Braves notebook

Hermansen makes Pirates' debut

Anonymous letter sent to protesting umpires

Braves notebook: Seanez may not pitch again this season

Pressure familiar to Braves

Rippley absent while contemplating future

Braves win another close game

GreenJackets win with late rally

GreenJackets sweep Columbus

This heat is just in our heads

Additional business news

Additional business news
Interest rate fears send market lower...Insurance agent under probe...IRS gets shorter Web address...Glitch hinders Toronto market...Activists at war with restaurant

French farmers fight 'Mc-Domination' of global marketplace

Financial markets won't be derailed by Y2K bug
WASHINGTON -- Financial markets won't be derailed by the Year 2000 date change, the government's top securities regulator and Wall Street officials assured investors Tuesday.

French farmers fight 'Mc-Domination' of global marketplace
DEAUVILLE, France -- Movie stars arriving at the annual American Film Festival in this Normandy resort town over the weekend heard more than the usual squealing of fans.

Viacom to buy CBS in biggest media deal ever
NEW YORK -- Viacom Inc. is buying CBS Corp. in the richest media merger in history -- a $36 billion deal that combines the owner of hip properties like MTV and VH1 with the old-line network that brought you ``60 Minutes'' and ``Murder, She Wrote.''

Delta Air Lines pilots negotiate contracts
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines pilots, trying to get an early start on contract negotiations, said Wednesday they want a bigger piece of the airline's profits, which have soared to billion-dollar levels since the last contract was signed.

Viacom to buy CBS in biggest media deal ever

Additional business news
Credit card use sparks borrowing...New hotel to share location...Michelin to cut 7,500 workers...

French farmers fight 'Mc-Domination' of global marketplace

Additional business news

SunTrust consolidating into single bank charter

New jobs may come to Warren County
Warren County is now working out a lease agreement with a Turkish textile company, which could bring up to 150 jobs to the county.

Financial markets won't be derailed by Y2K bug

Economy should look even rosier after GDP revision
WASHINGTON -- The economy will look a little healthier -- growth has been even better than previously thought and Americans haven't been as free-spending -- as the government changes the way it takes the pulse.

Charges against Martin Frankel dropped

Economy should look even rosier after GDP revision

SunTrust consolidating into single bank charter
SunTrust Banks Inc. announced Tuesday it will bundle its 26 banking markets, including Augusta, under a single charter.

Charges against Martin Frankel dropped
HAMBURG, Germany -- German prosecutors said Tuesday they won't press charges against Martin Frankel, clearing the way for the alleged rogue financier's extradition to the United States as soon as next week if it goes uncontested.

New jobs may come to Warren County

College football today

Gathers concerned about Seminoles, not whether he starts

Gardner unhappy with his performance

College football notes: FSU fullback out for season

Now Jackets can talk about FSU

Grind and wind: Gators rev up running game

A passing grade for college football

Opening games reveal little for opponents

College football today

Tech focused on big game at FSU

Edwards needs more to impress his brother

O'Leary is confident in Tech's freshmen

Skip Holtz remains in hospital

Skip Holtz released from hospital

Sprague secures starting role at FSU

Couple builds history together
Nell and Addison Lansdell remember the old Hephzibah, the one that measured a mile in all directions from the old high school.

Lamar Building holds history
The 85-year-old Lamar Building presides as the great-grandfather of Augusta's skyscrapers.

Slams board for re-hiring thief

Discounts criticism of evolution

Stop stadium hijacking

No reason for anger

GOP boosts veterans

Cooter's new job

Raps Kansas for putting limits on God

Hits analysts' take on the economy

Rescind clemency!

Leave fuel law alone

Heavy-metal home has soft tones
Interior design is a matter of perspective. ``You just have to look at things differently,'' said Karen Swayne, who raised a few eyebrows when decorating her Evans home.

Pizza dinner
It has been only a few weeks since the children headed back to school, and already I'm missing the lazy days of summer. All the activities that took a summer hiatus have started up full swing.

Actor says 'Footloose' days don't define who he is now
NEW YORK -- Kevin Bacon is an accomplished actor who has worked with Oscar winners and top directors. He also is a dedicated family man with two children, and he sings and writes songs with his brother.

In the know
Chris Rock is host of tonight's telecast of the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Lauryn Hill, nominated for five honors, is one of the scheduled performers along with Ricky Martin, TLC, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores.

9/9/99
On Sept. 9, 1999, a day abbreviated with a attention-getting succession of nines, it seems appropriate to focus on the number nine and its importance in our lives

Excitement builds over release of Dreamcast system
Augusta-area video-game retailers are expecting a busy day today when Dreamcast, a new video-game system from Sega, hits the shelves.

Georgia player of the week

South Carolina player of the week

Lady Panthers roll past Butler 16-0

Valdosta, Carrollton hold top spots

This heat is just in our heads
There I was Monday, spending the final day of the Augusta GreenJackets' regular season at Lake Olmstead Stadium. It was hot, but I didn't know that until hours later when a TV weatherman reported that the Labor Day had been a scorcher.

Pizza dinner

9/9/99

Excitement builds over release of Dreamcast system

In the know

Actor says 'Footloose' days don't define who he is now

In the know

Heavy-metal home has soft tones

Body of soldier found
SAVANNAH -- Police divers Wednesday recovered the body of one of two soldiers who were reported missing after a Green Beret training exercise in the Savannah River.

Suit: Construction company negligent
AIKEN -- A construction supervisor is suing a construction foreman for assault and battery after an alleged attack in July at the Home Depot store being built on Whiskey Road.

Talkin' in the rain
With her child's books and backpack, Allyson Watson of Monetta takes a minute to chat with Gene Redd, an Aiken Public Safety crossing guard, during the brief rain shower Tuesday. Ms. Watson, who's daughter attends Millbrook Elementary, and Ms. Redd discussed the holiday weekend.

Discrimination suit is dismissed in court
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- A federal court has dismissed a former police chief's reverse discrimination lawsuit against the town of McCormick, saying there is no evidence of allegations he was fired in 1997 to make way for a black police chief.

Bush Field board approves budget

Test to be replaced in 2003
Last year, 78.9 percent met or exceeded the 700 mark. This year, only 58.6 percent did. That's a decline of just over 20 points.

Lawsuit reaches settlement
AIKEN -- A $10 million defamation lawsuit related to a 6-year-old New Ellenton sewer scandal was settled out of court this week between a local businessman and the town's former mayor and wife.

Discrimination suit is dismissed in court

Weight-loss drug offers hope, solution
After battling her body since she was a little girl, Debra Kirkland of Augusta seemed to have hit on the solution to her weight problems a few years ago. She began taking a pill that blocked her body from absorbing 30 percent of the fat she ate.

SAT scores don't show full picture

GreenJackets plan gains initial support
Augusta commissioners approved the concept Tuesday of letting the Augusta GreenJackets' sell the naming rights for Lake Olmstead Stadium to a corporate sponsor.

Police dog will benefit squad

Weight-loss drug offers hope, solution

Test to be replaced in 2003

Savannah to hold weightlifting event

Drought hits severe conditions

Bush Field board approves budget
The Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field board approved the airport's $17.66 million year-2000 budget Tuesday with the $15,000 solution to the bird-strike problem intact.

Barnes weighing options for tobacco settlement

Grand jury subpoenas city officials
The Richmond County Grand Jury subpoenaed the Augusta Commission and City Administrator Randy Oliver to appear before them next week.

Secrecy sparks speculation

SRS workers examine site of contamination

United Way kicks off campaign

North Athens family victims of cross burning
ATHENS, Ga. -- A two-foot cross made from small sticks burned in the lawn of a family in north Athens, but police don't think the incident was racially motivated.

Board closes part of road in Edgefield County

Suit: Construction company negligent

Regents say MCG needs more money

Couple builds history together

GreenJackets plan gains initial support

SAT scores don't show full picture
ATLANTA -- Georgia may be struggling to make up ground nationally on the college-entrance Scholastic Assessment Test, but don't tell that to state university admissions directors.

Grand jury subpoenas city officials

Lamar Building holds history

GreenJackets plan gains initial support

Talkin' in the rain

Search for missing flock is under way

King Villa residents wary of reporting crimes

Historians seek preservation of slave cemeteries

Area briefs: Motorcyclist killed in afternoon wreck
Reunion spurns Confederate flag...Commissioner seeks re-election...Telethon raises thousands locally...Charity carnival Saturday...Abernathy jury selection begins

Miranda law holds benefits

Miranda law holds benefits
The afternoon that Rodney Richardson was arrested on murder charges, he made a terribly incriminating comment. ``I'll lead you to the body,'' he told an investigator. But the judge wouldn't let prosecutors use that statement against Mr. Richardson at his trial last week because Mr. Richardson wasn't first advised of his Miranda rights.

Barnes discusses economy
ATLANTA -- Less than a month after a fire destroyed Lincoln County's largest employer, local business and political leaders met with Gov. Roy Barnes Tuesday to pitch a project they say will replace at least some of those lost jobs.

GreenJackets plan gains initial support
Augusta commissioners approved the concept Tuesday of letting the Augusta GreenJackets' sell the naming rights for Lake Olmstead Stadium to a corporate sponsor.

Historians seek preservation of slave cemeteries
SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. -- Cornelia Bailey and her neighbors have buried their dead in Behavior Cemetery for almost 200 years, beginning with their ancestors -- West African slaves brought in chains to work Sapelo Island's cotton and sugar cane fields.

Area briefs: Motorcyclist killed in afternoon wreck

Admission standards debated
ATHENS, Ga. -- With four lawsuits and a rising legal tab, state leaders and the top brass at the University of Georgia are keeping quiet on their review of race preferences in the university's admissions.

Lawsuit reaches settlement

Well suited for football
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- Sarah McClain's little sister, Hannah, was in the gym at Oconee County Middle School recently engaged in something typical of most girls her age: cheerleading practice.

Drought hits severe conditions
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina entered severe drought status Wednesday, with state officials who made the decision citing extensive crop damage, reduced stream flows and increased danger of forest fires.

Police dog will benefit squad
BURNETTOWN -- Although she's had only two training sessions, Burnettown's newest member is about to unleash a new law enforcement weapon for town police.

Savannah to hold weightlifting event
SAVANNAH -- For the second time in five years, Savannah will be the site of a world weightlifting championship.

SRS workers examine site of contamination
Savannah River Site workers have re-entered a storage area where seven employees were exposed to plutonium last week.

Board closes part of road in Edgefield County
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Despite opposition from a few residents who own property near Citrus Road, county council members passed a resolution Monday to close a portion of the old farm road.

Well suited for football

Residents seek funds for attorney
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- It wasn't on the agenda and Edgefield County Chairman Monroe Kneece said Tuesday night's county council session ``is not a zoning meeting'' but the divisive issue made it to the floor anyway.

Search for missing flock is under way
The pink flamingos have flown the coop -- and they had help. The Augusta chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is searching for a flock of pink plastic flamingos and the person who made off with the 33 birds from the yard of a Columbia County home in August.

Clean-air debate centers on health

Secrecy sparks speculation
The secrecy surrounding the Richmond County grand jury's grilling Augusta commissioners proves one thing: Rumors, like mushrooms, grow best in the dark.

Molester sentenced to 10 years in prison

King Villa residents wary of reporting crimes
Residents of King Villa are fed up with the crime in their neighborhood and are calling on the county to help them clean it up.

Barnes discusses economy

Area briefs: Murderer set to be paroled
Wreck kills Fort Gordon sailor...Man gets life sentence...Doctoral information offered...Woman kills daughter, self...Hurricane leaves flies in state...Fluency law draws few takers...Blowtorch tips authorities

Barnes weighing options for tobacco settlement
ATLANTA - Jane Del Vecchio was a sixth-grader when she noticed some of her classmates were smoking. She wanted to join them.

Schools hit by shortage of textbooks
Richmond County schools are experiencing a shortage of textbooks. Students at some schools only have enough books to use during class, others are using old books until newer editions arrive.

Clean-air debate centers on health
ATLANTA -- The illnesses bad air is bringing to large areas of Georgia should be a greater concern than the costs of cleaning up the pollution, health and environmental activists told a public hearing Wednesday.

Dress code violators could face varied punishments
Middle and high school students who violate Richmond County's dress code, may be made to copy, read aloud and tape-record the grooming policy.

Area briefs: Murderer set to be paroled

Tour focuses on lighthouses
COLUMBIA -- If you really like lighthouses -- that is, like them enough to spend $200 and a week of your time -- then a tour of South Carolina's lighthouses may be just the thing.

Dress code violators could face varied punishments

Regents say MCG needs more money
ATLANTA -- The leaders of Georgia's university system are asking Gov. Roy Barnes and state lawmakers to come up with $5 million to help keep the Medical College of Georgia's hospital and clinics in the black during the first six months of 2000.

Residents seek funds for attorney

Molester sentenced to 10 years in prison
THOMSON -- A convicted child molester who had been living with a woman and her 8-month-old grandson was sent to prison for 10 years after a judge found he had violated his probation.

United Way kicks off campaign
Augusta-based United Way volunteers kicked off a $3.8 million money-raising campaign Tuesday with a goal of getting people to allow the organization to decide which charities receive the money.

Schools hit by shortage of textbooks

Falcons still have something to prove

Recent past follows teams into opener

LA council opposes tax dollars for NFL

New safety thankful for teammates

Mrs. Myrtis Luke
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Myrtis Deloach Luke, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Clinton Thompson
Mr. Clinton Thompson died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Jennings Health Care.

Mr. Curtis Lazenby Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Curtis ``Bay Bay'' Lazenby Jr., 48, of 630 Martin Luther King Jr. St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Dr. Richard Bafford
AIKEN -- Dr. Richard A. Bafford, 69, of 1027 Brookhaven Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Michael Kline
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Michael Matthew Kline, 44, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Sadie Dyches
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Sadie Bell Hutto Dyches, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Vivion Price
Services for VIVION CURTIS PRICE will be held Thursday, September 9, 1999 at 11 a.m. in First Baptist Church, Camden, with burial and graveside service at 4 p.m. in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Charleston, SC.

Mrs. Doris Shores
Mrs. Doris Brink Shores, 77, of 515 Aumond Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at Forest Lake Health Care Center.

Mr. Fred Jackson Sr.
Mr. Fred Jackson Sr., 87, of 708 East Chapman St., died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at University Hospital.

Rev. Walter Booker Jr.
The Rev. Walter Booker Jr., 76, of 206 Walker St., Augusta, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Mildred Wilder
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Mildred Raborn Wilder, 80, of 268 Glover St., died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Richard Crouch
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Richard Coleman ``Zeke'' Crouch, 90, of Rt. 2 Chappelle Hwy., died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Shelia Crane
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Ms. Shelia Michelle Crane, 28, of 660-A Lincoln Circle, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999.

Mr. James Freeman
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. James ``Sugar Boy'' Freeman, 54, of 314 Cotton St., died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Collis Dandy
AIKEN -- Mr. Collis Dandy, 59, of 112 Weaver St., died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Arizona Hunter
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Arizona Hunter, 99, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.

Tess Oliver
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Tess Breanne Oliver, infant daughter of Ricky and Barbara Oliver, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Fred Cannon
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Fred R. ``Ted'' Cannon, 76, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Selinger
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Charles J. ``Joe'' Selinger, 89, of 229 Hillside Drive, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Vandella Albea
Mrs. Vandella Brinkley Albea, 95, of 1617 Hunter St., died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Erma Freeman
AIKEN -- Mrs. Erma Smith Freeman, 79, of 1157 Alderman St., died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Elizabeth Kyler
Mrs. Elizabeth Davis Kyler, 88, of 2801 Hazel St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Claudia Hatcher
Mrs. Claudia Hatcher, of 2313 Henry Circle, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Raymond Dixon
GIRARD, Ga. -- Mr. Raymond Dixon, 82, died Monday, Sept, 6, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Fred Harbeson
BROOKLET, Ga. -- Mr. Fred Jacob Harbeson, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Edna Gilpin
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Edna Lorene Gilpin, 75, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. William Short
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. William O. ``Bill'' Short died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999.

Mr. Raymond Dixon
WAYNESBORO, GA. -- Mr. Raymond Dixon, 82, died Monday, Sept, 6, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Jerry Alvin Jr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Jerry Alvin Jr. of 205 Izlar St., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Mickey Wilkerson
THOMSON -- Mr. Mickey Wilkerson, 48, of 1770 Ridge Road, died Monday, Sept. 8, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Burris McAlister
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Burris McAlister, 86, of Shipwright Circle, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Rick Greene
CONYERS, Ga. -- The Rev. Rick Greene, 44, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Virgil Robinson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Virgil Perry Robinson, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Jo Ann Reese-Sketoe
HARLEM -- Mrs. Jo Ann E. Reese-Sketoe, 66, of Mack Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999.

Mrs. Annie Adams
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mrs. Annie Laura Adams, 66, of 2235 Fifth St. South, died Monday, September 6, 1999, at Bayfront Medical Center.

Dr. Richard Bafford

Mrs. Annie Adams

Mr. Fred Jackson Sr.

Mr. Jerry Alvin Jr.

Mr. Virgil Robinson

Tess Oliver

Mrs. Elizabeth Kyler

Ms. Shelia Crane

Mr. Burris McAlister

Mr. William Short

Mr. Raymond Dixon

Mr. Curtis Lazenby Jr.

Mrs. Myrtis Luke

Mr. Collis Dandy

Mr. James Freeman

Mr. Fred Harbeson

Mr. Mickey Wilkerson

Mr. Raymond Dixon

Rev. Rick Greene

Mrs. Edna Gilpin

Mrs. Claudia Hatcher

Mr. Clinton Thompson

Mrs. Mildred Wilder

Punching back at Rick Dorse, Tom Moraetes
THIS IS A response to all of the negative publicity that I have been receiving in the media in Augusta. The so-called feud with Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes has been fueled by Chronicle reporter Rick Dorsey, who seems to have it in for successful local athletes. When I did the interview, Mr. Dorsey asked me general questions about me, my upcoming bout, and about Mr. Moraetes.

Wants focus on bigger school issues
I would like to address the matter of teaching assistants being cut in Richmond County schools. Vince Louis, Augusta

Raps Kansas for putting limits on God
The question of evolution vs. creationism has again come to the fore following the Kansas School Board's decision to remove questions about macroevolution and ``the big bang'' from the state competency exam. Andy C. Reese, Augusta

Worries about military readiness
I want to let everyone know about our troops stationed in South Korea. The barracks are substandard, with holes in the walls and roach infestation. In Seoul the soldiers are being stacked up like cordwood. ... Roger P. Nelms, Aiken

Rescind clemency!
It looks like the 16 Puerto Rican terrorists, jailed since the early 1980s on sedition and weapons convictions, are not going to let the president and first lady off the clemency hook. Already, most are accepting Bill Clinton's clemency offer.

Punching back at Rick Dorse, Tom Moraetes
THIS IS A response to all of the negative publicity that I have been receiving in the media in Augusta. The so-called feud with Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes has been fueled by Chronicle reporter Rick Dorsey, who seems to have it in for successful local athletes. When I did the interview, Mr. Dorsey asked me general questions about me, my upcoming bout, and about Mr. Moraetes.

Claims column mocks Catholicism
I have always enjoyed the column, ``Off the Wall,'' by P.S. Wall, which appears in the Tuesday edition of The Chronicle. I have found it to be a gentle comedy about relationships and welcomed it when it was first printed. Charleen Luther, Augusta

Questions story, adult 'priorities'
Re a frivolous Sept. 7 front page (featuring student Breonne DeDecker: Glen Davis, Augusta

Hits analysts' take on the economy
If economist Alan Greenspan and ``gas bags'' from radio and TV talk shows would leave their computers and polls ... go out into the real world of supermarkets, retail stores, banks, gas stations and check health insurance costs, they might change their opinions. Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Slams board for re-hiring thief
Can you spell ``stench''? I think it is terrible that a self-confessed thief who has, in effect, stolen from the taxpayers has been given his job back. Ginny Sherwood, Augusta

Leave fuel law alone
Environmentalists are pressing Congress for higher fuel economy standards for light trucks, including popular minivans and sports utility vehicles, arguing that since these vehicles are used like passenger cars, they ought to be regulated as such.

GOP boosts veterans
Last Sunday we editorially noted that the Clinton administration is falsely criticizing Republicans for ``cutting'' the Housing and Urban Development agency budget. The GOP actually proposes adding $2 billion over the current budget; the Democrats want to spend $4 billion.

Dress code whiners
The dress code controversy continues to rage in Columbia County. Whether she realizes it or not, Breonne DeDecker, the Greenbrier High student circulating a petition to strike down her school's dress code, epitomizes -- in her baggy pants, sloppy shirt and multi-colored hair -- why a dress code is needed.

Cooter's new job
Remember ex-U.S. Rep. Ben Jones, D-Ga.? Before he served a few terms in Congress, he was a good 'ol boy mechanic named ``Cooter'' on the old Dukes of Hazzard TV show.

Discounts criticism of evolution
In a recent letter, Michael Welsh takes issue with syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman's comments on the nature of scientific inquiry and its conclusion that evolution is a plausible mechanism to explain the development of life on Earth. I should like to take issue with some of Mr. Welsh's re-marks. Richard Baxter, Aiken

No reason for anger
No Augusta commissioner has any business getting angry at being called before a local civil grand jury to answer questions. It may be inconvenient for some of them, but certainly there's no dishonor in being questioned. They should just consider it part of being a public servant.

Stop stadium hijacking
It's one thing for an Augusta Commission finance panel to approve GreenJackets management's proposal to let a corporate sponsor rename Lake Olmstead Stadium. It's quite another when the full Commission itself does.

Venus, Hingis set for showdown

Enforcer wants to be known for more than fighting

Hingis breezes to semifinals

Davenport survives scare, will face younger Williams in semis

Changes in store at Augusta National

Burton learns on the track

Overtime: Ali's daughter ready to make her ring debut

McEnroe to be named Davis Cup captain

Being a fan doesn't come cheap at Darlington

Old man Ferraro starting over with Thrashers

U.N. launching new Web site
NEW YORK -- Three world leaders clicked on their computer controls today to launch a new Internet site that aims to fight hunger and poverty worldwide.

Why do peacocks stick together in avian 'singles bar'?
Groups of peacocks strut their stuff in hopes of attracting the finest peahens, but only a few lucky guys will find a willing mate in the wild kingdom's equivalent of a singles bar.

Exercise can ward off gallstones
Exercise isn't just good for the heart -- your gall bladder will thank you, too.

Study links TV to sleep loss
CHICAGO -- Children who watch a lot of television -- especially at bedtime or on a TV set in their bedroom -- are more likely to resist going to bed, have trouble sleeping or wake up more, a study suggests.

Weight-loss drug offers hope, solution
After battling her body since she was a little girl, Debra Kirkland of Augusta seemed to have hit on the solution to her weight problems a few years ago. She began taking a pill that blocked her body from absorbing 30 percent of the fat she ate.

Researcher says Nazis denied recognition to aspirin pioneer
LONDON -- The true discoverer of aspirin was not the scientist long credited with the achievement but his German Jewish superior, whose role was rewritten when the Nazis came to power, an expert on the history of drugs said Tuesday.

New medical technique sheds light on how the lungs work
WASHINGTON -- In a laboratory at the University of Virginia, a handful of patients inhaled a deep breath of helium and watched their lungs light up.

IRS shortens its Web address
WASHINGTON -- Its tax forms may be longer than ever, but the Internal Revenue Service is shortening its World Wide Web site address.

Study: Web is 19 clicks of separation
Any two randomly picked pages on the World Wide Web are on average just 19 clicks away from each other, researchers say.

Movie-making becomes scientific research
WASHINGTON -- When the Smithsonian Institution and the IMAX Corp. decided to make a movie about the Galapagos Islands the result went beyond the giant screen -- scientists squeezed in enough research to discover more than a dozen marine species.

Athletes can suffer long-lasting damage from two blows to the head
CHICAGO -- Two or more significant blows to the head while playing sports can harm teen-agers' thinking abilities for years to come, according to studies that suggest such injuries are more serious than some coaches and parents might think.

Findings could have impact
There is an intricate dance of chemical reactions that maintain a healthy balance of pressure within the eye and tracing the steps of that dance has occupied Ata A. Abdel-Latif nearly four decades.

Findings could have impact

Researcher says Nazis denied recognition to aspirin pioneer

Movie-making becomes scientific research

IRS shortens its Web address

Exercise can ward off gallstones

Study links TV to sleep loss

New medical technique sheds light on how the lungs work

Weight-loss drug offers hope, solution

Athletes can suffer long-lasting damage from two blows to the head