'Sea of Trolls' a Viking saga for young-adult readers

True-crime author tells story of serial killer
Ann Rule begins "Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer - America's Deadliest Serial Murderer" with the list of victims in order of their disappearance.

'Will in the World' offers a look at Shakespearean London
There are charmed moments in history when an extraordinary group emerges at a time and place to produce remarkable art. For the theater, such a time was the era of Shakespearean London.

'Ten Commandments' musical struggles

Playing required in New Mr. Rogers' exhibit

'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."

'Will in the World' offers a look at Shakespearean London

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

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.

Books briefs
NEW YORK - To mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. publication of "The Lord of the Rings," Houghton Mifflin is offering a new deluxe one-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy trilogy.

New-books list begins with 'endless' novel

'Sea of Trolls' a Viking saga for young-adult readers
In her latest novel for the young-adult set, Nancy Farmer goes a-Viking and returns with magic.

True-crime author tells story of serial killer

Books briefs

Crosby, Bay win Rookie of the Year awards

Crosby, Bay win Rookie of the Year awards
NEW YORK - Oakland Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby was just a vote shy of being a unanimous pick for AL Rookie of the Year, and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jason Bay won the NL award Monday.

Spotting liars, false compliments would be depressing

Woman charged with having sex with 8-year-old 'boyfriend'
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A woman faces charges of having sex with an 8-year-old boy whom investigators said she considered her boyfriend.

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.

Odds and Ends
SPOKANE, Wash. - Chris Varallo thought it was quite amazing when he aced the third hole at Liberty Lake Golf Course. Then he went ahead and hit a second hole-in-one on the 11th hole of the same round.

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.

For sale: Woman's $250 million divorce judgment
LOS ANGELES - For sale: One ex-wife's $250 million divorce judgment. All the buyer has to do is figure out how to collect from the Saudi royal family.

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.

Fines for dealing with terrorist nations plunge

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 briefs
Securities regulators have accused H&R Block Financial Advisors of fraud in selling customers nationwide about $16 million of Enron bonds in late 2001 and touting them as a safe investment when the energy-trading giant had begun to collapse.

Focus on Fed in week ahead

Holiday jobs remain tight
The decorations haven't yet been hung, but retailers are almost done hiring for the holidays.

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.

Decline deepens for crude oil prices
Crude futures prices fell Monday, briefly sinking below $49 a barrel, as the U.S. supply of oil grew and traders said institutional investors shifted capital from commodities to equities.

Microsoft seeks change in stock plans

Retailers offer online, paperless rebates

McDonald's monthly sales up; stock rises

Euro hits new high against U.S. dollar
BERLIN - The euro surged to an all-time high against the U.S. dollar Monday, putting pressure on Europe's largely export-driven economic recovery

McDonald's monthly sales up; stock rises
OAK BROOK, Ill. - McDonald's Corp. reported another month of strong worldwide sales Monday, sending its stock to its highest level in nearly three years.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Kmart launches credit card

Eight eBay sellers ordered to pay restitution

Holiday jobs remain tight

Alternatives surge as oil price soars

Business briefs

Second Internet IPO boom is more modest

Kmart launches credit card
TROY, Mich. - Kmart Holding Corp. on Monday announced the launch of the Kmart Rewards credit card as part of an effort by the discount retailer to bolster customer loyalty.

Drink up glass of casserole this year
SEATTLE - Jones Soda Co. takes the idea of a liquid diet to a new low. How does Green Bean Casserole Soda strike you? And how about an aggressively buttery-smelling Mashed Potato Soda?

Second Internet IPO boom is more modest
NEW YORK - Quietly, the IPO market has entered the second coming of the Internet age.

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.

After fog and hail, USC gets back to kinder climate

Monday morning quarterback

Gators get a grip on season after two emotional weeks

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.

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.

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.

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.

Another close win keeps Hokies in ACC driver's seat

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

Georgia eighth in AP poll

If chosen correctly, seafood is healthful
Fish and shellfish can be very healthful, whether or not you're watching your weight. They're packed with protein and don't have the high quantities of saturated fat of many other meats. But without careful planning, even seafood can pack on the calories. Here are a few choices to help you navigate your next meal:

Corrupting children
It's horrible enough that Muslim extremists have turned to children as tools of terrorism, conning them into perpetrating acts from throwing rocks to detonating live explosives strapped to their growing bodies.

The Bush agenda

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

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.

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

It was high time
Commentator Ann Coulter beautifully debunks and derides complaints about the Iraq war by sardonically referring to our "18-month rush to war."

Kerry's loss, our gain
If John Kerry had won the presidency, he would've done it without carrying Dixie and that could have spelled big trouble for our two-state area. A President Kerry who didn't need the Deep South to win in 2004 wouldn't need it in 2008, either.

A new Georgia

People in the News
BOSTON - The attention Renee Zellweger has gotten following her up-and-down weight changes for the "Bridget Jones" movies has left Colin Firth bemused.

Actor Howard Keel dead at 85
LOS ANGELES - Howard Keel, who lent his good looks and rich baritone to such movie musicals as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" before reinventing himself as the macho star of westerns and later aboard TV's "Dallas," has died.

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?
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?

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

A stock split might not be in Google's future

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.

Jackets 3rd in preseason poll
Sure, Kansas often grabs a spot in the upper half of the AP preseason college basketball poll, but the school hasn't been No. 1 since a player named Wilt Chamberlain suited up for the Jayhawks in the 1950s.

Jackets 3rd in preseason poll

Students write on courtesy

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

Phillips, Lady Jags in charge at home

Sorenstam wins record fourth straight Mizuno title

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.

Goosen needs no style points in final tournament

Goosen needs no style points in final tournament
ATLANTA - Tiger Woods tried to get a read on Retief Goosen when they faced each other in the Presidents Cup.

Goosen rallies to win season finale

Phillips, Lady Jags in charge at home
Garrett Phillips was nervous, and it showed in her play. After a bogey-bogey-bogey start, she prevented her round from plunging further into the septic tank.

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:

Kovalev joins Russian club
TORONTO - Alexei Kovalev became the latest NHL player to join a European team during the lockout, agreeing to play in his native Russia.

Kovalev joins Russian club

Spotting liars, false compliments would be depressing
Remember the old TV game show To Tell The Truth?

Man arrested in youth's death
Federal authorities have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the death of a teenager who fought with him at Fort Gordon's Youth Challenge Academy last spring and later died, officials said this morning.

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.

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

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

John Kerry disrespected veterans
Now that John Kerry has been defeated, he must stop mocking the U.S. military with that bogus salute he renders. As late as Nov. 3, at his concession speech, he again mocked us with that half-hearted, taunting salute. Kenneth Besecker, Martinez

Artificial fruit drinks bad for kids
I am going to be blunt, honest and real, because I want to address the alarming and serious issue of unhealthy artificial fruit drinks that are being sold in public schools throughout the United States. E. Maner, 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

Slap at Max Burns was self-serving

How can we be pleased with Bush?
Moral values was the issue that gave President Bush four more years. Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

U.S. flag was slavery's actual flag

Artificial fruit drinks bad for kids

New device acts like support hose for heart

Health calendar

Seniors calendar

Pilotless airplanes: America's new high-tech arsenal

Families should talk medical history at Thanksgiving

New action-packed video games are made for adults

The heat is on

Techbits

Creatures found off coast Ga. could be new to science

RadioShark: The 'TiVo' for radio

Holiday cookie contest is back

Book explains the installment plan of motherhood

CDC: Flu season off to slow start

Midyear moves affect academic life for students

Trio of hot new games victimized by piracy

A stroll across America

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.

Holiday cookie contest is back
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.

Book explains the installment plan of motherhood
NEW YORK - Tasks don't seem so insurmountable when there is an end in sight, and raising children is no exception.

A stroll across America
In January 2002, Aaron Huey and his dog, Cosmo, began a walk across an America whose essence had changed very little since Steinbeck's time.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Midyear moves affect academic life for students
WASHINGTON - Schools are under orders to make sure no child is left behind, but that can be tough to do when so many children are moving.

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.

The heat is on
Bar patrons can be a fickle bunch. One month they're flocking to margaritas and mojitos, the next they're craving microbrews and martinis. But there's one trick that never fails to grab their attention, especially when the weather turns cool. Add a little heat.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - It might be easier for parents to snap that perfect photo of children for holiday greeting cards if parents don't try to make everything so perfect.

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.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle. com. Include the name and phone number of a contact person.

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.

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.

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

Creatures found off coast Ga. could be new to science
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Researchers working off the Georgia coast have discovered what could be three new species of bottom-dwelling creatures known as sea squirts.

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.

Families should talk medical history at Thanksgiving
WASHINGTON - Medical officials are urging families to talk not just turkey this Thanksgiving but also medical history - generations of it - to help identify breast, heart and other problems early enough to prevent them.

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.

Georgia poll finds support for tort reform
ATLANTA - Most Georgia voters support restrictions on awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, according to a survey released Monday by the Georgia Hospital Association.

Police search for girl in lake

Some credit new maps for GOP takeover

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.

Canal tour prices will go up slightly

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.

GOP picks Harlem man as whip
ATLANTA - House Republicans on Monday nominated Harlem attorney Barry Fleming to serve as majority whip, a key leadership position for the second-term lawmaker.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

DeKalb officer charged with kidnapping

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

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.

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.

Canal tour prices will go up slightly
The Augusta Canal Authority's popular Petersburg boats attracted 12,000 visitors during their first year of operation, but ticket prices will increase slightly when a new fee schedule takes effect Dec. 3.

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.

Across the area
An Aiken woman who disappeared Nov. 1 with her 3-week-old son was found this weekend, and the baby has been placed in foster care pending a custody hearing, authorities said Monday.

The week ahead

Vote is delayed on tattoo sites

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.

Obesity is factor in health decline

Georgia poll finds support for tort reform

New office in session

Nurse cares for parishioners

Panel suggests reprimand for sheriff over labor

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

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

Georgia eighth in BCS standings

Kid of the Day
Alexandra M. Yu of Evans is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Panel suggests reprimand for sheriff over labor
A review panel set up to investigate Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile confirmed that he broke the state's inmate labor law, but recommended that the governor not suspend him as long as he changes his ways and makes some administrative adjustments.

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

Calculation errors slow schools' results
AIKEN - A computer glitch will delay by two or three weeks Wednesday's release of report cards that rate the academic performance of every public school in South Carolina, state education officials said Monday.

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
ANDERSON - A 23-year-old Anderson man was shot and killed early Sunday at a birthday party.

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.

GOP names 2 to top House spots
ATLANTA - House Republicans made history Monday by nominating as their leader Dallas lawyer Glenn Richardson, who is now virtually guaranteed to become the first GOP speaker in Georgia since Reconstruction.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
MOULTRIE - Four adults and a 3-year-old were found dead Monday afternoon in a south Georgia home.

Georgia voting goes smoothly

Liberals mobilize claim on 'values'
NEW YORK- Family values, traditional values and now, "moral values." Most American adults would say they have them, and yet that two-word phrase is the focus of an ideological tug-of-war heightened by President Bush's re-election, with conservatives declaring principal ownership and liberals scrambling to challenge them.

Gay mother appeals ruling that took her children away

Calculation errors slow schools' results

A fresh coat

Across Georgia

News You Can Use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Kid of the Day

Leader wants arena panel
The curtain might have closed on a sports and entertainment arena in Augusta, but that might not stop a vote on whether the show should go on in Columbia County.

Prisoners' children counseled by church program

A fresh coat
James Elam, of Tucker Masonry, paints the front wall at Bon Air Apartments during Monday's pleasant weather.

Across the southeast

Vote is delayed on tattoo sites
AIKEN - Where tattoo parlors will be located in the city of Aiken remained a mystery Monday night.

Across the area

Police search for girl in lake
MIDWAY, Ga. - Efforts in recovering a 2-year-old Liberty County girl missing since Saturday afternoon proved fruitless Sunday as police, family and friends searched the area on the second day of her disappearance.

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

Sex offender released on bail
AIKEN - A registered sex offender whom the South Carolina attorney general wanted committed as a sexually violent predator is free on bond after being arrested on kidnapping and criminal sexual assault charges, authorities said Monday.

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.

Obesity is factor in health decline
Georgia's health ranking continues to slip, spurred on by such diverse elements as a next-to-last graduation rate and worst-in-the-nation spending on public health, according to an annual ranking released Monday.

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

Proud to be an American
Andrew Davis Tucker/StaffMembers of the Academy of Richmond County chorus sing We the People during a celebration of patriotism, "Proud to Be An American," at the Academy of Richmond County Auditorium in Augusta. Monday's program was sponsored by American Pride Through Education Inc., which sponsors Proud To Be An American Month in Columbia and Richmond counties.

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.

Council votes against Ten Commandments display

Evolution stickers face court challenge

Across the area

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.

Gay mother appeals ruling that took her children away
ATLANTA - A Richmond County Juvenile Court judge didn't have enough evidence to remove two children from their lesbian mother, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union told an appellate judge Monday.

S.C. plane crash deaths spike in '04

Lead test dispute doesn't affect city, officials insist

5 questions - Hypnotist Travis Fox

Charter school stays on track amid inquiry

Kid of the day

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.

News You Can Use

Across Georgia

Man arrested in youth's death

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.

Proud to be an American

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.

Leader wants arena panel

Choir marks 20 years of 'Messiah'

Sex offender released on bail

Georgia man shoots self at ground zero

Liberals mobilize claim on 'values'

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.

GOP names 2 to top House spots

New office in session
Residents accustomed to standing at crowded school board meetings in Richmond County can finally rest their feet.

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

'Passion' receives award from Catholic group
LOS ANGELES - Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and the CBS television show "Joan of Arcadia" were celebrated Sunday at an awards ceremony by a Catholic group founded to honor entertainment projects that uplift and inspire.

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."

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

New home-video releases

Holiday guests: Alexander, Alfie, Bobby and Bridget

Author extends the ride on 'The Polar Express'

'Passion' receives award from Catholic group

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

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.

Cartoon superheroes have 'incredible' debut

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

Q&A with Ben Jelen

Daniel Johnston returns from the dead

The Scissor Sisters revitalize pop

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.

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.

'Star Wars' actor to make musical debut
LONDON - Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, famous for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, will make his musical theater debut in a revival of "Guys and Dolls" in London's West End, producers confirmed Monday.

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?"

Earnhardt closing in on Busch without lost points
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Suddenly, the 25 points Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost for uttering a vulgarity during a live TV interview are looming very large indeed.

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

Trouble plagues contest leaders

Earnhardt closing in on Busch without lost points

Bourdais wins Champ Car title, Mexican GP

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.

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.

Junior claims sixth victory

Hawks return to Atlanta winless
ATLANTA - As he rushed to attend a pep rally at Underground Atlanta on Monday afternoon, Michael Gearon Jr. felt the effects of a west coast road trip with the Atlanta Hawks.

Hawks bring 0-3 record into home opener
ATLANTA - As he rushed to attend a pep rally at Underground Atlanta Monday afternoon, Michael Gearon Jr. felt the effects of a west coast road trip with the Atlanta Hawks.

Hawks return to Atlanta winless

Hawks bring 0-3 record into home opener

Fox and CBS get NFL TV contract extensions

Raiders edge Panthers

Bills top Jets

Buccaneers outscore Chiefs

Steelers dominate Eagles

Bengals rout Cowboys

Cardinals rally for win

Manning leads Colts to victory

Portis leads Redskins to win

Mrs. Betty Brown    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie "Billie" Berger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Willie "Billie" Berger, 70, entered into rest on Sunday, November 7, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

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

Mrs. Gertrude Silver (PHOENIX, Ariz.)

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

Mrs. Annie Rudolph (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Smith (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Brown (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Tom Kelly, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Tremble Malry (STATEBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Jeanette Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bradie Cleo Couch, Sr. (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lenester Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenester Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Evelyn Matthews (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Willie E. Tankersley (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Alice Cobb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Chester Earl Steed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Edna Giddens Baldy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry W. Stratton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Bernie Hackett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Green ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Reid Brown (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Rachels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hildred O. Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Holyfield heads for Garden fight and more

Radcliffe, Ramaala win NYC Marathon

Overtime

Overtime

Holyfield heads for Garden fight and more
Evander Holyfield broke camp Monday in Houston, heading toward New York and an uncertain future.

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.

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.

Overtime
In Salisbury, Md., six-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps was arrested last week and charged with drunken driving.

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

Fox and CBS get NFL TV contract extensions
NEW YORK - The NFL agreed Monday to contract extensions with Fox and CBS to televise Sunday afternoon games for six more years, deals worth a combined $8 billion.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Manning leads Colts to victory
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning provided the expected fireworks, including a left-handed pass for a key first down. Mike Vanderjagt's leg sealed the win for the Indianapolis Colts.

Goosen is headed for stardom

'Six Feet Under' heading to the cemetery

David Letterman up early to visits Regis Philbin

Ed Gordon joins "60 Minutes Wednesday"

Ed Gordon joins "60 Minutes Wednesday"
NEW YORK - Former BET anchorman Ed Gordon has joined CBS' "60 Minutes Wednesday" as a contributor and debuts this week with a profile of Jamie Foxx, who's hot following his starring roles in "Ray" and "Collateral."

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.

David Letterman up early to visits Regis Philbin
NEW YORK - David Letterman cracked a few jokes, showed some baby pictures and, yes, was a little cranky about going on television so early in the morning.

'Six Feet Under' heading to the cemetery
NEW YORK - "Six Feet Under," the quirky HBO series about a Southern California family that runs a funeral parlor, will end its run after its upcoming fifth season.

Hank Azaria plays introspective shrink in 'Huff'

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.?)

'The Simpsons' is a well-oiled laugh machine

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
LOS ANGELES - Bart Simpson is acting like himself, which is to say naughty. And he sounds like himself, with that familiar mischievous lilt.

Networks learned lesson from 2000 election

TV highlights, lowlights for the week

Actor Howard Keel dead at 85

People in the News

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

Holtz's plans for next year remain vague
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz didn't fill in the blanks Monday one way or the other about his future at the school.

Gamecocks' push for 'culture change'

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

Holtz's plans for next year remain vague

Gamecocks' push for 'culture change'
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Coach Lou Holtz says the culture change he wants to see in South Carolina's football program has begun.

Get to know the object of crush
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I'm in the ninth grade and I have a crush on a senior. When I went to the school last year to visit, he talked to the ninth-grade class and I thought he was cute. I see him around school a lot and he's usually by himself and he's quiet usually. I'm afraid to even talk to him. Lately, I've been pretty close to him, like he'll be standing by me or he'll be in my biology class getting tutoring on something. What should I do?

Reality TV fan base is still growing

My style

Mr. Bungle album defies stereotypes
Music is art, and art should challenge you. It should make you think, and should make you want to think.

Xtreme question of the week
This week's question: Has the change in radio stations affected you?

My style
THE FACTS: Shaundrika McCorkle, 15, a sophomore at Butler High School.

Mascots Matchup
They've got spirit (yes they do!). The teens behind the stuffed heads and faux fur of high school mascots are a dedicated bunch who jump, pump and stalk the sidelines.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Drug use isn't worth risks involved
We all know someone who has used drugs or has thought about doing drugs before - be it a friend, a relative, or just somebody you had a class with once or twice.

Mr. Bungle album defies stereotypes

Reality TV fan base is still growing
Somewhere a sitcom writer cries. In fact, all over, sitcom writers stand motionless as they watch prime time TV slowly go down the drain. A market that once was dominated by scripted comedy or drama has taken an awkward spiral.

Mascots Matchup

Xtreme calendar
NEW MUSIC: Pianist and pop star Vanessa Carlton returns with Harmonium, rapper Ja Rule releases R.U.L.E. and rapper Fabolous drops his album, Real Talk. If you're looking for greatest hits, check out Shania Twain's Greatest Hits, Toby Keith's Vol. 2 and Britney Spears' Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.

Audio best

Xtreme calendar

Odds and Ends

Woman charged with having sex with 8-year-old 'boyfriend'

Beijing hosts World Toilet Summit