Cubs get pitcher Valdes from L.A. in deal

ASU loses to Winston-Salem State

UConn at top of game

Furcal is not on list

Shaq thrives under Jackson's offense

S.C. State edges Clemson

Knicks hold off Celtics

Aiken Tech wins a rout

Sixers activate Iverson from injured list

Bulldogs win on final shot

Nets' Williams hopes to return by mid January

Rockets' Barkley undergoes knee surgery after career-ending blowout

Cox: Strengthen the bullpen

Jackets fall in overtime

No. 5 Lady Bulldogs take 4th win in row

UNC over Tennessee Tech

Ads recycle anthems of youth

E-commerce not up to speed

E-commerce not up to speed
Since Papa John's Pizza started offering pies on the Web earlier this year, the orders have been trickling in -- slowly.

Business benefit from bug
Y2K's place in history depends on what happens shortly after midnight New Year's Eve.

Business briefs

Business briefs
Brandon Wilde, already recognized as one of the top 20 continuing care retirement communities in the United States, has been accredited by the Continuing Education Care Accreditation Commission by meeting their rigorous operational and financial standards.

On the move
Paula Tankersley, who joined Georgia Bank & Trust Co. in 1992, has been promoted to vice president in the bank's commercial lending area.

Pocket change
The electronic age has yet to do away with the occasional meeting. So, what separates a good meeting from a bad one?

Business benefit from bug

Pocket change

Fan celebration cuts game short

Southern's defense takes spotlight in win

Eagles ride defense to I-AA final

Statue's home is no trophy

Heisman awarded to Dayne

Technological advances shape world
Technology not only has changed the way we look at our world, but also has made the images brighter and more accessible.

S.C. red-faced after article

Decries abrogation of Constitution

Says reviewer 'too old' for kids' films

Contrasts God's Son, modern child

Slams Citadel's training, Hell Week

Defends 'troublemaking' of NAACP

Clinton vs. encryption bill

Positive Commission moves

Hits 'whining' Bulldog fans

Wants 'skull and crossbones' signs to mark highway

Wants appraisal office investigated

Woman's story basis for spiritual study
On July 12, 1995, a 70-year-old Colorado housewife named Virginia Mae Morrow died of cancer.

In the know
Compassionate Friends, a self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child, is asking area residents to participate in a home candlelight vigil tonight. The event is a way for bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, other family members and members of the community to remember children, says Cathy McNitt, leader of the local Compassionate Friends chapter.

Festive figures festoon home
Children ice skate on a nearby pond, a horse and sleigh carry Christmas trees and parcels through the village street as shoppers gather at storefronts to gaze at the prizes inside.

Pets are ready for holiday close-ups
Santa isn't the only hairy face in holiday pictures this year. Expect to see adorable Akitas, boxers and other breeds posed beside the Christmas tree.

Friend needs a lesson on boundaries
Dear Carson: I have been keeping company with a widower for the past year. We enjoy each other and have a close and intimate relationship. On two occasions I have accompanied him when joining other couples who are long- time friends. Both times one of the women made a beeline for my date, insisting that he kiss her on the lips. It was not the obligatory kiss on the cheek kind of greeting, nor did she kiss the other men.

Gifts for a new millennium
The dawn of a new millennium only comes around once every 1,000 years, so retailers are stocking keepsakes and accessories to commemorate the big event.

White Sands
WHITE SANDS, N.M. -- Gypsum sands roll endlessly into the horizon of the Tularosa Basin in southern New Mexico. The massive sea of glistening dunes called White Sands National Monument engulfs nearly 125 square miles of desert.

North stops South in senior showcase

New faces will show up for Georgia's Class AA title game

Red Devils high step to title

McWhorter fully aware of Lincoln County tradition

Brunswick hammers Chattahoochee

McWhorter fully aware of Lincoln County tradition

Lincoln County notebook: Mason shakes off injury

McWhorter fully aware of Lincoln County tradition

Gretzky best of century

Bulls end Lynx unbeaten streak

Golf pictures serve as omen for Dumont

Ads recycle anthems of youth
The other day I overheard my 5-year-old softly singing that 1960s standard Born to be Wild, and it stopped me for a moment.

In the know

Pets are ready for holiday close-ups

Woman's story basis for spiritual study

White Sands

Festive figures festoon home

Gifts for a new millennium

Yuletide spirit grows with local tree farms

Many police agencies want written request for records

Investigators make frequent trips to Augusta
If Augusta-Richmond County government is politically corrupt, as two grand juries have suggested, nobody's ever been able to prove it.

Meeting set on growth plan upgrade
Starting Tuesday, Columbia County will look to its future.

Officers often violate state open records laws

Woman says she wants to see her children smile

Woman says she wants to see her children smile
She is going to cosmetology school and has applied for jobs all over Augusta, without much luck.

Across the area: Business owner injured in robbery

Offials seek a way to curb I-20 wrecks
The roll call of the dead this year on Interstate 20 includes a truck driver who pulled over when his rig broke down, a 5-month-old infant sitting on his mother's lap and a 21-year-old Augusta man riding with his father in a tractor-trailer.

Georgia's right to know

Officers often violate state open records laws
Officers don't accept many excuses when writing a ticket, but they certainly have plenty of excuses themselves for breaking the law when it comes to providing public information.

Officers run afoul of the law

Governor gets aide of leaders

Across the area: 9-year-old raped on way home

Demand for more technological training necessary

Officers run afoul of the law
The sheriffs and jailers sworn to uphold South Carolina's laws most often violate the ones that say jail logs, crime reports and similar records are supposed to be open to the public.

Georgia's right to know
A quarter of a century after sunshine laws were enacted -- and near the conclusion of the first year in office for a governor who made them a big issue -- how much open government actually exists in Georgia?

Agencies still in dark on sunshine laws

Trials attract riders
Ron Hudson didn't realize the Christmas gift he gave his daughter five years ago would turn her into a fierce competitor.

Statue's home is no trophy

City struts its stuff in parade
It was only the second parade he had ever seen in his life.Dressed in Batman pajamas and Star Wars sneakers, 23-month-old Jack Phelps bounced in his father's arms, waving pudgy fists to drumbeats. The Dogs, the clowns, the crowd and the massive floats that passed all seemed to astound him.

Man shoots daughter, himself
A family feud turned deadly inside a Warrenville home Sunday when a father shot his 16-year-old daughter in the head and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

Conduct concerns Assembly
ATLANTA -- Next Tuesday's special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Diana Harvey Johnson is another chapter, not the end, in the General Assembly's struggle with ethical lapses.

Offials seek a way to curb I-20 wrecks

Technological advances shape world

Aiken enjoys parade's success
AIKEN -- For a while it looked like Mother Nature would become the Grinch that stole the Christmas parade.

Trials attract riders

Request sparks confrontation
UNION, S.C. -- It sounded easy enough -- visit local government and law enforcement offices, request public documents that are supposed to be readily available and keep notes on what happens.

Investigators make frequent trips to Augusta

Empty Stocking Fund: Family wants nice meal
The doctors just told the North Augusta woman that her husband will need a pacemaker.

Records difficult to obtain

Across the area: 9-year-old raped on way home
DECATUR -- An elderly DeKalb County couple died in an early morning fire that nearly destroyed the house they had shared for more than 30 years.

Aiken enjoys parade's success

Officer says adherence to law improving
Athens-Clarke County police Officer Wesley Horney has been working for the department for two years. Before that, he was a practicing attorney in Atlanta. In an interview, Officer Horney said compliance with open records laws and the state of public access in law enforcement is improving:

Governor gets aide of leaders
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes has been telling business audiences he favors paying some teachers more than others, based on their performance and ability to teach hard-to-fill subject areas. Those are fighting words for the state's teacher organizations who have vowed to lobby hard against the proposals.

Many police agencies want written request for records
OK, here are the rules -- but be warned, they're sketchy.

Records difficult to obtain
When Staff Writer Jason B. Smith went to Jefferson County Sheriff's Department to see how accessible incident reports were, he encountered one of the most blatant violations of the state sunshine laws found in the Augusta area. Here is his account of the events.

Man fulfills airplane dream

Demand for more technological training necessary
AIKEN -- An undereducated work force hinders economic prosperity in South Carolina, according to consultants hired by the Department of Commerce to assess the state's ability to compete for business and industry.

Officials wary of sick days

Yuletide spirit grows with local tree farms
MONETTA -- It didn't seem much like tree time until Bunny and Glenn Gaskin pulled their pickup truck among the pines to purchase one for Christmas.

Request sparks confrontation

Across the area: Business owner injured in robbery
A video poker business owner was injured Saturday in an early-morning armed robbery and shooting, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office reported.

Man shoots daughter, himself

Man fulfills airplane dream
PELION, S.C. -- He is 69 and admittedly getting a little grizzled, but Fred McCallum still has in him a bit of the little boy who stood up in his high chair to point at airplanes in the sky.

Meeting set on growth plan upgrade

Giant globe gets new face for year 2000
SAVANNAH -- To local residents, it's known simply as ``the globe.'' But the spherical natural gas tank once billed as the world's largest globe is getting a makeover, with the bright colors that distinguish different countries to be replaced by a more realistic vision based on satellite photos.

Conduct concerns Assembly

Man shoots daughter, himself
A Warrenville man died Sunday afternoon after shooting his daughter and turning the gun on himself.

Giant globe gets new face for year 2000

Officials wary of sick days
When it comes to employee sick leave in Columbia County schools, Friday seems to be the day to miss.

Empty Stocking Fund: Family wants nice meal

Officer says adherence to law improving

Agencies still in dark on sunshine laws
Without sunshine laws, your city or county could raise taxes or build a landfill just off your kitchen window without informing you. Yet, after a quarter-century of these laws, compliance throughout Georgia is spotty at best, according to a first-ever survey.

New buses could roll by 2001
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A bus system could be in place in Gwinnett County by 2001, even before the state's new high-occupancy vehicle lanes are open and ready for traffic.

Draft spots, not playoffs on the line

NFL previews

Falcons face struggling 49ers

Bucs take first with win over Lions

Rhodes, Seifert re-connect at Lambeau Field

Falcons lose big and ugly

Panthers sneak past Pack

This week in the NFL

Ms. Jacqueline Council
AIKEN -- Ms. Jacqueline Marie Council, 35, of Hampton Avenue, died Friday, March 22, 1991.

Mrs. Ollie Brooks
BROOKLET, Ga. -- Mrs. Ollie Buie Brooks, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Anderson
Mrs. Mary B. Anderson, of Knox Avenue, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Ms. Grace Martin
Ms. Grace C. Martin, 81, of Eisenhower Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Columbus Washington
Mr. Columbus ``Coot'' Washington, 83, of Holly Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Leona Martin
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Leona ``Lee'' Martin, 56, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Viola Sturgis
THOMSON -- Mrs. Viola Finch Sturgis, 88, of Hunter Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Jonas Mims III
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Jonas Mims III, 64, of Edward Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Henry Fitch
Mr. Henry W. ``Hank'' Fitch, 65, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Amelia Seader
Mrs. Amelia F. Seader, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Forest Lake Nursing Home.

Mr. Willie Daggett
Mr. Willie Daggett, 63, of Ellis Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Howard Stein
AIKEN -- Mr. Howard Roy Stein, 83, of Perth Court, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Willie Brumlow
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Willie Brumlow, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Nadine Clark
Mrs. Nadine C. Clark, 86, of Martinez,, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Eudell Page
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Eudell Scott Page, 84, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Emanuel County Nursing Home.

Mr. Clyde Johns
Mr. Clyde Johns, 66, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at his residence.

Justin Noakes
WINDSOR, -- Justin Wesley Noakes, infant son of James Wesley Noakes and April Hall Noakes, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. A. Burnham Cooper Jr.
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. A. Burnham Cooper Jr., 71, of Veazey Street, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Diane Gladney
WARD, S.C. -- Mrs. Diane Williams Gladney, 43, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Lexington County Hospital.

Mr. Eugene Walden Sr.
DANIA, Fla. -- Mr. Eugene Walden Sr., 88, of South West Fourth Court, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Siler
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Lee Siler, 77, of Oak Lane Court, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Mr. William Grice
Mr. William Henry Grice, 74, of Louisville Road, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Ann Jenkins
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Ms. Ann Marie Jenkins, 28, of Legion Road, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Earlean McCreary
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Earlean McCreary died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mrs. Emma Eubanks
AIKEN -- Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Anderson Eubanks, of Augustus Road, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Wilbur Meyer
Mr. Wilbur G. Meyer, 60, of Evans, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Ruth Bucky
Ms. Ruth M.E. Bucky, 70, of Melrose Drive, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Bessie Ford
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Bessie Ford, 92, of West Floyd Street, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Walter Allen
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Mr. Walter David Allen, 71, of Valley Road, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, in North Okaloosa Medical Center.

Mr. Columbus Washington

Ms. Jacqueline Council

Mrs. Mary Siler

Mr. Eugene Walden Sr.

Mrs. Willie Brumlow

Ms. Grace Martin

Mrs. Earlean McCreary

Mrs. Amelia Seader

Mrs. Mary Anderson

Mrs. Ollie Brooks

Mr. Walter Allen

Mrs. Diane Gladney

Ms. Ruth Bucky

Ms. Ann Jenkins

Mr. A. Burnham Cooper Jr.

Mr. Willie Daggett

Mr. Wilbur Meyer

Mrs. Eudell Page

Mrs. Emma Eubanks

Mrs. Nadine Clark

Mr. Howard Stein

Mr. Jonas Mims III

Mr. Clyde Johns

Kentucky model is wrong one for reforming Georgia's education system
``HISTORY, GRADE F. Geography, grade F. Math, grade D. Science, grade F. English, incomplete due to the very low score in the American Federation of Teachers report.''

Wants appraisal office investigated
My husband and I would appreciate a grand jury devoted to the performance of the Richmond County property appraisal office. I have no clue what these folks are doing with their time, but it is certainly not responding to the concerns of the taxpayer. Susan D. Dunlap, Augusta

Defends 'troublemaking' of NAACP
Concerning Stephanie Tingen's Dec. 7 letter "Rips NAACP's boycott over flag'': Evelyn Scott, Augusta

Wants 'skull and crossbones' signs to mark highway
In light of all of the recent accidents along the stretch of I-20 between Augusta and North Augusta ... why don't you mount a campaign to have ``skull and crossbones'' signs posted along that stretch of the Interstate? Ray Northcutt, North Augusta

Positive Commission moves
The Augusta Commission made a couple of good decisions last week. The first was to OK leasing the old stockade near Lake Olmstead to the CSRA Humane Society.

Kent: UGA should look at Florida; horse laughs
The Morris News Service reports that the list of plaintiffs lining up to support a class action lawsuit against the University of Georgia's admissions policy has grown beyond 30, and attorney Lee Parks says claims will continue to mount against the school's use of race for admissions.

S.C. red-faced after article
An unfavorable article about South Carolina's roadside hunting problem in the current edition of Outdoor Life is proving to be an embarrassment to the state. It chronicles how some roadside deer hunters, who use dogs to flush game out of wooded, underbrush areas, all too often abuse game laws and terrorize property owners and drivers.

Offers 'biblical' view of flag flap
In a time when honoring a symbol of the Confederacy has caused hatred, violence and confusion among the people of a nation united under God, with justice and freedom for all, is it reasonable that they know the Bible's position on the matter? Rev. Anthony Stephens, Waynesboro

Clinton vs. encryption bill
In September the Clinton-Gore administration appeared to agree to computer encryption reform -- especially since over 250 House of Representatives members of both parties were poised to pass a strong pro-encryption bill, H.R. 850.

Hits 'whining' Bulldog fans
When I saw the headline, ``Whining'' on the lead editorial of Dec. 1, I thought it was another story about the Bulldog fans whining about their loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Don Bell, Augusta

Decries abrogation of Constitution
On Oct. 13, the U.S. Senate rejected the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty by a 51-48 vote -- a two thirds majority was needed for ratification. A.G. Blackmon, Warrenville

Chides the mayor for calling Thunderbirds No. 2
As I read the Dec. 2 article concerning the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds' being cleared to fly in Augusta, I was very disappointed at some of Mayor Bob Young's comments. Mayor Young said that the Blue Angels are the No. 1 team in the world and that the Thunderbirds are the No. 2 team. Savannah Collins, Lincolnton

Raps critic of SRS MOX role
The Dec. 8 letter by Mary Olson opposes burning plutonium in power reactors and supports burying a thousand tons of this best of bomb materials in a hundred repositories spread over this troubled globe. This is enough material for about a million nuclear war heads, certainly enough for evil hands to make life on Earth hideous for our great-great-grandchildren. Fred Christensen, Aiken

Kentucky model is wrong one for reforming Georgia's education system
``HISTORY, GRADE F. Geography, grade F. Math, grade D. Science, grade F. English, incomplete due to the very low score in the American Federation of Teachers report.''

Protect teachers: Skewed priorities
If you want to know why Georgia is contending for last place among the nation's public school systems, then look no further than Richmond County. Two events last week signaled why many parents have their educational priorities out of whack.

Declares abortion is same as 'murder'
I read in the paper, I see on television, I listen to the radio about the arguments pro and con dealing with America's stand on abortion. Billy Bedgood, Martinez

Contrasts God's Son, modern child
This is the time to think of the child. It was with a purpose that God sent His Son to us as a child ... so that the Savior of the world is seen in the simplicity, the lovable helplessness and hopefulness of a child. It is the birth of the child which marks the progress of our years and of all Western Civilization. The coming millenium celebrates the birth of The Child. Ralph W. Buchanan Sr., MD, North Augusta

Says reviewer 'too old' for kids' films
Re Roger Ebert's review of Toy Story 2: Marie K. Ritch, Martinez

Slams Citadel's training, Hell Week
In response to Elwyn A. Saunders' Dec. 5 letter ``Defends Citadel's military training,'' here's the truth about The Citadel: Margaret Savage, North Augusta

Mexico's drug 'denial'
Even as FBI and Mexican anti-drug agents last week dug up hundreds of bodies buried in a mass grave on the ranch of a Mexican drug lord across the border from El Paso, there were rumblings of discontent among many Mexicans about U.S. meddling with their nation's sovereignty.

Overtime: Athletes get seats on IOC; reforms OK'd

First Tee course coming soon

Nicklaus, Watson win team title

Hensley now captain of Metter Region

Top athletes of the century

Tennis players of the century

IOC to ban visits to bid cities

New resident completes course tour

Overtime: Indiana repeats as NCAA soccer champs

Committee proposes tighter rules for gene therapy researchers
WASHINGTON -- Two months after the first death from experimental gene therapy, an advisory panel is proposing tough new rules for researchers.

Committee proposes tighter rules for gene therapy researchers
WASHINGTON -- Two months after the first death from experimental gene therapy, an advisory panel is proposing tough new rules for researchers.

Scientists find minimum number of genes needed for life
By studying Mycoplasma genitalium, one of the world's simplest one-celled organisms, they concluded that 265 to 350 genes are needed for life, concludes a report in today's journal Science.

It pays to shop carefully when purchasing a new PC
If a new PC is on your shopping list this holiday season, there's good news and bad news.

FDA seeks to halt sale of shark tissue as cancer cure
WASHINGTON -- The government asked a federal judge Friday to stop sales of a popular brand of shark cartilage and two other alternative remedies, saying they illegally claim to treat cancer.

Scientists speculate on ancient Martian ocean
WASHINGTON -- Scientists studying polar areas of Mars have found features that might once have been an ancient coastline.

Scientist sees potential in 'bugs'
Pamela McKinsey, a senior scientist with Westinghouse Savannah River Co., tests microbe cultures recently to determine how they respond to chemicals at a laboratory at Savannah River Site. More types of microbes exist than scientists have imagined.

MCG faces hurdles with retirements
When the names came out, Kelley Williford just stared in openmouthed shock.

It pays to shop carefully when purchasing a new PC
If a new PC is on your shopping list this holiday season, there's good news and bad news.

Scientists speculate on ancient Martian ocean

Committee proposes tighter rules for gene therapy researchers

It pays to shop carefully when purchasing a new PC

Committee proposes tighter rules for gene therapy researchers

FDA seeks to halt sale of shark tissue as cancer cure

MCG faces hurdles with retirements

Scientist sees potential in 'bugs'

It pays to shop carefully when purchasing a new PC