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.

Strong language adds to realism of 'Clowns'

Georgia O'Keeffe painting stolen, quickly recovered
SANTA FE, N.M. -- A painting was stolen from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum early Thursday but was quickly recovered, and a security guard who reported the theft has emerged as a suspect, police said.

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.

American Indian literature still expanding, taking new directions
NEW YORK -- The words of Simon Ortiz mingle with the muffled sounds of city traffic that have drifted into an art studio where dozens have gathered to hear his poetry.

Play looks at how blacks see themselves

Georgia O'Keeffe painting stolen, quickly recovered

Valentin signs minor league deal with Astros

Vaughn out for 2004 season

GreenJackets get new boss
The Augusta GreenJackets will have a new field boss for the 2004 season, with the parent Boston Red Sox naming Chad Epperson manager on Friday.

Rose's new book hits stores

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
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.

Rose still gambling as he pushes for reinstatement

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

Rose still gambling as he pushes for reinstatement
CINCINNATI -- Pete Rose doesn't want to give up gambling. He's also drawing the line on apologies.

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.

Poll: Voters not forgiving Rose

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.

Rose angered about rebukes

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."

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.

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?

Mountain lion attacks cyclist in Calif.; second body found nearby
LOS ANGELES -- A mountain lion attacked and critically injured a bicyclist in an Orange County park and may have killed a man whose body was found nearby, authorities said.

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
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Foiled again, and again, and again. Chris Kirk returned to his apartment in Olympia and found everything in it covered with foil.

Consumer confidence remains strong in January
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence remained strong in early January as low interest rates and brightening job prospects left Americans feeling better about the future.

Airline industry blames Bush administration for high oil prices

Wal-Mart settles lawsuit over insurance policies on workers
DALLAS -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has settled a lawsuit over its practice of taking out life insurance on employees and making itself the beneficiary.

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.

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.

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.

Travel industry fears a drop in visitors as Brazil imposes new security on Americans
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- The vice president of the National Tourism Federation understands why his country is photographing and fingerprinting Americans travelers arriving at Brazilian airports.

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.

Enron CFO's wife moves toward trial
HOUSTON - A judge moved ahead with trial plans for the wife of former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow after a Friday deadline for her to accept his conditions on a plea deal passed with no word from her attorneys.

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.

European Central Bank leaves key interest rate unchanged

Euro record vs dollar; gold up in Europe

Unemployment rate falls to 5.7, but job growth flat
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent in December to the lowest level in 14 months, but employers finished the year without many help wanted signs for the holidays, adding just 1,000 new jobs.

Verizon ups the ante in high-speed wireless race with $1 billion upgrade

Parmalat Venezuela chief returns to Italy
ROME -- A top Parmalat official wanted by police investigating the multibillion dollar fraud scandal at the Italian food giant returned to Italy from Venezuela on Friday. Separately, police searched the offices of Bank of America in Milan.

Travel industry fears a drop in visitors as Brazil imposes new security on Americans

Oil and natural gas prices hit new highs
Oil and natural gas prices climbed to their highest levels in more than nine months Friday as traders responded to colder weather in the Northeast, tight supplies and rising demand.

Unemployment rate falls to 5.7, but job growth flat

Euro record vs dollar; gold up in Europe
LONDON -- The euro reached a new high against the U.S. dollar Friday after the United States announced weak employment figures. The British pound hit an 11-year high and gold rose.

Consumer confidence remains strong in January

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

Business briefs

Sizemore becomes group's first chairwoman

Business briefs
The Commodities Futures Trading Commission and the New York Mercantile Exchange said Friday that they have stepped up their surveillance of natural gas trading. Industry sources said traders' telephone records have been subpoenaed as part of that effort.

Last-minute holiday shopping rush boosts retail sales

Recycler looks to sell rubber for new uses
Like the fruit and vegetables grown on nearby farms, the bald and threadbare tires that First Nation Recovery Inc. grinds into "crumb rubber" are a commodity, and like every commodity, the price per pound can change by the day.

Verizon ups the ante in high-speed wireless race with $1 billion upgrade
NEW YORK -- Two months after AT&T Wireless launched the nation's fastest wireless Internet service, Verizon Wireless says it will spend $1 billion to reclaim the lead with an even speedier technology that just months ago the company insisted was not an urgent need.

Phone wars could raise rates, reduce development
The sheer heft of printed pages and documents devoted to the war of words raging between rival phone companies would put the epic poet Homer to shame.

Business briefs

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.

Oil and natural gas prices hit new highs

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.

Recycler looks to sell rubber for new uses

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.

Phone wars could raise rates, reduce development

Wal-Mart settles lawsuit over insurance policies on workers

NCAA closes book on Alabama investigation

Landers, Auburn coach racing toward 600 wins
Southeastern Conference women's coaching rivals Andy Landers of Georgia and Joe Ciampi of Auburn are leading parallel lives on the career victory chart.

Landers, Auburn coach racing toward 600 wins

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.

No. 25 Lady Jags face No. 24 Lady Pirates

Free throws keep Lady Lions perfect in league

NCAA says Auburn representatives paid player, mom

Paine completes sweep

Lady Jags have a top-25 matchup tonight

Three will enter shrine

Over the line
Sometimes there's a fine line between preservation and obstruction, and unless he can come up with more than he has so far, Tony Carr has crossed it.

Let's mean it
A lot of politicians say they care about children, as Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue did Thursday in Augusta.

Coming to America

Hitler's real heirs

Hitler's real heirs
It's still early in the new year, but for mean-spirited bad taste it will be hard to beat the radical left advocacy group, MoveOn.org, for posting two political messages on its Voter Fund Web site equating President George W. Bush to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

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.

Over the line

Let's mean it

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.

Ga. ethics still needed

Fans mark 69th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Elvis Presley fans looked back to his beginnings as they gathered at Graceland on Thursday to celebrate the 69th anniversary of his birth.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Osbourne axes British tour while recuperating from accident
LONDON -- Ozzy Osbourne said Friday he has canceled his upcoming 20-date tour of Britain to give him time to recover fully from his accident on an all-terrain vehicle last month.

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.

People in the News
Gennifer Flowers sings again. The woman who says she had an intimate relationship with President Clinton will be joining "Boobs! The Musical," a revue currently running at a midtown Manhattan nightspot, on Jan. 21.

GM, Chrysler waste little time beefing up incentives

Bond prices higher
NEW YORK -- Treasury bond prices climbed Friday after the government reported unexpectedly weak job growth in December.

Indonesian stock market hits all time high
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia's stock market surged 3.1 percent to an all-time high Friday, spurred by falling interest rates, improved economic prospects and political stability under President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Mortgage rates nudge up again this week

Report: Suitors have signaled intention to bid for Strong

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.

Money funds rose in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds rose by $1.98 billion in the latest week to $908.56 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

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.

Report: Suitors have signaled intention to bid for Strong
MILWAUKEE -- About a dozen companies have signaled their intention to bid for the assets of Strong Capital Management with the highest bid indicated at about $900 million, a newspaper reported Friday.

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.

Share prices fall on weak government jobs report
NEW YORK -- A bad jobs report Friday halted Wall Street's 2004 rally, sending stocks sharply lower as investors cashed in profits from the market's recent advance. Regulatory problems for IBM and downgrades of telecommunications stocks also pulled prices lower.

Bond prices higher

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

Money funds rose in latest week

Stronger retail sales, Nokia outlook lift stocks

Indonesian stock market hits all time high

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.

'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.

'Mega ramps' designed to lure fishermen

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.

Fishing tournament results

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

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.

Plants must be acclimated

This plant's a fright!

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.

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.

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.

Singh surges into the lead with birdie streak
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Vijay Singh is playing as if they're still counting votes for PGA Tour player of the year.

Augusta State golfer returns home

GreenJackets get new boss
The Augusta GreenJackets will have a new field boss for the 2004 season, with the parent Boston Red Sox naming Chad Epperson manager on Friday.

Augusta State golfer returns home
Augusta State will begin the spring golf season without its top golfer.

Appleby gets year off to good start

GreenJackets get new boss

Singh surges into the lead with birdie streak

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.

Prep basketball scores

Josey dominates

Area prep basketball scores

Stars thrash Thrashers

Rangers defenseman de Vries out four to six weeks with knee injury
NEW YORK -- Rangers defenseman Greg de Vries, one of the NHL's most durable players, will be out four to six weeks with a ligament sprain in his right knee.

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

Rangers defenseman de Vries out four to six weeks with knee injury

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.

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.

Local politicians blatantly mislead Augustans
I'm extremely discontented with and resentful of Augusta's mayor, city administrator and commissioners' ego-tripping personas. These archaic and tired politicians need to stop blatantly misleading Augustans. E. Maner, Augusta

Freedom isn't free and won't endure in Iraq
I've seen the slogan "Freedom Isn't Free" on T-shirts and bumper stickers lately. I agree wholeheartedly with this statement; however, I think that even those flaunting this slogan have not really thought it through thoroughly. John M. Orr, Evans, Ga.

Local politicians blatantly mislead Augustans

Gadhafi gets Bush's message
Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi has become a "Crackerjack prize," resulting from President George W. Bush's decision to topple from power Gadhafi's fellow despot, Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Bob L. Gordy Louisville, Ga.

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?

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.

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

Freedom isn't free and won't endure in Iraq

Family of 10 diseases mystifies scientists

Publicity-shy Russian may have solved great math mystery

Flu appears on decline, CDC says

Hubble study gathers portraits of thousands of galaxies

FDA rejects bid to return silicone gel breast implants to market

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

Living briefs

Hawaiian squid has built-in light for camouflage

Virus-spreading mosquito shows resistance to common pesticides

Study: Disability rate rising among younger Americans

President Bush wants to reinvigorate the space program

Hawaiian squid has built-in light for camouflage
WASHINGTON -- A squid with a novel type of reflective plates that form a built-in light it may use to confuse predators has been discovered by scientists in Hawaii.

Study: Disability rate rising among younger Americans
WASHINGTON -- Disability rates rose sharply in the last two decades among those under 60, and obesity appears to be the main reason, according to a study released Thursday.

President Bush wants to reinvigorate the space program
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- President Bush is said to be on the verge of announcing plans to build a permanent science base for men on the moon that could serve as a steppingstone for sending astronauts ultimately on to Mars.

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.

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.

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.

Hubble study gathers portraits of thousands of galaxies
ATLANTA -- A Hubble Space Telescope study designed to study evolution in the stellar universe has taken a mosaic of photos that includes more than 40,000 galaxies in a patch of sky about the size of the full moon.

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.

Virus-spreading mosquito shows resistance to common pesticides
SAN FRANCISCO -- One of the most common mosquitos found in North America, the same type that is capable of spreading the West Nile Virus, has showed signs of resistance to common pesticides, researchers say.

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.

Living briefs
Drake & Josh (Saturday, 7:30 on Nickelodeon). Popular regulars from The Amanda Show Drake Bell and Josh Peck star as teenage stepbrothers who overlook each other's faults in this new sitcom. Yep, that's fiction all right.

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.

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.

Naumenko gives Lynx another shot
Gregg Naumenko finished the 2001-02 season in the National Hockey League with Anaheim, just a few months removed from the minors and his short and not-so-sweet stint with the Augusta Lynx.

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.

Keep standards, leaders say

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.

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

Kid of the day

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.

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.

Girls, mother reunite while suspect heals

Forum to discuss terrorism

Woman admits creating fake driver's licenses

Seminar draws tree enthusiasts

Lawyers finalize jury pool

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

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.

Across the area
Augusta Judicial Circuit Judge William M. Fleming Jr. denied bond to Darrell Jonathan Jenkins, who is charged with possession of heroin and marijuana with intent to distribute, trafficking in cocaine, theft by receiving stolen property and two firearms charges.

More jurors excused in Rivera case

Office clerk, bar manager disappeared in September
AIKEN - Lisa Shuttleworth told her 9-year-old son, Ryan, she was going to see a friend when she dropped him off for school at Warrenville Elementary one September morning.

Across South Carolina

Aiken pawn shop robbed
AIKEN - Aiken County authorities are looking at possible links in two burglaries this week in Midland Valley where someone knocked holes in the back walls of businesses, in one case taking jewelry valued at $200,000.

Flood-prone homes meet end

Disease found in deer like mad cow
The United States should keep a closer eye on a fatal deer infection similar to mad cow disease to see whether it could be causing a brain shredding disorder in humans who eat venison, a government scientific advisory group said.

9 youths die of flu in 2 states

Across Georgia
ATHENS -Athens' two strip clubs have opened the doors to University of Georgia students older than 18.

Sanford's proposed budget cuts jobs

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON -A fraternity at Clemson University has been suspended after a complaint that a pledge was struck during fall rush.

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.

Ms. Savannah stalked by killer before she shot boyfriend
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Georgia beauty queen charged with murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend had been stalked a month earlier by a convicted killer, according to a police report.

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.

Evans teen sentenced to life
An Evans teen was sentenced Friday to life in prison and could face the death penalty in South Carolina for the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Jack Murray.

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.

Repairs continue at library
ATHENS, Ga. - Voices echo in what once was 22,000 square feet filled with books. Wires dangle overhead. The air is musty, but the penetrating smell of smoke has, for the most part, left the building.

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.

Tallest flagpole to rise in Georgia
LEXINGTON, Ga. - On a clear night, you might be able to see it from Athens.

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.

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.

Cut cancels desalination study
ATLANTA - Boosting Georgia's drinking water supplies by removing salt from coastal seawater is a dead concept for the foreseeable future.

Witnesses testify about abuse

Kid of the Day
Today's kid of the day is Kevin Blake Wall, 12, of Augusta.

Kid of the Day

News you can use
JAN. 10, 1922 SPARTA, Ga. - William McPaul, alias Willie Hall, alias "Piano," who recently escaped from the Hancock County chain gang was recaptured about midday Sunday by Sheriff Hogan of Warren County and is now in the Hancock County jail.

FBI offers $100,000 reward in Greenville ricin case

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for prospective employers who place ads in the newspaper. It is RUDE to only leave blind information requesting a resume and other personal information and never respond in any fashion. That is just bad business!:

Immigrant proposal eyed warily by Georgia officials

Woman admits creating fake driver's licenses
Just two years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, an employee of the driver's license bureau in Augusta was selling fake licenses to dozens of foreigners.

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

Girls, mother reunite while suspect heals
ELLIJAY, Ga. - An ex-husband accused of killing four people and kidnapping three little girls was in critical condition Friday after shooting himself in the face during a police chase. The girls were rescued unharmed and reunited Friday with their mother.

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.

Police arrest suspect in theft

Culinary visitors serve up delicious opportunities

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.

Governor details his plans for new year

Police nab 3 in 8-year-old case
For nearly eight years, an arrest in the slaying of 43-year-old Patricia Ann Labran has eluded Columbia County authorities.

Smyre resigning as Democrat chief in Georgia

Police nab 3 in 8-year-old case

New you can use

Disease found in deer like mad cow

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

Aiken pawn shop robbed

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.

Repairs continue at library

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.

Local soldier killed in Iraq

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.

News you can use

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.

S.C. budget cuts affect DARE

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.

Office clerk, bar manager disappeared in September

Shelter gets packed debut
For the first time in recent memory, the staff at Augusta's animal shelter saw more people walk through its doors looking to adopt pets than to drop off stray and unwanted animals.

Cut cancels desalination study

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.

Lawyers finalize jury pool
The first, grueling part is over. A pool of 65 potential jurors for Reinaldo Rivera's death penalty trial has been qualified.

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.

Augusta Regional Airport hopes to get traffic
Hope that Augusta Regional Airport might soon secure a new flight to Washington, D.C., was grounded Friday.

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

Three charged with 1996 slaying of Columbia County woman

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.

Duo's robbery charges are rejected by judge

Pine beetles tap state money

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.

Suspect in slayings is caught with girls

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.

Handbook on safety limits school officers

Local soldier killed in Iraq
The last time Felix Johnson talked to his son he was teasing him about breaking his ankle by falling down some steps.

Students exercise minds during academic decathlon

Facility funds cut despite aid to many
Heather Tew has a simple but powerful way to sum up what the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia has done for her.

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

Magistrate controversy spills into firing of county employees

Police arrest suspect in theft
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 20-year-old Beech Island man who they said was involved in a late-December carjacking.

Across South Carolina

Across the area

Evans teen sentenced to life

Students exercise minds during academic decathlon
Beating his crosstown rivals was all Glenn Hills High School junior Moses Counts wanted to do Friday.

S.C. budget cuts affect DARE
AIKEN - The embattled Drug Abuse Resistance Education program took another hit this week when South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford released a proposed budget that would cut DARE officer instruction from the state's Criminal Justice Academy.

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

At the Movies: 'Big Fish'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

At the Movies: '21 Grams'

At the Movies: 'Chasing Liberty'

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

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.

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.

Mini reviews

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: 'Calendar Girls'

'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: 'My Baby's Daddy'

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.

At the Movies: 'My Baby's Daddy'
Christopher Moltisanti must be getting whacked this season on "The Sopranos," because it's the only way to explain why the actor who plays him, Michael Imperioli, would bother appearing in "My Baby's Daddy."

New security fears at Dakar Rally
NEMA, Mauritania -- Security fears prompted organizers of the Paris-Dakar Rally on Friday to cancel the weekend stages in central Mali.

IROC won't return to Indianapolis this year

New security fears at Dakar Rally

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.

IROC won't return to Indianapolis this year
INDIANAPOLIS -- The International Race of Champions will not return this year to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Griffin practices with Nets for first time

Spurs sign ex-Knick Charlie Ward
SAN ANTONIO -- Former Knicks point guard Charlie Ward chose connections over cash in signing a deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

Jazz re-sign center Grant

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.

Spurs sign ex-Knick Charlie Ward

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

No. 25 Lady Jags face No. 24 Lady Pirates
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Lady Jags have a top-25 matchup tonight
When Augusta State women's basketball coach Greg Wilson found out Tuesday that his team was ranked 25th in NCAA Division II, he later told his seniors at a local doughnut shop.

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.

Mora chosen as Falcons head coach

Can Rams hold off Panthers' pass rush?

New stadium, same frigid welcome for foes

NFL touchdown leader Priest Holmes feels spry

Dooley, Walker teaming up for Georgia Force

Mora chosen as Falcons' coach

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Mrs. Kay Davis (STATESBORO, Ga.)

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

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Mrs. Josie Wimberly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Ms. Robin Turner (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Griner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Justyne Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mr. Arthur Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Hair (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Dupont Hancock, III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorraine Blanchard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Peek (CHICKAMAUGA, Ga.)

Mrs. Savannah Dobey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tremmelyn McFadden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Jessie Love (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mrs. Pansy Pierce (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Terrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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U.S. names Olympic softball team

U.S. names Olympic softball team
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Star softball pitcher Lisa Fernandez was one of four two-time Olympians picked Friday for the U.S. team that will try to win its third straight gold medal in Athens this summer.

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.

No predictions, just solid guarantees for 2004
I don't make predictions anymore. I learned the hard way that while readers never remember anyone else's predictions, they never forget mine. A couple of years ago, when I was feeling wiser than an owl, I said Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes would easily win re-election.

No predictions, just solid guarantees for 2004
I don't make predictions anymore. I learned the hard way that while readers never remember anyone else's predictions, they never forget mine. A couple of years ago, when I was feeling wiser than an owl, I said Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes would easily win re-election.

Kerrigan hopes to be remembered for accomplishments, not attack

Tuitert leads European speedskating

Taylor knocks out Rios in less than a minute

Rusedski blames failed drug test on ATP trainers

Overtime

World Cup event likely to leave Utah

Weir comes out on top in ugly night of skating

Overtime

Armas agrees to contract extension with Chicago Fire

Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

Kerrigan hopes to be remembered for accomplishments, not attack
ATLANTA -- Nancy Kerrigan is spending the afternoon trying to organize her son's closet, getting rid of old clothes, trying to find space for new ones and cleaning up the toys that cover the floor.

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

Rusedski blames failed drug test on ATP trainers
LONDON -- Greg Rusedski insisted Friday ATP trainers are responsible for his failed drug test and he contends he is being wrongly singled out by tennis' ruling body.

Overtime
In West Palm Beach, Fla., Augusta's Jeff Knox and partner Steve Johnson, won the 48th annual Southern International Four-Ball Championship in a sudden-death playoff at Emerald Dunes Golf Club.

Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open
WASHINGTON -- Serena Williams pulled out of the Australian Open on Friday, delaying her comeback from a knee injury.

Taylor knocks out Rios in less than a minute
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Jermain Taylor knocked out Alex Rios only 54 seconds into their fight Friday night, winning with an overhand right.

Tuitert leads European speedskating
HEERENVEEN, Netherlands -- Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands finished second in 500- and 5,000-meter races Friday, giving him a comfortable lead in the European speedskating championships.

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.

World Cup event likely to leave Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- The World Cup might be leaving Utah.

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
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.

Prep basketball scores
Here is the list of area prep basketball scores.

Josey dominates
As the Harlem girls basketball team left Josey's gym to go to its bus midway through the second quarter of the boys game, a fan in the bleachers shouted, "Hey, don't leave the boys team. Take them out too."

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

Mora chosen as Falcons' coach
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Jim Mora has the name going for him. He's still got to prove he can be a head coach in the NFL.

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.

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.

Can Rams hold off Panthers' pass rush?
ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Turley's frown warns everyone not to go there. Too late - someone has mentioned that hated word in St. Louis.

NFL touchdown leader Priest Holmes feels spry
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's been more than a week since Priest Holmes has been hit by a 300-pound lineman, and the Kansas City running back is feeling spry again.

New stadium, same frigid welcome for foes
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Break out the parkas and hand-warmers: The NFL playoffs are returning to Foxboro.

English professor finds one Bible for everyone
Why can't we have one Bible that everyone uses? With so many competing English translations, that dream seems ever more impossible, but it's devoutly desired by Alan Jacobs, an English professor at Wheaton College, the influential evangelical school near Chicago.

Pope stresses mentally disabled people's sexual and emotional needs
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II said mentally disabled people's sexual and emotional needs are the same as everyone else's, appealing Thursday for more attention to their dignity and rights.

Faith digest
Keeping Sunday set aside as a day of rest means different things to different people. Are Sunday afternoons just made for naps? Is recreational shopping your idea of relaxation and honoring the Lord's day?

Synagogue leases space to Muslim school in novel arrangement
PHILADELPHIA -- Congregation Beth T'Fillah of Overbrook Park is a smallish synagogue, surrounded by houses on a nondescript street in a middle-class neighborhood. With a gift shop and an auditorium, a study for the rabbi and a sanctuary for the members, it looks like a typical house of Jewish worship.

Religion News in Brief
MOSCOW -- On the eve of Wednesday's Russian Christmas, President Vladimir Putin praised the nation's Christian churches.

Jewish center marks 150 years
The Standard Club, the forerunner of the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans, got its start organizing dances, musical and literary programs 150 years ago.

Prayer meetings are uniting churches
One Augusta church's weekly commitment to pray against violent storms about 15 months ago has expanded to more than 300 churches with a move to increase unity within Augusta-area churches.

German Catholic group says headscarf is political symbol, not religious
BERLIN -- The Muslim headscarf should be considered a political symbol and legislation banning public school teachers from wearing it should not extend to religious symbols that are part of the country's "Christian tradition," a German Catholic organization said Wednesday.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to vanorton@augustachronicle.com.

Downtown nightclub to become pulpit for minister
The Rev. John Arthur's Saturday-night ritual starts at an Augusta doughnut shop about closing time and ends at the Pourhouse bar on Broad Street.

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

Gangsters on the loose in 'Sopranos' new season
LOS ANGELES -- Mobsters fresh out of prison and on the loose provide the impetus for the fifth season of HBO's drama "The Sopranos," series creator David Chase said.

Political reality series 'American Candidate' announced
LOS ANGELES -- Politics will invade reality TV with "American Candidate," a Showtime series beginning this summer.

Political reality series 'American Candidate' announced

MTV plans another season of 'Newlyweds,' premieres Electra and Navarro show
NEW YORK -- They're not newlyweds anymore, but Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson are coming back for a second season of "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica" on MTV.

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.

PBS receives grant to help launch public affairs cable channel
NEW YORK -- PBS said Thursday it had received a grant to plan a new cable network for public affairs programming, which it hopes to start early in 2005.

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

Gangsters on the loose in 'Sopranos' new season

TV's 'Rugrats' gang proves you can grow up

MTV plans another season of 'Newlyweds,' premieres Electra and Navarro show

TV's 'Rugrats' gang proves you can grow up
LOS ANGELES -- The magic of being a cartoon character is that, just like Peter Pan, you never have to grow up.

MSNBC hires Deborah Norville for prime-time interview program

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Fans mark 69th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth

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Osbourne axes British tour while recuperating from accident

Michael Jackson filings turn spotlight on media access

Sophomore forward leaves Georgia

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

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.

Three will enter shrine
Been born in Georgia and lived here for a reasonable period of time.

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Woman admits lying about losing lottery ticket

Mountain lion attacks cyclist in Calif.; second body found nearby

Show and tell object makes school kids sick

Jewish center marks 150 years

Synagogue leases space to Muslim school in novel arrangement

Prayer meetings are uniting churches

English professor finds one Bible for everyone

Downtown nightclub to become pulpit for minister

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Pope stresses mentally disabled people's sexual and emotional needs

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