Peter Matthiessen thrives in material world
SAGAPONACK, N.Y. - As Peter Matthiessen enjoys a lunch of borscht and bread on the patio outside his kitchen, he looks about the land he has owned for 45 years - the pasture and the pear trees, the main house and meditation house - and beholds a contradiction.

'London Bridges' is like a big-budget action film
"London Bridges" (Little, Brown and Company. 391 Pages. $27.95) - James Patterson

Peter Matthiessen thrives in material world

Book award finalists welcome recognition

Book award finalists welcome recognition
NEW YORK - Author Lily Tuck says she would be pleased to see any of the five National Book Awards fiction finalists receive the prize, a generous statement given that Tuck herself is among the nominees.

'Metro Girl' is Evanovich's new unlikely sleuth

'London Bridges' is like a big-budget action film

'Metro Girl' is Evanovich's new unlikely sleuth
Before readers learn the name of the heroine in Janet Evanovich's "Metro Girl," they learn that she aspires to own a pair of Manolo Blahniks. That's a sign of things to come: "Metro Girl" is a lot more about style than substance.

Weather reports draw on a sense of mysticism

Coin toss determines winner in central Florida city council race
GROVELAND, Fla. - Florida, the state that decided the 2000 presidential race with hanging chads and botched ballot designs, added a page to its history of electoral quirkiness Friday: a city council race that was decided by a coin toss.

Tough DUI prosecutor charged with drunken driving
TAMPA, Fla. - A prosecutor known for being "tough as nails" in drunken driving cases was charged with DUI after police said they stopped her with three children in her car.

Odds and Ends
ARDMORE, Okla. - It's a nutty explanation, but a mechanic says a rat is to blame for a traffic accident.

On the move

Acquitted Enron defendant says she's wiser, not bitter

Knowledge of money can help children

Stocks push higher on retail report

Pilot vote on wage cuts offers Delta better chance of avoiding bankruptcy

Nintendo's latest system aims for teens and young adults

Car sales put brake on buying
WASHINGTON - Consumers lost a little of their enthusiasm for auto purchases last month but spent like mad in a number of other areas including clothing and gasoline, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

Nintendo's latest system aims for teens and young adults
Nintendo Co. is set to launch Nintendo DS, the latest of its wallet-sized game systems designed to slip easily into your backpack and encourage procrastination wherever you may roam.

Stocks push higher on retail report
NEW YORK - Wall Street closed its third straight winning week with another rally Friday, advancing as a new retail sales report and a consumer sentiment reading showed that Americans are growing more confident about the economy.

Business briefs
Hildebrandt's Food Store is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The deli and grocery store was founded by Nicholas Hildebrandt in 1879 at the corner of Sixth and Ellis streets.

On the move
Natalie D. Schweers has joined SunTrust as vice president and private client adviser. Ms Schweers will be located at the main office at 801 Broad St. Cliff Eckles, SunTrust's private banker, has been promoted to group vice president.

Questions loom about direction for SEC
NEW YORK - You wouldn't know that corporate scandals are still rampant in the business world by the talk coming out of Washington lately about possible changes at the Securities and Exchange Commission that could diminish its regulatory authority.

More young adults become their own bosses
CHICAGO - Sarah Levy loved being a restaurant pastry chef - but not the long hours, the relatively low pay, or the constant yelling that goes on in high-stress kitchens.

Knowledge of money can help children
NEW YORK - Sometimes educating children turns out to be a learning experience for parents, said Lori Mackey, a former hair stylist who developed a small business based on her own efforts to teach her children about money.

Business briefs

Leaders wonder if it's time for change downtown
The minutes tick away on the Broad Street clock as it waits for a full-fledged revival to hit downtown.

Market feels sting of tomato shortage
Though the cost of tomatoes Colden Waller received on Friday more than doubled, he bought them anyway.

Leaders wonder if it's time for change downtown

Questions loom about direction for SEC

Business calendar
Wednesday: North Augusta Chamber of Commerce A.M. Connection; program has tips on maintaining a healthful diet, exercise and mental health; North Augusta Community Center 7:15 a.m.

Business calendar

Acquitted Enron defendant says she's wiser, not bitter
HOUSTON - When Sheila Kahanek left Enron Corp. several months before its 2001 collapse, she thought she walked away from a culture where accounting rules were stretched.

More young adults become their own bosses

Pilot vote on wage cuts offers Delta better chance of avoiding bankruptcy
ATLANTA - The battered shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. surged nearly 9 percent Friday after its pilots agreed to pay cuts to try to help the ailing carrier escape bankruptcy, but their new contract offers no guarantees for the company's future.

Georgia commissioner rejects merger, wants larger benefits
ATLANTA - Georgia insurance commissioner John Oxendine has rejected Indiana-based Anthem's proposed $16.4 billion merger that would create the nation's largest health insurance company.

Market feels sting of tomato shortage

Pleas for help hog commissioners' time

Pleas for help hog commissioners' time
It is going to be interesting to see how Augusta commissioners respond to businessman Woody Merry and his citizens reform group's questionnaire on city government operations.

Late field goal lifts Blue Devils
DURHAM, N.C. - Matt Brooks had missed key field goals in two close losses this season. He more than made up for it Saturday.

Tigers prepare for Wallace Wade
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium hardly qualifies as one of the most intimidating places to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. But the quiet confines of the 33,941-seat stadium provides a unique challenge.

Tigers prepare for Wallace Wade

Tar Heels near bowl bid after close road victory

Miami rallies to get back into ACC title hunt

Small schools roundup
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Jerome Felton's touchdown run with less than 3 minutes to play gave Furman a 31-24 win over Wofford on Saturday.

Miami rallies to get back into ACC title hunt
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Roscoe Parrish looked like he had sealed the game once already with a dazzling 62-yard punt return touchdown.

Top 25 roundup

Top 25 roundup
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State used a powerful rushing attack, a trick play and a key defensive stand to defeat No. 4 Wisconsin, 49-14 on Saturday, and knock the Badgers out of the national championship race.

Tar Heels near bowl bid after close road victory
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Darian Durant threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Holley in the final minute, helping North Carolina stay on track for a bowl game with a 31-24 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

SEC roundup

SEC roundup
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's Shane Boyd threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Glenn Holt with 1:39 left, lifting the Wildcats past Vanderbilt, 14-13 on Saturday.

Small schools roundup

Conference has earned respect

Remember engineer, too
Five people are dead. One innocent man has to live with it. We feel for all the souls whose lives were forever altered early Wednesday when a car carrying five Avondale Mills employees home from work tried to beat a train at Ascauga Lake Road and Canal Street in Graniteville, S.C.

Playing well with others

An open, honest talk?

An open, honest talk?
Can Augusta have an open and honest discussion about race? We're about to find out.

School lawsuit is costly
The Cobb County Board of Education is defending in court a disclaimer sticker put on its science textbooks, saying that evolution is "a theory, not a fact."

Why books are trashed

Why books are trashed
Books often are trashed by critics, but not by librarians - and certainly not literally. The issue of trashed books surfaced last week when military physician Keith Fincher came across Augusta-Richmond County Library employees putting books out by the trash at the Jackson Road branch.

Playing well with others
Some small-minded thinking on someone's part may result in the Augusta area's failure to grow as it should.

Bon Jovi marks a milestone
NEW YORK - Love them or hate them, there's no denying Bon Jovi's accomplishments.

Retail credit cards may carry high interest rates
NEW YORK - As you approach the checkout counter with your arms full of sweaters or toys or other purchases for the holidays, it's not uncommon for the sales clerk to offer you a deal - 10 percent off your bill if you open a store credit account.

Retail credit cards may carry high interest rates

Georgia Southern rebounds with victory
MIAMI - Georgia Southern traveled through the Space Coast just to get to Miami to meet Florida International.

Freshman has another record day at home
ATLANTA - Calvin Johnson just keeps adding to his mystique.

Coach believes Yellow Jackets have the tools
ATLANTA - Take a look at Georgia Tech's men's basketball program.

Yellow Jackets win to go bowling again
ATLANTA - Bowl representatives stand out in any press box. In their spiffy blazers - complete with the tacky bowl patches sewn on the breast pocket - they work the room like overzealous politicians.

Georgia Southern rebounds with victory

Freshman has another record day at home

Yellow Jackets win to go bowling again

Kuehne, Sluman make their move
NAPLES, Fla. - Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman combined for 10-under-par 62 on Saturday and moved into a tie for the lead with Justin Leonard and Steve Flesch after two rounds of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Sifford breaks another barrier with hall of fame induction
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A trio of "firsts" will be honored Monday with the induction of the Class of 2004 into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Leonard, Flesch take early lead at Franklin Templeton Shootout

Leonard, Flesch take early lead at Franklin Templeton Shootout
NAPLES, Fla. - Justin Leonard and Steve Flesch combined for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke lead over Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman on Friday after the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Leonard, Flesch take lead

Sifford breaks another barrier with hall of fame induction

Leonard, Flesch take lead
NAPLES, Fla. - Justin Leonard and Steve Flesch combined for 9-under-par 63 and a one-stroke lead over Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman on Friday after the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Kuehne, Sluman make their move

Spartans' staunch defense shuts down Tigers

Laney routs Greater Atlanta Christian

Dunn proves critics wrong

Blackville-Hilda gets revenge

Aiken wins shutout in fog

Panthers bounce Rebels

Lincoln County Red Devils erase Tigers

Sandersville gets pair of shutout wins in town

A few is not enough

Blackville-Hilda gets revenge
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Marcus Allen said his team has been thinking about Lake View since spring practice.

Lincoln County Red Devils erase Tigers
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- The Lincoln County Red Devils overcame a sluggish start and captured their 99th playoff victory, coming from behind and tripping rival Commerce, 35-14, in the second round of the Class A playoffs Friday night at Buddy Bufford Field.

Spartans' staunch defense shuts down Tigers
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens Academy knew all week it would have to find a way to win without senior quarterback Chris Rogers. The Spartans bet on stifling defense and speedy special teams work to help sophomore backup Malloy VanGorder

Panthers bounce Rebels
JOHNSTON, S.C. - This will forever be remembered at Strom Thurmond as the season that went up in fog.

Sandersville gets pair of shutout wins in town
Tyree Burnett had 150 rushing yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Golden Hawks posted the shutout and moved into the Class AAA quarterfinals.

Aiken wins shutout in fog
AIKEN -- Terrence Smith didn't need to admit he juggled the catch. No one in the stands could see much of the play anyway. For that matter, no one saw much of anything in the second half after fog rolled into Aiken High School.

A few is not enough
South Aiken quarterback Xavier Madison gains a few yards during Saturday night's Class AAAA Division II playoff game at Byrnes.

Laney routs Greater Atlanta Christian
It is a score that will be cause for pause if you're on a team still in the Georgia High School Association Class AA playoffs. Eyeballs belonging to the head coaches of strong teams will take one look and wonder: How in the world did Laney score 57 points in a 31-point victory against Greater Atlanta Christian?

Dunn proves critics wrong
The spark behind Laney's gigantic offensive performance in a 57-26 win came via an internet connection, a newspaper columnist's words and a printer. That was all the fuel necessary for Wildcats senior Robert Dunn.

Weather reports draw on a sense of mysticism
There will be a rain dance Friday night, weather permitting.

Bush has won; proceed with caution
The American people have spoken loudly. They want values in the White House. While I agree that this country needs to return to a more values-oriented mind-set, remember that we - especially the middle class and the poor - can't eat values. William Sanders, Augusta

Losing candidates show stripes

Bush has won; proceed with caution

Moral values ill-reflected in kids
Recent editorials in The Augusta Chronicle have cheered the triumph of moral values in the November presidential election. Talk is cheap.Mark W. Hamrick, Martinez

'Strom' play must be shut down
I am writing to inform the people of South Carolina regarding Strom in Limbo, a play running at the University of South Carolina Upstate.Stephen Mitchell Ballenger, warrenton

City's death spiral continues
The recent election of indicted Charles Walker to state Senate is just another sad commentary on the steady drift in Richmond County's moral compass. How low is Augusta willing to go before its citizens wake up to the reality of where their city is headed?Lawrence Smith, Martinez

Vets deserve better health care

City falling apart in so many ways
Through the media, it is my understanding that Augusta-Richmond County needs to make budget cuts. They plan on starting with the sheriff's department. This is idiotic planning by the Augusta Commission and our dummy mayor. Tina Cloer, Augusta

Losing candidates show stripes
Any political observer could not help but notice the corrosive anger projected by Al Gore as he spoke in behalf of candidate John Kerry. Not only did it defuse any support he might have given Kerry; but, it clearly demonstrated that, after a lengthy four years, he had been unable to come to terms with the 2000 election result. That apparent inability to accept the unchangeable appears to me to be an indication that Gore would have been a dangerous man to have in the White House.Gene Rickaby, Martinez

City's death spiral continues

Vets deserve better health care
My father recently suffered a heart attack and was taken to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta. Having spent countless hours at Aiken Regional Medical Centers and University Hospital in Augusta during the eight years my mother was ill, I had grown accustomed to seeing ailing patients treated prompt- ly and with care and compassion. Chris L. Bush, Aiken, S.C.

Forum to offer facts on asthma
Asthma is a major public health problem in Richmond County, especially for children. Among Richmond County students enrolled in public schools, there are more than 1,700 children and adolescents suffering from asthma.Yvonne Rivers, RN, BSN, Augusta

Tort reform goes easy on negligence
In response to your Nov. 9 article on tort reform, "Survey: State's voters support tort reform": I wonder if the Georgia Hospital Association told Georgia citizens they surveyed that 195,000 Americans die nationwide every year because of negligence and abuse in hospitals. Jacqueline Boatwright, Hephzibah

Moral values ill-reflected in kids

Tort reform goes easy on negligence

More retirees consider snow country

Enthusiasts say extreme skiing can be done safely

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers

Out-of-date color is source of inspiration

How one vacationer fell in love on the water

Local governments increasingly back re-enactment tourism

Boyfriend should have Jr. after name

Stairwells need not be ho-hum

Climate change affecting global environment

Step by step

Fireplace smoke signals

How to avoid the flu bug

Stairwells need not be ho-hum
Stairwells are often, well, boring. They need not be. In fact, a stair railing can be a focal point of an entire room if well-designed.

Fireplace smoke signals
Firing up a fireplace after it's been sitting idle all summer can cause all sorts of unwanted problems. They range from red eyes and coughing to air pollution and carbon monoxide poisoning. So before you hold a match to any logs, be they natural wood or natural gas, look for smoke signals.

Out-of-date color is source of inspiration
Ben Atkins has little space with which to work in his west Augusta town house, but seven months after moving in, the 30-year-old Hephzibah native has transformed one modest space into three unique areas.

How one vacationer fell in love on the water
NEW YORK - I'll always remember the day I fell in love. It was in May 1999, somewhere between Juneau, Alaska, and Vancouver, Canada.

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: Could you recommend a treatment to remove the white streaks and efflorescence on a natural red brick fireplace, which were caused by a leak at the roof-chimney connection? We have tried washing it with pool acid and had little or no success. -- John

Local governments increasingly back re-enactment tourism
RICHMOND, Va. - From Spotsylvania to Shiloh, Civil War enthusiasts continue to re-enact clashes from the conflict fought nearly 150 years ago, traveling to battlefields with their weapons, uniforms and passion for history.

Step by step
Stairwells are often, well, boring. They need not be. In fact, a stair railing can be a focal point of an entire room if well-designed.

More retirees consider snow country
BUFFALO, Wyo. - Whenever Fern and Dale Johnson visited family here, they couldn't help feeling a bit envious. People were so friendly, and the pace of life in the rural community was much slower - and more to their liking - than back home in Nebraska.

Climate change affecting global environment
Global warming has had little noticeable impact in Washington, D.C. Politicians in the nation's capital have been reluctant to set limits on the carbon dioxide pollution that is expected to warm the planet by 4 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit during the next century, citing uncertainty about the severity of the threat.

How to avoid the flu bug
Whatever you do - don't panic! That's the advice of Bonnie Hebert, the spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - this despite the loss of nearly 50 million contaminated flu vaccine doses, the frenzy of people descending on flu clinics in the desperate hope of getting shots and the media flurry surrounding the shortage.

Enthusiasts say extreme skiing can be done safely
LOVELAND PASS, Colo. - The four skiers emerged from vehicles at the side of a highway high in the Rockies and headed up a steep, tree-covered slope into the wilderness.

Cruises: More choices than ever before
NEW YORK - More people are taking cruises than ever before. And more options are available to cruisers than ever before - more destinations, a bigger variety of activities on and off the ship, even more choices for dinner. Niche cruises abound, from sailings for wine aficionados to trips that teach photography. And even though most cruisers use travel agents to book their trips, the Internet is playing an increasingly important role as a research tool.

In the know
Does soul food speak to your soul? If you're 17 or older and would like to be a soul food taste-tester, tell us why in 25 words or less.

Boyfriend should have Jr. after name
Dear Carson: My boyfriend was named after his father. He was named with a "II" designation after his name. Is that proper or should it have been "John James Doe Jr." instead? - Numbered Name

Lynx again fail to win at home

Offense falters in Lynx loss
The only period Friday night that the Augusta Lynx out-shot the Charlotte Checkers was the second.

Lynx again fail to win at home
With 10 seconds left in Saturday night's game, it looked like the Augusta Lynx would pick up their first home win of the season.

Pupils move on despite failure

Mother is upset over school official reading diary
The diary had a Winnie the Pooh cover and a place for a lock, but that didn't stop the assistant principal at Langford Middle School from reading it.

Budget talk will get tougher

Exhibit celebrates legacy of veterans
Rifles, bayonets, grenades and flak jackets don't usually line the lobby of the Augusta Museum of History, but this weekend they were proudly displayed by several local military historians in a tribute to American soldiers who fought in 20th century wars.

Fort Benning honors fallen German POWs
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Dignitaries will soon gather at the Fort Benning cemetery to honor former enemies - 44 German soldiers, including a highly decorated general, who died as World War II prisoners of war.

Program for disabled needs help
AIKEN - Don Taylor could have stayed at home Saturday, out from beneath the gray sky and temperatures that dipped below 60 degrees.

Members say city still faces obstacles

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A U.S. Marine from Georgia was killed Wednesday in Iraq during a battle with insurgents in Fallujah, the Marine Corps said.

Bond denied for sex offender
AIKEN - Convicted child molester Richard Grey Mayson Jr. was denied bond Friday by an Aiken County circuit judge after a two-hour hearing in which he was portrayed as a son devoted to his ailing father, a member of his church choir and a "pedophile in recovery" who employed teenage boys in the work crews of his handyman business.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Charleston County Council candidate is suing his runoff opponent and a radio talk show host for calling him a criminal.

Agency grants appeal of error

Across the area
An Aiken woman was accused of putting a padlock on the front door of a house her common-law husband was staying in early Saturday morning and setting the home on fire, according to police records.

Across South Carolina

Warming up
Scotty Allen, 13, of Hephzibah Middle School, does some last-minute preparation before taking the stage at Augusta State University's Symphony Youth Competition.

Across the area

Attacks led priest to Army
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Rev. Timothy Valentine's upbringing led him naturally to the priesthood. What he saw firsthand on Sept. 11, 2001, led him to the Army.

Fire chief wants tax increase to get staff

Are perceptions of a racial division hurting Augusta?
When three black Augusta commissioners went to Washington four years ago and intimated to the nation that the city had a race relations problem, those responsible for bringing business to the area likely cringed.

North Augusta felons may be in for a shock

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Lila Marie Phurrough of Martinez.

SCLC announces new leader, vision
ATLANTA - With oratory vigor and power reminiscent of co-founder Martin Luther King, Jr., the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference - the storied organization tied to some of the civil rights movement's greatest achievements - announced Friday the group will raise money and work against injustice around the world.

News you can use
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Order of flu shots coming
Georgia will be getting more than 200,000 additional flu shots, though some will not arrive until January, the Georgia Division of Public Health announced Friday evening.

Supercritical fluids show promise for Confederate sub
CHARLESTON, S.C. - After months of testing, technology using supercritical fluids shows promise for preserving the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley which sat encased in sand beneath the ocean for almost 140 years.

SCLC announces new leader, vision

Agency grants appeal of error
Glenn Hills High School could use a morale boost after taking such a hit for student violence. They got it last week.

Doctors map out diabetes in genes
In the past few months, they narrowed down a cause of inherited diabetes to a single genetic defect, like finding a typo in a word 3 billion letters long. Now, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia are looking to translate the entire book on autoimmune disease.

Dispute leaves aid group adrift
Southside Clique, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding homes for former jail inmates, is having homeless problems of its own.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Woman confesses in soldier's death

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Across the area
Someone fired a BB gun at a Richmond County school bus Friday afternoon, chipping a window.

Bond denied for sex offender

News you can use

Funding proposal stuns soccer club

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

Order of flu shots coming

Kid of the Day

Firefighters strike a pose for charity

Fire chief wants tax increase to get staff
Augusta's new fire stations are bigger, more open and have more space that a modern fire department needs.

Community caters to pilots
TRENTON, S.C. - Jack and Elaine Bombard are aviation enthusiasts of the most serious kind.

Pupils move on despite failure
Of the eight Columbia County third-graders who failed a re-test of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in July, at least five made it to the fourth grade anyway.

Supercritical fluids show promise for Confederate sub

Officials push to get land behind grocery

Exhibit celebrates legacy of veterans

Mother is upset over school official reading diary

Community caters to pilots

Officials push to get land behind grocery
It's an open field in the Evans Town Center where county events often are staged, children sometimes fly kites and a whoosh of passing traffic reminds visitors that growth is near.

Warming up

Budget talk will get tougher
It's going to get worse before it gets better.< That's the message Augusta officials are preparing for government departments and non profit agencies that are funded from the city's general-fund budget each year.

Fort Benning honors fallen German POWs

Kid of the Day
Maya Phillips is the Kid of the Day

Doctors map out diabetes in genes

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

News you can use

North Augusta felons may be in for a shock
NORTH AUGUSTA - At first, Capt. Bill Luckey was cynical about the North Augusta Department of Public Safety's new Taser gun.

Are perceptions of a racial division hurting Augusta?

Woman confesses in soldier's death
An Augusta woman pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday in the stabbing death of a Fort Gordon soldier.

Program for disabled needs help

Members say city still faces obstacles
The outgoing Richmond County grand jury asked Augusta leaders Friday for a renewed commitment for reform. Their plea comes nearly five years after the creation of a special grand jury, which was convened to investigate Augusta's government.

Dispute leaves aid group adrift

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Lawyers fighting a court challenge of evolution disclaimers on textbooks defended the warning stickers in final arguments Friday as a show of tolerance, not religious activism as some parents claimed.

Across the area

Funding proposal stuns soccer club
Directors of the Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club awoke Friday morning to surprising news on the front page of their newspaper.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The Department of Juvenile Justice said Friday it will release a report card Wednesday on its attempt to improve the way it handles the state's young offenders.

Kid of the Day

Firefighters strike a pose for charity
A familiar joke asks the question: How does a firefighter keep his pants up? The calendar, featuring 12 pouting and posing firefighters in various states of undress, has been on sale for only one week, but the fund-raiser already is generating lots of heat.

Rogers, Tigers make big plays
AUBURN, Ala. - Hundreds of Auburn fans lined up before the game to gawk and snap pictures with a $30,000 piece of crystal. In about seven weeks, the Tigers might just own it.

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Capsule reviews of new films

Destiny's Child CD is lackluster return
Destiny's Child's new album is called Destiny Fulfilled. A more apt title might have been Destiny We-always-insisted-we-would-do-another-group-project-together-after-going-solo,-so-here-it-is,-obligation-taken-care-of,-now-let's-move-on-with-our-lives.

Busch clinging to narrow lead

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darrell Waltrip used to talk about Darlington Raceway as if it were a temperamental woman.

Truex wraps up Busch title
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Martin Truex Jr.'s fourth-place finish Saturday at Darlington Raceway gave Dale Earnhardt Jr. the first of two series championships he covets this year.

Contenders put in front for Sunday
DARLINGTON, S.C. - When NASCAR decided to throw out the red flag with four laps remaining last week at Phoenix International Raceway, it defied the purpose of its new green-white-checkered rule that was supposed to help assure a green-flag finish.

Busch clinging to narrow lead
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kurt Busch said the real pressure is on the drivers trying to catch him in the Chase for the Championship going into today's Mountain Dew Southern 500.

Rain puts leaders out front at Darlington

Rain puts leaders out front at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - The contenders for the Nextel Cup championship moved to the front of the field without turning a lap Friday at Darlington Raceway.

Stackhouse shoots Mavericks to win

Spurs clip Hawks' wings
ATLANTA - One night after facing Shaquille O'Neal at a sold-out arena in San Antonio, Tim Duncan's next challenge was Jason Collier at a half-filled venue in Georgia.

Spurs clip Hawks' wings

Stackhouse shoots Mavericks to win
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jerry Stackhouse hit all five of his third-quarter shots and scored a season-high 28 points Saturday, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 94-78 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Hawks top Hornets
NEW ORLEANS - Antoine Walker and Atlanta Hawks snapped their winless streak and extended the disastrous start of new Hornets coach Byron Scott.

Hawks top Hornets

Conference has earned respect
When Kennesaw State stormed through the Elite Eight and handily defeated Southern Indiana to win the NCAA Division II national championship, Peach Belt coaches rejoiced.

NFL power rankings week 10

Gruden, Bucs seek consistency vs. Atlanta

Vick hoping to stick it to Buccaneers

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Mr. Nathel Hay    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Freddie D. Oakman, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Hazel Allen Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Minnie L. Parker    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Domiya Ni'Asia Young    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Ms. Ruby Peterson Jones    (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)
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Mrs. Ethel Tyler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sing Powell Tomlinson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Michael B. Pyle    (BOSTON, Mass.)
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Mr. Michael B. Pyle    (BOSTON, Mass.)
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Mrs. Jessie Mae Cunningham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Infant Kloyee Rene Wood    (WINDER, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Lanier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joe C. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sunie A. Bowen    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Julia Fitzgerald    (HAMMOND, L a.)
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Elizabeth Inez Cook Byars    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pearlie L. Herron    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Huie P. "Hurricane" Cain    ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lenester Ivey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil V. Carter    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Kenneth George McBride    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. A.C. Davis    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Mrs. Leah Hardin Beaudreau    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Leah Hardin Beaudreau    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Ms. Ella Hart Payne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jessey Hanson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bernice Eugenia Hall Bailey    (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hortense O. Hartley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. William J. Cooper    (CHESAPEAKE, Va.)
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Mr. Willie James Bush    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Bessie Cochran Russell    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sally Ann Shipman Barrett    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Domiya Ni'Asia Young    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Cynthia "Kay" Nunn Davis    (LEESVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Scott A. Youngblood    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Ms. Brenda Yvonne Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Brenda Yvonne Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joe C. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Wilbert Joseph Hans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Wadley Culbreth    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Barley, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Vera Staley    (BRONX, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Marie Clark Saxon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Freeman P. Simmons, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Cecil V. Carter    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Minnie L. Parker    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas J. Carswell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Hattie Mae Holloway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Connie D. Bodie    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Gregory D. Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. David B. Bell    (PLEASANT, S.C.)
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Mr. Jack Lamb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Albert Bell, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ronald Lamar Walker    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Rev. David B. Bell    (PLEASANT, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas J. Carswell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Rev. Leon Anthony, Jr.    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lynda G. Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn Loree Harrill (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Michael "Mike" Lanier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Elizabeth Inez Cook Byars (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald Lamar Walker (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lynda G. Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory D. Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Scott A. Youngblood (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William J. Cooper (CHESAPEAKE, Va.)

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

Mrs. Susie Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Kendrick Lee (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Lanier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sing Powell Tomlinson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Domiya Ni'Asia Young (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Domiya Ni'Asia Young (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Lamb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenester Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. David B. Bell (PLEASANT, S.C.)

Mr. A.C. Davis (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Leah Hardin Beaudreau (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Lamar Walker (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Allen Cook (AIKEN, S.C.)

Connie D. Bodie (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth George McBride (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Eugenia Hall Bailey (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Nathel Hay (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Bell, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lynda G. Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil V. Carter (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Frost, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Yvonne Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Tyler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Kenneth Ardell Johnson (FLORENCE, S.C.)

Mr. Jessey Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Clark Saxon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sunie A. Bowen (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Claude Marie Keith (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie L. Parker (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Grady John Mobley, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hortense O. Hartley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Barley, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Michael B. Pyle (BOSTON, Mass.)

Mr. John Claude May ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Yvonne Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas J. Carswell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Willie James Bush (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Cecil V. Carter (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Mae Holloway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pecola Johnson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Lee Sherrod (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Jessey Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Staley (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mrs. Leah Hardin Beaudreau (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Henry William (Bo) Johnson (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mr. David B. Bell (PLEASANT, S.C.)

Mrs. Carlene Smith Lovett (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Infant Kloyee Rene Wood (WINDER, Ga.)

Mrs. Sally Ann Shipman Barrett (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Huie P. "Hurricane" Cain ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Grady John Mobley, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearlie L. Herron (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Mae Cunningham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby Peterson Jones (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)

Mrs. Julia Fitzgerald (HAMMOND, L a.)

Nation must remain vigilant of nuclear terror
As allied forces pursue al-Qaida, the broader challenge is preventing the spread of nuclear weapons materials to terrorists. We are making substantial progress. An ingenious program has been successfully destroying highly-enriched uranium from the former Soviet Union's arsenal so it can't fall into the hands of terrorists. This effort has been one of the most effective, cost-efficient weapons in the critical fight against nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

Nation must remain vigilant of nuclear terror
As allied forces pursue al-Qaida, the broader challenge is preventing the spread of nuclear weapons materials to terrorists. We are making substantial progress. An ingenious program has been successfully destroying highly-enriched uranium from the former Soviet Union's arsenal so it can't fall into the hands of terrorists. This effort has been one of the most effective, cost-efficient weapons in the critical fight against nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

Georgia Tech rowers enjoy fall success

Overtime

We are the champions

Overtime

We are the champions
SpecialWe are the championsGreenbrier's boys cross country team (above) finished second in the Class AAAA state meet on Nov. 6 in Carrollton, Ga. Tyler Warren (holding trophy) won the individual championship with a time of 16:10.11. Westminster's boys soccer team (left) won the GISA title with a 3-2 victory over Stratford in overtime. Blake Underwood scored twice, including the game-winner, and Elliot Rivers added the Wildcats' other goal.

Overtime
In Savannah, Ga., fifth-seeded USC Upstate (16-14) had four players in double figures in kills to knock No. 4 USC Aiken (21-13) out of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Friday, 28-30, 30-26, 30-26 and 30-18.

Georgia Tech rowers enjoy fall success
As a frosty wind ripped across the Savannah River, Tim Maryak and Sean McLeskey stood on the shore measuring their next move.

Overtime
In Jekyll Island, Ga., Savannah's Steve Hoffman and Ken Stewart fired a final-round 69 and defeated Spencer Sappington and Bill Ploeger in a one-hole playoff to capture the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship at Jekyll Island Golf Resort.

An evening to remember

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

An evening to remember
Debra Whisenant of Aiken has hunted frequently with her husband, Robin, and her son, Brad Kelly. After six seasons, she has taken her share of does and a small buck or two, but this heavy-bodied eight-pointer is unquestionably her most memorable deer.

Tales from the wild don't often add up
Henry Frischknecht was walking to his favorite deer stand one afternoon when he saw movement up ahead.

Gruden, Bucs seek consistency vs. Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coach Jon Gruden went nine games without consecutive victories before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Kansas City last week.

Vick hoping to stick it to Buccaneers
ATLANTA - Two years ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on their way to the Super Bowl and Michael Vick looked lost.

NFL power rankings week 10
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Panthers' Davis done for year
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers placed Stephen Davis on injured reserve Saturday, marking their third running back the team has lost for the season.

Lecture teaches to beat grudges
Warning: Unforgivingness is harmful to your health. It affects blood pressure, heart rate, brain activity and cortisol levels in the blood, all subject to scientific probing and measuring, studies have shown.

Faith digest
A musical tribute to veterans will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bible Fellowship Church, which meets at the Belair Conference Center, 4081 S. Belair Road.

Session will teach people to release pressure, gain insight through labyrinth
All Karen Hill needed to achieve her dream of a labyrinth at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd was one summer.

Can 77 million Anglicans avoid an eventual crackup?
Is the Anglican Communion headed toward an eventual crackup? The situation doesn't look particularly hopeful, based on reaction to the work of an emergency commission whose goal is preserving the worldwide body of 77 million Christians.

Mission trip will aid blind
Like the evangelist Paul, Willie Jones has his own Damascus Road story to tell.

Japan's ancient religion struggles to adapt
ISE, Japan - The steady crowds cross an arched bridge and follow a pebbled path into a forest of towering cypress trees, bowing before a simple gate that stands between them and the holiest place in Japan - the inner sanctuary of the Grand Shrines of Ise.

Religion News in Brief
LONDON - The Church of England remains sharply divided on whether women should be priests and soon must decide whether they should be bishops as well, a church report said.

Tales from the wild don't often add up

Rogers, Tigers make big plays

Dennis Farina: a new face on the 'Law & Order' force

Dennis Farina: a new face on the 'Law & Order' force
NEW YORK - You meet him, you have no doubt that Dennis Farina is a tough guy. Steel-gray hair; craggy face with this-means-business mustache; husky build. Besides, you already know he's a lifelong Chicagoan and ex-cop.

Bon Jovi marks a milestone

Georgia vs. Auburn: a game with everything

Tigers show who's top dog in the SEC
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn appealed to the poll voters with a dominant performance that left coach Tommy Tuberville with little reason to give a stump speech.

Collision shakes Brown up
AUBURN, Ala. - A helmet-to-helmet collision left Georgia receiver Reggie Brown motionless on the ground Saturday, but united 87,451 of the South's most bitter rivals at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Georgia vs. Auburn: a game with everything
AUBURN, Ala. - This Georgia-Auburn game has it all: star quarterbacks, stingy defenses, talented running backs and high stakes.

Georgia's hopes for BCS bowl vanish with Auburn thrashing

Georgia's hopes for BCS bowl vanish with Auburn thrashing
No. 3 Auburn made a major statement to the nation's pollsters, bolstering its national championship campaign with a 24-6 drubbing of No. 8 Georgia on Saturday to remain unbeaten. Georgia's remote Southeastern Conference championship and BCS bowl hopes were crushed with the Bulldogs' second defeat of the season.

Duo runs it down Bulldogs' throats

Duo runs it down Bulldogs' throats
AUBURN, Ala. - If Georgia can take any solace from Saturday's 24-6 loss to Auburn, it's the knowledge that it won't have to face Tigers running backs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown anymore.

Tigers show who's top dog in the SEC

Collision shakes Brown up

Gamecocks get swamped

Gamecocks get swamped
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Chris Leak threw a career-high six touchdown passes to lead the Florida Gators to a 48-14 rout of South Carolina on Saturday night and send fired coach Ron Zook out with a postseason berth.

Odds and Ends

Tough DUI prosecutor charged with drunken driving

Coin toss determines winner in central Florida city council race

Faith digest

Session will teach people to release pressure, gain insight through labyrinth

Religion News in Brief

Mission trip will aid blind

Can 77 million Anglicans avoid an eventual crackup?

Japan's ancient religion struggles to adapt