GreenJackets sweep Columbus

Anonymous letter sent to protesting umpires

Catfish Hunter dead at age 53

Braves notebook

Williams finally a regular

Braves win another close game

Surrige skipping school for playoffs

You have to hand it to phones

French farmers fight 'Mc-Domination' of global marketplace

New jobs may come to Warren County
Warren County is now working out a lease agreement with a Turkish textile company, which could bring up to 150 jobs to the county.

Georgia will increase reliance on small businesses

Local HQ closing will cost 80 jobs
Home improvement retailer Hechinger Co. announced Thursday that it will close its Home Quarters store on Bobby Jones Expressway. The closure will result in more than 80 permanent layoffs, a Georgia Labor Department spokesman said.

Economy should look even rosier after GDP revision
WASHINGTON -- The economy will look a little healthier -- growth has been even better than previously thought and Americans haven't been as free-spending -- as the government changes the way it takes the pulse.

Additional business news
Dow closes up after late rally...Delta tops in bumpings...Workers may get NAFTA benefits...Reebok announces layoffs.

Georgia will increase reliance on small businesses
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes told a group of 1,000 entrepreneurs Thursday that under his leadership the state will increase its reliance on small businesses and those owned by members of ethnic minorities.

Additional business news

Augusta Tech introduces new courses
Local manufacturers say there's plenty of people out there willing to work in their factories and plants, but not all of them have what it takes to do the job.

French farmers fight 'Mc-Domination' of global marketplace
DEAUVILLE, France -- Movie stars arriving at the annual American Film Festival in this Normandy resort town over the weekend heard more than the usual squealing of fans.

Hasbro to acquire Pokemon makers
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Hasbro, Inc., the world's second-largest toy maker, is buying Wizards of the Coast Inc., a retailer and games company with a product line including Pokemon trading cards and the best-selling Magic: The Gathering game.

Delta Air Lines pilots negotiate contracts
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines pilots, trying to get an early start on contract negotiations, said Wednesday they want a bigger piece of the airline's profits, which have soared to billion-dollar levels since the last contract was signed.

Local HQ closing will cost 80 jobs

Additional business news
Credit card use sparks borrowing...New hotel to share location...Michelin to cut 7,500 workers...

Augusta Tech introduces new courses

French farmers fight 'Mc-Domination' of global marketplace

New jobs may come to Warren County

Economy should look even rosier after GDP revision

Hasbro to acquire Pokemon makers

Additional business news

College football notes

Skip Holtz released from hospital

Robinson will be tough to remove from starting role

Gathers concerned about Seminoles, not whether he starts

Suddenly Seymour

O'Leary is confident in Tech's freshmen

Lineman hopes to protect his QB

Hamilton determined to exact revenge at FSU

College football today

Gamecocks' defense gets first real test

College football today

Georgia small college roundup

O'Leary not interested in pecking order

A passing grade for college football

Sprague secures starting role at FSU

Clemson offense not yet explosive

Benedict and S.C. State renew rivalry

Skip Holtz feeling better after two nights in hospital

Lamar Building holds history
The 85-year-old Lamar Building presides as the great-grandfather of Augusta's skyscrapers.

Family firm a pioneer
Augusta has several black-owned funeral homes. Nearly all trace their lineage to one that is still thriving. Dent's Undertaking Establishment, located at 930 D'Antignac St., was the first black-owned funeral home in Georgia, co-proprietor Thomasina Ketch said. Ms. Ketch and her sister, Juliette Burton, now operate the home, which was founded in 1888 by their grandparents, John and Julia Dent.

Wrong Waco probe

Slams board for re-hiring thief

Boring duo

Discounts criticism of evolution

Stop stadium hijacking

No reason for anger

Dismisses myths about 'Y2K Bug'

Cooter's new job

GOP boosts veterans

Expresses outrage over prison sentence

In the know
Chris Rock is host of tonight's telecast of the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Lauryn Hill, nominated for five honors, is one of the scheduled performers along with Ricky Martin, TLC, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.

Excitement builds over release of Dreamcast system
Augusta-area video-game retailers are expecting a busy day today when Dreamcast, a new video-game system from Sega, hits the shelves.

Heavy-metal home has soft tones
Interior design is a matter of perspective. ``You just have to look at things differently,'' said Karen Swayne, who raised a few eyebrows when decorating her Evans home.

Fall renewal
As dictated by Mother Nature, spring signals a time of growth, development and rebirth.

Tomato season comes to an end
How did your tomato crop do this year? Mine is still hanging in there, although it's not in the best of shape.

Prancing horses have doubles
Will the real Lipizzaner Stallions please stand up. Two groups of the famous prancing Austrian horses are set to perform in the Augusta area in October.

9/9/99
On Sept. 9, 1999, a day abbreviated with a attention-getting succession of nines, it seems appropriate to focus on the number nine and its importance in our lives

Serenity gaden
NORTH AUGUSTA -- When her husband mowed over a freshly planted bed of daylilies, Lynn Thompson knew it was time to take over care of the yard.

Ramblin' Rhodes
Children's attendance at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon has risen steadily since its opening three years ago, which explains why a major expansion is aimed at educating children.

Brainy comic doesn't want scripted life
Most comedians don't highlight academic achievements on their artist biographies. But Paul Gilmartin, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, lists the feat prominently on his press materials.

Gardening doesn't have to be difficult
A theory came to me this summer, and its conclusion helps me feel more comfortable about those of

Tournament information

Rain should help improve fishing

Georgia player of the week

Lady Panthers roll past Butler 16-0

Condition limits Aquinas star

The coach's call: Josey High School

A Young star is born

High schools taking turn at border war

South Carolina player of the week

Lady Wolfpack fall to Dublin

Silver Bluff's perfect mark will be tested

Valdosta, Carrollton hold top spots

You have to hand it to phones
With everyone talking about the millennium and looking back over the past century, comparisons and disagreements are sure to arise. Like naming, for example, the best invention of our time.

9/9/99

Heavy-metal home has soft tones

Prancing horses have doubles

Serenity gaden

Fall renewal

Tomato season comes to an end

Ramblin' Rhodes

In the know

Gardening doesn't have to be difficult

Excitement builds over release of Dreamcast system

Police dog will benefit squad

DSS ends arrest suit with cash

Judge denies reduced sentence for teen killer
APPLING -- Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet denied a motion Thursday for 17-year-old Jonathan Dunagan to serve part of his 10-year sentence at home on probation.

Federal funds could help construction effort
Federal dollars could keep construction of rural highways from Augusta on track, even though environmental concerns have recently slowed the projects, road officials said Thursday.

Washing away hate

Suit: Construction company negligent

GM papers to be used in lawsuit

Lawsuit reaches settlement

University enrollment reaches record
ATHENS, Ga. -- Although it's not official just yet, University of Georgia numbers show enrollment at a record 30,612 students, leaving classrooms with standing room only.

Schools hit by shortage of textbooks

S.C. election race heats up

9/9/99 causes no problems
All those nines added up to zero. A potential glitch from computers reading the date 9/9/99 passed Thursday with no reports of any problems from major utilities, governments or health care providers.

Community groups stand against video poker

Savannah to hold weightlifting event

Secrecy sparks speculation

Clean-air debate centers on health

GM papers to be used in lawsuit
ATLANTA -- The widow of an Atlanta man who died in a fiery 1997 wreck has won the right to use potentially damaging, decades-old General Motors Corp. documents in her wrongful death suit against the company.

SRS workers examine site of contamination

Area briefs: Annual Aiken fest kicks off today
The 23rd annual Aiken's Makin' festival is expected to draw 25,000 to 30,000 people to downtown Aiken today and Saturday for a two-day fair jam-packed with shopping, food and fun.

King Villa residents wary of reporting crimes

Federal funds could help construction effort

Search for missing flock is under way

DSS ends arrest suit with cash

Clean-air debate centers on health
ATLANTA -- The illnesses bad air is bringing to large areas of Georgia should be a greater concern than the costs of cleaning up the pollution, health and environmental activists told a public hearing Wednesday.

9/9/99 causes no problems

Body of soldier found
SAVANNAH -- Police divers Wednesday recovered the body of one of two soldiers who were reported missing after a Green Beret training exercise in the Savannah River.

Group wants early alcohol vote on alcohol sales

Barnes weighing options for tobacco settlement
ATLANTA - Jane Del Vecchio was a sixth-grader when she noticed some of her classmates were smoking. She wanted to join them.

Drought hits severe conditions

SAT scores don't show full picture
ATLANTA -- Georgia may be struggling to make up ground nationally on the college-entrance Scholastic Assessment Test, but don't tell that to state university admissions directors.

$100,000 donated to complete black monument
SAVANNAH -- For eight years, Abigail Jordan has worked to make a monument to Savannah's black community a reality.

Savannah to hold weightlifting event
SAVANNAH -- For the second time in five years, Savannah will be the site of a world weightlifting championship.

Test to be replaced in 2003
Last year, 78.9 percent met or exceeded the 700 mark. This year, only 58.6 percent did. That's a decline of just over 20 points.

North Athens family victims of cross burning
ATHENS, Ga. -- A two-foot cross made from small sticks burned in the lawn of a family in north Athens, but police don't think the incident was racially motivated.

Area briefs: Murderer set to be paroled

Drought hits severe conditions
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina entered severe drought status Wednesday, with state officials who made the decision citing extensive crop damage, reduced stream flows and increased danger of forest fires.

Washing away hate
Swastikas, vulgarities and racist slurs were found scrawled over six Columbia County school buses and two school buildings at three different schools Thursday morning.

Suit: Construction company negligent
AIKEN -- A construction supervisor is suing a construction foreman for assault and battery after an alleged attack in July at the Home Depot store being built on Whiskey Road.

Crider unsure of plant's future
Crider Inc. officials still don't know whether they will rebuild a Lincoln County chicken processing plant destroyed by a fire last month.

Schools hit by shortage of textbooks
Richmond County schools are experiencing a shortage of textbooks. Students at some schools only have enough books to use during class, others are using old books until newer editions arrive.

One of Georgia's last drive-in theaters maintains 1950s pastime
JESUP, Ga. -- Far down the trailer-dotted road, past miles of red dirt and pine trees, a sweet secret resides in the heart of the country: the Jesup Drive-In is playing tonight.

Area briefs: Murderer set to be paroled
Wreck kills Fort Gordon sailor...Man gets life sentence...Doctoral information offered...Woman kills daughter, self...Hurricane leaves flies in state...Fluency law draws few takers...Blowtorch tips authorities

Bird's the word
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens zoo officials are holding a public contest to name an injured male eagle that has just arrived from Alaska.

King Villa residents wary of reporting crimes
Residents of King Villa are fed up with the crime in their neighborhood and are calling on the county to help them clean it up.

Crider unsure of plant's future

Secrecy sparks speculation
The secrecy surrounding the Richmond County grand jury's grilling Augusta commissioners proves one thing: Rumors, like mushrooms, grow best in the dark.

Staying in line

Search for missing flock is under way
The pink flamingos have flown the coop -- and they had help. The Augusta chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is searching for a flock of pink plastic flamingos and the person who made off with the 33 birds from the yard of a Columbia County home in August.

DSS ends arrest suit with cash

SRS workers examine site of contamination
Savannah River Site workers have re-entered a storage area where seven employees were exposed to plutonium last week.

Judge denies reduced sentence for teen killer

Police dog will benefit squad
BURNETTOWN -- Although she's had only two training sessions, Burnettown's newest member is about to unleash a new law enforcement weapon for town police.

Family firm a pioneer

Community groups stand against video poker
AIKEN -- The Nov. 2 referendum on the future of video poker will be like Custer's Last Stand for the people of South Carolina, state Sen. Greg Ryberg said Thursday.

Board approves sending Barnes budget

DSS ends arrest suit with cash
AIKEN -- The South Carolina Department of Social Services has settled a lawsuit by an Aiken County man who was falsely arrested on a charge of failing to pay a DSS fee.

Taliaferro County gets OK for school

S.C. election race heats up
AIKEN -- The fireworks in the race for the South Carolina House District 81 seat began this week with contention over a letter written by Republican candidate Robert S. ``Skipper'' Perry to district voters.

Barnes weighing options for tobacco settlement

DSS ends arrest suit with cash
AIKEN -- The South Carolina Department of Social Services has settled a lawsuit by an Aiken County man who was falsely arrested on a charge of failing to pay a DSS fee.

Test to be replaced in 2003

Bubble-licious
Ryan Thomas, 5, of Aiken, lets his curiosity get the best of him Thursday as he tastes one of the bubbles he has just blown. Ryan was staying occupied while waiting for his parents to pick him up at the Millbrook Day Care Center in Aiken.

SAT scores don't show full picture

Community groups stand against video poker
AIKEN -- The Nov. 2 referendum on the future of video poker will be like Custer's Last Stand for the people of South Carolina, state Sen. Greg Ryberg said Thursday.

Board approves sending Barnes budget
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Education on Thursday approved sending Gov. Roy Barnes a $5.5 billion budget proposal that would give local schools systems millions for safety equipment and allow the state to develop an end-of-the-course test in every grade.

DSS ends arrest suit with cash
AIKEN -- The South Carolina Department of Social Services has settled a lawsuit by an Aiken County man who was falsely arrested on a charge of failing to pay a DSS fee.

Lamar Building holds history

Group wants early alcohol vote on alcohol sales
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Supporters of Sunday alcohol sales in Greenville County want the issue decided next month instead of Nov. 2, when it would be on the same ballot with video gambling.

Area briefs: Annual Aiken fest kicks off today

Lawsuit reaches settlement
AIKEN -- A $10 million defamation lawsuit related to a 6-year-old New Ellenton sewer scandal was settled out of court this week between a local businessman and the town's former mayor and wife.

Community groups stand against video poker

Discrimination suit is dismissed in court
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- A federal court has dismissed a former police chief's reverse discrimination lawsuit against the town of McCormick, saying there is no evidence of allegations he was fired in 1997 to make way for a black police chief.

Discrimination suit is dismissed in court

Taliaferro County gets OK for school
ATLANTA - Two decades after losing its high school, tiny, rural Taliaferro County may finally get its teens back.

Staying in line
Evelyn Alexander could hardly resist her second-grader's plea Thursday not to wear ``those ugly clothes'' to school. The Goshen Elementary School pupil wanted to wear something other than khaki or navy bottoms with a white or light-blue shirt.

Bubble-licious

Falcons still looking for respect

Graziani number two after Kanell stumbles

Falcons still looking for respect

I dumped dorsey

Recent past follows teams into opener

Moss has Falcons' attention

Falcons still have something to prove

Mr. Alton Mock Sr.
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Mr. Alton Bowie Mock Sr., 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at Tampa General Hospital.

Mrs. Vandella Albea
Mrs. Vandella Brinkley Albea, 95, of 1617 Hunter St., died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Solomon Lazenby Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Solomon Lazenby Sr., 74, of 253 Dunns St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Elizabeth Kyler
Mrs. Elizabeth Davis Kyler, 88, of 2801 Hazel St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Diana Abreu
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Diana Rosa Batule Abreu, 69, of 932 Grimm Ave., died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Raymond Dixon
GIRARD, Ga. -- Mr. Raymond Dixon, 82, died Monday, Sept, 6, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Lee Maris
Mr. Lee Harris, 66, of 1628 12th St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Arizona Hunter
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Arizona Hunter, 99, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Wayne Jones
LANGLEY -- Mr. Wayne Jones, 57, of 155 Pelzer St., died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Rev. Walter Booker Jr.
The Rev. Walter Booker Jr., 76, of 206 Walker St., Augusta, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Freeman
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. James ``Sugar Boy'' Freeman, 54, of 314 Cotton St., died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Sadie Dyches
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Sadie Bell Hutto Dyches, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Mrs. Sarah McIntyre
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Sarah K. McIntyre, 90, of 129 Norwood Road, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999.

Dr. Richard Bafford
AIKEN -- Dr. Richard A. Bafford, 69, of 1027 Brookhaven Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Thomas
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. John F. ``Jeff'' Thomas, 61, of 307 Red Hill Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Myrtis Luke
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Myrtis Deloach Luke, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Ms. Sharon McCallum
Ms. Sharon K. McCallum, 42, of 422 First St., died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Virgil Robinson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Virgil Perry Robinson, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Gladys Jansen
Mrs. Gladys Maddox Jansen, 89, of 403 Normandy Place, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Ruby Wilson
FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Mr. Ruby Franklin Wilson, 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Ms. Ruth Peters
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Ruth Peters, 68, of The Ledges, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at West Lake Manor Nursing Home.

Miss Latrina Sherman
HEPHZIBAH -- Miss Latrina Ann Sherman, 29, of 3569 Morgan Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Richard Crouch
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Richard Coleman ``Zeke'' Crouch, 90, of Rt. 2 Chappelle Hwy., died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Doris Shores
Mrs. Doris Brink Shores, 77, of 515 Aumond Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at Forest Lake Health Care Center.

Mrs. Annie Adams
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mrs. Annie Laura Adams, 66, of 2235 Fifth St. South, died Monday, September 6, 1999, at Bayfront Medical Center.

Mrs. Hildegard Boeck
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Mrs. Hildegard W. Boeck, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999.

Mr. George Price Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. George Price Sr., 69, of 252 Williams Lane, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Fred Cannon
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Fred R. ``Ted'' Cannon, 76, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Bonnie Lee Landers
Entered into rest September 9, 1999, Mr. Bonnie Lee Landers, husband of Mrs. Pat Walker Landers, 1006 Fairview Road, North Augusta, S.C.

Mrs. Myrtis Luke

Mr. Bonnie Lee Landers

Mr. Lee Maris

Mrs. Sarah McIntyre

Mrs. Elizabeth Kyler

Mr. Wayne Jones

Mr. James Freeman

Mr. George Price Sr.

Mrs. Hildegard Boeck

Miss Latrina Sherman

Mrs. Gladys Jansen

Mr. Virgil Robinson

Mr. Raymond Dixon

Mr. Ruby Wilson

Mrs. Annie Adams

Ms. Ruth Peters

Mrs. Diana Abreu

Mr. Solomon Lazenby Sr.

Mr. Alton Mock Sr.

Dr. Richard Bafford

Punching back at Rick Dorse, Tom Moraetes
THIS IS A response to all of the negative publicity that I have been receiving in the media in Augusta. The so-called feud with Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes has been fueled by Chronicle reporter Rick Dorsey, who seems to have it in for successful local athletes. When I did the interview, Mr. Dorsey asked me general questions about me, my upcoming bout, and about Mr. Moraetes.

Cooter's new job
Remember ex-U.S. Rep. Ben Jones, D-Ga.? Before he served a few terms in Congress, he was a good 'ol boy mechanic named ``Cooter'' on the old Dukes of Hazzard TV show.

Expresses outrage over prison sentence
I hope citizens of this community are as outraged as myself and my friends about the recent killer's prison sentence of ten years for killing a man with a frying pan. The killer admits a crack habit led to the wrongful death and now is worried about her children. Stan Brosz, Aiken

Wrong Waco probe
Republican John Danforth is a highly respected 20-year veteran of the Senate who retired in 1995. He's a fine choice to head up an independent probe into the FBI's actions -- and especially its lies -- about events that led to the tragic deaths of at least 80 cultistsand children at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993.

No reason for anger
No Augusta commissioner has any business getting angry at being called before a local civil grand jury to answer questions. It may be inconvenient for some of them, but certainly there's no dishonor in being questioned. They should just consider it part of being a public servant.

Boring duo
Former basketball star and New Jersey U.S. senator Bill Bradley has officially kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The laconic politico, campaigning as the ``un-Clinton,'' hopes to upset Clinton vice presidential crony Al Gore.

GOP boosts veterans
Last Sunday we editorially noted that the Clinton administration is falsely criticizing Republicans for ``cutting'' the Housing and Urban Development agency budget. The GOP actually proposes adding $2 billion over the current budget; the Democrats want to spend $4 billion.

Discounts criticism of evolution
In a recent letter, Michael Welsh takes issue with syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman's comments on the nature of scientific inquiry and its conclusion that evolution is a plausible mechanism to explain the development of life on Earth. I should like to take issue with some of Mr. Welsh's re-marks. Richard Baxter, Aiken

Stop stadium hijacking
It's one thing for an Augusta Commission finance panel to approve GreenJackets management's proposal to let a corporate sponsor rename Lake Olmstead Stadium. It's quite another when the full Commission itself does.

Worries about military readiness
I want to let everyone know about our troops stationed in South Korea. The barracks are substandard, with holes in the walls and roach infestation. In Seoul the soldiers are being stacked up like cordwood. ... Roger P. Nelms, Aiken

The Regency dilemma
The conundrum posed by paying Windward Consultants $100,000 to develop a plan to deal with Regency Mall could have been avoided if the city had a hard rule not to mix advisers with potential buyers.

Punching back at Rick Dorse, Tom Moraetes
THIS IS A response to all of the negative publicity that I have been receiving in the media in Augusta. The so-called feud with Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes has been fueled by Chronicle reporter Rick Dorsey, who seems to have it in for successful local athletes. When I did the interview, Mr. Dorsey asked me general questions about me, my upcoming bout, and about Mr. Moraetes.

Blasts trio for discrimination suits
I was shocked to read that Aimee Bogrow, Lindsay Donaldson, and Molly Ann Beckenhauer recently filed lawsuits against the University of Georgia, charging reverse discrimination because they were not admitted to the school. E. Maner, Augusta

Questions story, adult 'priorities'
Re a frivolous Sept. 7 front page (featuring student Breonne DeDecker: Glen Davis, Augusta

Slams board for re-hiring thief
Can you spell ``stench''? I think it is terrible that a self-confessed thief who has, in effect, stolen from the taxpayers has been given his job back. Ginny Sherwood, Augusta

Dismisses myths about 'Y2K Bug'
9/9/99 was a myth associated with the "Y2K Bug.'' Despite what was printed in last Sunday's article ``Potential Year 2000 glitches grip world consciousness,'' the ninth day of the ninth month of 1999 has virtually zero chance of causing a problem with computers or software. Tim Moses, Augusta

Being a fan doesn't come cheap at Darlington

Old man Ferraro starting over with Thrashers

Legendary golfer turns 70

Overtime: Ali's daughter ready to make her ring debut

Davenport survives scare, will face younger Williams in semis

Burton learns on the track

Martin, Pioline advance

Pioline reaches U.S. Open semifinals

Overtime: Rabedeaux to succeed Don Haskins

U.N. launching new Web site
NEW YORK -- Three world leaders clicked on their computer controls today to launch a new Internet site that aims to fight hunger and poverty worldwide.

Exercise can ward off gallstones
Exercise isn't just good for the heart -- your gall bladder will thank you, too.

Companies make a killing in soap business
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Popular antibacterial hand soaps provide extra protection against nasty germs like staph, E. coli and salmonella, but they aren't new, they don't sterilize hands and they aren't approved by the FDA.

Japanese companies fined in vitamin price-fixing case
WASHINGTON -- Three Japanese companies are the latest to face criminal fines for plotting to raise and fix the prices of vitamins used in nearly every American home.

Why do peacocks stick together in avian 'singles bar'?
Groups of peacocks strut their stuff in hopes of attracting the finest peahens, but only a few lucky guys will find a willing mate in the wild kingdom's equivalent of a singles bar.

Findings could have impact
There is an intricate dance of chemical reactions that maintain a healthy balance of pressure within the eye and tracing the steps of that dance has occupied Ata A. Abdel-Latif nearly four decades.

Companies battle for vitamin sales on the Web
WASHINGTON -- Three flamboyant offline retailers are vying to be electronic kingpin in Washington, the global capital of Internet vitamin sales.

Study: Web is 19 clicks of separation
Any two randomly picked pages on the World Wide Web are on average just 19 clicks away from each other, researchers say.

New medical technique sheds light on how the lungs work
WASHINGTON -- In a laboratory at the University of Virginia, a handful of patients inhaled a deep breath of helium and watched their lungs light up.

Foreign countries fail to disclose Y2K air readiness
WASHINGTON -- Nearly one-third of the foreign countries asked to divulge their airport and airline readiness for the Year 2000 computer problem are more than two months late in doing so, U.S. officials said today.

Foreign countries fail to disclose Y2K air readiness

New medical technique sheds light on how the lungs work

Companies battle for vitamin sales on the Web

Japanese companies fined in vitamin price-fixing case

Findings could have impact

Companies make a killing in soap business

Exercise can ward off gallstones