North Augusta defeats Cross Creek

Jaguars search for leader

Fighting back

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.

There is still time for '99 tax planning

Business briefs: Delta's 3 percent fare increase ends

Warren Buffett tops greatest investors list

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.

City eyed for brick plant

Personal incomes surges in October

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.

Holiday season begins -- on Web and at stores -- with discounts galore

Euro hits lowest level against dollar

Area jobless rates decline

Holiday sales in question

Area jobless rates decline
New jobs being added at state and local educational institutions and in health-related industries continue to lower unemployment rates in metro Augusta.

Survey: Small manufacturers are Web savvy

Business briefs: Delta's 3 percent fare increase ends
ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines dropped a 3 percent fare increase this week after several competitors refused to increase their prices. Thursday's move by Delta, the nation's third-largest airline, puts pressure on American, United, and Continental to rescind similar increases made during the past week.

Mall bans e-commerce promotions

Euro hits lowest level against dollar
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The euro slumped to its lowest level to date against the dollar and the yen Friday despite brighter news on Europe's economic prospects and efforts by central bankers to talk up the infant European currency.

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.

Holiday season begins -- on Web and at stores -- with discounts galore
The holiday season kicked off on Friday with shoppers packing the stores for $99 TV sets and Pokemon freebies, and merchants wondering whether this is the year when the Internet finally hurts them.

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.

Personal incomes surges in October
WASHINGTON -- Americans' personal income in October posted its biggest jump in more than five years and rose more than twice as fast as spending.

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.

Almond glut sends prices lower
As the last of this fall's record almond harvest rolls into warehouses across California's San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys, growers are facing a glutted market and plunging prices, forcing them to hunt for new customers in developing nations and to create new products.

City eyed for brick plant
Local economic development officials said they will try to lure a new brick-making factory to Augusta by offering the company up to $25 million in low-cost financing.

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.

Carter struggles against strong rivals

I dumped Dorsey: Week 13

Georgia, Georgia Tech battle for bragging rights

Texas A&M tops rival Texas

Rivalry just a matter of proximity

ACC notebook: Five teams secure bowl bids

The battle of Georgia tells old tale

Eagles need revenge

Cornhuskers recover for 33-30 win over Colorado

Game notes

Georgia Southern coach confident

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

A look at the 20th century: 1992
Chaos reigned in 1992, from riots in Los Angeles to killer hurricanes in Florida, Louisiana and Hawaii. In Augusta, a five-year federal gambling probe ended with charges being dismissed against all suspects, and a botched-up bill forced officials to accept a huge pay raise early.

'Dumps' Dorsey over Lynx criticism

Seeks congressional term limits

Slams ubiquitous media polls

Jesse 'dissed'

Says boycott meant to stir up peace

Wants follow-up on traffic light article

Nominee war looms

Voices support for uniform policy

Bashes plan for expressway 'flyovers'

Seeks 'mutual love' to end dispute

Finds tax assessor issue confusing

Two fine speeches

Blasts criticism of losing Lynx

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.

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.

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.

Spirit of holiday captured in family quilt
A couple of weeks before her family lights the first candle for Hanukkah, Cathy Goldberg Fishman hangs a bright-blue quilt in the living room.

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.

Faith digest
Lisa Ison of Atlanta will bring a one-woman show to Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road, at 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

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.

Faith is evident in the choices we make
In the medical center where I was a chaplain, I witnessed a resident physician treating a patient in a rude an

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.

Putting the Word in print
Antioch Baptist Church, an 80-member congregation in Harlem with a basement print shop, produced its 3-millionth tract this month.

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.

Raysville, Soap Creek hot for schooling hybrid bass

Ga. notebook: Eagles face potent attack

Lincoln County tops Dawson County

Washington-Wilkes blanks Buford

Swainsboro advances

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

Batesburg-Leesville topples Silver Bluff

State playoffs to be shown on public TV

Red Devil has the Wright stuff

Josey hammered by Mt. Zion

NHL being urged to alter schedule

Mighty Ducks top Stars

Flyers skate past Maple Leafs

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.

Faith is evident in the choices we make

A different holiday play

Oz on ice

Irish dancers to bring musical story to Bell

It's Christmas-tree season again

Putting the Word in print

Spirit of holiday captured in family quilt

Faith digest

Holidays open musically

An organic backyard

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

Santa's helpers

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.

Across the area: Teen dies after cotton accident
THOMASVILLE -- A Brooks County teen-ager was killed this week after a bale of cotton fell on him.

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?

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.

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.

Getting into the act

Targeting the hot spots
CLEARWATER -- The fire that heavily damaged the roof and second floor of a center building in the long-closed Clearwater Finishing Plant reignited just before noon Friday.

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.

Robbery, assault suspects face trial
An Augusta man accused of taking part in two robberies while free on bond pending trial in another robbery is one of 82 people scheduled to stand trial next week in Richmond County Superior Court.

Artists adorn arena

Season arrives in Aiken
AIKEN - With the flip of a switch, Christmas arrived Friday in Aiken. As dawn turned to dusk and a lazy sun set over the city, white lights blazed along Laurens Street under a clear night sky. Tiny lights bloomed, too, on the city's official Christmas tree in the median at Laurens Street and Barnwell Avenue.

Shoppers converge on stores

Officer admonishes shoppers on safety
Only 28 days left to Christmas shop. The children are begging to see Santa. The lines are winding around the stores. The wallet is emptying fast. And Aunt Sadie desires the hardest-to-find gift.

6-year-old waits for heart cure
SAVANNAH -- Two weeks ago, doctors at Medical College of Georgia Hospital anesthetized 6-year-old Jill Slater of Meldrim and made a small incision in her leg. They snaked a small tube through her vein and up to her heart, pushing through a device that would seal the opening -- a heart defect.

6-year-old waits for heart cure

Christmas tree sales begin
The Garden City turned a little greener this week. Christmas-tree lots have appeared on vacant corners across Augusta, as if evergreen stands sprouted overnight. But these forests are being timbered rapidly, some sellers said.

Christmas tree sales begin

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.

Many hit after-Thanksgiving sales

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.

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.

Hundreds attend annual fox hunt

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.

City plans to remove two live oaks on Broad Street

Proposed budget lessens indigent care

Thanksgiving cheer

Provider outbids gas rival

A look at the 20th century: 1992

Store embodied life in South

Targeting the hot spots

Across the area: Woman dies after being hit by car

Season arrives in Aiken

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.

Officer admonishes shoppers on safety

Mental health center seeks money-saving alternatives

Proposed budget lessens indigent care
Health care for Augusta's poor would get cut and the emergency dispatchers would answer to one boss under a proposed budget from the city's administration.

Sheriff: Drug evidence absent

Many hit after-Thanksgiving sales
Debbie Cooper rolled out of bed 2 1/2 hours before the sun came up Friday, even though she had the day off from work. The teacher from Statesboro, Ga., woke up at 4:30 a.m. with one thing in mind: to finish most of her holiday shopping.

Across the area: Teen dies after cotton accident

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.

Santa's helpers
Patricia Johann and her daughter Jessica, 15, put a new bulb in their Santa lawn ornament.

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.

Hardships during holidays becoming routine for family
Her two youngest children still believe in Santa Claus. And for this Augusta mother, trying to tell them why Santa won't be visiting this year is becoming an unfortunate tradition. Last Christmas, they woke up to a house fire that destroyed everything, leaving them homeless. This year, their mother is afraid they will be disappointed again.

Getting into the act
Leanne Britton, 13, of Burnettown, lends a helping hand to Wayne Benson as he works on his Christmas float.

Warm weather changes sales

The battle of Georgia tells old tale

Ricky Williams out for at least one week, maybe more

Bears' Miller emerging as star

Robinson's career marred by arrest

Cowboys' defense simply will not rest

Carolina's Greene has Atlanta concerned

Dallas shuts out Miami

NFL notes: Turf toe sidelines Williams

Carolina receiver charged in shooting

Carruth, two others arraigned

Mr. Tod Bushee
SOUTH HOUSTON, Texas -- Mr. Tod Eric Bushee, 38, of Kirk Glen Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Luther Neal
THOMSON -- Mr. Luther Clinton ``L.C.'' Neal, 63, of Glen Stovall Drive, died Friday, Nov. 26, 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. Minnie Hunter
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Minnie S. Hunter, 74, of Cypress Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.

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

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

Ms. Henrietta Williams
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Ms. Henrietta Williams, 42, of Legion Circle, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at McDuffie County 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.

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

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. John Tarver
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Lee Tarver, 74, of Floyd Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Willmer Jackson
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Mr. Willmer Jackson, 66, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999.

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

Mr. Carl Scroggs
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Carl Denny Scroggs, 66, of Hammond Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mrs. Virginia Smalley
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Virginia Ruth Pope Smalley, 71, of Leathersville Road, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at University Hospital.

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.

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

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

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.

Mrs. Marta Kroihsmajer
Mrs. Marta M. Kroihsmajer, 81, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at Westlake Manor Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Ruby McKinney
GRAY COURT, S.C. -- Mrs. Ruby Mae McKinney, 85, of Riddle Town Road, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Glenn Tucker
Mr. Glenn Lee Tucker, 42, of Eastland Drive, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Lillian Kwok
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lillian Kwok, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

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. Meredith Rinker
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Meredith Rinker, 57, of East Seventh Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Weinona Flakes
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. -- Mrs. Weinona ``Nona'' Flakes, 80, of Park Avenue, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne.

Mr. William Salem Jr.
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. William Salem Jr., 89, of Jordan Street, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Ruth Wilson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ruth C. Wilson, of North Hills Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 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.

Mrs. Gracie Riley
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Gracie Mae Harden Riley, 54, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Copeland Sr.
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. William Copeland Sr., 85, of Railroad Street, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Sandersville Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Harriet Washington
NEW YORK -- Ms. Harriet Gail Washington, 45, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital.

Mr. Lester Riles
Mr. Lester Riles, of Beaufort Avenue, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby McKinney

Mr. Willmer Jackson

Mr. Meredith Rinker

Ms. Polly Mayo

Mr. Lenton King Jr.

Mrs. Betty Best

Mr. William Salem Jr.

Ms. Mina Hatcher

Mrs. Gracie Riley

Mrs. Ruth Wilson

Ms. Bernice Miller

Mr. John Tarver

Sedderius Watson

Sedderius Watson

Mr. Ralph Scott

Mr. Larry Jerome Faircloth

Mr. Luther Neal

Mr. Marvin Tyone Dukes

Ms. Harriet Washington

Mrs. Marta Kroihsmajer

Mr. Glenn Tucker

Mrs. Minnie Hunter

Ms. Bessie Hampton

Mrs. Virginia Smalley

Mrs. Lanie Wright

Ms. Henrietta Williams

Mr. Matthew Harrison

Mr. Lester Riles

Mrs. Nettie Mae Johnson

Mr. William Copeland Sr.

Mr. Tod Bushee

I dumped Dorsey: Week 13

Sisler: Love was part of this 'victory celebration'
For Mary Elizabeth Bittinger Sisler, life traveled full circle. Born on Nov. 3, 1924, in the section of southern Garrett County, Maryland, known as Pleasant Valley, she was carried by her parents, O.C. and Victoria Bittinger.

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

Two fine speeches
Two presidential candidates with some muscular foreign policy views -- George W. Bush and Patrick Buchanan -- have delivered excellent foreign policy addresses in recent days. Even though they contain some differing world views they are, by far, the best researched and thought-out philosophies emanating from any of the other presidential candidates.

Finds tax assessor issue confusing
I'm very confused on the issues surrounding Richmond County Tax Assessor Harrison Sears and Fire Chief Ronnie Few. Charles Nutt, Hephzibah

Seeks congressional term limits
There is an ongoing debate about how to cure the ills of our political system. For example, how do you cure campaign contribution excesses? How do you remove the pork, graft and corruption in practically all government agencies, return power (and money) to the states, and return Americans to higher morals and standards of conduct? In short, how do we save the U.S.? William G. Hatcher Sr., Augusta

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

Blasts 'insulting' picture caption
I am writing to express my dismay over the picture printed in The Chronicle recently entitled ``Sobering Experience.'' This photograph shows Aiken Public Safety officer Eugene Morris administering a sobriety test to Jeffrey Harding at the scene of an accident. Dianne Sawyer Owens, Aiken

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.

Appreciates night out at the movies
Why is it that some people, when given a small finger, think that they should get the whole hand? (Karen Fish letter, Nov. 17). I also was one of the lucky folks to receive free tickets to the theater for myself and my family. I was most grateful for the opportunity to view any movie I had not yet seen, and to receive all the free popcorn and drinks of my choice in a brand new theater with seats so comfortable I could have sat there all night. M. H. Casalino, Augusta

Says boycott meant to stir up peace
Walter Williams' Nov. 22 column entitled ``NAACP fighting wrong battle in S.C. flag dispute'' produced a large smile on my face. Chris Dabrowski, North Augusta

Blasts criticism of losing Lynx
I must respond to Rick Dorsey's Nov. 21 article regarding the Augusta Lynx. I understand he delights in degrading an already kicked-in-the dirt team (Carolina Gamecocks ring a bell?), but to degrade and belittle a local team with a strong fan following, knowing that Coach Dan Wiebe's contract will run out this year ... is undisciplined, arrogant and disrespectful writing at best. Mr. Dorsey's display of temperament in the bulk of the articles I have read have led me to believe that Mr. Dorsey's sole method of writing is to focus on the negatives. Cynthia Mottel, North Augusta

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

Wants follow-up on traffic light article
Re Nov. 13 Business section article ``Truckstop access worries officials'' by Heidi Coryell: Larry Howell, North Augusta

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

'Dumps' Dorsey over Lynx criticism
I'm not a hockey fan, but I am an avid reader of The Augusta Chronicle. I'm thinking the Lynx could use less publicity by Rick Dorsey. Lorene Samples, Belvedere

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

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

Sisler: Love was part of this 'victory celebration'
For Mary Elizabeth Bittinger Sisler, life traveled full circle. Born on Nov. 3, 1924, in the section of southern Garrett County, Maryland, known as Pleasant Valley, she was carried by her parents, O.C. and Victoria Bittinger.

Bashes plan for expressway 'flyovers'
It is hard to believe that a local member of the state legislature and Department of Transportation designer would propose the need for ``flyovers'' at this point, when the three lanes each way on the Bobby Jones Expressway has yet to be completed. The present widening of this expressway has beenunder construction for over three years and is not near completion yet. Tom Moffatt, Evans

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

Overtime: Sampras plays way into ATP semifinals

Garcia competes in Skins Game for first time

Overtime: Landry enjoys Thanksgiving meal at home

Kostner, Cavagnoud lead women's downhill training

Agassi advances in ATP Championship

Norman rues missed chance

FDA committee recommends easier-to-take asthma drug
WASHINGTON -- A government committee recommends approval of an asthma medicine doctors hope will make it easier for patients to adhere to their therapy.

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.

Wearable PC
IBM employee Erina Sakurai displays a prototype of a wearable PC named PC Eye Trek jointly developed by IBM and Olympus in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 26, 1999.

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.

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.

Galileo spacecraft shut down by radiation
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Galileo spacecraft was unable to record its closest encounter with Jupiter's moon Io after a blast of radiation shut down its cameras and other instruments, the space agency said Friday.

Monetary arbitrations can be settled on Web sites
For a relatively few bucks and a few minutes' time, you have a shot at getting past the bull and the bluff that help make the legal system so slow and expensive. This is the premise, made possible by the Internet, of a new form of negotiation that lets opponents in money cases see if they can come to terms without having to crank up the traditionally ponderous way of settling things.

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

Extra security promised for plutonium shipments
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The U.S. Energy Department says it will go beyond its usual standards to protect shipments of plutonium to Savannah River Site if the nuclear complex gets final approval to reprocess the potentially deadly metal.

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.

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.

French Nart starts major online art auction
PARIS -- A French Internet company on Friday launched what it says is the biggest online auction of major art works, including works by masters like Picasso, Renoir, and Man Ray.

Consultants take heat over Y2K bug readiness ratings
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Technology consultants GartnerGroup are among the world leaders in promoting awareness of the Year 2000 computer bug, advising global corporations, foreign governments and the U.S. Senate.

Internet consumer complaints jump 39 percent

New arthritis drugs relieve pain with less danger to stomach

Monetary arbitrations can be settled on Web sites

Extra security promised for plutonium shipments

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

Wearable PC

Consultants take heat over Y2K bug readiness ratings

French Nart starts major online art auction