ASU is adjusting to new coach, players

Jones leads Hornets past Mavs

Poll picks Lady Patriots to win conference

Williams seeks 400th win as Terrapins open new season

Baseball notes: Rockies send Kile to Cards

Senators picked to win Peach Belt

Rider creating more headaches in Atlanta

Martinez wins AL Cy Young

USC Aiken transfers bring experience, talent

Jags ready for new season

Cross Creek learns more from Butler

Jones wins league MVP

Business briefs: Gas company opens information booths

Consultant: City unity possible

Bank reports growth
The parent company of two newly opened area banks reported that total assets rose 30 percent for the third-quarter, compared with a year ago. Officials with Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Inc. attribute asset growth to its recent expansions in Augusta.

Augustan honored for deed

Business briefs: Rapid-growth fears cause fall in stocks
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell Wednesday as investors locked in profits from Tuesday's rally while clinging to fears that the Federal Reserve's latest interest rate increase won't slow the nation's rapid economic growth.

Nasdaq figures revised after computer glitch

Augustan honored for deed
Some of Augusta's most philanthropic residents were recognized Tuesday at a ceremony dedicated to the late George Weiss, who donated his entire estate to charity.

Consumer prices rise slightly in October
WASHINGTON -- Consumer inflation rose a slim 0.2 percent in October, the best showing in four months, as gasoline and other energy prices fell.

Business briefs: Gas company opens information booths
ATLANTA -- SCANA Energy, the state's second-largest natural gas marketer, has placed information booths in Kroger stores statewide to make bill payments and customer service inquiries more readily available.

Business briefs: Rapid-growth fears cause fall in stocks

Airlines to boost Priceline
CHICAGO -- In the airline industry's latest aggressive thrust into cyberspace, three more U.S. carriers have joined Priceline.com, giving a big boost to the name-your-own-price Internet ticket service.

Leadership series

Nasdaq figures revised after computer glitch
Due to a system problem at Nasdaq yesterday, several closing index numbers for Tuesday have been revised.

Opening signals growth in Grovetown
GROVETOWN -- McDonald's is coming to Grovetown. More than an opportunity to buy a Big Mac, the national fast-food restaurant chain's interest is an indicator of the city's explosive residential growth

Interest rates on the rise
Rising interest rates appear to have done little so far to discourage Americans who are shopping for a home.

Opening signals growth in Grovetown

Leadership series
Sharon Patrick of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. was among speakers broadcast via satellite Wednesday to Augusta's Bell Auditorium and about 200 other sites in North America and overseas. Augusta State University presented the broadcast as part of the fourth Worldwide Lessons in Leadership series.

Consumer prices rise slightly in October

Airlines to boost Priceline

Consultant: City unity possible
The man credited with rejuvenating downtown Greenville, S.C., and downtown Winston-Salem, N.C., says, if given the chance, he could unify Augusta's fragmented urban area.

DiNardo says new coach should monitor recruiting and academics

Desperate times for Dawgs

Leard gives Auburn a chance at sixth win

Vols still have plenty of motivation

More than bragging rights on line for Clemson

Former Gamecock coach faces tough homecoming

Clemson's Young has lived the Tigers-Gamecocks rivalry

Defense becoming strong point for Gators

Holtz lives through adversity

It's time for the battle of the Palmetto state

Carter's future: 'Up in the air right now'

College picks: Florida State-Florida is about national titles

Stroud disappointed with hecklers

Spurrier makes successful season tough to enjoy

Small counties fight mergers
ATLANTA -- In the nine months since she became tax commissioner in Taliaferro County, Kaye Jackson has learned firsthand how hard it can be keeping Georgia's smallest county financially afloat.

Disputes fueled growth of counties
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- It's only seven miles from Watkinsville to Athens, but the short distance fueled a big controversy in the 1870s when Athens residents argued that the Clarke County seat should be moved to the growing town.

Legacy of last god-king lingers
TOKYO -- When Emperor Hirohito died, one of the largest gatherings of presidents, kings and prime ministers ever assembled came to Tokyo for the funeral. For better or worse, no Japanese had ever made such a deep impact on world history.

Return suspect money

Repeal 'secret' tax

Backs Williams in Dist. 2 runoff

Ludicrous reprimand

Defends radio personality's remarks

Endorses incumbent Handy in runoff

Cost of Thanks
For many American families, Thanksgiving Day means a house full of extended family and long days of laborious cooking and cleanup.

Capsules
Impotence may be an early warning of heart disease, scientists say. Researchers from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation tested 50 men who had sought prescriptions for Viagra. None of the men had any symptoms of heart disease.

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Age old question: Bacteria a culprit in ulcers
Q: What causes ulcers? -- Y.S., Augusta

Thankful feast
Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday when I was a child. Sure, Christmas had presents, but Thanksgiving meant waking up to the smell of sauteed onions and celery and a roasting turkey.

Twelve selected for All-Star game

Ga. Player of the week

S.C. player of the week

S.C. notebook

Lynx ledger

Lynx lose to Tallahassee

Lynx hope fans continue support

Capsules

Age old question: Bacteria a culprit in ulcers

Thankful feast

Cost of Thanks

In the know

Let it snow
Kathleen Brown, chairwoman for the 1999 Festival of Trees Ginger Bread Village, sprinkles fake snow along the side of a gingerbread replica of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Augusta. The structure was designed by members of St Paul's.

Ethics probe ordered

Ethics probe ordered
Augusta's Chief Superior Court Judge William M. Fleming Jr. will impanel a special grand jury to continue the investigation of city government.

Creation of special panel a first in city, officials say
Augusta's Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr. on Wednesday ordered a special grand jury empaneled to continue two previous juries' investigations of city government.

Let it snow

SRS workers must wait for compensation ruling
Savannah River Site employees who believe their work made them sick must wait until March to find out whether the federal government might compensate them for their illnesses.

Candidates file for sheriff election

Growing Into Life program tapped for national attention
AIKEN -- Even without funding, Growing Into Life has gotten national attention for successfully reducing infant mortality rates in Aiken County.

Police investigate fraternity incident

Weapons safety promoted
AIKEN -- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is pulling the trigger on gun safety.

Congress members push to keep plant open
ATLANTA -- Georgia's congressional delegation is supporting a plan that would give Lockheed Martin Corp. a down payment on future cargo plane orders to keep the company from shutting down its Marietta plant.

Local residents raise concerns at state forum
AIKEN -- Fewer than two dozen people came to the ``For the People/By the People'' town meeting Wednesday night, but issues they raised reflected concerns that have plagued South Carolina for years.

Schools to receive grants to clean up litter

Close call
Thelma White, 37, (left) and her daughter Latasha Dukes, 20, of Waynesboro were evacuated by police during a standoff in Mrs. White's yard, where authorities apprehended a man suspected in a carjacking after a three-hour confrontation Wednesday.

Birthday honors

Temple-Tuttle comet causes loss of sleep
Stargazers are getting a treat this week in the form of one of the most robust November meteor showers in 33 years.

Local residents raise concerns at state forum

Disputes fueled growth of counties

New Year's Eve party plans unveiled
With only 43 days left in 1999, organizers of the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve street party have plans well under way to ring in 2000.

Congress members push to keep plant open

SRS workers must wait for compensation ruling

Fort Gordon commemorates German POWs

Man claims free speech right was violated in suit

School voucher plan concerns residents

Teachers: Alternative schools are not doing job
ATLANTA -- Separate schools for rowdy students have succeeded in making regular schools safer for other students, but few teachers of traditional classes think the schools offer adequate preparation for graduation, a new report shows.

Weapons safety promoted

Savvy characters

SRS incinerator operating below capacity
Savannah River Site could save $595 million of taxpayers' money if it increased operations at an incinerator at the federal nuclear-weapons site, according to a federal audit.

Savvy characters
Shelby Nicosia dressed as Clifford the Dog and Wayne Anderson came to school a The Cat in the Hat - their favorite characters - at South Aiken Baptist Christian School's Book Caracter Dress-up Day.

Laney-Walker restoration approved
The Augusta Commission approved a $1 million contract Tuesday with a local nonprofit corporation that aims to revive the Laney-Walker Historic District.

It's time for the battle of the Palmetto state

Carjacking suspect has stand-off with police
WAYNESBORO -- A 19-year-old man held police and family members at bay for three hours in a Waynesboro neighborhood Wednesday, according to police, and they pleaded with him to put down a gun.

Laney-Walker restoration approved

Fort Gordon commemorates German POWs
Cordoned off with a white chain, two small cemetery plots dotted with stark white headstones serve as constant reminders.

Temple-Tuttle comet causes loss of sleep

Curious minds
Randale Holmes and other Burke County Middle School seventh-graders listen to the interactive solar-powered talking tree stand in the arboretum of Spirit Creek Education Forest after the 570-acre managed forest was dedicated Wednesday.

Area briefs: Firefighter bonds out in threats case

Techniques help identify Aiken victim
AIKEN -- The mysterious woman whose reconstructed face has been on the mantle in Coroner Sue Townsend's office for years finally has a name: Jackie Council.

Candidates file for sheriff election
The finish line is still a year away, but already the race is on. This month, two men announced their decisions to seek the Richmond County sheriff's office in November 2000. Woodrow Fryer filed a declaration of intention with the local board of elections Nov. 8. Lt. Leon Garvin, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, filed Friday.

Legacy of last god-king lingers

Subcommittee criticizes mayor, editorial writer
An Augusta Commission subcommittee that is punching out a new city ethics ordinance has taken a few jabs at Mayor Bob Young and The Augusta Chronicle's senior editorial writer Phil Kent.

Subcommittee criticizes mayor, editorial writer

Growing Into Life program tapped for national attention

Mother suing school over child's discipline

Carjacking suspect has stand-off with police

Teacher says job keeps her on her toes

Teacher sets high standards
Lynda Jackson wants to make the type of impression on her students that her teachers made on her.

New Year's Eve party plans unveiled

Birthday honors
Retired Augusta businessman Hubert T. Bolton (center) receives applause from friends Marilynn Montgomery (left) and Monty Osteen during his 90th birthday celebration Tuesday at Augusta Gardens. Economic development officials honored Mr. Bolton for helping recruit some of the city's largest industries in the 1950s and 1960s.

Teacher sets high standards

Schools to receive grants to clean up litter
AIKEN - In an effort to bag South Carolina's pervasive litter problem, the state Education Department is offering $200,000 to middle and high schools for cleanup projects.

Church will celebrate anniversary

Church will celebrate anniversary
AIKEN -- Friendship Baptist Church is throwing itself a birthday party. The church, at 515 Richland Ave., will observe its 133rd anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Teacher says job keeps her on her toes
Joyce Miller has worked as a legal secretary in an attorney's office and an executive secretary in a certified public accounting firm. Although those jobs helped pay bills, they were not as fulfilling as her first job -- teaching.

City to pay fines
Augusta city officials agreed Tuesday to pay state fines totaling $160,000 and implement costly improvements and safeguards to avoid future sewage spills, equipment failures and environmental violations.

Attorney general pushes for alternate execution plans
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers should enact a ``fallback'' method of executing condemned prisoners -- possibly lethal injection -- in case the U.S. Supreme Court declares the electric chair unconstitutional, representatives of the state attorney general's office said Wednesday.

Man claims free speech right was violated in suit
An Aiken County man has filed a $9 million federal lawsuit against the sheriff's office, Tenneco Packaging Inc. and two hospital workers, claiming the defendants conspired to have him involuntarily committed to a mental facility after he made pro-union statements at work.

Creation of special panel a first in city, officials say

Councilwoman questions Aiken County's financial standing
AIKEN - A project to enlarge and renovate the Aiken County Council Building and the Elections Office was put on hold Tuesday night after some council members voiced reservations about the county's financial condition.

City to pay fines

Mother suing school over child's discipline
ATHENS, Ga. - Teachers at Hilsman Middle School poked a child in the back and pulled his chair out from under him while disciplining him for making too much noise, according to a lawsuit the child's mother has filed against the Clarke County School District.

Across the area: Squirrel shorts out city's north side

Gas marketers fight for more consumers
ATLANTA -- The natural-gas market in Georgia shrunk Tuesday as one company lost its authority to operate and a second took a step in that direction.

Councilwoman questions Aiken County's financial standing

Techniques help identify Aiken victim

Across the area: Squirrel shorts out city's north side
A squirrel caused the north side of Aiken to lose power for nearly 30 minutes Tuesday. About 38,000 South Carolina Electric and Gas customers lost electricity at 4:15 p.m. when a squirrel on a line tripped out three circuits, spokeswoman Mary Green Brown said. Power was restored at 4:38 p.m.

Small counties fight mergers

Area briefs: Firefighter bonds out in threats case
A Richmond County firefighter accused of threatening officials in the department and in city government was released on $15,000 bond Wednesday.

Teachers: Alternative schools are not doing job

Police investigate fraternity incident
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke police are investigating whether a Monday night incident celebrating a fraternity member's engagement amounted to illegal hazing.

School voucher plan concerns residents
AIKEN - A House of Representatives committee heard for the first time Thursday from Aiken County residents with passionate opinions about school vouchers -- most of whom despise them.

Attorney general pushes for alternate execution plans

Police seek answers from Carruth in girlfriend's shooting

I dumped Dorsey: Week 12

Police still waiting for Carruth to come forward

Mr. Kermit Murphy
Mr. Kermit ``Jimmy'' Murphy, 88, of Augusta, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Elbert Hicks
Mr. Elbert HicksMACON -- Mr. Elbert Julius Hicks, 69, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Macon Medical Center.

Mr. Fred Mixson
Mr. Fred D. Mixson, 65, of Japonica Avenue, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Rearden
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary E. Rearden, 89, of Martintown Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Elva Beard
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Elva Lee Beard, of McCampbell Street, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Kathleen McClelland
Mrs. Kathleen McClelland, 82, of Walton Way, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Larry Jackson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Larry Tate Jackson, 47, of Sun Hill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999 in Putnam County.

Mrs. Mary Key
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wooten Key, 64, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Essie Settles
AIKEN -- Mrs. Essie Mae Settles, 92, of Laurens Street North, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Sybil Franks
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Sybil B. Franks, 82, of Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Brittany Holladay
HEPHZIBAH -- Brittany LaVell Holladay, 7, of Clayborn Drive, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Douglas Cofer
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Douglas Cofer, 87, of Gentry Lane, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Richard Spires
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Richard L. Spires, 48, of Martintown Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Muriel Ward
AIKEN -- Mrs. Muriel Reeves Ward, 85, of Limerick Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. Joseph Haas
Mr. Joseph H. Haas, 74, of Augusta, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Fred Miller
Mr. Fred Miller, of Third Avenue, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Charlotte Boatwright
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Charlotte Smith Boatwright, 87, of Price Circle, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Maggie Turner
Mrs. Maggie Drake Turner, of Inez Street, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. William Smith
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. William W. Smith, 70, of Edgar Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Elva Beard
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Elva Lee Beard, of McCampbell Street, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Vickie Tucker
LIMESTONE, Tenn. -- Mrs. Vickie Sanders Tucker, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999.

Mr. Frank Braswell
Mr. Frank Braswell, of Martinez, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. George Steinmeyer
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Mr. George Melvin ``Red'' Steinmeyer, 80, of 10th Street, Southeast, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Colquitt Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Bertha Jarman
Mrs. Bertha B. Jarman, 87, of Stevens Creek Road, Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at West Lake Manor Nursing Home.

Miss Clara McMekin
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Miss Clara Lewis McMekin, 91, of Lincolnton Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Cecilia Barrett
Mrs. Cecilia Baker Barrett, 93, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Kathleen McClelland
Mrs. Kathleen McClellandMrs. Kathleen McClelland, 82, of Walton Way, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.

Brittany Holladay

Mrs. Kathleen McClelland

Mrs. Maggie Turner

Mrs. Essie Settles

Mr. Elbert Hicks

Mrs. Muriel Ward

Mrs. Charlotte Boatwright

Mr. Richard Spires

Mrs. Elva Beard

Mrs. Mary Rearden

Mr. George Steinmeyer

Mrs. Kathleen McClelland

Miss Clara McMekin

Mr. Douglas Cofer

Mr. Larry Jackson

Mr. Kermit Murphy

Mrs. Cecilia Barrett

Mr. Frank Braswell

Mrs. Sybil Franks

Mr. Fred Miller

Mr. William Smith

Mrs. Mary Key

Mr. Fred Mixson

Mrs. Elva Beard

Mrs. Bertha Jarman

Mrs. Vickie Tucker

Repeal 'secret' tax
As public resistance to tax increases has increasingly hardened the past few decades, government bureaucrats have grown more inventive in finding ways to raise levies without the public knowing.

Return suspect money
There's unanimity on one front regarding two recent Richmond County grand jury reports scathingly critical of Augusta government operations: That it's time to impanel a special grand jury to carry the investigation through to completion, regard-less of where it might lead.

Backs Williams in Dist. 2 runoff
It is time for a change. The citizens of District 2 now have the opportunity to help make this change. If Augusta plans to move forward, we need the right leaders in office to make great things happen. And when Augusta moves forward, with the Rev. Marion Williams as its commissioner, District 2 will certainly be included. Shelia C. Nelson, Hephzibah

Ludicrous reprimand
William D. Jennings III, the chief judge of Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court, is throwing sand into the wheels of justice with his eccentric ruling that he won't issue anymore warrants to Deputy Roger Rice.

Blasts Augusta Aviation Commission
I learned to fly in 1942 and have been around both of Augusta's airports for many years. I attended the Nov. 11 Augusta Aviation Commission meeting. If you've never been to a circus before, you should make it a point to attend future meetings just to watch Ring Master (Augusta Aviation Commission Chairman) Ed Skinner in action. Tommy Edwards, Augusta

Make reforms now!
The Augusta Commission does not have to wait until a special grand jury delivers recommendations several months from now to cleanse local government of rampant corruption and cronyism.

Endorses incumbent Handy in runoff
Over the past weeks I have given careful consideration to both candidates remaining in the Augusta-Richmond County Commission District 2 runoff election. In my analysis of these candidates, I have taken into account their knowledge, experience and overall ability. I have decided to support Commissioner Freddie Handy on Nov. 23.

Pleads to keep TAs in the schools
There is so much being opinionated on dress codes while nothing is being done about teachers' assistants in Richmond County. Do parents realize how vital the TAs are in the school? M. Craig, Augusta

Supports NAACP boycott of S.C.
The fact that South Carolina is one of the only states not honoring Dr. Martin Luther King says a lot about the state and the general attitude it has in smothering the ``dream.'' I don't live in South Carolina, and I could care less about the Confederate flag over the Statehouse. P. Lee, Augusta

Notes disappointing premiere choices
As one of the hundreds of winners from your newspapers ``Night at the Movies'' giveaway, I was very excited to attend the grand opening. I had my tickets and my children were excited waiting to see the new theater and to view the movie Pokemon. As a parent of three, with my niece in tow, we were eagerly awaiting the viewing of the movie; then found when entering there was no such movie being shown. Imagine the disappointment on my face as well as my kids upon learning that Pokemon was not being shown. They had a choice of Rugrats or Elmo, and I had a choice of movies such as Blair Witch, Wild West, The Mummy, You've got Mail and a list of other movies already released earlier this year. Karen Fish, Hephzibah

Hits criticism of Canal Authority
After reading Frank Albert's Nov. 13 guest column which was titled, ``Humane Society Deserves Stockade Location,'' I sense that he is using innocent, abandoned kittens as a weapon against the Canal Authority to settle an old dispute. His criticisms of the Canal Authority are cheap shots. Clay Chastain, Augusta

Defends radio personality's remarks
I read the Nov. 8 letter by Ron Roberts and strongly disagree with what one radio personality wrote about another. I understand the radio business is strong and that most radio stations only wish for high ratings. However, I don't understand why one person can say such crude words about another one's thoughts. Melinda Shy, Thomson

Overtime: USC recruit has ties to Aiken area

NBC looks to future with NASCAR

Lewis-Holyfield II has 850,000 buys

Practice pays for North Augusta golfer

Pak in control of her game -- and her life

NAPA 500 to close Winston Cup Series

PGA Tour offers new award in Stewart's honor

College recruiters finding top athletes around Augusta

Leavitt, Gilmore split underscores divide on Internet sales taxes
WASHINGTON -- Normally ideological allies, Republican Govs. Mike Leavitt of Utah and Jim Gilmore of Virginia are at odds over Internet sales taxes, underscoring a national divide.

Government says U.S. will spend $100 billion on Y2K repairs
WASHINGTON -- The government pinned a staggering $100 billion price tag Wednesday on the nation's repair bills for the Year 2000 technology problem, or $365 for each man, woman and child.

Consumers confused by talk of side effects
NEW ORLEANS -- You've seen the TV commercials for drugs that promise to relieve allergies, banish migraines, grow back your hair, prevent heart attacks, relieve herpes.

Meteor shower visible tonight
Around the world, astronomers and amateur stargazers headed for fields, beaches, deserts and mountaintops Wednesday to watch what could be the most spectacular meteor shower since 1966 and for decades to come.

Lyme disease may differ in southeast
The tick-borne ailment Lyme disease might be different and more difficult to detect in the Southeast than in New England and the Midwest, according to a new study by Georgia researchers.

Disgruntled workers boss bash online
Hate your job? Think your boss is a turkey? Join the crowd at http://www.disgruntled.com, where each month 30,000 malcontents vent their work-place frustrations.

Star watchers in orbit over Leonid meteor shower
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Professional and backyard astronomers grabbed their jackets and lawn chairs and headed for spots away from city lights Tuesday in hopes of catching what could be the flashiest meteor shower in decades.

Drop-box system being formed in case Y2K knocks out foreigners' phones
MOSCOW -- The U.S. Embassy plans to set up letterboxes and billboards in Moscow hotels and offices to help foreign citizens keep in contact with each other if the Y2K bug knocks out Russia's communications systems, a U.S. diplomat said Tuesday.

Ladybugs head inside for cold winter months
They are making their annual pilgrimage to homes throughout the Southeast, stowing away in whatever they can to get inside for winter.

Research suggests painkillers play role in heartburn
NEW ORLEANS -- Doctors have long known that popular painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen can sometimes cause serious stomach ulcers. Now new research suggests the drugs may play a role in chronic heartburn, too.

Regulators consider 'captioning' for the blind
WASHINGTON -- Chet Avery picks the television shows he tunes into very carefully. Dramatic programs with lots of dialogue are fine.

Study: A drink a week can cut risk of stroke
As little as a single glass of wine or beer per week can significantly reduce a man's risk of a stroke, according to the biggest study ever to examine the link.

Utilities pass Y2K readiness
ATLANTA - Most Georgia utility customers should expect no interruptions in natural gas, telephone or electric service as a result of the Y2K computer problem, but those dependent on nine small suppliers face some risks, according to a government audit released Tuesday.

Research suggests painkillers play role in heartburn

Study: A drink a week can cut risk of stroke

Star watchers in orbit over Leonid meteor shower

Government says U.S. will spend $100 billion on Y2K repairs

Regulators consider 'captioning' for the blind

Drop-box system being formed in case Y2K knocks out foreigners' phones

Meteor shower visible tonight

Consumers confused by talk of side effects

Leavitt, Gilmore split underscores divide on Internet sales taxes

Disgruntled workers boss bash online

Utilities pass Y2K readiness

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