Majority of fans support ban
NEW YORK - A majority of fans say players who test positive for steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs should be banned from baseball and think such players should be barred from the Hall of Fame, a poll found.

McCain optimistic about testing change
PHOENIX - Sen. John McCain is "guardedly optimistic" that major league baseball and its players could reach an agreement on tougher testing for steroids.

Majority of fans support ban

Schilling expects to miss Opening Day
BOSTON - Red Sox ace Curt Schilling said his right ankle isn't recovering from surgery as quickly as he expected and he doesn't think he'll be ready to pitch by Opening Day.

Take a stab at Christmas music trivia

Odds and Ends
WEST COVINA, Calif. - Always wanted to leave a lump of coal in some Scrooge's Christmas stocking? Then Alec Nystrom has a deal for you.

Alleged robber caught drinking on the job
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Another reason not to drink on the job.

Lap pillow introduced in Japan
Makoto Igarashi, managing director of Tokyo-based toy model maker Trane Co., Ltd., rests his head on his company's novelty "lap pillow" in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004.

Man accused of biting dog as punishment
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A man accused of biting his Jack Russell terrier as punishment was jailed on animal cruelty charges, and police say he also used a 200-pound bull mastiff in an attempt to keep officers from arresting him.

Retail sales rise by 0.1 percent in November
WASHINGTON - Shoppers showed a bit of cheer at the cash registers in November, boosting sales at the nation's retailers by 0.1 percent.

Conservation Bank protects key sites in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Conservation Bank will spend $11 million to preserve about 25,000 acres, including some of the state's most historical and environmentally sensitive properties.

U.S. trade deficit swells to record $55.5 billion
WASHINGTON - America's trade deficit swelled to an all-time high of $55.5 billion in October as imports - including those from China - surged to the loftiest levels on record. Skyrocketing crude-oil prices also contributed to the yawning trade gap.

Make it easy to take gifts back

Shippers expect holiday joy
DECATUR, Ga. - Major shippers, including UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp., are predicting strong peak holiday volume despite a lackluster start to the season in sales at major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Limited Brands and Federated Department Stores.

Tommy Hilfiger buys Karl Lagerfeld trademarks

Blockbuster to end late fees in 2005

Attendance at theme parks increases
ORLANDO, Fla. - Attendance at North America's 50 most popular theme and amusement parks jumped almost 4 percent in 2004, the first overall increase since the 2001 terrorist attacks slowed the U.S. travel and tourism industry.

Fed boosts key interest rate to 2.25 percent
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, encouraged by the economy's performance, boosted a key short-term interest rate by one-quarter percentage point Tuesday, the fifth increase this year. Fed policy-makers held the door open to further increases into 2005.

Oracle snaps up PeopleSoft for $10.3 billion
SAN FRANCISCO - Ending 18 months of bad blood, Oracle Corp. raised its takeover bid for bitter rival PeopleSoft Inc. by 10 percent to seal a $10.3 billion deal that will create the world's second largest maker of business applications software.

Make it easy to take gifts back
If the holiday season is about giving, then the days after are about taking back. And your gift could be the next to go.

U.S. trade deficit swells to record $55.5 billion

Fed boosts key interest rate to 2.25 percent

BellSouth going door-to-door to get new customers

Tommy Hilfiger buys Karl Lagerfeld trademarks
NEW YORK - Tommy Hilfiger Corp. - whose once-hot preppy clothing business has cooled - is making a play to rekindle growth by buying luxury brand Karl Lagerfeld.

Conservation Bank protects key sites in S.C.

Shippers expect holiday joy

Service sector's sales soar

Retail sales rise by 0.1 percent in November

Airport shuttle widens service
A newly opened Augusta shuttle company is expanding its service to include Columbia Metropolitan Airport, in addition to stops at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Oracle snaps up PeopleSoft for $10.3 billion

Airport shuttle widens service

Service sector's sales soar
The malls aren't the only places people are spending money this holiday season. From liquor stores to plumbers, many service industries and retailers not typically associated with holiday shopping are seeing green this time of year.

BellSouth going door-to-door to get new customers
ATLANTA - Your local telephone company is picking up where salesmen of vacuum cleaners, vinyl siding and insurance left off.

Blockbuster to end late fees in 2005
DALLAS - Blockbuster Inc., the nation's biggest movie rental company, says it will eliminate late fees on games and movies as of Jan. 1 - but if you keep them too long, you buy them.

Clemson offers Byrnes coach job
Clemson has apparently offered one of its vacant assistant jobs to a South Carolina high school legend in the making.

Clemson offers Byrnes coach job

Huskies hire Willingham

Huskies hire Willingham
SEATTLE - Just two weeks after being firing by Notre Dame, Tyrone Willingham was introduced Monday as the new football coach at Washington.

Weis poised to play like a champion
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Charlie Weis says his job as Notre Dame's new football coach is to raise expectations and win games. It's as simple as that.

Huskies make history with two black coaches

Club Car scores with plan to provide lessons for employees

Holiday pounds can be avoided
OK, so four years ago the New England Journal of Medicine reported that holiday weight gain isn't so bad after all - only 1 pound per year on average.

Shooting needs to stop
Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik appeared to have all the earmarks of a superb Homeland Security chief - a tough, no-nonsense cop who's been through war and helped a city through the attendant ravages.

Disfigured

Braid bill unravels
Chalk up another example of level-headed leadership from South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Sanford recently vetoed a bill that would have required hair braiders to undergo 60 hours of cosmetology training.

What are we thinking?

Disfigured
It isn't just Viktor Yuschenko's face that's been disfigured by poison. Ukraine's young democracy has been just as scarred.

Curbing bus violence
Here's the way to curb violence on Richmond County public school buses: zero tolerance. No warnings, no lectures, no excuses. Any pupil who's violent on school buses gets the boot - and will have to find another way to get to and from school.

Shooting needs to stop

Braid bill unravels

Curbing bus violence

What are we thinking?
Nearly as repugnant as the sociopathic wife-and-baby killer Scott Peterson is America's morbid fascination with him.

Barry Manilow to perform at Las Vegas Hilton
LAS VEGAS - Barry Manilow, famous for songs such as "Mandy" and "Copacabana," has signed a long-term deal to perform at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino.

'Sideways' leads Golden Globes nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The road-trip flick "Sideways" led Golden Globe contenders Monday with seven nominations, including best musical or comedy film, three acting nominations and best director, while Jamie Foxx scored a record three nominations.

People in the News
NEW YORK - "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria says she'll be at the Golden Globes next month to cheer for her fellow cast members.

People in the news
LOS ANGELES - Showtime's new series "Huff" has yet to generate ratings to match its critical acclaim, so the channel tried a "minimarathon" to draw viewers.

The top five list
Top five in entertainment list.

Regis to replace Dick Clark on New Year's show
BURBANK, Calif. - A week after suffering a mild stroke, Dick Clark remained hospitalized and his spokesman announced that Regis Philbin will fill in as host of ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve 2005."

Marzipan is merrily versatile
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - You don't have to be a pastry chef to create marzipan garnishes. With a touch of food coloring and a little imagination, you can make deliciously sweet one-of-a-kind creations just like the professionals, for the holidays or any season.

Pecan, sage jazz up trout
Here's a simply stylish dinner recipe with a Georgia flavor that will take only about half an hour to make, using fresh trout sauteed in a pecan-bread crumb crust, and served with a buttery sage sauce.

Culinary philosopher George Lang still cooking at 80

Pecan, sage jazz up trout

Pepper ignites healthful linguine
Diavolo is Italian for devil; fra diavolo means brother devil - and when used to describe food it could mean something has a wicked peppery bite.

Small bites

Small bites
NEW YORK - The artist known as Bascove has edited a collection of 77 poems and prose pieces about food, published along with some of her paintings in a small, quietly appealing volume.

Marzipan is merrily versatile

Culinary philosopher George Lang still cooking at 80
Eating as entertainment: Culinary philosopher George Lang still cooking up ideas at 80

Food can be a family's 'great communicator'

Food can be a family's 'great communicator'
NEW YORK - Find yourself spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately?

Tiger Woods might have the last laugh

Tiger Woods might have the last laugh
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods was atop the leaderboard going into the weekend and talking about how excited he was that everything was starting to come together. And then it all fell apart.

NHL owners prepare counteroffer to union
NEW YORK - The NHL reportedly will reject the latest proposal from the players' union that was meant to end the lockout and salvage the season.

NHL owners prepare counteroffer to union

Talks going nowhere
TORONTO - The NHL rejected last week's proposal by the players' association and then had its own counteroffer turned down Tuesday during a 3-hour negotiating session.

NHL and union meet for another negotiating session
TORONTO - The NHL and the players' association met for 3 hours Tuesday in the second negotiating session in less than a week.

NHL and union meet for another negotiating session

Stewart would like you to play solitaire
Tony Stewart is a fiery competitor who often struggles with restraint. He's been through anger management and he's spent much of his racing career under the cloud of NASCAR probation.

NASCAR fans hope to find racing gear under the tree
Got a credit card with plenty of room under the spending limit and access to the Internet? If so, you don't have to fight traffic and the mall crowds to buy Christmas gifts for a NASCAR fan. Forget the usual sack of T-shirts, caps and car flags. Many NASCAR drivers make it easy to buy those hard-to-find gifts by logging onto their personal Websites or NASCAR.com.

Busch in a league of his own
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There were plenty of breaks in Kurt Busch's racing career that led him to the Nextel Cup Series championship.

Sterling Marlin: Loves Rocky Top and UFOs
Sterling Marlin, a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, loves the University of Tennessee Volunteers almost as much as he does racing.

Toffee trifle is sweet treat
A fabulous dessert doesn't have to take all day to prepare, and this week I'm layering a toffee trifle that will feed many but comes together in minutes.

Take a stab at Christmas music trivia
Part of what makes Christmas special is the music. No other holiday has the depth and scope and variety of holiday tunes. With that in mind, I pass along these musical questions.

Georgia Tech's Tenuta wants Ohio U. head coaching job
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech may be on the verge of losing defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.

Multicounty marketing partnership dealt a major setback
Government officials and business leaders hoping to create a multicounty marketing organization to lure new industry to Augusta were dealt a major setback Wednesday after a faction of Richmond County officials torpedoed the plan during a sometimes emotional two-hour meeting.

James Brown's surgery a success
NEW YORK - James Brown underwent successful surgery Wednesday to treat his recently diagnosed prostate cancer.

Officers investigate elderly man's shooting
AIKEN -- Police continued an investigation today that could lead to criminal charges against an elderly Aiken man who was wounded in a gun battle with an off-duty officer who had knocked on his door to investigate a loud-music complaint, authorities said.

Principal makes great role model
Dressed in his Sunday best, Principal Hartley Gibbons of Glenn Hills Middle School stood recently at the school's entrance like a preacher who had just faced the biggest day of his ministerial career. Sylvia Granade, Evans

Smoking ban robs us of our rights
The photo of Chuck Sprowls smoking in the Evans Diner in Columbia County, accompanying the story "Business owners prepare for ban" (Dec. 6), is as good an argument as any against the county's smoking ban. Gene Rickaby, Martinez

Human-animal genetics flourishes

Usher in era of personal freedom
Let's begin with the simple facts. The Social Security trust will begin paying out more in benefits than it collects in payroll taxes in 2018. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Rash letter writer errs about priest
After reading the letter from Teresa Glackin Callahan ("Priest must accept responsibility," Dec. 10) I had to respond. Patricia Howard, Martinez

Human-animal genetics flourishes
The current big debate in the scientific community involves the mixture of human and animal genes in somewhat secretive studies that involve the transposition of genetic material from higher life forms into lower life forms and vice-versa. Carl Langley, Aiken, S.C.

Usher in era of personal freedom

Work to reverse moral backslide
After the 2004 election, articles stated the religious right won the election and runs the country. If so, where is school prayer? Or more PG-rated movies? Meanwhile, on the tube, there are reality shows rife with profanity and degradation. Ralph Norman, Hephzibah

We must fight to preserve values
The ACLU - the Anti-Christian Liberties Union - and athiests are far more dangerous to the moral fabric of the United States than all Muslim fundamentalists combined. Robert P. Schloesser, Augusta

Smoking ban robs us of our rights

Rash letter writer errs about priest

Work to reverse moral backslide

West Virginia issues warning about mercury in fish

Two books highlight Southern tastes, trip

Health and fitness calendar

From screen to tree

West Nile likely to be persistent Gulf Coast problem

NASA administrator to resign

Seniors calendar

Holiday season turns into binge session

Google to scan books from big libraries

Two books highlight Southern tastes, trip
Good food can do more than satisfy an appetite; it can tell a story, give voice to the cook and connect generations.

Google to scan books from big libraries
SAN FRANCISCO - Taking a trip to the library may take little more than a computer's Web browser. Working with major libraries, Google is hoping to scan millions of books and periodicals into its popular Internet search engine during the next several years as part of an effort to bring more of the world's collective knowledge online.

West Virginia issues warning about mercury in fish
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginians were warned Monday to limit their consumption of game fish caught in state waterways to avoid possible mercury contamination, the first time a general advisory has been issued for the pollutant.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

West Nile likely to be persistent Gulf Coast problem
NEW ORLEANS - Big West Nile numbers in the far West got most of the attention this year, but it appears to be a more persistent problem in the South - especially along the Gulf of Mexico.

From screen to tree
It started with Howdy Doody lunchboxes, progressed into talking car models, and reached a new plateau this year with diamond-shape yellow signs that say "Desperate Housewife on Board."

Holiday season turns into binge session
It's just a pound or two, right? Cut a few carbs, hit the gym and they'll be gone by February.

NASA administrator to resign
WASHINGTON - Sean O'Keefe, who has spent three tumultuous years running the nation's space program, is preparing to resign, a government official says.

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.

Augusta Lynx player feeling frisky

Augusta Lynx player feeling frisky
It's amazing what a few points can do for a hockey player's spirit. Matt Dzieduszycki scored his first goal Saturday since suffering a high ankle sprain in October and added a pair of assists in the Augusta Lynx's 4-3 loss to the Charlotte Checkers.

Ailing divorcee seeks help for her 2 children
A divorced mother suffering from health problems needs help to provide her two children a memorable Christmas.

Emergency personnel shortage costly to fix

Organization donates books to local school

Business owners await boon from new office
Felton Mitchell was hopeful the new Board of Education building would mean a boost in business for Silla Caf, his Broad Street restaurant.

News you can use

Ex-deputy is charged in supervisor's death

News you can use

Navy school might be safe from closings
ATHENS, Ga. - The key to the Navy Supply Corps School's survival during next year's round of military base closings might be its ability to adapt to changing times and technology, experts say.

Prisons face crowding crisis

Some question hand gel effects
About 15 to 20 times a day, Valerie Richberg reaches into her bag for a can of foaming hand sanitizer, before, after and sometimes during a patient visit.

Single office saves money

Across the area
An autopsy shows that a south Richmond County man involved in a fiery single-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning died of blunt force trauma, officials said.

Business owners await boon from new office

Rants and Raves
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Navy school might be safe from closings

Tests at driving schools could be a success
The way teenagers receive their driver's licenses could be changing forever in Georgia.

Retirees are called key to city's growth
Financial planner Woody Merry wants to make Augusta into America's retirement destination to spur economic growth and save the city from the bankruptcy his reform group is predicting in five years.

Here we come a-caroling
Jamey Garrow leads the Song Birds, all members of W.O.W. (Wise Outrageous Women), as they sing carols to residents of the Cumberland Village senior living community in Aiken.

Legislators learn ropes before session begins

School board career ends tonight for Muns

Single office saves money
Savings from consolidating school departments in a downtown building could pay the salaries of four teachers.

Cold weather could be preview of chilly winter
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Temperatures dipping into the 20s across most of South Carolina this week are likely just a preview of a winter that should be colder and wetter than normal, forecasters say.

Ex-deputy is charged in supervisor's death
ATHENS, Ga. - A former Clarke County sheriff's deputy has been indicted on murder and related charges in the shooting death last month of an Athens poultry processing plant supervisor.

Alcohol license is near passage
Unlike a meeting in March, a new request for an alcohol license by the owners of Rhinehart's Oyster Bar on Monday came without any public clamoring.

Going for a ride

Across the area
A pipe fitter from Louisiana who was working at the Augusta International Paper plant died early Monday when he fell from scaffolding, according to Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten.

Rock hall of fame voters again snub Lynyrd Skynyrd
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the sixth consecutive year, Jacksonville band Lynyrd Skynyrd was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And for the sixth consecutive year, it was jilted.

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Kid of the Day
Dennis Alexander Gordon is today's Kid of the Day.

Emergency personnel shortage costly to fix
AIKEN - Aiken County needs to shell out an additional $650,000 next year if it plans to fully staff and keep its existing emergency responders and paramedics, an advisory committee said Tuesday.

Perdue wants to count up property
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia government owns an unknown number of buildings and parcels of land scattered across the state, like a doddering old uncle who has tucked stock certificates under sofa cushions, between books on the shelf and behind the picture frames.

Zoning rules halt salon project

Party builds path to reading for elementary school pupils
Don't buy them candy all the time. Buy a book. That's the message Principal Ruby Stewart likes to tell parents of children attending Jenkins-White Elementary School.

Burglars hit home of Iraq worker

Zoning rules halt salon project
AIKEN - One woman's push to open a beauty salon in a predominantly residential Aiken neighborhood sparked a rigorous debate about zoning Monday night that left the city council ready to revisit its guidelines.

Kid of the Day

Rural Democrats hope to draw party to center
ATHENS, Ga. - Rural Democrats, reeling from their party's loss of the state House in elections last month, are forming their own legislative caucus to press for issues of concern outside metro Atlanta and the suburbs and perhaps steer their party back to the center.

Party builds path to reading for elementary school pupils

Prisons face crowding crisis
ATHENS, Ga. - Doing the crime could soon mean not doing as much time behind bars, at least for some nonviolent offenders.

Cold weather could be preview of chilly winter

Organization donates books to local school
Not all children in America have a home library. That's why Washington, D.C., lawyer Kyle Zimmer began First Book, a national organization that has handed out 20 million books to children since 2001.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Ailing divorcee seeks help for her 2 children

Cameras on buses no longer function

Rock hall of fame voters again snub Lynyrd Skynyrd

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Carolina Helen Wallace is today's Kid of the Day.

Tests at driving schools could be a success

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

Kid of the Day

School zoning vote is put on hold
The Columbia County School Board voted not to vote Tuesday on the zoning of a new elementary school.

Across Georgia

Fort job options open to civilians
As the nation's military pushes to put more men and women in uniform in war-fighting positions, new civilian jobs are opening at Fort Gordon, officials said.

Here we come a-caroling

Airport shuttle widens service
A newly opened Augusta shuttle company is expanding its service to include Columbia Metropolitan Airport, in addition to stops at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Textile plant lays off 35 workers

Officials say keg law fails
ATLANTA - Nearly four years after state lawmakers created a beer-keg tracking system, many prosecutors say the law has done little to achieve its original goal of helping to bring criminal charges against adults who provide alcohol to minors.

Year ends without water woes

Burglars hit home of Iraq worker
AIKEN - The soundtrack to Ken Rusack's life includes the nightly chatter of small arms fire, the whoosh-bang of a rocket and the metallic thunk of a mortar round leaving the tube and arcing to its target.

Across South Carolina

School board career ends tonight for Muns
Lee Muns will serve on his last official Columbia County School Board meeting this evening.

Recreation fees could rise
An Augusta Commission committee approved Monday increased fees for youth recreation programs and facility rental.

Across Georgia
HAHIRA - The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has fined the city of Hahira more than $6,000 for inaccurate reports dealing with the city's water and wastewater systems.

Going for a ride
Mara Nance walks down Broad Street with her dachshund, Holly Molly Polly. Her dog is a therapy dog, and Ms. Nance takes her everywhere, including to work and on jogs.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Citadel's elite Summerall Guards will appear next month in the inaugural parade for President Bush, the state military college announced.

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Report clears school leader

Textile plant lays off 35 workers
ATHENS, Ga. - The Christmas season lost some of its merriment and brightness Monday for a number of employees with the Voyles Road Invista plant in Athens.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A suspect in at least two dozen Columbus-area armed robberies was arrested after police linked him to a can of beer.

Sanford will push for more officers
AIKEN - A proposal to add 425 officers to South Carolina's threadbare law enforcement agencies will be included in the executive budget Gov. Mark Sanford plans to release in January, he announced Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An attorney and former psychologist at the Department of Mental Health has been named to the agency's commission, officials said Tuesday.

In search of home
Paul Martin, of Augusta, carries his 2-year-old son, Cahir, down Broad Street in Augusta. Mr. Martin and his wife were searching for an apartment complex.

Report clears school leader
AIKEN - Midland Valley Preparatory School principal Lilian Thomas was cleared of any wrongdoing after a three-month investigation, even though the Aiken County school board would not listen to the entire report at its meeting Tuesday night.

Sanford will push for more officers

Georgia Tech's Tenuta wants Ohio U. head coaching job

Across the area

Officials say keg law fails

In search of home

Cameras on buses no longer function
None of the cameras installed on Richmond County school buses are working, and they haven't worked for years, Transportation Director Michael Shinn acknowledged Monday.

Some question hand gel effects

Police shooting hurts man, 82
AIKEN - Police continued an investigation Tuesday that could lead to criminal charges against an elderly Aiken man who was wounded in a gun battle with an off-duty officer who had knocked on his door to investigate a complaint about loud music, authorities said.

Jobless couple request help
An unemployed Augusta woman needs assistance to give her 5-year-old son presents this Christmas. The 29-year-old woman was recently laid off, and a back injury she sustained in a car wreck keeps her from being hired.

Year ends without water woes
With less than a month to go, weather officials say it looks as if 2004 will end as a normal year for rainfall.

Legislators learn ropes before session begins
ATHENS, Ga. - The Augusta area's freshman legislators may be part of the rookie class heading to Atlanta next month, but they'll hardly be wet behind the ears when they get there.

Retirees are called key to city's growth

Mascot, fans couldn't block Bloedel's kick
As its name would imply, the Punt, Pass and Kick competition has a very specific list of requirements for its participants.

'Polar Express' chugs along to $100 million

'Polar Express' chugs along to $100 million
LOS ANGELES - After a slow start out of the station, "The Polar Express" just keeps chugging along.

'Sideways' is top winner at N.Y. Film Critics Circle
NEW YORK - The awards keep pouring in for "Sideways," which the New York Film Critics Circle named the best picture of 2004.

'Sideways' is top winner at N.Y. Film Critics Circle

'Mary Poppins' gets super makeover in new DVD set
LOS ANGELES - Movie animation has come a long way since Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke frolicked with cartoon penguins, sheep and carousel ponies in "Mary Poppins."

'Mary Poppins' gets super makeover in new DVD set

Sledge, U2, O'Jays among Hall of Fame inductees

Hall of fame voters again snub Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sledge, U2, O'Jays among Hall of Fame inductees
NEW YORK - Irish rockers U2, R&B singers The O'Jays and soul balladeer Percy Sledge are among five musical legends to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the foundation's 20th annual induction ceremony next year, the organization announced Monday.

Hall of fame voters again snub Lynyrd Skynyrd
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the sixth consecutive year, Jacksonville band Lynyrd Skynyrd was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And for the sixth consecutive year, it was jilted.

Stewart would like you to play solitaire

Labbe, Andrews join Evernham Motorsports
STATESVILLE, N.C. - Richard "Slugger" Labbe, who won two Daytona 500s as crew chief for Michael Waltrip, was hired Monday by Evernham Motorsports to call the shots for Jeremy Mayfield's team.

Sterling Marlin: Loves Rocky Top and UFOs

Busch in a league of his own

Labbe, Andrews join Evernham Motorsports

NASCAR fans hope to find racing gear under the tree

Huskies make history with two black coaches
SEATTLE - Tyrone Willingham and Lorenzo Romar are recognized as accomplished college coaches, the biggest reason Washington administrators are glad to have them working the sidelines.

Surgery slows down Duckett

Chiefs' big rally tops Titans

Falcons hope to remain an NFC surprise

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Mr. Joseph "Jack" Jones, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marian Jenkins Broome (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Sgt. Joe Clifford Davis (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel L. Ross (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Marion Jakes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Griffis (EDGEFIELD, Ga.)

Mrs. Lydia Mae Murphy (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Wilson Gantt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna M. Porter (WRIGHTSVILLE, GA.)

Mr. Milton Barksdale (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annette Green Williams (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Brantley Cofer (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Terry Eubanks (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Tecora Gaston Burt (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Essie R. Griswell (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Hamilton H. Blackstone, Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Hamilton H. Blackstone, Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Cecil Boyd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Johnson, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Sarah Williams "Nanny" Duggan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry W. Loman (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mr. Harry B. Morris, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie Ruth Copeland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Y. Hastings (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Amelia "Bebe" Green (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Walter C. Hill, Sr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Jody Anne Whetsell (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Atwood Gabriel (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Harold "Duck" Boatright (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie James Bogins ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry A. Robinson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Petlewski (REDFORD, Mich.)

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

Mrs. Rosa Lee Lightfoot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kyle Franklin Randolph (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Yvonne A. Faulkner (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Amelia "Bebe" Green (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Ethel Wolf McKinney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy New Fields (NORWAY, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura Davis Avery (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rory Dan Segen (LAKELAND, Fla.)

Mrs. Beatrice Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Nichols (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Angus Porter Godbee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Y. Hastings (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Lawrence Wells, Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Overtime

Overtime

Roddick splits with coach Gilbert

Roddick splits with coach Gilbert
Andy Roddick fired coach Brad Gilbert this weekend after 1 years together that yielded a U.S. Open title and the No. 1 ranking.

Overtime
Laney's Robert Dunn has been selected Region 7AA offensive Player of the Year. Jeremy Hayes, Curtis Sapp and Corvey Irvin also from Laney, won for their play at guard, wide receiver, and defensive end.

Overtime
Blackville-Hilda alumnus Brandon Isaac of Georgia Military committed to South Carolina over the weekend during an official visit.

Battle of brothers brings out Aquinas' best
Reminiscence was the name of the game Monday night inside the Aquinas High School gymnasium. Bernie and Zach Norris scrapped and clawed, just as they used to in their playing days on the same hardwood floor.

Surgery slows down Duckett
ATLANTA - Only two days after he set a team record by rushing for four touchdowns in the win that clinched the Atlanta Falcons' division championship, running back T.J. Duckett had knee surgery Tuesday and will miss at least one game.

Falcons hope to remain an NFC surprise
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Jim Mora says he enjoys the way the Atlanta Falcons' division championship has excited fans, but general manager Rich McKay says he hopes no one outside of Atlanta has taken note of one of the NFL's biggest surprises.

Chiefs' big rally tops Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two of the league's most disappointing teams put on quite a show in prime time.

Warsaw has rare public observance of Jewish holiday
WARSAW, Poland - Jewish leaders and Warsaw officials lit the candles of a large menorah in the center of the capital on Monday for Hanukkah, a rare public observance of a Jewish holiday in Poland.

Mascot, fans couldn't block Bloedel's kick

Some TV shows get preschoolers up and moving

'Housewives' beat 'Survivor' finale in the ratings
NEW YORK - ABC's "Desperate Housewives" is doing so well, it turned a "Survivor" finale into a run-of-the-mill event.

'Housewives' beat 'Survivor' finale in the ratings

Some TV shows get preschoolers up and moving
NEW YORK - TV's hot new characters for preschoolers are designed to get the little couch potatoes up and moving.

Trump undecided on which 'Apprentice' to pick
NEW YORK - Donald Trump is usually in high-rise buildings. Right now, he's on the fence.

The top five list

Regis to replace Dick Clark on New Year's show

People in the News

'Sideways' leads Golden Globes nominations

Barry Manilow to perform at Las Vegas Hilton

People in the news

Club Car scores with plan to provide lessons for employees
You've got to applaud the initiative of Club Car Inc. president and CEO Phil Tralies, and only hope executives in other golf-related companies follow his lead.

Your style
THE FACTS: Kevin Hackett, 16, a junior at Lakeside High School.

There's a perfect gift, no matter what your budget

Xtreme calendar

Set criteria for college, then probe schools

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Would you prefer an expensive gift or one from the heart

Xtreme calendar
ON DVD OR VHS: Collateral, a thriller starring Tom Cruise as a hit man and Jamie Foxx as the unwitting cabbie who picks him up for one long night; I, Robot, the story of a future filled with robots, starring Will Smith; and Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in a tale about the pains of royal training.

There's a perfect gift, no matter what your budget
It's the gift-giving season, which means it's also the gift-getting season.

Some forget meaning of holidays

Some forget meaning of holidays
The holidays come too quickly for most people. This is probably the cause of all the long lines, overcrowded parking lots and the stress that come with last-minute shopping. Obviously, people just didn't have time to get it done "early" and awoke to find themselves with only 39 or 24 or two shopping days left before the Big Day.

Christmas trees teach students skills for work

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

Christmas trees teach students skills for work
In a twist on Santa's workshop, Alicia Martin's classroom at Hephzibah High School is overtaken by tinsel, ribbon, wire, gift wrap and bows.

Audio best

Set criteria for college, then probe schools
This week's problem: I'm just a junior, but I'm concerned about applying to college. Not only do I not know what I want to major in but there also are so many colleges I don't even know where to start looking.

Your style

Odds and Ends

Lap pillow introduced in Japan

Man accused of biting dog as punishment