'Producers' sets all-time Broadway record
NEW YORK -- With Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick back in the show, "The Producers" grossed a record $1,600,243 for eight performances last week, spokesman John Barlow said Monday.

Molitor, Eckersley elected to Hall of Fame
NEW YORK -- Near the end of their careers, Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley were linked by a bunt. This summer, they'll be connected by an induction.

Yankees, groundskeeper plead innocent in bullpen brawl
BOSTON -- Former Yankees Jeff Nelson and Karim Garcia and a Fenway Park groundskeeper pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges they brawled in New York's bullpen during the AL championship series.

Molitor, Eckersley elected to Hall of Fame

Pierce Hamilton Finley
John and Darby Finley, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Pierce Hamilton Finley, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Boles, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Finley, of North Augusta.

Alfred Demond Lawson Jr.
Alfred D. Lawson Sr. and Michelle R. Vaughn, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Alfred Demond Lawson Jr., Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Leonard Sterling and Gale Vaughn-Fair, both of Somerset, N.J., and Jamesanna Lawson, of Augusta.

Tyreina Jorlen Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. Williams, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Tyreina Jorlen Williams, Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Williams Jr., of Johnston, S.C.

Lillian Isabella Hilson

Greona Carlicia Gordon
Gregory L. Gordon and LaTonya T. Sheppard, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Greona Carlicia Gordon, Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Thomasina Sheppard and Zack and Beverly Gordon, all of Augusta.

Jaylen QuaShon Utley
Tamikia Utley, of Waynesboro, Ga., announces the birth of a son, Jaylen QuaShon Utley, Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparent is Catherine Mack, of Waynesboro.

Jacob Daniel Childs
Daniel Childs and Marsha Fields, both of Nashville, Tenn., announce the birth of a son, Jacob Daniel Childs, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville. Grandparents are Sylvia S. Kicklighter, of Cape Coral, Fla., Patrick N. Fields Sr., of Bath, Lucy N. Childs, of Belzoni, Miss., and the late James E. Childs.

Tashara Denise Love
Alicia Love, of Augusta, announces the birth of a daughter, Tashara Denise Love, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Williams, of Augusta.

Christy Marie Davis

Nathan Edward Baggott
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Baggott, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Nathan Edward Baggott, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Col. and Mrs. Rodger Knox, of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. James Baggott, of Martinez.

Willis Antonio Brisbon Jr.
Willis A. Brisbon Sr. and Tamesha D. Brisbon, of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Willis Antonio Brisbon Jr., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Dennis, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Willis L. Brisbon, of Hephzibah.

Tashara Denise Love

Aubrie Paige Fowler

Emma Dixon Spears

Lillian Isabella Hilson
Steven and Deanna Hilson, of Gibson, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Lillian Isabella Hilson, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Betty Bland, of Gibson, and Lloyd and Gladys Hilson, of Mitchell, Ga.

Pierce Hamilton Finley

Aubrie Paige Fowler
Doug Fowler and Paige Chalker, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Aubrie Paige Fowler, Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Michelle Chalker, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Fowler, of Baltimore, Md.

Zachary Bronson Bozeman

Christy Marie Davis
Chris and Rhonda Davis, of Wrens, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Christy Marie Davis, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charlie and Josie Palmer, of Hephzibah, and Joe and Ginger Davis, of Wrens.

Delaney Lynn Vanover

Zachary Bronson Bozeman
Jeremiah and Alice B. Bozeman, of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Zachary Bronson Bozeman, Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Denzil R. Beeson II, of Waynesboro, and Mr. and Mrs. Archie R. Bozeman, of Grovetown.

Willis Antonio Brisbon Jr.

Delaney Lynn Vanover
Derek and Laurie Vanover, of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Delaney Lynn Vanover, Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Chris and Iris Wainright, of Greenville, S.C., and Marvin Vanover and Joan Vanover, both of Augusta.

Nathan Edward Baggott

Emma Dixon Spears
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Spears Jr., of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Dixon Spears, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin P. Agee and Mr. and Mrs. James E. Spears, all of Augusta.

Greona Carlicia Gordon

Morgan Caitlin Kemp
Charles and LaVerne M. Kemp, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Caitlin Kemp, Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Johnnie H. Bussey, of Hephzibah, and Charlie and Annie Buggs, of Aiken.

Morgan Caitlin Kemp

Troy Barqi Freeman Jr.
Troy Freeman and Kendra McNeal, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Troy Barqi Freeman Jr., Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Belinda Briscoe, Lewis McNeal, Willie Mae Calvin and James Stone, all of Augusta.

Tyreina Jorlen Williams

Troy Barqi Freeman Jr.

Alfred Demond Lawson Jr.

Jaylen QuaShon Utley

Jacob Daniel Childs

Police say 11-year-old girl sold heroin on the street
SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. -- An 11-year-old girl sold heroin on the street while dressed in her school uniform or even her pajamas, doing the bidding of her mother and a man who may be her stepfather, police said.

Man dies after crashing stolen snowmobile into priest's home
WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A man riding a stolen snowmobile died after crashing into a priest's home as the clergyman said his evening prayers.

Odds and Ends
DENVER -- Cabin fever is alive and well in the West. Hospital officials say the monster blizzard that kept people indoors across Colorado last year led to a spike in the number of December babies.

Odds and Ends
DENNIS, Mass. -- A man asleep in bed was ejected from his home - mattress and all - when a stolen car crashed through his small cottage.

Naked walker sentenced to three months in jail
LONDON -- A man trying to walk the length of Britain naked to promote public nudity was convicted Wednesday of breaching the peace and sentenced to three months in jail.

Bridgestone Americas CEO announces retirement
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- John Lampe, who led a turnaround at Bridgestone/Firestone after the recall of millions of tires linked to deadly accidents, announced Wednesday that he is retiring as chief executive.

Surge is maintained amid mixed results

Business briefs

Technology firms defend moving U.S. jobs overseas
WASHINGTON -- Worried about possible government reaction to the movement of U.S. technology jobs overseas, leading American computer companies are defending recent shifts in employment to Asia and elsewhere as necessary for future profits and warning policy makers against restrictions.

Business briefs
J. Phillip Lane, the former vice president and general manager of WJBF-TV (Channel 6), on Monday began his new duties as vice president and general manager of WSPA-TV in Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, S.C.

Office is calling back its workers
Business appears to be ringing again at the former FutureCall office.

SRS unit gets new president

Governor to discuss HOPE, economy at annual meeting
Gov. Sonny Perdue will share his thoughts on the state's economic future at the annual meeting of the Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce Thursday.

Business briefs
RALEIGH, N.C. - Duke Energy Corp. bucked speculation about a possible dividend cut, announcing Wednesday it will continue to pay $1.10 per share a year and tying the compensation of top executives to achieving earnings that meet or beat that payout to shareholders.

SRS unit gets new president
AIKEN - An executive with deep roots in this area has been named president of the Energy & Environment Business Unit of Washington Group International, the parent corporation of the primary contractor running the Savannah River Site.

Factory orders suffer setback in November
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories, after posting two months of solid increases, fell by 1.4 percent in November, the biggest setback in seven months.

Receivers hit commercial market

Dollar plunges to new lows

Snow: rebounding economy to cut federal deficit in half by 2005

Investment banks under scrutiny in big, new corporate scandal

Little gizmos for big machines on display at Detroit auto show

Home Depot buys West Coast flooring business

Technology firms defend moving U.S. jobs overseas

Chrysler shows convertibles, Lexus has hybrid SUV

Organic farmers to get exemption from marketing, promotion fees

Judge hears objections to Bridgestone/Firestone settlement

Office is calling back its workers

Home Depot buys West Coast flooring business
ATLANTA -- The Home Depot is expanding a key building supply unit with the purchase of a West Coast flooring business.

Business briefs

Dollar plunges to new lows
NEW YORK -- The dollar plunged to a new low against the European common currency Tuesday, sinking more than a penny to cross the $1.28 per euro mark for the first time. The dollar also fell to another 11-year low against the British pound.

Little gizmos for big machines on display at Detroit auto show
DETROIT -- If you've ever haplessly wrestled with a truck's spare tire or longed to liven up a drab dashboard display, the auto industry has the gadget for you.

Investment banks under scrutiny in big, new corporate scandal
WASHINGTON -- Big investment banks are under renewed federal scrutiny in the multibillion-dollar Parmalat fraud case, as investigators are examining the banks' role in helping the Italian dairy giant sell bonds and questioning whether they turned a blind eye to irregularities in company books.

Snow: rebounding economy to cut federal deficit in half by 2005
WASHINGTON -- While concerned about soaring budget deficits, the Bush administration is confident that a rebounding economy will help cut the deficit in half by 2005, Treasury Secretary John Snow said Wednesday.

Chrysler shows convertibles, Lexus has hybrid SUV
DETROIT -- The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cheered the Big Three automakers' new emphasis on cars instead of sport utility vehicles Tuesday during a visit to the North American International Auto Show.

Japanese business leaders herald new year toasting recovery
TOKYO -- Japanese business leaders expressed optimism Tuesday about economic recovery while cautioning on the brewing risks that could hamper growth such as currency fluctuations and fighting in Iraq.

Organic farmers to get exemption from marketing, promotion fees
WASHINGTON -- The Sowden brothers, who grow organic prunes in northern California, are tired of being treated like conventional farmers when it comes to paying fees to an industry marketing board.

Factory orders suffer setback in November

Receivers hit commercial market
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - After years of preparation, digital radio receivers finally go on sale nationwide today, pairing CD-quality audio in over-the-air broadcasts with text information such as song titles, weather reports and news alerts.

Judge hears objections to Bridgestone/Firestone settlement
BEAUMONT, Texas -- A state district judge on Wednesday considered objections from critics who want changes in a proposed $149 million settlement that would resolve 30 class-action lawsuits against Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire.

Surge is maintained amid mixed results
NEW YORK - Wall Street stalled Tuesday in quiet trading as investors booked profits from the New Year's rally and searched for new reasons to buy. Prices closed narrowly mixed, with tech stocks showing the biggest gains.

Governor to discuss HOPE, economy at annual meeting

Japanese business leaders herald new year toasting recovery

Clemson defensive lineman says he's going pro
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson defensive tackle Donnell Washington says he'll give up his final year in college for the NFL.

Clemson defensive lineman says he's going pro

Clemson's Betko to transfer

Clemson's Betko to transfer
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson sophomore forward Julian Betko has left the basketball team and plans to transfer to a school where he can increase his playing time.

Sugar Bowl rating fifth of six BCS title games

Reese resigns as Texas defensive coordinator

Reese resigns as Texas defensive coordinator
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas defensive coordinator Carl Reese resigned Tuesday following his sixth season and one in which the Longhorns again failed to win the Big 12 or make it to a BCS game.

Sugar Bowl rating fifth of six BCS title games
NEW YORK -- The Sugar Bowl drew the second-worst national TV rating for a BCS championship game.

Kramer, BCS architect, not dismayed by two national champions
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The former Southeastern Conference president who was the architect of the Bowl Championship Series said having two national champions this year is good for the sport.

Lady Jaguars on roll

LeMoyne-Owen makes Paine College disappear

NASA's Mars miracle

Exorcising bad judgment
George McCrackin must have been a good principal - the only one that Goose Creek, S.C.'s Stratford High School has ever had in its 20 years.

New day at City Hall

Charlie Hustler
Pete Rose lied for more than a dozen years about gambling on baseball. And when he finally owned up to the truth, it wasn't because he had a Road-to-Damascus moral conversion; it was because he desperately wants to be allowed in baseball's Hall of Fame and to return to the game in some significant manner, as a manager or coach.

NASA's Mars miracle
The ups and downs of space exploration.

Charlie Hustler

New day at City Hall
Women managed to integrate the Afghan government before making it onto the Augusta-Richmond County consolidated commission.

Exorcising bad judgment

R. Gabriel's is a great place to relax
What used to be a place to take your car to get new brakes is now a place to sit and relax while enjoying a cafe latte and a bagel.

Britney Spears' marriage lasts all of 55 hours
LAS VEGAS -- When Britney Spears upped and wed hometown friend Jason Allen Alexander, it was on a whim. Then, she came to her senses and filed for an annulment. Total time as a married woman: 55 hours.

Dining out
Here is a listing and reviews of many eateries in the area.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- CBS News anchor Dan Rather is off the air for a few days after a minor dermatological procedure on his face.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

Actress Hudson, musician Robinson welcome first child
LOS ANGELES -- It's a boy for actress Kate Hudson and her husband, musician Chris Robinson.

Whiskey Junction attracts all
Almost everything about Whiskey Junction, a private bar and club at 1212A Whiskey Road in Aiken, is pleasingly deceptive.

OutKast leads NAACP Image Award nominations
LOS ANGELES -- OutKast collected a leading six nominations Wednesday for the NAACP Image Awards, including outstanding duo or group and best album for "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Sitcom veteran Michael J. Fox will appear in two episodes of NBC's "Scrubs" next month as a doctor who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

'Friends' star Courteney Cox Arquette expecting first child
LOS ANGELES -- Courteney Cox Arquette, whose "Friends" TV character has struggled to have a child and who in real life has suffered miscarriages, is expecting her first child, her publicist said Tuesday.

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Stuff to do
Beethoven, Mahler and Faure are on the playlist for The American Chamber Players concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way.

Dow edges lower ahead of key economic reports

Wall Street holds most of holiday rally gains in quiet session
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stalled Tuesday in quiet trading as investors booked profits from the market's New Year rally and searched for new reasons to buy. Prices closed narrowly mixed, with tech stocks showing the biggest gains.

Workers can't count on pay boost from new overtime rules

Wall Street holds most of holiday rally gains in quiet session

Dow edges lower ahead of key economic reports
NEW YORK -- Stocks finished mixed on Wall Street Wednesday, with blue chip shares edging lower as investors found little reason to recommit to the market before the beginning of the corporate earnings season and ahead of two key economic indicators due out this week.

Workers can't count on pay boost from new overtime rules
WASHINGTON -- The 1.3 million low-wage workers the Labor Department says will be guaranteed overtime pay as part of new rule changes may not necessarily see any extra cash.

Small portions

One-pot stews ward off chill
Chilly weather calls for warm-up food, and here are two hearty, one-dish stews, easily made in your favorite pan on the stove top.

Genetically modified soy brings wealth, controversy to Brazil
JULIO DE CASTILHOS, Brazil -- They're counting on another bumper soy crop in southern Brazil, where a new breed of rebel farmers work the fields in air-conditioned tractors and run to town in big new pickups.

Jalapenos spice up brownie recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Perhaps it's because I'm from the Northeast, but I'm just not accustomed to food causing pain, at least not intentionally so. Nor to it carrying dire warning labels.

McDonald's posts carb and fat grams on menu posters in N.Y.
NEW YORK -- With Americans fattening up and fast food on the defense, McDonald's this week began telling dieters in the New York area how much fat and carbs are in some of its meals.

Jalapenos spice up brownie recipe

Orthodox Jews: eating kosher beef might protect against mad cow
NEW YORK -- Orthodox Jewish experts on kosher regulations say that eating beef certified by rabbis might help protect consumers against mad cow disease, though they acknowledge there's no guarantee kosher beef is safer.

Orthodox Jews: eating kosher beef might protect against mad cow

McDonald's posts carb and fat grams on menu posters in N.Y.

Small portions
Dried herb and spice blends are great ways to get the most from your food dollar.

Genetically modified soy brings wealth, controversy to Brazil

One-pot stews ward off chill

Els will pare schedule

Els will pare schedule
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The Big Easy is going to take it a little easier on his traveling this year.

Optimism is running high with Woods in range
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Tiger Woods is ready for a new year, only this time he has company.

Mercedes Championships
The Mercedes Championships from Kapalua, Hawaii, scheduled Thursday-Sunday at the Kapalua Resort, The Plantation Course, on ESPN 7-10:30 p.m.

North Augusta wins rout

Thrashers recall MacKenzie, Santala from Chicago
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers recalled forwards Derek MacKenzie and Tommi Santala from Chicago of the American Hockey League Tuesday, general manager Don Waddell said.

Thrashers acquire Corso from Ottawa
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers acquired forward Daniel Corso from Ottawa in exchange for forward Brad Tapper Tuesday.

Thrashers acquire Corso from Ottawa

Thrashers recall MacKenzie, Santala from Chicago

With tomato bisque, the secret is in the sauce
When I was growing up, one of my favorite at-home lunches was a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup.

With tomato bisque, the secret is in the sauce

Two area schools honored by Georgia
Columbia County's Evans High School and Richmond County's C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School were named today as two of 26 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement.

Father suspected of killing in-laws, kidnapping his children
RANGER, Ga. -- A jealous ex-husband shot three former in-laws to death and strangled his infant daughter, then kidnapped three little girls and fled in a stolen sport utility vehicle, authorities said Thursday.

Switch to fuel oil creates smoke at hospital
The black smoke hanging over University Hospital this morning might have startled morning commuters but a spokeswoman said not to worry, the hospital is not on fire.

It's a reactor vessel, not nuclear reactor
I hope that the careless or confused reference to the reactor vessel being sent to Barnwell, S.C., as a "nuclear reactor," as stated in The Chronicle's Metro section Sunday, does not cause unnecessary fears among those in the area. Joseph M. Weaver, Graniteville, S.C.

It's a reactor vessel, not nuclear reactor

Georgia monitoring is not needed
Several news articles and editorials have recently decried the Department of Energy's decision not to continue funding Georgia's program to monitor radioactivity in and around the Savannah River downstream from Augusta. Key points have been overlooked in these discussions. Mal McKibben, Aiken, S.C. (Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of Aiken-based Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness.)

Doctor's letter hysterical, mythical
Dr. Jacqueline Fincher's Dec. 27 letter is filled with false statements, urban legends and myths, and reminds me of the story of Chicken Little running around hysterically telling everyone the sky is falling. Joseph R. Neal Jr., P.C., Augusta

Teen visits brighten seniors' lives
Greg Rickabaugh's Dec. 26 article ("Students visit seniors") on teen volunteers at an assisted living facility is tailor-made for New Year's resolutions that matter. Volunteer visitation programs are vital in the face of an exploding aging population and a rise in long distance family care for frail parents. Cynthia Haley, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is community projects manager for the Area Agency on Aging.)

End pandemic of black-on-black homicides
According to Black Press USA, 197,757 African-American males have been victims of homicides in America since the Federal Bureau of Investigation began keeping detailed statistics by race in 1976. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is founder and president of Blacks Against Black Crime.)

Whatever name you use, God is still God
To those who want to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and make an issue out of the Ten Commandments, all I have to say is this: Whether you call him God, Jehovah, Allah or the Great Spirit, they are all names for the same person, or thing, depending upon your belief. So, knock off the bickering and name-calling and respect one anothers' beliefs, even if you don't agree with them. Richard Lathan, Augusta

Serviceman defends Iraqi mission

Serviceman defends Iraqi mission
The Rev. Paul Cook's Dec. 19 letter read like it was written by a liberal Democrat instead of a man of God. Does he not realize that all things work for the good of those who love God? His "unnecessary war" could indeed be an opening for Christianity to be spread in Iraq. Michael R. Watts, Augusta

Scientists: Global warming could imperil hundreds of species by 2050

Study finds universe was lifeless for up to 2 billion years

Program targets youngest children in fight against obesity

Some cases of mad cow disease in humans could be missed

U.S. teens fatter than those in other industrialized countries

Health and fitness calendar

Mars rover yields '20-20' color view of the Red Planet

More Christmas cards and letters mailed this year

Living briefs

Minor problems might delay Mars rover treck

Sun's gamma ray burst might have triggered ancient mass extinction

Student embraces White House internship

Minor problems might delay Mars rover treck
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Mars rover has developed some minor problems that will probably delay the start of its trek across the rust-colored landscape to prospect rocks and soil, scientists said Wednesday.

Living briefs
Comcast has dropped Trinity Broadcasting Network from its regular cable lineup, but is offering digital cable boxes for those people who still want the programming.

Mars rover yields '20-20' color view of the Red Planet
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA unveiled a breathtaking color snapshot Tuesday of the surface of Mars shot by its Spirit rover using a camera with the robotic equivalent of 20/20 vision.

Sun's gamma ray burst might have triggered ancient mass extinction
ATLANTA -- The second-largest extinction in the Earth's history, the killing of two-thirds of all species, may have been caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun after gamma rays destroyed the Earth's ozone layer.

Pediatrics group seeks to eliminate sodas in schools
CHICAGO -- Soft drinks should be eliminated from schools to help tackle the nation's obesity epidemic and pediatricians should work with their local schools to ensure that children are offered healthful alternatives, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

Student embraces White House internship
Presidential sightings, black-tie affairs and visits from heads of state were commonplace for C. David Burke, 21.

Study finds universe was lifeless for up to 2 billion years
ATLANTA -- The first stars after the Big Bang were immense, superhot giants that lived briefly and then exploded as brilliant supernovae, but they seeded the universe with basic elements that were the building blocks for the sun and the Earth, and for life itself, according to a new study.

Some cases of mad cow disease in humans could be missed
TRENTON, N.J. -- Scientists have yet to document a single U.S. case of someone getting the human version of mad cow disease from contaminated beef. Then again, they might not be looking hard enough.

Program targets youngest children in fight against obesity
NEW YORK - In a cheery elementary-school classroom with red windowpanes and crayon drawings tacked on the walls, 3-year-olds are is doing their "yoga," transforming themselves into lions and butterflies.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Mad cow case hasn't created rush to vegetarianism
Droves of Britons gave up meat during England's mad cow outbreak in the 1980s, but since the discovery of an infected cow in Washington state American vegetarians mostly have been careful not to take advantage of a situation that could cost lives and cripple a $40 billion industry.

More Christmas cards and letters mailed this year
WASHINGTON -- The post office handled a record 3.4 billion cards and letters in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the agency said Tuesday.

U.S. teens fatter than those in other industrialized countries
CHICAGO -- Teenagers in the United States have higher rates of obesity than those in 14 other industrialized countries, including France and Germany, a study of nearly 30,000 youngsters ages 13 and 15 found.

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

Chinese-Japanese Linux venture to challenge Microsoft
BEIJING -- A pair of Chinese and Japanese software companies announced a joint venture Wednesday aimed at developing a Linux-based platform for Asian markets that they hope will challenge Microsoft Corp.'s dominance.

Scientists: Global warming could imperil hundreds of species by 2050
Hundreds of species of land plants and animals around the globe could vanish or be on the road to extinction over the next 50 years if global warming continues, scientists warn.

Europe's Mars orbiter fails to make contact with Beagle 2 probe
DARMSTADT, Germany -- A European spacecraft orbiting Mars failed to pick up a signal from the Beagle 2 probe Wednesday, leaving a saddened mission control without word from the lander since it was spun off toward the Red Planet last month.

CDC: Flu season still hasn't reached peak
ATLANTA -- The flu season has yet to reach its peak, despite a drop-off in cases in some states, health officials warned on Tuesday.

Saal undergoes knee surgery
The decision to fix Augusta Lynx goalie Jason Saal's knee was made Monday afternoon, and team doctors wasted no time getting him in and getting it done.

Poor second period costly to Augusta

Lynx slap shots
This Saturday, Augusta Lynx vs. Charlotte Checkers, at 7:35 p.m. in Charlotte.

Two minutes with Jonathan Gagnon

Two minutes with Jonathan Gagnon
Two minutes with Augusta Lynx forward, # 19, Jonathan Gagnon.

Saal undergoes knee surgery

Poor second period costly to Augusta
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Augusta Lynx gave up four second-period goals - including the backbreaker with two seconds left in the period - and were beaten 5-2 on Tuesday night by the Greensboro Generals.

Juror quizzing to end soon
With 45 residents already qualified for Reinaldo Rivera's death penalty trial, individual questioning of potential jurors might be over by tonight.

Father suspected of killing in-laws, kidnapping his children

Across South Carolina

Beard widow fills seat
Tearfully and joyfully, two women were appointed to serve on the Augusta Commission on Tuesday, ending an eight-year run without female representation on the elected board and making history as the first women to represent the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County government.

Unsolved killings keep police busy
The new year is a clean slate for Richmond County, but not for sheriff's investigators trying to solve six homicides from 2003.

Heavy lifters shrug off task
SNELLING, S.C. - For many, seeing almost 1,000 tons of steel and concrete move can inspire awe. For others, moving such a weight is an exciting but routine challenge.

Woman faces murder charge
AIKEN - Aiken County authorities have charged a one-time bootlegger with murder after a man she allegedly shot in an argument at her Ceder Drive home Tuesday died early Wednesday.

Eighty suspects named in scam using identities of the dead
ATLANTA -- Georgia investigators began rounding up 80 suspects Tuesday on charges they took part in a scam that stole the identities of dead people in five states to bolster the credit ratings of car buyers.

School officials call cold taps fine for hygiene

Governor to discuss HOPE, economy at annual meeting
Gov. Sonny Perdue will share his thoughts on the state's economic future at the annual meeting of the Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce Thursday.

Grant will boost Aiken County social services

Heavy lifters shrug off task

Across the area
An Augusta mother and three of her children who were killed in a fire Sunday died from smoke inhalation, interim Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said Tuesday.

Opera star visits her namesake arts school

Research lab plan waits for decision
AIKEN - A pricey plan to build a new hydrogen research lab in Aiken County with taxpayer money now awaits approval or rejection by Department of Energy officials either later this month or in early February, county officials said Wednesday.

Eighty suspects named in scam using identities of the dead

Unsolved killings keep police busy

Georgia voters battle in court
ATLANTA - The tug-of-war between voters in the north and south of Georgia entered a federal courtroom Tuesday as Republicans sued to force the state to redraw election boundaries.

Research lab plan waits for decision

Juror is excused from Rivera trial
Even with the dozens, if not hundreds, of media reports about the Reinaldo Rivera homicide cases, only one potential juror out of 38 said the reports convinced her Mr. Rivera is guilty.

Woman faces murder charge

Survey to tally state's horses
AIKEN - Billy Benton, 50, keeps his Irish thoroughbred mix horse, O'Maley, at Foxchase Stable, close to downtown Aiken, so he can ride him after work.

Georgia voters battle in court

Congressman wants Shoeless Joe forgiven
AIKEN - Now that Pete Rose has finally admitted to betting on baseball games, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is mulling over whether to lift a lifetime ban against the former Cincinnati Reds great.

Richmond County's unsolved homicides in 2003
APRIL 1: Norman Daniels, 55, of the 2000 block of Grand Boulevard, was found dead in a rear bedroom of his home by two friends. Police said Mr. Daniels might have been there for several days, slowly bleeding to death after being shot in his left leg.

SRS unit gets new president
AIKEN - An executive with deep roots in this area has been named president of the Energy & Environment Business Unit of Washington Group International, the parent corporation of the primary contractor running the Savannah River Site.

Kid of the day

South Carolina's schools top survey

Switch to fuel oil creates smoke at hospital

Across the region

Preserving homes is Aiken County's goal
AIKEN - Fixing up a run-down house in Aiken County is not only the historically correct path to take, it's also a fiscally sound adventure, thanks to a tax break approved by the Aiken County Council on Tuesday night.

Rants and raves
I WALKED INTO a local pharmacy Monday night, and what do they have stacked to the ceiling next to the half-price Christmas goods? Valentine's merchandise! Wouldn't it be great if we could have a little break before another full-scale consumer assault?

Across the region
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -A former cult member told a jury Wednesday how the group transformed from a Muslim commune in New York to an extremist sect that groomed girls for sex with its leader, Malachi York.<

Preserving homes is Aiken County's goal

Bush proposal encourages Hispanic advocates
AIKEN - News of President Bush's proposal to ease restrictions on immigrant workers drew mostly positive response among Hispanic advocates in Aiken, though enthusiasm was tempered by the realities of politics.

Kid of the day

Bush proposal encourages Hispanic advocates

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C.T. Walker, Evans High take state's school honors
Paula Baker was downright giddy Wednesday as she roamed the hallways of C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School with the good news.

Juror quizzing to end soon

New legal counsel selected
Augusta commissioners voted 7-0 Tuesday to select new legal counsel, hiring a sitting commissioner and lawyer to serve as city attorney for a one-year term.

ANIC's grant use is under fire

SRS unit gets new president

School officials call cold taps fine for hygiene
The Richmond County Board of Education encourages good hygiene to prevent the spread of colds and viruses but doesn't offer pupils hot water in bathrooms.

Astronomers find evidence of galaxies colliding

Rants and raves
I WALKED INTO a local pharmacy Monday night, and what do they have stacked to the ceiling next to the half-price Christmas goods? Valentine's merchandise! Wouldn't it be great if we could have a little break before another full-scale consumer assault?

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR ALL the citizens of North Augusta who would prefer a symbol of peace as a welcome sign to the city, instead of a symbol of war (an army tank). We believe that a symbol of peace and freedom would symbolize patriotism in a positive way.

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JAN. 8, 1973 Icy weather blew into the region on Sunday, turning the cold rain into sleet in Augusta and snow north of the city.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -One of the least-traveled counties in South Carolina had the most traffic collisions in 2002, a study by AAA Carolinas says.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is NaQuan Brooks, 8, of Augusta.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The man injured in a fall at the Georgia Dome during the Peach Bowl on Friday has died.

ANIC's grant use is under fire
Gov. Sonny Perdue asked the state's inspector general to open an inquiry into the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s use of $20 million in state grant money Tuesday.

Beard widow fills seat

Across the area
A woman who authorities said hit a Richmond County sheriff's deputy last week while he was directing traffic turned herself in Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Death haunts hepatitis walk
While walking across the country, Deborah Simone has seen a lot of life. And also, unfortunately, some death.

Group asked to talk at site
Just three days before Georgia voters will cast their ballots in a presidential preference primary election, Democratic hopefuls are scheduled to speak at Tabernacle Baptist Church, in the heart of Augusta's historically black Laney-Walker neighborhood.

Wrens stations wage gasoline war

Seniors worry about prices
Bob Repko had a quadruple heart bypass in October, but that's not what worries him. He's afraid he'll fall into the gap.

Members say sign of unity is promising
Augusta commissioners adjourned from their first meeting of the new year Tuesday, hailing it as unprecedented for local politics and the city at large.

Neglected drive-in to be replaced
Today, uprooted tree trunks serve as an audience for the skeletal remains of the old Augusta Drive-In.

Richmond County's unsolved homicides in 2003

South Carolina's schools top survey
AIKEN - After a punishing round of test scores and academic progress reports tarnishing the educational reputation of both South Carolina and Georgia, South Carolina public schools scored a high ranking in a national report card released Wednesday.

Wrens stations wage gasoline war
WRENS, Ga. - Vehicles lined U.S. Highway 1 through Wrens as motorists rushed to the pumps to benefit from what one local fuel distributor called an "old-fashioned gas war."

Seniors worry about prices

Astronomers find evidence of galaxies colliding
ATLANTA -- For the first time, astronomers have direct evidence of a galaxy similar to the sun's own Milky Way being torn apart as it smashes at a speed of more than four million mph into a cluster of galaxies.

Across the area

Columbia County leaders list issues
From shopping to driving to putting out fires, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners has a lengthy list of issues before them this year.

C.T. Walker, Evans High take state's school honors

Woman charged in boyfriend's shooting

Two area schools honored by Georgia

Family's household income may affect HOPE eligibility

Juror is excused from Rivera trial

Columbia County leaders list issues

Death haunts hepatitis walk

Woman charged in boyfriend's shooting
A 62-year-old woman has been charged with shooting her 34-year-old boyfriend Tuesday afternoon, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR ALL the citizens of North Augusta who would prefer a symbol of peace as a welcome sign to the city, instead of a symbol of war (an army tank). We believe that a symbol of peace and freedom would symbolize patriotism in a positive way.

Family's household income may affect HOPE eligibility
ATLANTA - Family household income has officially become part of the debate over how to keep Georgia's HOPE Scholarship from spiraling into debt.

Congressman wants Shoeless Joe forgiven

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Alvez Christopher Hodge, 12, of Augusta.

Members say sign of unity is promising

Opera star visits her namesake arts school
In the past year, opera singer Jessye Norman's travels have taken her to London, Paris, Zurich, Bangkok, Moscow, and Tuesday to St. John United Methodist Church in Augusta, home to the fine arts school that bears her name.

Governor to discuss HOPE, economy at annual meeting

Grant will boost Aiken County social services
AIKEN - Social services for residents of the predominantly rural eastern half of Aiken County will be closer and less cramped thanks to a federal grant that will help build a satellite office in Wagener, county officials said Tuesday.

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News you can use
JAN. 7, 1943 George Nicholson, local attorney and Cracker Party candidate for the state Legislature, won in a three-cornered election yesterday over Jack Rogers and Alpha Traylor, but not before his party was served notice that there was another man in the race besides its candidates.

Harrick's lawsuit prolongs Georgia's nightmare
When the coaching story of Jim Harrick is turned into a Hollywood screenplay, the working title ought to be True Lies II.

Subject of documentary film seeks new trial

Minority filmmakers find profit in straight-to-video releases

Lane and Broderick to star in 'The Producers' movie

Subject of documentary film seeks new trial
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Jesse Friedman, whose imprisonment for child molestation was captured in "Capturing the Friedmans," wants a new trial based on information revealed in the award-winning documentary.

Critical choice

Minority filmmakers find profit in straight-to-video releases
LOS ANGELES -- Everyone in movies wants to see their work on the big screen. Yet many black independent filmmakers have found a more profitable and impactful venue that had long been considered the kiss of death: straight-to-video.

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

Lane and Broderick to star in 'The Producers' movie
NEW YORK -- "The Producers" is coming back to the big screen. A film version of the hit Broadway musical will begin shooting early next year with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick repeating their roles as the rapscallion producer Max Bialystock and his nebbish accomplice Leopold Bloom.

Ice Bowl not for warm hearted
The Augusta Disc Golf Association says the rules for its annual Ice Bowl are simple:

9th Winter Jam concert tour to start in Augusta
Contemporary Christian group NewSong opens its ninth annual Winter Jam concert tour with a performance Thursday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.

9th Winter Jam concert tour to start in Augusta

Platinum-selling R&B teen group B2K breaks up
NEW YORK -- Platinum-selling R&B quartet B2K has split up, their manager said Monday.

Al Green, Vestal Goodman among gospel hall of fame honorees
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Rev. Al Green, Sandi Patty, the late Vestal Goodman and BMI President Frances Preston will be inducted next month into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Al Green, Vestal Goodman among gospel hall of fame honorees

Scruggs gets surprise party on 80th birthday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some of Nashville's finest pickers threw a surprise party Tuesday for banjo great Earl Scruggs on his 80th birthday - and they brought their instruments with them.

Gibbs returns to coaching with race team in good hands
Bobby Labonte believes Joe Gibbs Racing can remain among the elite NASCAR operations even with his boss returning to the Washington Redskins.

No off-season for Pemberton
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - As his team unloaded its tools after the final race of the 2003 season, crew chief Ryan Pemberton decided his team needed a break.

Question and answer with Matt Kenseth
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Matt Kenseth, the newly-crowned NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, had a busy off-season. He took time out of his test session to talk about the demands of being a champion, the work on his new Ford Taurus, the proposed change in the point system and the upcoming season.

Question and answer with Matt Kenseth

No off-season for Pemberton

Gibbs returns to coaching with race team in good hands

Text of President Bush's speech on immigration policy

President Bush proposes changes to immigration laws

Text of President Bush's speech on immigration policy
President Bush's remarks Wednesday about immigration policy, as transcribed by the White House:

President Bush proposes changes to immigration laws
WASHINGTON -- President Bush called Wednesday for a major overhaul of America's immigration system to grant legal status to millions of undocumented workers in the United States, saying the current program is not working.

Pistons pound the Rockets

Martin, Maggette ejected for fighting

Bryant returns to Colorado, this time for a game
DENVER -- A chorus of boos followed Kobe Bryant onto the court Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets, his first game in Colorado since being accused of sexual assault at a resort in the Rockies last summer.

Pistons pound the Rockets
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- It was such a bad night for the Houston Rockets that Yao Ming was outscored by Darko Milicic.

Martin, Maggette ejected for fighting
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenyon Martin of the Nets and Corey Maggette of the Clippers exchanged punches and were ejected in the third quarter of the Los Angeles-New Jersey game on Tuesday night.

Bryant returns to Colorado, this time for a game

Lady Jaguars on roll
PEMBROKE, N.C. - Ernesia Wideman and Alishaa' Hodges each scored 16 points as No. 25 Augusta State romped in its Peach Belt Conference opener.

LeMoyne-Owen makes Paine College disappear
All the signs pointed to Paine knocking off a winless LeMoyne-Owen team.

Knights roll
AIKEN - A.J. Gordon dominated the post and scored a game-high 21 points, leading Aiken Tech to an 89-70 victory over Middle Georgia on Tuesday night.

A Titanic rematch in New England

Rucker and Wistrom meet again, with season on the line

Blank says loyalty to Redskins swayed Gibbs most

Gibbs returns to coach Redskins

Barry, Clifton out with the flu

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Mr. Alfred Hylon (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Mary Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Williams (BRONX, N.Y.)

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Justyne Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Miss Virginia Mason (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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Mrs. Annie Searles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Donald Novotny (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Bibbs Sr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. George Deutsch (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Lonzie Davis Sr. (AVERA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Cawley (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Alfred Hylon (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Pamela Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Daniel (GIBSON, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Owens (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Andrew Lake Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Morton Macuch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pansy Pierce (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Miss Emma Best (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Funderburk (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Margaret Hammond (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Lineberger (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Boyd (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Willie Bibbs, Sr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Katharine Franke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Kaiser (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty German (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Betty Jarrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Napier (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Marion Duncan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Hawes (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Williams (WYANDANCH, N.Y.)

Ka'Driqious Cofield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Sullivan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Darby (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mrs. Marion Duncan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Margaret Hammond (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Buddy Smith (SANDERSVILLE, GA.)

Mrs. Earline Robinson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

S.C leaders must make hard fiscal choices for their constituents
IN THE COMING days lawmakers will come back to Columbia to do the people's business, and be the voices in the Statehouse of the folks who elected them. I have no doubt many of them spent the last six months hearing the same concerns from their constituents that I have.

S.C leaders must make hard fiscal choices for their constituents
IN THE COMING days lawmakers will come back to Columbia to do the people's business, and be the voices in the Statehouse of the folks who elected them. I have no doubt many of them spent the last six months hearing the same concerns from their constituents that I have.

Lawmakers should reexamine DSHEA
RECENTLY, a fellow dietitian from a Washington, D.C., medical center told me about a comment made by a visiting senator who wondered if some of his symptoms might be related to the diet supplement he was taking. She told him she couldn't say because of the current law, which prevents health-care professionals from learning much about the products that are sold under the guise of "good nutrition."

Futurity will offer $1 million as purse

Dokic withdraws from Adidas International

Kerrigan, Harding episode brought attention to sport

Chance of Kwan skating at 2006 Olympics 'very high'

Ice Bowl not for warm hearted

Belbin still waiting for citizenship to come through

Centre Court at Wimbledon to get sliding roof

Roddick stunned by Bjorkman at Qatar Open

In the game spotlight

Sports digest

In the game spotlight
Today's in the game spotlight falls on Catie Smith, 14, of Evans.

Roddick stunned by Bjorkman at Qatar Open
DOHA, Qatar -- Top-ranked Andy Roddick was upset by Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Qatar Open.

Overtime
In Perth, Australia, Belgium's Kim Clijsters quit her Hopman Cup match against Australia's Alicia Molik after hurting her left ankle, less than two weeks before the Australian Open.

Centre Court at Wimbledon to get sliding roof
WIMBLEDON, England -- They're as synonymous with Wimbledon as strawberries and cream, but rain delays on Centre Court will soon be a tradition consigned to the past.

Kerrigan, Harding episode brought attention to sport
ATLANTA - Ten years ago, a bumbling misfit took a whack at Nancy Kerrigan's knee as she walked off the practice ice.

Chance of Kwan skating at 2006 Olympics 'very high'
ATLANTA -- As amazing as it sounds, Michelle Kwan is thinking about competing in the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, when she'll be 25.

Roddick stunned by Bjorkman at Qatar Open
DOHA, Qatar -- Top-ranked Andy Roddick was upset by Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday in the Qatar Open's second round.

Roddick opens 2004 with easy win at Qatar Open
DOHA, Qatar -- Top-ranked Andy Roddick opened his 2004 season by beating Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Qatar Open.

Dokic withdraws from Adidas International
SYDNEY, Australia -- Jelena Dokic has withdrawn from the Adidas International next week and is expected to miss the Australian Open for the third straight year.

Overtime
Augusta State earned its first national ranking in school history Tuesday, when the Lady Jaguars came in as the No. 25 team in the country in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, released late Tuesday afternoon.

Belbin still waiting for citizenship to come through
ATLANTA -- Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto could be the best hope to break the U.S. drought in ice dancing at the 2006 Olympics.

Futurity will offer $1 million as purse
With the 25th annual Augusta Futurity just two weeks away, one number stands out.

Sports digest
"Get rid of the computers - what kind of an idiotic statement is that? ... Why blame computers? You could not have put a man on the moon without computers. We would not be looking at pictures of Mars today without computers. A computer is a marvelous instrument." - Lincoln Memorial professor Herman Matthews, who computes the college football poll for Scripps Howard. Matthews was responding to a statement by BCS chairman Mike Tranghese, who said computers should come out of the group's equation to determine a national champion.

North Augusta wins rout
So far, the North Augusta boys basketball team has faced some stiff competition so far this season.

Area prep basketball scores
Here are the area men and women's prep basketball scores for Tuesday night.

Steelers fire defensive coordinator, WR coach
PITTSBURGH -- Defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and wide receivers coach Ken Jackson were fired by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday after a 6-10 season.

Barry, Clifton out with the flu
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers' offensive line has finally met its match: the flu bug.

A Titanic rematch in New England
In one of the best games of the NFL's regular season, the Tennessee Titans went to Foxboro on Oct. 5 and lost to the New England Patriots 38-30.

Blank says loyalty to Redskins swayed Gibbs most
ATLANTA -- When Joe Gibbs told him he wanted to return to coaching in two face-to-face meetings last week, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was all ears.

Rucker and Wistrom meet again, with season on the line
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Defensive ends Mike Rucker and Grant Wistrom first met as high school sophomores playing against each other in Missouri. Rucker claims he used a hard hit to tackle Wistrom, then a tight end, for a loss.

Gibbs returns to coach Redskins
ASHBURN, Va. -- In a stunning move, Joe Gibbs will return as coach of the Washington Redskins, a team he led to three Super Bowl titles.

Harrick's lawsuit prolongs Georgia's nightmare

Football leads ABC to ratings win
NEW YORK -- For college football's national championship, it was a split decision among television viewers, too.

Football leads ABC to ratings win

CNN vows caution in calling 2004 races

NBC talking with Maria Shriver about extended leave

Donald Trump is the prize on 'The Apprentice'
Donald Trump and reality TV: They deserve each other. Now their time has come. "The Apprentice," where 16 would-be moguls vie for The Donald's favor and "the dream job of a lifetime" as his yearlong protege, opens for business on NBC Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Donald Trump is the prize on 'The Apprentice'

CNN vows caution in calling 2004 races
LOS ANGELES -- CNN anchorman Wolf Blitzer made an election year prediction: The news channel will be a model of caution in using exit polls to call races.

NBC talking with Maria Shriver about extended leave
NEW YORK -- NBC News is talking with California first lady Maria Shriver about an extended leave from her "Dateline NBC" job.

Fox TV chairman Sandy Grushow stepping down
LOS ANGELES -- Fox Television Entertainment Group chairman Sandy Grushow has stepped down to form his own production company.

Whiskey Junction attracts all

People in the News

Actress Hudson, musician Robinson welcome first child

People in the News

Extras, extras

Britney Spears' marriage lasts all of 55 hours

Stuff to do

R. Gabriel's is a great place to relax

Dining out

OutKast leads NAACP Image Award nominations

Evans hopes his hiring will help heal rift
ATHENS, Ga. -- Damon Evans said Wednesday that he hopes being named Georgia's next athletic director will help heal the wounds caused by school President Michael Adams' refusal to extend Athletic Director Vince Dooley's contract.

Tennessee collars the Dawgs

Harricks take case to court

Tennessee collars the Dawgs
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon was fouled as he launched his fourth 3-point attempt of the game, and the shot missed.

Volunteers blast Bulldogs
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia hit rock bottom Wednesday night.

Harricks take case to court
ATHENS, Ga. - Because the Georgia state attorney general's office denied former Georgia men's basketball coaches Jim Harrick and Jim Harrick Jr. a "name-clearing hearing," the Harricks are taking the university to court.

Gamecocks lose conference opener
COLUMBIA - The electric atmosphere was there, and so was the effort - all the trappings of a big win for a team that needs one.

South Carolina will start to answer questions in SEC

South Carolina will start to answer questions in SEC
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The questions about South Carolina remain, coach Dave Odom knows, even after its best basketball start in 35 seasons.

Gamecocks lose conference opener

Police say 11-year-old girl sold heroin on the street

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Naked walker sentenced to three months in jail

Man dies after crashing stolen snowmobile into priest's home