Best sellers list

Former Treasury secretary O'Neill blasts Bush in new book
WASHINGTON -- Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, pushed out of the administration for not being a team player, says President Bush was so disengaged during Cabinet meetings that he was like a "blind man in a roomful of deaf people."

Tiny Tim grows up, takes on criminals

'Cry No More' is a fun escape

'Cry No More' is a fun escape
It's like eating a Twinkie. No, more like eating a box of Twinkies.

Arts calendar

Tiny Tim grows up, takes on criminals
Mr. Timothy is a mystery wrapped in a character study, as Louis Bayard imagines Tiny Tim of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as a "not so tiny anymore" 23-year-old novice detective who is suffering from a major identity crisis.

Former Treasury secretary O'Neill blasts Bush in new book

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

2004 MerleFest begins April 29

2004 MerleFest begins April 29
WILKESBORO, N.C. -- Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash and Earl Scruggs are among the musicians scheduled to perform at the 2004 MerleFest, to be held April 29-May 2 at Wilkes Community College.

'Lies' claims to show Bush deception

'Lies' claims to show Bush deception
President Bush's credibility didn't become a big story in the mainstream media until late summer of 2003, when concerns arose that his administration might have, as the British said of Prime Minister Tony Blair, "sexed up" intelligence reports about Saddam Hussein's weapons program as a justification for invading Iraq.

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.

Book chronicles bones of contention
Kennewick Man, the ancient skeleton found in the Columbia River with a spear point in his hip, undoubtedly had an adventuresome life more than 9,000 years ago.

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.

Best sellers list
Here are this week's best sellers according to Publishers Weekly.

Georgia O'Keeffe painting stolen, quickly recovered

Book chronicles bones of contention

Rose still gambling as he pushes for reinstatement

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 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.

Legislators speak in code to disguise intentions

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.

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.

On the move
Berry & Associates CPA announced three additions to its staff: Paige Odom, who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration/accounting from North Georgia College and State University, will work primarily in the client accounting and the tax departments.

Phone wars could raise rates, reduce development

Richmond County property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Dec. 2-12. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Unemployment rate falls to 5.7, but job growth flat

Oil and natural gas prices hit new highs

Wal-Mart settles lawsuit over insurance policies on workers

Euro record vs dollar; gold up in Europe

Missing opportunities can mean missing profits
Opportunity. Everyone is looking for it, but not everyone knows what it looks like.

Biz bites
Credit unions are financial institutions that are basically the same as banks, only they are tax exempt because their profits are reinvested within the organization instead of distributed to shareholders.

Consumer confidence remains strong in January

Employer spotlight
BORAL BRICKS INC. - Boral USA, an Atlanta subsidiary of Australian building-products giant Boral Ltd.

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.

Similar logos not a problem, owners report
Is it a law firm or an airport? It all depends on which blue circle logo you look at.

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.

Business calendar
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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.

Missing opportunities can mean missing profits

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.

Recycler looks to sell rubber for new uses

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.

Business briefs

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.

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

Employee retention helps business
NEW YORK - With the job market showing signs of strength, small-business owners need to start thinking about their relationships with employees and whether they need some improvement.

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

Finding the right group is important
NEW YORK - Small-business owners seeking to join networking groups are likely to find they have dozens, maybe even hundreds, of possibilities in their cities or towns.

Chamber leader understands role as woman
A bookie taking bets on Charlene Sizemore's chances of mingling in - let alone leading - Augusta's elite business circle would say she was a long shot at best.

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.

Richmond County property transfers

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.

Employee retention helps business

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.

Finding the right group is important

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.

Chamber leader understands role as woman

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.

Business calendar

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.

On the move

Employer spotlight

Similar logos not a problem, owners report

Commissioner job has her in stitches

Commissioner job has her in stitches
An interview with new Augusta Commissioner Barbara Sims was cut short last week when she sliced her hand while chopping vegetables for a roast she was cooking for her husband, Fred.

Tigers put up a fight but fall to Wake Forest

Tigers put up a fight but fall to Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Watching shot after shot fail to fall through the hoop became too much for Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser to handle. So he kicked the scorer's table three times in frustration.

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

Parry completes comeback at Shrine game

Parry completes comeback at Shrine game
SAN FRANCISCO -- Neil Parry sidestepped and lunged, dropping the kick returner to the turf. An instant later, he let loose a joyous scream.

Saban to stay at LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coach Nick Saban announced Saturday he will stay at LSU, one day after talking to the Chicago Bears about their job opening.

Saban to stay at LSU

Ill guard's teammate dominates for ASU

Top 25 women's roundup

Lady Jags have a top-25 matchup tonight

SEC roundup

No. 25 Lady Jags face No. 24 Lady Pirates

Three will enter shrine

The easy-chair lottery
Most families would be delighted to have free cable TV pumped into their home for four years, but not Timothy Dumouchel and his wife and kids. The West Bend, Wis., family is threatening to sue Charter Cable for $5,000.

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.

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.

The easy-chair lottery

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

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

Let's mean it

Let's mean it

Hitler's real heirs

Over the line

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.

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.

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.

Gold glitters for fund investors
NEW YORK - One of the biggest surprises on Wall Street during 2003 was the extraordinary performance of gold-oriented mutual funds - investments that normally fall as the stock market rises.

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

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.

Indonesian stock market hits all time high

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.

Bond prices higher

Money funds rose in latest week

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.

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.

Report: Suitors have signaled intention to bid for Strong

Jack likes what he sees now
ATLANTA - In the hours of film study during daily routine last summer, Georgia Tech point guard Jarrett Jack had a number of small epiphanies - each one preceded by an errant pass or dismal decision.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's season-long punting woes have forced the Yellow Jackets into considering signing a punter to this year's recruiting class.

Georgia Tech notebook

Jack likes what he sees now

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor has high expectations

Appleby regains control at Kapalua
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Stuart Appleby has been around long enough to realize that most tournaments come down to a putting contest. That certainly was the case Saturday in the Mercedes Championships.

Mercedes Championship notebook
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Davis Love III and Vijay Singh are spending a lot more time with their sons at the office.

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

Paradise for Hawaii teen is competing against the best

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.

Stulb paved way for Augusta's future female stars
Eileen Stulb set the standard for women's golf in Augusta, then made sure the next generation followed.

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.

Paradise for Hawaii teen is competing against the best
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Like most other 14-year-old girls, Michelle Wie listens to underground music, watches the Disney Channel and loves to go shopping. Give her some good news, she bounces on her toes, taps her hands together and smiles wide enough to show her retainer.

Singh surges into the lead with birdie streak

Appleby regains control at Kapalua

Augusta State golfer returns home

Mercedes Championship notebook

GreenJackets get new boss

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor has high expectations
When he's home, Vaughn Taylor's not a hard man to find. During daylight hours, he's usually at Goshen Plantation Golf Club's driving range, accompanied by a video camera on a tripod that records each swing.

Stulb paved way for Augusta's future female stars

Josey dominates

Prep basketball scores

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

Atlanta skid hits six
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks are finally using their quick starts and a sharp defense to their advantage.

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.

Legislators speak in code to disguise intentions
Today's paper is full of warnings that lawmakers from South Carolina and Georgia are due back at their Capitol desks ready to commit democracy.

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.

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

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

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.

Local politicians blatantly mislead Augustans

Couple shouldn't push gift issue

Study up before you make a weight reduction decision

Cyclorama restoration aims to bring Gettyburg park back to life

World War II Memorial will pay tribute to generation

Heli-skiing in the Italian Alps and the holy grail of pizza shops

Study: Disability rate rising among younger Americans

Route 66 town from 'Easy Rider' now biker haven

Hubble study gathers portraits of thousands of galaxies

President Bush wants to reinvigorate the space program

Living briefs

Birding draws visitors to Alabama Gulf Coast

Hawaiian squid has built-in light for camouflage

A diver's paradise in the Caribbean

Virus-spreading mosquito shows resistance to common pesticides

Home questions and answers

Living briefs

Study up before you make a weight reduction decision
It's easy to get sucked into the latest, greatest diet revolution. In a nation where more than two-thirds of the adults are overweight and nearly 30 percent are technically obese (more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight or a body mass index of more than 30), a diet - any diet - that shows results often becomes a ray of hope for the desperate.

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.

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.

Route 66 town from 'Easy Rider' now biker haven
BELLEMONT, Ariz. -- When Captain America and Billy try to rent a room at the Pine Breeze Inn in the movie "Easy Rider," the outlaw bikers are turned away.

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.

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.

Living briefs
Cracked and stained grout not only is an eyesore, but can lead to damage beneath the surface of the tile, as well. Improve the appearance of the grout and prevent water damage by installing a new layer.

Birding draws visitors to Alabama Gulf Coast
MOBILE, Ala. -- Alabama has a wealth of resources in its skies, backyards and beaches: Birds.

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.

A diver's paradise in the Caribbean
CAYMAN BRAC -- There's not much reason to go to Cayman Brac. No casinos. Only a few restaurants. Not much shopping. No golf.

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.

Couple fills newer home with many antiques
CeCe and Chip Buchanan's English Tudor-style cottage is only 20 years old, but its furnishings are much older.

Home questions and answers
Q. Margarette asks: I am planning to insulate the ceiling of my condo which is located under the roof. Please help me make a decision by furnishing me with information regarding the best material and procedures, cost effectiveness and any other information that might be helpful.

Couple shouldn't push gift issue
Dear Carson: My daughter was married 3 1/2 years ago to a man from the United Kingdom. Much to the dismay of the groom's parents, my mother has yet to give them a wedding present. In their country this means disapproval of the marriage.

World War II Memorial will pay tribute to generation
WASHINGTON -- When aging patriots gather to mark the dedication of the National World War II Memorial next spring, they will encounter the sights and sounds from the era of the generation's greatest accomplishments.

Heli-skiing in the Italian Alps and the holy grail of pizza shops
COURMAYEUR, Italy -- A thumping helicopter hauled us up alongside the menacingly close stone cliff. Suddenly, the rock face dropped away, and the chopper perched lightly on a snowy peak in the Italian Alps.

Cyclorama restoration aims to bring Gettyburg park back to life
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- For nearly 120 years, Paul D. Philippoteaux's gripping tableau of the Battle of Gettysburg has brought to life a watershed moment in American history: the Union Army stand on Cemetery Ridge that marked the beginning of the end of the Confederacy.

ECHL notebook
Here's one of the coolest things about the ECHL. It's a league in which both a former NHL all-star and a 22-year-old hockey newbie from South Carolina can suit up play in net.

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.

ECHL notebook

Lynx gameday
TODAY: vs. Charlotte Checkers, 4:05 p.m.

Lynx gameday

Couple's e-mails talk love, Iraq war
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Army brought Erin and Dan Kidd together. And for much of the past seven years, it has kept them apart.

Segway's price, low demand keep its use in area limited

Students exercise minds during academic decathlon

Sims excited to start city job
On Tuesday, 64-four-year-old Barbara Sims became one of the first women to join the previously all-male Augusta Commission. She was appointed to replace District 3 Commissioner Stephen Shepard, who resigned to become the board's legal counsel.

Sims excited to start city job

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.

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.

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.

Couple's e-mails talk love, Iraq war

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.

Signs to protest policies on trade

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.

Across South Carolina

Segway's price, low demand keep its use in area limited
It was originally touted as the wave of the future in downtown transportation.

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.

Bank account got airline, but not area fliers
A bank account established in 2002 to show Continental Express just how much demand there was in the Augusta area for the carrier's nonstop air service still has about half its money.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday in connection with an armed robbery at a downtown convenience store, police said.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -President Bush will lay a wreath at the crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. next week as part of the observance of the civil rights leader's birthday, according to a lineup of city-sponsored events.

Shortage of EMTs reported in South Carolina

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -State health officials say a Wade Hampton High School student who was being treated for bacterial meningitis has died.

Correction

South Carolina session to focus on funds

Jailer accused of beating is acquitted

Girls, mother reunite while suspect heals

Kid of the Day

Woman admits creating fake driver's licenses

Jealousy motive cited in killing of 4 relatives
When Melissa Peeler escaped to Oregon from her jealous ex-husband, it set in motion a chain of events that led to the killings of her 10-month-old daughter, her parents and her sister, and the kidnapping of her three other children from their northwest Georgia home.

Lawyers finalize jury pool

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Evans teen sentenced to life

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.

Police nab 3 in 8-year-old case

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.

Disease found in deer like mad cow

Police arrest suspect in theft

Aiken pawn shop robbed

Beard's wife not as quiet

Repairs continue at library

Atlanta police find drugs, arms during club raid
ATLANTA - Atlanta police arrested 63 people on drugs, illegal gambling, weapons violations and other charges early Saturday morning in a raid on a northwest Atlanta business.

Local soldier killed in Iraq

Beard, Sims up to task
They've owned businesses and raised families. Cooked countless dinners and cleaned plenty of house. Betty Beard and Barbara Sims were elected unanimously to fill two empty seats on the Augusta Commission last week, saving them a spot in Augusta's history books and giving them a much bigger house to keep track of.

News you can use

Kid of the Day

S.C. budget cuts affect DARE

Jealousy motive cited in killing of 4 relatives

Office clerk, bar manager disappeared in September

Legislators face old, new agenda topics

Cut cancels desalination study

Bones are found in Tri-State Crematory police file

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.

Anti-abortion rally attracts hundreds

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.

Bones are found in Tri-State Crematory police file
LaFAYETTE, Ga. - An attorney representing former Tri-State Crematory operator Brent Marsh in civil cases discovered a skull, forearm and hand while sifting through documents in a Walker County evidence room, officials said.

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.

'Midnight' still casts spotlight on Savannah

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

Anti-abortion rally attracts hundreds
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Ansely Edwards' deepest questions about life compelled her to join about 300 people at the Statehouse on Saturday to protest abortion.

News you can use

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.

Across Georgia

'Midnight' still casts spotlight on Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Locals simply refer to it as "The Book." It had been on store shelves less than three months in 1994 when Trese Newman got her first clue that things were going to be different in Savannah.

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

Beard's wife not as quiet
District 1 Commissioner Betty Beard is not her husband. Known for his quiet strength, the late Lee Beard has been remembered as a powerful but placid politician who made big things happen without saying much. But that's not Betty.

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

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!:

News you can use
JAN. 11, 1936 Clear definition of state laws governing operation and licensing of slot machines, possibly resulting in an estimated revenue of $500,000 annually for the state, is expected to come from a case started in city court of Richmond County yesterday testing validity of the present special tax law.

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

Georgia park is a winter haven for vultures
ADEL, Ga. -- Vultures, thousands of them, pack the limbs of the pine and cypress trees at Reed Bingham State Park, their menacing beaks and shiny black feathers forming one of the nation's eeriest natural spectacles.

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

Jailer accused of beating is acquitted
ALBANY, Ga. -- A Dougherty County jailer accused of beating a man unconscious with a pair of handcuffs has been acquitted of using excessive force on an inmate.

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.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Colden Carnes of McCormick, S.C.

Georgia park is a winter haven for vultures

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Signs to protest policies on trade
WINDSOR, S.C. - President Bush's free trade policy will soon get more attention in South Carolina.

Across the area

Shortage of EMTs reported in South Carolina
AIKEN - Aiken County's emergency medical service is undermanned and spread thinly across a sprawling jurisdiction because of a statewide shortage of trained medics, county EMS officials said.

Correction
The times for a pastors' dinner co-sponsored by Whole Life Ministries and First Assembly of God and weekly prayer meetings at Whole Life were incorrect in an article on Saturday's Religion page. The dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Prayer meetings at Whole Life are at 7:30 p.m. Mondays.

New Gamecocks find something to crow about
ATHENS, Ga. - This is not Soft Carolina any more. These Gamecocks have more game - and it travels.

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."

At the Movies: 'My Baby's Daddy'

IROC won't return to Indianapolis this year

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

New security fears at Dakar Rally

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.

SEC roundup
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kelenna Azubuike, Gerald Fitch and Erik Daniels each scored 16 points and No. 7 Kentucky opened defense of its Southeastern Conference title with a 75-63 victory over No. 20 Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Wizards pull out a win

Spurs sign ex-Knick Charlie Ward

Wizards pull out a win
WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards guard Larry Hughes scored a season-high 43 points Saturday night, leading the NBA's second-worst team to a rare 94-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

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 ground Hawks, give coach 800th victory
SALT LAKE CITY -- DeShawn Stevenson scored 17 points and Utah beat the woeful Atlanta Hawks 92-71, earning coach Jerry Sloan his 800th victory with the Jazz on Saturday night.

SEC roundup

Pirates turn back Jaguars
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell said he likes his team. He said they're even improving.

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

Ill guard's teammate dominates for ASU
With senior guard Ernesia Wideman sick, Augusta State's Alshaa' Hodges wasn't planning on dominating Saturday's game.

Top 25 women's roundup
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas kept alive the nation's longest home winning streak by getting to the free throw line when Oklahoma could not.

SEC roundup
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kelenna Azubuike, Gerald Fitch and Erik Daniels each scored 16 points and No. 7 Kentucky opened defense of its Southeastern Conference title with a 75-63 victory over No. 20 Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Area school roundup
KENNESAW, Ga. - Kennesaw State's women rallied past USC Aiken 67-63 on Saturday in a battle of Peach Belt Conference powers.

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.

Can Rams hold off Panthers' pass rush?

New stadium, same frigid welcome for foes

Panthers beat Rams in double overtime

Another Jim Mora gets his chance

Mora chosen as Falcons' coach

Philly striving for the elusive Super Bowl trip

NFL touchdown leader Priest Holmes feels spry

NFL's top two passers squaring off in playoffs

Patriots ice Titans

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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.

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

Rusedski blames failed drug test on ATP trainers

World Cup event likely to leave Utah

Area sports announcements

Taylor knocks out Rios in less than a minute

Overtime

Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

Overtime

Tuitert leads European speedskating

Weir bounces back fall to win first U.S. skating title

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

Overtime
Lindsay Davenport and James Blake led the United States to its second straight Hopman Cup title with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Saturday in Perth, Australia.

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

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.

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 bounces back fall to win first U.S. skating title
ATLANTA -- Johnny Weir kissed his right hand, then bent over to touch the ice.

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.

Aiken members come up short
Though they fell short in their bid for the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships, James Coates and Willie Thomas of the Aiken Boxing Club have much to be proud of. Both teens made the Region Three finals held at May Park Gym on Saturday.

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.

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.

Outdoors calendar
Tue., Jan. 20: The Sierra Club's Savannah River group meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, Walton Way Extension. Visitors are welcome. Call 863-2324 for more details.

Youngsters enjoy hunt
Colder weather to the north is pushing good numbers of big ducks south - just in time for the remainder of Georgia's winter waterfowl season.

Local girl bags first saltwater catch
A few afternoons of warm weather during the holidays offered 9-year-old Hannah Ardrey of Augusta a chance to do some fishing with her dad, Vince Ardrey, in the creeks near Hilton Head, S.C. This 24-inch redfish, caught on shrimp, was her first-ever saltwater catch, followed by a fat sheepshead that gulped down a fiddler crab she used for bait.

Outdoors calendar

Youngsters enjoy hunt

Local girl bags first saltwater catch

Man survives after deer attacks him in backyard
Few things are as powerful and unpredictable as a rut-enraged whitetail in attack mode. Hunters have watched them dismantle decoys and shred small trees with their antlers.

South Carolina session to focus on funds
AIKEN - South Carolina legislators heading back to the Capitol on Tuesday say their focus is once again funding a state government with too little money, which means the state's residents will be getting by with less again.

Legislators face old, new agenda topics
ATLANTA -- Viewed one way, the 2004 General Assembly session is likely to be short and harmonious. But a broader comparison points to a long, contentious several months.

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."

Panthers beat Rams in double overtime
ST. LOUIS -- Nothing comes easy for the Carolina Panthers - not even their biggest victory.

Patriots ice Titans
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots can handle the cold and snow. They have Adam Vinatieri.

Philly striving for the elusive Super Bowl trip
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles are defying football clichDes by thinking two games at a time rather than one.

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.

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.

NFL's top two passers squaring off in playoffs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If playoff experience counts most, Indianapolis might beat Kansas City handily Sunday.

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.

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

Another Jim Mora gets his chance
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons chose not to pursue some big-name college coach. They decided not to wait for one of those highly regarded assistants still involved in the playoffs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Man survives after deer attacks him in backyard

New Gamecocks find something to crow about

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.

Anne Heche plays neglectful mom in TV movie
LOS ANGELES -- Anne Heche says growing up in an abusive family gave her a special appreciation for the issues surrounding her role as a drug-addicted mother who neglects her children in the Lifetime movie "Gracie's Choice."

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.

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.

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

Political reality series 'American Candidate' announced

Gangsters on the loose in 'Sopranos' new season

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

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

Anne Heche plays neglectful mom in TV movie

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.

Fans mark 69th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth

People in the News

Osbourne axes British tour while recuperating from accident

Gamecocks rout Dogs in Athens

Gamecocks rout Dogs in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - One display was more impressive than South Carolina's on Saturday - that of Georgia's students.

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

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

English professor finds one Bible for everyone

Prayer meetings are uniting churches

Faith digest

Pope stresses mentally disabled people's sexual and emotional needs

Faith and fellowship calendar

Religion News in Brief

Downtown nightclub to become pulpit for minister

Jewish center marks 150 years

Synagogue leases space to Muslim school in novel arrangement