Kingdome departure not causing many tears

Mets catching up to sputtering Braves

Braves notes: Electrical problem with transformer causes delay

Jimenez gets first Cardinal no-hitter in 16 years

Braves crush Mets

"No comment" all around on reported Mets sales to Cablevision

Major League notebook

Gnats stop late rally by Jackets

Mets close gap with Braves

Braves crush Mets

Farm director looking for improved Jackets

Braves notebook: Lefty Perez will stay in rotation

Gardner optimistic

On the move

Economy posted healthy growth at beginning of the year

On the move
John T. Chandler has been named Prime Leading's loan officer of the month for May 1999.

Business briefs
Darlington's Fort James Corporation is undergoing an $18.5 million dollar capital expansion that will add 35 new jobs.

Hospital: Job cuts still likely

Company sees revenue growth

Energy efficient unit worth cost
Q: I'm shopping for an air conditioner, and I noticed the ones that have higher ratings for energy efficiency also are more expensive. Is it worth paying the extra money?

Energy efficient unit worth cost

Try finding a bottle of Coke in Belgium
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- One day soon, Belgians will each get a free Coca-Cola to help overcome fears caused by the recent health scare, Coke Chairman M. Douglas Ivester promised Friday. But just try buying one with cold cash this hot summer weekend -- it won't work.

Additional business news

Try finding a bottle of Coke in Belgium

WRDW-TV wins May ratings battle

Many choices abound with municipal funds
NEW YORK -- Whenever they get into a wrestling match with the tax rules covering mutual funds, the thought strikes some investors that the time has come to consider municipal bond funds.

Additional business news
Early rally ends in mixed trading . . . Plant turns down Teamsters . . . Coke hopes to win Belgians back . . . Campbell reorganizing worldwide

Business briefs

Hospital: Job cuts still likely
Even if Congress increases the budget for veterans' health care, it won't change plans to cut about 170 people at the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, the Augusta director said.

Many choices abound with municipal funds

Economy posted healthy growth at beginning of the year
WASHINGTON -- Torrid consumer spending helped the nation's economy grow at a brisk annual rate of 4.3 percent at the beginning of the year. Economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter but probably not enough to dissuade the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates as a precaution against inflation.

WRDW-TV wins May ratings battle
In the war for television viewership, CBS affiliate WRDW-TV (Channel 12) won the latest battle against archrival ABC affiliate WJBF-TV (Channel 6).

Company sees revenue growth
John Memar tries to live a life without regret. Mr. Memar, president of Medac Inc., does not lament that last year his anesthesiology billing company was investigated by both the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Though he says competing billing companies and former Medac employees misled federal authorities into confiscating hundreds of thousands of medical records from his Scott Nixon Memorial Drive office, he says he is not seeking revenge.

A look at the 20th Century: 1949
The North Atlantic alliance was created to counter Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, the growth of communism and Westerners' fear of nuclear war. The year was 1949.

A look at the 20th Century: 1948
World War II was over, but peace remained elusive in 1948. The year began with an Iron Curtain already fallen across much of Europe, and communism continued its spread. Halfway into the year, the Soviets cut off all traffic into West Berlin, leading the British and Americans to airlift supplies for 321 days -- 272,000 flights in all -- until the blockade was lifted.

Blasts `Boondocks'

Alleges G.W. Bush has connection with Freemasons connection

Passing the car tax buck

Raps neglect of 'unknown' cemeteries

Urges enforcement of traffic laws

Plugs rail, electric car transport

Urges complaints be sent by e-mail

Slams parking fees for graduations

Don't boost H-1b visas

Unintended consequence

Hits media coverage of water woes

Says 'wall of separation' is apocryphal

Says conflict caused snub of meeting

Mourning clothes not forgoten
AIKEN - Sipping a steaming cup of tea with a dash of milk and sugar amid the delicate stitchings of death is Susan Giddings' way of easing into life each morning.

Dress code needed in workplace
Dear Carson: With summer approaching, the heat is rising over appropriate dress for the office. Some say no to shorts, short skirts and sleeveless shirts. Others say: "Hey, we're all adults. We can make appropriate decisions about how we dress."

Strange creature intrigues anthropologists
Van Herwaarden was hacking through dense brush on the Indonesian island of Sumatra in 1923 when he encountered a strange creature.

Singing is powerful experience
The closest moments to God for Bill Hobbins are when he sings -- and he suspects there are other believers like him.

Faith digest
BelAir Presbyterian Church in Evans has earned a $40,000 grant to expand its facility to house the Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Beguiling charms
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- In rolled the train from Berlin, and out I stepped. Dragging my bags along a path traced by hundreds of travelers every week, I crossed the terminal floor and stepped outside to hail a cab.

Adults are responsible for child's discipline
Another chance! There are no sweeter words in the English language. God knows all about new beginnings, fresh starts and second chances.

On my summer vacation ...
A cruise on the Sea of Galilee was part trip to Israel for Anne Sawyer (back row from left), Mike Murphy, Judy Murphy, Brenda Marshall and Marie Smith and (front row, from left) Perry Barinowski, Joyce Barinowski and Sherry Barinowski.

In the know
If you're willing to shell out the bucks, pay-per-view will allow you to watch 60 hours of Woodstock '99 from the comfort of your own home.

Thrashers land Stefan

Lemieux ushers Penguins into new era

Penguins negotiate new deal

Europeans, trades dominate early NHL draft selections

Thrashers find strong defense, little offense

Beguiling charms

On my summer vacation ...

Strange creature intrigues anthropologists

Adults are responsible for child's discipline

Mourning clothes not forgoten

Singing is powerful experience

In the know

Dress code needed in workplace

Faith digest

Mayor stresses potential of youth
The mind is a person's most powerful tool, and its capabilities are limitless -- but it's up to each individual to use it to its fullest potential.

Slicing the waves

Author identifies graves of Union soldiers
ATHENS, Ga. -- One-hundred-and-thirty-five years after he died from battle wounds, Pvt. William Britt will finally get the military honors he was due.

Florida plan cut care's total costs
Even having a choir behind her could not make Dorothy Wade sound more like a preacher.

Judge gets case of suspect with familiar name
Bad luck may follow some people, but it jumps all over others. Just ask Robert Brockman.

Residents confident in center
State Court Judge David Watkins called it ``the first step in reclaiming our neighborhood.''

Sergeant's statement OK at trial

Nurses crucial to rape cases
When a 56-year-old Martinez woman was brutally assaulted in her home last October, Danita Kiser was one of the first to meet her in the emergency room.

A look at the 20th Century: 1948

State sets dry run for Y2K software
ATLANTA -- Next month the first test of the state's $300 million effort to correct the Y2K problem will make guinea pigs out of thousands of people expecting checks for welfare, unemployment, Medicaid and school funding.

Residents meet with NAACP

Volunteers to teach seniors to surf
AIKEN -- In a cramped cubbyhole turned classroom with one light switch, one door and no windows, Bruce McGrath moves his fingers to the rhythm of his teacher's voice, and listens.

Officials: Fugitive teacher likely never sought
Police never arrested Vanessa Velez-Cruz in 1991 after she was indicted for theft because they probably weren't looking for her.

Two men charged in restaurant attack
Police have arrested two men in connection with a Friday night shooting in a restaurant parking lot that left one gunman and an innocent bystander wounded.

Rock hinders work at new-school site

Columbia County to get proposals on school security
By early July, Columbia County school officials should have a list of recommendations for new campus security measures.

Two men charged in restaurant attack

Across the area
Police capture escapee in house ... Inmate escapes from patrol post ... Pair guilty in Beanie Baby scam

Some raises to take effect

Officials: Fugitive teacher likely never sought

Man shot outside Burger King

Columbia County to get proposals on school security

Atlanta Gas eyes increase

Examine vacation specifics

Task force to study school improvements

A look at the 20th Century: 1949

Man shot outside Burger King
Emergency personnel tended to a shooting victim outside the Burger King on Wrightsboro Road on Friday night after people in two cars became involved in a verbal exchange.

Residents confident in center

Task force to study school improvements
Finding the cure for a school system plagued by mediocrity is a task many believe will require a different kind of thinking.

Homeschool families get resources at fair

Mayor stresses potential of youth

Examine vacation specifics
The word ``vacation'' shares ancestry with the word ``vacant,'' which is what your head must be if you approach this traditional summer diversion without considering all your options.

Judge gets case of suspect with familiar name

Mementos of beauty pageant sold

Atlanta Gas eyes increase
ATLANTA -- Natural-gas customers could pay a few more cents a month to help Atlanta Gas Light Co. recover the cost associated with changing to a competitive market, even as it lobbies to deregulate other markets.

Poker is part of state's image
The Double Diamond makes a profound statement to people who cross the state line at Augusta's Fifth Street bridge.

Sergeant's statement OK at trial
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- For the second time, defense attorney Joseph Bergen tried to persuade a judge to toss his client's statement to Army investigators about a fatal helicopter crash last summer.

Mementos of beauty pageant sold
AIKEN -- By 9 a.m Saturday, more than 50 cars had lined up in front of the modest house on Boardman Road.

Group views work as important
Tragedy pulled Brandon Wilson, 18, and his sister Dana, 14, away from their World Changers service project in the Bethlehem community this week when a friend from home in Kentucky was killed.

Homeschool families get resources at fair
Pam Wimburn of Appling maneuvered her baby stroller through vendor aisles at West Acres Baptist Church on Saturday, looking for teaching aides.

Florida plan cut care's total costs

Some raises to take effect
ATLANTA -- A little more than a month after a Conyers campus shooting rocked Georgia, new laws aimed at making schools safer and building student character take effect Thursday.

Museum rejects funding

Across the area

Volunteers to teach seniors to surf

State sets dry run for Y2K software

Construction begins on Grovetown park

Poker is part of state's image

Aiken Tech receives $500,000 donation

Aiken Tech receives $500,000 donation
AIKEN -- After donating $500,000 to Aiken Technical College, an Aiken businessman will have a new college building named after him.

Group views work as important

Slicing the waves
Frankie Lezzi, 12, of Columbus, Ohio, skis on a mono-sit ski, designed for those who can't stand on regular skis, as he joins 30 other disabled challenged children and adults at the fifth annual We Can Ski outing Friday at Lake Murray in South Carolina.

Judge gets case of suspect with familiar name

Museum rejects funding
The Augusta-Richmond County Museum Board will return a $40,000 state grant targeted to start a cotton museum on the vacant second floor of the Cotton Exchange building on Reynolds Street.

Residents meet with NAACP
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The children of North Augusta and their families were much on the minds of the 30 people who answered the call of the North Augusta-Belvedere NAACP to attend a town meeting last night at Second Providence Baptist Church.

Area briefs: Thurmond items to be auctioned
An auction of Strom Thurmond memorabilia will be held today in Aiken. The auction, organized by the U.S. senator's estranged wife, Nancy Moore Thurmond, will be at 10 a.m. at 818 Boardman Road. The public is invited, and a preview will be at 8 a.m.

Rock gets in way of work at site of middle school
Though an unexpected rock has slowed workers a bit, construction on the newest Columbia County middle school is expected to begin soon.

Rock hinders work at new-school site
Though an unexpected rock has slowed workers a bit, construction on the newest Columbia County middle school is expected to begin soon.

Builders request grace period on silt fence policy
A contingent of builders is asking the Columbia County Commission to ease its no-tolerance policy on silt fences.

Humane Society celebrates move to new Walton Way home
Finding a home for the CSRA Humane Society was like finding a home for one of its pets -- difficult.

Car wreck connected to spider

Removal of trees is legal but `tragic,' official says
No one ever said you couldn't un-landscape your parking lot. Despite some Augusta shoppers who are upset about the disappearance of the cypress trees in the Kroger shopping center on 15th Street, that's exactly what happened when the lot was repaved this week.

Rock gets in way of work at site of middle school

Aquinas was told of past trip troubles
Even though Aquinas High School officials were told there had been problems with a previous European trip sponsored by a popular Spanish teacher, they allowed her to solicit more than $80,000 from students for a similar trip this year.

Builders request grace period on silt fence policy

Car wreck connected to spider
A spider helped cause a car accident Friday afternoon that sent two people to the hospital.

Area briefs: Thurmond items to be auctioned

Construction begins on Grovetown park
Grovetown residents soon will have a new place to play.

Local teen named top model in contest

Judge gets case of suspect with familiar name
Bad luck may follow some people, but it jumps all over others. Just ask Robert Brockman.

Removal of trees is legal but `tragic,' official says

Local teen named top model in contest
From a beginning in Augusta Mall fashion shows to the runways of Paris, one local teen is embarking on an exciting modeling career as the first-place winner of the Elite Model Look of the Year contest.

Aquinas was told of past trip troubles

Humane Society celebrates move to new Walton Way home

Glover's decision to enter draft questionable

Michael to Magic, Willis to Wilt: finals to remember

Bulls get luck of the draw with the top pick

Nets reach agreement

Area players have NBA dreams

Mr. Peter Stubbs
Mr. Peter W. Stubbs, 91, of 373 Heath Drive, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. John Thomas Sr.
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. John Robert ``Q Ball'' Thomas Sr., 50, of 408 Stapleton Highway, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Artholene Dickens
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Artholene J. Dickens, 75, of 213 W. Hamilton St., died Wednesday, June 23, 1999, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Johnsie Martin
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Johnsie Lee Kight Martin, 72, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Varnell Johnson Sr.
STILLMORE, Ga. -- Mr. Varnell Johnson Sr., 59, of 506 W. Atlanta St., died Tuesday, June 22, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Jack Ferguson Jr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Jack B. Ferguson Jr., 43, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Allendale County Hospital.

Mr. Eddie Jackson Jr.
BOSTON -- Mr. Eddie Lamar Jackson Jr., 24, died Sunday, June 20, 1999.

Mr. Robert Gray
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Robert Frank Gray, 79, of 2507 Georgia Highway 88, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Melvin Fry
Mr. Melvin Eugene ``Mike'' Fry, 71, of 2003 Coleman Court, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Simpkins Sr.
Mr. Willie Simpkins Sr., 70, of 842 Hopkins St., died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. William Rutland
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. William ``Frank'' Rutland, 66, of Richardson Street, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.

Mr. Joseph McKinney
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph R. McKinney, 85, of 466 S. Gray St., died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at University Hospital.

Anna Aucker
Anna Carol Aucker, infant daughter of Mark and Kathy Aucker of Evans, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Dorothy King
Mrs. Dorothy Yvetta King, 72, of 820 Stevens Creek Road, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at West Lake Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. William Peterbark
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. William Peterbark, 87, died Sunday, June 20, 1999.

Mrs. Bettina Bowen
SUMMERTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Bettina C. Bowen, 35, of 34 Dal St., died Wednesday, June 23, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Edgar Smith
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Edgar Clark ``Bubber'' Smith, 85, of 668 Freetown Road, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Walton
Mrs. Mary Louise Walton, 62, of 3608 Greiner Drive, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Maurice Crowley
Mr. Maurice Lamar Crowley, 44, of 4154 Freeman Ave., Evans, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Isabell Purcell
Mrs. Isabell Willis Purcell, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. John Roberts
RIDGELAND, S.C. -- Mr. John Elmon Roberts, 75, of Route 1, died Wednesday, June 23, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Gertrude Gandert
AIKEN -- Ms. Gertrude Elizabeth Gandert, 89, of 1229 Hahn St., died Monday, June 21, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Louise Burckhalter
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Louise Bates Burckhalter, 82, of Olar Road, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Southern Manor.

Mr. Ernest Flournoy
INWOOD, N.Y. -- Mr. Ernest Flournoy, 84, of 57 Monroe St., died Sunday, June 20, 1999, at St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

Emily Tice
Emily Annabelle Tice, infant daughter of Chris and Samantha Tice, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Robert Holler
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Robert A. Holler, 51, of 124 Coventry Circle, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Holler

Mr. Ernest Flournoy

Mr. Joseph McKinney

Mrs. Dorothy King

Mr. Eddie Jackson Jr.

Anna Aucker

Emily Tice

Mr. William Rutland

Mr. Varnell Johnson Sr.

Mr. Willie Simpkins Sr.

Mr. Peter Stubbs

Mr. Maurice Crowley

Mrs. Mary Walton

Ms. Gertrude Gandert

Mr. William Peterbark

Mrs. Louise Burckhalter

Mr. Robert Gray

Column: Lawmakers can't legislate eternal safety
A LONG TIME ago, when kids did not beat up other kids to steal brand named shirts (because the brands were basically all ``Sears & Roebuck''), a teacher told me that our system of government was a representative democracy. Silly me. I thought that meant, if the majority of us favor a measure, our elected representatives will vote our wishes. Case in point: the Richmond County School Board-sponsored survey which asked elementary and middle school parents to express their feelings about school uniforms.

Guest Column: Quotas evolved into universal spoils system
SERIOUS PEOPLE probably shouldn't use the word under-represented. It's a word with an argument embedded in it -- that proportional representation by group, not ability or effort, should decide who gets what in America.

Column: Lawmakers can't legislate eternal safety
A LONG TIME ago, when kids did not beat up other kids to steal brand named shirts (because the brands were basically all ``Sears & Roebuck''), a teacher told me that our system of government was a representative democracy. Silly me. I thought that meant, if the majority of us favor a measure, our elected representatives will vote our wishes. Case in point: the Richmond County School Board-sponsored survey which asked elementary and middle school parents to express their feelings about school uniforms.

Slams parking fees for graduations
The recent concerns and opinions about the parking fees for the Civic Center for baccalaureate and graduations raise numerous questions. David D. Smith, Augusta

Passing the car tax buck
The proposal to slash South Carolina's vehicle tax, seemingly a dead issue as recently as a week ago, came back to life in the General Assembly's wrapup session this week.

Wants gun, alcohol makers held liable
Grady Daniel's June 16 letter raises several questions about liability of manufacturers of firearms, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Richard A. Arnold, Augusta

Urges complaints be sent by e-mail
I am a cashier at a retail store and receive a lot of complaints about wrong prices, not enough help, etc. I really understand, the trouble here is that the stores are run by division people. They really could use your input. Janice Davis, Thomson

Says 'wall of separation' is apocryphal
On the evening of June 17 I was watching the early 5 p.m. news on WRDW-Channel 10. Once again, they used one of those ``buzz-terms'' that raises my hackles, as it should with every one of us who are patriotic, Bible-believing Americans. That was the generously over-used and completely untrue falsehood about ``the wall of separation between church and state.'' Media gurus and the totally ignorant of the media love to bring it up whenever there is any question concerning public schools (or public anything) and biblical Christianity. D.R. Smith, Sardis

Says conflict caused snub of meeting
I am responding to your June 22 editorial, ``Vote reform snubbed.'' R.E. Sutherland, Aiken

Alleges G.W. Bush has connection with Freemasons connection
George W. Bush is the leading fund raiser for the Republican Party because he is backed by the Texas Freemasons. Naturally, if he is backed by them, he would be backed by all Freemasons. Since the Freemasons essentially own and operate America, he is bound to be a shoo-in for the presidency. Ken Lummis, Martinez

Guest Column: Quotas evolved into universal spoils system
SERIOUS PEOPLE probably shouldn't use the word under-represented. It's a word with an argument embedded in it -- that proportional representation by group, not ability or effort, should decide who gets what in America.

Claims industries have 'dirty secrets'
No one likes secrets, especially when they're dangerous. That's why the automotive and oil industries have a few things they would like to hide from you. Robert Pergulman, Atlanta

Rips congressman for missing protest
The Sunday before Memorial Day the Disabled American Vet-erans of this area held a demonstration in front of the downtown Veterans Administration Medical Center to protest congressional cuts in the VA's budget. I noticed that your paper buried the story on a back page. David Ramos, Augusta

Asserts Young has 'real' water crisis
Mayor Bob Young during his campaign spoke against ex-Mayor Larry Sconyers (last year) about the water shortage. Young claimed that we had a water crisis, but we didn't. We still had water to bathe, brush our teeth and flush our toilets. Martha Sanders, Hephzibah

Hits media coverage of water woes
There are some things about the water shortage that is somewhat perplexing. Don Matthews, Augusta

Urges enforcement of traffic laws
Speeding in excess of 15 miles per hour over the posted limit, weaving in and out of heavy traffic, flashing high beams to make slower traffic ``move over,'' passing lines of stopped vehicles and choosing to do so in emergency lanes. Does all of this sound familiar? Lorrin LaPorte, Augusta

Expresses shock following revelations
AS AN ALUMNA of Aquinas High School, I am shocked and appalled by the recent revelations regarding Vanessa Velez-Cruz'sapparent criminal activities. I am a former student of Ms. Velez-Cruz and can honestly say that I never would have thought she could be capable of something as horrendous as this. I clearly remember many lectures by Ms. Velez-Cruz about how we should always have respect for our parents, teachers, and peers. Julie Scoggins, Augusta

Labels Wells 'a bitter little man'
Recently the local free weakly (sic) tabloid carried a cover story about former Chronicle cartoonist Clyde Wells. Mr. Wells complained several times in the article about his treatment by Publisher Billy Morris and Editorial Page Editor Phil Kent. I was shocked by Mr. Wells' public statements in this regard. Not so much by what he said, but rather that he appears to now be a bitter little man. Catherine Brooks, Augusta

Don't boost H-1b visas
The last days of last year's 105th Congress were an insult to informed Americans desiring reasonable limits on legal immigrants and an end to illegal immigration. The Democrats achieved ``amnesty'' for 40,000 Haitians who snuck across our borders while Republicans boosted the number of foreign ``H-1b workers'' (usually computer programmers and engineers) from 65,000 to 115,000 annually.

Unintended consequence
The newly established Georgia Regional Transportation Authority has just chalked up its first -- and, hopefully, last -- unintended consequence.

Why rebuild Yugoslavia?
There's still plenty of disagreement about whether the Clinton administration did the right thing by leading NATO into a war against Yugoslavia -- or, for that matter, how much of a ``victory'' the bombing raids produced.

Raps neglect of 'unknown' cemeteries
While riding through the many side streets of Augusta, two more unknown areas of this city's history were made known to me. Michele R. Chalker, Augusta

Blasts `Boondocks'
I almost did not renew my subscription because of the comic ``Boondocks.'' You ask us to give the paper time to work this out and I hope you will listen to all of the people who have written in expressing their dislike for the comic. Please add my name to the list. It promotes disrespect for parents, police and friends. I fully agree with most of the letters you have gotten speaking against the comic. Ruth Joye, Aiken

States' rights victory
In a historic ruling wrapping up its 1998-99 term, the U.S. Supreme Court struck a mighty blow for states' rights.

Shameful S.C. absences
``This is an issue the people expect to be resolved. For 12 years we have talked about the future of video gaming. For six months this year, the Legislature has promised to fix this mess. I'm going to bring them back and get this problem resolved.''

Plugs rail, electric car transport
In light of what Dr. Christopher Edgens stated (guest column, June 20), most likely he has never been in, or lived, north of Richmond, Va., or anywhere else along the I-95 corridor from there to Boston. ... Frank D. Harrisson, Augusta

Stefan, Brendl top candidates for No. 1 pick

Falcons sign top pick Kerney, four others

U.S. women roll a 7 to show they're No. 1

Cleveland may switch from CART to IRL

Agassi advances; Krajicek, Haas ousted

Georgia-signee Robinson awaiting test results

Running back forced to make grades priority

Local buzz

Coming up: Venus vs. Anna

Braaksma ready to return after a three-year absence

Wimbledon shows old strength

Jacksonville angler wins $200,000 prize

Injured Johnson uncertain about European meets

Golf notebook

Overtime

Incentives woo shoppers online
NEW YORK -- When shoppers decide where to buy online these days, they're not looking just for lower prices or top-notch customer service anymore.

Choice may hurt gadget users
NEW YORK -- Imagine sliding what looks like a stick of gum into your computer to download music off the Internet, then inserting it into a portable gizmo to play songs while jogging. Later, you use the tiny device to store photos from your digital camera, and drop it off at the store to develop.

Longleaf pines production in a slump
ALBANY, Ga. -- When Europeans began settling the South, a blanket of longleaf pines stretched 60 million acres from Virginia to Texas. About four centuries later, only 600,000 acres remain and a federal planting program designed to revive the species has been chopped down by a seedling shortage.

Judge prepares order for new trial in radiation exposure case
PITTSBURGH -- A judge is preparing to order a new trial in a lawsuit against uranium plant operators who lost a $36.5 million judgment to eight cancer victims and their families, a newspaper reported today.

Desktop PCs slimming down
NEW YORK -- The bulky, beige personal computer is going on a diet. Thanks to ever-shrinking components, manufacturers are introducing thinner machines with flat-panel screens that save desk space for coffee mugs and family photos.

Errant signal caused spacecraft failure found
WASHINGTON -- An errant signal that prematurely set off explosive fasteners caused the loss last March of a $75 million NASA telescope satellite, an investigation board announced Friday.

Yearly breast cancer screening urged
CHICAGO -- One side recommends yearly breast cancer screenings for women over 40. The other side says tests can come as much as two years apart. In the middle are the people most affected: patients, and insurers who must pay for the procedures.

New system to protect whales from large ships
BOSTON -- Ship captains along the East Coast are subject to new regulations aimed at preventing collisions with endangered right whales.

Dredging up the past
ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. -- A thunderstorm was in the making, and mosquitoes found a feast on the sweaty limbs of tired archaeologists still hoping to rewrite history at the end of a long digging day.

Test of biowarfare detectors postponed
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Scientists have postponed indefinitely a planned Monday open-air release of bacteria that would have been used to test biowarfare detectors intended for battlefield use.

Dredging up the past

Choice may hurt gadget users

Incentives woo shoppers online

New system to protect whales from large ships

Desktop PCs slimming down

Judge prepares order for new trial in radiation exposure case

Yearly breast cancer screening urged

Longleaf pines production in a slump