Display helps Augusta foster sense of community

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.

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

Artist uses creative eye to find inspiration

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

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.

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

Yankees close to a deal for Randy Johnson

Red Sox victory voted top sports story

Yankees finalize $21 million deal with Wright

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.

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

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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Continental's CEO to retire

Gains by oil, dollar spur profit taking

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.

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.

Pentagon considering cutbacks to include F-22 fighter

Car donations up as tax change looms

Longtime banker moves on

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.

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

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.

Jobless claims fall, economy improving

Buffs streak past UTEP

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

Boston tops N. Carolina in Continental Tire Bowl

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.

Nation's top two offenses to battle in Liberty Bowl

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.

Lame-duck coaches insisted on seeing seasons through

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.

Georgia women cruise to win

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.

Seminoles' Rix finishes rocky career

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.

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

Defending champs struggling at home and away

Badgers remain tough at home

The miracle toddler

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.

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:

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

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.

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

Another tsunami coming?

Augusta's resolution

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Fishing tournaments

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

What's for lunch: Ming Wah

Study: Eating fast food frequently does supersize you

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.

Forget 'garden work' - think 'garden exercise'

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'
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
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

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

Man with a new plan

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.

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

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

Reporter provides public service

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

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.

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

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

Who-whom rule easy to remember

So, what did the school poem say?

SRS proud of its accomplishments

Good Samaritans save aging mom

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

Mars rover Opportunity to examine jettisoned heat shield

Family and friends search for tsunami survivors online

Spyware and other pests continue to plague Internet

Pilates builds strength to achieve fitness level

Toyota makes Tacoma bigger, bolder

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Refreshed Lynx look to break home hex

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.

Augusta comes out scoring

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

Health clubs prepare for surge in members

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.

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.

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.

Goodbye to neighborhood fixture

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.

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.

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

'Chronicle' tips hat to etiquette instructor

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.

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.

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.

County might form own group

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

Holiday closings

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

'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.

Prosecutors credit success to investigators

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

Across the area

Pioneer to lead court of appeals

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

Richmond County school lunch menu

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rumors damage Aiken teen club

Across South Carolina

House fire kills two

Campaign stresses importance of washing hands

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

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.

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

Fire fee will go on late tax bills

Local events and services

Restrictions on flu vaccine eased in South Carolina

Kid of the Day

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

Season raises risk of suicide

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

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

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.

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.

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

Court cases, indictments and paroles
Recent Superior Court sentencings.

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 the region

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.

Judge swears in new officials

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.

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

5 arrested in theft from Mexican restaurant

Beazley resigns post as elections director

'Symbol of Old South' loved family deeply

Across the area

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.

The long road back to normal

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.

Court cases, indictments and paroles

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.

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

Holiday Closings

Soldier continues proud family tradition

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.

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

Reunions

Music has been bond for couple

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

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.

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.

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

Across Georgia

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

Incoming members look for changes

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

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

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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

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

News you can use

News you can use

Kid of the Day

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.

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

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

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

Artists tap into nostalgia to find audiences

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Distractions threaten to disrupt Panthers

As stars sit out, owners suffer

Attention shifts to Manning's next record quest

Mrs. Nellie Scoggins King    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Alonzo A. Padgett    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Jan C. McCarty    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Betty Joyce Owens    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. William A. Blount III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Lois M. LaFrenier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Geneva Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Bennie Lee Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Clifford Juanita Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Delson James    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Ethel Canty    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Deunta M. Jarvis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Ivey Thomas    (SURRENCY, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Harry H. Hrynyk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Daisy Tumlin Sanders    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Robert L. Hoeppel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Claude Ray Brown    (TRW MARTINEZ, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Carolyn Moragne Brown Dendy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Anna Maria Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. William A. Blount    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Council Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Ollie Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James R. Chapman    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Council Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Carolyn Moragne Brown Dendy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Jimmy Glanton    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Phyllis E. Wilkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Main    (PAULINE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Edward Smart    (FARIFAX, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Diane Dubose    (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Robert Patrick Kile    (METTER, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Viola Douse Jones    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Apostle Forrest Thompson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Aaralyn Cassandra Combs    (MIAMI, Fla.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Richard Russell Ray, Jr.    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James R. Chapman    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Ella S. Mosby    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Maurice Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Charity Martin Nicholson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Lindsey Allen Story    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Lillie A. Lockwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Walter L. "Joe" Shropshire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Henry Gray    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Robert Parker    (AUBURN, N.Y.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John W. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Rev. Brookward Bush    (EAST ELMHURST, N.Y.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Julia Coppett Evans    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Kevin T. Caldwell    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Iva S. Cathcart    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Miss Tammy Bryant    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Patricia Caruso Andrews    (KITTY HAWK, N.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Lillie A. Lockwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Marion Bowles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Anna Maria Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Gladys C. Wright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Roger McCommons    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Elizabeth Paige VanTassel    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Craig Mirone Battle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Geneva Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Ella S. Mosby    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Jannie Simpson    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Kirk Moye    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Rev. William R. Perkins, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Hugh M. Newton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Judith Johnson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Frances Woiczechowski    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. William Charles Blount    (EATONTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Geneva Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Geneva Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Council Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Charity Martin Nicholson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Elizabeth Paige VanTassel (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Kirk Moye (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Coppett Evans (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Patrick Kile (METTER, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Daisy Tumlin Sanders (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Roger McCommons (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maurice Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Marion Bowles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Nellie Scoggins King (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Diane Dubose (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mr. Lindsey Allen Story (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Charles Blount (EATONTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ollie Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Canty (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Judith Johnson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Council Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ivey Thomas (SURRENCY, Ga.)

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

Overtime

Downhiller Grugger gets first World Cup win

Overtime

In Cyclocross, there's no time for a breather

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

People in the News

Forget 2005, chew on beginnings of things past

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

New home-video releases

Entertainment 2004... what might have been

Open tab

Club calendar

Concerts

Ring in the new year with a party

Applause calendar

Galleries

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.

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.

USC Aiken coach quits

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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Passengers grew testy during extra 18 hours on plane

Dog drives truck into auto parts store