Braves blanked in series

RiverDogs shut out Jackets

Braves continue slump

Minor league umpires issue complaints but no strike threat

Five AL umpires rescind resignations

Braves notebook: Klesko makes wrong turn, hurts back

Braves continue slump

RiverDogs edge Jackets

Braves notebook: Klesko's status remains unclear

Aiken Post 26 errors propel Georgetown

Maddux undergoes eye surgery

Columbia County stops West Augusta in Dixie Majors

Column inspired card sender

Hewlett-Packard picks CEO
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Just hours after taking charge of the second-largest computer company in the world, Carleton Fiorina already was clamoring for change.

U.S. Battery to come

Oil cost blamed in deficit

Johnston will lose 150 jobs

Lawyers: Insurance fund misused
WASHINGTON -- An organization of lawyers that represents investors says the insurance fund created by federal law to protect their clients isn't doing its job. The group wants Congress to intervene.

Oil cost blamed in deficit
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit swelled to another record in May as oil prices surged, Americans snapped up imported autos, and demand for U.S. exports shrank, reflecting the lingering effects of a global financial crisis.

Canadian firm buys World Color
Montreal-based Quebecor Printing recently announced plans to acquire World Color Press Inc. to create the world's largest commercial printer.

Hewlett-Packard picks CEO

Companies' gains surprising

Johnston will lose 150 jobs

Johnston will lose 150 jobs
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- More than 150 workers will be out of a job after Sept. 24 when Stone Apparel closes its doors.

Vacancy

U.S. Battery to come
It appears U.S. Battery has selected Richmond County as the site for its long-awaited expansion project.

Profit drives ATM expansion
ATLANTA -- A new report shows large banks are adding automatic teller machines in stores, shopping centers and gas stations as a way to boost profits.

Vacancy
Things could be turning around for Washington Plaza shopping center.

Companies' gains surprising
Microsoft isn't the only company reporting sizzling profits for the most recent quarter. While many companies can't match the software giant's 62 percent boost in earnings announced Monday, most have met or exceeded analysts' expectations.

Additional business news
Dow industrials see slight decrease...SouthTrust has record earnings...Columbia/HCA reports dividend...Uptons department stores to close...

Additional business news
Waste collection firms agree to sell...Nike recalling water bottles...MTV, RioPort ink Internet deal...

Johnston will lose 150 jobs
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- More than 150 workers will be out of a job after Sept. 24 when Stone Apparel closes its doors.

Profit drives ATM expansion

Mankind takes one giant leap
Near the equator of the moon -- for eternity or until a passing piece of space junk scores a bull's eye -- stands a strange platform swaddled in gold foil, a monument to the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions.

New century fanfare was mild
Augustans celebrated the start of the 20th century with little fanfare.

Chides pro-HMO advertising pitch

Cabbies rout buses

Relates arrest, medication denial

Rues failure to include kickboxing

Relates Coverdell veterans' record

Answers 'Boondocks' letter writers

John Kennedy Jr.

Wants `decent' health care for all

Jabs columnist for bad grammar

Wants Commission incumbents out

Seeing double
Summer and seafood go hand in hand. I can't imagine a summer trip to the beach that doesn't include a visit to a rundown crab shack that spreads brown paper out on the tables, then piles them high with steamed blue crabs and boiled shrimp.

Woodstock `99
This year's roster of performers includes Elvis Costello, the Dave Matthews Band, Jewel, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Korn, Insane Clown Posse...

'South Park' winner of dubious award
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Just about every movie critic in the country has pointed out that South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut contains lots of profanity.

Concert survival requires planning
There are still plenty of tickets left for the three-day Woodstock music festival in Rome, N.Y.

The new and improved Woodstock
Forget the ``garden'' where the original Woodstock festival was held 30 years ago. Woodstock '99 will blast off next week from an abandoned Air Force base, its entrance still guarded by a full-scale B-52 bomber.

Woodstock `99
This year's roster of performers includes Elvis Costello, the Dave Matthews Band, Jewel, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Korn, Insane Clown Posse...

In the Know
Graphic apparel manufacturer Ralph Marlin has come out with a series of silk ties and knit boxers based on the Beatles 1968 animated adventure, Yellow Submarine.

Avoiding agents no easy task

Quarterbacks sweat in Bowden's offense

Hamilton in tough race among QBs

Bowden clan set for wild season

Seminoles overwhelming pick as best of conference

Dolphins coach marries longtime girlfriend in Florida Keys

ACC stars showing flair for spotlight

George MacIntyre goes on the offense in battle with MS

Three generations to compete in Games
The Georgia Games are a family affair for racquetball player Bob Miller. Three generations of his family will participate in the Games this week.

Soccer shortened to two-day event
Soccer enthusiasts will have to wait until Saturday to see their sport in the Georgia Games.

Ready for Games
The training, the preparation, the planning and work: It all comes down to the dash for the finish line. And it will be a breakneck pace for the Georgia Games, its organizers and the participants, as thousands of athletes compete in more than 50 events during the next five days.

Column inspired card sender
Beth Cramer of South Wilmington, Ill., sends a kind note. She writes: ``Last year I read your article about sending post cards and jumped on the bandwagon. I took three trips last summer and with each, I sent a postcard. Trips in the spring produced another half dozen cards ... not only to family and friends, but neighbors, my hairdresser and nail technician.

In the Know

'South Park' winner of dubious award

Seeing double

Woodstock `99

Woodstock `99

Concert survival requires planning

The new and improved Woodstock

County could get ordinances on Y2K

Tall order

Area briefs: Woman hears from missing husband
A Harlem man reported missing July 2 has told his wife he is living in another state, authorities said Tuesday.

New agency to help rebuild district

Limits on watering continue

Freewheeling

Miller testifies at trial

Governor shows off quarters

Senator's fraud trial now in jury's hands
ATLANTA -- Arguments in the trial of suspended Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson ended Tuesday much the way they began two weeks ago, with prosecutors saying she tried to cover up a scheme to funnel government grants to her business, and her lawyer responding that she was, at worst, a sloppy bookkeeper and overzealous.

Mankind takes one giant leap

Area briefs: Woman hears from missing husband

Area briefs: Woman hears from missing husband

Child's grave given new marker

Hopeful wants to get name on ballot

State high court hears neighborhood dispute
ATLANTA -- A spat between Effingham County neighbors over whether their subdivision's restrictive covenants prohibit skeet shooting, racing and hunting has risen to the state's highest court.

Council limits building
Against the strong advice of their lawyers, Augusta commissioners -- with the help of Mayor Bob Young -- voted for an ordinance Tuesday almost certain to land the city in court if finally adopted.

State high court hears neighborhood dispute

City votes to privatize sewer plants
Augusta commissioners voted Tuesday to turn over the city's sewer plants to a private company despite an unanswered question about potential legal bills.

Legislators, MCG avert showdown
Augusta legislators and Medical College of Georgia officials seemed headed for battle Tuesday night over the potential new management of MCG's hospital and clinics but appeared to quell that concern in the name of promoting Augusta's health care excellence.

Officer, inmates injured
AIKEN -- Eight inmates were treated for minor injuries and the correctional officer in charge of them was hospitalized Tuesday after a pickup truck plowed into their prison van on Interstate 20 at the Georgia line.

Speedway zoning change puts developer in doubt
Even though Columbia County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday night to rezone Augusta Motor Speedway, the green flag may not drop for a return of racing to Augusta.

Hopeful wants to get name on ballot
AIKEN -- The race for the late Rudy Mason's vacant seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives is no longer simply a Republican affair.

Manufactured homes key in debate

Area briefs: Woman hears from missing husband
A Harlem man reported missing July 2 has told his wife he is living in another state, authorities said Tuesday.

18-year-old found guilty of in pawn shop murder

Jury convicts murder suspect
AIKEN -- A jury rejected a defense conspiracy theory Tuesday, convicting an 18-year-old native of Thailand of pulling the trigger in the 1997 murder of an Aiken pawn shop owner.

Officer, inmates injured

Convict blames cohort
AIKEN -- Curtis Kesl retold his account of murder Monday. Testifying in court, he blamed the 1997 killing of an Aiken pawn shop owner on a teen-ager who wanted to steal guns no matter what the cost.

City votes to privatize sewer plants

Keeping it straight
Phillip Bell of McCormick drives his paver slowly as he and co-worker Lucky Battle make sure asphalt is put down in a straight line Tuesday. Satterfield Construction Co., which employs both men, is in Aiken this week and next week to repave Richland Avenue.

Governor shows off quarters
ATLANTA -- Georgians, already accustomed to seeing their state symbol -- the peach -- adorning the license plates of the cars in front of them, now will have the state's most famous product jingling in their pockets.

Bad-debt expenses written off
AIKEN -- In its first regular meeting since the 1999/2000 fiscal year began July 1, Aiken County Council took the opportunity to do a little bookkeeping and spend a little money Tuesday night.

Deputy's sentence includes apology

18-year-old found guilty of in pawn shop murder
AIKEN -- A jury rejected a defense conspiracy theory Tuesday, convicting an 18-year-old native of Thailand of pulling the trigger in the 1997 murder of an Aiken pawn shop owner.

Convict blames cohort

Educator tells horror of shooting
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Columbine High School's district Superintendent Jane Hammond told Georgia education leaders Monday that she once was like many of them -- concerned about school shootings but confident such violence could never touch any of her campuses.

Jury convicts murder suspect

Educator tells horror of shooting

Limits on watering continue
Despite recent rains odd-even water restrictions remain in place for county residents. And Utilities Director Max Hicks said Tuesday that there is not a plan to lift the restrictions.

Educator tells horror of shooting
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Columbine High School's district Superintendent Jane Hammond told Georgia education leaders Monday that she once was like many of them -- concerned about school shootings but confident such violence could never touch any of her campuses.

Child's grave given new marker
For over 40 years, the tiny grave lay unmarked in a forgotten cemetery, hidden among the pines on Fort Gordon.

Face lift to benefit businesses
SAVANNAH -- Juanita Triola practically has to drag customers down to her clothing boutique on the far west end of River Street.

Against legal advice, council limits building
Against the strong advice of their lawyers, Augusta commissioners -- with the help of Mayor Bob Young -- voted for an ordinance Tuesday almost certain to land the city in court if finally adopted.

Bush Field officials try to drum up airline interest
By summer's end, Bush Field executives will have a new plan for selling their airport to travelers. But for now, they're selling it to the airlines.

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Manufactured homes key in debate
MERRIWETHER COMMUNITY, S.C. - Opponents of zoning in Edgefield County lined the way to Merriwether Elementary School with ``Stop Zoning'' signs and packed the school's auditorium for the next to the last public meeting Monday on a proposed zoning ordinance.

Child killed by sanitation truck

Media flock to island
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Members of the media from across the nation, in search of information about the Cumberland Island wedding of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette, descended on this tiny hamlet during the weekend, seeking scraps of detail about the nuptials three years ago.

Area briefs: Bears spotted in Columbia County

Miller testifies at trial
ATLANTA -- Former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller testified Monday in the mail-fraud trial of suspended Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson that he never suspected a lawmaker would seek a state grant for personal profit.

New century fanfare was mild

Child killed by sanitation truck
A 2-year-old Warrenton boy died Monday afternoon after being crushed under the wheels of a city sanitation truck, police said.

Legislators, MCG avert showdown

Freewheeling
Karl Peterson, 14, rides his bicycle on one wheel while traveling along Emmett Street, enjoying Monday afternoon's 90-degree temperatures with friends Corey Smith, left, and Calvin Blount (not pictured).

Senator's fraud trial now in jury's hands

Tall order
Tall orderKirby Frazier of Augusta's trees and landscape department surveys damage from the roof of a home at K

Bush Field officials try to drum up airline interest

New agency to help rebuild district
Efforts to rebuild Laney-Walker Historic District have a new focal point.

Speedway zoning change puts developer in doubt

Deputy's sentence includes apology
A fired Richmond County sheriff's deputy accused of beating a suspect last year has been sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to write a letter of apology to be published in three weekly newspapers.

Bad-debt expenses written off

Area briefs: Bears spotted in Columbia County
Columbia County residents have reported sightings of black bears, but a Georgia wildlife official said Monday the animals should not pose a threat to public safety.

County could get ordinances on Y2K
Columbia County may have a series of ordinances to regulate a state of emergency if chaos reigns on New Year's Day.

Face lift to benefit businesses

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Mr. Jeffrey Sanders
OLAR, S.C. -- Mr. Jeffrey Wayne Sanders, 24, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at Barnwell County Hospital.

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. George Morgan Sr.
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. George Morgan Sr., 84, of 4139 Georgia Highway 24 W., died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Poole
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Frances Poole, 39, of 3222 Georgia Highway 68 S., died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Dennis Deas
GRACEWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. Dennis L. Deas, 88, of 4110 Gracewood Drive, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mattie Cummings
THOMSON -- Mrs. Mattie Ellen Bouthry Cummings, 55, of 276 Downing St., died Monday, July 19, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Carolyn Quiller
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Carolyn K. Thurmond Quiller, 61, of 230 Stephens Road, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Reames
BATH -- Mrs. Betty Carter Reames, 67, of 14 Spoffard Row, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Washington Tucker
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Washington Tucker, 70, of Sanders Road, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Dennis Deas
GRACEWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. Dennis L. Deas, 88, of 4110 Gracewood Drive, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Kenneth Lockamy
GRACEWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. Kenneth Edward Lockamy, 70, died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Anna Bailey
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio -- Mrs. Anna Katherine Bailey, 96, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Vernon Smith
Mr. Vernon Ottis Smith, 53, of 3703 Warsaw Court, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Jordan
Mr. James Marion Jordan, 58, of 153 Spruce Pine Drive, Evans, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Henry White Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Henry G. White Jr., 76, of 2024 Joyner Pond Road, died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lorene Stafford
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mrs. Lorene Garrett Stafford, 78, of 1188 Holiday Estates, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Margaret Martin
Mrs. Margaret M. Burroughs Martin, 73, of Evans, died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Alice Price
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Alice Johnson Price, 86, of 868 N. Main St., died Monday, July 19, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospice.

Mr. Nathaniel Thomas
ATLANTA -- Mr. Nathaniel M. Thomas, 59, of 435 Peyton Road S.W., died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Piedmont Hospital.

Mrs. Janet Stewart
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Janet Sheppard Stewart, 68, of 805 Gwendolyn St., died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Lillian Shivers
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillian Shivers, 74, of Route 1, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. George Tully Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. George Alfred Tully Jr., 81, of 318 Landing Drive, died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mrs. Janell Jones
JESUP, Ga. -- Mrs. Janell Holton Jones, 60, died Sunday, July 18, 1999.

Mr. Edward Glover
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Edward ``Snap'' Glover, 91, of 610 Caldwell St., died Sunday, July 18, 1999.

Mr. Fred Whittle
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Fred O'Neal Whittle, 81, of Firetower Road, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Dennis Deas

Mrs. Margaret Martin

Mr. Grover Brzozowski Jr.

Mr. George Tully Jr.

Mr. George Morgan Sr.

Mr. Washington Tucker

Mrs. Anna Bailey

Mrs. Lorene Stafford

Mrs. Lillian Shivers

Mr. Dennis Deas

Mr. Edward Glover

Mrs. Alice Price

Mrs. Mattie Cummings

Mrs. Carolyn Quiller

Mrs. Mary Poole

Mrs. Janet Stewart

Mr. Kenneth Lockamy

Mr. Jeffrey Sanders

Mr. Nathaniel Thomas

Mrs. Janell Jones

Mr. Vernon Smith

Don't spy on Americans, pass HR 850
Suppose the police said, ``Everyone must deposit a key to his house and a key to his post office box at the police station. Trust us not to pry into your affairs, let the keys fall into the wrong hands or otherwise abuse your trust.''

Regrets location
In Frank Witsel's article ``Restoring Regency'' it was reported the triple theater was added later. In fact, the triple theater opened on July 27, 1978. Mike Rogers, Augusta

Cabbies rout buses
The buses are bust as far as the new service from Fort Gordon to Augusta are concerned. City and transit department officials fulfilled a request from the Fort commander, Maj. Gen Peter Cuviello, to run a bus route through the military base on weekends after paydays.

Jabs mayor on `male salary' offer
The Chronicle reported that Augusta Mayor Bob Young offered $42,171 per year to a male candidate for the Emergency Management Agency director job. The mayor probably hopes no one will recall that City Administrator Randy Oliver was quoted by The Chronicle in January, 1999, stating that the EMA position pays only $41,000.S.D. Curry, Martinez

Relates arrest, medication denial
... My father, the Rev. Timothy Fellows, was again released from the Augusta jail without posting any bond (after he was again arrested at the Augusta Mall for Christian literature distribution). They kept him for about 24 hours.Tim Fellows Jr., Augusta

Says some letter writers 'confused'
Judging from their letters, the retired veterans are the most bellicose group in Augusta. They are also thoroughly confused as to who their friends are in Congress and what they are doing to rectify the problems which plague the military retirees.T. Lamb, Coverdell

Remembers biracial political friends
The July 14 article by Don Rhodes on the Dent brothers caught my eye, so I'd like to add a few extras.Dr. James L. Adkins, Augusta

Rues failure to include kickboxing
I was extremely disappointed to read that the sport of kickboxing was not included as an event in the Georgia Games. As the mother of four, I have noticed how these events provided positive role models for my children.Susie Felz, Augusta

Wants `decent' health care for all
When will we Americans finally reform the health care system to do what we all want: longer, healthier lives? Greg Davis, Augusta

Answers 'Boondocks' letter writers
I have been reading the letters regarding ``The Boondocks.''... It annoys me that people can blow something so trivial out of proportion. ... Markus Winkler, North Augusta

Wants Commission incumbents out
Gen. Billy Mitchell said the Japanese would attack and they did, but the people around him said they wouldn't or ``let's wait and see.''Michael W. Wilkins, Augusta

Chides pro-HMO advertising pitch
I was both amused and annoyed after reading the Associated Press article on the health maintenance organizations' advertising campaign to boost their poor image. Bob Seipel, Martinez

Scrap PBS subsidies!
Conservatives (except for members of the John Birch Society) aren't as susceptible to believing in ``vast left-wing conspiracies'' as, say, liberals like first lady Hillary Clinton believe in ``vast right-wing conspiracies.''

Nightmare fish tale
The National Center for Public Policy Research does yeoman work in exposing the cruel excesses of government regulation. Here's the latest nightmare story:

Relates Coverdell veterans' record
Merle Tarr's recent letter regarding veterans' medical care is wrong, particularly when it comes to the record of Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., on veterans issues.Floyd E. Felts, Evans

LSC's fraudulent lies
If a private sector firm beefed up its bottom line by lying about its income to avoid paying taxes, the company would not only be hit with back taxes, interest and huge penalties, but its executives might also be charged with fraud.

Jabs columnist for bad grammar
I read the first sentence (and no more) of David Sisler's July 17 column where he writes: ``There is nothing more precious than a child, I know first hand, because God blessed Bonnie and I with four of them.'' Gould B. Hagler, Augusta

John Kennedy Jr.
The nation best knew John F. Kennedy Jr. as the 3-year-old boy saluting his assassinated father's passing coffin in November of 1963.

Don't spy on Americans, pass HR 850
Suppose the police said, ``Everyone must deposit a key to his house and a key to his post office box at the police station. Trust us not to pry into your affairs, let the keys fall into the wrong hands or otherwise abuse your trust.''

Monroe Kimbrel
Augusta, the state of Georgia and the entire nation suffered a loss Saturday in the death, at age 83, of Monroe Kimbrel.

New clubhouse dedicated

Moya advances at Stuttgart, Medvedev injured

Woods' eagle ties match

Three generations to compete in Games

Ready for Games

Overtime: GSU-Applachian State game televised

Overtime: Surgery forces gymnast out of U.S. meet

World Cup team feted at White House

Former Tyson foe and possible future one to fight

Soccer shortened to two-day event

Cuban basketball players say they defected for political freedom

Armstrong tested on mountain climbs

Researchers link pain sensitivity to gene
WASHINGTON -- Injuries that cause a mild ``ouch'' for some but screams for others are explained by a gene that controls pain sensitivity -- a discovery that may enable doctors to prescribe medication that precisely matches the pain felt by patients suffering from injuries, cancer or chronic conditions such as arthritis, researchers report.

Institute of Medicine backs changes in transplant system
WASHINGTON -- More of the nation's scarce livers should be transplanted into the sickest patients, the prestigious Institute of Medicine says in a report that largely sides with the Clinton administration in a dispute over who gets first chance at life.

Launch of first female commander attracting big crowd
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA fueled shuttle Columbia on Monday for a nighttime launch with the world's most powerful X-ray telescope on board and Eileen Collins in charge -- the first woman to command a U.S. space mission.

Plan seen as too narrow
For decades, federal officials said no one got sick from work at nuclear-weapons plants. Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy admitted that wasn't true -- and offered to pay the medical bills and lost wages of some afflicted workers.

Space race key to successful U.S. moon landings, astronauts say
WASHINGTON -- The men of Apollo 11, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first landing on the moon, credited the competition of a space race with the Soviet Union for the success of America's lunar program.

Cholesterol- lowering drug also fights blood vessel inflammation
DALLAS -- A drug proven to reduce cholesterol also appears to battle another enemy: inflammation inside the arteries.

Company to pay $8 million for making false weight loss claims
WASHINGTON -- A company that claimed its pills could ``blast'' pounds off consumers without any exercise or dieting must pay more than $8 million in redress, the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday.

Supersonic party and grounded fleet highlight airline Y2K response
WASHINGTON -- Come New Year's Eve, the Concorde will be turned into a time machine, its passengers marking the start of the new century in Paris before streaking back across the time zones and celebrating midnight again in New York.

Launch of first female shuttle commander off until Thursday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The first U.S. space flight to be commanded by a woman was postponed until Thursday following a hydrogen-leak scare in the final moments of the countdown for shuttle Columbia.

FCC: Most broadcast, cable networks use voluntary ratings
WASHINGTON -- All of the major broadcast networks and most of the 40 basic cable networks already have adopted voluntary ratings that can be read by televisions equipped with v-chip technology, says a Federal Communications Commission study.

Johnson & Johnson is developing a contraceptive patch
NEW YORK -- The biggest maker of the pill is developing the world's first birth control patch for women, a device that will deliver contraceptives through the skin for a week.

Another $100 million sought to find AIDS abroad
WASHINGTON -- Asserting the United States has a ``moral duty'' to do more to fight AIDS, Vice President Al Gore announced a new $100 million proposal to help Africa stop the spread of the disease.

Xtreme style

Rap-rock sound takes off as music changes
HOLLYWOOD -- As a kid, Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst loved the beats and swagger of hip-hop, but he also admired the sheer power of a killer rock guitar. So when he became a musician, it was only natural to mix the genres.

Netchat : Smashmouth

Xtreme advice: Education should be priority over romance
``I just graduated from high school, and my boyfriend graduated with me. He's going off to Duke, and I'm going to UCLA. We have been going together since fifth grade. I really love him, and I don't want to lose him. He asked me to marry him, but we both have scholarships at different schools.'' -- 18-year-old girl, Augusta

Safety first

Netchat : Smashmouth
Smash Mouth guitarist Greg Camp, bassist Paul De Lisle and drummer Kevin Coleman recently chatted with fans on sonicnet.com after the release of their new album, Astro Lounge. Here are excerpts:

Xtreme advice: Education should be priority over romance

Safety first
When Kayla Walker got a job at A'Gaci in Augusta Mall almost six months ago, she said, her parents were a little concerned for her safety.

Xtreme style
Shoaib Ashraf, 16-year-old junior at Evans High School says his clothes are "formal but stylish...this fits right in".

Rap-rock sound takes off as music changes

Another $100 million sought to find AIDS abroad

Plan seen as too narrow

Supersonic party and grounded fleet highlight airline Y2K response

Researchers link pain sensitivity to gene

Launch of first female commander attracting big crowd

FCC: Most broadcast, cable networks use voluntary ratings

Space race key to successful U.S. moon landings, astronauts say

Johnson & Johnson is developing a contraceptive patch

Company to pay $8 million for making false weight loss claims

Launch of first female shuttle commander off until Thursday