Braves notebook: Jordan expects to return to lineup tonight

Manager and pitcher to leave team

Braves notebook

Umpires sue owners again

Braves extend win streak to 10

GreenJackets win, add to lead

Braves pitcher leads league

Sosa hits 54th homer

GreenJackets pad lead to four games

Braves winning streak ends

AT&T offers new cheap rate

AT&T offers new cheap rate
NEW YORK -- AT&T Corp. battled back against phone rivals on Monday by slashing long-distance rates to just 7 cents a minute for calls made any time. While the rates are bargains for frequent long-distance callers, average users might wind up paying more, not less, consumer groups warned.

Additional business news

Y2K glitches may be a problem

Discount Auto Parts to expand in Augusta
Discount Auto Parts, one of the Southeast's biggest auto parts chains, will increase its presence in the Augusta market with four new stores this fall.

CompUSA Inc. cuts jobs nationwide

Discount Auto Parts to expand in Augusta

Additional business news
Stock market falls for 3rd-straight day...Cigarette makers raise prices...EU investigates AlliedSignal...Computers down at Schwab...Wilmar work lights recalled...Carolina businesses expect to hire

CompUSA Inc. cuts jobs nationwide
Dallas-based technology retailer CompUSA Inc. cut 50 percent of its commercial sales staff Thursday, eliminating 1,800 jobs nationwide. The layoffs came hours before the company reported fourth quarter losses of 16 cents a share, excluding nonrecurring costs.

Y2K glitches may be a problem
It might not be a bad idea for small business owners to get reacquainted with the old ledger book.

Claims of old homes in dispute
History researchers and archivists may never resolve the question of whether New Bridge Farm is Aiken County's oldest surviving structure. Its most likely construction date is shortly after 1785.

Claims of old homes in dispute
History researchers and archivists may never resolve the question of whether New Bridge Farm is Aiken County's oldest surviving structure. Its most likely construction date is shortly after 1785.

Features hint at house's history
Imagine traveling South Carolina's backwoods along Two Notch Road between Columbia and Augusta in 1785. Night is falling, and you have reason to fear.

1916 fire devastating to city
Her father, Henry, telephoned the family home on Greene Street with the news shortly after fire was discovered in the Dyer Building at Eighth and Broad streets. The call broke up her cousin Noah Walker's birthday party.

Features hint at house's history
Imagine traveling South Carolina's backwoods along Two Notch Road between Columbia and Augusta in 1785. Night is falling, and you have reason to fear.

Applauds S.C. school superintendent

Freeway in peril

Suggests 'more equitable' tax system

Agrees moreY2K info needed

Waco lies exposed

Urges support for animal shelter

Raps treatment of teaching assistants

Richardson's threat

Suggests Regency Mall for casino

Blasts board for reinstating thief

Calls uniforms a 'Band-Aid' solution

Offers solution to violence in U.S.

Denim cool
The fashion pendulum is always swinging, and now is the time to buy denim.

In the know
Sixth-grader Steven Asher, of Southern California, invented the mini skateboard because rainy days kept him from practicing his skateboard tricks.

Sunshine, fresh air improve mood
Q: Do you have any easy and inexpensive suggestions for improving bad moods? -- Y.B., Edgefield

House bowls over visitors
Tom and Sandy Herring's West Lake subdivision home seems to have little in common with a bowling alley.

Great American Toy Hunt wants you
Dan Lauer is big on toys. Not just any toys, but creative toys, offbeat toys, playthings that are so significant to a child that decades from now, when today's children look back, they will remember them.

Football today

Not so special teams

Holtz sees worries everywhere

Alexander spending final semester on the field, in the classroom

Falcons focus narrows

Former Jet Mark Gastineau charged with burning girlfriend

Hurricanes blow away Buckeyes

Shurmur remembered as innovator

Holtz knows special teams must come through

Surprisingly, Penn State had the better two-headed QB

It's only a preseason game, but not to Raiders fans

NFL roundup: Tough day for Georgia alums

Football camp roundup: injuries take toll on teams

Denim cool

Sunshine, fresh air improve mood

In the know

House bowls over visitors

Great American Toy Hunt wants you

Verdict not a vote of confidence
AIKEN -- Jurors in the civil trial against the South Carolina Department of Social Services have a message for the agency: The verdict was not a vote of confidence.

Across the area: Car hits woman attempting suicide
Infant's injuries investigated ... National HIV conference opens ... E. coli found in market's beef

Judge rejects evidence on intoxication

School seeks to help former addicts

Suspect dies in deputy's patrol car
A man died in the back of a sheriff's patrol car on the way to jail Sunday night after leading police on a car and foot chase, officials said Monday.

Features hint at house's history

Former mayor to lead committee
Former Augusta Mayor Charles A. DeVaney temporarily will lead efforts to revitalize the city's Laney-Walker Historic District.

GreenJackets' park to be named for corporate sponsor

Combined government not cheaper
Who said local government consolidation would save money? Just about everybody -- before it happened. And some folks still say it will over the long haul.

Area briefs: Bloodhounds track burglary suspects

Area watering limits

Tougher laws sought for illegally possessing guns

Weed choking area lakes

Rezoning opponents speak out at meeting

GreenJackets' park to be named for corporate sponsor
An Augusta Commission committee unanimously approved the Augusta GreenJackets' requests Monday to rename Lake Olmstead Stadium for a corporate sponsor and to pave an adjacent parking lot and charge for parking.

Soup kitchen supplies meals every day

Rezoning opponents speak out at meeting
THOMSON -- After six weeks of battling the Thomson-McDuffie County Development Authority, Damon David finally broke down Monday night.

Features hint at house's history

Downs indicted in Aiken

Combined government not cheaper

Home front: Officer pumped about radio, weights
The low, booming voice sounds familiar, but you can't quite place it. ``Dear, would you like to know my radio name? I'm Boomer Daniels,'' explains Danny Clark, 42, who is a disc jockey for North Augusta radio station WEKL (102.3 FM).

Woman gave suspect ride

Area watering limits
Richmond and Columbia counties are under outdoor water restrictions.

Gates foundation donates computers

Rezoning call riles residents

Barnes wants solution to crowded prisons

Across the area: Car hits woman attempting suicide

Woman gave suspect ride
Hours before William ``Al'' Hamilton disappeared and firefighters found his home ablaze, Rodney Richardson talked of killing him and disposing of his body so no one would ever find it, a witness testified Monday.

Officials wait for test scores

Area briefs: Bloodhounds track burglary suspects
Bloodhounds from the Aiken Department of Public Safety tracked down two men suspected of burglarizing an Edgefield County home early Monday, authorities said.

Disaster chief is prepared

Thurmond ready to return to work
Five days after surgery to repair an enlarged prostate gland, U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond was feeling much better Monday and ready to go back to work.

1916 fire devastating to city

Barnes wants solution to crowded prisons
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes Monday urged a new commission he appointed to come up with a plan judges can use voluntarily to gain control over Georgia's soaring prison population or he and the General Assembly will be forced to impose a solution.

Home front: Officer pumped about radio, weights

Soup kitchen supplies meals every day
Each day, nearly 300 people file through the doors of the Fenwick Street kitchen to eat the noonday meal. For many, it's their only meal of the day.

Downs indicted in Aiken
AIKEN -- An Aiken County grand jury indicted William ``Junior'' Downs in the North Augusta slaying of 6-year-old Keenan O'Mailia, Solicitor Barbara Morgan said Sunday.

Tougher laws sought for illegally possessing guns
COLUMBIA -- Attorney General Charlie Condon said Monday he wants a mandatory five-year prison sentence without parole for anyone convicted of a violent felony who is caught with a gun -- a proposal that won the support of Republicans and Democrats, gun control advocates and the National Rifle Association.

Disaster chief is prepared
AIKEN -- David Ruth lets his mind run wild with possibilities. What if Hurricane Dennis or Hurricane Cindy came straight up the Savannah River and devastated Aiken County with flooding and wind damage?

Judge rejects evidence on intoxication
APPLING -- Despite strong objections from defense attorneys, Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet ruled Monday that evidence showing Mario Molina and Leonel Vazquez were intoxicated the night they were killed will not be allowed in court.

Officials wait for test scores
Richmond County schools have seen a 24-point increase in their Scholastic Aptitude Test average over the last five years, including a six-point gain last year, but education officials don't want to predict this year's scores.

Former mayor to lead committee

Rezoning call riles residents
Now Meg Davis knows how the mice in her barn feel. She's caught in McDuffie County's mousetrap -- the 13 acres surrounding her home back up to a planned 396-acre industrial park adjacent to Interstate 20.

Verdict not a vote of confidence

Weed choking area lakes
Larry Gilpin Sr. doesn't mind the dense mats of aquatic weeds that erupt along Thurmond Lake's coves and sandy points in late summer.

School seeks to help former addicts
For the first time in years, Anita McKendry is excited about returning to school. While she always maintained good grades, most of the 17-year-old's academic career has been spent in a cloud of drugs and alcohol.

Gates foundation donates computers
AIKEN -- Thanks to Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates, the road to the information superhighway is a little easier to navigate for many South Carolina residents.

Mrs. Annie Smart
Mrs. Annie F. Smart, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Samuel A. Walden
Mr. Samuel A. Walden, 60, of 2017 Bloomingdale Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Morgan Quarles
ELBERTON, Ga. -- Morgan Brianna Quarles, infant daughter of Thomas and Helen Bridges Quarles, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

Mrs. Nell Herrick
AIKEN -- Mrs. Nell W. Herrick, 79, of 102 Crepe Myrtle Court, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ruth Crosby
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Williams Crosby, 88, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mrs. Lillie Whitehurst
Mrs. Lillie Kathryn Whitehurst, 72, of 670 Cherokee Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.

Mr. Fleming Moore
JACKSON, S.C. -- Mr. Fleming David Moore, 69, of 621 Fourth St. Ext., died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Thomas Jr.
GROVETOWN -- Mr. John H. Thomas Jr., 47, of 1832 Valley Brook Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Luther Albright Jr.
Mr. Luther Albright Jr., 53, of 2012 Broad St., died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Anthony
Mr. John Anthony, 83, of 2526 Milledgeville Road, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at Beverly Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Ruth Cochrane
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Mrs. Ruth Von Cannon Cochrane, 79, of 664 Ferndale Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Piedmont Medical Center.

Mr. William Houston
CLARKS HILL, S.C. -- Mr. William ``Dead Eye'' Houston, 47, of box 55, Dew Drop Inn, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

Mr. Gary Linaweaver
Mr. Gary B. Linaweaver, 47, of 2800 Vernon Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Wilbert Bensen
VARNVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Wilbert Bensen, 79, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Colleton Regional Medical Center, Walterboro.

Mrs. Lillie Rooker
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillie Mae Griffin Rooker, 85, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Woodlawn Retirement Center, Henderson, N.C.

Ms. Mary Vardas
Ms. Mary Vardas, 83, of Evans, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Austin Jones Jr.
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Austin T. Jones Jr., 71, of 698 Washington Highway N.E., died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mr. Ira Jenkins
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Ira Jenkins, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Pearlie Perry
AIKEN -- Mrs. Pearlie M. Perry, 61, of 619 Barnwell Ave. N.E., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lucille McKie
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lucille McKie, of 603 Carver Terrace, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Beverly Health Care Center.

Miss Daisy Moore
HARLEM -- Miss Daisy Mae Moore, 89, of White Road, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Ms. Juanita Clark
Ms. Juanita Braddy Clark, 74, of 3526 Evangeline Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby Hicks
Mrs. Ruby Hicks, 81, of 735 E. Cedar St., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Shelba Stout
Mrs. Shelba ``Jean'' Stout, 61, of 2222 Bungalow Road, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center.

Mrs. LaNelle Diggs
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. LaNelle Cooper Diggs, of 1904 Germany St., died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999.

Mrs. Marie Burriss
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Marie Cantrell Burriss, 75, of 908 Fairfield Ave., died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Marjorie Edwards
AIKEN -- Mrs. Marjorie ``Pat'' Edwards, 75, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Lansing T. Reddick
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Lansing T. Reddick died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, Decatur.

Mr. Charlie Waltower
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Charlie Waltower, 71, of 12069 Highway 305, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Hills McGee Sr.
Mr. Hills McGee Sr., of 2051 Old Savannah Road, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Morgan Quarles

Mrs. Pearlie Perry

Ms. Mary Vardas

Mrs. Shelba Stout

Mr. Samuel A. Walden

Mrs. Marie Burriss

Mrs. Lillie Whitehurst

Mr. John Thomas Jr.

Mrs. Marjorie Edwards

Mr. Ira Jenkins

Mrs. Thalia Cook

Mrs. Lillie Rooker

Ms. Juanita Clark

Mr. Fleming Moore

Mr. Wilbert Bensen

Mr. Gary Linaweaver

Mr. John Anthony

Mrs. Ruth Cochrane

Mrs. LaNelle Diggs

Miss Daisy Moore

Mrs. Ruby Hicks

Mr. Luther Albright Jr.

Mr. Lansing T. Reddick

Mr. Austin Jones Jr.

Suggests Regency Mall for casino
Gov. Roy Barnes is right in his cautious opposition to the creation of a Native American reservation and gambling casino in Sparta. Sure, Sparta and Hancock County could be transformed from one of Georgia's poorest areas into an economic hot spot. Just imagine: Sparta could become the Branson, Mo., of the South. Greg Capers, Augusta

Spiteful voucher ruling
In what is touted by some as a great ``victory'' for the public school system, a tyrannical Ohio federal judge last week crippled Cleveland's 4-year-old voucher program one day before schools were to open.

Supports boxing club director in feud
I am writing in regard to the recent publicized feud between Vernon Forrest and Tom Moraetes who directs the Augusta Boxing Club. John W. Nixon, Jr., Augusta

Calls uniforms a 'Band-Aid' solution
I am opposed to a public school mandating a uniform policy. We pay our taxes and my children have complied with past dress codes, even though the codes were not enforced. The current policy seems to be a ``Band-Aid'' effort to mend a hurting and frightened nation. Kathy Lewis, Augusta

Urges support for animal shelter
I was amazed that anyone could find something wrong with Elaine van der Linden's letter concerning the welfare of the animals at the Richmond County Shelter. I am referring to Dave Caddell's Aug. 20 letter, where he seems to have more sympathy for the government than its citizens and pets.James Connell, North Augusta

Suggests 'more equitable' tax system
Talk to our representatives in Washington and they say the present tax system needs to be reformed. However, they sit on their backsides and do nothing except raise their salaries. John Elliott, Hephzibah

Blasts board for reinstating thief
Thieves, don't let your record hamper your search for gainful employment. The Personnel Board for the city of Augusta and Richmond County is now hiring! Jerry Peloquin, Augusta

Raps treatment of teaching assistants
I am a teaching assistant at a A. Brian Merry Elementary School. I'm starting my tenth year in the Richmond County system. I love my job, my school and the children. I work very hard with little pay involved but that has never made me want to quit. I work with a great teacher, Linda Edmonds, who values every little thing I do. ... M. Stetler, Augusta

Richardson's threat
Congress' $289 billion defense authorization bill is extremely popular, not only in Washington but among the troops and at the grass-roots, too. The reason is because it gives a much-needed hefty pay boost to military personnel and provides new spending for readiness, long neglected by this administration.

Freeway in peril
If Augusta area economic developers were to make a list of the 10 worst things that could happen to our region, at or very near the top would be if Fall Line Freeway construction, already 55 percent completed, were abandoned.

Offers solution to violence in U.S.
We seek a solution to what is wrong with America, which leads the world in violence and murder -- a nation that would pay an illiterate ball player $15 million a year and a pastor, or teacher, perhaps $45,000. James K. Ellis, Jackson, S.C.

Waco lies exposed
Americans often have short political memories, so many may have forgotten how far out on a limb Attorney General Janet Reno -- and her Democrat echo chambers in Congress -- climbed to repudiate suggestions that the FBI used incendiary devices on the assault on the Branch Davidian complex in 1993.

Agrees moreY2K info needed
Re the Aug. 23 letter by Lamar Rush concerning local education on preparing for the Year 2000: Dwain Shaw, Evans

Applauds S.C. school superintendent
I teach third grade in the Aiken County public schools. I am black -- not African-American. ... Ron Harrison, Aiken

Slams proposed zoning ordinance
I would like to offer information on the zoning ordinance proposed for the rural areas of Edgefield County. Roy Blackwell, Merriwether

Golf roundup

Out-of-towners take charge at Midland Valley

Benham a favorite at Midland Valley Senior Invitational

Lewis, Holyfield to announce rematch

Hingis wins opener

USOC's Schultz to step down

Promoting the season

Wind hurts scores at Regions Cup finale

Overtime: Ray holds off pair in stretch for IRL win

Promoting the season

Overtime: Ryder Cuppers get a feel for historic site

War of words
PARIS -- As a giant clock on the Eiffel Tower ticks away the remaining days of the 20th century, some French lobbyists are scrambling to ensure that cyberspace doesn't leave their language in the dustbin of history.

Gnats swarm southern Georgia
ALBANY, Ga. -- Gnat season has arrived in south Georgia. People wave their hands in front of their faces and jut their lower jaws out to blow air over their faces in futile attempts to shoo the tiny flies away.

Man gets probation for internet hoax
LOS ANGELES -- An employee of PairGain Technologies Inc. who drove up the company's stock by posting a phony news report on the Internet was sentenced today to home detention and probation.

New Tetris a must-have game
Remember the first time you played ``Tetris?'' Sitting in front of the tube for hours, hands sweaty, spouse or parents yelling at you to come to dinner, come to bed, SHUT OFF THAT TV!

FDA approves pneumonia test
WASHINGTON -- Doctors struggling to decide whether a wheezing patient needs antibiotics to treat pneumonia are about to get a simple, 15-minute test to help their diagnosis.

Study: children under 5 should be vaccinated against typhoid
LONDON -- The age children are vaccinated against typhoid should be reassessed because, contrary to accepted belief, children under 5 are just as likely as older people to become infected and suffer major symptoms, researchers say.

Early rising is in the genes
WASHINGTON -- A sleep syndrome that sends people early to bed and early to rise doesn't necessarily make them healthy, wealthy and wise. The disorder, traced to a single gene, can send sufferers to bed when everybody else is still going strong, researchers at the University of Utah have found.

Conference opens with warnings
ATLANTA -- There is a growing complacency about HIV, especially among some people most at risk, health officials said Sunday at the first ever national conference addressing efforts to monitor and prevent the spread of the virus.

Body scanner takes measurements in seconds
CARY, N.C. -- A young woman enters a darkened chamber, steps onto white footprints and grips the bars beside her. Black curtains close, a Motown song blasts, and disco-like light beams flash for 8 seconds.

Adviceline: Love can't overcome abusive relationship
``My boyfriend beats me, but I love him so much. He just gets angry sometimes. What should I do?'' -- 18-year-old girl, Augusta

Your style
Michael Jones, 16, junior at Academy of Richmond County.

Student rights

Student rights
Elaine Maldonado may not wear exactly what she wants to Evans High School, but that doesn't mean her rights are forfeited when she passes through its doors.

Your style

Adviceline: Love can't overcome abusive relationship

Early rising is in the genes

FDA approves pneumonia test

Conference opens with warnings

Gnats swarm southern Georgia

Man gets probation for internet hoax

New Tetris a must-have game

War of words

Study: children under 5 should be vaccinated against typhoid