Mets notebook: Rogers to test sore hamstring

Brewers name Taylor GM

A big league rookie thrives at 35

Braves win dramatic series opener

Home run race stalls

Braves don't look like league leaders

Johnson calls his last game

Meaningful games produce excitement

Novel concept: Braves in a division race

McGuire homer spoils perfect game

Attorneys seek to question Schott about racial views

Genders have many differences

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.

Third Nissan dealership coming soon

Ford to join with Microsoft to take orders online

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.

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.

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.

Administration says U.S. must continue supporting Russia

Additional business news

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

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.

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

Banks look for money to lend

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

Entrepreneur commended

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.

Georgia counties to switch area codes

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

Stranded Pirates still in Columbia

Holtz says he has no idea when USC will turn corner

Coaches, Dayne say ankle is fine

College notes

Suggestions abound for athletic director job

Donnan dotes on athleticism of 0-3 Central Florida

Streeter seeks redemption

College notes: Bockrath leaving Alabama AD job

Tuesday morning quarterback

Dogs still concerned despite 2-0 start

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.

Grand jury: Fine job

Hits values clarification over violence

Don't take 'freebies'

Says gambling addiction a sure thing

Praises School Board for student uniforms rule

Blasts Columbia Co. school dress code

Finds fault with Latin translation

End intrusive exams

Vows to protect Confederate heritage

Defends city Commission hopeful

Defends school superintendent's action

Ouster mishandled

Clarifies facts in Australia's gun program

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

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.

'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.

Josey blanks Statesboro

Georgia player of the week

Recovered Musketeer ready

Rebuilding for Laney has believers

S.C. player of the week

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.

Easy elegance

'Spooky Mansion' software includes riddles and activities

In the know

New on the tube

Judd ready to make her mark with new role

In the know

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

Carter keeps too busy to retire

Father wounded by 3-year-old daughter

60 people from area aboard ship

Minority donors needed

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.

Tax to expire

School official still works after arrest

Feud ends in shooting death of 19-year-old

Actions are defended

Suspect pleads to burglary

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.

Dogs receive individualized training

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.

Area briefs: Cruise passengers return home today

University's female faculty on the rise

Assessors see modification in action

Floyd takes toll on loggerhead sea turtles

Deadline for race remains

Hurricane evacuation under fire

Prosecutors not intimidated

Medical treatment brings child some comfort

Official donates personal papers to school

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.

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.

Inmates around pupils at school

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.

Officers injured in pursuit of woman

Ethics panel votes for further investigation

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aiken doctor faces malpractice suit

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

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.

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.

Rainy Monday accidents

Senator: Re-examine pond proposal

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.

Officials approve new firing policy

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.

Vigilant salesman

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.

Official threatens to resign from board

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.

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.

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.

Area briefs: Augusta takes part in gun lock program

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.

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.

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.

Response to grand jury proposed

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.

Plans for detention center unveiled

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Auditor hired for 2nd term

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

18-wheelers collide

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

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.

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

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.

Specifics are wanted

Landfill fire concerns residents

Airing out

Falcons lose game, Anderson

NFL Briefs

A memory drives a Cowboys' lineman

Niners scrambling to better protect Young

Falcons hold back Chandler

Anderson out for season with torn ACL

Falcons have an "emergency"

Can this finally be parity?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lucille Walker
Mrs. Lucille F. Walker, 89, of 2001 Dallas Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 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.

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

Ms. Catherine Mack
Ms. Catherine Mack, 68, of 114 Ellis St., died Saturday, Sept. 18, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Delores Birt

Ms. Edna Forth

Mrs. Ruby Reynolds

Mrs. Carolyn Cobb

Mrs. Grace Peebles

Mrs. Janie Dubroc

Mr. Thomas May Jr.

Mrs. Evie Bussell

Mrs. Edna Kirkland

Mr. Malcolm Pendleton Jr.

Mrs. Mary Grace Wilson

Mrs. Alice Williams

Mrs. Lucille Walker

Mr. Harold Fail

Mrs. Tommie Williams

Mrs. Helen Bostian

Ms. Martha Rice

Mrs. Heila Everard

Mrs. Mary Stroud

Ms. Catherine Mack

Mr. Henry Clark

Mr. Charles Arrington

Mr. Ebenezer Lewis

Mr. Johnny Cummings

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.

House chairman will push IOC to clean up its act

Coble has hometown advantage

Overtime: Rain stalls Jaguars' play in Japan

Dunleavy says Blazers will be even better next season

Overtime: Johnson-led Thrashers edge Canes

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

Coble shoots well on first day

Evans rolls past Hepzibah

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Rock 'n' roll fantasy

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

Officials to recommend replacement

Energy Department getting experimental car for testing

Automakers propose lower-speed air-bag test

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

Farmers losing seed varieties worldwide

Major e-commerce companies pool auction sites

French government investigates Microsoft