Turner Field keeps Braves' history alive

Matchup hangs on close calls

House that Ruth built always memorable

Attitude sets Rocker apart from other closers

Hernandez outdueled Maddux

Former Braves' exploits rank among best

Augustan still roots for Yankees

Where to watch the games

Late start causes problems

Braves notebook: Braves prepare for Hernandez

Braves notes

Payrolls for every MLB team

Rotation changed due to flu

Position-by-position matchups

Rivera lets his pitching do the talking

Yankees match Braves' pitchers arm for arm

Late innings will decide games

Braves notes

Series for the decade

Field of dreams

Braves unravel in 8th

Yankees notes

Shirts were lucky for victories

Meat diet is fattening market prices
CHICAGO -- The high-protein diet craze that has people pigging out on steak, chops and even bacon may be plumping up meat prices on the wholesale market.

Upscale coffee shop planned

Bank reports fourth profitable quarter
People's Community Capital Corp. reported its fourth consecutive profitable quarter Friday.

Bill gives mergers approval

Pocket change
Consumer Reports magazine compared the prices of commonly-prescribed drugs and found a big disparity among the amounts charged by drugstore chains, independent pharmacists, supermarkets, mass retailers such as Wal-Mart and online or mail-order pharmacies.

Bill gives mergers approval
WASHINGTON -- A lengthy political struggle may be ending over legislation that would make it easier for banks, stock brokerages and insurance companies to combine and sell one another's products.

On high tech's cutting edge

Upscale coffee shop planned
One of downtown's most popular lunch spots will be closed for a week as it undergoes a change in management. Paul's Place -- the casual dining restaurant tucked behind the pillars of the Lamar Building at 723 Broad St. -- will be transformed into an upscale coffee shop in coming weeks.

Meat diet is fattening market prices

Business briefs
Dow closes week with 172-point gain ... Merry Land files purchase plan ... Party City sold to franchisee

Shop early say financial experts

Pocket change

On the move

On high tech's cutting edge
Meet Deon Nelson, a self-admitted computer nut. His home is completely wired to his computer -- which was more expensive than his car.

On the move
Thomas ``Branan'' Ruffin has joined the staff of R.W. Allen & Associates as project examiner.

Shop early say financial experts
NEW YORK -- Get your shopping done early -- and avoid the lack of crowds. That's the advise some financial consultants are giving investors who may have some last-minute business to wrap up before year's end, whether buying or selling stocks, bonds and other securities.

Plot twists abound for Clemson, FSU

Georgia notes: Georgia back on track

'Too Tall' Jones kicks off CSRA kickoff weekend

USC looking for win against Vandy

Seminoles top Tigers

Gamecocks lose a close game to Vanderbilt

Tech defense must step up

College football notes and schedules

Moris Brown wins Classic

Arnaud has had it tough since freshman game against Kentucky

Georgia dominates Kentucky

Georgia prepares for UK invasion

Warrick avoids jail and will face Clemson

Longtime rivalry returns to Tuscaloosa after 69 years

Warrick off little bit in Clemson game

Defense carries day for Eagles

A look at the 20th century: 1982
Augustans inaugurated their first black mayor. Strom Thurmond voted for a civil rights bill for the first time ever. The decades-old AT&T monopoly was divested. Augusta hit a record low temperature of 1 degree.

A look at the 20th century: 1983
1983 wasn't a year to remember for Augusta politics, but it was one Augustans are not likely to forget.

Reports Grovetown mayor helping fund Clinton defense

Assails candidate's 'shortsighted' leadership skills

Defends Taylor against bigotry charges

Says decision no victory for poker foes

Argues HMOs should be held liable for their mistakes

Blasts boycott over Confederate flag

Failed program lives

Claims bill confuses abortion issue

Dismisses 'military bashing by press'

Kent: Attack airs; race is pivotal; pro tem writes

Ga. Dems ignore ethics

Supports youth mentor in Dist. 4

Blasts editorial backing earring ban

Lauds support for new library in Columbia Co.

Praises Dist. 4 incumbent's hard work

Support N-waste solution

Satirizes Richmond's dress code

Favors wearing jewelry to the 'unsafe' necktie

Faith digest
Fall festival West Acres Baptist Church in Evans celebrates the fall season with a festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to benefit Waverly Holmes of Evans, an assisted-living home at 550 Gibbs Road.

Clearing up clergy confusion
Dear Carson: There is confusion in our office about the proper way to address letters to Protestant pastors, Roman Catholic priests, bishops and nuns.

Group sends their ministry overseas with textbooks
Marilyn Blanchard is one of a kind. The Aiken resident is acquiring used books and Bibles for distribution through Operation Mobilization Literature, an international ministry which shipped 6 million books from its Waynesboro, Ga., headquarters last year.

Singing their praise
Tenor Jeffrey Hackley was 5 when he sang with his first gospel choir in Washington, D.C. Gospel music is part of him now, but it's no private affair. It's contagious.

They add up
Kathy Hamrick confesses an obsession for a device most people take for granted -- and only a math professor could love. ``They're modest little things,'' she said, gesturing toward her collection of hand-held, electronic calculators. ``But they really changed our world.''

Husbands should pay due honor to wives
The Word of God is such a practical book: it tells us how to deal with everyday issues in life.

Creating fantasies for their children
As 9-week-old Zachary Russ grows, he will see visions of a storybook hollow. The newest addition to the Russ family has his parents' imagination and neighbor Heather Hilton's artistic talent to thank for the panoramic scene painted in his bedroom.

In the know
On Tuesday, Hasbro introduced I Choose You, an electronic plush version of the best known Pokemon character, No. 25, Pikachu, although it isn't to be available nationwide until November. It's the first in a series of electronic plush toys to be released by Hasbro, Nintendo's toy and board game licensee for Pokemon.

The ghosts like to come out to play in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans, which labels itself the most haunted city in the nation, has no trouble living up to the reputation.

Washington house was full of angry spirits
For months, people had complained of foul smells and strange sounds emanating from the deserted house at 11th and D streets in Washington, D.C. Each time police went to investigate they found nothing out of the ordinary, just bones of rats and cats.

Allendale County site of hunting TV show

Graduate student dials in stripers, waits for `beep'

Hunt of a lifetime

Bulloch Academy rolls over Eagles Landing

No. 1 Eagles rout Knights

Warner Robins beats up on Butler for key region win

Aiken squeaks by cross-town rivals

Red Devils rout Monticello

Camden downs Strom Thurmond

Bears edge Patriots; LeZotte hurt

Thomson salvages playoff hopes

Prep Football: Week 9

No. 8 Tigers still unbeaten

Laney rallies to upset Josey

Midland Valley hammers Eau Claire

Edmund Burke -- 28, Briarwood -- 22

Screven defeats Southeast Bulloch

Batesburg gets past Gilbert

Blackville-Hilda -- 46, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler -- 6

Silver Bluff wraps up title

Hephzibah romps over Northeast

Friendly rivalry marches on

North Augusta edged by Irmo

Lynx let game slip away

Lynx ledger

Grrrowl's attack aimed at Lynx's goalie

Shirts were lucky for victories
The kicker is, the Atlanta Braves won't know it. Within a few days, they will either be the celebrated victors of the last World Series of the 1900s, or just another disappointment in a decade of lost opportunities.

Singing their praise

The ghosts like to come out to play in New Orleans

Husbands should pay due honor to wives

Washington house was full of angry spirits

In the know

Creating fantasies for their children

Faith digest

Clearing up clergy confusion

They add up

Group sends their ministry overseas with textbooks

More grads qualify for HOPE aid

Doctor gets national notice
The Center for Primary Care in Evans doesn't look like a research laboratory with its waiting room full of children and parents. But through its director, family practice physician Paul Fischer, it is now linked to a network of prestigious researchers whose expertise the government often seeks on controversial issues.

Senator selected for panel
The addition of State Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, to the Senate Appropriations Committee could mean more state dollars coming into the Augusta area.

Scrambling for Braves tickets
Sometimes success has to be its own reward. Because oddly enough, it's not encouraging a wave of excitement among Atlanta Braves fans in Augusta, who seem to be approaching this year's World Series with muted enthusiasm.

Fans find friends at classic
The rivalrous rants of the Morris Brown College and Morehouse College fans never rose from the tailgate camp Saturday morning. Amid the smoking grills and pounds of marinated meats, there were no team supporters flailing pompons or waving school banners when the party began in the parking lot behind the Lumpkin Road stadium.

Woman dies in house fire
BATH -- An Aiken County woman killed in an early morning house fire Friday died from smoke inhalation, Coroner Sue Townsend said.

Deer season opens today
Kevin Ray looks forward to deer season much like Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz anticipates the World Series.

Ground water safety in question
Roy Barnes is ready to rumble with the U.S. Department of Energy. In a Sept. 30 letter to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson obtained by The Augusta Chronicle, the Georgia governor demanded more than $2.5 million in federal money to be used to monitor the effects of Savannah River Site on the state's environment.

Doctor gets national notice

Aiken County inmate wins awards for art
AIKEN -- An inmate who likes to sketch religious artwork in his free time at the Aiken County Detention Center struck gold after entering the art show at the Aiken Jaycees County Fair.

Expensive list awaits open-space panel
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes' newly formed Greenspace Study Committee hasn't even met yet, and already it faces $2 billion in pent-up demand for parks and recreational facilities from local governments across Georgia.

Senator selected for panel

Aiken County inmate wins awards for art

Rivera lets his pitching do the talking

Child psychologist facing molestation charges will remain in jail

Event plants SEED of science

Across the area
The 11th District Georgia PTA will host the PTA Family Fun Tech Day today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gateway Country, 263 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway -- in the Augusta Exchange shopping center.

Debate still rages over video poker

Man gets two life sentences for murder
The Augusta man so sure he could get away with murder if no one could find William ``Al'' Hamilton's body will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Candidates explain circumstances of incidents

Deputy arrested by GBI

Center draws zoning dispute

Event plants SEED of science
AIKEN -- Hundreds of children spent Saturday touching snakes, blowing glass, racing remote-control cars and trying to build straw towers that wouldn't topple.

Olde Town will get training center

Mother gets 20-year sentence for cruelty
Jamie R. Nipper will have 20 years to think about her third son, a baby never expected to walk on his own or recover from brain damage.

Across the area

Center draws zoning dispute
With a planning book in hand, Miranda Jackson counted the cloth-covered tables: ``Twenty-three, 24, 25, 26.'' She looked around Peter S. Knox Service Center, imagining what it would look like in a little more than 24 hours.

A look at the 20th century: 1983

Man gets two life sentences for murder

Fans find friends at classic

Scrambling for Braves tickets

Producing yearbooks teaches skills

Deputy arrested by GBI
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- A former high-ranking Coffee County Sheriff's Department officer has been charged with manufacturing marijuana along with five other men in neighboring Irwin County.

Candidates want to fix water crisis

Child psychologist facing molestation charges will remain in jail
A Martinez child psychologist facing more than 100 counts of child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor will remain in jail despite an attempt Friday to get a Richmond County judge to reconsider a denied bail request.

Olde Town will get training center
A new training center expected to open next month will nudge Olde Town residents closer to the cutting edge. In celebration of national Make a Difference Day, the Augusta staff of Communities in Schools held a luncheon Saturday to thank E-Z-GO Textron, the primary renovator of the organization's new training facility and computer lab.

State will evaluate business tax breaks
ATLANTA -- Georgia may be fishing with the wrong bait when it uses certain tax breaks to lure executives to build factories here and create jobs.

More grads qualify for HOPE aid
ATLANTA -- The number of Georgia high school graduates eligible for HOPE scholarships climbed 3.9 percent this year, according to a report released by the state's Student Finance Commission.

Schools plan to cut out aides
Richmond County parents say teaching assistants are a vital part of their children's education, but school officials say they would rather have more certified teachers, smaller class sizes and no teaching assistants.

Across the area

State will evaluate business tax breaks

Schools plan to cut out aides

Expensive list awaits open-space panel

Candidates explain circumstances of incidents
Running afoul of the law does not necessarily keep people from running for office in Augusta. In a check of Richmond County State Court and Superior Court records, The Augusta Chronicle found misdemeanor criminal offenses for five of the 10 candidates in contested races for Augusta Commission.

Producing yearbooks teaches skills
At Greenbrier High School, the yearbook staff spends months planning a yearbook that will leave their mark on the school.

Matchup hangs on close calls

Ground water safety in question

Temperatures today might to be in 30s
Chilly weather is on its way to Augusta. Temperatures today are expected to be the lowest so far this year, reaching 64 degrees during the day and dropping into the mid-30s by nightfall, with light winds and clear skies.

Woman dies in house fire

Candidates want to fix water crisis
Two candidates in Augusta Commission District 6 are running for the seat that will be vacated at year's end by J.B. Powell. Former Richmond County Commission Chairman and real-estate broker Hobson Chavous and Savannah River Site research supervisor Andy Cheek want the seat Mr. Powell chose not to seek again.

Deer season opens today

Across the area
Richmond County authorities said they have arrested the victim of a falsely reported armed robbery of a Zaxby's restaurant and charged him with theft and the false report of a crime.

Debate still rages over video poker
AIKEN -- Just two weeks ago in Aiken County, poker foes made 3,500 telephone calls in one night urging people to vote against keeping the video gambling industry legal.

Road win puts Chiefs near AFC West top

Ward rooting for Falcons loss

Young not yet decided on future

Walsh still believes in the 49ers' dynasty

Marino still ailing, Huard likely to start

Falcons need to stop 'The Bus'

NFL roundup

Mrs. Martha Deputy
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Martha Hammond Deputy, 96, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, in Augusta.

Mrs. Chrystal Clark
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Chrystal Lovella Van Baalen Clark, 73, of Railroad Avenue, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Thelma Freeman
HILDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Thelma Morris Freeman, 78, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, in Barnwell.

Ms. Della Williams
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Ms. Della Mae Williams, 52, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999.

Mr. Alvin Simmons Sr.
Mr. Alvin Johnnie Simmons Sr., of Brookshire Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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

Mr. Dennis Michael Leonard Jr.
Mr. Dennis Michael Leonard Jr. died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at his residence. He was 86.

Mr. John Sturgis
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. John Henry Sturgis, 79, of New Hope Church Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999.

Mr. Thomas Rankin
AIKEN -- Mr. D. Thomas Rankin, 58, of Moultrie Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Wilson Hall
ATLANTA -- Mr. Wilson Hall, 78, of Newton Avenue, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999.

Mr. Robert Sievers Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert Sievers Sr., 58, of Derby Road, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. George Drinkard
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. George Pierce Drinkard, 92, of Sharon Road, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Wilkes Health Care Center.

Mr. Emory Arnold Sr.
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Emory Arnold Sr., 84, of Vidalia Road, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Sunbridge Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Bobby McFee
AIKEN -- Mr. Bobby R. McFee, 65, of Park Avenue, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Cleo Barrett
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mr. Cleo Luther Barrett, 77, of Windwood Acres, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. William Donovan
Mr. William Alan Donovan, 64, of Hillside Court, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Miss Shani Rouse
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Miss Shani Latone Rouse, 22, of Promise Lane Road, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999.

Mr. Woodrow Boyne
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Woodrow A. Boyne, 87, of Wactor Street, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Silver Springs Health Care.

Mr. Richard Hogan
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Richard Allen Hogan, 72, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, in Augusta.

Mr. Frank Heath
THOMSON -- Mr. Frank Leon ``Hoss'' Heath, 98, of Wrens Road, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Southern Oaks Health Care Center.

Mrs. Gaile Bennett
Mrs. Gaile Lipham Bennett, 52, of Hillcreek Drive, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Paul Skelley
Mr. Paul Michael Skelley, 56, of Pine Log Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Audrey Clark
Mrs. Audrey M. ``Ruby'' Clark, of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at her residence.

Dr. Chauncey Daley Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dr. Chauncey R. Daley Jr., 81, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Cofer
GRESHAMVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Kathryn Johnson Cofer, 93, of Copeland Road, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Greene Point Health Care Center.

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

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

Rev. Richard Andrews
The Rev. Richard W. Andrews, 66, of Aerie Circle, Evans, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999.

Mrs. Hedwig Fair
Mrs. Hedwig Fair, 77, of Augusta, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at Jennings Health Care.

Mr. Clarence Johnson
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Clarence Lucious Johnson III, 52, of Highway 25 North, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mae Arrowood
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Mae Quarles Arrowood, 45, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Ethel Mobley
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Ethel Mobley, 68, of Old River Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Bulloch County Hospital.

Mr. Jessie Davis
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mr. Jessie Davis, 75, of Bergen Street, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Annie Knight
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Mae Knight, 78, of Live Oak Road, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Prince Myers
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Prince Myers, 74, of Pine Street, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Barnwell County Hospital, Barnwell.

Mr. Lavaughn Griner
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Lavaughn Griner, 69, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mr. Wade Lord
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Wade Lord, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Ralph Brannen
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Ralph Morgan Brannen, 85, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Betty Partridge
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Betty Sheffield Partridge, 62, of Partridgetown Road, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Polly Janes
LUTZ, Fla. -- Mrs. Polly Creed Janes, 66, of Lake Hills Drive, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Tampa.

Mrs. Christine McCollough
BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. -- Mrs. Christine Morton McCollough, 71, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at Effingham County Hospital, Springfield.

Mr. Stanley Blumstein
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Stanley Blumstein, 69, of Prince William Drive, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jessie Davis
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mr. Jessie Davis, 75, of Bergen St., died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Cleo Barrett

Mrs. Mary Cofer

Mr. Jasper Quiller

Mrs. Polly Janes

Ms. Della Williams

Mrs. Christine McCollough

Mr. Walter Weis

Mrs. Martha Deputy

Mr. Alvin Simmons Sr.

Dr. Chauncey Daley Jr.

Mr. Jessie Davis

Mrs. Hedwig Fair

Mr. Wade Lord

Mrs. Mae Arrowood

Mr. John Sturgis

Mr. Prince Myers

Mr. Frank Heath

Mr. Stanley Blumstein

Mrs. Ethel Mobley

Mrs. Gaile Bennett

Mr. Wilson Hall

Rev. Richard Andrews

Mr. Paul Skelley

Mrs. Betty Partridge

Mr. Bobby McFee

Mr. Richard Hogan

Mr. George Drinkard

Mr. Clarence Johnson

Mrs. Chrystal Clark

Mr. Emory Arnold Sr.

Mrs. Annie Knight

Mr. William Donovan

Mrs. Thelma Freeman

Sisler: 'Tolerance' should not mean endorsement
EVERY WEEK during the school year a local elementary school posts a ``character word'' on its outside message board. This week's word is ``tolerance.'' I wonder if all four main definitions are being, well, tolerated.

Notes loss of Cathedral Quartet singer
On Oct. 15 the world of Southern gospel music lost a ``star'' and heaven gained one. You won't findhis name in the paper, nor will it be on the world news tonight, but rest assured, this was a great man. Elaine Ray Cushman, Evans

Supports youth mentor in Dist. 4
I've known Augusta Commission District 4 candidate BrianGreen through my associations with him as a volunteer mentor to our troubled youths at Augusta Youth Development Center. James Price, Augusta

Says decision no victory for poker foes
To say that the court's latest decision on video poker is a surprise to me would be an understatement. I just want all the poker operators out there to know that I don't see this as a victory. In other words, I'll save my celebration until July, 2000. I see it as just another move to save the industry. Brenda Bancroft, North Augusta

Blasts boycott over Confederate flag
Re Bill House's Oct. 10 letter stating that the Confederate flag should come down from the South Carolina Statehouse and be put away: John O. Ghann, Augusta

Aiken Co. jail woe?
A ruling by Circuit Court Judge Marc Westbrook could prove to be very expensive for Aiken County taxpayers if it stands as a precedent. Westbrook ordered the county jail to pay for medical treatment for a burglary suspect who got banged up when several Good Samaritans apprehended him.

Support N-waste solution
The public hearings being held by the Department of Energy to move spent nuclear fuel out of 72 commercial nuclear plants and five DOE nuclear weapons complexes, such as Savannah River Site, should have been held years ago. The decades-old plan calls for shipping the nuclear waste to a deep burial facility in Yucca Mountain, Nev.

Reports Grovetown mayor helping fund Clinton defense
Looking for another good rea-son to question the mindset of Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau? He is listed in federal documents as a contributor to the Bill Clinton Legal Defense Fund. Austin Rhodes, Augusta

DOE lawbreaker
If Republican George W. Bush is elected president next year and one of his Cabinet secretaries were to brazenly testify on the Hill that the administration won't obey a law it doesn't like until Congress changes it, imagine the outcry you'd hear from liberal and cultural elites in the major media.

Argues HMOs should be held liable for their mistakes
Jerry Jasinowski's Oct. 15 guest column regarding Rep. Charlie Norwood's, R-Ga., proposed Health Maintenance Organ-ization reform legislation evokes many thoughts on this sensitive subject. Considering Mr. Jasinowski's career employment, I can certainly understand his concerns. Lawrence Smith, Martinez

Ga. Dems ignore ethics
While an Augusta Commission subcommittee continues to wrestle with forging an ethics ordinance, an even worse scenario is unfolding in Atlanta.

Sisler: 'Tolerance' should not mean endorsement
EVERY WEEK during the school year a local elementary school posts a ``character word'' on its outside message board. This week's word is ``tolerance.'' I wonder if all four main definitions are being, well, tolerated.

Kent: Attack airs; race is pivotal; pro tem writes
Sheriff to be slammedDon't be surprised when ABC-TV's 20/20 airs a biased attack piece next month against the Aiken County Sheriff's Department and the Tenneco Packaging Co.

Failed program lives
The easiest thing for a politician to do is come up with ``good causes'' on which to spend taxpayers' money. President Clinton has a host of them as he meets with GOP congressional leaders to thrash out budget priorities -- and, in fairness, Republicans have a few new spending plans of their own.

Assails candidate's 'shortsighted' leadership skills
Do you want another tax increase on your Augusta-Richmond County millage rate? On Oct. 9, while attending a political rally-breakfast at Gracewood Community Center, District 4 candidate Hobson Chavous was expounding on the present financial situation and the status of county funds when he was a commissioner. Paschal I. Owen, Hephzibah

Finds earring cartoon 'disturbing'
I rarely find Rick McKee's editorial cartoons very funny, but the one in the Oct. 16 issue concerning the earring ban in Richmond County schools was quite disturbing. It is one thing to attack adults and their opinions in the editorials, but this cartoon was a direct attack on young people. Erika Pracht, North Augusta

Satirizes Richmond's dress code
Our esteemed leaders on the Richmond County School Board feel they have solved the crime problem in our schools by implementing a dress code. M. Prichard, Augusta

Claims bill confuses abortion issue
The bill crafted by U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives on Sept. 30, that would make it a federalcrime to injure or kill an unborn child in the act of another federal crime, only adds confusion to an already strange dichotomy and raises the question of how do we determine when it is legal or illegal to commit the same crime? A. G. Blackmon, Warrenville

Endorses Dist. 4 incumbent
The residents of Augusta Commission District 4 should know the difference between snake oil and real problem solving. The three opposing candidates are opportunists. Nathaniel Charles, Hephzibah

Defends Taylor against bigotry charges
Re Oct. 12 letter, ``Criticizes Ga. lt. gov. for bigotry'': Tom Hamorsky, Millen

Praises Dist. 4 incumbent's hard work
As friends and neighbors of Commissioner Richard Colclough, we feel we must respond to Phil Kent's unfair comments made in his Oct. 7 column regarding Mr.Colclough's health. Ruby and Clyde Durden, Augusta

Favors wearing jewelry to the 'unsafe' necktie
Earrings, neckties; what's the difference? Robert Zeglarski, Augusta

Lauds support for new library in Columbia Co.
Hooray for the editorial on Oct. 9 in favor of the new library for Columbia County! A new facility will benefit all citizens with Internet access and new resources. R. Janine Bangs, Martinez

Dismisses 'military bashing by press'
There is no question war is a terrible enterprise. I do feel sorry that civilians get caught up in the middle of the action and suffer accordingly. But casualties are going to happen. Frank D. Harrisson, Augusta

Blasts editorial backing earring ban
Editorial editor Phil Kent is a prime example of what is wrong with our society and schools. Most kids who wear earrings are not gay, drug dealers, or gang bangers like he suggested (editorial, Oct. 15). Holly Goodson, Augusta

Defends Confederacy and the flag
The Confederate flag perpetuates the memory of those who, true to the instincts of their birth, faithful in the teachings of their fathers and constant love for the state, died in the performance of their duty. Rick Bernardi, North Augusta

Barkley to announce retirement

Future appears bright for Jaguars

Strange to captain Ryder Cup team at The Belfry

Martin wins pole; Jarrett happy with third

Overtime: Educators hit problems in athletics

Tyson-Norris fight declared no contest

Martin wins pole; Jarrett happy with third

Woods, Tway meet again in final round of Disney

Tyson vs. Norris: a couple of aging heavyweights

Golf notes: Woods not satisfied with lead

Overtime: Taylor moves to second stage of PGA qualifying

Scientists to analyze dead whale
BOSTON -- The slow, agonizing death of a female right whale entangled in fishing nets in the Atlantic Ocean was a severe setback for a species already hovering near extinction.

Vaccine worries grow as memory of disease dims
WASHINGTON -- A lot of today's new parents weren't around when polio was so dreaded that children were kept from the movies or the beach during the summer because of fears the paralyzing virus would sweep through a crowd.

Frozen mammoth airlift milestone in paleontology, scientists say
PARIS -- The pungent smell of elephant dung pierced the Siberian cold as scientists scraped away the last layers of frozen tundra that had entrapped a woolly mammoth for 20,000 years.

Researchers find enzyme with possible role in Alzheimer's disease
WASHINGTON -- An enzyme that is thought to be part of the Alzheimer's disease process may have been isolated by California researchers, a discovery that could lead to new drugs for the brain-destroying disease.

Gore urges FCC to examine broadcasters obligations
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Al Gore is urging federal regulators to examine how broadcasters can pay back the public for getting valuable digital television channels from the government for free.

Pixels replace stunt performers
LOS ANGELES -- Phil Culotta misses getting beaten up. The veteran stuntman was hired to double for Kevin Bacon in an upcoming sci-fi movie, but like a growing number of America's stunt performers, Culotta said he lost most of the daring-do to a computer-generated replacement.

Workers in Japan's nuclear accident unaware of dangers
WASHINGTON -- Lacking the training given at U.S. nuclear facilities, three workers who caused Japan's worst nuclear accident were described Friday as blue collar employees with little scientific background or understanding of the potential dangers they faced.

Bookstore fights Amazon.com's questions about sex
MINNEAPOLIS -- The owners of a feminist bookstore involved in a trademark infringement dispute with Amazon.com want the company barred from asking about their sexual orientation.

Pixels replace stunt performers

Gore urges FCC to examine broadcasters obligations

Researchers find enzyme with possible role in Alzheimer's disease

Vaccine worries grow as memory of disease dims

Scientists to analyze dead whale

Bookstore fights Amazon.com's questions about sex

Workers in Japan's nuclear accident unaware of dangers