DeMille uses TWA Flight 800 crash for latest thriller

Rumpole explains 'Penge Bungalow Murders'
Ever since Rumpole of the Bailey first appeared in Englishman John Mortimer's mysteries, he has made asides referring to the Penge Bungalow Murders, a court case from very early in his career, in which he triumphed.

Rumpole explains 'Penge Bungalow Murders'

The appeal of model trains celebrated
Electric trains began as little boys' toys, but they have long fascinated - even obsessed - grown men and consumed great gobs of their time and money.

Book selling was emotional, if not profitable, in 2004
In 2004, books never seemed so vital and so endangered.

Big moments of 2004 were in our back yard
Every arts event is a success story. Every time and actor steps onto a stage, it's a success. Every time a piece of music is played, it's a success. Every time a dancer dances, a painter paints and a singer sings, it's a success.

Book selling was emotional, if not profitable, in 2004

Sharon Stone on the menu in 'Fork It Over'
"Fork It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater." By Alan Richman. HarperCollins. 324 Pages. $24.95.

Characters made N.Y. theater worth watching in 2004
NEW YORK - An authoritarian nun. A paranoid young man and his willing helpmate. A delightfully interfering mother. A firebrand AIDS activist. A low-comedy Greek god. A serial killer and the mother of one of his victims.

Sharon Stone on the menu in 'Fork It Over'

Smart is back, this time with Louis Armstrong
Roddy Doyle's greatest literary gift is his ability to capture the poetry of everyday speech.

The appeal of model trains celebrated

DeMille uses TWA Flight 800 crash for latest thriller
In his latest novel, Nelson DeMille sorts through the possible causes of the crash of TWA Flight 800 that occurred off Long Island, N.Y., on July 17, 1996, and comes up with this conclusion:

Characters made N.Y. theater worth watching in 2004

Big moments of 2004 were in our back yard

Smart is back, this time with Louis Armstrong

Man walks miles home with bullet wound in head
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - A Fort Valley man walked nearly 2 miles with a bullet hole in his head after being shot in a robbery, determined to die in the presence of loved ones if that was his fate.

Naughty kids lose gifts to eBay
HOUSTON - The kids were naughty, Dad put the presents on eBay instead of under the tree - and Mom's been crying ever since.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Dec. 9-15. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Shoppers hit stores for post-Christmas bargains
Shoppers headed to the nation's malls and stores to grab discounted coats, cashmere sweaters and other items on Sunday as merchants slashed prices even deeper in hopes of squeezing more sales out of what's winding up to be an unimpressive holiday season.

Justice for identity theft slow but growing
NEW YORK - In a city known for street crimes as much as financial fortunes, the district attorney is taking a swipe at a crime that blends both: identity theft.

Strong euro to be major burden for European exporters
BERLIN - After a year in which the U.S. dollar fell 5 percent against the euro, the sharply weaker currency isn't expected to rebound soon - and that means it will likely keep eating into European exports, growth and jobs through next year.

Google vs. Yahoo: the portal wars continue

Intense competition continues in U.S. car market
DETROIT - Most veteran forecasters say they expect a familiar sales trend in the U.S. automotive market next year: continued gains by Asian brands at the expense of Detroit's Big Three.

On the Move
Benjamin Tillman Sauls has been elected vice president and business development officer for Georgia Bank & Trust Co. Mr. Sauls has five years of banking and finance experience and was previously employed by Wachovia Bank. He earned a doctorate from Texas Tech University. Mr. Sauls will be at the bank's Medical Center office.

Broadband growth changes lifestyles online and off
You could say Mark Suhre is a believer in broadband. When he built his five-bedroom, three-story home in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay, Suhre made sure each room had its own high-speed network jack. Wireless access points extended the Internet's reach to the swimming pool.

Strong euro to be major burden for European exporters

Broadband growth changes lifestyles online and off

North Augusta chamber reaches out to community

Intense competition continues in U.S. car market

Jobs came, jobs went

Jobs came, jobs went
SRS LAYOFFS: With work winding down and no guarantee of new missions, Savannah River Site's contract operator Westinghouse Savannah River Co. announced in mid-December plans to lay off 1,200 employees in 2005 and 800 more in 2006. The job loss at the federal nuclear installation would be the largest since Westinghouse took over the site in 1989.

On the Move

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.

Industry leaders make predictions for New Year
The Associated Press asked a prominent leader in major industry sectors to provide their views on important trends in 2005:

Shoppers hit stores for post-Christmas bargains

Saudi oil reserves could top 461 billion barrels
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's oil reserves, the world's largest, could increase by almost 77 percent to top 461 billion barrels in a few years, the nation's oil minister said Sunday.

US Airways starts delivering bags to passengers

Industry leaders make predictions for New Year

Small company has big peer-to-peer dreams

US Airways starts delivering bags to passengers
PHILADELPHIA - US Airways started delivering luggage to passengers Sunday after suffering what its chief executive called an "operational meltdown," while Comair put some of its passenger planes back in the air a day after canceling all of its 1,100 flights.

Saudi oil reserves could top 461 billion barrels

Property transfers

Small company has big peer-to-peer dreams
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Record labels typically view peer-to-peer networks like pirate ships - plundering their profits through illegal song swaps.

Business calendar

Justice for identity theft slow but growing

Google vs. Yahoo: the portal wars continue
SAN FRANCISCO - Even as they trade counterpunches punctuating their similarities, Internet heavyweights Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. have strived for different goals - distinctions that may become more apparent as the fierce rivalry moves into 2005.

North Augusta chamber reaches out to community
Stop by the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce and you're likely to be greeted with offers for hot apple cider and cookies.

Commissioners' votes reveal their black-and-white issues

Commissioners' votes reveal their black-and-white issues
It was almost like seeing Mama kissing Santa Claus when the Augusta Commission voted along racial lines Tuesday. We never really believed they were as united as they professed, but like kids at Christmas, we were hoping it was true.

Two Miami players unhurt after car crash
Miami linebacker Willie Williams and defensive back Rashaun Jones escaped injury Sunday when Williams lost control of his vehicle while driving to join the Hurricanes for bowl preparations in Atlanta.

Bulldogs ready for shot at upset
BOISE, Idaho - Virginia offers the perfect matchup for Fresno State coach Pat Hill: a Top 25 opponent and another chance to knock off a team from a Bowl Championship Series conference.

Bulldogs ready for shot at upset

Scott Peterson redux?
The indictment and arrest of dentist Barton Corbin by Richmond County authorities in the 1990 death of Dorothy "Dolly" Hearn has the makings of another Scott Peterson trial - but a local one. All the drama elements are there - a murder mystery, sex and betrayal involving upper middle class people.

Ambitious agenda
Though the war on terrorism and democratizing and stabilizing Iraq and Afghanistan will continue to occupy much of President George W. Bush's time, it's also clear he intends to make more time to deal with domestic issues in his second term, particularly those issues he campaigned on.

The new 'American way'
It's difficult to be shocked anymore by the foul-mouthed liberals blustering from their sanctimonious Mount Hollywood. But even by their standards, this outburst was stunning.

Killing the messenger

The new 'American way'

Killing the messenger
At a forum held in the First Baptist Church a few weeks ago to discuss area race relations, a number of participants claimed there was no discernible race problem in the community - that the main problem was the media.

Ambitious agenda

Top DVD releases of 2004
One fan's picks for best 2004 DVD releases:

Isabella Rossellini teams up with puppies to help blind
NEW YORK - Actress Isabella Rossellini is taking on a new role that has become more than just a pet project.

Celebrities win some, lose some in 2004
Forget awards shows. Celebrities won the hearts of the public with savvy decisions. Paris Hilton's "that's hot" word choice sizzled while Teri Hatcher shone after leaving Radio Shack for the seedy suburbs.

India's Spider-Man is tailored to local tastes
BANGALORE, India - In a land of magic and mystics, beyond the waves of the Arabian Sea, lives a hero whose soul will forever remain American. But in body and form he now belongs to India, where his story unravels in the tale of a wall-crawling do-gooder.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Secretary of State Colin Powell will celebrate New Year's Eve in Times Square as the guest of honor at the 100th anniversary of the world-famous festivities.

Game sequels live up to the hype in 2004
Picking the year's best and worst video games can be a lot harder than playing them. 2004 was a great year for gamers, with some of the most anticipated games of all time being released. But it wasn't all fun and games...

Stock investors must adjust to reality in 2005

Factors of jobs, oil, dollar put market on shaky path

Account can make college savings grow

Account can make college savings grow
Q. We've just had a baby and we're planning to start saving right away for her college education. Any suggestions?

Stock investors must adjust to reality in 2005
NEW YORK - It's time for stock investors to lower their expectations.

Factors of jobs, oil, dollar put market on shaky path
NEW YORK - So, how did you do in the stock market this year? Don't worry if you don't have a clear-cut answer to that question - Wall Street's gyrations in 2004 had many investors scratching their heads.

Group offers free healthy recipes by e-mail
Forget mincemeat pies and eggnog - nutritious alternatives are as accessible as your computer inbox, thanks to a cancer group's service that sends free weekly recipes by email to anyone who signs up.

Group offers free healthy recipes by e-mail
Forget mincemeat pies and eggnog - nutritious alternatives are as accessible as your computer inbox, thanks to a cancer group's service that sends free weekly recipes by email to anyone who signs up.

Group offers free healthy recipes by e-mail

Group offers free healthy recipes by e-mail

Jackets face future
ATLANTA - Chan Gailey returned to college coaching three years ago, well aware that the college culture was becoming more like that of the pros.

Unanswered questions about 2004

Getting it Dunn & then some

2004 Final Power Poll

Georgia Sports Writer Association all-state football team

Georgia Sports Writer Association all-state football team
The 2004 Georgia Sports Writers Association all-state football team:

Getting it Dunn & then some
Laney's Robert Dunn is proof that recruiting lists and dot-com talent shepherds don't know everything.

2004 Final Power Poll
The top 10 prep football teams of 2004 in the final Power Poll as selected by members of The Augusta Chronicle and WJBF NewsChannel 6 sports departments. A first-place vote is worth 10 points; a 10th-place vote is worth one point. First-place votes are in parentheses:

Memories make Christmas even nicer
The season of giving is really a holiday of accumulation.

Authorities: Armed robber captured after crashing stolen car
Authorities say an armed robber stole cash and a car from a Martinez restaurant early Monday and was captured minutes later after wrecking the stolen vehicle during a police chase.

Hate crime laws just about politics
I read withpleasant surprise an editorialin The Augusta Chronicle calling for the defeat of hate-crime legislation in the state of Georgia, and by extension,everywhere else ("Don't make hate a crime," Dec. 22). Jim Moore, Aiken, S.C.

I don't have answers, just connections
When I opened up the Chronicle at the breakfast table on Wednesday morning I was hit with a deep sadness. The article focusing on the 19 U.S. soldiers who were killed at the food tent in Mosul caused me anguish for the families who would deal with their losses during Christmas. The Rev. Mike Freed, Augusta

States show health-care disparity
What is wrong with Georgia? My older brother is 75, and moved from Georgia to Miami. He and his wife enrolled in an HMO, and do not have to pay one cent to it. Luis Rodriguez, Warrenton

Hate crime laws just about politics

States show health-care disparity

Realizing her dream

Notables who died in 2004 in the arts, pop culture

Basement system adds living space in a hurry

Visitors see Taj Mahal by moonlight

Guest can stay home if boyfriend isn't allowed at wedding

Techbits: New battery, High-tech ambulance and more

Travelers drawn to spirituality, traditions in India

The year in photos

Sony's new gaming machine poised to be a global hit

Europe among top destinations of 2004

Game review: 'Sonic Mega Collection Plus'

Are viruses a threat to cell phones?

Travelers drawn to spirituality, traditions in India
NEW DELHI - India is fast becoming a top destination for weary, work-worn tourists thanks to an aggressive campaign to push the country's Himalayan spas and secluded beaches, officials say.

The year in photos
A photograph is an emotion frozen in time. Family photographs tend to focus on momentous occasions and the emotions that go along with them - a child's first day of school, a new car purchase, the joys of Christmas morning.

Notables who died in 2004 in the arts, pop culture
Marlon Brando screamed "Stella!" and set about bringing a new realism and machismo to the stage and screen. Ray Charles shouted "What'd I Say" and began melding categories of music in ways no musician ever thought of.

Sony's new gaming machine poised to be a global hit
TOKYO - Even if you don't particularly like video games, you'd best resign yourself to what appears certain to anyone who's spent a little time with Sony's new PlayStation Portable:

Visitors see Taj Mahal by moonlight
AGRA, India - They had to walk through metal detectors and succumb to body searches to get there, but the first visitors in two decades to see the Taj Mahal by moonlight said the security hassles were worth it.

Techbits: New battery, High-tech ambulance and more
TOKYO - Americans and Europeans will soon be able to buy a more powerful battery that promises enough juice for twice as many digital pictures as regular batteries.

Basement system adds living space in a hurry
Basements are hot. And a lot of homeowners are cool with that.

Game review: 'Sonic Mega Collection Plus'
Whether you're a sucker for anything retro or just learning about the blue dude with a 'tude, this collection of the original "Sonic the Hedgehog" games is plain, clean fun.

Guest can stay home if boyfriend isn't allowed at wedding
Dear Carson: My daughter is in medical school, and one of her classmates is the fiance of a friend of hers. The bride asked my daughter to have lunch with her, and my daughter anticipated being asked to be a bridesmaid at the wedding, which will be New Year's Eve in Florida.

Are viruses a threat to cell phones?
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Malicious programs that can delete address books. Junk messages that flood a cell phone's inbox. Stealthy code that uses Bluetooth wireless technology to sneak onto handsets.

Realizing her dream
After she found the location for her home and lined up a builder, Cassandra Callaway kept her camera at the ready.

Europe among top destinations of 2004
NEW YORK - A hot tub after hiking, or a spa apres ski. And a vacation in Europe - despite the weak dollar, despite the Madrid bombing.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - The second winter storm in a week dumped several inches of snow, sleet and a wintry mix Sunday in eastern North Carolina, contributing to hundreds of traffic accidents, at least two of them fatal.

Area could see snow
Notice anything while you were out picking up the paper this morning?

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Karre Fernandes, 9 months, of Augusta.

Aiken County might sell nursing home
AIKEN - After 22 years in the nursing home business, Aiken County is looking for a way out.

Researchers seek ways to avoid deer-vehicle collisions
ROME, Ga. - Berry College's plentiful deer population have made the school the site of an important road safety study.

Hollings' retirement tops S.C. stories in 2004
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The retirement of U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings and the race to replace him was the top story of 2004 in South Carolina.

News you can use

Authorities: Armed robber captured after crashing stolen car

Group fails to raise enough money for riverkeeper
MACON, Ga. - A regional river advocacy group has been unable to raise enough money to hire a new Ocmulgee riverkeeper.

Slayings go unsolved

Across the area
A Hephzibah man told police someone ripped a gold chain off his neck at the Augusta Mall on Friday night , a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report said.

Soldiers enjoy holidays before new tour

Across Georgia
FORT VALLEY - A Fort Valley man walked nearly 2 miles with a bullet hole in his head after being shot in a robbery, determined to die in the presence of loved ones.

Slayings go unsolved
Bryan Cook was the kind of guy who would not only invite a needy couple off the streets to stay in his home , but also give them his bed and then sleep on the couch.

Impact fee a low priority
A charge made to developers to offset problems arising from new growth - called an impact fee - has attracted the spotlight after changes to the structure of such a fee won the support of a Georgia commissioners association.

Animal control officer charged in hog-dogfighting ring
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A Chester County Animal Control officer has been arrested and charged in a hog-dogfighting ring that was raided last week, authorities said.

Kid of the Day

Carroll County sheriff hires his deputy dad

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Impact fee a low priority

Museum director resigns

Across the southeast

Lack of details worries many lawmakers

2004 in memoriam: local luminaries

Stories that are not 2004 top stories
While the Chinese calendar says it's Year of the Monkey, in Georgia it's apparently the Year of the Boar - more specifically, Hogzilla.

Tangle of controversy

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man died after he was hit by a pickup on South Carolina Highway 302 near Pelion.

Across South Carolina

Bald eagle could be removed from endangered list
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Bald eagles are doing so well that the federal wildlife agency is considering removing them from the endangered species list. But local wildlife officials say that could be dangerous to the birds.

Hollings' retirement tops S.C. stories in 2004

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

Stories that are not 2004 top stories

Carroll County sheriff hires his deputy dad
CARROLLTON, Ga. - After 36 years on the force, Bowdon Police Chief Burl Langley was ready to retire last month.

Storms' destruction tops list of 2004 stories

Celebrating Kwanzaa
Dr. Faye Hargrove, of Augusta, lights a candle representing the principle of Ujima - collective work and responsibility - during a Kwanzaa celebration at Augusta Museum of History. Sunday was the first day of Kwanzaa.

Santa makes stop at medical center

Across the southeast
BELMONT, N.C. - Wade Jones likes Elvis, but he insists he's just a casual fan.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A woman and a teenager were killed Christmas Eve and several children were taken to the hospital after two cars collided head-on, a state Highway Patrol spokesman said.

Kid of the Day

Thomson man shoots wife, self
A 44-year-old Thomson man died Christmas morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, law enforcement officials said.

Group fails to raise enough money for riverkeeper

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

Tangle of controversy
The demise of the proposed sales tax on Election Day topped the list of the top 10 local news stories of 2004, as chosen by staff members at The Augusta Chronicle. It was followed closely by the federal indictments of three local officials:

Early ice causes minor problems
An ice storm early Sunday left thousands of people in the area without power and caused a few accidents.

Storms' destruction tops list of 2004 stories
ATLANTA, Ga. - Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Just as their names now run together, so do the assessments of the destruction wrought by these storms in Georgia.

2004 in memoriam: local luminaries
George Busbee, 76. Former Georgia governor. July 16.

Across South Carolina

Nurse brings health care to rural Dearing
Sandy Turner is a chairwoman in the Medical College of Georgia's School of Nursing and a good Samaritan in Dearing.

Accident kills teen in Aiken County

Soldiers enjoy holidays before new tour
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Before deploying back to Iraq with his military intelligence unit, Staff Sgt. David Smith-Barry conducted a secret mission of his own to make the most of Christmas.

Across Georgia

Museum director resigns
Scott W. Loehr, who brought national recognition and significant grant money to Augusta Museum of History, has announced his resignation as executive director.

Across the Southeast

Lack of details worries many lawmakers
ATLANTA - Some state lawmakers, including members of the Republican majority, are beginning to express unease about Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to move about a million residents from the state's Medicaid program into managed-care setups that resemble health maintenance organizations.

Certification program doesn't help scores

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Nurse brings health care to rural Dearing

Signs of the post-holiday season
The day after Christmas was not too early for Wanda Paul to start hunting for next year's holiday gifts.

The Week Ahead

Accident kills teen in Aiken County
One Jackson teenager was killed and another was injured on a rural Aiken County road early Sunday in an accident that might have happened more than three hours before it was discovered.

Kid of the Day
Tyler Adam Sims is today's Kid of the Day.

Certification program doesn't help scores
AIKEN -- For the past three years, eighth-grade science teacher Helen Campbell has been videotaping in the classroom and then watching to see how well she's teaching.

Five questions: David Heath
David Heath, bass player in The Section Jazz Band, is always busy on New Year's Eve.

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police that a man kicked her, punched her, hit her with a trash can and pointed a gun at her before stealing her car and $250 Saturday, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

The Week Ahead
It would seem that New Year's Day would be a shoo-in for my pick this week. A time to start over fresh, anew. A time to put the troubles of last year behind you and begin with a clean slate.

Man hopes to bring back American chestnut

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Two men who led police in a car chase after they allegedly shot out several car windows with a pellet gun were killed when their vehicle veered off the road and plunged into an icy creek.

Legislators want gang bill passed this year
COLUMBIA, S.C. - At least one legislator is hopeful a bill that would make it illegal to intimidate someone into joining or leaving a gang will pass the Legislature this year.

Aiken County might sell nursing home

Man hopes to bring back American chestnut
SENECA, S.C. - Retired surgeon Joseph James hopes his 250-acre farm helps bring back the chestnut tree crop that was wiped out by disease in the mid-20th century.

Santa makes stop at medical center
Henry Knox had heard about Santa Claus time after time and received dozens of presents from the man in the red-and-white suit, but he had never actually caught a glimpse of jolly old St. Nick - that is, until this Christmas morning.

Predictions include Tiger, Gators and the Yankees
It won't get any better than this. 2004 was one of those remarkable sports seasons that will rate among the wildest ever.

Unanswered questions about 2004
Where did 2004 go? A better question is: When did it go? It was here the last time I looked. Now, only days remain before 2004 will be no more. Was there a hole in my calendar that let it leak away?

Mini movie reviews

Bacon sizzles in dark role in 'Woodsman'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kevin Bacon wants you to know the same thing he told his kids: No children were harmed during the making of his latest film.

Top DVD releases of 2004

Film going national after yearlong run on a single screen

'Hotel' innkeeper finally feels better, not bitter
NEW YORK - Paul Rusesabagina still has sleepless nights. And when he does nod off, he still has nightmares.

Admissions slip, but Hollywood's not worried

'Phantom' film emerges from the shadows
LOS ANGELES - It's a golden, midsummer afternoon outside, but Andrew Lloyd Webber is standing inside a cool, dim chamber - trying to coax "The Phantom of the Opera" out of the shadows.

Admissions slip, but Hollywood's not worried
LOS ANGELES - The ogre, the superheroes, the savior and the wizard led Hollywood's 2004 hit parade, with strong performances from a handful of films helping to offset a whole lot of duds.

Favorite films of 2004

'Hotel' innkeeper finally feels better, not bitter

Favorite films of 2004

Don Cheadle has rare starring role

Don Cheadle has rare starring role
NEW YORK - "I feel like I keep hitting seven," Don Cheadle says, likening his career to success at craps. "I feel like I'm on the dice."

Favorite films of 2004
The top 10 films of 2004, according to AP Movie Writer David Germain:

Bacon sizzles in dark role in 'Woodsman'

Film going national after yearlong run on a single screen
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - It sounds like a story straight out of Hollywood.

'Phantom' film emerges from the shadows

Mini movie reviews
Capsule reviews of films in theaters. Not all movies are available nationwide.

Favorite films of 2004
The top 10 films of 2004, according to AP Movie Writer David Germain:

Top DVD releases of 2004
One fan's picks for best 2004 DVD releases:

Music provided the best jawdroppers of 2004

Top ten albums of the year

Q&A: Real people with real questions for Ludacris
NEW YORK - Ludacris has been interviewed so many times, it's ludicrous.

Father of Chicano music still rockin'
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - He's a bit hunched over these days, his gait slowed somewhat by his 87 years, most of them spent traveling from one gig to another.

Music provided the best jawdroppers of 2004
p>Maybe 2004 seemed more scandalous than past years because we had double the ingredients: Two scandalous Jacksons! Two ditsy Simpsons! Two Britney weddings!!

Top country albums of 2004
One writer's top 10 country albums of 2004:

Q&A: Real people with real questions for Ludacris

Father of Chicano music still rockin'

Top ten albums of the year
1. "Confessions," Usher: This was the most overplayed, overexposed album of the year - and the best. It's hard to remember when a heartbreaking cad sounded so appealing: From the breakup anthem "Burn" to the scandalous title track, Usher wooed listeners with his sensuous tenor.

Top country albums of 2004

U.S. election voted top news story of 2004
NEW YORK - The election victory of President Bush, after a campaign often dominated by the Iraq war and terrorism, was voted the top story of 2004 in the annual Associated Press survey of editors and news directors. The war itself was the No. 2 choice, and four other stories in the Top 10 involved either Iraq or terrorist attacks.

U.S. election voted top news story of 2004

U.S. not hit by terrorists in 2004, but clearly a target
CAIRO, Egypt -- It seems as if the terrorist battleground was everywhere but in the United States this past year, yet clearly America and its allies were the targets. More violence can be expected in 2005 as the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq persists and terrorists remain determined to one day strike inside America again.

In memoriam: 2004 deaths

U.S. election voted top news story of 2004
NEW YORK - The election victory of President Bush, after a campaign often dominated by the Iraq war and terrorism, was voted the top story of 2004 in the annual Associated Press survey of editors and news directors. The war itself was the No. 2 choice, and four other stories in the Top 10 involved either Iraq or terrorist attacks.

U.S. still unprepared for bioterror strike

U.S. still unprepared for bioterror strike
SAN FRANCISCO - David Hose is a bioterrorism casualty. Little wonder, then, that his confidence in U.S. readiness for another such attack is about as low as his energy and as weak as his still-battered immune system, lingering after-effects of the anthrax he accidentally inhaled handling a letter addressed to Sen. Pat Leahy three years ago.

U.S. election voted top news story of 2004

Flu shot shortages became societal, political story
Got your flu shot yet? That became a loaded question this year as traditional vaccination campaigns gave way to pleas that healthy Americans step aside to keep the vaccine available for those who need it the most.

U.S. not hit by terrorists in 2004, but clearly a target

In memoriam: 2004 deaths
Deaths that made headlines in 2004.

Pistons top Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS - Rasheed Wallace sauntered off the court and into the exit tunnel, pausing long enough to peel off his headband and hand it to a youngster wearing the rival's colors.

Suns scorch Raptors

O'Neal struggles in return to court
INDIANAPOLIS - For the first time in a long time, Jermaine O'Neal was nervous when he stepped onto the court, and it showed against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.

Suns scorch Raptors
PHOENIX - Amare Stoudemire scored 33 points and the Phoenix Suns held off a strong Toronto comeback to beat the Raptors 106-94 Sunday night for their 11th consecutive victory.

Saints look for Falcons to run

Patriots defeat Jets

Lions top Bears

Panthers pummel Bucs to near playoff spot

Cowboys 13, Redskins 10

Schaub lives, learns, loses

Bengals squeak by Giants

Steelers top Ravens; Roethlisberger injured

Texans shut out Jaguars

Bills demolish 49ers for sixth straight win

Falcons fall to Saints

Manning breaks Marino's TD record

NFL great Reggie White dies at 43

Colts rally to defeat Chargers in overtime

Dolphins slip by Browns

Packers dedicate division clincher to injured teammate

Saban to announce decision in Orlando

Seahawks top Cardinals

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Deaths that made headlines in 2004.

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Mrs. Elsie S. Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Hassie M. Hamilton Cheatham    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethyl B. Nahring    (PIEDMONT, S.C.)
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Ms. Carolyn Durden    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. J. P. Mumford, III    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Crawford    (JACKSONVILLE, N.C.)
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Mrs. Ruby Mae Wiley    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Belle Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Leonard Hoeppel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Shirley Ann Cadden    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Horace Jones, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris Turner    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry Jeffcoat, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosa M. Stephens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Shelby Jean Townsend    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Rev. James L. Myers    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Leon M. James, Sr.    (Retired Farmer Edgefield, S.C.)
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Col. Orizzonte Mastroianni    (TAMPA, Fla.)
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Mr. William "Billy" Smith    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Shelby Jean Townsend    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Fred Hugh Dowdy, Jr.    (FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.)
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Amanda LaShawn Harman    (SHREVEPORT, La.)
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Mrs. Grace E. Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael A. Gowdy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael A. Gowdy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raiford Eugene Dorn    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Opal L. Fuller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Katherine Dicks Turner    (COLUMBUS, OHIO)
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Mr. Raiford Eugene Dorn    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Oscar Dale, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Carey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Mary Broadwater    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Mary Broadwater    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Essie H. Brannen    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Neomi "Gerry" Weikle    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Bernard S. Bailey, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Wyman Anthony Toole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ollie Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Ann Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joseph Whatley Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Neomi "Gerry" Weikle    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. John Walton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Shane C. LeDee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Wilma Jean Cox Nunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Dicks Turner (COLUMBUS, OHIO)

Mr. Bennie Lee Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa M. Stephens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wyman Anthony Toole (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Mae Wiley (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Joseph Whatley Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie S. Neal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Crawford (JACKSONVILLE, N.C.)

Mr. John Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Hugh Dowdy (FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Michael A. Gowdy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

In memory: 2004 deaths

Mr. Curtis White (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Bryant, Jr. (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Judith "Judy" Key (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Ann Cadden (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Opal L. Fuller (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Opal L. Fuller (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Raiford Eugene Dorn (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jean Terry (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William "Billy" Smith (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Hassie M. Hamilton Cheatham (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Neomi "Gerry" Weikle (TRENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Carolyn Durden (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Hugh Dowdy, Jr. (FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Belle Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Leonard Hoeppel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael A. Gowdy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Jeffcoat, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raiford Eugene Dorn (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Leon M. James, Sr. (Retired Farmer Edgefield, S.C.)

Mr. John Walton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Broadwater (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Carey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Simon Peter Edwards (SALUDA, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Broadwater (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Lohn Payne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. James L. Myers (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Shelby Jean Townsend (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Linton Moss (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Shelby Jean Townsend (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Neomi "Gerry" Weikle (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Oscar Dale, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Dean Walker, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa M. Stephens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace E. Hardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joseph Whatley Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Top 10 Georgia sports stories of 2004

Area announcements

A year to remember

Overtime

Overtime

Rock Hard Ten wins $250,000 Malibu Stakes

Braves, Falcons, Ga. Tech exceed expectations

Overtime
In Charlotte, N.C., Lawne Snyder's goal in the ninth minute of the third period gave the Augusta Lynx the insurance goal they needed for a 5-4 victory over the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday afternoon breaking a seven-game losing streak.

A year to remember
It might go down as the leap that shook the world. At least, the golfing world.

Top 10 S.C. sports stories of 2004
Here are the Top 10 South Carolina sports stories of 2004 as voted on by AP members statewide:

Top 10 Georgia sports stories of 2004
The top 10 sports stories in Georgia for 2004 as selected by The Associated Press:

Rock Hard Ten wins $250,000 Malibu Stakes
ARCADIA, Calif. - Rock Hard Ten rallied late and edged out two horses to win Sunday's $250,000 Malibu Stakes in the feature race of Santa Anita's opening day.

Braves, Falcons, Ga. Tech exceed expectations
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech was picked to finish near the bottom of its conference. The Braves lost a bunch of key players. The Falcons had a rookie coach and a legacy of losing.

Area 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.

Overtime
Nick Saban finally turned pro Saturday, accepting an offer to coach the Miami Dolphins.

Hunter spares time for charity

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

Outdoors calendar

Hunter spares time for charity
If he's not out hunting, Jim Burg can be found in the shed behind his home, elbow deep in venison.

Group digs for fishing hole
Georgia's Department of Natural Resources hopes to exploit an obscure legal loophole to finance a dozen important projects - including a $2 million public fishing area planned for Burke County.

NFL great Reggie White dies at 43
CORNELIUS, N.C. - Reggie White, a fearsome defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers and one of the NFL's greatest players, died Sunday, his wife said. He was 43.

Lions top Bears
DETROIT - The Detroit Lions walked off the field stunned for a second straight week. This time, they were surprised they won.

Dolphins slip by Browns
MIAMI - When Olindo Mare kicked the winning field goal with 7 seconds left, the 20,000 fans still on hand rose and roared, pleased to avoid having to watch an overtime.

Schaub lives, learns, loses
NEW ORLEANS - Like most rookie quarterbacks making their first career start, Matt Schaub wished he could take back several poor passes.

Seahawks top Cardinals
SEATTLE - The Seattle Seahawks are back in the playoffs, led by a couple of record-setting performances by Shaun Alexander and Darrell Jackson.

Bengals squeak by Giants
CINCINNATI - Those guys from New York sure look a lot like the old Bungles. With a slump-busting win at their numb fingertips, the Giants allowed a long punt return, an improbable completion and a tipped interception that rallied the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-22 victory Sunday.

Panthers pummel Bucs to near playoff spot
The Carolina Panthers are one step closer to overcoming their horrendous start. Jake Delhomme threw for 214 yards and four touchdowns Sunday, helping the defending NFC champions beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-20 and move within a victory of clinching a playoff berth.

Bills demolish 49ers for sixth straight win
AN FRANCISCO - Coach Mike Mularkey shut off every television in the locker room Sunday morning, ordering his Buffalo Bills to focus on the only game with playoff implications they could control.

Texans shut out Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars took Houston lightly. The Texans certainly believed so. The scoreboard may have indicated it, too.

Falcons fall to Saints
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans got a break when the Atlanta Falcons decided to rest Michael Vick and his aching shoulder. And the Saints took advantage with a much-needed victory.

Manning breaks Marino's TD record
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning broke one of football's most hallowed records, and his reward was praise from one of his boyhood idols.

Packers dedicate division clincher to injured teammate
This one was for Fergie.

Patriots defeat Jets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tom Brady tried to avoid watching the highlights, or lowlights, of his performance against the Miami Dolphins.

Colts rally to defeat Chargers in overtime
INDIANAPOLIS - All Peyton Manning wanted was a victory. The record was a bonus. Manning rallied the Colts from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter, throwing his NFL-record 49th touchdown pass of the season to force overtime. Then he led the Colts on a 61-yard drive to beat San Diego 34-31.

Steelers top Ravens; Roethlisberger injured
PITTSBURGH - Just like their previous game, the Ravens put a Steelers quarterback out with an injury. They accomplished little else on a day the Steelers made certain they won't leave Pittsburgh until the Super Bowl if they keep winning.

Saban to announce decision in Orlando
MIAMI - LSU coach Nick Saban has made a decision regarding the Miami Dolphins' job offer, and the school said he would announce it when the team lands in Orlando for its bowl game. The Dolphins said they had no idea what he would say.

Cowboys 13, Redskins 10
IRVING, Texas - For more than 58 minutes, Vinny Testaverde was the scorn of Dallas Cowboys fans. They wanted the old guy benched so they could see a young quarterback and they were more than happy to let him know it.

Saints look for Falcons to run
NEW ORLEANS - A big question hung over practice for the New Orleans Saints this week; Would Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick play or would he rest his injured shoulder Sunday?

Pope prays that peace efforts will prevail
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II offered Christmas wishes Saturday for a world where he said timid but hopeful efforts at peace co-exist with worries over Iraq, the Holy Land and several tragic conflicts in Africa.

Group digs for fishing hole

Predictions include Tiger, Gators and the Yankees

'Friends' harassment suit takes on Hollywood tradition
LOS ANGELES - Writer Janis Hirsch faced a painful ritual at one sitcom: She'd get a tap on the shoulder from one or another male colleague, turn around and find them exposing themselves.

Rapper shows her softer side on UPN's 'Eve'
LOS ANGELES - Starring in her own sitcom allows Eve to reveal a side not usually associated with the hardcore rapper image that made her famous.

Inside story of Navy SEALs on 60 Minutes

A year chock-full of TV images proves memorable

A lot of action on TV this New Year's Eve
NEW YORK - Let the surfing begin. With an ailing king, two would-be successors and a ubiquitous substitute, New Year's Eve on television has more subplots than a party with three ex-girlfriends.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

'Friends' harassment suit takes on Hollywood tradition

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Once again, TV could prove invaluable on New Year's Eve. For anyone stuck with no clock or wristwatch within sight, how else will they know when 2005 arrives?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

A year chock-full of TV images proves memorable
NEW YORK - Remember the Yawning Boy? Remember Oprah giving those cars away? Remember Ken Jennings' disbelieving smile when his "Jeopardy!" winnings were announced each day?

A lot of action on TV this New Year's Eve

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Once again, TV could prove invaluable on New Year's Eve. For anyone stuck with no clock or wristwatch within sight, how else will they know when 2005 arrives?

Rapper shows her softer side on UPN's 'Eve'

Inside story of Navy SEALs on 60 Minutes
NEW YORK - "You drop on the top of some mountain somewhere in some tiny little village in the middle of the night, and it's pitch-black all around you," Lara Logan remembers. "When you land, it's like the ground rises up to devour you, and from intelligence you know there are people with weapons in that village - and they may or may not be ready to attack."

People in the News

India's Spider-Man is tailored to local tastes

Top DVD releases of 2004

Game sequels live up to the hype in 2004

Some hope over Iraqi and Palestinian elections
Iraqi insurgents kept their homeland in turmoil during 2004, yet Iraq's interim leaders just as determinedly pressed ahead toward national elections early in the new year.

Some hope over Iraqi and Palestinian elections
Iraqi insurgents kept their homeland in turmoil during 2004, yet Iraq's interim leaders just as determinedly pressed ahead toward national elections early in the new year.

Some hope over Iraqi and Palestinian elections

Iraq faces shift in power with more troubles ahead
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq in 2005 faces the likelihood of the most profound shift of political power in its modern history, while struggling with an insurgency that has confounded U.S. strategists and their optimistic forecasts that preceded the war.

Iraq faces shift in power with more troubles ahead

Some hope over Iraqi and Palestinian elections

Man walks miles home with bullet wound in head

Pope prays that peace efforts will prevail