Leadoff veteran fills hole

Westside wins, improves playoff hopes

Braves notes: Reinoso gets used to nation, game

A. Jones swinging hot bat in Florida

Braves starters struggle

Padres camp by charges against player

LMI, management firm discuss merger
LMI, the management company operating the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and Bell Auditorium, might be merging with SMG, a Philadelphia-based public facilities management company, local coliseum authority members said Wednesday.

LMI, management firm discuss merger

Group misses meeting due to plane problems

Business briefs: Local groups make trip to Washington
About 50 local business and civic leaders will leave for Washington today to promote funding for Savannah River Site, Bobby Jones Expressway, Fort Gordon and New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Business briefs: Tech stocks soar; S&P 500 hits high

Business briefs: Local groups make trip to Washington

Group misses meeting due to plane problems
About 50 local officials were delayed for more than three hours Wednesday when their chartered flight to Washington was canceled because of mechanical problems, an Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman said.

Business briefs: Tech stocks soar; S&P 500 hits high
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks reclaimed their leadership of the stock market Wednesday, driving the Nasdaq composite index higher as investors bought shares of chip makers, Internet companies and beaten-down biotech firms.

Boardman sells fleet fuel business
The Boardman family has sold another piece of its oil business, this time its fleet fuel company.

Hamilton's discipline motivates Miami

Tournament twice as nice for five schools

Record-setting Georgia still short of ultimate goal

UAB blazes way into round of 16

Iowa St. cleared in Brown recruiting case

Santangelo focused on winning title

Tar Heels enjoying the West

Halloway remains questionable

Syracuse prepares to face Michigan St.

Spartans wary of Syracuse

Shine a bright spot for Seton Hall

The Speech

Blasts blasphemous television cartoon

Raps campaign finance reform rhetoric

Government extortion

Rips editorial on prescriptive rights
I am concerned about your March 11 editorial, ``Wrong RX for nurses.'' Either you are dreadfully misinformed, not even taking the time to read House Bill 784, or you are purposely misleading the public with inadequate information.Roger Henderson, Evans

Needed blow to FDA
Wiser legal minds than those in the Clinton-Gore administration had warned the effort to ``legislate'' tobacco laws through the Food and Drug Administration bureaucratic edicts would go up in smoke.

Urges more support for museum

Suggests animal adoption process

Just say `No'

Defends Augusta animal control chief

Suggests chores to keep kids off streets

Supports the right to carry a gun

Hits legislator for usurping credit
The proposed water authority bureaucracy for Augusta-Richmond County has been blocked by Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta.However, you wouldn't know it if you listened to Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, on Austin Rhodes' radio talk show.Jack E. Hobbs, Augusta

Criticizes NRA spokesman's remarks
All Americans should be outraged by the comments of National Rifle Association ExecutiveVice President Wayne LaPierre when he made the following statement about President Bill Clinton: ``I've come to believe that he needs a certain level of violence in this country. He's willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda, and his vice president, too.'' Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Italian greenery
Cannelloni takes a different turn with addition of spring vegetables

Capsules
Japanese archaeologists may have uncovered traces of the world's oldest hutlike structure.

In the know
These reading glasses are out of sight. Literally. They are cleverly concealed in a distinctive ballpoint pen - and the pen really works.

Ring cycle
When Kent Strickland met Karen Etterle in downtown Augusta recently, it marked a reunion between a man and a ring he wore when the world was young.

Small portions
Why should you learn to love the cabbage family? Let's count the reasons. Cabbages have fiber and many vitamins, especially vitamin C, but few calories. They are available year-round at low to moderate prices; they come with a broad international recipe repertory; and they are amazingly versatile. Serve cabbages raw or marinated. Cook them whole, stuffed, cut into wedges or shredded, by boiling, steaming or braising or by deep- or stir-frying.

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.

Duval: Tiger is beatable

Golf nuts get all the info they want -- and more

ASU's Duck shows promise again

O'Meara faces an uphill climb

The Tiger factor: believing whether he can be beat

Neilson could be released from hospital Thursday

Dallas player suspended for three games for high stick

Flyers: Lindros to miss 4-6 weeks because of concussion

Tiltgen hat trick lifts Lynx

Lynx notes: Wiebe downplays Kopec benching

Tiltgen hat trick lifts Lynx

Niedermayer suspended 10 games for stick hit

Blues try to keep hitting those high notes

Census 'bus' visits Augusta
It's an office on wheels, a rolling billboard and part of a 12-strong public awareness posse. And the 28-foot long Census 2000 Road Tour Vehicle arrived in Augusta on Wednesday, bearing thousands of promotional items to help encourage historically hard-to-reach communities to return their Census questionnaires. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

Capsules

Italian greenery

In the know

Commissioners, townspeople clash over project
THOMSON, Ga. -- Residents who gathered to oppose a 420-acre industrial park left Tuesday night's McDuffie County Commission meeting disappointed.

Group seeks help to keep area roads clean

Truckers rally for rights

Census 'bus' visits Augusta

Tax collector to run for sheriff

Work begins on housing development

SRS K-Reactor to become storage facility
Within months, the U.S. Department of Energy plans to complete the plutonium circle at Savannah River Site.

Activists protest contract

Witness says defendant was gang leader
A tattered orange notebook containing grades and high school classwork was also the place where an 18-year-old convicted robber listed cryptic gang language.

Skyfest official says air show will go on

Agency to probe enrollment for gifted program

Abandoned cars could be auctioned

Legislators gets veto over EPD water rules
ATLANTA -- The final version of a bill giving Georgia farmers a say over environmental rules affecting agriculture takes away the state's ability to regulate water quality, environmental advocates charged Wednesday.

Legislators gets veto over EPD water rules

Dispute tangles fire departments
AIKEN -- Two Horse Creek Valley volunteer fire departments are embroiled in a territorial dispute, and it might be up to the Aiken County Council to find a solution.

Across the area: Driver enters plea in fatal hit-and-run

Pictures of children used in Craft trial

SRS K-Reactor to become storage facility

Sword theft doesn't stop instructor

Science fair sparks thought

Public transit routes to change April 3
Some Augusta Public Transit riders will have to make changes to their travel plans starting April 3, when one route is dropped and three are altered.

Paramedics get new wheels

Fire safety improves at Greek residences
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fraternity houses on the University of Georgia campus need expensive renovations, but they are not the fire traps they were four years ago, according to university officials.

Gambling suit settled out of court

Across the area: Threat activates emergency center

Campus frat houses' future uncertain

Sword theft doesn't stop instructor
SAVANNAH -- By all accounts, John Lee's missing swords are beautiful, encased in burnished wood inlaid with gold.

Census tour rolls into town

Truckers rally for rights
Before turning his big rig onto Gordon Highway on Tuesday afternoon, Joe Bottoms flipped on the truck's headlights and four-way blinkers.

Legislature ends session filled with partisan acrimony

Group seeks help to keep area roads clean
Metro Augusta Clean & Beautiful Inc. is looking for partners in grime -- volunteers to join its adopt-a-highway program during April, which is Keep America Beautiful Month.

Judge holds psychologist's fate

Budget doesn't please everyone
ATLANTA -- Hospitals in Augusta, the Little Leaguers and volunteer firefighters of Georgia are delighted with the largesse of state lawmakers.

Flower fund request wins dubious award

Dispute tangles fire departments

Voters to decide on special elections
ATLANTA -- Voters will have a chance to decide in November if legislators convicted of a felony should be expelled from office and replaced through a special election.

Corrections

Paramedics get new wheels
For Emergency Medical Technician Ryan Goodson, Skyfest 2000 won't be about the ballet of fighter jets roaring overhead.

Corrections
In Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, information supplied to The Chronicle concerning a wreck Friday was incorrect. Surgeons at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics were able to reattach the left arm of 4-year-old Elijah Fox of Lincolnton, Ga. The boy was in serious condition Tuesday at MCG.

Work begins on housing development
New homes soon will grace the Laney-Walker Boulevard area, marking the first steps in the community's revitalization efforts.

Pictures of children used in Craft trial
Again and again, for hours Tuesday, images of children flashed across screens in the courtroom as the prosecution continued presenting evidence in its case against child psychologist Robert Bruce Craft.

Across the area: Driver enters plea in fatal hit-and-run
An 18-year-old Grovetown man charged in the hit-and-run death of a 7-year-old boy in December pleaded not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment.

Three plans to improve Laney-Walker unveiled
Residents got the chance Tuesday night to see three different plans for improving Laney-Walker Boulevard.

Testimony links defendant to Chicago gang

F-16s unlikely to fly in show
Last weekend's fatal crash of an F-16 jet puts in jeopardy a flight demonstration at SkyFest 2000 but will have a negligible effect on the air show set for April 1-2, an event official said.

Witness says defendant was gang leader

Judge holds psychologist's fate
The fate of child psychologist Robert Bruce Craft, accused of molesting and exploiting children, now rests in the hands of a judge.

Reservoir to receive upgrades
The raw-water reservoir on Highland Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic immediately but kept open to pedestrians for 90 days; the state will build a new GBI crime lab on city-donated property on Phinizy Road; and the Great American Cleanup will take place Saturday in Augusta as scheduled.

Commissioners, townspeople clash over project

Census tour rolls into town
It's an office on wheels, a rolling billboard and part of a 12-strong public awareness posse.

Three plans to improve Laney-Walker unveiled

Flower fund request wins dubious award
A $25,000 state grant to replace some of the Garden City's azaleas lost in last year's drought has received the Stuck Pig Award.

Minister enters race for council chairman

Firefighters receive new life-saving tools
Survival chances for Augustans needing pulmonary resuscitation improved Wednesday when the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department received 23 portable defibrillators as part of a grant from the American Heart Association.

Campus frat houses' future uncertain
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's 11 on-campus fraternity houses face an uncertain future because they need millions of dollars in repairs and renovations, school officials say.

Skyfest official says air show will go on
A fatal F-16 plane crash at a Sunday air show in Texas has caused confusion about whether Skyfest 2000 on April 1-2 has been canceled.

'Hendrick' bill, other legislation passes
ATLANTA -- Among legislation given final approval by the General Assembly on Wednesday was a bill prompted by a brutal assault last fall on an Augusta middle school teacher.

School board argues graduation guides
Columbia County school board members are wrestling with who should participate in this year's graduation ceremonies.

Budget doesn't please everyone

Columbia County student wins district STAR award
Augusta Preparatory Day School senior Griffin Reid has always put academics before anything else.

'Hendrick' bill, other legislation passes

Testimony links defendant to Chicago gang
The man accused of being the mastermind in a robbery and shooting at a south Augusta pawn-shop last year is undoubtedly affil-iated with a Chicago-based crime syndicate, a gang expert testified Wednesday.

Agency to probe enrollment for gifted program
To ensure the program is not discriminatory, officials from the federal Office for Civil Rights on Monday will begin studying Richmond County's process for enrolling pupils in the gifted program.

Activists protest contract
Nuclear activists have asked federal officials to stop working with a British firm that partially owns Savannah River Site's top contractor.

Minister enters race for council chairman
AIKEN - The race for Aiken County Council heated up Tuesday when the Rev. Tommy Knotts announced his intention to run for chairman of Aiken County Council.

Science fair sparks thought
AIKEN -- Richard Hane was just a boy in Missouri when he watched fighter jets blister the night sky above Whiteman Air Force Base. Even then a fascination with things mechanical captured his imagination like a magnet sticking to metal.

Tax collector to run for sheriff
AIKEN -- Aiken County Tax Collector J. Martin Posey filed Tuesday as a Democratic challenger to Republican Sheriff Howard Sellers, promising to improve communications between the sheriff's office and county residents if elected.

Legislature ends session filled with partisan acrimony
ATLANTA -- Georgia voters' representatives packed up their laptops and left the Capitol as the General Assembly completed its business and adjourned late Wednesday night.

Across the area: Threat activates emergency center
Savannah River Site officials briefly activated the site's Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday after an employee received a threatening letter.

Gambling suit settled out of court
AIKEN -- An Aiken County mother who claimed that video poker establishments took advantage of her son's gambling addiction has settled the suit before it reached a courtroom.

Abandoned cars could be auctioned
AIKEN -- Lost your prized 1982 Cadillac? Can't find the blue 1977 Chevrolet van you swore you owned?

Hawks score late to surprise Heat

Starks out of Chicago, but there'll be no playoffs

Falcons signs free agent Redmon

Instant replay debate begins again

Lewis' assault charges dropped in Baltimore case

Stallions release five players

Mrs. Lucille Watkins
Mrs. Lucille L. Watkins, 89, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Eleanor Mathewson
Mrs. Eleanor B. Mathewson, 82, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. James Bigham Sr.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mr. James Robert Bigham Sr., 61, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Maria Dennis
Mrs. Maria D. Dennis died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence. She was 101.

Mr. Morris Johnson Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Morris Johnson Jr., 76, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Bethany Nursing Home.

Malcom Lockhart
WRENS, Ga. - Malcom Melgal Lockhart, infant son of Michael Beasley, Wrens, and Margurite Lockhart, Dearing, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mr. William Bragg
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. William M. Bragg, 80, of Radiance Drive, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Leon Courtney
DRY PRONG, La. - Mr. Leon A. Courtney, 62, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000.

Mr. Joseph Bookhamer
Mr. Joseph Anthony Bookhamer, 83, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ann Boulrice
RINCON, Ga. - Mrs. Ann Sasser Boulrice, 55, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Reese Edwards
THOMSON - Mr. Reese L. Edwards, 78, of Dell Drive, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Sidney Rosser
Mr. Sidney L. Rosser, 68, of Richmond Hill Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Janie Corbitt
AIKEN - Mrs. Janie R. Corbitt, 82, of Mistland Loop, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mr. Richard Weber
AIKEN - Mr. Richard Brian Weber, 43, of Andrews Circle, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Vicki Prescott
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Vicki Prescott, 43, of Waccamaw Drive, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Joseph Williams Sr.
JACKSON - Mr. Joseph Yates Williams Sr., 75, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Jeannine de Pujo
AIKEN - Mrs. Jeannine de Pujo, 71, of Kerr Drive, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in Virginia Beach, Va.

Jaaliyah Williams
Jaaliyah Mykeria Williams, infant daughter of Aristo Burnette and Memory Williams, of Gilbert Manor, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Liza Williams
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Liza Louise Culbreath Williams, 71, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Alva Mayo
KITE, Ga. - Mrs. Alva Ona Douglas Mayo, 80, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Sean Wehunt
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Sean Corey Wehunt, of Towhee Avenue, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Randall
AIKEN - Mr. John A. Randall, 44, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mrs. Gladys Higdon
Mrs. Gladys Lois Higdon, 69, of Sparks Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Connie Chavis
MIAMI - Mrs. Connie Patterson Chavis, of 188th Street, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Morris Johnson Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Morris Johnson Jr., 76, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Bethany Nursing Home.

Mr. William Brantley
MIAMI - Mr. William Jefferson ``Jeff'' Brantley, 80, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at South Miami Hospital.

Mrs. Anna Jenkins
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Anna Moore Jenkins, 75, of College Street, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Ralph Wicker Jr.
Mr. Ralph James ``Beau'' Wicker Jr. died Saturday, March 18, 2000, in Savannah.

Mrs. Anna Dockery
Mrs. Anna Dockery, of Deans Bridge Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Ethelyn Brown
Mrs. Ethelyn Smith Brown, 75, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Edith Cheek
APPLING - Mrs. Edith Louise Cheek, 78, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

Mrs. Eva Futch
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Eva Marie Futch, 69, of Sutton Street, died Monday, March 20, 2000.

Miss Anna Thurmond
COLUMBIA - Miss Anna Gertrude Thurmond, 95, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Stillhope Nursing Home.

Mr. Joseph Williams Sr.

Mr. Reese Edwards

Mr. Sidney Rosser

Mrs. Eva Futch

Mr. Sean Wehunt

Mrs. Lucille Watkins

Jaaliyah Williams

Mr. Morris Johnson Jr.

Mr. Morris Johnson Jr.

Mrs. Anna Jenkins

Mrs. Gladys Higdon

Mrs. Ethelyn Brown

Mr. Leon Courtney

Mr. Richard Weber

Mrs. Alva Mayo

Mr. James Bigham Sr.

Mrs. Vicki Prescott

Malcom Lockhart

Mrs. Eleanor Mathewson

Mrs. Ann Boulrice

Mrs. Liza Williams

Mr. John Randall

Mrs. Connie Chavis

Mrs. Maria Dennis

Mr. Joseph Bookhamer

Mr. William Bragg

Mrs. Jeannine de Pujo

Mrs. Edith Cheek

Hits legislator for usurping credit
The proposed water authority bureaucracy for Augusta-Richmond County has been blocked by Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta.However, you wouldn't know it if you listened to Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, on Austin Rhodes' radio talk show. Jack E. Hobbs, Augusta

Kent: New bilingual scheme more consumer fraud
IN A WIDELY under-reported speech at Bell Multicultural High School in the District of Columbia, President Clinton's U.S. Secretary of Education last Wednesday endorsed a radical approach to elementary and secondary language education that further undermines English as our common tongue.

The Speech
Secretaries in Atlanta's legislative offices stopped work to listen to the incredible floor speech. While lawmakers inside the Senate chamber were stunned, others scurried in to listen. A flabbergasted lieutenant governor even tried to gavel the speaker ``out of order'' at three different times. Journalists especially noted bombshells like, ``They don't care about Grady, they care about how much money they can get out of Grady in their pockets.''

Criticizes NRA spokesman's remarks
All Americans should be outraged by the comments of National Rifle Association ExecutiveVice President Wayne LaPierre when he made the following statement about President Bill Clinton: ``I've come to believe that he needs a certain level of violence in this country. He's willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda, and his vice president, too.'' Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Blasts blasphemous television cartoon
WAGT-Channel 26 has hit an all-time low for broadcasting a cartoon that portrays God as a beer-drinking spoof in a bar with a man named Bob and the devil. This program is blasphemous and sacrilegious. Ray Parish, Martinez

Raps campaign finance reform rhetoric
All of this talk about campaign finance reform is so much hot air. The fact is that the fat cats will always find a way to finance their political goals. Vernon Johnson, Mesena

Seeks help in protesting abortion
Thank God for the recent surge of compassion demonstrated in our city by the protest of inhumane treatment of animals at the Augusta Animal Control facility. Diane A. Cone, Augusta

Hits action of Saudia Arabia, Kuwait
Hello. did I miss something again? Johnny Hensley, Augusta

Lottery vow breached
When Georgia voters narrowly approved then-Gov. Zell Miller's lottery referendum in 1990, they were assured the revenues would be spent solely on education.

Urges more support for museum
The Augusta Museum of History has made great strides in preserving and presenting the story of our area. Viola E. Evans, Augusta

Rips editorial on prescriptive rights
I am concerned about your March 11 editorial, ``Wrong RX for nurses.'' Either you are dreadfully misinformed, not even taking the time to read House Bill 784, or you are purposely misleading the public with inadequate information. Roger Henderson, Evans

Defends Augusta animal control chief
Re the March 3 letter to The Chronicle about Augusta's Animal Control facility: Charles Nutt, Hephzibah

Praises effort for more air service
Bravo, Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, Mayor Bob Young and Bush Field Airport Commissioner Ed Skinner for representing the Augusta and regional traveling public to Delta Airlines Vice President Douglas Blissit. Joseph W. Rubin, MD, CM, Augusta

Suggests chores to keep kids off streets
There is a big campaign underway to get more after-school programs because Mom and Dad are working two jobs and little Junior has no place to go but the street. Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

Slams `new generation of vipers'
Thanks to a few questionable lawyers in this area, it's obvious that our legal system leaves plenty of room for slick promoters to suck up huge amounts of money purely for the sake of greed. Lamar Rush, Augusta

Hopes for return of the insurgents
Well, the real excitement is over and the ``pre-fab'' candidates are all who are left. Now we can look forward to eight more months of talk, talk, talk before we finally vote for president. Clinton N. Textor, Augusta

Raps columnist's `spin' on Williams
The Chronicle management should consider renaming the Phil Kent Politics as Usual column toPhil Kent as Usual, for he has been the master of one-sided information whenever it is about his political cronies. Melanie Carter, Martinez

Supports the right to carry a gun
I read with interest your news article regarding the drop in crime in the two-state area. The decrease is partially because of more deputies, more community involvement and a booming economy. Louis Hernandez, Augusta

Filter out pornography
Should librarians or staff be held criminally accountable if children view pornography on the Internet? A bill in the South Carolina Senate called for just that.

Just say `No'
``Want to strike a blow for liberty, privacy and limited government? Then answer the only question required by the Constitution: How many people live in your home? Census bureaucrats say it is your civic duty to answer all the questions. But it's actually your patriotic duty to refuse to answer nosy Census questions that the federal government has no business asking ...''

Suggests animal adoption process
I can't remember the location, but a particular county had a novel approach to the animal control problem. Instead of putting animals to sleep, it decided to spay or neuter them all and then put them up for adoption for a nominal fee. Keith Pettus, Augusta

Government extortion
Even Americans who support the deal between the Clinton administration and gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson should be troubled that the government sanctions a Mafia-style policy, where the ends justify the means.

Needed blow to FDA
Wiser legal minds than those in the Clinton-Gore administration had warned the effort to ``legislate'' tobacco laws through the Food and Drug Administration bureaucratic edicts would go up in smoke.

Overtime: Woods hikes World Ranking over Duval

Fans diversify portfolios with racing stock

TV details unclear for heavyweight fights

Bristol packs people, excitement

Cross Creek girls dominate competition

Overtime: Ex-assistant makes return to Thurmond

Zippy Chippy can't win for losing

South Aiken remains perfect with 8-0 mark

King attacks Lewis with testimony in trial

Human genome map nearly complete
Sometime in the next few days or weeks, Celera Genomics, a biotech company in Rockville, Md., is expected to make a historic announcement: that it has completed the mapping of the entire human genome, a remarkable achievement and a necessary step in the worldwide effort to understand and defeat disease.

AIDS gene patent contains errors, scientists say
LOS ANGELES -- Scientists have found at least four significant errors in a newly issued patent of a human gene that plays a role in AIDS infection, the Los Angeles Times reported today.

Court: FDA can't regulate tobacco as drug
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled today the government lacks authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug, rejecting the Clinton administration's main anti-smoking initiative.

Genital herpes can spread during `symptomless' outbreaks
People infected with genital herpes can spread it even between flare-ups, when they have no symptoms, new research suggests. Previously, patients and even most doctors thought people with herpes were unlikely to be infectious when they had no symptoms, which can include painful, oozing blisters, ulcers and fissures and tingling and burning.

Report: Miss America winners getting skinnier
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Miss America is getting skinnier and skinnier.

New diagnostic tool promising for heart patients
A simple, inexpensive blood test for a certain protein has proved far more accurate than cholesterol screening in predicting a person's risk of a heart attack, researchers say.

Automakers to alter SUVs to reduce risks to other vehicles
DETROIT -- Automakers plan to continue modifying designs of their sport utility vehicles to make them less hazardous to other motorists.

Water wells polluted by gas additive
LOS ANGELES -- About one-third of drinking water wells in 31 states may be contaminated with the gasoline additive MTBE, according to a study released today. The federal government already is acting to ban use of the chemical.

Study says protein deposits may cause Alzheimer's
CHICAGO -- A new study supports the notion that certain protein deposits found in the brains of Alzheimer's victims are a cause of the mind-robbing disease, and not just a symptom, researchers say.

E-commerce panel endorses access tax ban
DALLAS -- Congress should permanently ban taxes on access to the Internet and repeal a century-old telephone tax, and lawmakers should refrain for now from trying to apply state sales taxes to purchases online, a federal e-commerce panel decided Monday.

New diagnostic tool promising for heart patients

Human genome map nearly complete

AIDS gene patent contains errors, scientists say

Automakers to alter SUVs to reduce risks to other vehicles

Genital herpes can spread during `symptomless' outbreaks

E-commerce panel endorses access tax ban

Water wells polluted by gas additive

Court: FDA can't regulate tobacco as drug

Report: Miss America winners getting skinnier