Books can help warm spirit of holidays

Alvin Ailey celebrates 45th year with new work
NEW YORK -- Alvin Ailey dancers always excite, even when the choreography seems to fall into familiar categories.

Bill Irwin's two decades of ageless, sweet-tempered antics
NEW YORK -- The sweet-tempered antics of Bill Irwin are ageless.

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?

Bill Irwin's two decades of ageless, sweet-tempered antics

Once secret Pentagon war plans to go on public view

Books can help warm spirit of holidays
Yuletide past links richly with the present. A merry old-fashioned Santa Claus strides across the red-and-gold cover of The Christmas Almanac (Welcome Books, 2003, $24.95), edited by Natasha Tabori Fried and Lena Tabori. He presides over many other familiar symbols, songs, stories and, yes, recipes, that warm the gilt-edged pages of this festive book.

Alvin Ailey celebrates 45th year with new work

Red Sox, Rangers owners still talking about blockbuster

Red Sox, Rangers owners still talking about blockbuster
NEW ORLEANS -- Red Sox owner John Henry and Rangers owner Tom Hicks are talking again.

Dish up safety at bake sales

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.

Odds and Ends
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Released from prison, Ronald A. Mahner's first mistake was driving back to get his stuff.

Man in Santa suit makes off with loot in bank robbery
LATROBE, Pa. -- Santa can mark himself down as "naughty."

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.

Woman facing misdemeanor charge for selling sex toys
CLEBURNE, Texas -- Joanne Webb intended to spice up marriages and earn extra cash by selling erotic toys.

Business briefs

Rebates are hard to pass up, but tough to recoup

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.

McDonald's sells Donatos Pizzeria

Dollar hits new low against euro

Layaway competes with credit

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

Boeing to build new 7E7 jet, first new design in 13 years
SEATTLE -- The Boeing Co. will proceed with its first new jet design in 13 years, the proposed new fuel-efficient 7E7 Dreamliner, in a bid to regain leadership from European rival Airbus.

Gillette files second lawsuit against Schick

Dollar hits new low against euro
NEW YORK -- The dollar fell to a new low against the euro on Tuesday, amid persisting worries about the overall health of the U.S. economy.

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

Gillette files second lawsuit against Schick
BOSTON -- The Gillette Co. has opened a new front in the battle of the blades, filing a second patent infringement lawsuit against rival Schick-Wilkinson Sword.

Foreign trade deficit off slightly

More companies to hire in first quarter to meet demand
MILWAUKEE -- Employers nationwide are cautiously optimistic about demand for their products and services and plan to hire slightly more workers in the first quarter of the year, according to a survey by staffing company Manpower Inc.

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.

Foreign trade deficit off slightly
WASHINGTON -- The deficit in the nation's broadest measure of foreign trade fell slightly to $135.04 billion this summer after setting an all-time high in the spring, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

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.

Holiday shopping on the weekend was generally brisk

Euro hits fresh record high against U.S. dollar

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.

Business briefs

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.

More companies to hire in first quarter to meet demand

Business briefs
E-Z-Go announced the quality management system at its Augusta plant has achieved the new ISO 9001:2000 designation.

Tort reform not sure to lower costs
ATLANTA - Resuming a dispute that lasted throughout this year's legislative session, health and legal experts clashed Tuesday over whether overhauling Georgia's civil justice system would rein in medical malpractice insurance rates.

Government says technology firms showing healthy signs
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. technology industry is showing healthy growth for the first time since parts of the Internet sector collapsed two years ago, but jobs and wages still are down, the Bush administration says in a new report on the digital economy.

Tort reform not sure to lower costs

Consumer prices dip; industrial production surges, housing sizzles
WASHINGTON --Consumer prices dipped by 0.2 percent in November, pulled down by cheaper gasoline, clothes and airline fares, fresh evidence that inflation isn't a problem even as the economy has shifted into a higher gear. Production at big industry surged, another report released Tuesday showed.

Consumer prices dip; industrial production surges, housing sizzles

Rebates are hard to pass up, but tough to recoup
Robert Oliver Sr. bought a ladder because of the advertised rebate, but so far has been unable to collect the money he's owed. He says he's learned mail-in rebates aren't worth the hassle.

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.

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

Ole Miss unable to fill all Cotton Bowl ticket orders
OXFORD, Miss. -- Instead of receiving Cotton Bowl tickets in the mail, some Mississippi fans who placed an order will be getting a letter stating the tickets were sold out.

Injury alters Lady Jags' plan

Columbus State team mourns death of captain, cancels games indefinitely

Peers mourn fallen player

Lady Jags almost let win escape

Galloway named Atlantic Sun player of the week

Augustan shoots two aces in three weeks

Don't cheat yourself
The all-too-common scenario: A high school student, under great pressure to make the grades necessary to get into the college of his choice, resorts to cheating.

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.

Don't cheat yourself

Choice must be made

Saddam must die

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.

Saddam must die
When hardly anyone knew where Saddam Hussein was these past eight months, he was still blamed for all manner of mischief against the coalition, right or wrong.

No mercy in killing
It's too bad, but words are like toothpaste. Once they're squirted out, it's impossible to put them back in the tube.

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

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.

Stuff to do
Sensitive singer-songwriter Josh Kelly will perform at 7 p.m. Friday in a concert at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. The power pop group Lillix will open. The price for admission is an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Call 722-8341. See Friday's Applause section for an interview.

Ozzy Osbourne's recovery to take six months
LONDON -- Ozzy Osbourne is joking with nurses - asking two to marry him - but will probably take six months to fully recover from his quad bike crash injuries, his wife Sharon said Tuesday.

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.

Rush Limbaugh seeks to keep seized medical records private
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh asked a court Monday to hear his claim that investigators violated his privacy by seizing his medical records and asked that the records not be released.

People in the news
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- "Goooood morning Bagh-dad!" With those words - a play on his 1987 movie "Good Morning Vietnam" - Robin Williams took the outdoor stage at Baghdad International Airport on Tuesday and delivered a barrage of raunchy comedy.

Posters add to club's character
Its name suggests a place specializing in watches, clocks or other objects depicting the time. But once you walk through the doors of the Broad Street nightclub Time Piecez, you realize the name has a different meaning.

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

FTC warns of envelope-stuffing rip-offs

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

High-interest lenders sink soldiers into debt

Alliance, regulators close to a deal, source says

'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.

Stocks end higher on strong economic news
NEW YORK -- Blue chip stocks surged to a strong finish Tuesday as upbeat economic news countered some cautious corporate forecasts. Tech stocks struggled to advance as investors sought profits, but the Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 100 points.

Stocks end higher on strong economic news

Alliance, regulators close to a deal, source says
NEW YORK -- Alliance Capital Management is nearing separate settlements with federal and New York state regulators in an improper mutual fund trading case that could result in a payout of $600 million.

FTC warns of envelope-stuffing rip-offs
WASHINGTON -- The government is warning people about rip-off artists who claim they will pay big bucks for stuffing envelopes at home.

High-interest lenders sink soldiers 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 about as easy as buying a cheeseburger.

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's capture pushes stock prices higher overseas

Make chicken dish with just one pan
Simplicity itself, this one-pan chicken dish makes a meal of down-to-earth good taste with a bonus: low-fat ingredients.

Beef roast makes an easy but impressive entree
If it's your turn to serve the holiday meal, you may want to try this espresso-crusted beef ribeye roast as a variation on a classic beef roast. It's a pleasingly easy entree to make, but it's still impressive to serve.

Messy burgers lead the menu at Squeaky's
Bartender Robbie Golden (second from left) hangs out with customers at Squeaky's Tip Top on Central Avenue. Cheeseburgers are the specialty, but other sandwiches are on the menu.

Make light, creamy tiramisu a Christmas treat
Amid pies, cookies and plum puddings, consider leaving a place on your holiday menus for a cool, creamy year-round favorite: tiramisu.

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.

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.

Yellow Jackets continue rapid climb

Georgia Tech loses Spencer

CSRA Women's Golf Association Jones Creek Golf Club

Another award for Woods

Another award for Woods
Tiger Woods picked up another Player of the Year award Tuesday, and this vote wasn't even close.

Ben Curtis to join European tour

CSRA Women's Golf Association Jones Creek Golf Club
Gross: Goshen def. Houndslake 9-0. Jones Creek def. Green Meadows 8-1. North Augusta def. Cedar Creek 7 1/2 -1 1/2 . West Lake def. Midland Valley 8-0. Woodside def. Tara 6 1/2 -2 1/2 .

Ben Curtis to join European tour
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Ben Curtis is full of surprises. First, he stunned the golf world by winning the British Open in his first major. Ranked 396th in the world, he beat an intimidating collection of stars, including Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.

Prep football notebook

Devils hindered by aching backs

Prep basketball scores

Prep football notebook
Thomson coach Luther Welsh was hospitalized Monday night with chest pains, but Bulldogs defensive coordinator John Barnett said the 71-year-old coach was doing fine and returned home Tuesday afternoon.

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

Capitals top the Thrashers

Capitals top the Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Maxim Ouellet, appearing in his first NHL game in three seasons, made 37 saves for his first NHL shutout and Robert Lang had two goals and two assists to help the Washington Capitals beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-0 Tuesday night.

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.

Do something sweet for family, holiday guests
If you'd like to create an assortment of holiday sweets but don't have the time, don't despair.

Do something sweet for family, holiday guests

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

Fire destroys Augusta apartment
A fire early Wednesday at a south Augusta apartment complex destroyed one apartment and displaced three families, officials say.

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.

Thurmond's illegitimate daughter speaks out
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The 78-year-old daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond and a black maid said Wednesday that now that she has come foward to disclose her heritage, she is finally at peace.

Body found at west Augusta rock quarry
Authorities have found the body of an unidentified person Wednesday afternoon at a west Augusta rock quarry, officials said.

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

Empathizes with Empty Stocking families
This letter is in regard to the articles I have read about the Empty Stocking Fund. I just want to wish these families the best, and I want to let them know that they are not alone. Someone is praying for them. I can feel their pain, being a mother of four who is also out of work, and whose husband is too. Edith Alvarado, Augusta

Our soldiers' sacrifices are not in vain
The debate over whether our cause in Iraq is just rages in the media, with one expert after another shouting to be heard. Since my sons, Robert and Matthew, are serving with the Army in Iraq, I am more sensitive to this current debate. When I see reported on the news only the turmoil instead of the progress being made by the Iraqi people, I feel intense frustration. Even though we have been assured by everyone from our commander in chief on down that our loved ones who sacrifice in the line of duty are "American heroes," I now begin to wonder if the other adage is true that "they did not die in vain." Neal Dillon, Aiken, S.C.

Speaks out against war protesters
The integrity of the people of the United States has almost vanished, especially that of our politicians. I thank God we do have a few politicians with some integrity left - some who love this country more than politics. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

Our soldiers' sacrifices are not in vain

Applauds Augusta Ballet for performance and casting

Empathizes with Empty Stocking families

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.

Living briefs

The Wrights' first flight, in their own words

Game review: 'Prince of Persia' is timeless

FDA debates making morning-after pill over the counter

Scientists agonized over choosing less-than-perfect flu vaccine

First flight witnesses remembered

Prospective students overrun with advice from guidebooks

100 years after first flight, as president considers new course

Living briefs

Seniors calendar

Electronics purchases require advance research

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.

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.

Government buys 375,000 more flu shots
WASHINGTON -- The government on Monday announced the purchase of 375,000 flu shots for adults, scrambling to ease vaccine shortages in what is turning out to be a harsh flu season.

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

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.

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.

FDA debates making morning-after pill over the counter
WASHINGTON -- The maker of a morning-after pill and the nation's largest gynecologists' group asked the government Tuesday to allow emergency contraception to sell without a prescription, saying easier access could slash unplanned pregnancies and abortions.

Living briefs
Barbara Walters Special (Wednesday at 9 p.m., ABC, WJBF-TV, Channel 6). The interviewing maven examines the "most fascinating" of 2003's celebrities, with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nicole Kidman and Martha Stewart making the list.

Game review: 'Prince of Persia' is timeless
Whether it's bumping the wrong button or an ill-timed power outage, I've often wished I could turn back the clock while playing video games.

First flight witnesses remembered
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- Lois Pearce Smith had never seen a portrait of her grandfather in his younger years, never seen the dark hues of his bristly mustache or closely admired the trim fit of his uniform.

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.

Prospective students overrun with advice from guidebooks
Like many high school seniors, Kim Row has waded through scores of books and Internet sites this fall, assessing thousands of colleges and universities.

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.

Disney puts motion sickness bags on Mission: Space ride
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Walt Disney World has begun placing motion sickness bags on its newly opened Mission: Space ride, which recreates the intense experience of a rocket launch, simulating rising g-forces and loss of gravity.

Electronics purchases require advance research
Technology continues to get better and make lives easier. The hard part is figuring out what to buy.

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.

Two minutes with Lynx forward Nick Greenough

Lynx slapshots

Lynx fans say their fond farewells

Lynx fans might have seats back by Friday
If all goes well this week, fans of the Augusta Lynx should be back in the business of heckling visiting players from their seats behind the benches.

Lynx fans might have seats back by Friday

Two minutes with Lynx forward Nick Greenough
Two minutes with #18, Augusta Lynx forward Nick Greenough.

Lynx fans say their fond farewells
The 60-foot-long banner hanging inside Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center said it all for his rabid following of fans - "ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS - KEN TASKER"

Lynx slapshots
Friday: vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 7:35 p.m.

Crowded license office will move to bigger space
With more people clogging the halls of the driver's license office in Columbia County, officials are planning to move the bureau to a larger space next year.

Health problems strain family's holiday
A single mother from Keysville hopes to make Christmas special for her two "beautiful and special" girls.

Man tells of victim's decision in revenge killing

G-8 protesters work on events

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

Expenses of travel result in criticism

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.

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

Case may aid biracial blood ties
AIKEN - If Strom Thurmond Jr. meets the retired Los Angeles school teacher who says she is his father's mixed-race daughter, it will help bury the cultural reluctance to acknowledge blood ties between black and white Southerners, a biographer of the late South Carolina political icon said Tuesday.

Adult bookstore shut down

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jason Wayne Eggers Jr., 1, of Augusta.

Health problems strain family's holiday

Firing on teen has GBI on case

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.

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.

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?

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -Gwinnett County commissioners unanimously approved a broad indoor smoking ban Tuesday.

School celebrates milestone

Body found at west Augusta rock quarry

Kid of the 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.

Rants and raves
IN REGARD TO the article on the teen reporting a rape in the school restroom: I totally beg to differ with the comment made by Mechelle Jordan stating that, "Outside of having two officers stationed at each high school, their presence alone in other things help to ensure safety in Richmond County schools." I totally differ with that. Their presence alone is not enough at the Richmond County schools. We need more involvement from parents and teachers, and the schools do not close at 2:30 p.m., so we need more assistance to help with these situations so that they do not occur.

Schools get F on progress reports

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

Hopeful says it's time for Aiken judge

Pair's defense doubts witness's credibility

News you can use
DEC. 17, 1982 Salaried employees of the city of Augusta are in for an especially tight post-Christmas pinch this year. They'll work two weeks, Dec. 20-31, for only one week's pay - and won't get paid again for an unusually long stretch of three weeks.

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.

ANIC pushes building deadline

Suspect's friend testifies at trial

G-8 protesters work on events
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Opposing sides preparing for the Group of Eight summit have been busy with their Christmas wish lists.

Daughter's first Christmas is mom's priority

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.

Jurors find man guilty of murder
A Richmond County jury rejected claims Tuesday by a murder suspect that he would never hurt anyone, convicting Clifford E. Cooper of robbing and killing an elderly man who was burned alive in his home.

Local pilot flies in Kitty Hawk
Augusta resident Jim Jatho said he just couldn't resist flying to Kitty Hawk, N.C., this week.

Man tells of victim's decision in revenge killing
Marcus Taylor was warned he was about to die in a revenge killing. But he was tired of running, a witness testified Tuesday.

Foundation gives grants to community groups
It was an early Christmas present for 21 community organizations in the Augusta area.

Across South Carolina
YORK -The York County coroner confirmed Tuesday that a 6-year-old boy and a college student both died of influenza.

Efforts target spread of flu
Pediatrician Gary Billingsly's hoarse voice spoke volumes Tuesday: There's definitely something going around, and it is probably not the flu strain that has parents across the country panicked.

Hopeful says it's time for Aiken judge
AIKEN - Clarke McCants wants to change the recent history of Aiken County's circuit court.

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.

Two teens shot in Augusta

Pupils rate teachers on site
AIKEN - According to one of her pupils, South Aiken High School chemistry teacher Beth Beckham "has the tendency to make corny comments" but she "cares about her students."

Efforts target spread of flu

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

Across the area

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.

UGA forestry gift is worth $6.1 million

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

Adult bookstore shut down
An adult bookstore will be forced to close its doors today after 11 months of sales on a highly traveled south Augusta corridor.

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.

Kolb's job is safe - for now
Augusta commissioners will reconvene at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 29 to consider City Administrator George Kolb's work contract.

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.

Billboard regulation action feared illegal
AIKEN - A last-minute push by Aiken County Council members to pass restrictive billboard regulations Tuesday night never made it off the ground for fear the maneuver might be illegal.

Jesse Jackson marches to protest drug sweep
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson led hundreds of marchers carrying signs and chanting slogans Tuesday to protest a school drug sweep in which police with guns drawn ordered students to the floor.

Augusta has history with Wright flight
It was 100 years ago today that the Wright brothers achieved their first sustained flight. And it was nearly seven years after that test that Wilbur Wright came to Augusta.

Rants and raves
IN REGARD TO the article on the teen reporting a rape in the school restroom: I totally beg to differ with the comment made by Mechelle Jordan stating that, "Outside of having two officers stationed at each high school, their presence alone in other things help to ensure safety in Richmond County schools." I totally differ with that. Their presence alone is not enough at the Richmond County schools. We need more involvement from parents and teachers, and the schools do not close at 2:30 p.m., so we need more assistance to help with these situations so that they do not occur.

Disaster training called 'model'

Tax plan may aid textile plant
AIKEN - The Aiken County Council approved a tax incentive plan Tuesday that could mean as much as $300 million of expansion at the Kimberly-Clark textile plant and 200 new jobs during the next 10 years.

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?

Across the area
Two Augusta teenagers were shot early Tuesday while walking through the woods in the Barton Village area, authorities said.

UGA forestry gift is worth $6.1 million
ATLANTA - The daughter of a southeast Georgia man who helped launch the state into the paper pulp industry has donated 1,339 acres of Effingham County land to the University of Georgia, officials said Tuesday.

Fire destroys Augusta apartment

Flashing schoolchildren leads to 15-year sentence

Across South Carolina

News you can use

City settles cleanup lawsuit

Thurmond's illegitimate daughter speaks out

Crowded license office will move to bigger space

Across Georgia

Augusta has history with Wright flight

Jesse Jackson marches to protest drug sweep

Tax plan may aid textile plant

News you can use

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.

Foundation gives grants to community groups

City settles cleanup lawsuit
After months of closed-door negotiations over an inner-city cleanup project, elected officials agreed Tuesday to settle a lawsuit against Atlanta Gas Light Co. - spending $1 in public money for every $1.50 the gas company spends cleaning up property in and around the Augusta Canal.

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

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

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.

The Lord of the Rings' trilogy by the numbers

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

Viggo Mortensen inherited last-minute 'Rings' throne

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

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

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Two singers break musical stereotypes

Two singers break musical stereotypes
NEW YORK -- Watching newcomer Fefe Dobson jumping around onstage to the rhythm of thrashing guitars, she looks like the typical pop-rocker girl, with a tough attitude and sneering voice.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

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.

Herta to return to Andretti Green Racing in 2004
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bryan Herta will return to Andretti Green Racing as the team's fourth driver for the 2004 IRL season.

CART will race again in 2004

Longtime Indianapolis speedway announcer dies at 84
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jim Phillippe, a longtime public address announcer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has died after a long illness. He was 84.

Expert says Saddam trial will be lengthy

Expert says Saddam trial will be lengthy
ATHENS - The capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein likely means the beginning of a lengthy court process, according to a University of Georgia legal expert.

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.

Iverson out Wednesday and Friday, perhaps longer
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson says he definitely won't play Wednesday or Friday because of a swollen right knee, an injury that could keep him sidelined even longer.

The NBA Brings Its Game Back to the Streets on February 10th

Heat fry the Hawks
MIAMI -- Rookie Dwyane Wade shot 15-for-22 and had 32 points and nine assists, leading the Miami Heat to their fourth straight victory - 97-79 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Iverson out Wednesday and Friday, perhaps longer

The NBA Brings Its Game Back to the Streets on February 10th
Warner Home Video will release "NBA Street Series: Ankle Breakers Vol. 1" and "NBA Street Series: Dunks! Vol. 1"

USC Aiken routs Allen
AIKEN - After USC Aiken's 90-33 pounding of Allen University, Erica Larsen said her team was well-rested for tonight's matchup with Fort Valley State.

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.

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.

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.

Lady Jags almost let win escape
AIKEN - With Augusta State holding an eight-point lead with two minutes left, Ernesia Wideman admits her Lady Jaguars let up.

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

McKay hired as Falcons GM

Bradshaw will speak at gala

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Overtime

In the game

Overtime

Justice Department wants dismissal of charges

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.

Overtime
Alex Rodriguez and Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein met with an official from the baseball player's union on Tuesday in Boston to try to move the blockbuster deal for the AL MVP closer to fruition.

In the game
Team Velocity, a local motorcycle racing team, recently completed a successful season.

Justice Department wants dismissal of charges
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is seeking to dismiss the charges against John Kim, the son of powerful International Olympic Committee member Kim Un-yong.

Sweden's Paerson wins World Cup slalom
MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy -- Sweden's Anja Paerson won a slalom Tuesday for her fourth victory this season, extending her lead in the overall World Cup standings.

Prep basketball scores
HARLEM 62, TALIAFERRO 45

Prep basketball scores
NORTH AUGUSTA 83 SILVER BLUFF 47

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.

Bradshaw will speak at gala
Ray Guy and Terry Bradshaw don't get to reminisce as much as they used to.

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.

Vatican opposes death penalty for Saddam
VATICAN CITY -- A top Vatican cardinal said Tuesday he felt compassion for Saddam Hussein after seeing video pictures in which, the prelate claimed, American forces treated the captured Iraqi leader "like a cow."

Many rings have had cultural impact

'Survivor' proves it's still the reality show champ

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

'Survivor' proves it's still the reality show champ
NEW YORK -- In the battle of reality shows, "Survivor" proved it's still the champion.

'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.

Bets placed on 'Survivor' winner months in advance

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

Critical choice

Extras, extras

Posters add to club's character

Ozzy Osbourne's recovery to take six months

People in the news

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 falls to Temple

South Carolina's Williams headed to Arizona

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
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.

Augustan shoots two aces in three weeks
At age 71 and after more than 30 years of playing golf without making a hole-in-one, Augusta resident Melvin Roberts Sr. had given up hope of ever making an ace.

Iraqi media celebrates Saddam's capture

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.

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

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

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.

U.S. officials lay out priorities in quizzing Saddam

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.

Saddam will be accorded POW protections, Rumsfeld says

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

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.

World leaders urge fair trial for 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.

Trial of Saddam Hussein could have unpredictable impact

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."

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.

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.

Failing grades, punishment are in store for students who cheat

Last chance to win seat on Lennon bus

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

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

Lights can cause auto accidents

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.

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:

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 ..."

Cheating in past could cause hurt in relationship

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.

SAT needed to sort college applicants

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.

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?

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.

Audio best

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.

Xtreme question of the week

Odds and Ends

Man in Santa suit makes off with loot in bank robbery

Odds and Ends