Book briefs

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.

Album features National Geographic portraits
It's the eyes that get you. From the Nevada rancher's daughter on the cover to the haunting look of the Afghan woman who once graced the cover of National Geographic magazine, and to the Polynesian woman ready for the fish dance - they meet your glance with strength and earnestness and, most of all, reality.

Magic Seeds: The continuing anti-adventures of Willie Chandran

'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:

Central Park to be wrapped in fabric in February
NEW YORK - For two weeks in February, walkways in Central Park will be festooned with 23 miles of saffron-colored fabric gates by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude in a public art project they have sought to do for 23 years.

'The Plot Against America' fiction and fact

Book briefs
NEW YORK - Some photographers travel to various parts of the country to photograph people. Others have done so to document lighthouses or roadside attractions or the variety of ways in which the U.S. flag is displayed.

Album features National Geographic portraits

Event heralds Expos' name change
WASHINGTON - The 73-year-old former Washington Senators public address announcer was not about to let a protester ruin another big baseball day in the nation's capital. Charlie Brotman wrestled the intruder out of the way, clearing the stage for the Montreal Expos to be rechristened the Washington Nationals.

Red Sox tickets climbing again
BOSTON - The World Series champion Boston Red Sox raised their ticket prices by an average of 7 percent for next year, with the price of field boxes increasing by $10 to $85.

Red Sox tickets climbing again

Event heralds Expos' name change

Test those tedious relatives with Thanksgiving trivia

Nation's oldest known bank robber, dead at 92
DALLAS - J.L. Hunter "Red" Rountree, the nation's oldest known bank robber, who turned to crime in his 80s and said the robberies made him feel good for days afterward, died in a prison hospital. He was 92.

Police hunt down cheese saboteur
MONKTON, Vt. - Wanted: Cheese vandals. Someone sneaked into the production house at Orb Weaver Farm and punctured 237 wheels of cheese at the Orb Weaver Farm.

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.

Odds and Ends
SANTA FE, N.M. - Santa Fe's official flag has gotten poor reviews from the folks who know flags.

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.

Dandruff costs criminal his freedom
LONDON - A veteran criminal received the longest prison sentence of his career Monday, after being caught because of the dandruff he had left behind at the scene of an armed robbery.

Brewer marketing new energy beer

Around the watercooler

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.

Oil hovers near $49 a barrel amid winter supply fears

State pushes site in Pooler for development

Brewer marketing new energy beer
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Robert Spencer, a tall former college basketball player, looks up from his table in a busy Charleston restaurant.

Exhibit gets connected

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.

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?

Whistleblower complaints are up, but why?

Doctors say drug should have been pulled sooner
New reports accuse another drug company of being too slow to pull a dangerous medication from the market and question the ability of the federal Food and Drug Administration to protect the public from such risks.

Company touts pills for middle-aged middle class

Heat may chill holiday sales

Trump casino business files for bankruptcy
NEW YORK - Donald J. Trump's casino empire has filed for bankruptcy protection after months of negotiations with bondholders over restructuring a crushing debt.

iPod seen lifting Mac sales

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?

Holiday shopping on auction web sites

Tech titan turf war goes far beyond online search

Barbie's makeover tries to reverse slide
LOS ANGELES - Barbie's going through a mid-life crisis. After splitting with longtime boyfriend Ken earlier this year, she has sought refuge in shopping, surfing, bubble baths and partying with a crew of trendy pals on the beach in Jamaica. At 45, she even made a bid for the White House.

Barbie's makeover tries to reverse slide

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.

Heat may chill holiday sales
ATLANTA - There will be plenty of promotions and incentives from retailers to buy clothes, electronics and cars this holiday season, but weather could be a key factor in driving holiday sales over Thanksgiving, an economist says.

Exhibit gets connected
Next time you get upset about a bad phone connection, look on the bright side : A t least no one is shooting at you.

State pushes site in Pooler for development
ATLANTA - A 1,560-acre tract of land sits vacant in Pooler, Ga., treeless and waiting for a new owner.

Oil hovers near $49 a barrel amid winter supply fears
LONDON - Crude oil futures prices fell around the globe on Monday following a steep run-up on Friday that was prompted by persistent concerns about winter fuel supplies.

iPod seen lifting Mac sales
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Apple Computer Inc. stock jumped to a four-year high Monday after a major Wall Street firm nearly doubled its price target on the stock, saying that customer satisfaction with its iPod music player is creating "wildfire word-of-mouth marketing" for its Mac computers and other products.

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.

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, USC not going to bowl after brawl

Clemson, USC not going to bowl after brawl
COLUMBIA -- In an unprecedented move in college athletics, Clemson and South Carolina officials decided Monday to decline any incoming bowl invitations as punishment for their football teams' brawl during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game in Clemson.

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

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.

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

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.

Monday morning quarterback

Navy accepts Emerald Bowl bid
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy accepted an invitation to the Emerald Bowl, putting the Midshipmen in the postseason in consecutive years for just the second time in school history.

Vols say there's work left after SEC East title

Navy accepts Emerald Bowl bid

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.

Auburn slips back to No. 3 in poll

Unbeaten Utes could be a boon for the BCS

Auburn edges further from title shot

Pacers net close win; Jags set records

Holiday crowds will test resolve
It's holiday time, which means celebrating with family and friends is at the top of the list. So we loosen up and let loose, and I'm not just talking about our belts. That can be dangerous for our diets.

Vile conduct a symptom
In the harshest penalties ever handed down by the National Basketball Association, nine players have been suspended for more than 140 games as a result of several Indiana Pacers charging into the stands to fight Detroit Piston fans in Detroit Friday night.

ACLU's twisted logic

Dying for democracy
Once again, one of the most important elections in U.S. history is about to take place.

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.

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.

Vile conduct a symptom

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.

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.

Steven Cojocaru facing kidney transplant
LOS ANGELES - Red-carpet fashion maven Steven Cojocaru said Monday that a genetic condition will require him to undergo a kidney transplant operation.

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
LOS ANGELES - Veteran actors Orson Bean and Charles Durning have taken on TV roles that touch on very different periods in their youths.

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.

Honda, GM to recall sedans for safety defects
WASHINGTON - American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 257,616 Accord sedans because the driver's air bag may not deploy properly, federal regulators said Monday.

Gas prices decline, average $1.95 per gallon nationwide
WASHINGTON - The retail price of gasoline fell for the third straight week to average $1.95 per gallon nationwide, the Energy Department reported Monday.

Sewak, Foster receive honors
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Appalachian State receiver DaVon Fowlkes and Furman linebacker William Freeman were named the Southern Conference's players of the year Monday, while Georgia Southern's Mike Sewak earned coach of the year.

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

Georgia Tech tops Illinois-Chicago
CHICAGO - Will Bynum might have had to find his own way home if No. 3 Georgia Tech had let this one get away.

Eagles get New Hampshire

Sewak, Foster receive honors

Georgia Tech tops Illinois-Chicago

Family, Band-Aids necessary for celebrating Thanksgiving

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.

Sorenstam has record in sight

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.

A fitting finish for Annika

Sorenstam has record in sight
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The biggest challenge for Annika Sorenstam is setting goals.

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.

Test those tedious relatives with Thanksgiving trivia
OK, pilgrims, it's time to make progress. If you find yourself sitting around this holiday trying to make small talk with relatives you don't like, whip out this simple Thanksgiving Day Trivia Test.

Amber alert issued for Georgia and South Carolina
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons and Alamance County Sheriff's Department has issued a statewide AMBER Alert for a four year old Alamance County girl who was allegedly abducted by her father and is believed to be in danger. The girl's mother was also abducted.

S.C. hires Spurrier as football coach
COLUMBIA, S.C. - University of South Carolina trustees agreed on Tuesday to hire former Florida coach Steve Spurrier as the Gamecocks' new football coach.

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.

Freedoms have to be fought for, won

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.

Energized electorate must act now
There is one common victory posted by our Nov. 2 election that all of us can delight in. Mike Hale, Evans

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

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.

Southern hospitality is thriving here

Editorial defends an unjust war

Vets' coverage was lackluster
I have been deeply disturbed by the action of our local media for their biased coverage of the Golden Corral restaurant on Military Appreciation Day. This is a yearly event that salutes active-duty military, military retirees, veterans and disabled veterans. Willie Davis Jr., Hephzibah

Editorial defends an unjust war
I thought The Chronicle said it wasn't going to go there ("We're not going there," Nov. 17). I'm assuming that "going there," in today's slang, means attempting to pass judgment on the Marine who shot the unarmed, wounded, prostrate Iraqi. If that was your aim, you not only missed the mark and went there, but beyond. Stephen Barrow, Aiken, S.C.

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

Read fine print on free trade

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.

Product Review: Windows on a cell phone

Health and Fitness Calendar

TechBits

Laser radar system finding more uses

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

Seniors Calendar

The newlyweds' Thanksgiving

Nintendo DS offers new level of interactivity

Video game sequels arrive for holidays

Family briefs

Olive branches can sprout from a large family tree

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

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.

Olive branches can sprout from a large family tree
NEW YORK - The holiday season represents an opportunity for families to come together, even if divorces or differences have moved them apart.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Stores and malls are filled with sights, sounds and crowds this time of year, making it difficult to keep tabs on all your belongings - and your children.

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

Health and Fitness Calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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?

The newlyweds' Thanksgiving
The flowers and the minister arrived on time, as did the guests and the DJ.

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

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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).

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

Railroad re-enacts fatal crash

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.

Holtz gives up the game

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Someone stole $3,630 worth of frozen holiday food from an Augusta business between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday.

Picture of cell actions emerges

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.

Panel targets turnover problem

Forum focuses on girls, women

MOX is back in Capitol budget

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.

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.

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.

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

Charleston County man pleads guilty to dogfighting charges
GREENWOOD, S.C. - A Charleston County man that prosecutors call the No. 2 breeder of fighting pit bulls in the United States pleaded guilty Monday to 41 counts of dogfighting.

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.

Third vote should settle Court of Appeals

Across the area

Thousands of Georgia Guard members prepare for Iraq

Investors may see more put on trial

Fort cannot sponsor Scouts

The week ahead

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.

Teacher assaults increase in area

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.

Picture of cell actions emerges
It seems like an elementary idea: Use embryonic stem cells to study embryonic development.

Can-a-Palooza
Jim Hayes drops off 40 pounds of canned goods at WCHZ-FM'S fifth annual Can-a-Palooza sponsored by Great Clips.

Across Georgia
DAHLONEGA - A large tract of land near the southern end of the Appalachian Trail has been saved from development, thanks to an Atlanta family that agreed to sell 356 acres to conservationists instead of developer

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

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

Many show up for free turkey
Teretha Wright arrived at Dyess Park before sunrise for the Sysco Corporation's truckload of 1,000 turkeys for the annual James Brown turkey giveaway.

Kid of the Day

Boy, 13, steals car, gets in crash injuring child
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A 4-year-old girl was critically injured after an underage driver stole a car, ran a stop sign and crashed into a vehicle carrying the child and four others.

Settlement talks will be held in plant deaths
The families of three men killed in a BP Amoco Polymers plant explosion and a company executive with the ability to write a settlement check are to gather in federal court next month.

Across South Carolina

Bus rolls over girl during fight
A school bus rolled over a 13-year-old girl Monday at Sego Middle School when she tumbled out of the bus while fighting a younger schoolmate, police said.

Recreation is serious business for official

Georgia studies new program
ATLANTA - Frank Lopez has been on both sides of the divide when it comes to Arizona's version of the Medicaid program, which provides health care to people living in poverty.

5 questions - Food Lion manager Clark Poling

Division mascot now fit for duty
SAVANNAH, Ga. - No doubt he's felt like the forgotten warrior.

Across the southeast

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Girl rolled over by bus during fight

High gas prices won't diminish holiday travel
High gas prices almost kept Kristen Tucker from traveling to Birmingham, Ala., this Thanksgiving to see her family, but like an estimated 1.24 million other Georgians, the Augusta woman decided to go anyway.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

16-year-old sentenced to 20 years for fatal shooting
CEDARTOWN, Ga. - A 16-year-old who was arrested earlier this month in Kentucky with a teenage companion after they allegedly fled Georgia in a stolen truck was sentenced to 20 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

Fence and barbed wire fail to stop protest

Across Georgia

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

News you can use

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Charleston-based Coast Guard cutter Gallatin returned home Monday after a two-month patrol in the Caribbean during which it seized an estimated $928 million worth of cocaine.

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.

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

Kid of the Day
Dorothy Godwin of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Georgia studies new program

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the day

Ga. Tech student named Rhodes Scholar

Settlement talks will be held in plant deaths

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

Across the area

Majette has no regrets on run

Many show up for free turkey

Division mascot now fit for duty

High gas prices won't diminish holiday travel

Company launches game re-creating JFK assassination

9 graves found at development site
A planned Evans development called Marshall Square was named after a longtime Columbia County family, but the recent discovery of at least nine graves there has caused two other names to surface.

Can-a-Palooza

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.

State officers urge drivers to be careful
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Above traffic on Interstate 20, law enforcement officers delivered a message to the public that they hope will sink in with motorists passing below : Drive safely.

9 graves found at development site

S.C. hires Spurrier as football coach

UGA student killed in Iraq by small arms fire
ATHENS, Ga. - A University of Georgia student who took a break from school to fight in Iraq was killed in Al Anbar Province on Friday, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

Railroad re-enacts fatal crash
GRANITEVILLE - Norfolk Southern safety officials spent nearly three hours Monday morning re-creating the scene of the deadly Nov. 10 car-train collision that killed five textile workers at a cramped crossing with limited visibility.

UGA grant will allow videotapes to go digital
ATHENS, Ga. - Internet surfers will soon be able to see some of the University of Georgia's vast collection of historic video recordings, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the National Park Service's "Save America's Treasures" program.

MOX is back in Capitol budget
AIKEN - A $388 billion congressional spending bill that passed last weekend provided mixed news for Savannah River Site but included goodies worth almost $2.5 million for several Augusta projects.

Panel targets turnover problem
ATLANTA - When Lonice Barrett began working for the state of Georgia more than 34 years ago, he knew it was going to be his career. Now, he's not so sure that some of those currently getting jobs with the state are intent on staying around as long.

Bus rolls over girl during fight

Brawl tarnishes Holtz's retirement
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It ended with a sucker punch. The irony wasn't lost on Lou Holtz.

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.

Review: 'Alexander'
Far from great, "Alexander" sporadically lumbers toward watchable, but mostly it's just bad.

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

Review: 'Christmas With the Kranks'
Hollywood has offered up three Christmas movies this season. Come Dec. 26, can we take them back to the mall with all those other unwanted presents and exchange them for something good?

Review: 'Christmas With the Kranks'

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

Review: 'Alexander'

'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.

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.

Smokie Norful makes up for wedding day with new album

Gwen Stefani takes ill-advised retro turn

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.

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

Eminem's new album has its moments

Gordon, Johnson fall short in NASCAR chase

Busch takes Nextel Cup title

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.

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

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

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.

Biffle captures second victory

NASCAR gets its dramatic finish

NASCAR gets its dramatic finish
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There were plenty of doubters when NASCAR announced its new playoff-style championship format before the start of the 2004 season.

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

Prosecutor: No charges imminent in Pacers-Pistons brawl
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Investigators interviewed nine people injured in the brawl at the end of the Pistons-Pacers game, but no charges were imminent in the case, the county prosecutor said Monday.

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.

Nine NBA players suspended for brawl
NEW YORK - Doling out some of the harshest penalties ever issued by the NBA, Commissioner David Stern banned nine players for a combined 143 games following a brawl in Michigan that embarrassed fans, players and officials alike.

Pacers apologize for brawl with Detroit fans
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Pacers' leadership voiced their support for Ron Artest and the other players suspended after the brawl with Detroit Pistons fans and apologized for their role in one of the most violent exchanges between players and fans in U.S. sports history.

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.

Pacers apologize for brawl with Detroit fans

NBA suspends Artest for rest of season

Prosecutor: No charges imminent in Pacers-Pistons brawl

Nine NBA players suspended for brawl

Pacers-Pistons melee another black eye for Detroit

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

Big plays give Patriots win over Chiefs

Panthers defeat Cardinals

Vick leads Falcons past Giants

Dorsett watches two players pass him on NFL list

Coach expects even better things from Falcons

Mrs. Jennie D'Antignac    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. C. Henry Cohen    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
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Ms. Wardell Govan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert James "Bob" Bell    (LODGE, S.C.)
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Rev. George Warren Fell Sr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Bobby Joe Blackwell    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lois Kinney Lazarus    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert "Shot" Bolen    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Harris Gray    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Ms. Martha Dean Mulkey Chick    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Master William Griffin Stuckart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret A. "Peg" Lawless    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Dean Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Prentiss I. Davis, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Benjamin Neil Black    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jennie D'Antignac    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn Mae Whitaker    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Julia Burke    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Sarah Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Alvia Lee    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jeffrey "Mark" Purvis    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Morris    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Virginia Bridwell    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Murdaugh    (BRUNSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Prentiss I. Davis, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Nichols    (BUFFALO, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Myrtle H. Garvin    (KITCHINGS MILL, S.C.)
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Mr. James Otto Dobbs, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edwin Haldon Johnson, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Susan Poston    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Jeffery "Mark" Purvis    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mr. Frank Pou    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Verna M. Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Malcolm T. Prince    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Dr. Justine W. Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pamela Sandifer    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mr. George Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Ms. Anne Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles E. McLeod Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Barbara B. Wood    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Deacon George H. White Jr.    (HINESVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Marshal William Bartley, Jr.    (LEESVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Eddie Lee Bates    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James W. Herron    (ELLIJAY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Verna M. Wilson    (Augusta, Ga.)
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Ms. Wardell Govan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lorraine " Annie" Penn    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. June Jones    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Delmar G. Adams, Sr.    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. C. Henry Cohen (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie D'Antignac (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret A. "Peg" Lawless (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara B. Wood (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Ms. Anne Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorraine "Annie" Penn (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Morris (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Quency Bradshaw (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jennie D'Antignac (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorraine " Annie" Penn (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. George Phillips (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. James W. Herron (ELLIJAY, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Kinney Lazarus (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Dr. Justine W. Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle H. Garvin (KITCHINGS MILL, S.C.)

Mr. Jeffery "Mark" Purvis (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Murdaugh (BRUNSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Mae Whitaker (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Poston (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Malcolm T. Prince (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pamela Sandifer (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Deacon George H. White Jr. (HINESVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Wardell Govan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Nichols (BUFFALO, N.Y.)

Mrs. Mary Dean Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Martha Dean Mulkey Chick (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Prentiss I. Davis, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delmar G. Adams, Sr. (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Julia Burke (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. June Jones (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Neil Black (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Joe Blackwell (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Master William Griffin Stuckart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Alvia Lee (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Mae Kirkland (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jeffrey "Mark" Purvis (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sannie Mae Willis (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mr. Prentiss I. Davis, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harris Gray (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Bridwell (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Wardell Govan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Pou (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. George Warren Fell Sr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Betsy Fulmer Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert "Shot" Bolen (AIKEN, S.C.)

Overtime

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Paine set to better last year's numbers

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Augusta Christian's Toby Brown and William Lyon have been selected to play in the second annual SCISA/GISA All-Star game.

Paine set to better last year's numbers
As he enters his silver anniversary at Paine College, Ron Spry still mulls over numbers from last season.

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

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

Coach expects even better things from Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons already have posted some impressive numbers.

Dorsett watches two players pass him on NFL list
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Tony Dorsett was impressed with Curtis Martin the first time he saw the running back suit up for the University of Pittsburgh.

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.

Big plays give Patriots win over Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A half dozen New England Patriots made big plays. None made as many as Tom Brady.

Goings unlikely hero for Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Forget about Stephen Davis, DeShaun Foster, Rod "He Hate Me" Smart, Joey Harris and Brad Hoover. Carolina won Sunday thanks to its sixth rushing option. Nick Goings got a career-high 121 yards rushing and a franchise-tying three touchdowns in a 35-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Biblical debate underlies the politics of gay marriage
Addressing head-on the hottest public issue shaped by the Bible, two-thirds of 21 million voters supported constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage, in 11 states ranging from freewheeling Oregon to straight-laced Utah. Eight of these measures also barred legalized civil unions.

Brawl tarnishes Holtz's retirement

CNN hires former CBS exec to head U.S. network

National Geographic Channel unearths legend of Hogzilla

National Geographic Channel unearths legend of Hogzilla
ALAPAHA, Ga. - The legend of Hogzilla, the prodigious porker that was supposedly shot on a nearby plantation, will be featured in a spring episode on the National Geographic Channel.

CNN hires former CBS exec to head U.S. network
NEW YORK - CNN has a new boss for the second time in 14 months: former CBS News executive Jonathan Klein, who will oversee programming and editorial direction at the second-ranked cable news network.

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.

People in the News

Steven Cojocaru facing kidney transplant

People in the News

Company launches game re-creating JFK assassination

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

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.

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.

Coach Holtz ends career
COLUMBIA -- With the program on what he considers to be more fertile ground, Lou Holtz retired Monday morning as the head football coach at South Carolina.

Coaches, players, school grateful for Holtz' 33 seasons

Query into brawl continues

Burgess leaves South Carolina

Coach Holtz ends career

Coaches, players, school grateful for Holtz' 33 seasons
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Supporters say Lou Holtz brought more than victories to South Carolina and many expressed grateful appreciation after the South Carolina coach announced his retirement Monday.

Burgess leaves South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina guard Sarah Burgess, expected to be one of the Gamecocks' top outside shooters this season, has left the team and plans to transfer to a school in her home state of Ohio.

Gamecocks top W. Carolina

Churches have more to attract teenagers

Practice of tolerance can be taken too far
An unfortunate part of getting older is finding out that many of the things we learned as kids are fictional. For example, most of us eventually discover that Santa Claus is not real (sorry if I disappointed anyone) and babies do not come from storks. Some childhood myths, however, are not so easily discarded.

Youth forum is eye-opening look at government

Confront naysayers about boy and his alleged games

Xtreme question of the week

My style

Audio best

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

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RENT OR BUY: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third movie installment of the bestselling book series; Sleepover, starring Alexa Vega as one of four girls who turn a slumber party into a night to change their reputations; and Terminal, starring Tom Hanks as an immigrant who finds himself stuck at the airport after his country dissolves in a civil war.

Churches have more to attract teenagers
Church often is thought of as a boring, drab place where you are constantly pinching yourself to keep from falling asleep. Some teens feel churches are just sanctuaries filled with people at least three times their age.

Teens find benefits in their volunteer work

Youth forum is eye-opening look at government
As I slowly walked into the evening social in my sweat suit, my faculty adviser looked at me and commented with a smile, "My DCI (director of central intelligence) looks tired tonight."

Practice of tolerance can be taken too far

Teens find benefits in their volunteer work
Shellisa Coates, 17, had to volunteer because of a class requirement, while Kari Brown, 16, , chose to volunteer after being inspired by a church mission camp.

Confront naysayers about boy and his alleged games
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: There's this sophomore that I'm feeling. He's perfect: looks, personality, and all. I think we have a connection.

My style
THE FACTS: Christina Marcum, 13, an eighth-grader at Tutt Middle School.

Xtreme question of the week
Q: What's your favorite dish during the holidays?

Xtreme calendar

New crime grips Alabama: Potty tipping

Odds and Ends

Police hunt down cheese saboteur

Biblical debate underlies the politics of gay marriage