Carter, Raptors defeat Cavaliers

Braves release 2000 schedule

Duke's Schweitzer, UNC's Thomas named players of the week

Tarheels trample Buffalo

Georgia squeezes out win over Furman

Jackets seek to end streak

Hawks' Jackson begins shock wave therapy

Lady Pacers continue winning ways

ESPN sweetens baseball's 'pot'

Michigan State routs Kansas

Hepzibah takes two from Laney

Sprewell, Carlesimo play at it once more

Nuggets win second straight

Cone will return to Yankees staff

Robinson re-signs with Bucks

Harrick practices patience

E-business booms for at-home book dealers

Business briefs: Toy firm announces job cuts, closings
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Hasbro Inc. on Tuesday announced a broad reorganization of its business, which will allow the world's No. 2 toymaker to expand its offerings of high-tech toys and its popular core brands, including Furby and Pokemon.

Y2K bug to keep many in office
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco Systems Chief Executive Officer John Chambers can forget the sparklers. Hewlett-Packard President Carly Fiorina can keep her champagne corked. And Microsoft resident Steve Ballmer will be leaving his tuxedo in the closet.

Work on assisted living community begins

Local businesses favor Bush Field

Coca-Cola chairman will retire
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola's chairman and chief executive is stepping down in April after only 2 1/2 years in the top jobs in a move that surprised many who felt the world's biggest soft drink company has weathered the worst of its recent financial troubles.

Gold futures rebound

Hotels cleared of gouging
The Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs has cleared all but four of 14 Augusta area hotels accused of price gouging during the Hurricane Floyd emergency in September.

Local businesses favor Bush Field
About 80 percent of local companies have made business trips from Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, according to early results of a recent airport survey.

E-business booms for at-home book dealers
WINTERVILLE, Ga. -- Donny Seagraves doesn't doubt the business experts who say e-commerce is the wave of the future. Ms. Seagraves is riding that wave.

Gold futures rebound
Gold futures prices were higher in trading Tuesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange as the market rebounded from losses prompted by a planned gold sale announced by the Netherlands.

Work on assisted living community begins
Developers have broken ground on what will be the fifth and largest assisted living community to be built in Augusta during the past two years.

Business briefs: Blue-chip stocks drive average down

Business briefs: Blue-chip stocks drive average down
NEW YORK -- Blue-chip stocks succumbed to a spate of profit-taking and a shake-up at The Coca-Cola Co. on Monday, but a wide range of technology stocks rose amid optimism about future growth.

Y2K bug to keep many in office

Business briefs: Toy firm announces job cuts, closings

Coke's chief has global flair

Coke's chief has global flair
ATLANTA -- Most of Coke's profits come from overseas; so have many of the company's recent problems. Now, for the first time, The Coca-Cola Co. will be led by an executive who started with its international operation.

Report: Inflation holds off
WASHINGTON -- Workers' productivity, a key to national economic vitality, grew at the fastest rate in seven years in the third quarter. At the same time, companies' labor costs actually declined -- a recipe for keeping inflation at bay.

Vols' Grant is unanimous All-SEC pick

GSU's Peterson wins Payton award

Heisman Hijinx: Vick a finalist; Warrick isn't

Vols' Grant is unanimous All-SEC pick

Dayne runs away with award

Rodriguez to stay with Tigers

Pearl Harbor survivor angry over graves
HONOLULU -- Buried beneath the vast lawn at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are the remains of 647 unidentified servicemen killed Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Old fights will ring in new year
As parts of the globe greet the new year with peace and prosperity, others will enter the new year with the same conflicts they had 100 years ago.

Family finds truth to tale of lost sailor
As he sat on a ferry motoring toward the rusty, twisted hulk of a battleship sunk at Pearl Harbor, years of memories flashed through Winston Carter's mind: images of an older brother leaving home for the Navy, a newspaper boy carrying word of the Japanese attack, a mourning mother dreaming at night that her son was still alive.

Raps lack of construction information

Urges Clinton to fix El Cenizo problem

Blames owner for cat's misfortune

Believes GOP field isn't `limited'

A military `defeat'

Declares tax-cut editorial was faulty

Says fort contains too much land

Laments potential loss of airport service

Urges compromise on animal stockade

Augusta's 2000 budget: Fire over health care

Rips NAACP's boycott over flag

Small portions
White Wave Inc. says its new eggnog tastes great -- and is less filling. Just in time for the holidays, White Wave, manufacturer of Silk, the country's top-selling soy milk, has created lactose-free, cholesterol- free and low-fat Silk Nog. ``If you like eggnog but feel a little guilty when you drink it, then Silk Nog was made for you,'' says White Wave's president. ``You'll find it tastes every bit as indulgent.''

Off the Wall: The car wash only puts dirty thoughts in girls' minds
"He looked at her ...," I say breathily. "She looked at him ...," Max growls. "And those chamois strips started shakin'...," Leila says, doing a little shimmy.

Easy beef Burgundy
I could write for days about an elaborate beef stew, telling you the finer points of browning the beef, then braising it slowly for hours. But to be honest, it's my mother-in-law Carol Calloway's simple beef Burgundy that gets raves from our family.

In time for the holidays
This holiday season, television is offering several new Christmas specials and movies. Never fear, several old favorites, including Frosty the Snowman and It's a Wonderful Life, will return for their annual airings. Here's a look at some of the yuletide TV treats:

Rapid weight loss can cause gallstones
Q: What causes gallstones? -- P.G., Harlem.

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.

Lincoln QB goes from near-death to spotlight

Red Devils rally into Dome

Tuesday morning quarterback: Bodtker's luck has rubbed off on Lynx

Gretzky best of century

Lynx still are waiting for Dumont to arrive

In the know

Rapid weight loss can cause gallstones

In time for the holidays

Easy beef Burgundy

Off the Wall: The car wash only puts dirty thoughts in girls' minds

Small portions

Old fights will ring in new year

Pearl Harbor survivor angry over graves

Rocky business
Juan Carlos Cortes, (left) Club Car's sales representative for Latin America, navigates as Steen Schlerff, company sales representative for northern Europe, drives over rocks at North Augusta's Riverview Park during a national sales meeting.

Empty Stocking Fund: Bills leave family in need
For years, she has given to the Empty Stocking Fund. But this year a twist of fate has left her asking for help.

Police rehash leads in search for teen
As the investigation into Tiffaney Wilson's disappearance stretched into day four, North Augusta officers Tuesday rehashed leads and re-interviewed the teen-ager's family, friends and acquaintances in a desperate search for fresh clues.

A touch of light
Trudi Clontz of Aiken, a member of the Pairs and Spares Senior Citizens group at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, replaced a bulb in one of the strands of lights surrounding Hopeland Gardens on Tuesday. Christmas in Hopelands opens Saturday night and will run through Dec. 25 but will be closed Christmas Eve.

Project finances unknown

Resident seeks help from county
Steve Rossmoine and family didn't have a Thanksgiving this year. Now, Christmas is looking bleak.

Gas marketers protest price publication rule

Defense at root of bill
AIKEN -- Rep. Charles Sharpe said he believes in doing whatever it takes to protect himself, his wife and his grandson against intruders who might enter his rural home in eastern Aiken County.

Injured teacher suffers brain damage

Project finances unknown
The amount of taxpayers money that would be necessary to develop North Augusta's riverfront is not yet known, a consultant said Tuesday.

Beavers cause flood problems
Scott Washam still has the videotape of his neighbors perched atop their wooden house during a flood a couple of years ago. ``They are actually cute,'' he said. ``At first, it was neat for the family -- at first, until I went back in and realized what they had done and the problems they are causing.''

Sage Mill occupants increasing
AIKEN -- Capital investment in Sage Mill Industrial Park has risen to more than $750 million since it opened in 1996, Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young told the Aiken Chamber of Commerce at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Several MCG deans opt to retire early

Project finances unknown
The amount of taxpayers money that would be necessary to develop North Augusta's riverfront is not yet known, a consultant said Tuesday.

Davidson profiled for teen magazine
Students at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School are in the news again -- this time as the focus of a feature for one of the country's leading teen magazines.

Woman gets 10 years on forgery charges

Police continue search for missing teen

Empty Stocking Fund: Bills leave family in need

Oliver: Resume was standard response
City Administrator Randy Oliver sent a resume to an Atlanta firm recruiting for a position in Florida, but it was a standard response to a request that he never expected to snowball, he said Tuesday.

Defense at root of bill

Family finds truth to tale of lost sailor

Police rehash leads in search for teen

Oliver: Resume was standard response

Former lawmakers petition to remove flag

Woman gets 10 years on forgery charges
A woman who repaid an act of kindness by stealing thousands of dollars earned herself a 10-year prison sentence.

Resident seeks help from county

Detention centers to get new locks
ATLANTA -- The state is spending nearly $1 million to replace the locks at nine juvenile detention centers throughout Georgia, including the Augusta Regional Youth Development Campus, after reports of children breaking out of their cells at a lockup in the Atlanta area.

Character work earns honor for Aiken mayor

Commission approves use of city stockade

Teens face charges for bomb calls

Empty Stocking Fund: Child wants radio for Christmas gift

Proposed plan ups water cost

Correction

Jail worker charged with DUI loses job
A Columbia County jailer, charged with drunken driving in Richmond County over the weekend, was fired Monday.

Character work earns honor for Aiken mayor
AIKEN -- Mayor Fred Cavanaugh will be honored Thursday for embodying the positive character qualities he has promoted throughout the city for nearly a year.

Standards for mobile homes set

Across the area: Man struck by car dies from injuries

Decorative affair
Phaedra Bing holds Alexis Bing, 1, as she places an ornament on the Holiday Tree at Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center at its lighting ceremony Tuesday evening.

Juvenile facilities examined

Tuesday monring quarterback: Bodtker's luck has rubbed off on Lynx

Ordinance on ethics proposed
The Augusta Commission's ethics ordinance subcommittee signed off on a proposed ordinance Tuesday that Mayor Bob Young called an ``ethics buffet.''

Heart patient returns
Trees and shrubs dressed in red ribbons and twinkling lights are common this time of year. But at the Moretz home in Summerville, the trees are adorned with yards of yellow ribbons, cut-out white paper hearts and a huge ``welcome home'' sign.

Getting the job done

Gas marketers protest price publication rule
ATLANTA -- Georgia natural-gas suppliers want to stop the Public Service Commission from collecting price information for publication because they say consumers already have ample protection in a competing market.

Project prompts rescue effort
BELVEDERE -- Kevin Morgan said he figured it would save him money if he fixed the sewer line underneath his front yard. But the warnings of his friends proved prophetic Tuesday when Mr. Morgan was trapped waist deep in the 10-foot hole for nearly two hours. In the end, however, he emerged unharmed, with only dirty pants and shoes as evidence of his adventure.

Police continue search for missing teen
As police dogs scoured North Augusta in search of clues, Barbara Johnson sat by the phone Monday night, waiting for her missing daughter to call home.

Organization remembers victims, survivors of attack

Organization remembers victims, survivors of attack
For Quentin Shivers it was his most unforgettable birthday. Etched in the Augusta man's memory, Dec. 7 -- 58 years ago -- is a date most Americans aren't likely to forget. A Marine Corps private first class stationed in Hawaii, Mr. Shivers turned 21 on the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

Ordinance on ethics proposed

Injured teacher suffers brain damage
The Richmond County middle school teacher stabbed two weeks ago in her classroom is in a vegetative state and is battling pneumonia, her doctor said Monday.

Across the area: Extradition hearing set in murder case
The extradition hearing for the Edgefield County, S.C., man charged in an alleged murder for hire will be Jan. 6.

Commission approves use of city stockade
The old city stockade is going to the dogs -- and cats. And old junked cars are going to the junk yard -- with or without their owners' consent under a new city ordinance.

Correction
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly said that carrier fleets were crippled during the Japanese air raids on Pearl Harbor. Carriers were not at Pearl Harbor during the attack.

Davidson profiled for teen magazine

Former lawmakers petition to remove flag
COLUMBIA -- About 50 of the lawmakers who put a Confederate flag on South Carolina's capitol dome in 1962 have joined to ask the current Legislature to heal the divisive wounds its continued presence has inspired.

Teens face charges for bomb calls
It may have been a prank, but school officials say they were not amused by the recent bomb threats at Harlem High School, and seven students are now facing felony charges.

Beavers cause flood problems

Getting the job done
Lindburg McLeod takes his time carefully blowing leaves out of a gutter on the roof of one of the apartments at Georgetown Villas in North Augusta. He has the job of clearing leaves off the roofs before they become a problem and begin clogging the gutters.

Decorative affair

Across the area: Man struck by car dies from injuries
A local man died Monday after being struck by a car on Jimmy Dyess Parkway late Sunday, police said.

Across the area: Extradition hearing set in murder case

Oliver selected as finalist for job he never asked for
Augusta City Administrator Randy Oliver was on the short list for an open administrator's position in Hernando County, Fla., but Mr. Oliver said Monday it was a list he should never have been on.

Three Irish Travelers placed on probation

Proposed plan ups water cost
Augusta utility customers will pay about $2.5 million more next year in increased rates under the city's proposed 2000 budget -- about the same amount lost on uncollected utility bills since 1996.

Heart patient returns

Several MCG deans opt to retire early
Medical College of Georgia faces losing not only its president to early retirement but also several of its deans, according to a preliminary list.

Three Irish Travelers placed on probation
AIKEN -- Three Irish Travelers from North Augusta were sentenced Tuesday to probation and 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to insurance fraud in an Aiken courtroom.

Empty Stocking Fund: Child wants radio for Christmas gift
All her 11-year-old daughter wants is a radio. She has never received Christmas presents and the last time she had anything new was when she was 4.

A touch of light

Standards for mobile homes set
AIKEN -- New minimum standards for used mobile homes in Aiken County are set to become law Dec. 15.

Sage Mill occupants increasing

Juvenile facilities examined
AIKEN -- The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice is examining the possible regionalization of juvenile detention facilities, the agency's director said Monday.

Rocky business

Redskins' Westbrook accuses NFL official of nepotism

George keeps his cool despite loss

Chiefs fight way back into playoff hunt

Bucs ride defense back into playoff race

King's first victory is just a start

Seifert tries to keep spirits up

Reeves focusing on beating 49ers

Mr. Edward Webb
ALTO, Ga. -- Mr. Edward Burnett Webb, 64, of Grant Mill Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999.

Mr. Earnest Brown
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Earnest Roy Brown, 65, of 11th Street, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Downtown.

Mr. Ernest Kennedy
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Ernest James Kennedy, 44, of Gregg Street, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Willie Taylor
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Willie Mae Taylor, 89, of Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mr. Edward Long
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Edward Preston Long, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mr. Jacob Salley
AIKEN -- Mr. Jacob Salley, 88, of Kaolin Road, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Dalvin Johnson
MAYFIELD, Ga. -- Dalvin Devonte Johnson, infant son of Danny Williams and Louie Nadean Johnson, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mr. James Keith
AIKEN -- Mr. James Marshall Keith, 66, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Bennett
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. John Billy Bennett, 70, of West Ogeechee Street, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Helen McLain
DENMARK, S.C. -- Mrs. Helen Reaves McLain, 73, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Perry
Mrs. Mary C. Perry, of Country Place Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Rose Sanders
SNELLING, S.C. -- Mrs. Rose Grubbs Sanders, 61, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999.

Mrs. Lorene Willis
RAYLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Lorene Willis, 72, of Philomath Road, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999.

Mr. Ralph Walford
Mr. Ralph Walford, 76, of Sand Bar Ferry Road, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Russell Still
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Russell Still, 73, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999.

Mrs. Itha Curton
JACKSON -- Mrs. Itha ``Dell'' Curton, 52, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999.

Mrs. Edith Kruszka
Mrs. Edith Eleanor Kruszka, 79, of Milledgeville Road, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Robert Wilson
THOMSON -- Mr. Robert Cecil Wilson, 82, of Crawford Lane, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Otelia Ashley
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Otelia Brookins Ashley, 94, of White Plains Road, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Greene Point Health Care Center.

Mr. Ralph Henson
HENSON -- Entered into rest Monday, December 6, 1999, MR. RALPH ALLEN HENSON, 37, of 2920 Eidson Drive, Augusta, Georgia, beloved husband of Mrs. Ginger Marie Carlyn Henson. Additional survivors include his fa

Mrs. Bertha Lawton
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Bertha Smith Lawton, 89, of Roosevelt Heights, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Ms. Estelle Ashley
Ms. Estelle W. Ashley, 98, of Oak Street, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at her residence.

Rev. Catherine Jones
WARRENVILLE -- The Rev. Catherine Sue Smith Jones, 53, of Pine Log Road, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Gerald Matthews
Mr. Gerald Lee Matthews, 66, of Rocky Creek Road, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Kristen Glenn
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Mrs. Kristen ``Kristie'' Weber, 29, of North Detroit Avenue, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999.

Mr. James Lynn Jr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. James L. Lynn Jr., 75, of Main Street, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Stewart Green
Mr. Stewart Green, 68, of Cockatoo Road, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Shores
Mrs. Mary Willie Brewer Shores, 87, of Mason Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Kenneth Thomas
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mr. Kenneth S. Thomas, 87, of Route 1, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Dublin.

Mrs. Alma Woodward
AIKEN -- Mrs. Alma Irene Watkins Woodward, 91, of Maple Street, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Chadwick Colston
MANSFIELD, Ga. -- Mr. Chadwick Colston, 30, of Georgia Highway 11, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999.

Mrs. Bertha Lawton

Mrs. Rose Sanders

Rev. Catherine Jones

Dalvin Johnson

Mr. James Keith

Mrs. Lorene Willis

Mr. Earnest Brown

Mr. Edward Webb

Mr. Ralph Walford

Mr. Jacob Salley

Mr. Gerald Matthews

Mr. Stewart Green

Mrs. Kristen Glenn

Mrs. Mary Shores

Mr. Ernest Kennedy

Mr. John Bennett

Mrs. Edith Kruszka

Mr. James Lynn Jr.

Mrs. Alma Woodward

Mr. Ralph Henson

Mrs. Helen McLain

Mrs. Otelia Ashley

Mr. Russell Still

Mr. Edward Long

Mr. Robert Wilson

Mrs. Willie Taylor

Ms. Estelle Ashley

Mr. Chadwick Colston

Biotech research 'incubators' important for health care, economy
WONDERFUL THINGS College of Georgia. Research by faculty, students and members of the scientific staff is helping to find cures for heart disease, cancer, stroke, blindness, sickle cell disease, immune disorders, and many other diseases. There is a tremendous commitment to funding biomedical research. This support comes from both the state of Georgia, through its visionary program -- the Georgia Research Alliance -- and the federal government, where the budget for the National Institutes of Health, the major funding agency for biomedical research, is on pace to double within the next five years.

Slams mayor's ranking of military flying teams
I am responding to Mayor Bob Young's remarks about the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels.Robert Desautel, Edgefield

Roger Clinton, dupe
There now emerges a new cheerleader for one of the world's worst dictatorships: First Brother Roger Clinton.

Declares tax-cut editorial was faulty
Re the Dec. 3 editorial ``Bush's bold tax cuts'': Chuck Tatum, North Augusta

Rips NAACP's boycott over flag
I am writing about the Confederate flag controversy. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is doing nothing but stirring up a mess for the sake of publicity. It just wants something to cry about so people will feel sorry. Stephanie Tingen, Trenton

The littlest hero
What's overlooked in Communist dictator Fidel Castro's temper tantrum demands that Elian Gonzalez be returned to Cuba is what a tough, determined little boy Elian is.

Blames owner for cat's misfortune
I read with great interest your Dec. 2 article, ``Woman seeks answers to why cat is missing.'' J. Combs, Martinez

Urges compromise on animal stockade
Re to the numerous letters concerning the Augusta Humane Society, the Canal Authority and the stockade: Elizabeth Collins, Augusta

Says MOX role wrong route for SRS
Not everyone agrees with The Chronicle's plutonium editorial of Nov. 29. One doesn't have to be an ``anti-nuclear extremist'' to question whether MOX -- mixed weapons plutonium and uranium nuclear fuel -- is either ``virtuous'' or ``vital.'' Mary Olson, Augusta

Praises editorial on Panama Canal
As an educator I say, ``It is time for ignorant people to shut up, sit down, and do their homework.'' R.E. Sutherland, Aiken

Raps lack of construction information
Why does the city decide not only to block roads but also not warn drivers where there is no construction? I was driving down Wheeless Road and instead of getting to my destination I had to turn around at the end of the road! There were no signs posted at the intersection of Deans Bridge and Wheeless roads informing drivers that the constuction was at the end of the road. Carin V. Tichgelaar, Augusta

Laments potential loss of airport service
Delta Air Lines has announced a new non-stop service between Savannah and Columbia to La Guardia airport in New York. Service will be on ASA and Comair using 50 seat Canadair regional jets. Dick Frank, Augusta

Believes GOP field isn't `limited'
Having just watched the Fox News broadcast of the New Hampshire GOP presidential debate, I can only hope every American of voting age will take the opportunity to explore the platform of each candidate carefully and vote his or her conscience. Dave Caddell, Augusta

Augusta's 2000 budget: Fire over health care
Few budget proposals are OK'd without some controversy and the $88.4 million plan for fiscal 2000 submitted to the Augusta Commission by city Administrator Randy Oliver is no exception.

Says fort contains too much land
I read that volunteers are needed to plant 1,000 trees at Fort Gordon to help check erosion. This brings up two points: Lindsey H. Howard, Grovetown

Biotech research 'incubators' important for health care, economy
WONDERFUL THINGS College of Georgia. Research by faculty, students and members of the scientific staff is helping to find cures for heart disease, cancer, stroke, blindness, sickle cell disease, immune disorders, and many other diseases. There is a tremendous commitment to funding biomedical research. This support comes from both the state of Georgia, through its visionary program -- the Georgia Research Alliance -- and the federal government, where the budget for the National Institutes of Health, the major funding agency for biomedical research, is on pace to double within the next five years.

A military `defeat'
Is it time Puerto Rico was given its independence? The U.S. commonwealth, which pays no federal taxes but receives billions in U.S. aid and benefits, has decided it doesn't want the Navy to ``practice bomb'' Vieques island.

Blasts conditions at animal shelter
The conditions endured by the animals housed at the Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control Shelter are appalling. Dogs are crowded into cages while empty cages are available, just to reduce the number of cages that need to be cleaned. Worse, the dogs are not removed from the cages when the cages are hosed down. Mary-Kathleen Blanchard, Augusta

Cites 'incongruity' of paraphrase
I read with great distress the statement you attributed to me, ``The governor already basically knows what education legislation he will send to the General Assembly in January.'' (editorial, Nov. 14). State Sen. Steve Thompson, Powder Springs

Slams mayor's ranking of military flying teams
I am responding to Mayor Bob Young's remarks about the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels. Robert Desautel, Edgefield

Slams Clinton-Gore Red China ties
There was fund-raiser Johnny Chung, on the Fox News network, describing how he carried money from the Chinese Communist government to the Democratic National Committee. He minced no words as he told how, at one time, he was given a large amount of cash by the general in charge of the People's Liberation Army, along with the express statement, ``We like your president, and want to see him succeed.'' Robert Smock, Hephzibah

SATs good or bad?
There's a difference of opinion between the Democratic governors of our two-state area regarding SAT scores.

Urges Clinton to fix El Cenizo problem
Regarding the guest column written by Dr. Sam Francis in the Nov. 24 paper: He was writing about the situation in El Cenizo, Texas. He wanted to ask Gov. George W. Bush what he would do about the situation if he were elected president. Gertrude McKie, Augusta

Top golfers of the century

Overtime: Lakeside golfer wins national title

Overtime: Olerud signs 3-year deal with Mariners

Nicklaus voted best of century

USOC to search disabled athlete funding

Online sites get to the root of genealogy interest
If you're like most people, you have eight great-grandparents, and you can't name them all.

Mars lander investigation continues
PASADENA, Calif. -- With hope fading fast for the Mars Polar Lander, NASA investigators may have to face the possibility of never really knowing what went wrong with the spacecraft 157 million miles from Earth.

Drug approved for women with post-traumatic stress
WASHINGTON -- The widely used antidepressant Zoloft became the nation's first drug approved to treat post-traumatic stress syndrome Tuesday, but it comes with a caution that it may work only in women.

Post-traumatic stress linked to traffic injuries in children
CHICAGO -- A study of children and teen-agers injured in traffic accidents found that 25 percent suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, but most parents sought no help for them.

Dell extends its Linux use to PowerEdge
AUSTIN, Texas -- Red Hat Inc. got red hot Monday when Dell Computer Corp. announced it was factory-installing the Linux operating system on a line of computers, becoming the first major manufacturer to do so.

Vulnerability to ear infections partly inherited
CHICAGO -- Babies' vulnerability to ear infections appears largely inherited, according to a study that suggests doctors might want to closely watch siblings of children who are prone to such ailments.

NASA tools keep elderly balanced
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The same technology used by NASA to measure the equilibrium of space shuttle crews when they return from flight is hard at work at Arlington Hospital, where it's being used to help patients, particularly the elderly, prevent falls and the resulting fractures.

Gene therapy yields bigger pigs
WASHINGTON -- Here come the super pigs. Medical researchers using gene therapy have figured out a way to make young hogs grow 40 percent larger and faster.

White House answering questions from Internet users
WASHINGTON -- The White House has begun a new service for Internet users who have questions about administration activities.

Ford quits lobbying group that attacks global warming
WASHINGTON -- Ford Motor Co. has withdrawn from a lobbying group that leads opposition to the Kyoto climate treaty, saying credible evidence of global warming exists and companies should work together to find technological solutions.

Your style
THE FACTS: Shannon Lynn Hutto, 15, a sophomore at Cross Creek High School.

Xtreme calendar

Xtreme calendar
The second posthumous release from slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. hits record stores. The album, Born Again, has guest appearances from just about everyone in rap, including Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Nas and Eminem.

Advice line
Editor's note: The Y2K bug apparently struck early at Advice Line, so no calls were recorded for this week's problem. So, you get a second chance at helping solve this teen's situation.

Ice dreams
The idea of an ice hockey league for youth was hard to imagine for 17-year-old Ben Lesshafft when he moved to the Augusta area from Lexington, Ky.

Advice line

Ice dreams

Dell extends its Linux use to PowerEdge

Ford quits lobbying group that attacks global warming

White House answering questions from Internet users

Mars lander investigation continues

NASA tools keep elderly balanced

Online sites get to the root of genealogy interest

Gene therapy yields bigger pigs