Celtics to replace famous floor

USCA wins over Mount Olive

NBA roundup: Timberwolves devour Grizzlies

Girls' tourneys slated at ARC, Glenn Hills

Jaguars to face Life's challenges

Clemson falls to Wofford

UNC says it will not fire Torbush

Temple loses Sanchez, wins

Gamecocks defeat Citadel

Josey tops Butler in shootout

Basketball notes: Gators over Utah in Maui

Lady Bulldogs advance to finals

Chain markets itself as service

Mannesmann group moving to counter Vodafone takeover bid
DUESSELDORF, Germany -- Mannesmann AG said Monday it will start plying its stockholders with information in an attempt to derail a hostile takeover bid by British-based Vodafone Airtouch PLC, claiming the $128 billion offer is insufficient.

Investing in wireless companies has risks, rewards
The best-selling item in consumer electronics now is the wireless phone. It seems ubiquitous.

Pixar blends art and technology

Chain markets itself as service
Golf Augusta Pro Shops has purchased nine northeastern golf stores from a Philadelphia-based chain, bringing its total number of locations to 24.

Investing in wireless companies has risks, rewards

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 85.63 Monday at 11,089.52, and the Nasdaq composite reached its 14th record-high close in the past 17 sessions, rising 23.31 to 3,392.56.

Pixar blends art and technology
RICHMOND, Calif. -- Far from Hollywood's maddening crowd, Pixar Animation embodies the notion of a film fun factory, from its animated telephone system to a display of ``vintage'' playthings plugging its new movie, Toy Story 2.

Oregon State to face Hawaii in Oahu Bowl

UNC will not fire Torbush

College notes: Carter, Moorehead win player of week honors

Bulldogs relieved after win

The race is on: Who's No. 2?

A tale of two teams

Ga. Southern to face No. Arizona in first round

Tuesday morning quarterback: Bar raised on state's big rivalry

Carolina assesses damages

Fight for freedom seen in early 1990's
Long battles for freedom were won in the first years of the 1990s. Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison after spending 27 years there as a political prisoner.

Highlighting a long struggle
SAN FRANCISCO -- Standing on the wave-bitten cliffs of Alcatraz, foghorn booming sadly out to sea, poet-performer John Trudell looks into the soft gray sky and sees 30 years into the past.

Opposes 'giving in' to the NAACP

Disputes columnist on SAT scores

Laments death leaves void in court

Urges congressman to switch parties

Sees Canal Authority as 'spoiled child'

Costly rail project

Blasts message of firearms critics

Clinton power play

'Millionaire' winner picks up check
NEW YORK -- He's so well known by now, he may not need two forms of ID to cash that million-dollar check.

Potluck is the best option for eclectic dinner party
Q: How can I prepare meals for friends with different food requirements? -- B.N., Belvedere

In the know
Scream, the scary 1996 horror spoof about a crazed teen on a murder rampage, airs at 9 on Fox (WFXG-TV, Channel 54). Wes Craven directed and Kevin Williamson wrote this parody of slasher films. Stars include Drew Barrymore, in the nail-biting opening, and Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette.

Off the Wall: Marriage is no bed of roses
The day Mike came home from the Army with his pregnant bride, everyone in the family started counting on their fingers.

Key Georgia games

Josey plays away

Dallas Stars to wear Texas A&M logo on their helmets this week

Lynx lose eighth straight

Lynx lose eighth straight

'Lynx' rhymes with 'stinks'

Struggling Lynx leaning on goalie

Fame from gingerbread is dubious
There's no fool like an old fool, a point I proved once again Friday as a celebrity gingerbread house decorator for the Junior League's annual Festival of Trees.

Potluck is the best option for eclectic dinner party

Off the Wall: Marriage is no bed of roses

'Millionaire' winner picks up check

Correction
A delinquent water bill owed by Forest Hills Racquet Club listed in a story in Saturday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle

Police, FBI still searching for children
On Nov. 22, 1985, 4-year-old Jeremy Grice was reported missing by his mother. Fourteen years later, investigators are still searching for an answer to not only his whereabouts but also those of two other missing area children.

Tuesday morning quarterback: Bar raised on state's big rivalry

State set to repair jail locks
ATLANTA -- The state plans to spend $202,597 to fix faulty locks at a juvenile jail that opened only 18 months ago.

Across the area: Lighting begins holiday season

Crews race to build new homes
SAVANNAH -- The winner in a race among carpentry crews in Savannah this weekend was Habitat for Humanity, which got four new houses.

Child protection agency gets new leader

Seven test positive for tuberculosis at Lakeside
Seven people tested positive for tuberculosis at Lakeside High School on Monday after last week's scare, but health department officials said the results are not uncommon.

Food bank stops distribution

Scientist suggests natural toxic waste cleanup
ATHENS, Ga. -- Digging up a hazardous waste site on University of Georgia-owned land near the State Botanical Garden of Georgia would waste money and cause the same kind of environmental damage it's supposed to cure, according to a university genetics professor who studies toxic sites.

Police, FBI still searching for children

Leader defends ousting
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia Baptists' new president says he agrees with removing two Atlanta-area churches from the congregation for elevating homosexuals to leadership positions.

Officials cite solid finances

State allows treated sewage to enter canal
Columbia County will be allowed to continue its longstanding practice of discharging treated wastewater into Augusta Canal despite concerns that an accident could contaminate Augusta's water supply.

Cancer survivor rejoices in living
Sharon Wall now spends her days rediscovering the world with her 2-year-old daughter, Mariah.

Christmas treats
Santa Claus delivers candy to children who came to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree in North Augusta's John C. Calhoun Park. North Augusta Jazz Band played Christmas carols at the event.

Christmas treats

Polls open for district seat contest
Augusta voters visit the polls today to select a commissioner for the District 2 seat on the Augusta Commission.

Augusta resident answers `true calling' by volunteering

Two candidates register in race to replace senator
ATLANTA -- Two veteran politicians entered the race to succeed convicted state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson of Savannah on the first day of qualifying for a Dec. 21 special election.

Authorities revisit slayings
AIKEN -- A serial killer on the loose near Shaw's Creek? Not so fast, says Aiken County sheriff's Capt. Bryan Oliver. There is no proof that three bodies found near the creek along South Carolina Highway 191 between 1987 and 1993 got there through the work of one person, Capt. Oliver said.

Sears fired by county
Richmond County chief tax appraiser Harrison Sears, accused of racial discrimination, was fired Monday by the Board of Assessors.

Holiday relief

State lists top wanted criminals
COLUMBIA -- Joshua Anderson of Eastover was convicted of having sex with a minor in 1995. He served his time, but now has fled his parole officers. Police say he is mentally unstable and they believed he is armed and dangerous.

Avenue's renaming reviewed
A move to rename the road in front of Columbia County's main government center will have to wait until after the new year.

Sears fired by county
Richmond County chief tax appraiser Harrison Sears, accused of racial discrimination, was fired Monday by the Board of Assessors.

Fleas test water's health

Child protection agency gets new leader
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes is cleaning house at Georgia's troubled child-protection agency, naming a new director and instructing her to remake the operation ``from top to bottom.''

Horse dispute resolved

Horse dispute resolved
AIKEN -- After months of trying to appease horse owners and their neighbors, the Aiken City Council finally agreed on the controversial horse issue that has been worrying them for months.

Cancer survivor rejoices in living

Food bank stops distribution
AIKEN -- With hungry mouths to feed this Thanksgiving, Aiken's Golden Harvest Food Bank is being forced to hold thousands of cases of food that might be contaminated.

Bible class must pass scrutiny
ATLANTA -- Attorney General Thurbert Baker satisfied people on both sides of the issue Monday when he released an official opinion on the constitutionality of using state funds to offer courses based on the Bible.

'Lynx' rhymes with 'stinks'

Aiken 20/20 Corp. tops state's `Angels' list
AIKEN -- Aiken 20/20 Corp., which raises money for projects that benefit the community, tops South Carolina Secretary of State Jim Miles' list of charities that do what they promise with money they collect.

Teacher stabbed at school
A 14-year-old physically disabled boy was charged Monday in the stabbing assault of his special education teacher, police said.

Fight for freedom seen in early 1990's

State set to repair jail locks

State allows treated sewage to enter canal

Correction

Highlighting a long struggle

Aiken 20/20 Corp. tops state's `Angels' list

Sears fired by county

Holiday relief
Vicky Harris (left), a director with Operation Christmas Child, and volunteer Ricky Medlin pack boxes containing Christmas presents at WBM-TV Channel 36 in North Augusta. The boxes, being filled Monday with clothes, toys and personal hygiene items, will be shipped to Kosovo as part of an international relief effort.

Across the area: Lighting begins holiday season
Augusta officially ushers in the holiday season today at the Festival of Lights Ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. at the Eighth Street Plaza, Riverwalk Augusta.

Education undergoes 3 rankings
The state Department of Education will release its annual report card next month. It will be followed by another state-funded report card, expected to be released in January.

Educators rarely attacked
Richmond County school officials say they get some complaints about teachers ``man-handling'' pupils, but pupil attacks on teachers are rare.

State risks losing millions for child support
WASHINGTON -- South Carolina could lose $17.5 million in federal money for its child support program for failing to put a new computerized collection system in place, federal officials say.

Scientist suggests natural toxic waste cleanup

Officials cite solid finances
AIKEN -- Aiken County government is in sound financial shape, officials say, even though at this time of year revenues are lower than usual and slow in coming in.

Crews race to build new homes

Across the area: Police arrest three in delivery robbery
Authorities arrested three men Sunday and charged them with the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man, a Richmond County sheriff's investigator said.

Augusta resident answers `true calling' by volunteering
Even though he didn't reach it, Marvin Tyner can tell you what rock bottom looks like.

Fleas test water's health
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- The way Mayor Frank Thomas Jr. sees it, a six-year fight with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency boils down to the sex life of water fleas.

Sears fired by county

Lawmaker wants state road-renaming policy
While Columbia County officials grapple with a proposed policy for renaming roads after people, a Georgia legislator is fighting a similar battle in the state Senate.

Bible class must pass scrutiny

Teacher stabbed at school

Polls open for district seat contest

Across the area: Police arrest three in delivery robbery

Authorities revisit slayings

Persistence pays in paving plan
After 15 years of persistence, Columbia County resident Gay Campbell finally got Anderson Road paved.

Persistence pays in paving plan

Avenue's renaming reviewed

State lists top wanted criminals

Educators rarely attacked

State risks losing millions for child support

Panthers rout Browns

Miller enjoys second chance

NFL roundup: Jets win third straight

Cards won't rush Plummer back to action

Carolina defensive end wonders if his season is over

Falcons still looking for answers

Gramatica was 'Automatica' in win over Falcons

Mr. William Rountree
AIKEN -- Mr. William Olen Rountree, 91, of Cherokee Avenue, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Rudolph Clark
Mr. Rudolph M. Clark, 65, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. William Bradley
Mr. William Daniel Bradley, 61, of Augusta, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Melba Wood
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs. Melba Swartz Wood, 83, of Church Road, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.

Miss Sidelle Ellis
SALUDA, S.C. -- Miss Sidelle B. Ellis, 93, of Hollywood School Road, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Saluda Nursing Center.

Mrs. Robbie Tate
CHICAGO -- Mrs. Robbie Sullivan Tate died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999.

Mrs. Carrie Wright
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Carrie D. Wright, 79, of Barton Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at Westlake Nursing Home.

Mr. Roosevelt Smalley Jr.
Mr. Roosevelt ``Bubba'' Smalley Jr., 66, of Boy Scout Road, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at his residence.

Rev. William Buchner Sr.
BATESBURG, S.C. -- The Rev. William John Buchner Sr., 71, of Holder Road, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999.

Mr. Ronnie Sizemore
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Ronnie Finley Sizemore, 57, of Woodland Drive, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Trilbye Frazier
Ms. Trilbye Jaconetta Frazier, of Walton Way Extension, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 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.

Mr. Alton Freeman
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. Alton P. Freeman, 95, of Delhi Road, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Malcom Sanders
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Malcom Lamar Sanders, 85, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999.

Mr. Rudolph Clark
Mr. Rudolph M. Clark, 65, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

Charles Marion Robbins Jr.
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Marion Robbins Jr. died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at his daughter's residence in Savannah.

Mrs. Vera Adams
Mrs. Vera K. Adams, 77, of Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. George Rice
SLANDTON, S.C. -- Mr. George Rice, 81, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Columbia Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro.

Mrs. Julia Brassell
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Julia Lula Jackson Brassell, 80, of Jackson Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999.

Mrs. Helene Palmiere
Mrs. Helene Palmiere, 78, of Carmell Drive, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Raymond Buckner
Mr. Raymond Buckner, 35, of Scotts Ferry Road, Appling, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Jerry Linwood
Mr. Jerry Dean Linwood, of Sixth Avenue, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Perryman DeLoach
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Perryman Futch ``Perry'' DeLoach, 56, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Gerald Langford
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Gerald ``Mickey'' Langford, 42, of Trussie Street, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Richland Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Sallie Franklin
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Sallie Mae Hales Franklin, 77, of Georgia Highway 88, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Charlie Key
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Charlie L. Key, of Carolina Springs Road, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Michael Wright
Michael Jamar Wright, of Lumpkin Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Wesley Elmore
WAGENER -- Mr. Wesley ``Stevie'' Elmore, 38, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999.

Mr. W. Rodolph Phillips
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. W. Rodolph ``Rudy'' Phillips, 95, of Carolina Avenue, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. James Burns
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James S. Burns, 76, of Atomic Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999.

Ms. Pamela Taylor
AIKEN -- Ms. Pamela Kaye Taylor, 44, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Henry Crawford
Mr. Henry B. Crawford, 79, of Picquet Avenue, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sarah Vaigneur
RIDGELAND, S.C. -- Mrs. Sarah Malphrus ``Beannie'' Vaigneur, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at her residence.

Miss Josie Aaron
AARON STATION, Ga. -- Miss Josie Aaron, 94, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Thera Durden
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Thera Lanier Fordham Durden died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Friendship Health Care Center, Cleveland.

Mrs. Terressa Holbrook
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Terressa Ferrell Holbrook, 52, of Partridge Trail, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Raymond Buckner
Mr. Raymond Buckner, 35, of Scotts Ferry Road, Appling, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Elonda Harris
Elonda Harris, infant daughter of Nathaniel Harris and Elonda Gissentanner, died Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Nathaniel Garnett
Mr. Nathaniel Garnett, of Tutt Avenue, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mildred Clarke
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mildred Taylor Clarke, 79, of Georgia Highway 23 North, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Henry O'Neal
Mr. Henry T. O'Neal, of Crosley Street, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Marjorie Jones
Mrs. Marjorie M. Jones, of Spyglass Court, Martinez, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Hering
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Ruth Allen Hering, 62, of Royal Oaks Drive, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Vencor Hospital, Atlanta.

Mrs. Marjorie Jones
Mrs. Marjorie M. Jones, of Spyglass Court, Martinez, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Raymond Buckner

Michael Wright

Mrs. Robbie Tate

Ms. Pamela Taylor

Mrs. Lucille Shuck

Mrs. Mary Hering

Mrs. Marjorie Jones

Mr. W. Rodolph Phillips

Mr. Charlie Key

Mr. Henry Crawford

Mr. Ronnie Sizemore

Mr. Alton Freeman

Elonda Harris

Mr. Wesley Elmore

Charles Marion Robbins Jr.

Mr. Cletus Chavous

Mrs. Vera Adams

Mr. Gerald Langford

Mr. Malcom Sanders

Mr. Roosevelt Smalley Jr.

Mrs. Julia Brassell

Mrs. Terressa Holbrook

Mr. Nathaniel Garnett

Mrs. Melba Wood

Mrs. Marjorie Jones

Mr. Jerry Linwood

Mrs. Sarah Vaigneur

Miss Josie Aaron

Rev. William Buchner Sr.

Mr. George Rice

Mrs. Helene Palmiere

Mrs. Mildred Clarke

Mrs. Carrie Wright

Ms. Trilbye Frazier

Mr. Rudolph Clark

Miss Sidelle Ellis

Mrs. Sallie Franklin

Urges congressman to switch parties
As one of Rep. Charlie Norwood's, R-Ga., most ardent critics, I do not hesitate to criticize him when warranted. When hewas wrong, I criticized him. However, to be fair when he has done the right thing, I must give him credit. Chuck Pardue, Augusta

Clinton power play
The charges arebogus, and aredesigned to help President Clinton's EnvironmentalProtection Agency implement standards that it has noauthority to impose.

Costly rail project
If we know anything about the large majority of Americans' transportation preferences, it's that they'll take four-wheelers over mass transit every time.

Sees Canal Authority as 'spoiled child'
As someone who cares about our community and the pets in it, I am appalled at the actions of the Augusta Canal Authority. I thought the purpose of the Authority was the betterment of our community, not to viciously attack a non-profit group and keep it from doing good deeds. L. Davis, North Augusta

Comments on women, pregnancies
Re the Nov. 15 columns by Kathleen Parker, Mona Charen and Ellen Goodman: Holli Bradberry, Augusta

Opposes 'giving in' to the NAACP
Gov. Jim Hodges offered to push for a holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. if the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will back off a boycott to force down the Confederate flag from the dome of the South Carolina statehouse. The NAACP says the flag is a symbol of racism and slavery. I know of no other organization that spews out more racial hate than the NAACP! ... Mildred W. McNair, Aiken

Blasts message of firearms critics
In the wake of school massacres and other violent death, we see the notion growing that if all firearms were confiscated we would immediately enter a period of serene life with no more than a hiccup to disturb the passing scene. Ester Young Mewihsen, Augusta

Disputes columnist on SAT scores
You cannot not believe in evolution, else how did you get here? But note that it was Charles Dar-win who claimed people are apes, leaving Creationists to claim that skin color matters to their Maker. 'Tis the age of computer whizzes, information gurus and cogitating machines. Harley Wycoff, Augusta

Dares 'whore' to take down flag
Gov. Jim Hodges of South Carolina is frantically searching for a solution to the Confederate battle flag issue that will rescue him from the fate of his predecessor. He is desperately trying to save his own skin and cares nothing for that flag or the men who died for it. Milton Gresham, Evans

Elect Marion Williams
In several editorials, most recently one two days ago, we recommended to voters in Augusta Commission District 2 the candidacy of the REV. MARION WILLIAMS. We have noted his record of hard work as a longtime CSX Railroad employee, his five-year Christian ministry, his extensive community service, the public policy homework he has done and the stands he takes on issues affecting Augusta and its quality of life.

Laments death leaves void in court
A week ago Mrs. Alice Watson, the former chief clerk of Richmond County Probate Court, passed away. She was the most important employee under the judge in this office. Lelia R. Botnick, Evans

Overtime: Davenport dominates Hingis

Johnny Benson gets new ride for 2000

Conspiracy theory lingers after final race of the season

Blue Heron Pines to host U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2003

D.C. United a dynasty in the making

Remembering Mrs. Palmer

NASCAR notebook: Final ride for Ernie Irvan

McCallister wins PGA qualifier

Labonte wins NAPA 500

Stewart's death shadows Grand Slam of Golf

Rowland looks to qualify today

Police tail murder suspect with satellites
SPOKANE, Wash. -- When William ``Brad'' Jackson said his 9-year-old daughter disappeared without a sound from his front yard early one school morning, police were skeptical.

Elderly drivers pose traffic-safety dilemma
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was a baby-boomer anthem: having fun, fun, fun 'til Daddy takes the T-Bird away. But as car-crazy boomers age into grandparents, the question is becoming: when to take Daddy's license away.

Regulators remind banks to ensure security
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators are reminding banks they need to watch out for computer hackers and other potential threats during the Year 2000 transition period.

Drug seems to lower high blood pressure
An estimated 50 million Americans have high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks and stroke, but only about half are being treated for the condition, and only one

First lawsuits seeking class-action status against Microsoft
In the wake of a federal judge's conclusion that Microsoft Corp. is a monopoly, lawyers have begun filing class-action lawsuits alleging the software giant used its control on the market to overcharge customers.

Eyes on space
A Chinese couple look at a NASA space suit on display at a watch store in Beijing Monday, Nov. 22, 1999.

Internet can benefit nursing home residents
SAN FRANCISCO -- Is the fountain of youth available at the click of a mouse?

E-mail helps locate suspected bomber
GREENSBORO -- The suspect accused of planting bombs to extort money from Lowe's Home Improvement stores made a big mistake when he used his home computer to send an e-mail message, the FBI said in an affidavit.

Federal government ready for Y2K
WASHINGTON -- Aside from a few gnawing doubts in such areas as food stamp programs and foreign airports, the government is ready for Y2K, lawmakers said Monday. Most important now, they said, is to avoid public panic.

Benefits of Web sites' ratings are up for debate
Consumers, click here. No, not there, come on over here. As one cyberspace expert put it, Web sites with shopping guides are dressing up, and some in the market are launching a promotional blitz to lure consumers to their home pages. A race to make sites more appealing to visitors and more rewarding for profit-making businesses has already begun.

Blood simple
Tattoos, body piercing and giving blood don't mix. And that is one of the reasons few teens give blood, according to their peers.

More communication may clear air between mom and daughter
``My mom always gets on my nerves. She's always telling me to do stuff. If I do something wrong she blames me or somebody else, but if I do something good she takes all the credit. What should I do?'' -- 14-year-old girl, Augusta

Blood simple

Rankings of area schools rankle students

Rankings of area schools rankle students
At last week's monthly meeting, the Xtreme Teen Board discussed a recent report released by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a private nonprofit group that ranks public schools in the state each year. Schools are measured on factors including student scores on the math and language arts sections of the Georgia High School Graduation Test.

Your style

Teen calendar

More communication may clear air between mom and daughter

Teen calendar
HO-Ho-Ho! Get in the holiday mood at the Festival of Lights ceremony at 5 p.m. at Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street Plaza. Mayor Bob will light the city's Christmas tree and decorations at 6:15 p.m., and the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band play holiday tunes.

Your style
THE FACTS: Nalisa Thomas, 15, sophomore at Butler High School.

Police tail murder suspect with satellites

Eyes on space

Drug seems to lower high blood pressure

Federal government ready for Y2K

Elderly drivers pose traffic-safety dilemma

First lawsuits seeking class-action status against Microsoft

Internet can benefit nursing home residents

E-mail helps locate suspected bomber

Benefits of Web sites' ratings are up for debate

Regulators remind banks to ensure security