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.

Writer turns her sights to battling AIDS

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

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.

Survey shows educational endowments up

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.

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.

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.

Skateboard shop lands downtown

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.

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 presses for curbs on class-action suits

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.

Study: FluMist sales sluggish again

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Judge: Listerine ad claim is false and misleading

Toys R Us holiday sales down slightly

Prospects for hiring are down

Airlines need to improve workers' productivity

Hiring increases, unemployment holds steady

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

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.

Coca-Cola introducing regular cola with lime

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.

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
To fix bloated costs, the financially ailing airline industry prescribed itself a familiar treatment in recent years: Slash wages and benefits.

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

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.

Lag is forecast for Augusta

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

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.

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.

Defending champs starting to show last season's form

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster

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.

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.

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.

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.

Slipped Gere

GOP's wise reversal

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
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!"

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

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

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.\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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

Harmless ladybugs can creep in cracks

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.

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.

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?

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

Singh's on record run in Hawaii

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.

Former club pro finds new niche

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

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

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

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.

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.

Sindelar has priorities and goals in order

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Don't liken school woes to tsunami

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

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

School officials are inaccessible

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

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

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

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

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

Commission will let suburbs thrive

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

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

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

Wars, while bad, strengthen nation

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

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

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

Extra copies of gene help protect from AIDS

Family briefs

Warm weather causes rare winter allergy season

Lack of caffeine can cause severe withdrawal

Wireless industry bringing TV to cell phones

Charlotte hoping hip uniforms a hit at high schools

Going downhill may be a good thing for your body

Cache - not comfort - gives stilettos their long legs

New LaCrosse replaces Buick Regal and Century

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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
The American Hockey League's Albany River Rats have been good to the Augusta Lynx this season.

Gas affects curious residents

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

Across the area

Area often sees hazardous cargo

Trustees split on race policy

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.

Make Kids Count narrows field to 32

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

Workers fled toward poison gas

Across South Carolina

Man gets life prison sentence

New college campus confirmed

Kid of the Day

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.

Families mourn eight victims

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

Commission wraps up Oxendine case

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

Democrats duel for 2006 governor bid

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.

Woman is found dead

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

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

Pupils unravel mystery of flag

Across Georgia
Limit on gay marriage suit angers sponsor

Assistance checks have release clause

Kid of the Day

Evacuees worry about what's next

Across the Southeast

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.

Service to Georgia marked career

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Reaction to raise proposal is mixed

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.

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

Investigators prepare to enter train wreck 'hot zone'

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

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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.

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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.

Students get a chance at early college work

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.

Across the area

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.

Closings for Friday, January 7th

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

Software aims to help tracking

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.

Lawmaker promises productive session

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

Wreck, poisonous gas kill 8 in Graniteville

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.

Avondale employee reported missing after train wreck

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.

St. Marys home expects windfall

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.

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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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.

O'Neal happy about Heat's hot start

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
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.

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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Defending champs starting to show last season's form
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

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

A Raven wins top defensive honors

Vilma top choice for defensive rookie

Champ adds AP All-Pro to list of honors

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

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

Mrs. Rosa Mae Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laney J. Clark    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Roy McGee    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne R. Bull    (HARLEM, GA.)

Mr. Marion Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Bo Ginn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Adarius Wells (STATESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Donnie Ray Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

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Dr. Curtis Gordon Hames, Sr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Evelyn Poole Eggers (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Ms. Beverly Travis (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mrs. Carrie P. Eidson (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Johnny Brady (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Victor Jerome Downs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Mae Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Dr. Manjit Singh (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Beatrice Mack (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Montana Seigler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Bradley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Bo Ginn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Angela E. Donoughe (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Smoot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Marion Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Gordon Lowe (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Williamson (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Christine Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Williams (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Wilson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Leila Mullinax (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Garrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Fannie Dickens (MADISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Mae Lovett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie Bell Samuels (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Marie Preston (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Marion Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James A. Jowers (BAMBERG, S.C.)

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

Overtime

Overtime

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

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
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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

'Super' grass grown in Georgia

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.

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.

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.

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'

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.

PBS' Tavis Smiley looks for new season of diversity

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.

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.

TV offering from Stewart's company not a good thing

CBS to develop movie based on Amber Frey's book

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

William Hung wants good-guy only roles

People in the News

People in the News

Powers in SEC battle today

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.

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

Odds and Ends

Mistrial declared after doctor on trial aids collapsed juror

Faith Calendar

Faiths honor victims in Asia

Minister will lead Bible-based women's coalition

Church will recall pastor as it moves

It takes courage to lead God's ministry

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

Metro Kidz shares faith, fun with area youngsters