Former surgeon tells story of Hitler's U-boats
A World War II veteran, former surgeon Randolph Bradham, tells the story of a campaign he knew all too well in his new book, Hitler's U-Boat Fortresses.

'Fatal Dead Lines' is a lively newsroom thriller
In the new mystery "Fatal Dead Lines," Lenny Holcomb is a reporter for the Herald in Harrisburg, Pa., a newspaper that doesn't exist. The author, John Luciew, is a reporter for The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, a newspaper that most certainly does exist.

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

Extry, extry, read all about it in 'City Room'
Arthur Gelb, a Bronx native, joined The New York Times as a 20-year-old copy boy in 1944 and retired in 1990 as managing editor.

Sid Caesar, TV's comedy pioneer, has more from the archives

Arts calendar
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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.

Clinton biography obsessed with sex
When it comes to Democratic presidents with active libidos, Nigel Hamilton is the man to see. His book about John F. Kennedy, JFK: Reckless Youth, took the reader on a sheets-flying ride to bedrooms from Hyannisport, Mass., to the South Pacific, as the future president lived and loved and became a war hero.

'Fatal Dead Lines' is a lively newsroom thriller

This long whodunit never lets readers down
Reginald Hill's new mystery braids three strands with such skill that complexities seem simple and reader interest never flags.

Former surgeon tells story of Hitler's U-boats

Best sellers
Here are this week's best sellers from Publishers Weekly.

Arts calendar

Sid Caesar, TV's comedy pioneer, has more from the archives
NEW YORK -- When Sid Caesar's father came to the United States in the late 1800s as a 9-year-old from Poland, he was handed that name "Caesar." It was the sort of joke officials at Ellis Island often played on the immigrants they processed.

This long whodunit never lets readers down

Actor Paul Newman's 'prank' proves profitable

Extry, extry, read all about it in 'City Room'

Clinton biography obsessed with sex

Best sellers

Shopping for peace and quiet

Two cities jangle over claim to 'Jingle Bells'
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Dashing in the sun, through oaks and Spanish moss/Sleigh riding's no fun, when there's no snow to cross ...

Churches tout lavish Christmas shows
PLANO, Texas - In the biblical account of the Christmas story, a heavenly host of angels appeared to shepherds tending their flock near the stable where baby Jesus lay in a manger.

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.

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

Braves agree to contract with Matthews, tender Furcal, DeRosa and Cunnane
ATLANTA -- Gary Matthews agreed Saturday to an $800,000, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, who also offered 2004 contracts to shortstop Rafael Furcal, infielder Mark DeRosa and reliever Will Cunnane.

Braves agree to contract with Matthews, tender Furcal, DeRosa and Cunnane

Multimedia PCs still not at home in the living room

Aging Boomers pose dilemma for radio industry

Long ride ends for E-Z-Go chairman
L.T. Walden left E-Z-Go on Friday the same way he came in nearly 42 years ago. Through the front door, with no fanfare.

On the move
Jessica McMeans has joined Edward Jones as an investment representative. The recent Ohio State University graduate relocated to Augusta to work in the company's office on Washington Road in the Publix shopping center.

Business calendar

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Atlanta Gas Light Co.

Expect more corporate drama next year
NEW YORK - The colorful images of a year of white-collar scandals - toga-party videos, executives lavishing themselves with outrageously expensive toys, corporate looting by the billion - may turn out to be just a warmup act.

Business calendar
Jan. 8: Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce 96th joint annual meeting; Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta convention center, 11:45 a.m.; a celebration of the year's accomplishments and the change of officers; guest speaker Gov. Sonny Perdue; contact Elizabeth Donsbach at 821-1324 or the Augusta Metro chamber at 821-1300.

On the move

Nova BioGenetics subregisters three companies

Study finds billions in fee overcharges

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

Business briefs

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.

Drop in value of U.S. currency causes financial pain in Europe
ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER, Germany - Harald Wohlfahrt can fulfill the wishes of just about any collector of German Christmas ornaments, from a blown-glass Santa at euro8.50, or $10.25, to a music box tinkling out Verdi arias at the tune of euro2,500, or $3,000.

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.

Good entrepreneurs know when to ask for help

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.

Pocket change

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.

Long ride ends for E-Z-Go chairman

Business briefs
LOOK AHEAD

Drop in value of U.S. currency causes financial pain in Europe

Aging Boomers pose dilemma for radio industry
NEW YORK -- As baby boomers get just a little too old for the taste of many radio advertisers, they may well ask: Will they still pitch me when I'm past 54?

Expect more corporate drama next year

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.

Good entrepreneurs know when to ask for help
Every person who owns a small business knows the desperate feeling that comes from losing control.

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

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.

Renters should consider insurance
Richard Millsap knows the dangers renters face. He was there when a friend's apartment was flooded by an upstairs neighbor who tried to fix the plumbing.

Renters should consider insurance

Everyone makes errors - even us

Everyone makes errors - even us
In last week's column, we said the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. had not made a single contribution toward downtown's Augusta Common park project.

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.

Clemson downs South Carolina State
CLEMSON, S.C. - Sharrod Ford converted a three-point play with one minute remaining, and Shawan Robinson made a short baseline jumper with 24 seconds left to lead Clemson to a 77-74 victory over South Carolina State on Saturday.

Clemson downs South Carolina State

In focus

Pacers look good in loss

SEC roundup

Jaguars welcome holiday time off

ACC roundup

Tale of 2 administrators

Actions speak volumes
How in the world did we get here all over again?

The threat is our doubt
The Battle of the Bulge ebbed and flowed from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945. It was the largest land battle of the war for U.S. troops - and, as the Third Reich's last real gasp, ended up making the world safer.

Actions speak volumes

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.

Help out or stay out

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.

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

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

Families refocus for the holidays

Families refocus for the holidays
NEW YORK - When it comes to the holidays, less can be more.

Investors can cut 2003 tax liability
NEW YORK - With 2003 winding down and the stock market higher, mutual fund investors might be hesitant to adjust their portfolios for fear of adding to their tax liability come April. In fact, investors now have unique opportunities to minimize their taxes.

Should I get phone service from the cable company?

Limits rising for pretax contributions to retirement accounts
NEW YORK -- If one of your New Year's resolutions is going to be to save more for retirement, now is a good time to begin planning for it.

Investors can cut 2003 tax liability

Should I get phone service from the cable company?
Q. My cable TV company is offering me a good deal on phone service. Is it wise to ditch my traditional phone carrier for that service?

Limits rising for pretax contributions to retirement accounts

Dollar gets a reprieve from selling pressure

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.

Best things aren't free for Muhammad
ATLANTA - Isma'il Muhammad's toughest shot is a wide-open one.

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.

Best things aren't free for Muhammad

Devils enjoy being underdogs

Devils endure another problem

Officials' mistake is beginning of end for Devils

Camden hits road for first state title

Lady Spartans' duo lifts team in win

Defense carries Butler in rout

Big rally enough for Dogs

Officials' mistake is beginning of end for Devils
HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. - There's no recourse for Lincoln County. There's no action it can take to protest what the officials admitted was a bad call.

Camden hits road for first state title
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Kevin Patterson rushed for two touchdowns and Camden County relied on its stifling defense to win the Class AAAAA state championship Saturday night, defeating Valdosta 21-7.

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.

Thrashers slam Penguins

Thrashers slam Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- The Atlanta Thrashers ended their scoring slump in a big way.

Shopping for peace and quiet
If you've put off Christmas shopping until now, you don't want to go with me. My wife suggested a joint family merchandise mission last week, but I quickly talked her out of it.

Thanks co-workers for Christmas assistance

Disappointed Miller is not running again

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.

Commandments helped nation to prosper
Regarding the removal of the Ten Commandants: I can understand why the courts have to rule on the removal of religious Nativity scenes, etc., from government property. Guy R. Dobson, Barnwell, S.C.

Taking Christ out of Christmas

Former principal's lawsuit meritless
This is in response to the Dec. 2 Metro article, "Ex-principal files lawsuit." Ernestine Coleman, 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

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.

Abortion one of many choices

Woman's vision for community realized

Thanks co-workers for Christmas assistance
This Christmas season has been a very difficult one for our family. I am a 20-year-old mother of a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old. My husband is a full-time student at Georgia Southern. Sarah Yount, Hephzibah, Ga.

Disappointed Miller is not running again
Amen to Robert Smock's letter to the editor on Dec. 16, "Zell Miller's voice of maturity has been muted by the left." Robert Kinney, Lincolnton, Ga.

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.

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

Officials hope Everglades restoration will draw visitors

Museum exhibit showcases St. Peter's Basilica, site of Vatican

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

Young adults who flunk treadmill tests face health risks

Help those who dread the holidays

Holiday light tour driving directions

In the know

Istanbul tourism derailed by bombings

Arch debuts Lewis and Clark exhibit

Home, acreage on Jackson Road is concealed from Augusta's bustle

Arch debuts Lewis and Clark exhibit
ST. LOUIS -- A year-long exhibit at the Gateway Arch museum examines St. Louis' role as the launch site for Lewis and Clark's historic expedition to the Pacific Coast in 1804.

Light up the night
Now that the Christmas tree is up (hopefully) and the presents are wrapped (in theory), you can sit back and enjoy the rest of your holiday season.

Holiday light tour driving directions
Gas up the family truckster, dig out that Perry Como Christmas CD, grab some snacks and a flashlight (for navigational purposes) and hit the road -- we have some lights to see.

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

Home, acreage on Jackson Road is concealed from Augusta's bustle
Depending on which way they turn from their driveway, Jeanne and Billy Gropp can be in the throes of the holiday traffic at the Target shopping center or Augusta Mall in about five minutes.

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.

Officials hope Everglades restoration will draw visitors
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. -- Not far from where the tram full of tourists glimpsed an alligator lurking among saw grasses, a guide dares them to wade knee-deep into the swampy, dark water surrounding them.

Home front
Need a stocking stuffer for your home fix-it expert? MeasureTech Plus is a professional-grade stud finder with the ability to detect wood or metal studs. It has a scanning depth of 1.5 inches and an LCD display.

Istanbul tourism derailed by bombings
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The maze of shops comprising the exotic Grand Bazaar in central Istanbul has carpets, jewelry, souvenirs - everything, it seems, but customers.

Help those who dread the holidays
For many people, especially those with small children, close family and plentiful financial resources, the holiday season is a joyous time.

In the know
In the wake of the vintage T-shirt craze that had hipsters running around in Pabst Blue Ribbon tees and trucker hats, T-shirt makers are plundering the cartoon archives for inspiration.

Museum exhibit showcases St. Peter's Basilica, site of Vatican
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- For Roman Catholics around the world, Christmas Eve means midnight Mass celebrated by the pope in St. Peter's Basilica, the home of the church and a jewel of Renaissance architecture.

Lynx squander lead and game

Lynx squander lead and game
They had a chance to kick the rival Columbia Inferno when they were down.

Lynx game report

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.

ECHL notebook
When news of the first coaching change in the ECHL broke last week, the initial reaction was that Blaine Moore was forced out after his struggling Fresno Falcons opened 8-15-2 in his fifth season with the team.

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

ECHL notebook

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.

Lynx come away victorious

Grocery programs help schools

News you can use

Kid of the day

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Council debates tax spending

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Democrats tackle trade issues

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.

Trying to take the politics out of base closing

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.

Jurors give funds to help groups
MARIETTA, Ga. - A program that allows Cobb County jurors to donate their $25 per diem to the animal shelter, library system, parks department and other county organizations has played an integral role in funding projects and capital expenditures, officials say.

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.

Jury finds pair guilty

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
LANCASTER -A Lancaster County man is the latest confirmed flu-related death in South Carolina, health officials say.

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.

Debate over proposals awaits Assembly in '04

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.

Communities in Georgia and other states organize to keep military posts open

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

General to focus on keeping Tinker Air Force Base
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dick Burpee remembers the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure hearings.

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.

Group's ads will call for King day

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.

Thurmond story draws buyers
COLUMBIA - Essie Mae Washington-Williams is eager to tell her story as the daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond and a black maid.

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.

Military hints at criteria for cuts
While the outcome of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission won't be formally known until the end of 2005, there are several signs that could suggest which military installations are the most vulnerable to being shut down.

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.

Teenagers' bond hearing closed

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.

'Mother of all BRACs' puts residents on edge
People are still reeling four years after the closure of Fort McClellan, Ala., the largest Army post shuttered by the Base Closure and Realignment Act.

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.

Families confront deployment

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

Jacksonville's Cecil Field a victim of base closings

Correction
An incorrect photograph accompanied a news article on the death of James Curtis Cullum Sr. in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Program provides a look at slave life

Supply Corps School turns out Navy

Across South Carolina

Not all Augustans go to bed when the sun sets

Across the southeast

General to focus on keeping Tinker Air Force Base

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.

Correction

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.

Department of Defense grants small part of UGA research

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

Threat of base closure frightens business owners, hurts economic development
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. -- George Spencer is blunt when he talks about the potential closure of the military post that bumps up against his northeast Kansas community.

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.

Threat of base closure frightens business owners, hurts economic development

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.

Across the area

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.

Outsiders find reasons to close bases

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.

Canine mascot aims to please

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.

Group's ads will call for King day
GREENVILLE, S.C. - A group of media businesses has sponsored a series of TV ads calling on Greenville County to adopt a paid holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Fire, fall survivor struggles with debilitating injuries
A Hephzibah woman who writes that she once fell 56 feet from a burning building is asking for help this Christmas.

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.

Trying to take the politics out of base closing
In the 1960s when Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was busy closing 60 unneeded, World War II-era military bases, the political influence of individual members of Congress guided his selection.

Textile execs decry trade pact

Across the area

Across the area
Two Harlem-area teenagers said they were the victims of a carjacking, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Brunswick soldier is killed near Baghdad

Grocery programs help schools
Can you turn a box of brownies into a bag of footballs?

Lawyers appeal to get commandments back up

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Alex Ploetzke of North Augusta.

Communities in Georgia and other states organize to keep military posts open
To many communities, the upcoming decision by the military on what bases to keep open amounts to a beauty contest of sorts.

Canine mascot aims to please
JOHNSTON, S.C. - When Thomas Holmes, the president of the Strom Thurmond High School Booster Club, suggested adopting the University of Tennessee's blue tick coon hound mascot as the new symbol of his alma mater, he had only one thing in mind.

Officer makes horse calls

Program provides a look at slave life
BEECH ISLAND - For "Kessie," Christmas meant a brief respite from the fields and the housework of antebellum plantation life.

Not all Augustans go to bed when the sun sets
Few rhythms are as ironclad as sleeping and waking. When it's dark, we rest. When it's daylight, we wake.

Department of Defense grants small part of UGA research
ATHENS, Ga. -- A number of University of Georgia researchers get grants from the federal Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy and other defense-related agencies. But the dollars involved are small -- about $556,000 in the 2002 fiscal year, around one-half of 1 percent of UGA's overall grant totals from federal agencies.

Family has difficult time living off single income

Base closing process has many steps
Used to be that a military base could be closed without notice, throwing thousands of workers into unemployment and blindsiding the local community. Streamlined procedures allowed the secretary of defense alone to shutter dozens of the hundreds of World War II-era installations practically on a whim.

Former Augusta leader dies

Airport leaders admire ranking

Debate over proposals awaits Assembly in '04
ATLANTA - The HOPE scholarship is headed for financial problems in the near future. State leaders agree on that much.

Ethics panel gives Schrenko more time

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -A Georgia beauty queen turned herself in to police Saturday to face a murder charge in the death of her boyfriend.

'Mother of all BRACs' puts residents on edge

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

Base closing process has many steps

Friends pray for missing student

News you can use
DEC. 21, 1965 Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara on Monday ordered an indefinite postponement of miliary construction that apparently will affect several million dollars of building at Fort Gordon.

GOP attacks school tax plan

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -Four young men were found dead of gunshot and knife wounds in a blazing home, and three suspects were in custody Saturday on murder charges. A teenage survivor was in critical condition.

3 local companies pay environmental fines

South Carolina police lose counseling outlet
AIKEN - Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt learned how important good emotional counseling was last summer, when one of his officers shot a suspect to death during a struggle.

Animal rights group urges prosecution of 13-year-old

Jacksonville's Cecil Field a victim of base closings
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a bustling, burning, shrieking, streaking, day in and day out enterprise where jets danced and aviators reigned.

Review cites tax office in shortfall

Military's changing strategy to be reflected in basing decisions
WASHINGTON -- With the Cold War a distant memory and a new war on terrorism in progress, Pentagon officials are staring down the cross hairs of the U.S. militarys future.

Soldier pops question on TV

Outsiders find reasons to close bases
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Army does not need three bases in Alaska for a single brigade, especially since housing and operational costs are high. Therefore, Fort Richardson should be closed.

Yarbrough: Scares remind us of what matters

Supply Corps School turns out Navys business managers
ATHENS, Ga. -- For many U.S. Navy personnel, the road to the deck of a Navy ship passes through Athens.

Tough call, great game
Larry Campbell protested plenty. The Lincoln County coach protested so much he told the head referee, "Y'all'll have to throw me outta here." He protested so much he called a timeout to protest some more. He protested for more than 10 minutes, officially and at times profanely.

Epics, history and lots of horses highlight Oscar season
LOS ANGELES -- The Academy Awards are shaping up as a literal horse race. Sweeping spectacle and historical pageantry - featuring tons of horse flesh - could dominate the ceremony Feb. 29. Everyone from jockeys and Hobbits to samurai and Civil War combatants are saddled up for a run at Oscar gold.

Epics, history and lots of horses highlight Oscar season

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.

Classic movies added to National Film Registry

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.

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

Urban development was inescapable in music in 2003

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.

Knicks ground Hawks

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

Knicks ground Hawks
NEW YORK -- Don Chaney yanked Howard Eisley and inserted Frank Williams early in the third quarter, a snap coaching decision that may have saved Chaney's job.

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.

Top 25 roundup
BOSSIER CITY, La. - Alana Beard scored 19 points to lead No. 3 Duke to a 105-53 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday.

In focus
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

ACC roundup
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Roy Williams' first ACC game proved to be a memorable one - even in defeat.

SEC roundup
INDIANAPOLIS - Chuck Hayes scored 22 points and Erik Daniels added 19 to lead No. 2 Kentucky to an 80-41 rout of Indiana on Saturday - the Wildcats' biggest victory in the 48-game series with its border rival.

McKay watches new team beat old team

Falcons end Bucs' playoff hopes

Bucs welcome challenge of containing Vick

Mr. Chester Prawdzik, Sr.
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Featured obituray: Mr. Leander "Sarge" Williams
Leander "Sarge" Williams was remembered Saturday as a phenomenal human being who loved his family, his friends and his music.

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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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Mrs. Morgree Sauls (BATH, S.C.)

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Mr. Harry Chism (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy McNair (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Evelyn Hamon (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Wren (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Cullum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hayden Moore, Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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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.

Georgia needs reforms in both insurance, health care industries
STARTING NEXT month the Georgia General Assembly will look at ways to lessen the burden of medical-malpractice insurance on our state's health-care providers. Georgia, like the rest of the country, is facing rising premiums for malpractice insurance.

Georgia needs reforms in both insurance, health care industries
STARTING NEXT month the Georgia General Assembly will look at ways to lessen the burden of medical-malpractice insurance on our state's health-care providers. Georgia, like the rest of the country, is facing rising premiums for malpractice insurance.

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

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Special treatment often helps pro athletes' deals get done

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Overtime
In Kiel, Germany, former WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko stopped Danell Nicholson in the fourth round of a non-title heavyweight fight.

Special treatment often helps pro athletes' deals get done
Hotel suites. NBA tickets. Maybe even a motor home. When it comes to baseball stars, sometimes it takes more than millions of dollars to complete a deal. Once in a while, the quirks and perks can make all the difference.

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.

Fish tale
"Fish On!," a striped bass team captained by Ed Lepley (left) of Martinez and Todd Jones of North Augusta, fished the National Striped Bass Association (NSBA) tournament trail this year and finished third earlier this month in the NSBA National Championship Tournament at Lake Lanier. There were 91 teams that qualified for the tournament by catching fish in three preceding regional tournaments. "Fish On!" also finished second in the Southeast Region in points total, second in South Carolina, seventh in Alabama and eighth in Georgia.

Fish tale

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

Georgia State student bags buck
When she's not attending graduate school at Georgia State University, Jennifer Daniels of Martinez enjoys hunting in Telfair County. That's where she was on Nov. 23, when this beast of a buck wandered by. Jennifer is a 1999 Evans High School graduate. To view dozens of other fishing and hunting photos, please visit our online Sportsmen's Scrapbook at www.augustachronicle.com/sports/outdoors/ and click on "sportsman's scrapbook." To submit photos, mail to: Rob Pavey, Outdoors Editor, Augusta Chronicle, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, or e-mail to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

Former game warden turns author
The scene echoed with unspeakable sadness. Two brothers, 17 and 15, were deer hunting at their grandfather's farm. After dark, the younger boy ambled back toward the house. His brother, still in the stand, saw movement and fired.

Democrats tackle trade issues
GREENVILLE, S.C. - South Carolina has lost nearly 65,000 textile and apparel jobs in 11 years, so it's no wonder Dick Gephardt boasts that he is the only Democratic presidential candidate to oppose both the North American Free Trade Agreement and relaxed trade rules for China.

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.

Lady Spartans' duo lifts team in win
Tyhiesha Smith scored 17 points, and Reyna Flemming had 16 to lead Glenn Hills into the finals of Holiday Round Ball Classic with a 56-40 win over Cross Creek

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.

Defense carries Butler in rout
Tenacious defense led to Butler's 94-67 win over Cross Creek in the semifinals of the Holiday Round Ball Classic at Richmond Academy.

Falcons end Bucs' playoff hopes
Michael Vick and the Falcons beat Tampa Bay 30-28 Saturday to end the Buccaneers' hopes of overcoming injuries, the jettisoning of Keyshawn Johnson and other distractions to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

McKay watches new team beat old team
Rich McKay was torn emotionally. His new team, the Atlanta Falcons, beat his old team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-28 Saturday, and the general manager didn't find it easy to watch.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former game warden turns author

Tough call, great game

Portia de Rossi gets expressive on the zany 'Arrested Development'

Portia de Rossi gets expressive on the zany 'Arrested Development'
NEW YORK -- On the Fox comedy "Arrested Development," one of many things to laugh about is the staircar - you know, the sort of vehicle that's parked against an aircraft to let passengers board.

Time morphing sets 'Cold Case' apart from other crime shows

Time morphing sets 'Cold Case' apart from other crime shows
BURBANK, Calif. -- Crew members retouch dirty patches of fake snow and wet down the pavement on a grimy urban back street.

Famous celebrity smiles

UGA notebook

Watson expected more this year
ATHENS, Ga. - From the beginning, this was a season Ben Watson had every intention of savoring.

UGA notebook
And then there were five. Georgia's depth chart for the Capital One Bowl didn't have many seniors listed on it to begin with, but that number has shrunk from eight to five this week.

Watson expected more this year

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

Texas downs Georgia by 13
AUSTIN, Texas - Heather Schreiber had 25 points and nine rebounds, and fifth-ranked Texas rode a 20-7 surge in the second half to a 71-58 victory Saturday over No. 10 Georgia.

Texas downs Georgia by 13

Big game gets big effort

Big game gets big effort
COLUMBIA - Judging by the celebration, one would have thought South Carolina won something monumental on Saturday.

Freshmen guide Tar Heels past Gamecocks
In Myrtle Beach, S.C., freshman Ivory Latta scored 16 points in her return home to lead North Carolina to a victory over South Carolina.

Two cities jangle over claim to 'Jingle Bells'

Churches tout lavish Christmas shows

Toadfish mating call gives clues to fighting human muscular diseases

Odds and Ends

Book displays Hanukkah menorahs across the centuries

Faith digest

Report cites curbs on religious freedom in many countries

Hanukkah toy puts spin on Yiddish

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Tracking the Star of Bethlehem

Hanukkah gains significance by proximity to Christmas

Religion news in brief

European Jews fear 'new' anti-Semitism

Bethlehem faces another gloomy Christmas