Expos acquire reliever

Coach continues despite pregnancy

Nonbinding season's greetings

Business briefs: Interest rate fears bring markets down

Business briefs: Tech stocks give Nasdaq record gain

Donating stocks can bring big tax breaks

Monsanto to merge with Pharmacia & Upjohn

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: Tech stocks give Nasdaq record gain
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks soared Tuesday, giving the Nasdaq composite index its biggest one-day point gain ever, after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged.

Donating stocks can bring big tax breaks
There's a gift you can give this holiday season that can give you something back -- a big tax deduction.

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.

Holtz's plane crashes, killing pilot

Tuesday morning quarterback: Southern's fans sould take blame

Campbell will be with Tech for bowl

TCU's head coach is man of his word

UGA center has small size, big impact

Reynolds plans to stay at FSU

Auburn cruises to win

UGA edges Ark.-Little Rock

Report: Rush told UCLA he accepted money

Charleston's Bolton sidelined with injury

Monument honors Washington
Americans faced the turn of the century 200 years ago with a degree of mourning.

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.

Claims he got runaround on records

Defends teacher evaluation by student

Good news in Russia

Term limits return?

Chides view on Lynx signage pact

University's lament

Cites examples of positive evolution

School systems flunk

Urges end to Augusta's pet 'Dachau'

Hits stories on disappearance

Complains doctors no longer listen

Defends anti-uniform parents group

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.

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).

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. This week: Lunch meat.

Small portions
As you sit down to enjoy your post-Y2K repast of cold pork and beans, remember this: You could have had a HeaterMeals lasagna entree.

On a roll
The smell of fresh baked bread had become a thing of the past, until the bread machine entered the scene. But before the bread machine, supermarkets were stocked with frozen bread dough, a way to bring the goodness of fresh baked bread into your home without all that kneading and rising.

Area teams shut out of jamboree finals

Coach continues despite pregnancy

Hasek thinks twice about retirement

Piersol, Lynx playing it safe

'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.

Discovery rockets toward rendezvous with Hubble today
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-man crew were gaining on the crippled Hubble Space Telescope today and gearing up for their big repair job. The 370-mile-high chase was scheduled to end this evening, when the astronauts seize the malfunctioning telescope with the shuttle's robot arm and tuck it into the cargo bay for three days of work. The most crucial task for the astronauts is replacing Hubble's six gyroscopes, four of which have failed due to corroded wires, shutting down NASA's $3 billion observatory since Nov. 13. Full Story -- The Augusta Chronicle

'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

Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, after bumping up interest rates three times this year to slow the red-hot economy, decided today to leave rates unchanged, even though it expressed continued worries about inflation down the road. At the same time, the Fed said it would keep its policy directive, intended as a sign of future rate moves, at neutral, citing uncertainties about the Y2K computer date changeover. Full Story -- 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

Price check

Small portions

On a roll

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

In the know

Is that really you Santa?

Report calls for closing river's lock
The New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam near Augusta should be dismantled and permanently decommissioned, according to an Army Corps of Engineers study that will be forwarded to Congress for approval.

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.

Security lacking at Municipal Building

Across the area: Hot ashes cause apartment fire
Fire investigators determined that a weekend blaze at River Creek Apartments was caused by a resident who left hot ashes in a wooden stairwell, officials announced Tuesday.

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.

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother of three wants new clothes for children
Splitting up from a spouse is never easy.

Discovery rockets toward rendezvous with Hubble today

Democrats press for pay raises
COLUMBIA -- 2000 might well be known as the year of the teacher -- at least to South Carolina's Democrats.

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.

911 call center to be consolidated
After almost a year of bickering, Augusta commissioners decided Tuesday to consolidate the 911 center and grant pay incentives to firefighters with paramedic training.

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.

Council wants review of farm agency needs
AIKEN - Expansion of Aiken County's Agricultural Services Building cleared another hurdle Tuesday night, but plans for the building might undergo some change.

Security lacking at Municipal Building
Richmond County is leaving itself open to ``a security breach, an unfortunate incident'' because of its open access to the county Municipal Building and Law Enforcement Center.

Building of course to begin
GRANITEVILLE - Construction of Sage Valley Golf Club, an 18-hole course, is set to begin in mid-February, according to Weldon Wyatt, majority owner of 7-Oaks LLC, which is developing the property on Bettis Academy Road.

Barnes' plan to help rural economic development
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes announced Tuesday he plans to rename the state's housing finance board and give it oversight of one-third of Georgia's tobacco-settlement money for use in spurring rural economic development.

New dispatch center opens
AIKEN -- Just in time to avoid potential Y2K problems, emergency dispatchers with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office have moved into their new digs, complete with all the latest electronics.

911 call center to be consolidated

Council wants review of farm agency needs

Judge closes civil racketeering suit

Empty Stocking Fund: Mother of three wants new clothes for children

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.

Hearing in ethics probe set

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.

Couple wraps up tour of U.S.

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.

Country singer Hank Snow dead at 85

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.

Commission cuts budget items
Augusta commissioners agreed Tuesday to close recreation facilities, raise fees, and cut money from the Golf Hall of Fame and Coliseum Authority in an effort to find more money for indigent care in the city's 2000 budget. But their efforts saved only $260,324, and the meeting was recessed until next week.

Family gets community support
Christmas came a few weeks early for 14-year-old Chance Fulford of Evans.

Monument honors Washington

Judge denies bond, saying man poses risk
A Columbia County man repeatedly arrested for domestic violence will spend Christmas in jail awaiting trial on the latest charges, filed just two months after his last court appearance.

Building of course to begin

Keeping covered
An umbrella sheltered a pedestrian ambling across the Butt Bridge on Tuesday, while a rain shower kept Augusta overcast and gray.

Democrats press for pay raises

Tuesday morning quarterback: Southern's fans sould take blame

Across the area: Hot ashes cause apartment fire

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.

Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged

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.

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.

Judge orders 45-year sentence after courtroom screaming

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.

Museum tells Signal Corps' story

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.

Celebrate Jesus 2000 event set

Coach continues despite pregnancy

City budget poses risk to agencies

Keeping covered

Fire victims sift through ashes

Family gets community support

Report calls for closing river's lock

Commission cuts budget items

'American Beauty' leads Golden Globe nominations

Biggest moon in view tonight

City budget poses risk to agencies

Centrist parties score big in Russian vote

Museum tells Signal Corps' story

Across the area: Police charge girl for false rape claim

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.

Corps asks to have dam injunction lifted

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.

Ashley's fight: Treatment is financially draining

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.

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

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

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

Flag supporters to gauge boycott impact

Residents repudiate pet fees

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.

Iverson backs off trade request

Spurs' Elliot hospitalized with flu

Timberwolves defeat Cavs

Refs' talks may be broadcast on TV

NFL Playoff Possibilities

Line-up changes don't help Falcons

Vikings hold on to beat Green Bay

Steelers' coach says he won't leave unless asked

Nedney becomes Raiders' top kicker

Seahawks seek to end playoff drought

Moss returns to form, and so do the Vikings

Tuggle to test free agency

Patriots fall apart after Super Bowl win

Tackle's eye may be permanently damaged

Doleman wants to touch up his Hall of Fame resume

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

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

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

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

Mr. John Garrison
Mr. John Douglas Garrison, 65, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

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

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.

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

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

Mr. John Fooshe Sr.
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. John William Fooshe Sr., former mayor of McCormick, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta, as a result of a fall at his home. He was 81.

Miss Bobbie Jones
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Miss Bobbie Jo ``B.J.'' Jones, 24, of Vineland Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

The Rev. Captain Abney
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- The Rev. Captain T. Abney, 94, of Aiken Avenue, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

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

Mr. George Sullivan
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. George W. Sullivan, 82, of Georgia Highway 23, 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. Lou Janda
MODOC SHORES, S.C. -- Mr. Lou Janda, 80, of Johnson Drive, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Clark Ouzts
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Clark Ouzts, 51, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999.

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

Mr. Joseph Lang
Mr. Joseph Anthony ``Joe'' Lang, 46, of Martinez, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

Mr. Jesse Holden
JACKSON -- Mr. Jesse E. Holden, 78, of Jackson Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Sharon Keen
Mrs. Sharon Lee Keen, 57, of Barrett Street, Harlem, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Robert Hyman
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Bruce Hyman, 79, of Route 3, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lester Lowry
Mr. Lester Lowry, of 12th Street, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. John Rhoden
THOMSON -- Mr. John Thomson Rhoden, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lillian Pounds
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillian Helen Pounds, 59, of Garthwright Road, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at her 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.

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.

Mr. David Beamon Sr.
MIAMI -- Mr. David Beamon Sr., 57, of 59th Terrace, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999.

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Ida Whitfield
Ms. Ida Whitfield, 57, of Lumpkin Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mrs. Lois Webber
Mrs. Lois B. Webber, 70, of April Drive, Grovetown, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Mattie Coach
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Mattie Lee Quiller Coach, 75, of Storm Branch Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Faye Lewis
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Faye Lewis, 63, of Georgia Highway 24 South, died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at her residence.

The Rev. Captain Abney

Mrs. Lillian Pounds

Mr. Ian Fordham

Mrs. Mary Timmerman

Mr. Jesse Holden

Mr. James Broadwater

Mr. John Fooshe Sr.

Mr. Raymond Davis

Mr. Joseph Lang

Mrs. Carlene Harris

Mr. Thomas Wright

Mr. Henry Moler

Mr. Lou Janda

Mr. Olin Dixon

Mr. John Rhoden

Mr. Robert Hancock

Mr. Lon Graves Sr.

Mr. J.R. Boyd

Mrs. Joan Murphy

Mr. David Beamon Sr.

Mr. Willis Bridges

Mr. Willie Dixon

Mr. George Sullivan

Mrs. Louise Inglett

Ms. Ida Whitfield

Mrs. Hilda Kinns

Mr. John Garrison

Miss Stephanie Dunbar

Mr. Robert Hyman

Mrs. Esther Moseley

Mr. Clark Ouzts

Mr. Jaime Rosado

Mr. Lester Lowry

Mrs. Lois Webber

Mrs. Bevie Chase

Mrs. Faye Lewis

Mrs. Mary Farrow

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

'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.

Defends teacher evaluation by student
C. Hamilton expresses concernn about students grading teachers (letter, Dec. 16). Why assume that students neither like their teachers not are capable of giving consttttructive feedback? Teachers who value their students are sensitive to the learning environment and the learning experience for each student. Feedback from the students is crucial for teachers to insure that learning goals are being met. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

Claims he got runaround on records
I recall formally requesting school records from Richmond County School Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke, the Richmond County personnel director and her assistant, the chief of the school police department and school system attorney Leonard ``Pete'' Fletcher. They knew I needed the information to support a particular case.Bernard W. Clark, Keysville

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

What about goodwill?
The big story coming out of Augusta, the host of the Georgia Games last summer, isn't that the estimates of the economic impact on the area were off the mark, it's that the amateur sports festival -- numbering nearly 60 competitions -- was a huge success.

Chides view on Lynx signage pact
I would strongly take issue with your Dec. 15 editorial stance -- which apparently attempts to elevate the Morris Communications Corp. to a position of trying to micro-manage the Civic Center. It is in the interest, it seems, of trying to make the only good moneymaker using the place ever, the Augusta Lynx, relinquish advertising rights which were promised by LMI. LMI did that because it was part of the package to attract the Lynx, and keep them profitable enough to thrive here. Sam G. Roney, Martinez

School systems flunk
When it comes to knowing about Georgia's open records law, several public school systems in our area have a lot to learn. They'll usually cooperate with media representatives they know, but when someone unfamiliar asks for information, they require a written request.

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

Good news in Russia
The news out of Russia lately has been so relentlessly bad that it's a real relief to finally get some good news. The State Duma elections Sunday handed President Boris Yeltsin's Unity party and other centrist parties a surprising victory -- dealing a serious setback to the old Communist Party that had dominated the Duma throughout the '90s.

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

Worries about state of justice system
Reading your headlines concerning crime and justice of late, I have a hard time discerning what is a ``crime'' and what is ``justice.'' S. Andrew Connor, Thomson

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.

Questions, mocks national sales tax
I noticed in all the hullabaloo about ``the national sales tax plan,'' one thing stands out like a beacon. This plan applies to ``retail'' sales only. Business sales will not be taxed. Philip Monaco, North Augusta

Hits stories on disappearance
How ironic that the Dec. 14 front page contained a story about ethics in Augusta. The headline on that same day introduced the story which saw The Chronicle go to such an ethical low. Tony Hopkins, Edgefield

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

Nicklaus ready for tournament golf

Overtime: Brown apologizes for pushing referee

First Tee groundbreaking set for today

Overtime: 'Champions on Ice' returns to Augusta

Ground broken for First Tee course

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.

Jordan, Elway and Gretzky start sports e-commerce site
CHICAGO -- Retired sports stars Michael Jordan, John Elway and Wayne Gretzky are teaming up to dispense advice and peddle sports and outdoor equipment on the Internet.

>>>>>SITE URLS ARE IN BBEDIT FILE NAMED 'CONGRESS LINKS.TXT' ON DESKTOP<<<<< Georgia's congressmen turn to Internet
WASHINGTON -- Send electronic mail to Rep. Johnny Isakson of Marietta or Rep. Sanford Bishop of Albany, and you just might get a personal reply from the congressmen.

Worker exposed to radiation in nuclear accident dies
TOKYO -- A worker who was exposed to lethal doses of radiation in Japan's worst nuclear accident died late today, a hospital spokesman said. Hisashi Ouchi, 35, had been in critical condition since the Sept. 30 accident at a uranium-reprocessing plant. He died today, said Tokyo University Hospital spokesman Hisao Yanagisawa.

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

Tougher pollution rules on cars, sport utilities announced
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton is announcing tougher pollution controls designed to cut smog-causing emissions from cars and sport utility vehicles by 90 percent over the next decade, according to government and private sources.

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.

City leaders hope a 'dot-com' can rescue Halfway, Ore.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Halfway needs a whole lot of help: Businesses are leaving. Logging is virtually dead. The gold mines closed long ago.

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.

SRS puts new waste evaporator on line
AIKEN, S.C. -- A Savannah River Site contractor has permission to begin operating a new system that will reduce the volume of high-level radioactive waste.

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.

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

Advice line

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.

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

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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.

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``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.''

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