Baseball notes: free agent signings

UNC says it will not fire Torbush

Butler holds off Richmond Academy

Josey tops Butler in shootout

Lady Jaguars are 3-0 after win

Basketball notes: Gators over Utah in Maui

USC Aiken remains undefeated

Jaguars to face Life's challenges

Iverson sidelined with broken thumb

Celtics to replace famous floor

Season tips-off with holiday tourney

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.

Fire-causing humidifiers are recalled

Alumnus inducted into hall

Durable goods orders drop for second month in a row
WASHINGTON -- A sharp drop in demand for electronic and electrical equipment drove down overall orders for big-ticket manufactured goods last month in a fresh sign that the red-hot economy may be cooling.

Fire-causing humidifiers are recalled
WASHINGTON -- Sunbeam Corp. is recalling over half a million humidifiers that have caused dozens of fires and four injuries. The humidifiers were sold under the brand names Sunbeam, Hankscraft and SunMark, and have water tanks that glow in the dark.

Alumnus inducted into hall
An Augusta man recently was inducted into the Georgia Institute of Technology's Engineering Hall of Fame for contributions in the textile industry that spanned nearly four decades.

Chain markets itself as service

Business briefs: Stocks fall while sellers seize profits

Stock tables get new 'last' price

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

Business briefs: Stocks fall while sellers seize profits
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled Tuesday, with the Nasdaq composite index sustaining its worst point loss in more than a month, as investors sold shares to capture profits from the market's recent rally.

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.

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.

Durable goods orders drop for second month in a row

Pixar blends art and technology

Stock tables get new 'last' price
If you've noticed a delicate shift in the exactitude of stock prices lately -- specifically, that not everyone seems to agree on the closing price of the day -- welcome to the world of after-hours trading.

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.

American, Delta raise air fares
DALLAS -- American Airlines and Delta Airlines raised leisure and business-travel fares 3 percent, and other major carriers were considering Tuesday whether to match the move.

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

Miami QB out of cast, game

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

Virginia's St. Clair wins Jacobs Blocking Trophy

College notes: Carter, Moorehead win player of week honors

Donnan: Speculation did not affect team

UNC will not fire Torbush

College notes: Austin to be released soon

Hokies thinking BC, or BCS?

Carolina assesses damages

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.

Augustans recall wartime service
It was 59 years ago, and it was supposed to be for only a year.

Sees no settlement in compromise

Defends colors of Regal Cinemas

Disputes columnist on SAT scores

Says 'obnoxious' fans caused exit

Sees Canal Authority as 'spoiled child'

Wonders about recent Clinton trips

A shock at Murphey

Opposes 'giving in' to the NAACP

Clinton power play

Blasts 'outsiders' in flag controversy

Internet democracy

Laments death leaves void in court

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

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.

'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.

Price check
PRICE CHECK: 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.

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.

A look at the secret life of toys
I forgot something about toys a long time ago, and Toy Story 2 reminded me. It involves the feelings a child has for a favorite toy.

'Dump' meal makes use of turkey leftovers
Sometimes a blessing can turn into a bane. Take leftovers, for example. On Thanksgiving Day, that turkey can't be beat. After a few days, however, the novelty of turkey sandwiches, turkey salad or turkey tetrazzini definitely has worn off.

QB Stone keys Josey's offense

Key Georgia games

Lynx snap eight-game losing skid

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

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.

A look at the secret life of toys

Potluck is the best option for eclectic dinner party

Price check

'Dump' meal makes use of turkey leftovers

Off the Wall: Marriage is no bed of roses

'Millionaire' winner picks up check

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.

Crews race to build new homes

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.

Mansion at center of dispute
ATLANTA -- After years of squeezing their budget to keep up the old governor's mansion, officials from the state college in Milledgeville pleaded with lawmakers Tuesday to let them handle an $8 million restoration of the pre-Civil War residence.

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

White pigeons sub for doves
PUTNEY, Ga. -- The white birds Sam Pate and Linda Giggy release into the sky for dramatic effect at funerals are symbols of peace and divinity -- only with a better sense of direction.

Williams defeats Handy

Disbarred attorney faces prison
A disbarred Georgia attorney who continued practicing law in Augusta nearly a decade after his law license was pulled will have to spend five years in prison.

Experts predict heavy holiday traffic

Student in police custody
Columbia County school officials have no regrets about giving a student a second chance last week for bringing a weapon to school.

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

Family is thankful for miracle blessing
AIKEN -- He could have died from the bullet that lodged in his brain. He could have died from the nine-hour surgery when doctors folded his forehead down onto his face to remove the bullet.

Across the area: James Brown, mayor to distribute turkeys

Williams defeats Handy
Augusta Commission soon will have another new face on the dais.

Aide must give records to Gingrich's wife

Experts predict heavy holiday traffic
It's time again for candied yams and traffic jams. Thousands of people will crowd airports and interstates this week in their quest to make it home for Thanksgiving. According to estimates from AAA Auto Club South, about 33.6 million people will travel 100 miles or more during the holiday weekend -- and 27.8 million will travel by automobile.

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.

Corrections
An article in Tuesday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly described the extent of Linda Gail Hendrick's injuries. Her ear was cut severely during an assault at Murphey Middle School on Monday.

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

Augusta begins holiday season
Spectators fanned themselves to keep cool in front of Augusta's Christmas tree Tuesday, eagerly waiting for the mayor to flip the switch.

Cancer survivor rejoices in living

Across the area: James Brown, mayor to distribute turkeys
The Godfather of Soul and the mayor of Augusta will be hand in hand today giving out Thanksgiving turkeys to those less fortunate.

Food bank stops distribution

Aiken man survives shooting
AIKEN -- He could have died from the bullet that lodged in his brain. He could have died from the nine-hour surgery when doctors folded his forehead down onto his face to remove the bullet.

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

Board approves equipment contract
AIKEN - A divided Aiken County Council approved a contract to provide doors and built-in equipment for the long-promised new detention center, dividing narrowly on a 5-4 vote.

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.

Family receives specially built house
AIKEN -- Dale Channell's family says they've won the lottery without even buying a ticket.Their prize isn't a bagful of money but a new home with a white picket fence built for the 33-year-old quadriplegic and his mother, Betty Jo.

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.

Clyburn proposes no tuition
AIKEN - It has nothing to do with the fact that Rep. Bill Clyburn's wife is a math teacher in a struggling school district and everything to do with the fact that he cares about education.

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.

Travelers urged to use caution
It's time again for candied yams and traffic jams. Thousands of people will crowd airports and interstates this week in their quest to make it home for Thanksgiving. According to estimates from AAA Auto Club South, about 33.6 million people will travel 100 miles or more during the holiday weekend -- and 27.8 million will travel by automobile.

Board approves equipment contract

Man charged in church robberies
AIKEN -- A Gloverville construction worker with a cross tattooed on his shoulder has been charged in a series of church burglaries that plagued Aiken County for months and led area pastors to tighten security.

Bible class must pass scrutiny

Transfer of case sought
District Attorney Danny Craig will seek to have a 14-year-old middle school pupil, charged in the stabbing assault of his special education teacher, tried as an adult.

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

Evidence connects Edgefield man to drug ring
Agents with the South Carolina FBI office have obtained physical evidence and witness statements that tie the Edgefield County man at the center of an alleged murder-for-hire plot and his slain wife to a marijuana trafficking operation, according to court documents.

Sears fired by county

White pigeons sub for doves

Aide must give records to Gingrich's wife
WASHINGTON -- A judge Tuesday ordered a woman linked romantically to Newt Gingrich to provide the former House speaker's wife with a broad range of personal and financial records bearing on their relationship.

Travelers urged to use caution

Aiken man survives shooting

Corrections

Horse dispute resolved

Task force preparing final report

Across the area: Lighting begins holiday season

Evidence connects Edgefield man to drug ring

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.

Mansion at center of dispute

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.

Family is thankful for miracle blessing

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.

Augustans recall wartime service

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.

Black life chronicled in exhibit
SAVANNAH -- When Union Army Gen. O.O. Howard visited a school for newly freed black children in Atlanta after the Civil War, he stopped a schoolboy and asked him what message he should take to the people in the North.

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.

Task force preparing final report
ATLANTA -- More emergency shelters, more evacuation routes and better ways of informing the public before and during disasters are at the heart of proposals a task force of state and local emergency-response officials is putting together for Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes.

State lists top wanted criminals

Student in police custody

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.

Black life chronicled in exhibit

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.

Man charged in church robberies

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.

State set to repair jail locks

Transfer of case sought

Scientist suggests natural toxic waste cleanup

Clyburn proposes no tuition

Disbarred attorney faces prison

Polls open for district seat contest

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

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.

Holiday relief

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.

Sears fired by county

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.''

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

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.

Highlighting a long struggle

Educators rarely attacked

Christmas treats

Correction

State allows treated sewage to enter canal

Child protection agency gets new leader

Teacher stabbed at school

Falcons still looking for answers

Woodson cited, fans arrested after snowball attack

Miller enjoys second chance

NFL comes down on taunt

Cards won't rush Plummer back to action

Carolina defensive end wonders if his season is over

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

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

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

Mr. Eugene Tanner
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Eugene Franklin Tanner, 65, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Kathryn Arbogast
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Kathryn Gantt Arbogast, 81, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Southern Manor.

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

Dr. Rabun Brantley
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Dr. Rabun Lee Brantley, 96, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Trilbye Frazier
Ms. Trilbye Jaconetta Frazier, of Walton Way Extension, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Edward Graves
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Edward N. Graves, 71, of Soap Creek Lodge Road, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Gerald Meehan Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Gerald Meehan Jr., 70, of Hancock Landing Road, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Anne McNeil
Mrs. Anne E. McNeil, 83, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Forrest Lake Health Center.

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

Mrs. Alta Powell
Mrs. Alta G. Powell, 59, of Rainbow Street, Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 22, 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. Mary Sisler
MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK, Md. -- Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Sisler, 75, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

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

Mr. Walter Butler Jr.
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Walter Butler Jr., 55, of Pauline Street, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Lake Crossing Health Center, Appling.

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

Mr. James DuBose
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. James ``Jimmie'' DuBose, 53, of Howlandville Road, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999.

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

Mr. Kenneth Merritt
Mr. Kenneth Algie Merritt, 57, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Joyce Gamble
ROCKY FORD, Ga. -- Mrs. Joyce Johnston Gamble, 72, of Rocky Ford Road, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Frances Sherrod
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances Chance Sherrod, 73, of Girard Avenue, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Annie Shelton
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Ruth Johnson Shelton, 82, of Atlanta Highway, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mrs. Irene Campbell
Mrs. Irene Campbell died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Kent Wood Nursing Home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Royal Close
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Royal Ernest Close, of Mixson Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Allendale County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Marie Boylston
AIKEN -- Mrs. Marie Wofford Boylston, 76, of Walker Avenue, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Burwell Hendricks Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Burwell Hill ``B.H.'' Hendricks Jr., of Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Wilkes Health Care Facility.

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

Mrs. Fannie Powell
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Fannie Powell, 90, of Stanley Road, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Raymond Buckner

Mrs. Sallie Franklin

Mrs. Alta Powell

Mrs. Frances Sherrod

Mrs. Lucille Shuck

Mr. Walter Butler Jr.

Mr. Royal Close

Mrs. Fannie Powell

Mr. Charlie Key

Mrs. Marie Boylston

Mr. Ronnie Sizemore

Mrs. Anne McNeil

Mrs. Joyce Gamble

Mrs. Irene Campbell

Charles Marion Robbins Jr.

Mrs. Mary Sisler

Mrs. Kathryn Arbogast

Mr. Gerald Langford

Mr. Gerald Meehan Jr.

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. Edward Graves

Miss Sidelle Ellis

Mr. Kenneth Merritt

Mrs. Vera Adams

Mr. Eugene Tanner

Mrs. Robbie Tate

Mr. Malcom Sanders

Elonda Harris

Francis: Questions the press should ask George W. Bush
INSTEAD OF badgering Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush with questions about his drug use 25 years ago, the intrepid sleuths of the established press ought to be quizzing him with a few questions about the Texas town of El Cenizo. The answers he gave to such questions, if indeed he gave more than he has to those about drugs, would tell voters a lot about his capacity for leadership -- for his own state and the nation.

Internet democracy
We've come a long way from the 1770s when Thomas Paine published and distributed his political pamphlet ``Common Sense.'' As we look to the 21st century, it's staggering to reflect on how more up-to-the-minute political information will reach far more potential American voters on the Internet.

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

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

Says 'obnoxious' fans caused exit
This letter is in reference to Karen Cobb's chastising Georgia fans for leaving the Georgia-Auburn game early (letter, Nov. 20). In order for Ms. Cobb to criticize anyone for his or her actions, she needs to consider more than her own pious view. J. Knight, Martinez

A shock at Murphey
It was an awful scene: A wheelchair-bound 14-year-old sitting calmly while police survey a bloody school restroom where his special education teacher Linda Hendrick had been severely stabbed. The boy claimed someone else did it. But deputies came to a different conclusion and the boy -- who is not mentally disabled -- was arrested.

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.

Hits parade `abuse' of soldiers, cadets
I have noticed for a number of years that the young ROTC cadets as well as the soldiers of Fort Gordon have the tendency to faint or pass out as the result of having to stand at ``attention'' for long periods of time. Willis Irvin Jr., 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

Wonders about recent Clinton trips
Shouldn't Chelsea Clinton be in school? A. E. Waters, Hephzibah

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

Defends colors of Regal Cinemas
In response to the recent color bashing of the new Regal Cinemas building: It is my opinion that those ``most hideous colors'' have been part of cinemas since their inception. George Baggs, Evans

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

Sees no settlement in compromise
In regard to the Confederate flag issue, I would like to point out a couple of facts that should be in the forefront of any compromise with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. A compromise with the NAACP will not be anything final.It will only be an encouragement of an ever-increasing attack on our heritage. Whatever is put in writing will only satisfy its ``victimhood status'' for a brief moment. ... Robert L. Gordon, D.M.D., North Augusta

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

Blasts 'outsiders' in flag controversy
Well, the beat goes on ... the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, few of whose members are from South Carolina, wants to tell South Carolinians what to do and when to do it. Moreover, they are joined by those like Ernest Leysath of Augusta, who on Nov. 15 gave us a history lesson and concluded by also telling Carolinians how to fly their flag. In my opinion, if you don't live there or have deep roots there, you don't have a say. In fact, this was the primary cause of the War Between the States ... the North dictating to the South. Will they ever learn? K.G. Watson, Martinez

Francis: Questions the press should ask George W. Bush
INSTEAD OF badgering Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush with questions about his drug use 25 years ago, the intrepid sleuths of the established press ought to be quizzing him with a few questions about the Texas town of El Cenizo. The answers he gave to such questions, if indeed he gave more than he has to those about drugs, would tell voters a lot about his capacity for leadership -- for his own state and the nation.

'Declaration' defended
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether student-led prayers at public school football games violate the ``separation of church and state doctrine.''

Defends language skills of teacher
We, the undersigned faculty and staff of Westside High School, are annoyed with the uninitiated opinion expressed by the editorial regarding the English language skills of faculty member Nmaobi Uzochukwu. She actually speaks with impeccable grammar and an erudite vocabulary indicative of her educated background. She has written the Richmond County curricula for high school Physics and Advanced Placement Physics. Mary E. Riser, Augusta

Stewart's death shadows Grand Slam of Golf

Remembering Mrs. Palmer

D.C. United a dynasty in the making

Agassi, Sampras win

McCallister wins PGA qualifier

Overtime: Kuchar ends slump with Savane win

Johnny Benson gets new ride for 2000

Conspiracy theory lingers after final race of the season

Love advances in Grand Slam

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

France announces team for Davis Cup final

Hysterectomies can improve sex lives of some women
CHICAGO -- Contrary to popular belief, a hysterectomy usually does not ruin a woman's sex life and can often improve it significantly, a study suggests.

MADD grades the nation's progress against drunk driving
WASHINGTON -- Drunken driving could cause as many as 250 deaths and 13,000 injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimated Tuesday.

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

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.

Worldwide AIDS cases at 30 million and growing
LONDON -- Fueled by an increase in the use of injected drugs, the AIDS virus is spreading at an alarming rate, according to a report released Tuesday.

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.

One-third of human gene map completed
WASHINGTON -- Government-supported scientists have sequenced one-third of the human genetic pattern and are on schedule to complete and verify the entire biological blueprint by 2003, officials said Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Government urges use of safer needles
WASHINGTON -- Hoping to protect health care workers from deadly infections, the government urged hospitals and other health facilities Monday to use needles with sheaths, blunt tips or other safety features.

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

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

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.

Rankings of area schools rankle students

Your style

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

Blood simple

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.

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

Teen calendar

Government urges use of safer needles

Worldwide AIDS cases at 30 million and growing

E-mail helps locate suspected bomber

Drug seems to lower high blood pressure

MADD grades the nation's progress against drunk driving

Eyes on space

One-third of human gene map completed

Elderly drivers pose traffic-safety dilemma

Police tail murder suspect with satellites

First lawsuits seeking class-action status against Microsoft

Federal government ready for Y2K