Matsui and Mets finalize deal

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.

Suggestions from helpful readers ease winter woes

Kaiolyn Leigh Mabrey

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joseph Markel Hampton

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.

Blayne Richard Dolin Gates

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.

Calvin Peter DiPrete

Kelby Lynn Levinsohn

Kaleb Joseph Steele

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.

Logan Alexander Pepper

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.

Kendall Josiah Smith

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.

Andrew Wyatt Altman

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.

Joshua Tyler Matlock

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.

Jasper Noelle Bradham

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.

Faith Nicole Gary

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.

Margaret Caroline Rose Anderson

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.

Destiny Desiree James

Olivia Kay Waddell

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.

Formula One champ Schumacher vs. a fighter jet
GROSSETO, Italy -- In a race between a Ferrari and a fighter jet, score one out of three for Formula One champion driver Michael Schumacher.

Presidential candidate meets online contest winner for breakfast
CONCORD, N.H. -- For a Democrat, Dennis Kucinich's approach on a first date was rather conservative Thursday: He greeted her by shaking her hand.

Odds and Ends
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- "The Full Monty" not so full? Theatergoers in this upstate city will see a tamer version of the Broadway musical about out-of-work friends who put together a striptease act.

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

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.

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.

Government revises economic history

Freddie Mac paying $125 million civil fine

Retail sales up by 0.9 percent in November

Business briefs

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages moved down this week, good news for people interested in buying a home.

Morris adds magazine for women

Guarding Social Security number is key to thwarting identity theft
Roy Everingham wasn't pleased when a Wal-Mart clerk asked him for his Social Security number to renew his hunting and fishing license.

Qwest becomes first Bell to offer residential voice over IP service

Retail sales up by 0.9 percent in November
WASHINGTON --The nation's shoppers descended on stores with a fresh burst of energy last month, propelling retail sales by 0.9 percent. The open-wallet mindset of November raised new hope that the overall economic recovery will be durable.

Qwest, AT&T dive into residential voice over IP

Qwest, AT&T dive into residential voice over IP
MINNEAPOLIS -- Qwest Communications International Inc. is becoming the first Baby Bell to offer residential Internet phone service, embracing a technology that could undermine the traditional phone business.

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.

Yum! plans to rebuild its Long John Silver's brand
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Yum! Brands Inc. wants to more than double the number of Long John Silver's seafood restaurants in the United States, as part of an effort to expand the chain's national presence.

Lodging tax dollars to see slight growth

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

Goodyear reveals more accounting woes
AKRON, Ohio -- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has identified possible improper accounting issues in Europe and will delay filing a financial report with the Securities and Exchange Commission while it probes the issues, the company said Wednesday.

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.

To give or not to give - office gift ettiquette

Augusta's economy resource

Business briefs

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.

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.

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.

Goodyear reveals more accounting woes

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.

Yum! plans to rebuild its Long John Silver's brand

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.

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.

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
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.

Guarding Social Security number is key to thwarting identity theft

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.

Ohio State senior wins top punter

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.

Ohio State senior wins top punter
Replacing graduated All-American punter Andy Groom this season, B.J. Sander had a tough chore. Yet, all the Ohio State senior did was become this season's best collegiate punter.

Rashada commits to Brigham Young
Although his season was marred by injuries, Ibrahim Rashada earlier this week became the first Richmond Academy football player to commit to a Division I school since his brother, Muhammad, signed with Middle Tennessee State.

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

Courting insanity
His defense team claims sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo was brainwashed. But it's his psychiatrists who need to hang their brains out to dry, if they truly believe they can discern someone's state of mind at some point in the past.

Courting insanity

Patience, Taiwan

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."

Law OK'd; free speech KO'd
The Founding Fathers aren't just rolling over in their graves; they're spinning in their graves following the U.S. Supreme Court's stunning 5-4 ruling upholding what is popularly known as the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law. It should be named the Incumbent Protection Law, because that's what it does - as if incumbents, with about a 90 percent re-election rate, don't have enough protection already.

ANIC's 'Global' scam

Law OK'd; free speech KO'd

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.

Patience, Taiwan
It is, as Chen Shui-bian suggests, ridiculous for China to be aiming missiles at Taiwan. What China has to fear from what it considers only a renegade province cannot possibly be fought with conventional weapons.

Casey Kasem to be replaced as host of 'American Top 40'
LOS ANGELES -- "American Idol" host and DJ Ryan Seacrest will replace radio icon Casey Kasem as host of the weekly pop countdown show, "American Top 40."

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.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Video best
JUST OUT: Bad Boys II, Gigli and How to Deal.

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.

Holiday fun
Christmas in Hopelands sees Aiken's Hopeland Gardens transformed into an illuminated holiday wonderland.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Michael Jackson's parents say he's innocent of the child molestation allegations against him, and have offered to adopt his children if they're taken away from him.

Actress Leah Remini expecting first child in June
LOS ANGELES -- Leah Remini of the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens" is pregnant.

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.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are withing easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Beyonce, R. Kelly among top winners at Billboard Awards
LAS VEGAS -- Sultry singer Beyonce and crooner R. Kelly each took home four awards from the 2003 Billboard Music Awards.

New clubs differ from predecessors
Comedy has come to downtown Augusta by way of the Modjeska Lounge, 813 Broad St., withprofessional comedians to perform in a cabaret-style environment each Thursday night at 9.

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.

Lawmaker calls property tax freeze doubtful

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages fall

Insurance fund issues warning about fraud scheme

Government urges consumers to be wary of fake goods
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials warned Thursday about counterfeit goods like extension cords and Christmas lights that could pose a hazard during the holiday season.

Government urges consumers to be wary of fake goods

Stocks retreat in light trading

Dow closes above 10,000

Protein diets contribute to record egg prices

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.

Mortgage delinquencies eased as economy perked up
WASHINGTON -- Fewer homeowners were behind on their mortgages payments in the last quarter as an improving economy helped to take pressure off household budgets.

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.

Insurance fund issues warning about fraud scheme
WASHINGTON -- An insurance fund is warning people about a new fraud scheme whose perpetrators use the Internet and "steal" brokerage firms' identities to bilk money from investors in the United States and abroad.

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.

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages fall
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages moved down this week, good news for people interested in buying a home.

Senate approves bill aimed at Social Security fraud

Ailing market pins its comeback hopes on Google
SAN FRANCISCO -- After three years of fear and loathing, are investors ready to embrace the initial public offerings of seductive startups again? As they do with so many other things in modern life, lots of people are counting on Google to supply the answer.

Ailing market pins its comeback hopes on Google

Dow closes above 10,000
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrials closed above 10,000 Thursday, a milestone not seen in 18 months as investors cheered Federal Reserve minutes that suggested higher interest rates wouldn't come anytime soon.

Variety is on menu at Upper Crust
How much fun can pizza be? The Upper Crust, 300 Towne Center Drive in Evans, has apparently given thought to the question, with delightful results. The funky and casual eatery serves pizzas with choices of three sauces (red, pesto and garlic) and 30-plus toppings (broccoli or lobster, anyone?)

Variety is on menu at Upper Crust

Scratch seeds now

Holiday greenery must be kept fresh
Cut greenery makes great Christmas decorations, but sooner or later, it dries out.

Holiday greenery must be kept fresh

Scratch seeds now
Halloween is past, but its still a good time for scarification. "Scarification" has nothing at all to do with "scaring." Scarification means "to scratch" and in the world of gardening scarification means "to scratch a seed." You scarify seeds whose seed coats are so hard that they are impervious to water and gases.

For garlic fanciers, it's a case of ardor over odor
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Don't breathe this to a soul, but gourmet garlic is becoming a staple in many backyard gardens.

For garlic fanciers, it's a case of ardor over odor

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

Win total doesn't impress coach

High football playoff glance

Injury won't hold offense back

Player focuses on what's best for Lincoln County squad

Prep basketball scores

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.

Injury won't hold offense back
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Tyree Burnett suffered a hip pointer in Washington County's Region 3-AAA-sealing win against Jefferson County last month, and coach Rick Tomberlin wanted to rest him for the next game.

High football playoff glance
Washington County (12-1) vs. LaGrange (12-1) TV: GPTV (WCES-Ch. 20) 3 p.m.

Win total doesn't impress coach
Although his team moved into some elite company, Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell isn't all that impressed with his program's accomplishment.

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.

Thrashers overthrow the Kings in overtime

Suggestions from helpful readers ease winter woes
There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure.

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.

Columbia County gives last flu shots
Twenty-nine was a lucky number for Dave Deckert this morning.

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.

Lincoln County advances to state championship
Travis Clark threw a touchdown pass to Stephen Brown with 25 seconds remaining to give Lincoln County a 28-24 victory over Trion on Friday in the Georgia Class A semifinals at the Georgia Dome.

Stunningly accurate
You deserve much credit for your courage in running Rick McKee's cartoon of Santa Claus shouting, "Ho! Ho! Ho! Die Infidels!" on Dec. 3. How stunningly accurate! Congratulations. L. Paul Solursh, Martinez, Ga.

Editorial cartoon about Ramadan ignorant
Like many American university students, I spent a semester abroad in a foreign country. I chose to travel to the North African country of Morocco. I remember the trip fondly. What made it so wonderful was that it coincided with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.Daniel Fawaz, Augusta

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.)

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.

Judges disgrace our Constitution

Discusses use of spin to describe Planned Parenthood

Letter writer wants it both ways
In her Dec. 4 letter to the editor, "Use better judgment in publishing letters," Gloria R. Greenbaum believes that Harry Sellers' views on the Middle East (in his Nov. 25 letter, "Priorities backward on Mideast") are based on "lies, misinformation and vitriol intended only to incite hatred." She asks that The Chronicle "exercise better judgment in the publishing of letters and to insist that writers verify the charges which they make." Joe Wiggins, North Augusta, S.C.

Patients need to educate themselves

Letter writer wants it both ways

Patients need to educate themselves
Consumers will educate themselves before they purchase a $2,000 computer. However, how many consumers educate themselves regarding health care choices that affect the rest of their lives? As strange as it may seem, the government is trying to help. William J. Scicchitano, RN, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is the administrator of Winyah Home Health Care in Augusta.)

'Good-news' stories uplift readers

'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

Surge in flu found among young pregnant women

Scientists succeed in freezing light

Video game company agrees to change dialogue about Haitians

Britain warns against prescribing some antidepressants to children

Study finds three-drug AIDS combo is superior

Government targets Hispanics in new drunken driving campaign

FDA under fire for planned advice about mercury in fish

Flu now widespread in 24 states

Group constructs float to represent businesses

Health and fitness calendar

Britain warns against prescribing some antidepressants to children
LONDON -- Most varieties of the common class of antidepressants are not suitable for children because they could do more harm than good, Britain's drug regulator says.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Surge in flu found among young pregnant women
DALLAS -- Flu cases among young pregnant women surged at a large public hospital, calling attention to yet another group at serious risk of the flu.

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.

Flu now widespread in 24 states
ATLANTA -- Federal officials said Thursday that the flu has hit hard in 24 states, nearly doubling the number since last week and including almost the entire Western half of the country.

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."

Group constructs float to represent businesses
Logically speaking, there's no way to describe the appeal of a parade float.

Scientists succeed in freezing light
Physicists say they have brought light to a complete halt for a fraction of a second and then sent it on its way, an achievement that could someday help scientists develop powerful new computers.

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

Augusta enters busy weekend short-handed

Augusta enters busy weekend short-handed
The Augusta Lynx are learning success sometimes can be costly.

Lynx gameday
Augusta Lynx take on the Greenville Grrrowl tonight at 7:35 p.m.

Lynx gameday

Across Georgia

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.

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.

Suspect accepts deal in slaying
Faced with a jury hung up on whether to acquit or convict 31-year-old admitted drug dealer Eric Copeland in the 2002 slaying of former North Augusta Mayor Kim Ledford, attorneys for both sides struck a plea arrangement Thursday night that saw the defendant sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Man wanted in double homicide captured

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The top Republican in the state Senate said Thursday he will propose a constitutional amendment in the Legislature next year to protect hunting and fishing rights in Georgia against possible threats from liberal activists.

Kid of the day

Detective says suspect pleaded innocence
The man accused of killing a grandmother during a Summerville convenience store robbery insisted that investigators had the wrong man, a detective testified Thursday.

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.

Finding pride in play
A. Dorothy Hains Elementary pupils Deundre Marvin (left) and Taiea Brooks, both 5, sing Christmas songs before the start of the play.

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.

Day-care lawsuit ends with $33 million award
Augusta mother Jackie Boatwright can offer at least 33 million reasons why day-care centers should be insured.

Gunman takes man's card, $12

Kid of the day
Today's kid ot the day is Christopher James "Jamie" Ellison, 3, of Augusta.

Transportation goals hit financial road block

News you can use
BACK IN TIME DEC. 12, 1932 Until January when the Augusta National golf course formally will be opened, members of that club will probably devote their effort toward breaking the non-tournament marks established last week.

Separated mom seeks cheer for son's holiday
A single mother from Augusta wants to help her son enjoy the holiday season.

Leaders vote today on funding changes
After eight years of discussing how to improve paying for fire protection in Columbia County, elected officials could vote today to switch the service to a tax-based charge.

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.

Detective says suspect pleaded innocence

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.

Official says flu vaccine on way
More flu vaccine is on the way to state health departments after an early outbreak prompted a stampede for the shots that dried up available supplies.

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.

Kid of the day

Teenager says she was attacked in restroom

Assault by pests broadens its path

Father of four is out of work at Christmas

Georgia Supreme Court delays execution

News you can use

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

Leaders plan on road to aid park

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.

News you can use

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

Bank would fund work on roads

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

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

Income tax cut would help state, small business, governor says
AIKEN - The field of economic plans aimed at ending the state's budget woes is getting crowded, but South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Thursday that he won't back away from cutting income taxes.

Slayings suspect caught
By tracking cell phone calls, police captured a man in Florida wanted in the Thursday double slaying of his children's mother and another man less than 24 hours after the homicides, officials said.

Bookstore's hearing postponed
Augusta commissioners will hold a revocation hearing for Augusta Video X-Mart's business license at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the city municipal building, 530 Greene St.

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GREENVILLE - Two Greenville County sheriff's deputies have been fired in connection with assault charges.

Fire guts Augusta bail bond company
An Augusta bail bond company was destroyed by a fire early Thursday, according to Richmond County fire officials.

Workers evacuate because of smoke

Suspects arrested in failed robbery
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested three men Thursday - two of whom were in the trunk of a getaway vehicle - after a failed bank robbery attempt, officials said.

Message on players' shorts sparks debate

Area has many domestic crimes
As police investigated the shooting death of Angela Van Eeden on Thursday, officials said domestic violence is all too common in the Augusta area.

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.

Airline reduces Houston flights
Continental Airlines announced Thursday that its route to Newark, N.J., from Augusta will offer two flights a day for much of next year.

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.

Aviation Commission members reject batch of 26 candidates
The search committee will solicit more candidates for the director's position at Augusta Regional Airport. A second selection process would follow.

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.

Bank would fund work on roads
ATLANTA - Georgia transportation officials are asking the General Assembly to create a revolving-loan fund that could help speed up road and mass-transit projects languishing for lack of money.

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

Across the area
A fire caused minor damage to a North Augusta home Thursday evening, according to North Augusta Department of Public Safety officials.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the Edgefield Board of Education. I think they were correct in changing the mascot. However, the new name should have been the Strom Thurmond Senators. I think they could have kept the same mascot that they have now, but call the mascot Senator in honor of Strom Thurmond.

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.

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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.

Suspect accepts deal in slaying

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.

Slayings suspect caught

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.

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

Separated mom seeks cheer for son's holiday

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.

Columbia County gives last flu shots

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.

Official says flu vaccine on way

Some rebel over new mascot

Leaders vote today on funding changes

Delta asked to lower fares

Fire guts Augusta bail bond company

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Across the area

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

Finding pride in play

Area's flu shot supply is low

Area has many domestic crimes

Clearer picture emerges

Aviation Commission members reject batch of 26 candidates

Suspect testifies on killing

Lincoln County advances to state championship

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.

Bookstore's hearing postponed

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At the Movies: 'Love Don't Cost a Thing'
"Love Don't Cost a Thing" shares its title with the name of a Jennifer Lopez song - which is not part of the soundtrack. In fact, Lopez is nowhere to be found here, but her ex-boyfriend, Sean Combs, is, in various manifestations.

At the Movies: 'Love Don't Cost a Thing'

At the Movies: 'Something's Gotta Give'
So this is what would have happened to Annie Hall. She would have turned into a divorced mother in her 50s with a celebrated career as a New York playwright, with a trace of the girlish skittishness that was her trademark in the '70s.

At the Movies: 'Something's Gotta Give'

At the Movies: 'Stuck on You'
As the Lionel Richie song of the same name suggests, "Stuck on You" shows that the Farrelly brothers have a feeling down deep in their souls that they just can't lose.

At the Movies: 'Love Don't Cost a Thing'

Movie capsules
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

At the Movies: 'Stuck on You'

At the Movies: 'Love Don't Cost a Thing'
"Love Don't Cost a Thing" shares its title with the name of a Jennifer Lopez song - which is not part of the soundtrack. In fact, Lopez is nowhere to be found here, but her ex-boyfriend, Sean Combs, is, in various manifestations.

Movie capsules

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

Trend has turned longtime rockers into role models

Singer Bobby Brown charged with battery

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.

Police: Whitney Houston bruised after encounter with husband

Trend has turned longtime rockers into role models
Some 25 years after its formation, the still-hard-rocking Molly Hatchet has become something its members never anticipated.

Singer Bobby Brown charged with battery
ATLANTA -- Singer Bobby Brown was charged with battery Wednesday, three days after he allegedly hit his wife, singer and actress Whitney Houston.

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.

A talk with Ray Evernham

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 Chamipionship series awards greatness

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.

NASCAR's new point system

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 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.

Minority-owned NASCAR team closes

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

NASA to embed shuttle wings with sensors to detect debris strikes

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

Blank sets guidelines for next moves

Fantasy Football: Thanks for the help, guys

Dan Reeves at a Glance

Falcons fire coach Reeves

Vick returns to practice

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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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In the game spotlight

Overtime

Cycling club looks to ride into action

Davidson coach wants team to have fun

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

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.

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.

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

Davidson coach wants team to have fun
John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School doesn't have a mascot, but it does have a swim team.

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

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.

Prep basketball scores
BARNWELL GIRLS 66, CALHOUN COUNTY 42

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.

Vick returns to practice
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Quarterback Michael Vick returned to practice for the Atlanta Falcons Thursday as interim head coach Wade Phillips upgraded him to probable on the injury report.

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.

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: Cowboys, Elvis ring in holidays

Ramblin' Rhodes: Cowboys, Elvis ring in holidays
You just know it's Christmas when cowboys are singing around a fake campfire, people are walking through Bethlehem and two Elvises are performing for the price of one.

Drinking makes for good plots

NASA to embed shuttle wings with sensors to detect debris strikes
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Taking a lesson from the Columbia disaster, NASA plans to embed high-tech sensors in the wings of the three remaining space shuttles to detect any blows from debris, an oversight panel said Thursday.

Study: TV evening newscasts slight Hispanics
LOS ANGELES -- Television's evening newscasts offer scant and stereotypical coverage of Hispanics, focusing mostly on crime and immigration, according to a study released Thursday.

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.

Study: Instances of violence on the increase in television

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.

ABC's 'Bachelorette' snags her man
NEW YORK -- Their vows almost drowned out by the drone of helicopters carrying paparazzi, America's made-for-television couple, Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, were hitched on a two-hour ABC special shown Wednesday.

Letterman invites Winfrey to his 'Super Bowl of Love'
NEW YORK -- David Letterman is inviting Oprah Winfrey to his "Super Bowl of Love." He shouldn't hold his breath.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 1-7. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Study: TV evening newscasts slight Hispanics

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

ABC's 'Bachelorette' snags her man

Beyonce, R. Kelly among top winners at Billboard Awards

Court records in Spector case describe grisly scene

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People in the news

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Actress Leah Remini expecting first child in June

New clubs differ from predecessors

People in the News

Ozzy Osbourne should soon breathe on his own

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.

Georgia coaches earn bonuses after solid year

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.

Georgia coaches earn bonuses after solid year
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's nine assistant football coaches will receive an average of $24,057 in bonuses for the Bulldogs' reaching the Capital One Bowl and playing in last Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championship game.

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.

Drinking makes for good plots
Seventy years - plus seven days - ago, the 21st Amendment was passed, effectively ending the era of Prohibition, taking gin out of the bathtub and putting it back in the barroom, where it belongs.

South Carolina under no illusions about quick start
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Life on campus is quite different for Michael Boynton and his South Carolina teammates. There have even been hugs from strangers.

South Carolina under no illusions about quick start

Boynton tries to graduate, play basketball in one day

Boynton tries to graduate, play basketball in one day
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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Presidential candidate meets online contest winner for breakfast