Five show-biz veterans hit the road in 'Nunsense'
NEW YORK -- The lunchtime conversation zigs and zags - and the topics range from J. Fred Muggs to Mother Teresa to Hugh Jackman to the tribulations of touring.

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

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.

Books can help warm spirit of holidays

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

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

Five show-biz veterans hit the road in 'Nunsense'

Red Sox, Rangers owners still talking about blockbuster

Franco re-signs with Mets

Franco re-signs with Mets
NEW YORK -- Reliever John Franco re-signed with the New York Mets on Wednesday for his 15th season with the club.

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

Graysan Clark Russell

Halley Ann Rickerson
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rickerson, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a daughter, Halley Ann Rickerson, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pearre Sr., of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Buford Rickerson, of Grovetown.

Charles Griffith Pyles
Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Pyles, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Charles Griffith Pyles, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Griffith, of Columbia, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Pyles, of Atlanta.

Melanie Beth Reed
Steven and Mary Ann Reed, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Melanie Beth Reed, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Galan and Lorraine Rogers and Lynn and Delilah Reed, all of Burley, Idaho.

Dawson Christian Mayson

Caleb Gage Avret
Jeffrey A. and Karissa E. Avert, both of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Caleb Gage Avret, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Paul Fort, of Augusta, Richard and Mary Bryant, of Harlem, and Odell and Rachel Avret, of Grovetown.

Caroline Grace Plowman

Landyn Ryan Geisler

Tajanaie Elaine Ruffin
Wallace L. Ruffin Jr., of Fayetteville, S.C. and LaToya Lakita DeQuair, of New Orleans, announce the birth of a daughter, Tajanaie Elaine Ruffin, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dolores DeQuair, of New Orleans and John and Debra Morning, of Fayetteville, S.C.

Macy Jordan Icenhour

McKenzie Leigh Thompson
Charles E. Thompson IV and Angela R. Thompson, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, McKenzie Leigh Thompson, Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Glover, of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thompson III, of Martinez.

McKenzie Leigh Thompson

Allison Rose Roberts

Melanie Beth Reed

Taylor Nichole Wright

Charles Griffith Pyles

Madison Nicole Wells

Madison Nicole Wells
Jeremy R. and Jaclynn F. Wells, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Nicole Wells, Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Bilinda F. Fort and Jerry A. and Kelly D. Wells, all of Augusta and Timothy G. Wells, of Arlington, Va.

Caroline Grace Plowman
Jamie and Kari Plowman, of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Caroline Grace Plowman, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lon Klusmannn, of Dacula, Ga. and Dr. and Mrs. Kent Plowman, of Martinez.

Allison Rose Roberts
Mr. and Mrs. E. Jason Roberts, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Allison Rose Roberts, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Altemose, of Effort, Pa., Bill Roberts, of Summerfield, Fla. and Sandra Kelley, of Stroudsburg, Pa.

Graysan Clark Russell
Clark A. and Kathryn M. Russell, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Graysan Clark Russell, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mieko Mullikin, of Martinez, Allen and Susan Russell, of Augusta and the late Chester R. Mullikin.

Cole Meredith Mitchell
Mr. and Mrs. Shannon M. Mitchell, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Cole Meredith Mitchell, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keller, of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mitchell, of Augusta.

Dawson Christian Mayson
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher O. Mayson, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Dawson Christian Mayson, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hugh G. Jones Jr., of Harlem, and Mr. and Mrs. Harling Mayson, of North Augusta.

Taylor Nichole Wright
Gary L. and Tracy L. Wright, both of Appling, announce the birth of a daughter, Taylor Nichole Wright, Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Steven L. Halbert, of Appling, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cooper, of Asheville, N.C. and the late Larry W. Wright.

Kellen Layne and Irish Peyton Miles
Leslie W. and Kimberly E. Miles, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son and daughter, Kellen Layne Miles and Irish Peyton Miles, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Rodney and Cleo Taylor, of Kingsport, Tenn. Evelyn Miles, of North Augusta and the late Charlie B. Miles.

Cole Meredith Mitchell

Macy Jordan Icenhour
Ron and Paige Icenhour, of Clearwater, announce the birth of a daughter, Macy Jordan Icenhour, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tony Tipton, of Beech Island and Mr. and Mrs. David Icenhour, of Clearwater.

Tajanaie Elaine Ruffin

Halley Ann Rickerson

Kellen Layne and Irish Peyton Miles

Landyn Ryan Geisler
Ryan and April Geisler, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Landyn Ryan Geisler, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Williams, of Langley, Jan Price, of Clearwater, and Tim and Jeanie Geisler, of Grovetown.

Kayla Nicole Evans

Kayla Nicole Evans
Michael and Amanda Evans, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Kayla Nicole Evans, Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Anna Lane, of North Augusta, Michael Highland, Janis Evans and Mr. and Mrs. David Evan, all of Augusta.

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

Odds and Ends
NEW CITY, N.Y. -- The Grinch stole Christmas, and now someone has stolen the Grinch.

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

Cell phone call costs NFL player $30,000
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn was fined $30,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for making a choreographed cell-phone call in the end zone to celebrate a touchdown.

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.

Sheffield-Yankees deal finalized
NEW YORK -- Gary Sheffield already is bracing for it.

Former Brave Eddie Perez rejoins team
ATLANTA -- Eddie Perez, backup catcher for the Atlanta Braves in seven division-winning seasons, agreed to a two-year contract on Wednesday to rejoin the team.

Former Brave Eddie Perez rejoins team

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

Foreign trade deficit off slightly

FCC approves new frequency for intelligent highway systems
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators approved a step Wednesday toward developing smart highways, where warning signals automatically transmitted to drivers can prevent traffic accidents.

Cap jury awards, some say
Paul Webster says he spends about a third of his workday practicing what he calls "defensive medicine."

Gillette files second lawsuit against Schick

Missed deadline will equal fines
For the first time since a taxpayer-funded construction project got off the ground in the Laney-Walker business district, its owner - the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. - has set a firm deadline for completion and strict penalties if that deadline is missed.

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

Cap jury awards, some say

More companies to hire in first quarter to meet demand

Dollar hits new low against euro

Saab will add midsize SUV to North American lineup
DETROIT -- Saab Automobile AB, continuing a product offensive, plans to add a midsize sports utility vehicle to its all-car lineup, the Swedish automaker said Wednesday.

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.

Business briefs
Bank shareholders to get 2-for-1 split

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dollar drops against euro, gold rises in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar fell against most major currencies and continued its record decline against the euro in European trading Wednesday. The euro has risen nearly 18 percent against the U.S. currency this year.

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.

Missed deadline will equal fines

U.S. reaches free trade agreement
WASHINGTON -- Overcoming a last-minute snag on textiles, the United States reached a free trade agreement on Wednesday with four Central American countries.

Dollar drops against euro, gold rises in Europe

Tort reform not sure to lower costs

Rebates are hard to pass up, but tough to recoup

Business briefs

Clemson falls to Cincinnati

Clemson falls to Cincinnati
CINCINNATI -- By the head coach's exacting standards, No. 16 still isn't tough enough. By most other measures, the unbeaten Bearcats are a handful.

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.

Going bowling
The GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., pits Louisville (9-3) against Miami of Ohio (12-1), 7:30, ESPN2.

Lady Jags almost let win escape

Gerald withdraws from South Carolina

Augusta State barely beats Allen

Augustan shoots two aces in three weeks

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.

Is the left nuts?
In a Saturday Night Live skit just hours before the capture of Saddam Hussein became public knowledge, a faux Al Gore "endorsed" a faux Howard Dean for president because Dean understood that George W. Bush was the "worst" leader in history. Hitler was No. 3 on the list; Nixon was apparently No. 2.

Trips a good investment
Richmond County Board of Education member Johnny Hatney was right to challenge several of his board colleagues and School Superintendent Charles Larke for spending money out of the school district's tight general fund to travel to Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

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.

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.

Don't cheat yourself

Saddam must die

Is the left nuts?

Florida attraction could reopen under new management
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cypress Gardens, the venerable Florida attraction known for its water ski shows and Southern belles, could reopen by spring under new management, officials said Tuesday.

'Rings' fans sing praises of trilogy's final installment
NEW YORK -- One of the stars of the "Lord of the Rings" movies is Gollum, an emotionally conflicted goblin - but fans were anything but two-minded as they left early screenings of the trilogy's final installment early Wednesday.

Top 5 in entertainment
Here are the top five TV shows, films, records, concerts and videos.

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.

Journalist Hunter S. Thompson recovering from broken leg
HONOLULU -- Journalist Hunter S. Thompson is recovering but faces surgery after breaking his leg in a fall at his Waikiki hotel, his wife said Tuesday.

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
NEW YORK -- Gretchen Mol will be Broadway's new merry murderess, Roxie Hart, in 2004.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

FTC warns of envelope-stuffing rip-offs

Oil Prices at highest level since Iraq war
NEW YORK - Oil prices in New York soared Wednesday to heights not seen since immediately before the war in Iraq, jumping as much as 3 percent to near $34 a barrel after government data indicated crude inventories dwindled to the lowest level ever recorded in the month of December.

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

Natural gas prices surge this winter
WASHINGTON -- Residential heating costs, already expected to be higher this winter than last, could take another jump after natural gas prices soared by nearly 50 percent within the past three weeks.

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.

Stocks end mixed on weak dollar, earnings news
NEW YORK -- Stocks ended mixed Wednesday as sluggish earnings from Circuit City Stores Inc. and FedEx Corp. prompted investors to cash in some gains from the previous session's big rally. A weak dollar also pressured shares.

Natural gas prices surge this winter

Stocks end mixed on weak dollar, earnings news

Putnam fires nine more over market timing

NYSE splitting chairman, CEO roles

High-interest lenders sink soldiers into debt

Putnam fires nine more over market timing
BOSTON -- Putnam Investments has fired nine more employees for alleged improper trading, the fund company disclosed in a letter to shareholders announcing the results of its internal investigation into market timing.

NYSE splitting chairman, CEO roles
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators, responding to a pay scandal at the New York Stock Exchange, approved an overhaul of the exchange Wednesday after the NYSE agreed to split its top executive positions to avoid concentrating excessive power in one person.

Orbitz stock trades heavily in roller-coaster debut

Alliance, regulators close to a deal, source says

Orbitz stock trades heavily in roller-coaster debut
CHICAGO -- Orbitz Inc. made a roller-coaster debut as a publicly traded company Wednesday - its shares initially surging 18 percent and then falling back in heavy volume that underscored investors' revived interest in IPOs.

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.

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.

Oil Prices at highest level since Iraq war

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.

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.

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.

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.

CKE touts 'low-carb' burger; dietitians warn of high fat content

CKE touts 'low-carb' burger; dietitians warn of high fat content
ST. LOUIS -- Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains consider it thinking outside the bun - capitalizing on America's low-carbohydrate craze, they're launching a bunless, lettuce-wrapped burger with just a handful of carbs.

Yellow Jackets dominate Bulldogs
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech lived up to its No. 5 ranking in the first half of Wednesday night's game with Alabama A&M. That was more than enough against the overwhelmed and timid Bulldogs.

Yellow Jackets dominate Bulldogs

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.

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 .

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

Another award for Woods

CSRA Women's Golf Association Jones Creek Golf Club

Ben Curtis to join European tour

Hawkinsville carries belief in 'No. 1 defense'

Prep football notebook

Hawkinsville carries belief in 'No. 1 defense'
Hawkinsville defensive end Charles Johnson has all the tools to be successful.

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.

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.

Capitals top the Thrashers

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

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

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

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.

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 in rock quarry is identified
Authorities have identified a woman whose body was found dumped along a rock quarry in Augusta on Wednesday, and they are asking for the public's help in finding another woman wanted for questioning.

Our soldiers' sacrifices are not in vain

Editorial restores faith in humanity
Regarding your Thanksgiving Day editorial on Nov. 27, "The texture of gratitude": Arnold J. Throckmorton, Hephzibah, Ga.

A gift of thanks for Sheriff Strength
The Immaculate Conception School Boosters Club parks cars on the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church's parking lots for functions at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and the Bell Auditorium. James L. McLeod, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is the director of development at the Immaculate Conception School.)

Women's Right to Know bill based on lie

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.

Start investing in the rest of Augusta

Empathizes with Empty Stocking families

Editorial restores faith in humanity

Women's Right to Know bill based on lie
Regarding Vern J. Simon's Dec. 10 letter, "Planned Parenthood fights Women's Right to Know bill": Mary Beth Pierucci, 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.

A gift of thanks for Sheriff Strength

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

Start investing in the rest of Augusta
Why is there a debate about where to put the proposed Augusta sports arena? It seems obvious that the old Regency Mall site is the best option. Bo H. Handy, Augusta

30,000-year-old figurines give glimpse at early man

First flight witnesses remembered

Taiwan reports first SARS case in five months

Living briefs

Flu outbreak doesn't stop children, parents from visiting Santa

Electronics purchases require advance research

Photo with Santa, new sweater - pets get family treatment for holidays

Game review: 'Prince of Persia' is timeless

Health and fitness calendar

Prospective students overrun with advice from guidebooks

What to do when the flu hits children?

FDA debates making morning-after pill over the counter

Holiday birthday is a blessings and curse

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.

30,000-year-old figurines give glimpse at early man
Small figurines carved from mammoth ivory more than 30,000 years ago have been discovered in a cave in Germany. Among the earliest undisputed artworks ever found, they are providing new clues into the migration and religious beliefs of early humans.

Holiday birthday is a blessings and curse
When Mitch Quarles, of Augusta, makes the holiday rounds from house to house next week, he's sure a birthday cake with his name on it will pop up somewhere.

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.

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.

Taiwan reports first SARS case in five months
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan reported its first SARS case in five months on Wednesday - a scientist who allegedly ignored World Health Organization safety rules and worked with spilled virus samples without wearing a protective gown and gloves, officials said.

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

Emergency rooms inundated with flu sufferers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sniffling, achy people suffering from the flu are crowding hospital emergency rooms around the country, creating long waits in the ER and frustrating doctors who can do little more than treat the symptoms.

What to do when the flu hits children?
WASHINGTON -- It can be hard to tell when a child's flu is bad enough to go to the emergency room or doctor's office - or whether toughing it out, perhaps with some physician phone advice, is enough.

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

Flu outbreak doesn't stop children, parents from visiting Santa
OMAHA, Neb. -- A severe flu outbreak blamed in the deaths of at least 20 children isn't keeping some parents from taking their youngsters on the annual visit to Santa Claus.

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.

Photo with Santa, new sweater - pets get family treatment for holidays
AP Graphic HOLIDAY PET GIFTS

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.

First report of blood donor and recipient dying of mad cow disease
LONDON -- The British government reported on Wednesday a patient died of the human form of mad cow disease after a blood transfusion from an infected donor - the first time such a connection has been reported.

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.

Lynx slapshots

Two minutes with Lynx forward Nick Greenough

Lynx fans say their fond farewells

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

Lynx fans might have seats back by Friday

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

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 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.

Fire destroys Augusta apartment

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Body found at west Augusta rock quarry

Murder-for-hire case ready for deliberation
Jurors will be asked to decide this afternoon whether they have become convinced this week that Lorenzo Lindsey hired John Lawton to kill an Augusta man.

Adult bookstore shut down

Police gather property of Jefferson coroner
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Authorities have seized two computers, a stack of paperwork and four death certificates in an ongoing investigation of Jefferson County Coroner Johnny Nelson, according to search warrants obtained Wednesday.

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

Police seek identity of body
Authorities were trying Wednesday evening to identify the body of a woman found at a west Augusta rock quarry, officials said.

Florida firm to assume control of Augusta YDC
The operation of the Augusta YDC is about to change hands again.

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.

Officials to meet on state budget
The continued lean times at the state level are expected to dominate discussions today between Columbia County's legislative delegation and local officials.

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.

Mayor questions organization's use of state money
Augusta Mayor Bob Young hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday questioning the expenditures of the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. and criticizing the financial stewardship of its oversight agency.

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

Morning blaze guts apartment; residents of complex unharmed
A Wednesday morning fire at a south Augusta apartment complex destroyed one apartment and displaced three families, officials say.

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.

Health problems strain family's holiday

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.

Augusta has history with Wright flight

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.

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.

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

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

Thurmond's illegitimate daughter speaks out

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

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.

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

Jesse Jackson marches to protest drug sweep

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.

City settles cleanup lawsuit

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.

School reaches all goals
AIKEN - Ridge Spring-Monetta High School's small student body helped it look impressively big Wednesday in the eyes of South Carolina Department of Education officials.

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."

Teachers love gifts from pupils' hearts
If you're aiming for an F in teacher gift-giving, send a mug or apple ornament to school with your child.

City of Grovetown shines brightest

Thurmond's biracial daughter speaks to media
COLUMBIA - Essie Mae Washington-Williams told the world Wednesday her father was deceased South Carolina legend Strom Thurmond, a secret she said she held to protect his political career.

Florida firm to assume control of Augusta YDC

Across the area
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy who shot a 16-year-old boy last weekend has been placed on administrative duty until a state investigation is complete, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Wednesday.

Murder-for-hire case ready for deliberation

Surgeons' gift to aid MCG
Joseph M. Still already has a burn center named after him at Doctors Hospital but soon there will be a chair with his name on it.

Across the area

Armed Services chairman to visit
A top congressional official will visit Fort Gordon today, a visit that will help Augusta as it looks to stave off base closure in 2005, officials say.

Mayor questions organization's use of state money

Students ready to work to recoup lost funds
ATLANTA - Some Georgia college students are looking for part-time jobs and reconsidering their summer plans as momentum gathers behind a proposal to remove book and fee allowances from the HOPE scholarship.

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Man tells of victim's decision in revenge killing

Armed Services chairman to visit

Crowded license office will move to bigger space

Thurmond's biracial daughter speaks to media

UGA forestry gift is worth $6.1 million

Police gather property of Jefferson coroner

Across the area

Students ready to work to recoup lost funds

Hopeful says it's time for Aiken judge

Teachers love gifts from pupils' hearts

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.

Fire destroys Augusta apartment

G-8 protesters work on events

Kid of the day

Foundation gives grants to community groups

School reaches all goals

Across South Carolina

Family struggles to provide for two sons

Efforts target spread of flu

Rants and raves
I CERTAINLY AGREE that the Academy of Richmond County's mascot's name should not be embroidered on the girls' basketball shorts. It should be embroidered across their (chests) just like volleyball and soccer - so it is clearly visible as they jog down the court and does not distract the boys.

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.

News you can use
DEC. 19, 1985 Henry T. Armstrong of Boy Scout Troop 504 has been named Scoutmaster of the year for the Metami District of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 504 is sponsored by Tabernacle Baptist Church.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ja'Quez Demontray Redfield, 3, of Hephzibah.

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
I CERTAINLY AGREE that the Academy of Richmond County's mascot's name should not be embroidered on the girls' basketball shorts. It should be embroidered across their (chests) just like volleyball and soccer - so it is clearly visible as they jog down the court and does not distract the boys.

Tax plan may aid textile plant

City of Grovetown shines brightest
The small town of Grovetown is once again shining in a big way this Christmas season.

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

Family struggles to provide for two sons
A Wrens, Ga., woman with two children is seeking help this holiday.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
WESTMINSTER - A man and his stepson have died in an early morning fire while three other family members escaped the blaze.

Across Georgia
STATESBORO - The Statesboro City Council approved a ban on smoking in most public places Tuesday over protests from some in a community where tobacco farming is prevalent.

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.

At the Movies: 'Mona Lisa Smile'
Blindly following society's edicts and becoming a housewife is bad. Thinking for yourself and following your own path is good.

At the Movies: 'Mona Lisa Smile'

DA announces intention to file Jackson charges, hires PR firm

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.

DA announces intention to file Jackson charges, hires PR firm
LOS ANGELES -- Santa Barbara County prosecutors said they will file charges in the molestation case against Michael Jackson on Thursday or Friday, and they have hired a public relations firm to handle the expected crush of news media inquiries.

NASCAR's Rookie of the Year

NASCAR changing for new sponsors

NASCAR changing for new sponsors
ATLANTA - There are signs of change all over the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

CART buyers expect at least 15 races in 2004

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.

NASCAR's Rookie of the Year
ATLANTA - Jamie McMurray didn't win a race during his rookie season on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. No, he won his first race before he was a rookie.

Interview with Kasey Kahne
Twenty-three-year-old Kasey Kahne will step into some big shoes in 2004 when he takes over for Bill Elliott on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. He also will drive for Winder, Ga., businessman Brad Akins on the NASCAR Busch Series. He talked about how everything fell into place to land two premier jobs at the same time.

Interview with Kasey Kahne

CART buyers expect at least 15 races in 2004
INDIANAPOLIS -- The buyers of Championship Auto Racing Teams expressed confidence Wednesday that they can quickly bring the CART open-wheel series out of bankruptcy and run the 2004 season with at least 15 races and 18 cars.

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
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.

Expert says Saddam trial will be lengthy

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.

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"

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

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.

Report: Mourning to receive kidney transplant Friday
MIAMI -- Less than a month after retiring from the NBA, Alonzo Mourning is scheduled to undergo kidney transplant surgery Friday in New York, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Iverson out Wednesday and Friday, perhaps longer

Gerald withdraws from South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina guard Jarod Gerald has left the team and withdrawn from school, coach Dave Odom says.

Augusta State barely beats Allen
AIKEN - Sometimes you snooze, but don't lose. Take Augusta State, for instance.

Solid shooting sinks USC Aiken
AIKEN - After a four-point loss to Augusta State on Tuesday night, Fort Valley State coach Lonnie Bartley decided to change his approach.

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.

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.

Phillips hopes players regain focus

Bradshaw will speak at gala

Certain performances give fantasy owners room to cheer

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The Georgia Lottery at 10 years a victim of its success
GEORGIA GOV. Sonny Perdue is preoccupied with saving the state lottery. Begun 10 years ago, the lottery is a victim of its success and of the excessive generosity of Georgia politicians. Many more students than anticipated receive HOPE scholarships - over 50 percent of high school graduates - so that the program is now more of an entitlement than a scholarship.

The Georgia Lottery at 10 years a victim of its success
GEORGIA GOV. Sonny Perdue is preoccupied with saving the state lottery. Begun 10 years ago, the lottery is a victim of its success and of the excessive generosity of Georgia politicians. Many more students than anticipated receive HOPE scholarships - over 50 percent of high school graduates - so that the program is now more of an entitlement than a scholarship.

In the game

In the game spotlight

Overtime

Austria's Hosp wins her first slalom

Old foes to square off for holiday event

Overtime

Justice Department wants dismissal of charges

Couple dedicate long hours to Team Velocity

Blatter accuses rich clubs of 'despicable' recruiting
LONDON -- The head of soccer's governing body accused rich European teams of robbing poor countries of their best young players.

Old foes to square off for holiday event
Are you a soccer has-been?

In the game spotlight
Today's In the game spotlight falls on Reese Glisson, 14, of Evans.

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.

Couple dedicate long hours to Team Velocity
Chuck and Cindy Ivey describe in great detail the hard work and the long hours and the financial commitment it takes to run a motorcycle racing team.

Overtime
Ohio State investigators found no evidence of academic misconduct by suspended star tailback Maurice Clarett or other athletes.

Austria's Hosp wins her first slalom
MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy -- Austria's Nicole Hosp was the fastest skier in both runs and won her first World Cup slalom race Wednesday.

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

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.

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.

Prep basketball scores
NORTH AUGUSTA 83 SILVER BLUFF 47

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

Certain performances give fantasy owners room to cheer
This is what you all have been waiting for: Championship Week.

Phillips hopes players regain focus
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- With the Atlanta Falcons enduring so many distractions in the last week, interim head coach Wade Phillips tried Wednesday to help his players focus on football.

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."

French President wants law banning Islamic head scarves in public schools
PARIS -- French President Jacques Chirac said Wednesday he will ask parliament to pass a law banning Islamic head scarves and other religious insignia in public schools, a dramatic and potentially explosive move aimed at shoring up the nation's secular tradition.

Rerun networks TV Land and Nick at Nite are developing new series
NEW YORK -- TV Land and Nick at Nite, for which time has always stood still, say they will start producing new series for the first time.

NBC's Olympics guru, Dick Ebersol, signed through 2012
NEW YORK -- NBC Sports has locked up its Olympics guru, Dick Ebersol, in a new contract that keeps him at the network through 2012, or five more Olympic games.

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

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

CNBC names Seigenthaler to replace Williams on CNBC news program
NEW YORK -- NBC News anchorman John Seigenthaler will replace Brian Williams at the helm of CNBC's nightly broadcast, "The News," starting in January, the network said Tuesday.

NBC's Olympics guru, Dick Ebersol, signed through 2012

Posters add to club's character

Critical choice

Journalist Hunter S. Thompson recovering from broken leg

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Ozzy Osbourne's recovery to take six months

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'Rings' fans sing praises of trilogy's final installment

Georgia awaits pro decisions from players

Pollack still undecided, Davis says he's staying
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive end David Pollack weighed the pros and cons, consulted with his family and an NFL draft advisory board, then finally decided whether to stay for his senior season.

Pollack still undecided, Davis says he's staying

Georgia awaits pro decisions from players
ATHENS, Ga. - If Georgia's football players know who among them is going to leave school early for the NFL, they're doing a masterful job of keeping it a secret.

Lou Holtz says he is taking over offense from his son

Lou Holtz says he is taking over offense from his son
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said Thursday he is taking over the offense from his son, Skip, after the Gamecocks finished another disappointing 5-7 season.

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.

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Odds and Ends

Man in Santa suit makes off with loot in bank robbery

Cell phone call costs NFL player $30,000