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.

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.

Painting 'lost' for 60 years sold for $1.2 million
TAMPA, Fla. - After being '"lost" for 60 years in the vaults of Florida's Ringling Museum of Art, an 1887 oil painting sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York for $1.2 million.

New author to write 'Godfather' sequel

Novelist Lily Tuck, historian Kevin Boyle win National Book Awards

Art with a bang

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

Vote on move of Expos is delayed
CHICAGO - Major League Baseball owners surprisingly did not vote Thursday on the proposed move of the Montreal Expos to Washington.

Clemens' son signs with Texas

Collection of sweaters grows larger every Christmas

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

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.

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.

Man's wallet returned after 35 years
VALDOSTA, Ga. - The wallet of a former Lowndes High School student who later died in Vietnam was returned Wednesday to his mother more than 35 years after it was lost.

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.

Man admits making up story about 27-year-old killing
GRIFFIN, Ga. - A Griffin man admitted Wednesday that he fabricated a story about fatally shooting an acquaintance 27 years ago and dumping his body in a well - a tale that touched off a two-day excavation.

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."

TV anchor on air nude for story about art
CLEVELAND - A television news anchor appeared on the air nude in a first-person report about an artist's photographs, drawing a record number of viewers for the time slot, the station said.

Father apologizes for teen accused of serving poisoned cake to classmates
ATLANTA - The father of one of two 13-year-old girls accused of serving poisoned cake to about a dozen students said Thursday he and his daughter were sorry it happened.

Odds and Ends
MILFORD, Conn. - Is the wedding still on? That's one of the unanswered questions in the case of a man who police say staged a break-in at his own home so he could sell his fiancee's engagement ring.c

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.

Google says revenue growth is slowing
NEW YORK - Shares of Google Inc. slipped in pre-market trading Thursday after the world's most popular Internet search engine warned for the second time in a week that its fourth-quarter revenue growth rate is likely to slow from previous quarters.

Possible mad cow case found
WASHINGTON - The government is checking a possible new case of mad cow disease, officials said Thursday, rattling the nation's cattle industry, food processors and beef-oriented restaurant chains.

Rates on 30-year, 15-year mortgages dip
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages dipped this week, a development that should help keep the housing market humming.

Call center provides lift for St. Marys
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Gov. Sonny Perdue is credited by many elected officials for offering the incentives to lure what will soon be Camden County's largest private employer to St. Marys.

Jobless claims drop last week
WASHINGTON - The number of people filing new applications last week for unemployment benefits dipped last week, offering a hopeful sign for recovery in the nation's labor market.

Congress to approve $800 billion debt-limit increase

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.

Crude futures rise amid rally in heating oil

Phil Knight resigns top job at Nike
PORTLAND, Ore. - Phil Knight stepped down Thursday as president and chief executive of Nike Inc., the $12 billion athletic shoe and clothing company he co-founded and built into the world's largest shoe maker and one of its best-known brands.

Congress to approve $800 billion debt-limit increase
WASHINGTON - Congress is ready to send President Bush an $800 billion debt limit increase, a testament to the massive federal deficits that have marked his administration.

Analysts: Sears deal is $11 billion gamble
NEW YORK - The $11 billion deal between Kmart and Sears is seen as a high-risk gamble to some analysts, who say the struggling discounter and struggling department store won't merge with quick, or even certain, success.

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.

New tool for scholarly research introduced
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Inc., the leader in online search engines, is setting out to make better sense of all the scholarly work stored on the Web.

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.

Report infers slower economic growth ahead
NEW YORK - The economy could be headed for slower growth in the next several months, according to a report released Thursday by a private research group. A separate report showed a drop in weekly claims for unemployment benefits.

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.

Business briefs
The label of a can of Campbell's "SpaghettiOs", left, released by Campbell Soup Co, of Camden, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, shows the brand change to Campbell's from the old brand Franco-American, right.

Lampert guided Kmart-Sears deal

Dollar's fall raises concerns in Europe
BERLIN - The U.S. dollar sagged to another record low against the euro Thursday, fueling speculation that the European Central Bank might stage a risky intervention in currency markets to prop up the dollar and protect Europe's export-driven recovery.

Georgia Power weighs profit needs
ATLANTA - With bill payers and stockholders watching closely, state regulators must strike a fine balance in deciding how much profit Georgia Power should make, utility officials said Thursday as they began hearing final appeals for a rate increase.

Phil Knight resigns top job at Nike

Consumer prices rise in October

Papa John's cutting 70 headquarters jobs

Merger forms third biggest retailer

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.

Analysts: Sears deal is $11 billion gamble

SBC and Yahoo! extend pact to offer Internet service

Business briefs

Georgia Power weighs profit needs

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.

Call center provides lift for St. Marys

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.

Officials buy land to build interchange

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.

Possible mad cow case found

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.

Officials buy land to build interchange
A section of Bobby Jones Expressway just west of Interstate 20 might soon start looking like a ghost town.

Georgia is lagging in job growth

FDA defends its handling of Vioxx safety issues
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday defended its oversight of Vioxx ahead of a congressional review into whether the agency and the maker of the arthritis drug recently taken off the market put patients' safety first.

Failure to locate pipes before digging is costly

SBC and Yahoo! extend pact to offer Internet service
SAN ANTONIO - SBC Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. are expanding their partnership in high-speed Internet access to make news, entertainment and other services available not just on computers but also on cell phones, televisions and other devices.

Google says revenue growth is slowing

S.C. assistant returns to Death Valley
CLEMSON, S.C. - Rick Stockstill knew this day was coming when he shook hands with South Carolina coach Lou Holtz to join the Gamecocks' staff.

Clemson basketball season begins Friday

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.

S.C. assistant returns to Death Valley

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

Auburn's BCS talk surrounds Iron Bowl
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tommy Tuberville is taking it one championship game at a time: state, Southeastern Conference and, with two wins and some outside help, national.

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

Gators trying to forget debacle against FSU
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Almost every year, the Florida-Florida State game has one memorable play that makes the difference.

Gators trying to forget debacle against FSU

Study: Diversity is lacking

Tide trying to keep Auburn from fast start

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.

Auburn's BCS talk surrounds Iron Bowl

Lack of sponsor hinders tourney

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.

Situational ethics

Budget plaudits

Beacon of hope shines on
The liberal news media have gleefully reported anecdotal evidence of an increase in Americans wanting to emigrate to Canada after the re-election of President George W. Bush.

Talk about desperate!
Housewives aren't the only people who are desperate at ABC.

Whitewater, now Whitewash
The new Clinton Presidential Library is designed to be a huge tourist draw.

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.

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.

A new record low

Iraqis face tough test

Beacon of hope shines on

Talk about desperate!

Situational ethics
It's a bit unseemly, wouldn't you say, that the same Republican Party that wanted to impeach a president for lying under oath is now relaxing its ethics rules to go easy on one of its own.

Ja Rule's manager arrested
NEW YORK - Ja Rule's manager was arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into the music label once known as Murder Inc.

Disney relaunches Muppet brand
LOS ANGELES - The frog is back. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and their pals are starring in their own Web site - the first in a series of new creative efforts launched by the Walt Disney Co. since buying the Muppets in April.

Thanksgiving Day parade is satisfying
It's amazing that as we go through life, people find they love the same things for different reasons. For instance, I love parades. I'm particularly fond of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

People in the News
LONDON - A lawyer for Roman Polanski said the filmmaker was being denied justice because he isn't allowed to sue a magazine for defamation in a British court while remaining in France.

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.

Tony Soprano and Paulie Walnuts visit troops
LOS ANGELES - Even TV mobsters have a soft spot for U.S. troops serving abroad.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Colors, fish are all around
If you don't care about driving to the mountainous areas of Georgia and South Carolina to check out the leaf season, take your boat up Strom Thurmond Lake's Little River and Big Hart Creek on the Georgia side.

IRS audits more wealthy taxpayers
WASHINGTON - The IRS increased its audits of wealthy taxpayers this year, helping the agency haul in a record $43 billion in unpaid taxes.

IRS audits more wealthy taxpayers

Colors, fish are all around

Fishing report
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903.

Fishing report

Colors, fish are all around
If you don't care about driving to the mountainous areas of Georgia and South Carolina to check out the leaf season, take your boat up Strom Thurmond Lake's Little River and Big Hart Creek on the Georgia side.

Colors, fish are all around

Grubbin': Sixth at Watkins

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.

Mulch leaves into lawns rather than rake them off

Mulch leaves into lawns rather than rake them off
NEW MARKET, Va. - Mike Goatley is the kind of guy we couch potatoes appreciate most on football-rich fall afternoons. The Virginia Tech extension turf specialist preaches the gospel of "leave them alone" lawn leaf management.

Water winter lawn only in dry conditions
How often should I water my lawn during the winter when it is dormant? - Gail

Water winter lawn only in dry conditions

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.

Lineman has fallback position - wrestling

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.

Sorenstam on top of her game and in the lead

Asahi Ryokuken is discontinued
Liselotte Neumann's fears were realized Thursday, when an LPGA Tour official said the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship has been discontinued.

UBS Cup returns to South Carolina

Sorenstam on top of her game and in the lead
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Annika Sorenstam was hitting the ball so well she knew exactly where it was going. Combine that with an unusually calm day in south Florida, and her name atop the leaderboard was no surprise.

Asahi Ryokuken is discontinued

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.

Time away hasn't slowed Sorenstam

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.

UBS Cup opens Friday

UBS Cup opens Friday
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Arnold Palmer has never lost an international team competition when he served as American captain, a record that includes a couple of Ryder Cup wins, a President's Cup victory and three UBS Cup titles.

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 has goal in Dunlop event

Vidalia sweet-talks Laney's Dunn, Walker

Key prep football matchups

Bringing Laney closer together

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.

Bringing Laney closer together
A freshman walked to the bookstore at Georgia Southern in the fall of 1985. Classes were starting. Eric Parker had just moved in. His life was changing by the step.

Key prep football matchups
LAST WEEK: No. 4 Lincoln County defeated Commerce, 35-14; McIntosh Academy defeated No. 6 Twiggs County, 30-0.

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.

NHL stars to tour Europe

NHL stars to tour Europe
TORONTO - Goalies Martin Brodeur and Dominik Hasek will lead a European tour by locked-out NHL players.

No sign of lockout ending anytime soon

Collection of sweaters grows larger every Christmas
We hit the season's first cold snap this week, and I have made a discovery.

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.

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.

Stance on gays was misrepresented

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.

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

Stance on gays was misrepresented
J.E. Hexum's letter "Gay marriage ban is hateful, wrong" (Nov. 11) misrepresented and offended me as a Christian. Cindy Harper, Augusta

Election hardly a moral victory
A moral victory? I don't think so. Abortion and gay marriage, masquerading as the moral issues of the 2004 election, are but divisive social issues that have almost nothing to do with the larger moral question of how one lives one's life. Diane K. Smith, Hephzibah

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

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

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

Christians uphold true marriage

Nation devolving into savagery

Article slighted downtown hotel

Election hardly a moral victory

Bush's first term was a disaster
There could be a bright side to the recent election. President Bush is no longer concerned with re-election, so it might be that he will look for ways to improve his place in history, which to date looks dismal. Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Study: Learning to run big step in human evolution

Chrysler 300 named car of the year

Accord Hybrid brings on more power

Family Briefs

Travel briefs

Ultrasound aids stroke treatment

Tips for those who want to start own collections of art

Last chance chores - before winter

Clinton library celebrates grand opening today

FDA found problems at flu vaccine plant in 2003

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.

Accord Hybrid brings on more power
Some people are never satisfied. Give them more horsepower and they want better fuel economy. Give them better fuel economy and they beg for more horsepower.

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.

Study: Learning to run big step in human evolution
SALT LAKE CITY - New research suggests that developing the ability to run - long thought to be a byproduct of walking for early man - was actually an instrumental step in the evolution of people from ape-like creatures into what we know today as humans.

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."

Chrysler 300 named car of the year
DETROIT - The Chrysler 300, the uniquely styled sedan that has attracted buyers from rappers to grandmothers and helped the automaker revive its U.S. business, has claimed the honor of 2005 Car of the Year from Motor Trend magazine.

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.

FDA found problems at flu vaccine plant in 2003
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration said it was taken by surprise when the U.S. supply of flu vaccine was cut in half in October. Democratic lawmakers said the agency should have seen it coming.

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?

Tips for those who want to start own collections of art
You found the house. It's perfect. The walls are bright and clean. The surface is unblemished. It's a blank slate just itching to be covered over with art. When you rifle through the stuff that came over in the moving van, though, what's there? A ragged poster of John Smoltz? A cheesecake shot of Jenny McCarthy? Maybe a print of Salvadore Dali's The Persistence of Memory? Or maybe even a movie poster from Sixteen Candles?

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.

Lynx are set to begin busy swing
A dry-erase calendar hangs on the wall in the coaches' office at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Kid of the Day

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.

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

Across Georgia

Director backs consultant work

Post Happenings

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fair winners

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

Pet of the week

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.

Friends' record label helps animal groups

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

Russian atomic officials tour SRS

Guests get to wear jeans to banquet

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.

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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.

MCG plans new projects
For Daniel W. Rahn, it's like being in a boat passing through "choppy seas" but with an optimistic landing ahead.

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.

Leader seeks crossing arms at railroad crossing
AIKEN - The chairman of Aiken County's state legislative delegation has joined the chorus of local leaders who are pleading for safety upgrades at a deadly railroad crossing in Graniteville.

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.

Legislators share optimism
It was a breakfast complete with biscuits, orange juice and promises of bright days ahead for Columbia County.

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

Colonel's bike rides raise money for cancer research

MCG plans new projects

Scientists urge lab to invest in research

Three charged in theft of funds

Kid of the day

A march for the Empty Stocking Fund

Across the area

Across the area

Scientists urge lab to invest in research
Researchers at Savannah River National Laboratory can be on the cutting edge of tracing disease to the molecular level using radioactive isotopes, one of the founders of modern nuclear medicine said Thursday night.

Groups prepare for holiday feasts

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

Angels, scrooges list for 2004 announced

Ex-lieutenant governor found guilty of fraud
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Former Lt. Gov. Earle Morris was found guilty Thursday of 22 counts of securities fraud for telling investors to keep their money in a company although he knew it was failing.

Historic Appling building gets renovation

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Richmond County students celebrate patriotism month

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."

Meetings

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.

Georgia sets goal to tackle obesity head on

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

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
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.

10 arrested in identity theft

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.

Class finishes study with story of Anne Frank

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.

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.

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.

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.

Soldier hits road as part of theater company

Federer beats Moya in Masters

Director backs consultant work
Seabury Airline Planning Group's contract with Augusta Regional Airport is more than halfway up, yet aviation commission Chairman Cedric Johnson can't recall a single task the consultant group has accomplished.

Pupils try on U.N. roles

Ex-lieutenant governor found guilty of fraud

Federer beats Moya in Masters
HOUSTON - Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame a second-set lapse and remained unbeaten in the ATP Masters Cup Championships with a victory Thursday night over Carlos Moya.

Across Georgia

Sheriff plans to retain personnel

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

Honoring veterans

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.

3 schools honored for adequate fiscal progress

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

Some schools weigh ban on baked goods
ATLANTA - The days of sending homemade cookies, brownies or cakes to school to celebrate a pupil's birthday or a holiday might be over.

Kid of the day
Naomii Tenaj Jones is today's Kid of the Day.

Judge deems solitary OK for Burke

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Courts' orders are not uniform
Many of those high school students charged as adults during this autumn's crackdown on school disorder received less time in jail or under court supervision than those charged as juveniles, court records show.

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):

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - State prison officials are working on a plan to turn the Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto into a women's prison, according to a report in today's edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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

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.

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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.

Drawing narrows Make Kids Count field to four

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

Across the area
A Burke County woman who killed her husband and buried him in a shallow grave will be released from prison Monday.

Airport lands marketing director
The executive assistant of the airport in Panama City, Fla., soon will fill Kathryn Solee's shoes.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A married couple from New York have been charged with drug trafficking after state troopers seized $15 million in heroin from their rental car during a traffic stop in Dorchester County.

Sex offenders found in nursing homes
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia Nursing Home Association plans to tackle a tough issue: registered sex offenders living in nursing homes.

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.

Three charged in theft of funds
Two Columbia County Sheriff's Office employees and a jailer from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office have been arrested after, police say, they took more than $1,000 from a Winfield volunteer firefighters fund.

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

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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.

Groups prepare for holiday feasts
So far only 250 people have signed up for the Augusta Rescue Mission's Thanksgiving on Wheels program, but by Wednesday night at least 800 more are expected to be talking turkey.

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.

Historic Appling building gets renovation
Although most court-related activities in Columbia County have moved to an Evans location, officials say they want to keep the Appling courthouse the official county seat - something it has been since the 1800s.

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.

University Hospital is going high-tech
In a flurry of year-end buying, University Hospital officials picked up about $8 million in high-tech hardware to help complete a transition to a completely digital electronic medical record system.

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.

Leader seeks crossing arms at railroad crossing

Richmond County restaurant listings

Courts' orders are not uniform

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.

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.

Teen's father apologizes
ATLANTA -- The father of one of two 13-year-old girls accused of serving poisoned cake to about a dozen pupils said Thursday he and his daughter are sorry it happened.

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.

University Hospital is going high-tech

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.

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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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An appetite for books

School lunch menus

Values for tax will be higher

Effort calls for smokers to quit

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

I told you so about Phil, Red Sox and 'Cocky'
Why? Why? Why did I have to stick with my "no wagering" clause?

Film industry files first wave of anti-piracy lawsuits

Institute compiling top 100 film quotes list

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.

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

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."

Institute compiling top 100 film quotes list
LOS ANGELES - Humphrey Bogart, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack Nicholson are competing in a war of words.

Islam's prophet hits the silver screen
NEW YORK - Forget about dancing genies, buxom harem girls and dashing heroes in mythical Arab lands bent on saving ravishing princesses. In this animated movie, the issue is one of divine love, devotion and a struggle for God.

'Tupac' among Oscar documentary hopefuls
LOS ANGELES - The fast-food indictment "Super Size Me" is among 12 films competing for best documentary at the Academy Awards.

'Tupac' among Oscar documentary hopefuls

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.

Islam's prophet hits the silver screen

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.

Review: 'National Treasure'

New on DVD

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

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

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

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.

Georgia banjo player keeps Heart going

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

Fake R. Kelly story published in newspaper

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.

Music is silenced at Hangnail Gallery

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.

Top 20 Concert Tours

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.

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

Hot ticket: The Donnas

Eminem's new CD is selling briskly
LOS ANGELES - Eminem's new album debuted atop the charts, following a decision by the rapper's record label to move up the album's sale date amid piracy concerns.

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.

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.

Fake R. Kelly story published in newspaper
NEW YORK - A fake story about singer R. Kelly circulated on the Internet and attributed to The Associated Press was picked up by The Miami Herald and then sent by the Knight-Ridder/Tribune wire to newspapers across the country.

Newsmaker: Jamie McMurray

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.

Title contenders face countless possibilities
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson went from top contender to also-ran to unbeatable, and now he has all the momentum heading into the last race of the Nextel Cup season.

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

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.

Sport looks to stretch north

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.

Title contenders face countless possibilities

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.

Record payoff riding on Homestead race

Pacers get easy victory over Hawks

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.

Cavaliers calmly dispose of Bobcats

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

Cavaliers calmly dispose of Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - LeBron James helped break the game open late in the second quarter by driving baseline for a windmill dunk, one of three crowd-pleasers among James' 19 points in Cleveland's 106-89 victory Thursday night over Charlotte.

Prosecutor drops marijuana charge against Anthony

Manning is the NFL's top passer

Giants know it's not all up to Eli Manning

Michael Vick in the Big Apple spotlight

Owens apologizes for role in MNF skit

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'Augusta Chronicle' unfair to Walker, blacks
The refrain has come too often, too painfully, and too shamefully on The Augusta Chronicle's part. Every time something does not go The Chronicle's way, especially in politics and public policy, you are not content to concede that that's the way people want it.

'Augusta Chronicle' unfair to Walker, blacks
The refrain has come too often, too painfully, and too shamefully on The Augusta Chronicle's part. Every time something does not go The Chronicle's way, especially in politics and public policy, you are not content to concede that that's the way people want it.

Crisis is looming in allied health professions
There are more than 100 professions under the allied health umbrella, and 60 percent of the 11 million health care workers in the United States are allied health professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over half of the 30 fastest-growing positions for the next decade fall within allied health disciplines.

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.

Crisis is looming in allied health professions
There are more than 100 professions under the allied health umbrella, and 60 percent of the 11 million health care workers in the United States are allied health professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over half of the 30 fastest-growing positions for the next decade fall within allied health disciplines.

Area announcements

2012 Olympic bids could hinge on politics, economics

Overtime

Federer beats Moya in Masters

Area runners honored as All Metro

Change is needed for Pacers

Volunteers prepare for swim meet this weekend

Overtime

Renwrick in front for Lady Jags

Anti-war stand might aid France's Olympics bid

Grant's goals go for herself, team

Pacers hang tough to earn win
AIKEN - When your uncle, Ben Coates, is a five-time Pro Bowl tight end selection, great expectations come your way. For A.C. Coates, that wasn't a problem Thursday night.

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

Team is OK with underdog status
Clarence Brown doesn't mind being in this position.

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

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

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.

Renwrick in front for Lady Jags
Names and faces seem to multiply annually on Latoya Renwrick's basketball journey. For the previous two seasons, she's welcomed completely different sets of teammates in the starting lineup.

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.

U.S. soccer player honored for third time
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Landon Donovan was voted the U.S. soccer team player of the year Thursday, becoming the first three-time winner of the award.

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

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.

Federer beats Moya in Masters
HOUSTON - Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame a second-set lapse and remained unbeaten in the ATP Masters Cup Championships with a victory Thursday night over Carlos Moya.

Overtime
Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou and their coach were charged Thursday with avoiding a drug test on the eve of the Athens Olympics and faking a motorcycle accident hours later. Chief prosecutor Dimitris Papangelopoulos, announcing the results of a two-month investigation, issued charges against the two athletes and coach Christos Tzekos.

2012 Olympic bids could hinge on politics, economics
The fat "Bid Books" for the 2012 Summer Olympics are in the money-grubbing hands of the International Olympic Committee.

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.

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.

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.

Owens apologizes for role in MNF skit
PHILADELPHIA - While Terrell Owens would never say he's sorry for his flashy touchdown celebrations, he did apologize Thursday to anyone offended by his role in a steamy segment with actress Nicollette Sheridan for the intro to "Monday Night Football."

Patriotism is theme of Guitar Pull show

Bishops signal commitment to abuse reforms
WASHINGTON - Roman Catholic bishops have spent more than two years trying to convince parishioners and the public that church leaders have learned the painful lessons from the crisis over clergy sex abuse.

Pope condemns use of religion for violent aims
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II received Muslim, Orthodox Christian and Jewish religious leaders from Azerbaijan, calling their visit Thursday a symbol of tolerance and declaring that religion must never be used for violent aims.

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.

I told you so about Phil, Red Sox and 'Cocky'

Get a laugh at others' expense in fish-out-of-water favorites

'The Real Gilligan's Island' strands two casts

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.

TV networks inching toward ethnic diversity

'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.

Emmy-winning duo star in 'The Wool Cap'

'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?

Reporter who filmed shooting is an active war correspondent

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 8-14. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Emmy-winning duo star in 'The Wool Cap'
LOS ANGELES - William H. Macy and director Steven Schachter have officially joined their production companies. And they've got the T-shirts to prove it.

TV networks inching toward ethnic diversity
LOS ANGELES - A coalition pushing for greater ethnic diversity on television said Thursday the picture is brighter, with one network even earning A-plus grades for hiring more Hispanic actors and producers.

Rapper Young Buck wanted in Vibe awards stabbing

Tony Soprano and Paulie Walnuts visit troops

Club calendar

Applause calendar

People in the News

Jude Law dubbed 'sexiest man alive'

Thanksgiving Day parade is satisfying

People in the News

Britney Spears' is wedding official

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

Disney relaunches Muppet brand

Georgia season falls short of dream
ATHENS, Ga. - By almost any standard except the one placed on this year's team, this still could be a successful season for Georgia.

Georgia season falls short of dream

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.

Sources say Holtz stepping down
COLUMBIA - The most popular unemployed football coach in America is reportedly about to find work again.

Spurrier on deck for South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier has agreed to return to college football at South Carolina should Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz retire, according to a published report.

Gamecocks deal with Holtz, Spurrier distraction
CLEMSON, S.C. - OK, now what? Lou Holtz wanted his South Carolina players thinking about nothing other than Clemson this week.

Spurrier on deck for South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier has agreed to return to college football at South Carolina should Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz retire, according to a published report.

Spurrier on deck for South Carolina

Gamecocks deal with Holtz, Spurrier distraction

Spurrier on deck for South Carolina

Sources say Holtz stepping down

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.

Radio station to apologize for smoking ban in cars hoax

Two girls allegedly took poisoned cake to school

Virgin Mary grilled cheese back up on eBay

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World toilet summit begins in China