A new book blames government for a media crisis

Mapplethorpe exhibit to test limits of art in Cuba
HAVANA - Sensuality pervades the streets of Havana. A short stroll finds sultry young men scouting new sex partners outside a major movie house and Lycra-clad women tossing saucy suggestions to foreign tourists. The promise of sex is simply part of the landscape in tropical Cuba, carried along on languid sea breezes and the primal pounding of drums.

Mapplethorpe exhibit to test limits of art in Cuba

Owner's guide for the human body gains large fan base
CLEVELAND - If Terry Prewitt's body were a house, not too long ago the interior would have been very, very dirty and her pipes clogged, choked by the damage caused by a two-pack-a-day smoking habit.

Mapplethorpe exhibit to test limits of art in Cuba
HAVANA - Sensuality pervades the streets of Havana. A short stroll finds sultry young men scouting new sex partners outside a major movie house and Lycra-clad women tossing saucy suggestions to foreign tourists. The promise of sex is simply part of the landscape in tropical Cuba, carried along on languid sea breezes and the primal pounding of drums.

A new book blames government for a media crisis
NEW YORK - As with lots of pressing issues people grapple with, complaints about the media invite a partisan clash: liberal vs. conservative; Democrat vs. Republican. Or some other "us" against a readily targeted "them."

A new book blames government for a media crisis
NEW YORK - As with lots of pressing issues people grapple with, complaints about the media invite a partisan clash: liberal vs. conservative; Democrat vs. Republican. Or some other "us" against a readily targeted "them."

Owner's guide for the human body gains large fan base
CLEVELAND - If Terry Prewitt's body were a house, not too long ago the interior would have been very, very dirty and her pipes clogged, choked by the damage caused by a two-pack-a-day smoking habit.

Owner's guide for the human body gains large fan base

Charity's holiday chime is A classic

Blauser wants to show players path from Double-A to Atlanta
PEARL, Miss. - Jeff Blauser knows the way from the minor leagues to Atlanta. Now the two-time All-Star shortstop wants to steer players at Double-A Mississippi along a similar path.

Blauser wants to show players path from Double-A to Atlanta

Renteria glad to be a Brave
ATLANTA - Ready to put aside a rather dismal season with Boston in his first experience in the American League, new Atlanta Braves shortstop Edgar Renteria voiced his pleasure Monday about returning to the comforts of a familiar league.

Renteria glad to be a Brave
ATLANTA - Ready to put aside a rather dismal season with Boston in his first experience in the American League, new Atlanta Braves shortstop Edgar Renteria voiced his pleasure Monday about returning to the comforts of a familiar league.

Blauser wants to show players path from Double-A to Atlanta
PEARL, Miss. - Jeff Blauser knows the way from the minor leagues to Atlanta. Now the two-time All-Star shortstop wants to steer players at Double-A Mississippi along a similar path.

Renteria glad to be a Brave

Drug companies seek lawsuit protection

High-tech gear, trips fuel hunters spending boom
PITTSBURGH - Raising a rifle scope to his eye, Dan Tracey squints and takes aim at an imaginary target. Then, he twists a knob and the device's cross-hairs light up like a Christmas tree.

What you see with Caller ID could be bogus
Add Caller ID to the list of things you can't always trust.

Firm plans to buy center
The Enterprise Mill could prove quite enterprising for a Savannah, Ga.-based real estate firm.

Paramount Pictures agrees to buy DreamWorks SKG

Firm plans to buy center

Drug companies seek lawsuit protection
NEW YORK - Large pharmaceutical companies are approaching development of vaccines and drugs for potential pandemics with trepidation, even as fears abound of a bird flu outbreak and doctors lament a shortage of treatment options.

Paramount Pictures agrees to buy DreamWorks SKG
LOS ANGELES - Paramount Pictures on Sunday agreed to buy independent film studio DreamWorks SKG Inc. for nearly $1 billion cash in a deal designed to help both companies reverse their troubled fortunes.

Drug companies seek lawsuit protection
NEW YORK - Large pharmaceutical companies are approaching development of vaccines and drugs for potential pandemics with trepidation, even as fears abound of a bird flu outbreak and doctors lament a shortage of treatment options.

High-tech gear, trips fuel hunters spending boom

High-tech gear, trips fuel hunters spending boom
PITTSBURGH - Raising a rifle scope to his eye, Dan Tracey squints and takes aim at an imaginary target. Then, he twists a knob and the device's cross-hairs light up like a Christmas tree.

What you see with Caller ID could be bogus
Add Caller ID to the list of things you can't always trust.

Paramount Pictures agrees to buy DreamWorks SKG
LOS ANGELES - Paramount Pictures on Sunday agreed to buy independent film studio DreamWorks SKG Inc. for nearly $1 billion cash in a deal designed to help both companies reverse their troubled fortunes.

Firm plans to buy center
The Enterprise Mill could prove quite enterprising for a Savannah, Ga.-based real estate firm.

What you see with Caller ID could be bogus

Clemson edges San Diego
CLEMSON, S.C. - Julie Talley scored 17 points to help Clemson overcome a career-high, 42-point performance by San Diego's Michelle Augustavo in a 72-68 victory Sunday.

Clemson edges San Diego

Clemson edges San Diego
CLEMSON, S.C. - Julie Talley scored 17 points to help Clemson overcome a career-high, 42-point performance by San Diego's Michelle Augustavo in a 72-68 victory Sunday.

Will Bush follow Leinart's lead and return to USC
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush is on the clock.

Will Bush follow Leinart's lead and return to USC

Will Bush follow Leinart's lead and return to USC
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush is on the clock.

Duke still No. 1, Houston in Top 25

Speaking another language a crime?

Lawyers target cola millions
Ever since predatory attorneys struck the mother-lode in the tobacco wars of the late 1990s, they've been looking for another golden goose to prey upon.

We like Ike for a D.C. memorial
For most Americans who came of age in the 1950s, Dwight D. Eisenhower would top the list as the most popular and beloved Republican president of the 20th century.

Lawyers target cola millions
Ever since predatory attorneys struck the mother-lode in the tobacco wars of the late 1990s, they've been looking for another golden goose to prey upon.

We like Ike for a D.C. memorial

Right propaganda, wrong way
Propaganda, the battle for people's hearts and minds, is an important part of any war. But there's a right and wrong way to go about it, and in Iraq the U.S. military has, until recently, been doing it the wrong way: Buying space in Iraqi newspapers and presenting stories as unbiased news reports written by independent journalists.

We like Ike for a D.C. memorial
For most Americans who came of age in the 1950s, Dwight D. Eisenhower would top the list as the most popular and beloved Republican president of the 20th century.

The secret's in our hands
Everyone seems to sense rapids ahead. But the waters Monday were gentle and welcoming as political newcomer Deke Copenhaver took his first dip as mayor of Augusta.

Right propaganda, wrong way
Propaganda, the battle for people's hearts and minds, is an important part of any war. But there's a right and wrong way to go about it, and in Iraq the U.S. military has, until recently, been doing it the wrong way: Buying space in Iraqi newspapers and presenting stories as unbiased news reports written by independent journalists.

Speaking another language a crime?
We desperately need new immigrants to learn English. Language is the soft tissue that holds together the skeleton of society.

The secret's in our hands

Speaking another language a crime?
We desperately need new immigrants to learn English. Language is the soft tissue that holds together the skeleton of society.

Right propaganda, wrong way

Lawyers target cola millions

The secret's in our hands
Everyone seems to sense rapids ahead. But the waters Monday were gentle and welcoming as political newcomer Deke Copenhaver took his first dip as mayor of Augusta.

Richard Pryor was more than important, he was funny
LOS ANGELES - It is one of those indelible images from the late 1960s that remains locked in the minds of those who were there.

Joss Stone named world's best celebrity dog owner in online poll
NEW YORK - When it comes to celebrity dog-parenting skills, Joss Stone is tops and Paris Hilton is the worst, according to an online poll of readers of two dog magazines.

People in the News
OSLO, Norway - Celebrities including Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek praised this year's Nobel peace laureate on Sunday for his efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

Richard Pryor was more than important, he was funny
LOS ANGELES - It is one of those indelible images from the late 1960s that remains locked in the minds of those who were there.

Joss Stone named world's best celebrity dog owner in online poll
NEW YORK - When it comes to celebrity dog-parenting skills, Joss Stone is tops and Paris Hilton is the worst, according to an online poll of readers of two dog magazines.

People in the News
OSLO, Norway - Celebrities including Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek praised this year's Nobel peace laureate on Sunday for his efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

Diet: Experts urge less focus on antioxidants
Tired of trying to keep track of all the so-called superfoods you're supposed to eat?

Diet: Experts urge less focus on antioxidants

Diet: Experts urge less focus on antioxidants
Tired of trying to keep track of all the so-called superfoods you're supposed to eat?

Seeking the man's point of view? Look no further

Tiger to skip season-opening Mercedes
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods is so serious about wanting a shorter season on the PGA Tour that he is skipping the season-opening Mercedes Championships at Kapalua next month.

Allenby completes unprecedented Australian sweep
MELBOURNE, Australia - Robert Allenby became the first golfer to win the Australian Open, PGA and Masters in the same season, beating American Bubba Watson on the first playoff hole Sunday at the Australian Masters.

Correction

Correction
An article in the Nov. 24 editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information about Augusta State University's golf program. Carter Newman, of Evans, is the first local high school golfer to sign a national letter-of-intent with the Jaguars since Vaughn Taylor in 1994.

Sorenstam's Internationals defeat Asia to win Lexus Cup
SINGAPORE - Erica Blasberg matched her game-saving shot from the day before to clinch the winning point Sunday as Annika Sorenstam's Internationals downed Asia 16-8 at the Lexus Cup.

Els wins the Dunhill Championship
NELSPRUIT, South Africa - Ernie Els won the Dunhill Championship in his second start since tearing ligaments in his left knee in July, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday for three-stroke victory.

Els wins the Dunhill Championship

Indian rookie Kapur wins Volvo Masters of Asia
BANGKOK, Thailand - Asian Tour rookie Shev Kapur shot a 5-under-par 67 Sunday to beat defending champion Jyoti Randhawa by two strokes at the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia.

Allenby completes unprecedented Australian sweep
MELBOURNE, Australia - Robert Allenby became the first golfer to win the Australian Open, PGA and Masters in the same season, beating American Bubba Watson on the first playoff hole Sunday at the Australian Masters.

Allenby completes unprecedented Australian sweep

Indian rookie Kapur wins Volvo Masters of Asia

Tiger to skip season-opening Mercedes
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Tiger Woods is so serious about wanting a shorter season on the PGA Tour that he is skipping the season-opening Mercedes Championships at Kapalua next month.

Sorenstam's Internationals defeat Asia to win Lexus Cup
SINGAPORE - Erica Blasberg matched her game-saving shot from the day before to clinch the winning point Sunday as Annika Sorenstam's Internationals downed Asia 16-8 at the Lexus Cup.

Donald rallies to win Target
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Luke Donald has only one victory in four years on the PGA Tour, but he came up with a big one Sunday that only counts in his bank account - shooting an 8-under 64 to rally from six shots behind to beat Darren Clarke in the Target World Challenge.

Correction
An article in the Nov. 24 editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information about Augusta State University's golf program. Carter Newman, of Evans, is the first local high school golfer to sign a national letter-of-intent with the Jaguars since Vaughn Taylor in 1994.

Sorenstam's Internationals defeat Asia to win Lexus Cup

Tiger to skip season-opening Mercedes

Donald rallies to win Target

Donald rallies to win Target
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Luke Donald has only one victory in four years on the PGA Tour, but he came up with a big one Sunday that only counts in his bank account - shooting an 8-under 64 to rally from six shots behind to beat Darren Clarke in the Target World Challenge.

Els wins the Dunhill Championship
NELSPRUIT, South Africa - Ernie Els won the Dunhill Championship in his second start since tearing ligaments in his left knee in July, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday for three-stroke victory.

Indian rookie Kapur wins Volvo Masters of Asia
BANGKOK, Thailand - Asian Tour rookie Shev Kapur shot a 5-under-par 67 Sunday to beat defending champion Jyoti Randhawa by two strokes at the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia.

Curry, Pink lead in Wildcats' win

Blackhawks nip Thrashers in overtime

Blackhawks nip Thrashers in overtime
ATLANTA - After going 65 minutes without recording any of Chicago's 32 shots, rookie center Michael Holmqvist was surprised to hear his name called for the shootout.

Blackhawks nip Thrashers in overtime
ATLANTA - After going 65 minutes without recording any of Chicago's 32 shots, rookie center Michael Holmqvist was surprised to hear his name called for the shootout.

Charity's holiday chime is A classic
People call the newspaper to ask all sorts of questions. A recent one sent me looking for expert help.

Charity's holiday chime is A classic
People call the newspaper to ask all sorts of questions. A recent one sent me looking for expert help.

Don't bus tax money out of Augusta
As I was sipping coffee and reading The Augusta Chronicle, I came to the article by Preston Sparks about Augusta Public Transit Director Heyward Johnson testing a bus route to Columbia County ("Augusta plans to test bus route," Dec. 10). I was compelled to write and bring this some more attention.Daniel A. Caraway, Augusta

Cowardly Congress won't declare war
Americans are hard to figure, and Congress is even worse. President Franklin Roosevelt asked for and got a declaration of war for World War II and we lost 400,000 military.Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Build memorial to Graniteville victims
I believe that the best way to spend the settlement the railroad is giving the city of Graniteville, S.C., is to build a memorial honoring the nine citizens lost in the chemical spill tragedy. David Carrie, Augusta

Don't bus tax money out of Augusta

Cowardly Congress won't declare war
Americans are hard to figure, and Congress is even worse. President Franklin Roosevelt asked for and got a declaration of war for World War II and we lost 400,000 military.Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Support new mayor, and always vote

Support new mayor, and always vote
I supported Willie Mays for mayor in the Dec. 6 runoff election with a financial contribution, writing letters to newspapers, putting up campaign signs and encouraging people to go and vote.Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Cowardly Congress won't declare war

Don't bus tax money out of Augusta
As I was sipping coffee and reading The Augusta Chronicle, I came to the article by Preston Sparks about Augusta Public Transit Director Heyward Johnson testing a bus route to Columbia County ("Augusta plans to test bus route," Dec. 10). I was compelled to write and bring this some more attention.Daniel A. Caraway, Augusta

Don't lose sight of Christ in Christmas

Don't lose sight of Christ in Christmas
I know followers of Christ and just believers who are fed up with one more perceived change to our country's history of supporting Christianity.Connie Solomon, Hephzibah

Build memorial to Graniteville victims

Don't lose sight of Christ in Christmas
I know followers of Christ and just believers who are fed up with one more perceived change to our country's history of supporting Christianity.Connie Solomon, Hephzibah

Build memorial to Graniteville victims
I believe that the best way to spend the settlement the railroad is giving the city of Graniteville, S.C., is to build a memorial honoring the nine citizens lost in the chemical spill tragedy. David Carrie, Augusta

Support new mayor, and always vote
I supported Willie Mays for mayor in the Dec. 6 runoff election with a financial contribution, writing letters to newspapers, putting up campaign signs and encouraging people to go and vote.Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Med student finds courage, goal through disease

A look at the top picks for handheld gaming

Volcanic glass makes trashcans bomb-resistant

Web site takes a happy approach to the news

Health and fitness calendar

Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience

Living briefs

Techbits: Throw this camera, EU online and more

Seniors calendar

Xbox 360 games: The good, bad and the ugly

A look at the top picks for handheld gaming
Since Nintendo Inc. upped the ante by bringing Wi-Fi to its dual-screen handheld, it has opened the game system up to a new world of gameplay. Although the graphics remain sub-par to Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable, the Nintendo DS remains a great handheld game system that focuses on good, clean fun.

Med student finds courage, goal through disease
The entire time Danielle Daniely-Wilson was enrolled at Paine College, she was hiding a secret.

Volcanic glass makes trashcans bomb-resistant
NEW YORK - To contain the force of an exploding bomb, you need steel plate or concrete, and lots of it, right?

Techbits: Throw this camera, EU online and more
BOSTON - Police officers stepping into hostage standoffs and other dicey situations now have something new to throw into the mix - a baseball-sized camera that can be hurled from afar, survive the landing and wirelessly relay video and audio back to base for two hours.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augusta chronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Xbox 360 games: The good, bad and the ugly
If you've scored an Xbox 360, some actual games are going to be the next logical purchase - unless you auctioned it off for thousands of dollars on eBay.

Techbits: Throw this camera, EU online and more
BOSTON - Police officers stepping into hostage standoffs and other dicey situations now have something new to throw into the mix - a baseball-sized camera that can be hurled from afar, survive the landing and wirelessly relay video and audio back to base for two hours.

Web site takes a happy approach to the news
DALLAS - Carrie Rodgers is so engrossed by cable-television news shows that her husband calls her a news addict, but lately she has found another source to balance the onslaught of stories about war, crime and natural disasters.

Med student finds courage, goal through disease
The entire time Danielle Daniely-Wilson was enrolled at Paine College, she was hiding a secret.

Volcanic glass makes trashcans bomb-resistant
NEW YORK - To contain the force of an exploding bomb, you need steel plate or concrete, and lots of it, right?

Living briefs
The holidays are a time of love and laughter - except when it comes time to take the annual holiday picture.

Xbox 360 games: The good, bad and the ugly
If you've scored an Xbox 360, some actual games are going to be the next logical purchase - unless you auctioned it off for thousands of dollars on eBay.

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

Living briefs
The holidays are a time of love and laughter - except when it comes time to take the annual holiday picture.

Web site takes a happy approach to the news
DALLAS - Carrie Rodgers is so engrossed by cable-television news shows that her husband calls her a news addict, but lately she has found another source to balance the onslaught of stories about war, crime and natural disasters.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augusta chronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - If you live outside your home country or phone overseas often, chances are you've heard of Skype, the voice-over-Internet service that allows you to make free or cheap voice calls through your computer.

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

A look at the top picks for handheld gaming
Since Nintendo Inc. upped the ante by bringing Wi-Fi to its dual-screen handheld, it has opened the game system up to a new world of gameplay. Although the graphics remain sub-par to Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable, the Nintendo DS remains a great handheld game system that focuses on good, clean fun.

Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - If you live outside your home country or phone overseas often, chances are you've heard of Skype, the voice-over-Internet service that allows you to make free or cheap voice calls through your computer.

Treat yourself to a nice tax break
Planning to buy a new car before the end of the year? If you wait until January, you could save $300 in sales tax on a $30,000 car - even more on if you have your eye on a Lamborghini.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Porsha Ciera Mills, 7, of Augusta.

Across Georgia
CLARKSTON - A teenager has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his 5-year-old nephew.

Rewards offered in homicides

News you can use
Today in regional history:It was announced last night that alumni of the Academy of Richmond County would give a banquet Friday night at the Genesta Hotel, in honor of the Academy of Richmond County football team of 1914, who won the state high school championship this season.

Magnet expansion sought

Nerf war is, like, heck
With a red bandanna tied Rambo-style around his forehead, Jason Carraway was spread eagle on the dirty, gray carpet of the Patriots Park press box.

Seniors seeking drug-plan help

Treat yourself to a nice tax break
Planning to buy a new car before the end of the year? If you wait until January, you could save $300 in sales tax on a $30,000 car - even more on if you have your eye on a Lamborghini.

Georgia ethics committee members nominated

Auditors say Aiken underwent good fiscal year

Magnet expansion sought
Recognizing the relationship between a school system and property values, a group of Richmond County homeowners met with school officials Monday night.

State weighs whether to end property taxes
COLUMBIA - What South Carolinians want versus who's going to write the check. That, in essence, is the property tax debate.

New mayor takes office today
Once he takes office, one of the first issues Augusta's new mayor said he intends to address is racial reconciliation.

Across the area

Aid will allow sick toddler to receive Christmas gifts
A single mom depending on her adult daughter to help pay household bills won't be able to give her toddler child a happy holiday unless she receives extra help.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Certification no guarantee of excellence
Although all 50 states invest in National Board Certified Teachers, what that means for improving the quality of a state's education is unclear.

Area forms evacuee services
From low-cost child care during the holidays to support groups for adults and children, help is on the way for Hurricane Katrina victims who have resettled in the Garden City.

Enterprise Mill to be sold to Savannah company
A Savannah-based real estate firm has agreed to purchase the Enterprise Mill, according to a letter sent to tenants Monday by owner Clay Boardman.

Rewards offered in homicides
Richmond County authorities are hoping an infusion of reward money will help lubricate the wheels of justice.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $59,007.16

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Charleston County School District board doesn't want its teachers or employees worried about publicly speaking their minds, so it has approved a new policy.

Across Georgia
CLARKSTON - A teenager has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his 5-year-old nephew.

Seniors seeking drug-plan help
The calls never seem to stop for Cindy Pruitt at the CSRA Regional Development Center Area Agency on Aging.

Detecting bird flu is top job for poultry lab

Across Georgia
FORSYTH - Hundreds of people paid tribute during a memorial service to Sgt. Philip Allan Dodson Jr., who died this month in Iraq in a vehicle accident.

Empty Stocking donations

Rewards offered in homicides
Richmond County authorities are hoping an infusion of reward money will help lubricate the wheels of justice.

Across Georgia

Across the area
A 19-year-old Thomson man died late Saturday when the car he was riding in left the road and flipped over into the woods in McDuffie County, according to authorities.

The week ahead

Archers take aim at county for tournament
Bass fishing tournaments aren't the only events headed to Columbia County's Wildwood Park these days.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

News you can use

Armed robbery suspect arrested

Area forms evacuee services

Auditors say Aiken underwent good fiscal year
AIKEN - The city got a clean bill of financial health in its audit for fiscal year 2004-05, according to a city memorandum.

Empty Stocking: Accident threatens Christmas

News you can use
Today in regional history:It was announced last night that alumni of the Academy of Richmond County would give a banquet Friday night at the Genesta Hotel, in honor of the Academy of Richmond County football team of 1914, who won the state high school championship this season.

Across Georgia

Certification no guarantee of excellence

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day

Empty Stocking Donations

Aid will allow sick toddler to receive Christmas gifts

Across the area

Five questions with John Oxendine

Across South Carolina

New mayor takes office today

Treat yourself to a nice tax break

Across South Carolina

Across the area
A 19-year-old Thomson man died late Saturday when the car he was riding in left the road and flipped over into the woods in McDuffie County, according to authorities.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $59,007.16

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Logan Bryce Nelson, 14 months, of Martinez.

Magnet expansion sought
Recognizing the relationship between a school system and property values, a group of Richmond County homeowners met with school officials Monday night.

Helper has looks, heart of true Santa
CLEARWATER - To the nonbeliever, Terry Watson is just another guy who dresses up in a fancy red-velvet suit and black boots.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $59,007.16

New mayor takes office today
Once he takes office, one of the first issues Augusta's new mayor said he intends to address is racial reconciliation.

Mayor is sworn in
Asking for help and prayers, Deke Copenhaver was sworn in shortly before noon Monday as mayor of the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County government.

Certification no guarantee of excellence
Although all 50 states invest in National Board Certified Teachers, what that means for improving the quality of a state's education is unclear.

Georgia ethics committee members nominated
ATLANTA - Can politicians police themselves on matters of ethics? Georgia voters will soon find out.

Aid will allow sick toddler to receive Christmas gifts
A single mom depending on her adult daughter to help pay household bills won't be able to give her toddler child a happy holiday unless she receives extra help.

Across the area
A 59-year-old Aiken man was arrested during the weekend and charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in the second degree.

Bill would mandate vote on juvenile court judges
When state legislators return to business this winter, a bill calling for juvenile court judges to be elected awaits them.

Empty Stocking: Accident threatens Christmas
A Windsor woman who was run over by a car and is unable to work will not be able to give her three daughters a happy holiday without assistance.

Archers take aim at county for tournament
Bass fishing tournaments aren't the only events headed to Columbia County's Wildwood Park these days.

Nerf war is, like, heck

Five questions with John Oxendine
John Oxendine is Georgia's insurance safety fire commissioner. He recently was in Augusta to help spread the word about safe use of space heaters.

Mayor is sworn in

Detecting bird flu is top job for poultry lab
OAKWOOD, Ga. - If bird flu were to strike Georgia, word would probably come from the Department of Agriculture's Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory in Hall County.

Mayor-elect holds prayer breakfast
Just a few hours before he's set to be sworn in as mayor, Deke Copenhaver held the first of what he says will be many regular prayer breakfasts at churches around the area.

State weighs whether to end property taxes
COLUMBIA - What South Carolinians want versus who's going to write the check. That, in essence, is the property tax debate.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A day after the second anniversary of a deadly shooting in Abbeville County left two law officers dead, Greenwood deputies arrested a Ninety Six man who was apparently threatening to shoot police who came on property involved in a dispute.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $55,242.16

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Logan Bryce Nelson, 14 months, of Martinez.

Mayor is sworn in
Asking for help and prayers, Deke Copenhaver was sworn in shortly before noon Monday as mayor of the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County government.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Nerf war is, like, heck
With a red bandanna tied Rambo-style around his forehead, Jason Carraway was spread eagle on the dirty, gray carpet of the Patriots Park press box.

The week ahead
Mrs. Claus will read holiday books to children at 4 p.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. She will give a book to every child. The event is free. Call (803) 642-7631 for more information.

Area forms evacuee services
From low-cost child care during the holidays to support groups for adults and children, help is on the way for Hurricane Katrina victims who have resettled in the Garden City.

Across the area
A 19-year-old Thomson man died late Saturday when the car he was riding in left the road and flipped over into the woods in McDuffie County, according to authorities.

Georgia ethics committee members nominated
ATLANTA - Can politicians police themselves on matters of ethics? Georgia voters will soon find out.

Across Georgia
FORSYTH - Hundreds of people paid tribute during a memorial service to Sgt. Philip Allan Dodson Jr., who died this month in Iraq in a vehicle accident.

Helper has looks, heart of true Santa
CLEARWATER - To the nonbeliever, Terry Watson is just another guy who dresses up in a fancy red-velvet suit and black boots.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A day after the second anniversary of a deadly shooting in Abbeville County left two law officers dead, Greenwood deputies arrested a Ninety Six man who was apparently threatening to shoot police who came on property involved in a dispute.

Detecting bird flu is top job for poultry lab
OAKWOOD, Ga. - If bird flu were to strike Georgia, word would probably come from the Department of Agriculture's Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory in Hall County.

Across the southeast
FLEMINGSBURG, KY. - Police got a surprise when they stopped a van after a hit-and-run crash on Kentucky's Mountain Parkway: A 7-year-old boy was at the wheel, sitting on his father's lap.

Five questions with John Oxendine
John Oxendine is Georgia's insurance safety fire commissioner. He recently was in Augusta to help spread the word about safe use of space heaters.

Bill would mandate vote on juvenile court judges

The week ahead
Mrs. Claus will read holiday books to children at 4 p.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. She will give a book to every child. The event is free. Call (803) 642-7631 for more information.

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Bill would mandate vote on juvenile court judges
When state legislators return to business this winter, a bill calling for juvenile court judges to be elected awaits them.

State weighs whether to end property taxes

Augusta mayor sworn in

Helper has looks, heart of true Santa

Seniors seeking drug-plan help
The calls never seem to stop for Cindy Pruitt at the CSRA Regional Development Center Area Agency on Aging.

Across the southeast

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FBI arrests wanted man in Hephzibah
The FBI this morning arrested a 54-year-old Hephzibah man wanted in connection with a murder in Arkansas four years ago.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Porsha Ciera Mills, 7, of Augusta.

Injured plant worker airlifted to hospital
An injured worker has been airlifted from an Evans equipment company after an incident involving equipment at the plant.

Across the area
A 59-year-old Aiken man was arrested during the weekend and charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in the second degree.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Charleston County School District board doesn't want its teachers or employees worried about publicly speaking their minds, so it has approved a new policy.

Archers take aim at county for tournament

Auditors say Aiken underwent good fiscal year
AIKEN - The city got a clean bill of financial health in its audit for fiscal year 2004-05, according to a city memorandum.

Seeking the man's point of view? Look no further
Did you ever notice that advice columns are always written by women? Why is that? Since time began, the Abbys and Anns of the world have been telling all of us what to do while knowing only half their topic.

Seeking the man's point of view? Look no further
Did you ever notice that advice columns are always written by women? Why is that? Since time began, the Abbys and Anns of the world have been telling all of us what to do while knowing only half their topic.

'Brokeback Mountain' wins LA critics best film award
LOS ANGELES - "Brokeback Mountain," a gay Western about two ranch hands who share a summer of love and then conceal their ongoing affair, was picked as 2005's best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the group announced Saturday.

Special Olympics collaborate with Farrelly brothers
LOS ANGELES - The filmmaking Farrellys, known for their gleeful bad taste in irreverent comedies such as "There's Something About Mary," are taking on the Special Olympics. Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" fame is the star.

'Narnia' turns fantasy into hard cash with $67.1 million

Special Olympics collaborate with Farrelly brothers

'Narnia' turns fantasy into hard cash with $67.1 million
LOS ANGELES - Another fantasy world has joined Hollywood's instant-blockbuster club.

'Brokeback Mountain' wins LA critics best film award

'Munich' and 'Syriana' among AFI's 10 best films of '05
LOS ANGELES - Steven Spielberg's "Munich," which centers on the aftermath of the killings of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, and the oil-industry thriller "Syriana" were named Sunday among the American Film Institute's 10 best movies of 2005.

'Squid and the Whale' is NY Film Critics Online top film

'Munich' and 'Syriana' among AFI's 10 best films of '05
LOS ANGELES - Steven Spielberg's "Munich," which centers on the aftermath of the killings of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, and the oil-industry thriller "Syriana" were named Sunday among the American Film Institute's 10 best movies of 2005.

'Munich' and 'Syriana' among AFI's 10 best films of '05

Naomi Watts ascends to towering heights in 'King Kong'

'Narnia' turns fantasy into hard cash with $67.1 million
LOS ANGELES - Another fantasy world has joined Hollywood's instant-blockbuster club.

Special Olympics collaborate with Farrelly brothers
LOS ANGELES - The filmmaking Farrellys, known for their gleeful bad taste in irreverent comedies such as "There's Something About Mary," are taking on the Special Olympics. Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" fame is the star.

Naomi Watts ascends to towering heights in 'King Kong'
NEW YORK - One is a three-hour, $200 million-plus combination of digital effects, yearlong hype and the largest of monkeys. The other is a frantic $30,000 production depicting an actress desperate for cardboard-thin parts in the B-est of movies.

Naomi Watts ascends to towering heights in 'King Kong'
NEW YORK - One is a three-hour, $200 million-plus combination of digital effects, yearlong hype and the largest of monkeys. The other is a frantic $30,000 production depicting an actress desperate for cardboard-thin parts in the B-est of movies.

'Brokeback Mountain' wins LA critics best film award
LOS ANGELES - "Brokeback Mountain," a gay Western about two ranch hands who share a summer of love and then conceal their ongoing affair, was picked as 2005's best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the group announced Saturday.

'Squid and the Whale' is NY Film Critics Online top film
NEW YORK - "The Squid and the Whale," a dark comedy about the way divorce changes the members of a literary family, was chosen as the year's best picture Sunday by the New York Film Critics Online.

'Squid and the Whale' is NY Film Critics Online top film
NEW YORK - "The Squid and the Whale," a dark comedy about the way divorce changes the members of a literary family, was chosen as the year's best picture Sunday by the New York Film Critics Online.

Big artists headline MTV's New Year's Eve party
NEW YORK - MTV's annual New Year's Eve party from Times Square will feature musical performances by Kanye West, Adam Levine, Shakira and Fall Out Boy, the network announced on Monday.

Big artists headline MTV's New Year's Eve party
NEW YORK - MTV's annual New Year's Eve party from Times Square will feature musical performances by Kanye West, Adam Levine, Shakira and Fall Out Boy, the network announced on Monday.

Lohan gets introspective on follow-up album

Lohan gets introspective on follow-up album
NEW YORK - When teen actress Lindsay Lohan decided to become known as teen singer Lindsay Lohan, she followed a tried-and-true formula for the under 21-pop set: an album dominated by upbeat, danceable songs that catered to a youthful demographic.

Q&A: Jeff Tweedy on making - and stealing - music

Lohan gets introspective on follow-up album
NEW YORK - When teen actress Lindsay Lohan decided to become known as teen singer Lindsay Lohan, she followed a tried-and-true formula for the under 21-pop set: an album dominated by upbeat, danceable songs that catered to a youthful demographic.

Q&A: Jeff Tweedy on making - and stealing - music
NEW YORK - Shutting down file-sharing is like closing a library.

Q&A: Jeff Tweedy on making - and stealing - music
NEW YORK - Shutting down file-sharing is like closing a library.

Big artists headline MTV's New Year's Eve party

O'Neal makes return to court
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal came off the bench Sunday night for the Miami Heat in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him on Nov. 3.

Riley replaces Van Gundy as Heat coach
MIAMI - Pat Riley and Stan Van Gundy walked off the dais together Monday, then went in opposite directions.

Riley replaces Van Gundy as Heat coach
MIAMI - Pat Riley and Stan Van Gundy walked off the dais together Monday, then went in opposite directions.

O'Neal makes return to court

O'Neal makes return to court
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal came off the bench Sunday night for the Miami Heat in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him on Nov. 3.

Riley replaces Van Gundy as Heat coach

Walsh: Pacers will seek trade for Artest

Walsh: Pacers will seek trade for Artest
INDIANAPOLIS - Ron Artest wants to be traded, and the Indiana Pacers will try to accommodate their unhappy star.

Walsh: Pacers will seek trade for Artest
INDIANAPOLIS - Ron Artest wants to be traded, and the Indiana Pacers will try to accommodate their unhappy star.

Duke still No. 1, Houston in Top 25
Duke's runaway win over Texas kept the Blue Devils a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll on Monday.

Duke still No. 1, Houston in Top 25
Duke's runaway win over Texas kept the Blue Devils a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll on Monday.

Paralyzed teen meets star quarterback he says changed his life

Falcons' defense grows younger through season

Tampa Bay defeats Carolina

Five more teams can clinch playoff berths

Panthers' loss to Bucs shows how quickly things can change

Saints-Falcons rivalry as strong as ever

Falcons, Vick sail past Saints

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Opal G. Brown    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Irvin F. Rice    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William Everett Yonce    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Young    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Joyner McKnight    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin "Ben" Price    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Bell Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Blount    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Ann Joyner McKnight    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Rev. Sumter LaVaughn (Vaughn) Foster    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan
Augusta has lost a great contributor to its medical community, friends and family said Monday.

Rev. Levi White, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Burrel "Mac" McRae    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Sumter LaVaughn (Vaughn) Foster    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan
Augusta has lost a great contributor to its medical community, friends and family said Monday.

Mrs. Theresa O. Rozier     (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mr. Stephen J. Nachman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Joan B. Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Swancy, Jr.    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Toole    (MONROE, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Ms. Beatrice Williams    (STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.)

Mrs. Nannie R. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beatrice Williams    (STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.)

Rev. Levi White, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Toole    (MONROE, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Cofer Davis    (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mr. William Swancy, Jr.    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Stephen J. "Steve" Nachman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Robert B. Lewis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Frank R. Dimorier    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Joan B. Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Lon Michael Duncan     (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. William Yonce    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Turner    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Young    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Geneva McClure    (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William Swancy, Jr.    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie K. Ross    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Michel G. Frye    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Meeks Crook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Stevens Harveston    (THE VILLAGES, FL.)

Mrs. Geneva McClure    (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.)

Mr. Clarence E. Shell     (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Faith Ashley McBride    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva "Gen" McClure    (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.)

Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Irvin F. Rice    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa O. Rozier     (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Burrel "Mac" McRae    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Cheatham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Stephen J. "Steve" Nachman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen J. Nachman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Childers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Hamilton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert B. Lewis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva "Gen" McClure    (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (DOT SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy    (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Joe L. Grant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Balous Edward 'Pete' Long    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Summers    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Blount    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Faith Ashley McBride    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin "Ben" Price    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Hamilton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (DOT SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie K. Ross    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Michel G. Frye    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Meeks Crook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Fong    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Bell Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Childers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Lon Michael Duncan     (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Michel G. Frye    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Balous Edward 'Pete' Long    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James E. Summers    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joe L. Grant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence E. Shell     (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Clark    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mr. Frank R. Dimorier    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Cofer Davis    (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mr. Clarence E. Shell     (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Opal G. Brown    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nannie R. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Amanda M. Anderson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Faith Ashley McBride    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Stevens Harveston    (THE VILLAGES, FL.)

Mrs. Marsha Elizabeth Metts Holman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Roberts    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Rodney G. Richardson    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Ross    (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Amanda M. Anderson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Michel G. Frye    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marsha Elizabeth Metts Holman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Everett Yonce    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Faith Ashley McBride    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harry Fong    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Stevens Harveston (THE VILLAGES, FL.)

Mr. Robert B. Lewis (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence E. Shell (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin "Ben" Price (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva McClure (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.)

Ms. Beatrice Williams (STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William Swancy, Jr. (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Balous Edward 'Pete' Long (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank R. Dimorier (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Cheatham (SALUDA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan

Mrs. Jessie Ross (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Ruth Booker (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Meeks Crook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Turner (AIKEN, S.C.)

Faith Ashley McBride (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Amanda M. Anderson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Toole (MONROE, Ga.)

Mr. William Everett Yonce (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Michel G. Frye (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Nannie R. Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris (DOT SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Joyner McKnight (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Lowe Norris (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen J. Nachman (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Michel G. Frye (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie K. Ross (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Robert Blount (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Opal G. Brown (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Cofer Davis (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Rodney G. Richardson (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Theresa O. Rozier (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Mr. Harry Fong (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Clark (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marsha Elizabeth Metts Holman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Gene Childers (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Roberts (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Bell Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Irvin F. Rice (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Young (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Summers (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Hamilton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Faith Ashley McBride (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joe L. Grant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN , Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Burrel "Mac" McRae (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Leola E. Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zell Rabun Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen J. "Steve" Nachman (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Maybelle Mundy (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva "Gen" McClure (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor (EVANS, Ga.)

Rev. Levi White, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Lon Michael Duncan (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Rev. Sumter LaVaughn (Vaughn) Foster (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Joan B. Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor (EVANS, Ga.)

Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Yonce (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Christopher Ryan Rowell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

Promoter: Williamses' father claimed authority to make deals

Promoter: Williamses' father claimed authority to make deals
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A woman who wanted to promote a "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match in 2001 starring Venus and Serena Williams testified Monday that their father claimed repeatedly he had full authority to negotiate the proposed event.

Overtime
Augusta Boxing Club's Roman Pulley defeated Rondarris Hun- ter by decision to advance to the Regional Silver Gloves Championships in January.

Overtime
Augusta Boxing Club's Roman Pulley defeated Rondarris Hun- ter by decision to advance to the Regional Silver Gloves Championships in January.

Promoter: Williamses' father claimed authority to make deals
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A woman who wanted to promote a "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match in 2001 starring Venus and Serena Williams testified Monday that their father claimed repeatedly he had full authority to negotiate the proposed event.

Overtime
In Fort Worth, Texas, Tommy Marvin guided Highbrow Supercat to a victory in the open division finals of the National Cutting Horse Association's World Championship Futurity.

Overtime
In Fort Worth, Texas, Tommy Marvin guided Highbrow Supercat to a victory in the open division finals of the National Cutting Horse Association's World Championship Futurity.

Curry, Pink lead in Wildcats' win
Junior forward Dustin Curry led the charge for Westminster on Monday night in a 64-57 win over crosstown rival Augusta Christian.

Curry, Pink lead in Wildcats' win
Junior forward Dustin Curry led the charge for Westminster on Monday night in a 64-57 win over crosstown rival Augusta Christian.

Five more teams can clinch playoff berths
NEW YORK - New England, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville and Chicago all can clinch postseason berths next weekend, joining Indianapolis and Seattle to give the NFL seven of its 12 playoff teams with two weeks left in the regular season.

Falcons' defense grows younger through season
ATLANTA - This was not Jim Mora's plan for a playoff caliber defense.

Tampa Bay defeats Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tired of getting beaten over and over again by a bitter rival, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did everything possible to end the streak.

Five more teams can clinch playoff berths
NEW YORK - New England, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville and Chicago all can clinch postseason berths next weekend, joining Indianapolis and Seattle to give the NFL seven of its 12 playoff teams with two weeks left in the regular season.

Panthers' loss to Bucs shows how quickly things can change
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After watching his team blow first place in the NFC South and the inside track to a first-round playoff bye, Carolina Panthers coach John Fox had an opportunity Monday to deviate from his usual pessimism.

Panthers' loss to Bucs shows how quickly things can change
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After watching his team blow first place in the NFC South and the inside track to a first-round playoff bye, Carolina Panthers coach John Fox had an opportunity Monday to deviate from his usual pessimism.

Falcons' defense grows younger through season
ATLANTA - This was not Jim Mora's plan for a playoff caliber defense.

Saints-Falcons rivalry as strong as ever
ATLANTA - Poor records never have cooled the Saints-Falcons rivalry, so New Orleans receiver Joe Horn warns Atlanta's players not to expect anything but the normal intensity Monday night.

Saints-Falcons rivalry as strong as ever
ATLANTA - Poor records never have cooled the Saints-Falcons rivalry, so New Orleans receiver Joe Horn warns Atlanta's players not to expect anything but the normal intensity Monday night.

Paralyzed teen meets star quarterback he says changed his life
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As his brother neatly arranged the short braids peeking below an Atlanta Falcons cap, 17-year-old Kenny Gibson sat in his wheelchair, nervously chewing gum as he stared across the field at the man whose phone call turned around his life.

Paralyzed teen meets star quarterback he says changed his life
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As his brother neatly arranged the short braids peeking below an Atlanta Falcons cap, 17-year-old Kenny Gibson sat in his wheelchair, nervously chewing gum as he stared across the field at the man whose phone call turned around his life.

Falcons, Vick sail past Saints
ATLANTA -The Falcons let Michael Vick be Michael Vick, and the elusive quarterback resuscitated their playoff hopes.

Falcons, Vick sail past Saints
ATLANTA -The Falcons let Michael Vick be Michael Vick, and the elusive quarterback resuscitated their playoff hopes.

Tampa Bay defeats Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tired of getting beaten over and over again by a bitter rival, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did everything possible to end the streak.

Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that Christmas festivities have been polluted by consumerism and suggested that assembling the Nativity scene in the home is an effective way of teaching the faith to children.

Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that Christmas festivities have been polluted by consumerism and suggested that assembling the Nativity scene in the home is an effective way of teaching the faith to children.

Mormon choir prepares for renowned series
SALT LAKE CITY - There's just one thing that could ruin David Gehris' Christmas season: Being singled out on stage as a member of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Mormon choir prepares for renowned series
SALT LAKE CITY - There's just one thing that could ruin David Gehris' Christmas season: Being singled out on stage as a member of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

They're teaching science up on TV's planet Zula
LOS ANGELES - "Way, way up where the planets do the hula - spin and shout until you find yourself on Zula."

Comcast, Time Warner to offer family friendly channels
WASHINGTON - Under pressure from the government, the nation's two largest cable companies plan to offer packages of family friendly channels to give parents a new way to shield children from sex, rough language and violence.

They're teaching science up on TV's planet Zula
LOS ANGELES - "Way, way up where the planets do the hula - spin and shout until you find yourself on Zula."

Danni Boatwright wins 'Survivor: Guatemala'
LOS ANGELES - It came down to 30-year-old sports radio host Danni Boatwright and 25-year-old "Survivor" veteran Stephenie LaGrossa in Sunday night's "Survivor: Guatemala, The Maya Empire" finale.

They're teaching science up on TV's planet Zula

ABC says West Coast will no longer have "stale news" in the evening
NEW YORK - In an age when stories spread instantly, ABC News executive Jon Banner says the idea of airing a daily newscast on the West Coast that is three hours old "is kind of an insult."

Comcast, Time Warner to offer family friendly channels

ABC says West Coast will no longer have "stale news" in the evening

Comcast, Time Warner to offer family friendly channels
WASHINGTON - Under pressure from the government, the nation's two largest cable companies plan to offer packages of family friendly channels to give parents a new way to shield children from sex, rough language and violence.

ABC says West Coast will no longer have "stale news" in the evening
NEW YORK - In an age when stories spread instantly, ABC News executive Jon Banner says the idea of airing a daily newscast on the West Coast that is three hours old "is kind of an insult."

Danni Boatwright wins 'Survivor: Guatemala'

Danni Boatwright wins 'Survivor: Guatemala'
LOS ANGELES - It came down to 30-year-old sports radio host Danni Boatwright and 25-year-old "Survivor" veteran Stephenie LaGrossa in Sunday night's "Survivor: Guatemala, The Maya Empire" finale.

Richard Pryor was more than important, he was funny

Joss Stone named world's best celebrity dog owner in online poll

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Humphrey named SEC's top freshman for second week

Humphrey named SEC's top freshman for second week
ATHENS, Ga. - For the second time in three weeks, Georgia guard Billy Humphrey was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week Monday.

Humphrey named SEC's top freshman for second week
ATHENS, Ga. - For the second time in three weeks, Georgia guard Billy Humphrey was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week Monday.

Question of the week
Q: Will you be reading any of the books that some of the latest movies are based on?

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MIDWEEK MOVIE: King Kong, the souped-up remake of the classic monster monkey tale, comes to the big screen starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody.

Being popular isn't worth compromising personality
Jasmine Griffin could not believe she was doing this. She knew nothing about running cross country, except that all the "cool people" were on the team, and she wanted to fit in. So, she shook off her bad vibes and prepared to run.

Take a deep breath - it's exam time

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Katelyn Wolf (from left), Allison Sharkey, Ivy Reese, Gabriel Peters and Patrick Fields show their Crusader spirit at the Curtis Baptist High School basketball game against Cardinal Newman.

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Take a deep breath - it's exam time
December usually brings one thing to pupils' minds - Christmas. We think of all the wonderful gifts we will receive and the priceless two weeks away from school.

Newest game systems are worth their hype

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MIDWEEK MOVIE: King Kong, the souped-up remake of the classic monster monkey tale, comes to the big screen starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody.

Quick hits
Going to a parade, visiting with Santa and his helpers or taking part in a family gathering? Xtreme wants to run your holiday pictures.

Newest game systems are worth their hype
While some might be dreaming of new cars or new clothes, the real must-haves this holiday season are the next generation of video-game machines.

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Katelyn Wolf (from left), Allison Sharkey, Ivy Reese, Gabriel Peters and Patrick Fields show their Crusader spirit at the Curtis Baptist High School basketball game against Cardinal Newman.

Newest game systems are worth their hype
While some might be dreaming of new cars or new clothes, the real must-haves this holiday season are the next generation of video-game machines.

Let your thoughtfulness show when giving gifts to friends
For many teenagers, the holiday season can create a lot of stress over how to handle giving and receiving gifts. How do you pick out a gift, and what is the proper way to give it?

Girl doesn't have to wait on neglectful boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend is 16 and he's locked up. He gets to come home on certain holidays or if he wants to come home for the weekend. Every time he comes home, he's never (at) home. When I went to his house for Thanksgiving I saw a girl hanging around him. Is it me, or am I being self-conscious (to think) that he's cheating on me?

Take a deep breath - it's exam time
December usually brings one thing to pupils' minds - Christmas. We think of all the wonderful gifts we will receive and the priceless two weeks away from school.

Let your thoughtfulness show when giving gifts to friends
For many teenagers, the holiday season can create a lot of stress over how to handle giving and receiving gifts. How do you pick out a gift, and what is the proper way to give it?

Quick hits

Quick hits
Going to a parade, visiting with Santa and his helpers or taking part in a family gathering? Xtreme wants to run your holiday pictures.

Question of the week

Let your thoughtfulness show when giving gifts to friends

Being popular isn't worth compromising personality
Jasmine Griffin could not believe she was doing this. She knew nothing about running cross country, except that all the "cool people" were on the team, and she wanted to fit in. So, she shook off her bad vibes and prepared to run.

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Girl doesn't have to wait on neglectful boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend is 16 and he's locked up. He gets to come home on certain holidays or if he wants to come home for the weekend. Every time he comes home, he's never (at) home. When I went to his house for Thanksgiving I saw a girl hanging around him. Is it me, or am I being self-conscious (to think) that he's cheating on me?

Question of the week
Q: Will you be reading any of the books that some of the latest movies are based on?

Being popular isn't worth compromising personality

Girl doesn't have to wait on neglectful boyfriend

Mormon choir prepares for renowned series

Pope: Christmas polluted by consumerism