'Cheese' may leave you hungry
Remember awhile ago I recommended to readers of this column a `business parable,' with the reservation that the form was ripe for abuse? Well, fasten your seat belts.

Briefcase
California costs more because of insurance ... Companies utilizing alternative workers ... Cost of fund investing continues to decline

Programmer airs computer advice
At 8 a.m. Saturday, while most of Augusta is resting, Paul Wellman dispenses computer advice. There is talk of the new operating system Linux, a review of a disappointing new game called Dagger Fall and an announcement that BMW is one of the first automakers to provide Internet access in its autos.

Temp work offers flexibility
Many people go to employment services firms with the hope of someday becoming a permanent employee.

Brauer: Economic future poses concern
The world financial markets are full of jitters again. This decade, so prosperous for the U.S., has seen major financial turmoil every other year. Late 1999 and the year 2000 may be no exception.

Consumer spending is no secret
If information is power, then corporate America is looking like a gorilla on steroids. Thanks to advances in information technology, companies now know more than ever about your spending habits.

Hokrein: Y2K keeps future uncertain
This is the final stretch. For retailers, the next two months can make or break a year. For corporations, budgets have been whipped into submission, ready for execution.

Signal chief leads Fort Gordon
Peter Cuviello had no intentions of becoming a general. When he entered the U.S. Army 30 years ago as a young lieutenant at Fort Hood, Texas, he was just another platoon leader. Thoughts of commanding an entire military installation weren't even in the back of his mind.

Business briefs
Aiken City Council has loans available... Satellite seminar scheduled for November... Television monitors installed in arena

Q&A: Technology needed in Army
Q: How has your business degree assisted you in your military career?

Rudeness is bad for business
There is a commercial on television in which a young man at work discovers via the internet that the value of his stock holdings have gone through the roof, making him quite wealthy. He runs upstairs and tells off his boss, in a Johnny Paycheck (Take This Job and Shove It) fashion. Later he discovers the market has declined and his stock is worthless. He then rushes to beg for his job back.

Jump-starting medical sector is top priority
Health care in Augusta is an estimated $2 billion-a-year industry, so it's no surprise that business leaders have started taking a protectionist stance.

Ex-policemen fill special niche
As former police officers and now as certified accident reconstruction experts, Jimmy Hodges and Gerald Price have seen it all. Now, they are putting their experience to work with a new Augusta company, Collision Reconstruction Consultants Inc.

Health scare
A bomb was dropped on Augusta's business community Sept. 14. It happened, oddly enough, during the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's Business at Breakfast program, a monthly networking event at which area business leaders banter over a scrambled eggs-and-sausage buffet before heading to work.

Businesses value coverage
Companies seeking to protect themselves against unexpected losses aren't taking any chances with their most valuable assets: their employees.

Company seeking new sector
Augusta-based Roof Management Services has enjoyed a monogamous relationship with the federal government, but now it's flirting with the private sector.

Ellis to start season on injured list

Neagle wants to stay with Reds

Cummings welcomes new role

Musselman upgraded to fair condition

Heat waive veteran Askins

Six umps on union board sue dissidents for defamation

Indians name Charlie Manuel as manager

Cubs expected to make Baylor's hiring official

Baylor hired as Cubs manager

Pacers cut Pope, Butler

NBA openers

Local athletes to appear on television often

Braves lost regardless of T-shirt

Business briefs: Dow average closes down 81.35 points
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 81.35 at 10,648.51 after gaining more than 400 points last week.

Company shedding protection
Martin Color-Fi, the Edgefield, S.C.-based polyester maker that filed for bankruptcy last year, may emerge from debt protection early next year, company president Stephen A. Zagorski said.

DaimlerChrysler reorganizes operations
DETROIT -- DaimlerChrysler AG is restructuring its North American operations to give executives more control over product development and help re-establish the former Chrysler Corp's more freewheeling, open culture.

Health scare

Programmer airs computer advice

Temp work offers flexibility

Sweepstakes company files for bankruptcy
NEWARK, N.J. -- American Family Enterprises, which runs a sweepstakes plugged by Dick Clark and Ed McMahon, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday to help it settle dozens of lawsuits alleging deceptive advertising over its sweepstakes.

Company seeking new sector

Factories face rising commodity prices
ATLANTA -- Improving overseas economies are leading to higher prices for raw materials and continued robust manufacturing activity in Georgia and across the country, according to a pair of reports released Monday.

Brauer: Economic future poses concern

Rudeness is bad for business

Jump-starting medical sector is top priority

Briefcase

Businesses value coverage

Factories face rising commodity prices

'Cheese' may leave you hungry

Company shedding protection

Business briefs

Local residential values rise

Hokrein: Y2K keeps future uncertain

Business briefs: Dow average closes down 81.35 points

Ex-policemen fill special niche

Q&A: Technology needed in Army

Signal chief leads Fort Gordon

Local residential values rise
The permit values of area residential construction increased in September by 9 percent compared with construction during the same month last year, a report released Monday said.

Kentucky's offensive line to face another stiff test

Auburn quarterback out with concussion

Weinke rebounds for top-ranked Seminoles win

Gators coach reaches milestone

Valdosta State fires head football coach

Florida State leads BCS standings

Sophomore becomes go-to guy for Yellow Jackets

Holts hopes loss is not habit forming

College football roundup: Top teams fight for win

College notes: Marshall want more than Motor City

Spurrier at ease as he reaches milestone

Alexander back in the running toward record

Rights fight left indelible images
No memory of the 20th century would be complete without including visions from the civil rights movement.

Grave hunters enjoy their work
Deep in the woods, Bill and Jean Blackard lead the way to the Ramsey family cemetery near a small creek in Columbia County.

Says uproar over painting is puzzling

Says failed candidate forgot his roots

Urges celebration of Veterans Day

Make time to vote!

Supports school uniform policy

Touts new small business incubator

Laments finance reform bill's failure

Wants to take back what Satan 'stole'

Slams newsman's Pete Rose interview

Offers fan's eulogy for golf champion

Seeks leadership in addition to funds for libraries

The Pakistan coup

Calls for removal of Braves manager

Historical change

A new magnet school

Beautiful Topiary
Topiaries are among the hottest crafts in holiday decorating. The small tree-shaped centerpieces add elegance to any setting, yet they can be made at home with very little expense and time.

In the know
Dilbert, the animated Everyman, opens his second season tonight at 8:30 seeking the perfect birthday gift for his demanding mother, which requires a shopping excursion.

Voters decide whether NHL team gets new home

Senators get victory over Thrashers

Braves lost regardless of T-shirt
When I revealed last week my superstition that the Braves' World Series fate was linked to my assortment of lucky T-shirts, I struck a chord with many readers.

In the know

Beautiful Topiary

Grave hunters enjoy their work

Municipal candidates on ballots
Today, residents of Columbia, Aiken and Saluda counties will go to the polls for municipal elections.

Suspects sought in incident
PERRY -- A Salley man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident Monday, and sheriff's officials searched for two men in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo who were last seen talking to him.

Suspects sought in incident

Governor tours city's future
Investing in higher education is one of the best ways to ensure continued economic growth, Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said Monday.

Home front: Mother repays her 'angels'

Just walkin' in the rain

Council to decide Kmart plan

Rainy race day
Susan Kosicki of Loretta, Pa., walks her quarter horse, ``Vic,'' across the parking lot Monday at North Augusta's Hippodrome. The National Barrel Horse Association's World Championships are under way at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Rights fight left indelible images

Grave hunters enjoy their work
Deep in the woods, Bill and Jean Blackard lead the way to the Ramsey family cemetery near a small creek in Columbia County.

Company combating regulation

Across the area: State court upholds murder conviction

Judge orders teen suspect back to school

Teacher's job status uncertain
The Hephzibah High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student will have to wait until his criminal case is over before finding out whether he will keep his teaching job.

First-grade promotion rate remains the same
ATLANTA -- A reworked assessment of Georgia's 100,000 kindergartners indicates more than nine in 10 youngsters are ready for first grade.

Grave hunters enjoy their work

Company combating regulation
ATLANTA -- After keeping quiet for months, Georgia Power Co. is starting to fight back against a plan that could force customers across the state to spend up to $857 million to help clean up metro Atlanta's dirty air.

Teacher sentenced to prison
AIKEN -- A substitute teacher who killed her boyfriend in a drunken-driving accident last year will spend five years in prison and six months of house arrest after pleading guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter.

Home front: Mother repays her 'angels'
Bonnie Parker has always been a firm believer in the existence of angels. ``I've always known that they were there,'' she said.

Across the area

Bridge links canal with Milledge Road
A recycled row of pilings, more than a ton of timber and a federal transportation grant were combined this fall to complete the newest access to the Augusta Canal towpath.

Suspect caught in N.Y.
AIKEN -- A New York man is awaiting extradition to South Carolina in the shooting death of an Aiken resident last month.

McCormick teen missing from bus
Richmond County Sheriff's Department investigators are searching for a South Carolina teen who disappeared after boarding a bus in the Augusta area.

Across the area: State court upholds murder conviction
The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld an Augusta man's 1995 murder conviction and life sentence.

Across the area
AIKEN -- Police are searching for a local man suspected in the arson of his wife's vehicle and alleged threats against her life early Sunday.

Official to finish contract
Charles Larke is considering a career in finance, sports or the stock market, but not until the next millennium.

Low voter turnout predicted in Augusta
Tuesday's election to fill half the seats on the Augusta Commission is being hailed as one of the dullest elections ever.

Only 3 districts will open polls
Augusta voters go to the polls today to fill half the seats on the city commission.

Council to decide Kmart plan
AIKEN -- The old Kmart building on Richland Avenue may get a new life as a county office building if a plan to lease the building is approved by Aiken County Council.

Just walkin' in the rain
Just walkin' in the rainJEFF JANOWSKI/STAFF

Rainy race day

Graffiti painted on home
GARDEN CITY, Ga. - Mayoral candidate Gwyn L. Hall Sr. went to church Saturday night and then stopped at Denny's to have a banana split. While he was there, his wife paged him to come home.

Teacher sentenced to prison

Governor comes to town
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes told the leaders of his education reform commission Monday that his first priority next year will be the creation of a student-information system to track Georgia's 1.4 million schoolchildren.

Graffiti painted on home

Only 3 districts will open polls

Teacher's job status uncertain

Low voter turnout predicted in Augusta

Governor tours city's future

Bridge links canal with Milledge Road

Governor comes to town

Suspect caught in N.Y.

School denies some students right to take SAT exam

McCormick teen missing from bus

First-grade promotion rate remains the same

Judge orders teen suspect back to school
AIKEN -- A 16-year-old Windsor teen accused of stealing guns from neighborhood homes to fund a drug habit was ordered by a judge Monday to return to class at South Aiken High School.

School denies some students right to take SAT exam
SAVANNAH -- Varsity wrestler David Gay has a good chance at getting a scholarship, but he is being stymied because administrators at Groves High School won't let him take the Scholastic Assessment Test.

Pacers cut Pope, Butler

Ellis to start season on injured list

Musselman upgraded to fair condition

Rider will miss season opener due to family medical emergency

Local athletes to appear on television often

NBA openers

Heat waive veteran Askins

Falcons defender Dronett redeems himself

NFL Roundup: Browns get first win, Rams first loss

Falcons finally see light at end of long, dark tunnel

New low hits team that's seen many of them

Walter Payton dies at 45

Titans hand Rams first loss

Colts top Cowboys

NFL notes: Aikman to have MRI

Holmgren wins in return to Green Bay

Mistakes hand Rams first loss

Falcons upbeat for second half

Seifert admits to unrealistic expectations

Falcons pounce on Panthers

Miss Danielle Johnson
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Miss Danielle Johnson, 19, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Joel Casteen
LOS ANGELES -- Mr. Joel Chad Casteen, 27, of Washington Place, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, in Marina Del Rey.

Mr. Henry Adams Sr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Henry Ford Adams Sr., 77, of Old Whiskey Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Donnie Brown Jr.
WINDSOR -- Mr. Donnie Gerald Brown Jr., 41, of Windsor Road, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Esther Hazelrigs
RICHMOND, Va. -- Mrs. Esther Wynn Hazelrigs, 78, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999.

Mr. Bud Bradley
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Bud H. ``Jot'' Bradley, 82, of Forest Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mrs. Frances Kersey
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances ``Firlie'' Kersey, 78, of Route 1, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Henry Logan
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Henry R. ``Uncle Henry'' Logan, 92, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Janice Jackson
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Janice W. Jackson, 43, of North Main Street, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Juanita New
AIKEN -- Mrs. Juanita Hubbard New, 60, of Sandy Springs Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Moses Gant
Mr. Moses Gant, 54, of Gay Street, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Leita Posey
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Leita Millar Posey, 85, of Pisgah Road, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Robert Clemmons Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Robert Lee Clemmons Sr., 66, of Lakeview Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ronald Collins
Mr. Ronald Charles ``Ron'' Collins, 65, of Trout Street, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Eddie Tompkins
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Eddie Herman Tompkins, 76, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999.

Mr. Lloyd Copeland
Mr. Lloyd Copeland, 76, of Martinez, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. John Brunson
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. John ``Jack'' Folk Brunson, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mr. Lawton Riner
OCEAN GATE, N.J. -- Mr. Lawton ``Dwight'' Riner, 59, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at Community Medical Center, Toms River.

Mrs. Helen Merolle
AIKEN -- Mrs. Helen Francese Merolle, 72, of Osbon Drive, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Samuel Ussery
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Samuel Eugene ``Sam'' Ussery, 53, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Cameron Lampley
HEPHZIBAH -- Cameron A. Lampley, 15, of Plum Bridge Court, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Miss Mary Johnson
SAVANNAH -- Miss Mary Chappelle Johnson, 91, of Laroche Avenue, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Chatham Nursing Home.

Mr. Albert Daniel
MADISON, Ga. -- Mr. Albert Louis Daniel, 93, of Jasper Street, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Augusta.

Mrs. Edna Travis
WOODBURY, Tenn. -- Mrs. Edna Faye Walker Travis, 67, of Seals Hollow Road, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Arreather Williamson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Arreather Washington Williamson, 73, of Union Church Lane, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, in Windsor.

Mrs. Anne Bennett
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Anne Leila Bennett, 91, of Thomson Road, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Freddie Glover
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Freddie Lee Glover, 33, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. Frank O'Connor
Mr. Frank Albert O'Connor, 79, of Rae's Creek Road, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Robert Lowe
Mr. Robert D. Lowe, 67, of Foxhall Circle, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at his residence.

Mrs. Alice Watson
Mrs. Alice E. Watson, 75, of Richmond Hill Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Imogene Smith
AIKEN -- Mrs. Imogene Carr ``Gene'' Smith, 80, of Augustus Road, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mrs. Juanita New

Mrs. Janice Jackson

Mr. Frank O'Connor

Mr. Henry Logan

Mr. Freddie Glover

Mr. John Brunson

Mr. Robert Clemmons Sr.

Miss Mary Johnson

Mr. Joel Casteen

Mrs. Leita Posey

Mr. Lawton Riner

Mrs. Edna Travis

Mr. Samuel Ussery

Mr. Bud Bradley

Mrs. Imogene Smith

Mr. Eddie Tompkins

Mrs. Alice Watson

Mr. Moses Gant

Mrs. Frances Kersey

Cameron Lampley

Mr. Albert Daniel

Miss Danielle Johnson

Mr. Donnie Brown Jr.

Mrs. Arreather Williamson

Mr. Lloyd Copeland

Public debate needed before changes at MCG
RE THE OCT. 10 article, ``Doctors debate MCG Health Inc.'' and the Oct. 13 report that the Board of Regents of the University System must approve a master agreement with MCG Health Inc., to run hospitals and clinics by Jan. 1:

Smith: Payne Stewart's death should be catalyst for improved aircraft safety rules
I FIRST encountered explosive decompression when I was a young fighter pilot flying over France at night in a single seat F-100 fighter aircraft. The year was 1960 but I can still remember that flight almost 40 years later.

Public debate needed before changes at MCG
RE THE OCT. 10 article, ``Doctors debate MCG Health Inc.'' and the Oct. 13 report that the Board of Regents of the University System must approve a master agreement with MCG Health Inc., to run hospitals and clinics by Jan. 1:

Seeks leadership in addition to funds for libraries
Yes, funding is important to maintaining excellence in public libraries. But leadership is even more essential. Betty Timmerman, North Augusta

Offers fan's eulogy for golf champion
It is kind of odd how the death of someone you don't even know can affect your life, or at least your outlook. I never knew U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart, but we shared a common bond. We had the game. He made a living at it. I am only obsessed. Andy King, Martinez

Appraising Sears
Harrison Sears is Richmond County's fifth tax appraiser since the mid-1970s -- and he has been given an ultimatum: resign or be fired.

Touts new small business incubator
A diamond in the rough, a nurturing environment for future ``Bill Gates'' are some of the images that come to mind when I think of the newly-built, beautiful Augusta-Richmond County Small Business Incubator. Helen Blocker-Adams, Augusta

Make time to vote!
Our fingers are crossed that the voter turnout for Augusta's three Commission races -- one of the dullest ever, except for south Augusta's Andy Cheek-Hobson Chavous slugfest -- will beat expectations.

Calls for removal of Braves manager
One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. With this in mind, the reign of Braves Manager Bobby Cox must come to an end. Bill Hamilton, Augusta

A new magnet school
It's heartening that teachers and staffers are being trained to implement a new magnet school to be housed at the Academy of Richmond County High School.

Laments finance reform bill's failure
The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill has again been voted down. In fact, it had no more possibility of passing than a snowball's chance in Hades! Al Kotras, Augusta

Smith: Payne Stewart's death should be catalyst for improved aircraft safety rules
I FIRST encountered explosive decompression when I was a young fighter pilot flying over France at night in a single seat F-100 fighter aircraft. The year was 1960 but I can still remember that flight almost 40 years later.

The Pakistan coup
Western powers are nervously cluck-clucking over the latest military coup in Pakistan. But perhaps Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf means it when he says he had to kill democracy in order to save it.

Says failed candidate forgot his roots
What do we really need in a political leader? How about simply someone who will tell you wherethey stand regardless of the political consequences. Randy Hatcher, Augusta

Historical change
When Augusta's then-U.S. Rep. Doug Barnard, D-Ga., proposed in 1978 to repeal the Depression era Glass-Steagall Act, he says he was just about laughed out of Congress. Nobody's laughing now.

Supports school uniform policy
I found it interesting that one of your letter writers, Joanne Paulos, (Oct. 21) supports uniforms in ``public school'' since the writer has no children in the public system. It is easy to support an idea when it has no affect on you. D. Thomas, Augusta

Urges celebration of Veterans Day
As the residents of Augusta remember our veterans on Nov. 11, the 160 members of the Augusta Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars hope you and your readers will find the following both interesting and timely: Lt. Col. H. Boyd Long III, Augusta

Asserts slavery wasn't God's idea
The Oct. 13 letter from T.W. Highsmith was somewhat misleading. In the beginning, when God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He neither told them to own slaves or to be owned by man. Slavery never came up in the mind of God. Julie Padgett, Augusta

Says theater's design in bad taste
I know I'm not the only person in the Augusta area who groans in dismay at the design of the new Regal Cinema building in the Augusta Exchange Shopping Center. Richard Dillenbeck, Augusta

Wants to take back what Satan 'stole'
The United States of America was founded on good ground, had a firm foundation and was built on a rock. This meant everything to the people then and still has that same meaning to some of us today. Glen Reynolds, Grovetown

Says uproar over painting is puzzling
The uproar about the picture that was displayed in a museum in New York in October is beyond my comprehension. Dennis A. Calamas, Augusta

Slams newsman's Pete Rose interview
In response to Jim Gray's NBC-TV interview of Pete Rose, this was the most tasteless excuse of an interview I have ever seen. B. Lord, Martinez

Woods wins seventh title in '99

Stricklin out after shop closes

Overtime: Evqvist wins by upsetting Krajicek

Pole-sitter Green wins Busch race

Overtime: Tech slates exhibition game tonight

South Aiken girls get by nemesis Irmo in tennis playoffs

Driver's death overshadows competitive race for title

Riders must endure cold arena

Stewart's hometown says goodbye

Barrel horse races return to civic center

SRS examines future finances
Savannah River Site's proposed budget for fiscal year 2001 is about $109 million more than its budget for the current fiscal year, but the numbers are far from final, a site official said Monday.

Airborne laser studied for missile defense
SEATTLE -- Across the street from a museum depicting the Wright brothers' historic flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C., nearly 100 years ago, a new breed of aviation pioneer is chasing a 21st century dream: an airplane armed with speed-of-light weaponry that can destroy enemy missiles in flight.

How to erase a browser's Web trail
Q. How do I get rid of my browser's history? A. Your Web browser is designed to make it easy to go to previously visited sites. As a result, your browsing leaves plenty of tracks.

Lab tests show new drug therapy may counter transplant rejection
WASHINGTON -- Immune cells that spring into action to defend the body are weakened by a new combination of drugs used in laboratory tests on mice. Many of the cells commit a form of programed suicide.

Researchers say fault more powerful than previously believed
IRVINE,Calif. -- A newly discovered fault beneath the coastal section of Orange County could generate a bigger earthquake than previously believed, according to a recent study.

Technology again used in search
BOSTON -- The recovery of the EgyptAir Flight 990 will involve technologies and techniques similar to those used in the Swissair Flight 111 and the TWA Flight 800 disasters.

Y2K spending shaping up as prosperity booster
Ask Jamison Scott how much his family's sheet-metal business spent fixing its Y2K computer problems and he'll say $80,000, a hefty sum for a company with 15 employees.

Popular software secretly sends music preferences
WASHINGTON -- The company that produces a popular software program for listening to music on computers apologized to users Monday and promised not to use the software to secretly collect details about music preferences of its customers.

Older women smokers more susceptible to lung cancer
CHICAGO -- Older women who smoke are more than twice as likely to get lung cancer as older men who light up, a study found.

Protein apparently helps bypass patients
DALLAS -- Heart bypass patients who received a protein that promotes the growth of new blood vessels had less chest pain and better blood flow than those who underwent surgery alone, a study found.

Web site will link coroners
AIKEN -- With the flick of a switch and click of a button, computer users now have access to the deadly details of Aiken County's unsolved mysteries.

North America's settlers may have crossed Atlantic
SANTA FE, N.M. -- In a radical twist to pre-history, two prominent archeologists say North America's first inhabitants may have crossed the icy Atlantic Ocean some 18,000 years ago from Europe's Iberian Peninsula.

Hoping for HOPE

The big screen

The big screen
The story of teen-age Joan of Arc (Milla Jovovich), who believes God has chosen her to help drive the English from her native France. The movie also stars Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich.

Support system can help with new baby

Your style
Alston Carter and Daphnne Bonaparte, 17-year-old seniors at Harlem High School.

Support system can help with new baby
``I just turned 18 years old, and I'm pregnant. My boyfriend told me he wants to help me take care of the baby. My parents and his parents know. He moved to Kansas and called me but hasn't sent me any money. My parents are telling me he doesn't care.'' -- Augusta girl

Your style

Hoping for HOPE
If you're a Georgia high schooler aspiring to go to college with the help of a HOPE scholarship, you should know it isn't as easy as watching the cash roll in.

Lab tests show new drug therapy may counter transplant rejection

Protein apparently helps bypass patients

Researchers say fault more powerful than previously believed

Technology again used in search

Popular software secretly sends music preferences

North America's settlers may have crossed Atlantic

SRS examines future finances

Web site will link coroners

How to erase a browser's Web trail

Y2K spending shaping up as prosperity booster

Airborne laser studied for missile defense