Alabama center leads team in experience

Rider returns to Hawks after missing practice

Seven more file for free agency

Atlanta could be major player in Griffey Sweepstakes

Braves notes: Don't trade for Junior

Martinez named AP Player of the Year

City ponders new stadium

Baseball roundup: Hargrove, Lopes hired

Heat player sent home after police find marijuana

Avery ready for NBA debut

No question of Harrick's committment

Valentine mum on acquiring Griffey, Rodriguez

It's hard to say what you mean

Burger joint is back in business

Burger joint is back in business
A home-grown burger joint famous for foot-long dogs and Vidalia onion rings is back in business after a four-year hiatus.

New jobless claims up last week
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week after a sharp decline the previous week.

Pfizer makes offer for Warner-Lambert

Study: Workers gaining power
ATLANTA -- Low unemployment is giving more power to labor unions as workers grow weary of overtime and employers scrounge for qualified people to hire, experts say.

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.

Gem store takes over restaurant
About three months ago, Coastal Grill on Washington Road stopped serving oysters. The owners of the business that takes its place will soon start selling pearls.

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.

Pfizer makes offer for Warner-Lambert
NEW YORK -- Pfizer Inc. today made a surprise $82.4 billion offer for Warner-Lambert, just hours after Warner-Lambert agreed to merge with American Home Products in what would be the biggest drug industry merger ever.

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.

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.

Businesses hire disabled

Study: Workers gaining power

Gem store takes over restaurant

Business briefs: Markets close higher after bidding war
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed mostly higher Thursday after a bidding war over Warner-Lambert enlivened the drug sector and financial shares rose on the latest sign that inflation is under control.

Zoning dispute postponed

Business briefs: Markets close higher after bidding war

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.

Leading indicators down 0.1 percent in September

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.

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

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.

Plymouth vehicles to be phased out by 2001

Packard Bell NEC pulls out of U.S. market

New jobless claims up last week

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.

Virginia running back deserves Heisman attention

Gators must take care of business before Atlanta

SEC notes: Week of rest helps USC

Young Vols receivers need to step up

College notes: A weekend to settle a few scores

Furman's play surprises conference

Ga. small college roundup

Kitchings' speed impresses coaches

Hamilton's run at the Heisman

Offensive mastermind overlooked for head coaching jobs

College roundup: Vols get ready for Notre Dame

Man arrested for bribing LSU coach

Bulldogs remain undefeated

Back at tailback, Carroll finally thrives

Former Lakeside standout now leads Cavs

Tech-Virginia doesn't need subplot

Top passer and top rusher to battle in Va.

ACC notes: O'Leary won't bite into BCS talk

Rookie coaches face off in ACC matchup

Famed authors lived nearby
It seems that every time someone takes a look at Augusta's literary heritage, the names of male authors such as Ers

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!

The foolish senator

Two wins & a runoff

Objects to liquor, beer in capsule

Raps paper for 'under-age' reviewer

Tax cut issue lives

Rebuts anti-biblical arguments

Protests critical comment about Citadel

'Deathtrap' springs surprises
After producing a run of successful farces, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre director Steve Walpert was hard-pressed to outdo himself.

Records can help keep gardeners in the green
A couple of months ago, I wrote about evaluating how your tomatoes did in your garden and how important it is to write things down. Let's extend that chore to include keeping records on the entire garden.

Augusta to be concert stage
Music will fill the air in Augusta in a host of concerts during the upcoming week. The concert marathon begins Saturday with two events.

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

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.

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

Cast of 'Cosi' is vivacious, alive
Cosi Fan Tutte is a comic opera by Mozart filled with dazzling music, beautiful voices and hilarious complications. Imagine trying to cast it with amateur performers. The musical score alone would be daunting. Then you'd need singers (not merely people who can sing). Of course, these same singers must also be skilled comedic actors.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Gospel music has a real Statesman
The importance of Hovie Lister to Southern gospel music cannot be overstated, as songwriter-singer Bill Gaither has observed in his book Homecoming, based on Mr. Gaither's concert series that often features Mr. Lister.

Flower drying serves to preserve beauty
Some years ago, my mom Wilma Gene and I made matching autumn flower arrangements from wildflowers, twigs and grasses. I stuck mine on top of the refrigerator, where it dried and lasted for nearly eight years before the accumulated dust finally brought it down.

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.

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.

Preparing for winter's chill
Dianne Evans of Martinez and her family are ready for winter. First, they bought truckloads of firewood and stacked it under the deck to keep it dry.

Thrills, chills mark annual county fair
If your idea of a good time is swinging and twisting upside-down while high in the air, the Inverter is for you. The stomach-churning ride is the latest addition to the 76th annual Augusta Exchange Club Agricultural Fair, which opens today.

Thurmond anglers need help; where are all the birds?

Fishing tournament information

Panthers playoff talk starts early

S.C. notes: Region titles first step for two schools

Hornets strike balance

Ga. notes: Region title on line for Swainsboro

Big games in Georgia

Big games in S.C.

Mustangs are in good spirits for playoffs

Lynx concerned with defense

Lynx ledger: Lambert signs with Orlando

Tiltgen heats up; Lambert to IHL

It's hard to say what you mean
I want to thank the dozen or so of you who passed along this long list of examples of bad newspaper headlines.

In the know

Capsules

Preparing for winter's chill

Records can help keep gardeners in the green

Child care gets high-class sheen

Thrills, chills mark annual county fair

Flower drying serves to preserve beauty

'Deathtrap' springs surprises

Cast of 'Cosi' is vivacious, alive

'Cosi' cast is vivacious, alive

Traditional fair

Augusta to be concert stage

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.

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.

Savannah to close Olympic training site

Arsonists get minimum sentence

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.

Sutherland throws hat in council race

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

Famed authors lived nearby

FBI arrests Trenton man

Bill targets animal abuse

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.

Rezoning request shot down
William Newby and B.H. Borger have lived across from one another on Sir Galahad Drive for years.

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

Lighting up
Augusta maintenance worker, Rocky Thomas perches in a cherry picker on Broad Street on Thursday morning, changing out expired bulbs on a snowflake light fixture.

Deputy assists others

Sutherland throws hat in council race
AIKEN -- A not-so-familiar face with a familiar last name in hometown politics has decided to run for the empty seat on the Aiken City Council.

Forum addresses uses for settlement money

Police thwart suspect's escape
Everything was going along as planned for a robber of a downtown finance company Thursday, except for one important detail: he forgot to look out the front door.

Police thwart suspect's escape

Across the area: Woman sues city over 3-day jail stay
An Augusta woman whose refusal to cut her nails meant a three-day jail stay has filed suit against the city, the sheriff and numerous officers.

Across the area: Food, money mount in charity drive

Schools make doctorate official

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.

Commission trashes plan for tax ballot

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.

Deaths linked to sex abuse trial

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.

School system charged with racism

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.

History favors runoff challengers

Top racehorses train in Aiken

Zoning dispute postponed

Deaths linked to sex abuse trial

Winter housing sought for stray animals

Area man gets life in prison

Across the area: Woman sues city over 3-day jail stay

Teacher training certified

Childhood games

Rezoning request shot down

I dumped Dorsey: Week 10

Mustangs are in good spirits for playoffs

Showing concern

Meetings lacking support

Transplant recipient to undergo lung surgery

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.

Lighting up

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.

Transplant recipient to undergo lung surgery
An 8-year-old Augusta boy who received a heart transplant in Boston suffered a seizure Thursday and will undergo a procedure this morning that may clear an obstruction in his lungs.

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.

World leader to speak
ATHENS, Ga. -- Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev will speak at the University of Georgia on Dec. 3, university officials announced late 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.

Childhood games
Ereka Williams, 11, (left) walks on the bleachers while Cody Hays, 10, (center) and his brother Corey, 9, stay on her trail in a game of follow the leader, enjoying the cooler weather at Lion's Field in North Augusta on Thursday.

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.

Healthmaster suit dismissal rejected
A former Healthmaster executive who contends he was fired for blowing the whistle on Medicare fraud will get his day in court after all.

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

Showing concern
Dr. Larry Bergmann, founder and president of Post Trauma Resources, conducts a violence prevention and trauma response training class for Columbia County school counselors.

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.

Bill targets animal abuse
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers could reduce violence against people by cracking down on cruelty to animals, according to veterinarians, representatives of humane societies and law enforcement officials at a Senate hearing Thursday.

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.

FBI arrests Trenton man
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- FBI agents and local law enforcement officers charged an Edgefield County man Thursday in the slayings of his wife and her ex-husband in an alleged murder-for-hire plot in Arkansas.

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.

Winter housing sought for stray animals
The CSRA Humane Society's plan to turn the old city stockade into an animal shelter has been brought to heel by city commissioners at the request of the Augusta Canal Authority.

Arsonists get minimum sentence
Federal judge says two teens convicted

EPA suit targets Southern Co.

Buffalo's shooting star drops back to earth

Falcons' Smith takes honor

Falcons notebook: Buchanan reflects on his prep experience

Shotgun could become part of 49ers playbook again

Booth tries to make most of rookie year on IR

Star tight end explains complaints

I dumped Dorsey: Week 10

Dwight learning to control his speed

Colts believe tomorrow has arrived

Clark says his lung collapse caused by team doctor

Linebacker begs fans to show up for game

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

Mr. Robert McClain
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Robert E. ``Bobby'' McClain, 68, of Trulock Road, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Robert Wright Sr.
Mr. Robert ``Bob'' Wright Sr., 63, of Stayman Place, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

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

Mr. Steven Sapp
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Steven Lester Sapp, 49, of Frank Farmer Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at his residence.

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. Robert Lee
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Mr. Robert Rogers ``Pig'' Lee, 52, of Waters Street, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Department of Veterans Administration Medical Center, Asheville.

Mr. Ray Davis
Mr. Ray Davis, of Sterling Street, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Joe Lazenby
THOMSON -- Mr. Joe David ``Tiger Joe'' Lazenby, 57, of Dallas Drive, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Ms. Sheila Reese
MILLEN, Ga. -- Ms. Sheila Denise Reese, 29, of Herndon Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Johnny Kennedy
THOMSON -- Mr. Johnny A. Kennedy, 86, of Star Hinson Road, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Mary Gray
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary B. Gray, 78, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999.

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

Mr. Jerome Givens
Mr. Jerome Givens, of 15th Avenue, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Reed Spiers
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Reed A. Spiers, 79, of Old Nail Road, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Carrie Evans
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Carrie L. Evans, of Windermere Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Arthur Deas
Mr. Arthur Edward ``Pat'' Deas, 69, of Taylor Street, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mr. William Lollis
Mr. William Melvin Lollis, 80, of Martin Lane, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Blair House.

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

Mr. David Pollard
Mr. David Pollard, of Northview Drive, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mr. James Sherman
Mr. James Sherman, of Florence Street, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Ms. Deloris Staley
PERRY, S.C. -- Ms. Deloris G. Staley, 61, of West Pine Circle, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 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 Tudor
Mr. James Marion ``Jim'' Tudor, 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Mozell Willis
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mozell Willis, 105, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cherry Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ervin Norman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

Mr. Jay Collins
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Jay B. Collins died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Emanuel 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. Richard Sparks
AIKEN -- Mr. Richard Lafon ``Dick'' Sparks, 73, died Thursday, November 4, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Lonnie Butler
Mr. Lonnie ``Buster'' Butler, of Drayton Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.

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

Mrs. Alice Chastain
Mrs. Alice Louise Williams Chastain, 73, of Maddox Road, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Roy Turner
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Roy Elliott Turner, 73, of Peebles Street, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

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

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

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

Mrs. Winnie Coleman

Mrs. Mozell Willis

Ms. Sheila Reese

Mr. William Fuller

Mrs. Frances Robinson

Mrs. Gertrude Sweeny

Mr. Robert Wright Sr.

Mr. James Sherman

Mrs. Mary Gray

Mr. Arthur Deas

Mr. Frank Wright Jr.

Mr. Lonnie Butler

Mr. Edwin Carpenter

Mr. Robert Lee

Mr. John Prince

Mr. Johnny Kennedy

Mr. William Lollis

Mrs. Mildred Williamson

Mrs. Janie Still

Mrs. Carrie Evans

Ms. Deloris Staley

Mr. Jerome Givens

Mrs. Lucy McKellar

Mr. Richard Sparks

Michael Swank

Mr. Reed Spiers

Mr. Ernest Darrisaw

Mr. Jay Collins

Mrs. Rosa Gross

Mr. David Pollard

Mr. James Henry

Mr. Roy Turner

Mr. James Tudor

Mr. Joe Lazenby

Mr. Robert McClain

Mrs. Janie Still

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.

'The beta male' blues
Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign goes from bad to worse. Polls show the public, by large margins, believe his rival for the Democrats' nomination, Bill Bradley, trounced him in the New Hampshire TV debate.

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

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.

Hits critic of 'Chronicle' columnist
Columnist David Sisler does not need me to defend him. In fact, he does not know me, so would be hard pressed to ask. Buthaving read many of his pieces over the years, I feel it necessary to point out that letter writer Charles Heywood has not been reading the same columns I have. Ms. Justen Wonderly, Evans

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.

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

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.

Complains about 'delayed justice'
It should not take more than two years to bring to trial the perpetrator of a serious crime. I don't believe this situation is exclusive to South Carolina, but I believe we should do something about it. Russell D. Phelon, Aiken

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

Objects to liquor, beer in capsule
I was present for the time capsule dedication at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. We were putting items in the capsule that were to reflect our culture and what was important to us, and I was proud to be a part of the ceremony. But when I got home and watched it on television, they showed the contents of the capsule and, to my amazement, someone had put in a bottle of Jack Daniels liquor and a Budweiser. Ronnie Conrad, 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

Tax cut issue lives
Washington, D.C., journalists who claim there's no sentiment in the country for large tax cuts, have just been proved wrong in, of all places, Washington state.

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

Raps paper for 'under-age' reviewer
I don't usually read the ``Xtreme'' section of the paper, but I have a teen-age daughter and found the article on the HOPE scholarship interesting. I also, however, happened to see the review by Brian Jones on the movie American Beauty. The review was fairly well written and his summary of this ``R'' rated movie included reference to the movie's heavy profanity and scenes of actors' nude backsides and bare breasts. The disturbing part is that Brian Jones is a 15-year-old. Mike Toomey, Augusta

Rodeo legends appear in Augusta

Peach Belt conference preseason hoops poll

Kid unhappy with departure of crew

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

Jarrett has championship to lose

Italian rider left his horse at home

Stallions tryouts Saturday

Overtime: Taylor needs solid round in qualifier

Boxing officials accused of taking bribes

Singh quickly falling in love with Valderrama

Few bumps in Jarrett's ride to top

ASU golf team sets high standards

Yates doesn't take title for granted

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.

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.

Russia's power grid will switch to manual for Y2K
MOSCOW -- Russia's electricity monopoly will shift its huge grid to manual control on Dec. 31 to ensure it avoids ``millennium bug'' outages, system officials said Wednesday.

Paleontologists discover new dinosaur species
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Paleontologists have found bones in Oklahoma from a previously unknown species of dinosaur and one of the biggest ever discovered: a 60-ton giraffe-like creature that could have peered into a sixth-story window if there had been any buildings around 110 million years ago.

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.

America Online sued by blind group
BOSTON -- The National Federation of the Blind filed a federal lawsuit against America Online Thursday, accusing the world's largest Internet service of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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.

America vulnerable to cyber attacks
WASHINGTON -- Reliance on the Internet has made the nation vulnerable to attacks by terrorists who strike through computers rather than with bombs or bullets, a White House security adviser said Thursday at a cyberthreat summit.

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.

It's time to prepare for potential Y2K problems
With fewer than 70 days left before Y2K's malfunction junction, experts agree that many home PC users are confused about what to do.

Closed landfill site under investigation
THOMSON -- Ponds and wells near a defunct landfill in McDuffie County are being tested for contaminants that could help regulators decide what sort of cleanup activities might be needed at the site.

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.

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.

Paleontologists discover new dinosaur species

FDA advisers: Prozac could be PMS treatment

Scalp cell transplant may cure baldness

EPA suit targets Southern Co.

It's time to prepare for potential Y2K problems

Study: Healthy eating increases as sensitivity to taste drops

America vulnerable to cyber attacks

Study: Osteopaths and M.D.s equally effective at treating backaches