Author tells how terrorists killed Russia's Czar

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.

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.

Hernandez officially joins Pirates

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
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.

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.

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.

Former USC Aiken pitcher signs deal with Pittsburgh

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.

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.

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

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.

Morris buys Marine Room building downtown

Plan plays up Augusta's golf history

Video-game sales slump ahead of holiday season

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.

Augusta bakery will add production, 80 more jobs

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.

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

Howard Stern and free speech? Not after today

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

First Chinese automaker to display at Detroit show

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.

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

Business briefs

Company proposes high-rise building

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.

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 Saturday, December 17, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 16,2005

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Friday, December 16,2005

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
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 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

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
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

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.

Florida's Dickey reclaims backup QB spot

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.

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.

Alabama hoping to fix problems before Cotton Bowl

Bowman captains Augusta State air show

Lady Jags sneak by Pantherettes

Telfer's play lost in bad start for Augusta State

Lions on a role early in season

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.

Fix the awful minimum tax

History in the making

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

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?

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.

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.

A chilling scenario

Don't buy racial division

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 - 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.

The Top Five list
The top five list in entertainment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Top Five list
The top five list in entertainment.

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.

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.

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
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

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

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.

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.

Tropical plants aren't just for the tropics anymore

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

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

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
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.

Friday's prep basketball scores

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.

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.

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.

Voter IDs would likely disenfranchise

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
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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Dems are intentionally eroding morale

Neighborhoods with unhealthy air fighting back

More people than ever gabbing while driving

Snowshoes evolve for racing and backcountry hiking

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

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

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.

Flames damage empty apartment

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

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

Case against former high school football players moved

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.

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.

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.

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.

School officials make requests

Visitors bureau keeps seat open for Augusta

Lawyers bill state $16 million in fees

Parents receive calendar survey

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Men rob south Augusta restaurant

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $73,718.16

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.

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.

Government seeks waste manager for SRS

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.

Slain man's wife grateful for arrests

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.

Man arrested at scene of crime

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.

SRS management to be divided into 2 contracts

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

Groups differ on indigents' respite

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.

Panel to debate changes to law

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.

Attorney raises questions on legality of board's vote

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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
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.

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across the area

Across Georgia
Location for bus stop to be selected soon

Governor asks rival to support re-election

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

30-year term is given in drive-by

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $73,718.16

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

Sound of giving

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

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Deadlines near to send holiday cheer

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.

Police seek increase in inmate reimbursement

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.

Jobless mother seeks help for 3 children

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

Across the region

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

Local soldier killed in Iraq

Across Georgia
Location for bus stop to be selected soon

Empty stocking fund donations

Across South Carolina

Argument could lead to application's withdrawal

Sex offenses bill modified

Fair trial impossible in area, lawyers say

Freezing rain, ice leads to power outages, death

News you can use

Kid of the Day

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

Rants and raves
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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.

Thyroid cancer keeps mother of 3 out of work

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.

News you can use

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

Hospital's staff will get bonuses

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Area gets another shot at flu vaccines

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 Georgia

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.

Walker begins term in prison

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

Empty stocking fund donations
Previously acknowledged $84,185.16

Cut in jailed juveniles sought

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.

Leader seeks full per-pupil funding

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
Previously acknowledged $84,185.16

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."

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

David O. Selznick, godfather of 'King Kong'

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

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.

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."

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.

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

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 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.

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.

Hawks hand 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.

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.

Hornets return to Louisiana

Pacers stop Jazz win streak

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:

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.

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.

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.

Vick practices, taken off injury report

Heard, Edwards take important roles at safety

Former NFL player Darrell Russell killed in crash

Falcon's Crumpler getting better each year

Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Toney    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul Jones    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Dewayne Floyd    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemary Kock    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ola Bell Evans    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Peacock    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Bell Evans    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Toney    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Sarah Riley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Eva M. Ingram    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Buddy Metcalf    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Dewayne Floyd    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dwight Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosemary Kock    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Otis Walker    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Woodward    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. David Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jane Seawell    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Azalee Rowe    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bennie Peacock    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacqueline Cato    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Paul Jones    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Chriswell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Eva M. Ingram    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dwight Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sylvester Cullum    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marie Woodward    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Matthew Kirk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Walker    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Doris Shoup    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jane Seawell    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Riley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Azalee Rowe    (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Buddy Metcalf    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Tate    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Usry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mr. Charlie Coleman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Jane Seawell (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Sarah Riley (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James Usry (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mattie L. Tate (ATLANTA, 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. William P. McMichael (EDENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Clarence Ellis Silman ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Norman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Doris Shoup (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Grace Toney (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Bell Evans (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Buddy Metcalf (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Paul Jones (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Otis Walker (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Dewayne Floyd (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Peacock (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sun Ye Webber (MARTINEZ, 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.

Bode Miller not off to super start

Iran won't be excluded from World Cup

Overtime

Lance Armstrong to stand trial on defamation charge

Overtime

Williams sisters contract lawsuit will be delayed

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

'West Wing' actor dies of heart attack

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
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.

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.

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.

CNN host Nancy Grace sues mental patient

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

FCC delays implementation of children's TV rules

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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
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

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 digest

Religion News in Brief

Salvation Army expands and shrinks

Faith calendar

Ideal gifts for the religiously inquisitive

Churches put focus on family, not pews

Roman Catholic congregations growing