Braves face winter of discontent

Umpire striving for new union have their day

Baseball roundup: Hargrove, Lopes hired

No question of Harrick's committment

Griffey asks for trade

Atlanta could be major player in Griffey Sweepstakes

Martinez named AP Player of the Year

Rangers trade Juan Gonzalez to Tigers in nine-player deal

DaimlerChrysler AG to eliminate Plymouths

Businesses hire disabled
Willie Jones has been blind for nearly 25 years, but he's a more marketable employee now than he ever has been. He says technology is helping him access and process information with newfound clarity and speed.

Business briefs: Stocks lose ground after early rally

Businesses hire disabled

Packard Bell NEC pulls out of U.S. market
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Citing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, Packard Bell NEC Inc. is pulling out of the U.S. market for home computers and laying off 1,400 workers by the end of the year.

Drug prices out-pace inflation
WASHINGTON -- Prices for the drugs older Americans use most often have been soaring far above the overall rate of inflation -- more than four times higher last year -- says an advocacy group that wants prescription benefits added to Medicare.

Business briefs: Stocks lose ground after early rally
NEW YORK -- The stock market fell back from a big early rally and closed mixed Tuesday, unable to sustain its advance amid continuing concerns about interest rates.

Business briefs: Nasdaq closes above 3,000 for first time

Packard Bell NEC pulls out of U.S. market

Zoning dispute postponed

Plymouth vehicles to be phased out by 2001
LAS VEGAS -- DaimlerChrysler AG confirmed Wednesday it plans to phase out the Plymouth brand at the end of the 2001 model year in an effort to eliminate overlap with other Chrysler models.

Family will open men's store
A Columbia County tradition in men's clothing will continue when the ribbon is cut Friday at Barksdale's Men's Wear.

Leading indicators down 0.1 percent in September

Facility finished for state
The $1 million renovation of a downtown office building is complete and its new tenant, the Georgia Department of Correction's Augusta probation office, is getting settled in.

Plymouth vehicles to be phased out by 2001

Mickey Mouse in Asia

Zoning dispute postponed
A zoning dispute between Olde Town residents and supporters of Peter S. Knox Service Center has been resolved -- at least for now.

Mickey Mouse in Asia
HONG KONG -- The deal Walt Disney Co. struck with Hong Kong to build a major Disney theme park relies on a nearly $3 billion, taxpayer-funded investment by the territory and just a $314 million infusion from Disney.

Leading indicators down 0.1 percent in September
NEW YORK (A) -- A key gauge of future economic activity fell slightly in September, but the U.S. economy is expected to remain on track toward the longest expansion in American history, the Conference Board reported today.

DaimlerChrysler AG to eliminate Plymouths
NEW YORK -- Plymouth cars and minivans are running out of gas.

Facility finished for state

Business briefs: Nasdaq closes above 3,000 for first time
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index vaulted to its fourth-straight closing high Wednesday, finishing above 3,000 for the first time ever.

Furman's play surprises conference

Schmitz only bright shot for slumping Tar Heels

Hamilton Wins Recognition for Hometown

Man arrested for bribing LSU coach

College notes: Virginia Tech defense faces another gunner

College notes: A weekend to settle a few scores

Young Vols receivers need to step up

Kitchings' speed impresses coaches

Offensive mastermind overlooked for head coaching jobs

Back at tailback, Carroll finally thrives

Fulmer and Vols await Notre Dame

Clemson performs the quarterback shuffle

Suspended Seminoles receiver signs with agent

Defense steps up for offense

Tech facing Virginia with a different agenda

Survey: outlook hopeful
COLUMBIA, Md. -- As Americans stand at the threshold of the next century, they worry the globe will get warmer in the next 50 years, terrorists will probably attack with biological or chemical weapons and the world is likely to face a major energy crisis.

Top racehorses train in Aiken
AIKEN -- Racing fans lean on the rail at the Aiken Training Track each winter, watching and wondering.

Praises Augusta Theater Company

The foolish senator

Blasts Water Works for late charges

Praises news article on single dads

Protests tobacco ad in 'The Chronicle'

Chides 'fair-weather' Braves fans

A welcomed delay!

Rebuts anti-biblical arguments

Two wins & a runoff

Protests critical comment about Citadel

Recommends auto pedal extenders

In the know
Legions of Pokemon fans will have new ways to satisfy their hunger Monday when Pokemon toys become part of Burger King's popular kid meals. Each of the 57 toys is packed in a Poke Ball and is accompanied by one of 151 trading cards Nintendo has partnered with Burger King for promotion in conjunction with the Nov. 10 release of Pokemon: The First Movie.

Traditional fair
For many people, fall arrives when the fair comes to town. Open fields are transformed into flashing, whirling, color-filled carnivals. Diets get tossed aside for a sausage dog or funnel cake. Grown men walk around with bags of cotton candy.

Child care gets high-class sheen
DENVER -- At 8:10 on a chilly morning, Jackson Longhofer hustles out of the car and enters the building where he will spend the next several hours. He passes the uniformed guard, who holds open the front door, crosses over a bubbling brook stocked with fish, moves through the 32-foot-high vaulted interior with its Victorian-style shop fronts, passes the ``bibliotheque,'' the Coconut Theater, the music room, the math room, the computer room and the TV station with its four clocks displaying times around the world.

Intensely flavorful
Does your weekly trip to the grocery store leave you feeling ``produce challenged''? With items like broccoli raab, radicchio, white asparagus, chayote, baby bok choy and star fruit, who wouldn't be confused?

'Cosi' cast is vivacious, alive
Cosi Fan Tutte is a comic opera by Mozart filled with dazzling music, beautiful voices and hilarious complications.

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?

Culinary institute's gathering a love fest of food, friends
NEW YORK -- Chefs Jacques Pepin, Alain Sailhac and Andre Soltner are the ``Three Musketeers'' of the kitchen.

Capsules
Cheap health care? Bedside manner doesn't matter when some men want drugs to improve sexual function.

S.C. player of the week

Georgia player of the week

Tiltgen heats up; Lambert to IHL

Lynx ledger: Lambert signs with Orlando

Traditional fair

Intensely flavorful

'Cosi' cast is vivacious, alive

In the know

Child care gets high-class sheen

Capsules

In the know

EPA suit targets Southern Co.

Council seeks contract with company
AIKEN -- In a hurriedly called special meeting Tuesday night, Aiken County Council cleared the way for a manufacturer of cable installation products to locate in Graniteville.

Price steers reform toward back burner
Columbia County schools Superintendent Tommy Price wants to slow the school system's push toward an alternative schedule for its four high schools.

Former officer wants his job back

History favors runoff challengers
If history holds true, Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy might have more to worry about than his opponent in the District 2 runoff election Nov. 23.

Inspectors search for hazards

Street party heralds start of 2000

Indoor reading weather

Few Columbia County residents go to polls
While voters in Grovetown turned out to show their approval for their current city officials, Tuesday's voting held one surprise upset in Harlem.

Price steers reform toward back burner

Augusta man faces 4 counts of burglary
After a rash of burglaries in an Augusta neighborhood, police charged a man Tuesday with four counts of burglary and suspect him in four more cases.

Attorneys use DNA evidence

School system charged with racism

Deputy assists others

Suspect faces possible indictment
An Augusta man who police said stole a city cab and rammed two sheriff's cars will face possible indictment on charges ranging from aggravated assault on a police officer to littering.

Teacher training certified

Short ballots disappoint some voters
AIKEN -- With billboards and yard signs still dotting the landscape, Aiken County election officials were not surprised when a handful of people showed up at the polls Tuesday to vote on video poker.

Zoning dispute postponed

Indoor reading weather
Eight-year-old Brittany Jackson takes time on a blustery, damp Tuesday to read The Emperor Penguin's New Clothes at Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta. The forecast calls for freezing low temperatures today and Thursday.

Savannah to close Olympic training site

Technicality disrupts vote
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Neither of two Beaufort County school board candidates may have been elected Tuesday, no matter which one got the most votes.

Council seeks contract with company

Commissioners consider policy for renaming roads
Ronald Reagan Drive may have to wait a little while. Columbia County commissioners will discuss a policy for renaming roads after people later this month. Until then, no name changes will be made.

Few Columbia County residents go to polls

Meetings lacking support
ATLANTA -- Augusta Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker is one of Roy Barnes' key allies, so it made sense when the governor appointed him to his education reform commission.

Technicality disrupts vote

Official disputes charges
More than a week after his bosses told him to resign or be fired, Chief Tax Appraiser Harrison Sears said that ushering him out is part of a political hustle.

Forum addresses uses for settlement money

Commission trashes plan for tax ballot

Survey: outlook hopeful

Meetings lacking support

VA studies elderly stumbles

Commission trashes plan for tax ballot
Augusta Commission on Tuesday trashed a plan to give residents in suburban areas a chance to vote on whether they want the city to take over their garbage pickup and tax them for it.

Darien judge suspends city's mayoral elections

Attorneys use DNA evidence
AIKEN -- Aiken County prosecutors are expected to use blood droplets today to tie a local man to the 1998 burglary, sexual assault and armed robbery of a 92-year-old Bath woman.

History favors runoff challengers

EPD fines Army base $50,000
Fort Gordon will pay the Georgia Department of Natural Resources $50,000 in fines and take immediate steps to bring a hazardous waste repository near U.S. Highway 78/278 into compliance with state and federal laws.

Handy, Williams in runoff

Inspectors search for hazards
Despite the fact that Doris Harris and her family were left homeless after a fire Valentine's Day, she doesn't own a fire extinguisher.

Short ballots disappoint some voters

Across the area: Temperature might sink to season low
Thursday morning's temperatures are expected to be the lowest this season, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.

EPD fines Army base $50,000

Handy, Williams in runoff
District 2 Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy failed by the slimmest margin to garner enough votes Tuesday to avoid a runoff with political newcomer Marion F. Williams.

Incumbent councilmen win contest

Incumbent councilmen win contest
In a light turnout, incumbents Robert F. Workman and Wayne Benson coasted to easy victory Tuesday in the four-way race for two seats on the Burnettown Town Council.

Area man gets life in prison

Former officer wants his job back
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Former Edgefield police officer Keith Barnes says he hopes he'll have his job back by the end of the week.

Deaths linked to sex abuse trial

Area man gets life in prison
AIKEN -- A 92-year-old Bath woman broke down crying in the hallway of the Aiken County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, minutes after a judge sentenced a local man to life in prison plus 60 years for invading her home to rape and rob her.

Deputy assists others
After five years in the military, Sandra Edwards wanted a job that presented her with something new every day.

Across the area: Food, money mount in charity drive
Volunteers for Columbia County's fifth annual It's Spooky to Be Hungry food drive gathered Wednesday at Golden Harvest Food Bank to learn the results of their labor.

Stricter laws suggested for driving teens

Forum addresses uses for settlement money
Keeping children in Augusta from ever picking up a cigarette would be a logical use of money from a settlement with tobacco companies, anti-smoking advocates say. But they know they will have to compete with a number of causes for a piece of the state's $4.8 billion share.

School system charged with racism
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- An Oconee County High School teacher has filed a federal complaint alleging that black teachers in the school system are discriminated against and subjected to hostile treatment.

Schools make doctorate official
Officials from Augusta State and Georgia Southern Universities made it official Wednesday.

Zoning dispute postponed
A zoning dispute between Olde Town residents and supporters of Peter S. Knox Service Center has been resolved -- at least for now.

EPA suit targets Southern Co.
ATLANTA -- Two coal-fired electric plants owned by Southern Co. and operated by its subsidiary, Georgia Power Co., are being hauled into federal court, charged with making repairs without proper pollution controls.

Deaths linked to sex abuse trial
A South Carolina man and woman are being held on murder charges in Arkansas after a woman and her ex-husband were found dead Wednesday, the same day the slain woman was scheduled to testify in a South Carolina court.

Deaths linked to sex abuse trial

Deaths linked to sex abuse trial
A South Carolina man and woman are being held on murder charges in Arkansas after a woman and her ex-husband were found dead Wednesday, the same day the slain woman was scheduled to testify in a South Carolina court.

Schools make doctorate official

Teacher training certified
AIKEN -- The University of South Carolina Aiken is one of the latest universities to have its education school recognized by the nation's leading accreditation board.

Across the area: Food, money mount in charity drive

Across the area: Temperature might sink to season low

Top racehorses train in Aiken

Street party heralds start of 2000
Augusta-Aiken organizers are planning to bring in the New Year with a bang at a Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Party that will include 10 hours of music, family activities and fireworks.

Top racehorses train in Aiken
AIKEN -- Racing fans lean on the rail at the Aiken Training Track each winter, watching and wondering.

Stricter laws suggested for driving teens
ATLANTA -- The chairman of the Georgia Senate's Public Safety Committee is calling for lawmakers to consider toughening the laws governing teen-age drivers in the wake of several highly publicized crashes involving carloads of teens.

Braves face winter of discontent

VA studies elderly stumbles
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- About half the elderly patients in hospitals and nursing homes fall each year.

Darien judge suspends city's mayoral elections
DARIEN, Ga. -- Voters across Georgia went to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections, but not in Darien.

Savannah to close Olympic training site
SAVANNAH -- After 2 1/2 years, the Savannah International Training Center is closing its doors because of financial difficulties.

Coleman blames media for publicity following arrest

Celtics to honor Red on 50th anniversary

Rider will rejoin Hawks on Wednesday

Sprewell signs with Knicks

Holmgren cooks up recipe to stop Favre

Shotgun could become part of 49ers playbook again

Buffalo's shooting star drops back to earth

Linebacker begs fans to show up for game

Colts believe tomorrow has arrived

Jaguars' defense simply will not rest

Tagliabue blames unusual season on injuries, retirements

Chargers suspend, fine Leaf

Clark says his lung collapse caused by team doctor

Mrs. Mae Steadman
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Mrs. Mae Timmerman Steadman, 90, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Fraser Health Center of the Seabrook.

Mr. Jasper Hartley Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Jasper Ruben Hartley Sr., 97, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Beverly Healthcare in Aiken.

Mrs. Shirley Johnson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Shirley Price Johnson, 51, of Storm Branch Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Prince
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John Henry Prince, 58, of Chestnut Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Edith Robinson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Edith Galloway Robinson, of East Boundary Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. James Baker
Mr. James H. ``Jim'' Baker, 82, of Briarwood Avenue, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sara Hudson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Sara Holland Hudson, 94, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.

Mrs. Lucy McKellar
Mrs. Lucy Mims McKellar of Goshen Lake Drive South, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Margie Patterson
HARLEM -- Mrs. Margie Lee Patterson, 72, of South Fairview Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Winnie Coleman
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Winnie Smith Coleman died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mrs. Mae Steadman
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Mrs. Mae Timmerman Steadman died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Dorris
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Mary Marguerite Dorris died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Jean LaFavor
Mrs. Jean Irby LaFavor, of Forest Park Road died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Michael Swank
GROVETOWN -- Michael Allen Swank, 15, of Bugg Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ernest Darrisaw
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Ernest Darrisaw, 86, of Georgia Route 2, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Rosa Gross
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Rosa Gross, 87, of Georgia Highway 24, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999.

Mrs. Jeanne Black
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Jeanne Vopat Black, 76, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mrs. Frances Robinson
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Frances H. Robinson, 77, of Bausket Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, in Aiken.

Mr. Donald Jackson
ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- Mr. Donald Jackson, 64, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Orange.

Mrs. Gertrude Sweeny
Mrs. Gertrude Dedrich Sweeny, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Harmon Hawes
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Harmon Harold Hawes, 86, of Govan Highway, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Myrtice Betts
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- Mrs. Myrtice Vickers Betts, 91, of North Chester Avenue, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mildred Harris
Mrs. Mildred ``Millie'' Harris, of Roys Lane, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Frank Wright Jr.
Mr. Frank ``Candy'' Wright Jr., 54, of Windsor Spring Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. James Washington
AIKEN -- Mr. James Monroe Washington, 77, of Jehossee Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. James Dillashaw
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. James E. Dillashaw, 82, of Chestnut Ridge Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. William Fuller
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. William DeLoach Fuller, 71, of Pughkahn Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Miss Viola Partridge
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Miss Viola E. Partridge, 90, of Elm Street, died Monday, at Thomson Manor.

Mrs. Donna Williams
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Donna C. Williams, 44, of Old Mill Way, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, in Savannah.

Mrs. Vivian Underwood
Mrs. Vivian Lowe Underwood, 74, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Janie Still
HILDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Janie Carter Still, 89, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999.

Ms. Mildred Rawl
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ms. Mildred Rebecca ``Mickie'' Rawl, 78, of Leaphart Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center.

Mr. William Fuller
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. William DeLoach Fuller, 71, of Pughkahn Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mr. Willie Adkinson
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Charles ``Big Willie'' Adkinson, 54, of Tarvers Grove Road, died Friday, Oc. 29, 1999.

Mr. William Carr Jr.
JEWELL, Ga. -- Mr. William Pierce ``W.P.'' Carr Jr., 85, of Macon Highway, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. O.C. Bramlett
COLBERT, Ga. -- Mr. O.C. Bramlett, 84, of Suddeth Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Mattie Jo Dyches
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mattie Jo Dyches, 78, of Grove Street, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Aaron Corley
TITUSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Aaron A. ``Red'' Corley, 59, of Georgia Highway 27, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Marymount Hospital, Garfield Heights, Ohio.

Mrs. Dorothy McKee
COINERS, Ga -- Mrs. Dorothy Hill McKee, 91, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Morningside of Coiners Assisted Living Center.

Mr. James Freeman Jr.
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. James C. ``J.C.'' Freeman Jr., 50, of McKinney Drive, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999.

Mr. Edwin Carpenter
LILBURN, Ga. -- Mr. Edwin G. Carpenter, 74, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Cora Lyons
LAURENS, S.C. -- Mrs. Cora Lee Riddle Lyons, 89, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at National Health Care Center of Laurens.

Mrs. Robin Libengood
Mrs. Robin Toney Libengood, 39, of Kaylon Court, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mildred Williamson
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Mrs. Mildred Elizabeth Sherrod Williamson, 81, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. John Lovett
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. John W. Lovett, of Di-Lane Plantation, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Worth Dalton
Mr. Worth Davis Dalton, 73, of Berkmans Road, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Holley
LIVINGSTON, Texas -- Mrs. Louise Dyess Holley, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999.

Mr. James Henry
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mr. James Hogah Henry, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Mildred Rawl

Mr. Worth Dalton

Mrs. Jean LaFavor

Mrs. Mae Steadman

Mrs. Mattie Jo Dyches

Mrs. Sara Hudson

Mrs. Dorothy McKee

Mr. James Henry

Mrs. Margie Patterson

Mrs. Rosa Gross

Mr. James Dillashaw

Mrs. Janie Still

Mrs. Shirley Johnson

Mr. Edwin Carpenter

Mr. Jasper Hartley Sr.

Mr. Ernest Darrisaw

Mr. William Carr Jr.

Michael Swank

Mrs. Vivian Underwood

Mr. Frank Wright Jr.

Mr. James Washington

Mrs. Lucy McKellar

Mrs. Louise Holley

Mrs. Winnie Coleman

Mrs. Frances Robinson

Mrs. Mildred Williamson

Mrs. Robin Libengood

Mr. John Prince

Mr. James Freeman Jr.

Mr. William Fuller

Mr. Harmon Hawes

Mrs. Gertrude Sweeny

Mr. Donald Jackson

Helms takes a stand
Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., -- chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- takes his ambassadorial confirmation duties seriously.

Blasts Water Works for late charges
I hope that you can listen to another Augusta Water Works story. I have been a resident of Augusta all of my life and have been paying water bills here for 43 years. Jack L. Cooper, Augusta

Favors naming road after Reagan
In Columbia County there is some debate raging about changing the name of Washington WestDrive. There is more than one issue at hand.Rob Blandenburg, Martinez

Lists objections to school uniforms
I have followed closely the letters to your paper concerning school uniforms. I have two elementary age children who do not wear them. I don't want the Board of Education dictating what my children wear. It isn't their job to dress my children, it is their job to educate them. My children have never had discipline problems in school and make excellent grades. Both have received academic as well as citizenship awards. Allen I. Wylds, Sr., Augusta

Protests tobacco ad in 'The Chronicle'
The cigarette ad on page 12C of the Oct. 28 Chronicle is a step in the wrong direction.Richard A. Arnold, Augusta

Complains of 'worthless' cartoon
... Rick McKee's Oct. 28 cartoon has caused an uproar at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School,where Dimitrius Peggins and I attend school. Dimitrius was featured in an article by Faith Johnson concerning the earring ban. Mr. McKee has literally drawn this whole ban out of proportion.

Walter Payton
Walter Payton, who died of cancer Monday at the too-young age of 45, wasn't the biggest or fastest running back in NFL history. The man known as ``Sweetness'' was simply the best.

Protests critical comment about Citadel
I enjoy reading The Chronicle, including ``Dorsey's Picks'' and comments about upcoming college and pro-football games. However, the Oct. 22 ``Dorsey's Picks'' made a comment about The Citadel being a ``fake military'' (school). What would motivate him to make a derogatory comment like that about a college while making football predictions?B. H. Dyches, Aiken

Chides 'fair-weather' Braves fans
Before everyone jumps on the ``let's bash the Atlanta Braves'' bandwagon, I want to say two words to you: Brooklyn and Boston.David A. Bartlett, Augusta

Notes new law benefiting veterans
Almost a year ago, on Veteran's Day of 1998, Public Law 105-368 was signed by President Bill Clinton. Clyde Hooks, Belvedere

Praises news article on single dads
Thank you so much. I enjoyed your article on single dads; I was beginning to think I was the only one in Augusta except for one of my friends. Dan Chapman, Hephzibah

Rails against cost of indigent care
(This) writer is appalled, disgusted and disheartened at the audacity of Augusta Mayor Bob Young, suggesting that we raise taxes to pay for indigent care. Maybe he is in the wrong business now. Jessie B. Hitt, Augusta

Praises Augusta Theater Company
I want to say how thrilled I am that Augusta has a first-rate repertory theater company.Cynthia Parr, Augusta

A welcomed delay!
Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price made the right decision in calling a halt to the push toward block scheduling for its four high schools until Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform commission makes its recommendations next month.

Boosting immorality
Hold on to your pocketbooks, Georgia taxpayers. State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, after losing every court round in his bid to stop Atlanta's government from providing ``domestic partner'' benefits to city employees, is throwing in the towel.

The foolish senator
Republicans in the Senate are welcoming New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith back into the fold after he deserted the party a few months ago to make a Quixotic run for the presidency as an independent.

Rebuts anti-biblical arguments
As far as Columbus was concerned, the words, ``circle of the Earth'' were asliteral as could be and definitely meant that the Earth was a sphere and had no square corners for his ships to drop off.Roger Eden, Grovetown

Recommends auto pedal extenders
For years my family has been concerned about my sitting so close to the steering wheel when I drive. Sharon Smith, Appling

Two wins & a runoff
The power of the old Cracker Party that mismanaged Augusta government was broken in the 1940s. But occasionally since then new Crackers emerged to try their hand at serving themselves instead of the people. One, ex-Commissioner Hobson Chavous, attempted a comeback Tuesday -- but voters wisely and convincingly elected progressive Andy Cheek in south Augusta's Commission District 6.

Player in town to hype project

Fixed fights tarnish boxing, Herald reports

Sampras struggles in victory

Yates doesn't take title for granted

Generations gather for races

Italian rider left his horse at home

Overtime: Taylor, Johnson share 18th spot in Q-school play

Taylor, Johnson share 18th spot in Q-school play

Rainbow Warriors jumping to Jarrett's car

ASU golf team sets high standards

Overtime: Taylor cards 67 at Q-School, is tied for fourth

Few bumps in Jarrett's ride to top

EPD fines Army base $50,000
Fort Gordon will pay the Georgia Department of Natural Resources $50,000 in fines and take immediate steps to bring a hazardous waste repository near U.S. Highway 78/278 into compliance with state and federal laws.

Scientists find what may be oldest known vertebrates
Scientists have unearthed two half-billion-year-old fossils of fish-like creatures that could be the earliest known vertebrates. The discovery of the 2 1/2 -inch fossils in China suggests that vertebrates -- animals with primitive spines or backbones -- had already undergone considerable evolution by the Cambrian epoch, from about 490 million to 545 million years ago. Many other major animal groups appear in the fossil record for the first time during this period of rapid evolution.

EPA suit targets Southern Co.
ATLANTA -- Two coal-fired electric plants owned by Southern Co. and operated by its subsidiary, Georgia Power Co., are being hauled into federal court, charged with making repairs without proper pollution controls.

Many concerned with global warming
BONN, Germany -- Droughts, flooding, disease and environmental destruction likely will increase unless governments do more to cut carbon dioxide emissions often held responsible for global warming, officials at a U.N. climate conference warned Tuesday.

Scalp cell transplant may cure baldness
Scientists transplanted scalp cells from one person to another and, for the first time ever, grew new hair on a human without the use of drugs.

Women with excess facial hair about to get some relief
NEW YORK -- They pluck, they bleach, they tweeze. They use hot wax, electric current and lasers. Some even shave daily. And still the hair comes back.

FDA advisers: Prozac could be PMS treatment
WASHINGTON -- The popular antidepressant Prozac also should be approved as a treatment for a severe form of premenstrual syndrome, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration decided Wednesday.

It's in your head: a brain chemical made you grab those fries
WASHINGTON -- Young people who crave high-fat foods -- juicy hamburgers and mounds of ice cream -- may be responding to hormones that kick in at the onset of puberty, new research suggests.

Study: Healthy eating increases as sensitivity to taste drops
WASHINGTON -- The kids keep pushing away the spinach and broccoli? Wait a few years. Researchers say sensitivity to bitterness in food appears to decline with age, making vegetables more palatable as people grow older.

Military: Chinese cyber attacks could threaten Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In five years, China could be able to use computer viruses, hackers and other types of cyber warfare to break down Taiwan's defenses and prepare for an invasion, the Taiwanese military said Tuesday.

Researchers didn't report six gene therapy deaths
WASHINGTON -- Two researchers competing to be the first to grow new blood vessels around blocked ones say they didn't report to the National Institutes of Health that six people have died during their gene therapy studies.

FAA reports Y2K-ready readiness
WASHINGTON -- The nation's 565 federally regulated airports have met the government's Year 2000 safety and security requirements, the Federal Aviation Administration is reporting Tuesday.

Study: Osteopaths and M.D.s equally effective at treating backaches
BOSTON -- Spinal manipulation by osteopaths appears to work about as well as conventional medicine at curing lingering back pain. About 5 percent of U.S. physicians are osteopaths. Unlike M.D.s, they frequently use spinal manipulation as part of their treatment, especially for lower back pain.

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