ARTscape allows visitors to explore favorite exhibits at home
Peabody Essex's ARTscape allows visitors to explore favorite exhibits at home

ARTscape allows visitors to explore favorite exhibits at home

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

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.

Q&A With Annie Leibovitz

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?

Publishers weekly bestsellers list

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.

Publishers weekly bestsellers list
Here is this week's Publishers Weekly bestsellers list.

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.

Photographer captures distinct images of a changing New Mexico

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.

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

Matsui decides to join Mets
NARITA, Japan -- The New York Mets made Kazuo Matsui feel wanted.

Maddux leaves Braves, Rodriguez departs Marlins

Matsui decides to join Mets

Phillies want Millwood back for 2004

Phillies want Millwood back for 2004
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies want Kevin Millwood back for 2004. They're not ready to commit beyond one year.

Maddux leaves Braves, Rodriguez departs Marlins
NEW YORK -- Greg Maddux and Ivan Rodriguez will have new teams next season, and so will Vladimir Guerrero, Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez.

Chapped skin is result of good winter cleanliness

Man fishing in Galveston Bay finds torso in a suitcase
HOUSTON -- A man fishing in Galveston Bay found a torso inside a suitcase floating in the water shortly before he spotted a plastic bag that contained a head, authorities said.

Odds and Ends
TEWKSBURY, N.J. -- Richard Ogust found his calling in Chinatown.

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.

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

Maddux bids adieu to Braves after 11 years

Maddux bids adieu to Braves after 11 years
ATLANTA -- If Greg Maddux stays true to form - and doesn't he always? - the 300th win should come shortly after next year's All Star game.

Maddux's deadline arrives

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.

Southern Co. CEO announces retirement

Fed expected to leave interest rates unchanged
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, finally starting to see the hoped-for rebound in the economy, still is expected to leave interest rates unchanged at its last meeting of the year, allowing consumers and businesses to enjoy the lowest rates in decades into the new year.

Quality, price boost sales Trade association notes decline in 'real' customers

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.

South Carolina economy turning around slowly
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's economy is turning around slowly, a research economist said at the University of South Carolina's annual Economic Outlook Conference Monday.

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.

South Carolina economy turning around slowly

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

Citing improved economy, GOP does not extend jobless benefits
WASHINGTON -- Citing the improving economy, Republicans decided Monday against extending federal unemployment benefits before Congress leaves for the year. Democrats said it would mean a joyless Christmas for tens of thousands of jobless Americans.

Motorola reports holiday supply delays with camera phones

Southern Co. CEO announces retirement
ATLANTA -- The chairman and chief executive officer of Southern Company said Monday he will retire next summer after 33 years with the Atlanta-based utility holding company.

Forecasters see more growth in advertising next year
NEW YORK -- Two leading forecasters predicted further increases in advertising spending for next year, thanks mainly to a combination of continued economic growth, the summer Olympics and the U.S. presidential election.

Business briefs

Business briefs
Dealership collects phones for charity

Nutritional supplement business has time on its side

Christmas tree farmers hope for clear, cold weather

Citing improved economy, GOP does not extend jobless benefits

China likely next target in pressure for trade barriers
WASHINGTON -- There is no sign of a quick easing of pressure on President Bush to provide trade protection for besieged U.S. industries, especially with his re-election race ahead and manufacturing employment still in free-fall.

Dollar General continues to grow

Quality, price boost sales Trade association notes decline in 'real' customers
There will be no pine needles to vacuum for the Moss household this Christmas.

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

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

Bowden ready to turn his focus on Vols
One of coach Tommy Bowden's most important jobs at Clemson got easier in the last week.

Lady Tigers top Furman

Clemson's Bowden on high heading to Peach

Clemson's Bowden on high heading to Peach
One of coach Tommy Bowden's most important jobs at Clemson got easier in the last week.

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.

Bowden ready to turn his focus on Vols

Sooners flop in Big 12 title game

Arkansas will start workouts for bowl game this Saturday

Arkansas will start workouts for bowl game this Saturday
LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas will begin work this weekend on its effort to win its first bowl game since the 2000 Cotton Bowl.

Tuesday morning quarterback
A final look at the 2003 college football season:

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

Heisman Profile: Michigan RB Chris Perry

Heisman Profile: Michigan RB Chris Perry
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Chris Perry was sprawled out on the turf at Michigan Stadium after taking a hit against Ohio State.

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

Tuesday morning quarterback

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

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.

Well-grounded

Getting to know you...
"Reports that say something hasn't happened are always interesting to me because, as we know, there are known knowns, there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we know about."

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.

Chalkboard championship
They tried to perfect the college bowl system, and they succeeded. It's perfectly awful.

Getting to know you...

SRS' noose problem

'Virtual peace' plan
If Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who made the most generous peace offer in the history of Palestinian-Israeli talks, had not been voted out of office in 2001, the "virtual peace plan" now making the rounds in Washington and other world capitals might have been a real peace plan.

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.

'Virtual peace' plan

People in the news
CHICAGO -- Oprah Winfrey doesn't have a Top Ten list of reasons why she hasn't appeared on David Letterman's show recently. She has just two - her two previous appearances.

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.

Bush signs most sweeping changes in Medicare's history
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday signed into law the most far-reaching changes in Medicare in nearly four decades, an overhaul that includes for the first time a prescription-drug benefit for seniors.

Rates fall in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities fell in Monday's auction.

Stocks push higher on investor optimism
NEW YORK -- Wall Street sprinted higher Monday as investors kept their faith in a strengthening economy despite Friday's disappointing employment report. The Dow Jones industrials climbed 102 points to fall just shy of 10,000.

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.

Natural gas price hits nine-month high
WASHINGTON -- Natural gas futures roared upward on Monday, settling at a nine-month high as traders and analysts confessed disbelief at the past week's 40 percent run-up.

Stocks push higher on investor optimism

ID thefts of people with common Hispanic names a growing trend

Bush signs most sweeping changes in Medicare's history

Rates fall in Treasury bill auction

Natural gas price hits nine-month high

USDA relies on Defense Department for fresh produce

USDA relies on Defense Department for fresh produce
The same men and women who do more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day also do what the U.S. Department of Agriculture can't - deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to the nation's schools.

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.

Watson wins player of the year

AP NewsBreak: Woods wins fifth straight award

AP NewsBreak: Woods wins fifth straight award
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- A wild season in golf came to a familiar conclusion Monday when Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the fifth straight time, The Associated Press has learned.

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.

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.

Golden Hawks lose OL Watts

Devils endure injury 'curse'

Thurmond coach resigns

Golden Hawks lose OL Watts
When Washington County enters the Georgia Dome for Friday's Class AAA semifinals for the first time since 2000, the Golden Hawks will be without one of their top players.

Thurmond coach resigns
Strom Thurmond's Dusty Triplett has had enough of coaching football after 30 years.

Devils endure injury 'curse'
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Gavin Williams started the season at tailback for Lincoln County, but he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the game against Commerce. That's injury No. 1.

Chapped skin is result of good winter cleanliness
There are many different kinds of success but few of us are able to take our pick.

Students protest to keep Rebel mascot
JOHNSTON, S.C. - "Rebels with a cause" was written in bold, black letters on a poster held by students at Strom Thurmond High School early this morning.

Two charged with murder, robbery
Police have charged a man and his girlfriend Tuesday in connection with the death of a man found Sunday outside a 15th Street auto repair garage.

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.

New warehouse celebrates opening
Levelers adjusting to truck platforms and covered rail doors keeping goods dry are just part of the plan to make CRL Warehouse & Logistics Co. the most efficient shipping center in Augusta.

State investigates Nevada bonding company
A Nevada company that state insurance officials say targets low-income, minority and women-owned businesses has scammed an Augusta nonprofit agency and gotten caught, Georgia's insurance commissioner said today.

Sentiments in letter misplaced

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
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

Low-income families not benefiting from HOPE

Partial-birth abortion wrong without question
With all the FDA-approved preventative medical procedures available as an alternative to conception, it is atrocious to have this partial-birth abortion issue to plague our souls and undermine the conscience of this great, compassionate, civilized nation. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Clergy should speak out against bigotry, hate

Christian moms should stay at home
I see a lot of unnecessary stress in young couples today. The stress comes as mothers of young children are working to produce more family income. In many cases, the costs incurred are more than the income received. This doesn't include the emotional costs to the whole family, not just the children. Eulon Purvis, Martinez, Ga.

Clergy should speak out against bigotry, hate
As I read the Nov. 25 letter from Harry Sellers, "Priorities backward on Mideast," I had an overwhelming sadness that this type of blatant prejudice is given voice in our newspaper. Janet Roberts, 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

When treating the flu, few options available

Mortality rates drop as medical tech gets faster, cheaper

Nanosys lands big deals in technology of the minuscule

Video game review - Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Popularity of obesity surgery makes dramatic gains

Techbits: Latest technology news

Greetings don't need stamps at last minute

Precautions for setting up a home wireless network

Get him gadgets and games for the holidays

Phones get smarter and smaller

In the know

Seniors calendar

Widgets to consider for holiday gifts

Task force: Adult patients should be screened for obesity

Greetings don't need stamps at last minute
The Internet has changed the way in which we communicate. Thanks to e-mail, we can almost instantly send and receive messages to and from people around the world.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Task force: Adult patients should be screened for obesity
PHILADELPHIA -- Health care workers should screen all adult patients for weight problems and suggest intensive counseling for those who are obese, an influential government task force is recommending.

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.

In the know
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8 p.m., CBS, WRDW-TV, Channel 12). It must be close to Christmas. This perennial special features the voice of Burl Ives, who narrates the story of a reindeer in need of a nose job.

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?

When treating the flu, few options available
WASHINGTON -- The choices are few when it comes to the flu: Try to get the vaccine or, if sick, head to the doctor's office.

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.

Popularity of obesity surgery makes dramatic gains
BOSTON -- Ken Powers knew the potential dangers of having his stomach stapled, but to a man who had tipped the scales at 475 pounds, those risks didn't much matter

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.

Get him gadgets and games for the holidays
Conventional wisdom tells us that when shopping for men, you can't go wrong with things that plug into the wall or require batteries.

Nanosys lands big deals in technology of the minuscule
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The science of manipulating the smallest building blocks of matter into useful technology has been hyped as the engine of the next industrial revolution, when molecular computers supplant silicon chips and cheap "nanobots" render billion-dollar factories obsolete.

Widgets to consider for holiday gifts
The registers ring! And if you're going to spend some of yours on computer-related stuff, here's a recap of some things I've liked over the past year.

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.

Augusta on road tonight

Augusta on road tonight
Their two best forwards were 1,000 miles away and they were facing the hottest team in the ECHL.

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.

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.

National standard lists harmful drugs
Dollie Usry's drug problem is purely mechanical.

New civic center concession contract delayed

State investigates Nevada bonding company

Teens decide peers' penalty

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.

Larke to push free breakfast

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

Cobb Police shoot, kill gun-wielding suspect

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 23-year-old Fort Mill man has died after being run over by a train, police said.

Fire officials hope to save old station

Across Georgia

Christmas parade takes patriotic route

Charges considered against Nuwaubians who were in Christmas parade
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Members of a religious sect who asked residents for opinions about their jailed leader's molestation case while marching in a city Christmas parade could face charges for lying on an application to participate in the event, a prosecutor says.

Across the area
The Environmental Protection Agency will designate 25 Georgia counties as nonattainment areas under the Clean Air Act, but Richmond County isn't on the list.

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.

Audit says marinas need management
City officials will consider new management for two city marinas after a scathing internal audit of the Savannah River docks.

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

Title adds little aid for airport
Air Service Development Zone might not have the same ring to it as Garden City, but when Augusta received the title in June 2002, Augusta Regional Airport officials touted it with pride.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bondsman is wanted in searches

Murder suspects arrested in Maryland

Officials debate graduation tests

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

Kid of the day

Island scientists work to save endangered tortoises

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Damita Glaude, 9, of Evans.

Across the southeast

Group wants museum at SRS
Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness will hold a public meeting about a museum at Savannah River Site at 7 p.m. today at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Newberry Street.

Across Georgia

Police arrest commissioner, 3 others in theft
Four Hephzibah men, including a man who was recently elected a city of Hephzibah commissioner, were arrested in connection with purchasing farm equipment that had been reported stolen from a Waynesboro business, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Gory sights were usual for airman sent to Iraq

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

Reform may ease Medicaid's budget woes

Fire officials hope to save old station
The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department isn't trying to make history by saving an early-1900s fire station.

Audit says marinas need management

Civic center board delays vote on concession contract
The expected approval of a new concession contract for the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center was delayed Monday as coliseum authority members voted to have their attorney make some changes to the proposed agreement.

News you can use

Rants and raves
WELL, IN REPLY to the people in west Augusta not liking the area where the civic center is now, saying it's bad enough where it is now, well, why don't you build your own civic center in west Augusta since y'all are so uppity? If you don't want to go to the Regency Mall, then that's your business, but gee, you know. Stay in west Augusta.

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.

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.

Man saves neighbor from morning blaze

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Police arrest commissioner, 3 others in theft

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.

Students protest to keep Rebel mascot

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.

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.

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.

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

National standard lists harmful drugs

Police seek dead man's identity

Title adds little aid for airport

News you can use

Across the area

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

Group wants museum at SRS

Good feelings abound

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.

Spirit of South Carolina schooner project runs out of cash

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

Across the area

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.

Cool air adds to spirit of parade

Kid of the day

Foster mother wants special holiday
A Hephzibah woman is hoping to make Christmas special for her three birth children and five foster children.

Barbers offer more than cuts

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A man in his mid-20s was declared dead after he jumped from a bridge into the Savannah River over the weekend.

Civic center board delays vote on concession contract

Bondsman is wanted in searches
AIKEN - Investigators are searching for an Aiken bail bondsman wanted in connection with the unauthorized search of two mobile homes and 11 residents of a Clearwater trailer park, authorities said Monday.

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

Barbers offer more than cuts
AIKEN - Fraser Sofge has been coming to City Barber Shop on Park Avenue for 30 years to get his hair cut.

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.

Officials debate graduation tests
Richmond County schools Superintendent Charles Larke accused state education officials Monday of violating Georgia law with their plans to continue requiring the Georgia High School Graduation Test next fall, even after end-of-course tests are fully implemented.

New warehouse celebrates opening

Man saves neighbor from morning blaze
Bobby Willis calls himself a good neighbor. On Monday, firefighters called him a life saver.

News you can use
DEC. 9, 1932 Reversing public promises that the people of Richmond County would be able to vote on the liquor question, members of the Democratic white primary committee gave in to "dry" protests last night in a blanket vote and refused to include prohibition repeal on the Municipal Court ballot.

Former eyesore is ready for use

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.

'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.

'The Last Samurai' cuts down competition

'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard tries to reclaim spotlight
NEW YORK -- With his oversized frame and booming, soulful voice, Ruben "American Idol" Studdard would seem to be a tough guy to overshadow.

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.

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.

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.

'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard tries to reclaim spotlight

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

Singer's friends bid to keep Grammys

Bryant attorneys accuse investigators, prosecutors of bias
DENVER -- Suggesting racism may be behind Kobe Bryant's prosecution on a sexual assault charge, defense attorneys asked a judge Monday to help them find out whether sheriff's deputies and prosecution employees ordered T-shirts depicting the NBA star being hanged.

Bryant attorneys accuse investigators, prosecutors of bias

Stephen Jackson suspended one game by Hawks
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks suspended guard Stephen Jackson for their game Tuesday night against Denver.

Another Muhammad gaffe leads to Atlanta victory

Same ol' Vick in first start of the season

Steelers rout Raiders

Falcons top Panthers in overtime

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Dominating fight sets Klitschko up as big heavyweight attraction

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Serena Williams, Nike near deal

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
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.

Prep basketball scores
Augusta Prep 15 15 14 4-48

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

Same ol' Vick in first start of the season
ATLANTA -- Come on, who else in the NFL could pull this off?

Another Muhammad gaffe leads to Atlanta victory
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If there's just one play that should haunt Carolina receiver Mushin Muhammad the rest of the year, it was when he inexplicably stopped running on his route in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons.

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.

Ailing pope begins busy holiday schedule
ROME -- Bundled in a red cloak against a blustery evening chill, Pope John Paul II on Monday kept his annual appointment to start the holiday season despite concerns about his health.

Sears sponsors ABC series that will showcase its wares

Cable networks aiming to get young people interested in news

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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.

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

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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.

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

Bulldogs ready to erase loss and focus on Purdue
From his seat in ESPN's studios in Bristol, Conn., on Sunday evening, Trev Alberts questioned how Georgia would respond to its SEC Championship loss.

Analysis: Bulldogs' work just starting

Bulldogs ready to erase loss and focus on Purdue

IDEA Club members form friendships with special-needs students
It wasn't Christy Joyner's lunch period yet, but the junior at Cross Creek High School was more than willing to sit and talk while schoolmates Melonie Lackey, Lillian Edwards and Donte' Walker ate.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

'Elf' warms the heart at Christmas
Finding a holiday movie that is enjoyable for the whole family is rare. A happy-go-lucky, 6-foot-3-inch elf who lives at the North Pole is even more of a rarity. You get both in the movie Elf, which stars hilarious Saturday Night Live alum Will Ferrell.

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A Perfect Circle CD lacks variety

A Perfect Circle CD lacks variety
For fans of the revolutionary rock band Tool, the latest album from lead singer Maynard James Keenan's side project, A Perfect Circle, probably won't satisfy the craving for powerful riffs and intense lyrical statements.

IDEA Club members form friendships with special-needs students

Your style
Shalaya Harris, 16, is a junior at Glenn Hills High School.

Xtreme calendar

Xtreme question of the week
Here's this week's question: Have you ever shoplifted?

Xtreme calendar
On DVD or VHS: Mandy Moore sees love from all angles in her movie How to Deal. Other movies now on DVD include Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in the action-packed, critically panned Bad Boys II, and the ill-fated Gigli, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.

Xtreme question of the week

Girl, parents need to tell minister she is off-limits
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My pastor is making passes at me. He always blinks his eye and is always saying things about my body, things that he shouldn't say ... I really did trust this man, but now I can't trust him any longer. I'm very confused. I feel like dropping out of church.

'Elf' warms the heart at Christmas

Girl, parents need to tell minister she is off-limits

Retirement home for chimpanzees being built

Odds and Ends

Muslim football tournament's team names sparks Jewish protest

Ailing pope begins busy holiday schedule