Tap star conquers the classical realm
NEW YORK - It's not every night that musicians at a classical concert are given their own improvisational solos - unless, of course, it's "Classical Savion," and the only instruments the star possesses are his shoes.

Writer turns her sights to battling AIDS
NEW YORK - She is a woman who is used to being in control and is not afraid of expressing her opinions. She has a dignity about her, certainly a worldly sophistication: the aura of the grand dame who has seen a lot of history and has helped make some of it.

Beach Boys musical brings 'California Girls' to Broadway
NEW YORK - One of the stars of the new Beach Boys musical, "Good Vibrations," is a self-ascribed hip hop lover. Another counts Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson among her musical faves.

Beach Boys musical brings 'California Girls' to Broadway

Writer turns her sights to battling AIDS
NEW YORK - She is a woman who is used to being in control and is not afraid of expressing her opinions. She has a dignity about her, certainly a worldly sophistication: the aura of the grand dame who has seen a lot of history and has helped make some of it.

Writer turns her sights to battling AIDS

Beach Boys musical brings 'California Girls' to Broadway
NEW YORK - One of the stars of the new Beach Boys musical, "Good Vibrations," is a self-ascribed hip hop lover. Another counts Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson among her musical faves.

Tap star conquers the classical realm

Tap star conquers the classical realm
NEW YORK - It's not every night that musicians at a classical concert are given their own improvisational solos - unless, of course, it's "Classical Savion," and the only instruments the star possesses are his shoes.

Yankees offer Johnson $32 million extension
NEW YORK - All that stands between Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees are a bunch of medical tests.

Boston player keeps Series ball
BOSTON - Calling it "my retirement fund," Boston first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz stashed in his safe deposit box the ball used in the final out that sealed the Red Sox's first World Series championship in 86 years. Now, his boss wants it back.

Slimming down can start with cleaning up

Toilet brush warning wins consumer award
DETROIT - The sign on the toilet brush says it best: "Do not use for personal hygiene."

Odds and Ends
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - Someone in the Census Bureau may be watching a little too much MTV.

Mistrial declared after doctor on trial aids collapsed juror
NORWALK, Ohio - A judge declared a mistrial in a medical negligence case against a physician after the doctor came to the aid of a juror who passed out during opening statements.

Viewer sues NBC over 'Fear Factor' rat-eating episode
CLEVELAND - A viewer is suing NBC for $2.5 million, contending that he threw up because of a "Fear Factor" episode in which contestants ate rats mixed in a blender.

Viewer sues NBC over 'Fear Factor' rat-eating episode
CLEVELAND - A viewer is suing NBC for $2.5 million, contending that he threw up because of a "Fear Factor" episode in which contestants ate rats mixed in a blender.

Mistrial declared after doctor on trial aids collapsed juror
NORWALK, Ohio - A judge declared a mistrial in a medical negligence case against a physician after the doctor came to the aid of a juror who passed out during opening statements.

Odds and Ends
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - Someone in the Census Bureau may be watching a little too much MTV.

Bush to press for Social Security overhaul
WASHINGTON - Touting President Bush's proposal to substantially overhaul Social Security by creating private investment accounts, Treasury Secretary John Snow on Friday vowed to "take the case to the American people."

Bush pushing for changes to U.S. tax code
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Friday called streamlining and reforming the U.S. tax code an "essential task for our country," but offered few hints of how he intends to get it done.

Lag is forecast for Augusta
The U.S. economy will slow slightly this year, and, as in past years, the economy in Georgia and the Augusta metro area will be even slower, state experts say.

Prospects for hiring are down
Some Augusta employers will be hiring during the next three months, but not as many as during the first part of 2004.

Skateboard shop lands downtown

Bush presses for curbs on class-action suits

Judge: Listerine ad claim is false and misleading
EW YORK - An advertising campaign that says the mouthwash Listerine is as effective as floss at fighting tooth and gum decay is false and misleading and poses a public health risk, a judge has ruled.

Airlines need to improve workers' productivity

Survey shows educational endowments up
The investment portfolios of colleges, universities and other educational institutions enjoyed their best year since the stock market downturn began, according to a new survey that shows educational nonprofits recovering in fiscal 2004 after several years of losses or meager gains.

Toys R Us holiday sales down slightly
TRENTON, N.J. - Toy sales dipped 1.4 percent during the crucial holiday sales period at struggling Toys R Us Inc., which saw tiny decreases in U.S., international and Internet revenues, but may have gained some market share because of price discounts and selection.

Prospects for hiring are down
Some Augusta employers will be hiring during the next three months, but not as many as during the first part of 2004.

Survey shows educational endowments up
The investment portfolios of colleges, universities and other educational institutions enjoyed their best year since the stock market downturn began, according to a new survey that shows educational nonprofits recovering in fiscal 2004 after several years of losses or meager gains.

Coca-Cola introducing regular cola with lime
ATLANTA - The Coca-Cola Co. is introducing another Coke with a twist: regular cola with lime.

Hiring increases, unemployment holds steady
WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 157,000 workers overall to their payrolls in December, bringing the year-end total of new jobs to 2.2 million, the best showing in five years. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent.

Crude futures fall slightly after overnight surge
LONDON - Crude futures dipped Friday after a $2 surge in prices the day before that forced investors anticipating a falling market to cover their bets.

Toys R Us holiday sales down slightly
TRENTON, N.J. - Toy sales dipped 1.4 percent during the crucial holiday sales period at struggling Toys R Us Inc., which saw tiny decreases in U.S., international and Internet revenues, but may have gained some market share because of price discounts and selection.

Coca-Cola introducing regular cola with lime
ATLANTA - The Coca-Cola Co. is introducing another Coke with a twist: regular cola with lime.

Bush presses for curbs on class-action suits
WASHINGTON - President Bush tried to give fresh impetus Thursday to federal limits on class-action lawsuits, an important issue for many conservatives who say frivolous litigation hurts businesses.

Bush pushing for changes to U.S. tax code
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Friday called streamlining and reforming the U.S. tax code an "essential task for our country," but offered few hints of how he intends to get it done.

Pier 1 Kids plans store
Bunk beds, daybeds and child-size desks soon will be a common sight at the Augusta Exchange shopping center.

Airlines need to improve workers' productivity
To fix bloated costs, the financially ailing airline industry prescribed itself a familiar treatment in recent years: Slash wages and benefits.

Toys R Us holiday sales down slightly

Coca-Cola introducing regular cola with lime

Study: FluMist sales sluggish again

Judge: Listerine ad claim is false and misleading

Survey shows educational endowments up

Lag is forecast for Augusta

Study: FluMist sales sluggish again
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The maker of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist has sold only about a third of the 3 million doses it produced this year despite a nationwide shortage of flu vaccine, according to a Wall Street analyst estimate.

Prospects for hiring are down

Bush presses for curbs on class-action suits
WASHINGTON - President Bush tried to give fresh impetus Thursday to federal limits on class-action lawsuits, an important issue for many conservatives who say frivolous litigation hurts businesses.

Crude futures fall slightly after overnight surge

Skateboard shop lands downtown
With the X Games on ESPN, Viva La Bam on MTV and Tony Hawk making guest appearances on shows such as The Simpsons and LAX, it's safe to say skateboarding has hit mainstream America.

Bush pushing for changes to U.S. tax code

Study: FluMist sales sluggish again
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The maker of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist has sold only about a third of the 3 million doses it produced this year despite a nationwide shortage of flu vaccine, according to a Wall Street analyst estimate.

Crude futures fall slightly after overnight surge
LONDON - Crude futures dipped Friday after a $2 surge in prices the day before that forced investors anticipating a falling market to cover their bets.

Airlines need to improve workers' productivity
To fix bloated costs, the financially ailing airline industry prescribed itself a familiar treatment in recent years: Slash wages and benefits.

Judge: Listerine ad claim is false and misleading
EW YORK - An advertising campaign that says the mouthwash Listerine is as effective as floss at fighting tooth and gum decay is false and misleading and poses a public health risk, a judge has ruled.

Skateboard shop lands downtown
With the X Games on ESPN, Viva La Bam on MTV and Tony Hawk making guest appearances on shows such as The Simpsons and LAX, it's safe to say skateboarding has hit mainstream America.

Lag is forecast for Augusta
The U.S. economy will slow slightly this year, and, as in past years, the economy in Georgia and the Augusta metro area will be even slower, state experts say.

Hiring increases, unemployment holds steady
WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 157,000 workers overall to their payrolls in December, bringing the year-end total of new jobs to 2.2 million, the best showing in five years. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent.

Hiring increases, unemployment holds steady

Clemson's freshmen dealing with ACC
Young Clemson forward Sam Perry heard so many congratulations around town this week, you would think the Tigers had beat Duke instead of dropping their 18th in a row to the Blue Devils.

Clemson's freshmen dealing with ACC
Young Clemson forward Sam Perry heard so many congratulations around town this week, you would think the Tigers had beat Duke instead of dropping their 18th in a row to the Blue Devils.

Clemson's freshmen dealing with ACC

Shakeup is coming, but not a playoff
GRAPEVINE, Texas - While there still won't be a playoff in the Bowl Championship Series, the system will definitely be changed again.

Shakeup is coming, but not a playoff

Shakeup is coming, but not a playoff
GRAPEVINE, Texas - While there still won't be a playoff in the Bowl Championship Series, the system will definitely be changed again.

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster
DURHAM, N.C. - DeMarcus Nelson came to Duke as a can't-miss backcourt prospect, the career scoring leader in California prep history.

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster
DURHAM, N.C. - DeMarcus Nelson came to Duke as a can't-miss backcourt prospect, the career scoring leader in California prep history.

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster

Defending champs starting to show last season's form

Pioneer on duty

Sadly out of touch
It's been more than two months since voters whacked Democrats by strengthening the Republicans' hold on the federal government, and they haven't learned a thing since then. Case in point is the grilling the Ted Kennedy-led liberals gave attorney general nominee Alberto Gonzales in confirmation hearings.

GOP's wise reversal
The Republican-led 109th Congress got off to a promising start Tuesday when the party's House members, at the request of Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, threw out the rule, approved last November, that would have allowed House leaders to stay in their posts even if indicted.

Slipped Gere
It was probably pure exuberance, but it sounded like unadulterated pretentiousness when Oscar-winner Sally Field exclaimed a few years ago, "You like me! You really like me!"

To the rescue
With any luck, we already know the top local story for 2005, less than a week in. That means, hopefully, that nothing worse will happen this year.

Pioneer on duty
Someday, the time will come that, when an African-American reaches a milestone, notice will be taken because of the achievement itself instead of the race of the individual involved. The career of prominent jurist and civil rights leader John H. Ruffin Jr. exemplifies what we mean.

GOP's wise reversal

GOP's wise reversal
The Republican-led 109th Congress got off to a promising start Tuesday when the party's House members, at the request of Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, threw out the rule, approved last November, that would have allowed House leaders to stay in their posts even if indicted.

Sadly out of touch

Slipped Gere
It was probably pure exuberance, but it sounded like unadulterated pretentiousness when Oscar-winner Sally Field exclaimed a few years ago, "You like me! You really like me!"

Slipped Gere

Pioneer on duty
Someday, the time will come that, when an African-American reaches a milestone, notice will be taken because of the achievement itself instead of the race of the individual involved. The career of prominent jurist and civil rights leader John H. Ruffin Jr. exemplifies what we mean.

Sadly out of touch
It's been more than two months since voters whacked Democrats by strengthening the Republicans' hold on the federal government, and they haven't learned a thing since then. Case in point is the grilling the Ted Kennedy-led liberals gave attorney general nominee Alberto Gonzales in confirmation hearings.

Foster paranoia with new releases
Not to get all Grassy Knoll on you, but there's something to be said for paranoia.

'Growing Pains' actress admits driving drunk
VENTURA, Calif. - Former "Growing Pains" child star Tracey Gold pleaded guilty to driving drunk when her sport utility vehicle overturned, hurting her husband and two of her three children.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is asking for help in finding a Swedish cellist swept away in the South Asian tsunami.\r\nMarkus Sandlund, 29, of the Stockholm Strings n' Horns, performed on Wilson's Grammy-nominated "Smile" album and Wilson's recent "Smile" tour. Sandlund and his girlfriend, Sophia, went to Thailand after finishing the "Smile" tour in Australia and New Zealand, according to a statement Wednesday on Wilson's Web site.

William Hung wants good-guy only roles
SINGAPORE - Critics have described his singing as less than heroic, but "American Idol" reject William Hung says he wants to play only good-guys in his fledgling acting career.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - A funeral will be held Sunday for clarinetist and jazz great Artie Shaw.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is asking for help in finding a Swedish cellist swept away in the South Asian tsunami. Markus Sandlund, 29, of the Stockholm Strings n' Horns, performed on Wilson's Grammy-nominated "Smile" album and Wilson's recent "Smile" tour. Sandlund and his girlfriend, Sophia, went to Thailand after finishing the "Smile" tour in Australia and New Zealand, according to a statement Wednesday on Wilson's Web site.

William Hung wants good-guy only roles
SINGAPORE - Critics have described his singing as less than heroic, but "American Idol" reject William Hung says he wants to play only good-guys in his fledgling acting career.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - A funeral will be held Sunday for clarinetist and jazz great Artie Shaw.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Area anglers can thank biologist for hybrid hauls

Fishing tournaments

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Area anglers can thank biologist for hybrid hauls
Forty years ago, a South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department fisheries biologist became the first to successfully cross a white bass and striped bass - and fishermen have been enjoying the fruits, er, fish of his labors ever since.

Area anglers can thank biologist for hybrid hauls
Forty years ago, a South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department fisheries biologist became the first to successfully cross a white bass and striped bass - and fishermen have been enjoying the fruits, er, fish of his labors ever since.

Harmless ladybugs can creep in cracks
I have a problem with ladybugs in my house. Do they hurt anything and how can I stop them from coming in?

Treated well, amaryllis blooms again... and again
OK, so you brought home your fat amaryllis bulb, or it arrived in the mail, some weeks ago. If that bulb was out of soil, it should have at least had some fleshy roots still attached. Without those roots, the flower bud seated deep within the bulb will either never appear or else make a poor showing.

Harmless ladybugs can creep in cracks
I have a problem with ladybugs in my house. Do they hurt anything and how can I stop them from coming in?

Harmless ladybugs can creep in cracks

Treated well, amaryllis blooms again... and again

Treated well, amaryllis blooms again... and again
OK, so you brought home your fat amaryllis bulb, or it arrived in the mail, some weeks ago. If that bulb was out of soil, it should have at least had some fleshy roots still attached. Without those roots, the flower bud seated deep within the bulb will either never appear or else make a poor showing.

Yellow Jackets welcome Miami
ATLANTA - Many expected Georgia Tech to take the initiation paddle to Miami on Thursday in the Hurricanes' Atlantic Coast Conference debut.

Yellow Jackets welcome Miami
ATLANTA - Many expected Georgia Tech to take the initiation paddle to Miami on Thursday in the Hurricanes' Atlantic Coast Conference debut.

Yellow Jackets welcome Miami

Sindelar has priorities and goals in order
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Despite winning one of the strongest PGA Tour events of the year, Joey Sindelar holds no illusions about where his career his headed.

Former club pro finds new niche
Mark Darnell has made the best of an unexpected career change that came late in the game.

Singh's on record run in Hawaii
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Vijay Singh quickly left everyone in his massive wake Friday. By the end of the second round in the season-opening Mercedes Championships, he left them a little hope.

New year, old story: Singh leads

Singh's on record run in Hawaii

Former club pro finds new niche

Sindelar has priorities and goals in order
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Despite winning one of the strongest PGA Tour events of the year, Joey Sindelar holds no illusions about where his career his headed.

Former club pro finds new niche
Mark Darnell has made the best of an unexpected career change that came late in the game.

New year, old story: Singh leads
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The calendar changed. Vijay Singh didn't.

Singh's on record run in Hawaii
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Vijay Singh quickly left everyone in his massive wake Friday. By the end of the second round in the season-opening Mercedes Championships, he left them a little hope.

New year, old story: Singh leads
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The calendar changed. Vijay Singh didn't.

Sindelar has priorities and goals in order

Josey girls coach hits another milestone

Josey's Brantley gets win No. 700

Prep Basketball Scores

NHL cancels meeting with board of governors
NEW YORK - The NHL canceled next week's meeting with its board of governors on Thursday because the league has nothing new to report in the stagnant collective bargaining process.

NHL cancels meeting with board of governors

NHL cancels meeting with board of governors
NEW YORK - The NHL canceled next week's meeting with its board of governors on Thursday because the league has nothing new to report in the stagnant collective bargaining process.

Slimming down can start with cleaning up
I consider exercise vulgar. It makes people smell.

Slimming down can start with cleaning up
I consider exercise vulgar. It makes people smell.

Graniteville church information sought
If you have church in the Graniteville area that is having Sunday service in a different loaction because of the train collision please let us know. Contact metro editor Amy Swaan at 706-823-3338 amy.swan@augustachronicle.com.

Body found in submerged car
Richmond County sheriff's investigators said this evening that the body found inside of a car dumped into a south Augusta lake is probably that of a woman who was kidnapped Dec. 29.

Ninth accident victim identified; schools in and near hot zone to be closed through Tuesday
The body of a ninth victim of the deadly chlorine release was recovered today at Avondale Mills , and officials say it will be at least Wednesday before residents are allowed to return to their homes.

Avondale employee reported missing after train wreck
AIKEN -- An Avondale Mills employee was reported missing this morning, and officials renewed searches for Graniteville residents who might have fallen ill or been killed by the cloud of chlorine gas released after a train wreck Thursday morning.

Investigators prepare to enter train wreck 'hot zone'
GRANITEVILLE -- Officials are busy organizing teams and making plans on how to proceed with the investigation of Thursday morning's train wreck that released deadly chlorine gas.

Authorities: Evacuation message is a prank
AIKEN -- A recorded message to Burnettown and Aiken residents that advised them the evacuation zone around the chlorine -laced Graniteville train wreck site is an apparent prank, Lt. Michael Frank, the spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, said today.

School officials are inaccessible

Troops need all our support
Our troops in Iraq's cities are putting their lives on the line every day, every night and even while they try to sleep. The pressure on these troops is phenomenal. Sam Arrington, Louisville

Wars, while bad, strengthen nation
About Anne Cook's letter on an "evil war" ("President's war agenda is evil," Jan. 4): Is there a "good" war? And regarding teaching our kids to defy the government, that is not being responsible or mature. Did she forget 9-11? Carlo Bracci, Evans

Wars, while bad, strengthen nation

Wars, while bad, strengthen nation
About Anne Cook's letter on an "evil war" ("President's war agenda is evil," Jan. 4): Is there a "good" war? And regarding teaching our kids to defy the government, that is not being responsible or mature. Did she forget 9-11?Carlo Bracci, Evans

Troops deserve the best protection
I agree in part with Tom Sutherland's letter Jan. 2 ("Yes, an army must make do") about World War II GIs improvising their tanks to plow through hedgerows. William French, Hephzibah

Commission will let suburbs thrive

Don't liken school woes to tsunami
Regarding your Dec. 30 editorial, "Another tsunami coming?" I wholeheartedly agree with its premise. If necessary, drastic actions must be taken to restore order and discipline in Richmond County schools and on the school buses. Heyward Knight, Augusta

School officials are inaccessible
No wonder so many people are moving to Columbia County in order to send their children to the public schools there. The Richmond County Board of Education is a waste of taxpayers' money. Marsha A. Kameron, Augusta

This year, appreciate your freedoms
As the new year begins, we should all take a moment and reflect on how truly blessed we are in this country. We have a tendency to take our freedoms for granted. Scott Finley, Augusta

This year, appreciate your freedoms
As the new year begins, we should all take a moment and reflect on how truly blessed we are in this country. We have a tendency to take our freedoms for granted. Scott Finley, Augusta

Don't liken school woes to tsunami
Regarding your Dec. 30 editorial, "Another tsunami coming?" I wholeheartedly agree with its premise. If necessary, drastic actions must be taken to restore order and discipline in Richmond County schools and on the school buses. Heyward Knight, Augusta

School officials are inaccessible
No wonder so many people are moving to Columbia County in order to send their children to the public schools there. The Richmond County Board of Education is a waste of taxpayers' money.Marsha A. Kameron, Augusta

Commission will let suburbs thrive
It's a shame that half of the Augusta commissioners would rather ruin than help improve their city, if it requires them to relinquish even a small portion of their power and control.Richard Netzley, Evans

Don't liken school woes to tsunami

South rose above Lincoln's wrath
Abraham Lincoln's election had a dramatic effect upon history's most unlikely event. Six months prior to the Civil War, Virginians were calling South Carolinians secessionists; only a few months later, the Virginia Legislature voted for secession. Milton Gresham, Evans

This year, appreciate your freedoms

Commission will let suburbs thrive
It's a shame that half of the Augusta commissioners would rather ruin than help improve their city, if it requires them to relinquish even a small portion of their power and control. Richard Netzley, Evans

Extra copies of gene help protect from AIDS

Cache - not comfort - gives stilettos their long legs

Charlotte hoping hip uniforms a hit at high schools

Family briefs

Warm weather causes rare winter allergy season

Going downhill may be a good thing for your body

Wireless industry bringing TV to cell phones

Lack of caffeine can cause severe withdrawal

New LaCrosse replaces Buick Regal and Century

Wireless industry bringing TV to cell phones
The screens may be tiny and the batteries overworked, but the wireless industry is bringing TV to a cell phone near you.

Charlotte hoping hip uniforms a hit at high schools
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Three of the area's lowest-performing high schools will require students to wear uniforms next year - though they apparently won't be the traditional ho-hum outfits many would expect.

New LaCrosse replaces Buick Regal and Century
It's out with the old Century and on to a new ride at Buick.

Warm weather causes rare winter allergy season
ATLANTA - A warm spell in the Southeast that has brought people out in shorts and T-shirts in January has also given rise to a fair-weather phenomenon: allergy attacks.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Seven "soaper-heroes" are on a crusade to teach children the proper way to wash their hands - and that proper hand-washing will help keep them healthy.

New LaCrosse replaces Buick Regal and Century
It's out with the old Century and on to a new ride at Buick.

Going downhill may be a good thing for your body
NEW ORLEANS - If exercise is too much of an uphill battle, you may want to try the downside.

Lack of caffeine can cause severe withdrawal
AMARILLO, Texas - Coffee, soft drinks, tea, chocolate. They're all loaded with caffeine. And, it's a widely known fact that people consume caffeine to give them a lift - a legal buzz.

Wireless industry bringing TV to cell phones
The screens may be tiny and the batteries overworked, but the wireless industry is bringing TV to a cell phone near you.

Ford unveils convertible version of new Mustang
DETROIT - Coming off the successful launch of its all-new 2005 Ford Mustang, Ford Motor Co. is preparing to show off the latest ragtop version of the legendary sports car.

Warm weather causes rare winter allergy season
ATLANTA - A warm spell in the Southeast that has brought people out in shorts and T-shirts in January has also given rise to a fair-weather phenomenon: allergy attacks.

Extra copies of gene help protect from AIDS
WASHINGTON - Having extra copies of a gene that produces a blocking protein helps protect people from AIDS, a finding that may explain why some people are more susceptible to the disease than others, a new study reports.

Cache - not comfort - gives stilettos their long legs
NEW YORK - Stiletto heels force a woman's back to arch, pushing her bosom out in the front and her rear in the back, further accentuating the feminine silhouette.

EBay, Intel launch program to recycle used gadgets
With BC-Gadget Show-Digital Audio, BC-Gadget Show-Cell TV, BC-Gadget Show-TiVo

Charlotte hoping hip uniforms a hit at high schools
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Three of the area's lowest-performing high schools will require students to wear uniforms next year - though they apparently won't be the traditional ho-hum outfits many would expect.

Extra copies of gene help protect from AIDS
WASHINGTON - Having extra copies of a gene that produces a blocking protein helps protect people from AIDS, a finding that may explain why some people are more susceptible to the disease than others, a new study reports.

Going downhill may be a good thing for your body
NEW ORLEANS - If exercise is too much of an uphill battle, you may want to try the downside.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Seven "soaper-heroes" are on a crusade to teach children the proper way to wash their hands - and that proper hand-washing will help keep them healthy.

Cache - not comfort - gives stilettos their long legs
NEW YORK - Stiletto heels force a woman's back to arch, pushing her bosom out in the front and her rear in the back, further accentuating the feminine silhouette.

Lack of caffeine can cause severe withdrawal
AMARILLO, Texas - Coffee, soft drinks, tea, chocolate. They're all loaded with caffeine. And, it's a widely known fact that people consume caffeine to give them a lift - a legal buzz.

Drulia imposes mind games to stimulate Lynx
The ECHL playoffs don't begin until April 12. For most people in Augusta, that probably seems like an eternity away - what with the Augusta Futurity and the Masters Tournament still to go.

Newcomer can't give Lynx a win

Drulia imposes mind games to stimulate Lynx

Newcomer can't give Lynx a win
The American Hockey League's Albany River Rats have been good to the Augusta Lynx this season.

Newcomer can't give Lynx a win
The American Hockey League's Albany River Rats have been good to the Augusta Lynx this season.

Drulia imposes mind games to stimulate Lynx
The ECHL playoffs don't begin until April 12. For most people in Augusta, that probably seems like an eternity away - what with the Augusta Futurity and the Masters Tournament still to go.

News you can use

Closings for Friday, January 7th
Today is a district in-service day for Aiken County Public Schools faculty and staff. Pupils do not report to school.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

St. Marys home expects windfall
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The 2004 Home & Garden Dream Home might have gotten more attention than any house from the region last year. But now it's time for another St. Marys home to step into the spotlight.

Commission wraps up Oxendine case

Students get a chance at early college work
Ninth-graders can begin their college careers when they start high school under a new program coming to the Richmond County school district this fall.

Area often sees hazardous cargo

Area often sees hazardous cargo
Augusta's distinction as a chemical manufacturing hub also makes it an area of concern for safeguarding hazardous materials against transportation accidents.

Cleanup starts slowly
AIKEN - By the time the engineer of Train 192 applied the emergency brake Thursday morning, it was too late to avoid a disastrous wreck with a locomotive and two train cars parked on a spur line outside Avondale Mills.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - It's not unusual for January in North Carolina to include a taste of spring, but the new year's run of warm weather is expected to extend well into next week, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Make Kids Count narrows field to 32

Inmates deny escape attempt
A man facing capital murder charges in the abduction and death of a pregnant nurse pleaded not guilty Friday to an unrelated charge of attempted escape.

Workers fled toward poison gas

St. Marys home expects windfall

Ninth accident victim identified; schools in and near hot zone to be closed through Tuesday

Students get a chance at early college work
Ninth-graders can begin their college careers when they start high school under a new program coming to the Richmond County school district this fall.

News you can use

Across the area

Man gets life prison sentence

Lawmaker promises productive session
COLUMBIA - A lawmaker key to shaping how the South Carolina Senate does business said Thursday that its rules would change during this year's session, which starts Tuesday.

Kid of the Day

Gas affects curious residents
AIKEN - Esther Pierpont was struggling to lull herself to sleep when the booming blast of a freight train wreck rattled her home.

Democrats duel for 2006 governor bid

Across South Carolina

Woman is found dead

Tax collections ease budget
ATLANTA - Improved consumer confidence among Georgians showed up with a vengeance in December, with much-improved tax collections easing state budget worries, officials said Friday.

Cleanup starts slowly

Across South Carolina
HARTSVILLE - About 100 employees will lose jobs when Hilex Poly Co. LLC closes its manufacturing facility this fall.

Pupils unravel mystery of flag

Avondale employee reported missing after train wreck

Evacuees worry about what's next

Closings for Friday, January 7th

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A Columbia County grand jury has indicted an Evans teen on several child molestation charges, according to court documents released Thursday.

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Closings for Friday, January 7th
Today is a district in-service day for Aiken County Public Schools faculty and staff. Pupils do not report to school.

Man gets life prison sentence
Eric Ferguson protested again Friday that he didn't intend to kill a man as he fled in a stolen car from a sheriff's deputy.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - It's not unusual for January in North Carolina to include a taste of spring, but the new year's run of warm weather is expected to extend well into next week, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Lighting problem delays flights
Several flights were diverted from Augusta Regional Airport on Friday night because of a malfunction of the main runway lights, officials said.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Authorities are looking into the 1996 disappearance and death of a Tucker woman to see whether there is a connection to Barton Corbin, a Dacula dentist accused of killing his wife and a former girlfriend.

Evacuees worry about what's next
BURNETTOWN - Alyson Howell doesn't know when she can go home. She's not sure if she even wants to.

Across South Carolina
HARTSVILLE - About 100 employees will lose jobs when Hilex Poly Co. LLC closes its manufacturing facility this fall.

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Software aims to help tracking
ATLANTA - Ten years and $34 million after Georgia began planning a computer system to keep up with child-abuse complaints and children in state custody, Department of Human Resources officials say they're close to achieving the goal.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Education Lottery marked its third anniversary Friday. Since the lottery's creation, total ticket sales have exceeded $2.4 billion and players have won more than $1.4 billion. State income tax collected on winnings over $500 totaled more than $18 million.

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ANIC will help people buy homes
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. is ready to start helping people with marginal credit buy homes.

Assistance checks have release clause
AIKEN - Porter Walker came to First Presbyterian Church in Aiken looking for help Friday morning.

Trustees split on race policy
A long-standing "gentleman's agreement" to alternate the race of the school board president is expected to remain in place today when the Richmond County Board of Education holds its reorganization meeting.

New college campus confirmed
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue confirmed Thursday the release of $4.6 million in state funds to build an Augusta Technical College campus in Columbia County.

Avondale employee reported missing after train wreck
AIKEN -- An Avondale Mills employee was reported missing this morning, and officials renewed searches for Graniteville residents who might have fallen ill or been killed by the cloud of chlorine gas released after a train wreck Thursday morning.

Across the area
An Augusta podiatrist already facing federal charges of health care fraud was re-indicted this week on more charges.

Reaction to raise proposal is mixed
ATLANTA - State workers and teachers aren't likely to buy yachts and expensive sports cars with the pay raises Gov. Sonny Perdue is proposing for them, because their 2 percent boost is below the projected rise in inflation and private-sector compensation.

Wreck, poisonous gas kill 8 in Graniteville
GRANITEVILLE - At least eight people died and more than 260 sought treatment for exposure to deadly chlorine gas released after a chemical-laden freight train slammed into a parked locomotive in Graniteville early Thursday, officials said.

Gas affects curious residents
AIKEN - Esther Pierpont was struggling to lull herself to sleep when the booming blast of a freight train wreck rattled her home.

Trustees split on race policy

ANIC will help people buy homes
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. is ready to start helping people with marginal credit buy homes.

Families mourn eight victims

Software aims to help tracking

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Commission wraps up Oxendine case
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - The State Ethics Commission wrapped up its longest active case against an elected official Friday, fining Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine $750 over allegations that first came before the watchdog panel in 1998.

Water system is revealed
Remnants of a long-forgotten drinking water system resurfaced Friday after being buried for countless decades.

Reaction to raise proposal is mixed
ATLANTA - State workers and teachers aren't likely to buy yachts and expensive sports cars with the pay raises Gov. Sonny Perdue is proposing for them, because their 2 percent boost is below the projected rise in inflation and private-sector compensation.

Lawmaker promises productive session

Wreck, poisonous gas kill 8 in Graniteville

Pupils unravel mystery of flag
Caroline Miklosovic welcomes any opportunity to challenge students in her Latin class at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

Assistance checks have release clause

Woman is found dead
Richmond County sheriff's investigators say they believe a body pulled from a submerged car in a south Augusta pond Friday afternoon is probably that of missing Augusta woman Gloria G. Roberison.

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Democrats duel for 2006 governor bid
ATLANTA - Nearly two years before voters will pick the Democratic nominee for the 2006 governor's race, the leading two candidates for the slot are already sending signs that a feisty, no-holds-barred primary isn't out of the question.

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Workers fled toward poison gas
Curtis Mitchell thought he was fleeing mysterious fumes that sickened his co-workers at one of the Avondale Mills plants. Instead, the truck was heading straight into a poisonous cloud of chlorine gas spilling out of a ruptured tanker in the midst of a two-train collision in Graniteville.

Families mourn eight victims
AIKEN -- The last time Sherry Shealey saw her husband, they shared a quiet, late-night supper before he left their Fields Cemetery Road home to pull the graveyard shift at the Avondale Mills Woodhead plant.

Make Kids Count narrows field to 32
Earl Jackson is only in the fourth grade, but he's already planning for the future.

Cleanup starts slowly
AIKEN - By the time the engineer of Train 192 applied the emergency brake Thursday morning, it was too late to avoid a disastrous wreck with a locomotive and two train cars parked on a spur line outside Avondale Mills.

Service to Georgia marked career
Former Congressman Ronald Bryan "Bo" Ginn, credited with bringing big federal projects to his south Georgia district, died Thursday of pneumonia at University Hospital. He was 70 years old.

Evacuees worry about what's next
BURNETTOWN - Alyson Howell doesn't know when she can go home. She's not sure if she even wants to.

Service to Georgia marked career
Former Congressman Ronald Bryan "Bo" Ginn, credited with bringing big federal projects to his south Georgia district, died Thursday of pneumonia at University Hospital. He was 70 years old.

Assistance checks have release clause
AIKEN - Porter Walker came to First Presbyterian Church in Aiken looking for help Friday morning.

Wreck, poisonous gas kill 8 in Graniteville
GRANITEVILLE - At least eight people died and more than 260 sought treatment for exposure to deadly chlorine gas released after a chemical-laden freight train slammed into a parked locomotive in Graniteville early Thursday, officials said.

Workers fled toward poison gas
Curtis Mitchell thought he was fleeing mysterious fumes that sickened his co-workers at one of the Avondale Mills plants. Instead, the truck was heading straight into a poisonous cloud of chlorine gas spilling out of a ruptured tanker in the midst of a two-train collision in Graniteville.

Software aims to help tracking
ATLANTA - Ten years and $34 million after Georgia began planning a computer system to keep up with child-abuse complaints and children in state custody, Department of Human Resources officials say they're close to achieving the goal.

Ninth accident victim identified; schools in and near hot zone to be closed through Tuesday
The body of a ninth victim of the deadly chlorine release was recovered today at Avondale Mills , and officials say it will be at least Wednesday before residents are allowed to return to their homes.

New college campus confirmed
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue confirmed Thursday the release of $4.6 million in state funds to build an Augusta Technical College campus in Columbia County.

Kid of the Day
Bruce Alonzo Turner is today's Kid of the Day.

Gas affects curious residents

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Authorities are looking into the 1996 disappearance and death of a Tucker woman to see whether there is a connection to Barton Corbin, a Dacula dentist accused of killing his wife and a former girlfriend.

Investigators prepare to enter train wreck 'hot zone'

Democrats duel for 2006 governor bid
ATLANTA - Nearly two years before voters will pick the Democratic nominee for the 2006 governor's race, the leading two candidates for the slot are already sending signs that a feisty, no-holds-barred primary isn't out of the question.

Across South Carolina

Make Kids Count narrows field to 32
Earl Jackson is only in the fourth grade, but he's already planning for the future.

Reaction to raise proposal is mixed

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Education Lottery marked its third anniversary Friday. Since the lottery's creation, total ticket sales have exceeded $2.4 billion and players have won more than $1.4 billion. State income tax collected on winnings over $500 totaled more than $18 million.

Students get a chance at early college work

Across the area
An Augusta podiatrist already facing federal charges of health care fraud was re-indicted this week on more charges.

Across the area

Woman is found dead
Richmond County sheriff's investigators say they believe a body pulled from a submerged car in a south Augusta pond Friday afternoon is probably that of missing Augusta woman Gloria G. Roberison.

New college campus confirmed

Commission wraps up Oxendine case
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - The State Ethics Commission wrapped up its longest active case against an elected official Friday, fining Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine $750 over allegations that first came before the watchdog panel in 1998.

Across the Southeast

Pupils unravel mystery of flag
Caroline Miklosovic welcomes any opportunity to challenge students in her Latin class at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

ANIC will help people buy homes

Man gets life prison sentence
Eric Ferguson protested again Friday that he didn't intend to kill a man as he fled in a stolen car from a sheriff's deputy.

Service to Georgia marked career

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Trustees split on race policy
A long-standing "gentleman's agreement" to alternate the race of the school board president is expected to remain in place today when the Richmond County Board of Education holds its reorganization meeting.

Kid of the Day
Tim Salizzoni is today's Kid of the Day.

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St. Marys home expects windfall
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The 2004 Home & Garden Dream Home might have gotten more attention than any house from the region last year. But now it's time for another St. Marys home to step into the spotlight.

Investigators prepare to enter train wreck 'hot zone'
GRANITEVILLE -- Officials are busy organizing teams and making plans on how to proceed with the investigation of Thursday morning's train wreck that released deadly chlorine gas.

Area often sees hazardous cargo
Augusta's distinction as a chemical manufacturing hub also makes it an area of concern for safeguarding hazardous materials against transportation accidents.

Kid of the Day
Tim Salizzoni is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area
A Columbia County grand jury has indicted an Evans teen on several child molestation charges, according to court documents released Thursday.

Families mourn eight victims
AIKEN -- The last time Sherry Shealey saw her husband, they shared a quiet, late-night supper before he left their Fields Cemetery Road home to pull the graveyard shift at the Avondale Mills Woodhead plant.

Kid of the Day
Bruce Alonzo Turner is today's Kid of the Day.

Lawmaker promises productive session
COLUMBIA - A lawmaker key to shaping how the South Carolina Senate does business said Thursday that its rules would change during this year's session, which starts Tuesday.

'Super' grass grown in Georgia
There has always been a certain degree of inequity that the so-called neutral site of the annual Georgia-Florida football game is anything but.

'Super' grass grown in Georgia
There has always been a certain degree of inequity that the so-called neutral site of the annual Georgia-Florida football game is anything but.

Scorsese, Eastwood among nominees for Directors Guild
LOS ANGELES - Martin Scorsese, shut out five times previously for the top prize from his filmmaking peers, has earned another shot at the Directors Guild of America Awards.

Billboard changes ratings system to avoid manipulation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Billboard, the influential music industry trade magazine, is changing the way it ranks songs on its country singles chart after concerns that the old system allowed promoters to manipulate the rankings.

Entertainers hope to record tsunami charity single
LONDON - "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell said Friday he is working with Sharon Osbourne on producing a single to raise money for tsunami relief.

Entertainers hope to record tsunami charity single
LONDON - "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell said Friday he is working with Sharon Osbourne on producing a single to raise money for tsunami relief.

Mario tops the charts with new song and style
NEW YORK - "Turning Point" is more than the title of Mario's sophomore CD. Now 18, the R&B crooner is making the transition from boyhood to manhood.

Entertainers hope to record tsunami charity single

Mario tops the charts with new song and style

Mario tops the charts with new song and style
NEW YORK - "Turning Point" is more than the title of Mario's sophomore CD. Now 18, the R&B crooner is making the transition from boyhood to manhood.

Jourdain to switch to Busch series
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. signed a deal Thursday with Ford Motorsports to switch to NASCAR and run the full Busch series schedule this season.

Jourdain to switch to Busch series
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. signed a deal Thursday with Ford Motorsports to switch to NASCAR and run the full Busch series schedule this season.

Jourdain to switch to Busch series

Fans shunning Kobe Bryant's jersey
PORTLAND, Ore. - Kobe Bryant is no longer a fashion icon. For the last month, Bryant's No. 8 Lakers jersey - previously one of the best sellers in the world - has fallen out of the top 50, according to point-of-sale data tabulated by a Florida market research firm.

O'Neal happy about Heat's hot start

O'Neal happy about Heat's hot start
MIAMI - A wisecracking Shaquille O'Neal is a happy Shaquille O'Neal, and the Miami Heat center is firing off plenty of one-liners these days.

Fans shunning Kobe Bryant's jersey
PORTLAND, Ore. - Kobe Bryant is no longer a fashion icon. For the last month, Bryant's No. 8 Lakers jersey - previously one of the best sellers in the world - has fallen out of the top 50, according to point-of-sale data tabulated by a Florida market research firm.

Fans shunning Kobe Bryant's jersey

O'Neal happy about Heat's hot start
MIAMI - A wisecracking Shaquille O'Neal is a happy Shaquille O'Neal, and the Miami Heat center is firing off plenty of one-liners these days.

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster
DURHAM, N.C. - DeMarcus Nelson came to Duke as a can't-miss backcourt prospect, the career scoring leader in California prep history.

Defending champs starting to show last season's form
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Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster
DURHAM, N.C. - DeMarcus Nelson came to Duke as a can't-miss backcourt prospect, the career scoring leader in California prep history.

Falcons' bye week gives ample time for recovery

Vilma top choice for defensive rookie

Champ adds AP All-Pro to list of honors

A Raven wins top defensive honors

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Mr. Bobby Keith, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Keith, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne R. Bull (HARLEM, GA.)

Mrs. Laney J. Clark (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Brady (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Kenner (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Meredith Robinson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Russell "Bilo" Grant (CHESAPEAKE, Va.)

Mrs. Jennie Lee Poole (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora L. Cummings (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Lue Griffin (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Mae Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Wayne Bagby Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Lou Smith (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. F. Dennis Penton (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Beatrice Mack (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Dr. Manjit Singh (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Montana Seigler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesus "Jessie" Javier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Thomas J. Neal, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Perry (SOUTH OZONE PARK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Leila Mullinax (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie B. Rowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Victor Jerome Downs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Bo Ginn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie T. Abney (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Williams, Sr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Mae Lovett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Dickens (MADISON, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Garrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie Bell Samuels (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Christine Smith King ( NEWTON, N.C.)

Mrs. Marie D. Callaway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Angela E. Donoughe (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Latimore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beverly Travis (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mrs. Fannie Lou Wall (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie D. Callaway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie T. Abney (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Dexter F. Butts (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Alexander Thompson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. Thomas J. Neal, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Mae Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

Decade of success hasn't dulled Kwan's love for skating

Decade of success hasn't dulled Kwan's love for skating
Michelle Kwan wasn't thinking about her legacy, how many medals she'd win or the records she'd break when she showed up for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships way back in 1993.

Overtime
For the first time in school history, Augusta State is nationally ranked in a preseason baseball poll.

Overtime
Ty Votaw pauses at the end of each year to assess the recent past and near future of the LPGA Tour he has guided since 1999. This time, he came to a startling conclusion.

Overtime
Ty Votaw pauses at the end of each year to assess the recent past and near future of the LPGA Tour he has guided since 1999. This time, he came to a startling conclusion.

Decade of success hasn't dulled Kwan's love for skating
Michelle Kwan wasn't thinking about her legacy, how many medals she'd win or the records she'd break when she showed up for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships way back in 1993.

Slovakia advances to Hopman Cup final
PERTH, Australia - Daniela Hantuchova beat Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-2 Friday and Dominik Hrbaty won his match when Peter Wessels pulled out with an injury, allowing Slovakia to advance to the Hopman Cup final against Argentina.

Overtime
For the first time in school history, Augusta State is nationally ranked in a preseason baseball poll.

Josey girls coach hits another milestone
Josey coach Lynn Brantley watched her opponent warm up Friday night at the James Henry Roundtree Athletic Complex.

Josey's Brantley gets win No. 700
Josey's jewel shined for the 700th time across her 36 years of coaching Friday night.

Prep Basketball Scores

Josey girls coach hits another milestone
Josey coach Lynn Brantley watched her opponent warm up Friday night at the James Henry Roundtree Athletic Complex.

Prep Basketball Scores

Josey's Brantley gets win No. 700
Josey's jewel shined for the 700th time across her 36 years of coaching Friday night.

Falcons' bye week gives ample time for recovery
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - It wasn't exactly comparable to solitary confinement, but Cory Hall felt as if he emerged from a dark hole when he left his Suwanee home Thursday morning.

A Raven wins top defensive honors
NEW YORK - Ed Reed wasn't just the best defensive player on the Baltimore Ravens - no small feat with Ray Lewis as a teammate - he was the best defender in the NFL this season.

Vilma top choice for defensive rookie
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Jonathan Vilma finished working out at the University of Miami one day last spring when he spotted fellow Hurricane alum Santana Moss.

Falcons' bye week gives ample time for recovery
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - It wasn't exactly comparable to solitary confinement, but Cory Hall felt as if he emerged from a dark hole when he left his Suwanee home Thursday morning.

Vilma top choice for defensive rookie
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Jonathan Vilma finished working out at the University of Miami one day last spring when he spotted fellow Hurricane alum Santana Moss.

Champ adds AP All-Pro to list of honors
DENVER - Winning awards is nothing new to Broncos cornerback and former Georgia star Champ Bailey. Being chosen an Associated Press first-team All-Pro certainly is, though.

A Raven wins top defensive honors
NEW YORK - Ed Reed wasn't just the best defensive player on the Baltimore Ravens - no small feat with Ray Lewis as a teammate - he was the best defender in the NFL this season.

Champ adds AP All-Pro to list of honors
DENVER - Winning awards is nothing new to Broncos cornerback and former Georgia star Champ Bailey. Being chosen an Associated Press first-team All-Pro certainly is, though.

Church will recall pastor as it moves
Former Augusta-area pastor Jesse Wiggins, 64, was dressed for church and holding his sermon Dec. 26 when a heart attack ended his life at his Bethalto, Ill., home.

Minister will lead Bible-based women's coalition
The year 2005 will have Angeleen Walker coming and going.

An N.C. expert joins critics of claims in 'Da Vinci Code'
Dan Brown's historical thriller "The Da Vinci Code" continues to be a sales smash, with a movie version to follow.

Metro Kidz shares faith, fun with area youngsters
Daniel Burkett, a 13-year-old from Warrenville, was unsure what to expect at Gilbert Manor, but that didn't stop him.

Church will recall pastor as it moves
Former Augusta-area pastor Jesse Wiggins, 64, was dressed for church and holding his sermon Dec. 26 when a heart attack ended his life at his Bethalto, Ill., home.

An N.C. expert joins critics of claims in 'Da Vinci Code'
Dan Brown's historical thriller "The Da Vinci Code" continues to be a sales smash, with a movie version to follow.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

It takes courage to lead God's ministry
The gospel writer Mark is a person I would like to have known.

It takes courage to lead God's ministry
The gospel writer Mark is a person I would like to have known.

Faiths honor victims in Asia
DALLAS - Members of the Dallas/Fort Worth Hindu Temple held a deepa puja Jan. 2. The "prayer of light," honoring victims of southern Asia's earthquake and tsunamis, felt something like a candlelight vigil in any church or synagogue.

Faiths honor victims in Asia
DALLAS - Members of the Dallas/Fort Worth Hindu Temple held a deepa puja Jan. 2. The "prayer of light," honoring victims of southern Asia's earthquake and tsunamis, felt something like a candlelight vigil in any church or synagogue.

Minister will lead Bible-based women's coalition
The year 2005 will have Angeleen Walker coming and going.

Metro Kidz shares faith, fun with area youngsters
Daniel Burkett, a 13-year-old from Warrenville, was unsure what to expect at Gilbert Manor, but that didn't stop him.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

'Super' grass grown in Georgia

CBS to develop movie based on Amber Frey's book
LOS ANGELES - CBS has bought the rights to make a TV movie based on Amber Frey's book.

Feminist icon joins Britain's 'Celebrity Big Brother'
LONDON - She's a feminist icon - and now, reality TV fodder. Germaine Greer, whose 1970 book "The Female Eunuch" provided intellectual fuel for the women's movement, has agreed to spend two weeks locked in a house on the British show "Celebrity Big Brother" with, among others, Brigitte Nielsen, Sylvester Stallone's ex-wife.

PBS' Tavis Smiley looks for new season of diversity
LOS ANGELES - As Tavis Smiley begins the second season of his PBS talk show, his guest list isn't lacking for high-profile personalities.

CBS to develop movie based on Amber Frey's book

PBS' 'Now': A new season and a new host
NEW YORK - There are changes afoot as PBS' "Now" begins its new season.

TV offering from Stewart's company not a good thing
The latest cooking show from Martha Stewart's company should have been a good thing. But it isn't, and fixing it should be at the top of the domestic diva's post-prison to-do list.

PBS' Tavis Smiley looks for new season of diversity
LOS ANGELES - As Tavis Smiley begins the second season of his PBS talk show, his guest list isn't lacking for high-profile personalities.

Feminist icon joins Britain's 'Celebrity Big Brother'
LONDON - She's a feminist icon - and now, reality TV fodder. Germaine Greer, whose 1970 book "The Female Eunuch" provided intellectual fuel for the women's movement, has agreed to spend two weeks locked in a house on the British show "Celebrity Big Brother" with, among others, Brigitte Nielsen, Sylvester Stallone's ex-wife.

PBS' Tavis Smiley looks for new season of diversity

TV offering from Stewart's company not a good thing

TV offering from Stewart's company not a good thing
The latest cooking show from Martha Stewart's company should have been a good thing. But it isn't, and fixing it should be at the top of the domestic diva's post-prison to-do list.

PBS' 'Now': A new season and a new host
NEW YORK - There are changes afoot as PBS' "Now" begins its new season.

CBS to develop movie based on Amber Frey's book
LOS ANGELES - CBS has bought the rights to make a TV movie based on Amber Frey's book.

Feminist icon joins Britain's 'Celebrity Big Brother'

PBS' 'Now': A new season and a new host

William Hung wants good-guy only roles

People in the News

People in the News

Thurman becomes latest 'Dog to leave
ATHENS, Ga. - The makeover of the Georgia defense for the 2005 season continued Wednesday with the departure of a third top playmaker from the unit.

Powers in SEC battle today
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia and Louisiana State University split a pair of games last season, but it was the order of the wins that made all the difference.

Powers in SEC battle today
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia and Louisiana State University split a pair of games last season, but it was the order of the wins that made all the difference.

Powers in SEC battle today

Viewer sues NBC over 'Fear Factor' rat-eating episode

Mistrial declared after doctor on trial aids collapsed juror

Odds and Ends

Church will recall pastor as it moves

Faiths honor victims in Asia

Minister will lead Bible-based women's coalition

Metro Kidz shares faith, fun with area youngsters

An N.C. expert joins critics of claims in 'Da Vinci Code'

It takes courage to lead God's ministry

Faith Calendar