Fans aren't snatching up playoff tickets in Atlanta

Benitez will be fined by Mets for late arrival

Piazza expects to return to lineup

Red Sox crush Indians 23-7

Burba's injury puts Indian in pitching bind

Red Sox show plenty of runs in numbers game

Fractured rib could sideline O'Neill

Mets back for revenge

Weiss gets starting assignment

Yankees remain a dominant team

Red Sox defy odds with series comeback

Spouses often talk in codes

Additional business news

Dell to remain focused on core PC business
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Dell Computer Corp., the No. 1 seller of personal computers directly to customers, says it will stick to its strengths despite Wall Street pressure to vigorously branch into areas such as computer services.

Chamber increases benefits
A company offering discounted health insurance to Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce members has expanded the program to include, among other things, workers compensation and disability insurance.

The Clubhouse changes hands
The company charged with managing The Clubhouse on Washington Road hopes to restore the famed building's reputation for fine food.

Additional business news
Nasdaq hits closing high as Dow falls...Airlines increase ticket prices...IMF head: Economic crisis over...Business leaders receive honor...CEO to present live broadcast

UAW, Ford continue talks

The Clubhouse changes hands

UAW, Ford continue talks
DEARBORN, Mich. -- While the United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Co. continued negotiating a contract past a midnight strike deadline, workers at four plants walked off the job in an unsanctioned work stoppage.

Chamber increases benefits

Tigers' offense collapses in second half

S.C. State rallies in final two seconds

College notes: Hollingshed remains a Bulldog

Vols' pass rush muzzled Dogs

Holtz: 'Maybe I need to get upset'

Spartans could be majoring in history

ACC suspends officiating crew of Clemson game

Injuries mount for Bulldogs

American icons tied to Augusta
Recently, I wrote about several interesting people of various levels of national and international fame who either passed through Augusta, came out of Augusta or were related to Augustans.

Photos of the century
Wars are fought. Statesmen die. Buildings fall. Communities rise.

Let parents do job

Ponders school' uniform policy

Criticizes Ga. lt. gov. for bigotry

Says letters won't end evolution debate

Slams opponents of video poker

Clinton double-cross

Marks the U.N. 'Day of 6 Billion'

Baker doing just fine

Blasts pro-evolution publication

Blasts parents protesting uniforms

Considers schools' uniform policy

Lively spirit, good health keep senior at the top of his game
Manny Hershkowitz is always moving. In his Reston, Va. condominium, he bounces from the kitchen to the dining room to the patio and back again. Once outside, he might dart off to the local track to run some wind sprints, or perhaps to the country club for a round of golf.

The color of fashion
PARIS -- French designers are offering spring collections more notable for the range of looks from Latin to equestrian to rapper styles than an inspired fashion statement for the new millennium.

Nothing like coffee to trigger remorse
It's every woman's fear that Peoplemagazine will someday have a "Worst Daughter" list. If it's a "Worst Dressed, Worst Daughter" list, I have no doubt I'll make the cover.

In The Know
GOOD MORNINGHow'd you like to wake up to Linda Tripp every morning? Now, you can ... and get a warm feeling inside, to boot.

Future remains uncertain

Let's get physical

Lynx lose shootout to Grrrowl

Lynx coach surprised by player move

Spouses often talk in codes
Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make them when nobody is looking. This is always hard when you have a spouse around.

Nothing like coffee to trigger remorse

Lively spirit, good health keep senior at the top of his game

In The Know

Home front: Musician finds reward in craft

Rail planners push funding for trains

Trial proceedings move slowly
AIKEN -- Defendant David Mark Hill stood up and faced 136 jurors in an Aiken County courtroom Monday as the judge asked if anyone had a personal connection with the defendant. No one did.

Coordinator acknowledges falsification
Aiken County's assistant emergency preparedness coordinator used white-out to falsify a class roster showing three officers took a training course from him when they did not, according to new documents released Monday by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Owners police stores

Bus duty

Residents help form plan for mall

Officials seek help in finding teens
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children asked for the public's help Monday in locating two South Carolina girls missing from Lexington County since Sept. 16.

Man dies in prison, facing trial

Man is charged in death of 17-year-old
An Augusta teen died Monday from a gunshot wound that authorities say she suffered at the hands of her boyfriend.

Across the area: Companies tapped for airport growth

Bus duty
T.J. Jackson, a driver for Jackson Bus Line -- a family owned busing service out of Edgefield, S.C. -- washes the luggage compartment of a passenger bus in the company's parking lot off of Georgia Avenue. Jackson Bus Line has four buses in operation and Mr. Jackson spends an hour once or twice a week on each bus cleaning them after his driving duties.

Coordinator acknowledges falsification

Officers at risk for suicide
After days of practice shooting his 9mm Glock pistol, Richmond County sheriff's Deputy David Willis exuded confidence, knowing he'd pass Friday's test. After all, he'd shot 97 out of 100 on the firing range only two days before.

Jury selection to begin in Hill trial

Council to back no vote
AIKEN -- The Aiken City Council went on record Monday against keeping video poker legal in South Carolina.

Editorial examined in court
AIKEN -- A Columbia insurance claims-adjusting firm dropped plans for Clearwater adjustor Tom Anderson to expand its business into Georgia after seeing him called a liar in an editorial in The Augusta Chronicle, its owner testified Monday in an Aiken courtroom.

High school coach charged in assault of student
AIKEN -- A coach at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School has been charged in the sexual assault of a female student at the school, Aiken County sheriff's officials said Monday.

Committee reviews ethics issue
An Augusta Commission committee took the ethics ordinance ball, tossed by the full commission into their court last week, and passed it to a subcommittee Monday.

Residents help form plan for mall
An urgent care clinic. A park. A community center. A bowling alley. All those suggestions -- and more -- were tossed out at a community meeting Monday night on what should fill the empty space at Regency Mall.

Editorial examined in court

Man is charged in death of 17-year-old

School board to discuss plan for armed officers

Council to back no vote

Ex-mayor likes his job

Committee reviews ethics issue

Photos of the century

Officials seek help in finding teens

Shootings send 2 to hospital

This week in South Carolina

Hundreds take in Harvest

Group rips education in county

Trial proceedings move slowly

Panel to hear water treatment concerns
ATLANTA -- Supporters and opponents of a controversial proposal to inject treated river water into the Floridan Aquifer beneath coastal Georgia will get a long-awaited opportunity this week to tell their concerns to state lawmakers.

American icons tied to Augusta

Man dies in prison, facing trial
An Augusta man who had capital murder charges pending against him has died in prison while serving multiple life sentences for a series of rapes.

Giddings to give up seat
AIKEN -- In a surprise move Monday, Aiken County Republican Party Chairwoman Diane Giddings said she won't be running for a second two-year term when the party holds its convention Saturday.

School board to discuss plan for armed officers
There could be armed safety officers in Columbia County schools as early as December.

Friends help with expenses
While Daniel Moretz waits for a new heart hundreds of miles from his home in Augusta, friends everywhere -- including the White House -- are rallying around him.

Jury selection to begin in Hill trial
AIKEN -- The grilling starts today. Circuit Judge Marc Westbrook will welcome more than 100 potential jurors in Aiken County General Sessions Court as jury selection begins this afternoon in the capital murder trial of David Mark Hill.

Debtor's payment bounces
Alternate Energy Resources Inc.'s check was in the mail in time to meet a Sept. 30 deadline for reducing the company's delinquent sewer bill to $52,000. It just wasn't any good.

This week in South Carolina
Aiken Newcomers Club meets at 9:30 a.m. at Newberry Hall, on Newberry Street. Admission is $8.75. For tickets or more information, call Donna at 648-4912 or Nancy at 642-9523.

Friends help with expenses

Home front: Musician finds reward in craft
When Jim McGaw was in high school he wanted to play guitar, but he didn't have one. But he did have a chorded zither, otherwise known as an Autoharp.

Officers at risk for suicide

Group rips education in county
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Sharkey Estrin traveled through McCormick County for the first time three years ago headed for Savannah Lakes Village, a swank retirement community off U.S. Highway 378.

Debtor's payment bounces

Owners police stores
Miranda Riska had no idea her employer would become the victim of a shoplifter when a man walked into the Baston Road Pump-N-Shop and asked for a can of Copenhagen tobacco.

Giddings to give up seat

Across the area: Companies tapped for airport growth
ATLANTA -- A team of Atlanta companies has received a contract to oversee the $5.4 billion expansion of Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Film to cover flag debate

Ex-mayor likes his job
Former Augusta Mayor Larry Sconyers is nothing less than jovial these days. He smiles when asked if he is keeping up with the goings-on at city hall now that he is back home running Sconyers Bar-B-Que full time after three years as the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County government's first mayor.

Panel to hear water treatment concerns

Hundreds take in Harvest
The unofficial first feast of fall was celebrated Sunday. About 450 people crowded a ballroom at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta for Golden Harvest Food Bank's annual A Taste of the Harvest fund-raiser.

Soaring tomahawk

Shootings send 2 to hospital
Two unrelated Augusta-area shootings within an hour of each other sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries Sunday evening.

Rail planners push funding for trains
ATLANTA -- Georgians soon may have a way to get to NASCAR races in Hampton, University of Georgia football games in Athens or St. Patrick's Day festivities in Savannah without fighting traffic.

Soaring tomahawk
Terry Henderson teaches fellow re-enactor Anna Worthington how to throw a tomahawk Sunday during the OldeTowne Preservation Association's eighth annual A Day to Remember Colonial Times.

Film to cover flag debate
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's controversy over a Confederate flag that flies above its Capitol dome will be included in a History Channel documentary, The Unsolved Civil War, that will air next fall.

Virtual classes come to Clarke County
ATHENS, Ga. -- A classroom with no books, no teachers and full of mice. It could be the wave of the future.

Bears top Vikings

Jaguars add to Jets dismal season

NFL notes: Warner's on a field of dreams

Cardinals clobber Giants

This year feels a lot different than 1995

Titans top Ravens

Rams beat 49ers, remain undefeated

Falcons march to victory

First victory helps ease pain of injuries

Eagles stun Cowboys

Philly fans sink to new low with cheers for Irvin injury

Broncos rally for win over Raiders

Dolphins beat Colts in final seconds

Irvin expected to play again this season

Mr. Wendell Ward
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mr. Wendell W. Ward, 59, of 214 E. Broad St., died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mossie Fields
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Mossie Brown Fields, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999.

Mr. Charles Harmon
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Harmon, 77, of 1141 Georgia Highway 17 S., died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Old Capital Inn Nursing Home.

Mrs. Julia Hunt
Mrs. Julia Hunt, 85, of 1621 Linden St., died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Emma Dukes
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Emma Dukes, 78, of Route 2, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at Saluda Nursing Center.

Ta'Tiana Grissam
Ta'Tiana N. Grissam, infant daughter of Telisha Grissam and Demetrice Craig, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Luther Ellison Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Luther Ellison Jr., 72, of 1003 Short Leaf Court, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Gilreath
GRIFFIN, Ga. -- Mr. James Walker Gilreath, 65, of South New Salem Road, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at Fairburn Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Martha Umstead
HICKORY, N.C. -- Mrs. Martha Burgamy Umstead, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at Brian Center East.

Mrs. Willie Wright
AIKEN -- Mrs. Willie Weaver Wright, of 522 Marlboro St. N.E., died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Sarah Rainey
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Sarah Virginia Jackson Rainey, 82, of 210 Powers St., died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999.

Mrs. Dora Brown
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Dora Toole Brown, 80, of 294 Jaywood Drive, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. T.M. ``Buck'' Patterson
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. T.M. ``Buck'' Patterson, of 517 Pine Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at Oconee Regional Hospital, Milledgeville.

Mr. Claude Huff Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Claude Huff Sr., 78, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999.

Mr. Robert Slaminko
Mr. Robert Henry ``Slam'' Slaminko, 63, of 2744 W. Antler Drive, died Saturday, October 9, 1999.

Mrs. Peggy Abrams
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Peggy Abrams, 44, of 553 Grays Grove Road, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Joseph P. Washington
WASHINGTON - Funeral services for , 53, of 104 East Hale St, who died Saturday Oct. 9. (1999 at Augusta Medical Center, will be Conducted this Friday, October 15, 1999 at 12:15 PM at The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Andrew Doris officiating.

Mrs. Florria Roberts
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Florria Roberts, 99, of 411 Pine St., died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Sylview Health Care Center.

Mr. Robert Williams
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Robert A. Williams, 58, of 927 Progress Place, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Gordon Carter
Mr. Gordon Dave Carter, 24, of 430 Aumond Road, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Myrle Cunningham
Mrs. Myrle Williams Cunningham, 86, of Martinez, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999.

Mr. Willie Brown
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie L. Brown, 57, of 1019 Quaker Road, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Margie Hurst
Mrs. Margie Kennedy Hurst, 76, of 2854 Rocky Creek Road, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. George Dorsey Sr.
Mr. George Dorsey Sr., of 1470 Wrightsboro Road, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Brenda Pond
Mrs. Brenda Lee Farrow Pond, 44, of 1817 Covington Place, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Paul Walker
Mr. Paul W. Walker died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Edward Kenley
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Edward Kenly, of Manor House, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Mildred Rape
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mildred Hawes Rape, 78, of 1431 Wells Road Ext., died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Lucy Anderson
Mrs. Lucy Anderson, 72, of 820 Stevens Creek Road, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at West Lake Manor.

Mrs. Margie Hurst

Mr. Paul Walker

Mrs. Julia Hunt

Mr. James Gilreath

Mrs. Mossie Fields

Mr. Gordon Carter

Mr. Robert Slaminko

Ta'Tiana Grissam

Mrs. Mildred Rape

Mrs. Dora Brown

Mrs. Willie Wright

Mrs. Martha Umstead

Mrs. Myrle Cunningham

Mr. Robert Williams

Mrs. Brenda Pond

Mrs. Emma Dukes

Mrs. Peggy Abrams

Mr. George Dorsey Sr.

Mrs. Lucy Anderson

Mr. Wendell Ward

Mrs. Florria Roberts

Mr. T.M. "Buck" Patterson

Berliner: Celebrate Western civilization on Columbus day
COLUMBUS DAY approaches, but to the ``politically correct'' this is no cause for celebration. On the contrary, they view the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 as an occasion to be mourned. They have mourned, they have attacked and they have intimidated schools across the country into replacing Columbus Day celebrations with ``ethnic diversity'' days.

Goodlatte: SAFE bill offers privacy,security in Information Age
AS WE ENTER the Information Age, virtually everyone's lives is touched in some way by the use of computer technology. We communicate with each other via e-mail, as well as by phone and electronic facsimile. We can now shop from home, conduct financial transactions and send medical records to our doctors through the Internet.

Overdue defense bill
President Clinton had little choice but to sign the $289 billion defense authorization bill last week, because it passed by veto proof majorities in both Houses.

Goodlatte: SAFE bill offers privacy,security in Information Age
AS WE ENTER the Information Age, virtually everyone's lives is touched in some way by the use of computer technology. We communicate with each other via e-mail, as well as by phone and electronic facsimile. We can now shop from home, conduct financial transactions and send medical records to our doctors through the Internet.

Blasts parents protesting uniforms
When I look back at the challenges our great country has faced in the past, ... I get rather perplexed and exasperated by the handful of parents and children in our local area who are disgruntled and are objecting to the little darlings having to wear uniforms to school. Dave Edmiston, Sr., Grovetown

Ponders school' uniform policy
My brief contact with the American vision of the ``right to freedom'' has been excruciatingly perplexing. Manju Jain, Evans

Baker doing just fine
It staggers the mind that there are some leaders in the black community who apparently believe that Georgia's first elected black attorney general should go easy on enforcing the law on members of his own race.

Considers schools' uniform policy
Our society has become so litigious, we think that a lawsuit will settle everything. Perhaps we need to stop worrying so much about what our children are supposed to wear to school and, instead, concentrate more on their academic success. I am tired of hearing parents and others complain about the school uniform policy. Evalyn Williams, Augusta

Marks the U.N. 'Day of 6 Billion'
Today is designated by the United Nations as the ``Day of 6 Billion.'' When baby 6 billion is born, she or he will not be greeted with a photo spread in People and a year's supply of diapers. What she should receive is an even better gift -- the promise of sound international support and policies that could offer a life filled with possibility, not poverty. Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

Berliner: Celebrate Western civilization on Columbus day
COLUMBUS DAY approaches, but to the ``politically correct'' this is no cause for celebration. On the contrary, they view the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 as an occasion to be mourned. They have mourned, they have attacked and they have intimidated schools across the country into replacing Columbus Day celebrations with ``ethnic diversity'' days.

Let parents do job
All 50 states have some kind of law giving grandparents the right to visit their grandchildren, which shows just how much political clout the elderly have.

Defends S.C. video poker casinos
When I read Nucia Reimers' letter regarding video poker in South Carolina, I could not ignore some of his erroneous comments. Laurie Nerling, Augusta

Criticizes Ga. lt. gov. for bigotry
Re the Augusta Technical Institute's graduation ceremony: Margaret Ertz, Evans

Blasts pro-evolution publication
In 1998 the National Academy of Sciences published and distributed a book to public schools and other institutions titled Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science. Paul Jackson, Augusta

Clinton double-cross
President Clinton has once again demonstrated his essential dishonesty in his dealing with Congress over the issue of establishing an independent security agency within the Department of Energy.

Says letters won't end evolution debate
The debate between evolution and creation will not be resolved by a few letters to the editor. Nor will it be ended by mere repetitions of trite platitudes nor go away by itself. Repeating the same lie often enough over time does not make it true, but it does influence many people to believethat it's true. James D. Griffing, Augusta

Wants Augusta's water chief to resign
I was completely shocked after hearing of the Augusta Water Department's Sept. 30 service shutdown of an entire apartment complex on Hale Street. This action was due to a delinquent bill by the owner of more than $15,000. Whereas, the water was shut off at the complex for approximately six hours. Jerry Scott, Augusta

Slams opponents of video poker
Re the Oct. 3 letter by Betty Ryberg: I find it difficult to understand how a person, seemingly well educated, could begin to compare a natural disaster with an individual's right to choose. If video poker did require ``emergency preparedness'' and ``immediate attentiveness,'' then that should have taken place more than 20 years ago. Sheila Derrick, North Augusta

Overtime: USC Aiken takes lead in PC golf

Sprewell's teammates want answers

Overtime: Heat burns Orangeburg for 10th win

Begay sets up invitation to 2000 Masters with win

Gordon doesn't miss a beat

Gordon and Whitesell combine for second straight win

Decision goes to woman

Bad weather delays mercy flight to doctor with breast lump
CHRIST CHURCH, New Zealand -- Poor visibility in Antarctica early Tuesday delayed a U.S. flight to the South Pole to rescue a polar research station's doctor who has a lump in her breast.

Police using cameras to stop red-light running
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.

Administration presses for delay on test ban vote
WASHINGTON -- The White House dispatched Cabinet members Sunday to press the Senate to put off voting on a nuclear test ban treaty headed for rejection, saying a defeat would endanger nonproliferation efforts.

Princeton mulls whether A-plus is a minus
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Concerned that high marks have become commonplace, Princeton University might do away with the A-plus.

Asians looking for liftoff in space
TOKYO -- Throughout the Cold War, Asia kept pretty much to the ground as the United States and Soviet Union staged their ballyhooed battle for the moon. Now Asian nations are quietly caught up in a space race of their own.

Six billionth baby born to Sarajevo couple
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- A 29-year-old first-time mother gave birth to a baby boy at two minutes after midnight Tuesday, making him the designated six billionth baby, the head of a pediatric clinic said.

NetAid concert raises awareness of poverty
LONDON -- Annie Lennox and The Eurythmics kicked off the first of three fund-raising concerts held Saturday in London, Geneva and New Jersey and broadcast live on the Internet to increase awareness about world poverty.

Mexican village buried by mudslide
ACALANA, Mexico -- A deforested mountainside collapsed on this remote, mist-shrouded village, killing all but 30 of its 150 to 200 residents, local people said Monday. It could be the deadliest disaster in a week of flooding across southeastern Mexico.

Legislation to notify on e-mail snooping vetoed
SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Gray Davis has rejected a bill that would have required companies to tell their workers before monitoring their e-mail, saying the measure tramples on employer rights and leaves them open to unjust lawsuits.

eBay wants to block indexing by others
SAN FRANCISCO -- A dispute is escalating between online auction leader eBay and Web sites that search and display content from a range of online auctioneers that could have far-reaching effect on the evolution of e-commerce.

Teen should proceed with caution before 'outing' to parents
`I'm gay, and I don't know how to tell my parents. And I'm scared how they're going to react.'' -- 17-year-old Augusta boy

Spirit walk
What other time of year can you go to school dressed like a wacky super hero or a trippy hippie?

The Big Screen
FIGHT CLUB: Two men (Brad Pitt and Edward Norton) start an underground club that gives young businessmen the chance to beat each other up.

Spirit walk

Teen should proceed with caution before 'outing' to parents

Your style

Your style
THE FACTS: Joshua Williamson, 14, a freshman at Curtis Baptist High School

The Big Screen

Mexican village buried by mudslide

eBay wants to block indexing by others

NetAid concert raises awareness of poverty

Administration presses for delay on test ban vote

Asians looking for liftoff in space

Six billionth baby born to Sarajevo couple

Police using cameras to stop red-light running