Yanks deal righty Irabu to Montreal

Braves trade Boone, Klesko

Coach continues despite pregnancy

Rocker's big-mouth lands him in big trouble

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

Internet returns assessed
Merchandise purchased online but returned to traditional stores after Christmas could create big problems for some merchants, affecting everything from employee salaries to store leases, retail analysts say.

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.

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Stocks moved higher Wednesday, sending the Nasdaq composite index to its 12th new closing high this month.

Business briefs: Tech stocks give Nasdaq record gain

Donating stocks can bring big tax breaks

Internet returns assessed

TCU's head coach is man of his word

Tomlinson, TCU roll in bowl game

Sun Devils will use tandem QBs

Hollis commits to Bulldogs

Campbell will be with Tech for bowl

Auburn trounces Charleston So.

Syracuse dumps La Salle

Yarbrough, Harris lead Vols to win

Report: Rush told UCLA he accepted money

Hokies hold on to beat Cajuns

UGA edges Ark.-Little Rock

Loss drops Tigers below .500 plateau

Tech passes .500 mark with win

Cobb Jr. swung different stick
Being the child of someone famous is never easy. That certainly could be said for native Augustan Tyrus Raymond Cobb Jr., who grew up as the oldest son of a baseball legend.

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

Barnes' school agenda

Hits stories on disappearance

Claims he got runaround on records

Blasts headline, non-analysis of data

Chides view on Lynx signage pact

Calls for 'a gift'

Defends teacher evaluation by student

Plugs Sutherland for Aiken Council

Good news in Russia

School systems flunk

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.

Christmas companions
The Augusta Chronicle's holiday pet photo contest drew more than 75 entries of dogs and cats. The pets were photographed in festive garb and s

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.

Quiz answers

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.

Severe diets may ultimately add weight
Teen-age girls who go on severe diets or use diet pills or induce vomiting to help them lose weight are more likely to gain weight afterward and to be at risk for obesity than those who do not engage in such practices, according to a study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Stanford University.

Capsules
Contrary to the view that some young people may start smoking in an attempt to alleviate depression, Johns Hopkins University researchers have found just the opposite: Smoking may lead to depression.

In the know
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and our annual Christmas quiz deals with matters such as that. In fact, that jolly English jingle (or a version thereof) is the basis of one of the 20 questions designed to test your knowledge of our most joyous holiday.

Coach continues despite pregnancy

S. Aiken sweeps Thoroughbred Classic

Hasek thinks twice about retirement

Piersol, Lynx playing it safe

Hasek still is planning on retiring after season

Lynx ledger

Stingrays record rare home win over Lynx

Lynx ledger

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

Americans warned worldwide they could be targeted
WASHINGTON -- Terrorism suspects arrested in Jordan have been linked to Osama bin Laden's network, but it is premature to connect an Algerian arrested while trying to bring bomb-making equipment into Washington state to the exile Saudi's organization, a senior Clinton administration official said. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is telling Americans all over the world it believes terrorists may target them from now through mid-January, especially at holiday gatherings and millennial celebrations. Airport security is being tightened, and manhunts are under way for up to three people suspected of ties to Ressam, who was arrested Dec. 14 after arriving in Port Angeles, Wash., after crossing the border from Canada, and for a California man said to have ties to a terrorist network headed by bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa last year.

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

Bell Atlantic to offer long-distance service
The five-member commission agreed without dissent to allow Bell Atlantic to become the first regional phone monopoly since the breakup of AT&T 15 years ago to offer long-distance service to its local customers. Analysts long have predicted Bell Atlantic would receive approval, citing a 2-year effort by the company to demonstrate its market of 6.6 million households in New York state is open to competition. That included tests by an independent third-party consultant to see whether Bell Atlantic's systems can handle orders sent by competitors for switching its customers to their phone service. -- The Augusta Chronicle

On a roll

Price check

In the know

Christmas companions

Capsules

Quiz answers

Small portions

Coach continues despite pregnancy

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.

Keeping covered

Houses' numbers crossed

Monument honors Washington

Local businesses swamped during holidays

Teacher raises sought
COLUMBIA -- Want better teachers? A governor's panel suggests paying them more to do a better job.

Plant breaks ground on addition

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.

Across the area: Police: Man shot himself by mistake

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.

Last minute shoppers pack area malls
It was T-minus 48 hours and counting when Samuel Dobrick of Evans came to Augusta Mall on Wednesday afternoon.

Houses' numbers crossed
Clarence Darlington had to dial the number to a stranger's house to tell his wife he was on his way home Wednesday. His home phone number was somehow switched with James Abear's.

Empty Stocking Fund: Hephzibah woman seeks assistance for children
A Hephzibah mother of two boys, both 10, is seeking help for her family this Christmas.

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

Teacher raises sought

Report calls for closing river's lock

Thieving Santa just joking

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.

Empty Stocking Fund: Hephzibah woman seeks assistance for children

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

Two-year drought plagues Georgia's farmers

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

Area's residents complain of drugs

Commission cuts budget items

Discovery rockets toward rendezvous with Hubble today

Building of course to begin

Family gets community support

Americans warned worldwide they could be targeted

Across the area: Police: Man shot himself by mistake
A 19-year-old Aiken man playing with a gun accidentally shot himself in the chin late Tuesday, police said.

Council wants review of farm agency needs

Area's residents complain of drugs
The house at 2829 Brentway Drive is a problem the neighborhood wants solved.

Security lacking at Municipal Building

Houses' numbers crossed
Clarence Darlington had to dial the number to a stranger's house to tell his wife he was on his way home Wednesday. His home phone number was somehow switched with James Abear's.

Revelers shy from holiday travel in '99

Revelers shy from holiday travel in '99
Millennium burnout may be keeping some holiday celebrants off the roads this year, when automobile travel is expected to dip for the first time in a decade and airlines are offering discounts to fill empty seats.

Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged

Local businesses swamped during holidays
Where does Santa go to get his hair done when he's not at the North Pole? To Donna Brown of the Hair Gallery, his stylist of 13 years.

911 call center to be consolidated

Holiday drive successful
AIKEN -- Almost as quickly as Santa circles the world in one night, Joe Holt organized a gift drive for some of Aiken County's neediest children.

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.

Last minute shoppers pack area malls

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.

Televised security tape leads to capture vandals
AIKEN -- Unaware the videotape was rolling last weekend, two Aiken teen-agers carried three heavy picnic tables to the edge of a subdivision swimming pool and tossed them in.

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

Thieving Santa just joking
GLOVERVILLE -- For about 45 minutes Wednesday, sheriff's deputies were searching for a jolly old thief in a red suit.

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

Plant breaks ground on addition
GRANITEVILLE -- The $24.5 million expansion of the Bridgestone/Firestone South Carolina tire manufacturing plant was made possible by teamwork, Steve Brooks, general manager for operations, said at a ground-breaking ceremony at the Sage Mill plant Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Group approves classes
ATLANTA -- Georgia high school students could soon get credit for a class on ``Shakespeare in Films: Leonardo DiCaprio to Mel Gibson,'' but not the history of the Old Testament, after a special meeting of the state school board this week.

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.

Grant lets child care increase
ATHENS, Ga. -- A $770,000 grant to the University of Georgia will be used to improve training for child care workers in the state.

Democrats press for pay raises

Two-year drought plagues Georgia's farmers
ATHENS, Ga. -- The year 2000 may not be a happy one for Georgia farmers.

Across the area: Hot ashes cause apartment fire

Cobb Jr. swung different stick

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.

Holiday drive successful

Grant lets child care increase

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.

Hawks activate Ellis

Spurs' Elliot hospitalized with flu

NFL suspends Brown indefinitely

Odd selections to Pro Bowl rosters

Victim's mother granted temporary custody

Moss returns to form, and so do the Vikings

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

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

Mrs. Lillian Moore
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillian Moore, 87, of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

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

Miss Beatrice Miley
NEW YORK -- Miss Beatrice Miley, 80, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Jacobi Hospital.

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

Mr. John Graham
ATLANTA -- Mr. John Fitzgerald Graham, 34, of South Cobb Drive Southeast, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999.

Mr. Paul Thompson Jr.
Mr. Paul McKinnon Thompson Jr. died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. William Horne
ACWORTH, Ga. -- Mr. William Stuart Horne, 46, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.

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

Mrs. Lula Huff
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Lula ``Maude'' Smith Huff, 93, of Cotton Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Frances Gilmer
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances Gray Gilmer, 76, of Crawfordville Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at her residence.

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.

Mrs. Martha Baxley
Mrs. Martha Anderson Baxley, 87, of Georgia Highway 88, Hephzibah, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Rufus Mobley
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Rufus Mobley, 46, of Riegel Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999.

Mrs. Dorothy Prince
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Dorothy Mae Cowart Prince, 78, of South Sparta-Davisboro Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Extended Care Facility, Sandersville.

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. Helen Jordan
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Jordan, 57, of Handy Street, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. George Sullivan
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. George W. Sullivan, 82, of Georgia Highway 23, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999.

Mrs. Nell Draper
Mrs. Nell K. Draper, 88, of Anthony Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Home.

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

Mrs. Dorothy Pate
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Dorothy L. Pate, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Rosa Freeman
Mrs. Rosa Lee Freeman, 70, of Parkway Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Ezekiel Hendricks
Mr. Ezekiel Hendricks, 75, of Horton Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.

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. Pamela Jackson-McNair
THOMSON -- Mrs. Pamela Denise Jackson-McNair, 31, of Manasas Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mrs. Imogene Daniels
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Imogene Beaver Daniels, 59, of South Carolina Highway 3, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

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

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

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.

Miss Sheneta Garnett
Miss Sheneta Latonya Garnett, 25, of Story Drive, Appling, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby Washington
Mrs. Ruby C. Washington, 97, of Pleasant Home Road, Martinez, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Forrest Lake Health Care Center.

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

Mr. Lou Janda

Mr. Willis Bridges

Mrs. Martha Baxley

Mrs. Lillian Pounds

Mrs. Frances Gilmer

Mr. Robert Hyman

Mrs. Rosa Freeman

The Rev. Captain Abney

Mrs. Pamela Jackson-McNair

Mr. Clark Ouzts

Miss Beatrice Miley

Mr. John Rhoden

Mr. Thomas Wright

Mr. Lester Lowry

Mr. John Garrison

Mr. John Fooshe Sr.

Mrs. Sharon Keen

Mr. George Sullivan

Mrs. Dorothy Pate

Mrs. Ruby Washington

Mr. William Horne

Mr. Ezekiel Hendricks

Mrs. Lois Webber

Mr. John Graham

Miss Sheneta Garnett

Mrs. Nell Draper

Mr. Lon Graves Sr.

Mr. Rufus Mobley

Ms. Ida Whitfield

Mrs. Imogene Daniels

Mr. Jesse Holden

Mrs. Dorothy Prince

Mrs. Lillian Moore

Mr. Joseph Lang

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.

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

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

Blasts headline, non-analysis of data
I would like to take this opportunity to comment on Peggy Ussery's Dec. 13 article entitled ``Teachers' Absences Raise Abuse Concern.'' Robert C. Hicks, Martinez

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

Plugs Sutherland for Aiken Council
We need a new political environment on the Aiken City Council. We do not need a Council member's brother-in-law, we do not need another ``yes man'' and we do not need another liberal disguised as a conservative. Ken Lane, Aiken

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

Micromanagement
Freddie Handy had a complaint. The outgoing Augusta commissioner, chairman of the Public Safety Committee that oversees alcohol sales, wanted to know why the committee was bypassed in granting a single event license to the Augusta Regatta to sell beer and wine at the 2000 celebration on Broad Street this New Year's Eve.

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

Underscores EMT, paramedic roles
On Dec. 14 I was appalled to read the article ``Firefighter Incentive Pay Hit A Snag.'' The article stated that the Augusta commissioners and their Public Safety Committee could not decide who within the Fire Department should get incentive pay of $1,200 or $1,800 for obtaining an Emergency Medical Technician or paramedic certification respectively. Wes Davidson, Augusta

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

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.

Calls for 'a gift'
The Christmas season is upon us and that means it's time to think about buying gifts. Now the question is: What type of gift are you going to give Jesus? Let's not forget, Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' birthday. Kevin A. Palmer, Augusta

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.

Barnes' school agenda
For the most part Gov. Roy Barnes' hand-picked Education Reform Commission of business executives and legislators has come up with a constructive plan to improve Georgia's public schools.

Ground broken for First Tee course

Overtime: Brown apologizes for pushing referee

Nicklaus ready for tournament golf

Evidence of bribes shown at IBF hearing

U.S. women's soccer team among honorees

Appeals court reverses ruling against NCAA

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.

Working two jobs or odd hours increase accident risks
WASHINGTON -- Working more than one job, getting less than six hours of sleep or driving in the wee hours increase the chance of nodding off behind the wheel, says the first study of what causes sleep-related crashes, which some experts believe account for 15 percent of all wrecks.

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.

AOL buys MapQuest.com
DULLES, Va. -- America Online Inc. is buying MapQuest.com Inc., a leading provider of maps on the Internet, in a $1.1 billion deal that adds a popular Web service to AOL's arsenal of online offerings to consumers and businesses.

Spacewalking astronauts repair Hubble
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Working more than 370 miles above Earth with ratchet tools, two spacewalking astronauts Wednesday fitted the Hubble Space Telescope with new instruments needed to restore its unparalleled view of the cosmos.

Study: Doctors routinely leave patients ill-informed
CHICAGO -- In nine out of 10 decisions made between doctor and patient in routine office visits, the doctor did not discuss the issue enough to allow the patient to make an informed choice, a study found.

Used gifts get a new spin on online auction sites
Most of Dan Morrell's holiday shopping this year will be done at the mall. But he turned to an Internet auction site to find a one-of-a-kind gift for his brother.

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.

SRS study: Specimens mishandled
Officials at a Savannah River Site ecology lab have revised procedures after several radioactive samples from Chernobyl were mishandled.

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.

NRC wants to fine operators of federal uranium plant
PADUCAH, Ky. -- The operator of a federal uranium enrichment plant faces a possible $88,000 fine for allegedly retaliating against a whistleblower who questioned safety at the facility.

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.

>>>>>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.

SRS study: Specimens mishandled

City leaders hope a 'dot-com' can rescue Halfway, Ore.

Worker exposed to radiation in nuclear accident dies

Spacewalking astronauts repair Hubble

Tougher pollution rules on cars, sport utilities announced

Used gifts get a new spin on online auction sites

>>>>>SITE URLS ARE IN BBEDIT FILE NAMED 'CONGRESS LINKS.TXT' ON DESKTOP

Working two jobs or odd hours increase accident risks

Study: Doctors routinely leave patients ill-informed

Jordan, Elway and Gretzky start sports e-commerce site