Gary Larson revisits 'The Far Side'

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.

Best sellers list

'Birdy' spreads its wings off-Broadway

'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.

'Birdy' spreads its wings off-Broadway
NEW YORK -- As metaphors go, it may be difficult to find two more poignantly disparate than a bird in flight and another grounded.

Exhibit looks at WTC recovery operation at Fresh Kills

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

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.

'Caroline, or Change' an emotional disappointment

Search for perfection often takes back seat to closest tree

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.

Odds and Ends
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa -- A pair of National Guard soldiers were married among the plastic smiling snowmen, lighted reindeer and holiday poinsettias of the Wal-Mart store where they worked, met and fell in love.

Woman killed in gruesome attack by pack of pit bulls
DENVER -- A woman was killed in a gruesome attack by a pack of pit bull dogs that residents say had been a roaming menace for months. Another man was injured but escaped after his son shot at the dogs.

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.

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.

Postal Services to handle 20 billion pieces during holiday season

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.

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.

Business briefs

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.

Second Disney director quits

Boeing chairman Condit resigns in surprise announcement

Costs stifle growth in jobs

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.

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.

Second Disney director quits

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.

Masters tie-in lands retailer
A national retail store specializing in young women's apparel will come to Augusta this spring, the first retailer wooed to the area by economic developers during Masters Week.

Business briefs

Graham objects to lifting of tariffs

Natural gas prices rise after blast of cold weather

Boeing chairman Condit resigns in surprise announcement

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

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

Graham objects to lifting of tariffs
AIKEN - America needs a more aggressive policy toward countries who dump textiles and other manufacturing exports into the United States at below- market prices, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday, warning President Bush not to prematurely end tariffs on steel imports from Europe, Asia and South America.

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.

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

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

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

Merchants find solid sales gains for Thanksgiving weekend

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.

Clemson's Bowden gets 3-year extension

Bowden says he'll stay at Clemson until he retires
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says he isn't planning on going anywhere else and he's willing to back that promise with his own money.

Bowden beats out father for coaches' award

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:

Bowden says he'll stay at Clemson until he retires

Clemson's Bowden gets 3-year extension
To Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden, time is much more important than money.

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:

Coach becomes first black to lead in SEC

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.

Florida State athletic director to stay put
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State athletic director Dave Hart pulled out of consideration Tuesday for a similar position at the University of Georgia created by the pending retirement of former Bulldog football coach Vince Dooley.

ACC Coach-Voting

Kansas moves from No. 6 to No. 1

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

Who's unpatriotic?

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

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.

Taming China trade
Congressmen from our two-state area can take a bow. Their bipartisan message that Chinese cheating on textile trade and currency policies is killing off the U.S. textile industry finally got through to the Bush administration. U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans has announced the implementation of the textile safeguard provision.

Volunteers to pay?

Don't penalize S.C.
Should a state's taxpayers be punished because their officeholders contracted with a corporation that failed in its task?

Taming China trade

Foul-weather friends

Volunteers to pay?
Most South Carolina schools, including those in Aiken and Edgefield counties, can't afford to hire enough teachers due to the state's devastating budget cuts, so the schools have come to rely on volunteers to help with field trips and after-school programs. That's fortunate, because without a hefty volunteer force, there's a lot the schools couldn't do.

Actress Geena Davis expecting twins
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis is pregnant with twins, her publicist said Tuesday.

Good cop or bad cop? Be both in 'True Crime'
You can be forgiven for that feeling of deja vu when you start playing Activision's True Crime: Streets of LA.

People in the news
BOMBAY, India -- Richard Gere says he's started a campaign to draw together Bollywood movie stars, sports celebrities, business leaders and government officials to battle the spread of AIDS.

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.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

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.

Stuff to do
Rocking the Stocking, the 10th annual Kevin Brown memorial concert, will take place Friday and Saturday at Crossroads, 11th Street between Ellis and Broad streets.

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.

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.

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.

Survey shows investors need more information

Invesco and Invesco CEO charged in mutual fund scandal

Stocks slightly lower following day of big gains

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.

Best airfares in the U.S.

Stocks slightly lower following day of big gains

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.

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.

Survey shows investors need more information

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.

Invesco and Invesco CEO charged in mutual fund scandal

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.

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.

Tenderloin recipe cuts the mustard
Seasonings that give special flavor to the whole complex of a dish are a boon for cooks. In this low-fat dish, mustard, the perfect accompaniment to the pork tenderloin, clings to the vegetables and brings out the best in them, too.

Savor salmon in these burgers

Small portions
Opening champagne should be a little pop and circumstance, mixed with a dash of caution. Begin with a well-chilled bottle; it is less likely to erupt than a warm one.

Pecan diamonds are sweet treasure
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - As rich as a slice of pecan pie, pecan diamonds are bite-size treasures that seem more like a confection than a bar cookie.

Tenderloin recipe cuts the mustard

Savor salmon in these burgers
A "carefree" recipe from Rick Rodgers - what could be more welcome for cooks these busy days?

Pecan diamonds are sweet treasure

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.

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.

Yellow Jackets re-enter Top 25 with a flourish
ATLANTA -- Paul Hewitt saw all the grievous predictions, heard all the gloom-and-doom talk.

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.

Muhammad, Wafer tabbed for weekly ACC honors

Yellow Jackets re-enter Top 25 with a flourish

Yellow Jackets add to their bowl streak

Georgia Tech takes spot in top 25 polls

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.

The safety net at Q-school
Curtis Strange can relate to the 171 players who will have sweaty palms, dry throats and churning stomachs before every shot during six grueling rounds of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament this week.

Woods criticizes game reserve for violating privacy
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods criticized the founder of a South African game reserve Tuesday for alerting newspapers to his engagement to Elin Nordegren and taking photos to promote the reserve's Web site.

Woods criticizes game reserve for violating privacy

Toms to have wrist surgery, miss first part of tour season
David Toms went to three doctors before accepting the inevitable: bone spurs on his left wrist will require surgery and cause him to miss at least the first three weeks of the PGA Tour season.

The safety net at Q-school

Toms to have wrist surgery, miss first part of tour season

Sorenstam richer, grateful for Skins experience

Quarterback wants to win for father who was removed as coach

Laney learns to win on road

Thoroughbreds coach lands in winner's circle

North Augusta rolls

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

Thoroughbreds coach lands in winner's circle
Last year, South Aiken coach Dan Pippin took a 4-7 team from the season before and turned it into a winner, leading the Thoroughbreds to the playoffs.

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.

Predators, Thrashers make four-player trade

Predators, Thrashers make four-player trade
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators made a minor trade Tuesday, swapping four young players.

Four ingredients make tasty holiday appetizer
Holiday parties, teacher gifts and hostess gifts - aren't we all looking for a quick yet special recipe for these occasions? With just a few ingredients, you can create a delicious and festive treat for gift giving or entertaining that highlights one of the staples of the season - cranberries.

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.

Funeral held for slain Thomson soldier
THOMSON, Ga. -- Family, friends and soldiers remembered Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Wilson on Wednesday as a mentor with a dominating presence.

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

Doesn't appreciate implication of story

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.

Applauds Moore's stand for God
I applaud the tremendous effort and sacrifice that former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has made in defense of Christianity. I cannot imagine the courage it took for him to stand up for his beliefs as he did. Heaven has jumped for joy because of his actions. God bless Mr. Moore. Bert Mathews, Augusta

Public display of religion not the issue

Let's show Bush the door in 2004
Regarding Floyd Brown's Oct. 12 letter, "President George W. Bush is America's best hope," which tries to blame former President Bill Clinton for our current problems: Carroll C. Kenny, Martinez, Ga.

Let's show Bush the door in 2004

Applauds Moore's stand for God

Bush bashers are extremist Democrats
In Anne Cook's Nov. 23 letter, "Bush acts as though he was a stubborn child," she states she believes she can speak with some authority about personality traits of children, and believes that President George W. Bush's words and actions are that of a spoiled and stubborn brat. Richard Posey, 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

Pentagon explores turning scooters into robots

In the know

Donald Rumsfeld wins 'foot in mouth' prize

Breakups of long-lasting marriages become more common

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

Season offers many ways to pack on the pounds

Newsboys, cowboys are on top of fashion

Holidays allow opportunity to ride

Seniors calendar

Study: virtual colonoscopy is an accurate screening tool

In the know
Clorox has introduced a new way to accessorize items such as jeans and shirts. The Clorox Bleach Pen, which is filled with a gellike bleach, can be used to your name or designs on clothing, linens or any other item that is denim, cotton or canvas.

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

Breakups of long-lasting marriages become more common
NEW YORK -- Jane Harkleroad marked her first anniversary on Nov. 17 - the anniversary of the divorce that ended a 37-year marriage.

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.

Holidays allow opportunity to ride
The holiday season is here, and many Augustans might be feeling a bit bloated after their Thanksgiving dining exploits.

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.

Donald Rumsfeld wins 'foot in mouth' prize
LONDON -- He may not know it - or know that he knows it - but Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has won this year's "Foot in Mouth" award for the most baffling statement by a public figure.

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.

Newsboys, cowboys are on top of fashion
NEW YORK - Fashion usually is all about what's new. If an item is really on top, though, it seems to stay there for a while.

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

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.

New visor rule stirs debate

Lynx slap shots

Two minutes with John Cronin

New visor rule stirs debate
Augusta Lynx veteran defenseman Wes Swinson estimates only two or three of his teammates prefer wearing a protective visor.

Team prepares to address issues

Lynx slap shots
Friday: Augusta Lynx at Columbia Inferno

Team prepares to address issues
Professional Hockey Players Association executive director Larry Landon will be in Augusta today to meet and discuss union issues with Lynx players.

Two minutes with John Cronin
Two minutes with John Cronin, #4, Defenseman.

Toal breezes through questioning from judicial commission
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal breezed through a public hearing Tuesday on her qualifications to serve 10 more years as the state's top judge.

County to crack down on builders
Columbia County wants to keep closer track on the people building houses within the county.

NAACP calls for aid with racism

Across Georgia

Kid of the day

Band turns to Web for fans

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.

Graham talks of defense
AIKEN - America needs to add more men and women in uniform to shoulder the country's wartime military commitments instead of reducing forces in Iraq, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday.

County to crack down on builders

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

Soap opera stars adopt small Georgia town

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.

Coalition seeks to end animal fights

Toal breezes through questioning from judicial commission

Discovery of noose at SRS elicits conference

Across the area

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.

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

Plans lack trauma unit Patients must go to Augusta hospitals

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.

Airport building attracts interest

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.

Travel delay hurts trauma care

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.

NAACP calls for aid with racism
AIKEN - While praising the swift and decisive response of company leaders, the Aiken chapter of the NAACP called on the State Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Justice Department to intervene if any further racially offensive incidents surface at Savannah River Site.

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.

Plan ahead when mailing holiday gifts

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.

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.

Heavy hurricane season passes by Georgia coast

Funeral held for slain Thomson soldier

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

News you can use

Navy Brig testing biometric tracking

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.

Heating-bill aid to be determined

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.

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.

News you can use
DEC. 3, 1992A recent Energy Department study concluded that operators of a shutdown Savannah River Site facility that is tied to a $1.5 billion NASA mission still aren't following operating procedures.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Budget cuts will hurt services
Impact of state budget cuts on the South Carolina Department of Mental Health since 2001:

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Zaniyah Ar'money Burton, 1, of Augusta.

Graham talks of defense

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

Woman wants small Christmas for children

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.

Woman pleads guilty to homicide

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.

News you can use

Travel delay hurts trauma care
AIKEN - More trauma victims from Aiken and surrounding counties are being sent tothe Medical College of Georgia Hospital's trauma center, which could delay their access to emergency care, emergency medical officials said Tuesday.

Air Force pairs veterans with inexperienced fighter pilots

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A Georgia State Patrol trooper died Tuesday after his patrol car veered off the road while chasing a suspect.

Around South Carolina

Wild hogs are spreading in Georgia, scientists say

Across the area

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A former Richland County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to four years in prison after authorities say he took money from drug dealers in exchange for insider information and protection.

Fort Gordon plans holiday concert

Budget cuts will hurt services

Out-of-work dad seeks holiday aid
An Augusta man wants to make the holidays a little brighter for his family.

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.

Rants and raves
DOES ANYONE believe George Bush would have made his secret Thanksgiving flight to Iraq if he had not been running next year?

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.

Across the area
Two Augusta men told police Monday night that they had been robbed at gunpoint while at home, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Incentives drive teachers
AIKEN - High school chemistry teacher David Smith spent a year of late nights toiling over his own homework: a rigorous self-evaluation of his teaching methods for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Airport building attracts interest
Utility trailers, shrubbery or even a restaurant have all recently become business pitches for an abandoned bank building at Augusta Regional Airport.

Incentives drive teachers

Plan ahead when mailing holiday gifts
With more than 20 billion pieces of mail expected to flow through U.S. post offices during the holiday season, the Augusta postmaster's message is a simple one: mail as early as possible.

Endangered whooping cranes make a record flight in Georgia

Nursing school has dean finalists
The Medical College of Georgia is hoping to make an offer next month to one of two finalists to become the new dean of the School of Nursing, Provost Barry Goldstein said.

Medicaid faces serious cuts

Judicial center work hits delay
Elected officials might have settled on a site for a new judicial center, but until they know what's underground on the property, Augusta commissioners will hold off on any above-ground decisions.

Nursing school has dean finalists

City workers get extra day off
The 12 days of Christmas will include a five-day weekend for city employees this year.

Lawsuit challenges Sanford in Reserves

Women here live healthier, study says
The Augusta-Aiken area is among the healthiest places in the country for women, according to Self magazine.

Out-of-work dad seeks holiday aid

Interim coroner job goes to Tuten
Augusta commissioners appointed Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Grover Tuten as interim coroner Tuesday until a special election can be held during the March 2 presidential primary.

Baby Gregory dies of rare disease

Medicaid faces serious cuts
South Carolina's Medicaid system faces a $200 million budget deficit next year, which could mean a further reduction in benefits to the 860,000 low-income residents served by the program.

Judicial center work hits delay

For the HIV-positive homeless, a place of caring opens in Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Once dealers sold drugs from dilapidated shacks on the east side of Savannah. Now those shacks are renovated homes of hope for poor and homeless people with HIV or AIDS.

Strange sights nothing new in area skies

Baby Gregory dies of rare disease
ATLANTA -- A disabled boy who sparked a legal battle between his parents and doctors has died.

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.

Soap opera stars adopt small Georgia town
RHINE, Ga. -- A "Days of Our Lives" star is headed to this tiny middle Georgia hamlet for a Christmas parade, but residents here aren't too surprised. They're getting used to the soap opera actors stopping by to lend a hand.

River tritium tracking to end

Wild hogs are spreading in Georgia, scientists say
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Georgia's feral hog population is exploding, state scientists say, warning that the nonnative hogs damage crops and other animals.

Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley in hospital with abdominal pain

Endangered whooping cranes make a record flight in Georgia
SASSER, Ga. -- Sixteen endangered whooping crane chicks, following ultralight aircraft on a migratory flight from the Midwest, made a record 195.6-mile hop over Georgia before landing at a rest stop in Terrell County near Albany.

Coroner search: Filling position will be difficult

Lawsuit challenges Sanford in Reserves
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday challenging whether Gov. Mark Sanford can remain in office and continue to hold his U.S. Air Force Reserve commission.

Man brings skies to Earth

Rematch ends season properly
ATHENS, Ga. - In golf we call them mulligans. In Southeastern Conference football, we call them championship games.

Sundance announces part of 2004 festival lineup
SALT LAKE CITY -- Kevin Bacon and Courtney Cox Arquette are among actors whose films are entered in the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, an annual 11-day movie party staged in Utah.

Sundance announces part of 2004 festival lineup

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

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.

Singer R. Kelly's lawyers fight child pornography charges
CHICAGO -- Attorneys defending R&B star R. Kelly against child pornography charges have filed a host of motions, including one contending the alleged victim could have been old enough to legally consent to sex.

Spoleto Festival announces 2004 schedule
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Performances by dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and a production of the 18-hour Chinese opera "The Peony Pavilion" highlight the schedule for next year's Spoleto Festival USA.

Singer R. Kelly's lawyers fight child pornography charges

Spoleto Festival announces 2004 schedule

NASCAR stars meet with President Bush
WASHINGTON -- NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth and a large group of current and former Winston Cup stars were honored Tuesday at the White House by President Bush.

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.

NASCAR stars meet with President Bush

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
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.

2003 Atlantic hurricane season was very active

Kobe Bryant's attorneys push for secrecy in assault case
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's defense team agreed with prosecutors Tuesday, saying some court documents in his sexual assault case should be sealed from public view.

Kobe Bryant's attorneys push for secrecy in assault case

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 on track to make his first start of the season

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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."'

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.

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

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

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.

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Ex-Lions superstar sets record straight

North Augusta rolls
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - When North Augusta senior Henri Perry looked at his team the first day of basketball practice, he knew they had a chance to be great.

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.

Rematch ends season properly

Don Johnson plays officer accused of war crime in TV movie
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- When Don Johnson saw his son Jesse in uniform, he got all choked up: "It was very moving ... my emotions were right at the surface when I was making this film."

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

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Actress Geena Davis expecting twins

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Good cop or bad cop? Be both in 'True Crime'

UGA students complain about lack of tickets
ATHENS, Ga. -- To the 7,960 University of Georgia students who didn't win the lottery for a ticket to Saturday's SEC championship: Try hitting up school president Michael Adams for one.

Richt says Tigers will be tougher
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia football coach Mark Richt did his homework Tuesday.

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Nine Georgia players will have to buy rings if Dawgs win another title

Richt says Tigers will be tougher

Florida State athletic director to stay put after UGA bid
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State athletic director Dave Hart pulled out of consideration Tuesday for a similar position at the University of Georgia created by the pending retirement of former Bulldog football coach Vince Dooley.

Dooley brought to hospital

Nine Georgia players will have to buy rings if Dawgs win another title
ATHENS, Ga. -- Even if they earn SEC championship rings this weekend, nine Georgia players won't automatically get them.

Dooley brought to hospital
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley was hospitalized Tuesday after complaining of abdominal pain.

UGA students complain about lack of tickets

Redone courses get good reviews
The members and "regulars" at Forest Hills Golf Club and Jones Creek Golf Club have made their decisions.

World Health Organization launches expanded HIV treatment

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.

Activists, health workers, celebrities mark World AIDS Day

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.

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.

African kingdom turns to tradition seeking to cope with AIDS

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?

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

Question of the week

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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.

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?

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.

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

Test tip: Start studying early

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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Girl must make decision on which boy to be with

Lennon bus will stop in Aiken

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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):

Test score is important for college admission

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Woman killed in gruesome attack by pack of pit bulls

Bumper sticker delays flight four hours

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