Board makeup key to success
A company's board of directors, can tell you a lot about the firm, experts say. But selecting one and keeping it current can be tough, especially in a dynamic marketplace.

Briefcase
Entrepreneur magazine reports that David Filo and Jerry Yang, founders of the Internet company Yahoo!, have a net worth of $3 billion each today. If both men had not dropped out of Stanford University's Ph.D. program, they might have gone on to earn a starting salary of $57,000 to $110,000 a year, Entrepreneur says.

Local briefs
Procter & Gamble Co. announced June 9 that it plans to eliminate 15,000 jobs worldwide -- about 13 percent of its work force -- during the next six years. It also plans to close about 10 plants, but officials are not saying which ones.

Restoring Regency
Every week, Dolly Kent drives her Buick more than 50 miles from her home in Gibson to Regency Mall. She goes to the shopping center to get her hair fixed and buy new outfits. She's been shopping there for more than two decades.

Superwoman taking off her cape
Remember the myth of Superwoman, a descriptive title that became widespread in the early 1970s for a woman who did it all?

Employees' demands rising
Hiring and keeping the top candidates for job vacancies isn't just about money anymore, particularly in the most rapidly expanding employment fields, experts say.

Chattanooga mall recovered from brink of extinction
Until recently, Eastgate Mall -- like Regency Mall -- was dying. After more than three decades, the Chattanooga, Tenn., shopping center was nearly empty. Suburban development had moved to other areas, and a newer, larger mall had replaced it as the place to shop.

Elam: Drawing jobs challenging
Q: As a member of various economic development organizations in the area, what do you think is the biggest challenge in bringing new jobs to the community?

Repetitive-strain guide a must-read
Over the past few decades, putting out a newspaper has become increasingly computer-intensive. So have plenty of other industries; in fact, a new breed of company existing entirely in the datastream emerged in this decade.

Summer jobs and lessons learned
It's understandable that some young people complain about summer jobs -- those seasonal tasks they take on to earn a little extra money. I know. I had several.

Security, health keys to prosperity
Consider this. Today, a newspaper reporter called me to ask for comment on a U.S. government study that suggests that more than 40 percent of the people of pre-consolidation Augusta live in poverty (that is, basically, 40 percent of the people living in the ``old,'' downtown Augusta area).

IRA geared for self-employed
Becoming self-employed means saying goodbye to the things you hate about corporate America: oppressive managers, back-stabbing co-workers and pesky human resources personnel.

Investors drawn to auctions
Paula Guilbeau closed her eyes as the volley of bidding took place, the price climbing higher and higher. Stop, please stop, she thought. When the auctioneer had the last word, she and her husband Mark had purchased the land they wanted -- 2.8 acres beside their house on Mullikin Road -- for $24,500.

Money is the root of all business
There is only one real measurement of success for business. Money. The more a company makes, relative to cost, the better value a company appears to investors, competitors and the marketplace.

Raise takes more than just work
Many employees feel that they are overworked, or underpaid or both. Doing less work may ease the feeling but result in being fired, while seeking a raise may produce a pleasant surprise. The most common error in pursuing a pay increase is not accurately distinguishing between wanting a pay increase and deserving one.

School invites firms to area
As a young boy, Terry Elam watched workers build the Continental Can plant from the porch of his great uncle's south Richmond County home.

Women enjoy links to business
For years, Alice Flannigan wanted to play golf. But it was a ``male sport.'' About two years ago, Dr. Flannigan decided to give golf a try. She joined the Executive Women's Golf Association, a national organization with a chapter in Augusta.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook: Smoltz returns to disabled list

Post 79 jumps ahead of Aiken . . . briefly

Braves notebook

Padres rock Rockies

Mets place Bonilla on DL

Braves let a lead slip

Jackets bomb Crocs

Braves escape Marlins

Superwoman taking off her cape

Raise takes more than just work

Money is the root of all business

Now, back to the big celebration

Repetitive-strain guide a must-read

Satchels define the business

Chattanooga mall recovered from brink of extinction

Employees' demands rising

Investors drawn to auctions

School invites firms to area

Restoring Regency

Summer jobs and lessons learned

Women enjoy links to business

IRA geared for self-employed

Local briefs

Oil firm launches takeover
PARIS -- In the latest wave of oil merger activity, France's largest oil company, Total Fina SA, launched a $43 billion hostile takeover bid Monday for rival Elf Aquitaine SA in a move that, if successful, would create the world's fourth-largest oil company in terms of market share.

Briefcase

Security, health keys to prosperity

Satchels define the business
Jim Courson has a saying about the size of a professional's briefcase: It matters.

Board makeup key to success

Now, back to the big celebration
NEW YORK -- The Fourth of July fireworks were nice -- entertaining and very pretty -- but of course they lasted only a brief time. Now back to the stock market, where prices explode almost every day, all day long.

Stocks soar in Europe
LONDON -- European stocks closed higher Monday, with oil, telecommunications and chemical companies leading the way.

Elam: Drawing jobs challenging

Yellow fever plagued Augusta
The Garden City was prosperous and healthy in the 1820s and 1830s -- until Augustans faced the first of two deadly yellow fever epidemics.

Hails pair for cotton museum action

Wants to keep prayer voluntary

Raps `Boondocks'after trial period

Clarifies arena's seating capacity

Claims racist response to violence

A 'CATS-cut' bonanza?

Hits inaccurate version of `Noah`

In the know
Are your feet hard to fit? Do you have narrow heels? Wide toes? A new book, How to Find the Shoes You Want, may help.

Lessons in tough love are painful
Sometimes all a girl needs is someone who will listen. And sometimes she needs a fire hose turned on her.

Never too late to swim
As a child, Darrell Turner never had a reason to learn to swim. Now, at age 18, he has found his motivation.

Never too late to swim

Lessons in tough love are painful

In the know

Indicted lawmaker re-elected
ATLANTA -- Suspended Savannah Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson this week becomes the fourth black state lawmaker -- and the highest-ranking one -- to face trial on criminal charges related to legislative service during the 1990s.

Sheriff soliciting ideas

Aiken county, city beginning to work together

Hotels see bookings as Georgia Games nears

Jump gone wrong

Mayor's aide takes care of business

Mayor's aide takes care of business
Mark Gibbons is the details guy, not the man who would be king. In fact, he's not interested in a political career at all. He applied for the job as administrative assistant to Augusta's mayor because he thought it sounded interesting, and it gave him a chance to solve problems.

Aiken county, city beginning to work together
AIKEN -- Relations historically have been testy between the governments of Aiken County and Aiken, but they are dipping their toes into new waters.

Area companies refuse to clean crime scenes

Police don't shoot often at suspects
More than 65 percent of shots fired by Augusta-area law enforcement officers in the past two years have not been aimed at criminals, but at dying animals.

Owner says he acted in self defense
An armed shopkeeper shot and killed a man during a botched armed robbery Monday, police say.

Area briefs: Patrol says children weren't restrained
A 10-year-old Allendale boy and a newborn girl killed in a weekend head-on collision in Barnwell County were not restrained properly, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said Monday.

College tuition rising

Sprucing up
Co-owner Kenny Franklin gives the sign at the Sno-Cap Drive-In restaurant in North Augusta a fresh coat of aquamarine paint Monday afternoon. The owners will be celebrating the eatery's 35th anniversary with festivities Aug. 28, Mr. Franklin said.

Holiday festivities beat heat

Yellow fever plagued Augusta

Legionnaires burn old, retired flags during ceremony

Hotels see bookings as Georgia Games nears
The numbers are racking up: 200 hotel rooms, 500 visitors booked, 1,500 volunteers. But some of the most crucial numbers are decreasing fast -- only 16 days to the Georgia Games.

Court: Marijuana law unconstitutional

Across the area
Alcohol-related crash kills man ... Man charged in briefcase theft ... Peeping Tom suspect arrested ...

Across the area

Delegations rallied to fend off VA cuts

Water demand doubled since 1993

Area companies refuse to clean crime scenes
In a split second, Cynthia Gilbert and her sister Synethia Elaine Jones heard the gunshot, and Anthony ``Snoop'' Williams lay in their back bedroom with a bullet in his head.

Indicted lawmaker re-elected

Water uses at times conflict
Four decades ago, when North Augusta needed more drinking water for an expanding population, the choice was obvious -- and close.

Senator pushing for Army museum
COLUMBIA -- Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., has introduced a bill to create a national museum for the U.S. Army, the only branch of the military that doesn't already have a national museum or plans for one.

Agency displays material
Every five years, the Georgia Department of Education reviews textbooks for a particular subject area and recommends selected books to local school systems.

Area briefs: Patrol says children weren't restrained

Delegations rallied to fend off VA cuts
Faced with losing 170 people at Augusta veterans hospitals, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is rallying the Georgia and South Carolina delegations to block the plan. Veterans advocates also are cheering the resignation of a longtime Washington foe.

Water uses at times conflict

Jump gone wrong
Fifteen-year-old George Adams loses control of his bike while jumping a dirt hill along the Augusta Canal on Monday afternoon. George was uninjured in the fall.

Sheriff soliciting ideas
AIKEN -- Taking a chapter from the Old West when sheriffs rounded up a posse to capture outlaws, Sheriff Howard Sellers is gathering up his own platoon to answer an increasing workload.

Agency displays material

Court: Marijuana law unconstitutional
Treating people equally under the law has led the state's Supreme Court to condemn Georgia's DUI law as it pertained to marijuana.

Owner says he acted in self defense

Holiday festivities beat heat
Locals threw Uncle Sam one heck of a birthday party Sunday. Area residents crowded into street festivals, theaters and fireworks shows to celebrate Independence Day.

Sprucing up

Police don't shoot often at suspects

College tuition rising
COLUMBIA -- Tuition at South Carolina's colleges is on the rise to make up for the loss of state-appropriated funds.

Water demand doubled since 1993
GRANITEVILLE -- Breezy Hill is booming. New subdivisions, especially in the Ascauga Lake area and industrial growth linked to Sage Mill, have made the Graniteville community a hot spot in the last decade.

Legionnaires burn old, retired flags during ceremony
They were more rags than flags, the Old Glories that some local veterans ignited Sunday.

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Mrs. Ollie Norris
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Ollie Belle Wiggins Norris, 90, of 434 Beall Springs Road, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at Gibson Alternative Living Center.

Mr. Linton Birston Sr.
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. Linton Birston Sr., 80, of Providence Health Care, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Eugene Williams
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Eugene ``Gene'' Williams, 74, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Daisy Cates
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Daisy Crane Cates, 85, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Marie Jackson
LACOMBE, La. -- Mrs. Marie Amanda Jackson, 89, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at Lacombe Nursing Home.

Mrs. Annie Coursey
BATH -- Mrs. Annie Kneece Coursey, 77, of 10 Wall St., died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Wayne Hawes
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Wayne Jack Hawes, 85, of 1368 Prater Road, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Frances Jackson
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Jackson, 87, of 1160 Cedar Road, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Edwina Bennett
Mrs. Edwina Cowan Bennett died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Lucille Quattlebaum
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Mrs. Lucille Abney Quattlebaum, 68, of 116 Weiner Circle, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999.

Mrs. Dorothy Beall
Mrs. Dorothy Roberts Beall, 81, of 2704 Dan St., died Sunday, July 4, 1999.

Mr. Harry Riley
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Harry Carter Riley, 77, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, in Aiken.

Mrs. Cheryl Shamber
Mrs. Cheryl Pentecost Shamber, 46, of 1208 Kendal Court, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Frankie Scott
Mrs. Frankie Burgess Scott, 75, of 3151 Lake Forest Drive, Apartment 73, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Bessie Leaney
Ms. Bessie Leaney, 81, of 2244 Broad St., died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

Mr. William Ahmuty Jr.
SAVANNAH -- Mr. William ``Bill'' Clemence Ahmuty Jr., 79, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at Candler Hospital.

Mr. Ronald Burd
AIKEN -- Mr. Ronald Burd, 72, of 205 Pebble Lane, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Josey Smith
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Josey W. Smith, 74, of 8466 Heards Bridge Road, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Iva Lazar
Mrs. Iva Mae Lazar died Sunday, July 4, 1999.

Mrs. Mellie Pemberton
Mrs. Mellie Eva Hawes Pemberton, 92, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Hazel Malone
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Hazel Burgess Malone, 79, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at Morningside Assisted Living.

Mrs. Ruby Bryant
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Ruby Turner Bryant, 78, of 426 Mims St., died Monday, July 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Harold Stein
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Harold ``Hal'' Arthur Stein, 45, died Friday, July 2, 1999, in Edgefield County.

Mrs. Mary Farrell
Mrs. Mary Frances Wilson Farrell, 68, of 2411 Yates Drive, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at Forest Lake Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Kathryn Young
THOMSON -- Mrs. Kathryn Young, 86, of 690 Chestnut Drive, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Rev. Grant Scott Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. -- The Rev. Grant Scott Jr., 84, of 421 Tubman Lane, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Annie Coursey
BATH -- Mrs. Annie Kneece Coursey, 77, of 10 Wall St., died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mae Denson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mae Lois Denson, 75, of 638 Bon St., died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Miss Opal Ginn
AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga. -- Miss Opal B. Ginn, a journalist and associate editor for Parade magazine, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at Briarwood Nursing Center. Miss Ginn, of 898 Stratford Road, was 73.

Mrs. Margaret Humphreys
Mrs. Margaret Clark Humphreys, of 3415 S. Belair Road, Columbia County, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Jonathon Wombles
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Jonathon William Wombles, infant son of James Todd Wombles and Carol Wombles, died Friday, July 2, 1999.

Mr. James Wilkie
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. -- Mr. James Russell ``J.R.'' Wilkie, 82, of Route 1, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mildred Long
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Mildred Jayne Long, 77, of 111 Nutgrove Ave., died Monday, July 5, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. C.O. Horton Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Clifford Overstreet ``C.O.'' Horton Jr., 80, of 105 E. 12th St., died Monday, July 5, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mrs. Lucille Wiggins
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Mrs. Lucille Abney Wiggins, 68, of 116 Weiner Circle, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999.

Mr. William Godowns Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. William Thomas Godowns Jr., 30, of 4293 Belmont Road, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Dorothy Kelly
Mrs. Dorothy Whaley Kelly, 77, of 2215 Terrace Road, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Calvin Herndon
Mr. Calvin H. Herndon, 73, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willie Thompson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Willie James Thompson, 47, of 424 Floyd St., died Friday, July 2, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Edith Hope
Mrs. Edith M. Hope, of 526 First Ave., died Friday, July 2, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. J. David Swearingen
Mr. J. David Swearingen, 69, of 431 Folkstone Court, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Jerry Faust
WAGENER -- Mr. Jerry Bernard Faust, 50, of 40 Triangle Drive, died Saturday, July 3, 1999.

Mrs. Annie Coursey

Mrs. Edwina Bennett

Mrs. Ruby Bryant

Mrs. Iva Lazar

Ms. Bessie Leaney

Mrs. Marie Jackson

Mr. William Ahmuty Jr.

Mr. Linton Birston Sr.

Mrs. Frankie Scott

Mrs. Ollie Norris

Mr. Harold Stein

Mr. C.O. Horton Jr.

Mr. Ronald Burd

Mrs. Lucille Wiggins

Mrs. Cheryl Shamber

Mr. Jerry Faust

Mrs. Kathryn Young

Mr. Eugene Williams

Mrs. Frances Jackson

Mrs. Mae Denson

Mrs. Lucille Quattlebaum

Mr. Wayne Hawes

Mrs. Daisy Cates

Miss Opal Ginn

Mr. Josey Smith

Mrs. Dorothy Beall

Mrs. Margaret Humphreys

Mr. Calvin Herndon

Mrs. Mary Farrell

Jonathon Wombles

Rev. Grant Scott Jr.

Column: Price controls are wrong way to help seniors get the medicines they need
A SIGN over the counter of a print shop offers some good guidance on strengthening and improving Medicare to cover prescription drugs: ``Price, Speed, Quality -- Pick Two.'' In other words, we need to set priorities about what we want in a Medicare drug benefit and to ask hard questions about whether the various proposals meet those goals.

A 'CATS-cut' bonanza?
If an extra $1 trillion in surplus revenues will be flowing into federal coffers over the next 15 years, as White House economic forecasters predict, then doesn't that cinch the case for big tax cuts?

Who's the real sleaze?
When a president uses his lofty office to attack a candidate in the other party, you know he's running scared.

Column: Price controls are wrong way to help seniors get the medicines they need
A SIGN over the counter of a print shop offers some good guidance on strengthening and improving Medicare to cover prescription drugs: ``Price, Speed, Quality -- Pick Two.'' In other words, we need to set priorities about what we want in a Medicare drug benefit and to ask hard questions about whether the various proposals meet those goals.

Hits inaccurate version of `Noah`
The inaccurate TV version of the biblical story of Noah recently aired by NBC was a disgrace to Christian believers and, I imagine, Jews. Elizabeth Dixon, Augusta

Clarifies arena's seating capacity
Re the June 28 article about the Civic Center's attendance: Richard McKinley, Augusta

Hails pair for cotton museum action
I am writing to applaud Mayor Bob Young for his appropriate decision to allow the state funds to flow through his office that will allow for the continued interim community use of the second floor of The Cotton Exchange. Patrick G. Blanchard, Augusta

Supports requiring school uniforms
I'd like to direct attention to those who resent having to buy school uniforms for their children and to the children who use their parents to oppose it. Miguel A. Lopez, Augusta

Wants to keep prayer voluntary
A big ``right-on'' to David Sisler in his recent column, ``Lawmakers can't legislate eternal safety.'' Justen Wonderly, Evans

China's space launch
Administration officials, including Defense Secretary Bill Cohen and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, reluctantly admit that Red China stole many secrets from our nuclear weapons labs, not just on the watch of Bill Clinton's presidential predecessors, but on his watch as well.

Lauds article on disgruntled teens
I am writing about your June 28, front-page article, ``Restraints disgruntle teen-agers.'' That was a very good story and the interviews were outstanding, but I think a very key point was missed. Robert P. McConnell Jr., Hephzibah

Urges spending to fix water woes now
As the water production superintendent of the Augusta Utilities Department, I have been reading and listening with great concern to all of the possible solutions for our current water problems. We have had solutions that suggested privatization, revamping the Utilities Department, creating anauthority and some that have not even been mentioned. Brantley Kuglar, Augusta

Raps `Boondocks'after trial period
Enclosed is this month's subscription fee -- my last. I have continued reading ``The Boondocks,'' as you asked, to give it a chance. I still don't like it. David Coon, Burnettown

The wrong therapy
A bill passed by South Carolina's General Assembly will make life a lot tougher for registered sex offenders who live near day-care centers or schools. It requires sheriffs to notify residents of the perverts they have living in their neighborhoods.

Claims racist response to violence
Although juvenile crime is down in America, the media reports give a different impression. The highly publicized school shootings in a period of 18 months include: Springfield, Ore.; Fayetteville, Tenn.; Edinboro, Penn.; Jonesboro, Ark; Paducah, Ky.; Pearl, Miss., and Littleton, Colo. In these incidents Americans have been shown another face of youth violence, white suburban males. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

The baby-killer
If you liked Jack Kevorkian, you'll love Peter Singer, who has been appointed to Princeton University's Center for Human Values. Kevorkian believes in mercy killing old people and the ``suffering'' disabled. The Australian-born bioethicist (so-called) Singer believes in killing babies as well.

China may improve against U.S.

Drama returns bounce to tennis

Overtime: Rudy T out of qualifier

Golf roundup

U.S. women advance to championship

Garcia makes move for Ryder Cup spot

Tour de France remains shadowed by drugs

Runners from Morocco, South Africa capture titles at Peachtree Road Race

Jarrett's win solidifies Winston Cup lead

Davenport takes women's crown

Overtime: Augusta crew wins in England

India team wins Wimbledon doubles

U.S. players sweep Wimbledon

Ocean cover could kill hurricanes
MIAMI -- In an attempt to give man an advantage over nature, scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are experimenting with ways to thwart the power of a hurricane before it hits land.

'Star Ocean' a decent role-game
Role-playing games are just not my cup of tea. There, I said it. I feel so much better. However, I have been known to enjoy a really good one -- the Zelda series is a fine example, Parasite Eve is another -- and so I came to Sony's latest offering, Star Ocean: The Second Story, with an open mind.

Early studies prompt hope for new way to attack cystic fibrosis
WASHINGTON -- Every day for a week, Dannon Baker swallowed a little white pill as part of an experiment to see if a new type of therapy will finally attack the cause of deadly cystic fibrosis rather than just treat its symptoms.

East swelters under hot, gooey heat wave
A wave of record heat and sticky, humid air enveloped the eastern third of the nation Monday, wilting people who had to be outside and shifting air conditioners into electricity-sucking overdrive.

Police use e-mail to nab suspect on weapons charges
WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- A man who was declared unfit to stand trial on weapons charges was charged again after his mental capabilities appeared fine in a 10-month Internet romance with an undercover agent.

Workers injured in chemical plant explosions
GRAMERCY, La. -- Explosions rocked an aluminum plant early Monday, spraying a red mist containing a corrosive chemical over residential areas and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

Gore under fire in South Africa over high cost of HIV drugs
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South African protesters took aim Monday at health policies backed by Al Gore, underscoring a trade dispute between the United States and South Africa over the cost of AIDS drugs.

National Zoo proposes 10-year panda lease
WASHINGTON -- Officials at the National Zoo have made a 10-year, $2.5 million offer to lease a pair of giant pandas from China.

Netchat: The Cranberries

Adviceline: Pregnancy big issue for any teen-ager

Your style
Jessica Mackay's cool summery look was a gift from her sister for her 16th birthday.

Stopped at the door
They watch it every Wednesday night on Comedy Central. They hear the swearing, see the cartoon violence and probably understand most of the innuendoes.

Your style

Netchat: The Cranberries
Members of the Irish band the Cranberries recently chatted with fans on sonicnet.com. after the release of their new album, Bury the Hatchet. Here are excerpts:

Adviceline: Pregnancy big issue for any teen-ager
`My boyfriend moved away about a month ago to go to college in Michigan, and I just found out I'm pregnant. He knows, but he says he can't be there. He still calls me and says he loves me, but I don't know what I should do. Should I keep the baby? I don't want it to grow up with no father like I did. Please help.

Stopped at the door

National Zoo proposes 10-year panda lease

Gore under fire in South Africa over high cost of HIV drugs

Workers injured in chemical plant explosions

Ocean cover could kill hurricanes

'Star Ocean' a decent role-game

Early studies prompt hope for new way to attack cystic fibrosis

East swelters under hot, gooey heat wave