Amish country not known for its art
LANCASTER, Pa. -- You'd think that Charles Demuth, an artistic vanguard and a celebrated carouser, must have felt like a stranger in his reserved hometown known for its Amish, not its art.

Amish country not known for its art

Indians settle for Belliard at second base
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians found their second baseman for next season, signing free agent Ron Belliard to a one-year contract.

Christmas turns child into Sherlock at home

2-year-old model seeks lost wages in playground mishap
STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 2-year-old model and actor who cut his head at a playground is seeking unspecified lost wages and other compensation from the city.

Frat brothers catch, kill, eat possibly rabid raccoon
ATHENS, Ga. -- Three University of Georgia fraternity brothers should seek a doctor after beating, skinning, then eating a raccoon thought to have rabies, animal control officials said.

Odds and Ends
MINNEAPOLIS -- A naked man got stuck in the chimney of a bookstore early Christmas morning.

Stocks lower on mad cow news, worries in manufacturing sector
NEW YORK -- The nation's first case of mad cow disease sent stocks moderately lower Wednesday in a quiet and abbreviated session on Wall Street. A government report that raised concerns about the recovery of the manufacturing sector contributed to the decline.

Legalizing too costly, FDA warns

Stocks lower on mad cow news, worries in manufacturing sector

Business briefs
BOSTON - Boston-based Putnam Investments, facing state and federal trading abuse charges, has dropped from being the fifth-largest mutual fund company in the country to sixth after investors withdrew $13 billion in November.

Delta cancels some Christmas flights because flight attendants unavailable

Bratz beats Barbie in sales competition
El SEGUNDO, Calif. - For the first time in Ken Grow's 27 years as a toy retailer, Barbie lost ground to a rival fashion doll during the holiday season.

Christmas debt can be a burden to gift-givers
'Tis the day after Christmas and all through the house, open presents are scattered, no room for a mouse.

Macon tobacco plant closing might hamper state
MACON, Ga. - The closing of a tobacco plant could cost Macon thousands more jobs than originally feared, according to a Georgia Tech study on the Brown & Williamson closure.

Yo quiero wireless Internet connection
The area's emerging hub of trendy technology can be found in an unlikely spot.

FAO parent accepts bid for flagship NYC store
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- FAO Inc. will sell its flagship Manhattan toy store, FAO Schwarz, along with some other assets for $20 million, the bankrupt company announced Friday.

Consumers flock to stores the day after Christmas

Business briefs
SHANGHAI, China - China lifted tariffs on steel imports Friday, eliminating restrictions imposed last year amid a trade dispute with Washington.

Yo quiero wireless Internet connection

Consumers flock to stores the day after Christmas
Shoppers descended on stores and malls on Friday in search of post-Christmas bargains as retailers reduced prices further, hoping to recoup business in a season that will likely turn out to be only modestly better than a year ago.

Macon tobacco plant closing might hamper state

Christmas debt can be a burden to gift-givers

FAO parent accepts bid for flagship NYC store

Business briefs

Mad cow disease likely to be costly to U.S. beef industry

Wine producers, wholesalers fight over online wine sales

Parmalat auditor says it had no role in hiding company losses

Wine producers, wholesalers fight over online wine sales
BERKELEY, Calif. -- California vintners are hoping mail-order and online sales will deliver new profits this season, with more states than ever allowing consumers to have wine shipped to them direct from the producer.

Business briefs

Legalizing too costly, FDA warns
WASHINGTON - In the international mail facility at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, packages of confiscated prescription drugs are stacked floor to ceiling.

Mad cow disease likely to be costly to U.S. beef industry
WASHINGTON -- Though officials haven't yet estimated the financial fallout from the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, the Bush administration told Congress in 2001 that the beef industry could lose $15 billion.

Delta cancels some Christmas flights because flight attendants unavailable
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines delayed or canceled 33 Christmas Day flights because it didn't have enough flight attendants to get the planes off the ground, a company spokesman said.

Parmalat auditor says it had no role in hiding company losses
ROME -- Parmalat's auditor insisted Friday that it had no role in any illegal schemes to hide the multibillion dollar hole in the food company's balance sheet, which came to light last week and led the conglomerate to ask for bankruptcy protection.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange further expands cattle futures drop limit
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Mercantile Exchange will allow live and feeder cattle contracts to rise or fall in a wider range Monday after futures pressed hard by the mad cow scare dropped Friday.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange further expands cattle futures drop limit

Ohio State, Kansas State begin Fiesta preparations

California wins wild Insight Bowl
PHOENIX -- Tyler Fredrickson, who had missed his previous five field goal attempts, capped a wild Insight Bowl with a 35-yard field goal as time expired Friday night to give California a 52-49 victory over Virginia Tech.

Oklahoma, LSU take different routes to BCS title game
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma had the look of a national champion from the beginning, even though its top quarterback was a wobbly kneed scrambler with only five career starts.

Harris looks for big finish to career
DETROIT -- Among Mid-American Conference quarterbacks, Bowling Green's Josh Harris got less recognition than Miami's Ben Roethlisberger.

Tire Bowl could be Fitzgerald's final collegiate game

Blue defeats the Gray
TROY, Ala. -- Butchie Wallace wrapped up his college career healthy and happy, good news for the oft-injured and overshadowed Marshall running back.

Blue defeats the Gray

Trojans rallied from low point to reach No. 1

Rose Bowl teams play tourist at Disney park
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart flashed some of his surfing-inspired dance moves with Donald Duck. At the other side of the stage, Michigan running back Chris Perry boogied with Mickey Mouse.

Oklahoma, LSU take different routes to BCS title game

Officials reviewing Houston-Hawaii fight

Harris looks for big finish to career

Rose Bowl teams play tourist at Disney park

Bowling Green tops Northwestern in Motor City Bowl
DETROIT -- Northwestern took away Bowling Green's running game. So Josh Harris beat the Wildcats through the air.

Tedford's turnaround has Bears in first bowl since '96

Officials reviewing Houston-Hawaii fight
HONOLULU -- Hawaii and Houston officials are reviewing the fight between their football players in the Hawaii Bowl to determine if any disciplinary action is needed.

Trojans rallied from low point to reach No. 1
LOS ANGELES (AP)- The Southern California Trojans were in deep trouble.

Tire Bowl could be Fitzgerald's final collegiate game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A week with his teammates in balmy Charlotte preparing for the Continental Tire Bowl might have been just what Pitt receiver Larry Fitzgerald needed.

California wins wild Insight Bowl

Ohio State, Kansas State begin Fiesta preparations
PHOENIX -- Ohio State and Kansas State flew into Arizona on Friday to begin a week of preparation and celebration leading up to the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl, the first football meeting of the two schools.

Tedford's turnaround has Bears in first bowl since '96
PHOENIX -- Virginia Tech seems a bit disappointed to be in the Insight Bowl. The California Bears hardly could be more thrilled.

Time has come for Purdue star

Knights' Roland has the hot hand

Former Masters champ dies

OK to face up to gangs

Our modern conundrum
The beauty of the 24-hour, in-your-face news cycle isn't just what you learn about what's happening in the world.

Made for movies
The governor of New York recently pardoned the late comedian Lenny Bruce for his conviction on obscenity.

OK to face up to gangs
When you wonder about your plumbing, you call a plumber.

Fire protection for the future
When Columbia County entered the 21st century, it was still funding its fire departments by subscription - the same way Benjamin Franklin financed his more than 200 years ago in Philadelphia. That is where Franklin started America's first fire department in 1736.

End child's violence now
A stopped clock is right twice a day. That's the way we feel about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Jackson denies charges on '60 Minutes' interview
NEW YORK -- Michael Jackson told CBS' "60 Minutes" that he still believes it's acceptable to sleep with children and that he would "slit my wrists" before he would hurt a child.

Standing ovations
The Augusta Lynx are home for games Sunday with the Louisiana IceGators and on New Year's Eve with the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Each game starts at 4:05 p.m., and children are admitted free Sunday. Adult admission costs $8-$12. Call 724-2400.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Alex and Emma, Jeepers Creepers 2 and The Medallion.

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

People in the news
LOS ANGELES -- Actress Kate Winslet and her husband, director Sam Mendes, are the parents of a baby boy.

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

New Year's revelers have options
'Tis the season to party like it's ... well, there isn't much of a ring to "party like it's 2003." That won't stop revelers of every stripe, though, from gathering Wednesday to watch the calender reset at midnight.

Stuff to do
There's a Christmas feast of films opening today, including a live-action version of Peter Pan, the Steve Martin comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, the Ben Affleck science fiction thriller Paycheck and the drama In America.

Top five entertainment list
Here are the top 5 lists of movies, music, video sales and concert tours.

A resolution for child safety
On New Year's Day, after the big apple has dropped, make a New Year's resolution that you can keep. May we suggest one that is aimed at helping you and your child - keeping your home childproof!

You are your straw
The way you handle your drinking straw may offer clues about your personality. Jan Hargrave, a Houston-based consultant who teaches the language of body language, came up with the following straw types:

Chili off the chill
Hearty soups, stews and chili are my family's winter weather favorites. My 10-year-old daughter C.C., in particular, is a big chili fan. To satisfy her craving I taught her how to make an easy batch of chili on her own.

Ten tips to internet safety
1. Keep your computer in a visible area, such as a living room or other common house area, rather than in a child's bedroom where parental monitoring is more difficult.

Kitchen safety
Before your youngster begins exploring stove-top cooking, remember to take the time to give them some safety tips. Offer to help them drain the beef, since wielding a big, hot Dutch oven can be dangerous. Remind them to always ask permission before they begin cooking, and to never use the stove when there isn't an adult present. Here are a few more tips you can share with them.

Just a swinging...
Renee McCabe with son Sean and daughter Anna at Hickman Park

Radical fleece hats everyone will love
After my son Zack wore this hat to school I got a list of his second-grade friends who wanted one just like it. I knew I had a hit on my hands. Even my husbad wanted to make one for himself.

Family Calendar
School Break Columbia County Schools, December 22-January 6. Richmond County Schools, December 22-January 6. Aiken County Schools, December 19-January 5

Reading difficulties
Studies show that about 40 percent of American school-age children are reading below their grade level and that about 60 percent of children have difficulty mastering reading, according to Partnership for Reading, a collaborative effort by three federal agencies.

The trick to standing still
Children often make a habit of running and jumping in thehouse, but for parents who'd like to curb the children's enthusiasm - even if only for a moment - a new book offers some help.

Aunt Jinny came to visit
There's just something about the holidays and rekindling old relationships.

Neatness counts, it just isn't always part of the equation
They aren't late for things, they have their paperwork in order - or at least where they can find it - their homes look wonderful, they get their haircut before it needs it - not after five bad hair days in a row.

That's what Dads do
Not long ago a co-worker and I were talking about our children. She was surprised to learn that I had six of them, and even more surprised to learn their ages. It didn't take her long to realize that rearing my children was a responsibility that I took very seriously. In fact, of all the hats that I'm required to wear, the one that says Dad is my favorite.

Baby games as building blocks
A recent issue of BabyTalk magazine explains how important these activities canbe in the life of a 6-month-old. At that age, "This Little Piggy" teachesbody awareness - plus the tickling feels good.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $8.15 billion in the latest week to $913.12 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Money funds fell in latest week

Share prices rise in light post-Christmas trading
NEW YORK -- Stocks finished higher on Wall Street Friday as investors picked up bargains in an abbreviated post-Christmas session. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index advanced for a fifth straight week.

Biggest market-moving news is a non-event

Share prices rise in light post-Christmas trading

Tax-free savings accounts for health care begin Jan. 1

Biggest market-moving news is a non-event
NEW YORK -- Sometimes one of the biggest factors in stock market trading is literally a non-event, something that isn't happening.

Few tax law changes expected for 2004
NEW YORK -- While 2003 brought many tax law changes affecting small businesses, it looks as if 2004 might be quieter - unless the Bush administration and Congress, mindful that it's an election year, decide to tweak the laws a little further.

Tax-free savings accounts for health care begin Jan. 1
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration advertised new tax-free health savings accounts, which will be available beginning next week, as a way for Americans to gain greater control of health-care spending.

Few tax law changes expected for 2004

Young trees need preventive care
Shade trees are valuable commodities in the landscape that increase the value of home properties.

Gardeners should enjoy the rest

Young trees need preventive care

Gardeners should enjoy the rest
This is the time of year when you might wake any morning to find that your garden has disappeared, replaced by an expanse of white fluff, with sleepy, white mounds where low bushes once grew. Each crosspiece of fencing enclosing your garden might be spread with white icing; and white traces might perch precariously atop the thin branches of trees. A blanket of snow definitively shuts down the garden for the season.

Thrashers back to winning ways in time for Tampa Bay
ATLANTA -- What a difference a year made for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Thrashers skate past Lightning

Thrashers skate past Lightning
ATLANTA -- Pasi Nurminen stopped 34 shots and Randy Robitallie, J.P. Vigier and Shawn McEachern each had a goal, helping the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Friday night.

Thrasher's Heatley: 'I'm going to miss him forever'

Thrashers recall Blatny from Chicago of the AHL

Thrasher's Heatley: 'I'm going to miss him forever'
ATLANTA -- The remorse Dany Heatley felt was evident before he even spoke a word.

Thrashers recall Blatny from Chicago of the AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers recalled forward Zdenek Blatny from Chicago of the AHL on Friday.

Thrashers back to winning ways in time for Tampa Bay

Christmas turns child into Sherlock at home
All children are essentially criminal. -- Denis Diderot

'Geezer-pleasing' will suck country dry
Ellen Goodman, in her Dec. 10 column, asked, "When will child-care issues get attention?" Jud DeLany, Evans, Ga.

X-Mart not detrimental to the area
I cannot understand what the big deal is about having X-Mart in the Augusta area. It was not in an area that has a lot of businesses or neighborhoods. Tina M. Moore, Hephzibah, Ga.

Responds to letter writer who called President Bush a liar
Vernon Johnson's Dec. 16 letter to the editor, "Bush continues to lie to our country," calls President George W. Bush a liar but provides no basis to substantiate this assertion. Jeff Burke, Aiken, S.C.

'Geezer-pleasing' will suck country dry

X-Mart not detrimental to the area

Augusta needs new sense of direction

Medical-malpractice litigation a lottery for lawyers
In response to your Dec. 17 article, "Tort reform not sure to lower costs," (Metro, 10B): We don't have to reinvent the wheel of tort reform in Georgia. California has had a $250,000 cap since the 1970s, with malpractice premiums some of the lowest in the country. Texas just enacted tort reform with a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages four months ago. Their largest insurer responded with a 20-percent decrease in premiums. The facts speak for themselves. Jacqueline W. Fincher, M.D., FACP, Thomson, Ga.

Augusta needs new sense of direction
Bill Kirby touched on an important question on Tuesday, Dec. 9, for those persons living in south Augusta. I'm not sure we have an image problem. Perhaps we have a location problem, but not an image problem. Dale Brown, Hephzibah (Augusta South), Ga.

Remember to share road with cyclists
On the evening of Nov. 13, I passed by a wreck on Furys Ferry Road at the entrance of Forrest Creek Subdivision. This wreck involved a motorcycle. The car that hit the motorcycle was severely damaged. If the rider hadn't been killed, he was surely in critical condition. I watched the news and read the newspaper to see if there was a report of the crash. There was none. - Dave Pierson, Evans, Ga.

Medical-malpractice litigation a lottery for lawyers

Chili off the chill

Scientists begin measuring pollution in human bodies

Family Calendar

Baby games as building blocks

The trick to standing still

Neatness counts, it just isn't always part of the equation

Just a swinging...

You are your straw

A resolution for child safety

U.S. spacecraft fails to pick up Beagle signal

That's what Dads do

Kitchen safety

Radical fleece hats everyone will love

Aunt Jinny came to visit

Scientists begin measuring pollution in human bodies
SAN FRANCISCO -- Davis Baltz shops for organic food and otherwise tries to live as healthy as he can.

U.S. spacecraft fails to pick up Beagle signal
LONDON -- A third attempt to confirm the survival of the European Mars lander failed Friday when a NASA spacecraft swept over the planned touchdown site on the Red Planet without picking up a signal.

Inferno blank Augusta

Inferno blank Augusta
COLUMBIA - Goaltender Simon Lajeunesse received a rude welcome as a member of the Augusta Lynx on Friday night.

Donations are still being accepted for Empty Stocking Fund

Probation officer studies gangs
ATHENS, Ga. - Gang graffiti was becoming such a problem in Athens several years ago that Jean Horton took up a new hobby - photographing the gangster's "tags."

Man in coma after shooting

Reactor inches closer to dock

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the commissioners of Washington, Ga. They need to start doing their job. There are several plants that have been wanting to come to Washington. They dragged their feet so long, and another plant closed down last week. People need to be working, and they need money.

Shelter will set restrictions

Across the Southeast

Probation officer studies gangs

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
SMYRNA - Police are investigating a fatal drive-by shooting on a metro Atlanta highway Christmas Day.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Palmetto State faces shortage on trauma staff

Lawmakers doubt college plan
AIKEN - The University of South Carolina at Aiken, Aiken Technical College and other small state universities will have a difficult time accepting Gov. Mark Sanford's offer to become private institutions, state representatives say.

Across the Southeast
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -Prosecutors said Friday they have offered Lionel Tate a plea bargain that could mean almost immediate freedom for the boy whose murder conviction and life sentence in the slaying of a 6-year-old playmate were thrown out this month.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are investigating a Christmas Day shooting in which a man was found in an Augusta hotel room with a gunshot wound to his head.

Actors plan to portray combat

Across Georgia
ALBANY - Alcohol vendors are criticizing a new city ordinance that requires them to list detailed information - including their Social Security numbers - on a card to be publicly displayed.

News you can use

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the commissioners of Washington, Ga. They need to start doing their job. There are several plants that have been wanting to come to Washington. They dragged their feet so long, and another plant closed down last week. People need to be working, and they need money.

Kid of the day

Lawmakers doubt college plan

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Blayton Wade Hegre, 1, of Grovetown, Ga.

Drug investigator ends 31-year career

Donations are still being accepted for Empty Stocking Fund
Donations are still being accepted for The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund.

Polishing his game

Actors plan to portray combat
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Revolutionary War buffs are marching to Savannah this weekend to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Savannah, one of the worst American defeats of the war.

Defenders' caseload at issue
The judge hasn't made up his mind completely, but if the local indigent defense committee wants more money from Augusta taxpayers, the group probably should prove it's really needed.

Old columns will be used to complete new project
Old will become new again at the the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.

Reactor inches closer to dock
AIKEN - An 820-ton decommissioned nuclear reactor anchored just 10 miles short of its Savannah River Site docking destination Friday, slowed by fog and halted by federal transportation safety rules that prohibit the radioactive cargo from traveling at night.

Old columns will be used to complete new project

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Yarbrough: Wacky events during 2003 might not compare with '04
Whoa! What is that looming straight ahead? Is that 2004? Already? What in the dickens happened to 2003? How could a year just up and leave us without any warning? Mark my words, we are going to miss 2003, because 2004 shows definite signs of being a royal pain in the behind.

Shelter will set restrictions
Starting next year, homeless men will have to pay to stay at the Salvation Army's Greene Street shelter after two weeks.

Lawmakers to tackle HOPE
The HOPE scholarship goes under the knife next month. State lawmakers are the surgeons.

Kid of the day

Police catch escapee after chase, standoff
SALUDA, S.C. - One of two inmates who escaped from the Ridgeland Correctional Institution last week was captured Friday after a three-hour standoff with his girlfriend, authorities said.

Lawmakers to tackle HOPE

GOP urged to back Sharpton
COLUMBIA - A conservative radio program airing in South Carolina's Republican-heavy Upstate region has airwaves buzzing with talk about a matchup between President Bush and a flamboyant black preacher from New York.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - State environmental officials are considering action against the developers of a large project in northeast Richland County for hurting water quality on 428 acres near Interstate 77.

Polishing his game
Michael Bassett , of Martinez, helps his son Isaac, 3, fine-tune his putting skills ay Brookfield Park in Augusta.

Defenders' caseload at issue

Slain man found in parking lot
Richmond County sheriff's officers were investigating the suspicious death of an Augusta man Friday night.

Across the area

Work of scientist claimed by China
Frank McCormick is taking two opposite paths to defeating cancer - developing a drug that targets a certain genetic mutation in cancer and creating an engineered virus that targets cancerous cells that lack a certain tumor suppressor protein.

News you can use

Across the area
A 3-month-old baby remained in critical condition Friday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after being tossed around a vehicle unrestrained in a Christmas Day wreck in Warren County, authorities said.

Residents celebrate with spirit

News you can use
Reception has been cool to the tenured-instructor assessment program begun in April by the Richmond County Board of Education, Staff Development Director Carlene Murphy said.

Residents celebrate with spirit
Not everyone was home for the holiday. Some spent time Thursday sharing the seasonal spirit with others.

Kid of the day
Angel Tania Lewis of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Students visit area seniors
About once a month, seniors meet seniors at Sunrise Assisted Living of Augusta.

Yarbrough: Wacky events during 2003 might not compare with '04

Across South Carolina
SUMTER - A Sumter County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 69-year-old man has been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate.

Drug investigator ends 31-year career
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Ray Starling built his career on secrecy.

News you can use
DEC. 26, 1974 The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of $42,000 in recording equipment from a house by burglars who apparently tried to eliminate evidence by setting it on fire.

Man in coma after shooting
A man found shot in the head at an Augusta hotel on Christmas Day was identified by authorities Friday as Marvin Johnson, a Hephzibah man awaiting trial on cocaine possession charges.

Palmetto State faces shortage on trauma staff
AIKEN - Being able to count on less than 10 fingers the number of trauma surgeons in South Carolina scares Dr. James Morrison because he's one of those very few.

Breaking in a gift
Aaron Dorch, 11, of North Augusta, pilots a remote-controlled car as his brother Stephen, 6, dances around it. They were at Harrison Caver Park in Bath to try out the Christmas present.

Work of scientist claimed by China

Mini movie reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

Mini movie reviews

Drummer will tie dad's record
Augusta musician Stewart Ray will reach a milestone 33 years in the making on New Year's Eve.

12 Bands concert takes on family atmosphere
Sometimes a review seems inadequate. On Sunday evening, I made my way downtown for the third annual 12 Bands of Christmas concert. I had planned to review the concert, which would have been easy enough:

12 Bands concert takes on family atmosphere

Concert calendar

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

Drummer will tie dad's record

NBA briefs: Camara's helping at home
St. Bonaventure center Yankuba Camara hasn't forgotten his homeland.

NBA briefs: Camara's helping at home

Hawks fall to Hornets

Hawks fall to Hornets
NEW ORLEANS -- David Wesley scored a season-high 32 points, including five 3-pointers, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Atlanta Hawks their ninth straight road loss, 109-79 on Friday night.

Time has come for Purdue star
INDIANAPOLIS - Shereka Wright will likely have to win the national championship to get the respect she deserves.

Knights' Roland has the hot hand
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Kerney endures adversity

Favre returns to practice after father's funeral

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Mr. William Hughes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Melvin Rocker    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Hawkridge    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Peter Passas    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Barbra Elam    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Nelson    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. John Dekle    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janice Morris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Curry Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Miss Marjory Hearle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Wesley Colclough, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Earl McRae    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Leila Cody    (MONETTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Mark Maynard    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Miriam Lyne    (MEHOOPANY, Penn.)
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Ms. Hattie Buggs    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Donald Janke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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SFC Jack Wahl    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Mildred Brinson    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Donna Henderson    (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)
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Mrs. Eve Hightower    (RIVERDALE, PA)
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Mr. Earl McRae    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marjolie Knight    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Naomi Bunicontra    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Kimberly Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Howard (SNELLVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John Dekle (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjolie Knight (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Cohens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Janke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Ashley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Violet Dozier (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Scalf (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Walker (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Kester Bodie (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Ms. Hattie Buggs (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Vernell Collier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Norman Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Hamm (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Christopher Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjolie Knight (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Mildred Brinson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Herb Matheson ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Solesbee (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Daisy Davis (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

SFC Jack Wahl (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wesley Colclough, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Tracy Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eve Hightower (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mrs. Annie Hamm (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Askew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbra Elam (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Earl McRae (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Janice Morris (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Solesbee (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Williams (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Wells (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Curry Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Yaun, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Wood (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Betty Jarrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbra Elam (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. T.J. Stallings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Hughes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Miriam Lyne (MEHOOPANY, Penn.)

Mrs. Rosa Carter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Janice Morris (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. David Hicks (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Vera Britt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Stephens ( BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Yaun, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Kate Sherlock (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Kate Sherlock (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Dawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Hughes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leila Cody (MONETTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ernie Barnes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Nelson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Rocker (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leila Cody ( MONETTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elsie Jackson (MILLEN, Ga.)

CDR Roger Bisbee (SARASOTA, Fla.)

Mr. Vester Collins (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie McGruder (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Lampkin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Marjory Hearle (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Clements, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Bettis (ROOSEVELT, N.Y.)

Mr. Wesley Colclough, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hawkridge (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sylva Easley ( GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Passas (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Bob Roper (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Maynard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Passas (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Roesel (MACON, Ga.)

Ms. Mildred Brinson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hawkridge (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Lloyd Burkhart (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Earl McRae (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Howard (SNELLVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Askew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tommie Willis (SPARTA, Ga.)

Infant Christopher Bradley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Neudie Whittle (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. William Moore (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Cohens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Weaver ( SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kimberly Bell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Paula Catey (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mr. George Palmer (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David Hicks (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Walker (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Gillis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Samples: 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.

Samples: 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.

At 57, gymnast still winning gold

New technology gives coaches more practice time

Overtime

Overtime
Receiver Hines Ward, a for mer University of Georgia player, was selected as the Pittsburgh Steelers' MVP Friday for the second consecutive season.

At 57, gymnast still winning gold
LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- Talking to Shirley Beecher, you can forget she is 57, forget she is a grandmother, forget she is a cancer survivor.

New technology gives coaches more practice time
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- High school football coach Larry Greene thought the big breakthrough came years ago when video replaced film as a quicker way to scout the competition and analyze what his players were doing right or wrong.

Kerney endures adversity
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Patrick Kerney entered this season with a chance to surpass franchise leader Claude Humphrey and become the first Atlanta player in history to record at least 10 sacks in three consecutive years.

McNair again misses practice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was held out of practice Friday, concluding the third straight week he hasn't practiced.

Favre returns to practice after father's funeral
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre returned to the Green Bay Packers on Friday, two days after his father's funeral, and the focus for himself as well as his teammates was squarely on football.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Chicks irritate Tippin

Hobby becomes business that whole family enjoys
Just watching her mother and grandmother paint ceramics nine years ago was enough to convince Sonya Jackson they had found a way to stress-proof their lives.

Film puts spotlight on conservative Catholic movement
They attend Mass in Latin, using a liturgy Rome abolished. They abstain from meat on Fridays and women cover their heads in church. For more than three decades, a small group of American Roman Catholics has been quietly worshipping in ways the Vatican told them to abandon.

Torah will be complete to the letter
Rabbi Zalman Fischer will put the finishing stroke on a Torah scroll Sunday after an Israeli scribe spent nearly a year writing all of it but the last letter.

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,

Religion news in brief
WASHINGTON -- Organizers of a "network" for Episcopalians opposed to gay clergy say 13 bishops have endorsed the idea. But so far only three dioceses said they'll send delegates to a meeting that will establish their organization Jan. 19-20 in Plano, Texas.

Suffering serves as a reminder of God's presence
The Book of Job teaches volumes about what we are to believe about God and what God wants us to learn when he permits suffering in our lives.

Faith digest
Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell will be the guest speaker for the 141st Emancipation Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Thursday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney Walker Blvd.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Chicks irritate Tippin
My last column for 2003, in keeping with tradition, is a compilation of favorite quotes I obtained from interviews this year:

Amnesia films, remember?

'Sex in the City' marathon kicks off the New Year
"Sex and the City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" get 2004 started on the right foot with marathons from their latest seasons and, later in the week, the introduction of new episodes.

Rankings for basic cable networks

'Sex in the City' marathon kicks off the New Year

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 15-21. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Sunday news show guests
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Washington Post reporter Dan Balz; Time Magazine reporter Karen Tumulty; New York Times columnist David Brooks; CBS News correspondent Thalia Assuras.

Sunday news show guests

Jackson denies charges on '60 Minutes' interview

Stuff to do

Top five entertainment list

Video watch

New Year's revelers have options

People in the news

Applause calendar

Bulldogs practice after arriving
ORLANDO, Fla. - The day after Christmas for the Georgia football team meant joining holiday travelers on the road and then hitting the practice field at night.

Bulldogs practice after arriving

Amnesia films, remember?
I knew that there were a lot of movies about amnesia. Just in the past few years, it's a plot device that has shown up in everything from thrillers (Memento, The Bourne Identity) to animated features (Finding Nemo). But when I sat down to make a list, I couldn't remember a single one.

Former Masters champ dies
Herman Keiser, the 1946 Masters Tournament champion who still holds a record for the largest 36-hole lead by a winner at Augusta National Golf Club, died Wednesday in Akron, Ohio, from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. He was 89.

Odds and Ends

Frat brothers catch, kill, eat possibly rabid raccoon

Religion news in brief

Faith digest

Faith and Fellowship Calendar

Torah will be complete to the letter

Film puts spotlight on conservative Catholic movement