Braves notebook: Andruw finally produces in NLDS

Yankees take control of series

Thursday's pitching matchup

Braves even series with 5-1 win

Diamondbacks even series with Mets

Astros notes: Killer Bees failing to produce

Indians rout Red Sox in Game 2

Indians jump ahead in series

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

Many Mets fans dozing for grand slam

Braves must win one in Houston

Braves turn on the offense

Friday's pitching matchup

Weighing news often difficult

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.

Augusta ranks poorly in arts

Calvin Klein seeks buyer or partner for edgy fashion house

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

Cincinnati's gun industry lawsuit dismissed

Medical research becomes economic tool

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.

New air bags adjust to severity of crash

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.

Reports reveal 26 cases of price gouging

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Additional business news

I dumped Dorsey: Week 6

Jackets wary of Tar Heels' Curry

Arrested Warrick out of Miami game

Old school O'Leary sees offenses dominating

Friedgen's dedication makes the offense tick

Georgia's defense is exciting, for better or worse

SEC notebook: Bulldogs visiti Knoxville

Sanks ready for his dream game

Johnson goes back to scene of lowest moment

College football notes

Vol defenders like knowing Deon Grant is back there

Georgia followers wanted Grant

Vols didn't want to lose Ramsey

Injuries take toll on Gamecockes

ACC notebook: Tech QB turns a broken play into paydirt

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.

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.

Raps NAACP over flag flap in S.C.

Rebuts defense of creation science

Blasts UGA chief's 'militant' stand

Says uniforms only cover real problems

Good S.C. ruling

Democrats his real enemy

Cut Ga. premium tax!

Kill test ban pact

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.

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

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.

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.

'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.

Bass, hybrids begin to school

Fishing tournament information

Red Devils on roll into tough stretch

Bulldogs face another unbeaten foe

Tolen twins stand tall for Rebels

Explosive cousins help Thomson

DeSantis plays coach for a day

Restless night prior to exhibition opener

Pressure to perform intensifies

Diary: Anxious to make debut

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?

In the know

Tuesday a musical day

Camouflage can help create visual spaces in garden

Conquering Dixie

'Steel Magnolias' a bittersweet comedy

Christian concerts have higher purpose

Making it personal

Hiding out

Weekend will be packed with activity

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.

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.

City cuts water

Tough penalties questioned

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.

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.

Area residents to join flag discussion

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.

Across the area: Children placed in agency's care

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.

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.

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

Arts funding hits rebound

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.

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.

Vet finds animals on doorstep, backyard

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.

Washington Road projects ahead

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.

Jury pool smaller in Hill trial

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Lane reversal implemented for evacuation

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

County EMA offers Y2K presentations

Area banker announces city council bid

Millwood provides memorable performance

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.

State probes price-gouging claims

Co-workers praise marketing efforts

Judge to rule on testimony in death trial

Pollution may limit Augusta

Pope makes world his parish

Enrollment expected to increase

Bash celebrates the Best of Augusta

Lunchtime fire damages Dinner Bell

Glascock eats steak at end of streak

Jury panel OKs school safety plan

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.

Across the area: Motorcyclist dies from wreck injuries

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

Singer's estate set for auction

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.

Tip leads to man's capture fugitive

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

Tax dollars sought for new library

Dirty Web site encounters common

Court acquits suspect

Suspect picks judge over jury

QBs from another world

Biakabutuka has earned more playing time

Oxendine earns first start for Falcons

Bubby's back as Broncos' starter

Falcons notebook: Team could land in NFC South

Body slam costs Buchanan $7,500

Collins to start this week for Giants

Rams believe they deserve respect

Johnson turn at the helm is smooth sailing

NFL chooses Houston over LA

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

Mr. Louis Wilds III
Mr. Louis T. Wilds III, 81, of 3019 Lake Forest Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 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. Katie Gadson
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Katie Roberts Gadson, 72, of 1470 Hilltonia Perkins Road, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Lois Alexander
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lois Bufford Alexander, 67, of 512 Washington Circle, 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. Delores Bradley
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Delores Augustus Bradley, 46, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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. 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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. Hiram Duke

Mrs. Esther Pye

Mrs. Lucy Taylor

Devonta Gibson

Mrs. Dorothy Young

Mr. Leroy Parker Sr.

Ms. Elizabeth Minor

Mrs. Rose Kitchen

Mr. George Dudley

Mr. Jerry Jackson

Mrs. Delores Bradley

Mr. James White

Mr. Ernest Parker Sr.

Mrs. Gladys Fredericks

Mrs. Katie Gadson

Mr. Sidney Kneece

Mr. Rufe Hardy

Ms. Muriel Applewhite

Mr. Willie Williams

Mr. Lawrence Redd

Mr. Curtis Smith

Mr. Pat Walton

James Williamson

Mr. James Usher

Mrs. Thelma Webb

Taylor Meek

Mrs. Annie Hayes

Mrs. Eulee Wilkerson

Mr. Leroy Thomas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Greenbrier puts it all together

Crew chief understands why Evernham left

Overtime: McCarty signs rich contract with Detroit

World team announces roster for Victory Tour

Rider shows up to camp

Overtime: Six softball teams to play in sectionals

Today's racers a product of grooming

Jarrett not looking to ease to title

Gordon signs long-term agreement

Area college roundup: Augusta State and USC-Aiken

Area college roundup: ASU hosts race today

New team name has horsepower

Labonte completes sweeps Charlotte poles

U.S. players seek forgiveness at St. Andrews

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SRS plans for waste uncertain

Monitor pleased with results

Doctors encourage two shots

Report: Acid rain recovery takes time

Canada approves marijuana use for 14 seriously ill people

Moderate quake shakes southern Turkey; dozens injured

Mammograms increase among women 40 and older

Many species of wildlife vanishing

Genetically altered vein used in bypass surgery