Greenville museum buys Jasper Johns work

Renovated MoMA opens its doors for preview
NEW YORK - The Museum of Modern Art reopened its doors Monday after a 2-year, $425 million renovation, showing reporters a spacious, glassed-in home nearly double its old size.

Greenville museum buys Jasper Johns work
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Greenville County Museum of Art plans to spend $5.8 million on work by pop/abstract expressionist artist Jasper Johns. It is one of the largest art acquisitions by any museum in the Southern region.

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.

Renovated MoMA opens its doors for preview

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.

Author building empire with friendly spider

Cone sisters' magnificent collection comes home

Bonds wins 4th straight MVP

Arbitrators rule against Expos' former partners

Arbitrators rule against Expos' former partners
NEW YORK - Arbitrators ruled Monday against the former limited partners of the Montreal Expos in their case against former controlling owner Jeffrey Loria, clearing Major League Baseball to move the franchise to Washington.

Bonds wins 4th straight MVP
NEW YORK - Barry Bonds won his record seventh National League MVP award in a walk.

Grandparents always have room for more photographs

Beavers make dam out of stolen money
GREENSBURG, La. - Beavers found a bag of bills stolen from a casino, tore it open and wove the money into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek near Baton Rouge.

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.

Odds and Ends
MEXICO CITY - A woman who fumbled a few phrases of Mexico's national anthem while singing the song before a soccer game in Guadalajara has been fined $40 for the blunder.

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.

Wrigley buying Life Savers, Altoids from Kraft

Sun to unveil latest operating system

Sitel celebrates its five-year anniversary
The phones at Sitel Corp.'s Augusta call center have rung more than 30 million times in the past five years.

Yahoo upgrades e-mail, increases storage
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Yahoo Inc. is more than doubling its limits on free e-mail storage in its latest move to combat two of its biggest rivals, Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

PortalPlayer rides popularity of the iPod

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

Retailers talk turkey as holiday season approaches

Adobe beefs up flagship product Acrobat

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.

Airport spends $6,000 to give pupils pencils
Augusta Regional Airport is playing Santa Claus to every Richmond, Columbia and Aiken county pupil - with a pencil.

Business briefs
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Co. will open its North Augusta branch office today, the company's second new office in a year.

Verizon, Sprint cut surcharges
NEW YORK - The nation's second- and third-largest cell phone carriers are lowering controversial surcharges on customer bills that have brought the companies more than $250 million this year.

Former Hollinger chairman is accused of fraud by SEC
NEW YORK - The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against Conrad Black, the ousted CEO of Hollinger International Inc., and his top deputy, David Radler, accusing the men of using the newspaper publisher as their "personal piggy bank" over a period of four years, the SEC announced Monday.

Sitel celebrates its five-year anniversary

Adobe beefs up flagship product Acrobat
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Software maker Adobe Systems Inc. has upgraded its flagship desktop publishing products, giving powerful new features to not only the authors of electronic documents but also their recipients.

Around the watercooler

PortalPlayer rides popularity of the iPod
NEW YORK - PortalPlayer Inc. is hoping it doesn't fall from Apple's tree.

Worries rise about possible dollar crisis

Microsoft inks deals with Infosys, Wipro
BANGALORE, India - Software giant Microsoft Corp. signed software partnerships Monday with India's leading outsourcing firms, Infosys Technologies Ltd. and Wipro Ltd., and stepped up plans to hire more programmers in India.

Airport spends $6,000 to give pupils pencils

Sun to unveil latest operating system
SAN JOSE, Calif. - After investing roughly $500 million and spending years of development time on its next-generation operating system, Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday will announce an aggressive price for the software - free.

Wrigley buying Life Savers, Altoids from Kraft
CHICAGO - The world's dominant chewing-gum maker is about to get sweeter.

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.

Computers keep Auburn at No. 3
Computers prefer Oklahoma over Auburn - and Southern California. The Sooners held on to second place in the Bowl Championship Series standings Monday, staying ahead of third-place Auburn because of a stronger combined computer ranking.

Monday morning quarterback

Auburn rides balanced attack to impressive win

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.

Computers keep Auburn at No. 3

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

Alabama-Auburn approach from different directions

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.

Is it a mandate?
The question swirling in Washington and around the nation since the Nov. 2 election is whether President Bush has a "mandate" or not.

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?

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.

It's about who we are

Specter is wrong pick

Specter is wrong pick
If U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, in his bid to become the next Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, expected he'd get support from the Republican leadership, then he must be very disappointed following Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's appearance on Fox News Sunday.

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.

People in the News
LUCERNE, Switzerland - American singer Lou Pride was hospitalized following a heart attack, organizers of the Lucerne Blues Festival said Sunday.

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.

Toby Keith doesn't stray far from Oklahoma roots
OKLAHOMA CITY - Toby Keith didn't have to go to Nashville to become a country music superstar. Nashville came to Oklahoma.

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.

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
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

Children need to learn about financial responsibility

Hot economy brings strong returns for China funds

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.

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.

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 wants to go to 'good' bowl
ATLANTA - An eight-peat should be something to celebrate. Any goal accomplished eight years in a row is worthy of some sort of tribute. A team parade.

Georgia Tech routs LeMoyne

Georgia Tech wants to go to 'good' bowl

Gailey happy for another bowl

In a pinch, movie makers can kill Martians like this

Daly-Donofrio wins LPGA champions tournament

Kuehne, Sluman win second straight Franklin Templeton Shootout title

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.

Montgomerie beats Woods to win Skins event

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

Sifford celebrated in historic induction
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Charlie Sifford waved his crystal trophy before the crowd gathered in front of the World Golf Hall of Fame, unable to contain his smile.

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.

Sifford celebrated in historic induction

Grandparents always have room for more photographs
My parents celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary today, and I was trying to figure out what to get them.

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.

Escaped inmate seen in Grovetown
Three police agencies in Columbia County are on the lookout today for an inmate who they say walked away from a DeKalb County diversion center and was spotted in Grovetown on Monday night.

Mayor possible candidate for energy post
A Knight Ridder story on the resignation of U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham named Augusta Mayor Bob Young among those mentioned as possible successors. That surprised Mr. Young as much as anyone.

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

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

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

Letter shows poor public discourse
This is regarding Phil Patterson's venomous, shrill and sweeping allegation that "all of you Democrats got a resounding message from every nook and cranny of this great nation ..." ("Voters reject Democrats' philosophy," Nov. 11). Angela Drake, Aiken, S.C.

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.

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

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.

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.

Values didn't win Augusta for Kerry

Ex-candidate wishes the winner well
To those who supported me in the recent election, I would like to express my sincere appreciation. I also wish Jim Stewart the very best, and offer him my support. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Benefits, yes; gay marriage, no
This is in response to J.E. Hexum's letter ("Gay-marriage ban is hateful, wrong," Nov. 11). Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.

Campaign signs must be removed now

Campaign signs must be removed now
Now that the elections are over, where are the individuals who posted and stuck all the political signs around Augusta? Donna Brannan, Augusta

Ex-candidate wishes the winner well

Big business is ruining radio for us

Small comics leave reader squinting

MAC committed to fight against AIDS

'Super pill' might also fight drug abuse

Firefox: an impressive alternative to Internet Explorer

Health calendar

Video game review: "NASCAR 2005"

Family recipes, tradition make great dressing

Seniors calendar

Government seeks genetic blueprint for flu

Birth rate declines for girls under 15

Family recipes, tradition make great dressing
When you break dressing down to its basic components, there's not a lot there to inspire culinary greatness.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

'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.

Birth rate declines for girls under 15
ATLANTA - The birth rate among American girls ages 10 to 14 has fallen to its lowest level since 1946, the government reported Monday.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Government seeks genetic blueprint for flu
WASHINGTON - The government will try to predict the influenza virus's next moves by sequencing genomes for thousands of known human and bird flu viruses, a project that could help researchers understand how the flu constantly evolves.

MAC committed to fight against AIDS
NEW YORK - Good things come in small packages, and Viva Glam lipstick is a prime example.

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.

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.

Court of Appeals vote gathers little attention

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Money used in the past for hazardous waste remediation has instead gone toward filling holes in the state budget, forcing Georgia this year to temporarily drop efforts to clean up eight high-priority sites because it lacked the cash to finish the work, officials say.

Train collision kills man
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A man driving his four-wheeler along a train trestle died Sunday after being overtaken by a CSX train and thrown into the Salt Creek Waterway.

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.

5 Questions: Extension Service agent Charles Phillips

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Madison Beverly

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.

Court gives lawyer probation
An Augusta lawyer and former city councilman, Travers W. Paine III, was sentenced to three years' probation Monday in U.S. District Court in Greenville, S.C.

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Charity use is sought for fine

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.

Court gives lawyer probation

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

News you can use

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.

Wreck keeps driver stuck
Firefighters work to get Matthew Foster, 19, out of his pickup after it hit a guardrail. Authorities said Mr. Foster hit the rail head-on while traveling east on Interstate 20 just before Exit 199 at Washington Road.

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.

Creators of anti-obesity pill test effects on heart disease
LAS VEGAS - Not content with having a drug that might merely fight obesity and smoking, the company developing the eagerly anticipated pill will soon launch studies to see whether it can treat and prevent clogged arteries and heart disease.

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

Across the area
A west Augusta woman who was injured in a fire this weekend was released from a hospital Monday, officials said.

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.

3 U.S. border crossings begin background checks
LAREDO, Texas - Foreigners entering the United States in three cities were fingerprinted, photographed and subjected to background checks Monday in a test of a program that will eventually be extended to every land border crossing nationwide.

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

Birth rate declines for girls under 15

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.

Fence upsets protesters

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Accident analysis turns up safety gap

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

Escaped inmate seen in Grovetown

Tenenbaum returns to education job - for now

Court of Appeals vote gathers little attention
ATLANTA - When election workers in Augusta showed up for work Oct. 25, there was a line of people stretching out the door waiting to take advantage of the state's advance voting.

Augusta must keep fighting defense case
A Superior Court judge refused Monday to dismiss a lawsuit against the Augusta Commission over indigent defense funding.

Birth rate declines for girls under 15
ATLANTA - The birth rate among American girls ages 10 to 14 has fallen to its lowest level since 1946, the government reported Monday.

GOP shift worries rail backers

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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.

70-year-old woman dies in fire at home
An elderly Augusta woman who used a wheelchair to get around was unable to escape her burning house Monday evening.

Perdue is credited with helping build Republican majority

Accident analysis turns up safety gap
AIKEN - Federal energy officials hit the chief contractor for the Savannah River Site with a $1 million penalty Monday for safety deficiencies uncovered in the investigation of a fatal accident.

Marine enjoys serving country

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Service agencies for the homeless in the Midlands hope to get a better count of the people they serve.

Paving goes slowly

Casualty of Fallujah had ties to Thomson
THOMSON - A Marine with Thomson roots who was killed in the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery next week.

Study date

Across the area

Judgment will fund orphanage

Teen is arrested in man's killing
An 18-year-old Martinez man has been arrested on a charge of murder in connection with the discovery of a Martinez man's body three weeks ago near Columbia County's landfill.

Veterans honored at Baptist church

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.

Creators of anti-obesity pill test effects on heart disease

The week ahead

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Kid of the day

Voters to decide who will get two school seats

Augusta must keep fighting defense case

Across South Carolina

Wreck keeps driver stuck

Across Georgia

Plan falls behind schedule

Voters to decide who will get two school seats
AIKEN - Today's two runoff contests for Edgefield County school board seats could drastically alter the composition of a body criticized for making racially charged decisions and for overlooking the high-growth Merriwether community.

70-year-old woman dies in fire at home

Charity use is sought for fine
A Columbia County commissioner says he will propose that a large fine paid to get a drug dealer out of prison be split between programs for domestic violence victims and drug interdiction.

Train collision kills man

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

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.

Schrenko pleads not guilty
ATLANTA - Former Education Superintendent Linda Schrenko pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she looted the State Department of Education to help fund her failed 2002 gubernatorial bid.

Casualty of Fallujah had ties to Thomson

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.

3 U.S. border crossings begin background checks

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

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.

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

Busch holds lead - barely

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.

NASCAR changes some weekend schedules for 2005
NASCAR will use a shortened weekend schedule for the Nextel Cup series at most of its events next season in an effort to save money for teams.

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 changes some weekend schedules for 2005

France: new points system will return for 2005

Darlington starts new era under the lights

France: new points system will return for 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR chairman Brian France will keep the new points system in place for next year, satisfied that the closest championship race in history is proof that the 10-race playoff structure works better than expected.

Changes ahead for Nextel Cup weekends

Darlington starts new era under the lights
DARLINGTON, S.C. - A lot more lights, a few less fans, some chillier temperatures and a new master of Darlington Raceway - all-in-all not a bad way for the old country track to kick off its new era, president Chris Browning says.

Johnson sweeps Darlington

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.

Garrard leads Jags to overtime win

Jasper plays with staples, stitches in head

Rams defeat Seahawks

Eagles maul Cowboys on road

Falcons hold off Bucs

Atlanta wins with its new resiliency

Panthers top 49ers

Bears edge Titans in overtime

Manning to start vs. Falcons

Steelers rookie quarterback is 7-0

Bengals shut down Redskins

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Mr. Jack Lamb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. James Arnold Holston, Jr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie A. Mims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Lanier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James M. Fain ( APPLING, Ga.)

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

Rev. Leon Anthony, Jr. (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Combs, Jr. (POTTSTOWN, Penn.)

Mr. Elwood Mendes (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marion V. Horgan (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Lake Brooks (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Kittrell Beasley (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Susanna Dubose (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Ronald Lamar Walker (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Bell O'Neal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. R. Herbert Marshall (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Lexie Mae "Gracey" Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. JoAnn Powell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Michael B. Pyle (BOSTON, Mass.)

Mrs. Hattie Mae Holloway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessey Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Madge Knight Grizzard (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth George McBride (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Gabriele Gonslaves (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Thompson, Sr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ethel Tyler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie R. Bridges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Blockett (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth George McBride (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. John Claude May (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Lamb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Reynolds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessey Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbert Joseph Hans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie R. Bridges

Mr. Harry Cosnahan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Percy Price (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Trapnell Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Walker, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Mercer Fain (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. William Billingslea, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley A. Quinn Tate (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Gethers (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Joyce Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Cosnahan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha L. Tomlinson (FORT VALLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Kitchens Reynolds

Mr. Dick Wheeler (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Judy Logue Powell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Catherine Youngblood (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Overtime

Overtime

Williams ends Mauresmo's bid for No. 1 ranking

Race to host 2012 Olympics enters final lap

Race to host 2012 Olympics enters final lap
LONDON - The five cities looking to host the 2012 Summer Games submitted bids to the International Olympic Committee on Monday, entering the final stage of a long process in hopes of landing one of the biggest prizes in sports.

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

Overtime
North Augusta's Danielle Fulmer and Glascock County's Jamie Braddock signed letters of intent to play for the Augusta State women in the 2005-06 season.

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

Kafelnikov changing games, leaving tennis for poker
LONDON - Yevgeny Kafelnikov is giving up tennis to become a professional poker player.

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.

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.

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.

Panthers finally win again, but Delhomme breaks thumb
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina's first victory in over six weeks did not come without casualties: quarterback Jake Delhomme has a broken bone in his thumb, linebacker Dan Morgan suffered another concussion and kicker John Kasay strained his calf.

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.

Manning to start vs. Falcons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning has replaced Kurt Warner as the New York Giants' starting quarterback.

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.

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

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

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.

Atlanta wins with its new resiliency
ATLANTA - Pick just about any other season in their mostly lamentable existence. Without question, the Atlanta Falcons would have fallen apart at a moment like this.

Eagles maul Cowboys on road
IRVING, Texas - Terrell Owens caught three touchdown passes and the Philadelphia Eagles crushed the Dallas Cowboys, 49-21 on Monday night.

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.

Rachel Hunter to play 'Ginger' in new series
NEW YORK - Just sit right back, and you'll hear a tale... a tale of a new reality show.

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

CBS fires producer who interrupted 'CSI'

Company touts service for predicting hit television series

Bob Vila comes 'Home Again' at a Manhattan brownstone

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.

TV highlights, lowlights for the week

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."

Is backlash building against opinionated news?

CBS fires producer who interrupted 'CSI'
NEW YORK - CBS News has fired the producer responsible for breaking into "CSI: NY" last week for a special report on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death, a CBS executive said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Hugh Laurie plays ornery doctor in new Fox medical drama

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."

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.

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

Toby Keith doesn't stray far from Oklahoma roots

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.

Georgia will not see BCS

Richt expects Brown to return for Tech game

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.

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.

Holtz puts off talk of future

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

Holtz yearns to top Tigers

Holtz puts off talk of future
COLUMBIA, S.C. - What's Lou Holtz going to do next? Depends if the White House calls.

Holtz yearns to top Tigers
COLUMBIA - No person nor object, it seems, is safe from South Carolina coach Lou Holtz's wrath for the next few days. It's Clemson week. Not even a slightly less-than-savory soft drink escaped Holtz on Monday at his weekly news conference.

Gamecocks, Tigers face off after demoralizing losses

Relationship with girl is not recommended
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I like this girl. My friends are pressuring me to date her but I don't know if she likes me, (although) she acts like it. She just broke up with one of my friends,and I asked him why and he said that he doesn't want to talk about it but he said it was pretty bad. I don't want to hurt the girl's feelings, and I don't want to get burned. What should I do?

My style

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Mascot matchup results
Thanks for playing Xtreme's Mascot Matchup. Here are the answers using the mascots of public and private schools in Richmond, Columbia, Aiken, Edgefield, Burke, McDuffie and Jefferson counties:

Eye on the prize
Having a driver's license has been a welcome change for Hannah Hastings, 16.

My style
THE FACTS: Jasmine Walden, 15, a sophomore at T.W. Josey HIgh School.

Celebrities' influence no substitute for knowledge
Looking back on the election, you can't help but think about all the hype and excitement surrounding the campaigns.

Relationship with girl is not recommended

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ON DVD AND VHS: Elf, the Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell as an oversize helper in Santa's workshop whose stint in the real world causes calamity, and The Chronicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel as a superhero who can see in the dark and must save a world.

Book is hard to follow, but worth effort
When I saw the cover of Soul Surfer, ($18, Pocket Books) an autobiography from a teen who has done her share of growing up within the past year, I figured it would be a good book.

Eye on the prize

Man accused of biting officer, police dog

Beavers make dam out of stolen money

Odds and Ends

Catholic bishops burdened as they meet