Additional business news
Merry Land reports drop in earnings...Restaurant delays opening...Seafood company recalls salmon...Accounting firms announce merger
AMA joins health information Internet game
NEW YORK -- Worried that patients are getting bad information over the Internet, the American Medical Association and several other doctors' organizations are launching their own health Web site.
Travel agents to raise fees
Local travel agents will increase fees on the airline tickets they sell to travelers now that airlines have cut their commissions for the fourth time in as many years.
Customer base is low
CHICAGO -- After-hours stock trading goes mainstream today, with the first traditional exchange staying open late to compete with upstart electronic networks.
U.S. economy still robust
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy roared back from a springtime pause, expanding at a sizzling annual rate of 4.8 percent from July through September. But it was a second report -- documenting modest wage and benefit inflation -- that spurred a rally on Wall Street.
Area jobless rate unchanged
Seasonal workers returning to jobs at public schools helped steady unemployment rates in the Augusta area in September.
Additional business news
Bond market rally lifts stock market...Scana natural gas earnings drop...MCG beats corporate partner mark...Ad might reach 1 billion people
Export database debuts Friday
A newly improved database designed to help local companies bolster overseas business will be unveiled Friday at Augusta Technical Institute.
Local banks report growth
Metro Augusta's two largest local banks reported substantial growth in net income during the three months ending Sept. 30.
New Ford commercials to air Monday night
NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. hopes to reach a billion viewers Monday evening in a rare global advertising gamble aimed at raising its corporate profile as the millennium approaches.
Black Tuesday leaves impression
NEW YORK -- The economy was on a tear. Americans, earning more than they ever had before, filled their homes with the latest gadgets and machines.
Halloween parties change little
This article and illustration appeared in The Augusta Chronicle on Oct. 29, 1899 -- a century ago -- under the headline: ``How to get up a Halloween party.''
'Harvey' needs no doctoring
The latest operation among faculty, staff and students at the Medical College of Georgia isn't the life-saving kind -- in fact it has nothing to do with medicine.
Looking for something spooky to do this Halloween weekend? No problem. There's a lot going on in the area -- whatever tickles your bones.
Local talent showcased
There's plenty of young musical talent in Augusta. That will be evident at two events this weekend featuring Augusta bands, many of whose members are high school or college students.
Planting care can help produce hardy apple trees in the South
Each fall, when gardeners receive nursery catalogs, we get calls asking which apple variety is best for this area.
Singer stays positive
Bruce Davies says the world is a pretty good place, even when circumstances turn life a little sour.
Wildflowers get bum rap from gardening purists
"Hear ye, hear ye! The Superior Court of USDA Zone 8 is now in session, the honorable judge Daisy Fleabane presiding. We hear the civil case of Rod, et al., vs Allergy-be-Gone, a defamation action in which attorney Mr. Dan D. Lion, representing the plaintiff, Gold N. Rod and all other plants similarly situated, alleges that they are untruthfully portrayed by the defendant as allergens causing sniffling, sneezing and itchy red eyes, thereby exposing them to ridicule, lowered reputations and disadvantaged placement in garden centers."
Music captures mood of nation engaged in war
Music, dance and history intertwine this weekend at the Bell Auditorium in Road to Victory, a musical tribute to the generation that won World War II.
Men tend to think they'll live longer than actuarial tables predict, while women tend to underestimate the time they probably have left, researchers say.
Make a face
Maybe you haven't had time to buy a Halloween mask. Or maybe you waited too long to shop and the stores are cleaned out. No problem. The Augusta Chronicle has these handy clip-and-wear masks plus some tips on completing your costume.
Kids really become involved with 'Bilbo'
Adventure, romance, suspense, comedy -- Bilbo and the Magic Ring has them all. The first show of Storyland Theatre's 12th season is a crowd-pleasing musical written and directed by Richard Davis Jr.
Troupe filling theater void
Augusta already has a large arts community that appeals to various sectors, but James Worth of the Augusta Theatre Company says his new group, which debuts this weekend with a production of the dark comedy Cosi, has a niche of its own.
Fall colors, flowers get traditional treatment to brighten up yards
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- A family of scarecrows is living at Oral Oaks Plantation. The straw-stuffed pumpkin-heads are the alter egos of the plantation's residents, the Lynn family. Each is dressed like the real-life counterpart, crowned with ball caps, blond curls and hair bows.
Technology often tests creativity
A decade or so ago, it was common for folks to say they were so technologically challenged they couldn't even "program a VCR.''
Library launches fund-raiser
Helping renovate children's rooms at area branches of the library, purchasing a drop box for the audiovisual department and buying a color printer for another library location are a few of the things the Friends of the Library want to do.
Families file more charges
AIKEN -- A fourth family has stepped forward to complain about harassment at a haunted house ride at last week's Aiken Jaycee County Fair.
Jury acquits suspect in killing
An Augusta man who said he shot a neighbor in self-defense during a May argument was acquitted of murder and assault charges Thursday by a Richmond County jury.
Damian Wright, 8, rides his bike along Abbeville Avenue in Aiken on Thursday afternoon.
Brown family backs Handy
If money talks, then former Richmond County Commissioner Hobson Chavous should walk away with the District 6 seat for Augusta Commission in Tuesday's election.
Grant not coming to Richmond, Columbia counties
A grant that might have led to health care coverage for the uninsured in Richmond and Columbia counties won't be coming, but University Hospital and Medical College of Georgia say the plan isn't dead.
Corps to draw down river
If you've ever wondered what's at the bottom of the Savannah River, you may get a chance to find out.The Army Corps of Engineers is planning a demonstration in which the river near Augusta would be partially drained -- just to see how it looks.
Two die in Blue Angels jet crash
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Two Navy pilots were killed Thursday when an FA-18 Hornet jet from the Blue Angels precision flying team crashed near Moody Air Force Base outside Valdosta.
Firings related to thefts
Two of the three city employees accused of selling handicapped-parking signs and stealing sign posts have been terminated.
Parents charged in pupils' absences
Four Columbia County parents face misdemeanor charges of failing to keep their children in school.
Across the area: Two suspects face additional charges
Police have added more charges against two teens who were arrested Oct. 20 in connection with an armed robbery.
Vouchers on agenda of panel
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Gov. Roy Barnes urged his education reform commission Wednesday to explore all alternatives aimed at improving schools, including private school vouchers.
Shooting death goes to grand jury
An Augusta man claimed the shooting of his girlfriend was accidental, but a judge determined Wednesday that probable cause existed to sustain a murder charge against him.
Pumpkin search not fruitless
The combination of too much heat and too much rain has made the Great Pumpkin hard to find this year.
Rail agencies reach agreement
ATLANTA -- Three sta
Suspect's bond request denied
An Augusta man accused of hit-and-run accident that left two children seriously injured must remain in jail for now, a judge ruled Thursday.
Veteran recalls flames aboard heavy cruiser
Michael Kuryla remembers July 30, 1945, in vivid detail. The teen-age sailor had just finished his night watch. Down in the hold of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, it was too hot to enjoy a cup of coffee, so he and a buddy took their cups topside.
Girl Scouts are making pitch to an older group
In a sea of hundreds of students at North Augusta High School, there is something different about Alaina Beck.
Across the area: Man sentenced in molestation
An Augusta man who admitted to molesting an 11-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison.
Young proposes hospital tax
A tax on hospital bills could become Augusta's solution for providing health care to the poor and uninsured, Mayor Bob Young said Wednesday.
South Carolina gets disputed island
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Barnwell Island has seen its share of strife. Once a popular site for 19th century duels, the 600-acre, uninhabited island has been a point of contention between Georgia and South Carolina in recent years.
Judge to rule on state case
A former Healthmaster executive, fired after talking to federal investigators about his boss's illegal activity, took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.
Mayor banned by board
The mayor of Thomson has been banned from any athletic event on Richmond County Board of Education property for the remainder of the school year after verbally sparring with referees during a Friday night football game.
Education center seeks state funds
When Ann Matherly opened the McDuffie Environmental Education Center in September, her available classes filled in two weeks.
School officers become deputies
Richmond County Sheriff's Department and the Board of Education took another step in the name of school safety Wednesday with the swearing in of 12 school officers as sheriff's deputies.
Judge orders store to surrender alcohol license
Patrons of the Kroger on Columbia Road will have to buy beer and wine elsewhere for the next 30 days.
Ready for racing
Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center operations specialists Artimus Kimble (back) and Demon Smith lay plywood on the floor of the civic center arena preparing for the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships, which begin Monday.
Glenn makes teaching new mission
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- John Glenn, retired astronaut, has his feet planted firmly on the ground as he takes on his next mission: trying to teach the next generation of college students that politics is an honorable job.
Cities support Saturday trick-or-treating
Forget the ghosts and goblins. What's haunting parents this trick-or-treating season is a dilemma that's as sticky as a spider's web. Namely, when exactly is Halloween?
Signs of the times
Carrying sheet music that her father wrote, North Augusta resident Georgia Brooks walked over to the 2,200-pound vault, prepared to make her family's mark on history.
Mr. Paul Boland Jr.
NEWINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Paul Joseph ``Joe'' Boland Jr., 43, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Emmie Curtis
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mrs. Emmie Curtis, 95, of Main Street, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home, Wrightsville.
Mr. Jesse Sanderson
Mr. Jesse Palmer Sanderson, 92, of Augusta, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Calvin Malin
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Calvin Lee Malin, 20, of Patterson Bridge Road, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Omah Maddox
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Omah Lanier Maddox, 88, of Route 1, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.
Mr. William Hooton
MACON, -- Mr. William A. Hooton, 70, of Wimbish Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999.
Mr. James McManus
Mr. James Lynch McManus, 71, of Alpine Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Ms. Elizabeth Moore
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Ms. Elizabeth Ann ``Princess'' Moore, 37, of Pickrum Street, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ward
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Oglesby ``Belle'' Ward, 80, of Pine Street, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.
Mr. Doye Rivers
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Doye Rivers, 86, of Chalker Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Willie Golphin Sr.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Willie Golphin Sr., of Wilson Boulevard, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999.
Mrs. Ruth Butter
WAGENER -- Mrs. Ruth Catherine Jones Butter, 82, of Flowing Wells Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.
Mrs. Elizabeth Womack
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Womack, 72, of Dove Street, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center, Augusta.
Mr. Bobby Seawright
PERRY, S.C. -- Mr. Bobby Lee Seawright, 35, of Sigma Street, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Jerry Brown Sr.
DEARING -- Mr. Jerry Lee Brown Sr., 77, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Hubert Shoemaker
THOMSON -- Mr. Hubert Lee Shoemaker, 68, of Morningside Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Dianne LaGrone
THOMSON -- Mrs. Dianne LaGrone, 44, of Quail Farm Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Mr. Hallyod Brown
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Hallyod ``Bo'' Brown, 53, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. John Campbell
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. John Henry Campbell, 70, of Aiken Boulevard, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Chester Wall Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Chester Wall Jr., 55, of Howard Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Jeter Rhodes Jr.
COLUMBIA, -- Mr. Jeter Ernest Rhodes Jr., 55, of Cheshire Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, in Lugano, Switzerland.
Ms. Sandra Jackson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Sandra Faye Jackson, 38, of West Haynes Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon.
Mr. Harold Howell
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Harold Sherman ``H.S.'' Howell, 76, of Club Forest Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Leslie Jordan
SUITLAND, Md. -- Mr. Leslie Valtine Jordan, 35, of Davis Avenue, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999.
Mrs. Jeraldine Middleton
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Jeraldine Middleton, 47, of Vanessa Drive, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Margaret Nelson
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Margaret Courtney Nelson, of Tindal Avenue, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999.
Mr. E.J. McDonald
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. E.J. McDonald, 84, of Hampton Avenue, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, in McKinney, Texas.
Mr. William Allen
BLYTHE -- Mr. William Monroe Allen, 66, of Gin House Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mrs. Liselotte McCadden
Mrs. Liselotte B. ``Lisa'' McCadden, 71, of Evening Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Floyce Lynch
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Mr. Floyce Franklin ``Frank'' Lynch, 71, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Lois Coleman
Mrs. Lois Hall Coleman, 75, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Jeanette Johnson
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mrs. Jeanette Douglas Johnson, 61, of Court Street, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999, at her residence.
Miss Connie Newman
SALT LAKE CITY -- Miss Connie Ann Newman, 52, of Fourth Avenue, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999.
Mr. Montague Williams
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Montague Spurgeon Williams, 93, of Surrey Race Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. W. Ernest Hill
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Mr. W. Ernest Hill, 55, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999.
Mr. Vernon Bryan
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Vernon Bryan, of Travis Avenue, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center.
Mr. Charlie Williams
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Charlie T. Williams of Ellen Williams Drive, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. D.B. Roberts
GARDEN CITY, Ga. -- Mr. D.B. ``Branson'' Roberts, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. William Allen
BLYTHE, Ga. -- Mr. William Monroe Allen, 66, of Gin House Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at the Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Augusta.
Ms. Rosie Gibson
HARLEM -- Ms. Rosie Bell ``Big Bae'' Gibson, 70, of Tolbert Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Frank Mathis III
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Frank Augustus Mathis III, 40, of Ridgeland Drive, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999.
Rev. Johnny Shorter
HEPHZIBAH -- The Rev. Johnny Clark Shorter, of Woodlake Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Alfred Moss
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mr. Alfred Robert Moss, 74, of News Bridge Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Willie Jones
Mr. Willie Jones, of 10th Avenue, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Ms. Karen P. Lazenby, 45, of Stovall Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Henrietta Albright
Mrs. Henrietta Albright, 82, of Scott Road, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Elisa Samuel
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Elisa Samuel, 45, of Whitehall Street, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999.
Mrs. Georgia Sturgis
Mrs. Georgia Ann Sturgis, of London Boulevard, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Albert Lockhart
Mr. Albert Lockhart, of Boy Scout Road, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.
Mrs. Leola Dawson
Mrs. Leola P. Dawson, of Walton Way, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.
Ms. Martha Passmore
BARTOW, Ga. -- Ms. Martha Ann Passmore, 48, of Jordan Circle, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital.
Mrs. Alma Hicks
PASSAIC, N.J. -- Mrs. Alma Miller Hicks, 73, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999.
Ms. Virginia Brooks
Ms. Virginia A. Brooks, 38, of Brookcrossing Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Marian Gaskill
Mrs. Marian E. Gaskill, 75, of Rolling Meadows Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999.
Calls interview beyond bad taste
I am not a Pete Rose fan, but I believe the NBC interview with him was beyond bad taste. The occasion of the night called for a little decorum and that certainly was not the case. There is a proper time and a proper place for the type of interview that this particular interviewer wanted to do. Joan Kennedy, Grovetown
Says accomplishments misrepresented
This letter concerns the headline accompanying the Oct. 21 article about PACT test scores. I was pleased to see the photograph of one of the Schofield Middle School classes on the front page until I saw the headline, ``Students score low in math.'' Beatrice B. McGhee, Aiken
Says 'take flag off' S.C. State House
About this flag on the South Carolina capitol: Shouldn't it represent all of the people of that state, not just the heritage of a few? Does it represent the Negro slaves or the Indians? This land belonged to the Indians. South Carolina should have been one of the richest states in the Union. Augustus Nelms, Augusta
It's always dismaying for local taxpayers to learn there may be crooks on the city payroll ripping them off. The flip side of that is, it's reassuring to learn the suspects were apprehended because of the alertness and honesty of others on the payroll.
Young's two ideas
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has two ideas -- one poor and one good -- on how the state can soften the pain of escalating indigent medical care costs in Georgia communities.
Charles E. Simons Jr.
The federal bench lost a great legal mind and distinguished jurist Tuesday when South Carolina's senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles E. Simons Jr. succumbed at age 83 to head injuries received in a fall last summer.
Chides minister for response to teen
In the Oct. 12 issue of ``Xtreme Stuff For Teens'' in The Chronicle, a teen-ager wrote in to say he needed advice on how to ``come out'' to his parents. In this article I was greatly saddened to see Dr. Gene Norris, a minister according to the article, quoted as saying that this teen should ``rehearse what he was going to say ... to build courage.'' Rev. Mike Andrews, Blythe
End taxpayer subsidy
If Pat Buchanan ends up with the Reform Party's presidential nomination, as expected, he'll dash GOP hopes that for the first time in 12 years the Republican nominee would have a straight one-on-one race for the White House against a Democrat, with no third party complications.
Gives opinions on Grovetown race
I read with interest your recent Grovetown editorial and Stacey Moore's Oct. 22 response. Bouquets to her for doing the math for mayoral candidate George James and bringing up the disgraceful antics of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety. Viola Bates, Grovetown
Blasts Handy in Commission race
It's time for change. It's time we are honest with ourselves. After seven years of Freddie Handy's version of leadership, how much progress has been made in Augusta's District 2? Just take a good look around the district, the answer is obvious: None! James Scott, Augusta
Rural jobs on the rise
One heartening development heading into the new millennium is a pickup in economic activity in some of our area's rural counties. Most spectacular is Burke County's jump. Virtually overnight it is expected to go from having one of Georgia's high-est unemployment rates, 8.8 percent, to one of the lowest, 3 percent -- below even the state average of 3.9 percent.
Defends 'horse lovers' in Aiken
I am writing in response to the article in the Carolina edition concerning Mark and Pam Thompson's ordeal with their neighbors. The people in this neighborhood should be glad someone is willing to beautify the 12 acres with horses. Mark D. Plunkett, North Augusta
What a character
Thomson Mayor Bob Knox Jr. embarrassed himself and his city when he had to be escorted away from a Thomson High School-Richmond Academy football game the other night. He was issued a warning for criminal trespass after yelling at officials, and has been barred from Richmond County school system property for the rest of the school year.
Labels writer 'gullible mouthpiece'
It never ceases to amaze me how some folks are gullible enough to become a mouthpiece for others, especially those up for re-election. They get in the newspaper with their little biased letters on how wonderful someone has been for our city and how the taxpayers should be so grateful. The only problem is they only know half the story. Curtis Newman, Grovetown
Urges Commissioner Handy to resign
This letter is to let the public know that I, along with many other residents of the 2nd District are not fooled by the so-called elected officials of the inner city in Augusta-Richmond County -- especially the incumbent Commissioner Freddie Handy. Does he think you can just put up signs saying, ``Keep Handy'' and that is all that's needed? Evans Harris Jr., Augusta
Likes candidate of the 'common man'
I highly support Brian Green's run in Augusta's 4th District. He has lived here all of his life, has roots in the area, is a strong model for young kids and understands the problems facing veterans in this area and the country since he is a former U.S. Marine. Jeannie Taylor, Hephzibah
Urges voters to note Chavous' record
On July 3, 1994, The Chronicle reported yet another ``political maneuver'' as described by one commissioner who, of course, ``did not remember voting for the measure.'' Brian Antonicelli, Augusta
Supports husband in District 6 race
Hobson Chavous (the Augusta District 6 Commission candidate) and I have been married 37 years;36 of the years we have lived in Mount Vernon and raised our children here. I can honestly say he has been good to this district. Terri Chavous, Augusta
Chastens defender of mayor's 'legacy'
Re Stacy Moore's Oct. 22 letter: This is one of the best sugar-coated mud-slinging efforts I haveseen yet. She should practice what she preaches about taking at face value what she reads in the paper. I have never heard of the $1.9 million (city hall) figure until I read it in the paper; maybe editor Phil Kent can help us with that one. Mark Devoti, Grovetown
Backs challenger to Freddie Handy
Re the District 2 Augusta Commission race: I'm urging all the voters and residents to take a stand and becounted and vote for change. Elect W.W. Law the commissioner. He's the most qualified, prepared candidate in the race. Bernard Harper, Augusta
Finds Strawberry a Yankee foul
I am an avid Braves fan, but something bothers me. Why is Darryl Strawberry even still allowed in baseball and much worse allowed to play in the World Series? ... John Duncan, Waynesboro
Says policy bane to high school years
Amid all of the controversy over new dress codes, I believe that the students and parents should have a say on what their children should and shouldn't wear, rather than the School Board making biased and hypocritical decisions concerning today's generation and the way we prefer to dress. Chris Shelton, Harlem
Coke machines may aquire new technology
ATLANTA -- The Coca-Cola Co. is studying wireless technology that could allow bottlers to raise or lower soda prices by remote control at certain times -- say, during hot weather.
Rules for internet politics
WASHINGTON -- Diving into the uncharted waters of Internet politics, the Federal Election Commission today began deciding what rules should be followed by Web sites set up independently of any political campaign.
Building of lab set to begin
Construction soon will begin on a new Savannah River Site lab that officials said should modernize efforts to monitor the site's effects on its workers and the environment.
Free encyclopedia site still jammed
CHICAGO -- More than a week after Encyclopedia Britannica opened its online volumes for free, www.britannica.com remained jammed -- a victim of huge worldwide demand and inadequate hardware and software.
Internet revenues projected at $507 billion in '99
WASHINGTON -- Revenues for Internet-related businesses are projected to rise more than 67 percent this year to $507 billion, according to a study financed by one of the industry's giants.
The old reliable treadmill may be better than high technology
An often-ignored measurement taken during routine treadmill ``stress tests'' can predict a heart patient's risk of early death even better than many expensive, high-tech approaches, researchers say.
Report: Drug-resistant TB spreads to 104 countries
NEW YORK -- Drug-resistant tuberculosis has been found in 104 countries and could spread to every nation unless $1 billion is devoted to controlling it, according to a study released Thursday.
SRS targets ecology in new vision
A major element of Savannah River Site's future strategy is protection of the environment, the site's top official said Thursday.
Execution photos make Web site popular
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Hundreds of thousands -- if not millions -- of people around the world have logged onto the Florida Supreme Court's Web site to look at grisly color photos of the last killer executed in the state's electric chair.
Houston tops Los Angeles as nation's smog capital
HOUSTON -- It was probably just a chemical belch at a factory on the edge of town. But it was enough to push Houston past Los Angeles to become the smoggiest city in America.
Study: High-fiber diet may help prevent obesity, heart disease
LOS ANGELES -- A high-fiber diet, already linked to preventing heart disease and cancer, may also fight obesity, according to a new 10-year study released Tuesday.
History of sex-determining chromosomes traced
WASHINGTON -- The difference between women and men all started 300 million years ago when an ordinary chromosome took the first evolutionary step toward the X and Y chromosomes that now determine the gender of humans, researchers say.