'Double Shot' is dishy, but not quite satisfying

A blizzard of treachery and violence fills Follett's 'Whiteout'

'Clerkenwell Tales' draws from history and Chaucer
The year is 1399 and London is rife with conspiracy and intrigue. Secret sects with murderous intentions scurry about its narrow cobbled thoroughfares.

'Double Shot' is dishy, but not quite satisfying
Goldy Schulz almost cooked her own goose this time.

Tom Wolfe goes where no septuagenarian has gone before

A blizzard of treachery and violence fills Follett's 'Whiteout'
A blinding snowstorm isn't the only villain in Ken Follett's "Whiteout," an adrenaline-pumping thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats

Tom Wolfe goes where no septuagenarian has gone before
Tom Wolfe has shown us the corrupt heights of Manhattan society and the inner workings of the Black Panthers. He has probed the culture surrounding outer space and acid trips. Now, the elderly gentleman novelist and eminent New Journalist is feasting on the beer-soaked, sex-ridden halls of higher learning.

'Clerkenwell Tales' draws from history and Chaucer

Johnson deal not complete, grows larger

Johnson deal not complete, grows larger
NEW YORK - The megadeal involving Randy Johnson, Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez grew to 10 players Saturday, with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers hoping to present the proposed trade to the commissioner's office soon for approval.

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Mexican government acts to reduce inflation
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government announced a plan Sunday to reduce inflation in 2005 by lowering duties on imports from countries without trade agreements and restructuring electricity rates.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Dec. 1-8. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Skipping college paid off for some teen techies, not all
CHICAGO - Caleb Sima still marvels at how angry the people around him got when he fled high school for a computer job during the high-tech boom, thumbing his nose at the traditional career path.

Low-carb diets fad fades, hitting some businesses
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - About a year ago, Dave Champlin and his two roommates lived in what their friends at the University of Missouri called the House of Fat.

Little-known Russian company buys Yukos
MOSCOW - A little known group bought the main production unit of Russia's largest oil producer, Yukos, at auction for $9.3 billion on Sunday, gaining control of one of Russia's most prized assets for half of what foreign auditors say it is worth.

Independent retailers are optimistic about holiday sales

Property transfers

Fannie Mae board meets to discuss possible shake-up

On the move

Kia Spectra gets worst rating in crash test
WASHINGTON - The Kia Spectra is the first vehicle since 2001 to get the insurance industry's worst safety rating in a frontal crash test, according to results released Sunday.

Last weekend before Christmas brings out shoppers
ATLANTA - The last full shopping weekend before Christmas was a busy one as people packed malls, specialty stores and other retail outlets around Georgia in search of discounts and gifts.

Survey: Gas prices drop as crude oil supply eases
CAMARILLO, Calif. - An increase in the crude oil supply has contributed to another drop in gas prices in the past two weeks, continuing a downward trend that began two months ago, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Report: Pfizer to stop advertising Celebrex
NEW YORK - Drug maker Pfizer said Sunday it would immediately stop advertising its best-selling arthritis pain reliever Celebrex to consumers after a study showed high doses of it were associated with an increased heart attack risk.

Skipping college paid off for some teen techies, not all

Last weekend before Christmas brings out shoppers

Kellogg chooses outsider to operate cereal company
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - When Kellogg Co. announced late last month that its board had tapped an outside director to become the cereal giant's next chairman and CEO, some financial analysts questioned the move.

Kia Spectra gets worst rating in crash test

Experts urge 'buyer beware' when visiting auction sites
If Santa was an "eBayer," his feedback rating might be perfect, but some online auction sellers are hardly as reliable.<

Little-known Russian company buys Yukos

Shopping on the Web doesn't have to be bumpy
As last-minute shoppers flood the malls, crowd-free shopping can still be done online.

Fannie Mae board meets to discuss possible shake-up
WASHINGTON - With Fannie Mae engulfed in an accounting crisis, its board met Sunday to discuss a possible executive shake-up as the mortgage giant responds to regulators' criticisms and faces a likely restatement of $9 billion or more in earnings.

On the move
Thomas Tully has joined A. G. Edwards & Sons as a financial consultant. He has a master's degree in public administration and was formally the assistant county manager in Floyd County, Ga. He also earned an accredited asset management specialist certification from the College of Financial Planning. <

Independent retailers are optimistic about holiday sales
With his store stocked with handmade jewelry and hard-to-find home furnishings, Tim Vancha is optimistic about the holiday shopping season.

Kellogg chooses outsider to operate cereal company

New CEO says he plans to lead Kellogg for a while
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - When Kellogg Co. announced late last month that its board had tapped an outside director to become the cereal giant's next chairman and chief executive officer, some financial analysts questioned the move.

Shopping on the Web doesn't have to be bumpy

Experts urge 'buyer beware' when visiting auction sites

Business calendar
Jan. 11: Starting Your Own Business, two-hour course giving the would-be entrepreneur a brief overview of the many aspects of being in business for yourself; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Augusta office, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1054 Claussen Road, $40; call (706) 737-1790.

Business leaders fail to be on best behavior at meeting
This week's meeting to discuss a regional economic development initiative to market Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties to new business and industry was anything but an exercise in civility.

Rutgers tames Lady Tigers

Rutgers tames Lady Tigers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers used tenacious defense to force 24 turnovers and scored 11 of the final 13 points from the foul line to defeat Clemson 66-51 on Saturday.

Syracuse out to prove it's bowl worthy

Syracuse out to prove it's bowl worthy
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The city of Syracuse can be an uninviting place. Syracuse the university is warm and friendly, though, particularly to football players from the Northeast.

Jaguars devour Rams

Connecticut tops Rice

ACC roundup

SEC roundup

Coach has team on right path

A Chamber of horrors?
If they made a movie about the Augusta area's attempts at cooperating on economic development, they might call it A Series of Unfortunate Events.

A case in point
When The Chronicle told readers in a Dec. 5 story that one of its local retired judges was, in fact, making more money than active judges, some letter writers took it as an attack on the judge.

Still a great injustice
In what is one of Georgia's great injustices, David Drayton is a free man today, while his former teacher, Gail Hendrick, still lies at home in bed in a semi-comatose state, cared for by her elderly parents.

Tale of brave Ulysses

A case in point

A Chamber of horrors?

Tale of brave Ulysses
The world needs more people like Ulysses Anderson.

Still a great injustice

People in the News
MILWAUKEE - Aspiring actor and former O.J. Simpson house guest Brian "Kato" Kaelin says his nephew was killed in the war in Iraq.

What should I do with my year-end bonus?
Q. I just got a year-end bonus. What's the best way to use it?

AP Poll: Half of Americans worry about debts

Investment outlook for 2005 not clear
NEW YORK - Brokerage earnings so far this quarter have been positive, but few Wall Street firms are making big predictions for the year ahead, leaving investors to wonder just how well the markets will do.

Life-stage retirement funds make allocation easy

Life-stage retirement funds make allocation easy
NEW YORK - Automatic payroll deductions have made saving for the future easier than ever, but for millions of Americans who participate in employer-sponsored retirement plans, figuring out how to divvy up those investment dollars remains a mystery.

Investment outlook for 2005 not clear

AP Poll: Half of Americans worry about debts
WASHINGTON - Shoppers are racing from store to store this holiday season, with credit cards clutched tightly in hand and visions of future bills dancing in their heads.

What should I do with my year-end bonus?

Florida trounces Georgia Southern
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh scored 18 points each as Florida reached triple figures for the first time this year in a 100-68 rout of Georgia Southern on Sunday.

Georgia Tech upset by Gonzaga
LAS VEGAS - Georgia Tech's first loss of the college basketball season was tough, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs showed they belonged on the floor with the No. 3 Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech notebook
ORLANDO, Fla. - Damarius Bilbo claims he can still throw a football 90 yards.

Georgia Tech notebook

A card for my six most precious gifts

Woods and wife team up

Woods and wife team up
LONDON - Tiger Woods enjoys having someone to talk to about his golf game. And it's not his caddie.

Holiday tournament features local teams

South Carolina shines in Shrine
SPARTANBURG, S.C.- Jordan Sorrells of Greenville High connected on 18 of 30 passes for 173 yards - including a 30-yard touchdown to Aiken's Terrance Smith - to lead South Carolina in its 35-21 victory in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game on Saturday.

Take this quiz and work for Santa
Santa's hiring. Yes, because of the unexpected number of elves taking advantage of early retirement and job buyouts at the North Pole, Big Red has a number of openings on top of the world.

Police hunt missing 13-year-old girl
Police are looking for a 13-year-old girl who vanished afPolice are looking for a 13-year-old girl who vanished after leaving her home in Hephzibah on Friday.ter leaving her home in Hephzibah on Friday.

War's purpose is very important
Recently, there has been a spate of nasty letters about the administration and the current war. They were written mostly by those who have never experienced war, nor understand its necessity. I have been there, and fully appreciate the horror of war, and understand that there are monsters in this world. One bit us Sept. 11, 2001. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown

Mulherin spreads only good
We know Judge Bernard Mulherin, and we can attest to his character. Here is a little about him that few people know: Carleton Vaughn, Evans Hank Garrett, Philip Kelly and Pete Verdery, Augusta

Judge's character is sterling

Commission sticks it to seniors

Commission sticks it to seniors
I agreed with "City Ink" Dec. 12, written by Sylvia Cooper. Instead of the headline "When officials meet, taxpayers beware," perhaps it should have read "seniors beware." Doris A. Jones, Augusta

Judge's character is sterling
This is in reference to the Dec. 5 articles about the senior superior court judge system and Judge Bernard Mulherin. Jim Ellison, Augusta

Forget divisions and pray together

Blame system, not the judge

Post-retirement work is common
The so-called news articles about Judge Bernard Mulherin on Dec. 5 were an unjustified attack on a man of impeccable character. Sandy Hodson obviously does not approve of how senior judges are used in Georgia. She is entitled to her opinion about the system, but she is not entitled to blame the man for the system. He did not create it.Fred M. Sims, Augusta

Blame system, not the judge
I am upset over the damaging article written about Bernard J. Mulherin on Dec. 5. You have challenged his integrity and reputation when he has done so much for his profession and his fellow man.Paul F. Dorr Jr., Augusta

Judge synonymous with integrity

Post-retirement work is common

Forget divisions and pray together
Religion is a personal matter for individual faith. There are many religions in the world, and there are many groups within them. Every religion has its message and peculiarities. As far as I know, the real message of all faiths is to pray to God and help needy people. Champak Patel, Martinez

Judge synonymous with integrity
I have practiced law in Augusta for 35 years, and I have appeared before Judge Bernard Mulherin many times. He is truly a great jurist and has served the Augusta Judicial Circuit with integrity, loyalty and dedication.Andrew J. Kilpatrick II, Augusta

Holiday lights will make your spirits bright

Holiday is hard work on women

Las Vegas is the ultimate New Year's Eve party town

Two new games arrive for PlayStation 2

Island offers beaches, diving, solitude

In the know

Treatment of drywall depends on covering

Holiday light tour directions

Honda robot learns new trick: Jogging

Stuffed animals are prominent in holiday decor

Symphony guild presents 17 debutantes

Army's high-tech battle simulator unveiled

Holiday lights will make your spirits bright
By now, the stocking should be hung by the chimney with care and the holiday meal planned out down to the garnishes on the mashed potatoes.

Treatment of drywall depends on covering
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

Tips can help make most of holiday season
Dear Readers: Christmas can be difficult even for those with ideal circumstance and bountiful blessings.

Holiday is hard work on women
I love Christmas, all the twinkling lights on Broad Street, the Augusta Ballet's performances of The Nutcracker, the aroma of gingerbread embroidering the air.

Las Vegas is the ultimate New Year's Eve party town
LAS VEGAS - OK, let's be clear about where you should be on New Year's Eve.

Symphony guild presents 17 debutantes
Seventeen debutantes were presented Nov. 26 at the Augusta Symphony Guild Cotillion at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Two new games arrive for PlayStation 2
At first glance, "Jak 3" and "Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal" might appear to be different chapters of the same video game.

Stuffed animals are prominent in holiday decor
Although there are nine lighted Christmas trees and several others used for their greenery, two main trees in the Summerville home of Jim Cartee, John Adams and Rob Link relay the home's holiday theme.

In the know
Heather Clark and Brian Cullinan have found that, if allowed, love exceeds itself.

Holiday light tour directions
The Augusta Chronicle's holiday light tour is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house (and the stores) and spend some quality time with friends and family.

Honda robot learns new trick: Jogging
WAKO, Japan - The walking, talking child-size robot from Honda Motor Co. now manages an easy, although comical, jog - the latest in the Japanese automaker's quest to imitate human movement.

Army's high-tech battle simulator unveiled
FORT SILL, Okla. - It's a sweltering 90 degrees and soldiers Kevin Messmer and Kroften Owen are hunched in a rubble-strewn apartment. Peering from a window to avoid sniper fire, they see a bustling Iraqi city.

Island offers beaches, diving, solitude
ROATAN, Honduras - At dark just after 6 p.m. most days, backpackers from across the world walk into the village of West End having grabbed the late afternoon flights to the Caribbean island of Roatan from the Honduran mainland.

Lynx's skid hits seven with Florida's sweep

Lynx's skid hits seven with Florida's sweep
ESTERO, Fla. -- The Florida Everblades entered this weekend's two-game series against Augusta hoping to salvage something out of what had been a dreary home stand.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE -- A Florence County man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison on child pornography charges.

Empty Stocking: Woman's pay has been spent on medicine

Across South Carolina

Grant helps transplant care expand

Wind, cold expected in area
If you see a snowflakIf you see a snowflake tonight, don't worry about it. It's the wind - combined with arctic temperatures - you're going to have to worry about, officials say.e tonight, don't worry about it.

UGA ex-cheerleading coach goes to court

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Charleston police look for drugs outside city

5 people injured in 3-car crash

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:A RANT FOR THE CRANKY Santa at Augusta Mall. If it's too much for you, give it up. Don't take it out on those innocent children. I don't even want to display my grandbaby's Santa picture because you're in it.

Drunken driving's heaviest toll
The car was weaving all over Mike Padgett Highway, and now the driver was heading straight for her.

Across the Southeast

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

A joyful noise

Kid of the day

Confederate names are fading

The week ahead

Wind, cold expected in area

Five questions: Racy Freeman

Options for back pain are growing

Couple have spirit of Santa

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

Aiken's zoning rules confuse owners

An unusual sleigh
Augusta Rowing Club members get into the holiday spirit wearing antlers during their morning training. They were training Saturday along the Savannah River.

A joyful noise
John Kolbeck performs at the 12 Bands of Christmas concert at the Imperial Theatre.

Senior aims to give back with project
When Chris Turner told about 60 children at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital on Saturday that they'd be sent on a toy-filled shopping spree, cheers rose from excited faces.

Across the Southeast
HIALEAH, FLA. - A man has apologized for setting fire to the van driven by a team of Marines who had come to his house to tell him his son was killed in Iraq.

Options for back pain are growing
Shalonda Anthony's life was changed by Armor All. Now she's trying to change it back. Ms. Anthony said she skidded on some of the protective spray in April and fell, injuring her back. Her world began to revolve around pain, she said.

Kid of the day
William J. "Tre" Madison III of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Across Georgia
IRON CITY -- Three young boys were killed in a fire that engulfed their mobile home in Seminole County.

An unusual sleigh

Kid of the Day

Across the area
Police are looking for a 13-year-old girl who vanished after leaving her home in Hephzibah on Friday.

Christmas was another day of work at shipyard

Across Georgia
SMYRNA -- Three people, including a 3-year-old child, were killed in a fire Saturday that tore through a Cobb County apartment building and displaced 29 other residents.

Senior aims to give back with project

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston County School District has to repay the state more than $200,000 for using uncertified teachers, a recent audit shows. It is one of the smallest reimbursements the state's second-largest school district has had to make.

Drunken driving's heaviest toll

French inspire call for reactor at SRS
AIKEN - While some Americans regard all things French with disdain, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., has become an outspoken Francophile on a very narrow topic - that country's nuclear power industry.

Race issue still finds way into commission votes

Grant helps transplant care expand
Gary Campbell has a new gleam of pride in his eye when he visits his parents' house in Vidalia, Ga., and sees his father's health restored by the kidney he donated.

French inspire call for reactor at SRS

Hate-crimes law falters
ATLANTA - Two months after the Georgia Supreme Court threw out the state's hate-crimes law for being unconstitutional, there appears to be little chance a new version of the controversial bill will pass in next year's legislative session.

Hate-crimes law falters

Mother's wage isn't enough for children's gifts
An Augusta mother working to support her family needs help to buy her children Christmas presents.

Across the area

Charleston police look for drugs outside city
SANTEE, S.C. - Charleston police officers have strayed about 70 miles from home to help the small town of Santee patrol Interstate 95 for drugs traveling between New York City and Miami.

Race issue still finds way into commission votes
Ask any Augusta commissioner if their decisions are made along racial lines, and they'll say no.

Savannah mayor moves rebel portraits
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Several Savannah city council members criticized the mayor after he removed portraits of Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee and another Confederate officer from City Hall, leading to questions that race played a role in his decision.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Chase Cook of Augusta

Immigrants share holiday celebrations
COLUMBIA - Christmas celebrations in most of South Carolina and across much of the country involve visits from Santa and presents under the tree, but these traditions are foreign to the state's growing immigrant population.

5 people injured in 3-car crash
Five people were hospitalized after three vehicles collided at the intersection of Old Petersburg and McCormick roads Saturday afternoon.

The week ahead
Counting today, you have five shopping days left until Christmas, my pick of the week.

Credit cards stolen from woman's shop
By the time Jeanette Talledo's gut told her that the man who claimed to be a visiting Midwestern photographer was acting suspiciously in her antique shop on Friday, it was too late.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers: A RANT FOR THE CRANKY Santa at Augusta Mall. If it's too much for you, give it up. Don't take it out on those innocent children. I don't even want to display my grandbaby's Santa picture because you're in it.

Woman reported dispute 3 days before her slaying
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Three days before she was found shot to death in her Buford home, Jennifer Corbin called 911 to report a dispute with her husband, who's now a suspect in her death.

UGA ex-cheerleading coach goes to court
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia's former cheerleading coach heads to court today to ask a judge to give her back her job, at least for as long as it takes her lawsuit against the school's athletic association to move through the court system.

Christmas was another day of work at shipyard
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - In a protective face shield, leather jacket and leggings, with gloved hands gripping a welding iron - that's how Nanelle Surrency Bacon dressed when she played Santa Claus on Christmas Day 1944.

Five questions: Racy Freeman
Mr. Freeman is a deliveryman for UPS.

Confederate names are fading
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - From a renamed "Confederate Boulevard" in Arkansas to the shrunken "Heart of Dixie" on Alabama's license plates, some people in the South are erasing memories of their Civil War past with the hope of enticing investment.

GOP says lawmaker may help its image
ATLANTA - As the first black Republican state lawmaker elected in Georgia since Reconstruction, Willie Talton can expect to see a lot of invitations coming his way in 2005.

Empty Stocking: Woman's pay has been spent on medicine
A sick Augusta woman will not have enough money to buy Christmas gifts for her two daughters if she doesn't receive assistance this season.

Aiken's zoning rules confuse owners
AIKEN - There's a law in Aiken that governs how property owners can use their land, yet five years after it was rewritten, many residents in the city are still in the dark about what they can and cannot do.

Across the area
A south Augusta home was leveled by an afternoon fire Saturday.

Couple have spirit of Santa
At holiday family reunions, Jim Williamson and Santa Claus are never in the same place at the same time.

Credit cards stolen from woman's shop

Immigrants share holiday celebrations

News you can use

Police hunt missing 13-year-old girl

Woman reported dispute 3 days before her slaying

Across South Carolina

Real title game was something to behold
In the mid-December bowldrums, it was nice to watch some meaningful football Friday night that crowned a real national champion.

A card for my six most precious gifts
Every year, my wife designs our Christmas cards and adorns them with photographs of six young faces. I'm not as inventive as JoAn, so I'd like to take this opportunity to write my own Christmas card to those six little faces: our grandchildren.

Swank transforms for 'Million Dollar Baby'
NEW YORK - Hilary Swank received some unsolicited career advice recently from a casting director: Enough with the tough-girl-in-a-man's-world roles. Embrace your inner supermodel.

DiCaprio soars as Hughes in 'The Aviator'
LOS ANGELES - Leonardo DiCaprio likes to think he and buddy Martin Scorsese share at least some of the obsessive fixations of Howard Hughes, the subject of their latest collaboration, "The Aviator":

Capsule reviews of new films

Swank transforms for 'Million Dollar Baby'

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

Hughes' movie career eclipsed by aviation feats

Hughes' movie career eclipsed by aviation feats
LOS ANGELES - He shot Hollywood's first multimillion-dollar epic. He stretched boundaries on sex and violence. He launched the careers of Jean Harlow and Jane Russell, and his many Hollywood loves included Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner.

'Lemony Snicket' is tops at box office

'Lemony Snicket' is tops at box office
LOS ANGELES - "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" brought in $30.2 million of good fortune to debut in first place at the weekend box office.

DiCaprio soars as Hughes in 'The Aviator'

Q&A with hitmaker Ashanti
NEW YORK - Ashanti just keeps flourishing amid the flames. In 2002, while her labelmate and frequent collaborator Ja Rule was floundering due to a bitter battle with 50 Cent, the R&B songstress released her blockbuster sophomore album.

Q&A with hitmaker Ashanti

Knicks beat Jazz by one point
NEW YORK - Not since Michael Jordan broke Bryon Russell's ankles in the 1998 NBA Finals has a member of the Utah Jazz been so thoroughly faked out by a crossover dribble.

Shaq's surge lifts Miami
MIAMI - With their winning streak in jeopardy, the Miami Heat wisely turned to Shaquille O'Neal.

Nowitzki leads Dallas past Atlanta
DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki overcame the loss of his front teeth to produce 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks held the Atlanta Hawks to just 28 first-half points in a 90-68 victory Saturday night.

Bobcats top Rockets in overtime
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Bobcats never wavered in their desire to build their franchise around Emeka Okafor. The rookie is proving they made the right choice.

Shaq's surge lifts Miami

Bobcats top Rockets in overtime

Knicks beat Jazz by one point

ACC roundup
NEW YORK - Duke relied on its big three to rally from a terrible first half as the seventh-ranked Blue Devils beat Oklahoma, 78-67 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

SEC roundup
BILOXI, Miss. _ Michael Ford made a layup with 1.1 seconds left in the second half to tie the score at the end of regulation, then hit four late free throws in overtime to lift Southern Mississippi to an 88-84 win Saturday over Louisiana State University at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Jaguars devour Rams
Cameron Tovey played the role of freshman to perfection early in the second half.

Connecticut tops Rice
HARTFORD, Conn. - Rashad Anderson didn't want to miss a minute of practice after Connecticut was upset by Massachusetts 10 days ago.

Coach has team on right path
WASHINGTON - Three years ago, the best reason to go to a George Washington basketball game was to watch first-year coach Karl Hobbs throw a tantrum.

NFL power ranking week 15

Jets fly past Seahawks

Vikings squeek past Lions

Stats don't measure Vick's true value

Falcons soar to overtime win

Chargers blow out Browns

Falcons get opening bye

Manning gets win but no passing record

Cardinals trounce Rams

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Article unfairly smeared an outstanding judge
The Executive Committee of the Augusta Bar Association has determined that it cannot sit back and allow to go unchallenged the article by Sandy Hodson titled, "Is our judgment too costly?" (Dec. 5). Ms. Hodson was apparently trying to question the statutory authorization for the use of senior status judges. But for some reason, known only to her, she turned this and related articles into an attempt to malign the character and service of one of the best judges and public servants in the state.

Article unfairly smeared an outstanding judge
The Executive Committee of the Augusta Bar Association has determined that it cannot sit back and allow to go unchallenged the article by Sandy Hodson titled, "Is our judgment too costly?" (Dec. 5). Ms. Hodson was apparently trying to question the statutory authorization for the use of senior status judges. But for some reason, known only to her, she turned this and related articles into an attempt to malign the character and service of one of the best judges and public servants in the state.

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Greenbrier runner fulfills dream

Johnson wins split decision over Tarver

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Area sports announcements

Canadian ends 12-year wait for first victory

Greenbrier runner fulfills dream
Greenbrier cross country runner Tyler Warren knew he would win the state title.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.<

Johnson wins split decision over Tarver
LOS ANGELES - Glen Johnson knows what it's like to put his fate in the hands of boxing judges and have decisions go against him.

Canadian ends 12-year wait for first victory
ALTA BADIA, Italy - The night before Thomas Grandi captured a giant slalom for his first victory in his 12 World Cup seasons, he was approached by a youngster who predicted he would win. Grandi, a Canadian born to Italian parents in this mountain range, thanked him and promised him his bib if he finished first.

Overtime
USC Aiken couldn't overcome a slow start Saturday and dropped an 82-60 decision to Lenoir-Rhyne in the Armstrong Atlantic State tournament in Savannah, Ga.

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In Long Beach, Calif., Ogonna Nnamani had 29 kills to lead Stanford to the NCAA volleyball championship with a 30-23, 30-27, 30-21 victory over Minnesota on Saturday at Long Beach Arena.

First of the season
Columbia County's Kayla Cates recently took her first buck this season while hunting near Blythe, Ga. Kayla, 11, bagged a nine-pointer with exceptional brow tines.

First of the season

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Disappearance is still shrouded in mystery
They found his car, a few duck decoys and even his black Lab, Bishop.

Holiday tournament features local teams
The fifth annual Holiday Round Ball Classic will be held Monday through Wednesday at Josey High School.

Big Ben delivers on time
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The main thing separating Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning on Saturday was that the Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie quarterback made his biggest plays with the game on the line.

Jets fly past Seahawks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Chad Pennington shouldered the blame for a disappointing performance last week against Pittsburgh, vowing to play better down the stretch.

Falcons soar to overtime win
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons responded to the NFL's ultimate comeback team with one of their own.

Cardinals trounce Rams
TEMPE, Ariz. - The St. Louis Rams had a chance to take control of the NFC West, and fell flat against the Arizona Cardinals.

Jaguars beat Packers, stay in playoff race
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Byron Leftwich, Fred Taylor and the Jacksonville Jaguars looked right at home at frigid Lambeau Field.

Raiders top Titans
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Raiders and Titans sure made it seem these fallen franchises were playing for something meaningful.

Eagles top Cowboys, clinch home-field advantage
PHILADELPHIA - Terrell Owens has plenty of time to rest for the playoffs. Dorsey Levens' 2-yard touchdown run with 1:57 left helped the Philadelphia Eagles overcome an ankle injury to their star wide receiver and clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 12-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Stats don't measure Vick's true value
ATLANTA - When assessed by most conventional standards, Michael Vick's performance was downright abysmal.

Vikings squeek past Lions
DETROIT - Don Muhlbach wishes nobody knew his name. "No one ever knows you until you mess up," Detroit's long snapper said.

Falcons get opening bye
ATLANTA - As much as he admires Brett Favre, Atlanta Falcons head coach Jim Mora took some satisfaction as Green Bay's star quarterback threw his third interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Chargers blow out Browns
CLEVELAND - Those lightning-bolt decals streaking across their helmets have never been more fitting. The San Diego Chargers have shocked the NFL - and maybe even themselves.

NFL power ranking week 15
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Manning gets win but no passing record
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning couldn't get a record-setting touchdown pass against Baltimore's rugged defense. But he got the Indianapolis Colts a victory.

Disappearance is still shrouded in mystery

Real title game was something to behold

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
LOS ANGELES - Only a few more viewing days until Christmas - what's a person to do? Keep watching those holiday programs, natch, but make room for some culture with the Kennedy Center Honors.

MTV Networks spread influence worldwide
NEW YORK - Dreams of world domination must be hard for MTV executives to avoid when they host a party at the Kremlin, with a Russian diva and Queen dueting on "We Will Rock You" and Russian soldiers performing a hip-hop dance routine.

MTV Networks spread influence worldwide

'All My Children' turning 35
NEW YORK - It's difficult to tell what's real and what's not in Pine Valley, the sleepy fictional town that on Jan. 5 will have been the backdrop for ABC's "All My Children" for 35 years.

'All My Children' turning 35

People in the News

Georgia beats Wofford in OT

Georgia women get easy victory over Iona
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Freshman forward Tasha Humphrey had 22 points and nine rebounds in just 14 minutes and No. 15 Georgia beat Iona 96-52 on Sunday, coach Andy Landers' 700th victory.

Georgia beats Wofford in OT
ATHENS, Ga. - Having already served notice to the Southeastern Conference with an 85-78 win at Auburn Dec. 5, tiny Wofford was on the verge of a second victory Sunday afternoon, before self-destructing at the free-throw line.

UGA notebook
ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore linebacker Jarvis Jackson started the first three games this year for No. 8 Georgia, then was relegated to a reserve role for more than two months until the regular-season finale against Georgia Tech.

UGA notebook

Georgia is sued by former cornerback
ATHENS, GA. - Former University of Georgia cornerback Decory Bryant has filed a lawsuit against the university's athletic association for failing to submit insurance forms in time to give him financial protection against a career-ending injury.

Upset passes by Gamecocks
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Russell Robinson scored four points in the final 36 seconds Saturday night, allowing No. 2 Kansas to escape with a 64-60 victory over a South Carolina team that led most of the game.

Upset passes by Gamecocks