Braves extend winning streak

Braves persevere despite injuries

Ahumada powers Jackets

Braves extend winning streak

Braves notebook: Seanez might be out for postseason

Braves notebook: Maddux will miss one start

Braves win down the stretch

Raise your hand for perception

Search narrowed for a new executive director
The CSRA Regional Development Center announced Wednesday it has narrowed its search for a new executive director to three finalists.

Additional business news

Fed raises interest rates one-quarter point

Fed raises interest rates one-quarter point
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve today raised interest rates by a quarter point in an effort to cool the economy by making it more expensive for Americans to borrow.

Augusta to get a new Italian restaurant

Fed raises interest rates one-quarter point

BellSouth offers new service

Probe of Internet business practices widens

Probe of Internet business practices widens
Federal and state authorities, already investigating the marketing practices of Internet service providers, are cooperating on strategies for cracking down on fraudulent Web businesses, perhaps even going after the Internet access firms themselves, state and federal attorneys said.

Additional business news
Rate increase sends most stocks higher...Ecuador wants to refinance debt...Heavy holiday travel expected...Firm offers free Internet access...Computer plant lays off 41 workers...

Report predicts widespread Y2K failures for many cities
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. military report predicts widespread ``probable'' or ``likely'' failures in important power and water systems for many of the nation's cities because of the Year 2000 technology problem, a far more dire assessment than anything the White House has made.

Additional business news

Export seminar coming to Augusta

Additional business news
Stocks reach record as confidence rises...Campbell Soup to change label...Bank investigation urged...Bankers offer sermon to ease fears...

BellSouth offers new service
BellSouth is jumping in the local race for high-speed Internet access by offering asymmetrical digital subscriber line service in certain local areas.

Augusta to get a new Italian restaurant
A new Italian restaurant is scheduled to open on Washington Road before the end of the year, a Carrabba's Italian Grill spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Report predicts widespread Y2K failures for many cities

Export seminar coming to Augusta
Exporting may be one option to consider in an increasingly global marketplace, said Jackie Moore, a consultant with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center.

Fed raises interest rates one-quarter point
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve today raised interest rates by a quarter point in an effort to cool the economy by making it more expensive for Americans to borrow.

Search narrowed for a new executive director

Education lagging in Georgia
For 30 years, Georgia has seen itself as the capital of the new South, where economic growth and racial harmony would overcome the image of the region being poor and backward.

Jones' Open win fed Masters plan
In the early days of the Masters Tournament, Bobby Jones would stand on the hill overlooking the 11th green and 12th tee at Augusta National Golf Club and point toward the ninth fairway of the adjacent Augusta Country Club.

Slams video poker industry critics

Defends dragging of `infested' dog

Shines light on impact of abortion

Raps boxer's remarks about match

The Hillary rumor

Pass H.R. 815

Hysteria over Barnwell

Says slavery should be a `dead issue'

Blasts recent dress code opinions

Sees L.A. shooting as `wake-up call'

Asks `Whose Bible will be taught?'

Roving eye of Newt

River Race success

Hits columnist's defense of evolution

Girl is back in the waiting game
ATLANTA -- A look of great concentration passed across Ashley Webb's chubby face as she reached out and touched the face of an angel. Her small hand moved and covered the face of another angel.

Rambiln' Rhodes: Bluegrass legends come together for TNN special
Rambiln' Rhodes

Capsules
The use of helicopters to transport patients from rural hospitals to urban medical centers where they can get specialized care is being challenged by some insurance carriers that don't like paying the added expense and question the value of air transport.

Consumers don't want to give up privacy for savings
Dear Martin: I have decided that I do not want a club card from my supermarket. I know the information helps the supermarket, but I also feel that we are losing more and more of our privacy. It is happening in small ways, and perhaps we should think about this before we find ourselves in a Big Brother society where too many people know everything about us.

In the know
In a study of more than 1,300 TV programs, researchers found that 56 percent of the shows contained sexual content and that they averaged more than three scenes with sex per hour.

Supreme salsa
You may have read that salsa is now America's best selling condiment, beating out ketchup and mustard. Topping tacos, baked potatoes and a variety of other foods, this Mexican sauce has won us over with its spicy, low-fat versatility.

Partners saying 'I do' by getting permanent rings
Diamonds are forever, and gold wedding bands symbolize eternity. But some couples are opting for a truly permanent symbol of their unity: wedding band tattoos.

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Every Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Tuesday. No coupons or discount cards were used. This week: Baking products.

Love of food chef's recipe for success
NEW YORK -- David Rosengarten's most successful recipe may not be something he can eat, but it sure is something he can Taste.

DiNardo must improve team soon

NFL roundup: Galloway willing to sit out entire season

QB race heats up at Clemson

Wake's Caldwell growing tired of same old question

High schools open season today

Future of IFL's Heat now cloudy

Falcons suffer more injuries

Team learns from losses

Vanderbilt hoping aesthetic changes lead to victory

Four cities granted arena football franchises

College notes: Bowden will go with young QB if needed

Fast-paced arena games lead to high scores

High School football roundup

Old-school coach leads Virginia into 1999

High School games this weekend

Football today: Tigers practice in the rain

Scott hopes to realize potential soon

NFL round up: Underwood to play after all

Two Clemson wide receivers looking to rejuvenate careers

Raise your hand for perception
Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.

Capsules

Girl is back in the waiting game

Partners saying 'I do' by getting permanent rings

Rambiln' Rhodes: Bluegrass legends come together for TNN special

In the know

In the know

Supreme salsa

Consumers don't want to give up privacy for savings

Love of food chef's recipe for success

S.C. governor wants to end nuclear dumping
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As governor, David Beasley did not want to tax video gambling because it might make the state dependent on what he saw as an evil industry. However, Beasley's critics say he created a monster by instead linking $1.4 billion in education funding to accepting the nation's nuclear waste.

Single file

Expansion of John Deere plant expected
Columbia County officials are expected to announce the expansion of the John Deere plant this morning.

Guard shot in head in attempted store robbery
A security officer was shot in the head late Wednesday night during a robbery attempt at Bryant's Discount Beverage Center in North Augusta.

Men survive trying ordeal at sea

Official's son gets city job back after theft

Officer pleads guilty to fraternizing

GOP hopefuls to visit Aiken

Goal is to provide health insurance for more people

Lawrence awarded arena team

Final farewell

Investigation leads to recovery, arrests

Area briefs: Department takes 5 days to fix leak

Control over 911 operation still a question

Contractors seek more money
ATHENS, Ga. -- Budget cuts, delays and complaints from animal-rights activists have contributed to the bumpy, 20-year history of the planning and construction of the new $19 million Animal Health Research Center at the University of Georgia.

Bill may require safety classes

Candidates seek support
GOP presidential hopefuls are expected to converge on Aiken this fall, seeking support in one of South Carolina's heaviest Republican counties.

Second hand smoke still a problem

Men survive trying ordeal at sea
COLUMBIA -- Chris Marthers and David Ferguson have been through a lot together as best friends, but nothing compares to their ordeal this week on a diving trip off Murrells Inlet.

Lawrence awarded arena team
Several weeks ago Frank Lawrence and his wife, Sparky, attended an Arena Football League game with friends in Nashville, Tenn., and caught the fever.

Officials discard plan to switch fire services

Officials discard plan to switch fire services
Columbia County's community fire officials rejected a recommendation Tuesday to switch firefighting services from a private fee system to one funded with tax dollars.

Plan for safe holiday driving

Peach crop offers farmers some hope
That luscious golden peach may be the only light at the end of the tunnel for Augusta-Aiken area farmers this year.

Peach crop offers farmers some hope

Second hand smoke still a problem
Tucked among the figures on smoking released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are these startling statistics: more than 420,000 kids in Georgia and 240,000 in South Carolina are being exposed to second-hand smoke.

Governor challenges students
Gov. Roy Barnes put out a challenge Wednesday for the Lakeside High School senior class of 2000 -- to produce more governor's scholars than the class of 1999.

Investigation leads to recovery, arrests
The first clue was the hundreds of watermelons smashed all over Franklin Neely's front lawn.

Official's son gets job back after theft

Control over 911 operation still a question
Merging departments within Augusta's 911 emergency-dispatch center is a good idea, top law enforcement officials said, but who will control the operation is still up for debate.

Officer pleads guilty to fraternizing
A senior noncommissioned officer plead guilty Wednesday to having sexual relationships with three female subordinates on Fort Gordon over the past two years.

Scrap yard remains an eyesore
The rusting mountains of garbage between Gordon Highway and Dan Bowles Road are an unpleasant fact of life for Ruby Curry and many of her neighbors.

Expansion of John Deere plant expected

GOP hopefuls to visit Aiken
GOP presidential hopefuls are expected to converge on Aiken this fall, seeking support in one of South Carolina's heaviest Republican counties.

Thurmond tells war stories during surgery
AIKEN -- While surgeons worked to repair his prostate early Wednesday, an alert Strom Thurmond told war stories to the anesthesiologist by his side.

Natural resources must be protected
Augusta is blessed with natural treasures that other cities only dream of -- and could never buy, former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard said Tuesday.

Augusta man sentence to life
A young Augusta man who participated in a fatal armed robbery last fall received a sentence of life in prison Wednesday.

Car tax relief could be tied to gambling
COLUMBIA -- A handful of legislators, most considered friendly to South Carolina's video gambling industry, said Tuesday that car tax relief should be tied to the Nov. 2 referendum on whether to keep the games legal.

Man changes mind again, pleads guilty
A jury was seated and witnesses were rounded up before an Augusta man changed his mind once again and decided Wednesday to plead guilty to a murder charge.

Goal is to provide health insurance for more people
ATLANTA -- Reducing the ranks of Georgians without health insurance, particularly children, will be the top priority for the chairman of a new state board charged with revamping health planning.

Scrap yard remains an eyesore

Thurmond downplays today's surgery
AIKEN -- On the eve of surgery to treat an enlarged prostate, U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond took care of business from his hospital bed Tuesday.

Thurmond downplays today's surgery

Area breifs: Lower lake spurs warning to visitors
With Lake Hartwell four feet below its normal level, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has taken the first step in its drought contingency plan for the Savannah River.

Education lagging in Georgia

Bill may require safety classes
ATLANTA -- Waiters, cooks and restaurant managers soon could be required to get a state certificate showing they know how to serve food safely, if a state lawmaker has his way.

Man changes mind again, pleads guilty

Defense will question caseworker
Jan. 11, 1996: The Rev. David Bauknight reported

Governor challenges students

Coca-Cola proposes school deal
Coca-Cola wants to be the beverage of choice for Columbia County students.

Defense will question caseworker

Final farewell
Members of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office salute as they pay their last respects to Deputy Derek Matthew Adamson on Tuesday in Aiken. The officers wore black over their badges to honor him.

Area breifs: Lower lake spurs warning to visitors

Car tax relief could be tied to gambling

Plan for safe holiday driving
Speeders, drunken drivers and those not feeling the need to buckle up over Labor Day weekend beware. Law enforcement agents in South Carolina and Georgia will be plentiful and have "zero tolerance'' for traffic law violators during the Sept. 4-6 holiday weekend.

Natural resources must be protected

Schrenko pleads for state funds

Schrenko pleads for state funds
ATLANTA - State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko said Wednesday lawmakers are naive to think school violence will just disappear and should grant the $27 million she's requesting in new state spending.

Candidates seek support

Official's son gets city job back after theft
The Augusta Personnel Board overturned Wednesday the firing of city employee Tony Martin, son of Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy, over objections of City Administrator Randy Oliver.

Defense to question father today

DNR budget plan targets environment
ATLANTA -- Faced with a pressing array of growth-related concerns from air pollution to stormwater runoff, the Georgia Board of Natural Resources Wednesday adopted a budget request for next year that would add 60 people to the state's Environmental Protection Division.

Single file
Hammond Hill Elementary School first-grader Ravohn Robinson is sheltered under the right arm of her teacher Sarah Johnson as they return to the school after being evacuated when construction crews burst a gas pipe in the parking lot.

Defense to question father today
AIKEN -- Four-year-old Brittany Tindal and three other children were crushed by a school bus the girl's grandmother ran into while driving drunk in 1996. It was a senseless tragedy that could have been prevented if someone who saw the alcohol abuse had taken action to protect the children, authorities and family members agree.

Area briefs: Department takes 5 days to fix leak
Cameron Drive residents telephoned the Augusta Utilities Department about a stream of water flowing down their street, but it took city crews five days to fix the problem.

Contractors seek more money

Crop damage

Official's son gets job back after theft
The Augusta Personnel Board overturned Wednesday the firing of city employee Tony Martin, son of Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy, over objections of City Administrator Randy Oliver.

Augusta man sentence to life

Crop damage
Conservation tillage, which leaves plant residue on the ground, holds moisture and slows erosion.

DNR budget plan targets environment

Coca-Cola proposes school deal

Thurmond tells war stories during surgery

Jones' Open win fed Masters plan

Owners protest builder
For sale: One upscale Columbia County neighborhood. Brick and stucco homes throughout. Make offer. ``Every house out here has its price,'' said Jennifer McKinzie, who's lived in Hardy Pointe subdivision for more than a year. ``We can leave those signs up as long as possible.''

S.C. governor wants to end nuclear dumping

Mr. James Reid
THOMSON -- Mr. James Rex Reid, 63, of 2220 Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. J.W. Dear
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mr. J.W. ``Bill'' Dear, 74, of 6100 Amity Place, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999.

Mr. Adolph Pinamonti
WHEELING, W.Va. -- Mr. Adolph Pinamonti, 84, of Betty Zane Road, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at Wheeling Hospital.

Mr. John Davis
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. John Walter Davis, 75, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999.

Mr. James McCullough
Mr. James David McCullough, 94, of 4275 Owens Road, Evans, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Canarie Tillman
Mrs. Canarie Tillman, of 1702 1/2 Morgan St., died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at Magnolia Hills.

Mr. James Reid
THOMSON -- Mr. James Rex Reid, 63, of 2220 Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Evelyn Roberts
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn ``Everlena'' Roberts, 90, of 441 Twin Oak Road, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Robert Kirk
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert Carlton Kirk, 67, of 269 Brewster Way, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Catherine Jordan
Mrs. Catherine Huey Jordan, of 1131 Florence St., died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at Emory University Hospital.

Mrs. Christine Powell
HARLEM -- Mrs. Christine Powell, 76, of 6408 Harlem-Grovetown Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Sadie Williamson
PERKINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Sadie Mae Vickery Williamson, 74, of Starnes Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at University Hospital.

Ms. Dinah Williams
Ms. Dinah V. Williams, 89, of 1417 Augusta Ave., died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Joe Bolander
THOMSON -- Mr. Joe Anthony Bolander, 39, of 829 Leslie St. N.W., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, in Thomson.

Mr. Walter Clark Sr.
Mr. Walter Lee Clark Sr., of 2331 Shadowood Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Wilson Nettles
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Wilson R. Nettles, 79, of Lot 45 River Bend Drive, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Waller
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Zelma Brantley Waller, 89, of 7665 Highway 24 W., died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Ernest Corbitt
AIKEN -- Mr. Ernest Levoughn Corbitt, 30, of 132 Mistland Loop, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Kelvin Stokes
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Kelvin Stuart Stokes, 42, of 4118 Pinnacle Pines Court, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center, Fort Gordon.

Dr. Philip Henderson
Dr. Philip S. Henderson, 88, of Martinez, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willie Fourroux Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Willie Eugene Fourroux Sr., 67, of Centerwood Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Attaway
SPRUCE PINE, N.C. -- Mr. John Thompson Attaway, 74, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Daisy Walker
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mrs. Daisy Wright Walker, 68, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999.

Mrs. Christine Bell
Mrs. Christine Rogers Bell, 92, of 1119 Glenwood Drive, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at Forrest Lake Health Care.

Mrs. Alma Drane
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mrs. Alma Louise Owens Drane, 94, of Taylor Care Center, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center.

Mrs. Eloise Armstrong
CARMI, Ill. -- Mrs. Eloise Armstrong, 86, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999.

Mrs. Eloise Williams
Mrs. Eloise Williams, 80, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999.

Mr. Horace Fitchett
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Horace G. Fitchett, 59, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999.

Mrs. Velma Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Velma Crumpton Johnson, of 514 North 54th St., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital.

Nicholas Hoffman
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Nicholas Wayne ``Nicky'' Hoffman, 5, of Plantation Circle, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Flanders
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. James Pierce Flanders, 75, of 105 Hall St., died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Mattie Waldroup
Mr. Mattie Williamson Waldroup, 84, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at University Hospital.

Miss LeeAnn Lakes
GLOVERVILLE, S.C. -- Miss LeeAnn Lakes, 32, of 250 Myrtle St., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Johnnie Lackey
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Johnnie Frank Lackey, 69, of 6017 Garrard Ave., died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Moore
CLEARWATER -- Mrs. Mary Ellen Smith Moore, 66, of 212 Deerwood Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Medical University of South Carolina Hospital.

Mr. J.W. Dear

Mr. Kelvin Stokes

Mrs. Daisy Walker

Mr. Mattie Waldroup

Mr. James Reid

Mrs. Evelyn Roberts

Mrs. Alma Drane

Mrs. Christine Bell

Mr. James McCullough

Nicholas Hoffman

Mrs. Mary Moore

Mr. Ernest Corbitt

Mrs. Velma Johnson

Mrs. Canarie Tillman

Ms. Dinah Williams

Mr. Joe Bolander

Mrs. Christine Powell

Mr. John Attaway

Mr. John Davis

Mrs. Catherine Jordan

Mr. Willie Fourroux Sr.

Mr. Horace Fitchett

Mr. James Flanders

Mrs. Sadie Williamson

Mr. Adolph Pinamonti

Mr. Wilson Nettles

Mrs. Mary Waller

Mrs. Eloise Armstrong

Miss LeeAnn Lakes

Mr. Walter Clark Sr.

Mr. Johnnie Lackey

Blasts recent dress code opinions
I would like to respond to the recent letters concerning the dress code changes in the Columbia County school system. S. Peck, Appling

Asks `Whose Bible will be taught?'
Re the Aug. 11 editorial, ``Keep the Bible course'': M. Walters, Hephzibah

19 states tax losers
Where do federal tax dollars come from? Obviously, from U.S. taxpayers who'll send a whopping $1.7 trillion to Washington this year.

Pass H.R. 815
Yesterday we noted with satisfaction the launching of an Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Association overseen by a 13-member board dominated by businessmen and community leaders, as opposed to elected officials.

Hits columnist's defense of evolution
It is always interesting when the pot calls the kettle black. Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman managed to do just that in a recent column when she pilloried creationists by saying they have evolved as political life forms. Michael Welsh, Evans

Roving eye of Newt
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., takes great pride -- and he should -- in masterminding the Republican ``revolution of 1994'' that put the GOP back in charge of the House after decades of being in the minority. Unfortunately, history will also remember the one-time history professor as one of Congress' greatest hypocrites.

The Hillary rumor
Now that the Big Media is forcing political candidates to respond to unfounded rumors -- a clear break with past news policy that required a credible allegation to be made first -- it'll be interesting to see if New York U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Clinton will be asked to respond to rumor-mongering that for years has been circulating about her in Washington and Arkansas.

Says slavery should be a `dead issue'
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is going too far concerning the Confederate flag. That flag does not have anything whatsoever to do with slavery, and the NAACP knows it. It's all just about power and control over white people. Thomas G. Mitchem, Bath

Hysteria over Barnwell
Isn't it interesting the vast majority of people who live in Barnwell County, and have the most experience with the low-level nuclear waste site there, are not fearful of it? They see the Chem-Nuclear Systems-run operation as an asset. It pays taxes, provides school funds and creates jobs.

Raps boxer's remarks about match
After reviewing some of Vernon Forrest's statements regarding the upcoming match in Augusta (Aug. 24 news article, ``Fight steps out of ring''), I would like to make a few comments. Tom Moraetes, Augusta

Defends dragging of `infested' dog
Re Joyce A. Carter's Aug. 19 letter: Mark Bailey, Hephzibah

Shines light on impact of abortion
The Aug. 18 letter by Dr. Ralph Buchanan Sr. brings to light some important statistics on abortion and the extent to which it has impacted so many lives -- those already here and those unborn. John-Paul Morgante, Augusta

Suggests filtering out telemarketers
Gregory J. Topliff hit the nail on the head in his letter to The Chronicle about the constant harassing by those telemarketers. Our telephone numbers are usually picked at random by telemarketing computers and ``looped'' back around so as to be able to call your phone number over and over. Frank Murphy, Aiken

Sees L.A. shooting as `wake-up call'
School days are here again. Parents and their children fill the stores shopping for new attire while administrators engage in long meetings trying to tackle issues that confront the 1999-2000 academic school term. Kemberley Beard, Augusta

Raps students' `baggy pants uniforms'
Recently, several persons have argued that school dress codes inhibit students' ability to ``express themselves'' through their clothing. Audrey Smith, North Augusta

Urges opposition to video poker
On Nov. 2 South Carolina has the chance to correct a wrong, to once again stand up for the right thing, while listening to the old propaganda of the video poker industry as they sugar coat one of the most insidious festered sores in the state. Howard Boyd, Langley

River Race success
Outboard racer Mike Seebold of St. Louis wasn't the only winner at this past weekend's River Race Augusta. Attendees who watched the national and international competitors duel on the Savannah River witnessed an exciting world-class event (which will later be televised on ESPN).

Claims feds making it `easier to steal'
I read in the August 1999 issue of the Reader's Digest an article titled ``Medicaid's Big Time Rip-offs.'' Tom Dillard, Evans

Slams video poker industry critics
Due to government interference and media hype over the video poker industry, the video poker operators have had to cut back employees. David W. Nowakowski, Waynesboro

Overtime: Augusta State opens soccer season Wednesday

NBC launches Olympic Web site

Pitcher leads on mound and at the plate

Holyfield to attend local fights

Young boxer hopes to start over

Young boxer hopes to start over

Golf notes: NEC Invitational a world of opportunity for Nobilo

Ricky Rudd faces uncertainty

Changes at top of USOC possible

Marketing NASCAR has evolved considerably

Fight week: What to expect

Fight week: What to expect

Holyfield to attend local fights

Alkaline battery enters history museum
WASHINGTON -- An early model of the small alkaline battery, which made practical countless devices from portable cassette players to handheld computers, went into the National Museum of American History on Wednesday alongside the work of pioneers Benjamin Franklin and Thomas A. Edison.

The end is near for Mir
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- They endured a fire and crash, breakdowns and blackouts, sweltering heat and noxious fumes.

Walking reduces heart attack risk
You don't have to get all sweaty to avoid heart disease -- brisk walking is just fine. Either three hours of brisk walking per week or half that time spent working up a sweat at jogging, aerobic dance or other vigorous exercise reduced the risk of heart disease 35 percent to 40 percent in a study of 72,488 women.

Smooth sailing for navigation tool
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- It appeared to be smooth sailing Saturday for boaters and aviators who rely on a satellite-based navigation system that reset itself, which was expected to confuse older locator units.

New landlord assesses site
Savannah River Site's new landlord said Tuesday she would take a close look at the condition of the site's aging facilities.

Smithsonian cancels program on foie gras
WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Institution canceled a celebration of foie gras -- a delicacy produced by the forced feeding of ducks and geese -- after complaints from animal rights advocates including Sir John Gielgud.

Three tropical storms active in the Atlantic
MIAMI -- The 1999 hurricane season was in full swing Tuesday, with three tropical storms swirling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Study finds many Internet addicts
BOSTON -- Almost 6 percent of Internet users suffer from some form of addiction to it, according to the largest study of Web surfers ever conducted.

Mozart music may not make you smarter
A Mozart sonata may lift the soul, but it won't make listeners any smarter, according to two studies that challenge previous research and popular belief about the effect of music on intelligence.

First British beef exports shipped since 1996 ban
LONDON -- British beef exporters shipped a small package of steaks to Brussels on Monday in a symbolic gesture aimed at re-establishing the $832 million export market.

Vaccination against effects of PCP, cocaine may be possible
NEW ORLEANS -- Designer antibodies may someday be used to immunize people against cocaine and other drugs to block the rush that users crave.

SRS exercise prepares workers
The green ooze spraying Wednesday from pipes outside Savannah River Site's ``H-Canyon'' was obviously fake. But to hundreds of site workers, it might as well have been radioactive plutonium.

Alkaline battery enters history museum

New landlord assesses site

Study finds many Internet addicts

The end is near for Mir

Mozart music may not make you smarter

Smooth sailing for navigation tool

Walking reduces heart attack risk

Vaccination against effects of PCP, cocaine may be possible

SRS exercise prepares workers