Duke wins big, gets lecture

Hawks fall to Nets

Lakers win sixth straight

Expos acquire reliever

Iverson asks for trade

Expos acquire reliever

Xavier upsets Cincinnati -- again

Ailing boy's baseball wish comes true

Gugliotta awaits more tests

Nonbinding season's greetings

Business briefs: Interest rate fears bring markets down

Monsanto to merge with Pharmacia & Upjohn
Monsanto local plant Manager Greg Kurdys had heard rumors, but he did not know for certain that his company would merge with Pharmacia & Upjohn until about 10 p.m. Sunday.

Business briefs: Interest rate fears bring markets down
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed mostly lower Monday as bond yields soared to the highest level in more than two years on the fear that the Federal Reserve will suggest today that future interest rate increases might be needed to cool the nation's economic growth.

Monsanto to merge with Pharmacia & Upjohn

Tuesday morning quarterback: Southern's fans sould take blame

Linebacker has small size, big impact

Reynolds plans to stay at FSU

Police deny using excessive force in post-game melee

Tuesday morning quarterback

UGA center has small size, big impact

Reynolds plans to stay at FSU

Tech to use bowl practices as training

Holtz's plane crashes, killing pilot

Auburn cruises to win

Ragin' Cajuns defeat Miami

Lady Vols cruise to victory

Lady Dogs dominate Buckeyes

Charleston's Bolton sidelined with injury

Charleston's Bolton sidelined with injury

Xavier upsets Cincinnati a second time

Duke wins big, gets lecture

Lady Lions defeat Clemson in tourney

Auburn cruises to win

Museum tells Signal Corps' story
In the beginning, there were wigwag flags during the day and signal torches at night. The casualty rate for U.S. Army Signal Corps soldiers was high.

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

Calls 'tirade' on flag 'blasphemous'

Defends anti-uniform parents group

University's lament

Feels WRDW slighted school children

E-commerce dilemma

Urges end to Augusta's pet 'Dachau'

Notes impact of Mayors' Motorcade

Term limits return?

Cites examples of positive evolution

Complains doctors no longer listen

In the know
Look out for the mistletoe: Mike invites Caitlin to his Christmas party but doesn't expect her to bring a date on ABC's Spin City (at 8 on WJBF-TV, Channel 6).

Off the Wall: To sweetie, it really is the thought that counts
Sweetie's choices in gifts tend toward the avant-garde (which is French for tasteless and bizarre).

Avoid the emotional traps of the season
Dear Readers: It's that time again! Visions of sugarplums, sleighbells ringing, red-nosed reindeer, and most of all, a cherished day of remembrance of the baby born in that lowly stable. My favorite time of year, Christmas is a time for sharing love with friends and family. Each year's celebration brings back many cherished memories -- including homemade pumpkin pies, singing carols with the neighbors and even memories of those terrible fruitcakes my mother made me eat when Mrs. Smith came to visit.

Is that really you Santa?
Who's that behind the fluffy white beard and red velvet suit? See if you can identify the personalities disguised as the jolly old elf in our celebrity Santa quiz.

Area teams shut out of jamboree finals

Area teams shut out of jamboree finals

Lincoln Co. takes loss in stride

Coyotes edge Sharks

'Igloo' is now the Mellon

Nonbinding season's greetings
I haven't figured out the holiday pattern down at the post office yet. One day, I drive up and the line is stretching out the door. The next day, it's just me and a short woman with a box for a grandchild.

'American Beauty' leads Golden Globe nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- ``American Beauty,'' a dark satire of suburbia and family dysfunction, received six Golden Globe nominations today to lead all film contenders. The film received nominations for dramatic picture, dramatic actress (Annette Bening), dramatic actor (Kevin Spacey), director (Sam Mendes), screenwriter (Alan Ball) and score (Thomas Newman). Perennial award nominee Tom Hanks was shut out for a widely acclaimed performance as a death row prison guard in ``The Green Mile.'' The film received only one nomination for supporting actor for Michael Clarke Duncan.--The Augusta Chronicle

Country singer Hank Snow dead at 85
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hank Snow, whose gaudy rhinestone suits and million-selling hit song ``I'm Movin' On'' made him a country music legend for more than 40 years, died today. He was 85. Snow, known as ``the singing ranger'' because of his flamboyant cowboy attire, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1979. His self-penned ``I'm Movin' On'' was on the country music charts for almost a year in 1950, including 21 weeks at No. 1. Other hits, many of which he wrote, included ``I Don't Hurt Anymore,'' ``Golden Rocket,'' ``Music Makin' Mama From Memphis,'' ``Rhumba Boogie'' and the humorous ``I've Been Everywhere,'' with lyrics that string together a multitude of place names. His heyday was between 1950 and 1965, but he performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry until the mid-1990s. --The Augusta Chronicle

Centrist parties score big in Russian vote
MOSCOW -- Russian voters anxious for stability handed centrist parties a major victory Monday in parliamentary elections and firmly endorsed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his tough handling of the war in Chechnya. In a surprising breakthrough for the Kremlin, the pro-government Unity party led the four centrist groups that appeared set to take more than half the seats in parliament's lower house, the State Duma. While Yeltsin is deeply unpopular and widely blamed for failed economic reforms and rampant corruption, roughly half the electorate chose moderate, pro-democratic parties that support continuing market reforms. --The Augusta Chronicle

Avoid the emotional traps of the season

Is that really you Santa?

Off the Wall: To sweetie, it really is the thought that counts

In the know

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.

'American Beauty' leads Golden Globe nominations

Hearing in ethics probe set

Flag supporters to gauge boycott impact

State lists 'miserly' charities

Fire victims sift through ashes

Flag supporters to gauge boycott impact
COLUMBIA -- With participants logging travel plans from 10 or more other states, Confederate flag supporters are looking for ways to gauge the impact of crowds expected for a huge Southern heritage celebration the weekend of Jan. 8.

Judge closes civil racketeering suit

Eight charged in drug probe
Eight street-level drug dealers have been arrested on 48 felony drug charges after a long undercover operation targeting Graniteville and Warrenville, Aiken County sheriff's officials said Monday.

City budget poses risk to agencies

Residents repudiate pet fees

Tuesday morning quarterback: Southern's fans sould take blame

Teen receives 40-year jail term
Oba Benjamin comes from a family of ministers and college graduates. He graduated from a military school last year and won a HOPE scholarship and studied electrical engineering at Augusta Technical Institute.

Centrist parties score big in Russian vote

City budget poses risk to agencies
The Richmond County sheriff's and marshal's departments were spared the budget ax Monday, along with city bus service, the Arts Council and several nonprofit groups.

Country singer Hank Snow dead at 85

Flocks' seasonal needs put stress on pastors

Judge orders 45-year sentence after courtroom screaming

Corps asks to have dam injunction lifted
The Army Corps of Engineers wants a federal judge to lift a decade-old injunction barring the use of Russell Dam's reversible turbines for commercial hydropower production.

Museum tells Signal Corps' story

Couple wraps up tour of U.S.

Celebrate Jesus 2000 event set

City budget poses risk to agencies

Across the area: Police charge girl for false rape claim

Blaze leaves over 30 homeless

Corps asks to have dam injunction lifted

Across the area: Police charge girl for false rape claim
A 9-year-old girl who said she was raped was charged by police with making a false report of a crime.

Residents reclaim once proud past

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.

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother of five seeking Christmas meal, presents

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

Ashley's fight: Treatment is financially draining
Lance, 14, watches Star Wars while sitting next to his dad, Doug. Brandi, 8, and Tyler, 6, read at the table. When 4-year-old Ashley toddles in, the room erupts in squeals and giggles as the children chase each other around.

Officials disagree over pay plan

City budget poses risk to agencies
The Richmond County sheriff's and marshal's departments were spared the budget ax Monday, along with city bus service, the Arts Council and several nonprofit groups.

Museum tells Signal Corps' story
In the beginning, there were wigwag flags during the day and signal torches at night. The casualty rate for U.S. Army Signal Corps soldiers was high.

Hearing in ethics probe set
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia's Ethics Commission on Monday found ``probable cause'' that state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko failed to disclose accurately six corporate contributions worth $3,150 to her campaign.

Nature has ways of predicting winter

Judge closes civil racketeering suit
With the passing of a final check Monday of nearly $2 million, a judge closed the civil racketeering case against the two former Medical College of Georgia researchers who cheated the university out of more than $10 million.

Residents repudiate pet fees
Nearly 100 pet owners attended a South Augusta town meeting Monday, most of them hoping to euthanize an animal control registration fee proposed in the city budget.

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.

Fire victims sift through ashes
The pungent smell of smoke and burning wood filled the air, and yellow police tape warned ``Do not enter.''

Biggest moon in view tonight
Area astronomers say it's much ado about nothing, but the alignment of the heavens tonight is expected to create the biggest, brightest full moon in a lifetime.

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother of five seeking Christmas meal, presents
``We have had a bad year, this year,'' the letter begins.

A jolly, happy soul
Derrica Green, 9, gets help making a snowman from Sevin O'Bryant, 17, at Monday's Davis Broadcasting snowman contest, held in front of Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, which supplied the snow. No snow is in the forecast for the holiday week.

Agencies target I-20 trafficking

Judge orders 45-year sentence after courtroom screaming
An Augusta man who turned his former girlfriend's home into trash and kindling the day after his release from jail for a previous assault on her received a maximum 45-year prison sentence Monday.

Biggest moon in view tonight

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.

Ashley's fight: Treatment is financially draining

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.

Museum tells Signal Corps' story

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
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.

Across the area: Hospital worker's death under study

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.

Celebrate Jesus 2000 event set
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Yvonne Johnson usually stays home on New Year's Eve and goes to bed early. But the Camden County resident has other plans this year.

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.

Couple wraps up tour of U.S.
Though it started as a means to cater to his girlfriend's need to travel, a trip by a Miami couple has turned into a national tour.

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.

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

Timberwolves defeat Cavs

Iverson backs off trade request

Iverson backs off trade request

Refs' talks may be broadcast on TV

Hawks fall to Nets

Iverson asks for trade

Refs' talks may be broadcast on TV

Tuggle to test free agency

Tackle's eye may be permanently damaged

Seahawks seek to end playoff drought

Tackle's eye may be permanently damaged

Line-up changes don't help Falcons

Vikings hold on to beat Green Bay

Tuggle to test free agency

Seahawks seek to end playoff drought

NFL Playoff Possibilities

Line-up changes don't help Falcons

Steelers' coach says he won't leave unless asked

Bennett's pep talk lifts Colts over Washington

Nedney becomes Raiders' top kicker

Patriots fall apart after Super Bowl win

NFL Playoff Possibilities

Patriots fall apart after Super Bowl win

Doleman wants to touch up his Hall of Fame resume

Doleman wants to touch up his Hall of Fame resume

Mr. Jaime Rosado
Mr. Jaime T. Rosado, 63, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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. James Broadwater
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James Broadwater, 58, of Storm Court, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999.

Mrs. Louise Inglett
Mrs. Louise B. Inglett, 75, of Heckle Street, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 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. Myung Lee
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Myung Woo Lee, 61, of Byrnes Road, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Dixon
Mr. Willie Taft ``Tab'' Dixon, of Wharton Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Meriam Forrest
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Meriam Forrest, 76, of Clemson Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mrs. Esther Moseley
Mrs. Esther Hill Moseley, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Kentwood Nursing Center.

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. Willis Bridges
Mr. Willis James Bridges, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Henry Moler
AIKEN -- Mr. Henry Grant Moler, 79, of Lundee Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mary Farrow
SUMMERTOWN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Frances Farrow, 74, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Hilda Kinns
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Hilda Powell Kinns, 65, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. Olin Dixon
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Olin L. Dixon, 88, of Barford Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Gibson Health & Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mrs. Faye Lewis
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Faye Lewis, 63, of Georgia Highway 24 South, 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. David Beamon Sr.
MIAMI -- Mr. David Beamon Sr., 57, of 59th Terrace, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999.

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

Mrs. Joan Murphy
Mrs. Joan Jones Murphy, 53, of Mock Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Timmerman
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Lyon Timmerman, 94, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, in West Columbia.

Mrs. Margaret Dekle
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Margaret Dekle, 90, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Habersham House, Savannah.

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

Mr. Lon Graves Sr.
RIDGEWAY, S.C. -- Mr. Lon T. Graves Sr., 88, of Shivers Green Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Kershaw County Medical Center, Camden.

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

Mr. Robert Hancock
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert Hancock, 79, of Good Springs Road, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Eva Whitfield
LITHONIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Eva Ella Fair Whitfield, 75, of Invermere Woods Court, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Rockdale County Hospital, Conyers.

Mrs. Carlene Harris
Mrs. Carlene D. Harris, of Jonathan Circle, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mr. Joe Hill
AIKEN -- Mr. Joe Lee Hill, 48, of Old Dibble Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Thomas Wright
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Thomas Wright, 80, of South Masonic Street, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. Ian Fordham
Mr. Ian Michael Fordham, 23, of Martinez, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Miss Stephanie Dunbar
ATLANTA -- Miss Stephanie Ann Dunbar, 22, of Westin Place, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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. Bevie Chase
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Bevie Blount Chase, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Raymond Davis
Mr. Raymond Albert Davis, 59, of Tubman Home Road, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at his residence.

Miss Stephanie Dunbar

Mr. Jasper Whiteside

Ms. Sonya Lively

Mrs. Mary Farrow

Mr. J.R. Boyd

Mr. Olin Dixon

Mrs. Louise Inglett

Mr. Henry Moler

Mrs. Bevie Chase

Mr. Ian Fordham

Mrs. Louise Inglett

Mr. Raymond Davis

Mr. Herbert Lee

Mrs. Carlene Harris

Mrs. Mary Timmerman

Mr. Robert Hancock

Mrs. Phyllis Ricks

Mr. J.R. Boyd

Mr. Edward Green Sr.

Mr. David Beamon Sr.

Mrs. Faye Lewis

Mrs. Joan Murphy

Mr. James Paradise

Mr. Willie Dixon

Mrs. Lois Shackelford

Mrs. Hilda Kinns

Mr. Eugene Rhodes

Mrs. Esther Moseley

Ms. Lizzie Eubanks

Mr. Jaime Rosado

Mr. James Broadwater

Mr. Myung Lee

Mr. Wilbur Corder

Mr. Samuel Beeland

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?

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

Cites examples of positive evolution
Examples of evolution, a gradual process in which something changes into a different and better form: Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Urges end to Augusta's pet 'Dachau'
I would like to thank The Chronicle for putting the story about the Animal Control facility on the front page. I hope the actions of the Animal Control Board are supported throughout our community. Star Simpson, Martinez

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?

'Gay' agenda stalled
The large majority of Americans who cherish traditional family values will applaud the newly-consolidated ExxonMobil Corp.'s decision to end Mobil's policy of granting so-called ``domestic partner'' benefits to homosexual employees as well as unmarried heterosexual couples.

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.

University's lament
The more learned about University Hospital's financial status, the less tenable is its claim on more Augusta property taxes.

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

Term limits return?
The term limits movement has largely disappeared from the public radar screen the last several years, but a just-released report from the National Taxpayers Union may breathe new life into it as the nation heads into the 2000 elections cycle.

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

Defends anti-uniform parents group
Throughout many years of reading the editorial pages, I don't believe I have read a more ``skewed''article than the one presented Dec. 13 entitled ``Skewed priorities.'' It would appear that the point being conveyed is that, by the Parent Action Committee's opposition to mandatory school uniforms, the group is promoting classroom violence. Now I could understand this if it had been written by a Clintonite whose usual tactic is to attack and discredit any opposition, but coming from The Chronicle it is rather perplexing. Helen Minchew, Augusta

Complains doctors no longer listen
... We have reached a point where many doctors are trained with computers, dummies and checklists. They do not listen to the patient or their family. They develop a god complex or callousness. This has led many people to develop mistrust for doctors in general and turn to natural rem-edies, Internet advice or any help other than the arrogant or incompetent doctor. Marsha Mason, Grovetown

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

First Tee groundbreaking set for today

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

Overtime: 'Champions on Ice' returns to Augusta

First Tee groundbreaking set for today

Overtime: Police return Carruth to Charlotte

Overtime: 'Champions on Ice' returns to Augusta

FDA counters online prescription risk with Web site
WASHINGTON -- Want to buy prescription drugs or other medical products over the Internet? The government opened a consumer-advice Web page Monday to help patients ensure they're buying from legitimate stores instead of dangerous quacks.

Evaporator processing approved
Savannah River Site soon will have a new facility to reduce the amount of waste in its tanks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lab experiment links mad cow, human brain diseases
WASHINGTON -- A laboratory experiment gives powerful new evidence that an infectious protein that causes mad cow disease also causes a new type of fatal human brain disease that has killed 51 people in Europe.

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.

Most 911 call centers are Y2K ready
WASHINGTON -- After a startlingly low response rate last month on 911 call centers' readiness for the yearend rollover, a new survey indicates more than 98.5 percent of the centers say their equipment is now Y2K ready.

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.

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.

Scientists can produce slower growing lawns
WASHINGTON -- Don't throw away the lawnmower yet, but scientists have found out a way to stunt the growth of grass and other plants and keep them greener longer by tinkering with a single gene. It could be a dream come true for suburbanites weary of the weekly mowing ritual.

Advice line

Advice line
``I go with this boy who's a football player, and he's really popular and cute. Everybody thinks he's perfect, and I don't want to break up with him because I'm scared of losing all my friends. Now I'm playing around with some other boys and don't think that's right.''

Xtreme calendar
Bored yet? Videos expected in stores today include American Pie, Elmo in Grouchland and Summer of Sam.

Xtreme calendar

The making of a woman
In some cultures, a girl's 15th or 16th birthday means a lot more than birthday cake, pink streamers and balloons. It marks the passing from childhood into adulthood.

The making of a woman

Your style
Violet Pu (left), 14, is a freshman at Lakeside High School. Yee Yee Pu, 15, is a sophomore at Lakeside High School.

'Toy Story 2' a treat for the young at heart
While trying to save another toy from a garage sale, Woody (Mr. Hanks) is picked up by a toy collector (Mr. Knight) who wants to ship the cowpoke to a toy museum in Japan with the rest of the `Woody's Round-Up' toys, including his horse Bullseye, his friend Jessie (Ms. Cusack) and Stinky Pete, the old prospector (Mr. Grammer). It's up to Buzz Lightyear (Mr. Allen), Rex, Hamm, Slinky Dog and Mr. Potato Head to save him.

Your style

Lab experiment links mad cow, human brain diseases

FDA counters online prescription risk with Web site

New heart drill may help angina patients

Most 911 call centers are Y2K ready

Government to put more information online

Scientists can produce slower growing lawns

Noise standard requires quiter jets

News outlets: Y2K won't stop papers or broadcasts

Web services will even do comparison-shopping for you

EBay task force keeps Internet auctions on the level

Shuttle launched after nine delays