Play contains many elements, but no John-Boy

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Books for young and old celebrate the season

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.

Understudy replaces Mary Tyler Moore
NEW YORK -- The understudy got the job - and the play's opening will not be postponed.

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.

Understudy replaces Mary Tyler Moore

Woman's hair catches on fire at gas pump
ALBANY, Ga. -- A hair stylist was pumping gas into her car when her hair burst into flames.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
INDIANAPOLIS -- A man convicted of providing illegal cable television hookups will become a spokesman for the cable company from which he stole.

Braves look to trade for Jones

Braves sign Wright, likely set to part ways with Maddux
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves headed into the weekend showing little interest in bringing back four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux.

Braves look to trade for Jones
ATLANTA - Resigned to losing Gary Sheffield to the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves have had discussions with Minnesota about a trade for outfielder Jacque Jones.

Braves sign Wright, likely set to part ways with Maddux

Phone companies cut prices on fast Internet service

Unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent in November

AOL offers new subscribers $299 PC kit

Business briefs
Dealership collects phones for charity

Diets fatten specialty food sales
It has hit beer, bread and even candy.

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.

Business briefs

Business briefs
Event planners have grand opening

Diets fatten specialty food sales

Jobless claims rise, but still point to stabilizing labor market

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

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.

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.

Phone companies cut prices on fast Internet service
DALLAS -- Jace Curtis is the kind of customer who could help phone companies catch up to cable operators in the high-speed Internet market.

Business briefs

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.

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.

Unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent in November
WASHINGTON -- The economy's four-month hiring spree slowed in November, raising new questions about revival in the jobs market even as the unemployment rate edged down to 5.9 percent.

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.

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

Wallace learning at fast pace
There are still habits to be formed, skills to be learned and pounds to be gained.

Clemson-South Carolina will be power vs. speed

Clemson-South Carolina will be power vs. speed
It's a classic battle between power and quickness Saturday night as South Carolina takes on Clemson with perhaps the pride of Gamecock fans across the state on the line.

Q and A with Nick Saban
Since taking over at Louisiana State in 2000, Nick Saban has turned the Tigers'program into one of the SEC's more dominant ones.

Q and A with Nick Saban

Lions capitalize on experience

Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Not court's business

Fight animal cruelty

Fight animal cruelty
The partnership announced this week between South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and a leading animal protection organization to combat dogfighting and cockfighting in the state warrants strong public support.

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.

Not court's business
If U.S. law-enforcement agents knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding, say in Pakistan somewhere, should they be allowed to surreptitiously go there, make a covert arrest, and bring him back to this country for trial?

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

Limbaugh pokes fun at pain-killer probe
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh on Friday poked fun at the investigation into whether he bought painkillers illegally, hours after his attorney accused investigators of political motives.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Janus names two new portfolio managers

Jobs report, Intel forecast send stocks lower
NEW YORK -- Stocks retreated Friday after a report on November employment revealed disappointing job growth and Intel Corp. issued a forecast that fell short of expectations. The market's major indexes closed the week mixed, with the Nasdaq composite index down after briefly touching the 2,000 level on Wednesday.

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
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

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.

Revenue report shows growth

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.

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.

Major indexes lurch toward benchmarks

Strong Financial retains Goldman Sachs to pursue possible sale

Revenue report shows growth
ATLANTA - State tax collections are still running below the rate needed to meet spending levels for the current budget, but government officials and others said Friday they see some positive signs in the latest figures.

Interest-free sales can trip up shoppers

Janus names two new portfolio managers
DENVER -- Mutual fund manager Janus Capital Group Inc. on Friday promoted Minyoung Sohn to portfolio manager of the company's growth and income fund and named Gibson Smith portfolio manager of its high-yield portfolios.

Three major indexes close higher

Major indexes lurch toward benchmarks
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index reached a milestone in its recovery from the bear market this past week, popping above the 2,000 level before falling back again. And the Dow Jones industrials trekked toward a benchmark of their own, 10,000.

Jobs report, Intel forecast send stocks lower

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.

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

Skyline Cafe provides fast-food alternative

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.

Manure is good for garden soil, but not essential

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.

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.

Rattlesnake weeds can strike in winter

Furyk picks up the pace
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii - U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk picked up his short game at the right time.

Palmer, grandson to play in Father/Son Challenge
DAVENPORT, Fla. -- Lee Trevino thought it a shame Arnold Palmer had to skip the yearly father-son golf tournament.

Swedes Gronberg, Chopra share lead at Q-school leaderboard
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Swedes Daniel Chopra and Mathias Gronberg share the lead at the halfway point of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Palmer, grandson to play in Father/Son Challenge

Swedes Gronberg, Chopra share lead at Q-school leaderboard

Hawks going to the Dome

Gaffney poses double threat

Running game carries Spalding

Red Devils send Metter packing

Running game carries Spalding

Washington County JV linebackers reminisce

Running game carries Spalding
GRIFFIN, Ga. - At practice this week, Laney coach Eric Parker and his assistants formulated a game plan on how to stop Spalding fullback Mario Gilbert.

Hawks going to the Dome
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - In the biting December air, you could see the breath billowing from the mouths of more than 80 players and coaches and thousands of fans in the stands.

Red Devils send Metter packing
METTER, Ga. - Lincoln County lost its fourth tailback of the season Thursday when Shawntavius Jennings discovered he had calcium deposits in his thigh.

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.

One score too much for Tigers
LaGRANGE, Ga. - Two of the state's top defenses lived up to that billing Friday night at Callaway Stadium.

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.

Running game carries Spalding
GRIFFIN, Ga. - At practice this week, Laney coach Eric Parker and his assistants formulated a game plan on how to stop Spalding fullback Mario Gilbert.

Wait's over for Thrashers goaltender
ATLANTA - Byron Dafoe needed this one.

Wait's over for Thrashers goaltender

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

A true leader would try to fix Democratic Party
The onset of senility is how I would explain the behavior of U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga. Or could it be impertinence, or is it simply the true "Jekyll" part that we were never exposed to previously? Giri Venkatraman, Evans, Ga.

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.

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.

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

Abortion is Planned Parenthood's 'life's blood'

'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

Abortion is Planned Parenthood's 'life's blood'
I have never met an obstetrician who didn't want a patient to have an ultrasound. ... Karen M. Cox, Waynesboro, Ga.

Logo change could close businesses

'Chronicle' editorial about Judge Moore an unamusing joke

Thankful and touched by Augustans' assistance
While traveling from North Carolina back to our home in north Alabama, we stopped for gas and food at the Pilot Travel Center at exit 200 off I-20 in Augusta on Oct. 16. While parked in front of the travel center, we had a truly scary and unfortunate experience. Jerry Taylor, Athens, Ala.

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

Computer virus floods Web sites of anti-spam activists

Some questions and answers about flu

Flu shot makers say they have run out of vaccine

Vehicle black boxes draw critics

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

Some questions and answers about flu
ATLANTA -- Health officials say this year's flu outbreak, which has spread faster and earlier than usual, appears to be the worst in at least three years. Here are answers to some common flu season questions:

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.

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.

Flu shot makers say they have run out of vaccine
The two makers of flu shots in the United States said Friday they have run out of vaccine and will not be able to meet a surge in demand resulting from fears of a particularly bad flu season.

Lynx cool off Inferno
COLUMBIA - The Augusta Lynx ended Columbia's seven-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Friday night.

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.

Checking cash can filter out counterfeits
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Fake $20 and $50 bills are on the rise again in Savannah, but the faces of Presidents Jackson and Grant might as well be Michael Jackson and Hugh Grant.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Bailey Rose McNair, 11 months, of North Augusta.

Post offices see hundreds of Santa notes

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.

Kid of the day

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

Checking cash can filter out counterfeits

Local clinics still have vaccine stock
Even though vaccine makers will be out, flu shots are still available in Augusta and throughout Georgia and South Carolina, health officials said.

More flight security urged

Across South Carolina
BOILING SPRINGS - A 9-year-old girl was struck by a car and killed while crossing a road to get on a school bus Friday morning.

Soldier on leave shares insight

Activist continues journey of hope

State wants to keep monitoring river

Lawyer argues threat

Auto shop explosion injures two

Residents demand answers for tainted well water

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.

Activist continues journey of hope
The biggest obstacle Deborah Simone faced wasn't the high winds or the logging trucks whizzing by - it was the Washington state government.

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.

Police memorialize trooper who died in police chase
GRIFFIN, Ga. -- Hundreds of police from across the state remembered a Georgia State Patrol trooper Friday who died during a police chase.

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.

Judge denies bond for assault suspect
An Augusta man suspected of sexually assaulting three different women this fall was denied bond Friday.

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.

News you can use

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.

Grant will help area's workers

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.

Killer's release incites outcry
A man initially sentenced to death for murdering a Greene County banker 28 years ago was paroled this week, a move that has angered the victim's family.

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.

ANIC might pursue refund
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. paid thousands of dollars to ensure the completion of its Laney-Walker office building but might ask for that money back based on the outcome of a state insurance fraud investigation.

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.

Local clinics still have vaccine stock

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.

News you can use

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.

Father needs help to provide for family of six

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.

Suspect sought in theft, forgery
Authorities are searching for a South Carolina woman who they said stole a check from a local business and then tried to open a bank account with it.

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.

Program to speed training process
In a year's time, licensed practical nurses could turn themselves into more skilled registered nurses, thanks to a new program at Augusta State University and area hospitals.

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.

Yarbrough: Delta's new strategy isn't so warm, fuzzy
This past October, Delta Air Lines CEO Leo Mullin proudly announced a new direction for his beleaguered airline, titled "A Winning Strategy."

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

State wants to keep monitoring river
Discussions are under way in Washington to persuade the U.S. Department of Energy to restore funding for Georgia's radiation monitoring program in the Savannah River.

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.

Teen faces charges over kitten's death
Police have charged a 13-year-old Augusta boy with stomping a kitten to death on Thanksgiving Day, one of many incidents that his neighbors say have them too scared to send their children outside to play.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ALBANY - A hairstylist was pumping gas into her car Sunday when her hair burst into flames.

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

Cease-and-desist order accuses Georgia agents of fraud

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.

Twin-engine plane crash in Coweta County

Battle of Aiken gets new site

Researchers use skulls, computers to predict movement

Federal Medicaid funds pulled from Babcock Center

Across South Carolina

Slaying suspect kills self

Residents demand answers for tainted well water
Testing of water sources near the Dixie Narco manufacturing plant in Williston, S.C., found:

Auto shop explosion injures two
McCORMICK, S.C. - Two auto mechanics were burned, one critically, when a fuel tank exploded inside a repair shop in downtown McCormick on Friday.

News you can use
DEC. 6, 1962Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the nation's former first lady, joined local Republican women at a reception Wednesday honoring Leroy H. Simkins Jr., the unsuccessful GOP candidate for county commissioner in the Nov. 6 general election.

Father needs help to provide for family of six
A Hephzibah father hopes to make the holidays a little brighter for his family of six.

Lawmakers visit parole office
As state officials prepare for another lean budget year, local state legislators took a look Friday at Augusta's new - and sole - parole office.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Post offices see hundreds of Santa notes
One little girl did not want to leave any questions in Santa's mind about her holiday wishes. So, along with a handwritten letter to Kriss Kringle, she included a very specific diagram of her desired dress, complete with sequins and a scarf.

Teenager is stabbed on bus

Across the area

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.

Soldier on leave shares insight
In the cities of Iraq, it's common to see ornate houses, built of marble and brick with green lawns, standing among shacks and mud huts.

More flight security urged
A new recommendation by an advisory committee of the Transportation Security Administration supports more restricted access at general aviation airport gates.

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.

Across Georgia

Sanford urges privatization

ANIC might pursue refund

Teen faces charges over kitten's death

Across Georgia

Police memorialize trooper who died in police chase

Abstinence program to be debated

Judge denies bond for assault suspect

Sanford urges privatization
AIKEN - South Carolina has too many colleges and universities competing for too few state dollars, Gov. Mark Sanford said Friday, offering schools the option of becoming private institutions.

Across the area
Another court ruling has been issued in the city's case against Augusta Video X-Mart, moving elected officials one step closer to holding a revocation hearing for the store's business license.

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.

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.

'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.

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'
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.

'Mystic River' named top film of the year

Video watch

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: 'Honey'

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

At the Movies: 'Honey'

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

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

At the Movies: 'The Last Samurai'

At the Movies: 'The Last Samurai'

Mini reviews

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.

Christmas rocks with '12 Bands'

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

Plethora of Christmas CDs makes silent nights scarce

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."

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

Dave Holland: A bassist who refuses to be typecast
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- Jazz bassists are typically cast in a supporting rather than a leading role, relegated to the back of the bandstand with the rhythm section.

Music industry targets retiree who doesn't own computer

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

Hip-hop dominates Grammy nominations

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.

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.

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

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.

Elliott retires on his terms

Sauter to drive for Childress in 2004

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.

Kenseth makes dreams reality
NEW YORK - Matt Kenseth remembers when he was going nowhere as a race car driver.

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

Winston Cup champion Kenseth honored
NEW YORK -- Matt Kenseth remembers when he was going nowhere as a race car driver.

Winston Cup champion Kenseth honored

Earnhardt Jr. most popular NASCAR driver

Kenseth makes dreams reality

Earnhardt Jr. most popular NASCAR driver
NEW YORK -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the vote for NASCAR's most popular driver.

Kenseth enjoying spoils of championship

Seven hurricanes predicted for 2004

Seven hurricanes predicted for 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A storm expert on Friday predicted a busier-than-usual Atlantic hurricane season next year, with seven hurricanes - three of them major.

USC Aiken edges Mars Hill
The team hadn't won an overtime game since a 78-74 victory over Lander on Feb. 11, 1995.<

Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:
WHO'S HOT Nate Lewis. The Paine junior guard has scored 16, 18 and 23 points the past three games.

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

Mrs. Dessie Butler    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. Clarence Pickren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Savannah educator, activist dies at 97
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Motorists traveling along Addie B. Byers Drive in Savannah might not know a lot about its namesake. A political activist, civil rights supporter and award-winning educator, Ms. Byers' most triumphant achievements made possible things many now take for granted.

Mrs. Lucy Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joan Kirk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Buggs, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas Horner Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Freda Brooks    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Eddie Williams    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Susie Williams    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Nemser    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Otis Usry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred Billups    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patrice Torrence    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jordan Gilchrist    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Wilhelmina Tankersley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. E.L. Coleman    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Queen Stinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucy Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Edna Smith    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Otis Usry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Louise Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Sergeant Tom Noone    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Simon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Anthony Liberti    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul Silva    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Robbie Sanders    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Freda Brooks    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Irene Salet    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Floyd Hughes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Regina Robinson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Miss Linda Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Quincy Roberson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Archie Dodgen    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Price    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Winton Carroll Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence Pickren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Colvin Barden    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Ulysses Phillips    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Becky Avery    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mr. Bill Neuhaus, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kathleen Whitley    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
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Ms. Charlene Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lilla Smith    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Lowe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ulysses Phillips    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Anthony Liberti    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bill Neuhaus, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lula Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Lowe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Vernon Kinch    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lula Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eddie Jones Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Joyce Josey    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Floyd Hughes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eddie Jones, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Horner Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janette Bradford    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)
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Mr. Earl Horne Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Brunson    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pauline Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Byers    (LONGWOOD, Fla.)
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Mr. Robert Goldman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Doreatha Douglass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ed Fowler    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. George Goehring, Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Fletcher    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pauline English    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doreatha Douglass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Carnes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Otis Usry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jordan Gilchrist (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Whitley (UNION POINT, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Brunson (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Anthony Liberti (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Billups (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Regina Robinson (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Ms. Wilhelmina Tankersley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Goehring, Sr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Miss Louise Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doreatha Douglass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Williams (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Miss Linda Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Clarence Pickren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eddie Williams (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Janette Bradford (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mr. Ulysses Phillips (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Pickren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lilla Smith (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lula Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Edna Smith (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Sergeant Tom Noone (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pauline English (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patrice Torrence (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Doreatha Douglass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Liberti (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Bailey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Colvin Barden (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ulysses Phillips (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Silva (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Bailey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Hughes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Byers (LONGWOOD, Fla.)

Mrs. Irene Salet (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Kirk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Charlene Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Savannah educator, activist dies at 97

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

Mr. Vernon Kinch ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Queen Stinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Simon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

U.S. to open World Cup qualifying against Grenada or Guyana

Steroid watch: From Bonds to track and field

Judge dismisses bribery case against Salt Lake City organizers

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Prosecution rests in Olympic bribery case

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U.S. to open World Cup qualifying against Grenada or Guyana
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The United States will start its long path to the 2006 World Cup with a two-game series against Grenada or Guyana in June.

Schoeman beats Neethling, Meolans in 100 freestyle
DURBAN, South Africa -- In a surprise victory, South African Roland Schoeman beat fellow countryman and favorite Ryk Neethling and former gold medallist Jose Meolans of Argentina in the 100-meter freestyle at the World Cup swim meet Friday.

Steroid watch: From Bonds to track and field
Steroid watch: From Bonds to track and field

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

Judge dismisses bribery case against Salt Lake City organizers
SALT LAKE CITY -- With a stinging attack on prosecutors, a federal judge threw out the case Friday against two civic leaders accused of bribery for lavishing $1 million in cash, gifts and favors on Olympic officials to bring the 2002 Winter Games to Salt Lake City.

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.

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Hendrix, Coble tops in their state

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Roaster' gets warm reception

Singers' sound, audience matures
Some Christian artists start out as preachers' kids. Christian pop singer Chris Fedun, 17, started as a coach's son.

God still hears and responds to the cries of his people
The birth of Samuel is far removed from the birth of Jesus, but both stories reveal a God who always hears the cries of his people.

Faith digest
The Rev. Timothy Owings will play Christmas favorites in an informal piano concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at First Baptist Church, 602 Georgia Ave., North Augusta.

Area churches prepare holiday entertainment
Holiday entertainment from musicals with orchestras to live Nativities with animals will be staged in the Augusta area this season.

Consider giving a notable religious book for the holidays
Holiday shoppers in bookstores are often attracted to nostalgic froth or pretty coffee-table tomes. But for recipients who'd enjoy some substance, the seasonally apt gift might well be a good religious book.

Restaurant and Christian bookstore mixes Bibles, barbecue
Patrons waiting for the Rev. Edward "Blues" Blueford Sr. to serve a plate of barbecue with his own Louisiana Cajun Queen sauce or Arkansas Razorback Special can browse through Bibles or titles by the likes of inspirational authors T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyer.

Religion News in Brief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Evangelist Franklin Graham plans to travel to Sudan at the invitation of its Muslim government, which he has criticized for military actions against predominantly southern, Christian rebels.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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

Pacino, Streep star in HBO's 'Angels in America'
NEW YORK -- On film, "Angels In America" asserts itself much as it did on stage, where it first thrilled audiences a decade ago.

'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.

'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.

Pacino, Streep star in HBO's 'Angels in America'

A sleeker 'Battlestar Galactica' returns to TV

Michael Jackson TV documentary may have led to charges

Club calendar

People in the News

Concert calendar

Holiday event illuminates Augusta Golf & Gardens

Applause calendar

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.

Adams could receive less money from foundation

SEC title game has downside

SEC title game has downside
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt understands the theory that the Southeastern Conference title game hurts its participants' fortunes more than it helps them.

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.

Hayes perfect for Georgia

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.

Q and A with Mark Richt
Before Mark Richt arrived at Georgia, the Eastern Division's spot in the SEC Championship game was the property of either Florida or Tennessee. No more.

UGA-LSU matchups

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.

Adams could see salary cut

Q and A with Mark Richt

Hayes perfect for Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Jonas Hayes couldn't miss Friday night.

Dogs expect Cooper back

Dogs expect Cooper back
ATLANTA - Georgia tailback Michael Cooper, who left the Georgia Tech win last Saturday with a sprained ankle and then was slowed earlier this week by a strained calf, is feeling better and will be ready to play in tonight's Southeastern Conference Championship game, coach Mark Richt said.

UGA-LSU matchups
ATHENS, Ga. -- Team-by-team breakdowns of Georgia and LSU for Saturday's SEC Championship Game in the Georgia Dome.

Second chance for two Bulldogs in SEC championship

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.

Wallace learning at fast pace

Wallace learning at fast pace
There are still habits to be formed, skills to be learned and pounds to be gained.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Woman's hair catches on fire at gas pump

Snake eaters are staring into an empty soup bowl

Restaurant and Christian bookstore mixes Bibles, barbecue

Faith digest

Faith and fellowship calendar

Area churches prepare holiday entertainment

Singers' sound, audience matures

Religion News in Brief

Consider giving a notable religious book for the holidays