Payday advances targeted
A national trade association for companies offering short-term cash advances announced new guidelines Monday to promote more responsible lending practices.

Business briefs

Stocks plunge on interest rate worries

Applicants hoping for John Deere jobs

Payday advances targeted

Business briefs
CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble Co., a day after deciding against a bid for drug makers Warner-Lambert and American Home Products, reported second-quarter earnings that changed little from a year earlier but that beat Wall Street expectations.

Stocks plunge on interest rate worries
NEW YORK -- Stocks plunged Monday as optimism about corporate earnings gave way to jitters about rising interest rates and their impact on profit growth.

Applicants hoping for John Deere jobs
The Georgia Department of Labor has received 304 applications for the 30 job openings that will be created when John Deere opens its second phase in November.

Business briefs
DALLAS -- CompUSA is being purchased for about $1 billion by Grupo Sanborns, a Mexican retail group that already owns nearly 15 percent of the nation's leading computer retailer.

Georgia faces tough SEC test against Kentucky

Syracuse tops Connecticut

ACC notes: Storm forces Clemson to reschedule game

Virginia tops Virginia Tech

Young chooses Deacons

Makes observations about drawdown

Fight S.C. abuse

Wants answers on low water levels

Blasts Clinton 'roller-coaster ride'

Seeks community support for teachers

Where are senators?

Backs chief deputy for new sheriff

Defends model U.N. participation

Says battle flag flew over `traitors'

Parole panel rescue

Hit Corps over lock and dam debacle

Asks industry aid on lock, dam issue

Calls for apology for the Confederacy

Slams McDuffie officials' `arrogance'

Hot enchiladas!
If winter boredom has set in, take a trip to Mexico. Plane tickets are expensive, so why not stay home and make it a culinary journey with today's recipe for Beefy Enchiladas?

In the know
You're probably not reading this while driving, but a new study suggests that if you're like most people you occasionally engage in potentially dangerous, distracting behavior while behind the wheel.

'Late Night' swept into sweeps without host
With David Letterman out of the office after undergoing quintuple bypass heart surgery, CBS may have to depend on guest hosts for the acclaimed Late Show with David Letterman during the all-important February sweeps.`Late Night' swept into sweeps without host.

Cooking substitutes
Several readers called to inquire about a substitute ingredient for the bourbon in Karin Calloway's recipe for Bourbon Pork Tenderloin. The recipe was voted one of Mrs. Calloway's top dishes in a recent reader poll.

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. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Small portions
As a child, you probably didn't know -- or care -- about the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate. You were too busy plopping marshmallows on top of the steaming mug and waiting impatiently for them to form a monstrous blob before taking a gulp.

This is fashion?
Looking at these pictures from last week's fashion shows in Paris and Hong Kong, you're probably wondering two things: WHO would wear THAT? and WHERE could you wear it?

Former NFL star battles top cutters

Futurity surprisingly quiet

Futurity schedule

High school scores

Georgia high school basketball polls

Winter storm wreaks havoc with prep slate

Musketeers sweep Patriots

Rangers stop Thrashers

Flames burn Bruins

NHL Capsules

Send off stockpile leftovers
Can you believe it's been a month since Christmas? Remember those sunny, unseasonably warm days? We're paying for it now, I guess.

Residents rush to area stores to stock up on cold-weather items
All that Y2K preparedness may have come in handy. Those D cell batteries purchased for millennium-ready flashlights were standing by for the unexpected snow storm Monday.

Wintry weather hits Augusta area
Pam Tucker braced early Monday for a day of heavy rains. Instead, she got a day of snow -- and accompanying headaches. ``It is pretty, but I hate snow,'' said Columbia County's emergency services director.

Closings and cancellations
These are some of the closings and cancellations for Tuesday:

Wintry weather brings accidents closures to Augusta area
Pam Tucker braced early Monday for a day of heavy rains. Instead, she got a day of snow -- and accompanying headaches. ``It is pretty, but I hate snow,'' said Columbia County's emergency services director.

Emergency numbers
Below is a list of numbers to call for updates about roads, schools and local transit service. To access Infoline, call 442-4444 and press the corresponding code.

Closings and cancellations
These are some of the closings and cancellations for Tuesday:

Local residents enjoy area snow
Martinez resident Kim Clements was ready with her camera as she watched her children play in the snow.

Winter storm brings snow to area
A surprise winter storm iced bridges, closed schools and offered some snow accumulation Monday throughout the Augusta region.

Weather affects workers
Monday's snowflakes sent some area workers home early, with employers citing safety concerns for early dismissals.

Use common sense when driving in snow
Whether you wake up today to four inches of snow or merely wet roads, Augusta area officials are encouraging all motorists to use extreme caution.

Small portions

This is fashion?

Cooking substitutes

Hot enchiladas!

'Late Night' swept into sweeps without host

In the know

In the know

County to explore charter school needs
Richmond County's school board hopes to get answers this week to questions it has about allowing a charter school to open this fall.

Across the area
Rose Ellen Cushman was ordered by a Benton County, Ark., Circuit Court judge Monday to undergo more psychological tests before appearing in court again.

New clinic set to open today

Parole status changes

Wintry weather hits Augusta area
Pam Tucker braced early Monday for a day of heavy rains. Instead, she got a day of snow -- and accompanying headaches. ``It is pretty, but I hate snow,'' said Columbia County's emergency services director.

Storm: Forecast calls for rain, cold

City officials press dam closure issue

Officials will lobby for dam

Snow stalls selection of Hill jurors
YORK, S.C. -- Snow and sleet were blamed for postponing the first day of jury selection in the capital murder trial of David Mark Hill, who is charged in connection with the killing of three caseworkers at an Aiken County Department of Social Services office.

Snow days can present problems for many parents

Sheriff will defend acts on `20/20'
Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers will defend his agency's involvement in a union fight during a Friday night edition of ABC's 20/20, a television producer said Monday.

Repairs to park reach $63,299

Across the area: Snow delays trial in 1996 slayings
YORK -- Jury selection in the death penalty trial of David Mark Hill was postponed for a second day Tuesday because of snow in York County, court officials said.

Lineups made up of unknowns

Online learning

Across the area: Snow delays trial in 1996 slayings

Wintry weather hits Augusta area

Residents rush to area stores to stock up on cold-weather items

Ten cities cited for livability
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Savannah and Thomson are two of the 10 most-livable and best-managed cities in the state, according to a panel that weighed nominations from 89 Georgia cities.

Emergency numbers

Weather postpones sexual assault trial
Monday's snowfall delayed the start of the trial for a Hephzibah High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student last year.

City officials press dam closure issue
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should review environmental effects of permanently closing Augusta's New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam before taking action, Georgia's top environmental official said Monday.

Advertising rights issue solved
Pending legal action was averted Monday when a dispute over Augusta Futurity advertising rights turned out to be a simple misunderstanding.

Schrenko denounces bad press for schools
ATLANTA -- State Superintendent of Schools Linda Schrenko on Monday accused House Floor Leader Charlie Smith, D-St. Marys, of carrying on a ``negative'' campaign against Georgia's public schools.

Weather affects workers
Monday's snowflakes sent some area workers home early, with employers citing safety concerns for early dismissals.

Money for homeless not sought

Online learning
When Kelli Spearman's fifth-grade class receives assignments, they don't always come through the traditional means.

Bureau editor named `Chronicle' selects former staff writer Rickabaugh as new South Carolina chief
Greg Rickabaugh, 28, has been named South Carolina editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Task force to study indigent care needs
After consecutive year-end struggles to fund indigent care at University Hospital, Augusta Commission will form a task force to study the issue and recommend solutions.

Storm: Forecast calls for rain, cold
Temperatures in the mid-40s Tuesday brought Augusta out of a 24-hour hibernation. But the respite could end by the weekend.

County to explore charter school needs

Repairs to park reach $63,299
The city of Augusta financed 103 truckloads of dirt and rock used to stabilize eroding shorelines at Lock and Dam Park after the Army Corps of Engineers lowered the Savannah River last week.

Parole status changes
A convicted child killer who had been serving his sentence in a minimum-security Augusta prison facility was transferred to Hancock State Prison on Tuesday afternoon.

Officials will lobby for dam
ATLANTA -- Augusta's state legislators aim to seek support from local, state and federal lawmakers from both sides of the Savannah River to persuade Washington officials to continue operating the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Okefenokee gator nears 14 feet long
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- When you're the biggest alligator in the swamp, you can pretty much hang out anywhere you want.

Snow days can present problems for many parents
Snow day! These are sacred words for children -- a get-out-of-school-free pass. But for working parents, snow days present a terrible dilemma: What do you do with your children when you have to report for duty?

Across the area

Okefenokee gator nears 14 feet long

Schrenko denounces bad press for schools

Closings and cancellations

Closings and cancellations
These are some of the closings and cancellations for Tuesday:

Money for homeless not sought
Augusta's homeless might have missed out on needed funding last year because local agencies failed to apply for it.

Local residents enjoy area snow
Martinez resident Kim Clements was ready with her camera as she watched her children play in the snow.

Thomson school cited for excellence
THOMSON, Ga. -- Reading and math scores of J.A. Maxwell Elementary School pupils are steadily increasing.

Residents rush to area stores to stock up on cold-weather items
All that Y2K preparedness may have come in handy. Those D cell batteries purchased for millennium-ready flashlights were standing by for the unexpected snow storm Monday.

Snow stalls selection of Hill jurors

Thomson school cited for excellence

Sheriff will defend acts on `20/20'

Crime Stoppers will go statewide
AIKEN -- Building on the success of a program that asks anonymous tipsters to turn in criminals for cash, South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon visited Aiken on Monday to announce the formation of a statewide Crime Stoppers organization.

Closings and cancellations

Winter storm brings snow to area

Use common sense when driving in snow

Use common sense when driving in snow
Whether you wake up today to four inches of snow or merely wet roads, Augusta area officials are encouraging all motorists to use extreme caution.

Emergency numbers
Below is a list of numbers to call for updates about roads, schools and local transit service. To access Infoline, call 442-4444 and press the corresponding code.

Wintry weather brings accidents closures to Augusta area

Report on SRS suit gets mixed reaction

Crime Stoppers will go statewide

Wintry weather hits Augusta area

New clinic set to open today
For once, the battered and dingy file drawers looked out of place in the records room. Berine Davis and co-workers at the Richmond County Health Department carefully transferred files out of the old and into the new cabinets as they prepared for the opening of the new clinic today.

Report on SRS suit gets mixed reaction
A 60 Minutes report Sunday about a racial-discrimination lawsuit at Savannah River Site inspired reactions as opposite as the views held by the suit's litigants.

Weather affects workers

Chicago billionaire buys NBA Grizzlies

Derrick Thomas of Chiefs paralyzed in legs

Vermeil not thinking about retirement

Bucs say this time they'll remain hungry

Lineups made up of unknowns

No sad country songs in Nashville: Titans super

Work of art nearly complete

Rams leave assistant coaches home for two days of work, Titans plan same

Titans relishing role as underdog

Teams, fans arrive in chilly Atlanta

NFL notebook: Groh takes charge of N.Y. Jets

Rams capture their own Super Bowl entrance on videotape

Reeves fires DeBerg

With no Super Bowl, Jaguars have little to celebrate

Mr. Wade Franklin
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Wade Hampton Franklin, 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. James Long
Mr. James H. ``Harry'' Long, 76, of Ohio Avenue, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Sallie Boone
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Sallie Mary Harrell Boone, 76, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Charles Mears Jr.
Mr. Charles F. Mears Jr., 71, of Lake Forest Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Peggy Graves
Mrs. Peggy Graves, 68, of Rainbow Drive, Martinez, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. James Kendrick
Mr. James E. Kendrick, 76, of Evans, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. John Freeman
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John C. ``J.C.'' Freeman, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Phillip Young
Mr. Phillip James Young, 50, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Peggy Graves
Mrs. Peggy Graves, 68, of Rainbow Drive, Martinez, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ann Jones Blanchard
Mrs. Ann Jones Blanchard, 76, of Martinez, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Allen Darnell
Mr. Allen H. Darnell, 88, of Augusta, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. R. Ralph Skinner
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. R. Ralph Skinner, 66, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Ms. Marie Ware
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Ms. Marie B. Ware, 85, of Ashley Court, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000.

Mr. Lamar Hudson
Mr. Lamar Fontaine Hudson, 87, of Evans, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Steve Holley
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Steve Holley, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Green
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Charles Eugene Green, 73, of Bluegrass Trail, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000.

Mr. Steve Boskovich
Mr. Steve Boskovich, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Mooney
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary J. Mooney, 83, of Wildwood Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Frank McCadden
Mr. Frank C. McCadden, 71, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Dorothea Plank
WHITE ROCK, S.C. -- Mrs. Dorothea Lizette Plank, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Frances Belcher
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances Evelyn ``Sissy'' Belcher, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Emanuel County Nursing Home.

Mr. Felton Dailey
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Felton Dailey, 80, of North Masonic Street, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. Bobby Coleman
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Bobby Lee Coleman, 24, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Memorial Health Center.

Mrs. Corinne Cooper
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs Corinne W. Cooper, 69, of Church Road, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Jennifer Moye
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Jennifer Flonnory Moye, 25, of West 2nd Avenue, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000.

Mrs. Doris Cox
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Doris Smalley Cox, 79, of Leathersville Road, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Annie Fanning
THOMSON -- Mrs. Annie Sue Fanning, 95, of Dogwood Drive, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Ms. Minnie Tanner
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Minnie Pauline Tanner, 95, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Washington County Extended Care Facility.

Mrs. Edith Buice
Mrs. Edith B. Buice, 73, of Storm Branch Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Dell Griffin
Mrs. Dell C. Griffin, 81, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Freddie Rouse
AIKEN -- Mr. Freddie Rouse, 54, of Wallace Street, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Bertha Williams
Mrs. Bertha J. Williams, 75, of Forrest Lake Health Care, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Steve Boskovich

Mr. Charles Green

Mrs. Peggy Graves

Mr. Lamar Hudson

Mr. Frank McCadden

Mrs. Dorothea Plank

Ms. Minnie Tanner

Mr. Steve Holley

Mrs. Jennifer Moye

Mrs. Bertha Williams

Mrs. Annie Fanning

Mr. James Kendrick

Mrs. Frances Belcher

Mr. Charles Mears Jr.

Mr. Freddie Rouse

Ms. Marie Ware

Mr. Phillip Young

Mrs. Sallie Boone

Mr. John Freeman

Mr. Bobby Coleman

Mr. R. Ralph Skinner

Mrs. Doris Cox

Mr. Wade Franklin

Mrs. Dell Griffin

Mrs. Ann Jones Blanchard

Mrs. Edith Buice

Mr. Allen Darnell

Mr. James Long

Lyons: EPA lawsuits not `nuisances'; they are essential to protecting public health
THE TITLE of Paul Cleveland's Jan. 20 column (EPA's nuisance lawsuits exact an expensive toll) perfectly captured the way he misstated what is at stake with the Environmental Protection Agency's lawsuits concerning the clean-up of power plants. These lawsuits came about because public health was being compromised by utilities more concerned with their financial bottom line than the price being paid by the public with their health.

Defends model U.N. participation
Recently a letter from Andy Windham appeared in this section expressing ``shock and dismay'' that students from Saint Mary Help of Christians School would participate with other parochial and public school students in a model United Nations program sponsored by Georgia Southern University. This letter is written to clarify why St. Mary's chooses to give its students experience in current international issues, logic and public speaking in this forum of over 400 talented middle school students from several Southeastern states. The school's rationale is in two parts; the first is secular and the second is spiritual. Keith Darr, M.Ed., Ed.S., Aiken

Makes observations about drawdown
I have two observations about the recent Savannah River drawdown: W. Dolen, Augusta

Where are senators?
The environmental impact of closing Augusta's New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam continues to foster debate ranging from Augusta and Atlanta to Washington, D.C.

Slams McDuffie officials' `arrogance'
The sheer arrogance of McDuffie County/Thomson (which acts as one government under their 50-year intergovernmental agreement) officials continues to be appalling. For the county to be advertising for the county administrator's position before a bill has been introduced in the legislature to attempt to create the position is very inappropriate. William Dunn Wansley, Thomson

Parole panel rescue
Augusta District Attorney Danny Craig, Sheriff Charlie Webster and Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett owe the Georgia Pardons and Paroles Board a huge vote of thanks for saving them from acute embarrassment.

Wants answers on low water levels
We live in Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick ... two years ago we purchased our lot. It is at the end of a cove and had wonderful water views, especially in the winter! Pam Stone, McCormick

Fight S.C. abuse
As Gov. Jim Hodges noted in his State of the State address, South Carolina is tough on crime, but it doesn't do a good job of protecting its citizens from domestic violence. ``We've got to intensify our efforts,'' he told the Legislature.

Harsh, needed message
U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., has never been the darling of the liberal establishment, so eyebrows were raised last week when U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke invited the irascible North Carolinian, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to address the United Nations Security Council.

Hit Corps over lock and dam debacle
On Jan. 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. On Jan. 17, the river had dropped several feet. At the lock and dam park the river banks began to slide into the river and many boat docks and boats were resting on the ground. On Jan. 18, the river had dropped about five feet to 5 feet 6 inches. Ed Lepley, Martinez

Lyons: EPA lawsuits not `nuisances'; they are essential to protecting public health
THE TITLE of Paul Cleveland's Jan. 20 column (EPA's nuisance lawsuits exact an expensive toll) perfectly captured the way he misstated what is at stake with the Environmental Protection Agency's lawsuits concerning the clean-up of power plants. These lawsuits came about because public health was being compromised by utilities more concerned with their financial bottom line than the price being paid by the public with their health.

Seeks community support for teachers
From all over this great nation we are hearing about teacher shortages. John R. Barney, Martinez

Asks industry aid on lock, dam issue
The cities of Augusta and North Augusta should consider other ramifications of a permanently ``lower'' water level in the Savannah River. Would we still host river races? Events like the races bring revenue into the city. What about private boat docking at Augusta? What else in the cities' ``lifestyles'' might change? Patricia Alley Carlisle, Aiken

Wants the Corps held accountable
There should be no question that the local district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has behaved badly in the past. A case in point is its strong-arm tactics in dealing with people living on Thurmond Lake. These poor souls committed the unforgivable sin of clearing unoccupied damaged property next to their own after storm damage occurred. They were then stiffly fined and penalized by this unprincipled pack of wolves.

Blasts Clinton 'roller-coaster ride'
E. Maner's Jan. 19 letter, ``Praises president as greatest of century,'' was quite unbelievable. I agree that the past seven years have been an adventure for our country, but for this writer to proclaim Bill Clinton to have been ``great for our nation'' is a sad statement indeed. The past decade's children will come away with the memory of our nation's leader being an adulterer and perjurer who wiggled his way out of trouble. They can't yet see that Mr. Clinton lost one of the most important things a person has, his integrity. We have demonstrated to these kids through the actions of many gutless senators that it's OK to be morally corrupt as long as our 401-Ks are doing great. Whatever good this president had hoped to accomplish, his legacy went down the tubes the instant he placed his hand on the Bible and swore to God, knowing that he would soon break that oath. Stephen Johnston, Martinez

Calls for apology for the Confederacy
What amazes me about the Confederate battle flag controversy is that we're dragging this antebellum debate into the 21st Century. I have heard Southern scholars say, with a straight face, that the Civil War was not about slavery; it was a classic struggle of the little guy against Big Government. What complete absurdity. It was entirely about slavery! Read copies of The Chronicle from the 1850s and 1860s; there was no other issue. The Southern economy and lifestyle was built on chattel labor, and although only some of the people owned slaves, virtually everybody wanted to preserve the prosperity dream of the big house with white pillars and black servants. Rev. Thomas Shepherd, Augusta

Backs chief deputy for new sheriff
I'm a nervous fellow and scared to death of cops. If I don't brush my teeth in the morning, I'm positive some officer is gonnagrab me by the throat and demand where all that ugly stuff in my mouth came from. Lamar Rush, Augusta

Says battle flag flew over `traitors'
Let's cut to the chaff on this flag issue and come to a quick and decisive solution. Ken Gott, Evans

Coach recalls pursuit of Walker

Young chooses Deacons

Australian Open notebook

Committing early takes the pressure off

Agassi, Sampras renew rivalry

Agassi, Capriati win

Overtime

Braves prepare for spring training

Honesty can be the difference

Overtime: Aiken Tech ranked No. 1 in hoops poll

Football recruits often face intense pressure

Christian retailers look online for sales
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- For some believers, the road to heaven may be the information superhighway. Family Christian Stores, the nation's largest Christian retail chain, has created iBelieve.com, a Web site offering religious books, videos and testimonials, as well as marital and financial advice.

Eight SRS workers test positive for toxic metal
Medical tests of some Savannah River Site workers have turned up eight cases of exposure to a metal blamed for illnesses at other nuclear-weapons sites.

Gates gift boosts foundation to world's largest
SEATTLE -- Bill and Melinda Gates have donated another $5 billion to their foundation, boosting its endowment to about $21.8 billion and making it the world's richest foundation.

Some states reluctant to endorse Microsoft breakup
WASHINGTON -- Signaling a potential division within ranks that could complicate settlement talks and the next important phase of the Microsoft trial, some states active in the case believe the Justice Department's plan to break up one of the world's most successful companies may not be the best solution.

USDA study sees little market for hemp
WASHINGTON -- Industrial hemp, the non-hallucinogenic cousin of marijuana that can be used in both clothing and food, will never have anything but a ``small, thin market'' in the United States, a government study says.

Study: Combining hormone supplements riskier than estrogen alone
CHICAGO -- Menopausal women using the common hormone supplements estrogen and progestin run a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer than those who get estrogen alone, a study found.

Virtual classroom links school
When Kelli Spearman's fifth-grade class receives assignments, they don't always come through the traditional means.

Study: Mentally ill get different heart treatment
CHICAGO -- A study of 113,000 heart attack victims found that people with mental illnesses are much less likely to receive a bypass, angioplasty or other common, aggressive treatments.

Silver-coated heart valves recalled
WASHINGTON -- A leading heart valve manufacturer stopped worldwide implants of silver-coated heart valves Monday because the coating meant to reduce heart infections instead makes the valves prone to leak.

Future uncertain for nation's uranium plants
WASHINGTON -- The company that owns and operates the nation's only two uranium enrichment plants is considering cutting jobs and closing one of the facilities, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Film captures excitement of football

Boyfriend's baby has priority in relationship

Teen calender
Report cards go home for Columbia County public school students.

Teens from mixed marriages can be troubled with identity problems
Identity is important to everyone -- especially when you're a teen-ager. Who you are and where you come from can be deciding factors in who you hang out with and who you date.

Your style

Film captures excitement of football
Any Given Sunday is a film about the agony, thrill of professional football.

Your style
THE FACTS:Jessica Brown, 15, a freshman at Evans High School.

Boyfriend's baby has priority in relationship
``My boyfriend and I have been dating for four months. I knew from the beginning that he had a little girl but I'm having a hard time dealing with it. But I love him and I don't want to leave him alone. How should I deal with his little girl?''

Teens from mixed marriages can be troubled with identity problems

Study: Combining hormone supplements riskier than estrogen alone

Eight SRS workers test positive for toxic metal

Virtual classroom links school

Christian retailers look online for sales

Study: Mentally ill get different heart treatment

Gates gift boosts foundation to world's largest

Future uncertain for nation's uranium plants

Some states reluctant to endorse Microsoft breakup

Silver-coated heart valves recalled

USDA study sees little market for hemp