New-books list begins with 'endless' novel

Playing required in New Mr. Rogers' exhibit
PITTSBURGH - Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood just got a bit bigger - and a lot more fun.

'Ten Commandments' musical struggles
LOS ANGELES - Val Kilmer sings his way through plagues and out of slavery in a production that one critic has labeled a "big, fat biblical boondoggle."

New Tom Wolfe novel about hedonistic college life
NEW YORK - Dapper Tom Wolfe likes everything just so.

Playing required in New Mr. Rogers' exhibit

New Tom Wolfe novel about hedonistic college life

New-books list begins with 'endless' novel
Although it has no ending, "21" is itself an ending. It's the last book in Patrick O'Brian's popular series of naval adventure novels set in the early 19th century and featuring the exploits of British seamen Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin.

'Ten Commandments' musical struggles

Baseball notebook
PHOENIX - After the Wally Backman fiasco, the Arizona Diamondbacks were fortunate to have a handy and willing backup choice in Bob Melvin.

Baseball notebook

If only I could remember the dreams my wife has

Beijing hosts World Toilet Summit
BEIJING - Beijing hopes the smelly reputation of its public restrooms will be, well, flushed down the toilet soon. City officials will use the 2004 World Toilet Summit, starting Nov. 17, to showcase efforts to transform the capital's lavatories from foul to fragrant, from crude to cultured.

Woman jailed for having filthy house
OMAHA, Neb. - After ignoring six years of prodding from the city, a woman is going to jail for having a filthy house. A Douglas County judge Thursday sentenced Rosie Fellman to 45 days behind bars for littering, with breaks every 10 days to clean up her central Omaha home.

Loaned out sweatshirt leads to arrests
DUBUQUE, Iowa - A sweatshirt loaned to a friend two years ago led to the arrest of two people for a series of robberies in Indiana.

Retailers offer online, paperless rebates
BOSTON - The rebate check is no longer a reward reserved for penny-pinchers with an abundance of paperwork skills and patience.

Wi-Fi transmitters utilize radio waves to provide Internet
There's something in the air that could come in handy if you're getting a taco, or lifesaving surgery.

Focus on Fed in week ahead

4 leaders to be honored as youth role models
A stable owner, an educator, a pharmacist and a car dealer will be honored Thursday at the CSRA Business Hall of Fame dinner awards ceremony.

Focus on Fed in week ahead
NEW YORK - Stocks are surging, businesses appear to be hiring again, and a pro-business administration is about to start a second term in the White House. What could Wall Street possibly be worried about?

On the move
Dana Duvall has joined Gwen Fulcher Young & Associates. Ms. Duvall will focus on marketing and client relations.

Fines for dealing with terrorist nations plunge
WASHINGTON - Despite the Bush administration's pledge to battle terrorist financing, the government's average penalty against companies doing business with countries listed as terrorist-sponsoring states fell sharply after the Sept. 11 attacks, an Associated Press analysis of federal records shows.

On the move

Fines for dealing with terrorist nations plunge

Augusta Magazine names new publisher

Eight eBay sellers ordered to pay restitution
ALBANY, N.Y. - Eight eBay sellers were ordered to pay nearly $90,000 in restitution and fines after admitting they bid up products online to inflate the prices.

Business calendar

Gas prices drop
CAMARILLO, Calif. - An increase in the worldwide supply of crude oil contributed to dip in U.S. prices at the gas pump over the last two weeks, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Business licenses

Microsoft seeks change in stock plans
SEATTLE - For Microsoft Corp. shareholders, the holidays will likely come early this year in the form of a one-time $3 dividend that's part of the company's plan to return some of its $64.4 billion cash horde back to shareholders.

Wi-Fi transmitters utilize radio waves to provide Internet

Alternatives surge as oil price soars
CHELSEA, Mass. - Few have anything good to say about this year's run-up in oil prices. They do, though, at World Energy Alternatives, a biodiesel company with a shiny antique Gulf Oil pump in the lobby - a hint that petroleum's proudest days may have passed.

Property transfers

Retailers offer online, paperless rebates

Alternatives surge as oil price soars

Business calendar
Monday: Writing a Business Plan, learn why a business plan is critical to your success, especially if you need a loan or investor for your business, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Small Business Development Center, 1054 Claussen Road; $35, 737-1790.

4 leaders to be honored as youth role models

Augusta Magazine names new publisher
Kate Cooper Metts has been named the publisher of Augusta Magazine and its group of productions.

Business licenses
The following is a partial list of business licenses applied for in Richmond County during the month of September.

Microsoft seeks change in stock plans

Eight eBay sellers ordered to pay restitution

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 22-27. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Public silent on budget woes

Public silent on budget woes
Augusta officials held a public hearing on next year's $107.7 million general-fund budget last week, and nobody came.

Tigers topple Hurricanes

Tigers topple Hurricanes
MIAMI - Former North Augusta High standout Reggie Merriweather ran for a career-high 114 yards and three touchdowns, including a 2-yard score in overtime Saturday night to cap Clemson's 24-17 comeback victory over No. 11 Miami.

Gators get a grip on season after two emotional weeks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Florida Gators think their roller-coaster of emotions finally has come to a stop, just in time to remain focused on the one goal they used to take for granted - becoming bowl eligible.

ACC roundup
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia is feeling good about itself and its chances in the Atlantic Coast Conference again, and just in time.

SEC roundup
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brandon Hoyte's tackle might have changed the course of the season for Notre Dame. It altered ninth-ranked Tennessee's outlook Saturday night.

No. 2 Oklahoma escapes College Station with win
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - This one was much tougher, but far sweeter, for Oklahoma.

No. 2 Oklahoma escapes College Station with win

Eyeing ACC title, Bowden turns 75 Monday
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State coach Bobby Bowden turns 75 Monday and wants to keep winning so fans won't say he's getting too old.

ACC roundup

Another close win keeps Hokies in ACC driver's seat
Nine games into a season of modest expectations and one game into the month when it has stumbled in recent years, Virginia Tech is looking like a program reborn.

Georgia eighth in AP poll
Southern California and Oklahoma made it 11 for 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.

After fog and hail, USC gets back to kinder climate
CORVALLIS, Ore. - After playing in hail, fog and chill, top-ranked Southern California finishes its season in familiar comfort.

Monday morning quarterback
WHO'S HOT: Reggie Merriweather. After eight games, it seems safe to say that Clemson has finally found its running back. Any player who rushes for 114 yards and three touchdowns against Miami, in a win that ranks just behind last year's over Florida State, has to be your guy.

After fog and hail, USC gets back to kinder climate

Gators get a grip on season after two emotional weeks

Georgia eighth in AP poll

Another close win keeps Hokies in ACC driver's seat

SEC roundup

Monday morning quarterback

A fundamental problem

A fundamental problem
The close popular and electoral vote Tuesday masks the remarkable extent of trouble the Democratic Party is in. If the party were a manufacturer, it would be considering two things: 1) changing the product line or 2) bankruptcy.

The Bush agenda
"Let me put it this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." These words, from his first post-re-election press conference, served notice that President Bush's second term is going to be about a lot more than fighting the war on terrorism.

Second chance for DJJ
Well, the Augusta Youth Development Campus for emotionally troubled delinquent boys is reopening this month under old management - the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

A new Georgia

The Bush agenda

Second chance for DJJ

Where was the sheriff?
Surely Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey is more interested in enforcing the laws than he has appeared recently.

A new Georgia
It may have been the quietest revolution on record.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Actor Gary Busey and his landlord have settled a lawsuit filed against the star after he stopped paying the rent on his Malibu home, court officials said.

How do I keep to a budget for holiday gift shopping?

A stock split might not be in Google's future

How do I keep to a budget for holiday gift shopping?
Q: With rising fuel prices and worries about my job, I need to keep to a budget for the holiday shopping season. What tips can you offer so I don't run up a lot of credit card debt?

A stock split might not be in Google's future
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc., a company built on complex algorithms that power its online search engine, doesn't appear to be in any rush to tackle one of Wall Street's most basic equations - the stock split.

Paladins alter Eagles' plans
GREENVILLE, S.C. - After eight dominating weeks, the Georgia Southern Eagles remembered how it feels to be mortal.

Georgia Tech storms back to get victory
RALEIGH, N.C. - Chan Gailey could have stormed into Georgia Tech's dressing room at halftime Saturday afternoon and done something rash.

Hewitt loaded at backcourt
ATLANTA - Will Bynum, the hero of Georgia Tech's mad march through March, doesn't know if he'll start a single game this season.

Grant helps Jackets rally
RALEIGH, N.C. - No P.J. Daniels, no problem for Georgia Tech.

Paladins alter Eagles' plans

Grant helps Jackets rally

Students write on courtesy

Goosen rallies to win season finale
ATLANTA - A clutch shot and flawless performance by U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen.

Tiger looking like old self at top with HaasGolf Round
ATLANTA - Tiger Woods put together his best back-to-back rounds in more than four years. The result was a share of the 54-hole lead, a place it seems he hasn't been in forever.

Club is celebrating 25 years in the industry
Charles Howell is 25 years old and ranked among the 50 best golfers in the world.

Sorenstam wins record fourth straight Mizuno title

Club is celebrating 25 years in the industry

Tiger looking like old self at top with HaasGolf Round

Goosen rallies to win season finale

Sorenstam wins record fourth straight Mizuno title
OTSU, Japan - Annika Sorenstam matched the LPGA Tour record for consecutive victories in a tournament Sunday, winning the Mizuno Classic for the fourth straight season to lock up her seventh player of the year title.

Jaguars prepare for event
Since the inception of the Augusta State women's golf team in 2001, the Lady Jaguars have been heard but not seen.

South Aiken into playoffs
South Aiken coach Dan Pippin was at the South Carolina High School League offices at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The resident SCHSL playoff points guru on the South Aiken coaching staff had predicted good news despite the team's 11th-straight loss to Aiken in their regular season finale.

Wheeler selects Vanderbilt ride
Perhaps the most improbable recruiting story of any season has been completed. North Augusta wide receiver Justin Wheeler made a verbal commitment on Saturday to a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt University.

Ga. prep football playoff pairings
Here are the high school football pairings for the second round of the state playoffs:

Prep playoff pairings
Playoff pairings for second round are incomplete because of several first-round games being held Saturday night.

The NHL lockout is giving some players a bad case of Deja Vu

The NHL lockout is giving some players a bad case of Deja Vu
LONDON - Almost two months into the NHL lockout, a third of the league's players have drifted to Europe to play in hockey-loving countries such as Sweden and the Czech Republic.

If only I could remember the dreams my wife has
"Last night, I dreamed I ate a 10-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up, the pillow was gone."

Georgia eighth in BCS standings
Utah slipped one spot to seventh in the Bowl Championship Series standings Monday, a drop that could cost the unbeaten Utes a berth in one of the four big-money bowl games.

U.S. flag was slavery's actual flag

Slap at Max Burns was self-serving

Slap at Max Burns was self-serving
Regarding Michael Shlaer's letter of Oct. 29 criticizing Rep. Max Burns for voting for the Medicare Modernization Act ("Burns' Medicare stance flawed"): Jan B. Loftis, Augusta

U.S. flag was slavery's actual flag
I read Don Dickerson's letter, "Flag must not endure as symbol" (Nov. 2) in disbelief. With all the accurate history books around, it amazes me that some people are still being duped into thinking that the Civil War was about slavery. Tom Stafford, Grovetown

Augusta Commission needs to grasp the meaning of the word 'no'

FairTax makes the most sense
As a hard-working employee, I have always been dismayed at how much money I don't take home because of federal income and payroll taxes. Americans for Fair Taxation is proposing a consumer-oriented, fair tax proposal that will benefit taxpayers and not the IRS. Jamie Epps, Martinez

Augusta Commission needs to grasp the meaning of the word 'no'
What part of "no" can't the Augusta Commission understand?Worren Winburn, Hephzibah

Country music common language in Luckenbach

Pilotless airplanes: America's new high-tech arsenal

Trio of hot new games victimized by piracy

Accessories add charm to couple's first house

New action-packed video games are made for adults

Travel briefs

Clinton Library part of Arkansas tourism effort

Donation should be given to widow's chosen charity or medical institution

RadioShark: The 'TiVo' for radio

Candy kicks off frightening holiday season

CDC: Flu season off to slow start

South Carolina beaches in worst shape since Hugo

New device acts like support hose for heart

Cybertrips: The hills and forests of northern Alabama

Michigan outdoor shrine inspires worshippers

In the know

Techbits

Owners have renewed interest in personalizing their roaring bikes

Cybertrips: The hills and forests of northern Alabama
Northern Alabama has a little bit of everything for your next vacation, from a top space program museum to forests and a scenic canyon, from historical museums to friendly towns.

Pilotless airplanes: America's new high-tech arsenal
BAQOUBA, Iraq - By the light of flashlights and a crescent moon, the three-member crew catapults a 300-lb. pilotless airplane into the sky.

New action-packed video games are made for adults
"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" is an epic homage to the West Coast gang culture of the early 1990s.

Candy kicks off frightening holiday season
There are so many terrifying things about Halloween: Strange sounds in the night, spook houses spilling over with ghouls, and slasher movies on late-night TV.

RadioShark: The 'TiVo' for radio
SAN FRANCISCO - Call it TiVo for the radio. A new $70 device called RadioShark lets you record your favorite AM and FM radio shows to your home computer and enjoy them later either from the desktop or a portable device.

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle held its first holiday cookie contest and exchange in 2003. The event was such a success, that we want to do it again.

CDC: Flu season off to slow start
WASHINGTON - Sales of over-the-counter drugs to treat the flu may help the government more quickly spot local outbreaks.

Clinton Library part of Arkansas tourism effort
LITTLE ROCK - With the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Library just days away, officials are wrapping up plans for a huge celebration. But they want the festivities to leave the city with lasting benefits rather than a hangover.

New device acts like support hose for heart
NEW ORLEANS - Pantyhose for the heart?

Michigan outdoor shrine inspires worshippers
INDIAN RIVER, Mich. - Kay Ward gazes at the towering bronze sculpture of Christ on the cross as gray clouds obscure the afternoon sun, draping the scene in shadow.

Techbits
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT researchers have found a way to let a pilot in a plane control another, unmanned plane, through voice commands. The hard part? Teaching planes to understand English.

Country music common language in Luckenbach
LUCKENBACH, Texas - They like to say around here that you can't find a place more laid-back without being unconscious.

Trio of hot new games victimized by piracy
DALLAS - A month before the video game's scheduled release this coming Tuesday, illegal copies of the hot sci-fi action title "Halo 2" were already circulating on the Internet.

South Carolina beaches in worst shape since Hugo
CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Carolina's beaches, battered by five tropical systems this year, are in their worst shape in years heading into the winter storm season, an oceanographer says.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - Traveling for the holidays? Here's some advice from the travel mavens at Hotwire.com that can help you save money and cut down on hassles.

Donation should be given to widow's chosen charity or medical institution
Dear Carson: Our friend died last week and his wife specified that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in the his name to the UCLA Urology Clinic and Research Clinic, which helped him during his illness. Tonight I was asked the question, "Suppose someone wants to make a donation in the deceased's name to another charity rather than the one specified?" - Donation Dither

Accessories add charm to couple's first house
After years of renting, Mark and Roxanne Birdsong found that a home doesn't have to be perfect in order to be pleasing.

Owners have renewed interest in personalizing their roaring bikes
Straddling the saddle of his hulking Honda Gold Wing at North Augusta's SNO-CAP Drive In, Joe Dyches allows himself a small, secret smile as he scans a crowd of like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at a monthly bike night.

Ice Pilots slip by Lynx

Ice Pilots slip by Lynx
Opponents of the Pensacola Ice Pilots hate forward Kris Newbury. Opposing clubs will elbow, cross-check and slash the first-year Ice Pilot at any given moment.

Across Georgia
HARTWELL - While its county courthouse shows off a framed copy of the Ten Commandments, the city of Hartwell is shying away from its own display.

Georgia voting goes smoothly

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Nikira La'Shay Wilson of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the southeast
CARY, N.C. - The Heritage Pines subdivision has the gently curving streets and manicured lawns that seem perfect for growing families.

5 questions - Hypnotist Travis Fox
Professional hypnotist Travis Fox answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Walker sees win as chance to change

Democrats know political relevance is in question
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The political autopsy has begun.

Across Georgia

More black voters supported GOP in election
COLUMBIA, S.C. - More blacks voted for President Bush in his re-election bid Tuesday than did four years ago, according to information from the South Carolina Election Commission.

Choir marks 20 years of 'Messiah'
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Some joke that they sing for the chicken.

Library discards books in disrepair

1-cent sales tax to help Jackson buy essentials
JACKSON - The tiny town of Jackson and its threadbare budget help explain why the 1-cent sales tax will be extended in Aiken County - and why voters in Augusta shot down a similar proposal.

Kid of the Day

Council votes against Ten Commandments display

Builders still want big Kroger
A Kroger shopping center planned for Furys Ferry Road at Evans to Locks Road is still in the works, one year after county officials approved a smaller size for the development.

Conference draws cartoonists to Augusta

School transfer list is released
COLUMBIA - The state Education Department has released its list of more than 200 schools that parents will be allowed to transfer their children from because the schools did not meet federal No Child Left Behind targets.

Evolution stickers face court challenge

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking for two men they say robbed a Gordon Highway gas station at gunpoint early Saturday.

Choir marks 20 years of 'Messiah'

Across the area

Georgia man shoots self at ground zero

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Local American Indians display their heritage
Unlike many 17-year-olds, Stephen Jolly doesn't spend his weekends at the mall or the movie theater.

Across Georgia
VALDOSTA - A Valdosta man is headed to New York this week as winner of a national Al Roker look-alike contest.

Across the area
An Alabama woman told police two men came up behind her on Windsor Spring Road, snatched her purse and knocked her to the ground.

Kid of the day

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Some credit new maps for GOP takeover

Augusta won't be represented well, some say
Playing the role of the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, Augusta voters managed to stanch, in several high-profile races, the Republican tidal wave that swept across Georgia in Tuesday's general election.

Prisoners' children counseled by church program

Lead test dispute doesn't affect city, officials insist

DeKalb officer charged with kidnapping

Local American Indians display their heritage

The week ahead

Future school may be at Tech
Columbia County's next high school might not resemble any of the other four high schools in the system. In fact, it might not physically exist at all. It all depends on what a task force decides and whether Augusta Technical College builds in Columbia County.

Across the southeast

Across the area

Walker sees win as chance to change
Charles Walker is not a religious zealot, but on Election Day, he said he believed a larger force was at work in his win over political rival Sen. Don Cheeks.

Bid and drive
chris thelen/staffBid and driveAuctioneers take bids on vehicles Saturday at the Salvation Army on Greene Street in Augusta. Potential buyers bid on more than 100 automobiles. Money raised from the auction helps provide food and shelter for homeless people, education assistance and Christmas toys for needy children.

School protesters to be fenced in
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Protesters who gather each year to call for the closing of a military school at Fort Benning will be surrounded by temporary fences this year, local police decided.

Across the southeast
Counties work to prevent rabies spread

Conference draws cartoonists to Augusta
They may have been drawn together for a professional conference, but the members of the Southeastern Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society weren't afraid to have a laugh this weekend.

Library discards books in disrepair
Keith Fincher was surprised to see fellow bibliophiles tossing out books one October weekend.

Across South Carolina
A U.S. Army supply unit whose members refused a dangerous fuel delivery mission last month has now fitted its vehicles with armor to protect against insurgent attack, the U.S. military said Saturday.

Augusta won't be represented well, some say

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Ladson man who was severely beaten at the Coastal Carolina Fair has died.

Nurse cares for parishioners
Letha Lierman doesn't wait for funerals. She recently celebrated the lives of 90-and-older parishioners while they were there to hear it.

5 questions - Hypnotist Travis Fox

Future school may be at Tech

S.C. plane crash deaths spike in '04

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Lead test dispute doesn't affect city, officials insist
Each June, Mike Hopkins hand-delivers plastic laboratory bottles and paperwork to 50 Augusta homes to comply with federal laws designed to protect residents from dangerous lead in their drinking water.

Georgia eighth in BCS standings

Council votes against Ten Commandments display
HARTWELL, Ga. - While its county courthouse shows off a framed copy of the Ten Commandments, the city of Hartwell is shying away from its own display.

Charter school stays on track amid inquiry

Some credit new maps for GOP takeover
ATLANTA - Sure, there was a groundswell for President Bush in Georgia last week. He received nearly three out of five votes here. And, yes, the state has been trending Republican for years.

Charter school stays on track amid inquiry
GRANITEVILLE - With a little help from her kindergarten teacher, Taylor Carpenter glued blue, pink and black feathers to a pine cone to make a turkey.

X-Mart still fights for license
One year after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling allowing an Augusta adult bookstore to open temporarily, porn shop and city officials are still embroiled in litigation.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kennedi Williams, 9 months, of Belvedere.

The week ahead
My grandfather was the first veteran I ever knew. Four months after he and my grandmother eloped, he was drafted and went to World War II.

Across South Carolina

1-cent sales tax to help Jackson buy essentials

Prisoners' children counseled by church program
MARIETTA, Ga. - More than 45,000 inmates pack Georgia's prisons.

After losses, Democrats turn their focus to 2006

S.C. plane crash deaths spike in '04
GREENVILLE, S.C. - More people have died in plane crashes in South Carolina during a three-year span when more state residents earned pilot's licenses, but aviation experts warn against drawing connections between the two statistics.

School transfer list is released

DeKalb officer charged with kidnapping
DECATUR, Ga. - Authorities arrested a man for allegedly kidnapping and attacking a police officer, but after an investigation they released the suspect and put the officer behind bars.

17-year-old is wounded at fair
The Georgia-South Carolina State Fair, normally a haven for cotton candy and carnival games, became the site of random violence during the weekend.

Georgia man shoots self at ground zero
NEW YORK - A 25-year-old from Georgia who was apparently distraught over President Bush's re-election shot and killed himself at ground zero.

Georgia voting goes smoothly
ATLANTA - Choosing a president was far easier for Augusta resident Wilnesha Mitchell this year than it was four years ago - at least in terms of casting her ballot.

Evolution stickers face court challenge
ATLANTA - Science textbooks in suburban Cobb County warn students that evolution is "a theory, not a fact." The controversial disclaimer faces a court challenge Monday from a parent who argues the stickers promote the teaching of creationism.

Nurse cares for parishioners

Goosen is headed for stardom
ATLANTA - Fans packed East Lake Golf Club to watch the old guy take on that Tiger guy. Then that other guy ran away with the tournament.

A storybook ending for Holtz?
COLUMBIA - Chapter 11? Not so fast. Spiraling toward bowl bankruptcy for the third consecutive season and just more than a minute away from their 11th straight defeat with postseason eligibility on the line, the South Carolina Gamecocks did a very unusual thing Saturday.

Students write on courtesy
After I wrote about being assaulted in public by smoke, perfume, loud talk and other such rudeness, I heard from a business class in Hannibal, Mo., whose college professor used that column to discuss organizational behavior.

Cartoon superheroes have 'incredible' debut

Holiday guests: Alexander, Alfie, Bobby and Bridget

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films that opened this week:

Cartoon superheroes have 'incredible' debut
LOS ANGELES - "The Incredibles" lived up to their name at the box office as the animated superhero adventure debuted with $70.7 million in its opening weekend, continuing an unbroken string of hits for Pixar Animation.

Author extends the ride on 'The Polar Express'
NEW YORK - A wide-eyed boy in cozy blue robe and proper yellow pajamas has his hope and faith tested in the book "The Polar Express."

Holiday guests: Alexander, Alfie, Bobby and Bridget
LOS ANGELES - Movies are getting real for the holidays. Along with such fictional folks as Santa, a Christmas grinch, a bottom-dweller named SpongeBob, a womanizer named Alfie and a romantic named Bridget, Hollywood's festive season is packed with fact-based films

Author extends the ride on 'The Polar Express'

Daniel Johnston returns from the dead
NEW YORK - When Nirvana performed "Lithium" at the 1992 MTV Music Video Awards, Kurt Cobain wore a curious T-shirt with a frog logo and the question, "Hi, how are you?"

The Scissor Sisters revitalize pop

The Scissor Sisters revitalize pop
PHILADELPHIA - Jake Shears loves his fabulous wardrobe: plume-topped hats, flowing boas, formfitting bodysuits, tops adorned with glitter and fur. There's only one thing he despises: his new pair of orthopedic sneakers.

Q&A with Ben Jelen
NEW YORK - With his chiseled cheekbones, porcelain skin and wispy brunette locks, Ben Jelen looks like he's walked straight out of a Calvin Klein ad. In fact, when his manager spotted first spotted him, that's just what he had in mind for the young Jelen.

Lip-synching has always been standard practice
NEW YORK - It seems Ashlee Simpson will forever bear the scarlet "L" - for lip-synching

Daniel Johnston returns from the dead

Lip-synching has always been standard practice

Q&A with Ben Jelen

McMurray gets Busch victory

Trouble plagues contest leaders
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Trouble continued to haunt many of the drivers contending for NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.

Bourdais wins Champ Car title, Mexican GP
MEXICO CITY - Sebastien Bourdais took his first Champ Car title, beating teammate Bruno Junqueira with a flag-to-flag victory Sunday in the Mexican Grand Prix.

Johnson win streak a bittersweet one

McMurray gets Busch victory
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Jamie McMurray beat a bitterly disappointed Kyle Busch on Saturday, winning the NASCAR Busch Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Newman wins another pole, this time with a record run
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Brian Vickers said he won't lose any sleep about losing the pole position Friday for the Checker Auto Parts 300 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Junior claims sixth victory

Johnson win streak a bittersweet one
AVONDALE, Ariz. - What should be a joyful and hopeful time for Jimmie Johnson has instead been bittersweet.

Junior claims sixth victory
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost an argument with his crew chief Sunday, and that helped him win the Checker Auto Parts 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway.

NASCAR notebook
MEXICO CITY - Sebastian Bourdais set a Mexican Grand Prix course record to win the pole position from teammate Bruno Junqueira on Saturday and edge closer to the Champ Car championship in the season finale.

Bourdais wins Champ Car title, Mexican GP

Trouble plagues contest leaders

Newman wins another pole, this time with a record run

Soldiers' names live through memorials
Gregg Garvey sat on his porch, clutching a photograph of his son and trying to come to terms with the news that the 23-year-old soldier was killed in an ambush in Iraq.

Soldiers' names live through memorials

Can a country divided unite?
The map showed a sea of red with islands and shoals of blue. Election Day revealed two Americas - deep differences dividing the 55 million citizens who cast their votes for John Kerry, and the 59 million who just as passionately selected George W. Bush.

Can a country divided unite?

Bobcats earn first win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As the final seconds ticked off on the expansion Charlotte Bobcats' first victory, guard Jason Hart handed the ball to team owner Bob Johnson.

Bobcats earn first win

NFL Power Rankings

Cardinals rally for win

Bills top Jets

Buccaneers outscore Chiefs

Portis leads Redskins to win

Bengals rout Cowboys

Steelers dominate Eagles

Raiders edge Panthers

A year later, Reeves enjoys life after NFL

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Mr. Clarence Ruffin, Jr.    (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
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Mr. Harold Reid Brown    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Byrd    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Catherine Nappier    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Linda Gail Hightower    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Earline Moore Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Bradie Cleo Couch, Sr.    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Ms. Evelyn Matthews    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. J. K. "Steve" Stevenson, Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Grigsby Jones    (LUGOFF, S.C.)
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Mrs. Christine Tremble Malry    (STATEBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lenester Ivey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jeffrey Ray Bennett    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Alissa Mackenzie Hightower    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Grigsby Jones    (LUGOFF, S.C.)
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Mr. Bernie Hackett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna Giddens Baldy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna Giddens Baldy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Gene Tankersley    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Chester Earl Steed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Sanford Dion Best    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry M. Dye, Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Barton Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Luther Villard Washington    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Alice Cobb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lucius (L.C.) Rouse Sr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. James "Jim" E. Hardin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James "Jim" E. Hardin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ernest (Jank) Morris    (THOMSON, G a.)
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Mr. Ronald Scoggins    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
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Mr. Bradie Cleo Couch, Sr.    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Michael Philip Scarborough    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Rudolph    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ray Bennett    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Charlie Tillman    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. John Coleman III    (HONEA PATH, S.C.)
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Ms. Evelyn Matthews (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Alissa Mackenzie Hightower (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. J. K. "Steve" Stevenson, Sr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Barton Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lettie V. Schmidt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Alice Cobb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bernie Hackett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Scoggins (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Ernest (Jank) Morris (THOMSON, G a.)

Mr. James "Jim" E. Hardin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Rudolph (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Byrd (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James "Jim" E. Hardin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Eli Stewart (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Henry M. Dye, Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Earline Moore Roberson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Catherine Nappier (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Tillman (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lenester Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lucius (L.C.) Rouse Sr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Reid Brown (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Grigsby Jones (LUGOFF, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Giddens Baldy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Michael Philip Scarborough (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Tremble Malry (STATEBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gene Tankersley (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Tillman (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Alissa Mackenzie Hightower (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph G. Cody (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Ruffin, Jr. (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Mr. Grigsby Jones (LUGOFF, S.C.)

Mr. Jeffrey Ray Bennett (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Linda Gail Hightower (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Earline Moore Roberson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ray Bennett (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Rudolph (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph "Joe" Buchanan, Jr. (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Earl Steed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Democrats are poised to do well for our area
The Augusta Chronicle's Nov. 4 editorial about the Bush victory ("Bush's big win") began by saying the Democrats must feel that a truck rolled over them. The editorial did not state that, at the local level, the Republicans must feel that an SUV rolled over them.

When we band together, the CSRA improves
Picture a community where district, party, racial and socioeconomic lines are crossed on a daily basis. Imagine a region where difficult circumstances result in citizens banding together to rise to the occasion to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Think of the limitless possibilities this same community may have for prosperity when coupled with the fact that it houses a treasure trove of assets that rival any other region in the Southeast.

Top-40 radio can work in Augusta; here's how
As not only a native Augustan, but now a veteran radio programmer and on-air personality, I have to take exception to the reasons given for the sudden departure of top-40 radio in Augusta.

Top-40 radio can work in Augusta; here's how
As not only a native Augustan, but now a veteran radio programmer and on-air personality, I have to take exception to the reasons given for the sudden departure of top-40 radio in Augusta.

When we band together, the CSRA improves
Picture a community where district, party, racial and socioeconomic lines are crossed on a daily basis. Imagine a region where difficult circumstances result in citizens banding together to rise to the occasion to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Think of the limitless possibilities this same community may have for prosperity when coupled with the fact that it houses a treasure trove of assets that rival any other region in the Southeast.

Democrats are poised to do well for our area
The Augusta Chronicle's Nov. 4 editorial about the Bush victory ("Bush's big win") began by saying the Democrats must feel that a truck rolled over them. The editorial did not state that, at the local level, the Republicans must feel that an SUV rolled over them.

Overtime

Horse racing roundup

Area sports announcements

Sisters finish one-two in finals

Radcliffe, Ramaala win NYC Marathon

Overtime

Overtime
In Orlando, Fla., Nola Grant had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead USC Aiken past Armstrong Atlantic State 67-60 for the team's second Disney Tip-Off Classic consolation bracket title.

Horse racing roundup
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Whilly beat stablemate Perfect Moon by 1 lengths Saturday to win the $63,325 Bien Bien Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Olympians want to outrace past
NEW YORK - When Paula Radcliffe dropped out of the Olympic marathon miles from the finish, she sobbed uncontrollably.

Overtime
In Paris, in his strongest comments yet on next year's Tour de France, Lance Armstrong says he is unsure if he will ride in cycling's showcase event because he'd like to compete in other races.

Area sports announcements
Pendleton Baseball and Fernandez Fastpitch will offer personal instruction in all aspects of baseball and fastpitch softball from professional players and coaches. For more information, call 270-0362.

Radcliffe, Ramaala win NYC Marathon
NEW YORK - Paula Radcliffe ran through Central Park confident and happy, the finish of the New York City Marathon in sight.

Sisters finish one-two in finals
Tyrney Steinhoff showed no emotion after her finals run on Nate Shilabar. Deep down, she knew it was a quality run. On the outside, poker face.

Points aplenty

Points aplenty
William Oellerich, 13, couldn't tell how many points this huge Jenkins County buck had when he first spied the deer, but it didn't take the Greenbrier Middle School seventh-grader long to decide it was definitely worth bringing home.

Outdoors calendar
Thursday: The Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. at North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave. The public is welcome. Candy Zaffis will discuss a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Outdoors calendar

Buck stops here: Thriving sport yields few prizes
Years ago, it was a quite a feat to harvest a deer of any size.

After losses, Democrats turn their focus to 2006
ATLANTA - Just 2 years ago, Democrats ruled Georgia's political scene with an iron hand - and had for decades.

Steelers dominate Eagles
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers made certain there's nobody unbeaten now in the NFL, except for Ben Roethlisberger.

A year later, Reeves enjoys life after NFL
ATLANTA - Dan Reeves never realized that spending more time on the golf course and hanging out with his grandchildren could be so therapeutic.

Raiders edge Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kerry Collins and Jarrod Cooper both had successful returns to Carolina. Yet one left town satisfied, while the other was downright sad he had to go.

NFL Power Rankings
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Cardinals rally for win
MIAMI - Eight seconds into the game, the Arizona Cardinals lost a fumble. They sputtered on offense, committed nine penalties and blew a late lead.

Bengals rout Cowboys
CINCINNATI - The only thing bold about this offense was the jerseys.

Bills top Jets
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The wind and Willis McGahee are providing the Buffalo Bills a formidable one-two punch.

Buccaneers outscore Chiefs
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers found a way to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. They simply outscored them.

Portis leads Redskins to win
DETROIT - Clinton Portis has run for more than 100 yards three times this season. Those are the only games Washington has won.

Buck stops here: Thriving sport yields few prizes

Goosen is headed for stardom

TV highlights, lowlights for the week
In its day, "Dallas" was a magnificent and magnetic series that drew millions every Friday night. No matter how silly, this steamy soap took command for most of its 13-season run, serving as a pioneer of serialized dramas in prime time. (And need we remind you how 77 percent of all people watching TV the night of Nov. 21, 1980, tuned to "Dallas" to find out who shot J.R.?)

TV highlights, lowlights for the week

Networks learned lesson from 2000 election

'The Simpsons' is a well-oiled laugh machine
LOS ANGELES - Bart Simpson is acting like himself, which is to say naughty. And he sounds like himself, with that familiar mischievous lilt.

Networks campaign for young viewers
NEW YORK - A competitive, down-to-the-wire race may be in the offing for TV networks, too.

Networks learned lesson from 2000 election
NEW YORK - "It seemed like a three-way game of chicken," said ABC News analyst George Stephanopoulos. "Kerry didn't want to concede. Bush didn't want to claim victory until Kerry conceded, and he didn't want to claim victory until the networks gave it to him."

'The Simpsons' is a well-oiled laugh machine

Hank Azaria plays introspective shrink in 'Huff'

Hank Azaria plays introspective shrink in 'Huff'
LOS ANGELES - Huff, his wife and his dog are sleeping peacefully. Then the dog stirs, a security alarm goes off and Huff and Beth are suddenly wide awake, confronting the latest crisis in their lives.

People in the News

Auburn, Georgia fight for key win
Auburn's 9-0 start has been one of the top stories in college football.

Auburn, Georgia fight for key win

UGA notebook
Shockley's sharp: There's something about playing in Lexington, Ky., that makes University of Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley seem a little quicker, makes his passes more precise and causes a bevy of problems for the Kentucky Wildcats' defense.

Bulldogs dispatch Wildcats
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Here in scenic horse country, this was like trotting out Smarty Jones to race Mr. Ed.

Gamecocks put end to November swoon
COLUMBIA - Two Peach Bowl reps made sure to grab front-row seats for Lou Holtz's postgame news conference late Saturday afternoon.

USC notebook
COLUMBIA - South Carolina freshman safety Ko Simpson might not waste any words off the field, but his actions are chirping plenty loudly on it.

Gamecocks put end to November swoon

Gamecocks back in bowl picture
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Lou Holtz is grateful for what he's done this year. But he can't help thinking about what might have been.

Gamecocks back in bowl picture

Beijing hosts World Toilet Summit