Joe Torre still has the fire

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

Game 7 pitching preview

Rocker, teammates need a break

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

Yankees swap subway tokens for plane tickets

This time, no comeback for Mets

League championship series ratings highest in six years

Braves headed for World Series

Tough to overlook Boston now

Braves notebook: Rocker fine after auto accident

Piece of the action

Atlanta proves its passion

Braves, Mets have done this before

Braves to put more World Series tickets on sale

Rain-soaked fans cheer losing team

Indians looking at Hershiser

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

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.

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.

Additional business news

Dew grabbing youth market

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.

Business stresses harmony

Additional business news

Unemployment rate may fall

Martha Stewart and WWF go public

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Expansion will boost job market

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

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.

Microsoft profits help boost technology stocks

Auto show shifts gears

Purchase increases possibility of direct flights to Cincinnati

Bowden's prepare for father-son showdown

College notes: Top teams take perfect records on the road

Can Dayne still break Ricky's mark?

USC's Atkins find relief through faith

Tommy Bowden's goal? Be like Bobby Bowden

Bowdens enjoy family rivalry

S.C. State to play makeup game

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

Warrick case hits another snag

Warrick could play Saturday

UT Faculty Senate group will look into athletics

Donnan believes in Georgia offense

College notes: Back to basics for Michigan State

Vols prepare for trip to Tuscaloosa

College notes: Top teams take perfect records on the road

Clemson's Bowden prepares to enjoy history

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

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

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.

Questions GOP vote on test ban treaty

Warns video poker battle isn't over

An Augusta makeover

Wants counselors for alienated students

Praises Senate for rejecting treaty

Joint confab welcomed

Dubs cartoon on flag issue 'brilliant'

Slay second N.Y. team

Backs 'activist' in District 6 race

Supports school uniform policy

Claim 'hostility' in survey responses

Bristles at criticism over uniforms

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

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.

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

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.

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:

Georgia player of the week

Josey defense now a dominant unit

S.C. player of the week

Capsules

In the know

In the know

Child cooks up something new

Almost-instant classic

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.

Trucking along

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.

Lawsuit on prayer reviewed

Church ready to establish new roots

County council questions pay raise

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.

State panel studies hurricane readiness

New exams more difficult

Flemington celebrates first city hall

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.

Counting population has no exact formula

Mayor explores arts funding source

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Officials undecided on ethics

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.

Across the area: Convicted murderer seeks new trial

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.

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.

Educator credits former instructors

Library system ranks near bottom

Clean and Beautiful contract $4,000 less

High court overturns convictions

Health effects of tritium studied

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.

Taking control

Politician was raised in Appling

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Early frontiersmen claimed land

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.

Augustans scrutinize commission hopefuls

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

Olde Town rezoning issue disputed

County group wants tax to fund new library

Atlanta proves its passion

Detention center must pay inmate's medical bills

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.

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

Across the area: Student charged in threat with chain

Residents oppose city permit

Two men charged in slaying

Agency urges greater deer harvest

Warrant issued for shooting suspect

Committee to consider code

Frontrunner to bring campaign to Aiken

Dreary afternoon

Webster's adds vocabulary for the 21st century

Crumbling Cowboys look for answers

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

Harper not fond of former team, Sunday's rival

Marino's replacement nervous but confident

Diminutive receiver gets first NFL start

Jeffers looks to cash in on another opportunity

Niners secondary gets taller through subtraction

MVP Davis adjusts to life as a spectator

Jaguars deal undisclosed pick for Upshaw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Lawrence Hall
AIKEN -- Mr. Lawrence Hall, 79, of Hall Hill Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at University 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. Eally McArthur
THOMSON -- Mr. Eally McArthur, 65, of Murray Lane, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Andrew Bee

Mr. Lawrence Hall

Mrs. Tinye Hunt

Mr. Clifford Phillips Jr.

Mrs. Elizabeth Sheffield

Mrs. Edna Abney

Mr. Tillman Chavious

Mrs. Ida Jackson

Mr. Oscar Penrow

Mr. Juan Perez

Mrs. Mae Belle Usry

Mr. Rashad Ford

Ms. Geneva Bartley

Michael Lowery

Stephen Lowery

Mr. Eally McArthur

Mrs. Mary Jackson

Mr. Kenneth Mitts

Mr. Johnny Hill

Mr. Robert Darby

Mrs. Ida Russell

Mr. Richard Glenn

Mrs. Barbara B. Harrison

Mrs. Helen Culbertson

Mrs. Sara Binet

Mrs. Clara Roberts

Mr. George Cawley

Kyra Odermatt

Mr. William Prescott

Mr. Otto Ewing George

Mr. Jerome Stewart

Mrs. Estelle Moody

Mr. Sam Gardner

Mrs. Dora Dailey

Mr. Walton Benike

Mrs. Octavie Dickinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Players suspended for supplement use

Overtime: Stallions tryout campset for Nov. 6

Arnie and Jack on a new course

NBA resumes drug testing after six-day hiatus

USC counting on Kitchings

Hudspeth loses arm, not drive

ASU soccer team trounced, 6-1

IOC doping policies criticized at Senate hearing

Area college roundup: ASU golf completes season

Restrictor plates save Earnhardt

Martin is closing in on PGA Tour card

Overtime: Howell captures medalist honors at Pate tourney

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Britannica posts all 32 volumes on Internet, free

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

Government finalizes rules protecting kids online

Researchers to set off blasts to reveal faults, hazards

Drug company-sponsored studies less critical than independent studies

Lab snakes studied to see if they adapt

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

Health effects of tritium studied