Mets notebook: Rogers to test sore hamstring

Braves win dramatic series opener

Home run race stalls

Johnson calls his last game

Brewers name Taylor GM

Attorneys seek to question Schott about racial views

Braves don't look like league leaders

McGuire homer spoils perfect game

A big league rookie thrives at 35

Novel concept: Braves in a division race

Meaningful games produce excitement

Genders have many differences

Third Nissan dealership coming soon

Banks look for money to lend
ATLANTA -- Although the economy is booming, it's not putting money in the bank, so to speak, forcing some bankers to look for outside sources of funds to meet growing loan demands, according to a new government analysis.

State of emergency to remain in effect
Floyd may be gone, but Georgia is still under a state of emergency and will continue to be for at least three more weeks.

Additional business news
Wal-Mart tries computer repair...OPEC decision may raise prices...Quaker Oats to cut jobs...

Administration says U.S. must continue supporting Russia
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration told Congress today that the United States must continue to support Russia or risk being branded as ``scapegoats'' for Russia's failure.

Additional business news

Entrepreneur commended

Georgia counties to switch area codes

Additional business news
OPEC board urges production cuts...Purchase creates new milk giant...Priceline.com to offer groceries

Ford to join with Microsoft to take orders online

Georgia counties to switch area codes
Several rural counties south of metro Augusta will have to get used to new area codes.

Third Nissan dealership coming soon
Janelle Watson, president of Sunbelt Nissan, ceremoniously broke ground Tuesday at 3300 Washington Road with a shovel.

Company to construct new generator
AIKEN -- South Carolina Electric and Gas plans to construct a $180 million gas-turbine generator at its aging Urquhart Generating Station near Beech Island.

Administration says U.S. must continue supporting Russia

Entrepreneur commended
A 29-year-old graphic artist who launched a specialty printing business out of her parents' basement was recognized Monday for her entrepreneurial efforts in North Augusta.

Banks look for money to lend

Ford to join with Microsoft to take orders online
SAN FRANCISCO -- New car buyers looking for a Ford will be able to buy exactly the car they want, using the Web to choose the paint color, upholstery, stereo system and other details, under a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp.

College notes

Suggestions abound for athletic director job

College notes: Bockrath leaving Alabama AD job

Dogs still concerned despite 2-0 start

Streeter seeks redemption

Tuesday morning quarterback

Stranded Pirates still in Columbia

Holtz says he has no idea when USC will turn corner

Coaches, Dayne say ankle is fine

Donnan dotes on athleticism of 0-3 Central Florida

Carter keeps too busy to retire
ATLANTA -- For someone who claims to be slowing down, Jimmy Carter keeps up a schedule that leaves little time for getting old.

Park Service OKs farm restoration
ARCHERY, Ga. -- Just in time for former President Jimmy Carter's 75th birthday, the National Park service has awarded an $887,000 contract to a Columbus firm to complete restoration of his boyhood farm.

Millennium Communities named
Augusta's and Aiken's celebrations of the 21st century have reached new heights with the White House's recognition of each city as a Millennium Commmunity.

Clarifies facts in Australia's gun program

Ouster mishandled

Finds fault with Latin translation

Grand jury: Fine job

End intrusive exams

Defends city Commission hopeful

Don't take 'freebies'

Hits values clarification over violence

Vows to protect Confederate heritage

Blasts Columbia Co. school dress code

Praises School Board for student uniforms rule

Defends school superintendent's action

Says gambling addiction a sure thing

In the know
TV TODAY: You may have trouble deciding what to watch tonight. Several returning series resolve cliff-ending finales from last season:

'Spooky Mansion' software includes riddles and activities
Ten-year-olds play with educational software while adults merely pay for it -- a natural division of activity, since a lot of the stuff is beyond adult brainpower.

Judd ready to make her mark with new role
Producer Leonard Goldberg had a few presumptions about his dinner guest. She was probably a typical Southern gal, whose knowledge of the world went not much further than the season daffodils bloom and the color of the Appalachian mountains in spring.

Video Game Review
He's small, he's yellow -- and he packs a wallop. No, it's not Mini-Me with jaundice and an Uzi. It's Tiny Tank.

Easy elegance
Chicken again? If you don't have time to heat up the grill, or can't face another baked chicken breast, today's recipe for chicken stroganoff will relieve you of chicken boredom.

New on the tube
Like the major networks, local TV stations are adjusting their program lineups for the new fall season.

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores.

Rebuilding for Laney has believers

Recovered Musketeer ready

S.C. player of the week

Georgia player of the week

Josey blanks Statesboro

Genders have many differences
In her leisure time, my wife enjoys driving around looking at new houses. We have no plans to move; she just likes to look.

In the know

In the know

Easy elegance

Judd ready to make her mark with new role

'Spooky Mansion' software includes riddles and activities

New on the tube

Floyd takes toll on loggerhead sea turtles

Vigilant salesman

Inmates around pupils at school
Richmond County school officials said last month that inmates they have hired to work on school grounds do not work in areas where children are present.

University's female faculty on the rise

School official still works after arrest

Aiken doctor faces malpractice suit

18-wheelers collide

Response to grand jury proposed

Minority donors needed

Suspect pleads to burglary

Actions are defended

Dogs receive individualized training

Hurricane evacuation under fire
SAVANNAH -- Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams Jr. has apologized to the people of Savannah who complained about treatment they received at a shelter in Perry last week during the evacuation for Hurricane Floyd.

Family keeps vigil over tourist shot during holdup

Aiken doctor faces malpractice suit
AIKEN -- An Aiken doctor named in eight lawsuits since 1990 is being sued again, this time by a Barnwell County man who says the neurosurgeon performed unnecessary spinal surgery that disabled him.

Area briefs: Cruise passengers return home today

Actions are defended
Augusta Commissioner Stephen Shepard proposed sending the new Richmond County grand jury ``a pro-active and responsive message'' Tuesday that would counter claims of waste and misappropriation of taxpayer money in city government.

Assessors see modification in action

Area briefs: Cruise passengers return home today
Dozens of Augusta-area residents will return home today after being stranded two days aboard a disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico.

Deadline for race remains

Officials approve new firing policy

Father wounded by 3-year-old daughter
A Burke County man was hospitalized Monday after being shot by his 3-year-old daughter, police said.

Official threatens to resign from board

Jurors familiar with case
Most already had heard or read about the slaying of school safety officer Michael Stephenson, but on Monday, when they reported for jury duty, not one said he had an opinion as to Bryan Williams' guilt or innocence.

Medical treatment brings child some comfort
There is a new, more comfortable tube in her throat and a new feeding tube in her stomach. The present is brighter for Roxanna Garcia, even if the future is not.

Minority donors needed
Ho Young Jeon is not only battling leukemia and the odds against finding someone to give him bone marrow, he is also fighting the state.

Vigilant salesman
Clarence Young of Warrenville arranges items in his second-hand store on South Carolina Highway 421 in Gloverville on Tuesday. Mr. Young, 81, said that after his numerous operations and injuries, his doctor told him he couldn't lift the things he used to take to the flea market. So he decided to open his shop, Pop's Place, 1 1/2 years ago because he found it impossible to sit still and do nothing.

Senator: Re-examine pond proposal
A proposal to develop boat-racing facilities at the Merry brickyard ponds should be re-examined in light of the area's broad appeal as a natural area, according to state Sen. Charles Walker.

Deadline for race remains
SAVANNAH -- Savannah officials didn't extend the qualifying deadline for the Nov. 2 municipal election after last week's mandatory hurricane evacuation -- and at least one candidate says she's being shut out of the race as a result.

Airing out
First-grade teacher Laraine Yarbrough walks past oversize fans used for ventilation at A. Brian Merry Elementary after an electrical fire destroyed a washer and dryer inside a custodial closet at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. Classes at the school, 415 Boy Scout Road, closed for the day because of circulating smoke but will be open today.

Area briefs: Augusta takes part in gun lock program
After the recent success of a similar local program, Augusta will be one of six cities helping launch a national program focused on giving away gun locks to increase firearm safety.

School official still works after arrest
A school administrator, arrested for shoplifting this summer, will continue working for the Richmond County School system.

Rainy Monday accidents

Officers injured in pursuit of woman
AIKEN -- A woman trying to avoid arrest Tuesday in the Wal-Mart parking lot dragged a sheriff's deputy with her car and later bit a lieutenant in the chest, sheriff's officials said.

Official donates personal papers to school

Suspect pleads to burglary
AIKEN -- An illegal alien from Mexico who was captured on videotape breaking into an Aiken home to look at women's undergarments faces a deportation hearing after pleading guilty to burglary in court Tuesday.

Prosecutors not intimidated
Court officials are used to seeing some unusual things, but never anything like what was left Tuesday on the district attorney's front steps: a slaughtered baby goat and several headless birds.

Plans for detention center unveiled
Aiken County Council members got a first-hand look at plans for the long-awaited detention center Tuesday night.

Millennium Communities named
Augusta's and Aiken's celebrations of the 21st century have reached new heights with the White House's recognition of each of the cities as a Millennium Community.

University's female faculty on the rise
ATHENS, Ga. -- Most University of Georgia students are women, but on the faculty, men outnumber women by a 3-1 ratio.

Airing out

Official donates personal papers to school
ATHENS, Ga. -- In researching his book, A Story Untold: Black Men and Women in Athens, Michael Thurmond rooted through paper bags, peeked under beds and sifted through dusty boxes at friends' homes in a hunt for memorabilia.

Hurricane evacuation under fire

Landfill fire concerns residents
THOMSON -- Joseph Sweatman has been standing vigil -- some nights until 4 a.m. -- to make sure an underground fire in a dormant industrial landfill doesn't ignite his family's hay.

Officials approve new firing policy

Auditor hired for 2nd term

Medical treatment brings child some comfort

Area briefs: Augusta takes part in gun lock program

Prosecutors not intimidated

Father wounded by 3-year-old daughter

Dogs receive individualized training
Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field is looking to hire its most diligent worker. On Tuesday, airport officials got to see firsthand how diligent that worker would be.

60 people from area aboard ship

Carter keeps too busy to retire

Feud ends in shooting death of 19-year-old

Assessors see modification in action
Columbia County Sheriff's Office is going above and beyond in the area of community services, according to an assessment of the agency completed this week.

Tax to expire

Floyd takes toll on loggerhead sea turtles
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Hurricane Floyd destroyed about 5 percent of Georgia's record number of loggerhead sea turtle nests, with Cumberland Island hardest hit, according to state wildlife authorities who assessed the damage.

Landfill fire concerns residents

Family keeps vigil over tourist shot during holdup
SAVANNAH -- It started out like so many other vacations in Savannah. Gail Vasilkioti and Russell Hergesheimer enjoyed a tour of the city and went to the Pink House for dinner.

Specifics are wanted

Ethics panel votes for further investigation
MACON -- The state Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to formally hear a complaint against suspended Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson and to look further to see if other charges should be added.

Zippy Mart suspect's new trial denied
AIKEN -- A judge has denied a new trial for an inmate tied to the 20-year-old Zippy Mart murders.

Inmates around pupils at school

Ordinance aims to extend complaint-filing period
AIKEN -- Employees of Aiken County have to move quickly if they think they have been treated unfairly on the job.

Auditor hired for 2nd term
The North Augusta City Council voted Monday to rehire an Augusta accounting firm to audit the city's finances.

Feud ends in shooting death of 19-year-old
A 19-year-old Augusta man was killed Monday afternoon, after apparently being shot with his own gun, police said.

Rainy Monday accidents
Above, Bill Lewis talks with his wife, Teresa, after arriving at the scene of an accident she was involved in on U.S. Highway 1 North. Mrs. Lewis' car struck an automobile that stopped to observe an accidentin the southbound lane, police said.

Tax to expire
For nearly three years, members of the Columbia County Library Board of Trustees have dreamed of a new, modern library.

60 people from area aboard ship
Dozens of local residents chose to spend their vacation on a cruise ship. But it was the wrong one.

Suspect gets new attorneys
AIKEN -- William ``Junior'' Downs, the man accused of sexually assaulting and strangling a North Augusta kindergartner, has been appointed new attorneys to represent him in the death penalty case against him.

Response to grand jury proposed
Augusta Commissioner Stephen Shepard proposed sending the new Richmond County grand jury ``a pro-active and responsive message'' Tuesday that would counter claims of waste and misappropriation of taxpayer money in city government.

Specifics are wanted
City officials asked Monday for more investigation of a Richmond County grand jury's allegations of waste and wrongdoing in Augusta government.

Officials approve new firing policy
Augusta commissioners approved an ordinance Tuesday that would make stealing from the government a mandatory firing offense.

18-wheelers collide
An 18-wheeler traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 near the Appling-Harlem exit lost control after hitting a car in the rear and jackknifing into the path of another 18-wheeler behind it. The second truck struck a car and hit the first truck head on. There were no serious injuries.

Official threatens to resign from board
Augusta commissioners refused to approve $49,999 for start-up costs for the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. on Tuesday, and Mayor Pro Tem Lee Beard, a member of that board, said the corporation will move on without the city.

Ethics panel votes for further investigation

Officials approve new firing policy
Augusta commissioners approved an ordinance Tuesday that would make stealing from the government a mandatory firing offense.

Officers injured in pursuit of woman

Plans for detention center unveiled

Senator: Re-examine pond proposal

Falcons lose game, Anderson

A memory drives a Cowboys' lineman

Falcons have an "emergency"

Can this finally be parity?

Niners scrambling to better protect Young

Falcons hold back Chandler

Anderson out for season with torn ACL

NFL Briefs

Mrs. Delores Birt
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Delores Moon Birt, 47, of 712 Mount Zion Road, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, in Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Heila Everard
AIKEN -- Mrs. Heila D. Everard, 67, of Hemlock Court, died Friday, July 9, 1999, in New Hampshire.

Mrs. Janie Dubroc
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Janie Bates Dubroc, 98, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Windemere Nursing Home, Augusta.

Miss Veronica Pope
HEPHZIBAH -- Miss Veronica Delores Pope, 36, of 4212 Bath-Edie Road, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruby Reynolds
Mrs. Ruby C. Reynolds, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Harold Fail
OLAR, S.C. -- Mr. Harold Eugene Fail, 74, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999.

Mrs. Alice Williams
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Mrs. Alice Williams, 75, of 113-71 N.W. 35th St., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999.

Mrs. Rose Heath
Mrs. Rose M. Heath, 89, of 3411 N. Kensington Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 199, at her residence.

Mrs. Grace Peebles
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Grace Hatten Peebles, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Mrs. Adline Staley
AIKEN -- Mrs. Adline Hatcher Staley, of 123 Dupont Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Beverly Health Care.

Mr. Henry Clark
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Henry W. Clark, 69, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Cason Barlow
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Cason Allen ``Pete'' Barlow, 80, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Edna Kirkland
BURNETTOWN -- Mrs. Edna Smith Kirkland, 76, of 138 Augusta Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Lucille Walker
Mrs. Lucille F. Walker, 89, of 2001 Dallas Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Lanier
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Dorothy Hickman ``Dot'' Lanier, 80, of 329 Virginia Ave., died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ebenezer Lewis
EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J. -- Mr. Ebenezer Lewis, 90, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999.

Mrs. Tommie Williams
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mrs. Tommie Lou Smith Williams, 65, of 1923 Cecil Dye Road, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Malcolm Pendleton Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Malcolm David Pendleton Jr., of 117 Dewberry Lane, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Carriage Hills Plantation Health Care.

Ms. Edna Forth
Ms. Edna Forth, 67, of 4005 Pinnacle Way, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Decatur Hospital.

Mrs. Helen Bostian
Mrs. Helen Lomax Bostian, of Augusta, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Grace Wilson
Mrs. Mary Grace Wilson, 73, of 2085 Heckle St., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Charles Arrington
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Arrington, 70, of 5249 W. Able St., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Jerry Bryant Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Jerry Lee Bryant Jr., 60, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Catherine Mack
Ms. Catherine Mack, 68, of 114 Ellis St., died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Carolyn Cobb
HARLEM -- Mrs. Carolyn E. Cobb, 74, of 170 Stone S., died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Lake Crossing Health Center, Appling.

Mrs. Mary Stroud
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary B. Stroud, 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Emma Sandefur
Mrs. Emma Lee Sandefur, 76, of 3606 Lexington Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Martha Rice
Ms. Martha Sumrall Rice, 53, of Evans, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Evie Bussell
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Evie Irene Bussell, 85, of Bussell Road, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Thomas May Jr.
Mr. Thomas Charles May Jr., 85, of 2211 Thickett Court, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Johnny Cummings
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Johnny Mathis Cummings, 49, of 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, in Milledgeville.

Mrs. Delores Birt

Mr. Thomas May Jr.

Mr. Henry Clark

Mr. Ebenezer Lewis

Mrs. Helen Bostian

Mr. Johnny Cummings

Mrs. Ruby Reynolds

Mr. Malcolm Pendleton Jr.

Ms. Martha Rice

Ms. Catherine Mack

Mrs. Grace Peebles

Mr. Charles Arrington

Mrs. Lucille Walker

Mrs. Carolyn Cobb

Mrs. Tommie Williams

Mrs. Janie Dubroc

Mrs. Edna Kirkland

Mrs. Evie Bussell

Mrs. Heila Everard

Mrs. Alice Williams

Mrs. Mary Stroud

Mr. Harold Fail

Ms. Edna Forth

Mrs. Mary Grace Wilson

Mr. Jerry Bryant Jr.

Father Dreisback: After 21 years, image of Shroud remains mystery
ALAS, LETTER writer Kenneth L. Towe's attempt (Aug. 23) to point out the Turin Shroud's ``inconsistency'' in truth does nothing more than reveal Mr. Towe's own lack of knowledge about this linen burial wrap which has undergone scientific investigation by scientists from such prestigious institutions as Los Alamos, Sandia, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the New England Institute of Medicine -- all of whom have published their results in peer reviewed journals.

Father Dreisback: After 21 years, image of Shroud remains mystery
ALAS, LETTER writer Kenneth L. Towe's attempt (Aug. 23) to point out the Turin Shroud's ``inconsistency'' in truth does nothing more than reveal Mr. Towe's own lack of knowledge about this linen burial wrap which has undergone scientific investigation by scientists from such prestigious institutions as Los Alamos, Sandia, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the New England Institute of Medicine -- all of whom have published their results in peer reviewed journals.

Praises School Board for student uniforms rule
The Richmond County Board of Education is working for us and our children. So what's wrong with trying to make our schools safer and a better environment for learning? A. Bugg, Augusta

Supports high school dress codes
Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to read two separate pieces involving the dress code for high schools. One was from a young man at Evans High School and now one from a young girl at Greenbrier High School. Terry Newton, Augusta

Grand jury: Fine job
You know the Richmond County civil grand jury that completed its investigation last week into local government did a good job because several Augusta commissioners, plus Mayor Bob Young, complained about the jury's ``citizens' alert.'' They charge the report is unfair and lacks specificity.

Says gambling addiction a sure thing
I take exception with the Sept. 12 editorial regarding video poker. Andy Lowe, New Ellenton

Bribing North Korea
It has been clear throughout the '90s that Clinton administration policy toward North Korea is to appease and Pyongyang's policy toward the U.S. is to play the extortion game. It's got to stop.

Vows to protect Confederate heritage
This is in reply to Wesley Ellis' article on black Americans who died in the Confederate army, serving under the Confederate flag for a cause they believed in. I completely agree with him on the outside organizations that are threatening South Carolina -- now the hot spot on the Confederate flag issue. Jerry B. Adams, Martinez

Finds fault with Latin translation
Vestra culpa, vestra maxima culpa! (Your fault, your very great fault!) On Sept. 9 (a.d. V. Id. Sept. MCMXCIX), you stated in your news article on the significance of the number nine that the Latin word for nine is novum. Franklin Kennedy, Augusta

Ouster mishandled
No matter how valuable an employee is, none is so important that he or she can't be replaced -- unless your name is Donna S. Martin and have held the $83,665-a-year position of director of nutrition for Richmond County's school system.

Clarifies facts in Australia's gun program
On Sept. 5 you published a letter from Billy B. Jones, captioned ``Claims Australia's gun program fails.'' It is necessary to correct some of the letter's many inaccuracies and distortions. Lionel P. Solursh, Martinez

Defends city Commission hopeful
Re the Sept. 12 letter by James Lett: This is not fair to Brian Green (candidate for the Augusta Commission in District 4). ... Mr. Green has the right to run as much as he wants as long as he lives in District 4. Minister Silas Hawkins, Augusta

Defends school superintendent's action
One of the most disappointing responsibilities of being Richmond County's superintendent, according to Dr. Charles G. Larke, involves asking for the resignation of an employee. In many cases, it is because the employee has demonstrated a complete disregard of reasonable and acceptable professional behavior. Donald B. Porter, Augusta

Don't take 'freebies'
Better late than not at all. That's our take on Augusta Mayor Bob Young's belated decision to turn down OMI's offer to pay for his $678.40 airline ticket to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in October.

Blasts Columbia Co. school dress code
The Columbia County School Board waits two weeks prior to school starting to vote on a dress code without parental input. Oh, they say they had a ``safety team'' advise them. I am doubtful, however, that this team was made up of anyone except for Board members and employees of the county system. Karen L. McCombs, Martinez

Backs criticism of Lakeside principal
I read with much interest the item a mother wrote about the unbalanced program at Lakeside High School. She is very correct. Principal Julius McAnnally's only interest is how he can bestow more honors, plaques and posters for himself and the school he occupies. Debbie Guida, Evans

Hits values clarification over violence
Many have written about school violence since the Columbine High School shooting, yet parents refuse to acknowledge that for the past 25 years public education's dogma emphasized ``values clarification,'' which teaches children to reject old moral and ethical standards, make their own choices and assemble their own value systems. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown

End intrusive exams
Remember those accusations awhile back that some teen-age girls in Aiken County public schools had to submit to genital examinations by a ``health care worker''? Well, it also happened three years ago in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Dunleavy says Blazers will be even better next season

Overtime: Johnson-led Thrashers edge Canes

Coble has hometown advantage

Evans rolls past Hepzibah

Coble shoots well on first day

Quick work for Faxon, and a B.C. Open title

Overtime: Rain stalls Jaguars' play in Japan

House chairman will push IOC to clean up its act

Officials to recommend replacement
After more than a year of research, Savannah River Site officials soon will recommend a replacement for a failed $500 million plant at the federal nuclear-weapons site.

Bell Atlantic and Vodafone create giant U.S. wireless company
NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic Corp. has struck an agreement to acquire the U.S. mobile telephone network of Vodafone AirTouch PLC in a deal that will create the nation's largest wireless phone company.

Automakers propose lower-speed air-bag test
WASHINGTON -- Automakers, hoping to keep the government from returning to a high-speed crash test for certifying air bags, have proposed a lower-speed test they say will prevent increased risk of passenger deaths from the devices.

Major e-commerce companies pool auction sites
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Microsoft, Dell Computer and nearly 100 other companies are banding together to challenge eBay Inc.'s dominance of the Internet auction industry by pooling their listings and bids.

Estimated cost of salmonella illnesses lowered
WASHINGTON -- Salmonella illnesses are costing the nation less than previously thought, but only because the government has lowered its estimate of how many people get sick from the food-borne infection each year.

Energy Department getting experimental car for testing
WASHINGTON -- Government engineers soon will get to test a family-sized experimental car from Ford Motor Co. that is powered by a diesel-electric engine and can run for 60 miles on a gallon of gas -- double the distance of a typical car.

Priceline.com unveils grocery service that lets shoppers name their own price
NEW YORK -- Priceline.com -- the Internet service that lets shoppers name their own prices for airline tickets, cars and home mortgages -- will soon allow them do the same for everything from chicken to cereal to coffee.

French government investigates Microsoft
PARIS -- The French Finance Ministry said Friday its antitrust, fraud, and market surveillance agencies are investigating complaints about the business practices of U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp.

Consumer groups: Low-volume callers pay more for long-distance
WASHINGTON -- Residential customers making an hour of long-distance calls a month are paying on average 20 percent more on their total bills than they did two years ago, despite cost savings to phone companies during that time, consumer groups say.

Farmers losing seed varieties worldwide
WASHINGTON -- With thousands of plant species nearing extinction, the world's farmers are losing valuable crop alternatives. In the United States, more than 80 percent of seed varieties sold a century ago no longer are available, according to a report released Saturday.

British restaurants will have to identify genetically modified food
LONDON -- British food establishments, from restaurants and pubs to caterers, will have to tell customers which of their dishes contain genetically modified ingredients under a new law that goes into effect Sunday.

Rock 'n' roll fantasy

Your style

Atlanta band goes big time with Bush
Native Augustan Marc Tompkins is already a Billionaire.

Your style
Rachel Chastain, 14, a freshman at the Academy of Richmond County.

Adviceline: Feelings of depression can be treated by doctors

Rock 'n' roll fantasy
Polished and proud, the band Solemn is ready to unleash its new sound. The five members of the band -- four of whom are high school students in Columbia County -- took six months off to get their sound together.

Rock 'n' roll fantasy

Rock 'n' roll fantasy
Polished and proud, the band Solemn is ready to unleash its new sound. The five members of the band -- four of whom are high school students in Columbia County -- took six months off to get their sound together.

Atlanta band goes big time with Bush

Adviceline: Feelings of depression can be treated by doctors
I guess for the last couple of years I've been really depressed. Every day it's a constant battle for me to try to pull out of it, but every time something kind of drops me back down. Everyone tells me you start each day the way you want to, but for some reason I just can't buy that -- it's not that easy. -- 19-year-old woman, Augusta

Bell Atlantic and Vodafone create giant U.S. wireless company

Consumer groups: Low-volume callers pay more for long-distance

Energy Department getting experimental car for testing

Automakers propose lower-speed air-bag test

Officials to recommend replacement

Farmers losing seed varieties worldwide

French government investigates Microsoft

Major e-commerce companies pool auction sites