Our internal clocks must still be wound

Teens to be charged with shooting out windows of 120 cars
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Three teenagers used a BB gun to shoot out the windows of about 120 cars and trucks earlier this week in Columbus and suburban Whitehall, police said Friday.

Arkansas governor resolves to cut the fat from his infamously hefty state
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Led by a governor who has lost 75 pounds and a state health director who has dropped 50, Arkansas is making a New Year's resolution to shed its infamous ranking as one of the nation's fattest states.

Odds and Ends
CLEVELAND -- Two brothers who hadn't seen each other in more than 20 years were reunited on New Year's Eve - at a hospital.

North Augusta gets center
The area's biggest private group of family doctors will soon open an office in North Augusta, becoming the first practice to offer X-rays and mammograms in the growing city.

16 set for trial in Enron scandal
HOUSTON - First came Enron Corp.'s scandalous collapse. Then came the crackdowns. Now come the trials.

Report: manufacturing sector expanded robustly in December
NEW YORK -- The nation's manufacturing sector expanded strongly in December, its most robust month in two decades, in a sign that the economic recovery continues to gain ground.

Stations make move to digital

Online sales reach record

Grant Thornton Italy chief resigns, partner suspended after detention in Parmalat probe

Business briefs
U.S. markets were closed Thursday in observance of New Year's Day. Trading will resume today, and year-end figures will be included in The Augusta Chronicle's Saturday stock pages.

Survey: Auto execs say 2003 was bad for profits

Grant Thornton Italy chief resigns, partner suspended after detention in Parmalat probe
ROME -- The head of auditing firm Grant Thornton's Italy unit resigned and his partner was suspended indefinitely following their detentions in the Parmalat scandal on fraud accusations, the company said.

Investigators question Parmalat executives

Economists predict drop in unemployment in 2004
NEW YORK -- Companies are expected to step up hiring in 2004 after a year in which household spending boosted the economy more than business investment, according to a group of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal.

Asian consumers bought what Americans don't eat

Business briefs
PARMA, Italy - Investigating judges questioned former Parmalat financial officials, a lawyer and an auditor Friday about a corporate scandal at the dairy giant while doctors examined founder Calisto Tanzi to determine whether he's healthy enough to remain in prison.

USDA quarantines third Washington herd

Delta says no New Year's Day staff shortages

Business briefs

Business briefs

North Augusta gets center

Stations make move to digital
One of Augusta's largest radio companies will move into a state-of-the-art broadcast facility this summer to gear up for an eventual foray into digital programming.

Investigators question Parmalat executives
PARMA, Italy -- Investigating judges questioned Parmalat financial officials and a lawyer, the latest suspects in a corporate scandal, while doctors examined company founder Calisto Tanzi to determine whether he's healthy enough to remain in prison.

New 'Eat Mor Chikin' campaign on hold because of mad-cow

New 'Eat Mor Chikin' campaign on hold because of mad-cow
ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A is postponing its newest ad campaign featuring cute cows urging people to eat chicken instead of beef to avoid appearing insensitive to concerns about the nation's first confirmed case of mad cow disease.

Online sales reach record
Online retailers pushed the limits on the holidays this year, and it paid off with record sales and satisfied consumers.

USDA quarantines third Washington herd
WASHINGTON -- Authorities have quarantined a third herd of Washington state cattle in a widening investigation of mad cow disease after they located another cow from the same Canadian herd as the infected cow.

Delta says no New Year's Day staff shortages
ATLANTA -- The staff shortages Delta Air Lines saw on Christmas did not recur on New Year's Day.

Survey: Auto execs say 2003 was bad for profits
DETROIT -- Automotive executives worldwide believe the industry is still at least a couple of years away from returning to peak profitability, but most say the worst is likely in the past, according to a new study.

Asian consumers bought what Americans don't eat
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon cattleman Mike Partlow built a business selling beef products that Americans don't eat, from hooves to femur bones to stomach lining, all prized by Asian chefs.

Tigers make example of Volunteers

Tigers make example of Volunteers
ATLANTA - Khaleed Vaughn jumped atop the makeshift stage with Peach Bowl trophy in hand as his teammates and thousands of Clemson fans voiced a raucous serenade of "ACC! ACC!"

Better late than never for Jasmin

Clemson beats Tennessee in Peach Bowl
ATLANTA -- Clemson extended Tennessee's woes in the Peach Bowl, thanks to a lot of help from the Volunteers.

Emotional Vols flagged for 10 penalties

Clemson beats Tennessee in Peach Bowl

Better late than never for Jasmin
ATLANTA - Bear with Clemson running back Chad Jasmin for just a second.

Clemson puts its faith in defense
ATLANTA - His team had just been brutalized by Wake Forest, and it looked as though his coach's job was in serious jeopardy.

Emotional Vols flagged for 10 penalties
ATLANTA -- Emotions heated up before the Peach Bowl started, and Tennessee had trouble cooling off.

Clemson puts its faith in defense

White deals with newfound fame after Heisman win

Nothing mythical about USC's share of the national title
PASADENA, Calif. -- There was nothing "mythical" about it.

Bowl round up
COTTON BOWL, in Dallas.

USC says Sugar Bowl means nothing

Colbert overshadows Williams in Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. -- Keary Colbert made the highlight-reel catches in USC's biggest game of the season, not Mike Williams.

Bengals staff chosen to coach North team
CINCINNATI -- Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals' coaching staff will direct the North squad in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 24 in Mobile, Ala.

Kansas State's investigation clears name of Roberson
TEMPE, Ariz. - Quarterback Ell Roberson started for No. 8 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl against No. 7 Ohio State on Friday night, a day after a woman accused him of sexual assault.

No. 16 Mississippi tops No. 21 Oklahoma St.

Razorbacks end postseason skid
SHREVEPORT, La. - Arkansas' bowl drought is over, thanks to a big game from Cedric Cobbs and an opportunistic defense.

Nutt mulls 2 million reasons to move from Fayetteville to Lincoln
LITTLE ROCK -- Nebraska offered Arkansas coach Houston Nutt $2 million to take over the Cornhuskers football program Friday, but family ties and a Razorbacks counteroffer kept Nutt from a quick decision.

Sooners hope to keep LSU's defense away from White
NEW ORLEANS -- The lasting images of last month's Big 12 championship game for Oklahoma are of quarterback Jason White taking brutal hit after brutal hit, then slowly getting up off the turf and wobbling back to the huddle.

Bowl round up

K-State quarterback accused of sexual assault
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Kansas State Wildcats considered their Fiesta Bowl matchup with Ohio State the biggest game yet for their once-downtrodden program.

USC says Sugar Bowl means nothing
PASADENA, Calif. -- Let the rest of the country tune in to the Sugar Bowl on Sunday night. The USC Trojans believe college football's championship has already been decided.

No. 16 Mississippi tops No. 21 Oklahoma St.
DALLAS -- With another Manning at quarterback, Mississippi finally won another January bowl game.

Nutt mulls 2 million reasons to move from Fayetteville to Lincoln

White deals with newfound fame after Heisman win
NEW ORLEANS -- Five months ago, Jason White wasn't the most celebrated athlete in his hometown of Tuttle, Okla. He wasn't even tops in his own house.

Kansas State's investigation clears name of Roberson

Ohio State jumps out to 14-0 lead in Fiesta Bowl
TEMPE, Ariz. -- John Hollins returned a blocked punt 7 yards for a touchdown and Craig Krenzel threw a 6-yard TD pass to Santonio Holmes, giving No. 7 Ohio State a 14-0 lead over No. 8 Kansas State after one quarter of the Fiesta Bowl on Friday night.

Sooners hope to keep LSU's defense away from White

Bengals staff chosen to coach North team

K-State quarterback accused of sexual assault

Ernesia Wideman's on a mission

Reviewing and previewing local college basketball

Master's badges

Iran warming up?

Iran warming up?
Even though Iran's leaders are playing it down, U.S. aid to the earthquake victims is having a beneficial effect on relations between the two nations. President Mohammad Khatami, viewed as a political "moderate" by the West, said at a news conference that the aid, while welcome, wouldn't change anything between the two countries.

Kolb can unpack
Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek had it right for a change when he said earlier this week, "... with all that's coming up in '04, it would have been very traumatic for us to lose our administrator at this time."

Cheapest isn't best

Kolb can unpack

Explore privatization

Explore privatization
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's philosophy that government should focus on doing only those essential services that it can do better than the private sector, is now zeroing in on the state's prison health care system.

Cheapest isn't best
Augusta Youth Development Campus It does not inspire confidence that the private company taking charge of Augusta's Youth Development Campus next month is a subsidiary of a corporation that has triggered numerous complaints in other states.

Standing ovations
In need of some cheap entertainment? There's a free screening of the Nicholas Cage-Meryl Streep movie Adaptation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Augusta Public Library, 602 Greene St. Call 821-2600.

Crikey! Steve Irwin takes baby to crocodile feeding
BRISBANE, Australia -- "Crocodile hunter" Steve Irwin may have taken one of his animal stunts a bit too far.

Rock group Rush guitarist arrested after New Year's Eve fight
NAPLES, Fla. -- The lead guitarist for the rock band Rush skirmished with sheriff's deputies, spat blood on one and was arrested on New Year's Eve after his son refused to leave the stage at a fancy hotel, authorities said.

Production adds pizazz to traditional folk dance
E-mail, overnight delivery and 24-hour television news have been all the rage for some time now. So, it's no surprise that the Broadway hit Lord of the Dance was created by a man who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, can tap his feet 35 times per second.

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

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

Video watch
Here's what's coming out on video and reviews of recent releases.

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

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Rapper 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin"' was the top-selling album in 2003, followed by Norah Jones' Grammy-winning debut, "Come Away With Me."

Bond prices fall

Shares close mixed on first trading day of the new year

Treasury plans survey on proposed electronic savings bonds

Shares close mixed on first trading day of the new year
NEW YORK -- Wall Street began the new year Friday with the same enthusiasm but also prudence that marked its big comeback in 2003 - after bidding stocks higher sharply, investors changed course and took some profits in blue chips, leaving prices mixed.

IRS cracks down on taxpayers avoiding Roth IRA limits

Bond prices fall
NEW YORK -- Bond prices started the year on negative note, falling Friday on unexpectedly strong economic data.

Shares close mixed on first trading day of the new year

Treasury plans survey on proposed electronic savings bonds
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department wants to conduct an survey on consumer attitudes toward electronic savings bonds, part of a plan to scrap the current paper bonds.

IRS cracks down on taxpayers avoiding Roth IRA limits
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department took action Wednesday aimed at cracking down on taxpayers who use certain business transactions to avoid contribution limits on tax-advantaged Roth individual retirement accounts.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Plants can lighten dark rooms
The darkest days are upon us, making dark rooms that much darker. Let's cheer up those rooms with living plants, and let's avoid using artificial light in the process. Artificial lights are 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.

Garden chores not dormant in winter

Plants can lighten dark rooms

Garden chores not dormant in winter
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and is looking forward to a wonderful gardening year in 2004. January is the coldest month of the year, but there are plenty of gardening chores to keep you busy.

You got that plant for Christmas. Now what?

You got that plant for Christmas. Now what?
NEW MARKET, Va. -- So there you are, waving a fond farewell from the front door as your friend departs after delivering a poinsettia, a leaf cutting from her grandmother's favorite Christmas cactus or an amaryllis bulb.

Surprising run reaches an end
BOISE, Idaho - Georgia Tech and Tulsa, two teams not expected to be anywhere near a bowl game, find themselves in the most unlikely of bowl locations on the next-to-last day of the college football season.

A look at Saturday's Humanitarian Bowl
Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa, at Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho, at 12 p.m. EST.

Humantarian Bowl capsule
Humanitarian Bowl pits Georgia Tech (6-6) against Tulsa (8-4) at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

Golden Hurricane thrilled to be in wintery Boise
BOISE, Idaho -- When Tulsa's bowl status was pending, coach Steve Kragthorpe joked that he would snowshoe to Alaska if that's what it took to extend the season.

Winds pick up in Boise
BOISE, Idaho - After an unusuallycalmdayWednesday, Georgia Tech experienced a more typical Boise wind during Thursday morning's short practice.

Golden Hurricane thrilled to be in wintery Boise

A look at Saturday's Humanitarian Bowl

Surprising run reaches an end

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Our internal clocks must still be wound
Time managers will tell you that there is an odd tenet of human behavior that generally results in a task being completed in the time that is available.

Richmond County Deputy critically injured in crash
Richmond County Deputy critically injured in crash

Car hits sheriff's deputy
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy remained in critical condition and was scheduled for surgery late Friday after being struck by a car on Peach Orchard Road earlier in the evening, according to Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

Women's Right to Know bill should be passed

Distinguish Riverfront Marina from warehouse

DOE should support Georgia as it does South Carolina

Newspaper lacks knowledge of biblical prophecy
When the news broke concerning Libya, you should have stopped the presses and printed what was available at that time for the public instead of publishing a tidbit on page 8A. The Rev. Frank Rottier, Aiken, S.C.

Newspaper lacks knowledge of biblical prophecy

Women's Right to Know bill should be passed
Regarding Mary Beth Pierucci's Dec. 18 letter, "Women's Right to Know bill based on anti-choice lie": -Karmen Anderson, Augusta

Inform public of human form of mad cow disease

Distinguish Riverfront Marina from warehouse
In light of the internal audit of the city marinas, readers of The Chronicle should know that the Riverfront Marina Warehouse is not part of the problem. The Riverfront Marina Warehouse is a full-service, marine-storage facility located in the Riverfront Marina. Mike Stacy, Augusta

Republicans will return to Oval Office
The Rev. Paul L. Cook concluded his letter of Dec. 19, "Celebrate Christ's birth this Christmas," with a political statement that the Iraq war was unnecessary and lamented the loss of life. Paul A. Hines, Aiken, S.C.

DOE should support Georgia as it does South Carolina
In response to William F. Lawless' Dec. 29 letter, "Georgia monitoring of SRS not needed": William Hooker, Grovetown, Ga.

Inform public of human form of mad cow disease
Just one year ago Dec. 26, my sister died in an Augusta hospital of the human form of the mad cow disease known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. In view of recent newscasts and newspaper articles about the mad cow case which occurred in Washington, I decided to write to you ... -Shirley Evans, Aiken, S.C.

Republicans will return to Oval Office

Mars rover is readied for risky Red Planet landing

Spacecraft enters dust and gas around distant comet

Evidence found of Arctic hunters living in Siberia 30,000 years ago

Mars rover pair dwarfs Sojourner

Mars rover pair dwarfs Sojourner
PASADENA, Calif. - The twin rovers that NASA hopes to land on Mars this month might resemble the plucky Sojourner robot that was the star of 1997's Pathfinder mission, but looks are deceiving.

Mars rover is readied for risky Red Planet landing
PASADENA, Calif. -- After a journey of seven months and 303 million miles, a six-wheeled NASA rover will speed like a bullet Saturday night toward the surface of Mars and, if all goes as planned, stop with a bounce.

Evidence found of Arctic hunters living in Siberia 30,000 years ago
WASHINGTON -- A people who may have been ancestors of the first Americans lived in Arctic Siberia, enduring one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth at the height of the Ice Age, according to researchers who discovered the oldest evidence yet of humans living near the frigid gateway to the New World.

Spacecraft enters dust and gas around distant comet
PASADENA, Calif. -- A NASA spacecraft flew through the bright halo of a distant comet Friday to scoop up less than a thimbleful dust that could shed light on how our solar system was formed.

New laws for 2004
The new year has arrived, so stop hogging the left lane on Illinois interstates. Don't try to sell a used mattress as new in Tennessee. And be extra careful not to call in a false fire alarm in Delaware.

Vincent's 2 goals, 2 assists lead to win
It took him three games to rediscover his game.

No trades are made by Lynx

Lynx game weekend

Lynx trades
The faces of the Augusta Lynx continued to change Thursday with more moves, including the acquisition of rookie goalie Will Hamele in a trade with the Fresno Falcons.

No trades are made by Lynx
The search for another goaltender remains on hold as Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia was unable to complete another trade in time for Friday's game against Roanoke.

Lynx game weekend
Tonight: Augusta Lynx vs. Roanoke Express, 7:35 p.m.

Lynx trades

Vincent's 2 goals, 2 assists lead to win

Corps to stage reactor rescue
AIKEN - Stranded on the Savannah River by low water and broken transportation equipment, an 820-ton decommissioned nuclear reactor needs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pump water from Thurmond Lake Dam today to lift the barge-bound steel vessel high enough to be lifted by crane onto land.

Development upsets resident
Tony Carr says he's determined to have his heritage preserved, whether it delays a planned North Augusta riverfront development or not.

ATV crash kills Aiken County teen

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Charleston councilman fired after raising questions about plant safety
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Charleston city councilman was fired from his longtime job at a chemical plant a few months after he complained to regulators about safety at the facility, records show.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the folks that stole my sign from my house on West Avenue in North Augusta. It's only a matter of time before I get you.

Pine beetle outbreak subsides

Fort Gordon protection steps up

Fort Gordon protection steps up
For Fort Gordon, and those in the Augusta area trying to protect it from base closure in 2005, 2004 will be a busy year.

Ceremony honors battalion members before departure

Year was dry one, despite rainfall

Fatal collision calls attention to dangers

Pine beetle outbreak subsides
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Southern pine beetle outbreak has subsided after costing the state $356 million worth of pine trees during the past six years.

Across Georgia

Helicopter search finds little
A two-hour aerial search of a popular waterfowl area yielded few clues Thursday in the search for a missing hunter.

Car hits sheriff's deputy

Corps to stage reactor rescue

Prison cutbacks put pinch on county jail

School officials' failure to report abuse shows training is lacking, some say

Kid of the day

Rants and rave

Development upsets resident

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the folks that stole my sign from my house on West Avenue in North Augusta. It's only a matter of time before I get you.

News you can use
JAN. 3, 1933 - CHARLESTON, S.C. - A coroner's jury has ordered Annie Laurie Gray held for the slaying of her husband, James B. Gray, 40, of Augusta, a railroad fireman, as he slept in their home here early yesterday. The jury returned a verdict that Mr. Gray came to his death from "pistol wounds of the head, said wounds inflicted with a pistol in the hands of Annie Laurie Gray."

News you can use

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Mecedes N. Dupiree, 7, of Jackson.

Chief says officers' crash is Highway Patrol affair
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston Police Chief Reuben Greenberg said he does not know what caused a Dec. 23 car crash that injured four of his officers, and is letting state troopers handle the investigation.

College finds way to spread raises through ranks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- While raises are rare at most state agencies, a handful of colleges have found ways to give widespread pay increases to workers as they deal with higher health insurance costs.

ATV crash kills Aiken County teen
AIKEN - An Aiken County teenager driving an ATV on the wrong side of a rural dirt road was killed Thursday and her passenger was seriously injured after a head-on collision with a pickup driven by a neighbor, authorities said.

Jackson brings 'Southern Crusade' to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson will spend three days in South Carolina as part of his "Southern Crusade," an effort targeting racial reconciliation, voter registration and economic security.

Across the area
A man accused of shooting an acquaintance to death over tire rims outside a Summerville convenience store was arrested Thursday night in McDuffie County.

Prison cutbacks put pinch on county jail
ATLANTA -- Budget cuts by the state Department of Corrections and an increase in the number of people sentenced to prison are overcrowding county jails, which already have budget woes of their own.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Nasir A. "Tiger" Rolling, 1, of Augusta.

Voter registration thin

Helicopter search finds little

Jackson brings 'Southern Crusade' to South Carolina

New year brings new arrests

Horses used to create drugs for post-menopausal women being sold

Across the area

News you can use

Cleanup of waste lacks in funding

A few observations for my grandsons

Rants and rave
YOU'VE TOYED WITH those screeners' lives at the airport, reducing their hours, cutting their pay, destroying their morale. What kind of security do you think you're going to get?

Car hits sheriff's deputy
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy remained in critical condition and was scheduled for surgery late Friday after being struck by a car on Peach Orchard Road earlier in the evening, according to Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

Officials prepare for fiscal fighting

Voter registration thin
AIKEN - The deserted parking lot in front of the Aiken County voter registration office reflected the activity across most of the state Friday, the last day to register in person to vote in the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are searching for a man who they said robbed a Walton Way convenience store early Friday morning at gunpoint, officials said.

Fatal collision calls attention to dangers
NEW ELLENTON - Sue Townsend isn't waging a campaign against all-terrain vehicles, which, as Aiken County's coroner, she's seen involved in at least three fatal accidents in the past 18 months.

Car hits sheriff's deputy

Lack of money could delay some toxic waste cleanup in Augusta area
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A lack of money could delay further toxic waste cleanup at two sites in the Augusta area, state regulators say.

Charleston councilman fired after raising questions about plant safety

Horses used to create drugs for post-menopausal women being sold
ATLANTA -- Cutbacks of hormone replacement therapy drugs by a pharmaceutical company are sending 20,000 horses to the auction block.

The waits are long - real long - at Ga license centers

Officials prepare for fiscal fighting
Richmond County lawmakers say they don't need a crystal ball to see what looms ahead during this year's General Assembly session - budget battles.

Greenville NAACP continues push for MLK holiday
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Greenville branch of the NAACP is criticizing recent spending decisions by the county, saying council members should reorder priorities to pay for a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Libraries set up Web filters
ATHENS, Ga. - They say sex sells - even online. But not at the Athens-Clarke County Library.

Cleanup of waste lacks in funding
A gradual reduction in the amount of money available to clean up toxic waste sites whose owners cannot be held responsible could delay action on two such projects in the Augusta area, according to state regulators.

School districts may sue state over funding
THOMSON - McDuffie County is among a group of poorer Georgia school districts that may decide to sue the state later this year over a decline in state education funding.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - J. Philip Lane has been named vice president and general manager of WSPA, a Media General television station that serves the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville market.

Ceremony honors battalion members before departure
Friday was a bittersweet day for Tamara Rutt.

New year brings new arrests
AIKEN - As the first hours of the New Year ticked past midnight Thursday, celebratory good wishes gave way to the first arrests of 2004.

School districts may sue state over funding

Across Georgia
CUTHBERT - A New Year's Eve fire at a small church was the result of arson, fire officials said Thursday.

Across South Carolina

Parents sacrifice tax break to be first
At the same hospital where her parents met, Adriana Desiree Rouse became Augusta's first baby of 2004 upon delivery at 12:08 a.m. New Year's Day at University Hospital.

Unanswered questions remain with international summit nearing
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- Key details about money, security precautions and logistics have not been publicly disclosed with the G-8 Summit fast approaching, some observers say.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JAN. 2, 1964 Yesterday, little Charles F. Bailey Jr. arrived nine minutes late to earn his father an income tax refund, but with just six minutes to spare to be the first baby born in Richmond County in 1964.

Another religious display added to Barrow County Courthouse
WINDER, Ga. -- Legal challenges have done little to stop some in Barrow County from testing the separation of church and state as another religious display has been set up in the courthouse this week.

Year was dry one, despite rainfall
It brought an end to the drought and summer predictions of a possible record-breaking rainfall.

Greenville NAACP continues push for MLK holiday

Chief says officers' crash is Highway Patrol affair

School officials' failure to report abuse shows training is lacking, some say
The death of a Henry County middle schooler and the firing of a school counselor and ongoing criminal investigation shows more training is needed to help school officials identify abuse cases, educators and child care advocates say.

Kid of the day

Marion County's two oldest residents a study in contrasts
BUENA VISTA, Ga. -- Marion County's two oldest residents have spent their lives teaching generations of Georgia children.

Across Georgia

Baby found dead in parents' bed
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Officials are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy who was found lifeless in his parents' bed with a bruise to his head and pennies lodged in his esophagus.

Parents sacrifice tax break to be first

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Public Service Commission has approved a settlement in which a former Georgia natural gas marketer will pay $60,000 in addition to the more than $500,000 in slamming fines it paid during the three years it operated in Atlanta.

Richmond County Deputy critically injured in crash

Reece writes reply to report

Marion County's two oldest residents a study in contrasts

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An increase in fees hasn't meant a drop in the number of visitors to South Carolina's state parks.

Unanswered questions remain with international summit nearing

Reece writes reply to report
A state report on the Richmond County Tax Assessor's Office merits a response from the chief appraiser and his Board of Assessors, Augusta Commission members said earlier this week.

A few observations for my grandsons
To Zachary and Nicholas Wansley and Brian and Thomas Yarbrough:

The waits are long - real long - at Ga license centers
ATLANTA -- Walter Burke didn't think it would take much time to get a Georgia driver license. Boy was he in for a surprise.

A strong finish
ATLANTA - Coaches say it so often it's trite - but true.

Capital One column
ORLANDO, Fla. - Some calls you make to win ballgames. Some calls you make not to lose.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

Augusta Jazz Project will play its last tunes
The Augusta Jazz Project, which has organized big-band jazz concerts for 11 years, has disbanded.Rudy Volkmann, the group's founder, said Monday that shrinking corporate donations and poor attendance were to blame.

Top albums let artists explore

Top albums let artists explore
Musically, 2003 was a transition year. No single trend, be it teen pop or the still-yet-to-materialize alt-country revolution, dominated airwaves and charts.

Augusta Jazz Project will play its last tunes

The Glove is returning to Seattle, but wearing Lakers uniform
SEATTLE -- The Glove is coming back to Seattle.

Mailman misses trip but doesn't go on injured list
SEATTLE -- Karl Malone was not with the Los Angeles Lakers for their game Friday night against Seattle, but the team didn't place him on the injured list as had been expected.

Timberwolves defeat Hawks
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett led a well-balanced lineup with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Atlanta Hawks 93-75 on Friday night.

Timberwolves defeat Hawks

The Glove is returning to Seattle, but wearing Lakers uniform

Mailman misses trip but doesn't go on injured list

Ernesia Wideman's on a mission
Ernesia Wideman doesn't usually cry after basketball games. Unless you count the season-ending contests.

Reviewing and previewing local college basketball
WHO'S HOT North Florida women. An Elite Eight team last season, the Lady Ospreys have won 10 straight.

Parcells making sure Cowboys appreciate playoffs

Dolphins interview Ruskell for GM position

Sharpe never held anything back

MVP tie is only third in history

End of bowl season could open doors for Atlanta

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Dr. Sava Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ernest Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Agnes Rich    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Dr. Guy Morgan    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Commissioner Lee Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Calvin Street    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jerelene Allen    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Commissioner Lee Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eunice Bragg    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Carlton Canady, Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Georgia Brown    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. William Creech    (COVINGTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Nellie Futch    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Burch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Audrey Parry    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Daris Bush    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Poole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Yolanda Christian    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. James Rigsby, Sr.    (ALBANY, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Ferrell    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Miss Jessica Jennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Lucille Knox    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
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Mr. Rufus Lane    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Chalker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lynn (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. T.W. Lariscy (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. William Creech (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Avery Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Sheppard (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Bowdre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bennie Bell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Gwendolyn Strickland (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Wetherington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randy Edmonds (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma H. Oliphant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Meshelle Magill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Calhoun Perryman (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Eliza Franklin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Ervin (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jerelene Allen (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Norris (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Poole (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pauline Banks (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Tweetie Chatman (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Street (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Ivey (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Borum (FLORENCE, S.C.)

Ms. Faye Seymore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Sava Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Burchett (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Bledsoe (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Woodrow Gantt (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mrs. Georgia Brown (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Harris (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Audrey Holloway (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J.C. Quattlebaum (FLORAL CITY, Fla.)

Ms. Faye Seymore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Shannon Vaughn (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Futch (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. J.C. Quattlebaum (FLORAL CITY, Fla.)

Mr. Rufus Lane (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Diane Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Bragg (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Wesley Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Oliphant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlie Watts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Daris Bush (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Commissioner Lee Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Banks (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Moss (SPARTA, Ga.)

Rev. Charles Gregory (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jerelene Allen (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Holston (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Commissioner Lee Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Brunson (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Bowdre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Yolanda Christian (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Ingram (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Ferrell (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Golphin (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. William Hamrick, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lucille Knox (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Larry Dick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Jenkins (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Holston (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Evans (WADLEY, Ga.)

Dr. Guy Morgan (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Quesada (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Brayboy (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Avery Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carlton Canady, Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Rountree (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Agnes Rich (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. La'Cretha Tiller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Parry (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Tremmelyn McFadden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Borum (FLORENCE, S.C.)

Sports digest

Burke, Granroth chosen for biathlon team

Overtime

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Finland beat defending champion Russia 4-3 on Friday, setting up a semifinal with the United States at hockey's junior world championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Overtime
The plan is simple and the results beyond question. "Our approach is we're not going to lose at home," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said.

Sports digest
"You had to blink a couple times to see if the score was right. Hopefully, on Sunday, we can redeem ourselves." - Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris, on the team's 35-7 loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game. The Sooners play Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl for the BCS championship.

Burke, Granroth chosen for biathlon team
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Tim Burke and Sarah Granroth won sprints Friday and qualified for the U.S. biathlon team at next month's world championships.

Prep basketball scores
Here is a list of area prep basketball scores for Friday night.

Prep basketball scores
Here is the score from the Harlem vs Chestervill basketball game.

End of bowl season could open doors for Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Following a busy week of interviews, general manager Rich McKay can't say the Atlanta Falcons will hire their next head coach any time soon.

Sharpe never held anything back
DENVER -- Denver's Shannon Sharpe has treated every game as if it were the last of his career.

Parcells making sure Cowboys appreciate playoffs
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have a group of players that coach Bill Parcells often says are immature. They show their naivetDe by acting as if they're just playing a game each week rather than recognizing they're part of a team trying to reach a goal.

Atlanta interviews New England assistant
ATLANTA -- New England's Romeo Crennel became the fourth NFL defensive coordinator to interview for the Atlanta head coaching job.

Dolphins interview Ruskell for GM position
DAVIE, Fla. -- Tampa Bay interim general manager Tim Ruskell spent more than three hours Friday interviewing with the Miami Dolphins, who are seeking a new GM to replace coach Dave Wannstedt as the person in charge of personnel.

MVP tie is only third in history
It seems fitting Peyton Manning and Steve McNair shared The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award Friday. After all, their teams finished with the same record and tied atop the AFC South.

Ramblin' Rhodes: 2003 marked by many losses

Faith digest
Gospel singer Dottie Peoples of Atlanta will perform at 5 p.m. today at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets cost $25-$28.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Worshippers enjoy Christian karaoke
Bill Tolbert III is no mind reader, but after 15 years of shepherding karaoke performers across the stage at Augusta-area clubs, he's ready to quell any singer's fears.

Pat Robertson: God told him it's Bush in a 'blowout'
NORFOLK, Va. -- Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Friday he believes God has told him President Bush will be re-elected in a "blowout" in November.

Lutheran church to experiment with contemporary service
The congregation at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is 240 families strong, but few of them are young families with children.

Book traces remarkable faith journey
Until a chance meeting with another author last spring, Janell Matthews Lindsey had not thought about one of her manuscripts she had tucked under her bed about 25 years before.

Ramblin' Rhodes: 2003 marked by many losses
Before the new year gets too far under way, here is a look at major country music happenings in 2003:

Capital One column

A strong finish

Men, it's cryin' time again

'Sex and the City' begins final fling
LOS ANGELES -- If "Sex and the City" puts its fans in the mood for anything these days, it might just be a good cry.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 22-28. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

James Watson tells tale of DNA on epic documentary series
NEW YORK -- James Watson, who rocked the human race a half-century ago by discovering the DNA molecule's double-helix structure, has only one complaint about "DNA," a documentary series in which he serves as the overarching presence.

'Sex and the City' begins final fling

Hunters land taxidermy show on cable TV
EBENSBURG, Pa. -- Dan Bantley and Joe Workosky are always up to their elbows in hunting. But their home is on a foreign range - Workosky's video studio, where they're fine-tuning a different kind of show for cable television's The Outdoor Channel.

James Watson tells tale of DNA on epic documentary series

Hunters land taxidermy show on cable TV

Rankings for basic cable networks

Video watch

Production adds pizazz to traditional folk dance

Club calendar

People in the News

No. 11 Georgia puts bite on No. 12 Purdue in OT

No. 11 Georgia puts bite on No. 12 Purdue in OT
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A big lead. A remarkable comeback. Just another Georgia-Purdue bowl game.

Lumpkin gets some closure

Lumpkin gets some closure
ORLANDO, Fla. - As spine-tingling drama unfolded to his far right, Kregg Lumpkin sat on the far left side of Georgia's bench late Thursday afternoon.

Men, it's cryin' time again
It begins with a tickle in the back of the throat, which quickly migrates to the nasal passages. At that point, the victim begins slyly glancing from side to side, ensuring that the phenomenon will go unobserved. Then the eyes get into the act. At first they just burn a bit, but soon enough they begin to water and then, despite the fight, it happens.

Nebraska after Arkansas' Nutt

Nebraska after Arkansas' Nutt
Cocky, the tail-shaking, wing-flapping rooster mascot for South Carolina, won the Capital One National Mascot of the Year award Thursday during the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Master's badges
The cost of attending the Masters Tournament just went up 40 percent - from $125 in 2003 to $175 for the 2004 tournament.

Odds and Ends

Arkansas governor resolves to cut the fat from his infamously hefty state

Teens to be charged with shooting out windows of 120 cars

Pat Robertson: God told him it's Bush in a 'blowout'

Faith and fellowship calendar

Faith digest

Worshippers enjoy Christian karaoke

Book traces remarkable faith journey

Lutheran church to experiment with contemporary service