Catcher has fractured wrist, might miss first round

Umpires call meeting for Monday in Chicago

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

Mets deny Maddux a 20th win

Braves notebook: Picking postseason pitchers

NCAA approves standards for metal baseball bats

Braves win another against Mets

Reds continue to win

Astros tie NL Central

Dictionary welcomes new entries

Additional business news

Lynx, football team eye ad rights at arena

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

Hotel unhappy with CBS

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

Additional business news

County approves two contracts for industrial development sites

GOP slammed for latest proposal
WASHINGTON -- A Republican proposal to delay refunds for more than 20 million taxpayers was criticized as unfair and poor tax policy Wednesday by Democrats and the nation's largest tax preparer.

GOP slammed for latest proposal

Jones Intercable changes name

Employment opportunity

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.

Barnes leads Tokyo mission

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.

Additional business news
Interest rate worries drive market down...Analyst: Coke will bounce back...European Union OKs oil mergers...Veterans can go online for claims

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

Employment opportunity
SITEL Corp. said it anticipates a mob of job seekers when it comes to town next month. ``We expect to be swamped,'' said Linda Hausman, SITEL vice president of human resources.

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

Barnes leads Tokyo mission
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes is taking his first trade mission -- and first-ever trip out of the country -- Saturday when he flies to Tokyo for a three-day conference.

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.

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.

Hotel unhappy with CBS
NEW YORK -- A posh Fifth Avenue hotel has gone to court to try to stop CBS from using a plaza in front of the General Motors Building to stage its upcoming ``Early Show.''

Georgia coaches, players among 500 attending memorial service

Tennessee pushes ahead with academic fraud probe

Sanders' return sparks Maryland

SEC schools take a uniform approach to tutoring athletes

Carter remembers game against LSU

Holtz says Pinnock will play

Clemson's offense now needs some running

Carswell lives up to 'franchise' tag

Tigers begin to rebuild credibility

College picks: Michigan ready to stop Brees

College notes: Warrick has edge in Heisman race

No room for error when Tech meets unbeaten Maryland

Fulmer: Off-field problems no distraction for Vols

Krispy Kreme has sweet tradition
Hot Doughnuts Now! Krispy Kreme's lighted neon sign can bring traffic to a screaching halt. Those warm, melt-in-your-mouth, sugar-glazed fried confections are as much a Southern tradition as grits -- and some might argue, a lot better-tasting.

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.

Wishy-washy Hillary

Says flag flies against the U.S.A.

No Ga. gas tax hike

School Board trustee spanks administration

Opposes giving up firearm rights

Examines inmate incident at school

Supports plaintiffs in suit against UGA

George W. & Pat

Urges votes for candidate of integrity

Rip school uniform, dress code policy

Augusta's health care

Hits evolution theory for generation gap

Notes Dist. 81 candidate's service

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.

In the know
The season premiere of ER is at 10 on NBC (WAGT-TV, Channel 26). With George Clooney gone, and Julianna Margulies and Gloria Reuben on the way out, look for new faces at County General, including Michael Michele (Homicide) as a new resident, Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) as a nurse and Goran Visnjic as a Croatian doctor. Alan Alda (as an attending physician) and Rebecca DeMornay (as Dr. Carter's patient) will also make frequent guest appearances.

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.

Capsules
Space waste...Crime and punishment...Cancer screening...Clearly it's love...Mother's milk...Diet dilemma...Gentle stroke

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.

In the life of Garth Brooks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There is a long pause on the other end of the telephone line. Finally, Garth Brooks takes a deep breath and defends himself from the perception that his new album is a thinly disguised attempt to abandon country music for the glories of pop stardom.

Westside making fans think of football

S.C. player of the week

Georgia player of the week

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.)

Search-and-destroy mission needed for pantry pests

In the know

Capsules

A Mexican twist

In the know

In the life of Garth Brooks

Organizers hope improvements pay off for county fair

Mom tells slain son's tale on TV

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.

Hazing hearing planned
ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia fraternity faces a hearing today before the student judiciary for alcohol-related violations of school rules.

Mayor's personal expenses scrutinized

Democrat to file ethics complaint on Schrenko
ATLANTA -- Linda Schrenko has been in charge of Georgia's 1.4 million student public education system for five years, but critics say her campaign is having trouble with elementary school math.

Four die in accidents
It was a deadly day on Augusta area roads Wednesday as four people were killed in two unrelated crashes in Augusta and McDuffie County.

Officials discourage campaign materials
AIKEN -- A growing number of video poker opponents are literally wearing their sentiments on their sleeves.

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.

Car taxes part of debate
AIKEN -- At least seven towns in Aiken County have passed resolutions urging residents to vote ``no'' in the Nov. 2 referendum that will decide whether video poker remains legal in South Carolina.

Monument marcher makes stop at fort

Double duty
Vicky Dunn is the only gun-toting secretary in the Richmond County school system.

USS Augusta was Navy flagship

Marrow donors sought
A 6-year-old Korean-American boy from Augusta will begin bone marrow transplant procedures today in Columbia even as his family still searches for a donor who is a better match.

Widow fights school for $3.4 million

Monument marcher makes stop at fort
Ronald Bedford has walked more than 700 miles this month, and he's not even halfway to his destination.

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.

Cellular call ends in arrests
AIKEN -- Police in Aiken have fingered three men in a rash of car break-ins over the weekend, tracking down one of the men after he used a cellular telephone taken from one of the vehicles.

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.

Internal review was conducted
Two veteran officers tied to a forgery scandal no longer work for the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, agency Director Lee Wetherington said Wednesday.

Officials to increase fair safety

Courthouse restoration among improvements
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- The Edgefield County Council has offered County Administrator Wayne Adams a raise and a contract to keep him from taking a higher-paying job elsewhere in South Carolina.

Health facilities make ready for Y2K

Mirror image
North Augusta High School Navy Junior ROTC members Michael McFetridge, 15, (left) and Peter Rivera, 14, practice drills Wednesday for a competition Saturday at Easley High School.

Officials to increase fair safety

Baker ordained as 12th bishop of Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A congregation of almost 3,000 sang, prayed and rej

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.

Widow fights school for $3.4 million
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- An 89-year-old widow who said her husband made her buy day-old bread even as he stashed away millions is in a legal battle to prevent $3.4 million of his money from going to the University of Missouri.

Payment of funds ordered

Mom tells slain son's tale on TV
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The tale horrifies the listener with each telling.

Cellular call ends in arrests

Competition concerns physicians

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.

Lynx, football team eye ad rights at arena

Proposal angers some commissioners

Schools take stand against video poker

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.

McCain touts platform

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.

Group to fight uniforms

Donnan provides example for all

Organizers hope improvements pay off for county fair

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

After-school activity

Hazing hearing planned

Study: Area cancer rates beat nation

Double duty

Chairman leaves post on mental health board

Williams found guilty of murder

Proposal angers some commissioners
Before he amended it, Mayor Bob Young's ethics ordinance had a major handicap: It barred Augusta commissioners from accepting free Masters Tournament badges.

Report: Public services mostly Y2K-compliant

Barnes: Alabama vote won't affect HOPE

Area briefs: Tests find source of plutonium leak

Area briefs: Parents to discuss code enforcement

Courthouse restoration among improvements

Baker ordained as 12th bishop of Charleston

After-school activity

Internal review was conducted

Group to fight uniforms

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.

Krispy Kreme has sweet tradition

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

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.

Trial: Williams placed at scene

Area briefs: Parents to discuss code enforcement
The Parent Action Committee of Richmond County, a parents-group concerned about the penalties enforced on students who violate Richmond County schools' dress code, will have its second meeting at 8 p.m. today at the Bernie Ward Community Center, 1925 Lumpkin Road, near Butler High School.

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

Williams found guilty of murder
Today or possibly Friday, a jury will decide whether Bryan Tyrone Williams should spend the rest of his life behind bars or die in the electric chair.

Marrow donors sought

Officials discourage campaign materials

Democrat to file ethics complaint on Schrenko

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.

Car taxes part of debate

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

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Barnes: Alabama vote won't affect HOPE
ATLANTA -- With two weeks to go before Alabama's lottery vote, Georgia officials celebrated their 400,000th HOPE scholar Wednesday, lauding a lottery-funded program that has poured $800 million into college tuition, books and fees since 1993.

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.

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.

Four die in accidents

Young to miss at least a week

'Big Play Ray' on wrong side of nickname

Biakabutuka looks for an encore

Sanders hoping to show off new dance

Young recalls a flash and jolt from latest concussion

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

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

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

Mr. Rogers MacDonald
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Rogers Franklin MacDonald, 75, of 443 Moye Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Maudie Peavy
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Maudie Pearl McGuire Peavy, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

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

Mr. John Walker
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John L. Walker, 70, of 521 Cooper St., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Elma Gaines
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Elma Schroeder Gaines, 75, of 3272 Double Branches Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

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

Geraldine Hargrove, 83, dean emeritus
EVANS -- Dr. Geraldine W. Hargrove, 83, of 4275 Owens Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Brandon Wilde Pavillion.

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

Mrs. Hattie Hulin
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mrs. Hattie Louise Hulin, 90, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Maudie Peavy

Mrs. Ruby M. Wimberly

Mr. John Walker

Mr. Louis Roberts

Mrs. Rose Underwood

Mr. Woodrow Brown

Mrs. Hazel Haywood

Ms. Essie Marshall

Geraldine Hargrove, 83, dean emeritus

Mrs. Estella Frazier

Mrs. Ada Batchelder

Mrs. Della Moss

Mrs. Edna Walters

Mrs. Catherine Newman

Mr. Wiley Jones

Mrs. Willie Turner

Mrs. Hattie Hulin

Mr. Allen Williams

Mr. Rogers MacDonald

Mrs. Clara Woody

Mr. Alfred Wiles

Mr. Carlous Norman

Mrs. Elma Gaines

Ms. Dorothy Smith

Mrs. Edna Walters

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.

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

No Ga. gas tax hike
Every year about this time some leader floats the idea of boosting Georgia's gas tax as a way to solve the state's transportation problems.

Supports plaintiffs in suit against UGA
It is interesting how some readers are in an ``outrage'' over the recent suit against the University of Georgia. Many cry out ``how dare they?'' Amy Beckenhauer Mollohan, Martinez

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

Questions editorial on Bible history
Having read the Aug. 15 ``Bible issue festers'' editorial more than once, I must pose a few questions to your editor: Carl S. Champlin,Aiken

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.

Notes Dist. 81 candidate's service
Scott Singer (candidate for the South Carolina District 81 House seat) has been a major force with the American Red Cross in South Carolina over the past several years. Douglas W. Ambrose, Columbia

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

Casts wary eye upon dress codes
I believe it is critical that we, as a society, provide our children a safe learning environment in our schools. An environment where our children are safe from harm and one that is conducive to learning are the apparent goals of the Columbia and Richmond County school boards. Mark A. MacDonald, Evans

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

Says flag flies against the U.S.A.
The flying of the Confederate flag is an issue that challenges unity under God (``fear God and keep his commandments,'' Ecclesiastes 12:13). This is a challenge to all Americans who, with their hands on their hearts, pledge to be one nation under God ... that stands for liberty and justice for all. ... Rev. Anthony Stephens, Waynesboro

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

Wants Red killers also condemned
I am not exactly a lover or follower of Pat Buchanan, but attacking him about his book ex-cerpts about the Holocaust and the Nazis is ridiculous and disgusting. Where are the left-siding liberals with their slogan ``free speech''? Dr. Bela Vitez, Aiken

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

Augusta's health care
A final meeting of the legislative committee on the future of the Medical College of Georgia and other health care providers ended with support for a new agency to promote regional health care. This is as welcomed as it is overdue.

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.

Wishy-washy Hillary
The Clintons' duplicitous modus operandi of trying to have it both ways on every controversial issue isn't serving the first lady very well in her planned bid for New York's U.S. Senate seat.

Opposes giving up firearm rights
President Bill Clinton is blaming guns for violence. More bull from our great and powerful leader ... and his omniscient sidekick Al Gore. D.M. Daniels,Waynesboro

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

European players still unhappy with behavior

Overtime: Knox loses in third round of Mid-Amateur

Former Lynx player now in NHL

Love says Europeans have short memory

Evans advances on sweep

Rookies perform like veterans on track

IRL's run in Charlotte is over

Overtime: Tonya Harding to make pro skating debut

Hendrick honors Evernham's request to be released

CIA sets up company to invest in new technologies
WASHINGTON -- Temporarily forgoing its clandestine ways, the CIA is publicly setting up in California's Silicon Valley to invest in young companies developing technologies with spying potential.

Amazon.com offers new services
NEW YORK -- Amazon.com will start looking like an online flea market Thursday as the Internet powerhouse begins letting anyone -- from industrial giants to artistic grandmothers -- sell products through its Web site.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tour de France winner presses for more federal cancer research funding
WASHINGTON -- Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who counts his victory over cancer as the ``proudest achievement'' of his life, urged Congress on Wednesday to increase funding for cancer and other medical research.

New SRS vehicles run on ethanol fuel
Savannah River Site's fuel pumps now dispense more than just gasoline. The federal nuclear weapons site has acquired 142 vehicles that burn fuel containing ethanol, an alcohol made from corn -- much like the stuff illegally distilled and jugged during Prohibition.

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.''

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

Y2K status of some foreign air systems unknown
WASHINGTON -- Thirty-four nations whose airports handled 1 million passengers traveling to and from the United States last year have yet to report on steps taken to remedy possible Y2K computer problems, the Transportation Department inspector general says.

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.

State fines DSM over monitoring

CIA sets up company to invest in new technologies

New SRS vehicles run on ethanol fuel

Taiwan must be prepared for next quake

Study: Area cancer rates beat nation

Encephalitis could travel outside New York via infected birds

Amazon.com offers new services

Taiwan's chipmakers shaken but recovering from quake

Y2K status of some foreign air systems unknown

Michael J. Fox seeks funding for Parkinson's research

Report: Only one-fourth of students write proficiently