Children's books commemorate Wright brothers' 1903 flight
NEW YORK -- On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made history with several brief flights over the beaches near Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Children's books commemorate Wright brothers' 1903 flight

Though sometimes unwieldy, 'Yellow Dog' has plenty of bite
One of the many themes percolating in Martin Amis' latest novel is society's increasingly disturbing preoccupation with fame. Given that his books inevitably spark vitriolic media feeding-frenzies almost as captivating and strange as the British author's prose, it's hard to resist matching fiction to reality.

'Dark Tide' is first book about Boston molasses flood

Arts calendar
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Arts calendar

'Dark Tide' is first book about Boston molasses flood
It's an idea so bizarre as to be unbelievable, a massive flood of molasses - in January - sweeping all before it, crushing buildings, engulfing people and horses, battering railway tracks.

Though sometimes unwieldy, 'Yellow Dog' has plenty of bite

At age of 91, Studs Terkel releases new book on hope

At age of 91, Studs Terkel releases new book on hope
CHICAGO -- It seemed like the perfect last chapter for Studs Terkel.

Eckersley, Molitor lead newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot
NEW YORK -- Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor headline the 15 newcomers on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot.

Winding rural road offers plenty of life stories

Woman trampled in shopping frenzy
ORANGE CITY, Fla. - A mob of shoppers rushing for a sale on DVD players trampled the first woman in line and knocked her unconscious as they scrambled for the shelves at a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Think creatively when financing a new business
With the current economy in the doldrums, small businesses failing, bank credit tight and interest rates near historical lows, now might be the time to purchase a business or the property you've been leasing. Many business owners are looking to pursue other interests, retire or work for someone else.

Business briefs

Liberty manufacturer to add jobs in South Carolina

Councilwoman, entrepreneur still goes 'full speed ahead'

Philip Morris' FDA plan blocked

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.

Business calendar
Wednesday: 2003 Tax Law Update; satellite broadcast produced by Chuck Foster/EdwardJones exclusively for area CPAs and attorneys; Publix shopping center, 2 p.m.; (803) 643-0808.

Some cities are skipping holiday lights because money is short

Container store is seen as a strategic category killer

Container store is seen as a strategic category killer
NEW YORK - The Container Store is a pack rat's dream, selling hundreds of boxes, bins, containers, racks, jars and shelves - basically, items that will help consumers store, package and organize.

Retailers aim to limit discounting this holiday season

Think creatively when financing a new business

Biz bites

On the move
Brian Pierceand Bill Jubina have joined Master Pontiac Buick GMC as new vehicle sales associates. Russell Reamshas been appointed marketing and business development manager and Stephanie Jo Guase has been appointed service department warranty administrator.

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.

Business briefs
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT STANDARD TEXTILE CO. HEADQUARTERS: Cincinnati OWNER: Privately held; controlled by the family of president and CEO Gary Heiman

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.

Biz bites
A new survey of 600 mobile-phone users suggests many are ready to switch wireless services now that new laws allow you to be wedded to your cell phone number, while demanding a divorce from your wireless carrier. Plenty of folks are ready to do that when their service contracts expire.

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

On the move

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.

Business briefs

Fort Gordon sets up communications expo

Business calendar

Philip Morris' FDA plan blocked
RICHMOND, Va. - From all appearances, Philip Morris was turning over a new leaf.

'Tis the season for hams, yams and scams

Liberty manufacturer to add jobs in South Carolina
LIBERTY, S.C. -- A window maker plans to add 4,000 square feet and 150 new jobs in an expansion at its plant here, said Dean Thomas, secretary of the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce.

Stores see good holiday numbers
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Despite last year's loss of hundreds of jobs from a mill closing and the permanent transfer of two submarines from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base to Bangor, Wash., holiday shoppers have crowded Camden County stores.

'Tis the season for hams, yams and scams
Santa Claus isn't the only one who needs to make a list and check it twice this holiday season. Shoppers and those who give to charity better keep track of who's naughty and not so nice, or risk being taken for big bucks.

After years of dealing with death, Sims wasn't afraid to go

After years of dealing with death, Sims wasn't afraid to go
Coroner Leroy Sims, who was one of the few remaining members of a group of Richmond County Democrats who called the shots in county politics for more than 30 years, will be buried Monday.

Clemson tops Wofford in men's basketball

Clemson tops Wofford in men's basketball
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Sharrod Ford scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Clemson to an 84-77 victory against Wofford Saturday.

Tennessee dominates Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Cedric Houston ran for 87 yards and a touchdown, and No. 7 Tennessee used a dominating defense to hold Kentucky to 187 yards in a 20-7 victory Saturday.

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.

In focus

Tennessee dominates Kentucky

Florida St. tops Florida in emotional game
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- P.K. Sam ran a twisting, whirling, falling-down pass route for a 52-yard touchdown that lifted Florida State to a 38-34 victory over Florida on Saturday, a spectacular game that was marred by a brawl at midfield after the game ended.

Florida St. tops Florida in emotional game

Lady Jags take step back

Lady Pacers crush Newberry

A boost for the fort
It's not a lot of money in terms of the $9.3 billion for next year's military construction projects bill that the president just signed. Yet, the $4.3 million earmarked for Fort Gordon's new training center just might make an enormous difference in the campaign to keep the post open following the next round of base-closures in 2005.

Augusta's rare opportunity
On the surface, the question before us appears to be whether Augusta wants a new sports and entertainment arena. And whether private investors and public officials - and, ultimately, voters - will get behind it.

Brown fete overdue

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.

A boost for the fort

Augusta's rare opportunity

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.

Groups with ties to Michael Jackson wary over scandal
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson has donated to so many charities that the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000 listed him as the world record holder for "most charities supported by a pop star."

People in the news
MADISON, Wis. -- When supermodel Cindy Crawford's younger brother died of leukemia more than 25 years ago, a reunion of more than 200 childhood cancer survivors didn't seem possible.

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.

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.

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.

Mutual fund boards' leaders are questioned

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.

To wait or not to wait? Tips on Social Security
Q: I'm nearing retirement and it won't be long before I qualify for Social Security. I understand that people can begin drawing benefits at 62, but that the checks are larger if they wait longer. How big is the difference, and how should I decide what to do?

Jackets' Ball leaves game with injury
ATLANTA - In a season his father described as "storybook," Georgia Tech freshman quarterback Reggie Ball could certainly have written a better ending.

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.

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

Jackets' bowl not yet empty
Georgia Tech's bowl destination hinged on the outcome of Saturday night's Miami-Pittsburgh contest. If the Hurricanes win, Georgia Tech is expected to go to the Jan. 3 Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, against Boise State. If the Panthers win, Georgia Tech is expected to play Virginia Tech in the Dec. 27 Continental Tire Bowl.

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

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

Jackets' bowl not yet empty

Loss still stings Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech a factor in ex-conference

Jackets run away with title

Jackets' Ball leaves game with injury

Georgia Tech tops Texas Tech

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.

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

Workers on course intend to save land

Sorenstam faces long-hitting men in Skins Game

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.

Sorenstam sinks eagle at Skins Game

Garcia leads Goosen by one stroke
SUN CITY, South Africa - Sergio Garcia shot a 2-under-par 70 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Retief Goosen after three rounds in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Sorenstam sinks eagle at Skins Game
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam played against the men again - and beat them with one of the most spectacular shots in the history of the Skins Game.

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

Lincoln County coach cautious of next game

GA, SC prep football scores

Screven County falls short

Independent All-Stars

Hawks' flight is wide right

Lincoln County come out on top

Miscues give Devils victory

Laney's speed runs to easy playoff win

Thomson sent home

Butler gobbles up Cross Creek in Augusta's Thanksgiving Classic

Butler still wins despite off night

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

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.

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.

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.

Lincoln County coach cautious of next game
Lincoln County, the top-ranked team in Class A, will take to the road for the first time Friday in the Class A quarterfinals. Its opponent will take to the air for the 13th time this season.

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.

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

Eagles repeat in Class AA state championship
DAMASCUS, Ga. - In the fourth quarter, a Georgia Independent School Association Class AA state championship was way out of Southwest Georgia Academy's reach.

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

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.

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

Thrashers recall Heins
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers put goalie Jani Hurme on injured reserve Saturday, retroactive to Oct. 4, and recalled defenseman Shawn Heins from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

Thrashers rally for win over Lightning

Thrashers rally for win over Lightning
ATLANTA -- Vyacheslav Kozlov and J.P. Vigier scored third-period goals and the Atlanta Thrashers rallied to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Saturday night.

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.

Thrashers center Marc Savard suspended one game

Winding rural road offers plenty of life stories
Thursday's turkey was eaten and I was heading over the river and through the woods from grandmother's house to home.

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

Planned Parenthood certainly not in it for the money

Students can take out loans
In his Nov. 16 Metro article, "HOPE changes upset students," about how Georgia students feel about HOPE scholarships being reduced, reporter Greg Rickabaugh stated the students were getting $190 for fees plus $150 for books per semester. Jerry Knight, Evans, Ga.

No doubt about when life begins

Judicial center site will be problematic

Students can take out loans

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

View may be unpopular, but true
Regarding the Nov. 17 letter by Nathan Jolles, "Writer twists texts to support views": Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

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

No doubt about when life begins
Many have written here recently about the fact that we should have the right to terminate pregnancies at Planned Parenthood. Others say it is no one's choice but the lady who is pregnant to decide if she will or will not have an abortion. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Holiday gift books, for $6,000 and less

Fashion dolls are marketed with different images

In the know

North Augusta will showcase elegance

Holidays make the Big Apple sparkle

Smithsonian explores transportation boom

Home should be safe haven for holidays

Holiday gifts for travelers

Garden club sponsors West Lake tour

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

Choose wedding you want to attend

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

Expensive gifts for that special someone

Efficient tankless water heaters save money

Home front
Six historic homes in Warrenton, Ga., are stops Thursday in the Warren County Historical Society's Christmas House Tour.

Expensive gifts for that special someone
What do you get the girl, or guy, who has everything?

Holiday gift books, for $6,000 and less
You can get a ton of gift books for $6,000 - or you can get one 75-pound one.

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?

Garden club sponsors West Lake tour
The Far East meets the Southwestern United States at the West Lake home of Jim and Sandie Ball.

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.

Home should be safe haven for holidays
NEW YORK - One of the best ways to ensure holiday gatherings are a success is to make sure everyone remains happy, healthy and safe.

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

Holidays make the Big Apple sparkle
NEW YORK -- If you're visiting the Big Apple between now and New Year's, chances are you'll see the famous tree at Rockefeller Center. Perhaps you'll brave the crowds to go ice skating, or you may choose to wait, along with everyone else, for a glimpse of the holiday-themed department store windows.

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.

North Augusta will showcase elegance
NORTH AUGUSTA - Beverly Thurmond wants to give a Christmas gift to the community. Her house.

In the know
We took a year off to catch our breath, but the Holiday Light Tour is back in business.

Choose wedding you want to attend
Dear Carson: I've been invited to the weddings of two close friends, both on the same date in different states. How do I go about choosing which wedding to attend? - Choosing Between Two Good Things

Fashion dolls are marketed with different images
NEW YORK -- Not that long ago, a fashion doll meant Barbie wearing a taffeta gown and driving a pink Corvette.

Efficient tankless water heaters save money
We have a favorite Italian deli in our neighborhood. Due to its popularity, everyone must take a number for service.

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.

Lynx game report
STAR OF THE GAME: Forward Louis Goulet had a goal and an assist and finished plus-2.<

Dumont might not let go of scoring record

Goulet, Saal net Lynx victory
The smallest player on the ice continues to come up big for the Augusta Lynx.

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.

Goulet, Saal net Lynx victory

Dumont might not let go of scoring record
Rocket Rod Taylor held the ECHL scoring record for just 10 months. With the way Louis Dumont is going, he might hold it for 10 years.

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.

'Humanimal' claim is for the dogs

Police bobbleheads lead charity effort
COVINGTON, Ga. - The Boys in Blue have been known as Keystone Kops and much, much worse. Now police officers, at least in Covington, will become bobbleheads.

Father returns 9-month-old

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.

Across South Carolina
GEORGETOWN - Two men were pulled from the South Santee River by Coast Guard rescuers Saturday after they grounded their 15-foot boat in frigid water.

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

Pig callers make noise at chitlin strut
SALLEY - Carvie Campbell got unhogged Saturday by a raw rookie making sounds only the slop-happy could love.

Officials search for money to save crumbling building

Fort Gordon sets up communications expo

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.

Kid of the day
Malik J. Wright of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

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.

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

Crumbling blue laws create legal tangle

Study says time spent on road affects drivers' health

Diabetes work goes microscopic

Across Georgia

Ruling on car search frees man

Woman pleads guilty to renting young girls out for sex

Shipwreck salvage crews expect to find millions in gold

Columbia County hunts home for trash
Two decades ago, Columbia County's governing body was more than willing to jump the many hurdles required to build a new landfill.

Bilingual couple helps others
Kip Edwards learned Spanish from his wife, Maria, decades ago, and now the Evans couple are passing on their bilingual skills to the area's Hispanic community.

Ruling on car search frees man
ATLANTA - Police cannot prolong a traffic stop just because a driver refuses to consent to a search of the vehicle, a federal appeals court said in overturning the drug conviction of a man caught with 10,000 pills of Ecstasy on Interstate 95.

Woman on disability seeks help for family
An Augusta mother of two is struggling to make this holiday season better for her family.

Cuts hinder hunting agencies
AIKEN - For Andy Watford, 43, who goes deer hunting in Aiken and McCormick counties, it wasn't any more difficult to obtain his hunting license this year than last.

Across South Carolina

UGA campaign still under way
ATHENS, Ga. - The largest fund-raising campaign in the University of Georgia's history is still alive, despite a bitter controversy over the school's leadership.

Crumbling blue laws create legal tangle
COLUMBIA - At high noon on a recent Sunday in the largest mall in South Carolina's largest city, shoppers were a bit perplexed by what they saw. Every store was closed, except one.

Across the Southeast

Rants and raves
THIS IS TO the people who are complaining about cockfights: Understand this, people. What do you think of the pain a squirrel goes through when he's shot with a shotgun? How about a rabbit that is torn all to pieces by a dog that catches it? What about a fish when he's hooked? Don't you think they're going through pain? Ain't no difference, people.

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.

Across the area

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.

Councilwoman, entrepreneur still goes 'full speed ahead'

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.

Customers can give delivery details online

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.

Around the area

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

Around South Carolina

'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.

Grant given to get high schoolers interested in golf

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.

News you can you use

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.

South Carolina National Guard unit waits to go home

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

County Coroner Sims dies

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Shipwreck salvage crews expect to find millions in gold
In a guarded compartment aboard the ship Odyssey Explorer, two men are hunkered over a table examining Civil War-era coins and marveling at their good fortune.

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

'Green' energy draws doubts
ATLANTA - Environmental and religious groups are questioning Georgia Power's plan to charge customers extra for cleaner sources of energy that other providers offer at no extra cost.

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.

Atlanta adds parking meters
ATLANTA - Parking meters are popping up all over as a cash-strapped city looks for a way to add millions of dollars in revenue.

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.

Class will aim to get students into agriculture
AIKEN - Few young people are entering careers in agriculture these days, but the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is trying to show high school students that the industry involves more than a tractor and a few cows.

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.

Across the area
The Salvation Army of Augusta will collect coats for families in need through Dec. 7. Residents are encouraged to donate old or new coats. The coats will be distributed to men, women and children in need through the Salvation Army's Christmas assistance program. Recipients are pre-qualified through the holiday application process.

UGA freshmen can bring cars
ATHENS, Ga. - Beginning next fall, most University of Georgia freshmen will be required to live on campus in a move designed to raise grades and heighten students' engagement in campus activities.

Across Georgia
FORT STEWART - The 3rd Infantry Division's first major training exercise since its return from the Iraq war will prompt temporary closures of three highways Monday and Thursday, Fort Stewart officials said.

Diabetes work goes microscopic
ATHENS, Ga. - Three University of Georgia researchers hope to develop the technology that would make it possible for diabetes sufferers to live without needle pricks and glucose meters.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME NOV. 30, 1912 Ed Graves, about 18, who has quite a checkered career in the criminal courts of this county for petty larcenies, was tried before Judge W.F. Eve yesterday morning for stealing three chickens. The jury was out only a few minutes and returned a verdict of guilty and a sentence of eight months was imposed by the court.

Across Georgia

Privacy law will affect AIDS event
The glowing luminarias in Augusta every World AIDS Day honor those felled by the disease. But on Monday, the day of the observance this year, they might run afoul of a federal law.

News you can use

Rants and raves
THIS IS TO the people who are complaining about cockfights: Understand this, people. What do you think of the pain a squirrel goes through when he's shot with a shotgun? How about a rabbit that is torn all to pieces by a dog that catches it? What about a fish when he's hooked? Don't you think they're going through pain? Ain't no difference, people.

Columbia County hunts home for trash

Bilingual couple helps others

Artist draws inspiration from trees

Police bobbleheads lead charity effort

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.

Class will aim to get students into agriculture

Food, friends draw crowd Atmosphere keeps fans coming back

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

Health problems threaten family's holiday

Woman on disability seeks help for family

Customers fight crowds, rain

Privacy law will affect AIDS event

Grant creates school project

Cuts hinder hunting agencies

One-car crash kills driver, 16

Kid of the day

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."

'Green' energy draws doubts

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.

Artist draws inspiration from trees
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Stephen Malkoff is branching out into Georgia with his art.

Tech's A.J. Suggs ends career
ATLANTA - Three hundred thirty-three days. It's a long time to feel worthless - 333 days. It's a long time to be forgotten - 333 days.

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.

Billy Graham defends Gibson film on Christ
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Rev. Billy Graham gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to Mel Gibson's biblical epic, "The Passion of Christ," after a private screening with the movie star.

Beyonce, Bono perform at star-studded AIDS concert

Beyonce, Bono perform at star-studded AIDS concert
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Beyonce Knowles, Bono, Peter Gabriel and other musicians from around the world took to the stage Saturday for an AIDS benefit concert hosted by former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Reservist accused of insubordination

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.

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.

76ers beat Hawks

76ers beat Hawks
PHILADELPHIA -- Once the flu didn't stop Allen Iverson, nobody could.

Chicago Bulls hire Scott Skiles as coach

Lady Jags take step back
AIKEN - Coach Greg Wilson welcomes the next 17 days without a game. After the way his Augusta State women's basketball team played Saturday, who could blame him?

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.

Lady Pacers crush Newberry
AIKEN - Kasey Mills can sense the confidence building inside the USC Aiken Lady Pacers locker room.

Pro football capsules

Hobbled quarterbacks take luster off Falcons' visit to Houston

Vick's return gives Falcons some hope

Panthers unaccustomed to playing games with high stakes

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Spain-Australia split as Davis Cup starts on wrong note

Overtime

Paerson sweeps at Park City

Horse cutters aim for cup

Sports transactions

Australia wins 28th Davis Cup title

Overtime

Defending giant slalom champion wins at Park City

Horse cutters aim for cup
National Hockey League champions win the coveted Stanley Cup. Professional golfers in the United States and Europe compete for the Ryder Cup.

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.

Overtime
Scott Harrison knocked Manuel Medinadown four times, stopping him in the 11th round to regain the WBO featherweight title on Saturday night in Glasgow, Scotland.

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

Paerson sweeps at Park City
PARK CITY, Utah -- Anja Paerson of Sweden completed a weekend sweep Saturday by winning the opening World Cup slalom for her third podium finish in as many races this season.

Overtime
Davis Cup finalists split in singles

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.

Australia wins 28th Davis Cup title
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Mark Philippoussis gave Australia its 28th Davis Cup title Sunday, fighting off a shoulder injury that nearly forced him to retire after the fourth set to beat Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 2-6, 6-0.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Survey shows explosion in feral hog population
Many Georgia hunters are seeing something new from their deer stands this season: wild hogs.

Wopper
Ten-year-old Tommy Coleman of Evans spent 20 minutes playing tug-of-war with this giant redfish while fishing with his dad, David Coleman, near St. Simons Island. The redfish, also known as spottail bass, weighed 38 pounds and was released after this photo. Pictured, with Tommy, is the boat's owner, Jay Childers.

Wopper

Survey shows explosion in feral hog population

Butler still wins despite off night
Despite a poor offensive performance, Butler relied on its defense to defeat Laney 54-37 on Saturday night at the Augusta Thanksgiving Classic.

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.

Pro football capsules
Falcons (2-9) at Texans (4-7) 1 p.m. * FOX-Ch. 54 Falcons still don't have Michael Vick, though he'll dress as the backup quarterback, and have lost Warrick Dunn for the season. Quarterback Tony Banks in one of his hot streaks for the Texans.

Panthers unaccustomed to playing games with high stakes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have almost no experience preparing for big games. With just one postseason appearance in franchise history, the playoffs have usually been something out of reach.

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.

Hobbled quarterbacks take luster off Falcons' visit to Houston
HOUSTON -- It was one of those dates to circle when the schedule came out: The top overall picks from the previous years' drafts, Michael Vick and David Carr, paired for a quarterback duel.

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

Golden Hawks bring pain

Tech's A.J. Suggs ends career

'Big in 2003' offers tribute to biggest pop culture moments
LOS ANGELES -- Big moments of 2003? War in Iraq. Turmoil in the Middle East. The space shuttle Columbia.

Reagan movie depicts controlling first lady, befuddled former president

Sunday news shows guests

Rankings for basic cable networks

'Big in 2003' offers tribute to biggest pop culture moments

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.

Reagan movie depicts controlling first lady, befuddled former president
NEW YORK -- If admirers of former President Reagan didn't like a television movie about him after reading leaked snippets of a script, their opinion isn't likely to change after seeing the final product.

Sunday news shows guests
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

People in the news

Groups with ties to Michael Jackson wary over scandal

Gonzaga men's basketball team beats Georgia in OT
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Ronny Turiaf scored all 11 of Gonzaga's points in overtime and made key defensive stops in the No. 16 Bulldogs' 82-76 victory over Georgia on Saturday.

Road to the Dome

Penalties draw ire of officials
ATLANTA - Late in the third quarter of Georgia's 34-17 victory against Georgia Tech, head referee Penn Wagers decided enough was enough.

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

Blocked punt helps turn the game around

Georgia's future rides on rivalry

Georgia is headed back to the Dome
ATLANTA - Shortly after the clock struck zero Saturday, Georgia defensive lineman Ken Veal stopped and performed an impromptu dance in front of a throng of Bulldogs fans in the southeast corner of Bobby Dodd Stadium.

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.

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 is headed back to the Dome

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

Gonzaga men's basketball team beats Georgia in OT

Bulldogs dominate Tech

Bulldogs dominate Tech
ATLANTA -- Georgia did its part. Now, the Bulldogs have to hope it's good enough to get them back to the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Blocked punt helps turn the game around
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey knew it immediately. With Hal Higgins back to punt, Georgia's Bryan McClendon moved from his spot out wide at the last second. He came in untouched and blocked the kick, giving the No. 5 Bulldogs the ball at the 13.

Georgia still seeking 100-yard runner

South Carolina trounces Campbell

South Carolina trounces Campbell
In Columbia, Carlos Powell scored 18 points to lead South Carolina to a victory over Campbell.

Woman trampled in shopping frenzy

Scholars urge further analysis of Jesus inscription

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

Faith digest

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

Faith and fellowship calendar

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