Rain-soaked fans cheer losing team

Yankees swap subway tokens for plane tickets

Tough to overlook Boston now

Joe Torre still has the fire

Indians looking at Hershiser

Mets notebook: Wilson gives his son a vote for top rookie

Braves to put more World Series tickets on sale

Congress honors home run king 25 years after record-breaking season

Rocker, teammates need a break

Atlanta proves its passion

Braves, Mets have done this before

Braves notebook: Rocker fine after auto accident

League championship series ratings highest in six years

Braves headed for World Series

Team of Decade? Braves, Yanks to decide in World Series

Game 7 pitching preview

Piece of the action

This time, no comeback for Mets

Business stresses harmony

Expansion will boost job market
A Turkish textile company and a German automotive parts manufacturer have announced plans to expand operations to Warren County, Ga., bringing up to 154 jobs to a county that is tied for the state's 10th-highest unemployment rate.

Martha Stewart and WWF go public

Unemployment rate may fall

Additional business news
FCC calls for fines in slamming case...Coca-Cola to change ad slogan...Business software boosts Microsoft...Air Canada fending off takeover...Merger drops bank's earnings...Britannica offered free on Internet

Dew grabbing youth market

Microsoft profits help boost technology stocks
Technology issues on the Nasdaq and other exchanges benefited Wednesday most directly from Microsoft's announcement that profits jumped 30 percent in its fiscal first quarter.

Additional business news
Microsoft's boost spurs tech stocks...Court: Co-op cannot sell propane...Competition hobbles auto insurer...Roundtable honors former lawmaker...Monsanto resolves seed dispute...Problems sink US Airway earnings

Martha Stewart and WWF go public
NEW YORK -- Would Martha Stewart stand a chance against Stone Cold Steve Austin? It might be a one-sided bout in the wrestling ring, but on Wall Street, Martha is proving to be a contender.

Dew grabbing youth market
Over the years, Mountain Dew has distributed pagers to thousands of youthful consumers and then beeped them with soft drink sales pi

Business stresses harmony
Unions and the companies they regulate often disagree. But in an industry that is struggling to survive, joint efforts between the feuding groups may be the key to a local company's success.

Auto show shifts gears
MAKUHARI, Japan -- Visitors to this year's Tokyo Motor Show can detect a less-than-subtle shift in the carmaking industry.

Purchase increases possibility of direct flights to Cincinnati
Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field Director Al McDill said Tuesday that Delta Air Lines' acquisition of Comair might open the door for direct flights from Augusta to Cincinnati, a high demand route for Procter & Gamble employees.

Auto show shifts gears

Unemployment rate may fall
New jobs in Burke County could push unemployment rates from 8.8 percent, one of the highest in the state, to about 3 percent, less than the state average.

Microsoft profits help boost technology stocks

Additional business news

Purchase increases possibility of direct flights to Cincinnati

Expansion will boost job market

Additional business news

Bowdens enjoy family rivalry

Vols prepare for trip to Tuscaloosa

Clemson's Bowden prepares to enjoy history

USC's Atkins find relief through faith

College notes: Back to basics for Michigan State

College notes: Top teams take perfect records on the road

Tommy Bowden's goal? Be like Bobby Bowden

Can Dayne still break Ricky's mark?

Donnan believes in Georgia offense

Warrick could play Saturday

Bowden's prepare for father-son showdown

DiNardo's job is safe -- for the season anyway

S.C. State to play makeup game

College notes: Top teams take perfect records on the road

UT Faculty Senate group will look into athletics

Warrick case hits another snag

Counting population has no exact formula
As of Oct. 12, there were exactly 6 billion people on Earth.

Webster's adds vocabulary for the 21st century
Imagine a world in which ``hello'' cannot be found in your trusty dictionary.

Early frontiersmen claimed land
Less than 20 years after the founding of the Colony, Georgia's back country already was more populous than the original settlement near the coast. Well-worn Indian trails, plus fertile land and an abundance of rivers and streams, fed the normal stirrings of frontiersmen to claim parcels of this new Eden for themselves.

Politician was raised in Appling
A star destined to shine in the political arena was that of Columbia County native George Walker Crawford. In the rotunda's pictorial gallery of the state's chief executives at the Capitol in Atlanta, his portrait is on display along with Georgia's other governors.

Supports school uniform policy

Questions GOP vote on test ban treaty

Claim 'hostility' in survey responses

Backs 'activist' in District 6 race

Wants counselors for alienated students

Praises Senate for rejecting treaty

Slay second N.Y. team

Joint confab welcomed

Warns video poker battle isn't over

Bristles at criticism over uniforms

An Augusta makeover

Dubs cartoon on flag issue 'brilliant'

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

In the know
Tonight might be your last chance to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace on the big screen. The George Lucas film leaves Columbia Square's 99-cent theater after tonight. Showtimes are 7 and 9:40.

Child cooks up something new
NEW YORK - To some, she is a culinary legend. To others, she is a television pioneer. But Julia Child sees herself as ``a good home cook.''

Game show greed
NEW YORK -- For that shiny new car -- and let's throw in a few thousand dollars to make it interesting -- here's our final jackpot question:

Almost-instant classic
Nothing tops off an autumn day like a bowl of creamy, steaming chowder.

Capsules
Archaeologists have uncovered another tomb within the huge Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan, northeast of Mexico City.

Josey defense now a dominant unit

Georgia player of the week

S.C. player of the week

Capsules

In the know

Child cooks up something new

In the know

Almost-instant classic

Committee to consider code
ATLANTA -- Just 8 percent of city residents in Georgia trust their local government officials all the time, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Georgia Municipal Association.

Health effects of tritium studied
ATLANTA -- The chairman of a committee of the National Academy of Sciences has agreed to study the health effects of tritium in the area surrounding Savannah River Site, a scientist from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research said Tuesday.

Residents oppose city permit
AIKEN -- In an effort to preserve their neighborhood's character, south Aiken residents met Wednesday to discuss how to keep horses out of their golfing community.

Library system ranks near bottom

Mayor explores arts funding source
Mayor Bob Young pledged continued support to the arts community Tuesday by announcing he would like to add funding for a performing arts theater to any new local option sales tax proposals.

Church ready to establish new roots

Warrant issued for shooting suspect
An Augusta woman was in critical condition Wednesday night as police searched for the man believed to have shot her and her stepfather in a domestic dispute.

Educator credits former instructors

Counting population has no exact formula

Atlanta proves its passion

Library system ranks near bottom
The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library has plenty of places to curl up with a new book -- if you can find one.

State panel studies hurricane readiness

Frontrunner to bring campaign to Aiken
AIKEN -- GOP presidential frontrunner George W. Bush brings his campaign to Aiken today at 4 p.m. at the Aiken Municipal Building's conference center in The Alley.

Officials undecided on ethics

Agency urges greater deer harvest
Hoping to bag a deer this fall? Columbia County might be your best bet, especially if you're driving a car.

Detention center must pay inmate's medical bills

Two men charged in slaying
SALUDA, S.C. -- Saluda County investigators have charged two men with murder in the April home invasion and beating death of a retired elementary school principal, Sheriff Dudley Rushton said Wednesday.

High court overturns convictions

Clean and Beautiful contract $4,000 less

Lawsuit on prayer reviewed

Olde Town rezoning issue disputed

County council questions pay raise

Lawsuit on prayer reviewed
ATLANTA -- Federal judges in Atlanta heard arguments in a Florida case Tuesday that could decide whether public-school students legally can say prayers during graduation ceremonies as long as school officials don't initiate them.

Flemington celebrates first city hall

High court overturns convictions
Two Richmond County murder convictions have been thrown out because improper testimony was allowed in both trials, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

Hospitals urged to reduce competition

New exams more difficult
AIKEN - Nearly half of South Carolina's sixth-graders haven't mastered basic math skills, new test results show.

Clean and Beautiful contract $4,000 less
Metro Augusta Clean and Beautiful will get $4,000 less from Columbia County this year, but $16,000 is OK with the group's executive director.

County group wants tax to fund new library
The push for a new main library in Columbia County may intensify after a national magazine ranked the area library system in the bottom third of the state.

Educator credits former instructors
AIKEN -- When math teacher Dale Smith walks into her classroom every day, the first child she sees is herself.

Husband's plea bargain closes case in wife's killing
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- In the end Wednesday, Kenneth Anderson no longer could deny what he had done, hiring two men to kill his wife so he could cash in her life insurance policies.

County council questions pay raise
AIKEN -- At least one employee who draws a paycheck from Aiken County got a pay raise that most Aiken County Council members do not remember giving.

Across the area: Student charged in threat with chain
A student at Wagener-Salley High School faces weapons charges after allegedly bringing a chain to school and threatening to hurt another student with it, sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said Wednesday.

Fire exhibit shows safety awareness
The sparks flying from power lines were 7-year-old Cole Luckey's favorite part of the show -- until he saw the fireman hanging on ropes off the ladder of the fire truck.

Dreary afternoon
Martha and David Marks of Belpare, Ohio, brave the low temperatures and rain at Oldell Weeks Activities Center to explore Aiken on Wednesday. The Markses said they were in town looking for a place to relocate to when they retire.

Olde Town rezoning issue disputed
Augusta commissioners failed Tuesday to resolve a zoning issue that pits Olde Town residents against supporters of the Peter S. Knox Service Center on Greene Street.

Detention center must pay inmate's medical bills
AIKEN -- A judge Wednesday ordered the Aiken County Detention Center to pay doctor bills for a suspect accused of burglarizing a local woman's home and then attacking her when she found him.

Church ready to establish new roots
After more than a year without a home, an Augusta church is ready to rebuild.

Politician was raised in Appling

Dreary afternoon

Health effects of tritium studied

Augustans scrutinize commission hopefuls

Across the area: Convicted murderer seeks new trial

County group wants tax to fund new library

Trucking along

Committee to consider code

State panel studies hurricane readiness
ATLANTA -- State officials call the handling of the Hurricane Floyd evacuation a successful operation, but this year's seemingly never-ending storm season has provided an impetus for them to keep working out the bugs, however minor.

Officials undecided on ethics
Augusta Commission subcommittee members charged with studying Mayor Bob Young's proposed ethics and lobbying ordinances don't know exactly what they want.

Flemington celebrates first city hall
FLEMINGTON, Ga. -- You can find Flemington listed on Georgia state maps, but even some people living in its home county -- Liberty -- don't know where the city is.

Hospitals urged to reduce competition
The only way to solve problems of indigent care and the uninsured in Augusta is for all health care providers to first ``own'' the problem and then work together to address it, health care futurist Leland Kaiser told University Hospital employees Tuesday.

Trucking along
Jo-Jo Glover, 5, of Aiken, waves to his mother as he takes a ride on the Super Truck. Jo-Jo and his family were some of the first to show up Tuesday night for the opening of the Aiken Jaycees County Fair.

Frontrunner to bring campaign to Aiken

Across the area: Convicted murderer seeks new trial
The Augusta man convicted earlier this month of killing a police officer is seeking a new trial.

Residents oppose city permit

Mayor explores arts funding source

Taking control

Agency urges greater deer harvest

Early frontiersmen claimed land

Webster's adds vocabulary for the 21st century

Across the area: Student charged in threat with chain

Husband's plea bargain closes case in wife's killing

New exams more difficult

Augustans scrutinize commission hopefuls
Almost 300 residents confronted Augusta Commission candidates Wednesday night with heated questions concerning indigent health care.

Two men charged in slaying

Warrant issued for shooting suspect

Taking control
Judge David Watkins and alumni of Morehouse College talks with students at Glenn Hills High School about taking control of their future Wednesday.

Diminutive receiver gets first NFL start

MVP Davis adjusts to life as a spectator

Jaguars deal undisclosed pick for Upshaw

Crumbling Cowboys look for answers

Jeffers looks to cash in on another opportunity

Harper not fond of former team, Sunday's rival

Niners secondary gets taller through subtraction

Chiefs are set to take run at Ravens, and vice versa

Marino's replacement nervous but confident

Mr. Jerome Stewart
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Jerome Stewart, 80, of Florida Avenue, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Sam Gardner
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Sam W. Gardner, 82, of Moore Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Geneva Bartley
NEW ELLENTON, -- Ms. Geneva Bartley, 48, of Walker Street, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Tillman Chavious
AIKEN -- Mr. Tillman Chavious, 78, of Florence Street N.W., died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Edna Abney
LANGLEY -- Mrs. Edna Mathis Abney, 81, of Pelzer Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Otto Ewing George
AIKEN -- Mr. Otto Ewing George died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999. He had retired as the co-owner of George Funeral Home and George Dairy Farm. He was 85.

Mrs. Mae Belle Usry
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mae Belle Usry, 83, of Beall Springs Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Annie Hamrick
AIKEN -- Mrs. Annie Joyce Wilson Hamrick, 70, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Andrew Bee
DALLAS -- Mr. Andrew Prentiss ``Andy'' Bee, 47, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999.

Mrs. Estelle Moody
BATH -- Mrs. Estelle Jones Moody, 90, of Eden Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken.

Mr. Kenneth Mitts
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Kenneth Mitts, of Travis Drive, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mr. Rashad Ford
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- Mr. Rashad Tober Ford, 20, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999.

Mr. Lawrence Hall
AIKEN -- Mr. Lawrence Hall, 79, of Hall Hill Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Margie Shuman
RENTZ, Ga. -- Mrs. Margie Lowery Shuman, 61, of Louis Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999.

Mr. Eally McArthur
THOMSON -- Mr. Eally McArthur, 65, of Murray Lane, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Michael Lowery
RENTZ, Ga. -- Michael Vincent Neal Lowery, 8, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999.

Mrs. Sara Binet
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Sara Hunt Balentine Binet, 80, of Merritt Circle, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital.

Stephen Lowery
RENTZ, Ga. -- Stephen Nicholas Neal Lowery, 7, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999.

Mrs. Ida Jackson
Mrs. Ida B. Jackson, of Beaufort Avenue, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Helen Culbertson
GROVETOWN, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Adams Culbertson, 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Jackson
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary O. Jackson, 70, of Hook Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999.

Mr. George Cawley
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. George Newton Cawley, 81, of Metasville Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Juan Perez
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Juan Gerardo Olvera Perez, 30, of Country Club Road, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Jessie Hutchins
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mrs. Jessie Norris Hall Hutchins, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Richard Glenn
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mr. Richard Allen Glenn, 53, of St. James Drive, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999.

Mr. Robert Darby
Mr. Robert Lenzy Darby, 63, of Solomon Place, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Catherine Bacon
AIKEN -- Mrs. Catherine Matthews Bacon, 54, of Bacon Road, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Elizabeth Sheffield
HARLEM -- Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Sheffield, 65, of Gordon Highway, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Cynthia Burney
Ms. Cynthia LaVern Burney, 26, of Ramblewood Drive, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Clara Roberts
AVERA, Ga. -- Mrs. Clara Lee Roberts, 56, of Williams Bridge Road, died Oct. 17, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Walton Benike
THOMSON -- Mr. Walton Luverne Benike, 64, of Greenbriar Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Betty Brown
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Betty Heyward Brown, 63, of Motlow Drive, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Tinye Hunt
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Tinye Klintworth Hunt, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Williston Nursing Home.

Kyra Odermatt
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Kyra Lilly Odermatt, infant daughter of Kurt and Lora Odermatt, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Octavie Dickinson
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mrs. Octavie M. ``Mosser'' Dickinson, 95, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, in Charleston.

Mr. Clifford Phillips Jr.
Mr. Clifford Ray Phillips Jr., 48, of Fenwick Street, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Johnny Hill
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Johnny Hill, 73, of Bothwell Road, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Dora Dailey
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Dora Lee Johnson Dailey, 37, of Melba Drive, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Mamie Cummings
Ms. Mamie Cummings, 77, of Cherry Avenue, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Ida Russell
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Ida Mae Russell, of Georgia State Highway 24, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999.

Mr. William Prescott
SAVANNAH -- Mr. William W. ``Bill'' Prescott died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999 at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Mrs. Barbara B. Harrison
AIKEN -- Mrs. Barbara B. Harrison, 57, of Banks Mill Road, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Oscar Penrow
Mr. Oscar Penrow, 82, of Pendleton Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Andrew Bee

Mrs. Ida Russell

Mrs. Edna Abney

Mrs. Elizabeth Sheffield

Mr. Otto Ewing George

Ms. Geneva Bartley

Mr. Rashad Ford

Mr. Kenneth Mitts

Kyra Odermatt

Mr. Eally McArthur

Mr. Walton Benike

Mrs. Barbara B. Harrison

Mrs. Octavie Dickinson

Mr. Sam Gardner

Michael Lowery

Mr. Lawrence Hall

Mrs. Ida Jackson

Stephen Lowery

Mrs. Clara Roberts

Mr. Tillman Chavious

Mrs. Mary Jackson

Mr. Robert Darby

Mrs. Mae Belle Usry

Mrs. Tinye Hunt

Mrs. Sara Binet

Mr. Richard Glenn

Mrs. Estelle Moody

Mr. Johnny Hill

Mrs. Dora Dailey

Mr. Oscar Penrow

Mr. George Cawley

Mrs. Helen Culbertson

Mr. Juan Perez

Mr. Jerome Stewart

Mr. Clifford Phillips Jr.

Mr. William Prescott

Endorses candidate 'to be proud of'
I want to tell people about Andy Cheek. I know him as the president of our neighborhood association. He took the bull by the hornsand helped stop a couple of lawyers who wanted to cram lowpriced row housing and apartment buildings into our neighborhood. Jeanne J. Corley, Augusta

An unethical disgrace
Three Augusta commissioners -- Willie Mays, Jerry Brigham and J.B. Powell -- disgraced themselves and the city they represent Tuesday with their mindless, nitpicking, self-serving justifications against approving an ethics ordinance.

Raps inequitable water bill collections
Last summer, I supported then-Commissioner Moses Todd and Augusta Utilities Director Max Hicks in your water struggles and hoped that over the course of the winter some sort of sanity would be injected into the water department's infrastructure. Seth Benson, Millen

Who's the enemy?
President Clinton is still furious over the U.S. Senate's proper rejection of the nuclear test ban treaty. The White House and most congressional Democrats are characterizing defeat of the pact as evidence of a partisan ``New Isolationism'' in the Republican Party.

Praises Senate for rejecting treaty
It is my belief the Senate did exactly the right thing in rejecting the nuclear test ban treaty, which so many have said is flawed. I believe all those critics, such as the former secretaries of State, the former secretaries of Defense, the former CIA directors, the former national security advisers, etc. This would not have been in our national interest. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

An Augusta makeover
The best vote of confidence a community can have in its economy is for private investors to put money into it. In this regard, Augusta is suddenly doing very well.

Defends intelligence of Christians
In response to the Oct. 16 Morris News Service article by Joan Stroer, ``Survey finds hostility to Christianity in symbol,'' I would like to make a few points. It is commonly perceived among non-Christians that Christians generally are an uneducated lot. While intelligence thankfully doesn't determine whether one can be saved or not, quite a few Christians are rather well-educated. Gary Slater, Martinez

Backs 'activist' in District 6 race
As a PTA volunteer, I had the privilege to work with District 6 Augusta Commission candidateAndy Cheek. Although he was our president, he was not just a "figure-head.'' Patty Bennett, Augusta

Slay second N.Y. team
To make their fifth trip to the World Series this decade, the Atlanta Braves had to drive a stake through the heart of a vampire. The New York Mets, making more comebacks than a boomerang, just wouldn't die -- at least not until the 11th inning of the sixth game of the National League Championship Series.

Questions GOP vote on test ban treaty
Why is it that the political party that believes it has the exclusive right to decide right and wrong insists on playing ``win or lose'' with President Bill Clinton? Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Joint confab welcomed
Local taxpayers have reason to be encouraged that the Richmond County School Board met with Augusta commissioners earlier this week to discuss ways they can work together to save money.

Wants counselors for alienated students
I am a senior at Davidson Fine Arts School, and the stricter dress code appears to be an easy alternative for what actually needs to be done to curb violence in our schools. Samantha Royal, Augusta

Answers questions about Christians
I believe Carl Champlin's memory (ref. letter of Oct. 10) about certain historical events is faulty, but this could be expected from one old enough to remember the Crusades and the conquest of North and South America. I suppose any attempt to refute the gentleman's recollection would be useless; however, he poses two questions that can be answered: Hubert Baker, Aiken

Warns video poker battle isn't over
Praise God for the South Carolina Supreme Court's video poker decision. Randy L. Collins, Williston

Supports school uniform policy
If we as parents put as much effort into forming good character in our children as we have in complaining and fighting about the uniform issue we might not have an issue to argue about. Joanne Paulos, Augusta

Dubs cartoon on flag issue 'brilliant'
The Chronicle's editorial cartoonist, Rick Mckee, left me a little puzzled as to where he was going with his Oct. 13 illustration depicting the Confederate flag. Maggie Murphy, Aiken

Bristles at criticism over uniforms
II read an offensive editorial and many letters to the editor in regard to parents who do not wish to have school uniforms. I am one of them. Theresa Johnson Von Plinsky, Augusta

Claim 'hostility' in survey responses
Regarding your Oct. 16 article on the ``Darwin'' fish (``Survey finds hostility to Christianity in symbol''). You are missing a category where I am sure many Christians fall. Kathy Marbert, Aiken

Overtime: Howell captures medalist honors at Pate tourney

Arnie and Jack on a new course

USC counting on Kitchings

NBA resumes drug testing after six-day hiatus

Martin is closing in on PGA Tour card

Hudspeth loses arm, not drive

ASU soccer team trounced, 6-1

IOC doping policies criticized at Senate hearing

Players suspended for supplement use

Area college roundup: ASU golf completes season

Overtime: Stallions tryout campset for Nov. 6

Restrictor plates save Earnhardt

Britannica posts all 32 volumes on Internet, free
CHICAGO -- Encyclopaedia Britannica, the longtime leader in information that has lost its way in the Internet era, is giving away its knowledge for free in a desperate bid to stay afloat.

Study: Side effects can be removed from Valium
Valium and similar tranquilizers used to treat anxiety and insomnia could be reformulated to reduce such side effects as clumsiness and memory loss, a study suggests.

Government finalizes rules protecting kids online
WASHINGTON -- The government laid out new rules for protecting kids' privacy on the Internet Wednesday, allowing companies to send e-mail to parents seeking permission to ask children questions -- but only if the information is not shared with other companies.

Environmentalists rap Bush record, call for cleaner air
AUSTIN -- A coalition of environmental groups said Tuesday that ``intentional acts and conscious indifference'' by Texas Gov. George W. Bush, his appointees and the Legislature are responsible for the state's air pollution problems. They proposed a 12-step program to clean up the air.

Company one of first to provide insurance for information superhighway
ATLANTA -- Steve Haase likes to think of his company as the Lloyd's of London of the Internet.

IBM pulls PCs out of U.S. stores
NEW YORK -- IBM, whose name has been synonymous with personal computers for two decades, said Tuesday it will pull its money-losing line of PCs from U.S. stores and sell them exclusively over the Internet.

Drug company-sponsored studies less critical than independent studies
CHICAGO -- Studies on the cost-effectiveness of drugs are far more likely to report favorable findings if they are sponsored by the drug companies themselves rather than independent groups, researchers found.

Study: Foods rich in vitamin E offer some lung cancer protection
WASHINGTON -- A diet rich in vitamin E foods such as nuts and whole grains can lower the risk of lung cancer among smokers by about 20 percent, a new study says.

Biological weapons remain a threat
WASHINGTON -- Russia may have destroyed what was once the world's largest stockpile of biological weapons, but it retains the capability to produce them again, a former Soviet weapons scientist suggested Wednesday.

Alarm sounds at SRS
A false alarm Tuesday caused Savannah River Site employees to evacuate the same area where seven workers were contaminated with plutonium last month.

Researchers to set off blasts to reveal faults, hazards
LOS ANGELES -- With memories of the 7.1-magnitude Hector earthquake still fresh, seismologists in Southern California are shaking up the ground themselves to create a portrait of faults and hazardous areas in the region's restless underbelly.

Health effects of tritium studied
ATLANTA -- The chairman of a committee of the National Academy of Sciences has agreed to study the health effects of tritium in the area surrounding Savannah River Site, a scientist from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research said Tuesday.

Lab snakes studied to see if they adapt
Some local ecologists will begin a study today to determine whether a snake, once captured, can re-adapt to life in the wild.

Researchers to set off blasts to reveal faults, hazards

Biological weapons remain a threat

Company one of first to provide insurance for information superhighway

Environmentalists rap Bush record, call for cleaner air

Alarm sounds at SRS

Drug company-sponsored studies less critical than independent studies

Government finalizes rules protecting kids online

Study: Foods rich in vitamin E offer some lung cancer protection

Lab snakes studied to see if they adapt

Health effects of tritium studied

Britannica posts all 32 volumes on Internet, free