Friday's pitching matchup

Yankees take control of series

Thursday's pitching matchup

Braves even series with 5-1 win

Many Mets fans dozing for grand slam

Diamondbacks even series with Mets

Indians rout Red Sox in Game 2

Braves turn on the offense

After Millwood's gem, Braves very much alive against Astros

Astros notes: Killer Bees failing to produce

Braves must win one in Houston

Indians jump ahead in series

Braves notebook: Andruw finally produces in NLDS

Weighing news often difficult

Additional business news
Session ends down amid report worries...Financier indicted on 36 counts...Coppertone purchases rival...Japanese banks to merge...Pension legislation advocated...

Reports reveal 26 cases of price gouging

Additional business news

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

Augusta ranks poorly in arts
Augusta may not be ranked as one of Money magazine's best places to live in 2000, but it is one of the least expensive. Out of 300 metropolitan areas ranked in various categories in the annual report, Augusta was the third-least-expensive city to live in. The city's next best ranking was in the housing category. The median price for a two-bedroom home in Augusta is $122,330, which garnered the 45th spot in Money's rankings.

Medical research becomes economic tool

Additional business news

New air bags adjust to severity of crash

Augusta ranks poorly in arts

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.

Cincinnati's gun industry lawsuit dismissed

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.

Cincinnati's gun industry lawsuit dismissed
CINCINNATI -- An Ohio state judge today dismissed the city's lawsuit against gun manufacturers, a distributor and three trade associations on the grounds that it was vague and unsupported by legal precedent.

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.

Reports reveal 26 cases of price gouging
The Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs received 26 complaints from customers who claim that they were overcharged while staying at Augusta hotels during the Hurricane Floyd crisis.

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.

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

Calvin Klein seeks buyer or partner for edgy fashion house

I dumped Dorsey: Week 6

Arrested Warrick out of Miami game

ACC notebook: Tech QB turns a broken play into paydirt

Sanks ready for his dream game

SEC notebook: Bulldogs visiti Knoxville

Georgia followers wanted Grant

Johnson goes back to scene of lowest moment

Jackets wary of Tar Heels' Curry

Injuries take toll on Gamecockes

Vols didn't want to lose Ramsey

Georgia's defense is exciting, for better or worse

Friedgen's dedication makes the offense tick

College football notes

Vol defenders like knowing Deon Grant is back there

Old school O'Leary sees offenses dominating

Pope makes world his parish
For the 2,000-year-old papacy, history's longest succession of power, the 20th century began with Leo XIII being carried on a throne around the Vatican, which he viewed as his prison.

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.

Rebuts defense of creation science

Kill test ban pact

Good S.C. ruling

Cut Ga. premium tax!

Says uniforms only cover real problems

Raps NAACP over flag flap in S.C.

Blasts UGA chief's 'militant' stand

Democrats his real enemy

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.

Conquering Dixie
With only his piano, Elton John will perform in a sold-out concert Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Christian concerts have higher purpose
Fans of contemporary Christian music have two choices this week for concerts: 4Him performing Monday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and Third Day performing Saturday in Thomson.

Weekend will be packed with activity
There's something for everyone at Augusta-area festivals and special events this weekend.

Camouflage can help create visual spaces in garden
Fall is a good time to give some thought to the home landscape. For starters, look at the screening needs around your yard.

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.

Hiding out
Amid the warm colors of chrysanthemums and other fall flowers, nurseries and garden centers are teasing gardeners with packages of pinks, blues and purples. Tulips, daffodils and hyacinth may be spring flowers, but the time to buy the bulbs is now.

'Steel Magnolias' a bittersweet comedy
Augusta State University student Courtney Robertson has performances in TV commercials for Zaxby's restaurants to list on her acting resume.

Tuesday a musical day
In its 12th season, Tuesday's Music Live has become an Augusta tradition.

Bass, hybrids begin to school

Fishing tournament information

Red Devils on roll into tough stretch

Bulldogs face another unbeaten foe

Explosive cousins help Thomson

Tolen twins stand tall for Rebels

Restless night prior to exhibition opener

Diary: Anxious to make debut

DeSantis plays coach for a day

Pressure to perform intensifies

Weighing news often difficult
This close to the weekend, many of us think about church, but have you ever thought of things from a preacher's perspective?

Camouflage can help create visual spaces in garden

Weekend will be packed with activity

Conquering Dixie

Tuesday a musical day

Making it personal

'Steel Magnolias' a bittersweet comedy

In the know

Christian concerts have higher purpose

Hiding out

Glascock eats steak at end of streak

Court acquits suspect

Pollution may limit Augusta
Augusta's air pollution problems aren't as bad as Macon's but are substantially worse than Savannah's, according to a statewide compilation of ozone level violations over the past three years.

Tough penalties questioned

Pope makes world his parish

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.

Suspect picks judge over jury

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.

Arts funding hits rebound

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.

Singer's estate set for auction

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

Bash celebrates the Best of Augusta

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.

Area banker announces city council bid
AIKEN -- The first to throw his hat into the ring, local banker Pat Cunning, came forward Thursday as a Republican candidate for Robert S. ``Skipper'' Perry's soon-to-be vacant Aiken City Council seat.

Lunchtime fire damages Dinner Bell

Across the area: Children placed in agency's care
Aiken police took two children into emergency protective custody after their mother told officers she couldn't care for them ``because of the stress and pressure,'' authorities said Thursday.

Jury panel OKs school safety plan

Washington Road projects ahead
Portions of Washington and Berckmans roads near Augusta National Golf Club could be transformed into a mix of upscale retail and residential areas under long-range plans by a Thomson investor and an Augusta developer.

Across the area: Motorcyclist dies from wreck injuries

Lane reversal implemented for evacuation

Area residents to join flag discussion

Tax dollars sought for new library

Vet finds animals on doorstep, backyard

Dirty Web site encounters common

Judge to rule on testimony in death trial

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.

Tip leads to man's capture fugitive

Italy has art link in Aiken

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.

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.

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.

County EMA offers Y2K presentations

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.

Millwood provides memorable performance

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.

City cuts water

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.

Washington Road projects ahead

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.

Across the area: Children placed in agency's care

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.

Jury pool smaller in Hill trial

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.

Jury pool smaller in Hill trial
AIKEN -- More than 200 people have been eliminated from the pool of potential jurors in the death penalty trial of David Mark Hill, a judge announced during a preliminary hearing Thursday.

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.

Suspect picks judge over jury
Robert Bruce Craft, the child psychologist facing more than 100 counts of child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor in two counties, would rather have his fate decided by a Superior Court judge than a jury of his peers.

Area banker announces city council bid

Bash celebrates the Best of Augusta
It was a chance to sample Augusta's best on Thursday.

City cuts water
Pink slips flowed more than water in some areas of south Richmond County as utilities workers shut off water to 300 homes and businesses with accounts that are at least two months delinquent.

Judge to rule on testimony in death trial
WAYNESBORO -- A judge could decide as early as next week whether testimony from a potential star witness and a polygraph test will enter as evidence into a death-penalty trial.

Co-workers praise marketing efforts

Co-workers praise marketing efforts
Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field's marketing director resigned Monday after less than six months on the job.

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.

Enrollment expected to increase

State probes price-gouging claims

Pollution may limit Augusta

QBs from another world

Biakabutuka has earned more playing time

Collins to start this week for Giants

Bubby's back as Broncos' starter

Falcons notebook: Team could land in NFC South

Body slam costs Buchanan $7,500

Oxendine earns first start for Falcons

Rams believe they deserve respect

Johnson turn at the helm is smooth sailing

NFL chooses Houston over LA

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

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

Mr. Pat Walton
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Pat Allen Walton, 84, of 3287 Lovelace Road, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Leroy Parker Sr.
Mr. Leroy M. Parker Sr., 87, of 2442 Madrid Drive, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lola Granade
REIDSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Lola Oliver Granade, 97, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999.

Mr. Willie Burney Jr.
Mr. Willie Burney Jr., of 2035 Leona St., died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Katie Gadson
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Katie Roberts Gadson, 72, of 1470 Hilltonia Perkins Road, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Leroy Thomas
AURORA, N.C. -- Mr. Leroy Thomas, 67, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Craven Medical Center.

Mrs. Lois Alexander
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lois Bufford Alexander, 67, of 512 Washington Circle, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999.

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

Mrs. Delores Bradley
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Delores Augustus Bradley, 46, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999.

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.

James Williamson
BEECH ISLAND -- James Dixon Williamson, infant son of Michael Williamson and Sheila Denise Ready, of 427 McMillian Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Devonta Gibson
Devonta Alvin Gibson, infant son of Mary Ellen Gibson, of 1712 Mill St., died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Nathaniel Abney
GLOVERVILLE -- Mr. Nathaniel Abney, 53, of Honeywell Circle, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Gladys Fredericks
Mrs. Gladys Lucille Blackstone Fredericks, 75, of 2205 Plantation Road, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. James White
AMERICUS, Ga. -- Mr. James Oakley ``Jim'' White, 73, of 113 Morningside Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at Sumter Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Nell Pace
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Nell Lawson Pace, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Screven County 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.

Mrs. Ruby Williams
Mrs. Ruby Lee Parrish Williams, 80, of 1030 Ninth Ave., died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mrs. Eve Martin
Mrs. Eve Faglier Martin, 92, of 2029 Olive Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. James Usher
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. James Usher, 56, of 749 McElrath Circle, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Macon Northside Hospital, Macon.

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. Sidney Kneece
AIKEN -- Mr. Sidney ``Rub'' Kneece, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mrs. Frankie Evans
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Frankie Mae Walker Evans, 48, of 1040 Parham St., died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

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

Mr. Jerry Jackson
GARFIELD, Ga. -- Mr. Jerry B. Jackson, 50, of 404 Monroe St., died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

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

Mrs. Rose Kitchen
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Rose Ann Kitchen, 85, of 7901 Farrow Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at Richland Memorial Hospital.

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

Mr. Harold Deaton Jr.
HARLEM -- Mr. Harold Clarence Deaton Jr., 39, of 1638 Swint Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999.

Mr. Ernest Parker Sr.
MARTIN, S.C. -- Mr. Ernest Parker Sr., 93, of Rt. 1 Box 139, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Martin Searles
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Martin A. Searles, 21, of 1299 Murray Jones Circle, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999.

Ms. Muriel Applewhite
Ms. Muriel Ann McSheehan Applewhite, 61, of 1053 Walton's Court, Evans, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Dorothy Young
THOMSON -- Mrs. Dorothy Fox Young, 85, of 327 Apollo Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Lawrence Redd
BURNETTOWN -- Mr. Lawrence ``Cap'' Redd, 85, of 198 Jerry Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

Mr. Hiram Duke
Mr. Hiram Duke, 68, of 3034 Richmond Hill Road, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Hiram Duke

Mrs. Annie Hayes

Mrs. Lucy Taylor

Mrs. Rose Kitchen

Mrs. Dorothy Young

Mr. Leroy Thomas

Ms. Elizabeth Minor

Mr. James White

Mrs. Thelma Webb

Devonta Gibson

Mr. Jerry Jackson

Mr. Sidney Kneece

Mr. Ernest Parker Sr.

Ms. Muriel Applewhite

Mrs. Katie Gadson

Mr. Lawrence Redd

Mr. Rufe Hardy

Mr. Pat Walton

Taylor Meek

Mr. James Usher

Mrs. Eulee Wilkerson

Mrs. Delores Bradley

Mr. Leroy Parker Sr.

James Williamson

Mr. George Dudley

Mr. Willie Williams

Mrs. Esther Pye

Mr. Curtis Smith

Mrs. Gladys Fredericks

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

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

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

Raps NAACP over flag flap in S.C.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's fight against the Confederate battle flag revolves around compromise, does it not? I mean, it doesn't wish to destroy the flag. Hugh Williams, Martinez

Says uniforms only cover real problems
As the parent of a Richmond County elementary school child, I am opposed to the mandatory dress code. I see this as a Band-Aid solution to an infected wound. Wendy Speight, Hephzibah

Rebuts defense of creation science
``The church says the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.'' -- Ferdinand Magellan Jack Roberts, Martinez

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

Hits Water Dept. for uncollected bills
I have paid my water bill monthly since my arrival in Augusta. I wish I had known that if I did not pay my bill it would be written off. Dana Schodt, 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

Wants N.A. Chamber chief to resign
I have followed the letters of concern regarding the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce executive director, Lisa McElmurray Thomas. As a past employee of the Chamber, small business owner, current member and concerned resident of the CSRA, I believe Ms. Thomas should resign. Sondra Hall, Augusta

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

Blasts UGA chief's 'militant' stand
The recent debacle perpetrated by Michael Adams, the president of the University of Georgia, is one for the books. This man, withthe full faith and authority of the university behind him, said that, even though he knew UGA would lose in the courts, he would defy the law and continue the affirmative action process for 20 percent of the available positions at the university. Milton Gresham, Evans

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

Blames extremists for shooting deaths
These continuing tragic killings and murders of innocent people can be laid at the feet of two extremist groups: Al Kotras, 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.

Cut Ga. premium tax!
Did you know that, because Georgia taxes insurers at more than twice the national average, other states routinely gouge Georgia-based insurers by imposing a retaliatory tax on them?

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.

Democrats his real enemy
We knew Pat Buchanan may leave the GOP. We didn't know Texas Gov. George W. Bush might too. Comments by the Republican presidential frontrunner in New York sounded like he's not running with his party, but against it. Then again, perhaps the nation's foremost ``compassionate conservative'' is just confused.

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

Keeps eye on Edgefield zoning issue
In the fight with Edgefield County government over the zoning issue, the principals on both sides seem to have lost sight of their prospective objectives and are concentrating on each other. This only harms the county, which each states they are fighting for. Paul Glenn Hammond III, Edgefield

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

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.

Labonte completes sweeps Charlotte poles

World team announces roster for Victory Tour

Overtime: McCarty signs rich contract with Detroit

Gordon signs long-term agreement

Crew chief understands why Evernham left

Overtime: Six softball teams to play in sectionals

Greenbrier puts it all together

Jarrett not looking to ease to title

Rider shows up to camp

Area college roundup: Augusta State and USC-Aiken

Today's racers a product of grooming

New team name has horsepower

Area college roundup: ASU hosts race today

U.S. players seek forgiveness at St. Andrews

FBI shorthanded in battling hackers
WASHINGTON -- The FBI is teaching agents across the country to investigate threats posed by computer-savvy terrorists and hackers trying to break into the nation's most sensitive data networks, but so far has been able to train agents in only a handful of its biggest field offices.

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.

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.

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.

Doctors encourage two shots
WASHINGTON -- The flu appears to have killed more Americans than usual last winter, and there is also a growing threat from bacterial pneumonia -- underscoring doctors' pleas Thursday for Americans to get both a flu vaccination this month and a protective shot against pneumonia.

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.

Mammograms increase among women 40 and older
ATLANTA -- The percentage of women over 40 who said they'd had mammograms increased nearly 33 percent between 1989 and 1997, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Many species of wildlife vanishing
For three decades, Anne Waters has enjoyed the punctual appearance of the painted bunting and other songbirds that winter in South America and visit Georgia each spring.

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.

Monitor pleased with results
Radiation released from Savannah River Site in 1998 had little to no effect upon the health of people living nearby, according to a recently released study.

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.

Monitor pleased with results

Genetically altered vein used in bypass surgery

Canada approves marijuana use for 14 seriously ill people

Moderate quake shakes southern Turkey; dozens injured

SRS plans for waste uncertain

Mammograms increase among women 40 and older

Many species of wildlife vanishing

Doctors encourage two shots

Report: Acid rain recovery takes time