Missouri star Rush is declared ineligible

Moore, Holden lead Harlem girls to victory

Progress attributed to fellow point guard

Griffey remains in Seattle

Indiana outpaces Bulls

Raptors stop Pacers' win streak

No. 25 Wake Forest holds on for victory

Leadoff hitter, bullpen main concerns

Atlanta is lucky for Avery

Aiken Tech remain perfect at 13-0

Cavaliers crush Celtics

Mutombo has huge night in win

Gamecocks look to swing pendulum

Hornets win sixth in row

Gamecocks forward becomes team leader

Arizona player to appeal transfer rule

Legislator touts loan limits
A Macon lawmaker is pushing state consumer-protection legislation that would legalize and regulate loans made to tide over borrowers until their next paychecks at exorbitant interest rates.

Renovation plans unveiled
The new owners of the vacant JB White building unveiled plans Wednesday to renovate the historic Broad Street property into loft apartments and retail outlets.

Business briefs: Robust retail report causes stock drop
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled Tuesday after the government said retail sales rose more than expected in November, indicating that consumers are spending freely despite higher interest rates. The Nasdaq composite index suffered its worst loss since late September.

Business briefs: Microsoft boosts advancing market

Renovation plans unveiled

Group gets first funds for revitalization

Bank announces region president
Regions Bank has promoted W. Barry Adams to president of its central Carolina region, making him responsible for the 10 Regions Bank offices in Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick counties.

Group gets first funds for revitalization
A nonprofit group working to revitalize Augusta's Laney-Walker district received its first corporate check Wednesday from a local investment brokerage.

Business briefs: Robust retail report causes stock drop

Business briefs: Microsoft boosts advancing market
NEW YORK -- Microsoft led the stock market higher Wednesday, putting an end to a one-day slump in technology shares and lifting the Dow Jones industrials.

Legislator touts loan limits

Turnovers will be key in Eagles game

Peterson sits out another practice

Peterson listed as probable

Hokies' Beamer earns top honor

Future of medicine looks bright
Gazing into crystal balls is a risky hobby at best -- but it is hard to think of an area where the uncertainties are greater than in the realm of medicine.

Local florist added beauty to city road
Greene Street has its fair share of monuments, with each in memory of someone who made a difference in history. But the beauty of the street itself -- and the azaleas and dogwoods that adorn it -- stand as a monument to James Harbin.

Hits NAACP for S.C. flag boycott

Not just a hockey rink

Public key to FOI

Calls WTO editorial 'way off base'

Blast editorial view of 'Chronicle'

Wants roadside trash laws enforced

Says tragedy fuels political struggle

Decries child molester, supporters

Rips planned proselytizing in Chicago

Warns end of United States is near

Slams unmerciful Worcester editorial

Hits animal owners for ignoring laws

Small portions
It's grasshopper-eating time in Uganda. During December, tens of thousands of grasshoppers swarm into Kampala, the capital city, after seasonal rains. Everyone, from the wealthy to vagrants, gathers under street lights, which attract the nutritious bright-green insects. Once caught, the grasshoppers are stripped of their wings and legs and fried as a snack to go with beer.

In the know
Where do you plan to be on New Year's Eve? Hunkered down in the basement with a supply of bottled water, or partying on Broad Street with a bottle of champagne? Whether you're planning a quiet dinner with friends or setting off fireworks, The Augusta Chronicle would like to know about your plans for the big night.

Price check
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.

Capsules
Dentists have traditionally looked with disfavor upon soda pop because the sweetened water could contribute to tooth decay, but now a study suggests there may be an upside.

This is not your mother's station wagon
The post-Thanksgiving traffic rolling along New York's Park Avenue includes the usual mixture of Yellow Cabs, limousines, increasingly ubiquitous sport-utility vehicles -- and station wagons.

Spread good cheer
You're making a list: teachers' gifts, hostess gifts, easy hors d'oeuvres for drop-in guests. Now check it twice, and use today's recipe for boursin cheese spread to fill the bill.

Lincoln Co.'s Glaze looking for redemption

Red Devils know what real loss is

'Class clown' plays for Class A crown

Flyers coach to begin chemotherapy

Yzerman is in front for center

Neilson prepares for chemotherapy

Trainer Patafie ends his silence

Student sentenced for teacher stabbing
The 14-year-old Murphey Middle school student charged with brutally attacking his special education teacher will spend five years in the juvenile justice system.

In the know

This is not your mother's station wagon

Spread good cheer

Price check

Capsules

Small portions

Sole commissioner called simplest format

Sole commissions less open
JASPER, Ga. -- As the sole commissioner in Pickens County, Frank K. Martin doesn't need to hold a debate or build consensus before he makes a decision. He can pass any law he wants.

SRS plans cuts to key programs
HEAD:SRS plans cuts to key programs Officials to decide next month how to make up $77 million difference between work plan, budget

Across the area: Suspect in custody after brief escape

Fired informant in court
Michael Haddle not only blew the whistle on his employer's multimillion-dollar fraud on taxpayers, but he also taught federal investigators and prosecutors how his bosses did it, witnesses testified Tuesday.

School board frames plan for recovering

Legislator backing national sales tax

Fire staff prepared for Y2K

Bill would allow pupils to leave failing schools
AIKEN -- Pupils who attend failing schools could choose to transfer to a different one if a bill filed in the House of Representatives maneuvers through the Legislature and gets the governor's approval.

Local systems fail test
Don't expect to walk in off the street and get a copy of a superintendent's employment contract from a local school system.

Puppy chow

Class notes more accessible
ATHENS, Ga. -- It's finals time at the University of Georgia, and business is brisk at Student Note Services, a 12-year-old company on East Broad Street.

Meetings' legality questioned
CLAXTON, GA. -- Mitchell Peace hired an attorney and incurred a five-figure legal bill in defense of Georgians' right to know.

School board frames plan for recovering
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Glynn County school board members have adopted a financial recovery plan intended to eliminate the district's $5 million deficit by the end of June 2001.

Meetings' legality questioned

Across the area: Suspect in custody after brief escape
A juvenile at Richmond County Youth Detention Center escaped briefly Wednesday from police custody, said Chief Deputy Ronald Strength.

Bill would allow pupils to leave failing schools

Train derails on University of Georgia property
ATHENS -- A Norfolk Southern freight train bound for Watkinsville derailed on University of Georgia property Wednesday afternoon, spilling two carloads of corn beside the university's ``Red Barn'' off South Milledge Avenue.

Educators say Title I list unfair
Twenty-two area schools are among a list of state schools that receive federal money but have not made progress within the past two years, according to a report from the state Department of Education.

Holiday helpers
Leslie Coakley (center), the S.O.A.R. instructor at East Aiken Elementary School, and some of her pupils filled a basket with groceries Wednesday. Pupils gave more than 1,000 items for needy families.

Board proposes safety measure
APPLING -- Columbia County school board members gave tentative approval Tuesday to arming school safety officers with guns.

City will evaluate administrator's job
Augusta commissioners are concerned that the city would be in a bind if City Administrator Randy Oliver decided to leave.

Empty Stocking Fund: Man wants shirts for grandchildren

Land owner sues officials over property
AIKEN -- Elise Faulkner has made good on her promise to sue the city for halting her efforts to develop land near Ford Conger Field, where Aiken's steeplechases are run.

Oliver's position reviewed
Augusta commissioners are concerned that the city would be in a bind if City Administrator Randy Oliver decided to leave.

County seeks water, sewer improvements
APPLING -- City and county officials soon could work together to solve water and sewer problems in the Harlem and Grovetown areas.

Monument project on hold
SAVANNAH -- Plagued by problems for the past three years, the restoration of the Pulaski Monument has hit another snag weeks before its scheduled completion.

EPD launches toxin search
It could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to pin down the origins of a toxic solvent that appeared in Augusta-Richmond County's drinking water wells last week.

Chairman pushing for talks

Researcher speaks out for others
For Judy Kaye, it seems a long way from a small town in rural Kentucky to a national committee on cancer in Washington.

Land owner sues officials over property

Fire staff prepared for Y2K
Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few said his staff is as prepared as possible for any Y2K or crowd control incidents that might occur around the city on New Year's Eve.

Board proposes safety measure

Gas flames
A worker with South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. tries to find a natural gas line so he can cut it off. A plumber working at a new-home site Wednesday severed the line accidentally at about 6 p.m., starting a small fire that fire burned for 50 minutes in Aiken's Houndslake subdivision. Traffic was rerouted.

Fired informant in court

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother fears children will receive nothing
A North Augusta mother used to work at a day care center helping children. But an automobile accident left her with a broken ankle and wrist and unable to work.

SRS plans cuts to key programs

Governor outlines wish list for funds
AIKEN -- Gov. Jim Hodges made his pitch for a state lottery at a town meeting Wednesday night at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Assault suspect arrested at graduation
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Jason Andrew Reeves was handed an arrest warrant along with his college diploma Monday. He now is awaiting arraignment on criminal sexual conduct charges for the alleged rape of an Edgefield County woman he met over the Internet.

Education initiative receives helping hand
AIKEN - Crystal Steel might make it to the governor's mansion one day. At 6, she already knows how to entertain a crowd and say the right things to powerful people.

Chairman pushing for talks
Officials with MCG Health and negotiators from the state and Medical College of Georgia need to put aside differences and work out an agreement to transfer facilities, the chairman of MCG Health's board said Tuesday.

Public's help sought in theft
For two decades, Sherwood Bridges of North Augusta collected buttons -- Civil War buttons, military buttons and Southern military school buttons.

Puppy chow
Jamey Huff (left) who works at Your Next Affair, on Laurens Street, and Lindsy Elliott, whose father owns Elliott Office Supply next door, feed a homeless mother and her two puppies Tuesday behind their shops.

Aiken gains a booster
AIKEN -- Since America's largest home retailer doesn't sell ribbons, a 2-by-12 board was sawed in half Wednesday to mark Home Depot's official grand opening celebration.

Issues delay opening of fire station
AIKEN -- Aiken County's Sage Mill fire station has been ready for occupancy since July, but almost six months later it is still unmanned.

Meeting addresses tax issues

Future of medicine looks bright

County seeks water, sewer improvements

City will evaluate administrator's job

Empty Stocking Fund: Man wants shirts for grandchildren
An Augusta grandfather is having a tough time this holiday season.

Governor outlines wish list for funds

Officials debate indigent care
Both sides on Augusta's indigent care issue brought plenty of ammunition to Tuesday's city commission budget work session.

Putting on the dog
Mary Longacre (right) and her Chihuahua, Butch, stopped for a friendly visit with Bertha Surles and her mixed-breed Chihuahua, Missy, on Greene Street during a brisk Wednesday walk.

Sole commissioner called simplest format
There are only 10 counties in Georgia with sole commissioners: Bartow, Bleckley, Chattooga, Haralson, Lumpkin, Pickens, Pulaski, Towns, Union and Walker. Frank K. Martin has been the sole commissioner in Pickens County for nearly three years.

Meeting addresses tax issues
U.S. Rep. John Linder came to Augusta on Wednesday to present his version of the American dream.

Across the area: Joint funeral set for father, daughter
Funerals will be held together Thursday for the Warrenville man and his daughter killed in a weekend shooting.

EPD launches toxin search
It could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to pin down the origins of a toxic solvent that appeared in Augusta-Richmond County's drinking water wells last week.

Toxin traces in water spark investigation
State environmental authorities are investigating the recent discovery of a toxic solvent in groundwater wells that provide drinking water for much of south Richmond County.

Putting on the dog

Early visit
Jacob Stelflug, 3, receives a present from Santa Claus at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. Jacob was one of more than 75 children at the hospital who were presented with a gift Tuesday from Toys for Tots, a program that provides free toys.

Holiday helpers

Defense strategy restricted by judge
Writing that a monetary punishment wasn't enough for Jeannette Garrison's attorneys, a federal judge also sanctioned them by restricting their defense against a whistle-blower lawsuit.

Class notes more accessible

Legislator backing national sales tax
ATLANTA -- U.S. Rep. John Linder will bring his campaign for a national sales tax to Augusta and Savannah today.

Train derails on University of Georgia property

Affidavit law poses no problem
The new open meetings law that requires the mayor or chairman to sign an affidavit after a public meeting has been closed to discuss topics such as personnel, litigation or real estate has posed no major problems to many Augusta area officials.

Education initiative receives helping hand

Monument project on hold

Educators say Title I list unfair

Assault suspect arrested at graduation

Student gets five years in teacher stabbing

Defense strategy restricted by judge

Whistle-blower suspected wrongdoing

Issues delay opening of fire station

Aiken gains a booster

Affidavit law poses no problem

Early visit

Across the area: Joint funeral set for father, daughter

Local florist added beauty to city road

Officials debate indigent care

Researcher speaks out for others

Red Devils know what real loss is

Toxin traces in water spark investigation

Local systems fail test

Oliver's position reviewed

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother fears children will receive nothing

Whistle-blower suspected wrongdoing
Michael Haddle suspected bad things were happening at Healthmaster in his first two years as an executive, but he couldn't accept it, he testified Wednesday.

Student gets five years in teacher stabbing
The 14-year-old Murphey Middle School pupil charged with brutally attacking his special-education teacher will spend five years in Georgia's juvenile justice system.

Student sentenced for teacher stabbing

Carruth sought on murder charge

Colts' Thomas wants success for teammates

Newton, Kasay on IR; Carolina signs Shiver, Cunningham

Steelers' Dawson won't make All-Pro

Carruth found hiding in car trunk

Reeves challenges his staff

Mrs. Bessie Gibbs
Mrs. Bessie Mae Gibbs, 88, of Old Barton Road, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at her residence.

Lawrence Stephenson
HEPHZIBAH -- Lawrence Blayne ``Mister Blayne'' Stephenson, 9, of McElmurray Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Naomi Delcambre
Mrs. Naomi S. Delcambre, of Laney Walker Place, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Ms. Rosa Smart
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Ms. Rosa Lee Smart, of Railroad Avenue, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Marion Martin
PHILADELPHIA -- Ms. Marion ``Nook'' Martin, 58, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999.

Mrs. Daisy Wallace
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Daisy Mae Wilson Wallace, 79, of Parkside Street, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Emma Leverette
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Ms. Emma Jean Jenkins Leverette, 64, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999.

Mrs. Lillian Greer
UNION, S.C. -- Mrs. Lillian Bailey Greer, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Oakmont Nursing Home.

Mr. Willie Cordry
KITE, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Edward Cordry, 72, of Montgomery Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999.

Mrs. Catherine Padgett
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Catherine Morgan Padgett, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Sylview Health Care Center.

Mrs. Catherine Barrow
Mrs. Catherine Watson Barrow, 80, of Owens Road, Evans, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospitals, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Allen
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Edward Allen, 75, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Ms. Freda Smith
Ms. Freda Gordon ``Rabbit'' Smith, 38, of Golden Road, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Miss Brantley Dorn
ABBEVILLE, S.C. -- Miss Brantley Allyson Dorn, 27, of North Main Street, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999.

Mr. Steven Cobb
THOMSON -- Mr. Steven Cobb, 31, of Lincoln Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Charles Medlock
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. Charles Andrew ``Andy'' Medlock, 45, of Howlandville Road, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Cyrus Bryant
JACKSON -- Mr. Cyrus W. Bryant, 64, of Brown Hill Road, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Marie Mack
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Marie Mack, of West Seventh Street, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

David L. Cleveland
David L. Cleveland, 7, of Whisperwood Drive, Martinez, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Archie Williams
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Archie L. Williams, 62, of Old Waynesboro Road, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Kimberly Medlock
WARRENVILLE -- Kimberly Gail Medlock, 16, of Howlandville Road, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Meadows
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. William Frank Meadows, 63, of West Church Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Leroy Dean
LANGLEY -- Mr. Leroy Dean, 85, of Pine Log Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Elizabeth Parrish
WARD, S.C. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Powell Parrish, 86, of Route 1, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999.

Hulitt Boyd
AIKEN -- Hulitt Stephan Boyd, infant son of Hulitt James Boyd and Stephanie McCormick Boyd, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Peter Meriwether
WASHINGTON -- Mr. Peter Meriwether, of Orion Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Heartland Nursing Home.

Mrs. Lillian Greer
UNION, S.C. -- Mrs. Lillian Bailey Greer, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Oakmont Nursing Home.

Mr. Theodore Pixley
WARD, S.C. -- Mr. Theodore Pixley, 65, of Mount Alpha Road, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Peggy Morris
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Ms. Peggy Ann Morris, 70, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999.

Ms. Gladys Creech
Ms. Gladys Guy Creech, 94, of Comanche Road, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Lillian Greer
UNION, S.C. -- Mrs. Lillian Bailey Greer, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Oakmont Nursing Home.

Mr. James Lloyd
SALLEY -- Mr. James Lucious Lloyd, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Annie Palmer
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Annie L. Palmer, 85, of Hall Street, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Elizabeth Parrish

Mrs. Naomi Delcambre

Mr. Steven Cobb

Ms. Gladys Creech

Kimberly Medlock

Ms. Peggy Morris

Mrs. Catherine Padgett

Mrs. Catherine Barrow

Mr. Theodore Pixley

Ms. Emma Leverette

Mrs. Bessie Gibbs

David L. Cleveland

Mrs. Lillian Greer

Mr. James Lloyd

Hulitt Boyd

Ms. Annie Palmer

Mr. Charles Allen

Mr. Peter Meriwether

Mrs. Marie Mack

Ms. Rosa Smart

Lawrence Stephenson

Mrs. Lillian Greer

Mr. William Meadows

Ms. Marion Martin

Miss Brantley Dorn

Ms. Freda Smith

Mrs. Daisy Wallace

Dahlberg: Task force finds Georgia is prepared for Y2K
(Editor's note: The author, A. W. ``Bill'' Dahlberg, is the chief executive officer of the Southern Company and chairman of Georgia's Y2K Task Force.)

Wants roadside trash laws enforced
Your Dec. 9 lead editorial regarding fee increases proposed by the city administrator includes ``Oliver also urges increasing landfill fees by 5 percent to help the city's litter cleanup.'' Hugh Pratt, Martinez

Calls WTO editorial 'way off base'
I seldom disagree with Chronicle editorials. However, ``Anti-WTO madness'' on Dec. 2 is very shallow and way off base. I believe this protest is just a small part of what will be coming in the near future. S. Flowers, Beech Island

Public key to FOI
It's profoundly disturbing that Juan Miguel Gonzalez, the father of 6-year-old Elian Gonzales, says he was told by U.S. immigration officials, after being interviewed in Havana, that he would soon get his son back.

Blast editorial view of 'Chronicle'
Re the Dec. 10 editorial, ``Cruel Worcester irony'': It is difficult to understand how you, the sponsor of the ``Empty Stocking Fund,'' which has helped so many poor (homeless?) people for so many years, could speak with such disdain, such vitriolic meanness, of many of the very ones you help? Dick Brotherton, Augusta

Warns end of United States is near
Well, this is where it starts -- the fall of the United States. It is quite evident that the current administration is ``in bed'' with the Chinese. By all accounts this man we call president is nothing more than a traitor to his country. The admission by that Communist Chinese contributor proves my point. Previous evidence of betrayal goes back to the 1960s! Then there are the security breaches at top secret installations involving the Chinese. Jim Baggett, Thomson

Says tragedy fuels political struggle
The tragic story of the six dead fireman in Worcester, Mass., who gave their lives in a conflagration started by two arguing homeless persons who tipped over a candle and then fled, only magnifies the political battle in New York City. First lady Hillary Clinton accuses Mayor Rudy Guilliani of a lack of compassion for his policy of jailing the homeless who refuse to go to city shelters or who are able-bodied and won't work. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Is Elian 'fix' in?
It's profoundly disturbing that Juan Miguel Gonzalez, the father of 6-year-old Elian Gonzales, says he was told by U.S. immigration officials, after being interviewed in Havana, that he would soon get his son back.

Decries child molester, supporters
He is not a victim. He had choices, something that he stole from hisvictims. Sonia Rodriguez, Martinez

Slams unmerciful Worcester editorial
Re the Dec. 10 editorial ``Cruel Worcester irony'': When I read your opinion I cried. No anger, just a deep sadness ... Janice A. Walbring, Windsor

Tires of unending millennium hype
I am weary of the media hyperbole surrounding the new millenium and predicted Y2K catastrophes. At least come Jan. 1, the latter will be settled. Dale W. Hemman, Evans

Hits animal owners for ignoring laws
Regarding the recent newspaper articles and horrendous verbal commentary by a local radio personality, let me say that every citizen has a legal responsibility to control his or her animal(s). M. Clayton, Augusta

Not just a hockey rink
Hockey has been a great addition to Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center activities. The Lynx organization, now in its second season, has created a lot of fan enthusiasm, which has boosted traffic, vendors and revenues for the arena.

Hits NAACP for S.C. flag boycott
I have been following the controversy over the flying of the Confederate flag over the Statehouse of South Carolina with a great amount of interest, even though I am not a resident of South Carolina. Originally I am from Tennessee but have lived in Richmond County since May, 1958. I am a retired military officer and consider myself an American whose religion is Jewish, not a Jewish-American! My immediate family includes members of both the Jewish and Christian faiths. This qualifies me as being free of racial and religious bias ... Gerald M. Foreman, Augusta

Fair tax town meeting
U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., will be in Augusta today for a 7 to 9 p.m. town meeting at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel to promote H.R. 2525 -- a flat national sales tax.

Dahlberg: Task force finds Georgia is prepared for Y2K
(Editor's note: The author, A. W. ``Bill'' Dahlberg, is the chief executive officer of the Southern Company and chairman of Georgia's Y2K Task Force.)

Rips planned proselytizing in Chicago
A recent Chronicle news item told of the intention of a group of Christians from the South to go to Chicago, Ill. for the purpose of converting Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists to Christian beliefs. A spokesman for that group stated that Hinduism was in total darkness. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

IOC head faces congressional questioning

Buick gets a Tiger in the tank -- for up to $25 million

LPGA ShopRite gets larger purse

Golf club reopens with new name, course

Overtime: Stallions sign 4 more players

U.S. women ready for final World Cup bow

Off-year still a good year for Gordon

Moorer, grandfather square off over contracts

Overtime: Albert to replace Costas on NBC

America's pregnancy rate lowest in over 20 years
WASHINGTON -- The number of U.S. pregnancies in 1996 fell half a million from its 1990 peak, dropping to the lowest rate in two decades.

Amtrak plans to pause trains briefly at Y2K rollover
WASHINGTON -- Amtrak will pull its trains into stations briefly on New Year's Eve to ensure that Year 2000 computer problem doesn't affect tracks, railroad crossings or safety equipment.

Environmentalists trace benefits of dam removals
WASHINGTON -- From the Kennebec River in Maine to Whitestone Creek in Washington state, the removal of 465 dams has boosted local economies and fish habitat while decreasing public safety risks, three environmental groups said Monday.

Space shuttle countdown begins
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After nine weeks of delays and space shuttle trouble, the countdown finally began Tuesday for Discovery's launch to the crippled Hubble Space Telescope.

Anti-tax forces urge federal panel to keep Internet tax-free
SAN FRANCISCO -- Advocates for a tax-free Internet urged a federal panel Tuesday to recommend that Congress take a hands-off approach, but international officials argued that special treatment for e-commerce makes no sense.

Microsoft lawyers meets with mediator as rumors of settlement circulate
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft lawyers met privately in Chicago again Tuesday with a federal appeals judge who is trying to negotiate a settlement in the company's antitrust trial.

NASA countdown going well, weather looking better
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's first countdown in months was going well today, and the launch team anxiously aimed for a Thursday night liftoff of space shuttle Discovery to the Hubble Space Telescope.

USDA approves irradiation of raw beef, pork
WASHINGTON -- Processors will be allowed to irradiate raw beef, pork and lamb to eliminate deadly bacteria and other organisms, but products will have to carry labels informing shoppers of the treatment, the government said Tuesday.

Brain 'pacemaker' tried as depression aid
WASHINGTON -- The first small study where doctors implanted a pacemaker-like device in the brain helped lift the moods of about 40 percent of severely depressed patients, doctors reported Wednesday.

Study: No benefit for taking beta carotene pills
WASHINGTON -- Beta carotene pills, once thought possibly to protect against cancer and heart disease, have flunked another test.

Online auction site pulls racist Web address up for sale
BALTIMORE -- An online auction seeking $1 million for a Web address containing a racial slur against blacks has been stopped by Internet auctioneer eBay.

Microsoft lawyers meets with mediator as rumors of settlement circulate

Amtrak plans to pause trains briefly at Y2K rollover

USDA approves irradiation of raw beef, pork

Environmentalists trace benefits of dam removals

Online auction site pulls racist Web address up for sale

Study: No benefit for taking beta carotene pills

NASA countdown going well, weather looking better

Anti-tax forces urge federal panel to keep Internet tax-free