Second umpire suspended

A season of gains and losses for Ripken

Braves notebook: Lombard joins team

Braves notebook

Braves win in 'depressing' dome

Mets drop another game

Valentine: 'The team has been addressed'

Braves mop up Expos

Traveling not what it used to be

SEC cracks down on misleading fund companies
NEW YORK -- Competition among the thousands of mutual funds available to investors has led some fund managers to use less than scrupulous methods to gain attention.

The whole 200 yards

On the move

Additional business news

Social Security to send yearly statements
Workers wondering how much of their retirement will be funded by Social Security will find out soon enough.

Golf shop changing ownership
Nevada Bob's golf shop in Augusta is closed as its bankrupt holding company undergoes acquisition and merging with two other companies.

SEC cracks down on misleading fund companies

Report: MCI WorldCom, Sprint have discussed merging
NEW YORK -- MCI WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp. have been discussing a merger that would combine the nation's second- and third-largest long-distance carriers, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

Business briefs: Aiken firm gets safety award

Home sales down in August, higher for year

Complaining can be harrowing
David and Joanie Hahn hired a local handyman to do some work around their Grovetown home this summer.

Additional business news
Rite-Aid announces additional job cuts...Home sales decline for August...MCI Worldcom making Sprint bid

Social Security to send yearly statements

The whole 200 yards
Terry Garnett of Johnson Concrete Finishing puts the finishing touches Friday on 200 yards of freshly poured concrete at the future Ivan Allen Co. sales office and showroom on River Watch Parkway.

Complaining can be harrowing

Golf shop changing ownership

On the move
Lee Herndon, of Augusta Lighting and Design Center, has been promoted to manager of systems, procedures and training.

Business briefs: Aiken firm gets safety award
Aiken Mill Service Inc. of Aiken has recently received an award for Safety in the Workplace from the Ohio Casualty Group. Aiken Mill Service Inc. is a plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor. Safety awards are presented to businesses that maintain a minimal or accident-free record for one year or more.

Home sales down in August, higher for year
WASHINGTON -- Rising mortgage rates dampened Americans' demand for existing homes and pushed sales down in August, but sales still are headed toward another record year.

Florida St. tops North Carolina

Gamecocks record similar to Miss St. before Sherrill

ACC, SEC football games this weekend

South Carolina now Ooooh and 4

Bowden pulled out all his tricks

Mississippi State going for 4-0, Holtz trying to avoid 0-4

College today

Alabama upsets Arkansas

Georgia wary of Central Florida

Maryland sets their sights on Tech

Torbush: Seminoles come at you in waves

Georgia escapes with win over Central Florida

S.C. notebook: Pinkney sits out game

Ohio State holds off Cincinnati

Army 41, Ball St. 21

Georgia Southern gets into a winning routine

A look at the 20th Century: 1974
Some say 1974 was the year Americans stopped trusting government. That spring and summer Americans learned their president, Richard M. Nixon, was a co-conspirator in a dirty-tricks campaign of political espionage during his 1972 re-election campaign.

A look at the 20th Century: 1975
With the fall of Saigon, the emergence of a new American president, and political advances by minorities and women, 1975 was marked by historic beginnings and endings.

Commission to cooperate?

Blasts critic of 'freakish' dress

Soften tax impact

Kent: Chavous rears head; ex-congressman honored

Questions effectiveness of dress code

Sees video poker as bad for S.C.

Editor's Note:

Hails city department's cleanup effort

Likes new format for TV magazine

Backs 'trusted public servant' in Dist. 81 race

Praises example of 'character'

Slams gas prices in South Carolina

Hits article on 'dead-beat dad'

Stop video poker poison

Hits governor's property rights curbs

Resents not getting 'officer' discount

Aiken alien gets a break

Ponders Kennedy deaths, morals, pork

Questions about creature still unanswered
For years, the people of Canada's Queen Charlotte Islands had told tales of a giant sea creature that supposedly inhabited the frigid waters off Naden Harbor.

Reflections of enduring love
NORTH AUGUSTA -- T.O. and Zonelle Boykin's home is a compendium of their shared life.

Distorted picture
Stigmata, a ``religious'' horror story, grossed some $19 million when it opened a couple of weeks ago, making it that week's top draw.

Couple enjoy the international flavor of their ministry
Jim Scoggin likes to say God gave him a special gift -- the English language.

Lounge suit reflects British formality
Dear Carson: Several weeks ago a reader asked about an invitation that read, "Dress: lounge suit," asking what that meant in ladies' attire. I understand her confusion. This term is used on invitations in England and many other overseas countries.

In the know
NBC's Saturday Night Live marks its 25th season of comedy, satire and music with a party featuring former cast members, hosts and musical performers. (Never mind that the party is a year early -- SNL debuted in 1975.)

God is a constant in life
I've been thinking lately about the important things in life. It may be that I am getting to that age where looking back is more fun than looking forward, but I am amazed at how the values we place upon things change as we get older.

On their summer vacation ...
Readers were kind enough to take The Chronicle on vacation again this summer. Here are some of the best snapshots we received from people traveling across America. Next week, watch for adventures abroad.

Before Disney World, Sea World, there was Gatorland
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jason Justynski straddles an 8-foot alligator in a hot sand pit surrounded by camera-wielding tourists. His chin balancing against the top of the reptile's toothy, wide-open mouth, he thrusts his arms outward in a "Look ma, no hands'' pose.

Faith digest
Dr. Kevin Leman, internationally known author and Christian psychologist, will give a parenting seminar at First Baptist Church of Augusta at 6:45 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Brother helps sister attain fishing respect

Dublin strikes quick, downs Burke County

Northside romps over Hephzibah

A look back at prep football, week 5

Humphreys leads Lakeside to easy win

Blackville-Hilda -- 39, North -- 6

Jefferson trounced again

Jones scores twice in Silver Bluff win

Midland Valley rolls over Dreher

Wright, Smalley spark Lincoln to win

Westside wins in double OT

Mahoney's 52-yard kick lifts Jackets past Bruins

Strom Thurmond rolls, 35-0

A look back at prep football

Traveling not what it used to be
I am not the world's worst traveler, but I could probably get a seat on the advisory board. This became apparent last week when work required my attendance at a business meeting two time zones away.

Questions about creature still unanswered

Before Disney World, Sea World, there was Gatorland

God is a constant in life

Faith digest

Reflections of enduring love

In the know

Lounge suit reflects British formality

Couple enjoy the international flavor of their ministry

Distorted picture

On their summer vacation ...

Plan to expand coverage eligibility
ATLANTA -- An ambitious proposal approved by Georgia's new Board of Community Health on Friday would expand the state's health-care programs for children, pregnant women, welfare recipients and AIDS and tuberculosis patients as part of a $3.4 billion budget request.

Monitors surround trash fire
THOMSON -- Some residents near a burning industrial landfill have reported nausea and headaches from the fumes, but environmental regulators say air monitors show no hazardous chemicals at the property line.

Music to their ears

Ex-lawman receives house arrest

Political hopefuls will get no more time
SAVANNAH - City council has decided not to give prospective candidates more time to sign up for local races, despite the fact that last week's Hurricane evacuation meant residents spent much of the qualifying period out of town.

Education important to Hodges

SRS safety program successful

Grant proposal to aid hospitals

Becoming a sharpshooter
AIKEN - It took exactly 365 days, but Kevin Wilson Jr. finally worked up the courage to fire his first shotgun.

OMI progress satisfies officials

Education important to Hodges
Technical training pushed

911 system set to start by year's end

State allows more to qualify for health care
The income ceiling for pregnant women and infants to qualify for Medicaid, the state and federal health-care program for the poor, would be raised from 200 percent to 235 percent of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is $16,700 for a family of four.

Across the area

Coming Sunday

Uncollected water bills cost city millions

Across the area

Eagles need a challenge

Harlem pastor pushes self-improvement programs

911 system set to start by year's end
AIKEN -- Aiken County's new $1 million emergency communications system is nearing the finish line. The center will break the tape just in time to go live before New Year's Day rolls around to threaten the antiquated radio system that is not year-2000 compliant.

Across the area
Shooting victim to face theft counts ... Shooting victim to face theft counts ... Fire strikes second clothes dryer

Pilots' stunts entertain crowd

Ex-lawman receives house arrest
AIKEN -- The former police chief of New Ellenton was sentenced to six months of house arrest Friday in the 1997 accidental shooting death of a man during a deer hunt close to Ehrhardt.

Volunteers aid Aiken agency

State allows more to qualify for health care

Music to their ears
Professional opera singer Kirk Walker describes the sole reason behind his one-man outreach show.

Grant proposal to aid hospitals
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes is hoping to prop up 46 Georgia public hospitals that treat the poor with a $100 million, one-time infusion of grants, and two Augusta hospitals would be among the state's biggest beneficiaries.

Harlem pastor pushes self-improvement programs
The Rev. Melvin Adams is doing what he can to make Harlem residents more valuable to county employers.

Many drivers pay to heed to left-turn sign
Bumper cars are fun only at the fair. As development on Walton Way Extension has spread -- and spread and spread -- driving on the road has become a stop-and-go ride that all too often turns into bumps and crashes. And motorists as well as city officials are taking notice.

Two-vehicle crash
A van flipped on its side Friday afternoon after a woman driving a white Dodge Stratus sedan ran into it as the Stratus left Kmart on Washington Road.

Hale House in need of expensive repair

Library at high school lacks books
A book shortage at Cross Creek High School has prompted public safety officers of the Richmond County Board of Education to seek donations.

Two-vehicle crash

Coming Sunday
The Chronicle is a well-traveled newspaper, and we have the vacation photos of readers and their papers to prove it.

Plan to expand coverage eligibility

Child support payment growing
ATLANTA -- Georgia's child-support collection officers are bringing in more than $1 million a day, a symbolic milestone officials attribute to new enforcement tools now at their disposal in an era of welfare reform.

Tree destroys Savannah landmark

Pilots' stunts entertain crowd
Gary Ward fell to his knees and gave the pavement beneath him a kiss. A cheering crowd of captivated onlookers chuckled at the 58-year-old pilot's antics and welcomed him back to earth.

Redford sightings rumored
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Cloudy weather earlier this week made William and Linda Bradberry's vacation a little dreary.

OMI progress satisfies officials
On the outside, there will be new shrubbery and fresh paint. Inside are minds with broad experience -- and a $6 million incentive to succeed.

Political hopefuls will get no more time

Hale House in need of expensive repair
Termites have settled into the wooden structure, and there are many places where holes can be poked into the walls with just the touch of a finger.

Tree destroys Savannah landmark
SAVANNAH -- Another Savannah landmark is in shambles. Not the Pulaski Monument. And not the Waving Girl, although this bovine figure greets travelers, too.

Redford sightings rumored

Democratic support not for Singer
AIKEN -- The latest shot in the race to fill the unexpired term of the late Rudy Mason has been fired by the Aiken County Democratic Party.

Technicians for hire
Scores of applicants line up for interviews Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond Civic Center, where International Flavors and Fragrances had hired a team to handle hundreds of expected applications for job openings they had announced.

Volunteers aid Aiken agency
For six months, Elizabeth Roberson has relied on family and friends to carry her out of her house whenever she wanted to leave. Her feeble legs couldn't take her down the stairs.

Uncollected water bills cost city millions
The biggest leak in the Augusta water system may be in the billing office. Swamped in a rising tide of uncollected bills, utilities officials have stood by as the system's bad debt has grown to $2.6 million since the consolidation of the former City of Augusta and Richmond County governments in 1996.

SRS safety program successful
Savannah River Site construction workers haven't hammered many fingers lately. The site's 1,075 construction workers have completed more than 2.5 million hours of work without a serious injury. The last work absence because of an on-the-job injury was June 22, 1998.

Tasty treats

Many drivers pay to heed to left-turn sign

A look at the 20th Century: 1974

Becoming a sharpshooter

Across the area
Community Center holds fund-raiser ...Publisher to speak in Washington ... Westinghouse donates to charity

Tasty treats
Faith Riedeman of Augusta (right) dishes out ribs and chicken for Nancy Alers of Evans on Saturday at the Applebee's booth as part of the 14th Taste of Augusta at Riverwalk Augusta.

Democratic support not for Singer

NFL scores big on TV

Hanspard ready to take on workload in Atlanta

A look at the NFL, week 3

McNair 'doing great' after back surgery

Hanspard accepts role

Mrs. Annie Sims
RICHMOND, Calif. -- Mrs. Annie Theo Cofer Sims died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999.

Mr. Samuel Fortson III
FLAT ROCK, N.C. -- Mr. Samuel Anthony Fortson III, 60, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, S.C.

Mrs. Maureen Martin
THOMSON -- Mrs. Maureen Chance Martin, 87, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Eddie Kilpatrick
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Eddie Kilpatrick, 50, of 1169 Sandy Lane, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Annie Brock
TROY, S.C. -- Mrs. Annie Mae Collins Brock, 97, of Route 1, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Abbeville Hospital.

Mr. Eugene Gorden
Mr. Eugene Gorden, of 3021 Thomas Lane, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Mable Pinkney
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mable Pinkney, 95, of 466 S. Gray St., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Lamar Smith, 16, of 3551 Mike Padgett Highway, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.

Mrs. Flossie Brant
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Flossie Denny Brant, 71, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999.

Mr. Lewis Tucker
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Lewis Tucker, 54, of 3304 Ansley Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mrs. Bertha Middleton
EARLY BRANCH, S.C. -- Mrs. Bertha ``Betty'' Ann Middleton, 58, of Boles Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999.

Mr. David Parker
AIKEN -- Mr. David Eugene Parker, 51, of 103 DuPont Drive N.W., died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Kimry Stokes
Mr. Kimry K. Stokes, 70, of 1020 Woodsedge Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Evvie Staley
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Evvie Argoe Staley, 94, of Dicks Street, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Silver Springs Healthcare.

Mr. Mark Anderson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Mark Sean Anderson, 31, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.

Mr. Elmer Collins
METTER, Ga. -- Mr. Elmer B. Collins, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Candler Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Leckie Johnson
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Leckie Muns Johnson, 89, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Chileah Cohen
AIKEN -- Chileah Melissiah Cohen, infant daughter of Leroy Cohen and Ernestine Gaines, of 1139 Washington Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Jane Matthews
THOMSON -- Mrs. Jane Matthews, 79, of 831 Jackson St., died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. John Foushee
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Mr. John Ernest Foushee, of 217 Temple Ave., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ellen Owens
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Ellen Skinner Owens, 69, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mr. Julian Scurry
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Julian R. ``Jute'' Scurry, 82, of 604 N. Jefferson St., died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at his residence.

Jeffrey Smith

Mrs. Evvie Staley

Mrs. Leckie Johnson

Mrs. Ellen Owens

Mr. Kimry Stokes

Mr. Eugene Gorden

Mr. John Foushee

Mr. Samuel Fortson III

Mr. Mark Anderson

Mrs. Flossie Brant

Mrs. Bertha Middleton

Chileah Cohen

Mrs. Mable Pinkney

Mr. David Parker

Mr. Lewis Tucker

Mrs. Annie Sims

Mrs. Jane Matthews

Mr. Eddie Kilpatrick

Mrs. Maureen Martin

Donald Porter: Defends use of inmates for work at C.T. Walker Elementary School
SINCE THE publication of the Sept. 22 front-page article ``Inmates work near children at school'' by Chronicle reporter Faith Johnson, many concerned parents have called the school board. Frankly, if I were a parent reading the article without knowing the facts, I would be upset too. I would like to outline a number of truths that Ms. Johnson never let get in the way of her sensationalized story.

Sisler: A 'child of God' is not a child prodigy
IF YOU READ that definition of prodigy and see no image of yourself, welcome to the club. Obviously, there are far more of us who marvel at the accomplishments of the child prodigies, than there are prodigies. That, however, does not lessen the inadequacies we may feel around such individuals, even those we know only through history books.

Likes new format for TV magazine
I like the new ``TV Week'' better than the old format. I do wish you had kept the column for Charter Communications in the daily listing sections. Russell Williams, Harlem

Sees video poker as bad for S.C.
In her Sept. 12 letter, Martha Lee of Beech Island made some good points regarding video poker and addiction. However, I hope voters will consider other aspects of video poker that I believe are detrimental to the state of South Carolina and its citizens. Nucia Reimers, North Augusta

Blasts price-gouging during hurricane
I would like to commend Mayor Bob Young for his stand against the price-gouging that recently took place. I encourage all public officials in the Central Savannah River Area to do the same as this is a tremendous injustice to our area and the people who live here, not to mention the evacuees. Bill Mitchell, North Augusta

Aiken alien gets a break
The illegal alien who pleaded guilty to burglary in Aiken this week is getting off with an awfully light sentence: An Immigration and Naturalization Service hearing to deport him back to Mexico.

Questions effectiveness of dress code
I'm a senior at Westside High School and would like to share a few things that confuse me about my school and some other Richmond County schools. Miranda Story, Augusta

Kent: Chavous rears head; ex-congressman honored
A new call to arms ``We must be certain we do not return to the scandals and mistakes of the past.'' With those ringing words, then-candidate J.B. Powell inaugurated his fight tounseat incumbent Commissioner Hobson Chavous in a 1994 primary.

Donald Porter: Defends use of inmates for work at C.T. Walker Elementary School
SINCE THE publication of the Sept. 22 front-page article ``Inmates work near children at school'' by Chronicle reporter Faith Johnson, many concerned parents have called the school board. Frankly, if I were a parent reading the article without knowing the facts, I would be upset too. I would like to outline a number of truths that Ms. Johnson never let get in the way of her sensationalized story.

Commission to cooperate?
The Augusta Commission's approval of Commissioner Stephen Shepard's proposal to be pro-active in dealing with the newly impaneled civil grand jury is highly laudatory.

Ponders Kennedy deaths, morals, pork
A bit of this and that: I've waited awhile so that my remarks would not be too bitter. James V. Parker, North Augusta

Stop video poker poison
With a little over a month to go before South Carolinians vote on the video poker referendum, the battle has been joined between pro- and anti-gambling groups. The outcome Nov. 2 will set the course for the Palmetto State heading into the new millennium.

Hits governor's property rights curbs
It is unlike The Chronicle, and Sept. 13 is a sad day indeed, when The Chronicle writes, ``Thus, some curbs on property rights can be justified.'' The U.S. Constitu-tion does not agree with The Chronicle, and neither does any thinking American who cherishes his freedom. Bill Dekle, Millen

Resents not getting 'officer' discount
I am writing in reference to some of our local restaurants' view of officers of the law. Sgt. Horace Thomas, Augusta

Urges voiding of Panama Canal treaty
We are scheduled to turn over our Panama Canal to the government of Panama on Dec. 31! This was accomplished by an unlawful treaty signed during the Carter administration in 1977. The treaty is unlawful as the two governments signed different treaties! Billy B. Jones, Graniteville

Warns against approval of video poker
I recently stopped to get gas at a station near I-20 in Aiken County and was appalled at the early morning players at the video poker machines. Becky Robbins, Aiken

Blasts critic of 'freakish' dress
I am writing to reply to the Sept. 19 letter by Bob Scheirer. He was apparently implying that he thought Breonne DeDecker's apparel was silly and freakish and that even a 5-year-old child could recognize this. Elizabeth Holoubek, Martinez

Slams gas prices in South Carolina
It appears that no one cares about the way gas prices are unbalanced between Georgia and South Carolina. No one has voiced an opinion in the paper. H.W. Barber, Beech Island

Editor's Note:
In the course of gathering information for another story, Ms. Johnson observed the inmates working around the C.T. Walker fence. This appeared to be in contradiction to earlier statements from Richmond County school officials that inmates do not work where children are present.

Praises example of 'character'
Hurricane Floyd certainly brought a great deal of disruption and damage to the East Coast, but the storm brought out the big hearts and strong character of the citizens of the Central Savannah River Area.Bill Lesshafft, Augusta

Sisler: A 'child of God' is not a child prodigy
IF YOU READ that definition of prodigy and see no image of yourself, welcome to the club. Obviously, there are far more of us who marvel at the accomplishments of the child prodigies, than there are prodigies. That, however, does not lessen the inadequacies we may feel around such individuals, even those we know only through history books.

Hits article on 'dead-beat dad'
I read, with interest, your story about the dead-beat dad artist incarcerated in the Aiken County Jail. Maybe he met my children's father there, another dead-beat dad. Diane Lyons, North Augusta

Backs 'trusted public servant' in Dist. 81 race
Please allow us to give a personal endorsement for Skipper Perry in his bid for election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in District 81. Doris and Henderson Johnson, Aiken

Soften tax impact
Regrettably, the GOP-led Congress' 10-year, $792 billion tax-cut bill is dead with President Clinton's veto. But there's still important tidying up of the tax code that, in the name of fairness and evenhandedness, can't be left undone.

Hails city department's cleanup effort
After having the opportunity to live in the historical Bethlehem area and working with various departments of the city to get Augusta cleaned up, I would like to commend the Augusta Richmond County Code and Enforcement Department on doing a fantastic job. Mattie Mitchell, Augusta

Praises GreenJacket's championship
Congratulations to the Augusta GreenJackets for winning the 1999 Salley League baseball championship! Susan Barock, Augusta

Supports 'people person' in Dist. 4 Commission race
I would like to express my opinion about a certain individual who is a great candidate for the Richmond County Commission District 4 seat. His name is Brian Green, and he is a great people person. He is a mentor at Augusta Youth Detention Center and believes in working with youths by giving them guidance and helping them make the right decisions. Ray Baker, Hephzibah

Olympic mascots named Powder, Copper and Coal

Atwood wins crash-filled Dover race

Good thing they weren't paid

Titleholders look for a new home

Lynx can focus on game

Overtime: Rodman eyes Milwaukee as a possible

Europe thwarts a U.S. comeback

Europe rolls to big lead in the Ryder Cup

Local buzz: HBO to televise Forrest title defense

Wallace gets another pole

10-speed bicycle leads to bagging of perfect 10 buck

Arlington, Wyo., is the REAL Windy City
ARLINGTON, Wyo. -- Chicago has a lot of nerve calling itself the Windy City when there are places like Arlington on the map.

Tired teen-agers need more sleep
WASHINGTON -- Your teen-ager insists she cannot fall asleep until after midnight. Every morning means yelling to wake her up in time to be at school by 7:15 a.m. She loves history class, but it is first period and many days she snoozes through it.

Patients look to Internet for advice
It was only in the reflection of a computer screen that Vickie Smith of Augusta could finally face her disease. That screen also became her portal to others who suffer from multiple sclerosis.

Shuttle Columbia lands in Calif. for overhaul
PALMDALE, Calif. -- Space shuttle Columbia, the oldest orbiter in the four-ship fleet, landed here Saturday for a long-overdue tuneup. Columbia, which was bolted to the top of a modified Boeing 747, landed at a U.S. Air Force plant at 10:19 a.m., said Lynne Van Trieste, spokeswoman for Boeing.

Gore announces organ donation initiatives
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration announced a series of initiatives aimed at increasing organ donation, including a $13 million grant to educate people.

Procedure may prolong fertility
NEW YORK -- An experimental ovarian tissue transplant that may eventually allow women to turn back their biological clocks and have children past menopause is raising ethical questions with some experts.

Investigation seeks cause of Mars probe loss
LOS ANGELES -- Mission controllers gave up hope Friday of ever finding the Mars Climate Orbiter and were trying to determine what caused the $125 million NASA spacecraft to disappear.

Preservationists: Orphan films detail history
COLUMBIA -- One of the things Dan Streible loves about old newsreels is the surprises. The University of South Carolina film professor's favorite is a 1928 20th Century Fox Movietone newsreel of a building dedication at Fox's Hollywood studio. After a couple of speeches, including probably the first recorded words of silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix, a man introduced as Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky steps to the microphone.

Amway logs on as Quixtar online
ADA, Mich. -- The soaps, cosmetics, vitamins and friendly neighborhood sales force that made Amway Corp. into a billion-dollar success story are now just a few computer keystrokes away.

Mites threaten U.S. honeybees
SALOME, Ariz. -- You can't see them at first, or even hear them. The boxes give them away. In a dirt lot alongside a field of alfalfa seed plants, hundreds of pine containers are stacked on pallets. Inside, 800 colonies of honeybees are resting after a hard season in the fields.

Italian government 'arrests' cloned bull
ROME -- Poor Galileo. Just a youngster and he's under arrest -- locked in a stall and accused of being a freak. The young bovine's crime? He's a clone.

Tired teen-agers need more sleep

Arlington, Wyo., is the REAL Windy City

Gore announces organ donation initiatives

Patients look to Internet for advice

Amway logs on as Quixtar online

Preservationists: Orphan films detail history

Procedure may prolong fertility

Italian government 'arrests' cloned bull