Venezuela goes to bat for Aparicio

Braves fall to Padres

GreenJackets win series opener

Victory will clinch SAL title

GreenJackets notebook: Red Sox's Gordon starts for Augusta

Pitcher eyes franchise record

Braves rebound with 11-4 win

Owners discuss international play

Cox won't call it a 'slump'

Braves notebook: Millwood continues to impress

Braves notebook: Chipper made tough play look easy

Predictions often are incorrect

Local businesses are keeping an eye on Floyd

Additional business news

Bankruptcy lawyer writes on prevention

Executive: A hospital will close

SITEL to open center

Project to bring trucks

Businesses keep rates reasonable during storm
Supply and demand. The more a consumer needs something, the more businesses charge for it.

Automakers focus on practicality at Frankfurt auto show

Bankruptcy lawyer writes on prevention
Growing up in Augusta prepared Marguerite Kirk for the big, bad work of bankruptcy law.

SITEL to open center
One of the country's largest telephone-based service companies announced Wednesday it would open a call center in Augusta that will eventually employ more than 500 people.

Executive: A hospital will close
Augusta's tight health care market is going to get tighter. It's inevitable, one of the city's top health care executives told a business gathering Tuesday.

Business briefs: Industrial average tumbles 1 percent

Local businesses are keeping an eye on Floyd
Like the rest of the Southeast, Augusta's business and industry leaders are keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Floyd.

Businesses keep rates reasonable during storm

Survey: Internet tax opposed
NEW YORK -- A commission made up of government and business representatives that is studying how to tax purchases over the Internet could hit some heavy public opposition, judging from a survey released on the first day of the group's meeting in New York.

Project to bring trucks
A Tennessee-based company is building a 10-acre truck stop at the intersection of River Watch Parkway and Interstate 20. The company, Knoxville-based Pilot Travel Centers, said the development will employ more than 85 people when it opens in mid-December.

Automakers focus on practicality at Frankfurt auto show
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Automakers unveiled a number of boxy family cars at the Frankfurt auto show Tuesday, offering a glimpse of Europe's automotive future that looks decidedly practical.

Survey: Internet tax opposed

Additional business news
Airline employees protest purchase...Qualcomm stock gets boost...Government warns of Y2K abroad...Television program flees Floyd...British inflation hits 36-year low

Business briefs: Industrial average tumbles 1 percent
Inflation rate falls to new low ... Automaker plans billions for cars ... Dime Bancorp to acquire Hudson

Vols now take big games in stride

Opponents stadium feels like home turf

Tigers' Streeter honored

Stats aside, Vols wary of No. 4 Gators

Tech anxious for defenders to return

Penn State's offense could be up in the air

Gators dump humble act for Vols

Georgia Southern players prepare for Oregon State

Jackets must move forward without Burns

Tide still looking to get the ball down field

Adams leading Clemson's linebackers

Senate class of '63 a breed apart
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate class of 1963 produced captains of industry, public service commissioners, mayors, governors, and even a U.S. president.

Y2K bug lights up solar power
Chris Mueller says she's been concerned about the environmental impact of her own energy consumption for years, but it was the so-called millennium bug that prompted her to do something about it.

Pounces on distorted pope remarks

Supports 'clean' candidate for 2000

Approve A-NIC funds

Supports dress code in area schools

No bogus tax cut

Why Sprawls won

Coddling terrorists

Urges action to reduce teen drinking

'Goes ape' over Cheek candidacy

In the know
As a prelude to Saturday's Miss America Pageant, each of the 51 contestants is profiled during Up Close & Personal ... The Search for Miss America 2000.

In the know
As a prelude to Saturday's Miss America Pageant, each of the 51 contestants is profiled during Up Close & Personal ... The Search for Miss America 2000.

Product can get the stink out of athletic wear
In the never-ending quest to make America smell springtime fresh, scientists have found a way to keep sweaty clothes odor-free.

Capsules
A long-term study of more than 9,000 doctors found that those who were overweight at age 25 had a significantly increased risk of developing adult onset diabetes by age 50.

Tamale time
Has fall madness set in at your house? Are you ready for another season of drive-through dining and pizza delivery?

Bottoms up
The stout will flow and the lads will sing on Riverwalk Augusta this weekend.

Bottoms up
The stout will flow and the lads will sing on Riverwalk Augusta this weekend.

Tattoo look doesn't have to be permanent
Sure, tattoos are a hot trend today, but fashion is fickle, so think about temporary beauty designs on the body. There are plenty of products for self-applications of mehndi designs, tattoos, body jewels and stenciled-on color. They're perfect for people of the here-today-gone-tomorrow mentality.

House of many memories
Atop a hill, under dangling Spanish moss, Katharine Colgan looked at her old family home, Kathwood Plantation.

Georgia player of the week

Evacuation postpones football game

New coach inspires confidence

S.C. player of the week

Predictions often are incorrect
Don't think the way you are today is the way you'll always be.

House of many memories

Bottoms up

Bottoms up

In the know

Product can get the stink out of athletic wear

In the know

Tattoo look doesn't have to be permanent

Tamale time

Capsules

Boat owners making best preparations possible

Affirmative action supported

Hurricane Safety Tips
If the effects of Hurricane Floyd reach the Augusta area with dire results, planning ahead may keep the family safe and more comfortable. Before bad weather strikes:

Evening school enrollment rising
Primus Weaver thought he could make it without one when he left Hephzibah High school in 1992. But the military turned him down because he didn't have it, and employer after employer also said he needed it.

Floyd expected to hit Tybee Island
ATLANTA -- A change in course has sent Hurricane Floyd barreling toward coastal Georgia, where it is expected to whip up 125-mph winds in downtown Savannah late tonight and create a 15-to-20-foot storm surge along the coast.

Daughters describe night of shooting
APPLING -- Through tearful testimony, Rosalva Vazquez recounted how her mother shielded her and her sister from gunfire as their father lay dying only a few feet away.

Across the area

Class schedule changes cause buses to run late
It's been almost four weeks since classes began in Columbia County, and some school buses are still running late. Bus routes have been running behind, mostly because of a change in starting and ending times for elementary and high schools, creating problems for bus drivers trying to run afternoon routes for middle schools.

Augusta area ready for Floyd
There's nothing left to do but wait. Preparations are complete for the impending arrival of Hurricane Floyd, local officials said. Maintenance crews are ready and waiting. Shelters are open.

Storm sparks largest U.S. exodus
The focus on Hurricane Floyd shifted north Wednesday as Georgia dodged the full force of the storm's pounding. Evacuations in the Carolinas mirrored the earlier exodus as thousands fled inland, snarling highway traffic as the hurricane thrashed its way along the coast.

Hispanic population growing
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's Hispanic community is growing, especially in rural areas, according to Census Bureau information that takes a detailed look at county-level population by race.

MCG Health seeks control of S.C. clinics
While trying to change the way Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics operate, MCG Health Inc. also is interested in reaching across the Savannah River to three struggling South Carolina hospitals.

Grand jury proceedings offer little

Thousands of evacuees come to Augusta during storm
When the next storm of the century strikes the eastern seaboard, Augusta will know what to expect. As Hurricane Floyd approached the Carolina coasts, thousands of evacuees swarmed into Augusta, surpassing all the worst-case scenarios that city officials used to prepare for such events.

Soldier reprimanded for fraternization

Across the area
Cleanup efforts may not be enough ... More qualify for election ... Wackenhut gets security contract

Area briefs: Commissioner quits to take federal job

Elderly carried to safety
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Barely a tuft of 103-year-old Antonette Tesauro's white hair poked from beneath her blankets as she waited patiently for her roommate to be rolled onto a stretcher and carried to a safer haven.

Evening school enrollment rising

Refugees tell tales of evacuation
On Wednesday, Mayor Bob Young made a plea to Augustans to open their homes to some of the 2,800 evacuees who had settled into the city's shelters. We visited with some of the people who were waiting to see what Hurricane Floyd would do next.

See You at the Pole draws large crowd
Greenbrier High School students were packed like bees around a hive for Wednesday's See You at the Pole prayer rally.

Augusta streets packed with refugees
In marked contrast to ghost towns left boarded up and empty along the Southeastern coast, the streets of Augusta were bustling Wednesday with thousands of evacuees waiting out Hurricane Floyd.

Refugees tell tales of evacuation

Evacuees bring stories with them
People fleeing their coastal homes stopped Tuesday at the Georgia Welcome Center along Interstate 20 but found themselves unable to escape Hurricane Floyd's grasp.

Forecast prompts evacuation
Thousands of coastal Georgia residents fled inland Tuesday to escape the promised fury of Hurricane Floyd, jamming highways and filling hotels across Georgia and South Carolina. They abandoned homes and belongings under an incongruously blue sky in preparation for a monster of a storm that dwarfs any in recent memory.

Hippodrome takes in animal refugees of storm
A half-dozen Scottish terriers corralled in a makeshift pen perked up their large ears and barked in unison Wednesday as a rider on horseback passed within a few yards.

Boat owners making best preparations possible
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Many boaters were working overtime yesterday to protect their vessels for the anticipated approach of Hurricane Floyd, but they probably realize better than most there's only so much anyone can do.

Residents empty Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- An abandoned city, normally bustling with tourists, waited quietly late Wednesday for Mother Nature's wrath.

Residents stock up on water, generators

Donations collected

School closings

Weakened Floyd hits land in N.C.
ALONG THE COAST -- Hurricane Floyd washed a shore in Cape Fear, N.C., early today, weakened but still dangerous as it snapped trees and power lines, smashed piers and dumped a foot or more of flooding rain in parts of North Carolina and Virginia.

Charleston sees damage as minor

Mother, her newborn back together at MCG
Seth Crews Moore was born under a bad storm. Delivered by Caesarean section at 11:57 a.m. Monday at Candler Hospital in Savannah, he developed breathing problems and was whisked away.

Storms hitting inland can be deadly, costly

Savannah residents see little destruction
SAVANNAH -- The predicted roar of Hurricane Floyd was barely a whisper in Savannah on Wednesday.

School closings
Due to the large number of evacuees along the Georgia and South Carolina coastline, following shelters are now open:

Night spent in shelter peaceful for large family
As the evening closed in Wednesday, a steady cooling breeze whispered through the magnolias and ornamental pears sheltering the courtyard at the Alleluia Community School.

Hospitals prepare

Timeline
The following is a day-by-day guide of Hurricane Floyd events.

Y2K bug lights up solar power

South Georgia spared worst from hurricane
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Southeast Georgia was spared Wednesday from the catastrophic damage initially predicted from one of the most powerful hurricanes to threaten the state.

Judges to rule on fees
ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court is expected to rule by the end of March on whether a statewide law or a local one determines if Liberty County's tax commissioner can pay herself nearly $1 million in fees.

Charleston sees damage as minor
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Morning broke over Charleston today with a pleasant blush of surprise.

State's health plan on financial edge
ATLANTA -- The $980 million health plan for nearly 550,000 state employees and their dependents operated too close to the edge last fiscal year, taking in only about $1 million more in premiums than it paid out in claims, Georgia Community Health Commissioner Russ Toal said Wednesday.

City puts priority on clearing Floyd debris from roads
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Hurricane Floyd will be remembered for its intense rain and flooding, not for the monster it was made out to be.

Few residents stay in Savannah to weather storm
Savannah -- As daylight faded Wednesday, the city was pounded with heavy rain and strong winds as Hurricane Floyd made its presence known.

Thousands of evacuees come to Augusta during storm

Class schedule changes cause buses to run late

Evacuation orders, airport closings leave some stranded on coast

Grand jury proceedings offer little
Augusta commissioners spent Tuesday afternoon waiting their turns to be called before the Richmond County grand jury.

Timeline

Shelters open
Due to the large number of evacuees along the Georgia and South Carolina coastline, following shelters are now open:

Hippodrome takes in animal refugees of storm

City puts priority on clearing Floyd debris from roads

Autopsy of inmate awaited
AIKEN -- An autopsy will be performed today on an inmate who died Monday while in custody at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Evacuees bring stories with them

Airport closings spill over

See You at the Pole draws large crowd

Pineda claims son was shot first

State's health plan on financial edge

Few residents stay in Savannah to weather storm

Shelters open

Affirmative action supported
ATLANTA - The leader of Georgia's Senate Republicans broke with his party's traditional opposition to affirmative action Tuesday by announcing his support for retaining the University of Georgia's admissions policy of giving a preference to minority applicants.

Hispanic population growing

MCG Health seeks control of S.C. clinics

Hurricane Safety Tips

Group votes on authority for medical center
Working closer with the Richmond County school system on a health sciences magnet school to steer children into health professions will be recommended by a joint study committee looking at regional health care in Augusta.

Evacuation orders, airport closings leave some stranded on coast
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Shonna Shinn flew out of Atlanta on Tuesday and landed around 1:45 p.m. at Myrtle Beach International Airport, expecting to enjoy a pleasant vacation.

Mother, her newborn back together at MCG

Simulators help train officers

Senate class of '63 a breed apart

Forecast prompts evacuation

Night spent in shelter peaceful for large family

Civic Center opened to evacuees
The trail stops here for many people fleeing the wrath of Hurricane Floyd. Almost all of Augusta's 10 shelters filled Wednesday, causing city officials to open the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center to the thousands of people evacuating the coast.

Area opens to Floyd evacuees

School closings
Due to the large number of evacuees along the Georgia and South Carolina coastline, following shelters are now open:

South Georgia spared worst from hurricane

Storms hitting inland can be deadly, costly
As coastal cities prepare for the ravages of Hurricane Floyd, inland residents as far north as North Carolina are also keeping a nervous eye on the weather. They no longer are as naive as they were a decade ago about the destruction storms can cause in the heart of a state.

Soldier reprimanded for fraternization
A Fort Gordon drill sergeant was reprimanded and reduced in rank after pleading guilty to charges of having improper relationships with female trainees during general court martial proceedings Tuesday.

Area opens to Floyd evacuees
Thousands of Hurricane Floyd evacuees streamed into the Augusta area Wednesday seeking shelter -- in some cases, just a place to park their vehicles -- after completing road trips from Southeastern cities that took three times longer than they ordinarily would.

Residents stock up on water, generators
Augusta resident David Edlund stacked $1,000 worth of chain saws, sheets of plywood, flashlights and extension cords in the back of his pickup Tuesday.

Daughters describe night of shooting

Donations collected

Residents empty Myrtle Beach

Savannah residents see little destruction

Floyd expected to hit Tybee Island

Elderly carried to safety

Area briefs: Commissioner quits to take federal job
Columbia County Commissioner Lee Brooks said Tuesday he is quitting his post to take a new job with the federal government in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Civic Center opened to evacuees

S.C. governor orders evacuation as Hurricane Floyd nears

Group votes on authority for medical center

School closings

Storm sparks largest U.S. exodus

Candle of Hope helps charities
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Two local charities are already benefiting from proceeds The Keenan O'Mailia Candle of Hope Foundation has made in under a month.

S.C. governor orders evacuation as Hurricane Floyd nears
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Jim Hodges ordered a mandatory evacuation of as many as 800,000 people in coastal areas today as Hurricane Floyd aimed for South Carolina's coast, just a week shy of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo's destructive run through the state.

Pineda claims son was shot first
APPLING -- Mayra Juarez, the 15-year-old who made the initial 911 call the night she witnessed the deaths of three people last Thanksgiving, told jurors Tuesday that she never saw any of the victims pull a gun.

Hospitals prepare
McKenzie Hamm slept on her side, oblivious to the monitors beeping around her and unaware she is on the run from a storm.

Sprawls defeats incumbent
AIKEN -- With a voter turnout of 26.4 percent, District 3 challenger Don Sprawls ousted incumbent Karen Papouchado by 96 votes in Tuesday's Aiken City Council Republican primary.

Simulators help train officers
As a woman poked her head in the driver's side window of her car, pulling out something from inside, Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Raymond Jones shot her in the chest.

Storm plunges city into darkness
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Darkness fell early in Charleston on Wednesday afternoon,leaving nothing to do but wait for the worst from Hurricane Floyd.

Airport closings spill over
Hurricane Floyd caused some headaches Wednesday for air travelers in Augusta.

Storm plunges city into darkness

Patriots' injuries force personnel changes

Future now for Couch, Browns

Falcons focus on Cowboys

Quarterbacks take different paths

By speaking up, Smith sparked comeback

Mrs. Nancy Johnson
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mrs. Nancy Beck Johnson, 64, of 661 Hempstead Place, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Carolinas Medical Center.

Mrs. Inez Anderson
Mrs. Inez Doe Anderson, 71, of 2526 Milledgeville Road, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Nelson Guzman
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Nelson Guzman, 37, of 15572 Aiken Road, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999.

Mrs. Virginia Reddick
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Virginia Overstreet Reddick, 67, of 505 South Main St., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. John Read Sr.
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Mr. John McArthur Read Sr., 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Clark
GLENWOOD, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Kent Clark, 85, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Lynn Haven Nursing Center, Gray.

Dalvon Young
AIKEN -- Dalvon Devron Young, infant son of Travis Young and Sherry V. Cade, of 7 Ridgecrest Road, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, in Edgefield County.

Mrs. Betty Granade
VERNON, British Columbia -- Mrs. Betty Dike Granade, 69, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999.

Ms. Anne Stewart
Ms. Anne Lazenby Stewart, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Carolyn Taylor
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Carolyn Harris Taylor, 73, of 474 Georgia Highway 23 N., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Charles Haynes
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Charles ``Chucky'' Glynn Haynes, 77, of 164 Kathleen Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Atlanta.

Mrs. Sarah Powell
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Sarah Ethel May Powell, 92, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Nancy Johnson
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mrs. Nancy Beck Johnson, 64, of 661 Hempstead Place, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Carolinas Medical Center.

Mrs. Doris Adams
DEARING -- Mrs. Doris Mable Swint Adams, 70, of 2667 Tudor Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Shuster Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James E. Shuster Jr., 45, of 30 Du Priest Circle, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Johnson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Henry Johnson, 51, of 319 Hillcrest St., died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. William Hopper
ROME, Ga. -- Mr. William F. ``Bill'' Hopper, 85, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999.

Mr. Monte Smith
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mr. Monte C. Smith, 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. Richard Richeson Sr.
Mr. Richard L. Richeson Sr., 71, of 3602 Elliott Blvd., died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon.

Mr. Galen Morse
BAXLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Galen D. Morse, 72, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ruth Bussey
Mrs. Ruth Hammonds Bussey, 68, of 1415 Jackson Road, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Jessie Eubanks
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Jessie Alda Shields Eubanks, 90, of 203 East Spring Grove Ave., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. William O'Quinn
JACKSON -- Mr. William George O'Quinn, 71, of 606 Third St. Extension, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Edward Simpson
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Edward ``Buddy'' Simpson, of 49 Breezy Hill Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Frederick Bunch
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Frederick C. Bunch, 71, 1365 Williston Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Holly Price
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Holly B. Price, 77, of Route 6, Ivory Keys Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center.

Mr. Galen Morse

Mrs. Doris Adams

Mrs. Nancy Johnson

Mrs. Sarah Powell

Mr. Charles Haynes

Mr. William O'Quinn

Ms. Anne Stewart

Mr. Robert Johnson

Mrs. Carolyn Taylor

Mr. Frederick Bunch

Mr. Holly Price

Mr. James Shuster Jr.

Mrs. Betty Granade

Dalvon Young

Mr. Monte Smith

Mr. John Read Sr.

Mr. Richard Richeson Sr.

Mrs. Virginia Reddick

Mrs. Inez Anderson

Mrs. Mary Clark

Mrs. Ruth Bussey

Denise Moraetes: Boxing club's goal is to keep kids off the streets, teach discipline, respect
IT IS SAD that Vernon Forrest (column, Sept. 9) has been given a forum to air falsehoods and opinions with one hope in mind -- to attempt to ruin the community's not-for-profit community boxing program, the Augusta Boxing Club. This club put Mr. Forrest on the path to his current status as a professional athlete.

Sen. Cleland: Resolution lies with the Colombians
THE WAR ON drugs in the United States is not just a war on the streets. As the headlines are telling us, it is a war on the seas, in the air and on the ground, at home and abroad. From drug interdiction to border patrols to street arrests to foreign aid for security efforts, the United States is engaged in a multi-front war where the stakes are high and our children's future is the ultimate prize.

Sen. Coverdell: Crisis requires international attention
TODAY, U.S. foreign policy has been consumed by the crisis in Kosovo, yet another compelling foreign policy challenge is taking place in our own hemisphere. Like Kosovo, this crisis has displaced hundreds of thousands of people -- more than 800,000 since 1995. And instead of a small province being ethically cleansed by its own government, an entire country is fighting multiple wars at once: wars against two competing guerrilla groups; a war against paramilitary organizations; and a war against drug lords who traffic deadly cocaine and heroin into the United States. These are the four wars of Colombia.

Pounces on distorted pope remarks
Well done, Wormwood. Your latest media blitz went beyond clever and masterful. It was down right diabolical! Imagine -- having the major news agencies misquote the pope as saying there is no hell. Kathy Edry, Augusta

Approve A-NIC funds
Let there be no mistake. The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. is a much-needed public-private partnership that is well positioned to do a lot to improve the living conditions and quality of life for our community.

Raps delay in ASU student aid checks
I am a full time student at Augusta State University and have been for several years. I work part time and I am a single mother. Amy Cooper, Augusta

'Goes ape' over Cheek candidacy
This story is a little long, but the point needs to be made. Fred Reed, Augusta

Supports 'clean' candidate for 2000
In view of the recent Iowa straw poll, I find it interesting to read that Republican candidate Gary Bauer came in fourth place.That's very exciting news.... Barbara Page, Tennille

Urges action to reduce teen drinking
I was greatly disturbed Sept. 9 when I opened the Neighbors section. In the middle element each week you publish the list of those convicted of driving under the influence each week. Jack Hobbs, Augusta

Denise Moraetes: Boxing club's goal is to keep kids off the streets, teach discipline, respect
IT IS SAD that Vernon Forrest (column, Sept. 9) has been given a forum to air falsehoods and opinions with one hope in mind -- to attempt to ruin the community's not-for-profit community boxing program, the Augusta Boxing Club. This club put Mr. Forrest on the path to his current status as a professional athlete.

Why Sprawls won
Congratulations to respected businessman Don Sprawls for prevailing Tuesday against Aiken City Council incumbent Karen Papouchada in a hotly contested GOP primary contest. With no Democratic opposition in November, Sprawls is virtually councilman-elect.

Coddling terrorists
Even though it has been known for weeks that President Clinton offered clemency to 16 Puerto Rican terrorists, and for several days that most would accept, it is still mind-boggling to realize 14 have actually been freed and are now pushing their radical ``independence'' agenda on television network interview shows.

Sen. Coverdell: Crisis requires international attention
TODAY, U.S. foreign policy has been consumed by the crisis in Kosovo, yet another compelling foreign policy challenge is taking place in our own hemisphere. Like Kosovo, this crisis has displaced hundreds of thousands of people -- more than 800,000 since 1995. And instead of a small province being ethically cleansed by its own government, an entire country is fighting multiple wars at once: wars against two competing guerrilla groups; a war against paramilitary organizations; and a war against drug lords who traffic deadly cocaine and heroin into the United States. These are the four wars of Colombia.

Supports dress code in area schools
This is in response to those parents complaining about the recent dress code of Columbia County middle and high schools. Ella-Mae Burke, Augusta

Wonders what debt area boxer owes
It amazes me how everyone instantly becomes a critic of Vernon Forrest. Let's take a look at whathe has accomplished. While living and training at an Olympic Training Center he won a national championship and represented the United States in the 1992 Olympics. The training camp was not located in Augusta and the coach was not an Augusta coach, but Mr. Forrest still called Augusta his home. After the Olympics Mr. Forrest turned professional, and while he lived and trained in another city he still called Augusta his home. Brian Sloan, North Augusta

New Clinton stonewall
It's getting to be routine. Any congressional investigation that might embarrass the White House is stonewalled -- and so it is with the Senate's inquiry into why and how President Clinton made his decision to offer clemency to 16 Puerto Rican terrorists, despite the opposition of every law-enforcement agency involved in fighting terrorism.

Sen. Cleland: Resolution lies with the Colombians
THE WAR ON drugs in the United States is not just a war on the streets. As the headlines are telling us, it is a war on the seas, in the air and on the ground, at home and abroad. From drug interdiction to border patrols to street arrests to foreign aid for security efforts, the United States is engaged in a multi-front war where the stakes are high and our children's future is the ultimate prize.

No bogus tax cut
Can you believe this? The Associated Press reports that after President Clinton vetoes the GOP-led Congress' $792 billion tax cut, Democrats are going to blame Republicans for the lack of tax cuts.

Backs student 'freedom of expression'
As a parent of one former and one present Columbia County student, I strongly resent the insinuations in the Sept. 8 editorial ``Dress code whiners.'' The editorial seems to be judging Breonne DeDecker based on her appearance and then shoveling the ``problem'' onto the parents. Cathy Black, Grovetown

Golfer finally gets her ring

Overtime: Jags' Elson is winner at Kiawah Island

Sponsors loss pulls plug on Rudd

Arena football team name to be chosen soon

National golf group attempts to raise level of youth golf coaches

Gibbs' team has enjoyed sucess

Hurricane postpones Hurricanes-Thrashers game

Russell stands alone on ESPN's list of athletes

Teams play despite the weather

Floyd's presence impacts regional events

Callaway cuts Daly loose citing drinking, gambling

Space Center workers riding out storm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Eighty workers volunteered to stay behind at the evacuated Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday to ride out Hurricane Floyd, which NASA feared could destroy the launch pads and shuttle hangars.

Russia to abandon Mir, focus on international projects
MOSCOW -- The Mir space station will be discarded next year as planned and Russia will switch to contributing to international projects in space exploration, a top space official said Wednesday.

Microsoft makes its move into e-commerce
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled details of its Windows DNA 2000 software, putting its sizable influence behind an effort to allow developers to write software that can help companies more easily exchange data and conduct electronic commerce.

New research: Lack of circumcision linked to AIDS spread
LUSAKA, Zambia -- Since the rise of AIDS in Africa 15 years ago, researchers have been baffled by the wide disparity in infection rates from city to city.

Hackers vandalize Internet sites for stock exchanges
WASHINGTON -- Hackers vandalized the Internet sites Wednesday for Nasdaq and the American Stock Exchange, but there was no evidence they manipulated financial data during the electronic affront to the world's markets.

Russian aviation service promises Y2K safety
MOSCOW -- Russia's aviation authority said Wednesday it can guarantee the safety of flights over Russian territory and of airport operation during the changeover to year 2000.

Motorola in talks to buy General Instrument
NEW YORK -- Motorola Inc. is in talks to acquire General Instrument Corp., and Wall Street is expecting other bids to emerge for the leading provider of cable TV set-top boxes.

Children with hepatitis C can recover
Children with hepatitis C may fight off the infection better than adults can, according to a new study.

Children with hepatitis C can recover

Russian aviation service promises Y2K safety

Russia to abandon Mir, focus on international projects

Motorola in talks to buy General Instrument

Microsoft makes its move into e-commerce

New research: Lack of circumcision linked to AIDS spread

Hackers vandalize Internet sites for stock exchanges