Big things come in small books
For several years now, it has been a widely held belief that American-made cars are inferior to foreign brands, especially those from Japanese and German automakers.

Artists create films, paintings, dance about tsunami
BANGKOK, Thailand - A comic book tells the tale of a young Thai boy swept away by last year's tsunami who ends up being saved by the spirit of his dead father. An animated film shares the story of a grieving husband who lost his wife in the waves and continues having visions of her.

Big things come in small books
For several years now, it has been a widely held belief that American-made cars are inferior to foreign brands, especially those from Japanese and German automakers.

Artists create films, paintings, dance about tsunami

Artists create films, paintings, dance about tsunami
BANGKOK, Thailand - A comic book tells the tale of a young Thai boy swept away by last year's tsunami who ends up being saved by the spirit of his dead father. An animated film shares the story of a grieving husband who lost his wife in the waves and continues having visions of her.

Big things come in small books

Officer, the robber wore his pajamas

Stores depend more on procrastinators
NEW YORK - Retailers can blame the calendar. They can blame the weather. They can even try to blame New York City's transit strike.

Krispy Kreme seeks a future beyond the 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.

Real estate sales get tougher as rates rise
When Nancy Petty took prospective home buyers around for home tours this summer, the Bel Air, Md.- based Realtor found that her clients would have to move quickly to bid for homes, sometimes without really taking a thorough look at the properties.

The hazy mess of gift-card accounting
NEW YORK - When retailers say gift-card sales have been a boon to their profits, they aren't kidding. Given the loose accounting rules for the cards, they can easily be used to goose the bottom line.

Stores depend more on procrastinators
NEW YORK - Retailers can blame the calendar. They can blame the weather. They can even try to blame New York City's transit strike.

Holiday's waxy buildup dims candle market
CUMBERLAND, Maine - Kathy Higgins has holiday candles in her living room. They're on windowsills. They're next to beds and in both bathrooms. They're on the dining room table, the buffet table, and the coffee table.

Chain revamping for prosperity, peace
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hitched itself to country superstar Garth Brooks in 2005, but it could have adopted David Bowie's Changes as its anthem.

The hazy mess of gift-card accounting
NEW YORK - When retailers say gift-card sales have been a boon to their profits, they aren't kidding. Given the loose accounting rules for the cards, they can easily be used to goose the bottom line.

Stores depend more on procrastinators

Chain revamping for prosperity, peace
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hitched itself to country superstar Garth Brooks in 2005, but it could have adopted David Bowie's Changes as its anthem.

The hazy mess of gift-card accounting

Holiday's waxy buildup dims candle market
CUMBERLAND, Maine - Kathy Higgins has holiday candles in her living room. They're on windowsills. They're next to beds and in both bathrooms. They're on the dining room table, the buffet table, and the coffee table.

Shoppers on target with bargain hunting, returns

Wal-Mart revamps to boost growth, reputation in 2006

Shoppers on target with bargain hunting, returns
The Christmas shopping spirit failed to wane Monday as many buyers blitzed local stores looking for deals.

Krispy Kreme seeks a future beyond the cult following

Real estate sales get tougher as rates rise

Wal-Mart revamps to boost growth, reputation in 2006
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hitched itself to country superstar Garth Brooks in 2005, but it could have adopted David Bowie's "Changes" as its anthem.

Chain revamping for prosperity, peace

Wal-Mart revamps to boost growth, reputation in 2006
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hitched itself to country superstar Garth Brooks in 2005, but it could have adopted David Bowie's "Changes" as its anthem.

Shoppers on target with bargain hunting, returns
The Christmas shopping spirit failed to wane Monday as many buyers blitzed local stores looking for deals.

Krispy Kreme seeks a future beyond the 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.

Real estate sales get tougher as rates rise
When Nancy Petty took prospective home buyers around for home tours this summer, the Bel Air, Md.- based Realtor found that her clients would have to move quickly to bid for homes, sometimes without really taking a thorough look at the properties.

Holiday's waxy buildup dims candle market

Colorado seeks turnaround against No. 23 Clemson
Colorado has an interim coach, a three-game losing streak and a pretty significant reputation problem.

Colorado seeks turnaround against No. 23 Clemson

Colorado seeks turnaround against No. 23 Clemson
Colorado has an interim coach, a three-game losing streak and a pretty significant reputation problem.

Memphis' Williams sets NCAA record with 34th 100-yard game
Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams set an NCAA record with his 34th 100-yard rushing game Monday against Akron in the Motor City Bowl.

Williams could have Motor running for bowl
DETROIT - With all the hype and all the attention, it sometimes seems as if DeAngelo Williams will be alone on the field at the Motor City Bowl.

Williams could have Motor running for bowl

Memphis' Williams sets NCAA record with 34th 100-yard game

Memphis' Williams sets NCAA record with 34th 100-yard game
Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams set an NCAA record with his 34th 100-yard rushing game Monday against Akron in the Motor City Bowl.

Williams could have Motor running for bowl
DETROIT - With all the hype and all the attention, it sometimes seems as if DeAngelo Williams will be alone on the field at the Motor City Bowl.

The 6-Billion-Man March
Like a weary but determined foot soldier, freedom continued its long, hard slog through human history in 2005.

Not another dime for the U.N.
If a joke could carry this kind of financial and human price tag, the United Nations would be the punch line.

The wrong word of the day
How one word can set off a political furor was demonstrated recently when Graniteville residents got in a huff over the Aiken County Council's plan to spend a state allotment of $340,000 to buy the sheriff's office 37 new patrol cars.

Norwood CLEARs the way

Norwood CLEARs the way
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., noting that his state was being flooded with illegal aliens, got out in front of the immigration issue nearly three years ago when he introduced the Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal Act. Now it's been passed as part of a broader immigration bill and sent to the Senate for action.

The 6-Billion-Man March
Like a weary but determined foot soldier, freedom continued its long, hard slog through human history in 2005.

The 6-Billion-Man March

Not another dime for the U.N.

Norwood CLEARs the way
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., noting that his state was being flooded with illegal aliens, got out in front of the immigration issue nearly three years ago when he introduced the Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal Act. Now it's been passed as part of a broader immigration bill and sent to the Senate for action.

Not another dime for the U.N.
If a joke could carry this kind of financial and human price tag, the United Nations would be the punch line.

The wrong word of the day

The wrong word of the day
How one word can set off a political furor was demonstrated recently when Graniteville residents got in a huff over the Aiken County Council's plan to spend a state allotment of $340,000 to buy the sheriff's office 37 new patrol cars.

People in the News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - One of the most popular attractions at the Clinton Presidential Library is available to anyone who wants to see the former president poke fun at himself.

People in the News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - One of the most popular attractions at the Clinton Presidential Library is available to anyone who wants to see the former president poke fun at himself.

People in the News
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker was cited for impeding traffic and failing to produce a valid Texas driver's license during a traffic stop in which "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria was his passenger, police said.

People in the News
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker was cited for impeding traffic and failing to produce a valid Texas driver's license during a traffic stop in which "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria was his passenger, police said.

Should I pay all my bills online?
Q: I'd like to do all my bill-paying online, but is this a good idea? I'm worried about online security and losing important documentation.

Lawyer-mother: 'parent savvy' about finances comes after research

Should I pay all my bills online?
Q: I'd like to do all my bill-paying online, but is this a good idea? I'm worried about online security and losing important documentation.

Should I pay all my bills online?

Lawyer-mother: 'parent savvy' about finances comes after research
It's time to get it together. It's time to do your family's financial and legal planning.

Lawyer-mother: 'parent savvy' about finances comes after research
It's time to get it together. It's time to do your family's financial and legal planning.

Bilbo to finish what he started
SAN FRANCISCO - To Damarius Bilbo, the question went unanswered for years.

Gailey remains on the offensive
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Chan Gailey will make a play call during Thursday's Emerald Bowl that gets fans grousing.

Gailey remains on the offensive
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Chan Gailey will make a play call during Thursday's Emerald Bowl that gets fans grousing.

Bilbo to finish what he started
SAN FRANCISCO - To Damarius Bilbo, the question went unanswered for years.

Bilbo to finish what he started

Gailey remains on the offensive

There's not much intelligence in our design, or its evolution

Goshen chips in for local charities
Most area golf courses were closed Christmas Day. Not Goshen Plantation Golf Club, which gave the area a generous present.

Israeli is world's top blind golfer
CAESAREA, Israel - The ball explodes off Zohar Sharon's club and flies into the distance. Sharon can't see it, but he knows it's a good one and he flashes a big smile. Two strokes later, he has a birdie.

Goshen chips in for local charities
Most area golf courses were closed Christmas Day. Not Goshen Plantation Golf Club, which gave the area a generous present.

Israeli is world's top blind golfer

Goshen chips in for local charities

Israeli is world's top blind golfer
CAESAREA, Israel - The ball explodes off Zohar Sharon's club and flies into the distance. Sharon can't see it, but he knows it's a good one and he flashes a big smile. Two strokes later, he has a birdie.

Officer, the robber wore his pajamas
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.

Officer, the robber wore his pajamas
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.

Telephone tab is taxing - literally
If, on some rainy evening, you become perversely curious about how many creative devices have been developed by politicians to separate you from your money, take a look at your telephone bill. I did recently, and I learned that, to the cost of the very basic service to which I subscribe, various levels of government add eight different taxes, fees and charges. Those eight items increase the cost of the service by 65 percent. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Abortion, Social Security crises related
Politicians who insist that judicial nominees pass the pro-baby-killing litmus test also claim that President Bush exaggerates the Social Security crisis. Vern J. Simon, Evans

Democrats expose treasonous side
In a Fox News Opinion Dynamics Poll, 41 percent of Democrats stated the world would be better off with Saddam Hussein still in power. Democrats, at 72 percent, say President Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Politicians lose sight of Golden Rule

Telephone tab is taxing - literally
If, on some rainy evening, you become perversely curious about how many creative devices have been developed by politicians to separate you from your money, take a look at your telephone bill. I did recently, and I learned that, to the cost of the very basic service to which I subscribe, various levels of government add eight different taxes, fees and charges. Those eight items increase the cost of the service by 65 percent. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Democrats expose treasonous side

Politicians lose sight of Golden Rule
My parents warned me there would be some tough decisions I would need to make in life. Right and wrong were easy choices - but I soon found out there was also more right and less right, more wrong and less wrong; those confounded gray areas. How can you know? Stephen Barrow, Aiken, S.C.

Abortion, Social Security crises related

Abortion, Social Security crises related
Politicians who insist that judicial nominees pass the pro-baby-killing litmus test also claim that President Bush exaggerates the Social Security crisis. Vern J. Simon, Evans

Democrats expose treasonous side
In a Fox News Opinion Dynamics Poll, 41 percent of Democrats stated the world would be better off with Saddam Hussein still in power. Democrats, at 72 percent, say President Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Telephone tab is taxing - literally

Politicians lose sight of Golden Rule
My parents warned me there would be some tough decisions I would need to make in life. Right and wrong were easy choices - but I soon found out there was also more right and less right, more wrong and less wrong; those confounded gray areas. How can you know? Stephen Barrow, Aiken, S.C.

Video game makers shed NFL license

Techbits: Apple growth, Solar purse and more

Robot cleans up in the home

Seniors calendar

Strategy games let you build an empire

Living briefs

Mother of five fighting record companies' lawsuit

Health calendar

Fashion briefs

Retailers hunt post-holiday sales with slashed prices

The hottest ways to get your kicks in 2006

Microsoft Office has some competition

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

The hottest ways to get your kicks in 2006
LOS ANGELES - Got the latest "Death Cab for Cutie" tune on your iPod phone? That's so 2005.

Retailers hunt post-holiday sales with slashed prices
For the nation's retailers, folks like James Coffey could be a savior of the holiday season.

Video game makers shed NFL license
CHICAGO - In a gritty new video game about a fictional football league, players cripple their opponents, gamble and use performance-enhancing supplements.

The hottest ways to get your kicks in 2006
LOS ANGELES - Got the latest "Death Cab for Cutie" tune on your iPod phone? That's so 2005.

Microsoft Office has some competition
SEATTLE - For Microsoft Corp., 2005 was the year the big bad Web came calling. Again.

Fashion briefs
Facing a closet full of 2005 styles and not sure what to do about it?

Robot cleans up in the home
SAN FRANCISCO - I'm lounging on the couch with my feet up, sipping a soda and watching the late-night sports recap. I reach over to playfully wrestle a squeaky toy from my dog's grip.

Robot cleans up in the home
SAN FRANCISCO - I'm lounging on the couch with my feet up, sipping a soda and watching the late-night sports recap. I reach over to playfully wrestle a squeaky toy from my dog's grip.

Techbits: Apple growth, Solar purse and more
NEW YORK - Driven largely by the popularity of the iTunes music service and software, Apple Computer Inc.'s Web site was the fastest growing last month among the major brands, according to a study by Nielsen/NetRatings.

Fashion briefs
Facing a closet full of 2005 styles and not sure what to do about it?

Mother of five fighting record companies' lawsuit
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court.

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

Mother of five fighting record companies' lawsuit
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court.

Living briefs
One grand-prize winner will receive Stainmaster flooring in three rooms of his house in the Today's Flooring Style Sweepstakes from Invista's Stainmaster carpet group.

Living briefs
One grand-prize winner will receive Stainmaster flooring in three rooms of his house in the Today's Flooring Style Sweepstakes from Invista's Stainmaster carpet group.

Strategy games let you build an empire
Even in a video game, global domination is no easy feat. Religion, politics, culture and geography are among many interwoven factors that can be a help and hindrance.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Microsoft Office has some competition
SEATTLE - For Microsoft Corp., 2005 was the year the big bad Web came calling. Again.

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

Retailers hunt post-holiday sales with slashed prices
For the nation's retailers, folks like James Coffey could be a savior of the holiday season.

Techbits: Apple growth, Solar purse and more
NEW YORK - Driven largely by the popularity of the iTunes music service and software, Apple Computer Inc.'s Web site was the fastest growing last month among the major brands, according to a study by Nielsen/NetRatings.

Video game makers shed NFL license
CHICAGO - In a gritty new video game about a fictional football league, players cripple their opponents, gamble and use performance-enhancing supplements.

Strategy games let you build an empire
Even in a video game, global domination is no easy feat. Religion, politics, culture and geography are among many interwoven factors that can be a help and hindrance.

Across South Carolina

Santa goes a little out of way to locate children in hospital
Santa couldn't go to Trey Davis' house on Christmas Eve, so jolly Old St. Nick did him one better - personally bringing the 5-year-old Hinesville, Ga., boy his gifts on Christmas morning.

Rorick is man on the scene
Columbia County Engineer Jim Leiper says he has the perfect title for Mike Rorick - No. 1 Concerned Citizen.

Badminton, anyone?
Two-year-old David Peng plays badminton with his parents, Weipeng Zheng (left) and Yandong Peng. They were enjoying a sunny December day at Brookfield Park in Augusta.

Family lose their home, keep decorations, spirit
For the past 27 Decembers, Janet and William Gross, of Beech Island, filled their front yard with a lavish display of Christmas lights and decorations.

Members of panel pay visit to troops
ATLANTA - New Jersey Republican Rep. Jim Saxton visited American troops overseas during part of the run-up to the holidays and said he found the soldiers in good spirits.

Across the area
Police hunting Subway bandit

Hispanic immigrants facing new city bans
ATLANTA - Roger Herrera, a Mexican-born permanent resident who works for a mobile home manufacturer, applied last month for a permit to put a mobile home on the land he has owned for more than a decade in Pearson, a town of 1,896 in southeast Georgia.

Kid of the Day

Relics at church tell story of historic S. Carolina town
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - In Summerville Presbyterian Church sits a silver cup and a skeletal mortise door key. Those relics are about all that remain from churches in South Carolina's first inland town.

Relics at church tell story of historic S. Carolina town
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - In Summerville Presbyterian Church sits a silver cup and a skeletal mortise door key. Those relics are about all that remain from churches in South Carolina's first inland town.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Vincent Brown Jr., 7, of Augusta.

Piloting precision
Jim Bradshaw gets plenty of questions while ferrying visitors who tour the Augusta Canal by boat.

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

Leaky roof needs repair

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

New year means renewed skirmishes on gay rights
ATLANTA - Another January, another dreaded legislative session for Georgia's beleaguered gay lobby.

UGA decides to put underage drinkers in jail
ATHENS, Ga. - Starting next year, underage students caught drinking at the University of Georgia will be arrested and sent to jail.

Relics at church tell story of historic S. Carolina town

Five questions with Robin Dukes
Robin Dukes is a dietary manager at Windermere Health & Rehabilitation Center nursing home.

Family lose their home, keep decorations, spirit
For the past 27 Decembers, Janet and William Gross, of Beech Island, filled their front yard with a lavish display of Christmas lights and decorations.

Gunman robs Subway in Martinez

Soldier returns for holidays
Other than a gourmet meal of prime rib and lobster tails, Chief Warrant Officer Joey Gagnard's Christmas last year was no more special than any other day on the calendar.

Medicaid plan facing study
COLUMBIA - A plan to overhaul health care benefits for the poor could be delayed by lawmakers.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Vincent Brown Jr., 7, of Augusta.

Black legislators to push for judges
ROCK HILL, S.C. - South Carolina's Legislative Black Caucus plans a push next year to elect more black judges.

Across the southeast
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Beth Twitty did her homework before letting her daughter, Natalee Holloway, head to Aruba on her senior class trip: She went to planning meetings, and so did Holloway. They asked questions. They discussed underage drinking, chaperones and traveling with buddies.

Five questions with Robin Dukes
Robin Dukes is a dietary manager at Windermere Health & Rehabilitation Center nursing home.

Holiday Closings

Across the area

Black legislators to push for judges

Flames result in holiday damage

UGA decides to put underage drinkers in jail

Richmond County sees benefits of preschool

Database helps catch offenders
The number of uninsured motorists on Georgia highways has been sharply reduced since the state began using a computer system to keep track of liability insurance rolls, the Department of Revenue said.

Database helps catch offenders

News you can use
HOPELANDS LIGHTS: Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken. More than 75,000 lights are featured on this walk-through event that includes self-guided tours of Rye Patch and The Doll House.

Kid of the Day

Employee, suspect wounded in shootout at Ga. Wal-Mart
FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. -- An apparent robbery attempt at a busy Wal-Mart led to a shootout with police that left a suspect and a store employee wounded, authorities said.

Across South Carolina

Badminton, anyone?

Across Georgia

Leaky roof needs repair
Sgt. Kenny Holden is a man on a mission.

New year means renewed skirmishes on gay rights

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Study of Gullah culture complete

Across Georgia
EAST POINT - A Christmas Eve robbery left a 7-year-old girl with a gunshot wound.

News you can use

Medicaid plan facing study
COLUMBIA - A plan to overhaul health care benefits for the poor could be delayed by lawmakers.

Leaky roof needs repair
Sgt. Kenny Holden is a man on a mission.

Members of panel pay visit to troops
ATLANTA - New Jersey Republican Rep. Jim Saxton visited American troops overseas during part of the run-up to the holidays and said he found the soldiers in good spirits.

Rants and raves
I live in Grovetown, and I am a grandmother. I resent these young boys going around and getting these young girls pregnant, walking off, leaving them with a baby, then going to another girl and living with her and refusing to help take care of their responsibility.

Soldier returns for holidays
Other than a gourmet meal of prime rib and lobster tails, Chief Warrant Officer Joey Gagnard's Christmas last year was no more special than any other day on the calendar.

Group reacts to company's waste, again
CLAXTON, Ga. - When the once-sandy white shores of the Canoochee River turned slimy green in 1998, residents traced the problem to excess nutrients flowing from spray fields operated by Claxton Poultry.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Without federal assistant, Greenville County officials say, cleaning up debris from this month's ice storm could take longer than winter itself.

South Carolina to get jobs in '06
South Carolina should have more jobs next year, with most of them likely coming from small businesses, according to a University of South Carolina economist.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Doctor helping native country
ATHENS, Ga. - Kanishka Ratnayaka and his colleagues are changing the world - or at least a corner of it that was ravaged by a tsunami a year ago.

Family lose their home, keep decorations, spirit

Kid of the Day
Demarcus Oates, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Piloting precision

Rants and raves
I live in Grovetown, and I am a grandmother. I resent these young boys going around and getting these young girls pregnant, walking off, leaving them with a baby, then going to another girl and living with her and refusing to help take care of their responsibility.

Members of panel pay visit to troops

Kid of the Day
Demarcus Oates, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

The week ahead

Group reacts to company's waste, again
CLAXTON, Ga. - When the once-sandy white shores of the Canoochee River turned slimy green in 1998, residents traced the problem to excess nutrients flowing from spray fields operated by Claxton Poultry.

Across the southeast

South Carolina to get jobs in '06
South Carolina should have more jobs next year, with most of them likely coming from small businesses, according to a University of South Carolina economist.

Santa goes a little out of way to locate children in hospital

Database helps catch offenders
The number of uninsured motorists on Georgia highways has been sharply reduced since the state began using a computer system to keep track of liability insurance rolls, the Department of Revenue said.

Study of Gullah culture complete
A study of the Gullah culture five years in the making is finally complete.

Flames result in holiday damage
NEW ELLENTON - A New Ellenton church sustained extensive damage in a Christmas Day fire.

Atlanta center gets Civil War documents
The Atlanta History Center has obtained Civil War field orders handwritten by Union General William T. Sherman.

Atlanta center gets Civil War documents
The Atlanta History Center has obtained Civil War field orders handwritten by Union General William T. Sherman.

Across Georgia

New year means renewed skirmishes on gay rights
ATLANTA - Another January, another dreaded legislative session for Georgia's beleaguered gay lobby.

Flames result in holiday damage
NEW ELLENTON - A New Ellenton church sustained extensive damage in a Christmas Day fire.

Across the area
Police hunting Subway bandit

Richmond County sees benefits of preschool
Richmond County school officials, like those in many other systems, are pushing to have all children attend preschool. Some new studies, however, are giving preschool mixed marks.

Across South Carolina
A man has been charged with murder in the death of his mother after surrendering to police.

Five questions with Robin Dukes

Across Georgia
Marie Chisholm, an associate professor of pharmacy practice with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, has been named a recipient of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award for 2005.

Hispanic immigrants facing new city bans

Study of Gullah culture complete
A study of the Gullah culture five years in the making is finally complete.

Medicaid plan facing study

Doctor helping native country
ATHENS, Ga. - Kanishka Ratnayaka and his colleagues are changing the world - or at least a corner of it that was ravaged by a tsunami a year ago.

Piloting precision
Jim Bradshaw gets plenty of questions while ferrying visitors who tour the Augusta Canal by boat.

News you can use
HOPELANDS LIGHTS: Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken. More than 75,000 lights are featured on this walk-through event that includes self-guided tours of Rye Patch and The Doll House.

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

Rants and raves
I live in Grovetown, and I am a grandmother. I resent these young boys going around and getting these young girls pregnant, walking off, leaving them with a baby, then going to another girl and living with her and refusing to help take care of their responsibility.

Across the area

Group reacts to company's waste, again

Holiday Closings
The following closings have been announced.

Atlanta center gets Civil War documents

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Without federal assistant, Greenville County officials say, cleaning up debris from this month's ice storm could take longer than winter itself.

Doctor helping native country

Across the area
A woman who was rescued from a house fire by Aiken officials Christmas morning remained in critical condition at an Augusta hospital Sunday evening.

South Carolina to get jobs in '06

UGA decides to put underage drinkers in jail
ATHENS, Ga. - Starting next year, underage students caught drinking at the University of Georgia will be arrested and sent to jail.

Rorick is man on the scene

Black legislators to push for judges
ROCK HILL, S.C. - South Carolina's Legislative Black Caucus plans a push next year to elect more black judges.

Rorick is man on the scene
Columbia County Engineer Jim Leiper says he has the perfect title for Mike Rorick - No. 1 Concerned Citizen.

Hispanic immigrants facing new city bans
ATLANTA - Roger Herrera, a Mexican-born permanent resident who works for a mobile home manufacturer, applied last month for a permit to put a mobile home on the land he has owned for more than a decade in Pearson, a town of 1,896 in southeast Georgia.

Richmond County sees benefits of preschool
Richmond County school officials, like those in many other systems, are pushing to have all children attend preschool. Some new studies, however, are giving preschool mixed marks.

Badminton, anyone?
Two-year-old David Peng plays badminton with his parents, Weipeng Zheng (left) and Yandong Peng. They were enjoying a sunny December day at Brookfield Park in Augusta.

Across South Carolina
A man has been charged with murder in the death of his mother after surrendering to police.

Across the area
A woman who was rescued from a house fire by Aiken officials Christmas morning remained in critical condition at an Augusta hospital Sunday evening.

Across Georgia
Marie Chisholm, an associate professor of pharmacy practice with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, has been named a recipient of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award for 2005.

Santa goes a little out of way to locate children in hospital
Santa couldn't go to Trey Davis' house on Christmas Eve, so jolly Old St. Nick did him one better - personally bringing the 5-year-old Hinesville, Ga., boy his gifts on Christmas morning.

Across the area
A woman who was rescued from a house fire by Aiken officials Christmas morning remained in critical condition at an Augusta hospital Sunday evening.

Holiday Closings
The following closings have been announced.

Across Georgia
EAST POINT - A Christmas Eve robbery left a 7-year-old girl with a gunshot wound.

Soldier returns for holidays

There's not much intelligence in our design, or its evolution
It always amazes me when creationists try to snake their way into biology class with a theory that our universe and everything in it is a product of "intelligent design."

There's not much intelligence in our design, or its evolution
It always amazes me when creationists try to snake their way into biology class with a theory that our universe and everything in it is a product of "intelligent design."

'Housewife' Huffman hits the road in 'Transamerica'
LOS ANGELES - Felicity Huffman wasn't supposed to win the Emmy over her more glamorous and talked-about "Desperate Housewives" co-stars. But she did. Now, she's an Academy Award favorite for her performance in "Transamerica" - in which she plays a man prepping for sex-change surgery.

'King Kong' nudges "Narnia" as Christmas champ
"King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" battled for the four-day box office crown, with the giant ape finally swiping the Christmas holiday prize.

Film triggers flashbacks to 1972 Olympics
Pre-dawn gunshots in the Olympic Village. Muffled shouts as Palestinian terrorists burst into an apartment and seize Israeli athletes. A corpse tossed onto the sidewalk as a macabre calling card and another sportsman bleeds to death. All prelude to a horrifying massacre hours later.

'Housewife' Huffman hits the road in 'Transamerica'

'King Kong' nudges "Narnia" as Christmas champ

'Housewife' Huffman hits the road in 'Transamerica'
LOS ANGELES - Felicity Huffman wasn't supposed to win the Emmy over her more glamorous and talked-about "Desperate Housewives" co-stars. But she did. Now, she's an Academy Award favorite for her performance in "Transamerica" - in which she plays a man prepping for sex-change surgery.

Film triggers flashbacks to 1972 Olympics
Pre-dawn gunshots in the Olympic Village. Muffled shouts as Palestinian terrorists burst into an apartment and seize Israeli athletes. A corpse tossed onto the sidewalk as a macabre calling card and another sportsman bleeds to death. All prelude to a horrifying massacre hours later.

'King Kong' nudges "Narnia" as Christmas champ
"King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" battled for the four-day box office crown, with the giant ape finally swiping the Christmas holiday prize.

Film triggers flashbacks to 1972 Olympics

Death Cab for Cutie to unveil 12 music videos

Troubled Boys Choir of Harlem faces eviction by city
NEW YORK - The world-renown Boys Choir of Harlem, struggling under millions of dollars of debts and allegations that its founder ignored reports of sexual abuse, is being evicted by the city.

Adams latest release an introspective beauty
Ryan Adams' latest release - his third this year - opens with a rollicking title track. It's a rockabilly template complete with lyrics about getting arrested, drinking too much and watching his dog die.

Death Cab for Cutie to unveil 12 music videos
NEW YORK - Death Cab for Cutie has plans for new "Directions."

Adams latest release an introspective beauty

Adams latest release an introspective beauty
Ryan Adams' latest release - his third this year - opens with a rollicking title track. It's a rockabilly template complete with lyrics about getting arrested, drinking too much and watching his dog die.

Troubled Boys Choir of Harlem faces eviction by city
NEW YORK - The world-renown Boys Choir of Harlem, struggling under millions of dollars of debts and allegations that its founder ignored reports of sexual abuse, is being evicted by the city.

Death Cab for Cutie to unveil 12 music videos
NEW YORK - Death Cab for Cutie has plans for new "Directions."

Troubled Boys Choir of Harlem faces eviction by city

Extra pain pills can damage liver

Extra pain pills can damage liver
WASHINGTON - Think popping extra pain pills can't hurt? Think again: Accidental poisonings from the nation's most popular pain reliever seem to be rising, making acetaminophen the leading cause of acute liver failure.

Extra pain pills can damage liver
WASHINGTON - Think popping extra pain pills can't hurt? Think again: Accidental poisonings from the nation's most popular pain reliever seem to be rising, making acetaminophen the leading cause of acute liver failure.

Pistons slay Spurs in Finals rematch
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - In their first matchup since the NBA Finals, Detroit proved dominant in a defensive struggle against San Antonio.

Pistons slay Spurs in Finals rematch
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - In their first matchup since the NBA Finals, Detroit proved dominant in a defensive struggle against San Antonio.

Pistons slay Spurs in Finals rematch

Ravens sink Vikings' ship

No playoffs for Chargers, no Rivers vs. Denver

Wrong info knocks out Falcons

Panthers have themselves to blame for this collapse

Brunell says he's 'day-to-day' with sprained knee

Mora defends Sunday tirade

Show ends run on ABC

Mr. Ellis Milton Hogan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin L. Babb    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. William Black, Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred B. Osborn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Pope, Sr    (William Pope, Sr . LPN AIKEN)

Mrs. Irene Mundy Pace    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mr. James E. Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary L. Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ted M. Rabun    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wylie B. Gibbs, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Traci Lynn Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Smith Welch    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Joyce Smith Welch    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie White    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Madge Stanford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delmar Dolin, Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie White    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. James E. Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

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

Rev. Jacques M. Kearns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Darvin M. Lee    (SENECA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Spain    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Pope, Sr    (William Pope, Sr . LPN AIKEN)

Mr. Jerome L. Sweat    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Illa Norris Walton    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Illa Norris Walton    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred B. Osborn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Spain    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charles H. Beatty    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan C. Allen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Cook, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wylie B. Gibbs, Jr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan C. Allen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willis Kelley    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Dr. William Black, Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby B. Johnson    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Cook, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Cook, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest M. Counts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wylie B. Gibbs, Jr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Delmar Dolin, Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. Jacques M. Kearns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Riley L. Prickett    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Willis Kelley    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Mundy Pace    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby B. Johnson    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Hill, Sr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Opal Ellison    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wylie B. Gibbs, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary L. Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Cook, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ted M. Rabun    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Jerome L. Sweat    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Oellerich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tullie William Keen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles H. Beatty    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Terry Still    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest M. Counts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bernice Opal Ellison    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie B. Wall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ellis Milton Hogan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Colston    (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Tullie William Keen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Allen Minton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Ray    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lola G. Beerman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lola G. Beerman    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Warthen    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Ray    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Colston    (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lanelle D. Morris    (AIKEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kevin L. Babb    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Lonnie Hill, Sr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Lanelle D. Morris    (AIKEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Opal Ellison    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. William Lucas Bruns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Opal Ellison    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Oellerich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Warthen    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie B. Wall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Traci Lynn Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Terry Still    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Darvin M. Lee    (SENECA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Riley L. Prickett    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Madge Stanford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ellis Milton Hogan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie White (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Lonnie Hill, Sr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Wylie B. Gibbs, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Mundy Pace (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lanelle D. Morris (AIKEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Jung (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Tullie William Keen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred B. Osborn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Smith (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby B. Johnson (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Wylie B. Gibbs, Jr. (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Kyong Ok Seo (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Dr. William Lucas Bruns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bernice Opal Ellison (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Joan C. Allen (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Ray (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Traci Lynn Hatcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Illa Norris Walton (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Arrowood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Ted M. Rabun (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. William Black, Sr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Terry Still (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Kevin L. Babb (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie B. Wall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Smith Welch (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Riley L. Prickett (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Oellerich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Juanita Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Pope, Sr (William Pope, Sr . LPN AIKEN)

Mr. Freddie Colston (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Darvin M. Lee (SENECA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delmar Dolin, Jr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Madge Stanford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles H. Beatty (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen Minton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Cook, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Spain (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Mae Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willis Kelley (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthie Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerome L. Sweat (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lola G. Beerman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice Opal Ellison (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Willie Cook, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack E. Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. Jacques M. Kearns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest M. Counts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Warthen (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary L. Phillips (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Snyder (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Asada pulls off two triple axels

Overtime
In Arlington, Texas, free agent pitcher Kevin Millwood reached a preliminary agreement on a $60 million, five-year contract with Texas, giving the Rangers the legitimate No. 1 starter they have been seeking.

Asada pulls off two triple axels
TOKYO - Mao Asada became the first female skater to do two triple axels in a free program, accomplishing the feat at the Japanese national championships Sunday.

Overtime
In Arlington, Texas, free agent pitcher Kevin Millwood reached a preliminary agreement on a $60 million, five-year contract with Texas, giving the Rangers the legitimate No. 1 starter they have been seeking.

Asada pulls off two triple axels
TOKYO - Mao Asada became the first female skater to do two triple axels in a free program, accomplishing the feat at the Japanese national championships Sunday.

Mora defends Sunday tirade
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora acknowledged Monday that he was upset when he put an abrupt end to a radio interview following the loss Saturday that knocked his Atlanta Falcons out of playoff contention.

Wrong info knocks out Falcons
TAMPA, Fla. - In an era of instant messaging and Internet searches, it shouldn't have been that difficult for the Atlanta Falcons to know about their playoff position during Saturday afternoon's game at Tampa Bay.

Brunell says he's 'day-to-day' with sprained knee
Joe Gibbs interrupted Christmas Day, his only day off in the entire season, to make an anxious phone call about the status of Mark Brunell's knee.

Show ends run on ABC
After 36 years as a television phenomenon, Monday Night Football prepared to end its run on ABC with Monday night's game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

Mora defends Sunday tirade
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Jim Mora acknowledged Monday that he was upset when he put an abrupt end to a radio interview following the loss Saturday that knocked his Atlanta Falcons out of playoff contention.

Brunell says he's 'day-to-day' with sprained knee
Joe Gibbs interrupted Christmas Day, his only day off in the entire season, to make an anxious phone call about the status of Mark Brunell's knee.

No playoffs for Chargers, no Rivers vs. Denver
Even with six Pro Bowlers on their roster, life has returned to normal for the San Diego Chargers.

Wrong info knocks out Falcons
TAMPA, Fla. - In an era of instant messaging and Internet searches, it shouldn't have been that difficult for the Atlanta Falcons to know about their playoff position during Saturday afternoon's game at Tampa Bay.

Panthers have themselves to blame for this collapse
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In a somber, almost silent locker room, the Carolina Panthers were all too aware of what had just slipped away.

No playoffs for Chargers, no Rivers vs. Denver
Even with six Pro Bowlers on their roster, life has returned to normal for the San Diego Chargers.

Panthers have themselves to blame for this collapse
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In a somber, almost silent locker room, the Carolina Panthers were all too aware of what had just slipped away.

Ravens sink Vikings' ship
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - All those complicated scenarios for postseason qualification became much, much simpler for the Minnesota Vikings following a bitter 30-23 defeat at Baltimore on Christmas night.

Ravens sink Vikings' ship
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - All those complicated scenarios for postseason qualification became much, much simpler for the Minnesota Vikings following a bitter 30-23 defeat at Baltimore on Christmas night.

Show ends run on ABC
After 36 years as a television phenomenon, Monday Night Football prepared to end its run on ABC with Monday night's game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

Philbin, Clark's have competing New Year's parties

Clock runs out on ABC's 'Monday Night Football'
From its inception, ABC's "Monday Night Football" was a risky experiment that defied American sports tradition. From Howard Cosell's pontification to Don Meredith's down-home songs to Dennis Miller's arcane analogies, it dominated TV viewing in homes and bars across the nation.

Clock runs out on ABC's 'Monday Night Football'
From its inception, ABC's "Monday Night Football" was a risky experiment that defied American sports tradition. From Howard Cosell's pontification to Don Meredith's down-home songs to Dennis Miller's arcane analogies, it dominated TV viewing in homes and bars across the nation.

Kyle MacLachlan back to 'Peak' form on 'In Justice'
CULVER CITY, Calif. - "I think peacock is a word I'd put out there," says Kyle MacLachlan in describing the sartorial style and elegant physical strut of David Swain, the maverick attorney he plays in ABC's new legal series, "In Justice," premiering Sunday at 10 p.m.

Philbin, Clark's have competing New Year's parties
NEW YORK - New Year's Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and television is among the most youth-obsessed media, so guess who will be the top hosts this weekend when the ball drops in Times Square?

Regis Philbin, Dick Clark have competing parties
NEW YORK - New Year's Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and television is among the most youth-obsessed media, so guess who will be the top hosts this weekend when the ball drops in Times Square?

Clock runs out on ABC's 'Monday Night Football'

Regis Philbin, Dick Clark have competing parties

Philbin, Clark's have competing New Year's parties
NEW YORK - New Year's Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and television is among the most youth-obsessed media, so guess who will be the top hosts this weekend when the ball drops in Times Square?

Kyle MacLachlan back to 'Peak' form on 'In Justice'

Kyle MacLachlan back to 'Peak' form on 'In Justice'
CULVER CITY, Calif. - "I think peacock is a word I'd put out there," says Kyle MacLachlan in describing the sartorial style and elegant physical strut of David Swain, the maverick attorney he plays in ABC's new legal series, "In Justice," premiering Sunday at 10 p.m.

Regis Philbin, Dick Clark have competing parties
NEW YORK - New Year's Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and television is among the most youth-obsessed media, so guess who will be the top hosts this weekend when the ball drops in Times Square?

People in the News

People in the News

Dogs enjoy short drive
Bowl trips are supposed to be rewards for college football players. Georgia players have road tripped or hopped on a plane to Tampa, Orlando and New Orleans the past three years for bowl games, spending the week having fun, often in the sun.

Dogs enjoy short drive

Dogs enjoy short drive
Bowl trips are supposed to be rewards for college football players. Georgia players have road tripped or hopped on a plane to Tampa, Orlando and New Orleans the past three years for bowl games, spending the week having fun, often in the sun.

World relives sorrow
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Survivors wept and prayed beside mass graves and at beachside memorials Monday, marking one year since earthquake-churned walls of water crashed ashore in a dozen nations, sweeping away hundreds of thousands of lives and uniting the world in grief and horror.

World relives sorrow

World relives sorrow
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Survivors wept and prayed beside mass graves and at beachside memorials Monday, marking one year since earthquake-churned walls of water crashed ashore in a dozen nations, sweeping away hundreds of thousands of lives and uniting the world in grief and horror.

Girl's personality is not reason to get back with her
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have an ex-girlfriend (who) I love very much. We've been together for six months and the problem is that we broke up. She has a problem with hitting me and she is spoiled.

'King Kong' is top-notch movie
In the movie King Kong, Carl Denham (Jack Black), is a movie producer of the early 20th century, determined to shoot the greatest picture of his life. After discovering starving young actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), his cast is complete, and the party embarks on a voyage to an uncharted island and an inescapable consequence.

Question of the week
Q: What's on your to-do list during vacation?

Question of the week
Q: What's on your to-do list during vacation?

Spotted
Kamaaz Philpot (from left) Aleeta Vinson, and Shari Philpot waited for the James Brown toy giveaway to start Wednesday at the Imperial Theater in Augusta.

Derogatory comments are intolerable
You're so gay." "Retard!" It is far from uncommon to hear words such as these hurled by high school students at each other.

Spotted
Kamaaz Philpot (from left) Aleeta Vinson, and Shari Philpot waited for the James Brown toy giveaway to start Wednesday at the Imperial Theater in Augusta.

Attainable resolution will be easier to keep
With every new year comes New Year's resolutions.

Derogatory comments are intolerable
You're so gay." "Retard!" It is far from uncommon to hear words such as these hurled by high school students at each other.

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
GET ICY: The Augusta Lynx take on the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Ticket prices are $11, $14 and $15. Call 724-4423.

Hanukkah is rich with long history

Attainable resolution will be easier to keep

Derogatory comments are intolerable

Resolve for change
The last New Year's resolution Kanesha Walker made might have had something to do with making the middle school honor roll.

Girl's personality is not reason to get back with her
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have an ex-girlfriend (who) I love very much. We've been together for six months and the problem is that we broke up. She has a problem with hitting me and she is spoiled.

Xtreme calendar
GET ICY: The Augusta Lynx take on the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Ticket prices are $11, $14 and $15. Call 724-4423.

Hanukkah is rich with long history
Come December, most people excitedly await the arrival of Christmas. I feel the same, only it's for a different holiday, Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

American media can influence teens' behavior

American media can influence teens' behavior
How much is too much? Children of the 21st century have been acclimated to media for so long that it is second nature for them. An average child spends more than six hours per day using mass media.

Quick hits
MY THOUGHTS: Mary J. Blige is the queen of R&B, and fans have been anticipating this long-awaited album. It deals with the drama of her life and how she has the courage to deal with negative things in a positive way. Already at the top of the charts with the single Be Without You, Ms. Blige also likely will top the charts with Good Woman Down and This Is Me.

'King Kong' is top-notch movie

'King Kong' is top-notch movie
In the movie King Kong, Carl Denham (Jack Black), is a movie producer of the early 20th century, determined to shoot the greatest picture of his life. After discovering starving young actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), his cast is complete, and the party embarks on a voyage to an uncharted island and an inescapable consequence.

Spotted

American media can influence teens' behavior
How much is too much? Children of the 21st century have been acclimated to media for so long that it is second nature for them. An average child spends more than six hours per day using mass media.

Resolve for change

Hanukkah is rich with long history
Come December, most people excitedly await the arrival of Christmas. I feel the same, only it's for a different holiday, Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

Quick hits

Attainable resolution will be easier to keep
With every new year comes New Year's resolutions.

Xtreme calendar

Girl's personality is not reason to get back with her

Quick hits
MY THOUGHTS: Mary J. Blige is the queen of R&B, and fans have been anticipating this long-awaited album. It deals with the drama of her life and how she has the courage to deal with negative things in a positive way. Already at the top of the charts with the single Be Without You, Ms. Blige also likely will top the charts with Good Woman Down and This Is Me.

Resolve for change
The last New Year's resolution Kanesha Walker made might have had something to do with making the middle school honor roll.