Young dancers learn from peers in 'Nutcracker'

Young dancers learn from peers in 'Nutcracker'
At one end of the mirrored studio, about 20 young dancers, still elementary-aged and all female, have clustered.

In trade for pitcher, Red Sox could get reference source
BOSTON -- They hired general manager Theo Epstein and stat guru Bill James. They fired manager Grady Little. Now the Boston Red Sox are trying to put their philosophy of statistical analysis and preparation on the pitcher's mound.

In trade for pitcher, Red Sox could get reference source

An award might one day loom for my research efforts

14,000 couples wed on one auspicious day in India's capital
NEW DELHI -- As night fell Thursday, India's capital swarmed with weddings as some 14,000 couples tied the knot on a day considered lucky by Hindus.

Odds and Ends
PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon State University poultry scientist thinks turkeys are getting a bum rap.

Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us battle for holiday sales

Business briefs
The Container Store looks like a big box retailer, but it doesn't act like one.

Retailers aim to limit discounting this holiday season

Retailers aim to limit discounting this holiday season

Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us battle for holiday sales
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The annual holiday wars between the nation's two largest toy sellers is well under way. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys "R" Us Inc. are cutting prices and deploying brigades of Barbie and Elmo dolls as they joust for market share.

Councilwoman, entrepreneur still goes 'full speed ahead'
All communities have a distinctive personality shaped by the people who lead its institutions and who contribute to its social fabric. Today The Chronicle continues a series of interviews featuring the people who have added to Augusta's personality over the past 50 years.

Retailers aim to limit discounting this holiday season
NEW YORK -- Instead of using deep discounts to lure shoppers this holiday season, Domain Home Fashions is sending design consultants to their homes for free.

Fort Gordon sets up communications expo
The latest gizmos and gadgets in communications technology will be on display Monday when the area's biggest trade show comes to town.

Survey says Nashville tops in online shopping
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville is the top city for online shoppers, according to a new survey.

Busiest day for buying is not what you think

Busiest day for buying is not what you think
The season of buying has begun. Thousands of people throughout the area will swarm to shopping centers today to cash in on after-Thanksgiving sales, but don't expect the shopping crowds to get lighter as Christmas approaches.

Some cities are skipping holiday lights because money is short

Survey says Nashville tops in online shopping

Business briefs

Retailers aim to limit discounting this holiday season
NEW YORK -- Instead of using deep discounts to lure shoppers this holiday season, Domain Home Fashions is sending design consultants to their homes for free.

Fort Gordon sets up communications expo

Some cities are skipping holiday lights because money is short
TRENTON, N.J. -- Joe Pisapia fondly remembers the decade-old community tradition of kicking off the holiday season on the Friday after Thanksgiving with a round of festivities.

Councilwoman, entrepreneur still goes 'full speed ahead'

Seminoles bitten by flu bug

Seminoles bitten by flu bug
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Ninth-ranked Florida State is trying to shake a flu virus that has hit a couple of players on the team.

In focus

Saban wary of Arkansas
BATON ROUGE, La. - Arkansas has given Louisiana State all kinds of problems recently, which is why Tigers coach Nick Saban wants his players to remember the teams' last two games.

Saban wary of Arkansas

In focus
WHO'S HOT - Augusta State women's frontcourt. The Lady Jaguars are out-rebounding opponents by a seven-board margin (48-41). The forward tandem of Shundra Johnson (9.7 boards a game), Cheryl Audain (8.3) and Latoya Renwrick (7.3) are grabbing more than 25 rebounds per contest.

Paine coach hopes to build off last season's success

Decriminalize & save
The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Alabama v. Shelton ruling last year requires states to provide an attorney for poor people charged with even a misdemeanor, if it could result in jail time.

Bush's grand slam

Brown fete overdue
"This should have happened 20 years ago."

Bush's grand slam
George W. Bush never conducted himself more like the nation's commander in chief than he did on his super-secret trip to Baghdad to thank U.S. troops for their sacrifices. There couldn't have been a more appropriate place or time - Thanksgiving Day - for the president to make such a bold gesture.

Brown fete overdue

Time for Senate to act

Time for Senate to act
Last April the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill insulating firearms manufacturers and distributors from being sued for crimes committed with their products. The measure has been languishing in the U.S. Senate ever since.

Medicare medicine
Is the hugest overhaul in Medicare history just approved by Congress the right prescription for the nation's elderly and disabled? The answer depends on whom you listen to.

Medicare medicine

Standing ovations
The Augusta Concert Band will present its annual family Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The concert will feature traditional Christmas favorites and a presentation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas narrated by "Trooper" Terry Sams. Admission is free. For more information, call 202-0091.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Salley prepares for flock of chitlin lovers
Nothing says Southern culture quite like fried pig intestines, and Saturday, for the 37th year, ground zero for the delicacy known as chitterlings (chitlins for short) will be Salley.

Applause calendar
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Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Critics question independence of mutual fund boards

Stocks show little change in light post-holiday trading
NEW YORK -- Stocks finished essentially flat on Friday in very light post-Thanksgiving trading, as the market struggled to find direction in an absence of economic news.

Mutual fund boards' leaders are questioned
NEW YORK - Every year the board that runs Fidelity Investments' biggest mutual fund, Magellan, votes to pay Fidelity hundreds of millions of dollars in management fees.

Stocks show little change in light post-holiday trading

Bond prices fall
NEW YORK -- Bond prices fell Friday in a shortened session as Wall Street meandered in the absence of strong economic news.

Critics question independence of mutual fund boards
NEW YORK -- Every year the board that runs Fidelity Investments' biggest mutual fund, Magellan, votes to pay Fidelity hundreds of millions of dollars in management fees.

Mutual fund boards' leaders are questioned

Bistro serves quality

Bistro serves quality
Like a fine wine, Bistro 491 just keeps improving with age.

Resist the urge to prune in the winter
If you have an insatiable urge to tidy up this time of year, go ahead and rake leaves, cut down old stalks of perennial flowers, and mow your lawn again. But dont prune trees, shrubs, or vines.

Georgia Tech tops Texas Tech
NEW YORK -- Georgia Tech might be the best kept secret in college basketball.

Loss still stings Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA - His normally present smile becomes a frown with just the mention of last year's Georgia game.

Smalltown receiver's record a hit
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech wide receiver Jonathan Smith won't lie. His hometown of Argyle,Ga. isn't exactly what you would call a booming metropolis.

Passer is fast on feet
ATLANTA - Hugh Reilly said it took only a handful of practices to see that freshman Reggie Ball had the talent and moxie to start at quarterback.

Georgia Tech a factor in ex-conference
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech is back in the Southeastern Conference.

Jackets run away with title
NEW YORK - As satisfying as Georgia Tech's blowout of Texas Tech in the Preseason NIT final was to coach Paul Hewitt, the compliments he got from losing coach Bob Knight might have meant even more.

Jackets pull off upset
Isma'il Muhammad had not yet seen the spread that he and his Georgia Tech teammates would call Thanksgiving dinner. He already had an idea how it would be.

Dorsey polishes off skills, weight
ATLANTA - At 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds, Nat Dorsey hasn't passed up many foods in his life. But this summer, as his weight ballooned to 350 and above, Georgia Tech's three-year starter at left tackle began passing on fried foods. For someone raised on New Orleans cooking, it was not easy.

Jackets run away with title

Smalltown receiver's record a hit

Jackets pull off upset

Georgia Tech a factor in ex-conference

Georgia Tech tops Texas Tech

Loss still stings Yellow Jackets

Dorsey polishes off skills, weight

Passer is fast on feet

Sorenstam faces long-hitting men in Skins Game
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam is going against three men this time - not an entire PGA field - in the conclusion of what she calls the best year of her Hall of Fame career.

Golfers aren't stopped by rain on area courses'busiest day
While the wives are away, the husbands will play - golf, that is.

Workers on course intend to save land
The Columbia County public golf course that crews will start clearing land for Monday will be as environmentally friendly as possible, according to the developers.

Workers on course intend to save land

Singh, Perry share lead in South Africa
SUN CITY, South Africa -- Vijay Singh and Kenny Perry shot 7-under 65s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Tiger Woods gets engaged to model Elin Nordegren
Tiger Woods and his Swedish girlfriend, Elin Nordegren, are engaged.

Sorenstam faces long-hitting men in Skins Game

Eagles face long miles, odds

Screven County falls short

Prep football notebook

Lincoln County come out on top

Laney's speed runs to easy playoff win

Independent All-Stars

Laney quarterback, his receivers make fireworks

Hawks' flight is wide right

Prep football capsules

Blackville-Hilda to see mirror images face off

Thomson sent home

Miscues give Devils victory

GA, SC prep football scores

Butler gobbles up Cross Creek in Augusta's Thanksgiving Classic

Screven County falls short
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - The guys in the press box were discussing Peach County quarterback Alonzo Bryant.

Eagles face long miles, odds
Brentwood certainly is used to this. But traveling long distances to play for the Georgia Independent School Association's Class AA title is worth it. Even if this year's trip takes the Eagles 215 miles away from their Sandersville, Ga., home.

Lincoln County come out on top
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Coach Mike Gunn knew his Athens Academy Spartans would have their hands full with the top-ranked and undefeated Lincoln County Red Devils in the second round of the Class A playoffs.

Miscues give Devils victory
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Coach Mike Gunn knew his Athens Academy Spartans would have their hands full with the top-ranked and undefeated Lincoln County Red Devils in the second round of the Class A playoffs.

Hawks' flight is wide right
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - This was not how it was supposed to end.

Thomson sent home
THOMSON - Thomas County Central quarterback Erik Walden said he was only at 85 percent Friday night for the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Tigers march on without Devane
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Playing without injured quarterback Cason Devane, the Swainsboro Tigers didn't miss a beat.

Blackville-Hilda to see mirror images face off
Blackville-Hilda football coach David Berry will see a familiar sight when his undefeated team plays Lake View at home in the Class A Lower State championship game tonight at Huggins Stadium.

Prep football capsules
Thomas County Central (10-1) at Thomson (10-1) 7:30 p.m.

Prep football notebook
Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell says there is no comparison between the Athens Academy his squad beat 35-7 on Sept. 19 and the one the Red Devils will see at 7:30 tonight.

Independent All-Stars
Six area independent school players have been selected to play in next week's All-Star Football game between the Georgia and South Carolina independent school associations.

Laney quarterback, his receivers make fireworks
Laney coach Eric Parker tries to keep his squad's offense balanced. Seriously.

GA, SC prep football scores
Here are the scores from Friday's prep football games.

Laney's speed runs to easy playoff win
THOMASVILLE, Ga. - The Laney Wildcats entered their second round Class AAA playoff game against the Thomasville Bulldogs with dangerous speed.

Maple Leafs down Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Ed Belfour made 31 saves, allowing only Ilya Kovalchuk's NHL-leading 17th goal Thursday night in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Maple Leafs down Thrashers

Thrashers center Marc Savard suspended one game

Thrashers center Marc Savard suspended one game
TORONTO -- Atlanta Thrashers center Marc Savard was suspended one game by the NHL for biting the glove of Toronto Maple Leafs winger Darcy Tucker.

An award might one day loom for my research efforts
I didn't make Forbes magazine's list of really rich guys. I didn't make People magazine's "Sexiest Man" cover. And now it looks as though Scientific American magazine has passed me by in its December edition, which recognizes contributors to science, technology and society.

Richmond County coroner dies
Longtime Richmond County Coroner Leroy Sims died early today 2 at Doctors Hospital. He was 72 years old.

Tiger Woods gets engaged to model Elin Nordegren
Tiger Woods and his Swedish girlfriend, Elin Nordegren, are engaged.

Recall some commissioners
If Californians, as screwball as they are, can right a wrong by ousting Gov. Gray Davis, then maybe there's hope for us in our situation with a few of our illustrious Augusta commissioners. Andy Chandler, Augusta

Judicial center site will be problematic

Editorial makes staff appear close-minded
In your Nov. 14 editorial, "NPR's windfall a Kroc," the editorial writer's comments about National Public Radio and the recent gift it received from Joan B. Kroc's estate are puzzling. Richard Dillenbeck, Augusta

Students should choose their mascot
Why is the Strom Thurmond High School mascot such a big deal? It seems to be more of a community problem than it is with students who go to STHS. At the school board meeting on Nov. 11, it seemed the (mascot) committee didn't follow guidelines and a dispute between the committee and board members broke out. Miranda Piper, North Augusta, S.C.

Planned Parenthood certainly not in it for the money

Students should choose their mascot

Recall some commissioners

Planned Parenthood certainly not in it for the money
Regarding Joyce Morris' Nov. 15 letter, "Pro-choice group encourages abortion." Paula Hotard, Augusta

Editorial makes staff appear close-minded

Judicial center site will be problematic
Personally, I think the location chosen by our illustrious Augusta commissioners is a wonderful site for the new judicial center. Betty Maxwell Draughon, Augusta

Editorial on school boards setting taxes was flawed
The Augusta Chronicle's Nov. 17 editorial, "Let trustees set taxes," argues that the fox should be in charge of the hen house - that is, the Aiken County School Board should be able to tax as they wish with no governing body reviewing their actions. And The Chronicle says it is "ridiculous" to do otherwise. Neil O. Myers, Aiken, S.C.

Online search engines rev up shopping motors for the holidays

'Three Musketeers' go crystal this Christmas

Gadfly of food industry continues buzzing in the public's ear

Holiday gifts for travelers

He's given millions and a kidney, but has he given too much?

Smithsonian explores transportation boom

He's given millions and a kidney, but has he given too much?
JENKINTOWN, Pa. -- Zell Kravinsky doesn't get it. He has tried, he says, to live a moral life. How could he be the bad guy?

Holiday gifts for travelers
NEW YORK -- Some people travel with a toothbrush and a credit card.

Gadfly of food industry continues buzzing in the public's ear
OMAHA, Neb. -- You may not know his name, but Phil Sokolof has probably changed how you think about what you eat.

Online search engines rev up shopping motors for the holidays
SAN FRANCISCO -- It didn't take long for Paul Rattay to grasp the power of shopping comparison sites on the Internet. He figures he saved at least $150 on a Sony digital camera by turning to DealTime.com to hunt for the best prices with a few quick clicks of his computer mouse.

Smithsonian explores transportation boom
WASHINGTON -- Visitors can stroll down a 40-foot slab of Route 66 and take a simulated ride aboard a 1950s-era elevated train from Chicago as part of a new Smithsonian exhibit that explores how trains and automobiles changed America.

Antique road show
Back when the Model A Ford was America's ticket to ride, it must have seemed that half the nation was heading west on Route 66. In fact, the late singer-songwriter Bobby Troup penned "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" during his own trip west on that legendary highway just after World War II, not only launching a songwriting career but also placing the road in the mythos of America.

'Three Musketeers' go crystal this Christmas
Sisters Pat Fuller and Mary Davis and fellow homemakers club member June Brocato have their own ways of decorating a Christmas tree, but they agree on this: Do it the way you want to.

Lynx rookie might have to replace sick Saal
The last thing Lynx coach Stan Drulia wants is to mess with a winning formula for tonight's road game against the Columbia Inferno.

Lynx rookie might have to replace sick Saal

Petterson won't be returning
In the spirit of this American holiday, the Lynx arranged a full-blown Thanksgiving feast for a team of mostly Canadian hockey players during their first trip to Augusta.

Augusta streak is over
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Inferno scored three first-period goals in a 4-3 victory over the Augusta Lynx on Friday night.

Around South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Three brothers have been sentenced for their roles in a drug-related killing.

Across Georgia

'Humanimal' claim is for the dogs

Community gathers to pray for troops

Grant given to get high schoolers interested in golf
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A foundation created to get black youngsters interested in golf is now giving money to high school students who might not otherwise play the sport.

County Coroner Sims dies

Grant creates school project
Five after-school programs preparing to open in select Richmond County schools will educate both the child and the parent.

Kid of the day

Father returns 9-month-old

Across Georgia

Study says time spent on road affects drivers' health

Davidson performance earns big win for cast

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Monica Marie Colbert, 9, of Augusta.

Six area high schools receive golf grants

Submarine base's maintenance company files bankruptcy
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The subcontractor in charge of maintenance and security services at Georgia's Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base has declared bankruptcy.

Empty Stocking: Flood of bills daunts father

News you can use

Busy working singles turn to new dating methods

Health problems threaten family's holiday

North Charleston shelter gives up papers to state
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A North Charleston nonprofit being investigated on allegations of misuse of donated money has turned over about 1,000 pages of financial documents asked for by state agencies, an attorney for the Good Samaritan Mission said.

School in Gainesville leads state in growth

Complaints stir office to study state plane use
ATLANTA - Complaints about how state-owned aircraft are used in the midst of a budget crisis have attracted the attention of Georgia's attorney general.

Across the southeast

Empty Stocking: Flood of bills daunts father
A new father from Beech Island is struggling to make this Christmas a memorable one for his family.

Fort Gordon sets up communications expo
The latest gizmos and gadgets in communications technology will be on display Monday when the area's biggest trade show comes to town.

Dogs are blessed in yearly ritual
AIKEN - A few things have changed at Hitchcock Woods in the 89 years the Aiken Hounds have held their annual blessing of the hounds each Thanksgiving Day.

Customers can give delivery details online
ROSWELL, Ga. - UPS, FedEx and other delivery companies will be getting help from millions of customers this holiday season.

Across the southeast
MIAMI -A federal judge ruled in favor of a Cuban band promoter who said she was illegally forced to pay more than $36,000 in security fees for a concert that drew thousands of angry protesters.

Charities fear move will hurt financing
SAVANNAH, Ga. - With Congress' vote to gradually repeal the estate tax, some estate planners say charitable organizations might be the ones to suffer.

Davidson performance earns big win for cast
Drama students at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School raised a few eyebrows last month when they staged a one-act play addressing social problems in the black community.

State officials debate process of desalination
ATLANTA - A Florida desalination plant recently touted as a model for relieving Atlanta's water woes has been hit with a series of setbacks, casting doubt on the technology's future in Georgia.

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

Doctor stresses bacteria's risk
The tiny red and green dots on the screen are small clues for Stuart Thompson that might show the way to eliminating a very common pest.

Six area high schools receive golf grants
Former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre has already provided scholarships for children participating in the First Tee program. His foundation is now targeting high school students who might not otherwise have a chance to step up to the tee.

School in Gainesville leads state in growth
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Gainesville College, a two-year public college founded in the northeast Georgia foothills in 1966, recently topped the chart of enrollment increases at Georgia's 34 public colleges and universities.

Busy working singles turn to new dating methods
ATHENS, Ga. - In today's society of 40-plus-hour work weeks and gym memberships, traditional dating and modern singles just don't seem to fit together.

'Humanimal' claim is for the dogs
Shirley MacLaine, the actress whose elevator doesn't quite reach the top floor, has written a book in which she claims she talks to her dog, a rat terrier named Terry.

Fort Gordon sets up communications expo

Dogs are blessed in yearly ritual

Councilwoman, entrepreneur still goes 'full speed ahead'

Customers can give delivery details online

Across the Southeast

Doctor stresses bacteria's risk

Grant given to get high schoolers interested in golf

Holiday dinners serve family time

Government loan funds Columbia County golf course
Crews will start clearing land in Columbia County next week for a new 18-hole, public golf course flanked by a major new subdivision.

Holiday closings

News you can use
The central body of the Cracker political organization will meet at the courthouse tonight to settle the matter of endorsements for municipal offices.

South Carolina National Guard unit waits to go home

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Nekedria Diamonique James.

Woman pleads guilty to renting young girls out for sex

Food, friends draw crowd Atmosphere keeps fans coming back
SALLEY - Every year, Rebecca Carreon, 63, and her husband, Joe, 58, drive from Harlem to Salley and the World Famous Chitlin Strut for the food and to see their "adopted family."

County Coroner Sims dies
Longtime Richmond County Coroner Leroy Sims died Friday at Doctors Hospital. He was 72.

North Charleston shelter gives up papers to state

Woman pleads guilty to renting young girls out for sex
ALBANY, Ga. -- A woman has pleaded guilty to renting two young girls to a known child molester in his late 60s for up to $30 per half hour.

Across South Carolina

News you can you use
NOV. 29, 1922 The Southern Railway system announces accelerated schedules for the Augusta special between Augusta and New York, quickening the time southbound one hour and 30 minutes, and northbound one hours and 15 minutes.

One-car crash kills driver, 16

Officials search for money to save crumbling building
SAVANNAH, Ga. - At first, the Savannah College of Art and Design just had a building that was falling down.

Around the area
A 19-year-old Augusta man was charged early Friday with firing a weapon six times at another teenager behind Roadway Inn on Washington Road, authorities said.

Across Georgia
MACON - Leaders of the Creek Nation have agreed to support construction of a middle Georgia highway as long as it doesn't cross property sacred to the tribe, said Macon Mayor Jack Ellis.

Father returns 9-month-old
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - It was a happy Thanksgiving after all for a Louisville mother whose 9-month-old daughter was taken Nov. 21 by her father, who did not have custody rights.

Around the area

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -Sugar Ray Leonard has won a lawsuit against a Columbia boxing promoter after a planned televised boxing match failed to materialize.

Community gathers to pray for troops
THOMSON - When the Rev. Fred Favors stopped by the Wilson family home Thanksgiving morning, the power was out.

Doctors look for marrow donors
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The power to save a life is all in a week's work.

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE -Attorneys for former crematory operator Brent Marsh are trying to force the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to release evidence that's currently classified as "state secrets."

One-car crash kills driver, 16
MILLEN -A 16-year-old Millen girl was killed in a one-car crash late Thursday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Across the area
An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Wednesday that someone took more than $2,000 worth of antique coins from her residence, a police report states.

Food, friends draw crowd Atmosphere keeps fans coming back

Holiday dinners serve family time
Forget the turkey. With hot dogs and french fries and macaroni and cheese on the menu Thanksgiving Day, it's no surprise a large drumstick went untouched by 8-year-old Maurice White and his friends and siblings Thursday. Their booth at T-Bonz Steakhouse was packed with six youngsters, aged 10 months to 19 years old.

Officials search for money to save crumbling building

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Customers fight crowds, rain

Across the area

Customers fight crowds, rain
Shoppers galore awoke in the wee hours of the morning Friday to hunt for holiday bargains, focusing their buying on electronic gadgets and hot toys making their debut.

Complaints stir office to study state plane use

Grant creates school project

Tiger Woods gets engaged to model Elin Nordegren

State officials debate process of desalination

Across the Southeast
NAPOLEONVILLE, La. -Residents patched their roofs with tarps Friday after high wind and hail damaged dozens of homes and destroyed three businesses.

South Carolina National Guard unit waits to go home
COLUMBIA - When members of Sgt. Don Henry's unit deployed to Iraq eight months ago, they expected to be back home in South Carolina by September, yet they spent Thanksgiving Day with no idea when they could return.

News you can you use

Councilwoman, entrepreneur still goes 'full speed ahead'
All communities have a distinctive personality shaped by the people who lead its institutions and who contribute to its social fabric. Today The Chronicle continues a series of interviews featuring the people who have added to Augusta's personality over the past 50 years.

Kid of the Day

Study says time spent on road affects drivers' health
A new study suggests more people are commuting for longer amounts of time to work, resulting in added frustration and a loss in worker productivity.

Health problems threaten family's holiday
A Warrenville, S.C., man wants to make this Christmas a special one for his family.

Around South Carolina

Football almost got outlawed in Georgia
That's right. Imagine not having any Cowboys or Lions game to consume the Thanksgiving Day hours as the tryptophan buzz kicked in. Imagine waking this morning, still sated from the previous day's feast and a little sore from the traditional family backyard lacrosse game.

Golden Hawks bring pain
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - With its school-record eighth shutout of the season, Washington County made its point in the second round of the Georgia AAA playoffs.

Video watch
JUST OUT: X2: X-Men United and Bruce Almighty

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday. See Wednesday's Peek section for Thanksgiving holiday releases. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Video watch

Mini reviews

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Reviews of selected reviews of boxed sets:

Magazine's list of top albums fails to branch out
Wow. Pet Sounds is an excellent album. Who knew? Everybody, actually.

Magazine's list of top albums fails to branch out

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Reservist accused of insubordination
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Capt. Steve McAlpin, a longtime Army reservist, displays a faded photograph of himself at age 5 decked out in military garb, complete with plastic helmet and toy machine gun.

Bush surprises troops, nation, with trip to Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- President Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security Thursday to spend Thanksgiving with U.S. troops and thank them for "defending the American people from danger."

Bush surprises troops, nation, with trip to Iraq

Despite his physical transformation, Jackson has black support

Reservist accused of insubordination

End of longtime marriages is becoming more common
NEW YORK - Jane Hark-leroad marked her first anniversary Nov. 17 - the anniversary of the divorce that ended a 37-year marriage.

End of longtime marriages is becoming more common

Despite his physical transformation, Jackson has black support
NEW YORK -- His once broad nose has been surgically whittled to the size of a pencil. His formerly brown skin is now off-white. His woolly afro has been replaced by a sleek, straightened 'do.

Chicago Bulls hire Scott Skiles as coach

Chicago Bulls hire Scott Skiles as coach
CHICAGO -- Scott Skiles will bring his gritty, feisty, no-nonsense reputation to the Chicago Bulls, who were expected to show dramatic improvement this season but are off to a 4-12 start.

Late Pacers' run finishes Knicks
INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Ron Artest added 21 points in the NBA-leading Indiana Pacers' 93-70 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Late Pacers' run finishes Knicks

Solid play keys USC Aiken's start
USC Aiken women's basketball coach Mike Brandt isn't ready to put his team on a pedestal. Through three games, though, the Lady Pacers are 2-1 and playing better than expected.

Paine coach hopes to build off last season's success
When Selina Kohn took over Paine's women's basketball team in 1998, she found the team on a downward spiral.

Georgia is ready for Gonzaga
ATHENS, Ga. - Ask any Georgia player and he'll tell you Spokane, Wash., is a long way to go to play one game.

Vick's return gives Falcons some hope

Dolphins top Cowboys

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Mr. Charlie Smith (HINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Moore (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. James Jackson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Butler (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Norton (SARDIS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Keesee, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Wright (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Russell (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Cochran (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Rev. Robert. Wade (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Sondra Maynard (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Greg Ware (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Miss Anna Conway (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Sarah Chambers (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Dishmond, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Auclair (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Richards (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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Mr. St. John Cooper (VIDETTE, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Dearing (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Humes (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. John Warren, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mariah Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Rev. Robert Wade (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Proctor, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Powell (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. Donald K. Brantham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Carter ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Tankersley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marizetta Walraven (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Defending giant slalom champion wins at Park City

Overtime

Davis Cup: Hewitt, Ferrero lead off Friday

Sports transactions

Spain-Australia split as Davis Cup starts on wrong note

Defending giant slalom champion wins at Park City
PARK CITY, Utah -- Defending World Cup giant slalom champion Anja Paerson pulled away in the second run Friday to win her first race of the season in her specialty event by 1.04 seconds.

Overtime
Davis Cup finalists split in singles

Spain-Australia split as Davis Cup starts on wrong note
MELBOURNE, Australia -- When the Spanish national anthem started to play, Juan Carlos Ferrero looked puzzled. His country's sports minister was furious, waving his arms from the stands as the long-outdated version of the song blared.

Davis Cup: Hewitt, Ferrero lead off Friday
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia will play Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain to open the Davis Cup final Friday on a temporary grass court at Rod Laver Arena.

Sports transactions
BOSTON CELTICS-Activated C Raef LaFrentz from the injured list. Placed F Kendrick Perkins on the injured list.

Overtime
U.S. striker Clint Mathis will try out with the Scottish power Rangers, one of several clubs interested in him since the free agent left the MetroStars.

Butler gobbles up Cross Creek in Augusta's Thanksgiving Classic
Allowing just 24 points in the second half on Friday night, Butler defeated Cross Creek in the Augusta Thanksgiving Basketball Classic, 92-54, at Richmond Academy.

Dolphins top Cowboys
IRVING, Texas -- Jay Fiedler took the first snap, dropped back and threw deep to Chris Chambers. While pass interference prevented them from hooking up, the theme was set.

Lions dim Packers' playoff hopes
DETROIT -- Brett Favre's gambling style has helped him win three NFL MVP awards and plenty of games for Green Bay. It also cost the Packers a win Thursday.

Vick to be Atlanta's backup QB at Houston
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick will be in uniform for the first time this season Sunday, standing by as the Atlanta Falcons' backup quarterback at Houston.

Vick's return gives Falcons some hope
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Because he wants to keep the Houston Texans guessing, Michael Vick sidestepped how much he'll play in his season debut Sunday.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer knew tough times

Scholars urge further analysis of Jesus inscription
ATLANTA -- A purported first-century inscription naming Jesus may or may not be the real thing, but Israel's labeling of the find as a fake is premature, scientists and scholars said at a panel discussion Sunday.

Churches' entryways let worshippers know they're entering a sacred space
The 15th-century bronze doors on the Baptistry in Florence, Italy, are embellished with elaborate panels in relief telling the stories of biblical and religious figures.

Faith digest
Young Life will be selling wreaths, bows and Fraser firs from North Carolina through Dec. 14, or until they are sold out, in front of Publix, 403 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez.

A George Bush religious bio shows impact of the Bible study movement
George W. Bush's 1985 walk on the beach with the Rev. Billy Graham has achieved legendary status in evangelical circles. By Bush's own account, Graham asked, "Are you right with God?" and the future president replied, "No, but I want to be."

Company officials charged with scamming religious groups
DALLAS -- A businessman was charged Tuesday with exploiting his connections to evangelical Christians to create a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded religious organizations and their leaders out of more than $160 million, federal officials said.

U.S. pastor returns to see church thriving in Cuba
CAMP CANAAN, Cuba -- Paul Northrup raised his hands and shouted "Alelujah!" A congregation of more than 1,000 Cubans echoed back.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer knew tough times
One person extremely grateful this Thanksgiving is North Carolinian Jimmy Wayne, a performer at the WKXC Million Pennies For Kids Guitar Pull on Nov. 11 in Bell Auditorium.

Golden Hawks bring pain

Football almost got outlawed in Georgia

It's time to pick your poison

Rankings for basic cable networks

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 17-23. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Club calendar

Salley prepares for flock of chitlin lovers

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Georgia still seeking 100-yard runner
ATLANTA -- Is this the school of Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst and Rodney Hampton?

A look at Saturday's Georgia-Georgia Tech game
Site - Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000), Atlanta. Kickoff - 1 p.m. EST.

Road to the Dome

Outcome won't break friendship
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia had just routed Georgia Tech by 44 points - the kind of score that can test a friendship.

Outcome won't break friendship

Road to the Dome
Having trouble figuring out how Georgia could - or could not - win the SEC East and advance to the SEC title game? Join the club. Here are five scenarios of what could happen in today's games and how they affect the Bulldogs:

Georgia's future rides on rivalry
Nobody needed to tell Georgia that getting back to the SEC Championship game meant navigating a conference schedule that included trips to Knoxville, Tenn., and Baton Rouge, La., and games against Florida and Auburn.

Georgia still seeking 100-yard runner

Georgia's future rides on rivalry

It's time to pick your poison
Someone recently told me that my inevitable Thanksgiving nose-dive onto the living room floor is not a result of the ingestion of tryptophan, as I had always believed, but rather the end result of an hour spent force-feeding on turkey and pie and dressing and pie and sweet potatoes and pie.

Odds and Ends

14,000 couples wed on one auspicious day in India's capital

Scholars urge further analysis of Jesus inscription

U.S. pastor returns to see church thriving in Cuba

A George Bush religious bio shows impact of the Bible study movement

Faith digest

Churches' entryways let worshippers know they're entering a sacred space

Faith and fellowship calendar