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

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

Larry Brown returns with violent and bawdy novel

Book tells how billions of tax dollars go up in smoke

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.

Writing duo takes another whack at President Bush

Former Nixon aide writes book in praise of Warren Harding

Larry Brown returns with violent and bawdy novel
"The Rabbit Factory." By Larry Brown. Free Press. 339 Pages. $25.

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.

Tony winner Sutton Foster bids farewell to 'Millie'

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.

Writing duo takes another whack at President Bush
"Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America." By Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose. Random House. 347 Pages. $24.95.

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.

Book tells how billions of tax dollars go up in smoke
"A Season of Fire: Four Months on the Firelines of America's Forests." By Douglas Gantenbein. Tarcher-Putnam. 393 Pages. $24.95.

Olympia Dukakis to star in Aeschylus' 'Agamemnon'

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

Atlanta's Shakespeare troupes share Bard, little else

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."

Holidays don't keep sightseers at home

Crowded classrooms prompt Florida county to buy empty Kmart stores to use as schools
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- Lines of students instead of shoppers will fill two Kmart stores when county officials convert them into schools by 2005.

Fire survivor, believed dead and cremated, turns out to be alive in hospital
GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- A woman believed to have died after a house fire has been discovered alive in a Boston hospital.

Odds and Ends
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Those looking to get their new year off to a sizzling start have a hot option.

Foreign workers come to S.C. resort on special visa program

Euro hits new record high against the dollar, rises above $1.25
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The euro kept on rolling against the U.S. dollar on Monday, climbing above $1.25 for the first time in its five-year history.

Foreign workers come to S.C. resort on special visa program
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Each year around March, hundreds of Jamaicans come to South Carolina to work in seasonal cooking, cleaning and service jobs at area resorts.

Cobern building gets new life
A local businessman has purchased the Cobern Furniture building, saying a resurgent downtown offers many options for one of Broad Street's biggest vacant properties.

Tech spending expected to grow in 2004

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.

Business briefs
INDIANAPOLIS - Eli Lilly and Co. on Monday said it has won regulatory approval to sell its new drug Symbyax to treat the depressive phase of bipolar disorder.

Business briefs

Treasury Department suggest new rules for tax shelter advisers
WASHINGTON -- Lawyers, accountants and other tax advisers would be required to take certain steps when weighing in on a client's use of a tax shelter, the Bush administration proposed Monday in its latest effort to crack down on dubious tax-avoidance schemes.

Business briefs

Two years after the fall, here come the Enron trials

Fewer companies offering incentive bonuses this year

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.

Cobern building gets new life

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.

Euro hits new record high against the dollar, rises above $1.25

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.

Oddsmakers love SEC - except in national championship game
ATLANTA -- The Las Vegas oddsmakers are in love with the Southeastern Conference this bowl season in every game except the one that matters most - the Sugar Bowl national championship game between second-ranked LSU and No. 3 Oklahoma.

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.

Bowl lineups
HOUSTON BOWL

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

Winslow feels misunderstood in chaotic season

Husker coaching situation overshadows Alamo Bowl

Bowl lineups

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.

Arkansas prepares to slow down Missouri's Brad Smith

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.

Arkansas prepares to slow down Missouri's Brad Smith
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Arkansas sees a dual-threat every day in practice in its own Matt Jones, who this year set the school's rushing mark by a quarterback for this third straight season.

UConn No. 1 for third straight week

Texas Tech reaches highest ranking in women's poll

La Salle rolls past S. Carolina St.

No. 3 Georgia Tech puts sting on VCU

Nature's quiet terrorist

Nature's quiet terrorist
What would the public outcry be like if terrorists were killing 30,000 Americans a year - on U.S. soil?

DOE perils Ga. water
It's true, as Savannah River Site manager Jeffrey Allison says, that the state of South Carolina's radiation monitoring program is robust, thorough and detailed.

Fighting the good fight

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.

An easy way to help

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?

DOE perils Ga. water

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?

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.

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.

People in the News
LONDON -- Rock guitarist Pete Townshend considered suicide after his arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography, a newspaper quoted him as saying.

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

Nasdaq, Dow up as Wall Street extends year's advance
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index burst past the 2,000 milestone Monday, and the Dow Jones industrials surged more than 120 points as investors shook off concerns about the impact of mad cow disease and looked optimistically toward 2004.

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.

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.

The fund costs investors didn't know about

Clash now over mutual fund fees

Nasdaq, Dow up as Wall Street extends year's advance

Plants cheer up dark corners
The darkest days are upon us, making the darkest rooms that much darker. Let's cheer up those dark rooms with living plants and let's avoid using artificial lights in the process. Artificial light is of limited use, either because plants must be set within just a few inches of them or because they cast an eerie glow over plants and furniture. In either case, darkness might be more hospitable.

Plants cheer up dark corners

Resolutions, like papers, litter life

A grand slam, a grand year for Sorenstam

A grand slam, a grand year for Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam started the year just like any other, focusing on the major championships.

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.

Holidays don't keep sightseers at home
Nothing ever goes away.- - Barry Commoner

Ashcroft bows out of leak probe, sources say
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft is recusing himself from White House leaks investigation, sources say.

Lottery message erodes drive of capable people
Henry T. Edmondson's guest column of Dec. 18, "Georgia Lottery a victim of its own success," described several problems related to the Georgia Lottery. He described the broad and increasing demand for HOPE Scholarship funds, that the greatest source of lottery income is from low-income people and the very low probability of significant winnings. I agree and would like to extend his remarks. Bill Wolff, Martinez, Ga.

Reforms should help doctors, not worry them
It never ceases to amaze me how "experts" like Allison Kelly, (Dec. 21 guest column, "Georgia needs reforms in both insurance, health-care industries") have answers to our health-care problems while never having practiced a single minute of patient care. James C. Sherman, M.D., 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

Writer's ideology should be kept to himself
Regarding the Dec. 10 letter by high-school English teacher R. Brian Clardy, "Describing Bush as spoiled is silly," and his attack on Anne Cook's Nov. 23 letter, "Bush acts as though he was a stubborn child": Pastor Wesley G. Ellis, Hephzibah, Ga.

A prayer for us all for the New Year

Georgia monitoring of SRS not needed

Writer's ideology should be kept to himself

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

Reforms should help doctors, not worry them

'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

Lottery message erodes drive of capable people

Experts: Antiquated flu vaccine system needs updating

Wireless adapter brings PC tunes, pictures to TV

Online doctor visits may be gaining popularity

Seniors calendar

Several drugs fight flu

Avionics computer gives improves small craft safely

Alaska quake may give insight into next big Calif. temblor

Game review: Voodoo Vince has dry, snarky humor

Compubug's Dubious Achievement Awards

Techbits: Domain name sale, Appliances online

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

In the know
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words and dream live on with a legacy longer than the history books can record.

Compubug's Dubious Achievement Awards
It's that time of year when nothing much is happening, but newspapers still have to fill all that white space around the ads anyway, so herewith the annual Compubug Dubious Achievement in Personal Computing Awards.

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.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

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.

Alaska quake may give insight into next big Calif. temblor
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- When a major earthquake ripped through Black Rapids Glacier in central Alaska, most people dove under tables or ran out their doors. Geologist Peter Haeussler headed for a helicopter.

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.

Several drugs fight flu
Q: My pharmacist said that there are effective oral medicines for the flu, but they require a prescription. I didn't manage to get a flu shot this year before they ran out. What can you tell me about flu drugs?

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.

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."

IceGators beat hobbled Lynx

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

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.

College janitors live on 2nd job
ATHENS, Ga. - Donald Walker's days are spent like those of most people, only his 9-to-5 grind starts at 5:30 a.m.

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.

Kroger deal will bulldoze Aiken office
AIKEN - After weeks of uncertainty about the status of its lease, an official with American Red Cross Blood Services said Monday that the blood donation center on Whiskey Road is closing its doors to make way for bulldozers and a redevelopment plan.

Airport, road projects will keep division busy

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.

UGA president reflects on year of controversy

News you can use
DEC. 30, 1966 Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders, of Augusta, said he expected the latest federal court decision upholding school desegregation guidelines.

Suing government becomes passion for former businessman

New Year means big work, money for caterers, servers

Perdue pushes college savings plan

Chamber tries to ease burdens of growing community

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.

Across Georgia

State levies fines over erosion
Two Columbia County developers will pay fines totaling $18,250 and correct erosion and sediment violations that damaged a lake at the Ivy Falls Plantation subdivision near Grovetown.

Re-enactors remember Savannah's battle anniversary

Group wants full funding for indigent defense program

Student remains confident despite trials of leukemia

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.

Perdue signs grandchildren up for college savings plan

Royston hoping that returning to its past will help its future

Across the area
Employees and witnesses at the McDonald's, at 4478 Columbia Road, told police that a man wearing a gray stocking over his head and grasping a 12- to 14-inch hunting knife entered the restaurant at about 8 p.m. Sunday and demanded money from a cashier.

Ashcroft bows out of leak probe, sources say

Reactor faces slow trip to Chem Nuclear
AIKEN - There's only one way to safely move an 820-ton radioactive nuclear reactor pressure vessel: very slowly, officials say.

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

New cancer center caters to patients' needs

Lynx game holds surprise for 5-year-old spectator

Federal screeners at airport lose time

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.

Ozone-boosting press will get EPD's approval

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

Law has emerged as compromise for juries

"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.

College janitors live on 2nd job

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.

Kershaw County schools look for ways to improve

Lack of experience, dealing with new vendors led to Georgia's botched flu shot deal
ATLANTA -- Nationwide shortages of flu shots brought unlikely partners together in a $1.65 million vaccine deal between Georgia and private companies that ultimately went bust when the state never received the 100,000 doses it was promised.

Sharpton visits Spartanburg church

Across the area

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

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

Kroger deal will bulldoze Aiken office

Across South Carolina

State levies fines over erosion

Choice, construction ahead for new year

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.

Seven young people killed during police chase along North Carolina highway

Perdue signs grandchildren up for college savings plan
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue enrolled his three grandchildren Monday in the state's special savings program for college, calling it "a powerful tool" for parents and grandparents to invest in the future.

Woman shares her home with injured wild animals
OATLAND ISLAND, Ga. - Lisa Basta's two teenage children aren't the wildest creatures in her home these days.

Group wants full funding for indigent defense program
ATLANTA -- A position paper delivered to the governor on Monday says Georgia's criminal justice system is fraught with injustice and inequity.

Coliseum Authority's bonds to be refinanced
A city commission committee put the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority's bond-refinancing request on the fast track Monday.

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

Royston hoping that returning to its past will help its future
ROYSTON, Ga. -- This small town's leaders are trying to recapture Royston's past, hoping the move will boost the local economy.

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.

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

'For the Chipper' program converts Christmas trees into mulch

More students keep Life scholarships in second year
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- More South Carolina students who receive Life scholarships are keeping them, according to information from the state Commission on Higher Education.

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.

Rants and Raves
I'M CALLING TO ask the question. I wonder who or what we will find first: Amelia Earhart, D.B. Cooper, Jimmy Hoffa, bin Laden, WMD, the mad cow or, hopefully, common sense?

Suing government becomes passion for former businessman
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- On a wall in his Greenville office, retired businessman Edward D. Sloan Jr. displays 14 checks from state and local governments reimbursing him for legal fees incurred in lawsuits.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A man accused of shooting a state trooper will be charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a stolen vehicle after he is released from the hospital, authorities said.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Twenty-four people - seven more than predicted - were killed in traffic accidents on Georgia roads during the holiday weekend, state troopers said.

Kershaw County schools look for ways to improve
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Kershaw County School District has sought the input of teachers, parents, board members, district staff and community representatives to determine ways the district could improve.

Deferrals of blood put strain on giving
Eben Jones is a rare man with a common blood type.

Dogs teach impoverished children about character, acceptance

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.

Hunter search turns up nothing

Kid of the day

News you can use

Owners await financial impact
ERHARDT, S.C. - Bamberg County cattlemen Todd Rentz and his brother Trent are brave, but they are also anxious about the potential impact the United States' first case of mad cow disease will have on prices when they start shipping calves in five months.

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.

Choice, construction ahead for new year
School choice, testing headaches and construction will dominate headlines next year for the Richmond County Board of Education.

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

Seven young people killed during police chase along North Carolina highway
TROUTMAN, N.C. -- Reeling from a car wreck that killed seven teenagers Monday, some residents of this small town questioned whether a police officer may have chased them to their deaths.

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.

Kolb's new contract kicks in
After months of speculation about Augusta Administrator George Kolb's employment future, his contract was automatically extended for another year Monday when a motion not to renew it failed.

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.

Families talk with soldiers in Iraq via satellite link
It was a one-hour ride to Fort Gordon, then an eight-hour wait for Donna Bramblett's 10-minute conversation with her husband.

Dogs teach impoverished children about character, acceptance
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Perdue pushes college savings plan
ATLANTA - Georgia parents and grandparents are being encouraged to set up a tax-free, state-run savings plan to acquire money for college expenses in light of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship's money woes.

Ozone-boosting press will get EPD's approval
State regulators plan to approve an Evans printing plant's $35 million modification, even though it could increase emissions of pollutants that contribute to ozone.

Federal screeners at airport lose time
A move to change some of Augusta Regional Airport's federal baggage screeners to part-time workers within the past three months has caused the Transportation Security Administration to examine morale problems at the airport.

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.

Lack of experience, dealing with new vendors led to Georgia's botched flu shot deal

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.

Kolb's new contract kicks in

New cancer center caters to patients' needs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Workers are perched atop ladders, boxes are being unpacked and the smell of paint lingers at a new cancer center designed to cater to patients' every need.

Lawmakers plan to fight for guardian ad litem program

Sharpton visits Spartanburg church
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Rev. Al Sharpton criticized President Bush and the war in Iraq during a campaign stop Sunday at a Spartanburg church.

Across South Carolina

More students keep Life scholarships in second year

Across the area

News you can use

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

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.

Schools try to tackle athlete health concerns

Lawmakers plan to fight for guardian ad litem program
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Some lawmakers say they plan to fight for the financially-strapped guardian ad litem program.

Archbishop: Victims group cannot meet on church grounds

Reactor faces slow trip to Chem Nuclear

Board of Education offices to open in February

Kid of the day

Custodian takes care of pupils, too

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Zachary Wilson, 4, of Grovetown, Ga.

Bethune's rich clay inspires potters

Coliseum Authority's bonds to be refinanced

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.

Owners await financial impact

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

State backs firm in charge of YDC

Deferrals of blood put strain on giving

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

'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.

Sound Bites: audio reviews of new albums

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
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.

Composer Burnett tackles Civil War-era music

Bryant's court case chosen story of 2003
The young hotel worker's accusation was shocking enough: Thrilled by a chance encounter with a celebrity, she went to his room only to be forced over a chair and sexually assaulted.

Artest misses morning shootaround
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest missed the team's morning shootaround for Monday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies because he overslept, two nights after being benched during a loss to New Jersey.

Artest misses morning shootaround

La Salle rolls past S. Carolina St.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Gary Neal scored 23 points and La Salle shot 53 percent from the floor in a 76-63 victory Monday over South Carolina State in the first round of the Dr Pepper Classic.

UConn No. 1 for third straight week
At least for now, Connecticut put an end to all that switching at No. 1.

No. 3 Georgia Tech puts sting on VCU
ATLANTA -- Marvin Lewis scored 19 points and No. 3 Georgia Tech survived a lackluster second half to beat Virginia Commonwealth 86-65 Monday night, giving the Yellow Jackets their best start ever.

No. 12 Georgia puts bite on Morehead State
RICHMOND, Ky. -- As Georgia's lead rose to 20 points, then 30, then 40, the Lady Bulldogs remained focused, coach Andy Landers said.

Texas Tech reaches highest ranking in women's poll
Not even in its national championship season did Texas Tech do this: reach No. 2 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.

Vick, Falcons top Jaguars

Coach Dick Jauron fired by Bears

Panthers leaning on few playoff veterans for leadership

Atlanta couldn't overcome losing Vick

Panthers beat Giants

Lack of opponent forces Belichick to work on all of them

Falcons get permission to interview Niners' Mora

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Mr. Willie Simmons, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Marvin Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Morgan    (CLARKS HILL, 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.

Mr. Hubert Moore    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jerelene Allen    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Mills    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sonia Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Earl McRae    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Aileen Drexel    (SIMONS ISLAND, S.C.)
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Tsgt. Donald McCloud, Jr.    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
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Mr. Robert Gladman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Marvin Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Samples    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Lyons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Tsgt. Donald McCloud Jr.    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
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Mrs. Rozella Little    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eleanor Stephens    (BATH, S.C.)
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Ms. Jacqueline Lewis    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Christopher Bradley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marjolie Knight    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. John Bettis    (ROOSEVELT, N.Y.)
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Mr. Wallace Horne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Terri Usry    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
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Mr. Herman Haynes    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elsie Conner    (DILLON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Viola Twiggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marie Cruise    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Terri Usry    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
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Mr. Larry Dick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Nasworthy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Dea. Emmit Fuller    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Barbara Prescott    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
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Mr. Jerome Gilyard    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Milton Roberts    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethelene Greene    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Leila Cody    (MONETTA, S.C.)
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Mr. James Lackey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Cleland    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Julian Marsh    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Chavous    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Maulbeck    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Ray Whitfield    (BONAIRE, Ga.)
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Mr. John Bettis    (ROOSEVELT, N.Y.)
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Ms. Hattie Buggs    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. George Tebow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosa Carter    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Vera Britt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethelene Greene    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Morgan    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Gladman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Geneva Parham    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Jerome Gilyard    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. John Riley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Gillis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucille de Medicis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rozella Little    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mr. Wallace Horne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Kathryn Ashley (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Singletary (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Samples (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Lackey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Moore (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Cunningham, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Jacqueline Lewis (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Maulbeck (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Conner (DILLON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Gladman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Christopher Bradley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Infant Christopher Bradley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Parham (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. George Tebow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Herman Haynes (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Gillis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Mills (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Riley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matrick Sherlock (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Larry Dick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mr. Milton Roberts (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ethelene Greene (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jerelene Allen (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Dea. Emmit Fuller (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Hattie Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sonia Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Richard Nasworthy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Lyons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wesley Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Gladman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Cleland (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marie Cruise (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Rena Toby (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethelene Greene (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Julian Marsh (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Lance Armstrong: AP Male Athlete of the Year

Jockeys refuse to race at Philly park over late payments

Teela, Steer capture biathlon titles at Lake Placid

Overtime

Teela, Steer capture biathlon titles at Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- U.S. biathlon veterans Jeremy Teela and Rachel Steer won men's and women's titles Monday at the U.S. National Championships.

Jockeys refuse to race at Philly park over late payments
PHILADELPHIA -- Jockeys refused to ride Monday at Philadelphia Park in a dispute over payment delays the track blamed on the state's stricter rules for drug testing of horses.

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

Overtime
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.

Coach Dick Jauron fired by Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Dick Jauron was fired as coach of the Chicago Bears on Monday after his fourth losing season in five years.

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.

Atlanta couldn't overcome losing Vick
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After Michael Vick broke his right leg four months ago, left tackle Bob Whitfield insisted the Atlanta Falcons were more than a one-man team.

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.

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.

Panthers leaning on few playoff veterans for leadership
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's been seven years since the Carolina Panthers went to the playoffs, leaving them with a roster full of players unfamiliar with postseason expectations.

Burundi's papal nuncio killed, Vatican says
VATICAN CITY -- The pope's ambassador in Burundi was shot and killed by gunmen who opened fire at his car in the East African nation, the Vatican and a missionary news agency said Monday.

Harvard professor joins the buzz about Mary Magdalene
Imagine that alongside Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, your New Testament includes a fifth Gospel where "seven Powers of Wrath" interrogate the human soul, accusing it of being a "human-killer" and "space-conqueror."

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.

Cardinal says pope unafraid of fresh Vatican terror threat, revealed by Berlusconi
VATICAN CITY -- Despite Italian claims of a terrorist plot to attack the Vatican, Pope John Paul II doesn't fear for his own safety and remains convinced terrorism must be fought by addressing its causes, a top Vatican cardinal said in remarks published Monday.

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.

Cronkite getting ready for his annual Vienna New Year

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.

Tavis Smiley gets back into TV game on PBS

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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.

People in the News

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

Q&A With Renee Zellweger

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

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

Bennett leaves mark at Georgia

Richt gets chance to see Ward play
ORLANDO, Fla. - Talk about good timing.

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

Richt catches up with an old quarterback
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Talk about good timing.

Richt gets chance to see Ward play

Richt catches up with an old quarterback

Thurman's road to glory
ORLANDO, Fla. - The talent was never a question.

Richt says team bounces back from poor practice

Thurman's road to glory

Boy should tell girl why he sent flowers
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: Recently I started "talking" to a girl, and things seemed to be going perfectly. I sent her some flowers, and things just got weird. She said she didn't understand what they were supposed to mean, and things have gone downhill since then. What happened? And now what do I do?

Celebrity's is good hangout spot

School group leaves for Florida to perform during bowl game
Spending winter break away from family can be hard, unless you're a member of the North Augusta High School marching band.

My style
THE FACTS: Shanta Elaine Rhodes, 18, a senior at Glenn Hills High School.

Eating right helps you feel better
Bring out the old Barbie, Tonka Truck and Scooby Doo lunchboxes; it is time for a new routine. Sure, we are no longer in elementary school, but aside from the lunchboxes being a lot more fashionable than a tray that has seen better days, there is a great reason to bring your lunch: cafeteria food.

Eating right helps you feel better

Question of the week
Here is this week's question and the results for last week's question:

Boy should tell girl why he sent flowers

Celebrity's is good hangout spot
Don't you hate when Saturday afternoon arrives, a time of reprieve from the rigors of school, and you cannot think of how to spend your weekend? A new club may offer a safe place for teens to meet and party.

4-1-1

4-1-1
Still do not know what Kwanzaa means? The official Kwanzaa site, www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org, is a great resource for people unfamiliar with the annual celebration of family, community and culture.

Question of the week

School group leaves for Florida to perform during bowl game

Crowded classrooms prompt Florida county to buy empty Kmart stores to use as schools

Fire survivor, believed dead and cremated, turns out to be alive in hospital

Odds and Ends

Harvard professor joins the buzz about Mary Magdalene

Burundi's papal nuncio killed, Vatican says

Cardinal says pope unafraid of fresh Vatican terror threat, revealed by Berlusconi

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