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.

Art with a bang
On a gritty street in downtown New York City, a bright red door gives way to another world -- the elegant, serene studio of Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang (pronounced sigh gwo chang). Since moving to the United States in 1995, the 46-year-old Cai has been acclaimed for the startlingly public art projects he has staged around the world with explosives and precision pyrotechnics.

New author to write 'Godfather' sequel
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - When Mark Winegardner was 12, he read Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" - a novel that was supposedly off limits to him. The local library felt books with a lot of sex and violence might leave too much of an impression on a young reader.

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.

Novelist Lily Tuck, historian Kevin Boyle win National Book Awards

Marilyn Monroe gets the museum treatment

Novelist Lily Tuck, historian Kevin Boyle win National Book Awards
NEW YORK - A novel set in 19th century Paraguay, a work of history about an early civil rights struggle and a children's story about a boy's religious faith were among the winners Wednesday night at the National Book Awards.

Children get a hearty helping of Thanksgiving books

New author to write 'Godfather' sequel

Art with a bang

Angels' Guerrero claims MVP

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
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.

Clemens' son signs with Texas

Clemens' son signs with Texas
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens' son signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play baseball for the University of Texas.

Guerrero voted AL MVP

Birth announcements
Andrew John Flythe: Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Flythe, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Andrew John Flythe, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Kavelage, of Atlanta, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. St. Onge, of Augusta, and the late Marvin A. Quattlebaum and J. Bacheller Flythe.

Birth announcements

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.

Odds and Ends
STAMFORD, Conn. - When city employees refused to haul away his raked leaves, Michael Peters blew up. And his meltdown got him arrested for what police describe as "leaf rage."

Virgin Mary grilled cheese back up on eBay
MIAMI - The Internet auction house eBay Inc. reversed itself Tuesday and is allowing bids for half of a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that its owner says bears the image of the Virgin Mary.

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.

Radio station to apologize for smoking ban in cars hoax
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A radio station owner will publicly apologize for falsely telling listeners the city had banned smoking in cars, and the city dropped plans to file a complaint with federal regulators.

World toilet summit begins in China
BEIJING - Laugh all you want, say public hygiene experts at the World Toilet Summit, but the importance of having loos you can use is no joke.

Two girls allegedly took poisoned cake to school
MARIETTA, Ga. - Two 13-year-old middle school girls are being held at the Cobb County Youth Detention Center charged with serving poisoned cake to at least 12 students who became ill and went to a hospital for treatment, police said on Wednesday.

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.

Papa John's cutting 70 headquarters jobs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Papa John's International Inc. will cut 70 jobs in the fourth quarter, partly due to the pizza industry's sluggish growth and higher costs for ingredients, fuel and other expenses, the company said Tuesday.

Georgia is lagging in job growth
ATLANTA - Despite signs that the national job market is gaining momentum, Georgia continues to see sluggish revenue growth and little job creation at its largest companies, according to a leading state economic forecaster.

Business briefs

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

Consumer prices rise in October
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices in October posted their biggest increase in five months, pinching people's pocketbooks at the gas pump and at the grocery store.

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.

Merger forms third biggest retailer
CHICAGO - The discount retailer Kmart Holding Corp. is combining with one of the most venerable names in U.S. retailing, Sears, Roebuck & Co., in an $11 billion deal that will create the nation's third largest retailer.

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.

Judge to rule by Christmas on tobacco payments

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.

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.

The Home Depot reports earnings increase

Crude futures rise amid rally in heating oil
Crude oil futures prices climbed Wednesday on the back of a rally in heating oil after the U.S. government reported that the nation's supply of distillate fuel declined for the ninth consecutive week.

Failure to locate pipes before digging is costly

Source: Universal Music licensing songs with eye on file-sharing
LOS ANGELES - Universal Music Group has licensed songs from its stable of artists including U2 and Eminem to a company that has developed technology designed to prevent the unauthorized distribution of audio tracks over online file-sharing networks, a source familiar with the venture said.

Merger forms third biggest retailer

Failure to locate pipes before digging is costly
While digging to install new power lines to a home in Jensen's Wymberly subdivision this week, Georgia Power lineman George Darden accidentally hit a sewage pipe.

Papa John's cutting 70 headquarters jobs

Consumer prices rise in October

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.

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.

Business briefs
A spokesman for The Home Depot said the company is taking "a hard look" at acquiring part of a North Augusta shopping center.

Georgia is lagging in job growth

Crude futures rise amid rally in heating oil

Lampert guided Kmart-Sears deal

Wal-Mart earnings rise in third quarter

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.

Wholesale prices jump by 1.7 percent

Small broker clients get fee

Lampert guided Kmart-Sears deal
DETROIT - For the last year and a half, industry observers have speculated about Kmart Holding Corp. chairman Edward Lampert's plans since the troubled retailer emerged from bankruptcy.

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.

Bowden looks back on last year's blowout

Clemson basketball season begins Friday

Stunned Tigers prepare for rival

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.

Clemson basketball season begins Friday
CLEMSON, S.C. - Coach Oliver Purnell's second season at Clemson starts Friday night against Hampton and includes road games against Boston College, South Carolina and Duke.

Tide trying to keep Auburn from fast start

SEC notebook

Study: Diversity is lacking
The low number of minorities coaching in college football reflects a lack of diversity among college and conference leaders, according to a University of Central Florida study released Wednesday in Orlando, Fla.

SEC notebook
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee's Rick Clausen doesn't throw as well as Erik Ainge or run like Brent Schaeffer.

Study: Diversity is lacking

Tide trying to keep Auburn from fast start
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 2 Auburn has mastered the strike quickly-and-cruise method of beating teams, outscoring opponents 282-50 in the first three quarters.

Lack of sponsor hinders tourney

A new record low
Words must be summoned from somewhere in order to fill this space. But we must confess a maddening inability to find the words to properly convey our sadness and disgust at the senseless murder of Margaret Hassan.

Iraqis face tough test

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

Budget plaudits
Can you believe it? The Augusta Commission resolved its budget issues smoothly this week. No delays, recesses, divisive spats or putting off the toughest decisions until the last minute, as in recent years, and then raising taxes.

Budget plaudits

Iraqis face tough test
Except for isolated pockets of resistance, the battle for Fallujah is over and the terrorists have been routed - more than 1,200 killed and thousands more scattered like cockroaches. Tons of weapons were found, along with evidence of mass murders, including beheadings.

No time to govern

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 Condi Rice scary?

A new record low

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.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a guide to some of the drink specials and entertainment offerings at Augusta and Aiken clubs, pubs, bars and bistros:

Rapper Young Buck wanted in Vibe awards stabbing
LOS ANGELES - Police were searching for rapper Young Buck in connection with a stabbing at the Vibe Awards, an assault apparently sparked when Buck's musical mentor, Dr. Dre, was punched just before being handed a lifetime achievement award.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

People in the News
PASADENA, Calif. - Come New Year's Day, the world's most famous mouse will lead one of its best-known parades.

Skating group puts 'Willy Wonka' on ice
In the world of Willy Wonka, bad kids get turned into gigantic blueberries and good kids pull off the killer double axel.

Jude Law dubbed 'sexiest man alive'
NEW YORK - Jude Law, star of "Alfie" and "I (Heart) Huckabees," has been named this year's "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine.

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

Minnelli says ex-bodyguard, ex-husband ganging up on her
NEW YORK - Liza Minnelli says her former bodyguard, who claims she forced him to have sex with her to keep his job, and her estranged husband David Gest have joined forces to attack and embarrass her publicly, according to court papers.

Former producer sues Michael Jackson
LOS ANGELES - A former producer and business associate of Michael Jackson is suing the pop star, claiming he hasn't been paid more than $3 million in loans and producing fees.

Britney Spears' is wedding official
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have filed their marriage license with the county registrar's office, an agency spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Franklin funds settles complaints

Franklin funds settles complaints
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Franklin Templeton Investments agreed to pay $18 million to settle complaints that the mutual fund distributor failed to tell investors it paid brokers who recommended its funds, Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Wednesday.

Platter pleaser

Brining gives turkey flavor and texture boost

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.

Vegetarian: Cumin-roasted sweet potatoes

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.

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

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.

Low-fat: Chicken and shrimp tortilla soup

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

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.

Grubbin': Sixth at Watkins
SIGNATURE DISH: Watkins Salad, tossed greens topped with ham, turkey, egg, tomatoes, cucumbers and two cheeses, served with a muffin, $7.95.

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.

Grubbin': Sixth at Watkins

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."

Quick: Turkey cutlets with citrus-fig sauce

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:

Holiday cooks can find help on hot lines

Thanksgiving dessert has all-family appeal

Chocolate chip cookies take on Thanksgiving flavor

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 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.

Lineman has fallback position - wrestling
ATLANTA - So far, football is working out just fine for Joe Anoai. He's starting at Georgia Tech as a sophomore. His team will likely get an invitation to its eighth straight bowl game.

Georgia Tech eager for strong finish this year

Lineman has fallback position - wrestling

Time away hasn't slowed Sorenstam

LPGA ahead of the curve in global golf

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.

UBS Cup returns to South Carolina

Time away hasn't slowed Sorenstam
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Having won more than $2 million each of the last four years, surely Annika Sorenstam could afford to hire someone to paint the inside of her summer home in Lake Tahoe.

Woods: Ryder Cup captain should be O'Meara
MIYAZAKI, Japan - Tiger Woods disagrees with the PGA of America for selecting Tom Lehman as captain of the 2006 Ryder Cup team, saying it should have been close friend Mark O'Meara.

Woods has goal in Dunlop event

Woods has goal in Dunlop event
MIYAZAKI, Japan - Tiger Woods will be looking for his first victory in Japan when he tees off today in the Dunlop Phoenix tournament.

Sanford Dickson still impresses fellow golfers

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.

UBS Cup returns to South Carolina
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - The Americans have never lost the UBS Cup, which returns to South Carolina this week for the fourth competition in the Ryder Cup-style event.

Vidalia sweet-talks Laney's Dunn, Walker

Area athletes ink decisions

Vidalia sweet-talks Laney's Dunn, Walker
A Vidalia fan made the suggestion he'd like to send Laney's Robert Dunn a care package of onions and a note expressing his admiration.

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.

No sign of lockout ending anytime soon
CHICAGO - An NHL lockout that's already nine weeks old won't end anytime soon unless owners show some willingness to negotiate, agents said after a meeting with the players' union.

No sign of lockout ending anytime soon

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.

Holtz to retire after season
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Lou Holtz will retire as coach at South Carolina after the season, The Associated Press learned Thursday night, apparently paving the way for Steve Spurrier to replace him.

Fair exhibits were disconcerting
I went to the Georgia-Carolina Fair and was truly appalled to see that the fair was abusive! The fair that the Augusta Exchange Club used was making money for a wrong cause. Nathan Banks, Aiken, S.C.

Article slighted downtown hotel

Help whole city, not just districts
Damon Cline's story in the newspaper's Race in Augusta series ("A tarnished image," Nov. 14) was right on the mark. April Mills, Hephzibah

Nation devolving into savagery
I read Perry Smith's column ("Get to know the heroes among us," Nov. 11). The inspiring situations of which he speaks bring forth joy and respect, for those of whom he refers and to Smith himself. Tony E. Basilicato, 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.

Christians uphold true marriage

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

Commissioners have hidden agenda
I have tried to make sense of all the weird voting, propositions and stances of Augusta's black commissioners since coming back to Augusta in 2000. Now I know. Michael J. Rhoden, North Augusta, S.C.

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

VA hospital gives splendid care
As the wife of a veteran who has been an inpatient at the VA hospital more than once, and who continues to receive care there as an outpatient, I was dismayed by a recent letter. Judith Knight, Warrenville, S.C.

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

Christians uphold true marriage
I want to respond to J.E. Hexum's Nov. 11 letter, "Gay-marriage ban is hateful, wrong." He has a few misunderstandings about the Christian position on gay marriage. Brian Baldowski, Augusta

Indictment is political revenge

Nation devolving into savagery

Faith surfaces among electorate

Article slighted downtown hotel
I take issue with the article that appeared in the Nov. 11 Chronicle regarding Columbia County's push for its own tourism office. Pat Bates, Augusta

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

Travel briefs

Family Briefs

Clinton library celebrates grand opening today

Ultrasound aids stroke treatment

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

Microsoft cracks down on Xbox modifications

Study: Low-fat beats low-carb

Last chance chores - before winter

Last chance chores - before winter
Winter is setting in and the cold, wet days to come will prevent us -- or at least make it very difficult for us -- to perform important tasks that affect our comfort and our pocketbook.

Travel briefs
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska is a popular destination for summer travelers and cruise ships. But what about a visit to Fairbanks in the season the state is known for?

Stress linked to chocolate, tobacco consumption
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Americans increasingly are turning to comfort food and tobacco to help them deal with stress, University of Michigan researchers say.

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.

Family Briefs
NEW YORK - Many young children take their first plane trip during the holiday season - maybe to a relatives' home or to a warm-weather amusement park.

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.

Clinton library celebrates grand opening today
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Bill Clinton's presidential library, opening Thursday, covers Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky in a single display that portrays the White House scandals as a "fight for power" and an exercise in the "politics of persecution."

Ultrasound aids stroke treatment
BOSTON - The same type of sound waves that pulsate from sonar fish-finders and ultrasound fetal monitors can dramatically boost the power of anti-clotting medicine and help it dissolve brain blockages in stroke patients, a study suggests.

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.

Return to action excites forward

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.

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

Correction
n article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about the arrest of 18-year-old Daniel Garcia Blackwell on a charge of murder contained incorrect information. The victim, Thomas Wright, was last seen by his girlfriend when he left his home Oct. 9 to pick up her brother, Mr. Blackwell.

Around the block
The Augusta Symphony will present Let's Wine the Strings at 8 tonight at the Old Medical College, 598 Telfair St. There will be performances by The Augusta Symphony String Quartet and The Greenville Symphony String Quartet. A selection of free wines will be available. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students. Call 826-4705.

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.

Pet of the week
Salem, an 8-week-old female beagle mix, is available for adoption from Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held every Saturday at PETsMART in Aiken, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. All pets for adoption can be seen in their foster homes. For more information about the cats and dogs available for adoption, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 649-1219 or 279-7003.

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.

Angels, scrooges list for 2004 announced
COLUMBIA - Two groups that raise money for veterans topped the lists of the best and worst charities in South Carolina, Secretary of State Mark Hammond said Wednesday.

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.

ASU center, fee receive nod

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

Bi-Lo's school fund-raiser exceeds goal expectation
Richmond County shoppers donated $21,332 at area Bi-Lo stores to help the school system.

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.

Guests get to wear jeans to banquet
The Rev. Candy Williams thought it would be neat to be in a fine dining atmosphere without having to be all dressed up.

Angels, scrooges list for 2004 announced

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.

Pupils make friends outside comfort zone

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A 75-year-old hiker who was missing in the mountains in Greenville County for nearly four days likely died less than two hours after becoming separated from his hiking group.

MCG Foundation offers to buy senior council site
The Medical College of Georgia Foundation has offered $1 million for the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta building on 15th Street, the council's executive director said.

Find could alter story of mankind
AIKEN - Artifacts found along the banks of the Savannah River in Allendale County may undermine a long-held scientific theory by showing that man arrived in the Western Hemisphere thousands of years earlier than scientists once believed.

Plans to refurbish building hits snag

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.

Families say girls were mistreated

News you can use

National association helps paralegals get certification
David Pineda said he was surprised at the number of people he met who were working as paralegals but weren't certified.

Meetings
HEPHZIBAH LIONS CLUB: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Hephzibah Community Center, Windsor Spring Road; Beverly Roberts, 592-2982.

Russian atomic officials tour SRS
AIKEN - A top-level team of Russian atomic officials will tour the Savannah River Site today, the latest of four U.S. Department of Energy facilities where they have been shown America's latest techniques and technology for securing weapons-grade nuclear material.

3 schools honored for adequate fiscal progress

Crematory operator will make plea deal

Candidates claim Edgefield school board seats

Bar on probation for serving alcohol to minors

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

Friends' record label helps animal groups
W. Clay Lee is a business owner, musician and animal lover. He's also had a friend from the age of 14, Gerry Jennings, with whom he has shared a common bond of music.

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.

Tour of historic Augusta features famous area houses
A holiday tour of historic Augusta will offer a glimpse into Christmases past.

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.

3 schools honored for adequate fiscal progress
Three Richmond County schools that pull from the poorest neighborhoods have been recognized for making adequate yearly progress for several years.

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

Soldier hits road as part of theater company
Before taking the stage as Paul Bratter in September the Fort Gordon Production of Barefoot in the Park, Staff Sgt. Joseph Madison had not performed in a play for 15 years.

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.

Honoring veterans
Members of Fort Gordon's color guard participated in Veterans Day observances at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home. Col. Jeffrey Smith, Fort Gordon's deputy commander, was the keynote speaker for the event.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Kid of the Day
Jared Frazier is today's Kid of the Day.

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

Across the area
The driver of a gasoline-tanker truck was killed in a fiery wreck near Allendale on Wednesday when he lost control in a curve and the vehicle tumbled down a steep embankment, a South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman said.

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.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - Two 13-year-old middle school girls were held on assault charges Wednesday at the Cobb County Youth Detention Center, accused of serving poisoned cake to about a dozen pupils, who went to a hospital.

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.

10 arrested in identity theft
Jefferson County and state authorities have arrested 10 people in connection with an identity theft ring in which a state employee allegedly passed or sold identifying information of Jefferson Energy Cooperative employees, officials said Wednesday.

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:

Values for tax will be higher
At least half of the real estate in Richmond County is not being taxed at its true value, meaning there is a smaller pot of money to run the government and schools.

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

Boy, 13, is accused of molesting 3-year-old
A 13-year-old Edgefield County boy who was released on bond on a charge of child molestation in Richmond County in July was denied bond Wednesday in Columbia County, where he is accused of molesting a 3-year-old.

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

Augusta broadcaster 'Mal the Pal,' 77, dies

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Residents voice frustrations

Up in flames

News you can use

Augusta mayor denies Cabinet talk

Officials plea for safer railroad crossings

Radioactive emissions continue fall at SRS

County officials accept contract
Defending the indigent will cost Columbia County taxpayers at least $394,000 next year.

Sheriff plans to retain personnel
Just because the Augusta Commission approved a cut to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office budget doesn't mean there will be fewer police on the streets, officials say.

Cutlass, Caprice top stolen vehicles list

Georgia sets goal to tackle obesity head on
It could be something as simple as putting in a walking track around an elementary school and starting a contest to get children and families to walk. It could be as sweeping as putting more physical education in schools or making it easier for women to breast-feed in public.

Regents soften impact of cuts

School lunch menus

A march for the Empty Stocking Fund

Soldier hits road as part of theater company

Class finishes study with story of Anne Frank
The horrific history of the Holocaust will be presented in both theater and art tonight at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Kid of the Day

For the record

Around the block

10 arrested in identity theft

City will tap emergency funds

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, paroles, DUI convictions, marriage license application and divorces.

Across Georgia

Pupils try on U.N. roles

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Bi-Lo's school fund-raiser exceeds goal expectation

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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.

Richmond County restaurant listings

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Colonel's bike rides raise money for cancer research

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.

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Russian atomic officials tour SRS

Judge deems solitary OK for Burke

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School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through Nov. 26.

Drawing narrows Make Kids Count field to four

Judge deems solitary OK for Burke
Jailers can continue holding a capital murder suspect in solitary confinement for his own safety, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Post Happenings

An appetite for books

Guests get to wear jeans to banquet

Richmond County restaurant listings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Fair winners

Fair winners
The following is a list of first- through third-place exhibitors in their respective classes at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair:

Pet of the week

Farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Sheriff plans to retain personnel

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Effort calls for smokers to quit
For a while, W.J. Williams didn't think he could afford to quit smoking.

Richmond County students celebrate patriotism month
A red, white and blue celebration of patriotism drew a packed house to the Academy of Richmond County.

Pupils try on U.N. roles
Dozens of mock ambassadors from the Augusta area descended on Statesboro, Ga., today to air the grievances of a country that many of them had never heard of a month ago.

Class finishes study with story of Anne Frank

Kid of the Day

Hildebrandt's Grocery celebrates 125 years of service
Loyal customers gathered at Hildebrandt's Grocery and Deli on Sunday to celebrate the store's 125th anniversary.

Across Georgia

Colonel's bike rides raise money for cancer research
It wasn't something she decided to do for glory or to further her career, but Col. Lori Sussman rode her bicycle in a 100-mile event with hopes that future generations might never have to feel the pain of cancer or watch their loved ones suffer.

Correction

Luncheon is chance for businesses to network
About 200 people attended a small-business luncheon Nov. 9 at the Julian Smith Casino.

Holtz to retire after season

A march for the Empty Stocking Fund
For more than four decades, Ben Easter has made a hobby of writing music for marches, so it's no wonder the conductor of the Augusta Concert Band, which has played at The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund Concert since 1992, recently wrote The Chronicle of Truth, a march for the newspaper.

Effort calls for smokers to quit

An appetite for books
After traveling the country promoting her new book, As the Butterbeans Boil, Jayme Washington Smalley, of Augusta, reads excerpts at the Maxwell Branch Library. Then she served butter beans and candy from a recipe in the book. A graduate of Aquinas High School, Ms. Smalley tells humorous stories and poems about growing up in segregated Augusta, which she calls "serious, but better understood when they're humorous."

Georgia sets goal to tackle obesity head on

Honoring veterans

Richmond County students celebrate patriotism month

Drawing narrows Make Kids Count field to four
Seven-year-old Holly Kendrick said she's won only two things in her life - a set of Legos and a squishy orange football from a family reunion.

Friends' record label helps animal groups

Meetings

Values for tax will be higher

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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.

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.

New on DVD
THE IRON GIANT ($19.97, WARNER BROS.): A pleasing sci-fi entry, this DVD updates 1999's engaging animated tale from filmmaker Brad Bird, who wrote and directed The Incredibles. Film actor Vin Diesel provides the voice for a behemoth robot that falls from the sky and is befriended by a boy who protects his metallic buddy from hostile government forces. The DVD has eight deleted scenes including an alternate opening, with introductions by Mr. Bird, plus a huge range of features on design and development of the film.

Mini reviews

Review: 'The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie'
Absorbent and yellow and porous is he, but SpongeBob SquarePants proves there's a limit even to what he can achieve.> Sorry, boys and girls, I hate to break it to you, but I did not love "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie." And I really wanted to, because I'm a fan of the series.

Film industry files first wave of anti-piracy lawsuits

Ten secrets of a highly absorbent SpongeBob movie

Review: 'National Treasure'

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

New on DVD

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

Review: 'National Treasure'
Watching 'National Treasure' won't help its intended young audience win the History Fair, but it isn't a bad way at for them to spend 100 minutes of their time in between video games, soccer practice and trips to the mall.

Tom Hanks may star in 'The Da Vinci Code'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augustachronicle.com/movies.

Film industry files first wave of anti-piracy lawsuits
LOS ANGELES - Following the lead of record companies who curtailed rampant Internet piracy by targeting even small-time file swappers, Hollywood studios have launched a first wave of lawsuits against people who allegedly downloaded recent films such as "Spider-Man 2" and "Troy."

Diverse tracks flow smoother on latest volume of '12 Bands of Christmas' CD
Brilliant, sometimes biting and always beautiful, this year's The 12 Bands of Christmas CD, titled Volume Two, picks up where last year's project left off, polishes off any rough edges, and emerges as a collection of locally produced tunes suitable for musicians and the masses alike.

Hot ticket: The Donnas

Music is silenced at Hangnail Gallery
Eighth Street is going to be a lot quieter now. After four years of all-ages concerts, the Hangnail Gallery is closing.

Fight breaks out during taping of Vibe awards

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

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.

Hot ticket: The Donnas
The Donnas will be appearing at The Masquerade in Atlanta on Sunday.

Diverse tracks flow smoother on latest volume of '12 Bands of Christmas' CD

Fans, family turn out for O.D.B. wake
NEW YORK - Troubled rapper O.D.B., in a casket surrounded by red and white flowers, was remembered by family and friends Wednesday at a Harlem church where the focus was on the positives in his life.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Top 20 Concert Tours

Sonic Spotlight
John Kolpeck, a musician and student at Augusta State University is in the Sonic Spotlight.

Music is silenced at Hangnail Gallery

Destiny's Child loses its message, harmony
Solo success might have spoiled Destiny's Child. In the three years since the vocal group last belted Survivor, the three Destiny divas have appeared on Broadway, released albums and, in the case of Beyonce Knowles, become a household name.

Fans, family turn out for O.D.B. wake

Georgia banjo player keeps Heart going
The Tennessee-based Moun-tain Heart bluegrass band, which recently released its Ricky Skaggs-produced CD Force of Nature, performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Imperial Theatre.

Georgia banjo player keeps Heart going

Sport looks to stretch north
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - NASCAR will send the Busch Series south of the border next year for a road course race. Now it wants to expand its marketing arm to Canada.

Record payoff riding on Homestead race
There's a lot more than a trophy riding on the season-ending NASCAR Nextel Cup race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Final week of the chase
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Forget the math or the infinite number of potential scenarios to determine who will win NASCAR's Nextel Cup title.

Five drivers chase the championship Sunday
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't nervous about Sunday's Ford 400 - his last chance to win the Nextel Cup Series championship.

Final week of the chase

Newsmaker: Jamie McMurray

Sport looks to stretch north

Record payoff riding on Homestead race

Newsmaker: Jamie McMurray
If not for a 25-point penalty at Bristol, Tenn., for an illegally shaped car, Jamie McMurray would have qualified for the Chase for the Championship and would be fourth in the standings heading into Sunday's season finale. McMurray talked about missing the cut for the Chase.

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

Hawks squeak by Rockets

Prosecutor drops marijuana charge against Anthony

Pacers get easy victory over Hawks
INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal's big game spoiled an otherwise happy homecoming for his good friend Al Harrington.

Prosecutor drops marijuana charge against Anthony
DENVER - Prosecutors dropped a marijuana possession charge against Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday, saying it would be tough to get a conviction after a friend claimed the drug was his and not Anthony's.

Pacers get easy victory over Hawks

Manning is the NFL's top passer

Michael Vick in the Big Apple spotlight

Giants know it's not all up to Eli Manning

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Mr. Marion J. "Mal" Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Edna Elrod English (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary F. Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Leon Hump (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Mr. William H. McQueen (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Miss Patty Renee Rahney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Sarah Ellen Kindard (SMOAKS, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Elrod English (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Imogene Meleo (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Mae Holloway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Eddie Lee Luke Evans (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. George Washington (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Kitchens Reynolds

Mrs. Marian Rogers (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Agnes Barton (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosemary Strickland (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Dr. John Claude May (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Yvonne Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Teachers' color irrelevant to pupils
I am compelled to give an urgent and opposing response to the National Collaborative on Diversity in the Teaching Force report that black children tend to achieve at greater levels when taught by black teachers. I am compelled to counter this speculation by the collaborative because it has the potential to do more harm than good to black children.

Teachers' color irrelevant to pupils
I am compelled to give an urgent and opposing response to the National Collaborative on Diversity in the Teaching Force report that black children tend to achieve at greater levels when taught by black teachers. I am compelled to counter this speculation by the collaborative because it has the potential to do more harm than good to black children.

Health worries get Holyfield suspended

Area announcements

Change is needed for Pacers

Overtime

Grant's goals go for herself, team

Volunteers prepare for swim meet this weekend

Relieved Sharapova ends 'amazing' year

Area runners honored as All Metro

Anti-war stand might aid France's Olympics bid

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Anti-war stand might aid France's Olympics bid
PARIS - France's fervent opposition to the war in Iraq could be a factor in bringing the 2012 Summer Olympics to Paris, the city's bid leader said Wednesday.

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

Volunteers prepare for swim meet this weekend
In about four days, Glenn Gobat just might get his appetite back.

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.

Overtime
The proposed move of the Montreal Expos to Washington is set to be approved when baseball owners meet today in Chicago.

Overtime
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.

Area runners honored as All Metro
Forty-two of the area's best cross country runners were honored at an awards banquet held at Augusta Prep on Monday night.

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.

Change is needed for Pacers
Curt Triplin doesn't get much sleep these days. And it's his teammates' fault.

Grant's goals go for herself, team
Here's all you need to know about Nola Grant: She can slam a tennis ball through a basketball goal.

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Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Manning is the NFL's top passer
The NFL's first announcement of Pro Bowl voting came out Wednesday. To no one's surprise, Peyton Manning and Daunte Culpepper lead their conferences in total votes.

Giants know it's not all up to Eli Manning
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two days into the Eli Manning era, the New York Giants really aren't expecting the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft to turn their season around, at least by himself.

Michael Vick in the Big Apple spotlight
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - So far, Michael Vick is 0-for-2 when it comes to the Big Apple.

Patriotism is theme of Guitar Pull show

Patriotism is theme of Guitar Pull show
American patriotism has been reflected in country music since its origins, and that was true Tuesday night at WKXC-FM's sixth annual Million Pennies for Kids Guitar Pull.

Time is right for Holtz to exit

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

Reporter who filmed shooting is an active war correspondent

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.

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.

Network chiefs look to future with impatient audience

ABC apologizes for steamy football intro

'The Real Gilligan's Island' strands two casts
NEW YORK - Who knew two SS Minnows were shipwrecked on a deserted island in a terrible storm?

'The Real Gilligan's Island' strands two casts

'All My Children' tapes 9,000th episode
NEW YORK - The cast and crew of ABC's "All My Children" celebrated the taping of the daytime soap opera's 9,000th episode Wednesday - with cake.

Solving crime pays for TV networks

Reporter who filmed shooting is an active war correspondent
NEW YORK - Video of a U.S. Marine shooting a wounded man in Fallujah was captured by an Internet Age journalist who often reports and photographs war stories, then posts his impressions on his own weblog.

Britney Spears' is wedding official

People in the News

Rapper Young Buck wanted in Vibe awards stabbing

Applause calendar

People in the News

Jude Law dubbed 'sexiest man alive'

Minnelli says ex-bodyguard, ex-husband ganging up on her

Club calendar

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.

Get a laugh at others' expense in fish-out-of-water favorites
In every life, there are moments that are awkward, unfamiliar and uncomfortable. Be it a first day of school, meeting a prospective spouse's parents or moving to a new town, everyone experiences fish-out-of-water moments.

Lack of sponsor hinders tourney
When the LPGA Tour releases its 2005 schedule today in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship won't be on it.

World toilet summit begins in China

Radio station to apologize for smoking ban in cars hoax

Two girls allegedly took poisoned cake to school

Odds and Ends

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

Virgin Mary grilled cheese back up on eBay

PETA's crusade taken to the gills

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