Braves destroy Mets 16-0

Braves notebook: Smoltz says he'll be ready to take his turn on Sunday

Error gives Dogs first game

Braves notebook: Weiss returns to lineup

Braves destroy Mets 16-0

Glavine restores bullpen faith

Braves notebook: Smoltz says he'll be ready to take his turn on Sunday

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.

Fading Smile

PCs getting cheaper

Monsanto Co. plans to sell artificial sweetener business

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.

Industry appears optimistic

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.

Monsanto to sell NutraSweet

Coke bottles retune to Belgian stores
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Coca-Cola trucks rumbled across Belgian roads with huge signs -- ``Your Coca-Cola is Back'' -- on their sides today as supermarkets started restocking the soft drink following a four-week health scare.

Monsanto to sell NutraSweet
Augusta's NutraSweet plant was barely open a year when the company that developed it, J.D. Searle, was acquired by Monsanto Co. Now, 15 years later, Monsanto says it wants to sell it.

June unemployment edges up slightly

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.

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.

Construction drops second straight month

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

Local corporation buys care facility

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.

Purchasing managers report continued growth

June unemployment edges up slightly
WASHINGTON -- The unemployment rate edged up slightly to 4.3 percent in June even though job growth showed a strong rebound during the month as amusement parks, restaurants and construction firms gobbled up workers, the Labor Department reported today.

Industry appears optimistic
The owner of a westside office complex is building a 30,000-square-foot addition in anticipation of increased demand in the local market.

A look at the 20th Century: 1950
Augustans began 1950 by watching the United States prepare for the Cold War. By year's end, a few local towns had become some of the war's earliest casualties.

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 3
1880: The U.S. census listed Augusta's population at 23,000. 1964: Atlanta restaurateur Lester Maddox, a segrgationist, waved a pistol and brandished an ax handle at three black customers on the day the federal Civil Rights Act was signed into law, vowing to keep his establishment racially segregated. Maddox was Georgia's governor from 1967-71.

Slick Willie gambles

Urges business help in beautification

Slams remarks of anarchist teen

Praises 'Celebrate 2000' articles

Praises minister for diplomacy

Skewers Commission over cleanup

Defends N.A. Chamber executive director, notes her accomplishments

Slams 'quick fixes' for water woes

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.

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

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.

Stop worrying and leave the end up to God
Are you stockpiling fresh water, food, silver, gold, paper money of small denominations? Have you bought an electrical generator, water purifier or other special equipment in anticipation of a breakdown of much of our infrastructure as a result of the Y2K bug?

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

Faith Digest
Healing was an important part of Christ's work on Earth, and members of the international Order of St. Luke the Physician are dedicated to reviving the ministry.

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.

Churches get spirit of Fourth
God and country will be celebrated with song, brass bands, barbecue, watermelon and ice cream at several Augusta-area churches this July Fourth weekend.

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.

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.

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

Games could inject millions into local economy
If all goes well -- and that's the key -- the Augusta area could rake in more than $12 million from the 1999 Georgia Games Championships, according to projections from the Greater Augusta Sports Council.

Young boxer learns ropes
Larry Wilkerson is a bashful boxer, at least according to his mother. It's an oxymoron, really. The sport of boxing requires tons of self-confidence. Enough so that you believe when you step between the ropes and go mano-a-mano against another your size, you are the better fighter.

The competition
A different set of events will be spotlighted each Saturday in 6this column.

Time's right to rid lawn of mole crickets

Stop worrying and leave the end up to God

In the know

Singer spices act with bawdy humor

Gardens, slugs are inevitable combo

Lots of fun and fireworks on tap

Red Hots ready to shag Saturday

Churches get spirit of Fourth

Faith Digest

Family uses backyard swimming area to create the perfect garden

Ramblin' Rhodes: Freedom of speech precious

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

Fireworks to light up holiday sky

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.

University of Georgia committee reviews admissions appeals
ATHENS, Ga. -- The admissions committee of the University of Georgia met behind closed doors this week for a final review of appeals for fall undergraduate admissions, which should see a drop from last year in the number of specially admitted students, such as athletes.

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.

Preparing to pig out
Marlin Knight (left) and Jack Adkinson, fund-raiser chairman for Horse Creek Midland Valley Veterans Park in Burnettown, check on some of the hams they are cooking up for the holiday. They brought their smoker to the park Friday to get an overnight head start on cooking and other preparations for a Fourth of July fund-raiser celebration today at the park.

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.

Getting out the bugs
Shonn Horton of Aiken crawls down the throat of his 1966 Volkswagen Beetle on Friday for repairs. Mr. Horton found a shady place on Two Notch Road to escape the heat and get his Bug's windshield wipers fixed for his family's holiday outing.

Exhibit captures athletics

Authority postpones building
AIKEN -- Aiken's Housing Authority has abandoned plans to build apartments for the elderly off DuPont Drive, where neighbors didn't want them.

Cop impersonator pleads guilty

Time needed to ready water main
Utilities officials said Friday that the county's newly repaired water main may be back in service next week.

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.

School system on probation for lack of counselors
The Richmond County School system is on probation for not having enough full-time counselors in its 37 elementary schools.

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.

Businessman found guilty of fraud
A Florida businessman courted by Columbia County commissioners in 1993 and 1994 to manage the county's solid waste program is in federal custody after his conviction on charges of fraud, money laundering and theft.

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.

Schools to assess services
When Columbia County school officials decided a few months ago to cut one full-time counseling position at Evans High School, the decision was based on numbers.

This day in history: July 2

Deputies jobs at risk
Turns out Jack Delmar Jones wasn't accidentally released from the Richmond County jail -- he walked out the front door.

Area briefs: Former candidate given probation

Area briefs: Authorities seek missing teen-ager
Police are searching for a 14-year-old girl who investigators believe ran away.

Outreach organization to revive Bath Mill

Case to help woman do more for herself
Judy Winters hadn't heard much about the Olmstead case but it could one day determine where she lives.

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

Businessman found guilty of fraud

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.

Flood damage less severe than 1994

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.

Planners approve rezoning

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.

Getting out the bugs

Atlanta Gas seeks to reduce refunds

This day in history: July 3

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.

Preparing to pig out

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

Time needed to ready water main

Trial date set in DSS shootings

Area briefs: Authorities seek missing teen-ager

Veterinarian accused of prescription fraud

School system on probation for lack of counselors

Postcard hellos keep piling up

A look at the 20th Century: 1950

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.

Test of citizenship

Grant may go through mayor's office

Heavy rains have Savannah residents battling mosquitoes

Games panel opens records

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.

Palestinians help rebuild burned Methodist sanctuary

Waynesboro mourns loss of 117-year-old

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.

Authority postpones building

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.

Case to help woman do more for herself

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.

University of Georgia committee reviews admissions appeals

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.

Deputies jobs at risk

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.

Tests find area is free of hazardous solvent

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

South Carolina lawmakers pass video poker referendum

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.

Some residents opt to use well water

Flood damage less severe than 1994
SAVANNAH -- Savannah insurance agents, Red Cross volunteers and workers for the Chatham Emergency Management Agency are slowly assessing all the damage from floodwaters that rose without warning throughout the area Tuesday after 12 inches of rain.

Three stores may lose permits

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.

Glover staying at home to play -- again

Jones eager to make lasting impression

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

Moore signs with Nuggets

With Maggette, Magic want to be more athletic

Davis arrives in Charlotte to start new phase of career

Walker defends trade for Grant

Avery, Moore to be honored

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

Mr. James Fox
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. James Lee ``Jimmy'' Fox, died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Marie Gill
AIKEN -- Mrs. Marie C. Gill, 79, of 1330 President Drive, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Janie Turner
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Martha Janie Scott Turner, 89, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Clara Sapp
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Clara Sapp, of 687 Georgia Highway 25 S., died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Orlan Snitker
AIKEN -- Mr. Orlan George Snitker, 81, of 1725 Pine Log Road, died Friday, July 2, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Gladys Sims
Mrs. Gladys Sims, of 1334 Solomon Place, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Waldo Smith
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Waldo ``Shorty'' Smith, 73, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Frances Givens
Mrs. Frances Givens, 88, of 457 Gilbert Manor, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at University 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. Joseph Enroughty
Mr. Joseph Eugene Enroughty, of 3523 Redd Drive, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at his residence.

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.

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

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

Mrs. Mabel Stevenson
Mrs. Mabel C. Stevenson, 77, of 1828 Kissingbower Road, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at Windemere Nursing Home.

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

Mr. Oliver Price
CHESTER, Pa. -- Mr. Oliver C. ``O.C.'' Price, 81, of 416 E. 10th St., died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at Crozer Chester Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Lizzie Washington
Mrs. Lizzie L. Washington, 54, of 1424 Jackson Road, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Floree Case
GREER, S.C. -- Mrs. Floree S. ``Sugar'' Case, 82, of 401 Chandler Road, 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. Minnie Harris
AIKEN -- Mrs. Minnie L. Harris, 61, of 142 Suffolk Drive, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willie Stephens
Willie R. Stephens, 6, of 1675 Floyd St., died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mr. George Harper

Mr. Donald Grooms

Mr. Julian Abbott

Mr. Curtis Fail

Mrs. Lucille Roundtree

Mrs. Mildred Gelisse

Dr. C. Robert Bittle

Mrs. Mariah Haynes

Mr. James Long Sr.

Mr. Herman Dawson Jr.

Mrs. Ocie Williamson

Mrs. Marie Gill

Mrs. Heddie Hawkins

Mr. Oliver Price

Mrs. Minnie Harris

Mrs. Janie Turner

Mr. Orlan Snitker

Mrs. Clara Sapp

Mrs. Frances Givens

Mrs. Floree Case

Mrs. Nevea Warren

Mr. George Harper

Mr. Joseph Enroughty

Mr. Clyde McKine

Mr. John Ivey

Ms. Rosa Mae Kitchens

Column: When the 'residue of grace' is sufficient
ONE OF MY great pleasures in life is listening to detective novels. I know most people read them, but since I discovered audio-books, my minutes in the car are filled with the cases of Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, Carlotta Carlyle, Bernie Rhodenbarr, and most recently, Brother Cadfael.

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

Lists Social Security reforms
The current forecast surplus in the federal budget seems to stem entirely from the excess taxes collected by the Social Security Administration over and above the amount needed for the pay-as-you-go system. When this is spent, either by reducing the national debt or by funding expansion of Medicare or Medicaid or by funding a tax refund, the net result is the burgeoning of the total debt owed to future generations ... James David Schenken, Aiken

Defends N.A. Chamber executive director, notes her accomplishments
This letter is a clear and unambiguous endorsement for Lisa McElmurray Thomas as executive director of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce. Chuck Smith, North Augusta

Praises columnists' moderate views
It is encouraging to see some in your stable of ultra right-wing columnists attacking the facile thinking and politically expedient shenanigans behind the push for school uniforms, school prayer and hanging the Ten Commandments in classrooms as solutions to society's ills. Wesley Ross, Augusta

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.

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

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?

Independent counsel, RIP
After 21 years and a cost of $150 million, the independent counsel law slipped into the dust-bin of history last Wednesday with few regrets, especially among the political class.

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

Urges business help in beautification
I am bringing this to the attention of our community because I have just seen what a tremendous improvement a few shrubs and flowers make to the appearance of a community. David C. Penix, Augusta

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

Column: When the 'residue of grace' is sufficient
ONE OF MY great pleasures in life is listening to detective novels. I know most people read them, but since I discovered audio-books, my minutes in the car are filled with the cases of Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, Carlotta Carlyle, Bernie Rhodenbarr, and most recently, Brother Cadfael.

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

Skewers Commission over cleanup
It is beyond my comprehension to even try and figure out where in the world the Augusta Commission, in charge of the cleanup and repairs on Riverlook Drive, even get the audacity to bicker about any of the repairs we say need to be made. Nicole Lambert, 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

Mum's not the word
Can you imagine a policy whereby taxpayers are restricted on what information they can get from employees on the public payroll? Well, Columbia County recently considered such a zany policy, drawn up by Administrator Steve Szablewski.

Plate is restricting winners

Falcons are hoping Hanspard, Christian can regain old form

Young boxer learns ropes

Soggy chaos for Wimbledon quarterfinalists Stevenson and Dokic

Sampras , Agassi near matchup

Savannah River boat ramp named in honor of Baurle

Overtime: Tour de France opens under scandal clouds

Surge in World Cup interest makes for chaos

Women's soccer boom continues

Stevenson reaches semifinals to make Wimbledon history

United States edges Germany

Yankee Doodle Dandy matchup in Women's World Cup

Overtime: Mundy closes in on lead

The competition

Rudd gets washed out with Tide

Games could inject millions into local economy

Corporations leaving NASCAR

Pass begins to focus on football

University considers toxic-cleanup plan
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia will spend between $1.65 million and $2.62 million to clean up a toxic waste site near the State Botanical Garden of Georgia -- if the state Environmental Protection Division accepts the recommendation of the firm the university hired to assess the site.

Review to decide fate of waste
In coming months, Savannah River Site officials will learn whether some of the site's waste is ready to become someone else's problem.

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.

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.

Bald eagle no longer endangered
WASHINGTON -- The American bald eagle, the living symbol of the nation since 1782, is back from the brink of extinction and can now be removed from the endangered species list, President Clinton said Friday.

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.

Chemical chief gets jail term
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Randall W. Hansen, the former chief executive officer of LCP Chemicals-Georgia Inc., has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison and fined $20,000 for polluting the environment around the Brunswick plant.

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.

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.

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.

Not all boardwalks are made of boards
SPRING LAKE, N.J. -- The Drifters probably weren't thinking of anything like this Jersey shore community's plastic walkway when they wrote their classic song ``Under the Boardwalk,'' about falling in love beneath the weathered planks.

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.

Mercury capsule recovery under way

Not all boardwalks are made of boards

Review to decide fate of waste

Arizona meteor melted on impact, study shows

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

Fertility techniques may pass on some fertility problems

Bald eagle no longer endangered

Source of DDT leaks discovered

Chemical chief gets jail term

EBay outage haults bids again

University considers toxic-cleanup plan