Best sellers

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

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.

Exhibition of servants' portraits strikes a chord

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

Paul Rudnick chronicles the compulsions of King Ludwig of Bavaria

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

Houston hosts Museum of Modern Art exhibit

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.

Kimbell Museum exhibit features Renaissance prayer books

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.

Barbara Cook to make her Met debut in New Year's Eve gala

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Barbara Cook to make her Met debut in New Year's Eve gala
NEW YORK -- Tony Award winner Barbara Cook will make her Metropolitan Opera debut at the New Year's Eve gala performance of Franz Lehar's operetta "The Merry Widow."

This long whodunit never lets readers down

'Boy From Oz' to shut down while Hugh Jackman vacations
NEW YORK -- The show won't go on while Hugh Jackman takes his vacation from "The Boy From Oz."

Clinton biography obsessed with sex

Paul Rudnick chronicles the compulsions of King Ludwig of Bavaria
NEW YORK -- The comic writings of Paul Rudnick range from "Jeffrey" and "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" on stage to the screenplays for such movies as "Addams Family Values," "In and Out" and the upcoming remake of "The Stepford Wives."

'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.

Kimbell Museum exhibit features Renaissance prayer books
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Some of the most ornate paintings from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance eras do not hang in a museum. In fact, they're not even in frames.

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.

Exhibition of servants' portraits strikes a chord
LONDON -- Suddenly, servants are headline news.

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.

Houston hosts Museum of Modern Art exhibit
HOUSTON -- Houston's Museum of Fine Arts welcomes a "greatest hits" compilation of modern art.

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'Fatal Dead Lines' is a lively newsroom thriller

Former surgeon tells story of Hitler's U-boats

Fifty-eight players dumped onto free-agent market
NEW YORK -- Outfielder Jay Payton and reliever Braden Looper were among 58 players dumped onto the free-agent market Sunday after their teams failed to offer them 2004 contracts.

Fifty-eight players dumped onto free-agent market

Shopping for peace and quiet

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.

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 ...

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

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.

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

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

Startup fever dulled by preference for overseas programmers

Long ride ends for E-Z-Go chairman

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?

On the move

Shoppers crowd malls on the last weekend before Christmas
NEW YORK -- Shoppers jammed the nation's malls on the last weekend before Christmas, snapping up bargains and hunting for popular toys, but retailers were anxious after a much-hoped for sales bonanza did not materialize for many of them.

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.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Atlanta Gas Light Co.

McDonald's 'I'm lovin' it' campaign hits its packaging

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.

Pocket change

Road warriors' new sales weapon is mobile technology
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- In his 20th year at Chase-Pitkin, a home-improvement chain in western New York, Mike Wright is getting more of what sales reps relish above all else: face time.

Renters should consider insurance

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.

Expect more corporate drama next year

McDonald's 'I'm lovin' it' campaign hits its packaging
CHICAGO -- McDonald's "I'm lovin' it" advertising campaign is jumping from TV and radio commercials to the fast food restaurant's packaging.

Business calendar

Road warriors' new sales weapon is mobile technology

Shoppers crowd malls on the last weekend before Christmas

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.

Wineries pursue a market of gay consumers

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.

Soft pretzel maker experiments with new business twist

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.

Wineries pursue a market of gay consumers
ST. HELENA, Calif. -- Merryvale Vineyards had a well-regarded product but a slim advertising budget. So it decided to try something different - reach out to gay consumers.

Aging Boomers pose dilemma for radio industry

Soft pretzel maker experiments with new business twist
PHILADELPHIA -- After scoring global success with a soft pretzel first made at an Amish-country farm stand, Auntie Anne's Inc. has a new vision rising from its secret-formula dough: cafes with pizza, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee and Internet access.

Good entrepreneurs know when to ask for help

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

Unpredictable year for gas prices ends with stability
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- A year of up-and-down gas prices ended with two weeks of stability, but the steady pricing isn't likely to last into the new year, an industry analyst said Sunday.

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.

Clemson downs South Carolina State

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.

Obscurity suits LSU Tigers just fine

N.C. State, Kansas meet in Tangerine Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. -- North Carolina State coach Chuck Amato thought better things would await his team than a bowl game before Christmas.

N.C. State, Kansas meet in Tangerine Bowl

Coach fired by Alabama is hired by Texas school
EL PASO, Texas -- The coach fired by the University of Alabama because he spent a drunken night at a strip club has been hired as head football coach at the University of Texas at El Paso, a spokesman said Sunday.

Boise State players are ruled ineligible, quarterback might be ready to return
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt quarterback threw hard again Sunday, a sign his broken throwing hand might be healed enough for him to play Dec. 31 in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl against Boston College.

Obscurity suits LSU Tigers just fine
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU punter Donnie Jones says the Tigers, ranked No. 2 and in the BCS championship game Jan. 4, have developed a following around the Gulf South. That doesn't mean people recognize the players.

Coach fired by Alabama is hired by Texas school

SEC roundup

Connecticut trounces Saint Joseph's in women's basketball

ACC roundup

Making parents responsible
Richmond County School Board member Barbara Padgett raised some eyebrows with her suggestion that parents be fined $100 for each day their child is absent from school without an excuse. Fannin County has such a program and it seems to be working.

More court meddling
Unelected judges, who have been stretching their constitutionally limited mandate to encroach on aspects of American life not imagined by the Founders, are now extending their reach into the nation's foreign and war policies - areas that the Constitution made clear was to be conducted by the executive branch with funding by the legislative branch.

Making parents responsible

Actions speak volumes

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.

More court meddling

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

Oscar nominated actress Hope Lange dies at 70
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Hope Lange, who starred opposite Hollywood's top actors over a decades-long career and earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the 1957 film "Peyton Place," has died, her husband said Sunday. She was 70.

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.

People in the news
NEW YORK -- Facing trial on a stock-trading scandal, Martha Stewart says her legal woes have curtailed her holiday plans.

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

Rise in Dow, S&P signals shift into large-cap stocks

Fund investigation raises thorny issues for prosecutors
BOSTON -- Word that a federal grand jury in Boston is looking into recent mutual fund scandals highlights the difficult question of just how deeply criminal prosecutors could or should be involved in a matter that has traditionally been the purview of the civil justice system.

Limits rising for pretax contributions to retirement accounts

Should I get phone service from the cable company?

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.

Investors can cut 2003 tax liability

Fund investigation raises thorny issues for prosecutors

Families refocus for the holidays

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.

Rise in Dow, S&P signals shift into large-cap stocks
NEW YORK -- A persistently weak dollar and growing opportunities in China have many portfolio managers predicting that 2004 will be the year of the big multinational stock.

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?

Jackets win again
ATLANTA - Will Bynum knows how to make his minutes count. Now the trick for No. 5 Georgia Tech is to find more minutes for him.

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

Jackets win again

Best things aren't free for Muhammad

My family finds ways to make Christmas last

Lonard wins Australian Open
RYE, Australia -- Australia's Peter Lonard won the Australian Open on Sunday, holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory.

Clark, Devils go down fighting

Officials' mistake is beginning of end for Devils

Camden hits road for first state title

Defense carries Butler in rout

Lady Spartans' duo lifts team in win

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.

Clark, Devils go down fighting
HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. - After another of his errant passes missed the wide receiver by five yards to end a Lincoln County drive, Red Devils coach Larry Campbell approached quarterback Travis Clark, and yelled, "Travis, are you all right?"

Thrashers slam Penguins

Thrashers place Majesky on injured list, recall Blatny
ATLANTA -- Thrashers defenseman Ivan Majesky was placed on injured reserve Sunday, retroactive to Dec. 13, and Atlanta recalled Zdenek Blatny from Chicago of the AHL.

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

Thrashers top Flyers

Thrashers top Flyers
ATLANTA -- Ronald Petrovicky scored twice and Byron Dafoe made 25 saves to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 Sunday night.

Thrashers place Majesky on injured list, recall Blatny

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.

Self-righteous Christians protecting us from ourselves

Self-righteous Christians protecting us from ourselves
Twenty-six murders in Richmond County so far this year. Obscene. Stabbings, rapes, shootings, robberies, burglaries and child molestation in our neighborhoods. Obscene. Bob Groothand, Augusta

'Choice' editorial offers no real choice

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.

Thanks co-workers for Christmas assistance

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

Friday off after Christmas hinders transportation

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.

Friday off after Christmas hinders transportation
Once again it appears that Augusta's commissioners took some action without fully considering the consequences for some of our citizens. I am talking about the decision to designate the Friday following Christmas as a holiday. Let me hasten to say I do not object to this - just some of its consequences. Jack T. Eckert, Augusta

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.

Disappointed Miller is not running again

'Choice' editorial offers no real choice
Wait a minute! The Chronicle's editorial writers must have taken a lesson from Saddam Hussein in their Dec. 16 editorial, "Choice must be made," when they characterized leading Democrats as haters of President George W. Bush and wrote that Democrats "must put politics aside and decide whether they are for the United States or the terrorists." Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Officials hope Everglades restoration will draw visitors

'Body Farm' founder says each corpse 'a puzzle' to be solved

These camcorders record directly to DVD

Help those who dread the holidays

The American soldier is named Time magazine's Person of the Year

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

In the know

Arch debuts Lewis and Clark exhibit

Techbits: Tiny drives, getting Sirius, e-7-Eleven, cell TV

Istanbul tourism derailed by bombings

Nuclear-powered spacecraft to explore Jupiter's moons

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

Holiday light tour driving directions

Tennessee programmer creates treasure hunt for 'WMD'

Mars rovers seek to resolve competing clues about planet's past
PASADENA, Calif. -- The prospect of life on Mars has charged the public imagination for more than a century, ever since astronomers first spied what they thought were canals dug to irrigate the planet's ruddy surface.

Nuclear-powered spacecraft to explore Jupiter's moons
SAN FRANCISCO -- NASA plans to dispatch a hulking nuclear-powered spacecraft to determine whether three of Jupiter's icy, planet-sized moons have the potential to harbor life.

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.

The American soldier is named Time magazine's Person of the Year
NEW YORK -- The American soldier, who bears the duty of "living with and dying for a country's most fateful decisions," was named Sunday as Time magazine's Person of the Year.

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.

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.

These camcorders record directly to DVD
With DVD players now in about half of U.S. households, the idea makes sense.

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.

Tennessee programmer creates treasure hunt for 'WMD'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As computer programmer Shane Messer watched U.S. forces look for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the search struck him as a perverse sort of treasure hunt.

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.

'Body Farm' founder says each corpse 'a puzzle' to be solved
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- "There is nothing better than a dead body to make your day," Dr. William Bass says.

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.

Techbits: Tiny drives, getting Sirius, e-7-Eleven, cell TV
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. has developed what it believes is the smallest functional hard drive for next-generation cell phones and other portable gadgets - a nickel-sized disk that can store two to three gigabytes of music and video.

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.

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.

ECHL notebook

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

Lynx squander lead and game

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.

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.

Week in advance
As if the Godfather of Soul, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business and Mr. Dynamite weren't enough, music legend James Brown is adding Santa's Soulful Helper to his ever-expanding list of honorariums. Mr. Brown continues his annual tradition of handing out toys to needy children at 10 a.m. Monday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Toy donations will be accepted at the theater after 10 a.m. For more information, call 738-1971.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers: FOR THE INDIVIDUAL who felt the need to inform everyone that the word "gay" only had three letters, they should know that the term "four-letter word" is a cliche, indicating a term which is taboo in the English vernacular, not an actual count in the letters.

Across the area

Stores battle holiday thieves
'Tis the season to go stealing. Sneaky opportunists make this the peak shoplifting season of the year, blending in with the hustle and bustle of the holiday crowd to slip away with a few items

Outsiders find reasons to close bases

Gangs are in Augusta now, Craig warns
Increased gang activity in Augusta is making it more difficult to solve homicides, according to District Attorney Danny Craig.

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.

News you can use
DEC. 22, 1955 The Richmond County legislative delegation has announced it is prepared to introduce two bills in the General Assembly in January to help remove Juvenile Courts in the state from criticism.

Threat of base closure frightens business owners, hurts economic development

5 questions with James Cole
Chief of security at Augusta Regional Airport:

Addicted couple get back on their feet with shoe store
By all accounts, Dotty McGaha says, she should not still be married, running a successful business or raising an adopted child.

Aiken officials investigate fire
Aiken authorities are continuing their investigation into a weekend fire at a campsite owned by a church group.

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

Locally, effects of alert will be minor
Augusta-area emergency officials say residents will probably not notice changes resulting from the heightened alert the federal government announced Sunday, but precautions are in place.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -State police seized three video gaming machines Saturday in a 10-county sweep of 500 businesses.

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.

Across Georgia
COVINGTON -Two 11-year-old boys face rape and child-molestation charges after a woman reported they had inappropriate contact with her 8-year-old daughter.

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.

Across the area
An employee of an Augusta liquor store told police that one of two would-be robbers he blocked from entering the store late Saturday pointed a gun at him through a glass door, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Democrats tackle trade issues

Across the Southeast
DURHAM, N.C. -Eckerd Corp. has refused to share follow-up records for more than 20 cases in which pharmacists made errors in dispensing drugs, a state agency head says.

Department of Defense grants small part of UGA research

Hurdles await Democrats in S. Carolina
AIKEN - In the not-so-distant future, political archaeologists might be digging for the fossilized remains of an endangered species - the Southern Democrat.

Sanford would cut income-tax rate

Politics permeate closure process
In the 1960s, when Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was busy closing 60 World War II-era military bases, the political influence of members of Congress guided his selection.

Group's ads will call for King day

Jacksonville base gets new life after closing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It was a bustling, burning, shrieking, streaking, day-in-and-day-out enterprise where jets danced and aviators reigned.

Canine mascot aims to please

BRAC could help rather than hurt Athens school
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Navy Supply Corps School in Athens has survived Base Realignment and Closure cuts in the past, but locals are changing their strategy slightly this time around.

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

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.

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.

Sanford would cut income-tax rate
COLUMBIA - As a small-business owner, Janice Malafronte knows things haven't been easy for South Carolina workers in recent years.

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.

State cuts turn holiday plastic
ATLANTA - The state Capitol is decked out with garland and poinsettias, and if most of them are made of plastic, blame the economy.

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.

Union submarine lost place in history
Almost a year before the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sank a Union ship in battle, the cigar-shaped Alligator was heading toward Charleston, S.C., on a mission.

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.

Jacksonville's Cecil Field a victim of base closings

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.

'Mother of all BRACs' puts residents on edge

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.

Program provides a look at slave life

General to focus on keeping Tinker Air Force Base

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.

Correction

Hurdles await Democrats in S. Carolina

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

Stores battle holiday thieves

Trying to take the politics out of base closing

News you can use

Across Georgia

Politics permeate closure process

Kid of the day
LeAsijah Keona Dunn of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Union submarine lost place in history

Father has fallen on difficult times
An Augusta father who writes that his life has gone off track lately needs help this holiday season.

An illuminating message

Grocery programs help schools

Across the Southeast

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Base closing process has many steps

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.

Gangs are in Augusta now, Craig warns

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

Addicted couple get back on their feet with shoe store

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Aiken officials investigate fire

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

Jacksonville base gets new life after closing

An illuminating message
Like the candles on a menorah, U.S. Rep. Max Burns told those at Sunday's Hanukkah candlelighting ceremony, Americans must be a light to the world.

State cuts turn holiday plastic

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.

Across the area

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Week in advance

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.

Father has fallen on difficult times

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Base closing process has many steps

'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.

Supply Corps School turns out Navy

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.

News you can use

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.

Not all Augustans go to bed when the sun sets

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.

Across the southeast

Debate over proposals awaits Assembly in '04

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

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.

My family finds ways to make Christmas last
Christmas comes but once a year, and it lasts for a month or more. At my house, anyway.

Epics, history and lots of horses highlight Oscar season

'Return of the King' takes $73.6 million in debut weekend
LOS ANGELES -- Movie audiences shelled out a king's ransom for one last trip to Middle-earth.

'Return of the King' takes $73.6 million in debut weekend

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.

Q&A with singer Kelis
NEW YORK -- Maybe having such a sweet "Milkshake" has a downside.

Q&A with singer Kelis

Officials, airports respond as Ridge raises terror threat to second-highest level
Major cities and transportation hubs around the nation increased security patrols Sunday in response to the raising of the national terror alert to its highest level in months.

Officials, airports respond as Ridge raises terror threat to second-highest level

Knicks ground Hawks

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.

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.

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

Connecticut trounces Saint Joseph's in women's basketball
PHILADELPHIA -- Connecticut shook off a slow start and showed Geno Auriemma just well it could play.

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.

Titans top Texans

Missed kick lets Jaguars beat Saints

Buchanan upset with treatment

Playoff-bound Panthers beat Lions

McKay watches new team beat old team

Falcons end Bucs' playoff hopes

Cowboys win playoff spot

Brunell a bystander in classic home finale

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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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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.

Swiss snowboarders dominate World Cup event

Special treatment often helps pro athletes' deals get done

Area sports announcements

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

Overtime
In Rye, Australia, countryman Peter Lonard won the Australian Open on Sunday, holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory.

Swiss snowboarders dominate World Cup event
STONEHAM, Quebec -- Swiss snowboarders Urs Eiselin and Ursula Bruhn won World Cup parallel giant slaloms Sunday.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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.

Outdoors calendar

Fish tale

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Missed kick lets Jaguars beat Saints
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The only thing missing was the band ... and the extra point.

Brunell a bystander in classic home finale
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As a going-away present, Mark Brunell got to see a heck of a game.

Playoff-bound Panthers beat Lions
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The playoff-bound Carolina Panthers had to make a choice: Rest some of their ailing starters or play them in pursuit a momentum-building win.

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.

Titans top Texans
HOUSTON -- A wounded Steve McNair is still very dangerous. The Titans quarterback, playing with a cracked bone spur in his left ankle, hit Drew Bennett for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left to lead Tennessee into the playoffs with a 27-24 victory over the Texans.

Cowboys win playoff spot
IRVING, Texas -- The first time Bill Parcells spoke to the Dallas Cowboys, he told them to "get your expectations up."

Buchanan upset with treatment
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Wade Phillips says he doesn't know if Ray Buchanan will dress for the Atlanta Falcons' regular-season finale.

Muslim women march against head scarf ban
PARIS -- Thousands of people, mainly Muslim women shouting "The veil, my choice," marched through Paris on Sunday against presidential proposals to ban Islamic head scarves from public schools and maybe at work, too.

Former game warden turns author

Tough call, great game

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.

Actor makes comeback from paralysis on NBC's 'Ed'

Young viewers aren't leaving TV - just prime-time shows
NEW YORK -- Andrew Myers, a 20-year-old college student from New York, loves to watch Jon Stewart, David Letterman, "South Park" and "Seinfeld" reruns. Many days, he doesn't turn on the television until 11 at night.

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

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

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.

Arab TV specials bring lessons from the West
CAIRO, Egypt -- After more than 20 years in the United States, Auntie Nour returns home to Cairo with a mission: to use her experiences abroad to help her family see others differently.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Arab TV specials bring lessons from the West

Young viewers aren't leaving TV - just prime-time shows

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
It's time to open up the Lookout sack of holiday gifts, handed out to a few special people both on TV and watching it.

Actor makes comeback from paralysis on NBC's 'Ed'
NORTHVALE, N.J. -- The compliment that Daryl Mitchell savors most these days is when people believe he's acting the part of a man in a wheelchair.

Sunday 'Today' show earns best ratings in six years for Saddam coverage
NEW YORK -- With more than 6.2 million people watching, NBC's Sunday "Today" show earned its best ratings in more than six years for its coverage of the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Joe Namath tells ESPN's Kolber he wants to kiss her
NEW YORK -- Joe Namath's interview on ESPN was cut short when the Hall of Fame quarterback gave curious answers to Suzy Kolber's questions.

Joe Namath tells ESPN's Kolber he wants to kiss her

People in the news

Wayne Newton and company crank up USO tours

Purdue coach happy with progress
Purdue coach Joe Tiller was having so much trouble coming up with the right word to describe the transformation of his Boilermaker football team from an offensive-minded program to one where defense is the forte.

Watson expected more this year

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.

Purdue coach happy with progress

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.

UGA notebook

Texas downs Georgia by 13

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

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

Muslim women march against head scarf ban