Playoff teams among top spenders

Mercker, Slocumb and Morgan file for free agency

Wilson loses NL rookie award

Rookie guard has torn knee cartilage

Lady Bulldogs ranked third in preseason poll

Philadelphia's home opener backfires

NBA roundup: Heat win a shootout with Pacers

Lawmakers want Royals ownership resolved

North Carolina assistant returns with emotional apology

ACC preview: Blue Devils extremely young, talented

Programs vying for prep stars

Beltran wins AL Rookie of the Year

Wade Boggs apparently set to retire

Plenty of uncertainty for Williamson

Georgia Tech falls in exhibition

Rettenmund replaces Baylor as hitting coach

NBA notes: Hornets fill roster

UConn is preseason No. 1

NBA roundup

Language is fraught with traps

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?

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.

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.

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.

Florists form cooperative

Judge orders execs to return stock bonus

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.

Pension disclosures debated

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.

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.

Senate approves minimum-wage boost

Microsoft performed better than expected

Microsoft still recommended

Business briefs: Dow climbs in wake of Microsoft verdict

Mergers warrant scrutiny

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs: Lower stocks break Dow's win streak

FSU-Tenn, 1-2 in BCS standings

ACC: Jones named back of week for fifth time

Clemson turnaround not predicted

Tech looks to bounce back once again

Duke deals with season-ending injuries

Donnan pleased with defensive progress

Holtz says he's staying at USC

One last time: College football needs a playoff

USC losses extend to recruiting

Carter taking a beating this year

College notes: Brees to return to Purdue in 2000

Loss disappointing, but Tech must move on

East Carolina looks to rebound from unexpected loss

One last time: College football needs a playoff

Vols expect Arkansas to be seriously fired up

College notes: Redmond makes strong return for Sun Devils

Bowden raises expectations as Clemson improves

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.

Hits NAACP 'racist' attack on flag

Defends manager of Atlanta Braves

Public trust violated

Notes facet of golfer's life omitted

Blasts airport security at Bush Field

Dumb new EEOC rule

Remembers coach's positive influence

Finds looks of new theater pleasing

Wants shelters built for elderly

Supports students' discussion group

Dumb pop quiz

I-20 safety priority

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

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

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

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.

'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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

'Pokemon' has critic mystified

Casserole gets a gourmet touch

Drew Carey takes chance with censors in live show

Black tie-up?

Marketing campaigns alter the jean pool

In the know

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.

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.

Building named for leader

Finishing touches

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.

Inmate asks for new trial

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.

Convicted senator signals plans to resign

Officials debating state law

Veterans memorials scheduled

Panel OKs increasing fire fee

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Residents raise college funds

Across the area: Teacher finds pupil with illegal weapon

E-mail adds fuel to airports' rivalry

One last time: College football needs a playoff

Schrenko case gets under way

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.

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.

NAACP's boycott hits South Carolina

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

James Brown tunes up for anti-hate tour

Georgia colleges make move toward online classes

New facility will help improve health care

Truckers say Georgia drivers among worst

Wall divided Berlin for 28 years

Prosecutor: Drugs motive in killings

Tree-trimming permits facing battle in court

Across the area: Sheriff calls off search for suspect

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.

Officials tout bonds to build high-speed railway

Blast off!

Highway plan to hit businesses

Tuesday morning quarterback

Soldier given Medal of Honor

Area girl loses life to cancer

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.

Truffles could be big for state

Atlantic pilots make emergency landing

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.

Falcons hope time off will improve miserable season

Marino ruled out for this week's game

Without triplets, Cowboys' woes multiply

NFL reinstates Rams linebacker

Falcons faults exposed in loss

Jacksonville becoming this year's Juggernaut

QB controversy in Miami?

Seattle's star wide receiver finally reports

49ers deal with quarterback questions

Without triplets, Cowboys' woes multiply

Halfway home, the AFC is the class of the NFL

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

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

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

Mrs. Sadie Rothstein
Mrs. Sadie Gersch Rothstein, 95, of West Wheeler Road, 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kristina Donnelly

Mr. Edward Towne

Mr. Jerry Geter

Mr. George McDonald

Mr. Levy Johnson

Mrs. Sibyl Hanson

Mr. Enrique Cuebas

Mrs. Ruth Moser

Mrs. Winnifred Morton

Mrs. Fannie Cobb

Mr. Herman Ulreich

Mr. Charles Jenkins Sr.

Mr. Wade Hannah

Mr. Steven Patch

Mrs. Louise Clarke

Rodney Dunn Jr.

Mrs. Thelma Riner

Mrs. Ell Scott

Mr. Jesse Mills

Mr. James Hucks Jr.

Mrs. Mildred Burnett

Mrs. Lillian Blumenthal

Mrs. Marlitte Smith

Mrs. Sadie Rothstein

Mr. Lee Plevnic

Mr. Arthur Priester

Mr. Robert Chandler

Mr. George Lindsey

Mr. Bennie Green

Mrs. Elvira Butler

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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).

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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?

Woods won't stop working to improve

Petty Enterprises switching from Pontiac to Dodge

Senior PGA Tour will get bigger and better

Tuesday morning quarterback

Tiger Woods is right on the money

Arena racetrack nearly financed; contractor chosen

Lewis: Scandal confirms suspicion

Overtime: World's oldest Olympian dies at nearly 101

Overtime: Season tickets for Stallions go on sale

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joining the crew

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

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.

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

Your style

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

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

Russian navy a reluctant partner in nuclear clean-up operation

Judge shows lack of trust in Microsoft

Japan government reprimands cell research

Troops to be given experimental drugs only rarely

New study on risk of heart disease

Budget may force SRS layoffs

Baker: Nuclear energy vital

Priceline.com enters phone fray

Couch potatoes risk heart attacks from sudden exercise