Reports: Southeast economy booming
ATLANTA -- Two recent reports from the Federal Reserve Bank show robust overall economic activity in the Southeast, while manufacturing in the region declined.
IMF finds world economy on the mend
WASHINGTON -- The global economy, staggered for nearly two years by a spreading financial crisis, appears to be ``on the mend,'' with growth this year and next likely to exceed earlier expectations, the International Monetary Fund said today.
More funds are sought for golf hall
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame is seeking an additional $10 million in tax dollars and $4.5 million from the Atlanta-based Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the organization's chairman confirmed Thursday.
Foster layoffs difficult for town workers
WAGENER -- Officials at Wagener Manufacturing Co. plan to shutdown its sewing department, laying off about 80 employees.
State's plans for improving rural housing
ATLANTA -- Granting tax credits to developers and employers are two options for improving rural housing availability under consideration by the board charged with drafting the state's economic development policy outside major cities.
OPEC reaffirms oil output cuts
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC members will continue their deep cuts in oil output until at least next March, the group said today.
Xerox purchases Tektronix color printing
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Xerox Corp. has reached an agreement to purchase the color printing division of Tektronix Inc. for $950 million.
For many reasons, Jeremy McGee is thankful for the Internet, but most recently it has allowed him to do business into the late hours of night.
Additional business news
Flying to Europe becomes affordable...Hotels look at space station rates...UTC to slash 9,000 more jobs...Phelps Dodge ups ante for rivals
Ritz chain to break ground
Developers at Reynolds Plantation residential community 60 miles west of Augusta will break ground today on a 250-room Ritz-Carlton Lodge.
Bank of America seeks new corporate office
Bank of America, formerly NationsBank, is planning to move into new corporate offices in downtown Augusta by next year, Regional President Jim Tyler said Wednesday.
Additional business news
Dow plunges again as investors worry . . . Unemployment down in Augusta . . . Average mortgage rates decrease . . . Income up for health businesses
ABC getting $2 million for 30-second Super Bowl ads
NEW YORK -- Despite low ratings, the Super Bowl is getting big bucks from advertisers.
Farmers harvest uncertainty
NEWTON, Kan. -- The family still keeps the rough-hewn table that Christopher Johnson made 100 years ago. It stands in the kitchen of the house he built on an 80-acre homestead on the Kansas prairie.
Songwriter reflects on century
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The 20th century hasn't been all sunshine for Jimmie Davis, but as the singer, songwriter and former segregationist governor passes his 100th birthday, sunshine is what he's best known for.
Composting won't kill all bacteria
Q: I am building a compost pile. Will pathogens that were present on diseased vegetable plants be destroyed through composting?
Planting a memory
Vendie Hooks III grew up loving trees. ``My grandparents planted a dogwood in their back yard the year I was born. I sort of identified with it and would watch it grow. I always knew it was my tree,'' he said.
The old saw about doctors advising patients to ``take two aspirins and call me in the morning'' may be in for a slight revision based upon new evidence.
Hybrids take care, practice
Ever wonder about those three-in-one plants you see advertised? The plants are cool, but there may be a catch -- some are expertly grafted; others are just different rooted cuttings crammed into one little pot.
Veteran operatic actor can assume look of character
When looking at a fellow actor's photographs of himself in costume, Anthony Laciura noticed something.
Is Augusta ready for some World Wrestling Federation attitude? It doesn't matter if it's ready or not, as WWF fan favorite The Rock would say. The WWF will stage a house show at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.
In the know
One of the 10 best animated movies ever, The Prince of Egypt, is now available on both video and DVD. The film features the Academy Award-winning song When You Believe and an impressive cast of voices that includes Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin and Martin Short.
Pair took different paths to hall
Georgians James Travis Tritt and Jessie Mae Norman grew up influenced by music, but different tastes and environments led them to far different musical careers.
Holding on to memories
WASHINGTON -- Christine Collins settles herself in front of the television with her daughter Joyce Wise beside her. In a moment, a woman's face appears on the screen.
Bush will lead bash
The ground around Bell Auditorium should be shaking tonight when a number of bands -- including alternative rockers Bush -- take the stage for 95 Rock's Birthday Bash.
Toys duke it out for supremacy
``Ahhh! You smashed my head!'' whines one brutish voice. A loud, otherworldly laugh replies. Then a burp, followed by some sputters and buzzes that escalate into a fit of manic giggles.
Air show is sure to make some noise
Summerville residents may find their windows rattling a bit this weekend when the Boshears Memorial Fly-In comes to town.
Mask your crime with clowning
Say you've broken the law. You're guilty and you know it. The nice policeman walking toward you probably knows it, too. What do you do?
City to give away locks for firearms
Augusta joined six U.S. cities Thursday that are launching a free gun lock giveaway this week.
Educator resigns amid complaints
North Augusta High School's head soccer coach resigned suddenly Monday, and the principal said the teacher is being investigated for unprofessional conduct.
Coleman touted as strong advocate for 'other' Georgia
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes' recommendation of former state Sen. Tom Coleman of Savannah to become the next transportation commissioner will give the ``other'' Georgia a powerful ally in steering highway dollars outside the metro Atlanta area, political and business leaders said Wednesday.
Hoteliers fined for high price
SAVANNAH -- In the first legal action taken against alleged Hurricane Floyd price gouging, Rekhea and Danny Patel, operators of the Knights Inn off Interstate 75 in Vienna, were assessed civil penalties totaling $180,000.
Officials offer help in cleanup
Residents of King Villa met with police again Wednesday to review recommendations made by Columbia County officials on ways to clean up the neighborhood.
Shelter is criticized for deaths
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Ground-breaking for a new animal shelter in Kingsland should have marked a day of celebration for the Humane Society of Camden County.
Inmate's suicide a hoax
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- A fake hanging and coma got a Coffee County inmate out of jail, but the medical tests afterward prompted a quick ``recovery'' that led to a charge of attempted escape.
Quick work averts possible disaster
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Quick work by a Department of Transportation crew Thursday prevented a traffic nightmare along Interstate 20, emergency officials said.
Butler student dies in Highway 56 wreck
A Butler High School student was killed in a car crash Wednesday morning, and the driver has been charged with vehicular homicide.
Diggers found guilty
Jury says men who dug woman's grave wantonly displaced the remains of a man previously buried there
Advocates plan work
COLUMBIA -- The state's slickest and most highly organized pro-poker organization, the Vote Yes Committee, formally launched a campaign Thursday to get people to do that in November.
Poker foes launch heated campaign
AIKEN -- Opponents of video poker begin today a 40-day countdown to the Nov. 2 referendum that will decide whether the games remain legal in South Carolina.
Dennis, Floyd wash away
SAVANNAH -- They come and they go. It's the nature of coastal sand bars, spits and even barrier islands.
Dispute over female pastor divides Baptists
SAVANNAH -- Carolyn Hale, senior pastor of Savannah's Memorial Baptist Church, will concentrate on shepherding her flock during the next month and beyond, despite a vote by a local Baptist group to withdraw its fellowship from the church.
Storm posed evacuation concerns
Jimmy and Julie Pender said they thought something was wrong with their Carnival Cruise ship before they even left for sea.
Grocery store settles kidnapping lawsuit
ATHENS, Ga. -- Lawyers for a woman kidnapped from a Kroger supermarket parking lot and raped have reached a settlement in a lawsuit she filed against the grocery chain.
Rearing to roar
Jim Knight, chief curator of natural history at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, S.C., works putting together the skeleton of a full-size dinosaur Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999. The Albertosaurus, a carnivore, is 24 feet long and nine feet high and lived in South Carolina during the last two Cretaceous periods, 65 to 80 million years ago.
Man gets life in prison after self-defense setup
An Augusta man who planted a butcher knife in a dead man's hand to try to make a homicide look like self-defense should spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Thursday.
Area briefs: Board denies parole in Richey murder case
The South Carolina Pardons and Parole Board denied a parole request Wednesday for Jammie Lee, who was convicted of accessory to murder in the 1994 death of Lakeside High School student Melanie Richey.
School Board supports inmate work
Several Richmond County school board members said Wednesday that using inmates for maintenance work saves money but added that prisoners should not be used around schoolchildren.
Removal of court granted
AIKEN -- Vicki and Desmond McCaw finally were granted permission Wednesday to remove a slab of clay from the yard of their home in one of Aiken's historic districts.
Low lake results in alert
Despite robust rainfall from a tropical weather system, Thurmond Lake levels continued to fall this week, prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expand low water warnings and reduce hydropower generation.
Rabies detected in pets
Another case of rabies, this time in North Augusta, left five people taking shots and officials urging the public to vaccinate pets and avoid handling wild animals.
Child will have bone marrow transplant
The way is clear for Ho Young Jeon to get a tricky but potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant in Columbia.
Burglar receives 20-year sentence
AIKEN -- A burglar caught after an intensive stakeout by Aiken police received a 20-year jail sentence Wednesday for a rash of commercial break-ins.
Online threats often traced
It's the equivalent of walking into a room full of strangers and sharing your deepest and most personal thoughts on politics, relationships and other day-to-day issues.
Charles Wispert shows Emily Carder how to hold and throw a football correctly while at Riverview Park in North Augusta on Wednesday afternoon. Ms. Carder said learning to throw was OK but that she would rather be kicking a soccer ball.
A worker at Gotham Bronze looks over a filter system at the plant in Verenes Industrial Park early Thursday morning after it caught fire at 7 a.m. By 7:30 a.m. the fire had been put out by the Aiken Public Safety and Central Fire Department.
Landfill fire spews toxic smoke
THOMSON -- Residents were warned Thursday to avoid toxic smoke from a worsening underground fire at a defunct industrial landfill while experts from as far away as New Jersey were brought in to help control the blaze.
Collision injures two
Two people were injured Thursday when an 18-wheeler and a Jeep collided on South Carolina Highway 28 about two miles from the Savannah River in McCormick County.
Judge orders videotaping of ill witness' testimony
An eyewitness to a school officer's shooting death is gravely ill, but his testimony should be presented to a jury by videotaped deposition next week, a judge ordered Thursday.
City order to prevent fire access
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- If Camden County officials obey a mandate from Kingsland not to use city roads or fire hydrants to respond to fire emergencies, county officials predicted houses would burn and people's lives would be endangered.
Overflow of inmates plagues county jails
ATLANTA -- A backlog of inmates awaiting trial in Georgia continues to clog county jails, with dozens still over capacity despite a push to move convicted felons into state prisons.
Judge reviews pleas to avoid Hill jury
AIKEN -- Excuses were varied -- and numerous -- Thursday as potential jurors gave reasons why they didn't want to serve in the murder trial of David Mark Hill.
Deputies anticipate academy
"Ten hut!'' yelled Capt. George Taylor to the new recruits, who immediately jumped to their feet, arms to the side in almost perfect formation.
School Board supports inmate work
Several Richmond County school board members said Wednesday that using inmates for maintenance work saves money but added that prisoners should not be used around schoolchildren.
Area briefs: Hospital to expand cardiac rehabilitation
University Hospital's system administration is moving out and its cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation is expanding.
Mrs. Rosella Foreman
AIKEN -- Mrs. Rosella Braxton Foreman, 76, of 1122 Williston Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at her residence.
Meggin Cheryl Marie Neagus
Entered into rest September 20, 1999, Meggin Cheryl Marie Neagus, daughter of Mr. Charles N. Neagus and Mrs. Anglea Mays Neagus, 0f 212 Limerick Drive, Aiken, SC.
Mr. Kimmell McTier
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Kimmell Paul McTier, 78, of 1469 Bob Arrington Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Harry Sankey Sr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Harry Robert Sankey Sr., 75, of 103 Stanley Drive, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. William Daniel Jr.
Mr. William H. Daniel Jr., 80, of 2408 Castlewood Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at West Lake Manor.
Mr. Junne Thomas
Mr. Junne Baez Thomas, of 3006 Yellowwood Court, Hephzibah, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Lewis Tucker
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Lewis Tucker, 54, of 3304 Ansley Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.
Mr. Ronnie Wiggins Sr.
WALDORF, Md. -- Mr. Ronnie Earl Wiggins, 47, died Monday, September 13, 1999, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington.
Mr. Ronald Davenport Jr.
Mr. Ronald Davenport Jr., 23, of 1957 Brown St., died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. William Knowles
Mr. William J. Knowles, 71, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Maynard Buffington
THOMSON -- Mr. Maynard Buffington, 65, of Howell Young Road, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mrs. Florrie Douglas
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Florrie Porter Douglas, 87, of Norway Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Jolley Acres Health Care, Orangeburg.
Mr. Max Keck
BATH -- Mr. Max E. Keck, 61, of 165 Easy St., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. James Gantt
COLUMBIA -- Mr. James Henry Gantt, 92, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, in Fayetteville, N.C.
Ms. Leola White
Ms. Leola White, 67, of 2021 Scott Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. James King
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. James Edward King, 39, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital.
Mrs. Florence Walsh
Mrs. Florence J. Walsh, 74, of 4275 Owens Road, Evans, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
AIKEN -- Meggin Cheryl Marie Neagus, infant daughter of Charles N. Neagus and Angela Marie Mays Neagus, 212 Limerick Drive, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Mammie Garnett
Mrs. Mammie Lou ``Polly'' Garnett, 79, of 5546 Tubman Road, Appling, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Columbia- Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. William McKinney
SPRUCE PINE, N.C. -- Mr. William ``Dan'' McKinney, 81, of Church of God Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.
Mr. James Summer
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. James Harold Summer, 96, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Healthcare Center.
Rev. Elijah Payne
MEANSVILLE, Ga. -- The Rev. Elijah Thomas Payne, 79, of 2059 Ga. Highway 19 S., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.
Mrs. Louise Brown
Mrs. Louise Brown, 48, of 2454 Madrid Drive, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Elizabeth Sapp
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Sapp, of 426 Ward St., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Ms. Edna Forth
Mrs. Edna Forth, 67, of 4005 Pinnacle Way, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Decatur Hospital.
Mrs. Julia Terry
Mrs. Julia J. Terry, 92, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Forest Lake Healthcare Center.
Mrs. Bettye Stokes
Mrs. Bettye L. Watson Stokes, 73, formerly of 404 E. Espinosa St., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Briarwood Nursing Center, Tucker.
MODOC, S.C. -- DeAngello Ramon Broadwater, 4, of 345 Cold Springs Road, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Myrtle Whisenhunt
Mrs. Myrtle Ruth Whisenhunt, of Augusta, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999.
Mr. Clarence Ewing
AIKEN -- Mr. Clarence E. Ewing, 71, of 1001 Cherokee Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Inez Mitchell
Mrs. Inez Mitchell, 96, of 2635 Royal St., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mrs. Annice Smitherman
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Annice Jeannene Smitherman, 68, of 214 W. Woodlawn Ave., died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Mamie Kelly
Mrs. Mamie B. Kelly, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.
Mrs. Krista Stanley
AIKEN -- Mrs. Krista Louise Stanley, 41, of 1069 Croft Ave., died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999.
Mr. Marvin Collins
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Marvin Collins, 39, of 5449 Macon Highway, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Mr. Hubert O'Connor
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Mr. Hubert Jeffrey O'Connor, 66, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. William Patton III
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. William Eldren ``Pat'' Patton III, 56, of 4101 Bostic Mill Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.
Mr. Charlie Bynes Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Charlie Bynes Jr., 49, of 320 Palmer Row, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Alma Mack
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Alma Jean Ray Mack, 61, of 121 Falcon St., died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999.
Mrs. Josie Walker
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Jose Bell Walker, 73, of 330 S. Masonic St., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Joseph Claxton
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Joseph P. Claxton, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Emory University, Atlanta.
Jeffrey Lamar Smith, 16, of 3551 Mike Padgett Highway, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.
Mr. Owen Colvin
THOMSON -- Mr. Owen Cash Colvin, 34, of 871 Cedar Rock Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Suk Journell
Mrs. Suk I. ``Lee'' Journell, 53, of 2811 Nighthawk Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at her residence.
Ms. Irene Devoe
GLEN COVE, N.Y. -- Ms. Irene Louise Devoe, 82, of 8 Butler St., died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington.
Mrs. Marian Amerson
Mrs. Marian Howard Amerson, 63, of 210 Weldon Drive, Martinez, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Betty Mathis
JESUP, Ga. -- Mrs. Betty Faglier Mathis, 68, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at the Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center, Brunswick.
Mr. Pete Griffin
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Mr. Pete Griffin, 49, of 425 E. Third St., died Sept. 3, 1999, at Lakewood Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Lester Martin
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Lester M. Martin, 28, of 1154 McManus Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, in Burke County.
Mrs. Queen Patterson
ULMER, S.C. -- Mrs. Queen Ester Priester Patterson, 75, of Rt. 1, Box 74, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, in Fairfax.
Mrs. Leola Avery
Mrs. Leola J. Avery, 90, of 2113 Shirley Ave., died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Jessie Tankersley
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Jessie Virginia Jordan Tankersley, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999.
Ms. Lena Wall
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Ms. Lena Cosby Wall, 89, of 502 Orchard St., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at her residence.
Supports 'lone wolf' in Dist. 6 race
I would like to express my heartfelt support for the only person I believe will truly representthe Augusta Commission's 6th District: Andy Cheek. Ralph Rohrer, Augusta
Serves notice he'll oppose video poker
... I tried to quit video poker, but couldn't. Once you've played these machines, it's so addictive you'll do anything to play again. It's like being a crack addict. Howard Boyd, Langley
Questions safety 'upgrade' at SRS
I read your brief Sept. 3 editorial regarding the plutonium contamination incident at Savannah River Site, which included: ``But it is obvious plutonium-handling safety procedures need to be upgraded.'' John Culbert, Williston
More vigilance needed
"Never say never'' is the lesson to be learned regarding Richmond County inmates seen Tuesday working in close proximity to C.T. Walker Magnet Elementary School students.
Boosting gun safety
Thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Augusta will be one of six cities participating in a firearms safety program by providing free gun locks to gun owners.
Good anti-theft law
It took guts for Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy to make the motion to approve Commissioner Bill Kuhlke's proposed ordinance to make stealing from the Augusta government a mandatory firing offense.
Sees bigotry in criticism of student
Re the frivolous Sept. 9 letter by Glen Davis (``Questions story, adult `priorities'''): Daniel Adams, Evans
Clinton's FALN lies
In what is being spun as his ``most complete explanation'' yet of why he offered clemency to 16 Puerto Rican terrorists, President Clinton vehemently denies politics played any role.
Notes 'disrespect' in flag debate
People who praise Gone with the Wind as a great American novel, ignore the stereotypical portrait the novel projects of enslaved Africans. These people also ignore the incredibly inhumane manner in which enslaved Africans were treated. Robert A. Daniels, Augusta
Agrees with grand jury about funds
Your Sept. 21 editorial, "Grand jury: fine job,'' left me a little puzzled. After commending the grand jury on its recent actions, you then cited your exception that the jury should not have declared that there's a misappropriation of funds. You go on later to say that the Commission often, though not always, hands out grants more for political reasons than good government reasons.Freddie Childress, Augusta
Responds to 'attacks' on candidacy
After much consideration and unwarranted personal attacks, I am compelled to address the issue of my Augusta Commission candidacy. First, the legal issue: A candidate must live within the district where he or she intends to run for one year as of election day. I've already met that requirement.Brian Green, Augusta
Urges parental support for schools
It seems to me that parents would want to do whatever it takes to stop trouble in our schools. If the schools and police can't do it alone, then as parents we need to stand behind the schools and help out. Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island
A-NIC speed bump
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. has hit a speed bump, not an obstacle, with the city Commission's decision Tuesday not to provide the nearly $50,000 in start-up costs for now.
Claims letter quoted out of context
... I recently received a letter to all voters in District 81 from Scott F. Singer, petition candidate for House District 81. He said he wanted to clear up ``some misrepresentations of fact and misleading statements'' in a letter his opponent, Skipper Perry, had written earlier.Gene England, Aiken
Hold Gore accountable
Matters haven't been going too well for Vice President Al Gore lately as polls show challenger Bill Bradley running nearly even with him in several Democrat presidential primary states.
As the millennium nears, some tips for avoiding Y2K scams
NEW YORK -- There's something a little scary about the year 2000, and it has nothing to do with the remote possibility of elevators malfunctioning, planes disappearing off radar screens or banks losing track of customers' life savings.
Blood supply is tightening, but not in crisis
WASHINGTON -- The availability of blood for transfusions is tightening as fewer Americans give blood, and it's unclear how much it could worsen because of a new ban on donations by frequent travelers to Britain, says a congressional study.
Oldest playable musical instrument found
Archaeologists in China have found what is believed to be the world's oldest still-playable musical instrument -- a 9,000-year-old flute carved from the wing bone of a crane.
World population will reach 6 billion in October
LONDON -- The world's population is expected to top 6 billion next month, with most of the growth occurring in poor regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia, according to U.N. figures released today.
Senate panel says Americans should be ready for local problems
WASHINGTON -- The world won't end on Jan. 1 with a Y2K-related computer crash, but Americans should be ready for short-term disruptions ranging from higher gas prices to local power outages, a Senate panel said Wednesday.
Universe may be younger than thought
The celestial yardstick most commonly used for measuring the universe may have to be recalibrated. That's the upshot of an analysis by a team of astronomers, who worked with new, more precise measurements of the distance to a far-off galaxy.
Taiwan quake provides scientists with valuable data
Taiwan, which sits on the edge of two plates on the Earth's crust, gets shaken by dozens of earthquakes each year. Most are centered in the Pacific Ocean and rarely cause damage.
Tracking the wind
At any given moment, Rob Addis knows which way the wind blows. His knowledge might prove invaluable if anything noxious escapes a Savannah River Site smokestack.
SRS cleanup continues
A defect in a storage container might have caused several Savannah River Site workers to be contaminated with plutonium earlier this month.
County uses Floyd to test Y2K preparedness
Aiken County had its warmup for the Y2K computer bug this month, and it wasn't the hyped 9/9/99 date.