Players in awe of park

All-Stars in awe of Ted Williams

Shortstops are stars of the A.L.

Martinez, AL shine in All-Star game

Cox pulls right strings

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

Garciaparra unchanged by fame

GreenJackets at Macon rained out

Hometown heros spice up game

Postcards continue to roll in

Justice Department sues Toyota

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.

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

Auto accident

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.

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.

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

Women's soccer team hot on Madison Avenue

British company to be carved up

Columbia House to merge with CDNow

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.

Disney unites online efforts

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.

IBM buys computer business

Auto accident
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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.

Grovetown deals with housing boom

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.

Groups help career seekers

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.

USDA: Crop prices to drop

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.

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

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.

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.

Fried brains

Bridging the gap

Praises GreenJackets fans, fireworks

Supports veteran's record on issues

Touts `friend' in S.C. GOP primary

Back safety locks

Hits `meaningless' promises to vets

Address foreign debt

Plugs Arizonan for the presidency

A defining victory

Claims rep wants `welfare for rich'

Faults veterans for not cooperating

Jabs 'Boondocks' critic for canceling

Blames GOP for deteriorating VA care

'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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Doing double duty

Actress kept busy

In the Know

Strengthening mind and body

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

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.

Auto accident

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.

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.

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.

Ex-pastor gets time in prison for tax evasion

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.

Man turns hobby into beautiful music

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

Dents broke political race barrier

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.

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.

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.

Couple to get drug treatment

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.

Sam Turner Sr. ex-fugitive, dies at 72

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.

Former officer to remain on death row

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.

Auto accident
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Committee rejects rate rollback

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.

Athletes treasure experience

Area briefs: Nuclear waste site OK for 10 years

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.

City offers EMA position to New Yorker

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.

Peach Jam rolls on

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.

University race suit dismissed

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.

Relatives face sex charges

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.

Canal artifact donated to canal authority

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.

Limit on watering remains

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Keep-away

Victim's brother objects to sentence

Columbia County school board acts slowly on armed security

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.

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.

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.

Police use profile in Holt case

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.

New casino's days numbered

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.

Auditor says lawmaker used state money to pay her tax bill

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

Craft time

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.

Barnes' industry board hits ground running

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.

Peach Jam notebook: Local star to come off bench

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.

Aiken saddling up for Ride '99 event

Commission stops development plan

Jury clears officer in fatal shooting

Witness tells of `system'

Aiken clears way for new Ryan's

Canal panel gets tour boat grants

Water service cut off

Offensive outburst opens Jam

Educators involved in staff development

Proposal made to convert two-lane road to one way

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

Houseboat limitation attacked

Peach Jam displaying best in stock

Railroad spur construction about to begin

Hayes keeping goal in sight

Walker leaping on the board

Safety efforts praised

Unit of school has expanded data services

Schools facing takeover

Wall sent into airport battle

Augusta loses national cemetery

Area briefs: Grand jury issues murder indictments

Summerville house was central

Area briefs: Grand jury issues murder indictments

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.

Postcards continue to roll in

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.

Mrs. Cora Mingledorff
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Cora Louise Morton Mingledorff, 68, of 319 Burdett St., died Monday, July 12, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Mildred McCurry
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Mildred O. McCurry, 95, of 6433 East Shore Road, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Providence 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. 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. Maxine Schuetz
Mrs. Maxine Fortune Schuetz, 81, of 2209 Dominion Court, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Mrs. Ingrid Gallett
Mrs. Ingrid Willox Gallett, 50, of 3630 Meadowlark Road, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at her 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. David Faircloth Sr.
WINDSOR -- Mr. David Otis Faircloth Sr., 49, of 76 Pearl Bonnett Road, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Sammie Cobbler Jr.

Mrs. Viola Kneece

Mrs. Daisy Swearingen

Mr. Ronald Reynolds Sr.

Mrs. Karen Sheehan

Mrs. Mildred McCurry

Mrs. Mamie Henson

Mr. Forrest Epps

Mrs. Ingrid Gallett

Mr. David Gurka

Mrs. Gerty Bailey

Mrs. Mable Sizer

Mr. Jimmie Hammonds

Mrs. Gatholea Koon

Mr. Thomas Chambers

Mrs. Viola Cohen

Mrs. Cora Mingledorff

Ms. Carrie Ivey

Mrs. Tada Huggins

Mr. Rufus Minor Jr.

Mrs. Lula Hall

Mrs. Katherine Daniels

Mr. Clay Stelling

Mr. Ronald Reynolds Sr.

Miss Frances Gardner

Mr. David Willingham Sr.

Mrs. Lorraine Rowell

Ms. Almida Blair

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

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

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.''

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Overtime: Hearst hears good news about injury

Graf says she'll retire within a year

Soccer team, General Mills discuss Wheaties box

Governor defends his renewed ties to WWF

Not your mother's role models

Jags' Stepp fires career round to win

Chinese leaders welcome World Cup team

Irish eyes smiling on Americans

Overtime: Thrashers select Fraser as first coach

U.S. women are singing in the reign

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

Xtreme advice

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.

Netchat : Mike Meyers

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

Sneak attack

Virus-detection software updated

Retiring fertility doctor plans to destroy unclaimed embryos

U.S. military conducts Computer test

Classroom computers made more effective

Authorities running out of leads in disappearance of renowned expert

Glickman announces steps to address concerns about biotech crops

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

Reno, Freeh oppose eased export controls on scrambling technology