Braves in a familiar spot

Aiken Post 26 sweeps Hartsville in 3 games

Jackets rout RedStixx

Jackets rebound for win

Braves notebook: Lopez returns to lineup

North all-stars win rain-delayed matchup

Braves down Yankees 6-2

Memory can trigger generation

ATM fees on rise, Fed reports
WASHINGTON -- ATM fees charged by banks and savings and loans increased significantly from 1997 to 1998, as did the number of institutions offering free checking, the Federal Reserve said in a report to Congress released Thursday.

Additional business news
Tech stocks' rally sends Nasdaq high...Ford has $2.48 billion in earnings...Drug Emporium store to close

Industrial Park development
Local economic development officials say two manufacturers are interested in locating at the Forward Augusta-Richmond County Industrial Park.

Hooking new clients

Coke asks for denial of class-action status
ATLANTA -- A hearing in the racial discrimination lawsuit against Coca-Cola could result in an order barring most of the company's 1,500 black salaried employees from joining the case.

Bush Field to add $3 charge to tickets

Bush Field to add $3 charge to tickets
Travelers flying out of Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field will be paying an extra $3 per ticket starting Oct. 1.

Industrial Park development

Additional business news
Stocks rise in move toward new highs...Merry Land reports strong profits...Aiken bank to expand services...Judge refuses to narrow Coke suit...

State struggles to buy battle land
ATLANTA -- Supporters of a plan to preserve the Civil War battlefield at Resaca hand-delivered a petition with more than 1,200 signatures to state offices Thursday, calling on Gov. Roy Barnes to designate the area a historic site.

Prices decline in June
WASHINGTON -- Prices at the wholesale level unexpectedly declined last month, while consumers' spending slowed dramatically. With more news like this, the Federal Reserve may be content to remain on the sidelines and not push interest rates higher this year, economists said.

Hooking new clients
Small-business owners learned some new fishing techniques Wednesday.

Quarterly bank results mixed
Three big banks reported varied second-quarter results Wednesday.

State struggles to buy battle land

This day in history: July 13
1892: The People's Party of Richmond County formed at a public meeting at Augusta's courthouse and nominated a slate of candidates for the Georgia Legislature.

State struggles to buy battle land
ATLANTA -- Supporters of a plan to preserve the Civil War battlefield at Resaca hand-delivered a petition with more than 1,200 signatures to state offices Thursday, calling on Gov. Roy Barnes to designate the area a historic site.

Georgia beats a path to sites of Civil War
APPOMATTOX, Va. -- The Virginia site where Confederate commander Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1865 is open an extra half-hour these days to accommodate the host of late arrivals following the path the two armies took in the final days of the Civil War.

This day in history: July 14
1927: Businessman William B. Bell was elected Augusta's mayor. 1931: Golfer Bobby Jones met in Augusta with leading architect and landscape designer Dr. Alistair Mackenzie of Leeds, England, to draft plans for an ``ideal'' golf course for the Augusta National Golf Club.

This day in history: July 16
1970: The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected the desegregation plan then in use in Richmond County public schools.

Preservationists protect sites
MARIETTA, Ga. -- At least 15 Civil War sites in Cobb County are prime candidates for development that threatens to wipe out sites such as Signal Hill, a house that served as a Union headquarters.

'Cure' HCFA abuses

Event attracts many top fuel hydros

Blood supply peril

A `taxing' issue

Defends failure to uphold court order

Lauds defense against criminal

Augusta Southern Nationals attract many top fuel hydros

Rips prosecutor; says taxes wasted

Chides Norwood for panel choices

Bobcat purrs for his kitten
At 37, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait knows his engagement to 21-year-old actress Nikki Cox is sure to raise eyebrows.

Classic blooms make for summer viewing
My fingernails ache from being plunged into the soil so often this past week. (I plant annuals and perennials barehanded.) But I don't care. I'm happy the azaleas have finally stopped blooming; they're in their "green meatball" phase, which will last for the next 11 months.

Kids could make it to the Apollo
It's Showtime at the Apollo, a nationally syndicated TV show, will conduct a kids talent search at South Dekalb Mall in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 14. The contest is open to children ages 5 to 12. The winner will receive a free trip to New York and a chance to perform live at the Apollo Theatre.

Summer stock makes 'Impromptu' return
After an absence of six years, summer-stock theater is returning to Augusta State University with an evening of contemporary one-act plays.

Duo mesh musically, but not romantically
Jennifer Nettles, of the folk-rock group Soul Miner's Daughter, sees parallels between her partnership with bandmate and collaborator Cory Jones and the relationship shared by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Mix & match
Sarah Washington's Summerville home is surrounded with bright-colored flowers that will last all summer.

In the know
On Tuesday we printed information about Volkswagen pondering production of a convertible version of its New Beetle. We asked readers if there were any other cars they would like to see as ragtops.

Happy hour search
After a long hot day of work, do you drop by a favorite watering hole on the way home? Or perhaps you work at a bar or restaurant with happy hour specials.

Capsules
Most people drink coffee for the quick ``pick-me-up'' they get from caffeine. But can it cause addiction? The answer is no, at least when drunk in moderation. French medical researchers found in animal studies that drinking the equivalent of one to three cups of coffee a day contributes to alertness and energy but does not create dependence.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Wariner fond of first song
It used to be rare for a new country artist to have a hit with a first single. But that happens more frequently today, with Lee Ann Womack, Andy Griggs and other first-timers topping the charts with their debuts.

Burglars stay busy in the summertime
WASHINGTON -- Burglars look forward to your vacation as much as you do. According to the latest Justice Department statistics for burglaries committed annually nationwide, July and August were the worst months every year from 1993 through 1997.

Nashville has no allure for singer
After a two-year tour promoting his 1997 album Ghostrider, Clearwater's John Monroe is back in the Augusta area for an extended engagement at the Silver Bullet Lounge, 2423 Milledgeville Road.

Thomson fisherman's technique works for catfish

Lightning stops All-Star game

Anderson, Falcons talking again

Memory can trigger generation
A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.

Nashville has no allure for singer

Burglars stay busy in the summertime

Summer stock makes 'Impromptu' return

Ramblin' Rhodes: Wariner fond of first song

Bobcat purrs for his kitten

Mix & match

Duo mesh musically, but not romantically

Happy hour search

Kids could make it to the Apollo

Classic blooms make for summer viewing

Capsules

In the know

Clinic named in honor of visionaries
The new Richmond County Health Department Clinic will do more than provide exams and dispense shots -- it will honor three Augusta men who helped shape public health in Augusta.

Visitors bureau allocates grants

Vote tied to race of candidate
AIKEN -- An Aiken County Board of Education member refused to approve a choice to fill an assistant principal vacancy Tuesday because the candidate was not black.

Cook guides Riverside to victory

Public Land Trust to buy lodge
ATHENS, Ga. -- Community leaders and land preservationists now have plans to save the rustic, shaded setting of Charlie Williams' Pinecrest Lodge, a local landmark built in 1929.

School safety tours start at Greenbrier

100-year-old warehouse to be renovated

Memory can trigger generation

Commission to reveiw data

Memory can trigger generation
A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.

This day in history: July 14

Fire hits Savannah businesses
SAVANNAH -- Margaret Tanner and three friends watched as the remodeling they had done to their hair and nail salon went up in smoke Thursday morning during a fire that destroyed 10 businesses in a Savannah shopping center.

FBI considers probe of local businessmen
The FBI is considering launching a full-fledged investigation into the dealings of two local businessmen.

University of Georgia explains clearings
ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia officials are fielding a few angry calls about a stand of hardwood trees, including two massive oaks, that were felled recently to make way for new luxury sky suites at Sanford Stadium.

Stars shining bright at Peach Jam

Public works employee arrested on drug charge
SAVANNAH -- A foreman for the Tybee Island Department of Public Works was arrested at his home after investigators said they found about 10 ounces of marijuana and a small arsenal of weapons in a secret room behind one of his closets.

Robbers steal $700,000 in pearls from salesman
In the second major jewelry heist in Augusta in less than a month, robbers stole $700,000 worth of cultured pearls from a traveling salesman Wednesday, police said.

Wrongful arrest
Brandon Green admired law enforcement after taking a fifth-grade D.A.R.E. class taught by a sheriff's deputy.

Wrongful arrest

Judge sentences thief to 15 years in prison
A woman who admitted to stealing more than $154,000 from her employers, a physician group, began serving a 15-year prison sentence Thursday.

Commission to discuss fuel deal

Candidate declines job offer
Money is the reason Richmond County officials needed to find a new emergency management director, and money is the reason they still don't have one.

Knight descends upon Augusta

Judge sentences thief to 15 years in prison
A woman who admitted to stealing more than $154,000 from her employers, a physician group, began serving a 15-year prison sentence Thursday.

Study: Georgia's growth has increased pollution
ATLANTA -- Georgia's phenomenal growth during the 1990s has been fueled primarily by electricity generated by high-polluting, coal-fired power plants, an alliance of environmental groups said Wednesday.

School safety tours start at Greenbrier
Gloria Hamilton knows that Greenbrier High School needs more surveillance cameras and a walk-through metal detector.

Manager's other duties reviewed
When Reggie Williams was hired as general manager of Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center in March, he made it clear he planned to keep his job as a consultant with Anheuser-Busch.

Thefts of jewelry connected Police say
The theft of pearls from a traveling jewelry salesman in Augusta on Wednesday likely is connected to a similar crime the same day in Smyrna, Ga., police said Thursday.

City clears way for games
Amid community concerns about the low number of athletes registered to compete in the Georgia Games -- which begin next week -- organizers are remaining cool.

Commission to reveiw data
Augusta Aviation Commission members agreed Thursday that Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field needs to get its side of the story out about the Garrett Aviation fuel-cost controversy.

Football deal sparks confusion for school board

Ski spray
David Johnston, 21, of North Augusta, water-skis Thursday on the Savannah River near the Riverview Park Boat Landing.

Robbers steal $700,000 in pearls from salesman

11 punished for escape
Inadvertently releasing an inmate from jail wasn't reason enough to be fired, Sheriff Charlie Webster said Thursday, after he disciplined eight jailers and three administrators involved with two inmate escapes.

Dixon boosts all-star offense

Modifying medicine
For Bobbie Ett Murray, the three-hour drive from Baxley, Ga., to get prescriptions filled at Medical College of Georgia Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy is worth it.

Getting pointers
Hampton Jones, 8, of Spartanburg, S.C., stands still Wednesday as his grandfather Wade Jones of Aiken gives him a few pointers with his new golf club.

Area briefs: Augusta economy weak for state
Though the 1990s have been prosperous for metro Atlanta and Georgia as a whole, Richmond County and 45 other counties lost ground in the battles for more jobs and better wages, a study shows.

Coliseum authority ups price of parking from $2 to $4
Patrons headed to events at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and Bell Auditorium should remember to take more cash with them.

Aiken man gets sentence
AIKEN -- An Aiken man who downloaded child pornography off the Internet and showed it to two girls will spend five years in jail, a judge ruled Thursday.

Preservationists protect sites

State struggles to buy battle land

Public works employee arrested on drug charge

Judge sentences thief to 15 years in prison

Players bypass school

Nike to pay tribute to Augusta in 2000

City clears way for games

Candidate declines job offer

Reading skills lacking, scores show

Modifying medicine

Agencies trying to tally flood damage
SAVANNAH -- The floodwaters from last month's deluge have subsided, but the flood of paperwork it left in its wake is still swamping city desks as the local and federal governments try to determine how bad the damage is.

FBI considers probe of local businessmen

Opening of bridge postponed
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The opening of the bridge to replace the Sidney Lanier could be delayed six months by the collapse last month of a piece of construction equipment, a state official said.

Ride '99 a natural for Aiken Group's president

Area briefs: Resolution deals with border tiff
WASHINGTON -- U.S. senators from Georgia and South Carolina introduced a resolution Wednesday to resolve a border dispute between the two states that dates backs more than two centuries.

Vote tied to race of candidate

Public Land Trust to buy lodge

Opening of bridge postponed

Football deal sparks confusion for school board
The Augusta Heat's Saturday game is still on while Columbia County school officials work through confusion surrounding an agreement for the team's use of a local high school stadium.

Coliseum authority ups price of parking from $2 to $4

Commission to discuss fuel deal
The Augusta Aviation Commission meets today and is expected to discuss the Garrett Aviation fuel-discount issue and the airport's fuel-discount program for other customers.

Woman must find home for animals

Visitors bureau allocates grants
Money raised from 1 percent lodging tax will go to 9 organizations that attract tourists

Harrick watching state talent closely

This day in history: July 13

Woman must find home for animals
Carla Lampp has seven days to find homes for her 12 miniature pigs or she will face Columbia County Animal Control for the third time this year.

Area briefs: Resolution deals with border tiff

Aiken man gets sentence

Clinic named in honor of visionaries

Thefts of jewelry connected Police say

School superintendent to present dress code

11 punished for escape

Manager's other duties reviewed

Ski spray

Ride '99 a natural for Aiken Group's president
AIKEN -- It wasn't just the tranquility of Hitchcock Woods, where riders can forget they are in the heart of a city, although Ken Smith counts his time there as some of the most pleasant he's spent astride a horse.

Georgia beats a path to sites of Civil War

Reading skills lacking, scores show
Reading skills lacking, scores show Although tests of Aiken County pupils record improvement in math, language scores are down

Hayes snags slam dunk crown, MVP

100-year-old warehouse to be renovated
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- The 100-year-old railroad warehouse sitting in the middle of Johnston is due for a face-lift and a return to the mainstream of life in this small Ridge town.

Judge sentences thief to 15 years in prison

School superintendent to present dress code
Richmond County school Superintendent Charles Larke will unveil a stricter dress code tonight for pupils whose parents don't want them wearing uniforms to school.

Area briefs: Augusta economy weak for state

Fire hits Savannah businesses

Mrs. Brenda Green
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Brenda Garrett Green, 53, of 24 Diamond St., died Monday, July 12, 1999, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Mr. Willie Newman
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Willie A. Newman, 67, of 1677 Jean Road, Thomson, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. James Killings
Mr. James H. Killings, 62, of 2425 Sumac Drive, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Dr. Gloria Jackson
CANTON, OHIO -- Dr. Gloria Harris Jackson, of Canton,died Thursday, July 8, 1999.

Mrs. Nona Moyer
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Nona Baker Moyer, 58, of 321 Woodland Drive, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. J.C. Davis
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. J.C. Davis, 74, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Johnnie Freeman Sr.
Mr. Johnnie W. Freeman Sr., 51, of 2714 Coleman St., died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at his residence.

Dr. Herman Peskin
Dr. Herman Peskin, 71, of 614 Scotts Way, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Ed Barnes
Mr. Ed Barnes, 75, of Martinez, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Burney Whitten
BLYTHE -- Mr. Burney Terrell Whitten, of 4032 Bath-Edie road, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Louie Cain
Mr. Louie Austin Cain, 65, of 1425 Walton Way, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Murray Owens
AIKEN -- Mr. Murray W. Owens, 72, of 22 Lander Lane, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Select Specialty Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Helen Craig
PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Mrs. Helen O. Craig, 68, of 2706 Colonial, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Eddie Brown
Mr. Eddie Matthew Brown, of 2545 Allen St., died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Theresa Jeffcoat
SWANSEA, S.C. -- Mrs. Theresa B. Jeffcoat, 77, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999.

Mr. James Gunter Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. James Newton Gunter Sr., 84, of 3510 Seneca Ave., died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Wayne Jacobs
Mr. Wayne Jacobs, 84, of 1525 Maple St., died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Almeta Fricks
CLEARWATER -- Mrs. Almeta Youngblood Fricks, 82, of Duncan Road, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at National Health Care, North Augusta.

Mrs. Mamie Wheeler
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Mamie Collins Wheeler, 91, of 408 McNair St., died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Mack Garnett Sr.
HARLEM -- Mr. Mack ``Cutchee'' Garnett Sr., 78, of 1062 Collins Road, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. M.C. Gould
PHILADELPHIA -- Mr. M.C. Gould, 78, of 1028 S. Colorado St., died Thursday, July 8, 1999.

Mrs. Ruth Reeves
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruth Baxley Reeves, 64, of Sardis, died Thursday, July 15, 1999.

Mr. Orville Brown Sr.
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Orville Marion Brown Sr., 76, of 41 Bass Terrace, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at his residence.

Tabitha and Nicole Johnson
Twin girls Tabitha and Nicole Johnson, infant daughters of Christopher M. and Adrion Johnson, of 2339 Overlook Road, died at University Hospital on Tuesday, July 6, 1999, and Sunday, July 11, 1999, respectively.

Mr. Anthony Wise
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. -- Mr. Anthony G. Wise, 33, of Route 3, died Friday, July 9, 1999, at Richland Memorial Hospital, Cola.

Mr. Frank Adams
AIKEN -- Mr. Frank Adams, 80, of 1159 Chime Bell Church Road, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Saluda Nursing Center, Saluda.

Mr. Sam Turner Sr.
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Sam Turner Sr., 72, of 1054 Elam Drive, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Thompson Nursing Home.

Mr. John Swint Jr.
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mr. John Quincy Swint Jr., 83, of 2570 Centralia-Rachaels Road, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at the Heritage Inn, Sandersville.

Mr. Howard Fields
Mr. Howard J. Fields, 73, of Augusta, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Holiday
Mr. Willie James Holiday, 41, of 3617 Meadow Grove Drive, died Saturday, July 10, 1999.

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, Fort Gordon.

Mr. Ples Flournoy Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Ples Flournoy Jr., 70, of 1057 Foley St., died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Orville Brown Sr.
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Orville Marion Brown Sr., 76, of 41 Bass Terrace, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Bessie Sapp
Mrs. Bessie ``White'' Newton-Sapp, 88, of 2088 Leona St., died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Bettie McCormick
AIKEN -- Mrs. Bettie Copley McCormick, 70, of 311 Walker Ave., died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Health South.

Mrs. Milbra Eubanks
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Milbra Dorn Eubanks, 96, of 58 Hunters Run, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Amy Phillips
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Amy Kenny Phillips, 41, of Savannah, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Hospice of Savannah.

Mrs. Dorothy Myers
Mrs. Dorothy Baggett Myers, 72, of Martinez, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Vernon Shepherd
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Mr. Vernon L. Shepherd, 68, of Clearwater, Fla., died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, in Martinez.

Mr. Clifford Robertson Jr.
PARKSVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Clifford W. Robertson Jr., 80, of 101 Sandy Landing Road, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Helen Craig

Mr. Orville Brown Sr.

Mr. M.C. Gould

Mr. Frank Adams

Mr. Vernon Shepherd

Mr. James Gunter Sr.

Mrs. Theresa Jeffcoat

Mr. Eddie Brown

Mr. Johnnie Freeman Sr.

Mr. Clifford Robertson Jr.

Mrs. Bessie Sapp

Mr. Ed Barnes

Mrs. Brenda Green

Mrs. Mamie Wheeler

Mrs. Milbra Eubanks

Tabitha and Nicole Johnson

Mr. Louie Cain

Mr. Burney Whitten

Mr. Wayne Jacobs

Dr. Herman Peskin

Mr. Murray Owens

Mr. J.C. Davis

Mrs. Almeta Fricks

Mr. Howard Fields

Mr. Willie Newman

Mrs. Dorothy Myers

Dr. Gloria Jackson

S.C. school takeover?
The autonomy of the Allendale, S.C., school district is hanging by a thread as the state, at the direction of Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, prepares to take over a failed school system.

Seeks south Augusta outlet mall
This letter is a response to the recent Augusta Business Chronicle article titled ``Restoring Regency.'' DeVeata Williams, Augusta

Lauds defense against criminal
(Augusta businessman) Thomas Shim should be highly commended on his ``rehabilitation'' of Anthony Boyd (shot and killed during an armed robbery at Mr. Shim's business). Flanders Johnson, Millen

Why KO kickboxers?
The Augusta Boxing Club this month put up a sign reading, ``Wanted - boxers for Ga. games -- no experience necessary.'' That suggested Georgia Games organizers were having trouble recruiting enough practitioners of the ``sweet science'' to put on the event.

Blood supply peril
The Augusta-Aiken area faces one of the most perilous blood supply shortages in history. The stock is critically low for every blood type.

Praises editorial; raps letter writer
It is unfortunate that Mary Beth Pierucci tried to shoot down your June 30 editorial about Marie Noe by offering crass criticism of the inferences and conclusions that were made. She further subordinated her credibility by stating that pro-choice groups have nothing but disdain for infanticide. Vern Simon, Evans

Obtain local input
The $10 million in various grants and proposals to be pumped into the Laney-Walker Boulevard area over the next several years is good news for the entire city as well as the neighborhood.

Lauds Augustan for project help
I appreciate The Chronicle's attention to the Augusta State University ``History Walk'' project, which will be an attractive addition indeed to both the university and the community. William A. Bloodworth Jr., Augusta

Rips prosecutor; says taxes wasted
As a taxpaying citizen, I feel it is a waste of tax dollars for our district attorney to continue to try Jason Kennedy for a fourth time. Three trials and 36 citizens have not produced the evidence to convict Mr. Kennedy. Mitchell Doyle, Augusta

Backs two bureaucrats under fire
Your June 22 editorial ``Dangerous arrogance'' was fraught with mis-quotes, misrepresentation of the facts, as well as complete fabrications. Danielle Brian, Washington, D.C.

A `taxing' issue
The Augusta Commission's Finance Committee rightly won't urge cutting taxes to offset a budget windfall as a result of inflated property reassessment values.

Prays for a `liberal Supreme Court'
In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association dated Jan. 1, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson wrote about the ``American people which declared that their legislature should `make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof' thus building a wall of separation between church and state.'' Richard Amundson, Augusta

'Cure' HCFA abuses
Just ask University Hospital or the Medical College of Georgia officials about the nightmare of paperwork it takes to get paid by Medicare or Medicaid.

Chides Norwood for panel choices
Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has formed his advisory committee for the Thurmond Shoreline Management Plan. Jan Parsons, Augusta

Defends failure to uphold court order
The Chronicle is a fine newspaper, with one glaring exception. The editorial page is appalling. It's filled with petty, vindictive tripe on a daily basis. Jim Murrah, Grovetown

Overtime: Georgia signees to be ruled ineligible

Forest Hills faces more redesigning

MLS All-Stars catch a ride on women's wave

Golfers getting whipped

O'Meara touchy about Ryder Cup pay

Race tickets need good home

British Open notebook: Woods gets strange embrace at 18

North all-Stars win rain-delayed matchup

O'Meara goes from champ to feeling like a chump

Josey's Dykes weighing options

Soccer fans swarm golf course

Thrashers open against Devils

McReynolds makes move away from sponsorships

Overtime: Armstrong still rolling along in Tour de France

China acknowledges development of neutron bomb technology
BEIJING -- Seeking to further discredit U.S. allegations that it stole American nuclear weapons technology, China said Thursday that its scientists had long ago developed their own neutron bomb.

Archaeologists find ancient Mayan tomb in southeast Mexico
VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico -- The discovery of the tomb of an ancient Mayan ruler and inscriptions will provide new information about the Indian society in southeastern Mexico, archaeologists announced Wednesday.

CDC recommends suspending use of diarrhea vaccine
ATLANTA -- The government is recommending that doctors temporarily stop giving children a diarrhea vaccine because at least 20 infants have developed a bowel obstruction.

Cyberdating goes literary with book
Forget about singles bars and dating services. The newest place to meet a mate is online, and now there's a book to help you transform a sedate trip down the information superhighway into a romantic adventure.

Surgeons remove half of teen-ager's brain to end seizures
BALTIMORE -- Surgeons removed half of a teen-age girl's brain on Tuesday in hopes of stemming the spread of a deadly neurological disease that racked her body with seizures and was eating away at her brain.

La Nina to continue through winter
WASHINGTON -- Government researchers are predicting the current La Nina climate episode will last through the winter. That means continued dry conditions along the East Coast -- except for areas affected by more frequent hurricanes -- and continued wet weather in the Northwest.

Weapons plant workers eligible for compensation
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Employees of private contractors operating government nuclear weapons plants will be able to seek federal compensation for specific diseases related to beryllium exposure, USA Today said in its editions Thursday.

Physicists create a new element
Russian physicists have created a new, super-heavy element that lasted a surprisingly long 30 seconds before disintegrating -- long-sought proof, they say, of the existence of an ``island of stability.''

Study to reveal nuclear hazards
For years, some workers at the nation's nuclear-weapons plants, including Savannah River Site, said they became ill as a result of the chemical hazards of their work. On Thursday, federal officials agreed.

New rules to help bring telecommunications to disabled
WASHINGTON -- The telecommunications industry must make pagers, cellular phones and other equipment and services easier for disabled people to use under new rules approved Wednesday by federal regulators.

Second damage reported at idle Chernobyl reactor in a week
KIEV, Ukraine -- A nuclear fuel rod was damaged during repairs at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Thursday, but the incident caused no radiation leaks, a plant spokesman said.

Carpal tunnel symptoms common
CHICAGO -- Although only 2.7 percent of adults can be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, many more suffer pain, tingling and numbness in their hands, a new study has found.

Pupils study science with treat
Tiny hands froze, but palettes were pleased at Riverwalk Augusta on National Ice Cream Day on Thursday.

China acknowledges development of neutron bomb technology

Pupils study science with treat

Archaeologists find ancient Mayan tomb in southeast Mexico

La Nina to continue through winter

Physicists create a new element

Cyberdating goes literary with book

Study to reveal nuclear hazards

Surgeons remove half of teen-ager's brain to end seizures

Second damage reported at idle Chernobyl reactor in a week

New rules to help bring telecommunications to disabled