Authors say success achieved on hands-on level
Here is the first thing you need to know about this book going in: Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman speak for the Gallup Poll People. So get out your calculators and get ready to crunch.

Clientele has broadened
The telephone at Eddie Peace Tattoo Studio rings constantly, but nobody hears it with four tattoo needles and an air conditioner running simultaneously.

Firms turn to focus groups
Oh, to be a fly on the wall. To be able to hear what others say about us when inhibitions are low and emotions are high.

Businessman shares his views
Frank Lawrence, owner of Bobby Jones Ford and one of the newest arenafootball2 franchises, sat down with Staff Writer Frank Witsil in his office to talk about his plans for his new team and changes in the car business.

Briefcase
When it comes to business travel, women and men have surprisingly different views. A new survey by New York University's Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Travel Administration and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts found that 90 percent of the 403 women surveyed ranked responsive service as the most important factor when selecting a hotel for a business trip. Location, was second, with 71 percent, followed by affordable rates, with 62 percent.

Making their marks
Don Inman remembers the early days of tattooing in Augusta: Soldiers and roughnecks lined up in barrooms to get a girlfriend's name or perhaps a rose inked on an arm.

Car dealer touts football
Frank Lawrence has spent the past eight years of his life selling cars and trucks to Augustans. Now he's going to try to sell them arena football.

Tattoo removal can be painful, expensive
Many people take pride in their tattoos. But they aren't the people who come to the office of John Ratz, a dermatologist and tattoo-removal expert at the Medical College of Georgia.

Shoppers finding discounts on key chains
PHILADELPHIA -- If a new trend in shopper discount cards continues, wallets could get thinner while key chains get fatter. Retailers from supermarkets such as Malvern, Pa.-based Acme Markets Inc. to San Diego's PETCO Animal Supplies Inc., have shrunk their frequent-shopper discount cards this year to tags that fit on a key chain.

Park may bring economic help
Area counties may be joining resources to build a large-scale regional industrial park off Interstate 20 in Camak.

Business briefs
Vera & Company moves to a larger facility ... Fort Gordon computer upgrade completed ... Steel service center offered at Augusta plant

Employees branded with logo apparel
Golf shirts. Twill skirts. Denim tops and khaki pants. What these apparel items could have in common -- other than their repeat appearance in corporate circles each Friday -- is your company's logo.

Brauer: Endowments carry tax benefits
I like endowments. They work like this: people denote money into a common pool. The common pool is safely invested in a broad mixture of safe stocks and bonds. Each year, the dividends and interests earned are used for various programs and projects while the principal fund remains untouched and grows with further contributions to the endowment.

Jingles: Catchy part of culture
If Abraham Lincoln had made the Gettysburg Address rhyme and set it to music, we might all be able to remember it today. Need proof? Try to recite the famous tome. Can't do it, can you?

Amusement is serious business
The amusement business is no funhouse when it comes to hiring, says Jim Drew, president of the Augusta-based portable amusement park company, Drew Exposition. ``I don't think the quality of workers is as good as it used to be,'' Mr. Drew said recently from his office on Walton Way.

Hokrein: Courting minorities good for majority
There's a definite Latin beat in the U.S. economy. But you wouldn't know it from television. The networks have taken a beating this fall season because few new shows, critics say, cast minorities -- especially blacks and Hispanics -- in lead character roles.

Banks drop auto-leasing
Thinking of financing a vehicle lease through your bank? Better give 'em a call before you hit the dealerships.

Postseason tickets on sale

Bobby Cox key to Braves success

Braves players: An in-depth look

Yankees rest, lose to Tampa Bay

Braves prepared for postseason

Johnson seeks to end five-game playoff skid

Playoffs: AL schedule finalized

Wild pitch give Mets a second chance

Trying to put umpires union back together again

Braves fillet Marlins

Astros poised for playoff flight

Reds face Mets in wild-card playoff

For Yanks, Braves and Indians, now the real season starts

Astros win NL Central title

Mets win final playoff spot

How well are you sleeping?

Ex-CNN anchor announces newsletter venture with NBC
NEW YORK -- Less than four months after leaving CNN, financial news anchorman Lou Dobbs has resurfaced in a deal with NBC that could test a contractual clause that forbids him to compete with his former employer.

Authors say success achieved on hands-on level

Banks drop auto-leasing

Business briefs

Local plants to take Y2K precautions
Some local chemical plants plan to shut down or be idle Jan. 1 as a precaution against any problems associated with the computer glitch known as the millennium bug.

Shoppers finding discounts on key chains

Making their marks

Businessman shares his views

Jingles: Catchy part of culture

Amusement is serious business

Car dealer touts football

Firms turn to focus groups

Local plants to take Y2K precautions

New system adjusts cart
Augusta-based golf cart manufacturer E-Z-GO has developed a new drive system that some industry watchers are heralding as a revolutionary innovation.

Park may bring economic help

BellSouth and MCI WorldCom battle for control of Sprint
NEW YORK -- A bidding war has erupted for the Sprint Corp., with two companies reportedly offering as much as $100 billion for the nation's third-largest long-distance telephone company.

Clientele has broadened

Brauer: Endowments carry tax benefits

Hokrein: Courting minorities good for majority

BellSouth and MCI WorldCom battle for control of Sprint

Employees branded with logo apparel

Additional business news

Briefcase

New system adjusts cart

Ex-CNN anchor announces newsletter venture with NBC

Additional business news
Stocks rebound on rate speculation...Study: High-tech workers scarce...Dobbs plans newsletter with NBC...Intel names new chip Itanium...Speedier Athlon chip unveiled

Grant named SEC player of the week

Gamecocks' defense evaporates

College roundup: Dropped balls, missed kicks, and there goes a perfect season

Tennessee concerned with Sanks

Gamecocks go backward to step forward

Younger Holtz suffers through 'frustrating' year

Augusta area tied to celebrities
Through the years, an interesting variety of people who have achieved various levels of national and international fame either have come through Augusta or lived in the area.

Photos of the Century
Georgians and South Carolinians survived hurricanes, challenged traditions, celebrated the victories of Masters Tournament champions and moved away from the segregated days of Jim Crow this century.

Larke worried?

Slams Augusta Waterworks operations

Suggests use of military in disasters

Video poker lies

Questions Pat's world war scenario

Defends expertise on Turin Shroud

Killer deserved death!

Praises Grovetown candidate's ideas

Cites record of resigned nutritionist

Ax Ga. fingerprint law

Ventura's hate talk

Calls symbols `Confederate-American'

In the know
TV TODAY: Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- The season premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, now in its fourth season, airs tonight at 8.

Aaaachoo!
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Terri Cast slumps in the chair of her doctor's office, nine dots the color of roses blossoming across her arm. ``I itch. I itch!'' she complains, jutting a finger at one spreading splotch, demanding to know what it is.

Album brings Patsy Cline's voice, music back
NEW YORK -- Thirty-six years after her death, Patsy Cline is a sonic pioneer again.

Diary: A rookie's first fight

Kopec in best shape of career

How well are you sleeping?
A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

In the know

Album brings Patsy Cline's voice, music back

Aaaachoo!

Enrollment down in electives
For the first time in 12 years, Lakeside High School in Columbia County began a school year without a horticulture program.

Officials followed rules

Transition difficult for students
When Greenbrier High School in Columbia County opened nearly four years ago, Aleshia Tucker began a new school with only three close friends.

Across the area: Ethics ordinance on panel agenda

Fly-In shows aeronautic art
WINDSOR -- The eyes of navigators holding radio transmitters turned upward Sunday as their hand-crafted airplanes whizzed across the blue sky above an air strip near Windsor.

Rocket builder takes off

Across the area: Ethics ordinance on panel agenda
Mayor Bob Young's proposed ethics ordinance is on today's Augusta Commission agenda.

Officials offer advice to avoid Y2K scams

Child to undergo bone marrow transfer

Mendonsa dies in fall from trail
SAVANNAH -- Former longtime Savannah City Manager Arthur A. ``Don'' Mendonsa died last week after falling from a hiking trail in southwest Colorado.

Child to undergo bone marrow transfer
Nauseated by his first bout with radiation, 6-year-old Ho Young Jeon of Augusta should be nonetheless in good shape for a bone marrow transplant to combat his leukemia, doctors said.

Augusta area tied to celebrities

Council opposes poker

Across the area: Chlorine container blast burns man
A Richmond County man was being evaluated Sunday night at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after suffering chemical burns from a chlorine container that accidentally exploded, authorities said.

Accident on 1-20 delays traffic again

United Way chief eager to get started
AIKEN -- Michael Williamson is thrilled he'll be in charge of the largest organization helping to make the community where he was born and raised a better place.

Farm discoveries

Council opposes poker
North Augusta City Council took its stand against video poker Monday. The council's six members and Mayor Lark Jones unanimously approved a resolution urging the city's residents to vote Nov. 2 to abolish video poker.

Transition difficult for students

Officials followed rules
ATLANTA -- While agreeing with critics that there was an ``appearance of impropriety,'' Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker's office has decided there is no evidence that state School Superintendent Linda Schrenko helped guide a multimillion-dollar testing contract to a company that employed one of her campaign supporters.

Enrollment down in electives

Rocket builder takes off
JEFFERSON, Ga. -- Drew Prentice says his life almost mirrors the movie October Sky, a drama set in 1950s West Virginia about a group of high school boys who design a rocket for a school science exhibition.

Thurmond: VA plan sent back to Augusta

I-20 accident leaves one dead

Thurmond: VA plan sent back to Augusta
Layoffs at the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center may have been shot down by the administration in Washington, U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond announced Monday.

Guilty plea expected in cruelty case

Across the area: Chlorine container blast burns man

Accident on 1-20 delays traffic again
The second accident in as many days on Interstate 20 tied up westbound traffic for more than two hours but claimed no lives Monday evening.

Mendonsa dies in fall from trail

Singer hits partisanship at event

Businesses capitalize on millennium stockpiling
The Y2K bug has been one long headache for computer technicians and government officials, but for merchants and vendors, it means dollar signs.

Some Y2K questions remain

Photos of the Century

Tuesday morning quarterback

Fly-In shows aeronautic art

Businesses capitalize on millennium stockpiling

Singer hits partisanship at event
AIKEN -- Narrow partisanship rules in the S.C. State House, petition candidate Scott Singer told the Aiken County Forum on Monday morning.

Dorsey: Collapse imminent

Some Y2K questions remain
About 100 people attended a community forum Monday night to hear area government and industry leaders talk about efforts to head off Y2K problems and develop contingency plans.

Guilty plea expected in cruelty case
An Augusta man accused of badly injuring his newborn baby will plead guilty to a charge of cruelty to children and to two charges of burglary -- offenses he allegedly committed while free on bond.

United Way chief eager to get started

Farm discoveries
Benji Morris, a fifth-grader at Merriweather Elementary School, looks for items Monday that have been produced with swine byproducts while attending Day on the Farm, held by Clemson University at the W.W. Long Camp in Aiken.

Home front: Salon owner gives back to community
Curly auburn hair clippings surround her feet. And as if it were a conductor's baton, Pam Wilkins waves a black blow dryer over a client's hair, sending a stream of air that causes the pink paper hearts decorating her mirror to flutter.

I-20 accident leaves one dead
An accident on Interstate 20 at the Georgia-South Carolina state line killed one person Sunday and sent three to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Home front: Salon owner gives back to community

Anti-abortion rally held
Nancy Garner waved a four-foot cedar cross at passing motorists on Washington Road, hoping for a reaction. ``Most of the time, if they do anything, they'll honk and smile, or hold up a Bible or a victory sign,'' the Augusta woman said. ``But once in a while, there's a dissenter.''

Officials offer advice to avoid Y2K scams
As part of your bank's Y2K update, the bank employee on the phone needs you to confirm your account number.

Falcons notes

Frustration sets in for 0-4 Falcons

Bill steal a win in Miami

Falcons remain winless

Vikings top Buccaneers

Wannstedt easing into coaching roles

Patriots top Browns

Giants defeat Eagles with field goal

Seifert says Biakabutuka needs ball more

Bears maul Saints

NFL owners renew expansion talks

Falcons remain winless

Quality quarterbacks a necessity for winning teams

Mrs. Lurene Johnson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Lurene Johnson, 85, of 309 Mendel Ave., died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Claudia Farlow
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Claudia Hester Farlow, 88, of 1581 Benett Springs, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Pitsinger
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Fail Pitsinger, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999.

Mr. Purvis Hughes
AIKEN -- Mr. Purvis Preston Hughes, 68, OF 409 Heathwood Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Sara Bufford
Mrs. Sara Emma Bufford, 73, of 2941 Shelby Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. James Waller
THOMSON -- Mr. James M. ``Bo'' Waller, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Arrie Bostic
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Arrie L. Bostic, 98, of 115 Brentwood Drive, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Elizabeth Hendricks
KINSTON, N.C. -- Mrs. Elizabeth L. ``Betty'' Hendricks, 72, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Nathan Bedgood
GRACEWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. Nathan Emil Bedgood, 34, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Thelma Ross
METTER, Ga. -- Ms. Thelma Ross, 73, of 35 Lucky St., died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Miss Mary Ross
Miss Mary Corrie Ross, 76, of 3901 Old Waynesboro Road, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Edward Willis
AIKEN -- Mr. Edward L. ``Eddie'' Willis, 52, of 47 Ward Circle, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Theone Bargeron
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Theone Robinson Bargeron, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at Sterling House, Seneca, S.C.

Mrs. Barbara Krueger
Mrs. Barbara Ann Krueger, 66, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. Franklin Soles
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Franklin ``Bobby'' E. Soles, 58, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Brenda Deaton
HARLEM -- Mrs. Brenda Suzzette Smith Deaton, 37, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Jack Lyons
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Jack O. Lyons, 71, of 324 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. John Hankerson
Mr. John Hankerson, 81, of 2408 Golden Camp Road, died Friday, October 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Eddie Mathis
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. Eddie ``Frank'' Mathis, 59, of 1454 Augusta Road, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Willie Meriweather
Mrs. Willie Mae Freeman Meriweather, 90, of 3649 Rome Way, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Julius Rubnitz
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Julius Rubnitz, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center.

Miss Nelle Cato
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Miss Nelle Cato, 81, of Southern Manor Retirement Inn, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Emma Mitchell
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Emma Lue Mitchell, 78, of 4280 White Plains Road, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Mr. Walter Mitchell
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Walter H. Mitchell, 59, of 613 Powerhouse Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Ms. Mary Jeremias
NEWBERRY, Ga. -- Ms. Mary Ruth Palmer Jeremias, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999.

Ms. Josephine Gillin
Ms. Josephine Donnelly Gillin, 62, of 1408 Flowing Wells Road, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999.

Mrs. Jessie Burnett
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Jessie Reene Burnett, 68, of 210 Shoals St., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, in Hephzibah.

Mrs. Mattie Ford
Mrs. Mattie Lou Youngblood Ford, 71, of 2408 Yates Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willie Anderson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Loran Anderson, 86, of Central Street, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mr. S.M. Kitchens
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mr. S.M. ``Pop'' Kitchens, 75, of 433 S. Jay St., died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at his residence.

Miss Elizabeth Meyer
Miss Elizabeth Rita Meyer, 26, of 818 Aumond Place E., died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, in Athens.

Ms. Josephine Gillin
Ms. Josephine Donnelly Gillin, 62, of 1408 Flowing Wells Road, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999.

Chardonay Jones
Chardonay Marie Jones, infant daughter of Anita Jean Jones and Harvey Simpson, both of Augusta, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at the residence.

Miss Mary Ross
Miss Mary Corrie Ross, 76, of 3901 Old Waynesboro Road, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ethel Evans
MARTINEZ -- Mrs. Ethel Smith Evans, 68, of 4059 Indian Creek Road, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. S.M. Kitchens

Mrs. Claudia Farlow

Mrs. Sara Bufford

Mrs. Mary Pitsinger

Mr. Edward Willis

Ms. Mary Jeremias

Chardonay Jones

Ms. Thelma Ross

Mrs. Arrie Bostic

Mr. James Waller

Mrs. Ethel Evans

Mr. Franklin Soles

Mr. Walter Mitchell

Mr. Jack Lyons

Mrs. Willie Meriweather

Mr. John Hankerson

Ms. Josephine Gillin

Ms. Josephine Gillin

Mrs. Lurene Johnson

Mrs. Mattie Ford

Mrs. Theone Bargeron

Miss Mary Ross

Mr. Willie Anderson

Mr. Purvis Hughes

Mr. Julius Rubnitz

Mrs. Emma Mitchell

Mr. Nathan Bedgood

Mrs. Elizabeth Hendricks

Calls symbols `Confederate-American'
In response to the Sept. 20 letter by William Sanders and the Sept. 23 letter by Robert A. Daniels, I would like to say that it seems as though I have been ``preaching to the choir.'' Walker B. McWee, Augusta

Killer deserved death!
If anyone ever deserved to be strapped into ``Old Sparky'' at Reidsville and be electrocuted, it's Brian Williams -- convicted last week by a Richmond County jury of malice and felony murder of peace officer Michael Stephenson.

Larke worried?
Dr. Charles Larke became Richmond County's school superintendent in 1996. He has enjoyed relatively good media relations -- until recently.

Ventura's hate talk
Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, the Reform Party's highest elected official, is a fierce foe of Pat Buchanan's possible bid for that party's presidential nomination.

Hits 'Chronicle' editorials on uniforms
I found it very interesting that The Chronicle gushed over the ``high'' percentage'' of parental approval for school uniforms, relying only on the fact that a majority of surveys returned supported the concept. Alicia Colohan, Augusta

SRS & our health
When decades of Savannah River Site information was declassified in the early 1990s it revealed that during the Cold War the federal government made national security -- i.e., nuclear weapons' material production -- a higher priority than public safety.

Blasts city over unpaid water bills
After I read the Sept. 26 news article, ``Unpaid bills cost city millions,'' I had to shake my head at the Water Department. The listof ``Top 20 offenders'' truly surprised me. David W Nowakowski, Waynesboro

Defends expertise on Turin Shroud
Rev. Albert Dreisbach's Sept. 22nd ad hominem-laden invective regarding my Aug. 23 letter on the Shroud of Turin cries out for a brief response. In the Rev.Dreisbach's attempt to belittle the message by belittling the messenger, he asserts that I had done no research and lack knowledge of the subject. Kenneth M. Towe, Tennille

Video poker lies
The creed of South Carolina's video poker moguls is to wring every nickel they can out of the suckers who play their machines. That's just their way of doing business, so it's no surprise they're also bringing this ``Heads I win, tails you lose'' premise to the Nov. 2 referendum.

Cites record of resigned nutritionist
Though I hesitate to bring Donna Martin's name into this newspaper one more time, I believe it is only fair to her and to everyone else to set the record straight. While Mrs. Martin has admitted wrongdoing and has paid the price, The Chronicle and columnist Phil Kent in particular, have made it their mission recently to try to destroy her. Dusty Avery, Augusta

Ax Ga. fingerprint law
State Rep. Mitchell Kaye, R-Marietta, hopes to achieve through the courts what he has so far failed to achieve in the Legislature: to repeal Georgia's 1996 law requiring drivers to be fingerprinted when they get or renew their licenses.

Questions Pat's world war scenario
According to Pat Buchanan's new writings, Adolph Hitler did not want to attack the U.S. and thus we went to war in 1941 unnecessarily. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Backs `motivational' Dist. 4 candidate
As Brian Green's military instructor at Laney High School I was always impressed with his many leadership qualities, keensense of responsibility and maturity beyond his years while serving as a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadet officer. Ronald C. Carrne, USA (Ret)North Augusta

Praises Grovetown candidate's ideas
Grovetown mayoral candidate George James came around our neighborhood the other day and I was impressed with a lot of what he had to say. Bo Giddens, Grovetown

Points to `waste' in school system
My son is an eighth grade student at Davidson Fine Arts School. As of Sept. 24, Davidson had only received 30 copies of the new social studies textbook for the eighth grade. Jeff Thomason, Augusta

Slams Augusta Waterworks operations
It is a shame that when there was a total outdoor watering ban that some businesses were watering their lawns every day of the week. Darvin Hagen, Hephzibah

Suggests use of military in disasters
My husband asked me to consider writing you regarding the use of the military here in the United States to help North Carolina and any other areas dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. Theresa J. Von Plinsky, Augusta

Hits commission, school board actions
Augusta commissioners had to enact an ordinance that, in the future, will require employees who steal from the county government to be fired without fail. Well, isn't that enlightening? I thought there was something in the books to the effect that stealing is against the law, pure and simple. In private industry a thief, admitted or not, would be fired on the spot. Sigrid Hensley, Augusta

Wants U.S. to keep the Panama Canal
I am responding to the letter on ``Voiding Panama Canal treaty.'' I agree 100 percent with author Billy B. Jones. I thought it was foolish to start with, at the plan's conception. Mr. Jones covered the subject well enough. But I would like to briefly summarize in saying: Gene Paul Mann, Jackson

Toms breezes to title

Rider a no-show for Hawks on eve of training camp

Tyson might take another bite

Georgia wins Regions Cup

Gordon wins with new crew chief

Overtime: Rusedski wins over Haas in Grand Slam

Hornets hope success on court spills over to turnstiles

Overtime: Coble winner of first match in Mid-Amateur

GHSA reclassifies schools

Japan launches full-scale investigation into nuclear disaster
TOKAIMURA, Japan -- The government launched a full-scale investigation Sunday into the cause of Japan's worst nuclear disaster, while more questions arose about safety measures used at the site.

Environment taking Floyd's floods better than expected
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dangerous bacteria and chemicals flushed into North Carolina waterways by Hurricane Floyd's disastrous flood haven't caused widespread health problems, but long-term environmental damage remains to be seen, state officials say.

Employees undergo annual testing
The buildings appear rather vanilla, like the stucco single-story cubicle farms that sprout from suburban office parks everywhere. But the health of Savannah River Site workers depends on these nondescript edifices.

Leaky roof leads to delays, cancellations at Cleveland airport
CLEVELAND -- A leaky roof on a control tower led to flight delays and cancellations Monday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Desert no longer safe haven from pollen
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Terri Cast slumps in the chair of her doctor's office, nine dots the color of roses blossoming across her arm. ``I itch. I itch!'' she complains, jutting a finger at one spreading splotch, demanding to know what it is.

Space explorers aim to protect environment
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Dozens of space travelers from 15 countries gathered in Bucharest on Monday to discuss ways to protect the Earth's environment.

Wastewater program under investigation
Augusta's wastewater program is under investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over new allegations that sewage sludge used as fertilizer was actually hazardous waste.

Missile interceptor passes crucial test
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A prototype national missile defense system passed a critical test on Saturday, intercepting and destroying an unarmed missile on a 16,000-mph collision course over the Pacific.

Investigation focuses on missteps in Japanese nuclear accident
TOKAIMURA, Japan -- The government announced plans to search the offices of 20 nuclear facilities around the country Monday as it intensified the probe into practices that ignited Japan's worst nuclear accident.

Head of apartheid-era secret-weapons program goes on trial
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Is he Dr. Death, as the media have dubbed him, or a scapegoat?

Pet ferret helps solve high-tech problem
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The U.S. Space Command has millions of dollars worth of all the latest computers and other electronic gear, and plenty of highly trained employees.

The weight of the world

The big screen
SUPERSTAR: Hold on to your armpits for this full-length film starring Molly Shannon as Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher.

The weight of the world
School has become a pain in more than one way for local students hauling backpacks filled with books.

The big screen

Time will tell if love can be resurrected after breakup

Your style

Your style
THE FACTS: Amanda Williamson, 16, a junior at Curtis Baptist High School

Time will tell if love can be resurrected after breakup
``I liked this girl for a long time, and we did go out for about a week. We broke up, but I still want to go out with her. How would I go about getting her back? She won't talk to me or anything anymore.''

Investigation focuses on missteps in Japanese nuclear accident

Japan launches full-scale investigation into nuclear disaster

Employees undergo annual testing

Leaky roof leads to delays, cancellations at Cleveland airport

Missile interceptor passes crucial test

Space explorers aim to protect environment

Desert no longer safe haven from pollen

Head of apartheid-era secret-weapons program goes on trial

Wastewater program under investigation