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?

Science museum addition brings more things

Fine arts calendar

Gloria Vanderbilt tells (almost) all about her romances
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - "I find sex endlessly interesting," heiress Gloria Vanderbilt writes in the beginning of her slim new memoir. The rest of the book confirms her fascination with the subject.

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.

Journalist probes the dark side of the Catholic Church
NEW ORLEANS - The stories, and faces, of molested altar boys and abused seminarians seem to dart and flicker like lightning bugs on a summer's night on the broad face of Jason Berry - the reluctant muckraker who took on the Vatican and his own faith.

Journalist probes the dark side of the Catholic Church

Gloria Vanderbilt tells (almost) all about her romances

Simple tips can help shoppers enjoy today

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

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.

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

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.

Tax-return provision won't be blocked until December

Company hit with $105 million verdict in minivan seat trial

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.

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.

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.

Science seeking better turkeys

The rising tide of takeout Thanksgiving meals

U.S. dollar dips to new low against euro

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.

Durable-goods orders fall 0.4 percent

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.

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.

Car shoppers browse online
Just about all of Enon Hopkins III's automobile activities have revolved around the Net.

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.

Economists expect strong seasonal sales

Strategy reduces stress at stores
Throngs of shoppers battle for the last dancing Elmo doll. Lines wrap around the store. The nearest parking space is in another time zone.

Will new audience make Kmart-Sears deal a winner?
CHICAGO - It didn't take long for skepticism to set in after Kmart Holding Corp. and Sears, Roebuck and Co. announced their $11 billion takeover - Kmart's stock has fallen nearly 16 percent amid growing doubts that the marriage of two laggard retailers can succeed.

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.

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.

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.

Will new audience make Kmart-Sears deal a winner?

Strategy reduces stress at stores

Clemson back has no regrets
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson tailback Yusef Kelly says he was defending himself when he kicked a South Carolina player who lay face-down, helmet off, hands covering his head during last week's brawl between the Tigers and the Gamecocks.

Clemson back has no regrets

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 needs win to make postseason

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.

Arkansas needs win to make postseason
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The last time No. 14 Louisiana State played Arkansas in Little Rock, both teams were a little bit stunned by the outcome.

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.

Disservice to history
It's not just a vast right-wing conspiracy at all that laid low the Clinton presidency. The conspiracy flowed to the left as well, according to the former president.

Justine Washington - Caring and courageous

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:

This horse won't run
Dan Rather wants to ride off proudly into a glorious sunset. What he can't seem to notice, though, is that he's on a dead horse.

With one heart, one voice

Disservice to history

Inexplicable
The bodies sure added up at the Tri-State Crematory. The explanations never have added up. And neither does the prison time.

Inexplicable

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

Justine Washington - Caring and courageous
If there is a modern-day equivalent of legendary educator Lucy Craft Laney - the daughter of slaves who, in 1883, started the first school in our area for black students - it would be Justine Washington, who died last week at age 96.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Grubbin': Niko's Athens Restaurant & Taverna

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

Grow your own Thanksgiving

Consider location, rate of growth before selecting plants
Picking the appropriate plant for the right place in the landscape seems easy until you start looking at all the possibilities. Plants, just like people, come in all shapes and sizes.

Grow your own Thanksgiving
As we gradually close the gate to this year's garden, it would be nifty to plan one meal to include as much as possible of what grew in the garden. Think of it as a celebration of the garden, a gardener's Thanksgiving.

Daniels might play vs. Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech tailback P.J. Daniels practiced for the second straight day Thursday and has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Saturday's game against Georgia.

'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.

Daniels might play vs. Georgia

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

Coal miner's son leads Down Under

Mickelson shoots 59 to win Grand Slam

Coal miner's son leads Down Under
SYDNEY, Australia - Kurt Barnes held a two-stroke lead Thursday after shooting 6-under-par 65 in the first round of the Australian Open, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

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

Georgia prep football playoff schedule

Opponents can't seem to stop Aiken's Quintet Threat

Dreams for Laney go beyond the Dome

South Carolina prep football playoff schedule

Weather puts damper on Lincoln County practice

Mealing's mark true thus far

High school basketball preview

Newcomers should spark Butler

Dreams for Laney go beyond the Dome
This trip to the Georgia Dome will be different for Laney. That was clear seven days ago.

Opponents can't seem to stop Aiken's Quintet Threat
Byrnes is a defending state champion in South Carolina Class AAAA. Its coaching staff woke up today hoping they found an answer to the following two riddles:

Georgia prep football playoff schedule
Today 9 a.m. - Class A, Clinch County vs. Lincoln County

South Carolina prep football playoff schedule
Today - Calhoun Falls at Great Falls

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

Simple tips can help shoppers enjoy today
Taking time to shop today? Don't be afraid. Have fun with it.

Lincoln County falls to Clinch County
A great start was all the Red Devils had in the Georgia Dome on Friday.

Shoppers turn out for Black Friday
They call the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday because black ink represents profits for retailers, but black is also the color of the sky when many of the day's champions get their place in line.

Kerry, AP lean toward socialism
Looking at the speeches of Democrat John Kerry and the stories of the Associated Press, it's no wonder AP tried to get Kerry elected: They're both one-world socialists. Tom Hunter, Augusta

Kerry, AP lean toward socialism

Principal delayed meningitis matter
As the parents of the Stevens Creek Elementary School pupil diagnosed with viral meningitis, we would like to refute the statements made to The Augusta Chronicle by Stevens Creek Principal Michelle Paschal.Robert and Caroline Johnston, Martinez

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

Augusta politics in a sorry state
Augusta has brought shame to Georgia. When a man with a 142-count indictment gets elected to office, Augusta and Richmond County are in a sad state. Charles Walker said he doesn't know whether our city government is broken and needs to be fixed. How can he fix something just as crooked as he is? He quotes from the Bible but can't obey the Ten Commandments.Wayne Canaday, Hephzibah

Augusta politics in a sorry state

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

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

Science seeking better turkeys

Study: Possible benefits from 'good'-carb diet

Product review: A "cold" soldering iron

Time is good to watches and their collectors

Mini Cooper adds convertible for 2005

Privacy advocates: technology won't stop identity theft

Artisans find simple pleasures in constructing homemade toys

What makes watch collectors tick?
NEW YORK - Not all watches are created equal - and not all watches have equal value.

Gifts for travelers: Globes, gadgets, and more
NEW YORK - Buying gifts for people who love to travel has never been simpler, thanks to the ease of Internet shopping, a burgeoning selection of specialty items and publications, and gift certificates that allow recipients to book an inn or spa when and where it's convenient for them. Here are some gift ideas to inspire you, from stocking stuffers to luxurious dreams come true.

Product review: A "cold" soldering iron
NEW YORK - If you're looking for a good holiday gift for a tinkerer, you can hardly give away anything more inventive than the Cold Heat soldering iron.

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.

Time is good to watches and their collectors
NEW YORK - A watch's primary function might be to keep track of hours, minutes and seconds but its style, system and statement are hardly secondary factors.

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.

Artisans find simple pleasures in constructing homemade toys
Conventional wisdom says that the hottest Christmas gift, regardless of whom it's for, will have an electrical plug attached to it. Apparently, Kerry Dortch didn't get the memo.

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.

Mini Cooper adds convertible for 2005
The burning question for Mini shoppers these days isn't what color their new car should be. It's whether to get a Mini coupe or a convertible.

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.

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

Lynx game report

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

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

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.

Volunteers prepare, serve food for others at MCG center, church
Kenya Habersham's Thanksgiving routine is much like everyone else's.

Holiday is the perfect time to count your blessings

Davidson students will present interactive murder mystery play
A comical crime? That's the idea behind an interactive comedy murder mystery that will be presented Thursday by students at John S. Davidson Fine Arts High School.

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.

Augusta State will offer new social work program
Augusta State University is offering a new degree to meet the growing demand for social workers in the Augusta area.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Holiday closings

Many rush to finish last-minute shopping
David Miller piled a turkey, yams, a box of stuffing and other traditional Thanksgiving foodstuffs into his shopping cart at an Augusta Kroger grocery store Thursday afternoon.

Mother's fight goes north

Shoppers turn out for Black Friday

Ex-chief is cleared in teen arrest

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

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.

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

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:

Youth group constructs wall to deter peers from smoking

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.

Aiken storms spawn tornado

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

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend ended up at the hospital himself after her children fought back.

Children feast on Thanksgiving stories at library

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford has decided not to hold a statewide summit on gangs after a Columbia community leader asked for the meeting.

Education Week ends with balloon release

Across the area
An elderly Augusta man died Thursday after apparently setting himself on fire while making syrup, Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department Lt. G.B. Hannan said.

Woman spies wanted man

Cancer fight is inspiring team to win
MARIETTA, Ga. - He's spent more time in the hospital than at football games this year, but that doesn't matter to the Walton High School Raiders football team.

School lunch menus

Thanksgiving on the water
ST. MARYS, Ga. - For people who spend winters on a boat, heading south to the Caribbean from snowy posts up north, St. Marys has become a Thanksgiving hot spot to stop and enjoy the holiday.

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.

Dublin officials defend student transfer policy
DUBLIN, Ga. - Fifty years after first being ordered to desegregate schools, the city of Dublin is facing a federal lawsuit for allowing city residents to send their children to county schools, causing what the U.S. Justice Department calls a re-segregation of schools.

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.

Grants buy teaching tools for science classes

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

Dublin officials defend student transfer policy

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.

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.

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

Empty Stocking: Father wants son's holiday to be special
An Augusta man wants to make the holidays better for his 6-year-old son.

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

Across the area

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.

Troops thankful for feast

Volunteers prepare, serve food for others at MCG center, church

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.

Across the area

Ex-officer could face new group of charges
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A grand jury might have exonerated a Columbus police officer in the shooting death of Kenneth Walker, but that doesn't mean the case is closed. Activists who see Mr. Walker's death as police brutality hope for a civil lawsuit and possible federal charges for violating his civil rights.

Many rush to finish last-minute shopping

Augusta State will offer new social work program

Martinez woman performs at Apollo
Saturday will be show time for Martinez resident Pamela Wilson.

Thanksgiving on the water

Davidson students will present interactive murder mystery play

Nativity, lights events canceled

For the record

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the southeast
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - A retired Navy captain is suing the Defense Department to force the release of documents that could clear the name of an admiral who was demoted after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Lanie Newman of Blythe.

JROTC has recognition day for sponsors

Across South Carolina

Ex-chief is cleared in teen arrest
AIKEN - Former New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing involving a September 2002 incident in which he assisted the Aiken County Sheriff's Office during an arrest, 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan said.

Across the southeast

Lincoln County falls to Clinch County

Kid of the Day

Empty Stocking: Mother needs help to celebrate holiday, birthday

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Edgefield museum talks turkey

Pet of the week

Across Georgia

Ex-officer could face new group of charges

Clemson U. researchers make clothing 'self-cleaning'

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.

Mom, son unhurt in house fire

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.

Anniversaries

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Georgia pecan harvest hit by summer's storms

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

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

Former Academy member gets fine for leaking movies to Net

'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.

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.

'Alexander' evokes parallels to American politics

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.

Review: 'A Very Long Engagement'

Mini reviews

Capsule reviews of new films

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

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films openied this week:

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.

Review: 'A Very Long Engagement'
Imagine the director (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) and star (Audrey Tautou) of "Amelie" reuniting and applying the same quick pacing and quirky humor of that 2001 French comedy to a World War I film that's equal parts love story and lavish historical epic.

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

New on DVD and video

'Alexander' evokes parallels to American politics
LOS ANGELES - Although he lived 2,300 years ago, Alexander the Great may have something to say about current American politics.

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.

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.

Augusta band will stage reunion show at the Mission

Fantasia does one for the 'baby mamas' on new album

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.

Q&A with singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton

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

Fantasia does one for the 'baby mamas' on new album
NEW YORK - Fantasia is the ultimate around-the-way girl.

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

Q&A with singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton
NEW YORK - It's hard to imagine a more pop debut than Vanessa Carlton's.

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

Eminem's recipe of tried, true material grows stale

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.

Recording companies sign deal to sell songs over the Net

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.

Sonic Spotlight

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

Hot ticket

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

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.

Veteran crew chief leads Busch to title

Newsmaker Jack Roush

Hendrick shuffles teams for success

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:

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
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.

Lessons learned make difference for new Cup champ

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

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

Heat melts Hawks defense

Local teams face champs
Greg Wilson admits he doesn't know much about California (Pa.).

Manning, Colts rout Lions

Panthers not out of playoffs in jumbled NFC

Falcons close in on a division championship

These turkeys have cost teams

Mr. Homer Henderson    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Patrick Tanner    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
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Ms. Ojetta Hill    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Floyd Bland Sr.    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sara Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lorenzo Devereaux    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Luther Lafayette Watson    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Magdaline Sibert    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
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Mr. George Oscar Dillon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Tina S. Capers    (EARLY BRANCH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Gertrude B. Fludd    (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Juanita Davis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Wilbur Smoke Jr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rose Cisick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Allen Strother    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Alberta Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Luther Lafayette Watson (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Doreen Dunbar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ojetta Hill (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jo Ann Fortney Maher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ruth Chandler (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbur Smoke Jr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Eidson Piper (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Justine Washington, Ed. D. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Williams West (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ira Jean Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Allen Strother (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Toole Wood (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Dea. Mike Gilchrist, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Holmes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Davis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Watson Quinney (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Julious Andrew (Bo) Grant (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Baxley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn L. Grubbs (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Alfred H. Jensen (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Tina S. Capers (EARLY BRANCH, S.C.)

Jo Ann Fortney Maher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Mike Gilchrist, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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Mr. James Patrick Tanner (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude B. Fludd (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mr. Alexander Brown (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Fred S. Gary, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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France, Russia lead at Fed Cup

Overtime

Running group bound for California

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.

Overtime
Glenn Hills and Evans start the 11th annual 100 Black Men of Augusta Thanksgiving Classic at 1 this afternoon at Richmond Academy.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

NFL notebook
DETROIT - Lions returner Eddie Drummond probably is out for the season after breaking his shoulder blade in a 41-9 loss to the Colts on Thursday.

Dallas ends losing skid
IRVING, Texas - Bill Parcells wants to develop Drew Henson into an NFL quarterback and he wants to win games. If he has to pick one, he'll take winning every time.

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.

Manning, Colts rout Lions
DETROIT - Peyton Manning broke Dan Marino's record Thursday. No, not that one.

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.

Celebrity endeavors not all bad

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.

'Friends' star Lisa Kudrow set for HBO sitcom
LOS ANGELES - Lisa Kudrow isn't waiting for "Friends" to become a distant memory - she's already signed on for a new sitcom that sounds tailor made for her.

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.

Sooner or later, every TV anchor goes
NEW YORK - Even after a half-century, there is no fixed term of office for TV news' most sovereign job: anchoring a Big Three network's weeknight newscast.

Sooner or later, every TV anchor goes

'Friends' star Lisa Kudrow set for HBO sitcom

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

TV show 'Cheaters' tones down its tawdriness

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.

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Hectic holidays

Applause calendar

Pollack leaves quite a mark at Georgia

Rivals taking turns at top
ATLANTA - The only way a hammer and a nail can be rivals is if they take turns being the hammer.

Rivals taking turns at top

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.

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

Celebrity endeavors not all bad
Some people are never satisfied with their lot in life. Sure, they might live happy and productive lives, but there is something that compels them to look beyond the boundaries of their life and express themselves in new and exciting ways.

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.

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.

South Carolina goes through big changes

Iran bans National Geographic because of new atlas

Odds and Ends

Woman, 79, arrested at airport with gun in bag