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.

Painting found in attic auctioned for $1 million

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.

Cycling champ's book is a winner

Matsui and Mets finalize deal
NEW YORK -- Japanese shortstop Kazuo Matsui finalized his $20.1 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets on Wednesday, joining a team trying to rebuild quickly after consecutive last-place finishes.

Matsui and Mets finalize deal

Joseph Markel Hampton
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hampton Jr., of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Joseph Markel Hampton, Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Dexter and Eva Morris, of Atlanta, Anita Pryor, of Augusta, and Joseph Hampton Sr., of Hollywood, Fla.

Olivia Kay Waddell
Tad and Melanie Waddell, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Kay Waddell, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Calautti, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Waddell, of Martinez.

Blayne Richard Dolin Gates

Kaiolyn Leigh Mabrey

Michael Robert Ludwikoski III
Michael Ludwikoski Jr. and Celeste Ludwikoski, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Michael Robert Ludwikowski III, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Raymond and Pat Finney, of Martinez, and Michael and Sandra Ludwikowski, of North Augusta.

Margaret Caroline Rose Anderson
Daniel and Susan M. Anderson, of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Margaret Caroline Rose Anderson, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Rose Marie McNeil, of Thomson, Jerry Harden, of Rome, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, of Appling.

Kaleb Joseph Steele

Kendall Josiah Smith

Justin Edwin Sharp
Dale and Candi Sharp, of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Justin Edwin Sharp, Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Douglas E. Morris, of North Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Sharp Sr., of Aiken.

Andrew Wyatt Altman

Joshua Tyler Matlock
Mark D. and Shannon S. Matlock, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Joshua Tyler Matlock, Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mary Hollingsworth, of North Augusta, William C. Stello, of Charleston, S.C., Hazel M. Grizzard, of Warrenville, and the late Bill R. Matlock.

Logan Alexander Pepper

Destiny Desiree James
Earl James and LaChelle Watt, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Destiny Desiree James, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James and Essie Watt, Teresa James, Earl and Val Jenkins, all of Augusta, and Ore Lee Watt, of Memphis, Tenn.

Calvin Peter DiPrete

Kaleb Joseph Steele
Kevin and Mary Anne Steele, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Kaleb Joseph Steele, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Joey Vinson, of Martinez, and Mr. and Mrs. John Steele, of Vista, Calif.

Jasper Noelle Bradham

Joshua Tyler Matlock

Faith Nicole Gary

Kendall Josiah Smith
Chip Lovett and Eraina Smith, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Kendall Josiah Smith, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Gwen Watts, of Hephzibah, and Emma Richardson, of Augusta.

Margaret Caroline Rose Anderson

Logan Alexander Pepper
Bill and Shannon Pepper, of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Logan Alexander Pepper, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David C. Willing, of Aiken, Gladys B. Pepper of Walhalla, S.C., and the late William O. Pepper.

Joseph Markel Hampton

Kelby Lynn Levinsohn
Jeff and Kristen Levinsohn, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Kelby Lynn Levinsohn, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Donald and Zandra Partridge, of Evans, Kyle Young, of Aiken, and Walter and Sue McKinney, of Augusta.

Olivia Kay Waddell

Destiny Desiree James

Jasper Noelle Bradham
Mr. and Mrs. David Bradham, of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Jasper Noelle Bradham, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Annadelle C. Weathers, of Augusta, Eleanor R. Humphries, of Edgefield, and George C. Bradham, of New Edenton, N.C.

Andrew Wyatt Altman
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Altman, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Andrew Wyatt Altman, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, of Appling, and Dr. and Mrs. Roy Altman Jr., of Martinez.

Calvin Peter DiPrete
David and Cecilia DiPrete, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Calvin Peter DiPrete, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Hermsen, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. DiPrete, of Cramston, R.I.

Emma Delane Lord
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Lord, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Delane Lord, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Barnette, of Harlem, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lord, of Augusta.

Faith Nicole Gary
Ronald Gary and Angel Ellis, both of Gloverville, announce the birth of a daughter, Faith Nicole Gary, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mike and Angie Boyd, of Gloverville, Julie and Ronald Gary and Henry and Laura Green, all of Warrenville.

Kaiolyn Leigh Mabrey
Darin and Amy Mabrey, of Warrenville, announce the birth of a daughter, Kaiolyn Leigh Mabrey, Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Adams, of Warrenville, and Joe Mack Mabrey, of Bath.

Blayne Richard Dolin Gates
Scott R. Gates and Amber D. Lariscy, of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Blayne Richard Dolin Gates, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are E.B. Lariscy and Cheryl Lariscy, both of Augusta, Scott R. Gates, of Orlando, Fla., and Bonnie Gates, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Kelby Lynn Levinsohn

Odds and Ends
LUCKNOW, India -- Teachers in India's most populous state have been told to stop knitting in classrooms and pay more attention to their students.

Man, 83, foils car thieves
ARDMORE, Okla. - A pair of carjackers got a big surprise when they jumped an elderly man who was waiting peacefully in his car for his wife and grandson to return from shopping.

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

Sheffield says of Yankees: 'We'll get it done'
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Gary Sheffield is confident he will sign with the New York Yankees despite differences that have jeopardized the deal.

Thomson agrees to two-year contract with Braves

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.

Cuts might lead to layoffs
ATHENS, Ga. - Echoing comments he made last week, University of Georgia President Michael Adams said that if the state's budget is slashed by 5 percent in fiscal 2005, layoffs at UGA would be like death and taxes - inevitable.

Morris adds magazine for women
Morris Communications Co. LLC, the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, has purchased a leading women's magazine in Charleston, S.C., and is in the process of initiating a local version of the publication.

Qwest becomes first Bell to offer residential voice over IP service

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.

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.

Business briefs
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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.

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

Augusta's economy resource

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.

Fed holds key interest rate at 45-year low

Government revises economic history
WASHINGTON -- The longest economic expansion in U.S. history faltered so much in the summer of 2000 that business output actually contracted for one quarter, the government said Wednesday in releasing a comprehensive revision of the gross domestic product.

China, U.S. lead a burst in demand for oil
LONDON -- With China's economy expanding rapidly and a recovery simmering in other countries, demand for oil will increase faster than expected this year and in 2004, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

Efficiency key at new facility

Lodging tax dollars to see slight growth
Tax dollars collected from tourism revenue are expected to grow slightly in the coming year on the back of strong visitor interest in new Columbia County hotels.

Business briefs

Augusta's economy resource
Augusta's average nonfarm employment from January through September 2003 was 198,000, the same as it was during the identical nine-month period of 2002.

America West launches tray table ads

Morris adds magazine for women

To give or not to give - office gift ettiquette

Abercrombie & Fitch discontinues catalog with racy reputation
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch says it will discontinue its quarterly catalog, which had been criticized for its young, scantily clad or nude models shown in sexually suggestive poses.

Freddie Mac paying $125 million civil fine

Georgia Ports to begin expansion

Snowstorm stalls holiday business at stores

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

Government revises economic history

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.

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.

Freddie Mac paying $125 million civil fine
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage giant Freddie Mac has agreed to pay a $125 million civil fine to settle federal regulators' allegations of management misconduct and directors' complacency, blamed for the company's $5 billion understatement of earnings that led to the ouster of four top executives.

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.

To give or not to give - office gift ettiquette
When Clark Griswold's boss replaces his yearly Christmas bonus with a one-year membership in the Jelly of the Month club, Clark isn't happy.

Lodging tax dollars to see slight growth

Business briefs
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 1.56, or 0.02 percent, at 9,921.86. The Nasdaq composite index shut down 3.67, or 0.2 percent, at 1,904.65. Please see stock listings on Page 13A.

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.

Qwest becomes first Bell to offer residential voice over IP service
MINNEAPOLIS -- Qwest Communications International Inc. said Wednesday it has begun offering Internet phone service to some customers in Minneapolis-St. Paul area, marking the firmest embrace by a Baby Bell of a technology that could undermine the traditional phone business.

China, U.S. lead a burst in demand for oil

Panel set to pick 2003 top punter
For Tammy Stout, it's getting easier to measure the success of the Ray Guy Award.

Andrews wins second straight award for top SEC lineman
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas junior offensive tackle Shawn Andrews has won the Jacobs Award for the second consecutive year.

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."

Oklahoma QB White is AP Player of Year
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma quarterback Jason White capped his return from two serious knee injuries by being honored Wednesday as The Associated Press College Player of the Year.

Ticket, ticket, who's got a ticket?

'Golf Digest' honors Aiken course

ANIC's 'Global' scam

ANIC's 'Global' scam
"This is a scam. These people are con artists. Con man. Flim-flam man. Whatever you want to call it. These are dishonest individuals. Old-fashioned crooks."

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.

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.

Sorry, fellas; bug off
In France, the gall flows more freely than the wine. It still stretches the imagination to think that country, or any other nation that opposed the war against Saddam Hussein, would feel entitled to a piece of the reconstruction action.

Sanford's radical proposal

Ozzy Osbourne should soon breathe on his own
LONDON -- Ozzy Osbourne is doing well after suffering a broken neck vertebra and other injuries in an all-terrain vehicle accident, doctors said Wednesday, and they hope to take him off a ventilator so he can breathe unaided.

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.

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

Court records in Spector case describe grisly scene
LOS ANGELES -- Authorities responding to a 911 call at the home of record producer Phil Spector in February found a blood-spattered gun, broken teeth and the body of an actress who had been shot in the mouth, according to court records.

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.

People in the news
TORONTO -- Jazz singer Diana Krall has tied the knot with her beau of one year, Elvis Costello, in a wedding outside London.

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.

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

Stocks retreat in light trading
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated modestly in a day of light trading Wednesday, with the market in search of a direction following the Dow Jones industrials' brief foray above 10,000.

Stocks retreat in light trading

Public Citizen issues warning about auto dealership fraud

Protein diets contribute to record egg prices

Dow crosses 10,000 briefly

Lawmaker calls property tax freeze doubtful
ATLANTA - A proposed constitutional amendment to curb property tax increases for homeowners throughout the state will face a tough time in the Georgia House next year despite its near-unanimous approval in the Senate, a key House policy-maker said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Lawmaker calls property tax freeze doubtful

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!

How to spot deceptive diet ads

Protein diets contribute to record egg prices
INDIANAPOLIS -- Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets adopted by millions of people hoping to lose weight have contributed to sharply rising egg prices, industry experts agree.

Senate approves bill aimed at Social Security fraud
WASHINGTON -- A bill approved by the Senate would protect Social Security recipients from being defrauded by those with legal rights to manage their benefits.

Senate approves bill aimed at Social Security fraud

Dining out

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
Quick reviews of area restaurants.

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
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.

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.

Greek chicken recipe is delicious, heart-smart

Tiger's wedding proposal tougher than any putt
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods faced a tricky 15-foot par putt with the Presidents Cup on the line. Two days later, he had to utter the four most important words in his life - will you marry me?

Tiger's wedding proposal tougher than any putt

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

'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

Player focuses on what's best for Lincoln County squad

Prep football playoff schedule

Coaches admire dome's new turf

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Cross Creek wins thriller

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:

Player focuses on what's best for Lincoln County squad
Defensive ends coach Mark Hill watches Coppin (center) and Tim Johnson practice. Head coach Larry Campbell says Coppin "put the team before himself" when told he wouldn't be starting quarterback.

Thrashers overthrow the Kings in overtime

Thrashers overthrow the Kings in overtime
In Atlanta, Marc Savard scored his second goal of the game with 1:23 left in overtime, giving Atlanta a win over Los Angeles in a matchup of first-place teams.

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

Man wanted in double homicide captured
A man wanted in the double slaying of his children's mother and another man was captured in Florida Thursday night, officials said.

Man wanted in double homicide
Two children, who police say were taken by their father after the killing of their mother and another man, were in the custody of Richmond county authorities this afternoon.

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.

Discusses use of spin to describe Planned Parenthood
Just a little tip on history regarding Daniel Fawaz's letter on Nov. 8, "Defends Planned Parenthood's work": The nation's oldest and most reliable provider of family planning was not Planned Parenthood, but rather the Christian families that migrated to this country. These families were able to manage their difficulties without the use of meddling abortifacients and abattoirs. Michael Henchy, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

'Good-news' stories uplift readers

Discusses use of spin to describe Planned Parenthood

'Good-news' stories uplift readers
Congratulations to Chronicle reporter Sylvia Cooper, Executive Editor Dennis Sodomka and Metro Editor Bill Kirby for choosing to feature stories on Carolyn Usry and Neita Mulherin. Mark and Marcie Wilhelmi, Augusta

Appreciates Augustans' spirit of giving

Judges disgrace our Constitution
I recently read this story cited by Gregory Koukl: "As Judge Learned Hand and Justice Holmes were parting after lunch, Hand, in a moment of effervescence and enthusiasm, raised his voice after the retreating Holmes in a final salutation, 'Do justice, sir, do justice.' Holmes stopped the carriage and corrected him, 'That is not my job,' he said. 'It is my job to apply the law.' Our Constitution says in Article 1, Section 1, 'All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States..."' Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is a retired lawyer living in 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

Judges disgrace our Constitution

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.

Describing Bush as spoiled is silly

Video game company agrees to change dialogue about Haitians

Flu vaccine likely to be much less potent than usual

In the know

FDA under fire for planned advice about mercury in fish

Study finds three-drug AIDS combo is superior

Health and fitness calendar

New anti-spam bill in the works

Government targets Hispanics in new drunken driving campaign

Government targets Hispanics in new drunken driving campaign
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, the government is launching a drunken driving campaign targeting Hispanics, who are at higher risk of death in alcohol-related accidents.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

FDA under fire for planned advice about mercury in fish
WASHINGTON -- Consumer advocates are again urging the government to advise pregnant women to limit tuna consumption, arguing that some varieties contain more potentially harmful mercury than others.

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.

Study finds factor in hypertension
CHICAGO - In recent years, doctors have come to believe that high levels of inflammation in the bloodstream raise the risk of a heart attack. Now a study suggests they also contribute to high blood pressure.

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.

Video game company agrees to change dialogue about Haitians
NEW YORK -- The manufacturer of a video game that has been harshly criticized for its portrayal of Haitians has agreed to remove dialogue that encouraged players to "kill all Haitians."

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.

Vitamin D may protect against colon cancer precursor
CHICAGO -- A diet rich in vitamin D appears to protect people from developing potentially cancerous growths in the colon, a study of more than 3,100 veterans found.

Inexpensive holiday gift suggestions
The toughest thing about giving gifts to colleagues and acquaintances is that by their very nature, they are more of a mystery.

In the know
Love it or loathe it, if you're older than 25, big hair is likely a part of your past.

Study finds three-drug AIDS combo is superior
A three-drug cocktail used by many HIV-infected people proved clearly superior to other combinations at treating new patients in the biggest head-to-head comparison of AIDS medications to date.

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).

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.

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

Lynx Slap Shots
Friday: vs. Greenville Grrrowl

Lynx new arrival

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.

Columbus bullies Augusta

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

Two minutes with #18, Shawn Weiman

Delta asked to lower fares

Some rebel over new mascot
JOHNSTON - When Strom Thurmond High School received a new mascot Tuesday night, the Edgefield County School Board hoped it would cool the racial unrest surrounding the issue.

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

Suspect testifies on killing
AIKEN - The man accused in the 2002 slaying of former North Augusta Mayor Kim Ledford said that although he was arrested in the victim's Jeep Cherokee and tried to sell some of the 62-year-old's belongings, he didn't commit the homicide.

Repeat offender status sends escort service owner to life in prison
Superior Court Judge Carl Brown sentenced Steven Louis Barnes and Patricia Ann Rouse on Wednesday after they were convicted of several charges in an armed robbery of escort service clients.

Georgia health officials "starting to run out" of flu shots

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.

Georgia Supreme Court delays execution

Assault by pests broadens its path
AIKEN - For some, fire ants are just a minor mound of annoyance in the back yard.

Area's flu shot supply is low

New school calendar retains 4-day break

Clearer picture emerges

School gets new mascot

Leaders plan on road to aid park

Assault by pests broadens its path

Suspect testifies on killing

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

Transportation goals hit financial road block

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.

Transportation goals hit financial road block
AIKEN - South Carolina faces a $30.6 billion shortage for road and rail projects over the next 20 years unless state legislators find more money to replace bridges, widen roads, buy commuter trains and fix potholes, a Clemson University study shows.

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.

Teenager says she was attacked in restroom

Jurors hear star witness' account

Man wanted in double homicide captured

School board seeks solution for truancy

Gunman takes man's card, $12

Couple is charged in slaying

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

Father of four is out of work at Christmas
An Augusta man needs help in making Christmas merry this year for his family.

Augusta Transportation fact sheet
IT'S A FACT: More than 200,000 passengers per year take nonstop flights from Augusta Regional Airport to major airline hubs.

Father of four is out of work at Christmas

Kid of the day

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Alex Gonzalez, 2, of Appling.

Workers evacuate because of smoke
About 250 employees of Sitel Inc. were evacuated from their work site Wednesday night after employees reported smelling smoke inside the building's computer room, according to the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

Message on players' shorts sparks debate
Complaints by two school board members about a mascot's name being displayed on the rear of girls' basketball shorts could affect every prep team in Richmond County.

Some rebel over new mascot

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

Across South Carolina

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

Workers evacuate because of smoke

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use
BARNWELL, S.C. - Sheriff Frank Creech died suddenly at his home this week.

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.

Leaders plan on road to aid park
Columbia County officials now have a road they hope will lead to new investments.

Who's who at the ANIC
THE KEY PLAYERS

Georgia Supreme Court delays execution
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Georgia Supreme Court delayed the Wednesday execution of a convicted child killer based on an appeal asking for DNA testing of 20-year-old evidence.

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Georgia health officials ''starting to run out'' of flu shots
ATLANTA -- Supplies of flu shots have run out at some public health districts in Georgia, though the vaccine still may be available with private providers, state health officials said.

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.

Area's flu shot supply is low
Kieran Nash smiles and nods when asked if he feels lucky he's about to get his first flu shot.

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.

Teenager says she was attacked in restroom
Authorities are investigating a Tuesday incident in which a 15-year-old high school student said she was raped while on campus in a restroom.

Funding issue is solved for Sand Hills Park

Gunman takes man's card, $12
A North Augusta man said he was threatened at gunpoint to hand over money as he was trying to use an automatic teller machine at a bank on Martintown Road on Tuesday night.

Graham calls for base aid

Clearer picture emerges
As investigators look further into the fatal stabbing of a soldier, police said Wednesday they're beginning to get a rough picture of how he was led to his death from a bar in west Augusta.

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Delta asked to lower fares
Delta Air Lines executives will consider information presented to them Wednesday by Augusta officials to determine what should be done to increase Delta's revenues at Augusta Regional Airport.

Kid of the day

Park-flagpole plan for veterans gets support
LEXINGTON, Ga. - A proposal to build a veterans' memorial park in Georgia's Oglethorpe County that would include the world's tallest flagpole drew overwhelming support from the few dozen people who attended a presentation by the foundation planning the park.

Road to Scotland paved with pies

Across the area
Police dropped rape charges against a Lincolnton man Wednesday and arrested the alleged victim after authorities say she falsified information to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Who's who at the ANIC

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A judge ended eight years of federal oversight of South Carolina's juvenile justice system Wednesday morning.

TV shopper tries to use phony cards

Across Georgia
STATESBORO - A decision not to seek jail time for a convicted sex offender who didn't register with authorities is being defended by prosecutors, even though police say the man tried to rape a 13-year-old girl hours after being given probation.

Bonds scam feared

Rants and raves
I HAVE A BIG rave for Chris Newman, who is going back to Iraq. Could you please put this in the paper because he is one of our Augusta boys over there fighting for our country? I think we should be awful proud of him. May God bless him and bring him back home safe.

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Rants and raves
I HAVE A BIG rave for Chris Newman, who is going back to Iraq. Could you please put this in the paper because he is one of our Augusta boys over there fighting for our country? I think we should be awful proud of him. May God bless him and bring him back home safe.

Message on players' shorts sparks debate

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.

Cycling club looks to ride into action
Like most great ideas, this one was born of passion and necessity.

St. Louis Symphony taps David Robertson as music director
ST. LOUIS -- David Robertson has been named music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, ending an 18-month search to replace Hanks Vonk, who resigned due to ill health.

Sound bites

St. Louis Symphony taps David Robertson as music director

Police: Whitney Houston bruised after encounter with husband
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Whitney Houston had a one-inch bruise on her cheek and a cut upper lip when officers responded to a call from her home this week, and police were considering Wednesday whether to pursue charges against her husband, singer Bobby Brown.

Sound bites
Selected audio reviews of recent albums.

Police: Whitney Houston bruised after encounter with husband

NASCAR's new point system

Minority-owned NASCAR team closes
CONCORD, N.C. -- The only minority-owned team in NASCAR's top level is shutting down after losing its sponsor.

A talk with Ray Evernham

NASCAR considering 10-race championship hunt

Minority-owned NASCAR team closes

NASCAR Chamipionship series awards greatness
ATLANTA - You'd think when they handed out more than $17 million and enough trophies to fill a gymnasium during a four-hour banquet last Friday it would cover every award from the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season.

NASCAR Chamipionship series awards greatness

A talk with Ray Evernham
ATLANTA - Car owner Ray Evernham has been busy in the last two months putting together a deal that would promote Busch Series driver Kasey Kahne to the Nextel Cup Series and allow Bill Elliott to drop down to a part-time schedule. He took time out last week to talk about it.

NASCAR's new point system
ATLANTA - Compared to the Bowl Championship Series, maybe the point system used in NASCAR isn't so bad after all.

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.

Salvation Army gets gold coin
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A secret Santa surprised Salvation Army officials Tuesday by dropping an expensive gold coin in a red Christmas kettle in Jacksonville.

Deputy's taser kills suspect
WEST AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A 39-year-old Florida man died after being tasered repeatedly in a struggle with police deputies, authorities said.

Salvation Army gets gold coin

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

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
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.

Hawks polish of Nuggets

Hawks lose to Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Grizzlies are playing as well as they ever have - whether in Vancouver or Memphis.

Judge rejects bid to seal evidence filings in Kobe Bryant case

Falcons fire coach Reeves

Dan Reeves at a Glance

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Blank sets guidelines for next moves

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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.

Ms. Videlia Rush    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Man's leadership benefited Aiken
Someone once said John Twombly had such fine character he should run for political office, but Eloise Twombly, his wife of 53 years, said he was too honest and sincere for the role.

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Ms. Vickie Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Overtime

Overtime

Rights groups urge Greece to improve treatment of gypsies before Olympics

Cycling club looks to ride into action

In the game spotlight

Cycling club looks to ride into action

Nearly 30 years later, war echoes on a Vietnam tennis court

Don King agrees to pay $7.5 million to former champ Norris

Overtime
Ex-Brave Castilla returns to Colorado

Don King agrees to pay $7.5 million to former champ Norris
NEW YORK -- Promoter Don King agreed to pay former champion Terry Norris $7.5 million on Wednesday, just as a jury was debating damages on the boxer's claim that King stole money from him, Norris' attorney said.

Fantasy Football: Thanks for the help, guys
While most of us are busy sending out Christmas cards to wish our friends and family well for the holidays, I'd like to send out a few "thank you"notes for a few things that happened last week.

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.

Nearly 30 years later, war echoes on a Vietnam tennis court
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- She is Vietnam's top-ranked female tennis player. Still, Noel Huynh Mai Huynh is criticized by the state-run press and jeered by Vietnamese crowds who do not accept her as one of their own.

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.

In the game spotlight
Today's in the game spolight falls on Hibo Marquez, 27, of Evans.

Cycling club looks to ride into action
Like most great ideas, this one was born of passion and necessity.

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
BARNWELL GIRLS 66, CALHOUN COUNTY 42

Prep basketball scores
JENKINS COUNTY GIRLS 68, PORTAL 35

Falcons fire coach Reeves
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Dan Reeves was fired abruptly by the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday with three games left in a disappointing season.

Blank sets guidelines for next moves
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants to interview some successful college coaches while he can.

Dan Reeves at a Glance
A quick look at Dan Reeves, fired Wednesday as coach of the Atlanta Falcons:

Fantasy Football: Thanks for the help, guys
While most of us are busy sending out Christmas cards to wish our friends and family well for the holidays, I'd like to send out a few "thank you"notes for a few things that happened last week.

Spoilers make BCS look worse

Study: Instances of violence on the increase in television

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.

Showtime says third season of 'The Chris Isaak Show' will be the last

Holly Robinson Peete plays multitasking mom on TV

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

Study: Instances of violence on the increase in television
NEW YORK -- Fights, gun battles and blood are increasingly making their way into homes each night through television, according to a study released Tuesday.

Showtime says third season of 'The Chris Isaak Show' will be the last
NEW YORK -- Chris Isaak is going back to the simple life of just being a rock star.

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.

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People in the news

Memo: Jackson cleared of molesting current accuser

Ozzy Osbourne injured in accident at English estate

Ozzy Osbourne should soon breathe on his own

Extras, extras

Court records in Spector case describe grisly scene

Capital One Bowl tickets on sale

Cuts might lead to layoffs
ATHENS, Ga. - Echoing comments he made last week, University of Georgia President Michael Adams said that if the state's budget is slashed by 5 percent in fiscal 2005, layoffs at UGA would be like death and taxes - inevitable.

Capital One Bowl tickets on sale
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia mailed out order forms for Capital One Bowl tickets on Tuesday. Associate athletic director for ticket operations Freddy Jones is confident the school will sell its 12,000 ticket allotment for the Jan. 1 game in Orlando, Fla.

UGA's David Pollack a little short in Lombardi race
HOUSTON -- Oklahoma tackle Tommie Harris won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman Wednesday night, one year after being the runner-up for the honor.

'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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends