'Never Gonna Dance' - a love story
NEW YORK -- Noah Racey and Nancy Lemenager want to be very clear on one point, in case they get off the wrong foot: He's no Fred Astaire and she's no Ginger Rogers.

Pitcairns' former home is a treasure trove of religious art
BRYN ATHYN, Pa. -- Known to generations of Philadelphia schoolchildren only as "the castle," Glencairn mansion was the subject of stories more outlandish than the worst low-budget horror flicks.

Simply white walls for latest exhibition of masters
DENVER -- The technique for showing the exhibition "El Greco to Picasso From the Phillips Collection" is the equivalent of putting speed bumps in a parking lot. And it works.

All Aboard! 'Twentieth Century' returns to Broadway

NYC Ballet celebrates its Christmas classic with a reunion
NEW YORK -- Jennie Somogyi found herself with a serious case of the nerves, waiting for her entrance as the Sugarplum Fairy in "The Nutcracker."

Simply white walls for latest exhibition of masters

Pitcairns' former home is a treasure trove of religious art

Once secret Pentagon war plans to go on public view

Hermann Nitsch scandalizes with 'ritual art'
VIENNA, Austria -- A naked man is lashed to a large wooden crucifix and slathered in the blood of a freshly slaughtered bull. A canvas is smeared with crimson oil paint and pig entrails that glisten sickeningly beneath a spotlight.

Once secret Pentagon war plans to go on public view
WASHINGTON -- Ever wonder what's in the Pentagon's old war plans? Why, for instance, "Project Cornflakes" was a go in World War II, but Cold War-era plans dubbed "Dropshot," "Broiler," "Sizzle," "Trojan" and "Shakedown" stayed on the drawing board?

All Aboard! 'Twentieth Century' returns to Broadway
NEW YORK -- "Twentieth Century," the classic screwball comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, will find its way to Broadway in March in a new adaptation by Ken Ludwig, author of "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo."

'Never Gonna Dance' - a love story

NYC Ballet celebrates its Christmas classic with a reunion

Hermann Nitsch scandalizes with 'ritual art'

Dish up safety at bake sales

Odds and Ends
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- There are still plenty of shopping days left until the holiday, but Debbie Touchette's Christmas wish has already come true.

Compensation to family reduces sentence in DUI case
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A drunk driver received a reduced manslaughter sentence after he paid $100,000 to the victim's family, prompting criticism that he was buying more lenient treatment.

Tiger mauls to death North Carolina boy
MILLERS CREEK, N.C. -- A woman's 400-pound Bengal tiger fatally mauled her 10-year-old nephew after pulling him under a fence and into his cage, authorities said.

Furcal laments Braves' losses
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Dominican shortstop Rafael Furcal acknowledged Sunday that the Atlanta Braves face a tough road ahead next season.

Furcal laments Braves' losses

Saddam's capture pushes prices higher in Asian, European stock markets
HONG KONG -- Stocks rallied across Asia then opened higher in Europe on Monday as traders bet Saddam Hussein's capture could mark a turning point in the Iraq conflict.

Natural gas markets undergo turbulent transition

Circuit City hopes to see results of turnaround efforts

Weakening dollar means buying power for foreign tourists in U.S.

McDonald's sells Donatos Pizzeria
CHICAGO -- McDonald's Corp. plans to significantly narrow its outside brand activity, retaining Chipotle and Boston Market in the United States, but selling Donatos Pizzeria back to its founder and discontinuing development of all partner brands outside the country.

Dollar's rapid slide means financial pain for exporters
ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER, Germany - Harald Wohlfahrt can fulfill the wishes of just about any collector of German Christmas ornaments, from a blown-glass Santa at euro8.50, or $10.25, to music box tinkling out Verdi arias at the tune of euro2,500, or $3,000.

Circuit City hopes to see results of turnaround efforts
RICHMOND, Va. -- Can Circuit City Stores Inc. catch a break? Industry observers yawned when the consumer electronics chain drew hordes of shoppers during the holiday season's kickoff - Best Buy Co. Inc. had already surpassed Circuit City with a robust sales performance in the third quarter.

Business briefs
Local employers are more optimistic that they will hire new workers during the first quarter of 2004 than they were during the same period last year, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Layaway competes with credit
Patricia Pitts, of Grovetown, buys only on layaway at Christmas.

Natural gas markets undergo turbulent transition
The U.S. natural gas industry is in the midst of a turbulent transformation as petroleum giants such as ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil increasingly hunt fuel overseas, leaving smaller players scrambling to pick up the slack domestically.

Sears restructuring might mean more layoffs
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Sears, Roebuck & Co. is in the midst of a corporate restructuring review that might mean the third round of job cuts at its corporate headquarters in as many years, company officials have confirmed.

Startup fever dulled by preference for overseas programmers
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Solidcore Systems appears the quintessential Silicon Valley startup, with laptop-lugging, cube-dwelling workers huddling in glass conference rooms and jotting sales strategies on white boards.

Holiday shopping on the weekend was generally brisk
It was a mixed weekend for businesses hoping to hear cash registers jingle, with snow hampering shoppers in the Northeast even as retailers hoped the capture of Saddam Hussein might buoy consumer confidence.

Saddam's capture pushes prices higher in Asian, European stock markets

Startup fever dulled by preference for overseas programmers

Business briefs

After Philippines dusk, the call center day begins

Dollar's rapid slide means financial pain for exporters

Business briefs
HOLIDAY CHEER: Business owners may be a little more generous with their gifts this holiday season.

McDonald's sells Donatos Pizzeria

Weakening dollar means buying power for foreign tourists in U.S.
Sylvia Camarca, a student from Italy, is used to stretching her funds when she visits New York, staying with friends and eating on the cheap at Thai restaurants and hot dog stands.

Euro hits fresh record high against U.S. dollar

Layaway competes with credit

Euro hits fresh record high against U.S. dollar
NEW YORK -- The euro hit a fresh all-time high of $1.2325 Monday, as the euphoria surrounding the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein over the weekend quickly wore off.

After Philippines dusk, the call center day begins
MANILA, Philippines -- It's 9 p.m. as Tim Lavin walks into his office, but his staff greets him with "Good morning, sir."

Business briefs

Holiday shopping on the weekend was generally brisk

Clemson spanks ETSU in overtime
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 1:16 of regulation then dominated overtime to beat East Tennessee State 100-86 on Monday night.

Clemson spanks ETSU in overtime

Bowden dismisses Williams from team
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson defensive back Buddy Williams has been dismissed from the team.

Bowden dismisses Williams from team

Big 12 slipup couldn't derail White's Heisman bid

Big 12 slipup couldn't derail White's Heisman bid
NEW YORK -- When Jason White walked off the field after losing the Big 12 championship, his concern was whether Oklahoma lost a shot at the national title, not his place in the Heisman Trophy race.

Peers mourn fallen player

Galloway named Atlantic Sun player of the week

Injury alters Lady Jags' plan

Donovan: Bad week will help Gators in long run

Columbus State team mourns death of captain, cancels games indefinitely

Choice must be made

Damage control
Heaven only knows the horror seen, heard and felt and recorded by the two young children of a woman murdered in her home here last week. Heaven only knows how the unimaginable will haunt them over the course of their lives.

Choice must be made
Speaking before a joint session of Congress just days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, President George W. Bush put the terrorists, and the American people, on notice: The war on terror was engaged.

To the tyrant shelf
An unrepentant killer of hundreds of thousands. A regional terrorist and worldwide terrorist supporter. A man who built palaces to himself and procured the latest weapons for his cronies while his people suffered immeasurably and died in poverty and deprivation.

Fffft-boom!
Ever hear a wet firecracker explode? It's a bit muffled - and is usually preceded by a kind of paper-tearing sound - "fffft-boom!"

Fffft-boom!

Keiko, of "Free Willy" fame, buried in secret ceremony
OSLO, Norway -- Keiko, the killer whale star of the "Free Willy" movies, was buried Monday in a snow-bound pasture during the deep darkness of Nordic winter in a ceremony kept secret from the public.

People in the News
RENO, Nev. -- The comedian Sinbad joined a group of well wishers at a send-off for nearly 100 Nevada Army Guard members who began their deployment in support of the war against terrorism.

Saddam's capture pushes stock prices higher overseas

'Saddam rally' fades on disappointing sales at Wal-Mart
NEW YORK -- Wall Street sank lower Monday as disappointing sales at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. chilled the retailing sector and eroded early gains following the weekend capture of fallen Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Saddam's capture pushes stock prices higher overseas
HONG KONG -- Stocks rallied across Asia then opened higher in Europe on Monday as traders bet Saddam Hussein's capture could mark a turning point in the Iraq conflict.

'Saddam rally' fades on disappointing sales at Wal-Mart

Yellow Jackets continue rapid climb
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's men's basketball team continued its surprising climb in the rankings Monday, jumping five spots to No. 5 in The Associated Press poll.

Georgia Tech tops Central Florida
ATLANTA -- Fallon Stokes scored 20 points and freshman Stephanie Higgs added 13, including 11 of Tech's last 13 in the game, to lead the Lady Jackets to a 70-48 rout of Central Florida on Sunday.

Georgia Tech loses Spencer
ATLANTA - Glenn Spencer has left his coaching position at Georgia Tech to join close friend Ted Roof's staff at Duke.

Georgia Tech tops Central Florida

Georgia Tech loses Spencer

Yellow Jackets continue rapid climb

Christmas ghosts pass on figgy pudding

Love withstands furious rally by Woods
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Davis Love III walked away with the largest check of his career. Tiger Woods made sure he earned every penny.

Love withstands furious rally by Woods

Thailand's Thongchai wins Asian Masters

Senior wins Australian PGA
COOLUM, Australia -- Australia's Peter Senior won his first tour title since 1997, escaping with a one-stroke victory in the Australian PGA on Sunday after bogeying the last two holes.

Thailand's Thongchai wins Asian Masters
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee won the Asian Masters by one stroke Sunday after shooting a 6-under-par 65 for the second straight round.

Devils hindered by aching backs

Prep basketball scores

Devils hindered by aching backs
Beset by injuries all season to its tailbacks, Lincoln County's running game didn't have many options last Friday.

Heatley cancels plans to skate for first time since car wreck
ATLANTA -- Thrashers All-Star Dany Heatley canceled plans to skate Tuesday for the first time since the car wreck that killed teammate Dan Snyder.

Heatley cancels plans to skate for first time since car wreck

Dish up safety at bake sales
Holidays mean many things - a boost in baking is one of them.

Two teens shot in Augusta
Two Augusta teenagers were shot early this morning while walking through the woods in the Barton Village area, authorities said.

The story of Charlie Dean's remains

The story of Charlie Dean's remains
Charlie Dean's remains were brought home from Southeast Asia Thanksgiving week. The arrival in Hawaii was attended by Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean, Charlie's brother. Carl Langley, Aiken, S.C.

Bush continues to lie to our country
Extreme right-wing Republicans are rather amazing in their shrill partisanship. Their piteous cries of Bush-bashing ring a little hollow when you remember that they are the same crowd that trashed former President Bill Clinton every day of the year. Vernon Johnson, Mesena, Ga.

Mideast letter full of lies, disinformation
Harry Sellers' Nov. 25 letter, "Priorities backward on Mideast," is full of canards, lies and disinformation. (Nazi propagandist) Joseph Goebbels blamed Jews for Germany's troubles. The Nazis burned books; later they burned people. Today, Mr. Sellers suggests that Israel - and by inference, the Jews - are responsible for terrorist activities around the world. His solution is Nazi-like in its simplicity. Let me rebut some of his outlandish statements. Charles Ronen, Evans, Ga.

'Overdue tribute' article truly overdue

Miller's voice of maturity muted by the left
Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., has authored a book, A National Party No More, about the Democratic Party. Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Mideast letter full of lies, disinformation

Applauds Augusta Ballet for performance and casting

'Overdue tribute' article truly overdue
Your article on the front page of the Nov. 23 Your Life section, "Overdue tribute," tells of Frances "Frenchie" Plenert, Bronze Star recipient during World War II. Vera King, Augusta

Applauds Augusta Ballet for performance and casting
Each holiday season the Augusta Ballet Co. presents Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. The ballet is beautifully choreographed and staged and delights many in the Central Savannah River Area, as it has for many years. Sandra E. Parson, Augusta

The Wrights' first flight, in their own words

Bar codes on drugs aim to reduce hospital errors, deaths

Deaths, threats of suicide prompt discussions

100 years after first flight, as president considers new course

Living briefs

Seniors calendar

Zodiac not quite a star in handheld market

Digital video recorders making their moves on consumers

Scientists agonized over choosing less-than-perfect flu vaccine

Multimedia PCs still not at home in the living room

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

The Wrights' first flight, in their own words
Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright's first powered airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. The feat was duly noted by the nation's press at the time, but the Wrights claimed the account was "incorrect in almost every detail." Here from the archives of Wright State University is their own account, transmitted by The Associated Press on Jan. 5, 1904.

100 years after first flight, as president considers new course
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- On the centennial of the world's first flight, high-speed travel seems to be at an all-time low.

Zodiac not quite a star in handheld market
RICHMOND, Va. -- Video gaming never looked so good on a handheld computer.

Pros give amateurs photo tips
Professional photographers need to grow to keep up with the competition while keeping up their interest in photography.

Multimedia PCs still not at home in the living room
Personal computers are powerful enough to replace just about every electronic component in the living room entertainment center. Yet the PC still doesn't quite seem at home there.

Scientists agonized over choosing less-than-perfect flu vaccine
Late last winter, a committee of vaccine experts designing this season's flu shot considered their choices. They had two, and both seemed bad.

Digital video recorders making their moves on consumers
NEW YORK -- Our digital video recorder loves "The Simpsons."

Windy, barren Outer Banks an ideal scene for flight experiments
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- The pairing might have seemed odd, but in the end it was perfect: two bicycle-building brothers from Ohio who dreamed of taking flight, and the hardscrabble watermen living on an isolated chain of islands off the North Carolina coast.

Newly observed high-altitude auroras surprise and stump scientists
SAN FRANCISCO -- A military satellite has detected auroras, those shimmering displays of colorful light, at altitudes far higher above Earth than previously known, confirming anecdotal reports from astronauts that scientists had dismissed.

You can't beat price of freeware
When personal computers aren't eating money for hardware, they're eating money for software - but for software, at least there's an alternative.

Deaths, threats of suicide prompt discussions
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Mary Elliott got the call for help on a Monday night. A "suicidal male teen" was at a convenience store, not far from his high school.

Living briefs
Sharen Hausmann, the director of Smart Start Georgia, says that learning shouldn't come to a halt just because school is getting ready to let out for the holidays.

Bar codes on drugs aim to reduce hospital errors, deaths
WASHINGTON -- Inside hospital pharmacies, tiny bar codes just an eighth of an inch tall adorn the blister packs that hold single-pill doses of certain drugs, like Dilantin for seizures and Lipitor for cholesterol.

Pride power past Augusta
FLORENCE, S.C. - The Florence Pride should be plenty proud of its power play.

Pride power past Augusta

Gaming machine owners finding some victories in court
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An increase in gaming machine seizures have some worried the outlawed video gambling industry might be trying to make a comeback in South Carolina.

Five questions
Nancy Carver, head of Information Services at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library answers five questions for the Chronicle.

'Strange' incidents in S.C. serve as reminders of domestic threats

Schools get F on progress reports

In tight budget, Regents pay thousands to former chancellor
ATLANTA -- A deal former University System Chancellor Stephen Portch signed when he was hired is paying him $450,000 to consult with the state two years after his resignation.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

Flashing schoolchildren leads to 15-year sentence

Parade warms up crowd

Daughter's first Christmas is mom's priority

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -South Carolina is one of eight states that has had more than half of its National Guard mobilized since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a National Guard Bureau report.

Two teens shot in Augusta

Military: High-interest lenders sink troops into debt
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- On Gen. Screven Way, the one-mile strip of fast-food joints and pawn shops leading to the front gate of Fort Stewart, getting a cash loan of $100 to $500 is as easy as buying a cheeseburger.

'Strange' incidents in S.C. serve as reminders of domestic threats
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart, less than two days removed from one of the most ferocious standoffs he had ever seen, was worried when he arrived at last week's Cabinet meeting. He reminded Gov. Mark Sanford and others what a strange few months it has been.

ANIC pushes building deadline

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Wesley Lanier Dye, 4, of Grovetown.

Businesses look for niche in Gullah community

Suspect's friend testifies at trial
After drinking gin and snorting cocaine for a few hours, John C. Devine didn't know if he should believe a friend's claim that he had killed an old man, Mr. Devine testified Monday.

Rants and Raves
A RANT TO those school board members who don't think we should give breakfast to our children. How could you deny any child? What some kids get at school may be all they get all day.

ANIC pushes building deadline
ANIC's finance committee will meet Wednesday with Pat Mathis to set a firm completion date for the project and adopt a set of monetary penalties for any work completed past the deadline. Current penalties of $100 a day have never been enforced.

Across South Carolina

Pair's defense doubts witness's credibility
The death of Marcus D. Taylor in a busy convenience store parking lot was a public execution, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

Across Georgia

Schools get F on progress reports
AIKEN - Almost all of South Carolina's high schools will fail to hit crucial adequate yearly progress goals set by the federal No Child Left Behind law when delayed results are released Wednesday, state Department of Education officials said.

Board's meeting will look at bonds
Members of the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s board of directors will talk today about something their attorney says should have been talked about months ago.

Thurmond family accepts claim
AIKEN - The family of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond acknowledged Monday the claim of a retired California teacher that she is his illegitimate mixed-race daughter but fell short of verifying her assertion.

Mother of suspect in teen's slaying relieved her son is jailed
MACON, Ga. -- The estranged mother of a convicted killer now again charged with murder said Sunday the death penalty would be the only way to keep her son from committing more crimes.

Across Georgia
DECATUR - A man was shot several times while trying to rob a Waffle House on Monday, police said.

Ft. Stewart troops who overthrew Saddam rejoice at his capture
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Fort Stewart soldiers whose assault on Baghdad toppled Saddam Hussein's regime applauded his capture as the completion of a mission that remained a loose end when they left Iraq.

Daughter's first Christmas is mom's priority
An Augusta woman is asking for help to make her daughter's Christmas a little better.

Work-for-pay idea pushed for Georgia inmates
ATLANTA -- A state representative is putting new emphasis behind an old work-for-pay idea for Georgia's inmates.

Mom sees funds shrink while raising daughters

Carolinas companies increase exports of white-collar jobs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Big companies ranging from financial giant Bank of America to Matthews discount-store chain Family Dollar are increasingly exporting white-collar jobs to countries where labor is cheap, a survey by The Charlotte Observer found.

Flashing schoolchildren leads to 15-year sentence
An Augusta man accused of exposing himself to children on their way to school in several incidents received a 15-year prison sentence Monday.

News you can use
DEC. 14, 1952 Augusta has accepted an invitation to enter a float in the Jan. 20 inaugural parade in Washington for President-elect Eisenhower if the necessary funds to sponsor such a unit can be raised.

Across the area
Icy roads caused traffic problems in the Aiken-Augusta area Monday morning, including a wreck that seriously injured an Augusta woman.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kristen Garner, 10, of North Augusta.

Group makes plans for '04
Bringing Hollywood filmmakers to Augusta and purchasing the old railroad depot are some of the projects the Downtown Development Authority plans to complete next year.

'Trail trees': native guideposts or quicks of nature?

Across the area

Disaster training called 'model'

Prosecutor prefers juvenile role

In Augusta: Capture news boosts morale
A number of area soldiers who fought in the Iraq war and their loved ones welcomed Sunday's news of Saddam Hussein's capture with controlled glee.

Disaster training called 'model'
Training courses developed in Augusta to help medical personnel and first responders handle disasters could become models for the rest of the nation, an influential congressman said Monday.

Board's meeting will look at bonds

Gaming machine owners finding some victories in court

News you can use

In tight budget, Regents pay thousands to former chancellor

Across the southeast

Rants and raves
IN REGARD TO the airport and the airlines: Why not run a survey with a telephone number to call asking how many people would use the airport if the price was right?

Rants and Raves
A RANT TO those school board members who don't think we should give breakfast to our children. How could you deny any child? What some kids get at school may be all they get all day.

Language barrier to be eased
AIKEN - The rapid rise of Aiken County's Hispanic population is marked by increased friction between newcomers who can't speak English and police, teachers, store clerks and government workers who can't speak Spanish.

Parade warms up crowd
To brave the cold at Sunday's Christmas Fantasy Parade, thousands did as Linda Daniels did, bundling up in a coat and hat.

Expenses of travel result in criticism
The Richmond County Board of Education spent at least $8,400 for charter buses and hotel rooms while visiting magnet schools throughout the Southeast this fall, according to accounting records obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.

Across Georgia
CLEVELAND -Authorities are investigating the death of a White County woman who had been arrested in the abduction of her three children.

School celebrates milestone
The pupils at Murphey Middle School could not contain their laughter Monday after hearing what the school's mascot used to be.

Across the area
An Augusta woman said two men tried to steal her car at gunpoint Saturday evening, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Across the southeast
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -Driving rain, wind and the threat of thunderstorms threw a wet blanket over events Sunday at the celebration of the Wright brothers' first flight.

News you can use

Chambliss says Saddam's capture should silence war critics

Study finds fewer homeless than thought
ATLANTA -- A one-day count of the homeless in the Atlanta area found 6,956 people, far fewer than some prior estimates.

Forum on drug raid kicks off Jackson visit

Chambliss says Saddam's capture should silence war critics
ATLANTA -- Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss said the capture of Saddam Hussein, an enormous victory for coalition forces, should silence critics of the Iraq war.

Mom sees funds shrink while raising daughters
A Hephzibah mother of two is seeking help in making this Christmas better for her children.

'Trail trees': native guideposts or quicks of nature?
NORCROSS, Ga. -- Unusually shaped trees found around the state may be more than just an interesting photograph subject or child's hobbyhorse.

Prosecutor prefers juvenile role
AIKEN - For most up-and-coming prosecutors, family court, where juveniles are the defendants, is a steppingstone to a career prosecuting adults.

Forum on drug raid kicks off Jackson visit
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- Students told their side of the police raid on Stratford High School to a community forum that included the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Mother of suspect in teen's slaying relieved her son is jailed

Congressional Black Caucus leader officially endorses Dean
ATLANTA -- The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus officially endorsed presidential candidate Howard Dean on Saturday, praising the former Vermont governor for his willingness to confront issues of race.

Firing on teen has GBI on case
Sheriff's officials defended the weekend shooting of an Augusta teenager, but a neighbor of the 16-year-old boy says deputies used excessive force.

Woman's claim to be Thurmond's daughter no surprise to many
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The claim of a retired mixed-race teacher living in Los Angeles that she is Strom Thurmond's illegitimate daughter should not come as a surprise to South Carolinians, biographers of the late senator say.

Expenses of travel result in criticism

Businesses look for niche in Gullah community
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Pair's defense doubts witness's credibility

Rants and raves
IN REGARD TO the airport and the airlines: Why not run a survey with a telephone number to call asking how many people would use the airport if the price was right?

School celebrates milestone

Firing on teen has GBI on case

In Augusta: Capture news boosts morale

Study supports gasoline tax increase
AIKEN - Even state bureaucrats have wish lists they want Santa to make and check twice.

Across South Carolina
WALTERBORO -The three soldiers from Fort Stewart, Ga., who died early Friday in a crash were identified Monday.

Ft. Stewart troops who overthrew Saddam rejoice at his capture

Kid of the day

Suspect's friend testifies at trial

Five questions

Across the area

Carolinas companies increase exports of white-collar jobs

Woman's claim to be Thurmond's daughter no surprise to many

Language barrier to be eased

News you can use
DEC. 16, 1972 A permit for construction of $1.6 million worth of apartments has been issued by Richmond County building official W.L. Watkins Sr.

Study supports gasoline tax increase

Military: High-interest lenders sink troops into debt

Christmas ghosts pass on figgy pudding
Bob Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. As dead as a door-nail. Still, his ghost lived on in his music, thought Ebenezer Scrooge as he sat in front of the fire and listened to the Jamaican's CD.

At the Movies: 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'
With "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Peter Jackson delivers a decent ending to his fantasy trilogy - actually, about 12 endings.

Christopher Lee's villain cut from final 'Rings' movie

Viggo Mortensen inherited last-minute 'Rings' throne

'Something's Gotta Give' rules box office with $17 million debut

Johansson brings old-soul grace to teen roles
TORONTO -- Let's compare husky-voiced actresses Lauren Bacall and Scarlett Johansson.

N.Y. film critics name 'Lord of the Rings' the top film of 2003

Johansson brings old-soul grace to teen roles

'Something's Gotta Give' rules box office with $17 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- Love among older adults conquered the box office as Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton's romance "Something's Gotta Give" debuted in the top spot with $17 million.

N.Y. film critics name 'Lord of the Rings' the top film of 2003
NEW YORK -- Normally a champion of arty, independent fare, the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday chose "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" as the top film of 2003.

Diane Keaton returns to romantic spotlight

Peter Jackson says goodbye to 'Rings,' hello to 'Kong'
LOS ANGELES -- A shaggy-haired, wooly-bearded Kiwi filmmaker is at the end of his epic journey.

Peter Jackson says goodbye to 'Rings,' hello to 'Kong'

The Lord of the Rings' trilogy by the numbers
Facts and figures from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy:

The Lord of the Rings' trilogy by the numbers

Christopher Lee's villain cut from final 'Rings' movie
LOS ANGELES -- In "The Fellowship of the Ring," Christopher Lee appeared as the traitorous elder wizard Saruman, whose snowy white beard and robe hid his black-hearted intentions for Middle-earth.

Viggo Mortensen inherited last-minute 'Rings' throne
LOS ANGELES -- Viggo Mortensen was never supposed to be the man who would be king.

Diane Keaton returns to romantic spotlight
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Diane Keaton has an Academy Award, two other Oscar nominations and a career packed with a rare combination of acclaimed roles in both comedy and drama.

At 21, LeAnn Rimes already releasing 'Greatest Hits'
LOS ANGELES -- At age 21, LeAnn Rimes has gone through more triumph and turmoil than artists twice her age.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
T Bone Burnett is at it again. After striking gold with the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack in 2001, followed by the Cajun-flavored "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" last year, Burnett's back with "Cold Mountain.

Actor, rapper Nick Cannon has even more plans in store

Actor, rapper Nick Cannon has even more plans in store
NEW YORK -- Nick Cannon fancies himself a Renaissance Man.

At 21, LeAnn Rimes already releasing 'Greatest Hits'

CART will race again in 2004

CART will race again in 2004

CART will race again in 2004
INDIANAPOLIS -- There will be a 2004 Champ Car season.

CART will race again in 2004
INDIANAPOLIS -- There will be a 2004 Champ Car season.

Kobe Bryant's lawyers portray accuser as troubled, attention-seeking woman

Kobe Bryant's lawyers portray accuser as troubled, attention-seeking woman
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's accuser is a troubled young woman who was seeking attention from her ex-boyfriend by accusing the Los Angeles Lakers star of rape, defense lawyers said in new court filings.

Peers mourn fallen player
USC Spartanburg athletic director Mike Hall never lets the first day of classes pass without thinking of Charles Tius.

Galloway named Atlantic Sun player of the week
MACON, Ga. -- Georgia State forward Trello Galloway was named Atlantic Sun Conference player of the week Monday.

Columbus State team mourns death of captain, cancels games indefinitely
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Columbus State University basketball team has canceled its games indefinitely as players mourn the loss of a teammate who collapsed during practice and died Sunday.

Donovan: Bad week will help Gators in long run
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Florida coach Billy Donovan knows his team's two losses this week will help the Gators in the long run.

Injury alters Lady Jags' plan
With the past 17 days off, Augusta State women's basketball coach Greg Wilson adjusted his team's offense yet again.

Falcons owner plans to talk to Bucs' McKay about GM

Falcons fall apart

Green breaks Jim Taylor's single-season rushing record

McKay hired as Falcons GM

Panthers clinch NFC South

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Hopkins, Spinks want Mosley, De La Hoya

Overtime

Overtime

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The schedule has been set for next weekend's five Georgia High School Association state championship football games.

Hopkins, Spinks want Mosley, De La Hoya
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- A long night of boxing had turned into morning by the time Bernard Hopkins finally entered the ring.

Overtime
In Basel, Switzerland, Zinedine Zidane won the FIFA Player of the Year award for a third time Monday, beating French countryman Thierry Henry and Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Prep basketball scores
HARLEM 62, TALIAFERRO 45

Falcons fall apart
INDIANAPOLIS - Arthur Blank's decision to fire coach Dan Reeves last week was a wise move by the Atlanta Falcons owner. Losing 38-7 to Indianapolis and the Colts' amazing tandem of quarterback Peyton Manning and receiver Marvin Harrison proved it.

McKay hired as Falcons GM
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Rich McKay was hired as general manager by the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, filling a position that's been open for two years.

Panthers clinch NFC South
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Carolina Panthers never win anything easily, and that includes the NFC South title they finally clinched Sunday.

Green breaks Jim Taylor's single-season rushing record
SAN DIEGO -- Green Bay's Ahman Green broke the oldest team single-season rushing record in the NFL on Sunday when he eclipsed Hall of Famer Jim Taylor's mark of 1,474 yards set in 1962.

Left guard to miss final two games
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Starting offensive guard Roberto Garza will miss the Atlanta Falcons' last two games after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in a 38-7 loss at Indianapolis.

Falcons owner plans to talk to Bucs' McKay about GM
INDIANAPOLIS -- Atlanta owner Arthur Blank plans to talk to Tampa Bay's Rich McKay about becoming the Falcons' general manager.

Many rings have had cultural impact

Show takes lively look at enigma of Emily Dickinson
LOS ANGELES -- For those with perhaps a grade school exposure to Emily Dickinson or a wariness about poetry, "Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson" is comfortably akin to Cliffs Notes.

TV networks move quickly to report capture of Saddam
NEW YORK -- Americans awoke Sunday to stunning television pictures from Iraq of a bedraggled, bearded Saddam Hussein in U.S. custody and an exultant U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer proclaiming: "We got him."

Bets placed on 'Survivor' winner months in advance
NEW YORK -- "Survivor" may have a security problem.

Bets placed on 'Survivor' winner months in advance

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Tracy Morgan shaped a sitcom on his own family values
NEW YORK -- Viewers who love Tracy Morgan's new sitcom as well as anyone who isn't so gung-ho can all agree on one thing: It feels mighty familiar.

TV networks move quickly to report capture of Saddam

Liza Minnelli loving life on the small screen
WASHINGTON -- After 40 years in show business, Liza Minnelli is trying something new.

'The Young and the Restless' now in 31st season on CBS
LOS ANGELES -- Victor and Nikki Newman face each other across a table in the Genoa City Athletic Club. The mood is intense.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Spell it i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-a-b-l-e. Wait, that's not right. But however you spell "irresistible," that word aptly describes "Spellbound," a documentary about the National Spelling Bee.

Sandra Diaz-Twine wins $1 million and SUV as final "Survivor"

'The Young and the Restless' now in 31st season on CBS

Tracy Morgan shaped a sitcom on his own family values

Sandra Diaz-Twine wins $1 million and SUV as final "Survivor"
NEW YORK -- In a "Survivor" contest packed with villains and indelible characters, Sandra Diaz-Twine, a mother of two from the Northwest, had the staying power to win the television game.

People in the News

Keiko, of "Free Willy" fame, buried in secret ceremony

Many rings have had cultural impact
Contrary to what Frodo might have said, there is more than just One Ring.

South Carolina's Williams headed to Arizona
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz has reportedly lost another assistant with receivers coach Charlie Williams leaving for Arizona and its new coach Mike Stoops.

South Carolina falls to Temple

South Carolina falls to Temple
PHILADELPHIA -- David Hawkins wants to forget about Temple's late-game collapse that nearly cost the Owls a win. He'd rather focus on the first 32 minutes when Temple played perhaps its best basketball of the year.

South Carolina's Williams headed to Arizona

Iraqi media celebrates Saddam's capture
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- During his 23-year rule of Iraq, Saddam Hussein always had his picture on front pages of its daily newspapers, along with praises of "His Excellency Mr. President, the leader."

Saddam will be accorded POW protections, Rumsfeld says
WASHINGTON -- Saddam Hussein will have protections accorded to prisoners of war as U.S. officials try to press him for information on the insurgency against coalition forces, top defense officials say.

Trial of Saddam Hussein could have unpredictable impact
"When you judge," Saddam Hussein once said, "judge with justice."

Trial of Saddam Hussein could have unpredictable impact
"When you judge," Saddam Hussein once said, "judge with justice."

A raid comes up empty - until soldiers find a suspicious hole and Iraq's most-wanted man

World leaders urge fair trial for Saddam
BERLIN -- As the joy over Saddam Hussein's capture settled, world leaders on Monday said they hoped the arrest would lead to stability in Iraq and called for a fair trial for the deposed Iraqi leader. Australia's leader said he would support the death penalty.

U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam
WASHINGTON - First, find out whether Saddam Hussein knows of any impending guerrilla attacks planned against U.S. troops or Iraqis.

Saddam will be accorded POW protections, Rumsfeld says
WASHINGTON -- Saddam Hussein will have protections accorded to prisoners of war as U.S. officials try to press him for information on the insurgency against coalition forces, top defense officials say.

World leaders urge fair trial for Saddam
BERLIN -- As the joy over Saddam Hussein's capture settled, world leaders on Monday said they hoped the arrest would lead to stability in Iraq and called for a fair trial for the deposed Iraqi leader. Australia's leader said he would support the death penalty.

Iraqi media celebrates Saddam's capture
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- During his 23-year rule of Iraq, Saddam Hussein always had his picture on front pages of its daily newspapers, along with praises of "His Excellency Mr. President, the leader."

U.S. forces capture Saddam

Trial of Saddam Hussein could have unpredictable impact

Col. James Hickey: "We captured High Value Target Number One"

Events in the life of Saddam Hussein

Col. James Hickey: "We captured High Value Target Number One"
ADWAR, Iraq -- American forces began last July to assemble the evidence and intelligence that led to Saddam Hussein's weekend capture in a spider-hole dug into a farmyard near his hometown, the U.S. commander who led the raid said Monday.

Initial focus of Saddam's interrogation will focus on insurgency

Saddam's long fall: From ostentatious palaces to a hole in the ground
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A man who lived in sprawling palaces was pulled from a hole in the dirt. A man who challenged the greatest armies in the world was arrested without firing a shot. A man who embezzled billions of dollars and put his image on every Iraqi bank note was found with a single suitcase of cash - bearing the face of an American, Benjamin Franklin.

U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam

U.S. capitalizes on Saddam's capture, nabbing other regime figures
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein's capture is already reaping dividends for the U.S. military, providing intelligence that allowed U.S. soldiers to capture several top regime figures and uncover rebel cells in the capital, a U.S. general said Monday.

U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam

U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam
WASHINGTON (AP)- First, find out whether Saddam Hussein knows of any impending guerrilla attacks planned against U.S. troops or Iraqis.

Iraqi media celebrates Saddam's capture

U.S. capitalizes on Saddam's capture, nabbing other regime figures

Saddam will be accorded POW protections, Rumsfeld says

U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam
WASHINGTON - First, find out whether Saddam Hussein knows of any impending guerrilla attacks planned against U.S. troops or Iraqis.

Saddam's long fall: From ostentatious palaces to a hole in the ground

Saddam's capture expected to give stock market, dollar a short-term boost

World leaders, ordinary people, greet Saddam Hussein's capture with relief, hope

A huge political weight lifted from Bush

Americans celebrate capture of Saddam, wonder about continued U.S. presence in Iraq

Iraqi media celebrates Saddam's capture

Many Arabs greet news of Saddam's capture with disbelief

Saddam's long fall: From ostentatious palaces to a hole in the ground

U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam

Celebratory gunfire but Iraqis stunned Saddam didn't fight back, see it as stain on Arab honor

Candy bars, hot dogs and dirty dishes in Saddam's hideaway

Saddam's long fall: From ostentatious palaces to a hole in the ground
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A man who lived in sprawling palaces was pulled from a hole in the dirt. A man who challenged the greatest armies in the world was arrested without firing a shot. A man who embezzled billions of dollars and put his image on every Iraqi bank note was found with a single suitcase of cash - bearing the face of an American, Benjamin Franklin.

U.S. forces capture Saddam Hussein near Tikrit
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- American forces captured a bearded Saddam Hussein as he hid in a dirt hole under a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive manhunts in history. The arrest, eight months after the fall of Baghdad, was carried out without a shot fired and was a huge victory for U.S. forces.

U.S. capitalizes on Saddam's capture, nabbing other regime figures
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein's capture is already reaping dividends for the U.S. military, providing intelligence that allowed U.S. soldiers to capture several top regime figures and uncover rebel cells in the capital, a U.S. general said Monday.

World leaders and activists welcome news of Saddam's capture
LONDON -- As celebratory gunfire erupted in Baghdad, America's allies welcomed Saddam Hussein's capture, saying it brought a long-awaited end to the career of a brutal dictator and could mark the beginning of peace in Iraq.

U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam
WASHINGTON (AP)- First, find out whether Saddam Hussein knows of any impending guerrilla attacks planned against U.S. troops or Iraqis.

One option for Saddam: justice before new special tribunal
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. officials said they still haven't decided what to do with Saddam Hussein now that he's been captured, but one option is putting him before a special tribunal established just days ago. A member of Iraq's Governing Council said Saddam would face public trial.

Candy bars, hot dogs and dirty dishes in Saddam's hideaway
ADWAR, Iraq -- The yard was a mess, the laundry wasn't done, the pantry was bare and the only art on the wall was a poster of Noah's Ark.

Events in the life of Saddam Hussein
A glance at the life of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein:

Col. James Hickey: "We captured High Value Target Number One"
ADWAR, Iraq -- American forces began last July to assemble the evidence and intelligence that led to Saddam Hussein's weekend capture in a spider-hole dug into a farmyard near his hometown, the U.S. commander who led the raid said Monday.

Saddam's long fall: From ostentatious palaces to a hole in the ground
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A man who lived in sprawling palaces was pulled from a hole in the dirt. A man who challenged the greatest armies in the world was arrested without firing a shot. A man who embezzled billions of dollars and put his image on every Iraqi bank note was found with a single suitcase of cash - bearing the face of an American, Benjamin Franklin.

Saddam will be accorded POW protections, Rumsfeld says

Celebratory gunfire but Iraqis stunned Saddam didn't fight back, see it as stain on Arab honor
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein should have put up a fight or committed suicide, stunned Iraqis said Sunday after watching images of their fallen leader, haggard and humiliated, in American custody.

World leaders and activists welcome news of Saddam's capture

Iraqis want Saddam tried in Baghdad; human rights group urges POW status
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The interim Iraqi government said Sunday it wants to try Saddam Hussein before a special tribunal, but a human rights group voiced deep concern about the legitimacy of the newly established panel.

World leaders urge fair trial for Saddam

Americans celebrate capture of Saddam, wonder about continued U.S. presence in Iraq
CHICAGO -- First, Americans watched as his statue fell in Baghdad. On Sunday, many celebrated again as news that U.S. forces had captured Saddam Hussein spread across the country.

One option for Saddam: justice before new special tribunal

A huge political weight lifted from Bush
WASHINGTON -- Saddam Hussein's capture lifted a huge political weight from President Bush after months of rising casualties and growing doubts about his handling of Iraq. Around the world, it sent a thundering message of America's resolve to prevail in the war against terrorism.

U.S. forces capture Saddam Hussein near Tikrit

World leaders, ordinary people, greet Saddam Hussein's capture with relief, hope
LONDON -- World leaders expressed delight and relief Sunday at the capture of Saddam Hussein, with supporters and opponents of the Iraq war agreeing the arrest could mark a milestone in the country's journey toward peace.

Trial of Saddam Hussein could have unpredictable impact

A raid comes up empty - until soldiers find a suspicious hole and Iraq's most-wanted man
ADWAR, Iraq -- When darkness fell, the Americans moved into position, 600 of them, from infantrymen to elite special forces. Their target: two houses in this rural village of orange, lemon and palm groves. Someone big was inside, they were told.

Saddam's long fall: From ostentatious palaces to a hole in the ground

Many Arabs greet news of Saddam's capture with disbelief
CAIRO, Egypt -- For many Arabs, the scene on their television screens was inconceivable: one of the Middle East's once mightiest rulers humiliated, dirtied - and in the hands of American soldiers. It was a joy to behold for some, and a shock to those who lionized Saddam Hussein.

U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam

U.S. forces capture Saddam
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Cornered alone in a cramped hole near one of his sumptuous palaces, a weary, disheveled Saddam Hussein was seized by U.S. troops and displayed on television screens worldwide Sunday, a humiliating fate for one of history's most brutal dictators.

Col. James Hickey: "We captured High Value Target Number One"

Initial focus of Saddam's interrogation will focus on insurgency
WASHINGTON -- Saddam Hussein's interrogators are initially focusing on the former Iraqi president's ties to the guerrilla war, pressing him for intelligence about impending attacks and the locations of resistance leaders, U.S. officials said Sunday.

World leaders urge fair trial for Saddam

Saddam's capture expected to give stock market, dollar a short-term boost
NEW YORK -- The capture of Saddam Hussein will give a temporary boost to a Wall Street already bullish after the Dow Jones industrials recently pushed through the 10,000 barrier, analysts said Sunday.

Candy bars, hot dogs and dirty dishes in Saddam's hideaway
ADWAR, Iraq -- The yard was a mess, the laundry wasn't done, the pantry was bare and the only art on the wall was a poster of Noah's Ark.

Last chance to win seat on Lennon bus
We're giving you one more chance to win a day in the digital recording studio of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Failing grades, punishment are in store for students who cheat
The tools of deception can be Kleenex tissues, ID badges or even water bottles. Like master spies, students devise intricate ways to cheat on quizzes, final exams or vocabulary tests, often forgetting the consequences of an easy A.

Xtreme question of the week

Your style
THE FACTS: Alisha Simmons, 16, is a junior at Greenbrier High School.

Lights can cause auto accidents

Xtreme question of the week
Here's this week's question: How late is too late for teens to be out?

Last chance to win seat on Lennon bus

Xtreme calendar
On VHS or DVD: Things get a bit weird when a goody-two-shoes mom and her punk daughter switch places in Freaky Friday, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. Tobey Maguire helps bring the story of the crooked-legged champion racehorse to life in SeaBiscuit, and Sean Connery leads a pack of literary heroes in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

SAT needed to sort college applicants
One recent Saturday morning I was sitting in an uncomfortable chair, my brain cells melting, as I began the SAT. It was too early, too long, too much and too stressful.

Lights can cause auto accidents
It's Christmastime, and I am driving down the road in my tiny, red 1995 Ford Aspire. Different thoughts run through my head: "That car next to me looks like it smells good." "My CD player skips when I hit speed bumps." "Good golly, Miss Molly, my heater is terrible." "I want some french fries." "Oh! Christmas lights ..."

Last-minute design wins contest
When Patrice Parker, 13, heard about a jeans-design contest sponsored by Goody's Family Clothing Store, she was highly interested but short on time.

Failing grades, punishment are in store for students who cheat

Cheating in past could cause hurt in relationship
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My ex-boyfriend and I broke up a month ago, and he does not live in this area. He wants to get back with me, but I wasn't so faithful to him during our time together. Should I tell him that I still care about him and all of the stuff that I've done?

Audio best

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

Cheating in past could cause hurt in relationship

SAT needed to sort college applicants

Odds and Ends

Compensation to family reduces sentence in DUI case