GreenJackets notebook: Hancock follows stint on DL with 3 quality outings

Jackets edge Greensboro

Braves notebook: Jordan wants answers about right hand

Superstition helps Boggs chase 3,000-hit milestone

Braves notebook: Perez faces suspension after brawl

Braves back on top

Jackets roll past Bats

Gwynn, McGwire could reach milestones in St. Louis

Jackets Trivia

Columbia County's quest begins

Braves lose rumble, lead

Miscues costly for Post 26

Braves bolster pitching

Teams make late trades

Task sheds new light on SEC

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.

Business briefs
Cracker Barrel has expanded ... PostNet Postal to open second store

State: Top utilities ready for Y2K bug

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.

Personal income makes biggest gain since November

Coastal Grill goes under

Business briefs

Diversification often crucial for investors
NEW YORK -- The stock market has hit record highs, inflation remains under control and interest rates are low, so who needs to bother with asset allocation?

Thrift now out of fashion

Additional business news
GM to take full ownership of Saab...Gerber dropping some suppliers...Russia to get first part of loan...Agency updates database...Agency updates database...

Power usage at all time high

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.

Diversification often crucial for investors

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.

Thrift now out of fashion
Kyle and Mary Howell have never experienced a financial emergency. But they take comfort in the fact they are prepared if one should arise.

Thrift habit crucial for young adults
Dawn Hatfield's fun-loving lifestyle left little room for savings. She was young, out on her own for the first time and earning $6-an-hour as a customer service representative for the Castleberry/Snow's Brands' food plant in Augusta. Whatever she couldn't afford went on her credit cards.

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

Thrift habit crucial for young adults

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

A look at the 20th Century: 1959
As the world prepared for a new year -- and a new decade -- at the close of 1959, the influence of a turbulent era was still close at hand.

A look at the 20th Century: 1958
The year was dominated by the race for outer space -- and punctuated with intermittent squabbles over nuclear arms testing.

Blasts candidate over Confederate flag issue

Murder spree pure evil

Commends work of service people

SAFE guarantees security

Decries Navy involvement in funeral

Hits favoritism of media coverage

Praises Ga. Games photos

Defends search for Kennedy plane

Time for a face lift

So. Augusta gets water shaft

Local U-Way refocuses

Raps Ga. Games' 10K confusion

Raps Planned Parenthood

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.

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

On my summer vacation ...
Marjorie Seaman Sydney Highberger and Jo Steel visited the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey.

When are you too old to drive?
AIKEN -- William Conerly drove Army tanks in World War II. He ran big rigs for 35 years. Today, Mr. Conerly struggles over whether to drive to the nearest convenience store.

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

Groups offer drivers tips, alternatives
Aiken resident Lucille Smith tells an interesting story about an elderly neighbor who insisted on driving despite a habit of getting lost. The neighbor, in her late 70s, would wait until 3 p.m. to do grocery shopping, so in the winter she wouldn't get home until after dark.

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.

Dreaming about Carmel
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. -- Sure, the neighborhood looks calm enough at first glance: the rocky coast, the green hills, the gnarled cypresses, the happy couples murmuring in Italian, German and French, all those cute little storefronts. It has been more than a decade now since Clint Eastwood finished his two-year term as mayor, and it's quite easy to view this little corner of Earth as the very model of affluence and placidity. Yet in its genteel way, Carmel roils and seethes.

In the know
Fans of Ben Stiller, star of There's Something About Mary, get 6 1/2 hours of fun as FX airs a marathon of the now defunct The Ben Stiller Show.

Russians blamed 'witch' for nightmares
The nightmares began shortly after Sergei Gretsov met Tanya Tarasova, a beautiful but secretive young woman who lived on the far edge of their forgotten village of Terekhovo in southwestern Russia.

Readers mind their P's and Q's
Dear Carson: My wife and I enjoy your weekly column and regret that more people don't

Life of Ray Scott chronicled in book

Augusta unbeaten in season

Carter now tackling for Falcons

Webb missing at Dolphins camp

Flutie first, for now

Injuries mounting for Cowboys

Chandler seeks a connection

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

Augusta looks to go to 4-0

Broncos' well-dressed lineman happy to be alive

Martin hard to replace

Task sheds new light on SEC
We all know how the Southeastern Conference rates when it comes to athletics. But have you ever wondered how it comes out with more mundane matters?

When are you too old to drive?

We need optimism of Paul the apostle

Groups offer drivers tips, alternatives

Dreaming about Carmel

Russians blamed 'witch' for nightmares

On my summer vacation ...

In the know

Faith digest

Parents' workshops stress patience, caring

Readers mind their P's and Q's

Chronicle receives 13 awards

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.

Good surfacing crucial to safety on playgrounds
Remember going to the playground in the summer when you were a child? The feeling of freedom and accomplishment that came with swinging higher than ever, going faster on the merry-go-round, or mustering the courage to slide down the spiral slide for the first time.

A look at the 20th Century: 1959

A look at the 20th Century: 1958

Harlem man drowns at Thurmond Lake

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.

Official visits Augusta to learn American way

Group prepares for count

Mental health care reforms upset doctors

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.

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.

Suspect's escape fueled fears in communities

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aid offered on picking gas provider
ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgians facing a deadline in less than two weeks for picking a natural-gas company have a new tool and lots of advice to help them make their selection.

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.

Aid offered on picking gas provider

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.

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.

Story gets boy tossed from class

Pets crowd animal shelter

Convicted senator has status in limbo

Horse group may protest development

Minister: Clergy has role in organ donation

Flipping out

Across the area
Apartment blazeputs 1 in hospital ... Churches warned of break-ins ... Augusta man shot downtown

Harlem man drowns at Thurmond Lake
What began as a family recreational swim Saturday evening at Thurmond Lake ended in tragedy with the drowning of a 29-year-old Harlem man.

Across the area: Man dies in crash with logging truck

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

McCain remains in Washington

Crowning achievement
Miss Augusta 2000 April Elaine Brooks (right), 20, tells Andrea Bailey, Miss Augusta 1998, how excited she is Saturday to win the Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant at Augusta State University.

Heat wave lifts power bills

Track team seeks donations for trip

Group prepares for count
Augustans will be inundated with Census 2000 logos, jingles and pomp starting this fall.

Most-needed projects completed first

Suspect's escape fueled fears in communities
SANTA CLAUS, Ga. -- In December 1997, much of southeastern Georgia was in a state of shock and disbelief. An entire family had been brutalized, allegedly by a man who had just barely hit his 20s.

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.

School officials want to review energy-bill rebate plan

Board vows improvement
The Richmond County Animal Control Advisory Board hasn't made a lot of progress since it was reactivated last year amid public outrage about the deaths of more than 10,000 animals in the county's outdated gas chamber.

Governor forming commission to study overcrowding in jail

Pets crowd animal shelter
There are many sad stories at Richmond County Animal Control. But the saddest is this: Last year, 10,620 neglected, abused, sick, injured, vicious or unwanted dogs and cats were put to death there.

Inspections test school bus safety

Drowning prompts increased patrol of river area
The area surrounding the railroad trestle that claimed the life of an Evans man last week has been an ongoing problem for Rivershyre subdivision, residents say.

Horse group may protest development
AIKEN -- Aiken Steeplechase Association is asking members to show up in force at a public hearing next week to protest development of property near theirs.

Long-planned road may begin

Rising pay may make difference
ATLANTA -- The state offers top scholars extra money if they agree to go into teaching, but the program has far more cash than takers.

Cemetery receives heavy criticism

Gas market continues to change
ATLANTA -- Last fall, 19 companies were certified to market natural gas in Georgia, but many are not the same 19 selling gas today.

Wife describes self as traditional mother

Most-needed projects completed first
Richmond County school officials say they hope the grand opening of two schools this month will show taxpayers they are using a $115 million bond wisely.

Air quality violates federal standards

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.

Group works to help area youths

Gas market continues to change

Canada will have you speaking in tongues

Across the area

Teamster, Aiken company reach deal

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.

Church to hold talk on violence

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

Lady Liberty to retake stand

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.

Crowning achievement

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.

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.

Drowning prompts increased patrol of river area

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

Flipping out
Astin Pollard, 10, flips through the air while waiting for the entertainment to begin Saturday afternoon during the Aiken Parks and Recreation Department's July Fest at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center.

Good surfacing crucial to safety on playgrounds

Mr. Robert Sharp
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Robert M. Sharp, 64, of 383 Telfair Pond Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Roosevelt Moore
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Mr. Roosevelt ``Pee Wee'' Moore, 53, of 79 Herrington Drive, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Prince George Hospital.

Bobby Graham Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Bobby L. Graham Jr., 11, died Wednesday, July 28, 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.

Mr. Charles Taylor
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mr. Charles Ficken Taylor, 82, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999.

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

Mr. Willie Gross
LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mr. Willie ``Bill'' A. Gross, 86, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Rozzie Dixon Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Rozzie Lee Dixon Jr., 46, of 700 Second St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Jefferson County.

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. Odell Chiles
PHILADELPHIA -- Mr. Odell Chiles, of 1120 W. Nevada St., died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Pauline Day
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Pauline Hannah Day, 77, of 514 Victory Drive, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Jerry Stephens
Mr. Jerry J. Stephens, 50, of 2428 Belgrade Court, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at his residence.

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. Beatrice Moore
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Mrs. Beatrice West Moore, 76, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital.

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.

Mr. R.H. Templeton
BLYTHE -- Mr. R.H. ``Buster'' Templeton, 89, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Melvin Berry
Mr. Melvin ``Q Ball'' Berry, 65, of 1950 Second Ave., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Sanford Hadden
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Sandford P. ``Sam'' Hadden, 61, of 521 Calhoun St., died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. Frank Ponton
WINDSOR -- Mr. Frank Talbott Ponton Jr. died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Charleston.

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

Mr. Alvin Williamson Sr.
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mr. Alvin Williamson Sr., of 1203 Old Kinfield Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Marie Primo
Mrs. Marie Green Primo, 84, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mrs. Thelma Walden
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Thelma Locke Walden, 97, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.

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. Harry Johnson
Mr. Harry Johnson, 61, of 738 Demerit St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Ralph Cliatt Jr.
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Ralph ``Chuck'' Cliatt Jr., 57, of 160 Summerfield Circle, died Friday, July 30, 1999.

Mrs. Vondelle Williams

Mr. Robert Sharp

Mrs. Gladys Mobley

Mr. Ralph Cliatt Jr.

Mr. R.H. Templeton

Mrs. Beatrice Moore

Mrs. Pauline Day

Mr. Jerry Stephens

Bobby Graham Jr.

Mr. Frank Ponton

Mrs. Marie Primo

Mr. Charles Taylor

Mr. Willie Nesmith

Mr. Rozzie Dixon Jr.

Mr. David Holcomb

Mr. Harry Johnson

Mr. Jesse Blakey Sr.

Mrs. Lucy Carnavas

Mr. Sanford Hadden

Mr. Roosevelt Moore

Mr. Odell Chiles

Mrs. Margaret Gary

Mr. Willie Gross

Dr. Robert Barnwell Jr.

Mrs. Thelma Walden

Mrs. Lillie Tracey

Mr. William Pressley Sr.

Mrs. Tressie Yonce

Boxers take exception to criticism

How Strom Thurmond saved his political life
FOR EACH OF the past 13 years, a U.S. senator has sponsored a resolution to designate a week in the early fall as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. Black colleges, the senator said, most recently in 1998, ``have provided thousands of economically disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to obtain a college education ... These institutions have a long and distinguished history of providing the training necessary for participation in a rapidly changing society.'' So who is this ardent supporter of black colleges? Paul Wellstone? Ted Kennedy? Well, actually, it's Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.

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.

Hits favoritism of media coverage
Re Floyd Brown's July 24 letter about the Kennedy family: Margaret H. Twilley, Thomson

Raps Ga. Games' 10K confusion
... I, along with many others, participated in the Georgia Games 10K in-line skate event at Fort Gordon. ... The disorganization and incompetence displayed by the organizers of this event was appalling. After the majority of us had skated close to 6 miles (10K), we were told that we had been sent the wrong way and would have to complete the entire race again. Kim Smock, North Augusta

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

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

Finds complaints bad `horse sense'
This letter is in response to Cott Campbell's July 18 guest column, ``Don't hurt Aiken's horse training reputation.'' Barbara B. Crenshaw, 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

Lauds S.C. takeover of school district
I was distressed to read George Jefferson's comments to his children in light of the state's takeover of the Allendale County School District. He would rather they make ``Cs, Ds and Fs'' to make a point (a stupid one, I might add), than to reap the benefits of an improved school system. K. Carter, Aiken

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

So. Augusta gets water shaft
Why do south Augustans sometimes feel like the city's unwanted stepchild? Incidents like what happened Wednesday is one reason.

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

Slams `hypocrisy' of School Board
... I was pleased to read the July 11 guest column by the National Teacher of the Year, AndyBaumgartner, who pointed out the hypocrisy of the Richmond County Board of Education's decision to reduce the number of classroom teachers Marge Swartzwelder, Augusta

Time for a face lift
Who's the most zealous enforcer of federal clean water laws? The federal government, of course.

Chides leadersfor wrong focus
Ripley, believe it or not: Our elected and appointed government officials are treating themselves to horrendous and hefty retirements, huge salaries and pay increases. Floyd Brown, Sr., Augusta

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.

Likes Columbia Co. coliseum idea
Recently I have had and have overheard several conversations about the possibility of Columbia County building a state-of-the-art coliseum to draw major events, artists, conventions, etc. I believe this would be a boon to our area and bring in a lot of dollars to the county. Build it next to a major highway with easy access and a low congestion area. Don Turner, Grovetown

Acts to stem America's violence
My 9-year-old son has been begging me to buy him a video game set. All his friends have one. All his cousins have one. He's a good kid ... and does well in school. He might just deserve a $130 toy. But he's not getting one. Ever. Why? Audrey Smith, North Augusta

Defends search for Kennedy plane
The search for and the retrieval of John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Lauren Bessette was the humane thing to do; it was the smart thing to do; it was the (politically correct) thing to do; it was the cost-effective thing to do; and it was the right thing to do! Tom Zwemer, 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.

Pleads for child's Gracewood `home'
I'm writing you because my daughter has lived at Gracewood State School and Hospital for 44 years. It's the only home she knows. She will not even sleep one night here in my home. She doesn't consider this her home. She is profoundly retarded, almost blind and has never been able to speak. ... Evelyn Stoppelbein, Augusta

Commends work of service people
I am responding to the sarcastic aI am responding to the sarcastic and judgmental attitude of Floyd Brown (July 24 letter) Jim Galin, Augusta

SAFE guarantees security
U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the long overdue Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act is closer than ever.

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.

How Strom Thurmond saved his political life
FOR EACH OF the past 13 years, a U.S. senator has sponsored a resolution to designate a week in the early fall as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. Black colleges, the senator said, most recently in 1998, ``have provided thousands of economically disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to obtain a college education ... These institutions have a long and distinguished history of providing the training necessary for participation in a rapidly changing society.'' So who is this ardent supporter of black colleges? Paul Wellstone? Ted Kennedy? Well, actually, it's Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.

Compton on pole for Sunday's race

Speedway plans triple-deck expansion

Great players missing from Regions Cup

Hunters to get a bonus

Favorite postcards from sports fans

Sampras advances

Georgia's pitchers strong in World Series win

Overtime: Hensley wins in U.S. Open karate tourney

Overtime: Augustan to compete in rowing championships

College notebook: Notable bits and quips from SEC Media Days

Sale of Pebble Beach golf course finalized

Georgia launches primitive-weapons deer season

Buffer to help Lynx open season

Davies leads Du Maurier Classic

After a month of talking, teams ready to wheel and deal

Local buzz: Avery signs his pro deal

Skateboard in tow, Carruth seeking breakout year

Spacecraft hits moon
WASHINGTON -- Lunar Prospector's violent collision with the moon on Saturday left no visible cloud of dust, but researchers still hope to find traces of water in a vapor plume possibly created by the impact.

Asteroid photos sent
PASADENA, Calif. -- A NASA spacecraft that made the closest flyby ever of an asteroid has sent mission controllers infrared images of the asteroid, though it failed to capture close-up pictures.

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.

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.

Cardiologists puzzled by underuse of lifesaving medicines
So maybe they really should put statin drugs in the water supply as some heart doctors only half-jokingly suggest.

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.

Computer software security flaws could affect millions
SEATTLE -- Flaws in the Microsoft Office software suite could be used by pranksters or cybercrooks through e-mail or rogue Web sites to retrieve, alter or erase data in computers used by millions of people.

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.

Chinese officials try to hack U.S. Web sites
NEW YORK -- Web sites in the United States and elsewhere devoted to the Falun Gong meditation group are coming under heavy electronic attack, managers of the sites said Friday, and at least one ``hacking'' attempt appears to trace back to a Chinese national police bureau in Beijing.

Official says radioactive waste should be moved
WASHINGTON -- A huge pile of uranium mill tailings near the Colorado River in Utah is a ``radioactive time bomb'' that must be moved to protect drinking water for Nevada, Arizona and Southern California, a water official told lawmakers Friday.

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.

Spacecraft hits moon

Cardiologists puzzled by underuse of lifesaving medicines

Computer software security flaws could affect millions

Asteroid photos sent

Chinese officials try to hack U.S. Web sites

Telescope may have found sea on Saturn moon

NASA: Loose pin probably caused fuel leak

Internet firms launch parental Web project

New technology benefits aviation industry

Official says radioactive waste should be moved