Braves notebook: Battle looks to make most of chance

Help wanted: Pitchers. No experience necessary

Jackets power past Greensboro

Braves sweep Astros

Columbus roughs up Jackets' staff again

NCAA puts off decision on metal bat specifications pending further tests

Experience gives coach an edge

Vacation postcards wind down

Procter & Gamble buying pet food maker Iams Co. for $2.05 billion
CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble Co. is jumping into the lucrative pet nutrition business by buying pet food maker Iams Co. for $2.05 billion in cash, P&G's biggest purchase ever.

Demands on brick heavy
A strong economy and the growing popularity of brick homes in the Southeast has made it harder than ever for area builders to meet construction demands.

Branches take new name

Riegel expansion
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- The loss of 150 jobs in September at Stone Apparel Co. may not be as devastating for Johnston as town leaders originally thought.

Rural officials target recruiting
ATLANTA -- Georgia's efforts to attract employers to rural areas need better coordination, monitoring and targeting of incentives, according to two reports prepared for a legislative study committee.

Brick shortage
Builder's report The National Association of Home Builders asked builders to evaluate the availability of building materials in March 1999, compared with June 1998:

Ford targets young market with live Focus ads
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is betting that 64 live commercials will give its new line of Focus subcompact cars an edgy and topical twist that will appeal to teen-age and 20-something viewers of MTV and other youth-oriented television programs.

Additional business news

Retail sales rise in July
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales growth sprinted ahead in July, rising a bigger-than-expected 0.7 percent, boosted by a big gain in automotive sales.

Retail sales rise in July

Rural officials target recruiting

Riegel expansion

Branches take new name
Last year's merger between NationsBank and BankAmerica is starting to hit home.

Brick shortage

Additional business news
Power outage kills hopes of recovery...Aiken company has lower sales...Rumors of merger boost stock...Krispy Kreme looks at IPO

Demands on brick heavy

Ford targets young market with live Focus ads

Gas providers feel deadline
ATLANTA -- A flood of natural-gas customers swamped marketers this week as they tried to pick a replacement for Atlanta Gas Light Co.

Additional business news
P&G to buy Iams for $2.3 billion...Firms to pay for new shows...FAA orders insulation replaced...UPS tax shelter ruled illegal...McDonald's tests food kiosks...

Appling bears name of family
The rural Appling community survived the mayhem of the great cyclone of 1875. The small unincorporated county seat commemorates the name of the Appling family, originally from Virginia.

Blasts `Y' for ending gym program

Hails truckers for delivering the goods

Urges Americans to celebrate V-J Day

Urges enforcement of gun laws

A war worth fighting

Rebuts criticism of Freemasonry

Calls school dress code 'power trip'

Keep dropout age at 16

Hits flag of 'odious' Southern nation

Hits media for missing soldiers' deaths

Bellmann good pick

Gore fantasy 2

Die laughing
Equal parts a Tennessee Williams-style Southern Gothic family tragedy and an episode of I Love Lucy, Dearly Departed takes the subjects of death, infidelity, alcohol abuse and bankruptcy and plays them for laughs.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Book follows Southern-rock trail
Marley Brant grew up around TV and movie celebrities, so it wasn't fame that drew her to emerging Southern rockers in the late 1960s and early '70s.

Hitchcock fans pick their favorite films
Asking a fan to choose a favorite Hitchcock film is like asking a parent to choose a favorite child: Even if it's possible, you don't want to be pinned down. Nevertheless, some Hitch-oholics were willing to go on record:

In the know
Jennifer Love Hewitt accepts her Female Hottie of the Year award at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards.

Volunteers will give Imperial a good cleaning
Volunteers are needed to help whip the 82-year-old Imperial Theatre into shape. A volunteer cleanup day at the historic theater, 745 Broad St., is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

Technological tether
Even the string around the finger has gone high-tech. Going to do lunch? Trying to set up a meeting? Ask a roomful of people to plan their week, and you're almost as likely to hear the tap, tap, tap of the keyboard as the flip of paper and the scratch of a pen.

Comic-book creators draw on inspiration
The shelves of comic-book stores strain under the weight of secret identities and billowing capes. Technicolor heroes fighting for justice have become cultural icons.

A band of survivors
Since 1989, People Who Must has gone through three drummers, three bass players, changed management, switched record labels and wrecked four vans.

Ants' nest location vital to treatment
Q: I'm having a terrible problem with ants inside and outside my home. Can you tell me what to do to get rid of them?

Sea flows in Celtic balladeer
The sea has been a source of inspiration and livelihood for Celtic balladeer Eric Duncan. When the native Scotsman isn't singing songs about the high seas, he's working on them.

Black bass joining hybrid schools

Catching fish, driving boats newest challenge

Coaches adapting to change

Bulldogs brimming with confidence

Potential for big Yellow Jackets season

NFL notes: James, Colts agree on seven-year deal

Players fight for roster spots

Game previews: College football set to begin

For openers, don't look for the starters

Tolbert tasting gridiron success

Anderson, Falcons agree to terms

Donnan has confidence in secondary

Anderson works out at Falcons camp

UGA begins practice

Vacation postcards wind down
Listen, the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!

Ramblin' Rhodes: Book follows Southern-rock trail

Volunteers will give Imperial a good cleaning

Hitchcock fans pick their favorite films

Comic-book creators draw on inspiration

In the know

Die laughing

Ants' nest location vital to treatment

Sea flows in Celtic balladeer

In the know

Technological tether

A band of survivors

Board delays vote on Bible

Counties tighten watering limits
A portion of Richmond County was under a full outdoor water ban late Thursday, while all of Columbia County -- including the cities of Harlem and Grovetown -- was restricted to just eight hours of watering per day.

Candidate qualifies for ballot
AIKEN -- With 166 votes to spare, independent candidate Scott Singer achieved a place on the ballot in the special election to fill the South Carolina House District 81 seat held by the late Rudy Mason.

Candidate qualifies for ballot

State officials name man to Allendale post

Animal auction

Centers receive mixed reviews
ATLANTA -- The address on the application for one state-funded private after-school reading program was across the street from a Cobb County liquor store.

Deer hunting law under fire

Rainbow's end
Jessyca Hudson (left) and T'Shayne Fripp, both of Augusta, play under a rainbow in the fountain at Eighth Street and Riverwalk on Thursday.

Counties tighten watering limits

Rule on boards ducked

Contractors' monitoring questioned

Hispanic academic plan OK'd

Rainbow's end

Businesses fined

Education doctorate offered

Group stresses success
AIKEN -- Former Ridge Spring-Monetta High School Principal Clarence Jackson knows all about the temptations and problems black males face growing up. He's been there.

Teacher's job awaits hearing

Board delays vote on Bible
ATLANTA -- Dozens of parents and educators were ready Thursday to debate the merits of bringing Bible history to Georgia public schools, but the Board of Education decided to seek legal counsel before it acts.

Area briefs: Morning fire closes beauty shop

Committee concerned over radiation exposure
ATLANTA -- A citizens' committee questioned Thursday whether some Savannah River Site contractors were monitored properly for exposure to radiation.

Union: Officials held leader at mental hospital in retaliation

Group stresses success

Underground tank sparks flash fire

Hopefuls agree on priorities

Rule on boards ducked
The Augusta city code bars commissioners from appointing the same person to serve on more than one board or authority simultaneously, but commissioners often do it anyway.

Barnes: Gracewood stays open

Appling bears name of family

Device treats defect

Dirty job

Committee concerned over radiation exposure

EPD orders report on site contamination

Dirty job
Aiken city parks employee Dennis Attaway stirs up a dust cloud Wednesday while mowing grass at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. The city supplies dust masks but the masks do little good.

SRS scientists always creating

Ants marching indoors to flee dry heat wave
Driven indoors after weeks of drought, ants have climbed through windows and cracks, coveting moisture and food that weeks of dry weather has robbed from the outdoor environment.

Coalition sets character initiative for Sept. 14

Deer hunting law under fire
COLUMBIA -- A latecomer to Thursday's meeting, called to reach common ground on roadside hunting, might have felt like he'd walked in on a Western movie, with talk of children and cows getting shot.

Diverse system outlined

Hopefuls agree on priorities
AIKEN - The three GOP candidates vying for the late Rudy Mason's State House District 81 seat presented their cases for the first time on the same floor at a meeting of the Aiken County Republican Party on Thursday night.

Teacher's job awaits hearing
Unless the Richmond County school board rules in his favor later this month, a Hephzibah High School math teacher and former boys track coach will be out of a job.

Contractors' monitoring questioned
ATLANTA -- A citizens' committee questioned Thursday whether some Savannah River Site contractors were monitored properly for exposure to radiation.

Superintendent hits pay dirt

Device treats defect
A tiny wire mesh spindle carefully threaded through the body into the heart could provide a new, nonsurgical way to correct a childhood heart defect.

Jury finds man guilty of aggravated assault, kidnapping

Many still hold multiple posts
Commissioners to vote to amend or enforce ordinance prohibiting service in multiple posts:

Leadership sought for city utility

Police charge suspect's wife
Police say Everett Barrett had been in cahoots with his nephew for months, but authorities believe when their partnership soured, he tipped off police about Jimmy Stevenson's plans.

Hispanic academic plan OK'd
ATLANTA -- The University System Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan aimed at drawing more Hispanic students to Georgia's public colleges and universities, but only after staffers agreed to return to the board for final action on what could emerge as the effort's most controversial element.

Area briefs: Judge to rule in murder case
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- A judge is considering a ruling that could limit or clear the way for prosecutors to introduce Garry Deyon Johnson's shoes at his upcoming capital murder trial.

Coalition sets character initiative for Sept. 14
Organizers expect to attract hundreds of people for the citywide ``train-the-trainers'' day for Augusta's City of Character initiative Sept. 14.

Area briefs: Judge to rule in murder case

State officials name man to Allendale post
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- A black school official from Orangeburg has been tapped to lead Allendale County's beleagured school system for at least a year.

Police charge suspect's wife

Jury finds man guilty of aggravated assault, kidnapping
It's taken nearly four years, but Mark Lorenzo Squires' victims finally should see some justice today.

Centers receive mixed reviews

Leadership sought for city utility
Augusta Mayor Bob Young wants more than a slap on the wrist for the city utility department's water foul-ups this summer.

Court tells grocery to surrender license

Education doctorate offered
For the first time, Augusta-area residents who want to pursue a doctoral degree in education may do so at Augusta State University this fall.

Underground tank sparks flash fire
Contractors installing water lines along North Belair Road encountered a dangerous and unwelcome surprise Thursday.

Area briefs: Morning fire closes beauty shop
An early-morning fire at an Aiken barber and beauty shop Wednesday halted business and caused extensive smoke and water damage to the building, fire officials said.

Many still hold multiple posts

EPD orders report on site contamination
GROVETOWN -- A Columbia County manufacturer has been given until Oct. 29 to provide state regulators with environmental data that will help determine if contaminated soil and groundwater will require cleanup.

Man gets 105 years for triple shooting

Court tells grocery to surrender license
The Winn-Dixie supermarket on Fury's Ferry Road was ordered Wednesday to surrender its beer and wine license for 30 days starting at midnight Saturday.

Ants marching indoors to flee dry heat wave

Barnes: Gracewood stays open
Otis was curled up in the swing at Gracewood State School and Hospital on Wednesday but was alert enough to respond to his visitor. ``Hey, governor,'' he said to Roy Barnes.

Superintendent hits pay dirt
AIKEN -- School Superintendent Linda B. Eldridge hit pay dirt when the Aiken County Board of Education upped her salary by $6,648.

SRS scientists always creating
Hook-and-loop fasteners. Vacuum-packed food. PHOSter. Baro-Balls. All were developed by scientists working on behalf of the federal government. The last two were developed by scientists working at Savannah River Site.

Union: Officials held leader at mental hospital in retaliation
AIKEN -- A local union has accused the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and managers at Tenneco Packaging of retaliating against a union organizer by conspiring to have him committed to a mental institution.

Animal auction
Linda Fulmer, director of Columbia County Animal Control, brushes Bitsy, a year-old filly who was underweight when taken from her previous owner.

Diverse system outlined
ATLANTA -- A mixture of mergers, joint ventures, partnerships and other cooperative arrangements is the best recipe for getting Medical College of Georgia out of financial trouble, the chief executive of the state's teaching hospital said Wednesday.

Businesses fined
The following Columbia County businesses were fined $1,000 on Wednesday and put on probation for 60 days for selling alcohol to a minor June 30:

Man gets 105 years for triple shooting
Mark Lorenzo Squires, who wounded three people in a 1995 shooting attack, received a maximum 105-year prison sentence Thursday.

Mrs. Elizabeth Doan
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Louise Netherland Doan, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Doughty
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary B. Doughty, 50, of 116 Nelms St., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999.

Mr. Joe Potts
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Joe Turner Potts, 65, of 337 Riverbend Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Ms. Peggy Huguley
Tignall, Ga., -- Ms. Peggy Rose Huguley, 58, of 233 Euell Saggud Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Leroy Dunn
Mr. Leroy Dunn, 44, of 3190 McCladdie Drive, Appling, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Akins
Mr. James E. Akins, 85, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at Jennings Health Care.

Mrs. Mary Barber
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Mary Lammer Barber, 66, of 1835 Mountside Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Annie Allen
AIKEN -- Mrs. Annie May Allen, 82, of 351 Greenville St., NW, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Alvin Turner
Mr. Alvin Turner, 45, of 3735 Pine Ridge Run, Martinez, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Frank Brister
Mr. Frank Brister, 87, of 1814 Mill St., died Monday, Aug.9, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Joe Potts
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Joe Turner Potts, 65, of 337 Riverbend Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Floyd Mack Sr.,
Waynesboro, Ga. -- Mr. Floyd Mack Sr., of Lot B-2 Briarcliff Trailer Park, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Homer Jones Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Homer Jones Sr., 75, of 324 Washington Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ward
MUNNERLYN, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Ward, of 3589 Alexander-Munnerlyn Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Margie Ozanne
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Mrs. Margie Raiford Ozanne, of 200 General Oglethorpe Road, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Iverson Anderson
REGISTER, Ga. -- Mr. Iverson ``Ibo'' Anderson, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Andrew Rhodes
Mr. Andrew K. Rhodes, 79, of 624 Stevens Creek Road, Martinez, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Pughsley Palmer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Pughsley Palmer, 88, of 1572 W. 11th St., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, in Methodist Hospital.

Mr. Benjamin Smalley
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Benjamin Eugene Smalley, 98, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Carol Hannah
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Carol Ann Hannah, 39, of 2340 Carswell Road, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. James Tolbert Sr.
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. -- Mr. James Tolbert Sr., 61, of Route 1, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Glenda Hobbs
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Glenda Dale Royal Hobbs, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Taylor Mays
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Taylor Mays, 83, of 1200 Talisman Drive, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Reid
Mr. Robert Reid, 46, of 1473 Tobias Court, died Monday, Aug. 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Zelma Hoats
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Zelma Tackett Hoats, 84, of 106 Sylvan Place, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Georgia Martin
Mrs. Georgia Martin, 96, of 1145 Roselle St., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Lazenby
THOMSON -- Mrs. Dorothy Mae Wiley Lazenby, 56, of 1037 Willow St., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Fleming
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John ``Sam'' Fleming, 70, of 1034 Red Oak Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Max R. Hamrick
BELVEDERE -- Mr. Max R. Hamrick, 67, of 110 Ashley Circle, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Peggy Huguley

Mr. Taylor Mays

Mr. Floyd Mack Sr.,

Mr. Benjamin Smalley

Mrs. Mary Barber

Mr. Leroy Dunn

Mr. Frank Brister

Mrs. Carol Hannah

Mr. Joe Potts

Mrs. Elizabeth Ward

Mrs. Annie Allen

Mrs. Georgia Martin

Mrs. Glenda Hobbs

Mrs. Elizabeth Doan

Mr. Iverson Anderson

Mr. James Tolbert Sr.

Mr. Max R. Hamrick

Mr. Alvin Turner

Mr. James Akins

Mr. John Fleming

Mrs. Mary Doughty

Mr. Robert Reid

Mr. Pughsley Palmer

Mr. Homer Jones Sr.

Court must end gay activists' assault on Boy Scouts
On Aug. 4, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America must allow homosexual scout leaders in its organization. The Boy Scouts have appealed. The fate of this great organization is now up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Guarantee graduates!
Why is there hesitation on the part of Richmond County's school system to join Columbia County and 48 other Georgia public school systems in guaranteeing the quality of their college-prep graduates?

Chides Commission over DA's office
I read with great interest your Aug. 8 editorial concerning the district attorney deserving a new office. It took about a day for my eyes to stop rolling in disbelief. I was shocked, amazed and ashamed that our district attorney and his staff were housed in what used to be a bordello on Greene Street. I suppose the Augusta Commission will next propose that we put a national veteran's cemetery on top of the old county landfill.

Raps Edgefield Co. zoning ordinance
The zoning ordinance is currently a hot issue for Edgefield County. Many of the citizens are protesting loudly because it provides a means of more government control over our personal property. There is a cost here, with the loss of rights and freedoms to do with our property as we see fit. The ordinance even dictates regulations concerning ``at home businesses'' which may represent a loss of income. ...

Calls school dress code 'power trip'
I believe that this is just a big "power trip'' being put on display by the Board of Education. The Board has done great things for the schools in the past, but this is ridiculous.

Gore fantasy 2
``Bill Clinton and Al Gore claiming credit for welfare reform is like the vice president claiming the invention of the Internet, and about as credible. The truth is that it was the persistence of the Republicans in Congress who are responsible for enacting reform after two Clinton vetoes. What's more, after running on welfare reform as an election issue in 1992, Clinton and Gore never submitted a welfare reform bill of their own.''

Hits flag of 'odious' Southern nation
Had Robert Baynham ("Defends candidate's stand on flag,'' letter, Aug. 2) been born 40 years ago and in Serbia, today he would be solidly behind Slobodan Milosevic. Murder, rape, violation of human rights and brutal warfare are things Mr. Baynham condones.

Rebuts criticism of Freemasonry
On June 27 you published a letter from Ken Lummis of Martinez concerning the role Freemasons play in American politics. I have been a Mason for 36 years and a Shriner for 27 years, so that should qualify me to set him straight about a few things he said in his letter. Curt Wilcher, Louisville

Don't erase history
One reason it's so difficult to find a compromise on the emotional issue of taking the Confederate battle flag down from atop the South Carolina statehouse is the concern that some protesters regard that as a first step toward erasing all vestiges of the history of the Old South, about which many below the Mason-Dixon Line are still proud.

Urges enforcement of gun laws
Why is it that Congress is so concerned about enacting laws to control guns, when we all know that guns do not kill? It's people who kill. If we had a rash of homicides by knives or baseball bats -- or even ropes or shoe laces -- would Congress want to control those too? Edward J. Giusto, Augusta

A war worth fighting
While the Clinton administration has been getting the nation's thinly-stretched military involved in civil wars and peacekeeping operations on the other side of the world that have nothing to do with U.S. national security, a serious sore is festering on our own doorstep that very much affects our security, not to mention the health and well-being of our young people.

Urges Americans to celebrate V-J Day
Aug. 15 is the 54th anniversary of the U.S. victory over Japan. Let me share with readers a recent letter I received from David Eisenhower, honorary chairman of the World War II Veterans Committee:

Finds confusion in editorial cartoon
I found Rick McKee's July 30 cartoon about the female astronaut interesting -- but my only problem is I must be too dumb to grasp its meaning. Is he trying to portray the ``cleave to the husband,'' ``king of the castle'' and ``a hot meal'' when he gets home to a clean house, quiet kids and a barefoot and pregnant wife no matter what her position in society or her potential?

Court must end gay activists' assault on Boy Scouts
On Aug. 4, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America must allow homosexual scout leaders in its organization. The Boy Scouts have appealed. The fate of this great organization is now up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Seeks answers from the candidates
CSRA First! is working to bring higher paying jobs to our area. We asked for responses to survey questionaires from our Richmond County Commission candidates last fall and had less than a satisfactory response. Some didn't respond.

Bellmann good pick
Our community is fortunate that a leader like Charles H. Bellmann is available to take over on an emergency, interim basis the crucial post of chief professional officer for the United Way of the CSRA.

Housing horsewhipped
As renowned Aiken Dogwood Stable owner Cothran ``Cot'' Campbell pointed out in a Chronicle guest column last month, ``Aiken's uniqueness, its charm, its tradition, its personality comes basically from horses -- all kinds of horses, but chiefly thoroughbred race horses.''

Blasts `Y' for ending gym program
I am still very much upset over the decision that was made and the way in which everything was done regarding the Family Y competitive gymnastics team. Mary Eash, Augusta

Keep dropout age at 16
As a way of curbing Georgia's 30-40 percent dropout rate, Gov. Roy Barnes and his education reform commission are considering a recommendation that the General Assembly next year boost the mandatory school attendance age from 16 to 18.

Hits media for missing soldiers' deaths
A couple of weeks ago the U.S. Navy scattered John F. Kennedy Jr.'s ashes into the sea, ending the shameless media glut over the private plane crash that killed him, his wife, and his sister-in-law. Did you know that two United States soldiers died in Kosovo several Sundays ago? You may have missed that because Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and God-knows-who-else were too busy gushing over the Kennedys. Dale Hemman, Evans

Hails truckers for delivering the goods
Every day, anonymous truck drivers make sure there are sufficient goods for us to survive. They supply our schools with the materials to educate children, while supplying hospitals with their supplies. Businesses need products so you can work and support your family. Kathy Cagle

Overtime: Kitchings scores 11 in Japan

Hunter giving good PR for raceway

Elkington withdraws to be with ill caddie

Sonics trade Hawkins, Cotton for Brent Barry

Wallace wonders about Glen's new turns

Obvious contenders at Women's British Open

Women are new to sport

Irvan paid his dues

A tournament with no price tag

U.S. contingent includes Agassi and three surprise winners

Ryder Cup Blowup

Spaniard ties course record

Women's Golden Gloves event packs mean punch

Cocaine response in flies linked to biological clock genes
WASHINGTON -- Genes that control the biological clock of fruit flies also affect whether those flies become addicted to cocaine, says a surprising new study that suggests these internal clocks -- humans have them, too -- might have still other undiscovered roles in the body.

BET launching major Web site aimed at blacks
NEW YORK -- Hoping to draw more black Americans to the Internet, cable network operator BET Holdings announced an ambitious new Web site today with backing from four major media and technology companies.

FAA to order insulation replacement on 700 airplanes
WASHINGTON -- Insulation on nearly 700 commercial airplanes will have to replaced within the next four years because it badly fails a flame retardancy test about to be instituted, a senior Federal Aviation Administration official said today.

Woman Web: Lilith Fair sites get feminine
As in summers past, fans attending any of the 40 shows in this year's Lilith Fair concert series will have an opportunity to commune with other kindred s

Study: New testing system improves detection of Down syndrome
Researchers seeking a safer way to detect Down syndrome in a fetus say combining blood and ultrasound tests from the first and second trimesters would be more accurate than standard screenings and reduce the need for riskier testing.

Eclipse darkens sky across Europe
RAMNICU VALCEA, Romania -- The moon smothered the light of the sun today as the last total solar eclipse of the millennium swept across Europe toward the Bay of Bengal.

Life on Earth older than previously shown
WASHINGTON -- Scientists studying Australian rocks have found evidence that primitive forms of life existed 2.7 billion years ago -- a billion years earlier than had been previously shown.

FBI launches online fingerprint-ID system
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Police and judges in 15 states no longer have to worry about releasing fugitives and repeat offenders because they lack information about a suspect's criminal history, FBI officials said Tuesday.

Device treats defect
A tiny wire mesh spindle carefully threaded through the body into the heart could provide a new, nonsurgical way to correct a childhood heart defect.

Fast, current computers best for college
To avoid complications, students and parents should carefully review recommendations from their colleges before buying a new computer. Almost every school offers advice at the school's Web site or in materials mailed to incoming students. As a rule of thumb, students should get something fast and current.

FAA to order insulation replacement on 700 airplanes

Study: New testing system improves detection of Down syndrome

Fast, current computers best for college

Eclipse darkens sky across Europe

BET launching major Web site aimed at blacks

Woman Web: Lilith Fair sites get feminine

FBI launches online fingerprint-ID system

Life on Earth older than previously shown

Device treats defect