All-Stars in awe of Ted Williams

Cox pulls right strings

Players in awe of park

Hometown heros spice up game

Shortstops are stars of the A.L.

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

Garciaparra unchanged by fame

Martinez, AL shine in All-Star game

GreenJackets at Macon rained out

Postcards continue to roll in

British company to be carved up

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

USDA: Crop prices to drop

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

Women's soccer team hot on Madison Avenue

Grovetown deals with housing boom

Auto accident

Disney unites online efforts

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.

Additional business news
Stocks drop amid investor pessimism...NAACP ranks hotels higher...Merrill Lynch posts high quarter...Manufacturing activity weakens...Amazon.com expanding inventory...

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.

British company to be carved up
A deal among three of the world's largest industrial gas companies could affect as many as 30 local jobs.

Justice Department sues Toyota

Grovetown deals with housing boom
When Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau took office in 1988, the city's population was about 2,300. A decade later, his constituency has nearly tripled.

Groups help career seekers

Drug makers fight Medicare expansion
WASHINGTON -- Drug companies are lobbying hard against Medicare coverage for prescriptions, warning that research on new drugs for the elderly will depend on strong profits.

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.

Women's soccer team hot on Madison Avenue
NEW YORK -- Brandi Chastain may have created the best-known new undie since the Wonderbra when she doffed her jersey after delivering the winning kick at the Women's World Cup.

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.

Columbia House to merge with CDNow
NEW YORK -- Sony and Time Warner are staking out some key real estate in cyberspace by merging their jointly owned music club, Columbia House, with the major online music retailer CDNow.

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

Columbia House to merge with CDNow

IBM buys computer business

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.

Dents broke political race barrier
Richard and Benjamin Dent literally changed the face of Richmond County politics in the mid-20th century as they individually broke color barriers.

Hits `meaningless' promises to vets

Claims rep wants `welfare for rich'

Faults veterans for not cooperating

Praises GreenJackets fans, fireworks

Bridging the gap

Plugs Arizonan for the presidency

Touts `friend' in S.C. GOP primary

Fried brains

A defining victory

Address foreign debt

Blames GOP for deteriorating VA care

Supports veteran's record on issues

Jabs 'Boondocks' critic for canceling

Back safety locks

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?

Doing double duty
Couldn't you use a two for one? I'm not talking about happy hour at Oldenberg Grill or a buy-one-get-one-free deal at the supermarket. I'm talking about supper.

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

Actress kept busy
NEW YORK -- It is a hot, muggy summer day. Manhattan is sizzling. And so is Camryn Manheim.

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Panthers sign Rucker and six NFL Europe players

McCorvey home after colon cancer surgery

49ers move to add cap space, running back

Postcards continue to roll in
The summer continues to roll along, and you and your neighbors keep sending vacation postcards.

Actress kept busy

Strengthening mind and body

Doing double duty

In the Know

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.

Aiken clears way for new Ryan's

Barnes' industry board hits ground running

Houseboat limitation attacked
ATLANTA -- A state law requiring the removal of houseboats from rivers is worded so vaguely that it amounts to an unconstitutional taking of property, a lawyer representing a Glynn County houseboat owner told the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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.

Renowned Savannah hairdresser faces sex charge
SAVANNAH -- An internationally recognized Savannah hairdresser has been arrested and charged with fondling a child on an airplane in 1998.

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.

Ex-pastor gets time in prison for tax evasion
SAVANNAH -- Former Coastal Cathedral Church of God pastor Ken Hall has been sentenced to four months at a federal prison camp, followed by four months of home confinement for failing to file income tax returns.

Barnes' industry board hits ground running
ATLANTA -- The newly installed board of the state's industry agency has already begun to live up to Gov. Roy Barnes' vision of its mission.

Water service cut off
Rain was the only water flowing at the homes of some south Richmond County residents Tuesday.

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.

Canal panel gets tour boat grants
The Augusta Canal Authority will get $500,000 in federal transportation funds to help build two canal tour boats and docking facilities.

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.

Police use profile in Holt case
On the trail of several suspects in the year-old slaying of Sam's Club Manager David Holt, Richmond County sheriff's investigators have enlisted the help of FBI profilers to make sure they're on the right track.

Safety efforts praised

City offers EMA position to New Yorker
After 27 years in fast-paced New York, John Carlsen is thinking about getting in on the secret of the South.

Commission stops development plan

Craft time
Although 5-year-old Marsha Lea Mormon is having more fun doing artwork this summer than honing her computer skills, she spends most mornings doing both.

University race suit dismissed

Auditor says lawmaker used state money to pay her tax bill
ATLANTA -- Suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson wrote more than $19,000 worth of checks to the Internal Revenue Service after her company was paid by tourism groups that received state grants with her help, a forensic auditor testified Tuesday in the lawmaker's federal mail-fraud case.

Athletes treasure experience

Wall sent into airport battle
Augusta attorney Jim Wall has been given the task of trying to end the standoff between the Bush Field airport board and its largest tenant, which is threatening to leave town.

Limit on watering remains

Area briefs: Grand jury issues murder indictments
Murder indictments were issued Tuesday by a Richmond County grand jury against two men accused of committing separate homicides in Augusta.

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.

Victim's brother objects to sentence
AIKEN -- A Salley man received a three-year jail sentence for his role in a 1996 homicide, prompting an outcry from the victim's brother that drug dealers get harsher sentences than killers.

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.

Summerville house was central

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

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.

Aiken saddling up for Ride '99 event
AIKEN -- State and national representatives of the American Quarter Horse Association will be in Aiken today to tout the city's inclusion in an international riding event this fall.

Area briefs: Grand jury issues murder indictments

Augusta loses national cemetery
It may appear that Augusta has lost out in a race with Atlanta for a new national cemetery, but in reality, it was never in the running.

Auto accident

Area briefs: Grand jury issues murder indictments
Murder indictments were issued Tuesday by a Richmond County grand jury against two men accused of committing separate homicides in Augusta.

Witness tells of `system'

Railroad spur construction about to begin
AIKEN -- Construction of a railroad spur promised to Bridgestone/Firestone as part of an incentive package by Aiken County Council is finally about to get under way.

Peach Jam notebook: Local star to come off bench

Former officer to remain on death row
A former Augusta police officer will remain on South Carolina's death row after a judge denied his request for a new murder trial this week.

Schools facing takeover

New casino's days numbered
NORTH AUGUSTA -- At least one new casino in Aiken County is running on borrowed time under a new state law that was meant to phase out the larger video poker establishments.

Keep-away

Columbia County school board acts slowly on armed security
Columbia County school board members want more answers before they allow armed officers in the county's schools.

Jury clears officer in fatal shooting

Safety efforts praised
Two Savannah River Site contractors won awards Tuesday for their promotion of work force safety and health.

Educators involved in staff development

Sam Turner Sr. ex-fugitive, dies at 72
A Lincoln County man who had successfully eluded authorities for 46 years before receiving clemency, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Thomson.

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

Canal panel gets tour boat grants

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.

Police use profile in Holt case

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.

New casino's days numbered

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.

City offers EMA position to New Yorker

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.

Postcards continue to roll in

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.

Auditor says lawmaker used state money to pay her tax bill

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

Ex-pastor gets time in prison for tax evasion

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.

Proposal made to convert two-lane road to one way

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.

Peach Jam rolls on

Area briefs: Grand jury issues murder indictments

Craft time

Water service cut off

Committee rejects rate rollback

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

Aiken saddling up for Ride '99 event

Unit of school has expanded data services

Columbia County school board acts slowly on armed security

Area briefs: Nuclear waste site OK for 10 years

Victim's brother objects to sentence

Couple to get drug treatment

Augusta loses national cemetery

Houseboat limitation attacked

Postcards continue to roll in
If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.

Offensive outburst opens Jam

Dents broke political race barrier

Relatives face sex charges

Wall sent into airport battle

Walker leaping on the board

Hayes keeping goal in sight

Peach Jam displaying best in stock

Railroad spur construction about to begin

Former officer to remain on death row

Man turns hobby into beautiful music

Keep-away
Mahalia Browning, 2, of Aiken, has other ideas as her father, Don Browning, tries to coax the basketball from her Tuesday. The pair were taking advantage of a break in the rain.

Proposal made to convert two-lane road to one way
AIKEN -- The owner of Highland Park Country Club says he has frightening visions of what could happen at the historic course on a narrow, winding road.

Sam Turner Sr. ex-fugitive, dies at 72

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

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

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

Ms. Carrie Ivey
Ms. Carrie G. Ivey, of 1497 Tutts Ave., died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. Lenton Williams
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Lenton Mack Williams, 45, of 604 Georgia Highway 17 S., died Friday, July 9, 1999, at Jefferson County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Cora Mingledorff
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Cora Louise Morton Mingledorff, 68, of 319 Burdett St., died Monday, July 12, 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.

Mrs. Mable Sizer
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Mrs. Mable Alice Sizer, 79, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. Rufus Minor Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Rufus Henry Minor Jr., 66, of 571 Old Fryer Road, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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. David Faircloth Sr.
WINDSOR -- Mr. David Otis Faircloth Sr., 49, of 76 Pearl Bonnett Road, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Mildred McCurry
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Mildred O. McCurry, 95, of 6433 East Shore Road, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Providence Hospital.

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

Mrs. Viola Cohen
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Viola Best Cohen, 89, of 950 Railroad Ave., died Monday, July 12, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Tada Huggins
Mrs. Tada ``Kyoko'' Huggins, 72, of 2965 Hillcreek Drive, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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.

Ms. Almida Blair
Ms. Almida ``Al'' Blair, 41, of Martinez, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mrs. Katherine Daniels
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Katherine Elizabeth Daniels, 63, of 935 Razor Road, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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

Mr. Forrest Epps
Mr. Forrest Stanley Epps, 57, of 2708 Gardenbrook Court, died Friday, July 9, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. Alfonzo Rolland
Mr. Alfonzo Lee Rolland, 48, of 1100 Swans Lane, died Friday, July 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Barbara Williams
TOWNSEND, Ga. -- Mrs. Barbara Lewis Williams, 66, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center, Brunswick.

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

Mrs. Gatholea Koon
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Gatholea Hallman Koon, 90, of 205 E. Butler Ave., died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Self Memorial 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.

Mr. David Gurka
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. David T. Gurka, 61, died Monday, June 12, 1999 at his residence.

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

Mrs. Mamie Henson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mamie Kate Todd Henson, 82, of 419 Gordon Grove Lane, Sandersville, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at the Medical Center, Macon.

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

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

Mrs. Gerty Bailey

Mrs. Mamie Henson

Mrs. Daisy Swearingen

Mr. Ronald Reynolds Sr.

Mrs. Tada Huggins

Mrs. Mildred McCurry

Mr. Ronald Reynolds Sr.

Mr. Forrest Epps

Mrs. Lorraine Rowell

Mrs. Katherine Daniels

Ms. Carrie Ivey

Mr. Rufus Minor Jr.

Mr. Clay Stelling

Mr. David Gurka

Miss Frances Gardner

Mrs. Karen Sheehan

Mrs. Lula Hall

Mrs. Gatholea Koon

Mr. Thomas Chambers

Mrs. Viola Cohen

Mr. David Willingham Sr.

Mr. Sammie Cobbler Jr.

Mrs. Cora Mingledorff

Mrs. Viola Kneece

Ms. Almida Blair

Mrs. Ingrid Gallett

Mr. Jimmie Hammonds

Mrs. Mable Sizer

Hits `meaningless' promises to vets
Thanks for the editorial supporting staff writer Tom Corwin's excellent investigative reporting on Veterans Administration downsizing. Since these articles appeared, there has been a spate of letters pro and con -- the most bitter from George Paschall and John Stone (spokesman for Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga.). Walter S. Williams, Augusta

Plugs Arizonan for the presidency
I see only one presidential candidate among all the parties -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Don Knudsen, Augusta

An incredible find!
Eureka! What a terrific find in Allendale. The deeply buried stone artifacts found there in the past few months by Dr. Albert Goodyear and other University of South Carolina archaeologists could radically change what we think we know about prehistoric man.

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.

Praises GreenJackets fans, fireworks
My husband and I took our granddaughter to her first baseball game on July 2nd. We had not been to any of the GreenJackets games in awhile and we were very impressed with the GreenJackets organization. Judy Peterson, Beech Island

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.

Says he feels `duped,' `betrayed'
I don't know whether ``outraged'' or ``depressed'' is the better word to describe the way I feel about the U.S. military sending a C-141 all the way from Tacoma, Wash., to the South Pole to drop off monitoring supplies to the woman with a lump in her breast. At a cost of approximately $50,000 for the flight alone, this is a colossal misuse of taxpayer money. Military medical facilities will not even dispatch a ground ambulance for retirees within their local areas. Dale W. Hemman, Evans

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

Fried brains
``The eggheads in Washington have gone too far. This new regulation -- which assumes Americans can't cook breakfast without directions from the FDA -- shows what happens when bureaucrats' judgment has been fried, scrambled and poached by too much power.''

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

Bridging the gap
Even though the national dialogue has often been one-sided over the past two years, President Bill Clinton's on-gain, off-again ``conversation on race'' is helpful in a big respect. More people are debating the topic, confronting bigotry, focusing on possible solutions and fostering mutual respect among the races.

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

Raps Clintons' `culture of arrogance'
In June, the spokesman for North Atlantic Treaty Organization proudly announced that it (i.e. President Bill Clinton) had killed over 10,000 Serbian troops and over 5,000 civilians. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

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

Claims rep wants `welfare for rich'
Remember a couple of years ago when Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., had money that was originally designated for recreational improvements on the lakes of the Savannah River transferred to get the lock repaired at the New Lock and Dam?Frank Carl, 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

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.

Touts `friend' in S.C. GOP primary
Aiken voters have a chance to elect a proven business person to the state House of Representatives in the Aug. 17 Republican primary. Mary Jane May, Aiken

Graf says she'll retire within a year

Governor defends his renewed ties to WWF

U.S. women are singing in the reign

Jags' Stepp fires career round to win

Not your mother's role models

Irish eyes smiling on Americans

Overtime: Hearst hears good news about injury

Overtime: Thrashers select Fraser as first coach

Chinese leaders welcome World Cup team

Soccer team, General Mills discuss Wheaties box

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.

Glickman announces steps to address concerns about biotech crops
WASHINGTON -- Mindful of the growing controversy over genetically engineered crops, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman announced plans Tuesday to study their long-term impact on the environment.

Nasal spray effective at preventing flu; could be on market soon
CHICAGO -- An ouchless flu vaccine that is sprayed up the nose has proved effective in protecting people against the virus, and researchers say it could reach the market within two years.

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

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.

U.S. military conducts Computer test
FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Pentagon is conducting what is believed to be the largest-ever simultaneous test of computer systems to make sure Year 2000 problems won't prevent delivery of everything from bullets to toilet paper to American troops.

Reno, Freeh oppose eased export controls on scrambling technology
WASHINGTON -- Easing export controls on powerful data and voice-scrambling technology will hamper efforts to track down terrorists and other criminals, the nation's top two law enforcement officials told Congress.

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.

Xtreme style

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 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.

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

Xtreme advice

Sneak attack

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.''

Netchat : Mike Meyers

Virus-detection software updated

Authorities running out of leads in disappearance of renowned expert

Reno, Freeh oppose eased export controls on scrambling technology

Glickman announces steps to address concerns about biotech crops

Retiring fertility doctor plans to destroy unclaimed embryos

Classroom computers made more effective

Nasal spray effective at preventing flu; could be on market soon

U.S. military conducts Computer test