Miscues costly for Post 26

Thirteen more umpires let go

Braves notebook: Jordan wants answers about right hand

Jackets fall to Tourists

Atlanta heads trade rumors

Aiken Post 26 set for state tourney

Jackets edge Greensboro

Columbia County's quest begins

Gwynn, McGwire could reach milestones in St. Louis

Braves lose rumble, lead

A different kind of altar call

Additional business news
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Coastal Grill goes under

Additional business news

Personal income makes biggest gain since November

State: Top utilities ready for Y2K bug
Georgia's largest utility providers are Y2K-ready as far as the state government is concerned.

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...

Coastal Grill goes under
The Coastal Grill restaurant closes its doors for good on Sunday, just six months after opening on Augusta's busiest strip.

Personal income makes biggest gain since November
WASHINGTON -- Americans' personal income surged in June and outpaced spending but the nation's savings rate was still left near a record low.

Intense, volatile, risky -- the life of a day trader

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.

Power usage at all time high

Goody's opens two new stores

Intense, volatile, risky -- the life of a day trader
NEW YORK -- Intense, volatile, and risky, day trading is a profession at the center of the stampeding bull market that's mesmerizing Americans -- sometimes at great financial and emotional cost.

State: Top utilities ready for Y2K bug

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.

Power usage at all time high
Hot weather and a demand for cool air this week drove up power usage and prices -- boosting some companies' electricity costs by as much as tens of thousands of dollars a day.

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.

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.

Economy slows in second quarter

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.

Local U-Way refocuses

Praises Ga. Games photos

Back 'fiscal conservative' in S.C. race

Blasts candidate over Confederate flag issue

Praises Ga. Games opening ceremony

Murder spree pure evil

Reform Party fizzling?

Raps Planned Parenthood

Decries Navy involvement in funeral

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.

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.

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.

Faith digest
United Methodists will gather for their 178th camp meeting at White Oak Campground in Thomson this weekend.

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.''

Summer adventures
Madelon Anderson found that camouflage netting, natural vines and tissue-paper flowers made a fine vacation-Bible-school jungle, but animals demanded extra creativity.

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.

Parents' workshops stress patience, caring
Lutheran Ministries of Georgia is offering two free parent-education workshops designed to ease the pressures of raising young children.

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.

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.

We need optimism of Paul the apostle
The apostle Paul has been labeled in many ways by friends and critics.

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.

Smart anglers beat heat

No surprise here: Vols favored to capture SEC

Falcons get championship rings

Freeman ready for better days

Ole Miss trying to forget Tuberville

Carter now tackling for Falcons

Keith Brooking has some big shoes to fill in Atlanta

At 34, Steelers' Dawson still can't see end of career

Augusta looks to go to 4-0

Oxendine, Hanspard welcome opportunity

Injuries mounting for Cowboys

Practice starts at high speed

Webb missing at Dolphins camp

Holtz draws attention to Carolina

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

Many people wind down at happy hour

A place to call their own

We need optimism of Paul the apostle

Parents' workshops stress patience, caring

Faith digest

Compact soil a problem for lawns

Country stars to bring 'Dog Days' to Fort Gordon

Panic grows; Rock on a roll

Artist brings new themes to an old style

Hot rap stars tracking into Hurricane Central

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Heart' songs familiar to author

Official visits Augusta to learn American way
A Russian government official is in Augusta for 10 days to learn about American systems of government, business and charities.

Governor forming commission to study overcrowding in jail

Heat wave lifts power bills

Air quality violates federal standards

Group works to help area youths
Men Making a Difference takes obstacles threatening Augusta's youth -- like apathy toward their studies, a lack of self-esteem and even drugs -- head on.

Lady Liberty to retake stand

Church to hold talk on violence

Track team seeks donations for trip
Laytoya Ballard and 12 of her teammates at the D.C. Flyers Track Club aren't going to let money get in the way of their dreams.

Misty morning ride

Teamster, Aiken company reach deal
AIKEN -- Negotiations between a local Teamsters union and representatives of Advanced Fiber Yarns ended Friday with a tentative agreement.

Track team seeks donations for trip

McCain remains in Washington
AIKEN -- The John McCain for president ``Straight Talk Express'' rolled into Shoney's restaurant in Aiken at 8 a.m. Friday morning, but the senator was not on the bus.

Mental health care reforms upset doctors
A move to reform mental health services for Georgia Medicaid patients has some providers angry because they now must fax thousands of files to Maryland for approval.

Wife describes self as traditional mother
AIKEN -- She said she's a soccer mom ``except it's lacrosse,'' but she's spending more of her days campaigning for a husband who wants to be president of the United States.

Teamster, Aiken company reach deal

Methodist preserved religion in Linwood

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.

Officials cite need for safety

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.

Augusta businesses like character plans

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.

School officials want to review energy-bill rebate plan

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

Governor forming commission to study overcrowding in jail
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes is looking at prison population estimates for the next decade, and they don't necessarily look good.

Schools ready search, dress rules

Minister: Clergy has role in organ donation
Of every 10 Georgians awaiting a kidney transplant, six are black -- but only one out of 10 blacks is willing to donate organs.

Athens oak tree measures up to high standards

Cemetery receives heavy criticism
For Edith Ulmer, the heavy perfumed deodorizer inside Hillcrest Memorial Park's mausoleum won't ever mask the smell of decay she believes lingers because the mausoleum wasn't properly built.

Area briefs: South Richmond watering ban lifted

Cemetery receives heavy criticism

Convicted senator has status in limbo
ATLANTA -- Suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson's decision not to resign after being convicted of five counts of mail fraud has left her and her district in a legislative limbo unique to Georgia among its neighboring Southeastern states.

Wife describes self as traditional mother

Heat wave lifts power bills
Hot weather and a demand for cool air this week drove up power usage and prices -- boosting some companies' electricity costs by as much as tens of thousands of dollars a day.

Minister: Clergy has role in organ donation

Air quality violates federal standards
Columbia County wants its own system to avoid being lumped with Augusta as ozone standard violator

Happy camper

Across the area: Man dies in crash with logging truck
A Louisville, Ga., man died in a traffic accident Friday in Jefferson County, police said. Rozzie Lee Dixon, 46, died at about 4:56 a.m. after he was hit by a tractor-trailer logging truck.

Inspections test school bus safety

Inspections test school bus safety
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brian Cody thinks of his own children each time he inspects a school bus for dangerous mechanical or safety problems.

Superintendent: Success takes community

School officials want to review energy-bill rebate plan
Several Columbia County schools have received some extra cash for lowering their energy bills.

Officers, school uniforms under fire

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.

Teen gets maximum in killing

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.

McCain remains in Washington

Church to hold talk on violence
Spurred on by news of the recent killings in Atlanta, one local church has announced it will hold a special Sunday service to discuss today's culture of violence.

Across the area: Man dies in crash with logging truck

Long-planned road may begin

Group works to help area youths

Story gets boy tossed from class

Lady Liberty to retake stand
SAVANNAH -- A newer, tougher Lady Liberty might be back in her usual spot above Monterey Square in time to celebrate the 220th anniversary of Casimir Pulaski's valiant death Oct. 9.

Chronicle receives 13 awards

Chronicle receives 13 awards
The Augusta Chronicle took first place in the Headline and Editorial writing categories at the 1999 Georgia Press Association contest held in Destin, Fla., on Friday night.

Official visits Augusta to learn American way

Story gets boy tossed from class
VIDALIA, Ga. -- A 13-year-old boy who would have been an eighth-grader at J.R. Trippe Middle School in Vidalia this year has been banned from attending classes after posting violent stories on his Web site.

Mental health care reforms upset doctors

Long-planned road may begin
It's a tight squeeze along the 1600 and 1700 blocks, where 15th Street suddenly bottlenecks into two lanes crammed tight between a high school, a community center, a church and old houses.

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.

Convicted senator has status in limbo

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.

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.

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

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

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

Mrs. Lucy Carnavas
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lucy McKay Carnavas, 83, of 1007 Valley Road, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

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.

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

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

Dr. Robert Barnwell Jr.
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. -- Dr. Robert Woodward Barnwell Jr., 94, of 204 Green St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at his residence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Mrs. Sybil Jones
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Sybil Bentley Jones, 63, of 2519 Hephzibah Church Road, died Wednesday, July 28, 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. Pauline Day
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Pauline Hannah Day, 77, of 514 Victory Drive, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mr. Henry Lowe
Mr. Henry Lowe, of 1845 Cooney Circle, died Thursday, July 29, 1999.

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. Tressie Yonce
AIKEN -- Mrs. Tressie Inell Franklin Yonce, 94, of 3513 Seneca Ave., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at her residence.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lillie Tracey
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillie Flournoy Tracey, of 1071 Georgia Highway 17 S., died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Jefferson County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Mary Heinz
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Strom Heinz, 94, of 1000 Croft Ave., died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Margaret Gary
BILOXI, Miss. -- Mrs. Margaret K. Gary, 75, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999.

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

Mrs. Gladys Mobley
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Gladys Mobley, 65, died Monday, July 26, 1999, in Detroit, Mich.

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

Mr. Willie Nesmith
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Fred Nesmith, 45, of 126 Mock St., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

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.

Mr. Jesse Blakey Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Jesse Rollin Blakey Sr., 73, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

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

Mr. David Holcomb
GRACEWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. David Lee Holcomb, 49, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mr. William Pressley Sr.
BLACKSBURG, S.C. -- Mr. William Odell Pressley Sr., 84, of 252 Tribal Road, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Mountain View Nursing Center, Spartanburg.

Mrs. Vondelle Williams
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Vondelle Rucker Williams, 79, of 208 W. Terrace St., died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

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

Mr. Harold Cushman

Mrs. Mary Watson

Mrs. Christina Atkinson

Miss Jeanette Davis

Mr. Clinton Davis

Ms. Georgia Pratt

Mrs. Margaret Gary

Mr. Otis Mosley Jr.

Mr. Gary Ramsey

April Nalley

Mrs. Pauline Day

Mr. Jesse Blakey Sr.

Mrs. Christine Monahan

Mrs. Gladys Mobley

Mrs. Lucy Carnavas

Mr. Willie Nesmith

Mr. William Pressley Sr.

Mr. David Holcomb

Mrs. Vondelle Williams

Mrs. Lurline Cook

Mrs. Sybil Jones

Mrs. Christine Becton

Dr. Robert Barnwell Jr.

Ms. Louise Henley

Ms. Linda Jarrett

Mr. Arthur Braddy Sr.

Mrs. Barbara Felder

Mrs. Louise Jenkins

Mrs. Gladys King

Mrs. Rosa Cummings

Mrs. Belle Robinson

Mrs. Virginia Cauthen

Mrs. Tressie Yonce

Mr. Larrie Bartley

Mrs. Lillie Tracey

Mr. John Murphy

Mr. John Golden

Mrs. Annie Mingo

Mrs. Constance Carpenter

Boxers take exception to criticism

Softball team wins gold, loses audience

Cuba loses again in Pan Ams baseball

Satirical look at peacekeeping beyond Kosovo
I THOUGHT SO then, I think so now. Almost two months after it ended, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's war to liberate Kosovo, restore ethnic peace to the Balkans and drive Slobodan Milosevic from power still reminds me of another time when America's national leaders committed us to war, even though they were not committed to winning.

'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.

Decries Navy involvement in funeral
With thoughts and memories of ``John-John'' Kennedy playing through my mind, I find the circumstances of yet another Kennedy tragedy impacting my life. ... Throughout my youth and adulthood the Kennedys have been part of my American experience. So it is with great sadness and empathy for the family that I say goodbye to someone who was so very familiar. Bonnie Arey, Langley

Blasts Richmond Co. for `taking over' housing market
Re Richmond County ``subdivision covenants'' ordinance: Tom Werner, Augusta

Satirical look at peacekeeping beyond Kosovo
I THOUGHT SO then, I think so now. Almost two months after it ended, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's war to liberate Kosovo, restore ethnic peace to the Balkans and drive Slobodan Milosevic from power still reminds me of another time when America's national leaders committed us to war, even though they were not committed to winning.

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.

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

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

Praises Ga. Games photos
I would like to commend the photography staff of The Chronicle for its excellent pictorial coverage of the Georgia Games. Julie Dent, Augusta

Blasts candidate over Confederate flag issue
I would like to commend The Chronicle for the July 25 ``Carolina'' section. Your coverage of the GOP candidates competing for the District 81 House seat in the Aug. 17 primary was very comprehensive. Prior to this article, I knew nothing of these candidates. Their statements both informed and alarmed me! David J. Long, North Augusta

Murder spree pure evil
In the days and weeks ahead, as more of his personal history becomes known, there will be endless explanations as to why 44-year-old Mark O. Barton brutally murdered his estranged wife and two kids, and then went on possibly the worst workplace shooting spree in history -- killing at least nine people and injuring 12 more.

Raps Planned Parenthood
In a July 12 letter, Planned Parenthood Director Mary Beth Pierucci stated, ``There are no pro-choice groups having anything but disdain for infanticide.'' G. Kenneth Adams, Warrenville

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

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

Local U-Way refocuses
Despite the surprise resignation of Keith Benson as chief professional officer, it appears the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area is setting for itself a new course that should serve our community better than ever.

Overtime: Timberwolves sign Saunders to rich pact

Buffer to help Lynx open season

Women's soccer team to go on indoor tour

Speedway plans triple-deck expansion

Overtime: Augustan to compete in rowing championships

Sale of Pebble Beach golf course finalized

Hasek to retire after next season

Lynx re-sign veteran DeSantis

Internet firms launch parental Web project
WASHINGTON -- Some of the Internet's most visited sites are putting their rivalry aside for a project to help parents keep their children away from pornography and drug or alcohol Web pages.

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
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.

NASA: Loose pin probably caused fuel leak
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A loose pin shot out of one of space shuttle Columbia's engines moments before liftoff last week and probably caused the ship's hydrogen fuel leak, NASA said Friday.

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.

East suffers worst drought in a decade
A prolonged dry spell has seized the Northeast, withering crops, feeding forest fires and sucking rivers and lakes so dry that Baltimore has only a month's worth of drinking water in its reservoirs.

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.

Telescope may have found sea on Saturn moon
WAIMEA, Hawaii -- A telescope atop Mauna Kea has detected what could be the only seas in the solar system other than the ones on Earth.

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.

New technology benefits aviation industry
In San Francisco, David Mulholland no longer has to press the speed dial to confirm flight arrival times so his fleet of limousines and sedans can pick up passengers on time at San Francisco International Airport. Instead, he gets the information on his computer screen, straight from the nation's air traffic control system.

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.

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.

New technology benefits aviation industry

Talking a walk boosts memory

Telescope may have found sea on Saturn moon

NASA probe flys by asteroid

FDA approves second drug for emergency contraception

Rogue programmers planned sabotage

NASA: Loose pin probably caused fuel leak

Newspapers' Web sites shut down

Internet firms launch parental Web project

School uncovers possible toxic waste sites

Apple aligns itself with America Online