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

Renovated MoMA opens its doors for preview

Children get a hearty helping of Thanksgiving books

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.

Marilyn Monroe gets the museum treatment
NEW YORK - She was Playboy's first centerfold, and Joe DiMaggio's second wife. Marilyn Monroe possessed a knack for the big splash, particularly if there was a camera nearby - and it seemed there was always a camera nearby.

Children get a hearty helping of Thanksgiving books
Thanksgiving is a celebration of two noble ideas - thanks and giving - that are even better when they are linked together.

Marilyn Monroe gets the museum treatment

Guerrero voted AL MVP
NEW YORK - Vladimir Guerrero won the American League MVP award Tuesday, just the fifth time a player switched leagues and earned the honor in his first season with his new team.

Angels' Guerrero claims MVP

Guerrero voted AL MVP

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

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

Arbitrators rule against Expos' former partners

Angels' Guerrero claims MVP
NEW YORK - Vladimir Guerrero won the American League MVP award Tuesday, just the fifth time a player switched leagues and earned the honor in his first season with his new team.

Grandparents always have room for more photographs

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.

Odds and Ends
MIAMI - The people at eBay were no believers in this cheesy miracle: half of a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich whose owner claimed it bore the image of the Virgin Mary.

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.

PETA's crusade taken to the gills
NEW YORK - Touting tofu chowder and vegetarian sushi as alternatives, animal-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that fish - contrary to stereotype - are intelligent, sensitive animals no more deserving of being eaten than a pet dog or cat.

Judge rules that transsexual did not intentionally lie about gender on marriage license
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - A man who had sex-change surgery to become a woman was acquitted Tuesday of intentionally lying by listing herself as the bride on a marriage license application.

Sitel celebrates its five-year anniversary

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.

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.

PortalPlayer rides popularity of the iPod

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.

Sun to unveil latest operating system

Wrigley buying Life Savers, Altoids from Kraft

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

Small broker clients get fee
The conservative buy - and - hold approach to investing might be getting a little more expensive. Many major brokerage houses now charge maintenance fees on small and inactive accounts, making it more expensive for small investors to grow their portfolios.

Wholesale prices jump by 1.7 percent

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.

Adobe beefs up flagship product Acrobat

Judge to rule by Christmas on tobacco payments
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A North Carolina judge expects to rule before Christmas in a legal dispute over whether U.S. cigarette companies are obliged to make another payment to tobacco farmers now that the leaf quota system is being bought out.

Airport spends $6,000 to give pupils pencils

Motorola buys developer of wireless networks
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Motorola Inc. is acquiring MeshNetworks Inc., a developer of a Wi-Fi based technology in which a person's mobile device doubles as a network relay point that can transmit a signal between other devices.

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.

The Home Depot reports earnings increase
ATLANTA - The Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home improvement store chain, reported a nearly 15 percent jump in third-quarter earnings on strong sales, particularly at stores open at least a year.

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.

Wholesale prices jump by 1.7 percent
WASHINGTON - Propelled by sharply higher energy and food costs, wholesale prices soared by 1.7 percent in October, the largest increase since early 1990.

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.

Wal-Mart earnings rise in third quarter
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, reported a 12.7 percent rise in its third-quarter earnings, meeting Wall Street expectations.

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

Wal-Mart earnings rise in third quarter

U.S. pension agency sees its deficit double
WASHINGTON - The deficit in the government program that insures private pensions more than doubled in 2004 to $23.3 billion, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. announced Monday.

Business briefs
Satellite TV provider DIRECTV announced it will add Augusta-area channels to its lineup during the first quarter of 2005.

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.

Small broker clients get fee

The Home Depot reports earnings increase

Judge to rule by Christmas on tobacco payments

Bowden looks back on last year's blowout

Stunned Tigers prepare for rival
One of Clemson's more experienced players found himself in a position Tuesday morning with which he was most inexperienced.

Stunned Tigers prepare for rival

Bowden looks back on last year's blowout
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's Tommy Bowden woke up sick the day of the 2003 contest against South Carolina, but his health, career and emotions perked up dramatically after the Tigers' 63-17 victory.

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.

Computers keep Auburn at No. 3

No time to govern
President George W. Bush says one of his primary second-term goals is to reform Social Security. The sooner the better: The program will start going billions of dollars into the hole by 2018 if something isn't done.

Is Condi Rice scary?

Specter is wrong pick

We're not going there
What is war, if not temporary insanity? There will be plenty of people second-guessing the Marine who killed a wounded Iraqi terrorist in a mosque on Saturday - an incident caught shockingly on a newsman's camera and now shown around the world.

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.

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.

No time to govern

Is Condi Rice scary?
Is Condoleezza Rice someone to be afraid of? According to many of Europe's newspapers that are lamenting the departure of Colin Powell as U.S. secretary of State, she is.

We're not going there

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods wants out of the tabloids like he wants out of a sand trap.

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

Famed rocker goes from No. 1 to 911
NEW YORK - Rocker David Lee Roth, the former Van Halen frontman, is taking up a new trade.

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.

Holiday cooks can find help on hot lines

Vegetarian: Cumin-roasted sweet potatoes

Chocolate chip cookies take on Thanksgiving flavor

Quick: Turkey cutlets with citrus-fig sauce
Here's a quickly made dish that could be a festive centerpiece for a smaller holiday gathering, when a whole turkey would be too much.

Vegetarian: Cumin-roasted sweet potatoes
CONCORD, N.H. - Carbs be damned.

Brining gives turkey flavor and texture boost

Low-fat: Chicken and shrimp tortilla soup

Chocolate chip cookies take on Thanksgiving flavor
Take a great cookie and make it even better.

Platter pleaser
Food lovers worth their salt know that "a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine and thou" isn't quite complete without "a block of cheese."

Low-fat: Chicken and shrimp tortilla soup
Chilly weather sneaking in, plus hectic days of rushing around, can lead to impulse snacking on less-than-healthy food. But, wait a minute, there are alternatives.

New favorite Thanksgiving dessert has all-family appeal

New favorite Thanksgiving dessert has all-family appeal
Recipe developer Pam Simmons, based in Connecticut, knows from experience when she's finally reached the ideal she was aiming for in perfecting a recipe, that "at last!" moment of satisfaction.

Thanksgiving dessert has all-family appeal

Brining gives turkey flavor and texture boost
A brine made with herbs, sugar and kosher salt can help cooks produce a foolproof Thanksgiving centerpiece. Brining helps lock in moisture and flavor for poultry that is roasted or grilled, and in recent years use of this technique has become more common among both professional and home cooks.

Quick: Turkey cutlets with citrus-fig sauce

Thanksgiving dessert has all-family appeal
Recipe developer Pam Simmons, based in Connecticut, knows from experience when she's finally reached the ideal she was aiming for in perfecting a recipe, that "at last!" moment of satisfaction.

Holiday cooks can find help on hot lines
Toll-free telephone services and Web sites offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions during holiday preparation times. Here are some of them:

Platter pleaser

Yellow Jackets land fourth signee
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech picked up its fourth basketball signee of the early period when 6-foot-9 Alade Aminu committed Tuesday to play for the Yellow Jackets next season.

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 eager for strong finish this year
ATLANTA - A humiliating finish two years ago prompted the Georgia Tech athletic department to send out letters expressing support for embattled coach Chan Gailey.

Georgia Tech wants to go to 'good' bowl

Georgia Tech eager for strong finish this year

Sanford Dickson still impresses fellow golfers
His doctor is always amazed when Augusta's Sanford Dickson comes in for a checkup. The medical profession doesn't see many healthy 96-year-olds, much less a man like Dickson, who still plays golf regularly, and plays it well.

Sifford celebrated in historic induction

LPGA ahead of the curve in global golf
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Thanks to Vijay Singh winning nine times, foreign-born players established a PGA Tour record by winning more than half of the year's tournaments.

LPGA ahead of the curve in global golf

Sanford Dickson still impresses fellow golfers

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.

Area athletes ink decisions

Area athletes ink decisions
These were life-changing decisions. They amounted to something as simple as a two-foot putt, a tip-in basket or smashing a hanging curve out of the infield.

Pair cream cheese with salsa for tasty dips
The coming holiday season presents us with loads of opportunities to entertain and gather with friends and relatives, but family, work and other responsibilities don't always allow time for lengthy party planning. This week I'm sharing a five-ingredient appetizer that's a snap to put together.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Campaign signs must be removed now

Indictment is political revenge
The federal indictment against Linda Schrenko apparently claims that about half of $600,000 in "contract money" was funneled into her 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Even using the best federal government's fuzzy math, this just doesn't add up. Sid Curry, Martinez

Ex-candidate wishes the winner well

Remember O.R. nurses this week
Facing the prospect of a surgical or other invasive procedure is, most often, anxiety-producing. Cindy Ross, R.N., CNOR, Augusta

Faith surfaces among electorate
The American public witnessed the worst campaign in the history of our country. The lies, half-truths and slanderous name-calling filled the airways and boob tubes. This occurrence did not involve one party; on the contrary, both sides were evenly guilty. Hank Ford, Aiken, S.C.

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

FDA appointee is the wrong choice
It's going to be a tough four years for women's rights. President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to head up the Food and Drug Administration's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. Suzanne Kall, Judith Lane, Grovetown

Faith surfaces among electorate

Republicans just don't seem to get it
When it comes to moral values, according to The Augusta Chronicle editorial "More than words" (Nov. 10), Democrats "just don't get it." Charles Heywood, Martinez

Indictment is political revenge

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.

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.

Birth rate declines for girls under 15

Government seeks genetic blueprint for flu

Seniors calendar

Study: Low-fat beats low-carb

Health calendar

MAC committed to fight against AIDS

Family recipes, tradition make great dressing

U.S. agrees to global standard to improve auto safety

Microsoft cracks down on Xbox modifications

Microsoft cracks down on Xbox modifications
SEATTLE - In the days before the release of the hotly anticipated "Halo 2" video game for the Xbox game console, some gamers noticed a sudden spike in the number of people being kicked off Microsoft Corp.'s online game service.

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.

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.

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

U.S. agrees to global standard to improve auto safety
WASHINGTON - The United States and 21 other countries have agreed to adopt a tougher standard for vehicle door latches, a first step toward what American officials hope will be global auto safety standards.

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.

Study: Low-fat beats low-carb
LAS VEGAS - Dieters who want to keep from regaining the pounds they so painstakingly lost would do best to eat low-fat diets rather than curb carbs, new research suggests.

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

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

Return to action excites forward
Seven months is a long time for a professional hockey player to go between games. Just ask Augusta Lynx forward Jarrett Thompson.

Return to action excites forward

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.

Kid of the Day

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Augusta mayor denies Cabinet talk
Augusta Mayor Bob Young says rumors of his becoming U.S. energy secretary have been greatly exaggerated.

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

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Residents voice frustrations

ASU center, fee receive nod
ATLANTA - A new student activities center at Augusta State University - and the nearly 25-percent increase in student activity fees required to fund it - gained preliminary approval Tuesday from separate committees of the State Board of Regents.

Casualty of Fallujah had ties to Thomson

City will tap emergency funds
Augusta commissioners adopted a 2005 city budget Tuesday without increasing taxes. But they did decide to dip into their emergency money and ordered deep cuts in city departments.

Escaped inmate seen in Grovetown

Regents soften impact of cuts
ATLANTA - A plan to help soften the blow of mid-year budget cuts to colleges and universities passed a committee of the State Board of Regents on Tuesday, giving the clearest picture yet of how the cuts will be divided.

Families say girls were mistreated

Officials plea for safer railroad crossings
AIKEN - Officials of Aiken County and Avondale Mills joined forces Tuesday to call for slower train speeds and gated crossings in the mill towns of the Midland Valley, including the site of last week's car-train collision in Graniteville, where five textile workers were killed.

Augusta broadcaster 'Mal the Pal,' 77, dies

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Augusta broadcaster 'Mal the Pal,' 77, dies
Marion "Mal the Pal" Cook, who was honored in July as Augusta's oldest broadcaster, died Tuesday at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Downtown Division, after an illness. He was 77.

Radioactive emissions continue fall at SRS

Accident analysis turns up safety gap

House posts up for grabs
ATLANTA - They secured the jobs Nov. 2, but Republican House members still have rsums to submit now that coveted committee positions are open to the party.

Charity use is sought for fine

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.

70-year-old woman dies in fire at home

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.

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.

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.

Residents voice frustrations
When Augusta residents took to the microphones at a town hall-style meeting on race relations Tuesday night, the undertone in questions they put to the panel was clear:

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Across the area

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Kid of the Day

Crematory operator will make plea deal

Wreck keeps driver stuck

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

Voters to decide who will get two school seats

Pupils make friends outside comfort zone

Families say girls were mistreated
The families of two autistic children are suing the Richmond County school district, alleging that two Hephzibah teachers mistreated their 5-year-old girls and that administrators retaliated after the parents complained.

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.

Augusta must keep fighting defense case

Candidates claim Edgefield school board seats

Court of Appeals vote gathers little attention

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Kid of the Day
Montrell Daughtry is today's Kid of the Day.

Up in flames
A Richmond County firefighter sprays water onto a smoldering abandoned house in Augusta. The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department is investigating the cause of the Tuesday evening fire, which destroyed the house on the northwest side of Morgan Street.

Train collision kills man

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.

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.

Candidates claim Edgefield school board seats
EDGEFIELD - One incumbent and one newcomer got enough votes in two runoff races to claim two Edgefield County school board seats Tuesday night.

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.

Across the area
A man who was being sought in Grovetown after walking away from a DeKalb County diversion center was found Tuesday.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - State health officials are advising senior citizens to be vaccinated against pneumonia, a potentially deadly disease.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Michael Lewis, who was 13 when he walked up to a parked car at an Atlanta convenience store in 1997 and shot a stranger dead in front of the man's two sons, is asking Georgia's highest court to give him a new trial.

Cutlass, Caprice top stolen vehicles list

Plans to refurbish building hits snag
Augusta Mayor Bob Young made a decision Tuesday a real estate developer has called "a serious mistake."

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.

Bar on probation for serving alcohol to minors
The Augusta Commission voted to place a bar's alcoholic beverage license on one year's probation Tuesday after a bartender there served alcohol to four minors who later were involved in a three-vehicle wreck in October.

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.

Duty calls for battalion
Friends and family said goodbye Tuesday to troops at Fort Gordon who will work to provide intelligence to U.S. forces in Iraq as the military combats insurgency in the country.

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

Radioactive emissions continue fall at SRS
The amount of tritium and other radioactive materials escaping from Savannah River Site continued to decline in 2003, mirroring a trend that began in 1990 when many of the site's production activities were scaled back or halted.

Up in flames

Crematory operator will make plea deal
ATLANTA - A former crematory operator accused of dumping 334 bodies and passing off cement dust as ashes has agreed to a plea deal requiring him to serve no more than 12 years in prison, The Associated Press learned Tuesday.

ASU center, fee receive nod

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Bar on probation for serving alcohol to minors

Regents soften impact of cuts

Plans to refurbish building hits snag

Creators of anti-obesity pill test effects on heart disease

City will tap emergency funds

3 U.S. border crossings begin background checks

Officials plea for safer railroad crossings

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Augusta mayor denies Cabinet talk

Court gives lawyer probation

Pupils make friends outside comfort zone
The mixing at Grovetown Middle School's lunch period Tuesday had nothing to do with food. Instead, pupils attempted to make new friends with classmates different from their own race or gender while breaking bread.

Cutlass, Caprice top stolen vehicles list
Dallas Simon Jr. says some of the most popular makes and models of cars stolen in Augusta are hot sellers.

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Birth rate declines for girls under 15

Time is right for Holtz to exit
Hey coach, how 'bout one more for the road? One more rivalry game. One more bowl game. One more bow before goodbye.

Tom Hanks may star in 'The Da Vinci Code'
LOS ANGELES - Will Tom Hanks crack "The Da Vinci Code"?

Tom Hanks may star in 'The Da Vinci Code'

Ten secrets of a highly absorbent SpongeBob movie
LOS ANGELES - America's favorite deep-sea sponge is coming to the surface.

Ten secrets of a highly absorbent SpongeBob movie

Fight breaks out during taping of Vibe awards
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A fight broke out near the stage at the Vibe awards ceremony as rapper Snoop Dogg and producer Quincy Jones were preparing to honor Dr. Dre., and one person was stabbed, authorities and witnesses said.

Fight breaks out during taping of Vibe awards

Darlington starts new era under the lights

NASCAR changes some weekend schedules for 2005

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.

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.

France: new points system will return for 2005

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.

Hawks squeak by Rockets

Hawks squeak by Rockets
ATLANTA - After an embarrassing performance three nights before, the Atlanta Hawks wanted to show some backbone at home.

Manning to start vs. Falcons

Atlanta wins with its new resiliency

Eagles maul Cowboys on road

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Health worries get Holyfield suspended

Relieved Sharapova ends 'amazing' year

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Race to host 2012 Olympics enters final lap

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Zack Day of Martinez won a seven-round decision against world champion Anthony Bartinelli on Nov. 6 at the 2004 Fall Brawl in the Foothills in Simpsonville, S.C.

Relieved Sharapova ends 'amazing' year
LOS ANGELES - So what's a girl who loves to shop do with $1 million?

Hewitt rallies past Moya in Masters Cup
HOUSTON - Lleyton Hewitt came back from an overnight rain delay to finally beat Carlos Moya 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 in a first-round match at the ATP Masters Cup Championships on Tuesday.

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.

Health worries get Holyfield suspended
NEW YORK - Evander Holyfield doesn't play for a team, but the former heavyweight champion has been benched by the New York State Athletic Commission after his terrible performance against Larry Donald at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

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

Holyfield suspended by N.Y. commission
NEW YORK - Evander Holyfield was suspended indefinitely by New York boxing officials in the wake of his loss Saturday night to journeyman Larry Donald.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Time is right for Holtz to exit

Network chiefs look to future with impatient audience
STANFORD, Calif. - The presidents of the three major TV network news divisions put aside their rivalries for one day, gathering at a forum to acknowledge that the days when people patiently waited to tune into their evening newscasts have passed.

Network chiefs look to future with impatient audience

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.

Solving crime pays for TV networks
NEW YORK - TV viewers never seem to get tired of solving crimes, judging by the ratings.

ABC apologizes for steamy football intro

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.

Solving crime pays for TV networks

CBS fires producer who interrupted 'CSI'

ABC apologizes for steamy football intro
NEW YORK - ABC apologized Tuesday for a steamy intro to "Monday Night Football" after receiving complaints from viewers and the NFL.

People in the News

Toby Keith doesn't stray far from Oklahoma roots

Three Bulldogs say they'll return in 2005

Three Bulldogs say they'll return in 2005
ATHENS, Ga. -- Three Georgia juniors regarded as possible 2005 NFL draft picks said Tuesday they instead plan to return for their senior seasons.

Holtz puts off talk of future

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.

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

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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.

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:

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?

Eye on the prize

My style

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Judge rules that transsexual did not intentionally lie about gender on marriage license

PETA's crusade taken to the gills

Beavers make dam out of stolen money

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