Texas' Rodriguez captures AL MVP

Sprewell, Carlesimo are together again

Kentucky downs Utah in NIT

Hornets break out in Orlando

Tar Heels to fire Torbush

Maryland downs Tulane in NIT

Majerus upset about Kentucky game site

Yellow Jackets open season with win

Jaguars open season with win

Former Minnesota coach lied about academic misconduct

Lady Pacers open with win

Gamecocks rally to beat Wofford

Paine looking to rebuild

Gators in midseason form in win over Seminoles

Tourney to stay on CBS

Sprewell to face former coach

NBA monitoring indictment of strip club

Texas' Rodriguez captures AL MVP

Innocence apparent in wisdom

Business briefs: Trade deficit grows to $24.4 billion
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit widened to $24.4 billion in September even though beleaguered American farmers saw their exports climb to the highest level in 19 months. America's deficits with China and Japan both rose with the shortfall, with China setting an all-time high for any country.

Plan to clear-cut land passes

Business briefs: Trade deficit grows to $24.4 billion

European Central Bank leaves rates steady

S.C. has nation's second-largest share of jobs at foreign-based companies
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The share of South Carolina's work force earning paychecks from companies headquartred in other countires puts the state second nationally, according to a trade group study.

Special sales offered as incentive

Gasoline prices climbing

Agilent jumps 40 percent
SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology services company Agilent Technologies Inc., spun off on its own by parent Hewlett-Packard Co., jumped more than 40 percent in initial trading Thursday.

Business briefs: Nasdaq composite posts record close

S.C. has nation's second-largest share of jobs at foreign-based companies

French enthusiasm for wine wanes

Gasoline prices climbing
A vow by the world's leading petroleum producers to maintain deep supply cuts will translate to higher prices at the gasoline pump, industry analysts say.

Business briefs: Nasdaq composite posts record close
NEW YORK -- A profit warning from Caterpillar pushed blue-chip stocks lower on Wall Street on Friday, but the Nasdaq composite managed another record high close.

Trade deficit widens in September
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit widened to $24.4 billion in September even though beleaguered American farmers saw their exports climb to the highest level in 19 months. America's deficits with China and Japan both rose with the shortfall, with China setting an all-time high for any country.

European Central Bank leaves rates steady
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank left its interest rates unchanged today, two days after the U.S. Federal Reserve nudged up a key rate.

Plan to clear-cut land passes
Economic development officials Thursday approved plans to clear-cut more than 940 acres of forest to develop the Augusta Corporate Park in south Richmond County.

French enthusiasm for wine wanes
PARIS -- The century's final vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau went on sale Thursday in Paris amid signs the cheeky young wine is losing some of its pulling power at home.

Trade deficit widens in September

Analyst: Y2K no huge problem
ATLANTA -- Consumer spending spurred by Y2K computer worries is likely to nudge America's economic growth about 1 percent in the final months of 1999, but that gain will vanish quickly early next year when the issue becomes irrelevant, an economic forecaster said Thursday.

Analyst: Y2K no huge problem

Special sales offered as incentive
While major department stores and area malls will close their doors Thanksgiving Day, several widely popular discount stores, such as Wal-Mart Supercenter and Kmart, will remain open.

Emotion riding high in annual Iron Bowl

Lou Holtz-Tommy Bowden kicking off their own rivalry

Former USC coach to return as a Tiger

ACC notebook: Heisman still within Hamilton's reach

Gators safety gets chance to atone

College notes

Bowden's sudden impact

Holtz quotes

SEC notebook: LSU assistant gets one-time shot

Bulldogs focus on rest of season

Clemson's Gardner has the right moves

Tar Heels to fire Torbush

Aggies try to deal with latest tragedy

Friedgen awaits call

Rumors of Donnan's departure circulate

Clemson running back critical but stable

Florida-Florida State as close as it comes to a playoff

Bulldogs losing faith

Tech to Heisman voters: choose Hamilton

Tigers show support for Austin

Gamecocks defense is solid

Vols welcome battered secondary

A look at the 20th century: 1990
AIKEN -- If an entire year can pivot on a single date, 1990 turned on that summer Thursday when Iraqi troops rolled into Kuwait and trampled assumptions about how the new decade was going to unfold.

Trio were pioneers in journalism
In the old days, they called pioneer women journalists ``news broads'' -- and that was a term used by the people who liked them. Others, who didn't, called them worse.

Slams TV news 'investigations'

Chides Georgia fans for leaving early

Says incumbent Handy unresponsive

Enforce poker law!

Urges re-election of Handy

Keep vow to vets

Urges director to change his ways

Wants anti-Handy voters to return

Challenges actor: bias isn't cause

Defends teacher's language skill

10th Amendment comeback?

New year brings hope for the future
``Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.'' In two brief sentences, the author of the letter to the Hebrews captures both the mystery and the open-endedness of faith. It is like a time line on a schoolroom wall: seeing where our ancestors have been, living into the continuity of the present, and leaving the end to trail into the three dots of hope ... what is not yet, but what we know more deeply than we have words, will be.

Saying Grace
Ellinor E. Reid has blessed every dinner with these words for 75 years -- since she learned them from her mother, who was born in the Crimea.

Ramblin' Rhodes
TNN will have a children's hour at 10 p.m. Saturday. That's when the network airs Country's Family Reunion & the Young 'Uns, which features performances by the children of Conway Twitty, Faron Young, Roger Miller, Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette, George Jones and Hank Williams.

Augusta Players give awards
The Augusta Players Inc.'s 1998-1999 Annual Awards Gala was held Nov. 12 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

Community gatherings will offer up thanks
A past national Mother of the Year, Deen Day Smith of Atlanta, will honor foster parents in McDuffie County for their contributions during a Thanksgiving banquet Sunday.

Festival opens new horizons for artists
Emerging artists from across Georgia and Alabama will exhibit at the New Horizons Arts Festival today and Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Faith Digest
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Jimmy Creech lost his ministerial orders Thursday after a church court found him guilty of breaking United Methodist Church law by conducting a same-sex union.

Wasp population determines catalpa's
Q: I need to know about the care and feeding of catalpa trees. I want to encourage a large, healthy infestation of catalpa worms on the trees. Also, what do the worms turn into, a moth or a butterfly? What I've heard differs enough to be confusing.

Containing hunger
Julia Warren's driveway is lined with 4- and 5-gallon buckets full of collard greens. She has one large bunch per bucket, and with more than 14 plants in all, they could almost be mistaken for shrubbery.

Keys to success
Even after 60 years, music remains a passion for John Browning, a one-time child prodigy now nearing retirement age.

Louisiana painter shows art lovers a different view of his home state
Most people think of Cajun music and spicy food -- not wide, flat prairie where buffalo once lived -- when they think of Louisiana.

Trilling lets him do more drilling
Whenever the question ``What do you want to be when you grow up?'' is asked of a group of children, there's usually one in the bunch who wants to be a singer and another who wants to be a doctor or dentist.

A palette of beauty
The diversity of the Southern landscape is reflected in a new exhibit of 35 paintings at the Morris Museum of Art.

Fishing tournament information

It's crank bait time for Thurmond Lake largemouths

Class AAA teams face tough openers

Silver Bluff routs Hanahan

Work pays off for Duncan

No. 2 Dodge County ousts Screven 23-7

Lakeside routed by Lovejoy

Williston-Elko squeaks by Blackville-Hilda

S.C. notebook

Washington-Wilkes advances

Ga. Notebook: Resurgent warriors confident

Big games in S.C.

Josey out for revenge vs. Yellow Jackets

Big games in Georgia

Wardlaw gets past Cambridge

Aiken avenges previous losses with 35-16 win

Lynx ledger

Mason glad to be back with Lynx

Lynx suffer 6th consecutive loss

Minor league player banned for life

Innocence apparent in wisdom
The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.

Louisiana painter shows art lovers a different view of his home state

Wasp population determines catalpa's

Ramblin' Rhodes

Saying Grace

Augusta Players give awards

Community gatherings will offer up thanks

Festival opens new horizons for artists

New year brings hope for the future

Keys to success

Faith Digest

A palette of beauty

Trilling lets him do more drilling

Businesses required to install devices
Thousands of Augusta busi-nesses will be required to install costly plumbing devices designed to safeguard the public drinking water system against contamina-tion.

Area briefs: Wadley woman dies in car accident

Panel OKs river docks
Lot owners in The River Club subdivision passed their first hurdle Thursday night in the fight for private boat docks on their property.

Confident Confection
Dana Putnam (right) adds finishing touches to a gingerbread house Friday afternoon during a decorating competition that is part of the Junior League's Festival of Trees at Augusta-Richmond County Museum.

Steeplechase gains popularity

Gore visits 8-year-old heart patient in hospital

Gore visits 8-year-old heart patient in hospital
Daniel Moretz isn't able to get out much these days, but the Augusta boy recovering from a heart transplant in Boston was able to greet a special guest this week -- Vice President Al Gore.

Theater offers art occasions

Sobering experience
Aiken Public Safety Officer Eugene Morris administers a sobriety test to Jeffery Harding, who was cited for failure to stop for a stop sign on Florence Street in an accident that sent a woman to the hospital.

Savannah youth gets Eagle pin
SAVANNAH -- Phillip A. Wright has brought an end to a three decades-long drought for inner-city Boy Scouts.

Some TB testing postponed

Enjoying a day off
Kendra Barns (from left), 6, Kristen McKevie, 9, and Gabby Holloway, 7, find a quiet place on top of the slide at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center playground to chat and enjoy the nice weather Friday.

School board votes to deny funds
ATLANTA -- Three small school systems are finding out that people in education lose their patience over excuses for late assignments and eventually hand out punishment.

Teacher of the Year

Air pollution plan targets power plants
ATLANTA -- The latest state plan to reduce air pollution by 2003 is calling for tighter emissions controls on coal-fired Georgia Power Co. electric plants north and west of Atlanta.

A look at the 20th century: 1990

Real-life scenarios teach cadets
One by one, Deputy Danny Whitehead of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department shot the rookies.He killed his victim every time.

Across the area

Steeplechase gains popularity
AIKEN -- Gaining on the heels of its spring counterpart, Aiken's Fall Steeplechase soon might run neck and neck with the popular race that draws thousands every March.

Real-life scenarios teach cadets

Air pollution plan targets power plants

Lost boy prompts lawsuit threat

Confident Confection

Sobering experience

Bill lets schools use Bible

Tedesco: MCG faces change
The coming year will bring changes -- and new challenges -- to Medical College of Georgia and its faculty, the school's president predicted Thursday.

Teacher of the Year
Georgia's No. 1 school now has Richmond County's No. 1 teacher. Julie Vernon Purvis, a math teacher at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, was chosen Thursday night as Richmond County Teacher of the Year.

Hill jurors will come from York
Residents from the Upstate of South Carolina will decide the fate of David Mark Hill, charged with killing three caseworkers at the Department of Social Services office in North Augusta in 1996.

Thankful gather for celebration
Ruby Kelly didn't take long to come up with an answer about what she's most thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Bill lets schools use Bible
ATLANTA -- A pair of state lawmakers unveiled a bill Thursday to permit the teaching of history and literature using the Bible as a textbook.

Area briefs: Wadley woman dies in car accident
A car accident Thursday morning in Jefferson County, Ga., claimed the life of a Wadley woman, police said.

I dumped Dorsey: Week 12

Across the area
A verbal altercation between a husband and wife early Friday in a Martinez home turned into a nearly seven-hour standoff with police.

Class AAA teams face tough openers

City water bill plan seeing desired result
Thousands of Augusta water customers have had their water cut off since city utilities officials began cracking down on delinquent bills two months ago, city utilities officials say.

Slaying suspect brought back to Aiken
AIKEN -- A North man arrested last month in New York has been returned to Aiken County for trial on a murder charge.

Target slated for Aiken
AIKEN -- For at least a year, Aiken residents have been teased by tales that Target might soon be a part of the landscape.

Businesses required to install devices

Lakeside to be tested for TB
The students, faculty and staff of Lakeside High School will be tested for tuberculosis today after a student was diagnosed with the disease Thursday.

Thankful gather for celebration

School says blame for gun shared
A Columbia County high school is taking responsibility for a student bringing a pellet gun to school nearly two weeks ago.

City water bill plan seeing desired result

NAACP pushes for participation
SAVANNAH -- Earl T. Shinhoster returned home to Savannah from his office in Baltimore this week to launch the NAACP's effort to educate the black community about the importance of participating in the 2000 census and voting.

Hill jurors will come from York

Tedesco: MCG faces change

Lakeside to be tested for TB

Hill jurors will come from York

School board votes to deny funds

Some TB testing postponed
Lakeside High School students came to school Friday expecting to be tested for tuberculosis, only to be told most would need parental permission first.

Savannah youth gets Eagle pin

Lost boy prompts lawsuit threat
The mother of a first-grader at Warren Road Elementary said Friday the school endangered her son's life by letting him go home on a bus when he was supposed to stay for his regular after-school program.

Theater offers art occasions
As he breezes through Electric Bass, a favorite tune Zachary Lowe has memorized, the discipline he has learned in his Wednesday piano sessions guides him. He smiles and concentrates and is jarred only when a wrong note interrupts his flow.

Trio were pioneers in journalism

Vikings' quarterback on win streak

Redskins Stadium becomes FedEx on Sunday

Carruth working with police

Falcons notebook: Anderson's absence hurst passing game

I dumped Dorsey: Week 12

Bishop says team needs to do their job

Rams activate Horne for 49ers game

Mrs. Isanell McCarty
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mrs. Isanell Padgett McCarty, 76, of Route 3, Batesburg died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center.

Mr. Sidney Hutto
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Sidney Hutto died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999.

Mrs. Kathleen Fulghum
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Kathleen English Fulghum, 90, of Coleman Lake, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999.

Mr. M.C. Brooks
MONETTA, S.C. -- Mr. M.C. Brooks, 72, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Milton Bladon
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Milton Bladon, 79, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Bergin Grindstaff
Mr. Bergin W. Grindstaff, 73, of Pecan Drive, Martinez, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Anderson Jr.
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. John H. Anderson Jr., 68, of Elbert Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Herbert Fields Jr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Herbert ``Bubba'' Fields Jr., 59, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999.

Mr. Lester Hodge
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Lester Hodge, of Hickson Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Otis Davis Jr.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mr. Otis ``Ben'' Davis Jr., 62, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Florence Stevens
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mrs. Florence McTeer Stevens, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Cephus Jones Sr.
Mr. Cephus Jones Sr., 80, of Gilbert Manor, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Edwin Carter
AIKEN -- Mr. Edwin H. Carter, 68, of Colleton Street Southeast, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Golphin
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. James Edward Golphin, 77, of Windy Ridge Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Jamesina Hersey
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Jamesina Hill Hersey, 91, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999.

Mr. Wilbert Key Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Wilbert Key Sr., of Banks Mill Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Steven Gonya
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Steven Gerald Gonya, 52, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Donna Wilson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Donna Owen Wilson, 61, of Earl Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Lucille Shuck
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. -- Mrs. Lucille Rawlings Shuck, 65, of Dotland Circle, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Jewish Hospital.

Mrs. Grace Ivey
Mrs. Grace S. Ivey, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Linda Korzun
NEW ELLENTON -- Mrs. Linda D. Korzun, 59, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Brown
DEARING -- Mrs. Dorothy Harris Brown, 76, of Mitchner Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Betty Anderson
WALTERBORO, S.C. -- Mrs. Betty Jean Perkins Anderson, 71, of Mallory Lane, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Clinton Williams
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Clinton Williams, 60, of Coleman Chapel Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Margaret Clarkson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Margaret Evelyn Carroll Clarkson, 61, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Luevenia Glover
Mrs. Luevenia Glover, 54, of Florida Avenue, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Bessie Carter
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Bessie Teate Carter, 81, of Lewis-Crook Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Miss April Nichols
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Miss April Renee Nichols, 19, of Oakleaf Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Ethel Boyd
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mrs. Ethel Boyd, 81, of South Railroad Avenue, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Billie Pritchard
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Billie Jo Moore Pritchard, 72, of Friendly Way, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mrs. Irma Toney
Mrs. Irma Ricks Toney, 98, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby Sumner
ROANOKE, Va. -- Mrs. Ruby Sumner died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999.

Mrs. Ruth Lowe
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Ruth Angela McNeely Lowe, 55, of Perkins Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. J.D. Johnson
CLEARWATER -- Mr. J.D. Johnson, 75, of Church Street, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Debra Rollins
HARLEM -- Ms. Debra ``Debbie'' L. Rollins, 44, of West Forrest Street, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Margaret Vines
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Mrs. Margaret Irene ``Rena'' Bledsoe Vines, 61, of Long Hollow Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Lane
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Willie Lane, 54, of Dayton Street, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Outing
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Louise ``Weesie'' Rhodes Outing, 48, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999.

Ms. Laura Plunk
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Ms. Laura Odean Plunk, 80, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999.

Mr. Dono Evans
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. Dono Evans, 86, of Gills Point Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Linda Korzun

Mr. Sidney Hutto

Mrs. Betty Anderson

Mr. John Anderson Jr.

Mrs. Irma Toney

Mrs. Ruby Sumner

Mr. Edwin Carter

Mrs. Isanell McCarty

Mr. Clinton Williams

Mrs. Lucille Shuck

Mrs. Ethel Boyd

Mr. J.D. Johnson

Mrs. Bessie Carter

Ms. Debra Rollins

Mrs. Donna Wilson

Mr. M.C. Brooks

Mr. Steven Gonya

Mrs. Jamesina Hersey

Mr. Herbert Fields Jr.

Mrs. Kathleen Fulghum

Mr. Wilbert Key Sr.

Mrs. Billie Pritchard

Mr. Milton Bladon

Mr. Lester Hodge

Mrs. Mary Outing

Mr. Cephus Jones Sr.

Ms. Laura Plunk

Miss April Nichols

Mr. James Golphin

Mrs. Margaret Clarkson

Mrs. Grace Ivey

Mrs. Florence Stevens

Mr. Otis Davis Jr.

Mr. Robert Lane

Mrs. Ruth Lowe

Mrs. Dorothy Brown

Mrs. Margaret Vines

Sisler: You shouldn't settle for 'spiritual immaturity'
ARISTOTLE ONCE said, "There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.'' If Aristotle is right, and personal experience indicates that he is, maturity is a hard-fought quality of life, and it has nothing to do with an individual's chronological age.

Keep vow to vets
"It's high time that Congress stepped forward to restore the promises we made to our military retirees for fully-funded health care for life in exchange for 20 years of service. We have seen that promise gutted since 1992, to a point that a decorated Vietnam combat veteran with two decades of service now has the same health benefits as a Vietnam draft-dodger. If there was ever an issue for this party to go to war over, this is it.''

Urges re-election of Handy
I strongly urge voters of District 2 to ... re-elect Freddie Handy to the Augusta-Richmond County Commission. As we head into the year 2000, it is imperative we have experience and political knowledge in place; experience, that can get things done. Willie Jones, Augusta

Defends teacher's language skill
I find it very pathetic that whoever wrote ``Westside Story'' did not sign his or her name. (This is a reference to a Nov. 15 editorial questioning the English skills of a teacher.) William Matney, Augusta

Answers writer's census complaint
William Sanders, in a Nov. 14 letter, stated he was going to boycott the 2000 census because the money received will not be used where it is needed. I don't think Mr. Sanders fully understands how the census affects him and his family. Joan L. Wilson, Aiken

Good S.C. investment
Georgia isn't the only state with a governor's commission studying ways to improve education. South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges also has a task force that's slated to report Dec. 1 on ways to improve the state's middle schools.

Prefers her name on 'King's Book'
I turned on my television recently and the Cathedral Quartet was singing. Of course, it was a tape. As I watched them sing, I thought of the letter that Elaine Cushman wrote a few weeks ago concerning the death of Glen Payne, lead singer for the Cathedrals. Mary C. Hughes, Martinez

Enforce poker law!
Despite the South Carolina Supreme Court's ruling striking down video poker next July 1, there are some controversies still brewing.

Disputes critic of Planned Parenthood
Penney Goodman' Oct. 27 letter was full of erroneous claims against Planned Parenthood. In fact, her letter is chapter and verse from Life Dynamics website's latest campaign strategy to discredit Planned Parenthood and to ban all abortion procedures. Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

Sisler: You shouldn't settle for 'spiritual immaturity'
ARISTOTLE ONCE said, "There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.'' If Aristotle is right, and personal experience indicates that he is, maturity is a hard-fought quality of life, and it has nothing to do with an individual's chronological age.

Challenges actor: bias isn't cause
Recently, black actor Danny Glover couldn't get a cab to stop for him in New York City. Somehow, ``racial prejudice'' was the reason. Ken Anderson, Grovetown>/b>

10th Amendment comeback?
Don't be misled by the recent South Carolina-Washington, D.C., clash before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ostensibly, the case was about whether the state could sell drivers' license information to research organizations and private businesses.

Wants anti-Handy voters to return
Politics in Augusta never cease to amaze me. I attended several candidate forums during the campaign before Nov. 2. At every one of them candidates James Payne and Willie Law spoke about change in Commission District 2. They both stated incumbent Commissioner Freddie Handy only cared about the people in District 2 during election time and that they were new blood with fresh ideas. Wayne Hawkins, Augusta

U-Way success stories
If you're looking for some good news heading into the holiday season, then check out this year's United Way drives.

Supports incumbent in Dist. 2 runoff
In Tuesday's run-off election, I fully support and endorse Freddie Handy for re-election to the District 2 seat on the Augusta-Richmond County Commission. Boyce Clark, Augusta

Urges director to change his ways
I'd like to add my name to the list of individuals giving rave reviews to the ``Kindness Board'' at Greenbrier High School. These young people show that the future is in good hands. Bill Trammell, Augusta

Hits 'mistrust' editorial as misleading
Your Nov. 11 editorial, "South Augusta mistrust,'' is a little misleading. I believe this garbage pickup option was to residents as far south as Gordon Highway. It appears anything negative occurring south of Riverwalk is your description of south Augusta. Dick Edwards, Augusta

Chides Georgia fans for leaving early
Shame on those Georgia fans who left the stadium early in the third quarter during Saturday's game against Auburn. I was so embarrassed for Georgia -- not for the ``so-called fans'' but the ``boys'' on the field watching as you left. I am an Auburn fan and I'm sure you are saying to yourself, ``Sure, you were winning. Of course you stayed for the whole game.'' Karen Cobb, Thomson

Slams TV news 'investigations'
Please answer a question: Who appointed WRDW-TV Channel 12 and WAGT-TV Channel 26 the so-called investigative agency to "nvestigate'' alleged wrongdoings occurring between businesses and customers? Al Wells, Harlem

Slams Commission runoff candidate
With all the hoopla concerning the special grand jury's ethics probe looking into criminal behavior and wrongdoing, it seems loud on the bark but soft on the bite. Jason Burrows, Augusta

Says incumbent Handy unresponsive
If Freddie Handy is the best person to represent District 2 on the Augusta Commission, we would not be going to the polls Tuesday. He would have won the first time. Thomas and Dawn Rosier, Augusta

Blasts activist for supporting violence
Recently I saw and read the decision of the Decatur, Ill., school board that suspended students. ... First, let me say I agree with its decision. When I saw the violence ... I thought, ``what if there was a pregnant woman sitting in the area where the fight took place; what if a disabled person was sitting there; what if a mother with a baby was in the area, etc?'' Joseph Diggs, Augusta

Lepage takes NAPA pole

Overtime: Augusta Christian boys open season today

From World Cup to MLS Cup, Caligiuri made it happen

Aiken High coaches honored

Woods-O'Meara trail Spain by one shot in World Cup

NAPA notebook

Overtime: Rowland top area golfer in Q-School

Hall of Fame museum site purchased

Japan on top of the world

Leonids' fiery light delights skygazers worldwide
Waves of fireballs brightened the skies like lightning Wednesday night over the sands of Arabia as the much-heralded Leonid meteor shower swelled into the heaviest storm of shooting stars in 33 years.

Justice Department warns of Y2K frauds
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has posted warnings on its Internet Website about telemarketing schemes purporting to protect consumers from losing money as a result of potential computer problems associated with the arrival of year 2000.

Senate bill would tighten 'date rape drug' law
WASHINGTON -- A bill that would make it illegal under federal law to possess a powerful ``date rape drug'' passed the Senate on Friday.

Despite questions, foreigners eager to plunge into China Internet
SHANGHAI, China -- China's promise to allow foreigners to invest in its booming Internet industry has reawakened interest in Web ventures just two months after a Chinese official banned outside ownership of these companies.

FCC decision could boost high-speed Internet access
WASHINGTON -- More residential consumers could obtain high-speed Internet access -- and at lower cost -- under action anticipated by federal regulators.

Judge appoints mediator in Microsoft case
WASHINGTON -- The judge in the Microsoft antitrust trial appointed a mediator Friday to oversee settlement talks between the government and the software giant, a surprise move dramatically increasing chances for an out-of-court agreement.

Transplant rules on hold for three more months
WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders held fast Friday to their decision to put controversial organ transplant rules on hold, but they clarified that a 90-day delay is meant to last just 90 days.

'Smart bomb' may provide relief for chronic pain
WASHINGTON -- Chronic pain, a misery in the lives of 100 million Americans, may be controlled by a ``smart bomb'' drug that brings relief without the dulling side effects of narcotics, researchers report.

Jupiter's moon is a volcano hotspot
WASHINGTON -- Jupiter's moon Io, the most active body in the solar system, is wracked by more than 100 volcanoes and is dotted with lava lakes, towering plumes of ash and rivers of molten rock that dwarf anything on Earth.

Justice Department warns of Y2K frauds

Senate bill would tighten 'date rape drug' law

Judge appoints mediator in Microsoft case

FCC decision could boost high-speed Internet access

Leonids' fiery light delights skygazers worldwide

Despite questions, foreigners eager to plunge into China Internet

Jupiter's moon is a volcano hotspot