Braves notebook

Garciaparra unchanged by fame

Braves left-hander won't be going home to pitch in All-Star game

Players in awe of park

GreenJackets at Macon rained out

Alterations revive Maddux's winning style

Augusta shut out by Macon

Cox pulls right strings

Groups help career seekers
The black Leslie Fay jacket and matching black-and-gold print skirt is a sign of success for Ginny Luke.

Justice Department sues Toyota
WASHINGTON -- The government accused Toyota on Monday of putting faulty smog-control computers on 2.2 million 1996 to 1998 vehicles and sought to have the computers repaired and the company fined up to $58.5 billion.

IBM buys computer business
NEW YORK -- IBM is buying Sequent Computer Systems Inc., a struggling maker of powerful business computers, in an $810 million deal that helps fill a hole in IBM's product line for handling heavy-duty corporate computing.

IBM buys computer business

Auto accident
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFFAuto accidentAn 18-year-old North Augusta woman was injured seriously Monday in a two-car accident on Owens Road. Pol

Groups help career seekers

Additional business news
Dow Jones closes with record again...Schlumberger to spin off drilling...Goldman Sachs to buy Hull...Fox affiliate rescinds story offer...

Disney unites online efforts
NEW YORK -- The Walt Disney Co. is taking over Infoseek, an early arrival on the Internet scene, in an effort to consolidate its online operations into one enterprise that can leverage the power of Disney's entertainment brands in cyberspace.

USDA: Crop prices to drop
WASHINGTON -- Prices for wheat, corn and other major crops are heading down, according to a government forecast that is certain to increase pressure on Congress to approve another big bailout of the agricultural economy.

Auto accident

Disney unites online efforts

Justice Department sues Toyota

USDA: Crop prices to drop

Families observe history
WRENS, Ga. -- Descendants of two early families of Georgia and South Carolina gathered recently for their annual reunion to observe their families' history and meet new relatives.

This day in history: July 12
1887: King Mill declared its first stock dividend at a four percent profit.

Impeachment tops '90s events
The Augusta Chronicle received hundreds of responses when we asked readers to rank the top world and national news stories of the 20th century.

Summerville house was central
John von Friederich Lackmann and his wife, Sevier Gattice Gesine Koenig Lackmann, came to Augusta in 1883 from Kreslihe-Drangstadt, Germany. Like many new immigrant families to Augusta, they settled around Second and Third streets in an area called Skakerag.

Faults veterans for not cooperating

Supports veteran's record on issues

Jabs 'Boondocks' critic for canceling

Blames GOP for deteriorating VA care

Back safety locks

Address foreign debt

Augusta Ballet coup

A defining victory

Blasts critic of south Richmond

In the Know
The postponed season finale episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is scheduled to air tonight on WB.

Strengthening mind and body
Like graceful dancers in a slow-motion sequence, the students in Trina Ford's yoga class move seamlessly from posture to posture, gently working each muscle in their bodies. They stand, bend and sweep across the floor, inhaling deep, cleansing breaths of air with each movement.

'Nova' remembers early quest into space
NEW YORK -- Remember the glory days of the space program, when the thrill of exploration spurred this nation to reach for the moon?

Striped bass, hybrid fishing heating up

Jets players arrested in Long Beach

NFL Calendar

McCorvey home after colon cancer surgery

In the Know

Strengthening mind and body

A real homecoming
Aisha Hickson, 5, dances Sunday in her aunt's new house, which was built with help of Habitat for Humanity. The house, dedicated Sunday in Aiken, is the third home on Representative Drive that Habitat for Humanity has built.

Auto accident
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFFAuto accidentAn 18-year-old North Augusta woman was injured seriously Monday in a two-car accident on Owens Road. Pol

Kickboxing KO'd from Games

Commission stops development plan

A real homecoming

University race suit dismissed
ATHENS, Ga. -- A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit alleging reverse discrimination in

Governor spends fund on local projects
ATLANTA -- Georgia's governor has millions of dollars in a discretionary fund on hand in case of fire, flood and pestilence.

Witness tells of `system'
ATLANTA -- As the treasurer of Savannah tourism networks founded by suspended Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, Julia Wright had to make sure the bills got paid.

Offensive outburst opens Jam

Jury clears officer in fatal shooting
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- A Ware County coroner's jury Monday ruled the fatal shooting of a Waycross man by a police sergeant as justifiable homicide, prompting angry outbursts from the man's family.

Canal artifact donated to canal authority

Unit of school has expanded data services
ATHENS, Ga. - Eight years ago, Information Technology and Outreach Services was a small part of the University of Georgia's Institute of Government, and its few workers were responsible for one thing: reapportioning House and Senate districts for the state Legislature after the 1990 census.

Steakhouse move goes before city

Officers lose jobs in connection with drug-symptom study
Three north Georgia police officers are out of a job, accused of giving illegal drugs to a ``test subject'' and allowing him to take them so they could recognize the symptoms of a person under the influence.

Thurmond's wife holds 2nd auction
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Hundreds of books, photos, clothes and knickknacks were carted away as souvenirs from a second auction organized by U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond's estranged wife.

Locks reduce cart thefts at store
SAVANNAH -- When night falls, Eddie Harmon will listen for that familiar chirping. It doesn't have the volume of the tree frog's shrill cry, or the steady pleading of a cicada. It is not musical.

Allendale report set for today

Man turns hobby into beautiful music
JEFFERSON, Ga. - The hands and mind of Tony Ianuario were destined to make beautiful music together.

Schools facing takeover

Canal artifact donated to canal authority
Mary Joe Reeves offered a cherished family heirloom for adoption Monday.

Unit of school has expanded data services

Educators involved in staff development
As two other teachers looked on, Mary Pettegrew used her finger to stir a Gobstoppers candy around in a bowl of water.

Athletes treasure experience

Area briefs: Nuclear waste site OK for 10 years
Chem-Nuclear Systems Inc.'s low-level nuclear waste site in Barnwell County can operate for another decade at the rate it is accepting material, a new state task force learned Monday.

Home front: Woman keeps criminals in line
Though she stands only 4 feet 11 inches tall, Columbia County's worst criminals listen when Lt. Donna Dunham speaks.

Commission stops development plan
With about $10 million expected to be pumped into the Laney-Walker Boulevard area in the next few years, plans and proposals for revitalizing the area are mushrooming in Augusta.

University race suit dismissed

Limit on watering remains
Last weekend's deluge won't bring refuge to Augusta's lawns. Despite heavy rains Sunday, city officials said Monday they will not yet lift restrictions on watering lawns and landscaping.

Governor spends fund on local projects

Athletes treasure experience
Fourteen year-old soccer player Torell Butler returned from the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games with more than a bronze medal.

Steakhouse move goes before city
AIKEN -- On the surface it sounds like no big deal that Ryan's Family Steakhouse wants to move across Whiskey Road to a larger site.

Relatives face sex charges
AIKEN -- A mother and her two stepchildren have been charged in a series of sex crimes involving the mother's 9-year-old son, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

This day in history: July 12

Kickboxing KO'd from Games
Jack Nilsson may tie his shoelaces together for the Georgia Games. It might remind him to keep his feet on the ground in the boxing ring.

Impeachment tops '90s events

Couple to get drug treatment

Area briefs: Nuclear waste site OK for 10 years

Oliver wary of tax cuts
Augusta Mayor Bob Young and City Administrator Randy Oliver will be on opposite sides when the city's finance committee talks taxes today.

Couple to get drug treatment
AIKEN -- A judge ordered probation and drug counseling Monday for a North Augusta couple who were caught breaking into a manufactured-home dealership.

Former wrestling star makes her mark on area enthusiasts
Jennifer Hood, 8, of Harlem, made an offer Sunday and former World Wrestling Federation star Rena Mero couldn't say no.

Coming this week
The North Augusta-Belvedere branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 232 in North Augusta. People interested in attending may call 827-9529 for more information.

Families observe history

Home front: Woman keeps criminals in line

Oliver wary of tax cuts

Schools facing takeover
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- A report released Monday by an education consulting firm has all but sealed the fate of the Allendale County school district, paving the way for the Palmetto State's first-ever involuntary takeover of a public school system.

Across the area

Aiken clears way for new Ryan's
AIKEN -- The last large wooded area on the heavily developed section of Whiskey Road will be partially cleared for a new Ryan's Family Steakhouse.

Coming this week

Committee rejects rate rollback
The Augusta Finance Committee heeded the advice of its administrator, Randy Oliver, over that of Mayor Bob Young on Monday and voted to keep this year's tax rates at last year's levels.

Relatives face sex charges

State blood stocks drying up

Witness tells of `system'

Former wrestling star makes her mark on area enthusiasts

Auto accident

Jury clears officer in fatal shooting

Aiken clears way for new Ryan's

Committee rejects rate rollback

Man turns hobby into beautiful music

Walker leaping on the board

Summerville house was central

State blood stocks drying up
Blood supplies in Georgia and South Carolina have dropped to dangerously low levels, leaving more than 200 Georgia hospitals with just a half-day's supply, the American Red Cross said Sunday.

Across the area
Fire officials probe suspicious blazes ... Storms batter Columbia County ... New Converse president begins

Peach Jam begins today

Limit on watering remains

Educators involved in staff development

Allendale report set for today
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- The future of South Carolina's poorest school district could be determined as early as today when a private consulting firm reports on the state of Allendale County's school system.

Mr. Andrew Virella
JACKSON -- Mr. Andrew Cardet Virella, 73, of 122 Cassel St., died Monday, July 12, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Booker Curry Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Booker T. Curry Sr., 72, of 703 Ridge Road, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Nettie Taylor
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Nettie Mae Pye Taylor, 99, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mr. Thomas Chambers
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Thomas G. Chambers, 70, of 200 Northside Drive, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Karen Sheehan
Mrs. Karen F. Sheehan, 53, of 761 W. Port Road, Martinez, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Clay Stelling
LONG VALLEY, N.J. -- Mr. Clay McPherson Stelling, 63, of 2 Flintlock Lane, died Saturday, July 3, 1999.

Mrs. Maxine Schuetz
Mrs. Maxine Fortune Schuetz, 81, of 2209 Dominion Court, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lula Hall
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Lula Bell Jordan Hall, 66, of 504 Hall St., died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. James Hawkins
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. James Hawkins, 84, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Daisy Swearingen
EUTAWVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Daisy E. Swearingen, 92, of 919 St. Julien Drive, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Jolley Acres Health Care Center, Orangeburg.

Mrs. Golda Black
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Golda Plyler Black died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Sammie Cobbler Jr.
LEESVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Sammie Cobbler Jr., 74, of 865 Vale Crest Road, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. David Willingham Sr.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. David Center Willingham, 54, died Friday, July 9, 1999.

Mrs. Lorraine Rowell
BATH -- Mrs. Lorraine Poole Rowell, 70, of 269 Cathy Drive Linwood, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Viola Kneece
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Viola Bonnett Kneece, 90, of 21 Freeman St., died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Beverly Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Wilhemina Drayton
Mrs. Wilhemina Dicks Drayton, 74, of 407 Azalea St., died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lillian Duckworth
THOMSON -- Mrs. Lillian Darcenia Duckworth, 71, of 918 Frances Drive, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Ronald Reynolds Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Ronald ``Ronnie'' Anthony Reynolds Sr., 41, of 491 McKenzie St., died Saturday, July 10, 1999.

Mrs. Ruby Carter
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Lucille Carter, 77, of 527 N. Main St., died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Jimmie Hammonds
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Jimmie Hammonds, 59, of 1200 Talisman Drive, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Bessie Stancill
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Bessie Carver Stancill, 81, of 3382 Union Point Highway, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Ingrid Gallett
Mrs. Ingrid Willox Gallett, 50, of 3630 Meadowlark Road, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Rosa Bennett
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mrs. Rosa Lucille Durden Bennett, 79, of 172 Dewey Warnock Road, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at Dublinair Health Care Center.

Miss Frances Gardner
Miss Frances Ellen Gardner, 85, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at Windemere Nursing Home.

Mrs. Corine Dixon
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Corine Gibbons Dixon, 97, of 950 Jordan St., died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at Jefferson County Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Gerty Bailey
Mrs. Gerty Peterson Bailey, 89, of 148 Anneswood Road, Martinez, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Willie Newman
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Willie A. Newman, 67, of 212 Brezelin Road, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Horace Tanner
KITE, Ga. -- Mr. Horace Randall Tanner, 45, of Route 1, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Dorothy Stewart
Mrs. Dorothy L. Stewart, 80, of Martinez, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Martha Pressley
Mrs. Martha Hazel Pressley, 79, of Martinez, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Robert Hammersmith
Mr. Robert Clement Hammersmith, 67, of 6208 Keg Creek Drive, Appling, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Golda Black

Mr. Thomas Chambers

Mr. James Hawkins

Mr. David Willingham Sr.

Mrs. Gerty Bailey

Mrs. Lorraine Rowell

Mr. Booker Curry Sr.

Mr. Sammie Cobbler Jr.

Mrs. Bessie Stancill

Mrs. Lula Hall

Mrs. Daisy Swearingen

Mr. Ronald Reynolds Sr.

Mr. Clay Stelling

Miss Frances Gardner

Mrs. Nettie Taylor

Mr. Jimmie Hammonds

Mrs. Corine Dixon

Mrs. Rosa Bennett

Mrs. Ruby Carter

Mrs. Viola Kneece

Protests Medicare funds for abortion
I have worked with Medicare Part B in a local laboratory for nine years now and have watched as Medicare has slowly added ``Medical Review Policies'' which severely limit the circumstances under which laboratory tests can be paid. For example, in 1990, Medicare made the rule that they would only pay for a routine pap smear once every three years. Charleen Luther, Augusta

Backs 'genuine article' in Aiken race
... I am compelled to speak out in support of Robert ``Skipper'' Perry -- an endorsement I don'tmake lightly. He is a candidate for the South Carolina House Seat 81 which recently became vacant due to the untimely death of my friend Rudy Mason. Odell ``Spooky'' Weeks, Jr., Aiken

Faults veterans for not cooperating
I have been reading with interest the recent letters referencing local veterans' concerns about layoffs at the Augusta VA Medical Center and the effect those layoffs will have n veterans medical care. My husband is active in a veterans' organization and I in its auxiliary. We have been concerned about this situation for several years. Linda J. Flythe, Hephzibah

Hits mayor for wife's trip to meeting
Once again The Chronicle has failed in its journalistic obligation to its readers. Mary Agnes Edwards, Augusta

Back safety locks
Georgia doesn't have a specific law to deal with the kind of incident that happened in Augusta last week when a 2-year-old toddler found a handgun under a mattress and shot her mother. Fortunately, the woman survived, but the shooting raises legitimate questions about gun-owners' responsibility, especially when children are around.

Augusta Ballet coup
The Augusta Ballet couldn't have gotten a better person to head up the organization than Louis Hrabovsky. Just how fortunate is our community to get him? Consider this:

Supports veteran's record on issues
I have been reading letters to the editor published in The Chronicle the past several days. The author of these letters most often criticize U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., for his lack of support of our military retirees. Earl E. Bunch, Hephzibah

No birth is `wrong'
Parents blessed with healthy children should count themselves lucky. There's nothing in nature -- and there should be nothing in law -- to guarantee every mom she'll have a healthy, normal baby.

Address foreign debt
The G-7 nations, including the United States, recently approved a far-too-generous debt-relief package for over three dozen nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America that are in danger -- again -- of defaulting on foreign-aid loans.

Blasts critic of south Richmond
Why doesn't Nicholas Reese (letter, July 2) ``secede'' on over into Columbia County since he's such a progressive-thinking voter. Has he forgotten that we voted Larry Sconyers out and voted Bob Young in because we just happen to also be progressive-thinking voters. A. J. Bugg, Augusta

Blames GOP for deteriorating VA care
I cannot believe the Augusta Veterans Administration Medical Center is going to lay off 170 people -- and promises that the same ``great'' level of care will be provided. Reginald A. Perry Jr., Augusta

Calls infanticide editorial unreasonable
The June 30 editorial about Marie Noe presented a reasonable opinion until the last paragraph. The reach made by trying to connect the Noe murders with a pro-choice agenda was irresponsible to say the least. The Chronicle has a consistent policy of being anti-choice but the Rick McKee editorial cartoon on July 2 exhibited a new low in common decency and creditability. There are no pro-choice groups having anything but disdain for infanticide. The clearest example of that is their support for international family planning so that poor countries have the option to reduce births rather than resorting to infanticide. Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

Jabs 'Boondocks' critic for canceling
This is in response to the reader who ended his subscription to The Chronicle because of ``The Boondocks'' comic strip: Cynthia Philpot, Beech Island

Supports secession idea for southside
In response to the July 2 letter written by Nicholas Reese, I have been a south Richmond resident since 1988. I have lived in the Augusta area all my life and moved to the ``southside'' from Martinez. I do wish to tell you that the southside did not really want to be consolidated with the city but was railroaded after several years of browbeating by the ``westside'' after promises of better service and more improvements to our districts.Doug Hemingway, Augusta

A defining victory
A lot of smart-aleck sportswriters said it couldn't be done: That a women's soccer match would fill 90,000 capacity seats in Los Angeles' Rose Bowl stadium and attract 40 million TV viewers, the most ever in this nation to watch a women's competition of any kind.

Not your mother's role models

Olympic swimmer shares experiences

U.S. women are singing in the reign

Peach Jam begins today

Women's team surprised by instant fame

Overtime: Aiken plays Hartsville in Legion playoffs

Burton wins Jiffy Lube 300

Jiffy Lube 300 notebook

Overtime: Hearst hears good news about injury

Graf says she'll retire within a year

Putts key for winner

New systems to challenge Game Boy's supremacy
There's nothing more important to the traveling gamer than a good handheld player and a pocket full of fresh batteries. For years, Nintendo's Game Boy was the one to have, despite its tiny screen and shades-of-gray images. When Game Boy Color debuted, sales soared as its 56-color display (from a palette of some 32,000 available shades) and library of more than 400 games snared hordes of fans.

Retiring fertility doctor plans to destroy unclaimed embryos
PHOENIX -- The ad ran deep in the Sunday classifieds, between ``Can't Collect on a Judgment?'' and a notice seeking witnesses to a car accident.

Virus-detection software updated
LAS VEGAS -- Computer security companies updated their virus-detection software on Sunday after the in-your-face launch at a hackers convention of a new tool designed for stealth invasions of networks operated by Microsoft Windows.

Hackers challenge antivirus software makers
LAS VEGAS -- Computer security companies updated their virus-detection software on Sunday after the in-your-face launch at a hackers convention of a new tool designed for stealth invasions of networks operated by Microsoft Windows.

Authorities running out of leads in disappearance of renowned expert
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- One of the world's foremost authorities on spiders disappeared six weeks ago, apparently while walking home after a night out on the town, and police fear the worst.

Heart-healthy diet: fiber, grapes, red wine -- now tea?
NEW YORK -- It used to seem simple: an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Then came warnings against butter, then margarine, then against fat in general, and then for some fats.

Astronaut reclusive 30 years after moon walk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Neil Armstrong was standing at the pad where he blasted off on July 16, 1969, watching the tower roll away from the soon-to-be-launched space shuttle Columbia, when a technician approached him.

Classroom computers made more effective
WASHINGTON -- Using computers in the classroom has been a learning experience for educators as well as students.

Study: More than 280,000 in jail are mentally illness
WASHINGTON -- The nation's prisons and jails held an estimated 283,800 mentally ill inmates in 1998, and they were more likely than other offenders to have committed violent offenses, the Justice Department reported Sunday.

Sneak attack

Xtreme style

Netchat : Mike Meyers

Xtreme style
Amy Mackay, 16-year-old junior, Evans High School. Amy and her sisters, Jessica and Melissa, are all about the same size and have the same taste in clothes.

Netchat : Mike Meyers
Mike Myers, aka Austin Powers and his nemesis Dr. Evil, recently took some time to chat with fans on America Online about his new movie, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:

Xtreme advice

Sneak attack
They're made for running, but those who buy them are making a fashion statement.

Xtreme advice
``This boy that I like is pressuring me for sex. I like him a lot, but I don't know what I should do. I'm scared if I do it he'll leave me, but I'm scared if I don't he won't like me anymore.''

Classroom computers made more effective

Study: More than 280,000 in jail are mentally illness

Astronaut reclusive 30 years after moon walk

Virus-detection software updated

New systems to challenge Game Boy's supremacy

Authorities running out of leads in disappearance of renowned expert

Heart-healthy diet: fiber, grapes, red wine -- now tea?

Retiring fertility doctor plans to destroy unclaimed embryos

Hackers challenge antivirus software makers