Some use cheese, ham and other foods to create art
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - It's tough looking at Mondongo's art on an empty stomach. The group of three young artists uses cold cuts, cookies and other unusual items to create literal feasts for the eyes.

Some use cheese, ham and other foods to create art
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - It's tough looking at Mondongo's art on an empty stomach. The group of three young artists uses cold cuts, cookies and other unusual items to create literal feasts for the eyes.

Some use cheese, ham and other foods to create art

Beltran, Mets working on $119M contract
NEW YORK - Carlos Beltran is on the verge of following Pedro Martinez to the New York Mets.

Sickness is rarely to blame for missing work

Sinkhole swallows house in Florida
ORANGE CITY, Fla. - A large sinkhole opened up Sunday, destroying one house, damaging a second and forcing the evacuation of 11 others. No injuries were reported.

Texas company wants to sell Biosphere 2
TUCSON, Ariz. The company that owns Biosphere 2 Center, 3.1 glass-enclosed acres designed to simulate the Earth's environment, has put the site up for sale.

FBI hunts cross-dressing bank robber
ATLANTA - The FBI is seeking help in nabbing a man who robbed an Atlanta bank dressed as a woman on Friday.

Texas company wants to sell Biosphere 2
TUCSON, Ariz. — The company that owns Biosphere 2 Center, 3.1 glass-enclosed acres designed to simulate the Earth's environment, has put the site up for sale.

Odds and Ends
LEMOORE, Calif. - Fed up with students' racy moves, a principal has taken the unusual step of canceling the rest of this year's school dances.

Sinkhole swallows house in Florida
ORANGE CITY, Fla. - A large sinkhole opened up Sunday, destroying one house, damaging a second and forcing the evacuation of 11 others. No injuries were reported.

Odds and Ends
LEMOORE, Calif. - Fed up with students' racy moves, a principal has taken the unusual step of canceling the rest of this year's school dances.

Delta's effort to recapture business travelers won't be easy
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc.'s strategy to recapture business travelers by overhauling its fare structure is looking like a risky financial bet whose success probably will depend on whether the nation's third largest carrier can further cut costs.

Inflation settling in with improving economy

Delta's effort to recapture business travelers won't be easy

Workers approve contract with Caterpillar
PEORIA, Ill. - Heavy equipment giant Caterpillar Inc. says hiring could increase at plants in four states after United Auto Workers members approved a six-year contract Sunday, ending ending a nine-month stalemate.

Inflation settling in with improving economy
HARRISBURG, Pa. - After a decade of relatively tame prices, consumers are starting to feel the "ouch" of inflation as the cost of everything from coffee, candy and home appliances is marching higher.

Highway businesses report fewer customers
It's far from business as usual in the Midland Valley area.

Inflation settling in with improving economy
HARRISBURG, Pa. - After a decade of relatively tame prices, consumers are starting to feel the "ouch" of inflation as the cost of everything from coffee, candy and home appliances is marching higher.

Movie Gallery to buy Hollywood Entertainment
PORTLAND, Ore. - Video rental giant Hollywood Entertainment Corp. has agreed to a buyout offer of nearly $850 million from smaller rival Movie Gallery Inc. in a deal that would create a stronger challenger to the industry leader, Blockbuster Inc.

News Corp. wants Fox Entertainment stock
NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., moving to regain full control of its majority owned Fox television properties, is offering to buy the remaining publicly held shares of Fox Entertainment Group Inc. in a $5.9 billion stock deal.

Wegmans tops best-employer list
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Wegmans Food Markets, a grocery chain whose motto is "employees first, customers second," topped Fortune's eighth annual list of the best 100 companies to work for in America, the magazine said Monday.

Highway businesses report fewer customers
It's far from business as usual in the Midland Valley area.

Pfizer to replace ads that countered floss
NEW YORK - The maker of Listerine mouthwash will spend $2 million to replace what a judge called misleading advertising suggesting the product is as effective as flossing at fighting plaque and gingivitis.

Workers approve contract with Caterpillar
PEORIA, Ill. - Heavy equipment giant Caterpillar Inc. says hiring could increase at plants in four states after United Auto Workers members approved a six-year contract Sunday, ending ending a nine-month stalemate.

Insurers exclude chemical damages
Chlorine gas in the Graniteville area isn't likely to cause excessive damage to most homes, chemists say.

Movie Gallery to buy Hollywood Entertainment
PORTLAND, Ore. - Video rental giant Hollywood Entertainment Corp. has agreed to a buyout offer of nearly $850 million from smaller rival Movie Gallery Inc. in a deal that would create a stronger challenger to the industry leader, Blockbuster Inc.

News Corp. wants Fox Entertainment stock

Wegmans tops best-employer list
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Wegmans Food Markets, a grocery chain whose motto is "employees first, customers second," topped Fortune's eighth annual list of the best 100 companies to work for in America, the magazine said Monday.

Movie Gallery to buy Hollywood Entertainment

U.S. companies' tsunami relief donations total $180 million

Wegmans tops best-employer list

GM to cut U.S. work force again in 2005
DETROIT - General Motors Corp., the world's biggest automaker, plans to trim its U.S. work force for a fourth consecutive year in 2005, part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs, chairman and chief executive Rick Wagoner said Monday.

Medicare preventive benefits could save billions

U.S. companies' tsunami relief donations total $180 million
NEW YORK - U.S. companies have donated more than $180 million in cash and products to assist victims of the tsunami that ravaged South Asia two weeks ago - an outpouring some philanthropy experts say may eventually exceed corporate giving tied to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Highway businesses report fewer customers

Delta's effort to recapture business travelers won't be easy
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc.'s strategy to recapture business travelers by overhauling its fare structure is looking like a risky financial bet whose success probably will depend on whether the nation's third largest carrier can further cut costs.

Workers approve contract with Caterpillar

Survey: U.S. gas prices dip slightly
CAMARILLO, Calif. - Gas prices have dipped slightly since last month, but the good news at the pump might not last, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Medicare preventive benefits could save billions
WASHINGTON - Government and health organization leaders on Monday urged Medicare beneficiaries to take advantage of new preventive benefits, saying the emphasis on prevention will save lives and billions of dollars in health care costs.

U.S. companies' tsunami relief donations total $180 million
NEW YORK - U.S. companies have donated more than $180 million in cash and products to assist victims of the tsunami that ravaged South Asia two weeks ago - an outpouring some philanthropy experts say may eventually exceed corporate giving tied to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

News Corp. wants Fox Entertainment stock
NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., moving to regain full control of its majority owned Fox television properties, is offering to buy the remaining publicly held shares of Fox Entertainment Group Inc. in a $5.9 billion stock deal.

Medicare preventive benefits could save billions
WASHINGTON - Government and health organization leaders on Monday urged Medicare beneficiaries to take advantage of new preventive benefits, saying the emphasis on prevention will save lives and billions of dollars in health care costs.

No. 2 Kansas holds off No. 8 Kentucky

Quest to be slim should not stop
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that more than 90 percent of "successful losers" have previously failed in their efforts to lose weight. Many reported having lost and regained the weight - up to nearly 270 pounds - several times before they finally mastered permanent weight loss.

Peace hopes boosted
Mahmoud Abbas' resounding victory Sunday in the Palestinian Authority presidential election creates a huge opportunity for peace with Israel.

S.C.'s No. 1 priority
South Carolina is proof that the traditional power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of government doesn’t go away because one party is in charge of both.

S.C.'s No. 1 priority
South Carolina is proof that the traditional power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of government doesnt go away because one party is in charge of both.

Vigilance after 9-11
Since 9-11, Americans have been asked by Homeland Security authorities to be a little more aware about whats going on around them and to alert authorities if they see anything going on thats out of the ordinary, or might be considered suspicious. Many people find this request confusing. How alert should we be? And whats unusual enough to warrant a report?

S.C.'s No. 1 priority

This was clear bias
Heads are rolling and new positions are being created at CBS News in the wake of the "Rathergate" memo scandal, the network's hopelessly flawed and shamefully reckless pre-election attack on President George W. Bush's National Guard service.

This was clear bias

This was clear bias
Heads are rolling and new positions are being created at CBS News in the wake of the "Rathergate" memo scandal, the network's hopelessly flawed and shamefully reckless pre-election attack on President George W. Bush's National Guard service.

A few surprises at People's Choice Awards
PASADENA, Calif. -- Filmmakers Michael Moore and Mel Gibson were all smiles after they won top honors at the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards.

Nicole Kidman honored at film festival
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Today's movie superstars met up with the old guard on one soggy red carpet for the gala awards presentation at the 16th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

People in the News
PHILADELPHIA -- The Fresh Prince has given up on plans to develop a hotel in his hometown.

Creators of film cranes to be honored with Oscars
LOS ANGELES -- The creators of two camera crane systems that allow directors to film wide, sweeping action sequences without pushing a camera along static sets of tracks will be honored with Oscars for their achievements.

People in the News
PHILADELPHIA -- The Fresh Prince has given up on plans to develop a hotel in his hometown.

Woman sues KISS' Gene Simmons for slander
NEW YORK - A woman who says she is a former girlfriend of KISS rocker Gene Simmons is suing him for slander, saying the bass guitarist made her sound like a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac" during a "rockumentary" on VH-1 television.

A few surprises at People's Choice Awards
PASADENA, Calif. -- Filmmakers Michael Moore and Mel Gibson were all smiles after they won top honors at the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards.

Paul Newman unhurt in race car fire
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman escaped injury Saturday when the race car he was testing caught fire following a spin at Daytona International Speedway.

Kathie Lee Gifford charts a new course in musical theater
NEW YORK - In the bowels of a small theater in a seedy section of town, Kathie Lee Gifford is being a little naughty.

Kathie Lee Gifford charts a new course in musical theater
NEW YORK - In the bowels of a small theater in a seedy section of town, Kathie Lee Gifford is being a little naughty.

Paul Newman unhurt in race car fire
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman escaped injury Saturday when the race car he was testing caught fire following a spin at Daytona International Speedway.

Nicole Kidman honored at film festival
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Today's movie superstars met up with the old guard on one soggy red carpet for the gala awards presentation at the 16th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Big Three could be only tip of the iceberg
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- There's more to the PGA Tour than the Big Three.\r\nVijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els all appear to be on top of their game, which put some spice into the start of the new season. All had ample opportunity to win the Mercedes Championships against a winners-only field at Kapalua.

Big Three could be only tip of the iceberg
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- There's more to the PGA Tour than the Big Three. Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els all appear to be on top of their game, which put some spice into the start of the new season. All had ample opportunity to win the Mercedes Championships against a winners-only field at Kapalua.

Big Three could be only tip of the iceberg

Sickness is rarely to blame for missing work
We all know this is the time of year when a lot of folks call in sick at work. Most of them probably aren't.

Sickness is rarely to blame for missing work
We all know this is the time of year when a lot of folks call in sick at work. Most of them probably aren't.

Parts of Avondale Mills to begin reopening Wednesday
GRANITEVILLE -- Avondale Mills officials will Wednesday start opening portions of three textile mills located outside the evacuation zone surrounding the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192, but have still been unable to assess the damage of corrosive chlorine in seven other plants, warehouses and facilities inside the zone.

Former official pleads guilty to stealing state funds
ATLANTA - Georgia's former deputy state schools superintendent pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy, theft of federal funds and wire fraud charges in a federal investigation of campaign funds.

Workers begin draining second of three chlorine tankers
AIKEN -- A second of the three chlorine tankers involved in last week's fatal train accident in Graniteville was being drained this morning, but officials were reluctant to say when evacuated residents could return home.

Interstate 20 fire out; lanes reopened to traffic
A tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 20 tonight caused a temporary closure of the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near the Appling-Harlem exit, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Officials patch leaking tanker
The tanker leaking chlorine in Graniteville has been patched and officials were siphoning gas out of the tanker Monday morning. Authorities said all cleanup efforts will focus on securing the area before any of the wreckage would be removed - a process that could take several days.

Workers removing chlorine from railcar damaged in train wreck
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. -- Crews worked Monday to neutralize and remove chlorine gas still leaking from a railcar damaged in a train wreck that killed nine people last week and injured hundreds more.

Come on, who's really evil here?

ACLU is out to bash Christianity
Now that the holiday season is over, we’ll have to wait at least until Easter for a rerun of Christian-bashing. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union and their cronies will be busy looking for more ways to remove God and Christ from our American history.Bob Groothand, Augusta

Come on, who's really evil here?
The Democratic agenda is evil. I read the letter from Anne Cook (Presidents war agenda i Steven King, Belvedere, S.C.

Column on Patty Berg was splendid
Scott Michaux dealt beautifully with the Patty Berg story in his column Dec. 24 ("Berg letter is heartfelt farewell"). As Mr. Michaux expressed so well, Miss Berg is worthy of admiration and praise. T. Richard Daniel, Evans

Come on, who's really evil here?
The Democratic agenda is evil. I read the letter from Anne Cook (“President’s war agenda iSteven King, Belvedere, S.C.

Perception worked against Bush

Flag etiquette critics overreact
... I have read with interest many times in Rants and Raves and in letters to the editor concerning proper etiquette on displaying the American flag. James Carrick, Augusta

ACLU is out to bash Christianity

Wars painful, but must be fought
I was shocked to see the letter from Anne Cook about the war in Iraq (Presidents war agenda is evil, Jan. 4). Ms. Cook referred to the war as uncivilized, immoral and ungodly. Kirk P. Stiles, Augusta

Laud Bush for Social Security efforts
I applaud the courage of the Bush administration to take on the long-overdue reform of Social Security. William Thompson, Augusta

Perception worked against Bush
The criticism, right or wrong, of the Bush administration’s initial reaction to the disaster in Asia points to one void we have in our vital role as a world leader: perception.Walter Hewet, Augusta

Column on Patty Berg was splendid

Wars painful, but must be fought
I was shocked to see the letter from Anne Cook about the war in Iraq (“President’s war agenda is evil,” Jan. 4). Ms. Cook referred to the war as “uncivilized,” “immoral” and “ungodly.”Kirk P. Stiles, Augusta

Flag etiquette critics overreact

Wars painful, but must be fought

ACLU is out to bash Christianity
Now that the holiday season is over, well have to wait at least until Easter for a rerun of Christian-bashing. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union and their cronies will be busy looking for more ways to remove God and Christ from our American history. Bob Groothand, Augusta

Flag etiquette critics overreact
... I have read with interest many times in Rants and Raves and in letters to the editor concerning proper etiquette on displaying the American flag. James Carrick, Augusta

Perception worked against Bush
The criticism, right or wrong, of the Bush administrations initial reaction to the disaster in Asia points to one void we have in our vital role as a world leader: perception. Walter Hewet, Augusta

Column on Patty Berg was splendid
Scott Michaux dealt beautifully with the Patty Berg story in his column Dec. 24 ("Berg letter is heartfelt farewell"). As Mr. Michaux expressed so well, Miss Berg is worthy of admiration and praise. T. Richard Daniel, Evans

'Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater' a stylish, cinematic thrill

Seniors calendar

Health and fitness calendar

Entrepreneurs bet on 'exergaming' future

Parents search for family-friendly games

Devices help in case of an emergency

Electronics makers hawk solid products

Aging Japan rethinks how to deal with the dead

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens.

Electronics makers hawk solid products
LAS VEGAS - The world's premier consumer electronics show wouldn't be complete without the fanciful and outlandish: A smart oven preserved and cooked meals based on remote commands, while a 102-inch plasma TV - taller than the 8-foot walls in many homes - inspired ooohs and aaahs from couch potatoes.

Devices help in case of an emergency
We've come a long way from "I've fallen, and I can't get up." In a TV spot that ran in the early 1990s, Mrs. Fletcher, the elderly woman played by Dorothy McHugh, lay sprawled on her bathroom floor, walker toppled, unable to recover from a fall.

Electronics makers hawk solid products
LAS VEGAS - The world's premier consumer electronics show wouldn't be complete without the fanciful and outlandish: A smart oven preserved and cooked meals based on remote commands, while a 102-inch plasma TV - taller than the 8-foot walls in many homes - inspired ooohs and aaahs from couch potatoes.

Entrepreneurs bet on 'exergaming' future
LAS VEGAS - Consumer electronics companies commonly cater to couch potatoes by pitching bigger television sets, more mesmerizing video games and remote controls that can even place online orders for pizza. But a small cadre of entrepreneurs at the world's largest technology exposition hope their gizmos make you work up a sweat.

Aging Japan rethinks how to deal with the dead
TOKYO - Hidenobu Murakawa stops his tour for a moment and apologizes for the interruption. The crematorium is his pride and joy. He helped design it and he clearly loves to show it off. But it's the midday crunch, and he doesn't want to disturb the bereaved.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Parents search for family-friendly games
As president of Activision Publishing, Kathy Vrabeck helps promote and develop games like "Doom 3," "Tony Hawk's Underground 2" and "Call of Duty." But she might think twice before buying those top-sellers for her 7-year-old son. In a gaming world where violence reigns, parents like Vrabeck are searching for family-friendly titles bearing a rating of "E" - for everyone.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens.

Aging Japan rethinks how to deal with the dead
TOKYO - Hidenobu Murakawa stops his tour for a moment and apologizes for the interruption. The crematorium is his pride and joy. He helped design it and he clearly loves to show it off. But it's the midday crunch, and he doesn't want to disturb the bereaved.

Entrepreneurs bet on 'exergaming' future
LAS VEGAS - Consumer electronics companies commonly cater to couch potatoes by pitching bigger television sets, more mesmerizing video games and remote controls that can even place online orders for pizza. But a small cadre of entrepreneurs at the world's largest technology exposition hope their gizmos make you work up a sweat.

Devices help in case of an emergency
We've come a long way from "I've fallen, and I can't get up." In a TV spot that ran in the early 1990s, Mrs. Fletcher, the elderly woman played by Dorothy McHugh, lay sprawled on her bathroom floor, walker toppled, unable to recover from a fall.

'Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater' a stylish, cinematic thrill
Don't let a funny title like "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater" fool you - this latest PlayStation 2 offering from Japanese video game guru Hideo Kojima is serious fun.

'Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater' a stylish, cinematic thrill
Don't let a funny title like "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater" fool you - this latest PlayStation 2 offering from Japanese video game guru Hideo Kojima is serious fun.

Parents search for family-friendly games
As president of Activision Publishing, Kathy Vrabeck helps promote and develop games like "Doom 3," "Tony Hawk's Underground 2" and "Call of Duty." But she might think twice before buying those top-sellers for her 7-year-old son. In a gaming world where violence reigns, parents like Vrabeck are searching for family-friendly titles bearing a rating of "E" - for everyone.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Lynx Gamenight

Lynx Gamenight
WHEN: 7:05, tonight

Lynx stick it to Gators
Eric Johansson wasn't with the Augusta Lynx the last time they played the Louisiana IceGators.

Lynx stick it to Gators
Eric Johansson wasn't with the Augusta Lynx the last time they played the Louisiana IceGators.

Lynx stick it to Gators

Lynx Gamenight
WHEN: 7:05, tonight

Many evacuees say work has to wait
WARRENVILLE - Graniteville residents forced to evacuate their homes face the beginning of a new work week without the clothes, cars and, in some cases, the motivation to head to the office or factory.

Columbia County - Population: 101,000

Across the area
The Georgia Supreme Court suspended an Augusta attorney Monday.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A march in Greenville on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday should highlight the county's need to honor the slain civil rights leader with a paid holiday for workers, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Sunday.

Workers begin draining second of three chlorine tankers

Westinghouse settles 2 cases
AIKEN - The prime contractor at Savannah River Site has agreed to pay two settlements totaling $4.4 million to resolve allegations of travel expense fraud by employees and improper cost shifting from one project to another, U.S. Attorney J. Strom Thurmond Jr. said Monday.

More seniors could skip taxes

Reader questions about train wreck

Jail merger might prove too costly
This year, a Richmond County grand jury recommended that the sheriff's office consolidate its jail facilities in one location instead of two.

Plug stops leak in car
GRANITEVILLE - Salvage workers successfully plugged a ruptured tank car that was leaking deadly chlorine at the wreck site of a Norfolk Southern freight train days after the accident that killed nine people, authorities said Sunday.

Lawyers hunt for clients

Senator calls for summit
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said a summit on train speeds, crossings and other rail safety issues in this cramped mill town has been scheduled for Jan. 20.

Sanford, lawmakers get ready to discuss budget
AIKEN - South Carolina lawmakers start their next session Tuesday, with the stage set for the ongoing political melodrama between Gov. Mark Sanford and fellow Republicans who control both houses of the Legislature.

Chief recalls moments after crash
GRANITEVILLE - Phil Napier is a sharp-tongued man who has seen his worst fear come to life: a train wreck in the heart of his hometown spewing chlorine gas and killing nine people.

Columbia County - Population: 101,000
One hundred thousand.

Artifacts from shipwreck on Georgia's coast for sale

Body pulled from pond
The body of a man suspected of abducting and killing an Augusta woman might have been found Sunday morning in a pond just feet from where the woman's body was found Friday.

Funeral services

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A march in Greenville on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday should highlight the county's need to honor the slain civil rights leader with a paid holiday for workers, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Sunday.

The week ahead

The week ahead
The new year has barely made its entrance, and already so much has happened. We all watched in awe as the tragic tsunami struck the Asian coast just after Christmas, and were more awe-stricken as the death toll continued rising to unthinkable numbers.

Reader questions about train wreck
The following are questions from our readers sent to augustachronicle.com. Our staff is working to respond to as many of them as possible. If you have a question, please visit our online site to submit it.

Artifacts from shipwreck on Georgia's coast for sale
ATLANTA - For a marine exploration firm retrieving Civil War-era artifacts from a steamer that sank off the Georgia coast in 1865, gold is not all that glitters.

Across the area
A 33-year-old man who police say escaped from the Screven County jail Saturday night was arrested at his mother's house Sunday afternoon, police said.

Across the area
A 33-year-old man who police say escaped from the Screven County jail Saturday night was arrested at his mother's house Sunday afternoon, police said.

Mental health center CEO works to get things straight
Chuck Williamson is used to steering a community health center out of troubled financial waters. In his native West Virginia, Mr. Williamson overcame a $1 million deficit in his first CEO job. Now he has taken the helm of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia, whose financial woes are partly blamed on former officials now under federal indictment.

Across Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE - Georgia Military College not only has seen its student body dwindle with the deployment of troops to Iraq, but the institution also is taking a financial hit because of the war.

Reader questions about train wreck
The following are questions from our readers sent to augustachronicle.com. Our staff is working to respond to as many of them as possible. If you have a question, please visit our online site to submit it.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kerry Munoz, 4, of Martinez.

More seniors could skip taxes
Columbia County officials want to explore an idea that might add extra padding to the wallets of some seniors.

Session opens as Republicans assume control

Observers spot 14 eagles
CHENNAULT, Ga. - Thurmond Lake's decimated bald eagle population showed signs of recovery Monday when wildlife observers documented a nearly threefold increase over last year.

Parts of Avondale Mills to begin reopening Wednesday

Plug stops leak in car
GRANITEVILLE - Salvage workers successfully plugged a ruptured tank car that was leaking deadly chlorine at the wreck site of a Norfolk Southern freight train days after the accident that killed nine people, authorities said Sunday.

Student solves puzzle over historic quilter's grave site

Across Georgia

Book decision delay is blasted

Many evacuees say work has to wait

Chief recalls moments after crash

Sanford, lawmakers get ready to discuss budget

Officials patch leaking tanker

More information for the Graniteville community

Across the area

Church worships despite closure

Church worships despite closure
BATH - One thing has remained constant since Christian Heritage Church of Graniteville opened in 1931: Every Sunday, its members have come together to worship.

Funeral services
Funeral services have been scheduled for several of the men killed during Thursday’s train accident and chlorine release:

Interstate 20 fire out; lanes reopened to traffic

Many evacuees say work has to wait
WARRENVILLE - Graniteville residents forced to evacuate their homes face the beginning of a new work week without the clothes, cars and, in some cases, the motivation to head to the office or factory.

Observers spot 14 eagles

Rants and Raves
This is a rant for the Norfolk Southern Railroad and claim agents for trying to take advantage of frightened people who need help, offering them $300 with a disclaimer that says it's full and final settlement. What a bunch of crooks. You destroy people's homes, cause the deaths of innocent people, then you try to rip off the survivors. What a bunch of lowlifes.

UGA gears up for students' return

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kerry Munoz, 4, of Martinez.

Kid of the Day

Columbia County - Population: 101,000
One hundred thousand.

Avondale officials fear damage to equipment

Jail merger might prove too costly
This year, a Richmond County grand jury recommended that the sheriff's office consolidate its jail facilities in one location instead of two.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Funeral services
Funeral services have been scheduled for several of the men killed during Thursdays train accident and chlorine release:

Residents receive counseling

People go back to get recheck
Health problems from Thursday's deadly Graniteville chemical spill linger as area hospitals reported rounds of repeat patients Sunday.

Across Georgia

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

UGA gears up for students' return
ATHENS, Ga. - As students relaxed and de-stressed between fall and spring semesters, university staffers were toiling to get campus ready in time for the start of classes Monday.

Kid of the Day
Danisha Barksdale is today's Kid of the Day.

Residents receive counseling
For days, Margie Moseley has lived on edge. The Graniteville resident recently added Xanax to her list of heart and cholesterol prescriptions.

Lawyers hunt for clients
The day after some survivors of the Graniteville train wreck were taken to University Hospital, a Miami attorney arrived to see two of them.

High court reverses ruling on demotion
The Georgia Supreme Court reversed a local judge Monday by ruling the city of Augusta was within its rights to demote an employee.

Session opens as Republicans assume control
ATLANTA - Blazing their own trail as the new majority power in the Statehouse, Republicans on Monday opened this year's legislative session by selecting the first GOP House speaker in 135 years and aggressively overhauling the chamber's governing rules.

Rants and Raves
This is a rant for the Norfolk Southern Railroad and claim agents for trying to take advantage of frightened people who need help, offering them $300 with a disclaimer that says it's full and final settlement. What a bunch of crooks. You destroy people's homes, cause the deaths of innocent people, then you try to rip off the survivors. What a bunch of lowlifes.

Across the area
The Georgia Supreme Court suspended an Augusta attorney Monday.

Avondale officials fear damage to equipment
GRANITEVILLE - Avondale Mills officials are still waiting to do a damage assessment of the seven plants and related offices shut down by the Norfolk Southern train wreck, but have been warned by chemical experts to expect massive damage from the corrosive chlorine leak that killed nine people, a company official said Monday.

Across South Carolina
GEORGETOWN - Three Georgetown County jail guards have been fired after a fight with an inmate and may face criminal charges, police said.

Body pulled from pond

Across Georgia
GRIFFIN - Police have arrested the driver of a tow truck in the hit-and-run death of a 12-year-old boy. Timothy Roberts turned himself in to police Sunday, police said.

Mental health center CEO works to get things straight

Student solves puzzle over historic quilter's grave site
ATHENS, Ga. - Searching for a long-lost burial site might not seem like a recipe for Christmas cheer to most folks. But finding one particular grave made this Christmas one to remember for a University of Georgia graduate student.

Mill tries to ease pain of workers' families

UGA gears up for students' return
ATHENS, Ga. - As students relaxed and de-stressed between fall and spring semesters, university staffers were toiling to get campus ready in time for the start of classes Monday.

Kid of the Day

Chief recalls moments after crash
GRANITEVILLE - Phil Napier is a sharp-tongued man who has seen his worst fear come to life: a train wreck in the heart of his hometown spewing chlorine gas and killing nine people.

Across the area

Residents receive counseling
For days, Margie Moseley has lived on edge. The Graniteville resident recently added Xanax to her list of heart and cholesterol prescriptions.

Jail merger might prove too costly

Observers spot 14 eagles
CHENNAULT, Ga. - Thurmond Lake's decimated bald eagle population showed signs of recovery Monday when wildlife observers documented a nearly threefold increase over last year.

Many pets found safe after spill

Avondale officials fear damage to equipment
GRANITEVILLE - Avondale Mills officials are still waiting to do a damage assessment of the seven plants and related offices shut down by the Norfolk Southern train wreck, but have been warned by chemical experts to expect massive damage from the corrosive chlorine leak that killed nine people, a company official said Monday.

Survivor was gasping for breath

Book decision delay is blasted
A controversial book pulled from the shelves in three Richmond County schools has sparked its own controversy between Superintendent Charles Larke and a school board member.

Across South Carolina

Officials patch leaking tanker
The tanker leaking chlorine in Graniteville has been patched and officials were siphoning gas out of the tanker Monday morning. Authorities said all cleanup efforts will focus on securing the area before any of the wreckage would be removed - a process that could take several days.

Rants and Raves
This is a rant for the Norfolk Southern Railroad and claim agents for trying to take advantage of frightened people who need help, offering them $300 with a disclaimer that says it's full and final settlement. What a bunch of crooks. You destroy people's homes, cause the deaths of innocent people, then you try to rip off the survivors. What a bunch of lowlifes.

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Plug stops leak in car

Workers begin draining second of three chlorine tankers
AIKEN -- A second of the three chlorine tankers involved in last week's fatal train accident in Graniteville was being drained this morning, but officials were reluctant to say when evacuated residents could return home.

More information for the Graniteville community
Those seeking information or assistance should call the community help number 211.

Parts of Avondale Mills to begin reopening Wednesday
GRANITEVILLE -- Avondale Mills officials will Wednesday start opening portions of three textile mills located outside the evacuation zone surrounding the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192, but have still been unable to assess the damage of corrosive chlorine in seven other plants, warehouses and facilities inside the zone.

Mill tries to ease pain of workers' families
GRANITEVILLE - The tiny town of Graniteville is deathly silent - an unusual sound for a town that is normally buzzing with the sounds of machinery and the drone of tractor-trailers at its plants.

Interstate 20 fire out; lanes reopened to traffic
A tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 20 tonight caused a temporary closure of the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near the Appling-Harlem exit, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Survivor was gasping for breath
BATH - Mark Broome's first reaction was to drive away as fast as possible.

More seniors could skip taxes
Columbia County officials want to explore an idea that might add extra padding to the wallets of some seniors.

Many pets found safe after spill
BURNETTOWN - When Theresa Hutto evacuated her Graniteville home Thursday evening with her husband and two children, she was forced to leave two family members behind.

Ruling on schools to come today
AIKEN - The Aiken County School District will decide this afternoon if six schools affected by the train wreck and chlorine gas spill in Graniteville will have classes the rest of the week.

Across Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE - Georgia Military College not only has seen its student body dwindle with the deployment of troops to Iraq, but the institution also is taking a financial hit because of the war.

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

Artifacts from shipwreck on Georgia's coast for sale
ATLANTA - For a marine exploration firm retrieving Civil War-era artifacts from a steamer that sank off the Georgia coast in 1865, gold is not all that glitters.

Kid of the Day
Danisha Barksdale is today's Kid of the Day.

The week ahead
The new year has barely made its entrance, and already so much has happened. We all watched in awe as the tragic tsunami struck the Asian coast just after Christmas, and were more awe-stricken as the death toll continued rising to unthinkable numbers.

Lawyers hunt for clients
The day after some survivors of the Graniteville train wreck were taken to University Hospital, a Miami attorney arrived to see two of them.

Body pulled from pond
The body of a man suspected of abducting and killing an Augusta woman might have been found Sunday morning in a pond just feet from where the woman's body was found Friday.

Changed state Senate greets Walker's return
ATLANTA - It was a very different Senate that Charles Walker returned to Monday. When the Augusta Democrat left two years ago, his party was still in power and he was Senate majority leader, among the top players in his chamber.

Sanford, lawmakers get ready to discuss budget
AIKEN - South Carolina lawmakers start their next session Tuesday, with the stage set for the ongoing political melodrama between Gov. Mark Sanford and fellow Republicans who control both houses of the Legislature.

Schrenko aide pleads guilty
ATLANTA - A major figure in the Linda Schrenko fraud case pleaded guilty Monday, complicating the former school superintendent's defense against charges that she and others bilked nearly $600,000 from the Georgia Department of Education.

Mental health center CEO works to get things straight
Chuck Williamson is used to steering a community health center out of troubled financial waters. In his native West Virginia, Mr. Williamson overcame a $1 million deficit in his first CEO job. Now he has taken the helm of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia, whose financial woes are partly blamed on former officials now under federal indictment.

Body is that of slaying suspect
Richmond County authorities confirmed Monday that the body found in a pond near Gordon Highway is that of a man who was wanted for the kidnapping and homicide of his ex-girlfriend.

Many pets found safe after spill
BURNETTOWN - When Theresa Hutto evacuated her Graniteville home Thursday evening with her husband and two children, she was forced to leave two family members behind.

Session opens as Republicans assume control
ATLANTA - Blazing their own trail as the new majority power in the Statehouse, Republicans on Monday opened this year's legislative session by selecting the first GOP House speaker in 135 years and aggressively overhauling the chamber's governing rules.

Church worships despite closure
BATH - One thing has remained constant since Christian Heritage Church of Graniteville opened in 1931: Every Sunday, its members have come together to worship.

Across South Carolina
GEORGETOWN - Three Georgetown County jail guards have been fired after a fight with an inmate and may face criminal charges, police said.

More information for the Graniteville community
Those seeking information or assistance should call the community help number 211.

Across Georgia
GRIFFIN - Police have arrested the driver of a tow truck in the hit-and-run death of a 12-year-old boy. Timothy Roberts turned himself in to police Sunday, police said.

Five questions with Thom Berry
Thom Berry is the chief spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Student solves puzzle over historic quilter's grave site
ATHENS, Ga. - Searching for a long-lost burial site might not seem like a recipe for Christmas cheer to most folks. But finding one particular grave made this Christmas one to remember for a University of Georgia graduate student.

Survivor was gasping for breath
BATH - Mark Broome's first reaction was to drive away as fast as possible.

Book decision delay is blasted
A controversial book pulled from the shelves in three Richmond County schools has sparked its own controversy between Superintendent Charles Larke and a school board member.

News you can use

Officials patch leaking tanker
The tanker leaking chlorine in Graniteville has been patched and officials were siphoning gas out of the tanker Monday morning. Authorities said all cleanup efforts will focus on securing the area before any of the wreckage would be removed - a process that could take several days.

Mill tries to ease pain of workers' families
GRANITEVILLE - The tiny town of Graniteville is deathly silent - an unusual sound for a town that is normally buzzing with the sounds of machinery and the drone of tractor-trailers at its plants.

Stranger things have happened...
The other morning, my wife handed me the phone after talking on it awhile. I had no idea who was on the line.

'Fockers' retains box office crown

'Fockers' retains box office crown
LOS ANGELES - The horror of meeting the in-laws beat out the fright flick at theaters this weekend. "Meet the Fockers" took in $28.5 million to remain the top movie for the third straight weekend, holding off the horror newcomer "White Noise," which debuted a strong No. 2 with $24 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Bardem gives stellar performance in 'The Sea Inside'
NEW YORK - To portray a real-life quadriplegic in "The Sea Inside," Javier Bardem decided to focus on "the voice and the eyes."

Bardem gives stellar performance in 'The Sea Inside'

'Fockers' retains box office crown
LOS ANGELES - The horror of meeting the in-laws beat out the fright flick at theaters this weekend. "Meet the Fockers" took in $28.5 million to remain the top movie for the third straight weekend, holding off the horror newcomer "White Noise," which debuted a strong No. 2 with $24 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Bardem gives stellar performance in 'The Sea Inside'
NEW YORK - To portray a real-life quadriplegic in "The Sea Inside," Javier Bardem decided to focus on "the voice and the eyes."

Teens' documentary about shooting earns spot at Sundance
NEW YORK - It began as a small documentary by two teenage filmmakers about guns, death and grief at a Brooklyn housing project.

Australian singer making a mark with lovelorn laments
NEW YORK - A quick glance across Seventh Avenue reminds Kasey Chambers of her place in the pecking order of Australian entertainers, export division.

Willie Nelson plays tsunami benefit show

Willie Nelson plays tsunami benefit show
AUSTIN, Texas - For Willie Nelson, picking and singing to raise money for relief efforts from the Asian tsunami is a natural gesture.

Willie Nelson plays tsunami benefit show
AUSTIN, Texas - For Willie Nelson, picking and singing to raise money for relief efforts from the Asian tsunami is a natural gesture.

Vince Neil ties the knot in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS - Looks like the days of "Girls, Girls, Girls" are over for Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.

Australian singer making a mark with lovelorn laments
NEW YORK - A quick glance across Seventh Avenue reminds Kasey Chambers of her place in the pecking order of Australian entertainers, export division.

Australian singer making a mark with lovelorn laments

Bryant accuser wants public airing of suit
DENVER - An attorney for the woman accusing Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant of rape said Sunday she wants a public airing of her lawsuit in Denver federal court as soon as possible.

No. 2 Kansas holds off No. 8 Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Playing without its standout inside player, No. 2 Kansas got 28 points from the frontline of C.J. Giles, Christian Moody and Sasha Kaun on Sunday in a 65-59 victory over No. 8 Kentucky.

No. 2 Kansas holds off No. 8 Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Playing without its standout inside player, No. 2 Kansas got 28 points from the frontline of C.J. Giles, Christian Moody and Sasha Kaun on Sunday in a 65-59 victory over No. 8 Kentucky.

Manning wins second straight MVP

Vikings roll over stunned Packers

Moss likely to be fined for pretend mooning

Defenders gain focus on scoring in Atlanta

Vick, Falcons remain calm about playoffs

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Overtime

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NCAA eyes basketball, football proposals

Armstrong to make Tour decision in April

Overtime
Individual basketball player statistics are due every Wednesday at noon, no exceptions.

Armstrong to make Tour decision in April
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Lance Armstrong won't decide until April whether he'll try for a seventh consecutive victory in the Tour de France.

NCAA eyes basketball, football proposals
GRAPEVINE, Texas - While most of the proposals from basketball coaches seeking more access to players and prospects will get further consideration from the NCAA, they are a long way from gaining final approval.

NCAA eyes basketball, football proposals
GRAPEVINE, Texas - While most of the proposals from basketball coaches seeking more access to players and prospects will get further consideration from the NCAA, they are a long way from gaining final approval.

Overtime
A.J. Obleton of the Augusta Boxing Club won two matches at the East Coast Silver Gloves Tournament at May Park Gym last weekend to advance to the National Silver Gloves Tournament in Independence, Mo., in February.

Overtime
Individual basketball player statistics are due every Wednesday at noon, no exceptions.

Armstrong to make Tour decision in April
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Lance Armstrong won't decide until April whether he'll try for a seventh consecutive victory in the Tour de France.

Overtime
A.J. Obleton of the Augusta Boxing Club won two matches at the East Coast Silver Gloves Tournament at May Park Gym last weekend to advance to the National Silver Gloves Tournament in Independence, Mo., in February.

Defenders gain focus on scoring in Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Watching his defense score touchdowns is nothing new to Ed Donatell.

Manning wins second straight MVP
INDIANAPOLIS - When Peyton Manning sees his name alongside some of the great players in NFL history, he beams with pride.

Colts lasso overmatched Broncos
INDIANAPOLIS - With Marvin Harrison shut down early, Peyton Manning went to Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark in building an insurmountable first-half lead Sunday. The NFL Offensive Player of the Year had 457 yards passing, second most in playoffs history, in Indianapolis' 49-24 victory over Denver.

Vick, Falcons remain calm about playoffs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick was sky-high when he awoke Monday morning and readied himself for practice.

Vick, Falcons remain calm about playoffs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick was sky-high when he awoke Monday morning and readied himself for practice.

Moss likely to be fined for pretend mooning
NEW YORK - Randy Moss is almost sure to be fined for pretending to moon fans in Green Bay during a playoff win, according to NFL rules.

Vikings roll over stunned Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Minnesota Vikings got the last laugh on the Green Bay Packers, and Randy Moss stuck around for every sweet second of this one. Moss caught two touchdown passes, making good on his promise to atone for walking off the field last week while his teammates were trying to win their regular season finale, and the Vikings rolled to a 31-17 victory over the stunned Packers on Sunday.

Manning wins second straight MVP
INDIANAPOLIS - When Peyton Manning sees his name alongside some of the great players in NFL history, he beams with pride.

Defenders gain focus on scoring in Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Watching his defense score touchdowns is nothing new to Ed Donatell.

Moss likely to be fined for pretend mooning
NEW YORK - Randy Moss is almost sure to be fined for pretending to moon fans in Green Bay during a playoff win, according to NFL rules.

Vikings roll over stunned Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Minnesota Vikings got the last laugh on the Green Bay Packers, and Randy Moss stuck around for every sweet second of this one. Moss caught two touchdown passes, making good on his promise to atone for walking off the field last week while his teammates were trying to win their regular season finale, and the Vikings rolled to a 31-17 victory over the stunned Packers on Sunday.

CBS fires four after Bush guard story review
NEW YORK -- Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation that said a "myopic zeal" led to a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story about President Bush's military service that relied on allegedly forged documents.

What's new for TV's midseason?
NEW YORK - As in most TV seasons, the networks' 2004 fall feast was served and largely rejected by viewers. Now the networks are hastily laying out the next course.

What's new for TV's midseason?
NEW YORK - As in most TV seasons, the networks' 2004 fall feast was served and largely rejected by viewers. Now the networks are hastily laying out the next course.

What's new for TV's midseason?

Two military-themed channels unveiled
NEW YORK - Ten-hut! When the Military Channel reports for duty Monday at 2000 hours, it will be a boon for armchair generals and fans of corporate warfare, too.

Two military-themed channels unveiled

Two military-themed channels unveiled
NEW YORK - Ten-hut! When the Military Channel reports for duty Monday at 2000 hours, it will be a boon for armchair generals and fans of corporate warfare, too.

A few surprises at People's Choice Awards

People in the News

Paul Newman unhurt in race car fire

Nicole Kidman honored at film festival

Kathie Lee Gifford charts a new course in musical theater

Martinez takes over 'Dogs defense
Despite Monday's major shakeup in the Georgia football coaching staff, new defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said any changes - perceived or otherwise - will hardly be noticeable at all.

Georgia loses defensive coordinator to NFL
ATLANTA - Georgia's coaching staff took a major blow when defensive guru Brian VanGorder left Monday to become linebackers coach with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

Georgia loses defensive coordinator to NFL
ATLANTA - Georgia's coaching staff took a major blow when defensive guru Brian VanGorder left Monday to become linebackers coach with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bulldogs lose elite assistants

Bulldogs lose elite assistants
ATHENS, Ga. - In four years at Georgia, Mark Richt's coaching staff had been a model of stability. Not a single assistant left for another coaching job.

Martinez takes over 'Dogs defense
Despite Monday's major shakeup in the Georgia football coaching staff, new defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said any changes - perceived or otherwise - will hardly be noticeable at all.

Georgia loses defensive coordinator to NFL

Bulldogs lose elite assistants
ATHENS, Ga. - In four years at Georgia, Mark Richt's coaching staff had been a model of stability. Not a single assistant left for another coaching job.

Martinez takes over 'Dogs defense

LSU prepares for Gamecocks
BATON ROUGE, La. - After a five-game, 30-day away schedule, the LSU basketball team has piled up plenty of frustration, but only one victory.

LSU prepares for Gamecocks
BATON ROUGE, La. - After a five-game, 30-day away schedule, the LSU basketball team has piled up plenty of frustration, but only one victory.

LSU prepares for Gamecocks

CDs put fun in learning vocabulary for the SAT
Experts are always trying to come up with new ways to maximize learning and make test-prep fun.

Sense of nostalgia hits as graduation nears

Question of the week
Q: Do you donate money to charity?

My style

My style
THE FACTS: Sommer Washington, 17, a freshman at Midland Valley High School.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Xtreme calendar
ON DVD AND VHS: THE VILLAGE, starring Joaquin Phoenix as one of many townspeople who live in fear after the terms of the truce with their monsterlike neighbors is broken.

Anti-drug campaign could be better
The U.S. Department of Justice studied a group of high school seniors and found that 34.6 percent of the group used marijuana in a 12-month period. Couple that with the fact that we've all heard of the students in our classes who regularly get high and we can see that though we might not like to think about our schools as drug-infested places, many are.

AAA tests teens' travel knowledge
Knowing where you are going is half the battle, and in this year's AAA Travel High School Challenge, it's also half the test.

Sense of nostalgia hits as graduation nears
As all the year-end Top 10 lists of music videos, songs and events were announced two weeks ago, I almost thought they were taking the idea of looking back too far. But somewhere between VH1's The Best Year Ever and the ball drop on Times Square it got me to thinking that maybe nostalgia is worth it.

Girl must tell friend about feelings for boy
This week's problem: I like this boy. We used to go out but now we're just friends. He wants to start dating me again, but my best friend really likes him.

'Zines for teens
Betsy Davis doesn't consider herself a reader. The 16-year-old might even hate reading, but that hasn't stopped her from picking up Seventeen magazine.

Question of the week

Anti-drug campaign could be better
The U.S. Department of Justice studied a group of high school seniors and found that 34.6 percent of the group used marijuana in a 12-month period. Couple that with the fact that we've all heard of the students in our classes who regularly get high and we can see that though we might not like to think about our schools as drug-infested places, many are.

'Zines for teens

Question of the week
Q: Do you donate money to charity?

AAA tests teens' travel knowledge
Knowing where you are going is half the battle, and in this year's AAA Travel High School Challenge, it's also half the test.

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THE FACTS: Sommer Washington, 17, a freshman at Midland Valley High School.

Sense of nostalgia hits as graduation nears
As all the year-end Top 10 lists of music videos, songs and events were announced two weeks ago, I almost thought they were taking the idea of looking back too far. But somewhere between VH1's The Best Year Ever and the ball drop on Times Square it got me to thinking that maybe nostalgia is worth it.

AAA tests teens' travel knowledge

'Zines for teens
Betsy Davis doesn't consider herself a reader. The 16-year-old might even hate reading, but that hasn't stopped her from picking up Seventeen magazine.

Anti-drug campaign could be better

Texas company wants to sell Biosphere 2

Sinkhole swallows house in Florida

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