Cavaliers retire Mark Price's number

Northern Iowa tops Alabama

Rider tells Hawks to 'make me the man'

Pistons top Sonics

Mavericks end losing streak with win over Magic

Four coaches hired by Milwaukee

Plot lines aren't very practical

Retail sales hold steady in October

New law may reshape financial landscape
WASHINGTON -- After opposing it for years, President Clinton today signed into law a sweeping measure that lifts Depression-era barriers and allows banks, securities firms and insurance companies to merge and sell each other's products.

Business briefs: Chain funds cancer research
Hamrick's Inc., headquartered in Gaffney, S.C., donated $16,850 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in October in cooperation with Lee Co.'s National Denim Day. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the nation's largest private institution dedicated solely to funding research for a breast cancer cure.

Business briefs: Chain funds cancer research
Hamrick's Inc., headquartered in Gaffney, S.C., donated $16,850 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in October in cooperation with Lee Co.'s National Denim Day. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the nation's largest private institution dedicated solely to funding research for a breast cancer cure.

Gifted giving
When famous musicians, professional athletes and other celebrities go Christmas shopping, they don't head to the mall.

Temporary workers in demand
NEW YORK -- Hiring good ``temps'' is becoming a full-time job for many small business owners.

Gifted giving

Business briefs: Chain funds cancer research

Carpet-recycling plant to open

Less volatile Bonds still have risks
NEW YORK -- When volatility hits the stock market, risk-adverse investors often turn to bonds as a safe haven, and now is no exception.

Funds hope for better Cuban-U.S. relations

Temporary workers in demand

Less volatile Bonds still have risks

Augustan's e-commerce business takes first test run
An Augusta businessman's fledgling e-commerce company, aided by an infusion of venture capital funding, should be fully operational in about 90 days.

Pocket Change

Traffic planners say signal is not required
The Pilot Travel Center on River Watch Parkway will spend the next few weeks readying itself for a Dec. 7 opening. The truckstop, which features a 3,700-square-foot convenience store and a 3,000-square-foot Wendy's restaurant under one roof, already has one-quarter of its 70-person staff hired, managers report.

Airlines scaling back New Year's eve flights

Airlines scaling back New Year's eve flights
DENVER -- Many airlines are canceling or scaling back flights on New Year's Eve due to a shortage of reservations and the possibility of Y2K glitches.

Business briefs: Chain funds cancer research

Retail sales hold steady in October
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales held steady in October as Americans pulled in their spending on cars and furniture but shelled out more for hardware, building supplies and clothing.

On the move
Thomas ``Branan'' Ruffin has joined R.W. Allen & Associates as project estimator.

New law may reshape financial landscape

Funds hope for better Cuban-U.S. relations
NEW YORK -- When -- or, more important, if -- trade reopens between the United States and Cuba, a handful of U.S. closed-end fund investors stand poised to capitalize on a potentially vibrant economy just 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

Traffic planners say signal is not required

Pocket Change
Radio can make the miles whiz by on car trips, but finding a station you want to hear can be tough. Try Radio on the Road (Arrowhead Publishing; $14.95) to tune you in. The paperback book lists more than 15,000 AM and FM stations in the United States and Canada, from big-watt blasters to little-town talkers.

Georgia looks to boost movie location interest
ATLANTA -- Doubling the state's meager film-marketing budget and widening a few tax loopholes could boost the number of movies made in Georgia, says Michael Coles, who has switched from selling cookies and dabbling in politics to hawking film locations.

Carpet-recycling plant to open
Later this week, DSM Chemicals and AlliedSignal plan to crank up their $85 million Evergreen machine and start turning nasty old carpet into gold.

College football today

Georgia football notes

South Carolina notes

Michigan upsets Penn State

Remaining games will define Dawgs

Alabama tops Mississippi St.

Clemson having better season than expected

Auburn stuns Bulldogs

Arkansas upsets Tennessee

Florida State closes out near perfect decade

Spurrier trying to figure out the Gators

Tech hopes to stall Clemson revival

Georgia trying to improve bowl position

Tech out-duels Clemson

Gators go for title Saturday

Tech's Hamilton has amazing game

Duke tops Wake Forest

Mississippi State in its biggest game of the year

A look at the 20th century: 1988
Communism was on the way out, George Bush was on the way in and James Brown was behind bars.

A look at the 20th century: 1989
While the world looked toward a new decade, it ended 1989 with cause for hope as the most visible symbol of Communist oppression crumbled and the Cold War ended.

Defends Tax Assessor Sears

Ponders liberal media and history

Looks forward to road improvements

Urges building bigger, better library

Notes alternative old-fashioned homes

Blames lack of prayer for shooting

Norwood's victory

Bizarre debt proposal

Supports challenger in Dist. 2 runoff

Asks questions about water drawdown

Compares lists of problems in S.C.

Toughness needed in Illinois

Resents boycott of S.C. over flag

Water authority need?

Seeks support for pet adoption center

Legends told of mystical fountain of youth
Before the European conquest of America, Caribbean legends told of a wondrous kingdom where people could drink from a stream and "live like young men" forever.

Common items best for capsules
With 1999 giving way to 2000 soon, time capsules are more popular than ever with businesses, churches and families wanting to share pieces of the present with the future.

Love affair with house never ends
Tony and Terry Cresci sleep where honeymooners once frolicked. The Crescies' 3,000-square-foot home on Greene Street housed the honeymoon suites of Telfair Inns before it was sold at auction in 1994. When the Crescies bought and renovated their Victorian-style home in Olde Town in April 1998, they celebrated its rich history by capitalizing on its unique design. The couple's only regret is that more Augustans don't appreciate the historic neighborhood.

Faith digest
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, new president of the National Council of Churches, says the financially hard-pressed religious coalition must rely on faith in the new millennium.

In the know
TV TONIGHT: Basketball superstar Michael Jordan and that ``wascally'' rabbit Bugs Bunny team up as big screen buddies in th

Human touch can be sign of God's love
Since God created us, the Lord knows that we need representations and manifestations of his promises, presence, power, providence and peace.

Invitation's wording is in doubt
Dear Carson: I work for a nonprofit organization and would like to send invitations for a dinner and social hour. Should I use the term ``social hour'' or ``cocktails at 6 p.m.''? Dinner will be at 7.

Midst of the storm
A United Methodist minister who ran afoul of his church for conducting same-sex unions will be one of the featured speakers at a Metropolitan Community Church regional conference in Augusta.

Healed pastor spreads gift
Craig Marsh is a happy man, with or without a stomach. The New Zealand preacher lost most of his stomach during cancer surgery in 1994, but he says he is eating normally today.

Millennium memories
Families wanting to share personal and historical items with future generations via a time capsule can do so without spending a lot of money.

Healing Center will bring hope to the seriously ill
Sandra Kennedy believes faith is contagious -- and so is healing. People catch the ideals hearing the Word of God, said the pastor of Whole Life Ministries. That is the lesson she teaches in the church's crusades, called Healing Explosions, and through its healing teams.

Getting into Deep Step requires shallow thinking

Bulldogs advance with 40-14 win

Washington-Wilkes tops Lincoln County

Josey faces familiar foe in playoff opener

Aiken edges James Island

Screven County edged by Toombs

Josey avenges loss to Burke County

Fort Dorchester ends North Augusta's season

Batesburg-Leesville wins a rout

Hephzibah closes with win

Augusta Christian falls to Mt. de Sales

Midland Valley hammered visitors

Blackville-Hilda rallies to win

Laney blows past Westside

Thomson rallies past Dublin

Tigers complete 10-0 regular season

Aquinas pounds Glascock County

Losing streak at 3 for struggling Lynx

Lynx trade fan-favorite Rezansoff

Plot lines aren't very practical
One reason my wife doesn't like to watch movies with me is that I will sit there complaining when things don't make sense.``Why,'' I'll ask rhetorically, ``can Arnold Schwarzenegger beat up five guys in one scene, then actually have trouble punching out their evil, but puny little boss?''

Love affair with house never ends

Faith digest

Millennium memories

Invitation's wording is in doubt

Human touch can be sign of God's love

Legends told of mystical fountain of youth

Healed pastor spreads gift

Healing Center will bring hope to the seriously ill

Saving Greg

Midst of the storm

Saving Greg: After the surgery

Common items best for capsules

Saving Greg: The surgery

Errors in state's death records hinder studies

Across the area: Inmate says police used undue force
HARLEM -- Harlem Police Department officials Friday asked the Columbia County Sheriff Office's Internal Affairs Division to investigate a complaint of excessive force being used against an inmate.

Errors in state's death records hinder studies
AIKEN -- South Carolina's execution records are in such dismal disarray that they hamper serious research on capital punishment cases in the state.

A look at the 20th century: 1988

Commissioners' ethics questioned

Grand jury wonders at city's purchases

Traffic blamed on design

Schools get low grades

Balancing act

No layoffs planned

Legislator wants to save plant

New theater draws mixed reviews

Race plays into death penalty use

Jurors call for special grand jury

SRS disposal plants await approval
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson must only sign the bottom line to bring $1.4 billion in plutonium-processing plants to Savannah River Site.

Council to weigh limit on horses in neighborhoods

SRS boosts internal security
Savannah River Site officials once concentrated on the threat of outsiders hacking into the more than 1,000 computer networks at the federal nuclear weapons site. Now, they are turning their efforts toward the inside.

Deputy punished in 'judge-shopping'

All they want for Christmas

Puppets assist educator's call to teach pupils

Across the area

SRS boosts internal security

SRS disposal plants await approval

Traffic blamed on design
Ten years ago, L.D. Waters bought property off Bobby Jones Expressway near Scott Nixon Memorial Drive and opened Bonaventure Discount Golf.

Across the area: Inmate says police used undue force

Jurors call for special grand jury
Dismayed by what they found and frustrated about the lack of time to investigate, outgoing members of the Richmond County grand jury called Friday for the creation of a special grand jury to investigate the operation and management of Augusta-Richmond County government.

Meeting needs

New theater draws mixed reviews
Reviews of the much-talked about Augusta Exchange Theatre 20 were as colorful as its multicolored neon hue.

Council to weigh limit on horses in neighborhoods
AIKEN -- Buzz Jackson might invest in a sturdy pair of paddock shoes before Monday, when the horse manure could get ankle deep for the Aiken planning commissioner.

All they want for Christmas
Betty Hamilton and Pam Wade examine the handmade and sculpted figurines called Unique Possessions on Friday morning at the Christmas Made in the South craft show at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Race plays into death penalty use
AIKEN -- From its racial composition, South Carolina's death row looks like equal-opportunity housing for killers. But mostly, rooms are reserved, as they always have been, for those whose victims were white.

Meeting needs
Myriad brightly-colored balloons added to the festive air at the Marion Hatcher Center on Friday as United Way of the CSRA celebrated the success of its current fund-raising campaign and thanked its many volunteers.

Reports: Connections play role in hiring

'Deathtrap' thrills with twists and turns
The set of Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre's production of Deathtrap looks like the rumpus room of a serial killer. There are enough assorted instruments of mayhem dangling from the walls to snuff out the entire cast, along with a sizable portion of the audience.

Puppets assist educator's call to teach pupils
When people asked Carlyn G. Morris what she wanted to be when she grew up, she knew positively she did not want to be a teacher.

Schools get low grades
ATLANTA -- The state has pumped more than $700 million since 1988 into a grant program designed to better prepare middle-grades children during their transition between elementary and high school.

Deputy punished in 'judge-shopping'
A Richmond County deputy is being punished for ``judge-shopping'' by the chief judge of Civil and Magistrate Court.

Balancing act
Kaitlynn Haney, 4, tries her best to maintain her balance as her grandfather Larry Haney gives her a little support Friday while at Virginia Acres in Aiken.

Accounts reflect a race bias
AIKEN -- Before it became politically correct to eliminate most references to race in the last quarter of this century, newspaper accounts of the crimes, trials and executions reflected them through blatantly race-colored glasses.

Chief defends administrative actions
The Richmond County grand jury is not the only group finding fault with the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

A look at the 20th century: 1989

Commissioners' ethics questioned
A Richmond County grand jury has suggested that an Augusta commissioner lied when he testified before them that he did not own certain property.

Psychologist gives parents rearing tips
He blames the media. He blames authors. He blames his fellow mental health professionals. John Rosemond, nationally syndicated child psychologist, blames just about everyone and everything -- from the invention of color television to parenting books -- for the way children are being reared in the United States today.

Grand jury wonders at city's purchases
A Richmond County grand jury wants to know how a company owned by a Richmond County firefighter submitted a winning bid of $23,945 to provide equipment to Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Psychologist gives parents rearing tips

Reports: Connections play role in hiring
Too often, getting a city job or an appointment to the city's personnel board falls on connections instead of experience and skill, a Richmond County grand jury's report alleges.

'Deathtrap' thrills with twists and turns

Legislator wants to save plant
WASHINGTON -- Renewed speculation about the possible closing of Lockheed Martin's plant in Marietta, Ga., underscores the need for lawmakers to fight for enough Pentagon aircraft orders to keep the plant operating, Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., said Friday.

Chief defends administrative actions

No layoffs planned
A budget shortfall should not lead to layoffs at Savannah River Site and other federal nuclear-weapons sites, a U.S. Department of Energy official said Friday.

Across the area
MondayThe deadline for annual property taxes in Columbia County is Monday.

Super Flops: Falcons turn out to be a one-year wonder

NFL notes: Staubach expects Aikman to return

49ers suspend Phillips

NFL preview

49ers suspend Lawrence Phillips

Aikman might miss next three Cowboys games

Falcons take needed break

Mr. C.W. Humphrey
Mr. C.W. ``Dick'' Humphrey, 69, of Appling, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Iris Pinkney
LOS ANGELES -- Mrs. Iris Pinkney died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.

Mrs. Nannie Reviere
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Nannie Lou Cliatt Reviere, 88, of Dallas Street, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Thomson Manor.

Mr. Mack Roberts
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Mack Arthur Roberts, 36, of First Street, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Eddie Evans
YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Mr. Eddie Evans, 60, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999.

Mr. Eustus Fulford
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Eustus Fulford, 90, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mozella Wilcher
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mozella Wilcher, 62, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Grace Reid
Mrs. Grace B. Reid, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Azalee Wynne
Mrs. Azalee ``Dixie'' Wynne, 74, of Augusta, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington, Ga.

Mrs. Clyde Kent
THOMSON -- Mrs. Clyde Kent, 80, of Longhill Road, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mr Eddie Walker Sr.
Mr. Eddie J. Walker Sr., of Sheraton Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Warren Ray Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Warren Taylor Ray Jr., 73, of Johns Road, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, in Athens.

Mrs. Bernice Davis
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Bernice Hyder Davis, 89, of North Avenue, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Eloise Smith
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Eloise Smith, 66, of Abram Street, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Arthur Youmans
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Arthur Youmans, 76, of Moore Street, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Jessie Holmes
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Jessie Mae Holmes, 83, of Beaverdam Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Rev. Jack Gardner
SAVANNAH -- The Rev. Jack R. Gardner, 79, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, in Hospice House, Savannah.

Mr. Marvin Axon
THOMSON -- Mr. Marvin Axon, 82, of Mount Pleasant Road, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Thomson Manor.

Mr. J.B. Battle Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. J.B. Battle Jr., 64, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Taylor Bruner
BELVEDERE -- Mr. C. Taylor Bruner, 29, of Serpentine Drive, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Norman Flanders
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mr. Norman Flanders, 90, of Alton Lawson Road, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mr. Askew Chennault
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. Askew Chennault, 74, of Wooten Street, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999.

Mrs. Dora Scott
Mrs. Dora Washington Scott, of Turpin Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Kathlyn Morris
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Kathlyn C. Morris, 64, of Traylor Street, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Lois Hopkins
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lois Norman Hopkins, 87, of Lundburg Road, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Imond Mills
Gloverville -- Mrs. Imond Eubanks Mills, 83, of East Avenue, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Annie Cuthbertson
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Annie Jean Williams Cuthbertson, 45, of Dunbarton Road, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Eddie Evans

Mrs. Clyde Kent

Mr. Warren Ray Jr.

Mr. Norman Flanders

Mr. Eustus Fulford

Mr. Arthur Youmans

Mrs. Lois Hopkins

Mrs. Dora Scott

Mrs. Annie Cuthbertson

Mrs. Azalee Wynne

Mrs. Grace Reid

Mrs. Eloise Smith

Mr. Askew Chennault

Mrs. Bernice Davis

Mrs. Kathlyn Morris

Rev. Jack Gardner

Mrs. Jessie Holmes

Mr. Taylor Bruner

Mr. Mack Roberts

Mr. J.B. Battle Jr.

Mrs. Nannie Reviere

Mr. Marvin Axon

Mrs. Iris Pinkney

Kent: Barnes upset; McCain grumbles; wrong bark
My friend the governor of Georgia, Roy Barnes, is upset with me. I didn't hear it directly from him. I'll give him a call tomorrow. But this news springs from a long-awaited Atlanta summit last Monday between the governor, State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko, House Minority Leader Bob Irvin, R-Atlanta, state Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, Education Reform Commission Chairman Otis Brumby and Commission member Oz Nelson.

Albert: Humane Society deserves Stockade location
MOST PEOPLE HAVE great respect for the Humane Society and the privately-funded work that this organization does to promote responsible dog breeding and humane treatment of animals.

Plans to boycott 2000 census count
OK, let me get this straight: If I stand up to be counted for the 2000 census, I will be helping my community receive more federal dollars for housing, school lunches and etc., according to the commercial. Now let's look at the reality of the situation. I know three reasons why a lot of people won't be counted: William Sanders, Augusta

Water authority need?
The issue of creating an independent water authority for Augusta is surfacing again among the local legislative delegation. Rep. Henry Howard, D-Augusta, threatened to introduce such a bill last year, but backed off after being assured the water shortage crisis of 1998 would not be repeated in 1999.

Asks questions about water drawdown
I am again writing about the planned Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam water drawdown because of the excellent letter you published by Paul L. Cook this week. I feel he used the right approach in writing to the key persons he listed. Harold F. Truchsess, Martinez

Compares lists of problems in S.C.
This is a list of South Carolina's problems: murder, rape, armed robbery, drunk driving, random violence, child abuse, burglary, theft, spousal abuse, vandalism, animal cruelty, substandard education, marijuana, heroin, crack, illegal weapons, welfare fraud, government corruption, excessive taxes. P. W. Kozak, Aiken

Defends Tax Assessor Sears
I have known Richmond County Tax Assessor Harrison Sears for more than 15 years. I have never heard or known him to be prejudiced or ``racial.'' If you're wrong, you're wrong no matter what color or sex you are. Charles Nutt, Hephzibah

Supports requiring school uniforms
Re the Nov. 4 letter by Allen I. Wylds Sr., regarding his ``list of objections to school uniforms'': Gordon Hull, Evans

Denies 'Weekly Reader' link to tobacco
As president of Weekly Reader, I feel compelled to respond to Richard Arnold's errors in his Nov. 3 letter alleging some connection between Weekly Reader and a ``tobacco giant.'' Peter E. Bergen, Stamford, CT

Resents boycott of S.C. over flag
I am a resident of South Carolina, born in Illinois, and to my knowledge had no relatives living in the United States before 1890. As a result I have no strong feelings about a Confederate flag. However I am concerned that groups of people outside South Carolina are attempting to influence the internal operation of state lawmakers by imposing a boycott on tourism to this state. Ed Dillon, North Augusta

Sisler: Someone always answers 'heavenly hotline'
``THANK YOU for calling your Heavenly Father's house. The Mediator is busy now helping another supplicant. To better serve you, please select one of the following five options: press 1 for requests; press 2 for thanksgiving, press 3 for complaints. If you would like King David to sing a psalm for you, press 4. For all other inquiries, press 5. Please stay on the line. Your prayer will be answered in the ordered it was received.''

Kent: Barnes upset; McCain grumbles; wrong bark
My friend the governor of Georgia, Roy Barnes, is upset with me. I didn't hear it directly from him. I'll give him a call tomorrow. But this news springs from a long-awaited Atlanta summit last Monday between the governor, State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko, House Minority Leader Bob Irvin, R-Atlanta, state Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, Education Reform Commission Chairman Otis Brumby and Commission member Oz Nelson.

Connects traffic violations, deaths at Columbine
I am so thankful that I have the ability and willingness to read speed limits signs. I am also thankful that I know where the brake and accelerator are and that I know how to operate both these in order to obey the speed limit law. I am thankful, too, that I know how to operate the turn signals and when to use them. Luther F. Yount Jr., Martinez

Doubts motive of Nationwide directive
The article in the national news concerning Nationwide Insurance and the use of ``cheap parts'' is somewhat amusing. It states, ``It would temporarily stop allowing body shops to use cheap parts not made by manufacturers.'' W. Bowman, Hephzibah

Urges building bigger, better library
I am writing to express my concern about the Warren C. Gibbs Memorial Library in Columbia County. The facility does not have the space or the resources to serve its community properly. Cheri Noel Robinson, Augusta

Seeks support for pet adoption center
As taxpayers who are not only concerned with the welfare of pets in our community but who are also actively trying to do something to address the pet over-population problem, we believe it is time for the Central Savannah River Area to have a humane pet adoption center. The focus here is on 1) educating our community about responsible pet-people relationships and good stewardship of all animals, 2) reducing the number of unwanted pets through aggressive spay-neuter campaigns, and 3) adopting wonderful pets who just need a second chance to provide a lifetime of unconditional love to someone. Raynette Mayer, Augusta

Supports challenger in Dist. 2 runoff
District 2 voters must return to the polls on Nov. 23. District 2 leads Richmond County in thenumber of public housing units -- not in the number of new housing. Yet we still suffered greatly from this summer's drought as we did last year. The promised health clinic for the Hyde Park residents is being built downtown, not in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods are being allowed to decline; that way more government sponsored entities can move in for little money. Rundown housing has little resale value when condemned for government use. In some of our neighborhoods, the drug dealers are so confident of non-arrest that they will accost anyone entering the neighborhood to buy their destructive wares. Davida L. Johnson, Augusta

Albert: Humane Society deserves Stockade location
MOST PEOPLE HAVE great respect for the Humane Society and the privately-funded work that this organization does to promote responsible dog breeding and humane treatment of animals.

Notes alternative old-fashioned homes
Re: the Nov. 7 article on ```Neo-Traditional' homes'': Liberty Perkins, Augusta

Looks forward to road improvements
I sure was glad to read that improvements are being planned for the Bobby Jones Expressway. It needs some. Robert H. Rihl, Augusta

Toughness needed in Illinois
What a comedown for the Rev. Jesse Jackson: from global statesman to rabble-rouser.

McDill flying high
Last week Al McDill, director of the Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, had his contract renewed by the Augusta Aviation Commission. New Aviation Commission member Rodger Giles provided the one-vote margin to save McDill's job; it was five ayes, one opposed and three abstentions.

Bizarre debt proposal
An unusual coalition of liberals, including Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., and conservatives, such as Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., are likely to generate enough congressional support to pass President Clinton's plan to cancel debts, estimated at more than $5 billion, owed to the U.S. by 36 of the world's poorest countries.

Blames lack of prayer for shooting
Once again the chickens have come home to roost. Put in a biblical way, what you sow, you will reap. The incident that took place in Hawaii, where a disgruntled employee took the lives of seven co-workers, is just another example of what takes place when God and prayer is removed from a society. Andy Windham, Wagener

Norwood's victory
Whether Congress passes U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's patients' bill of rights legislation or not, the Georgia Republican can count his longtime campaign to reform managed care a success.

Ponders liberal media and history
... I remember that during the Clinton impeachment hearings it was very important to inspect Iraq in order to keep Saddam Hussein from making biological weapons of mass destruction. Well as soon as the flames cooled off, it hasn't been nearly as important to the liberal news media. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

Sees conspiracy in airplane crashes
Was the Egyptian airline crash a random event? We have an overwhelming set of statistical data that proves beyond an incredible shadow of doubt otherwise. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Report: Olympic officials received favors

Report: Open FAA investigation of jet's owner

Duval and Couples take first day's lead

Amateur event kicks off Georgia Field Trials

Overtime: Davenport and Hingis to meet in Advanta final

Duval, Couples extend lead in Shark Shootout

Bruce Fleisher wins Chrysler Challenge

Lewis beats Holyfield with unanimous decision

Overtime: Augusta Heat test D-Backs in playoffs

Will Lewis throw caution to the wind?

Titleholders ready to move to Atlanta

David Green is first-time pole-winner

Balancing act

Pak turns Tour Championship into headline

Saving Greg: The recovery
Greg lies back in the bed at the epilepsy monitoring unit. The angry red scar on his head looks like a zipper. He gives a lopsided smile, only the right side of his face pulling up.

Saving Greg: Progress fades
They all hide the scar somewhere beneath their hair as they mill about the crowded room, squeezing between folding tables and chairs, wandering among Halloween decorations and orange and black balloons.

Saving Greg: The surgery
Inside the classroom, the little boy's head hovers near the desktop. His face turned to the right, he watches the pencil in his hand move slowly up and down on the paper.

Saving Greg: After the surgery
The bigger kids walk around Greg as he sits on the carpet in the music room, his head down, staring at the songbook in his lap. It is open to Song of the Skyloom, which tells of American Indian legends.

Saving Greg: Additional surgery needed
Delving into Greg's brain last time was a laborious process. Now it takes just minutes for Dr. Lee and Dr. Brown to cut through sutures holding the skull cap and peel back the layers underneath. The exposed brain is covered by small, dark blood clots.

Saving Greg
Two million people walk through life never knowing when epileptic storms will assault their brains. Sometimes their desperate quest for freedom from seizures calls for the kind of bold approach doctors took with young Greg West.

Airlines canceling or scaling back flights on New Year's Eve
DENVER -- Many airlines are canceling or scaling back flights on New Year's Eve due to a shortage of reservations and the possibility of Y2K glitches.

Computer 'firewall' may be needed
Q: I am getting kind of jumpy about security with my new DSL connection.

Leonids storm to light up sky
Thirty-three Novembers ago, Joe Rao stood in his Bronx backyard, cursing the heavens.

Newbies go shopping online
Internet users with less than six months of experience on the Web are more confident about shopping online this holiday season, and that should benefit Web sites associated with bricks-and-mortar stores.

FDA proposes adding 'trans fat' to food labels
WASHINGTON -- Food labels would begin listing a little-known but nasty type of fat called trans fat under rules proposed today by the Food and Drug Administration.

Man wants share of Y2K bug fix
NEW YORK -- Some businesses that thought they'd fixed their Y2K problems may still find themselves in for a millennial shock.

Blood pressure drug can lower risk of heart attack
ATLANTA -- Widely used blood pressure pills called ACE inhibitors can lower the risk of heart attacks and death by nearly one-quarter in people with bad hearts or diabetes, and they may become routine treatment for everyone with these common conditions, researchers say.

Broadcasters, Internet groups in showdown over television licenses
WASHINGTON -- Online providers and leading copyright holders are in a showdown over legislative language that keeps Internet companies from getting special licenses to carry broadcast programming.

Web sites target Latino customers
Defying lackluster PC marketing efforts to Latinos and a widely acknowledged digital divide, Spanish-language Internet portals and service providers are sprouting at a zesty pace, vying aggressively for investment capital, advertising dollars and the eyes of an increasingly influential market.

Leonids storm to light up sky

Blood pressure drug can lower risk of heart attack

Web sites target Latino customers

Airlines canceling or scaling back flights on New Year's Eve

FDA proposes adding 'trans fat' to food labels

Broadcasters, Internet groups in showdown over television licenses

Newbies go shopping online

Computer 'firewall' may be needed