Amy Tan recounts life, including ghosts
It was in Montreux, Switzerland, that Amy Tan came into her own as a teenager, meaning that was where she found an unsuitable boyfriend who really irritated her mother.

John J. Nance delivers another pulse-pounder
"Fire Flight," the new aviation thriller from John J. Nance ("Pandora's Clock," "Turbulence"), sounds the alarm about the problems involved in the use of aging air tankers in fighting forest fires.

'Odd Thomas' blends horror with romance
In his new thriller, "Odd Thomas," Dean Koontz tells a story of a cult-driven bloodbath to which he adds some existential eeriness that keeps the reader eagerly anticipating every word.

'Odd Thomas' blends horror with romance

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.

Inside look at DA's office captures SLA drama

Fact-packed books fit for the coffee table
Facts at Your Fingertips (Reader's Digest, $34.95) claims to contain half a million facts. That's about 50,000 per fingertip.

Arts calendar

Inside look at DA's office captures SLA drama
People don't think of Sacramento first when they ponder California's mean streets, which is no surprise when you consider south-central Los Angeles or certain blocks of Oakland. Despite a decade of rapid growth, crime in the state capital amid the Central Valley's rice fields still doesn't compare.

Fact-packed books fit for the coffee table

Amish country not known for its art

Amy Tan recounts life, including ghosts

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

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.

History books get written one month at a time

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.

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

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.

Digital cameras have not killed the film business
Q: Everybody seems to be switching to digital cameras, but I like my old 35mm camera. Will I still be able to get film in the future?

Sudden decisions can hurt business
NEW YORK - When small-business owners deal with the problems that are an inevitable part of running a company, their hope is usually for a quick fix. They want to come up with a solution and move on to something else, something that seems more productive.

Business briefs

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.

Recovery year has ups, downs
The 2003 economic year for Augusta was bittersweet: The metro area continued to feel the sting of jobs heading overseas, but at the same time managed to outpace the state and nation in job creation.

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.

Yo quiero wireless Internet connection

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

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: First National Bank and Trust Co.

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.

Club Car ready to unveil Precedent
For five years, it was simply known as Project Cleansheet.

Parmalat auditor says it had no role in hiding company losses

First, best or different makes business No. 1
Frank sits in his office and sullenly stares across the road at his competition, where a continuous line of cars streams in and out of the parking lot.

Club Car ready to unveil Precedent

Consumers flock to stores the day after Christmas

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

Macon tobacco plant closing might hamper state

Business calendar

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.

Pocket change

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.

Digital cameras have not killed the film business

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.

Recovery year has ups, downs

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

Chicago Mercantile Exchange further expands cattle futures drop limit

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.

FAO parent accepts bid for flagship NYC store

First, best or different makes business No. 1

Kuhlke gets laugh from gavel
AUGUSTA COMMISSIONER Bill Kuhlke finally got a gavel. After eight years on the consolidated government board, he never served as chairman of one of four standing committees.

Kuhlke gets laugh from gavel
AUGUSTA COMMISSIONER Bill Kuhlke finally got a gavel. After eight years on the consolidated government board, he never served as chairman of one of four standing committees.

Officials reviewing Houston-Hawaii fight

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ohio State, Kansas State begin Fiesta preparations

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.

Tire Bowl could be Fitzgerald's final collegiate game

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.

California wins wild Insight Bowl

Time has come for Purdue star

Knights' Roland has the hot hand

Top 25 roundup

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.

Assessing the assessor
The Georgia Department of Revenue's performance review of the Richmond County Tax Assessor's Office found out that all is not well. Findings include:

What market will bare
"We do not want this kind of activity in our city." - Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson, on the adult entertainment store Video X-Mart

Assessing the assessor

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

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.

Day-cares have to care
Even if Jackie Boatwright could collect the $33 million Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett awarded her last week, she'd still much rather have her son's health back.

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.

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

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mutual fund investors enjoy remarkable quarter and year
NEW YORK -- As the Dow Jones industrials sailed back above 10,000 and the Nasdaq composite make its own solid recovery this past year, mutual fund investors held on to a mix of caution and aggression that was the real foundation for Wall Street's remarkable rebound.

Consider uncluttering your financial life

Fund investors still cautious, but eyeing riskier choices
NEW YORK -- While people are more likely to take chances in the stock market now than they were a year ago, most mutual fund investors remain conservative. But analysts say some are starting to take a few risks.

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.

Young Americans attracted to flexible retirement plans

Mutual fund investors enjoy remarkable quarter and year

Consider uncluttering your financial life
NEW YORK -- Tired of dealing with a blizzard of bills every month? Confused by a flurry of statements from savings accounts old and new, large and small? Overwhelmed by stacks of documents when taxes are due?

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.

Young Americans attracted to flexible retirement plans
CHICAGO - They're doing what financial experts say every young person should be doing, even in small amounts. They are twentysomethings, saving for that far-off, almost unimaginable time known as retirement - but not the way their parents did.

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.

Fund investors still cautious, but eyeing riskier choices

Money funds fell in latest week

Did you get your boss a holiday gift?

Share prices rise in light post-Christmas trading

China funds offer promise and risk
NEW YORK - Lured by the promise of China's growing economy, many investors are turning to mutual funds geared specifically toward investments in that region. But advisers warn that the potential for big returns comes with high risks and volatility.

Did you get your boss a holiday gift?
Most of us say we're more likely to bestow baubles on co-workers instead of managers, according to a recent poll.

Biggest market-moving news is a non-event

Tech's Dixon adjusts to role
ATLANTA - Three years ago, it was hard to find a Texas high school football player - much less a college recruiter - who didn't know the name Jimmy Dixon, star tailback.

Tech's Dixon adjusts to role

Thrashers recall Blatny from Chicago of the AHL

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

Thrashers skate past Lightning

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

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 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.

History books get written one month at a time
We asked readers to vote for the top local story of 2003, and you did. The votes - mail, verbal and online computer - have been tallied, and the winner is last summer's death of South Carolina political giant Strom Thurmond at age 100.

Pornography matters; war against it must continue
In response to the moving and heartfelt letter written by Gloria Rivera on Dec. 7, "Pornography affects sex addicts": Gary Garner, Augusta

'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.

Planned Parenthood mostly plans lots of abortions
Because Planned Parenthood and their supporters continue to insist they are a benevolent, charitable organization existing only to help women, it might be interesting to look at some facts. Joyce Morris, Appling, Ga.

'Geezer-pleasing' will suck country dry

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.

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.

Medical-malpractice litigation a lottery for lawyers

Tips offered for holiday partying

Living briefs

Baby games as building blocks

Radical fleece hats everyone will love

The trick to standing still

Symphony Guild Cotillion presents 19 debutantes

Tunica RiverPark provides another reason to visit Mississippi

Old-style home suits family's lavish holiday decorations

National Air and Space Museum takes off

Family Calendar

Shipwrecks of Great Lakes are popular place for divers

Just a swinging...

Photographers pick their tops shots from past year

Kitchen safety

Chili off the chill

U.S. spacecraft fails to pick up Beagle signal

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

You are your straw

That's what Dads do

Aunt Jinny came to visit

Scientists begin measuring pollution in human bodies

A resolution for child safety

Mammoth Mountain, a Calif. hot spot for snow lovers

Tips offered for holiday partying
People have asked me many questions about the holidays.

Home front
If you like to tinker, why not get a clock-making kit? Woodcraft Supply Corp. has an arts-and-crafts-style kit that features a quartz-movement, battery-operated clock with a glass lens. When completed, the clock sits 7 inches tall on a desk or mantel.

Living briefs
ABC's TV Guide: Greatest Moments 2003 is a Top 20 countdown that offers TV Guide's choices for the "funniest, hottest and most unforgettable moments" on TV this year.

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.

Tunica RiverPark provides another reason to visit Mississippi
TUNICA, Miss. - A $26 million museum and ecological park has opened on the banks of the Mississippi River, the latest in a line entertainment developments largely paid for with casino tax money that Tunica County officials hope will lure a wider range of visitors.

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.

Old-style home suits family's lavish holiday decorations
Paula Carter promises herself every year that next Christmas will be different - no more gingerbread anywhere and everywhere in her kitchen.

Photographers pick their tops shots from past year
Here is a look back at 2003's best local pictures, as picked by the people who took the photographs.

Symphony Guild Cotillion presents 19 debutantes
Nineteen debutantes were presented Nov. 28 at the Augusta Symphony Guild Cotillion at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Mammoth Mountain, a Calif. hot spot for snow lovers
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. -- For the fourth year in a row, the superpipe and terrain park at Mammoth Mountain's ski resort were the first in North America to open for the season, with storms in the Sierra range making for an early, auspicious start.

National Air and Space Museum takes off
CHANTILLY, Va. -- The Enola Gay and a supersonic Concorde. A Blackbird spy plane and the space shuttle Enterprise. All these and many other flying machines can be found in the dazzling exhibits of history and technology at the Smithsonian Institution's new National Air and Space Museum.

Shipwrecks of Great Lakes are popular place for divers
MILWAUKEE - Like tourists in an underwater museum, divers in the Great Lakes explore shipwrecks searching for remnants of clothes, containers of food or even floating human remains.

Goulet leads Lynx to shootout win against Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Louis Goulet scored a goal and assisted on another as Augusta beat Charlotte 4-3 on Saturday night in a shootout.

Goulet leads Lynx to shootout win against Charlotte

ECHL notebook

Inferno blank Augusta

ECHL notebook
He spent a lot of time in Chicago and can certainly pass for a mobster in those slick $500 suits he wears.

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

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.

Actors plan to portray combat

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Shelby Balliet.

Old columns will be used to complete new project

Local Kwanzaa celebrations begin
Against a backdrop of drumbeats and rhythmic chanting, a line of school-age children moved in unison Saturday, marking the second day of Kwanzaa with a "praise dance."

Kid of the Day

Correction
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that Goody Two Shoes is a retail store in Augusta.

Siyuan Liang
Last Christmas, Siyuan Liang was stuck in his native China, unable to return to Augusta and be with his family. This year, he spent the holidays in a different world - Disney World.

Autopsy on man gives no answers
The cause of death of a man who was found in an Augusta parking lot Friday night was still undetermined after an autopsy Saturday.

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.

Attempts at finding hunter to continue
A spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Saturday that it is unlikely an Augusta hunter reported missing in Phinizy Swamp on Dec. 20 will be found alive.

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

Across Georgia and South Carolina
COLUMBUS, Ga. -The Rev. Al Sharpton took his presidential campaign to west Georgia on Friday, vowing to return if investigations don't lead to answers in the death of a black Columbus man shot to death by police.

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.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities said someone robbed an Augusta wireless store Saturday night.

Reactor inches closer to dock

GOP hold on state takes toll on rivals
AIKEN - In days long gone, when yellow dog Democrats ruled the South and almost all of Dixie's politics was stamped with a capital D, the party could count on a rich crop of courthouse and Statehouse politicians ripe and ready to run for governor or U.S. senator.

News you can use

Mohandas Martin

Work of scientist claimed by China

Across the area

Drug investigator ends 31-year career

'Chronicle' reviews year's newsmakers

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.

Polishing his game

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.

Palmetto State faces shortage on trauma staff

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.

Slain S.C. soldier honored at funeral
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Family and friends on Saturday laid to rest a Taylors soldier who died in Iraq this month.

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

First year challenged Perdue

Rants and raves
MAYBE SADDAM WAS not sitting on a box of mass destruction like one rant implied, but I'm inclined to think that anyone responsible for the death of thousands and thousands of men, women and children is a weapon of mass destruction.

War, death are states' top news

Attempts at finding hunter to continue

Siyuan Liang

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

Bonnie Bragdon

Donations are still being accepted for Empty Stocking Fund

Autopsy on man gives no answers

Aiken plans to guard creek

War, death are states' top news
Jorge and Yolanda Rincon never wanted to be part of the top story in Georgia for 2003. Not this way.

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

GOP hold on state takes toll on rivals

Man in coma after shooting

Local Kwanzaa celebrations begin

Across the Southeast

Slain S.C. soldier honored at funeral

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.

Spc. Steven "Brad" Monaco

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.

Spc. Steven "Brad" Monaco
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Spc. Steven "Brad" Monaco has come a long way in the months since the injuries from a truck accident in Iraq sent him home.

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

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.

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.

Kevin Millward
It's hard to imagine a middle school athlete - or any athlete, for that matter - having a better year than Kevin Millward.

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

Orlando Martinez
His decision made him a reviled figure in Augusta, but Orlando Martinez still maintains that he was acting only for the good of children.

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

Mohandas Martin
In a classroom at Southgate Christian School, Mohandas Martin sits on a stool, leans on a lectern and, looking down at a textbook, runs through grammar exercises with a class of seventh-graders.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

'Chronicle' reviews year's newsmakers
What do a high school teacher, a football kicker and a precocious 3-year-old have in common? What about a former state administrator, a lung-transplant survivor and an adult-bookstore manager? In one way or another, all were local newsmakers during 2003.

Dasia Turner
Three-year-old Dasia Turner said last week that she was hoping for happy holidays with her family.

News you can use
Dec. 28, 1978 Augusta's Bush Field is one of 12 airfields in the Southeast that will take part in Phase 1 of the Federal Aviation Administration's new safety radar program, expected to be completed in December 1979. The radar system is intended to provide increased protection against in-flight collisions and "near collisions," according to administration officials.

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.

Dan and Angela Hall
Dan and Angela Hall spearheaded change this year in the Columbia County school system's policy governing the way pupils are transported to school-sanctioned events.

Rants and raves
MAYBE SADDAM WAS not sitting on a box of mass destruction like one rant implied, but I'm inclined to think that anyone responsible for the death of thousands and thousands of men, women and children is a weapon of mass destruction.

Jimmy Cassandro
Augusta Video X-Mart, an adult video and bookstore that opened Jan. 20 on Gordon Highway and closed this month when its license was revoked, continues to be a community debating point.

Aiken plans to guard creek
AIKEN - What city officials termed industrial progress decades ago could pose problems for their successors, who are trying to protect one of Aiken's main water sources.

Bonnie Bragdon
Former Richmond County Animal Control Director Bonnie Bragdon is enjoying the rewards of private practice but misses her old job.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Aaron Booher
Last month, 16-year-old Aaron Booher spent his first birthday in years at home instead of in a hospital room.

Kevin Millward

Kid of the day

Across the area

Across South Carolina

I resolve to know better for '04
Late-night talk show host David Letterman has his Stupid Pet Tricks. The sports media has its Stupid Human Picks.

Tokyo catches disco fever, again

Tokyo catches disco fever, again
TOKYO -- James Brown, circa 1972, is blasting from the speakers. Thousands of drops of light swirl around an otherwise dark, smoky dance floor, where a group of enthusiastic, middle-aged regulars do the soul cha cha, the funky Broadway, the old man.

War in Iraq overwhelming choice as top news story of 2003
The "major combat" phase was over in six weeks, but the war in Iraq - from its tumultuous prelude to a still-active insurgency - was in the global spotlight throughout the year.

War in Iraq overwhelming choice as top news story of 2003

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.

Atlanta cures Detroit's woes
ATLANTA -- Ben Wallace made two late free throws - his first points of the game - and had a block on the next possession, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 87-84 Saturday night.

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

NBA briefs: Camara's helping at home

Atlanta cures Detroit's woes

Hawks fall to Hornets

Women's roundup
ATLANTA - The guard trio of Doneeka Hodges, Temeka Johnson and Seimone Augustus made sure LSU didn't need much from inside the paint.

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

Top 25 roundup
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Antonio Burks scored 17 points and Sean Banks added 13 points and eight rebounds in Memphis' 61-59 victory over No. 11 Missouri, the Tigers' third loss in four games.

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

Phillips, Del Rio renew relationship in season finale

Favre returns to practice after father's funeral

Kerney endures adversity

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AIKEN - Kester Bodie inherited a love of the land from his father and an eye for flowers from his mother.

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Democratic presidential candidates preach hate
WHAT HAS HAPPENED to "united we stand?" Yes, as Americans, we can disagree and have the right to voice those disagreements, but destructive rhetoric about the war in Iraq for the purpose of self-promotion is demoralizing to our troops and the American people. Unfortunately, we can expect nothing more from the candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Their words and their actions are unpatriotic.

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.

Democratic presidential candidates preach hate
WHAT HAS HAPPENED to "united we stand?" Yes, as Americans, we can disagree and have the right to voice those disagreements, but destructive rhetoric about the war in Iraq for the purpose of self-promotion is demoralizing to our troops and the American people. Unfortunately, we can expect nothing more from the candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Their words and their actions are unpatriotic.

At 57, gymnast still winning gold

Overtime

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Dooley vs. Adams is No. 1 sports story

Area sports announcements

New technology gives coaches more practice time

Bowden, Tigers top 2003 South Carolina sports scene

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

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.

Bowden, Tigers top 2003 South Carolina sports scene
Almost as soon as Clemson coach Tommy Bowden rushed off the field following his team's demoralizing and inexplicable Tangerine Bowl loss last December, he knew the next 12 months would be like no others.

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.

Overtime
Former major leaguer Ivan Calderon was shot to death Saturday in Loiza, Puerto Rico. He was 42.

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.

Dooley vs. Adams is No. 1 sports story
Here are the top 10 Georgia sports stories of 2003 as voted on by AP members statewide:

Outdoors calendar
Sat., Jan. 3: The Savannah River Rifle & Pistol Club will hold its monthly match beginning with sight-in at 11 a.m. at its range near New Holland, S.C. For details call 803-642-6380 or go to www.srrpclub.com.

Teen bags buck during youth hunt
Katherine Sheetz, 15, took her first deer two seasons ago during a memorable youth hunt on Georgia's Ossabaw Island. This fall, the Columbia County teen was fortunate enough to be drawn for the hunt again.

Lake must be lowered for ramp installation
Columbia County's long-awaited bass tournament complex on Clarks Hill Lake is taking shape - but pouring the concrete for the dual-lane launch ramps will require some creative engineering.

First year challenged Perdue
ATLANTA - Just one year ago, Georgia was on the brink of huge changes.

Edwards files in South Carolina vote
COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. John Edwards focused on Democrats regaining the White House in a speech to supporters outside state Democratic headquarters Saturday.

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.

Phillips, Del Rio renew relationship in season finale
ATLANTA -- Wade Phillips and Jack Del Rio go back a long way, even though their relationship got off to a rocky start.

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.

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.

Fassel's Giants finale is Fox's and Panthers' prep for playoffs
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There haven't been many signs in the last few days that Jim Fassel is winding up a seven-year tenure as the New York Giants' coach.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lake must be lowered for ramp installation

I resolve to know better for '04

Rankings for basic cable networks

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.

James Caan tries series TV in NBC's 'Las Vegas'

James Caan tries series TV in NBC's 'Las Vegas'
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- James Caan is not good at sitting still. The star of the NBC series "Las Vegas" is talking, gesturing and fidgeting in a makeup chair while his face and hair are smoothed and a fake tattoo transfer wiped off his forearm.

Sunday news show guests

People in the news

Jackson denies charges on '60 Minutes' interview

Bulldogs get revenge on Jackets
ATLANTA - Once was more than enough for the Georgia women's basketball team.

Remembering the 2000 Outback Bowl

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.

Remembering the 2000 Outback Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. - The fear and anxiety of the arrival of the new millennium turned out to be much ado about nothing on Jan. 1, 2000, when Georgia played in the Outback Bowl.

Bulldogs get revenge on Jackets

Bulldogs practice after arriving

Caldwell tells Holtz he's returning to Vanderbilt

Caldwell tells Holtz he's returning to Vanderbilt
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz's offseason took another unexpected twist Saturday when recently hired assistant Robbie Caldwell returned to his old position at Vanderbilt.

Odds and Ends

Frat brothers catch, kill, eat possibly rabid raccoon

Film puts spotlight on conservative Catholic movement

Torah will be complete to the letter

Faith digest

Faith and Fellowship Calendar

Religion news in brief