Display helps Augusta foster sense of community

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
Each object salvaged from the wreck of the Henrietta Marie, a British merchant ship lost off the Florida Keys in 1700, tells a story.

Yankees close to a deal for Randy Johnson
NEW YORK - The Arizona Diamondbacks and Yankees were close to a deal Thursday that would send Randy Johnson to New York, with the teams still trying to finalize details of the trade.

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.

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

Johnson will join Yankees
NEW YORK - Randy Johnson finally appears headed to New York.

Red Sox victory voted top sports story

Yankees finalize $21 million deal with Wright

Yankees close to a deal for Randy Johnson

Sugary delights are behind all those weight-loss goals

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

Birth announcements

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.

Passengers grew testy during extra 18 hours on plane
SEATTLE - Some of the 300 passengers stuck on an international flight that was delayed 18 hours by fog, regulations and mechanical glitches said the passengers were almost ready to riot as the wait dragged on.

Odds and Ends
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - There's some unwanted dribbling going on at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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.

Company to sell Bi-Lo in '05
In a transaction set to close during the first quarter of 2005, Bi-Lo supermarkets will be sold to the Dallas,Texas-based investment company Lone Star Funds.

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.

Jobless claims fall, economy improving

Previously owned homes sales hit record

Gains by oil, dollar spur profit taking

Longtime banker moves on
When Patti Leopard started her career in banking, tellers' offices were open only until 2 p.m.

Continental's CEO to retire

Jobless claims fall, economy improving
WASHINGTON - The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a hopeful sign that the recovery in the jobs market is moving ahead.

Pension agency to take over United pilots' funds
CHICAGO - The government's pension agency moved Thursday to assume responsibility for the pensions of United Airlines pilots, an action it already faced having to take next year when the bankrupt carrier dumps its defined-benefit pensions.

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.

Longtime banker moves on

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.

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.

Car donations up as tax change looms

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

Pentagon considering cutbacks to include F-22 fighter
WASHINGTON - The Navy would retire one of its 12 aircraft carriers and the Air Force would reduce its buy of F-22 stealth fighters under budget proposals being discussed in the Pentagon, officials said Thursday.

Pentagon considering cutbacks to include F-22 fighter

Boston tops N. Carolina in Continental Tire Bowl

Seminoles' Rix finishes rocky career
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bobby Bowden is giving quarterback Chris Rix a last chance for some redemption.

Buffs streak past UTEP

Boston tops N. Carolina in Continental Tire Bowl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When Paul Peterson broke his hand, it probably cost Boston College a spot in the Bowl Championship Series. When the quarterback broke his leg, the Eagles refused to let it ruin their consolation game.

Florida, Miami left to play for 'state title'
ATLANTA - Florida linebacker Travis Harris last played in the Georgia Dome as a freshman in 2000, when the Gators beat Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Seminoles' Rix finishes rocky career

Lame-duck coaches insisted on seeing seasons through

Nation's top two offenses to battle in Liberty Bowl

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

Georgia women cruise to win

Lame-duck coaches insisted on seeing seasons through
TEMPE, Ariz. - Call it the "Lame Duck Bowl." Urban Meyer of Utah and Walt Harris of Pittsburgh will coach the final game at their respective schools in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night before moving on to new jobs.

Georgia women cruise to win
ATHENS, Ga. - Tasha Humphrey scored a game-high 24 points and had 12 rebounds to lead No. 16 Georgia to a 78-57 win over Arkansas on Thursday night.

Nation's top two offenses to battle in Liberty Bowl
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Louisville and the Boise State consider the Liberty Bowl the biggest game in the history of each program.

Defending champs struggling at home and away

Badgers remain tough at home

Another tsunami coming?

The miracle toddler
It's unwieldy, unpredictable, unreliable, largely uncharted and unregulated - and, increasingly, indispensable.

Augusta's resolution

The miracle toddler

Center will miss CEO
The National Science Center is going to miss Joe Edwards in a big way. He's leaving the center's CEO post that he took over from Paul S. Simon in June 2002, and did a wonderful job under very trying circumstances.

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.

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:

Augusta's resolution
The Augusta area's biggest story of 2004 was what didn't happen. Perhaps the area's biggest story in 2005 will be what does happen.

Entertainment 2004... what might have been
NEW YORK - Just think: Instead of exposing Janet Jackson's breast at the Super Bowl last Feb. 1, what if Justin Timberlake reached across her chest, fumbled with Jackson's top and.... The stitching holds! There is no malfunction!

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
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Sarajevo authorities will name a street after Susan Sontag, who helped the city's residents during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

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

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.

Club calendar
Listing of club entertainment in the Augusta area.

Forget 2005, chew on beginnings of things past
The last day of the year, a time to ponder new beginnings - right?

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament?

Fishing tournaments

Full moon can lead to a forgettable time
Charter captain David Willard always hates it when the moon turns full, "because those fish eat all night long," making hybrids and striped bass tough to catch the next day.

Study: Eating fast food frequently does supersize you
LONDON - A new study gives scientific clout to a conclusion many already see as obvious: Eating lots of fast food makes you fat and increases the chance of developing diabetes.

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

Study: Eating fast food frequently does supersize you

Tips can keep plants healthy during winter
Winter is the time for our houseplants to take a deserved rest.

Forget 'garden work' - think 'garden exercise'

Forget 'garden work' - think 'garden exercise'
NEW MARKET, Va. - If Jeffrey Restuccio were to draft a New Year's resolution for gardeners, it would be "garden to exercise and exercise to garden."

Tips can keep plants healthy during winter

Man with a new plan

Man with a new plan
It's a statement that on one hand makes no sense, but on the other perfectly defines Charles Howell circa 2004.

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

Engler fighting back after tragic crash

Sugary delights are behind all those weight-loss goals
I don't think people decide to lose weight Jan. 1 because they resolve to make themselves healthier and slimmer in the year ahead.

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

Reporter provides public service
This is in response to Eddie Mulherin's letter Dec. 28 ("Father a victim of yellow journalism"). Dorothy Kernaghan-Baez, Augusta

Who-whom rule easy to remember

Reporter provides public service

SRS proud of its accomplishments

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.

Good Samaritans save aging mom

What right is there to deny treatment?
My wife and I have lived in Greene County since 1994, and have looked forward to improved retail and medical facilities moving into the area. Durward Thomas "Tom" Roberts, Jr., Greensboro

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

SRS proud of its accomplishments
Thank you for your recent article concerning the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program. It was very informative and explained the benefits of being involved in a VPP. Jimmy Hendrix, Augusta

So, what did the school poem say?

Good Samaritans save aging mom
Five days before Christmas, my 86-year-old mother slipped on the ice of her steep driveway while trying to retrieve a trash can ... . She fell on her face and broke her shoulder, cut her arm and was badly bruised with large hematomas on her forehead and hand. The cuts and bruises were horrendous. Gene T. Gaines, Augusta

Toyota makes Tacoma bigger, bolder

Spyware and other pests continue to plague Internet

Family and friends search for tsunami survivors online

Pilates builds strength to achieve fitness level

Mars rover Opportunity to examine jettisoned heat shield

EBay latest to drop Microsoft authentication tech
NEW YORK - EBay Inc. became the latest Web site to say it will stop using Microsoft Corp.'s Passport user authentication system, as Microsoft continues to scale back the service.

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.

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.

Spyware and other pests continue to plague Internet
NEW YORK - Computer worms raced around the world, leaving behind tools that spread spam. Scammers sent e-mail to trick bank account holders into revealing passwords. Rogue programs known as "spyware" hijacked Web browsers and crippled computers.

Pilates builds strength to achieve fitness level
Combining resistance and stretching, Pilates is an exercise form that has garnered devotees from dancers to dads.

Toyota makes Tacoma bigger, bolder
Small, wimpy trucks are out. Bold, larger trucks - very nearly busting out of the "compact pickup" category - are in.

Refreshed Lynx look to break home hex

Augusta comes out scoring

Augusta comes out scoring
There are two quick ways to win over hockey fans: score and fight.

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.

The long road back to normal

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

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.

Reunions

Court cases, indictments and paroles
Recent Superior Court sentencings.

Holiday Closings

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.

Kid of the Day

Tech school to receive funds
Gov. Sonny Perdue will release $4.6 million for the construction of a Columbia County technical school branch, an economic goal of local and state legislators for more than five years.

Beazley resigns post as elections director

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.

Incoming members look for changes

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.

Across Georgia

Season raises risk of suicide

Across the area

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.

Prosecutors credit success to investigators

Man is linked to earlier theft
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have linked a man arrested in Sunday's burglary of a Mexican restaurant to an unsolved break-in at the same restaurant last year.

Pioneer to lead court of appeals

Holiday closings

News you can use

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.

Deputies think woman was kidnapped by ex
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing Augusta woman thought to have been assaulted and kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend Wednesday night.

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

Music has been bond for couple

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.

Soldier continues proud family tradition

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

Court cases, indictments and paroles

'Chronicle' tips hat to etiquette instructor

'Symbol of Old South' loved family deeply

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

5 arrested in theft from Mexican restaurant

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

Restrictions on flu vaccine eased in South Carolina

Rants and Raves
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Rumors damage Aiken teen club

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

Fire fee will go on late tax bills

Police aim for holiday safety
Law enforcement officers want New Year's Eve revelers to live to party another year. That's why they'll be out in force today to take drunken drivers and other lawbreakers off the streets.

Richmond County school lunch menu

Goodbye to neighborhood fixture

House fire kills two

Across the region

Campaign stresses importance of washing hands

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.

Health clubs prepare for surge in members

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.

Across South Carolina

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

County might form own group

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

News you can use

Local events and services

Local events and services
Here is a sampling of New Year's festivities at nightspots and restaurants.

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

Across the area
Investigators have confirmed that the fire in a New Ellenton home where two mentally and physically disabled adults died started in a wood furnace at the rear of the 21-year-old brick residence, New Ellenton Police Chief Jeff Smith said Thursday.

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

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.

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

Rants and Raves
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Goodbye to neighborhood fixture
Millwee Owens Jr. first visited Interstate Supply Co. in 1949, when he tried to sell the owner a used truck.

Judge swears in new officials

Kid of the Day
Brysen Jones is today's Kid of the Day.

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

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

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

Judge swears in new officials
Judge Buddy Jolles swears in members of the Richmond County School Board Helen Minchew, Marion Barnes, Barbara Pulliam, Jimmy Atkins and Joe Scott at the Municipal Building in Augusta Thursday afternoon.

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.

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

Kid of the Day

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.

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

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.

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

'Chronicle' tips hat to etiquette instructor
AIKEN - In the warm, sunlit room where Sissy Brodie spends winter afternoons, a hodgepodge of pictures are surrounded by a frame covered with a mosaic of items - a matchbox, a tiny plastic giraffe and a puzzle piece that was made into a broach.

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.

Across the area

The long road back to normal
As the year ends, tire prints from the school bus are still visible on Tyeisha Mims' midsection.

Season raises risk of suicide
AIKEN -- While the holiday season is a cheerful and jolly time for many people, it can be a difficult period for people who experience the symptoms of depression.

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.

Judge is recalled as caring, thorough
Thomas Mitchell Odom started law school when he was barely 16 and graduated from Tennessee's Cumberland University just two years later.

Rants and Raves
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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.

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'

At the Movies: 'Beyond the Sea'

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.

'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.

'Harold & Kumar' take a road trip

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.

Music spotlight: Pylon

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

Artists tap into nostalgia to find audiences

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

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

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.

Change was a constant in 2004

Hawks lose to SuperSonics
ATLANTA - Ray Allen scored 20 points and Rashard Lee added 17 as the Seattle SuperSonics overcame the ejections of Jerome James and Danny Fortson to beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-79 Thursday.

Yao leads Shaq by 60,000 in All-Star voting
NEW YORK - Yao Ming is more than 60,000 votes ahead of Shaquille O'Neal in the race to finish No. 1 overall in NBA All-Star game balloting.

Defending champs struggling at home and away
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut has lost games, its Top 10 ranking and a whole lot of swagger.

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

Distractions threaten to disrupt Panthers

Attention shifts to Manning's next record quest

Mr. Hugh M. Newton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter L. "Joe" Shropshire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lois M. LaFrenier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Charity Martin Nicholson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. William R. Perkins, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie A. Lockwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roger McCommons    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Gray    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mr. Lindsey Allen Story    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. John W. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jannie Simpson    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Julia Coppett Evans    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Parker    (AUBURN, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Iva S. Cathcart    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ella S. Mosby    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Caruso Andrews    (KITTY HAWK, N.C.)
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Mrs. Lillie A. Lockwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Bowles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Delson James    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Gladys C. Wright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jan C. McCarty    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Elizabeth Paige VanTassel    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Ollie Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Geneva Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William A. Blount    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Anna Maria Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Carolyn Moragne Brown Dendy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Clifford Juanita Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Tammy Bryant    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Council Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kevin T. Caldwell    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. William Charles Blount    (EATONTON, Ga.)
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Rev. Brookward Bush    (EAST ELMHURST, N.Y.)
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Mr. James R. Chapman    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Maurice Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Canty    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. James R. Chapman    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Carolyn Moragne Brown Dendy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Aaralyn Cassandra Combs    (MIAMI, Fla.)
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Mr. William A. Blount III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola Douse Jones    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Phyllis E. Wilkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Diane Dubose    (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)
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Mr. Ivey Thomas    (SURRENCY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Main    (PAULINE, S.C.)
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Carolyn Moragne Brown Dendy (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Jan C. McCarty (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Marion Bowles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Coppett Evans (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. John W. Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Ray Brown (TRW MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Woiczechowski (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Patricia Caruso Andrews (KITTY HAWK, N.C.)

Mr. Ivey Thomas (SURRENCY, Ga.)

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

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

Apostle Forrest Thompson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Daisy Tumlin Sanders (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Geneva Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ollie Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lindsey Allen Story (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Diane Dubose (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mr. Henry Gray (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

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

Mr. Council Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Richard Russell Ray, Jr. (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Geneva Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kirk Moye (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Charles Blount (EATONTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Ethel Canty (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Elizabeth Paige VanTassel (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Judith Johnson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Roger McCommons (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Council Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maurice Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charity Martin Nicholson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Patrick Kile (METTER, Ga.)

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Overtime

In Cyclocross, there's no time for a breather

Downhiller Grugger gets first World Cup win

Overtime

Overtime
Southeastern Louisiana's Hal Mumme was hired by New Mexico State as its coach Thursday.

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.

Federer gearing up for a great 2005
DOHA, Qatar - Roger Federer won 11 singles titles this year, including three of the four Grand Slam events. He wants to do at least as well next season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 20-26. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

'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.

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Concerts

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Club calendar

Forget 2005, chew on beginnings of things past

Entertainment 2004... what might have been

Ring in the new year with a party

Applause calendar

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

New home-video releases

People in the News

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.

USC Aiken coach quits

USC Aiken coach quits
To the total surprise of athletic director Randy Warrick, the USC Aiken men's basketball team will have a new coach in 2005.

Dog drives truck into auto parts store

Passengers grew testy during extra 18 hours on plane

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends