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.

This week's best sellers from Publishers Weekly
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Former secretary of Ernest Hemingway writes biography
NEW YORK - In the heavy, moist heat of the tropics, Valerie Dandby-Smith pecked relentlessly on a Royal typewriter, working from notes scribbled on cocktail napkins and scraps of paper. Her boss, a craggy Ernest Hemingway, was handing her rewritten chapters for what would become "A Moveable Feast."

Plath given first reading in restored manuscript

New book about brilliant yet erratic Marlon Brando

Here's advice for giving parties and having fun

Former secretary of Ernest Hemingway writes biography

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.

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.

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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.

Baseball not likely to punish players

McCain demands immediate action by baseball to tighten drug testing

Baseball not likely to punish players
NEW YORK - For all the fuss over reported admissions of steroid use by Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield, major league baseball probably won't discipline them.

A short jaunt to Christmases past

Murder suspect wants death penalty
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In what experts say is a rare occurrence, a man accused of murdering two children and attacking their mother has asked a judge to let him plead guilty and to sentence him to death.

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.

Business briefs
GETTING HIRED: You're a people person, right? Good with the public, gets on well with others, etc.?

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.

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.

Property manager has fresh ideas on downtown renewal

On the move

When a contract is no longer a contract

Catalogs still thrive in an age of e-commerce
FREEPORT, Maine - L.L. Bean projects that its online sales will overtake its catalog business within two years, but don't expect any trees to be spared in the process.

When a contract is no longer a contract
COULTERVILLE, Ill. - Wally Cooper never missed a day in the coal mines, breathing in gritty black dust, straining to carry 150-pound oak timbers through cramped tunnels until his aching body was drenched in sweat down to his socks.

Stores push electronic gadgets for the holidays

Catalogs still thrive in an age of e-commerce

Vehicles' complexity one reason for recalls

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:

Not all recalled vehicles repaired

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.

Department stores stock up on the latest gadgets
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

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.

Business calendar

Businesses, advertising firms try in-home research

Department stores stock up on the latest gadgets

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.

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.

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

Auburn wins SEC; likely will be odd team out

Fiesta loves Utah, has no choice but to pick Pitt
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Fiesta Bowl gladly invited BCS-buster Utah on Sunday and had no choice but to accept Big East champion Pittsburgh as the unbeaten Utes' opponent.

Texas squeaks into Rose Bowl
AUSTIN, Texas -- Mack Brown begged and pleaded for his team to get into the Bowl Championship Series.

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

Cal angry, frustrated after Texas takes Rose Bowl spot
BERKELEY, Calif. - California refused to run up the score or beg for poll votes.

Fiesta loves Utah, has no choice but to pick Pitt

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.

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

College football bowls glance

James Madison upsets Furman

Texas A&M, Tennessee to meet in Cotton Bowl
DALLAS - Texas A&M's great turnaround season continued Sunday as the Aggies earned a spot in the Cotton Bowl against Tennessee.

Oklahoma blasts Colorado

USC, Oklahoma get Orange Bowl berths
Now Auburn knows what it feels like to be the odd team out.

Cal angry, frustrated after Texas takes Rose Bowl spot

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.

USC, Oklahoma get Orange Bowl berths

Auburn's dream season collides with BCS reality
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn Tigers finally lost one.

College football bowls glance
Here is a capsule look at college football bowl games.

Santa Claus tax cut

Garbled messages
Quaint, harmless fun.

A healthy merger

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?"

Santa Claus tax cut
State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond is giving many Georgia businesses an early Christmas present - a $50 million tax cut. It's coming in the form of reduced payouts to the Labor Department to provide unemployment insurance to workers.

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

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

Free home tutoring
Parents with kids who are doing poorly in 15 Richmond County needs-improvement schools have no excuse now for not getting them the tutoring help they need.

People's Choice Awards adds offbeat categories
LOS ANGELES - The People's Choice Awards have added new categories to the upcoming ceremony, including favorite movies, favorite smile and favorite cartoon star.

Michael Jackson gives DNA sample to authorities
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. - Michael Jackson voluntarily gave a DNA sample to authorities, returning to his Neverland Ranch estate a day after he left during a search by sheriff's deputies, a source close to the case said Sunday.

People in the News
BUFFALO, N.Y. - It was difficult to tell who was more excited: Michael J. Fox for playing alongside former hockey star Gilbert Perreault, or the other way around.

Be careful when holiday shopping online
NEW YORK - With the holidays fast approaching, many consumers are going online to shop for seasonal decorations, festive foods and gifts for relatives and friends.

Be careful when holiday shopping online

BCS mess affects Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - The Bowl Championship Series controversy trickled all the way down to the Champs Sports Bowl and Georgia Tech on Sunday.

BCS mess affects Georgia Tech

Old days of cars, electronics aren't worth bringing back

Teenager Creamer earns LPGA card

Goosen wins title in South Africa
SUN CITY, South Africa - Retief Goosen won the Nedbank Challenge by six strokes in his home country Sunday, closing with a 3-under-par 69 while third-round leader Lee Westwood was undone by a triple bogey on the eighth hole and finished with an 80.

Australia's Lonard wins third in a row
COOLUM, Australia - Australia's Peter Lonard won for the third straight week, shooting a 7-under 65 on Sunday in the Australian PGA for a two-shot victory over third-round leader James Nitties.

Jimenez wins Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG - Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open for his fifth European tour title of the year, closing with a 4-under 66 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Ryder Cup teammate Padraig Harrington and South Africa's James Kingston.

Teenager Creamer earns LPGA card
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Six months from high school graduation, Paula Creamer earned her LPGA Tour card on Sunday by closing with a 2-under 70 for a five-shot victory in the qualifying tournament.

Westwood is new leader at Nedbank

Goosen wins title in South Africa

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.

Prep basketball scores

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

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.

Fort Gordon soldier killed in Iraq
A 28-year-old Fort Gordon soldier was killed in Iraq over the weekend, the fort's public affairs office announced today.

Universal health care is needed
The United States is a wonderful country full of almost unparalleled beauty and freedoms. What I would like to address is the issue that this country has created a system whereby the basic human need to obtain medical care is only for a certain few - those few being those with money, insurance or welfare. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Responsible kids are bright spot

Holiday shorthand slights Jesus
We used to call it "Christmas," and celebrated the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth. Now it's just "the holidays." David Sisler, Augusta

Why all the fussing about fighting?
What's the big deal about the recent fights at the Indiana-Detroit basketball game and the South Carolina-Clemson football game? They are merely filling a void created by the total absence of a good fight any more. Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

Responsible kids are bright spot
I figured it must have been some of the kids being punished who had been arrested recently at our schools. Much to my surprise, I found out that it was the International Baccalaureate students at the Academy of Richmond County. They had adopted that portion of Walton Way as a public service project. Brad Usry, Augusta

Holiday shorthand slights Jesus

Virtually Immersed: The life and times of an online gamer

Techbits: Holograms, Blogs, Music videos and more

New generation grows up on the Net

Tarpon are star attraction at Florida Keys marina

In the know

Search finds more duds than studs

Coating helps shield home from hurricane-force winds

Dogsledding provides a winter wilderness adventure

Couple wanted home to reflect their tastes

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

Video game reviews: "Tiger Woods" and "Metroid"

Holiday light tour returns

Trails in Vienna place tourists on less-traveled hiking paths

House has Continental look, but American features

MyFi a decent debut for portable satellite radio

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

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.

Virtually Immersed: The life and times of an online gamer
CHICAGO - Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Chip Collier was on a mission.

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.

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.

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.

New generation grows up on the Net
CHICAGO - Even when he's asleep, Scott Kearnan is hooked into the Internet. He just turns down the volume on his computer, so he's not awakened by the "brrring" of a late-night instant message.

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.

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.

Techbits: Holograms, Blogs, Music videos and more
TOKYO - Not many of us thought of sending 3-D holograms before Princess Leia's plea for help in "Star Wars." Now, two Japanese scientists hope to one day turn the humble telephone booth into a high-tech chamber that can record and transmit holographic images.

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.

Video game reviews: "Tiger Woods" and "Metroid"
Tiger Woods is faltering on the PGA Tour these days, while Vijay Singh has taken over the No. 1 ranking in the world. If only Woods could play like his video game character in "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005."

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.

MyFi a decent debut for portable satellite radio
NEW YORK - It was when Vanilla Fudge's "You Keep Me Hanging On" came blasting through my earphones that I began to see the appeal of the MyFi, the new portable satellite radio from XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Delphi Corp. with a built-in digital recorder.

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.

Coating helps shield home from hurricane-force winds
Homeowners don't normally associate paints or other exterior wall coverings as offering protection from hurricane force winds and rain.

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

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.

Cool reception doesn't bother local reformer

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

Kid of the day

How caseloads determine judgeships

Center needs help curbing buffalo herd
ATLANTA - Bob the Buffalo's swinging bachelor days are almost over.

Across Georgia

Across the southeast
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Defense lawyers want to know whether the government was worried that a 1998 sketch of fugitive bombing suspect Eric Rudolph made him look too much like Jesus.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A casino cruise ship full of passengers had to be hauled back to port Saturday when at least one of its engines failed.

Deputies seek man in assault

AMA debates access to internet prescriptions, flu vaccine
ATLANTA - In debates about drug importation and the distribution of flu vaccines Sunday, the nation's largest physician organization argued health care is more than a free-enterprise venture.

MCG study helps sickle cell patients
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.

Senior judges subvert will of voters, some say

Mulherin's expenses don't match records

Teen says Zoloft drove him to kill grandparents

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.

Hoofing it for Christmas

Rants and Raves
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Across the area
North Augusta Public Safety officers are investigating a Saturday morning shooting at Pine Crest Apartments on Belgium Circle.

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.

The week ahead
Can't you hear those sleigh bells jingling? You know, the ones pulling Santa's sleigh?

State almost done with wildlife audit
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Ever wonder where Georgia's red-cockaded woodpeckers live?

Work to resume next month on tall ship
CHARLESTON, S.C. - For more than a year, the tall ship Spirit of South Carolina has sat unfinished and seemingly abandoned, its ribs gently curving toward the sky in a field near the Charleston waterfront.

State wants to bulk up redfish population
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The large schools of redfish off Georgia's coast lure anglers from all over the country to help fuel the state's sportfishing industry.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ashley Clark, 4, of Augusta.

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.

Habitat founder pushed aside amid accusations

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.

Results of MCG sickle cell study released

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.

News you can use

Georgia has high ratio of state employees
ATLANTA - The ratio of state workers to residents in Georgia is higher than the national average, according to figures released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Across South Carolina

Sheriff denies risk of escape

Korean War Memorial pays tribute to soldiers from area

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.''

Across South Carolina

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.

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

Going on a toy ride

Court decision affects role of circumstantial evidence
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Prosecutors are lauding the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision in a York County drug case that will affect how juries can consider circumstantial evidence in all criminal trials across the state.

Lawyer keeps zeal for job

Federal grant earmarked to renourish nesting site for turtles
BEAUFORT, S.C. - After this year's hurricane season damaged a prime nesting spot for loggerhead turtles at Hunting Island State Park, a $150,000 federal grant has been earmarked to start renourishing the beach.

5 questions - bell-ringer Eugene Jefferson
Eugene Jefferson, in his first year as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Everyone loves a parade
Kevin Barker (from left); his daughter Lindsey, 3; Joshua Shealy, 3; and Hope Barker marvel at the sights during the annual Christmas parade in Martinez.

Lawyer keeps zeal for job
Even after defending more than 33 people facing the possibility of a death sentence, Michael C. Garrett still feels a chill with each new case.

Across the area

Business owners prepare for ban
With less than a month to go before smoking is snuffed out in public places in Columbia County, there are still some uncertainties about exactly how the new ordinance will affect businesses.

Use of retirees is meant to save money

Womack told GBI of use of inmates
Though state and federal prosecutors were still mulling what to do with the case when he died, there was no question about what former Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack had done.

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.

Across Georgia

Family beset by tragedies seeks help
An unemployed mother of five wants to give her children a special Christmas after making it through several life-changing experiences this year.

The week ahead

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.

Fort Gordon soldier killed in 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.

Womack told GBI of use of inmates

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.

Across the area

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.

Court decision affects role of circumstantial evidence

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.

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.

Center needs help curbing buffalo herd

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.

Work to resume next month on tall ship

Parents send troops supplies
ATHENS, Ga. - Rebecca Turner isn't sure what her son, Ben Midgette, does with the electrical tape she sends to his base camp in Iraq.

5 questions - bell-ringer Eugene Jefferson

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.

Georgia has high ratio of state employees

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?

Everyone loves a parade

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

Across the southeast

Woman's dolls get lifelike look

Business owners prepare for ban

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Cold weather is being blamed in the death of a 60-year-old man whose body was found in the basement of a home, officials say.

Parents send troops supplies

Going on a toy ride
With his 8-year-old grandson in tow, Glenn Reynolds, above, is dressed for the season with a Santa hat stretched over his helmet during the fifth annual Augusta Toys for Tots Run. Sponsored by the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, Sunday's event included more than 150 motorcycles. The cyclists, many with toys attached to their bikes, started at the Augusta Museum of History and ended on Deans Bridge Road. The toys they collected will go toward the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' Toys For Tots program.

MCG study helps sickle cell patients

State almost done with wildlife audit

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.

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.

Old days of cars, electronics aren't worth bringing back
We are living, by definition, in modern times. Why, then, does everyone want to send us tumbling head over heels into the past?

Spacey acts, directs, sings in Bobby Darin biopic

'National Treasure' retains box-office crown

Spacey acts, directs, sings in Bobby Darin biopic
TORONTO - Bobby Darin wanted it all and pretty much got it: Pop music stardom, success as a folk singer, a reputation as one of the great stage showmen, acclaim as a movie actor.

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'National Treasure' retains box-office crown
LOS ANGELES - The Founding Fathers keep earning interest on their loot.

Chevelle sitting atop the heavy rock pile

Chevelle sitting atop the heavy rock pile
Chevelle is a family business. Pete, 28, Sam, 29, and Joe Loeffler, 24, three Chicago-area brothers, have been making head-banging rock since 1995. Songs like "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)" balance heavy, distorted guitar riffs with melodic lulls in the skewed metal tradition of Korn and Tool.

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."

Rosa Parks quietly leaving her mark on society

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?

Grievance hearing over brawl to proceed

Grievance hearing over brawl to proceed
NEW YORK - The NBA informed the players' union Sunday it will not seek a temporary restraining order in federal court, clearing the way for a grievance hearing over suspensions for the Pacers-Pistons brawl.

Nets get easy win over Hawks

Pack hoping to ship TDs on the ground

Panthers top Saints

Bucs make Falcons wait for division title

Defense will likely lose 2 vs. Oakland

Dunn to suit up in Tampa as a visitor

NFL power rankings week 13

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Mrs. Velma Ray Lanier (METTER, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jeannine Rich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Haynes, Jr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delia Wilson Bryant (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Tolley Wendt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Trini Hidalgo (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Dennis Roop (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. David Lee Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon Lloyd Davis (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Harry H. Hrynyk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Georgia Redd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jamie Edward Arnall (CALHOUN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Crill Olsson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Tina D. Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tolley Wendt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Elder David Caris Cress (CALHOUN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Attaya (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Roop (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

SFC Jack Moor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Webster Jones (NORWAY, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Sylvia Rogers (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Helen Harden (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Murray W. Prince (PARKSVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. David "Reed" Carter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Luther (Shorty) Holsenback (COPPERAS COVE, Texas)

Elder James H. Frost (CALHOUN, Ga.)

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

Overtime

Spain beats U.S. to win Davis Cup

Area sports anouncements

Overtime

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.

Spain beats U.S. to win Davis Cup
SEVILLE, Spain - Spain won the Davis Cup title Sunday, taking an insurmountable lead against the United States when Carlos Moya beat Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), the American star's second loss in the final.

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.

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.

Overtime
In La Quinta, Calif., Augusta's Scott Parel fell into a tie for 132nd after carding 7-over-par 79 in the fifth round of the six-round PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

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.

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.

Panthers top Saints
NEW ORLEANS - John Kasay wasn't interested in the record, he was focused on the outcome.

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.

Bucs make Falcons wait for division title
TAMPA, Fla. -- Anyone who thought the Atlanta Falcons would waltz to a victory Sunday and win a division title forgot to consult with Derrick Brooks.

Defense will likely lose 2 vs. Oakland
TAMPA, Fla. - Both starters insist they're fine, but don't be surprised if nose tackle Ed Jasper and strong safety Bryan Scott are unable to play when the Oakland Raiders visit the Georgia Dome in six days.

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

Gift ideas are way out there

History isn't on side of Spurrier

Drescher throws reunion party for 'The Nanny' cast

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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.

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.

Michael Jackson gives DNA sample to authorities

People's Choice Awards adds offbeat categories

People in the News

Jackets bury woeful Dogs
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Tech-Georgia rivalry was one-sided for much of 2004.

Spurrier fires up fan base

Gamecocks fall in overtime

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.

Murder suspect wants death penalty