Richard Dreyfuss to headline London production of 'The Producers'

Marquette University to obtain more Tolkien material
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University, which already owns the original manuscript of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," says it is now acquiring a major collection of secondary sources about the author.

Viewers squint at portrait for a Ventura Code
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Chalk it up to "The Da Vinci Code," but folks in Minnesota's Capitol are squinting for hidden meanings in a new portrait of ex-Gov. Jesse Ventura.

Actor Paul Newman's 'prank' proves profitable

George Washington portrait tours America

Actor Paul Newman's 'prank' proves profitable
It all began as a lark. A famous actor and a cantankerous writer, a bucket of beer at their side, mixing a potion with a wood paddle in a barn.

George Washington portrait tours America
OKLAHOMA CITY -- America's first president stands tall in understated black, a controlled expression on his face and one arm outstretched as if beckoning to future generations.

George Washington portrait tours America
OKLAHOMA CITY -- America's first president stands tall in understated black, a controlled expression on his face and one arm outstretched as if beckoning to future generations.

Richard Dreyfuss to headline London production of 'The Producers'
LONDON -- Richard Dreyfuss will star in the London production of "The Producers," the Mel Brooks musical that made Broadway history two years ago by winning a record 12 Tony Awards.

Viewers squint at portrait for a Ventura Code

Actor Paul Newman's 'prank' proves profitable
It all began as a lark. A famous actor and a cantankerous writer, a bucket of beer at their side, mixing a potion with a wood paddle in a barn.

Marquette University to obtain more Tolkien material

George Washington portrait tours America

Rock 'n' roll, Christmas don't mix

Odds and Ends
NAPLES, Fla. -- A suspect in jewelry heist got caught after he tried to get away - in the sheriff's car.

Toadfish mating call gives clues to fighting human muscular diseases
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The love song of the lonely toadfish is giving scientists new insight on fighting human muscular diseases.

Toadfish mating call gives clues to fighting human muscular diseases
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The love song of the lonely toadfish is giving scientists new insight on fighting human muscular diseases.

Odds and Ends
NAPLES, Fla. -- A suspect in jewelry heist got caught after he tried to get away - in the sheriff's car.

Braves sign Alfonseca

Braves sign Alfonseca
ATLANTA -- Free-agent reliever Antonio Alfonseca agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Braves sign Alfonseca
ATLANTA -- Free-agent reliever Antonio Alfonseca agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Jobless claims fall sharply last week

Nova BioGenetics subregisters three companies

Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us battle for holiday sales
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The annual holiday wars between the nation's two largest toy sellers is well under way. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys "R" Us Inc. are cutting prices and deploying brigades of Barbie and Elmo dolls as they joust for market share.

Genesee & Wyoming to Acquire Railroads from Georgia-Pacific Corp.

Study finds billions in fee overcharges
ATLANTA - Consumers who borrow from payday lenders are overcharged an estimated $3.4 billion yearly, according to a study by a coalition of buyer-protection groups. But the trade association for the payday loan industry rebuts the study and notes that borrowers are aware of the costs.

Nova BioGenetics subregisters three companies
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2003--Nova BioGenetics (OTC Bulletin Board: NVBG) announces it has sub-registered ANABEC Inc., Kor-Chem, Inc., and WorldCHEM products with the US EPA.

Business briefs

Genesee & Wyoming to Acquire Railroads from Georgia-Pacific Corp.
GREENWICH, Conn., and ATLANTA -- Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Georgia-Pacific Corp. (NYSE: GP) and Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) (NYSE: GWR) today announced they have signed an agreement for GWI to acquire three short- line railroads from Georgia-Pacific for $55.6 million.

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

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

Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us battle for holiday sales
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The annual holiday wars between the nation's two largest toy sellers is well under way. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys "R" Us Inc. are cutting prices and deploying brigades of Barbie and Elmo dolls as they joust for market share.

Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us battle for holiday sales

FutureCall closes its headquarters
FutureCall has officially closed its Colorado Springs, Colo., headquarters, and the future of its Stevens Creek Road facility is in question.

Euro continues climb, hits new high against dollar

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Multimedia PCs still not at home in the living room

Genesee & Wyoming to Acquire Railroads from Georgia-Pacific Corp.
GREENWICH, Conn., and ATLANTA -- Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Georgia-Pacific Corp. (NYSE: GP) and Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) (NYSE: GWR) today announced they have signed an agreement for GWI to acquire three short- line railroads from Georgia-Pacific for $55.6 million.

Study finds billions in fee overcharges

Business briefs

Study finds billions in fee overcharges
ATLANTA - Consumers who borrow from payday lenders are overcharged an estimated $3.4 billion yearly, according to a study by a coalition of buyer-protection groups. But the trade association for the payday loan industry rebuts the study and notes that borrowers are aware of the costs.

Multimedia PCs still not at home in the living room

FutureCall closes its headquarters
FutureCall has officially closed its Colorado Springs, Colo., headquarters, and the future of its Stevens Creek Road facility is in question.

Nova BioGenetics subregisters three companies
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2003--Nova BioGenetics (OTC Bulletin Board: NVBG) announces it has sub-registered ANABEC Inc., Kor-Chem, Inc., and WorldCHEM products with the US EPA.

Nova BioGenetics subregisters three companies

Euro continues climb, hits new high against dollar
BERLIN -- The euro reached a fresh all-time high against the U.S. dollar Thursday, climbing to $1.2436 as it pursued a relentless rise rooted in concerns about the U.S. budget and trade deficits.

Genesee & Wyoming to Acquire Railroads from Georgia-Pacific Corp.

Jobless claims fall sharply last week
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that businesses are feeling more confident in the economic recovery and less inclined to hand out pink slips to workers.

Study finds billions in fee overcharges

Federal regulators seeking fines from former Freddie Mac executives
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators on Thursday filed administrative charges seeking a total $8.4 million in fines and the recovery of millions more in severance benefits from two ousted top executives of Freddie Mac for their role in the mortgage giant's $5 billion accounting scandal.

Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us battle for holiday sales

Bush plan to cut deficit ignores long-term budget crunch, critics say
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's goal of halving this year's projected $500 billion deficit by 2009 distracts from the more serious crunch the government faces later as the huge baby boom generation ages, critics say.

Lady Tigers get close road win
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Senior Lakeia Stokes and sophomore Julie Talley combined for 51 points to lead Clemson to a 79-75 victory over Youngstown State on Friday night.

Lady Tigers get close road win
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Senior Lakeia Stokes and sophomore Julie Talley combined for 51 points to lead Clemson to a 79-75 victory over Youngstown State on Friday night.

Lady Tigers get close road win

Pacers look good in loss

Jaguars welcome holiday time off

In focus

UConn women earn school's 600th win

Tale of 2 administrators
If you want to see an idyllic relationship between a city manager and elected officials, then look to Aiken. For a flawed relationship look to Augusta, where administrator George Kolb is just one vote shy of being terminated.

Tale of 2 administrators

Help out or stay out
If there's a 2003 award for "telling it like it is," then Iraqi's interim foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, should win it hands down.

Tale of 2 administrators
If you want to see an idyllic relationship between a city manager and elected officials, then look to Aiken. For a flawed relationship look to Augusta, where administrator George Kolb is just one vote shy of being terminated.

Help out or stay out

Help out or stay out

Another big score
For many around the world, Augusta is the center of the golf universe.

Insanity
Unbelievable. A psychotic man who nearly assassinated a president - and did, in fact, permanently maim a close presidential aide - is given permission by a federal judge to roam freely in the same neighborhood where another president and his White House aides live.

Insanity

Help out or stay out
If there's a 2003 award for "telling it like it is," then Iraqi's interim foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, should win it hands down.

Another big score

'Cold Mountain' leads Golden Globe nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The Civil War epic "Cold Mountain" collected a leading eight Golden Globe nominations Thursday including best drama, as Hollywood marked the start of its annual trophy-giving season.

Joey Buttafuoco arrested in LA in insurance fraud case
LOS ANGELES -- Joey Buttafuoco, whose affair with a teenager led to his wife's shooting in New York, was arrested Wednesday and charged with insurance fraud for allegedly making phony repair estimates at his auto body shop.

Famous celebrity smiles
With BC-Film-Julia Roberts, Bjt

Attorneys general push Hollywood to cut down on smoking in movies
BALTIMORE -- Attorneys general are encouraging Hollywood executives to reduce the amount of smoking in films, which they say can encourage young people to smoke.

Prosecutor's actions have added to drama in Jackson case
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood and Michael Jackson's Neverland are about 100 miles apart, but the psychological distance between the two fantasylands is shrinking daily as movie-style drama engulfs the pop star's child molestation case.

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

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

Mature roles rare for older women
LOS ANGELES - Diane Keaton recalls her skepticism over lunch a few years back with writer-director Nancy Meyers, who was pitching a romantic comedy centered on a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Butters has become one of Trey Parker's favorite "South Park" characters.

Standing ovations
Athens duo Dromedary, whose multi-instrumental take on world music has been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, will perform at 10 tonight at Stillwater Tap Room, 974 Broad St. The group will perform with guitarist Jonathan Byrd, who plays in the flatpick style. For more information, call 826-9857.

100 years ago, 'Train Robbery' launched feature film industry
LOS ANGELES -- A fierce-looking outlaw aims his six-shooter at a cluster of law-abiding citizens sitting in the darkness. He pulls the trigger and smoke pours out of the gun barrel. Men shriek. Women faint.

Famous celebrity smiles
With BC-Film-Julia Roberts, Bjt

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

Video watch
JUST OUT: Freaky Friday, Seabiscuit and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Dollar gets a reprieve from selling pressure
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - The dollar enjoyed a brief respite from relentless selling pressure Friday as investors took profits ahead of the holidays.

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages dip for second straight week

Bonds decline
NEW YORK -- Bond prices finished somewhat lower Friday in the absence of fresh economic reports for investors to ponder.

Report: Grand jury investigating mutual fund trading abuses
BOSTON -- U.S. attorney Michael Sullivan has convened a grand jury to investigate an array of trading abuses in the mutual fund industry, according to a published report.

Dollar gets a reprieve from selling pressure

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages dip for second straight week
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages declined for the second week in a row, offering more good news for the red-hot housing market.

Stocks gain on decline in jobless claims
NEW YORK -- A trio of positive economic reports - from jobless claims to manufacturing - boosted Wall Street Thursday as investors grew more confident that the economic recovery was firmly under way. The Dow Jones industrials climbed 102 points to a 19-month high.

Dollar gets a reprieve from selling pressure
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - The dollar enjoyed a brief respite from relentless selling pressure Friday as investors took profits ahead of the holidays.

NYSE names Goldman's John Thain as new chief executive
NEW YORK -- Moving quickly after federal regulators approved an overhaul plan for the governance of the New York Stock Exchange, the Big Board named Goldman Sachs investment firm president John Thain as the exchange's new chief executive.

Bonds decline
NEW YORK -- Bond prices finished somewhat lower Friday in the absence of fresh economic reports for investors to ponder.

NYSE names Goldman's John Thain as new chief executive

Bonds decline

Hewitt prepares to play Red Storm
ATLANTA - Paul Hewitt found out midway through Friday's practice that his team's next opponent had fired its head coach. He said nothing to his fifth-ranked Georgia Tech team, and practice continued uninterrupted.

Hewitt prepares to play Red Storm
ATLANTA - Paul Hewitt found out midway through Friday's practice that his team's next opponent had fired its head coach. He said nothing to his fifth-ranked Georgia Tech team, and practice continued uninterrupted.

Devils endure another problem

All-area team

Devils enjoy being underdogs

Devils endure another problem

Devils enjoy being underdogs

Prep basketball scores

Big rally enough for Dogs

Devils enjoy being underdogs
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Last week's Class A semifinal game between Clinch County and Hawkinsville was really the contest that would determine the state champion.

All-area team
Player of the Year: Albert Webb, Swainsboro

Devils endure another problem
Lincoln County has fought through injuries and sickness all season. Now, coach Larry Campbell will have to fight his way through another one. This time, he's the one that's sick.

Devils enjoy being underdogs
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Last week's Class A semifinal game between Clinch County and Hawkinsville was really the contest that would determine the state champion.

Devils endure another problem
Lincoln County has fought through injuries and sickness all season. Now, coach Larry Campbell will have to fight his way through another one. This time, he's the one that's sick.

Rock 'n' roll, Christmas don't mix
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.

Editorial cartoon hateful, not ignorant
Adding to Daniel Fawaz's comments of Dec. 12, "Cartoon about Ramadan ignorant": It concerned editorial cartoonist Rick McKee's cartoon attacking Ramadan. I agree his cartoon linking Ramadan to terrorism is hateful, but not ignorant.

Celebrate Christmas by celebrating Christ

Abortion one of many choices
In her Dec. 6 letter, "Abortion is Planned Parenthood's 'life's blood,"' Karen Cox is misinformed about Title X dollars. The National Family Planning program Title X dollars do not go to abortion services. These funds are provided for reproductive health care, including birth control. Elizabeth Johnson, Augusta

The pot calling the kettle black
President George W. Bush is being labeled a liar. To my knowledge, former President Bill "Slick Willie" Clinton is the only president who has lied under oath. Let us not forget that the liberal Democrats, including their lying hero, also endorsed going into Iraq. They just didn't have the guts to do it. Jim Campbell, Augusta

Editorial cartoon hateful, not ignorant
Adding to Daniel Fawaz's comments of Dec. 12, "Cartoon about Ramadan ignorant": It concerned editorial cartoonist Rick McKee's cartoon attacking Ramadan. I agree his cartoon linking Ramadan to terrorism is hateful, but not ignorant.

Woman's vision for community realized
I attended the Brookfield Park dedication Nov. 14. It was a fitting end to a long journey for Fran Stewart. Patsie Bargeron, Evans, Ga.

The pot calling the kettle black

The pot calling the kettle black
President George W. Bush is being labeled a liar. To my knowledge, former President Bill "Slick Willie" Clinton is the only president who has lied under oath. Let us not forget that the liberal Democrats, including their lying hero, also endorsed going into Iraq. They just didn't have the guts to do it. Jim Campbell, Augusta

Taking Christ out of Christmas

Marriage an institution, not a right
Andrew Schocket's Nov. 26 column, "Massachusetts bridges gap between jurisprudence and popular opinion," compared the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Court to legalize gay and lesbian marriage with that court's decision in 1793 to grant freedom to escaped slaves. David Paine, Martinez, Ga.

Woman's vision for community realized

Abortion one of many choices
In her Dec. 6 letter, "Abortion is Planned Parenthood's 'life's blood,"' Karen Cox is misinformed about Title X dollars. The National Family Planning program Title X dollars do not go to abortion services. These funds are provided for reproductive health care, including birth control. Elizabeth Johnson, Augusta

Abortion one of many choices

Taking Christ out of Christmas
As my weekly routine began Monday morning, my eyes caught a stack of sales papers in the living room. Standing there with a cup of freshly brewed coffee in my hand, I had a few minutes to spare. Leo Conner, Hephzibah, Ga.

Taking Christ out of Christmas
As my weekly routine began Monday morning, my eyes caught a stack of sales papers in the living room. Standing there with a cup of freshly brewed coffee in my hand, I had a few minutes to spare. Leo Conner, Hephzibah, Ga.

The pot calling the kettle black

Taking Christ out of Christmas

Woman's vision for community realized
I attended the Brookfield Park dedication Nov. 14. It was a fitting end to a long journey for Fran Stewart. Patsie Bargeron, Evans, Ga.

'O come, let us adore Him'
Joy to the world! Christmas is here again, reminding us of the triumph of Christianity above all false religions and the power of that babe born in a manger to put down his enemies with a militancy the world has never known. Timothy Dwight Fellows Jr., Augusta

Proposes annual rerun of Thomas' Christmas column
I do not always agree with Cal Thomas and what he writes. In particular, I disagree with his stance on the Palestinian situation. But I do read his columns regularly, and I find myself in 100-percent agreement with his Dec. 3 column titled "Each year Christmas gets harder to keep." He has certainly stated what has happened to Christmases past. With undisguised broadsides, he has attacked those groups and industries that would blatantly eliminate the true meaning of the holiday. David G. Keller, North Augusta, S.C.

Celebrate Christmas by celebrating Christ
Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. A time of giving and receiving. A time of loving fellowship with family and friends. A time of joy and laughter. But most of all, Christmas is when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. The Rev. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

There's more in store for 2004 - great stamps, that is

Sony's dancing humanoid robot learns how to jog

Proper frame preserves artwork

Group's founder teaches responsibility on, off stage

There's more in store for 2004 - great stamps, that is

Experts worry about an especially bad flu season for children

Intel to develop chip for digital TVs

Young adults who flunk treadmill tests face health risks

There's more in store for 2004 - great stamps, that is
The 2004 U.S. stamp calendar runs the gamut of commemoratives, from the natural living beauty of the Pacific coral reef to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, and from candy heart stamps to the Lewis and Clark expedition which opened the American West.

Experts worry about an especially bad flu season for children
Flu sweeping across the country appears to be hitting unusually hard at young children, and experts say occasional reports of deaths among otherwise healthy youngsters are especially worrisome.

Young adults who flunk treadmill tests face health risks
Young adults who flunk treadmill tests face health risks 15 years later

Group's founder teaches responsibility on, off stage
With a small tilt of the head and a slight furrowing of the brow, Evelyn Ellis, the creative director of Creative Impressions, listens as the complex stew of vocal parts and primal percussion teeter on the edge of cacophony.

Living briefs
With the recent release of the movie Elf and the popularity of the Lord of the Rings characters Legolas (above) and Galadriel the Elf Queen, children are crazy for elves.

Intel to develop chip for digital TVs
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corp. plans to develop a chip that could lead to slimmer and cheaper rear-projection TVs.

Young adults who flunk treadmill tests face health risks
Young adults who flunk treadmill tests face health risks 15 years later

Sony's dancing humanoid robot learns how to jog
TOKYO -- Sony Corp.'s walking robot already knows a few hip dance steps and can kick a miniature soccer ball. Now, it can jog - a new trick that developers say is ingenious because it requires the machine to jump off the ground, even for a fraction of a second.

There's more in store for 2004 - great stamps, that is
The 2004 U.S. stamp calendar runs the gamut of commemoratives, from the natural living beauty of the Pacific coral reef to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, and from candy heart stamps to the Lewis and Clark expedition which opened the American West.

NY Attorney General, Microsoft sue alleged spam network
NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. and New York's attorney general filed lawsuits Thursday against what they said was a spam ring responsible for sending billions of illegal e-mail messages.

Proper frame preserves artwork
Scenes from a marriage. The husband, short nails gripped in his teeth, juggles a print, poster or painting and hammer while his wife, from across the room, tries to gauge the piece's proper placement. Later, perhaps after a reversal of roles, a single nail is hammered in and the piece is placed on the wall. Sure, it tilts a little, but who can be bothered to go through the worry and woe of making it level? Finally, one spouse or the other speaks.

Lynx come away victorious
A funny thing happened at the Augusta Lynx Variety Show on Friday night at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Lynx game report

Lynx game report
STAR OF THE GAME: Louis Goulet scored two goals and added two assists for his first four-point game as a Lynx.

Hamerlik's call-up leaves coach searching for backup

Lynx come away victorious

Hamerlik's call-up leaves coach searching for backup
The Lynx will be without goalie Peter Hamerlik for about three weeks, which leaves coach Stan Drulia scrambling to find a proven backup.

Hamerlik's call-up leaves coach searching for backup
The Lynx will be without goalie Peter Hamerlik for about three weeks, which leaves coach Stan Drulia scrambling to find a proven backup.

Jury finds pair guilty

Former Augusta leader dies

County doesn't mind losing land

Former Augusta leader dies

Farmers see large profits with business from retailers
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - It's hard to believe Joe Watson's small storefront, the size of a walk-in closet, helped the largest pecan grower in South Carolina account for more than a fourth of his sales last year.

Kid of the day

Final arguments heard in case
Jurors had the night to ponder the parting words of attorneys before they try this morning to decide the fate of two Augusta men accused of murder.

Officer makes horse calls

Across the area

Families confront deployment

CDC investigates flu deaths
Diana Dennis knew it wasn't the usual sniffles when she suddenly had a severe cough that was followed by a high fever.

Teenagers' bond hearing closed

Teenagers' bond hearing closed
Two Greenbrier High School students accused of sexual assault were back in court Friday requesting bond.

Across the area

Jury finds pair guilty

Council debates tax spending

Department will run marinas

CDC investigates flu deaths

Farmers see large profits with business from retailers

Ethics panel gives Schrenko more time

Pupils learn one Lego at a time

Airport leaders admire ranking

Across the area
Sheriff's investigators are still looking for a woman wanted for questioning in the case of a woman found dead at a west Augusta rock quarry Wednesday, officials said.

Yarbrough: Scares remind us of what matters

Pupils learn one Lego at a time
NORTH AUGUSTA - In the midst of taking semester exams, some eighth-grade pupils at Paul Knox Middle School found a way to learn without penciling in a multiple choice answer or laboring over an essay.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME DEC. 18, 1995 A developer's plan to add docks to a new South Carolina riverfront subdivision has Georgia officials concerned about the potential impact on major Savannah River boating events.

Friends pray for missing student
STATESBORO, Ga. - Pastor Anthony Chavers is resigned to the likelihood that the remains of a woman and a fetus found on the Fort Benning Army post are those of missing Georgia Southern University student Ardena "Dena" Carter and her unborn child.

Wind farm powers town's economy
FLUVANNA, Texas - On clear days, the giant turbines of the Brazos Wind Ranch can be seen about 20 miles away.

Across South Carolina
ST. STEPHEN - A masked gunman wounded when he tried to rob a liquor store later turned his gun on himself, officials said.

3 local companies pay environmental fines

Families confront deployment

Beauty queen is charged in attack
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A 21-year-old Georgia beauty queen has been accused of shooting and critically wounding her boyfriend in what police say was an attack motivated by jealousy.

Soldier pops question on TV

O'Keeffe painting vanishes
AMARILLO, Texas - A painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, one of only three known oils she painted in the Texas Panhandle, is missing from a Santa Fe Museum.

Review cites tax office in shortfall

Wind farm powers town's economy

Animal rights group urges prosecution of 13-year-old

Legislators hear calls for funding

3 local companies pay environmental fines

Gunmen hurt store manager
Instead of waiting to see what two masked men wanted Wednesday night, Family Dollar manager Trudy Bunch hit the gas pedal, only to be shot in the back as she sped away from the Augusta store.

Family has difficult time living off single income

Brunswick soldier is killed near Baghdad

GOP attacks school tax plan

Officer reports Iraqi relief

Friends pray for missing student

Teenagers' bond hearing closed

Textile execs decry trade pact

Beauty queen is charged in attack

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

Yarbrough: Scares remind us of what matters

Officer makes horse calls
AIKEN - In a town where the horse reigns supreme, you could call Aiken Public Safety Animal Control Officer Jeff Wilson the equine community's top cop. When a horse lands in trouble, he usually gets the call.

Kid of the day

85-year-old woman dies in fire
An 85-year-old Edgefield County woman died from smoke inhalation Friday night after her house caught on fire, authorities said.

Rants and Raves
I JUST WANT to say I hope George Kolb leaves this one-horse town because it is run by a commission, a gang of idiots who don't know anything and don't want to learn anything. So I hope he leaves and finds a job worthy of his talent.

Across Georgia
ROSSVILLE - Police say a northwest Georgia electronics store was selling more than just computers. The owner has been charged with growing and distributing marijuana at the store.

Airport leaders admire ranking
The online survey results are in, and the top vote-getter wasn't Augusta.

Lawyers appeal to get commandments back up

Review cites tax office in shortfall
Limited oversight in the Richmond County Tax Assessor's office and a lack of involvement by its governing agency - the Board of Assessors - might have contributed to problems in the city office, including this year's unexpected decline in property tax collections.

Textile execs decry trade pact
AIKEN - A proposed Central American free trade pact would threaten more than 2,800 jobs in the Aiken-Augusta area, textile executives said Friday, including a denim finishing plant in Augusta and five out of six mills centered around Graniteville.

Across South Carolina
SIX MILE - The twin brother of a 3-year-old boy who drowned last month in a neighborhood pond also has died, authorities say.

State settles suit by ex-juvenile detention officer
The state has settled a lawsuit filed by a former juvenile corrections officer who was fired amid the criminal allegations that led to the privatization of the Augusta YDC last summer.

Lawyers appeal to get the commandments back up
ATHENS, Ga. - Habersham County lawyers have asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a federal judge's decision ordering the removal of Ten Commandments displays from the county courthouse and swimming pool complex in northeast Georgia.

Across the area
A fire that destroyed one apartment and damaged several others at a south Augusta apartment complex was found to be accidental, an Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department investigator said Thursday.

Council debates tax spending
AIKEN - After watching Aiken County's 1-cent sales tax pave dirt roads, build parks and put millions of dollars in government coffers since 2000, county council members are clamoring to decide where the tax's future dollars go.

Hospital system allows direct access to files
It will save Mac Bowman a lot of steps.

Across South Carolina
ST. STEPHEN - A masked gunman wounded when he tried to rob a liquor store later turned his gun on himself, officials said.

Georgians support displays
ATLANTA - Georgians overwhelmingly support the posting of the Ten Commandments in public buildings and want more religious influence in their government, according to a poll released Thursday.

Officer makes horse calls
AIKEN - In a town where the horse reigns supreme, you could call Aiken Public Safety Animal Control Officer Jeff Wilson the equine community's top cop. When a horse lands in trouble, he usually gets the call.

County access to grow
AIKEN - Aiken officials completed a deal Thursday that will provide high-speed fiber-optic lines to the county's industrial parks, cities and schools that are capable of rapidly transmitting large volumes of information to all corners of the world.

Officials question reform provision
Grovetown Middle School Principal Carolyn Fries took a front row seat during a meeting Thursday with U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate Johnny Isakson.

Rants and Raves
I JUST WANT to say I hope George Kolb leaves this one-horse town because it is run by a commission, a gang of idiots who don't know anything and don't want to learn anything. So I hope he leaves and finds a job worthy of his talent.

Family has difficult time living off single income
A Graniteville man writes that he needs help to make Christmas special for his wife and three sons.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Christmas:

Textile execs decry trade pact
AIKEN - A proposed Central American free trade pact would threaten more than 2,800 jobs in the Aiken-Augusta area, textile executives said Friday, including a denim finishing plant in Augusta and five out of six mills centered around Graniteville.

Department will run marinas
Two city marinas will come under the temporary control of Augusta's Parks and Recreation Department while city officials consider a plan to privatize the Savannah River facilities.

Families confront deployment
AIKEN - It was difficult enough for Jeanette Ingram to watch her brother Sgt. David Ingram, 39, of Aiken, board a charter bus with the rest of the 450th Ordnance Company.

Inmate-work bill pushed in Atlanta
ATLANTA - State prison inmates could earn enough money to help cover the costs of their incarceration while learning valuable job skills under a proposal pitched by two Democratic lawmakers Thursday.

GOP attacks school tax plan
AIKEN - South Carolina Republicans fired back at state Superintendent and U.S. Senate hopeful Inez Tenenbaum's proposed 1-cent sales tax increase Friday, blasting the Democrat's plan and proposing to give parents more choice for their children's education.

Counties rank high in wrecks
As long as there are deer and cars in Columbia County, Dan Yelton knows his job is secure.

Jury finds pair guilty
Although one juror bailed out of deliberations, it took less than two hours Friday for a jury to find two men guilty of an execution-style murder for hire.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Christopher "Brandon" Hensley, 7, of Harlem.

Animal rights group urges prosecution of 13-year-old
A 13-year-old Augusta boy accused of stomping a kitten to death should be fully prosecuted and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment, an animal rights group told District Attorney Danny Craig on Friday.

Legislators hear calls for funding
The state's coffers will remain tight next year, and members of Columbia County's legislative delegation know not everyone will be happy after the budget is balanced.

Woman celebrates 108 years of life
MEEKER, Okla. - Dressed in a blue satin gown, she greeted everyone with a loving kiss, hug or pat on the hand.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Amy Rosenberg, 11, of Augusta.

Soldier pops question on TV
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Georgia soldier asked his girlfriend this week to marry him by paying a local television station to broadcast his proposal as a commercial.

Officer reports Iraqi relief
AMARILLO, Texas - The capture of Saddam Hussein was followed by demonstrations of support for the fallen dictator in Tikrit, anti-Saddam rallies elsewhere and the smoking of victory cigars by the soldiers who nabbed him.

County doesn't mind losing land
ATHENS, Ga. - South Georgia's Effingham County will lose about $12,000 in property tax revenue as the result of a 1,339-acre gift to the University of Georgia.

Police look for data on woman
A homeless woman whose body was found dumped along a rock quarry in Augusta had been beaten to death, authorities said Thursday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Amy Rosenberg, 11, of Augusta.

Across the area

Yarbrough: Scares remind us of what matters
I had a bit of a health scare recently that hopefully will be determined to have been just that - a scare.

Council debates tax spending

Teenagers' bond hearing closed
Two Greenbrier High School students accused of sexual assault were back in court Friday requesting bond.

News you can use

3 local companies pay environmental fines
Fines were paid by three local companies this month over environmental violations that included a 40,000-gallon nitric acid spill at an Augusta factory, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

The 450th Ordinance company bid farewell

Council debates tax spending
AIKEN - After watching Aiken County's 1-cent sales tax pave dirt roads, build parks and put millions of dollars in government coffers since 2000, county council members are clamoring to decide where the tax's future dollars go.

DeMint tests system with trade-bill support

Former Augusta leader dies
Former Augusta businessman and civic leader James Curtis Cullum Sr., who died Friday at his home, was dedicated to his God, his family and his community, according to one of his sons.

Tip, stakeout lead to arrest
A drug stakeout paid off for Richmond County investigators with Thursday's arrest of a man whom police called a "major dealer" and the recovery of a half-kilogram of cocaine and nearly $15,000, authorities said.

Friends pray for missing student
STATESBORO, Ga. - Pastor Anthony Chavers is resigned to the likelihood that the remains of a woman and a fetus found on the Fort Benning Army post are those of missing Georgia Southern University student Ardena "Dena" Carter and her unborn child.

Inmate-work bill pushed in Atlanta

Lawyers appeal to get commandments back up
ATHENS, Ga. - Habersham County lawyers have asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a federal judge's decision ordering the removal of Ten Commandments displays from the county courthouse and swimming pool complex in northeast Georgia.

Kid of the day

Lawyers appeal to get the commandments back up
ATHENS, Ga. - Habersham County lawyers have asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a federal judge's decision ordering the removal of Ten Commandments displays from the county courthouse and swimming pool complex in northeast Georgia.

Friends pray for missing student

Review cites tax office in shortfall
Limited oversight in the Richmond County Tax Assessor's office and a lack of involvement by its governing agency - the Board of Assessors - might have contributed to problems in the city office, including this year's unexpected decline in property tax collections.

CDC investigates flu deaths

CDC investigates flu deaths
Diana Dennis knew it wasn't the usual sniffles when she suddenly had a severe cough that was followed by a high fever.

Gunmen hurt store manager

Woman dies in jail while awaiting rehab
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was in the Washington County jail awaiting treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility.

Ethics panel gives Schrenko more time

Airport leaders admire ranking
The online survey results are in, and the top vote-getter wasn't Augusta.

Final arguments heard in case

Brunswick soldier is killed near Baghdad
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Army Spc. Chris Holland, 26, of Brunswick became the first soldier from the Glynn County area to die in Iraq when he was killed in a patrol Wednesday night near Baghdad, his father said.

Animal rights group urges prosecution of 13-year-old

Faculty members see loss of perks

Textile execs decry trade pact

Family has difficult time living off single income

Across Georgia

Ethics panel gives Schrenko more time
ATLANTA - Dissatisfied with Linda Schrenko's accounting of about $20,000 in missing campaign funds, the State Ethics Commission on Friday gave the former Georgia school superintendent 60 days to provide a fuller explanation.

State settles suit by ex-juvenile detention officer

Across the area
Sheriff's investigators are still looking for a woman wanted for questioning in the case of a woman found dead at a west Augusta rock quarry Wednesday, officials said.

Across South Carolina

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

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

Officer makes horse calls

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

Across Georgia

Brunswick soldier is killed near Baghdad
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Army Spc. Chris Holland, 26, of Brunswick became the first soldier from the Glynn County area to die in Iraq when he was killed in a patrol Wednesday night near Baghdad, his father said.

Review cites tax office in shortfall

Woman dies in jail while awaiting rehab
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was in the Washington County jail awaiting treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility.

Soldier pops question on TV

Across Georgia
Soldier denies guilt on charges of rape

Airport leaders admire ranking

The 450th Ordinance company bid farewell
AIKEN - A folded American flag was the last thing Spc. Jeff Bates tucked in his guitar case before he said goodbye to family and friends and boarded a charter bus to Fort Stewart and probable service in war-torn Iraq.

County doesn't mind losing land
ATHENS, Ga. - South Georgia's Effingham County will lose about $12,000 in property tax revenue as the result of a 1,339-acre gift to the University of Georgia.

DeMint tests system with trade-bill support
AIKEN - U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint placed a big political bet on the state's new economic order Thursday, voicing loud support for a Central American free trade agreement vehemently opposed by South Carolina's textile executives.

County access to grow

Family has difficult time living off single income
A Graniteville man writes that he needs help to make Christmas special for his wife and three sons.

Soldier pops question on TV
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Georgia soldier asked his girlfriend this week to marry him by paying a local television station to broadcast his proposal as a commercial.

Ethics panel gives Schrenko more time
ATLANTA - Dissatisfied with Linda Schrenko's accounting of about $20,000 in missing campaign funds, the State Ethics Commission on Friday gave the former Georgia school superintendent 60 days to provide a fuller explanation.

Woman celebrates 108 years of life
MEEKER, Okla. - Dressed in a blue satin gown, she greeted everyone with a loving kiss, hug or pat on the hand.

Lawyers appeal to get commandments back up
ATHENS, Ga. - Habersham County lawyers have asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a federal judge's decision ordering the removal of Ten Commandments displays from the county courthouse and swimming pool complex in northeast Georgia.

Animal rights group urges prosecution of 13-year-old
A 13-year-old Augusta boy accused of stomping a kitten to death should be fully prosecuted and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment, an animal rights group told District Attorney Danny Craig on Friday.

Former Augusta leader dies
Former Augusta businessman and civic leader James Curtis Cullum Sr., who died Friday at his home, was dedicated to his God, his family and his community, according to one of his sons.

Jury finds pair guilty
Although one juror bailed out of deliberations, it took less than two hours Friday for a jury to find two men guilty of an execution-style murder for hire.

3 local companies pay environmental fines
Fines were paid by three local companies this month over environmental violations that included a 40,000-gallon nitric acid spill at an Augusta factory, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

GOP attacks school tax plan
AIKEN - South Carolina Republicans fired back at state Superintendent and U.S. Senate hopeful Inez Tenenbaum's proposed 1-cent sales tax increase Friday, blasting the Democrat's plan and proposing to give parents more choice for their children's education.

Yarbrough: Scares remind us of what matters
I had a bit of a health scare recently that hopefully will be determined to have been just that - a scare.

Families confront deployment
AIKEN - It was difficult enough for Jeanette Ingram to watch her brother Sgt. David Ingram, 39, of Aiken, board a charter bus with the rest of the 450th Ordnance Company.

Across Georgia
ROSSVILLE - Police say a northwest Georgia electronics store was selling more than just computers. The owner has been charged with growing and distributing marijuana at the store.

Brunswick soldier is killed near Baghdad

Faculty members see loss of perks
ATHENS, Ga. - While possible layoffs at the University of Georgia have dominated talks of looming budget cuts, some UGA faculty members have other concerns as well.

Classic movies added to National Film Registry
WASHINGTON -- The Western outlaw romp "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and the more obscure "The Chechahcos," with its frenzied dogsled pursuits in Alaska, have been added to the National Film Registry.

Mini reviews

Classic movies added to National Film Registry
WASHINGTON -- The Western outlaw romp "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and the more obscure "The Chechahcos," with its frenzied dogsled pursuits in Alaska, have been added to the National Film Registry.

Mini reviews
"You should never trust a junkie," says Nathalie, a heroin addict who becomes the unlikely heroine of "The Barbarian Invasions." "They make a habit of lying."

'Return of the King' makes $8 million from midnight showings

'Return of the King' makes $8 million from midnight showings
LOS ANGELES -- The midnight hour proved profitable for Frodo and the gang.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

Classic movies added to National Film Registry

Classic movies added to National Film Registry

Urban development was inescapable in music in 2003

Wayne Newton and company crank up USO tours
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Wayne Newton has received plenty of standing ovations in his day, but the response he got on a USO tour of Iraq was still extraordinary.

Wayne Newton and company crank up USO tours

Wal-Mart starts test of online music offering
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. began a test Thursday of its new 88-cent-per-song online music service, trying to capture more of the music market at a price that undercuts the 99-cent standard of its competition.

Urban development was inescapable in music in 2003

Singer excited to play for hometown crowd
After a year on the road performing with high-profile acts Train, Third Eye Blind and Jewel, Augusta native Josh Kelly is bringing his debut album, For the Ride Home, home.

Singer excited to play for hometown crowd

Urban development was inescapable in music in 2003
Numbers tell the story of music in 2003.

Urban development was inescapable in music in 2003
Numbers tell the story of music in 2003.

12 Bands adds rock to Christmas music

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

Wal-Mart starts test of online music offering

12 Bands adds rock to Christmas music
On Sunday, a dozen local bands will gather at the Imperial Theatre on Broad Street for the third annual 12 Bands of Christmas concert, benefiting the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center. A compact disc featuring Christmas songs performed by the bands also was released in conjunction with the concert to boost the show's profile.

Wayne Newton and company crank up USO tours

Wayne Newton and company crank up USO tours
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Wayne Newton has received plenty of standing ovations in his day, but the response he got on a USO tour of Iraq was still extraordinary.

Concert calendar

Mourning undergoes kidney transplant surgery
NEW YORK -- Former NBA All-Star center Alonzo Mourning underwent kidney transplant surgery Friday and was in good condition.

Judge in Bryant case sends potential witnesses home, speaks to lawyers in private

Mourning undergoes kidney transplant surgery

Mourning undergoes kidney transplant surgery
NEW YORK -- Former NBA All-Star center Alonzo Mourning underwent kidney transplant surgery Friday and was in good condition.

Judge in Bryant case sends potential witnesses home, speaks to lawyers in private
EAGLE, Colo. -- Putting off testimony at a key hearing in the Kobe Bryant case, the trial judge sent witnesses home Friday and met privately with defense attorneys who want access to his rape accuser's medical history.

Judge in Bryant case sends potential witnesses home, speaks to lawyers in private
EAGLE, Colo. -- Putting off testimony at a key hearing in the Kobe Bryant case, the trial judge sent witnesses home Friday and met privately with defense attorneys who want access to his rape accuser's medical history.

In focus
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Pacers look good in loss
Mike Roberts was upbeat after his short-handed team's 85-71 loss to Mount Olive in the Conoco Phillips Christmas Classic Friday night.

Jaguars welcome holiday time off
AIKEN - For Augusta State senior guard James Newsome the eight nights of Hanukkah and 12 days of Christmas don't hold a candle to what he'll be celebrating - the six days off from basketball.

In focus
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

UConn women earn school's 600th win
HARTFORD, Conn. - Diana Taurasi had 15 of her 22 points in the second half to lead top-ranked Connecticut to its 600th victory, 81-55 over Arizona State on Thursday night.

Bucs welcome challenge of containing Vick

Bucs welcome challenge of containing Vick

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Featured obituary: Mr. James Curtis Cullum Sr.
Former Augusta businessman and civic leader James Curtis Cullum Sr., who died Friday at his home, was dedicated to his God, his family and his community, according to one of his sons.

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Mr. Marvin Rhoades (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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Mr. Walter Gordon Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Rays of light in a troubled land
I WAS IN Israel recently representing the Augusta Jewish Federation at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. Our federation is one of 156 federations in North America helping Jewish people in need locally, nationally, in Israel and around the world.

Student's view of UGA 'ecolodge' in Costa Rica
A MAJOR aspect of the heated controversy facing the Michael Adams administration relates to the University of Georgia's purchase of an "ecolodge" in Costa Rica.

Student's view of UGA 'ecolodge' in Costa Rica
A MAJOR aspect of the heated controversy facing the Michael Adams administration relates to the University of Georgia's purchase of an "ecolodge" in Costa Rica.

Rays of light in a troubled land
I WAS IN Israel recently representing the Augusta Jewish Federation at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. Our federation is one of 156 federations in North America helping Jewish people in need locally, nationally, in Israel and around the world.

Student's view of UGA 'ecolodge' in Costa Rica
A MAJOR aspect of the heated controversy facing the Michael Adams administration relates to the University of Georgia's purchase of an "ecolodge" in Costa Rica.

Student's view of UGA 'ecolodge' in Costa Rica
A MAJOR aspect of the heated controversy facing the Michael Adams administration relates to the University of Georgia's purchase of an "ecolodge" in Costa Rica.

Tapia hospitalized after possible overdose

Overtime

Overtime

Tapia hospitalized after possible overdose

Overtime

Overtime
In New York, a judge rejected Mike Tyson's bid to have his assault case thrown out and ordered him to stand trial Jan. 20

Overtime
In New York, a judge rejected Mike Tyson's bid to have his assault case thrown out and ordered him to stand trial Jan. 20

Tapia hospitalized after possible overdose
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Five-time world champion boxer Johnny Tapia was taken to a hospital Friday for treatment of what police said was a possible overdose of pills.

Overtime
The fourth annual Holiday Round Ball Classic will begin today at Richmond Academy and Cross Creek High Schools and conclude Monday.

Tapia hospitalized after possible overdose
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Five-time world champion boxer Johnny Tapia was taken to a hospital Friday for treatment of what police said was a possible overdose of pills.

Prep basketball scores
SALUDA GIRLS 52, RIDGE SPRING-MONETTA 49

Hephzibah hangs on in opener
LaCoya Terry tied a game-high 21 points as Hephzibah Lady Rebels defeated the Richmond Academy Lady Musketeers 49-46 in the first round of the Holiday Round Ball Classic at Richmond Academy.

Hephzibah hangs on in opener
LaCoya Terry tied a game-high 21 points as Hephzibah Lady Rebels defeated the Richmond Academy Lady Musketeers 49-46 in the first round of the Holiday Round Ball Classic at Richmond Academy.

Big rally enough for Dogs
Thomson came back from a 15-point deficit in the first quarter to to defeat Laney 71-68 in overtime in the opening round of Holiday Round Ball Classic at Richmond Academy Gym.

Bucs welcome challenge of containing Vick
TAMPA, Fla. -- Warren Sapp gives a simple explanation for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' success against Michael Vick.

Bucs welcome challenge of containing Vick
TAMPA, Fla. -- Warren Sapp gives a simple explanation for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' success against Michael Vick.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer couldn't abandon another dream

Report cites curbs on religious freedom in many countries
WASHINGTON -- A State Department report released Thursday said Saudi Arabia continues to impose strict limitations on religious freedoms. It also criticized Israel and several European allies for varying degrees of religious intolerance.

Hanukkah toy puts spin on Yiddish
A Hanukkah toy, a four-sided top called a dreidle, bears a Hebrew acronym for "a great miracle happened there."

Hanukkah toy puts spin on Yiddish
A Hanukkah toy, a four-sided top called a dreidle, bears a Hebrew acronym for "a great miracle happened there."

Religion news in brief
GENEVA -- World leaders must do more to eradicate religious hatred, which is growing, Iran's president told a global church body.

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

Hanukkah gains significance by proximity to Christmas
Only one other Jewish family lives in Wendy Grosser's Minneapolis neighborhood, where the Christmas season arrived in twinkling lights and Nativity scenes on front lawns.

Faith digest
Organist Keith Shafer will play Christmas music at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Church St. in Abbeville, S.C.

Book displays Hanukkah menorahs across the centuries
The story underlying Judaism's Hanukkah festival is told in the Bible - but not in Bibles used by Jews. It's contained only in the Bibles of Catholic and Orthodox Christians that include 1 and 2 Maccabees, two of the "deuterocanonical" books that are not considered Scripture in Judaism (nor in Protestantism).

Tracking the Star of Bethlehem
"A star will rise from Jacob; a scepter will emerge from Israel." (Numbers 24:17).

Book displays Hanukkah menorahs across the centuries
The story underlying Judaism's Hanukkah festival is told in the Bible - but not in Bibles used by Jews. It's contained only in the Bibles of Catholic and Orthodox Christians that include 1 and 2 Maccabees, two of the "deuterocanonical" books that are not considered Scripture in Judaism (nor in Protestantism).

Report cites curbs on religious freedom in many countries
WASHINGTON -- A State Department report released Thursday said Saudi Arabia continues to impose strict limitations on religious freedoms. It also criticized Israel and several European allies for varying degrees of religious intolerance.

Hanukkah gains significance by proximity to Christmas
Only one other Jewish family lives in Wendy Grosser's Minneapolis neighborhood, where the Christmas season arrived in twinkling lights and Nativity scenes on front lawns.

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

Religion news in brief
GENEVA -- World leaders must do more to eradicate religious hatred, which is growing, Iran's president told a global church body.

Bethlehem faces another gloomy Christmas
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- The Church of the Nativity was empty, a few ornaments hung forlornly on trees in a deserted Manger Square and no tourists or pilgrims were to be found in the town where Jesus was born, just over a week before Christmas.

Bethlehem faces another gloomy Christmas
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- The Church of the Nativity was empty, a few ornaments hung forlornly on trees in a deserted Manger Square and no tourists or pilgrims were to be found in the town where Jesus was born, just over a week before Christmas.

Tracking the Star of Bethlehem
"A star will rise from Jacob; a scepter will emerge from Israel." (Numbers 24:17).

European Jews fear 'new' anti-Semitism
REGENSBURG, Germany -- Even in this storybook city on the Danube, where Oskar Schindler lived among Jews he saved and David Ben-Gurion shopped for Israel's first air force, the old dread looms.

Faith digest
Organist Keith Shafer will play Christmas music at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Church St. in Abbeville, S.C.

European Jews fear 'new' anti-Semitism
REGENSBURG, Germany -- Even in this storybook city on the Danube, where Oskar Schindler lived among Jews he saved and David Ben-Gurion shopped for Israel's first air force, the old dread looms.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer couldn't abandon another dream
One of the brightest jewels in Nashville, Tenn., this Christmas season is singer/songwriter Buddy Jewell.

Need a cold remedy? Go tropical

Paris Hilton proves bigger TV draw than President Bush interview

Dodge withdraws sponsorship from Lingerie Bowl
DETROIT -- Chrysler has withdrawn its sponsorship from a Super Bowl halftime football game between lingerie-clad models, saying its role has become a distraction.

Paris Hilton proves bigger TV draw than President Bush interview
NEW YORK -- Paris Hilton was a bigger television draw than President Bush this week. So, for that matter, was Mark Harmon.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 8-14. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Rankings for basic cable networks

Mature roles rare for older women

People in the News

Applause calendar

100 years ago, 'Train Robbery' launched feature film industry

Famous celebrity smiles

Prosecutor's actions have added to drama in Jackson case

Standing ovations

Club calendar

'Cold Mountain' leads Golden Globe nominations

Famous celebrity smiles

Johnson, Bailey ineligible for Capital One Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia receiver Michael Johnson and cornerback Kenny Bailey were ruled academically ineligible by the Southeastern Conference for the Capital One Bowl.

Johnson, Bailey ineligible for Capital One Bowl

Johnson, Bailey ineligible for Capital One Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia receiver Michael Johnson and cornerback Kenny Bailey were ruled academically ineligible by the Southeastern Conference for the Capital One Bowl.

Johnson, Bailey ineligible for Capital One Bowl

Need a cold remedy? Go tropical
Need a cold remedy? Go tropical

Toadfish mating call gives clues to fighting human muscular diseases

Odds and Ends

Toadfish mating call gives clues to fighting human muscular diseases

Tracking the Star of Bethlehem

Report cites curbs on religious freedom in many countries

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Book displays Hanukkah menorahs across the centuries

Report cites curbs on religious freedom in many countries

Bethlehem faces another gloomy Christmas

Religion news in brief

Faith digest

Book displays Hanukkah menorahs across the centuries

Hanukkah toy puts spin on Yiddish

Hanukkah gains significance by proximity to Christmas

Religion news in brief

European Jews fear 'new' anti-Semitism

Tracking the Star of Bethlehem

European Jews fear 'new' anti-Semitism

Bethlehem faces another gloomy Christmas

Hanukkah gains significance by proximity to Christmas

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Faith digest

Hanukkah toy puts spin on Yiddish