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.

'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.

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

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

Book offers ideas for ailing PCs

Jacob Aiden Barrett

Carter Beckham Hampton
Timothy P. and Cheryl M. Hampton, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Carter Beckham Hampton, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Martin and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hampton, all of North Augusta.

Gracelyn Eve Shivers

Wesley Kenneth Eubanks
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Eubanks, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Wesley Kenneth Eubanks, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Charles L. Dozier Jr. and Barbara O. Herrin, both of Augusta, Wilber K. Eubanks, of Grovetown, and the late Lucille Eubanks.

Michael Harrison Fernandes

Gracelyn Eve Shivers
John H. and Melissa S. Shivers, of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Gracelyn Eve Shivers, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Vernon and Glenda Simons and Lester and Ginny Berry, all of Thomson, Pat and Larry Armstrong, of North Augusta, and Charles and Diane Shivers, of Norwood, Ga.

Chelsey LeAnn Palmer

Jacob Connor Seebode
Jacob and Teresa Seebode, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Connor Seebode, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gary Seebode and Linda Seebode, both of Augusta, and Ray and Carol Hall, of Lynchburg, Va.

Claiborne McDowell Porubsky

Chloe Allen Poss
Guy and Kelly Poss, of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Chloe Allen Poss, Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Wayne and Vickie Jones and Jo Poss, all of Thomson, and the late Dexter Poss.

Kailyn Michelle Haws
Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Haws Jr., of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Kailyn Michelle Haws, Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Widener, of Martinez, Jewel Haws, of Farmington, N.M., and the late Paul M. Haws Sr.

Claiborne McDowell Porubsky
Edward and Claiborne Porubsky, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Claiborne McDowell Porubsky, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Joe D. Christian Jr. and Dr. and Mrs. Edward S. Porubsky, all of Augusta.

Destiny La'Shae Johnson

Chelsey LeAnn Palmer
Carlos M. Palmer and Daphne M. Hadden, both of Dearing, announce the birth of a daughter, Chelsey LeAnn Palmer, Sunday, June 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Palmer, all of Dearing, Barbara H. Armstrong, of Stapleton, Ga., and Kenny J. Palmer of Thomson.

Jacob Connor Seebode

Audrey Elaine Nunn
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Nunn, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Audrey Elaine Nunn, Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lee Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Nunn, all of Augusta.

Wesley Kenneth Eubanks

Rebecca Madison Noyce
David and Jami Noyce, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Rebecca Madison Noyce, Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Clay and Becky Lee, of North Augusta, and Gary and Kathy Noyce, of Grand Blanc, Mich.

Ethany Morgan Faulk

Hunter Bryce Jones
Larry D. and Jennifer Jones, of Langley, announce the birth of a son, Hunter Bryce Jones, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Kaye Quackenbush, of Burnettown, Buddy and Cathy Drakeford, of Langley, and Larry Jones, of Beech Island.

Chandler Rashard Hawes

Michael Harrison Fernandes
Mark and April Fernandes, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Michael Harrison Fernandes, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Burckhalter, of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Fernandes, of Augusta.

Destiny La'Shae Johnson
Derrick Johnson and Ashley Ryans, both of Beech Island, announce the birth of a daughter, Destiny La'Shae Johnson, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Lisa Ryans, of Beech Island, and Roosevelt Butler, of Augusta.

Alonzo Jadin Carter
Woodrow Carter and Luxenia Lee, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Alonzo Jadin Carter, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Adams and Annie Lee, both of Graniteville, and Diane Carter, of Augusta.

Ethany Morgan Faulk
Fernie M. Faulk IV and Crystal D. Faulk, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Ethany Morgan Faulk, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Pat Key and Morgan and Beth Faulk, all of Augusta, Michael and Karen Whitfield, of Columbia, and Joe and Judy Ferguson, of Fort Worth, Texas.

Rebecca Madison Noyce

Jacob Aiden Barrett
Wayne and Tracy Barrett, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Aiden Barrett, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Greg Hopkins of Cochran, Ga., Gwin Johnson of Augusta and Randy and Chea Barrett of Martinez.

Chandler Rashard Hawes
Keith and Vottrina Hawes, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Chandler Rashard Hawes, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Tony and Berenice Williams, of Grovetown, and Gloria D. Hawes, of Lincolnton, Ga.

Carter Beckham Hampton

Audrey Elaine Nunn

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

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

Economy grows at whopping 8.2 percent pace

Property tax rise is expected
Unless Augusta's economy takes an unexpected turn for the better, property owners can expect their taxes to increase next year, after a Wednesday decision by the Augusta Commission.

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

Business briefs
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 15.63, or 0.2 percent, at 9,779.57. The Nasdaq composite index gained 10.27, or 0.5 percent, to 1,953.31. U.S. financial markets will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving.

Small business thanks

Consumer confidence hits highest level in more than a year

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.

Property tax rise is expected

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.

Small business thanks
Small-business owners are thankful for the same things as everyone else: family, friends and good health. But they also acknowledge the little things that keep them in business ...

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.

Peach Bowl picks up Clemson

Bowden and Clemson: No deal yet

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.

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 and Clemson: No deal yet

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.

SEC, ACC notebooks
Given his preseason promise, it would be difficult for Reggie Merriweather to view the regular season as anything other than a disappointment.

Alabama desperate to end on high note

SEC, ACC notebooks

Birdie Club set on helping ASU golfers

Cashing in on cruelty

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

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

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

Sharing your blessings
Among other things, Thanksgiving was intended as a celebration of the harvest.

The texture of gratitude

Malice

The texture of gratitude
The Iraqi people no doubt feel thankful for certain things. Most are thankful to have seen Saddam Hussein's statue and regime toppled.

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."

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Top five list
These are the Top FiveTV, movies, music, tours and videos for the week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Senate approves Medicare prescription drug benefit

Stocks rise modestly on strong economic reports

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.

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

Outlook dimming for small-cap stocks

Outlook dimming for small-cap stocks
NEW YORK -- Stocks that gained the most during the downturn now look to have the most to lose as the economy gets better.

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.

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.

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.

Greek salad can shake up autumn

These pancakes are a winner

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.

Small portions

Artisan bakers fending off Atkins, other low-carb incursions

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.

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 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.

Daniels back to questionable after practice Wednesday
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech tailback P.J. Daniels was downgraded to questionable for Saturday's game against No. 5 Georgia with an undisclosed injury.

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

Daniels back to questionable after practice Wednesday

There is more to Thanksgiving than a roasted bird

Injury to quarterback might hurt Swainsboro's chances

Thomson eyes Thomas County Central

Georgia High School Association state football tournament pairings

Georgia girls basketball capsules

Aggressive inside game helps Glenn Hills win

South Carolina boys basketball capsules

South Carolina Independent girls basketball capsules

South Carolina girls basketball capsules

Team will feel the pressure

Georgia boys basketball capsules

Georgia Independent boys basketball capsules

Bulldogs looking to repeat

Lady Rebels gives Hephzibah hope

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.

Georgia High School Association state football tournament pairings
Here are the high school football pairings for the second of the Georgia state playoffs:

Thomson eyes Thomas County Central
The player who worries Thomson coach Luther Welsh the most is the same one who threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns against the Bulldogs in last year's Class AAAA state title game.

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

Finish turkey with wraps

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.

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.

Judge Wheale is an upright man

Medal-of-Honor recipient's visit inspires
Augusta was honored recently with the presence of Col. Jack H. Jacobs, Medal-of-Honor recipient for his service to our country in Vietnam. Mr. Jacobs spoke to several groups during his days in Augusta. He spoke about honor, duty, honesty and integrity in service to our country and in our daily lives. William Robson, Augusta

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.

Government-regulated abortion clearly unconstitutional

President Bush is doing what it takes to make us great
I'm a home-schooled student in my junior year, and I'm currently studying U.S. history. I have learned of the anti-war activists and their counterpart Democrats in Washington who claim the war in Iraq is taking too long and that too many Americans are dying. Jennifer Seigler, North Augusta, S.C.

Wants more coverage of our heroes

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.

President Bush is doing what it takes to make us great

Judge Wheale is an upright man
In reading the on-line edition of The Chronicle on Nov. 13, I was shocked to read that there was an investigation of Judge Duncan Wheale. James B. Osbon, Amelia Island, Fla.

Editorials speak much-needed truth on tyranny, smears

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

World's first photograph sits for own portrait

Health and fitness calendar

Expo shows creativity in digital photo programming

Davidson feature turns up graduate

Movie Santa Clauses wear many faces

FDA considers over-the-counter emergency contraception

Let us help you with Thanksgiving

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

In the know

Different ways to ring in holidays

Movie Santa Clauses wear many faces
LOS ANGELES - Where else but in Hollywood would Santa Claus arrive bearing gifts, cuss words and even an ax?

In the know
We want to put names in lights Well, we took a year off to catch our breath, but the Holiday Light Tour is back in business.

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.

'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.

Let us help you with Thanksgiving
It's Thanksgiving morning. Your game plan is in action, the ball is rolling, and barring any unexpected surprises, dinner should be on the table in a few hours.

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.

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.

Booklet features American flag history
Since Sept. 11, 2001, Americans increasingly have been wary of terrorism and threats of terrorism, at home and abroad.

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.

Underwater gliders take flight to new depths
SAN DIEGO -- A century after the Wright Brothers first took to the skies, the world of flight is pushing to new depths.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

World's first photograph sits for own portrait
LOS ANGELES -- An 1826 image widely acknowledged as the world's earliest photograph is the subject of its own close-up, the first in the half-century since a historian hauled the faint snapshot out of an old trunk.

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.

Team believes they can win

Lynx slapshots

Car dealer holds Augusta sports' fate in his hands

Lynx slapshots
Friday: Augusta Lynx at Columbia Inferno.

Panel denies Lynx use of marketing fund

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.

Solid weekend helps Saal earns weekly honors

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

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

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.

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.

Lawmakers unsure of changes

Kid of the day

Police arrest suspect in rapes

Police officer with magic hobby reveals tricks of carnival games

Graham plans system reform

Kings Bay contractor files for bankruptcy

Man killed in early morning accident

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

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

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.

Plan targets law enforcement

Across the area

Rants and raves
THE STATE OF South Carolina and Gov. Mark Sanford need money. They need to try video gambling and cockfighting. It appears there's money in that.

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.

Residents mourn loss of soldier

Man is in jail after wreck
A Nevada man has been charged in the death of a Hephzibah man, who authorities say was killed during a Wednesday morning accident near Blythe.

Holiday traffic helps clog I-20 near border
AIKEN - A hilly portion of Interstate 20 that stretches from Aiken to the Georgia line has seen a growth in deadly accidents this year, South Carolina highway statistics show.

There's always something more we can be thankful for

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.

Holiday traffic helps clog I-20 near border

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

State fines dredging group nearly $494,000

Mom needs help to brighten her children's holidays

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

Child-support collections rise

Pilgrim heritage is found in area
Thanksgiving might be a special time for relatives, but for Deborah Corbin and many other Augusta-area residents it truly is a family affair.

News you can use

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A Georgia judge ruled Wednesday there's enough evidence against a former Army private accused of killing a fellow soldier to bind him over to Superior Court.

Across South Carolina

Diverse patrons present in cockfighting raid

Shoppers hunt for last-minute items

Post prepares feast fit for those who serve country
As American soldiers were deployed around the world on Thanksgiving Eve, hundreds of service members and civilians at Fort Gordon enjoyed a meal together.

Partnership would ensure counties equal economic representation

Holiday Closings

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
YORK -York police obtained an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old woman on charges she had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.

Shoppers hunt for last-minute items
At the Kroger near National Hills on Washington Road on Wednesday, traffic crawled bumper to bumper, hauling delicacies for today's feasts and blocking lanes as pedestrians tried to squeeze through.

Rants and raves
THE STATE OF South Carolina and Gov. Mark Sanford need money. They need to try video gambling and cockfighting. It appears there's money in that.

Lawmakers unsure of changes
ATHENS, Ga. - Half of the eight lawmakers on a 20-person commission weighing ways to retool the HOPE scholarship are unsure whether recommendations they'll make to legislative colleagues next month will shield the award from further tweaking. But state Rep. Louise McBee, D-Athens, has no doubts the scholarship will be preserved if the General Assembly follows through with the commission's recommendations.

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.

Father, aunt to face charges in baby's abduction

Woman's murder verdict overturned after 15 years

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.

Graham plans system reform
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen Lindsey Graham will tour United Defense in Aiken, a defense contractor that makes components for armored combat vehicles, including the M1A Abrams tank.

News you can use
NOV. 27, 1942 Augusta enjoyed a quiet, peaceful Thanksgiving Day yesterday.

Man is in jail after wreck

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.

Audit leads priest to quit

News you can use

Mom needs help to brighten her children's holidays
A Hephzibah woman wants to make the holidays a little brighter for her two children.

Pilgrim heritage is found in area

Child-support collections rise
ATLANTA - Despite the sluggish economy, the Georgia Department of Human Resources set a record during the last fiscal year by collecting $523.7 million in child-support payments.

Man wanted in sexual assaults arrested

Soldier's family expresses thanks
THOMSON - Standing in the sanctuary of Springfield Baptist Church, Thomson Mayor Bob Knox made a promise Wednesday afternoon not to letCommand Sgt. Maj. Jerry Wilson's "example and memory be forgotten."

Sharpton stands in for James Brown

Kings Bay contractor files for bankruptcy
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- The company that provides maintenance and other services at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base has declared bankruptcy.

Soldier's family expresses thanks

Post prepares feast fit for those who serve country

There's always something more we can be thankful for
There was a time when I was much younger that I thought just about all the good things that could possibly happen to me had already happened, and I probably wouldn't find new things to be thankful for.

Police arrest suspect in rapes
Police arrested a man on sexual assault charges Wednesday, who they said drove around stalking women in a white, older model Mercury Cougar.

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.

Leaders discuss funding
Do more with less.

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.

Across the area
The grandmother of a 12-year-old Sego Middle School pupil told police her granddaughter was punched and kicked by four pupils Tuesday after exiting her school bus.

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.

Ga. judge decides on evidence in soldier's killing
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A Georgia judge ruled Wednesday there's enough evidence against a former Army private accused of murdering a fellow soldier to bind him over to Superior Court.

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 fines dredging group nearly $494,000
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A dredging group has been fined $494,000 after state environmental officials say it dumped dredge spoil into the Calibogue Sound instead of a designated offshore dump site.<

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.

Holiday closings

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

Across Georgia

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

South Carolina's pupils score low

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jamiah A'Keera D'Sha Barnes, 1, of Augusta.

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.

Police officer with magic hobby reveals tricks of carnival games
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Glynn County police Cpl. Glenn Hester knows a secret to making learning the laws of physics fun for youngsters.

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

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.

Across the area

Plan targets law enforcement
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The next generation of police officers and firefighters on the streets of Savannah won't be allowed to smoke, officials say.

Across South Carolina

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.

New plan needs public investments

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

There is more to Thanksgiving than a roasted bird
Sometime today, as you reach for a turkey leg, another slice of pie or the TV remote, take time to remember how our Thanksgiving holiday began.

At the Movies: 'The Missing'

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

At the Movies: 'The Haunted Mansion'

At the Movies: 'Bad Santa'

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.

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.

Lawyer: Michael Jackson accuser never mentioned alleged abuse

Steve and Eydie still singin' and swingin'

Interview with Roger Penske

Interview with Roger Penske
ATLANTA - Roger Penske, a successful car owner on the NASCAR and IRL circuits talked on Speed Channel's Wind Tunnel recently about the direction of his race teams, Toyota's presence in NASCAR and what's ahead for his teams on the Nextel Cup Series.

IRL teams rack up TV recognition dollar
ATLANTA - IRL teams received more than $227 million worth of recognition on television last year, according to Joyce Julius and Associates, Inc.

2003 season was a wild ride

IRL teams rack up TV recognition dollar

2003 season was a wild ride
ATLANTA - The combination of rain, mud and a lost day on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series made for a miserable time at the Atlanta Motor Speedway last month.

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

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.

Duckett Falcon's starting running back

Season ends for Atlanta's leading rusher

Mrs. Marie Luc    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Mildred Forehand    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Pate    (LAWRENCE, Kan.)
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Mrs. Ouida Chambers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marie Davis    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie Bellinger    ( WILLISTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Preston Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Donald Brantham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ouida Chambers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Bennie Atkins    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Jackson Gross    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Harriet Hart    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rita Evans    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Wright    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gertrude Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Robert. Wade    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Ms. Nellie Winfrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Rod Turner, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Eugene Newsome    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Arden Toepke    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Louise Clements    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Edgar Lapierre    (JEWELL, Ga.)
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Rev. William Kent    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Melbourne Lawson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Matilda Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edgar Campbell Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eula Tankersley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ernest Holt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. James Lowry    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Clifford Richards, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. T.J. Bird    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Pate    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Brantham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Catherine Norton    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Wright    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Moore    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Quinton Salter    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Ms. Carrie Medlock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Myrtle Weathers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Preston Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Steve Matthews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Cyrus Hannah, Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Moore    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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SSG Earl Everett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Clark Pierce    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. William Dunbar    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mr. John Dunbar    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mr. Hubert Turner    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie Bellinger ( WILLISTON, Ga.)

Mr. John Dunbar (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. James Lowry (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Rita Evans (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Preston Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Harriet Hart (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Wright (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Turner (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Moore (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Dunbar (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Rev. Robert. Wade (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ouida Chambers (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest Holt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SSG Earl Everett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Nellie Winfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Atkins (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Wright (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Weathers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quinton Salter (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Brantham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Pate (LAWRENCE, Kan.)

Mr. Clifford Richards, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Matilda Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Tankersley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Davis (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Medlock (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Steve Matthews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rod Turner, Sr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Jackson Gross (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Norton (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Newsome (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Pate (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Edgar Campbell Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Arden Toepke (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. T.J. Bird (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clark Pierce (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. William Kent (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Luc (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mildred Forehand (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cyrus Hannah, Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Medal-of-Honor recipient thanks Augusta
COL. JACK JACOBS asked me to pass on his thanks for the warm hospitality he received when he visited Augusta last week. Jacobs spoke to 11 separate audiences including a large group of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, more than 100 middle-school children, to 800 soldiers at Fort Gordon and to a large group at the Augusta Museum of History.

Medal-of-Honor recipient thanks Augusta
COL. JACK JACOBS asked me to pass on his thanks for the warm hospitality he received when he visited Augusta last week. Jacobs spoke to 11 separate audiences including a large group of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, more than 100 middle-school children, to 800 soldiers at Fort Gordon and to a large group at the Augusta Museum of History.

In the game spotlight

Area announcements

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Overtime

Wagener's Double Dutch Forces is one of nation's best

Fantasy football- Jive Turkey Team

In the game spotlight
Today's in the game spotlight is Dr. Joe Cooley, 81, of Waynesboro.

Wagener's Double Dutch Forces is one of nation's best
All Joy Holman wanted was to create an after-school sports program for her students at Busbee Elementary School in Wagener, S.C.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Howell plays today in South Africa

Overtime
Armstrong might ride in Tour de Georgia

Fantasy football- Jive Turkey Team
Over the past several Thanksgivings, we've all seen the network's football broadcasters give out their version of the game's MVP.

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

Team will feel the pressure
Senior guard Matt Scott carried much of the load for last year's Lakeside Panthers. Third-year coach Richie Carnes said last year won't happen again.

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.

Georgia girls basketball capsules
AQUINAS COACH: Bernice Norris, first year

South Carolina girls basketball capsules
AIKEN COACH: Aubrey Pompey, 14th year

Georgia boys basketball capsules
BURKE COUNTY COACH: Purvis Dukes, second year

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?

Lady Rebels gives Hephzibah hope
Hephzibah girls basketball coach Wendell Lofton will see his players eating together in the lunchroom. He'll notice how they walk side-by-side in the school hallways, how one Lady Rebel will help another with her algebra homework.

Georgia Independent boys basketball capsules
AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN COACH: Marty Griffin, first year

South Carolina boys basketball capsules
BOYS BASKETBALL CAPSULES

South Carolina Independent girls basketball capsules
AIKEN CHRISTIAN COACH: John Kolmar, fifth year

Classic celebrates its 10th anniversary
The 10th annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic, presented by the 100 Black Men of Augusta, tips off Friday at Richmond Academy.

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.

Duckett Falcon's starting running back
Flowery Branch-AP -- Warrick Dunn's season-ending injury opened a door for T-J Duckett to start at running back in the Atlanta Falcons' last five games.

Falcons QB encouraged by practice, could move to No. 2
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick practiced Wednesday with the first-team offense and indicated he might serve as the Atlanta Falcons' No. 2 quarterback at Houston.

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

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

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.

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.

Meat Loaf undergoes heart surgery in London hospital

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Glen Campbell taken into police custody after accident

Small companies sue MPA over screener ban

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

Longtime friends don't let rivalry hinder their relationship

Jersey-clad canine charms Georgia fans
ATHENS, Ga. - It's nearly three hours before kickoff at Sanford Stadium, and the most famous member of the University of Georgia football team is lying on the ground, enjoying a cool autumn afternoon.

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.

State challenges addition to UGA rape lawsuit
ATLANTA -- Georgia's attorney general is challenging an addition to the lawsuit filed by a former University of Georgia student who says she was sexually assaulted on campus by three UGA athletes.

Alleged pregame antics riled up Dawgs before 2002 rout

Jersey-clad canine charms Georgia fans

High enrollment strains school
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia experienced its highest enrollment total ever this semester, with a record 33,878 students enrolling, including 5,236 freshmen.

State challenges addition to UGA rape lawsuit

Longtime friends don't let rivalry hinder their relationship
With BC-FBC--Ball & Lumpkin

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.

Odds and Ends

Thanksgiving in a bottle: Turkey and Gravy soda

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