Philosophical whodunit offers food for thought
"The Sunday Philosophy Club" may be the most contemplative mystery a reader will come across.

'Godfather' sequel is offer you can refuse
Let's start at the beginning: Mario Puzo's best seller, The Godfather. This is the book so riveting that it sold 21 million copies worldwide, so entertaining that it prompted an Academy Award-winning film and its equally brilliant sequel, so realistic that it became a primer for subsequent generations of genuine mobsters.

Magic Seeds: The continuing anti-adventures of Willie Chandran

'Hawkes Harbor' a letdown for S.E. Hinton's fans

'Hawkes Harbor' a letdown for S.E. Hinton's fans
S.E. Hinton's novels, including "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish," gingerly straddle a line between innocence and raw worldliness, making them relevant to adults as well as to children.

'Godfather' sequel is offer you can refuse

USS Archerfish is 'sub'-ject of biography

Philosophical whodunit offers food for thought

'The Plot Against America' fiction and fact

Magic Seeds: The continuing anti-adventures of Willie Chandran
"Magic Seeds," V.S. Naipaul's latest and possibly last book, is a quiet and introspective account of one man's drift through a world of revolution and social decay.

'The Plot Against America' fiction and fact
A contrast between the historic fiction of Philip Roth's novel "The Plot Against America" and "A True Chronology of the Major Figures" that Roth wrote as a postscript to his book:

USS Archerfish is 'sub'-ject of biography
Although Ken Henry and Don Keith's book "Gallant Lady" is about a ship, it is a biography of sorts.

Week off isn't enough to do odd jobs

Man wins coin toss to become mayor
PRAIRIE CITY, Ore. - A professional blackjack dealer had "Lady Luck" on his side when he won a coin toss to decide who would be the next mayor of this small ranching community.

New crime grips Alabama: Potty tipping
DOTHAN, Ala. - A new crime has reared its stinky head in southeast Alabama: Potty tipping. Someone has been overturning portable toilets at four construction sites in the Dothan area, with one company reporting that four or five were flipped in a week. Several firms have complained.

Around the watercooler

Tech titan turf war goes far beyond online search

Property transfers

Holiday shopping on auction web sites
Q: I'd like to do my holiday shopping on eBay and other auction Web sites. How can I be sure I'll be buying authentic gifts for a good price and that will arrive on time?

Kodak gains on Sony in U.S. digital camera market
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co. is nipping at Sony Corp.'s heels in the ballooning U.S. digital camera market.

Business calendar

Kodak gains on Sony in U.S. digital camera market

Whistleblower complaints are up, but why?
NEW YORK - Home on sick leave two years ago, Ammar Halloum says he watched the Enron Corp. investigation play out on television - then decided he had to blow the whistle on his own employer.

County's chamber of commerce shifts its focus to satisfy members

Survey: Gas prices drop
CAMARILLO, Calif. - A seasonal drop in consumption and lower crude oil prices contributed to a dip in prices at the gas pump over the past two weeks, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Tech titan turf war goes far beyond online search
SEATTLE - Not too long ago, Google Inc. seemed little more than a pesky insect to Microsoft Corp.'s 800-pound gorilla. No more. As Google rapidly rolls out new products, the company best known for its wildly popular search engine is muscling into the software giant's turf, including its stronghold: the computer desktop.

On the move
Jennifer Jones has been named operations manager for Safe Homes of Augusta Inc. She earned a master's degree in business administration from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

Company touts pills for middle-aged middle class

County's chamber of commerce shifts its focus to satisfy members
David Byrd has been a longtime, dues-paying member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Whistleblower complaints are up, but why?

Business calendar
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Holiday shopping on auction web sites

On the move

Around the watercooler
NOT SELLING: Are you in sales? Do you spending most of your time actually selling, or do you find that you're mostly doing administrative tasks?

Company touts pills for middle-aged middle class
Just three years since an Ohio salesman started selling penis enlargement pills out of a spare room in his house, his company is raking in more than $200 million a year on unproven palliatives for virtually every malady of the middle-aged middle class.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 28-Nov. 9. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Reformers won't let being ignored stop them

Reformers won't let being ignored stop them
Augusta businessman Woody Merry's government reform group keeps on trucking despite a cool reception from city commissioners. Only five responded to the group's questionnaire, but Mr. Merry is undeterred.

Lady Tigers fall to Appalachian State
CLEMSON, S.C. - Kiki Conyers led Appalachian State with 14 points as the Mountaineers beat Clemson 67-62.

Clemson ruins Holtz's last game
CLEMSON, S.C. - Lou Holtz's final regular-season game for South Carolina was one he'll probably want to forget.

Clemson ruins Holtz's last game

Clemson notebook
CLEMSON, S.C. - As if Reggie Merriweather needed any more inspiration.

Clemson notebook

Auburn edges further from title shot
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - When a teammate handed Carnell Williams an orange during No. 3 Auburn's postgame celebration, the Tigers' tailback knew the timing wasn't right.

Vols say there's work left after SEC East title

Unbeaten Utes could be a boon for the BCS

Small school roundup

Monday morning quarterback
WHO'S HOT: Reggie Merriweather. Clemson's diminutive back was motivated in part by the fact that South Carolina didn't recruit him in high school because it said he was too small. He punished the Gamecocks on Saturday, rushing for 125 yards and three touchdowns.

ACC roundup
MIAMI - Brock Berlin threw for a career-best 361 yards and four touchdowns in just over a half as No. 12 Miami stayed in contention for an Atlantic Coast Conference title Saturday by beating Wake Forest, 52-7.

Auburn slips back to No. 3 in poll

Tigers wake up in time
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Auburn's stars rescued the Tigers' national championship hopes with a stellar second half.

SEC roundup

Small school roundup
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Cedrick Gipson ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries as Furman earned the Southern Conference's automatic playoff bid with a 51-31 win over Chattanooga on Saturday.

ACC roundup

Tigers wake up in time

Auburn edges further from title shot

College football notebook

Vols say there's work left after SEC East title
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Volunteers say they have a lot more work to do after clinching the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title.

SEC roundup
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cedric Houston ran for three touchdowns as No. 15 Tennessee clinched the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title Saturday with its 22nd consecutive victory over Vanderbilt, 38-33.

Auburn slips back to No. 3 in poll
Oklahoma is the only No. 2.

Unbeaten Utes could be a boon for the BCS
The Bowl Championship Series is lucky to have Utah.

Monday morning quarterback

College football notebook
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield broke the NCAA record for career receptions, catching his 301st pass during the first quarter Saturday against Indiana.

Both Pacers teams cruise to victories

Pacers net close win; Jags set records

Jaguars open Metress era with a victory

ACLU's twisted logic
The American Civil Liberties Union fancies itself as the nation's great protector of individual freedom. In actuality, if it has its way, there won't be much freedom left to protect. Too many Americans will be dead from terrorist attacks.

ACLU's twisted logic

Reckless GOP spending
The South Carolina Budget and Control Board voted 3-2 last week to build dorm rooms on the Greenville Technical College campus.

One more ballot to cast
Up to this point, the fight for the open Georgia Court of Appeals seat has seemed more difficult and prolonged than any notion of holding elections in Iraq.

One more ballot to cast

The clog in our drain

The clog in our drain
Augusta's consolidated government is specially designed to dilute power, impede progress and hold change to a minimum.

Company launches game re-creating JFK assassination
GLASGOW, Scotland - A British company said Sunday it was releasing a video game re-creating the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy.

People in the News
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Bucky Buckaroo the wallaroo and Pancho the goat may soon be back in the custody of their rapper owner Vanilla Ice.

Widow says Reeve's death has left 'huge void'
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Christopher Reeve's wife said she remembers how he dealt with his own tragedy as she tries to work through the "void in our home life" after his death.

Combining business, personal tax planning

Combining business, personal tax planning
NEW YORK - As small business owners start thinking about year-end tax matters, they shouldn't focus on their companies' finances to the exclusion of their individual taxes.

Eagles get New Hampshire
STATESBORO, Ga. - The unknown was greeted with silence by Georgia Southern's football team Sunday afternoon.

Jackets can't seize the moment
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech had Saturday all to itself.

Georgai Tech notebook
ATLANTA - So much for Reggie Ball's growth game.

Eagles get New Hampshire

Jackets can't seize the moment

Family, Band-Aids necessary for celebrating Thanksgiving

Gold roundup
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - The American team, led by the play of Fred Couples and Tom Watson, fought back to take a 6 to 5 lead over the team from the rest of the world after Saturday's best ball round in the $3 million UBS Cup.

A fitting finish for Annika
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Nothing went according to plan for Annika Sorenstam until the trophy presentation Sunday at the ADT Championship, a script she knows better than anyone.

Spain grabs lead at Cup
SEVILLE, Spain - Spain took the lead in the third round of World Cup golf Saturday, with Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez combining for 11-under-par 61 to pull one shot ahead of England.

Woods ends drought with victory in Japan
MIYAZAKI, Japan - Tiger Woods won his first stroke-play tournament in more than a year Sunday, capturing the Dunlop Phoenix by eight strokes after closing with a 3-under-par 67.

Gold roundup

Brehaut wins Pebble Beach Invitational by one stroke
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Jeff Brehaut made a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday for a final-round 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory over Kevin Sutherland at the Pebble Beach Invitational.

A fitting finish for Annika

Spain grabs lead at Cup

Wildcats poised for Dome show

Rice dominates on court, too

Wildcats poised for Dome show
It was a night for Laney to remember. The word joy doesn't cover it. It was a salivating, arm-swinging and leg-kicking euphoria from Augusta that spilled into the center of Charles Wood Field in Vidalia on Friday night.

Week off isn't enough to do odd jobs
Through a variety of miscalculations, I ended up last week with five days off and no definite plans.

Girl rolled over by bus during fight
A school bus rolled over a pupil at Sego Middle School this morning after a fight the girl was involved in spilled out of the bus, authorities said.

Holtz gives up the game
CLEMSON, S.C. - University of South Carolina coach Lou Holtz announced Monday he will retire, ending one of the most successful and colorful college football careers.

WJBF decision insulted area veterans
I think that WJBF-TV (Channel 6) took the easy way out by not showing Saving Private Ryan on Veterans Day. I understand the concerns about showing the movie, but to show The Andy Griffith Show, and not a related movie or story about Veterans Day, was a slap in the face to all veterans. Dan Canalejo, Aiken, S.C.

Freedoms have to be fought for, won
I was listening to the evening news recently, being reported by "truthful" Dan Rather, and Liz Palmer was reporting from Fallujah. She was interviewing one of our military leaders, and asked a stupid question: if he did not think the United States was using a sledgehammer to squash a mosquito. Bob Thomas, Jackson, S.C.

Follow up on drug-dealer story
With so much concern and questioning about how our Richmond County judges handled the case of Paul Davis Jr., a two-time convicted drug dealer ("Father pays for dealer's release," Oct. 31), why doesn't The Augusta Chronicle pick up on this and find us some answers from the Georgia Bar Association and even the governor of Georgia? Are you not concerned? Are you just waiting to see if it will go away? Roger Vandiver, Evans

Two misconstrue doctor's views
In response to Suzanne Kall and Judith Lane's letter to the editor, "FDA appointee is the wrong choice" (Nov. 17), they should not malign my good friend and colleague Dr. David W. Hager with false information. Don Gambrell Jr., M.D., Augusta

City needs better infrastructure

Bush doing right job to win war
"I believe I interpret the will of Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again." Mike Fulford, Evans

ADHD drugs pose many grave dangers
I was wondering how one can call Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder a disorder, seeing as how there is no evidence proving the existence of it. Jennifer Rhoden, Martinez

All must improve race relations
On Tuesday evening, more than 300 Augustans gave an hour-and-a-half of their valuable time to come to First Baptist Church of Augusta for the first Community Trust Initiative Race Relations Forum. The crowd was composed of members from the many wonderful components that make up Augusta's population. The questions posed were full of insight and understanding of the issues we face in this community, and the panelists' answers were well-thought, honest and sincere. Melissa Bahleda, Jackson, S.C.

Read fine print on free trade
Numerous provisions in the so-called free trade agreements are chipping away at our nation's sovereignty. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

City needs better infrastructure
On Nov. 2, citizens of Richmond County voted "no" on all four questions of the SPLOST plan. I believe that the first question in the referendum should have been approved so we can see changes in Augusta's infrastructure. Mehul Shah, Martinez

Southern hospitality is thriving here

City is after more of our money
The Augusta Commission morons have wasted our money, and won't do like other businesses do and cut the fat when times are hard. We all knew it was going to happen after voting down the SPLOST, so here we go again - they are going for our wallets by reassessing the value of our property. Bill King, Augusta

Letter fed a big misconception
This letter is in response to Charles Heywood's letter ("Republicans just don't seem to get it," Nov. 17). If you are going to reference a biblical story, then you need to get it right. Kelly Taylor, Martinez

Butt out of Augusta's affairs
On Nov. 18, Michael J Rhoden of North Augusta wrote a letter ("Commissioners have hidden agenda") stating that Augusta commissioners are conspiring to drive whites out of the county. Daniel J. Andrews, Augusta

Southern hospitality is thriving here
I don't get it. Practically every single day since my arrival here in Georgia, I've read something about whites hating blacks, and vice-versa. Yet, since my arrival here in Georgia more than four years ago, I have experienced the opposite. Four black folks greeted me upon my arrival here with "Good morning, sir" upon stepping out of my vehicle. Daniel E. Leonard, Grovetown

Quit finger-pointing over wreck
I just want to say a few words in reference to the train-car accident in Graniteville, S.C., last week.Sandra Nuss, Trenton, S.C.

Read fine print on free trade

Letter fed a big misconception

Freedoms have to be fought for, won

All must improve race relations

Two misconstrue doctor's views

Follow up on drug-dealer story

Home has view of wildlife as the outdoors come in

Video game sequels arrive for holidays

Game of one-upmanship is played out in homes

A look at 'Classic NES Series 2,' 'Leisure Suite Larry'

Trying to lose weight? Sleep more and get a dog

Product Review: Windows on a cell phone

Cookie exchange returns

TechBits

Nintendo DS offers new level of interactivity

Today's life sure is busy - for the kids

Low-carb diets create bulge in food budget at Clemson

Use Thanksgiving as time to heal relationships, help those in need

Laser radar system finding more uses

Garden City Grapevine: I'm a guilty country fan

Atlanta man seeks to improve America's geography IQ

Cookie exchange returns
The Augusta Chronicle held its first holiday cookie contest and exchange in 2003. The event was such a success that we want to do it again - without the added pressure of a contest.

In the know
Augusta is an eating-out kind of town, and that doesn't stop for holidays.

A look at 'Classic NES Series 2,' 'Leisure Suite Larry'
Nintendo has wet my old-school whistle, yet again. I spent a majority of my earlier years plopped in front of the TV screen playing NES games, and blowing into the cartridges to get the games to work (which Nintendo, apparently, does not condone).

TechBits
NEW YORK - America Online Inc. is packaging new features to combat viruses, spam and spyware in response to growing online security threats.

Trying to lose weight? Sleep more and get a dog
LAS VEGAS - Experts have this unconventional advice for dieters: Don't scrimp on sleep and think about getting a dog.

Nintendo DS offers new level of interactivity
DALLAS - The last time Nintendo Co. tried two screens, the result was a head-splitting virtual reality goggle called Virtual Boy that quickly flopped in the mid-1990s.

Video game sequels arrive for holidays
Video game companies always release their marquee titles just as the holiday shopping frenzy starts humming.

Laser radar system finding more uses
BALTIMORE - If you've ever been pulled over for speeding, you may already know something about LIDAR.

Today's life sure is busy - for the kids
WASHINGTON - It's a life on the go, with activities after the day's work and into the weekend. Good thing they have the energy of kids.

Home has view of wildlife as the outdoors come in
It seemed to Keith Scott that some neighborhoods in the Augusta area lacked focus, with rows of cookie-cutter-style homes.

Atlanta man seeks to improve America's geography IQ
ATLANTA - Roger Andresen wants to make sure you know that Mt. Everest is the world's tallest mountain, Minsk is the capital of Belarus and the hottest place on earth is in Ethiopia.

Use Thanksgiving as time to heal relationships, help those in need
Dear Readers: Thanksgiving Day is the springboard for holiday activities.

Game of one-upmanship is played out in homes
There is a silent, seductive war being waged in the front yards, driveways and rumpus rooms of America.

Garden City Grapevine: I'm a guilty country fan
I was driving down Washington Road with a friend when she turned on my radio, and we heard George Strait singing I Hate Everything.

Low-carb diets create bulge in food budget at Clemson
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The days of college students slurping down cheap ramen noodles in a cramped dorm room might be a thing of the past at Clemson University.

Product Review: Windows on a cell phone
NEW YORK - With all the grumbling over Windows and its many shortcomings, why would anyone want Microsoft's computer operating system to run their cell phone?

Richmond County sees shoppers, taxes move out
Mary Byrd often shops at the Target store in the Augusta Exchange. But there's less chance that will happen after the new Target/Kohl's shopping complex on Washington Road in Columbia County is finished next year.

Ga. Tech student named Rhodes Scholar

Across the southeast
RANBURNE, ALA. - Authorities questioned several people in the slayings of an Alabama man and a Georgia woman in a rural mobile home near Ranburne but made no immediate arrests, police said Saturday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Patience Antonia James, 4, of Augusta.

Majette has no regrets on run

Ga. Tech student named Rhodes Scholar
Thirty-two American college students, including one from Georgia Tech, have been selected as Rhodes Scholars for 2005, the scholarship trust announced Sunday.

Holiday concert will begin donation season

Festival focuses on farm traditions
EDGEFIELD - The alluring aroma of catfish stew drifted up through the damp morning air in Edgefield as visitors lined up to have a helping of the hearty dish.

Plan may cut short school day
A proposal to increase planning time for Columbia County elementary schoolteachers could send pupils home two hours early one day a week.

Investors may see more put on trial
GREENVILLE, S.C. - After nearly two years and two trials, Attorney General Henry McMaster said the investigation is continuing into the collapse of Carolina Investors Inc.

Across the southeast

Girl rolled over by bus during fight

Thousands of Georgia Guard members prepare for Iraq

Third vote should settle Court of Appeals

New sheriff brings family ties

Fence and barbed wire fail to stop protest
COLUMBUS, Ga. - At least 20 demonstrators were arrested Sunday, on charges ranging from trespassing to wearing a mask, as a record 16,000 people protested against a Fort Benning school for Latin soldiers.

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

Prosecutor to try most costly inmates first
ANDERSON, S.C. -A newly elected Upstate prosecutor says she wants to try the inmates that cost the most to keep behind bars first.

Keeping busy
Jan Elaine Sparks, of Rocky Bottom Creations in Sunset, S.C., handcrafts a bear during the Christmas Made in the South event at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Across the southeast
HIGH POINT, N.C. - The $242.5 million in incentives North Carolina promised Dell Inc. to build a computer manufacturing plant is as much for the 1,900 jobs at the plant as the thousands more that might spring up, experts say.

Zell Miller's career was never predictable
ATLANTA - Maybe lifelong friend Ed Jenkins was onto something when he joked at a roast long ago that there were two Zell Millers: the Zell voters thought they knew and his twin, Ezell, the completely unpredictable one.

Recreation is serious business for official
As Columbia County's population has exploded, Charlie Beale has seen its recreation offerings expand dramatically as well.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Fort cannot sponsor Scouts
The Pentagon has ordered Fort Gordon and other military installations not to sponsor the Boy Scouts of America.

Holtz gives up the game

Third vote should settle Court of Appeals
ATLANTA - There really is an election Tuesday, and it does happen to be the third vote to fill an open seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Across the area

Teacher assaults increase in area
Teacher Chauncey Scott had just had his wisdom teeth pulled. So it didn't feel so good when a pupil elbowed him in the jaw at Glenn Hills Middle School.

Forum focuses on girls, women

Lab, MCG vow to work together
AIKEN - When one of the leading lights of American nuclear medicine urged greater cooperation between the Savannah River National Laboratory and the Medical College of Georgia in developing cutting-edge medical technology, chieftains from both groups nodded in agreement like choir members listening to a Sunday sermon.

Democrats talk about local wins, national losses

5 questions - Food Lion manager Clark Poling
Clark Poling, manager of Food Lion on South Belair Road in Martinez, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Zell Miller's career was never predictable

Democrats talk about local wins, national losses
The Richmond County Democratic Party met Saturday to analyze the recent general election.

Fence and barbed wire fail to stop protest

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - State law, ethics and tax agencies are investigating the Beaufort County tax assessor.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kaisha Howard of Augusta.

Across the area
Authorities said a 48-year-old Augusta woman was hit by a vehicle while crossing Mike Padgett Highway on Saturday at about 5:20 p.m.

The week ahead

Across the area
A South Carolina congressman has been elected to serve as the vice president of his class in the 109th Congress.

Across Georgia
PORTERDALE - Eighteen cat skeletons were found in a home where a couple was being evicted, and now the couple faces animal cruelty charges.

Forum focuses on girls, women
In preventing HIV and AIDS among Augusta's women and girls, full disclosure and honesty are needed among churches, the community and romantic partners, panelists at a forum said Sunday.

Foreigners get to gobble up holiday
For foreigners looking ahead to their first Thanksgiving Day, there's one word that seems to pass all language barriers - it's "food."

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Congress has concluded work on a 2005 spending bill, and the news is good for Georgia, which is poised to receive more than $275 million for local projects.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Rock Hill police use tasers to control people who are punching, kicking or biting, or for suspects who are fleeing or refusing to be handcuffed, according to a newspaper's report.

Fort cannot sponsor Scouts

Popcorn causes fire at theater
SpongeBob was silenced and the Polar Express derailed Saturday after a fire at an Augusta movie theater.

Recreation is serious business for official

New sheriff brings family ties
BARNWELL, S.C. - There's an old Hank Williams Jr. hit in which Bocephus warbles about a family tradition.

Court candidate faces her third election day
It's been a long campaign trail for Debra Bernes, a candidate for Georgia's state Court of Appeals.

The week ahead
There's a song that says every day is a day of thanksgiving. Most notably, however, the day falls on a Thursday in November. Celebrating Thanksgiving Day is my pick for this week.

5 questions - Food Lion manager Clark Poling

Foreigners get to gobble up holiday

Across South Carolina

Lab, MCG vow to work together

Kid of the Day

Festival focuses on farm traditions

Across the southeast

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Holiday concert will begin donation season
As cold weather sets in and families gather to celebrate the holidays, The Augusta Chronicle is asking for donations to the 74th annual Empty Stocking Fund.

Plan may cut short school day

Thousands of Georgia Guard members prepare for Iraq
ATLANTA - At 56, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Conley is one of the oldest men in the 48th Brigade of the Georgia Army National Guard.

Richmond County sees shoppers, taxes move out

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Teacher assaults increase in area

Concert launches annual fund-raiser
A little bit of Thanksgiving was mixed into the 13th Annual Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Concert on Sunday.

News you can use

Majette has no regrets on run
WASHINGTON - Every morning since she lost Georgia's U.S. Senate election nearly three weeks ago, Denise Majette has awakened to the same words of inspiration. They come from her compact disc-player alarm clock - more specifically, from a song by The Rolling Stones.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Investors may see more put on trial

Holtz receives horrific sendoff
CLEMSON, S.C. - It's not too late, Steve Spurrier. Don't sign any dotted lines until you see the film from the latest South Carolina debacle in Death Valley.

Family, Band-Aids necessary for celebrating Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving always has been the one time of year that our family gets together. At Christmas, everyone likes to stay at home to keep Santa from getting lost, but on Thanksgiving, all roads lead to our house.

Capsule reviews of new films

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films now playing:

'National Treasure' grabs box-office gold

'National Treasure' grabs box-office gold
LOS ANGELES - Nicolas Cage's treasure hunt soaked up more box-office cash than a cartoon sponge.

Legends swirl around 'Gone With the Wind' 65 years later
LOS ANGELES - Rhett, Scarlett, Mammy, Ashley, Prissy... The actors who played these iconic characters from "Gone With the Wind" have all long gone

Legends swirl around 'Gone With the Wind' 65 years later

Gwen Stefani takes ill-advised retro turn
Gwen Stefani's solo debut is pointless pop.

Smokie Norful makes up for wedding day with new album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Smokie Norful was ready to serenade his new bride with "Nothing Without You," a song he wrote especially for their wedding day.

Whoopi returns to scene of Broadway breakthrough

Smokie Norful makes up for wedding day with new album

Whoopi returns to scene of Broadway breakthrough
NEW YORK - Whoopi Goldberg is back on Broadway in the one-woman show that launched her career 20 years ago, and much is the same: same theater, same big-name producer and much of the same material.

Gwen Stefani takes ill-advised retro turn

Eminem's new album has its moments

Eminem's new album has its moments
Chronicling Eminem's five-year career has been a little like watching someone go through court-ordered therapy.

Gordon, Johnson fall short in NASCAR chase

Everyone is chasing Busch in Cup final
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kurt Busch has the lead position in the Chase for the Championship and the pole for today's Ford 400, but Jimmie Johnson has the momentum.

Harvick returns to Victory Lane, but Truex celebrates
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kevin Harvick closed out a disappointing season in the Busch series by winning the final event of the year Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Hendrick continues healing by making visit to race track

Martin misses out again on elusive NASCAR title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Mark Martin is down to his last chance for an elusive NASCAR championship.

Busch takes Nextel Cup title

Hendrick continues healing by making visit to race track
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Rick Hendrick's heart is broken, and it doesn't take much to bring him to tears. Struggling to find comfort since 10 relatives and employees died in a plane crash, he went to the one place he knew he could find it: a race track.

Gordon, Johnson fall short in NASCAR chase
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The chance to see anguished owner Rick Hendrick accept a championship at NASCAR's season-ending ceremony made Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon want the series title even more.

Biffle captures second victory
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -The adversity seems pretty far away now for Greg Biffle.

Johnson finally praises NASCAR's change
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson is finally sold on NASCAR's Chase for the Championship.

Johnson finally praises NASCAR's change

Everyone is chasing Busch in Cup final

Busch takes Nextel Cup title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kurt Busch overcame a broken wheel early in Sunday's race and came back to win the closest championship in NASCAR history.

Harvick returns to Victory Lane, but Truex celebrates

Biffle captures second victory

NBA suspends Artest for rest of season

Pacers-Pistons melee another black eye for Detroit
DETROIT - The sight of Detroit fans scuffling with NBA stars at the end of a game and showering players with beer, ice and popcorn gives the city another black eye as it struggles to overcome a well-worn reputation for violence and unrest.

Pacers-Pistons melee another black eye for Detroit

NBA suspends Artest for rest of season
NEW YORK - Ron Artest was suspended for the rest of the season Sunday as the NBA came down hard on three members of the Indiana Pacers for fighting with fans as a game against the Detroit Pistons degenerated into a melee.

Brawlers suspended indefinitely
NEW YORK - The NBA suspended four players indefinitely Saturday for their roles in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history, a fight with fans that commissioner David Stern called "shocking, repulsive and inexcusable."

Jaguars open Metress era with a victory
AIKEN - Dip Metress didn't make a big deal of his first game as Augusta State's head men's basketball coach. He was mainly concerned about the $100 he owes his wife for picking up a technical foul.

Both Pacers teams cruise to victories
AIKEN - Carver Bible College never had a chance. USC Aiken took advantage of its depth and rolled to an easy 90-58 victory over the Cougars in the ConocoPhillips Tip-Off Classic. The visitors dressed six players.

Pacers net close win; Jags set records
Josh Poston was trying to put pressure on Carson-Newman point guard Braun Dabbs.

Vick leads Falcons past Giants

NFL power rankings Week 11

Off-Broadway days are over for Manning

Panthers defeat Cardinals

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Federer reaches Masters Cup final with record-tying tiebreaker

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Federer reaches Masters Cup final with record-tying tiebreaker
HOUSTON - Roger Federer won a record-tying 38-point tiebreaker after rallying from a 1-4 deficit in the second set to defeat Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6 (18) Saturday in the semifinals of the ATP Masters Cup.

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In New York, George Steinbrenner presented a four-year, $50 million offer to Pedro Martinez, according to a major league source.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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The 11th Annual 100 Black Men of Augusta Thanksgiving Basketball Classic will feature 10 teams and take place at Richmond Academy.

Bass catch makes angler's day
Aiken County's Jerry McGee used one of his favorite baits - a Jig-n-Pig - to catch this 9-pound, 1-ounce autumn largemouth bass in a private pond on Nov. 12.

Bass catch makes angler's day

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

Don't pass on bucks just yet
Haven't put a nice buck in the freezer this season? Don't give up just yet.

Rice dominates on court, too
Greenbrier fans are accustomed to seeing Reggie Rice dominate football games as a linebacker. On Saturday night he did the same on the basketball court.

Off-Broadway days are over for Manning
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A day after being elevated to starting quarterback by the New York Giants, Eli Manning got some great advice for his first start from the NFL's best QB, his brother Peyton.

Ex-Bulldog proud to be mama's boy
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Saints defensive end Charles Grant has a unique way of preparing for games.

Panthers defeat Cardinals
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With their backfield decimated by injuries, the Carolina Panthers turned to Nick Goings on Sunday.

Vick leads Falcons past Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The day belonged to Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons. The New York Giants have every right to believe the future belongs to Eli Manning.

NFL power rankings Week 11
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Don't pass on bucks just yet

Holtz receives horrific sendoff

Anne Tyler novel adapted for Hallmark Hall of Fame

TV highlights, lowlights for the week

TV highlights, lowlights for the week
By 26, an age when many of us are still trying to decide what to do when we grow up, Alexander III of Macedonia had conquered 90 percent of the known world and clearly earned the title of "Great" guy.

Anne Tyler novel adapted for Hallmark Hall of Fame
LOS ANGELES - "Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person."

NBC's Thanksgiving Day is going to the dogs

NBC's Thanksgiving Day is going to the dogs
NEW YORK - Thanksgiving is all about family, turkey and football on TV. Don't let Fido get his paws on the remote, however.

Widow says Reeve's death has left 'huge void'

Company launches game re-creating JFK assassination

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Georgia changes goals for season

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

Gamecocks top W. Carolina

Holtz, Spurrier keep mum on future

Tigers land knockout blow to Holtz's career

Gamecocks top W. Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Carlos Powell scored 16 points to lead South Carolina to an 87-61 victory over Western Carolina on Sunday.

Holtz, Spurrier keep mum on future
CLEMSON, S.C. - Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier weren't saying much about the seismic coaching change that's ahead for South Carolina football.

Query into brawl continues

Query into brawl continues
A collaborative investigation is continuing today to sort out the details of Saturday's brawl between players from South Carolina and Clemson.

South Carolina, Clemson players fight on field

South Carolina, Clemson players fight on field
CLEMSON, S.C. - Players from South Carolina and Clemson brawled in the fourth-quarter Saturday with 67-year-old coach Lou Holtz rushing onto the pile as peacemaker in his regular-season finale with the Gamecocks.

Tigers land knockout blow to Holtz's career
CLEMSON, S.C. - Lou Holtz had pictured the denouement of his career all morning.

New crime grips Alabama: Potty tipping