Maddux pulls Braves past Giants

Braves rescue series finale

Braves notebook: Leadoff spot still a dilemma for Cox

Columbia County claims Dixie crown

Tony Gwynn gets 3,000th hit

McGwire reaches milestone

Braves Notebook: Braves lose lock on postseason spot

Jackets keep league lead

Athlete will no longer take supplement

Jackets rock Red Stixx relievers in 6-4 victory

Minnesota postcards coming in

Westinghouse jobs go to top executives

Interest rates may rise due to strong employment

Westinghouse jobs go to top executives
Westinghouse Savannah River Co., the primary contractor with the U.S. Department of Energy at the federal nuclear weapons facility near Aiken, announced the promotion of three top executives Friday.

Officials near hotel tax solution

Government services go online

Pan Am notebook: Teammates consider suing disqualified goalie

Additional business news
AOL raises stakes in messaging war . . . Deutsche Telekom buys One2One . . . Volvo taking over truck maker . . . IBM devises faster disk storage

Additional business news

Government services go online
ATLANTA -- Soon people all over Georgia may be able to get their car tags while in their pajamas, renew a driver's license while sipping a nightcap, and research property records while their neighbors sleep.

Additional business news

Travel agents say Internet fares discriminate
WASHINGTON -- Travel agents want the Transportation Department to investigate popular airfare specials offered by airlines on the Internet, saying they discriminate against those who do not have computer hookups.

New plan for Regency Mall

Productivity slows, wage pressures jump in second quarter
WASHINGTON -- American workers' productivity slowed significantly in the spring while a key gauge of wage pressures jumped sharply, the Labor Department reported today.

Productivity slows, wage pressures jump in second quarter

Red hot IPO?
NEW YORK -- After a year of extraordinary publicity for the upstart computer operating system known as Linux, investors finally get to vote on whether the touted program is a Microsoft killer, an over-hyped technology, or something in between.

Interest rates may rise due to strong employment
Many economists expect Greenspan to carry through on that promise when Fed policy-makers next meet on Aug. 24 with another quarter-point increase in the federal funds rate, a benchmark rate that governs short-term borrowing costs for millions of consumers and businesses.

Avondale workers receive promotions
Administrative consolidation at Avondale Mills has resulted in promotions for three local executives.

New plan for Regency Mall
Windward Properties will offer a plan to revive Regency Mall.

Officials near hotel tax solution
Columbia County and the Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau are still wrangling over how to divide funding from the county's hotel/motel taxes.

Additional business news
Stocks gain on eve of jobless report...Pooh pianos recalled for part...Heat drives consumers to stores...Muslims to boycott Burger King...

Red hot IPO?

Avondale workers receive promotions

This day in history: August 7
1992: South Carolina's Clemson University admitted to seven National Collegiate Athletic Association rule violations in its basketball program.

A look at the 20th Century: 1960
There was no warning that mild winter Friday of the things that lay ahead. The year 1960 dawned with unbrid

Ordinance to be costly?

Ruminates on review board dispute

Defends `independent' in Dist. 81 race

Hits publication of gunman's `plan'

Aiken stop justified

Ban Bible history in Ga.?

Blasts letters for `specious voodoo'

The tawdry Clintons

Hits golf official for waiving rule

Urges display of Ten Commandments

School year to bring lots of changes
Several major changes are in store this year in Richmond County public schools. The biggest change for elementary and middle school students is the mandatory uniform requirement, passed this summer.

New principals will greet Aiken students
AIKEN -- The start of a new year always brings nervous anticipation for schoolchildren. But this year, the tables are turned.

New headmaster plans technology upgrades
Some pupils returning to private schools in the Augusta-Aiken area this fall will see a new face in the principal's office.

Volunteers' work is difficult but rewarding
Rugged, snow-capped mountains jut into the sky above Vancouver, British Columbia, far away from Eric Odom's home in Evans, where he still remembers to pray for Frieda, a Canadian evangelist he left behind.

God cleans your permanent record but asks for change
Cheaters always have their day of reckoning. My one venture into the land of cheating was an abortive attempt. Several of us boys decided to prepare for a high school chemistry test by creating crib sheets. As it turned out, I was the only one who prepared a cheat sheet, but the exam was easy for me to answer, so I did not need to use my concealed notes.

Faith digest
The Charlotte, N.C., coliseum will have a full house, including several busloads and van-loads of Augusta-area men, at the Promise Keepers conference Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14.

County schools will see some new faces
While Columbia County's school system has a new leader at the helm, several county schools will also have new leadership when the academic year begins.

Augusta broadcaster to be honored for 45 years of service
This is how ``Mal the Pal'' came to be. Marion Cook was on the edge of a broadcasting career in the early 1950s, and he needed a name to match. He wanted to be ``Marion'' no longer.

By special request
Julie Weatherbee attributes her third-grader's honor roll status to teachers she has hand-picked at Blythe Elementary School.

Teen's Web site has some strong words for fans of country music
One of the more interesting country music sites to pop up on the World Wide Web is Yee Haw: The Official I Hate Country Page, created by a guy identified only as ``Jake'' in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Aiken schools consider security for new year
AIKEN -- Expectations for the new school year in Aiken County are as high as the flagpole that towers above the district office.

Fun is only a day's drive away
The dog days of summer have set in, and, accordingly, Augusta's activity calendar has slowed to the pace of a worn-out basset hound lumbering across the porch.

Bus routes information
Bus-route information is too lengthy to be printed in this back-to-school edition. For information on bus routes, call your school system's transportation department.

Money not top priority for Summer Jam
Eddie Carswell laughs at the notion that he's the Perry Ferrell or Sarah McLachlan of the contemporary Christian music world.

Guide to Columbia County schools
This guide provides news, phone numbers and people to contact in the Columbia County school district.

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated
Unless parents opt out of the Richmond County school-uniform policy, all elementary and middle school students in Richmond County will be required to wear navy or khaki bottoms -- pants (no jeans), skirts or shorts. Several schools have opted for white shirts only. Here is a list schools that will allow additional colors in tops or bottoms:

Fashion forward
Utility, utility, utility. Cargo pants with tons of pockets, zippers and Velcro; hooded fleece sweat shirts and track pants with racing stripes are almost as important in this year's back-to-school shopping as notebooks and No. 2 pencils.

Wildflowers can be used without looking too wild
Want to get away with using wildflowers in your urban garden?

Schools want to begin year on right path
New rules, school times and buildings will greet Columbia County students when they return to school Aug. 23.

Plant sickness calls for detective work
Plants in the landscape cannot tell you what is wrong with them, but they will let you know when they are sick.

Preparation can relieve pupil anxiety
Like many parents, Jody Huff realizes that preparing her daughter Katherine for the first day of kindergarten means more than buying pencils and new shoes -- it also means combating the anxieties inherent in a child's initial foray into the world.

In the know
As a Rhodes scholar, Olympic champion, professional basketball star and three-term Democratic senator from New Jersey, Bill Bradley has spent much of his life performing on the world's biggest stages. Now as his prepares for a run at the presidency, a Biography at 8 p.m. on A&E takes an in-depth look at the man who could be king.

Private schools guide
This guide provides news, phone numbers and people to contact at private schools in Georgia and South Carolina.

Some schools to get new leaders
Six elementary schools and two middle schools in Richmond County will have new principals this fall.

School officials urge early start on children's immunizations
Getting kids ready for school means more than buying new clothes and notebooks -- it means getting their shots and getting them early.

Guide to Richmond County schools
This guide provides news, phone numbers and people to contact in the Richmond County school district.

After-school programs can fill fast
The test of an after-school program was $1: a bill found on the school playground, and returned to its owner after lessons in honesty and compassion.

Performing arts season promises variety, excitement
Some interesting shows and events are lined up at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and Bell Auditorium -- but the 1999-2000 season will be pretty exciting if they all pan out.

Guide to Aiken County Schools
This guide provides news, phone numbers and people to contact in the Aiken County school district.

Space-aged effects create interesting sound
Like their spacey, sci-fi-obsessed contemporaries Man or Astroman, the members of Powerman 5000 sport cryptic monikers such as Spider One, Al 3, Adam 12 and M 33.

Schooling fish 'explosion'

Robinson focuses on future

Calloway to miss several weeks

Dogs' offensive line may start freshmen

Former local standouts to face off on national TV

Did it have to come to this?

QB Kanell brings depth to Falcons

Dwight looking for bigger role

Bulldogs, Gamecocks welcome freshmen

Running backs together again

Manget ready for college induction

Augusta Heat look to remain undefeated

Freshman motivated by father's memory

Minnesota postcards coming in
All I had to do was mention I needed some vacation postcards from Minnesota, and the mailbox was quickly full.

Space-aged effects create interesting sound

School year to bring lots of changes

Guide to Richmond County schools

In the know

Private schools guide

By special request

Uniform, grooming policies inaugurated

Fun is only a day's drive away

Teen's Web site has some strong words for fans of country music

Bus routes information

New principals will greet Aiken students

Aiken schools consider security for new year

Performing arts season promises variety, excitement

Preparation can relieve pupil anxiety

Some schools to get new leaders

Faith digest

Guide to Aiken County Schools

Augusta broadcaster to be honored for 45 years of service

Schools want to begin year on right path

God cleans your permanent record but asks for change

After-school programs can fill fast

Volunteers' work is difficult but rewarding

Guide to Columbia County schools

School officials urge early start on children's immunizations

Wildflowers can be used without looking too wild

Money not top priority for Summer Jam

Fashion forward

Plant sickness calls for detective work

New headmaster plans technology upgrades

County schools will see some new faces

Norwood begins campaign fund-raising for 2000
ATLANTA -- U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood raised almost $250,000 toward his re-election campaign during the first six months of this year with no Democratic opponent even in the race.

One guilty, two freed in slaying

Norwood begins campaign fund-raising for 2000

Area briefs: Swainsboro man drowns in river
A Swainsboro, Ga., man drowned Thursday when his truck slipped into the Ogeechee River in Midville, authorities said.

Officials inspect silo fire
MONETTA -- It will take sev-eral weeks to determine what caused an explosion that ripped the roof off a concrete silo and injured 10 Amick Farms workers.

Bible class approval challenged
ATLANTA -- A battle of almost biblical proportions may be brewing in the Bible belt.

Women find hurdles in clergy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Rev. Patricia Small refuses to dwell on the disadvantages a female pastor faces in the pulpit.

Martinez Fire Department getting busier
With almost half its firefighters now certified emergency medical technicians, the Martinez Fire Department is becoming busier responding to medical emergencies in Columbia County.

Missing girl found unharmed

Area child care center to pay asbestos fine
The owners of an Augusta child care business will pay $3,000 in fines involving violations of state laws governing disposal of asbestos, a carcinogen often found in older buildings.

Area child care center to pay asbestos fine

Schools utilize inmates
Richmond County school officials say hiring state prisoners for maintenance duties saves thousands of dollars each year.

Museum will receive $50,000 grant

Harlem bans outdoor watering
The town of Harlem instituted a total outdoor watering ban Thursday in response to the dry weather -- and possibly a ruptured water main.

Farmers still waiting
No one is out of the woods yet -- certainly not the people in the fields. Area farmers may have dodged a bullet when summer's arid weather was broken by fits of rain several weeks ago, but the searing, triple-digit heat that followed the showers has them holding their collective breath again.

Road safety in Aiken County declines
AIKEN -- Sue Townsend won't be surprised if the state constructs an accident reconstruction substation in Aiken County sometime soon.

This day in history: August 7

Missing girl found unharmed
MERRIWETHER, S.C. -- It was probably classic curiosity that led 4-year-old Temple Weidman to wander from her rural Edgefield County home at lunchtime Thursday.

Courthouse annex still going up

Students seek voice over fees
ATHENS, Ga. -- Hoping to function like junior lawmakers and lobbyists, some student leaders at the University of Georgia want full say in how more than $800,000 in student activity fees is spent at the school each year.

Candidate has enough signatures

Officers receive thanks

A look at the 20th Century: 1960

Women find hurdles in clergy

Harlem bans outdoor watering

Depot to add poker if allowed

Schools utilize inmates

Farmers still waiting

One guilty, two freed in slaying
A jury Friday convicted the man whom John Lambright named as his killer before dying, but the jury acquitted two other men who also faced murder and kidnapping charges.

Museum will receive $50,000 grant
A $50,000 tourism grant through the Convention and Visitors Bureau will make up for lagging income in gifts, admissions and memberships to the Augusta-Richmond County Museum, director Scott Loehr told trustees Thursday.

State considers raising dropout age
ATLANTA -- State education officials swear Georgia's school dropout problem is improving, but Gov. Roy Barnes and members of his reform commission may wind up recommending the General Assembly raise the mandatory attendance age anyway next year from 16 to 18.

Schools toughen vaccination rules

Courthouse annex still going up
A year ago Jim Whitehead made a promise. As chairman of the Columbia County Commission he told taxpayers a courthouse annex would be built for $11 million. Despite new construction estimates of $14.6 million, he intends to keep his word.

Cards list signs of abuse

Lawyer: State panel clears Dohrmann

State considers raising dropout age

Scientist settles libel lawsuit against author
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- A libel lawsuit filed by a Cumberland Island resident against author Nevada Barr and her book publisher has been settled out of court.

Area briefs: Man imprisoned for statutory rape

Cap'n Sandy still remembered

Scientist settles libel lawsuit against author
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- A libel lawsuit filed by a Cumberland Island resident against author Nevada Barr and her book publisher has been settled out of court.

Officials inspect silo fire

Officers receive thanks
AIKEN -- It took them a while to get around to it, but the New York City Police Department has officially thanked two Aiken County officers for helping them close a murder case -- 2 1/2 years ago.

Martinez Fire Department getting busier

Lawyer: State panel clears Dohrmann
Former Columbia County schools Superintendent Tom Dohrmann has been cleared of wrongdoing by the state's Professional Standards Commission, his attorney said Friday.

Corps of Engineers halts fish-kill talks

Depot to add poker if allowed
AIKEN -- South Carolina customers of Depot Food Stores could always count on one thing:

Bible class approval challenged

Schools toughen vaccination rules
Tony Blake, 15, of Aiken, maintains his composure as Jennifer Smoak, a nurse with the Aiken County Health Department administers one of three shots Tony needs to attend school.

Official wants cooling-off period

Area briefs: Man imprisoned for statutory rape
An Augusta man who pleaded guilty Friday to having sexual relations with a 11-year-old girl who became pregnant received a 10-year prison sentence.

Road safety in Aiken County declines

Corps of Engineers halts fish-kill talks
The Army Corps of Engineers has halted negotiations with South Carolina over a possible settlement to an 11-year-old lawsuit involving fish kills caused by Russell Dam's reversible turbines.

Candidate has enough signatures
AIKEN -- With more than 300 signatures more than the required 1,026, Scott Singer has taken the first step to getting on the ballot as a petition candidate for the South Carolina Legislature.

Cards list signs of abuse
Signs to look for when investigating child abuse may seem simplistic, but officials say its new quick-reference card could help save a child from an abusive situation.

Gospel journey
BEECH ISLAND -- Armed with demo tapes and a couple dozen original gospel songs -- just in case producers and promoters are there -- a community youth choir of teens from all over Aiken County is redefining the term ``joyful noise'' in Chicago.

Official wants cooling-off period
ELBERTON, Ga. -- An Elbert County commissioner who must have a sheriff's deputy escort him whenever he enters the commission office says he hopes it will soothe strained relations between himself and other county officials.

Gospel journey

Some sizes hard to find
Short, tall, big or small, some parents in Richmond County are having a hard time finding the sizes they need to dress their children in school uniform colors.

Cap'n Sandy still remembered
SAVANNAH -- Before remote control, cable and color there were only two Savannah stations forecasting the weather. But only one relied on the chemistry of such characters as a big, moody clam that hated to give up the tide information and a seagull whose wardrobe would cue the next day's forecast.

Some sizes hard to find

Ms. Ora Mae Doores
Ms. Ora Mae Kenner Doores, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willie Norman Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Norman Sr., 74, of 133 Blackmon Farm Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Lake Crossing Health Care Center.

Mr. W.D. Anderson
Mr. W.D. ``Andy'' Anderson, 71, of Martinez, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Henry Wheelis
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Nolan Wheelis, 83, of 1927 Freeport Court, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999.

Mrs. Ella Dunn
Mrs. Ella Evans ``Pump'' Dunn, 63, of 7131 Old Winfield Road, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Clarence Rentz
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mr. Clarence Rentz, 87, of 754 Brown-Mobley Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Mavis Barron
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mavis Cook Barron, 85, of 405 N. Main St., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Johnson County Nursing Home.

Ms. Elizabeth Chambers
Ms. Elizabeth Chambers, 62, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia, Hospital.

Ms. Lola Mae Roberson
WADLEY, Ga. -- Ms. Lola Mae ``Granny'' Roberson, 95, of 206 Washington St., died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Thelma Thigpen
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Thelma Thigpen, 72, of Rout 2 Box 285-C, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Georgia Baptist Hospital, Atlanta.

Mr. Joseph Newman Sr.
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Joseph E. Newman Sr., 82, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Margaret Gardener
Ms. Margaret ``Gardenhire'' Gardener, of 2740 Blount Ave., died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Pink Green Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Pink Green Sr., 73, of 1054 Williston Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Gloria Perkins
Ms. Gloria A. Key Perkins, 47, of 407 Artmus St., died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Washington Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Tully
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Virginia Tully, 80, of 316 Landing Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.

Mr. James Roundtree Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. James Roundtree Jr., 22, of 1174 Rosier Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Sylvester Odom
Mr. Sylvester ``Buster'' Odom, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Ms. Maxie Allen
STILLMORE, Ga. -- Ms. Maxie Allen, 50, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Mr. James Witt
LANGLEY -- Mr. James Phillip Witt, 61, of P.O. Box 216, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Corley
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Mr. William Hardin Corley, 52, died Saturday, July 31, 1999.

Sister Marie Regulska
ASTON, Pa. -- Sister Marie Damian Regulska, 58, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, in Assisi House.

Mrs. Juanita Wallace
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Juanita Wallace, 72, of Hunter Run Apt. 215, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Glisson
MANASSAS, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Maude Glisson, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mr. Alvin Smith
GOUGH, Ga. -- Mr. Alvin Smith, 62, of 2881 Drone Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Andrew Wright
Mr. Andrew Wright, 89, of 4170 Deans Bridge Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Logan
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Lee Logan, 54, of 10200 U.S. Highway 1 S., died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Opal Johnson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Opal Watts Johnson, 79, of 248 Talatha Church Road, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Estelle Howington
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Estelle Hooks Howington, 84, of 822 E. McCarty St., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Evelyn Jenkins
AIKEN -- Ms. Evelyn Jenkins, 57, of 1201 Gray Mare Hollow, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Essie Wicker
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Essie Wicker, 65, of 202 Martin Luther King St., died Saturday, July 31, 1999, in Omaha, Neb.

Mrs. Freddie Mae Coleman
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Freddie Mae Edwards Coleman, 70, of Route 1 Andrew Coleman Road, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Jessie Schwartz
READING, Penn. -- Mrs. Jessie Lee Schwartz, 76, of 125 N. 10th St., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Reading Hospital.

Mr. Daniel Simpson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Daniel Warren Simpson, 82, of No. 8 Woodlawn Court, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Lewis
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Lewis, of 439 Corker Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Fannie Thomas
BATH -- Mrs. Fannie M. Griffin Thomas, 83, of 262 Duncan Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Annie Felder
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Annie Bell Felder, 91, of 827 Lodge Circle, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Bamberg County Hospital.

Mr. Anthony Romeo
Mr. Anthony ``Tony'' Romeo, 76, of 2520 Brookshire Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Providence Hospital, El Paso, Texas.

Mrs. Mary Ann Garrison
THOMSON -- Mrs. Mary Ann Garrison, 69, of 305 Thomas Ave., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Elsie Burke Health Care Facility.

Mr. James Witt

Mr. Joseph Newman Sr.

Mr. W.D. Anderson

Mrs. Thelma Thigpen

Mrs. Annie Glisson

Ms. Evelyn Jenkins

Mr. Andrew Wright

Mrs. Mary Ann Garrison

Mr. Anthony Romeo

Mrs. Estelle Howington

Mrs. Opal Johnson

Ms. Maxie Allen

Sister Marie Regulska

Mr. William Corley

Mrs. Annie Felder

Mr. Robert Logan

Mrs. Ella Dunn

Mrs. Fannie Thomas

Ms. Lola Mae Roberson

Mrs. Mary Tully

Mr. Henry Wheelis

Mr. Alvin Smith

Mr. Clarence Rentz

Mrs. Jessie Schwartz

Ms. Ora Mae Doores

Ms. Gloria Perkins

Cuban high jumper denies drug use

A Russian's reminder of God's greatness
TATYANA FABRICHNAYA'S first trip to America was a 30 hour marathon beginning in her home town of Valekey Novgorod (a city so old that when it was founded, Christopher Columbus was trying to convince someone to loan him a fleet of ships). Because of last-minute schedule changes, Tatyana, a 39-year-old mother of three, did not meet her translator, Nicolina Nekrashevitch, until they landed in Augusta. In Atlanta, Tatyana had 19 minutes to catch her connecting flight. She made it. Her luggage did not.

Offers insight on aging and driving
The answer to the question posed in the article, ``When are you too old to drive?'' (Aug. 1), varies from person to person, as people tend to age in different ways at various rates. Karen Monaco, Augusta

Blasts letters for `specious voodoo'
It is absolutely incomprehensible to me that a legitimate news service would sully its editorial page with letters that consist of little more than chicken bone omens and hysterical augury. Jon Apple, Augusta

Hits commissioner over water woes
If you live in Augusta-Richmond County Commission District 4, don't vote for Richard Colclough. A vote for an incum-bent is a vote to stay on water restrictions. Michael W. Wilkins, Augusta

Hits golf official for waiving rule
The Region Cup Golf Tournaments in the Central Savannah River Area are a great way for the area amateur golfer to participate in competitive environment. I recently participated in the Camillia Classic at Belle Meade Country Club and I thought thetournament was well run with one exception. Steven D. Chapman, Evans

Aiken stop justified
The Aiken County Sheriff's Department was looking for a 37-year-old hardened felony suspect. The people stopped in their car were 11, 18 and 19 years of age.

Ridicules `family values debate' idea
It must have been a conspiracy to get Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and David Bell's pictures side by side in the same newspaper. Hate to say it, but Mr. Bell is the prettier of the two. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown

Ruminates on review board dispute
I just completed my time as chair of the Augusta-Richmond County Human Relations Commission ... (and) would like to address some issues from my service related to the Sheriff's Civilian Review Board proposal. I am sad to say people still do not search out information about things. They are satisfied with a 30-second blip or editorial com-ment. This puts all the responsibility on the media or the poll of the moment when it should be on an informed citizenry. James C. Murray, Jr., Augusta

Wants a woman to be president
... It is we, the people, who choose and elect office bearers in government at different levels -- from the county to federal level. ... Champak C. Patel, Martinez

Hits publication of gunman's `plan'
Have we as a civilization lost completely our yardstick for decency? Susan Schepens, Augusta

Chides governor's military record
Gov. George W. Bush, R-Tex., who wants to be president, says heis a compassionate conservative. Well, of course he is. I will bet he has been one since he graduated from Yale University in 1968. That was a real bad year in Vietnam. Richard Renew, Martinez

The erratic magistrate
It's time to glimpse again into the strange world of Richmond County Chief Magistrate William Jennings III.

A Russian's reminder of God's greatness
TATYANA FABRICHNAYA'S first trip to America was a 30 hour marathon beginning in her home town of Valekey Novgorod (a city so old that when it was founded, Christopher Columbus was trying to convince someone to loan him a fleet of ships). Because of last-minute schedule changes, Tatyana, a 39-year-old mother of three, did not meet her translator, Nicolina Nekrashevitch, until they landed in Augusta. In Atlanta, Tatyana had 19 minutes to catch her connecting flight. She made it. Her luggage did not.

The tawdry Clintons
Just when the nation thought it would be focusing on Al Gore, George W. Bush and a host of other 2000 presidential candidates, Americans are again reminded that it has a dysfunctional ``first family'' that says it wants ``privacy'' yet insists on still talking about their sex lives.

Defends `independent' in Dist. 81 race
Please accept my response to the July 31 letter, ``Blasts candidate over Confederate flag issue.'' R. A. DelCastilho, Aiken

Ordinance to be costly?
While we sympathize with Mayor Bob Young and five Augusta commissioners who provided the votes for passage of a controversial home-size ordinance, we think that, in this case, City Attorney Jim Wall and dissenting Commission member (and attorney) Steve Shepard may be right.

Ban Bible history in Ga.?
Is Jesus Christ a towering historical figure who told great parables contained in the Bible? Does this renowned teacher have one of the world's major religions named for him? Isn't the world's calendar even dated backward and forward from His birth?

Supports candidate of `good character'
For several weeks, all types of letters have appeared concerning the Republican candidates running for House Seat 81. Some havebeen letters of praise while others were intended solely for the purpose of hurting a candidate. This was ridiculous and did nothing but cloud the real issues. Larry O. Vaughn, Aiken

Urges display of Ten Commandments
Displaying the Ten Commandments on the walls of our schools is very appropriate and brings things into proper perspective. The violence in our schools has a direct link to the lack of instruction in the biblical law of God. Rev. Anthony Stephens, Waynesboro

Overtime: Men's soccer team ranked No. 20

Unconventional golfer breaking records

Overtime: Ex-Pacer Franklin named assistant USC Aiken coach

Andretti at home in Indianapolis

Surprised Green takes third qualifying spot for Brickyard

Source: Atlanta Olympic documents point to scholarships, trips

NBA roundup: Hardaway to Suns

Els, Mediate, Pernice share lead

Narcolepsy gene found
BOSTON -- Scientists believe they have discovered a genetic flaw deep within the brain that causes narcolepsy, the bizarre disorder that makes people fall asleep without warning.

Forecaster still expects busy hurricane season
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Despite a slow start, this still could be a busy hurricane season, a prominent forecaster says. In his final update for the season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, William Gray of Colorado State University predicted there will be 14 named storms, nine hurricanes and four intense hurricanes.

System backup needs depend on computer usage
You're certain that your computer's hard drive will never go bad. You're never going to do something so idiotic as accidentally erasing a batch of your most critical data files. You fear no virus.

New cable channel will show how to Do It Yourself
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Inspired to start a garden or remodel your kitchen? Home & Garden Television's latest venture promises to tell you how -- on the air and on the Web.

Nuclear powers urged to reverse growing dangers
UNITED NATIONS -- The nuclear powers, especially the United States, must take the lead to reverse the growing nuclear dangers that threaten international stability in the 21st century, a panel of nuclear experts said in a report Wednesday.

Let online pharmacy clients beware
WASHINGTON -- If you recently bought an at-home AIDS test called EZ Med over the Internet, expect a letter from the government urging you not to use it. That AIDS test is illegal and, worse, studies show it can't detect the deadly virus as it claims.

Employing the environment
Savannah River Site workers once relied on toxic solvents to clean machinery at the nuclear weapons complex.

Mothballed reactor to float through Portland on way to grave
RAINIER, Ore. -- Entombed in concrete and 6-inch steel, the radioactive reactor of the largest U.S. nuclear power plant ever to be shut down was loaded onto a barge Friday for a 270-mile river journey right through the heart of Portland.

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Mothballed reactor to float through Portland on way to grave

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