until Thanksgiving

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.

Eagles fall to UAB
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mo Finley and Ronell Taylor scored 16 points apiece to lead UAB to a 94-73 victory over Georgia Southern on Monday night.

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's Jack named ACC basketball player of the week
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Georgia Tech's Jarrett Jack, who led the Yellow Jackets to a 3-0 start including two wins in the Preseason NIT, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball player of the week Monday.

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.

Gator Bowl goes with Maryland for ACC slot
Georgia Tech's bowl destination could hinge on what the Peach Bowl decides to do with its ACC selection.

Eagles unhappy at home

Eagles fall to UAB

Georgia Tech routs Cornell

Georgia Tech's Jack named ACC basketball player of the week

Gator Bowl goes with Maryland for ACC slot

Tech's hopes for a Florida bowl trip turn sour

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.

Tiger, Ernie slug it out to a tie

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.

Sorenstam looks for break after one more big week

Sorenstam looks for break after one more big week
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Even the best player in the world needs a break now and then. Annika Sorenstam is happy to know hers is coming up soon.

A Mallon moment in the Year of Annika

A Presidents Cup that was too close to call
GEORGE, South Africa -- Nick Price got more than he hoped for at the Presidents Cup.

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.

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.

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.

Cup's ending shames sport
It was, in the estimation of someone who should know, one of the most unbelievable golf competitions ever.

Cup's ending shames sport

Georgia Playoffs

Late field goal eliminates Butler

North Augusta looks to seniors for leadership

Prep basketball scores

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

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.

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

Thrashers shut out Coyotes

Thanksgiving is trivia feast
Want to amaze your Turkey Day guests?

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

Names of cockfighting suspects released
The following 118 people were cited for misdemeanor cockfighting during a Saturday raid on a remote location near Wagener, according to documents provided by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office:

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.

James Brown has stand in at turkey giveaway
Augustans who showed up to the ninth annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway on Tuesday morning were in for a big surprise.

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

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

Calling pregnancy an 'infection' outrageous
Ms. Patrick, a medical student at the Medical College of Georgia, declares that pregnancy is "like a parasitic infection" and that women must seek "medical attention" early in pregnancy to prevent "low birth weight, preventable birth defects and infant mortality." Christine Wieberdink, Martinez, Ga.

U.S. has priorities backward in Mideast

Bush made ultimate mistake with adventure in Iraq

Sewer system cost may be unnecessary
Whatever is the city of Augusta thinking, putting such a horrific burden as connecting onto their sewer system when the majority of its citizenry has a perfectly good septic system? Must this be done with property taxes coming up and the Christmas season following closely behind? People who must live on a fixed income are now required to come up with at least $1,500 to remedy a problem that may or may not exist. Mike Rukes, 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

U.S. has priorities backward in Mideast
Our president, with the consent of Congress, is spending billions and billions of American taxpayer dollars in support of Israel's military and civilian occupation of Palestinian lands. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

Laptop offers 3-D vision, without special glasses

Report finds increased speed limits lead to more deaths

Seniors calnedar

In the know

Scientific panel concludes FBI bullet analysis is flawed

Scientists watch first total solar eclipse recorded in a century

Survey places nearly one-third of Americans in 'tech elite'

Eat turkey, have fun without hospital trip

Skype offers telephone-like communication

'Socom II' sends SEALS back into action

Kennedy photos displayed at Sixth Floor Museum

Scientists watch first total solar eclipse recorded in a century
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Scientists in Antarctica bundled up Monday against sub-freezing temperatures to watch the first total solar eclipse recorded on the icy continent in a century.

Report finds increased speed limits lead to more deaths
WASHINGTON -- States that raised their speed limits to 70 mph or more saw a dramatic increase in the number of people killed in traffic accidents, according to a report released Monday by an auto safety group funded by insurers.

Eat turkey, have fun without hospital trip
Martha Stewart likes them. Emeril Lagasse is a fan. Deep-fried turkeys have long been a favorite Southern Thanksgiving dish, and the rest of the country is finally catching on. The process of frying a turkey in up to five gallons of oil is much more dangerous than making a pot of spaghetti, though. The Underwriterss Laboratories Inc., whose "UL" symbol can be found on light bulbs, hasn't certified a single turkey fryer as safe.

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.

Survey places nearly one-third of Americans in 'tech elite'
NEW YORK -- Technology geeks, unite. There are more of you than you might have realized.

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

Seniors calnedar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

'Socom II' sends SEALS back into action
The U.S. Navy SEALs are at it again. Last year, Sony and Zipper Interactive combined a powerful squad-based combat game with a nifty headset and unleashed "Socom: U.S. Navy SEALS" on PlayStation II owners.

In the know
"I've never had Showtime because I never had a strong interest in watching Porky's Revenge at 3:30 in the morning." - Michael Paranzino, who set up the Web site boycottcbs.com to fight CBS' Reagan miniseries, on the series' being shifted to the cable channel.

Kennedy photos displayed at Sixth Floor Museum
DALLAS -- One frame shows John F. Kennedy putting on socks while aboard his family's private plane. In the next shot, he's napping with a mask over his eyes.

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.

Across the southeast

Sanford staff will be led by two as chief departs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford tapped a top campaign adviser and his general counsel to oversee his office on an interim basis as Fred Carter steps down as chief of staff.

James Brown has stand in at turkey giveaway

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.

More will head out for holiday
Millions of people might be traveling this holiday weekend, but their trip probably won't be anything like Jay Garganeous' flight home to Grovetown on Monday.

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.

Couple charged in death of child
AIKEN - A Wagener woman and her common-law husband were charged with homicide by child abuse Monday in the death of her 8-year-old son.

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.

Once-paralyzed man realizes dream of becoming sheriff

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.

Once-paralyzed man realizes dream of becoming sheriff
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- One morning more than a decade ago, Thomas Smith woke up and his feet wouldn't move.

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

Plans ignore finance advice

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.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Thanksgiving:

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.

Thousands demand closing of controversial Fort Benning school

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

Savannah picks a mayor Tuesday, low turnout expected in other races

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.

Atlantans hate city's traffic, survey shows
ATLANTA - Anyone from Augusta or other parts of the state would agree that trying to get around in Georgia's capital city is often frustrating, and a new survey shows that even the people who live in metro Atlanta sometimes feel the same way.

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.

Pilot of plane that crashed was headed to see family for Thanksgiving
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Massachusetts man who crashed his single-engine plane into a residential area here was on his way to Aiken to spend Thanksgiving with his family, his brother said.

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.

Georgia selling plasma TVs with traffic information
EDS: SUBS 5th graf with first reference for Perdue.

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.

Five questions

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.

Base closures lead Perdue to take requests

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.

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

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.

Around South Carolina
COLUMBIA - State Attorney General Henry McMaster wants the Legislature to give the state grand jury the authority to investigate crimes against the environment and his office greater power to prosecute.

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.

Man hits branch full of customers

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.

Historic plantation rarely seen by public

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.

More will head out for holiday

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

Holiday closings

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.

Man hits branch full of customers
A man waving a gun robbed SouthTrust Bank on Tobacco Road on Monday morning while it was full of customers.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ja'Keria Brown Rolling, 2, of Hephzibah.

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

Drought's end improves Christmas tree looks this year
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As the holidays approach, many South Carolina families spend their weekends at cut-your-own tree lots around the state, hiking through rows of trees to find just the right pine, cedar or cypress to saw down and haul back to their car. Others go for the precut Douglas firs, mostly imported from North Carolina.

News you can use
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.

USC, S.C. State to launch exchange program in nuclear engineering
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University are working together to train engineers for the growing nuclear power industry.

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.

State needs tighter water laws to form water agreements
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Officials say South Carolina's efforts to form water management agreements with North Carolina and Georgia could be hurt because of a gap in the state's water laws.

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

Commissioners will consider new airport weapons ordinance
Federal law already prohibits weapons in airports across the nation, including Augusta Regional, but a new ordinance would make it a city crime, too.

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

McMaster wants greater power to prosecute pollution crimes

Educators expect poor scores

Scholars urge further analysis of 1st-century Jesus inscription

Man follows call beyond his airport security job

Across the area

Event heralds Empty Stocking Fund's season

Soldier from Thomson killed in Iraq

Recent killings raise questions about court

Police arrest pupils for threat
AIKEN - Two Aiken High School ninth-graders were arrested Monday in connection with a Nov. 18 bomb threat at their high school.

Across South Carolina

Group to help in care of sites

Measure paves way for privately financed roads

Judge keeps cockfight names
AIKEN - An Aiken County magistrate refused Monday to release the names of 120 people ticketed on misdemeanor cockfighting in a weekend raid while an animal rights activist called the state's laws against the bloodsport "too weak."

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATHENS - An 18-year-old student who played football at University of the South and was visiting Athens for the weekend was shot and killed outside a nightclub, police said.

Bank robbery suspect sought

Business' owner suspects arson
CLEARWATER - The owner of Building Supply and Salvage said Monday he suspected the weekend fire that destroyed two of six buildings at his business might have been started by an arsonist and pointed to two other recent burglary and arson cases to bolster his point.

Charges of gambling may result from raid

Commissioners will consider new airport weapons ordinance

Perdue's incoming chief of staff divests ties

News you can use

Police find drugs in man's vehicle

Around South Carolina

G-8 Summit bringing tech upgrade to coastal lowlands

Business' owner suspects arson

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

Transit projects hit speed bump

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for those who participate in any way in cockfighting. It's a pretty cowardly person to do something like this, and you deserve much more than a fine.

Couple charged in death of child

Columbia County does well on test
Columbia County third-, fifth- and eighth-graders continued to score above the national average on the Iowa Test of Basic Skill, a national standardized test.

Across the area

Credit card gets woman fired
An office manager at the Medical College of Georgia has been fired for allegedly using her state-issued credit card to buy more than $25,000 in stuff including carpet and a new refrigerator, MCG officials said.

Judge allows drug evidence
A suspect in a homicide lost his bid Monday to suppress drug evidence in an unrelated case.

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

Doctors bring stress study to high school
Wendell Morgan clinched his fists and took a deep breath.

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.

News you can use
NOV. 25, 1962 A foul-smelling odor, which blanketed the downtown Augusta area Saturday morning, was finally traced to a broken cooling unit at Borden Creameries on Walker Street.

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.

Historic plantation rarely seen by public
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It's been a decade since McLeod Plantation on James Island was acquired by the Historic Charleston Foundation, but in the intervening years, the grounds have rarely been seen by the public.

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.

McMaster wants greater power to prosecute pollution crimes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Attorney General Henry McMaster wants state legislators to give the state grand jury authority to investigate crimes against the environment and his office greater power to prosecute.

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

Hilton Head Island priest resigns after audit finds money missing
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A priest has resigned from his position at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church several months after church officials determined he had misappropriated funds.

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.

Conservation groups get millions to preserve land
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A coalition of conservation groups has received millions of dollars to form a partnership that hopes to preserve at least 60,000 acres of forest land in South Carolina's coastal plain.

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 demand closing of controversial Fort Benning school
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Ted Sexauer attended airborne school at Fort Benning in 1967 before serving two tours as a medic in Vietnam, where he experienced the carnage of war.

Judge keeps cockfight names

Savannah picks a mayor Tuesday, low turnout expected in other races
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The coastal city's first mayoral race in eight years will be decided Tuesday when runoff voters choose between city Alderman Pete Liakakis and retired professor Otis Johnson.

Columbia County does well on test

High school to give warnings about content in its plays
MARIETTA, Ga. -- From now on, people attending plays at Marietta High School will be warned of possibly offensive material by notices in an entrance.

Attack kills Thomson soldier

Across the area
Two men robbed the Denny's restaurant on Gordon Highway on Monday morning, then forced the manager and a waitress into a cooler.

State needs tighter water laws to form water agreements

Transit projects hit speed bump
Last week, it was U.S. Rep. Max Burns, R-Ga. Now, U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is touting the possibility of funding for transportation projects in the Augusta area.

Doctors bring stress study to high school

Judge allows drug evidence

State's top officers using planes less

Atlanta airport, Georgia roadways expecting typical holiday rush

Names of cockfighting suspects released

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Atlantans hate city's traffic, survey shows

Ruins of business still burn

Drought's end improves Christmas tree looks this year

Kid of the day

State job cuts hurting families at holiday time

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for those who participate in any way in cockfighting. It's a pretty cowardly person to do something like this, and you deserve much more than a fine.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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

Q&A with Denys Arcand

Michael Jackson launches new Web site
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson, addressing his fans directly via a new Web site, says the child molestation allegations made against him are "predicated on a big lie" and he will be exonerated in court.

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Johnny Cash set released with 64 never-before heard cuts

Johnny Cash set released with 64 never-before heard cuts
NEW YORK -- Fans of the late Johnny Cash have a lot to keep them occupied: A box set being released Tuesday contains a staggering 64 never-heard-before recordings.

Shrink-wrap the fuel tank? Post-Columbia suggestions streaming in to NASA

Pistons edge Hawks

Pistons edge Hawks
ATLANTA -- Chauncey Billups never doubted his ability to win a game at the free-throw line, so he drove the baseline to draw a blocking foul on Jacque Vaughn.

Nets' Mourning calling it quits, kidney ailment worsening
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets center Alonzo Mourning is leaving basketball again because the kidney disease he's had for three years is worsening and he needs a transplant.

Nets' Mourning calling it quits, kidney ailment worsening

Just two changes in Top 25
The opening of the regular season brought little change to the Top 25.

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.

UConn still unanimous, top four the same
Connecticut remained a unanimous choice at No. 1 after an impressive victory in its opener and led a top four that was unchanged Monday in The Associated Press' women's basketball poll.

Cowboys win showdown against Panthers

NFL says officials incorrectly failed to restart clock in Seahawks-Ravens game

Another second-half collapse for the Dirty Birds

Bucs topple Giants

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ABC Sports cameraman dies two days after fall

ABC Sports cameraman dies two days after fall
MADISON, Wis. -- A cameraman for ABC Sports died two days after falling from a platform at Camp Randall Stadium while preparing for coverage of the Iowa- Wisconsin football game.

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An independent commission on college athletics recommended Monday that universities exert more control over television sports shows to protect the NCAA brand image and to prevent student athletes from overexerting themselves.

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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.

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.

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

North Augusta looks to seniors for leadership
They've played together since the seventh grade. They hang out with one another all the time. They're, as one player puts it, "like a family."

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.

NFL says officials incorrectly failed to restart clock in Seahawks-Ravens game
NEW YORK -- An officiating blunder Sunday gave Baltimore critical extra time in its fourth-quarter comeback victory over Seattle, the NFL said Monday.

Bucs topple Giants
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are perfect in the post-Keyshawn Johnson era.

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

Another second-half collapse for the Dirty Birds
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When the NFL meets during the offseason to ponder rule changes, the Atlanta Falcons might have a radical suggestion.

Shrink-wrap the fuel tank? Post-Columbia suggestions streaming in to NASA
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Shrink-wrap the external fuel tank. Insulate the tank on the inside rather than the outside to prevent chunks of foam from breaking off and striking the space shuttle, as happened with Columbia.

Former 'Survivor' lands job on 'The View'
NEW YORK -- The tribe has spoken: Elisabeth Hasselbeck is the new co-host on "The View."

Former 'Survivor' lands job on 'The View'

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

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.

Fox chief on "Joe Millionaire": We got greedy
NEW YORK -- A top Fox executive acknowledged Monday that "we got greedy" in ordering a second edition of "Joe Millionaire."

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.

Hi again, Frosty, Rudolph: Holiday fare warm, familiar
LOS ANGELES -- It will be another ho-ho-humdrum holiday television season, just as it should be.

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

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Fox chief on "Joe Millionaire": We got greedy

Christmas arrives early at some radio stations

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Michael Jackson remains an elusive presence

Bulldogs one victory away from possible return to SEC title game

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.

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

Kickoff set for 1 p.m. Saturday

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

Analysis: Gamecocks can't turn tide

South Carolina tops SW Missouri St.

South Carolina tops SW Missouri St.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kerbrell Brown and Tarence Kinsey each scored 15 points to lead South Carolina past Southwest Missouri State 77-64 in a Guardians Classic semifinal game Monday night.

Holtz counts on changes before next season

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.

Holtz, South Carolina dismisses assistants

3 Gamecocks assistants fired
Apparently, South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz was serious when he said there would be changes on his coaching staff.

Holtz, South Carolina dismisses assistants
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina has gotten rid of three football assistants and reassigned a fourth after this past week's blowout loss to Clemson, according to broadcast reports.

3 Gamecocks assistants fired

Flirting can send wrong message, lead to rumors

Voter apathy plagues political process
I was watching ABC around 8 p.m. a few Tuesdays ago when I saw the election results scroll by. One candidate won by four votes, with just over 100 people voting. It dawned on me that more people had to sign a petition to allow you to run for governor in the California recall election (it took only 65 votes to be put on the ballot) than voted for this man.

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Your style
THE FACTS: Alicia Stevenson, 14, a freshman at North Augusta High School

Voter apathy plagues political process

Teens have many things for which they are grateful
We know the stereotype: Teens are ungrateful and narrow-minded and lack perspective. Those perceptions don't necessarily mirror reality, though, according to Eric Hauff, 17, a junior at Lakeside High School.

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Trim the tree with Augusta Mayor Bob Young and local entertainers at the Festival of Lights at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Augusta Common, in the 800 block downtown between Broad and Reynolds streets. Admission is free.

Turkeys play a big role in Thanksgiving

Turkeys play a big role in Thanksgiving
Turkeys don't go "Gobble, gobble." Actually, they chirp. Yes, I know it's weird, but it's true.

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Uniforms good for pupils, parents
The debate in Richmond County and in school districts across the nation over school uniforms continues to polarize communities. I believe that uniforms as a school dress code are beneficial.

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Teens have many things for which they are grateful

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Flirting can send wrong message, lead to rumors
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I get along really well with guys because we share a lot of the same interests, but I seem to get in trouble with girls because of it. I have been called all kinds of stupid names because of my relationship with guys. I don't do anything with them sexually (maybe flirt like every other girl does) but I get fussed at for it all the same. How do I keep my relationships with my guy friends without putting up with the crap from the girls?

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

High school senior challenges rule against same-sex dance dates

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