Braves take control in Houston

Mets blow out Arizona

Piazza out of lineup for Game 3

Mets face Braves in NL series

Tribe's starters no joke in postseason

Braves notebook

La Russa signs two-year contract extension

Yanks blank Rangers, enter AL series

Rangers must score, win to avoid another Yankees sweep

Braves advance to NL championship

Dierker testy after frustrating loss

Braves notebook: Many heros in great game

Learning lessons of money

Overtime a foreign concept
MILAN, Italy -- Vittorio Giulini manages three clothing factories, oversees 300 employees and leads a national trade group of fashion manufacturers.

On the move
Nicole Carter and Mary Ribble have joined the staff of Cleveland & Anderson as accountants.

Business briefs: Goodwill Industries honored
Goodwill Industries has been named Employer of the Year by the Mayor's Committee for Employment of Persons with Disabilities Inc.

Business briefs: Markets delay plan for evening trading

Merger will create second-largest firm
A local law firm's merger with a prominent Savannah practice will create the second-largest law firm in Augusta.

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.

Merger will create second-largest firm

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

News briefs
Halloween is becoming a bigger holiday for American families, and their Halloween budgets are growing accordingly.

Grade prices range from steady to slightly weaker

Internet to affect shopping in the 21st century
Welcome to shopping in the 21st century, where how you buy is as important as what you buy.

Under construction

Analysts debate decreased cash flow into mutual funds
NEW YORK -- The amount of money invested in mutual funds in the first eight months of 1999 was down 15 percent from the first eight months of 1998. Through August of 1999, investors had put $112 billion into mutual funds, down from $132.3 billion a year earlier.

Format change signals competition

Internet to affect shopping in the 21st century

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.

Business briefs: Goodwill Industries honored

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

Overtime a foreign concept

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.

News briefs

Mitsubishi Motors announces alliance with Volvo

Analysts debate decreased cash flow into mutual funds

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.

Gamecocks setting records with losses

It's Dantzler now for Tigers

Florida St. defeats Miami

Hamilton avoids Heisman hype

Game previews

Reeling Tarheel defense must deal with Hamilton

Donnan's goal: defeat conference giants

Area college game notes

Tar Heels' coach has more than Hamilton to worry about

Tech notes: Hamilton came through with TD drive at end

Gators will be a handful for LSU

Kentucky runs over S. Carolina

Loss of players won't change FSU game plan

Tech rallies for win over N. Carolina

SEC showdown in Knoxville

Georgia Southern runs away with game

Georgia notes: Bulldogs lost more than than a game to Tennessee

Tigers to rely on new quarterback

Warrick's lawyer seeking quick solution

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.

A look at the 20th Century: 1979
As the 1970s came to a close, one of the world's most notorious serial killers was put behind bars, Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize for helping the poor and America lost a bigger-than-life movie hero.

Argues the validity of creationism

Says defeat of video poker won't affect lottery

Wants Confederate flag taken down

Motel gouging?

Phil Kent: Run, Andy, run; hush, Linda and Rusty, hush

Backs mandatory student uniforms

Calls abortion the 'Silent Holocaust'

Believes values begin in the home

Sees uniform flap hurting students

Hits Williams jury for 'weak' sentence

Decries sentence in Williams case

Raps parents protesting dress codes

Defends Jesse's anti-Christian remarks

Rips present-day S.C. 'scalawags'

Seeks more sensitivity toward blind

Freeze Clinton's nominees

McCartney brings back magic of '50s rock
HOLLYWOOD -- It's not surprising that loss is the subject of most of the songs Paul McCartney has written since the death of Linda McCartney, his wife of almost 30 years.

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.

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.

Finally getting enough space
Six years of sharing one with daughter Cidney, 9, put closets at the top of Sophia Nero's wish list in a new home.

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.

Tales of fairies have fascinating appeal 100
One summer night in 1919, 13-year-old Harry Anderson was walking a country road near his Barron, Wis., home when he saw a strange sight.

Teen is lucky to have loving parents
Dear Carson: Whenever my parents are by themselves at a restaurant, they will sit next to each other in a booth. I have told them that this looks extremely silly, but they insist on sitting that way in order to be close to each other. Please tell them that when sitting in a booth they should sit across from each other. -- Embarrassed Teen

In the know
Mega Babies -- The animated series debuts today at 9 a.m. on the Fox Family Channel. Babies features the fast-paced adventures of Meg, Derrick and Buck, three extraordinary orphans who gained tremendous superpowers after being struck by a radioactive, DNA-altering bolt of cosmic lightning.

Opalewski uses 'Sammy' to earn Mr. Clark Hill

Prep football week in review

Barnwell loses to Edisto

Silver Bluff blanks Wade Hampton

Lincoln County routs Oglethorpe County

Aiken rallies to defeat Orangeburg

Jefferson County edges Hancock Central

Mustangs pull upset of Camden

Aquinas loses homecoming game, 36-6

Strom Thurmond overpowers Newberry

Evans tops Southwest Macon

Josey throttles Glenn Hills

Elloree embarrasses Cross Creek

Blackville-Hilda improves to 5-1

Westside adds to Greenbrier's misery

North Augusta edges Airport

Diary: Tough game for the rookies

Ottawa fans sue Senators star for holdout

NHL Hockey Today

Hockey Today

Goalies fight for playing time

Lynx ready to reduce roster

Thrashers tie Sabres

Learning lessons of money
You remember allowances, don't you? They were the paltry sum parents would grudgingly surrender each week, which always seemed to be half of what your friends were getting.

Prayer is not just a monologue

Finally getting enough space

Tales of fairies have fascinating appeal 100

Group helps maintain storehouse for Israelis in need of assistance

In the know

Teen is lucky to have loving parents

McCartney brings back magic of '50s rock

Leader grateful for work

Artistic gathering

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.''

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.

This one's for you
British pop superstar Elton John opens his show Saturday night at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center with his hit Your Song.

Aiken chamber adopts anti-poker stance

Awaiting Elton
Gene and Mary Hundley of Swainsboro, Ga., look over a program outside Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Saturday night as they wait with other fans for the Elton John concert to begin.

A look at the 20th Century: 1978

Dancing in their seats
Patrons of Oktoberfest sway in time to the polka music during festival activities taking place along Riverwalk Augusta on Saturday afternoon.

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.

Stocking up
Brian Thornton, 7, a re-enactor at the Olde Towne Preservation Association's eighth annual celebration of Colonial Times, A Day to Remember, places herself in the stocks Saturday in North Augusta.

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.

Elton John shares songs with crowd

County resolves lawsuit

Sanity defense key to Hill trial
AIKEN -- In South Carolina, there are 66 people waiting on death row. Beginning Monday, attorneys for a former church missionary and chemical plant worker will launch a desperate fight to convince a jury that David Mark Hill doesn't deserve to join them.

Athens police lobby to photograph red-light runners

Wedding highlights colonial festival
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Surrounded by hundreds of onlookers, most of whom they had never met, Frank Worthington and Anna Darden were married Saturday at the place where they fell in love.

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.

Elton John shares songs with crowd
With the house lights raised, Elton John took the stage in a sold-out Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Saturday.

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.

Group rallies for battle flag
COLUMBIA -- While a dark cloud hovered behind the copper dome of South Carolina's Statehouse, where the Confederate flag flies with those of the state and nation, about 300 people rallied Saturday to keep it there.

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.

Sanity defense key to Hill trial

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.

Doctors debate MCG Health

Closing of bases sought

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.

Awaiting Elton

Ballet gives audience swashbuckling feast

Group rallies for battle flag

Candidate disputes water bill

Wind puts race in reverse
The plan was to send 10,000 yellow rubber ducks floating downstream on the Savannah River. But nature had other things in mind Saturday.

Teens charged with threats

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.<

Group rallies for battle flag
COLUMBIA -- While a dark cloud hovered behind the copper dome of South Carolina's Statehouse, where the Confederate flag flies with those of the state and nation, about 300 people rallied Saturday to keep it there.

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.

Teens charged with threats
Five Greenbrier High School students were arrested Friday on charges of making terroristic threats against classmates and school officials.

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.

Jury selection in murder trial often complex
AIKEN -- When jury selection begins this week in the capital murder trial of David Mark Hill, attorneys will divide potential jurors into three categories.

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.

District 2 candidates speak out
This is the first in a series of articles profiling the three contested Augusta Commission races. Next Sunday, the District 4 race will be profiled.

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.

Controversies plague black attorney
ATLANTA -- The son of a North Carolina sharecropping family, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker has taken only two years to go from Southern black success story to pariah in the eyes of some black activists.

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.

Program teaches job skills
SAVANNAH -- Regina Grant was a single mom of three coming off a divorce and getting nowhere toward her life's goals.

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.

Athens police lobby to photograph red-light runners
ATHENS, Ga. -- Imagine blowing through a red light, then receiving a traffic ticket in the mail a few days later.

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.

District 2 candidates speak out

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.

Across the area: Public forum set for riverfront issue
North Augusta officials will hold a public forum this week to gather public comment about efforts to develop the city's riverfront.

Property's future still uncertain

Doctors debate MCG Health
To Don Snell, it is the rope that will help pull Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics out of a financial morass and link it to new joint ventures and partnerships.

Rich's employees continue fight for co-worker

Drug dog valued asset on force

Teachers learn technology training, integration

A look at the 20th Century: 1979

Nine of 10 highest-paid staffers work at MCG

Program teaches job skills

Stocking up

Jury selection in murder trial often complex

Trips to island resuming after year of closure

This one's for you

Speaker addresses changes

Dancing in their seats

Group rallies for battle flag

Across the area: Public forum set for riverfront issue

Controversies plague black attorney

Delay in aid adds to troubles

Santana Dotson says he's ready; coaches not so sure

Young ruled out for Sunday's game

Kramer to quarterback Chargers

Falcons look to regain winning spirit

Chargers cut Mims, sign Brown to roster

Falcons look to regain winning spirit

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.

Mrs. Dixie Lott
Mrs. Dixie Lee Allen Lott, of Martinez, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Forest Lake Health Care, Augusta.

Mrs. Agnes Cawley
Mrs. Agnes Ogletree Cawley, 72, of 288 Hillwood St., Martinez, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

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

Mr. Richard Lee
Mr. Richard S. Lee, 70, of 1012 Eighth Ave., died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Addis Yarbrough
Mrs. Addis Eardell Yarbrough, of 1626 Ramsey St., died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. William Merritt Sr.
Mr. William A. Merritt Sr., 79, of 3727 Vera Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Vera Rast
HOLLY HILL, S.C. -- Mrs. Vera Singletary Rast, 89, of 4988 State Road, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, in Charleston.

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

Mrs. Dixie Reardon
AIKEN -- Mrs. Dixie Wellman Reardon, 79, of 118 Tall Pine Drive, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. James McCary
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. James Julian McCary, 80, of Route 2, Larkin Rice Road, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

Mr. Eddie Wilkerson
Mr. Eddie L. Wilkerson, 93, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Windermere Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Delma Knipp
Mrs. Delma L. Knipp, 84, of 2416 Woodbluff Court, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

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

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

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

Mr. Marion Lariscy
Mr. Marion P. Lariscy, 71, of 467 Creekwalk Circle, Martinez, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Westwood Nursing Home.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Frankie Chandler

Mrs. Agnes Cawley

Mrs. Minnie Bibbs

Mr. Joseph Stine

Mr. Harley Copeland

Mrs. Dixie Lott

Mr. Izell Wright

Mr. Herbert Spence

Rev. Grady Johnson Jr.

Mr. Richard Lee

Mrs. Delma Knipp

Mr. John Sanderlin

Mrs. Carolyn Brooks

Mr. James McCary

Mr. James Harbin

Mrs. Shirley Moore

Mrs. Doxie Harmon

Mr. Joe Frazier

Mr. Sidney Kneece

Mr. Eddie Wilkerson

Mr. Marion Lariscy

Mr. William Merritt Sr.

Mrs. Delores Bradley

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!''

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.

Calls abortion the 'Silent Holocaust'
I am utterly aghast after reading the Sept. 28 article, ``Officials charge mother in death of 1-month-old.'' Regina Edry, Augusta

Says defeat of video poker won't affect lottery
I have been frequently asked about South Carolina's video poker vote and the vote on a state-run lottery. These are two distinctly different issues. People ask, ``If or when we get rid of video poker, will we still have a vote on the lottery?'' The answer is in the affirmative. State Rep. Scott Beck, North Augusta

GOP bill aids uninsured
Even though Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., differed with his leadership over a patients' bill of rights bill (see above editorial), he was certainly singing from the same hymnbook as other Republicans on an equally, if not more, important health care measure that passed the House last week.

Sees uniform flap hurting students
As inept as our Richmond County School Board seems to be, I find myself on its side in the school uniform situation. Charles F. Hafey, Augusta

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.

Backs mandatory student uniforms
I wore a uniform to school for 12 years. Was I able to ``express myself'' in a uniform, while I was at school? I recently wrote a letter to my former biology teacher who now helps migrant farm workers' children get tutoring, then enter school and eventually win scholarships to college. I simply wished to tell her how wonderful I thought it was that she was pursuing this work now. Joyce Hartey Scavullo, Augusta

Wants Confederate flag taken down
I was deeply touched by Margaret O'Shea's article on the Roundtree family. I am a concerned follower of the Confederate flag situation in South Carolina and Ms. O'Shea's work hit a chord with me. Bill House, North Augusta

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

Freeze Clinton's nominees
President Clinton is again engaging in the most rancid kind of divisive demagogic politics with his spurious claim that Senate Republicans' 54-vote party-line rejection of black Missouri jurist Ronnie White to a federal district court seat was race based.

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

Argues the validity of creationism
Over the past several weeks there have been letters pro and con on the subject of the theory of evolution. Tim Austin's letter was leading in the right direction, but I believe a much better reason for the teaching of evolution is that: ``Who controls the present controls the past, and who ever con-trols the past controls the future.'' To me this is frightening, the very thought of a small group having control over the thought processes of great masses of people. Have we been there before? Woodrow Lovett, Sardis

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

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).

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!''

Defends Jesse's anti-Christian remarks
Re your Oct. 4 editorial, ``Ventura's hate talk'': Carl Champlin, Aiken

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

Motel gouging?
Were coastline ``evacuees'' fleeing Hurricane Floyd preyed on by price-gouging motels in the Augusta area? So far, 26 such allegations have been made against 14 area lodgings.

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

Norwood's triumph
Democrats are claiming the House-passed patients' bill of rights measure is a huge victory for them. In truth, even as President Clinton pointed out, it's a victory for bipartisanship and Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., who has been the true leader on this measure since 1995.

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.

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

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

Decries sentence in Williams case
The sentence in the Brian Williams case really disturbs me. This trash of a person takes out an upstanding citizen, and we as a community refuse to pass the proper sentence for this cold-blooded killer. Why should he live? He has proven himself useless as a human being, and I can't understand why anyone would stand up in a court of law in order to save this rabid dog. William Brown, Augusta

Phil Kent: Run, Andy, run; hush, Linda and Rusty, hush
Almost 300 people went to the Julian Smith barbecue pit Tuesday night to listen to candidates running for the Augusta-Richmond County Commission at the monthly meeting of the Committee for Good Government.

Voices support for school dress codes
I have been reading the letters regarding school dress codes since the Columbine High School shootings last spring. I am struck that many of the letters from individuals are complaining about their children losing ``their right to be independent'' and their ``right to be individuals.'' Michele D. Gaston, Martinez

Overtime: Rain halts playoffs in prep softball

Moore enjoying return to circuit

Nike lists factories making college-licensed clothing

Overtime: Boxing pair hits back at their critics

Jarrett closing in on title

Postseason softball begins Saturday

Area pros facing Q School pressure

Charlotte notes

Adam Petty's car disqualified from Busch race

Four largest freight haulers Y2K compliant
WASHINGTON -- Railroads hauling more than 80 percent of the nation's rail freight traffic are on the right track as they head for Jan. 1, 2000, the Transportation Department said Friday.

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.

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.

Web concerts hope to attract donations
LONDON -- The United Nations is hoping to tap into a new generation of philanthropists and bring attention to world poverty on Saturday with overlapping rock concerts in three cities -- all broadcast live on the Internet.

Some e-mail programs can filter out the spam
Q: Help, I'm overwhelmed by junk e-mail! What can I do?

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.

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.

Floyd's sludge creates dead zone in Pamlico Sound
RALEIGH, N.C. -- There's a new problem from Hurricane Floyd's deluge: Sewage-tainted floodwaters are creating a growing ``dead zone'' in Pamlico Sound where fish and other aquatic life cannot survive, scientists said Friday.

Implant for depression tried out
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Bad brain circuitry that causes depression is getting a jump start from an electrical device that acts like a pacemaker for the brain.

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Floyd's sludge creates dead zone in Pamlico Sound

Fire damages cause major replanting

Implant for depression tried out

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