Focus leads Braves into race

Ford traded in deal with Minnesota

Braves notebook

Vazquez spoils Glavine's bid

Postcard challenge successful

Agencies cite 1996 tire faults

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Investor concerns about technology stocks pushed markets lower Monday for a second straight session, despite a surge in some energy and financial services stocks.

Bridgestone suggests defects not behind Firestone accidents

Walgreens comes to area
Expect to see a new face in Augusta's ultracompetitive drugstore market next year.

Agencies cite 1996 tire faults
PHOENIX - While Bridgestone/Firestone says serious safety concerns arose only this year, the tiremaker as far back as 1996 took complaints of tread separations and blowouts in Arizona seriously enough to send a half-dozen engineers on a special inspection mission and to help pay for replacing a wrecked vehicle.

Bridgestone suggests defects not behind Firestone accidents
TOKYO (AP) - The president of BridgestoneFirestone's parent company pointed to a higher accident rate among Ford Explorers as a contributing factor to the company's tire woes, but conceded that quality control of Firestone tires was insufficient.

Walgreens comes to area

Georgia Southern notebook

Big plays do in Ga. Tech

Bulldogs in need of authority figure

Dorsey: New offense leads to success

Area college recaps

Holtz puts damper on bowl banter

Knight gone, but stills calls shots

Knight fired as Indiana coach

Hickman Park has been taken over

Airport commission's plan defended

U.S. is now a non-Christian nation

'Good music' has moved to television

Cites better uses for taxpayers' money

Alcohol the answer to cigarettes?

Candidate for sheriff values taxpayers

Politics by Chelsea

Death tax lives on

Secret intolerance

Praises high animal adoption standards

Justice bungles again

Explanation needed

Film industry could be lured here

Sorority wake-up call

Moral codes are not nearly enough

Bye bye, Bobby

Mother renews commitment to lose weight
LaSaundria Walker is back on the weight-loss wagon.

Age old questions
Q: I'm on a fixed income and gasoline keeps getting higher. How can I keep my transportation costs down? - T.A., Elberton, Ga.

In the know
NO GO: They're everywhere from ``Hollywood Squares'' to ''Rosie O'Donnell,'' but don't look for any ``Survivors'' on ``Saturday Night Live.''

The skinny on diet pills
Merrienne Reynolds has tried more than 25 diets over the past 20 years. She has had a few short-lived successes, but until recently, her diets yielded more frustration than weight loss.

Tiger: masterpiece still in the making

Postcard challenge successful
Thank you, all. Our summer vacation postcard contest has ended, and once again you came through, sending in a card from all 50 states and about 25 countries.

Bond set for mother of buried baby
A Fairfax woman accused of burying her newborn baby alive, cried quietly in court Monday as a magistrate set her bond at $40,000.

New sentencing hearing for killer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A man sentenced to death after he said Satan ordered him to kill his father and his father's girlfriend is entitled to a new sentencing hearing, South Carolina's Supreme Court said Monday.

Mother renews commitment to lose weight

The skinny on diet pills

In the know

Age old questions

Census will aid Georgia

Official sets bond for mom
FAIRFAX, S.C. - A weeping Carolyn Denise Jones had trouble holding her head up on a steamy Monday in this small town of 2,500 people, all of whom seemed to know that she was the mother of a baby boy found buried alive near the padlocked gate of an old trash dump.

Justices overturn sentence

Senator calls on Augustans to take charge

Police officers get connected

Park service revamps spillway
AIKEN - The Aiken State Natural Area has restored a bit of its history with the repair of a spillway constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Utility charges debated
In 68 years, Donald McLeod thought he'd seen everything.

Across the area
One of two men accused of committing a fatal drive-by shooting last month in downtown Augusta must await possible indictment and trial in jail, a judge ruled Monday.

Changing faces
The Rev. Eric Taylor doesn't need census numbers to tell him Columbia County's black population is growing: He can see it every Sunday morning at Oakey Grove Baptist Church.

Airport emphasizes service
Forget the friendly skies. Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field is fast becoming the friendly airport.

Experiences lead to giving
When Dot Myers was young, the United States was in the Great Depression. It was a time that shaped the rest of her life.

Census will aid Georgia
ATLANTA - Tracey-Ann Nelson of Gov. Roy Barnes' office couldn't get the money she needed to buy ads on Spanish-language radio stations promoting the importance of this year's census.

Industries should cover improvements

Industries should cover improvements
The city's wastewater system contractor was one step ahead of the grand jury investigating it, county commissioners were told Monday in a meeting of the engineering services committee.

Postcard challenge successful

Postcard challenge successful
Thank you, all. Our summer vacation postcard contest has ended, and once again you came through, sending in a card from all 50 states and about 25 countries.

Official sets bond for mom

Calender change on school board's agenda
Columbia County schools could get a new school calendar with an earlier start date when board members meet today.

Aiken evaluates Web service
AIKEN - Aiken City Council is considering an Internet company that untangles red tape in the purchasing process - and it's free.

Schools see book shortage
AIKEN - The school bell rang a month ago calling Aiken County pupils back to class, but 69 of them still don't have all the books they need.

Duo revamps math instruction
ATLANTA - Pam Adamson and Buffy Williams, mathematics specialists with the state Department of Education, are changing the way Georgia's pupils learn math, one school at a time.

College night attendees
The following are colleges and professional societies that will be represented at CSRA College Night:

College night attendees

Court disbars Augusta lawyer
The Georgia Supreme Court disbarred Augusta attorney John D. Watkins on Monday.

Across the area
The Columbia County Development and Environmental Service Committee will hold a public meeting on the county's stormwater utility tonight.

Soldier was not beaten
A Fort Gordon soldier, found unconscious and barely breathing in her Augusta home last week, was not beaten, as previously reported, Richmond County Sheriff Charlie Webster said.

Job offer extended to Oliver
City Administrator Randy Oliver is a man in demand.

Businesses sponsor CSRA College Night
More than 100 colleges will bring application and admission information to a fair tonight that usually draws more than 4,000 students.

Officials stay quiet on killing
An autopsy was performed this weekend on slain Fort Gordon soldier Sgt. Marni Glista, 21, who died Saturday morning, according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Grover Tuten.

Park service revamps spillway

Children sample musical medley
The bass 4-year-old Jaime Roddy strummed Sunday was nearly three times his size, and he smiled in excitement as he pulled a bow across the large stringed instrument.

Pupils, schools await scores

Pupils, schools await scores
Local school officials expect to receive the results of a new test this week that is designed to show whether fourth-, sixth- and eighth-graders are equal to their respective grade level.

Senator calls on Augustans to take charge
Speaking with a conviction normally reserved for the Legislature, state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker on Monday called on the Rotarians of Augusta to get off their collective duff and begin working for the betterment of all of Augusta and Richmond County.

Bond set for mother of buried baby

Experiences lead to giving

Across the area

Across the area

Schools see book shortage

Dorsey: New offense leads to success

New sentencing hearing for killer

Court disbars Augusta lawyer

Council OKs plan for resort
AIKEN - Zoning problems had put on the back burner a plan to turn Aiken's dilapidated Rose Hill estate into a posh retreat for people over 60, but the proposal is cooking again with microwave ovens.

Officials stay quiet on killing

Council OKs plan for resort

Aiken evaluates Web service

Calender change on school board's agenda

Changing faces

Bulldogs in need of authority figure

Duo revamps math instruction

Justices overturn sentence
COLUMBIA - The Barnwell County man sentenced to die for the brutal killings of his father and his father's girlfriend will be allowed another sentencing hearing, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Police officers get connected
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has jumped on the Internet bandwagon, joining a growing list of local law enforcement agencies that are fighting crime and communicating with residents over the World Wide Web.

Job offer extended to Oliver

Falcons need no incentive

Bucs thrash Bears

Falcons notebook

Falcons embarrassed in Denver

Mrs. Lois Sanders
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Mrs. Lois Jones Sanders, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000.

Mr. Joseph Byrd Jr.
Mr. Joseph Byrd Jr., 51, of Scott Nixon Memorial Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Bill Partin
DALLAS, Ga. - Mr. Bill James Partin, 67, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000.

Mrs. Amanda Shurling
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. M. Amanda McMillan Shurling, 39, of Bream Road, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Annie Seals
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Earlean Lacey Seals, 88, of Lacey Road, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Mr. Wendy Perry
Mr. Wendy Lynn Perry, 45, of Linden Street, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Retty Kirkpatrick
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Retty Lavada ``Lynn'' Kirkpatrick, 27, of Old Waynesboro Road, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Nettie Crawford
Mrs. Nettie Lou Crawford, 86, of Barbara Road, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. J. Euree Curry
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. J. Euree Curry, 86, of Richmond Street, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home.

Mr. James Goodwin
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. James H. Goodwin, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Charlie Norman
Mr. Charlie C. Norman, 70, of Brookwood Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Capers Jones Jr.
Mr. Capers Nathaniel Jones Jr. died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Hugh Dixon
CLAXTON, Ga. - Mr. Hugh Roy Dixon, 96, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Evans Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Sue Ciamillo
Mrs. Sue Payne Ciamillo, of Martinez, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Fox
AIKEN - Mrs. Mary Lee Gibson Fox, 87, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000.

Mr. E.D. Shumate
Mr. E.D. ``Dave'' Shumate, 72, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Ms. Dora Morris
MILLEN, Ga. - Ms. Dora Ell Morris, 55, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Rebecca Perry
Ms. Rebecca Ganai Perry, 29, of Raleigh Drive, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Edith Ming
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Edith White Ming died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. John Rheney
WINDSOR, Ga. - Mr. John M. Rheney, 91, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Johnny Williams
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Johnny Williams, 46, of Firetower Road, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Frankie Rousey
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. - Mrs. Frankie Bailey Rousey, 79, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

Mr. Stacey Cue
AIKEN - Mr. Stacey Deneil Cue, 21, of Troy Lane, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Rose Wong
Mrs. Rose Wong, 72, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mildred Edmonds
UNION POINT, Ga - Mrs. Mildred Griffith Edmonds, 81, of Comfont Street, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Mr. James Goodwin

Mrs. Frankie Rousey

Mrs. Nettie Crawford

Ms. Rebecca Perry

Mr. Wendy Perry

Mr. Hugh Dixon

Mr. Bill Partin

Mr. E.D. Shumate

Mrs. Amanda Shurling

Mr. Charlie Norman

Mrs. Sue Ciamillo

Mr. Joseph Byrd Jr.

Mrs. Retty Kirkpatrick

Mr. Stacey Cue

Mr. John Rheney

Mr. J. Euree Curry

Mrs. Edith Ming

Mr. Johnny Williams

Mrs. Annie Seals

Mrs. Mildred Edmonds

Mrs. Lois Sanders

Ms. Dora Morris

Mrs. Mary Fox

Sport capsules

IOC cracks down on drug

Olympics produce memories

Australia ready to host

Super women?

Travel could qualify as an event

Taekwando among new Olympic events

Postcard from Sydney

Olympics notebook

Getting settled in Sydney

Countries battle for pool dominance

Moral codes are not nearly enough
Regarding Gene Rickaby's Sept. 1 letter, ``All great religions have moral codes,'' I am sorry for him that he has no foundation on which he can say, ``This is right.'' Rev. Timothy Fellows, Augusta

Secret intolerance
``Gore's Negro tolerance level has never been too high. I've never known him to have more than one black person around him at any given time.''

U.S. is now a non-Christian nation
What does the American Civil Liberties Union, People For The American Way, The Intercultural Alliance, The Southern Poverty Law Center and a host of other anti-Christian extremist groups have in common? Milton Gresham, Evans

Death tax lives on
Presidential elections have a way of mucking up good legislation. As predicted, the repeal of the death tax was overridden by President Bill Clinton, and the Democrats have now circled the wagons, preventing a veto override in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Justice bungles again
The Los Alamos scientist who has been in jail for the past nine months for spying has cut a deal with the government, admitting his guilt in one count of mishandling secret documents. He's due to be released from jail today.

Praises high animal adoption standards
In response to Linda Y. Evans Sept. 3 letter, ``Cat adoption standards steep,'' I applaud the Columbia County Humane Society for its honesty in turning down Mrs. Evans' request to adopt kittens. Patty Ridgway, Martinez

Secret intolerance
``Gore's Negro tolerance level has never been too high. I've never known him to have more than one black person around him at any given time.''

School superintendent overpaid
Do Aiken residents realize that the superintendent of Aiken County Schools makes $126,347 per year with an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students? This salary is more than the governor makes ($106,000) and the state superintendent of education ($92,007). Davis Cheek, Aiken

Alcohol the answer to cigarettes?
I smoked for years and did not get addicted. That is a cop out; if you want to quit you can. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

Airport growth is a good investment
Airport growth is an investment in Augusta's future. Darryl C. Leech, Augusta

Explanation needed
A modern-day Tom Paine, when writing ``these are the times that try men's souls,'' would be writing about the case of Crime vs. The People and how murders, especially the number of unsolved ones, strike fear into a populace.

Cites better uses for taxpayers' money
I don't understand some things about the new Richmond County animal shelter hiring a new veterinarian and constructing a $2.5 million facility to house and care for the animals. Glenda Edwards, Martinez

Bye bye, Bobby
Perennial Bad Boy Bobby Knight's career as coach of Indiana University's men's basketball team is over. Good riddance.

Hickman Park has been taken over
What gives with Hickman Park? As a resident of Summerville, I'm concerned and curious about what's going on at Hickman Park. Barbara W. Wise, Augusta

Develop Fort Gordon's airport
As a long-time Augusta resident and taxpayer, I would like to express my opinion on the Augusta Aviation commission's ``build it and they will come'' philosophy. To this concept, I say ``balderdash.'' David G. Edmiston Sr., Grovetown

Sorority wake-up call
Do University of Georgia sororities and fraternities discriminate against minorities?

Candidate for sheriff values taxpayers
I'm not sure what the other candidate for sheriff was doing to celebrate the freedoms that we each enjoy for Independence Day, but I can tell you where Leon Garvin was. Debbie Craddock, Augusta

Fears over book are ridiculous
It has come to my attention that the debate about the Harry Potter books has gone to the far right extreme. Robert B. Cameron, North Augusta

Film industry could be lured here
If Augusta is truly serious about expanding its airport, it needs to follow the examples of Savannah and Charlotte. Cynthia Inlow, North Augusta

Airport commission's plan defended
Why are you so against the airport commission? Is it too efficient for you? They are working nearly harmoniously, with the exception of your lackey, Ed Skinner, to create a plan that has never existed. W. Wilson, Augusta

President is a liar, plain and simple
I saw in the Aug. 3 paper that Slick Willie has redefined another word in our dictionary. Dennis DuGuay, North Augusta

Politics by Chelsea
One week, Chelsea Clinton advises her dad, the United States president, on Middle East peace negotiations. A few weeks later, the 20-year-old college student travels to Africa with her father and advises him on tribal conflicts.

'Good music' has moved to television
Regarding the Aug. 19 letter from Frankie Clark as to where all the good music has gone, I would like to inform her that good music has moved to television. Mary Draughon, Augusta

Sorority wake-up call
Do University of Georgia sororities and fraternities discriminate against minorities?

Knight gone, but stills calls shots

Overtime

Geoffrey Bodine fired by Bessey

Tua comes bearing gifts for Lewis

Safin wins U.S. Open

Overtime

Nuclear scientist to plead guilty
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee, who was fired and jailed on charges of mishandling nuclear weapons secrets, has agreed to plead guilty to one charge and will cooperate with federal investigators, Justice Department sources said Sunday.

Western Union Web site hacked
DENVER (AP) - Western Union on Sunday said hackers made electronic copies of the credit and debit card information of 15,700 customers who transferred money on a company Web site.

Astronaut, cosmonaut take flawless spacewalk
SPACE CENTER, Houston - An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut drifted out of space shuttle Atlantis early Monday, making a successful climb up the international space station that was more spacehike than spacewalk.

Xtreme advice

Xtreme advice
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM ''I've been going with this boy for a year now. But for the past five or six months he's been putting me down. He never says anything to lift my spirits up. He calls me stupid and all kinds of names..."

Piracy or publicity?

Piracy or publicity?
In the most simplistic terms that's what the fuss is all about when it comes to Napster Inc. and similar song-swapping services.

Xtreme style

Xtreme style
THE FACTS: Clint Carter, 12, a seventh-grader at Thomson Middle School.

Astronaut, cosmonaut take flawless spacewalk

Western Union Web site hacked