Shortstop recovering from fracture

Vols send the Mountaineers hiking

Dorsey: Controversy a trademark of rivalry

Decision to retire remains

Mississippi St. finally enjoys success

Cummings comes home tonight against Hawks

This time, Georgia gets call

Robinson delivers for USC-Aiken

Hawks defeat Clippers

Biggio gets contract extension

Yanks first to average $3 million

Barkley's mouth will be missed

Lemke hopes to continue career as pitcher

MVP season highlights tumultuous Suns' tenure

Aiken tech wins 11th straight

Jordan voted century's best

Olerud signs with Seattle; Langston, Hunter, Sanchez re-sign

Griffey the top attraction at winter meetings

Barkley did everything his way

Psychics make gift giving easy

WJBF-TV sold in $605 million deal

Business briefs: Stocks close high after brief decline
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed mostly higher Thursday after a fitful session. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66.67 to 11,134.79. The Dow had risen as much as 136 points in morning trading, and it briefly dipped into negative territory this afternoon.

WJBF-TV sold in $605 million deal
A Richmond, Va.-based media company said Wednesday it will buy Spartan Communications, the owner of WJBF-TV (Channel 6) and 12 other television stations for $605 million.

Businesses voice fear of Y2K riots
A group of downtown business owners say they are prepared to seek damages against city officials and sponsors of the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve Street Party if revelers turn riotous.

Businesses voice fear of Y2K riots

Day care owner sells two local schools to firm
The North Carolina-based owner of 10 day care centers located in North Carolina and Georgia has sold his two Augusta schools.

Business briefs: Stocks close high after brief decline

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed mostly lower Wednesday as investors took a break from their recent technology-sector buying spree.

Day care owner sells two local schools to firm

Builder plans second complex
A Macon developer who built an upscale apartment complex in Columbia County earlier this year has launched construction on a similar project in Richmond County.

Business briefs

Builder plans second complex

Redbirds set new standard

Johnson fills several roles for the Eagles

Hamilton named top QB

Dayne spurs crowd at cemetery

Rose Bowl teams are survivors

College notebook: O'Cain could return to UNC

Bowl bid surprised Bowden

Awards ceremony may be preview of Heisman

Berzelia community fades away
Almost forgotten in the annals of Columbia County's past is the community that for many years was known as Berzelia.

Some 'sure-fire' goods misfired
CHICAGO -- Let's hop into the Edsel, pop the top off a Crystal (clear) Pepsi and stick some Menudo in the eight-track player as we take a trip down Memory Lane in search of products lost on the road to the year 2000.

Criticizes coverage of missing woman

Questions 'vindication' of supply side

Slams report on medical mistakes

Says Bulldogs deserve fans' respect

Opposes right to choose own death

Bleak futures

Cruel Worcester irony

Slams paper about 'made up' quote

Ethics smorgasbord

Quote says it all

Suggests 'heroes' for street name

Nickel-&-dime budget

The long walk to Christmas
Marching bands, beauty queens, floats and Santa Claus will make their way down crowded streets Sunday as August and Aiken hold Christmas parades.

Ramblin' Rhodes
The Bubba Tour is over. The tour, a six-day, Southern odyssey that covered 1,731 miles, was a pilgrimage to historical places in Southern rock, country and blues music that many fans dream of taking, but on which few actually embark.

Capsules
Straighten up! Cradling a telephone on the shoulder for long periods can trigger a stroke.

Pianist plays soothing music
People stressed from the hectic pace of the holidays may consider Jim Brickman the doctor with the cure.

Diamonds sparkle musically
Playing 180 concerts a year and constantly moving from town to town, Gary Owens could be excused for forgetting his last visit to Augusta.

Comedian wisely keeps dummy around
Working with a ``dummy'' for more than 30 years has brought nothing but fame and fortune for Willie Tyler.

In the know
The TV series All in the Family is hailed on a new 33-cent stamp.

Civic center gala will help homeless
A new event Saturday will help battle an old problem. Winter Gala '99, a showcase of Augusta-area entertainers at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, is a fund-raiser for the Augusta Task Force for the Homeless.

Wax works
Not so long ago, candles spent most of the time in drawers, taken out only to embellish a birthday cake or a holiday table, or to provide light when a storm knocked out the electricity. Candles embodied the very idea of utility.

Center buds the key to picking the perfect poinsettia
Poinsettias always brighten up homes, businesses and churches during the holidays.

Winter's the time to get organized
Batten the hatches: It's time to winterize the garden. (It won't just take care of itself.) Here's a list of jobs to help you get going:

Magnificent ornaments
Most years, Dot Rhoden of Evans wants her Christmas tree to look like a department store designer tree. This year, she and her family decided to get back to their family roots with handmade and hand-me-down family ornaments.

Many birds area flocking to Strom Thurmond Lake

Fishing tournament information

Star from Commerce eyes record

Unbeaten Appling a surprise

Marist star stays busy

Playing in the Dome can be a distraction

Hart Co. Van Dora gets the job done

Lynx ledger: Stingrays at Lynx

Mason out to prove Devils wrong

Resurgent Rangers turn season around

15-year-old charged with a crime for hockey hit

Lynx set to face Generals

Kopec will play against Greensboro

Unbeaten streak at 6 for Augusta

Penguins win in Brooks' coaching debut

Psychics make gift giving easy
Worried about buying the perfect Christmas gift? Concerned the recipient will be exchanging it Dec. 26? Afraid you'll spend too much money only to disappoint a loved one? Well, what you need is a holiday gift psychic.

Comedian wisely keeps dummy around

Wax works

Capsules

Winter's the time to get organized

Pianist plays soothing music

The long walk to Christmas

Civic center gala will help homeless

Diamonds sparkle musically

Center buds the key to picking the perfect poinsettia

In the know

Across the area: Search yields knife in student's car
A Hephzibah High School student was arrested at school Thursday after a search of his car turned up a knife, a Richmond County investigator said.

Police issue warrants for 2 men in shooting
Richmond County sheriff's deputies were looking for two men late Wednesday for their alleged part in a shooting on an Augusta street.

Area holds hazardous chemicals
Almost half the hazardous materials stored at Georgia's 25 largest chemical plants are located in Augusta, according to a study by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Hunting mishaps covered

Panel calls for harsh penalties

DUI case leads to jail term

Greenville city manager leaves position
AIKEN -- A former city manager who applied for higher-paying jobs while in Aiken has resigned -- apparently under fire -- from one job he took only a year ago.

Authority stalls Stallions deal

Firm clears construction of First Tee site

Across the area: Hospital holiday party at lake today

Dress code source of contention

Some 'sure-fire' goods misfired

Prison workers donate bicycles
Employees at Augusta State Medical Prison made a few Christmas wishes come true Wednesday.

Economists: Augusta's economy will improve
ATLANTA -- Augusta's economy will continue improving during the next 12 months with a second year of job growth at a 1.6 percent clip, though that pace is slower than the rest of the state, economists estimate.

Augusta in Blue Angels sights
The Blue Angels may put on an air show at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field after all.

'Frog watch' on verge of world record
Research from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory has been printed in such prestigious publications as Nature and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Soon, the lab might be recognized in another well-known compilation -- alongside the world's biggest ball of twine and its longest toenail.

Former coroner mourned
AIKEN -- The last time retired Aiken County Emergency Services Coordinator Bobby Mauney saw his old friend, former coroner John C. Stoll sat with him by a water garden, helping to shuck corn while he told fish stories.

Teacher expected to enter guilty plea
A former Aquinas High School teacher is expected to plead guilty to charges of bilking students and charities out of more than $200,000 at a sentencing hearing Friday, according to Augusta District Attorney Danny Craig.

Judge weighs legality of 1984 questioning
The only real evidence that Jody Allen helped rob, kidnap and murder a Columbia County couple 15 years ago were his own words, say those who've testified in the case.

Correction

'Frog watch' on verge of world record

Hunting mishaps covered
Magazine chronicles incidents Details of state's roadside hunting mishaps go international, draw criticism from local legislator

Turn lane planned at complex

Empty Stocking Fund: Children expect Santa gifts
She overheard her children say, ``No matter if mom don't have any money, Santa will give us a good Christmas because we are great kids and we make A's and B's and respect grown people.''

Organ donor wait shorter in Southeast

Economists: Augusta's economy will improve

County official charged with assault

Turn lane planned at complex
Engineers say proposal will reduce congestion in front of Colonial Village on Walton Way Extension

Empty Stocking Fund: Medical bills leave little for holiday gifts
She has three children. One, a 22-year-old boy who is blind, and two daughters, ages 16 and 7, who are mentally disabled.

Area holds hazardous chemicals

SRS workers put drive over top
Savannah River Site employees played secret Santas on Thursday for needy children.

Greenville city manager leaves position

Authority stalls Stallions deal
A deal that would include a cut of concessions and parking profits for an Augusta arenafootball2 league team was laid on the table at a Thursday meeting of the Richmond County Coliseum Authority -- along with a proposal that the Augusta Lynx be given almost total rights to sell advertising space at the civic center for a $50,000 yearly fee.

Across the area: Hospital holiday party at lake today
The seventh annual ``Christmas at the Lake'' at Aiken Regional Medical Centers is set for 6 p.m. today.

County official charged with assault
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Edgefield County's controversial zoning debate has many people hot under the collar, but one county employee is accused of using his fists to vent his anger.

Child protection under review
ATLANTA -- Two new committees are being formed to look for ways to revamp the state's troubled child-protection agency, shaken by recent news accounts of children who died of abuse and neglect after being put under its care.

Panel calls for harsh penalties
Richmond County school board members will ask Georgia lawmakers to pass a law that would impose the maximum penalty on any student or parent who makes verbal or physical threats against a school employee.

Deputies focus on survival

Sketch released in search
AIKEN -- North Augusta police released a sketch Thursday of a man seen at the Georgia Welcome Center where a missing woman's 2-month-old infant was left abandoned.

Judge weighs legality of 1984 questioning

Court challenge based on alleged affair
Before attorney William Lumpkin's capital murder trial began this year, his wife admitted she had an affair with his lawyer, according to recently unsealed court documents.

Savannah explores effect of foreign ships

Workers not injured when tar tank explodes
ATHENS, Ga. -- An exploding tank in Athens sent softball-sized chunks of roofing tar more than 50 feet through the air Wednesday morning, but two workers standing less than 15 feet from the tank escaped with few injuries.

Inmate appeals murder conviction
If he had known 15 years ago what he knows now, he would never have pleaded guilty to robbing, kidnapping and murdering a Columbia County couple, Jody Allen testified Wednesday.

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly stated the FBI's involvement in the search for Tiffaney Wilson. The article should have said that FBI has offered North Augusta Public Safety its assistance in the case.

More plaintiffs joining admissions case
ATHENS, Ga. -- The list of plaintiffs lined up to join a class-action lawsuit against the University of Georgia's admissions policy has grown beyond 30, and claims will continue to mount against the school's use of race as a factor, Atlanta attorney Lee Parks said.

Firm clears construction of First Tee site
The final preliminary order of business has been completed, clearing the way for work to begin on Augusta's First Tee Golf Course and training facility later this month.

Organ donor wait shorter in Southeast
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- People awaiting organ transplants at medical centers in the Southeast have the nation's shortest wait for organs.

In the spirit
Evan Stanley, 2, drops a dollar into a kettle after Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart off Bobby Jones Expressway with his grandmother Van Inglett of Augusta. Salvation Army trumpeter George Taylor played Silent Night for them Wednesday.

Summit focuses on violence
ATHENS, Ga. -- Coordinated early intervention is the best way to attack a nationwide outbreak of youth violence that is ``hamstringing our society'' emotionally and financially, an education expert said during a summit at the University of Georgia.

House fire
Firefighters help Capt. Sam Pardon of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department with his oxygen tank after a fire on Wrightsboro Road. Wednesday's blaze left the owners homeless.

Empty Stocking Fund: Children expect Santa gifts

Schools could lose state funding

Inmate appeals murder conviction

Across the area: Search yields knife in student's car

Schools could lose state funding
ATLANTA -- All local school systems could run out of state money within months if the Georgia Board of Education continues to refuse a vote on three courses based on a secular interpretation of the Bible.

Sketch released in search

Berzelia community fades away

DUI case leads to jail term
AIKEN -- A Graniteville teen-ager who was drunk when she crashed a Ford Bronco into a convenience store, critically injuring a 5-year-old boy, pleaded guilty Thursday and received a six-year jail sentence.

Deputies focus on survival
Deputy George Miller stared intently at David James, determined to grab the gun from his holster.

Child protection under review

House fire

Empty Stocking Fund: Medical bills leave little for holiday gifts

Savannah explores effect of foreign ships
SAVANNAH -- Ships from foreign shores bring desired consumer products such as stereos, clothes and toys.

Former coroner mourned

Task force seeks plan on housing
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes on Wednesday asked a new committee he created to come up with a ``common-sense, workable'' plan to reduce long waiting lists for home- and community-based care for Georgia's senior citizens, physically disabled, mentally ill, mentally retarded and substance abusers.

In the spirit

Controversy a trademark of rivalry

Summit focuses on violence

Police issue warrants for 2 men in shooting

Family waits, hopes for news
JACKSON -- The waiting is the worst. With nothing new in the apparent abduction of Tiffaney Wilson, the family of Mrs. Wilson's husband, Joshua, could only sit and wait Wednesday -- wait for a telephone call, a sighting of Mrs. Wilson or anything. ``The waiting is horrible,'' said Edna Wilson, Joshua Wilson's mother. ``And it's helplessness. What can you do?''

Task force seeks plan on housing

Dress code source of contention
A group of Richmond County parents, concerned about punishment for violating the district's clothing policy, will decide next week whether to pursue a lawsuit against the school system.

Court challenge based on alleged affair

Barkley's bite was his trademark

Brown top football player of century

Seau expects to return to Chargers' lineup

Falcons notebook: Anderson headed to broadcast booth

Thomas gearing up for Giants

Titans look for redemption

Chandler back in groove

Mr. Thomas Gillion
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Mr. Thomas Earl Gillion, 74, of Briarwood Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mr. George Case
AIKEN -- Mr. George Dewey Case, 69, of Heather Way, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Blanche Joiner
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Blanche E. Kitchens Joiner, of Robin Lane, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Fred Calloway Sr.
Mr. Fred Owens Calloway Sr., of Leona Street, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Eileen Pawlik
JACKSON -- Mrs. Eileen Patricia Pawlik, 68, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Ms. Elsie Jacks
Ms. Elsie Carolyn Jacks, 72, of St. John Towers, Greene Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Fred Calloway Sr.
Mr. Fred Owens Calloway Sr., of Leona Street, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Nancy Tabb
Ms. Nancy Elizabeth Clay Tabb, 56, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Jurie Thomas
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mrs. Jurie Mae Heggs Thomas, 69, of Gamble School Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Herbert Oestricker
MARTIN, S.C. -- Mr. Herbert Earl Oestricker, 60, of Patterson Mill Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Minnie Johnson
HARLEM -- Mrs. Minnie Lue Johnson, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999.

Mr. Aaron Lindsey
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Aaron Wilmont ``Speedway'' Lindsey, 86, of Campus Avenue, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Specialty Hospital.

Mrs. Grace Brodie
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Grace Blakeney Brodie, 79, of Baypoint Road, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Clayton Johnson
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mr. Clayton C. Johnson, 60, of West Main Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1999, in Dublin.

Mrs. Ruth Little
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Martin Little, 86, of Valleywood Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999.

Mrs. Margaret Dobson
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Margaret Dobson, 73, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999.

Mr. Peter Stevens
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Peter Stevens, 81, of 11th Street, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Coy Bovier
BIG POND, Pa. -- Mr. Coy E. Bovier died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999.

Mrs. Lula Smith
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Lula Mae Woody Smith, 68, of Oak Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Nellie P. Rogers
THOMSON -- Mrs. Nellie P. Rogers, 96, of Langham Street, died Thursday, Dec.9, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Willie Jenkins
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Claude Jenkins, 77, of Moxley-Bartow Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Gaines
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. James Gaines, 44, of Lee Street, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Dannie Jackson
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Mr. Dannie Jackson, 54, of Green Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Manor Care Nursing Home.

Mrs. Louise Thomas
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise Anna Thomas, of Lineville Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ida Cummings
AIKEN -- Mrs. Ida Cummings, 80, of New Holland Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Nellie Howard
Mrs. Nellie McCandlish Howard, 97, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Eddie Kearney
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Eddie M. Kearney, 60, of Smith Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mikie Tankersley
THOMSON -- Mrs. Mikie Tankersley, 54, of Milledgeville Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Pearl Clark
Mrs. Pearl Clark, 81, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Julia Graham
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Julia Graham, 83, of Evans Street, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Smith Medical Nursing Care Center.

Mrs. Lanelle Chance
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Lanelle Riner Chance, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Essie Holmes
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Essie Cleora Patten Holmes, 97, of Jeter Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care.

Mr. Robert Powell Sr.
Mr. Robert William Powell Sr., 60, of Anne Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Clara Schofield
Mrs. Clara Ann Schofield, 70, of Kaufman Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Gwen Soule
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Gwen Soule, 29, of Brookstone Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Lester Fennell Sr.
Mr. Lester Talmadge Fennell Sr., 91, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Davis
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Dorothy D. Davis, 87, of Montgomery Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999.

Mrs. Sarah Hutto
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Sarah Funderburg Hutto, 76, of Eula Helen Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Nevin
NEW YORK -- Mr. John A. Nevin, 74, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, in Lakewood, Colo.

Mr. Henry Coleman
Mr. Henry Carter Coleman, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Nancy Tabb
Ms. Nancy Elizabeth Clay Tabb, 56, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Coy Bovier

Mrs. Clara Schofield

Mr. Fred Calloway Sr.

Mr. John Nevin

Mr. James Gaines

Mrs. Minnie Johnson

Mrs. Gwen Soule

Mr. Fred Calloway Sr.

Mr. Clayton Johnson

Mr. Henry Coleman

Mr. Dannie Jackson

Mrs. Eileen Pawlik

Ms. Nancy Tabb

Mrs. Nellie Howard

Mr. Lester Fennell Sr.

Mrs. Lanelle Chance

Mr. Robert Powell Sr.

Mrs. Eddie Kearney

Ms. Elsie Jacks

Mrs. Ruth Little

Mr. Herbert Oestricker

Mrs. Nellie P. Rogers

Mrs. Margaret Dobson

Mrs. Louise Thomas

Mr. George Case

Mr. Willie Jenkins

Mrs. Dorothy Davis

Mrs. Ida Cummings

Mrs. Blanche Joiner

Mrs. Lula Smith

Mr. Aaron Lindsey

Mrs. Pearl Clark

Mr. Robert Wilson

Mrs. Essie Holmes

Ms. Nancy Tabb

Bloodworth: Help 'waiting children'find permanent homes
ONE HUNDRED thousand children in this country desperately need our help. They are often passed from home to home -- or from facility to facility. And they dream of getting to stay someday in loving, supportive permanent homes, attending the same school year after year, making friends and not saying good-bye and, most of all, they dream of having a family who loves them.

Wants debate on merits of college
The Scholastic Assessment Test tells us only one thing about a student: How well that student did on that test that day. To the extent that the test and that day are like college, one can imply how well that student will perform in college.Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Hits SRS good 'ol boy network
Layoff talks. Budget cuts. These are all things that are constantly talked about at the Savannah River Site.Mike Rothe, Aiken

Urges WTO membership for Taiwan
We applaud your Nov. 27 editorial, ``Two fine speeches,'' which favorably describes presidential candidate George W. Bush's policy statement advocating Taiwan's entry into the World Trade Organization and decrying the Beijing government's continuing attempts to ``impose their rule on a free people'' in Taiwan. Alice Wang, Atlanta

Slams paper about 'made up' quote
On Nov. 24, The Chronicle printed a story on how thankful I was to be alive after being shot in the head during an armed robbery attempt last August. I appreciate the attention and the opportunity to publicly state my thanks to God for allowing me to live and also to the many people who prayed for me and helped my family during that difficult time. Charles M. Voldness Jr., Aiken

Bloodworth: Help 'waiting children'find permanent homes
ONE HUNDRED thousand children in this country desperately need our help. They are often passed from home to home -- or from facility to facility. And they dream of getting to stay someday in loving, supportive permanent homes, attending the same school year after year, making friends and not saying good-bye and, most of all, they dream of having a family who loves them.

Bleak futures
Linda Gail Hendrick, the 52-year-old special education Murphey Middle School teacher who was stabbed 60 or 70 times and whose skull was smashed by a blunt instrument Nov. 22, is out of intensive care, but her future looks bleak, indeed.

Slams report on medical mistakes
Shades of Jocelyn Elders: 44,000 to 98,000 die in hospitals due to mistakes. At least former Surgeon General Elders was precise -- she knew exactly how many children started smoking each day, how many children or spouses die of second-hand smoke, how many teen-agers of each agegroup engages in sex, and how many used prophylactics. Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Suggests 'heroes' for street name
If one is to rename a street in Columbia County in honor of a real hero in U.S. history, it should be a person such as Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass or Harriet Tubman. These real American freedom fighters contributed mightily to the making of this great nation.John S. Woodson, McCormick

Questions 'vindication' of supply side
You fail to mention in your Nov. 29 editorial ``Supply side vindicated'' that most economists today consider the Laffer supply-side model invalid in some of its major assumptions and interpretations and therefore, mostly ineffective in its results. That Robert Mundell has recently won the Nobel prize in Economics for his ``analysis of monetary and fiscal policy under different exchange rate regimes and his analysis of optimum currency areas'' (an argument for flexible exchange rates) in no way ``vindicates'' the supply-side theory as you suggest. It's illogical to draw such conclusions. Sylvia Littlejohn, Ph.D., Augusta

Cruel Worcester irony
There were no squatters there to rescue. The couple who had been living on the second floor of the warehouse left after accidentally starting the blaze.Focus on homeless problemCruel Worcester irony

Opposes right to choose own death
Re the Nov. 25 letter by Bobbie Carter on the right of a person to choose his or herr own death: As a registered nurse with 20 years of experience, I have seen countless people die very dignified deaths who suffered pain for a long length of time. They chose to let death be in God's hands instead of in their own. Brenda W. Chance, Modoc

Say UGA fans 'sore losers' over call
As Georgia Tech students, we are sick of hearing about the ``blown'' call in the Georgia Tech vs. University of Georgia football game. It is ridiculous that the referees of the game have been suspended over this controversial call.Wendy Adams & Lee Jenkins, Augusta

Criticizes coverage of missing woman
After reading the Dec. 8 front-page article on the Wilson family, I can understand why the family refuses to make comments. The public has no desire or right to know a lot of personal information that was listed in the article. Sandra Winnett, New Ellenton

Wants 'hate talk' censored from letters
I felt that your editorial response to the Georgia attorney general's opinion requiring a secular approach to teaching the Judeo-Christian Bible was somewhat measured and thoughtful, although I disagreed with your paper's view.Rev. Dan King, Augusta

Ethics smorgasbord
The Augusta Commission's ethics ordinance subcommittee has failed to come up with a serious proposal.

Nickel-&-dime budget
Adding to the normal stresses and strains of the holiday season for Augusta commissioners is that they must, by state law, approve a city budget by the end of the month.

Quote says it all
``I had one message at 4:55 and one message at 5:00. The one at 5:00 was the White House and President Clinton. The one at 4:55 was a former drug dealer that I represented -- both congratulating me.''

Appreciates decision on old Stockade
The CSRA Humane Society would like to formally thank Augusta's commissioners for their decision to allow us to lease the old Stockade. We would also like to thank Mayor Bob Young for his support. And thank you to the citizens for your letters to the editor, your signatures on our petitions, your prayers, donations and your volunteer time. Tasha Alison Korb, Augusta

Says Bulldogs deserve fans' respect
Re the Georgia/Georgia Tech rivals game:Kathy King, Augusta

Overtime: Local boxing coach wins award

Woods, Inkster, Fleisher win honors

Hendrick Motorsports fulfills Loomis' dream

Pincay two shy of Shoemaker's record

Overtime: Wardlaw's Derrick sets scoring mark

Golfer could win championships in six decades

Let Jarrett be model for others

NASA's troubles continue
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A grounded space shuttle fleet. An international space station on hold. A crippled Hubble Space Telescope. Two failed Mars probes. One launch delay after another.

Clinton wants all Americans on the Net
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton set a national goal Thursday of connecting every American to the Internet to make high-technology advantages as universally available as the telephone.

Oak Ridge weapons plant explosion injures three
An explosion this morning at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant sent three people to the hospital, and seven more required observation, officials at the weapons plant confirmed.

Royal view
Britain's Prince Charles looks through special 3-D glasses to look at molecular structures on a computer screen during a visit to the Breakthrough Research Center in central London's Fulham Road Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999.

Report: Government not paying for workers' health screenings
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The federal government hasn't kept its promise to pay for expanded health screenings of uranium workers in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, The Columbus Dispatch reported today.

TVA approves deal to produce tritium
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennes-see Valley Authority directors ap-proved a contract Wednesday to make tritium for nuclear bombs, marking the first time in U.S. history that a commercial reactor will be used to produce the material.

Concerns raised about antibiotics fed to chickens
WASHINGTON -- A new government report suggests up to 5,000 Americans might have suffered longer-lasting food poisoning last year because they caught an antibiotic-resistant strain from eating chicken. The finding raises questions about on-the-farm use of human antibiotics.

Microsoft forms wireless venture with Ericsson
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Microsoft and Sweden's LM Ericsson AB are forming a joint venture to develop products for consumers to access the Internet and send e-mail from any wireless device.

Japan to put 96,000 soldiers on alert for Y2K
TOKYO -- Japan will ready 96,000 soldiers and beef up police patrols on New Year's Eve in case disaster hits with possible millennium-related computer failures, the Defense Agency said Wednesday.

Mystery of Uranus-Neptune formation explained
Scientists say they may have solved a far-out mystery: how Uranus and Neptune came to exist at the very edges of the solar system.

Programmer pleads guilty to creating 'Melissa' virus
NEWARK, N.J. -- A computer programmer admitted today he created and distributed the ``Melissa'' virus that he acknowledged caused millions of dollars of damage by disrupting e-mail systems worldwide.

Beaming is catching on
WASHINGTON -- Forget the pen and paper. It's all about beaming information. When Steve Kan and his mother sat down one recent afternoon to swap family addresses and phone numbers, they simply lined up their handheld computing devices, pressed a button and instantly beamed complete lists to each other.

Japan to cancel key rocket program
TOKYO -- Japan announced Thursday that it will halt development of the troubled H-2 rocket -- considered the key to Japan's space program -- after two failed launches this year.

Programmer pleads guilty to creating 'Melissa' virus

Concerns raised about antibiotics fed to chickens

Clinton wants all Americans on the Net

Oak Ridge weapons plant explosion injures three

Report: Government not paying for workers' health screenings

Royal view

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