A win and a win
k BOTH The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns finished the regular season on a winning note. The 15-1 Steelers will be going on to the playoffs while the 4-12 Browns will be looking ahead to the 2005 season.
Homeless steers donated to breeder
k THREE longhorn steers -- stranded after Hurricane Ivan's storms destroyed their home and flooded their Pensacola, Fla., farmland with saltwater -- have been donated to a Texas breeder.
Born for the arts
k NILES BORN and reared actor and educator Tom Shaker has come home from Italy to visit family and friends and share his experiences from a controversial movie set.
Mayor no more
k ONE OF the youngest mayors in the country, Chris Portman of Mercer, Pa., has resigned three years into his four-year term.
Options in milk
k WANT MILK? Springfield Local School District has plenty to offer these days.
k IN "MEDIUM," which premieres at 10 tonight on NBC, Patricia Arquette plays Allison Dubois, a real-life Arizona housewife who can communicate with the dead.
LIFE & amp;WORK
Dealing with debt
k DEBTORS ANONYMOUS, which holds weekly meetings in cities across the country, says its fellowship swells this time of year.