Q&A With Annie Leibovitz
SEATTLE -- Annie Leibovitz is known for her portraits of celebrities. She started out as a photographer at Rolling Stone magazine, and her work also has appeared in Vanity Fair and Vogue.

Seats for 'The Producers,' with Lane and Broderick, are sold out
NEW YORK -- If you haven't got tickets yet for the Dec. 30-April 4 return of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick to "The Producers," you are pretty much out of luck. Their engagement is basically sold out, although 18 standing-room tickets will be available for every performance, sold only on the day of performance, at the St. James Theatre box office, 246 W. 44th St.

Son's book reveals Audrey Hepburn had lifetime sadness

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.

Clown Bill Irwin takes another look at his classic 'The Regard of Flight'
NEW YORK -- The Bill Irwin celebration is still in full swing. The Signature Theatre Company's season-long salute to the genial clown continues with "The Regard Evening," an amalgamation of Irwin's 20-year-old theater piece, "The Regard of Flight," plus new material added for the Signature run.

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

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.

Arts calendar

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.

Photographer captures distinct images of a changing New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The White Sands shift and sift, but never change. Nor does the Toltec Tunnel carved into rock for a narrow-gauge railroad that still snakes along the New Mexico-Colorado border.

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.

Not just teapots: exhibit highlights ceramics diversity
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- First thought: What's a used 35 mm camera, complete with worn leather case, doing at an exhibit showcasing the finest of contemporary ceramics?

Arts calendar
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Patterson's 'Big Bad Wolf' has bite

Q&A With Annie Leibovitz

Journalist investigates 1897 murder case for new book

Photographer captures distinct images of a changing New Mexico

The Guerrilla Girls return with new book

Clown Bill Irwin takes another look at his classic 'The Regard of Flight'

Former POW tells story of capture, rescue in Iraq

Seats for 'The Producers,' with Lane and Broderick, are sold out

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.

Mets wait for Matsui's reply

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.

Shoppers fare best with plan

Retirement home for chimpanzees being built
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Over-the-hill chimpanzees will soon spend their retirement years in a Louisiana old folks home.

Muslim football tournament's team names sparks Jewish protest
IRVINE, Calif. -- It was planned as a way to bring young athletes together for a weekend of fun, but when participants in the Muslim Football tournament started naming their teams Intifada, Soldiers of Allah and Mujahideen, Jewish leaders took offense.

Maddux's deadline arrives
NEW YORK -- Greg Maddux appeared set to say goodbye Atlanta, Ivan Rodriguez negotiated late to stay with Florida and the New York Mets got ready to welcome Japanese shortstop Kazuo Matsui on a busy Sunday night in baseball.

Maddux's deadline arrives

Economic changes emptying factories

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.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: South Carolina Electric & Gas

Christmas tree farmers hope for clear, cold weather

Boeing faces dilemma: Build 7E7 or lose face as jetmaker
SEATTLE -- Boeing Co. has hosted 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.

On the move

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.

Christmas tree farmers hope for clear, cold weather
JACKSON, Miss. -- All farmers watch the weather, but for Christmas tree farmers the weather vigil is intensified because their selling season is squeezed between Thanksgiving and December 25.

Holidays are good time to catch up

Pocket change

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.

Boeing risks losing credibility

Dollar General continues to grow
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dollar General is sometimes mocked as the low-rent Wal-Mart, an even cheaper version of the world's largest retailer.

Nutritional supplement business has time on its side

Positive attitude, good spelling can help land a job

Nutritional supplement business has time on its side
The $19 billion nutritional supplement industry appears to have time on its side.

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

Motorola reports holiday supply delays with camera phones

Business calendar

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.

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.

Business calendar
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Motorola reports holiday supply delays with camera phones
CHICAGO -- Camera phones are in big demand for the holidays, but consumers might end up empty-handed if they're looking to get one of the coolest new products, especially Motorola's, by Christmas.

Dollar General continues to grow

Boeing faces dilemma: Build 7E7 or lose face as jetmaker

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."

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.

Lady Tigers top Furman
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Lakeia Stokes scored 28 points to lead Clemson to a 74-66 victory against Furman Sunday.

Lady Tigers top Furman

Peach Bowl selects Clemson to face Tennessee
ATLANTA -- The Peach Bowl selected sixth-ranked Tennessee Sunday as its Southeastern Conference representative to take on the Clemson Tigers in the Jan. 2 game.

Controversial finish: USC No. 1 in polls, third in BCS

College football notebook

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

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

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.

USC takes over top spot from Oklahoma
A chaotic weekend provided a new No. 1 team in college football.

Sooners flop in Big 12 title game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oklahoma got a taste of the lopsided decisions it handed out all season long.

Navy torpedoes Army

Controversial finish: USC No. 1 in polls, third in BCS
College football fans, get ready to crown not just one, but possibly two national champions.

USC too much for Oregon St.

Sooners flop in Big 12 title game

Paine holds on to beat Lane

SRS' noose problem
The noose problem at Savannah River Site just won't go away. The noose found looped around some SRS scaffolding last month was the fourth such incident in the last three years.

Well-grounded

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.

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.

SRS' noose problem

Well-grounded
The best way to lead is by example, so give South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford credit for cutting back on his usage of state planes.

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

Al Sharpton shows his James Brown moves on "Saturday Night Live"
NEW YORK -- Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton busted some James Brown moves on his "Saturday Night Live" debut, but many viewers didn't get the chance to see them.

ID thefts of people with common Hispanic names a growing trend

ID thefts of people with common Hispanic names a growing trend
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.

Mutual fund investors still have time to minimize 2003 tax liability

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.

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 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

Pioneers of flight soared quietly

Watson wins player of the year
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tom Watson capped an emotional season Sunday when he was voted Champions Tour player of the year, giving him a sweep of the major awards for the 50-and-older circuit.

Ellis leads Q-school
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Danny Ellis shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the six-round PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Watson wins player of the year

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.

Furyk wins Grand Slam by eight strokes

Irwin & Son hold off Nicklauses
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hale and Steve Irwin closed with an 11-under 61 to hold off a late scare from Jack and Jackie Nicklaus and win the Father-Son Challenge on Sunday.

Prep football notebook

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.

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.

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.

New civic center concession contract delayed
The expected approval of a new concession contract for the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center was delayed today as coliseum authority members voted to have their attorney make changes to the proposed agreement.

Tips for consumers seeking credit counseling

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

Letter about Mideast turmoil misses essential facts

Low-income families not benefiting from HOPE

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

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.

Sentiments in letter misplaced
In reference to Stephanie Wilson's annoying, meaningless, asinine letter published Nov. 26, "Want more coverage of our heroes": Leo Charette, Augusta

Tips for consumers seeking credit counseling
"The power of the pen is mighty" and "a few bad apples may spoil the barrel." These are both adages we have heard before. With the recent Federal Trade Commission and IRS alerts cautioning consumers about some credit counseling services, consumers may be more confused than ever about whom to turn to for quality financial-management advice and debt relief. Consumer Credit Counseling Service applauds this recent action and believes it will challenge more agencies to adopt stronger consumer protections and improved quality service. Betty Ashley, Augusta

Low-income families not benefiting from HOPE
The Georgia HOPE Scholarship program is in crisis because of poor financial management procedures put forth by state legislators. These policy makers have been self-serving and have unwisely spent millions upon millions of dollars for their pork barrel projects. E. Maner, Augusta

Sentiments in letter misplaced

Simple card best for canceled wedding

Property transfers

Airboat rides face uncertain future

Mortality rates drop as medical tech gets faster, cheaper

Children, analysts compile list of season's hottest gifts

Two-bedroom house plan grew into something more for family

Historic NY homes decorated for holidays

Video game review - Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Terrain parks, glades, restorations mark ski season

Groundbreaking held for national slavery museum in Virginia

Phones get smarter and smaller

Techbits: Latest technology news

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a chore

Precautions for setting up a home wireless network

In the know

Phones get smarter and smaller
NEW YORK -- As a publicity stunt, the launch of the Treo 600 cell phone-organizer was reminiscent of the silliest dot-com events: a swank Wall Street eatery staffed by "secret agents," dressed in all black with wool caps, dispensing multicolored martinis.

Mortality rates drop as medical tech gets faster, cheaper
BALTIMORE -- It's nine o'clock on a Saturday night when a 15-year-old boy with a bullet in his leg is rolled on a gurney into the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. More than 20 minutes have passed since he was shot in a drive-by.

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

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.

Precautions for setting up a home wireless network
Q. I have recently set up a Wi-Fi wireless network at home, and now I'm hearing talk about security problems. Should I be concerned?

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.

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

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?

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.

Video game review - Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
With so many video games targeting mature audiences, it's nice to know that at least one game maker hasn't forgotten about the kids.

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.

Techbits: Latest technology news
BOISE, Idaho -- A newly approved flight instrument lets pilots see a picture of the ground through clouds and weather, potentially eliminating the kind of disorientation that may have led to the 1999 crash that killed John F. Kennedy Jr.

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.

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.

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.

Gory sights were usual for airman sent to Iraq

Across the southeast

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Daeija Herrington, 2, of Augusta.

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.

Teens decide peers' penalty

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.

Gory sights were usual for airman sent to Iraq
For four months at Baghdad International Airport, Air Force Airman 1st Class Arthur Moore IV dealt firsthand with the bloodshed and violence still plaguing U.S.-occupied Iraq.

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

Water-use amendment helps Fort Gordon counterpart

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.

Good feelings abound

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.

Reform may ease Medicaid's budget woes

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.

Island scientists work to save endangered tortoises

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.

Christmas parade takes patriotic route
AIKEN - The bright blare of marching bands and the holiday wave of politicians, beauty queens, tractor drivers and future farmers was tinged with somber reminders of wars past and present Sunday during the annual Aiken Jaycees Christmas Parade.

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

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.

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.

Attack stays in civilians' memories

Rants and raves
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News you can use

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.

Larke to push free breakfast

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.

New civic center concession contract delayed

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.

Audit finds need to control use of cell phones by state employees

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

Across the southeast

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.

Rants and Raves
CONTRARY TO WHAT a lot of Rants and Raves have said lately about the Regency Mall site, it's actually a perfect place for something like a civic center. A huge parcel of land next to major roads with many entrances and exits. I think it's a perfect place.

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.

Five questions
Richmond County Sheriff's Office spokesman answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

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

Larke to push free breakfast
Superintendent Charles Larke will ask board members this week to continue offering free breakfast to all Richmond County pupils at a cost of $320,000 a year.

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.

Former eyesore is ready for use
Charles Utley likes the view of the flat, grassy plain visible from the Gordon Highway overpass near Dan Bowles Road.

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.

Across the area

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

Columbia County falls low on poor pupil list

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.

Calvin Garner

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.

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.

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

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

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

Dean opens S.C. office, leaves with Jackson endorsement

Brunch welcomes Santa

News you can use

Women write of lynching in Statesboro

Police seek dead man's identity

Correction

Christmas parade takes patriotic route

Religion-based bills pile up for next legislative session

Kid of the day

10 local men recount morning of Dec. 7, 1941

Former eyesore is ready for use

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.

Across Georgia

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

Murder suspects arrested in Maryland

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.

Police didn't follow rules on using drug dogs at high school

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.

Good feelings abound
WASHINGTON - Although he never sang a note, a fair share of the applause in the nation's Capitol this weekend was reserved for James Brown.

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.

Empty Stocking: Working mom wishes to ease Christmas strain
An Aiken single mother wants to make the holidays a little better for her family of six.

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.

Teens decide peers' penalty
The closest 16-year-old Shahin Rothermel has been to a criminal court proceeding is watching episodes of television's Law and Order, but she fits ably into the role of prosecutor.

Georgia gets nod in Capital One Bowl

Across the southeast
MIAMI -A serial rapist, suspected of sneaking into homes and assaulting at least eight victims, the youngest just 7 years old, has been stalking neighborhoods close to where another serial rapist preyed on women and girls for more than a year, authorities said.

Peach Bowl selects Tennessee to face Clemson

News you can use
DEC. 8, 1942 Harvey Murrell, 25, a Camp Gordon soldier, was carried to the post hospital last night with a hip full of buckshot after an altercation with W.C. James, of Greene Street. Mr. James told police the soldier had made improper advances to his wife.

Quentin Shivers

Cool air adds to spirit of parade
Sunday marked the traditional start of the Christmas season for the Hill family.

Robert Arant Jr.

Dean opens S.C. office, leaves with Jackson endorsement
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean rallied about 400 supporters at a downtown hotel Sunday with the announcement of his latest supporter - Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Rants and Raves
CONTRARY TO WHAT a lot of Rants and Raves have said lately about the Regency Mall site, it's actually a perfect place for something like a civic center. A huge parcel of land next to major roads with many entrances and exits. I think it's a perfect place.

Spirit of South Carolina schooner project runs out of cash
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Spirit of South Carolina tall ship project has run out of money and no building has gone on since June.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The flu that has afflicted thousands of children across the country is intensifying in Georgia, health officials said.

Gay adoption ruling awaited

Across the area
A Johnston, S.C., man was arrested Sunday in connection with a fire at his ex-girlfriend's Aiken apartment and the theft of a stereo and other electronics from her home.

Jesse J. Turner

Cobb Police shoot, kill gun-wielding suspect
AUSTELL, Ga. -- Police responding to a 911 call shot and killed an Atlanta man early Sunday after he threatened the officers with a handgun, authorities said.

Upcoming Christmas parades

Georgia health officials brace for strong flu season
ATLANTA -- The flu that has afflicted thousands of children across the country is now intensifying in Georgia, health officials said.

Milton Zurfluh

Murder suspects arrested in Maryland
ATLANTA -- Two murder suspects who escaped from the Clayton County jail last month were arrested in Maryland, according to spokesmen for the Clayton County sheriff and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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

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.

Roger Reid

Holiday cheer lives amid mill layoffs

Police seek dead man's identity
Richmond County authorities were trying to identify the victim of a possible homicide Sunday evening.

Graham criticizes Bush's trade policy, lift of tariffs

Across South Carolina
YORK -A 6-year-old York boy's death was probably a result of flu, according to York County Coroner Doug McKown.

Trend in ID theft hits Hispanics

Reform may ease Medicaid's budget woes
AIKEN - Medicaid helps hundreds of thousands of poor South Carolinians pay for health care every year, but many of the doctor visits could be avoided if recipients were better educated.

Paul Strickland

Audit finds need to control use of cell phones by state employees
ATLANTA -- An audit ordered by a special Georgia legislative committee has revealed that state employees' use of cell phones has not been properly monitored or controlled.

Louis Hatcher

Island scientists work to save endangered tortoises
ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, Ga. -- The fate of two breeds of endangered tortoises may rest, in part, with the work of scientists on this coastal Georgia island.

Across Georgia

Flu blamed in death of six-year-old York boy
YORK, S.C. -- A coroner says a 6-year-old York boy probably died from the flu.

Kid of the Day

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.

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
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Cobb Police shoot, kill gun-wielding suspect

Police didn't follow rules on using drug dogs at high school
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Goose Creek Police Department appears not to have followed its own rules on using drug dogs in its guns-drawn raid at Stratford High School last month.

Cool air adds to spirit of parade

Drop in trauma status hurts other hospitals

Across the area

Brooks Webster

Spirit of South Carolina schooner project runs out of cash

Lindsay Wood

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.

Pioneers of flight soared quietly
We are observing the centennial of human flight with the pomp and circumstance it deserves. If we had been around 100 years ago, though, we might have wondered what all the fuss was about.

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

'The Last Samurai' cuts down competition

'The Last Samurai' cuts down competition
LOS ANGELES -- "The Last Samurai" came in first at the weekend box office as the Tom Cruise war epic cut down the competition with $24.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Alicia Keys keeps fame in perspective with sophomore album
NEW YORK -- The pressure of following up a multiplatinum, Grammy-winning album is enough to give even veteran artists nervous fits.

Israeli hip-hop singer touches a nationalist chord among Israelis, but some find it jarring
TEL AVIV, Israel -- "People have told me straight up to my face: 'Man, you're a fascist,"' says Subliminal, Israel's hip-hop king.

Singer's friends bid to keep Grammys
ATLANTA -- Friends of Peabo Bryson stepped in to help the award-winning singer keep some of his prized possessions, including at least one of his two Grammys.

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.

Israeli hip-hop singer touches a nationalist chord among Israelis, but some find it jarring

Armor for Sleep: indie rock with a metaphorical style

Singer's friends bid to keep Grammys

Backups carry Cavaliers past Hawks

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

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.

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.

NFL power rankings

Vick tries to salvage what's left of Falcons season

Falcons top Panthers in overtime

Steelers rout Raiders

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Overtime

Langley Pond possible site for ACC women's rowing

Dominating fight sets Klitschko up as big heavyweight attraction

Overtime

Dominating fight sets Klitschko up as big heavyweight attraction
NEW YORK -- Vitali Klitschko was explaining how he dominated Kirk Johnson and why he should fight Lennox Lewis again when a commotion broke out in the back of the room.

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

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

Overtime
In Cary, N.C., Heather O'Reilly had two goals and an assist to lead undefeated North Carolina to a 6-0 victory over Connecticut in the NCAA championship game Sunday.

Outdoors calendar

What a deer

On target

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

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.

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.

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.

Falcons top Panthers in overtime
ATLANTA -- Michael Vick handled things in regulation. Kevin Mathis took care of overtime.

Steelers rout Raiders
PITTSBURGH -- A week after labeling them the dumbest-playing team in America, Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan offered little criticism following their latest loss.

Bird hunters' chances better

Bulldogs' chances wasted early, often

Sears sponsors ABC series that will showcase its wares

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

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Let's count the year-end countdown shows on A&E this week! Monday: "Top 10 Hitched and Ditched." No surprise who claims the top spot here: J.Lo and Ben. But this show doesn't forget losers in love like Liza (Minnelli) and David (Gest) - or the United States and France.

Cable networks aiming to get young people interested in news
NEW YORK -- Trying to wring some laughs out of the cancellation of a reality TV awards show, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann tries some mock honors on his nightly newscast.

Sears sponsors ABC series that will showcase its wares
CHICAGO -- Coming soon: a reality TV series starring Sears tools and appliances.

Cable networks aiming to get young people interested in news

'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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Al Sharpton shows his James Brown moves on "Saturday Night Live"

Top five in entertainment

Georgia women run mark to 5-1

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

Analysis: Bulldogs' work just starting
There's good news and bad news for Georgia as it looks back on a season that will end under the sunny skies of Florida.

Analysis: Bulldogs' work just starting

No. 3 LSU routs Georgia for title

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.

Capital One gives Dogs its bid
ATLANTA -- A lopsided loss didn't hurt Georgia after all.

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.

Retirement home for chimpanzees being built

Muslim football tournament's team names sparks Jewish protest