Oliver has little to laugh about

Braves down ailing Astros

Braves down Astros, 5-3

Disney won't sell Angels

Augusta thrashes Red Stixx

Few changes to All-Century team

Strike a possibility

Five grand slams in one day for first time

Braves down Astros, 5-3

Braves notebook: Smoltz happy with sidearm delivery

AL pitchers suspended

Missing the obvious

Free products online

Free products online
Adam Prentice, a Web entrepreneur working out of his home in Ottawa, Canada, has hit on the perfect price for the 1,000 products listed on his Internet site: Nothing.

Deadline nears for filing taxes

Lawsuit against State Farm Insurance Co.

Bellmann won't seek position
Just three weeks after the abrupt resignation of the chief professional officer of the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area, the group has appointed an interim chief.

Nickel calls spark price war
Americans are being offered the lowest long-distance rates in history as phone companies jockey for customers whom they can sell other services such as local and wireless calling.

Bellmann won't seek position

Security Federal says net income is up

Additional business news
Interest rate scare keeps stocks falling...Apartment giant posts gains...Bank of America to lend $3 billion...EPD reduces low-sulfur fuel plan...Blue Cross hearing postponed...

Lawsuit against State Farm Insurance Co.
When Peggy Frey picked up her newly repaired Ford Mustang from the body shop recommended by her insurance company, she found the hood didn't fit and the headlights were loose.

MCI problem cripples some ATMs' data services
CHICAGO -- A glitch in MCI WorldCom Inc.'s data transmission network has partially disabled thousands of automated teller machines and restricted market trading of corn, soybeans and financial futures.

Security Federal says net income is up
Aiken-based Security Federal Corp., parent company of Security Federal Bank, reported a 4.4 percent increase in second-quarter earnings Friday.

MCI problem cripples some ATMs' data services

Deadline nears for filing taxes
The post office likely won't be swamped with taxpayers filing federal returns this week. The Internal Revenue Service is not expecting a surge of activity at its offices.

Additional business news

Additional business news
Dow closes down as interest rates soar...Jolly Green Giant returns...Most HMOs lost money in 1998...American, pilots still disagree...Agency considers GM recall...Merck drug wins federal OK...Amazon, Times settle over list...

Additional business news

Nickel calls spark price war

Work survey
Contrary to politically correct sentiments of the 1990s, money still matters -- a lot.

Work survey

This day in history: Aug. 10
1994: Superior Court Judge John H. Ruffin of Augusta was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Early educators left legacy
The older one gets, the more the mind has a tendency to pause and reflect back to the innocence of childhood school days. These days of long ago are cherished around Grovetown and other parts of Columbia County.

Florist's fortunes tied to city's
It's the cycle of life: Everything that blooms eventually dies. When Catherine McKeown Braid locks the door of her flower shop for the last time, it will signal the end of a business whose seeds were planted in a private garden at the end of the 19th century and flourished during downtown Augusta's heyday.

Lowcountry students help repair slave cabins
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One of the slave cabins at McLeod Plantation looks surprisingly new. But the story of its recent repair involves more than replacing its asphalt shingle roof with red cedar shingles, more than rehanging its door and shutters, more than repainting its clapboard siding.

Correction

Keep Bible course

Bus safety concern

Hits Clinton on taxes, gun control

Notes quality of expressway work

ABA invite a disgrace

No aliens in Ga. schools

Blast idea to close lock and dam

Pleads for an end to the nightmare

Urges votes for `principled' candidate

Likes `experienced' Dist. 81 candidate

Cites biblical tattoo taboo

Norwood bill advances

Blames shootings on `lies' of teachers

Wants voters to decide S.C. flag issue

TNN reaches out to pro-wrestling fans
NEW YORK -- What does pickin' and grinnin' have in common with bone-jarring wrestling? We're about to find out.

In the Know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Every Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked on Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Stickers could help prevent painful burns
It's difficult to tell sometimes when you've had too much sun, but a new product, SunSpots, may help change that. Manufacturers of the 1-inch, bandagelike sticker claim it can reveal how much sun exposure a wearer has had.

Fans celebrate Hitchcock
NEW YORK -- On Aug. 13, make that Friday the 13th, Alfred Hitchcock would have turned 100 years old. His portly shadow has never loomed larger.

Singer says she's ready
TIMOTHY WHITE/JIVE RECORDS

Mixing it all up
How about upside-down omelets for an ``upside-down day''?

In the know
WWF STOCK: In response to World Wrestling Federation's announcement of a public stock offering, The Augusta Chronicle conducted a poll Sunday to see which of the two WWF superstars would be more popular with potential investors: Dwayne ``The Rock'' Johnson or Stone Cold Steve Austin.

O'Leary teaches crash course

Vikes won't say if rookie can return

Watkins shuffled inside offensive line

Gamecocks lineman back with team

NFL round up: Anderson to meet with Falcons

Clemson to start full workouts

Former Bulldog gets another chance

NFL round up: Green happy to be in camp

Competition drives senior

No sign of Jamal

Southern begins practice

Falcons notebook: Team gains a player

Missing the obvious
For example, on Friday I offered this riddle: ``Luke had it before. Paul had it behind. Matthew never had it all. All girls have it once. Boys cannot have it. Old Mrs. Mulligan had it twice in succession. Dr. Lowell had it before and behind and he had it twice as bad on his behind as before.''

Stickers could help prevent painful burns

Singer says she's ready

In the Know

Fans celebrate Hitchcock

Mixing it all up

TNN reaches out to pro-wrestling fans

In the know

Hotel tax agreement reached
Columbia County Commission and the Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau have compromised on a contract for the next two years.

Florist's fortunes tied to city's

Aiken council rejects housing plan
AIKEN -- In a decision greeted by thunderous applause from an adamant crowd, Aiken City Council on Monday unanimously rejected a plan for housing near the field where spring and fall steeplechases are run.

Stable expects to move
AIKEN -- Walmac Stable, winter quarters and spring training site for Walmac International thoroughbreds, is probably leaving Aiken after five years as a mainstay in the horse district.

Committee votes to rebuild Laney-Walker district's housing

Increase sought for speed limit
SAVANNAH -- People making the tedious interstate drives from Savannah or Augusta to Atlanta could get there quicker if legislation being pushed by a Chatham County lawmaker increasing the speed limit passes next year.

Hotel tax agreement reached

Casting call for local children
AIKEN -- More than 70 local children converged on KC Productions Tuesday, hoping to parlay 15 seconds in front of a camera into 15 minutes of fame.

Residents to receive tax break
Columbia County residents will pay a little less in taxes next year.

Plan could mean greater public safety
AIKEN -- Like a magician with an ace up the sleeve, the City of Aiken is promoting a plan to save a quarter of a million dollars a year while putting more public safety officers on the street.

Doorman adds historical flair to new hotel
SAVANNAH -- George Howard is a doorman. He has been one for most of his life.

Yellow water was avoidable, official says
Augusta's utilities director said Tuesday that the recent water discoloration in south Richmond County may have been prevented had utilities workers used the proper chemical to prepare a newly added well.

Committee to support Laney-Walker revitalization project

Drowned man linked to area crimes
Law enforcement officials have linked a man who drowned while fleeing Columbia County sheriff's deputies Monday to 30 area burglaries.

Board loses authority

Cocaine traffickers plead guilty
Three men accused of conspiring to traffic heroin and cocaine as part of a drug network in the Augusta area pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday.

Area hopes plans benefit in long run

Harlem restores watering
Water restrictions eased somewhat for Harlem residents Monday. A outdoor watering ban issued last week was lifted, returning residents to odd-even watering days, city officials said.

Local school systems offer guarantee
ATLANTA -- Trying to dispel the notion that they're sending universities ill-prepared students, state Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko announced Monday that 49 local systems will guarantee the quality of their college-prep graduates.

No way on the one-way
AIKEN -- City officials are prepared to say ``no way'' to a one-way street in front of Highland Park Country Club to accommodate golfers and swimmers who use its facilities.

Smoldering silo thwarts probe

Board loses authority
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- It was Inez Tenenbaum's first meeting with the Allendale Board of Education since her agency wrested control of the ailing schools, and the news she delivered Tuesday wasn't easy for some to swallow.

Alligator escapes swamp

Early retirement plans near approval
ATLANTA -- A key Board of Regents committee Tuesday gave its blessing to an early retirement plan aimed at helping whittle down a projected $22.5 million shortfall at the state's teaching hospital.

Opening statements begin in slaying trial

Area hopes plans benefit in long run
Ollie Mae Williams sat on a friend's porch near Laney-Walker Boulevard on Tuesday, pointing at her decrepit home situated between two boarded-up shacks.

States refuse to take over old dam

Officials to seek Allendale board's input
board's input Superintendent tells school panel members she wants their aid although they have no power

Doorman adds historical flair to new hotel

One-way solution gets veto
AIKEN -- City officials are prepared to say ``no way'' to a one-way street in front of Highland Park Country Club to accommodate golfers and swimmers who use its facilities.

Site finds man listed on bracelet

Residents march against crime
Car horns honked, red-white-and-blue streamers attached to the cars danced in the wind, emergency flashers blinked and neighbors shouted and waved.

This day in history: Aug. 10

School board agrees to add armed officers
In the new school year, Columbia County students can expect to see armed officers on campuses and a stricter dress code.

Alligator escapes swamp
SAVANNAH -- When Rebecca and Evette Ward pulled up to their house just after noon Monday and saw two Savannah police cars, they feared the worst.

Officers to carry guns in schools
In the new school year, Columbia County pupils can expect to see armed officers on campuses and a stricter dress code.

Close call
Loretta Amerson of Graniteville describes how she avoided the full impact of a five-car accident at the junction of South Carolina highways 119 and 19 on Monday afternoon. Thomas Crow, a corrections officer from Trenton Correctional Institution, was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers after a five-car accident at about 2:30 p.m.

Lane hog
A manufactured home blocks the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 on Tuesday at the Savannah River, causing a traffic jam in the westbound lane.

Expected hopefuls in race
AIKEN -- There were no surprises Monday when candidates had their last opportunity to file for three Aiken City Council seats.

Area briefs: Man found guilty of robbery, murder
A jury found an Augusta man guilty Tuesday of taking part in the Oct. 16 armed robbery and murder of Bernon Raborn.

Committee votes to rebuild Laney-Walker district's housing
Residents of Augusta's Laney-Walker Historic District must support an effort to rebuild their neighborhood if it is to succeed, a federal official warned local leaders Monday.

Three plead guilty to drug charges
Three men accused of conspiring to traffic heroin and cocaine as part of a drug network in the Augusta area pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday.

Harlem restores watering

Hearing is delayed in child-killing case

Expected hopefuls in race

Residents to receive tax break

Stable expects to move

Residents march against crime

Cocaine traffickers plead guilty

Area briefs: Man found guilty

Schrenko gives guarantee

School starts
Summer vacation has ended early for students in many Georgia and South Carolina counties. Today, students in McDuffie County return to class, joining students in Lincoln and Edgefield counties who started Monday and McCormick County students who went back Friday.

Schrenko gives guarantee
ATLANTA -- Trying to dispel the notion that they're sending universities ill-prepared students, state Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko announced Monday that 49 local systems will guarantee the quality of their college-prep graduates.

Officers to carry guns in schools

Linder builds war chest for 2000

Yellow water was avoidable, official says

Aiken council rejects housing plan

Plan could mean greater public safety

Close call

Three plead guilty to drug charges

Robbery suspect drowns

Casting call for local children

Drowned man linked to area crimes

Officials to seek Allendale board's input

Defense lawyers question possibility of impropriety

Opening statements begin in slaying trial
As soon as Bernon Raborn pulled into the Scottish Inn parking lot, he was marked as a victim, a witness testified Monday.

Counselor helped during crisis

Defense lawyers question possibility of impropriety
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Two pretrial issues remain, but attorneys expect Garry Deyon Johnson's death penalty trial to begin Aug. 23 as scheduled.

Officials seek early retirement

School starts

Lowcountry students help repair slave cabins

Area briefs: Ex-superintendent says he won't sue

Early retirement plans near approval

Local school systems offer guarantee

Area briefs: Man found guilty
A jury found an Augusta man guilty Tuesday of taking part in the Oct. 16 armed robbery and murder of Bernon Raborn.

Man to plead guilty to murder
An Augusta man scheduled to stand trial this week will instead plead guilty, attorneys announced Tuesday.

Site finds man listed on bracelet
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As a young woman, Barbara Fiebelkorn thought often about the man whose name was engraved on a POW bracelet she wore. She imagined possible horrors but mostly held out hope.

Hearing is delayed in child-killing case
An 8-year-old homicide of an Augusta boy remains in limbo as a hearing for the man accused of the killing, William ``Junior'' Downs, was canceled Tuesday.

Area briefs: Ex-superintendent says he won't sue
Former Columbia County schools Superintendent Tom Dohrmann said Monday he feels vindicated by a ruling from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and that he doesn't plan to sue the schools system.

Committee to support Laney-Walker revitalization project
Despite discontent from some Augusta commissioners about a private corporation overseeing millions of dollars in revitalization funds for blighted areas of the city, the administrative services committee voted to support the project Monday and directed City Manager Randy Oliver to develop a funding proposal.

Smoldering silo thwarts probe
A week after an explosion rocked a grain silo at Amick Farms in Saluda County, the silo still smolders, preventing investigators from searching for a cause.

Area briefs: Man found guilty of robbery, murder

Richmond County hires EMA chief
After four months of searching, Augusta named David Dlugolensky as director of the Richmond County Emergency Management Agency.

Richmond County hires EMA chief

Officials seek early retirement
In an effort to cure a $22.5 million deficit, Medical College of Georgia officials will ask today for an early retirement package that could save the school and hospital more than $9 million a year.

Counselor helped during crisis
ATHENS, Ga. -- When T. David Fletcher assumed a job as a student ombudsman at the University of Georgia in 1967, appendectomies were among the scariest situations that students faced.

Early educators left legacy

School board agrees to add armed officers

Increase sought for speed limit

States refuse to take over old dam
Georgia and South Carolina have joined the growing list of governments that don't care to own the aging New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Robbery suspect drowns
A 41-year-old Thomson man drowned in Thurmond Lake early Monday while attempting to elude deputies.

Linder builds war chest for 2000
ATLANTA -- U.S. Rep. John Linder is building a huge campaign war chest this year even though no Democrat has stepped forward thus far to challenge the four-term incumbent in 2000.

One-way solution gets veto

Lane hog

No way on the one-way

Grand jury indicts former teacher
A Richmond County grand jury indicted a former Aquinas High School teacher on 61 criminal charges, accusing her of systematically stealing more than $200,000.

Grand jury indicts former teacher

Mrs. Hazel Haskell
Mrs. Hazel Faye Haskell, 61, of 3619 Nassau Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999.

Mr. Tito Segar
Mr. Tito Q. Segar, 19, of 1750 Essie McIntyre Blvd., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Louell Anderson
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Louell R. Anderson, 83, of 4751 Wrightsboro Road, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Dennis Havens Sr.
HARLEM -- Mr. Dennis Lloyd Havens Sr., 58, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Wendell Morris
BROOKLET, Ga. -- Mr. Wendell Morris, 69, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Frances Bailey
Mrs. Frances J. Young Bailey, 72, died Monday, Aug. 10, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Bennie Burch Sr.
Mr. Bennie W. Burch Sr., 68, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. David Loghry
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. David Lloyd Loghry, 35, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Williams
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise P. Williams, 91, of 217 North Racetrack St., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at Metter Nursing Home.

Mrs. June Brooks
Mrs. June Levitt Brooks, 78, of Martinez, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Bessie Mae Stapleton
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Bessie Mae Tanner Stapleton, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999.

Mr. Willie Pierce
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Andrew Pierce, 70, of 521 D. Fair St., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mr. Willer Mercer
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Waders Mercer, 70, of 330 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999.

Mr. John Donaldson
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. John W. Donaldson, 66, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Oscar Butler
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Robert Oscar Butler, 90, of 1574 South Carolina Highway 121 N., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Helen Hillman
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Hillman, 76, of 6886 Hillman Road, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Wilbur Williford
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Wilbur K. Williford, 43, if 2052 Georgia Highway 102 W., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Viola Glover
Mrs. Viola Evans Glover, of 2826 Wheeler Road, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Douglas Grady
ROCKAWAY BEACH, N.Y. -- Mr. Douglas R. Grady, 72, of 323 Beach 88th St., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999.

Mr. Anthony Latimer
Mr. Anthony Ruben Latimer, of 2401 Bellemeade Court, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Steven Campbell
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Steven Campbell, infant son of Willie and Geneva Campbell, of 2072 Lakeview Drive, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. David Hutto Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. David A. Hutto Sr., 49, of 512 Stephens Mill Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Nancy B. Curtis
Mrs. Nancy B. Curtis, homemaker, of 1358 Dewitt St., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at her residence. She was 108.

Mr. Ocie Campbell
HARLEM -- Mr. Ocie Ola Campbell, 79, of Byrd Road, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mrs. Lisa C. Brown
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Lisa Cleveland Brown, 30, of 6091 Georgia Highway 23 S., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Agnes Shelton
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Agnes Moats Shelton, 86, of 226 Broad St., died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Dennis Havens Sr.

Mrs. Hazel Haskell

Mr. Willie Pierce

Mrs. June Brooks

Mr. Bennie Burch Sr.

Mrs. Helen Hillman

Mrs. Viola Glover

Mr. Willer Mercer

Mr. Anthony Latimer

Steven Campbell

Mr. Douglas Grady

Mrs. Agnes Shelton

Mrs. Louise Williams

Mrs. Nancy B. Curtis

Mrs. Bessie Mae Stapleton

Mr. Tito Segar

Mr. Ocie Campbell

Mr. David Hutto Sr.

Mrs. Frances Bailey

Mr. David Loghry

After-school Ga. funding should be based on merit
OFTEN IN THE past five years the critics of Georgia State Superintendent Linda Schrenko have used their most vicious accusations to declare that she ``injected politics into education.'' (As if she would be the first and only one to ever do so.) And, unfortunately, some of the most emphatic of these critics have been appointed by Gov. Roy Barnes to the state Board of Education.

More than just a number
WHEN I APPLIED to college four years ago, the first thing I wrote down was my nine-digit Social Security number. When I graduated this May, it was the last thing I wrote down before receiving my diploma. During my senior year it was a crucial bit of information that I could repeat in a split second on the regular occasion that a bartender doubted my baby-faced 21 years.

Bus safety concern
A recent Georgia State Patrol inspection of school buses in area counties reminds us of state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko's incessant warnings that the General Assembly, while funding education at record levels in key areas, has foolishly cut transportation monies for local districts in recent years.

More than just a number
WHEN I APPLIED to college four years ago, the first thing I wrote down was my nine-digit Social Security number. When I graduated this May, it was the last thing I wrote down before receiving my diploma. During my senior year it was a crucial bit of information that I could repeat in a split second on the regular occasion that a bartender doubted my baby-faced 21 years.

After-school Ga. funding should be based on merit
OFTEN IN THE past five years the critics of Georgia State Superintendent Linda Schrenko have used their most vicious accusations to declare that she ``injected politics into education.'' (As if she would be the first and only one to ever do so.) And, unfortunately, some of the most emphatic of these critics have been appointed by Gov. Roy Barnes to the state Board of Education.

ABA invite a disgrace
What a sorry spectacle to see the once-great American Bar Association on Monday honor, and feature as its main Atlanta convention speaker, the impeached president of the United States. That's like inviting an atheist to address a convention of Christians.

Notes quality of expressway work
It has been quite some time now that work began on improving the Bobby Jones Expressway. I do not recall any letters concerning this project, either pro or con. I would like to be the first to comment, and offer a very well deserved ``'Atta Boy!'' to Knox-Rivers and their construction team. Jim Rice, Martinez

Correction
The headline on the Aug. 9 letter by Phillip A. Williams was incorrect. It should have read, ``Defends Norwood's vote for bill.''

No aliens in Ga. schools
The Georgia Board of Regents is scheduled to vote today on Chancellor Stephen Portch's seven-year plan to meet the educational needs of Hispanic students.

Columbia Co. secrecy
It's good that Columbia County commissioners are scrambling to keep the new courthouse annex within the $11 million cost promised last year when local taxpayers OK'd a 1-mill tax increase to pay for the annex and jail expansion. But it's not so good the way they're going about it.

Hits Clinton on taxes, gun control
For those who feel that President Clinton can better spend their money than they, I have to ask, ``whose money is it?'' If you are overcharged at a place of business such as the supermarket, do you not feel that you are due the money back? Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Blames shootings on `lies' of teachers
Some people wonder why some students become angry and take up a weapon, such as a gun, and start blasting away. The answer is simple. Faber Hance, North Augusta

Backs `conspiracy theorist' in race
After reading Will Tinney's letter concerning the candidates running for District 81, I am moreconfident than ever about my choice for the job. Mr. Tinney states that the main reason he won't vote for Rebekah Sutherland is that she is a ``conspiracy theorist'' who gives the socialists too much credit. Dr. William James Reid III, Aiken

Pleads for an end to the nightmare
The photographs of Caitlyn Cawthorn's life fill two albums, countless frames and one of many boxes designated to hold the most precious keepsakes of our time together. Meredith Laney, Augusta

Likes `experienced' Dist. 81 candidate
I have been watching the South Carolina House District 81 race and seen several letters supporting Skipper Perry because he is the only qualified candidate! Robin Loftin, Aiken

Blast idea to close lock and dam
We read with great concern the latest articles about the possibility of closing the Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. As we understand it, the potential shutdown of the lock and dam will cause the Savannah River water level to drop 5-6 feet W. T. (Sonny) Goldston and Polly Goldston, Aiken

Dohrmann vindicated
Dr. Tom Dohrmann, who quit as Columbia County's school superintendent rather than fight allegations from Board of Education members Ray Hicks and Debbi Brooks, has received vindication.

Norwood bill advances
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and his bipartisan allies -- which includes every physician or dentist in Congress -- appear closer than ever to passing a significant managed care reform bill.

Keep Bible course
Georgia's Board of Education is receiving growing criticism of a proposal banning Bible history courses as a state-approved elective. There will be a move to table the motion tomorrow, but trustees should vote on the state school superintendent's recommendation to retain the course.

Cites biblical tattoo taboo
Re the July 28 article, ``Think before you ink; tattoo removal is costly'': Georgia H. Redd, Augusta

Urges votes for `principled' candidate
Will Tinney, in his Aug. 4 letter, tries to compare the three candidates running for S.C. House District 81. This is impossible to do if you don't have the facts correct. Betty Christensen, Aiken

Wants voters to decide S.C. flag issue
It is as wrong for whites to show discrimination against blacks as for blacks to do the same against whites. But why is it that if a white has an opinion that differs from some blacks it's ``discrimination?'' Roger P. Nelms, Aiken

Duval no longer a mystery

Golfers want payment for Ryder Cup

Medinah braces for championship

Nations bid for 2006 World Cup

Burrell, Eschmeyer sign with Nets

NASCAR team members fired after racial prank

Overtime: Dalis coxes junior boat to silver medal

Stevenson begins tuneup for U.S. Open

Overtime: Card finalized for upcoming boxing show

Sleeping pill you can take in the middle of the night may hit market
NEW YORK -- Insomniacs may soon have a sleeping pill they can take in the middle of the night with less fear of being groggy in the morning.

Many are ready for last solar eclipse of millenium
RAMNICU VALCEA, Romania -- In the rolling hills of central Romania, a soothsayer prepared Tuesday to chase out the demons of greed and scientists made final adjustments on their telescopes in expectation of the last solar eclipse of the millennium.

Disease may have caused extinction
ATHENS, Ga. - The wave of extinction that wiped out mammoths and other big North American mammals 13,000 years ago may have been caused not by human hunters, as commonly believed, but by disease epidemics, a noted scientist suggested at a conference at the University of Georgia.

State Board of Education to consider new science standards
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The State Board of Education is expected to vote this week on whether evolution should be left off a list of topics on statewide assessment tests in science for high school students.

Microsoft: monopolist or capitalist?
WASHINGTON -- In their final pre-verdict arguments, the federal government and 19 states alleged Tuesday that Microsoft Corp. engaged in a broad pattern of unlawful conduct to maintain its lucrative ``desktop paradise'' in the computer software market.

Stale air may have sickened crew, but doctor says it was `no big deal'
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Stale air inside NASA's new space station may have sickened astronauts on the last supply run, but the doctor on board says the headaches, nausea and dry, itchy eyes were ``no big deal.''

Regulators allege abuses by day-trader firms, say most traders losing
WASHINGTON -- Securities day traders, most of them heading for losses, are being misled by host firms that promise them quick riches and make improper loans to keep them trading, state regulators contended Monday.

AIDS in babies plummets since introduction of prenatal AZT therapy
CHICAGO -- The number of babies who got AIDS from their mothers dropped by two-thirds between 1992 and 1997, largely because of prenatal treatment with the drug AZT, a new study found.

HHS resumes lobbying over transplant policy
WASHINGTON -- Armed with a supportive report by an independent scientific panel, the Clinton administration is asking Congress to allow its policy on organ transplantation to take effect.

Stamp purchases now available online
WASHINGTON -- No need to leave home to buy stamps any more. The Postal Service on Monday launched PC Postage, a stamp that can be printed through personal computers.

Wired for wisdom
Scenario No. 1: You're a college freshman. Your term paper for English 101 is due tomorrow. It's raining. The computer lab nearest your dorm is halfway across campus, and it closes at midnight. You check your watch. It's 9:03 p.m. You head out into the rain and pray you can get the thing written in time.

Wired for wisdom

Bad situation could get worse for young mother

Lilith Fair trip a wonderful way to cap off summer

The big screen
BOWFINGER: Steve Martin plays down-on-his-luck movie producer Bobby Bowfinger, who, in a desperate attempt to snag Hollywood's hottest star, Kit Ramsey (played by Eddie Murphy) for his next film, begins stalking him and filming his everyday life.

Bad situation could get worse for young mother
''I dropped out of school, got married and had a baby. Now my husband's strung out on drugs, but he says he'll change -- like he always has. I want to know if I should go back to him.'' -- 18-year-old Hephzibah girl

The big screen

Changes ahead for graduates -- and new seniors
It was only 9:30 a.m., but the sun glared down as intensely as noon that Saturday morning as I stepped out of my ca

Your Style

Lilith Fair trip a wonderful way to cap off summer
So what if I didn't get tickets in time for Rockfest? And who cares if I had no possible way to get to Woodstock? I got to go to the concert event of the year -- Lilith Fair.

Your Style
THE FACTS: Bryna Casey, 16, junior at Wardlaw Academy in Edgefield County, S.C.

Changes ahead for graduates -- and new seniors

Disease may have caused extinction

Many are ready for last solar eclipse of millenium

AIDS in babies plummets since introduction of prenatal AZT therapy

State Board of Education to consider new science standards

HHS resumes lobbying over transplant policy

Stamp purchases now available online

Microsoft: monopolist or capitalist?

Regulators allege abuses by day-trader firms, say most traders losing