Smoltz shines as Braves win

Braves blanked by Marlins

Police arrest fan who stole bat from Sosa, Grace

Mets control own destiny for playoffs

Braves notes: Simon likely won't be on playoff roster

Cubs top Cardinals

McGwire says he'd like to manage someday

Brewers crush Reds

Braves notebook: Jordan talked his way into lineup

Homers blast Blue Jays past Indians

Fall brings best times of the year

Web revving up car shopping
Jim McClung is a new kind of car salesman. He's traded in a life of long hours helping customers who aren't quite sure what they want for a new job that lets him sit back and answer calls and e-mails from car buyers who simply don't want to haggle.

ARMs should not be kept at arm's length
NEW YORK -- With mortgage rates on the rise, ARMs are no longer getting a cold shoulder.

Poor search for rainbow in economy
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Like it or not, Andrea Cooper is doing her bit to fuel the economic boom. She is 3 months old and heading to a day-care program so her mother can replace welfare payments with a $6.75-an-hour hospital paycheck.

Late trading unlikely to alter mutual fund pricing

Pacific Rim stocks buffer recent fall

BellSouth finds faulty ads

Coming Monday
Business Frank Lawrence has gone from owning an auto dealership to owning Augusta's arenafootball2 team.

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.

Late trading unlikely to alter mutual fund pricing
NEW YORK -- While the proliferation of after-hours stock trading sessions isn't expected to change the way most mutual fund companies determine the closing prices for their funds each day, the new sessions will almost certainly change the way that information is distributed.

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.

ARMs should not be kept at arm's length

Additional business news

Americans drawn to automobiles
Rachel Franklin can't explain why Americans love their cars, but she's found a way to turn that sentiment into real money -- she owns Sno-Cap, a 1960s drive-in hamburger joint in North Augusta.

Tosco to keep Smile brand

BellSouth seeks long-distance

SITEL sets date of job fair

Poor search for rainbow in economy

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

Coming Monday

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.

Web revving up car shopping

BellSouth seeks long-distance
If BellSouth could sit on Santa's lap this Christmas, it would ask to be in the long-distance telephone business by early next year.

Pacific Rim stocks buffer recent fall
There's no getting around the fact that the third quarter was a loser for stocks, but a sample portfolio for small investors put together by The Associated Press found a small hedge in a once-unlikely place: Pacific Rim stocks.

Holtz's young recruits get a chance against Ole Miss

No. 16 Mississippi St. 42, Vanderbilt 14

O'Leary not satisfied with win

Florida-Alabama isn't quite like the old days

Georgia and LSU switch places

Holtz's wife to have surgery next week

Senior upset that things haven't come together

Tigers top Tar Heels

Hamilton for Heisman: The campaign builds steam

East Carolina beats Army

S. Carolina falls to Ole Miss

Alabama ends Florida's win streak

Tigers prepared for Curry

Bulldogs win another close one

Game previews

Florida St. crushes Duke

Duke's week to chase Warrick

Eagles crush Keydets

Auburn, Vols look to find their offenses

Citadel hands S.C. State second loss in row

Jackets focus on mistakes

Kentucky upsets Arkansas

Four UT players cleared to play Saturday

A look at the 20th Century: 1977
Film and music fans said goodbye in 1977 to stars who once shinned and hello to a new entertainment arena under construction in downtown Augusta.

A look at the 20th Century: 1976
In 1976, amid the ``me'' decade, mainstream Americans grew tired of controversy and directed their attention to themselves.

Hits critic of Golf Hall of Fame

Laments `homeschoolers' excluded

Spirited S.C. House race

Satirizes `discovery' about blue jeans

Praises mayor and grand jury

Supports 'young' district 81 candidate

Pass permanent storage bill

Support `trustworthy' Scott Singer

Supports requiring student uniforms

Bad parenting

Cites positives of dress policies

Hopes voters send Chavous `packing'

Praises 'steward' of Aiken County

Clarifies fee deducted from ASU aid checks

OK ethics ordinance

Urges support for school dress code

Phil Kent: Video poker fight is nasty; a Y2K snafu

On their summer vacation...
The Chronicle traveled the globe this summer, thanks to readers who took the newspaper along for our annual vacation photo contest. Here are some of the most interesting entries from abroad.

Business has own rules of etiquette
Dear Carson: I said ``amen'' when I read your column that included a letter from an executive on guidelines for office dress and behavior.

In the know
Their faces are clown-white and the napes of their necks considered the most seductive part of them and they've always held an aura of mystery for the West.

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.

Did Lincoln, wife foresee assassination?
Many people have read that Abraham Lincoln "saw" his own death months before John Wilkes Booth's bullet ended his life at Ford's Theater on the night of April 14, 1865.

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.

Country concepts
Maxine and Racie Leverett have been fine-tuning their home on Stone Mill Drive for years, trying to make it a country showplace in the middle of suburban Martinez.

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.

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

Tropical paradise
TAVEUNI, Fiji -- When the new millennium comes, it will come first to Fiji. The 180th meridian cuts through this group of islands in the South Pacific, so -- theoretically -- when it's 1999 on one side, it will be 2000 on the other.<

Insects feasting on hydrilla in Georgia's Lake Seminole

Lincoln County -- 49, Social Circle -- 0

Thomson romps past Greenbrier

Richmond Academy -- 49, Glenn Hills -- 12

Evans destroys Lakeside, 41-7

Strom Thurmond rallies for win

Burke County holds off tough-luck Laney 14-12

Eloree -- 20, Blackvile-Hilda -- 14

Panthers win first game since 1990

Statesboro edges Dublin

Dixie rolls past McCormick

Price's interception helps Mustangs win

Edmund Burke -- 34, Augusta Christian -- 12

Butler runs over Hepzibah

Kuster ready to make up for lost time

Lambert returns to Lynx

Thrashers overpowered by Devils

Nervous is word on practice eve

Lynx notebook: Team has youthful look

Thrashers set to open season

Atlantans welcome back NHL

Thrashers return NHL to Atlanta

Afternoon nap restores energy level

Oilers retire Wayne Gretzky's jersey

Fall brings best times of the year
I'm ready for fall. I am tired of summer with its water restrictions, hand-searing steering wheels and meaningless Braves victories. I'm ready for fall.

Did Lincoln, wife foresee assassination?

On their summer vacation...

Business has own rules of etiquette

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

Country concepts

Local churches' choirs ready to sing at the Vatican

In the know

Faith Digest

The road of faith

Tropical paradise

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.

Don't wait for Y2K bug to bite

Academy trains in firearm use

Residents want school demolished

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.

Team: Stress release crucial

Williams gets life with no parole

Poker referendum boosts state voter rolls

Fall into Aiken
AIKEN -- Many admitted it was sinfully decadent, but that didn't deter them from temptation Saturday at St. Mary Help of Christians' popular Chocolate Festival.

Program shows sports are for all

Festival celebrates Hardy's life

Y2K worries extend beyond just computers

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.

Letters explain slavery views

Chronicle' names new metro editor, deputy
Two veteran editors at The Augusta Chronicle have been promoted to top newsroom positions at the paper.

Barnes employs backers

Aiken County students face suspension

Evictions often unpredictable for deputies

HMO experiment ending in failure

How to trace family records

Building in Athens just the beginning

Families discover roots

A look at the 20th Century: 1977

Y2K worries extend beyond just computers
With any luck, it will be the biggest letdown in history. After all the fuss, all the planning, stocking up and worrying -- in a best-case scenario, anyone preparing for the effects of the ``millennium bug'' will get very little bang for their buck.<

Aiken supporters are urged to vote
AIKEN -- The race for the late Rudy Mason's seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives has kept its hometown flavor with both candidates running a folksy door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor campaign.

Barnes employs backers
ATLANTA -- When Roy Barnes needed somebody with political muscle to raise big money in Savannah for his gubernatorial campaign last year, one of the people he turned to was former state Sen. Tom Coleman.

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.

Don't wait for Y2K bug to bite
The time to exterminate is now. Don't wait until the last minute to stamp out the millennium bug on your home computer.

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

How the Y2K bug works
How does this Y2K thing work? Why can't we just tell the computers it's 1900? For calculating things such as insurance applications or loan and credit card payments, you don't want the computer to think it's 1900.

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.

Families discover roots
AIKEN -- He raped some and flogged others -- and even shared a slave mistress with his son, his letters reveal -- but James Henry Hammond did a kindness for the hundreds of humans he owned: He listed their names and market prices along with horses, mules and other plantation property, enabling them to be remembered by their descendants.

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.

Festival celebrates Hardy's life
It was unlike anything Oliver Hardy biographer Simon Louvish had ever seen. ``Look at this,'' said the London resident, smiling and shaking his head as he stood in the downtown streets of Harlem on Saturday. ``All these people. This is my first time to ever come to this festival. I didn't expect anything like this at all in such a small city. I love it.''

Students use break for SAT lessons

Program shows sports are for all
Matt Miklas is something of a closet showoff. The 11-year-old didn't boast openly when he and his teammates took the state championships in wheelchair basketball this year.

Military uses bonuses to entice recruits

Fund-raiser honors Alzheimer's victims
Tears filled Melody Collins' eyes as she looked at the collage of photos memorializing her mother, Ruth Hamby.

Williams gets life with no parole

Students get health knowledge

Evictions often unpredictable for deputies
Lying in the corner among the filth and piles of garbage was a little girl's poem, marked incomplete by a fourth-grade teacher.

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

How to trace family records
Blacks face unique problems in searching for information about their ancestors, but extensive records are available in some cases. Here's where to go for help:

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.

A look at the 20th Century: 1976

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.

Fall into Aiken

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.

Panel to target laws on finance disclosure

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.

Across the area: Charleston focus of art program
Charleston in Augusta will be the Artrageous Sunday program from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. The program will include traditional Gullah tales, teaching of the Charleston dance and a sweetgrass basket-maker at work.

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.

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.

Letters explain slavery views
Antebellum Gov. and Congressman James Henry Hammond, who owned nearly 1,000 slaves at Redcliffe plantation near Silver Bluff, S.C., explained his pro-slavery views in a states-rights speech to the U.S. Senate on March 4, 1858:

NFL roundup: A look at week 4

Hopes of Falcons, Ravens ride with backup QBs

Falcons' lineup strugges

Atwater returns to Denver as a 'visitor'

Mrs. Emma Mitchell
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Emma Lue Mitchell, 78, of 4280 White Plains Road, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell 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.

Ms. Janice Redd
BURNETTOWN -- Ms. Janice Brantley Redd, 40, of 137 Victory Lane, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Riverside Nursing Center, Milledgeville, Ga.

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

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

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. Bessie Freeman
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Bessie Rooker Freeman, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Memorial Health University 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.

Mrs. Janell Brassell
Mrs. Janell U. Brassell, 64, of Augusta, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, in Grovetown.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Rose Lipsitz
Mrs. Rose Lipsitz, 97, of 3213 Montpelier Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mrs. Annie Veal
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Mae Veal, 88, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

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

Mr. William Carter Sr.
ALTUS, Okla. -- Mr. William Pepsi Carter Sr., 72, of 1411 North Hudson St., died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital.

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

Mrs. Reba Stevens
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Reba R. Stevens, 82, of 310 Mary Ann St., died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Elizabeth Pilling
Mrs. Elizabeth Goeser Pilling, 79, of 248 Edwards Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at her residence.

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.

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

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

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.

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. Abraham Pinkney
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Abraham D. Pinkney, 62, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Kings County Hospital.

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. Rachel Evans
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Rachel Blakey Evans, 20, of 700 Pinnicle Place, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999.

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

Mr. James Millwood
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. James Lee Millwood, 64, of 699 North Usry St., died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Barbara Krueger
Mrs. Barbara Ann Krueger, 66, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Patrick Mitchell
MCRAE, Ga. -- Mr. Patrick Wise Mitchell, 64, of 1113 First Ave., died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at his residence.

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. Georgie Bryant
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Georgie B. Bryant, 60, of 158 Breezy Hill Road, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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. Clarence Flanagan
Mr. Clarence E. Flanagan, 74, of 1006 Eustis Drive, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Laura Grubbs
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Laura Still Grubbs, 81, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999.

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

Mrs. Laura Grubbs

Mr. Gerald Roberts

Britteny Andrews

Mrs. Bessie Freeman

Mrs. Mamie Stephens

Mr. Patrick Mitchell

Mr. Adam Scott

Mr. Abraham Pinkney

Mrs. Rosa Sanders

Mr. James Millwood

Mrs. Kathryn Trussell

Mrs. Emma Mitchell

Mr. Troy Davis

Mrs. Rachel Evans

Mr. Tommy Thompson Jr.

Mrs. Reba Stevens

Mr. James Baughman

Mrs. Georgie Bryant

Mrs. Martha Curtis

Mrs. Janell Brassell

Tywaine Carroll Jr.

Ms. Janice Redd

Mrs. Florine Miller

Mr. Clarence Flanagan

Mr. Willie Wilder

Mrs. Annie Veal

Whittney Andrews

Tywaine Carroll Jr.

Mr. Richard Rogers

Mr. Stephen Allen

Mr. A.B. Snider

Mrs. Lula Coleman

Mrs. Barbara Krueger

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.''

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

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

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

Argues against school dress policy
Public school boards and administrators do not have the authority to dictate what color of clothing students can wear. Selisa Mincy-McTeer, Augusta

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

Warns video poker `storm' hovers
... For those caught in its path, the future of video poker is a storm that hovers. Many citizens of South Carolina never felt the forces of Hurricane Hugo that so destroyed the lives of others, nor the recent scare of Hurricane Floyd.

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

Praises mayor and grand jury
Mayor Bob Young did the right thing by turning down the offer byOperations Management International to pay for his trip to Puerto Rico. If the trip to Puerto Rico will help him be a better mayor then the taxpayers should pay for the trip. Leo Vazquez, 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.

Satirizes `discovery' about blue jeans
We can all rest easy now. Our crime problem has been solved. It's not violence on TV or videos, the easy ways to get a gun, the way a person might have been brought up, overcrowded class rooms or anything else that might come into the picture. Drugs certainly have nothing to do with anything. Gene Porter, Hephzibah

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

Hits critic of Golf Hall of Fame
I was disappointed and dismayed to read retired Chronicle cartoonist Clyde Wells' essay (or was it a factual report?) on the demise of downtown Augusta and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame(in a local tabloid). Will Weston, 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.''

Praises 'steward' of Aiken County
All citizens of South Carolina House District 81 need to give careful thought and consideration as to whom our representative will be after Tuesday's election. Thaddeus D. Baker, Aiken

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

Decries loss of religious underpinnings
I picked up the paper to find out how our neighbors in Charleston and Savannah had fared in the recent storm only to find that while I was praying with my teen-ager at church, other teens were being gunned down as they prayed. Paul S. Suich, Ph.D., Augusta

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

UGA takes a wrong turn
No other University System college uses race as an admissions criteria (and some have a higher percentage of minority students than Georgia). Why is the Board of Regents allowing Adams to challenge Judge B. Evant Edenfield?UGA takes a wrong turn

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.

OK ethics ordinance
The reaction of some Augusta commissioners to Mayor Bob Young's proposed ethics ordinance is distressing, especially Jerry Brigham's whiny sarcasm that the ``overblown'' proposal suggests commissioners are not ``straight.''

Phil Kent: Video poker fight is nasty; a Y2K snafu
Two statewide leaders of the Nov. 2 effort to ban video poker happen to be from around this neck of the South Carolina woods: Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, and Rep. Roland Smith, R-Langley.

Spirited S.C. House race
The contest to succeed the late Rudy Mason for the District 81 South Carolina House seat has, especially for a special election, turned into a surprisingly spirited contest between Republican Robert S. ``Skipper'' Perry and independent Scott Singer.

Supports requiring student uniforms
While I have long finished preparing kids for school, I can remember when my children came home and asked why they didn't have the latest fashions (fads) to wear. Duane R. Christenson, Augusta

Cites positives of dress policies
I would like to commend Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke and his staff for instituting the uniform dress code policy. The positive results outweigh the negatives. Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Toms joins share of lead in Buick

Rumor mill put Evernham's plans on fast track

Belle Meade familiarity rests with Georgia golfers

Overtime: Bakke bowls 300 No. 9 at Masters Lanes

IOC official sees no need to punish Atlanta for bid

Aquatic weed poses threat to Louisiana's economy

Border states tie Regions Cup

Rockets to trade Pippen to Portland for six players

Track a hurdle for Jarrett

Overtime: Peach Belt to add soccer for women

Opalewski is Mr. Clark Hill

King mackerel legal at 24 inches

Golf roundup: Toms leads Buick by three shots

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.

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.

Apple's iBook inspires rainbow of laptops
NEW YORK -- Emboldened by the initial success of Apple's new iBook portable computer, stodgier computer makers like IBM and Dell are splashing up their laptops to attract buyers whose taste for color extends well beyond basic black.

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.

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.

Gateway to push Spanish-language efforts
Gateway Inc.'s decision to provide Spanish-language PCs and sales help elicited light applause from observers who noted the effort represents a rare recognition of an underserved buying community. Others decried the lack of Spanish-language Internet service.

U.S., Russia sign nuclear safeguard accord
MOSCOW -- American experts will conduct millennium-bug tests on some of Russia's strategic facilities, including nuclear reactors at power plants, U.S. officials said Saturday.

Mars probe mishap shows metric system still tripping up Americans
LOS ANGELES -- How does the United States measure up to the rest of the world in accepting the metric system? Look no farther than the doomed Mars Climate Orbiter, say proponents of meters, grams and liters.

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.

Launch of crucial service module delayed again

Iraq, North Korea urged to comply with nuclear weapons inspectors

Japan lifts nuclear advisory

SRS to see more funds for facility

U.S., Russia sign nuclear safeguard accord

Apple's iBook inspires rainbow of laptops

Gateway to push Spanish-language efforts

Mars probe mishap shows metric system still tripping up Americans