Season tips-off with holiday tourney

Baseball notes: free agent signings

Lady Jaguars are 3-0 after win

Butler holds off Richmond Academy

USC Aiken remains undefeated

No. 14 Old Dominion stops Clemson women

Braves notes: Braves ponder Williams' future

Paine men fall in OT

Iverson sidelined with broken thumb

U.S. economy grows at 5.5 percent rate
WASHINGTON -- The sizzling U.S. economy, stoked by strong consumer spending, zoomed ahead to an annual rate of 5.5 percent in the third quarter, the best showing since the end of last year.

Group files suit against HMOs
JACKSON, Miss. --The legal team that challenged Big Tobacco in successful state cases has reunited in new lawsuits accusing five of the nation's largest HMOs of unscrupulous business practices.

Stock tables get new 'last' price

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.

Economists see slower growth in booming S.C. economy
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's economy will grow more slowly, but it does not mean an end to the state's economic boom, University of South Carolina economists said Tuesday at the school's fall economic outlook conference.

Nestle to sell coffee brands
NEW YORK -- Nestle, the world's largest coffee seller, is close to selling its Hills Bros., MJB and Chase & Sanborn brands, which are seeing weaker sales as more consumers switch to sipping latte and cappuccino.

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.

Name change
AAA Sign Co. employees Paul Skaggs (left) and Terry Scott install an Exxon sign Wednesday afternoon at the former Hess gas station at 2805 Washington Road.

Business briefs: Stocks fall while sellers seize profits

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.

Business briefs: Technology stocks push Nasdaq ahead
Technology stocks

Business briefs: Technology stocks push Nasdaq ahead

Fire-causing humidifiers are recalled

Nestle to sell coffee brands

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.

SITEL enters its second round of Augusta hiring
SITEL Technology Services has started the second phase of hiring at its newly opened Augusta call center.

Alumnus inducted into hall

Economists see slower growth in booming S.C. economy

Durable goods orders drop for second month in a row

SITEL enters its second round of Augusta hiring

U.S. economy grows at 5.5 percent rate

Group files suit against HMOs

Name change

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.

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.

Tech looks at loss for inspiration

College notes: Former Josey player a finalist for award

Magnolia State battle crucial for both teams

Donnan: Speculation did not affect team

Dogs enjoy 4th-quarter turnaround

N.C. State fires coach

Tech looks at loss for inspiration

Miami QB out of cast, game

BCS will not count I-AA games in formula

College notes: Austin to be released soon

Virginia's St. Clair wins Jacobs Blocking Trophy

The rivalry continues

Hokies thinking BC, or BCS?

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

Augustans list reason for thanks
The following list is taken from the pages of The Augusta Chronicle on Nov. 30, 1899, under the headline ``Augusta Gives Thanks Today'':

Feast can be fashionable
On Nov. 25, 1899 -- a century ago today -- the pages of The Augusta Chronicle featured an article called ``An Original Thanksgiving Feast.'' Along with it was the illustration you see here and a menu that is easily identifiable today.

Blasts 'outsiders' in flag controversy

A shock at Murphey

Defends TV news investigations

Wants the right to choose own death

Internet democracy

Sees no settlement in compromise

Backs 'anti-socialist' Buchanan

Says 'obnoxious' fans caused exit

Count our blessings

Defends colors of Regal Cinemas

Blasts Army over recruiting bonuses

Urges Lynx support, not 'cheap shots'

Wonders about recent Clinton trips

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.

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.

Capsules
Florida researchers have cured high blood pressure in three generations of rats with a single injection of a therapeutic gene.The scientists, from the University of Florida's College of Medicine, say the new research proves that an artificially introduced beneficial gene can get passed on from parent to offspring.

In the know
Augusta Exchange 20 is one of 350 theaters in America and Canada that will present encore showings of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace to benefit charities. The George Lucas film will return for one week beginning Friday. All box-office receipts will be donated. Augusta Exchange funds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The premiere of Phantom Menace in May raised $5.3 million for charity.

'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.

The annual holiday weight watch
Beginning today, the season is officially upon us. No, not the holiday season, or the shopping season. The EATING season. According to Weight Watchers, Americans typically gain 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

Turkey terrors can be alleviated
Don't panic if you have a Thanksgiving cooking crisis today. Toll-free telephone services and Web sites are available to help answer culinary queries during holiday preparation times. Here are some of them:

QB Stone keys Josey's offense

Lynx snap eight-game losing skid

Lynx trade DeSantis to Toledo

Lynx fall to Brass

Price check

Capsules

'Dump' meal makes use of turkey leftovers

Turkey terrors can be alleviated

In the know

The annual holiday weight watch

A look at the secret life of toys

Food cleared for distribution
AIKEN -- In time to put food on the tables of needy families for Thanksgiving, Aiken's Golden Harvest Food Bank released thousands of cases of U.S. Department of Agriculture food Wednesday after it was cleared of possible contamination by rats.

White pigeons sub for doves

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds
There was a long table lined with frozen turkeys and an even longer line of people waiting outside to receive them.

Radical reaches troubled youth in his ministry

Lawsuit filed by ex-clerk

Williams defeats Handy

Holiday cheer

Clyburn proposes no tuition

Black life chronicled in exhibit

Board approves equipment contract

Evidence connects Edgefield man to drug ring

Transfer of case sought

Local troops celebrate holiday
It was apparent that he was out of his element on starch detail.

Aiken man survives shooting

Radical reaches troubled youth in his ministry
The clergy collar that accents his Army fatigues is what you notice first. With his small stature and grace in discord with his commanding voice, the Rev. Charles Griffin stands in front of his youthful audience, praying for the right words.

Experts predict heavy holiday traffic

Savannah council gets first black majority

Aide must give records to Gingrich's wife

Disbarred attorney faces prison

Across the area: James Brown, mayor to distribute turkeys

Case to stay in juvenile court
The 14-year-old Murphey Middle School pupil accused of attacking his teacher with a pair of scissors must remain in detention pending further court proceedings, a jury ruled Wednesday.

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.

Corrections

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.

Augustans recall wartime service

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.

Leader of area heroin ring sentenced

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.

The rivalry continues

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.

Holiday cheer
Aiken Department of Public Safety Officer Brad Laird finally gets the correct angle while putting up a bow on one of the street lights in downtown Aiken on Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Lawmaker blasts change at DFACS
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- Gov. Roy Barnes' proposal to hire an overseer for Georgia's much-scrutinized Division of Family and Children Services is drawing fire from an Oconee County representative who says the move was perpetrated in the name of ``big government.''

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.

Across the area: Officer files suit against Smile Gas

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.

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds

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

Across the area: Officer files suit against Smile Gas
A sergeant with North Augusta Department of Public Safety has filed a slander suit against a Smile Gas station, claiming an employee falsely accused him of shoplifting at the North Augusta business in 1998.

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.

Man charged in church robberies

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.

Student in police custody

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.

Silver Spirit in Macy's parade
PETTICOAT JUNCTION -- Petticoat Junction finally gets put on the map today -- although not officially.

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.

Travelers urged to use caution

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.

Task force preparing final report

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.

Family is thankful for miracle blessing

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.

True meaning of Thanksgiving often lost in frenzy
This essay is part of a continuing series on how various writers look at our major holidays.

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.

Silver Spirit in Macy's parade

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.

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds

Feast can be fashionable

True meaning of Thanksgiving often lost in frenzy

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds
There was a long table lined with frozen turkeys and an even longer line of people waiting outside to receive them.

Leader of area heroin ring sentenced
The ringleader of an Augusta-based heroin distribution web, caught with enough of the highly addictive narcotic to drug nearly 4,000 people at once, received a 15-year prison sentence Wednesday.

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds
There was a long table lined with frozen turkeys and an even longer line of people waiting outside to receive them.

Lawsuit filed by ex-clerk
AIKEN -- An Aiken man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, claiming sexual harassment by another man -- the company's human resource manager.

Concert to open Christmas fundraiser
The laughter of children playing, the television blaring holiday football games, the greetings of relatives arriving from far away. To most, these sounds mark the beginning of the Christmas season.

Two inmates escape from prison facility
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Law enforcement officials continued searching Wednesday for two inmates who walked away from a minimum-security federal prison.

Concert to open Christmas fundraiser

Hodges backs off earlier comments
COLUMBIA -- Gov. Jim Hodges has returned to the Columbia Urban League to reiterate his support for a Martin Luther King Jr. state holiday and apologize for any embarrassment a recent speech may have caused.

Hodges backs off earlier comments

Savannah council gets first black majority
SAVANNAH -- Four years after the election of Floyd Adams Jr. as Savannah's first black mayor, this week's victory of a Savannah State University administrator has given the city council its first black majority.

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.

Case to stay in juvenile court

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.

Mansion at center of dispute

Food cleared for distribution

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.

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds

Cowboys, Dolphins remember Thanksgiving 1993

Woodson cited, fans arrested after snowball attack

Miller: This trip is business

NFL comes down on taunt

Mrs. Alta Powell
Mrs. Alta G. Powell, 59, of Rainbow Street, Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Clarence Etheredge
Mr. Clarence L. Etheredge, of Holley Street, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mr. Jerry Lacey Jr.
Mr. Jerry ``Bubba'' Lacey Jr., 43, of Richmond Hill Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 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.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Blanchette Allen
Mr. Blanchette Anthony Allen, of Monroe Street, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Barnwell County Hospital.

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

Mr. Ronnie Riner
GARFIELD, Ga. -- Mr. Ronnie Dean Riner, 37, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Bertha Bankston
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Bertha Rean Bankston, 86, of Andrew Drive, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999.

Mrs. Mary Sisler
MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK, Md. -- Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Sisler, 75, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. James Seigler
AIKEN -- Mr. James Thomas Seigler, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.

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. Herbert Swint Jr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Herbert ``Sonny Boy'' Swint Jr., 46, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, in Augusta.

Mr. Amos Thomas
AIKEN -- Mr. Amos Cleo Thomas, 69, of Fairfield Street Northeast, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

Ms. Letha Moody
Ms. Letha Mae Moody, of Ellis Street, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Barbara Shepard
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mrs. Barbara Julia Shepard, 76, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at Fairview Park 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.

Mr. Luqine Murdaugh
AIKEN -- Mr. Luqine Murdaugh, 59, of Greenville Street, NW, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lucile Lambert
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Lucile R. Lambert, 82, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Alta Powell
Mrs. Alta G. Powell, 59, of Rainbow Street, Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Ruby Walton
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Mae Walton, 77, of Walton Road, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999.

Mrs. Margaret Eubanks
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Margaret S. Eubanks, 78, of Augusta Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Leigha Veal
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Leigha Beth Veal, 8, of Georgia Highway 24 West, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Clarence Yonce Sr.
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Clarence W. Yonce Sr., 93, of Rainbow Falls Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Larry Faircloth
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Larry Jerome Faircloth, 40, of West Huge Street, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Frances Gantt
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Gantt, 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

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

Mrs. Rosa Holmes
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Rosa Holmes, 98, of Bethany Home Nursing Center, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Edith Walker
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Edith Rebello Walker, 70, of Drake Drive, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Edward Graves

Mr. Ronnie Riner

Mr. James Seigler

Mr. Kenneth Merritt

Mr. Clarence Etheredge

Mr. Gerald Meehan Jr.

Mr. Larry Faircloth

Mrs. Joyce Gamble

Mrs. Frances Gantt

Mrs. Mary Sisler

Mrs. Rosa Holmes

Mrs. Irene Campbell

Mrs. Fannie Powell

Mrs. Anne McNeil

Mrs. Alta Powell

Mrs. Lucile Lambert

Mrs. Bertha Bankston

Mr. Herbert Swint Jr.

Mrs. Edith Walker

Leigha Veal

Mrs. Ruby Walton

Mr. Walter Butler Jr.

Mr. Clarence Yonce Sr.

Mrs. Frances Sherrod

Mr. Blanchette Allen

Mrs. Alta Powell

Mrs. Kathryn Arbogast

Ms. Letha Moody

Mrs. Marie Boylston

Mrs. James DuBose

Mr. Royal Close

Mrs. Barbara Shepard

Mr. Jerry Lacey Jr.

Mr. Eugene Tanner

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.

A new commissioner
Congratulations to the Rev. Marion Williams for defeating incumbent District 2 Commissioner Freddie Handy with 55 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff election. It is particularly gratifying that the Nov. 23 balloting garnered four more votes than earlier this month; usually, the vote drops off for such elections.

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.

Blasts Army over recruiting bonuses
The Nov. 20 issue has the headline ``Army raises bonuses to gain more recruits.'' The story says larger bonuses will be given to solve the recruiting problem. Col. Kirk Davidson at Fort Knox's Recruiting Command office says ``... It gives them options; kids like options'' -- speaking of the larger bonuses as alternative incentives. I see three things wrong with this. It is demeaning to call them kids. We call Marines men (and women). It appears that the Army is trying to buy folks. Lastly, the article implies a short term ``put your finger in the dike'' fix. Richard Manion, Appling

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

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

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

Count our blessings
All Americans on this Thanksgiving Day have a lot to be thankful for:

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

Wants the right to choose own death
You ``hard core'' conservatives never cease to amaze me. On the one hand you want ``government off your backs'' and say the ``individual'' should have his ``rights.'' Then, when it comes to the only gift which is mine and mine alone, specifically my life, you think you know better when it should end. You will prosecute anyone I ask for assistance to end it. Bobbie Carter, Aiken

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

Backs 'anti-socialist' Buchanan
As a life-long Republican, I will be voting for Pat Buchanan for president in the next election, if for no other reason than our socialist/liberal news media has tried to demonize him. If they are against him, surely he must be a friend of mine.Andy Windham, Wagener

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

Urges Lynx support, not 'cheap shots'
Having been on a losing team, about the only thing that hurts worse than the next defeat is getting kicked while you are down. It is no secret the Augusta Lynx are in a terrible slump right now; however, the last thing they need is abandonment by the very fans and city which so recently cheered and embraced them. The players and staff having to read or hear about cheap shots in the local press while they are nearly 600 miles from home is not exactly fair (nor is it what I would call brave criticism either)!Doug Linton, 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

'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.''

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.

Defends TV news investigations
I would like to respond to Al Wells' letter (Nov. 19,) questioning ``who appointed WRDW-TV 12 and WAGT-TV 26 the so-called investigative agency to investigate alleged wrongdoings occurring between businesses and customers?'' Estelle Parsley, North Augusta

France announces team for Davis Cup final

Boxer remains hospitalized

Love advances in Grand Slam

Agassi, Sampras win

Woods on fire in Slam

Overtime: Kuchar ends slump with Savane win

Scientists excited to find turtle
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Marine biologists headed quickly to the beach on Hilton Head Island on Monday where beachcombers found the carcass of a rare and endangered leatherback sea turtle.

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.

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.

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.

Study: Drinking a lot of caffeine doubles miscarriage risk
Pregnant women can drink a couple of cups of coffee per day without raising the danger of a miscarriage, but six or more cups can double the risk, a study found.

World's largest laser overbudget, behind schedule
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bad management and poor planning were behind problems in building the world's largest laser, projected to come in $300 million over budget and 18 months late, according to a report released Tuesday.

Government wants stricter efficiency rules for air conditioners
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department is proposing tougher efficiency rules for new air conditioners, saying the new standards will save consumers hundreds of dollars in electricity costs and ease summer power problems.

Maker, promoter of zinc lozenges agree to settle federal charges
WASHINGTON -- A company and cable network that touted a brand of zinc lozenges as a way to prevent colds and alleviate allergy symptoms have agreed to settle federal charges that they could not back up those claims, regulators announced Tuesday.

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.

One-third of human gene map completed

Government wants stricter efficiency rules for air conditioners

Maker, promoter of zinc lozenges agree to settle federal charges

Scientists excited to find turtle

Worldwide AIDS cases at 30 million and growing

Government urges use of safer needles

MADD grades the nation's progress against drunk driving

World's largest laser overbudget, behind schedule