Mental patients expressed selves in underground art, poetry

Mental patients expressed selves in underground art, poetry
AUGUSTA, Maine - Bright reds and oranges explode in color on a dark underground mural, while a quiet evergreen forest screens a blue lake and mountain on another.

Mischievous puppy might foil Christmas tree plans

Inmate switches IDs, flees jail
ALBUQUERQUE - Authorities say an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center here was able to spend Thanksgiving as a free man after he pulled a switch on jail officials.

Man arrested for shooting cell phones into prison with bow and arrow
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Authorities in Sweden arrested a man who shot mobile phones into the yard of a high-security prison with a bow and arrows, police said Saturday.

Man sues after finding birth father is millionaire
LOS ANGELES - The illegitimate son of a wealthy South Korean industrialist has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was denied an inheritance after being given up for adoption in California 18 years ago.

Showbar goes from serving drinks to serving Thanksgiving dinners
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A northeast Florida bar known for its bikini-clad dancers opened its doors Thursday to serve Thanksgiving meals to the needy.

Businesses, ad firms turn to in-home research

Business briefs

Retailers see pet owners spending more on friends

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 15-17.

On the move

Chamber seeks to boost business in Augusta
Here's a short to-do list for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2005:

On the move
Julian Hutchings has joined Keller Williams Realty's Augusta office as an associate broker. Dr. Hutchings has 18 years of real estate-industry experience as well as an extensive background in emergency and primary care medicine.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Health-care cost-saving strategies luncheon featuring United Healthcare of Georgia and Admin America; will cover topics such as Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Account; noon at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta. Call Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co. CPA s. for registration information at (706) 722-5337.

Business calendar

Business licenses

Board members keep jobs despite link to scandal

"Ringback" tones slated for 2005
NEW YORK - Ring tones are so yesterday. If wireless companies have their way, the next multibillion-dollar surprise in the cellular business will be "Ringback" tones.

Nation's retailers have a tepid start to holiday shopping season

"Ringback" tones slated for 2005

WebTV grows up, takes on media adapters

Emotions high as Nike targets Adidas

What do I need to know about investing in wine?

Retirement nest eggs too small, comedian warns

Curves fitness centers grow into franchise superpower

Chamber seeks to boost business in Augusta

Business briefs
HEALTHY FLYING: It's the season of holiday travel, hectic year-end business trips and cheap fares to Europe - all of which can mean long flights and potential health considerations.

Emotions high as Nike targets Adidas
PORTLAND, Ore. - When Emma Agger turned 6, her father Simon, a diehard European soccer fan, decided she was old enough to watch the game in its native habitat.

Curves fitness centers grow into franchise superpower
HOLLIS, Maine - On a winding country road in the middle of nowhere, a building that once housed an antique shop now holds groups of women working out. Curves, a no-frills fitness club for women, can be found in the oddest places.

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County from October:

Nation's retailers have a tepid start to holiday shopping season
NEW YORK - The start of the holiday season was respectable but unimpressive for many of the nation's retailers, with consumers jamming stores and malls on Friday and pulling back as the weekend wore on.

Retailers see pet owners spending more on friends
When Bowser wasn't acting right, Freda Tylor found someone who could help.

Bush's big economic pick will be next Fed chairman
WASHINGTON - While President Bush is busy putting together his Cabinet for a second term, the financial world's attention is on a job vacancy 14 months away: Who will succeed Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan?

Retirement nest eggs too small, comedian warns
NEW YORK - Comedian Ben Stein is making the rounds in his trademark business suit and sneakers with a not-so-funny message for Americans: "People aren't saving anywhere near enough for a comfortable retirement."

What do I need to know about investing in wine?
Q. I've heard you can make good money buying cases of wine and holding onto them for a few years. What do I need to know about investing in wine?

Property transfers

Businesses, ad firms turn to in-home research
Eight O'Clock Coffee Co. wanted its advertisements to hit people right where they live - in their own homes, just waking up in the morning, craving that first cup of coffee.

Board members keep jobs despite link to scandal
NEW YORK - It doesn't seem to matter when corporate directors get tangled in business scandals or are accused of sketchy oversight - many still get to hold on to their jobs no matter what.

WebTV grows up, takes on media adapters
During the dot-com boom, people who didn't want to miss out on the Web and e-mail craze but didn't want to buy a real computer could get WebTV, which delivered the Internet through the warm, friendly glow of their TV sets.

Turkey substitute is worth singing about

Turkey substitute is worth singing about
Someone put a fax from an organization called GentleThanksgiving.org on City Ink's desk last week promoting cruelty-free Thanksgiving feasts of Unturkey or Tofurkey, tofu or other vegetarian fare shaped like birds. Such substitutes could someday spare as many as 300 million turkeys in the U.S. each year.

Grambling States wins battle on the bayou

Small college roundup
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Former Florida starter Ingle Martin threw four touchdowns to lead Furman to its first NCAA Division I-AA playoff victory in three years, 49-7, over Jacksonville State on Saturday.

Unified Hokies one win away from BCS berth

USC adds first-place votes

Small college roundup

Rebels scramble Bulldogs
OXFORD, Miss. - Robert Lane gave Mississippi coach David Cutcliffe something to think about during the off-season.

Unified Hokies one win away from BCS berth
BLACKSBURG, Va. - He was the coach in the hot seat, questioned for his loyalty to his assistants and a program that seemed to be slipping back into mediocrity.

USC adds first-place votes
A week after losing some support as the No. 1 team, Southern California got it right back.

Grambling States wins battle on the bayou
NEW ORLEANS - Ab Kuuan rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns, lifting Grambling to a 24-13 victory over Southern in the Bayou Classic on Saturday.

UAB takes Hawaii Bowl invitation

Rebels scramble Bulldogs

UAB takes Hawaii Bowl invitation
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama-Birmingham accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl, the team's first trip to a postseason bowl.

Lady Vulcans play strong and prosper

Lady Pacers win big after big win

Out of proportion

The NBA on wheels
A 13-year-old Sego Middle School student in an all-out tussle with a 12-year old on a school bus managed to trip the door handle and spill out onto the school parking lot, to be run over by the still-moving bus. Apparently, there were so many students gathered around the fight near the door that the driver didn't see the girl fall out.

The NBA on wheels

How costly is smoking?

Is anyone out there?
At least someone is trying to do something. But will it be enough?

Don't race to die
It's natural for a community to be upset when five of its members driving home from work are killed by a train. There is not only sorrow for the victims' families, there is also the "There-but-for-the-grace-of-God" factor for others who drive the same or similar routes.

Out of proportion
Judges often look to "legislative intent" to guide them in their rulings. What did lawmakers intend with this law or that phrase? It's a matter of simple interpretation usually known as common sense.

Bring back the kettles

Is anyone out there?

How costly is smoking?
"It will be necessary for persons aged 24 and younger to face the fact that the decision to smoke is a very costly one one of the most costly decisions they make."

Bring back the kettles
There's no shortage of noise during holiday shopping, but one sound will be absent from the front of Target stores nationwide: the ringing bell of a Salvation Army fund-raising volunteer.

People in the News
DENVER - The food at the Federal Corrections Camp in Alderson, W.Va., apparently is nothing to write home about - unless one is eating it with Martha Stewart.

Julia Roberts gives birth to twins
LOS ANGELES - It's a girl - and a boy - for actress Julia Roberts and her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder.

Video game review: "Half-Life 2"
It's been six years since Valve Corp. perfected the first-person shooter with "Half-Life." Video games have come a long way since 1998, with better graphics and more options than ever. Still, relatively few games have mustered this game's memorable characters and original science fiction story.

Urban home buyers looking far afield in quest for equity
NEW YORK - Lisa and Matt Price felt it was time to start building equity in a home - "to own a little piece of this earth," as Lisa puts it.

Pitfall on the 529 path: fees that negate tax breaks

Urban home buyers looking far afield in quest for equity

Pitfall on the 529 path: fees that negate tax breaks
Chris Simmons isn't some rank amateur when it comes to the complexities of college savings. He's a higher education lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and he's worked in the field for years.

Study: Costs of mutual funds hidden from view
NEW YORK - Mutual fund investors are paying billions of dollars in portfolio trading costs that are hidden from view, according to a new study.

Study: Costs of mutual funds hidden from view

New Hampshire right at home on road
STATESBORO, Ga. - A long road trip to a warm climate. A rare playoff game against a team that has won six national titles. New Hampshire was bound to be overmatched and overwhelmed at Georgia Southern. Right?

Wildcats scratch out road upset
STATESBORO, Ga. - R.J. Harvey gave New Hampshire its first lead on a 52-yard run early in the fourth quarter and the Wildcats defense made it hold up for a 27-23 victory over Georgia Southern in a first-round Division I-AA playoff game Saturday.

Yellow Jackets might go south
ATLANTA - Virginia's schedule conflict with final exams could open a spot for Georgia Tech to appear in the Dec. 21 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Tech has to wait for word on Orlando bowl
ATLANTA - For Georgia Tech, the best relief from the sting of a fourth straight loss to Georgia would be a bowl trip to Florida.

Ball's blunder: Jackets' QB tosses final chance
ATHENS, Ga. - Reggie Ball lost track of the downs on Georgia Tech's final possession Saturday, and as a result the Yellow Jackets lost their last chance at a comeback against Georgia.

New Hampshire right at home on road

Yellow Jackets might go south

Tech has to wait for word on Orlando bowl

Philosophy in 2,100 easy steps

Couples holds off Woods to win Skins Game
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Minutes after hitting into the water to blow a chance at winning the Skins Game, Tiger Woods smiled and jokingly walked arm-in-arm down the fairway with Fred Couples.

Couples holds off Woods to win Skins Game

Most of Skins money on table
LA QUINTA, Calif. - It's going to be a rich morning today for someone at the Skins Game.

Dodd wins China Open
SHANGHAI, China - Wales' Stephen Dodd won the China Open for his first PGA European Tour title, shooting a 4-under 68 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory over Denmark's Thomas Bjorn.

Lonard wins second straight Australian Open

Lonard wins second straight Australian Open
SYDNEY, Australia - Australia's Peter Lonard successfully defended his title in the centennial Australian Open on Sunday, shooting a 3-under 68 for one-stroke victory over countryman Stuart Appleby.

Most of Skins money on table

Oberholser wins Korea Championship
JEJU, South Korea - American Arron Oberholser earned $1 million in the Shinhan Korea Golf Championship on Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory in the first PGA Tour-sanctioned Challenge Season event in Asia.

Oberholser wins Korea Championship

North Augusta's Byrd commits to Georgia

Georgia prep football championship game pairings

Campbell dispels retirement

Campbell dispels retirement
ATLANTA - News that Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell was contemplating retirement and returning to coaching next season caught many by surprise Saturday morning.

Georgia prep football championship game pairings
Here are Georgia state high school football championship game pairings.

Prep football roundup
ATLANTA - Lynn Williams ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns, and Lowndes easily handled defending champion Camden County 30-0 in the Class AAAAA state semifinal Saturday night.

North Augusta's Byrd commits to Georgia
Augusta's prized Byrd has settled on a nest between the hedges.

Mischievous puppy might foil Christmas tree plans
At my house, we don't really have that many seasonal traditions, but we do have some holiday habits.

Please give these animals a home

Republicans two-faced on ethics
I think it is ironic that one of the first things Republican House members did after getting back after the elections was to vote to prevent House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, from having to abide by their own ethics rules. This shows the true values that Republicans really are interested in - not moral values at all, but just raw power. Donavon Reimche, Augusta

Railroad crossing is clearly marked
It was certainly a tragedy that innocent lives were lost in the train wreck in Graniteville last week. Everyone, politicians included, are blaming the railroad for not having a crossing arm. T.H. Brewer, Aiken, S.C.

Please give these animals a home
So nice of Soudy Golabchi of Columbia County to offer his 400 stuffed, big-game animals for public display to a suitable home ("Home hunting," Nov. 20). Randy Potter, Augusta

Democrats unchanged, oblivious

Railroad crossing is clearly marked

Bush's 2nd term means disaster
The result of our recent election has only confirmed my deepest fear: The average person is an idiot, and government by the people is government by idiots. I am now a confirmed monarchist. God save the king! Perhaps Queen Elizabeth II can spare one of her children to come rule over us. Anything would have to be an improvement over President Bush....Jennings Rountree, Elko, S.C.

Republicans two-faced on ethics

Democrats unchanged, oblivious
The Democratic Party suffered rejection Nov. 2, yet Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe says the "party is in the best shape ever." Dr. Lowell Greenbaum, the local-party Boss Hogg, says the party is "poised to do great things in the area." His pride includes election of a man with a 142-count criminal indictment against him and who will most assuredly be convicted! Nationally, a few party members are trying to determine what went wrong, and assess the necessity for changes.Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Put police back in our schools
After reading the Nov. 22 article "Teacher assaults increase in area," I thought to myself that perhaps local officials should scrutinize this situation in a different manner. Michael S. Maloney, Grovetown

Educators, parents fret over poker popularity

Ask Amy treats queries with optimism, respect

Holiday light tour returns

Giddy children might find lessons under the tree

Occasion requires the correct arm

Home's designer flaunts tradition

Michael Jordan's brother is his own man

Bath and kitchen rehab costs recouped when selling home

'Stroller Strides' encourages moms

Giddy children might find lessons under the tree
Shhh. Here's the Christmas secret parents don't want their children to discover. Those toys they are clamoring for just might be good for them.

Occasion requires the correct arm
Dear Carson: Which arm should a gentleman offer when escorting a lady? - Lady in Waiting

Clinton Library: Highlights and history
LITTLE ROCK - Visitors to the new Clinton library will find a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, an authentic presidential limo, a saxophone exhibit and a display of political buttons - including one that declares, "I LIKE SOCKS," a reference to the cat who once lived in the White House.

Holiday light tour returns
The Augusta Chronicle's holiday light tour is back in business, so if you're planning to be using a lot more electricity come the beginning of December, we want to know about it.

Home's designer flaunts tradition
A coat of yellow enamel on Lori Fisher's cabinet had a bubble here and there. The intended flaws could be enough to move the piece into the shabby-chic column, but she dislikes labels.

North Augusta home tour benefits charities
Six elegant homes decorated for the holidays are stops on the 17th annual North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes.

Ask Amy treats queries with optimism, respect
Trouble arrives daily in Amy Dickinson's mailbox.

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I need a new garage door. My husband and I think a sectional door would be nice, but they are almost twice as expensive as the fixed kind. Any suggestions? -- Alice

Michael Jordan's brother is his own man
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Army Command Sgt. Maj. James R. Jordan has much in common with his younger brother, retired basketball star Michael Jordan. He loves his job, believes in helping his team and expects maximum effort from those around him.

Bath and kitchen rehab costs recouped when selling home
Home may be where the heart is, but baths and kitchens are where the bucks are.

Educators, parents fret over poker popularity
CHICAGO - Now that his high school football season is over, Zak Coppinger has been playing poker every chance he can get.

'Stroller Strides' encourages moms
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - At first, Julia DeCredico pushed her triplets in a stroller to help calm them down when fussy. Now she takes 22-month-old Claudia, Joseph and Davis on morning strolls regardless of their moods.

Man finds 'cool' career in forensics
ATLANTA - In the 1980s, when Rick Snow went back to college to prepare for his new career as a forensic anthropologist, most people didn't know what he was talking about.

Across the area

Environmentalist pioneers tax trade

Fort Benning's growth has community excited

The week ahead
Well, the city's Christmas trees have been lighted, the public decorations have been turned on, and our Thanksgiving bellies have been filled. So what do we do now? Instead of focusing on the money we'll spend on gifts during all our holiday shopping, let's try to do some things that will keep us in the holiday spirit. I have a few suggestions for this week:

Agency opposes jailing minors

Across the southeast
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Shortly after they stopped lamenting their losses from Hurricane Ivan, Konrad and Leighann Gill received another jolt: their property tax bill.

Discount programs cater to seniors
Erwin Williams is a self-proclaimed bargain hunter. Each time the 83-year-old retired preacher and his wife eat out or shop, they ask if the business offers a senior citizens' discount.

Across the southeast

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

Dyslexic teacher helps students with disabilities

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Tionna Scruggs of Augusta.

Power lines to cut through historic battle site
RESACA, Ga. - A planned power line that will run through a Civil War battlefield has thrown another obstacle in front of preservationists who have spent years trying to turn the land into a historic park.

Brave eaters attend yearly Chitlin Strut
SALLEY - Crystal Harris looked at the lumpy chitlin in her hand only briefly before taking a satisfying bite of the fried delicacy, leaving her fingers greasy and covered with the flaky coating that surrounded it.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - Eleven former educators who lost their teaching certificates after they were found with bogus advanced degrees now want back inside the classroom.

Holiday history comes to life in three of city's oldest homes
While twinkle lights, talking Santas and plastic reindeer are a part of today's Christmas decorations, historians at three of Augusta's oldest homes are getting into the holiday spirit by decking the halls as they would have been adorned during the homes' heydays.

Kid of the day

Across the southeast

Baseball bat beating leaves man dead

Reservists toil with retraining

Man finds 'cool' career in forensics

Holiday history comes to life in three of city's oldest homes

Power lines to cut through historic battle site

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Laid-off mother needs clothes for her 3 sons
An Augusta woman unexpectedly laid off from her job is seeking financial help to get her three sons out of hand-me-downs and into new clothing for Christmas.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Margaret Caroline Rose Anderson, 1, of Thomson.

Reservists toil with retraining
FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Chief Warrant Officer Margaret Murray, who describes herself as "over 50," says her small frame and some old back pain made it difficult to fire her M-16 in a marksmanship refresher course.

ETV budget targeted after gay documentary airs
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Lowcountry legislator says he wants to cut South Carolina Educational Television's budget after it aired a documentary on gays in the South.

Teachers with bogus degrees want licenses back
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Eleven former educators who lost their teaching certificates after they were found holding bogus advanced degrees now want to be let back inside the classroom.

News you can use

Gay-rights advocate has a GOP past

Across South Carolina
UNION - A 23-year-old deer hunter in Union County has been killed in what investigators say was an accidental shooting.

Discount programs cater to seniors

Holiday weekend sees few accidents

Rants and rave

Fishing for a good time

Agency opposes jailing minors
ATLANTA - State juvenile justice officials want to get rid of a program they say takes children who have committed minor offenses and locks them up with those who have committed violent crimes.

Across Georgia

Use of inmates' accounts has families angry
COLUMBIA - Families of South Carolina inmates say they are upset that prison officials are dipping into inmate accounts to help pay for a DNA database used by investigators to crack unsolved cases.

Leaders work to protect tracts

Fort Benning's growth has community excited
COLUMBUS, Ga. - With Fort Benning preparing for its largest troop expansion since the Vietnam War, barber Anthony Brock figures he'll be giving a lot more GI haircuts, or at least he'll have a steady stream of customers even when major units deploy for combat.

The week ahead

Rants and rave
Comments from readers:

Woman killed, suspect shot at DeKalb motel

Santee tribe still waits for ancestor's remains

Fort Benning set for troop expansion

Gay-rights advocate has a GOP past
ATLANTA - Chuck Bowen doesn't sound like your typical gay-rights crusader.

Fire deaths show risks for elderly

Empty Stocking: Costs weigh on mother of 3
A single mother in Augusta asks for help this holiday season to give her three children a wonderful Christmas despite financial trouble.

Environmentalist pioneers tax trade
AIKEN - Carlton Owen is a broker, but he doesn't trade stocks or bonds.

Continuing cuts to Medicaid could halt hospital programs
ATLANTA - Georgia hospitals could be forced to shutter some of their programs or close down altogether if a recent trend of shrinking reimbursements from the state Medicaid program isn't reversed, administrators and a hospital advocacy group say.

Leaders work to protect tracts
AIKEN - In Aiken County, where farmland is still more prominent than strip malls, there isn't a pressing fear that open land is about disappear.

Officials debate Evans median
Although the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to put a median on Washington Road in Evans, Columbia County officials say they want a major stretch of the thoroughfare excluded.

Woman killed, suspect shot at DeKalb motel
DECATUR, Ga. - A woman was stabbed to death and her alleged attacker was killed by a security guard at a DeKalb County motel.

Continuing cuts to Medicaid could halt hospital programs

Santee tribe still waits for ancestor's remains
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Chief William Koon is still waiting to throw the first shovels of dirt atop his ancestor's graves more than three years later.

Use of inmates' accounts has families angry

Florence churches bring founder home
FLORENCE, S.C. - Nearly 150 years after he planted the seeds of three Florence County churches, the Rev. Sampson Ham has come home.

Dyslexic teacher helps students with disabilities
Jeromy Williams teaches from experience.

Fort Benning set for troop expansion
COLUMBUS, Ga. - With Fort Benning preparing for its largest troop expansion since the Vietnam War, barber Anthony Brock figures he'll be giving a lot more GI haircuts, or at least he'll have a steady stream of customers even when major units deploy for combat.

5 questions: Plum Pudding owner Mike Menloe
Mike Menloe, 44, is the owner of Plum Pudding, a gourmet kitchen store in downtown Aiken. He has owned the store for three years.

Fire deaths show risks for elderly
The house fire deaths of 70-year-old Augustan Helen Keeley two weeks ago and of 71-year-old Augustan Charlie Green on Thanksgiving Day were undoubtedly tragic, but fire experts said they are in no way rare occurrences, especially at this time of year.

Rants and Raves
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Brave eaters attend yearly Chitlin Strut

Holiday weekend sees few accidents
Denise Ussery had prepared herself for the worst.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A search began Saturday for a Coast Guard man in the Savannah River, police said.

Fishing for a good time
Ed Moore helps his daughter Audrey, 5, with her fishing line as her mother, Cheryl, and sister Lauren, 5, wait nearby at Lake Olmstead. Audrey didn't seem too disappointed that she didn't catch any fish Sunday afternoon. "But I did catch a leaf!" she said. The Moores' trip included pleasant temperatures in the 60s.

Across the area
Augusta's second largest convention, the weeklong Signal Regimental Symposium at Fort Gordon, kicks off Monday.

Baseball bat beating leaves man dead
ROCK HILL, S.C. - An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder after a man he struck with a baseball bat in a fight a week ago died.

Across the southeast
MONTGOMERY, ALA. - A business executive and his wife were found slain in their home in a fashionable neighborhood near the state capital, and police said the killer might not have been a stranger.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - New touch-screen voting machines are expected to be shipped next month to the state's remaining 31 counties.

Across the area
A 20-year-old homeless Augusta man told police he was thrown through a window and robbed outside the Salvation Army on Greene Street.

Shockley fails to impress the fans
Georgia football fans got an extended sneak preview of the long-awaited D.J. Shockley era, and it was mercifully preempted by a test of the emergency put-the-injured-starting-quarterback-in-before-it's-too-late system.

Philosophy in 2,100 easy steps
About 2,500 years ago, a Greek philosopher named Zeno came up with a paradox that went something like this:

'National Treasure' maintains box-office fortunes

'National Treasure' maintains box-office fortunes
LOS ANGELES - "National Treasure" continued to strike box-office gold, taking in $33.1 million from Friday to Sunday to retain the No. 1 slot over the busy Thanksgiving weekend.

Trio regroups after Beyonce's breakout year
NEW YORK - Looking back at breakups of some of the great pop groups, the beginning of the end can often be traced to two words: "solo project."

Review: Latest U2 album

DVD Review: Norah Jones' "2004"

'Rennie Harris' Legends of Hip Hop' pays tribute
NEW YORK - From back flips to head spins to a human beat box, "Rennie Harris' Legends of Hip Hop" zooms along like an extended highlight videotape.

'Rennie Harris' Legends of Hip Hop' pays tribute

DVD Review: Norah Jones' "2004"
Norah Jones knows good songs when she hears them.

Trio regroups after Beyonce's breakout year

Review: Latest U2 album
For more than two decades, Irish rockers U2 have made a ritual of mapping out different musical trails for themselves with each new album, sometimes with mixed success, but always sounding fresh and reinvigorated by the journey.

Bobcats chew up Hawks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The expansion Charlotte Bobcats nearly gave up a late double-digit lead again. This time, they held on and celebrated their third victory.

Bobcats chew up Hawks

Lady Vulcans play strong and prosper
AIKEN - When Greg Wilson watched USC Aiken upset No. 1 California (Pa.) on Friday night, his heart sank into his stomach.

Lady Pacers win big after big win
AIKEN - When the next Division II women's basketball poll is released, California (Pa.) will not be No. 1.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 12

Falcons still trying to prove they're an elite team

Falcons edge Saints

Panthers top Bucs

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Mr. Marion Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lowell Bartlett    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Jesse Curry    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Harold Arthur Denny    (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.)
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Mr. Ronald W. Christopher    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Cecil H. Barnes, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Bernard C. Gloster, Jr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Marvin Swann    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Lee Edward Gillespie    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Sylvia Bridgman Richardson    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Cora L. Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Fred Riccardo    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mr. Ernest Womack    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Willie "Teddy" Strowbridge, Sr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Ms. Cassandra Kay Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Willie "Teddy" Strowbridge, Sr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Ms. Veronica Norris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil H. Barnes, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Lee Roush (AUGUSTA, GA)

Mr. Jesse Curry (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Marguerite Sanders (YONGES ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Brant Barr (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Cora Lee Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Landon Pinkard (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Elsie Hunt Spivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald W. Christopher (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thurman S. Norville, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Cassandra Kay Williams (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Arthur Denny (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.)

Mrs. Ruth Moore (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Melcher Weiss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis A. Pellizzeri Sr. (RIVERDALE, Pa.)

Mr. Jesse Curry (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie B. Houchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lorenzo Lamberth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Swann (JACKSON, S.C.)

Ms. Sylvia Bridgman Richardson (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Marie Peak (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Cash (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. George Oscar Dillon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora L. Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert J. Long (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Willie B. Houchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Womack (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Green, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Martin Turner (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Arthur Denny (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.)

Mrs. Kathleen (Kate) Stevens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Willie "Teddy" Strowbridge, Sr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Martha Stevens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Area sports announcments

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
Augusta captain Chris Hajt was called up to Portland of the American Hockey League after Wednesday's Lynx game.

Overtime
In Montrose, Colo., NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol survived a charter plane crash that killed at least two people Sunday, the network said in a statement through its Denver affiliate KUSA-TV.

Russia beats France to win its first Fed Cup
MOSCOW - Russia edged defending champion France 3-2 to claim its first Fed Cup title Sunday, with Anastasia Myskina and Vera Zvonareva beating Marion Bartoli and Emilie Loit 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the decisive doubles match.

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

Outdoors calendar

First buck
specialFirst buckEight-year-old Franklin Perhonish took this eight-pointer while hunting in Richmond County. The nice deer weighed 165 pounds and was Franklin's first buck.[CAPTION]

Outdoors calendar
aturday: Birding & litter pick-up at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center & Sanctuary begins at 8 a.m. Bring gloves and a lunch. Meet at the stork ponds. Lunch around noon at the education center. Call Paul Koehler, (803) 471-0291, for more details.<

First buck

Collection could provide lifetime of learning
When I was 8, my family traveled to Kentucky to spend the holidays with my grandparents. We got as far as Nashville, where snowy weather on the highways ahead forced us to a motel.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 12
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Falcons edge Saints
ATLANTA - Michael Vick looked to his left, cut to the right, darted back to the left, broke through an attempted tackle and unleashed the winning touchdown pass with just over a minute to go.

Panthers top Bucs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Martin Gramatica lined up for the go-ahead field goal and the Carolina Panthers assumed they would have to come from behind to beat Tampa Bay.

Falcons still trying to prove they're an elite team
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have a record that puts them among the NFL's elite.

Collection could provide lifetime of learning

Shockley fails to impress the fans

'What Not to Wear' dons $50,000 episode
NEW YORK - On each episode of TLC's "What Not to Wear," stylists Clinton Kelly and Stacy London pluck a fashion victim from obscurity, teach him or her some fashion rules and then give the contestant $5,000 to spend in Manhattan stores on new garb.

Evening news transition not end of nightly tradition
NEW YORK - Tom Brokaw leaves this week, Dan Rather in March. But the broadcast network evening news as an institution isn't going anywhere.

HGTV still growing
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Ken Lowe had an idea that every room in the house - and the grounds outside - could have its own television show.

Brokaw exits "Nightly News" this week
NEW YORK - There's something to be said about going out on top, seeing that last jump shot swish through the net or the final profit report stuffed with extra zeros.

Brokaw exits "Nightly News" this week

Evening news transition not end of nightly tradition

Television gravitates to the coasts
NEW YORK - As far as TV is concerned, much of the country outside of Los Angeles and New York City is flyover territory.

HGTV still growing

Television gravitates to the coasts

Video game review: "Half-Life 2"

Julia Roberts gives birth to twins

Shockley struggles in head-start on 2005
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bulldogs got a preview of 2005.

Lady Dogs take consolation
HONOLULU - Four Georgia players scored in double figures to lead the No. 3 Lady Bulldogs to an 87-68 win over Santa Clara in the consolation game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday.

Shockley struggles in head-start on 2005

Bulldogs turn back Jackets
ATHENS - The tens of thousands of fans had every reason to leave Sanford Stadium at halftime of Saturday's game between Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Lady Dogs take consolation

Georgia ends season with win

Georgia puts positive spin on season
ATHENS, Ga. - For the first time since Mark Richt's debut season in Athens, the day after a Georgia victory over Georgia Tech did not include preparation for an SEC Championship showdown six days later in Atlanta.

Georgia puts positive spin on season

Georgia ends season with win
ATHENS, Ga. - It's cold and wet. There's 2:16 left, and you have a scant three-point lead in the regular-season finale against your hated in-state rival. The crossbar is a daunting 44 yards away.

Gamecocks, Powell stuff Owls

Gamecocks, Powell stuff Owls
COLUMBIA - The message scribbled on his wrist tape was simple, but it's been something of an enigma to South Carolina senior Carlos Powell.

Man sues after finding birth father is millionaire

Man arrested for shooting cell phones into prison with bow and arrow

Showbar goes from serving drinks to serving Thanksgiving dinners