Brown, Jackets swat Gnats

Jackets ready to start anew

Braves answer Expos with win

Braves notebook: With teammates hurting, Klesko feels revitalized

Smoltz saves Braves from Expos

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

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.

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.

Thermo King Corp. recalls employees
Jefferson County's largest employer, Thermo King Corp., as of Thursday had hired back the last of 100 employees laid off in April.

Nasdaq shifts aim at future

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.

Additional business news
New day, new fall for Dow Jones...Insurance advocate named...Firms look at rebuilding Kosovo...Rains threaten wheat harvest...

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.

CompUSA to add products, cut jobs
DALLAS -- With personal computer prices on the decline, CompUSA will reduce its reliance on PC sales and turn its focus to consumer electronics, packing its stores with everything from video cameras to high-tech toys.

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods rise 1.4 percent

Additional business news

Jobless rate hits new lows
Unemployment rates hit historic lows in May, Georgia Department of Labor officials reported Thursday. Georgia's unemployment rate was the lowest for that month in 28 years and Athens and Atlanta had the lowest unemployment rates ever recorded for those areas.

Thermo King Corp. recalls employees

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods rise 1.4 percent
WASHINGTON -- Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods -- led by gains in aircraft and autos -- climbed 1.4 percent in May, a sign that the nation's battered manufacturing sector could be headed for a revival.

Merry Land to pay off debt

Merry Land to pay off debt
Merry Land Properties Inc. announced Thursday that it is paying off its debt to Equity Residential Properties Trust with a $41.2 million mortgage loan from First Union National Bank.

CompUSA to add products, cut jobs

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

Jobless rate hits new lows

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.

Qwest revises bid for U S West

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.

Company allowed more time

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.

Consumers gain from Asian crisis

Additional business news

New Hotel in Augusta

Coca-Cola resumes Belgian production

1947 : A look at the 20th Century
During 1947 the world came out from under the cloud of World War II.

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

No need to bust caps

Thinks `big media' lean to GOP

Water woes (cont'd)

Complains comics taken too seriously

Suspects Kosovo atrocities `staged'

DOE under fire

Seeks troops to patrol `our streets'

Wasteful water use not helping shortage
Getting several inches of rain last week definitely helped everything in the landscape.

Homeowner uses a variety of gardening styles to create a perfect yard
Home-grown vegetables grace the table of many homes during the summer. However, because of water restrictions recently placed on Richmond and Columbia county residents, many vegetable gardens are suffering.

Summer films may be sizzling
Now that two swingers -- Tarzan and Austin Powers -- have proven that people will storm theaters to see something besides Star Wars, several anticipated summer blockbusters are rolling out of the gates with the fury of caged-up Brahma bulls.

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.

Late country star traveling
If you're driving in Tennessee or Kentucky this weekend, don't be surprised if you see a larger-than-life-size statue of the late Keith Whitley on the back of a flatbed truck accompanied by 45 motorcycle riders.

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.

Comedian prefers realism
If the cast members of NBC's hit sitcom Friends were black, comedian D.L. Hughley thinks it would arouse suspicion.

Darkness can be very frightening
Tread lightly and carry a mine detector. That's good advice for traversing a portion of the interactive exhibit U.S. Army Conquest of Darkness Discovery Center, opening Monday at Fort Discovery.

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.

Draft strong on defense

Bankruptcy judge approves Lemieux plan, urges lease talks

Gretzky is in the Hall

Late country star traveling

Wasteful water use not helping shortage

Comedian prefers realism

In the know

Summer films may be sizzling

Darkness can be very frightening

Homeowner uses a variety of gardening styles to create a perfect yard

WWF wrestlers to rumble in Atlanta

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.

Hephzibah's water tapped

Hobbies can spell success in business
ATHENS, Ga. -- Work and play are usually thought of as polar opposites. However, for some entrepreneurs, turning hobbies into businesses makes dollars and sense.

Walker vows changes to funding law
Spurred by reports of $346 million loss, senator calls for revisiting Regional Transportation Authority bill

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.

Merchant Marine Academy helps students get start
SAVANNAH -- Thanks to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Josh Sturgis traveled to Jamaica, Puerto Rico, England, Belgium and Mexico.

Soldiers train in gathering intelligence

Judge denies motion to detain rapist
AIKEN -- David DeLoyd Johnson moved on with his life after serving eight years for a decade-old sex crime, but his past came back to haunt him this week because of a controversial state law targeting potential sexual predators.

Police arrest suspect

Hodges recalls legislators for special session
COLUMBIA -- With the barely audible scratching of pens on freshly passed bills, House Speaker David Wilkins and Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler officially ended the year's work of the Legislature on Thursday.

`Midnight' actress pleads to fleeing police

Pipe leak delays connection of Hephzibah, Augusta lines
A glitch in connecting a pipe caused a delay in the Augusta-Hephzibah water hookup scheduled to begin Thursday.

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.

Under pressure
County fire hydrants will spew gallons of water next week. But this time it's on purpose.

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.

Augusta Georgia: metro@ugusta: 06/25/99
Extending the stay at Richmond County's alternative school hasn't seemed to deter students from misbehaving.

Wal-Mart to expand warehouse

Schools don't see deterrence
Extending the stay at Richmond County's alternative school hasn't seemed to deter students from misbehaving.

Youth shows skating prowess

Church finds new home
Otis and Albert Jones are finally going back to church -- more than 60 years after the father and son were buried in the cemetery at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Youths repair houses

Aquinas trip funds at large
Hours before her arrest, Vanessa Velez-Cruz still was promising the parents of 28 Aquinas High School students that she would come up with the money.

Area briefs: Spring leaves South parched

Police have video of jewel robbery suspects
Even though three jewel robbers left behind only phoney car registration papers and insurance documents, police say they managed to capture something they probably didn't count on: their picture.

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.

Emergency workers prepare for Games
While the upcoming Georgia Games Championships may not fit the usual description of a terrorist target, city emergency workers are not taking any chances.

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.

Meriwether residents give opinions on zoning
MERIWETHER COMMUNITY, S.C. - Residents of the Meriwether section of Edgefield County got a chance Thursday night to have their say on a zoning plan that would convert a sizable portion of their community into a stick-built home zone free of any additional manufactured houses.

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.

Defendant loses appeal based on ex-wife on jury
AIKEN -- Donald Singleton was surprised to see his ex-wife on a jury that hooked him up with a different kind of ball and chain.

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.

Lawmakers end year with video poker law signing
COLUMBIA -- With the barely audible scratching of pens on freshly passed bills, House Speaker David Wilkins and Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler officially ended the year's work of the Legislature on Thursday.

Officer designing program to help at-risk juveniles

District 3 incumbent challenged
AIKEN -- Local businessman Don Sprawls on Thursday became the first challenger to Aiken City Council incumbents, who are up for re-election this fall.

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.

A unified squad
There's more international soccer being played in the United States this weekend besides the Women's World Cup.

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.

Airborne
Chasity Shaganard (from left), 8, Travis Dabbs, 7, and Ashley Abbey, 10, enjoy the afternoon on their trampoline in their back yard in Graniteville.

VA hospitals plan to cut 170 jobs

VA hospitals plan to cut 170 jobs
About 170 employees will be laid off and several patient wards consolidated under a plan by the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Jury acquits man of murder charges

Aquinas trip funds at large

Family celebrates transplant

Quiz made for life in California
The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. -- Ken Olsen

Emergency workers take part in training

Defendant loses appeal based on ex-wife on jury

Teacher pay tops Southeast

1947 : A look at the 20th Century

Church finds new home

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

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.

Few slip by zoning rules

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

Police have video of jewel robbery suspects

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.

Merchant Marine Academy helps students get start

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.

Emergency workers prepare for Games

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.

Judge denies motion to detain rapist

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.

Airborne

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.

Pipe leak delays connection of Hephzibah, Augusta lines

`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.

Meriwether residents give opinions on zoning

Theater director resigns

Under pressure

Rocking chairs gain in popularity

Alternative School

Four lawsuits against county resolved

Quiz made for life in California

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

A unified squad

House scrambles for video poker law

Hodges recalls legislators for special session

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.

Lawmakers end year with video poker law signing

District 3 incumbent challenged

Schools don't see deterrence

Task force to review education

Hobbies can spell success in business

Residents seek charter school support for at-risk students

Knicks to test appropriateness of slogan: `I Still Believe'

NBA notebook: Van Gundy cries foul before Game 4

Elie, Spurs move ahead 3-1

Popovich leads Spurs with a blend of coaching methods

NBA must make game interesting

NBA losing ratings war

Cavs' Embry elected to Hall of Fame

Mrs. Gwenvera Owens

Mr. Walter Chavous

Mr. Jeffrey Hall II

Mrs. Lougenia Beck

Mr. George Adams

Mr. J.M. Britton

Mr. B.E. Parham Jr.

Mrs. Rose Smith

Mr. Cleon Howell

Mr. Claude Casey

Mr. Larry Riggs

Mr. George Rose Jr.

Mrs. Helen Farr

Mrs. Vida Palmer

Mr. Jimmie Ward

Mr. Rembert Bellows

Mr. Gerald DuBose

Mrs. Alice Blake

Mrs. Willie Way

Mr. Walker Rowland

Mr. Willie Gray

Mrs. Collette Priester

Mr. Frank Krueger

Mrs. Georgia Glover

Mr. Homer Murray

Mrs. Harriet Williams

Mrs. Irene Dopson

Mr. Burton Mayo Jr.

Mrs. Delia Labruzzo

Miss Gladys Wright

Mr. John Kitchens

Mrs. Annie Beasley

Mrs. Ruth Quattlebaum

Mr. George Willis

Mr. Miller Dixon

Mrs. Helen Therrien

Mr. Teddy Hunt

Mr. Bernice Harper

Mrs. Mary Devore

Mr. Floyd Collier

Mr. Tommie Tankersley

Summer forecast for the NBA: improving conditions with Snow
LET'S STOP talk that Latrell Sprewell's rapid redemption saved this year's rough, rarely pretty, professional basketball season. The answer is Eric Snow, a nice guy you've never heard of, who is a teammate of the NBA player actually nicknamed the Answer. Sure Sprewell's New York Knicks team is still playing for this year's championship. Sure he's doing a fantastic job with 19 points a game throughout the playoffs. And as you remember, Sprewell led all New York scorers in beating the Atlanta Hawks.

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

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

Seeks investigation of AARP group
I am sorry to say I believe that the American Association of Retired Persons is an organization that has used its image of supposedly helping the aging to get much too powerful, and then it pursues whatever its few controllers desire in the guise of helping us seniors. Yet it has often acted against their best interests. It definitely does not in a democratic manner represent its members. Eugene C. Pettit, Martinez

No need to bust caps
The GOP-led Congress is drawing criticism -- even from conservatives -- for busting the ``spending caps'' with its plan to spend tens of billions in aviation trust fund dollars on, of all things, aviation.

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.

New cell phone peril
Cell phones have come under fire for distracting drivers and causing accidents. Now they pose another danger: gas pump explosions.

Suspects Kosovo atrocities `staged'
Maybe I cannot see very well, but all the pictures that I do see on television are showing all the very ``much oppressed'' refugees coming out of Kosovo all looking healthier and much better dressed than the average American. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

Water woes (cont'd)
Water woes are pushing many Augustans to new depths of cynicism regarding their local government.

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.

Seeks troops to patrol `our streets'
Now that the Yugoslav army has pulled its last troops out of Kosovo, let the Russians along with NATO take over the role of the peacekeeping mission. Joyce Gantt, Augusta

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

Wants adults to decide uniforms issue
Riley Williams (letter, June 23) is a well-spoken and articulate young man. I thought that he stated his opinion very well. However, I was somewhat alarmed by a few of his statements. Russell Fields, Barnwell

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

Summer forecast for the NBA: improving conditions with Snow
LET'S STOP talk that Latrell Sprewell's rapid redemption saved this year's rough, rarely pretty, professional basketball season. The answer is Eric Snow, a nice guy you've never heard of, who is a teammate of the NBA player actually nicknamed the Answer. Sure Sprewell's New York Knicks team is still playing for this year's championship. Sure he's doing a fantastic job with 19 points a game throughout the playoffs. And as you remember, Sprewell led all New York scorers in beating the Atlanta Hawks.

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

Opposes canal condominium project
The kind of development Lee Brandenburg recommends for land he owns on the Augusta Canal will forever degrade a major part of this valuable community resource. The impact is likely to be greater than anyone seems ready to recognize and could be the beginning of the unraveling of the master plan. Margaret Brown, Augusta

Pontiac gaining ground

World Cup notebook: Unites States team gets support from David Letterman

Becker roars in win

Kids could become millionaires during halftime

New region alignment to affect most high schools

Bates gets first taste of NFL

Overtime: Mike Luckie transfers from Georgia to JMU

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

A mustache at the Women's World Cup

Lester seeking different legecy

Wimbledon notebook: Three-time runner-up Ivanisevic back again

Overtime: N.C. State loses star to Auburn

United States topples Nigeria

Courier leads U.S. victors in second round

Largemouths join hybrids in Bussey Point schools

U.S. may shuffle starters

Three share lead in Sertoma

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.

No bad hair days: Computers change hair, clothes in yearbook portraits.
Daniel Young's parents were appalled when the high school senior shaved his head just before yearbook pictures were taken.

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.

SRS plants to be approved soon
Bill Richardson hasn't changed his mind. During a visit to Savannah River Site on Thursday, the U.S. Energy Secretary said he soon would make official his plan to locate three new plutonium-processing plants at the site. Mr. Richardson announced in December that SRS was the preferred site for the $1.4 billion plants.

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.

Report: Technology used to clean up nuclear sites is inadequate
WASHINGTON -- Despite billions spent so far, current technology is not up to the job of cleaning contaminated soil and water at the Energy Department's nuclear weapons sites, a scientific advisory panel reported Thursday.

Plutonium-processing plants to be OKed
Bill Richardson hasn't changed his mind. During a visit to Savannah River Site on Thursday, the U.S. Energy Secretary said he soon would make official his plan to locate three new plutonium-processing plants at the site. Mr. Richardson announced in December that SRS was the preferred site for the $1.4 billion plants.

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.

Clinics see drop in anonymous HIV tests
ATLANTA -- Fewer Americans are choosing to remain anonymous when tested for HIV at federally funded clinics, hospitals and prisons -- a sign that the stigma attached to AIDS may be waning, the government reported Thursday.

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.

Web site selling used business planes takes off
SAVANNAH -- Savvy sellers have proven they can unload just about any secondhand item on the Internet.

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.

NASA telescope launched to probe early universe
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A NASA ultraviolet telescope rocketed into orbit Thursday on a three-year quest to learn what the universe was like moments after creation.

Study gives new directions for research into insomnia
WASHINGTON -- Most theories about why millions of elderly suffer insomnia are wrong, according to a new study that says the brain clock regulating sleep ticks as accurately for the old as for the young. Experts say the groundbreaking study could help researchers find new treatments for sleeplessness.

Organic label does not guarantee food is truly organic

Computer chips only 5-atoms thick are possible

Plutonium-processing plants to be OKed

Study gives new directions for research into insomnia

Countries find Y2K bug hard to kill

SRS plants to be approved soon

No bad hair days: Computers change hair, clothes in yearbook portraits.

Belgium allows resumption of Coke production

Decision-making goes high tech