Mini theatre ends season with drama, piano performances
The Augusta Mini Theatre and Community Arts School ended its fall season with a series of recitals Dec. 6-10.

Athletics trade Hudson to Braves

Promoter wants more MLB games in Puerto Rico

Promoter wants more MLB games in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN - The promoter who brought the Montreal Expos to Puerto Rico is talking with major league baseball to have other reams play on the island next season.

Pedro Martinez meets the Mets
NEW YORK - After helping the Boston Red Sox win their first title in 86 years, Pedro Martinez will try to lead the New York Mets to their first championship since 1986.

Expos' move to Washington could come apart
WASHINGTON - Baseball fans in the nation's capital might not have long to cheer their new team.

Athletics trade Hudson to Braves
OAKLAND, Calif. - Tim Hudson was traded from the Oakland Athletics to Atlanta on Thursday in a blockbuster deal that further bolstered the Braves' revamped rotation.

Expos' move to Washington could come apart

It's hard to pick what the dog should watch

Birth announcements

Birth announcements
Brian Reese Thaxton Jr.: Brian and Dawn Thaxton, of Norwood, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Brian Reese Thaxton Jr., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Glen and Phoebe Brenchley, of Norwood, Larry and Judy Lendman, of Thomson, and Jay and Elaine Thaxton, of Augusta.

Accident spills millions of honeybees on freeway
LAS VEGAS - A truck carrying 12 million honeybees hit a wall on a highway ramp, dumping its load across the pavement shortly before the evening rush hour.

Odds and Ends
CLIFTON, N.J. - A Missouri family's pet snake, missing for a while, turned up alive and slithering in a box they had sent to New Jersey, about 1,000 miles away.

Odds and Ends
DuBOIS, Pa. - Ralph Bonebreak was born to be wild - in 1910.

Oil futures stabilize after sharp rise
VIENNA, Austria - Oil futures prices fell back below $44 a barrel Thursday after a jump in prices the previous day that reflected a drop in U.S. crude and heating oil stocks even as demand was rising with cold weather spreading across the U.S. Northeast and Midwest.

Panel works toward role in partnership
The Development Authority of Richmond County approved a plan Thursday to take the lead in creating a regional economic development organization.

California regulators require more efficient appliances
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California regulators are forcing manufacturers of household electronics such as TVs, DVD players and cell phone chargers to make their products more energy efficient under new rules that could spark a nationwide trend toward wattage-thrifty small appliances.

Pelzer plant will open in Thomson
THOMSON - A new industry could bring 35 jobs to McDuffie County in the next few months.

Oil futures rise past $44 a barrel
Oil futures prices bolted 5 percent higher Wednesday, climbing above $44 a barrel after government data showed a slight decline in U.S. supplies of crude and heating oil as colder weather descended on the northeastern United States, driving up fuel demand.

Cheney: making tax cuts permanent is critical for economy
WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that it is critical to make President Bush's tax cuts permanent during his second term, while achieving broader reforms in the tax code and bolstering Social Security.

Trade deficit climbs to record in third quarter
WASHINGTON - The deficit in the broadest measure of trade climbed to a record high of $164.7 billion in the third quarter of this year, reflecting Americans' hardy demand for imported oil and foreign-made goods.

Talks of partnership dissolve into quarrels

Bush says it's time to overhaul Social Security
WASHINGTON - President Bush said Thursday that "now is the time to confront Social Security" to deal with a projected $3.7 trillion, 75-year shortfall and give younger workers the ability to invest some of their contributions into personal accounts.

Hershey set to increase prices of candy
HERSHEY, Pa. - People looking for that next chocolate fix might find it a little bit more expensive Thursday after Hershey Food Corp. said it will raise wholesale prices to offset higher raw material and other production costs.

Wrap up a healthy gift

Gillette introduces two new women's razors
BOSTON - Gillette Co. on Thursday said it will introduce two additions to its Venus line of women's razors, including a model with the vibrating blade technology used in the men's M3Power razor that the company says helped increase third-quarter sales of blades and razors.

Pelzer plant will open in Thomson

Coca-Cola will launch 3 new drinks
ST. LOUIS - Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., the world's largest bottler, plans to launch three new drinks and improve its diet drink business next year.

Google wins in trademark lawsuit

Talks of partnership dissolve into quarrels
Government officials and business leaders hoping to create a regional industrial recruitment organization were dealt a major setback Wednesday when the plan was torpedoed by a faction of Richmond County officials during a sometimes contentious two-hour meeting.

Workers hit mark with no injuries
Henry Merriweather spends his day nestled among gauges and computer screens that monitor the manufacture of hydrochloric acid and chlorine gas.

Bush says it's time to overhaul Social Security

Sprint acquiring Nextel in $35 billion deal

Leaders wary of changes

Oil futures rise past $44 a barrel

Panel works toward role in partnership

Cheney: making tax cuts permanent is critical for economy

Trade deficit climbs to record in third quarter

Sprint acquiring Nextel in $35 billion deal
NEW YORK - The $35 billion merger of Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. could challenge Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless for supremacy in a ruthlessly competitive business where prices are constantly dropping.

California regulators require more efficient appliances

Google wins in trademark lawsuit
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Google Inc. won a major legal victory Wednesday when a federal judge ruled that the search engine's advertising policy does not violate federal trademark laws.

Oil futures stabilize after sharp rise

Wrap up a healthy gift
Lamar Crowell wanted to give the gift of health, and he didn't mind spending $12,000 to do it.

Chemical maker earns top safety certification

Officials have high hopes for new Applebee's
The roar of diesel engines and the sloshing of freshly poured cement provided the soundtrack to Wednesday's ceremony welcoming Applebee's to south Augusta.

Chemical maker earns top safety certification
When it comes to minding P's and Q's, there's a local chemical manufacturer that's right on track.

Officials have high hopes for new Applebee's

Leaders wary of changes
More than 150 corporations and business leaders contributed nearly $6.3 million during the past 10 years to the city's regional economic development initiative, Forward Together.

Workers hit mark with no injuries

Orgeron introduced as football coach at Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. - Ed Orgeron's recruiting success at Southern California helped him land the job as Mississippi's football coach Thursday.

Georgia State's athletic director steps down
ATLANTA - Greg Manning, a former star guard for Lefty Driesell at Maryland, stepped down on Thursday as athletic director at Georgia State.

Orgeron introduced as football coach at Ole Miss

Freshman guides Blue Devils

N.C. State tops Louisiana-Lafayette

Paine snaps winless streak

Jackets trounce former assistant

Bush's dollar policy

Find more prison space
There's no doubt that incarceration is the best deterrent to crime, violent or nonviolent. Why? Because it's 100 percent effective. If one is locked up behind bars, one cannot be out in society engaging in lawbreaking.

Find more prison space

Bodman and SRS
President Bush, it is said, enjoys befuddling pundits with his surprise Cabinet choices. He certainly succeeded with his second-term pick to head up the federal Department of Energy. Samuel W. Bodman is not only a little-known figure in the energy community - he is little-known, period, except in the Treasury Department, where's he's been serving as a deputy secretary for nearly a year, and before that in the Commerce Department.

Bush's dollar policy
President Bush is better about talking up a strong dollar than doing something about it. When he meets with foreign leaders, as he did Wednesday with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, he makes a point of saying the policy of his administration is to support a strong U.S. dollar.

Bodman and SRS

Charters look promising
Charter schools have been around just long enough to draw some tentative comparisons with mainstream public schools. Charter schools, if you recall, are publicly funded institutions that are allowed to experiment and innovate in their operations and teaching techniques that would not be permitted in the regular public school system.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

The late Freddie Prinze gets Hollywood star
LOS ANGELES - Freddie Prinze Jr. shed tears Tuesday as he unveiled a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for his late father, who committed suicide in 1977.

Concert calendar
The codetalkers featuring col. bruce hampton, david childers: Tonight , Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta

People in the News
LONDON - Organizers of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award have named Hugh Grant to the panel of judges for the 2004 prize.

People in the News
Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias were married in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a few weeks ago, Us Weekly magazine reports.

Fire destroys former 'Love Shack' of B-52's singer
ATHENS, Ga. - The tin roof and a burned-out frame are all that remains of the little old place where singer Kate Pierson once got together with her bandmates from the B-52's.

Event calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Club calendar
BLIND PIG: 1251 Broad St.; Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips Friday and Saturday; 722-7335; www.blindpigblues.com

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

SkyMiles program changes to win back customers

SkyMiles program changes to win back customers
ATLANTA - Struggling Delta Air Lines Inc. announced a raft of changes to its frequent flier program on Wednesday, ranging from making it easier to get upgrades to simplifying fees, in hopes of winning back customers angered by previous changes to the program.

Fishing tournaments

Area of lake teeming with bass

Area of lake teeming with bass
The outside air might be frigid, but the Raysville area of Strom Thurmond Lake is red hot for anglers pursuing hybrid and striped bass.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta GA, 30903-1928.

What's for Lunch

What's for Lunch
FRESH CATCH FISH MARKET AND RESTAURANT 3213 WRIGHTSBORO ROAD SIGNATURE DISH: Fried bream, with french fries, hush puppies and coleslaw, $4.99; with shrimp-fried rice and vegetable rice, $5.99

Georgia's blue crab is on the rebound

Georgia's blue crab is on the rebound
SAVANNAH - Rain, diluting the salty water in estuaries and sounds along Georgia's coastline, may be the reason why Georgia's blue crab population is on the rebound, researchers said.

Renovations boost understanding of landmark sites

Wild onions, garlic can be ousted from your garden
One of the most prevalent and hardest to control weeds is wild onion or garlic.

Renovations boost understanding of landmark sites
MIDDLETOWN, Va. - Like gardeners everywhere, Elizabeth McClung does a lot of digging. Hers, however, is more along the lines of unearthing obscure facts, weeding information from old ledger books, cultivating ideas from faded sketches.

Wild onions, garlic can be ousted from your garden

Georgia Southern beats Arkansas St
STATESBORO, Ga. - Terry Williams' four 3-pointers in the second half helped Georgia Southern rally to an 85-70 victory over Arkansas State Wednesday night.

Jackets trounce former assistant
ATLANTA -- One of the unwritten codes of coaching is never fraternize with the opposition the day of the game.

Jackets' defense seeks good returns
ATLANTA -- The statistics say Georgia Tech has the 14th-best defense in the nation.

Georgia Southern beats Arkansas St

Jackets trounce former assistant

Jackets' defense seeks good returns

NHL running out of time as lockout continues

NHL running out of time as lockout continues
The NHL is disappearing right before our eyes, and the reason is simple.

NHL veterans don't think they'll play until 2006
TORONTO - National Hockey League veterans Chris Pronger and Jim McKenzie think this lockout is far worse than the one that wiped out half a season 10 years ago.

It's hard to pick what the dog should watch
I worry about my dog. He's a house dog, and we have to leave him inside most of the day while his two-legged family members are at work or school.

Appeals court says taking of children was unjustified
There was no legal reason justifying the taking of a gay mother's children, the Court of Appeals of Georgia said in reversing a Richmond County Juvenile Court judge's decision.

Richmond county murder suspect sentenced to life by Jefferson County judge
A man facing a death penalty trial for the 2003 shooting of an Augusta convenience store clerk has been found guilty by a jury today in a Jefferson County home invasion that happened days before the clerk's murder, officials said.

Color is irrelevant; winning isn't

Can the grammatical nitpicking

Can the grammatical nitpicking
I consider teacher Renee Toole to be my friend. I think she is a very good human being. And I think the fact that she shares her talents with our greatest human resource, our children, we should consider ourselves lucky. Randy DuTeau, Martinez

U.S. economy is in shaky shape
Into the final stretch of the year and the most important shopping season of the year, the economic folks are starting to worry. Retailers aren't reporting much in the way of good news, and even Wal-Mart is complaining. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Airport has strong marketing plan
Regarding your Nov. 20 editorial "A rudderless airport," I would like to point out that Augusta Regional Airport does have a marketing plan. The pencil giveaway to local pupils is not part of that plan; it's merely an effort by the Augusta Aviation Commission at building better community relations. Cedric Johnson, Augusta

Parents can help schools succeed
It is a delight and an honor to recognize that folks such as Tom Swatzel, president of South Carolinians for Responsible Government, take the time to delineate a major problem we have with our school systems. Walter Lamb, Aiken, S.C.

Color is irrelevant; winning isn't
Regarding "Gamecocks draw ire of association" (Sports article, Dec. 9): The Black Coaches Association is acting like it makes the rules. They should ask for more black coaches, but they are very wrong right now. Michael Webb, Martinez

Race majorities happen for reason
This is in response to the letter titled "Work crew typifies racial disparity" (Dec. 11). The writer expresses a logical fallacy that is all too common in today's world: that if a region has a certain racial ratio, then any sample of that group will have the same ratio. Kirby Coggin, Windsor S.C.

Diet advice: Steer clear of eggnog and margaritas

Keep kids active and healthy during the holidays

Bumper stickers can be removed with minimal effort

Media-based gifts go nicely under tree

Flu shot restrictions may cause doses to go to waste

Martial arts can chop at those calories
Literally speaking, the term martial arts refers to the skills of war. Martial art forms can include the use of weapons but often focus on weaponless defense using the entire body.

Diet advice: Steer clear of eggnog and margaritas
You know drinking and driving is bad, but what about drinking and dieting?

Flu shot restrictions may cause doses to go to waste
ATLANTA - Two months after the government recommended that scarce flu shots be reserved for people most at risk, health officials are now worried that tens of thousands of doses could go to waste, and they are considering easing the restrictions.

Bumper stickers can be removed with minimal effort
Bumper stickers, those rolling billboards of terse, opinionated verse, were all the rage during the election season when who you were voting for was of paramount importance.

Media-based gifts go nicely under tree
The big trauma in the Uhles house this holiday season has been noodling out exactly what yours truly would like to see under the tree. My mother, sister and wife have all made pestering me for ideas, hints or vague bread-crumb clues a daily ritual. But the truth is, I'm not sure what to tell them. At the risk of sounding overly rose-colored, I consider my family, friends and health my greatest gifts, and an assortment of tools, toys or coffee-table tomes will only pale in comparison.

Keep kids active and healthy during the holidays
As if keeping children fit and trim isn't challenging enough, now you have dreams of dancing sugar plums to contend with.

Lynx forward has knack for scoring

Lynx forward has knack for scoring
Jamie Johnson took a pass from Matt Dzieduszycki at center ice Saturday and skated toward Charlotte goaltender Kelly Guard.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - Fired Cobb County Police Chief Lee New has reached a settlement with the county that gives him a $26,000 severance package, the county announced.

Married couples remain healthier
WASHINGTON - Married people are healthier than other adults, though husbands have a tendency to pack on some extra pounds, said the National Center for Health Statistics.

Court sentencing
Sentencing, paroles and indictments.

Checkups will gauge dump's closing date

Billboard rule could cost state millions
ATLANTA - The state Department of Transportation Board on Wednesday continued struggling with the issue of billboard rules and how to avoid losing as much as $66 million in federal transportation funds if the rules aren't changed.

Board shows off new offices

Organization honors community work
A nonprofit organization recognized and awarded community members for their achievements and service Dec. 7 at its annual meeting at the Augusta Towers Hotel and Convention Center.

Organization honors community work

Ill energy worker gets first check
AIKEN - The U.S. Department of Labor cut a symbolic first check Wednesday to a sick energy worker under a program formerly run by the Energy Department, officials said.

Richmond County school lunch menu

Session might change policies
The future of Augusta's Bethlehem Historic District is at stake tonight as area preservationists and growth advocates debate changing guidelines concerning demolition and renovation work in the neighborhood.

Session might change policies

Judge sends boy to youth facility
A 13-year-old Edgefield County boy was sentenced in a Columbia County court Wednesday to treatment and incarceration at a youth detention facility after he pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation.

Billboard rule could cost state millions

Events calendar
The Augusta Symphony presents a Pops! at the Bell concert, The Songs and the Season, at 8 tonight at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Folk-based roots performer Kathy Mattea will be the special guest. Tickets range from $10-$40. For more information, call 826-4705 or visit www.augustasymphony.org.

Man found dead in cell

Santa stories
Children from Pathways Head Start give Santa - portrayed by Dennis Fludd - a hug after Storytime with Santa at the downtown library. Santa also gave the children presents.

Court sentencing

Santa's little helpers
Smith Adams, dressed as Santa Claus, dances during Thomson Elementary School's pre-K performance of That's Not Santa.

Judge throws out lawsuit by Streat

Weather, car issues cause lack of money
An Augusta woman having financial problems wants to make sure Santa Claus stops by her home this Christmas.

Man took $32,000 to Schrenko's campaign chief

Judge throws out lawsuit by Streat
A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by a former state senator against a former federal prosecutor.

This week

This week
Let all mortal flesh keep silence: Columbia County Choral Society presentation 7:30 p.m. Friday ; First Baptist Church of Evans, corner of Belair and Washington roads; $8 general admission, $6 students, seniors; 650-2311.

Events calendar

Zoning board member resigns
AIKEN - A member of the city's Board of Zoning Appeals resigned Tuesday over a vote by the Aiken City Council that blocked a hairdresser from appealing how she can use her property.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Customers of South Carolina Electric and Gas will see higher electricity rates starting next month. The Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved an overall 2.89 percent increase in the base rates.

Guardsmen train for service in Iraq

Auction raises money for Augusta-area charities
The bidders didn't have numbers; instead, the auctioneer gave them nicknames.

Married couples remain healthier

Community interest
HEPHZIBAH LIONS CLUB: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Hephzibah Community Center, Windsor Spring Road; Beverly Roberts, 592-2982

Residents consider pulling historic designation

Teen who attacked teacher is released
The middle school boy whose 1999 scissors attack on his special education teacher left her in a semi-comatose state was released from a juvenile detention center this week, authorities said.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100).

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Aviation commission approves incentive program
Aviation commissioners on Thursday approved an incentive program that they hope will bring in new blood to the airport over the next year.

Schools get memo about religious speech
ATHENS, Ga. - A memo detailing when and how religious speech can be used in Clarke County public schools has been sent to all school district staff after recent public furor over the reading of a poem about school prayer at Cedar Shoals High School.

Across the area

Boards OK $84 million renovation
Officials are calling it the biggest move University Hospital has made since it moved into its present building in 1970. How it will pay for the $84.5 million renovation will come later, but officials said they should be able to handle it comfortably.

Seven tiny reindeer

New parks will be accessible
Whether it be at new parks, older parks or even at a planned disc golf course, officials in Columbia County are looking to offer the disabled plenty of access to recreation sites.

Augusta gets more priority flu shots

1,200 layoffs sought at SRS
AIKEN - Westinghouse Savannah River Co. has asked the Department of Energy for permission to lay off 1,200 employees at Savannah River Site this fiscal year and up to 800 more the next, company President Bob Pedde announced Thursday.

Kid of the Day

Man took $32,000 to Schrenko's campaign chief
ATLANTA - The case against former state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko might have gotten tougher for her to dispute Wednesday with the guilty plea of a computer executive who admitted to delivering $32,000 in cash to the manager of her gubernatorial campaign.

Rants and Raves
Comments from reaaders:

Brown upbeat after his surgery
ATLANTA - James Brown underwent successful surgery Wednesday to treat his recently diagnosed prostate cancer.

Board shows off new offices
Comparing it to a big Christmas gift for downtown Augusta, Mayor Bob Young helped school officials dedicate the new board headquarters Wednesday.

Man jailed for abuse jailed again
An Augusta man who beat his girlfriend less than two weeks after completing a jail sentence for abusing her earlier this year is headed to prison.

USC breaks ground on research campus
COLUMBIA, S.C. - University of South Carolina officials broke ground Wednesday on two buildings that will be part of a planned 5-million-square-foot research campus in downtown Columbia.

Man found dead in cell
State and local authorities are investigating the Wednesday morning death of a Richmond County jail inmate as a probable suicide, officials said.

Pupils given lesson about fire safety
Lt. Randy Justice, of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, has taught fire safety for almost two decades, but the message became personal when his hands, arms and back were burned in a house fire.

Pedro Martinez meets the Mets

Cell-phone restrictions begin with new year
A new policy prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving on Fort Gordon goes into effect Jan. 1.

Guardsmen train for service in Iraq
In the freezing but peaceful cold of a Wednesday morning at Fort Gordon, National Guard soldiers were trained as if gunfire were erupting around them.

Chambliss expresses support of Rumsfeld

Bomb scare empties U.S. Courthouse
The U.S. Courthouse at Telfair and Eighth streets was evacuated Wednesday after a man put a suspicious package near the southwest side of the building. Authorities later determined the box contained six bottles of wine.

Paving project causes neighbor tension

FBI looks to local officers for task force
ATLANTA - The FBI announced Wednesday it is inviting local police agencies in Augusta, Savannah and Brunswick to assign officers to a Savannah-based task force that would combat terrorism.

Aviation commission approves incentive program

Harbin seeks powerful job
ATLANTA - House Republicans are staying tight-lipped as they choose committee leaders. But some are pointing to Columbia County Rep. Ben Harbin as a strong contender to head one of the body's most powerful committees.

Man goes to jail in assault on woman, 19

Checkups will gauge dump's closing date
Just think of it as a doctor checkup with the inevitable already determined. The only question left for the Baker Place Road Landfill in Columbia County is exactly what month it will meet its demise next year.

Ill energy worker gets first check

Across the area
An Aiken business has donated 85 acres in Graniteville for a new elementary school.

Jury sends man to life in prison

Reservists volunteer to set up computer lab
It was a project the volunteers felt they had to stay to complete.

Across the region

Pet of the week
Watson, a 9-week-old male beagle and basset mix, is available for adoption from Molly's Militia.

School board to review policy of taking names

Holiday market helps art institute
The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art was the place to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts during the ninth annual holiday artists' market Dec. 9-11.

1,200 layoffs sought at SRS

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Chambliss expresses support of Rumsfeld
Georgia's soon-to-be senior U.S. senator said Thursday that he still had confidence in Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Breakfast benefits Paine College operation, students
The Augusta alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity wants to spread Christmas cheer by helping students this holiday season.

Bond is denied in stabbing
A judge denied bond Thursday for a man accused of stabbing a former girlfriend. Timothy M. Williams, 49, faces aggravated assault, theft and a weapons violation in the Dec. 7 attack on Sandra Williams, who is not related to Mr. Williams.

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

Boards OK $84 million renovation

Santa's little helpers

Separation, son's birth leave family weak

Cleanup of third level to be finished in spring

Across Georgia

Kid of the Day

Santa stories

Man jailed for abuse jailed again

Kid of the Day
Maura Bazemore is today's Kid of the Day.

Cell-phone restrictions begin with new year

Fellow shopper helps nab robbery suspects
Stephanie Nacovsky was caught off guard Wednesday night when, she said, a man snatched her purse in the Evans Wal-Mart parking lot and drove away with a female accomplice.

USC breaks ground on research campus

Pedro Martinez meets the Mets
NEW YORK - After helping the Boston Red Sox win their first title in 86 years, Pedro Martinez will try to lead the New York Mets to their first championship since 1986.

Across South Carolina

Harbin seeks powerful job

Community interest

FBI looks to local officers for task force

Across the area

Richmond County school lunch menu
TODAY: Breakfast burrito and salsa, fruit or juice and milk *Sausage biscuit and hash browns

Pet of the week

Cleanup of third level to be finished in spring
Barely a year ago, the Augusta Canal's often overlooked third level was a weedy ditch choked with shopping carts and debris.

Restaurant ratings

Man goes to jail in assault on woman, 19
A Richmond County Superior Court judge sentenced a Richmond County man to jail after authorities accused him of assaulting his child's mother and then holding her against her will.

Judge sends boy to youth facility

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

Bond is denied in stabbing

School board to review policy of taking names
Taking names - a classroom tradition that allows teachers to leave pupils alone for a minute or two - is in jeopardy in Richmond County's elementary schools.

News you can use

Rants and Raves
Comments from reaaders:

Jury sends man to life in prison
A man facing a death penalty trial for the 2003 shooting of an Augusta convenience store clerk has been found guilty by a jury today in a Jefferson County home invasion that happened days before the clerk's slaying, officials said.

Residents consider pulling historic designation
Residents fighting to preserve a neighborhood's local historic district designation and those supporting demolition work there debated the area's future during a public hearing Thursday night.

Augusta gets more priority flu shots
Georgia and South Carolina are both lagging behind many other states in getting their flu shots for high-priority adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

Paving project causes neighbor tension
WINDSOR, S.C. - All Donald "Ron" Lattimer wants for Christmas is some asphalt on the dirt road that runs in front of his country home.

Across the area
A young man who attacked two people at a downtown car dealership received a six-year prison sentence Thursday. A young man who attacked two people at a downtown car dealership received a six-year prison sentence Thursday.

Separation, son's birth leave family weak
A Graniteville woman who recently separated from her husband needs assistance this Christmas to buy presents for her three children.

Across the region
EAST POINT, GA. - Despite some public confusion and frustration about an evacuation prompted by a chemical leak, officials said Thursday the incident was handled properly.

Kid of the Day
Kaylyn Doe is today's Kid of the Day.

Seven tiny reindeer
Santa's reindeer dance around during the performance of "The Polar Express," at T. Harry Garrett Elementary School. The program was part of the Arts Infusion Program and involved third-graders and fourth graders, who did at least four performances.

This is reality television of the heroic kind
The entire portrait of Mickey Matthews' life will be painted all over the cable television dial tonight.

At the Movies: 'Spanglish'
James L. Brooks may be the best at what he does, turning slick sitcom story lines into engaging big-screen fare.

At the Movies: 'Lemony Snicket's'

'I, Robot' is shiny but disappointing sci-fi flick

Director Sid Lumet to receive honorary Oscar
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Sidney Lumet, whose 40-plus films include "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Network" and "Serpico," is finally getting an Oscar.

At the Movies: 'Lemony Snicket's'
The key word in the mouthful of a movie title "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" is "series."

Director hopes 'Alexander' will do better in Europe
PARIS - Director Oliver Stone says he's optimistic that his historical epic "Alexander" will do well in Europe after getting off to a disappointing start at home.

At the Movies: 'Spanglish'

'I, Robot' is shiny but disappointing sci-fi flick
Part police procedural, part big-budget blockbuster and part (albeit a small part) cerebral sci-fi, I, Robot, now available on DVD, makes the too-common mistake of trying to be all things to all audiences.

At the Movies: 'Flight of the Phoenix'

At the Movies: 'Flight of the Phoenix'
Like the mythical phoenix bird rising up from its own ashes, yet another remake is coming in for a landing at movie theaters.

Mattea knows importance of great song selection

Mattea knows importance of great song selection
Whether she is backed by a simply strummed guitar or a symphony, the song always remains the same for Kathy Mattea.

Musician spotlight: Armen Boyajian
Armen Boyajian AGE: 50 HOMETOWN: Binghamton, N.Y. Moved to Augusta from Baltimore in 1993

Musician spotlight: Armen Boyajian

Top 20 Concert Tours
he Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America.

B.B. King stays true to his music
B.B. King still feels blessed by the blues. The legendary guitarist, 78, has made strapping on the guitar he lovingly calls Lucille and stepping out onto a stage a nearly nightly routine since the 1950s. Each time, his goal is the same - let his songs tell stories.

B.B. King stays true to his music

Gordon will hand out scholarship awards to pupils
At his annual Christmas in the Garden City concert at the Imperial Theatre on Friday, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon will give more than a musical show.

Gordon is giving Augusta another Christmas treat
Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon will be home for Christmas.

Looking ahead to Daytona

NASCAR: Sprint-Nextel merger won't harm Cup series
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR is not expecting any immediate changes to its top-tier racing series following the merger between telecommunications giant Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc.

NASCAR: Sprint-Nextel merger won't harm Cup series

Labbe to be crew chief for Mayfield
ATLANTA - Richard "Slugger" Labbe originally was hired at Evernham Motorsports to give the team a hand with restrictor-plate racing. Now he's being asked to bring much more.

Labbe to be crew chief for Mayfield

Looking ahead to Daytona
ATLANTA - All Joe Nemechek wants for Christmas are some more races this year.

Newsmaker: An interview with Martin Truex Jr.
Newly crowned NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will return to defend his title next year for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Newsmaker: An interview with Martin Truex Jr.

Rockets shoot down Hawks
HOUSTON - Yao Ming wouldn't let the Rockets lose another home game, especially to the reeling Atlanta Hawks.

Jackets trounce former assistant
ATLANTA - One of the unwritten codes of coaching is never fraternize with the opposition the day of the game.

Paine snaps winless streak
Maurice Campbell pumped his fist as the clock struck zero. His Paine teammates smiled.

Freshman guides Blue Devils
DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Wanisha Smith scored a career-high 22 points to lead six players in double figures and help third-ranked Duke roll over Jacksonville State 99-36 on Wednesday night.

N.C. State tops Louisiana-Lafayette
RALEIGH, N.C. - Andrew Brackman scored a career-high 20 points and made several key plays during a decisive second-half run Wednesday night to lift No. 12 North Carolina State past Louisiana-Lafayette 78-72.

Recent Monday nighters haven't been 'meaningless'

Falcons: Pritchett becomes starting fullback

Panthers punter arrested for DWI

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Lawsuit filed by track star
SAN FRANCISCO - Olympic track star Marion Jones filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against BALCO head Victor Conte, who told a national TV audience he gave her steroids and watched her inject herself with them.

Scholarship honors teen killed in crash

Overtime

Marion Jones sues BALCO founder, denies steroid use

Overtime
Augusta State returns tonight to the scene of its greatest moment in school history. The 24th-ranked Lady Jaguars (6-3) travel to No. 5 Shaw (4-0) in Raleigh, N.C., at 6 p.m.

Scholarship honors teen killed in crash
Former Lakeside soccer players will reunite at Panther Stadium on Saturday in memory of one of their own.

Overtime
In Blackburn, England, three soccer fans were fined and banned from attending games in England or Wales until 2009 after pleading guilty Thursday to racist taunting of Birmingham City striker Dwight Yorke.

Marion Jones sues BALCO founder, denies steroid use
SAN FRANCISCO - Track star Marion Jones filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against the man whose company is at the center of a federal investigation into illegal steroid use among some of the nation's top athletes.

Panthers punter arrested for DWI
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Panthers punter Todd Sauerbrun was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.

Recent Monday nighters haven't been 'meaningless'
You've no doubt heard the early-season rumblings about moving regularly scheduled Monday Night Football games to Sundays in order to put a more competitive game in their place.

Falcons: Pritchett becomes starting fullback
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - When Stanley Pritchett started three weeks ago and caught a touchdown pass to help Atlanta beat New Orleans, the veteran fullback knew he would return to the sideline the following week.

Move to Nashville pays off for country music's new star

Lights flicker on at Vatican's Christmas tree
VATICAN CITY - Two children lit up the Vatican's Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, with shimmering lights reflected in the gold and silver ornaments of the 100-year-old fir.

Move to Nashville pays off for country music's new star
One person pleased with the way 2004 turned out is Dierks Bentley, who co-headlined the WKXC-FM Million Pennies for Kids Guitar Pull in November at Bell Auditorium.

This is reality television of the heroic kind

Movies shine brightest when their characters truly connect

Study: TV series slight Hispanic characters

'Grand Theft Auto' is big winner at Video Game Awards
LOS ANGELES - It's bound to be an unusual awards show when Snoop Dogg shows up to argue with a computerized version of himself, sexy women in lingerie seductively coo secret video game codes to viewers and bubbly model Brooke Burke beats out stately Dame Judi Dench for best actress.

Daughter reunites with biological father in TV show

Daughter reunites with biological father in TV show
NEW YORK - The Fox network said Tuesday it will air a special next month, "Who's Your Daddy?", where a daughter given up for adoption as an infant attempts to guess the identity of her birth father for a $100,000 prize.

'Malcolm' mom Jane Kaczmarek is very busy
LOS ANGELES - It's Jane Kaczmarek's lunch hour and she's cramming as much conversation as she can between bites of her salami and provolone sandwich.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 6-12. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Chinese reality series barnstorms across the U.S.

'Grand Theft Auto' is big winner at Video Game Awards

'Malcolm' mom Jane Kaczmarek is very busy

Chinese reality series barnstorms across the U.S.
NEW YORK - There aren't many reality shows in which a guy, racing around a track against fellow contestants, slides into the finish line, skins his elbows and offers this assessment: "You bleed and sacrifice for the people."

Study: TV series slight Hispanic characters
LOS ANGELES - Television series feature largely white casts even when the setting is an ethnically diverse city such as Los Angeles or New York, according to a study released Tuesday.

Club calendar

Fire destroys former 'Love Shack' of B-52's singer

People in the News

Event calendar

Concert calendar

James Brown's surgery a success

Applause calendar

Movies shine brightest when their characters truly connect
We are all connected in some way.< A man pulls off the road to buy a gallon of milk, and he affects traffic behind him, the people he interacts with in front of the dairy case and the farmer who spent time with Bessie to give said guy his 2 percent.

Gamecocks hire defensive coordinator

Thompson joins Gamecocks' staff
COLUMBIA - John Thompson wasn't sure he wanted to return to college football after two failed seasons at East Carolina.

Gamecocks hire defensive coordinator
COLUMBIA, S.C. - John Thompson wasn't sure he wanted back in college football after two failed seasons at East Carolina. Then Steve Spurrier called about South Carolina's defensive coordinator job and Thompson regained the enthusiasm he's famous for.

Spurrier the toast of South Carolina

Spurrier the toast of South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Seems like Steve Spurrier can do anything he wants in South Carolina - except pay for a meal.

Williamson decides to leave school

Williamson decides to leave school
COLUMBIA - After a rather lengthy and draining period of deliberation, South Carolina receiver Troy Williamson decided Wednesday to forgo his senior season and declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft.

Thompson joins Gamecocks' staff

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Accident spills millions of honeybees on freeway

Lights flicker on at Vatican's Christmas tree