Broadway box office and attendance up slightly

Broadway box office and attendance up slightly
NEW YORK - Broadway's box office inched upward in 2004 and attendance also increased slightly, according to figures released by the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Yankees, Red Sox, Angels to pay luxury tax

South Carolina girls basketball scores
Some scores from Monday's South Carolina girls basketball games.

Yankees, Red Sox, Angels to pay luxury tax
NEW YORK - The Boston Red Sox got an extra bill after winning the World Series.

South Carolina girls basketball scores

Malls are all hype on Christmas Eve

Trail of paper, ribbons and gift tags leads to burglars
COLUMBUS, Miss. - It wasn't tough for police to thwart two would-be Grinches - they just followed the telltale trail of wrapping paper.

Odds and Ends
PITTSBURGH - Did you hear the one about the insurance agent and the coyote?

Stolen car found 23 years later
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A vintage 1963 Ford Fairlane stolen 23 years ago from Greenville, S.C., has turned up some 2,600 miles away in California.

Odds and Ends
JACKSON, Wyo. - Pray for snow. It may sound lighthearted, but Jackson Hole congregations have been doing just that - and the Rev. David Bott of Redeemer Lutheran Church points to some very white results a couple weeks ago.

Swiss Army knife producers innovate to improve sales
GENEVA - Struggling back from a sales slump since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the two makers of Swiss Army knives are trying to lure back customers by adding new designs and features like computer memory chips, butane lighters and alarm clocks.

Crude futures remain below $42 a barrel
Crude futures rebounded slightly Tuesday, following a 6 percent drop the day before on forecasts calling for warmer weather in the U.S., which eased worries about tight supplies of winter fuel.

Toyota could surpass DaimlerChrysler in U.S. sales

Airlines offer options for animals' trips
Barks, purrs, meows and growls could be the noises heard over the roars of airplanes' engines lately.

Bailey will be next president of 'Chronicle'
A longtime leader in the Augusta news industry is moving down the river.

Swiss Army knife producers innovate to improve sales
GENEVA - Struggling back from a sales slump since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the two makers of Swiss Army knives are trying to lure back customers by adding new designs and features like computer memory chips, butane lighters and alarm clocks.

Consumer confidence jumps in December

Satellite radio posts subscriber gains
NEW YORK - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., the two big players in the emerging satellite radio business, both announced gains in subscribers Monday as 2004 drew to a close.

Leaner Commerce Department landing fat investments
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's economic development efforts have crossed the $2.5 billion mark for the first time since 2001.

Swiss Army knife producers innovate to improve sales

Businesses focus on Capitol
ATLANTA - In less than two weeks, state lawmakers will get down to business. And as the legislative session starts up again, industry lobbyists and economic-development groups also will reappear at the Capitol, pushing for bills on behalf of Georgia companies.

Crude prices sink below $42 a barrel

Swiss Army knife producers innovate to improve sales

Blockbuster to make bid for competitor
DALLAS - Blockbuster Inc. said Tuesday it will launch a hostile bid for Hollywood Entertainment Corp. next month if the rival's directors won't negotiate a deal.

Crude prices sink below $42 a barrel
EDS: AMs; SUBS graf 9 to CLARIFY that Indonesia exports 2.7 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas a day; UPDATES with closing prices for natural gas, heating oil and gasoline futures

Toys R Us converting NYC store into Babies R Us store

Former Yukos chief blasts Kremlin from prison

Airlines offer options for animals' trips

Toyota could surpass DaimlerChrysler in U.S. sales
DETROIT - Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. is on pace to unseat DaimlerChrysler AG as the third-leading U.S. seller of cars and trucks by the end of the decade, though not by much, a forecasting firm says.

Satellite radio posts subscriber gains
NEW YORK - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., the two big players in the emerging satellite radio business, both announced gains in subscribers Monday as 2004 drew to a close.

Former Yukos chief blasts Kremlin from prison
MOSCOW - Mikhail Khodorkovsky, formerly Russia's richest man, accused the Kremlin of stealing his Yukos oil empire by manipulating the law in a letter from prison published Tuesday.

Merger could help business
Like the Murray Biscuit Co., Castleberry/Snow's Brand Inc. likely will benefit from its upcoming buyout by a Canadian canned-seafood producer.

Consumer confidence jumps in December
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence jumped in December, reversing four months of declines and reaching the highest level since July, a private research group reported Tuesday.

Crude futures remain below $42 a barrel

Shrimp season will last longer
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The commercial and recreational food shrimping season in Georgia will remain open until further notice, state officials decided Monday.

Businesses focus on Capitol

Toys R Us converting NYC store into Babies R Us store
TRENTON, N.J. - Toys R Us, the nation's second biggest toy retailer, plans to convert one of its two Manhattan stores into a Babies R Us, giving the company a prime location for its fast-growing division that sells baby furniture, apparel and accessories.

Bailey will be next president of 'Chronicle'

Leaner Commerce Department landing fat investments

Georgia blessed with variety of bowl locations

Fresno St. tops No. 18 Virginia in MPC Bowl
BOISE, Idaho - Paul Pinegar threw five touchdown passes, including the game-winning 25-yard strike to Stephen Spach in overtime, as Fresno State came back to beat No. 18 Virginia 37-34 in the MPC Computers Bowl on Monday.

Independence Bowl: Cyclones nip Redhawks

Fresno St. tops No. 18 Virginia in MPC Bowl

Ohio State quarterback seeks redemption
SAN ANTONIO - Troy Smith helped Ohio State get into the Alamo Bowl. Justin Zwick will have to help the Buckeyes win it.

Georgia blessed with variety of bowl locations
TAMPA, Fla. - From throughout the Southeast, Georgia football players added to the holiday highway madness Sunday, each making their way to Florida's west coast where they will take on Wisconsin in Saturday's Outback Bowl.

UConn beats Toledo in Motor City Bowl
UConn cruised to a 39-10 win over Toledo Monday in the Motor City Bowl in the Huskies' first bowl appearance since becoming a full Division I-A team three years ago.

Ohio State quarterback seeks redemption

Independence Bowl: Cyclones nip Redhawks
SHREVEPORT, La. - Stevie Hicks and quarterback Bret Meyer each had more than 100 yards in a revived running game that carried Iowa State to a 17-13 victory over Miami of Ohio in the Independence Bowl on Tuesday night.

Huskies fall from Top 10

Championship returns strongly

Tips make home-cooking healthful
Although most restaurant owners would rather I didn't tell you this, research has shown that you have a better chance of controlling your weight if you eat at home. But even eating at home can have a negative effect on your waistline, depending on how you cook. Here are some tips for keeping your kitchen "light:"

The propagandist
Filmmaker Michael Moore is about as much of a documentarian as was Leni Riefenstahl. Riefenstahl, if you recall, was Adolf Hitler's favorite filmmaker.

Orange crush
When historians look back on the year 2004, they may well see it as the beginning of a new era of freedom and democracy in countries that had been ruled for decades, if not centuries, by various tyrannies: the liberation of Iraq; free elections in Afghanistan; the death of Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat followed, hopefully, by the rise of a democratic Palestinian state at peace with its neighbor, Israel.

Give thanks, prayers
Happy Thanksgiving.

Orange crush

Arena gets second look
Well-traveled residents know it. A study has confirmed it. And just because Richmond County hasn't acted on it doesn't mean anything has changed:

The propagandist

Arena gets second look

Supermodel injured in tusnami disaster
LONDON - Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova, who appeared on the cover of 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, was injured and her photographer boyfriend is missing after the pair were caught up in the Asian tsunami disaster, a spokeswoman for the boyfriend said Tuesday.

Some celebrities among victims of tsunami disaster
BANGKOK, Thailand - A German statesman, a Czech supermodel and a Swedish Olympic ski champion were among the vacationers whose search for peace and sun in tropical southern Asia was shattered by the tsunamis that spared neither rich nor poor.

Networks hunt for pictures of tsunami
NEW YORK - Besides grateful relatives, tourists returning from Asian countries struck by the killer tsunami are likely to be met by news agency representatives hunting for video of the cataclysmic event.

John Mayer lands in headmaster's office
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Grammy Award-winner John Mayer returned to his alma mater to be inducted into its Hall of Fame - and wound up in the headmaster's office.

Back pain cuts short Lane's run in 'The Producers'
LONDON - Back problems have forced Nathan Lane to quit the London West End run of "The Producers" almost two weeks earlier than planned.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Kenan Thompson, who plays the title role in the new "Fat Albert" movie, hopes he doesn't get typecast.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum picked the opera house over the classroom and hasn't looked back.

Schools replacing milk cartons with bottles
Yet another familiar school-days object may be going the way of the inkwell and the slide rule.

Schools replacing milk cartons with bottles

Curried pumpkin and peanut soup recipe is naturally vegan

Shrimp with orange and ginger is quick to prepare
This bright-tasting stir-fry takes next to no time to prepare and cook, but its distinctive flavor combination makes a lasting impression. The sweet tang of fresh oranges provides a refreshing contrast to the heat of the chilies, both complementing the ever-popular shrimp.

Shrimp with orange and ginger is quick to prepare

Curried pumpkin and peanut soup recipe is naturally vegan
CONCORD, N.H. - No knife needed? The claim certainly got my attention. Especially when it was followed by the declaration that you wouldn't need graters, mixers, blenders or food processors, either.

Spicy chicken soup is fast and easy to make
This is a comfortable soup to slurp down, for lunch, or any chicken-soup moment of need. Beyond the usual gratification of the old favorite, this streamlined version is fast to make, has warm seasoning and a low fat content.

Georgia Tech's freshmen must wait their turn
ATLANTA - Anthony Morrow dropped his formal title when he joined the Georgia Tech basketball team.

Tech: Freshmen do damage in blowout
ATLANTA - When Georgia Tech built a 30-point lead Tuesday night with four minutes remaining, coach Paul Hewitt did unheralded Lafayette a favor and put most of his starting lineup back on the floor.

Tech: Freshmen do damage in blowout

Georgia Tech's freshmen must wait their turn

Langham gets back on track

The debate over soggy fairways continues
The LPGA Tour met two weeks ago for an annual review of its policies, and it included what commissioner Ty Votaw described as a "full airing" of an issue that comes up with regularity - how to play in wet conditions.

The debate over soggy fairways continues

Langham gets back on track
First, Franklin Langham had to find himself. Now, he finds himself back where he belongs and looking to resolve unfinished business.

South Carolina girls basketball scores

Area standouts chosen for S.C. squad
New South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has got to like what he sees in the state's prep football future.

Ring in year with shrimp appetizer
Packaged shrimp rings with cocktail sauce abound at supermarkets during the holidays, usually on sale for a great price. Although they're quick and easy, defrosted shrimp often are a bit waterlogged, and the accompanying cocktail sauce is not all that special.

Malls are all hype on Christmas Eve
Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

House fire kills man, woman
AIKEN -- Two mentally handicapped adults were pronounced dead early this morning from smoke inhalation after being trapped in a blaze that destroyed their New Ellenton home.

Chronicle' leaders named to new posts
Julian Miller has been promoted to publisher of the Savannah Morning News and Donald W. Bailey will replace him as president of The Augusta Chronicle.

Why are we even in Iraq, anyway?

Good news at Evans Elementary
Hats off to WRDW TV 12 and their entire staff for the fine job they did in reporting the story of how Evans Elementary School reduced their reported discipline cases by over 60 percent this school year - both in the classroom and on school buses. Will Rogers, PTO president, Evans Elementary School

Castleberry family still cares
I'd first like to congratulate Bob Kirby and all the employees of Castleberry's on the recently announced acquisition by Connors Bros. Income Fund (Bumblebee Seafood). Missy Troutman deSouza, Concord, N.C.

Father a victim of yellow journalism
I read with great interest your article Dec. 5 regarding my father. It's obvious to those familiar with the situation that Sandy Hodson has an agenda. It's a shame that your inexperienced reporters don't tell the whole story and are manipulated by those who have been scrutinized by past grand juries. Eddie Mulherin, Lawrenceville, Ga.

Father a victim of yellow journalism

Politicians, not media, created mess
I find it amusing and at the same time downright pitiful that Mrs. Betty Beard can state that Augusta has the best group of commissioners in the state of Georgia. J. A. Schmitz, Augusta

Why are we even in Iraq, anyway?
Regarding Robert Heynneman's letter ("Bush did what he had to do," Dec. 18): Evidently, Mr. Heynneman has not read the Sept. 11 commission report. If he had, he would know that Iraq had nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks, and had no ties to al-Qaida. Reuben H. Partridge, North Augusta, S.C.

Christians come from other faiths
Champak Patel recently wrote a letter urging Augustans to "Forget divisions and pray together." Gary Heffner, Augusta

It wasn't 'real men' who shot pet dog
This is to the shooter who killed my pet dog. Her name was Cloe. She looked like a mixture of breeds but her long blond hair indicated that there was a lot of Belgian shepherd in her. Teri Myrick, Edgefield, S.C.

It wasn't 'real men' who shot pet dog

Urges suit against commissioners
The Richmond County Board of Commissioners needs to be sued in Augusta Federal Court for failure to represent the public in a fiduciary manner. Gridlock has retarded progress in Augusta for years. Michael J Rhoden, North Augusta, S.C

Urges suit against commissioners

Christians come from other faiths

Making the stars glitter

U.N. official's comment hits nerve of American charity

Making the stars glitter
Browsing his clothing shop is a little like playing a celebrity Where's Waldo? There's Manuel with Bob Dylan. And over there, Manuel with Johnny Cash and John Lennon and Dwight Yoakam and John Travolta and Keith Richards.

U.N. official's comment hits nerve of American charity
WASHINGTON - A suggestion by a U.N. official that the world's richest nations were "stingy" irritated the Bush administration, especially when U.S. aid for Asia's earthquake is expected to eventually rise from the millions to more than $1 billion.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Augusta Lynx Gamenight
Augusta at Greenville

Augusta Lynx Gamenight

Solemn opening for slave ship exhibit

Bill sets local power over offices

Cox will run for governor in '06
ATLANTA - For more than a year, Secretary of State Cathy Cox has been discussed as a possible candidate to challenge Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2006.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The celebration marking the opening of the largest cable-stayed span in North America should outdo the one held for the opening of the first Cooper River bridge 75 years ago, local and state officials say.

Bill sets local power over offices
AIKEN - One South Carolina state representative says more money could be funneled into the classroom if the Aiken County school board is given more authority to decide how it wants to run its five area offices.

Airlines offer options for animals' trips
Barks, purrs, meows and growls could be the noises heard over the roars of airplanes' engines lately.

Across South Carolina
PIEDMONT - A woman has been killed in a house fire in Piedmont, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

Jeffcoat remembered for dedication to family

New bottle law will affect stores

Resident's family is OK in Asia

Kid of the Day

Motivation breeds excellence
Sylvester Brown never gave up on his pupils, never settled for average and never really retired.

Fights plague middle schools

Center's CEO will be leaving position

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Resident's family is OK in Asia
David Benoy didn't have a chance to worry whether his wife and son were among the victims of the deadly tsunamis that drowned tens of thousands of people and devastated the coasts of South Asia on Sunday.

Historic Augusta's deal reaches snag
Historic Augusta wants to purchase two historic buildings once destined to be used for low-income housing.

Across South Carolina

Exotic animals will leave island
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Isolated by water and owned by a nonprofit foundation, St. Catherines Island near Midway offers a fabulous laboratory for studying exotic animals.

Kid of the Day
Chrisavior Kyreon Gladney is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said she has decided to fine the Druid Hills Golf Club as much as $90,000 for violating the city's human rights ordinance after the country club refused to extend spousal benefits to the partners of its gay members.

Across the area
Police have identified and formally charged an Evans man who they say robbed a Columbia County restaurant at gunpoint early Monday and then fled from police in a stolen car.

Across the area
Authorities say an armed robber who stole money and a car from a Martinez restaurant early Monday was captured after wrecking the stolen vehicle in a police chase.

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for New Year's Day:

News you can use

Judge's suit is dismissed

Center's CEO will be leaving position
The head of the National Science Center announced Tuesday that he is leaving to take a job in Washington, D.C.

Across South Carolina

Holiday Closings

News you can use

Airlines offer options for animals' trips

A Halloween legacy

New bottle law will affect stores
AIKEN - Liquor store owners who supplied bars and restaurants in South Carolina with minibottles of booze say they knew that portion of their business would eventually dry up.

Working on skills

Motivation breeds excellence

Across the area

Across Georgia

Fights plague middle schools
Just before a fight started in her classroom, eighth-grade teacher Nancy Foss tried to stop it with humor: "You are not fighting in front of the fish."

Gun law often doubles trials
A Columbia County man released from prison after his father paid $70,000 in additional fines, but returned to jail on federal charges, isn't the only area person facing dual prosecution in different courts.

Solemn opening for slave ship exhibit
Sometimes, a ribbon cutting just isn't enough. On Thursday, the Augusta Museum of History will open A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie.

A Halloween legacy
There is nothing spooky about Evelyn Browne, but her legacy might forever be tied to that word.

Across Georgia

Gun law often doubles trials

Kid of the Day

Police look for bungling bank robber

News you can use
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Working on skills
Ten-year-old William Wallace takes a jump shot during the first Summer Madness preseason basketball clinic , led by Shaun Bradley (far right), who had help from his son, Jarrod Bradley, 17.

‘Chronicle' leaders named to new posts

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A woman scheduled to fly to London gave birth to a baby girl Sunday in a restroom at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Judge's suit is dismissed
AIKEN - A $5 million lawsuit brought by Edgefield County Probate Judge Robert Peeler against the county, a computer consulting firm and county leaders has been resolved, an official said Monday.

River talks could begin soon
AIKEN - High-level discussions aimed at creating the first formal agreement between Georgia and South Carolina about sharing the Savannah River likely will start early next year, an official involved in the negotiations said Tuesday.

Police look for bungling bank robber
AIKEN - As bandits go, the masked man who robbed a Salley bank on Christmas Eve might not be the sharpest knife in the criminal drawer, police said Tuesday.

Jeffcoat remembered for dedication to family
Many who knew Henry Bomar Jeffcoat remember him as a man dedicated to family and church, who also helped build Fort Gordon and earned a Purple Heart in World War II.

Kid of the Day
Amanda Cook is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area

'Fockers' set record for Christmas Day box office take
LOS ANGELES - Millions of Americans went shopping for comedy this weekend, giving the star-studded "Meet the Fockers" the record for the best single Christmas Day box office take.

'Fockers' set record for Christmas Day box office take

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Prince tops list of concert tours

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
The piano goes street, falls in love, then finds religion again. And that's just on the first song of John Legend's debut album, "Get Lifted."

Prince tops list of concert tours
NEW YORK - Prince is the concert tour king. He's in the No. 1 spot on Pollstar's Top 25 tours chart for 2004, grossing $87.4 million.

Aging nicely, LeBron leaves teens for 20s

Aging nicely, LeBron leaves teens for 20s
CLEVELAND - LeBron James used to bring his birth certificate along to AAU games to prove his age.

Miami is blazing hot with 12-game winning streak
MIAMI - The Miami Heat have won 12 games in a row, a franchise record. They have the best record in the Eastern Conference and lead their division by six games.

Heat top Hawks
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal scored 31 points despite playing with sore ribs that required protective padding and Dwyane Wade added 27 as the Miami Heat set a franchise record with their 12th straight win, a 116-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Huskies fall from Top 10
Connecticut's long run is over. The dominant program in women's basketball over the last decade no longer is a Top 10 team.

Coach wants Vick, other starters in lineup at Seattle

Preliminary report: Reggie White died from lung ailment

Rams keep hopes alive

Coach wants Vick, other starters in lineup at Seattle

Are Patriots good enough to win again?

Playoff teams' efforts in focus

Preliminary report: Reggie White died from lung ailment

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Sorenstam chosen Female Athlete of the Year

Navratilova to play doubles in Australia

Overtime

Overtime

Armstrong chosen AP Male Athlete of the Year

Armstrong chosen AP Male Athlete of the Year

Overtime
The Boston Red Sox got an extra bill after winning the World Series.

Schild wins giant slalom; Schleper of U.S. fourth
SEMMERING, Austria - Marlies Schild won a World Cup giant slalom before her home fans Tuesday and Tanja Poutiainen of Finland regained the lead in the overall standings by finishing second. Sarah Schleper of the United States was fourth.

Sorenstam chosen Female Athlete of the Year
She won early and often, and often by overwhelming margins. She won on four continents - in Australia, Sweden and Japan and in six of the 50 United States. She won a major, the most money and a remarkable 10 times in just 20 starts worldwide.

Overtime
Greenville Grrrowl defenseman Jason Metcalfe beat Augusta Lynx goaltender Matus Kostur at the 3:51 mark of overtime to give the host Grrrowl a 4-3 win.

Navratilova to play doubles in Australia
GOLD COAST, Australia - Martina Navratilova arrived in Australia on Tuesday to begin her 30th season of professional tennis at 48.

Armstrong chosen AP Male Athlete of the Year
AUSTIN, Texas - Even by his lofty standards, Lance Armstrong's return to the mountaintop in 2004 was pretty special.

Armstrong chosen AP Male Athlete of the Year
AUSTIN, Texas - Even by his lofty standards, Lance Armstrong's return to the mountaintop in 2004 was pretty special.

South Carolina girls basketball scores
Some scores from Monday's South Carolina girls basketball games.

Preliminary report: Reggie White died from lung ailment
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NFL great Reggie White may have died because of a respiratory disease combined with other health problems, a preliminary autopsy report said Monday.

Rams keep hopes alive
ST. LOUIS - The Rams desperately needed a win and played like it. The Eagles desperately wanted to stay healthy and played like it.

Preliminary report: Reggie White died from lung ailment
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NFL great Reggie White may have died because of a respiratory disease combined with other health problems, a preliminary autopsy report said Monday.

Coach wants Vick, other starters in lineup at Seattle
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Head coach Jim Mora wants every starter, including quarterback Michael Vick, to practice this week.

Playoff teams' efforts in focus
On the final Sunday night of the 1988 season, Phil Simms sat in his New Jersey home watching the Los Angeles Rams thrash the San Francisco 49ers, 38-16 putting the Rams into the playoffs and knocking Simms and the Giants out.

Are Patriots good enough to win again?
They don't have the league's best record and they won't have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Coach wants Vick, other starters in lineup at Seattle
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Head coach Jim Mora wants every starter, including quarterback Michael Vick, to practice this week.

Europe's TV decency more liberal than in U.S.
LONDON - When the BBC recently announced it would air "Jerry Springer: The Opera," the West End hit famous for its vulgarity and a cast of characters including transsexuals and a man wearing a diaper, no one batted an eye.

Arquette plays real-life psychic in 'Medium'

Viewers turn off reruns during holiday week
NEW YORK - A holiday week where TV networks essentially took a vacation provided stark evidence of who's hot and who's not this season.

Viewers turn off reruns during holiday week

Europe's TV decency more liberal than in U.S.

Arquette plays real-life psychic in 'Medium'
LOS ANGELES - In 1987's "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors," Patricia Arquette played someone with psychic powers. Now, she'll do it on a weekly basis.

Back pain cuts short Lane's run in 'The Producers'

People in the News

Networks hunt for pictures of tsunami

Some celebrities among victims of tsunami disaster

People in the News

Coutu gets first kick at starting
TAMPA, Fla. - It only took one kick from Georgia's Brandon Coutu for coach Mark Richt to proclaim the redshirt freshman had overtaken Andy Bailey as the team's No. 1 kicker.

UGA blessed with variety of bowl locations

Coutu gets first kick at starting

Pope to be focus of Georgia's passing game
TAMPA, Fla. - Leonard Pope has become more than the third option in Georgia's passing game.

Pope to be focus of Georgia's passing game

UGA blessed with variety of bowl locations
TAMPA, Fla. - From throughout the Southeast, Georgia football players added to the holiday highway madness Sunday, each making their way to Florida's west coast where they will take on Wisconsin in Saturday's Outback Bowl.

Australian walk-on guides Bulldogs to fifth in a row
ATHENS, Ga. - Levi Stukes might have led Georgia in scoring during a 100-69 win Tuesday over Savannah State and Alex Evans might have hit a buzzer-beating shot, but Kevin Brophy had the hottest hand.

Championship returns strongly
If you looked closely at the annual year-end list of area club champions in this space last week, you might have noticed a new golf course entry.

Death toll rises from Asia quake, tsunami
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Rescuers piled up bodies Monday along southern Asian coastlines devastated by tidal waves that obliterated seaside towns and killed more than 22,000 people in 10 countries.

Death toll rises from Asia quake, tsunami

Volunteer work makes holiday season brighter
Most people see the approach of Jan. 1 as a time to resolve to lose weight or never do something (be it smoking, not studying or lying) again. To me, the new year is about starting over, but not forgetting about the past year. You take what you've learned and use it in the upcoming year.

Your style
THE FACTS: Tieshia Davis, 17, a junior at Silver Bluff High School.

Question of the week

Make dreams reality this year with resolutions
You know the deal; it's the same thing that happens year after year. Christmas break is finally here, and you're ready to ditch the books and hit the couch to watch Christmas shows like you did when you were little.

Xtreme calendar
ON DVD AND VHS: An arrogant news anchor meets his match in a female co-anchor in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy starring Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate. Also out is Garden State, a tale of love and the search for self, starring Natalie Portman; and Wimbledon, starring Kirsten Dunst as a tennis player who finds love on the court.

Girl should step back, let friends fight it out
This week's problem: My two best friends are fighting. Apparently, one of them heard that the other is going around the school telling lies about her and her boyfriend. I don't believe any of it, but then again, the girl does have a "motor mouth."

Make dreams reality this year with resolutions

Girl should step back, let friends fight it out

Put meaning, control into life with plan for day's activities
Life, in its entirety, is nothing more than a succession of moments that give the impression of being pointless, which leads us to wish our lives away by hoping for a better tomorrow before we even give today a chance.

Volunteer work makes holiday season brighter

Question of the week
Q: Did you make a New Year's resolution?

Put meaning, control into life with plan for day's activities

Your style

TV tournaments raising poker's popularity among teens

TV tournaments raising poker's popularity among teens
Deal Kaycie Callaway in. "I play any kind of cards," the junior at Glascock County High School said. "Uno, whatever. My grandma and I have been playing cards since I can remember. I still play Go Fish."

Odds and Ends

Stolen car found 23 years later

Trail of paper, ribbons and gift tags leads to burglars

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