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'Birds' comes close but ultimately doesn't fly

'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.

Pete Hamill takes readers on tour of 'his' Manhattan

New book about brilliant yet erratic Marlon Brando
LOS ANGELES - Producer George Englund and his wife, actress Cloris Leachman, attended a party in 1956 given by Burgess Meredith for the elite of Hollywood - the men in coats and ties, the women in dazzling gowns.

New book about brilliant yet erratic Marlon Brando

Plath given first reading in restored manuscript
NEW YORK - British painter and writer Frieda Hughes was 35 before she was able to even glance at the poetry of her mother, Sylvia Plath, whose painfully sharp images and tumultuous life have captivated readers for decades.

Plath given first reading in restored manuscript

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.

This week's best sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here's advice for giving parties and having fun
Planning parties ahead is the way to go, to make sure hosts have as great a time as guests - and getting smart advice is the first step. It's as easy as taking the time to check out helpful books from those with the know-how, and deciding what will work for you.

Here's advice for giving parties and having fun

McCain demands immediate action by baseball to tighten drug testing

McCain demands immediate action by baseball to tighten drug testing
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) demanded that major league baseball's players and owners tighten the sport's drug-testing policy to "restore the integrity" of the game.

Bonds claims ignorance of use

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.

Report: Bonds admitted to using substances

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.

A short jaunt to Christmases past

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.

On the move

Vehicles' complexity one reason for recalls
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.

Property manager has fresh ideas on downtown renewal

Employers pull back on November hiring

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.

Having a plan helps cut holiday expenses

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.

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.

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.

Not all recalled vehicles repaired
WASHINGTON -- Timothy Michaud died last May after falling from the tailgate of a Chevrolet pickup and suffering severe head injuries.

Report: IBM putting personal computer business up for sale

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

Businesses, advertising firms try in-home research

Stores push electronic gadgets for the holidays

On the move
Fernando Aviles has joined A.G. Edwards & Sons as a financial consultant. He is a graduate of Augusta State University with a degree in finance. He earned his accredited asset management specialist degree through the College of Financial Planning.

Sweet success for Splenda results in tight supply

Business calendar
Wednesday : Step-by-Step Web Site Development Workshop for small business owners, presented by Reka F. Mosteller, the area manager of the University of South Carolina Aiken Small Business Development Center and Mike Willis, the president of Intervivos. Call (803) 641-3646 for registration information or e-mail us at sbdc@usca.edu.

Oil prices fall below $43

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.

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.

Property manager has fresh ideas on downtown renewal
Paul King is a man of transformation. As the leader of a company that restores historic buildings and homes, Mr. King has a loving eye for what's worth keeping and the discipline to dispose of what is not.

'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.

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

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 18-22. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Stores push electronic gadgets for the holidays
NEW YORK - Some of the biggest fashion trends at department stores this holiday season have more to do with MP3 players than cashmere ponchos or fur-trimmed sweaters.

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

Vehicles' complexity one reason for recalls

Business calendar

Not all recalled vehicles repaired

Calling all counselors: Can this Augusta relationship be saved?

Calling all counselors: Can this Augusta relationship be saved?
Love him or hate him, Woody Merry, the Augusta financial planner who has lashed out at city officials and spearheaded a reform group called the Citizens Action Committee, does have an imaginative way of expressing things.

Tigers fight enough to win
COLUMBIA - Shooting wasn't exactly Clemson or South Carolina's forte on Saturday, but the Tigers got the two clutch shots they needed to win.

Tigers fight enough to win

Hokies and Hurricanes set for ACC battle

Auburn wins SEC; likely will be odd team out
ATLANTA - Auburn will probably have to be content with a Southeastern Conference championship.

Small college roundup
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Valdosta State advanced to the Division II national championship game for the second time in three years as Fabian Walker passed for two touchdowns to lead the Blazers past West Chester, 45-21 on Saturday.

James Madison upsets Furman
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Even though James Madison trailed Furman late in the fourth quarter, Dukes linebacker Trey Townsend prepared to celebrate.

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.

Oklahoma blasts Colorado

James Madison upsets Furman

Auburn wins SEC; likely will be odd team out

Oklahoma blasts Colorado
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Super offense. Dominating defense. Perfect opponent.

Undersized Wallace gets lesson in post

Columbus State senior puts up 47; team loses

Toward juvenile justice

Growth lessons

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.

A healthy merger
An alert John Oxendine, Georgia's insurance commissioner, has just generated a $126.5 million bonanza for Georgia's medical schools and rural hospitals - and indirectly, of course, for our state's sick and elderly.

Fill an Empty Stocking

Fire Annan
"... It's time for (U.N. Secretary-General) Kofi Annan to step down. The massive scope of this (oil-for-food) debacle demands nothing less. If this widespread corruption had occurred in any legitimate organization around the world, the CEO would have been ousted long ago, in disgrace. Why is the U.N. different?"

Fill an Empty Stocking
How comforting it is during the holiday season to count your blessings for all that you have.

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.

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.

A healthy merger

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.

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.

Cyclical pressures likely to weigh heavily on tech stocks

Westwood is new leader at Nedbank
SUN CITY, South Africa - Lee Westwood ignored temperatures in the high 90s to shoot 1-under-par 71 on Saturday and take the lead after three rounds of the Nedbank Challenge.

Westwood is new leader at Nedbank

Appleby leads by a stroke in South Africa

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.

Champions clash in duel of decade

Knights too good for 'Pack

Butler survives miscues

Hawks flight to title clipped
LAGRANGE, Ga. - LaGrange defended its home field and its state championship. Emphasis on the word defended.

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.

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.

A short jaunt to Christmases past
My son has lately taken an interest in the past. He wants to know how it used to be.

Results of MCG sickle cell study released
Spiking multicolored peaks marched across the screen like tall thin waves as LaQuita Adams lay on her back listening to the rhythmic churn of the blood in her head.

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.

Driver should forgive priest in incident

Reject museum, coliseum proposals

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

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

Medians would be ruinous if built

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

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

Calm sports crowds by banning alcohol

Tarpon are star attraction at Florida Keys marina

Search finds more duds than studs

Winter hats look best when worn with flair and attitude

Build your own gift this season

Dogsledding provides a winter wilderness adventure

Beauty has a place in Girl Scouts patches

Wilson's presidential museum is a history buff's dream

Trails in Vienna place tourists on less-traveled hiking paths

Ask the Carey Brothers

Holiday light tour returns

Groups make new plans to build better citizens

House has Continental look, but American features

Couple wanted home to reflect their tastes

In the know

Tarpon are star attraction at Florida Keys marina
ISLAMORADA, Fla. - It's always feeding time at Robbie's of Islamorada, where the 100 or so tarpon lined up like miniature submarines below a bayside pier don't have to worry about getting a hook in the mouth to get a meal.

Serve cocktails or shorten wedding invitation list
Dear Carson: I am getting married May 21 and would like to send my wedding invitations out after Christmas. My fiance and I are going to have about 250 guests at the ceremony. We would like to invite about 150 of them to our dinner reception. How do I invite folks to the wedding and not to the reception when both events will occur at the same place? - Etiquette Idiot in Georgia

Wilson's presidential museum is a history buff's dream
WASHINGTON - George Washington has his soaring monument, and Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln have their grand memorials. But there's only one presidential museum in the nation's capital, and it belongs to Woodrow Wilson, the former New Jersey governor and president of Princeton University.

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.

House has Continental look, but American features
The ranch home was born in the United States, but that doesn't mean the venerable design has not been influenced by other sources. APWB-187 bears a distinctly European flavor.

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.

In the know
Sometimes it helps to get another perspective when it comes to parenting. That's the concept behind the Parent To Parent column by Jodie Lynn, which begins its run in today's Your Life section. The column will run every Sunday.

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.

Search finds more duds than studs
My friend Leigh got eight winks yesterday. Electronic winks. She's joined an online personals service, and winks are icebreakers that singles send to attractive members of the opposite sex.

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

Holiday light tour returns
The Augusta Chronicle's holiday light tour is back in business, so if you're already draining the power supply to the surrounding neighborhood, we want to know about it.

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

Dogsledding provides a winter wilderness adventure
NEWRY, Maine - Twenty-three Yukon huskies are frantically barking and jumping up and down and sideways, their born-to-run bodies eager to pull the dog sleds that are hitched behind them.

Bake cookies, add milk
Nothing compares to the scents that emanate from the kitchen during the holiday season.

Couple wanted home to reflect their tastes
Christmas trees, faux snow and winter villages accentuate corners and decorate tabletops in Joe and Hope Seamon's home in Jackson.

Trails in Vienna place tourists on less-traveled hiking paths
VIENNA, Austria - Stuffed with schnitzel? Overdosed on all those must-see museums and historic buildings? Vienna offers visitors a perfect antidote - an urban hike.

Call haunts Lynx in loss
The difference in Saturday night's 4-3 victory for the Louisiana IceGators over the Augusta Lynx could be found underneath Augusta goaltender Jason Saal in the first period.

Augusta Lynx tonight

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.

How caseloads determine judgeships
Georgia monitors the number of cases in the state's superior courts to determine how many judges are needed in each of its 49 circuits.

How caseloads determine judgeships

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.

Deputies seek man in assault

Deputies seek man in assault
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are still searching for a man who they said assaulted and tried to rape a woman in September.

Film takes creative license with city

Results of MCG sickle cell study released

Capsule marks 50th anniversary of dam

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.

Teen recuperates from crash

News you can use

Inspectors suggest chimney cleanings

Teen says Zoloft drove him to kill grandparents
COLUMBIA - Joe Pittman's hands shook as he read his son's confession to a roomful of strangers during a Food and Drug Administration hearing in Washington.

Burke tries to escape

Hoofing it for Christmas

ETV offers free video-on-demand to school districts

Scientists let nature do its work

Across South Carolina

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.

Farmers try to adapt

Hunters coalition will meet lawmakers

News you can use

Cool reception doesn't bother local reformer

Across the area

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

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

Woman's dolls get lifelike look
AIKEN - Lisa Ritter kept watch Saturday over about a dozen remarkable babies that stared at passers-by with penetrating eyes and distinctive facial features.

News you can use
Activities scheduled for this week include:

Use of retirees is meant to save money
In January 1998, the Augusta judicial circuit's chief judge signed a court order designating retiring Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr. as a permanent senior judge with "all necessary support.''

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.

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

Jail fight draws inquiry

Across Georgia

Man charged in Dunstan slaying caught in escape attempt

Kid of the day

Sheriff denies risk of escape

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.

129 acres set aside for plant

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Class shows respect for boycott with march

Across the area

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Habitat founder pushed aside amid accusations

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.

Habitat founder pushed aside amid accusations
AMERICUS, Ga. - In a characteristic act of frugality, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller hitched a ride to the Atlanta airport with a female staff member to save the organization a $75 shuttle ride.

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.

Teen says Zoloft drove him to kill grandparents

Sharp words exchanged between official, activist
Excerpts from letters between Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek and Citizens Action Committee organizer Woody Merry:

Plane carrying church officials fell 'like a brick'

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.

Korean War Memorial pays tribute to soldiers from area
The Korean War has been called the forgotten war, but hundreds in Augusta remembered it Saturday.

Cool reception doesn't bother local reformer
To the casual observer, it might appear that Augusta businessman Woody Merry's efforts to reform city government has degenerated into a war of words with Commissioner Andy Cheek.

Confederate activist joins education board
COLUMBIA - A high-ranking member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has been elected to the state Education Board, sparking protests from civil rights groups.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Empty Stocking: Treating husband keeps wife out of job
With her husband ill, an unemployed 48-year-old mother is having trouble paying the bills and treating their son to a nice Christmas.

Hoofing it for Christmas
KEVIN MARTIN/STAFFHoofing it for ChristmasSheline Chance, of Avela, drives mini team horses Buddy (left) and Buck during the 31st annual Grovetown Christmas parade. Spectators enjoyed weather in the 60s on Saturday.

Senior judges subvert will of voters, some say
Some legal experts say Georgia's system of using appointed senior judges raises a constitutional question: Are the voters, who are supposed to elect Superior Court judges, and the General Assembly, which holds the power to create judgeships, being sidestepped when senior judges are permanently appointed?

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.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Brianna Renee Story of Martinez.

Use of retirees is meant to save money

Woman's dolls get lifelike look

Mulherin's expenses don't match records
When senior judges, like every other person on the state's payroll, turn in their monthly expense reports, they certify their claims' accuracy.

Korean War Memorial pays tribute to soldiers from area

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A state board has ruled against revoking the certification of 18 Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers, saying it found no evidence they intentionally cheated on tests.

Across South Carolina

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.

Senior judges subvert will of voters, some say

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -- Investigators are searching for two vehicles seen along Interstate 85 this week at about the time gunshots struck two other automobiles.

Perdue condemns school suit

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.

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

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -- Two workers were arrested and the signs at VIP Spa, a massage parlor accused of doubling as a house of prostitution, have come down. But others complain city officials are not doing enough to keep similar businesses from opening.

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.

Across the area
North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers arrested a 17-year-old Augusta teenager on stolen vehicle charges Saturday after an hour long manhunt in a suburban neighborhood.

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.

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.

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.

Mulherin's expenses don't match records

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.

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.

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.

Sheriff denies risk of escape

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.

UGA students share memories of fallen soldier

Black Augustans to be honored

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.

History isn't on side of Spurrier
They say it can't be done. They say that more than 100 years of next to nothing isn't an accident. They say South Carolina can never really compete in the SEC East, much less the rest of North America.

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films now showing in theaters:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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.

Jewish songs expand image of Dust Bowl balladeer

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.

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.

No big changes likely for NASCAR chase

Rosa Parks quietly leaving her mark on society

Rosa Parks quietly leaving her mark on society
Growing up in Detroit, Susan McCauley and her 12 siblings would sometimes boast about their famous aunt, proudly telling their friends that they were America's "civil rights family."

Nets get easy win over Hawks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One practice with Jason Kidd seemingly has made the New Jersey Nets a better team. Or could it be one game against the lowly Atlanta Hawks?

Nets get easy win over Hawks

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.

Pack hoping to ship TDs on the ground

NFL power rankings week 13

Dunn to suit up in Tampa as a visitor

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Mrs. Georgia Redd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy L.E. Aull (LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Storey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Nellie M. Robertson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur A. Bennett (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie M. Robertson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola L. Loos (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ben Daniels (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon Lloyd Davis (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Elsie Fairbrother May (JOHNS ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeannine Rich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Rains Jones (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

MSG (Ret.) James Argyle, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Lee Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Scott Michael Hyer (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Alma Tatum Smith (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

SFC Jack Moor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Argyle (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond "Jake" Hosey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Miss Tina D. Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Lee Roop (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Paul James Turmon, Jr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Helen Harden (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia Redd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Farmer Clements (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Clifford Ward (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wesley Poe (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Thompson (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Ray Lanier (METTER, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Louise Shackelford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Roop (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Peter Panczyk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon Edward Lewis (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Reservists, Guard members deserve TRICARE
Our National Guard and Reserve forces have been called to serve like never before. By heroically answering the call to service these brave men and women are making huge contributions to our strong national defense, helping our great nation fight and win the war on terrorism.

Reservists, Guard members deserve TRICARE
Our National Guard and Reserve forces have been called to serve like never before. By heroically answering the call to service these brave men and women are making huge contributions to our strong national defense, helping our great nation fight and win the war on terrorism.

BALCO founder alleges steroid use by Jones

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

Overtime

Overtime

Area sports anouncements

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.

Overtime
In La Quinta, Calif., Augusta's Scott Parel moved up 11 spots after the fourth round of the six-round PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Twins are doubles trouble for Spain
SEVILLE, Spain - The Bryan twins stopped Spain's momentum in the Davis Cup final. Now it's up to Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.

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.

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.

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

Hunting Pointers

Outdoors calendar
DEC. 16: Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will conduct its annual Savannah River Site Christmas Bird Count. For more information, contact Adrienne DeBiase at (803) 725-0382.

Hunting Pointers
specialHunting Pointers This happy crew includes three boys, two dads and three first deer. Lee Jernigan (back left) and Jeb Boggus brought (left to right) Lee's son, 9-year-old Trey Jernigan; Lee's nephew, 14-year-old Jonathan Jernigan; and Jeb's son, Trip, to their hunting lease in Burke County. All three youngsters attend Augusta Christian School.

Gift ideas are way out there
A common misconception among spouses and girlfriends of outdoorsmen is that the hunter or fisherman in their life already has every gadget, product or accessory ever manufactured.

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.

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.

Pack hoping to ship TDs on the ground
The Green Bay Packers are excited about having both Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport available down the stretch after Davenport's 178-yard game Monday night in his first NFL start.

NFL power rankings week 13
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Falcons head south hoping to clinch title
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are adamant when they talk about their budding rivalry with the Atlanta Falcons.

Dunn to suit up in Tampa as a visitor
TAMPA, Fla. - Warrick Dunn will always love Tampa. In this town, Dunn bought his first house, earned his first salary and began a foundation that helps single mothers become homeowners.

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.

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

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities.

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.

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

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.

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.

Gift ideas are way out there

LeZotte reunion a bittersweet one at James Madison

History isn't on side of Spurrier

Drescher throws reunion party for 'The Nanny' cast
MALIBU, Calif. - Fran Drescher's distinctive voice cuts through the noisy chaos of actors and production people crowding the deck of her beachfront home.

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.

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
NEW YORK - How to play a man who had a thousand faces, but none of them his own?

Drescher throws reunion party for 'The Nanny' cast

Grinch, 'Queer Eye' make the holiday TV lineup

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Geoffrey Rush plays Peter Sellers in a new HBO film

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Eddie is a lonely war veteran who feels his life as the handyman at a seaside amusement park has been meaningless.

People in the News

Spurrier fires up fan base

Gamecocks fall in overtime
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson's Cheyenne Moore hit a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds to go in overtime as the Tigers beat South Carolina 63-62 on Saturday night.

Spurrier fires up fan base
COLUMBIA - The roar inside the Colonial Center just might have reached its highest decibel level in the building's three-year history Saturday evening.

Gamecocks fall in overtime

Odds and Ends

Faith Digest

Holiday performances don't always go as planned

Author translates and explores 'Five Books of Moses'

Families pass down Hanukkah traditions

Concerts, dance performances will highlight holiday

Women speaking out against extremism risk backlash