Baxter updates golem legend for new millennium

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to Broadway

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to Broadway
NEW YORK -- It's springtime for Broadway once more: Nathan and Matthew are back together again.

Magic and realism mix in novel of 1970s Brooklyn
"The Fortress of Solitude." By Jonathan Lethem. Doubleday. 511 Pages. $26.

Baxter updates golem legend for new millennium
"Saul and Patsy." By Charles Baxter. Pantheon. 317 Pages. $24.

Magic and realism mix in novel of 1970s Brooklyn

Briyanna Alasia-Jelease Williams

Kaidyn Leigh Mabrey
Darin and Amy Mabrey, of Warrenville, announce the birth of a daughter, Kaidyn Leigh Mabrey, Monday Nov. 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Adams, of Warrenville, Linda S. Mabrey, of Bath, and the late Joe J. Mabrey.

Katelyn Elizabeth Jackson

Zhoya Elizabeth Nelson
Robert Cotton and Sudena Nelson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Zhoya Elizabeth Nelson, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Victor and Evelyn Thomas, Christopher and Patricia Cotton and Callie Nelson and Felton Spear, all of Augusta.

Christopher Ryan Talley

Anne Margaret Redd
Jason and Heather Redd, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Anne Margaret Redd, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Pemberton, of Vestavia Hills, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Redd, of Lafayette, Ga.

Josiah Lucas Brantley

Anne Margaret Redd

Josiah Lucas Brantley
Jonathan and Nicole Brantley, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Josiah Lucas Brantley, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are William B. Upton and Kimberley Upton, both of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Wendey P. Brantley, of Waynesboro, Ga.

Santanna Nazaria Dennis

Santanna Nazaria Dennis
Mr. and Mrs. Santonio Dennis, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Santanna Nazaria Dennis, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Ronnie Overstreet Sr. and Willie and Mytris Dennis, all of Augusta, and the late Delores Lakes.

Blake Christopher Waller
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Waller, of Bath, announce the birth of a son, Blake Christopher Waller, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Bennie and Juanita Williams, of Aiken, and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Waller, of Graniteville.

Shania Tonya Robinson

Briyanna Alasia-Jelease Williams
Rontrell R. Rivers and Jeannett E. Williams, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Briyanna Alasia-Jelease Williams, Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John E. Williams, of Aiken, and Barbara T. Taylor and Eric and Roberta Leverett, all of Augusta.

Eisaiah Ahmaad Ali Griffin

Katelyn Elizabeth Jackson
Wayne and Charlene Jackson, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Katelyn Elizabeth Jackson, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Watterson, of Worthington, Pa., and Mary Jackson, of Augusta.

Kaidyn Leigh Mabrey

Christopher Ryan Talley
Drs. Don and Kathy C. Talley, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Christopher Ryan Talley, Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ken Chance, of Athens, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Talley, of Warner Robins, Ga.

John Austin Harley

John Austin Harley
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Harley, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, John Austin Harley, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Huie P. Cain and Judy Harley, all of North Augusta, and the late Jack Harley.

Shania Tonya Robinson
Tony and Sabrina Robinson, of Johnston, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Shania Tonya Robinson, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Herrington and Shirley Harrington, both of Augusta, Gussie Robinson, of Ward, S.C., and the late Samuel Robinson.

Eisaiah Ahmaad Ali Griffin
Jimmy Marshall and Candy Griffin, both of Clarks Hill, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Eisaiah Ahmaad Ali Griffin, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walker E. Griffin and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Broadwater, all of Clarks Hill, and Mr. and Mrs. Horace Curry, of Appling.

Landyn Ryan Geisler
Ryan and April Geisler, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Landyn Ryan Geisler, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Williams, of Langley, Jan Prince, of Clearwater, and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Geisler, of Grovetown.

Landyn Ryan Geisler

Louisiana governor issues posthumous pardon for man who turned life around
BATON ROUGE, La. -- One of the men pardoned by Gov. Mike Foster this week died more than two years ago.

Odds and Ends
BOULDER, Colo. -- The Earth is spinning right on schedule for a fifth straight year - and that has scientists scratching their heads.

Inspectors say runaway escalator at Coors Field lacked safety switch
DENVER -- A major safety switch was missing from an escalator when it malfunctioned at Coors Field this summer, injuring dozens of baseball fans, city inspectors said Tuesday.

Consumer confidence pulls back slightly in December

Changes intended to boost confidence in U.S. beef

School land will go on sale
In the commercial land buffet that covers Washington Road in Evans, the prime entree has real estate agents salivating.

Barnwell close to landing industry
AIKEN - A three-year, $10 million investment by three South Carolina counties to lure business to a Barnwell industrial park finally may reap a big reward.

Dollar falls to new low vs. euro

Mad cow scare could spur move to high-tech livestock tracking
If there's a bright side to the U.S. mad cow scare, it's that it could speed the nation's move to a centralized system that electronically tracks animals as they move from fields to feed lots to food stores.

Augusta attorneys join firm
Three Augusta attorneys have left a Savannah law firm to merge with a local legal practice.

U.S. auto sales expected to end 2003 with a flurry
DETROIT -- Generous consumer incentives and an improving economy appear to be lifting sales of new cars and trucks to one of the highest levels of the year in December, analysts say.

Mad cow scare could spur move to high-tech livestock tracking

Business briefs
MILAN, Italy - Police detained seven more people and issued an arrest warrant for an eighth in the spiraling Parmalat scandal, accusing top former officials at the dairy giant and outside auditors with fraudulent bankruptcy, police said.

Experts say now is good time for new start

Dollar falls to new low vs. euro
NEW YORK -- The dollar continued to tread on a downward path Wednesday as the euro shot above $1.26, notching the latest in a string of record highs against the battered U.S. currency.

Business briefs
DETROIT - Generous incentives and an improving economy appear to be lifting sales of new cars and trucks to one of the highest levels of the year in December.

Changes intended to boost confidence in U.S. beef
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is taking major steps to boost confidence in the U.S. beef supply at home and abroad, where more than 30 countries have banned American beef products since mad cow disease first surfaced in Washington state a week ago.

School land will go on sale

Jobless claims fall to lowest level since January 2001
WASHINGTON -- New claims for jobless benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly three years, a sign that America's businesses are feeling more confident that the economic recovery is genuine.

Consumer confidence pulls back slightly in December
NEW YORK -- Anxiety about the job market is causing consumer confidence levels to dip, while housing sales also are slowing. But economists aren't worried - they say the outlook for improvement remains rosy, and the pullbacks are a normal kink in the economy's path to recovery.

Business briefs

Experts say now is good time for new start
Money matters may not be in your list of New Year's resolutions, but they are something you probably should consider.

Jobless claims fall to lowest level since January 2001

NAFTA's 10th birthday: supporters and detractors debate its impact
MEXICO CITY -- As the North American Free Trade Agreement reaches its 10th anniversary today, supporters and detractors are debating the future of the treaty and its impact on free trade in the Americas and around the world.

NAFTA's 10th birthday: supporters and detractors debate its impact

Freshman lifts Clemson

Bowden: Others had struggles, too
ATLANTA - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden hears the critics. He reads the newspaper. He listens to the pundits.

Freshman lifts Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - As the final seconds ticked away from his team's victory over Boston College on Tuesday night, Vernon Hamilton had no idea he was just one assist from a triple-double.

Lack of attention doesn't faze Whitehurst
ATLANTA -- Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst learned a lot about playing the quarterback position from his father, and most of it had nothing to do with how to throw a spiral.

Bowden: Others had struggles, too

Lack of attention doesn't faze Whitehurst

Missouri, Arkansas match dominating quarterbacks, big ground games
SHREVEPORT, La. -- When Arkansas coach Houston Nutt watches Missouri on game film, it's almost like watching a mirror image of his own team. The same goes for the Tigers' Gary Pinkel.

Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma defends title claim
NEW ORLEANS -- Oklahoma defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek has heard all the talk about whether the 12-1 Sooners - No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series standings but No. 3 in the Associated Press poll - deserve to be here playing LSU for the BCS national title.

Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma defends title claim

Sun Bowl teams donate 2,000 tickets to soldiers
EL PASO, Texas -- Minnesota and Oregon each donated 1,000 Sun Bowl tickets to soldiers preparing for duty in Iraq.

Bowl Roundup

Tigers enjoy successful return to field
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Auburn Tigers put the focus back on the football field for awhile.

Auburn's offense finally finding groove

Bowden expects Spurrier to return to college ranks
MIAMI -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden knows where he would like to see Steve Spurrier coaching next.

Tigers enjoy successful return to field

Minnesota edeges out Oregon in Sun Bowl
EL PASO, Texas -- With the Sun Bowl on the line, Minnesota needed someone who was cool under pressure.

Auburn's offense finally finding groove
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Auburn's offense went on a crash diet before the regular-season finale against Alabama - with impressive results.

No. 25 Utah clips Southern Mississippi's wings
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Morgan Scalley returned a fumble for a touchdown and set up the game's other TD by causing a turnover, leading No. 25 Utah to a 17-0 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Liberty Bowl on Wednesday.

Taylor hoping for repeat performance against FSU

Vols looking to avoid repeat of '02 Peach Bowl

Vols looking to avoid repeat of '02 Peach Bowl
ATLANTA -- Tennessee's Casey Clausen walked to the end of the table to sit in the place marked by his name tag.

Sun Bowl teams donate 2,000 tickets to soldiers

No. 25 Utah clips Southern Mississippi's wings

Missouri, Arkansas match dominating quarterbacks, big ground games

Bowden expects Spurrier to return to college ranks

Taylor hoping for repeat performance against FSU
MIAMI -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden placed his hand on his face and tilted his head back slightly, trying to remember the last player to "intimidate" his offense like All-American safety Sean Taylor did in October.

College bowl game overview
MUSIC CITY BOWL- WISCONSIN (7-5) vs. AUBURN (7-5) The Coliseum, Nashville, Tenn., Noon, ESPN COACHES: Barry Alvarez (99-66-4 in 14th year at Wisconsin) and Tommy Tuberville (37-24 in 5th year at Auburn).

Oklahoma State, Ole Miss looking for boost from Cotton Bowl
DALLAS -- Oklahoma State and Mississippi hope playing in the Cotton Bowl will vault them out of their histories of measured success and into eras of big-time winning.

Texas Tech sinks Navy
HOUSTON -- B.J. Symons did what he's done all year, busted knee and all.

Disputes rock college football season
From a disputed penalty call that helped decide one national title to computer rankings that might lead to a split in another, college football had a year full of controversies.

Texas Tech sinks Navy

Minnesota edeges out Oregon in Sun Bowl

Disputes rock college football season

Oklahoma State, Ole Miss looking for boost from Cotton Bowl

College bowl game overview

Bowl Roundup
EL PASO, Texas - Englishman Rhys Lloyd kicked a 42-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to give Minnesota a 31-30 win over Oregon in the Sun Bowl on Wednesday.

No. 15 Pittsburgh defeats Georgia

Jaguars lose again as rally falls short

More headlines off the court than on in college basketball

No. 6 Wake Forest defeats North Carolina A&T

No. 12 Georgia Lady Bulldogs mauls E. Kentucky

International golf academy calls area home

Mad cow? Don't panic

Lee Beard

New Year's resolutions

Get on with '22 list
File the following to-do list under "The more things change, the more they stay the same." The list was published May 4, 1922, under a large, double-deck, all capital letters headline - "THE CHRONICLE'S AMBITIONS FOR AUGUSTA."

Mad cow? Don't panic
What's a person to believe?

Lee Beard
Lee Beard had his political critics and we were often among them, but no one ever questioned his personal integrity, fundamental decency, his commitment to public service - he was a public-school educator before he went into local politics - or his desire to improve the community he lived in and the lives of the people he represented.

Get on with '22 list

New Year's resolutions
There's a Web site for just about everything these days, including one on how to keep your New Year's resolutions. And, actually, the advice is pretty good. First, it lists the most frequently made resolutions:

Santa Barbara sheriff denies Jackson abuse claim
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The sheriff Monday strongly denied Michael Jackson was roughed up by jailers during his arrest, and threatened to press charges against the pop star for making a false accusation against an officer.

The top five in entertainment
The top five TV shows, films, music, concerts and video sales.

People in the News
NEW ORLEANS -- Police said they have arrested a man in the November fatal shooting of James Tapp, known as rapper Soulja Slim.

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages inch up
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages inched up this week, ending a three-week stretch in which these rates had moved down.

Markets end mixed on profit-taking
NEW YORK -- Wall Street approached the end of 2003 on a cautious note as investors welcomed the latest set of employment data pointing to a firm economic rebound but opted to cash in gains from the first winning year since 1999.

It may be time to trim back those 2004 expectations
NEW YORK -- Impressed by Wall Street's 2003 run, many investors are looking to raise their stake in the market, but financial planners and portfolio managers say they should proceed with caution because the stellar returns aren't likely to last into the new year.

Bull market returns in 2003, but will it stay?

Financial resolutions for the new year
FISCAL FREEDOM: You shopped like a fiend and gave really good holiday gifts. Now it's time to give yourself a present: fiscal freedom.

Bull market returns in 2003, but will it stay?
Bull market returns in 2003, but will it stay?

Bonds finish flat
NEW YORK -- Bond prices finished the year flat Wednesday in very thin New Year's Eve trading. The market closed at 2 p.m. ahead of the New Year's holiday.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $5.89 billion in the latest week to $907.23 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Stocks mixed in hesitant year-end trading
NEW YORK -- Blue chip shares pulled back, but most stocks finished higher Tuesday, extending a year-end rally that has propelled major market measures to the highest levels in nearly two years.

2003's oddest venture capital startups
SAN FRANCISCO -- Venture capitalists have been treading carefully since their dot-com misadventures, but still occasionally wander off the beaten path in search of runaway successes.

2003's oddest venture capital startups

Japan's financial markets close for New Year holiday
TOKYO -- Japan's financial markets were closed Wednesday for the New Year holidays.

Japan's financial markets close for New Year holiday

Financial resolutions for the new year

Markets end mixed on profit-taking

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages inch up

Stocks mixed in hesitant year-end trading

Zesty pork chili is a hot item

Small portions

Dining guide

Dining guide
THE EATERY: Fire Mountain, 1275 Knox Ave., North Augusta, reviewed Dec. 26

Small portions
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - From romantic sipping to festive New Year's toasts, for many people sparkling wine makes the occasion.

Restaurant serves up something different
I'll be the first to tell you that I'm no adventurous eater.

Company produces King of cookbooks

Company produces King of cookbooks
NEW YORK - To those of you for whom baked goods come wrapped in plastic, to whom rolling pins are merely wielded by cartoon battle-axes and ovens are convenient places to store household bric-a-brac - King Arthur flour may be just an ingredient.

Holiday spices enliven Moroccan-style lamb dish

Recipe lets vegetables break gourmet ground
CONCORD, N.H. - Just once I'd like to throw a glamorous New Year's Eve party, something a notch or two above sitting on the couch with my wife, a pizza, a stack of DVDs and the obligatory bubbly.

Recipe lets vegetables break gourmet ground

Zesty pork chili is a hot item
Lean pork tenderloin cooks up tender in just 5 minutes, yet delivers simmered-all-day flavor. That's good news for times when you need a robust, warming meal at short notice on a cold winter day.

Holiday spices enliven Moroccan-style lamb dish
Warm cinnamon and saffron combine with coriander and cumin to lend complex flavor to this Moroccan-style dish.

Jackets ready for snow
ATLANTA - The weather is promising to be a critical figure in the Humanitarian Bowl. What else would you expect in Boise, Idaho in early January?

Jackets ready for snow

Tales from the tour

Tales from the tour
Never judge a golf season by first impressions.

So many captains, so few cups

Nicklaus has designs on the world
Jack Nicklaus was only half-joking when he spoke of flying along the Southern Cape of South Africa, a spectacular coastline that reminds him of California.

Nicklaus has designs on the world

So many captains, so few cups
When the Presidents Cup made its debut in 1994, captains Hale Irwin and David Graham were in their late 40s.

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

AHL suspends three Philadelphia players for game-ending brawl

AHL suspends three Philadelphia players for game-ending brawl
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Three members of the Philadelphia Phantoms were suspended by the AHL on Tuesday for their roles in a game-ending brawl against the Binghamton Senators over the weekend that forced officials to end the game early because there weren't enough players to continue.

Grand-Pierre sent to Atlanta for future considerations
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets traded one of their original players, right wing-defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, to the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday for future considerations.

Give dinner a French twist in slow cooker
Although we enjoy fairly mild winters here in the South, January's cooler weather still calls for stick-to-your-ribs fare. This week's recipe for Slow Cooker Cassoulet was inspired by a classic French preparation of beans, sausage and other meats but is quickly assembled in your slow cooker.

Give dinner a French twist in slow cooker

Commissioner Lee Beard has died
Augusta District 1 Commissioner Lee Beard died this morning at an Augusta hospital, officials said.

Police search for shooter in afternoon homicide
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who they said was involved in a shooting at an Augusta gas station parking lot this afternoon, officials said.

Don't live in world with blinders on; keep X-Mart closed
I've read recent articles concerning the X-Mart on Gordon Highway - some against but, unfortunately, most in favor of keeping open such a depraved odious pit of pornography. I would like to point out to those who are for such trash that most problems stem from reading or watching pornography. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

The problem isn't Kolb - it's the commissioners

Discrimination behind replacement of principal
In reference to the Dec. 2 Metro article, "Ex-principal files lawsuit": Doris A. Jones, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is on the board of directors of the THSAA.)

Encouraging porn to attract business laughable
Maybe Charlie Hannah's penetrating analysis (Dec. 24 letter, "X-mart lost opportunity for city") will usher Augusta into a new age of wealth and success. If we can grasp even a small bit of his genius, we could be No. 1. Let's dream big. Maybe Augusta really could be wealthier than every city in Georgia; the prized location for conventions and new businesses. Using the Masters as a springboard, we could put Augusta in the same category as Atlanta. Matt Clark, North Augusta, S.C.

Proposed sports arena will help Augusta in many ways

Those who served gave us right to protest
I read with a painful memory Dick Donnelly's Dec. 24 letter, "Declares peaceful protest of Iraq war is his right." Everett Fernandez, Augusta

Those who served gave us right to protest

Proposed sports arena will help Augusta in many ways
The Columbia County Democratic Party strongly supports the proposal by Augusta Entertainment LLC to construct a new civic center on the site of the now-vacant Regency Mall. There are precedents in both Richmond and Columbia counties of utilizing bond financing and other resources to assist in developments that aid in the overall economic growth of the community. The proposed public/private partnership is a creative solution that brings together a variety of stakeholders in the community, including private investors and the governments of Augusta and Columbia County. Scott C. Nichols, Evans, Ga. (Editor's note: The writer is the vice chairman of the Columbia County Democratic Party.)

The problem isn't Kolb - it's the commissioners
Regarding Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams' statement quoted as follows in Sylvia Cooper's Dec. 29 article, "Kolb's new contract kicks in": Karen Hathaway Pittman, Augusta

We need to come together on proposed arena
Well, the civic center issue is upon us again, and I think it's time for a new one. I had some great times at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center; Ted Nugent swinging from the rafters, David Lee Roth and Tommy Lee showing (off), and ZZ Top. But we know these acts won't return (not that we want them to). We need a larger venue. Bryan McKettrick, Augusta

Come early to get good pictures of landscapes

Peek

Bring your dancing shoes to Club 706

Cornell scientist embraces role as Mars mission ambassador

Fears, abuse accompany proliferation of Internet maps

Hot flashes too bad for some women to quit hormones; antidepressants an option

Designer sees future in color

Events help ring in new year

Resolve to have a stress-free new year

Hepatitis B rates on the decline in the U.S., but not among adults
ATLANTA -- Hepatitis B infections have declined by two-thirds in the United States in the past decade, reflecting the routine use of childhood vaccinations against the liver-attacking virus, the government said Wednesday.

Fears, abuse accompany proliferation of Internet maps
Serial killer Maury Travis used an online mapping service to show a newspaper reporter where he dumped a body. A former Las Vegas exotic dancer convicted of stalking and harassing her ex-lover posted a map on the Web with directions to the married man's home.

Come early to get good pictures of landscapes
Throughout the year, I give presentations to camera clubs around the country. Most of the people in the audience are amateurs, but some are professionals - photographers whose work sometimes humbles me.

Hot flashes too bad for some women to quit hormones; antidepressants an option
WASHINGTON -- About a quarter of women who stop taking hormone replacement therapy because of its risks wind up resuming the pills because of menopause misery, says the first research to explore how easy it is to quit.

Cornell scientist embraces role as Mars mission ambassador
ITHACA, N.Y. -- There is awe in Steven Squyres' voice when he talks about Mars. His tone gathers passion as he speaks. In a short time, his enthusiasm is contagious as he marvels about humanity's approaching visit to the Red Planet.

Bring your dancing shoes to Club 706
It's Saturday, and a couple and one young lady dominate the dance floor at Club 706 on Deans Bridge Road.

Awards honor dubious achievement
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:

Peek
Ready for a road trip? Sevendust rocks Atlanta's Tabernacle in an all-ages show at 8 p.m. Saturday. Ill Nino and Element 80 open at the Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., downtown. Tickets cost $22 and are available through Ticketmaster outlets. See the Web site www.sevendust.com.

Events help ring in new year
Tonight's the night. Whether you mourn its passing or celebrate its demise, 2003 is officially kaput in a matter of hours. If you still have no plans for tonight, here are some local establishments where you can look for a loved one to smooch when the clock hits midnight:

Resolve to have a stress-free new year
New Year's resolutions are like lottery tickets. We know the odds of success are stacked against us, but we vow that this year will be different. We'll eat better, manage our money more intelligently, find a new job, get more sleep, quit smoking and get organized. Yet by the time Valentine's Day rolls around, we're often right back where we started.

Designer sees future in color
NEW YORK - Poppy King is scanning a wall of paper. It's bursting with colors from purple to puce in a huge floor-to-ceiling display, while stripes and plaids and floral patterns compete for attention. The wall virtually vibrates with color, but somehow she zeros in on a single sheet of paper.

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.

Augusta makes roster changes

Vincent hopes for longer stay with Augusta this time
The previous stop on his nomadic journey in professional hockey was with the Alabama Slammers of the WHA2, his 19th different team in 10 seasons.

Lynx game report

Saal's fate decided on today
The fate of the Augusta Lynx this season could come down to the status one very important left knee.

Augusta makes roster changes
The struggling Augusta Lynx will ring in the New Year with a wave of roster changes, beginning with the signing of free agent forward Jarrett Thompson.

Two minutes with #15 Jack Baker

Saal's fate decided on today

Vincent hopes for longer stay with Augusta this time

Lynx gameday
Today:vs. Columbus Cottonmouths, 4:05 p.m.

Cottonmouths strike Lynx
Maybe the look of the Augusta Lynx truly is deceiving. Maybe the present state of this struggling team isn't as bad as it seems.

Lynx game report
STAR OF THE GAME: Columbus goalie Matus Kostur made 34 saves to improve to 6-2-1.

Two minutes with #15 Jack Baker
Two minutes with Augusta Lynx forward, Jack Baker.

Counselor fired for failing to report signs of abuse in 11-year-old

Growth expected despite shortfall

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Derek A. Jones, 5, of Augusta.

Program names featured speaker
Fulton County Commissioner Emma Darnell will be the featured speaker at a local program Thursday to honor the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

2004 starts without ban on alcohol sales

Lawmaker to introduce state legislation for passenger vans

Coast prepares for G-8 summit
ATLANTA - The G-8 Summit, a meeting of the world's top political leaders, will storm ashore in coastal Georgia a little more than five months from now.

Mental health center restarts CEO search
The board of a once-troubled Augusta mental health center voted Tuesday to reopen its search for a permanent CEO. In the meantime, it is looking at whether to swap administrative services with a sister institution in Athens-Clarke County.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the person who said they thought the Rants and Raves column was moronic. If someone told you that you had a normal IQ I'm sure they were just trying to make you feel better. This is from a MENSA member, and I appreciate the Rants and Raves column.

Missing parts delay arrival
AIKEN - A nuclear reactor heading for burial at a dump in Barnwell remained afloat Tuesday on the Savannah River because trailer parts needed to haul the 820-ton pressure vessel were missing, officials said.

Two surrender in robbery

After Jan. 1 insurance card won't prove you're insured in Georgia
ATLANTA -- Beginning Jan. 1, a wallet-sized card from your insurance agent won't be enough to save you from a ticket for driving without insurance if you're pulled over by a police officer.

Fight to save Fort Gordon won't change

Lawmaker to introduce state legislation for passenger vans
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A state lawmaker says he will introduce legislation to require drivers of large vans, like the one involved in a three-person fatal wreck last weekend, to go through training and get a special license to operate the vehicles.

Area boosts patrolmen
There's a far worse problem locally than murder, according to one public safety official.

Judge closes courtroom for Georgetown Steel hearing
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A judge Monday held a closed-door hearing to hear the details of a compensation package for 14 salaried workers at the shuttered Georgetown Steel mill.

Anonymous ruling appealed
WINDER, Ga. - Barrow County officials in northeast Georgia have appealed a federal court ruling that turned back the county's effort to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments display in the county courthouse.

Counselor fired for failing to report signs of abuse in 11-year-old
McDONOUGH, Ga. -- A school counselor was fired for failing to report signs of child abuse in an 11-year-old girl whose parents have been charged with murdering her over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Woman accused of murder posts bond
ELKTON, Md. -- A North Carolina woman charged with murder after two bodies were found in a car she was riding in has posted bond and returned to the state, officials said.

Judge issues gag order in case of beauty queen charged with murder
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A judge issued a gag order in the case of a Georgia beauty queen charged with murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend, and released her from jail on a $25,000 bond.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A study at Grady Memorial Hospital shows that despite effective treatments that prevent HIV-positive women from passing the virus to their babies, infants continue to be born with the disease, federal officials said Wednesday.

Perdue picks Alabama official to head Georgia's Juvenile Justice system
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue has chosen an official from the Alabama prison system to head the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Family still seeking answers in woman's death
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- In the blink of an eye, Christmas joy turned to tragedy and Bryan Hayson's soul mate was gone.

Officials estimate $20 million lost in uncollected gasoline taxes
ATLANTA -- State transportation officials hope new legislation will allow the state to collect millions of dollars in gasoline taxes that are lost to fraud and mistakes each year.

Raccoon killing draws interest of animal welfare group
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Humane Society of the United States is asking for a thorough investigation into a report that three University of Georgia fraternity brothers beat, skinned and ate a raccoon.

Lieberman files for South Carolina primary
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Democratic presidential candidate Joe Lieberman thinks it's a two-man race for the party nomination between him and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

Judge has not earned degree
AIKEN - Aiken County's primary bond court judge is still seeking the college degree he promised to earn when appointed to the post last year, drawing an anonymous complaint to his legislative sponsor, state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater.

Orangeburg-area prosecutor to retire
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- State prosecutor Walter Bailey says he will retire Wednesday.

Coast prepares for G-8 summit

Officials estimate $20 million lost in uncollected gasoline taxes

Varsity worker stepping away from counter but not giving up hot dogs

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Across the area
State and local authorities arrested a woman on child abuse charges Wednesday after authorities were alerted to severe injuries sustained to a 7-month-old baby, officials said.

Vessel awaits its last route

Online check for insurance gets started
Motorists might want to visit Georgia's Department of Motor Vehicle Safety Web site to make sure their car insurance is registered with the state for the New Year.

Magistrate rules charge against father can go forward

Man charged in dispute over money
A dispute Wednesday over money owed for tire rims led to Richmond County's 34th homicide of the year.

Magistrate rules charge against father can go forward
YORK, S.C. -- A York County magistrate has ruled that enough evidence exists to move forward with a charge against a Rock Hill man accused in the rape and slaying of his daughter.

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Jan. 1, 1912 About 300 guests and various Augusta city officials turned out to celebrate the 25th year of a paid fire department.

Hybrids cannot stay in Georgia
Two wolf-hybrid dogs were granted a two-week stay of execution this week.

Death penalty case proceeds
A second pretrial hearing proceeded quickly Wednesday as the young man facing a death penalty trial in the slaying of a Vietnam veteran quietly watched.

Fight to save Fort Gordon won't change
After trying to anticipate how the Department of Defense will make its 2005 base closure selections, Augusta-area officials now have a rough outline of what the military will do.

Two surrender in robbery
AIKEN - A couple who robbed a convenience store near Graniteville late Wednesday morning pulled their black Dodge Intrepid to the side of the road after a brief chase and surrendered to an Aiken County sheriff's deputy, authorities said.

Augusta faces common pitfall

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After Jan. 1 insurance card won't prove you're insured in Georgia

Judge prohibits courthouse demonstrations during molestation trial

Rants and raves
MAYBE WE CAN'T find weapons of mass destruction because they were already used. Did we actually care if they found gas in Auschwitz or the dead bodies?

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A judge on Monday held a closed-door hearing to learn the details of a compensation package for 14 salaried workers at the shuttered Georgetown Steel mill.

Quotes on Mr. Lee Beard
"I believe he was truly interested in the community. He was truly an educator, shaping and molding students, and an effective administrator. Of course, when he left that arena and went into the political arena, I believe he was genuinely interested in improving quality of life for Augustans."

Board will decide interim successor
The death of District 1 Commissioner Lee Beard will not only leave a void in the hearts of Augusta commissioners and city constituents, but it also leaves a vacancy on the board.

Mr. Lee Beard
LEE BEARD Born in Appling, Ga.

2004 starts without ban on alcohol sales
AIKEN - Desh Bector plans to ring in New Year's Day on his cash register, taking advantage of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's decision to let state liquor stores stay open during the first holiday of 2004.

Voters to get school leader question
Two years after the first vote was cast to decide whether people want an at-large elected school board chairman, voters will likely get to vote on it again.

Kid of the day

Varsity worker stepping away from counter but not giving up hot dogs
ATLANTA -- After 51 years of yelling the familiar question, "What'll ya have?," Erby Walker is hanging up his white Varsity apron.

Pilot dead in Spartanburg County plane crash

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Dec. 31, 1944 Plans for post-war construction of the $35.3 million Clarks Hill basin and hydroelectric project, as provided in the flood control bill, which became law recently with the signature of President Roosevelt, received support yesterday when assurance was given in Washington that sufficient money proved for a 'definite project plan' would be made available. Lester S. Moody, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, said in a long-distance telephone message from the capital that Maj. Gen. Thomas Robins, of the Corps of Engineers, had pledged 'several hundred thousand dollars' for preliminary surveys.

Across the area
Authorities said a Grovetown man caused a collision between two motorcycle officers who were escorting a funeral procession in Martinez on Tuesday.

Judge sentences man to prison
Saying there's no doubt an Augusta man was intent on rape after breaking into a neighbor's home and crawling naked into her bed, a judge ordered him to register as a sex offender.

Gephardt criticizes other candidates' stand on trade
AIKEN - When the subject is free trade and the resulting loss of American manufacturing jobs, U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., is a sharp-tongued but bipartisan critic.

S.C. crash victim says driver saw blur on road, then van rolled
LEXINGTON, N.C. -- One of 11 people to survive a wreck that killed three family members said the group was traveling on a South Carolina road when there was a blur in the highway that apparently was a dog.

City confronts utility issue
Grovetown is at a crossroads when it comes to the lifeline of the city's growth: borrow more money to expand water and sewer infrastructure and possibly increase rates, or hand over control to the county.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -A Horry County man has been charged with murder in the shooting of a desk clerk at a Murrells Inlet motel earlier this month.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Chiquitta Alexandra Jackson, 5, of Augusta.

Residents clean out homes to qualify for tax write-offs
Ken Woodfield donated his fourth and, likely, final car to the Salvation Army on Tuesday afternoon in what has fast become a family tradition for the Evans man and his four children.

State workers criticize Sanford's privatization idea
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Employees from the state Corrections Department criticized a proposal to privatize health care in the prison system, saying they fear it could cost them their jobs.

Hepatitis B rates on the decline in the United States
ATLANTA -- Hepatitis B has declined in the last decade in the United States, reflecting the effects of routine childhood vaccination against the liver-attacking virus, federal officials said Wednesday.

Across Georgia

Pilot dead in Spartanburg County plane crash
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A 49-year-old Florida man has been tentatively identified as the pilot killed in a plane crash near the North Carolina line.

Judge prohibits courthouse demonstrations during molestation trial
MACON, Ga. -- Supporters of cult leader Malachi York won't be allowed to demonstrate outside the courthouse during his child molestation trial next week, a federal judge has ruled.

Holiday Closings

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A judge issued a gag order in the case of a Georgia beauty queen charged with murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend and released her from jail on a $25,000 bond.

Across Georgia

Mr. Lee Beard

City confronts utility issue

Vessel awaits its last route
WHAT'S NEXT: Officials shipping an 820-ton radioactive reactor from Connecticut to a waste dump in Barnwell County said they hope to have it there by Wednesday.

Footprints lead to arrest in slaying

Footprints lead to arrest in slaying
AIKEN - Footprints from the scene of last week's abduction of a teenage couple led investigators to the doorstep of their primary suspect in the slaying of one of the victims, according to court documents.

Lieberman files for South Carolina primary

Quotes on Mr. Lee Beard

Mental health center restarts CEO search

Across the area

Area boosts patrolmen

Kid of the day

Judge sentences man to prison

Facility's revenue falls short
AIKEN - A radioactive burial ground in Barnwell County poses long-term environmental concerns, but it also represents a steady stream of cash that South Carolina legislators have grown dependent on to keep government running.

Judge issues gag order in case of beauty queen charged with murder

Growth expected despite shortfall
Daniel W. Rahn presents a mixed view of the new year. On the one hand, he can see student applications and research dollars continuing to take off as new buildings are set to spring forth.

State workers criticize Sanford's privatization idea

Nursing home neglect is target

Hybrids cannot stay in Georgia

Facility's revenue falls short

Nursing home neglect is target
A third and final sub-committee hearing will be in Atlanta during the next legislative session, after which the bill will go before the House Human Relations and Aging Committee.

Across South Carolina

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced:

Augusta faces common pitfall
Augusta government - with its shrinking tax digest and need for new revenues - is in good company.

Race is on for southern athletics
We live in a 21st Century world where the greatest golfer is black and the premier rap artist is white. Still, we are not color blind.

Hobbits, fish, pirates lead cast in Hollywood's box-office year

Critical choice

Oscar nomination ballots mailed, return deadline Jan. 27
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Oscar nomination ballots are in the mail.

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

Oscar nomination ballots mailed, return deadline Jan. 27

Hobbits, fish, pirates lead cast in Hollywood's box-office year
LOS ANGELES -- The gang from "The Matrix" got a lesson in virtual reality, Hollywood style, from a cartoon fish and a jaunty pirate in a year that left many sequels to tried-and-true franchises trailing in the wake of original movies.

In the game column
Kids have been playing ice hockey for years, even decades, in other southeastern cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.

Interview with Kurt Busch
The 2003 season was a mixed bag for Kurt Busch. He won four races, but struggled to gain acceptance on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series after his well-publicized run-in with Jimmy Spencer. Busch won three of the final five races in 2002 to finish third in the points standings, then he won two of the first 10 races in 2003 to become one of the favorites for the championship. Although he won two more races later in the season, he also had 10 finishes out of the top 30 to fall to 11th in the final rankings. He talked about making the best of a bad situation and what he hopes to accomplish in 2004.

New Year's racing cover
ATLANTA - Resolutions and a new year offer the hope, however faint, of change. But like most idealistic promises, they prove to be nothing more than wishful thinking.

Wallace gets new crew chief

Wallace gets new crew chief
ATLANTA - Larry Carter accepted one of the toughest jobs in motorsports Monday when he agreed to be Rusty Wallace's new crew chief.

New Year's racing cover

CART sale could be approved by late January
INDIANAPOLIS -- The CART racing series could win court approval of its proposed sale to a group of team owners by Jan. 28 under a plan a bankruptcy judge approved Tuesday.

Former NASCAR driver hurt in Upstate plane crash

Interview with Kurt Busch

Former NASCAR driver hurt in Upstate plane crash
WOODRUFF, S.C. -- Former NASCAR Rookie of the Year Dick Brooks has been hurt in a plane crash near his farm, authorities say.

Eventful year in NBA, both on and off the court
LeBron James arrived and Michael Jordan retired (again). John Stockton and David Robinson also called it quits. Tim Duncan won a championship and Karl Malone left Utah in search of one. But it was Kobe Bryant who generated the most headlines after he was accused of rape.

Eventful year in NBA, both on and off the court

No. 15 Pittsburgh defeats Georgia
PITTSBURGH -- Mark McCarroll, a barely used reserve when the season started, scored a career-high 26 points and No. 15 Pittsburgh shrugged off leading scorer Carl Krauser's absence due to injury to beat Georgia 76-55 Tuesday night.

Jaguars lose again as rally falls short
Following his team's 61-59 loss to West Alabama, Augusta State coach Gary Tuell wasn't searching for answers.

No. 12 Georgia Lady Bulldogs mauls E. Kentucky
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Cori Chambers scored 17 points to lead six players in double figures as No. 12 Georgia beat Eastern Kentucky 92-60 in the final round of the Comfort Suites Classic.

No. 6 Wake Forest defeats North Carolina A&T
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Eric Williams scored 17 points and No. 6 Wake Forest used a 29-1 run to beat North Carolina A&T 91-67 on Tuesday night.

More headlines off the court than on in college basketball
Even standout freshman Carmelo Anthony leading Syracuse to its first national title wasn't enough to offset the troubles college basketball faced in 2003.

Middle Tennessee tops S. Carolina St.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Tommy Gunn scored 18 of his season-high 23 points in the first half as Middle Tennessee defeated South Carolina State 86-76 Tuesday night in the consolation game of the Dr Pepper Classic.

Spurrier's statement on leaving Redskins

Chargers will transfer lawsuit from L.A. to San Diego

Blank, McKay interview Smith, Mora

A whole new playoff roster for the NFL

Suggs wins defensive rookie honors

Fantastic season made fantasy players shine

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Overtime

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Overtime

Bush, other world leaders invited to Olympics

Government announces ban on ephedra

Funny Cide, Seabiscuit dominate racing world in 2003

In the game spotlight
Today's in the game spotlight falls on Robbie bishop, 12, of Evans.

Overtime
David Wells, the hefty, free-spirited lefty, spurned the New York Yankees and agreed to a one-year contract with his hometown San Diego on Wednesday.

Overtime
In Denver, a major safety switch was missing from an escalator when it malfunctioned at Coors Field this summer, injuring dozens of baseball fans, city inspectors said Tuesday.

Government announces ban on ephedra
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is banning the sale of ephedra early next year and urged consumers to immediately stop using the herbal weight control supplement that was linked to the death of a Baltimore Orioles pitcher.

Funny Cide, Seabiscuit dominate racing world in 2003
On a rain-soaked day in early June, a 3-year-old gelding from New York walked onto the racetrack at Belmont Park and the crowd cheered and chanted his name.

White among seven athletes to fail drug tests
Sprint champion Kelli White and six other American athletes flunked drug tests this summer, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Tuesday.

Bush, other world leaders invited to Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- President Bush and dozens of other world leaders were formally invited to the Athens Olympics on Tuesday, with Greek Premier Costas Simitis asking them to "share the unique Olympic experience."

Prep basketball scores
LAKESIDE GIRLS 45 LINCOLN COUNTY 29

Prep basketball scores
WADE HAMPTON 48, AQUINAS 36 Legends Tournament Keenan High School Monday

Chargers will transfer lawsuit from L.A. to San Diego
SAN DIEGO -- Five weeks after angering city officials by filing a stadium lease lawsuit in Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers said Tuesday they will have the suit transferred to San Diego.

Suggs wins defensive rookie honors
Although he didn't start until the season finale, Terrell Suggs was so impressive for the Baltimore Ravens that he earned The Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award Tuesday.

Fantastic season made fantasy players shine
There are some things you just don't forget. For football fans, 2003 will be one of those seasons.

A whole new playoff roster for the NFL
The 2003 season was a variation on the NFL's favorite phrase, "on any given Sunday." This was any given season.

Blank, McKay interview Smith, Mora
ATLANTA -- Falcons' owner Arthur Blank and general manager Rich McKay met with San Francisco defensive coordinator Jim Mora on Tuesday to talk about Atlanta's head coaching position.

Spurrier's statement on leaving Redskins
Statement from Steve Spurrier, who resigned as coach of the Washington Redskins on Tuesday:

Race is on for southern athletics

Michael Jackson's interview tops the ratings

Michael Jackson's interview tops the ratings
NEW YORK -- With Ed Bradley's Michael Jackson interview on Sunday, "60 Minutes" returned to a place it once found familiar - first place in the TV ratings.

Rover zooms toward Mars, and 'NOVA' is there

Wheelchair doesn't hinder 'Ed' actor

'Lost' episodes offer afterlife for canceled TV shows

'Lost' episodes offer afterlife for canceled TV shows
LOS ANGELES -- There are three stages of afterlife for a dead TV show, and a program's fate can be decided by its unaired episodes.

Rover zooms toward Mars, and 'NOVA' is there
LOS ANGELES -- The final minutes of "Mars Dead or Alive" promise to be as gripping as a movie cliffhanger and the best reality TV going.

Wheelchair doesn't hinder 'Ed' actor
NORTHVALE, N.J. - The compliment that Daryl Mitchell savors most these days is when people believe he's acting the part of a man in a wheelchair.

Santa Barbara sheriff denies Jackson abuse claim

Weather might pose problem
ORLANDO, Fla. - The forecast for today's Capital One Bowl calls for a high temperature of 78 degrees under partly cloudy skies.

Georgia looks to start 2004 with big win
ORLANDO, Fla. - Long before the ball dropped in Times Square to usher in the New Year and tipsy revelers belted out the words to Auld Lang Syne, the Georgia football team was counting down to 2004.

Weather might pose problem

Georgia's Howard not at game

Georgia looks to start 2004 with big win

Georgia's Howard not at game
ORLANDO, Fla. - Georgia freshman linebacker Marcus Howard was arrested earlier this month for fighting in a campus parking lot with another student, leading coach Mark Richt to leave him behind for the Bulldogs' trip to Florida for Thursday's Capital One Bowl (1 p.m., ABC-Ch. 6).

International golf academy calls area home
The International Golf Academy is exactly what it says it is: a place where students from around the world come for state-of-the-art instruction, with the goal of one day being a tour professional.

Odds and Ends

Inspectors say runaway escalator at Coors Field lacked safety switch

Louisiana governor issues posthumous pardon for man who turned life around