Museum celebrates opening of doll exhibition
What started as a small showcase of dolls eight years ago has become an annual exhibit for the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History.

Children's Hanukkah books celebrate traditions
Whether it's for a sense of inclusion, for convenience, or for marketing, the individual religious and cultural celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa often are lumped together as "the holiday season."

Children's Hanukkah books celebrate traditions
Whether it's for a sense of inclusion, for convenience, or for marketing, the individual religious and cultural celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa often are lumped together as "the holiday season."

Children's Hanukkah books celebrate traditions

Children's Hanukkah books celebrate traditions

Galleries calendar

Galleries calendar
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Birth Announcements

Inflatable SpongeBob characters disappearing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Evil Plankton is the obvious suspect, but landlubbers are more likely to blame for a nationwide rash of thefts of 9-foot-tall SpongeBob SquarePants inflatables propped on the roofs of Burger Kings.

Odds and Ends
BELLE VERNON, Pa. - A man accused of pointing a loaded handgun at a police officer says he's only guilty of wearing tight jeans.

Odds and Ends
EASTLAKE, Ohio - Don't blame the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge if this northeast Ohio city isn't quite as jolly and bright for Christmases to come.

Office parties make return
The idea of an office Christmas party often conjures thoughts of champagne fountains, shrimp cocktails and at least one drunk employee photocopying his or her cheeks.

Oil prices plunge more than $3 a barrel

Auto recalls hit record level this year
DETROIT - Automakers can claim the dubious achievement of recalling more vehicles in the United States this year than ever before, though analysts and other observers say the record is more a result of the increasing complexity of cars and trucks and greater vigilance than a lapse in quality.

Labor commissioner to cut unemployment tax

Oil prices plunge more than $3 a barrel
Oil prices plunged more than $3 a barrel Wednesday - the largest single-day decline in more than three years - after the U.S. government reported large increases in the nation's fuel supply, easing fears of a supply crunch as winter approaches.

Business briefs
Oil prices plunged more than $3 a barrel Wednesday - the largest single-day decline in more than three years - after the U.S. government reported large increases in the nation's fuel supply, easing fears of a supply crunch as winter approaches.

Auto recalls hit record level this year

Krispy Kreme's newest product: the doughnut hole
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts' newest product to help turn around the company's sagging fortunes may strike some as a bit stale - bite-sized doughnut holes, the kind competitors have been cooking up for decades.

Economy grows at 3.9 percent rate

New taste of Waffle House

Georgia plants might hit dip
ATLANTA - Georgia's factories are humming like those of the rest of the country, but there could be a hiccup, according to surveys of managers released Wednesday.

Georgia plants might hit dip

SEC suspends trading in 26 companies

Auto recalls hit record level this year
DETROIT - Automakers can claim the dubious achievement of recalling more vehicles in the United States this year than ever before, though analysts and other observers say the record is more a result of the increasing complexity of cars and trucks and greater vigilance than a lapse in quality.

U.S. dollar drops to all-time low

Economy picking up, Fed says

Auto recalls hit record level this year

Labor commissioner to cut unemployment tax
ATLANTA - The new year will start with a $50 million tax cut for many Georgia businesses, courtesy of the state labor department which is reducing the overall amount employers must pay to provide unemployment insurance for their workers.

Office parties make return

Business briefs

About 100 Delta pilots to retire before pay cuts start

Economy grows at 3.9 percent rate
WASHINGTON - The economy - helped out by more brisk consumer and business spending - grew at an annual rate of 3.9 percent in the third quarter, a performance that was stronger than previously thought.

New taste of Waffle House
The waffles will stay golden and brown, but the restaurants won't. Waffle House has redesigned its iconic brown-and-yellow box restaurants with brighter colors and more spacious kitchens.

U.S. dollar drops to all-time low
BERLIN - The dollar dropped to a record low Tuesday against the euro, which rose to $1.3335 even as new figures showed that U.S. growth in the third quarter was stronger than previously thought.

Economy picking up, Fed says
WASHINGTON - The economy is gaining momentum, bolstered by home building, shipping and even the country's beleaguered manufacturing sector, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in a newly upbeat assessment.

SEC suspends trading in 26 companies
WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading in shares of 26 small companies, including a health Web site named for former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, on Wednesday because they failed to file required periodic financial reports.

ESPN to offer wireless phone service
LOS ANGELES - Sports cable channel ESPN will launch its own branded wireless phone service next year, the first in a series of branded cell phone services planned by The Walt Disney Co., which owns ESPN.

About 100 Delta pilots to retire before pay cuts start
ATLANTA - At least 100 Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots are expected to retire effective Wednesday, the start date for a 32.5-percent pay cut agreed upon in a $1 billion concessions package aimed at saving the nation's third largest air carrier from bankruptcy.

WFXG, WJBF team up for 10 p.m. news
Augusta's Fox affiliate is finally getting its own nightly news program. WFXG-TV (Channel 54) signed an agreement Tuesday with ABC affiliate WJBF-TV (Channel 6) to produce a 10 p.m. newscast that will air seven days a week on WFXG, beginning Dec. 13.

Another 229 Delta pilots retire
ATLANTA - Another 229 Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots have retired, locking in their retirement benefits ahead of a 32.5 percent pay cut scheduled to go into effect Wednesday, according to union officials at the struggling airline.

Clemson makes changes to staff
For the second consecutive off-season, Clemson will undergo a significant coaching shakeup. This time, though, it will not be an in-house makeover.

Clemson makes changes to staff

Vols shore up weaknesses for SEC game
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Quarterback Rick Clausen is the only Tennessee player who owns a Southeastern Conference championship ring.

Peach Bowl picks Florida
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl wants Florida to play in the Dec. 31 game - and hopes Ron Zook will hang around to coach the Gators for a few more weeks.

Peach Bowl picks Florida

2004-05 Bowl glance

2004-05 Bowl glance
Details about this season's college bowl games.

2004-05 Bowl glance

2004-05 Bowl glance
Details about this season's college bowl games.

Vols shore up weaknesses for SEC game

Peach Bowl picks Florida
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl wants Florida to play in the Dec. 31 game - and hopes Ron Zook will hang around to coach the Gators for a few more weeks.

Jackets dominate Wolverines

Lady Jags disgusted with win

Illinois crushes No. 1 Deacons No. 5

Augusta man's amazing day includes two hole-out eagles

A prayer for Ukraine

Columbia taking shape
They're talking about changing the shape of Columbia County. Well, in a way: State and county officials are debating what shape Washington Road takes northwest through Evans. And as Washington Road goes, so goes the county.

Still friends
A couple of thousand protesters hooted and howled as they lined the streets of Ottawa on President Bush's "fence-mending" visit to Canada this week. But that was far short of the tens of thousands the Bush-bashing groups had predicted.

Ridge's invention

Ridge's invention
As far as the public is concerned, the legacy of Tom Ridge - the seventh member of President Bush's Cabinet to announce he's stepping down - is that he was the nation's first homeland security secretary, picked in the wake of 9-11, and that he implemented the controversial color-coded terrorist alert system.

Don't delay elections
The interim government of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi is right to keep Iraq's Jan. 30 elections on track despite threats by Sunni leaders to urge a boycott if the elections are not postponed for six months.

Who is Ken Jennings?
Ken Jennings has been called the Joe DiMaggio of game shows. Or could it be that DiMaggio is the Ken Jennings of baseball?

A prayer for Ukraine
The Cold War may be over. The Cold Tug-of-War continues. Torn between a secure Soviet past and an uncertain, but free, West-leaning future, the people of Ukraine have been in crisis this past week.

Who is Ken Jennings?

New on DVD
DAREDEVIL: DIRECTOR'S CUT ($19.98, 20TH CENTURY FOX): Last year's comic-book superhero adaptation, starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, is augmented by half an hour of extra footage, much of it centering on a tepid trial cut from the theatrical release in which Mr. Affleck's attorney-by-day character defends a murder suspect (Coolio).

Bill Maher seeks dismissal of ex-girlfriend's suit
LOS ANGELES - Bill Maher is a "very public" bachelor who never promised to marry and support an ex-girlfriend suing him for more than $9 million, according to a court document.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

People in the News
LONDON - Princess Diana was self-conscious about her intelligence, or lack of it, according to videotapes broadcast in the United States.

John Drew Barrymore dies at 72
LOS ANGELES - John Drew Barrymore, heir to an acting dynasty and absent father of movie star Drew Barrymore, had a colorful career that included repeated brushes with the law.

Top five list
Top five in entertainment this week.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of entertainment at Augusta and Aiken area cafes and clubs:

Godzilla gets star on Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES - Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, 50 years after he stomped onto movie screens and hours before the premiere of his latest film, "Godzilla: Final Wars."

Nanny accuses Imus of slander, wrongful firing in lawsuit
NEW YORK - A former nanny who worked for Don Imus has sued the radio and television personality, claiming he wrongfully fired her, chased her off his New Mexico ranch in the middle of the night, and then trashed her on his radio show.

Applause calendar
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People in the News
LONG BEACH, Calif. - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas donated $100,000 to California State University, Long Beach, for film department scholarships and equipment.

'Nutcracker' evolves at the Augusta Ballet
In the 33 years the Augusta Ballet has presented the Christmas classic The Nutcracker, there have been countless encounters between Sugar Plum fairies and dashing Cavaliers, innumerable rumbles between malevolent mice and their nutcracking archenemy, and the enchanted evergreen that stands center stage for much of the first act has risen an estimated 231 feet.

Events calendar
The Paine College Christmas Concert, featuring the college's concert choir, will be held at 6 tonight at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at the college. The concert is free.

Life inside the ring has become perfect fit
World Wrestling Entertainment Raw wrestler Chris Benoit doesn't like to entertain the idea of a life outside the ring.

Hot ticket
LE TIGRE WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday WHERE: The Roxy Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta

Free credit report program begins in the West

Free credit report program begins in the West
WASHINGTON - Americans who want to make sure their credit reports are accurate or check their financial histories can get the information for free under a program starting Wednesday.

Here's a do-it-yourself party for Hanukkah
TEL AVIV, Israel - On the evening of December 7, Jewish people all over the world will celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, commemorating a miracle that occurred in Jerusalem back in the winter of 165 B.C.

Tradition takes on new twist for Hanukkah
NEW YORK - The traditions of Hanukkah derive from the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days - and, on the table, often include fried foods, especially latkes.

Grubbin': Edmund's Bar-b-cue
Edmund's Bar-b-cue 511 Edgefield Road, Belvedere Signature Dish: Barbecue pork

Grubbin': Edmund's Bar-b-cue

Recipes for fat grandma's potato knishes
CONCORD, N.H. - The holidays are upon us, and that means there is a lot of eating to be done.

Here's a do-it-yourself party for Hanukkah

Low-fat steamed cod has a savory flavor
Steamed cod with cauliflower in saffron broth, served with a slow-cooked onion salad if you wish, adds up to a savory range of flavor and texture while still meeting low-fat guidelines.

Here's a do-it-yourself party for Hanukkah

White House pastry chef shares job secrets

White House pastry chef shares job secrets
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Roland Mesnier made desserts for five presidents over 25 years, and now his tall chef's hat has become his signature - literally.

Recipes for fat grandma's potato knishes
CONCORD, N.H. - The holidays are upon us, and that means there is a lot of eating to be done.

Low-fat steamed cod has a savory flavor

Here's a do-it-yourself party for Hanukkah
TEL AVIV, Israel - On the evening of December 7, Jewish people all over the world will celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, commemorating a miracle that occurred in Jerusalem back in the winter of 165 B.C.

Low-fat steamed cod has a savory flavor
Steamed cod with cauliflower in saffron broth, served with a slow-cooked onion salad if you wish, adds up to a savory range of flavor and texture while still meeting low-fat guidelines.

Recipes for fat grandma's potato knishes

Tradition takes on new twist for Hanukkah

Tradition takes on new twist for Hanukkah
NEW YORK - The traditions of Hanukkah derive from the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days - and, on the table, often include fried foods, especially latkes.

Low-fat steamed cod has a savory flavor

White House pastry chef shares job secrets
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Roland Mesnier made desserts for five presidents over 25 years, and now his tall chef's hat has become his signature - literally.

Tradition takes on new twist for Hanukkah

Recipes for fat grandma's potato knishes

Georgia Tech heading to Champs Sports Bowl
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech finally will play in a bowl that's not too far from home.

Ga. Tech heading to Champs Sports Bowl
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech finally will play in a bowl that's not too far from home.

Georgia Tech heading to Champs Sports Bowl

Prep football championship game pairings

Prep football championship game pairings
Schedule for Georgia prep football playoff games.

Traumatic hurricane season draws to a close
PENSACOLA, Fla. - One of the most traumatic hurricane seasons in Florida history officially ended Tuesday with Gov. Jeb Bush calling the occasion a time for "reflection and celebration."

Bread pudding is perfect for brunch
Brunch is just a meal enjoyed late in the morning as a breakfast-lunch combination. In practice, though, brunch is a festive feast that allows you to showcase your culinary skills at a saner hour of the day than breakfast.

Aiken County man shot in his home
Aiken County authorities are searching for a gunman who shot a Langley man twice after he arrived home from work this morning.

Maybe the ACLU should be sued
It was with disheartening disgust that I read about the American Civil Liberties Union (I prefer my nickname for them, the American Communist League and Union) bullying the Department of Defense into no longer being able to have any kind of Boy Scout activity on military bases. David L. Kriegel, Evans

Pit Condi vs. Hillary in 2008 race
The elections are over, and all but one of my candidates came out victorious. As a lot of other politically active people are doing, I am looking forward to 2008. I have come up with what I feel would be the perfect presidential election scenario: Condoleezza Rice vs. Hillary Clinton. Don Turner, Grovetown

'Pointy-heads' wrong on schools
The pointy-heads and psychologists have led our politicians down the primrose path regarding our schools. At one time, the politicians said to pay teachers more. James V. Parker, North Augusta, S.C.

Gate 1 security went overboard

School health-issue protocol is delicate
In response to the letter regarding the pupil with meningitis ("Principal delayed meningitis matter," Nov. 26), I would like to explain the protocol used when our school was notified that the child possibly had viral meningitis. Michelle H. Paschal, Evans

Maybe the ACLU should be sued

School health-issue protocol is delicate

'Pointy-heads' wrong on schools

Rework right-to-choose definition

Augusta's death spiral continues

Rework right-to-choose definition
In the ongoing Roe v. Wade debate, the question of a woman's right to choose needs to be reframed. Charles R. Holloman, Evans

Augusta's death spiral continues
Regarding Wayne Canaday's letter ("Augusta politics in a sorry state," Nov. 26), I agree totally. I live just across the river in South Carolina, so I am still a resident of the CSRA, and I have relatives that live in Richmond County. Billy Welch, Montmorenci, S.C.

Gate 1 security went overboard
I have been a military dependent all of my childhood life and been a military wife most of my adult life, but am not at the present time. Heidi Mcdonald, Augusta

Pit Condi vs. Hillary in 2008 race

Great presents don't have to break the bank

FDA to review drug for female sexual dysfunction

U.S. HIV rate remains unchanged

Health clubs now offering belly dancing

As orders soar, concerns over stun guns grow

Great presents don't have to break the bank
When it comes to the holiday gift, there has to be a happy medium between a Pez dispenser and the Jaguar XKR coupe you've been eyeballing.

Health clubs now offering belly dancing
PORTLAND, Maine - Most don't look like harem girls and few midriffs are showing. But they sure seem to be belly dancing.

As orders soar, concerns over stun guns grow
PHOENIX - From Korean Air flight crews to U.S. police and corrections officers to beat cops in Britain, the orders are pouring in for stun guns made by Taser International Inc.

FDA to review drug for female sexual dysfunction
NEW YORK - A hysterectomy 11 years ago zapped Colleen Christensen's sexual desire. Now 55 years old and married for 33 years, Christensen said she used to worry that a lack of intimacy was draining the fun and closeness from her relationship.

U.S. HIV rate remains unchanged
ATLANTA - Nearly a million Americans now have the AIDS virus and the nation's ability to keep others from becoming infected still lags despite a government pledge four years ago to "break the back" of the AIDS epidemic by 2005.

Winger makes sudden impact

It's hats off to Magowan
Ken Magowan watched as the puck rolled on its side ever so slowly down the ice. The rookie was getting nervous that he might have just iced the puck with an empty net and less than a minute to go.

Winger makes sudden impact
Jim Shepherd flew 12 hours from Germany last week to get to Augusta in time for Thanksgiving dinner at Lynx coach Stan Drulia's home.

It's hats off to Magowan

Grand plans made for library

School officials gain voice on growth plan

Across the area
An Augusta man accused of strangling his girlfriend this fall was indicted on murder charges Tuesday.

Pet of the week

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Superior Court sentencings
Recent Superior Court sentencings.

Canned goods can pay late fee
The library is canning overdue fines. Starting today, the East Central Regional Library is holding a Food for Fines drive.

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

Aiken County man shot in his home

Military milestones
Navy Seaman Joseph D. McKinstry, a 2004 graduate of Glenn Hills High School and stepson of Wille Dixon and Darlene A. Harris Dixon, of Augusta, recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Across Georgia

Memorial service helps with grieving process
The holidays can be a poignant time for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one. But, there is help for anyone needing the extra support.

News you can use

Events
HERITAGE HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES: Tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, candlelight tours, 5-9 p.m. Saturday; Madison, Ga.

Water sharing bill is passed

Nativity display to benefit homeless families
They range from miniatures less than an inch tall to a colossal Nativity scene that covers two 8-foot-long tables.

Grovetown family will receive Christmas help
A Grovetown mother who recently left her drug-addicted husband needs help in providing her two young daughters Christmas gifts.

Groups join to fund Christmas House
They brought checks of $200, $270.73, $701.49 and $1,500 - all to ensure that he families of soldiers would not go without this Christmas holiday.

Parents, students are upset by poem
ATHENS, Ga. - Some Cedar Shoals High School parents and students are complaining to school district officials about a poem read by the principal over the school's intercom last week that talked about prohibitions on school prayer while students "dress like freaks," get pregnant and use bad language.

Man runs to provide meals for families
After about 10 miles, Willie Bido began to feel the pain. With 16 more miles to run in the New York City marathon Nov. 7, the homeland security coordinator at the Southeastern Regional Medical Command's office at Fort Gordon kept pushing forward because he was a man on a mission.

Contributions will help family with string of bad luck

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Spreading the word about AIDS

BMX riders will race for needy children
When Dani Pennington competes at the Augusta BMX bike track, she's usually the only girl racing.

Making calls in cars is banned

Davidson mixes fare for holidays
The play being staged at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School tonight is mixing things up.

Grovetown family will receive Christmas help

River Network seeks nominees for conservation awards
The Georgia River Network is holding its first awards ceremony, and the submissions must be postmarked by Friday.

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

This week
Paine college christmas concert: 6 p.m. today; Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Paine College; with Paine College Concert Choir; free; 821-8323.

Across South Carolina

Pet of the week
Moe, a 4-month-old shepherd mix, is available for adoption from Molly's Militia.

District investigates principal
The principal of C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School is under investigation by central office administrators over allegations of wrongdoing, school officials confirmed Tuesday.

Canal will get $400,000 grant
The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area will get $400,000 in federal operating funds next year, making it one of the most consistently funded programs of its kind under National Park Service guidelines.

Residents could be forced to sell homes
Queen Williams recently paid off her mortgage and spent $1,000 removing a dead tree from her back yard. She doesn't want to give up her home for a new school.

Canal will get $400,000 grant

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Tax breaks are costing the state $2 billion a year, but lawmakers are not keeping track of whether tax cuts help the economy, a new report says.

District investigates principal

Leaders draw up 5-year strategy
AIKEN - Reducing pupil-teacher ratios and rethinking the way classes are grouped were among the subjects discussed at the Aiken County school board meeting Tuesday aimed at developing a strategy for the next five years.

Man runs to provide meals for families

Reunions

Kid of the Day

Memorial service helps with grieving process

Across Georgia

Making calls in cars is banned
Use of a cell phone while driving - even while using so-called "hands-free" devices - at Fort Gordon will result in a traffic ticket starting next year, officials said Wednesday.

AIDS data show racial divide

School officials gain voice on growth plan
For the first time, Columbia County school officials say they will get the chance to be proactive in guiding the growth of their burgeoning bedroom community.

BMX riders will race for needy children

Money will aid health checks network
Right now if someone has a stroke in a rural county, a Medical College of Georgia Hospital neurologist can examine him or her and prescribe clot-busting drugs - all through a Web camera.

Center offers aid to elderly

School audit doesn't show money misuse
AIKEN - An annual audit by the Aiken County school district found no signs money was misspent by the Midland Valley Preparatory School principal, the district's top financial officer said Wednesday.

10th-grader wants coats for others

Officials see benefits of telemedicine plan
ATLANTA - At Jasper Memorial Hospital, administrators have spent more time worrying about replacing their 50-year-old facility than jumping into the new world of telemedicine.

Davidson mixes fare for holidays

Automated postal centers ease holiday stress
Lines at the mall might stay long this holiday season, but those at area post offices could be a different story.

Across South Carolina

10th-grader wants coats for others
An Augusta 10th-grader is asking the public to donate unwanted coats to needy people this winter.

Hospitals will get windfall from merger

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day

2 are sentenced in theft scheme
The final two suspects in a racketeering case that cost contractors and Augusta taxpayers more than $300,000 pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Money will aid health checks network

Across Georgia
ALBANY - A former high school math teacher has been convicted on federal charges of distributing child pornography on the Internet.

Canned goods can pay late fee

Across the area
School officials have sent two sixth-graders to Alternative School after a bloody bathroom fight at Tubman Middle School.

Parents, students are upset by poem

Contributions will help family with string of bad luck
An unemployed North Augusta woman whose husband has been laid off four times in the past four years said she needs help to give her sons a happy holiday.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - An internal investigation report into why a stun gun was used on a 75-year-old woman has been released by the Rock Hill Police Department.

Kid of the Day
Kashayla Kendrick is today's Kid of the Day.

Spreading the word about AIDS
The epidemic of HIV/AIDS among blacks in Georgia is but a small piece of what is happening nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday during World AIDS Day.

Doctor's affair causes suspension of license

Center offers aid to elderly
AIKEN - South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer opened the state's first one-stop social service information center for seniors and the disabled Wednesday, even though the online version isn't up and running yet.

Residents could be forced to sell homes

Automated postal centers ease holiday stress

Doctor's affair causes suspension of license
An Augusta psychologist's license to practice has been suspended because he had an affair with a patient.

River Network seeks nominees for conservation awards

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Grand plans made for library
Today it's a construction site. But in 16 months, Columbia County officials say, it will be opened as their premier library - a building they hope will be visited not only by residents but also first lady Laura Bush.

Kid of the Day
Janiah Wilson is today's Kid of the Day

AIDS data show racial divide
Nita Bentley is the face of a crisis for Augusta and Georgia. The 26-year-old Augusta woman was in a monogamous relationship and three months pregnant before she found out she was HIV-positive.

Events

Official's wife will remain at hospital
ATLANTA - The chancellor of Georgia's university system and his wife returned to Georgia on Tuesday after both were seriously injured in a car wreck in Charleston, S.C., last week.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina continues to rank among those with the most nationally certified teachers, even though fewer teachers earned the credential this year.

Superior Court sentencings

Water sharing bill is passed
AIKEN - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford took a step Tuesday to guard the state's interest in rivers that flow in from North Carolina, and similar negotiations with Georgia about sharing the Savannah River soon could follow.

School audit doesn't show money misuse

Hospitals will get windfall from merger
ATLANTA - A massive corporate merger between two health-care giants will result in $126.5 million of new funding and equipment for Georgia's medical schools and rural hospitals, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine announced Tuesday.

Across the area

Officials see benefits of telemedicine plan

Leaders draw up 5-year strategy

Filmmaker prunes thorns, sees 'Rose' bloom

Filmmaker prunes thorns, sees 'Rose' bloom
When writer, producer and director Rob Forbes began shooting his independent film A Rose for the Little Lady in the spring of 2000, he had no idea the hardship he would encounter.

Review: 'Closer'

Mini reviews

Review: 'House of Flying Daggers'
"House of Flying Daggers," the second film in theaters this year from Chinese director Zhang Yimou, provides an interesting companion piece to the first - the Oscar-nominated "Hero" - if only because it's slightly more rooted in reality.

Review: 'Finding Neverland'
Lithe women traditionally have played Peter Pan, but Johnny Depp could slip on the tights and put in a convincing turn as the boy who won't grow up.

Review: 'House of Flying Daggers'

Mini reviews
Mini reviews of movies now playing.

'Finding Neverland' named year's top film
NEW YORK - "Finding Neverland," the whimsical, wistful story of "Peter Pan" creator J.M. Barrie, topped the National Board of Review's list as the best film of 2004.

Review: 'Closer'
Jude Law and Julia Roberts and Clive Owen and Natalie Portman fall giddily in love in "Closer," but don't be fooled: This is the furthest thing possible from a date movie.

Hanks, Howard reunite for 'The Da Vinci Code' film
LOS ANGELES - Tom Hanks will reunite with director Ron Howard to star in "The Da Vinci Code," the film adaptation of Dan Brown's best seller dissecting the origins of Christianity.

Review: Stray Cats, "Rumble in Brixton"

Musician spotlight: Jon Gleason

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

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

Review: Incubus, "Incubus: Alive at Red Rocks"

Review: Stray Cats, "Rumble in Brixton"
The Stray Cats - a band that was new wave and punk and rockabilly rolled into one - had it's heydey in the early '80s. But two decades on, it's clear the Cats, which was famous for its repeated dissolutions and reformations, still has the fire and drive of three skinny kids from Long Island trying to make it big in Britain.

Lil Jon has array of contributors
If Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz's Crunk Juice is Lil Jon's way of giving listeners a taste of the elixirs he sips from his diamond-encrusted pimp cup, then it's no wonder the King of Crunk stays so energetic.

Review: Incubus, "Incubus: Alive at Red Rocks"
Incubus is awash in an eerie purple glow at the beginning of the new concert performance DVD "Incubus: Alive At Red Rocks," a real nice release containing more than 100 minutes of hard alt-rock songs doled out by a seriously solid band.

Grappler finds new challenges while fronting for Fozzy
For Chris Jericho, there is little separation between rock and the ring.

Review: Stray Cats, "Rumble in Brixton"
The Stray Cats - a band that was new wave and punk and rockabilly rolled into one - had it's heydey in the early '80s. But two decades on, it's clear the Cats, which was famous for its repeated dissolutions and reformations, still has the fire and drive of three skinny kids from Long Island trying to make it big in Britain.

Review: Incubus, "Incubus: Alive at Red Rocks"

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Review: Incubus, "Incubus: Alive at Red Rocks"
Incubus is awash in an eerie purple glow at the beginning of the new concert performance DVD "Incubus: Alive At Red Rocks," a real nice release containing more than 100 minutes of hard alt-rock songs doled out by a seriously solid band.

Musician spotlight: Jon Gleason
Jon Gleason Age: 24 Hometown: Valdosta, Ga.

Rick Hendrick talks about teams' tragedy

Longtime Earnhardt crew chief moves on

Longtime Earnhardt crew chief moves on
NEW YORK - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get a new crew chief for the 2005 racing season. Several sources at Dale Earnhardt Inc. confirmed that Tony Eury Sr., who has worked with the family race team for more than 20 years, will take a new role in the company.

Busch hopes to draw new fans
NEW YORK - For anyone unhappy that Kurt Busch is the new Nextel Cup champion, Jack Roush has some advice: Get used to it. Busch has built a reputation during his four years in NASCAR's top series as a driver who would run over anyone else to get to the winner's circle.

Busch, others will cruise Manhattan

Rick Hendrick talks about teams' tragedy
Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, dealt with unimaginable tragedy this year when an airplane he owned crashed on a Virginia mountainside Oct. 24. On board were his son, Ricky, his brother, John, his nieces, Kimberly and Jennifer, and six other officials and friends of his racing operation.

Busch, others will cruise Manhattan
NEW YORK - Instead of saying, "You're fired!" Donald Trump will give the command to 10 stock car drivers to fire their engines on Thursday.

Busch hopes to draw new fans

2 banned from Detroit arena over NBA brawl
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Two men were banned from events at The Palace for what the Detroit Pistons say is their involvement in last month's brawl during an NBA game.

League pushes arena security plan
ATLANTA - The NBA will set new security guidelines for its arenas, exerting more authority over a matter previously left to individual teams, commissioner David Stern said Tuesday.

League pushes arena security plan

2 banned from Detroit arena over NBA brawl

Lady Jags disgusted with win
A 15-point win usually makes for a happy coach. Especially on the heels of a two-point loss to a California (Pa.) team that was then ranked No. 1 in Division II.

Illinois crushes No. 1 Deacons No. 5
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Top-ranked teams might want to think twice about visiting Assembly Hall.

Jackets dominate Wolverines
ATLANTA - It's got to be the banner. Georgia Tech hung its 2004 Final Four flag in Alexander Memorial Coliseum before Tuesday's game against Michigan.

Falcons just might be the team to clip Eagles

Falcons just might be the team to clip Eagles

Peyton owners are envied

Coleman brings edge to Falcons defense

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Augusta's Scott Parel birdied his final three holes to shoot 2-under-par 70 in Wednesday's first round of the six-round PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in La Quinta, Calif.

Rider meets her first goal after surgery
Karina Yakimovich won't soon forget the pain and annoyance that went along with rehabilitating her left knee.

Americans will need patience in Davis Cup final
SEVILLE, Spain - Andy Roddick is known for his power. He'll need patience, too, in the Davis Cup final against Spain.

Adventure team medalists
Adventure team medalistsThe Lakeside High School JROTC Raider Team wrapped up its most successful season ever by winning the bronze medal in the mixed division and four individual team trophies at the state adventure team championship in Athens, Ga.

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The Aiken Hornets swept all the major region 4-AAAA awards, including Carey Johnson being named coach of the year.

Bryan twins a key part of U.S. Davis Cup team
SEVILLE, Spain - Identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan call themselves the "two-headed monster" of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Americans will need patience in Davis Cup
SEVILLE, Spain - Andy Roddick is known for his power. He'll need patience, too, in the Davis Cup final against Spain.

Falcons just might be the team to clip Eagles
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora was sitting in an office at the Atlanta Falcons' training complex, musing about the various uniform combinations worn by his team.

Peyton owners are envied
Anybody else out there got Manning envy? And no, I'm not talking about Eli, either.

Falcons just might be the team to clip Eagles
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora was sitting in an office at the Atlanta Falcons' training complex, musing about the various uniform combinations worn by his team.

Coleman brings edge to Falcons defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - In the three games they played without Rod Coleman in October, the Atlanta Falcons managed only one sack. In their three games since Coleman's return, the Falcons have 12 sacks.

Musician finds happiness after star treatment

Flu concerns don't impact Ga. church services
ATLANTA - Congregants in Georgia churches will continue sipping from communion cups and shaking hands with pewmates, even as religious leaders in other states seek to curb those traditions due to flu fears.

Flu concerns don't impact Ga. church services
ATLANTA - Congregants in Georgia churches will continue sipping from communion cups and shaking hands with pewmates, even as religious leaders in other states seek to curb those traditions due to flu fears.

Musician finds happiness after star treatment
A pleasant surprise at the Nov. 16 WKXC-FM Million Pennies for Kids Guitar Pull was how amazing Billy Dean looks and sounds at age 42.

Men tap into their feminine sides in some classic films

'Jeopardy!' whiz finally meets his match

'Jeopardy!' whiz finally meets his match
NEW YORK - The woman who ended "Jeopardy!" whiz Ken Jennings' 74-game winning streak is a California real estate agent whose own 8-year-old daughter asked for his autograph when they met.

CBS has ratings victory among youthful viewers
NEW YORK - CBS claimed a "sweeps" month victory among youthful viewers for the first time since 1980 - a milestone even the network's top executive never thought he'd see.

CBS has ratings victory among youthful viewers

Life inside the ring has become perfect fit

Godzilla gets star on Walk of Fame

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Resolution of Georgia appeal months away
The result of the University of Georgia's appeal of NCAA sanctions placed on the basketball program could still be months away, athletic director Damon Evans said Wednesday.

Men tap into their feminine sides in some classic films
You have to admire a man with the guts (and gams) to wear a skirt. The hazards are manifest - uncomfortable chills, untoward gusts of wind and (depending on company and social standing) the threat of ridicule. But some men pull it off.

Gamecocks top Mountaineers
COLUMBIA - Tarence Kinsey scored 15 of 19 points in the first half to lead South Carolina to a 91-57 win over Appalachian State on Wednesday night.

Spurrier settles in at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Right now, life is a blur for new South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

USC Aiken scrapes by Catawba
AIKEN - After a missed free throw late in the game, Benazura Serbecic threw her hands up in exasperation.

Spurrier settles in at South Carolina

Early hole ends in another loss
AIKEN - It happened Saturday night at Newberry. And once again, it occurred Wednesday night against Catawba.

Gamecocks top Mountaineers

USC Aiken scrapes by Catawba

Early hole ends in another loss

Augusta man's amazing day includes two hole-out eagles
In 27 years of playing golf, Augusta's Joe Cook had made two eagles on par-4 holes. Two weeks ago today, in a magical five-hole stretch at Forest Hills Golf Club, Cook matched that total.

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Inflatable SpongeBob characters disappearing

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Traumatic hurricane season draws to a close

Flu concerns don't impact Ga. church services

Flu concerns don't impact Ga. church services