Hephzibah girls win; Aquinas gets 'gift'

Aiken Tech stays unbeaten

SEC roundup

Xavier upsets Cincinnati -- again

Gugliotta released from hospital

Expos acquire reliever

Gugliotta awaits more tests

Ailing boy's baseball wish comes true

Sweat's trey lifts Wolfpack

Lakers win sixth straight

Gamecocks bounce back with victory

Hawks fall to Nets

Bolton shines in '99 debut

Duke wins big, gets lecture

Marshall tops Georgia

Iverson asks for trade

Clemson wins over Winthrop

Separation saves spirit of season

Saving for gifts takes discipline
Karen McCombs did it again. She pledged to set aside a little from each paycheck for Christmas shopping -- and she didn't.

More bounced checks in December
Let's say you're going Christmas shopping, which you probably are.

Business briefs: Comfort Inn wins top honors
Comfort Inn Medical Center, at 1455 Walton Way, is the most recent winner of Choice Hotel's Gold Award, given each year to the best of the 3,500 Choice affiliated hotels.

On the move
Debra Solesbee has been promoted to office manager for H&R Block's Louisville and Sears branches.

More bounced checks in December

Business briefs: Comfort Inn wins top honors

Southern routs Youngstown State

Tech to use bowl practices as training

Tuesday morning quarterback

Georgia Tech receiver's Gator Bowl status in doubt after arrest

Eagles rush to title

Georgia gains favor with huge end

Reynolds plans to stay at FSU

Eagles defense comes to life, opens the door

Linebacker has small size, big impact

Police put damper on fans' plans for goal posts

Police deny using excessive force in post-game melee

Lady Vols cruise to victory

Charleston's Bolton sidelined with injury

Duke wins big, gets lecture

Xavier upsets Cincinnati a second time

Lady Dogs dominate Buckeyes

Auburn cruises to win

Lady Lions defeat Clemson in tourney

Ragin' Cajuns defeat Miami

Revolutionaries fought for change
They lived oceans and decades apart, but they had much in common.

A look at the 20th century: 1999
1997, 1998, 1999, 1900? That possible sequence of years set the world atremble in 1999, a year when the approaching millennium set nerves on edge.

Fears tragedy over Panama Canal

Blames drivers for interstate accidents

Lawmakers and inmates

Ruminate over flag issue, 'War of Northern Aggression'

E-commerce dilemma

Comments on area radio market

Chides intolerant call for inclusion

Giving away the store

Barnwell economy menaced

Poses questions about drug issue

Feels WRDW slighted school children

Notes impact of Mayors' Motorcade

Urges support for reform of Animal Control agency

Slams sentences, calls for reform

Calls 'tirade' on flag 'blasphemous'

Celebrate 2000 in style, at a low cost
If you're one of millions of Americans who didn't buy into the high-priced New Year's travel hype, here's an early Christmas present: The prices of the holiday's travel packages are coming down. In some cases, way down.

Make the best of holidays you have
Dear Readers: The Christmas holidays are a joyous time of anticipation for most children and for many fortunate adults. Their cups truly runneth over. Loving family and a host of friends surround them.

Contest drew in area amateur artists
The Augusta Chronicle's Christmas-wrap-design contest drew 25 entries from youth and adults.

Many cultures have tales of werewolves
Peter Stubb was a hermit who lived in a cave at the edge of a vast forest in central Germany during the 16th century.

Harrisburg home reflects the season
Santa Claus sings to visitors who venture onto the front porch of the home of the Rev. H.K. and Margaret McKnight.

Lincoln County shut out in final

Red Devils notebook: Opportunities missed

Kennesaw downs Paine

Silver Bluff sweeps Midland Valley

Lincoln Co. takes loss in stride

Area teams shut out of jamboree finals

ECHL notes: Duce returns to old form

Grrrowl shut out Augusta

Coyotes edge Sharks

Separation saves spirit of season
One reason we need church and state separated is no one wants the government taking over Christmas. One reader, Ginger Clark, tells us what could happen with a memo.

Harrisburg home reflects the season

Celebrate 2000 in style, at a low cost

Many cultures have tales of werewolves

Make the best of holidays you have

Residents reclaim once proud past
AIKEN -- Overgrown evergreen shrubs lining Crosland Park's entrance have been bugging Alberta Payne for months.

Study: Most slayings in 30901
Lisa and James Earl Stone were killed in June trying to buy drugs on McElmurray Drive, police say. Three juveniles stole $20 from the couple and then shot them repeatedly.

New health care option lowers cost

Graduates cheered at last march
More than 300 students marched with their heads held just a little higher Saturday as they walked into the Physical Education/Athletic Complex at Augusta State University. They were the last graduating class of the 1900s at Augusta State University, and it was time to receive the culmination of years of hard work: their diplomas.

Nature has ways of predicting winter

Empty stocking fund: Struggling student makes home for brother, sister
She is picking up the pieces her mother left behind.

Santa's helper fills in
ALBANY, Ga. -- For more than 40 years, Joe Farris has donned a red suit and driven 600 miles from his Albany home to Memphis, Tenn., to play Santa at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Church clinics fill public need

New health care option lowers cost
ATLANTA -- When Gov. Roy Barnes created the Georgia Department of Community Health, one of its prime goals was to save tax dollars by allowing the state to increase its health insurance purchasing power.

Choose the top story from 1999

Retired tattooist turns to wood
Burning the image of a fierce panther or a scantily clad woman on a piece of wood is how Don Inman reminisces about his former life as one of the city's busiest tattoo artists.

Police serve as mentors

Officials disagree over pay plan

Across the area: Woman robs Citgo convenience store

Flocks' seasonal needs put stress on pastors
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Forget peace and joy. For the Rev. Gene Lockaby, the holiday season is about pressure and guilt, a calendar packed with social obligations and special church services, too many demands and too little time.

Parents opt for safety

Empty Stocking Fund: Woman who lost job wants coats for children
Losing a job is always difficult. But sometimes, it can come at the worst possible time, such as Christmas, when costs and expectations both can soar.

Empty stocking fund: Struggling student makes home for brother, sister

Eagles rush to title

Study: Most slayings in 30901

Police serve as mentors
Little girls in Santa hats giggled and played while their male comrades ran squealing outside.

Agencies target I-20 trafficking

Agencies target I-20 trafficking
Hundreds of miles of interstate and Georgia and South Carolina highways make up the transportation backbone of the Augusta area, bringing commerce and tourism from surrounding states.

Graduates cheered at last march

Choose the top story from 1999
Which story do you think was the year's biggest in the Augusta area? Votes will be tallied through midnight Thursday. The results will appear in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 26.

Deer-car collisions up; drive roads with caution
One way to ruin your day is for your vehicle to strike a deer on a public highway.

Flocks' seasonal needs put stress on pastors

A look at the 20th century: 1999

Blaze leaves over 30 homeless

Blaze kills 58-year-old man
An Aiken County man was killed by fire that engulfed his mobile home early Saturday morning in a cul-de-sac off Storm Branch Road in Clearwater.

'Stolen' Santa takes yearlong road trip
Now we know what Santa does during the off-season.

Church clinics fill public need
AIKEN -- Darren Waters is director of nursing at Trinity Lutheran Home of Aiken, but one day a week he takes his ministry of care to the elderly out into the field.

Across the area: Hospital worker's death under study
The Richmond County Coroner's Office is investigating the weekend death of a maintenance worker at St. Joseph Hospital.

Parents opt for safety
The car might be expensive, but Kenneth Cole Jr. of Aiken takes some comfort that the 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse his teen-age daughter soon will drive has air bags and safety features most older cars don't.

State lists 'miserly' charities
ATLANTA -- Secretary of State Cathy Cox hopes her list of ``Uncharitable Charities'' will encourage donors to think twice about how they give to nonprofit organizations.

Santa's helper fills in

Officials disagree over pay plan
If last week's public safety committee session is an indication, the Richmond County Fire Department will get a new pay incentive plan at Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting.

Residents reclaim once proud past

Blaze kills 58-year-old man

Blaze leaves over 30 homeless
More than 30 River Creek Apartment residents were left homeless after a fire engulfed a 16-unit apartment building Sunday afternoon.

Across the area: Woman robs Citgo convenience store
A woman walked up to the counter in an Augusta gas station Saturday with a 22-ounce beer but walked away with it and an undisclosed amount of money after robbing the cashier, police said.

Nature has ways of predicting winter
Richard Lux, an avid bird watcher for 45 years, was surprised to spot a dark-eyed junco -- or ``snowbird'' -- perched in his backyard shrubbery in mid-October.

State lists 'miserly' charities

Across the area: Hospital worker's death under study

Iverson backs off trade request

Hawks fall to Nets

Refs' talks may be broadcast on TV

Iverson asks for trade

NFL Playoff Possibilities

NFL previews

Carruth's former girlfiend remembered

Panthers keep playoff hopes alive

Chiefs roll over Steelers

Mathis having Pro Bowl year with few cheers

Patriots fall apart after Super Bowl win

Line-up changes don't help Falcons

Seahawks seek to end playoff drought

Tackle's eye may be permanently damaged

Doleman wants to touch up his Hall of Fame resume

Tuggle to test free agency

Bennett's pep talk lifts Colts over Washington

Mrs. Louise Moore
HARLEM -- Mrs. Louise C. Moore, 86, of Old Appling-Harlem Highway, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Andrew Wiswell Sr.: Grammy winner and record producer dies
AIKEN -- Mr. Andrew Muller Wiswell Sr., 94, a record producer with RCA and Capital Records for many years, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Willie Wilson
Mrs. Willie Lou Wilson, of Wheeler Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Laura Little
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Laura Paulhill Little, 97, of Georgia Highway 1 South, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Miss Virgie Powell
MACON -- Miss Virgie Louise Powell, 79, of Brookwood Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Herbert Lee
Mr. Herbert H. Lee, 68, of Butler Manor Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Carl Adams
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Carl Daniel Adams, 70, of Lincolnton Road, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Myung Lee
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Myung Woo Lee, 61, of Byrnes Road, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Nancy Winfrey
RAYLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Nancy D. Winfrey, 54, of Lexington Road, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Louise Inglett
Mrs. Louise B. Inglett, 75, of Heckle Street, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. James Paradise
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Mr. James Hulette Paradise, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Lake City, Fla.

Mr. Edward Green Sr.
GIRARD, Ga. -- Mr. Edward Donald Green Sr., 52, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Hearst
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Hearst, 75, of Elberton Highway, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Lizzie Eubanks
LANGLEY -- Ms. Lizzie Mae Eubanks, 83, of Main Street, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Flossie Sanders
Mrs. Flossie SandersSALLEY -- Mrs. Flossie Williams Sanders, of Hunter Branch Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Wilbur Corder
WAGENER -- Mr. Wilbur L. ``Ham'' Corder, 90, of North Main Street, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Samuel Beeland
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Samuel Alexander ``Sam'' Beeland, 87, of First Avenue, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Mr. J.R. Boyd
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. J.R. ``Bobby'' Boyd Sr., 70, of Jersey Avenue, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Evelyn Crenshaw
Mrs. Evelyn J. Crenshaw, 48, of Amsterdam Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Beatrice Young
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Ms. Beatrice Young, 76, of Greensboro Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999.

Mr. Dorsey Howard
Mr. Dorsey Reid Howard, 78, of Martinez, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Wiest
AIKEN -- Mrs. Margaret Law Wiest, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Earlie Oliphant
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mrs. Earlie Marie Oliphant, 70, of Georgia Highway 296, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Jasper Whiteside
Mr. Jasper Marvin Whiteside, 61, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Raymond Perry Jr.
Mr. Raymond Louis Perry Jr., 45, of Whistler Lane, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Tony Smith
THOMSON -- Mr. Tony W. Smith, 43, of Jackson Street, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999.

Mr. Jeremy Lewis
Mr. Jeremy LewisMr. Jeremy L. ``Jeff'' Lewis, of Collier Road, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lois Shackelford
Mrs. Lois C. Shackelford, 89, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willie Brown
Mr. Willie E. Brown, 47, of Fairhope Street, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Swans
Mr. Willie SwansTWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Swans, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mrs. Colleen Dillon
Mrs. Colleen Dillon, 71, of Lake Jean Drive, Evans, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Phyllis Ricks
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Phyllis E. Ricks, 41, of Gumlog Street, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Charles Penn Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Charles Robert Penn Jr., 62, of Storey Mill Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Eugene Rhodes
DETROIT -- Mr. Eugene Rhodes, 82, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at Sinai Grace Hospital.

Mrs. Doris Smith
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Doris Elizabeth Peebles Smith, 69, of Thomson Highway, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Kinsey
Mr. John William Kinsey, 86, of Williams Street, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Cecil Capers
Mr. Cecil CapersISLANDTON, S.C. -- Mr. Cecil Capers, 68, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Colleton Regional Hospital, Walterboro.

Ms. Sonya Lively
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Sonya Linda Lively, 49, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Jeremy Lewis

Mr. Cecil Capers

Mr. Carl Adams

Mr. Myung Lee

Mr. Jasper Whiteside

Mr. Samuel Beeland

Mr. Dorsey Howard

Mr. James Paradise

Mr. Raymond Perry Jr.

Mr. Wilbur Corder

Mrs. Colleen Dillon

Mrs. Phyllis Ricks

Mr. John Kinsey

Mrs. Louise Inglett

Mr. Robert Hearst

Ms. Sonya Lively

Mrs. Doris Smith

Mr. J.R. Boyd

Mrs. Nancy Winfrey

Mr. Eugene Rhodes

Mr. Willie Swans

Mr. Edward Green Sr.

Mrs. Louise Moore

Mr. Herbert Lee

Mr. Charles Penn Jr.

Mr. Willie Brown

Miss Virgie Powell

Mrs. Lois Shackelford

Mrs. Flossie Sanders

Mr. Andrew Wiswell Sr.: Grammy winner and record producer dies

Ms. Lizzie Eubanks

Kent: Now, bad school news; make federal tax fair
Often a newspaper is criticized for dwelling on ``bad news'' and not on ``the good.'' In the case of our area schools, the general feedback of late is that our editorial page is focusing too much on ``the good things.'' As for Richmond County, some readers say there's too much editorial focus on the No. 1 statewide status of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, our support for school uniforms and dress codes and emphasis on student test scores that modestly rose in some predominately minority schools.

Fish: Broad Street celebration set to greet 2000
(Editor's note: The author, John Fish, Chronicle assistant general manager, is The Celebrate 2000 project coordinator.)

Memo to University Hospital: greed isn't good
WAS THE Dec. 15 front page article ``Officials debate indigent care'' an attempt at wry humor, or a mimicry of A Comedy of Errors that would cause even the Bard to pale? How much more absurdity is to be forced upon the taxpayers of Richmond County?

Blasts Richmond Animal Control chief
When I read the article in which Jim Larmer, the director of the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter, said animals were not hosed down in that facility and that he would fire any of his officers caught doing that, I was simply dumbfounded that he could tell such a bare-faced lie. In September of this year, Animal Control picked up my female dog (they went into my fenced yard to get her, but that's another story), and took her to the shelter. When I went to retrieve her the next day, she was dripping wet and had been injured. Catherine Davis, Hephzibah

Ruminate over flag issue, 'War of Northern Aggression'
I, for one, find it strange that with all the rhetoric by the NAACP concerning the Confederate flag atop the South Carolina Statehouse, that nothing is said about the issues of higher pay, welfare reform, jobs, the homeless and all the other real-life issues that face us all. I am sure that an organization that is supposed to further the cause of equality among all races would have better issues to fight about. Attacking the heritage and honor of those who fought in the war for states' rights does nothing but reopen old wounds and further split us apart. J. Sherrill, Evans

Notes impact of Mayors' Motorcade
This year marks the 41st Anniversary of the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade, which began in 1958 through the efforts of Mrs. Betty Vandiver, wife of Ernest Vandiver who was then governor of Georgia. The purpose of the motorcade was to provide gifts to the 12,000 mentally ill patients at Milledgeville State Hospital. With the assistance of the Georgia Municipal Association, mayors throughout the state gathered gifts from their cities and towns, and on the given day motored to the hospital. Brian J. Mulherin, Augusta

Giving away the store
What has gotten into a majority of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority? The Civic Center deal it cut Thursday with businessman Frank Lawrence's arenafootball2 franchise is not just unusual. It's outrageous.

Blames drivers for interstate accidents
Interstate 20 isn't any worse than any other road in America, it is just that people here see what happens. Gary L. Bohm, Grovetown

Barnwell economy menaced
It has always been a mystery to us why all the South Carolinians who are fearful of the 235-acre low-level nuclear waste site in Barnwell County, and want to shut it down, don't live there.

Calls 'tirade' on flag 'blasphemous'
The Rev. Anthony Stephens again gives us a long tirade that the Confederate flag is sinful, ungodly and he will tell us the ``truth.'' (Letter, Dec. 13). T.W. Highsmith, Evans

Lawmakers and inmates
An unhappy experience endured recently by Georgia state Sen. Van Streat, D-Nicholls, points up why politicians need to be careful from whom they accept campaign contributions.

Memo to University Hospital: greed isn't good
WAS THE Dec. 15 front page article ``Officials debate indigent care'' an attempt at wry humor, or a mimicry of A Comedy of Errors that would cause even the Bard to pale? How much more absurdity is to be forced upon the taxpayers of Richmond County?

Kent: Now, bad school news; make federal tax fair
Often a newspaper is criticized for dwelling on ``bad news'' and not on ``the good.'' In the case of our area schools, the general feedback of late is that our editorial page is focusing too much on ``the good things.'' As for Richmond County, some readers say there's too much editorial focus on the No. 1 statewide status of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, our support for school uniforms and dress codes and emphasis on student test scores that modestly rose in some predominately minority schools.

Raps 'twisting' of God's words
I have a few words to say about the Rev. Anthony Stephens' view of the South Carolina ``flag flap'' (letter, Dec. 13): Suzanne N. Reeves, Waynesboro

Fish: Broad Street celebration set to greet 2000
(Editor's note: The author, John Fish, Chronicle assistant general manager, is The Celebrate 2000 project coordinator.)

Criticizes Bush's Air Guard service
I know Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., has been a supporter of Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, the compassionate conservative and former Air National Guard ``jet jockey.'' I did not know that Sen. Coverdell was the one behind the whisper campaign concerning the alleged temper of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. I wonder if Sen. Coverdell wants to be a ``big wheel'' in a George Bush administration and ``the new world order''? Richard Renew, Martinez

Urges support for reform of Animal Control agency
The story about the Animal Control Board you ran Dec. 1 was very interesting. I am hardly shocked at findings about Animal Control. Just look around our county government; it is rampant with this type of bureaucratic waste and abuse. Julie Groothand, Martinez

Chides intolerant call for inclusion
Attorney General Thurbert Baker's legal opinion about Bible courses in public schools stirred an interesting interchange between the Revs. Timothy Fellows Sr. and Dan King. In summary: the Rev. Fellows called Mr. Baker a fool and a traitor and then stated that religions other than Christi-anity are false religions. The Rev. King didn't like that. He considers the Rev. Fellows a racist, insensitive and an insult to all other religions. Richard Hogue, Grovetown

Poses questions about drug issue
I would like the answer to a few questions, such as when is Bill Clinton going to tell the Mexican president to tear down, not that ``wall'' on our border with them, but that ``super highway'' that the drug czars use to send van loads of drugs to this country that is as much of a threat to us as an atom bomb? Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

Feels WRDW slighted school children
Did The Chronicle realize Gov. Jim Hodges visited East Aiken Elementary School on Dec. 15? He was to observe how this school hasintegrated the ``Character First'' program. These children had more than 800 canned food items donated to the school. Baskets for the needy were prepared by students who were looking forward to Aiken being the ``Capital for a Day!'' Denise Casey, Aiken

Comments on area radio market
Congratulations to the competitors of WBBQ as Cumulus Broadcasting continues to show its lack of understanding of a segment of the Central Savannah River Area listening audience. Glenn Rodgers, North Augusta

Wants letter campaign for safer I-20
The recent news article about the wrecks on I-20 caught my attention. The citizens of the Central Savannah River Area don't need a study by the Georgia Department of Transportation to solve the immediate safety problems on I-20 or, for that matter, on Bobby Jones Expressway. Dave Schreiber, Hephzibah

Fears tragedy over Panama Canal
The date is here. The Panama Canal has been given away. R. W. Waters, Hephzibah

Slams sentences, calls for reform
After waking up and reading the Dec. 11 paper, I found on the front page where a teacher was sentenced to 30 years for stealing money. I also read where a lady got three years for driving drunk and killing someone. C. Powell, Grovetown

E-commerce dilemma
There's no doubt that one of the big issues facing the nation as we sail into a new century will be to tax, or not to tax, Internet sales. Already the 19-member Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, due to report next April to Congress, is tied in knots.

Overtime: Ex-Brave inks rich contract with D-Rays

Stallions coach will be speaker at player fete

Smithers moving from West Lake to Jones Creek

Racing team to be sponsored by Pfizer's Viagra

Rain washes out Coolum Classic round

Overtime: Police return Carruth to Charlotte

Overtime: 'Champions on Ice' returns to Augusta

First Tee groundbreaking set for today

'Field & Stream' books welcomed by fishermen

Overtime: Budge still critical after auto crashes

Web services will even do comparison-shopping for you
NEW YORK -- Buying stuff over the Internet is getting even easier with a growing number of Web sites that will instantly do comparison shopping for you.

Noise standard requires quiter jets
U.S. commercial jets have been getting quieter, and come New Year's Day, all of them have to meet a new federal noise standard.

Government to put more information online
WASHINGTON -- The government's future on the Internet: a single World Wide Web site that links all federal agencies, puts hundreds of government forms available at the click of a mouse, and perhaps provides a way to vote by computer.

Time running out on Y2K ripoffs
NEW YORK -- Criminals are scrambling to cash in on the Y2K bug with a variety of scams -- most of them using the phone -- that will run out as the new year rings in.

Shuttle launched after nine delays
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After an unprecedented nine delays, space shuttle Discovery blasted into orbit Sunday night to put the Hubble Space Telescope back in working order. It was NASA's last chance this year to send the shuttle and seven astronauts to Hubble's rescue. One more postponement would have bumped the flight into January.

Vaccine against nicotine shows promise in lab tests
WASHINGTON -- One day, folks who want to quit smoking may find help by getting a shot.

EBay task force keeps Internet auctions on the level
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Thurman Munson, the great Yankee catcher, was killed in a plane crash in 1979. Bobby Brown became president of the American League in 1984. A baseball with the seal of President Brown and the signature of Munson is impossible, but that's exactly what some guy was trying to sell through the online auctioneer eBay Inc.

Despite slow response, Germany second in Y2K spending
FRANKFURT, Germany -- After lagging behind much of the industrialized world in tackling the millennium computer problem, German authorities say they're confident a late spending spree has put their country in the clear.

News outlets: Y2K won't stop papers or broadcasts
NEW YORK -- One newspaper will supply reporters with two-way radios in case Y2K kills phone service. Others have backup generators ready, while a TV station has arranged to broadcast directly on cable.

Study links lying to popularity in teen-agers
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Whether Pinocchio or a president, a liar can remain a pretty beloved figure. In fact, a new study suggests the best teen-age liars are often the most popular kids.

Beetles and fungus killing off California's oaks
LOS ANGELES -- An army of beetles and a predatory fungus have been killing off natural habitats and picturesque landscapes created by native oaks, the most common trees in California.

New heart drill may help angina patients
WASHINGTON -- Imagine a drill smaller than the tip of a ball-point pen, made out of a tiny needle that spins up to 2,000 times a minute.

Shuttle launched after nine delays

New heart drill may help angina patients

News outlets: Y2K won't stop papers or broadcasts

Despite slow response, Germany second in Y2K spending

Study links lying to popularity in teen-agers

Time running out on Y2K ripoffs

EBay task force keeps Internet auctions on the level

Government to put more information online

Noise standard requires quiter jets

Web services will even do comparison-shopping for you

Beetles and fungus killing off California's oaks

Vaccine against nicotine shows promise in lab tests