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.

Treasures of King Tut to tour in United States
LOS ANGELES - The treasures of King Tut will go on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, but visitors will have to pay a record price of up to $30 to see the Egyptian artifacts.

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

Treasures of King Tut to tour in United States

Galleries calendar

Report: Giambi testified he used steroids
SAN FRANCISCO - New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi injected himself with human growth hormone in 2003 and also used steroids for at least three seasons, according to his grand jury testimony that was reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Report: Giambi testified he used steroids

If I don't answer your call, it must be a cell phone glitch

Birth Announcements
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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
NEW ULM, Minn. - Too bad firefighters didn't have a pile of popcorn handy - or better yet, loads of lobster tails.

Prison pulls violent video games from recreation center
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Prison officials are no longer allowing Missouri's most violent criminals to have access to video games with titles like "Hitman: Contracts."

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.

Companies show new communications gear
Ask your cell phone provider for a phone to use in Antarctica or the middle of the south Pacific, and they're likely to think you're crazy.

SEC suspends trading in 26 companies

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.

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.

Retailers report sluggish November sales
NEW YORK - The nation's retailers had a disappointing start to the holiday season, reporting sluggish November sales as a much-hoped-for surge in Thanksgiving weekend business failed to materialize.

Oil prices plunge more than $3 a barrel

Crude futures fall below $44 a barrel
Crude futures sold off sharply for a second day in row Thursday, falling below $44 a barrel, as traders focused on rising fuel supplies and the lack of cold weather. The drop to two-month lows triggered an additional wave of technical and speculative selling, traders said.

Jobless claims rise
WASHINGTON - The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week but the overall level of applications still points to a recovering job market.

Wal-Mart to launch ad blitz
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., stung by a lackluster start to the holiday shopping season, said Thursday it is launching a new advertising campaign to remind its customers of its low prices.

Economy picking up, Fed says

SRS contractor considers Los Alamos role
AIKEN - Supporters of Savannah River Site say the strong interest expressed by the parent company of the site's lead contractor in running Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico could help secure the future of the South Carolina federal nuclear reservation.

Georgia plants might hit dip

Business briefs

Labor commissioner to cut unemployment tax

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.

New taste of Waffle House

Some requests are not charity

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.

Retailers report sluggish November sales

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.

Economic adviser: consumption tax is not a radical change

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.

Crude futures fall below $44 a barrel

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.

Wal-Mart to launch ad blitz

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.

Jobless claims rise

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.

Economic adviser: consumption tax is not a radical change
WASHINGTON - Basing the government's tax system on consumption rather than income is not as radical a change as it seems, President Bush's chief economic adviser said Thursday.

Some requests are not charity
Some traditions such as eggnog, family gatherings and tree lightings have become a staple of the holiday season.

SRS contractor considers Los Alamos role

Vols shore up weaknesses for SEC game

Rogers, Rosegreen are cornerstones for Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - Junior Rosegreen won't likely forget his four-interception game against Tennessee, but fellow Auburn defensive back Carlos Rogers, a Butler High School graduate, is constantly reminding him of a more dubious statistic.

Rogers, Rosegreen are cornerstones for Auburn

College football roundup

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

College football roundup
ATHENS, Ga. - David Pollack joined Herschel Walker as Georgia's only three-time All-Americans on Thursday when the senior defensive end was selected to the American Football Coaches Association's first team.

Lady Jags disgusted with win

Georgia State falls in overtime

Illinois crushes No. 1 Deacons No. 5

Eastern Kentucky too much for Savannah State

Who is Ken Jennings?

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.

Corrupting history
This is the time of year when the American Civil Liberties Union and their secularist allies crawl out of the woodwork to ban creches and other religious symbols on publicly owned property - anything to keep Christ out of Christmas.

Since Arafat died
It may be too good to last, but since Yasser Arafat's demise several weeks ago, the Mideast has become a less violent place. Many observers believed the longtime Palestinian leader's passing would open up opportunities for peace - and now, with a little bit of luck, that might happen.

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?

Since Arafat died

Corrupting history

Ridge's invention

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.

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.

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
NEW YORK - Luciano Pavarotti, long a giant in the opera world, has signed a contract for a 40-date worldwide farewell tour.

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.

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

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

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

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.

'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.

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).

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.

Free credit report program begins in the West

Rates on 30-year, 15-year mortgages rise sharply

Rates on 30-year, 15-year mortgages rise sharply
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages rose sharply this week as expanding economic activity raised inflation concerns among Wall Street investors.

Fishing report

Diary of a fisherman helps in trying to land catches

Diary of a fisherman helps in trying to land catches
Old friend Billy Murphy posed this question: "Remember where you were fishing this time last year?"

Fishing report
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Grubbin': Edmund's Bar-b-cue

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

Update yard's landscape by re-engineering layout

'Greening up' is good office politics, too
Appearing professional these days often goes well beyond what you wear to the workplace. It also includes how you landscape it. Going green is becoming good office politics.

Update yard's landscape by re-engineering layout
All landscapes reach a point where they need a little re-engineering. This year, many areas had storms that have created problems that will require repair efforts for years to come.

'Greening up' is good office politics, too

Some plants can brighten Christmas

Some plants can brighten Christmas
There is nothing quite like decorating your home with poinsettias and greenery during the Christmas season. This year, consider colorful plants as complements to poinsettias and greenery. Here is a list of popular plants that are good to use during the holidays:

Dan Olsen leads PGA qualifying school
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Dan Olsen shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the six-round PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Ryder Cup criteria puts emphasis on majors, recent play
The worst U.S. loss in Ryder Cup history led to a shakeup in the qualification process, a change geared toward making sure the Americans are on top of their game when the 2006 matches are played in Ireland.

Ryder Cup criteria puts emphasis on majors, recent play

Dan Olsen leads PGA qualifying school

Appleby loses grip on great start
SUN CITY, South Africa - Australia's Stuart Appleby shot a 2-under-par 70 Thursday but closed with bogeys on the final two holes, leaving him tied with three others for the first-round lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Prep football championship game pairings

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

League, union to meet for first time in 3 months
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association will resume talks next week in an effort to end the 78-day lockout and save the season.

League, union to meet for first time in 3 months

If I don't answer your call, it must be a cell phone glitch
Technology, I suspect, is subtly changing our behavior.

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.

Gate 1 security went overboard

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

Maybe the ACLU should be sued

Silent thousands ache for change
This is regarding the Nov. 28 editorial "Is anyone out there?" The answer is yes, by the thousands we are out here, as our numbers against passing of SPLOST so indicate. But it would be an incorrect interpretation to assume the failure of SPLOST was totally because of the overstuffed Christmas duck of a sales-tax issue. This was only part of the reason SPLOST bombed.Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Silent thousands ache for change

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.

Did Bush backers wish for this?
There's an adage that says, "Be careful what you wish for, because you may get it." Raving Republicans may have gotten more than they wished for in electing President Bush to a second term. Let's look for a moment for some of the things they may have gotten: James Walton, Augusta

Augusta's death spiral continues

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

Editorial unfair toward Gamecocks
We are a population in this country often at odds with one another, and that is no more obvious than in the realm of Southern college football. This was epitomized in the ugly brawl that took place in the recent Clemson-South Carolina football game. Jack L. Lesher, Jr., Augusta

States not meeting spending levels for anti-smoking programs

More trials needed for patch that restores women's libido

Punch up exercise plan for 2005

More than 40 percent of U.S. using prescription drugs

U.S. HIV rate remains unchanged

Microsoft gets in on blogging phenomenon

Splurging might earn big smiles

Punch up exercise plan for 2005
That dreaded date, Jan. 1, is approaching, and one of the top New Year's resolutions once again will be on millions of people's lips: "I will get into shape this year!"

More trials needed for patch that restores women's libido
WASHINGTON - A hormone patch that works to restore a woman's sex drive should not be approved until more studies are completed to determine the drug's risks, federal health advisers said Thursday.

States not meeting spending levels for anti-smoking programs
WASHINGTON - Only three states - Maine, Delaware and Mississippi - are spending money on anti-smoking efforts at the minimum levels recommended by federal health officials, a coalition of public health groups said Thursday.

More than 40 percent of U.S. using prescription drugs
WASHINGTON - Americans are cramming their medicine chests ever fuller in the struggle to lower cholesterol, treat depression, reduce inflammation and ease other illnesses.

Microsoft gets in on blogging phenomenon
SEATTLE - Hoping to keep more Internet users in its branded universe, Microsoft Corp. has become the latest company to offer blogging to the masses.

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.

Splurging might earn big smiles
The research is still out on whether the number of zeros on a price tag corresponds with the amount of "oohs" a gift will get, but it's worth a shot.

Lynx have extra bounce in their step after victory

Lynx have extra bounce in their step after victory
The Augusta Lynx seemed to make a statement Tuesday night against South Carolina.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Center offers aid to elderly

Pet of the week

Across the region

School report cards show improvement

Kid of the Day

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.

State Patrol chief named

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.

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

10th-grader wants coats for others

Black precincts saw biggest voting improvements

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.

Rural charm is alive and well

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.

Salvation Army has new collection spots

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Isolena Godwin of Augusta.

BMX riders will race for needy children

School drivers create union
Bus drivers for Richmond County schools joined the Transport Workers Union of America on Thursday, making good on threats to unionize if the district didn't act on their complaints.

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

Black precincts saw biggest voting improvements
ATLANTA - Precincts with high percentages of black voters saw the greatest improvements in voting accuracy using Georgia's electronic voting machines in the recent general elections, according to figures released by the Secretary of State's office.

Across Georgia

Correction
In this week's Applause section, the date of the Augusta Opera's Edward Bradberry Holiday Concert was incorrect. The concert is at 3:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Seventh St.

New plant means jobs are coming

New panel will plan arena
Columbia County commissioners agreed Thursday on a formula to develop a Columbia County Arena/Entertainment Facility Committee.

Superior Court sentencings
Recent Superior Court sentencings.

SAT policy is considered
ATLANTA - The State Department of Education is looking into whether it should require schools statewide to include all students' SAT scores in the schools' averages after a controversy erupted around Richmond County's test results earlier this year.

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

School report cards show improvement
AIKEN - South Carolina schools showed slight improvement on this year's report cards for school districts and individual schools, with higher marks despite more stringent standards, state education officials said today.

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.

SRS's future lies in tritium
AIKEN - Amid all the uncertainties over the future at Savannah River Site is a mission that scientists there have been refining for half a century and will be working on long into the future.

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.

New plant means jobs are coming
A nuclear containment systems company is building a production facility in Aiken County and could bring 800 jobs with it.

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

Strom Jr. to return to private practice
AIKEN - When your name is Strom Thurmond Jr. and your father was a political legend, people have expectations.

Memorial service helps with grieving process

State Patrol chief named
ATLANTA - Bill Hitchens, who became the state's first director of homeland security last year, will take over the top post for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Thursday.

Man runs to provide meals for families

Across the region
ATLANTA - Mayor Shirley Franklin has ordered an inquiry into claims of police brutality against officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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.

Plant workers might get new escape route
There's only one way to get to the industrial plants on Columbia Nitrogen Road and only one way to get out.

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

Augusta State increases study abroad numbers

Canal will get $400,000 grant

Across South Carolina

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.

Making calls in cars is banned

Contributions will help family with string of bad luck

Automated postal centers ease holiday stress

Money will aid health checks network

School audit doesn't show money misuse

Davidson mixes fare for holidays

News you can use

SRS's future lies in tritium

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.

Reunions

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

School officials gain voice on growth plan

Across the area
The boy who authorities said provided chocolate chip cookies that sickened eight high school students at Glascock County Consolidated School on Oct. 1 returned to class last month after being home-schooled and attending alternative school.

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.

Augusta State increases study abroad numbers
Despite concerns about overseas travel after the Sept. 11 attacks, college students are studying abroad in greater numbers than ever before.

Officials see benefits of telemedicine plan

Empty Stocking: New Ellenton widow needs help buying gifts for 4 sons
A New Ellenton mother is afraid she will not have enough money to buy her children Christmas presents this year.

Across the area

Rural charm is alive and well
KITCHINGS MILL, S.C. - The Aiken County farming community boasts acres of cotton fields and sprawling horse farms, but Kitchings Mill seems best known for a country store beside the fork of South Carolina Highways 302 and 4.

Superior Court sentencings

Charity's campaign continues
Although the United Way of the CSRA still has more than $1 million to collect before it reaches its fund-raising goal of $4.4 million, its president has a positive outlook.

Events

Salvation Army has new collection spots
The Salvation Army's local red kettle collections are on target without Target. Holiday collections are on goal and tracking as the same period last year, officials said, despite this year's corporate decision by Target stores to prohibit the bell-ringing solicitors.

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.

Across the area

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.

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

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

Charity's campaign continues

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

News you can use

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.

SAT policy is considered

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.

Spreading the word about AIDS

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.

River Network seeks nominees for conservation awards

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.

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

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

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

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.

Plant workers might get new escape route

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.

Aiken County man shot in his home

Tomberlin deserves to be mentioned with the greats
When it comes to consistent excellence in high school football, there is no secret to success.

Review: 'House of Flying Daggers'

'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: '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.

Mini reviews
Mini reviews of movies now playing.

Review: 'Closer'

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.

Mini reviews

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Brian Wilson to receive MusiCares award
LOS ANGELES - Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson has been named the 2005 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.

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

Lil Jon has array of contributors

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.

Musician spotlight: Jon Gleason

Busch, others will cruise Manhattan

NASCAR riders take 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.

NASCAR riders take Manhattan
NEW YORK - Welcome to New York City Speedway, the world's busiest, bumpiest race track.

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.

Longtime Earnhardt crew chief moves on

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

Rick Hendrick talks about teams' tragedy

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.

Shoppers label Target 'Scrooge'

Shoppers label Target 'Scrooge'
TAMPA, Fla. - When Florida was reeling from one hurricane after another during the summer, the Salvation Army was a welcome sight for thousands of storm victims. But with the holidays here, the charity's bell-ringers and red kettles have been barred from Target stores.

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.

2 banned from Detroit arena over NBA brawl

Bobcats' Wallace suffers concussion, taken to hospital
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace suffered a concussion Thursday after being hit in the face with an elbow during practice.

Georgia State falls in overtime
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Haminn Quaintance scored eight of Jacksonville's 12 points in overtime to lead the Dolphins to a 78-75 win over Georgia State in the Atlantic Sun opener for both teams Thursday night.

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

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.

Eastern Kentucky too much for Savannah State
RICHMOND, Ky. - Matt Witt scored a season-high 24 points to lead Eastern Kentucky to an 87-59 victory over Savannah State Thursday night.

Coleman brings edge to Falcons defense

Peyton owners are envied

Price joins chorus to praise Atlanta's rushing attack

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BALCO founder says he gave steroids to track star

Roddick vs. Nadal in opening Davis Cup singles

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Roddick vs. Nadal in opening Davis Cup singles
SEVILLE, Spain - American Mardy Fish will play Spain's Carlos Moya on Friday in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup final.

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Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

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.

BALCO founder says he gave steroids to track star
NEW YORK - Five-time Olympic medalist Marion Jones injected herself in the leg with human growth hormone and was given other performance-enhancing drugs, the head of a Bay Area nutritional supplement laboratory under federal investigation told ABC News.

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.

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In New York, the massive 46-ounce Louisville Slugger bat used by Babe Ruth to drill the first home run in Yankee Stadium history was sold for a record $1.26 million Thursday to an unidentified private collector.

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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.

Wolfpack star adds another honor to list
Kristan Glover added to her already robust trophy collection Wednesday.

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

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.

Price joins chorus to praise Atlanta's rushing attack
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Peerless Price wishes his numbers were strong enough to shoo away speculation that the Atlanta Falcons will turn him into offseason trade bait.

Musician finds happiness after star treatment

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

'Arcadia,' 'Raymond' top Family Television Awards

Tom Brokaw says farewell to 'NBC Nightly News' viewers

Getting to know you: Brian Williams takes over NBC "Nightly News"

CBS has ratings victory among youthful viewers

Tom Brokaw says farewell to 'NBC Nightly News' viewers
NEW YORK - Tom Brokaw began with a report on U.S. troops in Iraq. He ended the broadcast by saying farewell.

Report: Jerry Orbach diagnosed with prostate cancer
NEW YORK - "Law & Order" actor Jerry Orbach has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, his manager said.

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.

'Arcadia,' 'Raymond' top Family Television Awards
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The CBS-TV shows "Joan of Arcadia" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" took top family-friendly TV honors during Wednesday night's presentations at the 6th Annual Family Television Awards.

Getting to know you: Brian Williams takes over NBC "Nightly News"
NEW YORK - Tom Brokaw's successor is a NASCAR dad who considers pizza night with the kids sacred - thin crust, please - and listened to hundreds of hours of White House tapes from the Johnson administration for fun.

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'Nutcracker' evolves at the Augusta Ballet

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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.

Pollack named to AFCA first team
ATHENS, Ga. -- David Pollack joined Herschel Walker as Georgia's only three-time All-Americans on Thursday when the senior defensive end was selected to the American Football Coaches Association's first team.

Pollack named to AFCA first team

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.

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

Early hole ends in another loss

Gamecocks top Mountaineers

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.

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

USC Aiken scrapes by Catawba

Inflatable SpongeBob characters disappearing

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