Display helps Augusta foster sense of community
Each object salvaged from the wreck of the Henrietta Marie, a British merchant ship lost off the Florida Keys in 1700, tells a story.

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.

Artist uses creative eye to find inspiration
According to Atlanta artist Kerream Jones, sometimes size does matter.

Artist uses creative eye to find inspiration

Display helps Augusta foster sense of community

Broadway box office and attendance up slightly

Yankees finalize $21 million deal with Wright
NEW YORK - Free agent Jaret Wright and the New York Yankees finalized a $21 million, three-year contract Wednesday, announcing the deal on the pitcher's 29th birthday.

Yankees finalize $21 million deal with Wright

Red Sox victory voted top sports story

Red Sox victory voted top sports story
There was no Commissioner's Trophy the last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.

Birth announcements

Birth announcements
EDITOR'S NOTE: Birth announcements will be moving to the Sunday Your Life section beginning in January.

Odds and Ends
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - The term "airborne" took on a new meaning when a woman gave birth high above Southeast Alaska on a floatplane that was evacuating her after her labor began earlier then expected.

Dog drives truck into auto parts store
SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Michael Henson left the auto parts store with more problems than when he arrived. For that, he can thank his dog.

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.

Crude futures remain below $42 a barrel

Toyota could surpass DaimlerChrysler in U.S. sales

Former Yukos chief blasts Kremlin from prison

Continental's CEO to retire

Gains by oil, dollar spur profit taking
NEW YORK - Surging oil prices and a weak dollar prompted a spate of profit taking Wednesday, pushing stocks slightly lower in light holiday-week trading. However, the minimal losses gave investors hope that Wall Street's year-end rally would still extend into January.

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.

Gains by oil, dollar spur profit taking

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.

Continental's CEO to retire
HOUSTON - Love him or hate him, Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune makes an indelible impression.

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.

Consumer confidence jumps in December

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.

Leaner Commerce Department landing fat investments

Businesses focus on Capitol

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.

Bailey will be next president of 'Chronicle'

Previously owned homes sales hit record

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

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.

Previously owned homes sales hit record
WASHINGTON -Sales of previously owned homes in November posted their best month on record as low mortgage rates enticed buyers to live the American dream.

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.

Car donations up as tax change looms
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Charities that raise money through vehicle-donation programs are seeing a small but steady jump in donations ahead of a Jan. 1 change in tax laws that will limit the deductions taxpayers can take for such gifts.

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.

125 years of phone calls
When BellSouth started in Augusta in 1879, terms such as "mobile phone" and "text messaging" might have gotten you a strange look, and saying "camera phone" might have gotten you a one-way ticket to the loony bin, not a candid of a friend.

Car donations up as tax change looms

Buffs streak past UTEP
HOUSTON - Joel Klatt saw his receiver streaking behind the defense, reared back and threw deep. Then, everything went blank.

Independence Bowl: Cyclones nip Redhawks

Ohio State quarterback seeks redemption

Buffs streak past UTEP

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.

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.

Badgers remain tough at home

Championship returns strongly

Orange crush

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.

Not so stingy after all

Another tsunami coming?
As the new Richmond County Board of Education members are sworn in today, they already know - or should know - what their No. 1 priority will be in the year to come:

Not so stingy after all
President Bush was heavily criticized because he did not cut short his Texas ranch vacation and return to Washington to express the nation's condolences in the wake of the human suffering that followed the tsunami that killed tens of thousands in Asia.

Another tsunami coming?

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.

The propagandist

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.

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.

Concerts
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - If winning more than $2.5 million wasn't enough, "Jeopardy!" whiz Ken Jennings will have a shot at winning an additional $2 million - but the competition will be tougher this time around.

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.

Ring in the new year with a party
AMERICAN LEGION POST 205: 2102 Highland Ave.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.; cover includes heavy hors d'oeuvres; entertainment by Fascinatin' Rhythm 8 to midnight; champagne toast at midnight; breakfast at 12:15 a.m.; $15; 733-4069.

Applause calendar
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Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of some drink and entertainment specials at Augusta and Aiken area nightspots.

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.

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's new in home-video releases, and a schedule of what's coming:

Jerry Orbach, star of 'Law & Order,' dies
NEW YORK - Actor Jerry Orbach, who played a sardonic, seen-it-all cop on TV's "Law & Order" and scored on Broadway as a song-and-dance man, has died of prostate cancer at 69, a representative of the show said Wednesday.

Club calendar
Listing of club entertainment in the Augusta area.

Mortgage rates near record lows for all of 2004
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country moved up this week, but rates on 30-year mortgages for all of 2004 registered their second-lowest year on record.

Mortgage rates near record lows for all of 2004

Schools replacing milk cartons with bottles

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.

Curried pumpkin and peanut soup recipe is naturally vegan

Shrimp with orange and ginger is quick to prepare

What's for lunch: Ming Wah

What's for lunch: Ming Wah
MING WAH 920 BAKER WAY AT WALTON WAY SIGNATURE DISH: Almond chicken with white rice, $5.80

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.

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.

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

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.

Georgia Tech's freshmen must wait their turn

Tech: Freshmen do damage in blowout

Engler fighting back after tragic crash

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.

The debate over soggy fairways continues

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.

Langham gets back on track

Engler fighting back after tragic crash
If John Engler filled out a form that asked for his profession, he'd write "professional golfer."

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.

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.

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

Who-whom rule easy to remember

Celebrities don't speak for liberals
Liberals such as I do not bluster from the "sanctimonious Mount Hollywood." Hollywood celebrities, liberal and conservative, simply like to be the center of attention. Alex Thurmond, Grovetown

So, what did the school poem say?

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.

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

Christians come from other faiths

Who-whom rule easy to remember
To make "whom" easier to live with (James Kilpatrick's Nov. 27 column), the key is this: "Who" is always the subject of a verb. Example: "Who is that?" "Who" is the subject of the word "is." "Whom" is always an object. Marie V. Jordan, Williston, S.C.

So, what did the school poem say?
This relates to your article Dec. 17 about a poem, The New School Prayer, read by a school principal in Clarke County, Ga., which you state was the subject of much controversy and received national coverage in dozens of newspapers and on television across the country.Gould B. Hagler, Augusta

Urges suit against commissioners

Family and friends search for tsunami survivors online

Mars rover Opportunity to examine jettisoned heat shield

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

Mars rover Opportunity to examine jettisoned heat shield
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - One of the Mars rovers that have spent most of the past year studying the ruddy rocks and soil on the Red Planet is now taking a close look at some of the junk it shed during its fiery descent last January.

Family and friends search for tsunami survivors online
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - On hundreds of Web sites worldwide, the messages are brief but poignant: "Missing: Christina Blomee in Khao Lak" or "Where are you?" Some are nothing more than names, ages, nationalities. Others list details of where loved ones were last seen. Some have pictures of the missing.

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.

Refreshed Lynx look to break home hex
The Augusta Lynx coaches have a plan to trick the players into thinking tonight's game against the South Carolina Stingrays will not be played at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Refreshed Lynx look to break home hex

Music has been bond for couple
LaRue Mangelly has spent more than 50 years as an entertainer and teacher.

Fights plague middle schools

Restrictions on flu vaccine eased in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Anyone older than 50, those that have contact with people in high-risk groups and out-of-home caregivers can get a flu shot after state health department officials eased restrictions Wednesday.

Across the area

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.

Center's CEO will be leaving position

Events
NDUCTION BANQUET: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8; Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St.; inductees for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame include David Boyd, Charles Harper and Lyn Lott; $90 a person, $800 table of 10; 724-4443.

Working on skills

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.

Resident's family is OK in Asia

Rumors damage Aiken teen club
AIKEN - When Jasmine's teen club opened its doors in fall 2003, its owners had no idea that a miscommunication about a 21-year-old man's whereabouts would put them under a suspicious public spotlight.

Pioneer to lead court of appeals

Holiday Closings

Restrictions on flu vaccine eased in South Carolina

Soldier continues proud family tradition
Serving in the military was something that Command Sgt. Maj. Clark Dimery Sr. had wanted to do since childhood.

Prosecutors credit success to investigators

News you can use

Court cases, indictments and paroles

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.

Across the area

Beazley resigns post as elections director
Former Richmond County Administrator Linda Beazley has resigned as director of the Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, effective Wednesday.

Across Georgia

5 arrested in theft from Mexican restaurant
Law enforcement authorities have arrested five members of a local crime ring who they said are responsible for Sunday's break-in at a Mexican restaurant.

Reunions

Prosecutors credit success to investigators
When the prosecuting attorney wows a jury with a seemingly flawless presentation of evidence, the person who helped make that possible is the quiet man or woman manning the technology and lugging the boxes of evidence.

News you can use

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

County might form own group

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Camp provides holiday excitement for children
Trenton Hays can't get enough of his favorite subject.

Health clubs prepare for surge in members

ASU teacher programs reaccredited
The teaching programs at Augusta State University have been reaccredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Campaign stresses importance of washing hands

Agency's clients are given a taste of diversity
Community Support Services, a training program for adults with mental disabilities, decided to scrap its usual holiday party and held a Celebrating Diversity Dinner and Dance for its clients and their families.

House fire kills two

Health clubs prepare for surge in members
Katie Scarborough is getting a jump on the new year, and so are area health clubs. The 15-year-old Augusta girl has already started working out at Health Central in Augusta as it and other clubs get ready for the flood of new members determined to honor a New Year's vow to get back in shape.

Richmond County school lunch menu

Fire fee will go on late tax bills
AIKEN - Delinquent property tax bills in Aiken County will include fire fees for the first time next year, an addition that could increase cash flow for strapped volunteer fire departments, officials said Wednesday.

Fire fee will go on late tax bills

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.

Rumors damage Aiken teen club

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

5 arrested in theft from Mexican restaurant

Women's hands didn't have gunshot residue
Augusta's top prosecutor confirmed Wednesday media reports that the woman an Atlanta-area dentist is accused of killing in 1990 did not have gunshot residue on her hands.

House fire kills two
NEW ELLENTON - In the smoke-laced glare of a midnight fire, Eddie Bryant broke through the den window of his burning home to save his mentally and physically disabled daughter and stepson who were trapped inside.

Police look for bungling bank robber

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

County might form own group
Columbia County might once again consider starting its own regional development authority.

'Symbol of Old South' loved family deeply

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.

Soldier continues proud family tradition

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."

Music has been bond for couple

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.

Beazley resigns post as elections director

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

Kid of the Day

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

Solemn opening for slave ship exhibit

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

Kid of the Day

Holiday Closings

Motivation breeds excellence

Incoming members look for changes

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day
Melissa G. Richards is today's Kid of the Day.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

'Symbol of Old South' loved family deeply
Relatives remember Margaret Elliott Evans as a kind, educated woman devoted to her family and her church.

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Across the area
Lisa Godbey Wood was formally sworn in as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia on Dec. 16.

Sailor Santa brightens season for needy children
The past few months have been difficult for Anna Miller and her children.

Across Georgia
JEFFERSON - A police officer was shot and killed Wednesday night in a gunfight after a chase of a pickup on U.S. Highway 129 in Jackson County in northeast Georgia, authorities said.

Campaign stresses importance of washing hands
As the bell rings for class next week in Richmond County, school and health officials are urging children to fight the flu by washing their hands on a regular basis.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A 23-year-old man has been charged with illegally carrying a gun that police say a 3-year-old used to accidentally kill a 2-year-old relative.

Richmond County school lunch menu
BREAKFAST TODAY-MONDAY: Winter break TUESDAY: Steak biscuit, hash browns, juice and milk

Pioneer to lead court of appeals
Waynesboro native John H. Ruffin Jr. will take yet another step in his pioneering legal career when he is sworn in next week as the first black chief judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.

Court cases, indictments and paroles
Recent Superior Court sentencings.

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

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.

More people get access to flu shot
AIKEN - Two more groups of people in South Carolina will soon be allowed to receive the flu vaccine in areas that have a high supply, but no new doses are available to anyone in Aiken County, health officials said Wednesday.

Incoming members look for changes
Barbara Pulliam spent many years writing in journals about life as an elementary school teacher.

At the Movies: 'Beyond the Sea'

At the Movies: 'In Good Company'

'Harold & Kumar' take a road trip

'Harold & Kumar' take a road trip
There's a fine line between comedically smart and stupid, a line Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle manages to straddle with admirable aplomb.

At the Movies: 'Beyond the Sea'
Quick show of hands: Who wants to see Kevin Spacey singing and dancing for two hours as Bobby Darin?

At the Movies: 'In Good Company'
Topher Grace grows up in "In Good Company," and the film's writer-director, Paul Weitz, grows up right alongside him.

Music spotlight: Pylon
PYLON WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday WHERE: The 40 Watt Club, 285 W. Washington St., Athens, Ga.

Sonic spotlight: Kevin Scheyer
Kevin Scheyer AGE: 29 DAY JOBS: Science teacher at Academy of Richmond County, owner of Fetch Dog Treats, daddy

Artists tap into nostalgia to find audiences

Music spotlight: Pylon

Artists tap into nostalgia to find audiences
This could easily be remembered as the year the past caught up with the present, when the stars and styles of yesterday became the fuel and fodder for artists and audiences alike.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Change was a constant in 2004
ATLANTA - The 2004 racing season will be remembered as the year of change in NASCAR.

Change was a constant in 2004

Newsmaker: Travis Kvapil

Newsmaker: Travis Kvapil
ATLANTA -- Travis Kvapil, the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion from Janesville, Wis., was hired earlier this month to replace Brendan Gaughan at Penske South Racing for the 2005 Nextel Cup Series season.

Aging nicely, LeBron leaves teens for 20s

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.

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

Badgers remain tough at home
MADISON, Wis. - Alando Tucker scored 21 points and Wisconsin stifled No. 18 Alabama's high-powered offense in a 76-62 victory Wednesday night that extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 36 games.

As stars sit out, owners suffer

Are Patriots good enough to win again?

Attention shifts to Manning's next record quest

Distractions threaten to disrupt Panthers

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Mrs. Diane Dubose    (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)
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Mr. Bennie Lee Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Aaralyn Cassandra Combs    (MIAMI, Fla.)
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Mr. Lindsey Allen Story    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jannie Simpson    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mr. William A. Blount    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Brookward Bush    (EAST ELMHURST, N.Y.)
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Mr. Bennie Lee Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Tammy Bryant    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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James P. Mumford, III    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Judge Thomas M. Odom    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Lohn Payne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alonzo A. Padgett (AIKEN, S.C.)

James P. Mumford, III (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Nellie Scoggins King (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Blossie Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger McCommons (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jannie Simpson (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Ugene Williams (RYLE, Ga.)

Judge Thomas M. Odom (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Carnell Wiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Alvin Still (GASTON, S.C.)

Mr. Lindsey Allen Story (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald A. Rakes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Tammy Bryant (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lois M. LaFrenier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert L. Hoeppel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Bruce Burris (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James R. Chapman (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ella S. Mosby (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Judith Johnson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Elizabeth Paige VanTassel (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois M. LaFrenier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Council Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Brookward Bush (EAST ELMHURST, N.Y.)

Mrs. Virginia Ashmore Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kirk Moye (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William R. Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delson James (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Lonnie Harris (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Smart (FARIFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Joseph Whatley Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Deunta M. Jarvis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Moragne Dendy (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Maurice Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Dicks Turner (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ollie Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Y. Moore (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Main (PAULINE, S.C.)

Mr. Carol Douglas Quick, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Diane Dubose (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mrs. Hattie Elizebeth Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Glanton (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys C. Wright (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ella S. Mosby (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Phyllis E. Wilkins (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William A. Blount (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Twain Still (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mr. Walter L. "Joe" Shropshire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Tutt (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Carolyn Moragne Brown Dendy (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna Maria Bailey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Craig Mirone Battle (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Council Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald S. Bragg (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie A. Lockwood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ollie Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Patrick Kile (METTER, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Rambo Prichard (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Phyllis E. Wilkins (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Elizabeth Paige VanTassel (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Horace C. Cavanah, Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Joyce Owens (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Rogers (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Vorise Cave (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Mae Lockwood (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Duncan Olmstead (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Parker (AUBURN, N.Y.)

Rev. Brookward Bush (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Ivey Thomas (SURRENCY, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Schwabe (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Parker (AUBURN, N.Y.)

Mr. Alonzo A. Padgett (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Aletha Webb Moye (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Lee Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Navratilova to play doubles in Australia

Sorenstam chosen Female Athlete of the Year

In Cyclocross, there's no time for a breather

Downhiller Grugger gets first World Cup win

Overtime

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.

Overtime
In Bormio, Italy, Austrian downhiller Johann Grugger won his first World Cup race Wednesday on the course that will host the upcoming world championships, while overall Cup leader Bode Miller came in 14th.

Downhiller Grugger gets first World Cup win
BORMIO, Italy - Austrian downhiller Johann Grugger won his first World Cup race Wednesday on the course that will host the upcoming world championships, while overall Cup leader Bode Miller came in 14th.

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.

In Cyclocross, there's no time for a breather
As the sun set Tuesday evening, taking with it all semblances of its lukewarm heat and leaving traces of the weekend's ice in hiding, Nate Zukas and a few of his buddies were gearing up for a nice bike ride around Lake Olmstead.

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.

As stars sit out, owners suffer
It was a sickening display of apathy. One that Falcons and Eagles fans hated. These two teams laid down this past weekend.

Distractions threaten to disrupt Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - John Fox doesn't tinker often with his team's routine, keeping Carolina's daily grind exactly the same each and every day.

Attention shifts to Manning's next record quest
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning has already broken the NFL's most coveted single-season record. The next one could solidify his claim to the greatest season ever by a quarterback.

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.

Musicians' quotes recall thoughts of early days in business

Musicians' quotes recall thoughts of early days in business
It has been the custom of this columnist to end the year with my favorite quotes culled from interviews over the past 12 months:

Babies find their acceptable places in feature films

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.

'Monday Night Football' ratings are lowest ever
NEW YORK - The average national rating for "Monday Night Football" this season was the lowest in the ABC program's 35 years, though it still ranked among the top 10 prime-time shows for the 15th straight season.

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

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

Applause calendar

People in the News

Some celebrities among victims of tsunami disaster

Ring in the new year with a party

Club calendar

People in the News

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

Galleries

New home-video releases

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Jerry Orbach, star of 'Law & Order,' dies

Concerts

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.

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.

Coutu gets first kick at starting

Pope to be focus of Georgia's passing game

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.

Babies find their acceptable places in feature films
I've always found it odd that a baby was chosen as the accepted mascot for the New Year.

Pitt rallies past Gamecocks
PITTSBURGH - Chevon Troutman's 20 points included the go-ahead basket with 2:37 remaining after No. 10 Pittsburgh blew a nine-point lead, then rallied to beat stubborn South Carolina 72-68 on Wednesday night.

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.

Odds and Ends

Stolen car found 23 years later

Dog drives truck into auto parts store

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