Braves notebook

GreenJackets blank Red Stixx

Jones' homer gives Braves the win

Jackets rout RedStixx

Braves notebook: Lopez returns to lineup

Aiken Post 26 sweeps Hartsville in 3 games

Sammy hits 34th homer, leads majors

Jackets tonight

Braves down Yankees 6-2

Memory can trigger generation

American Airlines, pilots considering proposal on absorbing Reno Air pilots

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...

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

More doughnut shops eyed
Developers of the Dunkin' Donuts franchise on Washington Road said they have plans to build three more stores in the Augusta-Aiken area in the next several years.

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.

American Airlines, pilots considering proposal on absorbing Reno Air pilots
DALLAS -- Leaders of the union representing American Airlines pilots will consider a proposal from a federal mediator to settle a dispute that led pilots to stage a sickout earlier this year.

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.

More doughnut shops eyed

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.

Additional business news
Dow closes week with record high...Morris to link up with AdOne...Doctors don't cling to new glue

State struggles to buy battle land

Additional business news

Bush Field to add $3 charge to tickets

SunTrust earnings set record
SunTrust Banks Inc., the Atlanta-based holding company for SunTrust Bank, Augusta, on Friday reported record operating earnings for the second quarter of 1999, increasing 14 percent from the same period last year.

Industrial Park development

SunTrust earnings set record

Additional business news
Dow closes week with record high...Morris to link up with AdOne...Doctors don't cling to new glue

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.

This day in history: July 17
1961: Former pro baseball player and Augusta resident Ty Cobb died in Atlanta at age 74.

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.

A look at the 20th Century: 1954
America's Cold War paranoia came to a full boil in 1954. U.S. Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, a first-term Republican from Wisconsin, had come to national prominence four years earlier during a speech before the Republican Women's Club in Wheeling, W.Va., where his image as McCarthy, Communist Hunter, was born.

Offers advice on city water line

Blood supply peril

Rips prosecutor; says taxes wasted

Answers Planned Parenthood official

Lauds defense against criminal

Says chief weak on domestic abuse

Poker luck turns bad

Augusta Southern Nationals attract many top fuel hydros

Event attracts many top fuel hydros

Stewart has a blazing 'soft run'

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.

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.

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.

Cyber Ministry
Spiritual surfers can see and hear Sunday services -- live -- anywhere in the world with a Microsoft MediaPlayer plug-in, a sound card and speakers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Precious words out of the mouth of babes
THERE IS NOTHING more precious than a child. I know first hand, because God blessed Bonnie and I with four of them.

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.

Take a stand for your God
It is mid-July, and more than half the year is gon

South Carolina Catholics have new bishop
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Rev. Robert J. Baker returned to work from his summer vacation last week when he got the call -- he was to be appointed bishop of Charleston and spiritual leader of South Carolina's 122,000 Roman Catholics.

Ministry is getting kids ready for school
Links to Learning, a drive to outfit needy children with school supplies, is ringing the back-to-school bell for donations.

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.

Thomson fisherman's technique works for catfish

Carolina cuts ties with Marrow, Vernon Broughton

Highlight film gets thumbs-up from Falcons

Lightning stops All-Star game

Williams just wanted to play

NFL suspends Rams linebacker for first eight games of next season

Augusta officials look to bid for future
The Greater Augusta Sports Council says it wants to bring the Georgia Games Championships back to the city. Games officials say they also would like the event to return to Augusta.

Games spark family participation
Family picnics and road trips are good enough for some, but for the Doe family, it's just not enough.

Instructor prepares competitors
Roy Magness strolled among his Belle Terrace Park tae kwon do class as they strained and moaned with pain trying to obey their instructors commands.

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

Duo mesh musically, but not romantically

Cyber Ministry

Nashville has no allure for singer

Ramblin' Rhodes: Wariner fond of first song

Happy hour search

Take a stand for your God

Mix & match

Precious words out of the mouth of babes

Summer stock makes 'Impromptu' return

Bobcat purrs for his kitten

Nashville has no allure for singer

Ramblin' Rhodes: Wariner fond of first song

Summer stock makes 'Impromptu' return

Classic blooms make for summer viewing

Bobcat purrs for his kitten

Happy hour search

Ministry is getting kids ready for school

Mix & match

Duo mesh musically, but not romantically

Burglar gets jail time cut

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.

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.

Ski spray

Cook guides Riverside to victory

Judge sentences thief to 15 years in prison

Modifying medicine

Nike to pay tribute to Augusta in 2000

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.

Candidate declines job offer

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.

Thefts of jewelry connected Police say

Rising above it all
Thomas Cushman, 6, of Aiken, looks down from the basket of a hot air balloon Friday after taking a ride at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.

A look at the 20th Century: 1954

Rising above it all

Local United Way officer leaves post

State struggles to buy battle land

Across the area
Counterfeit bills used by two men ... State purchases wetlands tract ... Armed man robs Salley store ... Five appointed to canal panel

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.

Local United Way officer leaves post
In an apparent reversal of what he said earlier this week, the chief professional officer of the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area resigned Friday.

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

Participants dig archaeology
Dustin Dillon picked the right plot during his first archaeological dig. As fellow fifth- and sixth-graders screened the Savannah River Site's moist topsoil for small pottery shards, 10-year-old Dustin, with fellow excavators Dalton Williams and Joshua Jones, found the dig's biggest find -- a grinding stone big as a baseball glove.

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

Area briefs: Augusta economy weak for state

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

Wrongful arrest

Burglar gets jail time cut
AIKEN -- The same judge who sentenced John Travis Mace to life in prison has granted him leniency by reducing his term to 40 years.

Preservationists protect sites

Program to target students

Supporters plead for Gracewood
A tearful meeting of legislators and families of patients at Gracewood State School and Hospital ended with cries for new funding for the developmentally disabled and pleas to involve families in decisions.

Drag boat information

Georgia Games preparation finalized
Georgia Games organizers in Augusta are wrapping up preparations for the event as they shut down their Reynolds Street office and relocate to a Regency Mall operations center with only four days to go.

Georgia Games preparation finalized

Aiken man gets sentence

11 punished for escape

Mother sent to prison
The solid iron door between the holding cell and courtroom couldn't block the sobs as Brigette Greene held her mother one last time Friday as she began a 10-year prison sentence for leaving her own newborn daughter to die in a trash bin.

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.

Peach Jam notes

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.

Killer receives life sentence
Antonio Ruffin didn't go to prison the first time he killed a man, or for drug dealing or for pointing a gun at someone else. Dropped charges against him include kidnapping and rape.

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

Commission to reveiw data

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.

Man killed in accident with chipper
WOODBINE, Ga. -- A Colesburg man working on the Interstate 95 widening project north of Woodbine was killed after he was apparently caught in a chipper, a machine that grinds trees and other plants in small pieces.

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.

Howard hired at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Another top Georgia lawmaker has landed at the University of Georgia at the end of a political career, thanks in part to his love of nature and offshore bird-watching.

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.

Lawmaker confesses to fraud
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few years ago, Florida state Rep. Willye Dennis won national praise for operating a day-care center for Jacksonville's poor.

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.

Phone call leads agent to fugitive
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The day of Oct. 11, 1994, seemed to police like an awfully convenient time for Arwyn Carr to die.

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.

School safety tours start at Greenbrier

Memory can trigger generation

Participants dig archaeology

Fire hits Savannah businesses

Killer receives life sentence

Ballot director predicts low turnout
AIKEN -- Election officials are not optimistic about the voter turnout for the special election for South Carolina House District 81.

Mother sent to prison

Lawmaker confesses to fraud

Public works employee arrested on drug charge

Riverside captures second Peach Jam title

This day in history: July 17

Supporters plead for Gracewood

Across the area

Judge sentences thief to 15 years in prison

Ballot director predicts low turnout

Program to target students
The federal government is helping local law enforcement agencies recruit better-educated and trained police officers to hit the streets.

Phone call leads agent to fugitive

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

Mr. John Holt Jr.
Mr. John L. Holt Jr., 65, of 3422 Kensington Drive S. died Friday, July 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Rosie Leverett
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mrs. Rosie Bell Leverett, 92, of 131 Elizabeth Ave., died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Myrtis Walker
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Myrtis Lafavor Walker, 55, of 1073 Mays Grove Road, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Ed Barnes
Mr. Ed Barnes, 75, of Martinez, died Thursday, July 15, 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. Mamie Wheeler
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Mamie Collins Wheeler, 91, of 408 McNair St., died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at her residence.

Ms. Dorothy Brown
Ms. Dorothy B. Brown, 85, of Augusta, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at National HealthCare, North Augusta.

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

Mr. Lawrence West
AIKEN -- Mr. Lawrence Albert West, 75, of 1809 Pine Log Road, died Wednesday, July 15, 1999, at his residence.

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

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.

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

Mr. Burney Whitten
BLYTHE -- Mr. Burney Terrell Whitten, of 4032 Bath-Edie road, 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.

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

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.

Mrs. Clyde Burnett
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Clyde Lamb Burnett, 95, of Route 2 Box 263-D, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

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

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

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. Ruby Hellyar
Mrs. Ruby Lee Spires Hellyar, 73, of 1814 Melton Road, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at National HealthCare, North Augusta.

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.

Mrs. Montine Seckinger
AIKEN -- Mrs. Montine Boyd Seckinger, 72, of 148 Hunting Hills Drive, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Mrs. Mary Ferrell
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Wynne Ferrell, 74, of 133 Partridge Trail, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Perry Hospital.

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

Mr. William Simmons
COLONIE, N.Y. -- Mr. William T. Simmons, 78, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, Albany.

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

Mr. Andrew Breeland
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Mr. Andrew Lee Breeland, 39, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Benjamin Callaway
MONTGOMERY, Md. -- Mr. Benjamin Callaway, 87, of 11906 Seven Locks Road, died Thursday, July 8, 1999.

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.

Dr. Gloria Jackson

Mr. William Simmons

Mrs. Almeta Fricks

Mr. Clifford Robertson Jr.

Mr. James Gunter Sr.

Mrs. Ruth Reeves

Mr. Burney Whitten

Ms. Dorothy Brown

Dr. Herman Peskin

Mrs. Clyde Burnett

Mr. Johnnie Freeman Sr.

Mrs. Rosie Leverett

Mr. M.C. Gould

Mr. Lawrence West

Mrs. Bessie Sapp

Mrs. Mary Ferrell

Tabitha and Nicole Johnson

Mr. John Holt Jr.

Mr. Orville Brown Sr.

Mrs. Montine Seckinger

Mrs. Mamie Wheeler

Mr. Andrew Breeland

Mr. Murray Owens

Mr. Benjamin Callaway

Mr. Wayne Jacobs

Mr. Ed Barnes

Mr. Frank Adams

Mr. Eddie Brown

Mr. J.C. Davis

Precious words out of the mouth of babes
THERE IS NOTHING more precious than a child. I know first hand, because God blessed Bonnie and I with four of them.

Says chief weak on domestic abuse
Re the Grovetown Department of Public Safety:Viola Bates, Grovetown

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.

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

Believes Americans losing freedoms
The recent Independence Day weekend was more than fireworks, picnics, and a day off from work. It was also a remembrance of the price we must pay for freedom, and a time to reflect upon the liberty and independence we have lost since the Declaration of Independence was signed over 200 years ago. Gary P. Bunker, Aiken

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.

Hits lawsuits against tobacco firms
The class action lawsuits against the tobacco companies are ridiculous! Not that the tobacco companies, in their greed for money and expanded business, deserve any sympathy but the deceitful and unscrupulous trial lawyers are far worse. Al Kotras, Augusta

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

Poker luck turns bad
After years of pro-video poker rulings, the South Carolina Supreme Court this week finally struck a blow against the gambling industry.

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

Hits Richmond school priorities
I was glad to see Augusta's own ``National Teacher of the Year,'' Andy Baumgartner, writing about the same subject that I addressed to trustees and this newspaper in June during budget hearings. His July 11 column, ``Our schools need more classroom teachers,'' should be a wake-up call to everyone in Richmond County. Penny Strader, Augusta

Precious words out of the mouth of babes
THERE IS NOTHING more precious than a child. I know first hand, because God blessed Bonnie and I with four of them.

Ludicrous awards
Two recent cases make the point that litigation is wildly out of control. The first is the $4.9 billion product liability award a Los Angeles jury ordered General Motors to pay six people who were severely burned when a rear-end collision exploded their Chevrolet Malibu into flames.

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.

Answers Planned Parenthood official
Upon reading the July 12 letter by Mary Beth Pierucci, I was distraught and disheartened to discover that the Constitution has become the lone bastion of morality. I do not disparage the Constitution nor its authors, but the more recent emphasis on its position as the sole moral compass in society, and, consequently, the loose interpretation which has followed.Joel T. Pidel, Augusta

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

Offers advice on city water line
In an article about the problematic 42-inch water pipe, it was stated that the line will not be reattached to the system until the rain stops and the water supplied by the main is needed. Augusta Utilities Director Hicks asked the following question about the 42-inch water line, ``If it keeps raining and we don't need it, why put it back on?'' Barry Doick, Hephzibah

Forest Hills faces more redesigning

Augusta officials look to bid for future

Van de Velde leads British Open

Overtime: Georgia signees to be ruled ineligible

Webb hits 6-under at amateur

Golfers getting whipped

Armstrong saves strength for Pyrenees

Foyt calls on experience to get car set to win pole

American spirits sag as Martin wilts

Penguins' Kovalev, Straka file for arbitration

British Open notebook: Woods gets strange embrace at 18

Overtime

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

Instructor prepares competitors

O'Meara goes from champ to feeling like a chump

Games spark family participation

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.

FDA approves drug for diabetes
WASHINGTON -- Diabetics won another treatment Friday that promises to fight their disease with less risk than a popular but sometimes dangerous drug.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Barnes blasts agencies
ATLANTA -- More than twothirds of the law-enforcement and emergency-services agencies in Georgia failed to respond to state questionnaires about their preparations for the millennium bug in their computer systems.

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.

Hundreds relive launch of first moon-landing mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Thirty years after Apollo 11 blasted off for the moon, the words that sent the three astronauts on their way were rebroadcast in a mock countdown Friday to celebrate the anniversary of the first lunar-landing mission.

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.

Latest Internet addresses: Wash-your-mouth-out-dot-com
WASHINGTON -- $%&!!-dot-com may soon find a home on the Internet. Already known for its neighborhoods inappropriate for children, the Internet could soon see long lists of Web addresses so smutty they could make plenty of adults blush.

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.

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.

Russia launches Progress cargo ship to MIR
MOSCOW -- Russia launched a cargo ship to the Mir space station Friday, just two days after resolving a dispute with Kazakstan over the use of a launching site.

Latest Internet addresses: Wash-your-mouth-out-dot-com

Second damage reported at idle Chernobyl reactor in a week

Hundreds relive launch of first moon-landing mission

Study to reveal nuclear hazards

Barnes blasts agencies

Second damage reported at idle Chernobyl reactor in a week

China acknowledges development of neutron bomb technology

Pupils study science with treat

China acknowledges development of neutron bomb technology

Archaeologists find ancient Mayan tomb in southeast Mexico