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.

Museum for greatest, and smallest, show on Earth
SARASOTA, Fla. - The "Greatest Show on Earth" in Howard Tibbals' world is also the smallest, with its diminutive circus acts, tiny spectators and a "big" top that measures just about 4-feet tall.

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

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

Museum for greatest, and smallest, show on Earth

Selig would accept government intervention

Union gets OK for deal on steroids
PHOENIX - Baseball players gave their lawyers the go-ahead Tuesday to reach an agreement with owners on tougher testing for steroids.

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.

Woman survives being impaled through throat
ANDERSON, Ind. - A woman survived being impaled by a 12-foot metal fence post that pierced through her mouth and came out the back of her neck in a car accident, authorities said.

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.

Odds and Ends
INDIANAPOLIS - A cane that belonged to a 6-year-old boy's grandfather soon will have a new home - and, Collin Anderson hopes, so will his grandfather's ghost.

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

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.

China's leaders concentrate on economy

Holiday displays take over more neighborhoods
GENEVA, Ill. - Greg Parcell isn't thinking about the 50,000 lights all around him, or the computer that has them blinking to the beat of "Let it Snow" on the radio.

Colgate-Palmolive plans to cut jobs

Dollar hits new low against euro

Jaguar, Land Rover business rolls into area
Paul Revere is too late - the British have arrived. The Hank Aaron Jaguar and Land Rover dealership on Washington Road opened this week, bringing the British-made autos to the market for the first time.

Holiday displays take over more neighborhoods

State's economy hinges on talent
ATLANTA - Georgia is not failing when it comes to economic development, but it's not at the head of the class either, according to a national study released today.

Dollar hits new low against euro
NEW YORK - The U.S. dollar sank to a new all-time low against the euro Tuesday amid concerns over the U.S. trade and budget deficits and worse-than-expected U.S. employment data.

Prices could rise as profits get squeezed
NEW YORK - Companies like to see their profits go up, up and away. Now they are scared that just the latter will come true.

Business briefs
INDIANAPOLIS - Medical device maker Guidant Corp.'s shares rose more than 5 percent Tuesday after a report that merger talks with Johnson & Johnson could yield a deal for more than $24 billion within a week.

Christmas song's bill increases

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.

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.

French newspapers face tough choices

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.

Prices could rise as profits get squeezed

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.

Colgate-Palmolive plans to cut jobs
NEW YORK - Colgate-Palmolive Co., which makes consumer products including Ajax detergent and Irish Spring soap, plans to cut its worldwide work force by about 12 percent, or about 4,400 jobs, and close one-third of its factories as part of a four-year plan aimed at boosting its sales and profits. Its shares rose 3.6 percent in early trading.

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.

Productivity growth slowest in 2 years
WASHINGTON - The productivity of America's workers grew at a 1.8 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the slowest pace in nearly two years, the government reported Tuesday.

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.

French newspapers face tough choices
PARIS - Join the Paris morning rush and it's easy to get the impression that newspapers here are doing just fine. Across the French capital, subway riders leaf through the headlines as they hurtle toward the city center.

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.

State's economy hinges on talent

China bans Nike commercial

Interstate Bakeries to close South Carolina bakery next year

Productivity growth slowest in 2 years

Companies develop new DVD disc
TOKYO - Two Japanese companies said Tuesday they have developed a DVD that can play on both existing machines and the upcoming high-definition players, raising hopes for a smooth transition as more people dump old TV sets for better screens.

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.

Zook takes over Illinois' football program
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Florida coach Ron Zook took over Illinois' struggling football program Tuesday, returning to his roots and promising to turn around a team that has sunk to the bottom of the Big Ten since winning a league title in 2001.

Zook takes over Illinois' football program

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.

McCurry elevates Jaguars

Jaguars make escape

Amateur prize winners take different paths

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

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."

'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.

A Saudi hornet's nest
Give Saudi Arabia's security forces credit for putting down the terrorist attack Monday on the U.S. Consulate in the port of Jeddah that took nine lives - five Saudi Consulate employees and four attackers; no Americans.

Honoring black pioneers
With Monday's dedication of a new walk of fame, a rich piece of Augusta history is finally being the given the prominence it deserves - recognition of the city's black pioneers, or as Dr. James Carter put it, "persons (who) have stood the test of time" in a society that denied them opportunities. "They had nothing in their favor but raw talent and work ethic ... but they (did) well under the most hostile environment."

What torture?

Honoring black pioneers

A Saudi hornet's nest

'Comfort' Fort Gordon
There are lots of claims on your money this time of year, but if you're prioritizing your contributions to good causes, put Fort Gordon's Operation Comfort at or near the top of your list - especially if you want to help soldiers about to be deployed abroad and their families.

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.

People in the News
MANILA, Philippines - "American Idol" contestant Camile Velasco has returned to her native Philippines to perform in a Christmas concert.

Small bites

Small bites
The entertaining season is here, time to plan spreads full of holiday cheer. Here are some suggestions for feeding a crowd, whether office colleagues, family, friends, or all the above. Make it easy with a potluck party or simple finger foods, enjoy these festive holiday events.

Recipe for skillet American chop suey

Stir-fried pork in garlic sauce
Food authority Mark Bittman has great credibility when he offers a recipe for making a tasty dish with a minimum of time and fuss. Usually, he's refined its ingredients and their cooking down to the essentials.

Stir-fried pork in garlic sauce

Hardee's unveils Monster Thickburger
ST. LOUIS - At 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat, Hardee's Monster Thickburger couldn't escape notice in these diet-conscious times.

Pepin's fast food is in a league of its own
WILTON, Conn. - When I learned that world-renowned chef Jacques Pepin had done a cookbook on "fast food," I leaped at the opportunity to test his style of "fast food."

Three healthy party wraps
WASHINGTON - Easy to make and eat, wraps for holiday meals can be fun, festive and healthful.

Recipe for skillet American chop suey
CONCORD, N.H. - Almost anything. For a chance to flip one more time through my great-grandmother's recipe box, I would give almost anything. Just for a chance to jot down a few of the favorites by this woman I considered a second mother.

Pepin's fast food is in a league of its own

Hardee's unveils Monster Thickburger

Three healthy party wraps

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.

Prep basketball roundup

Emotions run high in Eagles' openers

Keep it simple with lentils, sausage soup
I love soup season, that time of year when the temperature drops, and a big bowl of homemade soup is a very satisfying meal.

Keep it simple with lentils, sausage soup

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.

Man arrested for stabbing, car theft
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested the man they say stabbed a woman and stole her car.

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.

War in Iraq is lost on several levels

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

Priest in traffic dust-up must be held accountable

Priest in traffic dust-up must be held accountable
In response to "Driver should forgive priest in incident" (Dec. 4), I agree that this should happen. However, the driver should still press charges, and the priest should accept full responsibility for his horrible judgment. Jason Perry, Harlem

Local minister expressed mutual sentiments well

Local minister expressed mutual sentiments well
Consider this an expression of appreciation for publishing the op-ed column by the Rev. Clarence Grier ("Augusta Chronicle unfair to Walker, blacks," Nov. 19). Robert Bush, Augusta

Skilled judges deservedly draw their high salaries

Skilled judges deservedly draw their high salaries
Democracy cannot survive with a second-rate judiciary. Judges must have the intellectual ability to unravel the complexities of the law, and possess the backbone to look a criminal in the eye and hand down an appropriate sentence. It is best for all of us that judges, like surgeons, be the best and brightest. Mark Charles Fissel, 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

Military must keep Boy Scouts
I am a 13-year-old Boy Scout pushing First Class rank. ... The Boy Scouts were founded in 1907 by Lord Baden-Powell, a British general in the Boer War. John Badger, Hephzibah

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

Improve rotten local government
Your recent editorial "Is there anyone out there?" (Nov. 28) spoke of community activist Woody Merry and his thwarted efforts to improve local government. All of us should be especially concerned by most commissioners' head-in-the-sand outright disregard of his questions. George S. Harrison, Augusta

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.

CDC chief says more flu vaccines coming

The life and times of an online gamer

A new era in digital communication is here

Seniors calendar

High-tech publishing pioneer to try a 'blogozine'

Off-the-wall calendars

Japanese automakers produce greenest vehicles

E-junk recycling still in its infancy

Digital fingerprint scans expand to border crossings

Portable music player measures your pace

New contaminated food tracking rules put in place

CT scans, MRIs sent overseas in outsourcing twist

Japanese automakers produce greenest vehicles
WASHINGTON - Japanese manufacturers continue to make the cleanest-burning vehicles, but automakers are generally doing a poor job in lowering emissions that contribute to global warming, an environmental group said Tuesday.

Portable music player measures your pace
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. - It's been a few decades since anyone recorded my mile splits as I bounded over hill and dale, immersed in running's intoxicating rhythm.

A new era in digital communication is here
Christina Rainie had been trying to reach her friend for three days. For some reason, he wasn't responding to her wireless text messages, online instant messages or cell phone calls.

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.

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.

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.

Digital fingerprint scans expand to border crossings
NOGALES, Ariz. - Foreigners entering the United States zipped through the lines at the main port here and several other locations in Arizona and California as a new digital screening program went into effect.

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."

E-junk recycling still in its infancy
NEW YORK - When Office Depot, Inc. stores ran an electronics recycling drive last summer that accepted everything from cell phones to televisions, some stores were overwhelmed by the amount of e-trash they received.

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.

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.

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

Scoring streak comes to end
Six different Augusta Lynx players recorded a point in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Louisiana, but Sean Connolly was not one of them.

Relays follow shutout defeat

Scoring streak comes to end

Lynx Game Night

Relays follow shutout defeat
The Augusta Lynx got embarrassed Tuesday night at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

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 region

Physicians push liability reform

Attorney says jail kept him from talk
An attorney representing a man accused of killing an Augusta woman and her unborn child said Tuesday that Richmond County jail employees, acting on the orders of their administrators, illegally denied him access to his client Sunday.

Police have suspect in murder case
AIKEN - A Salley man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend's son during a morning argument, authorities said.

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Once more with feeling
Members of The Accidentals, the University of Georgia men's glee club, sing at St. Paul Baptist Church in downtown Augusta. They performed Tuesday at the Roger Denning Memorial Concert, which is part of the Music Live Concert Series.

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.

Committee proposes speed limit for trains
AIKEN - A draft ordinance setting a 25-mph speed limit for trains traveling through Graniteville, the scene of a car-train collision that killed five textile workers last month, was unveiled Tuesday evening at an Aiken County Council committee meeting.

Appeal over test scores goes higher
AIKEN - Aiken County school officials will ask the South Carolina Board of Education today to revise its No Child Left Behind Act results, citing a coding error by its own employees that kept the district from gaining an adequate yearly progress grade.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies were looking for a man suspected in the Tuesday stabbing of a 43-year-old woman and the theft of her car.

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.

Officials blame arson for fire at restaurant

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.

Man is convicted in driver's death

Officials fear funding lapse

Fort Gordon soldier killed in Iraq

Aiken family has stressful 'Wife Swap'
Everyone knows what happens when oil and water mix, but that didn't stop Bill and Wendy Ray, of Aiken, from taking their chances.

News you can use
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Man arrested for stabbing, car theft

Across the region
ATHENS, GA. - The husband of a woman who died while being held on a disorderly conduct charge has filed a lawsuit accusing Clarke County Jail officials of denying his wife proper medical care.

Board reveals two school zoning plans
Two zoning options for a new Evans elementary school were presented to parents at a public forum Tuesday.

Showing their appreciation
Senior Vice Commandant Jim Morris, a member of the James L. Hammons Detachment of the Aiken Marine Corp League and a veteran of the Korean War, and Jim Peterson, a World War II veteran, prepare to raise the U.S. flag to half-mast in honor of Pearl Harbor veterans and victims at Aiken County's Veterans Memorial Park.

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.

Man is convicted in driver's death
A Hephzibah man who caused a fatal wreck while fleeing police was convicted of murder Tuesday.

Change to alcohol rule fails
A plea from Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson to amend the city ordinance that would stiffen penalties for bar and store owners who sell alcohol to minors failed Tuesday.

Similar deaths attract queries
The boyfriend of a Medical College of Georgia dental student who police first thought committed suicide in 1990 is now under scrutiny by metro Atlanta authorities in the similar death of his estranged wife this weekend, officials said Tuesday.

Once more with feeling

Officials fear funding lapse
AIKEN - State lawmakers from Aiken County said Tuesday that there wouldn't be enough money to fully fund public education next year, despite a projected surplus of $356 million.

Trials often have set path

Trials often have set path
ATLANTA - Now that former State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko, Sen.-elect Charles Walker and ex-Rep. Robin Williams share the fate of having been indicted by federal grand juries, mounting a defense becomes their primary task.

Current job not enough to support family of 5

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Attorney says jail kept him from talk

Lighting Augusta requires patience
The holiday lights that give downtown Augusta streets a soft cheerful glow on December evenings might have seemed to pop up overnight, but the workers who put them up say it takes more than a day to bring the holiday spirit to downtown.

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina

Students will pick time of graduation
The great graduation debate continues in Richmond County. Outdoor or indoor? Morning or night? Same day or different day?

Edgefield County will switch offices

Current job not enough to support family of 5
A North Augusta husband and wife who lost their jobs in September are asking for help to give their three children a memorable holiday.

Business catches fire
Augusta-Richmond County fire crews fought against a fire Tuesday night that caused extensive damage to a business and traffic delays along a busy road.

Walker case spawns new complaints
DECATUR, Ga. - The accusations against Sen.-elect Charles Walker are now forming the basis for a lengthy ethics complaint filed against two DeKalb County officials.

Across the Southeast

Mother wants to give Christmas surprise

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.

Lawyer will be asked about graves
Following concerns raised by county residents, Columbia County commissioners agreed Tuesday to defer a vote on relocating at least nine graves from a planned Evans development site until their attorney can review the case.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Panel offers tips on base closings
ATLANTA - With a nationwide round of military base closings scheduled for 2005, Georgia communities that are home to the state's 10 defense installations should be preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, a panel of military policy experts said Tuesday.

Aiken family has stressful 'Wife Swap'

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

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

Board reveals two school zoning plans

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Showing their appreciation

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.

Appeal over test scores goes higher

Kid of the Day

Police have suspect in murder case

Gym honors coach's work

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.

Across the area

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.

Body in car may be missing man

Committee proposes speed limit for trains

Sanford vetoes bill on braiding

Panel offers tips on base closings

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Lighting Augusta requires patience

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.

News you can use

Across the area

Students will pick time of graduation

Officials investigate fire at business
Augusta-Richmond County fire crews are looking tonight to determine what caused a damaging fire to a central Augusta business, leading to some traffic delays along a busy road.

Lawyer will be asked about graves

Tablets show men's struggles, triumphs

Officials investigate fire at business

Across Georgia

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

Pearl Harbor survivor dies in Atlanta

Kid of the Day
Braxton Burns is today's Kid of the Day.

Cell-phone drive raises funds for troops

Officials blame arson for fire at restaurant
SAVANNAH, Ga. - An act of arson caused the fire that razed Williams Seafood Restaurant, four law enforcement agencies announced Monday.

Augusta woman stabbed; car stolen

Salley man charged with murder

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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.

At the Movies: 'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou'

No favorites yet in Oscar race
LOS ANGELES - With no J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy to lord over Hollywood's prom night, an eccentric mix of real-life characters may step in to fill the void at the Academy Awards.

At the Movies: 'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou'
With each new movie he makes, Wes Anderson drifts further away from the rare gem that was "Rushmore."

'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.

'Titanic' line tops cheesy movie scene survey

At the Movies: 'Ocean's Twelve'
When, oh when, will men ever learn that size doesn't matter? The ads for "Ocean's Twelve" proclaim, albeit in a coolly understated way, that "Twelve is the new eleven."

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.

No favorites yet in Oscar race

At the Movies: 'Blade: Trinity'

At the Movies: 'Ocean's Twelve'

Kanye West receives 10 Grammy nominations

Mary Travers undergoing chemotherapy
NEW YORK - Mary Travers, 67, of Peter, Paul and Mary is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of leukemia, but a full remission is expected within a few months, her publicist, Ken Sunshine, said Tuesday.

Kanye West receives 10 Grammy nominations
LOS ANGELES - Producer-turned-rapper Kanye West collected a leading 10 Grammy nominations Tuesday, including album of the year for "The College Dropout" which avoided typical boasting of sex, money and crime in favor of rhymes about everyday life.

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

Mary Travers undergoing chemotherapy

'The Real W' rides high on Christian charts

'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.

Malone leaves Lakers after Bryant's comments

Pacers see Redd in loss
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Redd scored 28 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first road win of the season, 89-86, over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Pittsburgh easily tops Memphis in Jimmy V
NEW YORK -- Carl Krauser scored all but two of his 17 points at the free-throw line to lead No. 11 Pittsburgh to a 70-51 victory over Memphis on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

Police turn over NBA brawl case to prosecutors

Hawks claim third victory

Malone leaves Lakers after Bryant's comments
LOS ANGELES - Karl Malone has ruled out a return to the Los Angeles Lakers because of comments made by Kobe Bryant in a radio interview, Malone's agent said Tuesday.

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 .

Panthers suddenly in playoff hunt

Jones' talent apparent in dramatic Dallas win

Tampa's bludgeoning keeps Falcons humble

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Mr. Jovan "Pop" Grubisa    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Maria Trini Hidalgo    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nettie Mae Sims    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Wallace Williams, Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. James L. Felder    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nora "Candy" Johnson    (GIBSON, G a.)
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Mr. Tolley Wendt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond "Jake" Hosey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Emily Adkins Smith    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Harry "Woody" Boyd    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mr. John Martin Lindsey    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Argyle    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Mae Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Crill Olsson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Joyce Akin    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Jesse C. Busbee    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillie Bell Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jorge Castro    (MARRIETTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Davison Lunceford    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
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Mr. Ben Daniels, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. James R. Harter    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Tommy Graham Borders    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Frank L. Vandegrift    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald R. Gray    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Orlando C. Wilder    (MACON, Ga.)
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Mr. James R. Harter    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Harry "Woody" Boyd    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Irvin Smith    (WARRENTON, GA)
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Mrs. Jean Oglesby    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Joyce Aiken    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles W. Mathis, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marie Keller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Velma Mae Smith    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Lee Goode, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nancy Ora Brown    (ACWORTH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Mae Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Louise Shackelford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertha Mae Croft    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. David Lee Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles W. Mathis, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Emily Adkins Smith    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Ryan R. McCowan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Annie Bell Edwards    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jean Oglesby    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. James Irvin Smith    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edith Rasmussen    (GILBERT, S.C.)
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Miss Tina D. Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Georgia Redd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Clinton Earl Smith    (METTER, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen L. Shackelford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George F. Green, Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harry H. Hrynyk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Georgia Redd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Anna Rearden Stevens    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)
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Dr. Sondra J. Betsch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Tina D. Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Martin Lindsey (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ryan R. McCowan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Irvin Smith (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Tolley Wendt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Loretta Loos (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Rasmussen (GILBERT, S.C.)

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

Mr. Johnnie Watts (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia Redd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen L. Shackelford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry H. Hrynyk (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Joyce Akin (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Harry "Woody" Boyd (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Adkins Smith (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

SGM. Franklin D. Swain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Louise Shackelford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles W. Mathis, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Bell Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Adkins Smith (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Davison Lunceford (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Tolley Wendt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Argyle (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Keller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James L. Felder (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ben Daniels, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse C. Busbee (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. George F. Green, Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lee Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Sondra J. Betsch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jovan "Pop" Grubisa (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James R. Harter (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Lee Goode, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Mae Smith (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Orlando C. Wilder (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles W. Mathis, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Joyce Aiken (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Mae Croft (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Donald R. Gray (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wallace Williams, Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Tommy Graham Borders (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Crill Olsson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Argyle (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora "Candy" Johnson (GIBSON, G a.)

Mr. Harry "Woody" Boyd (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Frank L. Vandegrift (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Mitchell (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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IOC looks into doping claims against Jones

IOC looks into doping claims against Jones
LONDON - The IOC opened an investigation Tuesday into doping allegations against Marion Jones, who could eventually be stripped of her five medals from the 2000 Olympics.

Overtime

Promoter avoids prison in fight fixing case

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.

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Harlem catcher Amber Klein was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Class AAA All-State softball team by state fastpitch coaches Tuesday.

Prep basketball roundup

Emotions run high in Eagles' openers
There can be such a thing as too fired-up. Josey's basketball teams lived that Tuesday in the dedication games at James Henry Roundtree Athletic Complex.

Jones' talent apparent in dramatic Dallas win
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys can only imagine how different their season might be had Julius Jones been healthy the whole time.

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

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.

Revitalizing rivalry is win-win

Scottish actor selected as 'Late Late Show' host
NEW YORK - Scottish actor Craig Ferguson, who played the boss for many years on "The Drew Carey Show," will be the new host of CBS' "Late Late Show."

NBC's Brian Williams gets off to strong start
NEW YORK - It's still early, but NBC's attempt at a seamless transition from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams on "Nightly News" appears to have worked.

Gloria Estefan to write children's book

People in the News

People in the News

Lady Bulldogs get third loss of season

Lady Bulldogs get third loss of season
ATHENS, Ga. -- Kylan Loney had five 3s among her 23 points, and Arizona State used 24 turnovers by 11th-ranked Georgia to win 67-57 on Tuesday night.

Simpson named AP SEC freshman of the year
COLUMBIA, S.C. - When South Carolina safety Ko Simpson got ready for his first college season, he hoped he could one day play like such Southeastern Conference standouts as Thomas Davis of Georgia, Junior Rosegreen of Auburn and Jason Allen of Tennessee.

Simpson named AP SEC freshman of the year

Amateur prize winners take different paths
Tommy Wessinger and Bill Hardy have this in common: they are Aiken golfers who recently won vehicles for making holes-in-one in the same benefit tournament at Aiken Golf Club.

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:

My style

Stretch a buck during tight holiday gift-buying season

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.

'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.

Lack of sleep affects teens' performance

'Blackout' shows effect of drug, alcohol abuse

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

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

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.

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

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

Cast comes out of 'Woods' with learning experience

Xtreme question of the week

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.

Odds and Ends

Woman survives being impaled through throat

Odds and Ends

Sect took out loans in preparation for doomsday