Jon Stewart's 'America' named book of the year
NEW YORK - Jon Stewart's "America (The Book)," the television commentator's million-selling riff on politics and other matters of satire, has been named Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the industry trade magazine.

Ailey offers three-step lesson in the blues

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."

Ailey offers three-step lesson in the blues
NEW YORK - The holiday performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, in the midst of a monthlong run at City Center, is both a two-hour review of the Ailey company and a three-step lesson in the blues, from the sounds of the Earth to the sounds of the city to the sounds of the heavens.

Jon Stewart's 'America' named book of the year

Former secretary of Ernest Hemingway writes biography

Baseball not likely to punish players

Selig would accept government intervention
NEW YORK - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig would accept government intervention on steroid testing if the players' association refuses to change the current rules, which run for two more years.

Selig would accept government intervention

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
HALSEY, Ore. - Some workers seem to live at the office, but the principal at Central Linn High School really does.

Sect took out loans in preparation for doomsday
EPHRAIM, Utah - For more than a decade, a 9,000-member polygamist sect that believed civilization was about to end was borrowing money like there was no tomorrow.

China bans Nike commercial
BEIJING - China has banned a Nike television commercial showing U.S. basketball star LeBron James in a battle with an animated cartoon kung fu master, saying the ad insults Chinese national dignity.

Kimberly-Clark plans to cut costs
DALLAS - Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Huggies diapers and Kleenex tissues, said Monday it aims to cut costs by $400 million to $500 million over the next three years and will repurchase $1 billion in stock during 2005.

When a contract is no longer a contract

Catalogs still thrive in an age of e-commerce

Circuit City third quarter sales decline
RICHMOND, Va. - Circuit City Stores Inc., the nation's No. 2 electronics retailer, reported Monday that same-store sales declined 4.3 percent in the third quarter, largely because of weak sales of music and movie software.

Christmas song's bill increases
If you want to know how the economy has fared the past 20 years, look no further than The Twelve Days of Christmas.

China's leaders concentrate on economy
BEIJING - China's leaders pledged at a key policy meeting to keep the economy on track next year while raising farm incomes, promoting energy conservation and holding down investment in overheated industries, state media said Monday.

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

Department stores stock up on the latest gadgets

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.

Company recalls Skil table saws
WASHINGTON - Robert Bosch Tool Corp. is recalling about 120,000 table saws because of potential problems that could expose users to injury or electric shock, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday.

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.

Fox to provide news to Clear Channel
SAN ANTONIO - Clear Channel Communications Inc., the nation's largest radio station operator, has picked Fox News Radio to be the primary source of national news for most of its news and talk stations, officials announced Monday.

Interstate Bakeries to close South Carolina bakery next year
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Interstate Bakeries Corp. will close its bakery in Florence, S.C., early next year, the company announced Monday.

Interstate Bakeries to close South Carolina bakery next year

China bans Nike commercial

China's leaders concentrate on economy

Christmas song's bill increases

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

Bowden talks about so-so season

Bowden talks about so-so season
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden leaves his up-and-down season with three fewer assistants, little bitterness over brawl penalties that kept him from his sixth-straight bowl and a strong belief that the Tigers are close to major success.

Blue-Gray Classic canceled again
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Blue-Gray All-Star Classic has been called off for the second time in three years because officials couldn't find a corporate sponsor for the Christmas Day showcase for aspiring NFL players.

College football bowls glance

USC, Oklahoma get Orange Bowl berths

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

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

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

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.

Cal angry, frustrated after Texas takes Rose Bowl spot

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.

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

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

McCurry elevates Jaguars

Jaguars make escape

Gifts that give back
As a health advocate, it's hard for me to give ordinary gifts - family and friends expect something healthy, and thoughtful. So, I've been searching for some great ideas for gifts that give back - to your health.

'Ray' gives state black eye
It's not unusual for Hollywood to take dramatic license when making a biographical movie, but when that license includes falsifying history and damaging the reputation of an entire state, it's going too far.

What torture?

'Ray' gives state black eye

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.

What torture?
Here's what human rights activist Peter Weiss said about an International Committee of the Red Cross report concerning the war on terror that was leaked to The New York Times: "They have redefined torture, they have redefined the laws of war and they have given themselves the right to disregard the Geneva Conventions."

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.

Garbled messages
Quaint, harmless fun.

Santa Claus tax cut

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.

Gloria Estefan to write children's book
NEW YORK - Meet the latest celebrity children's author: Gloria Estefan. And don't forget her dog, Noelle.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Idina Menzel, star of the Broadway musical "Wicked," and her husband, actor Taye Diggs have received hateful threats because of their interracial marriage.

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

Goosen wins title in South Africa

Teenager Creamer earns LPGA card

Singh wins PGA Tour player of the year award
NEW YORK - Vijay Singh won the PGA Tour player of the year award Monday for the first time, ending Tiger Woods' five-year hold on the honor with a season that left no debate about who was No. 1 in golf.

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.

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.

Prep basketball scores

Augusta isn't as funny as we believed
We might think Augusta is a funny place, but it's apparently not that funny. According to the Humor Index created by Simmons Data and the Shoebox division of Hallmark greeting cards, when it comes to American communities, our town ranks 174th on the humor scale.

Augusta woman stabbed; car stolen
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man they suspect in this morning's stabbing of a 43-year-old woman and the theft of her car.

Salley man charged with murder
AIKEN -- A Salley man was arrested Tuesday in the stabbing death of the son of his live-in girlfriend during a morning argument, authorities said.

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.

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

Bus mechanics have tough task
On Nov. 28 I read the editorial "The NBA on wheels," concerning pupils fighting on Richmond County school buses. I particularly enjoyed this part: "When it was learned that this particular bus' door handle was broken, authorities parsed words over it - saying, incredibly, 'I would not say it was broken. I would say that it was not operating properly.' Unbelievable!"L.A. Green, Augusta

Holiday shorthand slights Jesus

Nonprofit group is taking on ACLU
This is in response to David Kriegel's letter regarding the American Civil Liberties Union ("Maybe the ACLU should be sued," Dec. 2).Eileen Batten, Aiken, S.C.

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

War in Iraq is lost on several levels
I read recently that malnutrition among Iraq's youngest children has doubled since the United States invaded them. Almost eight percent of children five years and younger don't have enough to eat. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

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
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

War in Iraq is lost on several levels

Fort Gordon security did its job
In my opinion, Heidi McDonald's letter "Gate 1 Security went overboard" (Dec. 2) is absurd. I am sorry her mother is hospitalized. Having said that, I am delighted that the security personnel at Fort Gordon gates are doing their job. Bill Wood, Hephzibah

The life and times of an online gamer

Virtually Immersed: The life and times of an online gamer

MyFi a decent debut for portable satellite radio

Techbits: Holograms, Blogs, Music videos and more

Seniors calendar

High-tech publishing pioneer to try a 'blogozine'

Off-the-wall calendars

CT scans, MRIs sent overseas in outsourcing twist

CDC chief says more flu vaccines coming

New generation grows up on the Net

Coating helps shield home from hurricane-force winds

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

New contaminated food tracking rules put in place

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

CDC chief says more flu vaccines coming
ATLANTA - The federal government will announce a plan this week to purchase additional flu shots to help relieve the nation's shortage, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

High-tech publishing pioneer to try a 'blogozine'
SAN FRANCISCO - After Red Herring sank into the dot-com morass last year, Tony Perkins considered resurrecting the magazine that helped establish him as a Silicon Valley sage. He changed his mind when his college-age daughter scoffed and told him "Red Herring is so 1990s."

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.

Off-the-wall calendars
Just when you were getting used to writing 2004 on your checks, the year has to go and end.

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.

New contaminated food tracking rules put in place
WASHINGTON - The government announced new rules Monday aimed at helping trace the source of food contamination, particularly in the event of a bioterror attack on the food supply.

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.

CT scans, MRIs sent overseas in outsourcing twist
When a patient in Altoona, Pa., needs an emergency brain scan in the middle of the night, a doctor in Bangalore, India, is asked to interpret the results.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Lynx Game Night

Lynx Game Night
The Lynx and IceGators last met Saturday in Augusta, with the IceGators winning 4-3. Jim Shepherd and Todd Bennett scored power-play goals for Augusta, while Louis Goulet added an even-strength goal. Louisiana leads the season series 2-0.

Across the area

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.

State almost done with wildlife audit

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.

Across the Southeast
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. - Nearly two years after Columbia shattered in the sky, NASA still has no way of repairing the kind of holes that could doom another shuttle, space agency officials acknowledged Monday.

Across South Carolina

The week ahead

Pearl Harbor survivor dies in Atlanta
ATLANTA - An Atlanta man, the second-oldest survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, has died.

Lawyer keeps zeal for job

Across the area
A 19-year-old Lakeside High School graduate who was a 2003 state wrestling champion is being investigated on a charge of rape at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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.

Physicians push liability reform
ATLANTA - It's been two years since the American Medical Association placed medical liability reform at the top of its legislative agenda.

Freeway reaches final stages
Two new sections of the Fall Line Freeway are opening today, meaning the highly anticipated 215-mile road is getting closer to completion.

DMV will get more spacious location
Columbia County officials will accept bids today on a new Department of Motor Vehicle Safety office expected to open in the spring.

Fort Gordon soldier killed in Iraq

Edgefield County will switch offices
AIKEN - Edgefield County will spend more than $68,000 to remodel offices and shuffle personnel among three county buildings, including two officials on opposite ends of a $5 million federal lawsuit.

News you can use

News you can use
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Across South Carolina

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.

Edgefield County will switch offices

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - An alumnus and his wife have donated $1 million to Furman University to support its Chinese studies program.

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

Work to resume next month on tall ship

Mother wants to give Christmas surprise
An Augusta widow who struggles to pay the bills each month is asking for help to surprise her three children with Christmas gifts this holiday.

Fort Gordon soldier killed in Iraq

Tablets show men's struggles, triumphs
Augusta's newest walk of fame honors a handful of local legends. On Monday, more than 100 gathered on Laney-Walker Boulevard for the unveiling of five monuments dedicated to men who Dr. James Carter said were pioneers in a society that denied them any opportunities.

Body in car may be missing man
A deer hunter in Oglethorpe County found the remains of what could be a missing Augusta man inside a crashed car Monday afternoon, officials said.

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.

Womack told GBI of use of inmates

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.

Salley man charged with murder

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.

Across Georgia

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

Sanford vetoes bill on braiding
AIKEN - Local hairdressers had mixed reactions to South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's veto of a hair-braiding bill Monday.

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.

Business owners prepare for ban

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Physicians push liability reform

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.

Sanford vetoes bill on braiding

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Across Georgia

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.

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A University of Georgia project is working with Israel to better prepare Georgia residents to deal with the psychological aftermath of a terrorist attack.

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.

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.

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Mother wants to give Christmas surprise

Cell-phone drive raises funds for troops

Across the area

Body in car may be missing man

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

Tablets show men's struggles, triumphs

MCG study helps sickle cell patients

Across the Southeast

Parents send troops supplies

Kid of the Day
Brandi Elease Bell is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the southeast

Augusta woman stabbed; car stolen

Everyone loves a parade

Pearl Harbor survivor dies in Atlanta

Georgia has high ratio of state employees

Gym honors coach's work

5 questions - bell-ringer Eugene Jefferson

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Center needs help curbing buffalo herd

Gym honors coach's work
Don't be surprised if people start calling it "The Treehouse." The new gym being dedicated today at T.W. Josey High School will be named the James Henry Roundtree Athletic Complex, honoring the late high school basketball coach who brought the school recognition in both athletics and academics.

Kid of the day

Cell-phone drive raises funds for troops
The third-grade class at a Martinez private school wanted to ease the burden of many overseas soldiers having trouble reaching loved ones back home.

Court decision affects role of circumstantial evidence

Going on a toy ride

Revitalizing rivalry is win-win
Strike the versus in favor of a hyphen. From here on out, Paine College-Augusta State is not as much a rivalry as it is a relationship.

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?

At the Movies: 'Blade: Trinity'

Spacey acts, directs, sings in Bobby Darin biopic

'Titanic' line tops cheesy movie scene survey
NEW YORK - Although "Titanic" soared at the box office in 1997, according to a recent survey, its most memorable line - "I'm the king of the world!" - sunk.

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

'Titanic' line tops cheesy movie scene survey

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.

'National Treasure' retains box-office crown

At the Movies: 'Blade: Trinity'
To put it mildly, "Blade: Trinity" - the third and hopefully final installment in Wesley Snipes' franchise about a half-human, half-vampire hunter of the undead - is a bloody mess.

Chevelle sitting atop the heavy rock pile

'The Real W' rides high on Christian charts
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - It's midafternoon, and Michael W. Smith is exhausted from interviews to promote his 18th album.

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.

Music Review: Lindsay Lohan, "Speak"
Selected music review of the new CD from Lindsay Lohan, "Speak".

'The Real W' rides high on Christian charts

Grievance hearing over brawl to proceed

Hawks claim third victory

Police turn over NBA brawl case to prosecutors

Police turn over NBA brawl case to prosecutors
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Police turned the findings from their investigation of the Pacers-Pistons brawl over to the Oakland County prosecutor on Monday, and charges are expected to be announced Wednesday.

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.

Hawks claim third victory
One day after turning 19, Smith came through with the biggest plays at both ends of the court, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Jaguars make escape
Dip Metress admits it wasn't a dazzling performance. Of course, games between rivals Augusta State and Paine doesn't always bring out the best offense.

McCurry elevates Jaguars
Greg Wilson liked what he saw when he watched film of Andrea McCurry. During her high school career, she seldom missed a jumper inside 27 feet .

Bucs make Falcons wait for division title

Panthers suddenly in playoff hunt

Defense will likely lose 2 vs. Oakland

Tampa's bludgeoning keeps Falcons humble

Panthers top Saints

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Spain beats U.S. to win Davis Cup

Promoter avoids prison in fight fixing case

Overtime

Overtime

Promoter avoids prison in fight fixing case
LAS VEGAS - A former manager of Oscar de la Hoya was sentenced Monday to three years probation, including six months of home detention, after pleading guilty to fixing fights and trying to bribe a federal prosecutor and judge.

Overtime
In La Quinta, Calif., Brian Davis of England won the PGA Tour qualifying tournament Monday.

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.

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.

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

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.

Panthers suddenly in playoff hunt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Making the playoffs was laughable when the Carolina Panthers had a 1-7 record. But as their win total continues to grow, it's getting harder and harder for them not to think about the possibility.

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.

Tampa's bludgeoning keeps Falcons humble
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Say this about the Atlanta Falcons: When they lose, they do it with style.

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

Revitalizing rivalry is win-win

Gloria Estefan to write children's book

People in the News

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.

'Blackout' shows effect of drug, alcohol abuse
Nov. 22nd started off like any other day at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School, until pupils started ... changing.

My style

Stretch a buck during tight holiday gift-buying season

Cast comes out of 'Woods' with learning experience

'Blackout' shows effect of drug, alcohol abuse

Xtreme question of the week

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY: The Bourne Supremacy, with Matt Damon as a cognitive secret weapon on the run is available on DVD today.

Stretch a buck during tight holiday gift-buying season
It's that time of year again: time to pull out our piggy banks and let those dearest to us know just how much we care by purchasing various items for them. For many, though, the holidays no longer induce images of sugar plums and jolly, plump men.

My style
Kelly Bain, 15, a sophomore at Evans Hign School

Lack of sleep affects teens' performance
Distractions and duties of life make getting to bed on time only a dream for some teens.

Girl must let boyfriend know she sees changes
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend, who just came down from college for the holidays, changed from the way he used to act when he was living down here. I noticed he has been lying, saying things I thought he would never say, and I've seen that he's been doing things I thought he would never do.

Girl must let boyfriend know she sees changes

Cast comes out of 'Woods' with learning experience
Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (and the Beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood, and an evil witch were all brought together by a baker and his wife who were trying to have a child in the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods. It was Briarwood Academy's entry in a statewide one-act-play competition.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Xtreme question of the week
Here are the results of last week's question:

Lack of sleep affects teens' performance

Odds and Ends

Murder suspect wants death penalty

Sect took out loans in preparation for doomsday