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

Cone sisters' magnificent collection comes home

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.

Cone sisters' magnificent collection comes home
RALEIGH, N.C. - Money from North Carolina textile mills allowed Claribel and Etta Cone to assemble one of the great collections of modern art, filled with works by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Author building empire with friendly spider

Author building empire with friendly spider
KING FERRY, N.Y. -This spider man doesn't fight super-strength villains. Instead, his world is a whimsical, woodsy wonderland, where a vegetarian spider teaches lessons of love and friendship.

'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.

Peter Matthiessen thrives in material world

Book award finalists welcome recognition

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

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

Weather reports draw on a sense of mysticism

Man accused of biting officer, police dog
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Police say a man bit an officer and his dog Friday after trying to stiff a cab driver on an early morning fare.

Charges dropped against woman accused of passing $200 bill
GREENSBURG, Pa. - A case of funny money has ended happily for a woman who had been charged with passing a bogus $200 bill with President Bush's picture on it.

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.

Leaders wonder if it's time for change downtown

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.

Worries rise about possible dollar crisis
WASHINGTON - America's trade deficit is soaring and the once high-flying dollar has sunk to record lows against Europe's common currency. But the Bush administration has reacted with remarkable calm to developments that raise worries about a possible dollar crisis.

Around the watercooler

On the move

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.

Business calendar

More young adults become their own bosses

Questions loom about direction for SEC

Worries rise about possible dollar crisis

Around the watercooler
WORKER COMMUNICATION: If you're a manager, how do your employees think you could become a better communicator?

Knowledge of money can help children

Retailers talk turkey as holiday season approaches

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.

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.

Retailers talk turkey as holiday season approaches
NEW YORK - It always seems a little premature to talk about the holiday season while the Thanksgiving menu is still in the planning stages, but there'll be plenty of discussion on Wall Street about December and shopping this week as top retailers report their earnings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tar Heels near bowl bid after close road victory

Auburn rides balanced attack to impressive win

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.

Alabama-Auburn approach from different directions
Mike Shula has an easy motivational job this week.

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.

Auburn rides balanced attack to impressive win
AUBURN, Ala. - Tommy Tuberville dug deep into his past to make a case for co-No. 2 Auburn as national champion.

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.

Monday morning quarterback
WHO'S HOT: Auburn. If this team doesn't play for the national championship, college football as we know it will implode.

Miami rallies to get back into ACC title hunt

SEC roundup

Monday morning quarterback

Small schools roundup

Top 25 roundup

Alabama-Auburn approach from different directions

Conference has earned respect

An open, honest talk?

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.

It's about who we are
What makes a city? Is it the streets and curbs and sewers? Is it the lights that illuminate the brick and concrete at night? Is it the smoke billowing from the factories? The road signs? The police cars?

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

DNC chief a real scream?
What could the Democratic National Committee do to make Republicans happy? Getting lost, of course, but that's not about to happen. The next best thing would be to name the "scream man" - ex-presidential candidate Howard Dean - to head the DNC.

Playing well with others

It's about who we are

Star Jones marries in star-studded bash
NEW YORK - Star Jones, co-host of ABC's "The View," married banker Al Reynolds in a star-studded Park Avenue bash.

People in the News
HONOLULU - Teenager Bethany Hamilton, an inspiration to many when she returned to surfing after losing her left arm to a shark, swapped "board stories" with Gov. Linda Lingle.

Rapper O.D.B.'s autopsy results pending
NEW YORK - Autopsy results for the rapper known as O.D.B., who died at a Manhattan recording studio, will not be available for several days while authorities conduct medical tests, officials said Sunday.

Hot economy brings strong returns for China funds
NEW YORK - With a series of open-market reforms and an economy expanding by at least 8 percent a year, China has enjoyed unprecedented international investment - and investors have enjoyed double-digit returns.

Children need to learn about financial responsibility

Retail credit cards may carry high interest rates

Hot economy brings strong returns for China funds

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.

More 20somethings finding ways to be their own boss
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.

Children need to learn about financial responsibility
NEW YORK - Ask a child where money comes from and you might hear that it's printed by automatic teller machines, or that it grows on trees. But as anyone who's ever been in earshot of a check-out line tantrum knows, it doesn't take long for this confusion to stop being cute.

More 20somethings finding ways to be their own boss

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.

Gailey happy for another bowl
ATLANTA - Chan Gailey isn't going to complain if Georgia Tech had to settle for another obscure bowl game.

Georgia Tech routs LeMoyne
ATLANTA - B.J. Elder scored 25 points and Luke Schenscher added 19 to lead third-ranked Georgia Tech to a 103-66 exhibition victory over LeMoyne on Sunday.

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.

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

Georgia Southern rebounds with victory

Freshman has another record day at home

Gailey happy for another bowl

Georgia Tech routs LeMoyne

Yellow Jackets win to go bowling again

In a pinch, movie makers can kill Martians like this

Kuehne, Sluman win second straight Franklin Templeton Shootout title
NAPLES, Fla. - Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman birdied four of the last five holes and beat Justin Leonard and Steve Flesch by two strokes at the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Sunday.

Montgomerie beats Woods to win Skins event
JEJU, South Korea - Colin Montgomerie held off Tiger Woods to win a one-day Skins event Sunday.

Daly-Donofrio wins LPGA champions tournament
MOBILE, Ala. - Heather Daly-Donofrio holed out her second shot for eagle on the third hole and cruised to a four-stroke victory Sunday in the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

Daly-Donofrio wins LPGA champions tournament

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.

Kuehne, Sluman win second straight Franklin Templeton Shootout title

Sifford breaks another barrier with hall of fame induction

Montgomerie beats Woods to win Skins event

Kuehne, Sluman make their move

A few is not enough

Dunn proves critics wrong

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.

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.

Schrenko pleads not guilty
ATLANTA - Former state schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko turned herself in to a federal magistrate Monday on charges of stealing more than $600,000 in federal education funds.

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's death spiral continues

Nation must face reality on Iraq now
Is the Solid South a Republican stronghold because the Bush administration has made us safer since 9-11, and has done all the wonderful things Republicans say they've done, or is it because they subconsciously capitalize on the Old South's segregationist racial policies, and are fooling us? James Walton, Augusta

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

Small comics leave reader squinting
Surely you don't intend to shrink the comic strips Family Circus and The Lockhorns permanently, do you? Betty Timmerman, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Palestinians do not really exist
With the recent death of Yasser Arafat, we would all do well to remember a few facts about the government entity that he headed, especially since it is regularly referred to incorrectly in the media, various pulpits and even some Bibles. Art Cabot, North Augusta, S.C.

Moral values ill-reflected in kids

Was yet another election stolen?
What about that election, huh? Wow. Pretty darn close. A real Dewey-Truman upset. I guess the exit polls were just wrong this time, though they never were before. Even about Dewey-Truman. Sandy Untermyer, Appling

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

Big business is ruining radio for us
As a local musician in this area for more than 29 years, I have found that our radio stations have succumbed to big business. Edmond P. Kida, Hephzibah

'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

Think tank's politics were omitted
On the "Pro & Con" opinion page Nov. 8, The Chronicle identifies the pro-Bush writer as being from The National Center for Public Policy Research, "a Capitol Hill think tank"; but it identifies the opposing writer as being from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a "labor-left Washington think tank."Greg Weis, Aiken, S.C.

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

Values didn't win Augusta for Kerry
Guest columnist Lowell Greenbaum ("Democrats are poised to do well for our area," Nov. 7) would like us to think that his Democratic "values" got over 55 percent of Richmond County voters to vote for Sen. John Kerry and Denise Majette. Gary P. Bolick, Augusta

Think tank's politics were omitted

Big business is ruining radio for us

Losing candidates show stripes

Values didn't win Augusta for Kerry

Small comics leave reader squinting

Video game review: "NASCAR 2005"

Firefox: an impressive alternative to Internet Explorer

How one vacationer fell in love on the water

More retirees consider snow country

'Super pill' might also fight drug abuse

How to avoid the flu bug

Step by step

Out-of-date color is source of inspiration

Local governments increasingly back re-enactment tourism

Boyfriend should have Jr. after name

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.

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.

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.

Video game review: "NASCAR 2005"
With "NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup," Electronic Arts has rolled out a video game that tries to capture the hardcore nuts and bolts of the sport while attracting the growing number of casual racing fans.

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.

Firefox: an impressive alternative to Internet Explorer
NEW YORK - Web surfing has belonged almost exclusively to Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer ever since it buried Netscape's pioneering browser.

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

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.

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.

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.

'Super pill' might also fight drug abuse
NEW YORK - A pill that helps you lose weight and quit smoking? That was amazing enough to capture headlines last week. But scientists say the experimental drug might be even more versatile, providing a new tool to help people stop abusing drugs and alcohol, too.

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.

Lynx again fail to win at home

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.

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.

Study date

Fence upsets protesters
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Organizers of an annual protest expected to draw 10,000 demonstrators to Fort Benning next weekend are energized by a recent federal court ruling that bans police searches and metal-detector checks of the protesters. However, they're not too excited about the 8-foot-high chain-link fences recently erected near the post's main gates.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Liam Alan Phurrough, 10 months, of Martinez.

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.

Marine enjoys serving country
For a local Marine reservist back home after serving in Afghanistan, last month's homecoming was a reintroduction to children who have grown.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

The week ahead

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

Tenenbaum returns to education job - for now

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.

Across Georgia
ALBANY - A Dougherty County woman has pleaded guilty in a plot to kill a mentally disabled woman to collect insurance money.

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.

Veterans honored at Baptist church

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.

Plan falls behind schedule
NORTH AUGUSTA - Everyone knew from the start that it would be a long time before the conceptual drawings of North Augusta's riverfront development project became reality. The project is expected to take 13 to 15 years.

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.

The week ahead
This time of year is great for finding an apartment. Rental offices offer all sorts of unheard-of discounts to get you moved in by the end of the year. Giddy with the thought of leaving the nest to live on my own for the first time, I found my perfect place last week. I wasted no time browsing newspaper ads and store aisles for trendy furniture, unique appliances and cute accessories, with visions of how I'd decorate.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Marine enjoys serving country

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.

Plan falls behind schedule

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

Judgment will fund orphanage
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Ginger Evans says she hopes a multimillion-dollar verdict in the case of a propane gas explosion that killed her three children will be used to benefit other children and bring awareness to a little-known household danger.

GOP shift worries rail backers
ATLANTA - For years, passenger rail has fought a slowly creeping effort to convince drivers and lawmakers in the state that commuter trains can be a viable project in Georgia.

Perdue is credited with helping build Republican majority
ATLANTA - If Gov. Sonny Perdue looked relaxed Nov. 3 as he walked into a room filled with reporters eager to hear his take on the elections, he had good reason.

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.

Are perceptions of a racial division hurting Augusta?

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.

Study date
Hector Caceres, 19, of Hephzibah, sits with his girlfriend, Samantha Snead, 19, of Augusta, as she studies anatomy in a student lounge of University Hall at Augusta State University.

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.

5 Questions: Extension Service agent Charles Phillips
Charles Phillips, Columbia County's Cooperative Extension Service agent, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Kid of the Day

Paving goes slowly
AIKEN - Paving dirt thoroughfares has proven to be an arduous business for Aiken County, and it still has a long road to hoe.

Agency grants appeal of error

Evans boy gets reply from Bush
It all started with 6-year-old Charlie Richards asking his dad a simple question about the mail.

Community caters to pilots

Veterans honored at Baptist church
For his church's Veterans Day weekend celebration, Terence McLaughlin, the pastor of Storey Mill Road Baptist Church in Hephzibah, wanted the young people in his congregation to appreciate the sacrifices of veterans, and he went all out.

Warming up

Fence upsets protesters

Program for disabled needs help

Judgment will fund orphanage

News you can use

Paving goes slowly

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Perdue is credited with helping build Republican majority

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

5 Questions: Extension Service agent Charles Phillips

GOP shift worries rail backers

Supercritical fluids show promise for Confederate sub

Across the southeast
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - It was a wish come true Sunday for Florida's elections officials: no cameras, few questions and a clear decision.

Exhibit celebrates legacy of veterans

Across the area
Two men charged into the Sonic restaurant in the 2800 block of Washington Road early Sunday and, wielding a shotgun and a pistol, ordered the employees to the ground, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Fort Benning honors fallen German POWs

Tenenbaum returns to education job - for now
COLUMBIA - After losing a bid as the first female Democrat to run for a U.S. Senate office in South Carolina, a lot has changed and as much has stayed the same for Inez Tenenbaum.

Dispute leaves aid group adrift

Across South Carolina
GREER - Casie Fox laid her Marine husband to rest in the same church where the two got married five months ago.

Across the area

Doctors map out diabetes in genes

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

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.

In a pinch, movie makers can kill Martians like this
Recently I read Steven Spielberg is planning a big-bucks version of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds for release next year. It will come 51 years after the film version we all know, which was such a well-made movie about the Martian invasion that I have to cringe at the thought of a remake.

'Incredibles' derails 'Polar Express' at box office
LOS ANGELES - Santa Claus could not conquer "The Incredibles."

'Incredibles' derails 'Polar Express' at box office

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.

Usher caps big year with American Music Awards victory, claiming four trophies

Usher caps big year with American Music Awards victory, claiming four trophies
LOS ANGELES - Usher's year of astonishing success with the chart-topping, best-selling album "Confessions" culminated with a clutch of trophies at the 32nd annual American Music Awards.

Busch holds lead - barely

Changes ahead for Nextel Cup weekends

Johnson sweeps Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - If NASCAR officials wanted a fantastic finish to the Nextel Cup Series season, they got it.

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

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.

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.

Busch holds lead - barely
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kurt Busch has spun out, blown an engine and raced a car that drove more like a bulldozer. No matter what the circumstances, none has been bad enough to cost him his points lead.

Johnson sweeps Darlington

Busch clinging to narrow lead

NASCAR notebook

Changes ahead for Nextel Cup weekends
DARLINGTON, S.C. - A new post-qualifying procedure designed the save money and significantly alter racing weekends will begin next season in NASCAR.

NASCAR notebook
DARLINGTON, S.C. - When Jimmie Johnson blew an engine at Talladega, Ala., and crashed a week later at Kansas City, he figured he couldn't win the Nextel Cup Series championship.

Spurs clip Hawks' wings

Stackhouse shoots Mavericks to win

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.

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.

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.

Jasper plays with staples, stitches in head

Steelers rookie quarterback is 7-0

Falcons hold off Bucs

Panthers top 49ers

Bengals shut down Redskins

Vick hoping to stick it to Buccaneers

NFL power rankings week 10

Bears edge Titans in overtime

Garrard leads Jags to overtime win

Rams defeat Seahawks

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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.

Overtime

Overtime

Williams ends Mauresmo's bid for No. 1 ranking

We are the champions

Georgia Tech rowers enjoy fall success

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.

Overtime
In San Francisco, free agent shortstop Omar Vizquel has agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants.

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.

Williams ends Mauresmo's bid for No. 1 ranking
LOS ANGELES - Serena Williams is in love - with her new attacking game and herself.

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.

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.

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

An evening to remember

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.

Saints rally to top Chiefs
NEW ORLEANS - Aaron Brooks threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Joe Horn midway through the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Saints rallied to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20 on Sunday.

Rams defeat Seahawks
ST. LOUIS - Mike Martz's week of anger was no empty display. He saw the season slipping away for the defending NFC West champions and thought taking potshots at his players might be his best shot at turning things around.

Falcons hold off Bucs
ATLANTA - Chris Draft scooped up the ball, fell down, got back up and didn't stop running until he reached the end zone with teammate DeAngelo Hall draped over his back.

Bengals shut down Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. - A Cincinnati Bengals defense relying on rookies ran Mark Brunell out of the game and shut out the Washington Redskins for three quarters.

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.

Steelers rookie quarterback is 7-0
CLEVELAND - Ben Roethlisberger walked out of Browns Stadium with his head and perfect record intact.

Bears edge Titans in overtime
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Chicago Bears are getting defensive at the right time of the season.

Jasper plays with staples, stitches in head
ATLANTA - Ed Jasper didn't let losing his helmet prevent him from making a tackle Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Panthers top 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO - With their punter kicking field goals and their defense kicking Tim Rattay all over the field, the Carolina Panthers doubled their win total.

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.

Garrard leads Jags to overtime win
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - David Garrard proved he's much more than just a scrambling quarterback.

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

Cardinals edge Giants
TEMPE, Ariz. - Just like the old days in Dallas, Emmitt Smith made life miserable for the New York Giants on Sunday.

Catholic bishops burdened as they meet
WASHINGTON - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are holding their fall meeting this week during troubled times for the U.S. church.

Tales from the wild don't often add up

Rogers, Tigers make big plays

Company touts service for predicting hit television series

Is backlash building against opinionated news?

Company touts service for predicting hit television series
NEW YORK - It shocked many pundits when ABC's new series "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" became the breakout hits of the new television season.

Bob Vila comes 'Home Again' at a Manhattan brownstone

Hugh Laurie plays ornery doctor in new Fox medical drama
LOS ANGELES - Hugh Laurie was on location in Namibia for the upcoming movie "Flight of the Phoenix" when it was suggested he audition for two roles in the offbeat medical series "House."

Hugh Laurie plays ornery doctor in new Fox medical drama

TV highlights, lowlights for the week
CBS should be commended for scheduling "Category 6: Day of Destruction," a four-hour miniseries based on the premise that the nation's electric utilities have imperiled public welfare for the sake of higher profits.

TV highlights, lowlights for the week

Is backlash building against opinionated news?
NEW YORK - Is it time to turn down the volume on TV news?

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.

Bob Vila comes 'Home Again' at a Manhattan brownstone
NEW YORK - Bob Vila found a nice surprise. "We had a discovery," he tells the camera crew that just arrived. "I would love to get some 'B-roll' of it. I'm not exactly sure how we'll fit it in, but I'm sure we can use the footage, and I'll voice it over."

Rapper O.D.B.'s autopsy results pending

Georgia will not see BCS

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.

Lady Dogs edge Kentucky Wesleyan
ATHENS, Ga. - Sundiata Gaines scored 18 points, including a layup with just under seven minutes remaining to put Georgia ahead for good, to lead the Bulldogs to a 60-55 exhibition victory over Kentucky Wesleyan on Sunday.

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.

Collision shakes Brown up

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.

Richt expects Brown to return for Tech game
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday receiver Reggie Brown should recover from a concussion suffered in Saturday's loss to Auburn in time for the Bulldogs' final regular-season game against Georgia Tech.

Georgia will not see BCS
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia athletic director Damon Evans spent Sunday at a birthday party for his son Cameron, not lobbying bowl officials for the best postseason destination possible for the 11th-ranked Bulldogs football team.

Richt expects Brown to return for Tech game

Georgia's hopes for BCS bowl vanish with Auburn thrashing

Tigers show who's top dog in the SEC

Duo runs it down Bulldogs' throats

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.

South Carolina falls to Washington

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.

Gamecocks get swamped

Gamecocks, Tigers face off after demoralizing losses
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Heading into the state's biggest rivalry week, South Carolina and Clemson fans likely will be debating which team's preceding loss was more demoralizing.

South Carolina falls to Washington
SEATTLE - Reserve Dominique Banks scored 12 points and Kayla Burt returned to action for the first time in almost two years as Washington defeated South Carolina 65-53 Sunday afternoon.

Gamecocks, Tigers face off after demoralizing losses

Man accused of biting officer, police dog

Catholic bishops burdened as they meet