Author tells how terrorists killed Russia's Czar
Before Mikhail Gorbachev and his reforms that brought an end to the Soviet Union, there was Czar Alexander II, who freed Russia's 23 million serfs, introduced trial by jury, ended the whipping of army recruits and first introduced "glasnost."

Author tells how terrorists killed Russia's Czar

Author tells how terrorists killed Russia's Czar
Before Mikhail Gorbachev and his reforms that brought an end to the Soviet Union, there was Czar Alexander II, who freed Russia's 23 million serfs, introduced trial by jury, ended the whipping of army recruits and first introduced "glasnost."

Exhibit celebrates 20 years of art from Pixar
NEW YORK - For once, kids might be dragging their parents to the museum instead of the other way around.

Exhibit celebrates 20 years of art from Pixar

Exhibit celebrates 20 years of art from Pixar
NEW YORK - For once, kids might be dragging their parents to the museum instead of the other way around.

Hernandez officially joins Pirates
PITTSBURGH - Right-handed reliever Roberto Hernandez finalized his $2.75 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Pittsburgh Pirates after passing a physical.

Former USC Aiken pitcher signs deal with Pittsburgh

Twins agree to deal with Batista
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins agreed to a one-year contract Thursday with two-time All-Star third baseman Tony Batista, filling another need in their lineup.

A's owners wants to buy expansion team

Twins agree to deal with Batista
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins agreed to a one-year contract Thursday with two-time All-Star third baseman Tony Batista, filling another need in their lineup.

A's owners wants to buy expansion team
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The owners of the Oakland Athletics expressed a keen interest Friday in purchasing an expansion franchise from Major League Soccer to quickly return the sport to San Jose.

Former USC Aiken pitcher signs deal with Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Right-handed reliever Roberto Hernandez, who attended USC Aiken, finalized his $2.75 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Pittsburgh Pirates after passing a physical.

A's owners wants to buy expansion team
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The owners of the Oakland Athletics expressed a keen interest Friday in purchasing an expansion franchise from Major League Soccer to quickly return the sport to San Jose.

Hernandez officially joins Pirates
PITTSBURGH - Right-handed reliever Roberto Hernandez finalized his $2.75 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Pittsburgh Pirates after passing a physical.

Hernandez officially joins Pirates

Former USC Aiken pitcher signs deal with Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Right-handed reliever Roberto Hernandez, who attended USC Aiken, finalized his $2.75 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Pittsburgh Pirates after passing a physical.

Twins agree to deal with Batista

Hark, it's Harold, the angel

Treasury announces new rules on money laundering

Video-game sales slump ahead of holiday season
NEW YORK - The video-game industry saw software sales decline from 2004 levels for a third straight month in November as the launch of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 console helped erode demand for existing titles.

Plan plays up Augusta's golf history

Business briefs
Federal Way, Wash. - Weyerhaeuser co., one of the nation's largest producers of lumber and paper products, has announced plans to close or sell plants in eight u.s. states and two Canadian provinces, the latest in a series of cutbacks since a steep drop in third-quarter profits.

Morris buys Marine Room building downtown

Howard Stern and free speech? Not after today
Howard Stern, a New York radio fixture for 20 years and host of a syndicated show for 12 million daily listeners, bid farewell to his fans with a final show on terrestrial radio. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to satellite radio - where his once-free speech will cost listeners $12.95 a month.

Mobile e-mail startup sues Microsoft, strikes deal with NTP

Morris buys Marine Room building downtown
Raucous revelry at the Marine Room is over.

Business briefs
Augusta-based human resources and staffing firm MAU Inc. announced this week it has opened a regional office in Greenwood, S.C.

Company proposes high-rise building
An Atlanta developer is seeking permission from Richmond County to build a high-rise condominium building at the National Hills shopping center as part of a plan to renovate the aging property into an upscale mixed-use development.

Business briefs

Business briefs
Federal Way, Wash. - Weyerhaeuser co., one of the nation's largest producers of lumber and paper products, has announced plans to close or sell plants in eight u.s. states and two Canadian provinces, the latest in a series of cutbacks since a steep drop in third-quarter profits.

First Chinese automaker to display at Detroit show

Treasury announces new rules on money laundering
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department has finalized rules requiring banks, securities dealers and other financial institutions to take steps to detect money-laundering or other dubious transactions in accounts they maintain for foreign customers.

Business briefs

First Chinese automaker to display at Detroit show
DETROIT - The Motor City will see some proof of the Chinese auto industry's growing ambitions next month when Geely Automobile Co. becomes the first Chinese automaker to have a display at the Detroit auto show.

Augusta bakery will add production, 80 more jobs
There's a smell on Marvin Griffin Road, and it's only getting stronger.

Treasury announces new rules on money laundering
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department has finalized rules requiring banks, securities dealers and other financial institutions to take steps to detect money-laundering or other dubious transactions in accounts they maintain for foreign customers.

Business briefs
Augusta-based human resources and staffing firm MAU Inc. announced this week it has opened a regional office in Greenwood, S.C.

Company proposes high-rise building
An Atlanta developer is seeking permission from Richmond County to build a high-rise condominium building at the National Hills shopping center as part of a plan to renovate the aging property into an upscale mixed-use development.

Company proposes high-rise building

Morris buys Marine Room building downtown
Raucous revelry at the Marine Room is over.

Howard Stern and free speech? Not after today

Howard Stern and free speech? Not after today
Howard Stern, a New York radio fixture for 20 years and host of a syndicated show for 12 million daily listeners, bid farewell to his fans with a final show on terrestrial radio. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to satellite radio - where his once-free speech will cost listeners $12.95 a month.

Coffee makers see big trend in small packages
WATERBURY, Vt. - A half dozen production lines operate 12 hours a day, cutting small filters and stuffing them into tiny cups, dropping in 2 or 3 grams of coffee and sealing them before whisking them into boxes.

First Chinese automaker to display at Detroit show
DETROIT - The Motor City will see some proof of the Chinese auto industry's growing ambitions next month when Geely Automobile Co. becomes the first Chinese automaker to have a display at the Detroit auto show.

Video-game sales slump ahead of holiday season
NEW YORK - The video-game industry saw software sales decline from 2004 levels for a third straight month in November as the launch of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 console helped erode demand for existing titles.

Coffee makers see big trend in small packages

Mobile e-mail startup sues Microsoft, strikes deal with NTP
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Mobile e-mail startup Visto Corp. has sued Microsoft Corp. for allegedly infringing on three of its patents related to how information is handled between servers and handheld devices such as cellular phones.

Augusta bakery will add production, 80 more jobs

Augusta bakery will add production, 80 more jobs
There's a smell on Marvin Griffin Road, and it's only getting stronger.

Video-game sales slump ahead of holiday season

Plan plays up Augusta's golf history
Augusta is steeped in golf history, but visitors expecting a golfer's paradise when they step off the plane or drive into town may be disappointed.

Mobile e-mail startup sues Microsoft, strikes deal with NTP
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Mobile e-mail startup Visto Corp. has sued Microsoft Corp. for allegedly infringing on three of its patents related to how information is handled between servers and handheld devices such as cellular phones.

Coffee makers see big trend in small packages
WATERBURY, Vt. - A half dozen production lines operate 12 hours a day, cutting small filters and stuffing them into tiny cups, dropping in 2 or 3 grams of coffee and sealing them before whisking them into boxes.

Plan plays up Augusta's golf history
Augusta is steeped in golf history, but visitors expecting a golfer's paradise when they step off the plane or drive into town may be disappointed.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 16,2005

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 16,2005

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Saturday, December 17, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Saturday, December 17, 2005.

Clemson looks for redemption at Bowl

Clemson looks for redemption at Bowl
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden rushed out of the visitor's media room at Williams-Brice Stadium after his team defeated South Carolina 13-9 last month when he spied the distinctive jacket of a Champs Sports Bowl official.

Tigers taking success in stride
CLEMSON, S.C. - It's a common sight, the veteran basketball coach dousing his players' exuberance.

Tigers taking success in stride

Clemson looks for redemption at Bowl
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden rushed out of the visitor's media room at Williams-Brice Stadium after his team defeated South Carolina 13-9 last month when he spied the distinctive jacket of a Champs Sports Bowl official.

Tigers taking success in stride
CLEMSON, S.C. - It's a common sight, the veteran basketball coach dousing his players' exuberance.

Peach Bowl dropping "Peach" from its name

Florida's Dickey reclaims backup QB spot

Alabama hoping to fix problems before Cotton Bowl

Peach Bowl dropping "Peach" from its name
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl will have a new name in 2006 - the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Florida's Dickey reclaims backup QB spot
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Gavin Dickey will serve as Florida's backup quarterback in the Outback Bowl against No. 25 Iowa.

Alabama hoping to fix problems before Cotton Bowl
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A month later, Brodie Croyle knows the Iron Bowl humbling is what lingers most for Alabama fans about this season.

Florida's Dickey reclaims backup QB spot
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Gavin Dickey will serve as Florida's backup quarterback in the Outback Bowl against No. 25 Iowa.

Peach Bowl dropping "Peach" from its name
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl will have a new name in 2006 - the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Alabama hoping to fix problems before Cotton Bowl
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A month later, Brodie Croyle knows the Iron Bowl humbling is what lingers most for Alabama fans about this season.

Telfer's play lost in bad start for Augusta State

Bowman captains Augusta State air show

Lady Jags sneak by Pantherettes

Lions on a role early in season

History in the making

History in the making
When will the American news media ever get it?

Don't buy racial division
Most people in Augusta are desperate for racial unity.

Don't buy racial division
Most people in Augusta are desperate for racial unity.

A chilling scenario
If those are sabres rattling in the Mideast, they're nuclear-tipped sabres.

A chilling scenario
If those are sabres rattling in the Mideast, they're nuclear-tipped sabres.

Fix the awful minimum tax
This was not the year for major tax changes. That much became obvious after the president's Tax Reform Commission wimped out on proposing any serious overhaul of the tax code - such as getting rid of the IRS by replacing the current system with a national sales tax.

A chilling scenario

History in the making
When will the American news media ever get it?

Fix the awful minimum tax

Don't buy racial division

Fix the awful minimum tax
This was not the year for major tax changes. That much became obvious after the president's Tax Reform Commission wimped out on proposing any serious overhaul of the tax code - such as getting rid of the IRS by replacing the current system with a national sales tax.

Fantasia allowed to leave jury in mid-deliberations
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Lawyers allowed juror Fantasia Barrino, the 2004 "American Idol" winner, to leave a case in mid-deliberations after learning the singer had to attend a benefit concert in New York.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Britney Spears didn't release an album of new material this year, but the new mom is still No. 1 on Yahoo's annual list of the most-searched for terms on the Internet.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Britney Spears didn't release an album of new material this year, but the new mom is still No. 1 on Yahoo's annual list of the most-searched for terms on the Internet.

Richard Pryor sent letter to sheriff before his death
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Just a week before his death, Richard Pryor and his wife sent a letter to an Indiana county sheriff expressing outrage about an animal cruelty case.

Celebrity prenups can untie knot
LOS ANGELES - No mother-in-law sleepovers. Only one football game per Sunday. Mandatory sexual positions. With celebrity marriages often shorter than Jessica Simpson's Daisy Dukes, the power of the prenuptial agreement cannot be denied.

Richard Pryor sent letter to sheriff before his death
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Just a week before his death, Richard Pryor and his wife sent a letter to an Indiana county sheriff expressing outrage about an animal cruelty case.

Samuel L. Jackson to receive Dream Keeper Award
LOS ANGELES - Samuel L. Jackson will be honored by the I Have A Dream Foundation for his commitment to education, both on film and in real life.

Hatcher wins libel payout from British tabloid
LONDON - "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher has accepted libel damages from a tabloid that claimed she regularly had sex with men in a van outside her home, her lawyer told a court Friday.

Celebrity prenups can untie knot
LOS ANGELES - No mother-in-law sleepovers. Only one football game per Sunday. Mandatory sexual positions. With celebrity marriages often shorter than Jessica Simpson's Daisy Dukes, the power of the prenuptial agreement cannot be denied.

Samuel L. Jackson to receive Dream Keeper Award
LOS ANGELES - Samuel L. Jackson will be honored by the I Have A Dream Foundation for his commitment to education, both on film and in real life.

Fantasia allowed to leave jury in mid-deliberations
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Lawyers allowed juror Fantasia Barrino, the 2004 "American Idol" winner, to leave a case in mid-deliberations after learning the singer had to attend a benefit concert in New York.

Hatcher wins libel payout from British tabloid
LONDON - "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher has accepted libel damages from a tabloid that claimed she regularly had sex with men in a van outside her home, her lawyer told a court Friday.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ashlee Simpson collapsed following a performance in Tokyo and has been hospitalized.

The Top Five list
The top five list in entertainment.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ashlee Simpson collapsed following a performance in Tokyo and has been hospitalized.

The Top Five list
The top five list in entertainment.

Financial counseling hasn't closed Hispanic wealth gap
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hispanics may be the largest minority in the United States, but almost half that population - almost 20 million people - haven't opened a basic bank account, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

IRS to reduce telephone help hours
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service will reduce the time that taxpayers can get help through toll-free telephone lines next spring, shaving the operating time by three hours a day.

IRS to reduce telephone help hours
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service will reduce the time that taxpayers can get help through toll-free telephone lines next spring, shaving the operating time by three hours a day.

IRS to reduce telephone help hours

Financial counseling hasn't closed Hispanic wealth gap
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hispanics may be the largest minority in the United States, but almost half that population - almost 20 million people - haven't opened a basic bank account, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Financial counseling hasn't closed Hispanic wealth gap

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Diving birds giving away hiding spots of lake's bass
If you want to catch striped and hybrid bass on Thurmond Lake this time of the year, look for flocks of diving gulls and terns.

Fishing tournament news

Diving birds giving away hiding spots of lake's bass
If you want to catch striped and hybrid bass on Thurmond Lake this time of the year, look for flocks of diving gulls and terns.

Diving birds giving away hiding spots of lake's bass

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Tropical plants aren't just for the tropics anymore
Magnolia trees blooming in Wisconsin? Banana palms shading porches in central Ohio? Cactus surviving Ontario winters? All true, actually. All that and more as people bend hardiness zones by growing plants in areas where they've seldom if ever been seen.

Tropical plants aren't just for the tropics anymore

Keep garden soil at its best with compost
Compost is certainly a hot item when it comes to gardening. When you read the latest garden articles, watch your favorite gardening program on television, listen to the Saturday morning lawn and garden radio show, or talk to your extension agent, you know its use is enthusiastically touted.

Tropical plants aren't just for the tropics anymore
Magnolia trees blooming in Wisconsin? Banana palms shading porches in central Ohio? Cactus surviving Ontario winters? All true, actually. All that and more as people bend hardiness zones by growing plants in areas where they've seldom if ever been seen.

Keep garden soil at its best with compost
Compost is certainly a hot item when it comes to gardening. When you read the latest garden articles, watch your favorite gardening program on television, listen to the Saturday morning lawn and garden radio show, or talk to your extension agent, you know its use is enthusiastically touted.

Keep garden soil at its best with compost

Clark shares Open lead with Fisher
GEORGE, South Africa - Tim Clark and Ross Fischer tied a course record with 5-under-par 68s Thursday and shared the lead after the first round of the South African Open.

Clark shares Open lead with Fisher
GEORGE, South Africa - Tim Clark and Ross Fischer tied a course record with 5-under-par 68s Thursday and shared the lead after the first round of the South African Open.

Fisher has five-shot lead in South Africa
GEORGE, South Africa - Ross Fisher shot a 3-under-par 70 to lead by five shots Friday after the second round of the South African Open.

Clark shares Open lead with Fisher

Fisher has five-shot lead in South Africa
GEORGE, South Africa - Ross Fisher shot a 3-under-par 70 to lead by five shots Friday after the second round of the South African Open.

Fisher has five-shot lead in South Africa

Friday's prep basketball scores

Therrien plans to bring change to Penguins

Sabres top Penguins in OT
PITTSBURGH - Buffalo's Chris Drury scored on a rebound in overtime and Martin Biron became the first NHL goalie in eight years to win 12 consecutive starts, helping the Sabres ruin Michel Therrien's debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach with a 4-3 victory Friday night.

Therrien plans to bring change to Penguins
PITTSBURGH - Former player Eddie Olczyk was out and disciplinarian Michel Therrien was in as the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach Thursday, and a couple of minutes of practice quickly revealed the differences between the two.

Therrien plans to bring change to Penguins
PITTSBURGH - Former player Eddie Olczyk was out and disciplinarian Michel Therrien was in as the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach Thursday, and a couple of minutes of practice quickly revealed the differences between the two.

Sabres top Penguins in OT

Sabres top Penguins in OT
PITTSBURGH - Buffalo's Chris Drury scored on a rebound in overtime and Martin Biron became the first NHL goalie in eight years to win 12 consecutive starts, helping the Sabres ruin Michel Therrien's debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach with a 4-3 victory Friday night.

Hark, it's Harold, the angel
I have a theory. I have many of them, actually, but the one I'm considering today is why Christmas music is so popular with children.

Hark, it's Harold, the angel
I have a theory. I have many of them, actually, but the one I'm considering today is why Christmas music is so popular with children.

Dems are intentionally eroding morale
At long last we have found the WMDs - weapons of morale destruction. No, they were not in Iraq. They were right here in our own back yard. Bob Groothand, Augusta

Democrats' party chair should resign
As I watched the Today show recently, I was impressed with Sens. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Both appeared fully aware of the problems in Iraq, and maintained a willingness of agreement. Dale Sylvester, North Augusta, S.C.

Dems are intentionally eroding morale

Seat belt law is needlessly intrusive
A South Carolina law went into effect recently that allows police to stop your vehicle solely because you don't have your seat belt fastened. Steve Brock, Aiken, S.C.

Justice arrives for murder victims

Democrats' party chair should resign

Voter IDs would likely disenfranchise

Seat belt law is needlessly intrusive
A South Carolina law went into effect recently that allows police to stop your vehicle solely because you don't have your seat belt fastened. Steve Brock, Aiken, S.C.

Seat belt law is needlessly intrusive

Voter IDs would likely disenfranchise
Dr. Edouard Servy recently wrote that the proposed Georgia Voter ID requirement might "boost participation" at election time ("Recognize voting for what it really is: a desired privilege," Nov. 30). While I'm sorry to take issue with my old friend, his hope is mostly wishful thinking. Charles Heywood, Martinez

Dems are intentionally eroding morale
At long last we have found the WMDs - weapons of morale destruction. No, they were not in Iraq. They were right here in our own back yard. Bob Groothand, Augusta

Voter IDs would likely disenfranchise
Dr. Edouard Servy recently wrote that the proposed Georgia Voter ID requirement might "boost participation" at election time ("Recognize voting for what it really is: a desired privilege," Nov. 30). While I'm sorry to take issue with my old friend, his hope is mostly wishful thinking. Charles Heywood, Martinez

Democrats' party chair should resign
As I watched the Today show recently, I was impressed with Sens. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Both appeared fully aware of the problems in Iraq, and maintained a willingness of agreement. Dale Sylvester, North Augusta, S.C.

Justice arrives for murder victims
On Dec. 13 California put to death a murderous thug. Some say he found God while on death row and had changed his ways, but how do we know for sure? Kevin Wells, Grovetown

Justice arrives for murder victims
On Dec. 13 California put to death a murderous thug. Some say he found God while on death row and had changed his ways, but how do we know for sure? Kevin Wells, Grovetown

Snowshoes evolve for racing and backcountry hiking

Study: 11 million U.S. adults not literate in English

Organic wool guidelines

More people than ever gabbing while driving

'Green' isn't just a color in fashion anymore

Neighborhoods with unhealthy air fighting back

'Green' isn't just a color in fashion anymore
NEW YORK - There's a segment of the organic goods market that buys things out of environmental consciousness, while others buy for the social values the organic industry promotes. Increasingly, though, organic goods are being bought by the average Joe, happy to get something green as long as it looks, feels and costs the same as the things he's used to.

Neighborhoods with unhealthy air fighting back
CAMDEN, N.J. - Lula Williams doesn't take a whiff of fresh air for granted. Not after living for nearly a quarter-century in front of a sewage treatment plant, around the corner from a factory and down the street from three scrap metal recyclers.

Study: 11 million U.S. adults not literate in English
WASHINGTON - An estimated one in 20 U.S. adults is not literate in English, which means 11 million people lack the skills to perform everyday tasks, a federal study shows.

'Green' isn't just a color in fashion anymore
NEW YORK - There's a segment of the organic goods market that buys things out of environmental consciousness, while others buy for the social values the organic industry promotes. Increasingly, though, organic goods are being bought by the average Joe, happy to get something green as long as it looks, feels and costs the same as the things he's used to.

Snowshoes evolve for racing and backcountry hiking
ALBANY, N.Y. - Over the past 30 years, snowshoes have shrunk. Once resembling huge wooden tennis rackets strung with catgut, most models now are about twice the length of your boot and only a few inches wider.

Organic wool guidelines
What makes wool organic?

Snowshoes evolve for racing and backcountry hiking
ALBANY, N.Y. - Over the past 30 years, snowshoes have shrunk. Once resembling huge wooden tennis rackets strung with catgut, most models now are about twice the length of your boot and only a few inches wider.

Organic wool guidelines
What makes wool organic?

More people than ever gabbing while driving
WASHINGTON - More people than ever are turning their cars into personal phone booths, with a million and a half drivers gabbing on cell phones at any given time. Women and young people are the most common yakkers.

Neighborhoods with unhealthy air fighting back
CAMDEN, N.J. - Lula Williams doesn't take a whiff of fresh air for granted. Not after living for nearly a quarter-century in front of a sewage treatment plant, around the corner from a factory and down the street from three scrap metal recyclers.

More people than ever gabbing while driving
WASHINGTON - More people than ever are turning their cars into personal phone booths, with a million and a half drivers gabbing on cell phones at any given time. Women and young people are the most common yakkers.

Study: 11 million U.S. adults not literate in English
WASHINGTON - An estimated one in 20 U.S. adults is not literate in English, which means 11 million people lack the skills to perform everyday tasks, a federal study shows.

The Lynx vs. Checkers
Nicolas Corbeil leads Augusta with 11 goals and 13 assists.

The Lynx vs. Checkers

The Lynx vs. Checkers
Nicolas Corbeil leads Augusta with 11 goals and 13 assists.

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

Kid of the Day

Hospital's staff will get bonuses
Winding up an eventful year, University Hospital is looking to reward its employees.

Sound of giving

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Man arrested at scene of crime

Sound of giving
Bill West (right), the program director at 105.7 The Bull, talks to Fox Creek High School biology teacher Mark Komoroski before his class sings Silent Night during the fifth annual Cares for Kids Radiothon to benefit the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Police seek increase in inmate reimbursement

Katrina victims leaving hotels rooms for houses

SRS management to be divided into 2 contracts

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina natural gas customers will be charged more for their heat this month, the state utility company announced Wednesday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Men rob south Augusta restaurant
Police were called to investigate an armed robbery Thursday night at a south Augusta fast-food eatery.

Across the area

Walker begins term in prison
Former Sen. Charles Walker turned himself in Thursday at a federal prison in South Carolina.

News you can use

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $73,718.16

Slain man's wife grateful for arrests

Cut in jailed juveniles sought

Kid of the Day

School officials make requests

Visitors bureau keeps seat open for Augusta

Sex offenses bill modified

Deadlines near to send holiday cheer

Katrina victims leaving hotels rooms for houses
COLUMBIA - Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina now living in Richland and Lexington counties soon will be able to occupy rent-free houses and apartments, at least through the end of February.

Flames damage empty apartment

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $73,718.16

Attorney raises questions on legality of board's vote

Area gets another shot at flu vaccines
Those wanting to get a flu shot before the holidays could be in luck today. Both Columbia County Health Department and a south Augusta pharmacy said they have supplies of flu vaccine.

Jobless mother seeks help for 3 children

Sex offenses bill modified
ATLANTA - In trying to craft harsher laws for sex offenders in Georgia, House Majority Leader Jerry Keen has tweaked parts of his original proposal, but the heart of the bill remains intact and ready to be introduced when the Legislature convenes.

Across the region

30-year term is given in drive-by
ATHENS, Ga. - An Athens man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for his role in a 2004 drive-by shooting that injured three people outside an apartment complex where residents were celebrating a girl's 15th birthday.

Parents receive calendar survey

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Local soldier killed in Iraq

Thyroid cancer keeps mother of 3 out of work
A single mother sick with thyroid cancer can't pay her bills and won't be able to give her children Christmas gifts this year unless she receives some holiday help.

Groups differ on indigents' respite

Gotta' have my Xbox!
Gamer Nathan Thomason waited an hour in line for Halo 2 last year, but early Saturday night, the experience had already paled in comparison to camping out for the most sought after system of the year, the Xbox 360.

Empty stocking fund donations

Empty stocking fund donations

Case against former high school football players moved

30-year term is given in drive-by

Argument could lead to application's withdrawal

Men rob south Augusta restaurant

Panel to debate changes to law

Hospital's staff will get bonuses

Fair trial impossible in area, lawyers say

Thyroid cancer keeps mother of 3 out of work

Across the region
MARIETTA, GA. - Cobb County police have identified the three people found shot to death inside a home Thursday.

Governor asks rival to support re-election
ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor received a letter with an unusual fundraising request: Gov. Sonny Perdue needed his help to defeat Mark Taylor.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have formally charged two men with murder in the Oct. 27 home invasion death of Melvin Dorsey and are searching for another, officials said Friday night.

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

Panel to debate changes to law
COLUMBIA - Judy Ewing can picture the worst-case scenario. A person, convicted a third time of criminal domestic violence, sits in jail for a year or more, stewing - and plotting revenge.

School officials make requests
Local school officials met with state legislators to lobby for money and legislative support before the General Assembly reconvenes.

News you can use
Breakfast with santa: Santa will have breakfast with children at 8:30 a.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. The event costs $2. Call (803) 642-7631.

Freezing rain, ice leads to power outages, death
COLUMBIA - A blast of freezing rain and ice across Georgia and the Carolinas on Thursday closed schools, snarled traffic and caused power outages to more than 450,000 customers. At least one death was blamed on the storm when an ice-laden tree crashed through a man's house.

Kid of the Day
James H. Brown, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Mapping out a merger
Right now, it would rank No. 7. But by the 2010 Census, if Columbia County incorporates a new city and consolidates it with the county government, officials say, that newly named entity could become the fifth largest city in Georgia.

Sound of giving
Bill West (right), the program director at 105.7 The Bull, talks to Fox Creek High School biology teacher Mark Komoroski before his class sings Silent Night during the fifth annual Cares for Kids Radiothon to benefit the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Across the area
A man accused of trying to rape a teenage boy received a seven-year prison sentence Thursday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Emily Ann Nicholson, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Police seek increase in inmate reimbursement
ATLANTA - Sheriffs across Georgia are appealing to state lawmakers to do something next year about state inmates overstaying their welcome in local jails.

Lawyers bill state $16 million in fees
ATLANTA - Lawyers who sued the state to force a reform of the child welfare system are now asking taxpayers for $16 million in attorneys' fees and expenses.

Jobless mother seeks help for 3 children
A single mother from Aiken is having trouble finding a job and can't give her three children a happy holiday unless she receives some financial assistance.

Governor asks rival to support re-election
ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor received a letter with an unusual fundraising request: Gov. Sonny Perdue needed his help to defeat Mark Taylor.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $84,185.16

Police seek increase in inmate reimbursement
ATLANTA - Sheriffs across Georgia are appealing to state lawmakers to do something next year about state inmates overstaying their welcome in local jails.

Argument could lead to application's withdrawal
Augusta has spent 10 years and $2.3 million trying to relicense its canal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - but on Friday the city threatened to withdraw its application unless a compromise can be reached over certain environmental issues.

Area gets another shot at flu vaccines

National Hills renovation on hold
An Atlanta-based real estate company proposing to redevelop National Hills shopping center into a mixed-use development with a 17-story, upscale condominium complex has temporarily withdrawn its request for a county zoning variance.

Government seeks waste manager for SRS

Case against former high school football players moved
A Superior Court judge on Friday ordered the cases against two former high school football players to be heard in Juvenile Court.

Attorney raises questions on legality of board's vote
AIKEN - The Valley Public Service Authority board voted during a meeting this week to spend $5.9 million on a developer-installed water system for a large subdivision planned near Graniteville.

Two arrested in home invasion homicide
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have charged two men with murder in the home invasion death of Melvin Dorsey on Oct. 27 and are searching for another, officials said Friday night.

Fair trial impossible in area, lawyers say
Attorneys for an Atlanta area dentist accused of murder in Augusta and Gwinnett County told a judge Friday that their client's indictment was so delayed they doubt he can get a fair trial in Richmond County.

School officials make requests
Local school officials met with state legislators to lobby for money and legislative support before the General Assembly reconvenes.

Parents receive calendar survey
A debate popping up in school systems across Georgia is now in the hands of Richmond County parents.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Man arrested at scene of crime
An Augusta man was arrested at the scene of a Columbia County robbery early Friday before he could make a getaway, police said.

Cut in jailed juveniles sought
Juvenile Justice Commissioner Albert Murray is asking state lawmakers for help in getting two bills passed during the upcoming legislative session that would mean fewer children behind bars in Georgia.

Flames damage empty apartment
A homeless person might have caused the fire that started in a vacant second-floor apartment on 15th Street on Friday night.

Leader seeks full per-pupil funding

Government seeks waste manager for SRS
AIKEN - Management responsibilities at Savannah River Site will be divided between two private contracts after 2006, a Department of Energy official said today.

Lawyers bill state $16 million in fees

Slain man's wife grateful for arrests
The common-law wife of a slain Augusta man said late Friday she was grateful for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's hard work in apprehending two of the three men suspected in his slaying.

Mapping out a merger

SRS management to be divided into 2 contracts
AIKEN - Management responsibilities at Savannah River Site will be divided between two private contracts after 2006, according to a Department of Energy notice posted Friday.

Walker begins term in prison

Visitors bureau keeps seat open for Augusta
It seems that an empty seat will be representing the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau when the Columbia County bureau begins meeting Monday.

Across Georgia

Local soldier killed in Iraq
A 2001 graduate of George P. Butler High School who was to come home for Christmas on Monday was killed in Iraq on Thursday.

Governor asks rival to support re-election

Groups differ on indigents' respite
When a cab took Rufus Bush from Medical College of Georgia Hospital this week and dropped him off outside The Salvation Army of Augusta, he was left with no coat and no shoes on his feet.

Across the area

Deadlines near to send holiday cheer
While Santa is getting ready for his busiest day of the year, workers for the U.S. Postal Service are doing the same.

Freezing rain, ice leads to power outages, death

Case against former high school football players moved
A Superior Court judge on Friday ordered the cases against two former high school football players to be heard in Juvenile Court.

News you can use

Kid of the Day
James H. Brown, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Across South Carolina

Local soldier killed in Iraq
A 2001 graduate of George P. Butler High School who was to come home for Christmas on Monday was killed in Iraq on Thursday.

Across Georgia
Location for bus stop to be selected soon

Jobless mother seeks help for 3 children
A single mother from Aiken is having trouble finding a job and can't give her three children a happy holiday unless she receives some financial assistance.

Across the area
A man accused of trying to rape a teenage boy received a seven-year prison sentence Thursday.

Slain man's wife grateful for arrests
The common-law wife of a slain Augusta man said late Friday she was grateful for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's hard work in apprehending two of the three men suspected in his slaying.

Lawyers bill state $16 million in fees
ATLANTA - Lawyers who sued the state to force a reform of the child welfare system are now asking taxpayers for $16 million in attorneys' fees and expenses.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have formally charged two men with murder in the Oct. 27 home invasion death of Melvin Dorsey and are searching for another, officials said Friday night.

30-year term is given in drive-by
ATHENS, Ga. - An Athens man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for his role in a 2004 drive-by shooting that injured three people outside an apartment complex where residents were celebrating a girl's 15th birthday.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have formally charged two men with murder in the Oct. 27 home invasion death of Melvin Dorsey and are searching for another, officials said Friday night.

Kid of the Day
Emily Ann Nicholson, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

News you can use
Breakfast with santa: Santa will have breakfast with children at 8:30 a.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. The event costs $2. Call (803) 642-7631.

Leader seeks full per-pupil funding
COLUMBIA - When the state underfunds education, it's the everyday things that get harder, Bluffton Elementary School Principal Kathleen Corley said.

Argument could lead to application's withdrawal
Augusta has spent 10 years and $2.3 million trying to relicense its canal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - but on Friday the city threatened to withdraw its application unless a compromise can be reached over certain environmental issues.

Sex offenses bill modified
ATLANTA - In trying to craft harsher laws for sex offenders in Georgia, House Majority Leader Jerry Keen has tweaked parts of his original proposal, but the heart of the bill remains intact and ready to be introduced when the Legislature convenes.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Thyroid cancer keeps mother of 3 out of work
A single mother sick with thyroid cancer can't pay her bills and won't be able to give her children Christmas gifts this year unless she receives some holiday help.

Parents receive calendar survey
A debate popping up in school systems across Georgia is now in the hands of Richmond County parents.

Hospital's staff will get bonuses
Winding up an eventful year, University Hospital is looking to reward its employees.

Groups differ on indigents' respite
When a cab took Rufus Bush from Medical College of Georgia Hospital this week and dropped him off outside The Salvation Army of Augusta, he was left with no coat and no shoes on his feet.

Cut in jailed juveniles sought
Juvenile Justice Commissioner Albert Murray is asking state lawmakers for help in getting two bills passed during the upcoming legislative session that would mean fewer children behind bars in Georgia.

Deadlines near to send holiday cheer
While Santa is getting ready for his busiest day of the year, workers for the U.S. Postal Service are doing the same.

Walker begins term in prison
Former Sen. Charles Walker turned himself in Thursday at a federal prison in South Carolina.

Fair trial impossible in area, lawyers say
Attorneys for an Atlanta area dentist accused of murder in Augusta and Gwinnett County told a judge Friday that their client's indictment was so delayed they doubt he can get a fair trial in Richmond County.

Men rob south Augusta restaurant
Police were called to investigate an armed robbery Thursday night at a south Augusta fast-food eatery.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $84,185.16

Across Georgia
Location for bus stop to be selected soon

Visitors bureau keeps seat open for Augusta
It seems that an empty seat will be representing the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau when the Columbia County bureau begins meeting Monday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina natural gas customers will be charged more for their heat this month, the state utility company announced Wednesday.

Man arrested at scene of crime
An Augusta man was arrested at the scene of a Columbia County robbery early Friday before he could make a getaway, police said.

Leader seeks full per-pupil funding
COLUMBIA - When the state underfunds education, it's the everyday things that get harder, Bluffton Elementary School Principal Kathleen Corley said.

Government seeks waste manager for SRS
AIKEN -- Management responsibilities at Savannah River Site will be divided between two private contracts after 2006, a Department of Energy official said today.

Freezing rain, ice leads to power outages, death
COLUMBIA - A blast of freezing rain and ice across Georgia and the Carolinas on Thursday closed schools, snarled traffic and caused power outages to more than 450,000 customers. At least one death was blamed on the storm when an ice-laden tree crashed through a man's house.

Government seeks waste manager for SRS
AIKEN - Management responsibilities at Savannah River Site will be divided between two private contracts after 2006, a Department of Energy official said today.

Mapping out a merger
Right now, it would rank No. 7. But by the 2010 Census, if Columbia County incorporates a new city and consolidates it with the county government, officials say, that newly named entity could become the fifth largest city in Georgia.

SRS management to be divided into 2 contracts
AIKEN - Management responsibilities at Savannah River Site will be divided between two private contracts after 2006, according to a Department of Energy notice posted Friday.

Katrina victims leaving hotels rooms for houses
COLUMBIA - Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina now living in Richland and Lexington counties soon will be able to occupy rent-free houses and apartments, at least through the end of February.

Attorney raises questions on legality of board's vote
AIKEN - The Valley Public Service Authority board voted during a meeting this week to spend $5.9 million on a developer-installed water system for a large subdivision planned near Graniteville.

Area gets another shot at flu vaccines
Those wanting to get a flu shot before the holidays could be in luck today. Both Columbia County Health Department and a south Augusta pharmacy said they have supplies of flu vaccine.

Flames damage empty apartment
A homeless person might have caused the fire that started in a vacant second-floor apartment on 15th Street on Friday night.

Panel to debate changes to law
COLUMBIA - Judy Ewing can picture the worst-case scenario. A person, convicted a third time of criminal domestic violence, sits in jail for a year or more, stewing - and plotting revenge.

Sex case sent to Juvenile Court
A Superior Court judge today ordered cases against two former high school football players to be heard in Juvenile Court.

David O. Selznick, godfather of 'King Kong'
LOS ANGLES - If Peter Jackson has any one human to thank for the inspiration behind his remake of "King Kong," it would have to be the same man who gave the world "Gone with the Wind."

'Kong' takes in $9.8 million in first day
LOS ANGELES - "King Kong," Peter Jackson's remake about the giant ape in love, took in $9.8 million domestically in its first day, solid for a Wednesday debut but far below the king-size premieres of other action epics.

Towering heights of fame don't scare Watts in new 'Kong'

'Kong' takes in $9.8 million in first day

Towering heights of fame don't scare Watts in new 'Kong'
NEW YORK - One is a three-hour, $200 million-plus combination of digital effects, yearlong hype and the largest of apes. The other is a frantic $30,000 production depicting an actress desperate for cardboard-thin parts in the B-est of movies.

David O. Selznick, godfather of 'King Kong'

French film about suburban riots draws applause
PARIS - Frustrated with what he says was inaccurate coverage of the riots that shook France for three weeks starting in late October, Alex Chan decided to tell his version of the violence that hit his suburb north of Paris.

French film about suburban riots draws applause

French film about suburban riots draws applause
PARIS - Frustrated with what he says was inaccurate coverage of the riots that shook France for three weeks starting in late October, Alex Chan decided to tell his version of the violence that hit his suburb north of Paris.

'Kong' takes in $9.8 million in first day
LOS ANGELES - "King Kong," Peter Jackson's remake about the giant ape in love, took in $9.8 million domestically in its first day, solid for a Wednesday debut but far below the king-size premieres of other action epics.

David O. Selznick, godfather of 'King Kong'
LOS ANGLES - If Peter Jackson has any one human to thank for the inspiration behind his remake of "King Kong," it would have to be the same man who gave the world "Gone with the Wind."

Towering heights of fame don't scare Watts in new 'Kong'
NEW YORK - One is a three-hour, $200 million-plus combination of digital effects, yearlong hype and the largest of apes. The other is a frantic $30,000 production depicting an actress desperate for cardboard-thin parts in the B-est of movies.

Lou Rawls says he is being treated for lung cancer
LOS ANGELES - Singer Lou Rawls is being treated for lung cancer, and his estranged wife said he also has brain cancer and suggested his condition is dire.

Christmas remix
Look around. There are wreaths and Christmas trees, mistletoe and fake snow - all sorts of sights to remind us that the holidays are here.

Christmas remix

Lou Rawls says he is being treated for lung cancer

Lou Rawls says he is being treated for lung cancer
LOS ANGELES - Singer Lou Rawls is being treated for lung cancer, and his estranged wife said he also has brain cancer and suggested his condition is dire.

Christmas remix
Look around. There are wreaths and Christmas trees, mistletoe and fake snow - all sorts of sights to remind us that the holidays are here.

Talladega to get first repaving since 1979

Talladega to get first repaving since 1979
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Talladega Superspeedway will be repaved next year, the first time since 1979, and several drivers say they're looking forward to a smoother ride.

Talladega to get first repaving since 1979
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Talladega Superspeedway will be repaved next year, the first time since 1979, and several drivers say they're looking forward to a smoother ride.

Hornets return to Louisiana

Pacers stop Jazz win streak
INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Utah Jazz 93-83 Friday night.

Hawks hand Knicks fifth straight loss

Hawks hand Knicks fifth straight loss
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored a career-high 36 points and Al Harrington had 35 Friday night as the Atlanta Hawks beat New York 122-111, the Knicks' fifth straight loss.

Hawks hand Knicks fifth straight loss
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored a career-high 36 points and Al Harrington had 35 Friday night as the Atlanta Hawks beat New York 122-111, the Knicks' fifth straight loss.

Pacers stop Jazz win streak
INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Utah Jazz 93-83 Friday night.

Pacers stop Jazz win streak

Hornets return to Louisiana
OKLAHOMA CITY - P.J. Brown knows firsthand the horrors that Hurricane Katrina brought on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region - and he doesn't want anyone to forget.

Hornets return to Louisiana
OKLAHOMA CITY - P.J. Brown knows firsthand the horrors that Hurricane Katrina brought on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region - and he doesn't want anyone to forget.

Lions on a role early in season
At the conclusion of every Paine College practice, the Lions gather together in a circle and shout out this season's mantra: National champs.

Telfer's play lost in bad start for Augusta State
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Lady Jags sneak by Pantherettes
Augusta State junior forward Tamala Turner scored 17 points and 12 rebounds and freshman forward Tracey Paschal tallied a career-high 16 points off the bench to pace the Lady Jaguars to a 71-63 non-conference victory over Claflin on Friday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Lions on a role early in season
At the conclusion of every Paine College practice, the Lions gather together in a circle and shout out this season's mantra: National champs.

Telfer's play lost in bad start for Augusta State
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Bowman captains Augusta State air show
Tyrekus Bowman doesn't leap over buildings in a single bound. Just tables.

Lady Jags sneak by Pantherettes
Augusta State junior forward Tamala Turner scored 17 points and 12 rebounds and freshman forward Tracey Paschal tallied a career-high 16 points off the bench to pace the Lady Jaguars to a 71-63 non-conference victory over Claflin on Friday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Bowman captains Augusta State air show
Tyrekus Bowman doesn't leap over buildings in a single bound. Just tables.

Heard, Edwards take important roles at safety

Vick practices, taken off injury report

Former NFL player Darrell Russell killed in crash

Falcon's Crumpler getting better each year

Mr. Isiah H. Jones, Jr.    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Buddy Metcalf    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris J. Luke    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy F. Desmore    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Riley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Seawell    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice J. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Gary    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Cortez E. Jones, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Dewayne Floyd    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmie L. Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis M. Gaines    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Grace Toney    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Dwight Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucy F. Desmore    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rosemary Kock    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Bell Evans    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Melba G. Carpenter    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Woodward    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. David Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy F. Desmore    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Azalee Rowe    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Peacock    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Walker    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. William P. McMichael    (EDENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Toney    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Earl W. Lehman    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Jones    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Peacock    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Eva M. Ingram    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. William P. McMichael    (EDENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Flowers    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Gary    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemary Kock    (AIKEN, S.C.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Paul Jones    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Melba G. Carpenter    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Eva M. Ingram    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Flowers    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Woodward    (AIKEN, S.C.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dwight Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmie L. Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Seawell    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Azalee Rowe    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Cortez E. Jones, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Buddy Metcalf    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl W. Lehman    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris J. Luke    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Isiah H. Jones, Jr.    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Riley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Janice J. Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dewayne Floyd    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy F. Desmore    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Bell Evans    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Walker    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis M. Gaines    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mr. Otis Walker (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Azalee Rowe (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Roger Norman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Ms. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis M. Gaines (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Gary (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Woodward (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris J. Luke (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Riley (THOMSON, Ga.)

SFC Grady R. Denton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmie L. Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Eva M. Ingram (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dewayne Floyd (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Usry (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ronald Flowers (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Dwight Dodson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Jones (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice J. Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Peacock (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Cortez E. Jones, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Isiah H. Jones, Jr. (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Bell Evans (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Seawell (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. William P. McMichael (EDENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Melba G. Carpenter (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Toney (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Earl W. Lehman (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Buddy Metcalf (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Sylvester Cullum (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr. (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy F. Desmore (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mattie L. Tate (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosemary Kock (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy F. Desmore (APPLING, Ga.)

Hockey mania provokes curiosity
TURIN, Italy - Locals are still trying to figure it out: Why did 10,200 fans show up for an exhibition hockey match Tuesday between Italy and a Canadian B team when less than half that number routinely attend games featuring the city's legendary soccer club, Juventus.

Hockey mania provokes curiosity

Hockey mania provokes curiosity
TURIN, Italy - Locals are still trying to figure it out: Why did 10,200 fans show up for an exhibition hockey match Tuesday between Italy and a Canadian B team when less than half that number routinely attend games featuring the city's legendary soccer club, Juventus.

Iran won't be excluded from World Cup

Overtime

Lance Armstrong to stand trial on defamation charge

Williams sisters contract lawsuit will be delayed

Bode Miller not off to super start

Overtime

Iran won't be excluded from World Cup
FRANKFURT, Germany - Soccer's governing body will allow Iran to play in next year's World Cup despite calls from German politicians for the Islamic nation to be banned because the country's president denies the Holocaust.

Overtime
In Greeneville, Tenn., Tusculum used its 43 free throw attempts to get past USC Aiken, 76-67 on Friday.

Williams sisters contract lawsuit will be delayed
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A breach-of-contract lawsuit contending that tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father reneged on promises to play in a 2001 "Battle of the Sexes" match won't be retried until late next year.

Bode Miller not off to super start
VAL GARDENA, Italy - Bode Miller isn't off to the same flying start as last season.

Snowshoes evolve for racing and backcountry hiking
ALBANY, N.Y. - Over the past 30 years, snowshoes have shrunk. Once resembling huge wooden tennis rackets strung with catgut, most models now are about twice the length of your boot and only a few inches wider.

Bode Miller not off to super start
VAL GARDENA, Italy - Bode Miller isn't off to the same flying start as last season.

Overtime
In Greeneville, Tenn., Tusculum used its 43 free throw attempts to get past USC Aiken, 76-67 on Friday.

Williams sisters contract lawsuit will be delayed
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A breach-of-contract lawsuit contending that tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father reneged on promises to play in a 2001 "Battle of the Sexes" match won't be retried until late next year.

Overtime
Justin Thompson, of Clarks Hill, S.C., has signed a national letter of intent to play for USC Aiken.

Overtime
Justin Thompson, of Clarks Hill, S.C., has signed a national letter of intent to play for USC Aiken.

Lance Armstrong to stand trial on defamation charge
ROME - Lance Armstrong's next challenge from a cycling rival will come in court.

Lance Armstrong to stand trial on defamation charge
ROME - Lance Armstrong's next challenge from a cycling rival will come in court.

Iran won't be excluded from World Cup
FRANKFURT, Germany - Soccer's governing body will allow Iran to play in next year's World Cup despite calls from German politicians for the Islamic nation to be banned because the country's president denies the Holocaust.

Friday's prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

Friday's prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

Vick practices, taken off injury report
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick took all the snaps with the first-team offense Thursday, even though the Atlanta Falcons had to practice outdoors during an ice storm that left much of Hall County without electrical power.

Vick practices, taken off injury report
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick took all the snaps with the first-team offense Thursday, even though the Atlanta Falcons had to practice outdoors during an ice storm that left much of Hall County without electrical power.

Heard, Edwards take important roles at safety
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Ronnie Heard knows what Jim Mora and Brett Maxie want from their safeties.

Heard, Edwards take important roles at safety
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Ronnie Heard knows what Jim Mora and Brett Maxie want from their safeties.

Falcon's Crumpler getting better each year
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Alge Crumpler is having arguably the best season of his five-year career.

Falcon's Crumpler getting better each year
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Alge Crumpler is having arguably the best season of his five-year career.

Former NFL player Darrell Russell killed in crash
LOS ANGELES - Darrell Russell, a former standout NFL and Southern California defensive lineman whose promising career was derailed by drugs, was killed in a high-speed car crash early Thursday.

Former NFL player Darrell Russell killed in crash
LOS ANGELES - Darrell Russell, a former standout NFL and Southern California defensive lineman whose promising career was derailed by drugs, was killed in a high-speed car crash early Thursday.

Churches put focus on family, not pews
Willow Creek Community Church, one of the largest churches in the Chicago area, will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25 - because it's Christmas.

Ideal gifts for the religiously inquisitive
Shoppers seeking ideal Christmas gifts for religiously inquisitive friends can hum "fa-la-la-la-la" about two beautiful seasonal books and one oddly intriguing item:

Churches put focus on family, not pews
Willow Creek Community Church, one of the largest churches in the Chicago area, will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25 - because it's Christmas.

Faith digest
The Longest Night, a service for those suffering a blue Christmas over loss of a loved one, illness or stress, will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Salvation Army expands and shrinks
Renowned for Christmastime bell-ringers with red kettles, thrift shops, skid row missions and efficient canteens that served 4.8 million meals after Hurricane Katrina, the Salvation Army enjoys a kind of respect accorded few American charities.

Religion News in Brief
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Amid mounting criticism, the Rev. Jon Weese of central Kentucky's largest church said that, in canceling worship on Christmas Sunday, its elders "chose to value families; people over policy."

Faith digest
The Longest Night, a service for those suffering a blue Christmas over loss of a loved one, illness or stress, will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Religion News in Brief
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Amid mounting criticism, the Rev. Jon Weese of central Kentucky's largest church said that, in canceling worship on Christmas Sunday, its elders "chose to value families; people over policy."

Salvation Army expands and shrinks
Renowned for Christmastime bell-ringers with red kettles, thrift shops, skid row missions and efficient canteens that served 4.8 million meals after Hurricane Katrina, the Salvation Army enjoys a kind of respect accorded few American charities.

Roman Catholic congregations growing
SAN ANTONIO - The noise of chatting parishioners saturates the foyer after the five weekend Masses at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Roman Catholic congregations growing
SAN ANTONIO - The noise of chatting parishioners saturates the foyer after the five weekend Masses at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Ideal gifts for the religiously inquisitive
Shoppers seeking ideal Christmas gifts for religiously inquisitive friends can hum "fa-la-la-la-la" about two beautiful seasonal books and one oddly intriguing item:

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Pryor's edgy humor left its mark on our culture

Novak says he's leaving CNN to join Fox News
NEW YORK - Commentator Robert Novak, who hasn't been seen on CNN since swearing and storming off the set in August, will leave the network after 25 years and join Fox News Channel as a contributor next month.

FCC delays implementation of children's TV rules

'West Wing' actor dies of heart attack

CNN host Nancy Grace sues mental patient
NEW YORK - CNN talk show host Nancy Grace has obtained a court order that directs a mental patient she accused of stalking her to leave her alone.

'West Wing' actor dies of heart attack
LOS ANGELES - John Spencer, who played a tough and dedicated politico on "The West Wing" who survived a serious illness to run for vice president, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 58.

Time Warner Cable announces family tier
NEW YORK - Time Warner Cable announced the details Thursday of a family-friendly package of cable channels that it will begin offering in the first few months of next year.

FCC delays implementation of children's TV rules
WASHINGTON - The FCC said Friday it would delay implementation of new rules governing children's programming on digital television to consider an agreement struck by entertainment companies and children's advocates.

Time Warner Cable announces family tier

Novak says he's leaving CNN to join Fox News

FCC delays implementation of children's TV rules
WASHINGTON - The FCC said Friday it would delay implementation of new rules governing children's programming on digital television to consider an agreement struck by entertainment companies and children's advocates.

CNN host Nancy Grace sues mental patient
NEW YORK - CNN talk show host Nancy Grace has obtained a court order that directs a mental patient she accused of stalking her to leave her alone.

Novak says he's leaving CNN to join Fox News
NEW YORK - Commentator Robert Novak, who hasn't been seen on CNN since swearing and storming off the set in August, will leave the network after 25 years and join Fox News Channel as a contributor next month.

CNN host Nancy Grace sues mental patient

Time Warner Cable announces family tier
NEW YORK - Time Warner Cable announced the details Thursday of a family-friendly package of cable channels that it will begin offering in the first few months of next year.

'West Wing' actor dies of heart attack
LOS ANGELES - John Spencer, who played a tough and dedicated politico on "The West Wing" who survived a serious illness to run for vice president, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 58.

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Richard Pryor sent letter to sheriff before his death

Bulldogs remain motivated for Sugar Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. - The trip to the Sugar Bowl may not have as much exotic appeal this year as it ordinarily would, but the players and staff for No. 8 Georgia say there is enough at stake to motivate the Bulldogs for their Jan. 2 game against West Virginia.

Improved Bulldogs on trail to Oregon
ATHENS, Ga. - Levi Stukes had never been to Portland, nor heard of the Rose Garden.

Bulldogs remain motivated for Sugar Bowl

Bulldogs remain motivated for Sugar Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. - The trip to the Sugar Bowl may not have as much exotic appeal this year as it ordinarily would, but the players and staff for No. 8 Georgia say there is enough at stake to motivate the Bulldogs for their Jan. 2 game against West Virginia.

Improved Bulldogs on trail to Oregon
ATHENS, Ga. - Levi Stukes had never been to Portland, nor heard of the Rose Garden.

Improved Bulldogs on trail to Oregon

Pryor's edgy humor left its mark on our culture
Face it: Richard Pryor was one funny (insert your favorite obscenity or epithet here).

Pryor's edgy humor left its mark on our culture
Face it: Richard Pryor was one funny (insert your favorite obscenity or epithet here).

Spurrier hires two assistants
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier filled two openings on his staff Friday, but he may have another vacancy before too long.

Spurrier hires two assistants
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier filled two openings on his staff Friday, but he may have another vacancy before too long.

Spurrier hires two assistants

Faith calendar

Roman Catholic congregations growing

Ideal gifts for the religiously inquisitive

Churches put focus on family, not pews

Salvation Army expands and shrinks

Religion News in Brief

Faith digest