Johnson calls his last game

Braves win dramatic series opener

Braves notebook: Rocker shows fiery side

Home run race stalls

Baylor deflects credit

Mets notebook: Franco is seeking first playoff berth

Mets notebook: Rogers to test sore hamstring

Brewers name Taylor GM

Braves sweep Mets

Braves don't look like league leaders

Excitement, but no homers at Wrigley

Back injury could keep Ripken from 3,000 this season

Genders have many differences

Georgia counties to switch area codes

Bank of America seeks new corporate office

Foster layoffs difficult for town workers
WAGENER -- Officials at Wagener Manufacturing Co. plan to shutdown its sewing department, laying off about 80 employees.

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

Xerox purchases Tektronix color printing

State's plans for improving rural housing
ATLANTA -- Granting tax credits to developers and employers are two options for improving rural housing availability under consideration by the board charged with drafting the state's economic development policy outside major cities.

Foster layoffs difficult for town workers

Additional business news

Bank of America seeks new corporate office
Bank of America, formerly NationsBank, is planning to move into new corporate offices in downtown Augusta by next year, Regional President Jim Tyler said Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

Xerox purchases Tektronix color printing
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Xerox Corp. has reached an agreement to purchase the color printing division of Tektronix Inc. for $950 million.

Additional business news
Flying to Europe becomes affordable...Hotels look at space station rates...UTC to slash 9,000 more jobs...Phelps Dodge ups ante for rivals

College football information and game picks

College notes: BYU's Edwards signs 5-year extension

Donnan dotes on athleticism of 0-3 Central Florida

Streeter was destined for role as QB

Gamecocks' defense now team's strength

Stranded Pirates still in Columbia

Game presents opportunity for statement

Dogs still concerned despite 2-0 start

Suggestions abound for athletic director job

College notes

Streeter seeks redemption

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.

Songwriter reflects on century
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The 20th century hasn't been all sunshine for Jimmie Davis, but as the singer, songwriter and former segregationist governor passes his 100th birthday, sunshine is what he's best known for.

Defends city Commission hopeful

Supports 'lone wolf' in Dist. 6 race

Says gambling addiction a sure thing

Notes 'disrespect' in flag debate

Praises School Board for student uniforms rule

Sees bigotry in criticism of student

Blasts Columbia Co. school dress code

Serves notice he'll oppose video poker

End intrusive exams

Questions safety 'upgrade' at SRS

Hold Gore accountable

Boosting gun safety

Ouster mishandled

Holding on to memories
WASHINGTON -- Christine Collins settles herself in front of the television with her daughter Joyce Wise beside her. In a moment, a woman's face appears on the screen.

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.

Toys duke it out for supremacy
``Ahhh! You smashed my head!'' whines one brutish voice. A loud, otherworldly laugh replies. Then a burp, followed by some sputters and buzzes that escalate into a fit of manic giggles.

In the know
One of the 10 best animated movies ever, The Prince of Egypt, is now available on both video and DVD. The film features the Academy Award-winning song When You Believe and an impressive cast of voices that includes Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin and Martin Short.

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.

Capsules
The old saw about doctors advising patients to ``take two aspirins and call me in the morning'' may be in for a slight revision based upon new evidence.

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.

Aiken QB has talent, needs experience

Recovered Musketeer ready

S.C. player of the week

Georgia player of the week

Despite losses, Tigers still in Top 10

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

Capsules

In the know

Toys duke it out for supremacy

Judd ready to make her mark with new role

Holding on to memories

In the know

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.

Low lake results in alert
Despite robust rainfall from a tropical weather system, Thurmond Lake levels continued to fall this week, prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expand low water warnings and reduce hydropower generation.

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.

Dispute over female pastor divides Baptists

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.

School Board supports inmate work

Area briefs: Board denies parole in Richey murder case

Dennis, Floyd wash away

Hurricane evacuation under fire

Rearing to roar
Jim Knight, chief curator of natural history at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, S.C., works putting together the skeleton of a full-size dinosaur Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999. The Albertosaurus, a carnivore, is 24 feet long and nine feet high and lived in South Carolina during the last two Cretaceous periods, 65 to 80 million years ago.

Dennis, Floyd wash away
SAVANNAH -- They come and they go. It's the nature of coastal sand bars, spits and even barrier islands.

Area briefs: Board denies parole in Richey murder case
The South Carolina Pardons and Parole Board denied a parole request Wednesday for Jammie Lee, who was convicted of accessory to murder in the 1994 death of Lakeside High School student Melanie Richey.

Inmates around pupils at school

School Board supports inmate work
Several Richmond County school board members said Wednesday that using inmates for maintenance work saves money but added that prisoners should not be used around schoolchildren.

Hoteliers fined for high price
SAVANNAH -- In the first legal action taken against alleged Hurricane Floyd price gouging, Rekhea and Danny Patel, operators of the Knights Inn off Interstate 75 in Vienna, were assessed civil penalties totaling $180,000.

Butler student dies in Highway 56 wreck
A Butler High School student was killed in a car crash Wednesday morning, and the driver has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Senator: Re-examine pond proposal

Child will have bone marrow transplant
The way is clear for Ho Young Jeon to get a tricky but potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant in Columbia.

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.

Online threats often traced
It's the equivalent of walking into a room full of strangers and sharing your deepest and most personal thoughts on politics, relationships and other day-to-day issues.

Ethics panel votes for further investigation

Deputies anticipate academy
"Ten hut!'' yelled Capt. George Taylor to the new recruits, who immediately jumped to their feet, arms to the side in almost perfect formation.

Grocery store settles kidnapping lawsuit
ATHENS, Ga. -- Lawyers for a woman kidnapped from a Kroger supermarket parking lot and raped have reached a settlement in a lawsuit she filed against the grocery chain.

School Board supports inmate work
Several Richmond County school board members said Wednesday that using inmates for maintenance work saves money but added that prisoners should not be used around schoolchildren.

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.

Removal of court granted
AIKEN -- Vicki and Desmond McCaw finally were granted permission Wednesday to remove a slab of clay from the yard of their home in one of Aiken's historic districts.

Officers injured in pursuit of woman

Educator resigns amid complaints
North Augusta High School's head soccer coach resigned suddenly Monday, and the principal said the teacher is being investigated for unprofessional conduct.

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.

Burglar receives 20-year sentence
AIKEN -- A burglar caught after an intensive stakeout by Aiken police received a 20-year jail sentence Wednesday for a rash of commercial break-ins.

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.

Poker foes launch heated campaign
AIKEN -- Opponents of video poker begin today a 40-day countdown to the Nov. 2 referendum that will decide whether the games remain legal in South Carolina.

Burglar receives 20-year sentence

Playing catch
Charles Wispert shows Emily Carder how to hold and throw a football correctly while at Riverview Park in North Augusta on Wednesday afternoon. Ms. Carder said learning to throw was OK but that she would rather be kicking a soccer ball.

Official threatens to resign from board

Officials offer help in cleanup
Residents of King Villa met with police again Wednesday to review recommendations made by Columbia County officials on ways to clean up the neighborhood.

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.

Low lake results in alert

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.

Deputies anticipate academy

Officials offer help in cleanup

Playing catch

Airing out

Online threats often traced

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.

Actions are defended

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

Vigilant salesman

Dispute over female pastor divides Baptists
SAVANNAH -- Carolyn Hale, senior pastor of Savannah's Memorial Baptist Church, will concentrate on shepherding her flock during the next month and beyond, despite a vote by a local Baptist group to withdraw its fellowship from the church.

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.

Inmate's suicide a hoax
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- A fake hanging and coma got a Coffee County inmate out of jail, but the medical tests afterward prompted a quick ``recovery'' that led to a charge of attempted escape.

Floyd takes toll on loggerhead sea turtles

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.

Officials approve new firing policy

Shelter is criticized for deaths
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Ground-breaking for a new animal shelter in Kingsland should have marked a day of celebration for the Humane Society of Camden County.

Officials approve new firing policy

Response to grand jury proposed

Hoteliers fined for high price

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

Plans for detention center unveiled

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.

Suspect pleads to burglary

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.

Shelter is criticized for deaths

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.

Rearing to roar

Coleman touted as strong advocate for 'other' Georgia
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes' recommendation of former state Sen. Tom Coleman of Savannah to become the next transportation commissioner will give the ``other'' Georgia a powerful ally in steering highway dollars outside the metro Atlanta area, political and business leaders said Wednesday.

Coleman touted as strong advocate for 'other' Georgia

Songwriter reflects on century

Dogs receive individualized training

Prosecutors not intimidated

Family keeps vigil over tourist shot during holdup

Medical treatment brings child some comfort

Poker foes launch heated campaign

Deadline for race remains

Educator resigns amid complaints

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.

Grocery store settles kidnapping lawsuit

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.

School Board supports inmate work

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.

Child will have bone marrow transplant

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.

Area briefs: Cruise passengers return home today

Assessors see modification in action

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.

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

Beuerlein shrugs off latest round of rough outings

Smith shares glory with Dorsett, Johnston

Anderson out for season with torn ACL

Falcons to get new home base

Does no Jamal mean no chance for Falcons?

Falcons have an "emergency"

Mrs. Alma Mack
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Alma Jean Ray Mack, 61, of 121 Falcon St., died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999.

Mrs. Jessie Tankersley
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Jessie Virginia Jordan Tankersley, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999.

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

Mrs. Queen Patterson
ULMER, S.C. -- Mrs. Queen Ester Priester Patterson, 75, of Rt. 1, Box 74, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, in Fairfax.

Mr. William Daniel Jr.
Mr. William H. Daniel Jr., 80, of 2408 Castlewood Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at West Lake Manor.

Mr. Pete Griffin
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Mr. Pete Griffin, 49, of 425 E. Third St., died Sept. 3, 1999, at Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Suk Journell
Mrs. Suk I. ``Lee'' Journell, 53, of 2811 Nighthawk Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. James King
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. James Edward King, 39, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital.

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

Mrs. Florrie Douglas
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Florrie Porter Douglas, 87, of Norway Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Jolley Acres Health Care, Orangeburg.

Mrs. Mammie Garnett
Mrs. Mammie Lou ``Polly'' Garnett, 79, of 5546 Tubman Road, Appling, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Columbia- Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. William Knowles
Mr. William J. Knowles, 71, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Meggin Cheryl Marie Neagus
Entered into rest September 20, 1999, Meggin Cheryl Marie Neagus, daughter of Mr. Charles N. Neagus and Mrs. Anglea Mays Neagus, 0f 212 Limerick Drive, Aiken, SC.

Mr. Ronnie Wiggins Sr.
WALDORF, Md. -- Mr. Ronnie Earl Wiggins, 47, died Monday, September 13, 1999, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Bettye Stokes
Mrs. Bettye L. Watson Stokes, 73, formerly of 404 E. Espinosa St., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Briarwood Nursing Center, Tucker.

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

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. Junne Thomas
Mr. Junne Baez Thomas, of 3006 Yellowwood Court, Hephzibah, 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. Harry Sankey Sr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Harry Robert Sankey Sr., 75, of 103 Stanley Drive, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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

Ms. Lena Wall
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Ms. Lena Cosby Wall, 89, of 502 Orchard St., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. Owen Colvin
THOMSON -- Mr. Owen Cash Colvin, 34, of 871 Cedar Rock Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Ronald Davenport Jr.
Mr. Ronald Davenport Jr., 23, of 1957 Brown St., died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Claxton
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph P. Claxton, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Emory University, Atlanta.

Mr. James Gantt
COLUMBIA -- Mr. James Henry Gantt, 92, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, in Fayetteville, N.C.

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. Marian Amerson
Mrs. Marian Howard Amerson, 63, of 210 Weldon Drive, Martinez, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at her residence.

Meggin Cheryl Marie Neagus

Mr. James Gantt

Ms. Edna Forth

Ms. Martha Rice

Mrs. Tommie Williams

Mrs. Mary Stroud

Mrs. Bettye Stokes

Mrs. Edna Kirkland

Mr. William Daniel Jr.

Ms. Edna Forth

Mr. Thomas May Jr.

Mrs. Florrie Douglas

Mrs. Lucille Walker

Mr. Owen Colvin

Mrs. Marian Amerson

Mr. William Knowles

Mr. Pete Griffin

Mr. Ronald Davenport Jr.

Mr. Joseph Claxton

Mrs. Suk Journell

Mrs. Heila Everard

Mr. James King

Mr. Henry Clark

Mrs. Queen Patterson

Mrs. Ruby Reynolds

Mr. Junne Thomas

Mrs. Delores Birt

Mrs. Jessie Tankersley

Ms. Lena Wall

Mr. Harry Sankey Sr.

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.

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

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.

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

Questions safety 'upgrade' at SRS
I read your brief Sept. 3 editorial regarding the plutonium contamination incident at Savannah River Site, which included: ``But it is obvious plutonium-handling safety procedures need to be upgraded.'' John Culbert, Williston

Supports 'lone wolf' in Dist. 6 race
I would like to express my heartfelt support for the only person I believe will truly representthe Augusta Commission's 6th District: Andy Cheek. Ralph Rohrer, Augusta

Notes 'disrespect' in flag debate
People who praise Gone with the Wind as a great American novel, ignore the stereotypical portrait the novel projects of enslaved Africans. These people also ignore the incredibly inhumane manner in which enslaved Africans were treated. Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

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

Boosting gun safety
Thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Augusta will be one of six cities participating in a firearms safety program by providing free gun locks to gun owners.

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

Hold Gore accountable
Matters haven't been going too well for Vice President Al Gore lately as polls show challenger Bill Bradley running nearly even with him in several Democrat presidential primary states.

Sees bigotry in criticism of student
Re the frivolous Sept. 9 letter by Glen Davis (``Questions story, adult `priorities'''): Daniel Adams, Evans

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.

A-NIC speed bump
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. has hit a speed bump, not an obstacle, with the city Commission's decision Tuesday not to provide the nearly $50,000 in start-up costs for now.

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.

Serves notice he'll oppose video poker
... I tried to quit video poker, but couldn't. Once you've played these machines, it's so addictive you'll do anything to play again. It's like being a crack addict. Howard Boyd, Langley

House chairman will push IOC to clean up its act

Evans rolls past Hepzibah

Ryder Cup notebook: Is a Woods-Duval pairing in the works?

Overtime: Lady Jaguars in penthouse of Peach Belt

Stewart willing to be American leader

Coble shoots well on first day

Racing sponsors have their own agenda

Overtime: Rain stalls Jaguars' play in Japan

Coble's lead up to four

Nemechek delivers excitement

Aiken settles for a tie

Universe may be younger than thought
The celestial yardstick most commonly used for measuring the universe may have to be recalibrated. That's the upshot of an analysis by a team of astronomers, who worked with new, more precise measurements of the distance to a far-off galaxy.

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.

Taiwan quake provides scientists with valuable data
Taiwan, which sits on the edge of two plates on the Earth's crust, gets shaken by dozens of earthquakes each year. Most are centered in the Pacific Ocean and rarely cause damage.

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.

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.

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.

Oldest playable musical instrument found
Archaeologists in China have found what is believed to be the world's oldest still-playable musical instrument -- a 9,000-year-old flute carved from the wing bone of a crane.

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.

World population will reach 6 billion in October
LONDON -- The world's population is expected to top 6 billion next month, with most of the growth occurring in poor regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia, according to U.N. figures released today.

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.

SRS cleanup continues
A defect in a storage container might have caused several Savannah River Site workers to be contaminated with plutonium earlier this month.

SRS cleanup continues

World population will reach 6 billion in October

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

Automakers propose lower-speed air-bag test

Taiwan quake provides scientists with valuable data

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

Oldest playable musical instrument found

Officials to recommend replacement

Universe may be younger than thought