Rider leads Hawks past Kings

Augusta State easily defeats Morris Brown

Lakers back at full strength

Barkley fined by league

Jags set to play Div.-I Utah

Dorsey: Rose should right wrongs

Penn wins battle with Army

Classifieds are source of humor

Post office set for holiday

Economist expects healthy economy in 2000
Since 1860, the U.S. economy has taken a major dive every year ending in zero with three exceptions -- 1880, 1940 and 1950.

Business briefs: Hospital official sentenced to prison
TAMPA, Fla. -- The first executive to be sentenced as a result of a nearly three-year federal fraud investigation into the nation's largest hospital chain, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., was ordered to spend two years in prison and was fined $7,500.

Economist expects healthy economy in 2000

Chamber director will resign

Business briefs: Euro falls below $1 for first time
LONDON -- Europe's fledgling single currency, the euro, tumbled below $1 for the first time ever Thursday, less than a year after it was launched amid fears it might become so strong it would hurt the economies of both the United States and Europe.

Chamber director will resign
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Reich has submitted his letter of resignation, citing health reasons.

Post office set for holiday
The U.S. Postal Service expects to move 20 billion pieces of holiday mail this year, a 4 percent increase from last year, caused in part by Internet shopping.

Airline launches service

Business briefs: Euro falls below $1 for first time

Airline launches service
A Delta Air Lines commuter subsidiary will launch nonstop flights between New York and Columbia in March.

College notebook: Rodriguez Red Raiders' top choice

Hamilton wins ACC honors

Florida, Alabama play for SEC Championship

Former Montana coach introduced at Utah State

For Marshall, it's win MAC or stay home

Chandler looks for redemption

Wolfpack receiver wins ACC rookie honors

World plans year 2000 parties
Party beneath the pyramids in ball gowns after crossing the desert on a camel. Plunge into the waves at the 180th meridian for a midnight millennium dive. Plant first-light footprints in the snows of Kilimanjaro.

Celebrate 2000 Street Party
Broad Street is the place to be December 31, 1999. The Augusta Chronicle and its Celebrate 2000 partners present an evening packed with food, fun and entertainment -- including midnight fireworks -- sure to give an explosive welcome to a new century!

A look at the 20th century: 1994
Bizarre. Strange. How else to describe 12 months that saw a football superstar charged with murder and a basketball wizard play minor-league baseball?

Protests harvest of babies' body parts

Hits 'misleading' news article headline

Notes church's role in re-interment

Relates experience at animal facility

Questions lack of Silver Bluff presence

Cites 'pidgin English' in textbook

Wants 'stumbling block' flag removed

Killer Lumpkin lies

New Red China threat

Bush's bold tax cuts

Questions military pay raise figure

Praises WRDW's investigative series

Protests treatment of radio personality

Backs TV's consumer investigations

Sees China as threat in Panama Canal

Ramblin' Rhodes: Writer had 'Nothin' Left to Lose'
It took Carl T. Smith several careers and two failed marriages to discover what he was really good at in life.

Memory of sister inspires ballerina
As the curtain fell Tuesday on her first-ever performance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Augusta Ballet's Nutcracker, Julie Sierra received many congratulatory hugs and words of praise.

Flower-laden heritage helps inspire gardener
In one of my family's tattered, old cloth-bound ledgers is an essay that my great-grandmother Pearl wrote with a steel-tip ink pen about a visit to her grandmother's home place and of flowers conjured from her 1890s rural Southern childhood. Here's a passage:

Faith digest
Civil War re-enactors will gather at the 200-year-old Buckhead Church in Perkins, Ga., to stage battlefield actions today and Sunday. Proceeds from the event will benefit restoration of the church.

All in the technique
The holiday season usually includes a lot of guests, and for brave homeowners who take holiday decorating seriously, the holiday to-do list may include painting.

Church celebrates a rich, long history
Tessie Blount and Second Providence Baptist Church in North Augusta go way back.

First Friday Augusta's artsy day
It's more than free wine and cheese. First Friday, the monthly art cruise along Artists' Row, a collection of art studios and galleries on Broad Street, has become a tradition for many Augustans.

Greenbaum: Jewish man overcame bigotry to serve South
Temple Adas Yeshurun in Aiken is calling upon the expertise of its congregants to provide educational forums related to Judaism.

Plum role in ballet cherished
It's the fantasy role for any little girl who has ever donned a tutu and pirouetted in front of her mirror -- The Nutcracker's Sugar Plum Fairy. Even Barbie has a collector's edition with her in a tea-length frothy pink tutu and pink toe shoes.

Holiday activities
The holiday season is officially here, and if you aren't yet in the holiday mood, there are dozens of activities in Augusta and Aiken in the next seven days to remedy that.

Aiken volunteer clinic engages in ACTS of mercy
Without the ACTS of Caring Clinic in Aiken, patients such as diabetic Corrine Hickson face a tough time managing chronic illnesses.

Dressed for the part
Since October, the ballet has been her life. Donna Hancock is in charge of costumes for the Augusta Dance Theatre's upcoming production of Nutcracker in a Nutshell. So each day the stay-at-home mom cuts out patterns, sews seams or adds ribbons, buttons and fur to costumes. The show, which will be performed Dec. 18-19 at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, has a cast of 120.

Born again to be wild
Bikers headed for a Daytona Beach, Fla., rally stopped in Augusta this spring, and T. Wayne Johnson and his buddies in the Resurrected Riders were ready.

Winter fishing can be exciting on Thurmond Lake

Fishing tournament information

Turnover key to Greenwood's win

Briarwood Bucs prepared to face Trinity

Hornets' Staley up for tonight's test

Williston-Elko's team roster

Williston-Elko game details

Williston-Elko nearly has it all

SCETV to televise games

Dorsey: Aiken has unfinished business

Juniors lead way for Aiken

Aiken notes

Area schools play for trip to Georgia Dome

Tigers' season ends with a shutout loss

Miller County tops Washington-Wilkes

Lynx ledger

Lynx lose in overtime

Lynx ledger

Lynx rally for win

Classifieds are source of humor
Classified advertising is the great community marketplace of newspapers everywhere. It's simple, democratic and, as they say around the computer store, ``interactive.''

Dressed for the part

Aiken volunteer clinic engages in ACTS of mercy

Faith digest

Born again to be wild

Holiday activities

Greenbaum: Jewish man overcame bigotry to serve South

First Friday Augusta's artsy day

Plum role in ballet cherished

Church celebrates a rich, long history

Ramblin' Rhodes: Writer had 'Nothin' Left to Lose'

All in the technique

Memory of sister inspires ballerina

Across the area: Greenbrier student arrested for knife

MCG chief files for retirement
Medical College of Georgia President Francis J. Tedesco has filed for early retirement and plans to step down in December 2000.

Fans rally for championships
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Football fever hasn't spread through this Barnwell County town with such a frenzy for two decades.

Company offers disposal of pesticides
A day of amnesty will be granted for those wishing to dispose of legal and illegal pesticides Wednesday at Terra International in Waynesboro, Ga.

Seniors get holiday attention
AIKEN - The holiday season is a time for children, for Santa bearing gifts, the bright lights of Christmas trees and presents for all.

Barnes tells school officials to stop complaining about SAT

Seniors get holiday attention

Empty stocking: Mother wants gift of music, clothes for son
This 16-year-old boy plays the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard and writes music. He plays the saxophone in two church choirs but the instrument is in such bad condition that he may not be able to play it anymore.

Hotel sponsors last Toys for Tots benefit
Stuffed animals, skateboards, bikes and Barbies were stacked ceiling-high at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta on Thursday.

Heart transplant recipient to return home
An Augusta boy who got a heart transplant around Halloween could be home this weekend to begin decorating for Christmas.

Police chase lands man back in jail
An Augusta man spent less than one day out of jail before he was sent back for leading police on a two-state chase early Thursday morning, police said.

Checking it twice
Ed Ergle gets ready for the holidays Thursday as he sets up Christmas lights outside his home in North Augusta. Lower temperatures have brought a more festive feel to the season.

Extradition hearing set for January

Coke could be new tenant in industrial park
AIKEN -- If all goes as planned, the city of Aiken will close its first land sale in Ventures Industrial Park by March.

Gag order imposed in Wise case

Blood centers seeking donors

Heart transplant recipient to return home

Clearing the levee
Work is expected to last another two to three weeks on the removal of trees and brush along River Watch Parkway.

County explores character project
ATHENS, Ga. -- Columbia County officials are considering participating in a Character First program, but that's at least a year off.

Across the area: Greenbrier student arrested for knife
A 16-year-old Greenbrier High School student was arrested Friday after a pocket knife was found on him, authorities said.

Empty Stocking Fund: Family seeks assistance after job loss, car trouble
Hard times fall on all families. Take, for example, one Augusta family. The husband recently lost his job of 12 years at a local mill, and he was forced to take a job that paid 50 percent less.

Man dies after 30-foot plunge
A Columbia County employee was killed Thursday morning when the truck he was driving tumbled into a deep ravine on Columbia Road.

County not liable for expenses
AIKEN -- Aiken County will not have to pay the medical bills of an inmate injured when three Good Samaritans chased him down after an alleged home invasion in September, a judge ordered Thursday.

MCG will lose inmate care contract
ATLANTA -- Faced with escalating costs for inmate health care, the state Department of Corrections is canceling a $73 million annual contract with the Medical College of Georgia and putting the service out to bid.

Across the area: Plan would lower teacher loan rate
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina teachers could get a break on the interest rate for their student loans under a plan approved Thursday by the Higher Education Commission.

Accidentals deliberately return for noon concert

Mother pushes school to ban book
With today's focus on school violence and zero-tolerance policies, Debbie Jordan never thought the Berenstain Bears children's books would be a problem.

Empty stocking: Mother wants gift of music, clothes for son

Getting in step
Crystal Allen, 9, a fourth-grade pupil at Clearwater Elementary School, watches while artist in residence Malke Rosenfeld teaches her and her classmates how to clog during a session at the school.

County explores character project

Chemicals spilled in accident
An early-morning one-vehicle accident on the Interstate 20 West exit ramp of Bobby Jones Expressway on Friday required a nearly five-hour cleanup of wreckage and low-grade hazardous material.

Shooting prompts area woman's arrest
A domestic dispute escalated into gunfire early Friday, sending one man to the hospital and his girlfriend to jail, police said.

Extradition hearing set for January
The extradition hearing for the Edgefield County man accused of being the instigator of an alleged South Carolina-Arkansas murder-for-hire likely will be in early January, according to the South Carolina Attorney General's office.

Barnes tells school officials to stop complaining about SAT
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Gov. Roy Barnes warned the state's local school boards and superintendents Friday to be prepared to share responsibility for student performance measured in SAT scores or come up with a better test.

Accidentals deliberately return for noon concert
Gleeful holiday music is in the air as Augusta favorites The Accidentals return to Tuesday's Music Live at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Getting in step

Blood centers seeking donors
AIKEN - Aiken-area blood banks are feeling a crimson crunch again despite efforts to overcome the shortage before the holidays. Supplies at Shepeard Community Blood Center are critically low, if not depleted. Four blood types -- A positive, A negative, B positive and O negative -- are gone for the second time in two months.

MCG will lose inmate care contract

MCG chief files for retirement

Clearing the levee

Celebrate 2000 Street Party

Aiken has unfinished business

Fans rally for championships

Checking it twice

Company offers disposal of pesticides

Mother pushes school to ban book

Coke could be new tenant in industrial park

World plans year 2000 parties

Gag order imposed in Wise case
AIKEN -- Circuit Judge Rodney Peeples imposed a gag order Thursday in the death penalty case of Arthur Hastings Wise, the man charged with killing four workers at R.E. Phelon Co. in September 1997.

County not liable for expenses

Across the area: Plan would lower teacher loan rate

Rose should right wrongs

A look at the 20th century: 1994

Frerotte to start against former team

Peter still questionable for Sunday

Matt Campbell returns to Panthers

Jaguars run streak to 9 in row

Rams coach denies running up scores

Brooking says Falcons aren't moving forward

Mr. John Poole
AIKEN -- Mr. John H. Poole, 69, of Wagener Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999.

Mr. Dan Boykin
OLIVER, Ga. -- Mr. Dan Boykin, 70, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Candler Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Mary Bennett
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Bennett, of Washington Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Eileen Lang
AIKEN -- Mrs. Eileen Jeffrey Lang, 92, of Silver Bluff Road, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Hattie Johnson
Ms. Hattie Johnson, 63, of Artmus Street, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Gerald Roberts
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Gerald Raynard Roberts, 43, of Clark Circle, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Reather Brown
AIKEN -- Ms. Reather M. Brown, 94, of Washington Circle, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Silver Springs Long Term Care, Williston.

Mr. Arthur Evans
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Arthur L. Evans, 85, of Greene Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999.

Ms. Willie Miles
Ms. Willie Mae Miles, 70, of Lincolnton Parkway, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. James Wilson
GRANITEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. James ``Jimmy'' Wilson, 63, of Kalmia Apartments, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Louise Brooks
DEEPSTEP, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise Veal Brooks, 92, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. James Wilson
GRANITEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. James ``Jimmy'' Wilson, 63, of Kalmia Apartments, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Edward Palmer
Mr. Edward Lawrence Palmer, 76, of Wrights Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Kelsey Jester
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Kelsey Skye Jester, 7 weeks, infant daughter of Jeffery Jester and Jennifer Reeves Jester, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999.

Mr. Otis Huffman
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Otis W. Huffman, 83, of Robinson Avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Margie Johnson
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Margie Mae Johnson, 67, of Rabun Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Georgia Allen
Mrs. Georgia Ann Allen, of Forsythe Street, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Laura Brown
OLAR, S.C. -- Mrs. Laura Douglas Brown, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Cassie Scott
Ms. Cassie Mae Scott, 29, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999.

Mr. William Jones
Mr. William H. Jones, 78, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Grace MacDonald
AIKEN -- Mrs. Grace Eulalie Hanchett MacDonald, 93, of Augustus Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.

Mr. Percell Kent
Mr. Percell ``Percy'' Kent, of Abelia Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Mr. Frank Head
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Frank Larry Head, 52, of Jordan Mill Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ruth Burley
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Burley, of East Seventh Street, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Bland
Mrs. Mary Lee Summers Bland, 53, of Third Avenue, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at her residence.

Gayla Lewis
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Gayla Victoria Lewis, infant daughter of Karrie Alissa Lewis and Trey Lewis, both of Sylvania, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. John Fariss Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John K. Fariss Jr., 56, of Fairview Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999.

Mr. William Beard
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. William Harmon Beard, 72, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Gilchrist
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Willie T. Gilchrist, of Moragne Street, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

Mrs. Frances Parrott
Mrs. Frances Jones Parrott, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at West Lake Manor.

Mrs. Margaret McElroy
AIKEN -- Mrs. Margaret McElroy, 73, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Grace MacDonald

Ms. Cassie Scott

Ms. Willie Miles

Mrs. Mary Bennett

Mrs. Margaret McElroy

Mr. Willie Gilchrist

Mr. John Poole

Mr. Arthur Evans

Mr. William Jones

Ms. Reather Brown

Ms. Hattie Johnson

Gayla Lewis

Mrs. Margie Johnson

Mr. James Wilson

Mrs. Georgia Allen

Mrs. Eileen Lang

Mrs. Mary Bland

Mr. William Beard

Mrs. Laura Brown

Mr. Gerald Roberts

Kelsey Jester

Mrs. Ruth Burley

Mr. James Wilson

Mrs. Frances Parrott

Sisler: How to overcome the desolation of loneliness
Loneliness expresses itself in many different ways.

Works to improve animal shelter
As volunteer coordinator for Richmond County Animal Control, I would like to comment on the Dec. 2 news article, ``Facility receives warning,'' which details many shortcomings and problems at the Richmond County Animal Shelter. Karen Wiedmeier, Augusta

Praises WRDW's investigative series
Al Wells from Harlem didn't get his facts correct. WRDW (Channel 12) is on our side -- the side of the consumer. The person taking the information has to know the facts ... How could consumers get their money back if they didn't have the facts correct? Claudette A. Susi, Martinez

Protests treatment of radio personality
I am really disappointed in radio station WBBQ's handling of the firing of Dick Shannon from his position of 25 years. I have listened to him since I was a teen-ager and really enjoyed his show. Carola Smith, Treton

Bush's bold tax cuts
Read George W. Bush's lips. He is serious about cutting taxes. Bush the Younger is his father's son, but in politics he's following the Ronald Reagan example, even to the point of seemingly offering the nation the third Reagan term Bush the Elder promised but never delivered.

GOP House comeback
The Republican-controlled Congress is usually at its lowest ebb each year right after budget negotiations with President Clinton, who usually wins most of the budget battles. This year was no different.

Killer Lumpkin lies
No one should be surprised that crafty former Augusta attorney William Lumpkin is appealing his conviction on murdering Realtor Stan White.

Questions military pay raise figure
A recent Chronicle editorial stated that this is the highest military pay raise since President Reagan's pay raise of 21 percent. Let's set the record straight. Congress is the one that handles the bills on the budget. The president can ask, but the Congress must pass the budget. The president can then accept or veto it. Carroll C. Kenny, Grovetown

Another 'Nutcracker'
If you have never seen the award-winning, nationally-recognized Augusta Ballet's Nutcracker, or if you have seen it before and want to really get in the Christmas spirit, be sure to attend this weekend's performances.

Hits 'misleading' news article headline
Your headlines ``Molester pleads guilty'' and ``Minister sentenced to prison'' on Nov. 30th's front page were quite misleading. The article detailing the guilty plea of Robert S. Dorsett to sex crimes involving children and his subsequent sentence by Circuit Judge James C. Williams Jr. were the guilty pleas of a perverted chemist -- not of a ``minister.'' Nancy Gregory, Aiken

Questions lack of Silver Bluff presence
I do not know who is responsible for ``picking'' the football players to be on the North-South team and the Shrine Bowl team, but in the eyes and minds of Silver Bluff fans a terrible mistake has been made. Juanita Scott, Jackson

Clarifies the record on term limits
In response to a Nov. 27 letter, I wish to clarify Sen. Paul Cover-dell's record on term limits. The reader accused Sen. Coverdell of ``double-talk'' when asked about his position on term limits for U.S. senators and congressmen, claiming that he did not support them. Had your reader done even a small amount of research before launching this accusation, he would have discovered that Sen. Coverdell has voted in favor of term limits every time it has come before the Senate. Donna King, Washington D.C.

Backs TV's consumer investigations
I would like to offer some insight regarding ``Slams TV news investigation'' by Al Wells (letter, Nov.19) Jere L. Bennett, Augusta

New Red China threat
The Washington Times and Human Events have focused on a story largely ignored by the Big Media: that Communist China's People's Liberation Army has openly discussed using ``computer warfare'' against the United States or any other ``enemy'' it may have to militarily confront someday.

Protests harvest of babies' body parts
It is a known fact that there are companies which harvest body parts of aborted babies. A recent article about the brain in Parademagazine mentions the harvesting of human stem cells from embryos for use in research. Elizabeth O. Leon, Waynesboro

Sees China as threat in Panama Canal
Allowing China to assume control of the Panama Canal is another shot in the proverbial foot of U.S. national interests. China has been making subtle nuclear, trade and now strategic advances on the United States. Tom Hamorsky, Millen

Hits Jackson for seeing issue as 'black'
This is in regard to the Nov. 19 letter by Joseph Diggs. Sir, I applaud you. It is good to see thatnot all black people are swayed to make opinions based on the color of one's skin. Mario A. Perez, Gloverville

Relates experience at animal facility
I read with interest your Dec. 2 news article regarding conditions at the Richmond County Animal Control shelter and subsequent actions being called for by the Animal Control Advisory Board. Tommy Farmer, Blythe

Notes church's role in re-interment
On Nov. 12 in the Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, the re-interment service for the Confederate seamen disinterred from the Mariners' Graveyard under the Citadel Football Stadium took place. Frank E. Odom, North Augusta

Sisler: How to overcome the desolation of loneliness
Loneliness expresses itself in many different ways.

Cites 'pidgin English' in textbook
As a grandparent of a third grader in the Columbia County school system, articles pertaining to the educational learning format provoke my interest. Recently an article in The Chronicle concerning the teaching of ``pidgin English.'' Tom Lindbom, Grovetown

Wants 'stumbling block' flag removed
I must confess that I am not a Southerner by birth. I have, however, lived in the Southern United States for over 15 years. I understand that to some I would not be a credible critic of any tradition here, but I have been reading about the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag flying atop the South Carolina Statehouse. On this issue I feel moved to speak. Mary Latham, Harlem

Mayor 'recruits' air show
Augusta Mayor Bob Young may have his problems (some of his own making) in dealing with balky city commissioners, but where he can make his influence felt, such as negotiating on behalf of the city, he gets the job done.

Pep Boys pulls sponsorship of IRL

Jarrett's crew chief grows into role of champion

Overtime: Gardner gets promotion to AA Trenton

Internet site sells NASCAR items

Overtime: Gardner gets promotion to AA Trenton

Cyclist Armstrong wins Cyclist of the Year

Braves notebook

Green jacket sold for $94,909

Overtime: '36 Heisman attracts $110,000 bid

Fate of Mars Lander in doubt
PASADENA, Calif. -- With the minutes and hours ticking by, NASA scientists nervously awaited word from the Mars Polar Lander after it failed to promptly radio home Friday to confirm whether it had safely parachuted onto the treacherous surface of the Red Planet.

Hubble repair mission delayed again
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's trip to fix the Hubble Space Telescope has been delayed another two days so workers can complete final wiring checks aboard space shuttle Discovery.

Web sites offer holiday products
If you need a garland of evergreens for your front door or a plastic Santa for your roof, chances are you can find it online. Here's a sampling of Web sites specializing in products and suggestions for decorating your home for the holidays.

A new home is just a click away
LOS ANGELES -- Glenn Mendell wants to be a real estate broker to a generation that buys and sells homes the same way it invests -- with a few clicks of a mouse.

Patient's death blamed on gene therapy
PHILADELPHIA -- In a setback for one of the most exciting fields of medical research, investigators confirmed that a young man who died during a gene therapy experiment in September was killed by the treatment.

Internet sites ready for Mars invasion
PASADENA, Calif. -- The sights and sounds of Mars will be no farther away than any computer plugged into the Internet once NASA's Polar Lander is in operation Friday.

E-mail puts stars in touch with their fans
In the 1960s, when Roger McGuinn was flying high as the lead singer of the Byrds, fan mail sent in by the bagful would be answered by someone specifically hired to sift through the pile of letters.

Government developing brake tests for consumers
WASHINGTON -- Federal safety officials are developing tests aimed at letting consumers know how well the brakes work on new cars, sport utility vehicles and pickups.

Anti-cholesterol drug may build strong bones, rat study shows
WASHINGTON -- A drug already used by millions of people to lower cholesterol levels may also restore strength to bones weakened by osteoporosis, a potentially crippling disorder that affects more than 10 million Americans, researchers report.

Study: No evidence to link magnetic fields, childhood cancer
LONDON -- New research concludes there is no evidence to support the controversial theory that children face an increased risk of cancer from electrical wiring in the home or power lines.

Fate of Mars Lander in doubt

Internet sites ready for Mars invasion

Patient's death blamed on gene therapy

E-mail puts stars in touch with their fans

Web sites offer holiday products

Anti-cholesterol drug may build strong bones, rat study shows

Study: No evidence to link magnetic fields, childhood cancer

A new home is just a click away