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

'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.

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.

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.

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

'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.

Books briefs

True-crime author tells story of serial killer

Clemens claims 7th Cy Young
NEW YORK - Roger Clemens easily won his record seventh Cy Young Award after putting off retirement and being about as dominant as ever - even at age 42.

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.

Clemens claims 7th Cy Young

Crosby, Bay win Rookie of the Year awards

Spotting liars, false compliments would be depressing

Man found guilty in serial HIV assault case
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A man was convicted by a judge Monday on charges he deliberately exposed 17 women to HIV by having unprotected sex with them. Five of the women have tested positive for the virus, which causes AIDS.

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.

California couple seeks religious tax break
LOS ANGELES - A lawyer for an Orthodox Jewish couple claimed Monday the Internal Revenue Service has unfairly refused to allow tax deductions for their children's religious schooling.

Odds and Ends
ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Carefully, carefully, 1,818 Krispy Kreme doughnuts were built into a 5-foot, 3-inch heap in an attempt to set a world record for the highest doughnut wedding cake.

Prisoner gets head caught in prison doors, dies
DRAPER, Utah - An inmate was killed accidentally when his head was crushed in a closing cell door, officials said Monday.

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.

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.

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?

Crude futures settle below $48

A new spin on clothing

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

Fed's rate hikes expected to continue
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is expected to nudge interest rates up for a fourth time this year on Wednesday, acting on the belief that the economy has finally emerged from an extended "soft patch."

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

Holiday jobs remain tight

Fed's rate hikes expected to continue

FCC: Net-phone not subject to state regulation
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators gave a boost Tuesday to the fledgling Internet phone industry, removing a regulatory hurdle that threatened to drive up the cost of making calls through cyberspace.

Second Internet IPO boom is more modest

Crude futures settle below $48
Crude oil futures tumbled below $48 a barrel Tuesday, closing at their lowest level in seven weeks, on rising expectations that the U.S. supply of transport and home-heating fuels will be adequate this winter.

FCC: Net-phone not subject to state regulation

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.

McDonald's monthly sales up; stock rises

Business briefs
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- BMW announced Tuesday that it has signed a 10-year agreement with the State Ports Authority and will sharply increase the number of vehicles it ships through Charleston.

Airlines agree to costly drinking water tests, flushing

Business briefs

Business briefs

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.

Anheuser-Busch reaffirms full-year outlook
ST. LOUIS - Beer giant Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. on Tuesday reaffirmed its earnings outlook for 2004, projecting a sixth straight year of double-digit earnings per share growth.

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

New Dell plant in N.C. to employ at least 1,500
RALEIGH, N.C. - Dell Inc. said Tuesday that it would build its third U.S. manufacturing plant in North Carolina, employing at least 1,500 people within five years.

Kmart launches credit card

A new spin on clothing
Whoever said Deadheads and disc golfers don't mix obviously never met Michael and Sharon Wellman.

Airlines agree to costly drinking water tests, flushing
WASHINGTON - The government and a dozen airlines struck a deal Tuesday requiring sanitation improvements and increased testing of drinking water aboard aircraft after officials found evidence of harmful bacteria in the water of one in every eight planes tested.

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.

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.

Honda plans new Georgia plant
ATLANTA - Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker, has plans to build an auto transmission plant in Tallapoosa, Ga., and expand existing plants in Alabama and Ohio as part of a $270 million investment plan that will create 600 jobs in the three states.

Whitehurst is eager to go back to Duke

Whitehurst is eager to go back to Duke
Not too many people have fond memories about playing at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium.

Zook plans to sit out 'Gator Growl'

Zook plans to sit out 'Gator Growl'
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Ron Zook has decided to skip one of the school's top homecoming festivities.

Amazingly, ACC should be even better this season

Amazingly, ACC should be even better this season
The Atlantic Coast Conference has six teams in the AP's preseason Top 25. Eleven of the 15 players on last season's all-conference teams return.

Former Augustan plans PGA Tour retirement

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:

More than words
Imagine a gay pride parade with scantily clad men and women performing provocative acts - on top of floats touting moral values.

More than words

Model emergency plans
The last thing anyone wants is a large-scale disaster - whether it be caused by an enemy attack or nature's attack, such as a confluence of tornadoes, storms and floods. But if a disaster, in whatever form, does strike, it's good to know you live in a region of the country that's maximally equipped and trained to deal with it.

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.

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.

Model emergency plans

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."

Seizing the opportunity

Seizing the opportunity
"Presidents who worry about their legacy don't do as well as presidents who just go ahead and do what they think needs to be done. If he spends four years (thinking) how he's going to look in the history books then I think he's not going to take advantage of the opportunity."

Nicky Hilton ends brief marriage
LAS VEGAS - It's splitsville in Sin City. Hotel heiress Nicky Hilton and New York businessman Todd Andrew Meister have officially ended their brief marriage.

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.

Actor favors 'Miami Vice' over James Bond
LOS ANGELES - Colin Farrell says he's not bonded to Bond, but thinks it would be nice to star in "Miami Vice."

People in the News
ROME - The singer once known as Cat Stevens will receive a peace prize from a foundation headed by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Marlon Brando posthumously receives award
NEW YORK - Actors Warren Beatty and Whoopi Goldberg paid tribute to Marlon Brando at a black-tie gala awards ceremony and benefit for the famed acting school where the late two-time Oscar winner once studied.

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.

Google's stock soars - but why?
NEW YORK - Sometimes when stocks soar, it has nothing to do with investors' genuine interest in the company's prospects. They just buy because the stock is going up.

Google's stock soars - but why?

Fennel: A taste to ravish the palate
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J. - After a two-day stay at the glitzy Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa here, I hit a jackpot - of sorts.

Delicious breakfast awaits travelers in Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Quick, name a few dishes on the Chinese lunch or dinner menu. Easy, right? Sweet and sour pork. Stir-fried rice. Won ton soup. Kung pao chicken. Peking duck.

Rice pudding, hot chocolate and almonds
Perhaps it's hard to get going on a dark, shivery morning. Perhaps later in the day a touch of chill and fatigue begin to invade consciousness and must be kept at bay.

Quick: Cuban pork chops
There's a chapter headed "Tender Meats" in Leslie Revsin's new cookbook, "The Simpler The Better: Sensational Home Cooking in 3 Easy Steps" (Wiley, 2004, $24.95). Among the offerings therein is a recipe for Cuban pork chops.

Go-with-the-grain salad

Vegetarian: Chicken-fried steak

Fennel: A taste to ravish the palate

Rice pudding, hot chocolate and almonds

Quick: Cuban pork chops

Low-fat: Saffron chicken and rice with dates
Dates are commonly used in North African and Middle Eastern kitchens, but Americans mostly use them for holiday baking, Dana McCauley says, in Cooking Light magazine's November issue.

Low-fat: Saffron chicken and rice with dates

Vegetarian: Chicken-fried steak
CONCORD, N.H. - Children are fattening. It took me just two months of fatherhood to figure that one out. And it already annoys me.

Delicious breakfast awaits travelers in Taiwan

Go-with-the-grain salad
Go-with-the-grain salad is a nutritious cold-season salad in which the grain is given a special boost with the addition of Italian ham and cheese.

Georgia Tech, UConn have the same goal
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech and Connecticut will have the same goal when they meet at Grant Field on Saturday - garnering that magic sixth victory that will make them winner bowl eligible.

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

Georgia Tech, UConn have the same goal

Young Jags fail to close out victory
After Kristen Bragg and Garrett Phillips each came off the No. 18 green, Augusta State coach Trelle McCombs wrapped an arm around the freshmen. A much-needed consoling hug was in order.

Silly season is now for everyone
Tiger Woods will play in the Skins Game and the Target World Challenge. Vijay Singh has the PGA Grand Slam and the Father-Son Challenge. Other top players can chase free money at the UBS Cup or the Shark Shootout.

Silly season is now for everyone

Six shots that helped shaped the PGA Tour

Young Jags fail to close out victory

Phillips, Lady Jags in charge at home

Goosen needs no style points in final tournament

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.

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.

Six shots that helped shaped the PGA Tour
The first sign that Vijay Singh would be a relentless force on the PGA Tour came in a tournament he didn't win, with a putt that ultimately didn't matter.

Efforts of last season were great

Efforts of last season were great
Our season is over at North Augusta, and obviously we are all disappointed about not making the playoffs.

Kovalev joins Russian club

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.

Cream cheese bars ensure tasty 'pumpkin season'
It would be hard to imagine the span between Halloween and the New Year without pumpkin.

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.

Linda Schrenko indicted on theft charges
ATLANTA - A federal grand jury has returned an 18-count indictment charging former state schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko with stealing more than $500,000 in federal education funds.

Train wreck kills 5
GRANITEVILLE -- At least five people were killed this morning when a train struck a car at a crossing near the intersection of Canal Street and Ascauga Lake Road, Aiken County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Michael Frank said. The accident occurred just before 8:30 a.m., he said.

Fire judges over paid inmate release
As presented in your newspaper, ("Father pays for dealer's release," Oct. 31), two judges freed a convicted criminal for $70,000 paid to the court by the father of the guilty man. John R. Handy, M.D., Augusta

Fire judges over paid inmate release

When money talks, justice walks

What will Charles Walker's fate be?
In your editorial of Nov. 4, "A huge loss for Augusta," you once again stated that, under state law and Senate rules, because of the federal indictment there's a good chance Walker will be shown the door before he can warm the District 22 seat." Howard Eubanks, Augusta

Kerry's campaign was flawed
I have been listening to the post-election rhetoric with astonishment. The Democrats have the gall to shake their heads and wonder why they lost. Many have said that they don't know what went wrong. I'd like to tell them. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Electorate voted for better morals

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

What will Charles Walker's fate be?

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

Bush win will reset moral compass
The re-election of President Bush marks a great time for America. Along with many Bible-believing Christians in the CSRA, I have spent many months in prayer for this election. This election has been a second chance for Christians in America to stand up for our beliefs... Dianne Brady, North Augusta, S.C.

When money talks, justice walks
I am outraged by the release of Paul M. Davis Jr., a twice-convicted drug dealer. He was released from state prison because his daddy had the means to buy him out. I am further appalled that judges not only allowed it, but apparently don't see, or care, that it would smack of impropriety and brings the word omnipotent to mind. Ginny Sherwood, Augusta

Artificial fruit drinks bad for kids

Flag decision doomed Randy Hall
Voters in Georgia's 23rd Senate District are to be congratulated for ridding our great state of Sen. Randy Hall. Nicholas Posey, Martinez

Nuclear weapons, energy differ

Electorate voted for better morals
The truth always prevails. Our recent election was a great victory for the return of morals to our society and country. Carl W. Raforth, Augusta

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

Nuclear weapons, energy differ
In Josh Gelinas' Nov. 4 article, "Bush victory might bode well for SRS," the writer implied that Sen. John Kerry would be unlikely to support future missions of Savannah River Site because he "was viewed as a skeptic of nuclear power." Terry R. Shipe, Evans

Seniors calendar

Creatures found off coast Ga. could be new to science

Midyear moves affect academic life for students

Book explains the installment plan of motherhood

A stroll across America

Armani fans cut from all cloths

The heat is on

Style Briefs

Families should talk medical history at Thanksgiving

New species of predatory amphibian found

Study: Deer, raccoons are top crop-raiders

Holiday cookie contest is back

Health calendar

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.

Study: Deer, raccoons are top crop-raiders
Purdue University researchers who set up cameras in fields to catch wild animals in the act of gobbling up crops found that deer and raccoons - not wild turkeys, as many farmers believe - are the greediest crop-raiders.

New species of predatory amphibian found
PITTSBURGH - A freshman geology student on a field trip stumbled across the fossil of an oversized, salamander-like creature with vicious crocodile-like teeth that lived about 300 million years ago, paleontologists said.

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.

Armani fans cut from all cloths
NEW YORK - Giorgio Armani opened his recent U.S. fashion show to the public - a sign of appreciation for the support he receives from shoppers in this country.

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.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK - Are you surrounded by stuff you never use?

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.

Diet pill shows lasting effect
NEW ORLEANS - An experimental pill made by Sanofi Aventis SA that offers the fairy-tale promise of helping people lose weight and quit smoking has gathered even more stardust.

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.

Armani gets intimate with American audience
NEW YORK - With a strong four-decade track record, Giorgio Armani has earned the right to do just about anything he wants in the field of fashion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Snyder's return to roster pays off

Snyder's return to roster pays off
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia waived rookie defenseman Lawne Snyder 3 1/2 weeks ago, but the coach told Snyder to hang around town, the Lynx might re-sign him.

Kid of the Day
Katlyn Godwin is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

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.

Panel suggests reprimand for sheriff over labor

19-year-old will face charges in teen cadet's death
Seventeen-year-old Chad Hutchings enrolled in the Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Gordon to finish his education and later become a Navy SEAL.

New office in session

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Vote is delayed on tattoo sites

Across the area

A fresh coat

Panel: Aiken emergency crews need pay rise

Man arrested in youth's death

Across South Carolina

Gay mother appeals ruling that took her children away

Obesity is factor in health decline

Georgia poll finds support for tort reform

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.

Officials examine zoning proposals for new school

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.

Canal tour prices will go up slightly

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.

Liberals mobilize claim on 'values'

T.W. Josey educator is class act
A high school English teacher with a love of acting, working in the yard and playing with her dog Gabby was named Tuesday night as Richmond County Teacher of the Year.

Across the area
James "Bubba" Jennings received the mandatory life sentence Tuesday for murder.

Lawsuit seeks to throw out Georgia gay marriage ban
ATLANTA - As promised, gay-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to throw out a same-sex marriage ban voted into the Georgia Constitution last week.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A judge sentenced a man who attempted to burn down the Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to 20 years in prison Monday.

Area may get more flu shots

Canal partnerships applauded
Shrinking federal budgets make it more challenging for communities like Augusta to preserve important natural and historic areas, according to the U.S. Interior Department's deputy secretary.

Canal partnerships applauded

Agency director steps down
The executive director of Metro Augusta-Columbia County Clean & Beautiful has resigned after a review of the agency's financial records, according to Augusta Administrator Fred Russell and the agency's board chairman.

Across the area

Panel: Aiken emergency crews need pay rise
AIKEN - Aiken County already is short 10 paramedics and could suffer an exodus of emergency service personnel if it doesn't provide better pay and hire additional paramedics to lighten the workload, a county advisory committee said Tuesday.

Police search for girl in lake

Investigators say victims shot execution style
MOULTRIE, Ga. - Investigators searched for clues Tuesday in the execution-style slaying of five people, including a 3-year-old boy - whose bodies were discovered after four of the household's children returned from school.

Rants and Raves
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Officials examine zoning proposals for new school
Columbia County school officials examined options for the zoning of a new elementary school opening in 2005 at a board meeting Tuesday.

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

Lawsuit seeks to throw out Georgia gay marriage ban

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.

Man will face 2 more charges

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.

News You Can Use

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

Proud to be an American

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.

Leader wants arena panel

Perdue doesn't seek suspension for Sheriff Kile

Sex offender released on bail

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.

GOP names 2 to top House spots

Perdue doesn't seek suspension for Sheriff Kile
Johnny Roundtree says he doesn't want to talk about Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile anymore. He says he has too much to lose.

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

Man will face 2 more charges
AIKEN - Convicted child molester Richard Grey Mayson Jr. was arrested Tuesday night on new charges in connection with a sexual assault of a Beech Island teen.

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Train wreck kills 5

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

Area may get more flu shots
More than 10 million flu shots will be sent out to the states in the coming weeks to vaccinate high-risk patients, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. When and how much Georgia and South Carolina will get are still the big questions.

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.

News you can use
Student academy awards film festival: The winning films of the annual Student Academy Awards competition will be shown at 7 and 10 p.m. at The Bee's Knees, 211 10th St.

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.

T.W. Josey educator is class act

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

News you can use

Calculation errors slow schools' results

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A court has ordered a cardiologist to stop practicing medicine until he completes an alcohol abuse treatment program, three years after he was disciplined because of substance abuse.

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

New home-video releases

Review: 'The Polar Express'

Review: 'The Polar Express'
People in Hollywood should never work with children or animals, W.C. Fields once said. Maybe that should be expanded to hyper-realistic computer-generated children and reindeer, too.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

'Polar Express' technology frees actors

'Passion' receives award from Catholic group

'Polar Express' technology frees actors
LOS ANGELES - Tom Hanks used experimental technology to morph into a little boy, a train conductor, a hobo and Santa Claus for the new Christmas adventure "The Polar Express."

'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.

'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.

Rapper Murphy Lee accused of DUI, drug possession

Rap label's bookkeeper indicted
NEW YORK - The bookkeeper for rap label Murder Inc. was indicted on money laundering charges by federal prosecutors who are probing ties between drug dealers and the recording home of such platinum-selling acts as Ja Rule and Ashanti.

Chesney wins top honors at CMA

Chesney wins top honors at CMA
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" won song of the year and single of the year, and Kenny Chesney took entertainer of the year and album of the year honors at the Country Music Association awards Tuesday night.

Rap label's bookkeeper indicted

Rapper Murphy Lee accused of DUI, drug possession
ST. LOUIS - Grammy-award winning rapper Murphy Lee was arrested after police pulled him over for an expired license plate and found marijuana in his Mercedes, authorities said.

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.

Earnhardt closing in on Busch without lost points

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
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

Hawks return to Atlanta winless

Fox and CBS get NFL TV contract extensions

Manning leads Colts to victory

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.

Mrs. Rhetta B. Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tom Kelly, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. J. K. "Steve" Stevenson, Sr.    ( BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Paul E. Gray    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Dea Arthur "Boggie" Roberts Sr.    (BRUNSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Joseph G. Cody    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry M. Dye, Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond B. Engelke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Cooler    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Harrison    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Raymond B. Engelke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Alissa Mackenzie Hightower    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Catherine Nappier    ( GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Deacon Roscoe Perry    (CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.)
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Mrs. Lenester Ivey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hildred Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Jeanette Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Johnnie M. Green ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary E. Jenks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Etherlean Cummings (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Smith (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Paul E. Gray (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Essie Mae McGraw (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Jerold Jennings (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

Dea Arthur "Boggie" Roberts Sr. (BRUNSON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Bobby Lee Cody (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Jeanette Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Helena Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Rachels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rhetta B. Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James Harrison (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Addie Doolittle (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Brown (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie "Billie" Berger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Rachels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Gertrude Silver (PHOENIX, Ariz.)

Mrs. Mary Alice Cobb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Perline Jones Ramsey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Arne Thorleif Fliflet (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Beatrice "Polly" Andrews (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Pneufolia Adams (BUFFALO, N.Y.)

Mrs. Mary Alice Huie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hildred Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Alice Huie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenester Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Holyfield heads for Garden fight and more

Overtime

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

Overtime
Several area standouts are committing to college scholarships this week during the fall signing period for NCAA schools.

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

Text of John Ashcroft's resignation letter, dated Nov. 2
Text of the resignation letter, dated Nov. 2 and released Tuesday, from Attorney General John Ashcroft to President Bush:

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.

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.

President of bishops' conference reflects on scandal
BELLEVILLE, Ill. - A week before his term expires as leader of the nation's Roman Catholic hierarchy, Bishop Wilton Gregory said that the pressure of guiding the U.S. church through the height of the clergy sex abuse crisis "drove me to my knees" spiritually.

Pilgrim Press's gay theology tests Protestant limits
Pilgrim Press, the publishing arm of the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ, is once again testing the leftward limits of what's acceptable in "mainline" Protestantism, in particular how Jesus is treated.

'Six Feet Under' heading to the cemetery

David Letterman up early to visits Regis Philbin

'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.

ABC scores a few hits in November sweeps

CBS protests FCC fine for Super Bowl flash
NEW YORK - Viacom argued Monday that the $550,000 proposed government fine for Janet Jackson's Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction was "entirely illogical."

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.

Ed Gordon joins "60 Minutes Wednesday"

Judge sides with Brokaw in hunting dispute
LIVINGSTON, Mont. - A judge has ruled in favor of "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw in his attempt to keep an outfitter from bringing more big-game hunters on land bordering the newsman's ranch.

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."

ABC scores a few hits in November sweeps
NEW YORK - Back in April, saying ABC would have three of the six most popular TV programs in early November was like predicting the Boston Red Sox would win the World Series.

'Law & Order' takes on political sex scandal
LOS ANGELES - A governor of a small Northeastern state announces his resignation, driven from office by a gay sex scandal. It happened in New Jersey and it happens again on "Law & Order." Wednesday's episode of the NBC drama, titled "Gov Love," revolves around a fictional Connecticut governor who is married but has an affair with a male state employee.

'Law & Order' takes on political sex scandal

People in the News

People in the News

Actor favors 'Miami Vice' over James Bond

Actor Howard Keel dead at 85

Nicky Hilton ends brief marriage

Marlon Brando posthumously receives award

Freshman making big impact for Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt knows he'll have to get a little creative when he divvies up playing time for Georgia's running backs next season.

Freshman making big impact for Bulldogs

Pollack named finalists for Lombardi Award
HOUSTON - For the second straight year, Georgia defensive end David Pollack has been named a finalist for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the college football player deemed the nation's top lineman or linebacker.

Richt bets on Brown in Auburn showdown
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt knows he'll have to get a little creative when he divvies up playing time for Georgia's running backs next season.

Pollack named finalists for Lombardi Award

Gamecocks' push for 'culture change'

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.

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.

Former Augustan plans PGA Tour retirement
Augusta native Pete Davison, the man who orchestrated the development of the PGA Tour's Tournament Players Clubs across the country, is changing gears before it's too late.

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

Mr. Bungle album defies stereotypes

My style

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.

Reality TV fan base is still growing

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

Audio best

Xtreme calendar

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.

Mascots Matchup

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?

Odds and Ends

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

Odds and Ends

California couple seeks religious tax break

Prisoner gets head caught in prison doors, dies

President of bishops' conference reflects on scandal

Pilgrim Press's gay theology tests Protestant limits