Author looks at beauty's history
NEW YORK - Women once stuffed sacks full of antelope hair into their shirts to make their breasts seem bigger, were blinded by mascara and sickened by poisons used in hair-removal creams. Not only is beauty pain, it's also bizarre.

Beltran joins 'the new Mets'
NEW YORK - Carlos Beltran joined what he called "the new Mets" on Tuesday, finalizing his $119 million, seven-year contract with New York.

Beltran joins 'the new Mets'

Randy Johnson apologized for confrontation
NEW YORK - Right away, Randy Johnson ran into trouble in New York.

Randy Johnson apologized for confrontation

Beltran joins 'the new Mets'
NEW YORK - Carlos Beltran joined what he called "the new Mets" on Tuesday, finalizing his $119 million, seven-year contract with New York.

Randy Johnson apologized for confrontation
NEW YORK - Right away, Randy Johnson ran into trouble in New York.

Sickness is rarely to blame for missing work

Boy has received 130,000 cards and counting
CANTON, Ga. - Christmas is still going strong for 14-year-old Nick Waters.

Boy has received 130,000 cards and counting
CANTON, Ga. - Christmas is still going strong for 14-year-old Nick Waters.

Library puts Stewart's 'America' back on shelves
GULFPORT, Miss. - A library board reversed a ban on comedian Jon Stewart's best-selling satirical book, which it had passed because of its image of Supreme Court justices' faces superimposed on naked bodies.

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.

Library puts Stewart's 'America' back on shelves
GULFPORT, Miss. - A library board reversed a ban on comedian Jon Stewart's best-selling satirical book, which it had passed because of its image of Supreme Court justices' faces superimposed on naked bodies.

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.

Apple unveils cheaper iPods, computer
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Computer Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs introduced a cut-rate computer the size of a paperback on Tuesday and a tiny iPod that starts at $99, but holds fewer songs than its hard drive-based music players.

Honda enters the truck market
DETROIT - Honda Motor Co. officially entered the truck market Monday with the 2006 Ridgeline mid-size pickup

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.

Honda enters the truck market
DETROIT - Honda Motor Co. officially entered the truck market Monday with the 2006 Ridgeline mid-size pickup

Gas up and grab lunch
When it comes to convenience, what's good for gas is good for the gullet. And for an increasing number of convenience stores, the bottom line traditionally supported by gas and cigarettes is increasingly being fleshed out by food offerings.

Movie Gallery to buy Hollywood Entertainment

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.

Highway businesses report fewer customers

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.

Honda enters the truck market
DETROIT - Honda Motor Co. officially entered the truck market Monday with the 2006 Ridgeline mid-size pickup

Fliers urged to use credit
The local spokeswoman for AAA is urging US Airways customers to book flights with a credit card - and nothing else - because the struggling airline is on shaky ground.

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.

Fliers urged to use credit
The local spokeswoman for AAA is urging US Airways customers to book flights with a credit card - and nothing else - because the struggling airline is on shaky ground.

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.

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.

AMD stock down after income warning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Shares of chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plummeted more than 20 percent in Tuesday trading after the company warned that its fourth-quarter operating income will be "down significantly" from the third quarter

Honda enters the truck market

Workers approve contract with Caterpillar

Honda enters the truck market

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.

Fliers urged to use credit

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.

Medicare preventive benefits could save billions

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.

News Corp. wants Fox Entertainment stock

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.

Wegmans tops best-employer list

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.

AMD stock down after income warning

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

Honda enters the truck market
DETROIT - Honda Motor Co. officially entered the truck market Monday with the 2006 Ridgeline mid-size pickup

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.

Apple unveils cheaper iPods, computer
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Computer Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs introduced a cut-rate computer the size of a paperback on Tuesday and a tiny iPod that starts at $99, but holds fewer songs than its hard drive-based music players.

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

AMD stock down after income warning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Shares of chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plummeted more than 20 percent in Tuesday trading after the company warned that its fourth-quarter operating income will be "down significantly" from the third quarter

Apple unveils cheaper iPods, computer

Syracuse hires Greg Robinson as coach
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Texas co-defensive coordinator Greg Robinson was hired as coach at Syracuse on Tuesday, his first head coaching job in a 30-year career.

Ex-pro is happy with a change

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.

The noose tightens
Merle Temple Jr.'s decision to cop a plea and rat out his ex-boss, former State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko, couldn't be worse news for the beleaguered Schrenko. Temple is the biggest fish caught so far in the burgeoning criminal scandal.

Bought and paid for
If Armstrong Williams' blind spot while driving is as large as his ethical blind spot, don't take to the road anywhere near him.

The noose tightens

Bought and paid for
If Armstrong Williams' blind spot while driving is as large as his ethical blind spot, don't take to the road anywhere near him.

Bought and paid for

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 crime deserves time
Should a man be thrown in jail for being dirt-dumb? Well, maybe in this case.

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.

The noose tightens
Merle Temple Jr.'s decision to cop a plea and rat out his ex-boss, former State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko, couldn't be worse news for the beleaguered Schrenko. Temple is the biggest fish caught so far in the burgeoning criminal scandal.

Magazines race to cover Aniston-Pitt split
NEW YORK - In the world of celebrities and those who love them, the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt breakup was like the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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.

The 'Top Five' entertainment list
Entertainment top five lists.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK - While the rumors proved true about the marriage of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, they haven't come home to roost for another Hollywood couple: Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.

Magazines race to cover Aniston-Pitt split
NEW YORK - In the world of celebrities and those who love them, the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt breakup was like the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK - While the rumors proved true about the marriage of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, they haven't come home to roost for another Hollywood couple: Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.

Drug companies launch discount card for uninsured

Drug companies launch discount card for uninsured
WASHINGTON - Ten major drug manufacturers unveiled a new discount card Tuesday that could help millions of uninsured Americans save money on prescription drugs.

Drug companies launch discount card for uninsured
WASHINGTON - Ten major drug manufacturers unveiled a new discount card Tuesday that could help millions of uninsured Americans save money on prescription drugs.

Oven-fried catfish with sweet pepper relish recipe
No longer just for Southerners, catfish has come into its own as the farm-raised variety has become more readily available, a note says in "Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart" (Reader's Digest, 2005, $29.95).

Cookbook features crunchy apple beef recipe

Vegetarian pasta dish is rich in flavor
This recipe for orecchiette pasta with savory greens came from a wonderful Italian cook, the recipe writers explain. In Italian, the dish is "orecchiette con cime di rapa."

Oven-fried catfish with sweet pepper relish recipe

Oven-fried catfish with sweet pepper relish recipe
No longer just for Southerners, catfish has come into its own as the farm-raised variety has become more readily available, a note says in "Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart" (Reader's Digest, 2005, $29.95).

Vegetarian pasta dish is rich in flavor

Cookbook features crunchy apple beef recipe
"Martin Yan Quick and Easy" (Chronicle Books, 2004, $24.95) by master chef Martin Yan is a cookbook that comes with a mouthwatering aura, deservedly. This recipe for crunchy apple beef is only one of its attractions.

Oven-fried catfish with sweet pepper relish recipe
No longer just for Southerners, catfish has come into its own as the farm-raised variety has become more readily available, a note says in "Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart" (Reader's Digest, 2005, $29.95).

Oven-fried catfish with sweet pepper relish recipe
No longer just for Southerners, catfish has come into its own as the farm-raised variety has become more readily available, a note says in "Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart" (Reader's Digest, 2005, $29.95).

Oven-fried catfish with sweet pepper relish recipe

Cookbook features crunchy apple beef recipe
"Martin Yan Quick and Easy" (Chronicle Books, 2004, $24.95) by master chef Martin Yan is a cookbook that comes with a mouthwatering aura, deservedly. This recipe for crunchy apple beef is only one of its attractions.

Vegetarian pasta dish is rich in flavor
This recipe for orecchiette pasta with savory greens came from a wonderful Italian cook, the recipe writers explain. In Italian, the dish is "orecchiette con cime di rapa."

Cookbook features crunchy apple beef recipe
"Martin Yan Quick and Easy" (Chronicle Books, 2004, $24.95) by master chef Martin Yan is a cookbook that comes with a mouthwatering aura, deservedly. This recipe for crunchy apple beef is only one of its attractions.

Big Three could be only tip of the iceberg

Masters will aid tsunami victims
The Masters Tournament, along with other major U.S. golf organizations, will help with relief efforts for the tsunami that killed more than 150,000 people in December.

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
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.

Play of senior lifts Lady Cavs

Rebels survive uprising

Prep Basketball Scores

Marinade packs flavorful punch for pork sandwiches
Sandwich suppers are an easy way to serve your family fast, and deli meats piled high on hoagie rolls are a warm-weather favorite at my house.

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.

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.

Graniteville evacuees to begin returning Thursday
GRANITEVILLE - Authorities will let about half of an estimated 5,400 evacuees return to their homes Thursday, although houses closest to the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192 will remain quarantined because of suspected high levels of chlorine contamination and corrosion.

S.C. offers tax breaks to affected residents; 4 schools reopen
GRANITEVILLE -- Four Aiken County schools on the fringe of the evacuation zone opened today and Avondale Mills officials tried to jump start operations at three textile mills and a warehouse as salvage workers continued to pump chlorine from tanker cars damaged in the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192.

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

Avondale Mills' electronic records destroyed in wreck
GRANITEVILLE - Avondale Mills officials, fearful of corrosive chlorine damage at seven textile mills and offices closest to the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192, say the facilities are in better shape than anticipated and vowed to again open all of their Graniteville operations.

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.

Officer displayed fine composure

Disaster victims, take solace in God
A few days ago I was going to pen a letter to the editor wishing all a happy new year. Unfortunately, it has been anything but a happy new year. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Sisters deserve compensation
Regarding your front-page article, "Mistaken surveyors cut convent's trees," in the Jan. 6 Chronicle: I am not a Catholic, but I have visited the convent on a couple of occasions and am in great admiration of their dedication to their vows. Joe Wilder, Augusta

Rights include the right to emigrate

Sisters deserve compensation
Regarding your front-page article, "Mistaken surveyors cut convent's trees," in the Jan. 6 Chronicle: I am not a Catholic, but I have visited the convent on a couple of occasions and am in great admiration of their dedication to their vows.Joe Wilder, 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

Rights include the right to emigrate
In response to Anne Cook's whining letter ("President's war agenda is evil," Jan. 4), in which she states her usual nonsense that most liberals state regarding President Bush and the war in Iraq, I have just one thing to ask: Why wait, Ms. Cook? Charles Kimbrough, Sylvania

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

Officer displayed fine composure
Regarding the professionalism exhibited by Aiken County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank on Thursday's 6 p.m. newscast: He displayed intelligence, quick thinking and up-to-the-minute knowledge. William E. Zimmerman, Hephzibah

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

Rights include the right to emigrate
In response to Anne Cook's whining letter ("President's war agenda is evil," Jan. 4), in which she states her usual nonsense that most liberals state regarding President Bush and the war in Iraq, I have just one thing to ask: Why wait, Ms. Cook? Charles Kimbrough, Sylvania

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

Officer displayed fine composure
Regarding the professionalism exhibited by Aiken County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank on Thursday's 6 p.m. newscast: He displayed intelligence, quick thinking and up-to-the-minute knowledge.William E. Zimmerman, Hephzibah

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

Sisters deserve compensation

Flag etiquette critics overreact

Column on Patty Berg was splendid

Health and fitness calendar

FTC moves to stop illegal X-rated Spamming

Seniors calendar

Devices help in case of an emergency

Mr. Blackwell says Sheridan is worst dressed

First family inaugural ball gowns unveiled

Remote control

Physicians urge more medical error prevention
WASHINGTON - Hospitals should use computers to order drugs for patients, work harder at coordinating treatment and educate patients to help care for themselves, physicians groups said Tuesday in an effort to reduce medical errors.

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.

Mr. Blackwell says Sheridan is worst dressed
NEW YORK - Nicollette Sheridan of TV's "Desperate Housewives" is the worst of the worst when it comes to wardrobe, according to Mr. Blackwell's annual list of fashion winners and losers.

FTC moves to stop illegal X-rated Spamming
WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it won a court order to shut down illegal advertising for six companies accused of profiting from thousands of X-rated e-mails directing people to their online pornography sites in the government's first legal case involving adult Internet spam.

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

First family inaugural ball gowns unveiled
WASHINGTON - First lady Laura Bush has chosen a silver and blue V-neck evening gown of embroided tulle, made by American designer Oscar de la Renta, to wear to next week's inaugural balls.

Remote control
A Bluetooth robot makes a motion controlled by a cellular phone at KDDI Corp. in Tokyo.

Remote control
A Bluetooth robot makes a motion controlled by a cellular phone at KDDI Corp. in Tokyo.

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

Mr. Blackwell says Sheridan is worst dressed
NEW YORK - Nicollette Sheridan of TV's "Desperate Housewives" is the worst of the worst when it comes to wardrobe, according to Mr. Blackwell's annual list of fashion winners and losers.

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.

FTC moves to stop illegal X-rated Spamming
WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it won a court order to shut down illegal advertising for six companies accused of profiting from thousands of X-rated e-mails directing people to their online pornography sites in the government's first legal case involving adult Internet spam.

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.

First family inaugural ball gowns unveiled
WASHINGTON - First lady Laura Bush has chosen a silver and blue V-neck evening gown of embroided tulle, made by American designer Oscar de la Renta, to wear to next week's inaugural balls.

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.

Lynx Gamenight
WHEN: 7:05, tonight

Center finds his rush on the ice
Eric Johansson revealed after practice Tuesday the secret behind his two-goal performance Friday night.

Lynx loss made worse
Less than 10 minutes after the Augusta Lynx lost 6-2 to the Pee Dee Pride on Tuesday, Lynx coach Stan Drulia already had made three phone calls.

Center finds his rush on the ice

Lynx loss made worse

Lynx loss made worse
Less than 10 minutes after the Augusta Lynx lost 6-2 to the Pee Dee Pride on Tuesday, Lynx coach Stan Drulia already had made three phone calls.

Lynx Gamenight

Lynx Gamenight
WHEN: 7:05, tonight

Center finds his rush on the ice
Eric Johansson revealed after practice Tuesday the secret behind his two-goal performance Friday night.

Graniteville community information

17-year veteran is bus union's leader

Residents receive counseling

Panel works on blighted area

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.

Downs' confession can be used at trial

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.

Mayor favors rebuke on debt

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.

Some schools, mills to reopen

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.

More seniors could skip taxes

Chief recalls moments after crash

Workers begin draining second of three chlorine tankers

Across the area

Questions and answers about the clean up
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.

Fear of disease cancels surgery
Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics canceled all surgeries Monday night and Tuesday out of concern over a potential cross-contamination of surgical equipment after a brain biopsy.

Members approve zoning
Columbia County School Board members gave final approval to a zoning plan Tuesday that displaces hundreds of elementary pupils and rezones many Evans neighborhoods.

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

Panel works on blighted area
Augusta commissioners declared war on an area many people have called a war zone, but which Commissioner Andy Cheek calls "the armpit of south Augusta."

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.

Nature walk
A man enjoys Tuesday's mild temperatures as he takes a walk along Milledge Road across from Lake Olmstead.

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.

Across the region
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court has upheld the arson convictions against a self-proclaimed "missionary of Lucifer" who set five Georgia churches ablaze and killed a volunteer firefighter.

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

Harbin to lead budget board
ATLANTA - Rep. Ben Harbin will fill a leading chairmanship position on a committee responsible for recommending how millions of dollars should be spent across Georgia.

Observers spot 14 eagles

Some schools, mills to reopen
AIKEN - Some schools and mills that have been closed since Thursday's deadly train collision in Graniteville will reopen today, but thousands of residents near the site remain displaced because of toxic chlorine released from the accident.

Session opens as Republicans assume control

Across the area
A Columbia County man was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for federal weapon violations.

UGA gears up for students' return

Mayor favors rebuke on debt
Mayor Bob Young wants to resurrect an old cartoon character from the old Augusta Herald newspaper or something similar to shame residents who owe the city money or won't keep their property up.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Hailey Rain Carpenter is today's Kid of the Day.

Evacuees battle cabin fever
Trouble is the only thing keeping 10-year-old Casey Kneece out of trouble these days.

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

Kid of the Day

4 area schools plan to reopen
AIKEN - Four schools in the Graniteville area will reopen their doors for class again today, but the three closest to the train crash site will remain closed until Friday.

Across Georgia

Avondale Mills' electronic records destroyed in wreck
GRANITEVILLE - Avondale Mills officials, fearful of corrosive chlorine damage at seven textile mills and offices closest to the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192, say the facilities are in better shape than anticipated and vowed to again open all of their Graniteville operations.

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.

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

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.

Details come out in Veracruz burglary
Authorities remain secretive about a $1 million federal and state burglary investigation of an Augusta restaurant but have revealed more information about the five suspects charged in the crime.

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.

Aid donations flood in
Officials with relief agencies say aid and donations for disaster relief in Graniteville have been heartening.

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.

Downs' confession can be used at trial
South Carolina officers violated William "Junior" Downs' rights, a prosecutor conceded, but because Mr. Downs waived those same rights before admitting he killed an Augusta child in 1991, a jury can hear his confession, a judge ruled Tuesday.

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

17-year veteran is bus union's leader
The new president of the school bus drivers' union in Richmond County is a soft-spoken woman with a hard line on fixing transportation problems.

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.

Fear of disease cancels surgery
Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics canceled all surgeries Monday night and Tuesday out of concern over a potential cross-contamination of surgical equipment after a brain biopsy.

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.

Graniteville community information
This is general information for the Graniteville community. Those seeking further information or assistance should call the community help number, 211. From a cell phone, dial 648-9900.

Members approve zoning

Fatigue, 'dark territory' can cause accidents
GRANITEVILLE - While investigators focus on an apparent switching error in the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192, railroad unions and workplace experts point to a range of related safety issues surrounding the deadly accident, where nine people were killed by a massive chlorine gas leak.

Across the area

Questions and answers about the clean up
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Student solves puzzle over historic quilter's grave site

Evacuees battle cabin fever
Trouble is the only thing keeping 10-year-old Casey Kneece out of trouble these days.

4 area schools plan to reopen
AIKEN - Four schools in the Graniteville area will reopen their doors for class again today, but the three closest to the train crash site will remain closed until Friday.

Members approve zoning
Columbia County School Board members gave final approval to a zoning plan Tuesday that displaces hundreds of elementary pupils and rezones many Evans neighborhoods.

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Panel works on blighted area
Augusta commissioners declared war on an area many people have called a war zone, but which Commissioner Andy Cheek calls "the armpit of south Augusta."

Fear of disease cancels surgery

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.

Graniteville community information
This is general information for the Graniteville community. Those seeking further information or assistance should call the community help number, 211. From a cell phone, dial 648-9900.

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.

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.

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

17-year veteran is bus union's leader
The new president of the school bus drivers' union in Richmond County is a soft-spoken woman with a hard line on fixing transportation problems.

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

Fatigue, 'dark territory' can cause accidents
GRANITEVILLE - While investigators focus on an apparent switching error in the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192, railroad unions and workplace experts point to a range of related safety issues surrounding the deadly accident, where nine people were killed by a massive chlorine gas leak.

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Aid donations flood in
Officials with relief agencies say aid and donations for disaster relief in Graniteville have been heartening.

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.

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Details come out in Veracruz burglary
Authorities remain secretive about a $1 million federal and state burglary investigation of an Augusta restaurant but have revealed more information about the five suspects charged in the crime.

Avondale officials fear damage to equipment

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News you can use
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Fatigue, 'dark territory' can cause accidents

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.

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.

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The Georgia Supreme Court suspended an Augusta attorney Monday.

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.

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.

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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.

Nature walk
A man enjoys Tuesday's mild temperatures as he takes a walk along Milledge Road across from Lake Olmstead.

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.

4 area schools plan to reopen

Details come out in Veracruz burglary

Kid of the Day

Aid donations flood in

Harbin to lead budget board

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.

Funeral services for those killed during train accident

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Lawyers hunt for clients

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.

Nature walk

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Across the region
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court has upheld the arson convictions against a self-proclaimed "missionary of Lucifer" who set five Georgia churches ablaze and killed a volunteer firefighter.

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.

Harbin to lead budget board
ATLANTA - Rep. Ben Harbin will fill a leading chairmanship position on a committee responsible for recommending how millions of dollars should be spent across Georgia.

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.

Across the area
A Columbia County man was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for federal weapon violations.

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.

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.

Interstate 20 fire out; lanes reopened to traffic

Questions and answers about the clean up

Officials patch leaking tanker

Evacuees battle cabin fever

Book decision delay is blasted

Mayor favors rebuke on debt
Mayor Bob Young wants to resurrect an old cartoon character from the old Augusta Herald newspaper or something similar to shame residents who owe the city money or won't keep their property up.

Downs' confession can be used at trial
South Carolina officers violated William "Junior" Downs' rights, a prosecutor conceded, but because Mr. Downs waived those same rights before admitting he killed an Augusta child in 1991, a jury can hear his confession, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Kid of the Day
Hailey Rain Carpenter is today's Kid of the Day.

Avondale Mills' electronic records destroyed in wreck

Some schools, mills to reopen
AIKEN - Some schools and mills that have been closed since Thursday's deadly train collision in Graniteville will reopen today, but thousands of residents near the site remain displaced because of toxic chlorine released from the accident.

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

Local quartet looks for Hawaiian punch
Waialae Country Club is a long way from Augusta National, but this week's Sony Open in Hawaii probably fields the deepest CSRA roots of any PGA Tour event in history.

Local quartet looks for Hawaiian punch
Waialae Country Club is a long way from Augusta National, but this week's Sony Open in Hawaii probably fields the deepest CSRA roots of any PGA Tour event in history.

'Sideways' leads Screen Actors awards nominees

'Sideways' leads Screen Actors awards nominees
LOS ANGELES - The road-trip comedy "Sideways" led contenders Tuesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations, including honors for lead performer Paul Giamatti and the ensemble cast.

'Sideways' leads Screen Actors awards nominees
LOS ANGELES - The road-trip comedy "Sideways" led contenders Tuesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations, including honors for lead performer Paul Giamatti and the ensemble cast.

Nas, Kelis tie the knot in Atlanta

Alicia Keys to go on national tour
NEW YORK - Alicia Keys, always an open book, will hit the road in a newly announced "Diary Tour" of 34 U.S. cities.

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.

Nas, Kelis tie the knot in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Rapper Nas and R&B songstress Kelis were married Saturday during an intimate ceremony, according to Nas' publicist.

Nas, Kelis tie the knot in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Rapper Nas and R&B songstress Kelis were married Saturday during an intimate ceremony, according to Nas' publicist.

Moss likely to be fined for pretend mooning

Feely's golf game gives him a leg up

Vick, Falcons remain calm about playoffs

Manning wins second straight MVP

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Overtime

USA's Miller takes second in World Cup giant slalom

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Armstrong to make Tour decision in April

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

USA's Miller takes second in World Cup giant slalom
ADELBODEN, Switzerland - Bode Miller lost a pole on the first run, and nearly performed the splits near the finish on the second run. But he still somehow managed to finish second in a World Cup giant slalom on Tuesday and maintained his lead in the overall standings.

Courier, others elected to Tennis Hall of Fame
NEWPORT, R.I. - Major champions Jim Courier, Yannick Noah and Jana Novotna were elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, along with tour administrator Butch Buchholz.

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.

USA's Miller takes second in World Cup giant slalom
ADELBODEN, Switzerland - Bode Miller lost a pole on the first run, and nearly performed the splits near the finish on the second run. But he still somehow managed to finish second in a World Cup giant slalom on Tuesday and maintained his lead in the overall standings.

Overtime
The Laney and Lincoln County football teams that advanced to the state semifinals will be honored during tonight's basketball doubleheader at Augusta State.

Overtime
The Laney and Lincoln County football teams that advanced to the state semifinals will be honored during tonight's basketball doubleheader at Augusta State.

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.

Play of senior lifts Lady Cavs
Augusta Prep coach Moe McCormack knew someone would have to step up after leading scorer Katelyn Gibbs didn't dress because of an illness.

Rebels survive uprising
Unbeaten Hephzibah started off the way a team that hasn't lost in 16 games should.

Prep Basketball Scores
Scores from Tuesday's prep basketball games.

Prep Basketball Scores
Scores from Tuesday's prep basketball games.

Rebels survive uprising
Unbeaten Hephzibah started off the way a team that hasn't lost in 16 games should.

Play of senior lifts Lady Cavs
Augusta Prep coach Moe McCormack knew someone would have to step up after leading scorer Katelyn Gibbs didn't dress because of an illness.

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

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.

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.

Feely's golf game gives him a leg up
FLOWERY BRANCH - If Jay Feely faces a potential game-winning field goal Saturday night to beat the St. Louis Rams and put the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game, he might pull out his driver and hit a few balls.

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.

Feely's golf game gives him a leg up
FLOWERY BRANCH - If Jay Feely faces a potential game-winning field goal Saturday night to beat the St. Louis Rams and put the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game, he might pull out his driver and hit a few balls.

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.

Local quartet looks for Hawaiian punch

Feminist icon Greer quits reality TV show
LONDON - Feminist icon Germaine Greer, who baffled observers by agreeing to appear in a reality TV show, made an equally mysterious decision Tuesday to quit the program.

ABC wins its first ratings week of the season
NEW YORK - Buoyed by football and its suddenly potent Sunday lineup, ABC was the nation's most popular network for the first time this season and had its best ratings week in four years.

Feminist icon Greer quits reality TV show
LONDON - Feminist icon Germaine Greer, who baffled observers by agreeing to appear in a reality TV show, made an equally mysterious decision Tuesday to quit the program.

Actress is crazy in love on 'Committed'
NEW YORK - Her big eyes sparkle, her rosebud mouth blossoms into a lopsided smile. Who wouldn't be charmed by Marni Fliss, the goofy sylph on NBC's new romantic sitcom "Committed"?

Actress is crazy in love on 'Committed'
NEW YORK - Her big eyes sparkle, her rosebud mouth blossoms into a lopsided smile. Who wouldn't be charmed by Marni Fliss, the goofy sylph on NBC's new romantic sitcom "Committed"?

Actress is crazy in love on 'Committed'

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.

Reeve among Director's Guild TV nominees

School says 'no' to 'The Simple Life 3'
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The Fox TV reality series "The Simple Life" will not be using a South Jersey school as the setting for one of its episodes.

ABC wins its first ratings week of the season

Reeve among Director's Guild TV nominees
LOS ANGELES - Christopher Reeve was among five Directors Guild of America nominees announced Monday for outstanding direction of made-for-television movies.

School says 'no' to 'The Simple Life 3'

School says 'no' to 'The Simple Life 3'
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The Fox TV reality series "The Simple Life" will not be using a South Jersey school as the setting for one of its episodes.

Feminist icon Greer quits reality TV show

ABC wins its first ratings week of the season
NEW YORK - Buoyed by football and its suddenly potent Sunday lineup, ABC was the nation's most popular network for the first time this season and had its best ratings week in four years.

Reeve among Director's Guild TV nominees
LOS ANGELES - Christopher Reeve was among five Directors Guild of America nominees announced Monday for outstanding direction of made-for-television movies.

People in the News

A few surprises at People's Choice Awards

Magazines race to cover Aniston-Pitt split

People in the News

Martinez takes over 'Dogs defense

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Lawmakers want to honor Dooley
ATLANTA - A group of Georgia lawmakers suggested Tuesday that the football stadium at the University of Georgia be renamed to honor recently retired Athletic Director Vince Dooley.

Lawmakers want to honor Dooley

Lawmakers want to honor Dooley
ATLANTA - A group of Georgia lawmakers suggested Tuesday that the football stadium at the University of Georgia be renamed to honor recently retired Athletic Director Vince Dooley.

LSU prepares for Gamecocks

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.

Ex-pro is happy with a change
Long days that include working weekends and holidays are part of the job description for a head golf pro. Prospective pros know that going in.

Ex-pro is happy with a change
Long days that include working weekends and holidays are part of the job description for a head golf pro. Prospective pros know that going in.

Anti-drug campaign could be better

My style

AAA tests teens' travel knowledge

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.

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.

Question of the week

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
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.

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.

'Zines for teens

'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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Sense of nostalgia hits as graduation nears

Odds and Ends

Boy has received 130,000 cards and counting

Library puts Stewart's 'America' back on shelves