Jackets tonight

Braves notebook: Leadoff spot still a dilemma for Cox

Perez drops appeal

Jackets trivia

GreenJackets lose to Sand Gnats

Tony Gwynn gets 3,000th hit

Jackets' Oliver has little to laugh about these days

Maddux pulls Braves past Giants

Jackets rock Red Stixx relievers in 6-4 victory

California honors Padres' Gwynn

Southern travelers hit Florida

Period for gas switch in last days
Natural gas deregulation in Georgia right now resembles a party. It's late in the evening, and the old monopoly provider, Atlanta Gas Light Co., is playing the role of the polite host trying to get the last 400,000 stragglers out the door.<

Additional business news

Period for gas switch in last days

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.

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

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.

Big funds -- too big, or just right?

New plan for Regency Mall

Westinghouse jobs go to top executives

Natural gas costs increase

Interest rates may rise due to strong employment

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

On the move
Mary Anne Coussons has been named executive director of the Watson-Brown Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation.

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.

Business briefs: Business honor nominees sought
The Small Business Council of the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 1999 Small Business Person of the Year.

Big funds -- too big, or just right?
NEW YORK -- The Fidelity Magellan fund has become the first mutual fund to reach $100 billion in assets, but for investors, the milestone is more than just another record high and round number -- it offers them an opportunity to reflect on big funds and whether it's smart to be in them.

Natural gas costs increase
Lower prices through increased competition was one selling point that state officials used for natural gas deregulation.

This day in history: Aug. 8
1960: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $5,316,147 contract for the construction of Hartwell Dam to Minneapolis firm Johnson, Drake and Piper Inc.

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

A look at the 20th Century: 1961
At age 43, John F. Kennedy became the youngest president of the United States and the first Roman Catholic ever to hold that office.

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.

Blasts editorials on visa cap, PBS

Wants better news coverage for Heat

DA deserves new office

Ban Bible history in Ga.?

Tells 'rest of the story' of slavery

Hits golf official for waiving rule

Hands off Taiwan!

Defends `independent' in Dist. 81 race

Praises 'Neighbors' article on quilts

Backs leash law and stiff fines

Pan Am athletes excel, but beware the cigars

Blasts letters for `specious voodoo'

Supports 'search for the truth' in case

Mountains provide escape
BAR HARBOR, Maine -- Large granite stones that define the edges of the historic carriage roads at Acadia National Park are sometimes referred to by locals as ``Mr. Rockefeller's teeth.''

In the know
It's a collision of two of the biggest pop culture phenomena of the 1090s: stock market mania and wrestlemania. On Tuesday, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc. announced it will have a public offering of stock.

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.

Surprise: Norman nominated for hall of fame
HALL CALL -- Augusta native and international opera star Jessye Norman is a 1999 nominee to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Ms. Norman, who lives in New York, is nominated in the Mary Tallent Pioneer Award category.

Explorers still search for phantom islands
For more than four centuries, men of adventure have been drawn to South America in search of legendary lands and lost kingdoms.

Washington monument
James Woodall moved from Atlanta to Washington, Ga., three years ago, seeking a quieter, simpler life. But when he bought and renovated a downtown retail building, he hitched a ride on a time machine that would blast him back 184 years.

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.

Gentling a Wild Spirit
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- They recognize the wild streak in each other, the boy and the horse in the round pen where both are being gentled.

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.

Shower request is rude, tacky
Dear Carson: We have quite a situation with my sister-in-law, who is expecting her first baby.

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.

Falcons, Chargers have a lot in common

LT reflects on life at induction

Falcons notebook

Augusta Heat look to remain undefeated

College notebook: Holtz has USC faithful on edge with bowl hints

Freshman motivated by father's memory

Manget ready for college induction

QB Kanell brings depth to Falcons

Bulldogs, Gamecocks welcome freshmen

College football notes

Kelly's greatest challenge

Southern travelers hit Florida
Can you guess what the most popular vacation spot is for Southerners? The answer is Florida, with Orlando, Panama City and, specifically Disney World being the favorite destinations.

In the know

Washington monument

Augusta broadcaster to be honored for 45 years of service

Faith digest

Volunteers' work is difficult but rewarding

Shower request is rude, tacky

God cleans your permanent record but asks for change

Surprise: Norman nominated for hall of fame

Mountains provide escape

Gentling a Wild Spirit

Deputies seek out trouble
Around midnight, small children walk barefoot around the apartment complexes, some carrying their siblings who are still in diapers. Crack addicts stroll down the streets, admittedly high.

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.

Some sizes hard to find

System will link agencies
A $670,000 computer system linking Augusta agencies serving the homeless will help the organizations solve an elusive problem -- counting their clients.

Officers receive thanks

Doctor leaves his practice for 'higher calling'
Soon it will all disappear -- his 26-year career in medicine, his home and most of his possessions. But in its place, Dr. John C. Markham III of Augusta will have a new life and in four years will have a new title: the Rev. John Markham.

Filling up on fried tomatoes

Dogs to search area schools
Bruno stretched his neck and pointed his nose outward, his slim body falling in line behind his nose -- his detector -- trailing a scent like an army of fire ants trekking up and into their red-hill home.

This day in history: August 7

Riverside principal to join central office
Riverside Middle School Principal Charles Nagle will be moving to Columbia County's central office as its newest associate superintendent.

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.

Yellow water upsets residents
Some south Richmond County residents are angry and concerned that they've had bright-yellow, iron-tainted water flowing from their faucets for the past two weeks.

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

Recruiting gone well
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- It's been five years since Carrie Gibbs held a piece of chalk or scribbled a math equation on the blackboard. Five years since she graded a test or kept a pupil after school for flying paper airplanes.

Groups find school alternatives

Groups find school alternatives
ATLANTA -- Anthony Crisafulli of Athens never has taught a public school classroom full of children, but he's hoping to start a charter school for teens behind in subjects such as math and science.

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.

Dogs to search area schools

One guilty, two freed in slaying

Deputies seek out trouble

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

Women find hurdles in clergy

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.

Area briefs: Man imprisoned for statutory rape

Farmers still waiting

Cards list signs of abuse

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.

Schools toughen vaccination rules

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.

Yellow water upsets residents

Courthouse annex still going up

This day in history: Aug. 8

State considers raising dropout age

Riverside principal to join central office

Recruiting gone well

Across the area

A look at the 20th Century: 1960

This week in South Carolina
The Fort Gordon Band performs at 7 p.m. at the Hopelands Gardens lakeside Performing Arts Stage in the park's Summer Concert Series. Picnic suppers are welcome at the free concerts, but alcohol is prohibited. In the event of rain, series performances may be held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center Gym 2 or rescheduled. For details, call 642-7648.

Norwood begins campaign fund-raising for 2000

Zoning request opposed
AIKEN -- Nearly 300 people have signed petitions opposing development of a 33-acre tract of land on the edge of Aiken's horse district.

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.

Zoning request opposed

Lawyer: State panel clears Dohrmann

Doctor leaves his practice for 'higher calling'

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.

This week in South Carolina

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.

Candidates address car tax, poker
AIKEN -- The race for the South Carolina House of Representatives seat held by the late Rudy Mason for nearly three terms has developed into a contest among three Republicans, all of whom call themselves conservative, and one independent who finds fault with both parties.

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.

Across the area
Augusta motorist killed in accident ... Aiken considers lenient terms ... Restaurant damaged by fire

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.

A look at the 20th Century: 1961

Depot to add poker if allowed

Filling up on fried tomatoes
James ``Smitty'' Smith removes freshly fried green tomatoes from a kettle at the Fried Green Tomato Festival at the Country Ranch in Beech Island .

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.

Candidates address car tax, poker

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.

Cap'n Sandy still remembered

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.

Corps of Engineers halts fish-kill talks

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.

Official wants cooling-off period

System will link agencies

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.

Mr. William Dent Sr.
Mr. William L. Dent Sr., the first black bailiff appointed to a Richmond County court, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999. He was 93.

Mr. Jack Rhoads
COLUMBIA -- Mr. Jack Charles Rhoads, 46, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999.

Phillip Crouch
Phillip Avery Crouch, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Kerry Crouch Jr., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Mildred Jenkins
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Mildred Sibert Jenkins, 66, of Cedar Hill Road, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999.

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

Mrs. Carrie Henderson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie Mae ``Ma Carrie'' Henderson died Friday, July 30, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. Joseph Walker
GOUGH, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph ``Bus'' Walker, 99, of Sandy Creek Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mr. Garmon Barnett
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Garmon A. Barnett, 84, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999.

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

Mrs. Eldora Smalley
HARLEM -- Mrs. Eldora Dill Smalley, 88, of 931 Louisville Road, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center, Augusta.

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

Mr. Frank Wheeler
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Frank C. Wheeler, 69, of 1032 Wheeler Road, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, in Burke County.

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

Mr. Edgar Houston
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Edgar Houston, 37, of 319 Stapleton Highway, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

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. George Burt
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Mr. George Dennis Burt, 76, of 576 N. Oakley, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital.

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

Mr. Joseph Simpson
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph Eugene Simpson, 63, of 316 W. Twin Lane, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at his residence.

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.

Ricardo Gross
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Ricardo Santze Gross, 17, of 327 Trout St., died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia 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. Clarence Dunn
Mr. Clarence E. Dunn, 86, of 4116 Columbia Road, Martinez, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at Magnolia Hill Nursing Home, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Eugenia Burns
Mrs. Eugenia Odom Burns died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. Eddie Moye
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Eddie Lee Moye died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at his residence.

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

Zachary Gross
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Zachary Ozell Gross, 11, of 327 Trout St., died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mr. Charles Willis Sr.
Mr. Charles C. Willis Sr., 65, of 1745 Goshen Road, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Gladys Eubanks
Mrs. Gladys Daniels Eubanks, 70, of 2802 King St., died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Lessie Rhodes,
Mrs. Lessie Lee Powell Rhodes, of 1653 Kentucky Ave., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at Beverly Manor. She was 101.

Mr. Edgar Houston

Mrs. Eldora Smalley

Mr. George Burt

Mr. Andrew Wright

Mr. W.D. Anderson

Sister Marie Regulska

Mr. Garmon Barnett

Mr. Joseph Newman Sr.

Mr. James Witt

Zachary Gross

Ms. Lola Mae Roberson

Mr. Charles Willis Sr.

Mr. Eddie Moye

Mrs. Annie Glisson

Mr. Jack Rhoads

Mrs. Opal Johnson

Mrs. Carrie Henderson

Mrs. Mary Ann Garrison

Mr. Anthony Romeo

Mrs. Gladys Eubanks

Mrs. Eugenia Burns

Mrs. Annie Felder

Mr. Henry Wheelis

Mrs. Ella Dunn

U.S. women preserve Pan Am medals run

Savannah weightlifter bring home the gold

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.

Putting the fix in Georgia public education
WOODROW WILSON was once asked why he left the presidency of Princeton University to seek the U.S. presidency. ``I couldn't stand the politics,'' he explained.

Hits critic of 'common sense' stand
Re the July 27 letter by Robert A. Daniels concerning the stand of a South Carolina politician for common sense in protesting the Confederate flag: Paul McLaughlin, Augusta

Putting the fix in Georgia public education
WOODROW WILSON was once asked why he left the presidency of Princeton University to seek the U.S. presidency. ``I couldn't stand the politics,'' he explained.

Thinks cartoon undermines women
This year contains so many great moments for American women: Elizabeth Dole as the first viable female presidential candidate; Hillary Rodham Clinton as the first first lady to make a political career of her own; the American Women's Soccer Team raising the standard for women's sports and sports coverage; Eileen Collins commanding her own space shuttle mission. Laura Noggle, 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

Supports 'search for the truth' in case
Re the July 22 letter by Berry G. Doyle Sr. in which he says it would be an injustice to try Jason Kennedy for a fourth time: Ron Cawthon, Evans

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.

Blasts editorials on visa cap, PBS
What is your intent? ... Do you wish to plunge your readers into ignorance by calling for the end of H-1b visas based on shoddy and self-serving evidence? Do you want to proclaim your sad state of hate by calling for the end of Public Broadcast Service subsidies because of ``leftist'' programs like Frontline? R. Scott Belford, Augusta

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

Tells 'rest of the story' of slavery
I read with interest the July 28 article entitled ``Colonial Williamsburg says slavery program important.'' The program called ``Enslaving Virginia'' was also given coverage on the July 29 Today Show. Since they've brought it up, I hope they will eventually tell the whole story. Glenn Dedmondt, Johnston

Hands off Taiwan!
Visit Communist China, then visit Free China. The latter is located on the island of Taiwan, where anti-Communist forces fled from the mainland in 1949 after being ousted by the Reds.

Rebuts column critical of liberal Jews
Syndicated columnist Mona Charen's latest potshot at liberal New York Jews and Israelis (July 29) is so far off base that one has to wonder why she makes up these facts to justify another attack on Jews and Israelis. Larry Waxman, Martinez

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

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

Praises 'Neighbors' article on quilts
Being interested in handiwork of any kind since kindergarten, it pleased me to read the nice July 28 article in ``Neighbors'' regarding Louise Hollingsworth. Ms. Hollingsworth is to be commended for her dedication in contributing quilts to the Ronald McDonald House. Ellinor E. Reid, Aiken

Wants better news coverage for Heat
The Augusta Heat is unbeaten at 4-0. So why didn't they rate a place on the first page of last Sunday's sports section? A four-liner continued on the back page would be better than nothing. Even Rick Dorsey, who has something to say about everybody, can't even get up the energy to make a comment, and that is rare. Robert E. Owens, Martinez

DA deserves new office
In 1993 the chairman of the County Commission's citizens' committee for space allocation met with new Augusta District Attorney Danny Craig after surveying the one-time bordello at 551 Greene Street serving as the DA'stemporary office. Craig recalls then-chairman Bill Kuhlke emphasizing that a new administration building for the DA and his staff ``is the most pressing need'' and that action would occur ``within 18 months.''

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 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

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

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?

Backs leash law and stiff fines
I am a pet owner and see lots of dogs running wild. My dogs get their shots every year, and when they are sick they go to the vet. When we go away, I pay for them to be cared for. Mary Reese, Thomson

Jarrett gets flag at Brickyard

Andretti at home in Indianapolis

Source: Atlanta Olympic documents point to scholarships, trips

Brickyard 400 notes

Seebold to defend River Race

Augusta's Taylor leads Hooters Tour Classic

Overtime: Curry's leadership skills pay off

Trenton man to cast for $1 million

Els, Mediate, Pernice share lead

Overtime: Ex-Pacer Franklin named assistant USC Aiken coach

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.

Online business was a bright idea
Meet Steven Rothschild, one of the ``Web natives'' leading the great e-tailing charge of 1999. The online commerce light bulb went on for a second time inside his head when the 40-year-old entrepreneur's wife asked him to replace a burned-out bulb in their dog pen.

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.

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.

Ask the computer guy
Q: I have a Pentium 166 desktop computer, and I want to add a Diamond Viper 770 AGP video card to it. Is that new card too advanced for this tired old chip?

Eyes may unlock future
Someday, experts say, your eye may unlock an array of things. The pattern of your iris may replace the password to your computer, the personal identification number to your bank account, even the key to your front door.

Downloadable-music sales expected to surge
Online shoppers are dreaming about the day when they'll be able to easily purchase any song by downloading and then copying it onto a compact disc. No postage. No waiting. No going to the record store. It's instant listening gratification.

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.

Downloadable-music sales expected to surge

Ask the computer guy

Online business was a bright idea

Mothballed reactor to float through Portland on way to grave

System backup needs depend on computer usage

Eyes may unlock future

Let online pharmacy clients beware