A distraught diva holds court in 'As I Lay Lypsynching'
NEW YORK -- Distraught has never been so divine - or stylish.

'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.

'One True Thing' highlights new work of Kerry James Marshall
CHICAGO -- Kerry James Marshall is most known for his monumental narrative paintings, often showing black Americans keeping vigil over memories of the civil rights movement and the legacies of its heroes.

Book offers ideas for ailing PCs

Book offers ideas for ailing PCs
When Americans give thanks this week, a whole industry will give special thanks to Microsoft - that's the industry that makes a living dealing with Windows software built-in annoyances, just as the folks who peddle flea collars should give thanks for fleas.

'Wonderful Town' celebrates making it in New York

'One True Thing' highlights new work of Kerry James Marshall

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

Thanksgiving in a bottle: Turkey and Gravy soda
SEATTLE -- A new Turkey and Gravy Soda tastes, well, pretty much like you would imagine. But that's not stopping people from buying it.

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.

Odds and Ends
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. -- If you move to Kentucky you better be prepared to bathe - at least once a year.

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.

Braves claim Gary Matthews Jr. off waivers

Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn dead at 82

Smoltz will keep closing
ATLANTA - John Smoltz will remain in the Atlanta Braves' bullpen instead of returning to the starting rotation.

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.

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.

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.

Business Briefs
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Atlantic Coast Airlines, which operates United Express flights from Savannah to Washington Dulles and Chicago, has announced its intention to break from United Express and form a new low-fare airline.

Delta chairman and CEO plans to step down

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.

Business briefs

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.

Business Briefs

Economists see strong economic growth

Economy grows at whopping 8.2 percent pace

Industry sees fewer people head into mortuary science

Consumer confidence hits highest level in more than a year

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.

Economy grows at whopping 8.2 percent pace
WASHINGTON --The economy roared ahead at an astounding 8.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the fastest pace in nearly two decades and a much stronger performance than previously thought. It raises hope that a long spell of lackluster business activity is finally over.

Business briefs
Boeing fires CFO for his hiring choice

Colgate sues P&G over tooth whitener advertising
NEW YORK -- Colgate-Palmolive Co. sued Procter & Gamble Co. Monday, alleging P&G is misleading consumers with new advertising comparing the companies' do-it-yourself tooth whitening products.

Consumer confidence hits highest level in more than a year
NEW YORK -- Steady improvements in the job market helped push consumer confidence in November to its highest level in more than a year, a private research group reported Tuesday.

G-8 planners take lessons from Miami riots

Clemson 88, High Point 81

Peach Bowl picks up Clemson

Bowden and Clemson: No deal yet
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden talked with school administrators for the third straight day without reaching an agreement on a contract extension.

Bowden and Clemson: No deal yet
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips shook hands with happy supporters Tuesday after accepting a bid to a Peach Bowl.

Clemson, Bowden talking long-term deal

Peach Bowl picks up Clemson
Clemson fans don't need to thank the Peach Bowl's selection committee for picking the Tigers to play in their Jan. 2 game.

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

Bowden and Clemson: No deal yet

Bowden and Clemson: No deal yet

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.

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.

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

Terps to return to Gator

Rivers finally first-team all-ACC

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

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.

Alabama desperate to end on high note

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

Alabama desperate to end on high note
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Whatever chance Alabama had to inject any real joy into this forgettable season went out the window with a loss to Auburn.

Auburn's Williams receives SEC award

Tuesday morning quarterback

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

Trojans return to 2nd place

Just two changes in Top 25

UConn still unanimous, top four the same

Birdie Club set on helping ASU golfers

The worst of the worst

Cashing in on cruelty
There's no place in a civilized society for a so-called "sport" like cockfighting.

An economic engine

Cashing in on cruelty

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

Warren Spahn
Warren Spahn never pitched for the Atlanta Braves, but he is a rich part of Braves - and baseball - history.

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

Malice
Loved ones of Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Wilson of McDuffie County had enough to face, knowing he was killed Sunday in Mosul, Iraq.

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

Malice

A 'Sopranos' thug goes straight: Joe Pantoliano stars as 'The Handler'
NEW YORK -- Joe Pantoliano, an actor who made his bones playing mobster Ralphie Cifaretto on "The Sopranos," gets to be a good guy for his CBS series "The Handler."

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.

Small companies sue MPA over screener ban
NEW YORK -- Small movie production companies sued the Motion Picture Association of America Monday to try to force an end to a partial ban by Hollywood studios on sending special video copies to awards groups.

Standing ovations
The Thanksgiving holiday starts early at theaters. In addition to Haunted Mansion, other new movies include Timeline, Bad Santa with Billy Bob Thornton and director Ron Howard's western, The Missing.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Meat Loaf undergoes heart surgery in London hospital
LONDON -- Rock star Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, his record label said Tuesday.

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.

Glen Campbell taken into police custody after accident
PHOENIX -- Singer Glen Campbell was released from jail early Tuesday after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, hit and run, and aggravated assault on a police officer.

Amvescap: regulators want to punish Denver-based mutual funds unit
LONDON -- Amvescap PLC, a publicly traded money management firm, expects U.S. federal and state authorities to recommend civil enforcement actions against its Denver-based mutual funds unit, Invesco Funds Group.

Car sales, home repairs top list of consumer complaints

Stocks rise modestly on strong economic reports

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.

Stocks rise modestly on strong economic reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street had a muted reaction to upbeat reports on consumer confidence and the gross domestic product Tuesday, closing narrowly mixed as investors stayed cautious after Monday's big rally.

Some workers hoping to stay on after holidays

Senate approves Medicare prescription drug benefit

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.

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.

Amvescap: regulators want to punish Denver-based mutual funds unit

Senate approves Medicare prescription drug benefit
WASHINGTON -- The Senate gave final congressional approval Tuesday to the most sweeping changes to Medicare since its creation in 1965, including a new prescription drug benefit for 40 million older and disabled Americans. The 54-44 vote sends the bill to President Bush, who is eager to sign it into law.

Stocks advance on dollar's rebound

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.

UPS announces 2004 rate increases

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

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

Small portions

Small portions
Before you get into the high-holiday cooking mode, take a moment to clean and organize your kitchen. Check your pantry and make sure you have spices, fresh baking powder and enough supplies for impromptu entertaining. Stock up on nibbles such as spiced nuts, olives, crackers, spreads, bread sticks, wasabi peas, prepared doughs and dried fruits.

Artisan bakers fending off Atkins, other low-carb incursions
PITTSBURGH -- Man the baguettes and raise the scones. Artisan bakeries appear to be fending off attacks on profits by a sector of the dining public sworn to protein-based diets, according to a recent study.

Artisan bakers fending off Atkins, other low-carb incursions

These pancakes are a winner

These pancakes are a winner
CHICAGO - The children's choice determined the winner of a recent pancake contest, in which campfire flavor proved a strongly persuasive ingredient - combined with easy wooden-spoon techniques.

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

Greek salad can shake up autumn
A menu centered on a low-fat Greek salad with shrimp offers a change of pace, with a refreshing difference from typical autumn fare.

Greek salad can shake up autumn

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.

Daniels probable for game against Georgia
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech tailback P.J. Daniels has been upgraded from questionable to probable for Saturday's game against Georgia.

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 trying not to look back at 51-7 drubbing last year
ATLANTA -- The message was there for the Georgia Tech players when they arrived in the weight room this week: 51-7, the score from last year's game against Georgia.

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 fall to UAB

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

Gator Bowl goes with Maryland for ACC slot

Georgia Tech trying not to look back at 51-7 drubbing last year

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

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

Cup's ending shames sport

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.

Sorenstam looks for break after one more big week

Injury to quarterback might hurt Swainsboro's chances

Aggressive inside game helps Glenn Hills win

Bulldogs looking to repeat

North Augusta looks to seniors for leadership

Injury to quarterback might hurt Swainsboro's chances
The MRI Swainsboro quarterback/place-kicker Cason Devane underwent Monday revealed what the Tigers feared the most.

Finish turkey with wraps
Turkey sandwiches are almost as much a part of Thanksgiving as the big bird itself.

Finish turkey with wraps

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

Man killed in early morning accident
A Hephzibah man was killed this morning when a truck pulled into his path on a south Richmond County road, officials say.

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:

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.

Man wanted in sexual assaults arrested
A man wanted for multiple sexual assaults against women over the past two months was arrested and held without bond by Richmond County authorities this afternoon, officials said.

Editorials speak much-needed truth on tyranny, smears
Kudos to The Chronicle's editorial page on Nov. 20. Your editorials, "No checks, no balances" and "The rest of the story...," were refreshing. Both issues, judicial tyranny and the smear campaign against President George W. Bush by the global media, are of grave concern to me and many Americans. Stand in the light and speak the truth. We need more of it. Carolyn Wheatley, Trenton, S.C.

Wants more coverage of our heroes

Government-regulated abortion clearly unconstitutional

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

Government-regulated abortion clearly unconstitutional
Through some research done in my political science class, I have found that it is unconstitutional for the United States government to regulate abortion. My evidence for this statement comes directly from the 14th Amendment. Jordan M. Howell, Augusta

U.S. has priorities backward in Mideast

Wants more coverage of our heroes
I am pleased to see your coverage of the fallen Italian heroes in your newspaper. However, it makes even more striking the lack of coverage of our fallen American heroes. Where are they? Stephanie Wilson, Evans, Ga.

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
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.

Editorials speak much-needed truth on tyranny, smears

Seniors calnedar

Report finds increased speed limits lead to more deaths

FDA considers over-the-counter emergency contraception

'Socom II' sends SEALS back into action

Eat turkey, have fun without hospital trip

Kennedy photos displayed at Sixth Floor Museum

Davidson feature turns up graduate

Expo shows creativity in digital photo programming

'Tis the season to check government's toy recall list

In the know

Scientists watch first total solar eclipse recorded in a century

Different ways to ring in holidays

In the know

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

'Tis the season to check government's toy recall list
WASHINGTON -- The government is urging consumers who got an early start on their holiday shopping to make sure the items they bought haven't been recalled for safety reasons.

In the know
Colgate-Palmolive wants to reward community activism by awarding up to $2,000 for the most creative and best-executed projects by local Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire USA, Girls Scouts of the USA, Boy Scouts of America, Girls Inc. and National 4-H Council.

Davidson feature turns up graduate
Behold the prodigal son, er, daughter. On Sept. 28, The Augusta Chronicle ran a feature on the first John S. Davidson Fine Arts School graduating class. We were able to locate 13 of the 14 students in that class, with only a single student, Michelle Beach, left missing.

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.

'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.

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.

Expo shows creativity in digital photo programming
Each October, leading manufacturers in the world of photography exhibit their newest products at an event in New York City - Photo Plus Expo. The expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center is designed for both amateur and professional photographers, in addition to creative directors, art buyers and stock photography agents.

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.

FDA considers over-the-counter emergency contraception
WASHINGTON -- Federal health officials are debating if it's time to put emergency contraception - also called the morning-after pill - on pharmacy shelves right next to the aspirin, available without a prescription.

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.

Different ways to ring in holidays
Holiday and home are practically synonymous this time of the year, but that isn't stopping Augusta residents from putting in extra shifts at work, hopping onto a cruise ship or volunteering their time during the holidays.

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.

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.

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.

Panel denies Lynx use of marketing fund

Panel denies Lynx use of marketing fund
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority rejected a request from the Augusta Lynx hockey team Tuesday to use a marketing fund to promote "Kids' Day" before Sunday hockey games.

Team believes they can win

Team believes they can win
No one in the Augusta Lynx front office is placing an order for Kelly Cup Finals tickets yet.

Lynx slapshots

Lynx slapshots
Friday: Augusta Lynx at Columbia Inferno.

Solid weekend helps Saal earns weekly honors

Solid weekend helps Saal earns weekly honors
Jason Saal was too sick to practice Tuesday. The Augusta Lynx goaltender clearly earned the extra day off.

Car dealer holds Augusta sports' fate in his hands

Two minutes with Treavor Peterson
Augusta Lynx Defenseman, Treavor Peterson talks with Chronicle reporter Rob Mueller.

Car dealer holds Augusta sports' fate in his hands
You know his car dealership on Wrightsboro Road, the one near the mall with the shiny new trucks and SUVs and the Augusta National replica clubhouse for a showroom.

Thurmond's sister dies at 94
GREENWOOD, S.C. - One of Strom Thurmond's younger sisters, Martha Thurmond Bishop, died Sunday at a Greenwood hospital. She was 94.

Couple charged in death of child

News you can use

South Carolina's pupils score low
AIKEN - About 40 percent of South Carolina pupils failed to meet the state's minimum requirements in science and social studies, according to results released Tuesday from the 2002-03 Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test.

More will head out for holiday

Around South Carolina

Survey will determine new school calendar
The Columbia County Board of Education will ask the public to help decide on a new school calendar.

Holiday closings

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.

Across the area

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."

Drought's end improves Christmas tree looks this year

News you can use

State needs tighter water laws to form water agreements

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Skeletal remains found by hunters near the North Oconee River last weekend could belong to one of two Athens men missing for several months, according to police.

Man wanted in sexual assaults arrested

Attack kills Thomson soldier

Sharpton stands in for James Brown

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Holiday Closings

Transit projects hit speed bump

Atlantans hate city's traffic, survey shows

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Caleb Wood, 1, of Langley, South Carolina.

James Brown has stand in at turkey giveaway

Partnership would ensure counties equal economic representation
Economic developers took the first public step Tuesday to forming an independent regional group that will market the metro area to outside industries and businesses.

Commissioners will consider new airport weapons ordinance

Residents mourn loss of soldier
A communitywide tribute to Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Wilson will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Springfield Baptist Church, 523 Martin Luther King Jr. St. in Thomson. For more information, call the church at (706) 595-5829.

Diverse patrons present in cockfighting raid
AIKEN - An Aiken County cockfighting arena that might have existed for the past two years drew a wide range of attendees, from 17-year-old girls to men ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s and 80s, including Hispanics and Vietnamese, according to documents released by authorities Tuesday.

Across South Carolina

Richmond County pupils test below national average
Richmond County third-, fifth- and eighth-graders scored below the national average on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, a national standardized test.

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.

News you can use
NOV. 26, 1952 A couple of Camp Gordon soldiers who started out yesterday in a truck to pick up a stalled Army vehicle in Edgefield wound up instead as chief assistant in the Santa Claus Parade.

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.

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

New plan needs public investments
A new proposal to build and manage a regional sports and entertainment arena was presented to potential investors Tuesday.

Names of cockfighting suspects released

South Carolina's pupils score low

Columbia County does well on test

Rants and raves
SINCE IT'S THANKSGIVING, I'd like to rave. I'm thankful for our brave men and women who are fighting for us around the world and here at home in the military and our emergency services. Thank you for your sacrifices.

Judge keeps cockfight names

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

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.

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.

Doctors bring stress study to high school

Audit leads priest to quit

Judge allows drug evidence

Partnership would ensure counties equal economic representation

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.

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

Father, aunt to face charges in baby's abduction

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.

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.

Once-paralyzed man realizes dream of becoming sheriff

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

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

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.

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.

Woman's murder verdict overturned after 15 years

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

Residents mourn loss of soldier

Diverse patrons present in cockfighting raid

Man killed in early morning accident

Business' owner suspects arson

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.

Historic plantation rarely seen by public

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.

Thousands demand closing of controversial Fort Benning school

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.

Man hits branch full of customers

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.

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

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

Across South Carolina
GAFFNEY - Two people have been charged after the body of a 28-year-old man who had been stabbed to death was wrapped in a white sheet and dumped in a wooded area, police say.

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.

Woman pleads guilty to helping boyfriend cover up drug death
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A woman has admitted she helped an ex-boyfriend who sold heroin cover up the death of one of his customers, U.S. Attorney J. Strom Thurmond Jr. said Tuesday.

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.

Testing tops list for discussion
End of course exams: Superintendent Charles Larke has complained about it for months.<

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.

Woman's murder verdict overturned after 15 years
RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A woman who spent almost 15 years in prison has been freed after a judge overturned her murder conviction in the death of her lover.

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.

Rants and raves
SINCE IT'S THANKSGIVING, I'd like to rave. I'm thankful for our brave men and women who are fighting for us around the world and here at home in the military and our emergency services. Thank you for your sacrifices.

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.

Tri county administrators focus on member services
Aside from the 18 voting members, the three county administrators from Burke, Columbia and Richmond counties will serve as nonvoting members.

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 area
Police are still looking for the man who robbed an Augusta bank Monday, officials said.

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.

Sharpton stands in for James Brown
Augustans who showed up at the ninth annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway on Tuesday expecting to see the Godfather were in for a surprise.

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.

Father, aunt to face charges in baby's abduction
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Augusta resident Joseph Paul Bradley, 21, and his aunt, Janice Johnson, 44, are facing pending charges of kidnapping Tuesday in the abduction of Mr. Bradley's 9-month-old daughter, authorities said.

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.

New plan needs public investments

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.

Across the area

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.

McMaster wants greater power to prosecute pollution crimes

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.

Audit leads priest to quit
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - The Rev. Michael McCafferty will leave St. Francis By-the-Sea Catholic Church on Jan. 1 after a church audit found he misused church money.

Storied rivalry prepares to add another chapter
ATHENS, Ga. - Pick your poisoned passion, Yellow Jackets.

At the Movies: 'Bad Santa'

At the Movies: 'The Haunted Mansion'

At the Movies: 'The Missing'

At the Movies: 'The Missing'
"The Missing" is Ron Howard's attempt to channel the "The Searchers," but what he achieves in this Western kidnap thriller is closer to "The Elizabeth Smart Story": cloying and clunky, with the outcome never in doubt.

At the Movies: 'The Haunted Mansion'
You don't have to sit through much of "The Haunted Mansion" before you realize Eddie Murphy isn't going to pull off what Johnny Depp did for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

At the Movies: 'Bad Santa'
You better watch out: The ads for "Bad Santa" suggest that it's a wacky holiday romp.

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.

Johnny Cash set released with 64 never-before heard cuts

Lawyer: Michael Jackson accuser never mentioned alleged abuse

Michael Jackson launches new Web site

Lawyer: Michael Jackson accuser never mentioned alleged abuse
LOS ANGELES -- An attorney who represented the mother of Michael Jackson's accuser in her divorce from the child's father said the family never indicated to him that Jackson had sexually abused the boy.

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.

Steve and Eydie still singin' and swingin'
CERRITOS, Calif. -- The house lights go down and the memories begin. There's 16-year-old Steve performing on Arthur Godfrey's TV show and years later singing a duet with Johnny Carson on late-night television.

Steve and Eydie still singin' and swingin'

Georgia, S.C. area National Guard and Reserve mobilization list
Augusta-area Reservists and National Guard members mobilized.

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

New forces on deck for combat in Iraq

New forces on deck for combat in Iraq
WASHINGTON - The National Guard and Reserve will take on more of the combat burden in Iraq next year, replacing some Army troops with a smaller, lighter and more mobile force equipped with fewer tanks and more Humvees.

Nets' Mourning calling it quits, kidney ailment worsening

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.

Pistons edge Hawks

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.

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.

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

Another second-half collapse for the Dirty Birds

Bucs topple Giants

Season ends for Atlanta's leading rusher

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

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ABC Sports cameraman dies two days after fall

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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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Armstrong might ride in Tour de Georgia

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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.

Once-threatened turkey now thrives
Scientists call it the bird that almost wasn't.

Bulldogs looking to repeat
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - The star for the past two seasons is gone, so the obvious question facing the Silver Bluff boys basketball teams is this: How can the Bulldogs survive without Brandon Wallace?

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."

Aggressive inside game helps Glenn Hills win
Tyhiesha Smith gave Glenn Hills a scare when she fell to the floor midway through the fourth period.

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.

Season ends for Atlanta's leading rusher
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Warrick Dunn's season ended Tuesday when the Atlanta Falcons placed their leading rusher on injured reserve with a torn ligament in his left foot.

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

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.

Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan with prayers, food, political messages
CAIRO, Egypt -- Muslims in the Middle East and throughout the world Tuesday celebrated Eid al-Fitr, a time for people to pray and gobble snack food on the streets after a month of daylight fasting, and for politicians and mosque preachers to deliver political messages - some this year touching on the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq.

Once-threatened turkey now thrives

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.

David chooses Linda, not Cat, on 'Joe Millionaire' finale
NEW YORK -- Avowed rich guy David Smith chose Linda over Cat to be his best girl, then confessed that he wasn't a tycoon after all, as the finale of "Joe Millionaire" aired Monday night.

Nielsen: don't blame us for your drop in young viewership
NEW YORK -- The company that measures television usage has a message for the broadcast networks: Don't blame us for pointing out that young male viewers are fleeing.

Fox chief on "Joe Millionaire": We got greedy

Former 'Survivor' lands job on 'The View'

Makers of 'The Reagans' complain about CBS 'butchering' movie
NEW YORK -- The director of "The Reagans" complained Monday that CBS' butchered his made-for-TV movie, ultimately making it too incoherent for the network to air.

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."

Hi again, Frosty, Rudolph: Holiday fare warm, familiar

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

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.

David chooses Linda, not Cat, on 'Joe Millionaire' finale

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A 'Sopranos' thug goes straight: Joe Pantoliano stars as 'The Handler'

Small companies sue MPA over screener ban

Christmas arrives early at some radio stations

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Glen Campbell taken into police custody after accident

Michael Jackson remains an elusive presence

Meat Loaf undergoes heart surgery in London hospital

Alleged pregame antics riled up Dawgs before 2002 rout

Alleged pregame antics riled up Dawgs before 2002 rout
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia really didn't need any extra motivation. After all, the Bulldogs were readying themselves to play Georgia Tech.

South Carolina tops SW Missouri St.

3 Gamecocks assistants fired

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.

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, 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.

Birdie Club set on helping ASU golfers
Sitting in on a Birdie Club meeting last week, it was hard to tell exactly when it started.

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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.

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?

Turkeys play a big role in Thanksgiving

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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.

Bus Stop Contest
We're giving you one more chance to win a day in the digital recording studio of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

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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:

Teens have many things for which they are grateful

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.

Voter apathy plagues political process

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THE FACTS: Alicia Stevenson, 14, a freshman at North Augusta 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.

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.

Flirting can send wrong message, lead to rumors

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Thanksgiving in a bottle: Turkey and Gravy soda

What goes up, must come down

Odds and Ends

Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan with prayers, food, political messages