Alabama center leads team in experience

Rider returns to Hawks after missing practice

Seven more file for free agency

Red Sox closer Tom Gordon will need surgery

Valentine mum on acquiring Griffey, Rodriguez

Braves notes: Don't trade for Junior

City ponders new stadium

Griffey is pinstripes? Yikes!

Heat player sent home after police find marijuana

Girardi, Stanton, Watson become free agents

Avery ready for NBA debut

It's hard to say what you mean

Nasdaq to launch European stock market
LONDON -- The race to create Europe's first unified, regional stock market took an American twist Friday when the Nasdaq Stock Market unveiled plans to create an Internet-based European network.

Gem store takes over restaurant

Nasdaq to launch European stock market

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.

Burger joint is back in business

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.

Coca-Cola to eliminate jobs

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.

Business briefs: Markets close higher after bidding war

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.

Study: Workers gaining power

Business briefs: Walt Disney shares decline 8 percent
Mickey Mouse is having a tough time keeping investors smiling. Shares of Walt Disney Co. dropped 8 percent Friday in heavy trading on the New York Stock Exchange to close at $24.31 1/4, down $2.18 3/4, after Chairman Michael Eisner said the company's depressed earnings streak will continue into the year 2000.

New jobless claims up last week

Investors cheer low unemployment rate
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate fell to a three-decade low of 4.1 percent in October -- with only modest wage inflation -- in a showing made to order for nervous investors. Wall Street rallied on the news.

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.

Investors cheer low unemployment rate

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.

Bankers predict competition

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.

Bankers predict competition
Bankers predict competitionRemoving barriers among financial services may lead to ``one-stop shopping,'' financiers say

Pfizer makes offer for Warner-Lambert

Coca-Cola to eliminate jobs
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will cut as many as 300 jobs at plants in its 12-state distribution area to streamline costs.

Business briefs: Walt Disney shares decline 8 percent

Irish looking up at Vols

Hamilton's run at the Heisman

Bulldogs remain undefeated

Top passer and top rusher to battle in Va.

College roundup: Vols get ready for Notre Dame

Ga. small college roundup

Top offensive players face off

Clemson set to defend home turf

SEC notes: Week of rest helps USC

Nothing but trouble for LSU football

Gators must take care of business before Atlanta

College football today

Former Lakeside standout now leads Cavs

Rivers to start for Cavs

Nation's top rusher no factor in Heisman race

Gators looking for new Swamp streak

Virginia running back deserves Heisman attention

Tech-Virginia doesn't need subplot

Rookie coaches face off in ACC matchup

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

Eagles, Paladins battle for conference title

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

Lauds anti-block schedule decision

Hits celebration of Western civilization

Tax cut issue lives

Raps drawdown, decommissioning

Blasts women's kiss on 'Ally McBeal'

Objects to liquor, beer in capsule

Notes message of gospel star's death

Raps paper for 'under-age' reviewer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Art Mart gives Christian artists an outlet
An array of wholesome and religious art -- from mosaic tables and lithographs to acrylic and oil paintings -- will be displayed at the Christian Art Mart from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. todayin the gymnasium at Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 Washington Road in Martinez.

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.

Growing smaller
Cathy Murray of Evans found a church home with her dog's help. A neighbor who liked to join Mrs. Murray while she walked her dog invited her to a home Bible study.

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.

Faith digest
Even families who don't say grace the rest of the year will bow their heads at Thanksgiving when the whole family is gathered for a holiday meal. We are asking readers to share their favorite blessings for publication in the Nov. 20 Religion section.

Suffering strengthens our faith
"So when the crisis is upon you, remember that God, like the trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a tough and stalwart antagonist ... that you may prove a victor in the Great Games." -- Epictetus

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.

Thurmond anglers need help; where are all the birds?

Fishing tournament information

Hawks run past McCormick

Hill, Shanks spark Thomson over Glenn Hills

Panthers playoff talk starts early

Red Devils put hurt on Warren County

North Augusta baffled by Lexington

Washington-Wilkes pounds Monticello

Hornets strike balance

Big games in S.C.

Mustangs are in good spirits for playoffs

Big games in Georgia

Jefferson County blanks West Laurens

Richmond stuns Burke County

Williston-Elko rolls over Thornwell

Ga. notes: Region title on line for Swainsboro

Strom Thurmond hammers Burke County, S.C.

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

Lynx concerned with defense

Desantis familiar with opposing coach

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.

Faith digest

'Deathtrap' springs surprises

Preparing for winter's chill

Art Mart gives Christian artists an outlet

Suffering strengthens our faith

Cast of 'Cosi' is vivacious, alive

Records can help keep gardeners in the green

Flower drying serves to preserve beauty

Growing smaller

Augusta to be concert stage

Thrills, chills mark annual county fair

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.

Across the area: Residents report chemical cloud
Richmond County Emergency Management Agency investigated reports Friday of an apparent chemical cloud drifting across the Savannah River toward Beech Island but found no evidence of any type of release.

Wreck prompts lawsuit
AIKEN -- A Jasper County family is suing the state Department of Transportation over a fatal 1997 wreck they blame on the agency's failure to warn drivers of a dangerous intersection at the foot of a hill near Silver Bluff.

Famed authors lived nearby

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.

Police thwart suspect's escape

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.

Mustangs are in good spirits for playoffs

Transplant recipient to undergo lung surgery

FBI arrests Trenton man

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.

Arsonists get minimum sentence

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.

Lighting up

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.

Bill targets animal abuse

I dumped Dorsey: Week 10

Sutherland throws hat in council race

Tourism director aims for cohesion
ATLANTA - Georgia's new tourism director spent the past week visiting with local counterparts and learning of destinations from the coast to the mountains as she overcomes her status as a newcomer to the state and to the travel industry.

Students say college's admissions still biased

Childhood games

FBI attempted to locate victims after call

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

Wreck prompts lawsuit

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.

Area fairgrounds come to life

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.

Swingin' kiss

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.

Schrenko backs off from promise
ATLANTA -- State school Superintendent Linda Schrenko promised this would be her last term, but a fund-raising letter sent out by her campaign this week tells another story.

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.

Lawmaker sentenced to prison term
ATLANTA - Suspended Savannah Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson wept, angrily shouted at prosecutors and asked the judge set to sentence her for mail fraud Friday to show her the respect and mercy she deserved.

Arsonists get minimum sentence
Federal judge says two teens convicted

Area fairgrounds come to life
It's the scent that seduces first -- a full, rich smell with an underlying sweetness, curling along Fourth Street from the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

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.

Winter housing sought for stray animals

Students say college's admissions still biased
ATHENS, Ga. -- Before Sydney Jones left his honors work at Clark Atlanta University for the University of Georgia, he said the university's minority recruiters offered him nothing except the cold shoulder.

Highway exits to be renumbered

Highway exits to be renumbered
A new numbering system planned for interstate exits will help emergency response teams when seconds count. The Georgia Department of Transportation will begin renumbering interstate exits in January so the exit numbers correspond with mile markers.

Across the area: Residents report chemical cloud

Rezoning request shot down

Tourism director aims for cohesion

Showing concern

Lawmaker sentenced to prison term

Student with pellet gun arrested at Evans High
A 15-year-old Evans High School student was arrested Friday after school officials discovered a pellet gun in his book bag.

Swingin' kiss
Katherine Smith gets a kiss from her 2-year-old daughter Brielle as she swings in the afternoon sun at Riverview Park in North Augusta on Friday. Sunny and mild weather is forecast for today, with high temperatures in the 70s.

Double homicide suspect enters innocent plea
Four years after two people were shot to death as they slept in bed, and one year after Richard S. Breedlove was indicted on murder charges for the killings, the Richmond County man made his first court appearance Friday.

FBI attempted to locate victims after call
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Law enforcement authorities in South Carolina received an anonymous tip about an alleged murder-for-hire plot nearly two weeks before Edgefield resident Joann Kneece and her ex-husband were slain in Arkansas, according to court records.

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

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.

Schrenko backs off from promise

Falcons notebook: Buchanan reflects on his prep experience

Chris Miller to start Sunday in place of Griese

Booth tries to make most of rookie year on IR

Dwight learning to control his speed

Payton remembered at private service

Star tight end explains complaints

Falcons' Smith takes honor

I dumped Dorsey: Week 10

Mr. Eddie Smith
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Eddie Lee Smith, 85, of South Bartow Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at his residence.

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.

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

Mr. Dave Bryant
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Dave Bryant, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Burke County 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.

Mr. Wilson Sanders
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Wilson Herbert ``Doc'' Sanders, 86, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Claude Powell
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Claude Lee Powell, 70, of Rhodes Street, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Mr. Hubert Elmore
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Hubert Elmore, 57, of Oak Street, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999.

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. Ronald Spina
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mr. Ronald Nicholas Spina, 56, of Georgia Highway 296, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Ethel Stone
PARKSVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Ethel Brown Stone, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Stella Hynes
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Stella Darlene Chavis Hynes, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. John Wynns
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. John B. Wynns, 74, of Pine Manor Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Haynes
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Lillian Haynes, 89, of East Church Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

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

Ms. Deloris Staley
PERRY, S.C. -- Ms. Deloris G. Staley, 61, of West Pine Circle, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. James Tudor
Mr. James Marion ``Jim'' Tudor, 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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

Dr. James Estep
LADY LAKE, Fla. -- Dr. James A. Estep, 72, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Richard Payton
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Mr. Richard Payton, 73, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Steven Sapp
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Steven Lester Sapp, 49, of Frank Farmer Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at his 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. James Sherman
Mr. James Sherman, of Florence Street, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jay Collins
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Jay B. Collins died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Richard Sparks
AIKEN -- Mr. Richard Lafon ``Dick'' Sparks, 73, died Thursday, November 4, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Harry Efron
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Mr. Harry H. Efron, of Canary Drive, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center. He was 101.

Mrs. Louise Hubbard
Mrs. Louise Marie Price Hubbard, 69, of Browns Lane, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Mozell Willis

Mr. Lonnie Butler

Mr. Jerome Givens

Mr. Claude Powell

Ms. Sheila Reese

Mrs. Mary Gray

Mr. Johnny Kennedy

Mr. Eddie Smith

Mr. David Pollard

Mr. William Lollis

Mrs. Janie Still

Mr. Richard Sparks

Ms. Deloris Staley

Mr. Reed Spiers

Mr. Hubert Elmore

Mr. Robert Lee

Mrs. Carrie Evans

Mr. Robert Wright Sr.

Mr. Jay Collins

Mrs. Louise Hubbard

Mr. Roy Turner

Mr. Richard Payton

Mr. Joe Lazenby

Mrs. Mary Haynes

Mr. Robert McClain

Mrs. Ethel Stone

Mrs. Mary Gray

Dr. James Estep

Mr. Arthur Deas

Mr. Ronald Spina

Mr. James Sherman

Mrs. Stella Hynes

Mr. Dave Bryant

Mr. Wilson Sanders

Mr. James Tudor

Sisler: Tight-fisted leaders squeeze life from ministry
I STARTED writing this column three months ago, although I did not realize it at the time. Actually, someone else wrote most of it, and it took a lot longer than three months.

GOP leaders 'stab' Norwood
The GOP House leadership's refusal to name Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., to the conference committee parley with the Senate on health care reform legislation is unconscionable.

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

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

Coverdell 'promoted'
The passing of U.S. Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I., was, of course, a sad event, but in a melancholy twist of fate it will benefit Georgia.

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.

Hits celebration of Western civilization
I've read Dr. Michael Berliner's recent guest column concerning ``Celebrating western civilization'' on ``Columbus Day'' with an underlying negative attitude in regard to the American Indians, who oppose Columbus Day. Deanna Poitra, Augusta

Notes message of gospel star's death
I would like to thank Elaine Cushman for her Oct. 23 letter telling about the death of a great man of God, Glen Payne. Joyce Gantt, Augusta

Raps drawdown, decommissioning
After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in June 1999 that the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam would be decommissioned unless a sponsor could be found to operate it, I wrote to Sens. Max Cleland, D-Ga.; Paul Coverdell, R-Ga.; Ernest Hollings, D-S.C. and Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. I also wrote to Reps. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. voicing opposition to decommissioning. I suggested the following government entities come together to sponsor this project: Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Sisler: Tight-fisted leaders squeeze life from ministry
I STARTED writing this column three months ago, although I did not realize it at the time. Actually, someone else wrote most of it, and it took a lot longer than three months.

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

Wants motorboats to be more careful
While sailing on Lake Thurmond, I came upon three loons, water birds larger than a duck but smaller than a goose. It swims low in the water, with just the top of its back, head and neck sticking up. It dives and swims under water to catch fish. It gives a wailing, haunting call -- almost a human sound. ... B. Collins, Augusta

'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.

Blasts women's kiss on 'Ally McBeal'
I am outraged but not surprised at something I saw on Ally McBeal (Fox-WFXG Channel 11) on Nov. 1. I watched Ally and Ling engage in a long sensual kiss! What is next, two guys doing the same thing? Then what? Complete nudity with no restriction on foul language at all? Now I am not naive enough to think this type of behavior doesn't go on behind closed doors, but that is where it belongs, behind closed doors. I don't want it thrown in my face on almost every television station and magazine as if it were normal or even right, because it is not. David Chiera Jr., Augusta

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

Lauds anti-block schedule decision
Thank God for Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price. Dr. Craig Spinks, Augusta

Boxing officials accused of taking bribes

Judges picked for Holyfield-Lewis rematch

Agassi reaches semifinals

Overtime: Taylor needs solid round in qualifier

Kid unhappy with departure of crew

Jarrett has championship to lose

Love takes Stewart's spot in Grand Slam field

Rodeo legends appear in Augusta

Overtime: Area teams vie in state cross country

Stallions tryouts Saturday

Singh quickly falling in love with Valderrama

Peach Belt conference preseason hoops poll

John Andretti wins pole with heavy heart

Microsoft's home town defends the software giant
REDMOND, Wash. -- This is Microsoft country. Employees of the software giant and elected leaders kept their faith in the sprawling software giant Friday, hours after a federal judge ruled that Bill Gates' $470 billion dollar company is a monopoly whose tactics hurt consumers.

Internet companies race to establish a brand identity
NEW YORK -- In Manhattan, you can't walk down the street without seeing a dot-com ad on the side of a building or a bus. In San Francisco, radio stations play one dot-com jingle after another. And televised football games now have more ads for Internet sites than for beer.

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.

Pollution agreement reached
BONN, Germany -- Despite serious disagreements between the United States and Europe, talks on reducing greenhouse gases have made progress on a plan to allow nations to buy and sell the right to pollute, negotiators said Friday.

U.S. reassures Russia on proposed anti-missile system
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration on Friday sought to reassure Russia that a U.S. missile defense system to begin operating as early as 2005 is not a threat.

Lack of funds limits screenings
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A citizens' board Friday questioned whether minorities and the poor would be informed of free health screenings being offered to some Savannah River Site workers.

Study: Sleep hormone does not decrease with age
WASHINGTON -- If you're getting old, the TV ads suggest, you need to pop some melatonin pills. After all, this hormone so important for a good night's sleep has long been thought to decrease with age.

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.

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.

Judge rules Microsoft is a monopoly
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ruled Friday that Microsoft is a monopoly, a decision that could lead to serious sanctions against the software empire built by Bill Gates.

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.

Experts: Judge's harsh wording may hasten settlement in Microsoft case
NEW YORK -- The judge's blunt language in declaring Microsoft a monopoly Friday could prompt the combative software maker to seek a truce in its war with the government instead of dragging the case out with court appeals, industry analysts said.

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.

Internet companies race to establish a brand identity

Pollution agreement reached

America vulnerable to cyber attacks

Judge rules Microsoft is a monopoly

Lack of funds limits screenings

U.S. reassures Russia on proposed anti-missile system

Microsoft's home town defends the software giant

Experts: Judge's harsh wording may hasten settlement in Microsoft case

Paleontologists discover new dinosaur species

It's time to prepare for potential Y2K problems