Ann Rice takes up a new life in California
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The literary queen of New Orleans has abandoned the sleepy mysteries and quiet elegance of the Garden District for the sunny shores of Southern California, a plot twist right up there with Dickens killing off Little Nell in "The Old Curiosity Shop," one of Anne Rice's favorite novels.

Ann Rice takes up a new life in California

Ann Rice takes up a new life in California
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The literary queen of New Orleans has abandoned the sleepy mysteries and quiet elegance of the Garden District for the sunny shores of Southern California, a plot twist right up there with Dickens killing off Little Nell in "The Old Curiosity Shop," one of Anne Rice's favorite novels.

Yankee clipping to get the job of the Yankee Clipper
NEW YORK - Having gone for his Yankee clipping, Johnny Damon appeared with his hair trimmed and beard shorn to inherit the job made famous by the Yankee Clipper.

Red Sox look at life after Johnny

Tomko agrees to $8.7 million, two-year deal with Dodgers

Officials reapply on Cuba's behalf
Baseball officials reapplied Thursday for a permit that would allow Cuba to join next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic as Puerto Rican officials said San Juan should withdraw as a host city if the Cubans aren't allowed to participate.

Red Sox look at life after Johnny
Even before Johnny Damon spurned the Red Sox for the New York Yankees, Boston began looking for his potential replacement.

Red Sox look at life after Johnny
Even before Johnny Damon spurned the Red Sox for the New York Yankees, Boston began looking for his potential replacement.

Tomko agrees to $8.7 million, two-year deal with Dodgers
Brett Tomko became the third former San Francisco player to switch to the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing Thursday to an $8.7 million, two-year contract.

Yankee clipping to get the job of the Yankee Clipper
NEW YORK - Having gone for his Yankee clipping, Johnny Damon appeared with his hair trimmed and beard shorn to inherit the job made famous by the Yankee Clipper.

Officials reapply on Cuba's behalf
Baseball officials reapplied Thursday for a permit that would allow Cuba to join next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic as Puerto Rican officials said San Juan should withdraw as a host city if the Cubans aren't allowed to participate.

Tomko agrees to $8.7 million, two-year deal with Dodgers
Brett Tomko became the third former San Francisco player to switch to the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing Thursday to an $8.7 million, two-year contract.

Officials reapply on Cuba's behalf

Yankee clipping to get the job of the Yankee Clipper

Shaking gifts is for amateurs

Sales of new homes drop

Pfizer will be out by March
The remaining employees at Pfizer Inc.'s Augusta pharmaceutical plant will have a job through the holidays.

Provider has plan to build pipeline
The company that operates the huge natural gas terminal on Elba Island plans to double its storage capacity and build a 191-mile pipeline at a total cost of $850 million.

Provider has plan to build pipeline

NBC buys majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft
NEW YORK - NBC is acquiring a majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft Corp., giving NBC greater control over the struggling all-news cable channel and further scaling back the software giant's media ambitions.

Starbucks brews up drive-throughs
SEATTLE - Leaning out the window of her SUV, Tami Cornwell orders the same drink she gets almost every day: ''Double-tall, four-pump vanilla caramel Macchiato.''

Krispy Kreme seeks future that surpasses cult following

Krispy Kreme seeks future that surpasses cult following
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Back in his Los Angeles college days, Stephen Cooper and his buddies would trek 1,000 miles across the Rocky Mountains to restock their coolers with Coors.

Delta asks for six-month extension to file reorganization plan
ATLANTA - Citing in part the time it will take to further cut costs, Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, asked a bankruptcy court judge Thursday to give the company a six-month extension to file its reorganization plan.

Sales of new homes drop
Sales of new homes plunged in November by the largest amount in nearly 12 years, providing the most dramatic evidence yet that the red-hot housing market of the past five years is starting to cool down.

Delta asks for six-month extension to file reorganization plan

Koch executives to take key leadership roles at GP
ATLANTA - Two Koch Industries Inc. executives will take key leadership roles at Georgia-Pacific Corp. after Koch's $13.2 billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific is completed Friday.

Provider has plan to build pipeline
The company that operates the huge natural gas terminal on Elba Island plans to double its storage capacity and build a 191-mile pipeline at a total cost of $850 million.

Starbucks brews up drive-throughs

Nearly one in 10 pension plans frozen, federal study finds

Nearly one in 10 pension plans frozen, federal study finds
WASHINGTON - Employers froze nearly one in 10 pension plans insured by the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. in 2003, according to a study released Wednesday.

Koch executives to take key leadership roles at GP

NBC buys majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft

Lack of lusted items leaves retailers craving customers
Retailers can blame the calendar. They can blame the weather. They can even try to blame New York City's transit strike. But in the end the 2005 shopping season might just be another case of merchants not giving shoppers what they really want - must-have items at reasonable prices.

Koch executives to take key leadership roles at GP
ATLANTA - Two Koch Industries Inc. executives will take key leadership roles at Georgia-Pacific Corp. after Koch's $13.2 billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific is completed Friday.

NBC buys majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft
NEW YORK - NBC is acquiring a majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft Corp., giving NBC greater control over the struggling all-news cable channel and further scaling back the software giant's media ambitions.

Pfizer will be out by March
The remaining employees at Pfizer Inc.'s Augusta pharmaceutical plant will have a job through the holidays.

Krispy Kreme seeks future that surpasses cult following
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Back in his Los Angeles college days, Stephen Cooper and his buddies would trek 1,000 miles across the Rocky Mountains to restock their coolers with Coors.

Nearly one in 10 pension plans frozen, federal study finds
WASHINGTON - Employers froze nearly one in 10 pension plans insured by the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. in 2003, according to a study released Wednesday.

Lack of lusted items leaves retailers craving customers
Retailers can blame the calendar. They can blame the weather. They can even try to blame New York City's transit strike. But in the end the 2005 shopping season might just be another case of merchants not giving shoppers what they really want - must-have items at reasonable prices.

Delta asks for six-month extension to file reorganization plan
ATLANTA - Citing in part the time it will take to further cut costs, Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, asked a bankruptcy court judge Thursday to give the company a six-month extension to file its reorganization plan.

Starbucks brews up drive-throughs
SEATTLE - Leaning out the window of her SUV, Tami Cornwell orders the same drink she gets almost every day: ''Double-tall, four-pump vanilla caramel Macchiato.''

Pfizer will be out by March

Sales of new homes drop
Sales of new homes plunged in November by the largest amount in nearly 12 years, providing the most dramatic evidence yet that the red-hot housing market of the past five years is starting to cool down.

Lack of lusted items leaves retailers craving customers

Glover goes from PGA Tour to Clemson's graduation

Clemson 97, Savannah State 62

Glover goes from PGA Tour to Clemson's graduation
When Lucas Glover took the stage at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum to finally get his speech and communications degree, it was the first time in a while the rising PGA Tour star's name hadn't gotten much of a reaction.

Clemson beats Savannah State
CLEMSON, S.C. - Susan Yenser scored a career-high 19 points while three of her Clemson teammates posted double-doubles as Savannah State lost its 12th in a row, 97-62, to the Lady Tigers on Friday.

Glover goes from PGA Tour to Clemson's graduation
When Lucas Glover took the stage at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum to finally get his speech and communications degree, it was the first time in a while the rising PGA Tour star's name hadn't gotten much of a reaction.

Clemson 97, Savannah State 62
CLEMSON, S.C. - Susan Yenser scored a career-high 19 points while three of her Clemson teammates posted double-doubles as Savannah State lost its 12th in a row, 97-62, to the Lady Tigers on Friday.

Jayhawks bowl over Cougars in 2nd half

Jayhawks bowl over Cougars in 2nd half
FORT WORTH, Texas - Ten years passed between winning football seasons for Kansas.

Jayhawks bowl over Cougars in 2nd half
FORT WORTH, Texas - Ten years passed between winning football seasons for Kansas.

Return of Mills makes Jaguars different team

Tennessee's successful basketball start has ticket sales soaring

This maverick 'fleeced' no one
A number of U.S. senators fancy themselves as mavericks, but the original maverick - the man for whom the term was coined - died this month at age 90 in a convalescent home.

The phony spy scandal

Yes, Virginia

The phony spy scandal
If one doesn't follow the news carefully, one gets the impression that President Bush flagrantly broke the law by authorizing the "super-secret" National Security Agency to spy on tens of thousands of Americans.

Social Security fix is dead - for now
President Bush's campaign to reform - some might say save - Social Security would've made a nice Christmas gift for Americans. But it died a quiet death in Congress when Senate Republicans' effort to forge some kind of consensus with Democrats met with a stony rebuff.

Yes, Virginia
(Editor's note: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 108 years later. The Augusta Chronicle happily carries on its holiday tradition of reproducing this editorial.)

Social Security fix is dead - for now
President Bush's campaign to reform - some might say save - Social Security would've made a nice Christmas gift for Americans. But it died a quiet death in Congress when Senate Republicans' effort to forge some kind of consensus with Democrats met with a stony rebuff.

This maverick 'fleeced' no one
A number of U.S. senators fancy themselves as mavericks, but the original maverick - the man for whom the term was coined - died this month at age 90 in a convalescent home.

Social Security fix is dead - for now

The phony spy scandal
If one doesn't follow the news carefully, one gets the impression that President Bush flagrantly broke the law by authorizing the "super-secret" National Security Agency to spy on tens of thousands of Americans.

This maverick 'fleeced' no one

Yes, Virginia
(Editor's note: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 108 years later. The Augusta Chronicle happily carries on its holiday tradition of reproducing this editorial.)

People in the News
LONDON - The tabloid that printed images allegedly showing Kate Moss snorting cocaine has turned over the videotape to police, said a senior staffer at the newspaper.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Brad Renfro was arrested in a sting operation after he allegedly tried to buy heroin near downtown's Skid Row, police said.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Brad Renfro was arrested in a sting operation after he allegedly tried to buy heroin near downtown's Skid Row, police said.

Zellweger and Chesney union has been annulled
LOS ANGELES - Renee Zellweger's marriage to country crooner Kenny Chesney never existed - at least in the eyes of the law.

Zellweger and Chesney union has been annulled
LOS ANGELES - Renee Zellweger's marriage to country crooner Kenny Chesney never existed - at least in the eyes of the law.

People in the News
LONDON - The tabloid that printed images allegedly showing Kate Moss snorting cocaine has turned over the videotape to police, said a senior staffer at the newspaper.

Rates on 30-year mortgages dip for second week
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages dipped for a second week as financial markets responded to signals of lower inflation.

Time to set financial goals for 2006 and beyond

Time to set financial goals for 2006 and beyond
NEW YORK - Ten years ago, Pamela Newman rang in the new year as a waitress. And she swore it would be the last year waiting tables.

Rates on 30-year mortgages dip for second week

Rates on 30-year mortgages dip for second week
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages dipped for a second week as financial markets responded to signals of lower inflation.

Focus on fun rather than gifts

Focus on fun rather than gifts
SHOPPING ALTERNATIVE: The final days before Christmas are ticking down and your credit cards are pleading for a rest. You've been a good consumer, but might be feeling fiscally tapped.

Time to set financial goals for 2006 and beyond
NEW YORK - Ten years ago, Pamela Newman rang in the new year as a waitress. And she swore it would be the last year waiting tables.

Focus on fun rather than gifts
SHOPPING ALTERNATIVE: The final days before Christmas are ticking down and your credit cards are pleading for a rest. You've been a good consumer, but might be feeling fiscally tapped.

Fish just trying to survive right now

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fish just trying to survive right now
Fish are cold-blooded creatures, meaning that when water temperatures drop into the 40s, the fishes' metabolisms slow to a crawl. They're not interested in feeding, just surviving.

Fish just trying to survive right now
Fish are cold-blooded creatures, meaning that when water temperatures drop into the 40s, the fishes' metabolisms slow to a crawl. They're not interested in feeding, just surviving.

Back in the books

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournaments

Back in the books
While fishing Dale Hollow Lake on the Tennessee-Kentucky line on July 8, 1955, David Hayes of Litchfield, KY, caught an 11-pound, 15-ounce smallmouth bass, which was a record rescinded.

Back in the books
While fishing Dale Hollow Lake on the Tennessee-Kentucky line on July 8, 1955, David Hayes of Litchfield, KY, caught an 11-pound, 15-ounce smallmouth bass, which was a record rescinded.

Kale is primitive, but versatile and tasty

Kale is primitive, but versatile and tasty
With good reason, kale is becoming more and more popular each year.

Kale is primitive, but versatile and tasty
With good reason, kale is becoming more and more popular each year.

O'Brien, longtime Nicklaus aide, dies at 83

O'Brien, longtime Nicklaus aide, dies at 83
Larry O'Brien, a Canadian broadcaster who became the longtime publicist for Jack Nicklaus, died Friday at 83.

O'Brien, longtime Nicklaus aide, dies at 83
Larry O'Brien, a Canadian broadcaster who became the longtime publicist for Jack Nicklaus, died Friday at 83.

Lions QB put up big numbers

So many memories

SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM

Double the treasure

Carrying the load

Cook's 3 lets Eagles finish rally for crown

Prep-basketball scores

SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM
SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM

Lions QB put up big numbers
The Augusta Christian quarterback said he often had trouble getting to sleep before games as the Lions marched to the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA state championship.

So many memories
Scrapbooks are big in the Wimberly home. Thomas Jefferson football coach Chuck Wimberly dedicates a spot just to them.

Double the treasure
Coco Hillary checked nearly everything off his football to-do list this season.

Carrying the load
Strom Thurmond's Lee Sawyer had won three state championships prior to this season as an assistant coach.

SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM
SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-AREA TEAM

Lions QB put up big numbers
The Augusta Christian quarterback said he often had trouble getting to sleep before games as the Lions marched to the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA state championship.

So many memories
Scrapbooks are big in the Wimberly home. Thomas Jefferson football coach Chuck Wimberly dedicates a spot just to them.

Double the treasure
Coco Hillary checked nearly everything off his football to-do list this season.

Carrying the load
Strom Thurmond's Lee Sawyer had won three state championships prior to this season as an assistant coach.

Roenick will miss time after surgery on finger

Roenick will miss time after surgery on finger
Center Jeremy Roenick of the Los Angeles Kings was expected to be sidelined for about six weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday on his fractured left ring finger

Roenick will miss time after surgery on finger
Center Jeremy Roenick of the Los Angeles Kings was expected to be sidelined for about six weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday on his fractured left ring finger

Shaking gifts is for amateurs
Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.

Shaking gifts is for amateurs
Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.

Retailers, don't wipe out Christmas

Storms underscore that God is in charge
I heard Tuesday morning (Dec. 20) where 90,000 people in the Upstate of South Carolina and 10,000 in north Georgia were still without power. Why aren't we hearing about any of these paying customers calling for resignations of the CEOs of South Carolina Electric & Gas, Duke Power or whoever else is in charge of getting power back.Rodney Farrer, Hephzibah

Storms underscore that God is in charge

Separate Christmas from 'the holidays'
While visiting family in Augusta recently, I began following with interest the exchange of opinions in your newspaper regarding "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas." I'd like to share a thought with your readers. Natalie Kaempffer, Spotsylvania, Va.

Wiretap opponents can't escape facts
Indisputable facts and logic may not appeal to certain readers blinded by hate and left-wing propaganda:Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta

Wiretap opponents can't escape facts
Indisputable facts and logic may not appeal to certain readers blinded by hate and left-wing propaganda:Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta

Retailers, don't wipe out Christmas
When I asked my 7-year-old grandson if he knew why we give gifts at Christmas, he replied with a big smile, "Sure I do, Grammy. Because the wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus." Hesitating in thought he then continued, "they brought him myrrh, gold and, um, um ... ," putting his fingers to his temple and wrinkling his forehead as he concentrated, his eyes sparkled suddenly as he remembered and exclaimed triumphantly, "Frankenstein!" Glenda Lowe, Belvedere, S.C.

Retailers, don't wipe out Christmas
When I asked my 7-year-old grandson if he knew why we give gifts at Christmas, he replied with a big smile, "Sure I do, Grammy. Because the wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus." Hesitating in thought he then continued, "they brought him myrrh, gold and, um, um ... ," putting his fingers to his temple and wrinkling his forehead as he concentrated, his eyes sparkled suddenly as he remembered and exclaimed triumphantly, "Frankenstein!" Glenda Lowe, Belvedere, S.C.

Wiretap opponents can't escape facts

Storms underscore that God is in charge
I heard Tuesday morning (Dec. 20) where 90,000 people in the Upstate of South Carolina and 10,000 in north Georgia were still without power. Why aren't we hearing about any of these paying customers calling for resignations of the CEOs of South Carolina Electric & Gas, Duke Power or whoever else is in charge of getting power back.Rodney Farrer, Hephzibah

Separate Christmas from 'the holidays'
While visiting family in Augusta recently, I began following with interest the exchange of opinions in your newspaper regarding "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas." I'd like to share a thought with your readers. Natalie Kaempffer, Spotsylvania, Va.

Separate Christmas from 'the holidays'

Rainbow ice: Colored diamonds are the rarest of all

The dos and don'ts of regifting

Introductions during the holiday season can be stressful

Fashion briefs

Watching what you drink? Check the shape of your glass

Mercedes-Benz recalls C-Class vehicles over air bags

Ford: Cruise control recall parts not available until '06

Family briefs

Living briefs

Rainbow ice: Colored diamonds are the rarest of all
NEW YORK - Any diamond is rare and unusual. The Diamond Information Center says that all the diamonds in the world - engagement rings included - would fill only a single double-decker bus.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Mercedes-Benz recalls C-Class vehicles over air bags
WASHINGTON - Mercedes-Benz USA LLC said Wednesday it would recall 61,000 models of C-Class sport sedans because of irregularities involving the driver's side air bag discovered during government testing.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Rainbow ice: Colored diamonds are the rarest of all
NEW YORK - Any diamond is rare and unusual. The Diamond Information Center says that all the diamonds in the world - engagement rings included - would fill only a single double-decker bus.

Introductions during the holiday season can be stressful
There can be a lot of stress during the holidays: Getting the right tree, finding the perfect gifts, preparing the big meal, assembling toys, decorating, entertaining and maneuvering through traffic jams.

Watching what you drink? Check the shape of your glass
ALBANY, N.Y. - Here's a new tip to help curb drinking over the holidays: Ask for your scotch-and-soda in a highball glass.

The dos and don'ts of regifting
NEW YORK - It was a cozy dinner party at our place for three couples, a perfect occasion to bring over a nice bottle of wine.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Trees - and all their literal and metaphorical fruits - are things that most people take for granted. Not Chuck Leavell, though.

Mercedes-Benz recalls C-Class vehicles over air bags
WASHINGTON - Mercedes-Benz USA LLC said Wednesday it would recall 61,000 models of C-Class sport sedans because of irregularities involving the driver's side air bag discovered during government testing.

Watching what you drink? Check the shape of your glass
ALBANY, N.Y. - Here's a new tip to help curb drinking over the holidays: Ask for your scotch-and-soda in a highball glass.

Ford: Cruise control recall parts not available until '06
WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that replacement parts used in its recall of 3.8 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles would not be available until February because of production delays.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - So much for the R&R Tom Ford had planned for his retirement from the fashion industry.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Trees - and all their literal and metaphorical fruits - are things that most people take for granted. Not Chuck Leavell, though.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - So much for the R&R Tom Ford had planned for his retirement from the fashion industry.

Introductions during the holiday season can be stressful
There can be a lot of stress during the holidays: Getting the right tree, finding the perfect gifts, preparing the big meal, assembling toys, decorating, entertaining and maneuvering through traffic jams.

The dos and don'ts of regifting
NEW YORK - It was a cozy dinner party at our place for three couples, a perfect occasion to bring over a nice bottle of wine.

Ford: Cruise control recall parts not available until '06
WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that replacement parts used in its recall of 3.8 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles would not be available until February because of production delays.

Across Georgia

Kid of the Day

Across the Area

Woman brings love door to door
ROCK HILL, S.C. - One hand with ruby-red fingernails grips a Christmas present, while the other holds lunch. Up the steps bounces Ann Estes, with the eyeliner and the fetching blazing red poncho and the unending smile behind the lipstick.

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Sailors help Santa give gifts

Blaze claims Grovetown log cabin
A fire destroyed a two-story log cabin in the Grovetown area Thursday morning, causing no injuries but taking with it the possessions of one family days before Christmas.

Across South Carolina

2nd man is sought in home invasion
Police have one man in custody and are seeking another in connection with an armed home invasion that occurred last week.

Junko mail is no joke
ATLANTA - When her husband was deployed to northern Iraq, Laurie Junko searched for a way to take her mind off the danger he was facing and help other soldiers in the process.

Kid of the Day
Bailey Riddle, of Martinez, is today's kid of the day.

Woman brings love door to door
ROCK HILL, S.C. - One hand with ruby-red fingernails grips a Christmas present, while the other holds lunch. Up the steps bounces Ann Estes, with the eyeliner and the fetching blazing red poncho and the unending smile behind the lipstick.

Former firefighters arrested in arsons
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested two brothers who were once volunteer firefighters in South Carolina in connection with at least four arson cases in downtown Augusta, officials said Thursday.

Fight over licensing is costly, groups say

Sailors help Santa give gifts
Cierra Harmon, 3, didn't say much when she got her picture taken with Santa Claus and her new bicycle.

2nd man is sought in home invasion

Flu Shots: New shipments arrive to area
Call it a last-minute gift for yourself. Those still wanting to get flu shots are not too late. An Augusta pharmacy and a large primary care practice said they have received a late shipment of flu shots and it is still timely to get one.

Grovetown shines bright with holiday lights, spirit

2020 effort begins again
An effort started years ago to bring Augusta, Columbia County and North Augusta together on quality of life issues is once again picking up steam.

State reviews food inspection rules

Man could be fined over canal dumping
An Evans man has been ordered to remove concrete rubble pushed into a little-known segment of the Augusta Canal as part of an unlicensed erosion-control project.

Contaminated food linked to dog deaths
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Camden dog may be the first in South Carolina to have died after eating tainted food from a Gaston plant, and the state veterinarian says three animal deaths may be linked to the same toxic fungus.

Across Georgia
The only day shelter for homeless people in Athens is set to close because a federal grant was not renewed.

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $102,490.31

Across the area
A Nevada man visiting family in Columbia County was hospitalized Friday morning after being ambushed and robbed while walking along Belair Road in Martinez, according to law enforcement authorities.

Across the Area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged an Augusta man with two business burglaries, officials said Thursday.

Blaze claims Grovetown log cabin
A fire destroyed a two-story log cabin in the Grovetown area Thursday morning, causing no injuries but taking with it the possessions of one family days before Christmas.

Christmas trees keep growers busy
Clay Cuthbertson finished trimming a 7-foot Fraser fir, stepped back and surveyed his work.

2nd man is sought in home invasion
Police have one man in custody and are seeking another in connection with an armed home invasion that occurred last week.

Empty Stocking donations

Fight over licensing is costly, groups say
Augusta's threat to withdraw from federal relicensing negotiations over the Augusta Canal could jeopardize industries that use its water and cost taxpayers even more money in the long run, according to environmental groups involved in the process.

Trying to be nice

Kid of the Day
Bailey Riddle, of Martinez, is today's kid of the day.

Single mother wants happy holiday

Electricity slowly returns to Upstate
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The electricity for most people in the Upstate was back on Thursday, but several hundred were still without power a week after an ice storm hit northwest South Carolina.

Woman brings love door to door

Single mother wants happy holiday
A single mother having a troubling year needs extra kindness this holiday season to give her three children a Merry Christmas.

2020 effort begins again

Kid of the Day
Ma'Kalaya Zanders, of Hephzibah, is today's kid of the day.

Across the area

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

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Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $106,683.31

Wrongly imprisoned man gets gifts from Atlanta law firm

Junko mail is no joke
ATLANTA - When her husband was deployed to northern Iraq, Laurie Junko searched for a way to take her mind off the danger he was facing and help other soldiers in the process.

Woman pulled from burning home

Wrongly imprisoned man gets gifts from Atlanta law firm
ATLANTA - Robert Clark's eyes arched at the piles of presents before him. The two television sets. The leather jacket. The CD player. The towels, linens, dishes, books, gift cards. The everything.

Grovetown shines bright with holiday lights, spirit
The small city of Grovetown it seems is yet again the bright spot of the Augusta area this Christmas.

Woman needs help giving daughter a merry Christmas
A divorced Augusta woman who has health problems and is unable to work needs assistance to provide her daughter with presents this Christmas.

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Boyfriend, girlfriend team is busted with counterfeit bills
U.S. Secret Service agents arrested what authorities describe as a boyfriend-and-girlfriend team of counterfeiters, seizing nearly $20,000 in counterfeit $20 bills they said the pair manufactured at a Jackson County residence.

Across South Carolina
A former police officer with the Medical University of South Carolina has been arrested and charged with pawning his department-issued gun and bulletproof vests, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Grovetown shines bright with holiday lights, spirit
The small city of Grovetown it seems is yet again the bright spot of the Augusta area this Christmas.

Trying to be nice
Luke Cooper, 5 months old, of New Ellenton, wasn't quite sure what to make of Santa Claus when having his picture taken at Aiken Mall on Thursday.

Sales solid for holiday plant
If you're still looking for that special red Christmas flower, Abby Peoples says you're in luck, but you can't be choosy.

Across South Carolina
The mother of an 8-month-old who died after being shaken by the child's father has been charged with child neglect.

Kid of the Day
Ma'Kalaya Zanders, of Hephzibah, is today's kid of the day.

Across Georgia
The population of Georgia has continued to grow faster than the national average and is now more than 9 million, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Thursday.

Boyfriend, girlfriend team is busted with counterfeit bills
U.S. Secret Service agents arrested what authorities describe as a boyfriend-and-girlfriend team of counterfeiters, seizing nearly $20,000 in counterfeit $20 bills they said the pair manufactured at a Jackson County residence.

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON WHO responded to WWJD. Thank you. You proved my point beautifully. You don't want to be told how to celebrate the holiday season any more than anyone else does. Your Bible verse should be well known by the good Christians in the area, and yet they continue to tell others who to boycott and who to protest because "Happy Holidays" is being used. Thank you for your words, and peace.

State reviews food inspection rules
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Human Resources may establish new rules for restaurant inspections that would put more focus on preventing food-borne illness.

News you can use

Wrongly imprisoned man gets gifts from Atlanta law firm
ATLANTA - Robert Clark's eyes arched at the piles of presents before him. The two television sets. The leather jacket. The CD player. The towels, linens, dishes, books, gift cards. The everything.

Across South Carolina

Contaminated food linked to dog deaths
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Camden dog may be the first in South Carolina to have died after eating tainted food from a Gaston plant, and the state veterinarian says three animal deaths may be linked to the same toxic fungus.

Christmas trees keep growers busy

Across the area
A Nevada man visiting family in Columbia County was hospitalized Friday morning after being ambushed and robbed while walking along Belair Road in Martinez, according to law enforcement authorities.

Man could be fined over canal dumping

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $106,683.31

Kid of the Day

Fight over licensing is costly, groups say
Augusta's threat to withdraw from federal relicensing negotiations over the Augusta Canal could jeopardize industries that use its water and cost taxpayers even more money in the long run, according to environmental groups involved in the process.

Flu Shots: New shipments arrive to area

Christmas trees keep growers busy
Clay Cuthbertson finished trimming a 7-foot Fraser fir, stepped back and surveyed his work.

Blaze claims Grovetown log cabin

Across the Area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged an Augusta man with two business burglaries, officials said Thursday.

Electricity slowly returns to Upstate

Empty Stocking donations
Previously acknowledged $102,490.31

Former firefighters arrested in arsons

Flu Shots: New shipments arrive to area
Call it a last-minute gift for yourself. Those still wanting to get flu shots are not too late. An Augusta pharmacy and a large primary care practice said they have received a late shipment of flu shots and it is still timely to get one.

Empty Stocking donations

2020 effort begins again
An effort started years ago to bring Augusta, Columbia County and North Augusta together on quality of life issues is once again picking up steam.

Contaminated food linked to dog deaths

Across Georgia
The population of Georgia has continued to grow faster than the national average and is now more than 9 million, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Thursday.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
The mother of an 8-month-old who died after being shaken by the child's father has been charged with child neglect.

Woman needs help giving daughter a merry Christmas

Across Georgia
The only day shelter for homeless people in Athens is set to close because a federal grant was not renewed.

Junko mail is no joke

Former firefighters arrested in arsons
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested two brothers who were once volunteer firefighters in South Carolina in connection with at least four arson cases in downtown Augusta, officials said Thursday.

Sales solid for holiday plant

Trying to be nice
Luke Cooper, 5 months old, of New Ellenton, wasn't quite sure what to make of Santa Claus when having his picture taken at Aiken Mall on Thursday.

Boyfriend, girlfriend team is busted with counterfeit bills

Electricity slowly returns to Upstate
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The electricity for most people in the Upstate was back on Thursday, but several hundred were still without power a week after an ice storm hit northwest South Carolina.

Sales solid for holiday plant
If you're still looking for that special red Christmas flower, Abby Peoples says you're in luck, but you can't be choosy.

Man could be fined over canal dumping
An Evans man has been ordered to remove concrete rubble pushed into a little-known segment of the Augusta Canal as part of an unlicensed erosion-control project.

State reviews food inspection rules
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Human Resources may establish new rules for restaurant inspections that would put more focus on preventing food-borne illness.

Sailors help Santa give gifts
Cierra Harmon, 3, didn't say much when she got her picture taken with Santa Claus and her new bicycle.

Woman pulled from burning home

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON WHO responded to WWJD. Thank you. You proved my point beautifully. You don't want to be told how to celebrate the holiday season any more than anyone else does. Your Bible verse should be well known by the good Christians in the area, and yet they continue to tell others who to boycott and who to protest because "Happy Holidays" is being used. Thank you for your words, and peace.

Woman needs help giving daughter a merry Christmas
A divorced Augusta woman who has health problems and is unable to work needs assistance to provide her daughter with presents this Christmas.

Smoke over Augusta is from Ft. Gordon controlled burn
The smoke some Augustans might smell this afternoon is coming from a controlled burn of forested areas at Fort Gordon, officials said.

Across South Carolina
A former police officer with the Medical University of South Carolina has been arrested and charged with pawning his department-issued gun and bulletproof vests, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Man robbed, hospitalized
A Nevada man visiting family in Columbia County was hospitalized this morning after being ambushed and robbed while walking along Belair Road in Martinez, according to police.

Single mother wants happy holiday
A single mother having a troubling year needs extra kindness this holiday season to give her three children a Merry Christmas.

Christmas flowers still available

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON WHO responded to WWJD. Thank you. You proved my point beautifully. You don't want to be told how to celebrate the holiday season any more than anyone else does. Your Bible verse should be well known by the good Christians in the area, and yet they continue to tell others who to boycott and who to protest because "Happy Holidays" is being used. Thank you for your words, and peace.

Waiting for local mogul to step up
As fish stories go, this one has everyone hooked.

Waiting for local mogul to step up
As fish stories go, this one has everyone hooked.

AFI's six 'Moments of Significance' of 2005

Cell phone film contest inspires small thinking
ITHACA, N.Y. - Bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger portions at the local fast food joint. In America, the guiding maxim is to think big. Really big.

Cell phone film contest inspires small thinking
ITHACA, N.Y. - Bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger portions at the local fast food joint. In America, the guiding maxim is to think big. Really big.

Cell phone film contest inspires small thinking

AFI's six 'Moments of Significance' of 2005
NEW YORK - The film documentary "March of the Penguins" and video iPods are among the American Film Institute's "Moments of Significance" during 2005.

AFI's six 'Moments of Significance' of 2005
NEW YORK - The film documentary "March of the Penguins" and video iPods are among the American Film Institute's "Moments of Significance" during 2005.

Biggie's 'Duets' album is a choppy ride
This is the album of collaborations that should've happened if the late, great B.I.G. was still alive.

Biggie's 'Duets' album is a choppy ride

Biggie's 'Duets' album is a choppy ride
This is the album of collaborations that should've happened if the late, great B.I.G. was still alive.

With tough road trip ahead, 76ers remain atop the Atlantic Division
With a brutal seven-game road trip looming, the Philadelphia 76ers were happy to be atop the Atlantic Division.

With tough road trip ahead, 76ers remain atop the Atlantic Division

With tough road trip ahead, 76ers remain atop the Atlantic Division
With a brutal seven-game road trip looming, the Philadelphia 76ers were happy to be atop the Atlantic Division.

Return of Mills makes Jaguars different team
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Return of Mills makes Jaguars different team
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Tennessee's successful basketball start has ticket sales soaring
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - New Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and the Volunteers are winning on the hardcourt, creating a big boost in ticket sales and giving fans something to cheer about with no bowl game to carry them through the holiday season.

Tennessee's successful basketball start has ticket sales soaring
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - New Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and the Volunteers are winning on the hardcourt, creating a big boost in ticket sales and giving fans something to cheer about with no bowl game to carry them through the holiday season.

Falcons' Duckett tries to end slump

Undrafted Parker closing in on unlikely 1,000-yard season

Death of coach's son leaves Colts somber

Falcons are on shaky ground

Mrs. Margaret G. Hendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby T. Riner    (CORDOVA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Ann Adams    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Iverson Brantly    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Drayton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Cawley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ed Scarborough, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Tonya S. Creech    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Ann Adams    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. John A. Davis, Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Cawley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Terry Drayton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Cawley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Linea Fjeldheim    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Josie Jackson    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan    (HERNANDO, Miss.)

Mrs. Bessie Gothie    (LINDEN, N.J.)

Mrs. Luvenia Walls    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margery Harman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby McGuire King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josie Jackson    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary E. Johnson    (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Sally J. Bolton    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene W. Jordan    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. John A. Davis, Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Langston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Gothie    (LINDEN, N.J.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene W. Jordan    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. William D. Peel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan    (HERNANDO, Miss.)

Mrs. Helen D. Rifkin    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen D. Rifkin    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Wakefield    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Ruth Wells    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Collin Thomas    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ed Scarborough, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice B. Strong    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Spec. Joseph Alan Lucas, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Wakefield    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Featured Obituary: Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch
COLUMBIA - Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch of Columbia, a member of the Doolittle Raiders' daring bombing run over Japan during World War II, died Wednesday.

Mr. Louis Wallace, Sr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Spec. Joseph Alan Lucas, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Luvenia Walls    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Eric M. Williams    (IRVING, Texas)

Mr. Henry C. Byrd, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Featured Obituary: Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch
COLUMBIA - Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch of Columbia, a member of the Doolittle Raiders' daring bombing run over Japan during World War II, died Wednesday.

Mrs. Janie Curry Long    (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mr. Billy Autrey    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. E. Frank Peeler    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Eric M. Williams    (IRVING, Texas)

Mr. Paul W. Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sally J. Bolton    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Iverson Brantly    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry P. Tinley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Tonya S. Creech    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Cawley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John A. Davis, Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Curry Long    (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mrs. Linea Fjeldheim    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. John A. Davis, Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. E. Frank Peeler    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margery Harman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret G. Hendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Langston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul W. Kalney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William D. Peel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby McGuire King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Ruth Wells    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Harry N. Oliphant    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice B. Strong    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Wallace, Sr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry P. Tinley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby T. Riner    (CORDOVA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandra R. Roberts    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandra R. Roberts    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Collin Thomas    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harry N. Oliphant    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Henry P. Tinley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry C. Byrd, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Terry Drayton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nina Ruth Wells (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Madie B. Reagan (HERNANDO, Miss.)

Mr. Bobby T. Riner (CORDOVA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry N. Oliphant (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ed Scarborough, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eric M. Williams (IRVING, Texas)

Mrs. Doris Fulmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margery Harman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul W. Kalney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Iverson Brantly (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. E. Frank Peeler (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene W. Jordan (JESUP, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Cawley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Tonya S. Creech (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby McGuire King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josie Jackson (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mr. Collin Thomas (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Louis Wallace, Sr. (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Lawrence (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Wakefield (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Langston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen D. Rifkin (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Gothie (LINDEN, N.J.)

Mrs. Mary E. Johnson (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. John A. Davis, Jr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret G. Hendrix (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Autrey (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sally J. Bolton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William D. Peel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Curry Long (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mrs. Frances Cawley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Phillips (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice B. Strong (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Spec. Joseph Alan Lucas, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry P. Tinley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Ann Adams (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Ada Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra R. Roberts (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Linea Fjeldheim (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. John A. Davis, Jr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Luvenia Walls (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung (HARLEM, Ga.)

Featured Obituary: Lt. Col. Horace "Sally" Crouch

Young star is passed over
PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby, disheartened at being left off Canada's Olympic hockey team, refused Thursday to criticize the decision and promised to do everything he can to play his way into the 2010 Games.

Skater could get citizenship in time for Olympics
WASHINGTON - Ice dancer Tanith Belbin could gain American citizenship in time to represent the United States in the Turin Olympics under an immigration measure approved by Congress.

Skater could get citizenship in time for Olympics
WASHINGTON - Ice dancer Tanith Belbin could gain American citizenship in time to represent the United States in the Turin Olympics under an immigration measure approved by Congress.

Skater could get citizenship in time for Olympics

Young star is passed over
PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby, disheartened at being left off Canada's Olympic hockey team, refused Thursday to criticize the decision and promised to do everything he can to play his way into the 2010 Games.

Young star is passed over

Overtime

FIFA wants to review fascist salute

Overtime

Boxing: Hopkins and Jones agree to rematch

Boxing: Hopkins and Jones agree to rematch
Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins have agreed to a March 11 fight, representatives of both fighters told ESPN.com on Friday.

Overtime
Olympics: In London, a senior Olympic official says a misplaced vote might have helped London win the 2012 Olympics.

Overtime
In Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, World Cup overall champion Anja Paerson overcame poor track conditions and skied to her second consecutive slalom victory.

Overtime
Olympics: In London, a senior Olympic official says a misplaced vote might have helped London win the 2012 Olympics.

FIFA wants to review fascist salute
Italian forward Paolo Di Canio's one-match ban for giving a fascist salute to fans will be reviewed by FIFA.

FIFA wants to review fascist salute
Italian forward Paolo Di Canio's one-match ban for giving a fascist salute to fans will be reviewed by FIFA.

Overtime
In Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, World Cup overall champion Anja Paerson overcame poor track conditions and skied to her second consecutive slalom victory.

Boxing: Hopkins and Jones agree to rematch
Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins have agreed to a March 11 fight, representatives of both fighters told ESPN.com on Friday.

Prep-basketball scores
NORTH AUGUSTA 73, CROSS CREEK 54

Cook's 3 lets Eagles finish rally for crown
As the third quarter counted down with Richmond Academy holding a slim one-point advantage, Josey's Keyonnia Cook finally gave the home crowd something to cheer about.

Cook's 3 lets Eagles finish rally for crown
As the third quarter counted down with Richmond Academy holding a slim one-point advantage, Josey's Keyonnia Cook finally gave the home crowd something to cheer about.

Prep-basketball scores
NORTH AUGUSTA 73, CROSS CREEK 54

Undrafted Parker closing in on unlikely 1,000-yard season
Thirteen NFL running backs have rushed for 1,000 yards this season, and four are fewer than 100 yards away. Most share a common bond of college stardom, getting enormous money before playing their first NFL game, being a big name and a big deal long before they were pros.

Falcons' Duckett tries to end slump
After watching T.J. Duckett struggle in each of the past three games, Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora pulled the big running back aside and offered some advice.

Death of coach's son leaves Colts somber
The Indianapolis Colts wanted to emulate Tony Dungy's businesslike approach Thursday. But their thoughts were with their missing coach.

Falcons are on shaky ground
TAMPA, Fla. - The Atlanta Falcons have lost three of their past four games at Tampa Bay. They haven't scored a touchdown in their past two road games, and they've already lost at home this year to the Buccaneers. And if that wasn't enough, they come into this afternoon's game facing elimination from playoff contention.

Undrafted Parker closing in on unlikely 1,000-yard season
Thirteen NFL running backs have rushed for 1,000 yards this season, and four are fewer than 100 yards away. Most share a common bond of college stardom, getting enormous money before playing their first NFL game, being a big name and a big deal long before they were pros.

Falcons are on shaky ground
TAMPA, Fla. - The Atlanta Falcons have lost three of their past four games at Tampa Bay. They haven't scored a touchdown in their past two road games, and they've already lost at home this year to the Buccaneers. And if that wasn't enough, they come into this afternoon's game facing elimination from playoff contention.

Falcons' Duckett tries to end slump
After watching T.J. Duckett struggle in each of the past three games, Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora pulled the big running back aside and offered some advice.

Death of coach's son leaves Colts somber
The Indianapolis Colts wanted to emulate Tony Dungy's businesslike approach Thursday. But their thoughts were with their missing coach.

Protestants take interest in learning more about Mary
Strands of multicolored beads - some wooden, some metal and some made of knotted cord - were in tiny white boxes or in a display case in the Episcopal Convent of St. Helena.

Groups unite against literal readings of Bible story
There has been ample tumult about efforts by businesses, cities and schools to avoid the label "Christmas" or downplay seasonal observances, and much of the protest has come from secular rather than church sources.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Groups unite against literal readings of Bible story
There has been ample tumult about efforts by businesses, cities and schools to avoid the label "Christmas" or downplay seasonal observances, and much of the protest has come from secular rather than church sources.

Faith digest
The Salvation Army will serve turkey and trimmings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at its campus, 1384 Greene St. TrueNorth Church, of North Augusta, and Golden Harvest Food Bank will assist in providing Christmas dinners to the home bound. Call (803) 426-2026.

Italy has a new fashion celebrity - Pope Benedict XVI
VATICAN CITY - Whether it's Prada and Gucci, or just fancy ecclesiastical tailoring, Pope Benedict XVI is his own man when it comes to dressing.

Protestants take interest in learning more about Mary
Strands of multicolored beads - some wooden, some metal and some made of knotted cord - were in tiny white boxes or in a display case in the Episcopal Convent of St. Helena.

Faith digest
The Salvation Army will serve turkey and trimmings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at its campus, 1384 Greene St. TrueNorth Church, of North Augusta, and Golden Harvest Food Bank will assist in providing Christmas dinners to the home bound. Call (803) 426-2026.

Camels, other animals play big role in Nativity
If anyone doubts there is a God, Mark Nisbet is convinced a camel can prove it.

Italy has a new fashion celebrity - Pope Benedict XVI
VATICAN CITY - Whether it's Prada and Gucci, or just fancy ecclesiastical tailoring, Pope Benedict XVI is his own man when it comes to dressing.

Camels, other animals play big role in Nativity
If anyone doubts there is a God, Mark Nisbet is convinced a camel can prove it.

Waiting for local mogul to step up

Don't watch Chris Rock's show if you believe in Santa
NEW YORK - Yes, Chris Rock, there is a Santa Claus.

Don't watch Chris Rock's show if you believe in Santa
NEW YORK - Yes, Chris Rock, there is a Santa Claus.

Don't watch Chris Rock's show if you believe in Santa

People in the News

Zellweger and Chesney union has been annulled

People in the News

Bulldogs lose Bailey for Sugar Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia wide receiver Sean Bailey has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the Sugar Bowl.

Bulldogs lose Bailey for Sugar Bowl

Bulldogs lose Bailey for Sugar Bowl
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia wide receiver Sean Bailey has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the Sugar Bowl.

Protestants take interest in learning more about Mary

Groups unite against literal readings of Bible story

Faith calendar

Italy has a new fashion celebrity - Pope Benedict XVI

Camels, other animals play big role in Nativity

Faith digest