Hawks crush Raptors

Midland Valley will take ugly win

Francis says he owes Vancouver nothing

Spurs off to super start

Tuell asks: Who planned Jags schedule?

Rose launches Internet petition

Gamecocks quick to jump on Bucs

College notebook

Former NBA guard key to Tech's success

Dayton rallies to beat Kentucky

New WNBA rules facilitate trades

Scouting director puzzled by Malone's remarks

Laney coach earns 400th win

Umpires vote to form new union

Language evolves as people talk

Royal Bank of Scotland makes competing bid for NatWest
LONDON -- The Royal Bank of Scotland offered $43.2 billion for National Westminster Bank, already the target of an unfriendly offer by Bank of Scotland.

CEO blasts federal suits

Georgia's exports rise 1.2 percent
ATLANTA -- An increase in exports from Georgia to Europe offset decreases to Asia and Latin America during the past 12 months, according to new state figures that show an overall boost of 1.2 percent.

Business briefs: Rising bond yields send stocks down
NEW YORK -- Rising bond yields sent most stocks falling Monday, exacerbating nervousness in a market already rattled by the dollar's latest slump against the Japanese yen.

Business briefs: Rising bond yields send stocks down
NEW YORK -- Rising bond yields sent most stocks falling Monday, exacerbating nervousness in a market already rattled by the dollar's latest slump against the Japanese yen.

UGA business center gets new director
A consultant with expertise in exporting and female entrepreneurship will head the University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center in Augusta.

Home sales continue to slow
WASHINGTON -- Higher mortgage rates drove down sales of existing homes to the lowest level in almost two years in October, a sign that the red-hot housing market is cooling, economists said.

Business briefs: Technology stocks lose steam, dip Dow
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks, which have outrun the broader market for weeks, toppled it Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrials gave up a 97-point gain to finish with a loss as investors shed stocks, including AT&T and Intel.

Radio consolidation increases

Consumer confidence rebounds in November

Coke pulls advertising from WWF complaints
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola has withdrawn its advertising from the World Wrestling Federation, citing concerns with the company's often lewd language and story lines.

Business briefs: Technology stocks lose steam, dip Dow

Home sales continue to slow

Knology announces merger
Knology Holdings, a Georgia-based cable television company, has merged with four other ITC Holding Co. subsidiaries, the company announced Monday.

Home sales continue to slow

Coke pulls advertising from WWF complaints
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola has withdrawn its advertising from the World Wrestling Federation, citing concerns with the company's often lewd language and story lines.

Coke pulls advertising from WWF complaints

UGA business center gets new director
A consultant with expertise in exporting and female entrepreneurship will head the University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center in Augusta.

Radio consolidation increases
More changes might be in the works at Cumulus and Beasley Broadcast companies -- competing groups with multiple radio stations in the Augusta area.

Knology announces merger

Consumer confidence rebounds in November
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence surged in November, rising for the first time in five months, as Americans cheered the continuing strength of the U.S. economy and big gains on Wall Street.

Home sales continue to slow
WASHINGTON -- Higher mortgage rates drove down sales of existing homes to the lowest level in almost two years in October, a sign that the red-hot housing market is cooling, economists said.

Georgia's exports rise 1.2 percent
ATLANTA -- An increase in exports from Georgia to Europe offset decreases to Asia and Latin America during the past 12 months, according to new state figures that show an overall boost of 1.2 percent.

Knology announces merger

Royal Bank of Scotland makes competing bid for NatWest
LONDON -- The Royal Bank of Scotland offered $43.2 billion for National Westminster Bank, already the target of an unfriendly offer by Bank of Scotland.

Exxon-Mobil merger approved by FTC

Knology announces merger
Knology Holdings, a Georgia-based cable television company, has merged with four other ITC Holding Co. subsidiaries, the company announced Monday.

Royal Bank of Scotland makes competing bid for NatWest

Microsoft enters mediation
CHICAGO -- Justice Department lawyers, state attorneys general and representatives of Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday met for the first time with a court-appointed mediator in an effort to settle the government's antitrust case against the software giant.

Georgia's exports rise 1.2 percent

CEO blasts federal suits
Georgia Power Co.'s top executive spoke out Tuesday against a Justice Department lawsuit alleging the company ignored pollution controls at two coal-fired electric plants.

Exxon-Mobil merger approved by FTC
WASHINGTON -- Acting within hours after government approval, Exxon and Mobil formally sealed their $81 billion merger today, creating the world's largest privately owned oil company.

Royal Bank of Scotland makes competing bid for NatWest

GSU's Johnson on Wolfpack's short list

SEC chief says call looks like 'a miss'

Starting QBs for SEC title game a mystery

UMass out for respect

Virginia Tech sets sights on national title

Clemson to play Peach Bowl

Hamilton named to All-ACC team

Tuesday morning quarterback

Michigan State coach bolts for LSU

Georgia defensive end diagnosed with torn ACL

Flying becomes big business
EVERETT, Wash. -- Where Amelia Earhart found adventure in the 1930s, big business saw opportunities for profit and started to focus on how to move more people more efficiently through the air.

Adventurers' dream took wing
EVERETT, Wash. -- Wilbur and Orville would have laughed at the sight. The Boeing 747 squats on the factory floor, a fat-bellied, hump-backed behemoth weighing 400 tons.

Notes help for Alzheimer's victims

Defends 'obnoxious' Auburn fans

MOX is vital

Hits columnist for criticizing Lynx

Believes 'choice' is made before sex

Go with Bible courses

A dangerous giveaway

Still whining

Rejects invitation to switch to parties

30 years justified

In the know
Archibald Butt made a mean eggnog. The recipe by the Augustan famous for saving lives on the Titanic before going down with the ship is one of hundreds in Past and Repast, a new cookbook published in honor of the 250th anniversary of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Skillet meal in minutes
The Thanksgiving cooking marathon has passed, but now the typical holiday rush begins.When your schedule gets the best of you, take-out meals need not be nightly fare. With today's recipe for chicken potato skillet, you can whip up a homemade meal in no time.

In the know
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.

The naked truth
There is always a little suffering on that rocky runway toward beauty. Just ask anyone who has plucked eyebrows, waxed the bikini line, wobbled on platform heels, stifled the sneezes brought on by faux fur trim or endured the scalpel, Botox or collagen injections. Perfection is not without its inconveniences.

Washington lobbyist up in arms for restaurant rights
WASHINGTON -- Rick Berman has a theory: When a group goes out for lunch and the first person to order asks for a glass of wine, somebody else will too. If the first person orders iced tea, forget it. The table turns into teetotalers.

Sinus infections can have lasting effects
Q: What's the difference between a cold and a sinus infection? -- E.W., Hephzibah

Off the Wall: Wedding is ultimate test of timeliness
"She's not coming," Johnny says, pacing back and forth. "She's coming," I say, calmly chewing off a nail.

Small portions
From the Middle Ages down to the 17th century, European big shots liked to eat big birds -- wading birds of the stork family, particularly cranes and herons.

Aiken to face Greenwood for title

Williston-Elko coach loose before championship game

Hurricanes remember defenseman

Lynx may get offensive punch

Senators owner to announce club's future soon

Jagr leads NHL World all-star voting

Language evolves as people talk
Words, like people, change. Their meanings evolve or take on new connotations. That's why it's important, as the 1990s draw to a close, to establish what we're talking.

Off the Wall: Wedding is ultimate test of timeliness

Small portions

The naked truth

Washington lobbyist up in arms for restaurant rights

In the know

Skillet meal in minutes

Across the area: Manager charged in theft from store

Deputy coroners hope to obtain research grants
AIKEN -- Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend has deputized a former city councilwoman and a local grant writer to help dig up some answers to infant mortality issues, suicides, traffic fatalities and alcohol-related deaths.

Panel recommends public school changes
AIKEN -- South Carolina should hire more police to patrol schools, says a group hand-picked by the governor to study campus crimes.

Animal-rights group wants to debate lab

Youngster discovers old badge

Homicide argument questioned

Witnesses name defendant in killing

Pond plumbing

Events put focus on AIDS
Success in battling AIDS might have unintended consequences in young people who no longer fear it and in waning public concern. Local activists and health care workers say they hope to fight those trends today.

Senators hear gamecock debate
ATLANTA -- A hunter and three breeders of fighting chickens got a frosty reception Tuesday in a Georgia Senate hearing when they opposed a bill to make animal cruelty a felony.

Board touts funding health coverage
ATLANTA -- Providing health coverage to more poor Georgians, school nurses, smoking prevention and cancer research programs are among the recommendations the state's Board of Community Health approved Tuesday for spending most of the state's share of a national tobacco settlement.

Woman wants to provide good holiday for children
A head-on collision a mile east of Highway 25 left one family without much hope for a good Christmas this year.

Across the area: Officials give new TB tests at school

Hospital changes name
In the end, they went back to the beginning. Columbia-Augusta Medical Center announced Monday it will revert to using the name under which it was founded 26 years ago -- Doctors Hospital.

Hospital changes name

Departments question 911 center

Schools stress character education

Molester pleads guilty
AIKEN -- A former Augusta youth minister who admitted to molesting church members on camping trips and manipulating neighborhood boys with money and gifts during three decades received a 30-year prison sentence Monday.

Temperatures will take dive in next 2 days
The last leaves are falling; the football rivalries have been played; and now even the thermometers are heralding the approach of winter.

Investigation to take time
Anticipating a special grand jury investigation of city government, city officials spent hours Monday rebutting allegations from two previous grand juries during Augusta Commission committee meetings.

Across the area: Officials give new TB tests at school
More than a week after school officials were told a student was suspected of having tuberculosis, a second round of skin tests was given Tuesday at Lakeside High School.

Temperatures will take dive in next 2 days
The last leaves are falling; the football rivalries have been played; and now even the thermometers are heralding the approach of winter.

Psychiatric facility faces loss of funding
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. -- An Upstate psychiatric hospital faces the loss of its Medicare payments if it fails to correct health and safety problems, federal inspectors say.

Reach for the sky
Taran Movsky, 5, enjoys a warm afternoon swing Monday at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Temperatures in the region are expected to dip into the low 30s by tonight.

House members exonerated

Economy hurt by poor jobs
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina has received poor to failing grades in a new study of economic indicators.

School choice unlikely to pass this year

Senators hear gamecock debate

Williston-Elko coach loose before championship game

Deputy coroners hope to obtain research grants

Officials rebut jury allegations

No train this year in Hilton Head

Temperatures will take dive in next 2 days

Board touts funding health coverage

Economy hurt by poor jobs

Lumpkin appeals his conviction
Former Augusta attorney William Lumpkin, who confessed to murder to avoid the possibility of a death sentence 10 months ago, has appealed.

Norwood: Elections may help legislation
A bill that would allow patients to sue their managed care companies if denied care now sits in a conference committee awaiting a merger with a much less aggressive U.S. Senate bill.

House members exonerated
ATLANTA -- A nonprofit organization set up to raise money for the Georgia Commission for the Holocaust was guilty of sloppy record keeping but not fraud, a lawyer for the House Ethics Committee said Monday.

Departments question 911 center
A consolidated 911 center is now closer to becoming a reality, but the heads of the Richmond County fire and sheriff's departments have some concerns before they get behind the idea.

Animal-rights group wants to debate lab
ATHENS, Ga. -- Animal-rights activists worldwide have vandalized labs and poured fake blood on fur-clad women, but a new animal-rights student group affiliated with the University of Georgia says all it wants here in the nation's poultry capital is a civil debate.

Officials rebut jury allegations
Anticipating a special grand jury investigation of city government, city officials spent hours Monday rebutting allegations from two previous grand juries during Augusta Commission committee meetings.

Pupil reported his teacher's stabbing
The pupil charged with viciously stabbing his teacher at Murphey Middle School is the one who reported the incident to the school principal, officials said Monday.

Witnesses name defendant in killing
SAVANNAH -- One after another, they stood up and identified him.

Leaders will meet delegation
Columbia County leaders will spend today meeting with the local legislative delegation to line up state financial support for several local projects.

Father charged in death
WARRENVILLE -- An Aiken County man had been out of prison just a few weeks when he apparently brought home a woman his father didn't want in the house.

Fire chief explains department's raises
Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few took advantage of an appearance Monday before the Augusta Commission's Public Safety Committee to refute allegations of unfair distribution of pay raises within his department.

Youngster discovers old badge
WHITESBURG, Ga. -- Cody Allman, 6, brought mystery and intrigue to his first-grade show-and-tell class when he displayed a Chicago police officer's badge and credentials that had been missing for 39 years.

Homicide argument questioned
ATHENS, Ga. -- A murder trial in Northeast Georgia is pitting prosecutors against health advocates, and at least one state senator has vowed to look into the merits of the case.

No train this year in Hilton Head
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Missing from under at least one Christmas tree this year will be an elaborate railroad display that for four years has drawn young and old train enthusiasts to a business on Hilton Head Island.

Officers coached in diving
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- After Larry Barrow used a sawed-off shotgun last year to allegedly kill another man in rural Effingham County, he tossed the weapon in the dark waters of Ebenezer Creek at Long Bridge.

Family seeks holiday help

Across the area: Manager charged in theft from store
The manager of a Grovetown department store was arrested Sunday and charged with stealing nearly $7,000 from the store.

Jury's makeup diverse

Pond plumbing
Marty Matheny (left) and Jimmy Miller, maintenance workers for Bradford Point Apartments off Wheeler Road in Augusta, inspect a fountain that is clogged in one the complex's ponds Monday morning.

Strength appoints manager

Jury's makeup diverse
More than a half-century separates the youngest and oldest members of Richmond County's special grand jury charged in coming months with investigating Augusta government operations.

Rescue tool goes to county
Fire Engine No. 9 is hauling a new piece of equipment today -- the ``jaws of life.''

Strength appoints manager
Although he can't publicly campaign for the 2000 sheriff's race because he is a county employee, Richmond County Chief Deputy Ronald Strength now has someone else to organize support for him.

Norwood: Elections may help legislation

Flying becomes big business

Area stations get boost from law

Events put focus on AIDS

Adventurers' dream took wing

School choice unlikely to pass this year
Parents who thought they would be able to choose next year which public school their child would attend need to think again.

Temperatures will take dive in next 2 days

Schools stress character education
AIKEN -- South Carolina's attorney general says the only way to curb school crime is to teach character along with reading, writing and arithmetic -- and make it mandatory.

Officers coached in diving

Molester pleads guilty

Father charged in death

Reach for the sky

Woman wants to provide good holiday for children

Investigation to take time

Panel recommends public school changes

Molester pleads guilty
BYLINE1:By Greg Rickabaugh

Committee discusses Celebrate 2000 costs

Leaders will meet delegation

Pupil reported his teacher's stabbing

Across the area: Manager charged in theft from store
The manager of a Grovetown department store was arrested Sunday and charged with stealing nearly $7,000 from the store.

Family seeks holiday help
She says her boys are the best a mother could ask for. But for this Augusta mother of five, trying to raise her children without a father is something she never thought would be so difficult.

Molester pleads guilty

Industrial filter firm to be sold
TRENTON, S.C. -- Hosokawa Micron International Inc. plans to sell its global Product Recovery Line -- which includes Menardi-Criswell -- to Charlotte, N.C.-based Beacon Industrial Group LLC.

Area stations get boost from law
Two area low-power TV stations have a new lease on life thanks to the legislation signed by President Clinton this week.

Probation ordered in ransom plot
AIKEN -- An Aiken man will serve five years on probation for conspiring to have his grandfather kidnapped for a $100,000 ransom, a judge ruled Monday.

Committee discusses Celebrate 2000 costs
Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Party organizers and members of the city's finance committee had a meeting Monday about the upcoming event in downtown Augusta.

Across the area: Manager charged in theft from store

Reeves looking for dedicated Falcons

Taylor pleads no contest to cocaine charges

Thurman cleared for game

49ers struggle with quarterbacks

Packers release Super Bowl MVP

Rice remembers 49ers golden days

Mr. Marion Robinson
ISLANDTON, S.C. -- Mr. Marion Percy Robinson, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999.

Mrs. Esther Stone
THOMSON -- Mrs. Esther Stone, 64, of Austin Circle, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Katherine Syms
Ms. Katherine Nelms Syms, 94, of Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Perry
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Ella Moore Perry, 89, of East Beach, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999.

Mr. Loaren Hostilo
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Loaren Vann Hostilo, 80, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Mrs. Sara Andrews
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Mrs. Sara B. Andrews, 78, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999.

Mrs. Gladys Kendrick
BRONX, N.Y. -- Mrs. Gladys Nichols Kendrick, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999.

Mrs. Helene Kohlase
Mrs. Helene Kohlase, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999.

Buryl Tymms
McCormick, S.C. -- Ms. Buryl Cabble Tymms, 92, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

Mrs. Elma Koon
AIKEN -- Mrs. Elma Grice Koon, 78, of Richland Avenue, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Michael Chance
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Michael Preston Chance, 38, of Red Hill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999.

Mr. Willie Ivey Sr.
Mr. Willie Ivey Sr., 55, of Ruby Drive, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Marion Stevens Sr.
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. -- Mr. Marion Stevens Sr., 57, of Gilchrist Road, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Dankie Jones
RICHMOND, Va. -- Mr. Dankie Jones, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999.

Mrs. Louise Moody
Mrs. Louise Bryant Moody, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Forest Lake Health Care.

Mr. Ollie Jefferson
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Ollie Jefferson died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Fort Hamilton Veterans Hospital.

Mrs. Essie Mae Bowles
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Essie Mae Bowles, of Anderson Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at Brentwood Terrace Health Facility.

Mrs. Lessie Minick
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Lessie Cameron Minick, 97, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.

Mrs. Marie Patterson
WAGENER -- Mrs. Marie Piper Patterson, 97, of Stonemill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at Bevely Health and Rehabilitation Center, Aiken.

Ms. Wilma Pegg
Ms. Wilma H. Pegg, 79, of St. John's Towers, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Vivian Williams
Mrs. Vivian Williams, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at Country Side Estates.

Mr. Julian McCorkle
DEARING -- Mr. Julian E. McCorkle, 57, of Reeves Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Clara Smith
AIKEN -- Mrs. Clara Massey Smith, 75, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999.

Ms. Cathy Scott
SPARTA, Ga. -- Ms. Cathy Sue Scott, 35, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Marion Stevens Sr.

Mr. Julian McCorkle

Mrs. Clara Smith

Ms. Wilma Pegg

Mr. Dankie Jones

Mrs. Essie Mae Bowles

Mrs. Louise Moody

Ms. Cathy Scott

Mrs. Katherine Syms

Mrs. Sara Andrews

Mrs. Elma Koon

Mrs. Helene Kohlase

Mrs. Lessie Minick

Mr. Loaren Hostilo

Mrs. Vivian Williams

Mrs. Esther Stone

Mrs. Gladys Kendrick

Mr. Marion Robinson

Mrs. Marie Patterson

Mr. Michael Chance

Mrs. Mary Perry

Correction
An incorrect sentence in the Nov. 25 letter by Estelle Parsley, ``Defends TV news investigations,'' should have read: ``To date, 12 On Your Side has recovered $51,955 in refunds for our viewers.''

Oldham: Capital will be drivingforce of biotechnology
THE MANTRA for real estate is location, location, location. For biotechnology it is capital, capital, capital.

Hits columnist for criticizing Lynx
Re the Nov. 22 column about the Augusta Lynx by Rick Dorsey: Theresa B. Randall, Aiken

Correction
An incorrect sentence in the Nov. 25 letter by Estelle Parsley, ``Defends TV news investigations,'' should have read: ``To date, 12 On Your Side has recovered $51,955 in refunds for our viewers.''

Still whining
There was a lot of wasted time at Monday's Augusta Commission meeting.

Believes 'choice' is made before sex
I find it amazing that Mary Beth Pierucci thinks Planned Parenthood is taking some moral high ground in not selling fetal tissue. The ultimate reality is a dead human baby; it is only relative as to how you dispose of the body. Gary Fuller, Augusta

Defends 'obnoxious' Auburn fans
This letter is in response to J. Knight's Nov. 24 defense of the Georgia fans at the Auburn-Georgia game. David Allen, Aiken

Denounces opinion on Bible courses
Regarding Bible courses in public schools, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker was quoted saying, ``It is my official opinion that courses that include reference to the Bible may survive First Amendment scrutiny only if their content is determined to be secular and they are taught in a secular, objective manner.'' Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr., Augusta

Notes help for Alzheimer's victims
Everyday, more than 4 million American families face the overwhelming task of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. These families and other caregivers are in desperate need of help-support, education, training, financial assistance, and time away from constant caregiving demands. This challenge will only grow in the years ahead as the number of Americans with the disease is expected to reach 14 million by 2050. M. Kevin Howard, Augusta

Urges solution to pollution problem
Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is at it again. He's creating the political sound bite at the expense of solving a problem. It appears thatthe city of Washington, Ga., is having trouble complying with the law that protects those of us who live downstream. Frank Carl, Augusta

Oldham: Capital will be drivingforce of biotechnology
THE MANTRA for real estate is location, location, location. For biotechnology it is capital, capital, capital.

Hits poor usage in criticism of editorial
It appears that 40 of the faculty and staff of Westside High School take exception to the ``uninitiated opinion'' expressed in an editorial concerning the English skills of one of their colleagues (letter, Nov. 24). How sad that these 40 did not detect the poor usage. How sad that they hurt the case of their colleague through their oversight. Don F. Gonella, Ph.D, Martinez

Go with Bible courses
Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker issued an incredibly convoluted opinion on whether or not to add an elective high school course, ``Bible I and Bible II, the Bible as History and Literature,'' to Georgia's state-funded curricula. Baker basically said it's risky for the state Department of Education to add it but, if it is narrowly tailored and not a promotion of religion, it could be constitutional.

Opposes dress code at Butler High
I am responding to the Nov. 7 letter by the principal of Butler High School, Chris Henry. I have to disagree completely for three reasons. Since I am the young voice of America, I feel I have to speak out. Jeff Jones, Augusta

MOX is vital
It seems like an eternity, but it was on June 23, 1998, when then-U.S. Energy Secretary Federico Pena announced that the Savannah River Site is the preferred location for a state-of-the-art plant to convert plutonium into mixed oxide (MOX) fuel, which in turn would then fuel electricity-generation at two Duke Energy power plants in South and North Carolina.

A dangerous giveaway
One of the worst mistakes of Jimmy Carter's presidency was his insistence -- ratified by a spineless U.S. Senate -- on surrendering all U.S. control over the Panama Canal by 2000. So, on Dec. 31, a dangerous transfer of power occurs: The U.S. military (including important anti-drug smuggling units) leaves while Communist China assumes virtual control of the vital waterway.

Blasts critics of losing Augusta Lynx
Webster defines a ``fan'' as an enthusiastic devotee and supporter, as promoting the interests or causes of something. Obviously, Rick Dorsey doesn't have to worry about being labeled as either. Of course, his attempt at a column on the Augusta Lynx shows that he has never been a team player or he would have learned that you don't kick someone while they're down; you stand behind them and give them your support. I wonder that he can even comprehend how these players feel when they read the bashing he gave them. Carilee Cooper, North Augusta

Rejects invitation to switch to parties
It was with great interest that I read 10th District Democratic Party Chairman Chuck Pardue's Nov. 20 letter inviting me to leave the Republican Party and join the Democrats. U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, Evans

30 years justified
How much attitudes have changed regarding the crime that dare not speak its name was evident Monday in Circuit Court Judge James Williams Jr.'s Aiken courtroom.

Offers solution to stolen market carts
I recently read your article on the number of supermarket carts stolen in the United States and the cost incurred as a result. I see where a large majority of these carts end up: elderly-handicapped housing in the near vicinity of supermarkets and other elderly-related areas. Janice Brown, Grovetown

Overtime: Woods voted PGA player of year

Golf course may be court-monitored in discrimination case

Judge puts limits on IBF spending

Overtime: Police drop charges against Rodman, wife

Tony Stewart top driver in fourth quarter

Dell focuses on novice users with simple Webpc
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Dell Computer Corp. unveiled a new line of personal computers Tuesday that forgo fancy features and focus on easy, quick Internet access for the novice.

Satellite TV companies start carrying local shows
WASHINGTON -- The nation's leading satellite TV companies are getting a running start on the holiday season, bolstered by new legislation that lets them beam local channels into subscribers' homes.

Cartoon-cursor software monitors customers
WASHINGTON -- A company's popular software to change a Web browser's computer cursor into cartoon characters and other images is quietly tracking its customers across the Internet and recording which Web pages they visit.

Hoarding may be the biggest Y2K problem
NEW YORK -- Kosmas Spiridellis, the top technology manager at the securities firm CIBC World Markets, may be precisely the sort of well-informed American who gives Y2K planners insomnia.

Killer keeps Web pages on victim, stalks her through Internet
BOSTON -- Ever since junior high, Liam Youens had been obsessed with Amy Boyers. He kept Web pages where he wrote of perceived snubs and his desire to kill her, and used the Internet to find out all about her.

First complete juvenile T. rex found
NEW YORK -- The first nearly complete skeleton of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex has been found in South Dakota and is being prepared for study in a Texas laboratory, researchers said Tuesday.

Company to stop giving experimental drug to Lou Gehrig's sufferers
WASHINGTON -- A Pennsylvania company says it can no longer afford to provide sufferers of Lou Gehrig's disease with an experimental drug that many believe prolongs life, prompting fear and anger as patients scramble to find alternatives.

Brain scans suggest Gulf War illness is real
CHICAGO -- Brain scans of soldiers who say they suffer from Gulf War illness suggest they have brain damage, possibly from chemicals they were exposed to during the conflict, researchers reported Tuesday.

Site of secret talks always held strange ties to Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- Chicago, where lawyers plan to resume secret settlement talks Tuesday in the Microsoft antitrust trial, has played a crucial role in the software maker's successes of the past decade.

Busy hurricane season ends
WASHINGTON -- The nation's top weather officials marked the end of hurricane season Tuesday with a warning that tropical storm regions seem to be heading into an era of more and bigger storms.

Xtreme style
THE FACTS: Shamecia Powers, 16, a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School.

Xtreme advice: Player `boyfriend' is no good for 14-year-old

Xtreme style

Teen calendar

Teen calendar
Will Smith and Kevin Kline team up in Wild, Wild West, which reaches video stores. Also look for the fishy thriller Deep Blue Sea.

Xtreme advice: Player `boyfriend' is no good for 14-year-old
``My boyfriend and I got together about a week ago. Lately he's been doing what he calls `playing' and flirting with other girls and wanting to be sexual with me. But I'm not really like that. I'm thinking about breaking up with him. What should I do?'' -- 14-year-old Hephzibah girl

Creed gets an optimistic outlook with new album
This album is similar to Creed's first, My Own Prison, with its dark, melodic sounds and soulful lyrics.

Xtreme movies
If you're not a fan of the franchise, it might be wise to skip the latest installment of the 007 series, The World Is Not Enough. Bond a bore in latest,`World Is Not Enough'MPAA RATING: PG-13

Military matters
The advertisements are everywhere: ``Aim High,'' ``Be All That You Can Be,'' ``The Few. The Proud.'' Are teens listening?

Military matters

Site of secret talks always held strange ties to Microsoft

Killer keeps Web pages on victim, stalks her through Internet

Busy hurricane season ends

Brain scans suggest Gulf War illness is real

Cartoon-cursor software monitors customers

First complete juvenile T. rex found

Dell focuses on novice users with simple Webpc

Company to stop giving experimental drug to Lou Gehrig's sufferers

Hoarding may be the biggest Y2K problem