Patterson's 'Big Bad Wolf' has bite

Former POW tells story of capture, rescue in Iraq

Son's book reveals Audrey Hepburn had lifetime sadness
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- From Princess Anne in "Roman Holiday" to Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady," Audrey Hepburn seemed the epitome of inner calm and self-reliance.

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.

Journalist investigates 1897 murder case for new book

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

Journalist investigates 1897 murder case for new book
CHICAGO -- Imagine a murder case without a corpse, but with a hulking, mustachioed German butcher as its presumed villain. Set it in a shuttered sausage factory at midnight, then add boiling lye vats, some highly questionable police work and a possibly insane defense attorney.

Understudy replaces Mary Tyler Moore

Arts calendar
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Patterson's 'Big Bad Wolf' has bite
About two-thirds into James Patterson's The Big Bad Wolf, his new Alex Cross thriller, readers might begin to fear that the villain won't be caught. If that turned out to be so, it would be disappointing, because we want Cross to catch the Wolf.

Arts calendar

Begley's enigmatic ''Shipwreck'' more about storytelling than sex
John North has something to get off his chest. He needs a stranger with a friendly ear.

Begley's enigmatic "Shipwreck" more about storytelling than sex

Former POW tells story of capture, rescue in Iraq
I Am a Soldier, Too relates the harrowing tale of Pfc. Jessica Lynch's capture while serving in Iraq and addresses the issues surrounding the media blitz she faced after her rescue and return home to the United States.

Son's book reveals Audrey Hepburn had lifetime sadness

The Guerrilla Girls return with new book
NEW YORK -- Frida Kahlo and Kathe Kollwitz recently sat for an interview. From the neck down, they were downtown chic in black pants and black shirts. But from the neck up, they were angry, wily, animalistic and ferocious.

The Guerrilla Girls return with new book

Mets wait for Matsui's reply
NEW YORK - The New York Mets spent Saturday awaiting an answer from Kazuo Matsui on whether he'll accept the team's offer of a three-year contract for about $20 million, a source told The Associated Press.

Mets wait for Matsui's reply

Shoppers fare best with plan

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.

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.

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 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 sign Wright, likely set to part ways with Maddux

Business calendar
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Business calendar

On the move
Lori Mipro has been appointed the administrative director of eye care for MCG Health Inc. Ms. Mipro is responsible for overseeing the business functions of all MCG Health eye clinics. She was previously the administrative director of MCG Health's Medicine Outpatient Services. She has 21 years of experience in health care management and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans.

Unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent in November

Positive attitude, good spelling can help land a job
Brian Mulherin once had an applicant tell him "I really don't want the job. My parents made me apply."

Pocket change

Business briefs

On the move

Looking at the big picture to solve your company's problems
NEW YORK -- When small business owners deal with the problems that are an inevitable part of running a company, their hope is usually for a quick fix. They want to come up with a solution and move on to something else, something that seems more productive.

Positive attitude, good spelling can help land a job

Economic changes emptying factories

Holidays are good time to catch up

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.

Looking at the big picture to solve your company's problems

Business briefs
Dealership collects phones for charity

Boeing risks losing credibility

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.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: South Carolina Electric & Gas

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

Holidays are good time to catch up
NEW YORK - The holiday season can be a time of opportunity for small companies, even if business is slow or nonexistent. It gives owners a chance to make contacts with customers and catch up on tasks they have put off during busier times.

Diets fatten specialty food sales

Boeing risks losing credibility
SEATTLE - Boeing Co. has held a contest to nickname its proposed 7E7 airplane, set off a bidding war among communities wanting to build the jet and announced work assignments for its worldwide partners in the project.

Phone companies cut prices on fast Internet service

Economic changes emptying factories
CHICAGO - The gleaming new Winzeler Gear factory annex looks for all the world like a model of manufacturing success for the 21st century.

Williams captures Kolb's sleepy moment

Williams captures Kolb's sleepy moment
Smile, you're on candid camera: During an Augusta Commission meeting this week, District 2 Commissioner Marion Williams snapped a quick picture of City Administrator George Kolb.

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.

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

Navy torpedoes Army

College football notebook

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.

USC too much for Oregon St.
LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans did their part. Now they play a waiting game.

USC too much for Oregon St.

College football notebook
DURHAM, N.C. - Ted Roof was hired as Duke's coach Saturday, his five-week audition turning into a full-time job.

Navy torpedoes Army
PHILADELPHIA -- Navy is heading to a bowl game. Army is facing an uncertain future.

Q and A with Nick Saban

Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Paine holds on to beat Lane

Traumatic choices

Traumatic choices
The public would be horrified at the notion of losing police and fire protection. There's another essential service that they are, in fact, losing and should be horrified about: trauma centers.

Peace process success
Peace efforts may not be making encouraging progress in Iraq or between Israel and the Palestinians, but there is some good news to report between Pakistan and India.

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?

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.

Not court's business

Fight animal cruelty

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.

Top five in entertainment
The Top Five lists of TV, film, records, concerts and DVD sales.

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.

Mutual fund investors still have time to minimize 2003 tax liability

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.

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.

Mutual fund investors still have time to minimize 2003 tax liability
NEW YORK -- With 2003 winding down and the stock market higher, mutual fund investors might be hesitant to adjust their portfolios for fear of adding to their tax liability come April. In fact, investors now have unique opportunities to minimize their taxes.

Jobs report, Intel forecast send stocks lower

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.

Janus names two new portfolio managers

Revenue report shows growth

Major indexes lurch toward benchmarks

Georgia Tech cruises past Tennessee State
ATLANTA - B.J. Elder scored eight points to key a 15-0 Georgia Tech run midway in the opening half and the 13th-ranked Yellow Jackets rebounded from a sluggish start to rout Tennessee State, 94-43 on Saturday night.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - As the deadline for underclassmen submitting paperwork to the NFL for eligibility in the draft approaches, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey has offered his services for helping determine draft status.

Georgia Tech notebook

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

Swedes Gronberg, Chopra share lead at Q-school leaderboard

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.

Furyk wins Grand Slam by eight strokes

Palmer, grandson to play in Father/Son Challenge

Furyk wins Grand Slam by eight strokes
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii -- If he had the option, Jim Furyk would rather win by a comfortable margin than in a playoff.

Hawks going to the Dome

Running game carries Spalding

Red Devils send Metter packing

Prep football notebook

Running game carries Spalding

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.

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
In the week leading to Friday's Class A quarterfinal game against Metter, Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell expressed concern with the Tigers' balanced offense.

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.

Panthers' title hopes are dashed
COLUMBIA - Pageland Central's Sadat Chambers rushed only 13 times but racked up 202 yards and two touchdowns, as the Eagles' piled up almost 500 yards offense on the way to a 40-20 win against Batesburg-Leesville for the state Class 2A football championship Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Silver Foxes hang on for repeat
COLUMBIA - LeQuinn Ellerbe threw for two touchdowns and defending Class A state champion Lamar held on to the title Saturday with an 18-13 victory over Lake View at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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

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

Shoppers fare best with plan
They say a failure to plan is a plan to fail. So I hope you've considered your holiday shopping strategies.

Georgia gets nod in Capital One Bowl
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Peach Bowl selects Tennessee to face Clemson
ATLANTA -- Sixth-ranked Tennessee will represent the Southeastern Conference and take on the Clemson Tigers in the Jan. 2 Peach Bowl game.

Health-care crisis: Our type I error
Type I errors occur when it is perceived that there is a difference between two options where none really exists. The insurance industry persuaded us that the "Hillary Health Plan" would be an unmitigated bureaucratic disaster while their alternative would bring us all into a comfort zone of health and fiscal responsibility. Now we know better. Tom Zwemer, 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.

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.

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.

Letter about Mideast turmoil misses essential facts
Harry Sellers' Nov. 25 letter, "U.S. has priorities backward in Mideast," misses many of the essential facts of the Middle East conflict. Why he supports the destruction of Israel is beyond me; such a bloodthirsty attitude is worthy of condemnation. Harold Kirtz, Atlanta, Ga.

Letter about Mideast turmoil misses essential facts

Indifference toward pornography dangerous
In reference to Dr. Kevin Murrell's letter of Nov. 18, "Pornography is not victimless crime": Gloria Rivera, Puerto Rico

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

Groundbreaking held for national slavery museum in Virginia

Airboat rides face uncertain future

Simple card best for canceled wedding

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a chore

Property transfers

Two-bedroom house plan grew into something more for family

Children, analysts compile list of season's hottest gifts

Some questions and answers about flu

Historic NY homes decorated for holidays

Terrain parks, glades, restorations mark ski season

In the know

Flu shot makers say they have run out of vaccine

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a chore
NEW YORK -- Some people shop all year around so they're ready with just the right gifts when the holiday season arrives.

Simple card best for canceled wedding
Dear Carson: My brother and his fiancee canceled their wedding. They have monetary gifts they need to mail back to family and friends, and my mother was wondering whether you could assist with the wording inside the card? - Cancellation Conundrum

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.

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 19-24. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Terrain parks, glades, restorations mark ski season
AUGUSTA, Maine -- It's time to grind rails, get some big air and maybe try for a tail grab - all while Mom and Dad go glading.

Home front
So you think you'll kill those nasty brown recluse spiders by spraying pesticide in your cabinets and along your floorboards?

Children, analysts compile list of season's hottest gifts
Toys may be all fun and games, but it's serious business for parents searching for the perfect holiday gift.

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle is hoping to design a driving tour that will hit the highlights of area holiday outdoor decorations. If your house is lighted like the Fourth of July, or if a street is trying to boost the electric company's profits, let us know about it.

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:

Airboat rides face uncertain future
COOPERTOWN, Fla. -- Jesse Kennon's back yard is the wide expanse of the Florida Everglades. And his mode of transportation is an airboat that brings tourists to see the hundreds of alligators and other wildlife that inhabit this subtropical wilderness.

Two-bedroom house plan grew into something more for family
JACKSON - Kela and Richard Johnson mix the new with the old in their home on Hollow Creek.

Historic NY homes decorated for holidays
HUDSON, N.Y. -- From a 1940s-style Christmas tree at FDR's family home, to scenes from classic stories at a 19th century villa, the historic mansions of the Hudson Valley will be decorated this month in the spirit of holidays past.

Groundbreaking held for national slavery museum in Virginia
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Ground was broken Wednesday for the U.S. National Slavery Museum, with the project's architect saying he hopes the museum can heal racial rifts left by centuries of human bondage.

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

Jesse J. Turner

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.

Across the southeast
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -Rekindling bitter memories, Democratic leaders and presidential candidates accused President Bush of stealing the 2000 election in Florida and pledged Saturday to avenge that loss next year.

News you can use
DEC. 7, 1952 Many prominent figures in health and religious circles will participate Wednesday in the dedication of Augusta's new Catholic hospital, the long and eagerly awaited St. Joseph's.

Father needs help to provide for family of six

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Alex Thompson of Appling.

Across the southeast

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Graham criticizes Bush's trade policy, lift of tariffs
AIKEN - Textile barons and mill workers clamoring for shelter from cheap Chinese imports got an icy holiday slap from President Bush last week with his decision to put an early end to a three-year tariff on steel imports, political professionals said.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Louis Hatcher
The call to "man your battle stations" meant that Louis Hatcher, a water tender first class, had to descend to the USS Honolulu's boiler room.

Activist continues journey of hope

Robert Arant Jr.
Life in Hawaii had been bliss for Gunners Mate First Class Robert Arant Jr.

Across South Carolina

Santa's visit would be big help to mom
An Augusta mother would like help in getting Santa Claus to visit her home this year.

Paul Strickland

Calvin Garner
It was a small moment among many larger ones in the immediate days after Dec. 7, 1941, but to Calvin Garner it shows how the surviving soldiers and sailors at Pearl Harbor coped with often unspeakable horror.

Georgia gets nod in Capital One Bowl

Columbia County falls low on poor pupil list
ATLANTA - While some counties in Georgia struggle with children in poverty, one Augusta-area county ranks as one of the lowest in the number of school-age children living below the poverty line.

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.

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.

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.

Holiday cheer lives amid mill layoffs
GRANITEVILLE - Adine Corley cheerfully greeted entrants into the town's Christmas parade Saturday, offering heartfelt smiles and an upbeat attitude.

Trend in ID theft hits Hispanics
ATLANTA - Adriana Sanchez was stunned when the credit report for her new car loan came back showing several open accounts that had been turned over to collections agencies.

Shooting suspect turns up in Alabama
An Augusta man wanted for the Nov. 30 shooting death of a man police describe as his childhood friend was arrested at an Alabama state park Friday, according to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office in Moulton, Ala.

Post offices see hundreds of Santa notes

Roger Reid
For Roger Reid, the most haunting part of the Pearl Harbor invasion came in its aftermath.

Columbia County falls low on poor pupil list

Quentin Shivers
Quentin Shivers said he doesn't know why he picked it up, or why he kept it for 62 years. He held it in his hand at his Martinez home recently, turning it over in his hand and studying its course, jagged texture.

Gay adoption ruling awaited

Brunch welcomes Santa
Adrian Obleton couldn't hold back a grin while describing his first limousine ride Saturday morning.

Graham criticizes Bush's trade policy, lift of tariffs

10 local men recount morning of Dec. 7, 1941
Sitting at the kitchen table at his Louisville, Ga., home, Paul Strickland went down the list of the 11 original members of his local chapter of Pearl Harbor survivors.

Across Georgia

Water-use amendment helps Fort Gordon counterpart
Just like Fort Gordon and other Georgia military installations, officials concerned about a post in Arizona are using the legislative route to protect their base.

Holiday cheer lives amid mill layoffs

Correction

10 local men recount morning of Dec. 7, 1941

Auto shop explosion injures two

Paul Strickland
As he recalled how he came to meet his date with destiny on Dec. 7, 1941, Paul Strickland let loose a small chuckle.

Lindsay Wood

Jesse J. Turner
Like most survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jesse J. Turner knows how lucky he truly is.

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.

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.

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.

Brooks Webster
It was his first crack at liberty, and Brooks Webster had his day all planned.

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.

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.

Brooks Webster

Upcoming Christmas parades
TODAY Martinez Christmas Parade: 2 p.m., parade starts at Columbia Square shopping center and heads east along Washington Road to Davant Street

Group of students sue over drug raid
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Seventeen Stratford High School students have filed a lawsuit against the city of Goose Creek and the Berkeley County school district, alleging police and school officials terrorized them in a drug raid last month.

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

Drop in trauma status hurts other hospitals
AIKEN - Buckling to bottom-line pressure, more South Carolina hospitals will ditch expensive trauma center certification, putting accident victims at greater risk and burdening hospitals that maintain this expensive capability, emergency medical experts say.

Lindsay Wood
The Sunday morning sneak attack by Japan on Dec. 7, 1941, didn't necessarily catch Lindsay Wood by surprise.

Judge denies bond for assault suspect

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

Local clinics still have vaccine stock

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.

Upcoming Christmas parades

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

Drop in trauma status hurts other hospitals

Milton Zurfluh
Ninety-seven-year-old Milton Zurfluh remembers the sound the machine gun made when it shot at his family on a road leading to Wheeler Field.

Water-use amendment helps Fort Gordon counterpart

Women write of lynching in Statesboro
STATESBORO, Ga. - Historians are often criticized for their selective memories.

Across the area

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.

Kid of the Day

Roger Reid

Brunch welcomes Santa

Quentin Shivers

Wife says man assaulted her
A Hephzibah man was charged with aggravated assault Saturday after his wife said he chased her and used a gun to threaten her, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Calvin Garner

Louis Hatcher

Milton Zurfluh

Trend in ID theft hits Hispanics

Attack stays in civilians' memories

Women write of lynching in Statesboro

Across the area
Authorities are still searching for a 14-year-old Augusta girl who went missing before Thanksgiving.

Religion-based bills pile up for next legislative session

Across South Carolina
GAFFNEY -A 48-year-old man who volunteered in his wife's third-grade class at Blacksburg Elementary School has been sentenced to three years in prison after a Cherokee County jury convicted him of misconduct with a pupil.

News you can use

Correction
The dates of the Harlem Christmas Parade and Augusta's Christmas Fantasy Parade 2003 were incorrect in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Across Georgia

Gay adoption ruling awaited
ATLANTA - The Deep South is set to take center stage in the national debate over gay rights with a federal court expected to rule any day now on a Florida law barring gays and lesbians from adopting children.

Peach Bowl selects Tennessee to face Clemson

Attack stays in civilians' memories
In one of those rare occasions of history, American civilians saw combat on American soil during the Pearl Harbor attack.

State wants to keep monitoring river

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -The Coast Guard says it can't clean up as much as 50 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled from a burned and sunken shrimp boat.

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

Sanford urges privatization

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.

More flight security urged

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.

News you can use

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.

Checking cash can filter out counterfeits

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.

Teen faces charges over kitten's death

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.

Residents demand answers for tainted well water

New flu season worries experts
ATLANTA - The last time there was a flu strain mutation similar to the one sickening thousands of Americans this year, nearly 65,000 died.

Across South Carolina

State GOP to pay $60,000 fine
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Republican Party has agreed to pay $60,000 in penalties for improperly using federal campaign funds in 1997 and during 1998's rough-and-tumble gubernatorial race.

ANIC might pursue refund

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."

Soldier on leave shares insight

Police memorialize trooper who died in police chase

Robert Arant Jr.

Bulldogs' chances wasted early, often
Georgia came into the Georgia Dome dreaming about second chances and second championships. It left the Southeastern Conference Championship game with no second guessing.

Judge sides with independent filmmakers on screener ban as awards season nears
NEW YORK -- A federal judge Friday freed movie distributors to send copies of films to awards voters - a decision seen as a victory for independent film producers as awards season approaches.

Judge sides with independent filmmakers on screener ban as awards season nears

Armor for Sleep: indie rock with a metaphorical style
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. -- Shelving books isn't a normal rock 'n' roll education, but it worked for Ben Jorgensen, lead singer of the band Armor for Sleep.

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.

Armor for Sleep: indie rock with a metaphorical style

Kenseth makes dreams reality

Earnhardt Jr. most popular NASCAR driver

Winston Cup champion Kenseth honored

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

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

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

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.

Seven hurricanes predicted for 2004

Backups carry Cavaliers past Hawks
CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers finally put it all together with their rookie leading the way.

Backups carry Cavaliers past Hawks

Paine holds on to beat Lane
Ron Spry didn't want his team to foul or give up any open 3-point attempts on Lane College's final play.

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.

USC Aiken women roll, men fall
AIKEN - Kasey Mills and Katie Mitchell came off the bench to combine for 26 points, as USC Aiken defeated Carson-Newman 61-46 on Saturday at The Courthouse.

NFL power rankings

Vick tries to salvage what's left of Falcons season

Mr. Robert Carnes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Ulysses Phillips    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Lowe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jordan Gilchrist    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dessie Butler    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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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. Mary Pierce    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Colvin Barden    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Bill Neuhaus, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George Goehring, Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lilla Smith    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Miss Linda Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Freda Brooks    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Doreatha Douglass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Han Allum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janette Bradford    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pauline English    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Pauley    (TOCCOA, Ga.)
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Mr. Anthony Liberti    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Horner Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Nemser    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Floyd Hughes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Sergeant Tom Noone    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Colvin Barden    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence Pickren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dessie Butler    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. Otis Usry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Byers    (LONGWOOD, Fla.)
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Mr. William Brunson    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Miss Louise Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janette Bradford    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Queen Stinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eddie Williams    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Raymond Corley    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Judy St. Cyr    (LOWELL, Mass.)
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MSGT. Wess Elswick    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Wayne Wagner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jordan Gilchrist    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Avery    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Ms. Lois Hall    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
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Mr. Clifford Sears    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillie Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kathleen Whitley    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
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Mr. Howard Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred Billups    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nancy Morris    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl Cotton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Eddie Jones, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Gearhart, Jr.    (RIVER BLUFF, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillie Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Katie Wright    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Ms. Joyce Josey    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pearl Holley    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joan Kirk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joan Kirk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lula Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Morrell    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lucy Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Nemser    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Becky Avery    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence Pickren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eddie Williams    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Lewis Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dessie Butler (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Hall (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Clifford Sears (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Lilla Smith (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janette Bradford (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Billups (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Queen Stinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Kathleen Whitley (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Sergeant Tom Noone (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Doreatha Douglass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jordan Gilchrist (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline English (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Lois Hall (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mr. Clarence Pickren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Liberti (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

MSGT. Wess Elswick (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Jordan Gilchrist (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Bailey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Colvin Barden (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Usry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ulysses Phillips (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Katie Wright (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Joan Kirk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Louise Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Holley (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Pierce (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Kirk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Cotton (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne Wagner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Morris (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy St. Cyr (LOWELL, Mass.)

Mrs. Janette Bradford (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Han Allum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Pickren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Pauley (TOCCOA, Ga.)

Miss Linda Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Corley (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

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

Mr. Charles Gearhart, Jr. (RIVER BLUFF, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Byers (LONGWOOD, Fla.)

Savannah educator, activist dies at 97

Overtime

Overtime

Judge dismisses bribery case against Salt Lake City organizers

Steroid watch: From Bonds to track and field

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

Langley Pond possible site for ACC women's rowing

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.

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.

Langley Pond possible site for ACC women's rowing
Welcome to Aiken County: Home of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Rowing Championships.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx acquired right wing Joe Sewell from the Toledo Storm in exchange for cash on Saturday.

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Hendrix, Coble tops in their state

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

Outdoors calendar

What a deer
Kasey Woods went on her first hunting trip with her dad, "Tracker Jack" Woods, when she was just 7 years old. This season, she decided it was time to hunt on her own and take a first deer.

On target
Jim Pruitte spends many of his Saturdays instructing young archers in the Columbia County 4-H Archery Program, which meets at American Sportsman outfitters in Martinez. More than 50 people are enrolled in the program, which includes 90-minute instructional sessions and opportunities to compete in tournaments. For information about 4-H archery, call 556-0738.

On target

What a deer

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Bird hunters' chances better
A few days of cold, wet weather last week was just what the doctor ordered for Georgia's waterfowl hunters, who can expect one of the best seasons in recent memory.

Religion-based bills pile up for next legislative session
ATLANTA - Legislation to allow religious groups to receive state money to serve the needy languished in the past General Assembly session. But the environment has changed.

Vick tries to salvage what's left of Falcons season
ATLANTA -- Michael Vick has done some amazing things in his short NFL career.

NFL power rankings
Every week during the NFL season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will break down the rankings of all 32 NFL teams and why they're ranked where they are.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Bird hunters' chances better

Bulldogs' chances wasted early, often

'The Award Show Awards Show' takes a look at TV awards

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

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 Award Show Awards Show' takes a look at TV awards
NEW YORK -- "The Award Show Awards Show," which isn't an awards show but a documentary, wants you to know there are 565 show-biz awards competitions each year, of which 100 are televised. That's more than one broadcast every four days.

Top five in entertainment

No. 3 LSU routs Georgia for title
ATLANTA - Georgia fans were hoping not to see a repeat of their team's last game against Louisiana State on Saturday night, and they didn't.

Georgia women run mark to 5-1

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.

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.

Georgia women run mark to 5-1
ATHENS, Ga. - Christi Thomas was seeing things, and she didn't like what she was seeing.

Dogs expect Cooper back

Q and A with Mark Richt

Hayes perfect for Georgia

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

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

SEC title game has downside

No. 3 LSU routs Georgia for title

UGA-LSU matchups

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.

Second-half rally moves South Carolina to 8-0

Second-half rally moves South Carolina to 8-0
CLEMSON, S.C. - With a 7-0 record coming into Saturday's game, South Carolina coach Dave Odom figured he'd see some real, live competition against Clemson.

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

Wallace learning at fast pace

Woman's hair catches on fire at gas pump

Odds and Ends

Faith digest

Religion News in Brief

Faith and fellowship calendar

Area churches prepare holiday entertainment

Singers' sound, audience matures

Consider giving a notable religious book for the holidays

Restaurant and Christian bookstore mixes Bibles, barbecue