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."

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
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

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
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.

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.

Former USC Aiken pitcher signs deal with Pittsburgh

Twins agree to deal with Batista

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.

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
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.

Hernandez officially joins Pirates

A's owners wants to buy expansion team

Hark, it's Harold, the angel

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
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

Video-game sales slump ahead of holiday season

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.

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.

Business briefs

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.

Howard Stern and free speech? Not after today

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.

Business briefs

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Morris buys Marine Room building downtown

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.

Company proposes high-rise building

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.

Treasury announces new rules on money laundering

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
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.

Plan plays up Augusta's golf history

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

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

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.

Coffee makers see big trend in small packages

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 16,2005

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

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 16,2005

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.

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

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

Clemson looks for redemption at Bowl

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

Florida's Dickey reclaims backup QB spot

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.

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.

Peach Bowl dropping "Peach" from its name

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

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

Bowman captains Augusta State air show

Lions on a role early in season

Telfer's play lost in bad start for Augusta State

Lady Jags sneak by Pantherettes

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.

History in the making

A chilling scenario

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

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

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

Fix the awful minimum tax

Don't buy racial division

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

The Top Five list
The top five list in entertainment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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
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.

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.

Clark shares Open lead with Fisher

Fisher has five-shot lead in South Africa

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
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.

Friday's prep basketball scores

Therrien plans to bring change to Penguins

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Seat belt law is needlessly intrusive

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

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

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

Democrats' party chair should resign

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

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.

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.

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

More people than ever gabbing while driving

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

Snowshoes evolve for racing and backcountry hiking

Neighborhoods with unhealthy air fighting back

Organic wool guidelines

Organic wool guidelines
What makes wool organic?

Organic wool guidelines
What makes wool organic?

'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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Argument could lead to application's withdrawal

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

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.

Across Georgia
Location for bus stop to be selected soon

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.

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

Jobless mother seeks help for 3 children

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Local soldier killed in Iraq

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

Katrina victims leaving hotels rooms for houses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $84,185.16

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $73,718.16

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

Flames damage empty apartment

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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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.

Empty stocking fund donations

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.

Fair trial impossible in area, lawyers say

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Walker begins term in prison

Empty stocking fund donations

Mapping out a merger

Lawyers bill state $16 million in fees

Leader seeks full per-pupil funding

Cut in jailed juveniles sought

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $73,718.16

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Government seeks waste manager for SRS

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

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.

Slain man's wife grateful for arrests

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.

Visitors bureau keeps seat open for Augusta

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.

Man arrested at scene of crime

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

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

Sound of giving

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

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.

Across Georgia
Location for bus stop to be selected soon

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina

Deadlines near to send holiday cheer

Sex offenses bill modified

Police seek increase in inmate reimbursement

Kid of the Day

Attorney raises questions on legality of board's vote

Rants and raves
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SRS management to be divided into 2 contracts

Thyroid cancer keeps mother of 3 out of work

Parents receive calendar survey

News you can use

Groups differ on indigents' respite

Hospital's staff will get bonuses

Case against former high school football players moved

Freezing rain, ice leads to power outages, death

Panel to debate changes to law

Across the area

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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.

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

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.

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.

Men rob south Augusta restaurant

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

Governor asks rival to support re-election

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.

Area gets another shot at flu vaccines

Rants and Raves
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School officials make requests

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $84,185.16

Across Georgia

30-year term is given in drive-by

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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

'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.

French film about suburban riots draws applause

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

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.

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.

Christmas remix

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

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.

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.

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.

Talladega to get first repaving since 1979

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.

Hornets return to Louisiana

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.

Pacers stop Jazz win streak

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Vick practices, taken off injury report

Former NFL player Darrell Russell killed in crash

Heard, Edwards take important roles at safety

Falcon's Crumpler getting better each year

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

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Riley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Bell Evans    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Dewayne Floyd    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Woodward    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Otis Walker    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Grace Toney    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Buddy Metcalf    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Dwight Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. David Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Rosemary Kock    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Jones    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jane Seawell    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Azalee Rowe    (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Walker    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Woodward    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Azalee Rowe    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Dwight Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Peacock    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Roger Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Riley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Toney    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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. Buddy Metcalf    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Eva M. Ingram    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bennie Peacock    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rosemary Kock    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Eva M. Ingram    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dewayne Floyd    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Bell Evans    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Seawell    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Henry Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Toney (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Paul Jones (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Dewayne Floyd (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Seawell (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Peacock (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Buddy Metcalf (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Dwight Dodson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Otis Walker (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Bell Evans (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Roger Norman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Sarah Riley (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charlie Coleman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James Usry (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Eva M. Ingram (SPARTA, 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.

Lance Armstrong to stand trial on defamation charge

Overtime

Williams sisters contract lawsuit will be delayed

Bode Miller not off to super start

Overtime

Iran won't be excluded from World Cup

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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."

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.

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.

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:

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.

Pryor's edgy humor left its mark on our culture

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.

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.

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.

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.

Novak says he's leaving CNN to join Fox News

'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.

'West Wing' actor dies of heart attack

FCC delays implementation of children's TV rules

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
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.

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.

'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

Celebrity prenups can untie knot

People in the News

Fantasia allowed to leave jury in mid-deliberations

Richard Pryor sent letter to sheriff before his death

People in the News

The Top Five list

Samuel L. Jackson to receive Dream Keeper Award

Hatcher wins libel payout from British tabloid

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.

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

Bulldogs remain motivated for Sugar Bowl

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
ATHENS, Ga. - Levi Stukes had never been to Portland, nor heard of the Rose Garden.

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

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.

Salvation Army expands and shrinks

Ideal gifts for the religiously inquisitive

Faith digest

Churches put focus on family, not pews

Faith calendar

Roman Catholic congregations growing

Religion News in Brief