Disappointing Chen fails Braves

Braves notebook: Weiss still looking to regain hitting stroke

Miller overpowering in Jackets' win

Millwood shows All-Star style

Braves notebook: With Perez ill, Chen gets the call

Savannah downs Jackets 10-1

Some banks low on pennies

Additional business news

Ex-ADM official gets jail time for price fixing
CHICAGO -- A former Archer Daniels Midland Co. executive who secretly recorded his colleagues conspiring to fix prices was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Friday for his participation in the scheme.

TV station purchase completed
Fisher Companies Inc. has completed its purchase of the broadcasting assets of Retlaw Enterprises, including local television station Fox affiliate WFXG-TV (Channel 54).

Additional business news
Dow ends week with record high . . . Disney merging TV production . . . Baseball manager favorite boss . . . Allstate buys American Heritage

Safe factory to add 25 jobs

Safe factory to add 25 jobs
The company that purchased the NKL Industries/Allied Gary Safe Co. plant in Waynesboro, Ga., earlier this year said it will add 25 jobs by Aug. 1.

Additional business news

Some banks low on pennies
WASHINGTON -- It seems like pennies are everywhere -- sock drawers, coffee cans, bottoms of purses -- but not in cash registers and banks, where they are needed desperately.

Jobless claims drop again

Census office set to open

Census office set to open
Work has begun to turn a vacant downtown Augusta building into a local headquarters for the 2000 census.

TV station purchase completed

Jobless claims drop again
WASHINGTON -- Declining claims for jobless benefits and rising retail sales are providing fresh evidence of a booming economy.

Sunbelt Nissan to add dealership

Despite verdict, tobacco companies can still minimize Florida suit's damage
MIAMI -- Cigarette makers have a number of legal weapons available to minimize the damage caused by a jury's verdict holding them responsible for making thousands of Florida smokers sick.

Sunbelt Nissan to add dealership
Sunbelt Nissan announced that it will build its third area dealership and its first in the West Augusta area.

Additional business news
Nasdaq hits record as Dow declines...Ducati denies talks with Harley...Coke allowed to resume work...Prudential subsidiary fined...Wachovia to buy insurance broker...Japan, China agree on WTO deal

Russell 2000 announces roster
NEW YORK -- After weeks of speculation, the benchmark Russell 2000 stock index on Thursday released the list of small companies that will make up its roster for the coming year, knocking out 375 companies that had grown too big in the past 12 months.

Ex-ADM official gets jail time for price fixing

Journalist spread county news
Beneath a granite tombstone overlooking a knoll -- behind a rusting wrought iron fence enclosure at Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Grovetown -- rest the remains of James M. Atkinson.

Rooting for Reds

Disputes Grovetown chief's story

Open borders

Blames ignorance of truth for troubles

Calls syndicated cartoon 'misleading'

Ga. insurance faux pas

Recycled items find new life in homeowner's creative garden
The saying ``One man's trash is another man's treasure'' isthe foundation upon which Lawrence Berry's garden is built.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer chases rainbow
Little did Daylon Wear know -- dressed as a leprechaun in his college musical and singing Look to the Rainbow -- that he would seek his own pot of gold in Nashville.

Mase leaves listener with hangover
He was amusing in cameo roles in the remix of Mariah Carey's Honey, Brian McKnight's You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste My Time) and an affable sidekick for Shawn ``Puffy'' Combs' All About the Benjamins.

Lawn mismanagement causing the spread of disease problems
A report I recently received from the University of Georgia laboratory shows that many lawns have disease problems. Grass samples with the potential for disease are sent to this lab from around the state. This report confirms that most diseases are caused by poor management, such as the way many homeowners water their lawns.

Get moving
Summer is a time for lounging in a hammock, lying by the pool and flopping in front of the television, right?

At work with God
Linda Hammonds loves to sing Christian music -- inside and outside of church. A stack of gospel CDs is within arm's reach of her beautician's chair.

God does keep his promises
In faith, Abraham and Sarah left the security of the tents of Terah and traveled to Canaan, not knowing what to expect. They possessed only one thing for sure: God's promises.

Faith digest
Paul M. Weyrich, president and founder of the Washington-based Free Congress Foundation, will speak twice at St. Ignatios of Antioch Melkite Catholic Church, 1003 Merry St., this weekend.

Worship is live, upbeat
Mark Abbott knows firsthand the difference a year can make. He returned to First Baptist Church of North Augusta after a year at college to find the youth praise band he remembered transformed.

Broadway's alive in Southern barn
Harold Longway has made his dreams come true on 86 acres in McCormick County, S.C. Mr. Longway spent three years converting an old cattle barn a few miles outside the town of McCormick into a restaurant and entertainment venue.

Heat quarterback takes leadership role seriously

Augusta turns on Heat tonight

Contract talks turn tough between running back, team

Expansion is golden for ACC

Geared for the Games
Augusta's reputation for majoring in minor sports will be cemented when the Georgia Games Championships arrive.

In-line skate champ back on course
After capturing first place at the 1996 national in-line skating championships in Lincoln, Neb., Josh McKee competed in a few more events and then hung up his skates for the better part of two years.

Augusta athletes use Games as step to success
They tore through their hometown rivals, blasted through state competition and are wreaking havoc on the national level.

Augusta athletes use Games as step to success

Lawn mismanagement causing the spread of disease problems

Get moving

Mase leaves listener with hangover

At work with God

Broadway's alive in Southern barn

Faith digest

God does keep his promises

Recycled items find new life in homeowner's creative garden

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer chases rainbow

Worship is live, upbeat

Education board approves public school programs only

Graduate student sues school over arrest
ATHENS, Ga. -- A graduate student arrested and jailed after he failed two courses and was barred from the University of Georgia campus has sued the university over the incident.

Police: Watch links man to robberies
While James England was eating at Kentucky Fried Chicken nearly nine months ago, an armed robber who stormed the restaurant demanded his money and jewelry, including a $450 wristwatch.

Marsh study

Area briefs: Board to take up probe of escapes

Forum members say U.S-China ties slipping

Graduate student sues school over arrest

Police identify second robbery suspect
Police have put a name and face with a robbery suspect who has been thwarting searchers since a botched robbery Monday at a grocery store.

Aiken multiple criminal files application to get another trial
AIKEN -- Four times Cornelius Barton was sent to the juvenile equivalent of prison until his 21st birthday, but he kept getting out and committing new crimes, court records show.

Lawyers debate work done by state senator
ATLANTA -- The amount of work suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson did to promote black tourism and whether she earned the $80,000 her consulting business was paid were the focus Friday of the second day of testimony in her federal mail fraud trial.

Focused thinker

Barnes seeks review of tax assessments
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes has heard enough complaints. On Friday, he directed State Revenue Commissioner Jerry Jackson to begin investigating counties that are pumping up property assessments this year before the governor's Taxpayers Bill of Rights kicks in.

Forum seeks solutions for juvenile delinquency

Forum members say U.S-China ties slipping
ATHENS, Ga. -- Graduate student Shaoming Cheng was delivering a presentation on the state of Chinese missile technology Thursday when he let fly a sarcastic reference to errant U.S. maps and bombs.

Fire department distributes alarms

Marsh study
Above, University of Georgia professor Steve Pennings takes a sample of mud, shown at left, from the Marshes of Glynn to compare Southeast Atlantic beaches with those of New England.

Fire department distributes alarms
AIKEN -- Inspector David Turno got an impossible mission Thursday, and he accepted without a flinch: to install 5,000 fire alarms in city homes in just two months.

Theater picks new director
As a performer, Greg Goodwin has appeared on stage in Augusta Opera and Fort Gordon Dinner Theater productions and sung with the Augusta Choral Society.

Family says missing man would not leave abruptly
Though police say they believe the 35-year-old husband and father of four who has been missing since Friday most likely left town on his own accord, his family insists that kind of behavior is out of character.

Young singer to perform at Turner Field
The last time Ansley Carter watched the Atlanta Braves play on their home field a year ago, it didn't seem so big.

Dancing back home
Working as a consultant for the Augusta Ballet, one of Louis Hrabovsky's tasks was to find a new executive director for the organization.

Super soaking
RON COCKERILLE/STAFFSuper soakingShyra Doyle, 8, of Aiken has a perfect spot as David Hart of the Aiken Department

Education board approves public school programs only
ATLANTA -- The state Board of Education voted Thursday to only fund after-school reading programs in public schools, leaving out church and private groups like the Wholistic Stress Control Institute in Atlanta and A World of Kidz Childcare in Richmond County, which received state grants in the past.

Area briefs: Motorist escapes after police chase
A two-state chase ended in North Augusta early Friday morning but the suspect continues to elude police.

Journalist spread county news

Bookkeeper to pay restitution
A physician's former bookkeeper and office manager didn't have to go to prison upon admitting to stealing $68,240 from her boss, but she did have to pay big Friday.

Dancing back home

Schools adding security
Lakeside High School has 20 surveillance cameras pointed toward entrances and hallways, one walk-through metal detector and one hand-held metal detector.

Family says missing man would not leave abruptly

Police name suspect in fatal robbery
Police have put a name and face to a robbery suspect who has been thwarting searchers since a botched robbery Monday at a grocery store.

Man bitten by bobcat with rabies

Company turns down fuel-sale proposal
Garrett Aviation has rejected an offer from Bush Field Airport's governing board that would give the company a commission on the profits the airport makes from selling fuel to Garrett's customers.

Postcards arrive from distant sites

Above the streets
Traffic signal technician Shawn Safford replaces a bulb on the traffic signal at Reynolds and Seventh streets Friday. Crews replaced bulbs and cleaned lenses as preventive maintenance.

Forum seeks solutions for juvenile delinquency
Quinton Christopher Cummings, 14; Judson Harden, 15; Justin Ronnel Williams, 16 -- all were recently charged with murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault in Richmond County.

Super soaking

Mental health patients facing change
Ever since Curtis Swan flew over the handlebars of his minibike and suffered a traumatic brain injury, he has had difficulty controlling his impulses.

Juvenile Justice offers deal to Aiken
AIKEN -- City attorneys have advised Aiken officials to agree to settle a $43,355 bill for incarceration of juveniles at 80 cents on the dollar.

Attorneys make pretrial agreement
Given a nudge and a little time by the judge Thursday, attorneys for two farming families and a local manufacturer reached an agreement instead of a protracted courtroom battle.

Company turns down fuel-sale proposal

Man sent to prison for theft of trailers
A Midville, Ga., grandfather received a nearly two-year prison sentence Thursday and orders to repay $265,158 to his interstate transportation theft victims.

Bookkeeper to pay restitution

Area briefs: Board to take up probe of escapes
Four Richmond County sheriff's deputies, whose jobs have been threatened after two recent jailbreaks, will go before an internal review board next week, the sheriff said Thursday.

Area briefs: Motorist escapes after police chase

Man bitten by bobcat with rabies
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- A Coffee County man is undergoing outpatient medical treatment after being bitten last weekend by a rabid bobcat that authorities say also attacked several pet dogs near Douglas.

Juvenile Justice offers deal to Aiken

Focused thinker
ATHENS, Ga. -- A conversation with Naomi Zeichner doesn't sound like one with your average 12-year-old girl. But most pre-teens haven't won international awards for solving the world's problems.

Above the streets

Postcards arrive from distant sites
Vacation season is peaking. So are our vacation postcards. Barbara and Joe Ellington of Augusta send a card from Hawaii. They write: ``We've had a fabulous two weeks in Hawaii.''

Barnes seeks review of tax assessments

Man sent to prison for theft of trailers

Police identify second robbery suspect

Police: Watch links man to robberies

Removal from post questioned

Attorneys make pretrial agreement

Theater picks new director

Aiken multiple criminal files application to get another trial

Lawyers debate work done by state senator

Police name suspect in fatal robbery

Mental health patients facing change

Young singer to perform at Turner Field

Schools adding security

Removal from post questioned
AIKEN -- As far as she knew, Kathryn Kling was still a member of the Governor's Office Commission on Women.

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Mr. Robert Rucker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mr. Robert J. ``Bob'' Rucker, 75, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Mr. Robert Sanders
Mr. Robert C. Sanders, 73, of 1904 Pennsylvania Ave., died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Elizabeth White
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Elizabeth H. ``Shorty'' White, of 3710 Hickory Cove Road, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Oscar Randall
GLOVERVILLE -- Mr. Oscar Homer ``Chip'' Randall, 85, of 210 Glover St., died Friday, July 9, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Blanche Miller
GLOVERVILLE -- Ms. Blanche M. Miller, 66, of 540 Honeywell Circle, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Teague
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Margaret Moore Teague, 77, of 102 Hawthorne Place, died Thursday, July 8, 1999.

Mr. Angel Vega-Perez
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Angel Louis Vega-Perez, 67, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mrs. Susie Gant
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Susie M. Gant, of 2314 Roundup Drive, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Alexis Richard
Alexis M. Richard, infant daughter of Joseph and Stacey Parker Richard, of 1050B Woodsedge Drive, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Arnold
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Margaret McDaniel Arnold, 75, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999.

Mr. Robert Rucker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mr. Robert J. ``Bob'' Rucker, 75, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Mrs. Karen Auman
HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Karen Carmichael Auman, 36, died Thursday, July 8, 1999.

Mrs. Alice Randolph
Mrs. Alice Randolph, 81, of 1023 Oleander Drive, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Catherine Banks
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mrs. Catherine Banks, 75, of Route 1, South Carlisle Street, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at Bamberg County Hospital.

Mrs. Katie Thomas
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Katie M. Thomas, 84, of 3537 Oakhill Church Road, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Anthony Boyd
Mr. Anthony ``Andy'' Boyd, of 906 Eighth Ave., died Monday, July 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Jack Waters
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Jack Raleigh Waters, 51, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at his mother's residence.

Mr. Ralph Cason
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Ralph C. Cason, 88, of 6155 Columbia Road, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mr. Jones Whittle
AIKEN -- Mr. Jones C. Whittle, 97, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Center.

Mr. Ernest Davis Sr.
BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. -- Mr. Ernest William Davis Sr., 71, of 2473 Argyle Road, died Thursday, July 8, 1999.

Mr. John Steed
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. John H. Steed, 89, of 861 Perry St., died Monday, July 5, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Hammond
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Ruth Moon Hammond, 91, of 507 Carlton Ave., died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Jessie Hilson
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Jessie Walden Hilson, 73, of 9298 Griffin Chapel Road, died Friday, July 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Betty Huff
JACKSON -- Mrs. Betty Jane Huff, 62, of 92 Main St., died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Dobson Gay Sr.
GARFIELD, Ga. -- Mr. Dobson M. Gay Sr., 91, of 6193 Elam Road, died Friday, July 9, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mrs. Mae Jorden
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mae Bell Jorden, 86, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. Harold Croft
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Harold Croft, 77, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at Richland Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Cecil Cooper Jr.
Mr. Cecil V. Cooper Jr., 68, of 2923 West Pointe Drive, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Rucker

Mrs. Karen Auman

Mr. Dobson Gay Sr.

Mr. Robert Sanders

Ms. Blanche Miller

Mrs. Margaret Teague

Mrs. Jessie Hilson

Mrs. Alice Randolph

Alexis Richard

Mr. Anthony Boyd

Mrs. Margaret Arnold

Mrs. Elizabeth White

Mr. Angel Vega-Perez

Mr. Jones Whittle

Mr. Oscar Randall

Mr. Jack Waters

Mr. John Steed

Mrs. Catherine Banks

Mrs. Annie Hammond

Mrs. Mae Jorden

S.C. voters should ban video poker in November
LAST WEEK, South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges signed into law the video poker ``compromise'' plan. The most important feature of this plan is a Nov. 2 referendum to ban video gambling.

Vigilance dispels the curse of Indifference
YOU HAVE to hand it to the American Civil Liberties Union (and most of the time that hand would feel pleasurable if doubled up into a fist). They are ever vigilant, ever watchful, seeking to protect us all from the horrors of organized, or organizing, religion. Their latest strike is against America's pastime, baseball.

Mulls bumper stickers, other topics
How many times have you seen the bumper sticker: ``Show dogs on board, please don't tailgate'' or ``show horses'' or some other animals? You get the picture. But have you ever seen this one: ``Precious children on board, please don't tailgate''? ... Billy Bedgood, Augusta

Disputes Grovetown chief's story
I am writing to respond to a guest column by John R. Tomberlin, director of the Grovetown De-partment of Public Safety, pertaining to a recent domestic violence case in Grovetown with which SAFE Homes of Augusta, Inc. was involved. Nancy C. Nelson, Augusta

A $20 million payoff
As head of the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Janet Reno, with an annual budget of $20 billion, oversees more than 9,100 government lawyers.

Ga. pension outrage
Will the Georgia General Assembly do something next January about an awful glitch in the state's involuntary separation law that has recently been exposed?

Praises recognition of patriotic groups
I want to thank you for the recognition you gave patriotic organizations in last Sunday's edition about our loyalty to our country, our respect to our fellow comrades and the time we gave to show the true meaning of the 4th of July. A. O'Keefe, Augusta

Youth Center saved
Here's a story that should put a smile on your face. The Augusta Youth Center, headed by the much-admired Pat Jones for her years of work with minority children, is out of financial trouble -- at least for the rest of the year, and maybe longer.<

Calls syndicated cartoon 'misleading'
The July 5 political cartoon (by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist David Horsey) showing an empty watering hole to depict the effect of George W. Bush raising $36 million was misleading. Gene and Byron England, Aiken

Open borders
In March the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, controlled by Clintonites who believe in an ``open borders'' philosophy, unilaterally announced a new mission.

Rooting for Reds
When President Bill Clinton watches today's World Cup soccer championship between the U.S. and Communist China, he'll naturally be torn over which female team to root for.

Laments alcohol problem in Nebraska
White Clay, Neb., is two miles from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Four stores in this tiny town sell more than $3 million worth of beer each year, mostly to Indians with drinking problems. Alcohol is banned on the reservation, a 5,000 square mile expanse that is home to the nation's highest alcoholism related mortality rates! B. Newman Bancroft, North Augusta

Vigilance dispels the curse of Indifference
YOU HAVE to hand it to the American Civil Liberties Union (and most of the time that hand would feel pleasurable if doubled up into a fist). They are ever vigilant, ever watchful, seeking to protect us all from the horrors of organized, or organizing, religion. Their latest strike is against America's pastime, baseball.

Notes corruptive influence of politics
Do you know how you can tell a corrupt politician? By how close they are to the capital. David Chiera, Augusta

Wants 'balanced' editorial page
I wish to propose two changes to your editorial format. Gecole Harley, Augusta

Blames ignorance of truth for troubles
The safety of our schools is on the top of the social concerns agenda and, as usual, the religious babblers are blaming their favorite scapegoat and enemy, the devil, and calling for prayer to solve everything. As in every other case, ``the devil did it'' is bogus, and if you pray, pray for discernment and truth. Rev. Anthony Stephens, Waynesboro

Wants firearm felonies prosecuted
We have seen yet another failure of the current administration to live up to its promises to protect the people of this country. We hear Bill Clinton and Janet Reno whine continuously for more Draconian anti-gun laws, yet they refuse to enforce any of the some 20,000 laws already on the books. Phillip Williams, Augusta

Praises director of N.A. Chamber
The Augusta Chronicle printed a letter on June 30 by Maury Rice condemning the executive director of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce. William J. Hodge Sr., North Augusta

Ga. insurance faux pas
The first unintended consequences of Georgia's new insurance consumer advocate law have just come in. This newspaper questioned that idea when it was proposed on grounds it wouldn't accomplish anything that the state insurance commissioner couldn't. Now we feel vindicated.

S.C. voters should ban video poker in November
LAST WEEK, South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges signed into law the video poker ``compromise'' plan. The most important feature of this plan is a Nov. 2 referendum to ban video gambling.

Keck wields putter at tournament

U.S. ready for final match

Cloninger on a roll at Great Waters

Overtime: McWilliams selected for all-star game

Giving back: Chastain earmarks $1,000 to Chinese children

Striped bass, hybrid fishing heating up

Slow start for Augusta's Littles

Overtime: ECHL moves franchise to Jackson, Miss.

Palmer sees the end coming

DiCicco: The man behind the women

It's tough to keep Winston Cup drivers down

Four locals have claimed title

Geared for the Games

Golf notebook: Merchandise is moving faster than it can be stocked

In-line skate champ back on course

Heat quarterback takes leadership role seriously

Peach of a hoops tourney set

Lab meets with residents over bacteria release
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Unable to ease public fears, Los Alamos National Laboratory canceled plans Thursday to release a common strain of bacteria into the atmosphere to test new biowarfare detectors.

Ozone study launched in Smoky Mountains
WASHINGTON -- Government scientists are launching a research program to measure the ozone in the Great Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

NASA unveils plans to smash projectile into comet
LOS ANGELES -- A spacecraft named Deep Impact will fire a 1,100-pound copper bullet at the nucleus of a comet, blasting out a crater the size of a football field and as deep as a seven-story building.

U.S. said poorly prepared for nuclear, chemical weapons threat
WASHINGTON -- The government is ill-prepared to handle an increasing threat of nuclear, chemical or biological attack from rogue states or terrorists, a commission headed by former CIA Director John Deutch concludes.

New agency to oversee weapons programs
WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has agreed to a Republican proposal to consolidate nuclear weapons programs under a semiautonomous agency within his department, a department official said Wednesday.

A cup of tea a day cuts heart attack risk, research suggests
LONDON -- Drinking at least one cup of tea a day could cut the risk of heart attack by 44 percent, according to new research presented Thursday.

FTC creates fake Web sites to educate public
WASHINGTON -- Computer users surfing the Internet to look for a remedy for painful joints can type in the words ``arthritis cure'' and get a list of more than 10,000 Web sites, many of them promising miracles. But if they go to the home page for a product called ArthritiCure, they're in for a surprise.

Possibility seen for global market for trading pollution credits
WASHINGTON --A $23 million project involving energy-efficient light bulbs in Mexico could lead to a global market for trading credits rewarded to countries or companies for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Y2K overwork drove Japanese man to suicide, wife says
TOKYO -- Stress from dealing with the Y2K computer problem drove a 40-year-old man to commit suicide last year, his wife reportedly said in a petition for compensation filed Friday.

Malaysia opens futuristic cybercity
CYBERJAYA, Malaysia -- Malaysia opened its version of Silicon Valley today, cutting the ribbon on a high-tech cityscape in a giant clearing where wetlands and rubber trees once stood.

Nuclear plants not Y2K ready
WASHINGTON -- A third of the nation's atomic power plants still have additional work to complete on non-safety computer systems to be fully ready to deal with the Y2K computer bug, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Endangered man-eating crocodiles has humans worried
SAN FERNANDO DE APURE, Venezuela -- Members of the Wild Crocodile Skiing Club used to water ski fearlessly on the rivers of Venezuela's Great Plains because their main nemesis, the Orinoco Crocodile, was nearly extinct.

Ozone study launched in Smoky Mountains

New agency to oversee weapons programs

FTC creates fake Web sites to educate public

Possibility seen for global market for trading pollution credits

Nuclear plants not Y2K ready

U.S. said poorly prepared for nuclear, chemical weapons threat

Endangered man-eating crocodiles has humans worried

Malaysia opens futuristic cybercity

A cup of tea a day cuts heart attack risk, research suggests