'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.

Missing sculpture found in time for art exhibit
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Michael Richards' life came to a sudden, violent end in his World Trade Center studio. For a time, it looked as though the Sept. 11 terrorist attack had destroyed one of his most important works as well.

An unusual heroine makes a fine transfer to Broadway

'Birdy' spreads its wings off-Broadway

An unusual heroine makes a fine transfer to Broadway
NEW YORK -- "The most singular, eccentric individual the Cold War ever birthed" has made a triumphant transfer to Broadway.

Broadway to get big taste of Elvis

Tony-winning revival of 'Nine' closing after eight-month run

Tony-winning revival of 'Nine' closing after eight-month run
NEW YORK -- "Nine," winner of the 2003 Tony Award for best musical revival, will close Dec. 14 after an eight-month run.

Broadway to get big taste of Elvis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Always eager to keep Elvis Presley working, managers of his estate have turned their sights on Broadway.

Missing sculpture found in time for art exhibit

Jermaine Alexander Jenkins

Gabrielle Maria Neville

Jermaine Alexander Jenkins
Chester C. Jenkins Jr. and Sharon L. Jenkins, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jermaine Alexander Jenkins, Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Chester Jenkins Sr., of Augusta, and the late Juanita Jenkins, Janie Mae Dukes and Johnny Osborne.

Mary Tinsley Jenkins
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jenkins, of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Tinsley Jenkins, Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James L. Poston Sr., of Thomson, Mr. Stanley Jenkins, of Union, S.C., and the late Martha Jenkins.

Kayla Victoria Wilson
Joseph and Amanda Wilson, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Kayla Victoria Wilson, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Jump, of Dearing, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilson of Grovetown.

Aniya Cire Johnson
Brian K. and Vickie Johnson, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Aniya Cire Johnson, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Allen Goss and Juanne Callaway, of Union Point, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Dyson, of North Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Johnson, of McCormick, S.C.

Aniya Cire Johnson

Gabrielle Maria Neville
Sean and Cathi Neville, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Gabrielle Maria Neville, Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Patricia P. Campbell and Mary Ann Neville, both of Augusta, Ronald P. Campbell, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Dr. R. Lester Neville, of Columbia.

William Davis Pinson

Thomas Evan Mosley
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L. Mosley, of Harlem, announce the birth of a son, Thomas Evan Mosley, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Mosley, of Columbus, Ga., Norris Newman, of Augusta, and the late Martha Newman.

Anne Travis Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Evans, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Anne Travis Evans, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Brooks Dye, of Augusta, Dr. Ellis Wayne Evans, of Macon, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Edmonds Hopkins, of Forsyth, Ga.

Ashley Melissa Morris
Dan and Ginger Morris, of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Ashley Melissa Morris, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Al and Margaret Jackson, of Augusta, and Robert and Grace Morris, of Appling.

Rianna Faith Scouten
David J. Scouten and Amanda L. Howard, of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Rianna Faith Scouten, Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Scouten, of Thomson, Clay Howard and Angela Josey, of Augusta, and Glenn Bohler Jr., of Thomson.

Kristopher Michael Lowry
Michael Lowry and Kelly Anderson, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Kristopher Michael Lowry, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Heel, of Beech Island, Marion Kneece, of Graniteville and Gerald Lowry, of Langley.

Kayla Victoria Wilson

Colton Warren Looney
Warren H. and April Looney, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Colton Warren Looney, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Warren and Janet Rosen, of Vancouver, Wash., and Dennis and Lisa Looney, of Lufkin, Texas.

Jayme Elizabeth Powell

Rodney Campbell Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Campbell, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Rodney Campbell Jr., Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Hill, of Augusta, and Carl Campbell and Sandra Redd, of Augusta.

Thomas Evan Mosley

Timothy Jackson Wise Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Wise Sr., of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Timothy Jackson Wise Jr., Tuesday, Oct. 7, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Alvin Mills, of Thomson, Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Wise Sr., of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs Calvin H. Hamilton, of North Augusta.

Mary Tinsley Jenkins

Annsley Elise Baxley
Allen and Kimberly Baxley, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Annsley Elise Baxley, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Wilkins Jr., of Clinton, Miss., Dorma Guyton, of Aiken, and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baxley, of North Augusta.

Kristopher Michael Lowry

Emily Elizabeth Rogers

Brady Hilton Dial
Neil A. and Joni H. Dial, of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Brady Hilton Dial, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ronny and Sybil Horton, of Barnwell, S.C., Steve and Linda Becker, of Laurens, Iowa, and Neil and Paula Dial, of Sacramento, Calif.

Annsley Elise Baxley

Joshua Seth Shirley
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Shirley, of Wrens, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Joshua Seth Shirley, Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Thompson, of Winterville, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Shirley, of Stapleton, Ga.

Joshua Seth Shirley

Andrew Thomas Beckman
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Beckman, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Andrew Thomas Beckman, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. J. Hyatt Smith, of Waynesboro, Ga., and John T. Beckman and Barbara Beckman, both of Augusta.

Aden O'Connell Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Jackson, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Aden O'Connell Jackson, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ryan, of Tampa, Fla., Marty Jackson, of Evans, and Janice Wagner, of Buford, Ga.

Rodney Campbell Jr.

Rebecca JoAnna Graham
Mr. and Mrs. Kyle E. Graham, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Rebecca JoAnna Graham, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Joel W. Embry, of Martinez, Nancy K. Graham, of Augusta, and Edward Graham, of Clarks Hill.

Brady Hilton Dial

Andrew Thomas Beckman

Rebecca JoAnna Graham

Rianna Faith Scouten

Emily Elizabeth Rogers
Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Rogers, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Elizabeth Rogers, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hughes, of Hephzibah, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Rogers, of Augusta.

Ashley Melissa Morris

Timothy Jackson Wise Jr.

Anne Travis Evans

Jayme Elizabeth Powell
Jamie and April Powell, of Beech Island, announce the birth of a daughter, Jayme Elizabeth Powell, Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Janice S. Cato of Warrenville, Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Williams, of Harlem, and Janice Graves and James Powell Jr., both of Augusta.

Colton Warren Looney

William Davis Pinson
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua E. Pinson, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, William Davis Pinson, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Norman Skelton and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Curry, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pinson, of St. Simons Island, Ga.

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.

Odds and Ends
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- James Craddolph wanted to spend Christmas with his girlfriend cuddled up in front of a real tree in her apartment. But Virginia's new fire code has snuffed out that idea.

Inmate who concealed gender will stay in women's prison
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A male drug offender who concealed his gender for months while incarcerated with women will serve the rest of his sentence in the state women's prison, a corrections official said Tuesday.

German accused of killing, eating Internet acquaintance
KASSEL, Germany -- A computer expert accused of killing, dismembering and eating another man who allegedly agreed to the arrangement over the Internet went on trial for murder Wednesday at a court in central Germany.

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.

AMOCO stations to disappear in Augusta

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.

Disney CEO Michael Eisner facing his most serious challenge yet

Graham objects to lifting of tariffs

Disney CEO Michael Eisner facing his most serious challenge yet
LOS ANGELES -- With two once-strong allies turning on him, Michael Eisner's micro-managing style of leadership at the Walt Disney Co. is again getting scrutinized.

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Wal-Mart to stop accepting MasterCard signature debit cards
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will stop accepting signature debit cards issued by MasterCard starting in February, the first major retailer to take such action since a lawsuit settlement freed merchants to pick which credit and debit card services they use.

Euro hits another new high against dollar

Euro hits another new high against dollar
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The euro rose to another record high against the U.S. dollar Wednesday, spiking to $1.2127 as it resumed a surge driven by worries about the U.S. trade and budget deficits.

Postal Services to handle 20 billion pieces during holiday season

Online retailers see sales take off Thanksgiving
NEW YORK -- Shoppers crowded the Internet as well as store aisles during the Thanksgiving weekend.

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.

AMOCO stations to disappear in Augusta
Amoco stations will soon disappear from intersections around Augusta, though consumers shouldn't have any trouble finding its gas brands at the pump.

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.

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

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.

Soldiers see latest gadgets
Computers that can fall off a truck and still work, encrypted cell phones like those on the TV show 24 and walkie-talkies from the film Behind Enemy Lines were among the technology on display at the 31st annual Signal Symposium at Fort Gordon.

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.

Productivity grows at best rate since 1983

Online retailers see sales take off Thanksgiving

Second Disney director quits

Soldiers see latest gadgets

Business briefs

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

Productivity grows at best rate since 1983
WASHINGTON -- Productivity of U.S. companies rocketed at a 9.4 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the best showing in 20 years, offering an encouraging sign that the economic resurgence will be lasting.

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.

Clemson breaks Purdue's winless streak

Clemson breaks Purdue's winless streak
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Winless in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge no more, Purdue coach Gene Keady is nevertheless still no fan of the annual interconference matchup.

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.

Vols poised to end season somewhere in Florida

Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones to leave early for NFL
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech running back Kevin Jones will leave school a year early and enter the NFL draft.

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.

Vols poised to end season somewhere in Florida
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee appears to be headed for the Sunshine State for a third time this season to play in a New Year's Day bowl.

LSU's Saban says title game just about good football
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Southeastern Conference title game Saturday night is not a grudge match, not a revenge match, not a game to preserve their honor, LSU coach Nick Saban said.

LSU's Saban says title game just about good football

Volunteers to pay?

Stiffen current federal animal-fighting penalties
COCKFIGHTING and the equally despicable practice of dogfighting are thriving underground industries. While organized animal combat is illegal in the vast majority of states (only Louisiana and some New Mexico counties allow cockfighting, and none permit dogfighting), criminal networks raise vast numbers of birds and dogs for staged battles at home and abroad. They persist because prohibitions are too porous, penalties are too weak, and the resulting level of enforcement is often lax.

Remind us - what kind?
Imagine you started your own church. Imagine your church grew to millions worldwide, meaning you employed tens of thousands of people.

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.

Stiffen current federal animal-fighting penalties

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.

Restore monitoring money
Since 1991, when tritium was first discovered in Burke County wells, Georgia authorities have been understandably concerned about the potential for contamination that the Savannah River Site may pose to ground water resources that serve southeast Georgia, particularly the Savannah River.

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

Restore monitoring money

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Something borrowed, something blue - and a lawsuit, too, for bride-to-be Trista Rehn of ABC's "Bachelorette."

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.

Alice Cooper gets star on Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES -- Alice Cooper showed up in full makeup to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Cosby, Eastwood, Hanks nominated for People's Choice Awards
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Bill Cosby, Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks are the "favorite all-time entertainer" nominees for the 30th People's Choice Awards, honoring stars of film, music and television.

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.

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

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.

SEC to curb mutual fund abuses
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators are moving to stanch a tide of trading abuses in mutual funds with new curbs on after-hours trading which brings profits to a favored few fund investors.

Survey shows investors need more information

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.

Invesco and Invesco CEO charged in mutual fund scandal

Indexes closed mixed on strong productivity report
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index flirted with 2,000 for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday and the Dow Jones industrials approached the 10,000 level as investors eagerly picked up stocks but then grew cautious following a strong productivity report.

Stocks slightly lower following day of big gains

SEC to curb mutual fund abuses

Bases oppose payday lending
ATLANTA - Top brass from two Georgia military bases joined consumer groups Wednesday in lobbying legislators to close down payday lending, a practice legal experts say is thriving but already illegal.

Indexes closed mixed on strong productivity report

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.

Savor salmon in these burgers

Pecan diamonds are sweet treasure

Bugs on food are a byproduct of efforts to reduce pesticides

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.

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

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.

Bugs on food are a byproduct of efforts to reduce pesticides
BOSTON -- Sure, it's scary to find poisonous black widow spiders on store-bought grapes. But food safety specialists and growers say it's less frightening than the alternative: a return to harsher pesticides.

Tenderloin recipe cuts the mustard

Yellow Jackets host NCAA tournament for first time
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech has plenty of motivation for the opening two rounds of the NCAA volleyball tournament, held on campus for the first time ever.

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 re-enter Top 25 with a flourish

Yellow Jackets host NCAA tournament for first time

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

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.

The safety net at Q-school

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

Briggs, Swedes Gronberg, Chopra top Q-school leaderboard
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Danny Briggs and Swedes Mathias Gronberg and Daniel Chopra shot 5-under 67s in windy conditions Wednesday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

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.

Briggs, Swedes Gronberg, Chopra top Q-school leaderboard

Tigers foresee defense fight

Thoroughbreds coach lands in winner's circle

North Augusta rolls

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.

Tigers foresee defense fight
The gifted offensive players who led LaGrange to a state title in 2001 and reformed the Grangers into a dangerous squad last year are gone.

Boston snaps skid with win over Thrashers
ATLANTA - The Boston Bruins held an opponent without a power-play goal for the second time in three games.

Boston snaps skid with win over Thrashers

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.

Thrashers reassign Santala to Chicago of AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned forward Tommi Santala to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Thrashers reassign Santala to Chicago of AHL

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.

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.

Student stabbed on school bus
Authorities say a 17-year-old Butler High School student is recovering from minor stab wounds received in an altercation on a school bus this morning.

Jefferson Co. shooting death investigated
Local and state officials are investigating the shooting death of a woman in Stapleton, Ga. in northwestern Jefferson County this afternoon, authorities said.

Moral values must turn around

Let's show Bush the door in 2004

Use better judgment in publishing letters

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

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.

Applauds Moore's stand for God

Former volunteer supports Planned Parenthood's mission

Judicial system running amok
Joseph R. Neal Jr. (Nov. 24 letter, "Editorial undermines confidence") writes well and convincingly. He, however, is not only improper in castigating the writer of the Nov. 7 editorial, "Judicial tyranny," but he is also incorrect in not differentiating between the past and the present. Richard Netzley, Evans, Ga.

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.

Use better judgment in publishing letters
The Nov. 25 letter by Harry Sellers, "Priorities backward on Mideast," is filled with lies, misinformation and vitriol intended only to incite hatred. While the writer is entitled to his opinions, the newspaper bears the responsibility of checking the contents of controversial letters so that it, a newspaper with a wide circulation, does not itself become the purveyor of the lies. Gloria R. Greenbaum, Augusta

Moral values must turn around
Jacko (Michael Jackson) is a wacko, but only in America can people who are considered of low moral character be the most popular. Robert Thatcher, North Augusta, S.C.

Former volunteer supports Planned Parenthood's mission
In the late '80s, I walked into Planned Parenthood in Augusta to volunteer my time. I had a bachelor of arts in psychology and, after about six months, a paid position as a counselor became available. I then made $5 an hour. Debra P. Brizius, Grovetown, Ga.

Breakups of long-lasting marriages become more common

Donald Rumsfeld wins 'foot in mouth' prize

U.N. report details disastrous warming effects on ski resorts

NASA braces for dangers of landing twin rovers on Mars

In the know

Holidays are a time of giving

In the know

Newsboys, cowboys are on top of fashion

European space officials show off pictures of Mars

Health and fitness calendar

Holidays allow opportunity to ride

U.N. report details disastrous warming effects on ski resorts
TURIN, Italy -- Global warming is threatening the world's ski resorts, with melting at lower altitudes forcing the sport to move higher and higher up mountains, according to a new United Nations study.

NASA braces for dangers of landing twin rovers on Mars
PASADENA, Calif. -- After seven routine months of spaceflight, NASA is bracing for six minutes of high anxiety in January, when the twin rovers it launched earlier this year punch through the Martian atmosphere to land on the Red Planet.

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

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.

European space officials show off pictures of Mars
DARMSTADT, Germany -- European space officials on Wednesday showed off the first pictures of Mars sent back by the Mars Express spacecraft as it heads for a Christmas rendezvous with the Red Planet.

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Holidays are a time of giving
The demand for eggnog isn't the only thing that spikes this time of the year.

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.

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

Two minutes with John Cronin

Team prepares to address issues

New visor rule stirs debate

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

Lynx slap shots

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.

Class has pupils watching steps

Out-of-work dad seeks holiday aid

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is JaQuria Denise Gilbert, 1, of Augusta.

Audit of marinas reveals hazards

Class has pupils watching steps
Gym class had never been this much fun.

News you can use

Board error displaces church
A church will continue the search for a place in Columbia County after its plan to build on Hereford Farm Road was mistakenly struck down by county commissioners this week.

Judicial center work hits delay

News you can use

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.

Lawsuit challenges Sanford in Reserves

Board error displaces church

Sex offender alerts sheriff to presence
AIKEN - A man whom the South Carolina attorney general deems a dangerous sexual predator and a "threat to society" moved into a North Augusta home this week, according to public records.

Sex offender alerts sheriff to presence

Endangered whooping cranes make a record flight in Georgia

Kid of the day

Students see future with airline industry
AIKEN - On clear Saturday afternoons, Matthew Bell can be found in the left seat of a Cessna 152 at Aiken Municipal Airport going over his flight checklist before takeoff.

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.

Incentives drive teachers

Baby Gregory dies of rare disease

Reserves prepare for duty
AIKEN - They'll be shipping out in less than a week and will probably wind up shouldering their share of the combat burden in Iraq, but the reserve unit's leaders say the men and women of the Aiken-based 450th Ordnance Company are just as sharp as regular troops.

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.

Survey tests pupils' readiness
AIKEN - South Carolina kindergartners have trouble counting blocks but interact well with one another, while first-graders lack social self-confidence yet they know you shouldn't match a circle with a square, according to a statewide assessment of pupils in both grades released Wednesday.

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.

Turkey shoot elicits debate
A turkey shoot near Grovetown has Columbia County officials caught in the cross fire between two groups arguing over whether the event should be allowed to continue.

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Lack of dump sites stirs concern
AIKEN - A 770-ton nuclear reactor heading from California to Barnwell County by way of a sea voyage around South America is raising environmental concerns and highlighting a growing need for more radioactive dumps across the country.

Poison-free plant still poses threat

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

Nonprofits may get EPD grants

Audit of marinas reveals hazards
Mismanagement at two city marinas has resulted in inconsistent slip fees, sloppy bookkeeping and safety hazards, according to a nine-page internal audit completed by Baird & Co. certified public accountants.

Jefferson Co. shooting death investigated

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for Jason Dollard, the new meteorologist on Channel 12. He is the best they have had in a long time.

Buyers give Miller vote of confidence

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The state Division of Family and Children Services has replaced the management of child protection offices in three more counties in a continuing shakeup of the welfare agency.

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.

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD - The Heritage Classic Foundation gave more than $1.25 million to South Carolina charities this year, the group says.

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.

County to crack down on builders

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.

Medicaid faces serious cuts

Soap opera stars adopt small Georgia town

Plan ahead when mailing holiday gifts

Funeral held for slain Thomson soldier

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.

News you can use
DEC. 4, 1982 An Augusta man was shot in the neck Friday by a Richmond County sheriff's deputy, who was helping to subdue and arrest another man for possession of marijuana.

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.

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.

Graham talks of defense

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.

Airport building attracts interest

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

Wild hogs are spreading in Georgia, scientists say

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.

NAACP calls for aid with racism

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Turkey shoot elicits debate

Poison-free plant still poses threat
The striking scarlet leaves of the poinsettia plant are not poisonous, as many people mistakenly believe. But for those allergic to latex products, the milky sap of the ubiquitous holiday symbol could prove an itchy irritant.

Single mother struggles to pay bills

Buyers give Miller vote of confidence
After a long day of hopping around the state, signing his new book, U.S. Sen. Zell Miller still had time to spend a few hours with Augustans on Wednesday night.

Student stabbed on school bus

Budget cuts will hurt services

Across the area

Nonprofits may get EPD grants
ATLANTA - Nonprofit environmental groups throughout Georgia soon could gain access to federal money to bolster their efforts to curb water pollution.

Survey tests pupils' readiness

Toal breezes through questioning from judicial commission

Women in area live healthier, study says

Across the area

Students see future with airline industry

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.

Lack of dump sites stirs concern

Travel delay hurts trauma care

Across the area
Two teens are denied bond

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

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for Jason Dollard, the new meteorologist on Channel 12. He is the best they have had in a long time.

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

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.

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.

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?

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

Single mother struggles to pay bills
A Thomson single mother hopes to make Christmas a little brighter for her three boys.

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.

Nursing school has dean finalists

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

Independent Spirit Award nominees announced
NEW YORK -- It'll be an all-American Independent Spirit Awards ceremony, with "American Splendor" and "In America" among the nominees for best feature.

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.

Local kickboxer on the rise
From beginner to champion in only five months? Local kickboxer Clint Martin must be really good or really lucky.

Singer Ray Charles recovering from hip surgery
LOS ANGELES -- Ray Charles is recovering in his Beverly Hills home after undergoing a hip replacement last week.

Lawsuit offers glimpse into world of rap mogul
NEW YORK -- After two decades of survival and success in the cutthroat music business, the world's pre-eminent white rap mogul found himself trapped in a place most horrific:

Lawsuit offers glimpse into world of rap mogul

Spoleto Festival announces 2004 schedule

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

N.C. town is home to majority of race teams

Question and answer with Robbie Reiser

CART considering bankruptcy

CART considering bankruptcy
INDIANAPOLIS -- A buyout offer to keep CART going has apparently been put on hold and officials of the troubled racing series are considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

NASCAR stars meet with President Bush

Question and answer with Robbie Reiser
Robbie Reiser just wanted somebody to drive his Busch Series car for a couple weeks while his regular driver, Tim Bender, recovered from injuries sustained in a racing accident. ...

Stock car racing in D.C.

N.C. town is home to majority of race teams
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - There are more ratchet wrenches and needle-nose pliers per capita in this community of sprawling industrial parks and waterfront homes on Lake Norman than any other place in the world.

Stock car racing in D.C.
NEW YORK - Stock cars were parked on the South Lawn at the White House on Tuesday as President Bush met with several drivers, car owners, mechanics and officials from the NASCAR circuit.

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.

Kobe Bryant's attorneys push for secrecy in assault case

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.

He's back: Vick brightens Falcons' miserable season

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Ms. Claudia Waldrop    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Helen Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Gerald Morgan    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Earl Horne, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Dodgen    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Woman was beloved teacher
For 40 years, Janie Hankerson Lowe dedicated her life to teaching young people at Lucy C. Laney High School.

Mr. William James Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Martha Hoskins    (ROCK HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Hermon Johns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Horner Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Wanda Landrum    (LYNCHBURG, Va.)
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Mr. Earl Horne Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joel Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Hayes    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence Pickren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Gliss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul Silva    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Louise Kosky    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Danny McCray (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Smoaks (MARTIN, S.C.)

Dr. Philip Baker (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Bailey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Hoskins (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Woods (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Rena Cotton (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Salet (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Horne, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Hayes (HARLEM, GA)

Mrs. Janie Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kaylee Brock (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William James Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hermon Johns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Mayo (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Collier (WEST COLA, S.C.)

Mr. Wallace Rayburn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Horne Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Cliett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Woman was beloved teacher

Miss Edna Smith (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Wanda Landrum (LYNCHBURG, Va.)

Mr. Gary Dickerson (ELBERTON, Ga.)

Mr. Hermon Johns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Hayes (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Dessie Butler (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Don McBride (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Kosky (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Shaw (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Liberti (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dodgen (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Georgianna Vine (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gerald Morgan (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Claudia Waldrop (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Bing (AIKEN, S.C.)

Col. John Leonard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Fletcher (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Salet (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Myers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Pickren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

In the game spotlight

Overtime

Overtime

U.S. doping issues under IOC scrutiny

Local kickboxer on the rise

Come out and join the Augusta Volleyball Association

In focus

In the game spotlight
Today's in the game spotlight falls on Baylee Williams, 13, of Evans.

Overtime
Ex-Lions superstar sets record straight

U.S. doping issues under IOC scrutiny
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The United States will be under scrutiny at the IOC's year-end meeting because of several drug-related issues.

Overtime
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Come out and join the Augusta Volleyball Association
They play it in church gymnasiums and over at The Family Y. They play it at the lake and in backyard pools all summer and in the high schools all fall.

Greece signals wider NATO role in Olympic security
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece signaled a possible wider role for NATO in guarding the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

In focus
It's that time of year again.

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.

He's back: Vick brightens Falcons' miserable season
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons are having a miserable season. With a month to go, they already have 10 losses and a playoff pink slip.

Falcons claimed CB Derek Ross off waivers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Cornerback Derek Ross was claimed by the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, one day after being waived by the Dallas Cowboys.

Rematch ends season properly

Spike TV hosts Video Game Awards ceremony
LAS VEGAS -- The video game of the year was "Madden NFL 2004," but the bikini-clad beauties in "Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball" had the best digital animation.

Spike TV hosts Video Game Awards ceremony

Veteran TV executive Kay Koplovitz joining reality channel

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."

CBS thankful for its fourth ratings win in a row
NEW YORK -- CBS can give thanks for its ratings win Thanksgiving week - and for winning its fourth consecutive week.

Veteran TV executive Kay Koplovitz joining reality channel
LOS ANGELES -- Veteran television executive Kay Koplovitz will help steer a new cable channel focusing on the reality TV genre.

People in the news

Extras, extras

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

Stuff to do

People in the News

Actress Geena Davis expecting twins

Georgia AD Vince Dooley has an ulcer

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

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

Graduation, injuries, suspensions fail to dampen Georgia's season
ATLANTA -- First, an exodus to the NFL. Then came the suspensions and "Ringgate." Finally, a devastating series of injuries.

UGA students complain about lack of tickets

Georgia AD Vince Dooley has an ulcer
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley was diagnosed Wednesday with a gastric ulcer, which caused internal bleeding and his hospitalization.

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.

Ex-Thomson star on rise at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - The statistics don't indicate that Danny Verdun Wheeler has done anything remotely special this season.

Richt says Tigers will be tougher

Lady Dawgs put bite on the Cougars
ATHENS, Ga. - It wasn't always pretty, but the No. 11 Georgia women's basketball team started and finished strong Wednesday at Stegeman Coliseum.

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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.

Ex-Thomson star on rise at Georgia

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

Graduation, injuries, suspensions fail to dampen Georgia's season

Georgia may have more turf advantage Saturday
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia hasn't played a game on artificial turf this season but should find the surface for the Southeastern Conference Championship game familiar.

Georgia may have more turf advantage Saturday

Baseball coach named as USA Coach of the Year

Baseball coach named as USA Coach of the Year
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's head baseball coach Ray Tanner has been named the 2003 USA Baseball Coach of the Year, the school said Wednesday.

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

German accused of killing, eating Internet acquaintance

Odds and Ends

Woman killed in gruesome attack by pack of pit bulls

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