Promotions of the past and future(?)

Coors Field no fun for pitchers, coaches

Promotions sacred to local team

Braves notebook: Smoltz prepares for Thursday start

Braves dismantle Rockies pitchers

A painful loss in Denver

Jones hopes to end slump

A painful loss in Denver

Don't just look at the numbers

Greenjackets regain power

Definitions can imitate modern life

Business briefs: New computer made for business
NEW YORK -- Major makers of personal computers are uniting with computer chip giant Intel Corp. as they seek to crack the market for business machines that manage heavy-duty computing tasks, such as processing millions of transactions.

Cinema to open in November
Regal Cinemas is hoping to open its 20-screen theater at the Augusta Exchange in November, the company's director of marketing said Monday.

Boral considering Augusta

Additional business news
Dow up 73.14...UPS to charge against earnings...Judge tosses AOL e-mail suit...Russia's industrial output up...Venator to divest some businesses...MCI WorldCom offers free service...Sony, Nintendo cut console prices

Regions Bank names new leader
Regions Bank's top executive in South Carolina, John C. Troutman, also will oversee operations for the metro Augusta area starting Jan. 1.

Harrah's entertainment bids to acquire Players International
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Harrah's Entertainment Inc. announced today that it has made an offer to acquire Players International Inc. in a cash deal worth approximately $272 million.

Consumer Prices Rise Slightly
WASHINGTON -- Higher prices for gasoline and airline fares helped nudge consumer prices a modest 0.3 percent higher in July, the Labor Department reported Tuesday, in line with expectations and a further sign that inflation remains muted in a vibrant economy.

Boral considering Augusta
Augusta is on a short list of cities being considered by Boral Industries Inc. -- the parent company of local subsidiary Boral Bricks -- as the site of a new clay paver-making facility.

Alcoa taking bid to shareholders
RICHMOND, Va. -- Spurned by the board of Reynolds Metals Co., Alcoa Inc. is taking a hostile $4.2 billion takeover bid directly to Reynolds' shareholders.

Regions Bank names new leader

Business briefs: New computer made for business

E-Trade to offer after-hours trading

Harrah's entertainment bids to acquire Players International

Cinema to open in November

Consumer Prices Rise Slightly

Fund-raiser report expected
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce President Jim West will report the results of a $3.5 million fund-raiser for area economic development and unveil a new plan today at the organization's monthly board of directors meeting.

Fund-raiser report expected

E-Trade to offer after-hours trading
NEW YORK -- ETrade Group Inc. plans to offer after-hours trading through Instinet, bringing the Internet's second biggest pool of investors to the busiest and safest market for buying and selling stocks when regular exchanges are closed.

Alcoa taking bid to shareholders

Additional business news

Boat races evolve
Outboard racing in the Augusta area continued to grow in popularity during the 1950s and 1960s, with events moving from Lake Olmstead in the western part of the city to Clarks Hill Lake -- known today as Thurmond Lake.

This day in history: Aug. 18
1972: A U.S. District Court judge refused to issue a stay delaying the start of the third phase of a plan to integrate Richmond County's elementary schools.

Boom towns started small
The Evans area has experienced growth rates unmatched in other parts of Columbia County except by her sister community of Martinez.

Warns of `puppy mills' in Augusta

More cattle futures?

A bad IDEA

Buying votes in Iowa

Pardoning terrorists

Protests dress code won't ensure safety

Clarify panel code

Blasts telephone marketers' calls

GOP primary

Correction

Presents case opposing `whipping'

Tomato, tomahto
Whether you buy them at roadside stands, or are lucky enough to have a bumper crop in your backyard garden, August is tomato time. This week and next I'll give you ideas to help you enjoy the season's tomato bounty.

Companies investing in child care
It was a nightmare, working-mom variety.Tori Mannes had a new job as vice president, community and media relations, for Chase Bank of Texas in Dallas. She hired a full-time nanny to care for her three children, who range in age from 4 to 9.

Toymakers hope children will spot hottest new trends
WASHINGTON -- At the KinderCare Learning Center in suburban Reston, Va., Joumani Bryant-Brooks tries to connect a few plastic pieces. His brows knit in concentration. He squirms. A soft sigh. And then two small hands toss the toy parts onto the table in a fit of pique.

Style shows owner's commitment
Ron Paleschic guns the gas, sending fuel flooding through the big 500 cc Cadillac engine of his customized 1951 Lincoln. A crowd begins to gather. He pumps it again and, grinning like the kid who got the coolest bike on Christmas morning, he pushes a button on the car's console. Blue and orange flames jump from the flared chrome tailpipes, first the right, then the left, then both together. The gathered throng, a mix of car enthusiasts and diners at the Sonic drive-in on Washington Road, is suitably impressed.

In the know
More than 128 million pairs of shades were sold in the United States in 1998, according to the Sunglass Association of America, based in Norwalk, Conn.

In the know
PRICE CHECK: 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 Tuesday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

NFL round up: Freeman becomes NFL's highest-paid receiver

Anderson may see action Saturday

NFL round up: Dye improved after extensive surgery

Georgia Tech suspensions

President greets champion football team

Competition at an unlikely position

QB tries to move on after fumble

Area football: What to expect

Football today: Reports from around the SEC

Levens is back, looking better than ever

A look at Alabama

Christian at full speed after surgery

Definitions can imitate modern life
The world is changing more quickly than we can keep up. Culture mutates. Action coagulates. Interaction frustrates. Words, for instance, don't mean what they used to.

Tomato, tomahto

In the know

Toymakers hope children will spot hottest new trends

In the know

Companies investing in child care

Legislators support regional health care
Augusta legislators said Monday they are willing to form an agency to promote regional health care and research in Augusta as an economic development tool. A study committee on regional health care and the future of Medical College of Georgia, meanwhile, took a step forward by voting to look at the possibility of working together on cancer treatment and the creation of a cancer center.

City lessens restrictions on watering
Sunday's rain in Augusta brought welcome relief to lawns and gardens -- and to city water officials, allowing them to lift a outdoor watering ban Monday for part of south Richmond County.

Population of state prisons is growing
ATLANTA - Georgia's prison population grew twice as fast last year as in 1997, bucking a national trend that saw a slowing in inmate growth.

Local towns grow over time
When Robert Auclair moved to Grovetown 34 years ago, half of the roads in Grovetown were dirt, there was one filling station and the community was known as Trailer Town. Things are different these days. Where Augusta ends and Grovetown begins is blurry -- no longer a drive from city to country.

Boat races evolve

Area briefs: Alcohol suspected in accidents
Alcohol is suspected in two fatal accidents Tuesday morning, police said. Anthony Askew, 31, of Waynesboro, was killed when he apparently lost control of his car and ran into a utility pole in the 1900 block of Tobacco Road just before 1 a.m., said Maj. Larry Vinson.

Domino's named in 3 lawsuits
AIKEN -- The mother of an 11-year-old Aiken girl killed by a car after darting across a busy two-lane highway in February filed three lawsuits Monday against Domino's Pizza and the deliveryman who was driving the car.

Boom towns started small
The Evans area has experienced growth rates unmatched in other parts of Columbia County except by her sister community of Martinez.

Family faces more charges
Five more burglary charges have been brought against a woman whose husband drowned while eluding authorities last week.

City agrees to buy flood-damaged home
Augusta commissioners settled the claim of a Riverlook Drive couple Tuesday whose house was flooded for the third time when the city's faulty 42-inch water line broke June 19.

Area watering limits
A water ban has been lifted for neighborhoods between Bobby Jones Expressway and Spirit Creek from U.S. Highway 1 to Doug Barnard Parkway. Residents in these areas must follow even-odd restrictions. However, they can water only one hour on the designated days.

District employs former principal
ALLENDALE, S.C. - In three short weeks, 43 teacher vacancies have been filled in Allendale County, one of them by Richard Terlizzi, a former North Augusta High School principal who admitted to embezzlement there.

3rd trial begins for ex-official

Aiken officer prepares for Kosovo
AIKEN -- Looking for adventure and accepting the promise of $100,000 in tax-free money, an Aiken public safety officer has quit the force for a spot on the international peacekeeping force headed to war-torn Kosovo.

Feathering the nest

Perry wins lopsided primary
AIKEN -- Robert S. ``Skipper'' Perry took Tuesday's Republican primary in a rout, winning 20 of 21 precincts in South Carolina House District 81 and out-distancing his nearest competitor, Kathryn Kling, by 40 percentage points.

Volunteers are needed for training

Police stop comes under attack
AIKEN -- Jimmy Green wants to meet face to face with Sheriff Howard Sellers to talk to him about his son. The father of 11-year-old Brandon Green appeared before Aiken County Council on Tuesday night to voice his concern about an incident that happened in mid-July on South Carolina Highway 302.

Feathering the nest
BELLVILLE, Ga. - Joel Thompson is protective of his flock. When visitors come to poke their heads into his 20,000-square-foot hen houses, they must first submit to Mr. Thompson's precautionary measures.

3rd trial begins for ex-official
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Like players reading a well-rehearsed script, attorneys began questioning witnesses in federal court Tuesday in the third Operation Lost Trust trial of former state Rep. Larry Blanding.

Lost sales costly to area store
Managers at Winn-Dixie said that a recent court order suspending the store's beer and wine license already has proved costly.

Cleanup resumes at dump site

Volunteers are needed for training
At a time when the number of people relying on Golden Harvest Food Bank for help is increasing, the nonprofit organization's cash contributions are down 15 percent from last year.

Family faces more charges

Declining payments threaten care
Augusta legislators said Monday they are willing to form an agency to promote regional health care and research in Augusta as an economic development tool. A study committee on regional health care and the future of Medical College of Georgia, meanwhile, took a step forward by voting to look at the possibility of working together on cancer treatment and the creation of a cancer center.

Legislators support regional health care

District employs former principal

Undecided natural gas users receive random assignment

Aiken officer prepares for Kosovo

City lessens restrictions on watering

City approves company for development

Tank's leak stops work on water line

Declining payments threaten care

Boom towns started small

Police urge prevention as anti-burglary priority
Lashondra Hagin found her home ransacked, her jewelry missing, her china smashed, the Christmas presents she bought for her children stolen. There were no suspects and no witnesses -- just a broken window. She is one of hundreds in Augusta who have been burglarized. Few of those cases are ever solved, because often, the thief is never found.<

President of ASU makes annual address

County's water tank filling up

Local towns grow over time

Plan of action needed
SMYRNA, Ga. - Georgia students may be tested in middle and high school to indicate if they are on the right track to college or a job after graduation.

Perry wins lopsided primary

Area briefs: Woman killed in I-20 car wreck
A woman died late Sunday in a wreck on Interstate 20 East near McDuffie County.

Police stop comes under attack

Fish kill findings released
After a decade of debate -- and $34 million in environmental tests and related programs -- the Army Corps of Engineers is ready to operate Russell Dam's reversible hydropower turbines.

Ups and downs

Up and away
A crane was used to lift an air conditioning unit over the roof of Augusta Christian High School to replace one that quit working Friday during orientation. Students in one of the school's buildings had to make do with fans in the classroom on their first day back in school. The new unit will be operational today.

Workers train for radioactive accident

City lessens restrictions on watering

This day in history: Aug. 18

City lessens restrictions on watering
Sunday's rain in Augusta brought welcome relief to lawns and gardens -- and to city water officials, allowing them to lift a outdoor watering ban Monday for part of south Richmond County.

Tank's leak stops work on water line
A leaking underground gas tank that halted work on a Columbia County water main last week should have been cleaned up a decade ago -- but wasn't.

County's water tank filling up
Billy Clayton waited weeks to hear the sound of water spilling into Columbia County's new 5 million water tank.

President of ASU makes annual address
Officials at Augusta State University are examining all aspects of their academic programs with an emphasis on student success.

Domino's named in 3 lawsuits

Area briefs: Alcohol suspected in accidents

Lost sales costly to area store

Workers train for radioactive accident
AUSTELL, Ga. -- As the first line of defense, truck driver Mark Beene is well versed on how to handle an accident with his cargo of radioactive waste.

Commission prepares to accept annex bids

Commission prepares to accept annex bids
Columbia County commissioners say they hope to have the plans for a courthouse annex ready for bids next week -- even if a group of judges and other elected officials does not approve of the design.

City agrees to buy flood-damaged home

Ups and downs
SAVANNAH -- In the seven years he's been pushing the buttons and twisting the dials that make the Islands Expressway drawbridge go up and down, Don Wilson has passed the time waving to boat captains, feeding the homeless and hiding from angry drivers backed up in traffic.

Aiken judge postpones murder trial
AIKEN -- A judge agreed Monday to delay the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing three social workers in North Augusta in 1996.

Cleanup resumes at dump site
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Hercules Inc. has resumed work at its outfall canal and adjacent waterways to remove an estimated 25,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated with toxaphene.

Experiment could mean safer driving conditions

Undecided natural gas users receive random assignment
ATLANTA -- A computer early Monday picked a retailer for 286,000 natural gas users who couldn't make up their minds about who they wanted to replace Atlanta Gas Light Co.

Experiment could mean safer driving conditions
A new program, called Operation Drive FREE of Fear, means special teams of troopers will beef up patrols in Aiken County, working with other local law enforcement agencies to saturate areas known for higher numbers of crashes.

Coast gets disaster relief aid
SAVANNAH -- Six weeks after the rainiest day Savannah has ever seen, the U.S. Small Business Administration will make available money for low-interest loans to those without flood insurance to repair damage from the deluge.

Area watering limits

Aiken judge postpones murder trial

Area briefs: Woman killed in I-20 car wreck

Fish kill findings released

City approves company for development
NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta's plan to turn its riverfront into the city's calling card got a boost Monday night when a Maryland firm was chosen to plan a strategy to develop the central riverfront district.

Plan of action needed

Up and away

Boom towns started small

Coast gets disaster relief aid

Lawyers argue for casinos
Attorneys for gambling vessel owners say state law does not outlaw them

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Mr. Joseph Zimmerman Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Joseph A. Zimmerman Sr., 75, of 112 Taylor St., died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Hazel Hodges
Mrs. Hazel Brown Hodges, 75, of 2603 Bellevue Ave., died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Evelyn Hood
Mrs. Evelyn Miriam Hood, 84, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Alphonso Wooden
Mr. Alphonso ``Al'' Wooden, 50, of 3446 Applejack Terrace, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Victoria Winning
Mrs. Victoria L. ``Vickie'' Winning, 31, of 503 Fairfield Way, Evans, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Jack Dodgen
Mr. Jack Allen Dodgen, 68, of Idlewilde Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Ollie Hightower
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Ollie Hightower, 64, of 243 Mosely Road, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, in Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Homer Lazenby
Mr. Homer Lazenby, 82, of 1481 Wrightsboro Road, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ethel Walling
CORDELE, Ga. -- Mrs. Ethel Mae Walling, 93, of 902 Blackshear Road, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Charles Vaughn Sr.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Edward Vaughn Sr. died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at Oconee Medical Center.

Mr. Cephas Rodgers
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Cephas Rodgers, 76, of Pine Grove Road, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.

Mr. Donnie W. Murray
Mr. Donnie W. Murray, 74, of 1306 Bruce St., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Jason
Mrs. Dorothy I. Brown Jason, 68, of 1543 Wilder St., died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Thomas Pisarsky
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Thomas Jay Pisarsky, of 303 N. James St., died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999 at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Roy Cooper
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Roy Cooper, of 4747A U.S. Highway 25 N., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. James Ford
Mr. James A. Ford, 83, of 2502 Sedgefield Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mrs. Lorraine Thomas
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Lorraine Jones Thomas, 35, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Richland Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Lurline Baxley
SALLEY -- Mrs. Lurline Williams Baxley, 89, of Salley Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Silver Springs Long Term Care.

Mr. Lucius Nimmons
AIKEN -- Mr. Lucius ``Duke'' Nimmons, 83, of 166 Hedge Road, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Beverly Health Care Center.

Mrs. Bertha Evans
THOMSON -- Mrs. Bertha Crawley Evans, 77, of 604 O'Neal St., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. India Edwards
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. India Muns Edwards, 91, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Louis Laurence Jr.
ATLANTA -- Mr. Louis E. ``Lee'' Laurence Jr., 29, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, in Westfield, Mass.

Mrs. Betty Sousa
Mrs. Betty Epps Sousa, 53, of 3425 Ray Owens Road, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Geneva Lovett
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Geneva Lovett, of 11J Brentwood Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Peter Carignan
AIKEN -- Mr. Peter Frances Carignan, 41, of 955 Osbon Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.

Mr. Louis Laurence Jr.
ATLANTA -- Mr. Louis E. ``Lee'' Laurence Jr., 29, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, in Westfield, Mass.

Mrs. Bobie Lloyd
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Bobie Grayson Lloyd, 78, of 203 Washington St., died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Rowena Radford
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Rowena Bowen Radford, 89, of 140 Tucker St., died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Letha Bellamy
CONWAY, S.C. -- Mrs. Letha Grace Bellamy, 92, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at Kingston Nursing Center.

Mr. Ralph Woolley
Mr. Ralph W. Woolley, 74, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.

Mr. W.F. Babb
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Wade Floyd ``W.F.'' Babb, 93, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999.

Rev. Lawrence Hightower
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The Rev. Lawrence Hightower, of 242 Murrah Road, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Rex Stewart Sr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Rex Allen Stewart Sr., 40, of 2079 Hephzibah-McBean Road, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.

Damari Spruill
Damari Trajan Spruill, infant son of Tamara Spruill, of 3122 Bellmeade Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Royce Still Sr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Royce Randolph Still Sr., 81, of Reynolds Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Providence Hospital.

Mr. Ronald Luke
Mr. Ronald Howard Luke, 40, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Stella Canady
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Stella Edenfield Canady, 88, of 103 Legion Drive, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Martha Gilmore
THOMSON -- Mrs. Martha Gilmore, 70, of 3039 Cobbham Road, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Odell Williams
AIKEN -- Mr. Odell Williams, 62, of 909 Cox Ave. N.W., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Lucius Nimmons

Mrs. Betty Sousa

Mrs. Ethel Walling

Mrs. Lurline Baxley

Mr. Odell Williams

Mr. Charles Vaughn Sr.

Mrs. Lorraine Thomas

Mr. Royce Still Sr.

Rev. Lawrence Hightower

Mr. Homer Lazenby

Mrs. Hazel Hodges

Mr. W.F. Babb

Mrs. Bertha Evans

Mrs. Rowena Radford

Mrs. Evelyn Hood

Mr. Thomas Pisarsky

Mrs. Stella Canady

Ms. Geneva Lovett

Mrs. Dorothy Jason

Mr. Alphonso Wooden

Mr. Ronald Luke

Damari Spruill

Mr. Cephas Rodgers

Mr. Rex Stewart Sr.

Mr. Roy Cooper

Mrs. Letha Bellamy

GOP primary
This is a reminder to informed GOP voters in South Carolina House District 81 to fulfill your civic responsibility today and cast a ballot in your party primary for one of the three conservative candidates seeking to succeed the late Rudy Mason.

Castigates Clinton's `art' of misleading
Re misleading and lying: Is there a difference? William G. Hatcher, Augusta

Protests dress code won't ensure safety
I am a 15-year-old student at Harlem High School. It has recently been brought to my attention that the Columbia County School system has decided to change our dress code, thus making it stricter than what it was before. It has been said that they are doing this for our ``protection." Amanda Tudor, Harlem

More cattle futures?
Even though the president and first lady got lots of help from taxpayers in their sundry legal battles, the Clintons are still up to their necks in $6 million or more in legal fees owed to private lawyers.

Optimism over schools difficult when funds don't find way into classrooms
CONCERNING JEFF Annis' Aug. 9 guest column, I, too, hate writing a column that will make a few folks unhappy. But the point is, whether he knows it or not, there are already a lot of unhappy folks associated with this school system. He needs to talk to parents, teachers, students, clerks, teacher assistants, maintenance workers, custodians, other staff and taxpayers to enlighten his view.

Praises interim chief of United Way
Congratulations to the directors of the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area in appointing Charles H. Bellmann as its interim chief. J. Robert Richards, Augusta

Blasts telephone marketers' calls
I am seriously perturbed with the constant harassing phone calls by telemarketers. For the past three weeks, I have received numerous calls every day, all hours of the day and night, by an automatic dialer. When I pick up there is a click and it hangs up. To say that this is annoying would be an understatement considering that I addressed this problem last year. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken

Presents case opposing `whipping'
I'm visiting the Augusta area after moving away 10 years ago, and I felt a strong sense of deja vu upon reading the Aug. 11 column by Walter Williams on ``whipping children.'' Nick DeMartinis M.D., Philadelphia, PA

Correction
In the Aug. 15 letter by Dave Stewart, the following suggested question for polygraph examinations inadvertently was omitted:

Chides simplistic view of shootings
This letter is in response to the Aug. 11 letter by Faber Hance on the motives behind school shootings. Karthik Kanakasundaram, Evans

Says abortion out-kills two world wars
Twice in our century this world has been devastated by global war killing 20 million in the first instance and about 55 million in the second. Yet the greatest loss of life has not been a result of these catastrophic events. Ralph W. Buchanan Sr., M.D., North Augusta

Pardoning terrorists
Whenever you think President Clinton has sunk his office as deep into the muck of hypocrisy and cynicism as he possibly can, he always manages to find a way to shove it even deeper.

Buying votes in Iowa
Now we know why the GOP presidential straw poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday was ``important.'' It's because the TV pundits said it was.

Jabs `demonization' of Confederacy
This is in response John S. Woodson's Aug. 12 letter. Hugh Williams, Martinez

Clarify panel code
Commissioner Ulmer Bridges is doing a real service by urging his colleagues to clarify the Augusta code regarding appointees to the city's 31 or so boards, agencies and authorities.

Warns of `puppy mills' in Augusta
This letter is a warning to well-meaning folks who advertise small pure-bred dogs to be sold or find these dogs and run an ad. Augusta has ``puppy mills.'' These dog breeders look for someone to sell them a Maltese, poodle, Shih Tzu, or other small breeds that can fit into a cage. Often these dog breeders pose as handicapped or elderly people who want a little dog to bark when the phone rings. B. Butler, Augusta

Blasts attack on S.C. video poker
Our fellow overzealous (anti-gambling) friends have struck again. South Carolina is once again trying to run over the small businesses and force them out of business before the November referendum. R. H. Bevill Jr., Aiken

A bad IDEA
The story, told by Richmond County School Board chairwoman Mary Oglesby, about a first-grade special education student who kept urinating on his classmates because he understood he couldn't be disciplined like his peers, provides a perfect example of why Washington has no business in the nation's classrooms.

Augustans make the cut

Overtime: Georgia opens hoops season at N.C. State

Bring on the lamb

Son of South Korean IOC member defends his name

Caddy turns commentator

Kuchar enjoying amateur golf

Generation Next: Garcia, Park a glimpse of the future

Nebraskans bring soccer diplomacy to Cuba

Overtime: New kidney works so far for Elliott

Comets to stay focused as ailing teammate's condition worsens

Lehman, Pate fill out Ryder Cup team

Blackened sun attracts crowds and wonder across its path
NOYON, France -- Clouds butted in, traffic jammed and people marred the moment trying to reach 90 million miles with their camera flashes. But when the solar system switched off the lights for showtime, eclipsies from Europe and other darkened lands broke into cheers.

Plutonium-powered spacecraft to zoom by Earth on way to Saturn
PASADENA, Calif. -- A two-story, $3.4 billion spacecraft carrying a load of deadly plutonium will zoom within 725 miles of Earth this week to gain momentum for the final leg of its meandering, seven-year voyage to Saturn.

Links to data with no wires
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mobile office workers and Internet addicts take note: Cell phone companies are coming with new services that will connect you the wireless way.

CDC says enhanced efforts needed to eliminate tuberculosis
ATLANTA -- In an effort to stamp out the last remnants of tuberculosis in the United States, federal health officials on Thursday unveiled a plan that calls for new methods of treating and preventing the sometimes deadly disease.

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.

Researcher builds aspirin-size Internet computer
WASHINGTON -- The latest from the cyberworld: an aspirin-size computer that, embedded in household appliances, could let people on the road or at the office use the Internet to cool their homes, heat coffee and tape TV shows.

FBI launches online fingerprint-ID system
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Police and judges in 15 states no longer have to worry about releasing fugitives and repeat offenders because they lack information about a suspect's criminal history, FBI officials said Tuesday.

Report: Only three states cleared for Y2K troubles
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Only Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota have completely tested their computer systems and are ready to face the new year without fear of potentially dangerous Year 2000 glitches, according to a federal report released Saturday.

Oregon utility pitches plan to turn closed nuclear plant into state park
RAINIER, Ore. -- The ill-fated nuclear reactor that many locals believe inspired the oozing, green-glowing plant on ``The Simpsons'' is now inspiration for an offbeat plan: turning the reactor grounds into Oregon's newest state park.

Official: Cleanup top task
Work at Savannah River Site will remain focused on cleanup of pollution caused by former activities there, a site official told a local Sierra Club chapter Tuesday.

Study: New testing system improves detection of Down syndrome
Researchers seeking a safer way to detect Down syndrome in a fetus say combining blood and ultrasound tests from the first and second trimesters would be more accurate than standard screenings and reduce the need for riskier testing.

Teen calendar
TODAY: Mary, a new disc by Mary J. Blige, hits stores. It features appearances by Lauryn Hill, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, K-Ci and Eric Clapton.

Communication best way to solve problem
``My mom shows favoritism toward my little sister. I asked her why she does it, and she says she doesn't show favoritism. But she buys her more things than me, and I don't think it's fair. What should I do?'' -- 16-year-old girl, Augusta

Back-to-school fashion
Bummed about your school's strict dress codes? No baggy pants, no short skirts, no hats, nothing frayed, shirts tucked in ... how will you manage?

The big screen

Race winner thankful for cancer remission
Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong took some time during one of the tour's rest days to chat with fans on yahoo.com. Here are some excerpts:

Communication best way to solve problem

The big screen
MICKEY BLUE EYES: Hugh Grant gets a little closer to the mob than he wants in this comedy about a love affair between an art dealer (Mr. Grant) and an art teacher (Jeanne Tripplehorn), whose father just happens to be a mobster.

Teen calendar

Back-to-school fashion

Race winner thankful for cancer remission

Links to data with no wires

Study: New testing system improves detection of Down syndrome

Blackened sun attracts crowds and wonder across its path

Plutonium-powered spacecraft to zoom by Earth on way to Saturn

Official: Cleanup top task

CDC says enhanced efforts needed to eliminate tuberculosis

FBI launches online fingerprint-ID system

Report: Only three states cleared for Y2K troubles

MCI problem cripples some ATMs, data services

Researcher builds aspirin-size Internet computer

Oregon utility pitches plan to turn closed nuclear plant into state park