Painting found in attic auctioned for $1 million
AMESBURY, Mass. -- A painting that gathered dust in a cluttered attic for more than a half century has fetched more than a million dollars at auction.

ARTscape allows visitors to explore favorite exhibits at home

Publishers weekly bestsellers list

Cycling champ's book is a winner

Painting found in attic auctioned for $1 million

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

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

Cycling champ's book is a winner
Lance Armstrong, who overcame advanced testicular cancer to win the Tour de France bicycle race a record-tying five times, takes pride in his willingness to suffer mightily to get what he wants.

Maddux leaves Braves, Rodriguez departs Marlins

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

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.

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.

Matsui decides to join Mets

Chapped skin is result of good winter cleanliness

Odds and Ends
CLAYSBURG, Pa. -- This tiny town's holiday lights are all packed up with no place to glow.

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.

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 bids adieu to Braves after 11 years

Thomson agrees to two-year contract with Braves
ATLANTA -- John Thomson agreed Tuesday to a $7 million, two-year contract with Atlanta, two days after the Braves parted with longtime ace Greg Maddux.

Thomson agrees to two-year contract with Braves

Southern Co. CEO announces retirement

South Carolina economy turning around slowly

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.

America West launches tray table ads
PHOENIX -- When air travelers flip down the tray tables on their America West Airlines flights, they'll be getting more than the usual peanuts or pretzels later this month. They'll also be getting advertising.

Snowstorm stalls holiday business at stores
NEW YORK -- The snowstorm that moved up along the Northeast coast this weekend took a toll on holiday sales at the nation's stores, but business increased on the Web, as consumers shopped from home.

Dollar hits a new low against euro
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The dollar hit a new low against the euro Tuesday for an eighth straight day, with the European common currency reaching $1.2276 as concerns over the U.S. budget and trade deficits weigh on the U.S. currency.

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

Fed holds key interest rate at 45-year low

Business briefs
Dealership collects phones for charity

Snowstorm stalls holiday business at stores

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.

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Cleland returns to Senate as nominee for Import-Export Bank post

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.

Efficiency key at new facility
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.

Business briefs

Fed holds key interest rate at 45-year low
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, seeking to keep the economic recovery rolling along, held a main short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Tuesday.

Time Warner links with MCI, Sprint for voice over Internet calls
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Time Warner Cable is working with Sprint Corp. and MCI Inc. to offer phone service using the up-and-coming voice-over-Internet technology, one of the surest signs yet that cable companies are assaulting the local phone industry.

Citing improved economy, GOP does not extend jobless benefits

Georgia Ports to begin expansion
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia Ports Authority board has approved $36 million in new projects that will expand the Port of Savannah's capacity to move containerized freight by 20 percent.

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.

Georgia Ports to begin expansion

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.

America West launches tray table ads

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.

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.

Cleland returns to Senate as nominee for Import-Export Bank post
WASHINGTON -- The setting was familiar but the role was new for Max Cleland, who returned Tuesday to the U.S. Senate as a nominee for a seat on the Export-Import Bank's board of directors.

Efficiency key at new facility

Business briefs

Time Warner links with MCI, Sprint for voice over Internet calls

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.

Bowden ready to turn his focus on Vols

Clemson's Bowden on high heading to Peach

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.

Ticket, ticket, who's got a ticket?

Heisman Profile: Michigan RB Chris Perry

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.

Ticket, ticket, who's got a ticket?
NEW ORLEANS -- The answering machine at the Superdome management office has a simple message: "Thanks for not calling about Sugar Bowl tickets."

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.

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

Tuesday morning quarterback

'Golf Digest' honors Aiken course

'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.

Sanford's radical proposal

Getting to know you...

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

Sanford's radical proposal
Gov. Mark Sanford has shaken up South Carolina's higher education establishment with his proposal, outlined at The Citadel last week, for the state's 33 public colleges and universities to either cooperate and coordinate their programs to get rid of waste and duplication, or go private.

'Virtual peace' plan

Intoxication
He was apparently stone-cold sober, with nary a drug or drink in his system. His defense was that he was DWD - driving while diabetic.

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."

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.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

Ozzy Osbourne injured in accident at English estate
LOS ANGELES -- Ozzy Osbourne was seriously injured Monday in an accident on the grounds of his estate in England and underwent emergency surgery, a spokeswoman said.

Memo: Jackson cleared of molesting current accuser
LOS ANGELES -- Child welfare investigators earlier this year found there was no basis for allegations that Michael Jackson had abused the boy now accusing him of molestation, according to a confidential memo.

Entertainment briefs
Southern arena rockers Molly Hatchet give Southern boogie a sonic workout when they perform Friday at Red Lion on Walton Way as part of a 25th anniversary tour. Tickets are $21.40 in advance or $26.75 the day of the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call (803) 278-4849, or go to the Web site www.tixonline.com or the outlet in Southgate Plaza. See Friday's Applause section for a preview.

Stuff to do
The winter concert at 7 p.m. at Paine College features seasonal music and a tree-lighting ceremony. Call 821-8323.

Rates fall in Treasury bill auction

Public Citizen issues warning about auto dealership fraud
WASHINGTON -- A consumer group wants all state attorneys general to investigate fraud at auto dealerships, saying dealers regularly bilk customers out of hundreds of dollars through price manipulation and costly financing deals.

Public Citizen issues warning about auto dealership fraud

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.

Stocks push higher on investor optimism

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.

Natural gas price hits nine-month high

Dow crosses 10,000 briefly

Dow crosses 10,000 briefly
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrials broke through the 10,000 barrier for all of one minute Tuesday, reaching a significant milestone in Wall Street's remarkable recovery from the bear market before retreating on profit-taking.

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.

How to spot deceptive diet ads
WASHINGTON -- Lose weight without dieting or exercise! Eat your way to a trimmer you! Block fat before your body can absorb it!

Bush signs most sweeping changes in Medicare's history

How to spot deceptive diet ads

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

Small portions

Small portions
The Idaho Potato Commission is offering a free Spuddy Buddy Recipe Calendar that alternates 12 months of 8 1/2 -by-11-inch calendar pages with facing pages featuring 12 recipes.

Grape and pear pie marries tasty fruits
An appealing combination of available seasonal fruit, grapes and pears, goes into this pie. With just the right gently spiced seasoning, it's baked in a prepared dough crust, saving a step at a busy time of year. The result: a dessert that still has a homemade taste.

Greek chicken recipe is delicious, heart-smart

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.

USDA relies on Defense Department for fresh produce

Dining out
Quick reviews of area restaurants.

Greek chicken recipe is delicious, heart-smart
Well-timed for the busiest season of the year is a cookbook, One-Dish Meals (Potter, 2003, $23.95), from the American Heart Association, with a fine combination of handy home-cooked meals and good nutrition.

Make duck the centerpiece for festive dinner
The distinctive taste of duck can make a routine meal a memorable, even festive, occasion. It's pleasing for the host, too, because duck can be simple to prepare and quick to cook into a tender, juicy main dish.

Dining out

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.

'Golf Digest' honors Aiken course
Before work even started on The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation in mid-February 2001, its owners promised the Nicklaus-Design golf course would be a special one.

'Golf Digest' honors Aiken course

A close vote, a wide gap
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The voting for PGA Tour player of the year was close.

AP NewsBreak: Woods wins fifth straight award

Thurmond coach resigns

Coaches admire dome's new turf

Golden Hawks lose OL Watts

Prep football playoff schedule

Devils endure injury 'curse'

Prep basketball scores

Cross Creek wins thriller

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.

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.

Coaches admire dome's new turf
It only took Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell a few minutes before he determined how much he liked the new FieldTurf at the Georgia Dome.

Prep football playoff schedule
Here are the high school football pairings for the semifinals of the state playoffs to be played at Georgia Dome in Atlanta:

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

Pork dish is ideal for party
The holidays are the busiest time of year. Between regular activities and the added parties, shopping and wrapping involved, it's difficult to catch your breath, let alone find the time to invite friends or family over for dinner. However, I hope you'll make the season special by setting aside your busy work to do a little holiday entertaining.

Pork dish is ideal for party

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.

Falcons fire coach Reeves
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons fired Dan Reeves on Wednesday, dismissing the sixth-winningest coach in NFL history with three games left in a disappointing season, a team source told The Associated Press.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Describing Bush as spoiled is silly
In Anne Cook's Nov. 23 letter, "Bush acts as though he was a stubborn child," she insists that her years as a kindergarten teacher give her the ability to label a school-aged President George W. Bush as a "spoiled, stubborn brat." R. Brian Clardy, Augusta

Appreciates Augustans' spirit of giving

Planned Parenthood fights women's right-to-know bill
Paula Hotard, public affairs project coordinator for Planned Parenthood, wrote a letter on Nov. 29, "Planned Parenthood certainly not in it for the money." Vern J. Simon, Evans, 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

Clergy should speak out against bigotry, hate

Appreciates Augustans' spirit of giving
The other evening, I was with my wife traveling on Robert C. Daniel Parkway when my car stalled. I attempted to restart it for a few minutes while deciding where to push the car to get it off the busy street. While hundreds of cars passed by without any offer of assistance, and many with unkind remarks and gestures, a young lady came to my window and offered to help push the car into a parking lot. She could not have weighed more than 100 pounds soaking wet, yet she helped me begin the short, uphill push. After we struggled to get the car out of the street, others finally came to the rescue. Chris Naylor, Augusta

Describing Bush as spoiled is silly

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.

Flu vaccine likely to be much less potent than usual

Nanosys lands big deals in technology of the minuscule

In the know

In the know

Get him gadgets and games for the holidays

When treating the flu, few options available

New anti-spam bill in the works

Seniors calendar

Widgets to consider for holiday gifts

Task force: Adult patients should be screened for obesity

Popularity of obesity surgery makes dramatic gains

Greetings don't need stamps at last minute

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.

What a girl wants
Wife, mother, daughter, sister or friend - getting the perfect gift for the women on the shopping lists can be challenging. With color, size, style and fabric, the choices can seem endless.

In the know
ABC's Trista and Ryan's Wedding: The moment has arrived as The Bachelorette star and her groom march down the $1 million aisle. The show airs Wednesday at 9 on WJBF-TV (Channel 6).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New anti-spam bill in the works
WASHINGTON -- To reply, or not to reply? The new legislation Congress approved to stem the flood of unwanted e-mails will require a fundamental change in ways that Internet users respond to overflowing inboxes.

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.

Flu vaccine likely to be much less potent than usual
As flu sweeps across the country, many health experts are worried that the shots taken by tens of millions of Americans will offer considerably weaker protection than any flu vaccine in recent years.

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

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.

Lynx Slap Shots
Friday: vs. Greenville Grrrowl

Taking one for the team
On Monday, the Lynx placed the scrappy forward on seven-day injured reserve retroactive to Saturday, after Baker suffered a few deep bone bruises in his leg during Friday's 3-1 win at Columbia.

Augusta on road tonight

Columbus bullies Augusta

Lynx new arrival
The road to Augusta included several detours for Joey Sewell, but the newest Lynx arrived in time for Tuesday's road game with Columbus.

Two minutes with #18, Shawn Weiman

Two minutes with #18, Shawn Weiman
Two minutes with Augusta Lynx Defenseman, #18, Shawn Weiman, .

Lynx new arrival

Columbus bullies Augusta
Augusta goaltender Jason Saal saw plenty of shots Tuesday night, unfortunately for the Lynx most of went into the net.

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

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.

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

Former official has plea of guilt
AIKEN - Former Augusta city councilman Travers W. Paine III pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing a federal audit in connection with a Medicare fraud scheme that centered on mental health care centers in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, South Carolina U.S. Attorney Strom Thurmond Jr. said Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

TV shopper tries to use phony cards
Richmond County authorities are working to find out who tried to use a fairly well-made fake driver's license and credit card to purchase an expensive television set last month.

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.

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.

Jurors hear star witness' account

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.

Man saves neighbor from morning blaze

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.

Title adds little aid for airport

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.

News you can use

Graham calls for base aid

National standard lists harmful drugs

Across the area

Across Georgia

Officials debate graduation tests

Civic center board delays vote on concession contract

Students protest to keep Rebel mascot

Fire officials hope to save old station

Who's who at the ANIC
THE KEY PLAYERS

Barbers offer more than cuts

Couple is charged in slaying
Authorities have identified a man found stabbed to death Sunday outside a 15th Street auto repair garage and charged a man and his girlfriend in connection with the death.

Bondsman is wanted in searches

Graham calls for base aid
AIKEN - During a two-day sweep of military bases in South Carolina, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said no politician can keep a fort from being closed, a spokesman said Monday.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RAVE for the cashiers and bookkeepers at the Kmart in Martinez. It's wonderful to open your mail and find cash and a copy of a receipt telling you that you have overwritten your check and returning both to you. There are still honest and caring people in this world. Thanks, Kmart.

Police arrest commissioner, 3 others in theft

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

Group wants museum at SRS

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.

Father seeks help for better Christmas
A Clearwater father of two is hoping to make this Christmas a good one for his family.

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

New school calendar retains 4-day break

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

Funding issue is solved for Sand Hills Park

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.

Road to Scotland paved with pies

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.

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

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.

Who's who at the ANIC

Across South Carolina

School gets new mascot

Kid of the day

Across the area

Across South Carolina

TV shopper tries to use phony cards

Across the area
MONTMORENCI, S.C. -A man robbed the U.S. Post Office in Montmorenci on Tuesday afternoon, making off with cash and a clerk's purse.

School board seeks solution for truancy

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE, S.C. - A former Marion County sheriff's deputy has been charged after authorities say he tried to force a woman to take off her clothes.

Couple is charged in slaying

School gets new mascot
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Strom Thurmond High School will remain the Rebels, but the school's mascot will become a blue tick hound, the Edgefield County School Board decided Tuesday night.

Bonds scam feared

School board seeks solution for truancy
A Richmond County school board member suggested Tuesday that parents be fined $100 per day when their child is absent from school without an excuse.

News you can use

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Nehemiah Sirr Bartley, 1, or Augusta.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RAVE for the cashiers and bookkeepers at the Kmart in Martinez. It's wonderful to open your mail and find cash and a copy of a receipt telling you that you have overwritten your check and returning both to you. There are still honest and caring people in this world. Thanks, Kmart.

News you can use
DEC. 10, 1922 The stunt fliers - those who live to dare, swirling and spinning through space to satisfy their abnormal appetites for thrills - are in Augusta today and will give breathtaking exhibitions at Daniel Airport this afternoon and tomorrow.

New warehouse celebrates opening

New school calendar retains 4-day break
After two parent surveys, the Columbia County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a school calendar for the next two years that is nearly identical to this year's - including the four-day fall break.

Audit says marinas need management

Road to Scotland paved with pies
With each pecan pie she baked, Harlem High School junior Alyse Kurlin moved one step closer to Scotland.

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.

Leveling SRS sites is called waste of money
AIKEN - The Department of Energy is wasting taxpayer money by unnecessarily leveling usable office and storage space at the Savannah River Site, a group of historical advocates who want to spare significant buildings at SRS said Tuesday.

State investigates Nevada bonding company

Jurors hear star witness' account
Former North Augusta Mayor Kim Ledford was killed in his sleep by the friend of a prostitute as the result of a drug-fueled quarrel, according to testimony presented Tuesday in Aiken County General Sessions Court.

Across Georgia
DECATUR, Ga. - A woman missing for a week was found dead in her car off a DeKalb highway last weekend.

Bonds scam feared
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 Tuesday.

Funding issue is solved for Sand Hills Park
Tucked at the end of Fleming Avenue at Wheeler Road, Sand Hills Park is a monster of a recreation project.

Spoilers make BCS look worse
Don't you just love Kansas State? And California? And (gulp) Florida?

Critical choice

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard tries to reclaim spotlight

Sound bites

Sound bites
Selected audio reviews of recent albums.

'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.

NASCAR considering 10-race championship hunt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR is considering a radical change to its point system that would create a 10-race championship chase between the top 10 drivers in the standings.

NASCAR considering 10-race championship hunt

Judge rejects bid to seal evidence filings in Kobe Bryant case

Judge rejects bid to seal evidence filings in Kobe Bryant case
DENVER -- The judge in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case rejected a prosecution request Tuesday to seal all court filings regarding evidence.

Hawks polish of Nuggets

Teammate surprised by Jackson's suspension
ATLANTA -- Stephen Jackson isn't having a good year.

Hawks polish of Nuggets
ATLANTA -- Jacque Vaughn scored a career-high 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks took command after halftime, cruising to a 112-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.

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.

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

Bryant attorneys accuse investigators, prosecutors of bias

Another Muhammad gaffe leads to Atlanta victory

Same ol' Vick in first start of the season

Mrs. Margaret Hogan    (NEW HAVEN, Conn.)
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Ms. Grace Woodhead    (HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Joseph McAlpin Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jimmy Rabun    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas McNeace    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Jack Adams Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Adrian Morris    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Fulmer    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eloise Parker    (GRIFFIN, Ga.)
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Mr. Elbert Simmons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Morris    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Wilbur Jowers    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Fay Bryant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Barry Griffin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Dana Covington    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Clifford Williams    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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MSGT. Wess Elwick    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jacquelyn Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris Adams    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. E.L. Turner    (GRESHAMVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Waters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Odell Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Milton Sawilowsky    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Fulmer    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Luereather Salter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl Cotton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Thelma Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eugene Elmore    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Mr. Gerald Ely    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Ellison    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Artifact collector was history buff
Longtime Augustan Barry Griffin will be remembered as a "big lover of history," his daughter said.

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Mr. William McBride Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Milton Sawilowsky     (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Clara Lowry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Stephens    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Howard Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Debra Stone-White    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Roosevelt Irvin    (LUMBERTON, N.J.)
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Mrs. Emily Timmerman    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Bertie Smith    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Emil George    (OAK RIDGE, N.C.)
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Mrs. Minnie Washington    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Clifford Williams    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Clara Lowry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Hogan (NEW HAVEN, Conn.)

Mrs. Fay Bryant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Barry Griffin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Han Allum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Elmore (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Bragg (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Debra Stone-White (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John Blakey (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Han Allum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

MSGT. Wess Elwick (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Godbee (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Dana Covington (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Roberson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Lee (RICEBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Elmore (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Eloise Parker (GRIFFIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Doris Heath (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. David Terry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Fletcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clifford Williams (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Becky Avery (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Bettye Martin (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Odell Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Milton Sawilowsky (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Vickie Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertie Smith (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Samuels (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Cecil Fulmer (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ralph Black (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Miss Doris Heath (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Artifact collector was history buff

Ms. Videlia Rush (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacquelyn Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Doster (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Waters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Morris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Ely (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Grace Woodhead (HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Howard Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Washington (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Winn (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas McNeace (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Joyce Manning (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph McAlpin Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jack Adams Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Elbert Simmons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonis Gay (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Rowlen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Luereather Salter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Irvin (LUMBERTON, N.J.)

Mr. Robert Bragg (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Adrian Morris (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Oliver (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Clifford Williams (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Emil George (OAK RIDGE, N.C.)

Mr. Cecil Fulmer (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William McBride Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Milton Sawilowsky (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbur Jowers (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Harvey Reese (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Stephens (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jordan Gilchrist (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

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Rights groups urge Greece to improve treatment of gypsies before Olympics

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Serena Williams, Nike near deal

Rights groups urge Greece to improve treatment of gypsies before Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- International human rights groups urged the Greek government Tuesday to improve conditions for over 100,000 gypsies living in poverty before the 2004 Olympics.

Overtime
The Anaheim Angels took one of the top pitchers off the free-agent market, agreeing Tuesday to a four-year contract with Bartolo Colon.

Cross Creek wins thriller
When Cross Creek's Desmond Walters had a chance to knock off Richmond Academy with a 3-pointer earlier this season, he missed.

Prep basketball scores
JENKINS COUNTY GIRLS 68, PORTAL 35

Prep basketball scores
Augusta Prep 15 15 14 4-48

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.

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

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.

Spoilers make BCS look worse

HBO's "Angels in America" seen by 4.2 million people

ABC's Diane Sawyer to interview President Bush
NEW YORK -- President Bush will grant an interview at the White House next week to ABC News' Diane Sawyer, the network said Tuesday.

HBO's "Angels in America" seen by 4.2 million people
NEW YORK -- The first installment of HBO's much-praised miniseries, "Angels in America," was seen by 4.2 million viewers on Sunday, Nielsen Media Research said.

Holly Robinson Peete plays multitasking mom on TV
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- On screen and off, Holly Robinson Peete is a multitasker.

Holly Robinson Peete plays multitasking mom on TV

Memo: Jackson cleared of molesting current accuser

Stuff to do

Ozzy Osbourne injured in accident at English estate

People in the news

Extras, extras

Bulldogs ready to erase loss and focus on Purdue

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.

'Golf Digest' honors Aiken course
Before work even started on The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation in mid-February 2001, its owners promised the Nicklaus-Design golf course would be a special one.

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.

Xtreme question of the week

A Perfect Circle CD lacks variety

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

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.

Your style

'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.

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

Audio best

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:

Xtreme calendar

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

'Elf' warms the heart at Christmas

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.

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.

IDEA Club members form friendships with special-needs students

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Ailing pope begins busy holiday schedule