Braves win close game

Braves take pitchers' duel

Braves notebook: Jordan may need surgery

Go figure: Irabu Yanks' best pitcher

Madux is set for next start

Owners warn umpires against pending strike

Braves win close game

GreenJackets lose second straight

GreenJackets notes: Team seeks corporate stadium deal

Braves notebook: Jordan may need surgery

Mommy made me into a spy

Residents enjoy amenities
Welcome to the home of Dr. Bill Day and his wife, Jeanie. It's significantly smaller than their former 4,000 square-foot home in Fitzgerald, Ga. Yet they say their Walden Glen apartment in Columbia County has allowed them to maintain their high standard of living in a scaled-down environment.

Balloon-loan may be risky

Balloon-loan may be risky
NEW YORK -- With interest rates up, ``balloon'' mortgages may be looking more attractive to some home buyers searching for ways to bring down expenses.

Area bank celebrates its 10th anniversary

Augusta draws pricey builders
There's a whole new breed of apartments arriving in Augusta. They're wider. They're taller. They have lots of hidden features.

Personal income edges up; spending rises faster
WASHINGTON -- Americans' income crept up in July, while consumer spending rose faster but not at the frenzied pace of earlier this year.

Clarify lease terms with documentation
Get it in writing. That's the best advice Nathan Jolles, an Augusta real estate attorney, says he can give to someone entering into a rental agreement.

Nasdaq may offer after-hours trading
NEW YORK -- With more investors now able to trade stocks after the close of traditional exchanges, Nasdaq is considering whether to use those after-hours deals when compiling each day's ``official'' closing stock prices, a move that would have a huge impact throughout the financial services industry.

Personal income edges up; spending rises faster

Nasdaq may offer after-hours trading

Additional business news

Business briefs: Personnel company opens doors

Business briefs: Personnel company opens doors
Outsource International celebrated the grand opening of its Augusta Tandem Industrial Staffing on Aug. 27. The store, which provides personnel to hospitality, manufacturing and construction businesses, is located at 2321 Peach Orchard Road in Holly Hill Plaza.

Additional business news
FCC gives approval to SkyTel takeover...First Union fires 6 over e-mail...Agency recalls trays, toys...

Tell us about your business success

Area bank celebrates its 10th anniversary
Metro Augusta's largest community bank, Georgia Bank & Trust Co., celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.

Clarify lease terms with documentation

Consumers act against credit card industry
CHICAGO -- Savvy consumers like Barbara Hoffman helped bring Wall Street's wrath down on the credit-card industry this week.

Tell us about your business success
If your business has overcome a hurdle, boosted sales through a unique program, or emerged from a particularly difficult challenge, The Augusta Chronicle wants readers to know about it.

Consumers act against credit card industry

On the move
Joy LaPorte has been elected vice president of SouthTrust Bank.

Augusta draws pricey builders

A look at the 20th century: 1966
The Vietnam War dragged on in 1966, gradually escalating until nearly 400,000 American troops were bogged down in a seemingly endless conflict.

A look at the 20th century: 1967
A Southern minister is traveling for the first time aboard a jet on a flight bound for Chicago. He seems a little nervous, and the stewardess asks if cares for a drink.

Praises the Promise Keepers group

Seeks Augusta Commission leadership

Hits use of meditation in the schools

Sour note on 'Mozart Effect'

Asks who's paying tab for policeman?

Says stations ignore dilemma for blind

Food safety no issue

Hits empty lives of Internet 'addicts'

Probe Handy's charges

Choose biotech approach

Voices support for accused in case

Offers tips for Y2K preparedness

Says inconsistency part of `miracle'

Protests proposed zoning ordinance

Group provides meals, services to children
Daniel LaDow has a heart for young people. Years in youth ministry convinced him that churches are in a great position to reach children and teen-agers, but many don't or can't. Rural and inner-city congregations often lack the time and training to secure grants or other resources for those they serve, he said.

God will not forsake his children
Cemeteries seem to have coined and cornered the use of the term ``perpetual care'' these days. However, to me, it means more than the promise of a clean grave site and dignity in burial. God's care is constant.

Faith digest
Charlie Speight, Georgia Promise Keepers adviser, will hold a workshop from 8 a.m. to noon today for men interested in starting men's ministries.

Digging up history
If you want to learn about Augusta's past, David Whittington's advice is to get a metal detector -- and a good shovel. ``Augusta is notorious for covering up its history,'' he said. ``There's stuff -- lots of stuff -- everywhere. Under parking lots, old houses, office buildings. You'd be amazed.''

Inspiring lifetime
Alvin Oakley knew after his third visit that Macedonia Baptist Church was home. The young minister, pastor of Corinth Baptist Church in the McBean Community, joined the Wrightsboro Road congregation four years ago and became a ``son of the house'' -- a minister who is a member of another church.

The buzz about Bee City
Honeybees may be endangered around the world, but just outside Cottageville, S.C., they're in pretty good shape. Bee City, created by Archie Biering, a retired shipyard laborer and amateur beekeeper, is a safe haven for more than 1 million of the insects. A welcome sign calls the community ``The Sweetest Little Town in the World.''

On my summer vacation ...
It's that time of year again. Time to take The Augusta Chronicle on vacation with you. Include a copy of the newspaper in one of your summer snapshots and send it to us when you get home. And give us a few details about your trip by answering some of the questions below. Feel free to skip a question that doesn't apply, or add your own. We'll run at least one photo/essay each week inside Your Life throughout the summer.

Ancient city may have roots in Europe
Long before the arrival of gold-seeking conquistadores, a mysterious race of blue-eyed warriors with white skin is thought to have ruled vast regions of South America.

Ask Carson: Formal attire best for evening wedding
Dear Carson: I will be attending a 7 p.m. wedding. What would be the appropriate dress for this time of evening? -- Pondering Proper Attire

In the know
Planning a Labor Day trip to the beach, park or lake? Make sure your picnic doesn't put Mom to work on the holiday. Heavenly Ham's new sandwich Pic-Nic-Pak is a complete picnic in a box. It comes with four sandwiches (choice of ham, turkey, ham salad, turkey salad or veggie) and side dishes (potato salad, pasta salad or coleslaw) chips, cookies, soft drinks -- even the plates, utensils and napkins. The price at the Augusta's Heavenly Ham locations is $19.99.

Defense only bright spot in preseason for Falcons

Preseason bowl games will end in 2002

Hornets open season with blowout

Saluda -- 42 McCormick -- 7

Experienced coach guides new team

College notes: Former walk-on now a starter

Heat look to keep perfect record

Falcons lose in stadium debut

Area football briefs: Tigers stage "dress rehearsal"

This coach doesn't need to yell

Younger Holtz's style a bit more mellow

North Augusta tops Strom Thurmond

Prep football recap

Speed, defense help Blackville-Hilda edge Bamberg

Senior all business on the field

Tech's Tillman: One of nation's best safeties

Tight ends could make an impact

Heat struggles to defeat Charlotte

Patriots sign Terry Allen

College football roundup

LA groups scramble expansion deadline nears

College today

USC's Harney to be anchor of front seven

Lions show how to skin Wildcats

Miami ready to rejoin college football's elite

Augusta connectiom leads Savannah State

Mommy made me into a spy
I promised his mother. That's all I can say, really. It's the only excuse I have to explain why I spent several afternoons last week watching the entrance of my 5-year-old son's elementary school.

In the know

Digging up history

Ask Carson: Formal attire best for evening wedding

Group provides meals, services to children

On my summer vacation ...

Faith digest

Inspiring lifetime

Ancient city may have roots in Europe

The buzz about Bee City

God will not forsake his children

Boy awaits donor in battle with cancer
Ho Young Jeon bounds through the living room with a banshee yell and races to a pile of toys. ``I've got a secret weapon,'' he proclaims, then whips out a green plastic gun and sputters out gunfire noises. But the gun can't save him. It will take the bone marrow of a stranger.

Officers organizing Buffalo Soldiers chapter

Richmond county enrollment decreases
For the second year in a row, student enrollment at Richmond County schools has decreased. The decrease bucks the state trend, which says Georgia school enrollment is among the fasted growing in the nation.

Leaders support boycott
COLUMBIA -- The Association of State Democratic Party Chairs has canceled a meeting planned for Charleston, saying it will support the NAACP's proposed boycott of South Carolina until the state removes the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse.

Detention center upgrades classes

Columbia County schools growing slowly

Smaller work force reduces jobless rate
COLUMBIA -- Summertime school layoffs helped South Carolina's jobless rate decrease to 3.4 percent in July.

Richmond county enrollment decreases

Columbia County schools growing slowly
With the 1999-2000 school year underway, Columbia County is seeing its slowest growth for student enrollment in 15 years.

Killer gets 20 years on reduced charges

Jury deadlocked after 7-hour deliberation

Students aid Turkish residents from afar

Woman returns to help workers excavate cemetery

Glynn County wins federal grant for park

Richmond county enrollment decreases

This week in South Carolina

Students aid Turkish residents from afar
ATHENS, Ga. -- Bayran Yuksel, a doctoral student in genetics at the University of Georgia, was eating breakfast last week when he saw a CNN report on the earthquake in his home country of Turkey.

Some see race gerrymandering in boundary

Woman returns to help workers excavate cemetery
When Martha Jones was 12 years old, she'd spend her recess time with her dad.

Historic site stalls highway

Drivers threaten sickout

911 consolidation recommended
Exactly what Sheriff Charlie Webster is afraid might happen if he doesn't stay in control of 911 dispatchers has happened at another Georgia emergency center that was once under control of a civilian director.

911 consolidation recommended

A look at the 20th century: 1966

Black officials support convicted senator
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes' call for suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, D-Savannah, to resign left political leaders of both parties buzzing Friday.

Black officials support convicted senator

Area briefs: Builder, residents settle differences
A lawyer representing residents of Hardy Pointe subdivision mailed a letter to a builder Friday confirming his intention to use to use only stucco and bricks for exterior construction, said subdivision resident Jennifer McKinzie. The builder's acceptance of the letter puts the agreement into effect.

Land offered to Steeplechase Association

Area briefs: Builder, residents settle differences

A look at the 20th century: 1967

Former Aquinas teacher denies fraud charges

Jury clears state agency

Blood donors save lives

Imperial gets royal cleanup

Richmond county enrollment decreases
For the second year in a row, student enrollment at Richmond County schools has decreased. The decrease bucks the state trend, which says Georgia school enrollment is among the fasted growing in the nation.

Detention center upgrades classes
DALTON, Ga. -- When Dana Tolliver launches into a social studies lesson these days at the Dalton Regional Youth Detention Center, she does it with a new textbook in hand.

Former Aquinas teacher denies fraud charges
The former Aquinas High School teacher accused of bilking students and charities out of more than $200,000 pleaded not guilty Friday.

Jury clears state agency
AIKEN -- After wrestling with indecision for nearly 10 hours, an Aiken County jury cleared the South Carolina Department of Social Services of blame Saturday in the 1996 death of a 4-year-old Wagener girl.

Blood donors save lives
AIKEN -- A syringe pricked Christine Huizar's arm, and crimson oozed into the plastic pouch dangling below her chair. And in less than 10 minutes, the 24-year-old biology major saved someone's life.

Some see race gerrymandering in boundary
Once Summerville stretched across most of what is now considered ``the Hill'' and even into the Lake Olmstead area and down to Broad Street, encompassing black and white residents alike.

Killer gets 20 years on reduced charges
A man scheduled to stand trial again this week on murder charges dating back to December 1991 pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and received a 20-year prison sentence Friday.

Historic site stalls highway
The path of progress has hit a snag in middle Georgia -- and this time around, tradition is winning the battle.

Drivers threaten sickout
ATHENS, Ga. -- Clarke County School District bus drivers claim they're working more hours than their salary schedules dictate, and some are threatening to call in sick over the next few weeks to show their frustration with longer routes and fewer drivers.

Imperial gets royal cleanup
They came to the Imperial Theatre on Saturday with mops, brooms, brushes and buckets in hand.

Glynn County wins federal grant for park
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A proposed animal theme park owned by TV host Jim Fowler has crossed a major hurdle this week when it won government funding for water and sewage service.

Officers organizing Buffalo Soldiers chapter
AIKEN -- Two Aiken public safety officers sometimes change their policeman's blue for the color of a U.S. Cavalry uniform.

Across the area: 'I have a dream' stamp unveiled

Beetles infest region's forests
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- In the clutches of the forest about five miles from town, Chuck Still keeps both eyes peeled for moving pinholes. Not exactly pinholes -- that's just what the Southern pine beetle looks like.

Beetles infest region's forests

Land offered to Steeplechase Association
AIKEN -- After fighting development on land near its own, the Aiken Steeplechase Association has until Sept. 30 to buy the property or ``watch something else happen there.''

Boy awaits donor in battle with cancer

This week in South Carolina
TODAY: The Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board Risk Management and Future Use Subcommittee will meet at 6 p.m. at the Aiken Federal Building, 211 York St., Aiken.

Across the area: 'I have a dream' stamp unveiled
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, the 36th anniversary of his ``I have a dream'' speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Jury deadlocked after 7-hour deliberation
AIKEN -- An Aiken County jury is showing signs of struggle over who to blame for a 4-year-old's death in a 1996 drunken driving accident.

Mrs. Sara Mills
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Sara Cawley Mills, 75, of 455 Lakeview Drive, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Hancock Hospital.

Gabriel Marvin Moss
AIKEN -- Gabriel Marvin Moss, infant son of Ronn and Henrietta Holmes Moss, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.

Mr. Rufus Jarrell
MIRAMAR, Fla. -- Mr. Rufus Alva Jarrell, 76, of 6811 S.W. 23rd St., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Hollywood Medical Center.

Mr. Eddie Chandler
AIKEN -- Mr. Eddie Chandler, 65, of 324 Main Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Beverly Health Care Center.

Mr. Bubber Hicks
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Bubber Verlyn Hicks, 58, of 1095 Arrington Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Mrs. Mozelle Smoak
OLAR, S.C. -- Mrs. Mozelle Gilliam Smoak, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, in Columbia.

Mr. Frank Hite
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Benjamin Frank Hite, 88, of 324 S. Main St., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Elsie Sullivan
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Elsie Dianne Dwelle Sullivan, 67, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Northside Hospital.

Mr. Wilson Russell Sr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Wilson A. Russell Sr., 78, of 107 Pamela Ave., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. William Cobb
NEW YORK CITY -- Mr. William A. Cobb, 66, of 1130 Westbury, Bronx, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at Bronx Veteran Hospital.

Miss Betty McLean
Miss Betty A. McLean, 84, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Clifford Glover
Mr. Clifford Glover, 86, of 1512 Picquet Ave., died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Ralph Ostrihon Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Ralph George Ostrihon Sr., 59, of 263 McBean Church Road, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Edward Kimble
Mr. Edward Kimble, 52, of 1303 Cabana Court, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Marshall Murvin
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Marshall Murvin, 73, of 902 Walnut St., died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. William Petteway
Mr. William Petteway, of 1434 Mill St., died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Vera Lanier
PORTAL, Ga. -- Mrs. Vera Mac Deloach Lanier, 83, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Mr. Joe Milam
AIKEN -- Mr. Joe Heller Milam, 79, of 179 Nautilus St., died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Agens Lankster
Mrs. Agnes Wren Lankster, 78, of 2146 Eastside Court, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willie Hilson
CINCINNATI -- Mr. Willie Lee Hilson, 49, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999.

Mr. Joseph Stack
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Joseph D. ``Joe'' Stack, 76, of 1300 Long Cane Road, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Virginia Ruffin
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Virginia Ruffin, 48, of 1116 Quaker Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. John Street
BONEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Alfred Street, 92, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

Mr. Jessie L. Gartrell
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Jessie L. Gartrell, 69, of 105 W. Pine St., died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999.

Mr. Walter Anderson
Mr. Walter Hammond Anderson, of 2225 Silverdale Road, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Norman Archibald II
BELVEDERE -- Mr. Norman Gilchrist ``Stormin' Norman'' Archibald II, 55, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999.

Mr. Robert Lever
Mr. Robert E. ``Bobby'' Lever, 61, of 3305 W. Cliff Court, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Agnes Lankster
Mrs. Agnes Wren Lankster, 78, of 2146 Eastside Court, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jerry Dill
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Jerry M. Dill, of 113 Ford Ave., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Rebecca Oliveri
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Rebecca Mullins Oliveri, 43, of 31 James Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Dexter Wooden
Mr. Dexter WoodenNORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Dexter Wooden, 25, of 1553 Edgefield Road, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999.

Mrs. Ethel Curry
Mrs. Ethel L. Curry, 90, of 2084 Hillsinger Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Harold Johnson
Mr. Harold Johnson, 77, of 3840 Peach Orchard Road, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Eddie Aiken Sr.
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mr. Eddie Aiken Sr., 71, of Ujimia Village Apartments, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Thalia Cook
Mrs. Thalia L. Cook, 52, of 251 Merion Court, Martinez, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Maxie Kersey
THOMSON -- Mrs. Maxie C. Kersey, 85, of 3198 Mount Pleasant Road, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Zenovious Stripling
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mrs. Zenovious Stripling, of 7219 Richardson Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Methodist Hospital.

Mrs. Mozelle Smoak

Mr. Dexter Wooden

Mrs. Ethel Curry

Mr. Bubber Hicks

Mr. Jessie L. Gartrell

Mrs. Maxie Kersey

Mr. Joseph Stack

Mr. Edward Kimble

Mr. Eddie Aiken Sr.

Mr. Walter Anderson

Mr. Robert Lever

Mrs. Zenovious Stripling

Mrs. Thalia Cook

Gabriel Marvin Moss

Mr. Marshall Murvin

Mrs. Rebecca Oliveri

Mrs. Elsie Sullivan

Mr. Willie Hilson

Mr. Harold Johnson

Miss Betty McLean

Mrs. Vera Lanier

Mr. Wilson Russell Sr.

Mrs. Agnes Lankster

Mrs. Sara Mills

Mr. Joe Milam

Mrs. Agens Lankster

Mr. Eddie Chandler

Mr. Rufus Jarrell

Mr. Clifford Glover

Mr. John Street

Mr. William Petteway

Unchecked rumors give God a `black eye'
THIS STORY reminds me of an old saying: ``Your friends do not need to be convinced, and your enemies will not believe you, no matter what you say.''

Hits empty lives of Internet 'addicts'
I read the Aug. 23 article concerning Internet addiction and felt compelled to respond. John D. Magruder, Aiken

Choose biotech approach
Two weeks ago we editorially called on community leaders to join with an extremely receptive Medical College of Georgia President Dr. Francis Tedesco to launch a project establishing a local biotechnology park to lure companies that could tap into MCG's nationally-renowned research capabilities.

Says stations ignore dilemma for blind
I am writing about a problem that we who are blind or vision impaired have and I feel certain the sighted would understand. This concerns the TV weather warnings that are shown on our screens from time to time. They are usually preceded by bells or chimes, etc. and shown on the bottom of our screens. Jack Eckert, Augusta

Feels we came from alien space colony
Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman has again made the attempt to portray evolution as the thinking people's choice. She has taken a novel approach but the thrust is still the same: ``Evolution belongs at the heart of any science curriculum.'' James Wertz, Hephzibah

Raps columnist's support of evolution
As chairman of the ``Answers in Genesis'' local couple of recent articles in your paper. EllenGoodman's mockery of those who believe in creation betrays her own bias. Evolution is not based on fact. Jane H. Dennis, Augusta

Protests proposed zoning ordinance
I read with increased interest the various articles ... regarding the proposed zoning ordinance for Edgefield County. The purpose of this ordinance, which will affect 10 percent of the county, is said to attract industry and infrastructure. Gerald R. Williams II, North Augusta

Probe Handy's charges
Richmond County State Court Judge Richard Slaby has wisely decided to reconsider the First Offender Act's 12-month probated sentence of Tony Martin. Martin, the son of Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy, got his job back as operations manager of the city's Trees and Landscaping Department after he pleaded guilty to stealing city property.

Voices support for accused in case
I have never held Caitlyn Cawthorn in my arms. I've only seen her in pictures. But I can tell you this: She was (and still is) very loved, missed, and was always well taken care of. Stormy Lee O'Dell, Augusta

Hits use of meditation in the schools
No wonder Abraham, David, Christ, Buddha and Mohammed all exhorted us to do prayer and meditation and contemplation -- they wanted us to do better in school! (``Form of meditation may improve health,'' Aug. 22). Dr. Jesse Lewis, Augusta

Debate of Mozart Effect
The notion that listening to Mozart music makes kids smarter seemed like it was based less on sound research than it was on a great promotional ploy to sell more classical compact discs. But not to then-Gov. Zell Miller. He bought the so-called Mozart Effect 100 percent in his last year as governor and that resulted in Georgia joining two other states, South Dakota and Tennessee, in handing out classical CDs and tapes to mothers of every newborn in every hospital.

Praises the Promise Keepers group
I recently had the opportunity to attend my very first Promise Keepers conference in Charlotte, N.C., and what a blessing it was to see so many men of different races and denominations come together under one roof and show their love for not only God but also for each other. Wendell Johnson, Martinez

Blasts biased representation of South
The notion that listening to Mozart music makes kids smarter seemed like it was based less on sound research than it was on a great promotional ploy to sell more classical CDs. Joseph Jackson, Augusta

Unchecked rumors give God a `black eye'
THIS STORY reminds me of an old saying: ``Your friends do not need to be convinced, and your enemies will not believe you, no matter what you say.''

Sour note on 'Mozart Effect'
The notion that listening to Mozart music makes kids smarter seemed like it was based less on sound research than it was on a great promotional ploy to sell more classical CDs.

Offers tips for Y2K preparedness
This is in response to a letter by Lamar Rush regarding the need for specific information about Y2K preparedness. Mr. Rush is absolutely correct in stating that most of the Y2K preparedness steps he has heard of should be in place for any kind of emergency. In fact, preparing forY2K is very similar to preparing for a severe winter storm. Pamela P. Tucker, Evans

Seeks Augusta Commission leadership
Somewhere during these fast times, some of us in various levels of Augusta leadership have lost compassion for our fellow man and have failed our children at home and in the classrooms. Where is the leadership? Brian Green, Augusta

Food safety no issue
We've heard no public outcry that unprofessional handling by Georgia's food-service workers are endangering the health and safety of consumers. Nor have we heard a public clamor to force waiters, cooks and food managers to undergo special training.

Says inconsistency part of `miracle'
Kenneth Towe's Aug. 23 letter ... questions the authenticity of the ``Shroud of Turin'' because of the ``inconsistency'' of the image withwhat the author thinks would have happened if a cloth had been pressed down on the features of the man in the shroud. William C. Scholly, Evans

Chides writer for report on ex-principal
I am responding to the Aug. 18 article by staff writer Chasiti Kirkland. If I had been assigned towrite that article, I feel I would have gone about it differently. Cathy Cunningham, Jackson

Asks who's paying tab for policeman?
Re the Aug. 18 article on an Aiken policeman going to Kosovo: Bonnie Essex, North Augusta

A Deere economic boost
Economic developers spend much time and effort trying to recruit new business and industry to the region, as well they should. Yet it should not be forgotten that sometimes the best prospects are already located here. When that's the case, the key word is expand, not recruit.

Bristol notes: Benson a fan of the Speedway

Boxing notes

North Carolinians in charge in Palmetto Amateur

Forrest wins by KO

Overtime: Hatfield named Georgia tennis pro of year

Kenseth cuts into Earnhardt's Busch lead

Overtime: Thrashers, Lynx sponsor fan festival

Corretja, Norman reach finals of Hamlet Cup

King takes lead in Palmetto Am

Low turnout Friday hurts city, Forrest

Ziglar wins a quick KO

Atlanta Thrashers Exhibition Schedule

Accidents end Jarrett's streak

Forrest wins by KO

Boxing notes

Palmetto Amateur presents dilemma for Regions officials

Wallace waits for 50th win

11 players included in 3-way deal

Golf roundup

Area buzz: Avery's move to NBA leaves bitterness in its wake

Boxing authority suspends four judges

Effective cancer test catching on
NEW YORK -- Three years after the federal government approved a more effective Pap smear test, the new cervical cancer screening method is rising in use.

FCC orders access to phone calls
WASHINGTON -- The government announced rules Friday that will give the FBI and other law enforcement agencies new electronic surveillance capabilities, enabling them to keep up with such technology as cellular phones and conference calls.

Studies focus on ribosomes
New and more effective antibiotics could be the end result of two studies by scientists who have made progress in deciphering the structure of ribosomes -- complex particles that make the proteins needed for cell functions and structure.

Gulf War illness still a mystery
WASHINGTON -- A presidential panel looking into Gulf War illnesses said Friday that it can't pinpoint causes of the ailments and recommended further studies into whether there are genetic reasons for why some troops got sick when others did not.

Last Mir crew returns safely to Earth
MOSCOW -- The Mir's last full-time crew returned safely to Earth early today -- after bidding farewell to the rust-stained, rattling, 13-year-old Russian space station to be abandoned next year.

Scientists: Polygraphs make us all suspects
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- The intent is to catch spies. But the effect of polygraph tests at Energy Department weapons labs will be to scare off new researchers and demoralize those who remain, scientists there say.

Scientists claim to crack Internet security code
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A group of scientists claimed Friday to have broken an international security code used to protect millions of daily Internet transactions, exposing a potentially serious security failure in electronic commerce.

Gene study suggests: Eat less, live longer
WASHINGTON -- Genes that play a key role in aging tend to stay vigorous in response to a low-calorie diet, says a study that may help explain why animals that eat less often live longer.

Scientists puzzled by eagle deaths
ATHENS, Ga. -- Scientists are no closer to finding the cause of a mysterious malady that is killing bald eagles and waterfowl in several Southern states, despite a recent conference to discuss the problem.

Prosthetic-maker uses Barbie body part to help amputees
DURHAM -- Criticized by feminists in years past for her unrealistic anatomy, Barbie's body parts are just right for a Duke University Medical Center worker who makes prosthetics for amputees.

Ask the computer guy
Q: A local company in New Jersey is making IBM computers available for $700 -- this includes a printer, scanner and NT. There are no slots in the PC. What do you think?

Prosthetic-maker uses Barbie body part to help amputees

Gulf War illness still a mystery

Scientists puzzled by eagle deaths

FCC orders access to phone calls

Studies focus on ribosomes

Scientists: Polygraphs make us all suspects

Last Mir crew returns safely to Earth

Gene study suggests: Eat less, live longer

Effective cancer test catching on

Ask the computer guy