Braves notebook: Smoltz remains unsure about status of elbow

Glavine restores bullpen faith

Not again! Braves flounder late

Braves notebook: Weiss returns to lineup

Jackets win their second game in row

Bullpen no relief for Braves

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.

Fading Smile

Construction drops second straight month

Purchasing managers report continued growth

PCs getting cheaper

Fading Smile
The Smiley face's days are numbered. Tosco Corp. on Thursday announced it has struck a deal with Boardman Petroleum Inc. to purchase 67 Smile Gas convenience stores and an additional 20 vacant sites.

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.

Coca-Cola has second major recall in Poland

PCs getting cheaper
In a move to get more people online, Internet providers are pushing their service by offering such big rebates that they are virtually giving away computers.

Meybohn Realty announces acquisition

Local corporation buys care facility

Fed says lenders at risk

Monsanto Co. plans to sell artificial sweetener business

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

Leading index pointing to continued economic growth

Local corporation buys care facility
A local nonprofit corporation specializing in health care has acquired a nursing home in northeast Kansas, marking the first of several planned efforts by the company to buy and revamp nursing facilities.

Purchase of Smile possible

Purchasing managers report continued growth
NEW YORK -- The manufacturing sector expanded at a stronger-than-expected pace in June, and a rising backlog of orders at the nation's factories indicates growth should continue in the months ahead, according to a survey of corporate purchasing executives released today.

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.

Additional business news
Dow Jones again tops 11,000 mark . . . Manufacturing growth strong . . . Senate confirms Treasury chief . . .

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.

Monsanto Co. plans to sell artificial sweetener business
ST. LOUIS -- Pharmaceutical firm Monsanto Co. is selling its artificial sweetener business, which includes the best-selling NutraSweet brand, in an effort to reduce debt and focus on life science products, the company said Thursday.

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.

Construction drops second straight month
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending fell in May for a second straight month, the first time that's happened in two years, indicating one of the economy's strongest sectors is starting to slow.

Fed raises interest rates by one-quarter point

Pupil inspired teacher's quest
THOMSON - Over many years on his way to work, Thomson Middle School history teacher John Zwemer had seen them.

This day in history: July 2
1892: Richmond County voters rejected Prohibition by a margin of more than 2 to 1. In the 1920s and 1930s, however, Prohibition -- banning the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages -- was implemented nationally through a federal constitutional amendment.

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.

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.

Compares video poker, the lottery

Cites political distortion of VA 'cuts'

Aiken Co. tax hike

Slick Willie gambles

Praises congressman's work for CSRA

Praises 'Celebrate 2000' articles

Slams 'quick fixes' for water woes

Praises minister for diplomacy

Slams remarks of anarchist teen

Gardens, slugs are inevitable combo
Huge slugs, looking for goodies to eat from my garden, are leaving their slimy graffiti on my sliding glass door -- and there's not much I can do about it.

Lots of fun and fireworks on tap
Fans of Independence Day fireworks shouldn't be disappointed by the slate of patriotic pyrotechnics planned in metro Augusta this weekend.

In the know
If you can't get out to see fireworks Sunday, television offers some: At 7:30, cable's A&E Network begins the Boston Symphony Orchestra's three-hour extravaganza-with-fireworks.

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

Red Hots ready to shag Saturday
Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots enjoy revving people up to shag more than Austin Powers.

Family uses backyard swimming area to create the perfect garden
Evans resident Emily Kitchens' children are grown and have moved away. As a mother, she was saddened, but as a gardener it sparked a great idea.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Freedom of speech precious
This Fourth of July weekend emphasizes one of the great things I love about America: freedom of speech.

Singer spices act with bawdy humor
Millie Jackson hasn't really toned down her raunchy stage act; the world merely caught up with her.

Time's right to rid lawn of mole crickets
Mole crickets are a major problem in lawns because they tunnel through the soil and feed on grass roots, stems and leaves. They also push up the dirt and make the lawn seem spongy when you walk on it.

Red Hots ready to shag Saturday

Singer spices act with bawdy humor

In the know

In the know

Lots of fun and fireworks on tap

Time's right to rid lawn of mole crickets

Family uses backyard swimming area to create the perfect garden

Ramblin' Rhodes: Freedom of speech precious

Gardens, slugs are inevitable combo

Donations help keep youth center afloat

Exhibit captures athletics

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.

Police identify suspect
ATHENS, Ga. -- Police are hot on the crumb trail of the Athens snacking burglar.

City adopts strategies for old homes

Heavy rains have Savannah residents battling mosquitoes
SAVANNAH -- Thanks to Tuesday's deluge Savannah residents could find themselves infested with Asian tiger mosquitoes.

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.

Cop impersonator pleads guilty
An Augusta man who tricked a woman into stopping her vehicle by pretending to be a sheriff's officer pleaded guilty Thursday and received probation.

$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.

Veterinarian accused of prescription fraud
A 28-year-old Martinez veterinarian was indicted this week on charges of filling several falsified prescriptions for morphine that he had written for dogs.

Bald eagles showing strong rebound

Exhibit captures athletics
Jennifer Thompson, 17, of Grovetown admires Record Breakers, an acrylic painting by Arne Roald Bradstock, at the Augusta-Richmond County Museum, part of a Georgia Games preparation exhibit.

Fireworks to light up holiday sky

Grant may go through mayor's office
Augusta Mayor Bob Young may have salvaged a $40,000 state grant for a cotton museum in the Cotton Exchange building Thursday.

New agency will start operations

Test of citizenship
Nearly half a million immigrants became U.S. citizens last year. To do so, they had to pass a citizenship test that may leave many American-born citizens puzzled.

Games panel opens records
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Olympic organizers Thursday pledged to release to the public all documents on what they spent to bring the 1996 Summer Games to Georgia's capital and stage the event.

8 injured in train collision
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An Amtrak engineer ignored two warnings to stop before his passenger train crashed into another passenger train on Jacksonville's west side Thursday, injuring eight people, a federal investigator said.

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.

Atlanta Gas seeks to reduce refunds
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Gas Light Co. wants state regulators to allow it to keep a portion of $50 million the company overcollected this year from natural-gas users.

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.

Palestinians help rebuild burned Methodist sanctuary
COMMERCE, Ga. -- More than 30 teens, adults and children came from halfway around the world to help New Salem United Methodist Church rise from the ashes.

Tests find area is free of hazardous solvent
Tests show that groundwater near a border of the Savannah River Site is not polluted by an industrial solvent, as was feared last winter.

Outreach organization to revive Bath Mill
BATH -- The smokestack of old Bath Mill still marks the spot, but the factory has been closed for nearly 15 years.

Postcard hellos keep piling up
One of our regular summer contributors sends a special postcard.

Family sues over shooting
AIKEN -- The family of a Belvedere man shot to death after his wife discovered he was cheating on her has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the woman seeking more than $250,000.

South Carolina lawmakers pass video poker referendum

Fireworks to light up holiday sky
For a while, Augusta resident James McCorkle and his 10-year-old son Steve haggled about what fireworks Mr. McCorkle would buy for the Fourth of July.

School savvy

South Carolina lawmakers pass video poker referendum
COLUMBIA -- Called into special session to play out their hand on video poker, South Carolina lawmakers voted early Thursday morning to ban video poker on June 30, 2000, unless voters decide to keep it.

Atlanta Gas seeks to reduce refunds

Some residents opt to use well water
His pear trees will bear healthy fruit for preserves in September. His 5,000 square feet of replacement centipede sod will thrive despite the summer sun's punishment.

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.

Planners approve rezoning
Despite opposition from several Grovetown residents, a plan to rezone Augusta Motor Speedway was unanimously approved for recommendation Thursday by the Columbia County Commission's Planning and Zoning Committee

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.

Veterinarian accused of prescription fraud

Waynesboro mourns loss of 117-year-old

Trial date set in DSS shootings

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

This day in history: July 2

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.

Games panel opens records

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.

Test of citizenship

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.

Outreach organization to revive Bath Mill

Three stores may lose permits

Planners approve rezoning

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

Area briefs: Motorist killed in interstate crash

Savannah residents trying to bounce back after flooding

Critters strut stuff

Some residents opt to use well water

Project funding debated

$4 million sought for utilities budget

Law limits access to records

This day in history: July 1

Officials look into safety issue

Developer wants racetrack upgraded

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

Area briefs: Former candidate given probation

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.

Postcard hellos keep piling up

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.

Three stores may lose permits
The Bi-Lo and Kroger stores on Columbia Road, and the Winn Dixie on Fury's Ferry Road may lose their liquor licenses as a result of a police sting targeting the sale of alcohol to minors in Columbia County.

Waynesboro mourns loss of 117-year-old
As the state's oldest living resident, Estelle Jones' life spanned the terms of presidents from James A. Garfield to Bill Clinton.

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

Tests find area is free of hazardous solvent

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.

Grant may go through mayor's office

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.

Cop impersonator pleads guilty

Trial date set in DSS shootings
AIKEN -- David Mark Hill, the man charged with killing three social workers in North Augusta, will face a capital murder trial around the third anniversary of the shooting rampage.

Palestinians help rebuild burned Methodist sanctuary

Heavy rains have Savannah residents battling mosquitoes

Area briefs: Former candidate given probation
An Augusta man accused of stalking and battering his estranged wife during his election campaign for a Georgia House seat received a probated sentence Thursday.

Hawks find Mookie replacement

Cummings says he'll be a success at the next level

College ball has advantages

Avery heading to Minnesota

With Maggette, Magic want to be more athletic

Jones eager to make lasting impression

NBA taps into local talent

Bulls make Brand their new cornerstone

Walker defends trade for Grant

Moore signs with Nuggets

Davis arrives in Charlotte to start new phase of career

Mr. Joseph Enroughty
Mr. Joseph Eugene Enroughty, of 3523 Redd Drive, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

Mr. Julian Abbott
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Julian Wright ``Monk'' Abbott, 74, of 106 Hill St., died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Virginia Johnson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Virginia Anderson Johnson, 76, of 15 Clemson Drive, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Mildred Gelisse
Mrs. Mildred Diver Gelisse, 78, of 4606 Brittany Drive, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Dr. C. Robert Bittle
Dr. C. Robert Bittle, 78, of 3566 Pebble Beach Drive, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Mariah Haynes
Mrs. Mariah Benson Haynes, of 3618 J. Dewey Gray Circle, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at Windermere Health & Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mr. Clyde McKine
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Mr. Clyde A. ``Tony'' McKine, 38, of 2680 B 1/4 Road, died Tuesday, June 22, 1999, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Mr. Herman Dawson Jr.
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Herman Dawson Jr., 80, of 8563 Tennille-Oconee Road, died Monday, June 28, 1999.

Ms. Ozzie Lockhart
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Ms. Ozzie Lockhart, 87, of 112 Hospital Drive, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at Wilkes Health Care Center.

Mrs. Frances Givens
Mrs. Frances Givens, 88, of 457 Gilbert Manor, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ocie Williamson
JACKSON -- Mrs. Ocie B. Williamson, 85, of 504 Highland Circle, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. Harold Harp
AIKEN -- Mr. Harold C. Harp, 67, of 410 Heathwood Drive, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Ms. Rosa Mae Kitchens
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Ms. Rosa Mae Kitchens, 76, of Route 1 Box 279, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

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

Mrs. Minnie Harris
AIKEN -- Mrs. Minnie L. Harris, 61, of 142 Suffolk Drive, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

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

Mrs. Heddie Hawkins
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Heddie Best Hawkins, 50, formerly of Gifford, S.C., died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Pennsylvania Hospital.

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

Mr. Curtis Fail
PORTAL, Ga. -- Mr. Curtis Fail, 58, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

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.

Mrs. Nevea Warren
JONESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Nevea Reynolds P. Warren, 58, of 3068 Caliente Lane, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Southern Regional Hospital.

Mr. George Harper
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. George Harper, of 603 Forest Ridge Drive, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Willie Stephens
Willie R. Stephens, 6, of 1675 Floyd St., died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia 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. Gladys Sims
Mrs. Gladys Sims, of 1334 Solomon Place, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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.

Mrs. Louise Choat
Mrs. Louise Tant Choat, 71, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. John Ivey
Mr. John Kenneth ``Kenny'' Ivey, 44, of 2101 Walton Way, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Claude Pinckney Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Claude Robert Pinckney Jr., 78, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Lucille Roundtree
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lucille Roundtree, 79, of 469 Red Oak Drive, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Center.

Mrs. Susie Moseley
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Susie Phillips Britt Moseley, 89, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at National Health Care, North Augusta.

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

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

Mr. Donald Grooms
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Donald Bruce Grooms, 56, of Route 4 Mine Creek Road, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Louise Riley

Mr. Julian Abbott

Mr. James Long Sr.

Mrs. Mariah Haynes

Mrs. Harriet Hendee

Mr. Herman Dawson Jr.

Mrs. Olivia Chavous

Mr. George Harper

Mrs. Nevea Warren

Dr. C. Robert Bittle

Mrs. Heddie Hawkins

Mr. Clyde McKine

Mrs. Nell Jones

Mrs. Mildred Gelisse

Mr. William Pinckney

Mr. John Ivey

Mrs. Lorene Andrews

Mr. Curtis Fail

Mr. James Long Sr.

Mrs. Minnie Harris

Mr. Donald Grooms

Mrs. Frances Givens

Mrs. Mildred Sudlow

Mrs. Ocie Williamson

Mrs. Annie Burke

Mr. Joseph Enroughty

Mrs. Norma Saturday

Ms. Rosa Mae Kitchens

Mr. Clifford Mickens

Mr. Hubert Bernhardt

Mrs. Lucille Roundtree

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.

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

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.

Slams remarks of anarchist teen
Re the June 28 article, ``Courts say adult, child rights differ'': Arthur Times, Jr. , Augusta

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

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

Slams 'quick fixes' for water woes
It looks like the moratorium on construction in Richmond County because of the water problem is no longer being considered. I'm not surprised. It's the same old story. The politicians, developers and contractors get what they can when they can with no consideration for the residents. Banny Cochran, Augusta

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.

S.C. 'capped' out
The last, best hope for South Carolina to rid itself of the ``crack cocaine'' of gambling will come Nov. 2 when voters decide to keep video poker statewide or ban it.

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.

Slick Willie gambles
Talk about winning the lottery! The Clinton-Gore administration acts like it has done just that with this new $1 trillion in surpluses it just found lying around -- plenty to bail out Social Security, Medicare, pay down the national debt and provide tax cuts

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.

Praises 'Celebrate 2000' articles
Your articles, ''Celebrate 2000, envision the future,'' have been a joy, enabling us to relive experiences of our lifetime and history that we had studied and forgotten. They have been a pleasure that we have mailed to family or friends who would be interested. Virginia Lee Shields, 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

Suggests south Richmond secede
As long as you have the whiners on the southside who are going to constantly portray themselves as the forgotten stepchildren of Augusta and continue to use the tired westside vs. southside mantra, then it is hopeless to expect any significant improvement in local government through consolidation. Nicholas Reese, 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

Praises minister for diplomacy
Jesse Jackson, an ordained Baptist minister and political activist, once again parlayed his ``clout'' and diplomatic skills to obtain freedom for American war captives. Even though the ... soldiers and their families were highly appreciative of this heroic deed, the incident became a topic of discussion on local and syndicated radio stations the next day in a negative sense. Ernest Leysath, Augusta

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

Stereotypical silliness
So you think George Lucas' latest excursion into Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, was just a fun summer flick for moviegoers of all ages?

Win or else time for US and other quarterfinalists

Soggy chaos for Wimbledon quarterfinalists Stevenson and Dokic

Overtime: Augusta duo in contention at Dogwood

Stevenson keeps winning amid controversy

Minor tweak: BCS changes requirements

Savannah River boat ramp named in honor of Baurle

Women's World Cup outrates NHL

Tiger, Singh lead Western Open

Pass begins to focus on football

Surge in World Cup interest makes for chaos

Rudd gets washed out with Tide

United States edges Germany

Women's soccer boom continues

Greensboro selects former Lynx Berg

Overtime: Mundy closes in on lead

Study: Heart valve defect is not as dangerous as previously thought
The millions of Americans who have been told they have a serious, sometimes fatal heart defect called mitral valve prolapse probably have nothing to fear, researchers say.

EBay outage haults bids again
The online auction house EBay blamed a database server for a crash that left the system inaccessible for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon, the latest in a series of glitches in the last week.

Mercury capsule recovery under way
TAMPA, Fla. -- The underwater salvage expert who found Gus Grissom's Mercury capsule at the bottom of the Atlantic two months ago headed back out to sea Thursday to lift the 38-year-old spacecraft from its watery grave.

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.

Source of DDT leaks discovered
ATHENS, Ga. -- Environmental workers have pinpointed the location of seven buried and leaking barrels of DDT on a University of Georgia-owned farm in Oconee County, and preliminary results from groundwater samples show the contamination is ``very, very localized,'' officials said.

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

Fertility techniques may pass on some fertility problems
WASHINGTON -- New fertility techniques have enabled men with low sperm counts to father children, and sons born to some of these men may also be infertile, according to a new study.

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.

Arizona meteor melted on impact, study shows
WASHINGTON -- Most of the space boulder that smashed to Earth to create Meteor Crater in Arizona melted upon impact 50,000 years ago and sprayed molten material in every direction.

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.

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.

Administration easing restrictions on computer exports
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration was easing export restrictions on computers today, making it easier for the high-technology industry to sell more powerful systems to foreign countries.

Source of DDT leaks discovered

Fertility techniques may pass on some fertility problems

Earth's 'twin' may be out there somewhere

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

Mercury capsule recovery under way

Arizona meteor melted on impact, study shows

Supporters of Everglades restoration say funding will be found

EBay outage haults bids again

Barbie Ocean Discovery is mesmerising

Study: Heart valve defect is not as dangerous as previously thought