Play looks at how blacks see themselves

Sculptor likes to pose questions
South Carolina sculptor Robert Lyon loves living in the margins.

Strong language adds to realism of 'Clowns'
Send in the clowns, or at least those looking for a thoughtful play with a lot of humor.

Play looks at how blacks see themselves
It's been a long time since Augusta Mini Theatre director Tyrone Butler wore his writer's cap.

Strong language adds to realism of 'Clowns'

Rose angered about rebukes

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.

Poll: Voters not forgiving Rose

Valentin signs minor league deal with Astros
HOUSTON -- Infielder John Valentin signed a minor league contract Thursday with the Houston Astros and will go to spring training with the team.

Rose's new book hits stores

Vaughn out for 2004 season
NEW YORK -- Mo Vaughn will not play baseball in 2004 and is doubtful for 2005 because of an arthritic left knee.

Molitor, Eckersley elected to Hall of Fame

Poll: Voters not forgiving Rose
ORLANDO, Fla. - Pete Rose will most assuredly find his path to the Baseball Hall of Fame still blocked, even if his eligibility is restored.

Vaughn out for 2004 season

Rose angered about rebukes
NEW YORK - Pete Rose is an angry man.

Valentin signs minor league deal with Astros

Rose's new book hits stores
NEW YORK - Occasionally contrite but repeatedly the defiant, belligerent spark plug fans love, Pete Rose blames his accusers and medical conditions for the problems that got him kicked out of baseball.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aubrie Paige Fowler

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.

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.

Troy Barqi Freeman Jr.

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.

Tyreina Jorlen Williams

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.

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.

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.

Emma Dixon Spears

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.

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.

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

Tashara Denise Love

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.

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.

Delaney Lynn Vanover

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.

Pierce Hamilton Finley

Jaylen QuaShon Utley

Zachary Bronson Bozeman

Morgan Caitlin Kemp

Christy Marie Davis

Nathan Edward Baggott

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.

Alfred Demond Lawson Jr.

Jacob Daniel Childs

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.

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.

Show and tell object makes school kids sick
PITTSBURGH -- A doctor's idea of show and tell - opening up a cadaver arm in front of fifth-graders for a lesson in anatomy and art - caused one student to faint and made others feel sick from the smell of formaldehyde.

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.

Trucking company ships uranium to wrong state
PADUCAH, Ky. -- A trucking company accidentally sent a shipment of diluted weapons-grade uranium to a North Carolina nuclear plant instead of its intended destination in Kentucky, but the mix-up posed no risk to anyone, officials said.

Odds and Ends
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- The joystick-operated toy crane used to snare a prize in this supermarket game could've nabbed more than just a cheap stuffed animal - how about a shot at Timmy Novotny?

Woman admits lying about losing lottery ticket
CLEVELAND -- A woman admitted through tears Thursday that she lied about losing the winning ticket for a $162 million lottery prize, saying: "I wanted to win so badly for my kids and my family."

Judge accepts plea deal with former Enron finance chief's wife
HOUSTON -- A federal judge tentatively accepted a plea agreement Thursday for the wife of former Enron finance chief Andrew S. Fastow, a move that could lead to a plea from Fastow and possibly his cooperation with prosecutors investigating the energy giant's collapse.

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.

Little gizmos for big machines on display at Detroit auto show

Airline industry blames Bush administration for high oil prices

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.

Sizemore becomes group's first chairwoman

Business briefs

Last-minute holiday shopping rush boosts retail sales

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

Office is calling back its workers

European Central Bank leaves key interest rate unchanged

Business briefs
The Downtown Development Authority is starting a billboard campaign to promote downtown Augusta. The economic development group will unveil four billboards in February that commemorate the 10th anniversary of Artist's Row on Broad Street. Other billboards will follow. The first four cost the authority $1,130.

Last-minute holiday shopping rush boosts retail sales
NEW YORK -- Consumers who kept retailers in suspense for weeks gave many storeowners a better-than-expected holiday season after all, coming through at the last minute with a big spending spree. Even struggling department stores ended the season with solid results.

Business briefs

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

Judge hears objections to Bridgestone/Firestone settlement

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.

Sizemore becomes group's first chairwoman
It was a good year for the Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce, and 2004 looks to be even better.

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.

Airline industry blames Bush administration for high oil prices
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. airline industry accused the Bush administration Thursday of recklessly driving up the cost of oil by purchasing unnecessarily large amounts of petroleum for the nation's strategic reserves at a time when prices are already high.

E-Z-Go gives vehicle a new engine, four-wheel drive
E-Z-Go dropped the curtain Thursday on its new four-wheel drive utility vehicle, then promptly christened it with mud.

European Central Bank leaves key interest rate unchanged
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank left its key interest rate untouched Thursday, even as a soaring euro made some economists worry about prospects for growth in the 12 countries that use the currency.

Technology firms defend moving U.S. jobs overseas

Claims for unemployment benefits up in first week of new year
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment benefits increased last week following three straight weeks of declines, the Labor Department said Thursday.

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.

E-Z-Go gives vehicle a new engine, four-wheel drive

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.

NCAA closes book on Alabama investigation

NCAA closes book on Alabama investigation
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's football program will not face further sanctions even if new information surfaces in a federal court case in Tennessee.

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.

Paine completes sweep

NCAA says Auburn representatives paid player, mom

Free throws keep Lady Lions perfect in league

Lady Jaguars on roll

Ga. ethics still needed

Coming to America
When the United States last took a swipe at immigration reform in 1986, the number of illegal aliens was estimated between 3 million and 5 million. The reform called for a harsh crackdown on illegals who came here after 1982, but amnesty for all those who could prove they'd been here since 1982 or earlier.

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

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

Ga. ethics still needed
Georgia's legislative plate will be overflowing this election year with more painful spending cuts in the offing, controversial budgeting, cutbacks in HOPE scholarship benefits, more battles over K-12 education standards and funding, and skirmishes on the water and environmental fronts.

New day at City Hall

Coming to America

NASA's Mars miracle

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

People in the News
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Jeff Foxworthy has offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of a person who trespassed on his rural west-central Georgia property and pointed a gun at his caretaker.

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.

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

Michael Jackson filings turn spotlight on media access
LOS ANGELES -- The judge presiding over the Michael Jackson child molestation case faces new decisions regarding media access, with prosecutors calling for a rigid publicity gag order and six news organizations asking that court documents be unsealed.

'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.

Standing ovations
The Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., will exhibit a collection of recently acquired photographs by Jack Spencer. The photos, taken from his book Native Soil, detail life on the Mississippi Delta.

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

Video watch
Here are reviews from Roger Ebert and other critics of some recent video releases:

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.

Stronger retail sales, Nokia outlook lift stocks

GM, Chrysler waste little time beefing up incentives

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.

Dow edges lower ahead of key economic reports

GM, Chrysler waste little time beefing up incentives
DETROIT -- Staying aggressive on consumer incentives in 2004, General Motors Corp. on Thursday added sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks to those vehicles eligible for interest-free loans for up to five years.

Mortgage rates nudge up again this week

Citing lawsuits, U-Haul forbids trailer rentals to Explorer drivers

Stronger retail sales, Nokia outlook lift stocks
NEW YORK -- More signs of the improving business climate - better-than-expected holiday sales and Nokia Corp.'s latest fourth-quarter outlook - sent stocks moderately higher Thursday. The advance carried the Nasdaq composite index to its first close above 2,100 in 2 1/2 years.

Citing lawsuits, U-Haul forbids trailer rentals to Explorer drivers
DETROIT -- U-Haul is forbidding its stores from renting trailers to customers driving Ford Explorers, citing product liability lawsuits involving the popular sport utility vehicle, a newspaper reported.

Mortgage rates nudge up again this week
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates edged up again this week, with the 30-year rate climbing to the highest level in nearly a month.

Fishing tournament results
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.

'Mega ramps' designed to lure fishermen
A trio of double-lane boat ramps and enough parking spaces for 250 vehicles with boat trailers are the main features of the latest fishing complex under construction at Wildwood Park on Strom Thurmond Lake.

Fishing tournament results

'Mega ramps' designed to lure fishermen

California Dreaming tops most chains
California Dreaming resembles the ubiquitous yuppie-oriented restaurant chains that feature oversize plates, trendy dishes, happy-hour specials and ferns in your face.

California Dreaming tops most chains

Not all cacti are creatures of the desert
NEW MARKET, Va. -- It's easy to get stuck on cactus, particularly if you have a bare patch of yard where nothing wants to grow.

This plant's a fright!

This plant's a fright!
The movie "Jumangi," popular a few years back, caused terror - more so from the rhinoceroses charging through the living room and the crazed, great white hunter than from the bizarre plant that kept threatening Robin Williams. After all, rhinoceroses and great white hunters, even crazy ones, are real enough, but that plant surely had to be no more than a moviemakers fantasy. In fact, though, that odd-looking plant bore an eerily strong resemblance to a real plant.

Not all cacti are creatures of the desert

Plants must be acclimated
Newcomers to the Augusta area frequently want to know whether a favorite plant from their home state or nation will grow here.

Plants must be acclimated

Jackets no match for No. 1
ATLANTA - Alana Beard had 12 of her 17 points during a dominating first half, and Monique Currie and Brittany Hunter added 14 apiece to help top-ranked Duke beat Georgia Tech 77-45 Thursday night.

Appleby gets year off to good start
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Stuart Appleby went four years before returning to the winners-only Mercedes Championships. The way he played Thursday, he might not have to wait that long.

Appleby gets year off to good start

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

Area prep basketball scores

Stars thrash Thrashers

Stars thrash Thrashers
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars were tired of ties.

U.S. pet owners make small canines the top dogs
What's the most popular dog in America?

Three charged with 1996 slaying of Columbia County woman
Police charge three people today in connection with the slaying of a Columbia County woman more than seven years ago.

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.

Suspect in slayings is caught with girls
RANGER, Ga. - A jealous ex-husband shot three former in-laws to death with a rifle and strangled his infant daughter, then kidnapped three girls and fled in a stolen sport utility vehicle, authorities said Thursday.

It's a reactor vessel, not nuclear reactor

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.

Additions to commission bring new dimension
Congratulations to the Augusta Commission for selecting not one, but two women to fill the recent vacancies. Jane Armstrong, 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.)

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

Retirees' concerns about new prescription drug bill
Congress recently rushed through a Medicare-supplement bill that the president has signed into law. C. David Cowfer, Aiken, S.C. (Editor's note: The writer is the chairman of the Savannah River Site Retiree Association.)

Is Detroit poor and fat because of Cheddar?
During the past three decades, Detroit has downsized that industry for which it is best known - its automobiles - while upsizing its most precious commodity - its children. According to the February 2004 issue of Men's Fitness magazine, one of America's poorest cities now claims the title of America's most obese city. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Is Detroit poor and fat because of Cheddar?

Student embraces White House internship

Health and fitness calendar

Minor problems might delay Mars rover treck

Scientists: Global warming could imperil hundreds of species by 2050

Publicity-shy Russian may have solved great math mystery

Study finds universe was lifeless for up to 2 billion years

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

Engineers' effort fails to clear airbag from Mars rover's path

More Christmas cards and letters mailed this year

Family of 10 diseases mystifies scientists

Some cases of mad cow disease in humans could be missed

FDA rejects bid to return silicone gel breast implants to market

Flu appears on decline, CDC says

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.

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.

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.

Discovery: A planet that heats its sun
ATLANTA -- Stars usually heat up their family of planets, but in an amazing reversal, an astronomer has found a planet that is actually heating up its sun.

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.

Publicity-shy Russian may have solved great math mystery
SAN FRANCISCO -- A publicity-shy Russian researcher who labors in near-seclusion may have solved one of mathematics' oldest and most abstruse problems, the Poincare Conjecture.

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.

Family of 10 diseases mystifies scientists
WASHINGTON -- For all the worry mad cow disease is generating, it's just one in a family of 10 diseases discovered so far - five in animals, five in humans - that are arguably medicine's most mystifying maladies.

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.

Engineers' effort fails to clear airbag from Mars rover's path
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's efforts to clear the way for the Spirit rover to reach Mars' surface have so far failed, and engineers are considering alternative routes for maneuvering the six-wheeled robot off its lander, scientists said Thursday morning.

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

Synthetic snail venom might relieve cancer pain
CHICAGO -- A synthetic form of sea snail venom can ease pain in cancer and AIDS victims who get no relief from morphine or other conventional painkillers, a study found.

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.

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.

Flu appears on decline, CDC says
ATLANTA -- The flu season appears to be on the decline, federal officials said Thursday as they announced that influenza has killed 93 children this season.

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.

FDA rejects bid to return silicone gel breast implants to market
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration rejected Inamed Corp.'s bid to bring silicone gel breast implants back to the market, more than a decade after they were first banned amid fears the devices harmed women.

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

Seminar draws tree enthusiasts
Just as a cry of "fore" means "look out!" in golf, in tree climbing the alert is "headache" - a warning climbers yell when a branch or other object falls to the ground.

FBI offers $100,000 reward in Greenville ricin case

School officials call cold taps fine for hygiene

Culinary visitors serve up delicious opportunities
The speakers ranged from chef Calvin Green, the owner of Hot Foods by Calvin, to Chuck Baldwin, the owner of French Market Grille.

Flood-prone homes meet end

3 local schools honored
WARRENTON, Ga. - The Carey family had twice the reason to celebrate Wednesday night.

Witnesses testify about abuse
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A second woman and a man have testified about having sex as children with Dwight "Malachi" York, the leader of a quasi-religious sect in Middle Georgia who is on trial in federal court on charges of child molestation and racketeering.

Pine beetles tap state money
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Chuck Still, 28, has seen too many dying pine trees, casualties of the blue stain fungus carried by southern pine beetles that bore under the bark.

Magistrate controversy spills into firing of county employees

Governor details his plans for new year
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said protecting and educating children is his top priority during the upcoming legislative session, adding that the state needs to do more for children.

Culinary visitors serve up delicious opportunities

New you can use
JAN. 9, 1953 A sweeping raise for county employees - the first in two years - that leans heavily in favor of the lower salaried men and women, was agreed on last night between members of the county commission and the Richmond legislative delegation.

Sanford's proposed budget cuts jobs

Keep standards, leaders say
AIKEN - South Carolina should not water down its school testing standards despite results on the federal No Child Left Behind Act that compare poorly with states with weaker requirements, state legislators said.

Across the area
An Aiken teen died early Thursday from a gunshot wound that occurred while he was apparently playing Russian roulette in front of several friends at his Palm Drive home, authorities said.

Scripts might better scores
COLUMBIA - Educators having a tough time getting their pupils to meet South Carolina's stringent academic standards are getting help from the state.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 53-year-old man who had more than 3,000 images of child pornography on his computer has pleaded guilty to advertising child pornography on the Internet, officials said.

Across the region

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A Social Security claims adjuster who pleaded guilty to selling fake Social Security cards to illegal immigrants was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Thursday.

Three charged with 1996 slaying of Columbia County woman

Duo's robbery charges are rejected by judge

Immigrant proposal eyed warily by Georgia officials

FBI offers $100,000 reward in Greenville ricin case
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The FBI on Thursday offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest of anyone responsible for leaving a package containing the deadly poison ricin at a post office in October.

Governor details his plans for new year

Magistrate controversy spills into firing of county employees
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Three employees of Spartanburg County's Magistrate Court system say they were fired in retaliation for complaints made about Magistrate Larry M. Hutchins.

Seminar draws tree enthusiasts

Infant mortality rate increases again in 2002
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's infant mortality rate rose slightly in 2002, but the minority infant mortality rate remains more than twice that of the rate for whites, state officials said Thursday.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN consideration of the North Augusta citizens who would prefer to have a peace symbol and not a tank. Maybe they should stop and think that without the tank there would be no peace. So, in essence, the tank is a peace symbol.

Father suspected of killing in-laws, kidnapping his children

9 youths die of flu in 2 states
At least five children in Georgia and four in South Carolina are among the 93 who have died from flu or complications of flu this year, health officials said.

More jurors excused in Rivera case
If you're a potential juror in Reinaldo Rivera's capital murder trial, you should stop reading. Now.

Forum to discuss terrorism
ATLANTA - When admissions at military hospitals increased Dec. 3 because of respiratory complaints, what turned out to be the flu should have triggered a warning of terrorism, says the commander of those facilities in the Southeast.

Juror quizzing to end soon

Smyre resigning as Democrat chief in Georgia
ATLANTA -- The chairman who presided over the Georgia Democratic Party's most serious setback in a century is resigning next month in a move that will allow the party to elect a new leader for the elections this summer and fall.

S.C. Democratic Party opens absentee voting for presidential primary
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina voters unable to make it to the polls Feb. 3 for the Democratic presidential primary can request an absentee ballot starting Friday.

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Keep standards, leaders say

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.

Pine beetles tap state money

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

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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.

S.C. Democratic Party opens absentee voting for presidential primary

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.

Kid of the day

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?

Kid of the day

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN consideration of the North Augusta citizens who would prefer to have a peace symbol and not a tank. Maybe they should stop and think that without the tank there would be no peace. So, in essence, the tank is a peace symbol.

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.

Smyre resigning as Democrat chief in Georgia

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.

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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.<

Official says city's trees doing well
Joe Lowery knows all about a parasite called scales and a fungus called hypoxylon canker.

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.

Inmate linked to 2002 assault
A man who is in a state prison serving time for a theft conviction was charged Thursday in a 2002 home invasion and sexual assault, officials said.

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.

Flood-prone homes meet end
Memories are all that Mark and Wanda Adams have left of their first house together, a modest patio home in west Augusta's Commonwealth subdivision.

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.

Duo's robbery charges are rejected by judge
A Richmond County judge told prosecutors Thursday that there wasn't enough probable cause to support armed robbery charges against a couple accused of murder.

Research lab plan waits for decision

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Olivia Taylor Buird, 10 months, of Augusta.

Bush proposal encourages Hispanic advocates

Sanford's proposed budget cuts jobs
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford released a lean and balanced $5.1 billion budget proposal Thursday that includes the closing of more than 15 state agencies and the loss of an estimated 1,300 jobs.

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.

Immigrant proposal eyed warily by Georgia officials
ATLANTA -- President Bush's idea to give undocumented workers temporary legal status could greatly affect Georgia laws, including eligibility for driver's licenses and HOPE Scholarships.

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Handbook on safety limits school officers
A revised handbook for school police in Richmond County limits their authority and requires them to call the Sheriff's Office for felony cases.

Forum to discuss terrorism

ANIC's grant use is under fire

Across the area

Woman faces murder charge

More jurors excused in Rivera case

South Carolina's schools top survey

Suspect in slayings is caught with girls

Seniors worry about prices

Witnesses testify about abuse

Preserving homes is Aiken County's goal

Handbook on safety limits school officers

9 youths die of flu in 2 states

Grant's Panthers learning to win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Deon-like.

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.

At the Movies: 'Chasing Liberty'
Mandy Moore has something you can't learn and you can't buy, something you can't acquire through Botox injections or Method acting lessons. She has an on-screen radiance that seems effortless, a presence that makes her impossible not to watch, and a substance that her fellow multitasking pop stars sorely lack.

At the Movies: 'Calendar Girls'
In the tradition of "The Full Monty," about British steel workers who bare all, comes "Calendar Girls," based on a true story about late middle-aged British women who do everything BUT the so-called Full Monty.

'American Splendor' earns top film honors from L.A. critics
LOS ANGELES -- "American Splendor," a film biography starring Paul Giamatti as grouchy comic-book writer Harvey Pekar, was picked as the best picture of 2003 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

At the Movies: 'Calendar Girls'

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.

At the Movies: 'Big Fish'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

At the Movies: 'Chasing Liberty'

At the Movies: 'Big Fish'
If Fellini had directed "Forrest Gump," the result would be "Big Fish," a larger-than-life tale about a man who tells larger-than-life tales.

'American Splendor' earns top film honors from L.A. critics

At the Movies: '21 Grams'
Devastating in its depiction of life and death, love and loss, "21 Grams" might be the year's most emotionally powerful film, and it's easily one of the best.

At the Movies: '21 Grams'

Lane and Broderick to star in 'The Producers' movie

Subject of documentary film seeks new trial

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.

Minority filmmakers find profit in straight-to-video releases

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

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.

Al Green, Vestal Goodman among gospel hall of fame honorees

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.

Gibbs returns to coaching with race team in good hands

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

No off-season for Pemberton

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.

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.

NASCAR to change points system
NASCAR is moving ahead with changes to its points system, establishing a playoff-like structure to crown its next champion.

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

Text of President Bush's speech on immigration policy

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.

President Bush proposes changes to immigration laws

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.

Jazz re-sign center Grant
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz re-signed center Paul Grant to a second 10-day contract on Thursday.

Jazz re-sign center Grant

Bryant returns to Colorado, this time for a game

Griffin practices with Nets for first time

Pistons pound the Rockets

Griffin practices with Nets for first time
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Troubled forward Eddie Griffin practiced for the first time Thursday with his new team, the New Jersey Nets.

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.

Free throws keep Lady Lions perfect in league
Akia Stanton knows that she just might be the spark the Paine women could use.

Paine completes sweep
When Maurice Campbell blocked Maurice English's last-second 3-point attempt, Miles College coach Roosevelt Sanders got enraged.

NCAA says Auburn representatives paid player, mom
AUBURN, Ala. -- The NCAA claims Auburn University representatives provided a car for the mother of a high school basketball player and arranged six wire payments ranging from $200 to $2,000 to another prospect in hopes of signing them.

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.

Mora chosen as Falcons head coach

Rucker and Wistrom meet again, with season on the line

Dooley, Walker teaming up for Georgia Force

A Titanic rematch in New England

Blank says loyalty to Redskins swayed Gibbs most

Barry, Clifton out with the flu

Gibbs returns to coach Redskins

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Mr. Willie Gathers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George Deutsch    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Geddings, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ka'Driqious Cofield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tommie Holloway    (LEESVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eunice Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Johnson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Andrew Lake Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Outing, Jr.    (Rochester, N.Y.)
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Mr. Lonzie Davis Sr.    (AVERA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bill Carothers Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Evelyn Daniel    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Emma Coughlin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. James Lineberger    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Morton Macuch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Novotny    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Briele Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Searles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Fleming Boyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Olando Simmons    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. June Brantley    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
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Mr. Buddy Smith    (SANDERSVILLE, GA.)
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Mr. James Cutter    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Chapman    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Justyne Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Daniel (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rose Entwistle (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. June Brantley (UNION POINT, Ga.)

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

Mr. Arthur Graves, Jr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Peek (CHICKAMAUGA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Outing, Jr. (Rochester, N.Y.)

Mr. Olando Simmons (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. William Goodwin (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Katharine Franke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Nellie Osborne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Stinson (KENANSVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Andrew Ruzicka (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Novotny (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Dudley (SUMTER, S.C.)

Mr. Oscar Moore (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Keith Bland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Teresa Gregory (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucia Holcombe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Joredun Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Searles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne M. McElreath (EVANS, Ga.)

Miss Emma Best (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

Mr. Morton Macuch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Mooney (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Miss Pamela Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ka'Driqious Cofield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mr. Fleming Boyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorraine Blanchard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marion Duncan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Pansy Pierce (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne M. McElreath (EVANS, Ga.)

Briele Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Norman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Olando Simmons (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Joredun Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Richard Geddings, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Patterson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Goodwin (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Tommie Holloway (LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosaline Brown (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Rhonda Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vadie Hunt (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Entwistle (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gathers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Chapman (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Vaughner (WRENS, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Mason (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Josie Wimberly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Orr, Jr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Suzanne Byrd (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Hair (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Pfuhler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice McCraner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Palmer, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Geddings, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Anderson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Johnson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Pansy C. Pierce (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Griner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Justyne Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Savannah Dobey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Deutsch (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Novotny (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Twilia Bobo (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Zimmerman, Randall win sprint titles
RUMFORD, Maine -- Olympian Kikkan Randall and unheralded Leif Zimmerman braved frigid cold Thursday to win the 1-kilometer freestyle sprint titles at the U.S. Cross Country Championships.

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."

Weir comes out on top in ugly night of skating

Overtime

Armas agrees to contract extension with Chicago Fire

Belbin still waiting for citizenship to come through

Roddick stunned by Bjorkman at Qatar Open

In the game spotlight

Dokic withdraws from Adidas International

Ice Bowl not for warm hearted

Rusedski tests positive for banned steroid
LONDON -- Former U.S. Open runner-up Greg Rusedski tested positive for a banned steroid and could face a two-year ban.

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.

Weir comes out on top in ugly night of skating
ATLANTA -- And these are supposed to be the best skaters in the country.

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

Overtime
n West Palm Beach, Fla., Augusta's Jeff Knox birdied six holes, including the first three, to help his team take the lead entering today's final round of the Southern Golf Association's 48th annual International Four-Ball Championship.

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.

Armas agrees to contract extension with Chicago Fire
CHICAGO -- Midfielder Chris Armas, who helped lead the Chicago Fire to the MLS championship game, received a multiyear contract extension Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Area prep basketball scores
Area prep basketball scores for Thursday night.

Dooley, Walker teaming up for Georgia Force
DULUTH, Ga. -- Fifteen years after he coached his final game, Vince Dooley still has a knack for recruiting - particularly when Herschel Walker is involved.

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.

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

Mora chosen as Falcons head coach
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons have reached agreement to hire San Francisco defensive coordinator Jim Mora as the team's head coach, a source said Thursday night.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Friendly brothers helped Loretta Lynn
Teddy Wilburn, of the legendary Wilburn Brothers Grand Ole Opry act, died in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 24, less than a week before his 72nd birthday.

Grant's Panthers learning to win

Some stars have dual personalities

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.

MSNBC hires Deborah Norville for prime-time interview program

Football leads ABC to ratings win

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

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. 29-Jan. 4. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

MSNBC hires Deborah Norville for prime-time interview program
NEW YORK -- Deborah Norville is back at NBC News - this time at night.

CNN vows caution in calling 2004 races

Actress Hudson, musician Robinson welcome first child

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OutKast leads NAACP Image Award nominations

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Michael Jackson filings turn spotlight on media access

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

Sophomore forward leaves Georgia

Sophomore forward leaves Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Sophomore forward Marquita Driskell has left the University of Georgia.

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

Tennessee collars the Dawgs

Some stars have dual personalities
For an actor, slipping on an unfamiliar persona is all in a day's work. From project to project, a screen actor might be asked to assume the identity of a serial killer or romantic lead, a six-gun squeezing cowpoke or suave superspy. It's in the job description.

Gamecocks lose conference opener

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.

Odds and Ends

Naked walker sentenced to three months in jail

Woman admits lying about losing lottery ticket

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Show and tell object makes school kids sick