GreenJackets a victory from championship

Diamondbacks end Braves win streak

Millwood pitches well in win

GreenJackets notes: Time to hand out the regular-season awards

Galarraga defeats disease, rejoins team

Jackets lose no-hitter, win game

Braves notebook: Ligtenberg making progress

Braves notes: Millwood earning place among game's elite

Another umpire may quit

Mets activate Reed, Franco

GreenJackets a victory from championship

Hurrying makes us hurry more

Business briefs: Construction firm honored
Merrick & Company, a construction management firm with offices in Aiken, recently was recognized by the Postal Service with a Quality Supplier Award in the small business, professional and consultant services category.

Regency study raises question
There are two ways of looking at the nearly $100,000 the city is going to pay Windward Consultants to come up with a plan to possibly save Regency Mall.

Small-aircraft business takes off
In his 20s and 30s, Greg White never would have considered taking flying lessons, let alone buying a plane. That was back before he had the time and money. But the 51-year-old Evans resident now has an empty nest and a well-established wholesale lumber business.

Furniture business moving
An economy that has charged up home sales also has boosted the revenues of furniture companies, as homeowners find they have empty rooms to fill.

Havertys furniture store paces growth with city's

Present cycle has lengthiest boom in recent history

Unemployment returns to 29-year low
WASHINGTON -- Unemployment edged down to 4.2 percent last month, returning to a 29-year low, as a pre-Labor Day government report Friday spelled good news for job seekers without re-igniting inflation jitters on Wall Street.

On the move
Aiken Technical College has hired the following new employees: Paul Callahan, computer technology instructor; Nancy Holmes, English instructor; and Raymond Duffie, maintenance mechanic instructor.

Billionaire's businesses stumble
NEW YORK -- This has been one summer H. Wayne Huizenga would probably like to forget.

Havertys furniture store paces growth with city's
Havertys Furniture store is growing -- again. According to general manager David Jones, the company is spending about $1 million to add about 5,000 square feet and extend merchandise lines.

Billionaire's businesses stumble

Present cycle has lengthiest boom in recent history
The current economic expansion began in March 1991. Last month, it hit 101 months, making it the longest peacetime expansion in U.S. history, surpassing the country's 92 months of uninterrupted growth in the 1980s.

Additional business news

Coke forecast causes stock to slump

Additional business news
British bank mulls insurance takeover ... Publisher to sell `Sporting News'... Europe fears nix Web standard ... State's consumers not so confident

On the move

Bennett sells car dealership
Bob Bennett Lincoln Mercury was sold Friday to a Ford dealership owner from Michigan for an undisclosed amount.

Business briefs: Construction firm honored

Coke forecast causes stock to slump
ATLANTA -- Blaming struggling foreign economies that have impeded sales overseas, The Coca-Cola Co. said Friday that third-quarter earnings will fall short of expectations.

Small-aircraft business takes off

Furniture business moving

Bennett sells car dealership

Holtz loses Gamecocks debut to former team

Georgia State crushes Fayetteville State 70-0

Alabama rallies to beat Vanderbilt

Clemson, S.C. look to recreate success

College today

Home is no escape for Wofford

Even without Champ, Dawgs hope to get defensive

South Carolina notes

Tech sinks Navy

Georgia bombs Utah State

Georgia Tech notes

Clemson dissapointed with loss

Georgia Tech wants to build on success

Clemson notes

Bulldogs possess quiet confidence

Clemson notes

S.C. State holds on for late win

Tigers pick up pace for new coach

Even without Champ, Dawgs hope to get defensive

A look at the 20th century: 1969
The final year of the 1960s -- a decade known for its idealism and social metamorphosis -- culminated with the fulfillment of a national challenge issued by President John F. Kennedy.

A look at the 20th century: 1968
The 12 months that were 1968 arguably could be called the most turbulent year in U.S. history.

Video poker's Big Lies

Maintains letter "tongue-in-cheek"

Chides S.C. video poker proponents

Laments death of "unwanted child"

Wants "new blood" in government

Praises DeVaney's judgment, honesty

Cuomo's phony plea

Don't sell "source codes"

Calls gambling revenue a "hidden tax"

Going to the dogs

Wants panel that reinstated thief out

Brands uniform dress code "stupid"

In the know
PBS offers a new show for preschoolers, Dragon Tales, beginning Monday. The half-hour, animated series from the Children's Television Workshop focuses on Emmy, 6, and Max, 4, and their adventures in Dragon Land.

A prompt 'thank you' should be applauded
Dear Carson: I read and enjoy your column each week. It's good to know there are some folks who care about good manners. It should be required reading for young adults.

Simple life, simple faith
``Men on the right, women on the left'' -- a seniors group from Myrtle Beach, S.C., cheerily passed the word as fellow travelers entered the small picturesque church in Blackville, S.C., where Mennonites have worshipped for 35 years.

Faith digest
Margie McClure, a Newport Beach, Calif., author and administrator of The Word and Spirit radio ministry, will be the featured speaker at a women's conference Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18, sponsored by the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Augusta, 3126 Parrish Road.

Arts notebook: Choral Society hires new musical director
South Carolina native J. Porter Stokes is the new musical director of the Augusta Choral Society. Dr. Stokes, a resident of Anderson, S.C., was tops in a pool of more than 35 musicians vying to succeed Melvin Brown, who resigned in June for a position in Birmingham, Ala.

With God, mission is possible
Moses' days of preparation included basic training in Pharaoh's court and advanced individual training in wilderness survival. Then it was time for Moses to put into practice what he had learned.

Prime for pampering
Ever since Kim Mock was given a gift certificate for a 30-minute massage at a day spa, she has been hooked.

Charleston Renaissance
Unable to attract industry in the aftermath of the Civil War, Charleston, S.C., languished until city leaders realized that the only viable path to economic recovery was tourism.

Medium had faithful, famous following
Helen Duncan knew she was living on borrowed time. She expected the authorities to knock down her door and haul her off to jail at any time. God only knew what would happen to her six small children and sick husband, a disabled war veteran.

Retreat restores communication in marriage
An Aiken couple we will call Joe and Sadie were on the fast track through divorce court.

Test Thurmond Lake top 10 hybrid 'spots'

Try fishing along shore

Augusta great place as fisherman's base

Quality hunting sites exist nearby

Good news, bad news

Prep football review

Buford jolts Lincoln County, spoils record bid

Evans rolls past Westside

Josey routs Butler, 35-10

Swainsboro -- 20 Screven County -- 13

ECI shuts out Treutlen County

Aiken starts fast, but can't keep up with Colquitt

Young's fake punt spurs on Jackets

Hawks rally past Barnwell

Late touchdown propels Burke to tie with Jefferson

McIntosh Academy -- 21 Glenn Hills -- 0

Silver Bluff pounds S. Aiken, 47-0

Hurrying makes us hurry more
The most successful businessman holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.

A prompt 'thank you' should be applauded

Arts notebook: Choral Society hires new musical director

Simple life, simple faith

Retreat restores communication in marriage

Medium had faithful, famous following

With God, mission is possible

Faith digest

Prime for pampering

In the know

Charleston Renaissance

Pit stop encourages safe driving
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The mangled wreckage of a car sat in front of the South Carolina Welcome Center on Friday to remind travelers this is the deadliest weekend to be on the road.

Area doctor denies fault in lawsuit

Late buses prolong county school days
It takes only a few minutes to disrupt an entire bus route in a county. Ten to 13 minutes, to be exact.

Police find most stolen autos

MCG opens outpatient clinic

Arts in the park

Area briefs
Seniors suspendedover flour fight...Mother satisfied with security...Phone provider has problems...Santa Claus killer gets death...Services, schedules for the Labor Day holiday weekend:...

Next sheriff election may get quick start

Teen-age girl's mangled body remained hidden for weeks
MADISON, Ga. -- Tootsie Ward drove past the cow pasture a half-mile from her rural Morgan County home a dozen times without a clue that a burned, beaten and bloody teen-age girl lay in a ravine for four days, struggling for her life.

Pit stop encourages safe driving

Mill community life, voices being captured

Victim had wild side, some say

Potential year 2000 glitches grip world consciousness

Richardson convicted of murder

Burglars hit Bath outreach center
BATH -- For the second time in a month, burglars have struck the Valley Outreach Interfaith Center, a private agency that offers services to the elderly, the disabled and others who need a helping hand.

Utilities to test Y2K plans

Suspect taken to the scene of 1998 shootings
GROVETOWN -- Neighbors peeked from their windows as Narciso Pineda, wearing a conspicuous orange jumpsuit and arm shackles, showed his attorneys what happened Nov. 26, the night three adults and an unborn child were slain.

Across the area

A look at the 20th century: 1969

State sentencing panel seeks uniform punishment

Area briefs

Changes will keep weekly TV section current
``Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.'' When Alexander Pope wrote that a couple of hundred years ago, he must have been thinking about newspaper editors. Just when we get our newspaper to a point where people like it, we go and change it.

Teen-age girl's mangled body remained hidden for weeks

Residents plead for paved roads
Dust clouds drift waist-high as a friend's pickup truck passes the Hayes home. Unpaved and county-owned, the dirt roadway is the only eye-sore on manicured and affluent Scott Street. It is also, says Jackie Hayes, the cause of his family's ills.

State sentencing panel seeks uniform punishment
ATLANTA -- Critics of a new blue-ribbon commission created by Gov. Roy Barnes to put more uniformity in prison sentences are worried it will lead to shorter terms, reversing a mid-1990s crackdown on violent criminals.

Residents plead for paved roads

Changes will keep weekly TV section current

Police find most stolen autos
Little did Peter Hawkes know that when he drove his fiancee to a late movie on Aug. 6 at Regal Cinemas, he would later have to have his mother take them home.

Suspect taken to the scene of 1998 shootings

Sept. 9 may reveal Y2K problems
Government agencies, banks, electric utilities and other companies around the United States will be watching closely for Y2K-like computer trouble next week when the date 9-9-99 arrives.

Area doctor denies fault in lawsuit
AIKEN -- An Aiken plastic surgeon accused of trying to kill her 7-year-old son last year in a murder-suicide plot has denied unrelated allegations that she botched a liposuction procedure that disfigured an Aiken County woman.

Potential year 2000 glitches grip world consciousness
It's the bug that ate the world. Like some kind of irradiated ant from a 1950s horror movie, the year 2000 bug -- popular terminology for a simple computer programming glitch with the potential to throw systems worldwide out of whack -- has taken over the public consciousness in the past two years.

Next sheriff election may get quick start
It's the election no one is talking about, but one about which everybody has something to say.

Utilities to test Y2K plans
They've spent months and millions to fix it. They've already checked their electronic equipment in laboratories by rolling the date ahead to see if it still functions Sept. 9, 1999 -- and they found no problems.

Mill community life, voices being captured
The National Park Service has allocated an additional $42,841 to the oral history project undertaken last month to document and preserve Augusta's vanishing mill culture.

Across the area
Plane crash kills 3 in Forsyth County ... Trainee dies of rare disease ... Backlog delays inmate's autopsy

Late buses prolong county school days

Arts in the park
TRENTON -- Sweet Papa Jones had them clapping to the music Saturday afternoon at Bettis Academy in Edgefield County.

A look at the 20th century: 1968

MCG opens outpatient clinic
The walls still look wet inside the new clinic waiting room. Back in a treatment room, the booming score from Star Wars blasts from a computer that also contains the latest in vision-testing technology for children. The difference in this Medical College of Georgia pediatric ophthalmology outpatient clinic is that it is in west Augusta. And not everyone is happy about it.

Victim had wild side, some say
ELBERTON, Ga. -- Krystal Gayle Archer dreamed of being a child psychologist, a model or a nurse and also spent time at a juvenile boot camp for running away from home, friends said Thursday.

This week in South Carolina
Taliaferro County will hold its annual Labor Day Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Crawfordville, Ga. For more information call (706) 456-2242.

This week in South Carolina

Richardson convicted of murder
Rodney Richardson said he was so smart he could get away with murder. He was wrong. At the conclusion of his five-day trial in Richmond County Superior Court, a jury convicted Mr. Richardson, 32, of all counts -- malice and felony murder, first-degree arson, armed robbery, burglary and theft in the Aug. 15, 1998, slaying of William ``Al'' Hamilton.

Falcons to decide final cuts today

NFL '99: Goings, comings and instant replay

Seifert comes to the defense of Lewis

Calloway, Smith get first TDs for new teams

Falcons win final preseason game

Mr. Norman Draidfort Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Norman Draidfort Jr., 59, of 2807 Harwood Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Nancy Harding
Mrs. Nancy Harding, 79, of 511 Aumond Road, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999.

Mrs. Bertha Dean
AIKEN -- Mrs. Bertha ``Betty'' Dean, 86, of Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Donald Shelton
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Donald T. Shelton, 41, of 3035 Beechtree Acres Road, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Tirzah Williamson
SALLEY -- Mrs. Tirzah Corbett Williamson, 85, of 1146 Warner Road, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Marie Tanner
OCONEE, Ga. -- Mrs. Marie ``Aunt Doll'' Tanner, 87, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Oconee Nursing Home.

Mr. Calvin Ball Sr.
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Calvin Ball Sr., 69, of Bethany Home Nursing Center, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Carter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mrs. Betty Anne Parris Carter, 67, of 141 Summerlea Drive, died Saturday at her residence.

Ms. Melissa Chavious
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Melissa Chavious, 27, of 419 Bradleyville Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Pauline Tabb
Mrs. Pauline Estelle Tabb, 84, of 100 Thomas Circle, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Union Amos
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Union ``Bubba'' Amos, 93, of 516 Railroad Ave., died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

Mr. Marty Williams
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Marty Williams, 42, of Sector Road, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Stacy Hall
JACKSON -- Mr. Stacy Lanier Hall, 41, of 208 Second St., died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999.

Mrs. Inez Whaley
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Inez Whaley, 82, 0f 4028 Georgia Highway 5, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Garden Terrace Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Michelle Baker
HEPHZIBAH -- Ms. Michelle Baker, 28, of 2582 Nunnery Road, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999.

Mr. Whit Carter
AIKEN -- Mr. Whit Carter died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Edith Thomas
AIKEN -- Mrs. Edith Louise Bywaters Thomas, 88, of 317 Beaufort St., died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Susan Burgess
Mrs. Susan Beasley Burgess, 58, of 909 Beman St., died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Sennie Davis
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Sennie Brown Farmer Davis, 84, of 310 U.S. Highway 1, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Johnnie Boswell
Mr. Johnnie Franklin Boswell, 89, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Windmere Nursing Home.

Mrs. Margaret Alford
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mrs. Margaret Greenway Alford, 78, of Louisville Highway, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Michelle Baker
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- Ms. Michelle Baker, 28, of 2582 Nunnery Road, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999.

Mrs. Josephine Barron
Mrs. Josephine Ernestien Barron, 70, of 2244 Broad St., died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Laura Wright
FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Mrs. Laura Bell Brunson Wright, 85, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Mr. Arthur Howard
THOMSON -- Mr. Arthur ``A.B.'' Howard, 73, of 2214 Wrightsboro Road, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. John Welch
Mr. John H. Welch, 68, of 3125 Peach Orchard Road, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999.

Mrs. Sarah Hoglund
Mrs. Sarah Taylor Hoglund, 61, of 3507 Redd Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. W. Robert Kilpatrick
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. W. Robert ``Man'' Kilpatrick, 57, of 114 Williams St., died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Willie Blocker Sr.
SOMERSET, N.J. -- Mr. Willie Blocker Sr., died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at St. Peter's Medical Center, New Brunswick.

Mr. Thomas Fleming
Mr. Thomas Cozart Fleming, 77, of 834 Greene St., died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Magnolia Hill Nursing Home.

Ms. Evelyn Scott
Ms. Evelyn E. Scott, 47, of 1507 Central Ave., died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Enoch Bynum Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Enoch Bynum Sr., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Meadow Brook Nursing Home, Blackville.

Mrs. Virginia Hunter
Mrs. Virginia Winfrey Hunter, 82, of 2428 Emery Hill Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Robert Freeman
Mr. Robert Freeman, 73, of 1209 Hopkins St., died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Cecil Holloway
DEARING -- Mr. Cecil C. Holloway, 69, of 4215 Washington Estate S.E., died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mamie Andrews
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mamie Andrews, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Leon Lee
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Mr. Leon Lee, 38, of 2918 Lake Mont Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at North Fulton Medical Center, Atlanta.

Mr. Union Amos

Mr. Leon Lee

Mrs. Michelle Baker

Mrs. Nancy Harding

Mr. Johnnie Boswell

Mrs. Tirzah Williamson

Mrs. Inez Whaley

Mr. Willie Blocker Sr.

Mr. Enoch Bynum Sr.

Mrs. Sarah Hoglund

Mr. Whit Carter

Mrs. Bertha Dean

Mrs. Susan Burgess

Mr. Norman Draidfort Jr.

Mr. Stacy Hall

Mrs. Marie Tanner

Mr. W. Robert Kilpatrick

Ms. Evelyn Scott

Mrs. Sennie Davis

Mrs. Betty Carter

Mr. Cecil Holloway

Mrs. Michelle Baker

Mr. Calvin Ball Sr.

Mrs. Josephine Barron

Mrs. Virginia Hunter

Mr. Donald Shelton

Mr. Robert Freeman

Mrs. Margaret Alford

Mr. Arthur Howard

Mrs. Edith Thomas

Mr. Marty Williams

David Sisler: Violence often proceeds from words of hate
"WORDS, WORDS, words! I'm so sick of words! I get words all day through, first from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do?''

Phil Kent: An early sheriff's race; judge is targeted
IN COMING weeks, I plan to analyze the politics swirling about the five Augusta-Richmond County Commission seats up for grabs on Election Day, Nov. 2. In the meantime, there are other interesting political stirrings.

Denies "sacredness" of Confederate flag
Concerning the Confederate flag: To those who hold this flag as something sacred, I say we must love them enough to let them know what the Word of God teaches us concerning images. Norma Groom, Martinez

Cuomo's phony plea
Seldom will you see a more blatant use of government for dishonest partisan purposes than the bald-faced lie U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo laid out last week for some Augusta government and business leaders.

Going to the dogs
Even though it is the dog days of summer, whoever thought it would come to this? The future of our region's air transportation, wetlands development and economic growth could well depend on a border collie chasing birds off the Bush Field runway!

Wants "new blood" in government
There are five Augusta commissioners up for re-election in November. My question is how can anyone vote to re-elect any of them? Wayne Hawkins, Augusta

Seeks repairs of Riverwalk playground
What's with the Riverwalk playground? I've recently taken my grandchildren to the Riverwalk for a picnic, a walk and to view the lovely scenery along the beautiful Savannah River. However, the place they really like to visit is the playground, a sorry site. Shirley Shomber, Augusta

Opposes "selling" stadium's name
It is hard to believe that the Augusta commissioners are considering selling the name of the publicly owned baseball stadium to a corporation and receiving only 25 percent of the proceeds. Frank A. Albert, Grovetown

Wants panel that reinstated thief out
Petty partisan politics has raised its ugly head again. The welfare of an elected official's relative is more important than that of the public. Davida Johnson, Augusta

Calls gambling revenue a "hidden tax"
The comments by David W. Nowakowski (letter, Aug. 26) make it clear that he was really interested in his own job security and nothing else. He obfuscates the real problem in a manner similar to most politicians. His reasoning is not as clear or as complete as he would like me to believe. Andy Anderson, Aiken

Oust guilty lawmakers!
Who could be against implementing an amendment to the Georgia constitution that would remove from office lawmakers found guilty of felonies?

Disputes anti-evolution arguments
Michael Welsh in his recent letter ("Hits columnist's defense of evolution'') said things that I wish to rebut. First, he states that, related to "Darwinism,'' skepticism is not allowed. Douglas Martin, Evans

Laments death of "unwanted child"
The saddest thing about Brittany Tindall's life and death is that neither her mother or her father wanted her -- leaving her in the custody of her alcoholic grandmother, who apparently couldn't take care of her own young children. E. Bowman, Aiken

Remains strong "Boondocks" fan
I have been a fan of the comic strip ``The Boondocks'' since it first appeared inThe Sourcemagazine. I was surprised, as were many others, when it appeared on your pages -- considering your reputation as a conservative newspaper. Wesley White, Augusta

David Sisler: Violence often proceeds from words of hate
"WORDS, WORDS, words! I'm so sick of words! I get words all day through, first from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do?''

Chides S.C. video poker proponents
We do not need video poker and its strong arm tactics. The posters on store windows and the sign-up sheets in the stores are deceiving, so beware. Ashley Boyd Sr., Langley

Brands uniform dress code "stupid"
As a rising senior at Butler High School, I feel that the new uniform dress code is very stupid and a waste of money that could go toward schools for new computers. ... You should feel comfortable and relaxed in your clothes in order to learn. Jeff Jones, Augusta

Phil Kent: An early sheriff's race; judge is targeted
IN COMING weeks, I plan to analyze the politics swirling about the five Augusta-Richmond County Commission seats up for grabs on Election Day, Nov. 2. In the meantime, there are other interesting political stirrings.

Praises DeVaney's judgment, honesty
I wish to congratulate the person or persons who appointed Charles DeVaney to head the ... program in progress to restore properties on Laney Walker Blvd. This is an enormous amount of money to trust with some of the hounds ... now on the board of the "hen house.'' Jessie B. Hitt, Augusta

Video poker's Big Lies
U.S. District Judge Joseph Anderson rightly struck down South Carolina's $3,500-per-person limit on campaign contributions for referendum issues. It was, as the anti-gambling Legacy Alliance contended in its suit, a clear violation of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.

Reports Australia's gun program fails
It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed in a program costing the government (the people actually paid, as the government has no money) more than $500 million. Billy B. Jones, Graniteville

Don't sell "source codes"
One way the U.S. cuts back on its deepening trade deficit is by selling arms to non-hostile nations. That's fine, but not when the purchaser puts conditions on the sale that could damage our own national security.

Maintains letter "tongue-in-cheek"
I was surprised when I read the Aug. 29 letter "Feels we came from alien space colony'' by James Wertz. The caption implies Mr. Wertz believes space aliens colonized Earth. Joyce Rabb, Evans

Strike out ballpark idea
Hey, not so fast! Where does an Augusta Commission committee come off sympathizing with a GreenJackets' scheme to recruit a deep-pocketed corporate sponsor to rename Lake Olmstead Stadium?

Slams rehire; cites husband's firing
I heard that the Augusta-Richmond County Personnel Board voted to give the job back to Commissioner Freddie Handy's son. Giving a thief back his job is an outrage -- but we all know it was done because he is black and a commissioner's kin. Mrs. Jerry Hadden, Hephzibah

Jagr excited by new Penguins owner -- and his new look

Overtime: Area hunters open season on doves today

Westwood grabs lead at European Masters

Overtime: Last-ditch shot winner for Liberty

Thrashers sign top pick Patrik Stefan

With Stefan on hand, Thrashers begin first training camp

Irvan retires from racing

Places to go hunting plentiful in area

Youth deer hunts slated in South Carolina

Monticello course added to Savannah Lakes holdings

Skidaway Park often overlooked by visitors to popular Savannah

Irwin captures Southern 500 pole

Doyle leads by one at Senior PGA

Burton has chance to set pace at Darlington

STP, Petty Enterprises will part ways next year

Agassi is the people's choice at U.S. Open

Area buzz: Oba Carr next for Forrest?

Digital opens doors for radio revolution
WASHINGTON -- A stereo that reveals the title and artist on a digital screen as the song plays. Deejays promoting products on air -- then sending electronic coupons for the items to listeners over personal computing devices. A car radio that displays real-time traffic reports and stock quotes as they are streamed over the airwaves.

Online kidney auction pulled
SAN FRANCISCO -- The bidding for a human kidney offered on the Internet auction site eBay hit $5.7 million before the company put a stop to it Thursday.

Microsoft denies it gives government access to Windows
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. sought to assure consumers Friday that it did not insert a secret backdoor in its popular Windows software to allow the U.S. government to snoop on their sensitive computer data.

Hungry Asian beetle menaces American trees
NEW YORK -- An alien invader is casting a hungry eye on one of America's greatest natural resources.

Man receives gene therapy injection for muscular dystrophy
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A 36-year-old traffic controller from South Dakota received a gene therapy injection for muscular dystrophy Thursday, the first to receive the injection.

Space shuttle fleet grounded
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has practically grounded its space shuttle fleet because inspections have uncovered a startling number of damaged wires that could endanger a mission.

Mother-to-child syphilis drops sharply
ATLANTA -- The rate of mother-to-child syphilis has plummeted 78 percent since 1992, the government said.

Entry to radiation area set
Savannah River Site workers won't re-enter until Tuesday the area where seven employees were contaminated with plutonium this week, an SRS spokesman said Friday.

Lawsuit filed against operators of uranium enrichment plant
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Workers who say they were exposed to radiation at a uranium enrichment plant filed suit Friday, seeking $10 billion in damages. The 14 workers sued the former private corporate operators of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which refines uranium for use in nuclear reactors.

Officials say plan allows safe disposal
The future of Savannah River Site might rest with Canadian nuclear reactors.

WHO steps up campaign against useless drugs
GENEVA -- Up to two-thirds of the drugs donated during humanitarian emergencies are unsuitable, badly labeled or near the end of their shelf life, the U.N. health agency said Friday as it issued tightened guidelines on drug donations.

Digital opens doors for radio revolution

Officials say plan allows safe disposal

Microsoft denies it gives government access to Windows

Mother-to-child syphilis drops sharply

Entry to radiation area set

Man receives gene therapy injection for muscular dystrophy

Online kidney auction pulled

Space shuttle fleet grounded

WHO steps up campaign against useless drugs

Hungry Asian beetle menaces American trees