Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Dec. 1-8. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

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

Events
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM

New system speeds up fingerprint identification
It takes less than an hour for forensic detectives on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to solve the crime of the week using equipment that can identify a suspect or victim using only the faintest hint of a fingerprint taken from some of the most unlikely places.

Library hours
JACKSON BRANCH LIBRARYHOURS: 1-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2-6 p.m. Tuesday

Woman uses art as an expression of love
A woman of many talents, Sala Adenike shares her love for the arts with her family and community.

Ordinance on trees is fine-tuned by council
Aiken City Council amended its tree-preservation zoning ordinance Monday, but the regulations still might receive tweaking.

New Busbee principal knows value of educators
A soccer game with youngsters in Tanzania proved to be an enlightening experience for John Mills.

New system speeds up fingerprint identification
It takes less than an hour for forensic detectives on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to solve the crime of the week using equipment that can identify a suspect or victim using only the faintest hint of a fingerprint taken from some of the most unlikely places.

Kissing Santa
Santa gets a kiss from Lula Parker, a resident at We Care residential facility in New Ellenton.

Reunion will involve historic black schools
Historic Aiken Foundation is inviting people associated with Aiken County's historic black schools to a reunion.

Army announces its 'best of year' winners
Fort Gordon saluted the best of its best Dec. 8 at Conrad Hall.

Across the river
AUGUST WILSON'S TWO TRAINS RUNNING: 7 p.m. today; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; Lucy Craft Laney Heritage Theater production; $15 adults, $10 students, 724-3576

Woman uses art as an expression of love
A woman of many talents, Sala Adenike shares her love for the arts with her family and community.

Kissing Santa
Santa gets a kiss from Lula Parker, a resident at We Care residential facility in New Ellenton.

New Busbee principal knows value of educators
A soccer game with youngsters in Tanzania proved to be an enlightening experience for John Mills.

Army announces its 'best of year' winners
Fort Gordon saluted the best of its best Dec. 8 at Conrad Hall.

Aiken receives traffic safety award
The AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety recently named Aiken a 2005 Traffic Safety Community, one of 15 cities in South Carolina to receive the award.

Reunion will involve historic black schools
Historic Aiken Foundation is inviting people associated with Aiken County's historic black schools to a reunion.

Ordinance on trees is fine-tuned by council
Aiken City Council amended its tree-preservation zoning ordinance Monday, but the regulations still might receive tweaking.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Dec. 1-8. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Silver Bluff player busy year-round
In a rebuilding year for Silver Bluff High School's volleyball team, coach Kim Kirk counted on her three seniors to mentor the team's seven freshmen.

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

Pet of the week
Hannah, 1-year-old female collie mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Upcomig events
Aiken County Heritage Clint Bryant Skills and Drills Basketball Clinic: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; Riverview Park Activities Center, 101 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta; $85, includes lunch and a T-shirt; open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade; limited space; 737-6888

Across the river
AUGUST WILSON'S TWO TRAINS RUNNING: 7 p.m. today; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; Lucy Craft Laney Heritage Theater production; $15 adults, $10 students, 724-3576

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

Upcomig events
Aiken County Heritage Clint Bryant Skills and Drills Basketball Clinic: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; Riverview Park Activities Center, 101 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta; $85, includes lunch and a T-shirt; open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade; limited space; 737-6888

Around the block
Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6-9 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken.

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

Pet of the week
Hannah, 1-year-old female collie mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

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

Silver Bluff player busy year-round
In a rebuilding year for Silver Bluff High School's volleyball team, coach Kim Kirk counted on her three seniors to mentor the team's seven freshmen.

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

Aiken receives traffic safety award
The AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety recently named Aiken a 2005 Traffic Safety Community, one of 15 cities in South Carolina to receive the award.

Library hours
JACKSON BRANCH LIBRARYHOURS: 1-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2-6 p.m. Tuesday

Around the block
Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6-9 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken.

Events
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM

Readers will feel the love in new books

Author talks about the suffering of others, and her own
NEW YORK - Her skin is flawless. It appears particularly luminous on this dark, rainy morning. She is wearing a Mandarin collared shirt adorned with small metallic Buddhas, a gift from a well-known Hong Kong designer. With her silver bracelets and pendant earrings, Amy Tan looks like she's about to step out for a typical New York evening.

Author talks about the suffering of others, and her own
NEW YORK - Her skin is flawless. It appears particularly luminous on this dark, rainy morning. She is wearing a Mandarin collared shirt adorned with small metallic Buddhas, a gift from a well-known Hong Kong designer. With her silver bracelets and pendant earrings, Amy Tan looks like she's about to step out for a typical New York evening.

Readers will feel the love in new books
Valentine's Day is still many weeks away, but love can be found now, in the titles of three new nonfiction books.

Readers will feel the love in new books
Valentine's Day is still many weeks away, but love can be found now, in the titles of three new nonfiction books.

Author talks about the suffering of others, and her own

Thriller fans would walk a mile for 'Camel Club'
If you're craving a political thriller that holds your attention from beginning to end, then David Baldacci's "The Camel Club" is the book for you.

Thriller fans would walk a mile for 'Camel Club'
If you're craving a political thriller that holds your attention from beginning to end, then David Baldacci's "The Camel Club" is the book for you.

Thriller fans would walk a mile for 'Camel Club'

Yankees acquire Marlins' Villone

Garciaparra set to join Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - Five-time All-Star Nomar Garciaparra and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.

Garciaparra set to join Dodgers

Yankees acquire Marlins' Villone
While Nomar Garciaparra kept the Yankees waiting yet another day, the club took care of unfinished business in the bullpen by acquiring Ron Villone from the Marlins.

Yankees acquire Marlins' Villone
While Nomar Garciaparra kept the Yankees waiting yet another day, the club took care of unfinished business in the bullpen by acquiring Ron Villone from the Marlins.

Garciaparra set to join Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - Five-time All-Star Nomar Garciaparra and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.

Santa makes time for pups, too

Joey Peyton Braddy

William Mason Wheatley
William Bruce and Sheila Davis Wheatley, of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Mason, born November 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Anne Moore
James G. and Sheryl J. Moore, of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Anne, born October 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tamia Danyae Barleston

Nativia Cullars
Errol J. and Jennifer V. Cullars, of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Nativia, born November 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Bailee Gay

Raymond Lee Mann
Rashawn Mitchell Bennett and Raymond Lee Mann II, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Raymond Lee, born November 3, 2005 at University Hospital.

Hannah Rose Gay

Jace Lowen Anderson
Shaun Paul and Deidra Marie Anderson, of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jace Lowen, born November 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Carmen Lea Smith

Julie-Kate Izabelle Rote
Joshua Colin and Jenna Marie Rote, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Julie-Kate Izabelle.

Savanah Nicole Lewis

Carmen Lea Smith
William Donald and Jolene Marie Smith III, of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carmen Lea, born November 25, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Anne Moore

Brodie Hughes Chapman
Kalyn Chavous and Matthew Chapman are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brodie Hughes, born December 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jace Lowen Anderson

Savanah Nicole Lewis
Nicholas Byron and Sandi Irene Lewis, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savanah Nicole.

Michaela Briann Rhodes

Lawrence Bowen Broderick

Tina Friederike Luise

Stephen Carter, III
Diana Holmes and Stephen Carter, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Stephen, born December 2, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Julie-Kate Izabelle Rote

Brodie Hughes Chapman
Kalyn Chavous and Matthew Chapman are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brodie Hughes, born December 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Michaela Claire Buckley

Michaela Claire Buckley
Paul Vincent and Jennifer Elizabeth Buckley, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Michaela Claire, born November 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jaheim K

Joey Peyton Braddy
Erin Merchant and Joey Braddy are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joey Peyton, born November 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Liam Patrick Bohannon

Fred Vaughn Jennings
Ashley G. and Fred V. Jennings, Jr., of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Fred Vaughn (Trey), born October 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jace Lowen Anderson
Shaun Paul and Deidra Marie Anderson, of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jace Lowen, born November 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Stephen Carter, III
Diana Holmes and Stephen Carter, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Stephen, born December 2, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

William Mason Wheatley
William Bruce and Sheila Davis Wheatley, of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Mason, born November 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Emilie Grace Daskal

Hannah Rose Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet daughter, Hannah Rose, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

TaMyrie Kay Stallwood

Dylan Gordon Floyd
John Gordon and Kimberly Langham Floyd, Jr., of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Gordon, born November 9, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Dylan Gordon Floyd

Julie-Kate Izabelle Rote
Joshua Colin and Jenna Marie Rote, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Julie-Kate Izabelle.

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay

Michaela Briann Rhodes
Michael Harrison and Shaun Hargis Rhodes, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Michael Briann.

Stephen Carter, III

Jaheim Kémati Thomas
Tiajuana Burns and Jermaine Thomas are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaheim Kémati, born November 22, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Taylor Hall

Tamia Danyae Barleston
Lonnie Antone and Tammie Denell Barleston, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tamia Danyae, born December 3, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Nativia Cullars

Dylan Bobby Mock
Rebecca Sanders and John Mock are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Bobby, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Raymond Lee Mann

Emilie Grace Daskal
Edward Joseph and Leah Robinson Daskal, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emilie Grace, born November 9, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

William Mason Wheatley

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet son, Jefferson Trowbridge (J.T.), born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

Carter Alison Cullipher

Liam Patrick Bohannon
Loney John and Leah Celeste Bohannon, Jr., of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Liam Patrick, born November 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Hannah Rose Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet daughter, Hannah Rose, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

Lawrence Bowen Broderick
Lawrence E. and Cassandra D. Broderick, of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lawrence Bowen, born December 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Bailee Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet daughter, Rachel Bailee, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

TaMyrie Kay Stallwood
Shandrea Goolsby and Thomas Stallwood are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, TaMyrie Kay, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Raymond Lee Mann
Rashawn Mitchell Bennett and Raymond Lee Mann II, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Raymond Lee, born November 3, 2005 at University Hospital.

Tina Friederike Luise
Michael S. and Amie J. Davis, Sr., of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tina Friederike Luise, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Carter Alison Cullipher
Lee G. and Dawn Carter Cullipher, of Lincolnton, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carter Alison, born November 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Anne Moore
James G. and Sheryl J. Moore, of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Anne, born October 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Dylan Gordon Floyd
John Gordon and Kimberly Langham Floyd, Jr., of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Gordon, born November 9, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jaheim Kémati Thomas
Tiajuana Burns and Jermaine Thomas are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaheim Kémati, born November 22, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Taylor Hall
Brian and Susan Hall, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Taylor, born November 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tamia Danyae Barleston
Lonnie Antone and Tammie Denell Barleston, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tamia Danyae, born December 3, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Savanah Nicole Lewis
Nicholas Byron and Sandi Irene Lewis, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savanah Nicole.

Dylan Bobby Mock
Rebecca Sanders and John Mock are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Bobby, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Liam Patrick Bohannon
Loney John and Leah Celeste Bohannon, Jr., of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Liam Patrick, born November 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Emilie Grace Daskal
Edward Joseph and Leah Robinson Daskal, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emilie Grace, born November 9, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Michaela Claire Buckley
Paul Vincent and Jennifer Elizabeth Buckley, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Michaela Claire, born November 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jefferson Trowbridge Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet son, Jefferson Trowbridge (J.T.), born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

Lawrence Bowen Broderick
Lawrence E. and Cassandra D. Broderick, of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lawrence Bowen, born December 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Bailee Gay
Christopher Allen and Risa Feiler Gay, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplet daughter, Rachel Bailee, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital.

Nativia Cullars
Errol J. and Jennifer V. Cullars, of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Nativia, born November 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Carter Alison Cullipher
Lee G. and Dawn Carter Cullipher, of Lincolnton, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carter Alison, born November 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

TaMyrie Kay Stallwood
Shandrea Goolsby and Thomas Stallwood are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, TaMyrie Kay, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Taylor Hall
Brian and Susan Hall, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Taylor, born November 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Joey Peyton Braddy
Erin Merchant and Joey Braddy are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joey Peyton, born November 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Michaela Briann Rhodes
Michael Harrison and Shaun Hargis Rhodes, of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Michael Briann.

Tina Friederike Luise
Michael S. and Amie J. Davis, Sr., of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tina Friederike Luise, born November 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Dylan Bobby Mock

Carmen Lea Smith
William Donald and Jolene Marie Smith III, of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carmen Lea, born November 25, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Fred Vaughn Jennings

Brodie Hughes Chapman

Fred Vaughn Jennings
Ashley G. and Fred V. Jennings, Jr., of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Fred Vaughn (Trey), born October 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Business calendar

Office holiday parties don't always mean dinner and drinks
DENVER - To the delicate strains of cello music, the eight women in white robes soaked their feet in warm water, laughing and enjoying a light lunch by the fireplace in a darkened sitting area of the Antoine du Chez day spa.

High-end retail woos male shoppers with pizza, beer
OMAHA, Neb. - Mike Galaska does not like to shop. He doesn't like the crowds or spending money. It's for women, he says.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 23-Dec. 6. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

High-end retail woos male shoppers with pizza, beer
OMAHA, Neb. - Mike Galaska does not like to shop. He doesn't like the crowds or spending money. It's for women, he says.

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses from Richmond County for November:

Business licenses

Biz bites
Nearly half the workers (48 percent) surveyed in a poll on corporate gifts said their gifts were duds.

Business briefs
PARTY WISELY: It's the season of the company holiday party. There probably will be alcohol, so be careful, advises a career coaching firm.

On the move
Shaun Feeser has joined Advanced Mortgage & Investment Corp. as a loan originating specialist and will be responsible for mortgage loan generation. He was previously employed by Wells Fargo Financial and has more than three years of mortgage experience.

High-end retail woos male shoppers with pizza, beer
OMAHA, Neb. - Mike Galaska does not like to shop. He doesn't like the crowds or spending money. It's for women, he says.

Business calendar
- Jan 12, 19 and 26: CPIM Review Course by the APICS CSRA Chapter; contact Patti Lee at (706) 868-3811 for registration information.

Tuesday marks busiest day for UPS

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 23-Dec. 6. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

On the move

Business calendar
- Jan 12, 19 and 26: CPIM Review Course by the APICS CSRA Chapter; contact Patti Lee at (706) 868-3811 for registration information.

Office holiday parties don't always mean dinner and drinks
DENVER - To the delicate strains of cello music, the eight women in white robes soaked their feet in warm water, laughing and enjoying a light lunch by the fireplace in a darkened sitting area of the Antoine du Chez day spa.

Area bankruptcy filings fall since new law takes effect
There has been a steep decline in area bankruptcy filings since tougher new laws took effect Oct. 17.

Area bankruptcy filings fall since new law takes effect
There has been a steep decline in area bankruptcy filings since tougher new laws took effect Oct. 17.

Biz bites
Nearly half the workers (48 percent) surveyed in a poll on corporate gifts said their gifts were duds.

Tuesday marks busiest day for UPS
CHICAGO - You're likely to see a lot of brown Tuesday, when United Parcel Service expects to move more than 20 million packages worldwide on the busiest day of its holiday season.

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses from Richmond County for November:

Tuesday marks busiest day for UPS
CHICAGO - You're likely to see a lot of brown Tuesday, when United Parcel Service expects to move more than 20 million packages worldwide on the busiest day of its holiday season.

On the move
Shaun Feeser has joined Advanced Mortgage & Investment Corp. as a loan originating specialist and will be responsible for mortgage loan generation. He was previously employed by Wells Fargo Financial and has more than three years of mortgage experience.

Business briefs
PARTY WISELY: It's the season of the company holiday party. There probably will be alcohol, so be careful, advises a career coaching firm.

Biz bites

Business briefs

Area bankruptcy filings fall since new law takes effect

Richmond County property transfers

Office holiday parties don't always mean dinner and drinks

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 18, 2005.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, December 18, 2005.

Many officials sound a lot like Scrooge

Many officials sound a lot like Scrooge
Here we are a few days before Christmas when visions of sugarplums should be dancing in our heads, and our city officials are gearing up for battle.

Many officials sound a lot like Scrooge
Here we are a few days before Christmas when visions of sugarplums should be dancing in our heads, and our city officials are gearing up for battle.

Atlanta expansion?

Atlanta expansion?
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl has its ninth consecutive sellout and its most attractive matchup based on rankings, but Gary Stokan dreams of even bigger days.

Atlanta expansion?
ATLANTA - The Peach Bowl has its ninth consecutive sellout and its most attractive matchup based on rankings, but Gary Stokan dreams of even bigger days.

Jags have Lions' number

Jags even the score

College basketball roundup

In the hunt again
Savannah River Site is back in the running for a new nuclear power plant. This is an encouraging development, but don't get your hopes up too much just yet.

Iran's Hitler invites war

Iran's Hitler invites war
Has Iran declared war on Israel? No one should blame the Israelis for thinking so, given the rhetoric of Iran's Islamo-fascist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Needling the vaccine makers
Private enterprise gets a bad reputation when it seemingly puts greed ahead of the social good. When that happens it gives Big Government a rationale to step in and take control, usually making matters worse.

Iran's Hitler invites war
Has Iran declared war on Israel? No one should blame the Israelis for thinking so, given the rhetoric of Iran's Islamo-fascist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Needling the vaccine makers
Private enterprise gets a bad reputation when it seemingly puts greed ahead of the social good. When that happens it gives Big Government a rationale to step in and take control, usually making matters worse.

In the hunt again
Savannah River Site is back in the running for a new nuclear power plant. This is an encouraging development, but don't get your hopes up too much just yet.

Help fight unnatural disasters too

In the hunt again

Needling the vaccine makers

A long wait ended
When justice isn't swift, it can feel awfully unsure.

A long wait ended

Help fight unnatural disasters too
Not all disasters can be readily seen. They don't all blow trees over, or put houses under water, or shake the ground beneath your feet.

A long wait ended
When justice isn't swift, it can feel awfully unsure.

Help fight unnatural disasters too
Not all disasters can be readily seen. They don't all blow trees over, or put houses under water, or shake the ground beneath your feet.

Don't expect much of a 'Santa Claus' rally this year

Don't expect much of a 'Santa Claus' rally this year
NEW YORK - Traditionally, the last two weeks of the year are a time of light volume but rising stocks on Wall Street. Yet this year, there may not be enough of a rise to take to the bank.

Don't expect much of a 'Santa Claus' rally this year
NEW YORK - Traditionally, the last two weeks of the year are a time of light volume but rising stocks on Wall Street. Yet this year, there may not be enough of a rise to take to the bank.

Tech women tame the Hurricane
ATLANTA - Jamie Mitchell and Chjioma Nnamaka scored 10 points each to lead a balanced attack that carried Georgia Tech's women to a 54-38 victory over Tulsa on Sunday.

Tech women tame the Hurricane
ATLANTA - Jamie Mitchell and Chjioma Nnamaka scored 10 points each to lead a balanced attack that carried Georgia Tech's women to a 54-38 victory over Tulsa on Sunday.

Tech women tame the Hurricane

It's the most hazardous time of the year

Junior golf tee times
Tuesday Tee Times at Midland Valley

Goosen holds off charging Els to win South African Open
GEORGE, South Africa - Retief Goosen birdied the last two holes and finished with a 3-under 70 Sunday to beat Ernie Els by a stroke at the South African Open.

Goosen holds off charging Els to win South African Open
GEORGE, South Africa - Retief Goosen birdied the last two holes and finished with a 3-under 70 Sunday to beat Ernie Els by a stroke at the South African Open.

Goosen holds off charging Els to win South African Open

Junior golf tee times

Junior golf tee times
Tuesday Tee Times at Midland Valley

Tigers star easy pick as the top defender

2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team

GHSA state football team

GHSA state football team
CLASS AAAA

2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team
Area selections to the 2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team:

GHSA state football team
CLASS AAAA

Tigers star easy pick as the top defender
Washington-Wilkes had a standout defensive tackle this year. Markeith Wylie stood out because of the hopeless would-be blockers he knocked down.

2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team
Area selections to the 2005 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State football team:

Tigers star easy pick as the top defender
Washington-Wilkes had a standout defensive tackle this year. Markeith Wylie stood out because of the hopeless would-be blockers he knocked down.

Late flurry lifts Atlanta to win
ATLANTA - Ilya Kovalchuk and Jim Slater scored 17 seconds apart in the third period and the Atlanta Thrashers beat Florida, 2-1 on Saturday, the Panthers' 13th consecutive road loss.

NHL roundup
NEW YORK - Joe Sakic scored a pair of goals 19 seconds apart in the second period - the second on a penalty shot - as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Late flurry lifts Atlanta to win

NHL roundup

NHL roundup
NEW YORK - Joe Sakic scored a pair of goals 19 seconds apart in the second period - the second on a penalty shot - as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Late flurry lifts Atlanta to win
ATLANTA - Ilya Kovalchuk and Jim Slater scored 17 seconds apart in the third period and the Atlanta Thrashers beat Florida, 2-1 on Saturday, the Panthers' 13th consecutive road loss.

Santa makes time for pups, too
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it. -- Sam Levenson

Santa makes time for pups, too
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it. -- Sam Levenson

Illegal immigration harms nation

Pray that Iraq war ends soon
One of the most profound questions human beings face is "why?" In the Bible, Job searched for an answer to why he suffered so much, but God never gave him the answer. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Rough upbringing spawned a killer
Stanley "Tookie" Williams was executed in California recently. He was born to a 17-year-old girl; his father bailed before he was born. I was born to a 27-year-old professor of anatomy and a 30-year-old professor of English. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Illegal immigration harms nation
As we Americans stand idly by with our hands in our pockets whistling Dixie, one administration after another has allowed more than 16 million illegal aliens to enter our country. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Keep an eye on what ACLU does

Local voters must get past race
Regarding the letter by Tracy E. Williams Jr. ("Support new mayor, and always vote," Dec 13): James D. Wiggins, North Augusta, S.C.

Rough upbringing spawned a killer

Bush presidency is sheer torture
Has anyone ever seen such refined hypocrisy as that being practiced by Republicans today? President Clinton's little sex fib threatened the very foundations of the nation, while Bush's lies to get us into war in Iraq don't matter. They are telling us that it is a waste of time to think of it now. Vernon Johnson, Mesena

Rough upbringing spawned a killer
Stanley "Tookie" Williams was executed in California recently. He was born to a 17-year-old girl; his father bailed before he was born. I was born to a 27-year-old professor of anatomy and a 30-year-old professor of English. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Keep an eye on what ACLU does
Regarding two posts in your Rants and Raves section Friday: Bud Putnam, Thomson

Bush presidency is sheer torture

Don't let anti-Christian movement spread
In reference to the move to take Christ out of Christmas, we must remember Jesus is the reason for the season. As Christians, we do have the right of free speech and freedom of religion. Joseph Jackson, Augusta

Pray that Iraq war ends soon

Bush presidency is sheer torture
Has anyone ever seen such refined hypocrisy as that being practiced by Republicans today? President Clinton's little sex fib threatened the very foundations of the nation, while Bush's lies to get us into war in Iraq don't matter. They are telling us that it is a waste of time to think of it now. Vernon Johnson, Mesena

Don't let anti-Christian movement spread

Keep an eye on what ACLU does
Regarding two posts in your Rants and Raves section Friday: Bud Putnam, Thomson

Certainly, I like Christmas - do you?

Pray that Iraq war ends soon
One of the most profound questions human beings face is "why?" In the Bible, Job searched for an answer to why he suffered so much, but God never gave him the answer. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Certainly, I like Christmas - do you?
Separation of church and state has reached a new level of expression. If you are like me, you may feel we are losing the battle concerning the freedom, or right to talk about Christmas. Make a note of all the ads you see this Christmas season that, instead, refer to the holiday season.Walter Lamb, Aiken, S.C.

Illegal immigration harms nation
As we Americans stand idly by with our hands in our pockets whistling Dixie, one administration after another has allowed more than 16 million illegal aliens to enter our country. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Certainly, I like Christmas - do you?
Separation of church and state has reached a new level of expression. If you are like me, you may feel we are losing the battle concerning the freedom, or right to talk about Christmas. Make a note of all the ads you see this Christmas season that, instead, refer to the holiday season.Walter Lamb, Aiken, S.C.

Local voters must get past race
Regarding the letter by Tracy E. Williams Jr. ("Support new mayor, and always vote," Dec 13): James D. Wiggins, North Augusta, S.C.

Don't let anti-Christian movement spread
In reference to the move to take Christ out of Christmas, we must remember Jesus is the reason for the season. As Christians, we do have the right of free speech and freedom of religion. Joseph Jackson, Augusta

Local voters must get past race

Movie Games: Video games go Hollywood

Time brings changes to Myrtle Beach

Travel briefs

Renewable hybrid wood rates high on hardness scale

Icicles can bring chilling costs to your heating bill

Ask the Carey Brothers

Everything in the house says Christmas

Living briefs

Forethought can help holidays run smoothly

How to get music free online, without lawsuit risk

Quick changes will make a successful nighttime outfit

Techbits: High-tech toilet, body chips and more

Niche cell phones coming for sports fans, youths

Nicaragua offers peaceful times for tourists

Niche cell phones coming for sports fans, youths
NEW YORK - When Jon Grauer sits down for dinner or settles in to watch Desperate Housewives, or just about any other show on TV, he's sure to have his trusty new cell phone at his side. It's not that he's expecting any phone calls. He just wants to keep checking the latest sports scores on his Mobile ESPN cell phone.

Niche cell phones coming for sports fans, youths
NEW YORK - When Jon Grauer sits down for dinner or settles in to watch Desperate Housewives, or just about any other show on TV, he's sure to have his trusty new cell phone at his side. It's not that he's expecting any phone calls. He just wants to keep checking the latest sports scores on his Mobile ESPN cell phone.

How to get music free online, without lawsuit risk
LOS ANGELES - Download music from file-swapping networks these days and you risk getting slapped with a copyright lawsuit.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We just moved into a new home that has Formica kitchen countertops. Our previous home had ceramic tile. Can you give me some tips on how to care for this surface? -- Ron

Time brings changes to Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Driving along the shore, one is tempted by a thousand delights: Buccaneer Bay miniature golf, Mr. Fireworks' sparklers and the Legends Tribute Theater with its large sign showing the Blues Brothers.

Renewable hybrid wood rates high on hardness scale
The next time you're in the market for a hardwood floor, butcher block table or cutting board, keep the Janka scale in mind.

How to get music free online, without lawsuit risk
LOS ANGELES - Download music from file-swapping networks these days and you risk getting slapped with a copyright lawsuit.

Quick changes will make a successful nighttime outfit
Everyone is busy, and the holidays tend to exacerbate that fast pace.

Movie Games: Video games go Hollywood
Video games tend to make terrible movies, and vice versa. But that doesn't seem to faze anyone - it seems every new action or kid-friendly movie these days gets a video game makeover.

Forethought can help holidays run smoothly
Over the years, readers have requested tips for holiday entertaining. With Christmas Day in a week, I've decided to compile a list :

Forethought can help holidays run smoothly
Over the years, readers have requested tips for holiday entertaining. With Christmas Day in a week, I've decided to compile a list :

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We just moved into a new home that has Formica kitchen countertops. Our previous home had ceramic tile. Can you give me some tips on how to care for this surface? -- Ron

Nicaragua offers peaceful times for tourists
SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua - I'm paddling down an estuary in a kayak that snakes through a private nature reserve. A sense of serenity washes over me as a group of white herons flocks to a marsh and the thunderous crash of waves from the Pacific Ocean rumbles in the distance.

Techbits: High-tech toilet, body chips and more
SAN FRANCISCO - Scott Pinizzotto is accustomed to getting giggles whenever he brings up the subject of high-tech toilet seats that rinse and warm people's bottoms.

Travel briefs
CLEVELAND - A new museum about money debuts Jan. 3 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland when the bank opens to the public for the first time since Sept. 11, 2001.

Living briefs
You can still entertain, even if you don't have a lot of room to maneuver.Coming Tuesday

Icicles can bring chilling costs to your heating bill
Many of us get to see the coldest part of the season represented by beautiful strings of icicles fanned out along deck rails and roof overhangs.

Quick changes will make a successful nighttime outfit
Everyone is busy, and the holidays tend to exacerbate that fast pace.

Living briefs
You can still entertain, even if you don't have a lot of room to maneuver.Coming Tuesday

Everything in the house says Christmas
Christmas is a marathon decorating event for Diane Lapsley. Until two years ago, she would stay up for two days straight and decorate every inch of her home.

Everything in the house says Christmas
Christmas is a marathon decorating event for Diane Lapsley. Until two years ago, she would stay up for two days straight and decorate every inch of her home.

Nicaragua offers peaceful times for tourists
SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua - I'm paddling down an estuary in a kayak that snakes through a private nature reserve. A sense of serenity washes over me as a group of white herons flocks to a marsh and the thunderous crash of waves from the Pacific Ocean rumbles in the distance.

Renewable hybrid wood rates high on hardness scale
The next time you're in the market for a hardwood floor, butcher block table or cutting board, keep the Janka scale in mind.

Time brings changes to Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Driving along the shore, one is tempted by a thousand delights: Buccaneer Bay miniature golf, Mr. Fireworks' sparklers and the Legends Tribute Theater with its large sign showing the Blues Brothers.

Travel briefs
CLEVELAND - A new museum about money debuts Jan. 3 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland when the bank opens to the public for the first time since Sept. 11, 2001.

Techbits: High-tech toilet, body chips and more
SAN FRANCISCO - Scott Pinizzotto is accustomed to getting giggles whenever he brings up the subject of high-tech toilet seats that rinse and warm people's bottoms.

Movie Games: Video games go Hollywood
Video games tend to make terrible movies, and vice versa. But that doesn't seem to faze anyone - it seems every new action or kid-friendly movie these days gets a video game makeover.

Icicles can bring chilling costs to your heating bill
Many of us get to see the coldest part of the season represented by beautiful strings of icicles fanned out along deck rails and roof overhangs.

Lynx jumped by Checkers in 2nd
Facing a one-goal deficit midway through the third period Saturday night, the Lynx were given consecutive power play chances.

Lynx jumped by Checkers in 2nd
Facing a one-goal deficit midway through the third period Saturday night, the Lynx were given consecutive power play chances.

Lynx jumped by Checkers in 2nd

House affirms stance on law

Across Georgia
Ex-judge gets 5 years in child porn case

Across Georgia
Ex-judge gets 5 years in child porn case

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

The week ahead
The Christmas show 'Tis the Season will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. today and Friday at Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. The program will trace holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives. Tickets cost $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students. Children younger than 4 will not be admitted. Reservations are recommended. Call 641-3654.

Send illegals to prison, lawmaker says
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Illegal immigrants would spend five years in prison and lose their cash and cars under legislation a Charleston lawmaker is pushing.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Columbia County deputies want Web site for security information
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office wants to set up an office that would distribute statewide homeland security information via a Web site.

Empty Stocking; Holiday could be last for dying mother
An Augusta woman needs help this year to make her dying mother's last Christmas a joyous one.

Emergency systems incompatible
ATLANTA - Last year, when flames engulfed BioLab Inc., a chemical warehouse in Rockdale County, firefighters raced in from surrounding counties to help.

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents
A single mother does not have any extra money to give her son and daughter a merry Christmas this year unless she receives assistance.

Is Georgia Legislature ready for prime time Webcasting?
ATLANTA - If you believe, as Justice Louis Brandeis did, that "sunshine is the best disinfectant," then you'll expect new legislative Webcasts to fill the Gold Dome with the scent of Lysol.

Where we live

Across the area
Police arrested two more men Sunday in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man two months ago.

Stronger truancy policy gets results

Across Georgia
MACON - A recall effort to oust Macon Mayor Jack Ellis and force another election was shot down by a judge who said there was no probable cause for the mayor's removal.

Where we live
In 1914, the Aiken Hounds found their way into the hunt annals when Thomas Hitchcock and his wife, Louise, both avid hunters, purchased 3,000 acres now known as Hitchcock Woods and established miles of drag lines, known as the Old Aiken Drag, for their beagles to follow the scent of a fox that had been laid down.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - An elderly couple died along with their daughter and son-in-law in what authorities say was a murder-suicide.

Kid of the day
Jaylin Hollis

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the day
Jaylin Hollis

Send illegals to prison, lawmaker says

Site wants waste shipped away, but where will it go?
There are 49 tanks at Savannah River Site filled with liquid waste so radioactive that direct human contact would prove deadly.

The week ahead

Is Georgia Legislature ready for prime time Webcasting?
ATLANTA - If you believe, as Justice Louis Brandeis did, that "sunshine is the best disinfectant," then you'll expect new legislative Webcasts to fill the Gold Dome with the scent of Lysol.

The week ahead
The Christmas show 'Tis the Season will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. today and Friday at Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. The program will trace holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives. Tickets cost $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students. Children younger than 4 will not be admitted. Reservations are recommended. Call 641-3654.

Homefront: Smaller incisions better for patients
A little more than an hour after he started cutting a tiny incision in Michelle Highland's neck, David Terris steps back from the table and looks around the operating room at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Lowcountry family wants to evict Katrina evacuees

News you can use

Post to enforce ban on phones

Kid of the day

Empty Stocking donations

What won't they do for Xbox 360?

Across the area

News you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

New way to pay being tested at Atlanta arena

News you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

Homefront: Smaller incisions better for patients

Across the area
Woman reports armed robbery

Columbia County deputies want Web site for security information

House affirms stance on law
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a piece of legislation that an Augusta congressman first introduced three years ago, allowing local police to enforce federal immigration law.

High-tech is ho-hum at warfare center

Site wants waste shipped away, but where will it go?
There are 49 tanks at Savannah River Site filled with liquid waste so radioactive that direct human contact would prove deadly.

Katrina survivors starting over with hope, pride

House affirms stance on law
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a piece of legislation that an Augusta congressman first introduced three years ago, allowing local police to enforce federal immigration law.

One of 12 bands a-rockin'

Family says waiver may have helped child
AIKEN - The pattern was unmistakable.

5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey

Augusta Commission OKs fire chief
Augusta Commission voted 6-3 this afternoon to name interim Fire Chief Howard Willis to the post full time.

Hunt for shooter requires new tips

Post to enforce ban on phones
Fort Gordon's order banning the use of cell phones while driving on post has been in effect for nearly a year, but some people still aren't hanging up while at the wheel.

Kid of the Day

Katrina survivors starting over with hope, pride
Hours before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Phyllis "Queen" Matthews-Young was frying chicken in the kitchen of her Lower Ninth Ward house.

Across Georgia

Hunt for shooter requires new tips
NORTH AUGUSTA - Four weeks later, people are still sharing tips with police in the hunt for an alleged killer. The problem, investigators say, is that some people might have waited too long before giving the information they have.

One of 12 bands a-rockin'
David Firmin (right) and Micah Swenson, of The Edison Project, perform at Imperial Theatre in the 12 Bands of Christmas concert, which benefits MCG's Children's Medical Center.

Across the area

Homefront: Smaller incisions better for patients
A little more than an hour after he started cutting a tiny incision in Michelle Highland's neck, David Terris steps back from the table and looks around the operating room at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Site wants waste shipped away, but where will it go?

5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey
5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey, organist and director of music at St. John United Methodist Church.

Family says waiver may have helped child

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

Post to enforce ban on phones
Fort Gordon's order banning the use of cell phones while driving on post has been in effect for nearly a year, but some people still aren't hanging up while at the wheel.

Empty Stocking fund list

Is Georgia Legislature ready for prime time Webcasting?

Empty Stocking; Holiday could be last for dying mother

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents
A single mother does not have any extra money to give her son and daughter a merry Christmas this year unless she receives assistance.

Across South Carolina

Hunt for shooter requires new tips
NORTH AUGUSTA - Four weeks later, people are still sharing tips with police in the hunt for an alleged killer. The problem, investigators say, is that some people might have waited too long before giving the information they have.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Katrina survivors starting over with hope, pride
Hours before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Phyllis "Queen" Matthews-Young was frying chicken in the kitchen of her Lower Ninth Ward house.

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents
A single mother does not have any extra money to give her son and daughter a merry Christmas this year unless she receives assistance.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

One of 12 bands a-rockin'
David Firmin (right) and Micah Swenson, of The Edison Project, perform at Imperial Theatre in the 12 Bands of Christmas concert, which benefits MCG's Children's Medical Center.

Where we live
In 1914, the Aiken Hounds found their way into the hunt annals when Thomas Hitchcock and his wife, Louise, both avid hunters, purchased 3,000 acres now known as Hitchcock Woods and established miles of drag lines, known as the Old Aiken Drag, for their beagles to follow the scent of a fox that had been laid down.

Lowcountry family wants to evict Katrina evacuees
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A couple wants to evict a family left homeless in Hurricane Katrina from a Lowcountry house they own.

Across South Carolina
WALTERBORO - A Colleton County teenager has been charged with invading a family's home with four accomplices, trying to sexually assault the mother and threatening to kill her 3-year-old son, before fleeing in their minivan.

New way to pay being tested at Atlanta arena
ATLANTA - A select group of sports fans can now wave their cell phones in front of their team's poster at Philips Arena and instantly download game notes, team logos or addictive sports video games.

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

Lowcountry family wants to evict Katrina evacuees
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A couple wants to evict a family left homeless in Hurricane Katrina from a Lowcountry house they own.

What won't they do for Xbox 360?
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.

Send illegals to prison, lawmaker says
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Illegal immigrants would spend five years in prison and lose their cash and cars under legislation a Charleston lawmaker is pushing.

Stronger truancy policy gets results
The threat of fines and jail time is curbing truancy in Columbia County, officials say.

High-tech is ho-hum at warfare center
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - On Christmas morning, delighted youngsters will be opening everything from Xbox 360s to digital cameras, but high-tech gizmos are an everyday affair at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center.

Family says waiver may have helped child
AIKEN - The pattern was unmistakable.

Across the area
Police arrested two more men Sunday in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man two months ago.

Empty Stocking fund list
Previously acknowledged: $86,195.16

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - An elderly couple died along with their daughter and son-in-law in what authorities say was a murder-suicide.

What won't they do for Xbox 360?
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 Georgia
MACON - A recall effort to oust Macon Mayor Jack Ellis and force another election was shot down by a judge who said there was no probable cause for the mayor's removal.

Across South Carolina
WALTERBORO - A Colleton County teenager has been charged with invading a family's home with four accomplices, trying to sexually assault the mother and threatening to kill her 3-year-old son, before fleeing in their minivan.

5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey
5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey, organist and director of music at St. John United Methodist Church.

Across the area
Woman reports armed robbery

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Evan Michael Pope of North Augusta.

Stronger truancy policy gets results
The threat of fines and jail time is curbing truancy in Columbia County, officials say.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Monique Walker Hill sentenced to 3 years probation, fined

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Evan Michael Pope of North Augusta.

High-tech is ho-hum at warfare center
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - On Christmas morning, delighted youngsters will be opening everything from Xbox 360s to digital cameras, but high-tech gizmos are an everyday affair at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center.

Emergency systems incompatible
ATLANTA - Last year, when flames engulfed BioLab Inc., a chemical warehouse in Rockdale County, firefighters raced in from surrounding counties to help.

Columbia County deputies want Web site for security information
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office wants to set up an office that would distribute statewide homeland security information via a Web site.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $88,158.16

New way to pay being tested at Atlanta arena
ATLANTA - A select group of sports fans can now wave their cell phones in front of their team's poster at Philips Arena and instantly download game notes, team logos or addictive sports video games.

Emergency systems incompatible

Women's game keeps on evolving
Sometimes even the most innocuous of situations can prompt a the introspective question, "How did I get here?"

Women's game keeps on evolving
Sometimes even the most innocuous of situations can prompt a the introspective question, "How did I get here?"

It's the most hazardous time of the year
It's nearly Christmas, which means we've all heard the alarmist outcries against toys that can be dangerous to the children they are supposed to be entertaining. You know - toys that can choke, blind and maim.

It's the most hazardous time of the year
It's nearly Christmas, which means we've all heard the alarmist outcries against toys that can be dangerous to the children they are supposed to be entertaining. You know - toys that can choke, blind and maim.

Capsule reviews of new films

Activists elated by praise for gay cowboy film
NEW YORK - Gay-rights leaders are elated that a tale of same-sex love and heartbreak is reaching mainstream filmgoers in the form of acclaimed "Brokeback Mountain," while some conservatives are dismayed by the film's glowing reviews and rooting for it to fail at the box office.

'Kong' rules with less-than-expected $50.15 million
LOS ANGELES - "King Kong" was less of a box-office brute than Hollywood expected, taking in $50.15 million in its first weekend, a sturdy start but unremarkable by Hollywood blockbuster standards.

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

'Kong' rules with less-than-expected $50.15 million

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Author discusses origins of her 'Brokeback Mountain'

'Kong' rules with less-than-expected $50.15 million
LOS ANGELES - "King Kong" was less of a box-office brute than Hollywood expected, taking in $50.15 million in its first weekend, a sturdy start but unremarkable by Hollywood blockbuster standards.

Author discusses origins of her 'Brokeback Mountain'
LOS ANGELES - Annie Proulx figured no magazine would touch her short story "Brokeback Mountain," the tale of two Wyoming cowboys whose romance is so intense it sometimes leaves them black and blue.

Author discusses origins of her 'Brokeback Mountain'
LOS ANGELES - Annie Proulx figured no magazine would touch her short story "Brokeback Mountain," the tale of two Wyoming cowboys whose romance is so intense it sometimes leaves them black and blue.

Activists elated by praise for gay cowboy film
NEW YORK - Gay-rights leaders are elated that a tale of same-sex love and heartbreak is reaching mainstream filmgoers in the form of acclaimed "Brokeback Mountain," while some conservatives are dismayed by the film's glowing reviews and rooting for it to fail at the box office.

Activists elated by praise for gay cowboy film

Indie rockers unite!

Indie rockers unite!

Indie rockers unite!

Hawks win for fourth time in five games

Hawks win for fourth time in five games
ATLANTA - After a horrible start, it appears that the Atlanta Hawks have found a way to win.

Hawks win for fourth time in five games
ATLANTA - After a horrible start, it appears that the Atlanta Hawks have found a way to win.

College basketball roundup
DURHAM, N.C. -- J.J. Redick scored 30 points and Greg Paulus set a school freshman record with 15 assists as No. 1 Duke shook off a subpar defensive first half to beat Valparaiso, 104-77 on Sunday night.

Jags even the score
Jason Mills' season debut couldn't come soon enough for the senior guard.

College basketball roundup
DURHAM, N.C. -- J.J. Redick scored 30 points and Greg Paulus set a school freshman record with 15 assists as No. 1 Duke shook off a subpar defensive first half to beat Valparaiso, 104-77 on Sunday night.

Jags have Lions' number
Just about every time the Augusta State women's basketball team has needed a quick-fix win the past 15 seasons, it could always turn to its crosstown rival.

Jags even the score
Jason Mills' season debut couldn't come soon enough for the senior guard.

Jags have Lions' number
Just about every time the Augusta State women's basketball team has needed a quick-fix win the past 15 seasons, it could always turn to its crosstown rival.

Falcons fans brave weather

Bears put Falcons on ice

Turnovers hurt Saints in loss to Panthers

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Mrs. Betty Jones    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Ted Buxton Jenkins, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Fred R. Jensen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. R. Kenneth Lown    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Carl M. Carter    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Terry A. Lawton    (MANASSAS, Va.)

Mrs. Bertha Stoudemire    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Cleveland McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara B. Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

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

Mr. George Reeves, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shlaer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest J. Miller, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mr. Charles Sherman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Dwight A. Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Ruth Turner    (WHITMIRE, S.C.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Hudson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Sherman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest J. Miller, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mr. R. Kenneth Lown    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Turner    (WHITMIRE, S.C.)

Mr. Carl M. Carter    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy S. Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Terry A. Lawton    (MANASSAS, Va.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ted Buxton Jenkins, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Judy S. Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Rubben Murray    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Williams-Sanders    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mrs. Doris Shlaer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Hutto    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. George Reeves, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cleveland McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Terry A. Lawton    (MANASSAS, Va.)

Mr. Rubben Murray    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Fred R. Jensen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Terry A. Lawton    (MANASSAS, Va.)

Mr. Jesse Hutto    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Leola Kennedy    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Hudson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Jones    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Jesse Hutto    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard    (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Hudson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Foster    (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard    (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mr. Dwight A. Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Hutto    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Hudson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Leola Kennedy    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred R. Jensen (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara B. Pennington (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sherman (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Carl M. Carter (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Leola Kennedy (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Leverentz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ernest J. Miller, Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mr. Cleveland McMillan (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Terry A. Lawton (MANASSAS, Va.)

Mrs. Betty Jones (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Dwight A. Dodson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrard (SILOAM, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Pennington (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shlaer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Hudson (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Hosea Frasher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. E.L. Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Hutto (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Judy S. Barnes (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. R. Kenneth Lown (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. George Reeves, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Stoudemire (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Ted Buxton Jenkins, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Turner (WHITMIRE, S.C.)

Mr. Terry A. Lawton (MANASSAS, Va.)

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

Mrs. Lois Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rubben Murray (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie M. Hudson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jesse Hutto (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Williams-Sanders (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Modified reforms will make better Augusta
In recent days, we have engaged in a spirited debate about our local government. We have nothing to fear from this, because the state of affairs in our city requires us to get serious about discussing and solving our problems.

Overtime

Dorfmeister wins World Cup super-G race, Kildow fourth

American Kildow wins downhill and leads standings

Overtime

Sports rants and raves

Overtime
Golf

Sports rants and raves
THIS IS A rant for the Evans boys basketball team. Whenever they win, they always call the score in. But, miraculously, when they lose, 90 percent of the time the score is never called in. They should call their scores in win or lose.

Sports rants and raves
THIS IS A rant for the Evans boys basketball team. Whenever they win, they always call the score in. But, miraculously, when they lose, 90 percent of the time the score is never called in. They should call their scores in win or lose.

Overtime
In George, South Africa, Retief Goosen birdied the last two holes and finished with 3-under-par 70 to beat Ernie Els by a stroke at the South African Open.

Overtime
Golf

Dorfmeister wins World Cup super-G race, Kildow fourth
ALTA BADIA, Italy - If Italy is looking to stir more interest for the Olympics, maybe this will help: Max Blardone and Davide Simoncelli finished 1-2 in a World Cup giant slalom Sunday in a big lift for the home country.

American Kildow wins downhill and leads standings
VAL GARDENA, Italy - Marco Buechel won his first World Cup downhill race Saturday, while American Bode Miller finished eighth and regained the lead in the overall standings.

Overtime
In George, South Africa, Retief Goosen birdied the last two holes and finished with 3-under-par 70 to beat Ernie Els by a stroke at the South African Open.

Dorfmeister wins World Cup super-G race, Kildow fourth
ALTA BADIA, Italy - If Italy is looking to stir more interest for the Olympics, maybe this will help: Max Blardone and Davide Simoncelli finished 1-2 in a World Cup giant slalom Sunday in a big lift for the home country.

American Kildow wins downhill and leads standings
VAL GARDENA, Italy - Marco Buechel won his first World Cup downhill race Saturday, while American Bode Miller finished eighth and regained the lead in the overall standings.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Squirreling away the day
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - As a kid, Jerry Allen spent his wintry Saturday mornings hunting squirrels with dogs in the rolling hills of western Kentucky.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

Squirreling away the day
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - As a kid, Jerry Allen spent his wintry Saturday mornings hunting squirrels with dogs in the rolling hills of western Kentucky.

Squirreling away the day

South Carolina might buck rule on unlimited harvests
Throughout much of the lower half of South Carolina, you can shoot deer from mid-August to New Year's Day, chase them with dogs, bait them with corn and have virtually no limits or restrictions on antlered bucks.

South Carolina might buck rule on unlimited harvests
Throughout much of the lower half of South Carolina, you can shoot deer from mid-August to New Year's Day, chase them with dogs, bait them with corn and have virtually no limits or restrictions on antlered bucks.

Falcons fans brave weather
CHICAGO - Friends and significant others questioned their sanity - and if they fully understood the concept of dressing in layers - but three Atlanta men were bold enough to fight the frigid elements Sunday night to watch their beloved Falcons play the Chicago Bears at frigid Soldier Field.

Turnovers hurt Saints in loss to Panthers
BATON ROUGE, La. - The departure of former backup Jake Delhomme is haunting the New Orleans Saints now more than ever.

Turnovers hurt Saints in loss to Panthers
BATON ROUGE, La. - The departure of former backup Jake Delhomme is haunting the New Orleans Saints now more than ever.

Falcons fans brave weather
CHICAGO - Friends and significant others questioned their sanity - and if they fully understood the concept of dressing in layers - but three Atlanta men were bold enough to fight the frigid elements Sunday night to watch their beloved Falcons play the Chicago Bears at frigid Soldier Field.

Bears put Falcons on ice
CHICAGO - The playoff door had been swung wide open by the time Atlanta took Soldier Field on Sunday evening to face NFC North-leading Chicago.

Bears put Falcons on ice
CHICAGO - The playoff door had been swung wide open by the time Atlanta took Soldier Field on Sunday evening to face NFC North-leading Chicago.

South Carolina might buck rule on unlimited harvests

Women's game keeps on evolving

Midseason shows hit prime time
It's midseason, and the broadcast networks are gearing up for their second acts - good news for viewers because it brings relief from the scourge of reruns that can clog the winter months.

Illusionist puts the miracles of Jesus to the test
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Illusionist Brock Gill never figured Jesus for a master magician.

Illusionist puts the miracles of Jesus to the test

Illusionist puts the miracles of Jesus to the test
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Illusionist Brock Gill never figured Jesus for a master magician.

'Situation Room' puts news all over the screen
NEW YORK - The first time you see CNN's "The Situation Room," it might give you a headache. What's the deal with that array of TV screens, all those images tiled across that video wall? Why is so much happening at once? Where's the aspirin?

Midseason shows hit prime time

'Situation Room' puts news all over the screen

TV highlights and lowlights for the week ahead
Tom Brokaw's latest NBC News special probes the personal costs and tragic consequences for the soldiers from the war in Iraq - while raising the issue of leaders' neglect.

TV highlights and lowlights for the week ahead
Tom Brokaw's latest NBC News special probes the personal costs and tragic consequences for the soldiers from the war in Iraq - while raising the issue of leaders' neglect.

Midseason shows hit prime time
It's midseason, and the broadcast networks are gearing up for their second acts - good news for viewers because it brings relief from the scourge of reruns that can clog the winter months.

'Situation Room' puts news all over the screen
NEW YORK - The first time you see CNN's "The Situation Room," it might give you a headache. What's the deal with that array of TV screens, all those images tiled across that video wall? Why is so much happening at once? Where's the aspirin?

TV highlights and lowlights for the week ahead

Blue's success goes far beyond the field

Mountaineers think they're BCS worthy
ATHENS, Ga. - Bashers of Big East Conference football have sounded like the old Mike Myers Wayne's World sketch from Saturday Night Live - with a little different twist.

Mountaineers think they're BCS worthy
ATHENS, Ga. - Bashers of Big East Conference football have sounded like the old Mike Myers Wayne's World sketch from Saturday Night Live - with a little different twist.

Blue's success goes far beyond the field
ATHENS, Ga. - When Greg Blue left home in the morning to go to middle school, his mother, Teresa Webb, sometimes made sure he would use the back door of their East Atlanta home so the drug dealers hanging out on the corner wouldn't spot him.

Blue's success goes far beyond the field
ATHENS, Ga. - When Greg Blue left home in the morning to go to middle school, his mother, Teresa Webb, sometimes made sure he would use the back door of their East Atlanta home so the drug dealers hanging out on the corner wouldn't spot him.

Mountaineers think they're BCS worthy

Gamecocks get Thomson twins

Spurrier opens bowl practice

South Carolina slams Wofford
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Brandon Wallace hit a career-high three 3-pointers en route to his third career double-double to help lead South Carolina to a 73-43 victory over Wofford on Saturday night.

South Carolina slams Wofford

Spurrier opens bowl practice
COLUMBIA - South Carolina got to do something Saturday it hadn't in four years - practice in December.

Gamecocks get Thomson twins
The Georgia-South Carolina border bash just got a lot more interesting for Thomson High School football fans.

Gamecocks get Thomson twins
The Georgia-South Carolina border bash just got a lot more interesting for Thomson High School football fans.

South Carolina slams Wofford
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Brandon Wallace hit a career-high three 3-pointers en route to his third career double-double to help lead South Carolina to a 73-43 victory over Wofford on Saturday night.

Spurrier opens bowl practice
COLUMBIA - South Carolina got to do something Saturday it hadn't in four years - practice in December.

Kissing Santa

Adult literacy sites

Library hours

New system speeds up fingerprint identification

Army announces its 'best of year' winners

Upcomig events

Reunion will involve historic black schools

Woman uses art as an expression of love

Recreational activities

Ordinance on trees is fine-tuned by council

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Across the river

Meetings

Silver Bluff player busy year-round

Events

New Busbee principal knows value of educators

Aiken receives traffic safety award

Around the block

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