Braves notes: Braves ponder Williams' future

Jaguars search for leader

Paine men fall in OT

Fighting back

No. 14 Old Dominion stops Clemson women

Holiday sales in question
NEW YORK -- There's no doubt that shoppers will jam into stores and surf the Internet over the next month looking for their holiday buys.

Nestle to sell coffee brands

Survey: Small manufacturers are Web savvy

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.

Survey: Small manufacturers are Web savvy
NEW YORK -- Forget the image of smokestacks and heavy machinery -- most of the nation's small manufacturers are more technologically savvy than businesses in general.

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.

Mall bans e-commerce promotions

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.

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.

Name change

Cable companies tapped for phone service
WASHINGTON -- Frustrated with poor service from his local phone provider, Ken Drachnik decided to go elsewhere: to a cable company.

Group files suit against HMOs

There is still time for '99 tax planning
NEW YORK -- With the year winding down, it's time to turn our attention toward the holidays -- the family gatherings, parties, gifts, millennium celebrations -- and taxes.

SITEL enters its second round of Augusta hiring

Warren Buffett tops greatest investors list
NEW YORK -- With the end of the millennium rapidly approaching, it was inevitable that someone would compile a list of the greatest investors of the 20th Century.

Economists see slower growth in booming S.C. economy

Warren Buffett tops greatest investors list

U.S. economy grows at 5.5 percent rate

There is still time for '99 tax planning

Business briefs: Technology stocks push Nasdaq ahead
Technology stocks

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.

Mall bans e-commerce promotions
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. -- As the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, the Saint Louis Galleria is taking a drastic step to keep shoppers in the mall and away from their mouse.

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.

Met Life plans IPO
NEW YORK -- Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the nation's second-largest life insurer, plans an initial public offering of stock that could be the largest ever for an American company.

Business briefs: Technology stocks push Nasdaq ahead

Holiday sales in question

Rivalry just a matter of proximity

Tech looks at loss for inspiration

BCS will not count I-AA games in formula

N.C. State fires coach

Tech looks at loss for inspiration

ACC notebook: Five teams secure bowl bids

The rivalry continues

Carter struggles against strong rivals

Magnolia State battle crucial for both teams

The battle of Georgia tells old tale

Dogs enjoy 4th-quarter turnaround

Game notes

Eagles need revenge

I dumped Dorsey: Week 13

College notes: Former Josey player a finalist for award

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.

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'':

Store embodied life in South
No other institution was so symbolic of the Southern way of life as the country store.

Seeks 'mutual love' to end dispute

Count our blessings

Wants the right to choose own death

Urges Lynx support, not 'cheap shots'

Blasts Army over recruiting bonuses

Voices support for uniform policy

Jesse 'dissed'

Slams ubiquitous media polls

Defends TV news investigations

Backs 'anti-socialist' Buchanan

Nominee war looms

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.

Irish dancers to bring musical story to Bell
The fancy footwork of Irish dancers will pound the stage of Bell Auditorium as Spirit of the Dance comes to town for a one-night performance Wednesday.

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:

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.

Oz on ice
Unlike the character he portrays in The Wizard of Oz on Ice, Jason Graetz is unafraid of skating on a frozen surface.

Holidays open musically
Augustans will usher in the holidays at the eighth annual Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church on Walton Way. The concert is sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle and the Augusta Concert Band.

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.

A different holiday play
It may not offer much in terms of jingle bells and ho-ho-ho, but the latest theater offering in Augusta touches on the deeper meaning of the holidays.

An organic backyard
Bob Carter of North Augusta has a burning passion for organic gardening. With about nine different types of peppers growing in his garden, he has more than enough to keep the fire burning.

It's Christmas-tree season again
The day after Thanksgiving means people will be going out and buying their Christmas tree. Some were available last weekend at a garden center I visited.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country stars enjoy show as much as fans
You hate to rub it in when somebody misses something extra fun and extra good, but anyone not at WKXC-FM's first ``guitar pull'' missed an oustanding evening of entertainment.

Raysville, Soap Creek hot for schooling hybrid bass

Ga. notebook: Eagles face potent attack

State playoffs to be shown on public TV

Red Devil has the Wright stuff

S.C. notebook: All-star snub motivates Jones

Lynx trade DeSantis to Toledo

Lynx fall to Brass

St. Nick might be St. Nicole
The annual shopping season begins today. Good, go spend some money. As someone once said, the business of America is business.

In the know

Oz on ice

Turkey terrors can be alleviated

Holidays open musically

The annual holiday weight watch

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country stars enjoy show as much as fans

Capsules

An organic backyard

Irish dancers to bring musical story to Bell

A different holiday play

It's Christmas-tree season again

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.

The rivalry continues

Warm weather changes sales

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

Across the area: Woman dies after being hit by car

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

Mental health center seeks money-saving alternatives
Struggling to survive government funding cuts, the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia is looking to change how it does business, including forming its own nonprofit corporation.

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.

Silver Spirit in Macy's parade

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.

City plans to remove two live oaks on Broad Street
Broad Street soon will have two fewer trees. The city's Trees and Landscape Department has slated two live oaks for the chopping block.

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.

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds

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.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving cheer

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.

Hundreds attend annual fox hunt

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.

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds

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.

Radical reaches troubled youth in his ministry

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.

Artists adorn arena
What do the Harlem Globetrotters, barrel racing, ice skating, monster truck racing, ice hockey, arena football and James Brown have in common?

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.

Sheriff: Drug evidence absent

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.

Across the area: Officer files suit against Smile Gas

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.

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.''

The battle of Georgia tells old tale

Shoppers converge on stores
Just don't do it. If you don't have any reason to be near the Augusta Mall or the Augusta Exchange shopping center today -- the biggest shopping day of the year -- you could save yourself a lot of trouble by avoiding both areas, where officials expect the usual heavy congestion.

Provider outbids gas rival
ATLANTA -- About 170,000 Georgians will get a greeting card soon from their new natural-gas supplier, the one replacing their old ``new'' company that went bankrupt.

Shoppers converge on stores

Hundreds attend annual fox hunt
AIKEN -- For Ilehr Brisbin, the Blessing of the Hounds is as much a part of Thanksgiving Day as the turkey.

City plans to remove two live oaks on Broad Street

Thanksgiving cheer
Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion strayed from the yellow brick road Thursday to visit sick children at Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center.

Artists adorn arena

Food cleared for distribution

Lawsuit filed by ex-clerk

Case to stay in juvenile court

Leader of area heroin ring sentenced

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds

True meaning of Thanksgiving often lost in frenzy

Warm weather changes sales
The No. 1 item on holiday shoppers' gift lists is less likely to be on sale this year than it was last year.

Feast can be fashionable

Across the area: Woman dies after being hit by car
Police were investigating the death of a Norwood, Ga., woman Thursday who was killed after being struck by a car on Georgia Highway 12.

Provider outbids gas rival

Savannah council gets first black majority

Sheriff: Drug evidence absent
The Edgefield County Sheriff's Department had no complaints or evidence that a local man charged in the slaying of his estranged wife was allegedly trafficking marijuana into the area, said Sheriff R. Billy Parker.

Hodges backs off earlier comments

Store embodied life in South

Concert to open Christmas fundraiser

Mental health center seeks money-saving alternatives

Holiday cheer

Grandmother seeks assistance to provide for grandchildren
Their mother left them, and their father is in prison. For two Augusta children, this Christmas could have been grim. Their grandmother, who lives in Augusta, wrote to The Empty Stocking Fund and asked for help.

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.

Firefighters battle blaze at Aiken plant
CLEARWATER -- Firefighters from eight South Carolina fire departments were working to contain a fire late Thursday at the abandoned Clearwater Finishing Plant.

Robinson's career marred by arrest

Bears' Miller emerging as star

Miller: This trip is business

Carolina receiver charged in shooting

Dallas shuts out Miami

Cowboys, Dolphins remember Thanksgiving 1993

Mr. Ralph Scott
CLARKS HILL, S.C. -- Mr. Ralph Carter Scott, 84, of Morgana Place, Morgana Community, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Jerry Lacey Jr.
Mr. Jerry ``Bubba'' Lacey Jr., 43, of Richmond Hill Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Polly Mayo
ALBANY, Ga. -- Ms. Polly Clifford Mayo, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Bessie Hampton
THOMSON -- Ms. Bessie Ann Hampton, 85, of Mount Pleasant Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Ms. Bernice Miller
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Bernice Michelle Miller, 25, of Superior Road, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Mina Hatcher
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Ms. Mina Mae Hatcher, 74, of Buttermilk Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Rogers
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Gaines Rogers, 83, of Nathaniel Howard Road, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at Brentwood Terrace Health Care.

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

Mr. Roscoe Still
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Roscoe Hartzog Still, 80, of Academy Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Betty Best
Mrs. Betty Hinely Best, 85, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Alta Powell
Mrs. Alta G. Powell, 59, of Rainbow Street, Martinez, 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. Ruby Walton
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Mae Walton, 77, of Walton Road, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999.

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

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

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

Mrs. Eula Washington
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Eula D. Washington, of Alexander Munnerlyn Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Sedderius Watson
Sedderius Montrell Watson, 5, son of Robert and Miranda Williams of Mercier Street, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Lanie Wright
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Lanie Wright, 90, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Old Capitol Inn Nursing Home.

Mrs. Dierdra Eagle
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Dierdra D. Caldwell Eagle, 35, of Sandridge Court, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at her residence.

Rayquan Collier
Rayquan D. Collier, son of Ricardo D. Collier and Rachel Thomas of Langdon Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Marvin Tyone Dukes
Mr. Marvin Tyone ``Juke'' Dukes, 71, of 2321 Iveytown Rd., Lincolnton, Ga., entered into rest Thursday, November 25, 1999, at the residence.

Mr. Lenton King Jr.
Mr. Lenton King Jr., 47, of 11th Street, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

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

Mr. Matthew Harrison
Mr. Matthew Dean Harrison, 18, of Crane Ferry Road, Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Larry Jerome Faircloth
FAIRCLOTH -- Entered into rest on Nov. 22, 1999, at a local infirmary, Mr. Larry Jerome Faircloth of North Augusta, S.C., husband of Elizabeth Farley Faircloth.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Nettie Mae Johnson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Nettie Mae Johnson, 66, of Williamsburg Street Southeast, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

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.

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

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. Jerry Lacey Jr.

Ms. Bernice Miller

Mrs. Betty Best

Mrs. Bertha Bankston

Mrs. James DuBose

Mrs. Edith Walker

Mr. Larry Faircloth

Mrs. Frances Gantt

Mr. Lenton King Jr.

Mrs. Ruby Walton

Mr. Marvin Tyone Dukes

Mr. Clarence Yonce Sr.

Mr. Ronnie Riner

Mrs. Rosa Holmes

Mr. Herbert Swint Jr.

Mr. Blanchette Allen

Mrs. Nettie Mae Johnson

Leigha Veal

Ms. Mina Hatcher

Mr. Clarence Etheredge

Mrs. Lanie Wright

Sedderius Watson

Mr. Larry Jerome Faircloth

Mr. Matthew Harrison

Mrs. Lucile Lambert

Ms. Bessie Hampton

Mrs. Barbara Shepard

Mr. Ralph Scott

Mr. James Seigler

Ms. Polly Mayo

Ms. Letha Moody

Mrs. Alta Powell

I dumped Dorsey: Week 13

Jesse 'dissed'
Comedian Michael Feldman on Jesse Jackson's mindless defense of the recent mob action in Decatur, Ill.:

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

Voices support for uniform policy
I am so tired of hearing parents complain about the school uniform policy. T. Pressley, Hephzibah

Suggests way to celebrate holidays
Susan K. Schaeberle (letter, Nov. 16) requested that Veterans Day and Memorial Day be named holidays in the Columbia County School calendar. If my memory serves me, in the past Memorial Day has been recognized as a holiday but, for some reason, this year it is not. Doris E. Werner, Martinez

Slams ubiquitous media polls
Who are all these people making surveys? Every day there is a new one on TV, radio or in the newspaper. Who do these people work for and who pays them for this unnecessary job? Ed Luke, Augusta

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

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.

Two faces of Hillary
Two news items: Hillary Clinton, who wants to run for the U.S. Senate from New York, recently declared she is for the city of Jerusalem being the ``eternal'' capital of Israel.

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

Seeks 'mutual love' to end dispute
The millions of Christians throughout the South who love and revere the sacred symbols of their ancestry are astonished to find that many in the religious community have joined forces with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who in 1991 declared a resolution at their national convention that the Confederate emblem is ``... an odious blight on the universe which must be eradicated from public display.'' Tony L. Carr Sr., North Augusta

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

Wants Confederate flag removed
I'm sorry it took the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to do something about the South Carolina flag. Anne Berlin, Augusta

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

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

Nominee war looms
President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senate Republicans are still clashing over nominations that are supposed to require Senate approval.

Agassi advances in ATP Championship

Overtime: Landry enjoys Thanksgiving meal at home

Norman rues missed chance

Boxer remains hospitalized

Woods on fire in Slam

Internet consumer complaints jump 39 percent
The Internet boom has spawned a new category of double-digit growth: consumer complaints.

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.

Russian HIV cases surge, doubling in less than a year
MOSCOW -- Registered HIV cases in Russia have doubled to more than 23,000 in less than a year, with intravenous drug users accounting for the vast majority of the increase, a U.N. official said Wednesday.

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.

Lyme disease test catches infection earlier
CHICAGO -- An improved test for Lyme disease can detect the illness as early as one week after an infectious tick bite -- up to several weeks earlier than the standard test, a study found.

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.

Shop-and-give sites combine e-commerce, philanthropy
It sounds too good to be true, like eating pounds of chocolate mousse and losing weight at the same time: Give to your favorite charity, but don't bother to reach into your pocket for the extra cash or to whip out your checkbook or credit card. It won't cost you a thing.

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.

New arthritis drugs relieve pain with less danger to stomach
CHICAGO -- Two new hot-selling drugs relieve arthritis pain as well as traditional medicines and are less likely to cause stomach ulcers, studies show, but experts say it is uncertain whether the extra safety is always worth the drugs' higher cost.

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.

Studies find disparities in care of kidney failure patients
Kidney failure patients getting dialysis at for-profit centers are less likely to get on a transplant waiting list and more likely to die than those at not-for-profit institutions, researchers found.

World's largest laser overbudget, behind schedule

Internet consumer complaints jump 39 percent

Shop-and-give sites combine e-commerce, philanthropy

Scientists excited to find turtle

New arthritis drugs relieve pain with less danger to stomach

Government wants stricter efficiency rules for air conditioners

Maker, promoter of zinc lozenges agree to settle federal charges