Friday's pitching matchup

Astros notes: Ward a surprising hero

Storybook grand slam gives Mets the win

Many Mets fans dozing for grand slam

Astros should relish win

Indians jump ahead in series

Braves notebook: Andruw finally produces in NLDS

Astros notes: Killer Bees failing to produce

Braves fall hard in Game 1

Braves turn on the offense

Yankees shut out Rangers

Braves even series with 5-1 win

Wednesday's pitching matchup

Average game time up six minutes

Diamondbacks even series with Mets

Braves notebook: Baylor stays on Braves batters

Small crowd and lack of offense hurts NL East champs

Back to the future: a New York baseball turf fight

Community bank elects new leader
Augusta's newest community bank has hired a former Regions Bank executive to oversee its growing operations.

Head of AT&T's strategy to combine cable TV, phones, Internet steps down

Bi-Lo raises competition
Bi-Lo became the third grocery store to open in west Augusta off Fury's Ferry Road last week. The area is rapidly growing with expected increases in the road traffic within the next two decades.

CBS to pay for users on new site

New air bags adjust to severity of crash

Calvin Klein seeks buyer or partner for edgy fashion house
NEW YORK -- Calvin Klein, the edgy American designer known for racy ads and $70 jeans, is looking for a buyer or partner for his New York-based fashion company.

Additional business news
Stocks slide after interest-rate ruling...Wal-Mart to add stores, groceries...Georgia-Pacific enters joint venture...AOL touts new software features

Additional business news

Additional business news

Head of AT&T's strategy to combine cable TV, phones, Internet steps down
NEW YORK -- AT&T's risky plan to transform its cable TV systems into pipelines for phone calls and Internet services claimed its first casualty Wednesday with the abrupt resignation of Leo J. Hindery, the quarterback of the strategy.

Medical research becomes economic tool

CBS to pay for users on new site
NEW YORK -- And now for the $25 million question: How does CBS, a relative Internet late-comer, launch a major Web destination from scratch that entices millions of visitors to its other Internet offerings that range from business news to sports and entertainment?

Medical research becomes economic tool
A man who helped transform Birmingham, Ala., into a hotbed for medical research told community leaders Wednesday they could do the same for Augusta.

Fed opts not to raise interest rates for now
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, faced with a booming economy but no signs of inflation, decided today not to raise interest rates but left open the possibility of a third rate increase later this year.

New air bags adjust to severity of crash
WASHINGTON -- At car dealers this fall: new, more sophisticated air bags that adjust their force of inflation to the severity of a crash to protect passengers better.

Bi-Lo raises competition

Calvin Klein seeks buyer or partner for edgy fashion house

Community bank elects new leader

Fed opts not to raise interest rates for now

Additional business news
Stocks climb amid earnings optimism...Microsoft trial carries big price tag...Monsanto chief vows cooperation

Clemson fights for turnovers

Georgia followers wanted Grant

College football notes

Tough Tennessee defense awaits Georgia

Injuries take toll on Gamecockes

Young players still making mistakes

Holtz thinking about football after wife's successful surgery

Warrick returns to practice

Vol defenders like knowing Deon Grant is back there

Backup quarterback to play receiver

Georgia's defense is exciting, for better or worse

Big Ten is Big Deal in AP poll

O'Leary frets about his defense

Vols coach sees improvement, looks for more

Williams looks to future after knee injury

Assistant rediscovers coaching niche

Vols didn't want to lose Ramsey

Tough penalties questioned
TRION, Ga. -- High on crack and desperately needing money, Marvin Lee Thomas held up a suburban Atlanta drugstore two years ago. He grabbed $300 and some change but was caught later that night -- his second arrest for armed robbery.

Pearl Harbor voted top story
World War II and Pearl Harbor. The invention of the airplane and the sinking of the largest ship. The discovery of the polio vaccine and the emergence of the AIDS virus.

Backs 'defender' of rights in Dist. 6

Kill test ban pact

Blasts 'old fashioned' family values

Good S.C. ruling

No respect for reporter

Court's good start

Vouchers in Ga.

Making it personal
A mastectomy cut out her breast cancer. Reconstructive surgery gave her back a piece of her self-image. But it was Kaye Tutt who saved her own life.

In the know
Four new episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast begin Friday night at 11 on Cartoon Network. In the first episode, special guest Bob Costas will do a play-by-play as Space Ghost brawls with his evil cohort, Zorak.

Memphis high on the hog with barbecue
Jim Neely, of Jim Neely's Interstate Barbecue in Memphis, Tenn., checks a fresh batch of pork ribs at his restaurant.

Grilled perfection
Giant portobello mushrooms, which are the rage on restaurant menus, are now available at nearly every supermarket.

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

S.C. player of the week

Running back lacks size, not grit

Georgia player of the week

Diary: Anxious to make debut

Pressure to perform intensifies

Diary: Two-a-days end

Pettersen can make a difference for Lynx

Grahame makes history in NHL debut

In the know

Memphis high on the hog with barbecue

Making it personal

Grilled perfection

In the know

Tax dollars sought for new library

Court acquits suspect
An Augusta man accused of taking part in a home invasion and shooting was acquitted of all charges Wednesday.

Lunchtime fire damages Dinner Bell
AIKEN -- One of the oldest restaurants in Aiken nearly was destroyed Wednesday by a fire that broke out during lunch hour.

Area residents to join flag discussion

Perry wins District 81 election
AIKEN -- The turnout for the South Carolina House District 81 special election was heavy, and 3,093 of the 4,902 votes belonged to Robert S.``Skipper'' Perry.

Millwood provides memorable performance

County EMA offers Y2K presentations

Vet finds animals on doorstep, backyard

Arts funding hits rebound
COLUMBIA -- As yet another art controversy makes headlines -- this one about an exhibit in New York City that features a dung-splattered picture of a Virgin Mary -- it might be easy to miss the funding turnaround that has pumped millions of dollars into South Carolina's arts community.

State probes price-gouging claims

Tough penalties questioned

High and dry

Across the area: Motorcyclist dies from wreck injuries

Barnes names contributor to ports board

Enrollment expected to increase

Sentence reversed in case

Producer launches new career
Steve Clements is exchanging his Hollywood successes for what he deems an even greater prospect: to serve Augusta students.

Residents file lawsuit against commission

Area residents to join flag discussion
AIKEN -- At least four residents of Aiken and Barnwell counties are participating in a novel approach to the heated dispute over whether South Carolina should fly the Confederate flag on top of its Statehouse dome.

Pro-gambling group launches opinion hot line

Vet finds animals on doorstep, backyard
When Mary Knight and her staff founded 4 Paws Rescue Inc. to teach people the importance of spaying and neutering pets, they didn't know what they were getting into.

Across the area: Unpaid bills spur city to cut utilities

Singer's estate set for auction
COLBERT, Ga. -- If you're in the market for a lavish estate complete with two family pets, country singer Kenny Rogers has just what you need.

Jail had five pregnancies last year

Lunchtime fire damages Dinner Bell

Reynolds gave Chipper one pitch

Ordinance addresses false alarms
EDGEFIELD -- Edgefield County taxpayers can expect to pay nearly $25 more in taxes this year than last. However, only a little more than $5 will be going to the county, with the rest earmarked for the school system.

Advocates say project to boost industry

Singer's estate set for auction

Producer launches new career

Lane reversal implemented for evacuation

Study: HOPE funds majority of in-state students

Proposal on ethics rerouted

Enrollment expected to increase
With more than 100 Georgia school systems claiming they have teacher shortages, a key committee of Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform commission may wind up recommending the state pay signing bonuses and consider higher salaries for recruits in hard-to-fill subjects like science, math and foreign language.

Jail had five pregnancies last year
Sunshine Jarrard could become a unique footnote in Columbia County history if she is not let out of jail soon.

School officials support drug-test
Area school superintendents support the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold Tennessee's right to test some of its teachers for drugs.

Across the area: Unpaid bills spur city to cut utilities
Some Augusta utilities customers with past-due water and sewer bills may lose their water service this week.

Barnes names contributor to ports board
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes appointed his second big-money contributor Tuesday to the board that runs Georgia's ports.

Italy has art link in Aiken
AIKEN - Her painting likely won't hang in the Museum of Modern Art, but that wasn't Leigh Weiss' motivation Wednesday for turning a stark piece of white paper into a collage of colors.

Funding for trains requested
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Rail Passenger Authority is asking for $4 million in next year's state budget to begin planning four inter-city passenger rail lines linking Atlanta to Augusta, Savannah, Brunswick and Albany.

Lane reversal implemented for evacuation
COLUMBIA -- Gov. Jim Hodges released a plan Wednesday to ease Charleston-area hurricane evacuations and named a ``traffic czar'' to cut future traffic jams during emergencies.

Study: HOPE funds majority of in-state students
ATLANTA -- More than half of Georgia residents in state colleges and technical schools last year were on HOPE scholarships, according to a study released Tuesday.

Jury panel OKs school safety plan
Columbia County's school system is headed in the right direction in regard to safety, according to a report by a Columbia County grand jury safety committee.

Man faces 11 gaming violations
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. -- A Richmond Hill lawyer has been charged with illegally hunting deer for the second time this year.

Tax dollars sought for new library
Columbia County residents have spoken: They want a part of a new sales tax to go to building a new library.

Sheriff wants to end deaths, injuries on shortcut
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- In Liberty County, Georgia Highway 196 is known as ``the shortcut,'' but Sheriff Don Martin calls it a deathtrap.

Across the area: Motorcyclist dies from wreck injuries
A Harlem man died Wednesday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital from head injuries he suffered Saturday in a motorcycle wreck on Harlem-Grovetown Road.

Oatland Island reopens center for school trips
SAVANNAH -- Despite the fact that about 75 dump truck loads of the insecticide DDT has not yet been removed from Oatland Island, the educational center has reopened for school children.

Dirty Web site encounters common
ATLANTA -- Ninety-one percent of teen-agers questioned say they have stumbled across Internet Web sites their parents would consider objectionable, according to a survey by a Georgia foundation released Wednesday.

Sentence reversed in case
A former Augusta resident's aggravated assault conviction and 20-year prison sentence were thrown out by a judge Tuesday.

Dirty Web site encounters common

Proposal on ethics rerouted
Augusta commissioners want more say so about any ethics law that governs them. Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to send Mayor Bob Young's proposed ethics ordinance to a commission committee for study and input.

State probes price-gouging claims
Fourteen Augusta-area hotels and motels are under investigation by the Governor's Office for Consumer Affairs on claims of price gouging during the Hurricane Floyd crisis, agency officials said Wednesday.

Super spin
Aiken resident Ron Tennis gives his stepgranddaughter Abby Craig, of North Augusta, a big spin at Virginia Acres on Tuesday. Mr. Tennis said it was a good day to play outside.

Advocates say project to boost industry
AIKEN -- It's a question Rep. Roland Smith is asked at every political function he attends: When will Bobby Jones Expressway be completed on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River?

Jury could deliver verdict in trial today
An Augusta man accused of taking part in a home invasion in which a man was shot twice and wrestled out of the house is standing trial this week.

Pro-gambling group launches opinion hot line
COLUMBIA -- An organization hoping to persuade voters to keep video poker legal in South Carolina has set up a toll-free hot line to gather their opinions on how gambling revenue should be spent.

Italy has art link in Aiken

Critics oppose name-change proposal
A proposed name change for North Augusta Community Center met opposition Tuesday from some members of North Augusta City Council.

Arena football team named
Come April 2000, Augusta will get it's first look at the Stallions, the city's arenafootball2 team. The team's name and logo were unveiled at a press conference this afternoon.

Tip leads to man's capture fugitive

County EMA offers Y2K presentations
Columbia County's Y2K plans are going on the road. Instead of holding community meetings to explain what the county is doing to prepare for the year 2000 bug, officials at the county's Emergency Management Agency will go to various groups and meetings to present their plans. Groups simply have to contact the agency to set up a meeting.

Court acquits suspect

Tip leads to man's capture fugitive
An anonymous tip led to the ar-rest of Jarvis Lee Hardwick, end-ing an eight-month search for one of Richmond County's most-want-ed fugitives.

Arts funding hits rebound

Oatland Island reopens center for school trips

Perry wins District 81 election

Critics oppose name-change proposal

School officials support drug-test

Funding for trains requested

High and dry
With 70,000 acres of water and depths of more than 100 feet in some areas, Thurmond Lake isn't likely to dry out -- even during the most severe drought.

Jury could deliver verdict in trial today

Residents file lawsuit against commission
THOMSON -- A group of McDuffie County residents filed lawsuit this week against McDuffie County Commission and the Thomson-McDuffie Development Authority in an attempt to reverse a controversial rezoning.

Ordinance addresses false alarms

Jury panel OKs school safety plan

Oxendine earns first start for Falcons

Johnson faults Marino in loss to Bills

Bubby's back as Broncos' starter

Collins to start this week for Giants

Successful surgery for Jamal Anderson

NFL chooses Houston over LA

Broncos turn to Loville in place of injured Davis

Mr. Benjamin Dean Sr.
Mr. Benjamin J. Dean Sr., 42, of 1913 Gay Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Rose Hill
AIKEN -- Mrs. Rose Mary Woodward Hill, 76, of 132 Driftwood Circle, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Jeanette Mitchell
Mrs. Jeanette J. Mitchell, 77, of 306 Mears St., died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Taylor Meek
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Taylor Raine Meek, infant daughter of Ann Meek, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. William Quattlebaum Jr.
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. William J. ``Bill'' Quattlebaum Jr., 76, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999.

Mrs. Marcia Jamison
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Marcia Ward Jamison, 48, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 1999.

Mr. Norman Lawrence
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mr. Norman E. Lawrence, 75, of 608 E. Railroad Ave., died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.

Mrs. Lucy Taylor
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Lucy Ruth Story Taylor, 90, of 2651 Jordan Mill Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Curtis Smith
THOMSON -- Mr. Curtis Smith, 73, of 1702 Washington Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.

Mrs. Thelma Webb
BYRON, Ga. -- Mrs. Thelma Ely Webb, 88, of 2345 Georgia Highway 49 N., died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at Warner Robins Nursing Home.

Mr. Harvey Foulkes Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Harvey Barrett Foulkes Jr., 79, of 2481 Club Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mary Jefferson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Frances Jefferson, 60, of 375 University Parkway, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Alma Polk
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Alma Holton Polk, 89, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999.

Mr. Rufe Hardy
Mr. Rufe J. Hardy, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Alma Waller
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Alma Garrett Waller, 90, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999.

Christopher Ceasar
WARRENVILLE -- Christopher Kyle Ceasar, infant son of Deborah Turner and Phillip ``Tony'' Ceasar, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Rev. David Brown Jr.
The Rev. David Brown Jr., died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999.

Mrs. Eulee Wilkerson
Mrs. Eulee B. Wilkerson, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at Windemere Nursing Home.

Ms. Perrine Crouch
SALUDA, S.C. -- Ms. Perrine St. Claire Crouch, 99, formerly of 105 N. Jefferson St., died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at the Presbyterian Home of South Carolina, Clinton.

Mr. Willie Williams
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Willie R. Williams, 66, of 4030 Cameron Road, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Janet McHugh
Mrs. Janet M. McHugh, 79, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Bessie Jones
Mrs. Bessie Jones, 54, of 3452 Linderwood Drive, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Salem Nursing Home.

Ms. Elizabeth Minor
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Lott Minor died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999.

Mr. Louis Wilds III
Mr. Louis T. Wilds III, 81, of 3019 Lake Forest Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Hayes
Mrs. Annie L. Hayes, 69, of 2023 Garr Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Marion Truelove
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. -- Ms. Marion Gayland Truelove, 31, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Turner
Mrs. Dorothy Carpenter Turner, of 3575 Stevens Way, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Charles Gunter
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Charles N. Gunter, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at Hospice House of Savannah.

Mrs. Rosemary Autry
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Rosemary Autry, 42, of 1809 Valley Brook Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Miss Elizabeth Meyer
Miss Elizabeth Rita Meyer, 26, of 818 Aumond Place E., died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, in Athens.

Mrs. Esther Pye
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Esther P. Pye, 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Benson Sheppard Jr.
Mr. Benson Sheppard Jr., 65, of 402 Colorado St., died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. George Dudley
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. George Tick Dudley, 85, of 4387 U.S. Highway 25 S., died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at his residence.

Angel Whittle
Angel Whittle, infant daughter of Scott and Fran Whittle, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Annie Hayes
Mrs. Annie L. Hayes, 69, of 2023 Garr Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. William Quattlebaum Jr.

Ms. Perrine Crouch

Mr. Norman Lawrence

Mrs. Esther Pye

Mrs. Alma Polk

Mr. Curtis Smith

Ms. Marion Truelove

Mrs. Thelma Webb

Mr. Harvey Foulkes Jr.

Taylor Meek

Miss Elizabeth Meyer

Mr. George Dudley

Mr. Benjamin Dean Sr.

Mr. Willie Williams

Mrs. Alma Waller

Mrs. Lucy Taylor

Mrs. Dorothy Turner

Mr. Rufe Hardy

Angel Whittle

Ms. Elizabeth Minor

Mrs. Eulee Wilkerson

Mrs. Annie Hayes

Mrs. Janet McHugh

Mrs. Rose Hill

Kerrigan: Is Norwood-Dingell legislation a misguided adventure in health care reform
U.S. REP. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., normally a trusted pro-market conservative on virtually all issues, has unfortunately joined forces with Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., to create a bill that could be disastrous for consumers when it comes to their health care.

Forrest: Children should be taught reading before first grade
(Editor's note: The author, Rosemary Forrest, is a free-lance writer living in Augusta.)

Vouchers in Ga.
As we note in the editorial below, the U.S. Supreme Court now seems more receptive than ever to school tax credit vouchers, thus enabling more school choice for parents and students who want to get out of some failing public schools.

Supports incumbent in District 4 race
I must express my opinion of Commissioner Richard Colclough who is seeking election in Augusta-Richmond County Commission District 4. Barbara Ward, Augusta

Backs 'defender' of rights in Dist. 6
The grand jury report merely scratched the surface when it comes to what is essentially the for-profit sale of the people's seats on the Augusta-Richmond County Commission by career commissioners. Though the statementswere vague when it came to naming names, it is easy to look at the dress and the estimated monthly income of some of our commissioners, and the two don't match. David Mathews, Augusta

Backs monument to 'departed warriors'
After being considerably dismayed by publicity of the Confederate flag flying over the South Carolina Statehouse, I was really elated about a week ago by an inspired letter. The writer proposed the brilliant combination of honoring that flag along with all the now long-departed troops who fought for that flag in a monument combining both. Harold F. Truchsess, Martinez

Cites model for CSRA's biotech future
In 1981, the U.S. passed the Bayh-Dole Act, a landmark bill that allowed universities using federal funds to take title to the fruits of their research. University researchers could transfer their technology to the private sector, share the wealth and return more money to research. By 1997, 220,000 people were employed and $26 billion in related products had been sold. Merle Temple, Augusta

Hits 'reckless' School Board decisions
Several years ago, the principal of my children's elementary school called and asked if I could substitute in a kindergarten classroom that day. I willingly accepted and reported for the task at the beginning of the school day. Marge Swartzwelder, Augusta

Praises requirement of school uniforms
I have been meaning to write this since school started. After reading the Sept. 29 front page I decided it could not wait. These parents who are complaining about uniforms evidently are more concerned about fashion and ``their children's rights'' than their education. Carol Underwood, Augusta

Questions opponents of video poker
I am undecided about the video poker vote in South Carolina but I am questioning all the effort against it in regard to its adverse impact on people's lives. Stan Brosz, Aiken

Castigates school officials on all fronts
We have found few uniforms in stores, with very limited sizes. A new charity seems to have formed to reduce parents who cannot locate or afford uniforms to beggars. The officials' concern is unfair discipline. Jim Gifford, Hephzibah

Worries about lack of 'class' in golf
When I was a lad and started to caddie, caddie master Jack Williams taught me the fundamentals of playing golf. It was known then (and still is) as a gentleman's game. Carl W. Raforth, Augusta

Says 'No' vote no threat to freedom
While driving around Aiken County, I've seen yard signs that state ''Support Freedom, Vote Yes.'' These persons are not informed! Billy B. Jones, Graniteville

Good S.C. ruling
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made a ruling last week that should have been made by South Carolina courts. In a 2-1 decision, the federal appeals court found the Palmetto State's legislative appointive duties violate fair representation mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

Kerrigan: Is Norwood-Dingell legislation a misguided adventure in health care reform
U.S. REP. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., normally a trusted pro-market conservative on virtually all issues, has unfortunately joined forces with Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., to create a bill that could be disastrous for consumers when it comes to their health care.

Kill test ban pact
``Be careful what you ask for, because you might get it'' is an adage that's haunting President Clinton this week. He has been pushing the Senate for a vote on the ancient 1992 nuclear test ban treaty, as a gambit to needle Republicans for not allowing an up or down vote on the flawed pact.

No respect for reporter
Can you imagine this: A president of the United States getting into a pugnacious shouting match with a reporter -- then banishing that reporter from his sight? Such arrogance may be appropriate for a medieval king, but not for a modern American politician, no matter how powerful.

Hails congressman's meeting for vets
There is a warranted high level of anger among the retired military across the nation. At one time, I directed my anger toward the Congress, but that anger was not entirely justified. Boyd Simmons, Augusta

Forrest: Children should be taught reading before first grade
(Editor's note: The author, Rosemary Forrest, is a free-lance writer living in Augusta.)

Mayor: play ball
When he was a TV commentator, Bob Young could propose reforms off the top of his head, without input from others. As mayor, however, if he wants his proposals to be implemented, it's apparent he needs to do better at consulting with the Augusta Commission on major initiatives. Commissioners are hesitant to pass most proposals unless they've had a chance to review it and, perhaps, add a twist or two of their own.

Blasts 'old fashioned' family values
Practically every week there is a letter to the editor concerning religion in the public schools, old fashioned morals and bringing back family values. How far back do we want to go to get our values? Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro

Court's good start
The U.S. Supreme Court term is just beginning, but already there have been some heartening rulings, thanks to justices letting lower court decisions stand. Let's keep our fingers crossed that this is a portent of things to come.

Seeks voter support in District 6 race
I have worked very hard for the people of this city for many years. Whether it was cleaning up streets or fighting to keep textbooks in our children's classrooms, I feel I have been on the right side of many issues. Andy Cheek, Augusta

Hawks open training camp without tardy Rider

U.S. players seek forgiveness at St. Andrews

Agassi moves on at Swiss Indoors

Crew chief understands why Evernham left

Rider shows up to camp

Rudd running out of time in bid to extend streak

Golf notes: Strange next Ryder Cup captain?

Labonte completes sweeps Charlotte poles

Lakeside No. 1 seed in volleyball

Area college roundup: ASU hosts race today

Overtime: Coble eliminated from tourney

Gordon signs long-term agreement

Today's racers a product of grooming

Overtime: Six softball teams to play in sectionals

Report: Acid rain recovery takes time
Environmental regulations have reduced acid rain but have not yet spurred the recovery of damaged lakes and streams in North America, government researchers say.

Landfill fire cost estimated
THOMSON -- Extinguishing an underground fire at a defunct McDuffie County landfill will cost about $665,000, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Responsibility taken for nuclear accident
TOKYO -- A Japanese company promised Tuesday to pay damages for the victims of the country's worst nuclear accident, which exposed dozens of people to radiation and forced hundreds of thousands of others to stay indoors.

Chemical that suggests prostate cancer may be fighting disease
WASHINGTON -- A protein that doctors test for as an indication of prostate cancer may actually be used by the body in battling the disease, a study indicates.

Officials investigate series of fish kills
South Carolina authorities are investigating a series of fish kills in which an estimated 350,000 blueback herring -- 17 tons of fish -- died after being swept through Hartwell Dam's turbines into Lake Russell.

Canada approves marijuana use for 14 seriously ill people
OTTAWA -- Canada is granting 14 people with serious illnesses permission to use marijuana for medical reasons, the country's health minister said Tuesday.

Genetically altered vein used in bypass surgery
BOSTON -- Harvard Medical School researchers have genetically altered the blood vessel used in heart bypass surgery in a quest to keep it from reclogging, and they said Tuesday the first few patients treated have shown a significantly lower incidence of relapse.

Moderate quake shakes southern Turkey; dozens injured
MARMARIS, Turkey -- Another earthquake hit Turkey on Tuesday, jolting this resort town and sending tourists and residents into the streets or jumping from balconies in panic.

Canada approves marijuana use for 14 seriously ill people
OTTAWA -- Canada is granting 14 people with serious illnesses permission to use marijuana for medical reasons, the country's health minister said Tuesday.

SRS plans for waste uncertain
Savannah River Site officials plan to ship some radioactive waste to a New Mexico plant in February. But it's a schedule that could go awry.

Hydrogen gas leak at nuclear power plant
HELSINKI, Finland -- Hydrogen gas escaped into the atmosphere Tuesday at a nuclear power station in southern Finland, but there was no radiation leak and no danger to the surrounding area, officials said.

Moderate quake shakes southern Turkey; dozens injured

SRS plans for waste uncertain

Landfill fire cost estimated

Canada approves marijuana use for 14 seriously ill people

Genetically altered vein used in bypass surgery

Responsibility taken for nuclear accident

Report: Acid rain recovery takes time

Officials investigate series of fish kills

Hydrogen gas leak at nuclear power plant

Chemical that suggests prostate cancer may be fighting disease

Canada approves marijuana use for 14 seriously ill people