Iverson asks for trade

Clemson wins over Winthrop

Gamecocks bounce back with victory

Expos acquire reliever

Hawks fall to Nets

Marshall tops Georgia

Lakers win sixth straight

Hephzibah girls win; Aquinas gets 'gift'

Gugliotta released from hospital

Aiken Tech stays unbeaten

SEC roundup

Sweat's trey lifts Wolfpack

Duke wins big, gets lecture

Xavier upsets Cincinnati -- again

Gugliotta awaits more tests

Ailing boy's baseball wish comes true

Bolton shines in '99 debut

Separation saves spirit of season

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

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

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

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.

Business briefs: Comfort Inn wins top honors

Reynolds plans to stay at FSU

Linebacker has small size, big impact

Southern routs Youngstown State

Eagles rush to title

Tuesday morning quarterback

Eagles defense comes to life, opens the door

Police deny using excessive force in post-game melee

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

Police put damper on fans' plans for goal posts

Tech to use bowl practices as training

Georgia gains favor with huge end

Auburn cruises to win

Xavier upsets Cincinnati a second time

Lady Dogs dominate Buckeyes

Ragin' Cajuns defeat Miami

Lady Lions defeat Clemson in tourney

Charleston's Bolton sidelined with injury

Lady Vols cruise to victory

Duke wins big, gets lecture

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.

Comments on area radio market

Urges support for reform of Animal Control agency

Giving away the store

Ruminate over flag issue, 'War of Northern Aggression'

Feels WRDW slighted school children

Blames drivers for interstate accidents

Barnwell economy menaced

Slams sentences, calls for reform

Lawmakers and inmates

E-commerce dilemma

Poses questions about drug issue

Calls 'tirade' on flag 'blasphemous'

Chides intolerant call for inclusion

Notes impact of Mayors' Motorcade

Fears tragedy over Panama Canal

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.

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

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.

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.

Lincoln County shut out in final

Silver Bluff sweeps Midland Valley

Red Devils notebook: Opportunities missed

Lincoln Co. takes loss in stride

Kennesaw downs Paine

Area teams shut out of jamboree finals

Coyotes edge Sharks

Grrrowl shut out Augusta

ECHL notes: Duce returns to old form

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.

Celebrate 2000 in style, at a low cost

Make the best of holidays you have

Harrisburg home reflects the season

Many cultures have tales of werewolves

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.

Santa's helper fills in

Officials disagree over pay plan

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

Choose the top story from 1999

Police serve as mentors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nature has ways of predicting winter

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

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

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.

Blaze leaves over 30 homeless

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.

Residents reclaim once proud past

A look at the 20th century: 1999

Church clinics fill public need

Graduates cheered at last march

Study: Most slayings in 30901

New health care option lowers cost

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.

Blaze kills 58-year-old man

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.

Eagles rush to title

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.

Across the area: Woman robs Citgo convenience store

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.

Parents opt for safety

Flocks' seasonal needs put stress on pastors

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

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

Agencies target I-20 trafficking

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.

State lists 'miserly' charities

Across the area: Hospital worker's death under study

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.

Iverson asks for trade

Refs' talks may be broadcast on TV

Iverson backs off trade request

Hawks fall to Nets

Doleman wants to touch up his Hall of Fame resume

NFL previews

Panthers keep playoff hopes alive

Carruth's former girlfiend remembered

Tuggle to test free agency

Tackle's eye may be permanently damaged

Chiefs roll over Steelers

Seahawks seek to end playoff drought

Mathis having Pro Bowl year with few cheers

Bennett's pep talk lifts Colts over Washington

Line-up changes don't help Falcons

Patriots fall apart after Super Bowl win

NFL Playoff Possibilities

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Brown
Mr. Willie E. Brown, 47, of Fairhope Street, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Edward Green Sr.

Mr. Carl Adams

Miss Virgie Powell

Mr. Jasper Whiteside

Mr. Cecil Capers

Mr. Dorsey Howard

Ms. Lizzie Eubanks

Mr. Robert Hearst

Mr. Jeremy Lewis

Mr. Willie Brown

Mr. Raymond Perry Jr.

Mrs. Flossie Sanders

Mrs. Louise Moore

Mrs. Louise Inglett

Mr. Myung Lee

Mr. James Paradise

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

Mr. Samuel Beeland

Mr. John Kinsey

Mr. Wilbur Corder

Mrs. Doris Smith

Mrs. Phyllis Ricks

Mrs. Nancy Winfrey

Mrs. Lois Shackelford

Mr. Willie Swans

Ms. Sonya Lively

Mr. Charles Penn Jr.

Mr. J.R. Boyd

Mrs. Colleen Dillon

Mr. Eugene Rhodes

Mr. Herbert Lee

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.

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?

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.)

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.

Stallions coach will be speaker at player fete

Racing team to be sponsored by Pfizer's Viagra

Smithers moving from West Lake to Jones Creek

Overtime: Police return Carruth to Charlotte

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

Rain washes out Coolum Classic round

Overtime: Budge still critical after auto crashes

First Tee groundbreaking set for today

Overtime: 'Champions on Ice' returns to Augusta

'Field & Stream' books welcomed by fishermen

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Noise standard requires quiter jets

Government to put more information online

Shuttle launched after nine delays

Vaccine against nicotine shows promise in lab tests

Beetles and fungus killing off California's oaks

Study links lying to popularity in teen-agers

Web services will even do comparison-shopping for you

Despite slow response, Germany second in Y2K spending

News outlets: Y2K won't stop papers or broadcasts

Time running out on Y2K ripoffs

New heart drill may help angina patients

EBay task force keeps Internet auctions on the level