NCAA approves standards for metal baseball bats

Braves notebook: Chipper says he wasn't tipped in Atlanta

Catcher has fractured wrist, might miss first round

Reds continue run of good play

Braves win another against Mets

Baseball sees final game at Tiger Stadium

Reds continue to win

Braves win another against Mets

Umpires call meeting for Monday in Chicago

Dictionary welcomes new entries

Jones Intercable changes name

Lynx, football team eye ad rights at arena

Additional business news
Confidence down as economy cools...Newspaper's circulation rises...Tourism grant applications open

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

County approves two contracts for industrial development sites

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.

Chase Manhattan buying investment bank Hambrecht & Quist for $1.35 billion
NEW YORK -- Chase Manhattan Corp., the nation's third-biggest bank, is buying Hambrecht & Quist for $1.35 billion, giving Chase the investment banking business it has coveted for years.

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.

Lynx, football team eye ad rights at arena
Augusta's new arena-football team wants to sell advertising in the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. The Augusta Lynx already do.

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.

Lockheed announces plans for $1 billion divestiture

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

Chase Manhattan buying investment bank Hambrecht & Quist for $1.35 billion

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.

NYSE stock prices to be made available to after-hours traders
NEW YORK -- Investors who trade after hours will soon have better access to the latest stock prices. The organization that operates the New York Stock Exchange ticker tape -- which feeds prices to Web sites and streams them across TV screens -- will extend its hours of operation from 5:15 p.m. Eastern time to 6:35 p.m.

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.

County approves two contracts for industrial development sites
The Columbia County Development Authority will soon hang ``no vacancy'' signs at its two industrial parks.

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.

Jones Intercable changes name
Jones Intercable announced Tuesday it will change its name to Comcast Communications beginning next month. It plans to launch high-speed Internet service in certain local areas at the same time.

Bank backs Augusta housing agency

NYSE stock prices to be made available to after-hours traders

Additional business news

Session to focus on mall

Agency picks new director

Shoney's announces it will close 72 more restaurants

Additional business news

College notes: Warrick has edge in Heisman race

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

Tennessee pushes ahead with academic fraud probe

Holtz starting to believe in curse

College notes: Shoulder injury sidelines Auburn QB for month

Sanders' return sparks Maryland

Tennessee pushes ahead with academic fraud probe

Sanders' return sparks Maryland

It's TV time for Uremovich

Fulmer: Off-field problems no distraction for Vols

Tigers begin to rebuild credibility

Georgia coaches, players among 500 attending memorial service

Watson service to be held today

Fulmer: Off-field problems no distraction for Vols

Clemson's offense now needs some running

USS Augusta was Navy flagship
It was the length of two football fields, half as wide as Broad Street and weighing more than 9,000 tons. For 29 years, it was the warship named Augusta.

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.

School Board trustee spanks administration

Notes growth of creation science

Rule of law attacked

Cites area help for hurricane victims

Urges votes for candidate of integrity

Examines inmate incident at school

George W. & Pat

Rip school uniform, dress code policy

Hits Richmond Co. school dress code

Stiffen cutoff policy

Hits evolution theory for generation gap

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.

A Mexican twist
If a busy fall schedule has you feeling like a short-order cook, consider sandwiches for supper. When I was growing up, my mother often served sandwiches for dinner. Sloppy Joe's, hamburgers and grilled cheese were family favorites.

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
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. Prices below were checked Sunday, Sept. 12. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Search-and-destroy mission needed for pantry pests
Somewhere at the back of a crowded kitchen shelf, a long-forgotten bag of flour could be alive with insects chewing, spawning, burrowing their way toward a box of rice.

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

S.C. player of the week

Georgia player of the week

Westside making fans think of football

Former Lynx player now in NHL

Dictionary welcomes new entries
American English, the language of immigrants, has officially added a few new arrivals. The fourth edition of Webster's New World College Dictionary released last month now includes ``bubba,'' ``tough love'' and ``wazoo.'' (Please don't try to use them all in the same sentence.)

A Mexican twist

Estrogen treatment raises safety issues

In the know

Search-and-destroy mission needed for pantry pests

In the know

Cyberspace cadet seeks e-mail order bride

Group to fight uniforms
A group of Richmond County parents say that they will sue the school system over its clothing penalties, if they believe they must. The parents, part of the newly formed Parent Action Committee of Richmond County, met Tuesday at Bernie Ward Community Center for the first time.

Chairman leaves post on mental health board
Citing frustration with other board members, the chairman of the Community Service Board of East Central Georgia, resigned his post Tuesday.

Lynx, football team eye ad rights at arena

Mayor's personal expenses scrutinized

Tuesday morning quarterback

Officials to increase fair safety

USS Augusta was Navy flagship

Organizers hope improvements pay off for county fair

Candidate says he is not violating law

Group to fight uniforms

Suits claim wrongful firings

Health facilities make ready for Y2K

Competition concerns physicians
The final meeting of a legislative committee on the future of Medical College of Georgia and regional health care ended Tuesday with support for a new agency to promote Augusta's health care.

Rain washes away watering bans

Mayor's personal expenses scrutinized
SAVANNAH -- Membership has its privileges -- especially when you're Savannah's mayor with the city's American Express card in your wallet.

Family uses farm to educate others

Aiken escapee surrenders

Manhunt continues for escapee

County plans no action on forgery

Statue honors Augusta war hero

Morris says Internet will aid newspapers
WASHINGTON -- In the age of the Internet, William S. Morris III said Tuesday he is confident that newspapers will capitalize on technological advances and keep their hold as an invaluable information source for their readers.

Backup singers

After-school activity
Ashlee Carr, 5, plays on a rope swing after school Tuesday in her front yard on West Clifton Avenue in North Augusta.

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.

Debt alarms city officials

Organizers hope improvements pay off for county fair
If the rain holds off, Columbia County fair organizers expect 150,000 people to attend the revamped event between opening day today and its closing Oct. 10.

After-school activity

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

Officials to increase fair safety
Local officials say the only thing that can keep the crowd away from the fair is rain. But this year could be different. Four people have died this summer in amusement park ride mishaps.

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.

After-school activity
Ashlee Carr, 5, plays on a rope swing after school Tuesday in her front yard on West Clifton Avenue in North Augusta.

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.

Report: Public services mostly Y2K-compliant
ATLANTA -- Most public services in Georgia won't be affected by the Y2K computer problem, according to a study released Tuesday.

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.

Payment of funds ordered

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.

Schools take stand against video poker

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.

Area briefs: Tests find source of plutonium leak

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.

Officials to increase fair safety

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.

Schools take stand against video poker
AIKEN -- The Aiken County Board of Education went on record Tuesday against keeping video poker legal in South Carolina.

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.

Study: Area cancer rates beat nation
Cancer rates along the Savannah River are lower than researchers expected, according to a five-year study.

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

Collision kills driver, shuts down highway
A truck driver was killed in a fiery crash Wednesday when his tractor trailer collided with another on the Bobby Jones Expressway, shutting down the road and backing up traffic for hours.

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.

After-school activity

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.

Legislator soliciting for lawsuit

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.

Test pits identified most promising sites

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.

Competition concerns physicians

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.

Health facilities make ready for Y2K
Lolita Roberts got a preview last week of what may happen at the end of the year.

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.

Area briefs: Tests find source of plutonium leak
Tests have confirmed there was a poor weld in a container suspected of causing a plutonium leak at Savannah River Site.

74 counties may lose state aid

Organizers hope improvements pay off for county fair
If the rain holds off, Columbia County fair organizers expect 150,000 people to attend the revamped event between opening day today and its closing Oct. 10.

Absence during Floyd won't affect students

Trial: Williams placed at scene
Witness after witness and a stack of evidence presented Tuesday -- including the suspect's own words to another officer -- placed Bryan Tyrone Williams at the scene of a law enforcement officer's slaying.

Heavy rains hit Aiken

Lynx, football team eye ad rights at arena
Augusta's new arena-football team wants to sell advertising in the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. The Augusta Lynx already do.

Officials to increase fair safety
Local officials say the only thing that can keep the crowd away from the fair is rain. But this year could be different. Four people have died this summer in amusement park ride mishaps.

Payment of funds ordered
ATLANTA -- Liberty County's embattled tax commissioner lost another round in court Tuesday when she was ordered to repay the county approximately $118,000 she took from tax funds to cover her legal bills.

Aiken escapee surrenders
AIKEN -- After eluding police for four days, a man wanted for violating his probation heeded his family's plea and surrendered peacefully Tuesday afternoon.

Chairman leaves post on mental health board

Group to fight uniforms
A group of Richmond County parents say that they will sue the school system over its clothing penalties, if they believe they must. The parents, part of the newly formed Parent Action Committee of Richmond County, met Tuesday at Bernie Ward Community Center for the first time.

Group to fight uniforms

McCain touts platform
SALUDA, S.C. -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain ended his candidacy announcement tour around the Palmetto State on Tuesday on the back lot of a Saluda County chicken farm.

Organizers hope improvements pay off for county fair

Custodian testifies during trial

McCain touts platform

Area briefs: No charges likely in family shooting

Study: Area cancer rates beat nation

Donnan provides example for all

Report: Public services mostly Y2K-compliant

Trial: Williams placed at scene

Falcons believe season can be salvaged

49ers survive without Young

Falcons look like the same ol' birds

Seattle withdraws offer to Galloway

Young to miss at least a week

NFL notes: Saints' Hewitt hit hard for hitting Young

Mr. Milford Myers
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Milford Myers, 74, of 2403 Prater Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Hazel Haywood
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mrs. Hazel E. Haywood, 76, of 113 Country Club Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Wiley Jones
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Wiley Cranston Jones, 88, of 3034 Greensboro Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Donna Fair
Mrs. Donna Mae Fair, 69, of 3722 Walton Way Extension, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999.

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

Mr. Woodrow Brown
Mr. Woodrow Wilson Brown, 81, of 2520 Deans Bridge Road, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Allen Williams
MARTIN, S.C. -- Mr. Allen Williams, 83, of Rt. 1, Box 118, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia.

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

Mr. Carlous Norman
Mr. Carlous L. Norman, of 3204 Burgandy St., died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999.

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. 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. Ruby M. Wimberly
Mrs. Ruby M. Wimberly, 70, of 3611 Kentwood Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Westlake Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Estella Frazier
Mrs. Estella M. Whitaker Frazier, of 2228 Athens Ave., died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Clara Woody
Mrs. Clara Bell Woody, 88, of 4275 Owens Road, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Brandon Wilde.

Ms. Essie Marshall
Mrs. Essie Marshall, 70, of Appling, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Lake Crossing Nursing Home.

Mr. Alfred Wiles
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. -- Mr. Alfred Capers ``A.C.'' Wiles, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, in Ridgeway.

Mr. Johnie Doyle
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Johnie Louis Doyle, 72, of 426 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Edna Walters
JACKSON, -- Mrs. Edna Earle Sanifer Peeples Walters, 80, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999.

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.

Mrs. Rose Underwood
JEWELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Rose C. Underwood, 89, of Route 1, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Gibson Rest Home.

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

Mrs. Willie Turner
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Willie Jean Turner, 61, of 716 E. Buena Vista Ave., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Della Moss
MACON, Ga. -- Mrs. Della Lue Moss, of 1137 Brentwood Ave., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Dorothy Smith
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Dorothy Mae Smith, 49, of 1140 Weston St., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, in Augusta.

Mrs. Ada Batchelder
Mrs. Ada M. Batchelder, 83, of 3551 Evangeline Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Louis Roberts
SYLVESTER, Ga. -- Mr. Louis ``Roby'' Edward Roberts, 53, of 106 Sumner St., died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Catherine Newman
Mrs. Catherine Washington Newman, 85, of 2319 Neal St., died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999.

Mrs. Della Moss

Mrs. Rose Underwood

Mrs. Ada Batchelder

Mr. Patrick Ulanina Plunkett

Ms. Essie Marshall

Mr. Henry Jones

Mrs. Willie Turner

Mr. James Adams

Mr. Alfred Wiles

Mrs. Catherine Newman

Ms. Dorothy Smith

Mrs. Edith Miller

Mrs. Estella Frazier

Mr. William Carroll Jr.

Mrs. Hazel Haywood

Mrs. Shelby Jackson

Mrs. Clara Woody

Mrs. Rebecca Penn

Mr. Allen Williams

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith

Mrs. Ruby M. Wimberly

Mrs. Edna Walters

Mr. Carlous Norman

Mr. Louis Roberts

Mrs. Mildred Grier

Mr. Woodrow Brown

Mr. Kenneth Chastain

Mr. John Beebe

Mr. Wiley Jones

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

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.

Thrilling Ryder win
The American Ryder Cup team staged one of the greatest comeback spectacles ever, not just in golf, but in sports history, last weekend in Brookline, Mass.

Urges votes for candidate of integrity
I would like to urge the citizens of S.C. House District 81 to cast an enthusiastic vote for Scott Singer on Oct. 5. The choice to me is simple. Chris Bethmann, Aiken

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

Slams field of presidential candidates
Most people may think that this country is a democracy, but it is not. Instead, it is a dictatorship of different combinations of special interest groups. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Rip school uniform, dress code policy
... I think it is time parents in this county took back the schools from the administrators and the Board of Education. ... What this county needs are fewer administrators and educators and more first-line teachers face to face with students in the classroom. Janet Thomason, Augusta

Examines inmate incident at school
II wish the reporter who wrote the article about the inmates and the students at C.T. Walker Elementary School had remained a while longer to witness the whole situation. The article, as written, has everyone believing that the students at Walker played alongside inmates while they were working. That was not the situation. Elaine M. Voltz, Augusta

Don't ignore forgery!
Just because a person's intentions are good doesn't let him off the hook if he does wrong. Freddie Bell, Aiken County's assistant emergency preparedness coordinator, says he was simply doing a ``favor'' when he signed a certificate falsely stating North Augusta Public Safety Officer Earnest Hooks completed an emergency rescue program.

Says school dress codes no cure-all
Say it ain't so. Tell me that we as a community have not become so naive and out-of-touch with reality that we think for one instant that school uniforms and stringent dress codes are the formulas for significantly improving students' behavior and providing safer schools. Michael Thomas, Thomson

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.

Hits evolution theory for generation gap
Adults seem mystified that many children, upon approaching adulthood, seem not to share their beliefs and associated ethics. There is a fundamental reason: Parents and teachers appear not to grasp the subtle implications of the theory of evolution. Tim Austin, 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

George W. & Pat
Presidential frontrunner George W. Bush displayed statesmanship by refusing to join Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others in attacking candidate Pat Buchanan. Although he doesn't agree on some policy issues, as well as with scenarios in A Republic, Not an Empire, Bush urges author Buchanan to stay in the GOP because of the legitimate views he represents.

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

School Board trustee spanks administration
During the past week, the administration of the Richmond County Board of Education has responded to several articles written in The Augusta Chronicle by news reporter Faith Johnson. Kenneth Echols, 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

IRL's run in Charlotte is over

Overtime: Augustan advances in Mid-Amateur

Ryder Cup now an intense competition

Former Lynx player now in NHL

Overtime: Knox loses in third round of Mid-Amateur

Evans advances on sweep

European players still unhappy with behavior

Truck crew chief fined

Report: Only one-fourth of students write proficiently
WASHINGTON -- Only one in four of the nation's schoolchildren has the knowledge and skills needed to write stories and reports proficiently, the Education Department reported Tuesday.

Study: Area cancer rates beat nation
Cancer rates along the Savannah River are lower than researchers expected, according to a five-year study.

State fines DSM over monitoring
One of Augusta's biggest chemical companies will pay a $2,500 fine and invest $250,000 in monitoring equipment to track ozone-causing emissions from the company's use of fuel oil during cold weather.

Encephalitis could travel outside New York via infected birds
NEW YORK -- A rare African strain of encephalitis that has already killed four people around New York City could spread to other parts of the country as infected birds fly south for the winter, health officials said Tuesday.

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.

Taiwan's chipmakers shaken but recovering from quake
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Working quietly in a sterile, temperature-controlled environment, the microchip makers dressed in white moonsuits belied the sense of urgency gripping Taiwan's crucial semiconductor industry.

Michael J. Fox seeks funding for Parkinson's research
WASHINGTON -- Actor Michael J. Fox told a Senate hearing Tuesday that he had hidden his Parkinson's disease for eight years ``through increasing amounts of medication, through surgery, and by employing the hundreds of little tricks and techniques a person with Parkinson's learns to mask his or her condition.''

Taiwan must be prepared for next quake
TAICHUNG, Taiwan -- As prospects for finding earthquake survivors dimmed Monday, Taiwan reviewed its slow response to the calamity and other possibly fatal flaws in its disaster readiness.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Friends are wrong to steer teen away from relationship

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

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

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

Your style

Danger behind the wheel

Physician convicted of fraud for giving aloe vera to cancer patients

Taiwan must be prepared for next quake

Michael J. Fox seeks funding for Parkinson's research

Encephalitis could travel outside New York via infected birds

New class of antibiotics may help doctors overcome resistant germs

Taiwan's chipmakers shaken but recovering from quake

Medicare providers slow in providing for Y2K

Study: Area cancer rates beat nation

State fines DSM over monitoring

Report: Only one-fourth of students write proficiently

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