La Russa signs two-year contract extension

Yankees take control of series

Dierker testy after frustrating loss

Braves notebook: Many heros in great game

Indians rout Red Sox in Game 2

Mets blow out Arizona

Piazza out of lineup for Game 3

Tribe's starters no joke in postseason

Braves must win one in Houston

Braves take control in Houston

Thursday's pitching matchup

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

Rangers must score, win to avoid another Yankees sweep

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...

Grade prices range from steady to slightly weaker
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The 10th week of sales for Georgia-Florida flue-cured tobacco auctions saw prices by grade ranging from steady to slightly weaker.

Format change signals competition
Cumulus Broadcasting wants to take away Davis Broadcasting's listeners. And it's going for the jugular.

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.

Additional business news

Grade prices range from steady to slightly weaker

Under construction
Coming soon to a River Watch Parkway near you: another traffic signal.

Cincinnati's gun industry lawsuit dismissed

Mitsubishi Motors announces alliance with Volvo
TOKYO -- Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Sweden's Volvo AB are forging stronger ties in an effort to become a more formidable force in the global market for trucks and buses.

Reports reveal 26 cases of price gouging

Mitsubishi Motors announces alliance with Volvo

Business briefs: Markets delay plan for evening trading

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.

Speaker addresses changes
Augusta State University is offering a free program on change with motivational speaker Norm Bossio. It will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

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.

Business briefs: Markets delay plan for evening trading
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq Stock Market and the New York Stock Exchange have postponed for a second time plans to extend the operation of their stock quote tickers to accommodate after-hours traders.

Augusta ranks poorly in arts

Under construction

Format change signals competition

I dumped Dorsey: Week 6

Sanks ready for his dream game

SEC notebook: Bulldogs visiti Knoxville

Tigers to rely on new quarterback

Gamecocks setting records with losses

ACC notebook: Tech QB turns a broken play into paydirt

Loss of players won't change FSU game plan

Arrested Warrick out of Miami game

Area college game notes

Johnson goes back to scene of lowest moment

Gators will be a handful for LSU

Donnan's goal: defeat conference giants

Game previews

Tar Heels' coach has more than Hamilton to worry about

SEC showdown in Knoxville

Warrick's lawyer seeking quick solution

Jackets wary of Tar Heels' Curry

Reeling Tarheel defense must deal with Hamilton

It's Dantzler now for Tigers

Friedgen's dedication makes the offense tick

Old school O'Leary sees offenses dominating

A look at the 20th Century: 1978
Political triumph and defeat, new retail choices in Augusta and a whole new way to look at the creation of human life were the milestones of 1978.

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.

Cut Ga. premium tax!

Raps parents protesting dress codes

Rebuts defense of creation science

Rips present-day S.C. 'scalawags'

Raps NAACP over flag flap in S.C.

Says uniforms only cover real problems

Democrats his real enemy

Hits Williams jury for 'weak' sentence

Believes values begin in the home

Seeks more sensitivity toward blind

Blasts UGA chief's 'militant' stand

Prayer is not just a monologue
Every once in a while a pastor, or even a member of a church, will be asked to say a little prayer. Perhaps you may have asked someone to do this or have been asked to do this yourself -- just say a little prayer. When this happens, I'm not quite sure what I am being asked to do.

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

Group helps maintain storehouse for Israelis in need of assistance
Becky and Alan Getts are running out of room in their Evans house for the emergency supplies they've stockpiled.

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.

Leader grateful for work
Vivian Robinson's name turned up on a list of candidates 11 years ago, and it changed her life. The Augustan was nominated as president of the national Consultation on Church Union, a group that promotes unity among nine Christian denominations.

'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.

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.

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.

Bass, hybrids begin to school

Fishing tournament information

Westside adds to Greenbrier's misery

Aiken rallies to defeat Orangeburg

Red Devils on roll into tough stretch

North Augusta edges Airport

Blackville-Hilda improves to 5-1

Evans tops Southwest Macon

Barnwell loses to Edisto

Josey throttles Glenn Hills

Elloree embarrasses Cross Creek

Silver Bluff blanks Wade Hampton

Jefferson County edges Hancock Central

Strom Thurmond overpowers Newberry

Lincoln County routs Oglethorpe County

Bulldogs face another unbeaten foe

Aquinas loses homecoming game, 36-6

Explosive cousins help Thomson

Tolen twins stand tall for Rebels

NHL Hockey Today

DeSantis plays coach for a day

Ottawa fans sue Senators star for holdout

Diary: Tough game for the rookies

Goalies fight for playing time

Restless night prior to exhibition opener

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?

Tuesday a musical day

'Steel Magnolias' a bittersweet comedy

Leader grateful for work

Group helps maintain storehouse for Israelis in need of assistance

Conquering Dixie

Hiding out

Weekend will be packed with activity

Prayer is not just a monologue

Christian concerts have higher purpose

Camouflage can help create visual spaces in garden

Speaker addresses changes

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.

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.

Minister wins position beside baseball legends
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- It's a sports fan's dream to see the World Series with some guys who really know baseball -- say, living legends Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.

Artistic gathering

Pope makes world his parish

Nine of 10 highest-paid staffers work at MCG

Washington Road projects ahead

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

Judge to rule on testimony in death trial

Glascock eats steak at end of streak

Plant moves to area
A Michigan-based company that makes, among other things, lint rollers and rawhide chew toys for pets, announced it will relocate its domestic manufacturing operations to Burke County.

County resolves lawsuit

Across the area: Ex-manager pleads guilty to stealing
A former manager of an Augusta hotel pleaded guilty Friday to the theft of thousands of dollars from his employer.

A look at the 20th Century: 1978

Delay in aid adds to troubles
Farmers hoping to cut their losses after an arid summer have been battling a mixed blessing -- rain, finally falling when it could do more harm than good.

Closing of bases sought

Drug dog valued asset on force
He is the most visible deterrent to drugs in Richmond County's public schools. But after demonstrating his knack for finding narcotics at Chaffee Gymnasium, Officer Buddy had only one thing on his mind -- his red rubber ball.

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.

City recoups half of its water debts
In the two weeks since the names of the city's 20 largest water and sewer debtors were made public, water officials have been working overtime to plug the holes in the billing system.

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.

Rich's employees continue fight for co-worker
Breast cancer finally claimed the life of Jeanie Mulherin on Christmas Eve but she has not disappeared from Rich's department store.

Jury pool smaller in Hill trial

Speaker addresses changes
Augusta State University is offering a free program on change with motivational speaker Norm Bossio. It will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

Across the area: Children placed in agency's care

Co-workers praise marketing efforts

Drug dog valued asset on force

Area banker announces city council bid

County resolves lawsuit
AIKEN -- Aiken County and its sheriff's office have agreed to pay $87,000 to a woman whose common-law husband died in a collision with a deputy's car in 1995.<

Ballet gives audience swashbuckling feast

Rich's employees continue fight for co-worker

Ballet gives audience swashbuckling feast
Now that I've seen Augusta Ballet's The Three Musketeers, I want to send choreographer Peter Powlus a telegram that reads: LOVED THE SWORDPLAY. ``Swashbuckling'' is an understatement when describing this production.

Trips to island resuming after year of closure

Trips to island resuming after year of closure
SAVANNAH -- The Oatland Island Education Center, closed for nearly a year because trace amounts of DDT were found on the island, has reopened for field trips by school children even though the DDT-contaminated soil has not been removed.

Property's future still uncertain

Closing of bases sought
ATLANTA -- Six former U.S. secretaries of defense called for closing more military bases Friday in an effort to redirect up to $4 billion annually to equipment modernization or troop pay.

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

Candidate disputes water bill

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.

Teachers learn technology training, integration

Pollution may limit Augusta

Aiken chamber adopts anti-poker stance

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.

Delay in aid adds to troubles

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.

Artistic gathering
AIKEN -- Aiken's art community is hoping ``One Fine Night'' of art will lead to many more. The first Aiken Fine Arts Festival, to be held Thursday, will celebrate a convergence of art events. A new gallery is opening, one is reopening and another is opening a new exhibit.

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.

Aiken chamber adopts anti-poker stance
AIKEN -- Aiken Chamber of Commerce directors voted Thursday to oppose ``the presence of video poker'' in their community and the state of South Carolina.

City cuts water

Candidate disputes water bill
Augusta Commission District 2 candidate James A. Payne was among hundreds of south Augustans who got their water cut off Thursday for not paying water and sewer bills.

Bash celebrates the Best of Augusta

Property's future still uncertain
AIKEN -- Plans to turn the old Warrenville School into a retirement home for seniors have not been abandoned, according to a spokeswoman for United Housing Associates, a Columbia firm that has owned the deteriorating facility since April.

Teachers learn technology training, integration
Janice Butler had a computer in her fourth-grade class at Stevens Creek Elementary, but she found using it intimidating. ``I was scared of it,'' the Columbia County teacher said. ``The kids knew more about it.''

Nine of 10 highest-paid staffers work at MCG
ATLANTA -- Nearly 1,500 Georgia public university administrators and professors will take home six-figure paychecks this school year, and about 100 will earn at least $200,000, according to figures released this week.

Suspect picks judge over jury

Rams believe they deserve respect

Falcons notebook: Team could land in NFC South

Johnson turn at the helm is smooth sailing

Young ruled out for Sunday's game

QBs from another world

Body slam costs Buchanan $7,500

Biakabutuka has earned more playing time

Mr. Robert Hammond
Mr. Robert L. ``Bobby'' Hammond, of 506 Guill St., a Thomson City Council member for 18 years, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital. He was 65.

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

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

Mrs. Peggy Randall
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Peggy Taylor Randall, 65, of 224 Lee St., died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. Joseph Stine
Mr. Joseph T. Stine, 73, of Augusta, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. James Harbin
Mr. James John Harbin, founder of the Greater Augusta Florist Association, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Forrest Lake Health Care. He was 95.

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

Mr. James Talbert Jr.
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. James Talbert Jr., 67, of 308 Bluebird Lane, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Rev. Grady Johnson Jr.
WARRENTON, Ga. -- The Rev. Grady Johnson Jr., 61, of 504 Railroad St., died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, in McDuffie County.

Mr. Jerry Watkins
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Jerry Eugene Watkins, 52, of 12 Kingsberry Court, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Izell Wright
BRUNSON, S.C. -- Mr. Izell Wright, 71, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. John Sanderlin
Mr. John Ed Sanderlin, 63, of 2543 Scotts Ferry Road, Appling, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at University 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.

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

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

Mrs. Mary Fryer
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Fryer, of 4071 Georgia Highway 80 E., died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Sadie Thompson
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Sadie Mae Thompson, 66, of 8327 Halcyondale Road, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Gladys Fredericks
Mrs. Gladys Lucille Blackstone Fredericks, 75, of 2205 Plantation Road, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 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. Nell Pace
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Nell Lawson Pace, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Minnie Bibbs
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Minnie Lee Bibbs, 41, of 129 Egghouse Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Harley Copeland
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Harley D. Copeland, 84, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mrs. Frankie Chandler
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Frankie M. Chandler, of 402 S. Main St., died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital. She was 102.

Mrs. Doxie Harmon
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Doxie Harmon, 97, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Joe Frazier
WAGENER -- Mr. Joe Louis Frazier, of 210 McDuffie Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

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.

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

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

Mr. Don Satcher
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Don G. Satcher, 50, of 148 Jasmine Drive, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Herbert Spence
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Mr. Herbert Spence, 69, of 1353 Medallion Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Shirley Moore
Mrs. Shirley Moore, 57, of 702 Hopkin St., died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Carolyn Brooks
ELBERTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Carolyn Meredith Brooks, 79, of 364 E. Church St., died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Joe Frazier

Mr. Jerry Jackson

Mrs. Rose Kitchen

Mrs. Delores Bradley

Mr. Sidney Kneece

Rev. Grady Johnson Jr.

Mrs. Gladys Fredericks

Mrs. Shirley Moore

Devonta Gibson

Mr. Joseph Stine

Mrs. Frankie Chandler

Mrs. Minnie Bibbs

Mr. Hiram Duke

Mrs. Doxie Harmon

Ms. Muriel Applewhite

Mr. James Harbin

Mr. James White

Mr. John Sanderlin

Mr. Leroy Parker Sr.

Mr. Sidney Kneece

James Williamson

Mr. Harley Copeland

Mr. Ernest Parker Sr.

Mrs. Dorothy Young

Mrs. Carolyn Brooks

Mrs. Delores Bradley

Mr. Leroy Thomas

Mr. James Usher

Mrs. Katie Gadson

Mr. Pat Walton

Mr. Lawrence Redd

Mr. Izell Wright

Technology spells opportunity for newspapers
YOUR HISTORY, this club, the Washington press corps, all are intertwined with our country's history. Long may that relationship last between a free press, a free people and their government.

How to make investment that really counts
ON THURSDAY night Michael Buffer is scheduled to be in town as part of the pre-game festivities for the Augusta Lynx's home opener. When Mike Tyson was hurting people with his boxing gloves, not his teeth, Buffer vaulted to prominence as an announcer, and made a career out of five words: ``Let's get ready to rumble!''

Seeks more sensitivity toward blind
Oct. 15 is the 35th Anniversary of National White Cane Safety Day, which is marked to call public attention to certain ``white cane'' laws. Georgia, like all other states, has what is known as the White Cane Safety Law. This simply states that all motorists shall yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing the street using a white cane or guide dog. Jack Eckert, Augusta

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.

Rips present-day S.C. 'scalawags'
I hear that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants to take the Confederate flag down. Why does it want to spread so much hate? By taking the flag down it will set race relations back 40 years. Chlody Meadows, Augusta

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?

Hits Williams jury for 'weak' sentence
Shame on the Bryan Tyrone Williams jury. It made a bad decision and has further relaxed the already weakened standard of respect for law in Richmond County. Robert A. Chalker, Wrens

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

Blasts Europeans' Ryder Cup reaction
I could not believe the whining, sniveling comments the Europeans made regarding their loss in the Ryder Cup. I feel they ignored their own crowd's rough treatment from the last round of Ryder Cup Golf played in Europe, you know, the land of the soccer (football) fan riots. If they can't stand the heat, they should stay out of our sweat box. Tom Sibley, 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

Library, the right pick
Campaigning for a good cause, coupled with hard work, have paid off for Columbia County library supporters. Their message has gotten through loud and clear.

Technology spells opportunity for newspapers
YOUR HISTORY, this club, the Washington press corps, all are intertwined with our country's history. Long may that relationship last between a free press, a free people and their government.

Defends embattled Aiken doctor
There are at least two sides to every story. Let me offer a different view on the recent negative press associated with Dr. Franklin Epstein (``Aiken doctor faces malpractice suit,'' Sept. 21). He has been my doctor for six years. In addition to all of the degrees he holds, he is recognized nationally as an expert in his field. Edward Yaun, Clearwater

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

How to make investment that really counts
ON THURSDAY night Michael Buffer is scheduled to be in town as part of the pre-game festivities for the Augusta Lynx's home opener. When Mike Tyson was hurting people with his boxing gloves, not his teeth, Buffer vaulted to prominence as an announcer, and made a career out of five words: ``Let's get ready to rumble!''

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

Believes values begin in the home
Re the Oct. 3 letter,``Decries loss of religious underpinnings'': Dick Donnelly, Martinez

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

Raps parents protesting dress codes
I am writing in response to all the uproar about students' rights and how they are affected by mandatory dress codes andor uniforms. Why in the world would parents worry themselves with debating a topic like this? Are there not bigger problems in our society, such as sex, drugs and violence? Scott D. Stewart, 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

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

Poll won't decide poker vote
A poll sponsored by several South Carolina newspapers shows that more than 60 percent of voters will likely cast ballots against video poker in the Nov. 2 referendum, and only 16 percent for it (with the rest undecided).

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

Adam Petty's car disqualified from Busch race

World team announces roster for Victory Tour

Moore enjoying return to circuit

Overtime: Boxing pair hits back at their critics

Overtime: McCarty signs rich contract with Detroit

Greenbrier puts it all together

Postseason softball begins Saturday

Jarrett not looking to ease to title

Nike lists factories making college-licensed clothing

New team name has horsepower

Area college roundup: Augusta State and USC-Aiken

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Med students treat computerized 'patient'
WASHINGTON -- Louis Garcia's eyes seem a little yellow. He feels fine, but his wife worries his new cholesterol medicine might be causing a side effect.

Fire damages cause major replanting
RENO, Nev. -- Nevada's most widespread wildland fire season on record left a legacy of devastation the size of the state of Delaware, threatening the lives of surviving animals and the livelihood of scores of ranchers.

New feature: Voice mail on the Net
NEW YORK -- Voice mail on the Internet? E-mail over the phone? Both are emerging, as the line separating phones and computers continues to blur. New products and services will let callers leave messages as e-mail attachments or check e-mail by phone.

Click! You're caught!
BALTIMORE -- Drivers who floor it when the light turns red may soon be opening the mail to find themselves caught in the act on film. About 250 cameras are trained on intersections from Baltimore to San Diego and that number is expected to double annually, suppliers 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.

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New feature: Voice mail on the Net

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Monitor pleased with results

Doctors encourage two shots

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