Jackets win their second game in row

Rocker blows lead over Expos

Despite Jordan's stats, All-Star spot uncertain

Braves notebook: Despite Jordan's stats, All-Star spot uncertain

Braves notebook: Smoltz remains unsure about status of elbow

Rocker blows lead over Expos

Hennon takes over GSU program

Not again! Braves flounder late

Bullpen no relief for Braves

Interest rate increase likely
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve will nudge interest rates up today for the first time in more than two years, according to the widely held view in financial markets.

Contracts at plants to expire

Coca-Cola has second major recall in Poland
WARSAW, Poland -- Coca-Cola today expanded the second major recall of its products in Europe, withdrawing small glass bottles of its beverages off shelves in Poland and replacing them with plastic containers.

Stock exchange settles charges by SEC

Purchase of Smile possible
As many as 61 local jobs could be lost if the sale of Boardman Petroleum Inc.'s Smile Gas chain to a Connecticut-based company is completed.

Leading index pointing to continued economic growth

Firm plans to sell stock
A local company whose products can track a vehicle's movement via satellite will sell 5 percent ownership in the company to investors starting today.

Additional business news

Fed raises interest rates by one-quarter point
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate by a tiny one-quarter point today, the first increase in two years. Fed policy-makers signaled the change may be enough to slow the economy to a more moderate pace.

Coca-Cola has second major recall in Poland

Auto tracking company to sell private stock
A local company whose products can track a vehicle's movement via satellite will sell 5 percent ownership in the company to investors starting today.

Firm plans to sell stock

Stock exchange settles charges by SEC
WASHINGTON -- The New York Stock Exchange failed to enforce laws banning brokers on its trading floor from making trades that profited them personally, federal regulators said Tuesday.

Fed says lenders at risk
ATLANTA - The decision Wednesday by the Federal Reserve Bank to increase interest rates could add pressure to some 20 Georgia banks noted by regulators for their unusually high number of consumer loans.

Contracts at plants to expire
About 700 nonmanagement employees' contracts will expire at midnight at two Southern Co. nuclear plants -- Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Ga., and Plant Hatch near Vidalia, Ga.

Auto tracking company to sell private stock

Fed says lenders at risk

Purchase of Smile possible

Leading index pointing to continued economic growth
NEW YORK -- A key gauge of future economic activity rose 0.3 percent in May, more than reversing a 0.1 percent decline in April and keeping the U.S. economy on track to achieve its longest expansion ever.

Meybohn Realty announces acquisition
Meybohm Realty Inc. announced today its commercial division has acquired Columbia County-based Davis Commercial Properties.

Meybohn Realty announces acquisition

Fed raises interest rates by one-quarter point

Additional business news
Blue-chip stocks gain momentum . . . Firms to encrypt online music . . . CMGI buys AltaVista Web site . . . Phone company merger nears OK

Booth family was favored for tragedies
Almost seven years to the day after his younger brother killed President Abraham Lincoln, Junius Brutus Booth Jr., 50, was in Augusta with his wife to perform William Shakespeare's drama Richard III.

This day in history: July 1
1871: At the first full meeting of the Richmond County Board of Education, John S. Davidson resigned as president, citing questions about the legality of the board's first elections, and urged a reorganization. The board implemented the reorganization and immediately re-elected Davidson as president.

Unknown Union soldiers identified
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Something compelled James Harris to answer the bugle's call a second time.

Why VA layoffs?

Questions suggestion for fixing park

Is infanticide OK?

Opposes flag desecration amendment

Praises congressman's work for CSRA

Wants `Curtis' brought back

Compares video poker, the lottery

Cites political distortion of VA 'cuts'

Seeks race track located in CSRA

Calls `Boondocks' needed medicine

Aiken Co. tax hike

Sumptuous spuds
It divides families, neighbors and friends. It's potato salad.

WWF fans meet with favorite wrestlers
Ben Grayson of Martinez and Daniel Fowler of Augusta didn't hesitate to cut a Panama City, Fla., vacation three days short to drive to Atlanta and camp overnight outside the Georgia Dome on June 24. It's not every day you get a chance to meet your hero, who in their case is Stone Cold Steve Austin of the World Wrestling Federation.

In the know
Planning to visit Six Flags Over Georgia or another amusement park over the holiday weekend? Here are some tips:

Recliners becoming popular
Once upon a time the recliner was the ugly duckling of the house. The unfashionable chairs were bulbous blobs covered in what appeared to be ``bulletproof'' plaid fabric or ironclad velvet.

In the Know
See highlights from the World Dog Show, a four-day event held earlier this month in Mexico City, where the 5,000 entrants included classy canines from the United States and abroad. .

Texas Tech QB wins lawsuit

Elam successful off field

Sumptuous spuds

In the Know

Recliners becoming popular

In the know

Savannah flooded by heavy rain
SAVANNAH -- An unprecedented 11 inches of rain in a 12-hour period flooded Savannah streets, houses and cars and left about 32,000 homes and businesses without power. Yet no one was injured or killed.

Man sues sheriff's deputies

University chronicles its history
People who walk or jog along Walton Way, from Katherine Street to Arsenal Avenue, may want to slow down a little in the future.

School savvy

Donations help keep youth center afloat

Officials look into safety issue

Airport board agrees to deal
Augusta's airport board agreed Tuesday to offer Garrett Aviation a cut of the profits the airport makes from selling fuel to the company's customers, hoping to end threats Garrett will leave Augusta.

Savannah residents trying to bounce back after flooding
SAVANNAH -- Mary Anne Gojdics knew the weather was bad Tuesday when she looked out her storefront window and saw two boys surfing down a Savannah street.

Educators oppose IQ grouping
SAVANNAH -- Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams Jr. said he believes children will learn more if they are grouped and taught according to their IQ level.

Bald eagles showing strong rebound
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Georgia wildlife biologists have documented a record number of active bald eagle nests this year -- reinforcing evidence of the nationwide comeback of the majestic bird of prey once poisoned almost to extinction.

Area briefs: Teen senteced in child neglect case

Law limits access to records

Project funding debated

Deadbeat teachers will face state's wrath
ATLANTA -- About a month before the new school year starts, Georgia's deadbeat teachers can expect a notice from the state.

Man sues sheriff's deputies
AIKEN -- An Aiken County man is suing three sheriff's deputies, accusing them of malicious prosecution. He claims the officers disliked his criticism of their agency and raided his home to arrest him on a charge of illegal use of the telephone.

Priest pays tribute to sailors' saints despite record downpour
SAVANNAH -- Forgive Mike Kerwick if he didn't realize how blessed he really was.

Disaster assistance practiced
Hurricane Elaine, a giant Category 4 storm, ripped into the South Carolina coast near Charleston late Saturday, devastating most of the area's infrastructure and medical facilities.

Donations help keep youth center afloat
Thanks to some answered prayers, the Augusta Youth Center will keep its doors open until 2000.

Child molester gets 66-year sentence
A man convicted of molesting and having sexual relations with preteen girls received a 66-year prison sentence Tuesday.

Critters strut stuff

Guidelines hit DOT crews
ATLANTA -- State Department of Transportation work crews scrambling to complete repairs on nearly 170 bridges across Georgia will have all but about 40 finished by Thursday, when new weight restrictions take effect, DOT officials said Tuesday.

Law limits access to records
Vehicle accident victims no longer should receive unsolicited offers for professional services from opportunists who in the past obtained their names from public records.

Area briefs: Teen senteced in child neglect case
An Aiken County judge sent a teen-ager to prison Tuesday for leaving her year-old child unattended last year while she went out drinking.

School savvy
Richmond County school board members say they want to be more open and honest with the public. And they are paying $47,500 a year to do it.

House downs video poker tax bill

Developer wants racetrack upgraded
Every time George Bryan walks on Augusta Motor Speedway, he can't help but think about its rich past.

Unknown Union soldiers identified

Public forum to address drinking water reports
A public meeting to discuss issues including contamination in drinking water sources will be held at 7 p.m. today at Augusta State University's Butler Hall Auditorium.

School board raises taxes

Officials look into safety issue
Metal detectors, armed officers and identification cards are all security steps to be considered by Columbia County's school system.

Rain relief for some
Recent rainfall in the area has breathed new life into farmers' dying crops and alleviated Augusta's dangerous drought.

$4 million sought for utilities budget
City officials need $4.04 million more this year than expected to keep the water and sewer systems operating.

Fort Gordon exercise simulates attack on terrorists
As Fort Gordon medical officials practiced reacting to a natural disaster Tuesday, the post's military police prepared for the man-made type.

Project funding debated
An Augusta Commission committee voted Wednesday to award a $2.66 million contract for the second phase of the city's wetlands project.

Bush Field officials address problems with tickets, parking
Complaints from the public about parking and tickets at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field have triggered a number of changes, airport officials said Tuesday.

Critters strut stuff
Tony Mills of the Savannah River Ecology Lab shows off a soft-shell turtle to a group of children Wednesday at Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta.

Property owner appeals ruling
One of three Thurmond Lake property owners cited for clearing tornado-damaged public land near their homes is appealing the punishment to a U.S. District Court judge.

Area briefs: Motorist killed in interstate crash
WARRENTON, Ga. -- A 40-year-old Union Point, Ga., woman was killed Wednesday in a traffic accident on Interstate 20 in Warren County.

Teens plead not guilty to slaying couple
Three teens accused of robbing and killing an Edgefield County, S.C., couple earlier this month pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Effects, costs of new HMO reform laws remain to be seen

Athens residents hungry to catch snack burglar
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens residents are being warned to lock their doors -- and their refrigerators.

City adopts strategies for old homes

Barnes backing bid to raise Latino vote
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes is joining with Hispanic leaders in backing a drive to register members of Georgia's fastest-growing minority to vote.

This day in history: July 1

Web helps bring in postcards
Lots of postcards from your vacations. Business has picked up since we went to my special vacation photo on the Web site: augustachronicle.com /kirbycards/.

$4 million sought for utilities budget

Property owner appeals ruling

Developer wants racetrack upgraded

Guidelines hit DOT crews

Bald eagles showing strong rebound

Effects, costs of new HMO reform laws remain to be seen
ATLANTA -- Last year, Roy Barnes gained national fame with political ads that made what appeared to be a common-sense statement: If you can choose who changes the oil in your car, you should be able to choose your doctor.

Savannah residents trying to bounce back after flooding

New agency will start operations

House downs video poker tax bill
Called into special session by a governor who wanted thumbs up on taxes and regulations for the $2.5-billion-a-year video poker industry, the South Carolina House of Representatives instead thumbed its nose at Gov. Jim Hodges on Tuesday.

Snack time

Weston Center grant restored

Teens plead not guilty to slaying couple

Web helps bring in postcards

Rain relief for some

Child molester gets 66-year sentence

Airport board agrees to deal

Area briefs: Motorist killed in interstate crash

Disaster assistance practiced

Attacks ruled out in wreck
An elderly Florida woman was not suffering a heart attack when she swerved across a median on Interstate 20 on Sunday and caused a fiery head-on collision that killed five people.

Attacks ruled out in wreck

Weston Center grant restored
CLEARWATER -- After a year of belt-tightening and scrutiny by the U.S. Inspector General's Office, officials at Margaret J. Weston Rural Health Center say the center's finances are back on a healthy track.

Snack time
Clara Formby, 5, of North Augusta, licks her thumb after a bite from a snack her mother, Angela, had for her during a break Tuesday evening. Clara, a member of the Hammond Hills Swim Team, was competing against the Fermata Swim Team.

School board raises taxes
AIKEN -- The price of a feature film for two at the cinema, two large buttered popcorns and two large colas -- that's how much more some typical Aiken County residents will pay in school taxes in 2000.

New agency will start operations
ATLANTA -- It's going to be first things first for the new Georgia Department of Community Health, which opens for business today.

City adopts strategies for old homes
AIKEN -- The city of Aiken has acquired two new tools to get rid of substandard houses that owners can't afford to demolish or repair.

Avery heading to Minnesota

College ball has advantages

Bulls make Brand their new cornerstone

Moore, Avery reunited for draft

Hawks find Mookie replacement

All eyes on Krause as draft approaches

NBA taps into local talent

Augustan gambles on NBA

Mr. Cecil Thigpen
THOMSON -- Mr. Cecil Alton Thigpen, 77, of 1949 Kitchens Road S.W., died Monday, June 28, 1999, at McDuffie Hospital.

Mrs. Donna Lawlis
THOMSON -- Mrs. Donna Jo Dahlheim Lawlis, 68, of 145 Mynatte Road, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Judy Cliett
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Judy Marilyn Cliett, 53, of 9C Horseshoe Court, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Mr. William Pinckney
Mr. William Franklin ``Pepper'' Pinckney, of 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Jennings Health Care.

Mrs. Louise Riley
Mrs. Louise M. Riley, 84, of Martinez, died Monday, June 28, 1999, in Winter Haven, Fla.

Mr. Dewey Toole Sr.
WARRENVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Dewey Howard ``D.H.'' Toole Sr., 68, of 41 Johnson Blvd., died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Johnny Buxton
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Johnny Lee Buxton, 49, of 89 Debbie Lane, died Saturday, June 26, 1999.

Mrs. Louise Riley
Mrs. Louise M. Riley, 84, of Martinez, died Monday, June 28, 1999, in Winter Haven, Fla.

Mr. George Gilmore
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. George Gilmore, 85, of 418 Maiden Lane, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Warrenton Nursing Home.

Mr. Clifford Mickens
Mr. Clifford D. Mickens, 38, of 1806 Wilkinson Circle, died June 27, 1999.

Mr. Johnny Luke
Mr. Johnny Luke, 50, of 5374 Hereford Farm Road, Evans, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Harriet Hendee
Mrs. Harriet Derrick Hendee, 88, of 3240 Ramsgate Road, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999.

Mrs. Betty Sims
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Betty Sims, 50, of 921 North Eugenia Place N.W., died Tuesday, June 22, 1999.

Mrs. Nell Jones
MIAMI -- Mrs. Nell Margaret Zeigler Jones, 79, died Saturday, June 26, 1999.

Mr. Richard Yoder Jr.
Mr. Richard E. Yoder Jr., 37, of 404 St. Georges Court, died Saturday, June 26, 1999.

Mr. Milton Ellison
NEWINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Milton Ray Ellison, 50, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at Screven County Hospital, Sylvania.

Mrs. Mae Chambers
Mrs. Mae Myers Chambers, 91, of 6698 Washington Road, Appling, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Lake Crossing Health Care Center.

Mr. James Long Sr.
Mr. James A. ``Jimmy'' Long Sr., 80, of 5625 E. Cove Road, died Monday, June 28, 1999.

Mrs. Mercedes Diaz
Mrs. Mercedes E. Diaz, 88, of Evans, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Olivia Chavous
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Olivia Garrett Chavous, 62, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mr. Elmer Jones
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Elmer Jones, 68, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Wayne County Memorial Hospital, Jesup.

Mrs. Lorene Andrews
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Lorene Kelsey Andrews, 46, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Ven Cor Hospital, Atlanta.

Mr. Jeff Little
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mr. Jeff Turner Little, 88, of 138 Valleywood Drive, died Monday, June 28, 1999.

Mrs. Mildred Sudlow
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mildred Dukes Sudlow, 83, of 327 Laurens St., died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at National Health Care, North Augusta.

Ms. Isabella Martin
Ms. Isabella ``Bit'' Martin, 66, of 740 15th Ave., died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Hall
Mrs. Mary Mae Louise Hall, of 3010 Erik Court, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Tracy Short
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Tracy Morris Short, 34, of 107 Malsby St., died Monday, June 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Lessie Henderson
CLEARWATER -- Mrs. Lessie Wooten Henderson, 89, of 15 Church St., died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Dorian Tauss
Mr. Ray Dorian Tauss, 46, of 2303 Martin Road, died Friday, June 25, 1999.

Mrs. Norma Saturday
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Norma Jean Perkins Saturday, 57, of 559 Autumn Road, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Robert Washington
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Robert Fulton Washington, 66, of 1064 Long Cane Road, died Sunday, June 27, 1999.

Mr. G.B. McCoy Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. G.B. McCoy Sr., 87, of 963 Earle St., died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Hubert Bernhardt
MONETTA, S.C. -- Mr. Hubert A. Bernhardt, 78, of 203 Old Shoals Road, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999.

Ms. Laura Abrams
Ms. Laura Abrams, 64, of 1724 Old Savannah Road, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie Willingham
MARTIN, S.C. -- Mrs. Mattie Bell Miller Willingham, 65, of Route 102 West, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Luther Williams
Mr. Luther Williams, 76, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mrs. Annie Burke
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Laura Clayton Burke, 76, of 424 N. Masonic St., died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Dorian Tauss

Mrs. Nell Jones

Mr. William Pinckney

Mrs. Mae Chambers

Ms. Laura Abrams

Mr. George Gilmore

Mrs. Mattie Willingham

Mr. Hubert Bernhardt

Mrs. Lorene Andrews

Mrs. Norma Saturday

Mrs. Mildred Sudlow

Mrs. Olivia Chavous

Mr. Johnny Buxton

Mrs. Annie Burke

Mr. Robert Washington

Mrs. Louise Riley

Mr. Luther Williams

Mrs. Mercedes Diaz

Mrs. Harriet Hendee

Mr. Cecil Thigpen

Mr. James Long Sr.

Mr. Johnny Luke

Mr. Elmer Jones

Mrs. Donna Lawlis

Mrs. Tracy Short

Mr. Clifford Mickens

Guest Column: Combined services best for military community
FORMER REP. DOUG Barnard, D-Ga., and I published a guest editorial last fall encouraging the integration of Department of Defense and veterans' health services in Augusta. We worried that continuing cuts in the respective budgets of the VA Medical Center and Eisenhower Army Medical Center would contribute to more cutbacks in healthcare.

Special session an opportunity to end decade of indecision in South Carolina
``EXTRAORDINARY.'' According to Webster, the word has several meanings. First, ``not according to the usual custom or regular plan.'' To illustrate, Webster offers ``an extraordinary session of Congress.''

Suggests alternative sites for store
Re Mildred's Lotto Store impeding the completion of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame:Michael J. Rhoden, North Augusta

Compares video poker, the lottery
I am not a defender of video poker and agree with the tone of Margaret O'Shea's article in the June 20 paper. However, the article would seem to place a state run lottery on a different, more special pedestal. I do not believe such a distinction exists. Gary Smith, Aiken

Calls `Boondocks' needed medicine
Despite the fact society has undoubtedly come a long way in being able to deal with and discuss publicly the exchange of ideas and cultures between blacks and whites and the role it plays in our everyday lives, it's obvious our ``estimated time of arrival'' is questionable. Andy Chandler, Augusta

Suggests alternative sites for store
Re Mildred's Lotto Store impeding the completion of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame: Michael J. Rhoden, North Augusta

Questions suggestion for fixing park
I read with amusement your editorial of June 11 entitled ``Skateboard progress Richard Hatch, M.D., Evans

Seeks race track located in CSRA
Re Margaret Ann Hogue's June 17 letter: She asked, ``How many residents of the hundreds of new homes being built in the Grovetown area are aware that, if the zoning change from agricultural to S1 is allowed, race cars will be the sound they live with?'' Janice Rogers, Blythe

Says group helps Alzheimer's patients
I read with interest Meghan Gourley's recent article, ``Driver follows instinct, finds missing Kevin Howard, Augusta

Is infanticide OK?
Infanticide as a means of birth control must be getting a foothold in parts of America if the sentence given a Pennsylvania mother for killing eight of her 10 infants is any indication. Marie Noe was handed a 20-year probated sentence, the first five in home confinement, for smothering her tots between 1949 and 1968.

Aiken Co. tax hike
When the South Carolina General Assembly this year gave the Aiken County School Board home rule powers to hike school taxes as often and as high as it wants, it was only a matter of time before the millage rate would go up.

Urges Chamber director to step down
This is to inform North Augusta Chamber of Commerce members of an item of concern about the Chamber leadership. Maury Rice, North Augusta

Missing the target
With a larger than expected surplus filling federal coffers, Washington is again talking about ``targeted tax cuts.'' The White House loves to promote ``targeted tax cuts,'' a buzz phrase popular with focus groups and polls. Now the GOP-controlled Senate is picking up on it, too.

Opposes flag desecration amendment
I am against a constitutional amendment on flag desecration in America. Faber Hance, North Augusta

Control our borders!
President Clinton is adept at not just breaking some laws, but also adept at just not enforcing others.

Grand jury must watch
It's appalling that proper procedures have been routinely flouted for some time at the Richmond County Sheriff's Department Walton Way jail. Sheriff Charlie Webster, after reading his internal affairs report, should consider reshuffling or demoting much of his senior jail personnel.

Praises congressman's work for CSRA
Although I am from South Carolina, I appreciate U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and all the things he has done for the people of Georgia and the people of the Central Savannah River Area. David Hill, Aiken

Why VA layoffs?
Our two-state congressional representatives who fought to restore VA funding will be angry if the Augusta job cuts go through.Why VA layoffs?

Special session an opportunity to end decade of indecision in South Carolina
``EXTRAORDINARY.'' According to Webster, the word has several meanings. First, ``not according to the usual custom or regular plan.'' To illustrate, Webster offers ``an extraordinary session of Congress.''

Hopes 16th Amendment rescinded
On reading the June 16 front page, there was an article on 13-year-old Joshua Jones. He got a four-page letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating he owed $47,732.83 in taxes. John Elliott, Hephzibah

Notes alternative group to AARP
In response to Eugene C. Pettis's June 15 letter, I had the same feelings about the American Association of Retired Persons five years ago. I found an organization that he is seeking: Sammy Jenkins, Waynesboro

Cites political distortion of VA 'cuts'
Democratic activist Chuck Pardue's (letter, June 29) call for Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., to resign -- over Democratic President Bill Clinton's proposed VA budget cuts -- is one of the most amazing examples of orchestrated political distortion ever to grace the editorial pages of The Chronicle. John Stone, Washington, D.C.

Urges support for 2nd Amendment
The Bill of Rights was meant to be (and is) a line in the sand with an armed populace on the other side of it, saying ``this is as far as you go.'' Robert J. Roushar Jr., North Augusta

Guest Column: Combined services best for military community
FORMER REP. DOUG Barnard, D-Ga., and I published a guest editorial last fall encouraging the integration of Department of Defense and veterans' health services in Augusta. We worried that continuing cuts in the respective budgets of the VA Medical Center and Eisenhower Army Medical Center would contribute to more cutbacks in healthcare.

Wants `Curtis' brought back
I'm curious as to why you dropped the comic strip ``Curtis.'' The new comic strip ``Boondocks'' is very offensive and I'm not easily offended. So please bring ``Curtis'' back. E. Palmer, Augusta

Wimbledon shows divide between gender sports

Win or else time for US and other quarterfinalists

World Cup's a kick for chief

Greensboro selects former Lynx Berg

Overtime: Albert back at NBC

Tiger, Singh lead Western Open

Minor tweak: BCS changes requirements

World Cup notebook: Jennifer Lopez will perform at World Cup closing ceremony

Win or else now in World Cup

Overtime: Augusta duo in contention at Dogwood

Stevenson keeps winning amid controversy

Singing, not playing, in the rain at Wimbledon

Elam successful off field

Women's World Cup outrates NHL

Supporters of Everglades restoration say funding will be found
WASHINGTON -- Supporters of an ambitious $7.8 billion plan to save the beleaguered Everglades conceded Wednesday they don't yet have the congressional support to cover the cost.

Cyber medicine
BALTIMORE -- Off a desolate stretch of Route 4 in northern Calvert County, in a white dormered building sandwiched between a baseball field and an auto repair shop, a half-dozen physicians at computer screens are making virtual house calls to people they've never met -- and probably won't hear from again.

Earth's 'twin' may be out there somewhere
Somewhere out there in deep space, Earth may have a lost ``twin'' capable of supporting life, an astronomer says. In a theory outlined in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature, David Stevenson of the California Institute of Technology says Earth may have had one or more siblings when the solar system was born, but they were jettisoned by gravity when they got too close to Jupiter or other large planets.

Foreign airline, airport Y2K readiness remains unclear
WASHINGTON -- The global deadline was Thursday for countries to report the readiness of their airlines and airports for the Year 2000 computer problem, but the traveling public won't know any results until later this summer.

For bone-marrow recipients, the first two years are the riskiest
Cancer patients who get bone marrow transplants can live pretty close to a normal life if they can make it past the first two years, a study found.

Climate scientist: Global warming, sea level rise may be higher than predicted
WASHINGTON -- The rate of global warming and sea level rise may be slightly higher than predicted during the next century based on new information gathered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says a climate scientist who analyzed the preliminary data.

Compound helps deter bacterial growth on shopping carts
Supermarket shopping carts are inherently dirty. They are handled by dozens of shoppers each week, sat in by wet toddlers and sneezed on by sick customers.

Anthrax vaccine maker troubled
WASHINGTON -- Inoculating all 2.4 million military troops against anthrax as protection against biological war may be delayed because the company producing the vaccine may lack the needed financial resources, according to congressional critics.

Barbie Ocean Discovery is mesmerising
Getting in touch with my feminine side means drinking milk from a glass, reading Mary Worth and getting choked up at the end of Terminator II. It has never meant

Congress, White House reach agreement on Y2K bill
WASHINGTON -- Putting aside politics to confront what many fear could be an economic disaster, Congress and the White House agreed Tuesday on legislation that would put restraints on lawsuits arising from Year 2000 computer problems.

For bone-marrow recipients, the first two years are the riskiest

Compound helps deter bacterial growth on shopping carts

Climate scientist: Global warming, sea level rise may be higher than predicted

Supporters of Everglades restoration say funding will be found

Barbie Ocean Discovery is mesmerising

Foreign airline, airport Y2K readiness remains unclear

Anthrax vaccine maker troubled

Congress, White House reach agreement on Y2K bill

Earth's 'twin' may be out there somewhere

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