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.

'Birds' comes close but ultimately doesn't fly
The first sign that life in the village of Eskibahce wasn't as tranquil as it seemed came when its residents dragged the wife of its leading citizen into the town square and tried to stone her to death for adultery.

'Birds' comes close but ultimately doesn't fly

Pete Hamill takes readers on tour of 'his' Manhattan

Treasures of King Tut to tour in United States

Pete Hamill takes readers on tour of 'his' Manhattan
In New York, one often gets the feeling of just missing the last great party, the last great meal, the last great scene.

Report: Bonds admitted to using substances
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds told a grand jury he used a clear substance and a cream provided by a trainer who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring, but the slugger denied knowing they were steroids, according to a report published Friday.

Bonds claims ignorance of use

Report: Bonds admitted to using substances

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

Bonds claims ignorance of use
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds testified to a grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by a trainer who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring, but said he didn't know they were steroids, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.

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

Odds and Ends
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Police followed a trail of doughnuts to find a stolen Krispy Kreme delivery truck.

Salvation Army using cardboard bell-ringers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - There's a reason that smiling Salvation Army bell-ringer looks a little stiff this Christmas season, and it's not the cold weather.

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."

Report: IBM putting personal computer business up for sale

Sweet success for Splenda results in tight supply
Dieters hoping for a slew of new products with the sugar substitute Splenda may be disappointed next year.

Employers pull back on November hiring
WASHINGTON - U.S. employers pulled back on hiring as they headed into the holiday shopping season, adding just 112,000 new jobs overall in November. It was the weakest gain in five months and about half of what economists had forecast.

Economic adviser: consumption tax is not a radical change

Employers pull back on November hiring

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.

Report: IBM putting personal computer business up for sale
NEW YORK - International Business Machines Corp. has reportedly put its personal computer business for sale in a deal that could fetch as much as $2 billion and close an era for an industry pioneer that long ago shifted its focus to more lucrative segments of the computer business. Its stock rose nearly 2 percent in midday trading in the wake of the report.

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.

Oil prices fall below $43
Crude oil futures sank for a fourth straight day Friday, settling beneath $43 a barrel for the first time in nearly three months and capping a 14 percent decline for the week.

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.

Having a plan helps cut holiday expenses

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.

Retailers report sluggish November sales

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.

Having a plan helps cut holiday expenses
Making a list and checking it twice could be the key to saving money this holiday season.

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.

Wal-Mart to launch ad blitz

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

'Typo' led to gas-price surge, El Paso unit says
NEW YORK - The cause of a 22 percent spike in natural-gas prices last week appears to have been a typographical error.

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.

Disney World increases ticket prices
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Walt Disney World is changing the way tourists buy tickets to its theme parks while installing the largest increase in the price of a single-day ticket in more than a decade.

SRS contractor considers Los Alamos role

Oil prices fall below $43

Crude futures fall below $44 a barrel

Sweet success for Splenda results in tight supply

Jobless claims rise

'Typo' led to gas-price surge, El Paso unit says

Some requests are not charity

Euro surges to new high near $1.34
BERLIN - The U.S. dollar fell to another new low against the euro Friday, pushing the European currency to $1.3399 after U.S. employment data came in worse than expected.

Rogers, Rosegreen are cornerstones for Auburn

College football roundup

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.

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.

Hokies and Hurricanes set for ACC battle

Hokies and Hurricanes set for ACC battle
MIAMI - Their rivalry formed about a decade ago in the Big East, and moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference only heightened the disdain Miami and Virginia Tech have for each other.

Undersized Wallace gets lesson in post

Eastern Kentucky too much for Savannah State

Georgia State falls in overtime

Columbus State senior puts up 47; team loses

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.

Growth lessons
Columbia County school board members' complaints that they weren't being kept up to speed on the county's growth plans have been answered with the appointment of two school officials to the 30-member steering committee that will shape the next Growth Management Plan.

Integrity*
San Francisco Giants superstar Barry Bonds is the best baseball player of our age. He hit a record 73 single-season homers. He won six MVP Awards. And he's within an eyelash of breaking Babe Ruth's home-run record, and likely Hank Aaron's not long after that.

Toward juvenile justice

Corrupting history

Since Arafat died

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.

Growth lessons

Toward juvenile justice
This isn't just the holiday season - it's also the season when legislators start looking ahead to the General Assembly session, only a few weeks away.

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
AUSTIN, Minn. - A play called "Monty Python's Spamalot" is headed for Broadway, and Hormel Foods Corp. is laughing.

Olympic skater to have brain tumor treatment
LOS ANGELES - Former world champion figure skater Scott Hamilton will undergo high-tech radiation therapy for a non-cancerous brain tumor, his publicist said Thursday.

Jackson's Neverland ranch is searched
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. - Sheriff's investigators conducted a search of Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch on Friday, a department spokesman said.

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

Cyclical pressures likely to weigh heavily on tech stocks
NEW YORK - Technology stocks have underperformed the rest of the market so far this year, and professional investors have reduced their commitment to the industry as a growing number of analysts question the outlook for what was once Wall Street's flashiest sector.

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.

Cyclical pressures likely to weigh heavily on tech stocks

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.

Fishing report

Diary of a fisherman helps in trying to land catches

'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:

Update yard's landscape by re-engineering layout

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
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.

Dan Olsen leads PGA qualifying school

Appleby leads by a stroke in South Africa
SUN CITY, South Africa - Stuart Appleby of Australia was the only player to break 70 Friday, shooting a 3-under-par 69 that left him with a one-stroke lead over Lee Westwood of England halfway through the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Ryder Cup criteria puts emphasis on majors, recent play

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.

Appleby leads by a stroke in South Africa

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.

Champions clash in duel of decade

Knights too good for 'Pack

Butler survives miscues

Champions clash in duel of decade
It's not like state championship games need any extra billing, but Washington County versus LaGrange has it all.

League, union to meet for first time in 3 months

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.

Forecaster calls for above-average hurricane season
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Hurricane forecaster William Gray is calling for an above-average Atlantic basin hurricane season again next year after one of the most destructive seasons on record.

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

Sheriff denies risk of escape
A recently discovered attempted jail escape by a Martinez man awaiting a death penalty trial never would have succeeded, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Saturday.

Driver should forgive priest in incident
The Rev. Tom Peyton, of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, is a good, kind man, as well as the Revs. Bob Cushing and Michael Roverse. They give their all every day, not just Sundays. Beth Guarnieri, North Augusta, S.C.

Reject museum, coliseum proposals

Medians would be ruinous if built

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

Medians would be ruinous if built
Thank you for the article in the Nov. 28 Metro section concerning raised medians on Washington Road ("Officials debate Evans median"). R.S. Fox, Augusta

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

Calm sports crowds by banning alcohol

Count your many blessings
At the start of the holiday season I usually take inventory of some of my blessings and again I am appreciative that my God has granted me another year. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Silent thousands ache for change

Reject museum, coliseum proposals
Regarding "Home hunting," the Nov. 20 article about the man who wants to donate his large collection of stuffed exotic animals to Columbia County to house in a museum: If this exhibit of dead animals is so wonderful, why doesn't owner Soudy Golabchi open a museum and charge an entry fee? If we, the taxpayers, swallow all this garbage about tourism, etc., we are even dumber than the Democrats thought. Walter Cybart, Grovetown

Driver should forgive priest in incident

Calm sports crowds by banning alcohol
A ranter in the paper recently said that the National Basketball Association should put Plexiglas between the players and the fans, as they have done in the National Hockey League ... I have a better solution. Sell beer if you must, but do not allow it to be consumed in the arena. Justen Wonderly, Augusta

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

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

Microsoft gets in on blogging phenomenon

States not meeting spending levels for anti-smoking programs

Winter hats look best when worn with flair and attitude

More trials needed for patch that restores women's libido

Groups make new plans to build better citizens

Punch up exercise plan for 2005

Build your own gift this season

Splurging might earn big smiles

Ask the Carey Brothers

Beauty has a place in Girl Scouts patches

Beauty has a place in Girl Scouts patches
NEW YORK - Tween and teen girls may be among the most impressionable, least confident creatures on the planet, yet they're the ones who are bombarded with images challenging them to be beautiful in a Barbie-perfect way.

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.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: My cement patio, partially roofed, has numerous oak leaf stains. Can these be removed or will they disappear with time and exposure to rain and sun? -- John

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!"

Groups make new plans to build better citizens
WASHINGTON - Two new efforts are afoot to encourage Americans to volunteer, vote, voice their opinions and otherwise live up to their civic duty.

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.

Build your own gift this season
As far as were concerned, there is absolutely nothing more meaningful than receiving a handmade gift -- and nothing more joyful than being the creator of such a gift. Here are a couple of ideas that you might enjoy making and giving to family and friends this holiday season.

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.

Winter hats look best when worn with flair and attitude
NEW YORK - The rule about wearing hats is to wear them with confidence.

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.

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.

Augusta, Saal snuff Inferno
COLUMBIA -- Looking to win its fifth consecutive game, the Columbia Inferno were derailed by the Augusta Lynx on Friday night at Carolina Coliseum.

Augusta Lynx tonight
The Lynx and IceGators last met Nov. 20 in Louisiana, with the IceGators winning 5-2.

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

Lynx have extra bounce in their step after victory

Augusta Lynx tonight

Burke tries to escape
A Martinez man who is in jail awaiting a death penalty trial in the strangling death of a pregnant Augusta woman is facing a new charge of attempted escape.

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

ETV offers free video-on-demand to school districts

State Patrol chief named

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.

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.

Film takes creative license with city
It's not history, it's Hollywood. Embedded in the stories of poverty, blindness, drug use and musical genius in the biopic Ray are scenes of legendary musician Ray Charles' refusal to play before a segregated audience at Augusta's Bell Auditorium in 1961 at the urging of a throng of young protesters.

Black Augustans to be honored

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - State Sen. Phil Leventis expressed concern Friday that the state prisons agency was the host of a Christmas party for employees at Wateree Correctional Institution, days after Director Jon Ozmint said the agency needs more money to pay for necessities.

Kid of the Day
T'natia Bell is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area
The Augusta Chronicle has not billed the city for the legal advertising required by last month's special purpose local option sales tax vote after discovering an error in its publication schedule.

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments about The Augusta Chronicle.

Scientists let nature do its work
AIKEN - A consortium of researchers collaborating with Savannah River National Laboratory are learning that when it comes to getting toxic chemicals out of groundwater, sometimes Mother Nature knows best.

Woman wants to give children 'one bright day'
A North Augusta woman caring for her two sons and a granddaughter needs assistance in buying the children warm clothing and putting one good meal on the table this winter.

Capsule marks 50th anniversary of dam
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Andy Hair's first job as a construction worker at Thurmond Dam half a century ago was hauling dynamite.

Black Augustans to be honored
A project that former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre worked on for more than three years is about to be unveiled.

Hunters coalition will meet lawmakers

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

School report cards show improvement

Farmers try to adapt

Across the region

Augusta State increases study abroad numbers

Capsule marks 50th anniversary of dam

Perdue condemns school suit

Plane carrying church officials fell 'like a brick'

129 acres set aside for plant

Salvation Army has new collection spots

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.

Plane carrying church officials fell 'like a brick'
COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. - An eyewitness said a private twin-engine plane "fell out of the sky like a brick" in a crash that killed four Georgia leaders of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the pilot.

Charity's campaign continues

SRS's future lies in tritium

Across the area

Burke tries to escape

News you can use

Across South Carolina

SAT policy is considered

Across the area

Plant workers might get new escape route

News you can use
Activities scheduled for this week include:

Jail fight draws inquiry
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is taking a closer look at a fight between two Richmond County Sheriff's Office inmates Wednesday that left one of the men with a serious head injury and the other with an additional charge.

Teen recuperates from crash

Farmers try to adapt
Beneath an ocean-blue sky on a crisp cold day, Lee Anderson loads bales of hay onto a trailer at the family farm where he was raised.

Inspectors suggest chimney cleanings

UGA students share memories of fallen soldier
ATHENS, Ga. - More than 300 people, mainly students, crowded into the University of Georgia Chapel to remember Cpl. Bradley Arms, a University of Georgia student and U.S. Marine who died Nov. 19 in Fallujah, Iraq.

Jail fight draws inquiry

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments about The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

Teen recuperates from crash
For 16 days, Mark "Chip" Mueller remained in a drug-induced coma after a car slammed into the 14-year-old while he was riding his dirt bike on Halloween.

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.

Fort program needs donations
A program Fort Gordon uses to help soldiers and their families make it through deployments has run out of money at a most inopportune time, officials say.

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.

129 acres set aside for plant
NEW ELLENTON - The Florida-based corporation that plans to build a subsidiary plant near Savannah River Site purchased more than 129 acres of land for the project in late October, Aiken County property records show.

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.

Perdue condemns school suit
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue blasted a lawsuit that alleges the state doesn't spend enough money on schools, saying the local districts that had filed the complaint were standing in the way of his efforts to reform education funding.

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.

ETV offers free video-on-demand to school districts
COLUMBIA, S.C. - School districts around the state are getting an early holiday gift this year courtesy of South Carolina Education Television and other state agencies.

Man charged in Dunstan slaying caught in escape attempt

Inspectors suggest chimney cleanings
As the temperature drops, more people start using their fireplaces, but not all of them take precautions to make sure that one of winter's most nostalgic rituals doesn't burn the house down.

News you can use

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

Kid of the Day

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.

New plant means jobs are coming

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.

Black precincts saw biggest voting improvements

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

Scientists let nature do its work

Film takes creative license with city

UGA students share memories of fallen soldier

Class shows respect for boycott with march

Sheriff denies risk of escape

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.

Class shows respect for boycott with march
Before the sun lifted above the horizon Friday morning, 15 Augusta Preparatory School students braved near-freezing temperatures to commemorate the 49th anniversary of a boycott that jump-started America's civil rights movement.

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.

Worker recounts journey to Sudan
Augusta State University students got a personal perspective Friday on the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and the reaction by the United States.

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.

Man charged in Dunstan slaying caught in escape attempt
The man charged in the murder and kidnapping of a pregnant Augusta nurse is now charged with escape.

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.

Across Georgia
MONROE - School officials have suspended a sixth-grader after discovering what they say was a "hit list" of 14 people he wanted to kill.

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.

Kid of the Day

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

Hunters coalition will meet lawmakers
ALBANY, Ga. - The Camouflage Coalition has a hunting expedition planned next month at the state capitol.

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.

Rural charm is alive and well

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

LeZotte reunion a bittersweet one at James Madison
Football isn't fair, and today's bittersweet dream for Augusta's LeZotte family proves it.

Ashlee Simpson to perform live for AOL concert
NEW YORK - Ashlee Simpson is getting behind the mic again - only this time, she's promising it will be live.

Jewish songs expand image of Dust Bowl balladeer

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.

Jewish songs expand image of Dust Bowl balladeer
ALBANY, N.Y. - Woody Guthrie was a dust bowl drifter, a guitar strummer and a proto-folkie who wrote enduring songs about America's workers and underdogs. He also was a longtime New York City resident who relished Jewish culture and wrote pages of unpublished lyrics about Hanukkah, Jewish history and spirituality.

No big changes likely for NASCAR chase

NASCAR riders take Manhattan

No big changes likely for NASCAR chase
Calling 2004 a year "of remarkable change and success," NASCAR chairman Brian France said he doesn't foresee a whole lot more change for 2005.

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

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.

Shoppers label Target 'Scrooge'

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.

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.

Columbus State senior puts up 47; team loses
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Undersized Wallace gets lesson in post
COLUMBIA - Teammates and others associated with the South Carolina men's basketball team describe Brandon Wallace as an even-keeled guy.

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.

Price joins chorus to praise Atlanta's rushing attack

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BALCO founder alleges steroid use by Jones

Overtime

U.S. loses opener to Spain in Davis Cup final

BALCO founder says he gave steroids to track star

Overtime

Roddick vs. Nadal in opening Davis Cup singles

Overtime
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.

U.S. loses opener to Spain in Davis Cup final
SEVILLE, Spain - The United States lost its opening match to Spain in the Davis Cup final Friday when Carlos Moya defeated Mardy Fish 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on the slow, red clay courts where the Spaniards are so strong.

BALCO founder alleges steroid use by Jones
NEW YORK - Olympic star Marion Jones injected herself in the leg with human growth hormone while BALCO head Victor Conte watched, he told ABC News in an interview for "20/20," to be broadcast Friday.

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

Overtime
In Cary, N.C., Danesha Adams and Bristyn Davis both had goals in the second half and UCLA allowed only three shots, helping the Bruins beat Princeton, 2-0, on Friday in the semifinals of the Women's College Cup.

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.

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.

Knights too good for 'Pack
If Friday night's Greenbrier and Evans basketball game was a movie, then those two would have been the names on the marquee.

Butler survives miscues
Ever watch a toddler eat pumpkin pie with their bare hands? Well, Friday night's Thomson-Butler boys' basketball game might have been even sloppier.

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.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities.

Women speaking out against extremism risk backlash
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Novelist Yasmine Allas doesn't believe in happy endings.

Faith Digest
Golden crowns for the wise men, images of the Madonna and Child and handmade angels , treasured for their Christian symbolism , will be featured on the Christmas Day Religion page.

Author translates and explores 'Five Books of Moses'
Robert Alter, professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley, has produced a bold new English translation of the Bible's opening section, "The Five Books of Moses," published by W.W. Norton.

Concerts, dance performances will highlight holiday
The sacred sounds of Christmas will fill Augusta-area venues this season.

Holiday performances don't always go as planned
Although visions of flawless Christmas pageants and musicals dance in the heads of directors, musicians and actors , it might be memories of the less-than-perfect productions that bear retelling.

Families pass down Hanukkah traditions
Toddler Eli Green, of Evans, will take toy dreidels, chocolate gelt and his mother's potato latkes to preschool next week to give his schoolmates a taste of Hanukkah.

LeZotte reunion a bittersweet one at James Madison

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 15-21. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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.

Geoffrey Rush plays Peter Sellers in a new HBO film
NEW YORK - How to play a man who had a thousand faces, but none of them his own?

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.

Tom Brokaw says farewell to 'NBC Nightly News' viewers

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

'Arcadia,' 'Raymond' top Family Television Awards

'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.

Grinch, 'Queer Eye' make the holiday TV lineup
LOS ANGELES - It's come to this: Even Frosty has a DVD out. "Frosty the Snowman" is among the cartoons included in the newly released "The Original Television Christmas Classics." So is the TV tradition of packing December with hours of holiday nostalgia over?

Geoffrey Rush plays Peter Sellers in a new HBO film

Grinch, 'Queer Eye' make the holiday TV lineup

People in the News

People in the News

Pollack named to AFCA first team

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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Women speaking out against extremism risk backlash

Concerts, dance performances will highlight holiday

Families pass down Hanukkah traditions

Holiday performances don't always go as planned

Faith Digest

Author translates and explores 'Five Books of Moses'