Business briefs: Tech stocks drop as Dow posts gain
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks tumbled for a third-consecutive session Wednesday, dragging the Nasdaq composite lower and providing the only blemish on a broad-based advance by the Dow Jones industrials.
Officers dial up victims
ATLANTA -- Georgia detectives are using telephone-scam artists' primary tools against them by setting up a phone bank to call a list of 18,000 likely victims.
Business briefs: Analyst's advice spurs stock drop
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled Tuesday after Abby Joseph Cohen, one of Wall Street's most famously bullish analysts, recommended that clients shift some of their investments from stock to cash. Technology shares led the decline.
Pete Young and Joyce Brown watch BellSouth account executive Danaeha Dave (foreground) demonstrate how to create a Web site. The demonstration came Tuesday during BellSouth's Business and Internet Seminar at Sheraton Augusta Hotel on Wheeler Road at Bobby Jones Expressway. More than 300 people attended the second annual event, which showcases the latest in information technology.
Red Carpet Tour to arrive in Augusta during Masters week
City officials and business leaders will be soft-selling Augusta to 41 corporate executives when the state's annual Red Carpet Tour rolls into town next week.
Computer major gets co-op honor
Walter Goulet, a computer science major at Augusta State University, was named Co-op Student of the Year on Tuesday.
Facility management companies to join
The Houston-based company operating the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and Bell Auditorium announced Monday it is merging with SMG, a larger public facility management company based in Philadelphia.
Do-it-yourself selling has pros, cons
Buying or selling a home can be like blazing a trail through a dense jungle
Magazine lists nonbrokered homes
Some people want to sell their homes without a real estate agent. Now there's a local magazine that helps them do it.
It's a Wednesday afternoon in a hair salon tucked inside a Gordon Highway strip mall. A stylist has just finished touching up a woman's hair, and he's beaming over his work.
A taste of the sea
Fish is fast food, and I'm not talking about a fillet of fish sandwich at a drive-thru. This week's recipe for Mediterranean fish fillets is a fabulous entree that's perfect for entertaining dinner guests.
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.
Easter is April 23, but early chicks are already pecking around for ideas. You'll find plenty in Easter Treats by Jill O'Connor (Chronicle Books, $14.95.) The book has a variety of easy-to-make holiday decorations for kids and adults. With just a little adult assistance, kids can make an egg tree or decorative eggs and prepare many of the recipes, including a bunny cake and flaky hen's nests. Other sections offer recipes and ideas for an egg hunt luncheon, brunch and dinner.
Scientists have finally figured out the aerodynamics of bumblebee flight. New calculations show that the key is something that could send an airplane tumbling -- eddies in the air, caused by beating wings.
Augusta Chronicle reporter Brandon Haddock (in front seat) gets an upside-down view of Augusta as pilot Kent Gorton rolls through a few maneuvers in a Toyota Airsports Corolla stunt plane Wednesday morning. Full story -- The Augusta Chornicle
Botched bank robbery
An armed man held a Bank of America worker for nearly half an hour Wednesday morning in an attempt to rob the bank's vault before escaping empty-handed. About 8 a.m. a female employee unlocked and entered a door on the east side of the Washington Road branch office when she was approached from behind. The suspect placed a semiautomatic handgun to the back of her neck, ordering her inside the bank, said Chief DeputyRonnie Strength of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. full story -- The Augusta Chronilce
Bridge to get needed, costly repairs
One of Augusta's most ornate downtown landmarks needs some emergency repairs.
Conduct grades might become part of job process
SAVANNAH -- Clowning around in class, ditching school, constantly arriving late or mouthing off to teachers can rate a ``U'' for an unsatisfactory code of conduct grade on a report card.
Across the area: Two groups battle halfway-house plan
Two neighborhood groups will meet this week to organize opposition to the state's proposed 200-bed halfway house for state prisoners on Phinizy Road.
A furry fan watches a baseball game between the University of South Carolina Aiken and the University of Alabama Huntsville on Wednesday.
Suspect to get mental evaluation
One of two men arrested in the city's first homicide of 2000 will undergo a mental examination, a judge ordered Tuesday.
Parents consulted about schedule changes
Columbia County parents will get a chance to voice their opinions on possible changes to the school day and school-year calendar.
Juvenile escapes new law
The boy who police believe is the ringleader of three Martinez juveniles charged this week in a plot to kill some of their parents might have been charged as an adult had a law named after a local teacher reached the governor's office in time.
Industry property is sought
The Columbia County Development Authority wants your land for new industry.
Anger might generate violence in children
Local experts say adults should explore irate statements of youths to determine potential for harm
Across the area: Police arrest teen on weapons charge
A freshman caught with a pocketknife at Cross Creek High School on Wednesday is facing felony charges of carrying a weapon on school property, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Department.
Officials probing bad bills
North Augusta police have joined forces with federal authorities to handle a rash of counterfeit bills turning up in banks and businesses.
Students who fail test will be in ceremonies
Columbia County high school seniors who have not passed the Georgia High School Graduation Test will be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.
There's the rub
University of South Carolina Aiken student Tessa Asbill gets a massage from Jan Gregory during Tuesday's Health and Fitness Fair. Participants offered health advice.
School considers child facility
Athens, Ga. -- Nearly a quarter-century after it was first proposed, will on-campus child care finally come to the University of Georgia campus?
EPD devotes positions to water-quality
ATLANTA -- More of than half of the new employees joining the state Environmental Protection Division this summer will be working on water-quality issues, particularly curbing pollution of Georgia rivers and lakes, EPD Director Harold Reheis said Wednesday.
Brush fire threatens homes
GRANITEVILLE -- Ralph Gainey rushed home from work Tuesday after learning a fire in a nearby wooded area was dancing dangerously close to his home.
Judge sets attorneys' fee in case
A federal magistrate judge has recommended that the attorneys who successfully represented Healthmaster whistle-blower Michael Haddle receive $258,113 in legal fees.
Clinton urges racial healing in South Carolina
COLUMBIA -- In a state full of conservative Republicans and torn by divisive debate over a past that never died, President Clinton made it clear Wednesday that he wants racial healing and reconciliation to be among the hallmarks of his administration.
Employees testify in hearing
AIKEN -- Tenneco Packaging employees continued Wednesday to paint union activist Gary McClain as a scary co-worker whom everyone feared would cause the next ``Phelon'' workplace shooting spree in Aiken County.
New system boosts safety at bus stops
A hit-and-run accident that left a 4-year old girl in critical condition March 13 has encouraged a local group to bring in a system designed to inform children when buses arrive at their stops.
Leaders to discuss reform bill
ATHENS, Ga. -- Gov. Roy Barnes and state education leaders will summarize the finer points of the recently approved education reform bill as part of Law Day at the University of Georgia on Friday.
Onlookers examine the debris on downtown Augusta's Ellis Street after high winds Tuesday blew a section of roof from an elevated walkway crossing the street. Gusty winds swept the Augusta area.
Jury: Sex offender must get treatment
AIKEN -- Convicted sex offender Billy Ray Tucker banged his left hand on a legal pad Tuesday after hearing that a jury of his peers thinks he is a sexually violent predator who should be indefinitely confined in a mental hospital.
Computer major gets co-op honor
Walter Goulet, a computer science major at Augusta State University, was named Co-op Student of the Year on Tuesday.
State board to buy Civil War battle site
ATLANTA -- The location of the first major battle in the 1864 Campaign for Atlanta is Georgia's newest historic site.
EDP debates permits for battery factory
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Environmental regulators will make a final decision later this year on whether to approve permit requests sought by an Italian company planning a $30 million battery factory in Burke County.
Boys arrested in execution plot
Three Martinez boys have been arrested in a plot to take their parents hostage and execute them.
ANIC asks for more city funds
Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. board members want Augusta to cut them a better deal.
Man holds hostage at bank office
An armed man held a Bank of America worker at gunpoint for nearly half an hour Wednesday in an attempt to rob the bank's vault before escaping empty-handed.
Martinez firefighters battle their way through smoke, heavy brush and trees while manipulating a fire hose to extinguish a Tuesday brush fire at Fury's Ferry Road and Hardy-McManus Road.
Candidate's wife visits city's child care center
ATLANTA -- A group of Atlanta preschoolers got a new teacher for a few minutes Tuesday afternoon .
Stadium damage studied
ATHENS, Ga. -- The latest explanation of what has damaged Sanford Stadium's million-dollar football field could be ready in a few weeks.
Azaleas to be at peak for Masters
At first glance, it might look as though Augusta's famed azaleas have made an early entrance into spring, with their fiery-red and bold-pink blossoms already bursting from bushes throughout the city.
Schrenko prepares next legislative agenda
ATLANTA -- Just one week after the end of a legislative session that included the state's farthest-reaching education reform in more than a decade, the state school superintendent Wednesday released her agenda for the next session.
View makes up for blacking out
Taxpayers of America, take a deep breath. For several short moments Wednesday, this reporter got to fly one of the U.S. Navy's crown jewels -- a Blue Angels' $33 million FA-18 Hornet.
Reporter tempts fate with ride
I have lived much of my life by a simple rule: to try anything once, unless it's felonious or would cause my mother to disown me.
Sellers not at 2nd day of hearing
AIKEN -- If an administrative law judge had the power to make it happen, Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers could be sitting in his own jail later this week for ignoring a federal subpoena.
Layoffs from site possible
A proposed early retirement program probably won't be the only reduction in Savannah River Site's work force, the site contractor's president said Tuesday.
Federal watchdog criticizes Energy
AIKEN -- The U.S. Department of Energy has not done enough to fulfill a 6-year-old promise to treat some radioactive materials at Savannah River Site, a federal watchdog said Tuesday.
Mr. Roger Johnson
RAYLE, Ga. - Mr. Roger Wayne Johnson, 37, of Sardis Road, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Jesse Key
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Jesse Key, 80, of Fairwood Avenue, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Spurgeon Davis
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mr. Spurgeon Davis, 86, of First Avenue, died Wednesday, March 28, 2000, at Jacksonville Hospital.
SCOTIA, S.C. - Jasmine Nicole Brooks, infant daughter of Shalonda Gardner, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Alex Edwards
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Alex E. Edwards, 82, of Old Jackson Highway, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Agnes Ronk
AIKEN - Mrs. Agnes L. Ronk, 93, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mr. John Reed Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. John Reed Jr., 67, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.
Mrs. Nina Brown
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mrs. Nina Wynn Brown, 71, died Saturday, March 25, 2000.
Sgt. 1st Class Henry Bolton
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Sgt. 1st Class Henry L. Bolton, 44, of Williams Circle, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at his residence.
Ms. Maxine Jordan
MOUNT GILAND, N.C. - Ms. Maxine Jordan, 62, of Twin Oak Lane, died Sunday, March 26, 2000.
Mrs. Dorothy McCoy
Mrs. Dorothy L. McCoy, 61, of Martinez, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Susie Blocker
Mrs. Susie B. Williams Blocker, of Audubon Place, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Carrie Elzy
Mrs. Carrie Elzy, 94, of Deans Bridge Road, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Jennings Health Care Inc.
Mrs. Ruth Moody
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Mrs Ruth Sanders Moody, 91, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Methodist Oaks Nursing Home.
Mrs. Dulcie Brown
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mrs. Dulcie McKinnon Brown, 73, of Pope Street, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Rubin Maffett
CHAPPELLS, S.C. - Mr. Rubin Milton ``Milt'' Maffett, 60, of Fairfax Road, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. James Dyches Sr.
BAMBERG, S.C. - Mr. James Edward Dyches Sr., 75, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Bamberg County Hospital.
Mrs. Annette Miles
Mrs. Annette Miles, 64, of Evans, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Jessie Christian
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Jessie Mae Owens Christian, 85, of Pickrum Street, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Walter Woyar
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Walter Woyar, 79, of Shoulderbone Circle, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital.
Mrs. Ola Edwards
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Ola Bush Edwards, 77, of Pine Log Trail, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Eunice Widincamp
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Eunice Wall Widincamp, 92, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, on St. Simons Island, Ga.
Mrs. Annie Able
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Annie Laura Bedenbaugh Able, 90, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Britthaven Nursing Center.
Mr. Frank Prather Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Frank Prather Jr., 83, of Thomas Street, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. David Meacham
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mr. David Meacham, 64, of Mount Pleasant Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Susan Whitehead
NORCROSS, Ga. - Mrs. Susan C. Whitehead, 93, of Castle Way, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey died Sunday, March 26, 2000.
Ms. Janie Harper
Ms. Janie D. Harper, 94, of Ramblewood Drive, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, in Baltimore.
Mr. James Johnson Jr.
Mr. James C. ``Dobbie'' Johnson Jr., 39, died Sunday, March 25, 2000.
Mrs. Jessie Tillman
BOSTON - Mrs. Jessie Tillman died Friday, March 23, 2000, at Boston Hospital.
Mr. James Hawkins
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. James Hawkins, 69, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Edward Tarpley
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Edward James Tarpley, 61, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Frances Huguenin
Mrs. Frances Rice Huguenin, 81, of Martinez, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Laura Williams
AIKEN - Mrs. Laura M. Williams, 69, of Silver Bluff Road, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at her residence.
Worries about government programs
Many people have expressed concerns for the questions asked in the census forms. Why should some nameless government person find out about whether my house is rented or mortgaged or whether it has plumbing? Bill Wolff, Martinez
What were states supposed to use that huge $206 billion tobacco settlement for?
Entreats voters to know the facts
This year is a time to turn our country around and do the right thing. Before Nov. 7, we of faith should forget what political party we belong to, think for ourselves and begin turning. Donna Boland, Waynesboro
Speed up computer fix
Revelation that Augusta-Richmond County failed to collect over $2.8 million in property taxes billed in 1997 and 1998 because of inadequate computer capability is a wake-up call for the city's laggard data processing department.
Asks support of Waters Memorial tour
Yes, it was a bit chilly. Yes, it was a bit windy. No, it wasn't the Masters. It was the Kandy Waters Memorial Hooter's tour at the River Club. Don Schaum, Martinez
Hits use of pledge to protest abortion
One of your recent letter writers invoked the Pledge of Allegiance in an effort to recruit demonstrators against Planned Parenthood. Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta
Urges area truckers for mutual aid
A few years ago the TV stations ran programs on truckers. The reporters rode with drivers all day to see what happens on the road. All the articles were negative from the start. People complained about road hogs, driving too fast and driving too close. Ron Egan, Augusta
Finds liberals eternally amusing
The liberals never cease to amaze and amuse. The Newsweek reporter who wrote the most recent biography on Vice President Al Gore sat for a lengthy interview with Fox News Director Brit Hume recently. M. Burkholder, Augusta
First, obey the law
``I hope you will encourage the White House and the Department of Justice to release all records and photographs relating to the investigation of fund-raising abuses by you and your administration ...
Calls decision in Craft case 'unjust'
Every morning in the school year, all 37 million children in this nation are lined up to pledge allegiance to the flag in which the recitation includes the phrase ``liberty and justice for all.'' Geoffrey King, MDLangley
Bad S.C. offender law
A pedophile who serves only a five-year prison term for repeatedly raping a 6-year-old boy in South Carolina is getting off awfully light. These types of heinous acts deserve harsh sentences.
Urges a manned mission to Mars
It strikes me as odd that, given the recent success of the critically panned movie Mission To Mars and the awesome interest in the 1997 rover landing on the red planet, the government -- with its sustained economic growth -- is not more receptive, if not downright excited, by the idea of a more challenging attempt at a manned mission to Mars. Anthony M. Bartholomew, Augusta
Backs a compromise in truck flap
Thank you for the March 22 coverage of the ``Truckers rally for rights.'' The picture and article tell it ``like it is'' with the big rigs. Paul Eubanks, Hephzibah
Remains loyal to candidate's campaign
I believe if you read the information available about presidential candidate Alan Keyes' stand on the political issues, (and we do have Internet access to that information as well as the traditional sources), you will find that he is the best choice for president of the United States. Theresa Johnson Von Plinsky, Augusta
Wants new policies for Iraq, Kuwait
Iraq has one of the largest oil reserves in the Middle East, second only to Saudi Arabia. Since the Gulf War, the imposing of sanctions and an oil embargo on Iraq in 1990, that country has been deprived of its main source of revenue and the hard currency to buy needed medical supplies, medicine, and other imported commodities. H. Hashimi, Augusta
Advocates teaching basic documents
G. Edward's March 20 letter should frighten all citizens that an important principle of a free people could be taken so lightly. Woodrow Lovett, Sardis
Seeks vote on Edgefield zoning issues
Three cheers for Edgefield County Councilman Norman Dorn and his vote against zoning at a recent ``impromptu'' council meeting. Unlike his fellow councilmen, Mr. Dorn voted based on the overwhelming input of those he represents, as well as those who elected him. Gerald R. Williams II, North Augusta
Choice can work
School choice will be a battleground issue that presidential nominees-in-waiting Al Gore and George W. Bush will be fighting over for the next eight months.
Rips Ga. governor's education reforms
Lately there have been numerous complaints about education reforms by Gov. Roy Barnes. Yet, judging from the name of these reforms, commonly known as the Education Reform Bill, it would seem that Gov. Barnes is doing exactly what Candidate Barnes promised to do. Helen A. Hurd, Martinez
Death row & DNA
The national argument over capital punishment is going full bore again in wake of Illinois Gov. George Ryan's decision to suspend executions in his state because recent DNA tests proved more than 10 death row inmates were innocent and had to be released.
Protests elimination of Christianity
What is wrong with Christianity? Christianity teaches: Keep the Ten Commandments, live by the Golden Rule, obey the laws of the land, honor and respect those in authority. Janice Teasley, Evans
Neanderthal DNA different than modern humans
DNA extracted from a 29,000-year-old bone has cast doubt on the theory that modern humans evolved in part from squat, heavy-browed Neanderthals, researchers say.
Health centers aim for painless vaccines
SAN FRANCISCO -- The days of being on pins and needles while you wait for your flu shot or insulin injection could soon be a thing of the past.
Agencies seek link between Gehrig's disease, Gulf service
WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies launched a nationwide study today to determine the rate of Lou Gehrig's disease among veterans who were on active duty during the Gulf War.
FCC, broadcasters duel over low-power radio stations
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators upped the ante Monday in what has become an acrimonious battle with broadcasters over a plan to license hundreds of microradio stations for community groups, churches and others.
Tickets.com may link to rival's Web site, judge rules
In a potentially precedent-setting decision over the controversial practice known as ``hyperlinking,'' a federal judge has ruled that it is not illegal for online ticket seller to direct customers into the Web pages of rival Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch Inc.
Scientists find the 'fat' gene
NEW YORK -- Scientists have created strains of mice that can chow down on a high-fat diet without getting chubby.
Study finds lingering memory problems after chemotherapy
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ordinary doses of chemotherapy sometimes appear to permanently dull survivors' intellectual powers, leaving them with poor memories, muddy thinking and inability to do math in their heads, new research suggests.
Plan cuts traffic to Yosemite by 60 percent
SAN FRANCISCO -- For generations, a family day trip to the heart of Yosemite National Park has meant piling in and out of the car at Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Much of that day might also be spent on the lookout -- not for bears or the California spotted owl -- but for the ever-elusive parking space.
Survey: No gender gap found on the Web
There's no gender gap between boys and girls when it comes to using the Internet. But what they do online is dramatically different, with girls logging on for educational research and e-mail while boys primarily play games, according to a national survey of parents to be released Tuesday.
Elderly woman is stung by killer bees
LAS VEGAS -- A 77-year-old woman lay in critical condition Tuesday after being stung more than 500 times by a swarm of killer bees.The woman, whose name was not released, was attacked while walking along a street a few blocks from her Las Vegas home, Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski said. He said they may have been drawn to something in a bag she was carrying.
Internet filter product maker wins agreement from defendants
BOSTON -- Microsystems Software said Monday that two software experts it was suing had agreed not to tamper with their Internet filtering product, Cyber Patrol, and to sign over a program they wrote that would allow children to bypass it.