Artists offer birthday surprises for David

Manuscript of abandoned first novel by Capote to be auctioned

Artists offer birthday surprises for David
FLORENCE, Italy - Ask contemporary artists to pay homage to Michelangelo's David, and you get some surprises: A sculpture of a severed foot. A maze of metal sheets. A video of David morphing into a black woman and a middle-aged man.

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.

Mental patients expressed selves in underground art, poetry

Manuscript of abandoned first novel by Capote to be auctioned
NEW YORK - A manuscript of Truman Capote's unpublished first novel, which the author abandoned and claimed to have destroyed, has been found in a box of papers and will be auctioned this week at Sotheby's.

Ballot to include Boggs, Strawberry
NEW YORK - Five-time AL batting champion Wade Boggs, eight-time All-Star Darryl Strawberry and two-time NL batting champion Willie McGee are among 12 players who will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

Ballot to include Boggs, Strawberry

Reba Sue, where are you? Immortalized in song

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.

Odds and Ends
PITTSBURGH - Forget the partridge in a pear tree. How about a new Jaguar, a BMW 7 Series, a Mercedes-Benz or a 1949 Rolex?

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.

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.

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.

Euro's eclipse of U.S. dollar is 'unwelcome'
VIENNA, Austria - The euro's growing strength against the U.S. dollar is "unwelcome," the European Central Bank chief said Monday as the 12-nation European currency hovered just below a record high.

Holiday shopping season off to modest start
NEW YORK - The holiday shopping season began with a surge in spending but consumers faded by the long Thanksgiving weekend's close and many retailers were facing decent but hardly impressive sales.

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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?

Bush taps Kellogg CEO to be Commerce chief

Businesses, ad firms turn to in-home research

Holiday shopping season off to modest start

Bush taps Kellogg CEO to be Commerce chief
WASHINGTON - Carlos M. Gutierrez, picked by President Bush to be Commerce secretary on Monday, rose to the top of one of America's biggest corporations after leaving Cuba more than four decades ago as a political refugee.

Curves fitness centers grow into franchise superpower

Money is lost in tax breaks
ATLANTA - As Georgia lawmakers discuss cutting health and education funding to stretch the state's budget, one think tank suggests that a windfall of money is being overlooked.

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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.

"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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

Gold charges above $455 an ounce
NEW YORK -February gold futures hit fresh contract highs of $455.30 per ounce Monday as sustained weakness in the U.S. dollar and a bright technical, or chart, pattern continued to steer speculative players toward gold.

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?

Lender enters 25th year of aiding business
When Amy and Craig Bailey noticed customers leaving their Washington Road restaurant because the parking lot was full, they decided it was time to open a second location.

Lender enters 25th year of aiding business

WebTV grows up, takes on media adapters

Gold charges above $455 an ounce

Board members keep jobs despite link to scandal

Euro's eclipse of U.S. dollar is 'unwelcome'

Money is lost in tax breaks

Online retailers see a surge in business

Business briefs
DETROIT - Cereal giant Kellogg Co. named marketing executive James M. Jenness to succeed its departing chairman and chief executive Carlos Gutierrez, who is stepping down to become secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department.

Online retailers see a surge in business
NEW YORK - Computer-savvy consumers did plenty of online shopping over the Thanksiving weekend, giving companies like Amazon.com and walmart.com the same kickoff to the holiday season as department stores and malls had.

"Ringback" tones slated for 2005

Same big stakes for Virginia Tech and Miami
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Atlantic Coast Conference lobbied hard to lure Virginia Tech and Miami into their league. And the Hokies and Hurricanes have quickly shown their appreciation.

No. 3 Auburn hopes for upset

Sirius signs deal for men's NCAA basketball

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

Sirius signs deal for men's NCAA basketball
NEW YORK - Sirius Satellite Radio signed a deal to air the men's NCAA basketball tournament through 2007, the latest move made in an attempt to draw customers through sports programming.

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.

No. 3 Auburn hopes for upset
Auburn needs an upset. The Tigers are still stuck behind first-place Southern California and second-place Oklahoma in the Bowl Championship Series standings, heading into the final weekend before the national title game is decided.

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.

Same big stakes for Virginia Tech and Miami

Unified Hokies one win away from BCS berth

UAB takes Hawaii Bowl invitation

USC adds first-place votes

Jaguars win in front of big crowd

Avoid high-cost calories while bargain hunting
This holiday season, my family will spend three or four hours in our local mall. We will walk, browse, buy gifts - and eat. That's where the potential problems begin.

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.

Out of proportion

Bring back the kettles

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.

SRS' future a mixed bag

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.

SRS' future a mixed bag
First reports were that the newly designated Savannah River National Laboratory came up empty in Congress' humongous $388 billion omnibus spending bill - a disastrous setback that would have stalled upgrading the science center and restricted it from competing for new research dollars.

Taxidermy opportunity
It may be difficult and costly to accommodate in the short term, but over the long run Columbia County would benefit immensely if it can find a place to display the $10 million big game collection being offered by businessman Soudy Golabchi.

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Jackson defense won't get psychological exam of accuser's family
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The judge in the child-molestation case against Michael Jackson refused on Monday to order Jackson's accuser and the boy's family to undergo psychological examinations.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Heidi Klum is hosting her own reality TV show, but that doesn't mean she's a big fan of the genre. The supermodel prefers to call "Project Runway" - a contest among 12 aspiring fashion designers that premieres Wednesday on Bravo - a documentary.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Study: Costs of mutual funds hidden from view

Urban home buyers looking far afield in quest for equity

Pitfall on the 529 path: fees that negate tax breaks

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?

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.

New Hampshire right at home on road

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.

Lonard wins second straight Australian Open

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.

Couples holds off Woods to win Skins Game

Oberholser wins Korea Championship

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.

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.

Teams in Palmetto State gear up for title

Georgia prep football championship game pairings

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

Teams in Palmetto State gear up for title
COLUMBIA - South Carolina high school football's "Weekend of Champions" kicks off Friday night at Williams-Brice Stadium when Irmo pits its defense against offensive-minded Byrnes for the Class AAAA, Division II title.

Reba Sue, where are you? Immortalized in song
When the family met over Thanksgiving, the table conversation got around to the fact that if I had been born a girl more than half a century ago, my name would have been Reba Sue.

Election result 'speaks for itself'
The Cooks, the Greenbaums and I backed winning candidates in the Nov. 2 election. My winner was President George W. Bush, who will spend the next four years running the country. M. Don Williams, Augusta

Too few pupils apply themselves

City's downtown must be saved
I read with interest that the Downtown Development Authority has nothing tangible to show after five years of being in existence ("Time for change," Nov. 14). Richard Owen, Augusta

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

Election result 'speaks for itself'

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

Column contributes to divisiveness
The Rev. Clarence Grier ("Augusta Chronicle unfair to Walker, blacks," Nov. 19) said that The Chronicle is forgetting that state Sen.-elect Charles Walker is innocent until proven guilty. He forgot that Walker has indeed been proven guilty in years past, to the tune of $8,500 in ethics violations. Wallace Quinn, Augusta

Railroad crossing is clearly marked

City's downtown must be saved

Please give these animals a home

Column contributes to divisiveness

Republicans two-faced on ethics

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.

Too few pupils apply themselves
Dr. Frank Roberson ("Teachers' color irrelevant to pupils," Nov. 18) is right in his column. Too many black kids, particularly males, do not put forth the consistent, intensive studying necessary to achieve high levels of learning. Dr. Craig Spinks, Evans

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

Stroke therapy may aid speech

Health and fitness calendar

Educators, parents fret over poker popularity

Michael Jordan's brother is his own man

Toshiba wins support on next-generation DVD format

'Stroller Strides' encourages moms

TiVo ads, copy restrictions raise consumer concerns

Seniors calendar

Asthma spray may help slow spread of infections

CDC: Gonorrhea rate drops to all-time low

CDC: Gonorrhea rate drops to all-time low
ATLANTA - The nation's gonorrhea rate has dropped to an all-time low, continuing a five-year decline in reports of the sexually transmitted disease, the government said Monday.

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

TiVo ads, copy restrictions raise consumer concerns
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Digital video recording pioneer TiVo Inc. has long promised "TV Your Way."

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.

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

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.

Toshiba wins support on next-generation DVD format
TOKYO - Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. is getting support from four Hollywood studios for its next-generation DVD format which is expected to be used in players, recorders and other products that go on the market late in 2005.

'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.

Stroke therapy may aid speech
Mickey Poduje, 50, had been out all day with her husband Noel on their 32-foot motorboat off the Massachusetts coast. When they returned to the dock, she climbed out to do her usual job of securing the lines. Then she collapsed.

Gifts under ten dollars
The number 10 has an almost mythic quality. There are the Ten Commandments. David Letterman has a nightly "top 10 list." The number 10 is the basis for the decimal system. Ten years make a decade. And you'll never turn on the TV and see John Walsh talking about the top 13 most-wanted criminals in the country. Ten is a very satisfying number.

Asthma spray may help slow spread of infections
WASHINGTON - Inhaling a salt-water aerosol, a treatment often used for asthma, may also reduce the spread of germs that can spread disease, according to a new report.

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Across Georgia

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.

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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.

Road work to be finished within the month

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.

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.

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.

Fishing for a good time

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.

Chambliss: Iraqi democracy could take years
ATLANTA - Morale is high among American troops deployed to fight terrorism overseas and they are satisfied with their equipment, but securing Iraq for democracy could take years, Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Monday.

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.

Tourism brisk after busy hurricane season
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The busiest hurricane season in years chased tourists from the South Carolina coast last summer. But in recent weeks, as hurricane season passes, tourists are again returning.

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.

Kid of the Day

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

Santee tribe still waits for ancestor's remains

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.

Woman killed, suspect shot at DeKalb motel

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:

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Dyslexic teacher helps students with disabilities

Mom beats daughter's attacker
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A mother used a wooden object - most likely a table leg - to beat a man who was attacking her daughter and subdued him until police arrived.

Fire deaths show risks for elderly

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A North Charleston police sergeant has been arrested after his wife said he threatened to kill her, Charleston County sheriff's deputies said.

Power lines to cut through historic battle site

Site tries to spread out chicken manure supply
ALBANY, Ga. - Georgia may be known as the Peach State, but it produces a much more valuable commodity that likely won't make it onto a license plate anytime soon - chicken manure.

Fort Benning set for troop expansion

Groups trying to protect land near Greenville
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Conservation groups are trying to protect land the public uses for hiking, sightseeing and camping that is being pinched by private development.

Across the area

Ailments keep Aiken mother out of work
A 35-year-old disabled woman suffering from diabetes and multiple sclerosis says her three sons won't have a nice Christmas if she doesn't receive help from the community.

Groups trying to protect land near Greenville

Sales pitch by parachute

Across the area

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.

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Environmentalist pioneers tax trade

Tourism brisk after busy hurricane season

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.

Chambliss: Iraqi democracy could take years

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

Ailments keep Aiken mother out of work

Man finds 'cool' career in forensics

Across Georgia

Holiday weekend sees few accidents

Kid of the Day
Tristan Rosina Perry is today's Kid of the Day

Kid of the day

The week ahead

Invader hit with woman's walker

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina

Leaders work to protect tracts

Road work to be finished within the month
The frustration of motorists on Stevens Creek and Furys Ferry roads in Columbia County is nearing an end.

Baseball bat beating leaves man dead

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A baby is in critical condition after he and his mother were thrown from their truck into a water-filled ditch early Sunday morning.

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
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating an early Monday morning armed robbery at a west Augusta motel, according to sheriff's records.

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.

Measure is high on GOP agenda
ATLANTA - It is not just the pain of losing his wife to cervical cancer nearly five years ago that haunts Max Reinhart and his two children.

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.

Invader hit with woman's walker
An 86-year-old Augusta woman wielded an unlikely weapon to fight off a home invader Monday when she clobbered the man with her walker, police said.

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.

Sales pitch by parachute
With the loud roar of a C-17 transport aircraft, members of a unit that can jump into any theater of war and set up communications descended onto Fort Gordon on Monday.

Measure is high on GOP agenda

New law helps protects military shipwrecks
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The waters along the South Carolina coast are littered with the wrecks of warships and now a new federal law will help better protect them.

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

Aiken residents get idea input
AIKEN - Elected officials from across Aiken County were invited to a meeting Monday critical to planning the county's economic and cultural future. And all they could do was listen.

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.

Site tries to spread out chicken manure supply

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

Aiken residents get idea input

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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.

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

New law helps protects military shipwrecks

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

Watts, Linney, Clarkson lead Sundance dramatic lineup
LOS ANGELES - Sundance Film Festival veterans Naomi Watts, Laura Linney and Patricia Clarkson are returning with new movies to the nation's top showcase for independent cinema.

'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.

Watts, Linney, Clarkson lead Sundance dramatic lineup

Alison Krauss grows closer to sad songs

DVD Review: Norah Jones' "2004"

'Rennie Harris' Legends of Hip Hop' pays tribute

Review: Latest U2 album

'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.

Alison Krauss grows closer to sad songs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For many entertainers, growing older is a liability, age is best kept a secret.

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.

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

Police ID person who threw chair during brawl
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Police believe they know the identity of the man who threw a chair in a brawl between players and fans during the Indiana-Detroit game on Nov. 19.

Jaguars win in front of big crowd
Dip Metress proved to be as successful on the court as he was bringing fans to it.

Panthers top Bucs

Falcons edge Saints

Favre leads Packers to win

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Mrs. Fay Patrick Hornbuckle (MEGA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Paul Odom (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Martin Turner (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Cacilie L. Pratt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ronald D. Whalen

Mr. Ernest Womack (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. H. O'Neal Lowe (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Arthur Denny (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.)

Mrs. Montine Cooper Ross (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Ms. Annie Beatrice Rhodes (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Melcher Weiss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine "Kitty" Mutimer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Mae Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Bobby Harold Crosby (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Rogers McMillan Lemon, Jr. (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Rufus W. Goodson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lowell Bartlett (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Elester Upson, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Ms. Eva Weaver Brunson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lorenzo Lamberth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Lane (CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa)

Ms. Veronica Norris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Arvell D. Bales (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Scott (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. John Henry Garlinger, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Milton L. Brown Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Cash (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Overtime

Overtime

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.

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.

Overtime
USC Aiken's Jenny Lloyd has been named a first-team, all-region selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

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.

Favre leads Packers to win
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The governor proclaimed it "Brett Favre Day," and the night belonged to the quarterback, too.

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.

Falcons sign Crumpler to six-year extension
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons announced a six-year contract extension for tight end Alge Crumpler on Monday, one day after he caught the winning touchdown pass in a victory over New Orleans.

Muslim rappers combine beliefs with music
CHICAGO - When David Kelly - aka "Capital D" - raps, he doesn't follow the mainstream mantra of women, cars and jewelry.

Diana suggested that lover was 'bumped off'

Diana suggested that lover was 'bumped off'
LONDON - Princess Diana believed that one of her lovers was "bumped off," according to tapes broadcast for the first time in the United States.

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.

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.

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

Evening news transition not end of nightly tradition

Television gravitates to the coasts

Brokaw exits "Nightly News" this week

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.

'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.

Jackson defense won't get psychological exam of accuser's family

Julia Roberts gives birth to twins

People in the News

Video game review: "Half-Life 2"

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
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bulldogs got a preview of 2005.

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.

Shockley struggles in head-start on 2005

Lady Dogs take consolation

Georgia puts positive spin on season

South Carolina, Clemson players suspended for fight
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Six Clemson players and six South Carolina players were suspended one game by their conferences on Monday for participating in a brawl during a game between the in-state rivals on Nov. 20.

Conferences punish 12 for part in brawl
After a weeklong investigation, the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences decided Monday to suspend the 12 players most directly involved in Clemson and South Carolina's Nov. 20 on-field brawl.

Conferences punish 12 for part in brawl

Xtreme calendar

Question of the week

Proper etiquette can keep you out of trouble
"Sit up straight." "Never talk with your mouth full." "Elbows off the table." You've heard it before, but learning social graces can be helpful for more than just prom or that sit-down dinner with the grandparents.

College-bound girl has own future to consider
This week's problem: I have been with this guy for three years, and I really love him a lot and he just proposed to me. I am getting ready to graduate in May and go off to college, and want to keep my options open because you do meet so many new people. Since I am so young, I am not sure that he is the right one. I am not sure if I should accept his offer. What should I do?

College-bound girl has own future to consider

Audio best

Cheerleadings' stunts make it rough-and-tumble sport

Proper etiquette can keep you out of trouble

Banish fears to live life to fullest
I suffer from a nasty case of the worrywarts. I am constantly running through millions of implausible "what ifs" instead of just enjoying life.

My style

Cheerleadings' stunts make it rough-and-tumble sport
Football players face cuts, bruises, bloody noses, broken ankles, sprained wrists and concussions in the course of a season. So do competitive cheerleaders.

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

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ON DVD AND VHS: Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst reprise their roles for the sequel Spider-Man 2. This time the webbed avenger isn't sure he wants to be a superhero. Also available is Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, the movie about the golfing and Augusta legend who helped change the game.

My style
Isaiah Hillary, 14, a freshman at North Augusta High.

Question of the week
Are post-high school options made clear to teens?

Banish fears to live life to fullest

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

Man sues after finding birth father is millionaire

Muslim rappers combine beliefs with music