Tourists cool off Jackets

Atlanta heads trade rumors

Braves notebook: Jordan could be out for series with Phils

Aiken Post 26 set for state tourney

Thirteen more umpires let go

Jackets fall to Tourists

Chen, Braves show weak side

A different kind of altar call

Greenspan: Fed may raise rates again
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan renewed warnings today that the nation's central bank will move again to raise interest rates to counter inflation if the economy shows signs of overheating.

Castleberry's to buy Fearnow

Economy slows in second quarter
WASHINGTON -- U.S. economic growth slowed abruptly to 2.3 percent during the second quarter as consumers curtailed exuberant spending that had been the major force behind the recent economic boom.

Additional business news
Railroads begin restoring service...Saturn slips in satisfaction poll...Euro rebounds in recent weeks...Charter to sell stocks to public...IMF approves billions for Russia...

Goody's opens two new stores
Goody's Family Clothing stores unveiled its two new stores Thursday morning to crowds in south and west Augusta.

Supply company planning expansion
Bennett Distribution Services has announced plans to expand operations in Columbia County and build a new facility which could ultimately create 25 to 40 new jobs.

Hewlett-Packard names spinoff
Much to the surprise of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. executives, that was one foreign translation of a proposed name for the company's new spinoff corporation.

Additional business news
Companies settle high-rate loan case...Y2K expert expects problems...HUD ups lending requirement...Airline quasi-merger unlikely...AT&T earnings beat projections...

Castleberry's to buy Fearnow
Canned-meat producer Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. announced Wednesday the acquisition of Fearnow Brothers, the Mechanicsville, Va.-based maker of Mrs. Fearnow's Delicious Brunswick Stew and other products.

Store improvement
Baldwin Construction workers Steve Cribb (right) and Edward Drayton work to remove plaster from Haverty's furniture on Wrightsboro Road. The store is undergoing an 8,000-square-foot expansion.

Lingering auto dispute
NEW ORLEANS -- Critics of General Motors thought the automaker got off easy when it agreed to settle a big lawsuit alleging some of its trucks had gas tanks that could explode.

Goody's opens two new stores

Supply company planning expansion

Additional business news

Boardman deal announced
Augusta-based Boardman Petroleum Inc. and a Winston-Salem, N.C., company in a joint venture announced Wednesday they purchased an Athens, Ga., pipeline terminal.

Additional business news

Group: Banks increasing interest
WASHINGTON -- Some big banks have raised the credit card interest rates they charge deeply indebted consumers who are working with credit counselors to try to avoid bankruptcy, the Consumer Federation of America said Wednesday.

Boardman deal announced

RV's selling at rapid rate
More and more families, it seems, are leaving their stress-filled lives behind for long weekends to remote locations in their new RVs. The recreation vehicle -- a vacation home on wheels -- is selling at a rapid rate.

Group: Banks increasing interest

Boardman deal announced
Augusta-based Boardman Petroleum Inc. and a Winston-Salem, N.C., company in a joint venture announced Wednesday they purchased an Athens, Ga., pipeline terminal.

Greenspan: Fed may raise rates again

Store improvement

RV's selling at rapid rate

Economy slows in second quarter

Boardman deal announced

Methodist preserved religion in Linwood
In a secluded clearing at the west end of the training areas of Fort Gordon, half hidden by a fringe of pine trees, stands a small community cemetery dominated in one corner by a slender marble shaft. In military parlance it is known simply as Cemetery No. 30.

Population surge hits rural areas
JASPER, Ga. -- Dan Garrett built his home of poplar and pine logs cut from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he snatched up 30 quiet acres away from the bustle of neighbors and traffic.

Praises Ga. Games opening ceremony

Back 'fiscal conservative' in S.C. race

Backs 'God-fearing' congressman

Teens switch to 'pot'

Reform Party fizzling?

Defends candidate's 'family values'

Hits Clinton for extended search

Panic grows; Rock on a roll
On Widespread Panic's seventh album, Til the Medicine Takes, the septet from Athens, Ga., makes a concentrated effort to shed the label ``jam band.''

FDA to change sunscreen labeling
The Food and Drug Administration has issued rules for sunscreen products. While the changes will be phased in over the next two years, some sunscreen makers have already begun making changes in their product labeling.

Senate bill would stabilize poison control center funding
WASHINGTON -- Poison control centers, faced with a financial crisis that has forced many to close or reduce services in recent years, would benefit from stable funding under a bill a Senate committee approved Wednesday.

A place to call their own
Signs such as ``Azalea Row,'' ``Cheap City,'' ``Rest a Spell,'' and roughly 30 others help visitors navigate their way through the yard of Ingrid and Olin Cromer. ``I have taken poetic license with the signs,'' Mrs. Cromer said with a laugh.

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Heart' songs familiar to author
Augusta novelist Louise Shivers thinks she knows why the Celine Dion song My Heart Will Go On from the movie Titanic sounds so familiar to her.

Many people wind down at happy hour
Sometimes after a hard day at work, the last thing on your mind is heading home. You want to unwind a little before facing the chores of domestic life.

Compact soil a problem for lawns
Soil compaction can be a real nightmare for homeowners trying to grow beautiful lawns, especially those with clay soil. Foot traffic, weather conditions and normal use can push soil particles closer together, reducing pore space and increasing soil density. The lack of pore space decreases the movement of air, water and nutrients within the soil and reduces percolation and infiltration.

Artist brings new themes to an old style
Art Rosenbaum agrees that aspects of his large oil paintings are reminiscent of American social realist paintings of the 1930s and '40s, but he believes his work has more of a '90s flavor.

In the know
The next time you see Erin McQuatter's face, it will be in Seventeen magazine. The 14-year-old Martinez girl will be featured in the magazine's September issue as the grand-prize winner of the Chanel/Seventeen New Model of the Year Contest.

Country stars to bring 'Dog Days' to Fort Gordon
Tickets for country music stars Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin's Dog Days of Summer concert Sept. 3 at Fort Gordon's Barton Field are to go on sale Aug. 9.

Sunscreen ratings can vary
The year was 1978, and Americans were basking and bronzing in the sun like never before. Solar reflectors and tanning solutions promising ``fast-acting'' results were popular with sunbathers in search of the ``healthy tan.'' And fashion models such as Farrah Fawcett sported a bronzed ideal of beauty.

Hot rap stars tracking into Hurricane Central
Just when it looked as though hot urban-music acts might avoid the Augusta area this summer, a package tour of notable rappers, including headliner Juvenile, whirls into Hurricane Central in Aiken tonight.

Capsules
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic think it may be possible to diagnose Parkinson's disease in some people before they have any symptoms.

Smart anglers beat heat

Ole Miss trying to forget Tuberville

Holtz draws attention to Carolina

Oxendine, Hanspard welcome opportunity

Falcons get championship rings

Gators chomping for improved '99

Barry: One of a kind

Steelers officially sign Edwards, extend Henry's contract

Keith Brooking has some big shoes to fill in Atlanta

No surprise: Anderson is not in camp

Freeman ready for better days

Evans appeal granted

Coaches corner cliches

Practice starts at high speed

No surprise here: Vols favored to capture SEC

A different kind of altar call
With the weekend coming up, Ruth Tewes offers these ways ``To Survive the Dullest Sermons.''

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Heart' songs familiar to author

Artist brings new themes to an old style

A place to call their own

Panic grows; Rock on a roll

Country stars to bring 'Dog Days' to Fort Gordon

Hot rap stars tracking into Hurricane Central

Senate bill would stabilize poison control center funding

FDA to change sunscreen labeling

Sunscreen ratings can vary

Compact soil a problem for lawns

Capsules

In the know

Many people wind down at happy hour

University to clean up DDT-contaminated soil
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia will pay up to $1 million to dig up and remove DDT-contaminated soil at a University of Georgia-owned farm in Oconee County.

Augusta businesses like character plans
Nearly 300 business and civic leaders got a close-up of Augusta's plans to become a City of Character on Thursday during breakfast at the Julian Smith Casino.

PeachCare enrollment increases

Superintendent to give Allendale plan
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- - The question Carl Love has wrestled with could be answered today when the state's top education official outlines her plans for the Allendale County School District.

Officials cite need for safety

Misty morning ride

Organizers salute Georgia Games staff
Georgia Games volunteers gathered Wednesday night for the last event of the 1999 championships -- eating, dancing and celebrating at an appreciation dinner thrown by organizers.

Fire in hotel room leads to drug arrest
AIKEN -- A Williston man accused of cooking several batches of crack cocaine in an Aiken hotel room was arrested after police found him at the hospital, being treated for burns, with the drugs in his book bag, authorities said Wednesday.

Judge: Firing not in vengeance

Neighborhood plan draws complaints
It hasn't even met yet, but Augusta Mayor Bob Young's new housing agency is already drawing fire.

Schools ready search, dress rules

Park watering aids ban
The same county government issuing water restrictions in south Richmond County helped create the latest water predicament.

Judge: Firing not in vengeance
For nine years, Vera Butler has been the Clerk of Civil and Magistrates Court. Seven weeks after she spoke publicly about pay inequities, she is unemployed.

Organizers salute Georgia Games staff

School inspections build security
Before classes start next month in Richmond County, the Special Weapons And Tactics Team plans to tour all of the county's middle and high schools.

Plaster masters

Neighborhood plan draws complaints

Superintendent to give Allendale plan

Happy camper

Augusta businesses like character plans

`Stolen' vehicle retrieved

Happy camper
On Tuesday morning, the boys from the Sioux cabin were gathered for archery. Head down, brow knitted in concentration, 10-year-old Boris Khudayarov pulled back on the yellow-feathered arrow, aiming at what appeared to be a pile of dirt three feet in front of him.

Officers, school uniforms under fire
ATLANTA -- Georgia schools are increasingly mandating dress codes and filling campuses with police in hopes of avoiding violence.

Misty morning ride
Julie Lewis (left) and Meri McMichael, co-workers at MCG, ride their bicycles along together down the Augusta Canal bike trail, near the Savannah Rapids Pavillion in Columbia County, as the early morning mist begins to lift off the water.

Plaster masters
Junior Grantham (left) and Donald Grantham mold plaster cornice pieces by hand for the int

Officials cite need for safety
Henry McDaniel knows firsthand the dangers of drunken driving. Not because he had his license suspended or ended up in jail but because he ended up a quadriplegic.

Clyburn seeks fourth term on Aiken council
AIKEN -- Beverly Clyburn announced Wednesday that she is seeking a fourth term on Aiken City Council.

Teen gets maximum in killing
After considering teary-eyed testimony of family and friends, Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet sentenced 17-year-old Jonathan Dunagan to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

Officials cancel Savannah Foods boycott
SAVANNAH -- Bill Schwer's letter-writing campaign paid off. The Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce backed off of plans for a boycott of Savannah Foods products after receiving a letter from Mr. Schwer, the managing director and general counsel of its parent company, Imperial Sugar.

Schools ready search, dress rules
Students in the Richmond County School system who want to buy a parking permit this fall will have to agree to have their cars searched.

Area briefs: Police investigate child neglect case
Aiken County sheriff's officers are investigating a case of child neglect in which three Beech Island children were left alone at home while their parents went on a cruise to the Bahamas.

Superintendent: Success takes community
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- A county whose community is committed to education is a county whose children will be successful.

Teacher indicted on forgery charges
A former Aquinas High School teacher suspected of embezzling more than $80,000 from her students was indicted in Columbia County this week on six counts of forgery.

Athens oak tree measures up to high standards

Passage granted
Motorists leave Fort Gordon through Gate 2 Wednesday afternoon. The new Gordon Highway entrance and exit is open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Methodist preserved religion in Linwood

Fire in hotel room leads to drug arrest

Area briefs: Police investigate child neglect case

Teen gets maximum in killing

University to clean up DDT-contaminated soil

Officers, school uniforms under fire

Schrenko suggests reforms

Teacher indicted on forgery charges

Population surge hits rural areas

Area briefs: South Richmond watering ban lifted
People in south Augusta areas served by the Tobacco Road and Fairington water-storage tanks may return to odd-even outdoor watering, utilities officials said announced Thursday.

Passage granted

Athens oak tree measures up to high standards
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jean Shewbert always thought her post oak tree was big, but she never knew just how big it really was.

Park watering aids ban

Area briefs: South Richmond watering ban lifted

Heat, dangers continue to rise

School inspections build security

Officials cancel Savannah Foods boycott

Heat, dangers continue to rise
The cool climate inside May Park Community Center has been a haven for Augustans sizzling in the recent heat wave.

Clyburn seeks fourth term on Aiken council

Superintendent: Success takes community

Schrenko suggests reforms
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Georgia's 1.4 million students should be tested annually to help determine if they deserve promotion, and schools should be shut down and reopened under new leadership if they show consistently poor performance, state School Superintendent Linda Schrenko said Wednesday.

PeachCare enrollment increases
ATLANTA -- Business is picking up for PeachCare, Georgia's health-care program for uninsured children.

`Stolen' vehicle retrieved
SAVANNAH -- For 15 hours Butch and Brenda Odom feared the worst. They'd been eating dinner and shooting pool at a Garden City restaurant when their 1989 Toyota Camry disappeared from the parking lot.

Mrs. Jacque Johnson
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Jacque Wright Johnson, 76, of 1320 Lincolnton Road, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. John Golden
HUNTINGTON, Texas -- Mr. John S. Golden, 75, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, in a Lufkin hospital.

Mrs. Christine Monahan
ANDOVER, Kan. -- Mrs. Christine J. Monahan, 72, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Shirley Taylor
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Shirley McBride Taylor, 54, of 3129 Buttermilk Road, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Agnes Johnson
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Agnes Amerson Johnson, 84, of 434 Beall Springs Road, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Gibson Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Rosalind McKie
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Rosalind Deanna Cummings McKie, 22, of 110 Storm Court, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Georgia Pratt
Ms. Georgia L. Pratt, 73, of 633 Gilbert Manor, died Saturday, July 24, 1999.

Mr. George Sammons
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. George Grady Sammons, 94, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mr. John Murphy
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Eugene Murphy, 83, died Thursday, July 29, 1999.

Mrs. Marie Gibbs
Mrs. Marie B. Gibbs, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Arthur Braddy Sr.
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mr. Arthur L. Braddy Sr., 60, of 9779 Sparta-Davisboro Road, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Watson
SEATTLE -- Mrs. Mary ``Angel'' Watson died Thursday, July 22, 1999.

Mrs. Sybil Jones
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Sybil Bentley Jones, 63, of 2519 Hephzibah Church Road, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruby Moore
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ruby Walker Moore, 83, of 309 West Pinegrove Ave., died Wednesday, July 28, 1999.

April Nalley
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- April Christy Nalley, 17, of 3057 Hancock Landing Road, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Frances Allen
HARLEM -- Mrs. Frances Allen, 66, of Gay Road, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Harold Cushman
AIKEN -- Mr. Harold Cushman, 64, of 1730 Williston Road, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Watson Allen
HARLEM -- Mr. Watson Allen, 78, of Gay Road, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Mingo
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Annie Folk Mingo, 83, of 46 Bing St., died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Harper Nursing Center.

Mrs. Jewel Kniphfer
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Jewel Kniphfer, 54, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Linda Jarrett
JACKSON -- Ms. Linda H. Jarrett, 47, of 782 Jackson Road, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Virginia Cauthern
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Mrs. Virginia Sack Cauthern died Wednesday, July 28, 1999.

Mrs. Virginia Cauthen
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Mrs. Virginia Sack Cauthen died Wednesday, July 28, 1999.

Mr. Howard Hobbs
DEARING -- Mr. Howard Hobbs, 75, of 5593 Huffs Bridge Road, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Flannigan
ALBANY, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Ann Garrison Flannigan, 85, of 518 9th Ave., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999.

Mrs. Buena McCorkle
DEARING -- Mrs. Buena Il McCorkle, 75, of 5186 Luckeys Bridge Road, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at her residence.

Mrs. Arwilda Easler
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Arwilda Vandiver Easler, 75, of 550 Sikes Hill, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. William Adams Jr.
Mr. William ``Bama'' Hope Adams Jr., 68, of 3909 Marsella Ave., died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Lurline Cook
EUTAWVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Lurline Cook, 69, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at The Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.

Mr. Clinton Davis
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Clinton Leon Davis, 62, of 2507 Horseshoe Drive, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Gary Ramsey
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. -- Mr. Gary Thomas ``Tommy'' Ramsey, 45, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Abbeville, Hospital.

Mrs. Rosa Cummings
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Rosa Mae Cummings, 87, of 213 Culpepper St., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia, Hospital.

Mrs. Christine Becton
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Christine Williams Becton, of 710 West York St., died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Louise Jenkins
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise Horton Jenkins, 81, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Keysville Convalescent and Nursing Center.

Miss Jeanette Davis
WHIGHAM, Ga. -- Miss Jeanette Davis, 60, died Friday, July 23, 1999.

Mrs. Rena Johnson
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Rena Mae Johnson, 84, of 403 Pine St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Thomas Johnson Jr.
Mr. Thomas Johnson Jr., 76, of 2545 Allen St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Magnolia Hill of Augusta.

Ms. Louise Henley
Ms. Louise Hodges Henley, 68, of 2501 Shannon Court, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Belle Robinson
VARNVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Belle Ruth Robinson, 98, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Orangeburg Nursing Home.

Mrs. Gladys King
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mrs. Gladys McCord King, 88, of 2304 Ridge Road, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Christina Atkinson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Christina H. Atkinson, 75, of 209 Heil Drive, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Amy Bettis
SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, N.Y. -- Mrs. Amy Morgan Bettis, 76, of 121-41 Farmers Blvd., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Constance Carpenter
Mrs. Constance Johnson Carpenter, 61, of 2006 Steiner Ave., died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Cassie Hill
Mrs. Cassie Hill, 83, of 214 Walker St., died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Barbara Felder
Mrs. Barbara Ann Felder, of 2003 Cook Road, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Evelyn Lindemuth
Mrs. Evelyn Lindemuth, 63, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Larrie Bartley
AIKEN -- Mr. Larrie Lenwood Bartley, 68, of 174 Combs Drive, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Watson
SEATTLE -- Mrs. Mary ``Angel'' Watson died Thursday, July 22, 1999.

Mr. Otis Mosley Jr.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mr. Otis Mosley Jr. died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at North Shore Regional Hospital.

Mr. Arthur Braddy Sr.

Mrs. Christina Atkinson

Mr. Harold Cushman

Mrs. Mary Watson

Mrs. Amy Bettis

Mrs. Gladys King

Miss Jeanette Davis

Mrs. Rosalind McKie

Mrs. Virginia Cauthen

Mr. George Sammons

Mr. Otis Mosley Jr.

Mrs. Buena McCorkle

Mrs. Christine Becton

Mrs. Marie Gibbs

Mr. Larrie Bartley

Mrs. Cassie Hill

Ms. Georgia Pratt

Mr. Howard Hobbs

Mrs. Rosa Cummings

Mrs. Jewel Kniphfer

Mr. John Murphy

Mrs. Evelyn Lindemuth

Mr. Gary Ramsey

Mrs. Ruby Moore

April Nalley

Mrs. Arwilda Easler

Mrs. Lurline Cook

Mrs. Shirley Taylor

Ms. Louise Henley

Mrs. Christine Monahan

Mrs. Louise Jenkins

Mrs. Barbara Felder

Mrs. Annie Mingo

Mr. Clinton Davis

Mrs. Constance Carpenter

Mrs. Belle Robinson

Ms. Linda Jarrett

Mrs. Sybil Jones

Mr. John Golden

Mrs. Virginia Cauthern

Cuba loses again in Pan Ams baseball

U.S. stuns Cuba in baseball

Softball team wins gold, loses audience

Backs 'God-fearing' congressman
Recently I have been reading letters written about Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga. The irony of it all, the writers of those lettersapparently do not know the man. As a case in point, this writer makes it his business to attend Rep. Norwood's meetings. Often I am able to speak to him personally. Joseph Driggs Sr., Augusta

Defends candidate's 'family values'
Re the July 19 letter by Jane Dennis: James F. Findlay, Augusta

Reform Party fizzling?
Third parties don't make a mark unless times are bad. When eccentric, multi-billionaire Ross Perot put together his Reform Party for the 1992 election, deficits were soaring and the country was in a recession.

Center GM's big task
For better or worse, the Augusta Coliseum Authority has re-signed Leisure Management International to run the Civic Center/Bell Auditorium complex through June 30, 2001.

'The rest of the story'
No one who follows the news could have missed Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan's testimony this week advising Congress against the $792 billion tax cut bill OK'd by the House and pending in the Senate.

Teens switch to 'pot'
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's report that marijuana smoking is soaring among teen-agers and young adults (up 20 percent in recent years) should come as no surprise.

Ruminates over insurance options
Patients already have rights: The right to see a specialist, to have mammograms and check-ups, and to stay in the hospital after childbirth. A health maintenance organization is a very limited insurance plan. It will only pay for a few things. If you want more, then you have to pay for it. Robert J. Roushar Jr., North Augusta

Blasts Allendale 'race-card game'
Recently the South Carolina Board of Education had to take over the Allendale County school system. This was due to the fact that a 185-page report showed the school system to be far behind in almost every measurable standard that the state uses to assess its schools. Donny Gray, Augusta

Decries idea of church-state separation
Re: Richard Amundson's, July 15 letter: Jack Jackson, Sylvania

Hits Clinton for extended search
President Bill Clinton said not to blame the U.S. Coast Guard for prolonging the search for the plane of John F. Kennedy Jr. that crashed into the ocean off Martha's Vineyard. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

Good Aiken Tech pick
After an exhausting five-month search it looks like Aiken Technical College has recruited just the right person to be its fourth president in its 27-year history. Dr. Susan A. Graham is the second woman named to the post; Kathleen Noble, her predecessor who resigned to take a position in Seattle, was the first.

Praises Ga. Games opening ceremony
I was deeply honored when my composition, ``March for the Ages,'' was selected to be performed during the presentation of the athletes at the opening ceremonies of the Georgia Games Championships. However, the real honor came when I first heard the march performed by the outstanding Augusta Games All Star Band. My sincere appreciation to their very capable director, Dr. Charles Smith, and each member of the band for volunteering their time and talents in such a superb manner. Ben Easter, Martinez

Back 'fiscal conservative' in S.C. race
We would like to join others in endorsing Skipper Perry for South Carolina House District 81.June Cannon and H. A. McClearen, Aiken

Drivers take to the sky

Overtime: Timberwolves sign Saunders to rich pact

Lynx re-sign veteran DeSantis

Women's soccer team to go on indoor tour

Overtime: Hasek will retire after one more year

Duval wants Ryder Cup to spread the green

Hasek to retire after next season

NASA probe flys by asteroid
LOS ANGELES -- A NASA spacecraft flew within 15 miles of an asteroid between the orbits of Mars and Earth late Wednesday, according to preliminary results from a mission designed to test new technology for future probes.

Cyber cheats
The husband, pretending to be single, had gotten involved in online romances with a number of women. When one female Internet partner took him up on his invitation to come to his hometown, the man panicked and confessed to his wife. Since he didn't have the courage to admit his deception to the unsuspecting woman, he quickly made himself invisible.

FDA approves second drug for emergency contraception
WASHINGTON -- A new emergency contraception treatment that causes less nausea and vomiting than a product now on the market has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

'Free' PCs may ultimately prove costly
There's a very wise -- though ungrammatical -- saying you ought to keep firmly in mind when considering the latest flurry of ``free'' personal computer offers.

First female commander makes 'beautiful' landing
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With the first female commander at the controls, space shuttle Columbia returned to Earth late Tuesday after a quick trip to orbit to drop off the world's most powerful X-ray telescope.

Scientists turn normal cell cancerous
For the first time, scientists have created a cancerous human cell by genetically altering a normal one in the laboratory -- a breakthrough that could speed the development of drugs that wipe out tumors.

Talking a walk boosts memory
For many of his 88 years, Harry S. Truman left reporters gasping for breath as he offered sharp-tongued commentary during his brisk morning walk.

Apple aligns itself with America Online
NEW YORK -- America Online Inc. has enlisted Apple Computer Inc. in its fight against Microsoft Corp. for supremacy in online services that let computer users zap messages to each other.

Rogue programmers planned sabotage
WASHINGTON -- Two of the government's top computer security experts said today that some programmers hired to fix Year 2000 problems may be quietly installing malicious software codes to sabotage companies or gain access to sensitive information after the new year.

Newspapers' Web sites shut down
A computer hardware failure in Augusta on Thursday shut down newspaper World Wide Web sites here and in other cities across the country for several hours.

Heavy water in safer SRS area
Within a week, Savannah River Site workers will move the last drum of radioactive water away from the Savannah River. Soon, it finally might be removed from the site itself.

School uncovers possible toxic waste sites
ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia environmental safety officials are investigating an area on the school's campus near Sanford Stadium as a possible toxic waste disposal site.

FDA approves second drug for emergency contraception

Rogue programmers planned sabotage

Newspapers' Web sites shut down

Heavy water in safer SRS area

NASA probe flys by asteroid

Cyber cheats

First female commander makes 'beautiful' landing

Scientists turn normal cell cancerous

School uncovers possible toxic waste sites

Apple aligns itself with America Online

'Free' PCs may ultimately prove costly

Talking a walk boosts memory