Braves game needs polishing

Jackets stars need new spark

Expos surprise Braves

South All-Stars take SAL title

Knee injury puts Lopez out

Braves notebook: Lopez will go on DL today

Pantry buying Depots

Deal boosts online pharmacy

EU presses probe of Coke products
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- As top executives lobbied to lift a ban on sales of Coca-Cola's major soft drinks, the European Union on Monday requested further investigations to find what caused dozens of people to become ill after drinking the company's products.

New condominiums now perfect
Families living in one of Augusta's most recognizable downtown landmarks finally got what they wanted: windows that don't leak.

Pantry buying Depots
AIKEN -- Depot Food Stores will keep their name, but by the end of July they likely will have a new owner.

Deal boosts online pharmacy
NEW YORK -- Rite Aid Corp. will spend $7.6 million for about a 25 percent stake in online retailer drugstore.com in a move that will accelerate the efforts of the nation's third-largest drugstore chain to sell pharmaceuticals on the Internet.

Additional business news
Stocks halt run...Delta, Air France plan alignment...Panel: Internet tax inevitable...

Regulators OK market merger
WASHINGTON -- The government gave its blessing Tuesday to a merger of Albertson's Inc. and American Stores Co. that will create the second-largest supermarket chain in the nation.

Sprint to test integrated service
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Residential customers in three cities will get a first shot at Sprint Corp.'s new digital-age phone service, which will allow them to talk on the phone, send a fax and check e-mail -- all at the same time.

Additional business news

Regulators OK market merger

Company's truck remanufacturing process inspected.
A delegation of officers, including the deputy commander in chief of the Royal Thai Army, was in Augusta on Tuesday to inspect a local company's truck remanufacturing process.

Old system slowing tax refunds
ATLANTA -- Roughly 150,000 Georgians haven't gotten income tax refunds they are expecting from the state, largely because increased volume and an antiquated computer system have slowed processing.

Sprint to test integrated service

Garden project on track

Additional business news
Technologies push Nasdaq near record . . . Homeownership rate up in '98 . . . Health care company fires chief . . . Study: More women file bankruptcy

Garden project on track
Construction of the garden phase of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame is ahead of schedule, attraction spokeswoman Cammie Jones said Monday. The three-story twin clock towers, the half-acre lake and walls and pathways should be completed by August. The gardens should be planted by the end of the year.

Company's truck remanufacturing process inspected.

New condominiums now perfect

Cottage of a craftsman
Nestled in the pine forests and perched atop a hill near the 16 1/2 -mile post on the old Georgia railroad stood the small two-story home of the poet and man of letters Paul Hamilton Hayne.

Veteran artisan turns 87
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Legendary Charleston blacksmith Philip Simmons has turned 87.

Sousa played often in Augusta
What could send more patriotic shivers through Americans on the Fourth of July than hearing a big brass band play John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever?

Says there'll always be water shortages

Opposes uniforms in high schools

Fair Lively decision

Curb Y2K liability

Voice opposition to school uniforms

Compares Clinton and the Antichrist

Muses on comics

Open aftermath

USGA motto: Beat the clock

Crease rule ironed out

Thrashers now have two players

Lemieux revises plan, will take less money

Buffalo still steaming over Cup-winning goal

It's official: no more video replays in NHL games

Ratings for Stanley Cup increase

Area briefs: Funds to clean scrap yard OK'd

Teacher questioned about trip money

Faulty joint found in water line
Inspectors found a third faulty joint Monday that must be replaced in Augusta's broken 42-inch water line, further delaying opening of the line, Mayor Bob Young said.

Police search teacher's home

Many appealing property assessments

The ties that bind

Man, 83, reported missing
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- With the failure of recent aerial searches and tips dwindling, authorities are renewing pleas for help from the public to locate an elderly Waycross man with Alzheimer's disease who disappeared last month.

Postcards replaced by technology
June must be America's official vacation month, and Jim and Marie Roberts are using technology in place of postcards. They are e-mailing not only accounts of their travels, but photos as well. (Digital cameras are amazing things.)

Water quality tough issue for lake
PHINIZY, Ga. -- Albert Napier's concern is water quality. ``They're talking hotels, golf courses, then you got fertilizer and bug spray,'' the Ridge Road man said. ``And it would all end up in the lake.''

Judge tosses alcohol serving charge
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens Municipal Court Judge Ethelyn Simpson threw out a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor recently after a teen-ager admitted in court that a bar he helped police bust was a preferred hangout of his.

Ordinance may end neighborhood eyesore

Civic center operator pushes plan to lower deficit
After nearly 2 1/2 years at the helm, the private operators of Augusta's civic center complex are proposing a budget that could slow the facility's financial bleeding.

University of Georgia boosts MBA program with online service

Deputy says victim gave killer's name
As a deputy held a bleeding Michael Young and a crowd shouted prayers and sobbed around them, Mr. Young told the officer the name of the man who had shot him, the deputy testified Tuesday.

University of Georgia boosts MBA program with online service
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's graduate business program is beginning to grow -- and soon may grow a lot.

Suspect denies guilt, names others in slaying trial
Michael Crawford swore to a Richmond County sheriff's investigator that he wasn't involved in an October robbery and killing.

Judge denies appeal

Pupils provided help for school in summer work
Before his pupils arrived Tuesday, Michael Johnson had put small objects inside containers that usually are filled with 35 mm film.

Area briefs: Funds to clean scrap yard OK'd
A contaminated scrap-metal yard whose owner went bankrupt last year will be evaluated for potential cleanup and restoration through a $200,000 federal grant to the city.

Police met robbers before heist
Three jewel thieves -- thought to have followed two jewelry company employees to Augusta to rob them -- were stopped by a Georgia state trooper on their way into town, police said Tuesday.

Police seek connection in robberies

VA unit plans stir concern
The nightmares began for Edward Ray Fennell before he even left Vietnam. The flashbacks from combat have been quieted by visits to the post-traumatic stress disorder unit at the Uptown Division of the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Veteran artisan turns 87

Judge considers gunman's testimony
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- The judge will hear from a potential star witness before deciding whether one of two confessed killers may testify against the man police say hired them to kill his wife.

Pupils provided help for school in summer work

Area briefs: Panel indicts teens in double homicide
A Richmond County grand jury indicted three teens Tuesday in this month's homicide of an Edgefield County, S.C., couple.

Lawmakers still seeking video poker law compromise

Many appealing property assessments
State Sen. Charles Walker is doing it. Richmond County District Attorney Danny Craig is doing it. So is former Augusta Mayor Charles DeVaney.

Cottage of a craftsman

Panel opposes SRS project
A government panel has recommended against using a new technology to treat spent nuclear fuel at Savannah River Site.

County to sell bonds for water projects

Schoolteacher didn't act like fugitive
If Vanessa Velez-Cruz was a fugitive from justice, she didn't appear to be a very good one.

Teacher questioned about trip money
An Aquinas High school teacher is being questioned by police in the possible embezzlement of money collected from students for a trip to Europe, authorities said Monday.

Officials mull plan on zoning
MERIWETHER, S.C. -- If a proposed zoning ordinance becomes law in Edgefield County, much of the Meriwether community would be under residential development, the most restrictive of four such zones under consideration.

Grand jury indicts trooper in robbery

The ties that bind
Chase Cato (seated) gets special attention from other campers as the group practices bandaging for a leg wound as part of a weeklong summer camp at Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Judge considers gunman's testimony

Rabies warning issued
A man bitten by a rabid fox in North Augusta on June 17 prompted the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to issue rabies warnings Tuesday.

Ban on building unlikely
No one said ``building moratorium'' at city officials' two-hour meeting Monday to discuss the impact of Augusta's growth on the city water system -- even though that's why the meeting was called.

Lawmakers still seeking video poker law compromise
COLUMBIA - South Carolina lawmakers threw up their hands Tuesday at a 78-page video poker law still hot off the Xerox machine, but they're expected to vote today on the compromise plan that bans video poker unless voters decide the games should stay legal.

Police seek connection in robberies
A recent string of area armed robberies continued Sunday night, with thieves hitting two more Columbia County businesses and a Shoney's restaurant in McDuffie County.

Police search teacher's home
Looking for ``anything at all,'' Richmond County investigators executed a warrant to search the Stevens Creek Road apartment of Aquinas High School teacher Vanessa Velez-Cruz on Tuesday afternoon, said sheriff's Chief Deputy Ronald Strength.

County to sell bonds for water projects
Columbia County is preparing to sell an estimated $20 million in revenue bonds to fund improvements to the water and sewer system during the next 20 years.

The ties that bind
Chase Cato(left) gets attention from other campers as the group practices bandaging for a leg wound Tuesday as part of a week long summer camp held at Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Pool party altered by ruptured pipe

Ordinance may end neighborhood eyesore
Eight acres that long have been considered an eyesore by residents of nearby neighborhoods will become the site of 76 single-family homes on Alta Vista Avenue thanks to an ordinance approved Monday by North Augusta City Council.

Water quality tough issue for lake

The ties that bind

Nursing building dedicated

Schoolteacher didn't act like fugitive

Rabies warning issued

Judge tosses alcohol serving charge

Police met robbers before heist

Ban on building unlikely

Panel opposes SRS project

Civic center operator pushes plan to lower deficit

Postcards replaced by technology

Officials mull plan on zoning

Water repairs delayed

Area briefs: Panel indicts teens in double homicide

Judge denies appeal
AIKEN -- Shayna Lively was denied the birthday present she had prayed for Monday: a lighter sentence for causing the deaths of a father and his two daughters in a collision during a night of cavalier drinking and drug use.

Nursing building dedicated
AIKEN -- It wasn't a surprise that the recently completed nursing building at the University of South Carolina Aiken was named for Alan B. Miller on Monday.

Grand jury indicts trooper in robbery
A Newberry County grand jury indicted a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper Monday on charges that he robbed a gas station at gunpoint in May.

Deputy says victim gave killer's name

Pool party altered by ruptured pipe
The invitations were sent, and the party favors were bought. Preparations for Tara Mills' sweet 16 birthday party were well under way until Augusta's failing water system doused her plans.

Suspect denies guilt, names others in slaying trial

Water repairs delayed
The ruptured water main that county officials said would be finished three days ago will not be ready for two weeks. And Brown and Old Waynesboro roads residents at a meeting Tuesday night said they were tired of the county's unfulfilled water promises.

Sousa played often in Augusta

Committee makes first rule change suggestions

Knicks' Johnson has plenty to say

NBA ratins still dropping

Mr. B. Don Joiner

Mrs. Hildreth Smith

Mrs. Ann Holladay

Mr. Raymond Morgan

Mrs. Martha Long

Mrs. Vanessa Harris

Mr. Leonard Greene

Miss Lela Holman

Mrs. Gladys Simons

Mr. Johnny Benefield

Mr. C.K. Harless

Christopher Wren

Mrs. Ethel Hoover

Mrs. Barbara Green

Mr. Donald Smith

Mr. Lionel Scott Jr.

Mr. Joseph Kubicar

Mr. Raymond Laywell

Mr. Cedrick Brown

Mrs. Ethel Hoover

Mr. B. Dale Ellis

Mr. Walter Chavous

Mr. Wayne Bryant

Mr. Robert Williams Sr.

Mrs. Etta Jefferson

Mrs. Addie Tyler

Mrs. Mary Barton

Mrs. Norma Barnett

Mrs. Shirley Spangler

Mr. David Lankford Sr.

Mrs. Verneatha Johnson

Mr. Hammond Boyd

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Taiwan relies on missile shield during transition
IN RECENT weeks mainland China has been calling on the United States to exclude the Republic of China on Taiwan from a planned anti-missile defense shield. Beijing argues that incorporating Taiwan in a regional missile shield would strengthen resistance in the ROC to reunification.

Says there'll always be water shortages
This letter is in response to Richmond County's ongoing water shortages. Evelyn Price, Evans

Taiwan relies on missile shield during transition
IN RECENT weeks mainland China has been calling on the United States to exclude the Republic of China on Taiwan from a planned anti-missile defense shield. Beijing argues that incorporating Taiwan in a regional missile shield would strengthen resistance in the ROC to reunification.

Voice opposition to school uniforms
I resent having to buy uniforms for three of my four children! One of the reasons I chose public school was so I wouldn't be dictated to as to what my children can wear to school. Theresa Von Plinsky, Augusta

Fair Lively decision
Aiken Circuit Court Judge Gary Cleary struck just the right note in handling Shayna Lively's appeal for a reduced sentence under her conviction for killing a father and his two daughters in a head-on collision while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Muses on comics
I wonder why we can't have ``The Boondocks'' and ``Curtis'' in our comics selections? (The latter) was one of my favorites. Judy Whittemore, Martinez

Curb Y2K liability
You can tell which Democrats are most beholden to the wealthy plaintiffs' lawyer lobby by how they vote on issues like encouraging companies to focus on making their computers Y2K compliant, instead of forcing them to spend time and money fending off greedy class-action lawsuits.

Court bats .500
In three 7-2 rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court this week brought a semblance of common sense to the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Compares Clinton and the Antichrist
In answer to Hoyt Goodson's letter about Bill Clinton's failure to control his hormones (being a whoremonger) and having a difficult time dealing with the truth (being a liar), I would ask him to ask his wife if she minds him having problems controlling his hormones or lying to her. W. Maney, Evans

Opposes uniforms in high schools
As a strong opponent to the possibility of uniforms being forced on students in high schools, and as a student at Richmond Academy, I would like to direct a few statements to the Richmond County Board of Education. This proposed uniform policy is quite absurd, especially for high school students. Riley Williams, Augusta

Overtime: Horner set for area youth baseball clinic

Tennis notes: Dokic comes to father's defense

Overtime: Ex-Gamecock star Edwards back at S.C.

Kids get a kick out of visit from U.S. team

Wiggins leaving position

Dancing Brazilians, energetic Nigerians and rugged Germans

Boxer returns to old turf

World cup fighting for ratings

Sampras takes first step in bid for record

Now these are really soccer moms

Soccer notes: Huge media interest in Women's World Cup

Harris hoping to soar

Sligh shakes off rust, takes lead at Sertoma

Record tickets sales continue

Several schools could shift into new classifications

AIDS treatments not available to some
WASHINGTON -- Revolutionary AIDS drugs that have prolonged life for thousands of people are less likely to reach an entire class of victims -- those who contracted the virus through drug use, the first national study of AIDS treatment found.

Low risk of mad cow disease in U.S.
CHICAGO -- The risk of mad cow-type disease breaking out among people in the United States is small, researchers say.

Solar power shines with Y2K fears
PHOENIX -- Chris Mueller says she's been concerned about the environmental impact of her own energy consumption for years, but it was the so-called millennium bug that prompted her to do something about it.

SRS may test for lies
Savannah River Site employees aren't facing lie-detector tests -- yet -- as part of an effort to improve security at the federal nuclear-weapons site.

Belgium-food scandal starts legal work
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union Commission said Monday it has begun legal proceedings against Belgium for waiting a month before warning the EU about food contaminated with cancer-causing dioxin.

Painless diabetes test
NEW YORK -- For diabetics, it's one of the most annoying parts of life -- pricking your finger several times a day to check your blood sugar. Now, a new wristwatch-like device eliminates most of the finger-pricks and is just as effective.

Bone transplanted from cadaver
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Surgeons used a bone from a cadaver to save the cancerous right arm of a 6-year-old boy in a pioneering transplant that will enable the limb to grow as he does.

Commission orting through tough Internet tax questions
WASHINGTON -- Consumers are flocking to the Internet, where shopping by computer is convenient and easy, the selection seemingly unlimited and the sales tax uncollected. New research shows online sales rising 300 percent a year and possibly topping $200 billion in 2000.

Taking precautions help keep home safe

Spinning into fitness

Spice up meals to reduce migraines

Exotic outings

In the know: Who'll be the next Anakin?

Xtreme style

Political player

Xtreme advice: Talking about death helps ease the pain

Net chat: Matchbox 20 hopes to find wide appeal

SRS may test for lies

AIDS treatments not available to some

Painless diabetes test

Commission orting through tough Internet tax questions

Solar power shines with Y2K fears

Internet tax panel says e-commerce levy inevitable