Braves notes: Lopez satisfied with first day behind plate

Jackets GM has time of his life at Fenway

Atlanta missing out on recruits from Dominican

Norton suffers rare loss

A hairy situation for Evans' Greene

Braves notebook

Cone has a perfect day

Jackets Tonight

Major league notebook

Jackets fan caters to players

Sluggish Braves lose to Blue Jays

Umpires dream of the big leagues

Jackets fall to RiverDogs

Yanks hammer Braves

All-Star Burnitz goes on DL

Jackets Trivia

Teams search the world for new talent

Red Sox look Far East

Freedom from calls refreshing

Business briefs
Deborah A. Ashcraft, D.M.D., P.C., has relocated her pediatric dental practice to 460 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta.

Internet deals accelerate
NEW YORK -- The rapid-fire pace of Internet mergers this week made it clear: the Internet marketplace is taking shape daily with a series of deals that shows no sign of slowing.

Internet deals accelerate

On the move
Lisa D. Hayes has joined the accounting staff of Fuller, Frost & Associates.

Backseat driven

Internet deals accelerate
NEW YORK -- The rapid-fire pace of Internet mergers this week made it clear: the Internet marketplace is taking shape daily with a series of deals that shows no sign of slowing.

Internet deals accelerate

Business briefs

Backseat driven
For corporate visitors looking for transportation in and around Augusta, limousines are out and sedans and vans are in, according to some local limousine businesses.

Initial investments aren't as minimal as they used to be
NEW YORK -- Mutual funds are the investment vehicle of choice for millions of Americans, but they're becoming more expensive for beginning investors to buy into.

On the move

Repairman says typewriters not yet extinct
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Not long ago, back before the world of word processors existed, folks like typewriter repairman Don Gilbert populated the landscape.

A look at the 20th Century: 1955
Topics of the day in 1955 included radioactive fallout, a U.S. Supreme Court order to end racial segregation in public schools, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's heart attack, the resignations of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Argentine President Juan Peron, and Peter Townsend's courtship of Britain's Princess Margaret.

Top stories narrow to 10 choices
The Augusta Chronicle received hundreds of responses when we asked readers to rank the top world and national news stories from each decade of the 20th century.

Don't shield research

Wants NAACP to back veterans

Contrasts Norwood versus Democrat

Be 'patient' on reform

Wonders about cuts, teacher morale

'Rocket' Braaksma takes charge in comeback

Speaks out on Columbia racetrack

Welcome, Georgia Games!

Fegan races past river record

Wants blood donors to be paid

Guests bearing no gifts are welcome
Dear Carson: A graduation party is being planned for my son. I would like to invite some friends to help us celebrate. How do I let them know that I would just like them to come and not feel that they have to bring a gift?

Moseying through Cowtown
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Leaning across his saddle under the hot sun, Thane Zufelt lets out a whoop that carries across a city lot to a herd of Texas longhorns grazing on tall prairie grasses.

City's tourism thrives on its Western history
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Whether you bring your boots or your briefcase, Fort Worth's cowboys-to-culture image offers something for everyone.

In the know
Hang in there parents. There are only about 30 days left before schools are back in session. Aiken County students go back Thursday, Aug. 19. Classes resume in Richmond County on Friday, Aug. 20, and in Columbia County on Monday, Aug. 23.

Lovable Lola
She's short, sarcastic, and spunky -- and savors TV wrestling, cigars and beer. Since May, Augusta Chronicle readers have been getting to know Lola, the 70-something star of the new comic strip of the same name by Steve Dickenson and Todd Clark.

Arts notebook: Musicians sought by civic center
ARENA WANTS YULE -- The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center is recruiting church choirs and other musicians for a community Christmas program.

Fans question star's mysterious death
Jim Morrison lived the kind of life most men can only dream of. The brooding, hip-swiveling lead singer of the Doors had everything to live for -- fame, fortune and a haunting, charismatic style that kept him and his group atop the charts in the late 1960s.

Miller could be a busy Bulldog

Heat too hot to handle

Augusta must be sporting
If you're wondering just what these Georgia Games are about, take a gander at the marquee sign outside the Augusta Boxing Club on Walton Way.

Organizers credit natatorium with Games deal
How vital is the presence of the Augusta Aquatics Center? Ask Mike Johnson. Had they not built it, Mr. Johnson and others are certain, the 1999 Georgia Games wouldn't have come.

Unusual sports have place on Games roster
Joe Cartridge rustles through the dense woods lining the disc golf course at North Augusta's Riverview Park, his playing partners patiently helping him in his search.

Peabo Bryson to headline opening ceremony
He's probably known best for recording the theme songs for Disney's Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, but on Friday silky-voiced Peabo Bryson will entertain Augustans as the headliner for the Georgia Games Opening Ceremony.

Geared for the Games
Augusta's reputation for majoring in minor sports will be cemented when the Georgia Games Championships arrive. Amateur athletes from all over the state as well as Tennessee and South Carolina will descend on the Garden City from Thursday to Sunday to participate in Olympic festival-type competitions.

Athletes form two other states welcome in Games
A different location isn't the only shake-up the Georgia Games Championships is experiencing this year.

Augusta may realize financial windfall from sports festival
If all goes well, the Augusta area could rake in more than $12 million from the 1999 Georgia Games Championships, Greater Augusta Sports Council officials project.

Games committee occupies empty Regency Mall store
The nerve center of the Georgia Games is pink. With mirrors. There are also rows of tables, chairs and telephones, but the operations center of the Georgia Games committee, housed in the former Upton's department store at Regency Mall, is painted an undeniably rosy hue.

Athletes use Games as step to success
They tore through their hometown rivals, blasted through state competition and are wreaking havoc on the national level.

Volunteers keep the Games going
The success of the upcoming Georgia Games hinges on more than the number of athletes participating or sponsors contributing.

City caters to historical, scientific tastes
Visitors to Augusta for the 1999 Georgia Games will not have a shortage of points of interest and historical sites to take in, said Rebecca Rogers, director of communications for the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Top athletes get medals
Like the Olympians who inspire them, the champions of the Georgia Games Championships will dip their heads and be awarded gold medals.

Security will be tight at Georgia Games venues
From traffic jams to major disasters, Georgia Games officials are preparing for it all. More than 250 police officers and volunteers are gearing up for the Games, ready to patrol the streets and the venues to keep everyone safe.

Georgia athletes picked to carry torch
Don Thornhill stores his 1996 Olympics memorabilia in a small bedroom-turned-showcase in the back of his Grovetown home.

Medical workers prepare to respond
When athletes stumble and fall at the 1999 Georgia Games Championships in Augusta, more than 250 doctors, nurses, therapists and trainers will be standing by to pick them up.

Athletes use Games as step to success

Freedom from calls refreshing
They were laying cable through the neighborhood last week and somehow managed to cut my phone line. Twenty years ago I might have ranted and raved and called company presidents and threatened litigation and demanded immediate redress.

In the know

Fans question star's mysterious death

Lovable Lola

City's tourism thrives on its Western history

Arts notebook: Musicians sought by civic center

Moseying through Cowtown

This week ...
Tickets are on sale for the Augusta Georgia Games Championships Opening Ceremonies, which will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Artists depict Games athletes
By going from a T-shirt designer for the Stone Mountain High School wrestling team to a juried artist in the Augusta Art In Motion '99 exhibition, 27-year-old Ann Borowski embodies the amateurs that will be spotlighted in the Georgia Games Championships this week.

Across the area
Officers search for area teen-ager ... Driver charged in fatal wreck ... Lynching site to get marker

Girls' soccer interest kicks in
She is grace and determination, agility and grit, hard knocks and fluid motion -- a new kind of female warrior laying claim to her field.

Murder trial set to begin
AIKEN -- A Cambodian immigrant accused of pulling the trigger in a 1997 pawn shop robbery and murder goes on trial Monday in Aiken.

Home front: Skier says privacy may hurt sport's future
Jimmy Spears, a long-time waterskier, is learning to share. Waterskiing can be an extremely selfish sport, he says. And sharing smooth water is often a difficult act of altruism for the avid skier. But this year, at the Georgia Games Championships' first waterskiing competition, Mr. Spears and other waterskiing fanatics will open Storm Branch Lake, which they privately lease, for public competition.

Girls' soccer interest kicks in

Crime falling in area
Ronald Strength hates numbers, even when they look this good. ``You can make them say anything you want,'' the sheriff's chief deputy said last week about recently released statistics on violent and property crimes in Richmond County during the first six months of 1999.

City considers dropping bus route

Agency getting new home
A few months ago, patrons filed into the cavernous building on North Augusta's Buena Vista Avenue looking for good luck on a bingo card.

New facility will include infirmary, kitchen
At $53,181 a bed, the new Columbia County Detention Center rings in at over $23,000 more per bed than Richmond County's new jail. But officials say comparing the two facilities would be unfair.

Crime falling in area

Expansion sought for program
AIKEN -- On summer afternoons, children in Nicholson Village sometimes line up to take turns tossing a rock through a hole in a discarded sheet of tin -- homemade recreation in a neighborhood where store-bought toys are scarce for some.

Agency getting new home

Repairman says typewriters not yet extinct

School labeling praised
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Allendale County officials may feel embarrassed and hurt by the state classifying their schools as ``impaired.'' But others who have lived through the process say it does bring positive change.

South Carolina coast attracts eco-tourists
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Tourists tired of miniature golf and crowded beaches are finding other ways to vacation along the Carolina coast.

Spirituals designated state music
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gov. Jim Hodges locked on to almost three centuries of history when he signed into law a bill designating Negro Spirituals as the newest South Carolina symbol.

Home front: Skier says privacy may hurt sport's future

Chicken industry targeted

City considers dropping bus route
There are few chances for immediate gratification in the U.S. Army. A taxi cab is one of them.

Officials profit from state funds
ATLANTA -- Federal prosecutors have been trying for more than a week to convince a jury that Savannah Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson schemed to pad her business bankroll with government grants, but records show she's not the only lawmaker the state has helped support.

Spirituals designated state music

Murder trial set to begin

Hunt for Aiken County boy ends well

New facility will include infirmary, kitchen

Across the area

Chicken industry targeted
ATLANTA -- Now that the Georgia Board of Natural Resources has slapped tougher restrictions on hog farmers, the state has the poultry, dairy and beef industries in its sights.

School labeling praised

Gas leaks lead to evacuation
Two natural gas leaks, which occurred on the same street in a Martinez subdivision Saturday, prompted authorities to evacuate more than 60 homes.

A look at the 20th Century: 1955

Hunt for Aiken County boy ends well
WAGENER -- Aiken County deputies spent a tense hour Saturday searching for a toddler who disappeared from his mother's side during a nap.

Today's schedule

Fate of Allendale schools in balance
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Jim Foster has fielded questions for an entire week that have no definite answers.

This week ...

Across the area
Reward offered in weekend theft ... Governor to join local hearing ... Year 2000 planning meeting set

Across the area

Gas leaks lead to evacuation

Officials profit from state funds

Artists depict Games athletes

Top stories narrow to 10 choices

Fate of Allendale schools in balance

Expansion sought for program

Mr. Monroe Kimbrel
Mr. Monroe Kimbrel, 82, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Heartha Simmons
Mrs. Heartha Simmons, of 1101 Summer St., died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. John Southerland Sr.
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Mr. John Grover Southerland Sr., 79, of 1412 Sanka St., died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Grover Brzozowski Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Grover S. ``Ski'' Brzozowski Jr., 67, of 4398 Fairbluff Road, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles George II
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Joseph ``Chip'' George II, 19, of 305 Pinehaven St., died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Odessa Dicks
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Odessa Adams Dicks, 91, died Friday, July 16, 1999.

Mrs. Betty Abney
AIKEN -- Mrs. Betty Plunkett Abney, 68, of 330 East Boundary Lane, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. John Millsap Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. John Wayne Millsap Sr., 63, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, in Aiken.

Mr. Leonard Padgett Sr.
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Leonard W. Padgett Sr., 78, of 2601 Edgefield Road, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Lena Mulherin
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Lena Morris Mulherin, 66, of 119 McIntosh Drive, died Friday, July 16, 1999.

Mr. Alton Thompson
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Alton Thompson, 38, of 415 Yazoo St., died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Central Hospital, Milledgeville.

Mrs. Lois Davis
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Lois P. Davis, 91, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Fayette Community Hospital.

Ms. Mozell Harris
Ms. Mozell Harris, 98, of 3399 Ray Owens Road, Appling, died Monday, July 12, 1999, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

Mr. Cecil Chalker Sr.
BATH -- Mr. Cecil E. Chalker Sr., 86, formerly of Lee Drive, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, in Martinez.

Mrs. Ruby Hurt
McRAE, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Lee Anderson Hurt, 90, of Route 1, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at McRae Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Henry Randolph
Mr. Henry W. Randolph, 61, of 2506 Pate Ave., died Friday, July 16, 1999.

Mrs. Ruby Colyer
YEMASSEE, S.C. -- Mrs. Ruby B. Colyer, 75, died Thursday, July 15, 1999.

Mrs. Carrie Collier
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie Bell Collier, 53, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Emily Lambert
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Emily Bragg Lambert, 71, of 2433 Old Quaker Road, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center, Augusta.

Frederick Biehusen
Dr. Frederick C. Biehusen, a retired brigadier general, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at his residence. Dr. Biehusen, of 644 Center Court Drive, was 76.

Mr. Lewis Clark
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Lewis William Clark, 75, of 434 Beall Springs Road, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Frank Anderson
Mr. Frank W. Anderson, 70, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Cleveland Cue
NEW YORK -- Mr. Cleveland B. Cue, 41, of 1579 Metropolitan Ave., Apartment 12-F, Bronx, died Monday, July 12, 1999.

Mrs. Doris McDaniel
Mrs. Doris L. McDaniel, 78, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Westlake Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Lydia Trapp
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lydia S. Trapp, 99, of 1768 Georgia Highway 220 W., died Saturday, July 17, 1999.

Mrs. Emmie Smalley
AIKEN -- Mrs. Emmie W. Smalley, 87, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Miss Lucille Quattlebaum
AIKEN -- Miss Lucille Quattlebaum, 90, of 414 Laurens St. N.W., died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lauree Powers
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Lauree Poss Powers, of 3150 Lake Oconee Parkway, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

Mr. Lawrence Lockett Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Lawrence Lockett Sr., 85, of 225 Gordon St., died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Leila Bennett
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Leila Bennett, 79, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at John E. Harter Nursing Home, Fairfax.

Mrs. Ana Bohler
Mrs. Ana Pearl Bohler, 76, of 2012 Olive Road, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Odis Killough Jr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Odis Ray Killough Jr., 48, of 207 Campbell Circle, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Wallace Walker
Mr. Wallace ``Geech'' Walker, 63, of 523 Forsythe St., died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sara Copelan
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Sara Edwards English Copelan, 84, of 901 Dolvin Ave., died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Mr. Ray Bledsoe
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Ray A. Bledsoe, 82, of Route 4, died Friday, July 16, 1999.

Mrs. Lois Davis

Mrs. Emmie Smalley

Mr. Cecil Chalker Sr.

Mrs. Ruby Hurt

Miss Lucille Quattlebaum

Mr. John Southerland Sr.

Mrs. Carrie Collier

Mr. Lewis Clark

Mrs. Odessa Dicks

Mrs. Heartha Simmons

Mr. Alton Thompson

Mrs. Emily Lambert

Mr. Leonard Padgett Sr.

Mrs. Lydia Trapp

Mr. Frank Anderson

Mr. John Millsap Sr.

Mrs. Lauree Powers

Mrs. Sara Copelan

Mrs. Ana Bohler

Frederick Biehusen

Mr. Henry Randolph

Mrs. Leila Bennett

Mr. Cleveland Cue

Mrs. Ruby Colyer

Mr. Lawrence Lockett Sr.

Mrs. Doris McDaniel

Ms. Mozell Harris

Mrs. Lena Mulherin

Mr. Wallace Walker

Mr. Charles George II

Augusta's challenge: addressing pollution
AUGUSTA HAS an air quality problem. Or does it? The local problem is because of local industry. Or is it? Local suburban drivers are causing the problem. Or are they?

Guest column: Don't hurt Aiken's horse training reputation
THE REASON AIKEN is not just another small town in South Carolina really can be traced to one thing: horses.

Speaks out on Columbia racetrack
Due to the planned reopening and rezoning of the Augusta Motor Speedway, the interests of the residents of Columbia County and the city of Grovetown are being jeopardized. The investments of people are at stake, no matter how big or small. ... Friederike Baker, Grovetown

UGA: Revamp admissions
In defense of University of Georgia's ``affirmative action'' admission policies for minorities, the state Board of Regents won a battle, but lost the war.

Says he's proud of South Augusta
As someone reared in south Richmond County, it would be very easy to take offense at those who choose to deride in print that part of the county. But I have learned to overlook ignorance. ... Hugh E. Avery Jr., Stapleton

Wants blood donors to be paid
I am writing in response to the news media begging for blood donations on behalf of the Augusta hospitals. It is obvious the shortage is a desperate problem. The solution is obvious as well. Pay people for their blood! In Germany, this is never a problem because it compensates people for their time and donation. Maria Marino, Augusta

Augusta's challenge: addressing pollution
AUGUSTA HAS an air quality problem. Or does it? The local problem is because of local industry. Or is it? Local suburban drivers are causing the problem. Or are they?

Airs 'pet peeve' on dogs, cats
For the umpteenth time I saw where an owner of a dog allowed the animal to do its business in the middle of the street. If this was a one time occurance it might be overlooked. But this happens with great regularity. Steve Conrad, Evans

Gives views on water, the mayor
It never ceases to amaze me how every summer there is yet another problem precluding south Augusta residents from getting unrestricted access to water. One year it's vandals, another year it's faulty turbines, the next it's fire hydrants left open. Now it's the installation of a bigger water line that is needed. Debbie J. Casalie, Augusta

Muses about teaching, discipline
I'd like to put in my ``two cents worth'' on the school shooting and student misconduct. Edward J. Giusto, Augusta

Gore's wage gap
There appears to be no end to Vice President Al Gore's hypocrisy. He has this dreadful habit of decrying practices that he himself indulges in -- such as earlier in his tenure when he denounced smoking after accepting Big Tobacco campaign money.

Be 'patient' on reform
Never mind President Clinton's threat to veto the Senate's GOP-passed patients' rights bill. The Senate measure is just the start. The bill goes to the House and likely to a conference committee later.

Welcome, Georgia Games!
The 1999 Georgia Games Championships getting under way Wednesday in the Augusta area mark the first time the state's premier multi-sports festival has been hosted outside Atlanta. It is perhaps the largest, most ambitious and complex organizational undertaking, for sports or anything else, in our community's history.

Contrasts Norwood versus Democrat
David Bell's apparent intention to again challenge U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is a welcomed opportunity to examine the difference in their philosophies -- for herein is the battle for the heart and soul of America. Jane H. Dennis, Augusta

DOE czar gives in
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has wisely thrown in the towel on trying to protect his agency from a major organizational overhaul following revelations of Communist China's massive thefts of militarily significant technology secrets from U.S. nuclear weapons labs.

Guest column: Don't hurt Aiken's horse training reputation
THE REASON AIKEN is not just another small town in South Carolina really can be traced to one thing: horses.

Wants NAACP to back veterans
I see the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has nothing to do but cause problems where there are no problems. Joseph C. Bongard, Augusta

Wonders about cuts, teacher morale
Re Andy Baumgartner's July 11 column addressing the Richmond County Board of Education cutting classroom personnel: Helen Minchew, Augusta

Hits city fathers on vet care homes
It was refreshing to see Mayor Bob Young take a stand on behalf of our deceased veterans by leading the (now-failed) effort to have a National Cemetery in our area. ... As Mr. Young stated in the June 11 Chronicle, ``Everything goes to Atlanta, so let's spread the wealth around.'' It's too bad he doesn't share the same enthusiasm over veterans still alive and living in Augusta. Geraldine Wheeler, Augusta

Criticizes comments; defends kickboxing appeal
I am a local businessman who was surprised and shocked by what I read in the July 12 issue. An article ... said the sport of kickboxing was excluded from the Georgia Games. This decision does not seem to make sense. Eddie Singleton, Evans

Don't shield research
For more than 30 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has helped Americans to hold federal officials accountable by granting them access to government documents that might otherwise have been hidden from public view.

Lawrie wins British Open

Jackson made mark on local courses

Five-car crash sends two drivers to hospital

Sharp lives up to name in IRL win

Overtime: Umoh gets job on Liberty basketball staff

Security will be tight at Georgia Games venues

Games committee occupies empty Regency Mall store

Geared for the Games

Unusual sports have place on Games roster

Volunteers keep the Games going

Augusta may realize financial windfall from sports festival

Top athletes get medals

Georgia athletes picked to carry torch

Overtime: Looking ahead, Armstrong saves energy

City caters to historical, scientific tastes

IRL happy with race outcome

Augusta must be sporting

Lawrie wins British Open

Athletes form two other states welcome in Games

Keck wins city amateur

Capriati, Rubin advance to finals

No decision near on ACC expansion

Medical workers prepare to respond

South Carolina agency hikes boat, hunting, fishing fees

Peabo Bryson to headline opening ceremony

Keck in contention

Organizers credit natatorium with Games deal

Leonard sadder for Frenchman

Van de Velde surges ahead at Carnoustie

Irwin wins fourth title of the year

Tourist braves rebels in maiden visit to Rwanda gorilla park
RUHENGERI, Rwanda -- Flanked by a dozen soldiers armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, a lone Englishman in red shorts braved the threat of rebel attacks to climb through the thick bamboo forest and catch his first glimpse of rare mountain gorillas.

X-ray telescope rivals Superman's vision
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The world's heftiest, mightiest, priciest X-ray telescope is about to embark on a five-year voyage to stare deep into the hearts of galaxies and search for signs of black holes.

Players can go ape over new PlayStation game
In a world where ``unique'' is used to describe a new breakfast cereal, finding something truly unique is hard to do. Leave it to Sony to come up with the goods, a unique -- and bizarre -- new video game for the PlayStation. And Ape Escape is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Honest.

Molecule-size circuits will shrink PCs
SAN FRANCISCO -- Researchers have created computer circuitry in a single molecule -- a breakthrough that could open a brave new world of tiny computers billions of times more powerful than current PCs and sensors that could be injected into the bloodstream to diagnose disease.

Dead gray whales wash ashore in record numbers
LOS ANGELES -- Starved gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches in the highest numbers in a quarter-century.

Mutant gene possible cause for back pain
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers have identified a mutant gene that may be responsible for some cases of sciatica, a sometimes severe and chronic type of back pain.

Internet fax services bring convenience to users
The fax machine has revolutionized the way we do business, but if you don't have a fax machine at home -- or you share one with too many others at the office -- you might as well be cut off from the simplest and easiest method of getting a document from Point A to Point B.

Y2K bug ruins vacations for some
Companies across the United States are banning employees from taking vacations from November through February to be sure there is a smooth transition to 2000.

Overpumping keeps world food supply stable
WASHINGTON -- Overpumping is sucking out too much of the world's underground fresh water, with a stable world food supply now dependent on an increasing global water deficit, Worldwatch Institute said Saturday.

Tourist braves rebels in maiden visit to Rwanda gorilla park

X-ray telescope rivals Superman's vision

Players can go ape over new PlayStation game

Mutant gene possible cause for back pain

Dead gray whales wash ashore in record numbers

Molecule-size circuits will shrink PCs

Y2K bug ruins vacations for some

Overpumping keeps world food supply stable

Internet fax services bring convenience to users