Sara Nelson spends a year reading books, learning about life
NEW YORK - Sara Nelson's friends used to joke that she should set up an 800 number that people could call when they needed help picking books. That way, when they were going on vacation or breaking up with a true love, they would know exactly what to read.

Inside look at DA's office captures SLA drama

Atlanta's Shakespeare troupes share Bard, little else

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.

Olympia Dukakis to star in Aeschylus' 'Agamemnon'
NEW YORK -- Aeschylus, William Shakespeare and Rudyard Kipling. Not a bad trio of authors.

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.

Former Nixon aide writes book in praise of Warren Harding

'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.

Author sees red hat as 'emblem' for baby boomer women

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.

Tony winner Sutton Foster bids farewell to 'Millie'
NEW YORK -- Sutton Foster is packing her bags to leave the Tony Award-winning "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in February.

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.

Former Nixon aide writes book in praise of Warren Harding
NEW YORK -- John W. Dean, the former White House counsel to Richard Nixon, has written a book that upholds the life and work of a president ruined by scandal.

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.

Atlanta's Shakespeare troupes share Bard, little else
ATLANTA -- Jeffrey Watkins and Richard Garner came to Atlanta about 20 years ago and decided the city needed a Shakespeare troupe.

'Odd Thomas' blends horror with romance

Author sees red hat as 'emblem' for baby boomer women
BUFORD, Ga. -- Empowerment has become a new theme in Haywood Smith's books.

Fact-packed books fit for the coffee table

Tony winner Sutton Foster bids farewell to 'Millie'

Arts calendar

Amy Tan recounts life, including ghosts

Olympia Dukakis to star in Aeschylus' 'Agamemnon'

Steinbrenner 'doing well' after fainting
SARASOTA, Fla. -- New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was "doing well" Sunday, a day after he fainted at a memorial service, and his doctor described his health as "excellent."

History books get written one month at a time

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

Business calendar

Digital cameras have not killed the film business

Pocket change

Tech spending expected to grow in 2004

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

Fewer companies offering incentive bonuses this year

Fewer companies offering incentive bonuses this year
By the time executive John Stropki stepped to the podium, more than 200 employees of Lincoln Electric Holdings had crowded into the company cafeteria to hear him. Hundreds more gathered in an on-site auditorium and at a Lincoln plant a few miles away to listen via closed-circuit.

First, best or different makes business No. 1

Club Car ready to unveil Precedent

Two years after the fall, here come the Enron trials

Recovery year has ups, downs

Business briefs

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.

Two years after the fall, here come the Enron trials
HOUSTON -- First came Enron Corp.'s scandalous collapse. Then came the crackdowns. Now come the trials.

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.

Tech spending expected to grow in 2004
BOSTON -- The corporate spending that drives the technology sector is as strong as it has been since the end of the 1990s boom, giving the industry optimism as it heads into 2004.

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?

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.

Business briefs
MEXICO CITY -- The biggest markets for U.S. beef around the world slammed shut Wednesday amid fears about a suspected case of mad cow disease in the United States, as Mexico, Japan and South Korea closed their borders to U.S. beef.

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.

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.

Husker coaching situation overshadows Alamo Bowl

Winslow feels misunderstood in chaotic season
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Kellen Winslow is a little uneasy in front of television cameras these days. And probably for good reason.

Winslow feels misunderstood in chaotic season

LSU makes short trip to Sugar city, aims for big prize

LSU makes short trip to Sugar city, aims for big prize
NEW ORLEANS -- LSU received a police escort to the door of its hotel in this party city, and coach Nick Saban quickly laid out a road map to success at the Sugar Bowl: Staying out of trouble.

Husker coaching situation overshadows Alamo Bowl
SAN ANTONIO -- For four decades, Nebraska has been the most stable program in college football. The last four weeks have been different.

Top 25 roundup

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:

An easy way to help

Fighting the good fight

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

Fighting the good fight
He spent the year in hiding. No one knows what, if anything of substance, he accomplished during the year. Further, he ended 2003 with the indignity of being fished out of a personal bunker and being checked for head lice.

This just might work
Wouldn't it be great if prison inmates could earn enough money to help compensate their victims, support their families and pay their incarceration costs while learning new job skills?

An easy way to help
Wouldn't you like to help out cash-strapped families whose breadwinners are on active duty in the National Guard or military reserves?

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.

Assessing the assessor

Ben Affleck on gossip fans, 'Paycheck' and, Lopez
LOS ANGELES -- Ben Affleck wants to tell you about his new sci-fi thriller "Paycheck." He does NOT want to tell you about the status of his romance with Jennifer Lopez.

Michael Jackson says he was manhandled when he surrendered
NEW YORK -- Michael Jackson says he was manhandled by authorities when arrested last month on child molestation charges - and suffered a dislocated shoulder from the way he was handcuffed.

'Peter Pan' stars 'hyper' 12-year-old boy
LOS ANGELES -- "Peter Pan" is about a boy who never grows up, but usually he's played by women who are old enough to be his mother.

Q&A With Renee Zellweger
LOS ANGELES -- Renee Zellweger keeps quietly defying expectations.

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.

The fund costs investors didn't know about

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.

Consider uncluttering your financial life

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.

Young Americans attracted to flexible retirement plans

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.

Clash now over mutual fund fees

Clash now over mutual fund fees
NEW YORK -- Sometimes just the threat of the government meddling in your business can do a lot more to spur change than if it ever got involved. That could be exactly what happens in the crackdown on mutual fund fees.

Fund investors still cautious, but eyeing riskier choices

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.

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?

Did you get your boss a holiday gift?

Mutual fund investors enjoy remarkable quarter and year

The fund costs investors didn't know about
NEW YORK -- As the saying goes, what you don't know may cost you. That's been especially true for mutual fund investors this year.

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

Resolutions, like papers, litter life

Senators defeat Thrashers

Senators defeat Thrashers
OTTAWA -- Marian Hossa scored twice and Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist Sunday to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

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.

'Insanity' editorial insanely written
I found your Dec. 19 editorial entitled "Insanity" to be very disturbing. First, you call John Hinckley Jr. psychotic. Are you certain he is still psychotic? I believe he has schizophrenia, but if he is being released for unsupervised visits, I am certain that he is not now psychotic. I think you need to understand your terminology a little better. Bonnie A. Parker, Augusta

A prayer for us all for the New Year

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.

Georgia monitoring of SRS not needed
Regarding your Dec. 1 article, "River tritium tracking to end," and follow-on articles: William F. Lawless, Augusta

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

A prayer for us all for the New Year
We will soon close the book on this year and open a new book for 2004. I hope the 2004 book will contain review chapters on good will, tolerance, open-mindedness, thoughtfulness, honesty, spirituality and love. Tracy E. Williams, Augusta

Georgia monitoring of SRS not needed

Avionics computer gives improves small craft safely

Old-style home suits family's lavish holiday decorations

Living briefs

Wireless adapter brings PC tunes, pictures to TV

Online doctor visits may be gaining popularity

Tips offered for holiday partying

Photographers pick their tops shots from past year

National Air and Space Museum takes off

Game review: Voodoo Vince has dry, snarky humor

Symphony Guild Cotillion presents 19 debutantes

Mammoth Mountain, a Calif. hot spot for snow lovers

Shipwrecks of Great Lakes are popular place for divers

Tunica RiverPark provides another reason to visit Mississippi

Techbits: Domain name sale, Appliances online

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.

Avionics computer gives improves small craft safely
BOISE, Idaho -- A new flight computer being marketed to pilots of small aircraft allows them to see through clouds, haze or dense fog, potentially eliminating the kind of disorientation that resulted in 159 fatalities over the last six years.

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.

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.

Online doctor visits may be gaining popularity
IRVING, Texas -- As a computer programmer, Kurt Soutendijk is comfortable with technology, so when his physician asked patients to try online doctor visits, he tried it.

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.

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

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.

Game review: Voodoo Vince has dry, snarky humor
In early brainstorming for "Voodoo Vince," creator Clayton Kauzlaric made a hasty sketch of what would become the main character, then scribbled a note nearby: "A game where getting hurt good."

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.

Wireless adapter brings PC tunes, pictures to TV
A personal computer in the middle of an entertainment center is overkill, but it would be nice to hear all those songs and view those pictures from the comfort of the living room.

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

Techbits: Domain name sale, Appliances online
NEW YORK -- One more sign the technology sector is rebounding: An Internet domain name is again commanding seven figures.

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.

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.

Goulet leads Lynx to shootout win against Charlotte

IceGators beat hobbled Lynx

IceGators beat hobbled Lynx
There were two healthy Augusta goaltenders in the building Sunday.

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.

ECHL notebook

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

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.

Airport, road projects will keep division busy
If there were a transportation crystal ball for 2004, it would show visions of a new airport terminal project, a completed Bobby Jones Expressway extension and more construction on Interstate 20.

Schools try to tackle athlete health concerns

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.

State backs firm in charge of YDC
Despite its troubling record in other states, Georgia officials say they are more than satisfied with the company picked to take over the Augusta Youth Development Campus next year.

Kid of the Day

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.

Kevin Millward

'For the Chipper' program converts Christmas trees into mulch

War, death are states' top news

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

Spc. Steven "Brad" Monaco

Attempts at finding hunter to continue

Slain S.C. soldier honored at funeral

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.

Across Georgia

Custodian takes care of pupils, too

Chamber tries to ease burdens of growing community

Student remains confident despite trials of leukemia

Local Kwanzaa celebrations begin

Dogs teach impoverished children about character, acceptance
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GOP hold on state takes toll on rivals

News you can use
DEC. 29, 1959 President Eisenhower, accompanied by his wife, flew into Bush Field on Sunday for a post-Christmas round of golf, relaxation and work at the Augusta National.

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

Lynx game holds surprise for 5-year-old spectator
It was 5-year-old Bernisha Dumas' first hockey game - and one she'll never forget.

Board of Education offices to open in February

UGA president reflects on year of controversy

News you can use

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Lynx game holds surprise for 5-year-old spectator

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.

Hunter search turns up nothing

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."

Dogs teach impoverished children about character, acceptance

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.

Aiken plans to guard creek

State backs firm in charge of YDC

'Chronicle' reviews year's newsmakers

Drivers could be paying to use Hwy. 316 in few years

Across the area

Re-enactors remember Savannah's battle anniversary

Mohandas Martin

"Radio" plays well across the country
ANDERSON, S.C. -- It looks like Radio's story was as well received across the country as it was in South Carolina.

Drivers could be paying to use Hwy. 316 in few years
ATHENS, Ga. -- Future University of Georgia students, commuters and football fans, start saving your spare change.

Bethune's rich clay inspires potters
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Otis Norris grew up playing on the rich, clay soil around his Bethune home. But he never dreamed he would make a living molding that same clay into works of art.

Five questions
Barbara Morgan, solicitor for South Carolina's 2nd Judicial Circuit, answers five questions.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is TyQuez Clifton Hodge, 11, of Augusta.

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

Board of Education offices to open in February
Originally expected to be complete by Christmas, the new downtown headquarters for the Richmond County Board of Education won't open for employees until mid-February, construction officials say.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Custodian takes care of pupils, too
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - All of the pupils and faculty at Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary-Middle School know Otis Miles Jr. as a person they can talk to about their problems and always count on for a good laugh.

Re-enactors remember Savannah's battle anniversary
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- It's a dubious distinction for Georgia, but dozens of re-enactors gathered this weekend to celebrate the Battle of Savannah, one of the worst American defeats of the Revolutionary War.

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.

UGA president reflects on year of controversy
ATHENS, Ga. -- Looking back on a year that had some alumni and donors calling for his resignation and fans booing him at a football game, UGA president Michael Adams said he wasn't rattled by the criticism.

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.

After a decade in use, law has emerged as compromise for juries
ATLANTA -- A 10-year-old law that allows juries to sentence murderers to life in prison without parole has become an agreeable alternative to the death penalty.

Airport, road projects will keep division busy

Federal decision nears on Macon brick plant's mining expansion request
MACON, Ga. -- A federal decision nears on whether a 50-year permit will be granted to expand mining operations in an area that has ancient mounds, environmental health and flood protection levels.

Siyuan Liang

New Year means big work, money for caterers, servers
AIKEN - It's the holidays, and somebody has to make the party happen.

News you can use

Across South Carolina

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.

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

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.

Archbishop: Victims group cannot meet on church grounds

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

Student remains confident despite trials of leukemia
Her voice was calm and steady, almost upbeat as she sat next to her bed at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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.

Hunter search turns up nothing
The Department of Natural Resources said Sunday it will continue periodic searches this week of Phinizy Swamp until Charles Gerald Logan Jr., a hunter missing in the swamp, is found.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Police have arrested two teenagers in a series of crimes, including the killing of a store manager.

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

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE -Forecasts of a warm New Year's Day could dampen the chill of the annual Polar Bear Swim.

'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.

After a decade in use, law has emerged as compromise for juries

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.

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.

New Year means big work, money for caterers, servers

Across the area
An Augusta man told police that someone stabbed him late Saturday while he was walking from a gas station.

Bethune's rich clay inspires potters

First year challenged Perdue

Rants and Raves
HERE'S A RAVE for your Rants and Raves column. It's a moronic column, but it gives us with normal IQs a good laugh almost every day. Thank you.

Autopsy on man gives no answers

Across the area

Bonnie Bragdon

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.

Archbishop: Victims group cannot meet on church grounds
ATLANTA -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta will not allow a support group for victims of the church's sex abuse scandal to meet on church grounds.

'For the Chipper' program converts Christmas trees into mulch
A statewide program wants Georgians to give their Christmas trees a second life.

Chamber tries to ease burdens of growing community
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- One community here is trying to find out and solve the problems faced by their growing immigrant population.

Schools try to tackle athlete health concerns
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A handful of South Carolina schools have gone to extraordinary lengths in recent years to help its young athletes determine whether they have a hidden disease that could cause them to die suddenly without symptoms.

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.

Resolutions, like papers, litter life
What did I learn from my mistakes in 2003? How do I hope to improve myself in 2004?

'Return of the King' remains No. 1
LOS ANGELES -- The final installment of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy continued to reign at the box office despite a handful of new openings as Hollywood had its best Christmas weekend ever.

'Return of the King' remains No. 1

Tokyo catches disco fever, again

Sound Bites: audio reviews of new albums
"Mona Lisa Smile," the soundtrack for the new Julia Roberts film set in the 1950s, alternates between schmaltzy and sweet, as artists of today tackle classic songs with varying results.

Composer Burnett tackles Civil War-era music

Composer Burnett tackles Civil War-era music
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When producer T Bone Burnett set out to make the soundtrack to the Civil War-era film, "Cold Mountain," he drew as much from his love of rock 'n' roll as from traditional American music.

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.

Sound Bites: audio reviews of new albums

War in Iraq overwhelming choice as top news story of 2003

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.

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.

Atlanta cures Detroit's woes

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.

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.

Phillips, Del Rio renew relationship in season finale

Lack of opponent forces Belichick to work on all of them

Vick, Falcons top Jaguars

Panthers beat Giants

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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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Mr. T.J. Stallings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Marvin Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Annie Singletary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosa Carter    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. William Rutledge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Infant Christopher Bradley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bob Roper    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola Twiggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marilyn Priester    (BRUNSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Kimberly Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Capt. Samuel Piercy    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Annie Singletary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Derrill Owens    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Featured obituary: Mrs. Mae R. Jones
Perseverance and patience are virtues Willie J. Jones learned to appreciate when he met his wife of 37 years, Mae R. Jones.

Mrs. Marie Oglesby    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Leila Cody    (MONETTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Marian O'Hara    (SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)
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Mr. Herman Haynes    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Lukas Morris    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rozella Little    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Carrie Morgan    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Earl McRae    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Hubert Moore    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Chavous    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Mills    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Lloyd Burkhart    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Earl McRae    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Ray Whitfield    (BONAIRE, Ga.)
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Tsgt. Donald McCloud, Jr.    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
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Mr. John Bettis    (ROOSEVELT, N.Y.)
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Mr. Mark Maynard    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Terri Usry    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
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Mr. Richard Maulbeck    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Ms. Rena Toby    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Herb Matheson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Julian Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rozella Little    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Florence Bishop    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
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Mr. T.J. Stallings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marjolie Knight    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Simmons, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Kinard    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Linda Wooten    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Ulysses Kendrick, Sr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Vera Britt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Otis Jones    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Cleland    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucille de Medicis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Chavous    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Hubert Moore    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Howard    (SNELLVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Jerome Gilyard    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Wallace Horne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Wallace Horne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Donna Henderson    (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)
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Ms. Jacqueline Lewis    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Heitmann    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Lyons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Harris    (DEVERAUX, Ga.)
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Tsgt. Donald McCloud, Jr.    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
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Mrs. Margaret Gillis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Daisy Davis    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Gillis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Tsgt. Donald McCloud, Jr. (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. William Rutledge (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Horne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rozella Little (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Howard (SNELLVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. George Tebow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Derrill Owens (TRENTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Robert Mills (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Maynard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Bishop (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Eston Wall (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Heitmann (TIGNALL, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Martha Cleland (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Terri Usry (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Harris (DEVERAUX, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Simmons, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bob Roper (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rozella Little (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ethelene Greene (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Haynes (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Gladman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Morgan (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Morgan (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Tsgt. Donald McCloud, Jr. (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Kathryn Ashley (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Julian Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Annie Singletary (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Tebow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Moore (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Eliza Winn (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Ms. Rena Toby (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Horne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Kinard (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Viola Twiggs (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ulysses Kendrick, Sr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hattie Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Gillis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Infant Christopher Bradley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lloyd Burkhart (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Jacqueline Lewis (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Marilyn Priester (BRUNSON, S.C.)

Mr. Jerome Gilyard (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Ms. Marian O'Hara (SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Lyons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lukas Morris (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Otis Jones (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Britt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Mills (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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.

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.

Dooley vs. Adams is No. 1 sports story

Bowden, Tigers top 2003 South Carolina sports scene

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Area sports announcements

Lance Armstrong: AP Male Athlete of the Year

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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:

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

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.

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.

Lance Armstrong: AP Male Athlete of the Year
AUSTIN, Texas -- For Lance Armstrong, 2003 was a year of personal and professional struggles and triumph.

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Dogwood Stable of Aiken broke its single-season earnings record when Fond won the Open Mind Stakes at Aqueduct Race Track in New York on Sunday.

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.

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.

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

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.

Panthers beat Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Carolina Panthers wrapped up the third seed in the NFC playoffs by closing out the career of one New York Giants coach and setting up a date with a former one - Bill Parcells.

Falcons get permission to interview Niners' Mora
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Atlanta Falcons have received permission to interview San Francisco defensive coordinator Jim Mora for their head coaching position.

Vick, Falcons top Jaguars
ATLANTA -- This day belonged to Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons, and not even one of the worst plays of his career could spoil it.

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.

Lack of opponent forces Belichick to work on all of them
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Leave it to Bill Belichick to find something wrong with the best record in the NFL.

Pope presses for greater defense of traditional marriage, saying 'misunderstood' sense of rights alters it
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II pressed his campaign against gay unions Sunday, calling for greater defense of the institution of marriage between man and woman and saying a "misunderstood" sense of rights was altering it.

Lake must be lowered for ramp installation

I resolve to know better for '04

Tavis Smiley gets back into TV game on PBS

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Cronkite getting ready for his annual Vienna New Year

Cronkite getting ready for his annual Vienna New Year
NEW YORK -- If there was ever a time to grant Walter Cronkite a pass on his annual New Year's trip to Vienna, this would be it.

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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
LOS ANGELES -- Take a quiet interlude on the first evening of 2004 to remember Fred Rogers - that's Mister Rogers, to us - and the integrity he brought to children's television.

Tavis Smiley gets back into TV game on PBS
LOS ANGELES -- A sign that Tavis Smiley's new PBS talk show is not standard-issue for public television: The set was created by tennis star and aspiring designer Venus Williams.

Ben Affleck on gossip fans, 'Paycheck' and, Lopez

Q&A With Renee Zellweger

'Peter Pan' stars 'hyper' 12-year-old boy

Bulldogs get revenge on Jackets

Richt says team bounces back from poor practice
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt is feeling better about his team.

Bennett leaves mark at Georgia

Remembering the 2000 Outback Bowl

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

Bennett leaves mark at Georgia
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Billy Bennett was used to kicking a ball in motion.

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.

Richt says team bounces back from poor practice

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.

Caldwell tells Holtz he's returning to Vanderbilt

Pope presses for greater defense of traditional marriage, saying 'misunderstood' sense of rights alters it