Artist collects wishes to create work
ST. LOUIS -"I wish that life was simpler." "I wish democracy was real." "I wish I was drinking a margarita in my favorite bar in Mexico."

Full range of enigmatic painter's works to be displayed
DENVER - By most accounts, the late Clyfford Still was a difficult customer - a grumpy, self-imposed isolationist who hoarded his paintings, told collectors which works they would be buying and once took back one of his paintings from a patron by slashing it out of its frame. One reviewer dubbed him the Unabomber of abstract expressionism

Artist collects wishes to create work

Nativity scenes shaped by customs, values
DAYTON, Ohio - Baby Jesus wears blue jeans and a Western shirt. The Wise Men are Indian chiefs, one in full headdress. Instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh, gifts include water, corn and a drum.

Full range of enigmatic painter's works to be displayed

'Perfect parents' can fall into stereotype trap
NEW YORK - Many parents teach their children that stereotyping is bad. It fuels divisiveness, they'll say.

Nativity scenes shaped by customs, values

'Perfect parents' can fall into stereotype trap

Delorme closes up Expos' shop
MONTREAL - The artificial turf is missing, leaving a concrete floor at barren Olympic Stadium and an even harder truth in Montreal: The Expos are long gone.

Vazquez: 'If the Yankees trade me, they will regret it'
PONCE, Puerto Rico - Javier Vazquez says the New York Yankees would be making a mistake if they trade him.

Delorme closes up Expos' shop

Varitek gets contract with Red Sox
BOSTON - Jason Varitek doesn't expect to hit like Carl Yastrzemski or Jim Rice. When it comes to clubhouse leadership, though, he is every bit their equal.

Vazquez: 'If the Yankees trade me, they will regret it'

Forgot to check your list?

Odds and Ends
HASTINGS, Neb. - When Earl Marian sends birthday wishes to his brother, he can count on getting the same exact birthday wishes from Floyd Marian the next month.

Odds and Ends
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Strapping that Christmas tree to the top of a sport utility vehicle can be a real drag.

J.D. Drew joins Dodgers

J.D. Drew joins Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - Outfielder J.D. Drew has always been known to have talent. And be prone to injury. He hopes the latter description no longer fits.

Rent-a-tree appeals to consumers

General Motors recalling more than 700,000 minivans

Foods canner agrees to sale
One of Augusta's last large locally owned companies is being bought by a Canadian conglomerate.

Lifting quotas could weave jobs' shroud
If the textile industry is hanging by a thread, then China might soon snip it. For years there have been limits on China's textile exports to the United States, but those quotas will be lifted in January, kicking off what many fear will be a no-holds barred export explosion.

Consumer spending cools in November

Safety issues plagues pharmaceutical industry
NEW YORK -- The pharmaceutical industry endured a disastrous 2004, and the aftermath will linger into the new year.

Christmas trees fetch high prices in Hawaii
HONOLULU - A shortage of Christmas trees in Hawaii has raised prices to more than $200 each, drawing complaints from cost-conscious shoppers who are eager to buy trees before the holiday.

Rent-a-tree appeals to consumers
PORTLAND, Ore. - For years, Pat de Garmo's Christmas tree was her aging yucca plant.

Christmas trees fetch high prices in Hawaii

Toy inventor spotlights brains behind fun
SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Walsh might have put fun into the hands of more than 4 million people, but hardly any one of them would recognize the toy inventor if they passed him on the street.

Hurricanes drive up cost of gift-boxed fruit

Stop growing debt
Come Monday morning, Linda Adams will be trolling the malls for discounts.

Shoppers surged to malls for last-minute discounts

Toy inventor spotlights brains behind fun

Safety issues plagues pharmaceutical industry

Hurricanes drive up cost of gift-boxed fruit
HARLINGEN, Texas - This is not exactly a season of joy for shippers of gift-boxed grapefruit and oranges.

General Motors recalling more than 700,000 minivans
WASHINGTON - General Motors Corp. is recalling 717,302 minivans because passengers could injure their wrists or arms on the power sliding door, the automaker and federal government said Thursday.

Shoppers surged to malls for last-minute discounts
ATLANTA - It was supposed to be the year that retailers didn't slash prices at Christmas. The year that stores hoped to boost their bottom lines by avoiding deep discounts, even if that meant less would be sold.

Consumer spending cools in November
WASHINGTON - Consumers kept a closer eye on their wallets as they moved into the holiday shopping season, boosting their spending by a modest 0.2 percent in November.

Foods canner agrees to sale

Lifting quotas could weave jobs' shroud

Leinart takes top AP honor
NEW YORK - Matt Leinart found a comfort zone this season.

Wyoming tops UCLA
LAS VEGAS -When Corey Bramlet and John Wadkowski broke the huddle, they knew the Las Vegas Bowl was there for the taking.

Auburn's Tuberville named AP coach of the year

Auburn's Tuberville named AP coach of the year
NEW YORK - Tommy Tuberville followed the most difficult season of his coaching career with the best.

Augusta State's Telfer on top of game, Peach Belt

The Christmas story

No more fatal mistakes
The second guessing has already begun over the most deadly attack on U.S. troops so far in the Iraqi war - the explosion that tore through a mess hall at a military base near Mosul Tuesday, killing more than 20 people and injuring at least 60.

'Godfather' mends quickly
If Santa Claus had an operation for prostate cancer less than a week beforehand, would he be ready to make his busy rounds by Christmas Eve? Maybe - if Santa Claus' name is really James Brown.

The Christmas story
Every year, it seems the Christmas story, the real reason for the season, gets buried deeper under an avalanche of materialism, secularism and political correctness.

No more fatal mistakes

Yes, Virginia

Yes, Virginia
One of the most endearing and enduring Christmas messages of all time came in the form of a newspaper editorial in the New York Sun in 1897. In the legendary piece, the writer answers the plaintive question of a young reader about the existence of Santa Claus.

Historic partnership
Last Tuesday was supposed to be the shortest day of the year. In Augusta, it was one of the longest - and most historic.

Historic partnership

Gifts satisfy secret competition
I am not, by nature, a very competitive person. As a child, I often was picked last for teams, not so much for my spectacular lack of athletic prowess, but because, quite frankly, I had a bad attitude. Not only couldn't I care less about who won or lost but I also didn't have much interest in how the game was played.

Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband sues for breach of contract
LOS ANGELES - An ex-husband of Jennifer Lopez sued her for alleged breach of contract, claiming he was wrongly fired as the manager of her restaurant in Pasadena.

People in the News
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" - the third movie based on the trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien - has been voted best film of the year in a poll for the British Broadcasting Corp. television program "Film 2004," hosted by Jonathan Ross.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Marlon Brando's former business manager filed a $3.5 million claim against his estate, alleging the Oscar winner sexually harassed her and breached their contract by removing her as a co-executor of his will days before his death.

$100 million released in emergency heating aid
WASHINGTON - After lawmakers complained that utilities were cutting off heat for thousands of seniors and low-income families before the worst of winter, federal authorities announced Thursday they would release $100 million in emergency heating aid for the poor.

Medicare to help smokers quit
WASHINGTON - Medicare said Thursday it intends to pay for counseling to help some of the nation's 4 million older smokers kick the habit.

$100 million released in emergency heating aid

It's time to think about your taxes

Weather changes haven't affected the fish

Weather changes haven't affected the fish
Augusta area air temperatures are taking a roller-coaster ride these days, but the warm-to-cold-to-warm cycle doesn't seem to affect the fish.

Fishing reports
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Fishing reports

Decorative plants can also feed wildlife

Decorative plants can also feed wildlife
As bulldozers gobble up natural habitats for wildlife, backyard havens for these animals become increasingly important. And the trees, shrubs, and vines in our backyards can provide, besides shelter, winter food at a time when natural foods are apt to be scarce.

Aiken's coach is tough, fair

Laney star plans to learn from his troubled times

Hillary sets high standard

Irish resurgence didn't need luck

Hillary sets high standard
JOHNSTON, S.C. - The play nearing its dawn, he takes three steps back from the line.

Aiken's coach is tough, fair
The wonder about how Aiken coach Carey Johnson succeeds year after year ceases with a visit to a single practice.

Irish resurgence didn't need luck
Aquinas coach Jim Connor wasn't looking for moral victories in his second season with the Irish.

Laney star plans to learn from his troubled times
Robert Dunn of Laney High School is like a treasured Christmas gift.

Forgot to check your list?
It's Christmas Eve, and time is winding down. For some of us, the rush is almost over.

Fine police excelled in finding car
Around 1:30 a.m. recently, I awoke to hear the engine of my car starting. Looking out my apartment window of the Bon Air, I watched as my vehicle went flying across the parking lot at the hands of a car thief. Kevin R. Landry, Augusta

Many joined to fight HIV's spread
Love, gratitude and thanks to the CSRA community for your support and participation during the World AIDS Day activities. Sandra E. Wimberly, Augusta

Make SRS nuclear energy center
Thank you for your excellent editorial Dec. 16, "Bodman and SRS." Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

Schools, parents must cooperate

Schools, parents must cooperate
I quite agree with Walter Lamb of Aiken ("Parents can help schools succeed," Dec. 16) that involvement of parents is a must in the educational process of a child. Gursaran Singh Ahuja, Evans

Laud 'enfleshment' of Christ's love
What a happy Holy Season we enter for 12 days of Christmas. From Dec. 25 through the celebration of Epiphany and baptism of the Lord Jesus, we have 12 glorious days of celebrating the birth of the Promised One whom the Scriptures foretold would be Mighty Counselor, Prince of Peace, Almighty God and Savior to the World. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

For cars, foreign often is in name only
Reader Trey Holland was disturbed to see an American "Power of Pride" sticker on a foreign car ("Foreign cars desecrate U.S. flag," Dec. 18). What he'll find more disturbing is that the vehicle he saw may not necessarily be foreign. Stu Cohen, Evans

Celebrate true meaning of Christmas
In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is surrounded by acts of joy and charity. However, none of this had any influence on his hard heart. It's only through the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future that Scrooge came to his senses and repented. Tony R. Bledsoe, North Augusta, S.C.

Celebrate true meaning of Christmas

Typical liberal is way off-base
From the content of James Walton's letter ("Did Bush backers wish for this?" Dec. 3), it is apparent that his sour grapes have fermented, turned to vinegar and pickled his brain. Don Christian, Hephzibah

Style Briefs

Know your hacker lingo

All that glitters could be gold

Beware the holiday heartburn - or is that a heart attack?

Man wants access to dead son's e-mails

Where's Santa? NORAD knows

Studying counterfeits can help catch counterfeiters

Spacecraft to release probe that will study Saturn's moon

Family briefs

All that glitters could be gold
NEW YORK - Want to start the new year in style? Get yourself some sparkle and shine.

Man wants access to dead son's e-mails
NEW YORK - As more of our personal lives go digital, family members, estate attorneys and online service providers are increasingly grappling with what happens to those information bits when their owners die.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK - Lil' Kim has gone Hollyhood. That's the name of the clothing line the singer plans to launch under a partnership with manufacturer World Recognition International. Lil' Kim will design the tops, denim and activewear that is expected to be in stores next fall.

Where's Santa? NORAD knows
Santa is coming. We know that, but Santa's exact location is a question that keeps children wide awake every Christmas Eve.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Many children head into the new year with toy boxes filled to their rims thanks to the generosity of friends and family over the holidays. Those new dolls, cars, trains and games might provide a unique opportunity to teach kids about the pleasure of sharing with others.

Studying counterfeits can help catch counterfeiters
WASHINGTON - Karl Miller hunts for clues in cold cash - counterfeit cash, that is. Studying a bogus $100 bill, Miller looks for imperfections - a wisp of ink extending outside of a line, blurred scrollwork, a mottled background - that might tie it to another one on record, and help investigators catch the counterfeiters.

Know your hacker lingo
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Phreaks, spoofers and spammers want to invade your home computer, and the tricks of their trade include airsnarfs, wabbits and fork bombs.

Take stab at pounds by fencing
The word "fencing" brings to mind an image of Errol Flynn swashbuckling his way over tables and up stairs in an attempt to thwart the evil prince (or sheriff or captain) and save the fair maiden.

Designer points out fashion imperfections
NEW YORK - Designer Joseph Abboud has more clothes than he should.

Spacecraft to release probe that will study Saturn's moon
PASADENA, Calif. - The Cassini spacecraft hurtled through space on a Christmas Eve mission to release a probe that will plunge through the smoggy atmosphere of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan.

Beware the holiday heartburn - or is that a heart attack?
For the tens of millions of heartburn sufferers, navigating the gluttonous dinner table during the holiday season can be especially tricky.

Thieves steal toys from needy children
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Police said thieves broke into a storage building and stole more than $6,000 worth of donated gifts that were intended for needy children.

Vietnam's Christmas wish heartened troops

Contributions have exceeded last year's total

Elections increase complaints
ATLANTA - The function of the State Ethics Commission is to keep an eye on state officials and to investigate when someone calls the panel's attention to a potential violation of the code of conduct for elected officials.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -- Police said thieves broke into a storage building and stole more than $6,000 worth of donated gifts that were intended for needy children.

Group challenges smoking ordinance
An activist group opposed to Columbia County's smoking ban officially challenged the ordinance in federal court.

Augusta airport had good year

Report finds improvements in Georgia nursing homes
ATLANTA - Georgia's nursing homes have joined others around the country in raising the quality of care given to the state's residents, according to a nonprofit group that works with some establishments.

Defense calls charges unfair

Across Georgia
SYLVESTER - A 59-year-old great-grandmother who could become the oldest U.S. woman known to give birth to twins is resting in the seclusion of her rural mobile home and stubbornly refuses to head for a hospital, her relatives say.

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A karaoke performer who stabbed a heckler at a James Island bar died after he was tackled by bystanders, authorities said.

Contributions have exceeded last year's total
Many area families will have a happy Christmas holiday thanks to generous donations made to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund.

Across the area
Firefighters evacuated at least 10 Beverly Manor Convalescent Center residents from their rooms Thursday after smoke filled the east wing of the building at about 8 p.m.

Coweta County nets largest-ever drug bust

Kid of the Day
Brett Alan Smith is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day

News you can use
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Christmas:

Defense calls charges unfair
A man who was released from state prison after his father paid $70,000 in additional fines says the federal government has broken its promise to him.

What's that you're sweeping?
Marvin Tyner, office manager of The Source, a water bottling company in Augusta, Ga., sweeps water from heavy rain off the roof in hopes of avoiding leaks into the store.

Group challenges smoking ordinance

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -- A Glynn County teenager was killed when the stolen sport utility vehicle he was riding in crashed into a utility pole, cutting power to about 1,300 homes and businesses.

Rescuers get photos of tangled whale

'Just another day'

Pair display 'major award'

What's that you're sweeping?

Vietnam's Christmas wish heartened troops
ATHENS, Ga. - Adrian Fitzpatrick has received hundreds of holiday cards over the years, but every year about this time, the Athens man pulls out one that was hand-delivered to him on a foggy Christmas Eve 35 years ago while he patrolled his brigade's bunkers near Duc Pho, Vietnam.

Dentist's attorney calls jury indictment weak

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Chase William Smith, 2, of Hephzibah.

News you can use

Family is central to Hispanic traditions

Robin Williams' trial is set to begin Feb. 14
A Feb. 14 trial date has been set for former state Rep. Robin Williams and four others accused of siphoning millions of dollars from Augusta's mental health center.

Free-pour change addresses taxes

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

Elections increase complaints

Widow continues family tradition of charity

Dentist's attorney calls jury indictment weak
ATLANTA - Dr. Barton Corbin's attorneys said Thursday that their client adamantly maintains his innocence in the deaths of his wife and Dorothy "Dolly" Hearn, a Medical College of Georgia dental student.

Mother regains children
Legal bureaucracy was expected to delay the return of a gay mother's children until after the holiday, but Amber Crosby's attorneys cut through the red tape to reunite the family Thursday.

Programs seek to curb child obesity
Inkeria Harris is a self-declared princess, so Her Highness was not happy when research assistant Abby Jackson clamped her nose to force her to breath through her mouth.

'Just another day'
The stress of finding a nice Christmas gift for family members weighs heavily on Kris Warren's mind this time of year.

Drained account overwhelms caregiver
A Williston woman caring for her two young children and her sister's two teenagers is behind on bills and won't be able to provide them Christmas presents without help.

Report finds improvements in Georgia nursing homes

Rescuers get photos of tangled whale
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Researchers are planning the rescue of an endangered right whale first spotted off the Georgia coast earlier this week entangled in fishing gear.

Across the area

Family is central to Hispanic traditions
AIKEN - For Hispanics who are spending the holiday season in South Carolina, Christmas isn't only a one-day celebration.

Drained account overwhelms caregiver

Still is last original in Georgia
WILLACOOCHEE, Ga. - The dome-shaped copper still nestled in the pines on the outskirts of town was modeled after a liquor still.

Across Georgia

Group pushes need to burn forested land
AIKEN - South Carolina's time-honored tradition of using fire to manage farmland and timber tracks is running afoul of retirees and urban refugees pushing suburbia farther into once-isolated rural areas, public and private land managers said Thursday.

Salley bank robber escapes in woods

Free-pour change addresses taxes
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Now that voters have approved doing away with minibottles, lawmakers are giving priority consideration to free-pour-enabling legislation that creates an alternative to South Carolina's liquor laws.

Across the area
The driver of a 1987 Dodge Diplomat smashed into a Wilkes County ambulance that was taking a 92-year-old critically ill patient to University Hospital on Thursday morning, according to officials.

Salley bank robber escapes in woods
AIKEN - A masked man wielding what police believe was a pistol robbed a Salley bank Friday afternoon, escaping into nearby woods with an undisclosed amount of money, authorities said.

News you can use
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Christmas:

Soldier tells his family of blast
KEYSVILLE - Christmas Eve could not have been sweeter for Bill and Barbara Campbell.

Columbia baby returned safely after kidnapping
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A 1-year-old girl has been returned to her mother safely after she was kidnapped by a woman who posed as a Department of Social Services employee, police said.

Butler wood shop students serve others
Students aren't just making bird feeders in the wood shop class at Butler High School these days. They are making wheelchair ramps for disabled residents such as 83-year-old Mary Leverett.

Ministers want SCV member to quit school board

Augusta airport had good year
For all of the negative opinions swirling around about Augusta Regional Airport, Aviation Commissioners have a firm message: 2004 was a banner year for the airport financially.

Soldier's wife sends hoax e-mail to bring him home

Pair display 'major award'
Jan and Genie Holley might be the only neighbors on West Terrace Drive to feature the "soft glow of electric sex" in their window.

Butler wood shop students serve others

Contest gets youths talking about faith
ATLANTA - Shuffling between classes at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, Adam Meredith-Ployd saw an intriguing opportunity to apply what he'd learned in his studies on the history of Christians and Jews - an opportunity worth $25,000.

Soldier tells his family of blast

Bethlehem post office expects big business
BETHLEHEM, Ga. - Georgia's Bethlehem post office was expecting a record number of people to come in this year looking to postmark mail with the biblical name prior to Christmas.

Thieves steal toys from needy children

Soldier's wife sends hoax e-mail to bring him home
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A widely circulated e-mail from a Hunter Army Airfield soldier's wife who claimed to be the victim of a violent attack apparently was a hoax she started in an attempt to get her husband home from Iraq for the holidays, authorities say.

Bethlehem post office expects big business

Widow continues family tradition of charity
MARIETTA, Ga. - Instead of throwing an extravagant holiday celebration for her family, Stephanie White has been spending her Christmas budget on two families in need.

Group pushes need to burn forested land

Coweta County nets largest-ever drug bust
NEWNAN, Ga. - Coweta County authorities netted their largest-ever drug bust when they discovered several hundred pounds of marijuana in a tractor trailer after it crashed into a median on Interstate 85.

Contest gets youths talking about faith

Ministers want SCV member to quit school board
ANDERSON, S.C. - A group of Upstate ministers has called for a high-ranking member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to be removed from the state Board of Education.

Columbia baby returned safely after kidnapping

Still is last original in Georgia

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Berg letter is heartfelt farewell
Question: Who won more major golf championships in Augusta than anyone else?

At the Movies: 'Fat Albert'
Hey, hey, hey! Fat Albert should have stayed away. The big-screen "Fat Albert," mostly a live-action update of Bill Cosby's Saturday morning cartoon series, is a hokey, insipid, outdated mess that even the most nostalgic of parents and the most gullible of kids will have trouble embracing.

At the Movies: 'The Aviator'

At the Movies: 'Fat Albert'

At the Movies: 'The Aviator'
Nearly three hours later, I still don't understand Howard Hughes any better than when I sat down to watch "The Aviator."

NBA has new version of the "Bad Boys"

NBA has new version of the "Bad Boys"
At least the "Bad Boys" kept their shenanigans on the court when they were wreaking havoc in the NBA.

Shaq, Kobe play against each other for first time

Shaq, Kobe play against each other for first time
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant took a moment to ponder the persistent questioning, and the words came tumbling out.

Bird calls suspensions 'excessive'

Bird calls suspensions 'excessive'
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird was shocked by the suspensions commissioner David Stern handed out to his three best players, but also accepted blame for their role in the brawl with Detroit fans.

Augusta State's Telfer on top of game, Peach Belt
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Packers clinch NFC North

Saban keeps Dolphins waiting

McKay's mantra: Sign players early

Vick agrees to deal worth $130 million

Panthers keep their playoff hopes alive

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Overtime

Overtime
Augusta State freshman Garrett Phillips fired 2-over-par 73 to finish seventh in the Dixie Amateur Championship in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Panthers keep their playoff hopes alive
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In perhaps the ultimate testament to just how poor the NFC is this year, there's a mathematical possibility that the 6-8 Carolina Panthers could clinch a playoff spot this weekend with a win over division rival Tampa Bay.

Saban keeps Dolphins waiting
MIAMI - Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga flew to Baton Rouge, La. on Friday, then returned to South Florida nine hours later without Nick Saban.

McKay's mantra: Sign players early
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Rich McKay built a Super Bowl champion in Tampa Bay by drafting and signing a core group of players during his nine-year stint as general manager of the Buccaneers.

Vick agrees to deal worth $130 million
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick became the richest player in the NFL by agreeing to call Atlanta home for the next decade.

Packers clinch NFC North
MINNEAPOLIS - Facing a seven-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter after one of his familiar, costly mistakes, Brett Favre brought Green Bay back again.

Men gain new work skills while receiving treatment
No fancy wrapping or ribbon could have made Robert Alston any happier Monday.

Why is Dec. 25 the date to celebrate Christmas?
In simultaneous pre-Christmas cover stories, Time and Newsweek magazines sifted with skepticism the narratives of Jesus' birth in Matthew and Luke, the only accounts we have since no other chroniclers recorded this obscure peasant's nativity.

Faith digest
The Rev. Oliver D. Walker, the senior pastor at Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, will be the featured speaker at the annual Emancipation Day observance at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd. Call 724-1230.

Christmas is dim in isolated Bethlehem
UNITED NATIONS - As Christmas dawns, Bethlehem is an isolated town with boarded up shops instead of a bustling cultural and spiritual center playing host to tourists and pilgrims from around the world, a new U.N. report says.

Treasured ornaments
Every year, hands seem to return to favorite ornaments that bring back memories of friends and good times.

Pope celebrates midnight Mass
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II ushered in Christmas on Friday by celebrating Midnight Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, praying that world leaders will strive for peace and that Jews, Muslims and Christians will live harmoniously in the Holy Land.

Holidays a time of bigger crowds for churches
BOSTON - To describe his feelings at the pulpit during a jam-packed Christmas worship service, the Rev. Paul McPheeters talks "Monday Night Football."

Faith calendar
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Berg letter is heartfelt farewell

It's time to think about your taxes
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- The end of the year is approaching and most people are thinking about the holidays, but business owners also need to think about minimizing their taxes.

Letterman performs Christmas Eve show in Iraq
David Letterman brought his late-night show to Marines serving in Iraq on Friday, loosening up the Camp Taqaddum crowd with the line, "Anybody here from out of town?"

Magna and Networth to battle on third 'Apprentice'

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. 13-19. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Ratings for basic cable networks

Letterman performs Christmas Eve show in Iraq

Magna and Networth to battle on third 'Apprentice'
NEW YORK - Move over, Mosaic. Out of the way, Apex. Here comes Magna and Networth, the latest squads to do Donald Trump's bidding on the third go-round of NBC's "The Apprentice."

Gifts satisfy secret competition

People in the News

Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband sues for breach of contract

People in the News

Outback Bowl brings back memories for QBs coach
THOMASVILLE, Ga. - When the Georgia Bulldogs play Wisconsin on New Year's Day in the Outback Bowl, they'll be looking for guidance from their quarterbacks coach. Mike Bobo was Georgia's QB the last time Georgia played Wisconsin, in 1998, leading the Bulldogs to a dominating 33-6 win.

Odds and Ends

Faith digest

Treasured ornaments

Christmas is dim in isolated Bethlehem

Men gain new work skills while receiving treatment

Why is Dec. 25 the date to celebrate Christmas?

Pope celebrates midnight Mass

Faith calendar

Holidays a time of bigger crowds for churches