New Orleans Museum of Art fights to rebound
NEW ORLEANS - The baseball-sized French glass Mardi Gras beads still dangle on live oak trees outside the New Orleans Museum of Art. Somehow, they defied Hurricane Katrina's fury.

Books focus on Thanksgiving feast trimmings
There's nary a child in these United States who, over the next few days, won't learn about the Pilgrims and how they broke bread with American Indians for the first Thanksgiving.

Books focus on Thanksgiving feast trimmings
There's nary a child in these United States who, over the next few days, won't learn about the Pilgrims and how they broke bread with American Indians for the first Thanksgiving.

New Orleans Museum of Art fights to rebound

Books focus on Thanksgiving feast trimmings

New Orleans Museum of Art fights to rebound
NEW ORLEANS - The baseball-sized French glass Mardi Gras beads still dangle on live oak trees outside the New Orleans Museum of Art. Somehow, they defied Hurricane Katrina's fury.

Rose won't be on Hall ballot in final year of eligibility
NEW YORK - The Hall of Fame's doors will remain shut to Pete Rose, who won't appear on the baseball writers' ballot in his final year of eligibility.

Rose won't be on Hall ballot in final year of eligibility

Rose won't be on Hall ballot in final year of eligibility
NEW YORK - The Hall of Fame's doors will remain shut to Pete Rose, who won't appear on the baseball writers' ballot in his final year of eligibility.

Savor feast by taking your sweet time

Sovereign Bancorp in heated fight with investors
NEW YORK - A Spanish bank is making a big investment in Philadelphia-based Sovereign Bancorp Inc. and has the option to take full control, but investors aren't getting any say over that deal. Why not? It's not required and it would be expensive, says Sovereign's CEO.

Business briefs

Business briefs
HAPPY HOLIDAYS?!?: Midway through the fourth quarter, we're deep into a perilous time for U.S. workers: job-cutting season.

Energy prices play big role this holiday season
NEW YORK - It might not be what you'd expect retailers to be wishing for during the holiday season: Warmer-than-usual weather - even if it means fewer purchases of sweaters, jackets and scarves.

Energy prices play big role this holiday season

Sovereign Bancorp in heated fight with investors
NEW YORK - A Spanish bank is making a big investment in Philadelphia-based Sovereign Bancorp Inc. and has the option to take full control, but investors aren't getting any say over that deal. Why not? It's not required and it would be expensive, says Sovereign's CEO.

Sony BMG faces two lawsuits over anti-piracy software
AUSTIN, Texas - Sony BMG Music Entertainment's troubles over anti-piracy technology on music CDs deepened Monday as Texas' attorney general and a California-based digital rights group said they were suing the music company under new state anti-spyware laws.

Business briefs
HAPPY HOLIDAYS?!?: Midway through the fourth quarter, we're deep into a perilous time for U.S. workers: job-cutting season.

'FairTax' champion sells plan at civic club lunch

'FairTax' champion sells plan at civic club lunch
U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., wants to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal income taxes.

Sovereign Bancorp in heated fight with investors

Energy prices play big role this holiday season
NEW YORK - It might not be what you'd expect retailers to be wishing for during the holiday season: Warmer-than-usual weather - even if it means fewer purchases of sweaters, jackets and scarves.

Sony BMG fiasco shows copy protection still an experiment in progress
BOSTON - It's been the better part of a decade since Napster and other free song-sharing services began scaring the daylights of the music industry. And still recording companies can't find an effective anti-piracy technology to save their hides.

'FairTax' champion sells plan at civic club lunch
U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., wants to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal income taxes.

Sony BMG fiasco shows copy protection still an experiment in progress
BOSTON - It's been the better part of a decade since Napster and other free song-sharing services began scaring the daylights of the music industry. And still recording companies can't find an effective anti-piracy technology to save their hides.

City to lose business icon, but not hope
DORAVILLE, Ga. - For decades, the suburban Atlanta city of Doraville has danced carefully with General Motors Corp., its largest employer.

Sony BMG fiasco shows copy protection still an experiment in progress

City to lose business icon, but not hope
DORAVILLE, Ga. - For decades, the suburban Atlanta city of Doraville has danced carefully with General Motors Corp., its largest employer.

Sony BMG faces two lawsuits over anti-piracy software

City to lose business icon, but not hope

Sony BMG fiasco shows copy protection still an experiment in progress
BOSTON - It's been the better part of a decade since Napster and other free song-sharing services began scaring the daylights of the music industry. And still recording companies can't find an effective anti-piracy technology to save their hides.

Clemson's Bowden sees bigger things ahead
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said goodbye to his team for Thanksgiving break with a warning - and optimism for what's ahead.

Clemson turns things around - again

Clemson's Bowden sees bigger things ahead
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said goodbye to his team for Thanksgiving break with a warning - and optimism for what's ahead.

Clemson turns things around - again
Once again, Clemson and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst didn't have the start they hoped for this season. But one last time, the Tigers and their unquestioned leader finished with a flourish.

Clemson turns things around - again
Once again, Clemson and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst didn't have the start they hoped for this season. But one last time, the Tigers and their unquestioned leader finished with a flourish.

Clemson's Bowden sees bigger things ahead

Auburn blasts out of Alabama's shadow

Charleston Southern rises through tragedies

Penn State is new No. 3 in BCS standings
NEW YORK - Penn State moved into third place in the Bowl Championship Series standings, putting Joe Paterno's team behind unbeaten Southern California and Texas in the national title race.

Auburn blasts out of Alabama's shadow
AUBURN, Ala. - Ninth-ranked Auburn spent most of the season overshadowed by a higher-ranked Alabama team across the state. Not any longer.

Penn State is new No. 3 in BCS standings
NEW YORK - Penn State moved into third place in the Bowl Championship Series standings, putting Joe Paterno's team behind unbeaten Southern California and Texas in the national title race.

Auburn blasts out of Alabama's shadow
AUBURN, Ala. - Ninth-ranked Auburn spent most of the season overshadowed by a higher-ranked Alabama team across the state. Not any longer.

Charleston Southern rises through tragedies
COLUMBIA, S.C. - When Charleston Southern kicker Nick Ellis saw the scoreboard flashing, "Big South Champions" and the "21" lit up in the yard-line indicator, he thought of his friend and roommate, Bucs receiver Eddie Gadson.

Penn State is new No. 3 in BCS standings

Charleston Southern rises through tragedies
COLUMBIA, S.C. - When Charleston Southern kicker Nick Ellis saw the scoreboard flashing, "Big South Champions" and the "21" lit up in the yard-line indicator, he thought of his friend and roommate, Bucs receiver Eddie Gadson.

Florida and Washington jump into Top 25

Duke increases lead in AP women's poll

No. 1 Duke romps Old Dominion

A stent, not a stunt
In the end, not even Democrats believed their own hysterical rhetoric.

Congress on steroids
Congress can't get its own essential work done - it's still wrestling with budget issues that were supposed to be resolved Oct. 1 - yet it wants to tell professional sports leagues how to manage their problems.

A stent, not a stunt
In the end, not even Democrats believed their own hysterical rhetoric.

Tech penalty too deep, not broad
The NCAA penalties Georgia Tech was hit with Thursday went way beyond anything the school expected when it reported on its sports infractions - using 17 academically ineligible athletes in four sports, including 11 in football, over a seven-year period.

Sanford: Hero or villain?
In some quarters, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is being touted as one of the best governors in the United States, a potential 2008 GOP presidential nominee. In other quarters, he's being put down as one of the nation's worst governors.

Tech penalty too deep, not broad
The NCAA penalties Georgia Tech was hit with Thursday went way beyond anything the school expected when it reported on its sports infractions - using 17 academically ineligible athletes in four sports, including 11 in football, over a seven-year period.

Unions need to retool
Many times, American manufacturers are victims of unfair competition abroad.

Unions need to retool
Many times, American manufacturers are victims of unfair competition abroad.

Sanford: Hero or villain?
In some quarters, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is being touted as one of the best governors in the United States, a potential 2008 GOP presidential nominee. In other quarters, he's being put down as one of the nation's worst governors.

A stent, not a stunt

Unions need to retool

Sanford: Hero or villain?

Tech penalty too deep, not broad

Congress on steroids

Congress on steroids
Congress can't get its own essential work done - it's still wrestling with budget issues that were supposed to be resolved Oct. 1 - yet it wants to tell professional sports leagues how to manage their problems.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Stars appearing at Tuesday's American Music Awards will depart with a piece of the moon.

Was Blake verdict celebrity justice?
LOS ANGELES - When a civil jury found actor Robert Blake liable for his wife's murder after he had been acquitted of criminal charges, O.J. Simpson saw parallels to his own trials of the 1990s.

Judge allows Courtney Love to leave drug program
LOS ANGELES - Singer Courtney Love, who has been at a live-in drug treatment facility since September, can enroll in an outpatient program, a judge ruled.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Stars appearing at Tuesday's American Music Awards will depart with a piece of the moon.

'Sopranos' actor pleads guilty to attempted assault
NEW YORK - Big Pussy's case is closed.

Judge allows Courtney Love to leave drug program
LOS ANGELES - Singer Courtney Love, who has been at a live-in drug treatment facility since September, can enroll in an outpatient program, a judge ruled.

Harold Stone, veteran film and television actor, dies
LOS ANGELES - Harold Stone, a veteran character actor who worked with everyone from Humphrey Bogart to Jerry Lewis over a 40-year career in television and films, has died. He was 92.

Russell Crowe pleads guilty in phone toss incident
NEW YORK - Russell Crowe pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree assault, admitting to a judge that he threw a phone that hit a Manhattan hotel concierge in June.

Was Blake verdict celebrity justice?
LOS ANGELES - When a civil jury found actor Robert Blake liable for his wife's murder after he had been acquitted of criminal charges, O.J. Simpson saw parallels to his own trials of the 1990s.

'Sopranos' actor pleads guilty to attempted assault
NEW YORK - Big Pussy's case is closed.

Harold Stone, veteran film and television actor, dies
LOS ANGELES - Harold Stone, a veteran character actor who worked with everyone from Humphrey Bogart to Jerry Lewis over a 40-year career in television and films, has died. He was 92.

Russell Crowe pleads guilty in phone toss incident
NEW YORK - Russell Crowe pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree assault, admitting to a judge that he threw a phone that hit a Manhattan hotel concierge in June.

Simple steps can make income tax season less daunting
NEW YORK - Taking some simple tax and financial planning steps in the next few weeks can save you money next spring.

Last chance for 2005 tax planning
NEW YORK - The next few weeks will be a critical time at small businesses - by mid-December, companies need to have their tax planning for the current year pretty much complete. They also need to be looking ahead to 2006.

Simple steps can make income tax season less daunting

Simple steps can make income tax season less daunting
NEW YORK - Taking some simple tax and financial planning steps in the next few weeks can save you money next spring.

Last chance for 2005 tax planning
NEW YORK - The next few weeks will be a critical time at small businesses - by mid-December, companies need to have their tax planning for the current year pretty much complete. They also need to be looking ahead to 2006.

Last chance for 2005 tax planning

Georgia Southern to face Texas State in playoffs
STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern Eagles know where they'd like to end up.

Eagles receive at-large bid to Division I-AA playoffs
STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs on Sunday, facing a first-round game at fourth-seeded Texas State on Saturday.

Georgia Southern to face Texas State in playoffs
STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern Eagles know where they'd like to end up.

Upset 'meant to be'
MIAMI - For the Georgia Tech football program, Saturday's upset of then-No. 3 Miami was vindicating.

Jackets cruise by Phoenix at home
ATLANTA - Anthony Morrow scored 16 points, and freshman guard Lewis Clinch added 14 points off the bench to lead five Georgia Tech scorers in double figures as the Yellow Jackets coasted to an 81-69 win over Elon on Monday night.

Tech says season is not complete
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech made its season significantly more successful by winning at No. 3 Miami Saturday night, but it didn't complete its season.

Jackets cruise by Phoenix at home
ATLANTA - Anthony Morrow scored 16 points, and freshman guard Lewis Clinch added 14 points off the bench to lead five Georgia Tech scorers in double figures as the Yellow Jackets coasted to an 81-69 win over Elon on Monday night.

Upset 'meant to be'
MIAMI - For the Georgia Tech football program, Saturday's upset of then-No. 3 Miami was vindicating.

Georgia Southern to face Texas State in playoffs

Jackets cruise by Phoenix at home

Upset 'meant to be'

Find something to be thankful for by looking up or tucking in

Kuramoto, Masingill leads Champions Tour Q-School
BEAUMONT, Calif. - Japan's Massy Kuramoto shot a 2-under 70 in strong wind Sunday for a share of the fifth-round lead with Scott Masingill in the six-round Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament.

Watney wins Pebble Beach Invitational
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Nick Watney won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, taking the lead with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and finishing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Peter Tomasulo.

Kuramoto, Masingill leads Champions Tour Q-School
BEAUMONT, Calif. - Japan's Massy Kuramoto shot a 2-under 70 in strong wind Sunday for a share of the fifth-round lead with Scott Masingill in the six-round Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament.

Watney wins Pebble Beach Invitational

Woods wins Dunlop Phoenix in playoff
MIYAZAKI, Japan - Tiger Woods birdied the fourth hole of a playoff with Japan's Kaname Yokoo to successfully defend his Dunlop Phoenix title Sunday.

Woods wins Dunlop Phoenix in playoff

Sorenstam makes it a perfect 10

Two days of failure continues to propel Sorenstam to success

Sorenstam makes it a perfect 10
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Donald Trump knows a thing or two about closing the deal, and as he stood behind Annika Sorenstam on the 17th tee and watched her 7-iron take flight toward the flag, he had no doubt the ADT Championship would end like so many other tournaments.

Woods skips pro-am because of stomach virus

Sorenstam makes it a perfect 10
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Donald Trump knows a thing or two about closing the deal, and as he stood behind Annika Sorenstam on the 17th tee and watched her 7-iron take flight toward the flag, he had no doubt the ADT Championship would end like so many other tournaments.

Two days of failure continues to propel Sorenstam to success
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Annika Sorenstam considers it a career-defining moment, even though it will be recorded as a failure based strictly on birdies and bogeys.

Watney wins Pebble Beach Invitational
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Nick Watney won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, taking the lead with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and finishing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Peter Tomasulo.

Kuramoto, Masingill leads Champions Tour Q-School

Woods skips pro-am because of stomach virus
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii - Tiger Woods had a stomach virus and withdrew from the pro-am Monday at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Woods skips pro-am because of stomach virus
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii - Tiger Woods had a stomach virus and withdrew from the pro-am Monday at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Two days of failure continues to propel Sorenstam to success
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Annika Sorenstam considers it a career-defining moment, even though it will be recorded as a failure based strictly on birdies and bogeys.

Woods wins Dunlop Phoenix in playoff
MIYAZAKI, Japan - Tiger Woods birdied the fourth hole of a playoff with Japan's Kaname Yokoo to successfully defend his Dunlop Phoenix title Sunday.

Lions, Jaguars go out on top

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Lions, Jaguars go out on top
WHO'S ALREADY A CHAMPION: Augusta Christian. The Lions won their first state title in the SCISA Class AAA final Friday.

Lions, Jaguars go out on top
WHO'S ALREADY A CHAMPION: Augusta Christian. The Lions won their first state title in the SCISA Class AAA final Friday.

Savor feast by taking your sweet time
You might be wondering whether you have enough time between now and Thanksgiving to prepare your stomach for overindulgence.

Savor feast by taking your sweet time
You might be wondering whether you have enough time between now and Thanksgiving to prepare your stomach for overindulgence.

Troops, naysayers should see red

Socialist media imperils democracy
Many people don't realize that they and their democracy are in the grasp of the national socialist media, and there is no way out of that.Tom Hunter, Augusta

What happened to good character?

Socialist media imperils democracy

Prevent one-continent government

Prevent one-continent government
Key officials are planning to merge Mexico, Canada and the United States into a North America government. They deceptively call the plan Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.Elton T. Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

Prevent one-continent government
Key officials are planning to merge Mexico, Canada and the United States into a North America government. They deceptively call the plan Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.Elton T. Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

Troops, naysayers should see red
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record-breaking numbers.Bill Wood, Hephzibah

Socialist media imperils democracy
Many people don't realize that they and their democracy are in the grasp of the national socialist media, and there is no way out of that.Tom Hunter, Augusta

What happened to good character?
In American society, character is on life support. The aphorism "It's not whether you win or lose; it's how you play the game" is fast becoming the exception, not the rule.Kevin Palmer, Martinez

What happened to good character?
In American society, character is on life support. The aphorism "It's not whether you win or lose; it's how you play the game" is fast becoming the exception, not the rule.Kevin Palmer, Martinez

Troops, naysayers should see red
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record-breaking numbers.Bill Wood, Hephzibah

Health Calendar

Gates: Xbox 360 key to Microsoft strategy

Share bad pictures of Christmastime

Three video games to make you sweat

Americans enjoy holiday, government counts calories

Techbits: Sony phones, Game controls and more

Virtual gamers look to blond-haired, blue-eyed prophet

Past gives few clues for predicting new flu pandemic

Mirrors to banish winter darkness in Austrian town

Holiday kicks

Holiday kicks
Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men. That's the spirit of the season.

Holiday kicks
Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men. That's the spirit of the season.

Share bad pictures of Christmastime
The holidays are a time of love and laughter... except when it comes time to take the annual holiday picture.

Past gives few clues for predicting new flu pandemic
History is supposed to teach lessons. But past flu pandemics, it turns out, don't teach much about whether today's bird flu will become a human mega-killer or just make some scientists and officials look like Chicken Little.

Americans enjoy holiday, government counts calories
WASHINGTON - When Americans tuck into Thanksgiving dinner this week, health-conscious eaters won't be the only ones monitoring how much they eat.

Virtual gamers look to blond-haired, blue-eyed prophet
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Johnathan Wendel's blue eyes stare raptly at the computer screen, his long, thin fingers gliding the mouse side to side as he moves through dark corridors of a video game where a lethal opponent lurks. Before long, seemingly without effort, he has annihilated his foe.

Americans enjoy holiday, government counts calories
WASHINGTON - When Americans tuck into Thanksgiving dinner this week, health-conscious eaters won't be the only ones monitoring how much they eat.

Three video games to make you sweat
There's nothing too physically demanding about most video games. A few manufacturers, however, have decided the only proper way to enjoy one is to break a sweat.

Health 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 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to ryan.wehmeyer@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Mirrors to banish winter darkness in Austrian town
RATTENBERG, Austria - The sun has stopped shining in Rattenberg. But with the aid of a few mirrors, the winter darkness that grips this small town could soon be brightened up with pockets of sunshine.

Gates: Xbox 360 key to Microsoft strategy
SEATTLE - Anyone snagging one of Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360s when it debuts Tuesday will likely see the new video game console as just that - a medium for spending hours playing the likes of "Halo 2" and "Project Gotham Racing 3."

Mirrors to banish winter darkness in Austrian town
RATTENBERG, Austria - The sun has stopped shining in Rattenberg. But with the aid of a few mirrors, the winter darkness that grips this small town could soon be brightened up with pockets of sunshine.

Share bad pictures of Christmastime
The holidays are a time of love and laughter... except when it comes time to take the annual holiday picture.

Three video games to make you sweat
There's nothing too physically demanding about most video games. A few manufacturers, however, have decided the only proper way to enjoy one is to break a sweat.

Gates: Xbox 360 key to Microsoft strategy
SEATTLE - Anyone snagging one of Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360s when it debuts Tuesday will likely see the new video game console as just that - a medium for spending hours playing the likes of "Halo 2" and "Project Gotham Racing 3."

Techbits: Sony phones, Game controls and more
NEW YORK - Sony Corp. on Wednesday announced a free Internet-based phone service similar to the popular computer-to-computer calling provided by Skype, but with an emphasis on video conferencing.

Health 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 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to ryan.wehmeyer@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Virtual gamers look to blond-haired, blue-eyed prophet
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Johnathan Wendel's blue eyes stare raptly at the computer screen, his long, thin fingers gliding the mouse side to side as he moves through dark corridors of a video game where a lethal opponent lurks. Before long, seemingly without effort, he has annihilated his foe.

Past gives few clues for predicting new flu pandemic
History is supposed to teach lessons. But past flu pandemics, it turns out, don't teach much about whether today's bird flu will become a human mega-killer or just make some scientists and officials look like Chicken Little.

Techbits: Sony phones, Game controls and more
NEW YORK - Sony Corp. on Wednesday announced a free Internet-based phone service similar to the popular computer-to-computer calling provided by Skype, but with an emphasis on video conferencing.

Lynx fall on road to the Ice Pilots
In Pensacola, Fla., Nick Lindberg scored a power-play goal in the first period Sunday, and Frederic Cloutier stopped 34 of 35 shots to lift the Ice Pilots past the Augusta Lynx, 2-1 at Pensacola Civic Center.

Lynx fall on road to the Ice Pilots

Lynx fall on road to the Ice Pilots
In Pensacola, Fla., Nick Lindberg scored a power-play goal in the first period Sunday, and Frederic Cloutier stopped 34 of 35 shots to lift the Ice Pilots past the Augusta Lynx, 2-1 at Pensacola Civic Center.

Be alert at wheel: It's peak collision season

Proposal will include funds for solicitors
AIKEN - Gov. Mark Sanford has promised to support the proposed hiring of solicitors in every county dedicated strictly to prosecuting criminal domestic violence cases, state Attorney General Henry McMaster said Monday.

Godfather's giveaway pleases again
Augusta's We Feel Good committee has announced that the James Brown Soul of America music festival is coming.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kendall Mealing, 11 months, of Augusta.

Welcome home at last

McCain visits South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - U.S. Sen. John McCain, mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, returned Sunday to the state that derailed his White House aspirations five years ago to do a little campaigning.

Blocker-Adams endorses Copenhaver
Helen Blocker-Adams endorsed Deke Copenhaver today in the Augusta mayoral race.

Across the area
A man robbed the Block-buster Video store at 3412 Wrightsboro Road on Sunday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's investigator.

Officials spread word on belt law
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Department of Public Safety encouraged compliance with the new seat belt law Monday, taking its own advice on minority outreach by playing host to a community meeting at one of the area's major black churches.

Rome cites few harmful effects
ROME, Ga. - A year ago, Rome began allowing the city's restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays. Ministers worried, but city officials say little has changed with a seventh day of drinking.

Across South Carolina

Advocates vie for prized land for nature preserve
COLUMBIA - The state's largest noncoastal nature preserve is taking shape in the Midlands as a task force puts together plans to turn 200,000 acres in five counties along the Congaree, Wateree and upper Santee rivers into a wildlife and agricultural preserve.

Army recycles old buildings

Protest targets school, fort
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Rev. Jerry Zawada, a 68-year-old Catholic priest, was released in November 2004 after spending seven months in a federal prison for trespassing on government property to protest a Fort Benning school he blames for human rights abuses in Latin America.

Ga. Supreme Court overturns murder conviction of Augusta man
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously overturned the murder conviction of Derek Willingham of Augusta.

Across the area
A man robbed the Block-buster Video store at 3412 Wrightsboro Road on Sunday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's investigator.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY - A Claflin University student has been found shot to death in Williamsburg County.

Landfill won't be full when it closes
The Baker Place Road Landfill is closing Jan. 31, but that doesn't mean the landfill will be full.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Despite being 83 years old and reliant on oxygen tubes for a lung ailment, Harry Carpenter wouldn't let his wife of 57 years be robbed by knife-wielding intruders in his own home.

Godfather's giveaway pleases again
Augusta's We Feel Good committee has announced that the James Brown Soul of America music festival is coming.

Welcome home at last
AIKEN - Even if members of the 450th Ordinance Company go against Brig. Gen. Charles Luckey's wishes and leave the military, he insisted they've accomplished "more than what 99.9 percent of people in America will ever do."

Thanksgiving closings
Here are closings for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

Be alert at wheel: It's peak collision season
ATLANTA - Buell Adams was only a couple of miles from home when he abruptly met his four-legged neighbor.

Rome cites few harmful effects

Army recycles old buildings
FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Need some old concrete for a roadbed? How about 25-year-old railroad ties for that boat pier? Or World War II-era doors and windows to help an elderly couple repair their broken-down home?

Across Georgia

Five questions with Walter Varble
Walter Varble is a transplant to Augusta from Fort Collins, Colo. He said that Salvation Army bell ringers have a hard time keeping warm in the winter, but that it's a whole lot easier now that he is in the South. Mr. Varble accepts donations at the Kroger on Wrightsboro Road.

McCain visits South Carolina

Air Force wants more of city's sky
Officials at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., are submitting a proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration to essentially take over several hundred square miles of Augusta's airspace.

Five questions with Walter Varble

The week ahead
The Augusta chapter of Self Help for the Hard of Hearing People will meet at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Adult Building, Room 100. Ways to increase one's hearing over the phone will be discussed. For more information, call 738-2796 or visit www.hearingloss.org.

Thanksgiving closings
Here are closings for the Thanksgiving holiday.

USC Aiken to begin building convocation center
AIKEN - In December, at least six years after its inception and modified by a $6 million downsizing, the University of South Carolina Aiken will celebrate the groundbreaking on its long-awaited convocation center.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina has won a federal grant to design and set up a data system to help track students' and teachers' progress across the state.

Plan in place to manage Columbia County growth
Major growth in Columbia County should stay south of the Greenbrier area on Washington Road, and development should continue in what's called a nodal approach, according to recommendations in the county's latest growth-management plan.

Augusta's trash clash solved
An impasse between one of Augusta's prime garbage haulers and its subcontractors ended Monday when the prime contractor agreed to pay the subcontractors more money.

Medical student prepares to heal, witness overseas
Roger Ulrich took a long, strange trip to get to Medical College of Georgia.

Proposal will include funds for solicitors
AIKEN - Gov. Mark Sanford has promised to support the proposed hiring of solicitors in every county dedicated strictly to prosecuting criminal domestic violence cases, state Attorney General Henry McMaster said Monday.

James Brown festival planned

Correction
A story in Sunday's editions listed an incorrect time for the Empty Stocking Benefit Concert at First Baptist Church. The event is at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Across Georgia

Augusta's trash clash solved
An impasse between one of Augusta's prime garbage haulers and its subcontractors ended Monday when the prime contractor agreed to pay the subcontractors more money.

Correction

The class menagerie
When her first-graders don't understand the difference between a reptile and an amphibian, Dee Trevor just turns and points to Oasis, the class gecko, one of more than a dozen animals in her classroom.

Five questions with Walter Varble
Walter Varble is a transplant to Augusta from Fort Collins, Colo. He said that Salvation Army bell ringers have a hard time keeping warm in the winter, but that it's a whole lot easier now that he is in the South. Mr. Varble accepts donations at the Kroger on Wrightsboro Road.

Advocates vie for prized land for nature preserve
COLUMBIA - The state's largest noncoastal nature preserve is taking shape in the Midlands as a task force puts together plans to turn 200,000 acres in five counties along the Congaree, Wateree and upper Santee rivers into a wildlife and agricultural preserve.

Plan in place to manage Columbia County growth
Major growth in Columbia County should stay south of the Greenbrier area on Washington Road, and development should continue in what's called a nodal approach, according to recommendations in the county's latest growth-management plan.

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Correction
A story in Sunday's editions listed an incorrect time for the Empty Stocking Benefit Concert at First Baptist Church. The event is at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday events

Advocates vie for prized land for nature preserve

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day

Proposal will include funds for solicitors

The week ahead

Godfather's giveaway pleases again

Plan in place to manage Columbia County growth

News you can use

Medical student prepares to heal, witness overseas

Augusta's trash clash solved

USC Aiken to begin building convocation center

Aiken Solicitor reviews police inquiry

Across the area

S. Carolina schools get boost

Across the southeast

Officials spread word on belt law

Air Force wants more of city's sky

Dead witness gets Augustan a new trial

Car recovered after shootings
Authorities have recovered the 1991 Oldsmobile 98 stolen at gunpoint this morning by an armed man who killed a man and injured two others and who has not been apprehended, police say.

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Work begins at condemned trailer park

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The class menagerie
When her first-graders don't understand the difference between a reptile and an amphibian, Dee Trevor just turns and points to Oasis, the class gecko, one of more than a dozen animals in her classroom.

Across the area
A 23-year-old Augusta man told police a group of men shot at him and made him take off his clothes over the weekend, according to officials.

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Across Georgia
MARIETTA - After two years of darkness, the Christmas light show at Life University is back.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - After two years of darkness, the Christmas light show at Life University is back.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina has won a federal grant to design and set up a data system to help track students' and teachers' progress across the state.

Holiday events
DINNER: A dinner will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the W.T. Johnson Community Center, 1610 Hunter St. The event is sponsored by Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 30901 Development Corp., and the Augusta Parks and Recreation Department. Call 821-2866 for more information.

Medical student prepares to heal, witness overseas
Roger Ulrich took a long, strange trip to get to Medical College of Georgia.

Aiken Solicitor reviews police inquiry
AIKEN - An investigation into allegations of misconduct by a former Williston police officer is now on the desk of 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan, more than a year after the state began its probe.

Welcome home at last
AIKEN - Even if members of the 450th Ordinance Company go against Brig. Gen. Charles Luckey's wishes and leave the military, he insisted they've accomplished "more than what 99.9 percent of people in America will ever do."

Dead witness gets Augustan a new trial
ATLANTA - An Augusta man got his wish for a new murder trial after the Georgia Supreme Court overturned his conviction Monday because the original trial included statements from a witness who had died.

Be alert at wheel: It's peak collision season
ATLANTA - Buell Adams was only a couple of miles from home when he abruptly met his four-legged neighbor.

S. Carolina schools get boost
COLUMBIA - Underachieving South Carolina schools would get about $8 million more next year under a proposal a House subcommittee approved Monday.

Air Force wants more of city's sky
Officials at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., are submitting a proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration to essentially take over several hundred square miles of Augusta's airspace.

Across the area
A 23-year-old Augusta man told police a group of men shot at him and made him take off his clothes over the weekend, according to officials.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Maleikha Mealing, 5, of North Augusta.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Maleikha Mealing, 5, of North Augusta.

News you can use
This week's events include:

Dead witness gets Augustan a new trial
ATLANTA - An Augusta man got his wish for a new murder trial after the Georgia Supreme Court overturned his conviction Monday because the original trial included statements from a witness who had died.

The class menagerie

Aiken Solicitor reviews police inquiry
AIKEN - An investigation into allegations of misconduct by a former Williston police officer is now on the desk of 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan, more than a year after the state began its probe.

3 finalists named for UGA chancellor post
Three men are the finalists for the job of chancellor of the University System of Georgia, the top position in the network of 34 public colleges and universities.

Landfill won't be full when it closes
The Baker Place Road Landfill is closing Jan. 31, but that doesn't mean the landfill will be full.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kendall Mealing, 11 months, of Augusta.

Holiday events
DINNER: A dinner will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the W.T. Johnson Community Center, 1610 Hunter St. The event is sponsored by Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 30901 Development Corp., and the Augusta Parks and Recreation Department. Call 821-2866 for more information.

The week ahead
The Augusta chapter of Self Help for the Hard of Hearing People will meet at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Adult Building, Room 100. Ways to increase one's hearing over the phone will be discussed. For more information, call 738-2796 or visit www.hearingloss.org.

S. Carolina schools get boost
COLUMBIA - Underachieving South Carolina schools would get about $8 million more next year under a proposal a House subcommittee approved Monday.

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Protest targets school, fort
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Rev. Jerry Zawada, a 68-year-old Catholic priest, was released in November 2004 after spending seven months in a federal prison for trespassing on government property to protest a Fort Benning school he blames for human rights abuses in Latin America.

Across the area
A man robbed the Block-buster Video store at 3412 Wrightsboro Road on Sunday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's investigator.

USC Aiken to begin building convocation center
AIKEN - In December, at least six years after its inception and modified by a $6 million downsizing, the University of South Carolina Aiken will celebrate the groundbreaking on its long-awaited convocation center.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Despite being 83 years old and reliant on oxygen tubes for a lung ailment, Harry Carpenter wouldn't let his wife of 57 years be robbed by knife-wielding intruders in his own home.

Officials spread word on belt law
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Department of Public Safety encouraged compliance with the new seat belt law Monday, taking its own advice on minority outreach by playing host to a community meeting at one of the area's major black churches.

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY - A Claflin University student has been found shot to death in Williamsburg County.

Thanksgiving closings

Across the southeast
DURHAM, N.C. - Four men were killed and two others wounded in a shooting Saturday night at a townhouse in an upscale Durham neighborhood.

Landfill won't be full when it closes

McCain visits South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - U.S. Sen. John McCain, mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, returned Sunday to the state that derailed his White House aspirations five years ago to do a little campaigning.

Across the area

Rome cites few harmful effects
ROME, Ga. - A year ago, Rome began allowing the city's restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays. Ministers worried, but city officials say little has changed with a seventh day of drinking.

Army recycles old buildings
FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Need some old concrete for a roadbed? How about 25-year-old railroad ties for that boat pier? Or World War II-era doors and windows to help an elderly couple repair their broken-down home?

Protest targets school, fort

Find something to be thankful for by looking up or tucking in
For years, I've complained about the way we overlook Thanksgiving Day. There it is, patiently waiting in the same place every year, tucked neatly between the sugar excesses of Halloween and the shopping excesses of Christmas, but we don't seem to give the day its proper respect.

Find something to be thankful for by looking up or tucking in
For years, I've complained about the way we overlook Thanksgiving Day. There it is, patiently waiting in the same place every year, tucked neatly between the sugar excesses of Halloween and the shopping excesses of Christmas, but we don't seem to give the day its proper respect.

A history of Cronenberg: 'Violence' yields populist puzzle
TORONTO - David Cronenberg is about as scary as Santa Claus. His films are another matter.

And now, the movie Usher
NEW YORK - R&B singer Usher makes his big-screen debut as a leading man with the romantic comedy "In the Mix."

Newell brings homespun edge to 'Goblet of Fire'
LOS ANGELES - Mike Newell loved the magic of the "Harry Potter" stories. He was not quite sold on the magic that went into making the "Harry Potter" movies, though.

Newell brings homespun edge to 'Goblet of Fire'

'Goblet of fire' debuts with $102.3 million
LOS ANGELES - The boy wizard's cup overflowed as "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" took in $102.3 million during its opening weekend. It was the franchise's best debut by almost $9 million.

And now, the movie Usher
NEW YORK - R&B singer Usher makes his big-screen debut as a leading man with the romantic comedy "In the Mix."

'Goblet of fire' debuts with $102.3 million

A history of Cronenberg: 'Violence' yields populist puzzle

Newell brings homespun edge to 'Goblet of Fire'
LOS ANGELES - Mike Newell loved the magic of the "Harry Potter" stories. He was not quite sold on the magic that went into making the "Harry Potter" movies, though.

A history of Cronenberg: 'Violence' yields populist puzzle
TORONTO - David Cronenberg is about as scary as Santa Claus. His films are another matter.

'Goblet of fire' debuts with $102.3 million
LOS ANGELES - The boy wizard's cup overflowed as "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" took in $102.3 million during its opening weekend. It was the franchise's best debut by almost $9 million.

And now, the movie Usher

Kristofferson keeps close eye on new Cash biopic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When the new Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line" opened in theaters Friday, Kris Kristofferson will probably be watching more closely than most.

For Carlos Santana, family and charity outrank fame
NEW YORK - Carlos Santana has never been one to follow the record industry map to success.

Shania Twain receives Order of Canada, the country's highest honor

For Carlos Santana, family and charity outrank fame

Shania Twain receives Order of Canada, the country's highest honor
OTTAWA - Shania Twain received the Order of Canada on Friday, the country's highest honor.

For Carlos Santana, family and charity outrank fame
NEW YORK - Carlos Santana has never been one to follow the record industry map to success.

Dylan poems, Hendrix jewelry highlight rock auction
NEW YORK - Before he was Bob Dylan, before he was even a serious songwriter, a Minnesota college student named Robert Zimmerman was an aspiring poet musing about cigarettes, motorcycles and lost love.

Dylan poems, Hendrix jewelry highlight rock auction

Kristofferson keeps close eye on new Cash biopic

Kristofferson keeps close eye on new Cash biopic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When the new Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line" opened in theaters Friday, Kris Kristofferson will probably be watching more closely than most.

Dylan poems, Hendrix jewelry highlight rock auction
NEW YORK - Before he was Bob Dylan, before he was even a serious songwriter, a Minnesota college student named Robert Zimmerman was an aspiring poet musing about cigarettes, motorcycles and lost love.

Shania Twain receives Order of Canada, the country's highest honor
OTTAWA - Shania Twain received the Order of Canada on Friday, the country's highest honor.

Rudd, Wallace say goodbye at Miami
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - As Ricky Rudd started his walk toward pit road for his final race, Leonard Wood was waiting with open arms.

NASCAR's championship format was a winner
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was no last-lap drama in this Chase.

Rudd, Wallace say goodbye at Miami

Stewart caps second championship with steady final run
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Tony Stewart was smooth and steady for an entire race. An entire season. An entire championship run.

Biffle's late charge can't save season
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Two drivers celebrated Sunday night after the NASCAR Nextel Cup season finale.

Rudd, Wallace say goodbye at Miami
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - As Ricky Rudd started his walk toward pit road for his final race, Leonard Wood was waiting with open arms.

Stewart drives his way to title

Biffle's late charge can't save season
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Two drivers celebrated Sunday night after the NASCAR Nextel Cup season finale.

NASCAR's championship format was a winner

Stewart drives his way to title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The crowd at the finish line chanted "Climb the fence! Climb the fence!" as soon Tony Stewart got out of his race car Sunday night.

NASCAR's championship format was a winner
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was no last-lap drama in this Chase.

Stewart drives his way to title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The crowd at the finish line chanted "Climb the fence! Climb the fence!" as soon Tony Stewart got out of his race car Sunday night.

Biffle's late charge can't save season

Clippers not surprised by fast start
LOS ANGELES - Cuttino Mobley's eyes narrowed as he pondered the question: What in the world was he thinking when he joined the Los Angeles Clippers last summer?

Clippers not surprised by fast start
LOS ANGELES - Cuttino Mobley's eyes narrowed as he pondered the question: What in the world was he thinking when he joined the Los Angeles Clippers last summer?

Clippers not surprised by fast start

Florida and Washington jump into Top 25
Florida is young and in the Top 25.

Duke increases lead in AP women's poll
Two convincing victories made the Duke women an even stronger choice at No. 1.

No. 1 Duke romps Old Dominion
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry had her eye on Abby Waner during the last two years Waner played in high school in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Florida and Washington jump into Top 25
Florida is young and in the Top 25.

Duke increases lead in AP women's poll
Two convincing victories made the Duke women an even stronger choice at No. 1.

No. 1 Duke romps Old Dominion
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry had her eye on Abby Waner during the last two years Waner played in high school in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Goldberg: Unbeaten Colts must look at big picture

Bears end Panthers' win-streak

Buccaneers edge Falcons

Falcons need to find winning formula - fast

Fox forced to address problems after Carolina's loss

MNF: Minnesota nips Green Bay

Mrs. Jean H. Baldwin    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jesse L. Reese    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Leece R. Grindle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leece R. Grindle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Ollie Ray Hutchins
If Ollie Ray Hutchins' wife could sum up her husband's lasting reputation in one word, it would be "dedication," she says.

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard B. Betts    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Mable Juanita Sutton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas B. Bowden    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Bowden, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (RCBOE)

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. A. Earlie Helms, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Duke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Duke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie J. Smith    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth A. Edwards    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Cynthia Muhammad    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Frischmann    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. John Kitchings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna W. Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth A. Edwards    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Leece R. Grindle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Bevill    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Elbert Duke Harley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Bowden, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. A. Earlie Helms, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie R. Hutchins    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Duke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Verdell James, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Frischmann    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Verdell James, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Baxter B. Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Spowls, Sr.    (CLAYSVILLE, Pa.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Eva Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David L. Evans    (TOOMSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Miss Constance Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Stavely    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Stiefel    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hopkins    (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Doug Wells    (RCBOE)

Mr. Barry W. Foskey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Paul Armstrong
Paul Armstrong was Sid Putman's favorite Columbia County commissioner.

Mr. James O. Blackmon    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" Ducey, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Paul Armstrong
Paul Armstrong was Sid Putman's favorite Columbia County commissioner.

Mrs. Ernestine G. Walch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Baxter B. Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Cross    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Trammell, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Stewart, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Spowls, Sr.    (CLAYSVILLE, Pa.)

Mr. Thomas Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Elbert Duke Harley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bobbie J. Smith    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth A. Edwards    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Mable Juanita Sutton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna W. Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Scales    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie R. Hutchins    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse L. Reese    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Ernestine G. Walch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Prickett    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Trammell, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry D. Perry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Stewart, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph R. O'Conner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Scales    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cynthia Muhammad    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Constance Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Prickett    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph R. O'Conner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Hugh Moss    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mrs. Betty J. Bevill    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. James F. Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Fannie McNeal    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Fannie McNeal    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Naomi Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Naomi Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Kitchings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma James    (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma James    (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edgar Hobbs    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. William Hugh Moss    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. William F. Grant    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. David L. Evans    (TOOMSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Edgar Hobbs    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" Ducey, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leece R. Grindle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Hugh Moss    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Blanchard    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Stiefel    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Leonard Betts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Stavely    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean H. Baldwin    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Leonard Betts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Bevill    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Blanchard    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Eva Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barry W. Foskey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth A. Edwards    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Ollie Ray Hutchins
If Ollie Ray Hutchins' wife could sum up her husband's lasting reputation in one word, it would be "dedication," she says.

Mr. Leonard B. Betts    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Larry D. Perry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard B. Betts (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Eva Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hopkins (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Stavely (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth A. Edwards (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Charles E. Scales (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Harry Stewart, Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Duke (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Leece R. Grindle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna W. Fulcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Cross (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Blanchard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William F. Grant (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Verdell James, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph R. O'Conner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth A. Edwards (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. William Hugh Moss (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. Allen Prickett (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Ms. Mable Juanita Sutton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doug Wells (RCBOE)

Mr. Leece R. Grindle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Laney (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. David L. Evans (TOOMSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie R. Hutchins (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Mills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Drew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Betts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Spowls, Sr. (CLAYSVILLE, Pa.)

Mr. Baxter B. Vinson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Fannie McNeal (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma James (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Paige Lott (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Bowden, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine G. Walch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty J. Bevill (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Jesse L. Reese (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Cross (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlina Carey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Kitchings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Trammell, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean H. Baldwin (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry D. Perry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Ollie Ray Hutchins

Mr. Edgar Hobbs (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Elbert Duke Harley (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Cynthia Muhammad (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Murphy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Constance Moody (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Stiefel (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Paul Armstrong

Mr. James F. Mills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie J. Smith (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas B. Bowden (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Barry W. Foskey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Earlie Helms, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Naomi Littles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James O. Blackmon (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Randall Frischmann (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Bertha Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" Ducey, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Federer's run ends with loss to Nalbandian

Overtime

Overtime

World championships last chance for perfection

Overtime
Augusta State's men's basketball team opens its home slate at 7:30 tonight against Benedict at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Overtime
The Lady Spartan Tip-Off Classic takes the court today at Glenn Hills.

Federer's run ends with loss to Nalbandian
SHANGHAI, China - Hobbled by an ankle injury and on crutches three weeks ago, Roger Federer did something practically unheard of - he lost a match.

World championships last chance for perfection
MELBOURNE, Australia - The 275 gymnasts competing in this year's world championships will have one last shot at perfection.

Overtime
Augusta State's men's basketball team opens its home slate at 7:30 tonight against Benedict at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Overtime
The Lady Spartan Tip-Off Classic takes the court today at Glenn Hills.

Federer's run ends with loss to Nalbandian
SHANGHAI, China - Hobbled by an ankle injury and on crutches three weeks ago, Roger Federer did something practically unheard of - he lost a match.

World championships last chance for perfection
MELBOURNE, Australia - The 275 gymnasts competing in this year's world championships will have one last shot at perfection.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Bears end Panthers' win-streak
CHICAGO - Nathan Vasher didn't set a record this time - he set the tone.

Fox forced to address problems after Carolina's loss
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's amazing how one weekend can change everything.

Bears end Panthers' win-streak
CHICAGO - Nathan Vasher didn't set a record this time - he set the tone.

Goldberg: Unbeaten Colts must look at big picture
Indianapolis is the first team since Denver in 1998 to start 10-0. So talk turns naturally to the prospect of an unbeaten season, the first since the Dolphins did it in 1972.

Goldberg: Unbeaten Colts must look at big picture
Indianapolis is the first team since Denver in 1998 to start 10-0. So talk turns naturally to the prospect of an unbeaten season, the first since the Dolphins did it in 1972.

Falcons need to find winning formula - fast
ATLANTA - Jim Mora never hides his emotions, expressing himself with everything from expletive-filled rants to sarcastic smirks. So, everyone wondered how he would react to the first real losing streak of his head coaching career.

Buccaneers edge Falcons
ATLANTA - Derrick Brooks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally stopped Michael Vick when it counted.

MNF: Minnesota nips Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Minnesota's offense isn't dead. With the steady hand of Brad Johnson, neither is the Vikings' season.

Buccaneers edge Falcons
ATLANTA - Derrick Brooks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally stopped Michael Vick when it counted.

Fox forced to address problems after Carolina's loss
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's amazing how one weekend can change everything.

Falcons need to find winning formula - fast
ATLANTA - Jim Mora never hides his emotions, expressing himself with everything from expletive-filled rants to sarcastic smirks. So, everyone wondered how he would react to the first real losing streak of his head coaching career.

MNF: Minnesota nips Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Minnesota's offense isn't dead. With the steady hand of Brad Johnson, neither is the Vikings' season.

Pope curbs autonomy of Franciscans in running famed Assisi basilica
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has curbed the independence of Franciscan friars running the famed St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, decreeing they must now get permission for their activities from the local bishop.

Pope curbs autonomy of Franciscans in running famed Assisi basilica
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has curbed the independence of Franciscan friars running the famed St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, decreeing they must now get permission for their activities from the local bishop.

Regis Philbin to host New Year's Eve bash
NEW YORK - Regis Philbin, normally reserved for mornings, will stay up late to host the New Year's Eve countdown on Fox.

Regis Philbin to host New Year's Eve bash
NEW YORK - Regis Philbin, normally reserved for mornings, will stay up late to host the New Year's Eve countdown on Fox.

Oprah Winfrey agrees to guest shot with Letterman
NEW YORK - Oprah, Dave. Dave, Oprah.

'Invasion' clings to family themes in hurricane aftermath
BURBANK, Calif. - The sunlight was bright as Shaun Cassidy drove a golf cart across the Warner Bros. studio lot.

'Nightline' anchor will say his final 'good night'
NEW YORK - Don't expect much ceremony when Ted Koppel signs off. The closing thought with which he ends each "Nightline" will take the form of a farewell Tuesday.

Oprah Winfrey agrees to guest shot with Letterman

'Nightline' anchor will say his final 'good night'
NEW YORK - Don't expect much ceremony when Ted Koppel signs off. The closing thought with which he ends each "Nightline" will take the form of a farewell Tuesday.

The evolution of a teen idol into a TV producer
BURBANK, Calif. - Producers are lunching. John Wells ("ER") holds court at a table of five and Chuck Lorre ("Two and a Half Men" ) sits nearby when Shaun Cassidy enters the Warner Bros. studio dining room.

Regis Philbin to host New Year's Eve bash

'Invasion' clings to family themes in hurricane aftermath

Oprah Winfrey agrees to guest shot with Letterman
NEW YORK - Oprah, Dave. Dave, Oprah.

'Nightline' anchor will say his final 'good night'

'Invasion' clings to family themes in hurricane aftermath
BURBANK, Calif. - The sunlight was bright as Shaun Cassidy drove a golf cart across the Warner Bros. studio lot.

The evolution of a teen idol into a TV producer
BURBANK, Calif. - Producers are lunching. John Wells ("ER") holds court at a table of five and Chuck Lorre ("Two and a Half Men" ) sits nearby when Shaun Cassidy enters the Warner Bros. studio dining room.

The evolution of a teen idol into a TV producer

Russell Crowe pleads guilty in phone toss incident

'Sopranos' actor pleads guilty to attempted assault

Judge allows Courtney Love to leave drug program

Harold Stone, veteran film and television actor, dies

Was Blake verdict celebrity justice?

People in the News

Georgia defeats Eastern Kentucky
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands - Freshman guard Mike Mercer scored 19 points to lead Georgia to a 76-68 victory over Eastern Kentucky at the Paradise Jam tournament on Monday night.

In supposed rebuilding year, Georgia wins SEC East again

Shockley looking for redemption vs. Georgia Tech
D.J. Shockley exited the Georgia Tech game a year ago looking worlds away from being ready to succeed as Georgia's quarterback. He enters Saturday's game at Georgia Tech nearly on top of the world.

In supposed rebuilding year, Georgia wins SEC East again
ATHENS, Ga. - So much for the rebuilding year.

Shockley looking for redemption vs. Georgia Tech

Shockley looking for redemption vs. Georgia Tech
D.J. Shockley exited the Georgia Tech game a year ago looking worlds away from being ready to succeed as Georgia's quarterback. He enters Saturday's game at Georgia Tech nearly on top of the world.

Georgia defeats Eastern Kentucky
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands - Freshman guard Mike Mercer scored 19 points to lead Georgia to a 76-68 victory over Eastern Kentucky at the Paradise Jam tournament on Monday night.

In supposed rebuilding year, Georgia wins SEC East again
ATHENS, Ga. - So much for the rebuilding year.

Georgia defeats Eastern Kentucky

South Carolina tops Toledo
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tarence Kinsey scored a career-high 24 points and South Carolina withstood a second-half rally by Toledo to escape with an 85-73 victory on Sunday.

South Carolina tops Toledo
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tarence Kinsey scored a career-high 24 points and South Carolina withstood a second-half rally by Toledo to escape with an 85-73 victory on Sunday.

South Carolina tops Toledo

Question of the week
Here are the results of last week's question:

Chart Toppers
Here's a look at the music topping Billboard magazine's charts for the week:

End relationship if younger boy is more appealing
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend and I have been together for the past six months. Now I feel like our relationship has come to a standstill. I met a new person and I really like him. ... He's got all good qualities except he's younger than me. I've never talked to a younger guy. My current boyfriend is older than me and he's got this thing in his head where he's not going to let me go and he always finds a way to persuade me to stay with him. I don't know how to end it, but I want to. Should I start a relationship with the new boy?

Saying thanks

Steroid use is poor sportsmanship
A quote on the South Carolina High School League's Web site says, "An athlete is not crowned unless he competes by the rules."

Steroid use is poor sportsmanship

Life in professional rodeo is taxing, but rewarding
Country singer Garth Brooks in his song Rodeo describes the sport as "it's bulls and blood/It's dust and mud ..."

Life in professional rodeo is taxing, but rewarding

Saying thanks
'Tis the season to be thankful.

Xtreme Calendar

Saying thanks
'Tis the season to be thankful.

Chart Toppers
Here's a look at the music topping Billboard magazine's charts for the week:

Xtreme Calendar
UP IN LIGHTS: Get in the Christmas mood with the lighting of the Christmas tree and holiday decorations downtown at the Augusta Common, in the 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Xtreme Calendar
UP IN LIGHTS: Get in the Christmas mood with the lighting of the Christmas tree and holiday decorations downtown at the Augusta Common, in the 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

End relationship if younger boy is more appealing
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend and I have been together for the past six months. Now I feel like our relationship has come to a standstill. I met a new person and I really like him. ... He's got all good qualities except he's younger than me. I've never talked to a younger guy. My current boyfriend is older than me and he's got this thing in his head where he's not going to let me go and he always finds a way to persuade me to stay with him. I don't know how to end it, but I want to. Should I start a relationship with the new boy?

My Style
THE FACTS: Danielle Brown, 15, a freshman at the Academy of Richmond County.

Chart Toppers

End relationship if younger boy is more appealing

Steroid use is poor sportsmanship
A quote on the South Carolina High School League's Web site says, "An athlete is not crowned unless he competes by the rules."

Life in professional rodeo is taxing, but rewarding
Country singer Garth Brooks in his song Rodeo describes the sport as "it's bulls and blood/It's dust and mud ..."

My Style
THE FACTS: Danielle Brown, 15, a freshman at the Academy of Richmond County.

My Style

Question of the week

Question of the week
Here are the results of last week's question:

Pope curbs autonomy of Franciscans in running famed Assisi basilica