Fairer skies
Quaint, pretty, unique: Those are words many frequent fliers use to describe Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Author probes consumer mystique
It's hard to be a prophet in the country of retail. By Paco Underhill's reckoning, there are no new markets left to tap. If retail wants to survive, it has to wring every last penny it can out of the customers it already has.

More business people take flight
Josh Pinson used to hate going out of town on business because it always meant long hours on the road.

Hospital positions for future health
Damon Cline sat down with Dennis B. Skelley, president and chief executive officer of Walton Rehabilitation Hospital to talk about the institution and the business of health care.

Biz briefs: Macon company looking to relocate Shoney's
A Macon company operating the Shoney's restaurant chain in Augusta closed the 20-year-old Washington Road location in late June to search for newer real estate.

Plant poised for growth
One month, workers at the Ruetgers Organic plant in South Augusta may be handling raw materials that will be used to treat a terminal illness.

Knowledge only part of power
Francis Bacon coined the phrase; King Solomon suggested it and Samuel Johnson tried to steal it.

Muns ready to make its move
It's getting a little crowded around the offices of Muns Welding & Mechanical. The Augusta-based contractor outgrew its 5,700 square-foot facility near Gordon Highway some time ago thanks in part to the 20 percent annual growth rate it's experienced during the past few years.

Research pay range for raise
What if your pay is lower than it should be and you deserve a raise?

Avoiding big task can be good
I can always tell when my wife has a big report or an unpleasant project to complete at work. She cleans the house.

U.N. a bargain for global peace
Bashing the United Nations is fashionable in the United States, almost as fashionable as Japan-bashing or China-bashing. Unfortunately, this is mistaken. Any patriotic American should be very much pro-U.N. Never mind the squabbles that inevitably arise when 200 parties sit together, the U.N. and the U.N. system of associated agencies are a good deal, even for the United States.

Jobless rate high in rural areas
By all standards, Georgia's economy is booming. Practically everyone who wants a job has one, and the unemployment rate across the state is an average 3.3 percent, the lowest since the early 1970s, according to officials.

Burke works to bring jobs
Things are tough these days for Jerry Long, executive director of the Burke County Development Authority.

Commuter jets may bring better service
Small jets, known as "regional" or "commuter" jets, may be the ticket to better air service in Augusta and other small markets.

Skelley keeps Walton on track
The ``bottom line'' hangs like a cloud over most business executives, and it makes no exceptions for Dennis Skelley.

Minor league umps work their way up

Jackets victory slips to Bats

Braves lineup coming into focus

Braves make changes

Minor league players end relationship with Phillips

Odd-man out next problem for Cox

Georgia team eliminated; Columbia County winner

Jackets get late victory

Braves blast Phillies

Jobless rate high in rural areas

Biz briefs: Macon company looking to relocate Shoney's

Knowledge only part of power

Delta reduces fares, but not at Bush Field

Author probes consumer mystique

Additional business news
Possibility of rate increase kills rally...Manufacturers say growth slowing...AutoNation to split rental chains...Restaurant closes for renovation

Research pay range for raise

New neighborhood to be developed
A three-phase subdivision that will bring 351 new homes to Columbia County is being developed off Old Belair Road.

More business people take flight

400,000 yet to make gas marketer choice
More than 400,000 Georgians have not selected a new natural gas marketer despite the upcoming Aug. 11 deadline.

Skelley keeps Walton on track

Delta reduces fares, but not at Bush Field
Several major airlines, including Delta Air Lines, kicked off an air fare sale Monday.

U.N. a bargain for global peace

Burke works to bring jobs

Fairer skies

Arthritis pill is fastest-selling new drug

Commuter jets may bring better service

New neighborhood to be developed

Hospital positions for future health

400,000 yet to make gas marketer choice

Muns ready to make its move

Avoiding big task can be good

Arthritis pill is fastest-selling new drug
NEW YORK -- It didn't create a national sensation like Viagra, but the new arthritis pill Celebrex has surpassed the impotence medicine as the nation's fastest-selling new drug ever.

Plant poised for growth

This day in history: August 2
1972: Augusta attorney Bobby G. Beazley, a candidate for Richmond County's district attorney, filed a million-dollar slander lawsuit against incumbent R. William Barton. A day earlier, Mr. Barton had publicly alleged his opponent was involved in illegal drug activity.

Dates of the millennium
1921: The U.S. government bought Lenwood Hospital and 20 surrounding acres in Augusta.

Century saw mass of paid female labor
``Woman President of Bank Does Housework In Her Own Home!'' the headline screamed.

Tower cannon led to victory
The corner of Augusta's Eighth and Reynolds streets is probably known best for its ornate 1880s Cotton Exchange Welcome Center building.

Home still has appeal to workers
BALTIMORE -- Born in 1909, Maurice Rovner lived over his hardware store, selling the nails that patched northwest Baltimore's row houses. Even on his one day off customers came knocking -- because they knew where to find him. Would he sell them some mousetraps, three for a dime?

Liberal bigotry

`Playing politics'

Flag boycott will fail

Detests flag over the S.C. capitol

Aleut exception

Supports vice president's candidacy

Kosovo war lessons

Compares school safety in two counties

Notes importance of school teachers

Cubans have lost intimidation factor

Advises minister to `shake off dust'

In The Know
There is no telling what will happen in an improvised episode of The Drew Carey Show in November.

Woman Power
The female physique now gracing the covers of magazines is no longer dedicated to bony, size-1 waifs.

Aura of yesteryear clings to old house
WRIGHTSBORO, Ga. -- On stormy nights, the comforting clamor of raindrops against a sloped tin roof brings back fond childhood memories for Regena Hall.

Gumbel to enter the morning battle
PASADENA, Calif. -- As network morning-show tensions escalate, the storefront New York City showcase studio is becoming to these programs what the bomb was to 1950s superpowers. You have to have it, not so much because it gives your show an advantage, but because it keeps you from falling behind in the first-thing-people-turn-on-after-they-turn-off-their-alarms race.

Newton inches closer to action

Titles boost university's sports programs

Cowboys adjusting to life with Deion Sanders and Lett

Packers' Brooks may be considering retirement

Inside the mind of Jim Donnan

Son of ex-NFL star slain in Atlanta shooting

Woman Power

In The Know

Gumbel to enter the morning battle

Aura of yesteryear clings to old house

Miss Augusta plans literary programs for Georgia schools
April Brooks, newly crowned as Miss Augusta 2000, didn't grow up sitting in front of the television hoping she'd become Miss America one day.

Silo explosion injures workers

This day in history: August 2

Cold front offers area bit of relief
Augustans finally can nudge the thermostat up a few degrees.

DSM must clean acidic liquid leak

Keeping it clean
Every Friday, the 84-year-old Tubman Street resident puts all her recyclables in the blue bin the city provides and carts them out to the curb for pickup along with the rest of her trash.

Teen-ager arrested in home invasions
A homeless teen-ager wanted by police in Tennessee was arrested Sunday in connection with two home invasions that occurred minutes apart in Augusta, authorities said.

Attorney rejects request
City Attorney Jim Wall won't go to court to find out whether an ordinance Augusta commissioners adopted against his advice is constitutional as Mayor Bob Young had requested.

Cold front offers area bit of relief

Area briefs: Police seek help in search for man
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in trying to locate an Augusta man who has been missing since July 23.

Attorney rejects request

DSM must clean acidic liquid leak
The asphalt pond hidden behind the mammoth DSM Chemicals plant off Columbia Nitrogen Road looks a lot like a giant swimming pool drained for cleaning.

Dates of the millennium

Project to save mill memories
Betty Beard's mother worked long, tiring shifts at Augusta's Enterprise Mill during World War II, when the thundering looms spun fabric for tents bound for American soldiers abroad.

DOT mulls special designation for route

Locale eyed for industry
William Wansley said he enjoys the countryside surrounding his historic home off Stagecoach Road in McDuffie County.

Paper says lobbyist advised Hodges aide
COLUMBIA -- Lobbyist Dwight Drake e-mailed the governor's chief of staff and suggested a strategy to prepare for the video gambling showdown in the Legislature, The (Columbia) State reported in its Sunday edition.

Two plead guilty to reduced charge
Two of five people charged in the February kidnapping and slaying of John Lambright pleaded guilty Monday.

Norwood pushing HMO bill

DOT mulls special designation for route
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- One of Georgia's coastal highways may get on a lot more maps if it's pretty and interesting enough.

Keeping it clean

Silo explosion injures workers
MONETTA, S.C. -- Ten men were hurt Monday when an explosion at a Saluda County feed mill blew out the top and bottom of a corn silo, spewing fire and debris and causing third-degree burns to employees working nearby.

Area briefs: Police seek help in search for man

Heat shuts down businesses
Extreme energy demands and broken air conditioners forced some local companies to shut down during the weekend and Monday.

Drowning called preventable
The drowning of a Harlem man on Thurmond Lake this weekend, the third on the lake this summer, might have been prevented if he and his family had been swimming in a lifeguard-supervised area, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources official said Sunday.

Area briefs: Police seek help in search for man
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in trying to locate an Augusta man who has been missing since July 23.

Tower cannon led to victory

Union OKs deal with Aiken company
AIKEN -- Rank-and-file members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have ratified a three-year agreement with Advanced Glassfiber Yarns that appears to satisfy labor and management.

Two plead guilty to reduced charge

Locale eyed for industry

This week in South Carolina
The Aiken International Club has canceled its August meeting. The club's next meeting will take place in September. For information, call 641-6875.

Project to save mill memories

Temperatures set record
Record-breaking heat made Augusta the hottest city in Georgia on Sunday, sending people to area hospitals as the temperature reached a scorching 107 degrees.

Century saw mass of paid female labor

Norwood pushing HMO bill
WASHINGTON -- Five years into his health care reform crusade, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is pushing for a full-blown debate on the issue that has made the Augusta dentist as welcome as a root canal among House Republican leaders.

Home still has appeal to workers

New facility could provide comprehensive health care
Dana Dimsdale woke up one morning to find her chest was hurting. Her mother was worried. Three years after she was diagnosed with leukemia, the cancer was back, and this time it would drive her and her mother from their Belvedere home.

Home front: Minister called to battle AIDS

Teen-ager arrested in home invasions

This week in South Carolina

Bridge to cause delays

Drowning called preventable

Across the area

Miss Augusta plans literary programs for Georgia schools

Paper says lobbyist advised Hodges aide

Temperatures set record

Heat shuts down businesses

Judge has doubts on magistrate reforms

Union OKs deal with Aiken company

Judge has doubts on magistrate reforms
AIKEN -- A plan to increase the jurisdiction of South Carolina's magistrate courts would mean more work for an already overburdened court staff in Aiken County, Chief Magistrate Max Meek says.

Area briefs: Police seek help in search for man

Home front: Minister called to battle AIDS
Eric Taylor admits most people see them as outcasts of society. And as a preacher, he knows they probably aren't the most typical group a church might choose to support. But for the Oakey Grove Baptist Church pastor, those who suffer from AIDS are not only his friends, they are part of his life's mission.

New facility could provide comprehensive health care

Special tag fees aid pond
MILLEN, Ga. -- Jon Ambrose doesn't mind the incessant hum of fat mosquitoes that fly in lazy circles beneath the hot midday sun.

Bridge to cause delays
Drivers wanting to get somewhere quickly Tuesday using West Martintown Road should make plans for a detour while a subcontractor works on a bridge linking portions of North Augusta's Greeneway recreational trail.

Across the area
2 women stabbed in parking lot fight ... Augusta man charged in shooting ... Man sought in restaurant attack

Mr. Benjamin Abney
BATH -- Mr. Benjamin Abney, 57, of 356 Mustang Drive, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Brannon Crawford Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Brannon Crawford Jr., 81, of 1795 Williston Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ester Sollas
Mrs. Ester Christine Yeldell Sollas, 91, of 1945 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Willie Wheeler
LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Mr. Willie Albert Wheeler, 57, of 396 Park Place, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Yvonne Brunson
NEW ELLENTON -- Ms. Yvonne Turner Brunson, 49, of 304 Hickory Ave. E., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Aburn Steptoe
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Aburn ``Bill'' Steptoe, 67, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor.

Miss Dorothy Pedersen
THOMSON -- Miss Dorothy Gladys Pedersen, 89, P.O. Box 1080, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Thomson Nursing Home.

Mr. Larry Mays Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Larry Mays Sr., 80, of 1200 Talisman Drive, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Vadewattee Muralidhara
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Vadewattee ``Vade'' Muralidhara, died Thursday, July 29, 1999.

Tony Williams
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Tony Hershel Williams, infant son of Michelle Williams, of 296 Hazard Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Ethel Ashe
Mrs. Ethel Ashe, 94, of 1606 Pendleton Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Nettie Gambrell
PIEDMONT, S.C. -- Ms. Nettie Ellenburg Gambrell, 92, of 1211 White Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999.

Mr. Luis Arocho-Laruy
Mr. Luis Arocho-Laruy, 78, of the Georgia War Veterans Home, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mrs. Denase Rivers
Mrs. Denase Rivers, 59, of 3021 Bramblewood Trail, entered into rest Saturday, July 31, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Peoples funeral Home. She was a member of Good Ho

Mrs. Emeline Pitts
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Emeline Brewer Pitts, 88, of 541 Ascauga Lake Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Center.

Mr. James King
AIKEN -- Mr. James William King, 87, of 3517 Trolley Line Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Tsuo-Ming Wu
Mr. Tsuo-Ming Wu, 91, of 2948 Hillcreek Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr.
Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr., 76, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Xenakis
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Boddie Xenakis, 51, of 730 Somerset Way, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Alpha Peebles
THOMSON -- Mr. Alpha F. Peebles, 65, of 454 Hill St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Hiawassee.

Mr. Sherman North Sr.
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Sherman Curtis North Sr., 71, of Route 6 Woods Ferry Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999.

Mr. Fred Davis
MIAMI -- Mr. Fred Davis, 61, of 2230 N.W. 82nd St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Ventura Medical Center.

Mrs. Emmer Williams
Mrs. Emmer Beal Williams, of 136 McElmurray Drive, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Ralph Pate
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Ralph Eugene ``Gene'' Pate, 69, of 304 Hillview Drive, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Walter Cato
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Walter David Cato, 82, died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Durham, N.C.

Ms. Nellie Soles
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Nellie Mary Underwood Soles, 87, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Juanita Jones
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Juanita Jones, 76, of 410 S. Main St., died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Welch
DEARING -- Mrs. Mary A. Welch, 67, of 194 N. Railroad St., died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Eva Jones
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Eva Belle Cox Jones, 90, of 2414 Thomson Highway, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Mollie Hampton
Mrs. Mollie M. Hampton, of 1429 Hickman Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Peggy Benton
WINDSOR, S.C. -- Mrs. Peggy Sue Griffin Benton, 36, of 522 Cadle Crossing Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Barbara Carrick
AIKEN -- Mrs. Barbara Sullivan Carrick, 78, of 3525 Augustus Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Eugene Washington
Mr. Eugene Hyder Washington, 62, of 2527 Miles St., died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr.
Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr., 76, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Irene Sullivan
Mrs. Irene Rosetta Sullivan, 73, of 1500 Champion Pines Lane, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Billy Tummins
Mr. Billy G. Tummins, 68, of Augusta, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Charles Rodgers
CAMAK, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Malcolm Rodgers, 74, of Georgia Highway 80, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Frances Gunter
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Frances Bolton Gunter, 73, of 945 Herndon Dairy Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Neppie Stephens
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mrs. Neppie Jones King Stephens, 45, of 406 E. 27th St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at University Medical Center.

Mr. Dewey Padgett Jr.
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. A. Dewey Padgett Jr., 74, of 136 Gilchrist Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Louise Peeples
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Louise Holman Peeples, of 40 Sunnydale St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Richard Lawrence
HIAWASSEE, Ga. -- Mr. Richard B. Lawrence, 67, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Chatuge Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Mamie Lee
Mrs. Mamie Jo Scruggs Lee, of 532 Adams Mill Lane, Evans, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Darcas Shumpert
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Darcas Gleaton Shumpert, 71, of 185 Jon Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Johnson
NEW YORK -- Mr. John Johnson, of 1993 Amsterdam Ave., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999.

Mrs. Eva Jones

Tony Williams

Mrs. Emmer Williams

Mrs. Ester Sollas

Mrs. Denase Rivers

Mrs. Mary Xenakis

Mr. Eugene Washington

Mr. John Johnson

Ms. Nettie Gambrell

Mrs. Barbara Carrick

Mr. Larry Mays Sr.

Mr. Frank Ponton

Mr. Brannon Crawford Jr.

Mrs. Irene Sullivan

Mrs. Mollie Hampton

Mrs. Vadewattee Muralidhara

Mr. Fred Davis

Mrs. Frances Gunter

Mr. R.H. Templeton

Mr. Billy Tummins

Mr. Walter Cato

Mrs. Darcas Shumpert

Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr.

Mr. Benjamin Abney

Mr. James King

Mrs. Neppie Stephens

Mrs. Mamie Lee

Mr. Tsuo-Ming Wu

Mr. Alpha Peebles

Mrs. Emeline Pitts

Mrs. Ethel Ashe

Mr. Aburn Steptoe

Mr. Sherman North Sr.

Mrs. Juanita Jones

Ms. Yvonne Brunson

Mr. Richard Lawrence

Ms. Nellie Soles

U.S. to face Cuba in finals

U.S. team on an unbeatable roll

Pride still means something to some

Advises minister to `shake off dust'
The Rev. Timothy Fellows would be well advised to follow the instructions given in Matthew 10:14 (as paraphrased), wherein Jesus said: Bud Holton, Augusta

Aleut exception
Now and then the mask slips to reveal a Clinton appointee to be -- guess what? -- a '60s leftist who secretly wishes we had lost the Cold War.

`Playing politics'
Bill and Hillary Clinton hit new heights of sanctimonious hypocrisy last week in response to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's ``listening tour'' of Arkansas hosted by popular GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Notes importance of school teachers
With all the teacher bashing going on in the news these days, I would like to take a moment to recognize ``a teacher who still cares.'' With teachers being underpaid and having to deal with far more discipline problems than they should, I must admit that some, not all, teachers are overwhelmed and are just going through the motions. Vince Louis, Hephzibah

Liberal bigotry
The Atlanta-based Southeastern Legal Foundation is just as respected and feared as is its counterpart on the political Left, the American Civil Liberties Union. That's why it is of little surprise that the SLF and its executive director, Matt Glavin, have lately been getting smeared and intimidated from the usual suspects ranging from Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell to veteran ``motormouth'' Rep. Billy McKinney, D-Atlanta.

Defends candidate's stand on flag
I must respond to the July 27 letter written by Robert A. Daniels concerning (the race for S.C. House District 81) and GOP candidate Kathryn Kling's statementabout the NAACP decision to boycott South Carolina because the state government continues to display the Confederate flag on the dome of the capitol. Robert Baynham, Clarks Hill

A caveat to S.C. law
The South Carolina law passed last year to keep drunken drivers off the road seems to be working remarkably well.

Compares school safety in two counties
I am a resident of Richmond County, but I have six precious grandchildren in the Columbia County school system. Dinah Frank, Augusta

Detests flag over the S.C. capitol
I really detest the fact that South Carolina hangs the Confederate flag over the capitol. As a young black male in America, I feel it represents everything that is wrong with this country. Jeff Jones, Augusta

Flag boycott will fail
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's call for a boycott of South Carolina until the Confederate battle flag is pulled down from the state capitol dome may succeed to the extent of costing the state tens of millions of dollars in tourist and convention business, but it's still not likely to accomplish its objective -- and may actually make matters worse. It certainly will for the black working class affected by the boycott.

Backs `exemplary' Dist. 81 candidate
From firsthand knowledge, one has to conclude that those fortunate enough to retire in Aikenhave very little difficulty in finding a multitude of retirement activities to pursue. John T. Granaghan, Aiken

Supports vice president's candidacy
President Ronald Reagan promised to balance the budget. We know that did not happen. When his vice president, George Bush, became president, the deficit grew worse. Norma Groom, Martinez

Kosovo war lessons
Prime Minister Tony Blair is irritated at some top British military journals for casting NATO's bombing war in Kosovo and Belgrade in a less than successful light. Now some of those criticisms are also being heard in the U.S.

Disputes defense of VA layoffs
Re the July 22 Chronicle guest column, ``Defending VA layoffs, budget cuts'': Don Blessing, Evans

U.S. falls to Mexico in Confederations Cup

Earnhardt's gas man cleaning up his act

Geiberger wins GHO with record score

Woods given slight edge in duel with Duval

Overtime: Augusta man qualifies for U.S. Amateur

Overtime: Columbia Co. Dixie team undefeated

Overtime: Louisiana shut out by Columbia Co.

Showdown highlights rivalry

Sampras dominates Agassi

Georgia coach's son leaves Rhode Island

Jackin announces retirement

Mission control accidentally shuts down MIR's computer
MOSCOW -- A Mission Control officer monitoring the Mir accidentally shut down the space station's central computer, prompting the crew to speed up preparations to abandon the orbiter, officials said Monday.

Pentagon scores hit in test of beleaguered anti-missile system
WASHINGTON -- An experimental Army rocket sped into the skies over New Mexico, pinpointed an ``enemy'' missile and smashed it to bits Monday more than 50 miles above the earth, the Pentagon said.

Russia develops new tactical missile
MOSCOW -- Russia has developed a new short-range missile that can hit small targets with far greater precision than its predecessors, a news agency reported Monday.

Britain to launch a space probe to investigate Mars
LONDON -- Britain wants to send a space probe to Mars in 2003 to investigate whether there is life on the red planet, the government said Sunday.

Researchers create flu virus in laboratory
WASHINGTON -- Researchers have created a flu virus in the laboratory by combining the genetic pieces of an existing flu bug -- work they said could lead to a new type of vaccine.

Patch could offer alternative to traumatic surgery
WASHINGTON -- George Huffman had a time bomb in his abdomen: A weak bulging spot on the largest blood vessel in his body that, if it broke, would cause almost instantly fatal internal bleeding.

Child gamers will go ape over new 'Tarzan' title
Parents are always looking for that special game -- one they can enjoy and still feel good about letting the kids play.

Mall offers eye surgery
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Squeamish shoppers beware: They're slicing eyeballs at the Fair Oaks Mall. No, they're not filming a schlock horror movie. It's just business as usual at the Visual Freedom Center, believed to be the first eye surgery center to open in a shopping mall.

Study counters worry that treatment of hyperactivity leads to drug abuse
CHICAGO -- Hyperactive boys who were treated with stimulants such as Ritalin were one-third as likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs as teen-agers than similar boys who had not been treated, a new study found.

LA is heading to the mountains
LOS ANGELES -- Forces deep in the Earth's crust are moving downtown Los Angeles toward the San Gabriel Mountains, possibly making the region in between more susceptible to earthquakes, according to a study published Sunday.

Ask the Computer Guy: Personal Computing Q&A
Q: In Norfolk, Va., I used a regular Internet service provider and downloaded RealPlayer. When I moved here I signed up for America Online, and now my RealPlayer doesn't work.

Regulators say 99 percent of institutions are ready for 2000
WASHINGTON -- Ninety-nine percent of the nation's federally insured banks, thrifts and credit unions have successfully completed preparations for the Year 2000 computer bug, federal regulators reported Monday.

The Facts

The Big Screen

Personal Space

Personal Space
It's more than just where you sleep. It's a haven, a place that's truly your own. It's the one place in the house where you can blast Nine Inch Nails and play air guitar free from the watchful eyes of parents or your little sister.

The Facts
Salman Qureshi, 17, just graduated from Evans High School. He'll be a freshman at Augusta State University in the fall.

The Big Screen
This is not, repeat, not, a historical film. It's a fun comedy about two teen-age girls who inadvertently become Richard Nixon's personal advisers during the Watergate scandal, then tell Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward everything they know -- as the mysterious Deep Throat.

Child gamers will go ape over new 'Tarzan' title

Researchers create flu virus in laboratory

Patch could offer alternative to traumatic surgery

Mall offers eye surgery

Britain to launch a space probe to investigate Mars

Mission control accidentally shuts down MIR's computer

LA is heading to the mountains

Russia develops new tactical missile

Ask the Computer Guy: Personal Computing Q&A

Study counters worry that treatment of hyperactivity leads to drug abuse

Pentagon scores hit in test of beleaguered anti-missile system