Attendance down, grosses up on Broadway in 2003
NEW YORK -- Still feeling the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and an uncertain economy, Broadway saw fewer people going to the theater in 2003, although the box office was up.

Attendance down, grosses up on Broadway in 2003

Help us pick biggest story of the year

High court rejects claim by unhappy dog owner
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The state's highest court decided Tuesday that dog fancier Jon H. Hammer was barking up the wrong tree.

Unions protest endless playing of Christmas carols in stores
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Labor unions in the Czech Republic demanded Monday that stores stop playing Christmas carols incessantly or pay compensation for causing emotional trauma to sales clerks.

Texas company making line of talking presidential dolls
HOUSTON -- If Barbie is attracted to leaders of the free world, Ken may have a rival or two.

Farmer collects his severed limb and drives for help
HARRISON, Ark. -- A farmer whose arm was torn off in a tractor accident picked up the limb, climbed back on and headed for home to get help.

Odds and Ends
HONOLULU -- Hawaii is well-known for its high cost of living, but this year sprucing up the living room for the holidays only takes $1 - even less in some cases.

Odds and Ends
TECUMSEH, Mich. -- A fruitcake that is an estimated 125 years old - an artifact of holiday cheer - is expected to make a tasty debut of sorts when it's introduced on national TV.

Orioles reach agreement with Javy Lopez
BALTIMORE -- Javy Lopez agreed to a $22.5 million, three-year deal with Baltimore on Monday, giving the Orioles a big hitter and another addition to their rebuilding program.

Braves sign free agent pitcher Almanza
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms Monday with free agent left-handed pitcher Armando Almanza.

Franco close to deal with Braves
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and Julio Franco are on the verge of finalizing a minor league contract that would pay the veteran first baseman $750,000 if he's added to the major league roster.

Braves sign free agent pitcher Almanza

Dairy giant files for bankruptcy
ROME - Italian dairy giant Parmalat announced Tuesday that it is seeking bankruptcy protection, as the company faces a widening scandal over a multibillion dollar hole in its balance sheet.

Health care costs overview

Health care costs overview
Health care costs grew at a slower pace this year for the first time since 1997, but a recent survey shows that's small comfort to workers, especially in the South.

Retailers hope final days before Christmas will increase sales
NEW YORK -- A late-buying binge this past weekend didn't turn out to be robust enough for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and other merchants to offset modest sales trends throughout the holiday season, according to preliminary data.

U.S. oil companies angle to return to Libya; exports may boom

Parmalat's financial hole expand ahead of bankruptcy plan
ROME -- The top executive at Parmalat Finanziaria SpA met Tuesday with prosecutors investigating a euro3.95 billion ($4.91 billion) hole in the balance sheet of Italy's biggest diary company.

Government looks at new fuel economy standards for large SUVs
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is looking at making larger SUVs, such as the Hummer H2, Ford Excursion and GMC Suburban, and large pickup trucks comply with federal fuel economy standards for the first time.

Bank expands its reach
After building its banking base around the metro area the past few years, a century-old community lender with rural roots has moved into the heart of south Richmond County.

Business briefs

Rodeo Drive gets needed makeover

AP Poll: public approval of Bush on economy at level not seen all year
WASHINGTON - President Bush is getting good marks on the economy from a clear majority of the public at a time when consumer confidence has risen to its highest levels since early 2002, an Associated Press poll finds.

Parmalat's financial hole expand ahead of bankruptcy plan

Rodeo Drive gets needed makeover
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Rodeo Drive wasn't quite down and out, but owners of chi-chi stores along the glitzy thoroughfare worried that it was losing its luster.

Government looks at new fuel economy standards for large SUVs

Toys under the Christmas tree are probably foreign-made
WASHINGTON -- Parents who are sticklers for buying American may have a rough time as they whisk through toy stores this holiday season.

U.S. oil companies angle to return to Libya; exports may boom
LONDON -- For more than 17 years, U.S. oil companies have chafed at sanctions that forced them to abandon prolific oil fields in the Libyan desert.

Business growth best performance in nearly 20 years
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, propelled by tax cuts and low interest rates, roared ahead at an 8.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the best showing in nearly 20 years, while Americans' incomes and spending both showed healthy gains in November.

Euro hits record vs. dollar, gold up in Europe
LONDON -- The euro set a new high Monday against the U.S. dollar, which also sank against other key currencies. Gold rose.

Toys under the Christmas tree are probably foreign-made

Business growth best performance in nearly 20 years

AP Poll: public approval of Bush on economy at level not seen all year

Retailers hope final days before Christmas will increase sales

EU warns bailout of Parmalat must comply with rules
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union's head office warned Rome on Monday that any government move to bail out troubled dairy company Parmalat Finanziaria SpA would have to comply with single market rules.

Rough flu season highlights economics problems of vaccine industry
NEW YORK -- It's no comfort to people scrambling to find a flu vaccine to learn that last year Aventis Pasteur ended up discarding 5 million extra doses of the 43 million it produced.

EPA sets new pollution standards for motorcycles, scooters and mopeds
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday set the first new emission standards for highway motorcycles in 25 years, and the first standards for small scooters and mopeds.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines is canceling executive bonuses for this year and reconsidering its compensation program for high-ranking officials.

Business briefs
Save-A-Lot owner's earnings decline

Las Vegas Bowl features two star running backs
LAS VEGAS -- Oregon State running back Steven Jackson has picked up plenty of yards, publicity and respect this season.

Las Vegas Bowl features two star running backs

Kerbalis quietly takes three straight West Lake titles

Painful pact

Gadhafi's turnaround
"Walk softly and carry a big stick" guided Teddy Roosevelt's foreign policy. It also seems to be a hallmark of President George W. Bush's anti-terrorist doctrine.

This is war

This is war
This has to be the weirdest war ever.

How to be remembered
All of us should want to be remembered as this community will remember James Curtis Cullum Sr.

'Yes, Virginia ...'

Painful pact
"This is absolute insanity. How much more pain can we stand? How much more pain can the American people stand?

'Yes, Virginia ...'
Traditionally, it had been the Augusta Herald's custom at this time of the year to reproduce an editorial that appeared in the old New York Sun in 1897, and which has been handed down as a journalistic classic. The author was Francis Pharcellus Church, but it was not until his death in 1906 that the Sun revealed that the editorial came from his pen.

Roy Horn of 'Siegfried & Roy' returns to Vegas for rehabilitation
LAS VEGAS -- Illusionist Roy Horn of "Siegfried & Roy" returned to his home Monday to continue his rehabilitation under the care of a team of doctors and therapists.

Prosecutors to get Limbaugh's medical records
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Prosecutors can examine Rush Limbaugh's medical records to determine whether he should be charged with "doctor shopping" for prescription painkillers, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Timeline of accusations in Jackson case could be problematic
LOS ANGELES -- For jurors to convict Michael Jackson, they would have to believe he would be so bold as to molest a boy while he was under investigation by child welfare authorities in a probe touched off by a TV documentary.

Ozzy Osbourne leaves intensive care
LONDON -- Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has been moved out of intensive care as he recovers from the crash of an all-terrain vehicle two weeks ago, his family said Tuesday.

People in the news
MIAMI -- Rapper Trick Daddy, who avoided prison by pleading guilty to cocaine and weapons charges, will make 24 free appearances to talk to high school students about the dangers of guns, AIDS, drugs and violence.

People in the news
LONDON -- Elvis Presley is the all-time singles king in Britain, nearly a half-century after he first crashed into the pop chart here, according to a new list published Monday.

Save money, tax free with HSAs
American workers will have a new tax-deductible way to save money for out-of-pocket medical expenses starting next year, under a provision in the Medicare law President Bush signed earlier this month.

Stocks drift higher on trio of economic reports

Fed study says Freddie and Fannie do little to lower mortgage rates

Stocks push higher despite heightened terror alert
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pushed to new 52-week highs Monday as investors cautiously picked up shares on expectations of stronger growth in 2004. A heightened terror alert limited gains.

Fed study says Freddie and Fannie do little to lower mortgage rates
WASHINGTON -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac enjoy huge subsidies from the federal government, but those benefits translate into only a tiny drop in the mortgage rates paid by home buyers, a Federal Reserve economist concluded Monday.

Stocks push higher despite heightened terror alert

Save money, tax free with HSAs

IRS to increase attention to deductions for donated intellectual property

IRS to increase attention to deductions for donated intellectual property
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service said Monday it will deny improper deductions for donating patents and other intellectual properties to charity.

Stocks drift higher on trio of economic reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street nudged higher to fresh 19-month highs Tuesday as a trio of economic reports - one on gross domestic product, the others on consumer sentiment and spending - provided investors additional evidence of an improving economy.

Ham for the holiday is packed with flavors

Chicken cordon bleu stays tasty with less fat

Ham for the holiday is packed with flavors
DALLAS - Chef Kent Rathbun's Dallas restaurant, Abacus, has been a hit since opening in 1999. With a cooking style that draws on culinary influences from around the globe, Mr. Rathbun synthesizes a variety of flavors to create his own "soulful" cuisine with a contemporary edge.

Small portions
Clementines are easily distinguished from other members of the mandarin orange family by their thin skin and lack of seeds - that "zipper skin" is easily pulled from the flesh.

Ginger enlivens monkfish

Chicken cordon bleu stays tasty with less fat
This version of chicken cordon bleu is still an elegant entree, but it's an easy, low-fat recipe. No one will complain: The sauteed chicken breasts are topped with sliced ham and mozzarella, and are served on a bed of baby spinach. Total fat per serving is only about 6 grams.

Ginger enlivens monkfish
The robust flavor of fresh ginger gives this stir-fried dish a pungent, peppery accent - ground ginger just won't do, so cooks should not substitute it. Oyster sauce, which you can find at most supermarkets in the Asian section, contributes richness and creaminess.

Small portions

No. 4 Georgia Tech mauls Marist
ATLANTA -- Despite another big offensive display, defense has been the key to No. 4 Georgia Tech's unbeaten season.

Georgia Tech rises to No. 4
ATLANTA - Another week, another climb in the poll for Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech rises to No. 4

O'Grady will be new director of European tour

Roberts misses Masters invite
Masters invitations are in the mail, and Loren Roberts won't be getting one - yet.

2003 club champions at area golf

Roberts misses Masters invite

2003 club champions at area golf
Here is a list of the 2003 club champions at area golf courses. The divisions listed are for men, women, seniors and juniors. Four clubs - Forest Hills Golf Club, Sage Valley, The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation and Jones Creek Golf Club - did not hold club championships. Of the courses that did have club championships, not all had champions in each division.

O'Grady will be new director of European tour
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- George O'Grady will succeed Ken Schofield as executive director of the PGA European Tour. Schofield has held the job since 1975 and confirmed this month he will leave at the end of 2004.

Prep basketball scores

Laney takes a holiday

Laney takes a holiday
Joycelyn Nelson learned a lesson in poise under pressure Monday night and led her Laney Lady Wildcats to a 46-42 victory over Glenn Hills in the fourth Holiday Round Ball Classic at Richmond Academy.

Thrashers reassign Blatny to AHL

Thrashers reassign Blatny to AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned Zdenek Blatny to Chicago of the AHL on Monday, a day after he was called for the first time this season.

Impress party guests with tasty hors d'oeuvres
Out-of-town guests and the upcoming New Year festivities demand quick and creative finger foods. Though deli-prepared cheese and smoked sausage trays are fine, you can create a more impressive assortment of party fare with a little supermarket savvy.

Impress party guests with tasty hors d'oeuvres

Help us pick biggest story of the year
I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Police find van which may be linked to woman's death
Authorities have found a van in Florida that they say may be connected with the death of a woman who was found at a west Augusta rock quarry last week.

Fire kills Columbia County woman
An early-morning fire in Columbia County has killed an elderly woman in Martinez.

One person killed in five-car accident on I-20
A five-car accident on Interstate 20 killed one person Wednesday morning and stopped traffic for more than an hour.

Accident kills man in Burke County
A Hephzibah man died Monday as a result of an accident where his car hit a tractor near the Richmond-Burke County line, officials said Tuesday.

Police find van which may be linked to woman's death
Authorities have found a van in Florida that they say may be connected with the death of a woman who was found at a west Augusta rock quarry last week.

Four arrested on drug charges after search
Four Graniteville residents were arrested Tuesday after police seized cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana during a search of two homes, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said.

Peaceful protest of Iraq war his right
Protesting peacefully, I thought, was a right guaranteed to all Americans. There have been many letters and editorials published in The Chronicle criticizing those of us who are opposed to the war. Dick Donnelly, Evans, Ga.

X-Mart shouldn't have closed
I think it's ridiculous that the Augusta-Richmond County Commission voted to close X-Mart. So what if it was on a main highway? Mae's Video is on the same road. Is that going to be the next target? It's not like it was indecent. You couldn't see in from the outside and they card consumers to make sure you're old enough to be in there. OK, so they have the option of relocating, but that's not the point. The point is that because some holier-than-thou, cross-carrying religious fanatics found it offensive, the commission voted to close it. Tasha Rende, Augusta

Augusta should have capitalized on X-Mart
Back-and-forth dancing between Augusta commissioners and X-Mart, is a waste of time and money for our city. And shows the lack of ability of our government to protect the constitutional rights of its citizens to garner and maintain new diverse industry and a willingness to acknowledge that adult entertainment is a product of municipal advancement and growth.

DOE-funded program a waste
According to press reports, well-meaning journalists, politicians and affected Georgia Environmental Protection Division program directors are applying pressure to force the Department of Energy to continue to fund a redundant, environmental radiological-sampling and analysis program. Larry East, Aiken, S.C. (Editor's note: The writer is a former radiological health officer for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.)

X-Mart shouldn't have closed

Don't let children fall through our community's cracks

Don't let children fall through our community's cracks
During this holiday season as we celebrate joy and hope for the world, we should not forget that for some children in our community joy and hope are rarely parts of their lives. Julia Rankin Bloodworth, Augusta

Peaceful protest of Iraq war his right

Tolerance, diversity aren't only answers

Tolerance, diversity aren't only answers
Tolerance and diversity seem to be the answer given for any social issue today. What happened to being able to reject wrong values or hiring the best man or woman for the job? Nita Zachow, North Augusta, S.C.

DOE-funded program a waste

Ribbons add sparkle to holiday fashion

St. Nick stays busy listening to children, making people smile

A bigger and greener Christmas tree

'Smart' bridges with sensors may help engineers build better structures

States mulling laws for restaurants, schools and public employees

Experts: Antiquated flu vaccine system needs updating

Nursing homes cautious during this flu season

Diesel soot big contributor to global warming, scientists find

A tacky little Christmas

European space officials rehearse for Christmas Day activation of Mars probe

Living briefs

Ribbons add sparkle to holiday fashion
NEW YORK - Any good gift-wrapper knows that a satin or velvet ribbon tied up into a perfect bow can elevate otherwise ho-hum wrapping paper. Why not apply this principle to holiday party clothes?

A bigger and greener Christmas tree
CHINA, Maine -- Clark Granger stands in his snowy field, looking proudly upon thousands of budding Christmas trees. At five years old, they are bigger and thicker than a typical balsam fir, and when they hit the market in two years, Granger doesn't expect to see a sad-looking Charlie Brown tree in the bunch.

Living briefs
We're not sure just how these gimmicks turn into traditions, but anyway, you can watch 10 minutes now, catch the next 10 minutes about 2:10 a.m., or just leave it on the whole time. Peter Billingsley stars in the 1983 movie.

European space officials rehearse for Christmas Day activation of Mars probe
FRANKFURT, Germany -- A European spacecraft streaked toward Mars on Monday - right on schedule - but mission controllers still rehearsed what could go wrong during the voyage to determine whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

'Smart' bridges with sensors may help engineers build better structures
STAR CITY, W.Va. -- Samir Shoukry talks about the 1,000-foot span over the Monongahela River as if it were alive. And in a sense, it is.

Living briefs
All of the presumptive international sensations of Fox's World Idol will get a look at a real international sensation when Elton John takes the stage before a potentially massively worldwide audience.

St. Nick stays busy listening to children, making people smile
Hours had passed and Santa Claus was still in his comfortable chair waiting for the next child to walk up and whisper a Christmas wish.

Nursing homes cautious during this flu season
OMAHA, Neb. -- A brightly colored sign flanked by holiday decorations tells visitors at the front door of the Maple Crest Care Center: If you have flu-like symptoms, please do not come any further.

Diesel soot big contributor to global warming, scientists find
WASHINGTON -- Soot mostly from diesel engines is blocking snow and ice from reflecting sunlight, which is contributing to "near worldwide melting of ice" and as much as a quarter of all observed global warming, top NASA scientists say.

A tacky little Christmas
Death and taxes are two of the most surefire things in life, but in the spirit of the holidays, we'd like to add one more truth. There's no accounting for taste, especially when it comes to decorating.

Experts: Antiquated flu vaccine system needs updating
SAN FRANCISCO -- The nation's anxiety over the dwindling supply of flu shots has exposed an antiquated manufacturing system that depends on 90 million fertilized chicken eggs and a 9-month process to produce each year's batch of influenza vaccines.

States mulling laws for restaurants, schools and public employees
Fighting to shed a few pounds and control that waistline? For the soaring number of Americans who are becoming dangerously overweight, states and cities across the country want to help.

Drulia searches for goalie despite temporary backup

Lynx slap shots
Friday: Augusta Lynx at Columbia Inferno, 7:35 p.m.

Drulia searches for goalie despite temporary backup
Florida Panthers goaltending prospect Simon Lajeunesse will join the Augusta Lynx this week, and coach Stan Drulia plans to start him Friday and Saturday on the road against Columbia and Charlotte.

Two minutes with Greg Jacina
Two minutes with Augusta Lynx forward, Greg Jacina.

Lynx slap shots

Letter by mayor upsets ANIC board
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. board took exception Monday to Mayor Bob Young's request that Gov. Sonny Perdue investigate the corporation's use of $20 million in state grants.

Rants and raves
THE CLOSING OF X-Mart is a victory on behalf of morality. Now, if we could clean up the rest of the flesh peddling in this town, such as the strip clubs and the Parliament House. The desire for this type of pleasure is just a symptom of a much larger problem.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN REGARD to Saddam Hussein's capture. God just gave us an early Christmas present. Now just bring our boys home, please, and the girls as well. It's time to come home. The bad guy's gone. Let God deal with him, not us. Thank you. Merry Christmas, everybody.

Army veterinarian ensures safety, health at Iraqi zoo

Across the area

Partners make pitch for arena

News you can use

Wrappers tie up the holidays

Accident kills man in Burke County

DOE affirms end to river funds
The U.S. Energy Department will not budge from its position that funding for Georgia's Savannah River radiation monitoring program was a one-time allocation that is now expired.

DOE affirms end to river funds

ANIC board sets building deadline

Van linked to woman's death
Authorities said Tuesday that they found a van in Florida they think is connected with a woman who was found dead at a west Augusta rock quarry last week.

Perdue vows change in dog law
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Hunters upset with limitations on hunting deer with dogs have been promised some relief.

Christmas letters keep war buddies' friendship strong
Mr. Gay and his war buddy, John Cardwell, have written Christmas letters to each other since 1946.

Police find van which may be linked to woman's death

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Will Malik Wilson, 23 months, of Augusta.

Money dispute stalls ANIC work

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.

Aiken police hunt man's killer

News you can use
DEC. 23, 1945 A Douglas DC-3 transport plane en route from Augusta's Bush Field crashed at the Municipal Airport yesterday, killing one man and injuring another.

Arrest is made in slaying

Pregnancy keeps woman out of work
A divorced mother of four with another child on the way is asking for help at Christmas.

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

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A 21-year-old man has died after he was found shot in a Greenville furniture store parking lot, police said.

Nuclear reactor transfer goes on despite warning
The radioactive reactor is expected to arrive at Savannah River Site on Friday but will not be hauled to its burial site until Monday.

Cards will be null by January
Starting Jan. 1, the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety will reinstate the electronic insurance compliance system, once again nullifying cards as adequate proof of insurance.

Perdue vows change in dog law

Across the area
The owner of an Augusta nightclub said Monday that someone filled the locks of his business's exterior doors with Super Glue, according to a report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Nuclear reactor transfer goes on despite warning

Man is charged in friend's injury

Across South Carolina

Man is charged in friend's injury
A Hephzibah teenager was accidentally shot by his friend while deer hunting Sunday, one of several hunting mishaps that wildlife officials say could have been avoided.

Across Georgia

Aiken police hunt man's killer
Authorities searched Monday for the person they say shot a 19-year-old Aiken County man to death after abducting him and his girlfriend from a truck parked along a remote dirt road late Sunday.

Delays, bills pile up for bypass builder

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A judge has denied a request by Georgia health clinics to allow women to have Medicaid-funded abortions for pregnancies that are threatening their health.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Lauren Ashleigh Lindsey, 12, of North Augusta.

Police find van which may be linked to woman's death

Delays, bills pile up for bypass builder
AIKEN - The long-awaited final leg of the bypass around Aiken is six months behind schedule and the contractor is being penalized $1,400 a day for the delay, transportation authorities said Monday.

Kid of the day

ANIC board sets building deadline
The board overseeing a long-delayed office building project in Augusta's inner city has given its builder a March 1 completion deadline and a $1,000-a-day penalty if it fails to meet it.

Children keep mom from work
A North Augusta mother hopes to make Christmas better for her three children this year.

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

Arrest is made in slaying
AIKEN - A North Augusta man who was kidnapped and killed while parked with a girlfriend on a remote dirt road was a victim of random violence, authorities said Tuesday.

Travel forecast remains high

Wreck kills teen, hurts 2 others
AIKEN - Alcohol and speeding are suspected in an early Tuesday wreck that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Aiken girl, authorities said.

Across the area
Authorities are searching for an Augusta woman they say abandoned her three children Sunday while fleeing police on a shoplifting charge.

Across Georgia
CARROLLTON - Intruders hit four churches in Carroll County last weekend, bringing the total to 16 churches in the area either burglarized or broken into during the past two months.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Twenty-one people were indicted Tuesday on charges that they filed false accident claims with insurance companies, state Attorney General Henry McMaster said.

Kid of the day

Wrappers tie up the holidays
AIKEN - Wrapping a vacuum cleaner, a large chest with spindly, wooden legs or a salad bowl the size of a large computer monitor is a task gift wrappers at malls and stores everywhere tackle each day during the holiday season.

Across South Carolina

Testing is still in question
Has Georgia gone test-happy?

Four arrested on drug charges after search

Army veterinarian ensures safety, health at Iraqi zoo
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Stories of death and mayhem in Iraq are common, as are stories about developing a new government.

Fire kills Columbia County woman

Hispanics blend holiday traditions
TRENTON, S.C. - Though thousands of miles away from her birthplace in Mexico, Teresa De Leon still manages to enjoy the nuances of her homeland holiday traditions in South Carolina.

Holiday closings

Money dispute stalls ANIC work
A day after the board overseeing a long-delayed office building project on Laney-Walker Boulevard gave its builder a March 1 completion deadline and a stiff penalty if it fails to meet it, a dispute over money disrupted work.

Cards will be null by January

Partners make pitch for arena
Promoters of a proposed $94 million sports and entertainment arena at Regency Mall briefed the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on their plans and asked for their cooperation Tuesday.

Across the Southeast

Across the Southeast
Judge prepares to rule on right-to-die law

Hispanics blend holiday traditions

Candidate exits center search
The Community Service Board of East Central Georgia will meet Tuesday to decide whether to make an offer to its remaining candidate for the director's job at the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia.

Travel forecast remains high
In spite of the terrorism alert being raised to orange and the conflict in Iraq continuing, travel on the roads and in the skies is expected to be up this Christmas and New Year's holiday.

Prosecutors prepare to argue MCG case
Prosecutors soon will get the case against a former Medical College of Georgia manager accused of using her state credit card to steal nearly $30,000, an official said.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN REGARD to Saddam Hussein's capture. God just gave us an early Christmas present. Now just bring our boys home, please, and the girls as well. It's time to come home. The bad guy's gone. Let God deal with him, not us. Thank you. Merry Christmas, everybody.

2003 featured moving stories for all fans
You know of Harrick and Adams and "ring-gate" and Dooley.

'Return of the King' breaks box office record

'Return of the King' breaks box office record
LOS ANGELES -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" has collected $124.1 million since its Wednesday debut - the highest-grossing five-day opening ever, according to final box office figures Monday.

Newman named Driver of the Year

Newman named Driver of the Year
NEW YORK -- Ryan Newman was honored as Driver of the Year in 2003 after a season in which he won eight races and 11 poles in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series.

Attacks possible during holidays; alert level raised to Orange

More aftershocks rattle California

Attacks possible during holidays; alert level raised to Orange
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Department of Homeland Security on Monday urged people to "just go about your business" despite the decision to raise the nation's terror-attack warning to its second-highest level.

More aftershocks rattle California
PASO ROBLES, Calif. -- More aftershocks rattled the area Tuesday following a magnitude-6.5 earthquake that jolted the central California coast, killing two people, injuring dozens and wrecking a landmark clock tower.

Knicks fire Scott Layden, hire Isiah Thomas

Basketball star leaves NY hospital after getting cousin's kidney

Hawks beat Celtics
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks took advantage of a poor shooting night by Paul Pierce to beat the Boston Celtics 93-88 and end a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night.

Basketball star leaves NY hospital after getting cousin's kidney
NEW YORK -- Alonzo Mourning was released Tuesday from the hospital, just days after receiving a kidney donated by a cousin he hadn't seen since childhood.

Knicks fire Scott Layden, hire Isiah Thomas
NEW YORK -- Scott Layden was fired Monday as president of the New York Knicks and Isiah Thomas was hired to replace him, a source told The Associated Press.

Favre heads home for father's funeral

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Billie Jean Sprawls never had any children of her own, but everyone in Williston saw her as a mother to all the youngsters in town.

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Miss Hattie Hooks    (GRAY, Ga.)
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James H. Drew III needs only one word to describe his mother, Eula Whitworth Drew.

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His favorite hobby, friends say, was repairing clocks.

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Remember that Christ is the reason for the Christmas season
FOR MANY YEARS each December, America has commemorated the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. To say that Jesus was actually born on Dec. 25 is debatable; however, at this time of year preachers' sermons often highlight the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary and Nativity scenes are a common sight.(Editor's note: The writer is the pastor of Pauline Gospel Church in Augusta.)

Remember that Christ is the reason for the Christmas season
FOR MANY YEARS each December, America has commemorated the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. To say that Jesus was actually born on Dec. 25 is debatable; however, at this time of year preachers' sermons often highlight the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary and Nativity scenes are a common sight. (Editor's note: The writer is the pastor of Pauline Gospel Church in Augusta.)

U.S. Taekwondo Union accuses USOC of jeopardizing medal chances

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"Favre, a product of his father's coaching, mocked the Raiders with the best first half of his deadlock certain Hall-of-Fame career."

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Newman wins honor from racing media

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Prosecutors in the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant are being helped by a respected investigator who recently was hired to help solve the JonBenet Ramsey slaying.

U.S. Taekwondo Union accuses USOC of jeopardizing medal chances
DENVER -- The U.S. Olympic Committee has jeopardized the United States' chances of earning medals in taekwondo at the 2004 Athens Games by ignoring deadlines to secure an Olympic qualifying tournament, according to a U.S. Taekwondo Union letter obtained by The Associated Press.

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"So this is what happens when you're the Alabama football coach and you pass out with a strange woman in your hotel room. You wake up in El Paso with your head pounding." - Bud Withers in the Seattle Times, on former Alabama football coach Mike Price taking over at Texas-El Paso

Butler just too tall for for Thomson
Although Thomson set the pace of the game, Butler's front line controlled the inside to prevail 71-59 and win the Holiday Round Ball Classic at Richmond Academy in a matchup of previously undefeated teams.

Laney takes a holiday
Joycelyn Nelson learned a lesson in poise under pressure Monday night and led her Laney Lady Wildcats to a 46-42 victory over Glenn Hills in the fourth Holiday Round Ball Classic at Richmond Academy.

Prep basketball scores
Here are prep basketball scores from games played Tuesday.

Prep basketball scores
Prep Boys Results

Panthers mum on injuries
Tickets to Carolina's first playoff game since 1996 sold out in about 40 minutes Monday morning.

Favre heads home for father's funeral
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre went home to Mississippi on Tuesday, hours after playing one of the best games of his career despite the unexpected death of his father the day before.

Strawberry comforts Jackson during trip to ranch
TAMPA, Fla. -- Pop singer Michael Jackson has found a friend in another celebrity who's had his own brushes with the law - former baseball star Darryl Strawberry.

Jesus movie is bound to cause more controversy
NEW YORK -- It wasn't backed by a major studio and it won't even appear in theaters until Ash Wednesday, a full two months after Christmas. Yet Mel Gibson's engrossing epic "The Passion of the Christ" is already among the most-debated films of recent times and a major religious flashpoint.

2003 featured moving stories for all fans

A happy holiday week for TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer
NEW YORK -- Three different shows produced by the same man - Jerry Bruckheimer - were the three most-watched programs on prime-time television last week.

A happy holiday week for TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer

Timeline of accusations in Jackson case could be problematic

Prosecutors to get Limbaugh's medical records

People in the news

Ozzy Osbourne leaves intensive care

People in the news

Roy Horn of 'Siegfried & Roy' returns to Vegas for rehabilitation

Georgia seeks remedy for unruly football fans
ATHENS, Ga. - Officials with the University of Georgia Athletic Association and the Athens-Clarke County government have teamed up to look at ways of changing fan behavior during Georgia home football games.

South Carolina cruises
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina took advantage of a slow start by South Carolina State to coast to a 86-50 victory over the Bulldogs Monday night.

Kerbalis quietly takes three straight West Lake titles
Mike Kerbelis III might be the best area golfer the general public's never heard of.

1980s toys once again are all the rage
As Clay Buller, 14, grew older, Christmas seemed to get younger. "It's changed a lot since I was little," the freshman at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School said. After watching a little brother who'd get the toys he was too old to get, it was easy to see why.

Girl shouldn't say 'I love you' to appease boy
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend told me he loves me, but I'm too young to fall in love. I really don't know what to do. He says he loves me a lot and I care about him a lot, but I don't know how to tell him back. I don't want to break up with him. I don't want to say I'm in love with him yet.

Question of the week
What's the best present?

1980s toys once again are all the rage

Low on cash? Gifts can be quick, cheap
So, the day you decided to go gift shopping for friends and family turned out to be an all-about-you day. If you're short on cash and time, I have some great ideas that can save money and employ your creativity:

Saddam: From tyrant to bum

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Looking for a gift for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list? Gift baskets are often standardized and impersonal, but not if you make them yourself. Pick up a decorative basket at a department store and fill it with goodies.

Girl shouldn't say 'I love you' to appease boy

Xtreme calendar
New DVDs available Tuesday include the teen horror film Jeepers Creepers 2 and Jackie Chan's summer hit The Medallion.

Low on cash? Gifts can be quick, cheap

Saddam: From tyrant to bum
"The weapon of mass destruction has been found," Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said last week about the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Christmas changes as we age

Christmas changes as we age
Growing up, most of us were blissfully unaware of the chaotic adult world. In summer, mommy made Kool-Aid and kissed boo-boos on scraped knees. But the real magic of childhood came at Christmas.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

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THE FACTS: Tiffany Bias, 16, a junior at Hephzibah High School

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Farmer collects his severed limb and drives for help

Texas company making line of talking presidential dolls

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