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Actor 'Bounces' back to 'Phantom' after the musical collapses
NEW YORK -- Howard McGillin, who starred as entrepreneur Wilson Mizner in the recently closed Stephen Sondheim musical "Bounce," has found his way back to Broadway. He will be revisiting an old friend, "The Phantom of the Opera."

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

A new life for William Wharton's novel 'Birdy,' this time on stage

'Dark Tide' is first book about Boston molasses flood

Boston set to welcome first new museum in a century

'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.

Children's books commemorate Wright brothers' 1903 flight

A new life for William Wharton's novel 'Birdy,' this time on stage
NEW YORK -- "Birdy" has had a life on the page, on film and now in the theater.

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

Fellini retrospective shows the mind behind the legendary films
NEW YORK -- In one sketch, Federico Fellini helplessly slides toward a naked woman who proclaims, "Yes! This is the end of the race." In another, he playfully controls two blissful marionettes.

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

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New book details journalist's life with the Beatles

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.

Fellini retrospective shows the mind behind the legendary films

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.

Actor 'Bounces' back to 'Phantom' after the musical collapses

New book details journalist's life with the Beatles
PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Kane met the Beatles before John met Yoko, before the acid trips and the breakup and the solo ventures, before the music turned psychedelic and the world learned of strawberry fields and a yellow submarine.

Boston set to welcome first new museum in a century
BOSTON -- If all goes as planned, sometime next spring this city which nicknamed itself the "Hub" of all things cultural will break ground on its first new art museum in a century.

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

Police: North Carolina man shoots at noisy teenagers, killing one
CASAR, N.C. -- A man who said he was angered by his son's teenage friends driving up and down his road, spinning their wheels and honking the horn, is charged with fatally shooting one the boys and wounding another, authorities said.

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.

Alaska fire marshal orders freeze on ice hotel construction
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The state fire marshal has put a freeze on construction of an ice hotel near Fairbanks, but the man behind the subarctic architecture is still chipping away.

Woman convicted for attempting to have ex-boyfriend castrated
SANTA FE, N.M. -- A woman was convicted of kidnapping for planning an attack in which four of her friends assaulted and attempted to castrate her ex-boyfriend.

Yankees in talks with Sheffield
NEW YORK - The New York Yankees have talked with free agent Gary Sheffield several times in the past week, but they haven't agreed to a contract, and negotiations could push past next weekend.

Yankees in talks with Sheffield

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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.

Despite Wal-Mart raids, crackdowns on illegal workers are rare
When federal agents who swept into Wal-Marts across the country and arrested 245 floor cleaners, they were reviving an increasingly rare practice.

Business briefs

'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.

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.

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.

Think creatively when financing a new business

Despite Wal-Mart raids, crackdowns on illegal workers are rare

Biz bites

Philip Morris' FDA plan blocked

Spending spree could help Bush or backfire
WASHINGTON -- American presidents seeking re-election almost always try to rev up the economy a year or so out. George W. Bush is no exception.

Container store is seen as a strategic category killer

Spending spree could help Bush or backfire

Liberty manufacturer to add jobs in South Carolina

On the move

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.

'Tis the season for hams, yams and scams

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.

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Tobacco farmers ride roller coaster of federal buyout talks

Tobacco farmers ride roller coaster of federal buyout talks
WHITAKERS, N.C. -- When Dwight Watson drove his tractor into a pond near the Washington Monument last spring to publicize the tobacco farmer's plight, angry commuters snarled in rush-hour traffic saw him as little more than a nutcase.

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

How to build a multicultural franchise empire

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.

How to build a multicultural franchise empire
NEW YORK -- For many franchise owners, it's natural to go from operating one restaurant or real estate office to two, three, four or more. Others expand in a different direction, buying into a totally different type of business.

'Busy season' gets easier as technology gets more sophisticated

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

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.

'Busy season' gets easier as technology gets more sophisticated
ROSWELL, Ga. -- Millions of people seeking an instant way to send gifts this holiday season will point and click instead of drop packages off at a depot, making the annual shipping rush easier to manage for delivery companies.

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.

Lady Tigers get win over No. 15 Rutgers
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Julie Talley scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half to lead Clemson to a 69-64 victory over No. 15 Rutgers on Sunday.

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.

Clemson tops Wofford in men's basketball

Lady Tigers get win over No. 15 Rutgers

Rivers unanimous pick for ACC's top player
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kids run out of church early seeking autographs. And he can't eat his favorite junk food at the mall without being approached by fans.

Hokies accept invitation to Insight Bowl
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech accepted a bid Sunday to play in the Insight Bowl, the Hokies' 11th consecutive bowl appearance.

Hokies accept invitation to Insight Bowl

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.

Oklahoma a lock for Sugar Bowl berth
About the only thing No. 1 Oklahoma has to play for in the Big 12 title game is uniform color.

Virginia accepts Continental Tire Bowl bid, will play Pitt
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia on Sunday accepted a bid to play in its second Continental Tire Bowl, this time against Pittsburgh.

Oklahoma ties Notre Dame's record for most No. 1 rankings
Oklahoma is now No. 1 at being No. 1.

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.

Foley says he'll look for changes

Florida St. tops Florida in emotional game

Oklahoma a lock for Sugar Bowl berth

Virginia accepts Continental Tire Bowl bid, will play Pitt

Rivers unanimous pick for ACC's top player

Foley says he'll look for changes
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When he renews the contract with Florida State, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley will look into changing a long-standing agreement that calls for officiating crews from the conference of the road team to work the game.

Lady Pacers crush Newberry

Lady Jags take step back

A boost for the fort

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.

Augusta's rare opportunity

Spending hogs

Spending hogs
Republicans used to be the party of less spending and smaller, more efficient government. Recall, if you will, the "Contract With America" that played a critical role in the revolution of 1994 when the GOP took back control of Congress after decades of Democratic rule.

Don't tax the lottery
Gov. Mark Sanford is on the right track in seeking to lower the state income tax as a way to boost South Carolina's economy - which is certainly in need of boosting. It is one of the few states where the unemployment rate is still rising, despite an improving economy.

In movie comedy, Pat Proft means profitable
ORONO, Minn. -- Pat Proft wasn't trying to offend when he wrote a scene for "Scary Movie 3" with Mother Teresa bobbleheads - nor when he had the Secret Service blow a hole through a wall-sized picture of her so a befuddled U.S. president could escape from the White House.

Microphones found outside Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Sheriff's officials said several wireless microphones discovered outside their headquarters could be the latest of several attempts by journalists to surreptitiously get information on the Michael Jackson molestation case.

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.

Q&A With Steve Earle
NEW YORK -- Steve Earle is a shadow of his former self. Seriously. He's been on the Atkins diet, which has stripped more than 50 pounds off his frame, and the 48-year-old singer-songwriter is nearly unrecognizable when he walks into a conference room at his record company offices.

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."

Mutual fund outflows could be costly

Do markets have strength for a 'Santa Claus' rally?
NEW YORK -- Wall Street bounced higher this past week, helping recoup much of its November losses to post a mixed monthly finish and raising hope that the market was poised to stage its traditional "Santa Claus" rally.

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?

Do markets have strength for a 'Santa Claus' rally?

Mutual fund outflows could be costly
NEW YORK - As regulators continue to probe mutual fund practices, many skittish investors have been opting to get out of funds accused of wrongdoing.

Georgia Tech going to Humanitarian Bowl
ATLANTA -- The Humanitarian Bowl selected Georgia Tech on Sunday, a day after the Yellow Jackets completed their regular season with a 34-17 loss to Georgia.

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.

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' bowl not yet empty

Georgia Tech going to Humanitarian Bowl

Jackets' Ball leaves game with injury

Sorenstam earns $225,000, Couples wins Skins Game title
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam earned $225,000 and a whole lot of respect with a second-place finish in the otherwise all-male Skins Game.

Garcia beats Goosen in playoff

Garcia beats Goosen in playoff
SUN CITY, South Africa -- Sergio Garcia made a 15-foot birdie putt to beat Retief Goosen on the first playoff hole Sunday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Sorenstam earns $225,000, Couples wins Skins Game title

Sorenstam sinks eagle at Skins Game

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.

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.

Lincoln County coach cautious of next game

Butler still wins despite off night

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Fast-food restaurant robbery suspects sought
Columbia County authorities are looking for two men a holdup at a fast-food restaurant this morning.

No doubt about when life begins

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

Heroes deserve notice
All too often, our true great American heroes leave us without the proper recognition. What is a great American hero? I can assure you this: It is not always, or even usually, the kind of personality that dominates the news. Ric McNeil, Aiken, S.C.

Money won't save Fort Gordon

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

Anti-Semitism appalls

Heroes deserve notice

Anti-Semitism appalls
As someone who fought in World War II with the 12th Armored Division and saw the destructiveness of anti-Semitism, I was appalled to note that The Augusta Chronicle would print Harry Sellers' letter to the editor in its Nov. 25 edition, "Priorities backward on Mideast." His letter raised all the canards of anti-Semitism to instill hatred. Joseph Pomper, Augusta

Students can take out loans

Money won't save Fort Gordon
Who needs another hand in their pocket? The local group of folks who are raising money to save Fort Gordon are misleading the good citizens of the Central Savannah River Area. These moneys will have no impact. Any action taken to close Fort Gordon or any other installation will be based upon an assessment which has very little to do with the desires/support of the local community. Bobby Greer, Martinez, Ga.

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.

We won the battle in Iraq, but are losing the war there
Has anyone wondered why we are using mortar and dropping bombs in Baghdad? Is it unreasonable to think that, since our troops are a few blocks away from the target, it would be more efficient to just cordon off the area and send some tanks and bulldozers to demolish the buildings like the Israelis do? Allan Levene, Augusta

Garden club sponsors West Lake tour

North Augusta will showcase elegance

Choose wedding you want to attend

Total recall for the absent-minded and forgetful

Video Game Review: Jedi Academy doesn't live up to predecessor

Fashion dolls are marketed with different images

Home should be safe haven for holidays

Holidays make the Big Apple sparkle

In the know

Efficient tankless water heaters save money

For gamers, a cornucopia of new titles, add-ons

Expensive gifts for that special someone

Joys of going wireless at home could involve a little agony first

Holiday gift books, for $6,000 and less

Video Game Review: 'Call of Duty' brings WWII to the PC

Doctors say tattoo removal is becoming more common

For gamers, a cornucopia of new titles, add-ons
Unless they've dropped some clear hints, choosing a gift for the die-hard video gamers in the family could be overwhelming this holiday season.

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

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

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

Doctors say tattoo removal is becoming more common
ALBANY, N.Y. -- At 23, Alexandra Baker figures it's time to get rid of the spider on her ankle.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Video Game Review: Jedi Academy doesn't live up to predecessor
Recent "Star Wars" movie sequels haven't lived up to the expectations of many fans. But what about a sequel to the acclaimed Star Wars video game?

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.

Video Game Review: 'Call of Duty' brings WWII to the PC
I didn't think it was possible for a video game to deliver goose bumps. "Call of Duty," a new World War II action game from Activision, has proved me wrong.

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.

Total recall for the absent-minded and forgetful
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- When Richard W. DeVaul sits down to his computer, he sometimes forgets to eat for hours at a time. Names slip his mind at cocktail parties and, to his embarrassment, he mixes up the faces of people he knows well.

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

Joys of going wireless at home could involve a little agony first
After a hard day's work as a grocery store manager, the toughest decision Joe Swantack has to make is where he'll relax while surfing the Internet.

Goulet, Saal net Lynx victory

Only 1 Lynx comes to play

ECHL gets new linesman
For the past five years, Michael Frank could be seen in action officiating old man's hockey games at the Augusta Ice Sports Center.

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.

Only 1 Lynx comes to play
He was challenged by Lynx coach Stan Drulia to work harder and get in shape.

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.

Teammates learn sign language to communicate with deaf teammate
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Women's softball players at the Savannah College of Art and Design are using some new signs these days.

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.

Divorce leaves mother of 3 with bills
A single mother from Martinez wants to give her three children a memorable Christmas.

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.

Shooting suspect is sought by authorities
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man in connection with an Augusta shooting death Sunday.

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.

Committee leader questions continued tax subsidy for luxury, collector's car show

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

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.

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.

News you can use

Bilingual couple helps others

Across South Carolina
SUMTER -A teacher accused of slapping a wheelchair-bound girl has voluntarily turned in his teaching license.

Police bobbleheads lead charity effort

Massive building initiative making over Ga. Tech campus, downtown Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Students returning to Georgia Tech this fall found a half-billion dollars worth of labs, classrooms and other buildings that weren't there when classes started in 2002.

Woman on disability seeks help for family

Moving tracks could be costly for taxpayers

Across the area

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.

Cuts hinder hunting agencies

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.

Shipwreck salvage crews expect to find millions in gold

Crumbling blue laws create legal tangle

Kid of the day

Rants and Raves
MY OPINION ON closing the roads at Augusta College is not a good one. I am a handicapped person, and I go over there frequently to do genealogical work. And that would be an additional handicap to me. If they are continuing to close the road, they should make a provision for handicapped parking close to the library.

Columbia County hunts home for trash

Five questions
Scott Loehr, executive director of the Augusta Museum of History, answers five questions.

Privacy law will affect AIDS event

News you can use

Ruling on car search frees man

Lawyers who provide free assistance replaced by computers, paralegals
ATLANTA -- The Georgia prison system has ended its contract with an Alpharetta law firm that provides free assistance to inmates, replacing the six attorneys with computers loaded with legal software and paralegals.

Artist draws inspiration from trees

Across South Carolina

Across the area
A McDonald's employee in Hephzibah told police that another worker damaged the restaurant early Sunday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Want to kick the habit? UGA researcher develops virtual reality environment to treat the addiction
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The party is in full swing, with a foursome hanging out near the bar, drinking beer and holding lit cigarettes.

Diabetes work goes microscopic

Newest national park is a swamp near Columbia, S.C.

'Green' energy draws doubts

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.

Class will aim to get students into agriculture

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

Across South Carolina

'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.

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.

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.

Woman accused of taking money from aspiring writers

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.

Software allows virtual veterinary lessons

Divorce leaves mother of 3 with bills

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

Across Georgia

Power outage affects 20,000
Nearly 20,000 Augusta-area residents were without electricity early Sunday, according to a Georgia Power spokesman.

Moving tracks could be costly for taxpayers
Exactly how much would you like to get rid of downtown Augusta's railroads?

Extreme range in weather is typical
On Sunday morning, Augusta residents experienced lower than usual temperatures for a typical November day, according to the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

Students get grant for glaucoma tests
Brett McGuire, 52, knows glaucoma is not an old person's disease. During a routine eye exam 20 years ago, the plant manager of Sweetheart Cup Co. was surprised to learn he had the eye disease, which can lead to blindness.

Service remains woman's passion
Neita Mulherin is a pioneer, an achiever and a survivor.

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS -Computer hardware manufacturer Intel Corp. is talking with officials in Houston County about debuting new wireless Internet technology next year.

Service remains woman's passion

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.

Lieberman: U.S. must prevent religious war

Woman jumps to escape fire
An Augusta woman jumped from a window to safety after her Carrie Street residence caught fire Sunday evening.

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.

Equine crowd grazes at kitchen

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.

Officers become bobbleheads for charity

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Newest national park is a swamp near Columbia, S.C.
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK, S.C. -- The country's newest national park doesn't have the awe of the Grand Canyon or the peaks of the Smoky Mountains.

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.

Sponsors pleased despite light donations
ATHENS, Ga. -- Some downtown merchants say panhandling has tapered off recently, possibly the result of a campaign using old parking meters to collect spare change for the homeless.

Sharing of rivers is cause for worry
AIKEN - There are no deserts in South Carolina, and lakefront property is never an arid proposition.

Middle Georgia county could be nation's first to go completely wireless
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Computer hardware manufacturer Intel Corp. is talking with officials in middle Georgia's Houston County about debuting new wireless Internet technology next year.

Across the southeast
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The board that oversees the state's higher education will investigate the finances of Florida A&M University, whose books are off by $1.8 million, a newspaper reported Sunday.

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

UGA fund-raisers: Too soon to know if flap has hurt efforts
ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia fund-raisers say the school's largest donation drive ever is still alive despite the controversy surrounding President Michael Adams.

Massive building initiative making over Ga. Tech campus, downtown Atlanta

Woman accused of taking money from aspiring writers
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- A literary agent accused of taking manuscripts and money from aspiring writers' while working here may elude prosecution on the charges after fleeing to Canada, police said.

S.C. struggles with shortage of prison guards

Teacher faced license revocation hearing after slapping incident
SUMTER, S.C. -- A teacher accused of slapping a wheelchair-bound girl has voluntarily turned in his teaching license.

Appeals court rules drug-traffic stop illegal
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 man caught with 10,000 pills of Ecstasy on Interstate 95.

Lieberman: U.S. must prevent religious war
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Democratic presidential candidate Joe Lieberman said Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorist network are trying to incite a global religious war, and said Iraq is the testing ground for the United States to prevent it.

Sharing of rivers is cause for worry

Across the area

Rants and Raves
MY OPINION ON closing the roads at Augusta College is not a good one. I am a handicapped person, and I go over there frequently to do genealogical work. And that would be an additional handicap to me. If they are continuing to close the road, they should make a provision for handicapped parking close to the library.

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.

Equine crowd grazes at kitchen
AIKEN - Tucked off the dirt roads of Aiken's horse district, where trainers, groomers and exercise riders trot out the thoroughbreds at about dawn, a small, nondescript building stirs to life each morning with a bubbling pot of grits and the sizzle of bacon on a flat grill.

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.

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.

Software allows virtual veterinary lessons
ATHENS, Ga. - Toiling alone amid robotic laboratories and high-tech equipment in the University of Georgia's Artificial Intelligence Center, graduate student Jason Schlachter is developing software that will enable veterinary students to simulate clinical scenarios.

Across the southeast

News you can use
DEC. 1, 1902 The regular monthly meeting of tonight's Augusta City Council will apparently avoid a planned protest.

Five questions

S.C. struggles with shortage of prison guards
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina has the highest vacancy rate for prison guards and the most attempted escapes among 16 Southern states, an annual study says.

Teacher faced license revocation hearing after slapping incident

Committee leader questions continued tax subsidy for luxury, collector's car show
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A Hilton Head Island Town Council advisory committe member questions why the town continues to subsidize a classic car show.

Students get grant for glaucoma tests

Greenville County gets ready to post court records online
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Records from one of the state's busiest court systems will soon be just a few clicks away on the Internet.

Greenville County gets ready to post court records online

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Malik Ja'Keith Morgan, 11 months, of Keysville.

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.

Holidays, like life, offer joy, mishaps
Hi; do you know me? I've been around for years, but my column has been in various other sections of the newspaper. Now I'm in the Metro section, and I'm proud to be here.

'Cat in the Hat' No. 1 by a whisker
LOS ANGELES -- The Cat in the Hat came back to narrowly beat Eddie Murphy at the box office over a Thanksgiving weekend dominated by family flicks.

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.

Eddie Murphy tames himself for family films
LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Murphy used to make fun of squeaky-clean guys who made family entertainment. But now he's one of them.

Eddie Murphy tames himself for family films

'Cat in the Hat' No. 1 by a whisker

Beyonce, Bono perform at star-studded AIDS concert

Pink and her attitude return with 'Try This'

Pink and her attitude return with 'Try This'
NEW YORK -- After the multiplatinum success of her last album, Pink could be excused for feeling little blue about the early response to her new disc, "Try This."

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.

After nearly 40 years, the killing of a black maid still haunts everyone involved

After nearly 40 years, the killing of a black maid still haunts everyone involved
EDITOR'S NOTE - This is the first part of a two-part serial narrative about a 1964 race killing that continues to haunt the lives of those who investigated it, and those who loved the victim.

76ers beat Hawks

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

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?

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

Falcons fall to Texans

Hobbled quarterbacks take luster off Falcons' visit to Houston

Vick shows rust in first game of season

Vick can't cure Falcons' ills

Pro football capsules

Eagles top Panthers

Panthers unaccustomed to playing games with high stakes

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Here's a recipe for a thinner lifestyle
AS WE PREPARED our annual Thanksgiving feasts, most of us didn't count calories or fret about the nutritional content of our spread. For many, Thanksgiving is one of the days that even the most health-conscious among us throw out the rules to savor sinfully delicious turkey, dressing and, of course, pumpkin pie.

Here's a recipe for a thinner lifestyle
AS WE PREPARED our annual Thanksgiving feasts, most of us didn't count calories or fret about the nutritional content of our spread. For many, Thanksgiving is one of the days that even the most health-conscious among us throw out the rules to savor sinfully delicious turkey, dressing and, of course, pumpkin pie.

Australia wins 28th Davis Cup title

Horse cutters aim for cup

Overtime

Paerson sweeps at Park City

Overtime

Overtime
In Melbourne, Australia, American Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley at the short course World Cup, giving him six wins in as many races.

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.

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.

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.

Injured Philippoussis leads Australia past Spain
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Even his teammates thought he was done.

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.

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.

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

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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.

Vick can't cure Falcons' ills
HOUSTON - In a season ruled by misery and monotony, the Atlanta Falcons can thank Michael Vick for helping them lay a positive foundation in their 10th defeat in 12 games.

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.

Falcons fall to Texans
HOUSTON -- Michael Vick's return was less than triumphant.

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.

Eagles top Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Donovan McNabb was an easy target to blame for Philadelphia's 0-2 start. Now that the Eagles have rallied for a share of the NFC's best record, he wants little of the credit.

Vick shows rust in first game of season
HOUSTON -- A little bit of Michael Vick was almost too much for the Houston Texans.

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.

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.

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

Rich and rural meet in Fox's 'The Simple Life'
LOS ANGELES -- Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie carry a lot of baggage in "The Simple Life," and we're not just talking Louis Vuitton.

'Line of Fire' tells two tales of one city
NEW YORK -- Any pilot episode is a sales pitch, a prospectus, a pledge for the series it hopes to grow into. Here's hoping for the future - uncertain as it is for any new series - of ABC's crime drama "Line of Fire."

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.

Comedy Central tries its own awards show
NEW YORK -- Yet another awards show. It sounds like something the folks at Comedy Central would rather mock than be responsible for.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
"The Reagans," the year's most vilified unseen TV show, can finally be seen Sunday on Showtime.

'Line of Fire' tells two tales of one city

Reagan movie depicts controlling first lady, befuddled former president

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

Comedy Central tries its own awards show

Sunday news shows guests

Microphones found outside Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

In movie comedy, Pat Proft means profitable

People in the news

Q&A With Steve Earle

Groups with ties to Michael Jackson wary over scandal

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.

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.

Bulldogs dominate Tech

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.

Analysis: Georgia took tough road to Atlanta

Blocked punt helps turn the game around

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.

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.

Georgia is headed back to the Dome

Analysis: Georgia took tough road to Atlanta
A little more than three months ago, it seemed almost crazy to think Georgia would end up playing for the Southeastern Conference title.

Stanford edges Georgia
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nicole Powell had 21 points and 12 rebounds in No. 6 Stanford's 61-59 victory over No. 10 Georgia on Sunday.

Gonzaga men's basketball team beats Georgia in OT

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

Woman convicted for attempting to have ex-boyfriend castrated

Police: North Carolina man shoots at noisy teenagers, killing one