Book briefs

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.

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.

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

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
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.

Boston Red Sox to get new field
BOSTON - There was a bulldozer in front of the Green Monster, a pickup truck by the Pesky Pole and mounds of dirt where there once was grass.

Boston Red Sox to get new field

Event heralds Expos' name change

Test those tedious relatives with Thanksgiving trivia

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

Woman accused of severing baby's arms
PLANO, Texas - With a calm, dispassionate voice and a hymn playing in the background, Dena Schlosser confessed to the unthinkable, telling a 911 operator she'd cut off the arms of her baby girl.

Sandwich with image sells for $28,000
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A woman who said her 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich bore the image of the Virgin Mary will be getting a lot more bread after the item sold for $28,000 on eBay.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK - Raise a glass - 1,200 of them to be exact - to New Jersey, new home to the world's largest bottle of wine.

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.

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.

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.

Deere earnings plow through expectations after strong sales
MOLINE, Ill. - Farm implement maker Deere & Co. harvested record fourth-quarter profits Tuesday, riding a surge of agricultural and construction equipment sales that helped double the company's full-year earnings and surprise Wall Street. Its shares rose more than 2 percent.

Cingular plans massive layoffs
ATLANTA - Cingular Wireless LLC, the nation's largest cell phone company, will cut about 10 percent of its 68,000 jobs over the next 12 to 18 months as it combines operations with the recently acquired AT&T Wireless, Cingular's chief executive said Tuesday.

Heat may chill holiday sales

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.

Tests for mad cow disease come back negative
WASHINGTON -- No sign of mad cow disease was found in an animal the Agriculture Department had singled out for further tests, officials said Tuesday. Initial screenings last week had raised the possibility of a new case of the disease in the United States.

Oil hovers near $49 a barrel amid winter supply fears

Exhibit gets connected

Brewer marketing new energy beer

Housing sales remains strong
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes dipped slightly in October but still clocked in at the fourth-highest pace on record, a fresh sign the housing market is in solid shape.

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.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- Viacom agreed Tuesday to pay $3.5 million to end investigations by the Federal Communications Commission into allegations of indecency in its radio and television programming.

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.

Thanksgiving travel forecast to be back to pre-Sept. 11 level
Consider these journeys: Dallas to Santa Fe, N.M.; Salt Lake City to Las Vegas; and Daytona Beach, Fla., to Washington, D.C. - in a car. These are the kinds of road trips some Americans are gearing up for as Thanksgiving approaches.

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.

Pell Grant change could affect low-income students

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

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.

Budget's items aid industry, hometown

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.

Dollar slides to new low
BERLIN -- The U.S. dollar slid to yet another new low Tuesday against the euro, which rose above $1.31 for the first time after a weekend meeting of the world's top finance officials failed to send any signal of forthcoming action to stop the dollar's slide.

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.

Best Western is coming soon
West Augusta might soon be the "best" place for travelers to stay the night.

Deere earnings plow through expectations after strong sales

Budget's items aid industry, hometown
WASHINGTON - Despite soaring deficits, the government spending plan awaiting President Bush's signature is chock-full of special items for industries and communities. Consider $443,000 to develop salmon-fortified baby food, or $350,000 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dollar slides to new low

Pell Grant change could affect low-income students
Congress is again adding hundreds of millions of new dollars to the Pell Grant program for low-income college students, but it's also allowing a procedural change that would cut - and in some cases eliminate - grant eligibility for as many as 1 million students.

Best Western is coming soon

Toy safety warnings issued for holiday shoppers
WASHINGTON - Holiday shoppers should avoid any toys with small parts that come off - checking them by hand before buying - because children could choke on them, consumer advocates say in an annual toy-safety warning.

Toy safety warnings issued for holiday shoppers

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.

Tests for mad cow disease come back negative

Thanksgiving travel forecast to be back to pre-Sept. 11 level

State pushes site in Pooler for development

McDonald's turns to seasoned executives to replace CEO

Cingular plans massive layoffs

McDonald's turns to seasoned executives to replace CEO
CHICAGO - McDonald's Corp. is welcoming its second new CEO in seven months, as Charlie Bell abruptly resigned to focus on battling the colon cancer doctors detected two weeks after he became the fast food giant's chief.

iPod seen lifting Mac sales

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.

Clemson, USC not going to bowl after brawl

Navy accepts Emerald Bowl bid

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.

Paine is off to slow start

LPGA return is a possibility

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.

Not to worry, Democrats

ACLU trumps KGB
If our old Cold War enemy was still making mischief here in America - and, truth be known, it probably is - it could ask for no better ally than the American Civil Liberties Union.

Vile conduct a symptom

Not to worry, Democrats
Relax, Democrats. You don't have to feud and fuss among yourselves about what political direction to take for 2006 and 2008. Just be patient. Remember, all good things come to those who stand and wait.

ACLU trumps KGB

Class vs. crass
No axiom is perfect. And, in this case, the tone certainly isn't always set from the top.

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.

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

People in the News
LAS VEGAS - A judge postponed the arraignment of former Oakland Raiders player Cole Ford on charges that Ford shot at the home of entertainers Siegfried & Roy.

Sheryl Crow testifies against alleged stalker
NEW YORK - A relaxed Sheryl Crow testified against her alleged stalker Monday, describing how he appeared outside her dressing room after a Manhattan concert.

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.

Osbournes' home robbed in England
LONDON - Burglars broke into the English country mansion of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, early Monday and stole a "large amount of jewelry," police said.

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.

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.

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.

Books can be gratifying food for thought

That's not an insect, it's an appetizer
NEW YORK - Rattlesnake. Scorpion. Tarantula. Just reading those creatures' names gives people the creeps.

Vegetarian: Chutney bulgur with curried chickpeas
CONCORD, N.H. - The five-ingredient fad mostly has yet to impress me.

That's not an insect, it's an appetizer

Vegetarian: Chutney bulgur with curried chickpeas

Thanksgiving help lines answer cooking questions
ST. LOUIS - Concerned about cooking that Thanksgiving turkey?

Low-fat: Fruited pork tenderloin

Quick: Mediterranean turkey wraps

Thanksgiving help lines answer cooking questions

Low-fat: Fruited pork tenderloin
Pork tenderloin can be lean enough to star in a low-fat dish of style and taste, especially if the recipe also includes some of the fruity elements that complement pork so well.

Quick: Mediterranean turkey wraps
Everyone loves leftovers, so here's a tasty way to wrap 'em up. You've probably already done the cooking and now have that good turkey ready to take on a new guise.

Books can be gratifying food for thought
NEW YORK - Most cookbooks earn their keep in the kitchen. But there's a whole category of books that dwell lovingly on the subject of food, ingredients or cooking, and that seem more appropriately savored first of all as gratifying armchair reading. That doesn't mean they can't also have a recipe content that may later lead the reader into the kitchen.

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.

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.

Tech's Ball fighting turnovers, inconsistency
ATLANTA - A year ago, Reggie Ball was the ACC Rookie of the Year and the most accomplished freshman passer in Georgia Tech history.

Yellow Jackets' QB has been up, down
ATLANTA - Reggie Ball is a bit of a trendsetter, from starting at quarterback as a true freshman to wearing green sneakers around the Georgia Tech campus.

Sewak, Foster receive honors

Yellow Jackets' QB has been up, down

Tech's Ball fighting turnovers, inconsistency

Georgia Tech tops Illinois-Chicago

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

Sorenstam has record in sight

Goosen takes lead in elite Gram Slam field
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii - Retief Goosen considered skipping the PGA Grand Slam of Golf because of the recent birth of his daughter.

Goosen takes lead in elite Gram Slam field

Leftover turkey goes for Asian flair
Turkey leftovers are almost as important a part of Thanksgiving as the main meal itself, but after an open-faced turkey sandwich or two, it's easy to grow tired of turkey.

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.

Tornado watch issued for area counties
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Columbia County and McDuffie County from 12:34 p.m. until 1:19 p.m.

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.

United Nations is on thin ice

Driver was at fault in train-car wreck
I am writing to express my frustration over the reaction to the Nov. 10 train accident in Graniteville by officials and the media. While there is no disputing the accident was tragic, what is so frustrating to me is that the real cause of this accident has been ignored. The train was obeying all regulations as it passed through Graniteville. Danny Geddes, North Augusta, S.C.

Driver was at fault in train-car wreck

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.

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

Fertility doctors grossly overcharge
This letter not only speaks for me, but for the hundreds of couples in our area alone who suffer from infertility. Jessica Smith, Grovetown

United Nations is on thin ice
Why do some factions in our government want the United States to support an international body that has the following two main problems: it cannot and will not enforce its own sanctions; and it is unable to at least limit the corruption within its ranks? Brandon Eubanks, Trenton, 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

Government: Fast-Internet use doubles

Olive branches can sprout from a large family tree

The newlyweds' Thanksgiving

Thirty-seven states improve seat belt use

Family briefs

Group cites video games for violence

Exploding cell phone batteries prompt recalls

Health and Fitness Calendar

Seniors Calendar

JFK doodles add interesting footnote to archives

It's getting easier to eat healthy at airports

Exploding cell phone batteries prompt recalls
WASHINGTON - Curtis Sathre said it was like a bomb going off. His 13-year-old son Michael stood stunned, his ears ringing, hand gushing blood and body covered in black ash.

Government: Fast-Internet use doubles
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans using fast Internet connections doubled from 2001 through late 2003, still below some expectations and especially low among minority groups and people in rural areas, according to a report by the Bush administration.

Thirty-seven states improve seat belt use
WASHINGTON - Seat belt use rates increased in 37 states this year, a fact that federal highway safety officials attribute to increased awareness and police enforcement.

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.

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.

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

JFK doodles add interesting footnote to archives
BOSTON - Previously classified notes and doodles by President Kennedy may not offer up any major revelations, but the documents promise to add an intriguing footnote to the assassinated president's archives.

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.

Group cites video games for violence
WASHINGTON - Video games that have players shoot rival gang members, watch bare-breasted women and recreate the assassination of President Kennedy were criticized Tuesday by a watchdog group that said, at the least, they should be kept away from children.

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.

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.

It's getting easier to eat healthy at airports
ROMULUS, Mich. - For many who travel for the holidays, the eating begins at the airport.

Lynx seek end to scoring woes

Lynx seek end to scoring woes
Twenty-two penalty minutes and 17 shots on goal. Not exactly your typical recipe for a win.

Group makes fake bombs to train troops

Picture of cell actions emerges

Girl dies after wreck with teen in stolen car
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A 4-year-old girl critically hurt Sunday evening in a wreck police say was caused by a 13-year-old delinquent driving a stolen car died Monday.

Across South Carolina

Some finishing touches

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.

Change in bill allows SRS lab more funding
AIKEN - Political supporters of the newly-designated Savannah River National Laboratory have removed a legislative barrier that barred spending additional money to upgrade the local science center and restricted it from competing for new research dollars, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday.

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.

Holiday preparation
ron cockerille/staffJohn Slaughter, an assistant manager of Reid's in Bath, S.C., stocks goods in preparation for the holiday. The store is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

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.

Georgia studies new program

Settlement talks will be held in plant deaths

Holiday preparation

Across Georgia

Bacteria spoil turkey dinner
Those feeling green around the gills after Thanksgiving shouldn't blame the turkey. It might be a nasty strain of bacteria that rides along in the bird's system and survives in undercooked poultry and unclean countertops.

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.

Lynx schedule shift costs arena money
Recent financial statements for the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center show that the center lost big money in October compared with the same time last year.

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.

Groups help to provide a happy holiday for all

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Don't let fryers turn you into a turkey tragedy
Deep-fried may be a downright delicious way to cook your Thanksgiving turkey , but it can be a dangerous one if the proper precautions are not taken, fire officials warn.

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

9 graves found at development site

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Holiday closings

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 the area

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Augusta will be sought for development group
Just think of it as an intervention of sorts - Columbia County preparing to meet with Richmond County for a last-ditch attempt at a regional development authority.

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.

Ham thieves come back for seconds
If you thought this week's report of holiday hams being stolen from the HoneyBaked Ham Co. sounds familiar, you're right.

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.

1-cent tax will be on ballot in March
Columbia County School Board members were told at a Tuesday meeting that the system might be debt free by 2012 if voters approve a March referendum for a new 1-cent sales tax.

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.

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

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.

Bus in accident had door fault
Maintenance workers checked every school bus in Richmond County for malfunctioning door locks Tuesday, a day after a police said a girl was run over after spilling out of a bus during a fight.

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

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A copycat may be responsible for a threatening letter from Atlanta that is similar to one that contained the deadly poison ricin at an Upstate post office, federal investigators say.

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.

Driver says priest slapped her

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

MOX is back in Capitol budget

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.

Division mascot now fit for duty

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.

Some finishing touches
Owner Ronnie Moehrke paints glass at Ye Renaissance, a Broad Street eatery and gift shop set to open in January.

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.

Can-a-Palooza

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

Gunfire injures driver during 18-mile chase

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

Party elects Senate leaders

Across South Carolina

Bus in accident had door fault

Panel targets turnover problem

Mayor says unpaid fees force cuts

S.C. hires Spurrier as football coach

Augusta will be sought for development group

Bus rolls over girl during fight

Kid of the Day

Railroad re-enacts fatal crash

Ham thieves come back for seconds

1-cent tax will be on ballot in March

Gunfire injures driver during 18-mile chase
GRANITEVILLE - Aiken County authorities are investigating a high-speed chase involving a car and van Tuesday that left a man hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the neck.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Festival of Lights

Driver says priest slapped her
A Fort Gordon soldier is pressing charges against an Augusta priest who she told police had slapped her at a west Augusta intersection.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Thanksgiving:

Hispanics await arrival of torch

Party elects Senate leaders
ATLANTA - Senate Democrats presented a unified front Tuesday when they elected their leaders, though they had already hammered out the results privately.

News you can use

Hispanics await arrival of torch
ATLANTA - Hispanic Catholics throughout Georgia are abuzz this week over the nearing arrival of an international torch relay honoring Mexico's patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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.

Runoff victory goes to Bernes
ATLANTA - The third election was the charm for Debra Bernes, who once again earned the most votes in the Georgia Court of Appeals race.

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Dominique LeFaye Hammond is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area

Democrats showing interest in Hodges
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former Gov. Jim Hodges has been contacted in recent weeks about seeking the Democratic national chairmanship and says he is considering the possibility.

Groups help to provide a happy holiday for all
Augusta's hungry and needy have numerous opportunities to enjoy delicious Thanksgiving meals this week thanks to the kindness of several area charities and organizations.

Group makes fake bombs to train troops
At old warehouses on Fort Gordon's outer limits, workers are creating fake weapons they say they hope will save troops' lives in Iraq.

Many show up for free turkey

Festival of Lights
Lauren Sanchez, 11 (left), and her sister Hannah, 7, say goodbye to Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus, played by Linda and Jim Williamson, during the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at the Augusta Common.

High gas prices won't diminish holiday travel

Across Georgia
VALDOSTA - A Valdosta school administrator has been charged with spying on a teenage schoolgirl from outside her bedroom window.

Company launches game re-creating JFK assassination

Across the area
A 13-year-old Edgefield boy pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation in a Columbia County courtroom Tuesday as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office.

Don't let fryers turn you into a turkey tragedy

Funds target infrastructure
Augusta commissioners moved forward Tuesday in a decade long effort to upgrade and stabilize the city's deteriorating infrastructure.

Bacteria spoil turkey dinner

Change in bill allows SRS lab more funding

Mayor says unpaid fees force cuts
Augusta commissioners could have avoided cutting department budgets and dipping into reserves if officials had done a better job of collecting the city's past-due accounts, Mayor Bob Young said.

Coach tones down his act after NFL disappointment
COLUMBIA - The expectation was palpable. Fans and journalists alike sat shoulder to shoulder in the Zone Club at Williams-Brice Stadium waiting for that first inimitable zinger to come tripping from his tongue.

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

Review: 'Alexander'

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'

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

Sound Bites: Box Set Reviews

Former 'Idol' winner Ruben Studdard hospitalized
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard has been hospitalized just as his new album hits the stores.

Sound Bites: Box Set Reviews
Selected boxed set reviews:

Former 'Idol' winner Ruben Studdard hospitalized

U2 plays a surprise show beneath Brooklyn Bridge

U2 plays a surprise show beneath Brooklyn Bridge
NEW YORK - With the bright lights of lower Manhattan shining on the stage, the band U2 played a surprise outdoor concert Monday in a waterfront park beneath the Brooklyn Bridge.

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.

NASCAR gets its dramatic finish

NASCAR names top rookies
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kasey Kahne, who narrowly missed out on his first victory five times this season, was selected NASCAR's Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.

Knicks dominate Hawks

Knicks dominate Hawks
NEW YORK - Nazr Mohammed had another strong game against the team that traded him last season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the New York Knicks past the Atlanta Hawks 104-88.

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.

Nine NBA players suspended for brawl

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.

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.

Prosecutor: No charges imminent in Pacers-Pistons brawl

Pacers apologize for brawl with Detroit fans

Paine is off to slow start
When he watched his own player accidentally score two points for the wrong team, Ron Spry had one thought bouncing around his head.

Dorsett watches two players pass him on NFL list

Patriots' depleted secondary persevered

Big plays give Patriots win over Chiefs

Coach expects even better things from Falcons

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Holyfield appeals suspension by New York commission

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Paine set to better last year's numbers

Holyfield appeals suspension by New York commission
ALBANY, N.Y. - Evander Holyfield appealed the medical suspension handed out by New York boxing officials after his Nov. 13 loss to Larry Donald at Madison Square Garden.

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

Russia looks to have edge in Fed Cup
MOSCOW - With the U.S. Open and French Open champions, plus home-court advantage, Russia looks as if it has a good shot at winning the Fed Cup for the first time.

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

Patriots' depleted secondary persevered
FOXBORO, Mass. - The patched-up New England Patriots defense gave up 417 yards to the Kansas City Chiefs and still won.

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.

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.

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.

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

Coach tones down his act after NFL disappointment

National Geographic Channel unearths legend of Hogzilla

Dan Rather stepping down from 'Evening News'
NEW YORK - Dan Rather, embattled anchor of the "CBS Evening News," announced Tuesday that he will step down in March, on the 24th anniversary of taking over the job from Walter Cronkite.

CBS leads the network pack in November sweeps
LOS ANGELES - CBS kept a comfortable lead in the November ratings sweeps, fueled by the best-ever performance of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and strong sitcoms.

CBS leads the network pack in November sweeps

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

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.

Dan Rather stepping down from 'Evening News'

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Steven Cojocaru facing kidney transplant

Richt, Gailey wary of trouble
ATHENS, Ga. - It's another rivalry week in college football. Once again, teams that spent the past year building up hatred for each other will be face-to-face on the playing field, trying to walk that fine line between passion and mayhem.

Western Kentucky tops Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Antonio Haynes scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half and Western Kentucky pulled away at the end for a 71-61 victory over Georgia, ruining coach Dennis Felton's first game against his former team.

Georgia falls to Felton's old team
ATHENS, Ga. - Antonio Haynes scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half, and Western Kentucky pulled away at the end for a 71-61 victory over Georgia on Tuesday, ruining coach Dennis Felton's first game against his former team.

Richt, Gailey wary of trouble

Western Kentucky tops Georgia

Coaches, players, school grateful for Holtz' 33 seasons

Spurrier won't receive membership
COLUMBIA - According to his new contract, South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier gets membership at two country clubs, including The University Club in Columbia.

Spurrier vows to bring title to Columbia
COLUMBIA - Steve Spurrier has no explanation for South Carolina's absence from college football's upper echelon in the program's 113-year history.

Coach Holtz ends career

Spurrier's personality similar to Holtz
COLUMBIA - Newly-named South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is known for his arrogant grimace, brash remarks and throwing his visor to the ground in disgust.

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.

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.

Spurrier won't receive membership

Spurrier vows to bring title to Columbia

Burgess leaves South Carolina

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.

LPGA return is a possibility
The Asahi Ryokuken International Championship golf tournament is history, but that doesn't mean there won't be an LPGA Tour event in the area in 2005.

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:

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."

Churches have more to attract teenagers

Practice of tolerance can be taken too far

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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.

Xtreme question of the week

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

Teens find benefits in their volunteer work

Confront naysayers about boy and his alleged games

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.

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.

Youth forum is eye-opening look at government

Xtreme calendar
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.

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

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.

Police hunt down cheese saboteur

Woman accused of severing baby's arms

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

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