'Scarlet Letter' brings record price at auction
NEW YORK - The oldest known copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" was auctioned Thursday for $545,100, a record price for an American 19th-century literary work, Christie's auction house said.

'Scarlet Letter' brings record price at auction

Promoter wants more MLB games in Puerto Rico

Athletics trade Hudson to Braves

Megadeal nearing completion
NEW YORK - The New York Yankees, Arizona and Los Angeles spent Friday trying to put the finishing touches on the megadeal that would move All-Stars Randy Johnson, Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez.

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.

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.

It's hard to pick what the dog should watch

Odds and Ends
MADISON, Wis. - A hunter faces two charges after shooting a llama that he mistook for a deer.

County bans Christmas trees from public buildings
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Pasco County officials have banned Christmas trees from public buildings after their county attorney decided they were religious symbols.

Police charge soldier with staging shooting
PHILADELPHIA - A soldier who allegedly had a relative shoot him so he wouldn't have to return to Iraq could face military discipline.

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

New starter eager to join Smoltz in rotation

New starter eager to join Smoltz in rotation
ATLANTA - Tim Hudson was a high school junior in 1991 when John Smoltz pitched the Atlanta Braves to their first division title in nine years.

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.

Oil futures stabilize after sharp rise

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.

IRS revises ethical standards for tax attorneys
WASHINGTON - Lawyers, accountants and other professionals who offer tax advice must meet stricter ethical standards under guidelines issued by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service on Friday.

Getting rebates can be tricky
Ken Johnsen handled nearly 40 million rebates this year, but that's normal for him. As the CEO of Parago Inc., one of the nation's largest rebate processing centers, Mr. Johnsen works to see that every customer who sends in a form, receipt and UPC symbol gets the $3 rebate.

IRS revises ethical standards for tax attorneys

Companies try to keep giving level
The economy improved in 2004, but the rising tide hasn't exactly lifted charitable giving by companies and their employees.

Getting rebates can be tricky

eBay buying rental Web site
NEW YORK - In a diversification move, online auctioneer eBay Inc. is buying the privately held Rent.com, which specializes in Internet listings of apartment and house rentals, for about $415 million in stock and cash.

Consumer prices calm in November
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices calmed down in November, helped by smaller increases in energy and food. That means the Federal Reserve probably will continue raising interest rates only gradually to keep inflation under control.

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.

Panel works toward role in partnership

Pfizer finds heart risk with Celebrex
NEW YORK - Pfizer Inc. said Friday it has found an increased risk of heart problems with patients taking its painkiller Celebrex, a drug that is in the same class as the Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in September because of safety concerns.

Leaders wary of changes

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.

Bush says it's time to overhaul Social Security

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.

Companies try to keep giving level

Apple's iPod in short supply this holiday season
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Retailers expected Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod music player to be a hot item this holiday season but are still struggling to keep up with demand.

Trade deficit climbs to record in third quarter

California regulators require more efficient appliances

Consumer prices calm in November

Chemical maker earns top safety certification

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.

Workers hit mark with no injuries

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.

Pfizer finds heart risk with Celebrex

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.

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.

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.

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.

Take a bow: Dukes capture first title
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Running back Maurice Fenner and quarterback Justin Rascati ran for two touchdowns apiece as James Madison won its first national championship with a 31-21 victory over Montana in the Division I-AA title game Friday night.

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.

Orgeron introduced as football coach at Ole Miss

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.

Tigers take fifth straight victory

Haskins molds Lady Braves into contenders

Paine snaps winless streak

Bush's dollar policy

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.

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.

Will Canada's luck hold?

Harbin for Appropriations
With the Georgia General Assembly falling into the hands of Republicans, Richmond County's heavily Democratic delegation will be walled off from much of the action going on in Atlanta.

Will Canada's luck hold?
Canada - which has been busy celebrating anniversaries for Vietnam draft dodgers, bashing President Bush and pooh-poohing America's war on terrorism - just got a nasty jolt of reality from its own Senate.

People in the News
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - A benefit concert by the Boss is bringing out big bids on eBay.

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.

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.

Want to build wealth? Buy a home
The preferred path to wealth may lead through the front door of your home and not through the stock market, according to a national research report.

Want to build wealth? Buy a home

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.

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.

Scientists use dairy byproduct to preserve food
DAVIS, Calif. - Oxygen, water, seeping oils - they're all out to get your food, turning sweet nuts sour and tasty confections rancid.

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.

Scientists use dairy byproduct to preserve food

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

Renovations boost understanding of landmark sites

Gonzaga, Tech will showcase big guys
ATLANTA - The most international position in basketball is center. College coaches can't teach height, after all, and will search the globe for coordinated 7-footers.

Gonzaga, Tech will showcase big guys

Teams ready for tourney

Friday's Prep Basketball Scores

Lady Cavs take control with win

Lockout invigorates minor league hockey

Lockout invigorates minor league hockey
With the NHL closed for business, minor league hockey is thriving.

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.

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

Bush has little command of reality
Recently, eight Marines were killed in one day in Iraq. Even the most ardent President Bush supporters must wonder if the mandate Bush claims he received with 51 percent of the vote holds up. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Bush has little command of reality

Walker on authority is embarrassing

Bush did what he had to do
This is our answer to the letter by E. Maner of Augusta, as published in your paper Dec. 11, "Bush's ineptitude shows strongly": "Judge not so ye not be judged." Robert B. Heynneman, Augusta

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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.

Foreign cars desecrate U.S. flag
One day while driving, I pulled up behind a driver who was waiting for the traffic light to change. I happened to see that this person's car was proudly displaying an American-flag sticker on its bumper with the slogan "Power of pride." Trey Holland, Blythe

Walker on authority is embarrassing
Loren Perry, please give me a break! Everybody in Augusta can see through his and Charles Walker's smear tactics. If the Richmond County Development Authority had any integrity, it would have kicked Walker off the authority immediately after his indictments were issued. John R. Davis, Augusta

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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

Diet advice: Steer clear of eggnog and margaritas

Researcher makes paralyzed rats walk

Media-based gifts go nicely under tree

Flu shot restrictions may cause doses to go to waste

Ballerina trend offers pink cashmere, ballet flats

Stem cells from fat used to repair skull injury

Bumper stickers can be removed with minimal effort

Doing little things will help you burn calories

Cassini unveils other Saturn moon

Stem cells from fat used to repair skull injury
Surgeons have used stem cells from fat to help repair skull damage in a 7-year-old girl in Germany, in what's apparently the first time such fat-derived cells have been exploited to grow bone in a human.

Cassini unveils other Saturn moon
LOS ANGELES - The Cassini spacecraft's close flyby of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan this week revealed clouds that will give clues to its weather, but the pass left scientists still puzzled about its surface.

Ballerina trend offers pink cashmere, ballet flats
NEW YORK - Women of all ages - and different levels of limberness - have an opportunity this season to live out their childhood fantasy of being a prima ballerina.

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.

Doing little things will help you burn calories
Hankering for another slice of fruitcake? Hoping it doesn't go to your hips? Better start twiddling your thumbs, tapping your feet and talking with your hands.

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.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: Is it necessary to finish drywall before applying anything decorative to it? Also, what causes mirrors to turn dark around the edges after a while? -- Shirley

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.

Researcher makes paralyzed rats walk
IRVINE, Calif. - So far, not a single person has been helped by human embryonic stem cells.

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

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.

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.

Everblades skate by Lynx
ESTERO, Fla. - Keith Anderson secured a 3-2 Florida Everblades victory over the visiting Augusta Lynx with his sixth goal of the season late in the third period.

Lynx forward has knack for scoring

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 the area
On the same day he was sentenced to probation for felony criminal charges, the son of the Richmond County schools superintendent was arrested by sheriff's deputies on a shoplifting charge, Richmond County Sheriff's Office records state.

Cleanup of third level to be finished in spring

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.

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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.

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.

Mother of two loses job, seeks help
An unemployed Aiken woman won't be able to provide her children with Christmas presents unless she receives assistance this holiday.

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.

Lighting up the town
The small town of Grovetown is once again at the top of the list when it comes to Christmas lights.

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.

Two boys collect gifts for cancer patients
For weeks, C.J. and Matthew Dube have waited each day for the UPS man to deliver holiday packages to their Evans home.

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.

Training is fitted to new business

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.

Boards OK $84 million renovation

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
GAFFNEY - A Chesnee police officer has been placed on leave after he shot and injured a driver after a chase in Cherokee County, police said.

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Augusta stays on watch list
Twenty-six Georgia counties - and parts of three others - were listed Friday among communities that fail U.S. Clean Air Act standards for airborne particles of soot.

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

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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.

Residents consider pulling historic designation

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.

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.

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8-year-old wins most recent scholarship bond contest
Deanne Pearlman gave three of her daughters coins to throw in the fountain at Augusta Mall.

Training is fitted to new business
AIKEN - While Global Containment Systems is building its new facility near New Ellenton during the next two years, Aiken Technical College will be building up the company's new work force with specially tailored training programs.

Seven tiny reindeer

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.

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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.

Judges reverse custody ruling

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.

Across the area

1,200 layoffs sought at SRS

Lighting up the town

Augusta gets more priority flu shots

Across Georgia

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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.

Therapist put on probation for conduct

Separation, son's birth leave family weak

Priest turns himself in over slapping

Santa's little helpers

Soldiers have two weeks off

Across the region

Augusta stays on watch list

Jury sends man to life in prison

Kid of the Day
Marshella Dena Herrington is today's Kid of the Day

Ill energy worker gets first check

Soldiers have two weeks off
Pvt. Kristi Williams' excited embrace at a Fort Gordon gym was just one happy reunion of soldiers and loved ones.

Man goes to jail in assault on woman, 19

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue is evicting Democratic Secretary of State Cathy Cox from at least some of her prime real estate in the state Capitol, just days before an expected announcement that she will seek to unseat him.

Aviation commission approves incentive program

Judges reverse custody ruling
A juvenile court judge in Augusta had no legal justification to take the children of a gay mother, an appeals court has ruled.

Paving project causes neighbor tension

Inmate's execution may proceed
COLUMBIA - A man sentenced to die for fatally shooting four former co-workers at an Aiken County plant in September 1997 will be allowed to give up his appeals and go to the death chamber.

Chambliss expresses support of Rumsfeld

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.

Santa stories

SRS cuts would hit economy
AIKEN - The Aiken-Augusta economy could miss out on at least $80 million in income if the Department of Energy approves 2,000 layoffs at Savannah River Site between now and October 2006, estimates show.

School board to review policy of taking names

Pedro Martinez meets the Mets

Rants and Raves
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Therapist put on probation for conduct
A second Augusta medical professional has been disciplined for having an intimate relationship with a patient.

Kid of the Day

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.

Priest turns himself in over slapping
A Richmond County judge issued an arrest warrant Friday against a priest accused of slapping a soldier while stopped in traffic last month.

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.

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

Bond is denied in stabbing

SRS cuts would hit economy

Oil leak at plant spills into creek
State and federal authorities were working Friday to contain an estimated 1,000 gallons of fuel oil that leaked from a Fort Gordon energy plant and spread throughout the post's wastewater treatment system and into nearby Spirit Creek.

Kid of the Day

5 Silver Bluff teens sent to hospital after crash
PETTICOAT JUNCTION - Five Silver Bluff High School students were rushed to the hospital Friday when the red Chevrolet Camaro they were traveling in collided with a minivan, officials said.

Two boys collect gifts for cancer patients

Charges mount for 4 in bull's death
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office filed additional charges Friday against four Aiken residents who are accused of attacking and mutilating a 14-month old bull in Aiken earlier this year.

Mother of two loses job, seeks help

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.

8-year-old wins most recent scholarship bond contest

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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.

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.

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.

Rapper DMX arrested
NORTH CASTLE, N.Y. - Rapper DMX was arrested for allegedly driving more than 100 mph on a highway in upstate New York, a week after he pleaded guilty to driving through an airport parking gate while on drugs.

Haskins molds Lady Braves into contenders
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Tigers take fifth straight victory
CLEMSON, S.C. - Sharrod Ford scored 15 points, and Shawan Robinson added 13 points as Clemson won its fifth consecutive game, 76-52, over The Citadel on Friday night.

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

Panthers hope to upset Falcons

Panthers punter arrested for DWI

Falcons can't let up now

Falcons: Pritchett becomes starting fullback

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Mr. Frank Griffin    (GIRARD, Ga.)
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Ms. Cecilia Matlock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Laney Hill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Miss Eva Mary Krulic    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
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Ms. Thelma Dillon Rhoden    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
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Ms. Thelma Dillon Rhoden (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

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

Ms. Cecilia Matlock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Eva Mary Krulic (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Judge (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Earnest M. Mayes (AUSTIN, TX.)

Mr. Tommie Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph L. Kirkland, Sr. (HILTONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Marion Braddy, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Griffin (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Loman (CONYERS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Romania Sanders (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jean "BJ" Noblett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ray C. Canaday, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Lee Horner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Dennis A. Schwartz (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Loman (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mr. Laney Hill (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Rubye J. Cheely (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Lula "Money" Hardaway (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Ms. Norma Jean Story (THOMSON, Ga.)

District Elder Floyd Lindsey ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Wilder (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Marie Turner ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph "Jack" Jones, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Nelson Seigler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Laney Hill (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James B. Adkinson, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Lillie Ruth Heath (SPARTA, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Young (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Charles Csukas (PIERCE, Fla.)

Mr. John Daniel Holsenback (AIKEN, SC)

Mr. Joel Thomas McDonald, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lila Olga Volz (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Sheppard (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Nehesi Sabah (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret M. Morgan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Schree Hardrict (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence W. Stanley, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Martha Lee Flanders (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

Officials try to cure horse racing's ills

Overtime
Former Augusta Christian forward Jamal Womble has left Prince Avenue Prep School in Pickens, S.C., and will play for Fairmont (W.Va.) State University this season.

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.

Officials try to cure horse racing's ills
ALBANY, N.Y. - Just after investigators raided New York's top thoroughbred tracks in a probe into jockey weights, a diverse group of industry officials joined forces Thursday to recommend ways to rescue the state's troubled racing game.

Lady Cavs take control with win
For the first time in decades, an Augusta Prep-Augusta Christian basketball matchup didn't really matter.

Friday's Prep Basketball Scores

Teams ready for tourney
The fifth annual Holiday Round Ball Classic will be held Monday through Wednesday at Josey High School.

Panthers hope to upset Falcons
ATLANTA - For a team still below.500 this season and woefully below.500 in its all-time series with division rival Atlanta, the Carolina Panthers bring substantial momentum and confidence to the Georgia Dome for Saturday night's game.

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.

NFL schedule
Steelers going for their 12th consecutive win with Ben Roethlisberger, who has more experience and a better supporting cast than fellow rookie QB Eli Manning.

Falcons can't let up now
ATLANTA - Coach Jim Mora disputes any notion that the Carolina Panthers have more at stake than his Atlanta Falcons.

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.

Faith digest
Friendship United Methodist Church will play Santa Claus to five families this Christmas with proceeds from a yard sale at 7 a.m. today at The Barnyard Flea Market of Augusta, booths E 37 and 38, 1625 Doug Barnard Parkway.

Minister shares homilies in book
In his fourth book, For Unto Us: Lessons from the Life of Jesus, the Rev. Timothy Owings assembles about 25 sermons from his years in the pulpit at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Religion News in Brief
ROME - The long-awaited Vatican inspection of U.S. Roman Catholic seminaries, which was planned in response to the clergy sex abuse crisis, is expected to begin in the fall of next year, according to Catholic News Service.

Lambs of the Shepherd
Laura Marshall lighted a candle and opened to the infancy narrative in the Gospel of Luke and began to read softly to the children.

New Hope expands into North Augusta
There's something new on Atomic Road in North Augusta.

Study: TV entertainment casts negative image of religion
NEW YORK - Television entertainment programs mention God more often than they did in the mid-1990s but tend to depict organized religion negatively, a study released Thursday said.

Smith's bicentennial renews debates over American prophet
To loyal Mormons, Joseph Smith Jr. was an American prophet whose creed is preparing for Christ's Second Coming. To skeptics, he was a reprobate impostor - if a remarkably successful one.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

This is reality television of the heroic kind

'Survivor' contestant and show's host now a couple

'Survivor' contestant and show's host now a couple
PORTLAND, Maine -- One of the women who fell just short of winning the $1 million top prize on CBS' "Survivor" reportedly has a new boyfriend - the show's host.

'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.

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."

'Malcolm' mom Jane Kaczmarek is very busy

Chinese reality series barnstorms across the U.S.

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.

People in the News

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

People in the News

Dogs get offensive stars back
ATHENS, Ga. - By the end of the regular season, Georgia's offense hardly looked bowl-ready.

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

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.

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.

Thompson joins Gamecocks' staff

Wommack hired to coach Gamecocks' secondary
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's newest assistant once helped devise a defensive package designed to stop his new boss. Now, Dave Wommack hopes the "Gator" package can help that old Gator, Steve Spurrier, succeed at South Carolina.

Spurrier the toast of South Carolina

Wommack hired to coach Gamecocks' secondary

Odds and Ends

Police charge soldier with staging shooting

Odds and Ends

Accident spills millions of honeybees on freeway

Minister shares homilies in book

Faith digest

Faith calendar

New Hope expands into North Augusta

Study: TV entertainment casts negative image of religion

Lambs of the Shepherd

Smith's bicentennial renews debates over American prophet

Religion News in Brief