Mets prolong agony with extra innings

No surprise here: Maddux for playoff opener

2002 All-Star game awarded to Milwaukee Brewers

Smoltz shines as Braves win

Struggling Astros girding for pivotal finale

McGwire says he'd like to manage someday

Braves notebook: Jordan talked his way into lineup

Police arrest fan who stole bat from Sosa, Grace

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

Men's rules differ from women's

Economic slowdown sharper than previously thought

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.

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.

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.

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.

Area briefs: Auto seller to dump rental businesses

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.

Additional business news

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.

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.

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

Fannie Mae relaxing credit requirements for some borrowers

Tosco to keep Smile brand

Nurse: Industry must unite

BellSouth finds faulty ads

SITEL sets date of job fair

I dumped Dorsey: Week 5

Jackets focus on mistakes

SEC notebook: Sanks sinking teeth in

Senior upset that things haven't come together

Georgia Tech wins midweek battle

Vols have no excuse for sputtering offense

Holtz's young recruits get a chance against Ole Miss

Bell busy on the field

Four UT players cleared to play Saturday

QB Booty secures starting job

Beth Holtz's surgery will be next week

Payday, exposure make Duke game worthwhile for Blue Devils

ACC Notebook: Bowden may boot kicking game

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

Game previews

Athletic director takes investigation findings directly to SEC

Tigers prepared for Curry

Zow returns to roots with a new confidence

Hamilton for Heisman: The campaign builds steam

Georgia Southern seeks 14th consecutive conference victory

O'Leary not satisfied with win

Florida-Alabama isn't quite like the old days

Georgia and LSU switch places

Auburn, Vols look to find their offenses

Duke's week to chase Warrick

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.

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.

Satirizes Columbia Co. dress codes

Urges support for school dress code

Protests paper's story placement

Cites Ga. law concerning class size

Complains students don't have books

Bad parenting

Fears turnover of Panama Canal

Gore's phony move

Hopes voters send Chavous `packing'

Sees discriminatory enforcement

Clifford Baldowski

Supports 'young' district 81 candidate

Laments `homeschoolers' excluded

Support `trustworthy' Scott Singer

Pass permanent storage bill

Clarifies fee deducted from ASU aid checks

`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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

Gibbs not so excited this time

Fishing tournament information

Fishin' weather arrives; hybrid schools turn on

Evans destroys Lakeside, 41-7

Eloree -- 20, Blackvile-Hilda -- 14

Price's interception helps Mustangs win

Lincoln County -- 49, Social Circle -- 0

Undefeated Tigers begin region play

Thomson romps past Greenbrier

Bulldogs regain ground attack

Statesboro edges Dublin

Burke County holds off tough-luck Laney 14-12

Richmond Academy -- 49, Glenn Hills -- 12

Butler runs over Hepzibah

Strom Thurmond rallies for win

Edmund Burke -- 34, Augusta Christian -- 12

Dixie rolls past McCormick

Panthers win first game since 1990

Turnarounds expected from slow starters

Standard questions surround Lynx

Lambert returns to Lynx

Buchberger leads the Thrashers into NHL

Thrashers return NHL to Atlanta

Oilers retire Wayne Gretzky's jersey

Lynx notebook: Team has youthful look

Thrashers set to open season

Lynx notebook: Coach is a new father

Nervous is word on practice eve

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?

`Three Musketeers' a macho ballet

Starting early key to ridding lawn of nutsedge infestation

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

Colorful summer

Isley Brothers are rock icons

Four-footed ballet

Local churches' choirs ready to sing at the Vatican

The road of faith

Symphony plays for millennium

Faith Digest

Deputies love their outdoor work

Panel to target laws on finance disclosure

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laney grasping for turnaround game

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.

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.

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

Tennants lose water due to landlord's negligence

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Team: Stress release crucial

Williams gets life with no parole

History plagues old town

Students use break for SAT lessons

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.

Aiken County students face suspension

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.

HMO experiment ending in failure

Six ask to be excused from Hill trial

Police: Truck driver was trying to merge

Lawmaker plugs preservation plan

Sand puts out blaze at landfill

Completion of complex stressed

Network questions detention

Jury to sentence killer

University to keep race policy

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.

Across the area: Department meets state rescue rules

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.

Military uses bonuses to entice recruits

Residents want school demolished

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.

Poker referendum boosts state voter rolls

Williams gets life with no parole

Looking back

Hamilton has many to thank for success

Students get health knowledge

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Academy trains in firearm use

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.

NFL notebook

Minus key personnel, Falcons must persevere

Atwater returns to Denver as a 'visitor'

Carolina needs big effort to control Redskins

Falcons fighting one-year wonder syndrome

Hopes of Falcons, Ravens ride with backup QBs

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Mrs. Daisy Wadley
Mrs. Daisy Bell Wadley, 81, of 2014 Third Ave., died Monday, Sept. 27, 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. Johnny Murphy
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Johnny Jay Murphy, 31, of 1130 Spurgon Circle, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

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

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.

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

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

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

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. 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Tommy Thompson Jr.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mr. Tommy Thompson Jr., 49, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at Florida Medical 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. Susan Lobaugh
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Susan Lobaugh, 46, of 1902 Bolin Road, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Adam Scott

Mrs. Mary Stein

Mrs. Willie Cole

Mr. James Baughman

Mr. George Dickerson

Britteny Andrews

Mrs. Daisy Wadley

Mrs. Martha Curtis

Mrs. Margaret Johnson

Mrs. Rosa Sanders

Mrs. Lula Coleman

Tywaine Carroll Jr.

Mr. Willie Gay

Mr. Gerald Roberts

Mr. A.B. Snider

Mrs. Florine Miller

Mr. Troy Davis

Mr. Willie Wilder

Mrs. Victoria Budacz

Mr. George Moye Jr.

Mr. Ronald Davenport Jr.

Mr. Johnny Murphy

Mr. Richard Rogers

Mr. Richard Rogers

Mrs. Ella Gordon

Mrs. Inez Bennett

Mr. Stephen Allen

Mrs. Mamie Stephens

Mrs. Kathryn Trussell

Ms. Luvenia Sreen

Mr. Tommy Thompson Jr.

Mr. Gerald Roberts

Mr. Otis Bell

Whittney Andrews

Mr. George Derfler

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.''

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.''

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overtime: Peach Belt to add soccer for women

Fearless Pirates wins feature race at Santa Anita

Rockets to trade Pippen to Portland for six players

Leonard keeps right on rolling, near lead in Buick

Lakeside qualifies for state

Rumor mill put Evernham's plans on fast track

'Save the Grizzlies' campaign begins in Vancouver

Not even Daly knows what lies ahead

Toms joins share of lead in Buick

Overtime: Agassi upset by German in Grand Slam

Belle Meade familiarity rests with Georgia golfers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Iraq, North Korea urged to comply with nuclear weapons inspectors

Metric mixup doomed Mars spacecraft

Bar code celebrates 25th anniversary

Japan lifts nuclear advisory

Launch of crucial service module delayed again

SRS to see more funds for facility

Reactor leak injures workers, prompts evacuation in Japan