Philadelphia's home opener backfires

ACC preview: Blue Devils extremely young, talented

Lady Bulldogs ranked third in preseason poll

NBA notes: Hornets fill roster

NBA roundup

Rettenmund replaces Baylor as hitting coach

Wilson loses NL rookie award

Plenty of uncertainty for Williamson

Programs vying for prep stars

NBA roundup: Heat win a shootout with Pacers

Lawmakers want Royals ownership resolved

Beltran wins AL Rookie of the Year

Mercker, Slocumb and Morgan file for free agency

Georgia Tech falls in exhibition

North Carolina assistant returns with emotional apology

Playoff teams among top spenders

UConn is preseason No. 1

Wade Boggs apparently set to retire

Rookie guard has torn knee cartilage

Language is fraught with traps

Microsoft still recommended

Florists form cooperative
Twenty-two independent florists have joined forces to reclaim market share in fresh flower sales -- sales that recently have been eroded by big chain operations, grocery stores and mass-market retailers.

Florists form cooperative

Business briefs: Dow climbs in wake of Microsoft verdict
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed higher Monday as investors brushed off fears that an antitrust ruling against Microsoft will stall the company's growth or hamper the technology sector.

Business briefs: Lower stocks break Dow's win streak
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed mostly lower Tuesday as investors, growing more cautious as next week's Federal Reserve meeting approaches, locked in profits from the stunning runup in technology stocks.

Microsoft still recommended
Microsoft Corp., labeled a monopoly in a Friday antitrust trial ruling, survived a volatile Monday on Wall Street with better than expected results.

Pension disclosures debated
Ray Lillie opted for a promising IBM early retirement package. Then he found out he'd unwittingly cut himself out of an even better pension offer -- announced just weeks after he'd retired.

Business briefs: Dow climbs in wake of Microsoft verdict

What is Microsoft worth?
NEW YORK -- It's way too soon, very unlikely, yet hard not to ask: What would a $450 billion software monopoly like Microsoft be worth if it were sliced into smaller companies?

Microsoft performed better than expected

Senate approves minimum-wage boost
WASHINGTON -- Seeking to defuse a potent 2000 campaign issue, Senate Republicans today won approval of a $1 minimum wage increase and companion business tax cut after rejecting a more modest Democratic alternative.

Mergers warrant scrutiny
WASHINGTON -- Faced with an unprecedented wave of mammoth mergers in the communications industry, top regulators said Monday they are watching carefully to ensure the deals don't work against consumers.

Judge orders execs to return stock bonus
NEW YORK -- A judge ordered the three top executives of software maker Computer Associates International to return stock valued at $1.1 billion last year, in a stinging rebuke of the software giant's controversial bonus plan.

Microsoft performed better than expected
Microsoft Corp., stung by U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling that the company wielded monopolistic power to stifle competition and innovation, says it wants to settle.

Pension disclosures debated

Mergers warrant scrutiny

Judge orders execs to return stock bonus

Senate approves minimum-wage boost

Business briefs: Lower stocks break Dow's win streak

Clemson turnaround not predicted

Loss disappointing, but Tech must move on

One last time: College football needs a playoff

College notes: Brees to return to Purdue in 2000

One last time: College football needs a playoff

Tech looks to bounce back once again

Donnan pleased with defensive progress

Vols expect Arkansas to be seriously fired up

Carter taking a beating this year

Holtz says he's staying at USC

Bowden raises expectations as Clemson improves

FSU-Tenn, 1-2 in BCS standings

College notes: Redmond makes strong return for Sun Devils

Duke deals with season-ending injuries

USC losses extend to recruiting

ACC: Jones named back of week for fifth time

East Carolina looks to rebound from unexpected loss

Wall divided Berlin for 28 years
BERLIN -- The unnatural dawn of floodlights at 2 a.m. on Aug. 13, 1961, announced the beginning of Berlin's 28 years as a city divided.

Soldier given Medal of Honor
Heroes' Overlook at Riverwalk Augusta is a fitting tribute to the military personnel of the local area who have risked their lives in carrying out our nation's aims.

Dumb pop quiz

Defends manager of Atlanta Braves

Notes facet of golfer's life omitted

Hits NAACP 'racist' attack on flag

I-20 safety priority

Finds looks of new theater pleasing

Blasts airport security at Bush Field

Public trust violated

Remembers coach's positive influence

Supports students' discussion group

Dumb new EEOC rule

Wants shelters built for elderly

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores.

Black tie-up?
You may have your bottled water and your flashlights and your canned goods ready for the turn of the century, but do you have your tuxedo?

Germ danger could start with fake fingernails
It seems there's another threat to hospitalized patients besides those germy stethoscopes and doctors who don't wash their hands between patients: nurses and other health-care workers who wear artificial fingernails.

'Pokemon' has critic mystified
There are times here on the movie beat when I feel like I'm plain in over my head. This is one of those times. My assignment is to review Pokemon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back.

Casserole gets a gourmet touch
They say variety is the spice of life, but sometimes I think my husband, Bond, would disagree.

Drew Carey takes chance with censors in live show
Above, the Drew Carey Show cast includes Christa Miller (from left), Diedrich Bader, Drew Carey and Ryan Stiles. At left, the cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway includes Mr. Stiles (from left), Wayne Brady, Mr. Carey and Colin Mochrie. Members of the Whose Line cast will make guest appearances in tonight's live episode of Drew.Drew Carey takes chancewith censors in live show

In the know
PRODUCT RECALL: About 230,000 bottles of Scrub Free Daily Shower Cleaner and Scrub Free Daily Shower Spray are being recalled because the bottles may contain a bacteria that could cause respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems or impaired immune systems.

Marketing campaigns alter the jean pool
It's official -- your parents' jeans are no longer cool.

Georgia player of the week

S.C. players of the week

Lynx know their jobs are on the line

Language is fraught with traps
As I may have mentioned, my 5-year-old is beginning to read, and that means we are introducing him to the quirks of English.

Marketing campaigns alter the jean pool

Drew Carey takes chance with censors in live show

'Pokemon' has critic mystified

In the know

Black tie-up?

Casserole gets a gourmet touch

New facility will help improve health care
It looks like something off the set of a cooking show. But the instructional kitchen at the new Richmond County Health Department won't entertain, it will help families learn how to feed themselves and help improve health care in Augusta.

Atlantic pilots make emergency landing
A Delta Air Lines subsidiary airplane made an emergency landing Monday night in Augusta after experiencing trouble during its flight to North Carolina.

Inmate asks for new trial
AIKEN -- An inmate convicted of killing an Aiken County store owner at age 14 is asking for a new trial, filing a lawsuit that claims his attorney did not properly investigate the case or defend him.

Convicted senator signals plans to resign

Panel OKs increasing fire fee
An Augusta Commission committee approved a 50 percent increase in fire-inspection fees Monday to help offset the fire department's increased operational expenses.

Prosecutor: Drugs motive in killings

One last time: College football needs a playoff

James Brown tunes up for anti-hate tour
Though plans for a formal meeting had dissipated by Tuesday night, soul singer James Brown said he still intends to meet with the parents of a slain Columbine High School student and structure an anti-hate tour to reach out to students nationwide.

Officials tout bonds to build high-speed railway

Georgia colleges make move toward online classes
ATLANTA -- More than 60 percent of Georgians polled say they'd be willing to use the Internet or Georgia Public Television to take college courses, according to a University System of Georgia poll.

Davidson is top school in Georgia
Richmond County has the top high school in the state, but most of its high schools rank far behind others, including those in neighboring Columbia County.

Across the area: Teacher finds pupil with illegal weapon
A Richmond County teacher discovered a 12-year-old with a weapon at school Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Veterans memorials scheduled

Georgians supportive of new bill
ATLANTA -- Nearly three-fourths of Georgians support passage of a state law providing stiffer penalties for hate crimes, according to a poll commissioned by a gay civil rights group.

Fairest of the fair
The words ``cow'' and ``fierce competition'' normally don't go hand in hand. But at the 76th annual Augusta Exchange Club Agricultural Fair's Beef Livestock Show, competition is taught at an early age.

Finishing touches
Clear skies Tuesday make it easier for Scooter (left) and Butch Jackson of Jacksons Painting to finish the trim of Old Mill Run apartments on W. Buena Vista Boulevard in North Augusta. Today's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies.

Veterans memorials scheduled
To remember sacrifices the nation's soldiers made, many veterans groups and schools throughout the Aiken-Augusta area will celebrate Veterans Day with a rash of patriotic events Thursday.

Prosecutor: Drugs motive in killings
A Trenton, S.C., man had motives -- including his wife's and her ex-husband's knowledge of his marijuana dealings -- for paying to have the pair killed, according to an Arkansas prosecutor.

Dean: More faculty needed at med school
In a tumultuous time of change, increasing the faculty and the ability to conduct research will ensure the future of Medical College of Georgia's School of Medicine, Dean Darrell Kirch said Tuesday.

Tire firm plans big ceremony
GRANITEVILLE -- The Bridgestone tire company that eventually will employ 800 people is celebrating its completion Thursday by announcing a technological breakthrough in tire manufacturing and a donation to the community.

Highway plan to hit businesses

Residents raise college funds
AIKEN -- Just as the College Board announced that tuition costs are climbing, a group of prominent Aiken County residents is launching a campaign to send students to post-secondary schools.

Officials debating state law
AIKEN -- Aiken City Council is in a quandary over whether to reprimand a city election office member who ran a campaign this fall.

Soldier given Medal of Honor

Truffles could be big for state
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's got its Vidalia onions, Elberta peaches and south Georgia pecans - and one day, as Tim Brenneman sees things, it could also have its truffles.

Residents raise college funds

E-mail adds fuel to airports' rivalry

Truckers say Georgia drivers among worst

MCG's plan in motion
ATLANTA -- More than a quarter of Medical College of Georgia's employees designated as being eligible for early retirement already have accepted the school's offer, but MCG President Francis Tedesco told members of the Board of Regents on Tuesday they haven't seen anything yet.

James Brown tunes up for anti-hate tour

Convicted senator signals plans to resign
ATLANTA -- Convicted state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, who has been suspended since her March indictment, has signaled plans to resign from office.

Georgia colleges make move toward online classes

Across the area: Teacher finds pupil with illegal weapon

Blast off!

New facility will help improve health care

Area girl loses life to cancer

Tree-trimming permits facing battle in court

Truffles could be big for state

Building named for leader

Atlantic pilots make emergency landing

Across the area: Sheriff calls off search for suspect

Panel OKs increasing fire fee

Officials debating state law

NAACP's boycott hits South Carolina

Schrenko case gets under way

Officials tout bonds to build high-speed railway
Georgia politicians are working together to push legislation aimed at allowing Amtrak to raise money for construction of high-speed rail lines with the hopes of spurring development within the state.

Building named for leader
AIKEN -- Amelia Penland remembers what her late husband always said: He never wanted a building to bear his name.

Schrenko case gets under way
ATLANTA -- Georgia's Ethics Commission decided unanimously Monday to open a formal investigation of state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko, who is accused of accepting illegal contributions and filing faulty reports.

Highway plan to hit businesses
Get your Checker Burger while you still can -- the fast-food restaurant is one of several businesses that might be torn down to make way for road improvements at the interchange of Interstate 20 and Bobby Jones Expressway.

Tree-trimming permits facing battle in court
ATLANTA -- Advertisers should not be allowed to cut trees blocking billboards along state highways at least until a lawsuit challenging the state's authority to issue such tree-trimming permits is resolved, former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers told the state Supreme Court on Monday.

NAACP's boycott hits South Carolina
AIKEN -- South Carolina is already feeling economic pressure to force a Confederate flag off its capitol dome, but tourism officials are reluctant to say it in numbers.

Blast off!
Grace (from left) and Theren Foster watch their brother Leighton ignite a model rocket near Lake Olmstead on Monday. The three launched the rocket with their father until it got stuck in a tree.

Tuesday morning quarterback

Across the area: Sheriff calls off search for suspect
After three hours of searching with police dogs and a helicopter Monday afternoon, McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall called off a manhunt for an armed robbery suspect.

Wall divided Berlin for 28 years

Inmate asks for new trial

Area girl loses life to cancer
A Columbia County girl who was granted a wish to appear in a Muppet movie earlier this year lost her battle with cancer Sunday afternoon.

Truckers say Georgia drivers among worst
Georgia's drivers have earned the dubious distinction of being the worst in the nation, according to a survey of truckers.

E-mail adds fuel to airports' rivalry
Members of two local pilots' groups are being asked to attend the Augusta Aviation Commission meeting Thursday to oppose the renewal of Airport Director Al McDill's employment contract.

Finishing touches

Jacksonville becoming this year's Juggernaut

Falcons hope time off will improve miserable season

Without triplets, Cowboys' woes multiply

Marino ruled out for this week's game

49ers deal with quarterback questions

Seattle's star wide receiver finally reports

Without triplets, Cowboys' woes multiply

NFL reinstates Rams linebacker

Falcons faults exposed in loss

Halfway home, the AFC is the class of the NFL

QB controversy in Miami?

Mrs. Sibyl Hanson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Sibyl Gibbs Hanson, 83, of Holt Street, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Edgar Brown
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Edgar Raymond Brown, 54, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, in Aiken.

Mr. Felix Caraballo Sr.
Mr. Felix Caraballo Sr., 80, of Jennings Road, died Monday. Nov. 8, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Elvira Butler
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Elvira Pressley Butler, 70, of Winding Road, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mr. Charles Jenkins Sr.
Mr. Charles Milford Jenkins Sr., 81, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at the Georgia War Veterans Home.

Mr. Robert Elliott Jr., 88, retired Navy chaplain
Mr. Robert Edward Elliott Jr., a retired Navy chaplain, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at University Hospital. He was 88.

Mrs. Sadie Rothstein
Mrs. Sadie Gersch Rothstein, 95, of West Wheeler Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Louise Clarke
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise Parker Clarke, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mrs. Mildred Burnett
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Mildred Clark Burnett, 85, of Laurel Drive, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mrs. Ruth Moser
Mrs. Ruth H. Moser, of Augusta, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Fannie Cobb
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Fannie Burgamy Cobb, 83, of Georgia Highway 24 East, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999.

Mr. Robert Chandler
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert Lee Chandler, 67, of Vivion Drive, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Jesse Mills
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Jesse Edward Mills, 85, of Warthen Street, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Eartha Glover
AIKEN -- Mrs. Eartha Lee Glover, of Greenville Street, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mr. Lee Plevnic
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mr. Lee Allen Plevnic, 61, of Georgia Highway 23 South, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at his residence.

Mr. James Hucks Jr.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mr. James Frank Hucks Jr., 76, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital.

Mr. Enrique Cuebas
Mr. Enrique ``Henry'' Cuebas, 46, of Vernon Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999.

Mr. George Lindsey
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. George Bennie Lindsey, 85, of Jones Chapel Road, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Elzy Wood
AIKEN -- Mr. Elzy ``Dave'' Wood, 75, of Vaucluse Road, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jerry Geter
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Jerry ``Bo'' Geter, of Horse Creek Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Winnifred Morton
NEWINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Winnifred Sue Hodges Morton, 60, of Lucus Street, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.

Mr. Arthur Priester
AIKEN -- Mr. Arthur Leroy Priester, 56, of McCormick Street, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Levy Johnson
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- Mr. Levy Howard Johnson, 81, of Jackson Avenue, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at the Georgia War Veterans Home.

Mrs. Georgia Murray
Mrs. Georgia Murray, of Apple Jack Terrace, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Jennings Health Care Facility.

Mr. Wade Hannah
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Mr. Wade H. Hannah, 72, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Souteast Georgia Regional Medical Center, Brunswick.

Mr. Bennie Green
Mr. Bennie Green, 73, of Roosevelt Street, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Edward Towne
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Edward William Towne, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, in Williston.

Mrs. Thelma Riner
Mrs. Thelma Proctor Riner, 75, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999.

Kristina Donnelly
Kristina Donnelly, 11, of Evans, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ell Scott
Mrs. Ell Bell Scott, 70, of Golden Camp Road, died Sunday, Nov.7, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Herman Ulreich
FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Mr. Herman Tobias ``Toby'' Ulreich, 57, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999.

Mr. George McDonald
Mr. George McDonald, 86, of Gerald Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Jennings Health Care.

Mr. Steven Patch
Mr. Steven Wyatt Patch, 28, of Thornberry Drive, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lillian Blumenthal
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lillian Blumenthal, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Marlitte Smith
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Marlitte Martin Smith, 89, of McCormick Health Care, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Rodney Dunn Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Rodney Kent Dunn Jr., infant son of Rodney K. Dunn and Annie Craig Dunn, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Rodney Dunn Jr.

Mrs. Mildred Burnett

Mrs. Elvira Butler

Mrs. Ell Scott

Mr. Enrique Cuebas

Mrs. Louise Clarke

Mr. Jesse Mills

Mr. James Hucks Jr.

Mrs. Winnifred Morton

Mrs. Lillian Blumenthal

Mr. Edward Towne

Mrs. Thelma Riner

Mr. Charles Jenkins Sr.

Mrs. Sadie Rothstein

Mrs. Sibyl Hanson

Mr. Arthur Priester

Mr. Levy Johnson

Mr. Wade Hannah

Mr. Herman Ulreich

Mr. George Lindsey

Mr. Lee Plevnic

Mr. George McDonald

Mr. Robert Chandler

Mr. Bennie Green

Mrs. Fannie Cobb

Mr. Jerry Geter

Mr. Steven Patch

Mrs. Ruth Moser

Mrs. Marlitte Smith

Kristina Donnelly

Wiley: Candidate's character is issue, newspaper insists
We seem to have kicked up a bit of a dust storm with our Oct. 31 editorial titled ``McCain's temper is legitimate issue: Hull's account of outbursts not unusual.'' It's been the topic of national television and print news accounts.

Supports students' discussion group
Shame on The Chronicle for characterizing a student-founded Women's Issues Discussion Group at Lakeside High School as ``controversial'' (news story, Nov. 6).

Hits NAACP 'racist' attack on flag
Re the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: Exactly what does the removal of the Confederate battle flag from above the South Carolina Statehouse have to do with the advancement of colored people?

Wants shelters built for elderly
As I'm coming to work, I can't but notice all the old retired people sitting on their porches and out in their yards. Henry Hogan, Augusta

No teen apathy here
Not everyone will agree with Arika Cohen's and Paige Smith's feminist views -- and a number of parents point out some of the topics the two Lakeside High School seniors cover should be out of bounds.

Remembers coach's positive influence
Augusta lost one of its giants with the passing of Denny Leonard. Over the past half century, no person influenced more young men in Augusta than Mr. Leonard. David B. Bell, Augusta

Notes millennium won't start in 2000
Why is it that some of the most respectable companies have fallen for the biggest hoax of the millennium?

Blasts airport security at Bush Field
After returning a rental car to Bush Field Airport, it was necessary for me to walk a good distance to my car which was parked in the long term parking area. Shari L. Mosley, Williston

Wiley: Candidate's character is issue, newspaper insists
We seem to have kicked up a bit of a dust storm with our Oct. 31 editorial titled ``McCain's temper is legitimate issue: Hull's account of outbursts not unusual.'' It's been the topic of national television and print news accounts.

Dumb pop quiz
Thoughts on Republican presidential candidate George Bush being asked by a reporter to name four obscure world leaders:

Public trust violated
U.S. District Judge G. Ernest Tidwell is putting the squeeze on state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, D-Savannah, to get her out of office, as well he should.

Finds looks of new theater pleasing
The world would be a boring place if we all had the same tastes. Those who don't like the design of Augusta's new Regal Cinema are certainly entitled to their opinion. My opinion is that it's one of the most pleasing buildings I've seen recently.

Rejoices in denominations' statement
It's difficult in these times to feel optimistic about anything. Each day brings more news about man's inhumanity to man. Our schools have become forts and our neighborhoods battle zones.

Notes facet of golfer's life omitted
I don't know if you had an opportunity to tune in on the memorial service for Payne Stewart, but it was one of the most moving experiences that I have had in a long time.

Dumb new EEOC rule
May we obtain some signatures and commit the schizophrenic U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to an institution?

Hits Canal Authority over Stockade
Upon reading the article concerning the city commissioners reneging on the 10 year lease of the Old City Stockade to The Central Savannah River Area Humane Society I felt compelled to voice an opinion. J. R. Ivey, Augusta

Leave sentencing alone
Gov. Roy Barnes' Commission for Certainty in Sentencing is aghast at disparate sentences for similar crimes across the state.

Defends manager of Atlanta Braves
I am amazed a reader wanted Bobby Cox fired. Giri Venkatraman, Martinez

I-20 safety priority
Area residents, especially those who must regularly contend with the jumbled, dangerous Interstate 20-Bobby Jones Expressway interchange, should be heartened to learn that Georgia roadbuilders are studying ways to make it safer.

Senior PGA Tour will get bigger and better

Lewis: Scandal confirms suspicion

Woods won't stop working to improve

Petty Enterprises switching from Pontiac to Dodge

Overtime: Season tickets for Stallions go on sale

Tiger Woods is right on the money

Tuesday morning quarterback

Arena racetrack nearly financed; contractor chosen

Overtime: World's oldest Olympian dies at nearly 101

Russian navy a reluctant partner in nuclear clean-up operation
ARKHANGELSK, Russia -- Nikolai Birillo was trained to end the world, not clean it up. Birillo, a vice admiral in the Russian navy, ran patrols on nuclear submarines for 23 years, carrying missiles and torpedoes tipped with atomic warheads.

Amazon to expand Web sales
NEW YORK -- Amazon.com, trying to build itself into an online superstore, is expanding into both software and hardware -- real hardware, as in nails, sandpaper and power tools.

Budget may force SRS layoffs
Savannah River Site officials will attempt today to resolve a budget debate that could result in layoffs at the federal nuclear-weapons site.

President participates in online 'town hall'
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton said his ``virtual town hall meeting'' Monday was the Internet age's answer to Franklin D. Roosevelt's radio chats with the nation and the televised presidential press conferences during John F. Kennedy's administration.

Couch potatoes risk heart attacks from sudden exercise
CHICAGO -- Overweight, sedentary people should take it slow to avoid heart attacks when they finally get off the couch and start exercising.

Priceline.com enters phone fray
NEW YORK -- Priceline.com, the Internet service that lets customers name their own prices for plane tickets, hotel rooms, cars and groceries, is moving into the long distance telephone business.

Judge shows lack of trust in Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- The judge behind the blistering ruling against the Microsoft Corp. didn't question the honesty of Bill Gates outright, but he rejected almost every explanation of events offered under oath by the world's most famous billionaire.

Japan government reprimands cell research
TOKYO -- The Japanese government on Monday criticized the ethics of a researcher at a Tokyo university who combined a human cell with a cow's egg -- a procedure officials said was too similar to cloning.

Baker: Nuclear energy vital
Convincing the public of the need for nuclear power is the most difficult task the nuclear industry faces, a former presidential chief of staff said Monday.

New study on risk of heart disease
ATLANTA -- Women who actually follow all of the standard health advice -- eat sensibly, don't smoke, get some exercise, keep the weight down, have an occasional drink -- can reduce their chance of heart disease an astonishing 82 percent, according to a study released Monday.

Troops to be given experimental drugs only rarely
WASHINGTON -- Only in rare instances will U.S. forces be required to take drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the Clinton administration told Congress Tuesday. A Pentagon official said these could include exposure to lethal biological-chemical weapons for which there are no approved vaccines.

Your style
Andrea Briscoe, 17, a senior at Harlem High School.

Joining the crew

The big screen

Advice Line back on track
Well, the votes are in, and readers want to keep Advice Line in Xtreme. The final tally was 131 votes to keep and 32 to dump.

Advice Line back on track

The big screen
POKEMON: THE FIRST MOVIE: Pikachu, Ash and Mewtwo join other popular characters from the hit anime TV program Pokemon in a full-length film.

Joining the crew
Competitive. Gratifying. Fun. That's how some area teen-agers who participate in rowing describe the river sport.

Your style

Fair gets high marks from teens
Looking for the lowdown on what to do at the 76th annual Augusta Exchange Club Fair?

New study on risk of heart disease

Judge shows lack of trust in Microsoft

Couch potatoes risk heart attacks from sudden exercise

Russian navy a reluctant partner in nuclear clean-up operation

Japan government reprimands cell research

Budget may force SRS layoffs

Baker: Nuclear energy vital

Troops to be given experimental drugs only rarely

Priceline.com enters phone fray