Applause calendar

'Barber' not intimidating, performers say
The Augusta Opera's production of The Barber of Seville may provide surprises for audiences familiar with Rossini's comedic classic.

Laughing at Shakespeare

Week of activities will celebrate children
Parades, fun and games are all part of Children's Week, which begins with a ceremony at 10 a.m. today at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta.

'Charlie' still a sweet treat

Laughing at Shakespeare
James Worth, artistic director of the Augusta Theatre Company, has given the community a gift in his exquisite production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Bon Air Ballroom.

Ramblin' Rhodes
How would you like a job where you play basketball with Carlos Santana, chat backstage with Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson, golf with Tracy Lawrence and B.J. Thomas and play poker with members of the band Kansas?

Fair excitement
With a focus on family fun, the Columbia County Fair, now in its 35th year, continues to offer a variety of events and midway thrills.

Dance troupe will tell story of Cinderella in ballet form

Artist enjoys mathematical side of his work
Herman Kunis gives his mobile a light flick, watching as the shapes follow their individual orbits. With a father's pride, he watches as his dynamic sculpture rotates, shifting and changing the symmetry.

Fair excitement

'Charlie' still a sweet treat
They have become enduring icons - Willy Wonka, the Oompa-Loompas and the elusive Golden Ticket.

Week of activities will celebrate children

'Barber' not intimidating, performers say

Dance troupe will tell story of Cinderella in ballet form
Cinderella will trade in her glass slippers for ballet shoes this weekend when the Augusta Dance Theater presents its rendition of the famous fairy tale.

Harvey Danger defies one-hit expectations

Harvey Danger defies one-hit expectations
When Seattle band Harvey Danger's punk-infused, buzz-saw pop confection Flagpole Sitta climbed the charts in 1998, few expected the band to ever attain much more than one-hit-wonder status.

Artist enjoys mathematical side of his work

Applause calendar
Upcoming events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Millwood's slump continues

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Mets top Braves for second time

Southern states give more freely

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stock prices fell Wednesday, failing to rebound as investors concerned about third-quarter results once again punished the shares of poor performers.

Campaign attracts travelers
South Carolina officials said an independent research firm's study shows the state's tourism campaign has generated more than $58 million in revenue.

Business briefs

Campaign attracts travelers

UPN affiliate returns to air after repairs
After being off-line for more than a week, the network that carries Star Trek: Voyager made repairs Wednesday to its local transmitter so it could continue beaming its signal into homes across the Augusta-Aiken area.

Video Update Inc. hits stock-price low

Apparel store comes to Evans
A new women's clothing boutique soon will open in the area recently designated as the Evans Town Center.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks shot higher Thursday, buoyed by rebounds in technology and blue chip issues as Wall Street regained its footing amid uncertainty about corporate profits.

UPN affiliate returns to air after repairs

Video Update Inc. hits stock-price low
Video Update Inc., the St. Paul, Minn.-based video-rental chain that recently closed one Augusta store and relocated another, hit a 52-week stock-price low this week.

Dump Dorsey

Georgia notebook

SEC notebook

Dump Dorsey

ACC notebook

College games on TV

Clemson notebook

Teams scrapping traditional offenses

Clemson QB is Heisman hopeful

Tech unhappy with slow start

Georgia and South Carolina notebook

South Carolina notebook

Tracking area athletes

Georgia Southern notebook

Georgia Tech notebook

Clemson notebook

College on the radio

Arkansas trip brings uncertainty

Where are city's highway funds being used?

Columbia County storm drainage solution proposed

Truth or jest?

Disgusted with baby-killer moms

Notes fear tactics

Unconvinced of sales tax value

What candidate will do as sheriff

Install `Athens' rule

Why is Wessinger killing unsolved?

Columbia Countians treated badly

Sisler's religious beliefs aren't facts

Schmoozing pays off

Amnesty member rips executions

Backs Webster's sheriff endorsement

Growing like weeds
Weeds can be a year-round problem in the lawn.

Capsules
Discarded needles in parks and other public places pose a potential risk for children, doctors warned last week.

Garden created to educate
Perennials from Past Generations is the theme for a new perennial garden under the train trestle at Riverwalk Augusta.

In the know
QUALITY TIME: The fifth annual National Eat Dinner Together Week, Sunday through Oct. 7, celebrates the American family's commitment to dinnertime and encourages families to extend

Savoring Sydney
While the world watched American swimmers race away from the Sydney Summer Olympics with 33 medals, most members of the Greater Augusta Swimming senior group could be found at home in front of their televisions.

Duval back, Love trying to get going

Four share lead at German Masters

Howell receives Fred Haskins award

Prep Top Games

War Horses, Tigers meet in key game

Ga. prep notebook

Prep on the air

Powerhouses pay a price

S.C. prep notebook

Prep schedule

Lynx goalie may land NHL-AHL contract

Southern states give more freely
Where do you find the most generous people in the United States?

Commission urged to launch search
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce wants the city to go out into the world and bring back the best city administrator it can find to replace Randy Oliver.

Capsules

Garden created to educate

In the know

Savoring Sydney

Growing like weeds

Commission urged to launch search

SRS changes raise concerns

Field experience

Southern states give more freely
Where do you find the most generous people in the United States?

Care home has history of charges
AIKEN -- Disturbing allegations of elderly abuse and neglect against the Ranson Community Care Home surfaced as early as 1989 when state officials received complaints about how the Ranson family was treating its residents.

Across the area
A man whose body was found in a wooded area died of asphyxiation after apparently hanging himself, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said Thursday.

Chief answers questions

University team wins gene-mapping grant
The University of Georgia's investment in big science paid off this week.

Church burn data irks group

Care home has history of charges

Watergate figure dies in Augusta

Few addresses allegations
WASHINGTON - Augusta officials painted their former fire chief as an honest man persecuted by biased media before Washington City Council members, who had questions Wednesday about ongoing investigations and possible legal action against him in Georgia.

Creation gets day to attest
AIKEN - Glenn Wilson finally heard the answer he wanted after two years and 16 tries - local administrators will listen to his ideas about how the world began and consider teaching them in school.

Church burn data irks group
ATLANTA - A new report from a federal law-enforcement task force undercounted the number of church burnings last year and gave a false sense that several groups are active in church rebuilding efforts, a watchdog group charged Wednesday.

Park boardwalk improves access

Cement slaying trial gets gag order
DANIELSVILLE - A Superior Court judge has issued a gag order in the highly publicized case of a Madison County woman charged with killing her boyfriend and encasing his body in cement.

Chief answers questions
WASHINGTON - When Ronnie Few departed for the nation's capital, he left Augusta with an abundance of questions but few answers.

Cement slaying trial gets gag order

Education bill tops concerns

State activists create water bill
Georgians have a right to timely enforcement of environmental laws governing clean water, according to a proposed ``Water Bill of Rights'' drafted by dozens of state environmental groups.

Capital supports fire chief

Approval of drug elicits hope, fear
Physicians and those on both sides of the abortion debate in Augusta said the approval of the abortion pill Thursday was a milestone event in the controversial practice.

Authority considers loan plans

SRS changes raise concerns
Effective Sunday, some of Savannah River Site's most high-profile missions will be under new management.

Few addresses allegations

Investigation troubles parents
Ronald and Pat Duncan are still waiting. And they're beginning to wonder.

Authority considers loan plans
It may be as exciting as watching paint dry, the bond consultant said, but the numbers that the Columbia County Development Authority is considering refinancing may catch the attention of taxpayers.

Democrats rally for candidates
AIKEN - A small but enthusiastic cluster of Democrats got together Thursday night at the Aiken County Council Chambers to cheer their candidates on.

Field experience
AIKEN - Bryant Fulmer's jaw dropped when he learned that chewing gum is a byproduct of swine.

Parolee faces sexual assault charge
GROVETOWN - A man who police say has a prior conviction on child molestation charges has again been charged with sexual assault - this time of an 11-year-old Grovetown girl.

Investigation troubles parents

Hodges tour will promote teacher raises
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges will be in North Augusta on Tuesday - one of the stops on a state tour to tout his plan to raise teacher pay to national levels.

Welfare funds go to work

Freshmen hail from out of state
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia officials on a perennial hunt to diversify the student body have uncovered a telling new statistic: At least half the members of this year's freshman class were born or lived outside Georgia during their lives.

Capital supports fire chief
WASHINGTON - Washington officials are making one thing clear about their possible future fire chief: They're more concerned about what he can do for them than what some accuse him of doing in Augusta.

Expert witness rejected
Failing to follow the rules could cost the mother of an Augusta man killed by sheriff's deputies a chance to present testimony from an expert.

Southern states give more freely

Education bill tops concerns
Local voters say their children will become unhealthy because the Georgia education reform bill eliminated the physical education requirement in schools.

Across the area

Authority wants fixed-rate bond
It may be as exciting as watching paint dry, the bond consultant said, but the numbers that the Columbia County Development Authority is considering refinancing may catch the attention of taxpayers.

Creation gets day to attest

Delta offers low fare to Atlanta
Delta Air Lines is quietly promoting an $89 round-trip ticket from Augusta Regional Airport to Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Park boardwalk improves access
Beth Schussler can't wait to lead children across the new wooden boardwalk that snakes into the watery heart of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.

Across the area
A Columbia County middle school pupil will remain on suspension until he faces a tribunal for taking a 6-inch pocketknife to school.

University team wins gene-mapping grant

State aims at parental education
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges took the first step Thursday to get parents involved in their child's schoolwork when he signed legislation ordering districts to develop lengthy plans that promote participation.

State activists create water bill

Approval of drug elicits hope, fear

Freshmen hail from out of state

Across the area

Arkansas trip brings uncertainty

State aims at parental education

City seeks administrator
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce wants the city to go out into the world and bring back the best city administrator it can find to replace Randy Oliver.

Welfare funds go to work
ATLANTA - The state is pouring $145 million in leftover federal welfare funds into an effort to get more Georgians off public assistance and into the work force.

Watergate figure dies in Augusta
Frank Wills had as much to do with bringing down America's 37th president as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did.

Smits retires

Panthers Smith out with aching knee

Panthers look to pile on to Dallas' defense

Mr. Frank Wills
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Frank Wills, 52, of Five Notch Spur, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Leona Bishop
WALTERBORO, S.C. - Mrs. Leona Geiger Bishop, 94, of Warren Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Colleton Medical Center.

Mrs. Frances Kelly
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Frances Brown Kelly, 71, of Gold Hill Trailer Park, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, in Columbia.

Mrs. Phyllis Alton
ANKENY, Iowa - Mrs. Phyllis C. Alton, 78, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, in Madrid.

Mr. Curlis Brookins
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Curlis Brookins, 72, of Jenkins Street, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. E. Seaborn Proctor
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. E. Seaborn ``Seab'' Proctor, 80, of Lewis Church Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Inez Utley
Mrs. Inez Farr Utley, 76, of Yates Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Julia Brinson
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Julia Brinson, 74, of Fulcher Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Sarah Ward
ALEXANDER, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah C. Ward, of Harrison Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000.

Mrs. Elaine Lawhead
AIKEN - Mrs. Elaine Bartholic Lawhead, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Benjamin McNair
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Benjamin McNair, 90, of Little Briar Creek Church Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mrs. Sarah Norris
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah Palmer Norris, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Annie Morris
Mrs. Annie Lessie Morris, of Cape Town Court, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Judson Zeigler Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Judson E. Zeigler Sr., 67, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Dexter Stewart
Mr. Dexter R. Stewart, 54, of Hardwick Road, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Willie Gross
Mr. Willie Albert Gross, 80, of 15th Street, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Agnes Snyder
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Agnes Snyder, 98, of Barton Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at National Health Care, North Augusta.

Mr. John Wylie Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. John Henry Wylie Sr., 63, of Moss Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000.

Mr. Hubert Newton
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Hubert Lee Newton, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Avrom Warren
MELDRIM, Ga. - Mr. Avrom Alvin Warren, 80, of Withlacoochee Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson
OPA LOCKA, Fla. - Mrs. Rebecca Johnson died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000.

Mr. Tunney Randall
NORRISTOWN, Ga. - Mr. Tunney Randall, 66, of Sumners Beach Road, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Clarence Davis
DEARING - Mr. Clarence Davis, 70, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Rita Hanawalt
Mrs. Rita B. Hanawalt, 67, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Lillie Wilkerson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Ms. Lillie Mae Wilkerson, 90, of Herndon Road, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Alice Lanterman
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Alice Brantley Lanterman, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home.

Mrs. Julia Brinson
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Julia Brinson, 74, of Fulcher Road, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Carter Brown
Mr. Carter Lyndell Brown, 33, of Broad Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Willie D'Antignac
Mrs. Willie Lena Walker D'Antignac, 82, of Kindling Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Marie Washington
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Marie Harden Washington, 72, of Butler Street, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.

Mrs. Theresa Marshall
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Mrs. Theresa Peck Marshall, 34, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jerry Orr
AIKEN - Mr. Jerry Claud Orr, 54, of Shaws Crest Drive, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000.

Mrs. Katie Griffin
Mrs. Katie L. Griffin, 92, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Thomas Sweet
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Sweet, 53, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Louie Battle
Mr. Louie Battle, 53, of Cornell Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Leroy Glover
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Leroy Glover, 90, of Talisman Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Anne Maria Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Mr. Henry Whisenhunt Jr.
Mr. Henry L. Whisenhunt Jr. died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Anna Menger
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Anna Cater Menger, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Roberta Stauff
AIKEN - Mrs. Roberta Wright Stauff, 59, of Beaver Creek Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ruth Trollinger
AIKEN - Mrs. Ruth Miller Trollinger, 77, of Wise Hollow Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Dorothy Agee
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Dorothy N. Agee, 69, of Old Edgefield Road, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Charlie Pope
RAYLE, Ga. - Mr. Charlie Pope, 86, of Callaway Road, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mrs. Marie Washington

Mr. Dexter Stewart

Mr. Jerry Orr

Mrs. Annie Morris

Mrs. Elaine Lawhead

Mrs. Rita Hanawalt

Mr. Hubert Newton

Mrs. Dorothy Agee

Mr. John Wylie Sr.

Mr. Louie Battle

Mrs. Leona Bishop

Mr. Frank Wills

Mrs. Inez Utley

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson

Mrs. Phyllis Alton

Mrs. Frances Kelly

Mrs. Roberta Stauff

Mrs. Sarah Ward

Mr. Leroy Glover

Mrs. Katie Griffin

Mr. Avrom Warren

Mr. Thomas Sweet

Mrs. Julia Brinson

Mr. Curlis Brookins

Mrs. Julia Brinson

Mr. Willie Gross

Mrs. Sarah Norris

Mrs. Theresa Marshall

Mrs. Alice Lanterman

Ms. Lillie Wilkerson

Mrs. Anna Menger

Mrs. Agnes Snyder

Mr. Tunney Randall

Mr. Clarence Davis

Mr. Charlie Pope

Mr. Benjamin McNair

Jones: 2 gold medals down, 3 to go

Postcard from Sydney

High jump dashes heptathlon competitor's hopes

U.S. runners qualify for 200 meters final

Boxing: Taylor advances

This baseball team will be remembered

Russian champion upset by U.S. wrestler

Wrestling: Douglas out of competition

Don't eat the 'mite

Norway tops U.S. for soccer gold medal

Postcard from Sydney

Mistake cost Capel olympic medal

Disgusted with baby-killer moms
Regarding The Chronicle's Sept. 12 report on the Fairfax woman who buried her child: Holli Bradberry, Augusta

Enforcement left out of bill
I always love when our state representatives come up with these wonderful ideas, but conveniently leave out exactly how these ideas are going to be enforced. Georgia Sen. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, is correct in focusing on a problem of teen-agers driving. However, exactly how are the teens going to acquire these drivers-ed required hours. Michele D. Gaston

Unconvinced of sales tax value
I have read with amusement your editorials urging citizens to vote for the local option sales tax, and finally praising those who voted to continue the tax as ``smart.''John Ballard, Augusta

Columbia County storm drainage solution proposed
The Columbia County ``runoff'' dilemma has been going on for the past 10 years without one iota of corrective action. As I recall, the Columbia County Conservative Political Action Committee and the Taxpayers Association registered their concerns back in 1991. These organizations even went so far as to identify the problem source to be the local builders and developers. ... Willis Clifton, Martinez

Why is Wessinger killing unsolved?
On Nov. 22, 1997, a 47-year-old Aiken County woman named Janice Mixon Wessinger went for a 9 a.m. jog. Later in the day it was discovered that Ms. Wessinger had not returned home, and a search by friends of the family ensued. The multiple-stab-wound-covered body of Ms. Wessinger was found the next morning in a wooded area less than a mile from her home. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem

Columbia Countians treated badly
I have lived in Columbia County for 27 years and have never seen residents treated so badly. The Board of Education has stopped courtesy stops, endangering children's lives. The children have to walk on busy roads or in secluded areas to get on the bus or to get home. Rules apply to some and not to others. Charles D. Johnson Jr., Augusta

Fiscal restraint needed
Augusta-Richmond County commissioners will either exercise fiscal discipline or they won't.

Amnesty member rips executions
As a member of the local Amnesty International chapter, I am saddened at your cartoon, and all the letters calling for the execution of Alexander Williams. Rebecca Batten, Augusta

Notes fear tactics
The Democratic Party's use of fear and division as a political device to gain votes is an indicator that the United States is quite possibly in a post-Christian Era. Recently fear tactics concerning drug costs for older Americans (Vice President Al Gore comparing costs of mother-in-law with the family dog's) even turned out to be deceptive. Dividing Americans through class envy and promoting a government redistribution of wealth smacks of communism and socialism, both oppressive to the human spirit. Gary Fuller, Augusta

Sisler's religious beliefs aren't facts
David Sisler's columns would have more credence if he would acknowledge his opinions and religious beliefs as such rather than presenting them as ``fact,'' regarding such topics as abortion, public prayer, etc. J.B.Locke, Aiken

Northland Cable failing its mission
Northland Cable Co., like all public franchises, has a responsibility to its customers. In Aiken it is falling down on the job. I'm not talking about frequent outages, or signal strength that varies dramatically. It's the programming, or the lack thereof. Chris Lydle, Aiken

S.C. senator a Clintonesque liberal
The response state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, gave to the Sept. 13 letter written by Lucille Brewer was arrogant and laughable. In this response he danced around the truth as skillfully as the Clintons do. Sen. Moore's voting record is public information, and Mrs. Brewer was 100 percent accurate: Victor T. Wright, Graniteville

Backs Webster's sheriff endorsement
Regarding Larry Hardy's Sept. 16 letter on Richmond County Sheriff Charlie Webster's endorsement of Ronnie Strength to succeed him: Allen Kelly, Hephzibah

A classy manager
In the early 1990s when the Atlanta Braves went from ``last to first'' to become a major league powerhouse, the rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers was at a white heat level.

Schmoozing pays off
Nothing influences presidential candidates' poll numbers quite like an appearance on Oprah. Al Gore's post-convention lead over rival George W. Bush went through the roof after the Democrat nominee schmoozed with Oprah.

Where are city's highway funds being used?
Augusta seems to be receiving the short end of the stick in highway funds from the state of Georgia. We are not receiving new roads, paving and, especially, grass cutting that I have observed in other parts of the state. Bob Entwistle, Martinez

Install `Athens' rule
One of the biggest problems at Augusta's city hall is elected officials' meddling in the city's day-to-day operations.

Gates' victory dance
Is Bill Gates dancing in the streets? He should be.

What candidate will do as sheriff
You'd want Leon Garvin as sheriff of Richmond County if: Donald Richard, Hephzibah

Anti-Semitism on rise in U.S.
It has taken me a few days to decide whether I should even bother answering R. Parker's Sept. 10 letter. Micki LaVine, Augusta

Truth or jest?
``It's just like a bad relationship with a woman. You might be leaving her, but she might not be through with you.''

NASCAR extends next year's season

NASCAR drivers in denial

Overtime

Schooling lake fish grow scarce

Fishing tournament news

Better tracking urged in AIDS battle
WASHINGTON - The government should do a better job of tracking the spread of AIDS and battling the complacency that allows the deadly disease to spread, a new report said Wednesday.

Scientists discover 'smart slime'
It may be some time before we see the slime mold Phsarum Polycephalum answering questions on ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'' but scientists have found that this simple, amoeba-like cell - without a brain, legs or eyes - is smart enough to find its way through a maze.