Science museum addition brings more things

Science museum addition brings more things
NEW YORK - Kids arm-wrestle all the time, but over the Internet? And there's nothing unusual about checking your weight, but in gallons?

Fine arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Fine arts calendar

Boston Red Sox to get new field

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.

Birth announcements
Natalie Grace Walters: David and Kristi Walters, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Natalie Grace Walters, Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Deal, of Whitney, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McGill, of Denton, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Walters, of Dallas.

Birth announcements

Odds and Ends
VOLUNTOWN, Conn. - Two turkeys, spared from becoming dinner, have been treated to an early Thanksgiving feast.

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.

Woman, 79, arrested at airport with gun in bag
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A 79-year-old woman was arrested at Fort Lauderdale International Airport on Tuesday when security screeners found an unloaded gun in her carry-on bag, sheriff's officials said.

Iran bans National Geographic because of new atlas
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has banned the sale of National Geographic Society publications to protest the use of the term "Arabian Gulf" alongside "Persian Gulf" in its new world atlas, an Iranian official said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Dolphins shield swimmers from shark
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A pod of dolphins saved a group of swimmers from a predatory 10-foot great white shark off the northern New Zealand coast, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Florida hurricanes churn up class rings lost for 40 years
ATLANTA - Hurricanes that struck the Florida coast this year churned up more than sand and surf along the shores of Daytona Beach. They also yielded gold - rings of gold 40 years old.

Business briefs
Berlin - The U.S. dollar slid to a new low Wednesday against the euro, which rose to $1.3170 as jittery markets kept up pressure on the U.S. currency.

Budget's items aid industry, hometown

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.

Pell Grant change could affect low-income students

Science seeking better turkeys
SAN FRANCISCO - Most of the turkeys gracing the nation's dinner tables today have been selectively bred for their white meat for so many generations that simply walking can be a problem for many of the big-breasted birds and sex is no longer possible.

Toy safety warnings issued for holiday shoppers

Tests for mad cow disease come back negative

The rising tide of takeout Thanksgiving meals

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.

Deere earnings plow through expectations after strong sales

Company hit with $105 million verdict in minivan seat trial
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - DaimlerChrysler AG plans to appeal a Tennessee jury's decision awarding a Nashville couple more than $105 million over a crash that killed their infant son when a minivan seat collapsed backward.

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.

Turkey dinners kind to wallets
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - According to the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual informal survey of the price of basic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table, the average cost of this year's feast for 10 people is $35.68.

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.

Economists expect strong seasonal sales
With strong consumer spending expected this holiday season, Santa may have trouble getting off the ground with all the goodies in the back of his sleigh.

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.

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.

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

McDonald's turns to seasoned executives to replace CEO

Economists expect strong seasonal sales

Best Western is coming soon

Science seeking better turkeys

Dollar slides to new low

Company hit with $105 million verdict in minivan seat trial

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.

U.S. dollar dips to new low against euro

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.

Tax-return provision won't be blocked until December

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.

Tax-return provision won't be blocked until December
WASHINGTON - A proposal to let more lawmakers see income tax returns is going to stay alive into December, thanks to Democratic complaints over how the one-sentence provision was stuffed into a gargantuan spending bill.

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.

The rising tide of takeout Thanksgiving meals
RALEIGH, N.C. - Everyone likes a nice Thanksgiving spread on the table, but not everyone has the time - or culinary skill - to cook the traditional turkey, dressing, veggies and desserts.

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

Delta exchange offer expires, volume lower than goal
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Wednesday that its offer to exchange unsecured notes for secured bonds fell short of a company goal, but that enough investors had tendered their short-term securities for a debt exchange to occur.

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.

Judge approves auction of Schlotzsky's
AUSTIN, Texas - A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a plan by sandwich chain Schlotzsky's Inc. to auction most of the company's assets.

Cingular plans massive layoffs

Durable-goods orders fall 0.4 percent
WASHINGTON -America's factories saw orders for big-ticket goods drop in October after brisk activity in the previous month, highlighting the sometimes bumpy recovery experienced by the nation's manufacturers.

U.S. dollar dips to new low against euro
BERLIN - The U.S. dollar slid to a new low Wednesday against the euro, which rose to an all-time high of $1.3179 in late New York trading, breaking a day-old record as jittery markets kept up pressure on the U.S. currency.

Durable-goods orders fall 0.4 percent

Valdosta State QB's decision pays off
ALBANY, Ga. - It was Tuesday afternoon, and third-ranked Valdosta State's practice was drawing to a close.

Arkansas hopes to keep streaks alive

Valdosta State QB's decision pays off

Arkansas hopes to keep streaks alive
LITTLE ROCK - Two of Arkansas' most cherished streaks will be on the line Friday when the Razorbacks play No. 14 LSU.

Paine is off to slow start

LPGA return is a possibility

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.

With one heart, one voice
The very essence of Thanksgiving - no, it's not your grandmother's cornbread stuffing - is perhaps best reflected in the words of the man who first designated the holiday to commence on the last Thursday in November. Here's what Abraham Lincoln said Oct. 3, 1863, in his Thanksgiving proclamation:

Silly, suicidal U.S. policy
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. And eternity is in its infancy.

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.

ACLU trumps KGB

With one heart, one voice

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

Universities retain honor
The surprising, but morally correct, decision by the University of South Carolina and Clemson University to opt out of any post-season bowl invitations was put in perspective by Mike McGee, USC's athletic director.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of what's happening in Augusta and Aiken bars and nightclubs:

People in the News
LONDON - Offbeat rocker-actor Tom Waits returned to the British stage Tuesday for the first time since 1987.

Club calendar
BLIND PIG: 1251 Broad St.; Shameless Dave tonight, Redbelly Friday, Bloodkin Saturday; 722-7335.

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.

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.

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.

Hectic holidays
Like it or not, Christmas is a month away.

Saints will return to city's nightlife
After a four-year hiatus, Saints is marching back into action. The bar in the Augusta Towers Hotel and Convention Center (the former Sheraton Augusta), 2651 Perimeter Parkway, reopens Friday, and its owners want to recapture the spirit the club was known for back in the 1990s.

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

Ga. still holds 12,000 taxpayer refunds
ATLANTA - The state Department of Revenue has 12,000 refund checks from 2003 individual income taxes and has started a search to find the recipients.

Ga. still holds 12,000 taxpayer refunds

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

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.

Books can be gratifying food for thought

Grubbin': Niko's Athens Restaurant & Taverna
Niko's Athens Restaurant & Taverna, 246 Bobby Jones Expressway.

Grubbin': Niko's Athens Restaurant & Taverna

Vegetarian: Chutney bulgur with curried chickpeas

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

Quick: Mediterranean turkey wraps

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.

Low-fat: Fruited pork tenderloin

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.

Thanksgiving help lines answer cooking questions

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.

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.

'Spider-Man' Johnson is Tech's big catch
ATLANTA - Apparently everyone but Calvin Johnson figured the freshmen receiver would be a big hit for Georgia Tech this season.

Yellow Jackets' QB has been up, down

Tech's Ball fighting turnovers, inconsistency

'Spider-Man' Johnson is Tech's big catch

Mickelson shoots 59 to win Grand Slam
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii - Phil Mickelson ended his magical year with golf's magic number.

Goosen takes lead in elite Gram Slam field

Mickelson shoots 59 to win Grand Slam

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.

Weather puts damper on Lincoln County practice

Newcomers should spark Butler

Mealing's mark true thus far

High school basketball preview

Weather puts damper on Lincoln County practice
Everything, including Mother Nature, appears to be against Lincoln County this week.

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.

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.

Local enrollment is a huge pain
I have just moved to Augusta. I have two children of school age. One child attends elementary and the other middle school. Hilary Moore, Augusta

Driver was at fault in train-car wreck

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

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.

United Nations is on thin ice

Be thankful for God's gift to all of us
I address all of you this season of Thanksgiving as a reminder to us all of our God-given blessings of family, faith, friends and freedom to worship in the United States of America as God so wishes. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

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.

We have much to give thanks for
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the New Year are upon us. It is the season for thankfulness, forgiveness, helpfulness and looking ahead. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Study: Possible benefits from 'good'-carb diet

It's getting easier to eat healthy at airports

Group cites video games for violence

Thirty-seven states improve seat belt use

Government: Fast-Internet use doubles

Exploding cell phone batteries prompt recalls

Science seeking better turkeys

JFK doodles add interesting footnote to archives

Privacy advocates: technology won't stop identity theft

Study: Possible benefits from 'good'-carb diet
CHICAGO - A diet favoring "good" over "bad" carbohydrates is better for the heart and less likely to slow down metabolism than a conventional low-fat diet, a small, preliminary study suggests.

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.

Science seeking better turkeys
SAN FRANCISCO - Most of the turkeys gracing the nation's dinner tables today have been selectively bred for their white meat for so many generations that simply walking can be a problem for many of the big-breasted birds and sex is no longer possible.

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.

Privacy advocates: technology won't stop identity theft
The United States hasn't issued any microchip-equipped passports yet, but as the Department of State tests different prototypes, the international standards for the passports are under fire from privacy advocates who worry the technology won't protect travelers from identity thieves.

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.

New ID tag could prevent surgical errors
WASHINGTON - A radio frequency tag that patients can affix like a bandage to ensure doctors perform the right surgery on the right person won government approval Friday.

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.

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.

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
Twenty-two penalty minutes and 17 shots on goal. Not exactly your typical recipe for a win.

Lynx cough up yet another home win

Lynx cough up yet another home win
Victory seemed imminent. It looked like the Augusta Lynx would win their first home game of the season Wednesday night at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Lynx game report

Lynx seek end to scoring woes

Lynx game report
STAR OF THE GAME: Defenseman Sean Connolly showed off his offensive skill with a goal and an assist in the first period.

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day
Grace Newman is today's Kid of the Day

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.

Across the area

Mom, son unhurt in house fire
A mother and son escaped from their burning home Wednesday night after a fire that started in a storage shed burned through to the house's attic.

Empty Stocking: Mother needs help to celebrate holiday, birthday

Holiday is the perfect time to count your blessings

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.

News you can use

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The chancellor of the University System of Georgia and his wife were hospitalized Wednesday in Charleston, S.C., after being seriously injured in a car wreck.

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.

Troops thankful for feast
For some of Fort Gordon's young soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who can't get home today, the post put on a massive feast Wednesday.

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.

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

Holiday is the perfect time to count your blessings
This is the time of year we usually think about things for which we are thankful, and this year my cup is overflowing. Here's what I'm thankful for:

Ham thieves come back for seconds

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Georgia pecan harvest hit by summer's storms

Around the block
Augusta Ghost Walks will continue at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. through Saturday. The walks begin at the Old Marion Building, 739 Broad St. Hear about the legends and tales of Augusta's haunted past. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children 6-12. Children 5 and younger are free. For more information, call 364-0910.

Across the area
The Lake Oconee Medical Office should be completely built by December and opened in January.

Youth group constructs wall to deter peers from smoking
Fifteen-year-old Monica Burnett hopes the wall she is helping to build will be an attention grabber.

Teen will be tried as adult
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Prosecutors said Tuesday the 13-year-old delinquent charged with killing a 4-year-old girl in a wreck involving a stolen car will be tried as an adult.

Empty Stocking: Mother needs help to celebrate holiday, birthday
A Warrenton mother whose 3-year-old daughter suffers from a fatal neurological disease is seeking help to pay for Christmas gifts for her children and to help make her youngest daughter's December birthday special.

Aiken storms spawn tornado
AIKEN - A strong line of thunderstorms that swept through Aiken County on Wednesday afternoon triggered at least one tornado and what residents say was a second twister that damaged trailer homes and houses north of Aiken.

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.

Church feud has members kept out
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Some members of a small church have received trespassing notices, and a sheriff's deputy has been posted at the front door to keep them out after a feud erupted.

Across Georgia

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.

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through Dec. 3.

Education Week ends with balloon release
In a field down the street from what was once Regency Mall, red, white and blue balloons blew in the breeze Friday as pupils - kindergartners to high school seniors - held tightly to the balloons' strings.

Holiday closings

Pet of the week
Petunia, an 8-week-old Australian shepherd mix, is available for adoption from Molly's Militia.

Edgefield museum talks turkey

Freaks keep close eye on Butler Creek
Once a month, 16-year-old Allegra Yeley puts on waders and makes her way through Butler Creek at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park where critters and other underwater life swim around her feet.

Children feast on Thanksgiving stories at library

Anniversaries
Mr. and Mrs. Dale T. Stephens, of North Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Fire Mountain. The dinner was given by their family. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Troops thankful for feast

Aiken storms spawn tornado

Nativity, lights events canceled

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.

Some finishing touches

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.

Don't let fryers turn you into a turkey tragedy

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.

Bacteria spoil turkey dinner

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.

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

Kid of the Day

JROTC has recognition day for sponsors

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.

Education Week ends with balloon release

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.

Mother's fight goes north

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.

Woman spies wanted man

Change in bill allows SRS lab more funding

Clemson U. researchers make clothing 'self-cleaning'

Groups help to provide a happy holiday for all

Mom, son unhurt in house fire

News you can use

Anniversaries

Hispanics await arrival of torch

School lunch menus

Driver says priest slapped her

Pet of the week

Gunfire injures driver during 18-mile chase

Edgefield museum talks turkey
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- At a time of year when most Americans are eating turkey, one of the nation's largest conservation groups is expanding its museum dedicated to the noble bird.

1-cent tax will be on ballot in March

Grants buy teaching tools for science classes

Holiday closings

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A woman who was overcharged nearly $40,000 for a mobile home and land has been awarded an $833,000 settlement by a federal judge.

Festival of Lights

Woman spies wanted man
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. - A former Savannah police officer remained in Effingham County Jail without bond Wednesday after a church secretary realized the man she was trying to help was the subject of an "armed and dangerous" police lookout.

Across South Carolina

Clemson U. researchers make clothing 'self-cleaning'
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Skip the laundry detergent. Clemson University researchers say they have created a coating that can be integrated into virtually any fabric, allowing dirt to be released when water is applied.

Party elects Senate leaders

Georgia pecan harvest hit by summer's storms
WESTON, Ga. - Tammy Merritt says customers are shocked when they stop at her family's country store and have to pay higher prices for fresh pecans, just as demand for the nuts is about to peak for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Holiday preparation

Police search for shooting suspect
AIKEN - Authorities are looking for a North Augusta man wanted in connection with a chase through Belvedere and Graniteville that ended in gunfire and left an Aiken man with bullet wounds to the ear and neck.

Mayor says unpaid fees force cuts

Verdict is first success of panel
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Prosecutors say the 30-year prison sentence for a Charleston County man who pleaded guilty to dogfighting is just the beginning of their battle against animal abuse.

Group makes fake bombs to train troops

Mother's fight goes north
Augusta mother Jackie Boatwright has tackled Georgia. Now, she's taking on Virginia.

Augusta will be sought for development group

Nativity, lights events canceled
Two annual holiday events won't be happening this year. Grace United Methodist Church's Return to Bethlehem and the Easter Seals' Fantasy of Lights will be taking a hiatus.

Bus in accident had door fault

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

Across the area

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

Across Georgia

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.

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.

Audience can get into act with theater's production
Audiences will have more of a role in an upcoming performance at Fort Gordon's Dinner Theatre.

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

Grants buy teaching tools for science classes
Pamela Forston knows that earth science isn't as exciting for her pupils as chemistry, with its chemical reactions, or biology, with its frog dissections.

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.

JROTC has recognition day for sponsors
The Academy of Richmond County student body gathered in the school's gym Nov. 10 to see a formal ceremony.

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

Children feast on Thanksgiving stories at library
The children were in wide-eyed awe of their Pilgrim storyteller Nov. 18 at the Main Library on Greene Street.

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.

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

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.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, indictments, paroles, DUI sentencings, juvenile sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces.

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.

Youth group constructs wall to deter peers from smoking

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

For the record

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.

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.

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.

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

'Hero' provides stunning visuals, strong storytelling
For many, the martial arts movie genre is one of violence, of copious bloodshed and grievous harm done at the hands of clear-cut heroes and villains. Hero, available Tuesday on DVD, represents a welcome swing away from the extended bloodbath battles in favor of bold vistas, stirring swaths of impressionistic color and, most impressively, deeply emotional storytelling.

New on DVD and video
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video:

New on DVD and video

As children enjoy classic holiday specials, studios miss out on opportunity - again
In the wild, the average reindeer lives 15-20 years, so Rudolph should count himself lucky.

Former Academy member gets fine for leaking movies to Net

As children enjoy classic holiday specials, studios miss out on opportunity - again

Former Academy member gets fine for leaking movies to Net
LOS ANGELES - A former member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences accused of leaking "screener" copies of movies was fined $300,000, the maximum allowed under federal law.

Mini reviews

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

420 Outback re-forms to bid farewell to guitarist
Members of the Augusta band 420 Outback are prepared to say hello again and goodbye, for now.

U2 plays a surprise show beneath Brooklyn Bridge

Eminem's recipe of tried, true material grows stale

Jazz singer's affinity for Augusta brings him back to city, friends
For jazz singer A. London Arrington, being the first artist with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon's Coup de Cone Music Productions is about much more than a business deal. It's about a friendship, which is why Mr. Arrington is calling his debut CD Washington Road.

Recording companies sign deal to sell songs over the Net

Former 'Idol' winner Ruben Studdard hospitalized

Sonic Spotlight

Sound Bites: Box Set Reviews
Selected boxed set reviews:

Hot ticket

Kane catches on North Augusta resident is becoming a top R&B player
The fog is thick in Chicago, and it was blocking R&B singer Shawn Kane's potentially wonderful view from his room on the 31st floor of the W Hotel.

Augusta band will stage reunion show at the Mission

Sonic Spotlight
Judge "Woody" Wood, 29, of Augusta, is in this week's Sonic Spotlight.

Kane catches on North Augusta resident is becoming a top R&B player

Eminem's recipe of tried, true material grows stale
Eminem has been at turns grotesque, mesmerizing, sacrilegious and quick-witted. What's made him appealing is seeing how many times he can be all four in one song.

Jazz singer's affinity for Augusta brings him back to city, friends

Sound Bites: Box Set Reviews

Recording companies sign deal to sell songs over the Net
LOS ANGELES - Three major recording companies have agreed to make their music available to be shared and sold over a new online file-swapping service that aims to lure music fans away from rival services where trading of music and movies remains unfettered.

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.

Hot ticket
Third Day will perform at the Colonial Center, 801 Lincoln St. in Columbia at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Augusta band will stage reunion show at the Mission
As far as Brian Brittingham and Chris and John Osbon are concerned, they'll always be In Like Flynn.

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.

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.

Newsmaker Jack Roush
Jack Roush won his second consecutive Nextel Cup Series championship Sunday when Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Ford 400.

Hendrick shuffles teams for success
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Rick Hendrick made several changes in his racing organization to get Brian Vickers, Terry Labonte and Kyle Busch up to speed.

Lessons learned make difference for new Cup champ

Veteran crew chief leads Busch to title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - When the talk on the team's two-way radio turned from customary chatter to an emotional meltdown a couple weeks ago at Phoenix, a soothing voice broke through the tirade with some important advice:

Lessons learned make difference for new Cup champ
As boos rained down from the grandstand, Kurt Busch waved and smiled, seemingly oblivious to the hostility. It was minutes before the Nextel Cup finale, and Busch wasn't paying attention to his usual reception from fans.

Newsmaker Jack Roush

Hendrick shuffles teams for success

Veteran crew chief leads Busch to title

Heat melts Hawks defense

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.

Heat melts Hawks defense
ATLANTA - The stars came out to see Shaquille O'Neal. Instead, they got a show from Dwyane Wade.

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.

Falcons close in on a division championship

Patriots' depleted secondary persevered

These turkeys have cost teams

Panthers not out of playoffs in jumbled NFC

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France, Russia lead at Fed Cup

Running group bound for California

Holyfield appeals suspension by New York commission

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.

Overtime
J.K. Sabb, the former Laney star who was the Georgia high school all-classification player of the year in 2002, has verbally committed to Utah for next season.

Running group bound for California
The members of Portia's Posse had better fill up their Thanksgiving plates today.

Two Olympic winter sports lose funding in Canada
CALGARY, Alberta - The group that oversees most of Canada's top winter sport facilities is withdrawing funding for ski jumping and Nordic combined, saying it can no longer afford to support the two sports after this season.

France, Russia lead at Fed Cup
MOSCOW - Defending champion France and Russia easily won opening singles matches Wednesday to take 2-0 leads in the Fed Cup semifinals.

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.

Newcomers should spark Butler
A free throw kept the best Butler basketball team in years from a state championship last season. The 30-3 Bulldogs lost four starters from that team. They could be even better this year.

Mealing's mark true thus far
Forget the fact Nicole Mealing averaged 20 points per game for Strom Thurmond last year.

High school basketball preview
Preview of this year's prep basketball teams.

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.

These turkeys have cost teams
No two words go together better than gobble-gobble and hut-hut.

Panthers not out of playoffs in jumbled NFC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Any chance the Carolina Panthers had of returning to the Super Bowl was ruined when they lost six of their first seven games.

Falcons close in on a division championship
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Championships are a rarity around these parts.

Brenda Lee to perform Christmas classics in Newberrycalendar

Brenda Lee to perform Christmas classics in Newberrycalendar
Brenda Lee, who got her show business break in Augusta's Bell Auditorium, returns to the Newberry (S.C.) Opera House for shows at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Coach tones down his act after NFL disappointment

Overrated films deserve to sink quickly out of sight

Teen will be tried as adult
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Prosecutors said Tuesday the 13-year-old delinquent charged with killing a 4-year-old girl in a wreck involving a stolen car will be tried as an adult.

TV special, DVDs help ensure 'Seinfeld' will never 'sein off'
NEW YORK - History has it that "Seinfeld" ended in 1998. Yet it thrives in reruns airing twice a day in syndication in some cities, and as many as four times a day on cable's TBS.

Dan Rather stepping down from 'Evening News'

CBS leads the network pack in November sweeps

Successor to Dan Rather not expected until next year
NEW YORK - CBS doesn't expect to name the next anchorman of the "CBS Evening News" until at least the beginning of next year.

TV special, DVDs help ensure 'Seinfeld' will never 'sein off'

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.

TV show 'Cheaters' tones down its tawdriness
DALLAS - Hoping to avoid the government's ire, the creator of a reality TV show that helps furious lovers track down and confront their philandering mates is trying to tone down the show's tawdriness.

TV show 'Cheaters' tones down its tawdriness

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.

Hectic holidays

Sheryl Crow testifies against alleged stalker

Applause calendar

People in the News

People in the News

Club calendar

Pollack leaves quite a mark at Georgia

Richt, Gailey wary of trouble

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.

Western Kentucky tops Georgia

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.

Pollack leaves quite a mark at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt can admit it now. He didn't exactly have high expectations for David Pollack.

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.

Overrated films deserve to sink quickly out of sight
I'd like to make an admission: I'm no Thanksgiving fan.

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.

Spurrier vows to bring title to Columbia

Spurrier retains three assistants
Steve Spurrier might not have come to Columbia packing the zingers that some expected, but he's already on the move as South Carolina's new head coach.

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.

South Carolina goes through big changes

Spurrier won't receive membership

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.

South Carolina goes through big changes
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Whew! It was a week like none other in the history of South Carolina football, a series of seismic events that shook college football as much for their impact as for their unprecedented timing.

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.

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Woman accused of severing baby's arms

Woman, 79, arrested at airport with gun in bag

Iran bans National Geographic because of new atlas

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