Jackets blanked by Bats

Braves notebook: Boone enjoying hot start to month

Braves pound Dodgers

Smoltz adjusts delivery

Experience gives coach an edge

Braves pound Dodgers

Jackets power past Greensboro

Vacation postcards wind down

Casino plans put on hold

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.

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

Additional business news
Price rise modest despite gas increase...Boral to build clay-paver plant...California orders Kia recall...Board of Trade halts session...

Additional business news

Customers sue auto dealer

Additional business news

Internet sales worry Georgia policy makers

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.

Retail sales rise in July

Branches take new name

Rural officials target recruiting

Dow index rises 185 points

Ford targets young market with live Focus ads

Internet sales worry Georgia policy makers
ATLANTA -- Georgia policy makers worry increased sales via the Internet will shortchange local retailers, property taxpayers and government services, but they don't know what to do about it.

Casino plans put on hold
SPARTA, Ga. -- A thumbs down from the governor could kill an American Indian tribe's proposal to build a casino in Georgia, the tribe's administrator said.

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

Customers sue auto dealer
DETROIT -- Auto dealer Mel Farr thought he'd found a way to offer cars to people with bad credit, and protect his profits -- a high-tech dashboard gizmo that prevents cars from starting if the customer is delinquent on payments.

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.

Dow index rises 185 points
NEW YORK -- Stocks soared Friday as a new government report suggested inflation remains in check, raising hopes that the Federal Reserve need not be aggressive in raising interest rates to cool off the economy.

A look at the 20th century: 1962
The Cold War nearly turned hot and Augusta welcomed home a favorite-son governor-elect in 1962.

Rebuts criticism of Freemasonry

Seeks political common sense, courage

Blasts `Y' for ending gym program

Backs experience in District 81 race

Raps editorial cartoon with questions

Bellmann good pick

Gore fantasy 2

Urges enforcement of gun laws

Hits media for missing soldiers' deaths

Keep dropout age at 16

Compassionate conservative

Hails truckers for delivering the goods

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.

A shoulder to lean on
Travis Cain, 18, has already done what few Americans will ever do -- he made a 13,000-foot climb this summer.

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.

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?

Introspective study leads us to right path
Polls conducted by newspapers and other media have revealed in recent years an increasing cynicism on the part of Americans toward the political process in general and elected officia

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.

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.

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.

Faith digest
Sharon Baptist Church, 6262 Cobbham Road, Appling, will join a new league Sunday -- the bicentennial club.

Speaker hopes to set success path for young people
Maj. Gen. Irene Trowell-Harris' life has the stuff movie scripts are made of.

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.

Black bass joining hybrid schools

Catching fish, driving boats newest challenge

QB's job is to imitate

Lineman an attacker on the field

Players fight for roster spots

Anderson works out at Falcons camp

Sanders won't return to Lions

UGA begins practice

Defender looks to dominate

Coaches adapting to change

Game previews: College football set to begin

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

For openers, don't look for the starters

Running back shows varied styles

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!

Speaker hopes to set success path for young people

Ants' nest location vital to treatment

A shoulder to lean on

A band of survivors

Comic-book creators draw on inspiration

Sea flows in Celtic balladeer

Introspective study leads us to right path

Die laughing

Faith digest

Ramblin' Rhodes: Book follows Southern-rock trail

Volunteers will give Imperial a good cleaning

Many still hold multiple posts

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.

Harlem targets at-risk students

SRS health inspections continue
ATLANTA -- A health program for Savannah River Site construction workers has found four cases of serious work-related illnesses, its manager said Friday.

Police charge suspect's wife

Pro-union worker sent to mental hospital
AIKEN -- A local union organizer confined to a mental hospital for two weeks said he believes it was his company's way of ``getting me out of the plant.''

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.

Area briefs: Record temperatures in Augusta

Area briefs: Record temperatures in Augusta
Temperature ties 1980 record high ... Reward offered in robbery ... Nature park needs volunteers

Alien smugglers profit from trading illegals

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

Area contributions favor Bush

Hopefuls agree on priorities

Owner cancels bar plan

Device treats defect

Juvenile burglar sentenced

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.

Inspection finds lock in need of repairs
Despite a three-year, $1.5 million renovation, the New Savannah Bluff Lock continues to malfunction and will require $150,000 in immediate repairs, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Area hospital may consider reusing medical equipment

Area hospital may consider reusing medical equipment
There is little debate about reusing medical equipment in Augusta, but at least one large hospital is studying the possibility.

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.

NAACP leader rallies area chapter
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The black community of North Augusta has its own Confederate flag to contend against -- an all-white city council elected at large.

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.

Look Ma, no hands
Chris Edenfield of Beech Island drops from the rope over Hollow Creek in Jackson on Friday. The spot off South Carolina Highway 125 is a popular place to cool off on a hot summer day.

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

Inspection finds lock in need of repairs

Man gets 105 years for triple shooting

Educators key on safety

Board delays vote on Bible

Owner cancels bar plan
Some south Richmond County residents say they will not stand silently by and allow the building of a proposed sports bar on Tobacco Road.

Area briefs: Judge to rule in murder case

Committee concerned over radiation exposure

Rule on boards ducked

Candidate qualifies for ballot

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.

Hospital screens students
His face a mask of placid resignation, the 5-year-old Burke County boy sat immobile, studying the Army nurse as she prepared two syringes of vaccine.

Rangers patrol, protect state waters

Deer hunting law under fire

NAACP leader rallies area chapter

Underground tank sparks flash fire

SRS health inspections continue

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.

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.

Rainbow's end

Contractors' monitoring questioned

Counties tighten watering limits

Group stresses success

Juvenile burglar sentenced
Seventeen-year-old Brandon Amerson is headed for boot camp for 90 days for watching his friends burglarize three Columbia County homes earlier this year.

Animal auction

Area contributions favor Bush
WASHINGTON -- In the race for presidential dollars, Republican front-runner George W. Bush is leading not only throughout the country, but also in the Augusta-Aiken area.

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.

Harlem targets at-risk students
It's never easy to learn a new technique after years of doing things a certain way. But some area schools are doing just that. Teachers at Harlem High School in Columbia County and Bungalow Road Elementary School in Richmond County have spent the past week training for school reform models they will be implementing this year to improve student learning.

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.

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.

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.

Alien smugglers profit from trading illegals
SAVANNAH -- It's hard to imagine for Americans, but in some ways, the Prince Nicolas was considered a palace by the 132 Chinese immigrants who wound up in Savannah this week.

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.

Center helping victims
WAYCROSS, Ga. - South Georgia victims of sex crimes can find solace and 24-hour support at a small one-story house in Waycross.

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

Rangers patrol, protect state waters
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Cpl. Wade Law balanced precariously on the bow of the patrol boat rocked by waves that were kicked up by rising winds and the churning wake of a shrimp trawler dragging its massive nets.

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.

A look at the 20th century: 1962

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

Pro-union worker sent to mental hospital

Educators key on safety
When a first-grader at a Richmond County elementary school kept urinating on his classmates in the restroom, his teacher pulled him aside and tried to reprimand him.

Ants marching indoors to flee dry heat wave

Hospital screens students

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

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.

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

Mrs. Mildred Carroll
DECATUR, Ga. -- Mrs. Mildred Carroll, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999.

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

Mrs. Norma Day
AIKEN -- Mrs. Norma Alexander Day, 78, of 8 Rosemary Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at her 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.

Ms. Lizzie Miller
SALUDA, S.C. -- Ms. Lizzie Black Miller, 94, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.

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

Mr. Julian Scott
Mr. Julian E. ``Gene'' Scott, 69, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mr. William Berry
EVANS -- Mr. William McDowell Berry, 89, of 4275 Owens Road, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Eleanor Timpson
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Eleanor Dunovant Timpson, 88, of 317 Wigfall St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999 at Edgefield County Hospital.

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.

Mr. Joe Chapman
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Joe W. Chapman, 79, of 216 West Terrace St., died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Sam Phillips
THOMSON -- Mr. Sam Mitchell Phillips, 83, of 507 Violet St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at his residence.

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

Ms. Mary Kuehn
AIKEN -- Ms. Mary Ann Kuehn, 86, of 1349 Moultrie Drive, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Thelma Gibson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Thelma Pace Gibson, 71, of 217 Church St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Melba Spence
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mrs. Melba L. Spence, 66, of 350 Martin Luther King Blvd. Ext., died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at the residence.

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

Mr. James Martin
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. James C. Martin, 82, of 306 S. Main St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

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

Mr. Jule West Jr.
ATLANTA -- Mr. Jule West Jr., 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 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.

Mr. William Smith
ROCKFORD, Mich. -- Mr. William L. ``Bobby'' Smith, of 4474 Venus Drive N.E., died Friday, Aug, 13, 1999, at Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids.

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. Kiflom Hodgu
AZMARA, Eritrea, Africa -- Mr. Kiflom Hodgu, 58, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999.

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

Mr. William Timmerman
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. William R. ``Bill'' Timmerman, 79, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999.

Mr. James Brown
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. James Brown, 52, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at Veteran's Affairs Hospital, Miami.

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

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

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

Mrs. Glenda Hobbs
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Glenda Dale Royal Hobbs, 50, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Berry

Mrs. Melba Spence

Mr. Homer Jones Sr.

Mr. William Smith

Mrs. Glenda Hobbs

Mrs. Mildred Carroll

Mr. James Akins

Ms. Mary Kuehn

Ms. Lizzie Miller

Mr. Robert Reid

Mrs. Thelma Gibson

Mr. Pughsley Palmer

Mr. Sam Phillips

Mrs. Annie Allen

Mr. Floyd Mack Sr.,

Mrs. Mary Barber

Mrs. Carol Hannah

Mrs. Elizabeth Doan

Mr. Leroy Dunn

Mrs. Glenda Hobbs

Mr. Julian Scott

Ms. Peggy Huguley

Mr. James Brown

Mr. Iverson Anderson

Mrs. Eleanor Timpson

Mrs. Georgia Martin

Mr. William Timmerman

Mrs. Elizabeth Ward

Mrs. Norma Day

Mr. Frank Brister

Mr. Max R. Hamrick

Mr. Jule West Jr.

The power of confession and forgiveness
The woman identified herself as a 23-year-old college graduate, single, and, for the last seven years, a believer in Jesus Christ. Her e-mail is from ``Hotmail,'' one of those great inventions called ``an anonymous provider,'' so I do not know where she lives. And since I am going to call her ``Darcey,'' a name different from the one with which she signed her letter to me, her identity is protected.

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

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.''

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

Supports 'trained scientist' in Dist. 81
I do not believe that Kathryn Kling (Wade) is really concerned about the Savannah River Site employees nor about its future. Her platform states, ``At the state level, work can be done to make sure South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control is in line and not requiring regulations that could adversely impact SRS.''

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.

Cites examples of socialism in Aiken
I agree with Dr. William Reid's Aug. 10 letter. The United States is falling under socialist doctrine and control.

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

Seeks political common sense, courage
Much of the news these days is about the dispute in Congress about what to do with the projected surplus. Should it be given back to the taxpayers as a refund, or used to expand government giveaway programs? Some even complain that the proposed tax relief is going to the wrong people, because it is going to the ones who paid it in the first place and not to those who already pay very little tax. In any case our representatives on both sides have not distinguished themselves and neither have our senators. This is on top of the debacle they went through with the impeachment process.

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

The power of confession and forgiveness
The woman identified herself as a 23-year-old college graduate, single, and, for the last seven years, a believer in Jesus Christ. Her e-mail is from ``Hotmail,'' one of those great inventions called ``an anonymous provider,'' so I do not know where she lives. And since I am going to call her ``Darcey,'' a name different from the one with which she signed her letter to me, her identity is protected.

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.

Opposes censored words, informers
When I read the testimony of Darrell Scott, father of two victims of the Columbine High School shooting, I was deeply touched. In part, it read:

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

Right sales tax ruling
The Georgia Court of Appeals has thrown local option sales tax programs into chaos in many parts of the state.

Raps editorial cartoon with questions
Rick McKee's Aug. 8 cartoon asked, ``Which book can't be studied in Georgia public schools?'' Then it showed pictures of The Communist Manifesto, Mein Kampf and the Holy Bible?

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.

Compassionate conservative
Gov. Roy Barnes could have sent word that he supports the fight to keep Gracewood State School and Hospital open, but instead he actually came to Augusta to visit the facility and reassure concerned families of his backing. He even talked it up with some of the patients. This helped show he really meant what he said.

Backs experience in District 81 race
As an elected representative moves from the local level to the state level, experience becomes significantly more important. The needs of the citizens must first be understood, then addressed and met. Experience and ability to meet these needs comes from having done it many times.

Steffi Graf quits tennis

Spaniard ties course record

Sonics trade Hawkins, Cotton for Brent Barry

Preparing for the Glen

Haas climbs into lead in PGA Championship

Kendall shoots course-record 65

Elkington withdraws to be with ill caddie

Krajicek no problem for Sampras

Wallace wonders about Glen's new turns

Despite a late charge, Alcivar suffers defeat

Overtime: Local teen competes in Hawaii

Women are new to sport

Caddy for Daddy

Schroder makes Regions Cup return after three-year break

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.

CDC says enhanced efforts needed to eliminate tuberculosis
ATLANTA -- In an effort to stamp out the last remnants of tuberculosis in the United States, federal health officials on Thursday unveiled a plan that calls for new methods of treating and preventing the sometimes deadly disease.

SRS health inspections continue
ATLANTA -- A health program for Savannah River Site construction workers has found four cases of serious work-related illnesses, its manager said Friday.

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.

Scientists use 'super iron' to create super batteries
WASHINGTON -- A new generation of batteries that could run that pink bunny ragged may be on the horizon: They last 50 percent longer than today's batteries, thanks to a ``super-iron'' component that promises to be easy and affordable to manufacture.

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.

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.

Free internet access offered by Alta Vista
Joining a crowded market of companies offering ``free'' computer products or services, Internet search engine AltaVista on Thursday became the largest U.S. company yet to offer Net access to consumers willing to look at targeted ads.

Cryptographers raise alarm
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Experts in computer encryption say a new computer design, if built, could crack the kind of secret keys that now protect the bulk of electronic commerce.

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.

Free internet access offered by Alta Vista

Study: New testing system improves detection of Down syndrome

Scientists use 'super iron' to create super batteries

BET launching major Web site aimed at blacks

SRS health inspections continue

Life on Earth older than previously shown

Cryptographers raise alarm

Device treats defect

CDC says enhanced efforts needed to eliminate tuberculosis