League championship series ratings highest in six years

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

Yankees vs. Braves? That's tricky for Mets fans

Braves notebook: Glavine to start Game 1

Yankees swap subway tokens for plane tickets

Braves to put more World Series tickets on sale

Few favor Braves to win series

This time, no comeback for Mets

Jackets open 2000 season at Hickory

In mini-Series, Braves won 2-1

Rocker, teammates need a break

Poll results: Rose should be reinstated

Rain-soaked fans cheer losing team

Braves admit this isn't their best team

Changes in attitudes, addresses for Yanks and Braves

Changes come with new decade

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

Executives told to 'liberate' talent
Micromanagement is a mistake made far too often by today's executives, a retired military leader said Thursday.

Bonds aimed to entice company
The Economic Development Authority of Richmond County took the first step Thursday to help a local golf cart accessories manufacturer get up to $3 million in tax-free bonds.

Additional business news

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

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.

Nasdaq considers a third delay of after-hours stock quotes

Augusta housing acquired
A nonprofit Florida company plans to spend $500,000 to $600,000 next month to refurbish four local apartment complexes.

Dew grabbing youth market

Augusta housing acquired

Unemployment rate may fall

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.

Auto show shifts gears

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

Executives told to 'liberate' talent

Microsoft profits help boost technology stocks

Nasdaq considers a third delay of after-hours stock quotes
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq Stock Market said Thursday it is considering again delaying plans to extend the operation of its stock quote ticker to accommodate after-hours traders.

Bonds aimed to entice company

Additional business news
New Alltel location is opening today...Monsanto reports earnings drop...Coke announces low net income

I dumped Dorsey: Week 8

Gamecockes yet to hold futility record

Can Dayne still break Ricky's mark?

Warrick's case delayed again

Terry Bowden will miss Bowden Bowl

Alabama's Alexander faces tough Vols defense

USC's Atkins find relief through faith

Bowdens enjoy family rivalry

Gamecockes yet to hold futility record

Tommy Bowden's goal? Be like Bobby Bowden

ACC Notebook: Expect much offense when Duke-N.C. State meet

Georgia Southern looking to get back on track after first conference loss

CSRA classic the only game in town

UT Faculty Senate group will look into athletics

Bowden to enter Elite coaching company

S.C. State to play makeup game

Warrick case hits another snag

SEC notebook: Holtz won't accept excuses

College notes: Top teams take perfect records on the road

Family ties are everywhere in Bowden Bowl

S.C. State falls in Overtime

College notes: Top teams take perfect records on the road

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

Bomber crewmen reunited
KENNER, La. - They thought it would be their last mission over Europe, having dropped bombs over German munitions plants, transportation hubs and oil fields in 32 previous sorties.

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.

Saint campaign clears hurdle
NEW ORLEANS - Katharine Drexel, a millionaire heiress who renounced Philadelphia society to become a Catholic nun working among impoverished blacks and Indians and who later used her fortune to found Xavier University, has cleared the last major hurdle in the process the Catholic church employs to identify saints.

Supports school uniform policy

Lauds 'gentleman' in District 2 race

Slay second N.Y. team

Joint confab welcomed

Claim 'hostility' in survey responses

Backs Dist. 2 candidate of 'integrity'

Likes 'community servant' in Dist. 6

The other IOC scandal

Appalling Klebold suit

Praises Senate for rejecting treaty

Plant problems can be solved with care
After 20 years of listening to the woes of well-meaning folks with plant problems, it may be time to start a hit list of those plants for which I get the most desperate calls.

Prancing horses will help finance therapy for kids
Horses will dance today through Sunday to benefit a program for children with special needs.

Kids make responsive audience
One of the major rewards of being an actor with Storyland Theatre is the audience response.

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:

Time to plant bulbs for spring
Spring flowering bulbs can make a wonderful addition to any landscape.

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: The Opry is an exciting place to be
The Grand Ole Opry, after 74 years, remains a circus, a revival and a concert all rolled into one. It's like a circus in that there is always something to watch on center stage.

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.

Choir to perform some rowdy songs
J. Porter Stokes promises that his first concert as director of the Augusta Choral Society will be a crowd-pleaser.

Play depicts pivotal ruling
"To support 60 (Negro) students with a high school education and to deny 200 Negroes elementary school education is immoral,'' Joseph Ganahl argues before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1899. Maj. Ganahl represented the Richmond County Board of Education against 150 black petitioners who fought for reopening of Ware High School, Augusta's only public black high school, which closed in 1897.

Classic chrysanthemums bring a multicolored palette to gardens, homes
Chrysanthemums are a sure sign that cooler days are coming. The shorter days and cooler temperatures that cause leaves to turn also prompt mums to bloom and greet the season with an explosion of eye-popping color.

A fair amount of nostalgia
The sounds of the 1950s highlight entertainment tonight at the Aiken Jaycees County Fair.

Fishing tournament information

Fishing can get red hot during cooler weather

Butler faces test against Demon team

Big games in Georgia

Blue Devils coud secure crown tonight

Josey defense now a dominant unit

S.C. high school polls

Big games in South Carolina

Knights need to upset Eagles

Georgia high school polls

Prep football's healing hands

Midland Valley eyes region title

Lynx ledger: Lynx face Louisiana tonight

Ruddick comfortable in Augusta

Changes come with new decade
One of the good things about all this millennium hubbub is that it means we can finally put the 1990s behind us.

A fair amount of nostalgia

Capsules

Plant problems can be solved with care

In the know

Time to plant bulbs for spring

Play depicts pivotal ruling

Kids make responsive audience

Choir to perform some rowdy songs

Classic chrysanthemums bring a multicolored palette to gardens, homes

Prancing horses will help finance therapy for kids

Support for Bush is rising

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.

Festival highlights cultures

Frontrunner to bring campaign to Aiken

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.

Early frontiersmen claimed land

Dreary afternoon

Two men charged in slaying

Residents oppose city permit

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.

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.

Detention center must pay inmate's medical bills

Play depicts pivotal ruling
"To support 60 (Negro) students with a high school education and to deny 200 Negroes elementary school education is immoral,'' Joseph Ganahl argues before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1899. Maj. Ganahl represented the Richmond County Board of Education against 150 black petitioners who fought for reopening of Ware High School, Augusta's only public black high school, which closed in 1897.

County group wants tax to fund new library

Committee to consider code

Across the area: Pineda sentenced to four life terms

Saint campaign clears hurdle

Play depicts pivotal ruling

Contract issues snag rail plans

Barnes targets top teachers

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

Bomber crewmen reunited

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.

DOE hears views on shipments

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.

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

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.

Ex-candidate to appeal ruling in libel lawsuit

City wants to bury federal sludge claim

Soldiers share their tales of war

Agency urges greater deer harvest

Contract issues snag rail plans
ATLANTA -- The first train hasn't been ordered for Georgia's passenger train system, and three state agencies are already debating who gets to drive it.

Augustans scrutinize commission hopefuls

Barnes targets top teachers
MACON -- Gov. Roy Barnes said Thursday he will ask the General Assembly to fund a major expansion of the state's national teacher certification program in hopes of adding 1,000 top educators to the rolls in the next four years.

Candidate Bush comes to Aiken

Support for Bush is rising
AIKEN -- A female president? No chance now.

Candidate Bush comes to Aiken

City wants to bury federal sludge claim
Claims that sewage sludge used as fertilizer was actually hazardous waste emerged too late to be considered in two pending federal lawsuits, a lawyer representing the city of Augusta argued Thursday.

Holiday computer prices rise

Across the area: Student charged in threat with chain

Braves admit this isn't their best team

New exams more difficult

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

DOE hears views on shipments
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Utility officials and industry regulators from across the Southeast urged the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday to move ahead as soon as possible with plans to build a permanent storage site for high-level nuclear waste beneath the Nevada desert.

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.

Candidate Bush comes to Aiken
AIKEN -- Presidential hopeful George W. Bush says he aims to take his own brand of compassionate conservatism to Washington.

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.

Holiday computer prices rise
A stampede of buyers, coupled with aftershocks from a September earthquake in Taiwan, is rocking the holiday computer market.

Taking control

Soldiers share their tales of war
For 11 months, Lloyd M. ``Pete'' Bucher lived on meals of turnips and endured beatings that left bruises that took months to heal. Still, he kept his mind focused on keeping the sailors he commanded alive.

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.

Across the area: Pineda sentenced to four life terms
Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet formally imposed four consecutive life sentences on Narciso Pineda Sr. on Thursday morning in Columbia County Superior Court.

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.

Candidate Bush comes to Aiken
AIKEN -- Presidential hopeful George W. Bush says he aims to take his own brand of compassionate conservatism to Washington.

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.

Festival highlights cultures
Leavelle-McCampbell Middle School pupils Carrie Wildener (left) and Julie Huffman pay careful attention as different countries are represented Thursday during the Multi-Cultural Festival at the school.

Webster's adds vocabulary for the 21st century

Ex-candidate to appeal ruling in libel lawsuit
AIKEN -- Former political candidate Tom Anderson has filed notice that he plans to appeal a circuit judge's ruling that he wasn't libeled by a 1997 editorial in The Augusta Chronicle.

Warrant issued for shooting suspect

Harper not fond of former team, Sunday's rival

Packers, Thomas still adjusting to each other

Jeffers looks to cash in on another opportunity

Diminutive receiver gets first NFL start

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

Marino misses practice again

MVP Davis adjusts to life as a spectator

Oxendine is getting on-the-job training

I dumped Dorsey: Week 8

No. 1 pick, not Super Bowl, might await Parcells

Marino's replacement nervous but confident

Falcons notebook: Best of '98 struggling in '99

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

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

Mrs. Hattie Ector
RAYLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Hattie Mae Ector, 78, of Linesville Road, died Friday, Oct. 15, 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. Bertha Trumble
VAUCLUSE, S.C. -- Mrs. Bertha Vonadore Trumble, 75, of Green Street, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 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.

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

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

Mrs. Shirley Sanders
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Shirley Sanders, 52, of Center Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

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

Ms. Patricia Allen
Mrs. Patricia Ann Allen, of Roosevelt Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. Paul Powell
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mr. Paul G. Powell, 53, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital.

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

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

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

Mrs. Mable Anderson
Mrs. Mable Anderson, of Fitten Street, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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

Mr. Claude Coxwell
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Claude Martin Coxwell died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, in Jacksonville, Fla.

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

Mr. John Lord
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. John Turnell Lord, 98, of Washington Highway, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Greene Point Nursing Home.

Clarence Whitehead Jr.
Mr. Clarence Whitehead Jr., 72, of Spruce Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Mr. Patricio Limon
Mr. Patricio ``Pat'' Limon, 68, of Oak Brook Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie Gilchrist
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Mattie M. Gilchrist, 59, of Walker Road, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Jerry Ross
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. Jerry David Ross, 59, of Shoreline Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Walter Weis
Mr. Walter F. Weis, 86, of Croix Court, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Eddie Bates
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Eddie Lee Bates, 41, of Lenox Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Cullum Memorial Hospital.

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

Mrs. Gladys Brantley
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Gladys Purser Brantley, 85, of Georgia Highway 24, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.

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

Mrs. Maria Dixon
Mrs. Maria Bennett Dixon, 73, of Deans Bridge Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Jennings Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mabel Skeen
Mrs. Mable Skeen, 75, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at West Lake Manor.

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

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

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

Mr. John Neal Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. John. H. ``Johnny'' Neal Jr., 36, of Neal Street, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Anna Guin
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Anna Ruth Guin, 73, of Hendry Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Mary Thomas
HEPHZIBAH -- Ms. Mary Lee Thomas, 78, of Crest Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Westlake Manor Health Care Center.

Mrs. Anna Mickens
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Anna H. Mickens, 96, of Idlewood Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Jasper Quiller
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Jasper W. ``Jack'' Quiller, 77, of Bradleyville Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Susie Jenkins
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Susie Jenkins, 91, of Buckhead Road, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

Mrs. Sara Binet

Mrs. Estelle Moody

Ms. Mary Thomas

Mrs. Hattie Ector

Mr. Rashad Ford

Mr. Paul Powell

Mr. Eally McArthur

Mrs. Anna Guin

Mr. Tillman Chavious

Clarence Whitehead Jr.

Mrs. Elizabeth Sheffield

Mr. Walter Weis

Mr. Richard Glenn

Mrs. Mable Anderson

Ms. Geneva Bartley

Mrs. Shirley Sanders

Mrs. Tinye Hunt

Mrs. Susie Jenkins

Mr. Robert Darby

Mr. John Neal Jr.

Stephen Lowery

Mr. Jerry Ross

Mr. Otto Ewing George

Mr. Jasper Quiller

Michael Lowery

Mrs. Bertha Trumble

Mr. Johnny Hill

Mrs. Anna Mickens

Mrs. Octavie Dickinson

Mrs. Mabel Skeen

Mr. George Cawley

Mrs. Maria Dixon

Mr. Kenneth Mitts

Mrs. Helen Culbertson

Mr. Eddie Bates

Mr. Oscar Penrow

Ms. Patricia Allen

Mrs. Gladys Brantley

Mrs. Mattie Gilchrist

Mr. Claude Coxwell

Mr. Patricio Limon

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

Urges obedience to uniform policy
It has been over three months since I started reading about the student uniform policy for Richmond County schools. Recently the Parent Action Committee expressed its disapproval of the disciplinary actions for students who violate the dress policy. Marjorie G. Barbee, Hephzibah

Wants 'example of honesty' in Dist. 2
I am proud to say that District 2 Augusta Commission candidate Freddie Handy is my friend. He and I have known each other forquite some time, but we became friends a little over two years ago. Brad Owens, Augusta

Likes 'community servant' in Dist. 6
I am writing to voice my support for the only active community servant running in Augusta's6th Commission District, Andy Cheek. L.J. Olive, Augusta

The other IOC scandal
The International Olympic Committee's corruption in Olympic site selection has largely obscured another scandal dogging the Olympic movement -- athletes' use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Backs Dist. 2 candidate of 'integrity'
I'd like to render my support to a man who is a great example tohis community: District 2 Augusta Commission candidate the Rev. Marion Williams. B.R. Brooker Sr., Augusta

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

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.

Comments on Grovetown election
Re the Oct. 17 editorial on Grovetown: I'm not sure where you researched your information or ifmayoral candidate George James truly has quoted it. Stacey Moore, Grovetown

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.

Appalling Klebold suit
The litigation explosion has hit the Columbine High School tragedy in Littleton, Colo. At least 18 lawsuits have been filed as a result of the tragic April 20 blood bath caused by two deranged teens who killed 12 students, a teacher and injured 23 others before turning their guns on themselves.

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.

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

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

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

Lauds 'gentleman' in District 2 race
Congratulations to the Rev. Marion Williams for deciding to become involved in our government by running for the District 2 Augusta Commission seat. I have known him for a number of years as he has pastored the Friendship Baptist Church next to my home. William A. Brown, III, Augusta

Clinton's new 'demon'
No sooner had Robert Ray been sworn in as Whitewater independent counsel to succeed the battle-scarred Kenneth Starr than the White House character assassins started in on Ray.

Supports brother in District race
My goal was to stay out of the race between my brother, Andy Cheek, and Hobson Chavous. Unfortunately, Mr. Chavous has made that difficult by his practice of using people from west Augusta and Columbia County to go door to door for him in the 6th District. It appears that Mr. Chavous doesn't have time for the people. Robert Cheek, Augusta

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

NBA resumes drug testing after six-day hiatus

IOC doping policies criticized at Senate hearing

Restrictor plates save Earnhardt

Area college roundup: ASU golf completes season

Westminster head for state semifinals

Hudspeth loses arm, not drive

Overtime: Stallions tryout campset for Nov. 6

Jordan's 23 restaurant opens in Chapel Hill

Overtime: U.S. women begin soccer tour today

Wallace still looking for 50th victory and more

Thelan fills two important positions

ASU soccer team trounced, 6-1

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.

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.

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.

Spotty Y2K readiness found among smaller chemical companies
WASHINGTON -- A check of small and medium-size chemical industry firms found that only a small number are prepared for the Y2K computer glitch, according to a Texas A&M University survey.

Customers linked to ad network
Morris Communications Corp., publisher of The Augusta Chronicle, went online today with a new service that provides access to the largest network of classified advertising in the nation.

Holiday computer prices rise
A stampede of buyers, coupled with aftershocks from a September earthquake in Taiwan, is rocking the holiday computer market.

Scientists: Fossils may be oldest dinosaur
WASHINGTON -- Jawbones of two animals from before the Jurassic period may be the oldest dinosaur fossils ever discovered and could focus new light on an era when mammals, dinosaurs and reptiles were in a frenzy of evolutionary change.

Scientists developing test for mad cow disease
WASHINGTON -- Scientists are developing a blood test they hope can be used to detect mad cow disease and similar brain illnesses in animals and humans.

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.

Study says zinc cuts cancer risk
WASHINGTON -- Researchers looking for connections between prostate cancer and outside influences found no statistical link with vasectomies, a study says. But men seemed to lower their risk of the disease significantly by taking certain vitamins.

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.

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.

Biological weapons remain a threat

Researchers to set off blasts to reveal faults, hazards

Study says zinc cuts cancer risk

Scientists: Fossils may be oldest dinosaur

Company one of first to provide insurance for information superhighway

Holiday computer prices rise

Spotty Y2K readiness found among smaller chemical companies

Scientists developing test for mad cow disease

Lab snakes studied to see if they adapt

Customers linked to ad network

Government finalizes rules protecting kids online