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.

Play contains many elements, but no John-Boy

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.

Books for young and old celebrate the season
The holidays are the perfect time to kick back and enjoy books that celebrate the season, and recently published works touch on everything from Christmas and Hanukkah to Kwanzaa and the joys of snow and survival.

An unusual heroine makes a fine transfer to Broadway

Play contains many elements, but no John-Boy
There's no room for John-Boy at The Homecoming table. Beginning Thursday, the Young Artists Repertory Theatre Company will present dinner-and-dessert theater productions of The Homecoming, a play based on the television movie, adapted from the Earl Hamner Jr. novel, which, along with the film and novel Spencer's Mountain, served as a springboard for The Waltons television series.

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.

Broadway to get big taste of Elvis

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.

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

Missing sculpture found in time for art exhibit

Books for young and old celebrate the season

Joshua Seth Shirley

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.

Rebecca JoAnna Graham

Anne Travis Evans

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.

Colton Warren Looney

Brady Hilton Dial

Andrew Thomas Beckman

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.

Rianna Faith Scouten

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.

Emily Elizabeth Rogers

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.

Ashley Melissa Morris

Kayla Victoria Wilson

Timothy Jackson Wise Jr.

Aniya Cire Johnson

Thomas Evan Mosley

Jayme Elizabeth Powell

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rodney Campbell Jr.

William Davis Pinson

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.

Mary Tinsley Jenkins

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.

Gabrielle Maria Neville

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.

Kristopher Michael Lowry

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.

Annsley Elise Baxley

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.

Jermaine Alexander Jenkins

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.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- Potty parity. Squatters rights. Go ahead, make fun of the fact that several City Council members introduced a bill Wednesday to have more restrooms set aside for women than men in most buildings. To women - and one male law professor - it's a matter of gender equity.

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.

Snake eaters are staring into an empty soup bowl
HONG KONG -- Nothing holds off Hong Kong's winter chill like a hearty bowl of snake soup - but there's a problem. Many restaurants are missing the main ingredient.

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.

Secret Service makes arrests in Home Depot, Lowe's scam

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Jobless claims rise, but still point to stabilizing labor market
WASHINGTON -- More workers filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, but even with the increase claims stayed at a level suggesting that the worst of the layoffs seen this year are over.

Disney CEO Michael Eisner facing his most serious challenge yet

Wal-Mart and other leading retailers report mixed November sales
NEW YORK -- Despite early signs that holiday sales were off to a solid start, the nation's leading retailers reported mixed sales Thursday for the Thanksgiving weekend and all of November. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had a modest sales gain, while department stores struggled.

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.

Virgin's Richard Branson touts ''revitalized'' music sales effort
SAN FRANCISCO -- Richard Branson's ambitious plans for rejuvenating sales at his Virgin Megastores begins in San Francisco, where shelves will soon be stocked with sex-related merchandise and a streetside vending machine that dispenses CDs and DVDs, 24-hours a day.

Virgin's Richard Branson touts "revitalized" music sales effort

Secret Service makes arrests in Home Depot, Lowe's scam
ATLANTA -- Secret Service agents arrested three people Thursday on charges of defrauding Home Depot and Lowe's stores across the South out of $150,000 by switching the bar codes on rugs.

Soldiers see latest gadgets

Business briefs
Event planners have grand opening

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

OPEC to keep output target unchanged, meet again in February
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC said Thursday it would hold its current oil production target steady but meet again in February to consider cutting output to match an expected decline in springtime demand.

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.

AOL offers new subscribers $299 PC kit
NEW YORK -- In its latest attempt to stem declining subscriber numbers at its flagship Internet service, America Online is offering new customers a computer for $299.

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.

AMOCO stations to disappear in Augusta

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.

AOL offers new subscribers $299 PC kit

Business briefs

Euro hits another new high against dollar

Jobless claims rise, but still point to stabilizing labor market

Productivity grows at best rate since 1983

Online retailers see sales take off Thanksgiving

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.

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.

LSU's Saban says title game just about good football

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.

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.

Vols poised to end season somewhere in Florida

Lions capitalize on experience

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.

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.

What's wrong
After the fact - after judges in Massachusetts arrogantly tried to settle the matter for us - the debate on gay marriage has only begun.

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.

Validating Zell
Many of his fellow Democrats are hopping mad at U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., for arguing in his best-selling book, A National Party No More, that the party is out of touch with the South due to its far-left position on social issues.

What's wrong

Stiffen current federal animal-fighting penalties

Restore monitoring money

Michael Jackson TV documentary may have led to charges
LOS ANGELES -- More than a year ago, Michael Jackson let a BBC crew into his bizarre world for a TV documentary he no doubt hoped would boost his fading career.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

People in the News
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Naomi Watts is the prime candidate to play King Kong's female friend in Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic movie, New Zealand media reported Wednesday.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are withing easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

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.

Holiday event illuminates Augusta Golf & Gardens
After taking last year off, Easter Seals is stepping back into the light.

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.

Standing ovations
The holiday parade season gets under way with Christmas parades Saturday in Graniteville, Wagener, Grovetown and Hephzibah, and Sunday in Martinez, North Augusta, Aiken, Jackson and Thomson, Ga.

Limbaugh says agents seized his medical records in drug probe
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh told listeners on his radio show Thursday that prosecutors in Palm Beach County have seized medical records from four of his doctors.

Strong Financial retains Goldman Sachs to pursue possible sale

Natural gas prices surge above $6
The price of natural gas surged 10 percent Thursday to its highest level since June as traders reacted to a larger-than-expected decline in supplies.

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.

Weak reports fail to slow markets
NEW YORK - Wall Street pushed higher Thursday as investors looked past a weaker-than-expected report on jobless claims and tepid November retail figures. The Dow Jones industrials reached their highest level in 18 months.

Three major indexes close higher

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.

Indexes closed mixed on strong productivity report

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.

Interest-free sales can trip up shoppers
The weekly circular offers are amazing.

Three major indexes close higher
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pushed higher Thursday as investors looked past a weaker-than-expected report on jobless claims and tepid November retail figures. The Dow Jones industrials reached their highest level in 18 months.

Weak reports fail to slow markets

Bush signs new protections against identity theft
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Thursday signed legislation giving consumers new protections against identity theft, including free credit reports and a national fraud-alert system to minimize damage once a theft has occurred.

Interest-free sales can trip up shoppers

Strong Financial retains Goldman Sachs to pursue possible sale
MILWAUKEE -- Strong Financial Corp. confirmed it is for sale Wednesday, a day after founder and chief executive Richard Strong resigned amid federal and state investigations into his trading activities.

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages rise
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages went up this week, but they are still lower than for the same period a year ago.

SEC to curb mutual fund abuses

The record that got away
Last Aug. 24, Leah Trew of Santa Rosa, Calif., went fishing with her son, Javard, on nearby Spring Lake and caught a largemouth bass her scales weighed in at 22 pounds, 8 ounces - four ounces better than the existing world record of 22 pounds, 4 ounces.

Fishing tournament dates

The record that got away

Fishing tournament dates
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Customs works with FDA to inspect food imports

Skyline Cafe provides fast-food alternative
George Harrison has enjoyed success with his downtown restaurants - Boll Weevil and Beamies at the River - and now he's taking his culinary expertise to Martinez with Skyline Cafe, at Washington Road at Pleasant Home Road.

Customs works with FDA to inspect food imports
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of customs agents along U.S. borders are taking on the job of food inspectors to more closely monitor food imports for signs of bioterrorism, federal officials said Wednesday.

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.

Skyline Cafe provides fast-food alternative

Bugs on food are a byproduct of efforts to reduce pesticides

Rattlesnake weeds can strike in winter

Manure is good for garden soil, but not essential
Many people are under the erroneous impression that you must have a good supply of manure to be able to grow ravishing roses, terrific tomatoes, and succulent strawberries. Some people even go so far as to keep cows, rabbits, chickens, or other farm animals mostly for the manure they can supply for the garden. Other people drive out to local farms for manure or buy manure packaged in plastic bags.

Manure is good for garden soil, but not essential

Rattlesnake weeds can strike in winter
Florida betony (rattlesnake weed) is one of the major problems in lawns and ornamentals during the cool months of the year.

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 host NCAA tournament for first time

Briggs, Swedes Gronberg, Chopra top Q-school leaderboard

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.

Washington County JV linebackers reminisce

Tigers foresee defense fight

Gaffney poses double threat

Prep football notebook
Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell is just a little bit worried about the Red Devils Class A quarterfinals game at at 7:30 tonight against Metter.

Washington County JV linebackers reminisce
Tony Richardson and Eddie Merrell remember their freshmen year as JV linebackers.

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.

Gaffney poses double threat
COLUMBIA - Gaffney coach Phil Strickland has, in a sense, two teams in the state championships this weekend - something quite rare for a high school coach.

Boston snaps skid with win over Thrashers

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.

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.

Thrashers reassign Santala to Chicago of AHL

Building up your resume by degrees
Experience is a comb life gives you after you lose your hair. - Judith Stern

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.

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.

'Chronicle' editorial about Judge Moore an unamusing joke

'Chronicle' editorial about Judge Moore an unamusing joke
The biggest joke on the Nov. 15 editorial page was the editorial entitled, "Not above the law," but it wasn't funny. You accuse the Honorable Roy Moore explicitly of not doing his job. And y'all know the Alabama chief justice's job? Joshua Griffing, 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.

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

Where is the justice for victims?

Where is the justice for victims?
On Sept. 23, 43-year-old Wilson Brown was shot and killed at his home on Kent Street. Will his death be the beginning of more victimizations? Geraldine Walton, Augusta

Logo change could close businesses

Former volunteer supports Planned Parenthood's mission

Moral values must turn around

Use better judgment in publishing letters

Anecdotal data do not facts make
Anne Cook, who played the age card and who taught kindergarten for 27 years, suggests in her Nov. 23 letter, "Bush acts as though he was a stubborn child," that President George W. Bush is a selfish liar and a sadistic accomplice to the murder of our troops in Iraq. Joseph B. Harris, Washington, Ga.

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.

Logo change could close businesses
Over several years, I have seen or heard anecdotal stories about companies or entities changing their logos then moving their headquarters or office buildings. After that was done, it only took a year or so to go out of business. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Computer virus floods Web sites of anti-spam activists

European space officials show off pictures of Mars

U.S. intelligence services take a crack at predicting 2020

In the know

Vehicle black boxes draw critics

Holidays are a time of giving

Health and fitness calendar

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

NASA braces for dangers of landing twin rovers on Mars

U.S. intelligence services take a crack at predicting 2020
McLEAN, Va. -- It's 2020 and America, Europe and Japan struggle to maintain a decent quality of life for masses of elderly people. China faces a choice between belligerence and joining Western nations as an economic superpower. India, Brazil and Indonesia are emerging powers.

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

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

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.

Vehicle black boxes draw critics
Stephen Keating isn't sure he'd like "my car testifying against me."

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.

Computer virus floods Web sites of anti-spam activists
NEW YORK -- A new computer virus is spamming the very people dedicated to fighting junk e-mail.

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.

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.

Lynx hope extra practice pays off
The Augusta Lynx devoted two full days of practice to their enigmatic power play, knowing that a few more goals by the unit would probably have resulted in a few more wins already this season.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - An inmate who died at the Charleston County jail last summer likely died from head trauma caused by an accidental fall, the coroner's office said.

Class has pupils watching steps

Buyers give Miller vote of confidence

News you can use

Twin-engine plane crash in Coweta County

Lack of dump sites stirs concern

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.

Jefferson Co. shooting death investigated

Twin-engine plane crash in Coweta County
MORELAND, Ga. -- A small twin-engine plane crashed Thursday night near U.S. 29 in Coweta County, and at least two people were killed, authorities said.

Students see future with airline industry

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

Across Georgia

Women in area live healthier, study says

Battle of Aiken gets new site

Federal Medicaid funds pulled from Babcock Center
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A group home for people with mental disabilities has lost federal Medicaid money after investigators found battered clients there.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rezoning request approved
The plan to build a new 450,000-square-foot shopping center in Columbia County continues to move forward with the support of planning officials and interest of more retailers.

Poison-free plant still poses threat

News you can use
DEC. 5, 1972 The final chapter in the long and often bitter campaign for the district attorney's office was written Monday when Richard Allen was installed as DA pro tem.

Nonprofits may get EPD grants

Abstinence program to be debated
Two Richmond County schools will get a double dose of abstinence education after a group with blunt-talking instructors joins the staff.

Federal Medicaid funds pulled from Babcock Center

Panel finds school progress slow
AIKEN - South Carolina pupils are not showing enough improvement to achieve the state's goal of being in the top half of states nationally by 2010, according to a report released by the Education Oversight Committee on Thursday.

Slaying suspect kills self

Across Georgia
AMERICUS - A Sumter County grand jury has indicted two nurses on charges of felony murder and cruelty to the elderly in the death of a patient at a Plains nursing home named after the mother of former president Jimmy Carter.

Panel finds school progress slow

Cease-and-desist order accuses Georgia agents of fraud

Researchers use skulls, computers to predict movement

Abstinence program to be debated

Kid of the day

Wife's health bills bury man's family in debt
An Augusta father hopes to make Christmas more special for his wife and three children this year.

Across the area
Two teens are denied bond

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

Board error displaces church

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.

Battle of Aiken gets new site
AIKEN - Organizers of the Battle of Aiken have bought 87 acres of rural woodland off South Carolina Highway 19 near Interstate 20, providing the annual Civil War re-enactment a permanent home and easy access for visitors.

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.

Slaying suspect kills self
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Authorities say a man shot and killed his ex-wife and later killed himself when confronted by police at his home.

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.

Jobs to increase in 2004
ATLANTA - Augusta job-seekers should have better luck in the new year, according to a forecast released Thursday by the University of Georgia.

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.

Cease-and-desist order accuses Georgia agents of fraud
A Nevada company backing a taxpayer-funded project in Augusta has been barred from doing business in its home state, and similar action could follow in Georgia.

Student stabbed on school bus

Turkey shoot elicits debate

Across the area

Across Georgia

Survey tests pupils' readiness

Grant will help area's workers
Augusta-area hospitals and ambulance providers will split $350,000 to get equipment and training to boost preparedness for mass disasters such as a terrorist attack, health officials 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.

Researchers use skulls, computers to predict movement
Plastic surgeon Jack Yu can see it in the water tower on Washington Road. It is there in tiny impulses that James Borke strains to measure in his laboratory. And it is starting to take shape in an image on bioengineer Guigen Zhang's computer.

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

Teenager is stabbed on bus
Authorities charged two Butler High School students Thursday in an early morning fight on a school bus that resulted in one youth being stabbed.

Lawyer argues threat

Single mother struggles to pay bills

Kid of the day

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Angel Tania Lewis, 3 months, of Augusta.

Teenager is stabbed on bus

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to those temporary retailers in front of Santa at the mall. They tantalize the children and are pushy and rude to the parents. They should be moved to another location.

Across the area

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to those temporary retailers in front of Santa at the mall. They tantalize the children and are pushy and rude to the parents. They should be moved to another location.

Grant will help area's workers

Across South Carolina

Wife's health bills bury man's family in debt

Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Thursday that he went to visit another man and found him beaten and his house ransacked, a police incident report states.

Lawyer argues threat
Richard Grey Mayson, who was released from prison this week after serving nine years of a 20-year sentence for molesting 12 boys, is not cured of pedophilia but poses no threat of re-offending, his attorney said Thursday.

Audit of marinas reveals hazards

Bulldogs are building foundation that lasts
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia receiver Reggie Brown didn't need to study up on the empirical sciences to solve what to him seems like a simple case of mathematics.

At the Movies: 'Honey'
For this review of "Honey," I seriously considered just trotting out my review of "Glitter" from two years ago.

'Mystic River' named top film of the year
NEW YORK -- "Mystic River" wound its way to the top of the National Board of Review's list of the best films of 2003.

Mini reviews

'Mystic River' named top film of the year

At the Movies: 'Honey'

At the Movies: 'The Last Samurai'
Despite the sweeping landscapes of "The Last Samurai," its epic battle scenes and the simple beauty of its Eastern philosophy, it's hard not to be distracted by the nagging feeling that you've seen this film before.

At the Movies: 'The Last Samurai'
Despite the sweeping landscapes of "The Last Samurai," its epic battle scenes and the simple beauty of its Eastern philosophy, it's hard not to be distracted by the nagging feeling that you've seen this film before.

At the Movies: 'The Last Samurai'

At the Movies: 'Honey'
For this review of "Honey," I seriously considered just trotting out my review of "Glitter" from two years ago.

At the Movies: 'The Last Samurai'

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.

Video watch

Video watch
JUST OUT: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl TUESDAY: Bad Boys II and Gigli

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday. See Wednesday's Peek section for Thanksgiving holiday releases.

At the Movies: 'Honey'

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

Plethora of Christmas CDs makes silent nights scarce
Everyone knows about sleighbells and silver bells and jingle bells and boughs of holly.

Platinum-selling rap label drops 'Murder' from its name
NEW YORK -- Rapper Ja Rule's record label was cleared of "Murder."

Christmas rocks with '12 Bands'
A Christmas compilation might be music's most treacherous undertaking.

Hip-hop dominates Grammy nominations

Platinum-selling rap label drops 'Murder' from its name

Christmas rocks with '12 Bands'

Virgin's Richard Branson touts "revitalized" music sales effort
SAN FRANCISCO -- Richard Branson's ambitious plans for rejuvenating sales at his Virgin Megastores begins in San Francisco, where shelves will soon be stocked with sex-related merchandise and a streetside vending machine that dispenses CDs and DVDs, 24-hours a day.

Music industry targets retiree who doesn't own computer

Hip-hop dominates Grammy nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Rap and R&B dominated the charts this year, and Grammy voters took note, nominating Beyonce, Jay-Z, OutKast and Pharrell Williams for a leading six Grammy nominations each on Thursday.

Virgin's Richard Branson touts "revitalized" music sales effort

Lawsuit offers glimpse into world of rap mogul

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:

Music industry targets retiree who doesn't own computer
WASHINGTON -- The recording industry has filed 41 more lawsuits against computer users in at least 11 states it said were caught illegally distributing songs over the Internet, continuing its aggressive campaign against online music piracy.

Plethora of Christmas CDs makes silent nights scarce

Sauter to drive for Childress in 2004
NEW YORK -- Rookie Johnny Sauter will replace Steve Park in the No. 30 car for Richard Childress Racing in 2004.

Sauter to drive for Childress in 2004

Elliott to race limited schedule
NEW YORK -- Former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott will drive a limited schedule in 2004 for Evernham Motorsports.

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.

Elliott retires on his terms

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. ...

Kenseth enjoying spoils of championship
NEW YORK -- Matt Kenseth is finally enjoying his NASCAR championship this week.

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.

Elliott retires on his terms
NEW YORK - Bill Elliott's announcement Thursday he was retiring his full-time duties on the NASCAR circuit was all business. Away from the microphones, however, he seemed relieved.

Question and answer with Robbie Reiser

Kenseth enjoying spoils of championship

CART considering bankruptcy

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.

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

Stock car racing in D.C.

Lions capitalize on experience
Entering Thursday night's conference opener, Paine was hoping the experience it gained in four nonconference losses would pay off.

He's back: Vick brightens Falcons' miserable season

Mr. Anthony Liberti    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Charlene Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Col. John Leonard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Wanda Landrum    (LYNCHBURG, Va.)
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Mrs. Queen Stinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Louise Kosky    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Robbie Sanders    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Hermon Johns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Simon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Hayes    (HARLEM, GA)
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Mr. Quincy Roberson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pauline Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Fletcher    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Bill Neuhaus, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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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. Winton Carroll Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucy Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pauline Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patrice Torrence    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eddie Jones Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Vernon Kinch    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Wilhelmina Tankersley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Goldman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Anthony Liberti (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sarah Woods (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Joel Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Georgianna Vine (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Charlie Buggs, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Anthony Liberti (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Regina Robinson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Hermon Johns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Queen Stinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Woman was beloved teacher

Mr. Marion Simon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Pickren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Pickren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Salet (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul Silva (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ulysses Phillips (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Horner Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Freda Brooks (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy Bailey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Goldman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Vernon Kinch ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Robbie Sanders (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. E.L. Coleman (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Jones Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doreatha Douglass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Wilhelmina Tankersley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Winton Carroll Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Miss Edna Smith (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Salet (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Charlene Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Hayes (HARLEM, GA)

Mrs. Pauline Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patrice Torrence (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Col. John Leonard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Edna Smith (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Wanda Landrum (LYNCHBURG, Va.)

Mr. Ed Fowler (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Floyd Hughes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Louise Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Williams (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Neuhaus, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Prosecution rests in Olympic bribery case

Local kickboxer on the rise

In the game spotlight

Overtime

In focus

U.S. doping issues under IOC scrutiny

Come out and join the Augusta Volleyball Association

Overtime

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.

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.

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.

Prosecution rests in Olympic bribery case
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Justice Department wrapped up its case Thursday in the bribery trial of two men accused of plying International Olympic Committee delegates with $1 million in cash, gifts and favors to win Salt Lake City's bid to host the 2002 Winter games.

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

In focus
It's that time of year again.

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.

Overtime
The FBI is investigating hate mail sent to black NFL players and other black men during the past year.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Roaster' gets warm reception

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Roaster' gets warm reception
Put three singing songwriters around a campfire and you get Cod Roaster, a Western-flavored musical.

Bulldogs are building foundation that lasts

Mall movies can go on shopping list

'The Simple Life' gets solid ratings
LOS ANGELES -- The debut of "The Simple Life," Fox's reality show about Paris Hilton and pal Nicole Richie roughing it on a farm, drew a solid 13 million viewers Tuesday, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Veteran TV executive Kay Koplovitz joining reality channel

'The Simple Life' gets solid ratings

A sleeker 'Battlestar Galactica' returns to TV
LOS ANGELES -- "Battlestar Galactica" is returning as a four-hour miniseries, backed by hype befitting a science fiction classic in the same galaxy as "Star Wars" or "Star Trek."

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 24-30. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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.

A sleeker 'Battlestar Galactica' returns to TV

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.

Spike TV hosts Video Game Awards ceremony

People in the News

Concert calendar

Michael Jackson TV documentary may have led to charges

Applause calendar

People in the News

Club calendar

Holiday event illuminates Augusta Golf & Gardens

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.

Adams could receive less money from foundation

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.

Georgia AD Vince Dooley has an ulcer

Adams could see salary cut

Ex-Thomson star on rise at Georgia

Adams could see salary cut
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia Foundation has already taken its first step toward cutting the private portion of UGA President Michael Adams' pay.

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.

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.

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

Second chance for two Bulldogs in SEC championship

Dicotomy of two battle tested Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Beyond their locker room and uniforms, Georgia's Billy Bennett and Tim Jennings don't have much in common.

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.

Adams could receive less money from foundation
ATHENS, Ga. -- The fund-raising University of Georgia Foundation has taken the first step to cut UGA President Michael Adams' pay.

Georgia may have more turf advantage Saturday

Second chance for two Bulldogs in SEC championship
ATHENS, Ga. -- Second chances are rare during a college football season. As fate would have it, two Georgia players can make amends for their most miserable day of the year.

Mall movies can go on shopping list
Listen closely. You can hear it, beckoning, luring you with the promise of high-quality consumer goods at low, low prices, and perhaps a date on Santa's lap.

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.

German accused of killing, eating Internet acquaintance

Odds and Ends

Snake eaters are staring into an empty soup bowl

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