Michael Crichton plunges into environmental debate
NEW YORK - Michael Crichton is a big man with big ideas, a storyteller of nearly 7 feet who turns popular science into popular fiction.

Macedonian relics depict life and times of world conqueror

Macedonian relics depict life and times of world conqueror
NEW YORK - Don't expect titillating revelations about Alexander the Great from a collection of ancient relics showing life and times in his Macedonian kingdom.

Copycat serial killer stalks town in 'Hour Game'

War veterans pour experiences into art

Copycat serial killer stalks town in 'Hour Game'
David Baldacci's latest novel, "Hour Game," is rich and deeply textured, and it marks the return of former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, introduced in the author's "Split Second" (2003).

Tommy Chong takes stage in 'Marijuana-Logues'
LOS ANGELES - It was pot that made him famous and pot that helped put him in prison. So it seems only natural that Tommy Chong's first big gig since leaving the joint would be in a play called "The Marijuana-Logues."

Book chronicles Mussolini's finale
The fall of Benito Mussolini, the Fascist dictator of Italy from 1922-1943, occurred in slow motion. And, as Ray Moseley shows in his book, "Mussolini: The Last 600 Days of Il Duce," the subject could fill several books because of its repercussions within Italy and beyond.

Michael Crichton plunges into environmental debate

New picture books could fill Santa's sack

Tommy Chong takes stage in 'Marijuana-Logues'

Book chronicles Mussolini's finale

War veterans pour experiences into art
BERKELEY, Calif. - Ehren Tool never fired a gun in the Persian Gulf War. When his Marine buddies went trophy hunting in the trenches, he stayed put, warned by his Vietnam veteran dad not to seek out the naked face of war.

New picture books could fill Santa's sack
Chrissie is Santa's kid - and not in the way that you, your child, your nephew and the rest of the people in the world are Santa's kids. Chrissie is the real thing, the offspring of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. She spends her days at the North Pole, hanging with the elves and feeding the reindeer.

Braves discuss trade for Milwaukee closer Kolb
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As nearly two dozen managers talked about their off-season moves, Atlanta's Bobby Cox said John Smoltz might rejoin the starting rotation if the Braves find another closer, and Atlanta negotiated to acquire Danny Kolb from Milwaukee.

Braves discuss trade for Milwaukee closer Kolb

Boston signs Wells
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement with 41-year-old David Wells, bringing the boisterous lefty to their already wild clubhouse to help defend their World Series title.

Girl, 10, cuffed for scissors in school
PHILADELPHIA - A 10-year-old girl was placed in handcuffs and taken to a police station because she took a pair of scissors to her elementary school.

Braves get new closer, Smoltz to start
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Atlanta acquired All-Star closer Dan Kolb from the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday for prized pitching prospect Jose Capellan and a player to be named, allowing the Braves to move John Smoltz back into the starting rotation.

Braves get new closer, Smoltz to start

Fed emerging from era of mystery

AOL accellerates ad-supported model

Fed emerging from era of mystery
WASHINGTON - A master of mystery much of the time, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has vastly improved the central bank's communications with Wall Street and Main Street over the past decade.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 23-30. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

'House flipping' target of state, federal probes

Shoppers flock to stores this weekend

Counties consider economic partnership
Officials from Richmond and Columbia counties will meet Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to salvage plans for a regional economic development organization.

Bargains for brides
NEW YORK - Christina Hendrix had her dream wedding: a ceremony, reception and honeymoon that cost less than $12,000, total.

'House flipping' target of state, federal probes
ALBANY, N.Y. - A four-bedroom, 1-1/2 bath colonial for only a $450 monthly mortgage payment? How can you go wrong?

Satellite radio, Muzak battle for businesses
Listen. It's at the gym, the grocery store, in a diner, a gasoline station, at a fast-food restaurant - it's music - and it's meant to make you spend.

Business calendar

Business licenses
The following is a partial list of business licenses in Richmond County from November 2004:

On the move

On the move
Connie Siu Guinn has been named director of the Children's Miracle Network at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

A&W debuts new restaurant that plays up brand's roots

A&W debuts new restaurant that plays up brand's roots
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A&W Restaurants Inc., the chain best known for its frothy root beer floats, is tapping its past for a new drive-in that serves up a big helping of nostalgia along with some new twists.

AOL accellerates ad-supported model
DULLES, Va. - The walls surrounding America Online Inc.'s well-manicured gardens are crumbling.

Bojangles' exports its Cajun-spiced treats to China
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cajun-spiced fried chicken and "dirty rice" may not have enticed the Irish palate, but officials at Bojangles' are betting China will be a much hotter market.

Shoppers flock to stores this weekend
NEW YORK - With less than two weeks of shopping left until Christmas, the nation's malls and stores stepped up discounts over the weekend, but business appeared to be mixed, according to analysts.

Satellite radio, Muzak battle for businesses

Business calendar
Tuesday: Not Just Coffee; Columbia County Chamber of Commerce morning networking event; 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 671 N. Belair Road; Medical College of Georgia President Daniel Rahn will speak on the topic of Cancer Research and other MCG Expansion Projects; event is free but attendees asked to make a donation to the Stephanie Hackett Cancer Medical Fund; for more information call (706) 651-0018.

Counties consider economic partnership

Online store finds success with one-item-only sales
DALLAS - Each weekday at midnight, self-described "gadget geek" Dan Paddock is poised in front of his computer on his favorite Web site, looking for bargains too good to pass up.

Property transfers

Bojangles' exports its Cajun-spiced treats to China

Bargains for brides

When officials meet, taxpayers beware

When officials meet, taxpayers beware
The Richmond County legislative delegation met last week for the first time since June when then-delegation Chairman Sen. Don Cheeks adjourned the meeting in a huff after they couldn't agree on procedure.

Clemson downs Charleston Southern

Clemson downs Charleston Southern
CLEMSON, S.C. - It may have been final exam week, but Clemson's basketball team didn't ace its game against Charleston Southern. Coach Oliver Purnell was at least happy the Tigers managed a passing grade.

Leinart says he wants to return to USC

Valdosta State blazes to title

Leinart says he wants to return to USC
NEW YORK - Matt Leinart owns a Heisman Trophy and a national title - and he's got a shot at another championship coming up in less than a month.

Leinart joins lore of Trojans
NEW YORK - Matt Leinart replaced a Heisman Trophy winner and became one himself.

Readers' ideas to fix the BCS mess
Editor's note: We asked for reader feedback on the Bowl Championship Series, and you responded. Although most respondents are in favor of a playoff to determine college football's national champion, there are a variety of ideas on how to do it.

Readers' ideas to fix the BCS mess

Valdosta State blazes to title
FLORENCE, Ala. - Valdosta State rallied to win its first NCAA Division II championship Saturday, with Fabian Walker throwing two touchdown passes and running for another score in the Blazers' 36-31 victory over Pittsburg State.

Wildcats thump Hoosiers

Western Michigan tops College of Charleston

Duke coach could join 700 win club tonight

Law punches at brawlers
Michigan law is now taking a punch at the celebrated basketbrawlers whose fights in the stands and on the court did so much last month in Detroit to tarnish the image of the National Basketball Association.

What improvement?
Much of the talk at the annual pre-legislative meeting between Richmond County's state lawmakers and Augusta commissioners centered on what to do to make the eight-year-old consolidated government charter more responsive and effective.

Law punches at brawlers

All in this together
The Columbia County Development Authority got good advice last week from some industrial recruiter specialists. Work with Richmond County, don't compete against it, said Betty McIntosh of New Jersey-based Stadtmauer, Bailkin, Biggins LLC.

An SRS bonanza
The Flanders Corp. plan to build a $60 million air-filtration and containment factory is probably the biggest economic development project to come to the New Ellenton area since the federal government announced more than a half century ago that it was going to build a nuclear weapons facility there, i.e., the Savannah River Site.

He still 'feels good'

An SRS bonanza

He still 'feels good'
James Brown's millions of fans around the world were distressed to hear "the Godfather of Soul" has prostate cancer. The world renowned rock legend, who has deep roots in Augusta, announced he will undergo surgery for the disease Dec. 15.

All in this together

Q&A with teen queen Lindsay Lohan
NEW YORK - Lindsay Lohan seems like a typical 18-year-old. She's really concerned with boys and her hair, she's fidgety and giggly, and she just bought these fuzzy purple boots from a Marc Jacobs sale.

People in the News
OSLO, Norway - Oprah Winfrey didn't have to think twice when she was asked to host this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert with Tom Cruise.

How to find a decent used car for $1,000

Sands looking to become gambling giant with IPO

Gift cards can carry hidden costs

Sands looking to become gambling giant with IPO
LAS VEGAS - When billionaire Sheldon Adelson sold his successful Comdex computer show and decided to build a lavish hotel-casino with thousands of rooms, gambling executives ridiculed his business model.

How to find a decent used car for $1,000
Q: I need a car, but can only spend $1,000. Is it possible to find something I can afford?

Go global with care in portfolio
NEW YORK - With the U.S. economy likely to slow next year, many investors are looking to add more international exposure to their portfolios in hopes of winning higher returns. A number of global mutual funds offer what seems like easy one-stop shopping, but experts warn that all are not created equal.

Gift cards can carry hidden costs
NEW YORK - Publicist Scott Black started looking at purchasing gift cards a couple of years ago, when he realized how much it cost to ship holiday presents to customers and family.

Navigating the holiday dessert table
Does it seem as though the season of giving has become a two-month cycle of gaining?

Navigating the holiday dessert table

Georgia Southern routs Augusta State
STATESBORO, Ga. - Terry Williams scored 14 points to lead six players in double figures in Georgia Southern's 99-66 rout of Augusta State on Saturday night.

Yellow Jackets get inside job for win
ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech men's basketball team sat down in the dentist's chair Saturday, opened its mouth wide and prayed that the time to rinse would come quickly.

Georgia Tech falls to Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. - Jillian Robbins had 20 points, 18 rebounds and nine blocks Sunday as Tulsa beat Georgia Tech 55-47.

Georgia Southern routs Augusta State

Yellow Jackets get inside job for win

Georgia Tech falls to Tulsa

It's never too early for Christmas

Schwartzel wins Dunhill in playoff
MALELANE, South Africa - South Africa's Charl Schwartzel captured the Dunhill Championship on Sunday for his first European tour title, recovering from a poor finish in regulation to win the first playoff hole against England's Neil Cheetham.

Schwartzel wins Dunhill in playoff

Woods on a roll as season ends

Woods on a roll as season ends
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - At this rate, Tiger Woods probably can't wait for the 2005 season to start.

India's Randhawa wins Masters of Asia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - India's Jyoti Randhawa won his first title of the year, capturing the Volvo Masters of Asia on Sunday by beating Australia's Terry Pilkadaris on the second playoff hole.

India's Randhawa wins Masters of Asia

Golf roundup
MELBOURNE, Australia - Australia's David McKenzie shot an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Australian Masters, while Peter Lonard was four shots behind in his bid to became the first player to complete the Australian Slam.

Rebels give Wolfpack first loss, lesson

I'm dreaming of a Write Christmas
My wife cheerfully points out that most (as in every one) of the holiday greeting cards lining our mantel are from her friends.

Late paper delivery notice
A series of critical mechanical malfunctions during the printing of today's editions has caused a late delivery of the Augusta Chronicle newspaper.

Jury gives Peterson death penalty
The same jury of six men and six women found Peterson guilty Nov. 12, when about 1,000 people descended on the streets outside the San Mateo County Courthouse, most cheering when the verdicts were read.

Don't fret the incorrect 'Ray' movie
I read the editorial in The Chronicle saying that what was depicted in the Ray Charles movie was offensive and put Augusta in a bad light ("Ray gives state black eye," Dec. 7). I have a story to tell if you think the movie put Augusta in a bad position. Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Get to root of underage drinking

Segregation, not 'Ray,' is the issue

Segregation, not 'Ray,' is the issue
For the past several years, I have been comfortable keeping my opinions about public issues private. However, the hoopla appearing in The Chronicle concerning the movie Ray - and its license to say that Ray Charles was banned from Augusta, and Georgia, because of his refusal to perform for a segregated audience at Bell Auditorium - is ridiculous. Grady Abrams, Martinez

Don't fret the incorrect 'Ray' movie

Get to root of underage drinking
Regarding the article "Change to alcohol rule fails" (Dec. 8): Tony Martin, North Augusta, S.C.

In Chicago, the most dazzling gifts are found outdoors

Laser tools zap inaccurate household measurements

Game review: Two polished multiplayer titles

Residents proud to be Augustans

Lemon will help remove stains from Formica surface

Couple's children always come back to decorate home

Sunglasses-turned-digital music player are no bargain

Holy Land seeks visitors during Christmas

Waterproof housing for the iPod mini is all wet

Who is a true Southerner

Flu shot supply grows, demand withers

In the know

Parents can split bill for reception

Do you know the South??

Techbits: Adware wars, Grammy iTunes and more

In Chicago, the most dazzling gifts are found outdoors
CHICAGO - It's a staple of Christmastime Chicago: standing in the crowds outside the elaborate window displays of Marshall Field's State Street store, jostling for a glimpse. A block away are Daley Plaza's famous Picasso sculpture and annual tall tree.

Game review: Two polished multiplayer titles
If my experiences with two new massively multiplayer online role-playing games have taught me one thing, it's that if I really wanted, I'd never have to interact face-to-face with another person again.

Laser tools zap inaccurate household measurements
Forget eyeballing straight lines to level wallpaper, pictures and sundry other projects. Let lasers do it.

Couple's children always come back to decorate home
For 11 years, Pat and Tom Huckabee's family has convened at Thanksgiving and posed for a family portrait. Once the photographer leaves, the work begins for their four children.

Sunglasses-turned-digital music player are no bargain
LOS ANGELES - It seems like a cool idea - sunglasses with a built-in digital music player and speakers.

Parents can split bill for reception
Dear Carson: Our son broke his engagement for a wedding scheduled for July. Last week we received a letter and a bill from the bride's parents asking us (the groom and parents) to reimburse them $4,400 for the nonrefundable deposit for the reception. We had no idea that the deposit was so large or that it was nonrefundable. The bride returned the engagement ring when they broke up. How much, if any, of this $4,400 are we obligated to pay to the bride's parents? - Parents' Predicament

Holy Land seeks visitors during Christmas
JERUSALEM - For the first Christmas season in five years, Israel and the Palestinians are cooperating to boost tourism to encourage Christian pilgrims to visit the Holy Land during the holiday.

Who is a true Southerner
The home of good ol' boys, okra and Scarlett O'Hara is changing. Every year, more people move to the South, and as time marches forward, it inspires us to confront a question almost as old as the republic itself:

Flu shot supply grows, demand withers
SEATTLE - Rod Watson had to cancel 1,000 flu-shot clinics in four states when the national vaccine shortage cut off his supply two months ago.

Do you know the South??
Whether Southern by birth or the good graces of geography, every soul who considers him- or herself a citizen of Dixie must have a firm grasp on some of the absolutes of Southern culture.

Techbits: Adware wars, Grammy iTunes and more
SAN FRANCISCO - Online DVD rental leader Netflix Inc. is putting social networking on its marquee of coming attractions for next year.

In the know
Stephanie Guin always anticipated a marriage proposal from Randy Lewis, but when he finally got down on one knee two weeks before Christmas, she was caught off guard.

Waterproof housing for the iPod mini is all wet
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - After you've joined the music revolution and plunked down $250 for an Apple iPod mini, it's easy to become quite protective of the little gizmo.

Lemon will help remove stains from Formica surface
Q: We just moved into a new home that has Formica kitchen countertops. Our previous home had ceramic tile. Can you give me some tips on how to care for this surface? - Ron

Residents proud to be Augustans
From Olde Towne to Laney-Walker, past the Hill and out to Southgate, Augusta is home to more than 195,000 people, all of whom have their own definition of what it means to be a resident.

Lynx locate goal, set record in loss
For the first time in well over a week, the Augusta Lynx gave their fans a reason to get into the game Saturday.

Lynx locate goal, set record in loss

Hospital, Columbia County to negotiate land price
Columbia County's plan to purchase a tract of land owned by Doctors Hospital in Evans is now in the negotiation phase.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested a man Saturday in a morning carjacking in Hephzibah, officials said.

Kid of the Day

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

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -- The governor has fired the chairman of state-owned utility Santee Cooper, and a second board member has resigned, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported Sunday. Both had clashed with Gov. Mark Sanford about changes at the utility.

Funding shortfall threatens facility
AIKEN - Like disappointed sports fans, supporters of Savannah River Site were forced to say "wait 'til next year" after the most recent congressional spending bill fell far short of ensuring the future of the federal nuclear site.

North Charleston mayor, family attacked
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The mayor of North Charleston was shot at after he pursued three men who snatched his daughter's purse while the family was out shopping.

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia

Across the area

Bringing holidays home

Science academy marches along toward goals

Budget woes limit S.C. legislature's plans
AIKEN - South Carolina lawmakers pre-filed 223 bills last week in anticipation of the state's 116th General Assembly, which starts Jan. 11.

Empty Stocking: Mother can't afford gifts after losing job

Man wants creek named for mother
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A small Clark Sound tidal creek has been named for a woman who spent years teaching and helping special-needs children.

Award boosts Columbia County's appeal

Abbey's Nativity collection attracts thousands

Funding shortfall threatens facility

Across the area

Across Georgia

Thurmond's letters give insight into marriage

Across South Carolina

Principal wins defamation suit

Thousands take part in unity march

Across the area
A greeter will be at Augusta's downtown post office today and Dec. 20 to aid customers.

State seeks lower health costs

Airport, wildlife benefit from work of 'Bird Lady'
What may sound like a tame, yet interactive safari is actually Tina Rhodes' job at Augusta Regional Airport.

Thurmond's daughter tells her side in book

Female prisoners get fewer calories
ATLANTA - Female inmates in Georgia's state prisons have a lot less food for thought these days.

News you can use

Ga. lawmakers receive lessons in ethics
ATHENS, Ga. - As many Georgians sat in church pews Sunday morning, the state's newest lawmakers heard about the temptations of kickbacks and the sin of conflicting interest.

Principal wins defamation suit
COLUMBIA - A jury has awarded a Columbia principal $150,000 in a defamation lawsuit after he said his boss falsely accused him of ignoring black pupils.

Woman needs help to provide for 5-year-old
An Augusta woman caring for her 5-year-old great-nephew needs help this winter to pay household bills.

Abbey's Nativity collection attracts thousands
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Some are elaborately painted and decorated, others are simply fashioned of wood or clay, while one is even made of discarded Coke cans. But the hundreds of Nativity scenes from around the world at Mepkin Abbey tell the same story of the birth of Jesus Christ in a lowly stable.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Dodi Young of Millen, Georgia.

Victim's family files lawsuit
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The family of a man shot to death by a Muscogee County sheriff's deputy a year ago has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the county, the sheriff and the deputy.

Across the southeast

Thousands take part in unity march
ATLANTA - Saying his followers "did not come in a march of hatred," Bishop Eddie Long avoided direct comments on gay marriage while leading thousands on a march Saturday that started near the grave of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Female prisoners get fewer calories

After election, college political groups wane
ATLANTA - The College Republicans at Emory University need a smaller meeting room.

Ga. lawmakers receive lessons in ethics

Downtown parade kick-starts city's holiday spirit
With her Santa hat-covered head bobbing to distant drum beats, 4-year-old Jasmine Smith eagerly stood up and peered down Broad Street.

Budget woes limit S.C. legislature's plans

Bond hearing is slated for teen murder suspect
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A 15-year-old boy accused of killing his grandparents will have another bond hearing after more than three years in jail.

Across Georgia
HAMPTON -- State Rep. Lynn Westmoreland had a couple of beers before getting behind the wheel at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday.

Thurmond's daughter tells her side in book
COLUMBIA - "I always thought I had a fairly normal childhood, until I found out my parents weren't who I thought they were."

The week ahead

Pressure is on CEO to grow
ATLANTA - Margaret DeFran- cisco's mind, like that of many corporate chieftains, is always in marketing mode. Focus groups, retail outlets, promotional buzz and new product creation occupy her thoughts.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

State seeks lower health costs
ATLANTA - After listening to health-care professionals, advocates and others discuss growing medical costs and what Georgia might do to limit them, Newnan retiree Dave Harris had trouble picking out the most intriguing idea.

Former fire chief wants probe resolved

Award boosts Columbia County's appeal
Columbia County schools can add one more accolade to their list: the blue ribbon award.

Oldest S.C. lawyer still loves the law

Empty Stocking: Mother can't afford gifts after losing job
A single Augusta mother who lost her job in September needs help to give her children just one gift this Christmas.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -- Four people have been arrested in the killing of a 27-year-old man who was shot while delivering newspapers in DeKalb County.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the southeast
NEW ORLEANS -- NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe is a top candidate for Louisiana State University chancellor after nearly three years leading the space agency through a tumultuous period marred by the Columbia shuttle disaster.

Science academy marches along toward goals
Gene Eidson sees a distinct relationship between fourth-graders studying water pollution and two governors concerned over water rights for their constituents.

Former fire chief wants probe resolved
Technically, the special grand jury investigation of city government, much of which focused on former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few, started in 2000 and ended two years later. But that timetable doesn't work for Mr. Few.

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG -- An 18-year-old man has been charged in the death of his teenage cousin, whose body was found in an Orangeburg County pond.

5 Questions - Post office clerk Glenda Howard
Evans post office window clerk Glenda Howard answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Oldest S.C. lawyer still loves the law
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Henry Hammer goes to work every day in his downtown Columbia law office, neatly dressed in a suit and tie.

The week ahead
The thrill's not gone just yet.

Rants and Raves
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Printing trouble delays delivery
A series of problems with The Augusta Chronicle's presses Saturday night and early Sunday was to blame for many readers receiving their newspaper as late as Sunday evening.

Thurmond's letters give insight into marriage
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It was a coupling that set tongues wagging and gossips whispering throughout South Carolina in the late 1960s.

Bringing holidays home
The Aiken Jaycees Parade makes its way down Park Avenue before turning onto Laurens Street.

Woman needs help to provide for 5-year-old

Dog has free run of Dooly County's justice center
PINEHURST, Ga. - Dooly County's sheriff has an unofficial, four-legged deputy who has free run of the halls at the justice center.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Trayvonne Cummings, 11 months, of Augusta.

Eleven sentenced in loan scam case

Jefferson boasts tradition of academic excellence
JEFFERSON, Ga. - Teaching is a tradition for many families in Jefferson, and that's one reason academic excellence also is a tradition for the city's school system.

Printing trouble delays delivery

Police shut down nude musical
ATLANTA - Police shut down a bar that was showing a Broadway-style musical revue featuring nudity because the business didn't have an adult entertainment license.

Jefferson boasts tradition of academic excellence

Hospital, Columbia County to negotiate land price

Holiday theft watch begins
Black Friday brought more than eager shoppers to retail stores throughout the area. Police and many retailers say one of the busiest shopping days of the year also marks the start of a busy month of shoplifting.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Holiday theft watch begins

North Charleston mayor, family attacked

Jury gives Peterson death penalty

Airport, wildlife benefit from work of 'Bird Lady'

Eleven sentenced in loan scam case
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Two mortgage company managers and nine of their employees have pleaded guilty in a loan scheme that bilked more than $3 million from banks and loan companies.

Close your eyes, think of playoffs
If you're anything like me - and feedback reveals that many of you are - Saturday was exquisitely exhausting. It was back-to-back-to-back-to-back the most meaningful day in college football history. It was December Delirium.

It's never too early for Christmas
Along about September, I begin humming Christmas tunes. They come automatically, even though the thermometer might be topping 80 and the stores are filling with Halloween candy.

U.S. demand for Japanese animation grows
TOKYO - Animation in America once meant Mickey Mouse, Snow White and Winnie the Pooh. These days, it's just as likely to mean Japanese fighting cyborgs, doe-eyed schoolgirls and sinister monsters - thanks in large part to people like John Ledford.

'Ocean's Twelve' gets No. 1 debut
LOS ANGELES - Movie audiences have gone from one robbery flick to another.

Capsule reviews of new films

U.S. demand for Japanese animation grows

'Ocean's Twelve' gets No. 1 debut

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films currently playing in theaters:

Duran Duran takes center stage in VH1 special

Duran Duran takes center stage in VH1 special
NEW YORK - Three years into an unlikely comeback, Duran Duran is taking center stage in several ways.

Kidd returns in Nets win over Hawks

Kidd returns in Nets win over Hawks
ATLANTA - Richard Jefferson didn't care that Jason Kidd failed to assist on a basket for the first time in his 11-year career.

Western Michigan tops College of Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Ben Reed scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Western Michigan beat the College of Charleston 69-56 on Sunday.

Wildcats thump Hoosiers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Patrick Sparks scored 16 points and No. 10 Kentucky dominated Indiana inside for a 73-58 win over the Hoosiers on Saturday.

Duke coach could join 700 win club tonight
DURHAM, N.C. - Mike Krzyzewski feels fortunate to still be the coach at Duke, and it has nothing to do with his brief flirtation with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer.

Coastal Carolina routs Coker
CONWAY, S.C. - Pele Paelay scored 21 points, including 19 in the first half, to lead Coastal Carolina to a 86-50 win over Coker on Sunday.

Win puts Panthers in playoff contention

Falcons look to yet again bounce back

Atlanta's Coleman buries former team

Falcons' win clinches division

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Mrs. Millie Bessell Manderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robbie A. van Eeden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Dell McGahee (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Carry Goffin Sanders (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Veronica C. Mondell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Wilson Morgan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Veronica C. Mondell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Pettis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Eubanks (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Eubanks (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Lightfoot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Keith Wendell Patterson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Eartha Dean Neal (DENMARK, S.C.)

Mrs. Peggy C. Blair (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Zonnie Hammonds (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Keith Wendell Patterson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Lightfoot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Melvin Mayes (AUSTIN, Texas)

Mr. Herman M. Scroggs (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Earnestine (Bunny) Kettles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory V. Holston (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Lightfoot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Millie Bessell Manderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billie (Bill) Joseph Tarvin (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Campbell (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura Avery (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Zonnie Hammonds (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Pettis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert H. Broach (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Juanita M. McCarty (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen A. Simonsen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Williams (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Marion Jakes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Everette Martin Stallings (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Overtime

Klitschko celebrates big win

Area sports announcements
Childers Baseball Academy will be hosting a holiday baseball camp Dec. 18-19 at the West Augusta Little League Complex. The Saturday camp will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and includes lunch. The camp will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $75. For more information, call Terry Childers at 868-9010.

Complaint against Tyson over car damage dropped
PHOENIX - A complaint against former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson for damaging a car was dropped after the vehicle's owner was reimbursed.

Klitschko celebrates big win
LAS VEGAS - Vitali Klitschko won a big heavyweight title fight by giving Danny Williams such a savage beating that his hand hurt badly from hitting Williams so much. That accomplished, he headed Sunday for Ukraine, where an even bigger fight awaits outside the ring.

Overtime
n Alliance, Ohio, freshman Josh Welch threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Walter Sharpon fourth down with 49 seconds to play, lifting Mary Hardin-Baylor to a 38-35 victory over Mount Union in the NCAA Division III semifinals.

Father-daughter hunt
Harlem's Kristen Mills made the first buck she connected with a trophy one.

Bringing home that first buck

Father-daughter hunt

Outdoors calendar
THURSDAY: Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will conduct its annual Savannah River Site Christmas Bird Count. Contact Adrienne DeBiase at (803) 725-0382.

Bringing home that first buck
Equally fortunate this season was 8-year-old Austin Hinton of North Augusta, whose first deer was a fine 11-pointer taken in Wilkes County, Ga., on Nov. 6.

Outdoors calendar

Open season for questions at gathering
Augusta-area sportsmen sometimes feel left out when Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division schedules its periodic public meetings to seek opinions on how best to manage the state's hunting programs.

Rebels give Wolfpack first loss, lesson
Garrett Black strives to have a girls basketball program as strong as Hephzibah's.

Falcons look to yet again bounce back
ATLANTA - No wonder Michael Vick can't wait to get back on the field. These are the times when he's usually at his best.

Falcons' win clinches division
ATLANTA - T.J. Duckett might play the rest of his career and never score four touchdowns in a game.

NFL Power Rankings for week 14
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Win puts Panthers in playoff contention
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Unthinkable two months ago, the Carolina Panthers are officially in the playoff hunt.

Atlanta's Coleman buries former team
ATLANTA - Rod Coleman made quite an impression on his former team.

NFL notebook
If Terrell Owens had a vote for NFL MVP, he'd vote for, well, himself.

Open season for questions at gathering

Close your eyes, think of playoffs

TV journalist signing off after three decades
NEW YORK - "I was just in the editing room, working on the last piece," Bill Moyers says. "I thought: 'I've done this so many times, and each one is as difficult as the last one.' Maybe finally I've broken the habit."

Chris Daugherty wins 'Survivor: Vanuatu'
NEW YORK - CBS's "Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire" came down to two highway workers, but only Chris Daugherty was able to drive home with the $1 million prize and a new car.

TV journalist signing off after three decades

Isabella Rossellini stars in Sci Fi's 'Earthsea' fantasy
LOS ANGELES - Displaying the same beauty and dignity that made her mother a screen goddess, Isabella Rossellini plays Thar, the High Priestess of Atuan, in the Sci Fi Channel's "Legend of Earthsea."

Q&A with teen queen Lindsay Lohan

People in the News

Lady Dogs beat Arizona
ATHENS, Ga. - For once, Georgia's wide-body freshman Tasha Humphrey found herself out-sized, by Arizona center Shawntinice Polk.

Bulldogs get by Beavers in OT
ATLANTA - Levi Stukes scored a career-high 31 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:50 left in overtime that carried Georgia to a 76-74 victory over Oregon State on Saturday.

Lady Dogs beat Arizona