Jackets ready to start anew

South All-Stars take SAL title

Expos surprise Braves

Braves notebook: Injury-riddled Braves diminish Cox's hand

Knee injury puts Lopez out

Braves answer Expos with win

Braves notebook: Lopez will go on DL today

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.

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Interest fears keep blue chips sliding...Lamar Building leasing to change...Banks to form online network...Service to improve on rail lines...

Company allowed more time
Martin Color-fi, the Edgefield, S.C.-based polyester manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy protection last year, was granted a three-month extension Wednesday to file a reorganization plan with the court.

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

Consumers gain from Asian crisis
LOS ANGELES -- At Bob Smith's Al Fresco Patio Outlet, economic upheavals in Asia have been a big boon for homeowners, who can buy outdoor furniture for half of what it used to cost.

Regulators OK market merger

Qwest revives takeover bid
NEW YORK -- The takeover battle for US West Inc. and Frontier Corp. heated up Wednesday as Qwest revised its $46.5 billion bids for the telephone companies in hopes of striking a deal.

Nasdaq shifts aim at future

Coca-Cola resumes Belgian production
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Coca-Cola Co. prepared to resume Belgian production today after the government agreed to let two factories reopen under strict conditions, two weeks after the first reports of illnesses from children who drank the company's soft drinks.

Consumers gain from Asian crisis

Nasdaq shifts aim at future
WASHINGTON -- Nasdaq chief Frank Zarb has a vision of what the global stock market will be in a few years: digital, open 24 hours, letting people make trades instantly from anywhere with their computers, cell phones, pagers and hand-held organizers.

New Hotel in Augusta

Qwest revises bid for U S West
NEW YORK -- Faced with rejection, Qwest revised its $47.8 billion takeover bids for U S West Inc. and Frontier Corp. today in an effort to make its offers more attractive and persuade the companies to merge into a stronger business that merges telecommunications with the Internet.

New condominiums now perfect

Coca-Cola resumes Belgian production

Deal boosts online pharmacy

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.

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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.

Qwest revises bid for U S West

Company's truck remanufacturing process inspected.

Company allowed more time

New Hotel in Augusta
The dust barely has settled at the newly opened Quality Inn & Suites on Claussen Road, but its developer is busy working on a new hotel next door.

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.

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?

Rocking chairs gain in popularity
An airport filled with frazzled travelers. A downtown public square crammed with stressed-out office workers. Outside a bustling city hall. Not exactly places you'd expect to find people relaxing in grandma's old rocking chair.

Says let's focus on being Americans

DOE under fire

Voice opposition to school uniforms

Curb Y2K liability

Thinks `big media' lean to GOP

Opposes uniforms in high schools

Fair Lively decision

Says there'll always be water shortages

Compares Clinton and the Antichrist

Muses on comics

Complains comics taken too seriously

In the know
On Tuesday, The Augusta Chronicle asked readers whom they would like to see play the part of Anakin Skywalker in Episode II of the Star Wars series (coming to theaters in 2002 or 2003). The question was prompted by a list of actors on the Web site EpisodeII.com who were thought to be under consideration for the role.

WWF wrestlers to rumble in Atlanta
To kick off its first show in Atlanta in more than seven years, the WorldWrestling Federation is pulling out all the stops.

Mix-and-match clothes ease packing
NEW YORK -- Summer is a busy season for travel. And when it comes to packing, whether for business or pleasure, the decision-making process can be difficult.

USGA motto: Beat the clock

Crease rule ironed out

Gretzky is in the Hall

Ratings for Stanley Cup increase

In the know

WWF wrestlers to rumble in Atlanta

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.

Deputy says victim gave killer's name

Judge tosses alcohol serving charge

Four lawsuits against county resolved

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.

Soldiers train in gathering intelligence

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.)

Officer designing program to help at-risk juveniles

Residents seek charter school support for at-risk students

Theater director resigns

Civic center operator pushes plan to lower deficit

Teacher pay tops Southeast
ATLANTA -- Educators across Georgia have been bombarded for years with reports on the lowly state of public education, but there is one bright spot: Teachers here are earning more money than colleagues across the Southeast.

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.

`Midnight' actress pleads to fleeing police
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- `Mandy' -- a character from the Clint Eastwood version of John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -- pleaded guilty in state court Tuesday to an incident on Tybee Island.

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.

Wal-Mart to expand warehouse
STATESBORO, Ga. -- The enormous warehouse Wal-Mart uses to move imported goods from the Port of Savannah to the company's distribution centers is about to become Wal-Mart's largest.

Area briefs: Panel indicts teens in double homicide

Augustan found guilty in backyard slaying
Antonio Ruffin walked up to Michael Young's back yard in March and with a gun in each hand, he blasted away at Mr. Young, a jury determined Wednesday.

Rocking chairs gain in popularity

Jury acquits man of murder charges
A jury acquitted an Augusta man of murder and other charges Wednesday at the conclusion of a three-day trial.

Water repairs delayed

Hephzibah's water tapped
Old Waynesboro Road and some Brown Road residents will have water from a new source flowing through their pipes today.

Many appealing property assessments

Residents seek charter school support for at-risk students
Belle Lambert and Fay Hall want to do something to keep students from dropping out of high school and entering the work force unprepared, so the two women are pooling their talents to get people interested in starting a charter school for students at risk of not finishing high school.

Schoolteacher didn't act like fugitive

Task force to review education
Finding the cure for a school system plagued with mediocrity is a task that will require a different kind of thinking, state and local officials say.

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.

Police arrest suspect
Police arrested a Columbia County man on Tuesday in connection with the recent armed robbery of an Evans Smile Gas station.

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.

Area briefs: Spring leaves South parched
From browning grass on Augusta's golf courses to hungry cows in Tennessee and withering crops in North Carolina, the second-driest spring in a century has left much of the South parched.

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.

Youth shows skating prowess
On the surface, Chandler Norris seems like a typical 7-year-old. He loves to watch professional wrestling and play soccer and tee-ball.

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.

Soldiers train in gathering intelligence
Inside a razor-wire enclosure, two soldiers sit across from each other at a small wooden table. An olive-drab tent shields their bare heads from the burning sun but does little to offset the near-90-degree heat.

Few slip by zoning rules

Emergency workers take part in training
With the Georgia Games near, and the Olympic Park bombing still not forgotten, Augusta rescue workers are being trained in how to deal with any possible terrorist incidents.

Officials mull plan on zoning

Theater director resigns
Broad Street's lone functioning theater, the historic Imperial, will be looking for a new executive director for the second time in as many years.

Officials recover tax checks
PEARSON, Ga. -- Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents have recovered about $300,000 in missing checks intended for the Atkinson County School District.

Four lawsuits against county resolved
AIKEN -- The four lawsuits against Aiken County about the old county video poker zoning ordinance have been dropped, said the attorney representing the county in those cases.

Task force to review education

House scrambles for video poker law
COLUMBIA -- Regulations and taxes on South Carolina's video poker industry breezed through the Senate on Wednesday, and supporters say they have the backing to get them through a feisty and stubborn House as well -- if they can round up all the votes at one time.

Suspect denies guilt, names others in slaying trial

Few slip by zoning rules
When Jennifer Butler changed hours at work it was so she could have more time with her sons in the afternoons.

Postcards replaced by technology

Officer designing program to help at-risk juveniles
AIKEN -- David ``Chico'' Nieves wants to take the ``at risk'' out of at-risk youth.

Panel opposes SRS project

Family celebrates transplant
A piece of his sister lives inside Larry Timms, allowing him to get married, raise two sons and lead a normal life. He has had his kidney transplant so long -- 30 years today -- that he and his sister Sherry Grooms can joke about it.

Police met robbers before heist

Youths repair houses
EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. -- The old country schoolhouse that 88-year old Lona Bell Johnson has called home for more than 30 years once again rang with young voices -- and the sound of saws and hammers.

Lawmakers still seeking video poker law compromise

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.

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.

Wal-Mart to expand warehouse

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.

Pupils provided help for school in summer work

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.

Area briefs: Spring leaves South parched

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

Hephzibah's water tapped

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.

Jury acquits man of murder charges

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.

Youth shows skating prowess

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.

House scrambles for video poker law

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.

Youths repair houses

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.

Family celebrates transplant

The ties that bind

Police arrest suspect

Sousa played often in Augusta

Teacher pay tops Southeast

Rabies warning issued

Emergency workers take part in training

Police search teacher's home

`Midnight' actress pleads to fleeing police

The ties that bind

Committee makes first rule change suggestions

NBA ratins still dropping

Knicks' Johnson has plenty to say

Elie, Spurs move ahead 3-1

Cavs' Embry elected to Hall of Fame

NBA notebook: Van Gundy cries foul before Game 4

Mr. Lionel Scott Jr.

Miss Gladys Wright

Mr. Jeffrey Hall II

Mrs. Harriet Williams

Mrs. Addie Tyler

Mr. Homer Murray

Christopher Wren

Mr. Walter Chavous

Mr. Cleon Howell

Mr. Frank Krueger

Mrs. Gladys Simons

Mr. Robert Williams Sr.

Mr. Teddy Hunt

Mrs. Georgia Glover

Mr. Larry Riggs

Mrs. Collette Priester

Mr. Wayne Bryant

Mrs. Irene Dopson

Mr. Raymond Laywell

Mr. Cedrick Brown

Mr. Raymond Morgan

Mrs. Ethel Hoover

Miss Lela Holman

Mr. Walter Chavous

Mrs. Willie Way

Mrs. Barbara Green

Mr. Willie Gray

Mrs. Hildreth Smith

Mr. George Adams

Mr. Johnny Benefield

Mr. B. Dale Ellis

Mrs. Vanessa Harris

Mrs. Annie Beasley

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.

Petitions for return of school prayer
... While everyone who has faced either real or perceived discrimination has stood up and demanded equal treatment, Christians have sat idly by while our rights were being taken away. It is time that we, as a united body of believers, stood up and demanded to be recognized and our rights considered. Earl Tucker, Bath

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.

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

Gun control lies
The latest Big Lie being spread by President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore is that Republicans are to blame for the collapse of gun-control legislation in the House last week.

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

Thinks `big media' lean to GOP
Re your June 19 editorial ``Gore's history rewrite,'' including your constant complaint about the ``liberal media'' swamping the country with news stories: Carl Champlin, Aiken

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.

Opposes uniforms for high schools
After reading the June 18 Metro section about uniforms in elementary schools, I was surprised to read that a parent would like the School Board to include high schools in the uniform policy. Stacey Wilson, 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.

DOE under fire
U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, having suffered a beating from Congress and the media in recent days, visits the Savannah River Site today to generate some desperately needed positive publicity.

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

Complains comics taken too seriously
It's necessary to identify myself as a middle-class, white female for the purposes of this letter, in which I'd like to address the writers of vehemently irate letters opposing ``The Boondocks'' comic strip. Letitia Berlin, Augusta

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

Says let's focus on being Americans
Re the May 26 letter ``Wants recognition of Asian heritage'': Tom Hamorsky, Millen

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

Kids could become millionaires during halftime

Record tickets sales continue

Courier leads U.S. victors in second round

Pontiac gaining ground

Lester seeking different legecy

Overtime: Mike Luckie transfers from Georgia to JMU

Boxer returns to old turf

U.S. may shuffle starters

Bates gets first taste of NFL

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

Several schools could shift into new classifications

Sligh shakes off rust, takes lead at Sertoma

Three share lead in Sertoma

Harris hoping to soar

Overtime: Horner set for area youth baseball clinic

Dancing Brazilians, energetic Nigerians and rugged Germans

Duval, Singh and Els still have the Open on their minds

Countries find Y2K bug hard to kill
UNITED NATIONS -- The millennium bug is now on the agenda of more than 170 countries and a major campaign is under way to help fix it. But experts agreed Tuesday that the bug can't be killed by Jan. 1, 2000.

Organic label does not guarantee food is truly organic
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Consumers will pay more for food they believe to be free of pesticides and grown in an a way that protects the environment.

Newspaper group to unveil network of regional Web sites
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Knight-Ridder Inc. is preparing to transform its newspaper Web sites into a nationwide network of regional Internet portals, hoping to target advertising to people who use the sites as their first stop in cyberspace.

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.

Belgium allows resumption of Coke production
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The government allowed production to resume under strict conditions at two Coca-Cola plants today, two weeks after children first fell ill after drinking the popular beverage, setting off an international Coke health scare.

Decision-making goes high tech
WASHINGTON -- Can the Internet really help us make decisions? More and more Web sites are popping up to guide us. Is this good or bad? You decide.

Computer chips only 5-atoms thick are possible
BALTIMORE -- There's more room down there at the molecular level for computer chip makers than they thought. Bell Labs scientists say they have found what they believe is the limit for making smaller chips using current materials -- five atoms.

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.

Exotic outings

Belgium allows resumption of Coke production

Internet tax panel says e-commerce levy inevitable

Countries find Y2K bug hard to kill

Decision-making goes high tech

AIDS treatments not available to some

Computer chips only 5-atoms thick are possible

Organic label does not guarantee food is truly organic