Braves clinch NL East title

Phillies top Mets 3-2

Braves notes: Ligtenburg pitching pain free

Baseball sees final game at Tiger Stadium

Reds continue run of good play

Yanks lose to Devil Rays

Braves win another against Mets

Additional business news

Nike strikes e-commerce deal with Internet start-up Fogdog

Lockheed announces plans for $1 billion divestiture
BALTIMORE -- Lockheed Martin Co. announced a major restructuring Monday, including changes in top management and a corporate realignment with layoffs likely. The defense contractor said it plans to sell eight businesses that employ 9,000 people.

Additional business news
Wall Street makes modest recovery...Loan trend troubles Fed official...Japan to end fixed commissions...Huffy to close U.S. bike factories

Agency picks new director

Session to focus on mall
Consultants studying what to do with Regency Mall will sponsor a workshop Oct. 11, at the mall at 1700 Gordon Highway. It will offer residents the opportunity to present their own ideas for mall revitalization.

Nike strikes e-commerce deal with Internet start-up Fogdog
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Can dot.com sales make the swoosh cooler? Analysts say Nike's move to sell its full product line for the next six months at fogdog.com, a Web-only sporting goods retailer, might make it so.

Bank backs Augusta housing agency

Shoney's announces it will close 72 more restaurants
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shoney's is shrinking again. The struggling family restaurant chain announced Monday it will close 72 restaurants in 14 states by Halloween.

Session to focus on mall

Lockheed announces plans for $1 billion divestiture

Bank backs Augusta housing agency
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. next month will receive the first installment of a $250,000 contribution from Bank of America.

Shoney's announces it will close 72 more restaurants

Agency picks new director
Board members of the CSRA Regional Development Center chose a former public administrator from Macon as the agency's new executive director.

Watson service to be held today

It's TV time for Uremovich

Numbers don't add up right for Gamecocks

Sanders' return sparks Maryland

O'Leary wants to get work for backup quarterbacks, but how?

Fulmer: Off-field problems no distraction for Vols

Dogs jolted by death of line coach

Tennessee pushes ahead with academic fraud probe

Holtz starting to believe in curse

College notes: Shoulder injury sidelines Auburn QB for month

Are You Susceptible to the Y2K Bug?
Trouble buying into the Y2K scare mentality, huh? You and lots of others: A recent GallupUSA Today poll found that, since last December, the number of polled Americans suffering the Y2K willies had dropped dramatically, by two-thirds: Now only 11 percent expect the millennium bug to cause ``major problems.''

General's relatives live nearby
William H.T. Walker's family still has many connections in the local area. There are at least five descendants of the Confederate general living here, including Hugh M. Walker of North Augusta.

Statue honors Augusta war hero
When Augusta's Confederate monument on Broad Street was erected in 1878, five figures were selected to grace it.

Hits Richmond Co. school dress code

Rule of law attacked

Urges 'no' vote on video poker

Stiffen cutoff policy

Tells terrorists Americans offer break

Cites area help for hurricane victims

Notes growth of creation science

Urges parents to back dress codes

Clarifies facts in Donna Martin case

Advises students to pray silently

Detecting liars

Cyberspace cadet seeks e-mail order bride
It's sort of a low-budget version of Indecent Proposal, the movie in which Robert Redford offers $1 million for a night with Demi Moore.

Estrogen treatment raises safety issues
Few medical issues are more controversial than the association between estrogen and breast cancer. Worldwide, women are aging, and millions are entering menopause.

In the know
TV TODAY: John Paul II: The Millennial Pope -- This Frontline episode recounts the long reign of Karol Wojtyla, the Vatican's vigorous leader since 1978 (9 p.m. PBS, WCES-TV, Channel 20, and WEBA-TV, Channel 14).

Westside making fans think of football

Cyberspace cadet seeks e-mail order bride

Estrogen treatment raises safety issues

In the know

Airing everything out

Across the area

Custodian testifies during trial
When Deputy James Florida got a 4:20 a.m. call to assist a school safety officer investigating an alarm, it was a bad sign, he testified Monday.

Suits claim wrongful firings
AIKEN -- Two Aiken County women filed unrelated lawsuits Monday alleging wrongful termination by their employers. One claims her boss showed her pornography and a news article stating that women have fewer brain cells than men.

Backup singers
Grammy-nominated performer Fish Bone Fred performs for pupils at Meadowbrook Elementary School on Monday afternoon.

County plans no action on forgery
Aiken County's assistant emergency preparedness coordinator will not be disciplined for helping falsify training documents for a North Augusta public safety officer, County Administrator Bill Shepherd said Monday.

Benefit concert tops goal
Singing a cappella, members of an Atlanta-based gospel choir filled Augusta's Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday with their poignant plea for more humanity.

Heavy rains hit Aiken
A motorist on Price Avenue in Aiken drives through a puddle caused by clogged drains during Monday's heavy rains. Roads throughout the Aiken area were flooded due to heavy rains and ditches backing up.

Tuesday morning quarterback

Poll: Voters say flag should come down
COLUMBIA -- Support to remove the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse dome is stronger among South Carolina voters than their state legislators, according to a new poll conducted for six newspapers in the state.

74 counties may lose state aid
ATLANTA -- Barely more than half of Georgia's counties will make Wednesday's deadline for filing so-called ``service-delivery plans'' with the state, leaving the rest facing the threat of losing state aid.

74 counties may lose state aid

Rain washes away watering bans

Absence during Floyd won't affect students
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- Roughly 4,600 Effingham County students who stayed home from school Sept. 14 when Hurricane Floyd appeared to be headed this way won't be penalized for it.

Police find escapee; capture attempt fails
AIKEN -- Sheriff's officers Sunday found the man who es-caped from the Aiken County De-tention Center, but the escapee eluded them again.

Heavy rains hit Aiken

Access denied
High waters Monday forced this road outside Conway, S.C., to be closed. The rising Waccamaw River has persuaded many area residents to relocate.

Area briefs: No charges likely in family shooting

Legislator soliciting for lawsuit

Custodian testifies during trial

Debt alarms city officials
Augusta utility customers with unpaid water and sewer bills must pay up or their water will be cut off, if the city commission approves a proposal next week.

Debt alarms city officials

Poll managers learning rules

Test pits identified most promising sites

Test pits identified most promising sites
Chris Murphy knows his time is running out. With construction rapidly changing the face of Augusta State University, Dr. Murphy is hurrying to uncover campus history before bulldozers bury it forever.

Family uses farm to educate others
JEFFERSON, Ga. -- Off a road so quiet you can hear the crickets chirp and the grass sway in the breeze, Joyce Ethridge can sit in her rocking chair and look out over 600 acres of her family's history.

Family uses farm to educate others

Legislator soliciting for lawsuit
ATLANTA -- State Rep. Mitchell Kaye figures if you can't beat 'em in the General Assembly, sue 'em.

Police find escapee; capture attempt fails

Backup singers

Home party idea grows into children's charity

Statue honors Augusta war hero

Airing everything out
Augustans Karen Hoover and her husband, Steve, deplete the air from the World Championship Wrestling hot air balloon Sunday at the Boshears Memorial Fly-In at Daniel Field.

This week in South Carolina
A look at events scheduled for this week.

Jailers search for contraband
Staying one step ahead of jail inmates often means challenging very resourceful people. ``If these guys put this much energy into doing good things, there's no telling what they could do,'' Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Gene Johnson said as he held a little brown bag of four loosely rolled cigarettes and a steel wool pad.

Education has champ in teacher
It's been nearly six months since he was named National Teacher of the Year and three months since he began flying across the country, spreading his philosophy on education.

Aiken men capture burglary suspect
AIKEN -- Three Aiken men chased down a burglary suspect after an injured woman ran to their door, screaming that she had stumbled upon the suspect in her home and was nearly choked to death during a home invasion.

Home party idea grows into children's charity
Lisa Brantley never thought her annual Christmas party to benefit a local charity would turn into a fledgling organization.

Manhunt continues for escapee

Rain washes away watering bans
Now that you can water your lawns, you don't need to. The torrential downpours that have saturated the area with more than an inch of rain in two days has relieved thirsty lawns and gardens -- prompting Richmond and Columbia county officials to lift the almost 4-month-old outdoor watering bans.

Suits claim wrongful firings

Candidate says he is not violating law

Aiken men capture burglary suspect

County plans no action on forgery

Across the area
State hall of fame inducts opera star ... Officers seek escaped inmate ... Explosion rocks pastor's house

Area briefs: No charges likely in family shooting
THOMSON -- The wife of a McDuffie County man likely will not be charged with shooting her husband over the weekend, police said Monday.

Poll managers learning rules
AIKEN -- True or false? It is permissible for a husband and a wife to vote together in the same voting booth. A printed sticker will suffice for a write-in vote.

This week in South Carolina

Jailers search for contraband

Are You Susceptible to the Y2K Bug?

Education has champ in teacher

Manhunt continues for escapee
AIKEN -- An escapee from the Aiken County Detention Center eluded sheriff's officials Monday for a third day, this time running through the yard of a woman who ordered her dogs to attack him.

Benefit concert tops goal

Candidate says he is not violating law
AIKEN -- City Attorney Gary Smith has asked South Carolina's attorney general to decide whether H.A. ``Mac'' McClearen can legally serve as Robert S. ``Skipper'' Perry's campaign manager.

Absence during Floyd won't affect students

Seahawks top Steelers

Seattle withdraws offer to Galloway

49ers survive without Young

Redskins hand Jets their third loss

NFL notes: Saints' Hewitt hit hard for hitting Young

Falcons run over by Rams

Falcons look like the same ol' birds

NFL roundup: Super Bowl teams fall to 0-3

Bills blank Eagles

Seifert gets first Panthers win

Falcons believe season can be salvaged

Mr. John Deason
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John C. Deason, 81, of 1809 Courtney Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Roy Story
Mr. Roy F. Story, 80, of 2404 Wymberly Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Jennings Healthcare.

Mrs. Jessie Reames
WHITE ROCK, S.C. -- Mrs. Jessie Haltiwanger Wise Reames, 92, of Lowman Home, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia.

Mr. James Adams
LOGANSPORT, Ind. -- Mr. James Paul Adams, 75, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Edith Miller
MOXLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Edith Raines Miller, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. David Smith
Mr. David Wayne Smith, 41, of 3606 Belair Road, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, in Laurens, S.C.

Mrs. Mary Gilby
Mrs. Mary A. Gilby, 96, of 2359 Monto St., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Magnolia Hill Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mildred Grier
Mrs. Mildred Hall Grier, 79, of 101 Dugan Court, died Sunday, Sept 26, 1999.

Mrs. Frances Phillips
Mrs. Frances Rogers Phillips, 82, of 2323 Washington Road, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Kentwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Rebecca Penn
Mrs. Rebecca ``Becky'' Curtis Penn, 63, of 2025 Bloomingdale St., died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Aquilla Crocker
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Aquilla R. Crocker, 71, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999.

Mr. Kenneth Chastain
Mr. Kenneth Chastain, 48, of 1947 Gordon Highway, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Roxanne Davis
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Roxanne Strom Davis, 38, of 104 Hight Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999.

Mr. Henry Jones
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Doyle Jones, 52, of 2167 Maxim Road, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Grover Jones
Mr. Grover Cleveland Jones, 54, of 1141 Sharpes Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. John Beebe
Mr. John Landes Beebe, 89, of Augusta, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Edward Betzold
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Edward Graham Betzold, 71, of 2316 Pinetree Nursery Road, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Jernigan
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Catherine Grubbs Jernigan, 63, of 243 Church St., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Martha Glover
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Martha Glover, of 123 S.E. Diggs St., died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Hilda Clarke
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Hilda Barton Clarke, 74, of 1450 Augusta Road, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Allie Stone
BURNETTOWN -- Mrs. Allie Mae Huff Stone, 86, of 236 Carline Road, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. William Carroll Jr.
JOHNSTOWN COMMUNITY, S.C. -- Mr. William E. Carroll Jr., 88, of 107 Lamar St., died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Joneisha Herrington
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Joneisha Herrington, infant daughter of John and Katrina Harrington, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Army Community Hospital.

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith
LANGLEY -- Mrs. Elizabeth Mooney Smith, 60, of 17 Hillside Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Ira Whitt
AIKEN -- Mr. Ira Dean Whitt, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Patrick Ulanina Plunkett
PLUNKETT -- Entered into rest Monday, September 27, 1999 at the residence, Mr. Patrick Ulanina Plunkett, 65, of 3210 Mesena Lane, Augusta, Georgia, husband of Mrs. Joyce Caldwell Plunkett.

Mrs. Mary Massengale
Mrs. Mary E. Massengale, 81, of 1903 Rock Springs Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Barbara Tankersley
DEARING -- Mrs. Barbara Reynolds Tankersley, 63, of 1420 Lokey Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mrs. Mae Teague
LAURENS, S.C. -- Mrs. Mae Edna Wheeler ``Pete'' Teague, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at National Health Care Nursing Center.

Mrs. Shelby Jackson
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Shelby Jean Holton Jackson, 62, of 15356 Georgia Highway 24 E., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, in Milledgeville.

Mr. John Deason

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith

Mr. Roy Story

Mrs. Roxanne Davis

Mr. Ira Whitt

Mrs. Allie Stone

Mrs. Barbara Tankersley

Mrs. Mary Gilby

Mr. William Carroll Jr.

Mrs. Frances Phillips

Mrs. Mildred Grier

Joneisha Herrington

Mrs. Jessie Reames

Mrs. Mary Massengale

Mrs. Martha Glover

Mr. Grover Jones

Mr. James Adams

Mr. Henry Jones

Mr. John Beebe

Mr. Patrick Ulanina Plunkett

Mrs. Rebecca Penn

Mr. Aquilla Crocker

Mrs. Edith Miller

Mrs. Shelby Jackson

Mrs. Mae Teague

Mr. Kenneth Chastain

Kathy Starrett: Atlanta tragedy highlights dangers of day-trading, need for new rules
THERE'S A NEW national focus on stock day-trading since unsuccessful wheeler-dealer Mark O. Barton recently murdered nine people at two Atlanta day-trading firms. Ironically, his rampage came nine days before a seven-month study on day-trading by the North American Securities Administrators Association was released.

Cites area help for hurricane victims
All of the Hurricane Floyd evacuees are out of the shelters but there are still thousands of people in the Carolinas who are in need of our support and supplies. We reacted quickly to the needs of those coming to Augusta for shelter and the Salvation Army is providing us with the opportunity tocontinue helping others in need. David Newton, Augusta

Clarifies facts in Donna Martin case
Donna Martin met with me on July 9 in my office regarding the May 14 incident and her employment. She was fully cooperative. At that time she was placed on voluntary administrative leave with pay in accordance with the Fair Dismissal Act of Georgia as it relates to certified employees, pending evaluation. Charles G. Larke, Augusta

Rule of law attacked
In 1997 Attorney General Janet Reno told Congress her agency studied the possibility of a lawsuit against tobacco companies and determined, ``the federal government does not have a ... cause of action'' against the firms.

Detecting liars
A new ``human science'' is developing to help law-enforcement officials detect when suspects or witnesses are lying.

Stiffen cutoff policy
Just as startling as the staggering $2.6 million in unpaid water bills owed the Augusta consolidated government since 1996 are some of the deadbeats that aren't paying up.

Hits Richmond Co. school dress code
I think that the Richmond County Board of Education has gone a bit overboard on the dress code issue. Recently my children brought home a letter from the board outlining the consequences for violating the uniform policy for elementary school students, which include suspension. David Reece, Fort Gordon

Advises students to pray silently
Contrary to what some people may think, God has not and cannot be taken from the public schools. Faber Hance, North Augusta

Declares S.C. will keep battle flag
This is written in response to the Aug. 15 letter by Victor Reilly. K.G. Watson, Augusta

Kathy Starrett: Atlanta tragedy highlights dangers of day-trading, need for new rules
THERE'S A NEW national focus on stock day-trading since unsuccessful wheeler-dealer Mark O. Barton recently murdered nine people at two Atlanta day-trading firms. Ironically, his rampage came nine days before a seven-month study on day-trading by the North American Securities Administrators Association was released.

Support libraries
It's heartening to see the Columbia County Library Board of Trustees pushing hard in public hearings for a new library. With the new courthouse annex and jail expansion project having been taken care of, the next capital improvement projects shouldcertainly include a new library.

Tells terrorists Americans offer break
Attention Osama bin Laden and all other terrorists: Things must really be boring around the campfires at night now. We here in America invite you to stand down. Take a cruise. Relax for a while. Johnny Hensley, Augusta

Notes growth of creation science
What irks us creation-science folks is that evolution is taught as fact when it has never been proven. Creation scientists are like Columbus and the explorers of his day who proved the Earth wasn't flat but (rather) a sphere. Creation science is rapidly advancing, especially in the last 15 years. Dr. Kurt Wise informs us that ``information on creation science is doubling every year and a half.'' John Lamar, Martinez

Urges 'no' vote on video poker
To all the good people of South Carolina who aren't yet committed to vote on Nov. 2, I urge you to get registered and vote. Voting is a right; video poker is not and should never be allowed again in our state. Larry Milner, Aiken

Urges parents to back dress codes
Most of the letters written to your paper regarding school uniforms and dress codes have been fairly hostile to the new rules regarding what the students can or cannot wear. I am surprised at the number of parents who resent the new codes. Gene Rickaby, Augusta

Contrasts candidates Bradley, Gore
A current journalistic fad poses the following question: ``What is the difference between Bill Bradley and Al Gore?'' Robert Lee Zeglarski, Augusta

Ryder Cup now an intense competition

Americans rally for Ryder Cup win

Martin breaks drought with Dover victory

Overtime: U.S. women blank Brazil in exhibition

A great comeback, a great victory for America

Overtime: Augustan advances in Mid-Amateur

Truck crew chief fined

Jarrett got better in a hurry

Ballast water targeted in war against invasive marine species
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Huge cranes tower over a ship to unload its cargo from Asia onto awaiting trucks. And from a hole in the stern, water spouts into the Pacific.

Medicare providers slow in providing for Y2K
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and health care experts said Monday they were concerned that doctors, hospitals and other Medicare health insurance providers will not be prepared to handle the Y2K computer problem.

UN tests emergency power supplies against computer bug
GENEVA -- Anxious to avoid any disruption Jan. 1, the U.N. European headquarters tested its standby electricity supplies Saturday to check systems for the millennium bug.

Kudzu menaces Southern landowners
RALEIGH, N.C. -- In the past century, a creepy, crawly vine nicknamed the ``Green Menace'' has swallowed up telephone poles and fences, choked forests and cloaked roadsides and fields in shimmering green.

New class of antibiotics may help doctors overcome resistant germs
SAN FRANCISCO -- A drug described as the first entirely new kind of antibiotic in more than 35 years is expected to give doctors a fresh weapon against germs that are resistant to anything science now has.

Experimental vaccine approach may remove need for annual flu shots
NEW YORK -- An experimental vaccine that might help eliminate the need for annual flu shots is showing early promise in mice.

Six honored for research in nerve signaling, heart drugs and brain
NEW YORK -- Six scientists have been honored with prestigious Lasker awards for research on blood flow in the brain, the development of a heart drug and discoveries about electrical signals in the body.

Physician convicted of fraud for giving aloe vera to cancer patients
MANASSAS, Va. -- A doctor pleaded no contest to fraud Monday for treating dying cancer patients with injections of aloe vera, the plant extract used in skin creams.

Invasive plant wipes out native wildflowers
WASHINGTON -- Plant specialist Joan Feely once delighted in the variety of native wildflowers as she walked along the C&O Canal in suburban Montgomery County, Md.

Drug prevents flu spread in families
SAN FRANCISCO -- An inhaled prescription drug being introduced next month is nearly 80 percent effective in keeping family members from getting the flu bug when a relative brings it home, according to a new study.

Danger behind the wheel
A license to drive means a license to freedom for most teens.

Friends are wrong to steer teen away from relationship

Your style
Terry Finley, 17, Lucy C. Laney High School

Danger behind the wheel

Friends are wrong to steer teen away from relationship
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM There's this boy who really likes me a lot, and I kind of like him. But he's not very attractive, and all of my friends told me I can do better. But I think I ought to give him a try. What should I do? 18-year-old woman, Augusta

Your style

Physician convicted of fraud for giving aloe vera to cancer patients

Kudzu menaces Southern landowners

Invasive plant wipes out native wildflowers

New class of antibiotics may help doctors overcome resistant germs

Six honored for research in nerve signaling, heart drugs and brain

UN tests emergency power supplies against computer bug

Medicare providers slow in providing for Y2K

Drug prevents flu spread in families

Ballast water targeted in war against invasive marine species