GreenJackets win SAL title

Braves notebook: Chipper and Andrew post 20-20 seasons

GreenJackets lose, play for title tonight

Jones an MVP candidate

Braves win in last at-bat

GreenJackets season will soon end

GreenJackets notes: Santos has many good days in his future

Even from afar, Floyd leaves mark on series

Gordon provides footnote for fans

Workplace tension is on the rise

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.

SEC chairman says agency found abuses at day-trading firms

Housing starts rise 0.4 percent in August
WASHINGTON -- New construction of homes and apartments rose 0.4 percent in August, keeping a brisk pace despite rising mortgage rates.

Dow and Nasdaq continue to top the stocks
NEW YORK -- If your favorite stocks lagged this past month while the Dow Jones industrials and the Nasdaq composite index soared to new records, you're not alone.

Industrial production continues slow climb

SEC chairman says agency found abuses at day-trading firms
WASHINGTON -- The nation's chief securities regulator told Congress Thursday that several day-trading firms have used deceptive advertising to lure investors into the risky practice of rapidly trading in and out of stock.

SITEL to open center

Additional business news
U.S. Chamber plans Augusta job fair...Atlanta Gas Light threatens cutoffs...CBS demands shorter shows...Disney angers Arabs on Jerusalem...

Retailers may sale utilities

Industrial production continues slow climb
WASHINGTON -- Production at the nation's factories, mines and utilities rose for the seventh straight month in August, continuing slow recovery from a slump caused by economic turmoil abroad.

Dow and Nasdaq continue to top the stocks

UAW, DaimlerChrysler reach tentative agreement

Gouging of prices reported

Additional business news
Dow minimizes loss after big early drop...Young puts out price-gouging alert...Lockheed-Comsat deal clears hurdle

Retailers may sale utilities
ATLANTA -- Will Sears begin offering the power to go with the power saws it sells, and will Prudential promise a piece of the rock and the oil in it?

Gouging of prices reported
So much for Southern hospitality. A few local hotel operators may have taken advantage of residents who evacuated their homes to escape the dangers of Hurricane Floyd this week by raising their rates, the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs reported Friday.

UAW, DaimlerChrysler reach tentative agreement
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The United Auto Workers won annual 3 percent wage increases for four years in a tentative contract settlement reached Thursday with DaimlerChrysler, local union officials said.

Running backs grateful for week off

ACC games this week

Playing for a big payday

Game is measuring stick for Tech

Quarterbacks excel on the diamond as well

Bowden not concerned with revenge

Donnan will likely watch SEC showdown

Tech line paves the way for explosive offense

Tech to face smaller school

Winning in Gainesville next major hurdle for Volunteers

Eagles have little to lose playing Oregon State

Hamilton keeps an eye on Doug Flutie

Postponing games the smart decision

Local schools in action this week

Florida schools set for Saturday showdowns

Holtz's snappy answers turn to questions early in season

Georgia Small College Roundup

O'Leary not happy to just play well

College notes: Hamilton earns respect

SEC games this week

Honeymoon is over for Holtz

Wolfpack dominates recent play against Seminoles

Photographer captures Nixon era
WASHINGTON -- In one Watergate image, John Ehrlichman simply glares with every inch of clenched and jutting jaw and out-thrust lower lip.

A look at the 20th Century: 1972
The Watergate burglary, mud-slinging in the district attorney's election and a major Communist offensive in Southeast Asia set the political stage in Augusta and across the nation in 1972.

Slams federal control of education

Blasts idea to 'sell' name of stadium

Floyd 'flunks' Hodges

CSRA to the rescue

Backs work of Augusta Boxing Club

Pass anti-theft statute!

Sees dichotomy in 'zoning' issues

Insists evolution, Bible incompatible

Hits coverage of Williams' victory

'96 Olympics also sleazy

Ramblin' Rhodes: Children can make noise at Music Factory
Children's attendance at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon has risen steadily since it opened three years ago, which explains why a major expansion is aimed at educating children.

Fall flowers
The cooler temperatures of fall are more accommodating for some plants, as well as for the most important element in the garden, the gardener. But while the shorter days mean less time for gardening, they don't mean there is less gardening to do.

Irish dancing not as simple as it looks
It may look like a bunch of hopping and skipping to some people, but traditional Irish dancing is a little more complex than that.

Faith and evolution
Evolution imprecise, professor says

Camellias are winter bright spot
Camellias add color to the landscape in winter when few plants are in bloom. If you want to enjoy camellias earlier than normal, you might want to consider "gibbing" them. Gibbing camellias increases the length of time the camellia flowers, and it will also increase the bloom size.

Motivational speaker's message to women is one of hope
Twelve-year-old Sandra Picklesimer's Southern accent remained long after her family's exodus from Appalachia to Detroit in 1951.

'Annie' character has fun being mean
The kid with the curly red hair and scruffy mutt is back. A national touring production of Annie will be staged at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bell Auditorium.

King of blues returns
Some musical royalty comes calling Thursday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Festival showcases area's many cultures
Not quite as impressive as Boston or Savannah's St. Patrick Day festivities, Augusta still holds its own when it comes to shamrock-inspired partying.

Godfather inspires the Tower of Power
Without a doubt, James Brown has had an impact on the group Tower of Power. ``He's been an influence for everyone's music,'' said Emilio Castillo, co-founder of the band, which performs at the B.B. King Blues Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. ``All his stuff has so much energy. It's got a clever, crafty, syncopated feeling.''

God's law provides freedom
God hates confusion and chaos. In the beginning, out of the void and chaos, God fashioned orderliness. So it should be no surprise that God was not going to let his people decide individually what was right and what was wrong. God did not even allow Moses to decide the people's duty to him and to their neighbor.

Faith Digest
Eating became a painful exercise for Craig Marsh after he developed stomach cancer about 10 years ago. The Assembly of God pastor from Auckland, New Zealand, could only eat every other day.

Tournament information

Much-needed rain never came; lake now full of boating hazards

North Augusta faces tough challenge

Yellow Jackets can't stop Marlboro County

Kemp carries on legacy

Georgia high school polls

Chriswell steps down at Midland Valley

Augusta Christian falls, 28 -14

Players excel in varirous roles

Andrews, Tigers run past Knights

Top games in S.C.

Williston-Elko gets back at rivals, blanks Hawks

The coach's call

Newberry defense stifles Midland Valley late for 1-point win

Big games in Georgia

Edmund Burke -- 49, Thomas Jefferson -- 0

Thomson holds on to beat inspired Laney 21-20

Jones scores three times in Silver Bluff's rout of Swansea

Early clash pits favorites for division

Workplace tension is on the rise
Leadership must be demonstrated, not announced.

'Annie' character has fun being mean

Irish dancing not as simple as it looks

Motivational speaker's message to women is one of hope

Godfather inspires the Tower of Power

Faith and evolution

Ramblin' Rhodes: Children can make noise at Music Factory

Faith Digest

Camellias are winter bright spot

King of blues returns

Festival showcases area's many cultures

God's law provides freedom

Fighting fraud

Jury out in Pineda trial

Shooting victims recalled by friend
As Bret Legg watched coverage of the Wedgwood Baptist Church shooting in Fort Worth, Texas, he saw his friend Kevin Galey on a stretcher.

'Boheme' delivery heartfelt
As the hurricane threatened outside, the atmosphere at the Imperial Theatre offered the lucky audience a

Shooting victims recalled by friend

Storm damage stayed minor in Savannah
SAVANNAH -- Coastal residents returned home Thursday to find their city and the neighboring islands barely touched by the force of Hurricane Floyd.

Finance chairman disagrees with deal
First it was lobsters on a leash. Now it's trips to the beach. The company that wined and dined Augusta officials before they voted to award it the largest contract in the city's history now is paying for Mayor Bob Young to travel to Puerto Rico next month.

Heavy rains flood Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- For residents and business people rushing to reopen this entertainment haven along the coast Thursday, removing tree limbs and patching up the torn signs was easy.

Problems emerge in cloning studies, expert says
ATHENS, Ga. -- Cloned animals are posting high mortality rates:Duplicated calves are displaying cardiovascular problems and research released in May suggests the poster child of cloning technology, Dolly the sheep, is aging prematurely.

Easy Afternoon
Bonnice Horne spends sometime in the yard swing with her great-great granddaugher Anber Gobbee, 2, Thursday afternoon in North Augusta.

Free ride

Media keeps eye on storm
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Channel 15 reporter Karin Mallett planted herself firmly on a wooden deck along Ocean Boulevard on Wednesday.

Returning

Equipment auction will be put on today

Media keeps eye on storm

Problems emerge in cloning studies, expert says

Track expects to open
George Bryan made it official Friday: Racing will be returning to the Augusta Motor Speedway.

Area briefs: Josey student held on threats charge

The grand jury's report
The July term, 1999 Grand Jury, in conducting its business, voted to inquire into the operation of the Richmond County government as a whole. It was decided by the Grand Jury that the best approach to this investigation would be to interview the County Commissioners and City Administrator individually. Because the Commissioners and Administrator appeared with the County Attorney objecting to the Grand Jury's planned format for the interviews, the Commissioners and Administrator were subsequently subpoenaed to appear before the Grand Jury to be interviewed individually and under oath.

Evacuees abandon shelters
As soon as Hurricane Floyd left, its refugees left, too.

Burglars hit during evacuation

Return traffic crams roads

Metal detectors demonstrated

State health plan has financial woes

Grand jury report reaction is negative

A look at the 20th Century: 1972

Suspect in slayings testifies

Harping on the arts

Babies go back to Savannah
Charlene Perez dropped her off early Tuesday morning and was there Thursday afternoon to pick up McKenzie Hamm and take her back to Savannah.

Babies go back to Savannah

Hearing for Hill opened

Failure to release reports sparks suit

Storm damage minor

Easy Afternoon

Equipment auction will be put on today
Old police cars, county bulldozers, lawn mowers and more will be sold to the highest bidder today.

Heavy rains flood Myrtle Beach

Coming Sunday
Coming SundayAt last the summer reruns are over! Check out our guide to the new shows that networks are premiering next week.In Your Life

Board approves plan on air quality
DULUTH, Ga. - A divided Georgia Board of Natural Resources Thursday approved a plan to improve air quality by, among other things, placing stricter controls on industrial emissions and requiring gas stations to sell low-sulfur fuel.

Grand jury report reaction is negative
Augusta Mayor Bob Young calls the Richmond County Grand Jury report that blasts the city's hiring, purchasing, planning and free-spending policies ``unfair and unspecific.''

Storm damage stayed minor in Savannah

State health plan has financial woes
ATLANTA -- The health plan that covers nearly 550,000 state employees and their dependents is facing a deficit and may have to raise premiums again next summer.

Failure to release reports sparks suit
AIKEN -- A local union organizer is suing Aiken County and Sheriff Howard Sellers for not responding promptly to a Freedom of Information request filed more than a month ago.

Burglars hit during evacuation
SAVANNAH -- While Savannah residents were out of town waiting for the hurricane to pass by, burglars were hard at work, taking everything from computers to soft drinks.

Harping on the arts
Kelly Stewart plays the harp and answers questions Thursday from pupils at Riverside Elementary School. Miss Stewart will perform at the 19th Annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.

Across the area

Suspect in slayings testifies
On trial for his life, Narciso Pineda told jurors Thursday that he had no choice but to shoot two men last Thanksgiving in order to save both his son's and his own life.

Festive opening

Storm damage minor
Despite storms and deadly flooding from Hurricane Floyd along the eastern seaboard, Thursday dawned clear in Georgia and South Carolina, where the biggest problem for thousands of refugees was figuring out how and when they could get home.

Hodges apologizes for evacuation traffic problems

Fighting fraud
GRANITEVILLE, -- The nightmare started with a telephone call at Gail Morgan's workplace. A bank employee was on the line, demanding to collect on an overdue credit card account of nearly $4,000. Soon after, two other banks wanted their money for credit card bills totaling more than $9,000.

Hospitals lobby for spending

Returning
Stephen West of Lawrenceville, Ga., walks along the Tybee Island beach early this morning as residents and tourists were allowed back into the area. Mr. West and his family had evacuated from the area Tuesday.

Track expects to open

Area briefs: Josey student held on threats charge
A student at Augusta's T.W. Josey High School was jailed on a charge of threatening another student, authorities said Thursday.

Chavous qualifies for District 6 run

Return traffic crams roads
It was deja vu for coastal residents Thursday, except this time they were facing east.

Board approves plan on air quality

Hearing for Hill opened
AIKEN -- A circuit judge ruled in favor of news media Friday, saying they can cover the competency hearing of David Mark Hill, charged in the shooting deaths of three social workers in 1996 at the North Augusta Department of Social Services.

Free ride
Sergio Gallardo, a junior at University of South Carolina Aiken, hangs on as Cheryle Ehmke, assistant manager of maintenance at Pacer Downs student housing, checks the parking lot of the complex for trash.

Chavous qualifies for District 6 run
Former Richmond County Commission Chairman Hobson Chavous emerged from three years of political hibernation Friday to qualify for a run at the District 6 seat on Augusta Commission.

Evacuees abandon shelters

Commission standards under fire
Calling for a ``citizens alert,'' outgoing Richmond County grand jurors slammed city leaders for what they perceived as wasting taxpayers' money and, in at least one aspect, inviting corruption.

The grand jury's report

Festive opening
Sara Ozturk, 5, (front left) and her sister Suzana, 7, wave to a friend Friday evening before the start of the Parade of Nations at Riverwalk Augusta to kick off the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.

'Boheme' delivery heartfelt

Across the area
Judge denies bond in burglary case ... Fire damages apartment complex ... Statutory rapist gets seven years

Photographer captures Nixon era

Hodges apologizes for evacuation traffic problems
Still taking heat over Tuesday's nightmarish traffic snarls, Gov. Jim Hodges and other South Carolina officials heaped blame on their own heads and offered profuse apologies to Hurricane Floyd evacuees who sat for hours on gridlocked highways as they tried to escape the coast.

Finance chairman disagrees with deal

Metal detectors demonstrated
As parents looked on, Evans Middle School Principal Jeff Carney demonstrated how a hand-held metal detector works.

Hospitals lobby for spending
ATLANTA -- Medical groups from across the country are putting pressure on congressional delegations to change a federal budget law they say is dealing a near lethal blow to rural and teaching hospitals.

Jury out in Pineda trial
After more than four hours of deliberation on Friday, a Columbia County jury remained undecided on the fate of Narciso Pineda. Mr. Pineda is charged with shooting and killing Mario Molina and Leonel Vazquez, both 42, and Prisca Rosales Vazquez, 41, and her unborn child outside their home at Mobile City Rentals in Grovetown last Thanksgiving Day.

Commission standards under fire

Williams will start against 49ers

Area players in action in college, NFL

I dumped Dorsey: Week 3

Chandler practices, still listed as doubtful

Falcons sign players to secure future

Coaches linked by hometown

Chandler might miss game

Mr. George Still
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. George Marcus Still, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999.

Mr. Frankie Harris
MONETTA, S.C. -- Mr. Frankie D. Harris, 45, of 38 Harris St., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, in Ridge Spring.

Mrs. Eula Johnson
Mrs. Eula K. Johnson, 90, of 822 Forsythe St., died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Bennie Asbury
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Bennie Asbury, 65, of 102 Hunter St., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mr. William White
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. William Howard White, 61, of Dendy Street, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Roy L. Johnson Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Roy L. Johnson Sr., 76, of 2647 Sandtown Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Robert Reid
Mr. Robert Alexander Reid, 57, of 4519 Shawnee Drive, Martinez, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Farris Andrews Sr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Farris ``Bell Shaver'' Andrews Sr., 81, of 115 Newman St., died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at Georgia War Veterans Home, Milledgeville.

Mr. Gilbert Owens
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Gilbert Owens, 72, of 2423A Patrick Ave., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Gilbert Owens
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Gilbert Owens, 72, of 2423A Patrick Ave., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willie Mathis
Mr. Willie Mathis, 63, of 2021 Scott Road, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Mary Sims
EAST POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Louise Pfeiffer Sims died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999.

Mr. Frank Lucero
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Frank M. Lucero, 97, of 232 Ambassador Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Fannie Dukes
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Ms. Fannie Mae Upson Dukes, 79, of 1 W.A. Reel Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

Mr. Arnold Bell Sr.
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mr. Arnold M. Bell Sr., 62, of 12932 Highway 23 S., died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Nicholas Kuntz
AIKEN -- Nicholas Scott Kuntz, infant son of Joey Kuntz and Carrie Oerman, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. David Clark
Mr. David M. Clark, of 3067 Quist Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Katherine Tapley
NORRISTOWN, Ga. -- Mrs. Katherine Hall Tapley, 73, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.

Ms. Evelyn Brundage
AIKEN -- Ms. Evelyn Alice Brundage, 80, of 3 Perth Court, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mrs. Beatrice Hall
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Mrs. Beatrice Altha Long Hall, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Larry Leonard
Mr. Larry Lamar Leonard, 41, of 1516 Maple St., died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Deborah Weinstein
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mrs. Deborah L. Weinstein, 48, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999.

Mrs. Dell Nelson
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Dell W. Nelson, 78, of 210 Russell St., died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Nina Waggoner
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Mrs. Nina Clare Waggoner, 73, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999.

Mr. J.D. Webb Jr.
Mr. J.D. Webb Jr., of 3751 Butterfield Court, Martinez, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Ms. Daisy O'Tyson
Ms. Daisy J. O'Tyson, 83, of 603 Wellesley Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999.

Mrs. Rosa Glasker
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Rosa Ouida Glasker, of 1937 Rolling Wood Drive, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at DeKalb General Hospital.

Mr. Willie Perry Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Willie Perry Sr., 72, of 1338 Aldrich St. N.E., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

Ms. Mary Wynn
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Lois Wynn, 67, of 323 Gordon St., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Alice Renew
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Mrs. Alice Blackstone Renew, 75, of 15-C Nunnwak Road, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999.

Mrs. Patricia Harper
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Mrs. Patricia C. Harper, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, in Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Mrs. Virginia Holland
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Virginia Holland, 65, of 238 Eighth St., died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Kathryn Hargett
AIKEN -- Mrs. Kathryn Thomas Hargett, 58, of 229 Lakeside Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Parker McLaughlin
O'FALLON, Mo. -- Parker Davis McLaughlin, infant son of Dan and Angie McLaughlin, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Mrs. Beatrice Hall

Mrs. Mary Sims

Mrs. Kathryn Hargett

Mrs. Deborah Weinstein

Mr. David Clark

Mrs. Dell Nelson

Mr. Robert Reid

Mrs. Patricia Harper

Mr. Bennie Asbury

Mr. Gilbert Owens

Ms. Mary Wynn

Nicholas Kuntz

Ms. Fannie Dukes

Mr. Frankie Harris

Mrs. Rosa Glasker

Mrs. Alice Renew

Mrs. Virginia Holland

Mrs. Eula Johnson

Ms. Evelyn Brundage

Mrs. Katherine Tapley

Mr. George Still

Mr. Farris Andrews Sr.

Mr. J.D. Webb Jr.

Mr. Willie Perry Sr.

David Sisler: How do we learn to let go of the stirring stick?
IN THE before-times when I was a magazine editor, Joyce was my last secretary. She had the most important trait a secretary can possess -- loyalty. Her loyalty was enhanced by a certain gullibility. When I went out the back door one afternoon to play golf with a friend, I told her I was going to check on some real estate.

Slams federal control of education
School is back in session, and once again we are looking, not with pride, but with consternation at the low achievement levels produced during the previous year. Helen Bolen, North Augusta

David Sisler: How do we learn to let go of the stirring stick?
IN THE before-times when I was a magazine editor, Joyce was my last secretary. She had the most important trait a secretary can possess -- loyalty. Her loyalty was enhanced by a certain gullibility. When I went out the back door one afternoon to play golf with a friend, I told her I was going to check on some real estate.

Backs work of Augusta Boxing Club
As a former member of the Augusta Boxing Club, I would like to thank the many friends and supporters of the club that have contributed to my current success as a professional boxer. My recent match did not end in success, however my decision to continue to pursue my dream of becoming world champion has not wavered. Brandon Mitchem, Henderson, Nev.

CSRA to the rescue
Whew, the Southeast, including the coastal areas, didn't get as badly clobbered by Hurricane Floyd as expected. More rain than wind damage, but it's hard to believe that there were parts of the Augusta-Aiken area that got little or no rain.

'96 Olympics also sleazy
When news broke about the sleazy, sometimes dishonest, actions Salt Lake City officials took to recruit the 2002 Winter Olympics, it was natural to assume Atlanta engaged in much the same sordid conduct to get the 1996 Summer Games.

Declares guns provide self-protection
Much has been written about guns. It has been reported that about 1,600 guns have been carried to school campuses. Fewer than 20 (people) have been prosecuted for violating the law. H. Clifton Johnson, Edgefield

Blasts radio host's 'racist remarks'
The recent Border Bash was great except for the fact that local radio talk-show host AustinRhodes, in his opening comments, insulted the Hispanic Community. Mr. Rhodes said that someone had come up to him and said that they had heard that (Ricky Martin), who sings Livin' La Vida Loca, was performing. David Cansler, Aiken

Insists evolution, Bible incompatible
In spite of various assertions that the theory of evolution is fact based on scientific evidence, the truth of the matter is that there is no scientific proof to either prove or disprove either evolution or creationism. It's all a question of personal faith. Roger Eden, Grovetown

Hits coverage of Williams' victory
While I realize this is the 1990s, I am not sure if your paper realizes that it is almost the end of 1999. I have been a subscriber since October 1997. In that time I have felt as if I were reading The Washington Post. Sheila A. Bowens, Fort Gordon

Back independent in S.C. House race
Scott Singer is an outstanding candidate for the District 81 seat in the South Carolina House ofRepresentatives. We support this excellent candidate because: Joe and Fern Brooks, Aiken

Pass anti-theft statute!
If ever there was a proposal put before the Augusta Commission that deserved prompt approval, it was Augusta Commissioner Bill Kuhlke's motion to make stealing from the city a mandatory firing offense.

Blasts idea to 'sell' name of stadium
You would think someone could learn from the past. While Clarks Hill Lake was renamed Lake Thurmond, the majority of people still call it Clarks Hill. Molly Lane, Augusta

Floyd 'flunks' Hodges
While Vice President Al Gore was congratulating Gov. Jim Hodges in a video conference call Wednesday for his smooth handling of ``the largest peacetime evacuation in the history of the United States,'' hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians, caught up in traffic jams trying to flee Charleston, were cursing Hodges' name.

Sees dichotomy in 'zoning' issues
There are two main issues on the minds of Edgefield County residents. These issues divide the county in ways that disturb me. What disturbs me most is citizens protesting the zoning (which I am too) as an encroachment on our constitutional rights (which it is), and in the next breath trying to ``zone'' out video poker. Paul G. Hammond III, Edgefield

Praises the usefulness of algebra
I read with interest Bill Kirby's recent column addressed to his son upon his entry into kindergarten. Susan E. Craig, Augusta

Overtime: Bulls decide not to re-sign old pro Harper

NBA rules changes approved

Schrader jumps Petree ship for ride in Irvan car

Overtime: Catcher draws suspension in pitch tipoffs

Thrashers' future rests on shoulders of Stefan

Overtime: Running events in coming weeks

Documents show IOC's 'sleaze bag' reputation

Blueberries boost balance
WASHINGTON -- A secret of youth may be as close as a nearby farm or the supermarket shelves: blueberries. Elderly rats fed the human equivalent of at least half a cup of blueberries a day improved in balance, coordination and short-term memory, a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience said. A cup of blueberries is a normal serving.

Doctors see more female circumcision patients
WASHINGTON -- Dr. Nawal Nour's clinic rings with different languages, as women from Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan flock to see the Boston gynecologist and obstetrician.

Online shoppers are focused
When it comes to impulse buying, the Internet is nothing like the real world so far. In a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation, nearly 80 percent of shoppers said that, during the past year, they had purchased an item they hadn't planned on buying while browsing in a real store. But fewer than a third said they'd done the same thing online, indicating that e-shoppers are directed shoppers, going online to look for a specific item.

FDA approves new breast cancer drug
WASHINGTON -- Breast cancer patients whose tumors have spread to the lymph nodes won a new drug today that promises to improve their chances of survival over one common chemotherapy.

New protein attacks cancer's blood supply
WASHINGTON -- Researchers have found that a protein that helps regulate blood clotting can be changed into a cancer fighter that starves tumors.

Report: Tougher online stalking laws needed
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Federal and state laws should be strengthened to help curb the growing problem of online stalking, a U.S. Justice Department report recommends.

Radiation-sickened workers may be compensated
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department is proposing a multimillion-dollar compensation package for past and current workers sickened by radiation contamination at a government cleanup site, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Greenspan, others warn of effects of Y2K panic
WASHINGTON -- Stockpiling and inventory hedging against Year 2000 computer failures could cause worse trouble than the Y2K glitch itself, the nation's top financial leaders warned Friday.

Greenspan, others warn of effects of Y2K panic

New protein attacks cancer's blood supply

Doctors see more female circumcision patients

Report: Tougher online stalking laws needed

Blueberries boost balance

Radiation-sickened workers may be compensated

FDA approves new breast cancer drug