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

Big things come in small books

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
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.

Officer, the robber wore his pajamas

Chain revamping for prosperity, peace

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

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.

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.

The hazy mess of gift-card accounting

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stores depend more on procrastinators

Shoppers on target with bargain hunting, returns

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
The Christmas shopping spirit failed to wane Monday as many buyers blitzed local stores looking for deals.

Real estate sales get tougher as rates rise

Krispy Kreme seeks a future beyond the cult following

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.

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.

Holiday's waxy buildup dims candle market

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.

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.

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.

Wal-Mart revamps to boost growth, reputation in 2006

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 has an interim coach, a three-game losing streak and a pretty significant reputation problem.

Colorado seeks turnaround against No. 23 Clemson

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.
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

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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.

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
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.

Should I pay all my bills online?

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.

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
SAN FRANCISCO - To Damarius Bilbo, the question went unanswered for years.

Gailey remains on the offensive

Bilbo to finish what he started

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

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
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

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.

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.

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

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

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
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

Democrats expose treasonous side

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

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

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.

Politicians lose sight of Golden Rule

Techbits: Apple growth, Solar purse and more

Fashion briefs

Microsoft Office has some competition

Seniors calendar

Mother of five fighting record companies' lawsuit

Living briefs

The hottest ways to get your kicks in 2006

Retailers hunt post-holiday sales with slashed prices

Health calendar

Strategy games let you build an empire

Robot cleans up in the home

Video game makers shed NFL license

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

The week ahead

Rorick is man on the scene

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

Richmond County sees benefits of preschool

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Flames result in holiday damage

Across South Carolina

Across the area

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Doctor helping native country

Holiday Closings
The following closings have been announced.

Atlanta center gets Civil War documents

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.

Group reacts to company's waste, again

Across Georgia

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.

Across Georgia

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

New year means renewed skirmishes on gay rights

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.

Study of Gullah culture complete

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Database helps catch offenders

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

News you can use

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

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.

Piloting precision

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.

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

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.

Soldier returns for holidays

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.

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.

Leaky roof needs repair

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

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

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

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.

Five questions with Robin Dukes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Across the area
Police hunting Subway bandit

Holiday Closings
The following closings have been announced.

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

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.

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

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

South Carolina to get jobs in '06

Gunman robs Subway in Martinez

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

Hispanic immigrants facing new city bans

Badminton, anyone?

UGA decides to put underage drinkers in jail

Relics at church tell story of historic S. Carolina town

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
Police hunting Subway bandit

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.

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.

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

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

Family lose their home, keep decorations, spirit

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

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.

Across the southeast

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

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Holiday Closings

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.

Black legislators to push for judges

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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."

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'
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

'Housewife' Huffman hits the road in 'Transamerica'

'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.

'King Kong' nudges "Narnia" as Christmas champ

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
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.

Adams latest release an introspective beauty

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

Death Cab for Cutie to unveil 12 music videos

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

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.

Panthers have themselves to blame for this collapse

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

Show ends run on ABC

No playoffs for Chargers, no Rivers vs. Denver

Mora defends Sunday tirade

Wrong info knocks out Falcons

Ravens sink Vikings' ship

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Asada pulls off two triple axels

Overtime

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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?

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.

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.

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'
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.

Regis Philbin, Dick Clark have competing parties

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

People in the News

People in the News

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.

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
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

Derogatory comments are intolerable

Attainable resolution will be easier to keep

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.

Xtreme calendar

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.

Resolve for change

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

Quick hits

American media can influence teens' behavior

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

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.

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.

'King Kong' is top-notch movie

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.

Spotted

Question of the week

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.

Hanukkah is rich with long history

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

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.

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.