Police arrest fan who stole bat from Sosa, Grace

2002 All-Star game awarded to Milwaukee Brewers

Smoltz shines as Braves win

Mets prolong agony with extra innings

Braves notebook: Jordan talked his way into lineup

McGwire, Sosa go head-to-head for home run title

McGwire says he'd like to manage someday

No surprise here: Maddux for playoff opener

Struggling Astros girding for pivotal finale

Men's rules differ from women's

Fannie Mae relaxing credit requirements for some borrowers
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage-market giant Fannie Mae, seeking to help more low-income consumers become homeowners, is relaxing its credit requirements for loans to people with ``slightly impaired'' credit.

Tosco to keep Smile brand
Tosco Corp. announced Friday it completed its acquisition of Boardman Petroleum Inc.'s Smile Gas convenience store chain, adding it has no plans to convert the stores to Circle K.

Economic slowdown sharper than previously thought
WASHINGTON -- The economic slowdown during the spring was sharper than previously believed, with growth at an anemic 1.6 percent rate. But economists point to a big jump in home sales in August as one of a number of signs that the pause in the robust expansion was only fleeting.

Nurse: Industry must unite
Just a couple years after graduation, Cassie Cowling and Julieta Chacon are already caught up in the turbulent changes of Augusta's health care market.

Economic slowdown sharper than previously thought

Area briefs: Auto seller to dump rental businesses
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- AutoNation Inc., the country's largest automobile retailer, said Thursday it will spin off its troubled rental-car division by issuing stock in the new company to current AutoNation shareholders.

BellSouth finds faulty ads

BellSouth finds faulty ads
When Jeffrey Dixon's customer calls dropped off, he decided to test the phone number in his own ``talking'' ad. That's when he realized there was a problem.

Tosco to keep Smile brand

Additional business news
Stocks slide again after growth report . . . Wal-Mart to redesign Web site . . . Paper stops presses after 130 years . . . Award nominations sought

Area briefs: Auto seller to dump rental businesses

SITEL sets date of job fair
Grab your pen and find your resume. SITEL Corp. will be in Augusta hiring people on the spot Oct. 12-14.

Fannie Mae relaxing credit requirements for some borrowers

Nurse: Industry must unite

Additional business news

SITEL sets date of job fair

Pizza Hut buying slice of Russian rocket
DALLAS -- Pizza Hut wanted a billboard on the moon. It settled for a Russian rocket bound for space. The company announced Thursday it would pay the cash-starved Russian space agency about half the price of a 30-second TV ad during the Super Bowl -- currently up to $2.5 million -- for the right to paint its logo on a Russian Proton rocket.

I dumped Dorsey: Week 5

Hamilton for Heisman: The campaign builds steam

Zow returns to roots with a new confidence

Senior upset that things haven't come together

Bell busy on the field

Holtz's young recruits get a chance against Ole Miss

Beth Holtz's surgery will be next week

O'Leary not satisfied with win

Auburn, Vols look to find their offenses

Tigers prepared for Curry

Florida-Alabama isn't quite like the old days

SEC notebook: Sanks sinking teeth in

Georgia Southern seeks 14th consecutive conference victory

Jackets focus on mistakes

Payday, exposure make Duke game worthwhile for Blue Devils

Four UT players cleared to play Saturday

QB Booty secures starting job

Duke's week to chase Warrick

Georgia Tech wins midweek battle

Game previews

Jackets notes: Hamilton sets first-half record for Yellow Jackets

Vols have no excuse for sputtering offense

Georgia and LSU switch places

Athletic director takes investigation findings directly to SEC

ACC Notebook: Bowden may boot kicking game

Looking back
Gordon Blaker is a man in search of a polyester leisure suit. ``Lime green would be excellent,'' Mr. Blaker said as wistful visions of wide lapels danced in his head.

History plagues old town
SELMA, Ala. -- The history here is as thick as the Spanish moss that hangs from the trees at Old Live Oak Cemetery.

Clifford Baldowski

Sees discriminatory enforcement

Satirizes Columbia Co. dress codes

Support `trustworthy' Scott Singer

Laments `homeschoolers' excluded

Supports 'young' district 81 candidate

Gore's phony move

Protests paper's story placement

Cites Ga. law concerning class size

Pass permanent storage bill

Clarifies fee deducted from ASU aid checks

Hopes voters send Chavous `packing'

Bad parenting

Urges support for school dress code

Fears turnover of Panama Canal

Complains students don't have books

Norris: Obedience is required in God's army, too
Basic training teaches that we need to be in shape physically, mentally and spiritually if we want to accomplish the assigned mission.

Colorful summer
When the gardens of summer start to fade, drying can preserve the blooms for enjoyment through the winter months. The slightly muted colors and delicately curled petals characteristic of dried flowers can be achieved with a few simple steps.

The road of faith
Ray Sisk, highway chaplain, spends most Sundays spinning yarns in a booth at Tommy Samuels truck stop in Thomson, waiting for truckers to drop by.

Four-footed ballet
Elegant and stately, Lipizzaner stallions put on quite a show.

Faith Digest
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St., is sharing its love of Greek culture with the Augusta area this weekend.

Starting early key to ridding lawn of nutsedge infestation
Q: Nutgrass is terrible in my yard! And it's everywhere; the lawn, flowerbeds, shrubbery beds, etc. What is my best course of action to control it?

Local churches' choirs ready to sing at the Vatican
Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity is to be the first Augusta-area church to sing for the pope -- and St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church will be the second.

Isley Brothers are rock icons
Rhythm and blues greats the Isley Brothers will headline the Harvest for the World concert Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Symphony plays for millennium
The Augusta Symphony opens its Encore Chamber Series tonight with the first of a two-part series, Sounds of the Millennium -- From Yesterday to Y2K, at 8 p.m. at the Universal Unitarian Church on Walton Way Extension.

`Three Musketeers' a macho ballet
For those who think ballet is a chick thing, the Augusta Ballet's production of The Three Musketeers may change their minds.

Fishin' weather arrives; hybrid schools turn on

Fishing tournament information

Gibbs not so excited this time

Eloree -- 20, Blackvile-Hilda -- 14

Burke County holds off tough-luck Laney 14-12

Richmond Academy -- 49, Glenn Hills -- 12

Dixie rolls past McCormick

Butler runs over Hepzibah

Panthers win first game since 1990

Statesboro edges Dublin

Evans destroys Lakeside, 41-7

Thomson romps past Greenbrier

Edmund Burke -- 34, Augusta Christian -- 12

Undefeated Tigers begin region play

Bulldogs regain ground attack

Strom Thurmond rallies for win

Turnarounds expected from slow starters

Price's interception helps Mustangs win

Lincoln County -- 49, Social Circle -- 0

Buchberger leads the Thrashers into NHL

Lambert returns to Lynx

Oilers retire Wayne Gretzky's jersey

Lynx notebook: Coach is a new father

Lynx notebook: Team has youthful look

Standard questions surround Lynx

Thrashers return NHL to Atlanta

Nervous is word on practice eve

Thrashers set to open season

Men's rules differ from women's
If a man is talking to himself in a forest, and there's no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?

Faith Digest

`Three Musketeers' a macho ballet

Colorful summer

Local churches' choirs ready to sing at the Vatican

Symphony plays for millennium

Isley Brothers are rock icons

Four-footed ballet

The road of faith

Starting early key to ridding lawn of nutsedge infestation

Norris: Obedience is required in God's army, too

Poll: More blacks like privatization
ATLANTA - Black parents in Georgia with children in public schools are more likely than white parents to think private companies should run those facilities, a new study released Friday suggests.

Residents want school demolished

Across the Area: Vehicle crash kills woman
An Augusta woman was killed Friday morning after her car ran off the road and struck a culvert, police said.

Jury to sentence killer

Hamilton has many to thank for success

History plagues old town

Williams gets life with no parole
For several seconds, not a sound could be heard in the courtroom after the jury's verdict was announced, that Bryan Tyrone Williams should spend his life in prison without the chance of parole.

Looking back

Military uses bonuses to entice recruits
SAVANNAH -- As the U.S. military closes its latest recruiting season, it has experienced another year of tough sells.

Completion of complex stressed

Students get health knowledge

Deputies love their outdoor work

Williams gets life with no parole

Lawmaker plugs preservation plan

Panel to target laws on finance disclosure
ATLANTA - A panel formed by Gov. Roy Barnes to make recommendations on campaign finance reform agreed Friday to examine a wide range of issues from disclosure requirements to gifts to elected officials to the size of the state Ethics Commission's staff.

Laney grasping for turnaround game

Students use break for SAT lessons
When Jacob Truan took the Scholastic Aptitude Test for the first time, it was not a calm experience. ``I was real nervous,'' said Mr. Truan, a 17-year-old senior at Evans High School.

Tennants lose water due to landlord's negligence

Team: Stress release crucial

Sand puts out blaze at landfill
THOMSON -- An underground fire at the abandoned Williams-Mesena Road landfill appeared to be under control Thursday, but contractors will remain on the site indefinitely -- just to make sure.

Team: Stress release crucial
AIKEN -- Two weeks after its formation in August 1997, Aiken Department of Public Safety's Critical Incident Team was thrown into action.

University to keep race policy
ATHENS, Ga. -- In a decision that will guarantee national debate and further court battles, University of Georgia President Michael Adams said Thursday that race will continue as a factor in admissions of a limited number of students at University of Georgia.

Students use break for SAT lessons

Lawmaker plugs preservation plan
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Gov. Roy Barnes has done his part to save Georgia's natural environment by proposing the state's fastest growing counties preserve 20 percent of their undeveloped land, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt said Thursday on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

Police: Truck driver was trying to merge

Completion of complex stressed
Tommy Taylor fears being burned by the county a second time. And if Richmond County government is successful in condemning land belonging to Mr. Taylor and eight other property owners, the south Augusta man says, his nightmare will come true.

Panel to target laws on finance disclosure

Jury to sentence killer
The image of Michael D. Stephenson's young widow fighting through tears to explain the loss of her husband was replaced at the end of the day Thursday with a defiant Bryan Tyron Williams telling jurors it didn't matter if they sentenced him to life in prison or death.

Aiken County students face suspension

Deputies love their outdoor work
Judy Valdez is a witness to the dedication of Columbia County bicycle deputies. She's seen them outside pedaling in temperatures of more than 100 degrees and riding in downpours, always smiling and without complaint.

HMO experiment ending in failure
ATLANTA -- Just five years ago, both Georgia's candidates for governor were touting managed care as the solution to the state's soaring Medicaid budget.

Police: Truck driver was trying to merge
A Georgia man accused of vehicular homicide after a fatal wreck on Bobby Jones Expressway was trying to merge into traffic when he struck another truck driver, causing an explosion, authorities said Thursday.

Poker referendum boosts state voter rolls
COLUMBIA -- The Nov. 2 video gambling referendum boosted voter rolls as the deadline for registration passed.

Across the area: Department meets state rescue rules
The Grovetown Department of Public Safety announced Thursday that it has met requirements set by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and has been granted an official Georgia Rescue License.

Academy trains in firearm use
``Attention, shooters,'' was the last thing Gail Kennedy heard before she stopped breathing. Before stepping onto the firing range Sept. 23, Mrs. Kennedy, 57, had never even held a gun. All she can remember is her instructor begging her not to throw her weapon down.

Tennants lose water due to landlord's negligence
Residents of an Augusta apartment complex were furious Thursday when the water to their homes was shut off because of their landlord's failure to pay an overdue $12,000 water bill.

Students get health knowledge
Nikki Schoenfelder knows she wants to be a doctor. Since her freshman year, the 17-year-old Evans High School senior has been working toward her goal of being a pediatrician. Nikki said the school's health occupations class has helped her get a head start.

Network questions detention
AIKEN -- ABC television producers for 20/20 were in Aiken County over the past week, putting a national spotlight on a local man's accusations against Tenneco Packaging and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Poker referendum boosts state voter rolls

Six ask to be excused from Hill trial
AIKEN -- Six potential jurors in the death penalty trial of David Mark Hill took the stand in court Thursday, spelling out why they shouldn't have to serve on the jury.

Williams gets life with no parole
For several seconds, not a sound could be heard in the courtroom after the jury's verdict was announced, that Bryan Tyrone Williams should spend his life in prison without the chance of parole.

Academy trains in firearm use

Residents want school demolished
WARRENVILLE -- Despite its history as a source of community pride, Warrenville Elementary School has become an eyesore, a haven for vandals and a place some elderly members of the community are afraid to walk.

Six ask to be excused from Hill trial

Aiken County students face suspension
AIKEN - Hundreds of students face suspension from Aiken County public schools if they fail to update their vaccination records.

Across the area: Department meets state rescue rules

Military uses bonuses to entice recruits

University to keep race policy

Williams gets life with no parole

Network questions detention

Sand puts out blaze at landfill

HMO experiment ending in failure

Falcons fighting one-year wonder syndrome

Atwater returns to Denver as a 'visitor'

Carolina needs big effort to control Redskins

Hopes of Falcons, Ravens ride with backup QBs

NFL notebook

Minus key personnel, Falcons must persevere

Mrs. Sybil Thompson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Sybil Agnes Thompson, 77, of 232 Briar Creek Estates, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. Gerald Roberts
Mr. Gerald Roberts, 53, of 2215 Richards Road, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Martha Curtis
Mrs. Martha Maher Curtis, of 1208 Highland Ave., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at her residence. She was 78.

Mr. Paul Hartsoe
LEXINGTON, S.C. -- Mr. Paul Hartsoe, 73, of 335 W. Main St., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Lexington County Medical Center.

Mr. Gerald Roberts
Mr. Gerald Roberts, 53, of 2215 Richards Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Charles Glover
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Mr. Charles Glover, 66, of 1435 Kensington Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Richard Rogers
THOMSON -- Mr. Richard Allen Rogers, 71, of 1040 Wrightsboro Road, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. George Moye Jr.
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mr. George W. Moye Jr., 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Washington County Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Susan Lobaugh
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Susan Lobaugh, 46, of 1902 Bolin Road, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Adam Colin Scott
Funeral services for Mr. Adam Colin Scott, 26, of 3006 Cromwell Court, Hephzibah, Ga., who died September 28, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia, will be conducted this Saturday, October 3, 1999, at 1 p.m. from Macedonia Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. Gregory Fuller officiating.

Mr. Tommy Thompson Jr.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mr. Tommy Thompson Jr., 49, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at Florida Medical Hospital.

Mr. Johnny Murphy
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Johnny Jay Murphy, 31, of 1130 Spurgon Circle, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Florine Miller
Mrs. Florine ``Flo'' Miller, of 2241 Huntington Road, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Richard Rogers
THOMSON -- Mr. Richard Allen Rogers, 71, of 1040 Wrightsboro Road, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. John Ellis
Mr. John E. Ellis, 68, of 1913 Haynie Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Beverly Manor.

Mr. Otis Bell
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Otis Junior Bell, 45, of 758 Wadley Coleman Lake Road, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mr. James Baughman
AIKEN -- Mr. James Harold Baughman, 73, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. George Dickerson
Mr. George Dickerson, of 1306 13th St., died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Kathryn Trussell
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Kathryn Tanner Trussell, 91, of 4104 Ga. Highway 24 E., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Britteny Andrews
JOHNSON, S.C. -- Britteny Andrews, infant daughter of Gwendolyn Andrews and Curtis Watkins Jr., both of Johnston, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

Whittney Andrews
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Whittney Andrews, infant daughter of Gwendolyn Andrews and Curtis Watkins Jr., both of Johnston, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

Mr. Edward Mayo Jr.
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Edward Mayo Jr., 63, of 103 Brooke St., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. A.B. Snider
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. A.B. Snider, 87, of Jaywood Road, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Ms. Luvenia Sreen
ATLANTA -- Ms. Luvenia Stephens Sreen, 39, of 1145 Gun Club Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999.

Mrs. Mamie Stephens
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mamie Bell Stephens, 81, of Old Sandy Cross Road, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Grandview Nursing Home, Athens.

Mrs. Daisy Wadley
Mrs. Daisy Bell Wadley, 81, of 2014 Third Ave., died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Calvin Sherard
RICHMOND, Va. -- Mr. Calvin T. Sherard died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999.

Mrs. Victoria Budacz
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Victoria Johnson Budacz, 83, of 536 Hillcrest St., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Bethany Nursing Center, Millen.

Mr. Adam Scott
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Adam C. Scott, 26, of 3006 Cromwell Court, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Ella Gordon
Mrs. Ella Mae ``Tee Tee'' Gordon, 75, of 818 Forsythe St., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Frederick Moss Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Frederick Stewart Moss Sr., 43, of 519 Lucy Ave., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Inez Bennett
HARLEM -- Mrs. Inez ``Ida'' Bennett, 89, of 6199 Old Union Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Rosa Sanders
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Rosa Lee Sanders, 79, of 761 Ridge Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Magnolia Hill of Augusta.

Mrs. Willie Cole
AIKEN -- Mrs. Willie Mae Payne Cole, 79, of 1182 Richardson Lake Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Willie Wilder
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Willie James Wilder, 83, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. George Filuta
Mr. George Thomas Filuta, 69, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Tywaine Carroll Jr.
AIKEN -- Tywaine Maurice Carroll Jr., infant son of Tywaine Maurice Carroll Sr. and Tammy Windless, both of Aiken, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Margaret Johnson
INWOOD, N.Y. -- Mrs. Margaret Burns Johnson, of 49 Walcott Ave., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999.

Mrs. Lula Coleman
DETROIT -- Mrs. Lula Coleman, 75, of 12322 Cheyenne St., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Henry Ford Hospital.

Mr. Willie Gay
Mr. Willie ``Jack'' P. Gay, 52, of 2331 Old McDuffie Road, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Stephen Allen
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Stephen Allen, 33, of 2202 Georgia Highway 88 E., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. George Derfler
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. George E. Derfler, 80, of 80 Dupree Circle, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Troy Davis
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Troy Davis, 32, of 1326 Airport Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Stein
Aiken -- Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Abbott Stein, 81, of 11 Perth Court, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. A.B. Snider

Mr. George Derfler

Mrs. Mary Stein

Ms. Luvenia Sreen

Mrs. Florine Miller

Mr. Gerald Roberts

Mr. Gerald Roberts

Mrs. Inez Bennett

Mrs. Ella Gordon

Mrs. Willie Cole

Mr. Otis Bell

Mrs. Victoria Budacz

Mrs. Rosa Sanders

Mrs. Daisy Wadley

Mr. Adam Scott

Mrs. Margaret Johnson

Mr. Richard Rogers

Mr. Ronald Davenport Jr.

Mrs. Kathryn Trussell

Mr. George Moye Jr.

Mr. George Dickerson

Mr. Johnny Murphy

Mr. Willie Gay

Mr. Stephen Allen

Mr. Richard Rogers

Mr. Troy Davis

Tywaine Carroll Jr.

Whittney Andrews

Britteny Andrews

Mrs. Mamie Stephens

Mr. Tommy Thompson Jr.

Mr. Willie Wilder

Mr. James Baughman

Mrs. Martha Curtis

Mrs. Lula Coleman

Sisler: Reflections on our `prayer' to the U.S. flag
I MET Tatyana Fabrichnaya less than two months ago when she came to Augusta as one of 2,000 participants in ``Open World.''

Supports 'young' district 81 candidate
We often hear people say, ``It's a shame we don't have enough good young people in politics.'' Well, on Oct. 5, the voters of District 81 in Aiken County have an opportunity to elect such a person. Helen Jones, Graniteville

Clarifies fee deducted from ASU aid checks
Just a quick rebuttal to Amy Cooper's Sept. 15 letter about Augusta State University and financial aid checks. J. Doughe, Augusta

Sisler: Reflections on our `prayer' to the U.S. flag
I MET Tatyana Fabrichnaya less than two months ago when she came to Augusta as one of 2,000 participants in ``Open World.''

Pass permanent storage bill
There has been a lot of talk recently about whether Congress and the White House will dip into the Social Security trust fund again to boost their spending programs. Well, Social Security isn't the only trust fund the government raids.

Protests paper's story placement
I am a strong supporter of your newspaper's conservative stances and opinions. Stephen Johnston, Martinez

Backs 'innovative' Dist. 82 candidate
The voters within South Carolina House District 81 have a rare opportunity to elect a representa-tive who carries no political baggage, owes no favors, knows how to solve community problems and listens to his constituents. David Prim, Aiken

Sees discriminatory enforcement
With much ado about the dress code in the Columbia County schools, I read in utter amazement the dress code put out by Lakeside High School and the many prejudicial rules concerning dress. Kevin Story, Martinez

Back Norwood petition
The U.S. House GOP leadership will be making a grave mistake if it follows through on the ``poison pill'' amendment to kill the bipartisan managed care consensus bill prepared by Reps. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and John Dingell, D-Mich.

Bad parenting
Public schools' shortcomings -- weak school boards, over-staffed bureaucracies, illegal drugs, poorly trained teachers, under-funding for supplies, overcrowded classrooms -- get plenty of attention, and deservedly so.

Hopes voters send Chavous `packing'
Former Republican Hobson Chavous decided the money was better in the Democratic Party and made the switch. Based on his performance, money is the prime motivator. Marty Todd, Augusta

Backs `steadfast' Skipper Perry
I am writing to express my staunch support for Skipper Perry in the S.C. House District 81 race. As a near-lifelong resident of Aiken, I know Mr. Perry to be as dependable as the day is long and consistently supportive of his family, his community and his state. Betty Lattimore, Aiken

Cites Ga. law concerning class size
Georgia Law 160-5-08 might interest all concerned parents of elementary school students. This states that the maximum system average class size be 21.5 students in grades 1-3 with no paraprofessionals. Diane Vizzari, Martinez

Support `trustworthy' Scott Singer
Three decades ago when I conducted background investigations for our country I looked closely at an individual's capacity to hold a position of trust and responsibility in our government, including a person's loyalty, integrity, standards and substance. Michael A. Burkhart, Aiken

Hits city over delinquent businesses
I feel the top 20 and other delinquent water and sewer accounts on the city's billing system, which has hit $2.6 million owed since 1996, as reported in the Sept. 26 paper, is a clear message that our local government and water department punish the poor and reward the rich. LeRoy Griffin, Augusta

Fears turnover of Panama Canal
... On Dec. 31, the Panama Canal will be handed over to Panama, which in turn has already agreed to hand over complete control to the Hutchison-Whampoa Company -- mostly owned by the Chinese. Howard Wayt, Aiken

Clifford Baldowski
When death came to Clifford ``Baldy'' Baldowski on Monday, at age 81, it ended the life of a crusader who penned 15,000 cartoons that spanned a career of 33 years.

Laments `homeschoolers' excluded
I am being home schooled this year. I also play the violin and have played for the last two years. I take private lessons with Dr. Eloy Fominaya. Brittany Gleason, Augusta

Gore's phony move
When President Clinton hoodwinks the public he does it with a subtlety and nuance that, however dishonest, at least seems plausible; not so with his crony, Vice President Al Gore, who now finds himself in a tough Democrat Party primary race to succeed Clinton.

Urges support for school dress code
Once again I see parents wanting an easy way out. Parents wake up! Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island

Satirizes Columbia Co. dress codes
I am a senior at Greenbrier High School, and I have been keeping a close eye on the letters that have been printed about the Columbia County dress code. Nick Fierstos, Evans

Praises pope's call to `ethic of life'
Our society has embraced in many quarters what Pope John Paul II has dubbed the ``culture of death.'' Rev. Allan J. McDonald, Augusta

Complains students don't have books
It is utterly amazing that we are well into the second month of school and there are book shortages throughout classes in Richmond County. E. Watson, Augusta

Leonard keeps right on rolling, near lead in Buick

Rockets to trade Pippen to Portland for six players

Not even Daly knows what lies ahead

'Save the Grizzlies' campaign begins in Vancouver

Fearless Pirates wins feature race at Santa Anita

Lakeside qualifies for state

Rumor mill put Evernham's plans on fast track

Overtime: Agassi upset by German in Grand Slam

Toms joins share of lead in Buick

Overtime: Peach Belt to add soccer for women

Belle Meade familiarity rests with Georgia golfers

Japan lifts nuclear advisory
TOKAIMURA, Japan -- Recovering from its worst nuclear accident ever, the Japanese government on Friday lifted an advisory that had urged residents near a hobbled uranium reprocessing plant to stay home and shut their windows.

Iraq, North Korea urged to comply with nuclear weapons inspectors
VIENNA, Austria -- Iraq and North Korea came under fire Friday for failing to cooperate with nuclear weapons inspectors, while Israel was accused by its neighbors of blocking efforts to create a nuclear weapon-free zone in the region.

Nation's banks create private computer security system
WASHINGTON -- The nation's banking industry has quietly wired itself a $1.5 million private computer network to share information anonymously about electronic threats from rogue employees, software bugs, viruses and hackers, the Treasury Department said Friday.

Bar code celebrates 25th anniversary
WASHINGTON -- Academics from some of the nation's top Ivy League schools joined executives from Wal-Mart and other retailers Thursday to praise the bar code -- that ubiquitous and unfathomable collection of lines and numbers that made its debut 25 years ago.

SRS to see more funds for facility
Savannah River Site will receive little more money in fiscal year 2000 than it did in 1999. That's good news to some observers.

Metric mixup doomed Mars spacecraft
LOS ANGELES -- The $125 million spacecraft that was destroyed on a mission to Mars last week was probably doomed by NASA scientists' embarrassing failure to convert English units of measurement to metric ones, the space agency said Thursday.

Launch of crucial service module delayed again
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- U.S. and Russian space officials have delayed the launch of the next component of the international space station by several weeks so additional tests can be performed.

Reactor leak injures workers, prompts evacuation in Japan
TOKAIMURA, Japan -- An uncontrolled nuclear reaction at a uranium processing plant in northeastern Japan was contained early Friday, the regional governor said, hours after a leak of radioactive gas seriously injured three workers and possibly contaminated 34 others.

Cancer survivors celebrate
AIKEN -- Rudy Moseley was the most popular man on the dance floor Thursday. He swung his wife to the big-band classics of the Ken Dukes Band with no sign that doctors diagnosed him with lung cancer just three months ago.

Government reports two minor Y2K failures
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department and National Science Foundation suffered minor computer failures blamed on the Year 2000 technology problem on Friday, the first day of the government's new fiscal year.

Launch of crucial service module delayed again

Bar code celebrates 25th anniversary

Iraq, North Korea urged to comply with nuclear weapons inspectors

SRS to see more funds for facility

Metric mixup doomed Mars spacecraft

Japan lifts nuclear advisory

Reactor leak injures workers, prompts evacuation in Japan