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.

Randy Johnson apologized for confrontation

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

Beltran joins 'the new Mets'

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Wegmans tops best-employer list

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Apple unveils cheaper iPods, computer

Movie Gallery to buy Hollywood Entertainment

Medicare preventive benefits could save billions

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.

News Corp. wants Fox Entertainment stock

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.

Workers approve contract with Caterpillar

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

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.

Honda enters the truck market

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.

Fliers urged to use credit

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

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.

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

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.

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
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
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.

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.

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.

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

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

Bought and paid for

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.

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
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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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).

Oven-fried catfish with sweet pepper relish recipe

Cookbook features crunchy apple beef 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.

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

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).

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
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
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."

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.

Big Three could be only tip of the iceberg

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.

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.\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.

Rebels survive uprising

Prep Basketball Scores

Play of senior lifts Lady Cavs

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flag etiquette critics overreact

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

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

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

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

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

Sisters deserve compensation

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

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

Column on Patty Berg was splendid

Officer displayed fine composure

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

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

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

Seniors calendar

Mr. Blackwell says Sheridan is worst dressed

FTC moves to stop illegal X-rated Spamming

Remote control

First family inaugural ball gowns unveiled

Health and fitness calendar

Devices help in case of an emergency

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Lynx loss made worse

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.

Lynx Gamenight
WHEN: 7:05, tonight

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
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.

Center finds his rush on the ice

Lynx Gamenight

Across South Carolina

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.

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

4 area schools plan to reopen

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.

Fatigue, 'dark territory' can cause accidents

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.

Avondale Mills' electronic records destroyed in wreck

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.

Mayor favors rebuke on debt

Details come out in Veracruz burglary

Some schools, mills to reopen

Kid of the Day

Across the region

Session opens as Republicans assume control

Members approve zoning

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.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Nature walk

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aid donations flood in

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Lawyers hunt for clients

Interstate 20 fire out; lanes reopened to traffic

Harbin to lead budget board

Student solves puzzle over historic quilter's grave site

Downs' confession can be used at trial

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.

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.

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.

Funeral services for those killed during train accident

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.

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

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

Across Georgia

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.

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.

Fear of disease cancels surgery

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.

Panel works on blighted area

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.

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.

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.

17-year veteran is bus union's leader

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

Questions and answers about the clean up

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Avondale officials fear damage to equipment

UGA gears up for students' return

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

Kid of the Day

Graniteville community information

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

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
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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Evacuees battle cabin fever

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Workers begin draining second of three chlorine tankers

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

Residents receive counseling

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.

Across the area

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

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kid of the Day
Danisha Barksdale is today's 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Observers spot 14 eagles

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.

Officials patch leaking tanker

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.

Book decision delay is blasted

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:

Parts of Avondale Mills to begin reopening Wednesday

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.

More seniors could skip taxes

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

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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.

Chief recalls moments after crash

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.

Feely's golf game gives him a leg up

Moss likely to be fined for pretend mooning

Vick, Falcons remain calm about playoffs

Manning wins second straight MVP

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Mrs. Louise F. Kowat (ELIZABETH, N.J.)

Mr. James C. Black, Jr. (AVERA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Fox (BATESBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Smoot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe W. Dickey (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Alzater Mayes Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Jessey C. Freshour (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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Mrs. Dorothy Chambers (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Friar (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mrs. Louise Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Danner (GREENVILLE, TX)

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Mr. Glen Williams (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maggie Adams (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jo Angela Hilliard (CANTON, Ga.)

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Mr. Charles L. Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Rushton, III (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Nellie R. Stump (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Roma Sligar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary C. Powell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Stone (SHERBROOKE, Canada)

Mr. Barney Kelley (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL)

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Armstrong to make Tour decision in April

USA's Miller takes second in World Cup giant slalom

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Local quartet looks for Hawaiian punch

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"?

Reeve among Director's Guild TV nominees

Actress is crazy in love on 'Committed'

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.

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.

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"?

ABC wins its first ratings week of the season

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.

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

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.

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.

Magazines race to cover Aniston-Pitt split

A few surprises at People's Choice Awards

People in the News

People in the News

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
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.

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.

Georgia loses defensive coordinator to NFL

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.

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

Martinez takes over 'Dogs defense

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
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

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.

Sense of nostalgia hits as graduation nears

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

'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.

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.

'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.

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.

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:

My style

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.

'Zines for teens

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Anti-drug campaign could be better

Question of the week

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.

Boy has received 130,000 cards and counting

Odds and Ends

Library puts Stewart's 'America' back on shelves