New York gallery's inaugural show highlights Detroit-area artists
On a poster created by Mark Dancey, a white elephant bearing a green and yellow "D TROIT" banner trudges through a jumble of tombstones.

New Washington University arts center will feature money museum

Publishers dusting off old-time comics characters

University houses collection of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

Publishers dusting off old-time comics characters
MIAMISBURG, Ohio -- Holy reprints, Batman! Old-time comics are back! Thanks in part to Mark Thompson and other publishers who have tapped into the vintage funnies market.

New York gallery's inaugural show highlights Detroit-area artists

University houses collection of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'
PITTSBURGH -- Santa Claus riding a hot pink sleigh, sharing a pipe with an Indian chief or wearing Levi jeans and a 10-gallon Stetson.

New Washington University arts center will feature money museum
ST. LOUIS -- For Mark Weil, a $56.8 million project to remake the visual arts studios and galleries at Washington University is about more than constructing new buildings.

Suggestions from helpful readers ease winter woes

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
KIRKWOOD, Mo. - A man has apparently promised authorities he'll stop storing and brokering human body parts out of his home.

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.

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

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

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.

Red-ink number balloons to $43 billion, Treasury reports
WASHINGTON --The deficit swelled to nearly $43 billion in November, giving the country its second straight monthly red-ink ledger.

Florida port's success makes Georgia jealous

Florida port's success makes Georgia jealous
ATLANTA - Heads along the Georgia coast are looking to the south with a little envy these days as a recently opened cruise-ship port in Jacksonville, Fla., continues to draw more tourists.

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.

Radio-fueled credit cards could replace the swipe
NEW YORK -- The familiar process of buying something with a credit card - handing the plastic to the clerk or swiping it yourself, then waiting for approval and signing the receipt - could be headed the way of the mechanical brass cash register.

Business briefs

Guarding Social Security number is key to thwarting identity theft

Business briefs

Wholesale prices drop in November; trade deficit hits new high

Radio-fueled credit cards could replace the swipe

Business briefs
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 34.00, or 0.3 percent, at 10,042.16 on Friday, gaining 1.82 percent for the week. The Nasdaq composite index ended the day up 6.68, or 0.3 percent, at 1,949.00.

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.

Goodyear reveals more accounting woes

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.

Wholesale prices drop in November; trade deficit hits new high
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices retreated by 0.3 percent in November, pulled down by falling costs for gasoline, beef and cars, suggesting that the economy's resurgence isn't fanning inflation.

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

Payday lending returns to lawmakers' sights
ATLANTA - When Charlene Jenkins, of Augusta, needed a little cash to cover some bills, she never dreamed she'd be the victim of an illegal practice that the state has been trying to end for 100 years.

Payday lending returns to lawmakers' sights

Retail sales up by 0.9 percent in November

Clemson is still learning new system
Clemson basketball coach Oliver Purnell had a simple answer when asked for the solution to his team's turnover woes.

Clemson is still learning new system

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.

Ohio State senior wins top punter

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.

Saturday shootout

Patience, Taiwan

Inflammatory rhetoric
As we noted recently, ever since Howard Dean showed you could attack a wartime president and still get political support from the left fringe, Democratic leaders have been falling over themselves to criticize President George W. Bush.

Pork? Or not?
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a humongous omnibus spending bill this week. Seven bills were wrapped up in one package totaling $373 billion in discretionary spending and about $500 billion in mandatory spending. It funds most Cabinet departments, plus the FBI.

Courting insanity

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.

Pork? Or not?

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.

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.

Law OK'd; free speech KO'd

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

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."

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.

A Rolling Stone gathers a title
LONDON -- He's 60, still singing, and now he's Sir Mick. That pouting, posturing icon of rock rebelliousness Mick Jagger officially joined the British establishment Friday - and hardly anyone objected.

Dow closes above 10,000

As stocks climb, analysts suggest dumping high-flyers

Dow closes above 10,000 for a second day

Senate planning stiffer tax breaks for some donations
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Finance Committee, responding to findings that taxpayers who donate vehicles to charities tend to overstate their value, plans stiffer restrictions on deductions for those and other big-ticket donations of land or property.

Ailing market pins its comeback hopes on Google

Insurance fund issues warning about fraud scheme

Government urges consumers to be wary of fake goods

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 planning stiffer tax breaks for some donations

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.

As stocks climb, analysts suggest dumping high-flyers
NEW YORK -- As stocks reach levels unseen in nearly two years, experts are suggesting that investors consider dumping high-flyers such as tech and small-cap shares.

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages fall

Dow closes above 10,000 for a second day
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 milestone for a second day Friday as investors shrugged off a downbeat report on consumer sentiment to push stocks higher.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Variety is on menu at Upper Crust

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?)

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

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.

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.

Holiday greenery must be kept fresh

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

Scratch seeds now

Georgia Tech adds more fire to its offense
ATLANTA - When Will Bynum walked into Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt's office earlier this week, shooting guard B.J. Elder greeted him with a big hug.

Georgia Tech adds more fire to its offense

Harrington emerges after a topsy-turvy day
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- No wonder they call this the silly season.

Harrington emerges after a topsy-turvy day

Injury won't hold offense back

Washington County falls short in semis

High football playoff glance

Lincoln County heads to state championship; Washington County falls

Devils dog Trion

Hawks leave it all on field

Watts tries to move on after injury

Win total doesn't impress coach

Prep basketball scores

Victorious Laney girls had Josey seeing double

Archie leads Josey to win

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.

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.

Washington County falls short in semis
ATLANTA -- Justin Patterson rushed for 142 yards on 26 carries and Ben Higgins kicked a 50-yard field goal as No. 4 LaGrange beat No. 5 Washington County 20-17 in a Class AAA state semifinal on Friday.

Watts tries to move on after injury
ATLANTA - Seth Watts used a wheelchair to move toward Washington County's sideline before Friday's 20-17 loss to LaGrange in the Class AAA semifinal at the Georgia Dome.

Hawks leave it all on field
ATLANTA - Stacy Walls was tired. So tired that while his Washington County teammates emerged from the postgame locker room sporting their sweat suits, an exhausted Walls hadn't yet pulled off his uniform.

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

Lincoln County heads to state championship; Washington County falls
ATLANTA - In both games, a little more than one minute remained for Lincoln County and Washington County.

Devils dog Trion
ATLANTA - Forget the fact Travis Clark transferred from Evans to Lincoln County at the beginning of the school year. Forget that he took what would have been Cordarryl Coppin's spot as starting quarterback.

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

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.

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

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.)

Letter writer wants it both ways

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.

On-time percentage standards hurt airlines

Patients need to educate themselves

On-time percentage standards hurt airlines
I have been reading how several major airlines are starting low-cost air carriers to improve their profit margins. Why can't they get the big picture? It has almost nothing to do with the price and service levels, and everything to do with the on-time percentage standards they have set at 75 percent. Wayne B. Brown, Martinez, Ga.

Developers should pay for sewers

Developers should pay for sewers
Augusta's unfortunate sewer tap-on dilemma is the same as in many areas. Many who have been paying their fair share for many years will have to pay a sewer bill as well as pay for the new sewer connection. Jo Jones, Marietta, Ga. (Editor's note: The opinions expressed by Ms. Jones are not necessarily those of the Chattahoochee River Basin Advisory Council of the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District, of which she has been a member.)

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

Resents 'anti-choice' label for pro-lifers
It is mind-boggling that those who support the abortion industry call those who are pro-life "anti-choice," thus pandering the label anti-choice as a sinister violation of human rights. Father Allan J. McDonald, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is the pastor at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.)

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.

Britain warns against prescribing some antidepressants to children

Controversy surrounds popular bracelets

Over-the-counter relief: Flu remedies selling swiftly

Scientists succeed in freezing light

Toyota's Tundra lags behind competition

Group constructs float to represent businesses

Surge in flu found among young pregnant women

Flu now widespread in 24 states

Controversy surrounds popular bracelets
CHICAGO -- Orange, red, blue, black - they're just thin, rubbery bracelets that come in a rainbow of colors, but they're causing quite a stir.

Over-the-counter relief: Flu remedies selling swiftly
DENVER -- Hours after Dave Stellick arrived on a flight from Atlanta, he was in a drug store looking for cold and flu medication.

Honda aiming for U.S. pickup market with new concept design
DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co., following the lead of its top Japanese rivals vying for a piece of the lucrative U.S. pickup truck market, will unveil a concept design for a sport utility pickup at next month's North American International Auto Show.

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.

Toyota's Tundra lags behind competition
Toyota's Tundra pickup truck just got bigger. The latest addition to the Tundra lineup, the Double Cab, now ranks as the biggest vehicle Toyota makes.

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.

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.

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.

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

Sewell proves self in victory

Sewell proves self in victory
About a week ago, Augusta Lynx captain Rob Stanfield urged coach Stan Drulia to go after a gritty little forward named Joey Sewell.

Sewell proves self in victory
About a week ago, Augusta Lynx captain Rob Stanfield urged coach Stan Drulia to go after a gritty little forward named Joey Sewell.

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

Lynx fans lose seats in arena

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

Lynx gameday

Lynx fans lose seats in arena
Civic center officials will make repairs recommended by structural engineers this week.

Augusta enters busy weekend short-handed

Sewell proves self in victory

Leaders vote today on funding changes

Evans woman clears final hurdle: college
ATLANTA - When Kathryn Smith began her college career at Georgia Tech in 1997, she was one of the few students on campus who had a pager.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Curstin Rosa Brooks, 2, of Augusta.

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.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

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.

Across Georgia
BUFORD - A Lawrenceville man has been arrested and accused of trying to aim a video camera up a woman's skirt at a Mall of Georgia clothing store.

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.

Residents to pay fire services tax
Columbia County commissioners will meet next month to decide how much taxes will increase to fund fire service.

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

Georgians need facts on water use, poll finds
ATLANTA - Watering lawns and flushing toilets use more water than any other residential activity, Georgia's water conservation coordinator says.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Detective says suspect pleaded innocence

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.

Automated calls inform parents about problems
Schools are increasingly relying on computers to alert parents when their children skip class or miss homework assignments.

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.

Project lets students be storytellers
When Lakeside High School senior Steven Dent couldn't find clip art to illustrate his children's book, he spent hours cutting paper pieces to make the collages that would illustrate each page.

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.

Woman survived relationship
Francis Berry once had much in common with Angela Van Eeden, the 28-year-old Hephzibah woman whose ex-boyfriend was arrested in connection with her Thursday shooting death.

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

Center to get needed space
ATHENS, Ga. - The exhibit hall nestled within Memorial Park's Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail isn't just an exhibit hall.

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.

Project lets students be storytellers

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.

Automated calls inform parents about problems

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.

Across South Carolina

Across the area

Fire guts Augusta bail bond company

Finding pride in play

Grandfather's income isn't enough
A Hephzibah man wants the two grandsons he is raising to have a merry Christmas this year.

Area has many domestic crimes

Across South Carolina
INMAN -A woman who wandered away from an assisted living center in Inman has been found dead in a nearby creek.

Area is slow to report crime
CLEARWATER - When two bounty hunters allegedly posed as policemen and terrorized members of a Hispanic community off South Carolina Highway 421, victims waited a week to alert authorities.

Yarbrough: Answer Man fields questions on UGA, politics
OK, boys and girls, it is time once again for Answer Man to dip into the question box and see what is on everybody's mind. Answer Man doesn't have a lot of time for this because he has to write a suck-up letter to Santa Claus. Answer Man hasn't been a particularly good little boy this year.

Mother told police about physical abuse

News you can use
DEC. 13, 1942 Because of the war, it is possible for political opponents of the Cracker Party to wrest control of Augusta City Council within months.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Mother told police about physical abuse
Angela Van Eeden reported the beatings. She asked authorities to protect her from the man she said choked and hit her. But it didn't save her life.

Yarbrough: Answer Man fields questions on UGA, politics

Flu is not only virus circulating
Officially, it might be known as "viral syndrome." Most people would call it an unwanted holiday gift from co-workers or family members. It's not the flu that is spreading rapidly across the country, but it is making people just as miserable.

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.

I-20, road work: together again
Like an on-again, off-again relationship, construction work on Interstate 20 in Richmond County is again set to return early next year.

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.

Across the area
A Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles employee was arrested Friday afternoon after authorities found that she had used a former employee's personal data to fraudulently obtain loans, officials said.

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.

Ten comandements ruling may be on the way
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A federal judge said he could issue a ruling within a matter of days after hearing Barrow County's motion to dismiss an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments display in the Barrow County Courthouse.

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.

Across the area

Georgians need facts on water use, poll finds

Evans woman clears final hurdle: college

Phone system boosts school attendance
Schools are increasingly relying on computers to alert parents when their children skip class or miss homework assignments.

Unit's deployment is delayed

Bank would fund work on roads

Woman survived relationship

Suspect will face grand jury
A Richmond County grand jury will consider the case against Cedric A. Walker to decide whether an indictment should be returned.

Beasley is weighing Senate run
AIKEN - Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley said Friday he felt confident he could win the state's U.S. Senate seat but won't announce whether he's running until early next year.

Suspect accepts deal in slaying

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.

Columbia County gives last flu shots

Across Georgia

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

Bookstore's hearing postponed

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.

News you can use

Phone system boosts school attendance

Separated mom seeks cheer for son's holiday

Unit's deployment is delayed
AIKEN - Soldiers of the Aiken-based 450th Ordnance Company were told Friday that they would not be leaving today.

Kid of the day

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

Official says flu vaccine on way

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Aviation Commission members reject batch of 26 candidates

Flu is not only virus circulating

Slayings suspect caught

Lincoln County advances to state championship

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

Clark redeems himself with late touchdown
ATLANTA - From heel to hero in 40 seconds.

At the Movies: 'Stuck on You'

Movie capsules

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

Movie capsules
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

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: '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: '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'
"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.

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.

Trend has turned longtime rockers into role models

Fleming becomes soprano with a mike
NEW YORK -- Renee Fleming's latest concert program sure was different.

Kid Rock is back with a new album, TV special

Singer Bobby Brown charged with battery

Fleming becomes soprano with a mike

Kid Rock is back with a new album, TV special
Sure, he still appears on stage with barely dressed women and knocks back his fair share of Coors Light, but the self-proclaimed "Pimp of the Nation" does appear to be toning it down a bit.

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.

IRL to cut speeds in time for Indy

IRL to cut speeds in time for Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League will cut engine horsepower to reduce speeds next season, a move accelerated by the death of driver Tony Renna and serious injuries to former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack in separate crashes two months ago.

NASA to embed shuttle wings with sensors to detect debris strikes

Saturday shootout
Francis Marion has

Vick returns to practice

Heisman Trophy often fails to translate to NFL success

Saban's AD says LSU can't match potential offer

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Mrs. Frances Kinsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Thomas Tutt Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Davidson coach wants team to have fun

Overtime

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.

Overtime
In Inglewood, Calif., Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone sustained a compression fracture of her spine in a spill Friday in the third race at Hollywood Park.

Victorious Laney girls had Josey seeing double
When Laney coach Otis Smart got upset during the third period, he yelled a familiar refrain this season.

Prep basketball scores
NORTH AUGUSTA nixes MIDLAND VALLEY

Archie leads Josey to win
After Dominique Archie's second-half performance against Laney on Friday night, Josey coach Emmett Rouse emphasized that his Eagles aren't going to resemble the Chicago Bulls of the late-1980s.

Heisman Trophy often fails to translate to NFL success
NEW YORK -- When the winner of the Heisman Trophy steps to the podium on Saturday night, the moment of football glory could be his last.

Saban's AD says LSU can't match potential offer
ATLANTA -- If Arthur Blank wants to interview Nick Saban, the Atlanta Falcons' owner has yet to request permission from LSU athletic director Skip Bertman.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Cowboys, Elvis ring in holidays

Long Island Catholic bishop dogged by sex abuse crisis
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. -- Nearly two years into the clergy sex abuse crisis, Roman Catholic Bishop William Murphy remains an object of distrust and criticism over how he has dealt with accused priests in his Long Island diocese and elsewhere.

Many beloved Christmas folkways have pre-Christian origins
Nativity scenes of Jesus' birth as depicted in Matthew or Luke are visible this month - though rarely on government property, because of federal court rulings. But many other much-beloved Christmas folkways have secular or pre-Christian origins rather than biblical ones.

Faith digest
Creative Impressions will perform twice this week in the Augusta area.

Faith calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Selah gives dramatic shows
A few years ago, Ron Jones staged O Holy Night with a dozen dancers descending a staircase, but when he heard the musical group Selah's version, he knew he had to revise the choreography.

Church project pays out kindness
The Rev. Glenn Ethridge, the pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans, went to services five weeks ago bearing 500 small, white envelopes.

Turkey allows Christian rites after centuries of persecution
For the Rev. Michael Manos of Augusta, standing in the sanctuary of an 11th-century Greek Orthodox church in Demre, Turkey, on Dec. 6 was a bittersweet moment.

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.

Clark redeems himself with late touchdown

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.

ABC News gets go-ahead for weekend morning news programs
NEW YORK -- ABC's affiliate board on Thursday gave the network's news division the go-ahead to produce weekend morning news shows to compete with CBS and NBC.

Creators of hit show "Will & Grace" sue NBC
LOS ANGELES -- The executive producers of "Will & Grace" have sued NBC and its production studio, alleging the network conspired to keep the sitcom's price down to reduce the producers' share of the profits.

TV documentary explores value of Golden Globes

Study: TV evening newscasts slight Hispanics

Ashton Kutcher pulls plug on 'Punk'd'
LOS ANGELES -- Ashton Kutcher says the joke is no longer on him - he announced Friday that he's pulling out of the MTV prank show, "Punk'd," after two seasons.

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.

ABC's 'Bachelorette' snags her man

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.

ABC News gets go-ahead for weekend morning news programs

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.

TV documentary explores value of Golden Globes
LOS ANGELES -- A new documentary questions how much gold there really is in the Golden Globes, the first big party in Hollywood's awards season.

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.

Guild: More minority writers finding work in TV
LOS ANGELES -- The number of minority writers working on television series rose in 2002, part of an overall hiring increase, the Writers Guild of America-West said Thursday.

A Rolling Stone gathers a title

Video best

Applause calendar

Beyonce, R. Kelly among top winners at Billboard Awards

Top 20 concert tours

Club calendar

New clubs differ from predecessors

People in the News

Actress Leah Remini expecting first child in June

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.

Georgia coaches earn bonuses after solid year

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.

Boynton tries to graduate, play basketball in one day

South Carolina under no illusions about quick start

Boynton tries to graduate, play basketball in one day
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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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Presidential candidate meets online contest winner for breakfast

Faith calendar

Turkey allows Christian rites after centuries of persecution

Many beloved Christmas folkways have pre-Christian origins

Selah gives dramatic shows

Faith digest