Kentucky downs Utah in NIT

Hornets break out in Orlando

Sprewell, Carlesimo are together again

Area basketball roundup

Yellow Jackets open season with win

League has eyes on NBA

Jaguars open season with win

Orlando defeats Atlanta

Lady Pacers open with win

Around the NBA: Heat post 8th win in 10 games

Maryland downs Tulane in NIT

Golden State fans welcome Spreewell

Gamecocks rally to beat Wofford

NBA monitoring indictment of strip club

Former Minnesota coach lied about academic misconduct

Gators in midseason form in win over Seminoles

Stargazers search out face of God

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.

Business briefs: Nasdaq composite posts record close

Business styles differ between genders

Analyst: Y2K no huge problem

Special sales offered as incentive

Corporate jargon killing clarity

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.

Business briefs: American Airlines offers Bose headsets

On the move

Business briefs: American Airlines offers Bose headsets
Starting this month, all first- and business-class passengers on selected American Airlines international flights will have the new Bose Acoustic Noise Canceling headset at their seats.

European Central Bank leaves rates steady

Business styles differ between genders
NEW YORK -- Do women entrepreneurs have a different approach to business than men?

French enthusiasm for wine wanes

Corporate jargon killing clarity
Stan Wise sometimes feels like a foreigner at work. The state Public Service Commission chairman said it happens when those around him start speaking a strange dialect, one that's peppered with words such as "interface,'' "synergy,'' "continuum'' and "connectivity.''

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.

Euphemisms mask unpleasantness
``Getting the ax,'' ``getting the boot,'' ``getting canned'' -- old euphemisms describing firings and layoffs were filled with such vivid imagery.

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.

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.

On the move
Gabriel Marshall has been promoted to art director of Augusta Magazine's custom publishing division.

Christmas season should be prosperous for retailers

Christmas season should be prosperous for retailers
ATLANTA - Like searching for the first robin of spring, Bill Ford regularly watches for the first live department store Santa Claus of the season.

Aggies try to deal with latest tragedy

Gamecocks defense is solid

Lou Holtz-Tommy Bowden kicking off their own rivalry

Dawgs squeak by Rebels

Georgia Tech notebook: Hamilton sets record in loss

Bowden orchestrates bold revival

Clemson's Gardner has the right moves

Save expectations for next year

Emotion riding high in annual Iron Bowl

Tennessee blows out Kentucky

Gators safety gets chance to atone

Clemson now bowl eligible

Rumors of Donnan's departure circulate

Clemson notebook: Scott's return triumphant

Vols welcome battered secondary

USC notebook: Gamecocks continue skid against Tigers

Tigers show support for Austin

College roundup: Virginia Tech closer to title game

Bulldogs losing faith

Seminoles win Florida grudge match

Wake Forest runs over Georgia Tech

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.

Vote Tuesday!

Mixed big spending bag

Backs controversial Lakeside group

10th Amendment comeback?

Claims Confederate flag honors vets

Defends teacher's language skill

Chides Georgia fans for leaving early

Urges director to change his ways

Questions welfare,minimum wage

Wants anti-Handy voters to return

Likes 'positive achievements' news

Urges end to selling of baby body parts

Says garish colors detract from Regal Cinema building

Chides Wilhelmi

Re-introduce Ft. Discovery

Says incumbent Handy unresponsive

Challenges actor: bias isn't cause

Bemoans 'PC invasion' of NASCAR

Hits vote for partial birth abortion

Antelope Island has long, rich settler history
SALT LAKE CITY -- The sun sets over Antelope Island, leaking light like a gentle mist through the canyons surrounding the Great Salt Lake. Antelope and buffalo roam this 28,463-acre island, while migrating birds pass over the great western flyway between northern Canada and South America.

In the know
See Augustan Ashley Reynolds, an eighth-grader at Langford Middle School, on The Making of a SuperModel, at 8 p.m. Sunday on channel E! In June, Ashley won the national Elite Model Look of the Year competition held in New York City. Sunday night's show focuses on the 15 models who competed for the title. As the winner, Ashley went on to the international competition in Paris, where she placed among the top 15 Elite models and won a $50,000 contract.

Gratitude helps us through hard times
Dear Readers: Thanksgiving is an ideal day to show gratitude for all things that enrich our lives.

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.

Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY -- At the right angle, the granite spires of the Mormon Temple frame Utah's Capitol, a dual salute to Salt Lake City's secular and settler heritage.

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.

All dressed up for the millennium
The party of the millennium calls for something special. After all, an event like this only comes around once every 1,000 years. But you don't have to go broke putting together the ultimate Year 2000 ensemble -- unless you want to.

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.

Augusta Chamber Singers choose a new director
Steven Patteson has been named the director of the Augusta Chamber Singers. Mr. Patteson is also minister of music at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3045 Deans Bridge Road.

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.

Roman around Jones Creek home
Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was Dave and Annette Gross's home.

Visitors get their money's worth at South of the Border
DILLON, S.C. -- The billboards practically scream at drivers heading up and down Interstate 95. ``Come and see our great white shark.''

Vampire tales began long ago
In an age of Enlightenment, a darkness gripped Europe. European philosophy bloomed in the 1700s, even as a wave of vampire frenzy swept the continent.

High and dry

Wardlaw gets past Cambridge

High school roundup

Silver Bluff routs Hanahan

Aiken avenges previous losses with 35-16 win

Washington-Wilkes advances

No. 2 Dodge County ousts Screven 23-7

Lakeside routed by Lovejoy

Williston-Elko squeaks by Blackville-Hilda

Lynx suffer 6th consecutive loss

Struggles continue for Lynx

Minor league player banned for life

Lynx ledger

Rezansoff returns to say goodbye

Stargazers search out face of God
It is dark and sort of cold. I am out on a country road an hour before dawn, looking into the eastern sky for some sign of the Leonids meteor shower.

Roman around Jones Creek home

Vampire tales began long ago

New year brings hope for the future

Community gatherings will offer up thanks

Visitors get their money's worth at South of the Border

Faith Digest

All dressed up for the millennium

Gratitude helps us through hard times

Saying Grace

In the know

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.

Sobering experience

Across the area: Officials arrest slaying suspect
DECATUR -- Georgia authorities have arrested an Oklahoma City man wanted in the slaying of a pregnant woman, whose baby was saved through an emergency delivery.

Ordinance targets adult entertainment

Mayor sets up Web site on jury

Tenants thankful for Olmsted

A look at the 20th century: 1990

Fall Steeple chase draws record crowd

Across the area

Critics say Barnes seeks power
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes is at it again -- pushing to create a new state agency answerable only to him to handle a pressing issue.

City water bill plan seeing desired result

Hopefuls hit streets for runoff
Two candidates survived the four-way race for an Augusta Commission seat in the Nov. 2 general election. But in Tuesday's runoff election, there can be only one winner.

Across the area: Officials arrest slaying suspect

Man escapes from Vietnam

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.

Empty Stocking Fund helps needy celebrate holidays

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.

Some TB testing postponed

Program 'weeding' out crime
In January, the Weed and Seed program began in the south Augusta neighborhood of Barton Village with emphasis on ``weeding'' out crime in the area.

Confident Confection

Theater offers art occasions

Fall Steeple chase draws record crowd
AIKEN -- Love of horses and horse racing brought out the Fall Steeplechase's biggest crowd in its eight-year history on an autumn day that felt more like spring.

Real-life scenarios teach cadets

Mayor sets up Web site on jury
The special grand jury will be just a click away from Richmond County residents who have information about suspected governmental wrongdoing. But some Augusta commissioners would like to send the mayor their own message.

Man escapes from Vietnam
Duong Le ran without looking back when Vietnamese communists released him from a prison camp in 1979. ``I don't want to turn around and look at them. It might be they made a mistake,'' the Grovetown man said.

Gore visits 8-year-old heart patient in hospital

Hopefuls hit streets for runoff

Save expectations for next year

Critics say Barnes seeks power

Savannah youth gets Eagle pin

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.

Tenants thankful for Olmsted
Nobody disagrees -- the neighborhood needs some fixing up. Rows of dark-brown brick buildings line Broad Street, marking the front entrance of Olmsted Homes.

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.

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.

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.

Air traffic controllers, pilots unite
The love of flying is what brought together more than 80 pilots and air traffic controllers Saturday for Operation Raincheck.

Empty Stocking Fund helps needy celebrate holidays
With Thanksgiving only days away, people are preparing to bake pies, carve the turkey, relax with relatives and give thanks for the wonderful things they have in their lives.

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

Ordinance targets adult entertainment
AIKEN -- After someone inquired about opening an adult entertainment business in Aiken, city officials decided it was time to toughen their standards.

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.

Program 'weeding' out crime

Lost boy prompts lawsuit threat

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bucs' Emanuel eyes return against former team

Seifert, Policy: old friends now foes

Rivals square off in Cowboys "other" home

Carruth working with police

NFL matchup previews

Redskins Stadium becomes FedEx on Sunday

Vikings' quarterback on win streak

Falcons nearing dubious record

Rams activate Horne for 49ers game

Rams activate Horne for 49ers game

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

Mr. Wilbur Key
CLEARWATER -- Mr. Wilbur C. Key, 52, of Prague Street, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, in Bath.

Mr. Kevin Thompson
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Kevin Thompson, 26, of Edgehill Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Mickey Solomon, Sr.
JACKSON -- Mr. Mickey Allen Solomon Sr., 58, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Rosemary Zahl
AIKEN -- Mrs. Rosemary D. Zahl, 76, of Partridge Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Ronald Jackson Sr.
Mr. Ronald Douglas Jackson Sr., of East Taylor Street, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, in Milledgeville.

Mr. John Smith
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Grable Smith, 71, of Cook Street, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Christine Brooks
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Christine M. Brooks, 73, of Edisto Drive, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Robert Henrich, Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert John Henrich Sr., 81, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

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

Mr. James Spruill, Sr.
Mr. James Spruill Sr.SMITHFIELD, N.C. -- Mr. James Alfred Spruill Sr., 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Outing
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Louise ``Weesie'' Rhodes Outing, 48, 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.

Mrs. Elsie Hand
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Elsie Margree Hand, 87, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Edwards
Mrs. Dorothy Edwards, of 13th Street, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Martha Davis
GIRARD, Ga. -- Mrs. Martha R. Davis, 68, of Andrew Chapel Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, in Atlanta.

Mrs. Mertys Cheek
Mrs. Mertys Atkins Cheek, 84, of Augusta, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Corley
HARLEM -- Mr. William ``Fred'' Corley, 86, of Appling-Harlem Highway, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 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.

Mrs. Madell Patterson
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Madell L. Patterson, 85, of Williams Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Freida Dunlap
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Freida M. Dunlap, 76, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ruth Lowe
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Ruth Angela McNeely Lowe, 55, of Perkins Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. William Tucker
CLAXTON, Ga. -- Mr. William Clyde Tucker, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. James Jones, Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James M. Jones Jr., 70, of Pine Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Catherine Chapman
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Catherine Jane Caughman Chapman, 90, of South Carolina Route 4, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Saluda Nursing Center.

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. Cletus Chavous
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Cletus C. Chavous, 86, of Keys Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Aurelia Wells
Mrs. Aurelia S. Wells, 78, of Martinez, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at her residence.

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

Ms. Cynthia King
Ms. Cynthia M. King, 36, of Augusta, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999.

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

Mr. Charles Bazemore
Mr. Charles William ``C.W.'' Bazemore, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

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

Mr. Herbert Rowe, Sr.
Mr. Herbert Rowe Sr., of Clay Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Irma Toney

Mrs. Lucille Shuck

Mr. Kevin Thompson

Mrs. Catherine Chapman

Mr. John Anderson Jr.

Ms. Cynthia King

Mr. Wilbur Key

Mrs. Rosemary Zahl

Ms. Debra Rollins

Mr. Charles Bazemore

Mrs. Kathleen Fulghum

Mr. Herbert Rowe, Sr.

Mrs. Isanell McCarty

Mrs. Aurelia Wells

Mr. Cletus Chavous

Mr. James Spruill, Sr.

Mr. James Jones, Jr.

Mr. John Smith

Mrs. Elsie Hand

Mrs. Freida Dunlap

Mrs. Ruby Sumner

Mrs. Dorothy Edwards

Mrs. Mary Outing

Mrs. Christine Brooks

Mr. Lester Hodge

Mrs. Mertys Cheek

Mrs. Ruth Lowe

Mr. Ronald Jackson Sr.

Mr. M.C. Brooks

Mr. Robert Henrich, Sr.

Mrs. Billie Pritchard

Mrs. Ruth Lowe

Mr. William Corley

Mrs. Jamesina Hersey

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.

Urges end to selling of baby body parts
Who would have believed a few short years ago that our beloved nation would today be involved in the selling of baby body parts, with the once honored medical profession right in the middle? Jane H. Dennis, Augusta

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 garish colors detract from Regal Cinema building
The new Regal Cinema is an unusual, yet attractive and very interesting style of architecture -- especially for our area. Vera Farmer-Welk, Augusta

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>

Hits vote for partial birth abortion
Five or six years ago I read a description of an abortion procedure known as ``dilation and extraction.'' As described, the procedure involved partially delivering a baby, piercing the base of the child's skull, vacuuming out the child's brain and finally delivering a dead baby. Kelly Dolin, 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

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.

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.

Re-introduce Ft. Discovery
Augusta's state lawmakers -- regardless of party -- have convinced their legislative colleagues and two Georgia governors in recent years to financially back the fine work of the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

Bemoans 'PC invasion' of NASCAR
I just recently watched the NASCAR Pennzoil 400 Winston Cup Race from Homestead, Fla., broadcast on the local NBC affiliate (Channel 26). Much to my amazement, Brian Williams opens up the program with a 10-minute dissertation of the Winston Cup points race. Where is Buddy Baker and Ned Jarrett? With the recently announced contract with NBC, NASCAR may have taken an irreversible step toward the world of ``Political Correctness.'' Steve Grinstead, Martinez

Mixed big spending bag
The compromise $390 billion year-end spending bill -- to fund seven Cabinet agencies including education, health and labor -- worked out by Republican leaders and the White House is the kind of mixed bag one would expect from divided government.

Questions welfare,minimum wage
We were discussing the minimum wage the other day and began to have some questions we could not answer. When was the minimum wage first started? Eugene England, Aiken

Kent: Young stands for reform; lt. gov. burned
With a first-ever special grand jury named to continue two regular grand jury probes of municipal government, and with Augusta's 11-month-old ``reform'' mayor labeling waste, abuse of public offices and good ol' boy hiring a ``cesspool,'' tempers are flaring among some embarrassed and nervous commissioners.

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

Backs controversial Lakeside group
Re the Nov. 12 letter by Tom Sibley: Ellie Veldurn, Martinez

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.

Chides Wilhelmi
Can Augusta live with its very own Hillary Clinton? James Grogman, Augusta

Praises mayor forsolving problems
As often as Mayor Bob Young gets hammered on these pages, I thought the record ought to show he's been most responsive to at least one citizen's concerns. Steve Kohn, Hephzibah

Likes 'positive achievements' news
The publishing of positive articles, such as the nominations for Richmond County Teacher of the Year, is well appreciated. In a time when the media is obsessed with violence and disaster, it is comforting to see articles of good. Eric Eldridge, 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

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

Claims Confederate flag honors vets
In a response to Ernest Leysath's letter regarding the negative comments he made about our Confederate flag -- and what a day his letter came out on, a few days after Veterans Day. Roger P. Nelms, Aiken

Vote Tuesday!
In the runoff election for Augusta Commission District 2 between incumbent Freddie Handy and challenger Rev. Marion F. Williams, it's important for registered voters to realize that even if they didn't vote Nov. 2, they are still eligible to vote Tuesday.

Defends work of Canal Authority
Re Frank Albert's derogatory comments on the Augusta Canal and where he would like to put stray cats and dogs (guest column, Nov. 13): Jim Stringer, 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

Hall of Fame museum site purchased

Overtime: Rowland top area golfer in Q-School

Overtime: Rowland jumps into top 35 after a 66

Hooters Tour event headed to N. Augusta

NAPA notebook

Yates looking forward to race

From World Cup to MLS Cup, Caligiuri made it happen

NAPA Notebook

Lepage takes NAPA pole

Hornaday wins in ARCA debut

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

Bill lets satellites carry local channels, limits cybersquatting
WASHINGTON -- Legislation now headed to the White House would let satellite companies carry local TV channels to millions of viewers and would crack down on the practice of ``cybersquatting.''

Ships, cargoes should be safe from Y2K bug
LONDON -- For companies in the shipping industry, the nightmare Y2K scenario goes something like this:

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.

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.

HIV/AIDS treatment directory now online
PHILADELPHIA -- AIDS patients and their doctors can read the latest information on research, treatments and drug interaction warnings on the new online directory of the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

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.

Software drivers should be updated
Q: All I ever hear from you is getting the latest drivers. Well, smart guy, using Windows 98, how do you find the date of the driver?

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.

Microsoft mediator: top scholar, passion for economics
CHICAGO -- He's known to friends as a ``renaissance man,'' an opera buff with a wry sense of humor who recently surprised some people by writing a book about President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Senate approves electronic signatures
WASHINGTON -- The Senate affirmed the legality of contracts signed electronically in a bill passed by voice vote Friday.

Microsoft mediator: top scholar, passion for economics

Software drivers should be updated

Bill lets satellites carry local channels, limits cybersquatting

HIV/AIDS treatment directory now online

Jupiter's moon is a volcano hotspot

Ships, cargoes should be safe from Y2K bug

Judge appoints mediator in Microsoft case

Senate bill would tighten 'date rape drug' law

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