Helga collection sold; Brandywine loses custody

Helga collection sold; Brandywine loses custody
CHADDS FORD, Pa. - Andrew Wyeth's storied collection of 240 images of neighbor Helga Testorf has been sold to an American buyer, and is no longer in the custody of the Brandywine River Museum.

Helga collection sold; Brandywine loses custody
CHADDS FORD, Pa. - Andrew Wyeth's storied collection of 240 images of neighbor Helga Testorf has been sold to an American buyer, and is no longer in the custody of the Brandywine River Museum.

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.

Baseball briefs
CHICAGO - Catcher A.J. Pierzynski and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract Monday and avoided arbitration.

Baseball briefs
CHICAGO - Catcher A.J. Pierzynski and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract Monday and avoided arbitration.

Baseball briefs

Garciaparra set to join Dodgers

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.

Sign-up open for super fan

Hershey sues publisher over candy bar image on book
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The image of a distinctive chocolate bar on the dust jacket of a new book about the founder of The Hershey Co. violates its trademark, the candy maker said in a federal lawsuit.

Hershey sues publisher over candy bar image on book
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The image of a distinctive chocolate bar on the dust jacket of a new book about the founder of The Hershey Co. violates its trademark, the candy maker said in a federal lawsuit.

Tuesday marks busiest day for UPS

Tourism panel plots strategy
Board members of Columbia County's recently created Convention and Visitors Bureau met for the first time Monday morning, heard about goals and gave the go-ahead to advertise for a director.

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.

Tourism panel plots strategy
Board members of Columbia County's recently created Convention and Visitors Bureau met for the first time Monday morning, heard about goals and gave the go-ahead to advertise for a director.

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.

State's jobless tax will decline
ATLANTA - Georgia businesses both large and small will pay less money next year on unemployment insurance taxes, state labor officials said Monday.

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.

Office holiday parties don't always mean dinner and drinks

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.

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.

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.

State's jobless tax will decline

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.

Tourism panel plots strategy

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.

Hershey sues publisher over candy bar image on book

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.

Business briefs

State's jobless tax will decline
ATLANTA - Georgia businesses both large and small will pay less money next year on unemployment insurance taxes, state labor officials said Monday.

White, Miller win weekly ACC honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maxienne White of Clemson was named the player of the week in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday while Florida State's Britany Miller got her second rookie honor of the season.

White, Miller win weekly ACC honors

Clemson routs Puerto Rico
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico - Troy Mathis scored 15 points as Clemson routed the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 101-60 Monday in the first round of the San Juan Shootout tournament.

Clemson routs Puerto Rico
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico - Troy Mathis scored 15 points as Clemson routed the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 101-60 Monday in the first round of the San Juan Shootout tournament.

Clemson routs Puerto Rico
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico - Troy Mathis scored 15 points as Clemson routed the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 101-60 Monday in the first round of the San Juan Shootout tournament.

White, Miller win weekly ACC honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maxienne White of Clemson was named the player of the week in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday while Florida State's Britany Miller got her second rookie honor of the season.

Thrilling Bush is AP Player of the Year

Thrilling Bush is AP Player of the Year
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush loves roller coasters - and it makes perfect sense. Both bring thrills with breathtaking bursts of zigzag speed.

Attorney for Texas football players says no charges

Attorney for Texas football players says no charges
AUSTIN - An attorney for two Texas football players said he's been told by police the athletes will not be charged in an alleged downtown assault earlier this month.

Thrilling Bush is AP Player of the Year
NEW YORK - Reggie Bush loves roller coasters - and it makes perfect sense. Both bring thrills with breathtaking bursts of zigzag speed.

Attorney for Texas football players says no charges
AUSTIN - An attorney for two Texas football players said he's been told by police the athletes will not be charged in an alleged downtown assault earlier this month.

College basketball roundup

They're selling despair; don't buy it

Kerry eyes impeachment

They're selling despair; don't buy it
"Every American ... understands that we have no choice for own security but to win in Iraq."

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.

In the hunt again

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.

They're selling despair; don't buy it
"Every American ... understands that we have no choice for own security but to win in Iraq."

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.

Kerry eyes impeachment
If there's an award for "sore loser of the year," then give it right now to U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who was defeated in his White House bid last year by President Bush.

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.

Kerry eyes impeachment
If there's an award for "sore loser of the year," then give it right now to U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who was defeated in his White House bid last year by President Bush.

People in the News
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Was the name of a swanky bar in downtown Greensboro inspired by a literary giant or a pet bulldog? It may take a court decision to settle the dispute.

People in the News
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Was the name of a swanky bar in downtown Greensboro inspired by a literary giant or a pet bulldog? It may take a court decision to settle the dispute.

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

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

Junior golf tee times
Tuesday Tee Times at Midland Valley

Junior golf tee times

Goosen holds off charging Els to win South African Open

99 are invited to play in '06

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.

99 are invited to play in '06
Ninety-nine players, including 11 who got in Monday thanks to the final World Golf Ranking of the year, have qualified to play in the 2006 Masters Tournament.

99 are invited to play in '06
Ninety-nine players, including 11 who got in Monday thanks to the final World Golf Ranking of the year, have qualified to play in the 2006 Masters Tournament.

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.

Prep-basketball Scores

NHL roundup

Thrashers send Berkhoel back to Gwinnett

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.

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.

Thrashers send Berkhoel back to Gwinnett
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned goaltender Adam Berkhoel to Gwinnett of the East Coast Hockey League on Monday and need another backup.

Thrashers send Berkhoel back to Gwinnett
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned goaltender Adam Berkhoel to Gwinnett of the East Coast Hockey League on Monday and need another backup.

Sign-up open for super fan
This is the holiday of hopes and dreams. The one time of the year when anything seems possible. The season of miracles.

Sign-up open for super fan
This is the holiday of hopes and dreams. The one time of the year when anything seems possible. The season of miracles.

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.

Certainly, I like Christmas - do you?

Rough upbringing spawned a killer

Commission or kindergarten? You decide
Congratulations, Augusta commissioners. You have turned public office and government into a daytime drama that would rival any soap opera. Name-calling, racial intolerance, and walking out on government meetings - I'm still waiting for someone to get kidnapped or get in a love triangle. Michael J. Ryan, Evans

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

Evolution is a belief, not science
George Bernard Shaw said, "The world jumped at Darwin at the very thought of being rid of God." People do not espouse evolution because it is scientifically valid, but because it gives them allowance to live like they want without accountability to a Creator. Timothy Fellows, Augusta

Commission or kindergarten? You decide
Congratulations, Augusta commissioners. You have turned public office and government into a daytime drama that would rival any soap opera. Name-calling, racial intolerance, and walking out on government meetings - I'm still waiting for someone to get kidnapped or get in a love triangle. Michael J. Ryan, Evans

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.

Evolution is a belief, not science
George Bernard Shaw said, "The world jumped at Darwin at the very thought of being rid of God." People do not espouse evolution because it is scientifically valid, but because it gives them allowance to live like they want without accountability to a Creator. Timothy Fellows, 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

Evolution is a belief, not science

Commission or kindergarten? You decide

Living briefs

Health and fitness calendar

How to get music free online, without lawsuit risk

Movie Games: Video games go Hollywood

Seniors calendar

Niche cell phones coming for sports fans, youths

Techbits: High-tech toilet, body chips and more

Making big use of small space

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Making big use of small space
A few weeks ago, Inez Trowell prepared, as she always does, the family Thanksgiving dinner.

Making big use of small space
A few weeks ago, Inez Trowell prepared, as she always does, the family Thanksgiving dinner.

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.

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.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

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.

Living briefs
Sneakers created with top NBA talent are known to reach sky-high prices, but Shaquille O'Neal - one of basketball's biggest stars - brought things back to earth with his Dunkman Game Shoe.

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Living briefs
Sneakers created with top NBA talent are known to reach sky-high prices, but Shaquille O'Neal - one of basketball's biggest stars - brought things back to earth with his Dunkman Game Shoe.

Gamenight
Lynx vs. Gladiators: Tonight, 7:05

Gamenight

Gamenight
Lynx vs. Gladiators: Tonight, 7:05

Kid of the Day
Daniel James Nicholson, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Wrestling gets church spotlight
ATHENS, Ga. - A television segment on Rob Adonis and his Ultimate Christian Wrestling troupe that performs at Harvest Church of Athens aired Monday on ABC's World News Tonight.

High-tech is ho-hum at warfare center

Walker's daughter gets probation

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

Heat taxes set to drop

Corrections

Willis is in, Smith is out; the rest ends in gridlock

Send illegals to prison, lawmaker says

Trial date set for man in slaying

Columbia County deputies want Web site for security information

Breakdowns, low interest plague old photo ID bus

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.

Across the area

Willis is in, Smith is out; the rest ends in gridlock
In a racially charged meeting Monday, the Augusta Commission hired a permanent fire chief, fired the engineering department director and reached no-action votes on three measures promoted to reform city government.

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.

Sex offender gets 'light sentence,' officials say
Convicted sex offender William Archer Stulb received a "light sentence" for his crime Monday, law enforcement officials said.

Empty Stocking Donations

Empty Stocking donations

Sex offender gets 'light sentence,' officials say

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.

Empty Stocking: Released inmate wants to give son Christmas

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged $89,303.16

Across South Carolina

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.

Aiken County may direct funds to police

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 Georgia

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.

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: Released inmate wants to give son Christmas
An Augusta woman recently released from prison wants to give her young son, who suffered greatly during her incarceration, a wonderful Christmas this year but does not have the financial means to do so.

Is Georgia Legislature ready for prime time Webcasting?

S. Carolina to stop letting drivers take buses home
COLUMBIA - The longtime tradition that school bus drivers take their buses home at the end of the day will soon stop in South Carolina.

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.

Walker's daughter gets probation
Former state Sen. Charles Walker's daughter was sentenced Monday to serve three years on probation and pay a $30,000 fine.

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.

5 Questions with Jamie Council Garvey

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged: $88,158.16

New way to pay being tested at Atlanta arena

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.

Lowcountry family wants to evict Katrina evacuees

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

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.

TSA allowing more items on plane, but more searches added
Go ahead and buy Dad that tool set for Christmas. Just in time for the holidays, passengers will once again be permitted to carry small scissors and tools on airplanes.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

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.

Empty Stocking: Bills leave mother no money for presents

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Wrestling gets church spotlight

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.

TSA allowing more items on plane, but more searches added

Monique Walker Hill sentenced to 3 years probation, fined

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Instead of focusing its efforts on drug dealers and murderers, it is running speed traps on Interstate 20. How about spending our tax money on crime?

County fire service proposal is expected to be OK'd
Columbia County Commission is expected to vote in favor of a county fire service proposal today that no longer includes using North Columbia Fire and Rescue stations and equipment or help from the city of Harlem.

S. Carolina to stop letting drivers take buses home

Aiken County may direct funds to police
AIKEN - Sheriff Mike Hunt's deputies will get their 37 new patrol cars early next year as planned, even without a state grant that was ostensibly earmarked for Graniteville relief after a catastrophic train wreck in January.

Across the area
Authorities are investigating a home invasion Sunday night in the 2300 block of Turkey Trail Drive in Hephzibah.

Heat taxes set to drop
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue and legislative leaders, hoping to offer relief from high home-heating costs, announced Monday a three-month reduction in the state sales tax collected on the use of natural gas and liquid propane.

Learn more, care more
The first time Sandi Jones saw a patient in the whirlpool in the burn unit at Doctors Hospital, she passed out.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Education officials have talked for years about trimming the fat from the budget. They might just be adding some of it to the fuel used to run school buses.

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged $89,303.16

Soldiers head home for the holidays

Trial date set for man in slaying
A February trial date has been set for an Augusta man facing capital murder charges.

County fire service proposal is expected to be OK'd

Scammers posing as utility workers
Two men are posing as Georgia Power employees in order to get into residents' homes to rob them, law enforcement authorities said Monday.

Kid of the Day

Hunt for shooter requires new tips

Renewed by faith Union Baptist shining again

One of 12 bands a-rockin'

Learn more, care more

Homefront: Smaller incisions better for patients

Corrections
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misspelled the name of the president of Kennedy Capital Group, Rick Martin.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Education officials have talked for years about trimming the fat from the budget. They might just be adding some of it to the fuel used to run school buses.

Post to enforce ban on phones

Across the area
Authorities are investigating a home invasion Sunday night in the 2300 block of Turkey Trail Drive in Hephzibah.

The week ahead

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Instead of focusing its efforts on drug dealers and murderers, it is running speed traps on Interstate 20. How about spending our tax money on crime?

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Empty Stocking Donations
Previously acknowledged $89,303.16

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

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Erin Joffre Granados, 33, was arrested Saturday after an employee in a lingerie shop called police to report there was a flasher in the store, authorities said.

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.

Learn more, care more
The first time Sandi Jones saw a patient in the whirlpool in the burn unit at Doctors Hospital, she passed out.

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.

Kid of the Day
Daniel James Nicholson, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Breakdowns, low interest plague old photo ID bus
ATLANTA - A state bus that was intended to make it easier for people to get photo identifications to vote under a controversial law has had three breakdowns and issued far fewer IDs than expected.

S. Carolina to stop letting drivers take buses home
COLUMBIA - The longtime tradition that school bus drivers take their buses home at the end of the day will soon stop in South Carolina.

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Instead of focusing its efforts on drug dealers and murderers, it is running speed traps on Interstate 20. How about spending our tax money on crime?

TSA allowing more items on plane, but more searches added
Go ahead and buy Dad that tool set for Christmas. Just in time for the holidays, passengers will once again be permitted to carry small scissors and tools on airplanes.

Renewed by faith Union Baptist shining again
The members of Union Baptist Church know about faith. "We're just a faithful congregation that held on," said Deacon Frank Cooper, whose parishioners have continued to worship in the 154-year-old church on Greene Street during four years of renovation.

Wrestling gets church spotlight
ATHENS, Ga. - A television segment on Rob Adonis and his Ultimate Christian Wrestling troupe that performs at Harvest Church of Athens aired Monday on ABC's World News Tonight.

Katrina survivors starting over with hope, pride

Breakdowns, low interest plague old photo ID bus
ATLANTA - A state bus that was intended to make it easier for people to get photo identifications to vote under a controversial law has had three breakdowns and issued far fewer IDs than expected.

Emergency systems incompatible

Heat taxes set to drop
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue and legislative leaders, hoping to offer relief from high home-heating costs, announced Monday a three-month reduction in the state sales tax collected on the use of natural gas and liquid propane.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Erin Joffre Granados, 33, was arrested Saturday after an employee in a lingerie shop called police to report there was a flasher in the store, authorities said.

Aiken County may direct funds to police
AIKEN - Sheriff Mike Hunt's deputies will get their 37 new patrol cars early next year as planned, even without a state grant that was ostensibly earmarked for Graniteville relief after a catastrophic train wreck in January.

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.

County fire service proposal is expected to be OK'd
Columbia County Commission is expected to vote in favor of a county fire service proposal today that no longer includes using North Columbia Fire and Rescue stations and equipment or help from the city of Harlem.

Rants and raves
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Renewed by faith Union Baptist shining again
The members of Union Baptist Church know about faith. "We're just a faithful congregation that held on," said Deacon Frank Cooper, whose parishioners have continued to worship in the 154-year-old church on Greene Street during four years of renovation.

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.

Scammers posing as utility workers
Two men are posing as Georgia Power employees in order to get into residents' homes to rob them, law enforcement authorities said Monday.

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

Trial date set for man in slaying
A February trial date has been set for an Augusta man facing capital murder charges.

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

Sex offender gets 'light sentence,' officials say
Convicted sex offender William Archer Stulb received a "light sentence" for his crime Monday, law enforcement officials said.

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.

Walker's daughter gets probation
Former state Sen. Charles Walker's daughter was sentenced Monday to serve three years on probation and pay a $30,000 fine.

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.

Willis is in, Smith is out; the rest ends in gridlock
In a racially charged meeting Monday, the Augusta Commission hired a permanent fire chief, fired the engineering department director and reached no-action votes on three measures promoted to reform city government.

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.

Corrections
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misspelled the name of the president of Kennedy Capital Group, Rick Martin.

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: 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.

Scammers posing as utility workers

Kid of the Day

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.

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.

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

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.

Special Olympics collaborate with on new movie
LOS ANGELES - The filmmaking Farrellys, known for their gleeful bad taste in irreverent comedies such as "There's Something About Mary," are taking on the Special Olympics. Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" fame is the star.

Activists elated by praise for gay cowboy film

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.

'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.

Special Olympics collaborate with on new movie
LOS ANGELES - The filmmaking Farrellys, known for their gleeful bad taste in irreverent comedies such as "There's Something About Mary," are taking on the Special Olympics. Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" fame is the star.

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'

Special Olympics collaborate with on new movie

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.

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

Weezer singer continues vow of celibacy
NEW YORK - Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo is continuing his celibacy past his self-declared deadline.

Weezer singer continues vow of celibacy

Indie rockers unite!

Indie rockers unite!

Weezer singer continues vow of celibacy
NEW YORK - Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo is continuing his celibacy past his self-declared deadline.

Indie rockers unite!

Michael Andretti expected to make Indy 500 return

Michael Andretti expected to make Indy 500 return
INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Andretti was expected to announce that he will drive in next year's Indianapolis 500 after a two-year absence.

Michael Andretti expected to make Indy 500 return
INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Andretti was expected to announce that he will drive in next year's Indianapolis 500 after a two-year absence.

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.

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.

With perfect season over, Colts face new question: How do they rebound?

Falcons fans brave weather

Falcons' crash landing

Turnovers hurt Saints in loss to Panthers

Bears put Falcons on ice

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Mrs. Judy S. Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. John Ruel Evans    (EVANS, Ga.)

Rev. William E. Thompson    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Stella Dorn    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Peggy Voskian    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. LaDarius Davis    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W. Ken Daughtry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Edward Allen Garner    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Pennington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Karen Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Shlaer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Godfrey Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Clements    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Carl M. Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Theresa Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mary E. Brown    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Anna Brandt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. John Boatwright    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Williams    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Claudette Bledsoe    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Tankersley, Jr.    (EAST POINT, Ga.)

Mr. John Edward Baxter    (APPLING, GA.)

Mr. W. Ken Daughtry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Eric W. Williams    (IRVING, TX)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Rev. William E. Thompson    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Abney    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Abney    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Fred R. Jensen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Wash Baker, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Allen Garner    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy S. Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Gilliam, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Burnell Ruth Laux    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura O. Masters    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Fred R. Jensen    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Clifford E. Girndt    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Hosea Frasher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Doris Shlaer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eric W. Williams    (IRVING, TX)

Mr. William Tankersley, Jr.    (EAST POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Barnes    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Peggy Voskian    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Boatwright    (AIKEN, S.C.)

SFC Grady R. Denton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Forster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Cleveland McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Herndon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna Brandt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Burnell Ruth Laux    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary E. Brown    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Miss Claudette Bledsoe    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Carl M. Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. LaDarius Davis    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mrs. Theresa Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Godfrey Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Clements    (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Lou Pollard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Stella Dorn    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura O. Masters    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Edward Baxter    (APPLING, GA.)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan    (HERNANDO, MS)

Mr. James Gilliam, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. John Ruel Evans    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Clifford E. Girndt    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Quinnie Suggs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. E.L. Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mr. Paul Williams    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Mollie Waterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mr. Godfrey Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Judy Barnes (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Nathan Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John Ruel Evans (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland McMillan (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary E. Brown (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Rev. William E. Thompson (LANGLEY, S.C.)

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

Mr. John Edward Baxter (APPLING, GA.)

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

Mr. Paul Williams (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan (HERNANDO, MS)

Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John Boatwright (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. William Tankersley, Jr. (EAST POINT, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charles Abney (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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U.S. announces Olympic team
When U.S. goaltender Rick DiPietro looks out from his crease at the Turin Olympics, he'll see a defenseman nearly twice his age protecting him.

U.S. announces Olympic team
When U.S. goaltender Rick DiPietro looks out from his crease at the Turin Olympics, he'll see a defenseman nearly twice his age protecting him.

U.S. announces Olympic team

Overtime

Dorfmeister wins World Cup super-G race, Kildow fourth

Overtime

Hingis to return Jan. 1 in Australian tournament

Lyons runs away with area award

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.

Hingis to return Jan. 1 in Australian tournament
GOLD COAST, Australia - Martina Hingis will make her competitive return to tennis at a WTA tournament in Australia on New Year's Day.

Lyons runs away with area award
Cross country runner Bridget Lyons has found plenty of success at Greenbrier High School.

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.

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.

Overtime
The LPGA Tour made an exception Monday for 17-year-old Morgan Pressel, accepting her as a member instead of making her wait until she turns 18 three months after the season begins.

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.

Lyons runs away with area award
Cross country runner Bridget Lyons has found plenty of success at Greenbrier High School.

Overtime
The LPGA Tour made an exception Monday for 17-year-old Morgan Pressel, accepting her as a member instead of making her wait until she turns 18 three months after the season begins.

Hingis to return Jan. 1 in Australian tournament
GOLD COAST, Australia - Martina Hingis will make her competitive return to tennis at a WTA tournament in Australia on New Year's Day.

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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.

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.

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.

With perfect season over, Colts face new question: How do they rebound?
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts spent weeks answering questions about a perfect season. On Monday, they were dealing with a new one: Can they rebound?

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.

With perfect season over, Colts face new question: How do they rebound?
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts spent weeks answering questions about a perfect season. On Monday, they were dealing with a new one: Can they rebound?

Falcons' crash landing
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons aren't out of the NFC playoff race, but they're not exactly in the thick of the postseason hunt, either.

Falcons' crash landing
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons aren't out of the NFC playoff race, but they're not exactly in the thick of the postseason hunt, either.

House moves for all-digital television by Feb. 2009

A tidied-up 'Housewives' makes China debut
BEIJING - Chinese broadcasters have tidied up Wisteria Lane, cutting out some of the sex and violence from "Desperate Housewives."

A tidied-up 'Housewives' makes China debut

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

House moves for all-digital television by Feb. 2009
WASHINGTON - House lawmakers approved legislation early Monday that would complete the transition to all-digital television broadcasts by Feb. 17, 2009.

A tidied-up 'Housewives' makes China debut
BEIJING - Chinese broadcasters have tidied up Wisteria Lane, cutting out some of the sex and violence from "Desperate Housewives."

Illusionist puts the miracles of Jesus to the test

House moves for all-digital television by Feb. 2009
WASHINGTON - House lawmakers approved legislation early Monday that would complete the transition to all-digital television broadcasts by Feb. 17, 2009.

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

People in the News

Mountaineers think they're BCS worthy

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.

Late heave ends run for No. 17 Dogs
PHILADELPHIA - Jennifer Owens hit a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to lead No. 25 Temple to a dramatic 69-66 victory over No. 17 Georgia.

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.

Late heave ends run for No. 17 Dogs
PHILADELPHIA - Jennifer Owens hit a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to lead No. 25 Temple to a dramatic 69-66 victory over No. 17 Georgia.

Late heave ends run for No. 17 Dogs

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's Rice catches another award
COLUMBIA - South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News.

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's Rice catches another award
COLUMBIA - South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News.

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

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

South Carolina's Rice catches another award

Spotted
Channing Sherman/SpottedJasmine Jones, 14 (left), and Melanie Robinson, 13, attended the Holiday Fest on Dec. 10 at the Augusta Common.

Xtreme calendar

Girl must let her friend know that behavior is bad

Girl must let her friend know that behavior is bad
My so-called best friend and I have been fighting ever since sixth grade. She's always starting rumors about me, her friends and even about herself. She's trying to be someone she's not. I tried to talk to her, but gave up. I'm scared ... she's going to get hurt. What should I do?

Spotted
Channing Sherman/SpottedJasmine Jones, 14 (left), and Melanie Robinson, 13, attended the Holiday Fest on Dec. 10 at the Augusta Common.

Quick hits
MY THOUGHTS: Ms. Richie's tale is about Chloe Parker, a 24-year-old who practically grew up in the hottest clubs, hanging out with Hollywood's brightest stars.

Quick hits
MY THOUGHTS: Ms. Richie's tale is about Chloe Parker, a 24-year-old who practically grew up in the hottest clubs, hanging out with Hollywood's brightest stars.

Xtreme calendar
HIP SKATE: The hip-hop gospel family skate night, the Jingle Bell Jam, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Red Wing Roller Way, 2065 Washington Road. The entire family is invited to skate the night away and donate to the domestic violence prevention organization, Safe Homes Augusta. Cost is $4 and participants are urged to bring a donation of a personal hygiene or baby product.

Xtreme question
Q: How many hours nightly did you spend studying for exams?

Holiday hunt
From tinsel to fake snow or funny little elf stockings, the signs of Christmas and the winter holidays are all around.

Holiday hunt
From tinsel to fake snow or funny little elf stockings, the signs of Christmas and the winter holidays are all around.

Holiday hunt
From tinsel to fake snow or funny little elf stockings, the signs of Christmas and the winter holidays are all around.

Girl must let her friend know that behavior is bad
My so-called best friend and I have been fighting ever since sixth grade. She's always starting rumors about me, her friends and even about herself. She's trying to be someone she's not. I tried to talk to her, but gave up. I'm scared ... she's going to get hurt. What should I do?

Holiday hunt

Xtreme question
Q: How many hours nightly did you spend studying for exams?

Xtreme calendar
HIP SKATE: The hip-hop gospel family skate night, the Jingle Bell Jam, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Red Wing Roller Way, 2065 Washington Road. The entire family is invited to skate the night away and donate to the domestic violence prevention organization, Safe Homes Augusta. Cost is $4 and participants are urged to bring a donation of a personal hygiene or baby product.

Quick hits

Xtreme question

Spotted