No question of Harrick's committment

Atlanta could be major player in Griffey Sweepstakes

Baseball roundup: Hargrove, Lopes hired

Rangers trade Juan Gonzalez to Tigers in nine-player deal

Martinez named AP Player of the Year

Braves face winter of discontent

Griffey asks for trade

Umpire striving for new union have their day

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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.

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.

Mickey Mouse in Asia

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

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.

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.

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.

Facility finished for state

Zoning dispute postponed

Business briefs: Stocks lose ground after early rally

Leading indicators down 0.1 percent in September

Packard Bell NEC pulls out of U.S. market

Businesses hire disabled

Plymouth vehicles to be phased out by 2001

Fulmer and Vols await Notre Dame

Tech facing Virginia with a different agenda

Hamilton Wins Recognition for Hometown

Young Vols receivers need to step up

Defense steps up for offense

Schmitz only bright shot for slumping Tar Heels

College notes: Virginia Tech defense faces another gunner

College notes: A weekend to settle a few scores

Suspended Seminoles receiver signs with agent

Offensive mastermind overlooked for head coaching jobs

Furman's play surprises conference

Clemson performs the quarterback shuffle

Man arrested for bribing LSU coach

Back at tailback, Carroll finally thrives

Kitchings' speed impresses coaches

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.

A welcomed delay!

Recommends auto pedal extenders

Protests critical comment about Citadel

Rebuts anti-biblical arguments

Blasts Water Works for late charges

Chides 'fair-weather' Braves fans

Protests tobacco ad in 'The Chronicle'

The foolish senator

Praises Augusta Theater Company

Two wins & a runoff

Praises news article on single dads

'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?

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

Georgia player of the week

S.C. player of the week

Tiltgen heats up; Lambert to IHL

Lynx ledger: Lambert signs with Orlando

In the know

Child care gets high-class sheen

In the know

'Cosi' cast is vivacious, alive

Capsules

Traditional fair

Intensely flavorful

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.

Stricter laws suggested for driving teens

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.

Zoning dispute postponed

Technicality disrupts vote

Savannah to close Olympic training site

Teacher training certified

Forum addresses uses for settlement money

Indoor reading weather

Survey: outlook hopeful

Deaths linked to sex abuse trial

EPD fines Army base $50,000

EPA suit targets Southern Co.

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.

History favors runoff challengers

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.

Darien judge suspends city's mayoral elections

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.

Handy, Williams in runoff

Few Columbia County residents go to polls

Short ballots disappoint some voters

Top racehorses train in Aiken

Street party heralds start of 2000

Deaths linked to sex abuse trial

Incumbent councilmen win contest

Meetings lacking support

Across the area: Temperature might sink to season low

Commission trashes plan for tax ballot

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

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.

Former officer wants his job back

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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.

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

Inspectors search for hazards

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.

Council seeks contract with company

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.

Attorneys use DNA evidence

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.

Braves face winter of discontent

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.

Area man gets life in prison

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.

School system charged with racism

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.

Deputy assists others

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.

Price steers reform toward back burner

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.

Across the area: Food, money mount in charity drive

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Rider will rejoin Hawks on Wednesday

Sprewell signs with Knicks

Celtics to honor Red on 50th anniversary

Coleman blames media for publicity following arrest

Clark says his lung collapse caused by team doctor

Colts believe tomorrow has arrived

Shotgun could become part of 49ers playbook again

Jaguars' defense simply will not rest

Tagliabue blames unusual season on injuries, retirements

Holmgren cooks up recipe to stop Favre

Buffalo's shooting star drops back to earth

Linebacker begs fans to show up for game

Chargers suspend, fine Leaf

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Donald Jackson

Mr. Worth Dalton

Mrs. Winnie Coleman

Mr. Harmon Hawes

Mr. John Prince

Mrs. Mattie Jo Dyches

Michael Swank

Mr. James Henry

Mrs. Gertrude Sweeny

Mrs. Rosa Gross

Mrs. Jean LaFavor

Mr. Ernest Darrisaw

Mr. James Washington

Mrs. Frances Robinson

Mr. Edwin Carpenter

Mr. Frank Wright Jr.

Mrs. Lucy McKellar

Mrs. Mildred Williamson

Mr. William Fuller

Mr. Jasper Hartley Sr.

Mrs. Vivian Underwood

Mrs. Robin Libengood

Mr. William Carr Jr.

Mrs. Mae Steadman

Mrs. Dorothy McKee

Mr. James Dillashaw

Mrs. Margie Patterson

Mr. James Freeman Jr.

Mrs. Louise Holley

Ms. Mildred Rawl

Mrs. Shirley Johnson

Mrs. Janie Still

Mrs. Sara Hudson

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Few bumps in Jarrett's ride to top

Rainbow Warriors jumping to Jarrett's car

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

ASU golf team sets high standards

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

Yates doesn't take title for granted

Italian rider left his horse at home

Fixed fights tarnish boxing, Herald reports

Generations gather for races

Sampras struggles in victory

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

Player in town to hype project

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Women with excess facial hair about to get some relief

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