Briefcase
More people are expected to cruise the friendly seas this year. The Cruise Lines International Association is forecasting a 9 percent increase in the number of North Americans taking a cruise vacation this year.

Augusta airport plans showcase of high-end jets
Amid the hubbub of the Masters Tournament, traffic at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field will be a relatively small, private parade of jet planes. The occupants will be mostly corporate executives in town for what will likely be their only time this year.

Bottle design key in selling water
With more than 700 brands of bottled water available in the United States, the Southern Beverage Packers Inc. plant manager knows his water will have to be the best dressed in order to stand out from the rest.

Travel agencies merge to stay competitive
The consolidation bug that bit countless industries during the past several years is now sinking its teeth into the travel agency business.

Bank balances technology, services
Q: How do you explain to people what First Union is? About half of the company's revenue comes from sources other than traditional banking. First Union Corp. doesn't even have the word ``bank'' in the title.

Cover story: A soaring industry
On any given day during Masters Week, you'll find more than 150 private planes vying for space at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Brauer: Tax system should benefit everyone
April 15 is rolling around. Time to think about taxes. In 1997, federal tax collections amounted to a bit more than $1.7 trillion dollars (or about $6,300 per citizen). Of that amount, about 44 percent came from federal personal income taxes; 38 percent came from social security and other payroll taxes; 12 percent was corporate profit taxes; and the remaining 6 percent came from federal excise taxes, import taxes (tariffs), and similar small items such as estate and gift taxes.

Laney-Walker area will see change
With the addition of an enterprise zone to the area, city officials say the Laney-Walker neighborhood finally appears to be getting the attention it deserves.

Bank chief oversees change
As a young student at the University of South Carolina, all Charlie Rivers wanted was a car and a place of his own.

Hokrein: Business seek work, leisure balance
How we work, and the way we think about work has changed dramatically in the past 20 years.

Author pulls stylish narrative from career
Have you ever looked around your workplace and thought to yourself, this place would make a great novel? And, God willing, someday when I make my fortune I'm going to ditch this place and write that novel?

Economics to determine air show's future
Business sponsorships were abundant. Support from city officials had been pledged even before any major acts were secured.

Convention, meeting facilities grow
Finding a place to have a meeting, conference or reception in Augusta was simple a decade ago because there were few choices.

Etiquette important part of business
We're not talking about a $5 haircut; we're talking about the real effort it takes to enhance skills that will improve job perfor-mance.

Leiter, Bell send Mets past Padres

Junior era to open in Cincinnati

Astacio strong in loss

Braves set for opener

Galarraga has HR in Braves win

Ripken chasing 3,000-hits milestone

Braves notes: Cox still undecided on closer

Clemson falls to UNC

Braves set for opener

People's top peeves pack list

Economics to determine air show's future

Etiquette important part of business

Convention, meeting facilities grow

Business briefs: Raw material prices see fast increase

Bank balances technology, services

Golf pros available online

Briefcase

Hokrein: Business seek work, leisure balance

Bottle design key in selling water

Market duffers take aim
Having trouble on the links?Maybe it's time to invest in your golf game -- by buying a piece of the companies that make golf merchandise. Golf stocks investing took off in the early 1990s with the popularity of Callaway Golf's Big Bertha clubs.

Cover story: A soaring industry

Golf pros available online
There are two Internet games that will let you sell shares of professional golfers as if they were companies on the New York Stock Exchange: golfinvestors.com and golfstockmarket.com.

Travel agencies merge to stay competitive

Business briefs: Raw material prices see fast increase
NEW YORK -- With prices for energy and industrial raw materials rising in March at their fastest rate in five years, manufacturing executives are worrying that the added expenses might dampen business, a private report said Monday.

Augusta airport plans showcase of high-end jets

Author pulls stylish narrative from career

Brauer: Tax system should benefit everyone

Factory to open in Johnston
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- With a fleet of tractors behind him, Larry Connelly put on a hard hat Monday and broke the freshly graded ground where his new company will stand.

Market duffers take aim

Tennessee starter sprains ankle

UConn shows dominance in winning title

Thousands turn out to welcome returning champs

Different styles, one goal

'Other' Gators surging

Michigan St. takes title

SkyFest successes

Protests church parking project

Seeks public apologies for remarks

Make SRS repairs

Inner-city competition

Raps paper for 'lack of objectivity'

A key S.C. election

Protests sentence in assault case

Scorns Vermont's 'civil union' step

Says replace guns with God in schools

Attorney general finds 'criminal' she will prosecute

Send in census form

Hits paper for publishing letter

Questions justice in assault case sentence

Blasts insurance firms that don't pay

Clarifies 'distorted' political history
Archie Field (letter, March 25) was all over the map in his criticism of conservatives. You can certainly tell when an election year arrives. The distortions and total lack of concern for the truth abound.Bob Gardner, Augusta

Hectic schedule hampers participant's weight loss
Sometimes the pressures of everyday life can get in the way of even the best intentions. That's what happened to Weight Loss 2000 participant LaSaundria Walker.

Limber lumbar
A pro golfer on the PGA Tour, Davis Love III has been plagued by back problems the last six to eight years. And he's not alone. Swinging a golf club can be ungodly torture for the back, area doctors who specialize in sports medicine say.

Spanish Elegance
According to Chef Heinz Sowinski of La Maison restaurant, the dinner selection 1999 Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal made is a simple meal with an exceptional sauce.

Magazine promises an extreme look at golf
The hip nightclub oozing with attitude is the perfect site for Maximum Golf -- which promises an unconventional, unpredictable, uncensored approach to golf. (Unofficial motto: ``not your father's golf magazine.'')

In the Know
FORCE FED: George Lucas' Stars Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace is being released on video Tuesday in the United States and Canada. The two-hour, 13-minute movie is listed at $24.98.

Harrington prepares for Masters by winning

Kite sinks putt to beat Watson at Tradition

Mickelson takes BellSouth

Jaguars claim home-turf victory

Sudden-death win readies Mickelson

Harrington wins Sao Paulo 500 Years Open

Thrashers snap 17-game skid

Lynx's Shtrom strong in defeat

Lynx notes: Lynx to face New Orleans

Lynx fall with overtime goal

People's top peeves pack list
There I was Saturday, sitting in traffic on my way to the air show, and with nothing else to do I began thinking.

Spanish Elegance

Hectic schedule hampers participant's weight loss

In the Know

Limber lumbar

Boarding a pet no easy task
If you think it's hard getting a room for the night during Master's Week, try getting one for your dog.

Officials declare Skyfest a success

House hopefuls prepare for vote
Voters in South Carolina's House District 83 go to the polls Tuesday to select nominees to succeed Scott Beck, the two-term legislator who resigned in January to take a job with the state attorney general.

Athens editor to retire in June
ATHENS, Ga. -- After more than three decades of reporting, editing and sharing his opinions about local news, Hank Johnson is retiring as editorial page editor for the Athens Daily News and Banner-Herald.

Robbery suspect at large

Historical field gets renovation

Past year sees growth in area
Augusta will be a better host to Masters Tournament visitors in many ways this year.

Reception lets fans meet golfers

Across the area: Mayor's wife still sidelined by ankle

Opposing marchers set to meet

Couple works to promote art, convey message

Historical field gets renovation
Historical Lions Memorial Field in North Augusta is getting a new lease on life through a $1.4 million renovation to rebuild the 50-year-old football facility.

Athens editor to retire in June

Factory to open in Johnston
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- With a fleet of tractors behind him, Larry Connelly put on a hard hat Monday and broke the freshly graded ground where his new company will stand.

Opposing marchers set to meet
AIKEN -- While Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley leads a 120-mile march to convince lawmakers that South Carolinians want a Confederate flag off their Statehouse dome, many who disagree plan to meet the entourage Thursday when it arrives at the Capitol.

Factory to open in Johnston

DNA research opens era
There is no sign in Amy Varnell's face, and only when she speaks in a slightly hoarse voice is there a clue she is somehow different.

Genetic researchers seek new treatments

Officials declare Skyfest a success
After a rocky start Saturday with a larger than expected crowd causing huge traffic problems, Skyfest 2000 ended smoothly Sunday, with officials calling the weekend a success.

Boarding a pet no easy task

GOP targets growing areas

Past year sees growth in area

House hopefuls prepare for vote

DNA research opens era

Savannah landmark an eyesore, city says

Reception lets fans meet golfers
It's not the nineteenth hole, but Mayor Bob Young's second annual Masters Reception is as close as many Augustans will get to mingling with legendary golfers in town for the Masters Tournament.

Teen dead after fight turns to gunfire

GOP targets growing areas
ATLANTA - Republicans have little to show for the Georgia General Assembly session that ended late last month.

Social Security checks late because of truck

Artist applies her horse sense
AIKEN -- Anne Lattimore painted fruit baskets and flower vases in high school with as much fervor as the next student. She couldn't wait to get home from art class to ride horses.

Census Bureau readies for face-to-face campaign
All of the census forms that were returned by April 1 have been tallied, and the results are disappointing, local coordinators said Monday.

Fair features pigs,demolition derby
Richard Morrison Jr. has always had a need for speed and destruction.

Genetic researchers seek new treatments
Retired dentist Dr. Robert Bailey stopped his Christmas decorating for just a second to collect himself.

Across the area: Mayor's wife still sidelined by ankle
Gwen Fulcher Young, wife of Mayor Bob Young, was still at University Hospital on Sunday night after breaking her ankle in three places during a Friday parachuting accident. She is expected to be released today.

Teen dead after fight turns to gunfire
WILLISTON, S.C. -- A birthday party turned deadly outside the American Legion Hut in Williston during the weekend when a Columbia man was shot in front of a large crowd of onlookers, police said Monday.

Fair features pigs,demolition derby

Savannah landmark an eyesore, city says
SAVANNAH -- Gehrard Schwisow sat in his small apartment on an industrial stretch of Louisville Road, flipping through a scrapbook on his sailing ship, the 105-year-old Barba Negra.

Galleria's Phase II postponed
A citizens advisory committee voted Monday to wait a few weeks before it approves or rejects pharmacist Marshall Curtis' bid to develop the second phase of Armstrong Galleria.

Vice president touts computer literacy
ATLANTA -- Vice President Al Gore came to Atlanta on Monday to make his call for greater computer education in schools as a way to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

Artist applies her horse sense

Across the area: Masters traffic flows easily so far

Social Security checks late because of truck
Thousands of Social Security recipients in parts of Georgia and South Carolina did not receive their checks Monday because a tractor-trailer making the delivery suffered unknown mechanical failure.

Vice president touts computer literacy

Across the area: Masters traffic flows easily so far
Traffic to and from the Masters Tournament posed few problems Monday, Richmond County's traffic engineer said.

Robbery suspect at large
Authorities are searching for a man who robbed an Augusta bank at gunpoint Monday.

Couple works to promote art, convey message
Piercing through a comfortable silence, Alvin Franklin's voice reaches a voluminous vibrato then releases a deluge of sorrow over the small gallery audience.

Pistons trounce Nets

O'Neal has 34 in Lakers' win

Phoenix edges T'Wolves

Teams vie for playoff position

Perkins has 6 treys in Pacers win

Avery lends helping hand by opening up his home

Williams' threes lift Kings over Sixers

Mrs. Barbara Inman
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Mrs. Barbara Clarke Inman, 75, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center, Brunswick.

Mrs. Hazel Green
Mrs. Hazel Vivian Green, 87, of Greene Street, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Billy Meyer
LANGLEY - Mr. Billy Ray Meyer, 70, of Chaffee Street, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Annie Boyette
Mrs. Annie Lou Boyette, 81, of New McDuffie Road, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Jean Ferrari
Mrs. Jean Ferrari, 84, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Nellie Wright
WARD, S.C. - Mrs. Nellie Padgett Wright, 89, of South Carolina Route 1, died Sunday, April 2, 2000.

Mrs. Daisy Gregory
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Daisy Evans Gregory, 60, of Gregory Road, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Sara Garner
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Rainwater Garner, 90, of Ridgeland Drive, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mr. George Calvin
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. George Calvin, 69, of Washington Highway, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Pauline McCoy
KITE, Ga. - Mrs. Pauline Averett McCoy, 73, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Alfaratta O'Brien
Mrs. Alfaratta Marie Tebo Gerard O'Brien, 74, died Friday, March 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. John O'Donnell Sr.
Mr. John Edward O'Donnell Sr., 52, of Martin Lane, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Hunnicutt
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. John R. Hunnicutt, 77, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Jane Warner
Mrs. Jane Warner, 59, of Old Savannah Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Carrie Cumberlander
Mrs. Carrie Willis Cumberlander, 68, of St. John's Towers, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Odessa Osborne
AIKEN - Mrs. Odessa Mae Rhinehart Osborne, 97, of Augustus Road, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mr. Louis O'Shields
LANGLEY - Mr. Louis Jack O'Shields, 69, of Jackson Street, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Ted Holt Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. Ted Holt Sr., 76, of Pinelane Drive, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Martha Garner
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Martha Brown Garner, 70, of Stephens Road, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Evelyn Kelly
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Evelyn Bunyon Kelly, 97, of Paul Street, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care Center.

Mrs. Betty Koon
AIKEN - Mrs. Betty Goodwin Koon died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Herman Smith
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Mr. Herman Smith, 60, died Saturday, April 1, 2000.

Mrs. Jean Cipolla
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Mrs. Jean Cipolla, 76, of Fox Lane, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Sandpiper Convalescent Center.

Mr. Charlie Fullington Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Charlie Fullington Sr., 85, of Ellis Street, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby Hamilton
Mrs. Ruby E. Hamilton, 83, of J. Dewey Gray Circle, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Robert Johnson
WINNSBORO, S.C. - Mr. Robert L. Johnson, 84, of Greenbrier Mossydale Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000.

Mr. Ronald Sprenkle
Mr. Ronald M. Sprenkle died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Isaac Taylor
Mr. Isaac Taylor, of Belfonte Drive, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Diann Harper
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Diann Graham Harper, 54, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Mr. Elige Green Sr.
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. Elige Green Sr., 88, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mr. John Walden
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. John Miggle Walden, 86, of Butts Street, died Thursday, March 29, 2000, at the residence.

Mrs. Annette Rainwater
EATONTON, Ga. - Mrs. Annette Cannon Rainwater, 65, of Lakeview Estate Drive, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Carrie Harris
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Carrie Bell Harris, 78, of Whittle Pond Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at the residence of her daughter.

Mr. Ronald Smoldt
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Ronald F. Smoldt, 80, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Pauline McCoy

Mr. Ted Holt Sr.

Mrs. Annie Boyette

Mr. Ronald Sprenkle

Mrs. Evelyn Kelly

Mrs. Carrie Harris

Mrs. Odessa Osborne

Mrs. Jean Cipolla

Mr. Louis O'Shields

Mrs. Carrie Cumberlander

Mr. Isaac Taylor

Mrs. Sara Garner

Mr. John Hunnicutt

Mrs. Betty Koon

Mrs. Barbara Inman

Mrs. Diann Harper

Mr. Herman Smith

Mr. John O'Donnell Sr.

Mr. George Calvin

Mrs. Martha Garner

Mrs. Nellie Wright

Mrs. Alfaratta O'Brien

Mr. Charlie Fullington Sr.

Mr. John Walden

Mr. Robert Johnson

Mrs. Ruby Hamilton

Mrs. Hazel Green

Mrs. Jane Warner

Mr. Ronald Smoldt

Mr. Elige Green Sr.

Make SRS repairs
It's unfortunate that the Savannah River Site may let go hundreds of workers for budgetary reasons at a time when the nuclear weapons facility is in dire need of repairs.

Protests sentence in assault case
On March 14, Dr. Shirley Madison was sentenced to 90 days in a work release program which was later changed to 45 consecutive weekends in jail for attempting to kill my grandson Adam Wilson. Although she pled guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill her own child, she received ``special'' consideration from Judge Frank Eppes. I doubt seriously that she would have been treated so gently had she been a less prominent member of the Aiken community. Evelyn D. Wilson, Martinez

Clarifies 'distorted' political history
Archie Field (letter, March 25) was all over the map in his criticism of conservatives. You can certainly tell when an election year arrives. The distortions and total lack of concern for the truth abound. Bob Gardner, Augusta

Scorns Vermont's 'civil union' step
I disagree with most of the statements of The Washington Post guest editorial in The Chronicle on March 21 titled ``A healthy civil union in Vermont.'' Evan J. Bartell, Aiken

Raps paper for 'lack of objectivity'
According to the March 12 Chronicle, Christopher Andrews died of cardiac wounds at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital after allegedly being stabbed by Alicia Hall. I'm a lay person without a law degree, but because of the commitment to the cause of victims' rights, I've had to familiarize myself with the process of reaching a verdict in a case such as this. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

Blasts insurance firms that don't pay
A friend of mine was in a very serious automobile accident in Georgia. The other driver was at fault. My friend's doctors and hospital bills are thousands of dollars. G. T. Cealey, North Augusta

Send in census form
Augusta area residents have so far returned about 32 percent of their census forms -- well below the national average of 44 percent, which itself is a poor return rate.

Attorney general finds 'criminal' she will prosecute
So, Janet Reno has finally found a criminal she can prosecute. She will use every means at her command to rid us of this evil person. Elian Gonzales' great uncle has broken the law. Lester R. Coon, Warrenville

Questions justice in assault case sentence
As a neighbor of Adam Wilson's grandmother, I was horrified to read all the articles regarding the attempted murder of Adam by his mother Dr. Shirley Madison. This is a woman who had been trained for years in order to become a surgeon and then took the Hippocratic Oath to serve mankind and to treat his ills with compassion. If the attempted murder of a 7-year-old son is a compassionate and loving act by a mother who is also a doctor, then we live in a very sick society. S.F. Putnam, Martinez

Seeks public apologies for remarks
I am referring to two Jan. 13 letters. One was from Kent Brown who quoted Sen. Arthur Ravenel, R-Charleston, calling ``The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People'' the ``Association of Retarded People.'' Ellyn Johnson-Burkette, North Augusta

Says right to life is in Constitution
I read with a strange combination of amusement and disgust the March 29 letter from Mary Beth Pierucci, the director of external affairs of Planned Parenthood, in which she attempts to portray the killing of an unborn human (abortion) as a patriotic event celebrating the U.S. Constitution. George C. Keough, Evans

Protests church parking project
We oppose the proposed development of additional parking facilities for Aldersgate United Methodist Church, which will be followed by additional development and expansion. Paula & Samuel Schwartz, Augusta

Says replace guns with God in schools
How ironic. Two articles on the same day appeared in The Chronicle that show the futility of yet another Bill Clinton scheme. Donny Gray, Augusta

SkyFest successes
Gridlock. That was the prime complaint last Saturday as traffic snarled going into the Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field to see the popular SkyFest 2000 show that highlighted the famed Blue Angels and other aerial acts.

No to phony diplomas
Should high school seniors who have failed to complete their graduation requirements be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies?

A key S.C. election
The GOP presidential primary set turnout records in South Carolina two months ago.

Ungarbles 'revisionist' history
The March 25 letter of Archie Field was written like a true liberal. It's just garbled facts and revisionist history. Bob Line, Martinez

Inner-city competition
A pharmacist ruffled some feathers when he hatched plans to build an 11,000-square-foot drugstore along with another 3,000 square feet of retail space on the corner of Eighth Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard, near the heart of Augusta's blighted inner-city neighborhood.

Hits paper for publishing letter
I read the Don Lansing's March 24 letter with great surprise. I thought that the Religion section came out on Saturdays. Rabbi Jordan M. Parr, Augusta

Junior follows father's example

Athletes give back to hometowns

Aboriginals warn of violent protests during Olympics

New generation takes over

Overtime: Vols' Martin honored with street name

Athletes' group gives back to community

Sampras gets first win of year

Blight-resistant American chestnut trees to be planted
Researchers recently planted almost 2,000 American chestnut seedlings as part of a multi-state effort to bring back what was once one of the most important hardwood trees of the Eastern forests.

Augusta gets cyber alter ego on the Web
Miles of Singapore is a citizen of Augusta. So is Alan of England and Marie-Christelle of Quebec, although Alan is the only one of the three who has actually visited this city in person.

Source: Microsoft proposal unraveled talks
WASHINGTON -- Talks between Microsoft Corp. and government lawyers failed after the company insisted on its own proposal to settle the antitrust lawsuit and not because of disputes between state and federal officials, people familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.

Inventor has taste for Internet
SAVANNAH -- You've heard of scratch-and-sniff marketing. Ellwood Ivey Jr. wants you to click and smell.

Stockpiles of pollutants raise concerns in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Environmentalists in this poor East African nation are spearheading a drive to rid the country of huge stockpiles of agricultural pesticides and veterinary drugs.

Sega unveils plans for Internet access
NEW YORK -- Sega Enterprises Ltd. plans to make an aggressive push into the fast-growing online video-game market this fall by launching an Internet service provider with multiplayer gaming, chat capabilities and information about its games.

Farmers shy away from biotech crops this year
WASHINGTON -- Farmers are turning away from genetically engineered crops, especially a biotech corn that's toxic to insects, amid consumer resistance that started overseas and is now being felt in the United States.

Test may help rule out need for chemotherapy
SAN FRANCISCO -- Many women with early-stage breast cancer might be spared unnecessary chemotherapy if doctors check their tumors for proteins that help reveal whether the disease will spread.

Computer crime expert creates Internet alarm
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A leading cybercrime expert today plans to launch a new Internet burglar alarm system that analysts say may raise the bar in the burgeoning and vital field of computer security.

Former NBA star launches Internet-only talk show
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Charles Barkley, out of basketball since a career-ending knee injury in December, has a new forum from which to spout his outrageous views: an Internet-only talk show.

Rubber that kills germs on contact
SAN FRANCISCO -- A baby flings the pacifier onto a filthy floor. Mom smiles and puts it right back into the child's mouth. An entire soccer team sips from the same bottle of sports drink. The doctor treats one patient after another without changing rubber gloves.

Rules for supplement claims debated
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- From strong modern vitamins to the traditional comfort of herbal teas, health experts are debating whether dietary supplements should be allowed to claim benefits for pregnant women.

Teens use Masters as chance for money

Teens use Masters as chance for money
It's spring break for most Augusta-area teens, but some plan to spend it on the clock rather than sunning at the beach.

Xtreme Style

Dating results
Here are results from the latest teen poll question: What age do you think is appropriate for teens to start dating?

Girls golfers go the distance

Girls golfers go the distance
Stephanie Quinn, 17, a senior at Greenbrier High School, is heading to Oklahoma State University this fall on a partial scholarship with the hopes of someday winning a collegiate tournament for the Cowgirls, currently ranked 10th nationally.

Xtreme Style
THE FACTS: Jennifer Cohen, 15, a sophomore at Lakeside High School.

Rubber that kills germs on contact

Test may help rule out need for chemotherapy

Farmers shy away from biotech crops this year

Augusta gets cyber alter ego on the Web

Stockpiles of pollutants raise concerns in Tanzania

Blight-resistant American chestnut trees to be planted

Former NBA star launches Internet-only talk show

Sega unveils plans for Internet access

Inventor has taste for Internet

Source: Microsoft proposal unraveled talks