Rookie guard has torn knee cartilage

North Carolina assistant returns with emotional apology

Raptors top Hornets

Lawmakers want Royals ownership resolved

Wilson loses NL rookie award

NBA roundup

UConn is preseason No. 1

Mercker, Slocumb and Morgan file for free agency

Charlotte rookie Baron Davis may have ACL tear

Philadelphia's home opener backfires

Wilson in front for rookie title

Language is fraught with traps

Mergers warrant scrutiny

Florists form cooperative
Twenty-two independent florists have joined forces to reclaim market share in fresh flower sales -- sales that recently have been eroded by big chain operations, grocery stores and mass-market retailers.

Business briefs: Dow climbs in wake of Microsoft verdict
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed higher Monday as investors brushed off fears that an antitrust ruling against Microsoft will stall the company's growth or hamper the technology sector.

Mergers warrant scrutiny
WASHINGTON -- Faced with an unprecedented wave of mammoth mergers in the communications industry, top regulators said Monday they are watching carefully to ensure the deals don't work against consumers.

Business briefs: Dow climbs in wake of Microsoft verdict

Microsoft performed better than expected
Microsoft Corp., stung by U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling that the company wielded monopolistic power to stifle competition and innovation, says it wants to settle.

Florists form cooperative

Microsoft still recommended

Microsoft performed better than expected

Microsoft still recommended
Microsoft Corp., labeled a monopoly in a Friday antitrust trial ruling, survived a volatile Monday on Wall Street with better than expected results.

Duke deals with season-ending injuries

East Carolina looks to rebound from unexpected loss

SEC rivals could have a rematch in Sugar Bowl

Florida struggles, but manages way to win

USC losses extend to recruiting

ACC: Jones named back of week for fifth time

College notes: Brees to return to Purdue in 2000

Holtz says he's staying at USC

FSU-Tenn, 1-2 in BCS standings

Photos reflect culture
The photos chosen for The Associated Press' Photos of the Century package cover more than wars and politicians, revolutions and elections. They touch on popular culture that affects us all.

Wall divided Berlin for 28 years
BERLIN -- The unnatural dawn of floodlights at 2 a.m. on Aug. 13, 1961, announced the beginning of Berlin's 28 years as a city divided.

I-20 safety priority

Dumb pop quiz

Public trust violated

Defends manager of Atlanta Braves

Kill suicide law

Praises 'BrownBag' lectures

Wants shelters built for elderly

S.C.: Sink casino boats

Blasts airport security at Bush Field

Jabs writer on '80s deficit spending

Raps radio personality over comments

Remembers coach's positive influence

Black tie-up?
You may have your bottled water and your flashlights and your canned goods ready for the turn of the century, but do you have your tuxedo?

Marketing campaigns alter the jean pool
It's official -- your parents' jeans are no longer cool.

In the know
PRODUCT RECALL: About 230,000 bottles of Scrub Free Daily Shower Cleaner and Scrub Free Daily Shower Spray are being recalled because the bottles may contain a bacteria that could cause respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems or impaired immune systems.

Germ danger could start with fake fingernails
It seems there's another threat to hospitalized patients besides those germy stethoscopes and doctors who don't wash their hands between patients: nurses and other health-care workers who wear artificial fingernails.

Lightning end skid against Red Wings

Language is fraught with traps
As I may have mentioned, my 5-year-old is beginning to read, and that means we are introducing him to the quirks of English.

Black tie-up?

Marketing campaigns alter the jean pool

In the know

Davidson is top school in Georgia
Richmond County has the top high school in the state, but most of its high schools rank far behind others, including those in neighboring Columbia County.

Kneece remains hospitalized

Stream has only 1 name, but 2 spellings
Sometimes you feel like an E; sometimes you don't. Depending on whether you are reading a map or the facade of the elementary school, Uchee Creek can be Euchee Creek. A little confusing, huh?

Schrenko case gets under way

Driving practice
Thomas Litos, 10 (left), and his friend, Chris Kenneally, 11, drive golf balls at Grant Avenue in North Augusta on Sunday afternoon.

Highway plan to hit businesses

Across the area

Officials debating state law

Blast off!

Officials tout bonds to build high-speed railway

Kneece remains hospitalized
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Etheridge Kneece, the man charged by Arkansas authorities in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme to kill his wife and her ex-husband, remained hospitalized Sunday.

Across the area: Sheriff calls off search for suspect

Across the area
After a brief pursuit and search Sunday, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrested three men, one of whom was wanted by Lexington County authorities.

Blast off!
Grace (from left) and Theren Foster watch their brother Leighton ignite a model rocket near Lake Olmstead on Monday. The three launched the rocket with their father until it got stuck in a tree.

Zoning debate begins in January

Across the area: Sheriff calls off search for suspect
After three hours of searching with police dogs and a helicopter Monday afternoon, McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall called off a manhunt for an armed robbery suspect.

Engineers plan creek protection

Wall divided Berlin for 28 years

Tuesday morning quarterback

Area girl loses life to cancer
A Columbia County girl who was granted a wish to appear in a Muppet movie earlier this year lost her battle with cancer Sunday afternoon.

Driving practice

Panel OKs increasing fire fee
An Augusta Commission committee approved a 50 percent increase in fire-inspection fees Monday to help offset the fire department's increased operational expenses.

Gore's camp leads Bradley in Southeast

Truffles could be big for state
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's got its Vidalia onions, Elberta peaches and south Georgia pecans - and one day, as Tim Brenneman sees things, it could also have its truffles.

Zoning debate begins in January
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- The fate of a controversial zoning plan for portions of Edgefield County has changed hands. It now rests with the five members of the county council to determine whether large sections of the county will be zoned.

Tree-trimming permits facing battle in court
ATLANTA -- Advertisers should not be allowed to cut trees blocking billboards along state highways at least until a lawsuit challenging the state's authority to issue such tree-trimming permits is resolved, former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers told the state Supreme Court on Monday.

Plan eliminates highway's cloverleaf design
The interstate highway is not Y2K compliant. A cloverleaf design at the Interstate 20 interchange with Bobby Jones Expressway might have been the latest fashion when it was built almost 30 years ago, but on the verge of the new millennium, it's more out of date than an AMC Gremlin.

Building named for leader
AIKEN -- Amelia Penland remembers what her late husband always said: He never wanted a building to bear his name.

Taxidermy moves coach out of school
Angel Hamilton shelved a master's degree and a coaching career to spend her afternoons elbow-deep in animal parts. She wouldn't have it any other way.

Officials debating state law
AIKEN -- Aiken City Council is in a quandary over whether to reprimand a city election office member who ran a campaign this fall.

Atlantic pilots make emergency landing
A Delta Air Lines subsidiary airplane made an emergency landing Monday night in Augusta after experiencing trouble during its flight to North Carolina.

Highway plan to hit businesses
Get your Checker Burger while you still can -- the fast-food restaurant is one of several businesses that might be torn down to make way for road improvements at the interchange of Interstate 20 and Bobby Jones Expressway.

Schrenko case gets under way
ATLANTA -- Georgia's Ethics Commission decided unanimously Monday to open a formal investigation of state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko, who is accused of accepting illegal contributions and filing faulty reports.

Students found controversial women's issues group
For as long as they can remember, Arika Cohen and Paige Smith have been feminists.

Officials tout bonds to build high-speed railway
Georgia politicians are working together to push legislation aimed at allowing Amtrak to raise money for construction of high-speed rail lines with the hopes of spurring development within the state.

Plan eliminates highway's cloverleaf design

NAACP's boycott hits South Carolina

Students found controversial women's issues group

Panel OKs increasing fire fee

Engineers plan creek protection
John Morgan remembers what happens to Crawford Creek when the rains come. Just a few years ago, he watched a refrigerator float along Colonial Road.

Atlantic pilots make emergency landing

Gore's camp leads Bradley in Southeast
ATLANTA -- During a fund-raiser for Al Gore in Atlanta last month, Gov. Roy Barnes dismissed the vice president's opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, as a ``Northeastern, elitist, old-time liberal.''

Truffles could be big for state

NAACP's boycott hits South Carolina
AIKEN -- South Carolina is already feeling economic pressure to force a Confederate flag off its capitol dome, but tourism officials are reluctant to say it in numbers.

Area girl loses life to cancer

Building named for leader

Tree-trimming permits facing battle in court

Taxidermy moves coach out of school

Turnovers give Broncos win over Chargers

Falcons hope time off will improve miserable season

Jacksonville becoming this year's Juggernaut

Steelers top 49ers

Halfway home, the AFC is the class of the NFL

Lions beat St. Louis in final seconds

Bears beat Packers 14-13

Biggest test yet for Vikes' run defense

QB controversy in Miami?

Falcons plucked by Jaguars

Falcons faults exposed in loss

Falcons notebook

No revenge for Cleveland fans: Ravens rout Browns

49ers deal with quarterback questions

Mrs. Mabel Earnest
BATH -- Mrs. Mabel Kembro Earnest, 90, of Hampton Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Elvira Butler
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Elvira Pressley Butler, 70, of Winding Road, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Eartha Glover
AIKEN -- Mrs. Eartha Lee Glover, of Greenville Street, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mrs. Brenda Flanagan
TRYON, N.C. -- Mrs. Brenda Gayle Locke Flanagan, 41, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Elzy Wood
AIKEN -- Mr. Elzy ``Dave'' Wood, 75, of Vaucluse Road, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Myrtle Hooper
Mrs. Myrtle R. Hooper, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Winnifred Morton
NEWINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Winnifred Sue Hodges Morton, 60, of Lucus Street, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Mr. Walter Langley
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Walter C. Langley, 56, of Ballard Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Sibyl Hanson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Sibyl Gibbs Hanson, 83, of Holt Street, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Jesse Mills
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Jesse Edward Mills, 85, of Warthen Street, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Edgar Brown
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Edgar Raymond Brown, 54, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, in Aiken.

Mrs. Fannie Cobb
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Fannie Burgamy Cobb, 83, of Georgia Highway 24 East, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999.

Mrs. Sadie Bryant
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Sadie Ladin Bryant, 92, of Hillside Drive, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at Methodist Oaks, Orangeburg.

Mr. Herman Ulreich
FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Mr. Herman Tobias ``Toby'' Ulreich, 57, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999.

Mrs. Pearl McGee
CLEARWATER -- Mrs. Pearl Johnson McGee, 92, of Townsend Street, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Frank Copeland
DELLWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. Frank Copeland, 53, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Swainsboro Nursing Home, Swainsboro.

Mr. Lee Plevnic
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mr. Lee Allen Plevnic, 61, of Georgia Highway 23 South, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Dorothy Brook
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Dorothy ``Dot'' Corbin Brook, 87, of East Street, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Warrenton Health Care Center.

Mr. Robert Chandler
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert Lee Chandler, 67, of Vivion Drive, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lucille Dowdy
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs. Lucille Williamson Dowdy, 73, of Beech Island Avenue, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999.

Mrs. Ruth Moser
Mrs. Ruth H. Moser, of Augusta, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. John Lester Jr.
Mr. John C. Lester Jr., 80, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Edward Towne
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Edward William Towne, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, in Williston.

Mr. Levy Johnson
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- Mr. Levy Howard Johnson, 81, of Jackson Avenue, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at the Georgia War Veterans Home.

Mrs. Mildred Burnett
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Mildred Clark Burnett, 85, of Laurel Drive, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mr. John Ankrom
Mr. John H. Ankrom, 75, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Shirik Rhodes
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Shirik Lamound Rhodes died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. William Bullock
THOMSON -- Mr. William G. ``Coach Red'' Bullock, 76, of Fluker Street, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Marlitte Smith
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Marlitte Martin Smith, 89, of McCormick Health Care, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Levy Johnson

Mrs. Fannie Cobb

Mr. Herman Ulreich

Mr. Jesse Mills

Mrs. Dorothy Brook

Mrs. Ruth Moser

Mr. Lee Plevnic

Mr. John Ankrom

Mrs. Marlitte Smith

Mrs. Pearl McGee

Shirik Rhodes

Mrs. Brenda Flanagan

Mr. Robert Chandler

Mrs. Sadie Bryant

Mrs. Sibyl Hanson

Mrs. Mabel Earnest

Mrs. Winnifred Morton

Mr. Walter Langley

Mrs. Elvira Butler

Mrs. Lucille Dowdy

Mr. Edward Towne

Mrs. Myrtle Hooper

Mr. John Lester Jr.

Mrs. Mildred Burnett

Allgood: It's time to end the MCG debate and get to work
I read with great interest Dr. Paul D. Webster III's Nov. 2 guest column titled, ``Public debate needed before changes at MCG.'' Having been closely involved in the almost five years of intensive study and spirited debates, Dr. Webster's call for further debate could not better clarify the issues or actions we must take to address them. The following is a brief history of what has been done to date:

Allgood: It's time to end the MCG debate and get to work
I read with great interest Dr. Paul D. Webster III's Nov. 2 guest column titled, ``Public debate needed before changes at MCG.'' Having been closely involved in the almost five years of intensive study and spirited debates, Dr. Webster's call for further debate could not better clarify the issues or actions we must take to address them. The following is a brief history of what has been done to date:

Public trust violated
U.S. District Judge G. Ernest Tidwell is putting the squeeze on state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, D-Savannah, to get her out of office, as well he should.

Praises 'BrownBag' lectures
Many thanks to the Richmond County Historical Society and to the Augusta-Richmond County Museum staff for the descriptive and moving lecture by Michael Kuryla, a survivor for the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Mrs. David S. Maney, Augusta

Raps radio personality over comments
As a former resident of Grovetown, I couldn't help but be appalled that radio talk show host Austin Rhodes decided to involve himself in a political race he apparently knows nothing about. Ron Roberts, Augusta

Slams NAACP's 'unjust' crusade
I recently read that the South Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People president James Gallman blasted South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges for not working to remove the Confederate flag. Mr. Gallman did this from the pulpit of the First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Charlotte. It seems to me that the NAACP commits one injustice after another, and yet is only praised for its efforts. ... Hugh Williams, Martinez

I-20 safety priority
Area residents, especially those who must regularly contend with the jumbled, dangerous Interstate 20-Bobby Jones Expressway interchange, should be heartened to learn that Georgia roadbuilders are studying ways to make it safer.

Dumb pop quiz
Thoughts on Republican presidential candidate George Bush being asked by a reporter to name four obscure world leaders:

Blasts ex-astronaut for 'selling out'
It is hard to learn that heroes of our youth are indeed much less than heroic. I was in the MarineCorps when John Glenn made his historic first orbital ride into space marking the entry of the United States into the space race. There was no one that I admired more in the early 1960s. McLowery Elrod, Evans

Wants shelters built for elderly
As I'm coming to work, I can't but notice all the old retired people sitting on their porches and out in their yards. Henry Hogan, Augusta

Doubts motives of S.C. NAACP chief
I am writing to voice my opinion of James Gallman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and his efforts to bring the Confederate flag down from the Statehouse. If anyone believes that his motives are to make South Carolina a more diverse state then they should take a step back and think for themselves and not believe all the sensationalism and idiocy that spills from his mouth. Aaron Richardson, Langley

Blasts airport security at Bush Field
After returning a rental car to Bush Field Airport, it was necessary for me to walk a good distance to my car which was parked in the long term parking area. Shari L. Mosley, Williston

Hits critic for using 'bigot' label
I want to thank Charles Heywood for his wonderful letter of Oct. 30 in which he attacks David Sisler's views on tolerance and homosexuality. One could not find a better illustration of how the Left tries to limit debate on issues by labeling the opposition as extremist or intolerant. Francis T. Lake Sr., Evans

Defends manager of Atlanta Braves
I am amazed a reader wanted Bobby Cox fired. Giri Venkatraman, Martinez

Kill suicide law
The nation has received a reminder from Capitol Hill that the right-to-life cause is not limited to saving the unborn. Due to declining respect for the sanctity of life since Roe v. Wade, right-to-life also means fighting to preserve the lives of the old, the sick and the infirm.

Hits Canal Authority over Stockade
Upon reading the article concerning the city commissioners reneging on the 10 year lease of the Old City Stockade to The Central Savannah River Area Humane Society I felt compelled to voice an opinion. J. R. Ivey, Augusta

Jabs writer on '80s deficit spending
Re Russ Dorn, Jr.'s Oct. 25 letter blaming Congress for the large deficits during the Reagan administration: Carl Champlin, Aiken

Remembers coach's positive influence
Augusta lost one of its giants with the passing of Denny Leonard. Over the past half century, no person influenced more young men in Augusta than Mr. Leonard. David B. Bell, Augusta

S.C.: Sink casino boats
South Carolina's battle against gambling hasn't ended with the state Supreme Court's ruling kayoing video poker machines after June 31, 2000. The fight now shifts to the high seas, to vanquish the expansion of casino boats.

Kwan wins gold, then hits books

Woods wins 4th in row

Arena racetrack nearly financed; contractor chosen

NYC Marathon winners: Chebet and Fernandez

Parry squeezes out Masters invitation

Stewart wins at Phoenix

Overtime: Agassi beats Russian teen in Paris Open

Woods won't stop working to improve

Senior PGA Tour will get bigger and better

Tuesday morning quarterback

Petty Enterprises switching from Pontiac to Dodge

Overtime: World's oldest Olympian dies at nearly 101

Web sites worth viewing
Local news coverage from Egypt in English is not always readily available. The Cairo Times has some of the best local coverage and several major regional portals and news sites have more, including Orientation Middle East, Arabia.com and Arabic News.

Heart valves may be grown from human cells
ATLANTA -- In search of better spare parts, scientists for the first time have grown heart valves from scratch in a test tube, then shown that they work like nature's own -- at least in animals, researchers said Sunday.

New study on risk of heart disease
ATLANTA -- Women who actually follow all of the standard health advice -- eat sensibly, don't smoke, get some exercise, keep the weight down, have an occasional drink -- can reduce their chance of heart disease an astonishing 82 percent, according to a study released Monday.

Study: Pet owners are healthier
Being home all day means Leslie Alden is a sitting duck for telemarketers. When she finally gets off the phone, at least she can turn to a sympathetic ear, or actually four of them. Harry and Molly, in fact, usually are sitting in the same chair with her.

Italy not ready for Y2K bugs
ROME -- Critics joke that Italy has a divine contingency plan when it comes to coping with any Year 2000 computer bugs: Hope for a miracle.

New program aims to monitor organ trafficking
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The University of California at Berkeley is opening a center to watch for and investigate illegal trafficking in human organs around the world.

Baker: Nuclear energy vital
Convincing the public of the need for nuclear power is the most difficult task the nuclear industry faces, a former presidential chief of staff said Monday.

Japan government reprimands cell research
TOKYO -- The Japanese government on Monday criticized the ethics of a researcher at a Tokyo university who combined a human cell with a cow's egg -- a procedure officials said was too similar to cloning.

Judge shows lack of trust in Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- The judge behind the blistering ruling against the Microsoft Corp. didn't question the honesty of Bill Gates outright, but he rejected almost every explanation of events offered under oath by the world's most famous billionaire.

Microsoft ruling may trip up Wall Street rally
NEW YORK -- Branded a monopoly shortly after the stock market's Friday closing, Microsoft could put a drag Monday on Wall Street's record-setting rally as investors assess a judge's blunt antitrust ruling.

Priceline.com enters phone fray
NEW YORK -- Priceline.com, the Internet service that lets customers name their own prices for plane tickets, hotel rooms, cars and groceries, is moving into the long distance telephone business.

President participates in online 'town hall'
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton said his ``virtual town hall meeting'' Monday was the Internet age's answer to Franklin D. Roosevelt's radio chats with the nation and the televised presidential press conferences during John F. Kennedy's administration.

Settlement possible in Microsoft case
WASHINGTON -- The nation's top antitrust official says the government is ``looking at a full range of remedies'' to punish Microsoft following a judge's ruling that the software giant misused its monopoly powers.

Joining the crew
Competitive. Gratifying. Fun. That's how some area teen-agers who participate in rowing describe the river sport.

The big screen

Your style
Andrea Briscoe, 17, a senior at Harlem High School.

Advice Line back on track

Your style

Joining the crew

Advice Line back on track
Well, the votes are in, and readers want to keep Advice Line in Xtreme. The final tally was 131 votes to keep and 32 to dump.

Fair gets high marks from teens
Looking for the lowdown on what to do at the 76th annual Augusta Exchange Club Fair?

The big screen
POKEMON: THE FIRST MOVIE: Pikachu, Ash and Mewtwo join other popular characters from the hit anime TV program Pokemon in a full-length film.

Heart valves may be grown from human cells

Microsoft ruling may trip up Wall Street rally

New program aims to monitor organ trafficking

Judge shows lack of trust in Microsoft

Settlement possible in Microsoft case

Japan government reprimands cell research

Italy not ready for Y2K bugs

New study on risk of heart disease

Priceline.com enters phone fray

Baker: Nuclear energy vital