'Caroline, or Change' an emotional disappointment

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

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

Gary Larson revisits 'The Far Side'

Gary Larson revisits 'The Far Side'
SEATTLE -- Crafty cows, restless chickens, talking insects and dorky scientists are invading bookstores across the nation. This can mean only one thing: Gary Larson is back.

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.

Exhibit looks at WTC recovery operation at Fresh Kills
NEW YORK -- For hour after hour, day after day, month after month, they kept at it.

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.

Best sellers list

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.

Best sellers list
Here is a list of best sellers according to Publishers Weekly.

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.

Exhibit looks at WTC recovery operation at Fresh Kills

Boston set to welcome first new museum in a century

'Caroline, or Change' an emotional disappointment
NEW YORK -- Late in the second act of "Caroline, or Change," the ambitious, sung-through musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, an embittered black maid reflects not only on the unhappiness in her own life, but the uncertainty of events occurring in 1963 America.

New book details journalist's life with the Beatles

Fellini retrospective shows the mind behind the legendary films

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."

Search for perfection often takes back seat to closest tree

Odds and Ends
WICHITA, Kan. -- Jeanie Flores did a double-take when she glanced out the window of her home last week. A dog outside looked like Bear, the family pet who disappeared in November 1997.

Florida teen dies after being cut by broken glass
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A teenage boy bled to death when a shard of glass from a broken restaurant window cut his throat.

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.

Bumper sticker delays flight four hours
ATLANTA -- A man who slapped a bumper sticker referring to terrorism and war on the side of a plane caused a four-hour delay for a flight filled with holiday travelers.

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 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

Roy Disney resigns from Disney Co. board
LOS ANGELES -- A key ally joined Roy E. Disney in resigning from the Walt Disney Co. board Monday, becoming the second vocal opponent of chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner to quit in two days.

Second Disney director quits

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.

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.

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

Boeing chief falls victim to struggles of defense business he built up
CHICAGO -- Phil Condit, an engineering whiz who spent much of his 38-year career at Boeing trying to build better airplanes, won plaudits as CEO for diversifying the company well beyond commercial jets.

Construction spending in October posts best month ever
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending in October registered its best month on record, an encouraging sign for the economic recovery's staying power.

Boeing chairman Condit resigns in surprise announcement

Postal Services to handle 20 billion pieces during holiday season

Postal Services to handle 20 billion pieces during holiday season
WASHINGTON -- An improving economy means the Postal Service will handle 20 billion letters, packages and other items being sent to relatives, friends and Santa Claus this holiday season.

Roy Disney resigns from Disney Co. board

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.

'Busy season' gets easier as technology gets more sophisticated

Costs stifle growth in jobs
High health care costs are hurting low-wage jobs, such as those in the textile industry, more than high-paying positions, leading to mass manufacturing layoffs and companies moving overseas.

Boeing chairman Condit resigns in surprise announcement
CHICAGO -- Boeing Co. chairman and chief executive Phil Condit has resigned, the aerospace manufacturer said Monday in a surprise announcement days after two other Boeing officials were fired for an alleged ethics breach.

Business briefs
An Alabama newspaper company Monday completed its acquisition of Augusta's WFXG-TV.

Spending spree could help Bush or backfire

Second Disney director quits
LOS ANGELES -- Two critics of Disney chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner have resigned from the media conglomerate's board and have urged Eisner to step down as well.

'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.

How to build a multicultural franchise empire

Business briefs

Boeing chairman Condit resigns in surprise announcement

Boeing chief falls victim to struggles of defense business he built up

Costs stifle growth in jobs

Merchants find solid sales gains for Thanksgiving weekend

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.

Tobacco farmers ride roller coaster of federal buyout talks

Manufacturing rose for fifth straight month in November
The nation's manufacturing sector grew strongly in November, with the fifth consecutive monthly increase boding well for the overall economy in the final quarter of the year.

Natural gas prices rise after blast of cold weather
The price of natural gas rallied Tuesday for a second day in a row amid colder weather and signs that industrial demand is picking up as the economy recovers.

Merchants find solid sales gains for Thanksgiving weekend
The Thanksgiving weekend gave the nation's retailers a solid start to the holiday season, although consumers remained focused on bargains even as the economy improves.

Natural gas prices rise after blast of cold weather

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.

Bowden beats out father for coaches' award
Voting breakdown for The Associated Press' ACC coach of the year, as cast by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association:

Lady Tigers get win over No. 15 Rutgers

Bowden beats out father for coaches' award

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.

Foley says he'll look for changes

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.

Rivers unanimous pick for ACC's top player

Coach becomes first black to lead in SEC
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Sylvester Croom accepted an offer Monday to become Mississippi State's coach, making the Green Bay Packers' assistant the first black head football coach in Southeastern Conference history.

Oklahoma a lock for Sugar Bowl berth

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.

ACC Coach-Voting

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

Coach becomes first black to lead in SEC

ACC Coach-Voting
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The voting breakdown for The Associated Press' ACC coach of the year as cast by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association:

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.

Hokies accept invitation to Insight Bowl

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.

Virginia accepts Continental Tire Bowl bid, will play Pitt

Kansas moves from No. 6 to No. 1

Spending hogs

Who's unpatriotic?
For months, Democrats have minced no words in beating up on President George W. Bush's Iraq war policies.

Extreme to the extreme
The advertising gurus on Madison Avenue, and the lemmings at their command, have made the term "extreme" a good thing. Sports, behaviors and products that are billed as "extreme" are all the rage today.

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.

Who's unpatriotic?

Foul-weather friends

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.

Foul-weather friends
Having seen no quit, and no fear, in U.S. troops, terrorists in Iraq are now targeting U.S. allies.

Jane Fonda promises to bring activists to Guatemala to denounce murders of women
GUATEMALA CITY -- Jane Fonda promised Monday to bring a small "army" of women activists to Guatemala to denounce the murders of about 700 women in the past three years in this crime-plagued Central American nation.

People in the news
NEW YORK -- Illusionist Roy Horn of "Siegfried & Roy" is slowly recovering from a tiger attack that has kept him hospitalized since October, his partner said Monday.

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne says he was abused as a child
LONDON -- Ozzy Osbourne has told a British newspaper that he was sexually molested repeatedly as a child and suffered emotional effects from the abuse long into adulthood.

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.

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.

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.

Best airfares in the U.S.

Stocks slightly lower following day of big gains

Stocks slightly lower following day of big gains
NEW YORK -- Investors retreated modestly on Wall Street Tuesday, collecting profits after a six-day advance in the Dow Jones industrials. Analysts called the pullback unsurprising, especially after the Dow's 116-point advance on Monday.

Invesco and Invesco CEO charged in mutual fund scandal

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.

Invesco and Invesco CEO charged in mutual fund scandal
NEW YORK -- Regulators charged Invesco Funds Group Inc. and its chief executive with civil fraud on Tuesday, saying the company set up a sophisticated system to recruit big-money market timers despite complaints from its own employees that shareholders were being harmed.

Survey shows investors need more information

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

Best airfares in the U.S.
Here are the lowest available prices for round-trip tickets on heavily traveled U.S. routes according to travelocity.com.

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.

Survey shows investors need more information
WASHINGTON -- Nearly half the investors polled in a survey erroneously believed that stock market losses were insured and 70 percent were unaware of the risks of buying stocks on margin, according to the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Mutual fund outflows could be costly

Stocks surge on strong manufacturing numbers
NEW YORK -- Investors sent stocks surging Monday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up more than 115 points and into the shadow of 10,000 after a pair of reports showed better-than-expected growth in the nation's manufacturing sector and construction spending. Retail stocks dipped although stores had solid sales over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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.

Yellow Jackets add to their bowl streak
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey has a hard time coming up with a mental view of this year's team.

Georgia Tech takes spot in top 25 polls
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech capped its remarkably successful week by making its first appearance in the men'sbasketball polls since December of 1997.

Jackets waiting on an Idaho foe
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech put the best possible spin on its accepted invitation to the Humanitarian Bowl on Monday. The basic message: Boise's not that bad.

Muhammad, Wafer tabbed for weekly ACC honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Georgia Tech's Isma'il Muhammad, who led the Yellow Jackets to the championship of the Preseason NIT, has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball player of the week.

Muhammad, Wafer tabbed for weekly ACC honors

Georgia Tech takes spot in top 25 polls

Georgia Tech going to Humanitarian Bowl

Yellow Jackets add to their bowl streak

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 richer, grateful for Skins experience
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam won as much money in her first Skins Game as Tiger Woods managed in his four appearances combined.

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

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

Sorenstam richer, grateful for Skins experience

Quarterback wants to win for father who was removed as coach

Laney learns to win on road

Laney learns to win on road
Forget the long bus rides. Forget the jeering, hostile fans. Forget the unfamiliar field.

Quarterback wants to win for father who was removed as coach
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When Pageland Central quarterback Trent Usher steps on the field Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium for the Class 2A state championship, he'll be trying to win the big game for his dad.

Search for perfection often takes back seat to closest tree
We set a family record this year for buying a Christmas tree. About 20 minutes if you count driving, parking and my wife putting on fresh lipstick before getting out of the car.

Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley in hospital with abdominal pain
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley was hospitalized Tuesday with abdominal pain.

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

Anti-Semitism appalls

Public display of religion not the issue
Nov. 15's editorial page was the last straw, and I just had to sit down and write a response. Erika Pracht, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Heroes deserve notice

Money won't save Fort Gordon

Public display of religion not the issue

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.

Doesn't appreciate implication of story

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.

Doesn't appreciate implication of story
The Nov. 18 article by reporter Matthew Mogul, "Cheek wants hotels audited," created the impression that my wife's business, the Queen Anne Inn, is somehow guilty of shortchanging the city. The Queen Anne Inn is mentioned as one of four businesses which collectively owed the city over $75,000 in unpaid taxes. William Mundell, Augusta

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

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

Seniors calendar

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

Doctors say tattoo removal is becoming more common

Study: virtual colonoscopy is an accurate screening tool

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

Season offers many ways to pack on the pounds

Pentagon explores turning scooters into robots

Total recall for the absent-minded and forgetful

Lewis and Clark, Dr. Seuss among those on new stamps

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

Pentagon explores turning scooters into robots
NEW YORK -- It's called the Segway Human Transporter, but the Pentagon is drafting the two-wheeled scooter as part of a plan to develop battlefield robots that think on their own and communicate with troops.

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

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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.

Study: virtual colonoscopy is an accurate screening tool
CHICAGO -- A procedure that lets doctors find abnormal growths in the colon through computer-generated images is slightly more accurate and less invasive than conventional colonoscopy, new research suggests.

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?

Lewis and Clark, Dr. Seuss among those on new stamps
WASHINGTON -- Legends from entertainment and the arts, heroes of the battlefield, explorers who traveled the uncharted West and an author who delighted generations of children will have the honor of appearing on postage stamps next year.

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.

Season offers many ways to pack on the pounds
Thanksgiving is a thing of the past, but the temptations are far from over.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Only 1 Lynx comes to play

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

Coroner search: Filling position will be difficult

Strange sights nothing new in area skies
Bobby Copeland is convinced that what he saw over his home wasn't an airplane. It must have been something else - something unknown to him.

Man brings skies to Earth
AIKEN - For Dr. Gary Senn, 43, gazing at the stars has always been a thrill.

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.

Across the area

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.

Woman pleads guilty to homicide
A woman accused of killing her roommate after he beat her pleaded guilty to a reduced homicide charge Monday.

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.

Coroner search: Filling position will be difficult
Appointing a successor to Richmond County Coroner Leroy Sims might not be as simple as officials first thought.

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.

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

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.

Woman accused of taking money from aspiring writers

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.

Around South Carolina

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.

Around South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Sumter man has been charged with murder in connection with two bodies found in the Dazell woods.

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.

Senate passes legislation to prevent the Tolanis deportation
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The fight for a Wofford College student and his mother to avoid deportation to India has the support of the U.S. Senate.

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.

Heating-bill aid to be determined
The Georgia Public Service Commission will decide today whether to release an additional $6 million to help low-income residents pay their heating bills this winter.

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.

Coalition seeks to end animal fights

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.

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

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.

Officers become bobbleheads for charity

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.

Woman wants small Christmas for children

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.

Band turns to Web for fans

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

Equine crowd grazes at kitchen

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

Moving tracks could be costly for taxpayers

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.

Coalition seeks to end animal fights
AIKEN - Dogfighting and cockfighting are in the cross-hairs of a partnership announced Monday by South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and one of the country's leading animal rights organizations.

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.

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.

No takers yet for Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal papers
NEW YORK -- After four months on the market and a public viewing that attracted hundreds, a collection of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal papers remains on sale at Sotheby's auction house.

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.

Heavy hurricane season passes by Georgia coast
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Atlantic hurricane season drew to a close Monday, marking another year when coastal Georgia was spared from a monster storm.

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

Fort Gordon plans holiday concert
The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, based at Fort Gordon, will present a concert of holiday music Friday, according to the post's public affairs office.

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.

Rants and raves
GET OFF THIS Holy Roller kick. You don't have to be religious or anything else to be against pornography; i.e., the X-Mart. It's disgusting and degrades the decent, moral union that sex was reserved for: marriage.

Greenville County gets ready to post court records online

Strange sights nothing new in area skies

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

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.

Sharing of rivers is cause for worry

Heating-bill aid to be determined

Students get grant for glaucoma tests

Plans lack trauma unit Patients must go to Augusta hospitals

S.C. struggles with shortage of prison guards

Service remains woman's passion

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

Fort Gordon plans holiday concert

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

No takers yet for Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal papers

Across South Carolina

Man brings skies to Earth

Five questions

Across Georgia

News you can use

News you can use

Across the southeast

Divorce leaves mother of 3 with bills

Software allows virtual veterinary lessons

Across the area

Kid of the day

Teacher faced license revocation hearing after slapping incident

Lieberman: U.S. must prevent religious war

Across Georgia
Motorists in downtown Savannah soon will be able to whip out their debit or credit cards to feed the tourism and business district's parking meters.

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.

Plans lack trauma unit Patients must go to Augusta hospitals
AIKEN - South Carolina accident victims will still have to rely on top-level trauma care in Georgia, state hospital officials said Monday, despite plans to renovate and expand the emergency room and intensive care unit at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

News you can use
DEC. 2, 1947For the first time since "before the war," dusk settling over the Augusta was rudely jostled aside last night and put to flight when a switch was thrown sending the glow from about 2,000 Christmas lights on Broad Street to the heavens.

Ex-principal files age- and race-discrimination lawsuit
A former principal has filed an age- and race-discrimination lawsuit against the Richmond County Board of Education and Superintendent Charles Larke.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Savannah Pearl Morris, 5, of Martinez.

River tritium tracking to end
Georgia authorities hope to persuade the U.S. Department of Energy to reinstate funding for the radiation monitoring program before it expires in January.

Band turns to Web for fans
"Out there" is a place with no physical address or geographical location.

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

Navy Brig testing biometric tracking
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Navy's Consolidated Brig, which holds some high-profile terrorism suspects, is also testing new monitors which scan inmates' fingers and hands to keep track of the prisoners within the prison.

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.

Air Force pairs veterans with inexperienced fighter pilots
SUMTER, S.C. -- The Air Force is dealing with a training gap by pairing veteran Reserve fighter pilots with less-experienced fliers.

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

Hearing delayed for Muslim chaplain accused of taking classified materials
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- A hearing for a Muslim chaplain accused of taking classified material from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was delayed for a week Monday night.

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.

Woman wants small Christmas for children
A Sylvania, Ga., woman is struggling to make the holiday season special for her two daughters.

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

Across the area
The funeral of slain Thomson soldier Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Wilson has been set for Wednesday at the church he attended while growing up.

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

River tritium tracking to end

Air Force pairs veterans with inexperienced fighter pilots

Plane crash review focuses on engine
Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday they have turned their attention to engine components in the investigation of a June 16 plane crash that killed Ed and Leslie Johnson.

Woman pleads guilty to homicide

Rants and raves
GET OFF THIS Holy Roller kick. You don't have to be religious or anything else to be against pornography; i.e., the X-Mart. It's disgusting and degrades the decent, moral union that sex was reserved for: marriage.

Heavy hurricane season passes by Georgia coast

Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley in hospital with abdominal pain

Navy Brig testing biometric tracking

Kid of the day

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

Discovery of noose at SRS elicits conference

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.

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

Discovery of noose at SRS elicits conference
AIKEN - A noose found hanging around scaffolding at Savannah River Site has fanned past allegations of discrimination at the nuclear facility, and a civil rights group will address the incident at a news conference tonight.

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.

Eddie Murphy tames himself for family films

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.

New Zealand capital goes wild for 'Lord of the Rings' world premiere

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

New Zealand capital goes wild for 'Lord of the Rings' world premiere
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand's usually sleepy capital came awake in a roar of celebration Monday as stars returned for the premiere of the final film in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, parading through the city in open cars flanked by black-shrouded horsemen, orcs and hobbits that inhabit the beloved novels by JRR Tolkien.

Diversity finds a home in Nelly Furtado's music
NEW YORK -- As a 4-year-old, Nelly Furtado hid behind the living room couch, listening to her mother practice Portuguese hymns with friends in the church choir. She also would raid her father's record collection to hear Blondie, Led Zeppelin, ABBA and Billy Joel albums. She'd sing Joel's songs over and over.

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."

Pink and her attitude return with 'Try This'

Newspaper loses appeal over Dale Earnhardt photographs
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a student-run newspaper that wanted autopsy photos of race car driver Dale Earnhardt.

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.

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

No takers yet for Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal papers
NEW YORK -- After four months on the market and a public viewing that attracted hundreds, a collection of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal papers remains on sale at Sotheby's auction house.

2003 Atlantic hurricane season was very active

2003 Atlantic hurricane season was very active
MIAMI -- The 2003 Atlantic hurricane season was busier than usual, with 14 named storms blamed for 62 deaths by the season's end Sunday, but forecasters say it could have been worse.

Kansas moves from No. 6 to No. 1
Georgia Tech was the ninth school to get at least one first-place vote and the Yellow Jackets were No. 1 on three ballots.

Vick can't cure Falcons' ills

Vick on track to make his first start of the season

Vick shows rust in first game of season

Falcons fall to Texans

Eagles top Panthers

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Evidence of ties between Saddam, al-Qaida
"I UNDERSTOOD the 'why' of the war," said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was in Kansas City last week on a book tour. "I did not understand the 'why now."'

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.

Evidence of ties between Saddam, al-Qaida
"I UNDERSTOOD the 'why' of the war," said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was in Kansas City last week on a book tour. "I did not understand the 'why now."'

Boggs: Lottery's 'decade of dreams' a nightmare
THE GEORGIA Lottery is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a round of self-congratulatory radio and TV ads toasting a Decade of Dreams. Unfortunately, not all Georgia's lottery-inspired dreams have a happy ending. Not by a long shot.

Boggs: Lottery's 'decade of dreams' a nightmare
THE GEORGIA Lottery is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a round of self-congratulatory radio and TV ads toasting a Decade of Dreams. Unfortunately, not all Georgia's lottery-inspired dreams have a happy ending. Not by a long shot.

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Rogge says USATF still refuses to come clean in Young doping case

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Rogge says USATF still refuses to come clean in Young doping case
LONDON -- U.S. officials have failed to explain why Jerome Young was cleared to compete at the 2000 Olympics after flunking a drug test the year before, IOC president Jacques Rogge said Monday.

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

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.

Overtime
Bad calls hurt Gators, help Bulldogs get into title game.

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

Vick on track to make his first start of the season
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Barring any setbacks - and remember, these are the Atlanta Falcons - Michael Vick likely will make his first start of the season Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

'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."

Comedy Central tries its own awards show

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.

Jane Fonda promises to bring activists to Guatemala to denounce murders of women

People in the news

Q&A With Steve Earle

In movie comedy, Pat Proft means profitable

Microphones found outside Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

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.

Analysis: Georgia took tough road to Atlanta

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.

African kingdom turns to tradition seeking to cope with AIDS
SIBOVU, Swaziland -- In a sandy courtyard, a dozen children in torn shorts and grimy sweaters crowd around an iron pot, holding up plastic bowls for steaming spoonfuls of cabbage and maize porridge.

Activists, health workers, celebrities mark World AIDS Day

World Health Organization launches expanded HIV treatment

Activists, health workers, celebrities mark World AIDS Day
BEIJING -- Activists and health workers rallied around the globe Monday to mark World AIDS day, seeking support for the continuing battle against a disease that ravaged a record number of people in 2003.

World Health Organization launches expanded HIV treatment
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Promising cheaper drugs, simpler regimens and more money, two U.N. agencies launched a campaign Monday to provide 3 million HIV-infected people with the latest drugs available by the end of 2005, potentially revolutionizing treatment of the disease.

African kingdom turns to tradition seeking to cope with AIDS

Lennon bus will stop in Aiken

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Test tip: Start studying early
When I was younger, I never needed to study. Something always just clicked between the chalkboard and the review, so I never had much to think about before a test except how I was going to write my name: Should I print it or go for cursive?

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Test tip: Start studying early

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold):

Girl must make decision on which boy to be with

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Lennon bus will stop in Aiken
When the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rolls into town Feb. 12, it will park at Aiken High School.

Question of the week

Girl must make decision on which boy to be with
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a boyfriend and I love him. But I still have love for my ex. My ex wants me to go back with him in December. What should I do?

Your style
THE FACTS: Summer Dawn Janca, 17, a senior at Thomson High School

Test score is important for college admission
As most of their classmates lay sleeping, about 100 students gathered outside the Academy of Richmond County one recent Saturday for a date with SAT destiny.

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On DVD and VHS: Johnny Depp stars as a swashbuckling ship captain out to save the governor's daughter in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Question of the week
Here's this week's question: What's your favorite gum?

Test score is important for college admission

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

Woman convicted for attempting to have ex-boyfriend castrated

Odds and Ends

Bumper sticker delays flight four hours