Across the river
BABES IN TOYLAND: 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Monte Sano Elementary School, 2164 Richmond Ave.

Aiken Prep pupils once slept out on the porches
Aiken Preparatory School, which will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2006, was founded in a former Winter Colony home on Barnwell Street.

Secondary roads have proven lethal
According to state figures, Aiken County ranked 10th among South Carolina's 46 counties in fatal highway accidents in 2004 with 39 deaths in 33 accidents.

School lunch menus
Here are Aiken County school lunch menus through January 2.

Around the block
Auditions for HONK! will be held for youths 17 and younger at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken Community Playhouse in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Be prepared to perform a dance routine and read from the script. Bring sheet music only, no compact discs. An accompanist will be provided. Call 648-1438 or visit www. aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Recreation
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Around the block
Auditions for HONK! will be held for youths 17 and younger at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken Community Playhouse in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Be prepared to perform a dance routine and read from the script. Bring sheet music only, no compact discs. An accompanist will be provided. Call 648-1438 or visit www. aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

First Steps could get more funds from state
The South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness Act, which funds the Aiken County First Steps program, has the governor's support for funding and awaits the return of the Senate Education Committee in January.

Bill mandates spending level for classroom instruction
State legislation that would require schools to spend 65 percent of their budget on classroom instruction has gained some supporters in Aiken County, but others say the legislation is poorly defined.

Girl Scouts enjoy chivalrous outing
It was easy for Kathi Hardwick to get her daughter to attend Medieval Event: Love and Honor at Camp Tanglewood on Saturday.

Meetings
AIKEN CAMERA CLUB: 6:30 p.m. third Mondays, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, Room 3, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; (803) 642-9272 or misticole22@hotmail.com

Calendar
AIKEN COUNTY HERITAGE CORRIDOR MEETING: 3 p.m. today; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W.; open to public; 642-7557

Recreation
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Library schedule
Here are schedules of Aiken County libraries.

Library schedule
Here are schedules of Aiken County libraries.

Recreation calendar
LEGACY SCULPTURE AND GARDEN: Outdoor Education Center, two miles of hiking trails, wetlands habitat and a pavilion; self-guided tours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, guided group and weekend tours by appointment; www.nwtf.org

Calendar
AIKEN COUNTY HERITAGE CORRIDOR MEETING: 3 p.m. today; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W.; open to public; 642-7557

Toys for Tots drive is going strong
The Marine Corps Reserve Center on Central Avenue in Augusta was brimming with toys Saturday morning.

Aiken Prep pupils once slept out on the porches
Aiken Preparatory School, which will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2006, was founded in a former Winter Colony home on Barnwell Street.

Play conveys true meaning of Christmas
Tamika Holston didn't want another Christmas season to pass without fulfilling a desire of her heart.

Recreation
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Bill mandates spending level for classroom instruction
State legislation that would require schools to spend 65 percent of their budget on classroom instruction has gained some supporters in Aiken County, but others say the legislation is poorly defined.

Farmers market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call 643-4660.

Pet of the week
Gracie, 2-year-old female, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Pet of the week
Gracie, 2-year-old female, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

School lunch menus
Here are Aiken County school lunch menus through January 2.

First Steps could get more funds from state
The South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness Act, which funds the Aiken County First Steps program, has the governor's support for funding and awaits the return of the Senate Education Committee in January.

Meetings
AIKEN CAMERA CLUB: 6:30 p.m. third Mondays, H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, Room 3, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; (803) 642-9272 or misticole22@hotmail.com

Play conveys true meaning of Christmas
Tamika Holston didn't want another Christmas season to pass without fulfilling a desire of her heart.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results Dec, 5-11

Girl Scouts enjoy chivalrous outing
It was easy for Kathi Hardwick to get her daughter to attend Medieval Event: Love and Honor at Camp Tanglewood on Saturday.

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Toys for Tots drive is going strong
The Marine Corps Reserve Center on Central Avenue in Augusta was brimming with toys Saturday morning.

Farmers market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call 643-4660.

Across the river
BABES IN TOYLAND: 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Monte Sano Elementary School, 2164 Richmond Ave.

Secondary roads have proven lethal
According to state figures, Aiken County ranked 10th among South Carolina's 46 counties in fatal highway accidents in 2004 with 39 deaths in 33 accidents.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results Dec, 5-11

Ben Franklin didn't always post those too-hasty words
WASHINGTON - Benjamin Franklin was a passionate writer, especially in the cause of the democracy he helped found, but even such a prolific man of letters may have had second thoughts about posting too-hasty words, according to an exhibit for the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth.

Oldest Maya mural uncovered in Guatemala

Oldest Maya mural uncovered in Guatemala
WASHINGTON - Archaeologist William Saturno said Tuesday he was awe-struck when he uncovered a Maya mural not seen for nearly two millennia.

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.

Oldest Maya mural uncovered in Guatemala
WASHINGTON - Archaeologist William Saturno said Tuesday he was awe-struck when he uncovered a Maya mural not seen for nearly two millennia.

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.

Ben Franklin didn't always post those too-hasty words

Mapplethorpe exhibit to test limits of art in Cuba

Ben Franklin didn't always post those too-hasty words
WASHINGTON - Benjamin Franklin was a passionate writer, especially in the cause of the democracy he helped found, but even such a prolific man of letters may have had second thoughts about posting too-hasty words, according to an exhibit for the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth.

Los Angeles deals Bradley to Oakland
LOS ANGELES - Milton Bradley is getting another fresh start.

Los Angeles deals Bradley to Oakland

Los Angeles deals Bradley to Oakland
LOS ANGELES - Milton Bradley is getting another fresh start.

Charity's holiday chime is A classic

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

Renteria glad to be a Brave

Braves may be back on market

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.

Braves may be back on market
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves may be back on the market, a team official said Tuesday.

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.

Braves may be back on market
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves may be back on the market, a team official said Tuesday.

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.

Site at I-20 has future in retail
Another "lifestyle center" retail complex - the fourth one proposed in the Augusta area this year - could spring up near the intersection of Interstate 20 and Walton Way Extension.

DirecTV to pay $5.35 million for do-not-call violations
WASHINGTON - DirecTV Inc. will pay $5.35 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called households listed on the national do-not-call registry to pitch satellite TV programming, Federal Trade Commission officials said Tuesday.

Business briefs

Crisis services company rescues 1920s building
A local company has put a major deposit into the former Augusta Federal Savings bank on Broad Street.

Fed delivers 13th quarter-point rate hike

Fed delivers 13th quarter-point rate hike
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Tuesday pushed a key interest rate to the highest level in 4½ years while signaling that the campaign to raise interest rates to fight inflation was likely drawing to an end.

Site at I-20 has future in retail

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

Business briefs
SC METAL PRODUCTS held a ribbon cutting Tuesday at their new facility at 555 A.B. Miles Road in Aiken. The company, created by The McGregor Metalworking Companies, has plans to invest $7 million in Aiken and create up to 100 new jobs in the next five years.

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

Crisis services company rescues 1920s building

Site at I-20 has future in retail
Another "lifestyle center" retail complex - the fourth one proposed in the Augusta area this year - could spring up near the intersection of Interstate 20 and Walton Way Extension.

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

DirecTV to pay $5.35 million for do-not-call violations
WASHINGTON - DirecTV Inc. will pay $5.35 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called households listed on the national do-not-call registry to pitch satellite TV programming, Federal Trade Commission officials said Tuesday.

Firm plans to buy center

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

Fed delivers 13th quarter-point rate hike
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Tuesday pushed a key interest rate to the highest level in 4½ years while signaling that the campaign to raise interest rates to fight inflation was likely drawing to an end.

Business briefs
SC METAL PRODUCTS held a ribbon cutting Tuesday at their new facility at 555 A.B. Miles Road in Aiken. The company, created by The McGregor Metalworking Companies, has plans to invest $7 million in Aiken and create up to 100 new jobs in the next five years.

Crisis services company rescues 1920s building
A local company has put a major deposit into the former Augusta Federal Savings bank on Broad Street.

What you see with Caller ID could be bogus

DirecTV to pay $5.35 million for do-not-call violations

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, December 14, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, December 14, 2005.

Duke still No. 1, Houston in Top 25

12-hole course idea could save money

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.

Reform the right way
Imagine taking over as chief of Norfolk Southern Railroad on Jan. 5, 2005 - the day before the Graniteville, S.C., train accident.

Right propaganda, wrong way

Reform the right way
Imagine taking over as chief of Norfolk Southern Railroad on Jan. 5, 2005 - the day before the Graniteville, S.C., train accident.

Reform the right way

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?

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.

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.

Georgia's new chancellor
In a unanimous state Board of Regents vote, Erroll Davis was the first African-American to be named permanent chancellor of the University System of Georgia. But it is not his race that made Davis a "non-traditional" choice to head up the state's 35 public institutions of higher learning. It was his business background.

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.

Georgia's new chancellor

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.

Georgia's new chancellor
In a unanimous state Board of Regents vote, Erroll Davis was the first African-American to be named permanent chancellor of the University System of Georgia. But it is not his race that made Davis a "non-traditional" choice to head up the state's 35 public institutions of higher learning. It was his business background.

Lindsay Lohan's parents reach divorce settlement
NEW YORK - Lindsay Lohan's parents reached a divorce settlement Monday, ending a contentious marital battle.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts knew the role of Ann Darrow in "King Kong" was one that demanded a strong set of pipes.

Lindsay Lohan's parents reach divorce settlement
NEW YORK - Lindsay Lohan's parents reached a divorce settlement Monday, ending a contentious marital battle.

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.

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.

James Dean museum to close at end of the month
GAS CITY, Ind. - A museum chronicling the short life of "Rebel Without a Cause" star James Dean will close Dec. 31.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts knew the role of Ann Darrow in "King Kong" was one that demanded a strong set of pipes.

James Dean museum to close at end of the month
GAS CITY, Ind. - A museum chronicling the short life of "Rebel Without a Cause" star James Dean will close Dec. 31.

Food briefs
Catering specialist Wendy Pashman of Chicago's Entertaining Company offers ideas for revving up the "wow" factor for holiday parties without busting the budget.

Vegetarian: Pasta sauce and apple pie

Colorful tart delivers rich and tasty mouthfuls

Quick: Duck with cranberry mostaza

Low-fat: Crunchy mix, cookies, and pita chips

Help for cooks offered by phone and online
Toll-free telephone services and Web sites offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions for December holidays, and many are available year-round.

This gingerbread pudding is spiced to entice
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Synonymous with the holidays, gingerbread tempts the senses and warms the soul. Young and old alike are drawn to its spicy fragrance and subtle sweetness.

Vegetarian: Pasta sauce and apple pie
CONCORD, N.H. - Last year my family decided to get the fuss out of our Christmas festivities.

Family dishes to serve for Hanukkah

Colorful tart delivers rich and tasty mouthfuls
This Gorgonzola cheese tart with its blackberry-port sauce is going to make a colorful statement whenever it's offered.

This gingerbread pudding is spiced to entice
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Synonymous with the holidays, gingerbread tempts the senses and warms the soul. Young and old alike are drawn to its spicy fragrance and subtle sweetness.

Help for cooks offered by phone and online

Low-fat: Crunchy mix, cookies, and pita chips
WASHINGTON - As cooks plan holiday and party menus, there's a place for easy recipes with taste appeal for both adults and children that are low in calories but rich in flavor and nutrition.

Food briefs
Catering specialist Wendy Pashman of Chicago's Entertaining Company offers ideas for revving up the "wow" factor for holiday parties without busting the budget.

Quick: Duck with cranberry mostaza
A meal in festive spirit - Christmas dinner itself, if you like - can be dished up at the drop of a hat when you find the right recipe.

Vegetarian: Pasta sauce and apple pie
CONCORD, N.H. - Last year my family decided to get the fuss out of our Christmas festivities.

Family dishes to serve for Hanukkah
Hanukkah is the Jewish celebration based on the miracle of one day's supply of oil burning for eight days in the menorah on the Temple's rededicated altar, in Jerusalem in 165 B.C. Now, each year these eight days are a time for thanksgiving and candle-lighting in commemoration.

Quick: Duck with cranberry mostaza
A meal in festive spirit - Christmas dinner itself, if you like - can be dished up at the drop of a hat when you find the right recipe.

Food briefs

Help for cooks offered by phone and online
Toll-free telephone services and Web sites offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions for December holidays, and many are available year-round.

This gingerbread pudding is spiced to entice

Low-fat: Crunchy mix, cookies, and pita chips
WASHINGTON - As cooks plan holiday and party menus, there's a place for easy recipes with taste appeal for both adults and children that are low in calories but rich in flavor and nutrition.

Family dishes to serve for Hanukkah
Hanukkah is the Jewish celebration based on the miracle of one day's supply of oil burning for eight days in the menorah on the Temple's rededicated altar, in Jerusalem in 165 B.C. Now, each year these eight days are a time for thanksgiving and candle-lighting in commemoration.

Colorful tart delivers rich and tasty mouthfuls
This Gorgonzola cheese tart with its blackberry-port sauce is going to make a colorful statement whenever it's offered.

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.

Tiger to skip season-opening Mercedes

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.

Golf Glance

Correction

Golf Glance
LAST SEASON: South Africa's Tim Clark beat countryman Charl Schwartzel and France's Gregory Havret by six strokes in January at Durban Country Club. Clark also won the 2002 tournament.

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.

Golf Glance
LAST SEASON: South Africa's Tim Clark beat countryman Charl Schwartzel and France's Gregory Havret by six strokes in January at Durban Country Club. Clark also won the 2002 tournament.

Sorenstam awarded 2nd Writers' Trophy

Sorenstam awarded 2nd Writers' Trophy
LONDON - Annika Sorenstam has won the European Golf Writers' Trophy for the second time in three years, becoming the first woman to claim the award more than once.

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 awarded 2nd Writers' Trophy
LONDON - Annika Sorenstam has won the European Golf Writers' Trophy for the second time in three years, becoming the first woman to claim the award more than once.

Curry, Pink lead in Wildcats' win

Tuesday's South Carolina scores

Georgia high school boys' basketball poll

Atlanta knocks off Detroit
ATLANTA - Patrik Stefan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes left in the third period, as Atlanta blew a four-goal lead before recovering for a 7-6 win over Detroit on Tuesday night.

Atlanta knocks off Detroit

Atlanta knocks off Detroit
ATLANTA - Patrik Stefan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes left in the third period, as Atlanta blew a four-goal lead before recovering for a 7-6 win over Detroit on Tuesday night.

Peanut butter butterscotch balls are hassle-free treats
In October, most moms are somewhat delusional about the holidays.

Peanut butter butterscotch balls are hassle-free treats
In October, most moms are somewhat delusional about the holidays.

Peanut butter butterscotch balls are hassle-free treats

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

Projects must move Augusta forward
I am really glad to see new leadership dawning in Augusta. Now that the elections are over, as a taxpaying citizen I'm ready to see where and how my money (SPLOST) is being spent. The newly elected officials, as well as the old ones, really need to buckle down and get things moving along, and keep the skeptical public well-informed on these quality-of-life projects.Rajah Bonner, Augusta

Build memorial to Graniteville victims

Projects must move Augusta forward

Ann Coulter is shameless hate-peddler
This is regarding your editorial Dec. 10 ("There can be no 'but' with free speech"). I am glad the University of Connecticut students shouted down Ann Coulter. Normally, I would not condone such behavior, but Ms. Coulter richly deserved it.Saroja Venkatraman, Martinez

Support new mayor, and always vote

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

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

Elementary school violence exists, too
Your otherwise excellent editorial regarding school violence by students against teachers ("Teachers are still at risk," Dec. 8) failed to identify violence perpetrated by elementary school pupils.James E. Himley, Edgefield, S.C.

Elementary school violence exists, too

Ann Coulter is shameless hate-peddler
This is regarding your editorial Dec. 10 ("There can be no 'but' with free speech"). I am glad the University of Connecticut students shouted down Ann Coulter. Normally, I would not condone such behavior, but Ms. Coulter richly deserved it.Saroja Venkatraman, Martinez

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

Projects must move Augusta forward
I am really glad to see new leadership dawning in Augusta. Now that the elections are over, as a taxpaying citizen I'm ready to see where and how my money (SPLOST) is being spent. The newly elected officials, as well as the old ones, really need to buckle down and get things moving along, and keep the skeptical public well-informed on these quality-of-life projects.Rajah Bonner, 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

Elementary school violence exists, too
Your otherwise excellent editorial regarding school violence by students against teachers ("Teachers are still at risk," Dec. 8) failed to identify violence perpetrated by elementary school pupils.James E. Himley, Edgefield, S.C.

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

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

Ann Coulter is shameless hate-peddler

Living briefs

Seniors calendar

Where are the best holiday lights?

Med student finds courage, goal through disease

Health and fitness calendar

Male salons catch on with sports, beer and waxing

A look at the top picks for handheld gaming

NIH to create map of cancer's genetic makeup

Blacks, poor more likely to breathe most unhealthy air

Blacks, poor more likely to breathe most unhealthy air
CHICAGO - Kevin Brown's most feared opponent on the sandlot or basketball court while he was growing up wasn't another kid. It was the polluted air he breathed.

Blacks, poor more likely to breathe most unhealthy air
CHICAGO - Kevin Brown's most feared opponent on the sandlot or basketball court while he was growing up wasn't another kid. It was the polluted air he breathed.

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

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.

NIH to create map of cancer's genetic makeup
WASHINGTON - If all the ways genes run amok to cause cancer were laid out in a dictionary, scientists would be able to decipher only a small part of the first page.

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.

Where are the best holiday lights?
If you've seen a great display, tell us about it and we'll run a list of the best places to go based on your recommendations. To recommend a stop, please include the complete address, including subdivision and city.

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

Where are the best holiday lights?
If you've seen a great display, tell us about it and we'll run a list of the best places to go based on your recommendations. To recommend a stop, please include the complete address, including subdivision and city.

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

Male salons catch on with sports, beer and waxing
PHILADELPHIA - Steven Wooke takes a swig from a bottle of Heineken as his left hand rests on a small table, his fingers spread out like a fan of playing cards.

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

Male salons catch on with sports, beer and waxing
PHILADELPHIA - Steven Wooke takes a swig from a bottle of Heineken as his left hand rests on a small table, his fingers spread out like a fan of playing cards.

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.

NIH to create map of cancer's genetic makeup
WASHINGTON - If all the ways genes run amok to cause cancer were laid out in a dictionary, scientists would be able to decipher only a small part of the first page.

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.

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.

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.

Stanley Cup pays visit to Augusta
Only one of the four major professional team championship trophies has traveled to Augusta. And it's making a return appearance this week.

Stanley Cup pays visit to Augusta

Stanley Cup pays visit to Augusta
Only one of the four major professional team championship trophies has traveled to Augusta. And it's making a return appearance this week.

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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 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.

Bills would protect holiday greetings
ATLANTA - Two Georgia lawmakers want to make sure the Grinch can't interfere with the holiday greetings of government employees.

Man accused of killing his infant child, ex's family
CALHOUN, Ga. - Jerry Jones has pleaded guilty to killing three of his ex-girlfriend's relatives and his own infant daughter.

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

Treat yourself to a nice tax break

Schools work is on schedule for August opening

Nerf war is, like, heck

Agenda topics create quarrel
A move to change Augusta Commission rules has stirred up a hornet's nest among commissioners.

Auditors say Aiken underwent good fiscal year

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

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Today in regional history DEC. 14, 1929 Anderson, S.C. - Four boys and four animals figured in a series of accidents Tuesday, when all four of the boys had their arms broken.

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
Raymond Lee "Tre" Mann III is today's Kid of the Day.

Nuke waste site frustrates states

Bills would protect holiday greetings

FBI arrests Hephzibah man

Empty Stocking: Accident threatens Christmas

Across Georgia
KENNESAW - Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a weekend incident in which racist graffiti was spray painted on the walls of an elementary school.

City's health risk in top 10
Richmond County ranks seventh among Georgia's 159 counties - and is in the top 10 percent nationwide - in terms of air pollution-related health risks, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Firefighters get grant for mobile data units
This spring Augusta firefighters battling disasters will be able to learn valuable information about on-site dangers and communicate with other agencies with just a click of a button - all from the inside of their first-responder units.

Across the area
A memorial service has been planned for the one-year anniversary of the train derailment in Graniteville that caused a chlorine spill and the deaths of nine people in January.

Nuke waste site frustrates states
ATLANTA - Electricity users in Georgia and South Carolina continue to pour millions of dollars into a federal plan to permanently store nuclear waste, but state regulators say they are frustrated at lagging efforts to get the waste moved to a central spot in Nevada.

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Nuke waste site frustrates states
ATLANTA - Electricity users in Georgia and South Carolina continue to pour millions of dollars into a federal plan to permanently store nuclear waste, but state regulators say they are frustrated at lagging efforts to get the waste moved to a central spot in Nevada.

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.

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Mayor is sworn in

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.

Firefighters get grant for mobile data units
This spring Augusta firefighters battling disasters will be able to learn valuable information about on-site dangers and communicate with other agencies with just a click of a button - all from the inside of their first-responder units.

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.

Three-car wreck
Glass and other debris litter Wrightsboro Road after a wreck involving three cars sent four people to the hospital.

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Man accused of killing his infant child, ex's family

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.

Agency leaders get wage increase

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.

Seniors seeking drug-plan help

Tire blows up in man's face
A worker at an Evans equipment company was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after a forklift tire exploded in his face.

Kid of the Day

News you can use
Today in regional history DEC. 14, 1929 Anderson, S.C. - Four boys and four animals figured in a series of accidents Tuesday, when all four of the boys had their arms broken.

Agency leaders get wage increase
COLUMBIA - Forty-six state agency heads will get performance-based pay raises when the new year begins after the Budget and Control Board's approval Tuesday of increases ranging from 3 percent to 6 percent.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $61,600.16

Commissioners set '06 budget
With new Mayor Deke Copenhaver presiding for the first time, Augusta commissioners adopted a 2006 general-fund budget Tuesday that includes a tax increase, use of reserve funds and layoffs for 39 city employees.

FBI arrests Hephzibah man
A 54-year-old Hephzibah man arrested on federal murder charges Tuesday is suspected of killing four people to conceal a drug-trafficking operation headed by an Augusta native.

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON - Clemson University plans to close a family housing area where students have lived since 1950, saying it has become too expensive to maintain.

Camp wants prime spot for monument
John Partridge says he doesn't think his Sons of Confederate Veterans camp is being slighted intentionally.

Kid of the Day
Raymond Lee "Tre" Mann III is today's Kid of the Day.

Bills would protect holiday greetings
ATLANTA - Two Georgia lawmakers want to make sure the Grinch can't interfere with the holiday greetings of government employees.

Across South Carolina

Man accused of killing his infant child, ex's family
CALHOUN, Ga. - Jerry Jones has pleaded guilty to killing three of his ex-girlfriend's relatives and his own infant daughter.

Georgia ethics committee members nominated

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $59,007.16

Ill mother, caring for sick child, needs holiday help

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $59,007.16

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.

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.

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

Rants and raves
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Agency leaders get wage increase
COLUMBIA - Forty-six state agency heads will get performance-based pay raises when the new year begins after the Budget and Control Board's approval Tuesday of increases ranging from 3 percent to 6 percent.

Across the area

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.

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.

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

Across the area
A memorial service has been planned for the one-year anniversary of the train derailment in Graniteville that caused a chlorine spill and the deaths of nine people in January.

Commissioners set '06 budget

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON - Clemson University plans to close a family housing area where students have lived since 1950, saying it has become too expensive to maintain.

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.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged: $59,007.16

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

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.

Empty stocking fund donations

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

Three-car wreck

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.

Rewards offered in homicides

Black leaders oppose commission changes
Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams and other black leaders spoke out against Augusta Commission member Andy Cheek's proposals to appoint a fire chief and change local government rules at next week's commission meeting.

Area forms evacuee services

Across Georgia
KENNESAW - Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a weekend incident in which racist graffiti was spray painted on the walls of an elementary school.

Camp wants prime spot for monument

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Drivers allege discrimination

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $61,600.16

Across South Carolina

Ill mother, caring for sick child, needs holiday help
A relative writing on behalf of her grown niece said the woman won't be able to provide her family with Christmas gifts or medication for a sick child without help this holiday.

Across the area

Camp wants prime spot for monument
John Partridge says he doesn't think his Sons of Confederate Veterans camp is being slighted intentionally.

Firefighters get grant for mobile data units

Three-car wreck
Glass and other debris litter Wrightsboro Road after a wreck involving three cars sent four people to the hospital.

Agenda topics create quarrel

Agenda topics create quarrel
A move to change Augusta Commission rules has stirred up a hornet's nest among commissioners.

Kid of the Day

Schools work is on schedule for August opening
Construction for Richmond County's two new elementary schools is half done, on schedule and under budget, according to officials.

Tire blows up in man's face

FBI arrests Hephzibah man
A 54-year-old Hephzibah man arrested on federal murder charges Tuesday is suspected of killing four people to conceal a drug-trafficking operation headed by an Augusta native.

City's health risk in top 10

Tire blows up in man's face
A worker at an Evans equipment company was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after a forklift tire exploded in his face.

Magnet expansion sought

City's health risk in top 10
Richmond County ranks seventh among Georgia's 159 counties - and is in the top 10 percent nationwide - in terms of air pollution-related health risks, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Empty Stocking Donations

Commissioners set '06 budget
With new Mayor Deke Copenhaver presiding for the first time, Augusta commissioners adopted a 2006 general-fund budget Tuesday that includes a tax increase, use of reserve funds and layoffs for 39 city employees.

Drivers allege discrimination
A lawsuit charging the Columbia County School System with discrimination was filed in U.S. District Court in Augusta on Tuesday by four bus drivers.

Schools work is on schedule for August opening
Construction for Richmond County's two new elementary schools is half done, on schedule and under budget, according to officials.

Across Georgia

Ill mother, caring for sick child, needs holiday help
A relative writing on behalf of her grown niece said the woman won't be able to provide her family with Christmas gifts or medication for a sick child without help this holiday.

Drivers allege discrimination
A lawsuit charging the Columbia County School System with discrimination was filed in U.S. District Court in Augusta on Tuesday by four bus drivers.

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.

BCS actually worked in'05
This time of year on the sports calendar - the pre-bowl December doldrums - presents an interesting philosophical question.

BCS actually worked in'05
This time of year on the sports calendar - the pre-bowl December doldrums - presents an interesting philosophical question.

Long live the King: History of Kong in Film
Movie audiences have never had to go too long without Kong.

'Kong' creator hugely talented

Cinema owes thanks to culture's top simian
There have been three great revolutions in the history of cinema.

'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.

Naomi Watts lives up to 'Queen of Scream' shrieks

'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.

Cinema owes thanks to culture's top simian

'Kong' creator hugely talented
A patriot and pilot, innovator and explorer, King Kong creator Merian C. Cooper was into much more than just monkey business.

Long live the King: History of Kong in Film

'Brokeback Mountain' wins LA critics best film award

Naomi Watts lives up to 'Queen of Scream' shrieks
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts knew the role of Ann Darrow in "King Kong" was one that demanded a strong set of pipes.

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

Long live the King: History of Kong in Film
Movie audiences have never had to go too long without Kong.

'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.

'Kong' creator hugely talented
A patriot and pilot, innovator and explorer, King Kong creator Merian C. Cooper was into much more than just monkey business.

'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.

Cinema owes thanks to culture's top simian
There have been three great revolutions in the history of cinema.

'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.

Naomi Watts lives up to 'Queen of Scream' shrieks
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts knew the role of Ann Darrow in "King Kong" was one that demanded a strong set of pipes.

'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.

Prince set to release new album

Rapper Young Buck pleads no contest in stabbing

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.

Rapper Young Buck pleads no contest in stabbing
LOS ANGELES - Rapper Young Buck pleaded no contest Monday to a felony in the stabbing of a man during a melee at last year's Vibe Awards show.

Rapper Young Buck pleads no contest in stabbing
LOS ANGELES - Rapper Young Buck pleaded no contest Monday to a felony in the stabbing of a man during a melee at last year's Vibe Awards show.

MTV and Microsoft to develop online music service
LOS ANGELES - MTV Networks Inc. said Tuesday it has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to develop an online music service to launch early next year.

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

Prince set to release new album
NEW YORK - Prince, who has put out most of his music on his own record label over the past decade, is aligning himself with a major label once again.

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.

MTV and Microsoft to develop online music service
LOS ANGELES - MTV Networks Inc. said Tuesday it has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to develop an online music service to launch early next year.

Prince set to release new album
NEW YORK - Prince, who has put out most of his music on his own record label over the past decade, is aligning himself with a major label once again.

MTV and Microsoft to develop online music service

Stewart plans run in midget car race
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Stewart will drive a midget car again, and won't try to fool anybody.

Stewart plans run in midget car race
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Stewart will drive a midget car again, and won't try to fool anybody.

Stewart plans run in midget car race

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.

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.

Riley replaces Van Gundy as Heat coach

Hawks win second in row
CLEVELAND - Al Harrington scored 20 points and Tyronn Lue had a season-high 19 as the Atlanta Hawks won only their second road game, surprising the sluggish Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-94 on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Hawks win second in row

Hawks win second in row
CLEVELAND - Al Harrington scored 20 points and Tyronn Lue had a season-high 19 as the Atlanta Hawks won only their second road game, surprising the sluggish Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-94 on Tuesday night.

Pacers' rookies to fill Artest's minutes
INDIANAPOLIS - Sarunas Jasikevicius and Danny Granger will go from rookie role players to key contributors now that the Indiana Pacers are trying to trade Ron Artest.

Walsh: Pacers will seek trade for Artest

Pacers' rookies to fill Artest's minutes
INDIANAPOLIS - Sarunas Jasikevicius and Danny Granger will go from rookie role players to key contributors now that the Indiana Pacers are trying to trade Ron Artest.

Pacers' rookies to fill Artest's minutes

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.

Falcons, Vick sail past Saints

Panthers' loss to Bucs shows how quickly things can change

Five more teams can clinch playoff berths

Dungy hoping new goals help Colts stay focused

Falcons close to ending long run of futility

Falcons' defense grows younger through season

Mrs. Pauline Toole    (MONROE, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey Hardy, Sr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth H. Vaughn    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth H. Vaughn    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Blankenship    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha H. Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Meeks Crook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest C. Cave    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Crocker, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Opal G. Brown    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Blount    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Cofer Davis    (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Major Sam Cochran    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Young    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. David Smith    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Harry Fong    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Reese    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allien Choice    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nettie R. Blanchard    (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Hamilton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Reese    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Blount    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lucille Meeks Crook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie R. Blanchard    (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. David Smith    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

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

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Christopher Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Toole    (MONROE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ester B. Lee    (KERSHAW, S.C.)

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

Mr. Jeffrey Hardy, Sr.    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Earl Layton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Major Sam Cochran    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Young    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ana Blankenship    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Bell Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W. Allan Corley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Blount    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Bell Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ester B. Lee    (KERSHAW, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Blount    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha H. Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Opal G. Brown    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Crocker, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Allien Choice    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Cofer Davis    (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mr. Ernest C. Cave    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Crocker, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. W. Allan Corley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vanecia Fleenor    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Harry Fong    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Ms. Elizabeth Starks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie James Chester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Hamilton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Martha H. Jennings (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ernest C. Cave (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Hamilton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. W. Allan Corley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Starks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Reese (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Young (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Bell Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Crocker, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Nettie R. Blanchard (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Blount (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Blount (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Roundtree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Fong (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Rowell (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Major Sam Cochran (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth H. Vaughn (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Meeks Crook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ana Blankenship (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Booker (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ester B. Lee (KERSHAW, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Dr. Daniel B. Sullivan

Ms. Elizabeth Starks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Cofer Davis (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mrs. Allien Choice (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jeffrey Hardy, Sr. (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charlie Coleman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Earl Layton (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Leslie James Chester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

2 U.S. sprinters hit with ban

Promoter: Williamses' father claimed authority to make deals

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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.

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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
Get ready for another Olympics featuring soul patches, bandannas and squealing fans at the short track rink. Apolo Anton Ohno has picked up where he left off in Salt Lake City.

2 U.S. sprinters hit with ban
LONDON - Tim Montgomery's 100-meter world record was broken earlier this year. Now it's been wiped completely from the books.

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.

2 U.S. sprinters hit with ban
LONDON - Tim Montgomery's 100-meter world record was broken earlier this year. Now it's been wiped completely from the books.

Overtime
Get ready for another Olympics featuring soul patches, bandannas and squealing fans at the short track rink. Apolo Anton Ohno has picked up where he left off in Salt Lake City.

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.

Tuesday's South Carolina scores
GIRLS BASKETBALL Allendale-Fairfax 54, Silver Bluff 51 Andrew Jackson 43, Great Falls 42

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.

Georgia high school boys' basketball poll
Results of the GaSports.com coaches poll:

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.

Georgia high school boys' basketball poll
Results of the GaSports.com coaches poll:

Tuesday's South Carolina scores
GIRLS BASKETBALL Allendale-Fairfax 54, Silver Bluff 51 Andrew Jackson 43, Great Falls 42

Dungy hoping new goals help Colts stay focused
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Dungy has issued a new challenge. With three weeks left in the season, the Indianapolis Colts have wrapped up all of their stated regular-season goals. An unbeaten season seems to be only incidental.

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

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

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.

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

Falcons close to ending long run of futility
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - One more win wouldn't ensure the Atlanta Falcons of a playoff berth, but it would make team history.

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

Falcons close to ending long run of futility
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - One more win wouldn't ensure the Atlanta Falcons of a playoff berth, but it would make team history.

Dungy hoping new goals help Colts stay focused
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Dungy has issued a new challenge. With three weeks left in the season, the Indianapolis Colts have wrapped up all of their stated regular-season goals. An unbeaten season seems to be only incidental.

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.

Pope decries stalled disarmament efforts
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday decried "bogged down" nuclear disarmament efforts and religious fanaticism as thwarting peace, while his top justice official denounced torture as an unacceptable, unnecessary way to fight terrorism.

Pope decries stalled disarmament efforts
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday decried "bogged down" nuclear disarmament efforts and religious fanaticism as thwarting peace, while his top justice official denounced torture as an unacceptable, unnecessary way to fight terrorism.

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.

BCS actually worked in'05

Martha Stewart's daytime talk show renewed
NEW YORK - With the renewal of her daytime show, "Martha," for a second season, Martha Stewart is batting.500 in her post-prison television comeback.

ABC promotes George Stephanopoulos

CBS keeps season-long winning streak intact
NEW YORK - CBS maintained its winning ways for a 12th week, eclipsing its rivals and building on its unbroken record this season.

'NCIS' not boxed in by crime series conventions
LOS ANGELES - Three cameras roll simultaneously, capturing different views of a forensic team investigating a crime scene amid huge shipping containers at Los Angeles Harbor.

CBS keeps season-long winning streak intact

'NCIS' not boxed in by crime series conventions
LOS ANGELES - Three cameras roll simultaneously, capturing different views of a forensic team investigating a crime scene amid huge shipping containers at Los Angeles Harbor.

Alleged bigamist spotted on TV, arrested
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man wanted on a bigamy charge was arrested after a woman watching an episode of the "Dr. Phil" show about the case saw his picture - and recognized her sister's boyfriend.

CBS keeps season-long winning streak intact
NEW YORK - CBS maintained its winning ways for a 12th week, eclipsing its rivals and building on its unbroken record this season.

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.

ABC promotes George Stephanopoulos
NEW YORK - ABC News has appointed "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos as its chief Washington correspondent, adding duties to his weekly job at the helm of the Sunday morning political talk show.

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.

Martha Stewart's daytime talk show renewed
NEW YORK - With the renewal of her daytime show, "Martha," for a second season, Martha Stewart is batting.500 in her post-prison television comeback.

'NCIS' not boxed in by crime series conventions

Alleged bigamist spotted on TV, arrested
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man wanted on a bigamy charge was arrested after a woman watching an episode of the "Dr. Phil" show about the case saw his picture - and recognized her sister's boyfriend.

Martha Stewart's daytime talk show renewed

Comcast, Time Warner to offer family friendly channels

ABC promotes George Stephanopoulos
NEW YORK - ABC News has appointed "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos as its chief Washington correspondent, adding duties to his weekly job at the helm of the Sunday morning political talk show.

Danni Boatwright wins 'Survivor: Guatemala'

Alleged bigamist spotted on TV, arrested

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.

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.

People in the News

Lindsay Lohan's parents reach divorce settlement

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

James Dean museum to close at end of the month

3 Bulldogs make All-America team
ATLANTA - The Georgia Bulldogs lead the state with three players selected to The Associated Press All-America team released on Tuesday, while Calvin Johnson headed Georgia Tech as a second teamer.

Humphrey named SEC's top freshman for second week

3 Bulldogs make All-America team
ATLANTA - The Georgia Bulldogs lead the state with three players selected to The Associated Press All-America team released on Tuesday, while Calvin Johnson headed Georgia Tech as a second teamer.

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.

3 Bulldogs make All-America team

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.

South Carolina stops Gophers

South Carolina stops Gophers
COLUMBIA - Junior Shannel Harris matched her season total of 13 points and South Carolina ended a 17-game losing streak against ranked teams with a 79-61 victory over No. 14 Minnesota on Tuesday night.

South Carolina stops Gophers
COLUMBIA - Junior Shannel Harris matched her season total of 13 points and South Carolina ended a 17-game losing streak against ranked teams with a 79-61 victory over No. 14 Minnesota on Tuesday night.

12-hole course idea could save money
Prestwick 12 is a golf course concept whose time has come - or, more accurately, come back.

12-hole course idea could save money
Prestwick 12 is a golf course concept whose time has come - or, more accurately, come back.

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.

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

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?

Take a deep breath - it's exam time

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.

Newest game systems are worth their hype

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?

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.

Xtreme calendar

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.

Spotted

Xtreme calendar
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.

Spotted
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.

Let your thoughtfulness show when giving gifts to friends

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.

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

Xtreme calendar
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.

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.

Spotted
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.

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.

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?

Being popular isn't worth compromising personality

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?

Girl doesn't have to wait on neglectful boyfriend

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

Across the river

School lunch menus

Meetings

Recreation calendar

First Steps could get more funds from state

Bill mandates spending level for classroom instruction

CSRA Bridge Results

Aiken Prep pupils once slept out on the porches

Calendar

Pet of the week

Around the block

Secondary roads have proven lethal

Toys for Tots drive is going strong

Girl Scouts enjoy chivalrous outing

Farmers market

Library schedule

Play conveys true meaning of Christmas

Adult literacy sites

Recreation

Mormon choir prepares for renowned series

Pope decries stalled disarmament efforts