Lopez likely out for season

Braves dominate Brewers

Baseball equation: New stadium equals better record

McGwire hits 37th, passes Gehrig for 16th place on career list

GreenJackets rout Tourists

Jackets roll past Asheville

Umpires seek court order

Braves notebook: Lopez to undero surgery Monday

Postcard contest still strong

Workers vote down contract

Additional business news
Interest rate fears lower stock prices ... New Windows mailed out for test ... Bausch & Lomb sells laboratories ...

Health plan helps recruiting

House backs Chinese trade

County to get commercial park

Poll: Few link late payments, mortgage woes

Additional business news

Columbia County lowers price of speculative building
In finalizing a contract with a real estate firm to market its speculative building, the Columbia County Development Authority lowered the asking price to $2.1 million.

National florist buys Anderson's

Columbia County lowers price of speculative building

Workers vote down contract
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 84 had rejected a proposed labor contract with Southern Nuclear Operating Co.

Late orders may overwhelm gas companies

Late orders may overwhelm gas companies
ATLANTA -- Some glitches are likely during the final assignment of natural-gas customers who wait until the last minute to pick a marketer other than Atlanta Gas Light Co., industry experts warn.

National florist buys Anderson's
Gerald Stevens, the nation's largest floral and gift retailer, added another link to its chain of local florists with the acquisition of Anderson's Flowers & Gifts.

Poll: Few link late payments, mortgage woes
Only two in five Americans understand that if they chronically fail to pay bills on time they will have a major problem getting a home mortgage, according to a survey released Monday by mortgage giant Fannie Mae.

Health plan helps recruiting
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce anticipates reaching its $125,000 membership campaign goal, assuming its fund-raisers maintain their pace.

County to get commercial park
Twenty-two acres behind the Martinez post office are being developed into a commercial park.

Business briefs
Technology stocks pace strong market ... Sooner Euro switch encouraged ... FCC pat on cable Internet access

Augusta reflects national rise in home sales
Americans pushed existing home sales to a record high last month as they scrambled to lock in the best deals to beat slowly advancing mortgage rates.

House backs Chinese trade
WASHINGTON -- The House approved President Clinton's one-year extension of normal trade with China on Tuesday, overcoming complaints that the Chinese government abuses its own citizens and spies on America.

Readers to pick No. 1 story of the century
The Augusta Chronicle is conducting a telephone poll for readers to select the top world and national news of the 20th century.

Stamp honors early botanists
More than two centuries ago, William Bartram's carefully recorded descriptions of Augusta and the Savannah River formed one of the most detailed accounts of our region's early history.

Hildebrandt's links generations
The image of opening a history book and looking into the past holds true at Hildebrandt's Food Store in downtown Augusta.

Blasts congressman's gun-control vote

Vary teachers' pay

Wants to end division in Augusta

The Georgia Games are a victory for all

Fight ethics lapses

Fox special looks at religious signs
Fox scrutinizes seemingly supernatural occurrences including stigmata, ghostly Madonna images and a bleeding statue in Signs from God: Science Tests Faith a live special airing from 8 to 10 tonight (WFXG-TV, Channel 54).

Think before you ink
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- To tattoo artist Rickie Bauer of Rune Stone Tattoo and Body Piercing, the body ``is like a canvas.''

Age old question: Equipment's price does not reflect quality, results
Q: How can I purchase the most reliable exercise equipment? -- V.B., Millen, Ga.

Wicked sense of humor has kept actress in the spotlight
HOLLYWOOD -- Gosh, Betty White just can't stop apologizing. She's so sorry she had to say all of those four-letter words up there on the big screen in that Lake Placid movie she had so much fun making in British Columbia.

Double duty chicken
How would you like to feed your family two wholesome, tasty meals while cooking practically nothing? Seems impossible? It's not.

In the Know
Tired of your bra straps sliding out from your tank top? Jockey International Inc.'s shelf bra tank eliminates the need for a separate bra, keeping layers to a minimum.

In the Know
Ever wonder if the prices at your grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?

Signs of skill
David Reed, a neon sign-maker at the Finuf Sign Co., carefully dips the two glass tubes into a nearly invisible blue flame.

Off the Wall: Tornadoes are not a threat to lovers
"Sweetie," I say as I pass him a handful of nails, "doesn't a storm make you feel kind of frisky?" Taking a slow drag off his rain-soaked cigarette, Sweetie stares at me across the kerosene light.

Tournament set for Thurmond Lake

Football practice begins in Georgia

Star among state's best secrets

Heat remain undefeated

Eagles are SoCon's team to beat

Grant to lead tough Dogs' defense

With McNabb absent, Eagles camp focuses on quarterbacks

Carter cool under pressure

SEC notbook: Eastern title toughest to win, says Vols' Fulmer

Former NFL player killed by police

Games staff cleans up venues
On the surface things may be back to normal, but for the staff of the Georgia Games Championships on Monday was another day at work.

Games' lessons learned
Let's see, what's the word I'm looking for to describe my three-day Plimpton-esque excursion into boxing, tennis and triathlon? Vindicated, glutton, insane, baboon. No, no, no, I got it: Sore.

Games staff cleans up venues
On the surface things may be back to normal, but for the staff of the Georgia Games Championships on Monday was another day at work.

Postcard contest still strong
Our vacation postcard contest is doing well. We lack only a few states to have a card from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here are the latest:

Off the Wall: Tornadoes are not a threat to lovers

Think before you ink

Fox special looks at religious signs

Wicked sense of humor has kept actress in the spotlight

In the Know

Age old question: Equipment's price does not reflect quality, results

Double duty chicken

Signs of skill

Stamp honors early botanists

North Augusta works on river plan

Energy use to soar in heat wave

Report: Pot use growing

Speaker probes crime in black community

Contamination may put Florida areas on Superfund site list

Speaker probes crime in black community
It was no surprise to Barbara Thurmond that convicted murderer Antonio Ruffin had killed before.

Senator will not quit post
SAVANNAH -- Suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson said Tuesday she won't step down from public office following her conviction last week on five federal counts of mail fraud.

Readers to pick No. 1 story of the century

Lakeside tops in state for honor scholarship
ATLANTA -- High schools in Martinez and Lawrenceville produced the most ``governor's scholars'' this year, and campuses in Valdosta, Athens, Evans and Springfield also were near the head of the list.

U.S. athletes striking gold

Contamination may put Florida areas on Superfund site list
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Four Jacksonville neighborhoods may be declared federal Superfund sites -- ranking them among the country's most urgent environmental hazards -- because massive amounts of hazardous waste were dumped there decades ago by City Hall.

Report: Pot use growing
More than 5 million Americans smoke marijuana. And Richmond County narcotics investigators are seeing more teens and young adults smoking pot.

Explorer dives into Net chat
SAVANNAH -- You can explore the depths of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary today without getting your feet wet.

Jailed Healthmaster official sues lawyers

Civic center extends LMI contract
Despite a rocky, off-again, on-again relationship between management and its public oversight board, privatization of Augusta's municipal civic center complex will continue into the new millennium.

Across the area
School board leaves millage unchanged ... Police searching for robber ... Sheriff's office probes thefts

Jailed Healthmaster official sues lawyers
A former Augusta Healthmaster top executive in federal prison for Medicare fraud and other convictions has filed suit against his trial attorneys, one of whom is serving a life sentence for murder.

Aiken Tech announces new president

Area briefs: Six men indicted in shootings, theft
Richmond County grand jurors on Tuesday indicted six young men accused of using stolen weapons from Butler High School to shoot at a home and a pet pig.

Honoring fallen fire chief

Watering ban reinstated
A total outdoor watering ban was reinstated Tuesday for several homes in South Richmond county.

Lakeside tops in state for honor scholarship

Honoring fallen fire chief
The flag at the Martinez Fire Station flies at half- staff as the fire truck bearing the casket of Battalion Chief Roy Mitchell passes the station during the funeral procession Tuesday. A fire station bell sounded as the truck paused in front of the station.

Program enhances teaching

Heat hits nation, Augusta
At least 15 people have been treated in local hospitals for ailments induced by the scorching heat since Monday.

Heat hits nation, Augusta

Research to fight Alzhimer's
The gray beard lends his round face an air of dignity as he quietly watches the fish swim on the tele-vision just beyond the bars.

Runaway emu dies of heat stroke

Program enhances teaching
Instead of being at the classroom's helm, 34 Augusta-area teachers are participating in a program this summer in which they are the students.

Subdivision work may end

Exercise prepares agencies
AIKEN -- Aiken public safety officers put a summer twist on the deadly Columbine High School shootings, conducting a five-hour training exercise Tuesday that brought 150 officers to a mock hostage drill at Aiken Middle School.

State to regulate building runoff
ATLANTA -- State officials are imposing new permitting regulations to control erosion from construction sites across Georgia, after years of legal battles with environmental advocates.

Casinos ready for deadline
AIKEN -- Casinos and video poker parlors have until the end of business today to remove jackpot advertisements and other inducements to play from their gambling machines.

Defense seeks help in Hill case
AIKEN -- The capital murder trial of a man accused of killing three social workers in North Augusta in 1996 is growing so complex that the public defender's office wants to add another of its lawyers to the case, which comes up in court Sept. 13.

Alcohol law changes considered
Columbia County officials are considering changing their alcohol ordinance because two supermarkets would not have been granted beer and wine licenses because of past convictions of selling alcohol to minors.

Energy use to soar in heat wave
Forecasters predict today will be the summer's hottest day yet, and power company officials are preparing for possible electricity shortages caused by extensive air conditioner use.

Panel considers cuts in courthouse annex
Columbia County officials are dealing with a $3.6 million overrun on estimates for construction of a courthouse annex.

Legislation celebration

Heat to pay more for stadium use
The Augusta Heat will have to pay more money to continue playing football at Evans High School's Blanchard Stadium.

Alcohol license in doubt

Power outage hits west Augusta
Thousands of residents were left in the dark and heat Tuesday night because equipment failed at a Georgia Power substation.

Senator will not quit post

North Augusta works on river plan
NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta is carving out a new image for itself on the banks of the Savannah River. That section of the city has long lain fallow. Still official planning to turn the riverfront into the city's calling card has been going on for more than a decade.

Alcohol law changes considered

State to regulate building runoff

Watering ban reinstated

Officials seeking crackdown on litterbugs

Casinos ready for deadline

Panel considers cuts in courthouse annex

Civic center extends LMI contract

School board opts against hiring permanent consultant

Power outage hits west Augusta

Speaker probes crime in black community

DeVaney to resign from job

Bill cuts costs for farmers

Hildebrandt's links generations

Bill cuts costs for farmers
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Lee Cromley would prefer a catastrophe swallow up his cotton all at once, rather than surrender it a little at a time to spots of bad weather.

Exercise prepares agencies

Project will battle beach erosion on barrier island
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- When Karen Tippins and her children arrived at the Second Street beach entrance at about 9 a.m., they had more than 50 yards of sand from which to choose and quickly settled on a prime spot -- not too close to the water, but not too far from the seawall.

Canal more reliable, EPD says

Officials seeking crackdown on litterbugs
Taxpayers bear an ever-growing share of the costs of litter control on Augusta-Richmond County highways, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Runaway emu dies of heat stroke

Energy use to soar in heat wave
Forecasters predict today will be the summer's hottest day yet, and power company officials are preparing for possible electricity shortages caused by extensive air conditioner use.

Casinos to fight city over water

Aiken Tech announces new president
LANGLEY -- It has been an exhausting five months for those involved in the search for a new president for Aiken Technical College, but they've found one in Susan A. Graham.

Subdivision work may end
An Augusta Commission committee voted Monday to get the city out of the subdivision-entrance maintenance business.

School board opts against hiring permanent consultant
Controversy about a job description caused Richmond County School Board members to vote against a recommendation by the superintendent to hire a permanent athletics consultant.

Legislation celebration
Nancy Broglin of Augusta leafs through her program at a picnic celebration of the ninth anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Schools report teacher shortage
SMYRNA, Ga. -- More than 100 Georgia school systems are reporting problems finding teachers in areas such as special education, math and science, according to a new state survey.

Canal more reliable, EPD says
State regulators offered little solace Monday night to Augusta officials concerned that the city's primary drinking water source is four miles downstream from where Columbia County releases treated sewage.

Alcohol license in doubt
When the new Food Lion opens on Old Evans Road Aug. 4, the beer and wine section may be empty.

Casinos to fight city over water
North Augusta city officials backed off Monday from a threat to shut off water and remove the meter at the beleagured King's Treasure casino on Martintown Road.

Runaway emu dies of heat stroke
A several-day search for a runaway emu ended in tragedy Monday afternoon when the wayward animal suddenly collapsed from heat stroke and died.

Runaway emu dies of heat stroke
A several-day search for a runaway emu ended in tragedy Monday afternoon when the wayward animal suddenly collapsed from heat stroke and died.

Speaker probes crime in black community
It was no surprise to Barbara Thurmond that convicted murderer Antonio Ruffin had killed before.

Defense seeks help in Hill case

DeVaney to resign from job
Former Augusta Mayor Charles DeVaney has resigned as executive vice president of Augusta Tomorrow Inc., effective Sept. 1.

Across the area

Law leads to seizure of licenses
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A law aimed at keeping people from drinking and driving has resulted in the seizure of at least 2,208 driver's licenses in its first year.

Energy use to soar in heat wave

Schools report teacher shortage

Project will battle beach erosion on barrier island

Heat to pay more for stadium use

Miss Angie Jenkins
SARDIS, Ga. -- Miss Angela Bell ``Angie'' Jenkins, 35, of 811 South Hill St., died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Myrtle Goss
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Myrtle Christine Shubert Goss, 74, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Boswell Parker Nursing Home.

Mrs. Agnes Moody
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Agnes Moody, 86, of 3713 Legion Road, died Saturday, July 24, 1999.

Mrs. Dorothy Wright
Mrs. Dorothy Wright, 74, of 348 Fury's Ferry Road, Martinez, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sarah Dyess Ewing
Mrs. Sarah Dyess Ewing of Augusta, sister of the late Col. Jimmy Dyess, died Sunday, July 25, 1999.

Miss Angie Jenkins
SARDIS, Ga. -- Miss Angela Bell ``Angie'' Jenkins, 35, of 811 South Hill St., died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Bonnie Zissette
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Bonnie Lou Hutto Zissette, 80, died Sunday, July 25, 1999.

Mr. Franklin Solomon
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Franklin Delano Solomon, a community activist, author and playwright, of 807 Railroad Ave., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta. He was 66.

Mr. Willie Brown Jr.
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Lee Brown Jr., 48, of 473 Stephens Road, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Cora Gibbons
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Cora Lee Gibbons, 98, of 708 Nelms St., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mrs. Malinda Lowery
Mrs. Malinda Lowery, 77, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Calhoun Sanders
KLINE, S.C. -- Mr. Calhoun Sanders, 94, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Allendale County Nursing Home.

Mr. Luther Tarver
Mr. Luther Edward Tarver, of 2919 Nighthawk Drive, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. John Martin
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. John Willie Martin died Friday, July 23, 1999.

Mrs. Sarah Ewing
Mrs. Sarah Dyess Ewing died Sunday, July 25, 1999.

Mr. John Hope
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John Albert Hope, 91, of Summerhill Road, died Sunday, July 25, 1999.

Mr. Johnie Walton
LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. -- Mr. Johnie F. Walton, 64, died Friday, July 2, 1999, at Community Memorial Healthcenter, South Hill.

Mrs. Virginia Carroll
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Virginia Blume Carroll, 72, of Lunar Lane, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Barnwell Nursing Home.

Mrs. Myrlynn Coles
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Myrlynn Coles, 62, of 102 Riley Way, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. George Moore Sr.
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. George L. Moore Sr., 79, of 211 College St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Chandler County Hospital.

Mr. Ernest Hooks
METTER, Ga. -- Mr. Ernest Randolph Hooks, 87, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mrs. Dorothy Benton
Mrs. Dorothy Gilchrist Benton, of 1139 Inez St., died Sunday, July 25, 1999.

Mrs. Iris Powell
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Iris Hardin Powell, 94, of 400 Maiden Lane, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Providence Health Care, Warrenton.

Mr. Holsey Young
BARTON, S.C. -- Mr. Holsey Young, 94, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at Allendale County Hospital.

Mr. Michael Brannon
AIKEN -- Mr. Michael Jerome Brannon, 61, of 334 Lakeside Drive, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. George King III
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. George Pierce King III, 78, of 2301 Indian Road, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Wright
Mrs. Dorothy Wright, 74, of 348 Fury's Ferry Road, Martinez, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Rachel Witt
THOMSON -- Mrs. Rachel L. Witt, 73, of 500 Dixie Drive, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Johnny Davis
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Johnny Davis, of 5134 Horse Shoe Circle, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Joseph Reid Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Joseph William Reid Sr., 53, of 994 Howard Road S.E., died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Rev. Harold Sprowls
CLAYSVILLE, Pa. -- The Rev. Harold R. ``Brick'' Sprowls, 84, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Beatrice Morgan
Mrs. Beatrice H. Morgan, 91, of 3059 Walton Way, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Bertha Medeiros
Mrs. Bertha Anderson Medeiros, 67, of 208 Merrymont Drive, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Waymon Tutt
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Waymon Tutt, 58, of 151 Dawkins St., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Larry Pittman
Mr. Larry D. ``Tommy'' Pittman, 63, of 2291 Overton Road, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Reid Sr.

Mr. Calhoun Sanders

Mrs. Myrtle Goss

Mr. John Martin

Mr. Luther Tarver

Mrs. Dorothy Wright

Mrs. Myrlynn Coles

Mrs. Rachel Witt

Mr. Waymon Tutt

Mr. George Moore Sr.

Rev. Harold Sprowls

Mrs. Cora Gibbons

Mrs. Beatrice Morgan

Mrs. Sarah Ewing

Mr. Johnny Davis

Miss Angie Jenkins

Mr. Ernest Hooks

Mr. Holsey Young

Mr. Michael Brannon

Mrs. Dorothy Benton

Mr. Willie Brown Jr.

Miss Angie Jenkins

Mrs. Agnes Moody

Mrs. Malinda Lowery

Mr. Johnie Walton

Mrs. Bonnie Zissette

Mrs. Sarah Dyess Ewing

Canada tops U.S. baseball team

Armstrong inspires cyclists

Deal, Price-Smith repeat as Pan Am champions

Canadian athlete balances football, wrestling

The Georgia Games are a victory for all
As the first-ever presenting sponsor of the Georgia Games, this newspaper couldn't be prouder of the athletes who participated and the event organizers and thousands of volunteers who made it all possible.

Answers letter writer on JFK Jr.
In response to letter writer Perry Holcomb's ``thought-provoking'' question No. 1: He answered his own question concerning the expanse of the search and recovery for John F. Kennedy Jr. and family.Susan Norvell, Augusta

A plan for character education in Georgia
CALL THE ROLL -- Jonesboro, Ark.; Paducah, Ky.; Littleton, Colo.; and now Rockdale County -- of the growing list of communities stricken by incidents of school violence. Parents, politicians, school officials and editorial page writers ask what can be done to prevent these tragedies.

Answers pro-Norwood writer on vets
... U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has downright stripped medical privileges from military retirees who were promised medical benefits for life after 20 years of honorable service. ...R. Ingham, Hephzibah

Hits commissioners' view of city
I am writing this letter in reply to events at the Augusta-Richmond Commission meeting on July 20. Andy Cheek, Augusta

Bashes candidate's stand on flag
Re ``GOP candidates discuss boycott of state'' (news article, July 25):Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

Genuine American hero
While Georgians were enjoying their games in Augusta last week, one of the most remarkable sports stories of this century was unfolding in Paris: Lance Armstrong's unbelievable victory in the 1999 Tour de France, the severest test of endurance and cycling expertise known to man.

Vary teachers' pay
Gov. Roy Barnes and his Education Reform Commission are on the right path by looking to relieve the state's public school teacher shortage by pegging salaries to the difficulty of classes being taught.

Bashes candidate's stand on flag
Re ``GOP candidates discuss boycott of state'' (news article, July 25):Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

Answers letter writer on JFK Jr.
In response to letter writer Perry Holcomb's ``thought-provoking'' question No. 1: He answered his own question concerning the expanse of the search and recovery for John F. Kennedy Jr. and family.Susan Norvell, Augusta

The Georgia Games are a victory for all
The big winner in last weekend's Georgia Games was the entire two-state Augusta area. The event brought the community together in a way that only sports can. Congratulations certainly are due all of the medal winners, whatever their sport, age or gender. The athletes made these Games among the most exciting ever. But to make it all happen, a cadre of community leaders and sponsors worked tirelessly to bring the event here. They were joined by some 3,600 volunteers who helped to coordinate the competition.

Hits commissioners' view of city
I am writing this letter in reply to events at the Augusta-Richmond Commission meeting on July 20. Andy Cheek, Augusta

The Georgia Games are a victory for all
As the first-ever presenting sponsor of the Georgia Games, this newspaper couldn't be prouder of the athletes who participated and the event organizers and thousands of volunteers who made it all possible.

Wants to end division in Augusta
Moving the offices of Augusta-Richmond County out of downtown will strengthen our city's reputation for factionalism, erode more than 200 years of history, drain downtown of its trickle of traffic and revenue, disrupt the delivery of important services, further isolate the Laney-Walker region and generally help to so-lidify Augusta's position as a second class city in the great state of Georgia.Earl Howard Merry, Augusta

Answers pro-Norwood writer on vets
... U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has downright stripped medical privileges from military retirees who were promised medical benefits for life after 20 years of honorable service. ...R. Ingham, Hephzibah

USC saves face
What an embarrassment. The University of South Carolina hired Craig Rogers a few years ago to be the dean of its college of engineering and information technology.

Blasts congressman's gun-control vote
Tenth District citizens, remember June 18. At 2:22 p.m., U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., again betrayed you and his sworn duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Ken Drawdy, Hephzibah

Fight ethics lapses
Georgia state lawmakers are emitting a smell that suggests last week's federal mail fraud conviction of Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, D-Savannah, for funneling government grants to her personal businesses may not be the only ethical -- or possibly criminal -- lapse.

Mulls campaign finance, hate-crime laws
It is difficult for me to understand why some people are opposed to hate-crime legislation and campaign finance reform. Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro

A plan for character education in Georgia
CALL THE ROLL -- Jonesboro, Ark.; Paducah, Ky.; Littleton, Colo.; and now Rockdale County -- of the growing list of communities stricken by incidents of school violence. Parents, politicians, school officials and editorial page writers ask what can be done to prevent these tragedies.

French shut out in Tour de France

Elliott: Report that brother is a match is false

Games' lessons learned

Overtime: Augusta's Reed due to be inducted into state bowling shrine

Tennis gets a new No. 1

Games staff cleans up venues

U.S. will respect, not fear, Brazil

Georgia Games cleanup

FDA approves drug against recommendation of advisory panel
WASHINGTON -- An inhalant drug for the treatment of simple influenza has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, despite an advisory panel recommendation that the drug be rejected.

Regulators want hands-off policy to cable Internet access
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators have chosen a wait-and-see attitude as the legal brawl rages on over whether cable companies offering high-speed Internet services must share lines with their competitors.

Rivals team up to squish Y2K bug
While Delta Air Lines and its competitors spend their summer dueling over discount fares and fighting for frequent fliers, they also are teaming up to take on a common enemy -- the Y2K bug.

Upper Midwest gets brief break as death toll reaches 30
Parts of the Midwest got a break Tuesday from the heat wave blamed for more than two dozen deaths, giving utilities a breather from the strain of keeping air conditioners running full tilt.

Armstrong's cycling win is a medical victory, too
American cyclist Lance Armstrong's victory in the Tour de France was made possible by another incredible triumph -- medicine's ability to beat advanced cancer.

First female shuttle commander aims for night landing
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- The crew of the first space shuttle to be commanded by a woman headed for an uncommon night landing Tuesday after a short trip into orbit to drop off the world's most powerful X-ray telescope.

Cell phone towers in national park debated
WASHINGTON -- Schoolchildren visiting Rock Creek national park often write down names of plants and animals they encounter. But soon they may come across something less natural to the terrain: cell phone towers.

Report: Gas additive can be harmful
WASHINGTON -- In a major reversal in environmental policy, a government advisory panel on Tuesday will urge widespread reduction in the use of a controversial gasoline additive once touted as key to reducing air pollution from automobiles.

FDA approves new use of seizure drug
WASHINGTON -- An epilepsy drug used by adults was approved Monday for use as an add-on therapy for young patients with partial-onset seizures.

Cold War-era hot line still in place
WASHINGTON -- Born in the Cold War, the hot line connecting the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union was instituted to defuse hostilities and misunderstandings that, in those tense days, could have led to nuclear war.

Xtreme style

Xtreme advice: Friendships often suffer when romance blossoms
``My friend started going out with this boy a couple of months ago. I don't think he's right for her because he's known for cheating. And she's also been ignoring me since they started going out. What should I do?'' -- 13-year-old girl, Harlem

Xtreme advice: Friendships often suffer when romance blossoms

Lending a helping hand
Dressed in red shirts and khaki pants, teen volunteers are visible all over the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Children's Medical Center -- delivering papers, answering phones, serving coffee, manning the gift shops and, occasionally, helping out in an emergency.

Xtreme style
Rachel Kroef, 15, sophomore at Wardlaw Academy in Edgefield County, S.C. says, ``I look for what's trendy, what's in and what I think is comfortable.''

Lending a helping hand

FDA approves drug against recommendation of advisory panel

Regulators want hands-off policy to cable Internet access

First female shuttle commander aims for night landing

Cold War-era hot line still in place

Rivals team up to squish Y2K bug

Report: Gas additive can be harmful

FDA approves new use of seizure drug