Minor League Notebook: Former Jacket O'Connor gets a shot with Pittsburgh

Braves win after long delay

Gamecocks hammer Vols for record-tying SEC win

Harlem loses Game 1 to Eastside

Braves notebook: Schuerholz seeks a veteran catcher

Galarraga helps Braves end slump

Braves notebook: Ligtenberg goes down for work

Eastside sweeps Harlem

Jackets' Ford hits three homers

GreenJackets top RedStixx

War Horses fall to Mullins

South Carolina routs Vols

Mothers are popular at Hallmark

Pocket change
SALARY INCREASES: A survey by the American Compensation Association found that companies' average budgets for salaries are expected to rise in the 4 percent range this year, the same as in 1999, and will remain at that level in 2001. That means workers' salaries aren't keeping up with inflation, which has risen at an annual rate of 5.8 percent so far this year.

Cup makers battle for buyers
In the past two decades, powerful executives and politicians have spent a lot of time and money debating a seemingly simple question: Does coated paper or polystyrene plastic make a better disposable cup?

Business briefs
Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta has been presented with the President's Award, Radisson Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's top honor for outstanding quality hotels.

Business briefs
Cumulus Media reached an agreement to extend the $242 million acquisition of 37 radio stations in nine markets from Connoisseur Communications, the company said Thursday.

Cup makers battle for buyers

City's rowing status at risk
Augusta may lose its designation as a U.S. Olympic rowing center because not enough of the athletes training here can find employment, local rowing and sports council officials said this week.

On the move
Ronald Anderson, previously team leader for Keller Williams Realty, is now developing a property and commercial division for Keller Williams Reality.

Weekly gas prices
Click on the graphic to view a larger version. The graphic shows prices of unleaded gasoline at area gas stations.

Check credit reports carefully; correct inaccuracies
Your credit report contains information about where you work, where you live and how you pay your bills. It also may reveal whether you've

Business briefs

Pocket change

Weekly gas prices

Electronic filing speeds processing
ATLANTA - Increased use of electronic filing by Georgia taxpayers has helped the Department of Revenue get ahead of schedule in processing refunds for roughly 2 million returns.

Business briefs

City's rowing status at risk

On the move

Trustees to decide fate of Knight

Boathouse trash

A 'secret' Gore plan?

Why not decommission both dams?

Augustans: Stash petty complaints

Lynx eliminated and so is coverage

Harbin's newsletter called 'incomplete'

Illusory 'Net dragon' slayed

Dr. Carl's dam river view draws fire

Augusta cleanup effort draws raves

College guide book is recommended

Griper gets no sympathy from him

Exercise & parenting

Ouster of Williams, Harbin urged

Rehashing race riot was a disservice

Editorial 'tramples' parental rights

Politicizing Mother's Day

Saying 'yes, sir' not buckling under

Party faux pas not your problem
Dear Carson: I was chatting recently with a friend when another friend approached us and thanked me for the wonderful time she had at my party.

Traveling exhibit pushes the boundaries of watercolor
Putting a bold new face on an established medium, the 132nd International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society features 40 works that transcend and confound expectations of what a watercolor should be.

Authors find inspiration for books in faith
Two books - one the work of a minister in a red light district and the second, a gardener's solitary reflections on God - will be introduced in Augusta this week.

'Wizard' remake rings true to film
Oh joy, oh rapture. The Augusta Players have resurrected MGM's 1939 The Wizard of Oz just in time for a heel-clicking holiday weekend. The script and music (though oddly uncredited) stay very close to the classic film.

Dinosaurlike creature said to roam Africa
Rumors have long flourished that a large, dinosaurlike creature inhabits central Africa.

Couple build home to suit lofty lifestyle
''James Brown comes over and plays the piano,'' Carol Bradley said, pointing to the antique 1842 Harrington wooden piano in her living room.

Revival ends on a good note
Jonathan Stone, 10, playfully stood behind his dad, evangelist Perry Stone Jr., for his cue to pass out free CDs to the revival crowd Monday at Fleming Church of God.

Mom for a day
There's something about moms that won't let them sit still - not when there's work to be done.

Faith digest
A weekend centered on strengthening the family through prayer will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney Walker Blvd., starting with registration at noon today.

Teen writerbares his soul for best seller
As mind-boggling as it must be to be 20 years old and already have a story published in a national best-seller, Derek Gamba of North Augusta takes it all in stride.

Bursting with color
The grapefruit, neatly bisected, fairly drips from the canvas. Rendered in brilliant tones and bathed in a beam of morning sunlight, the textured canvas is a burst of color and light against the nondescript gray walls of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's main gallery.

Local colleges play for national titles

Love turns up heat at Nelson Classic

Love, Huston share lead

Special teams may decide series

Czech, Slovakia to meet in historic final

Mothers are popular at Hallmark
On Mother's Day, you should know that mothers come in all shapes and sizes; ages and genders.

Residents dread water restrictions
While watching a water tank being drained Saturday near his Martinez home, David Naus began to have water restriction nightmares. It was the third and final day of draining for a 5-million gallon reserve tank on Morningside Drive because the water had become dirty during an earlier test that went wrong. ``Now, they're dumping all this stuff,'' Mr. Naus said. ``And they're going to have this tank empty in the middle of a water crisis already. The whole thing is not good.'' Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Blues lovers gather in Thomson
THOMSON - The smells of sunblock, crawfish and beer guided guests to the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival better than any road sign could. The daylong festival Saturday had music lovers coming from as far away as New York and Washington to Thomson. By 2 p.m., the crowd had reached to a little more than 350 people and kept growing. Festival coordinators estimated close to 2,000 people would attend the blues festival. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

ASU holds commencement ceremony
Kristen Weber Glenn was missing from the 312 graduates at Augusta State University on Saturday, but her memory was not. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Ceremony rewards character
AIKEN - Families, friends, teachers and school administrators of 238 Aiken County pupils gathered Saturday to celebrate outstanding examples of character. After an animated performance of Aretha Franklin's Respect by South Aiken High School's Puppets for Peace, Mayor Fred Cavanaugh commended everyone present for maintaining and recognizing worthy character traits.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Family safe after house fire
Though his house was damaged by fire Saturday afternoon, Keith Honeycutt was just thankful that at the end of the day he still had his family and his rabbit. Mr. Honeycutt's two-story house at 4079 Arlington Road caught fire at about 6:52 p.m. after gasoline began leaking from a car in his garage, he told firefighters. Seconds later, the fuel apparently hit the flame from the nearby water heater, causing an explosion, said Martinez Fire Department Chief Gary Thigpen. Immediately, Mr. Honeycutt, his wife, Amy, and their 4-year-old daughter Aubrey escaped. Mr. Honeycutt suffered only minor burns to his leg and was treated at Doctors Hospital. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Supporters hope to keep store open
From the back of a pickup truck in a Winn-Dixie parking lot, speakers issued calls for everything from verbal and written opposition to boycotts. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Traveling exhibit pushes the boundaries of watercolor

Bursting with color

Authors find inspiration for books in faith

Couple build home to suit lofty lifestyle

Teen writerbares his soul for best seller

Dinosaurlike creature said to roam Africa

Faith digest

Party faux pas not your problem

Mom for a day

'Wizard' remake rings true to film

Revival ends on a good note

Officials: $135 million needed for area schools
Richmond County school officials say they need about $135 million to continue physical improvements to school buildings.

Gender affects prescription of Ritalin
When 10-year-old Owen Zylla wakes up, he has the energy of 10 people.

Debate continues over ADHD diagnosis

Family safe after house fire

Across the area

Stallions face powerful Twisters offense

Educators tout reading program

Ceremony rewards character

Legacy fuels fight for flag
WAGENER - A red rash of Confederate flags sprinkles the mostly rural road between Wagener and Columbia that Republican Rep. Charles R. Sharpe travels to the Legislature.

Legacy fuels fight for flag

Making tracks
The Augusta Chronicle, the state Department of Transportation and city traffic engineers want to keep Augustans informed about when and where road work is scheduled to occur. An updated list of area road projects for the week appears Sundays in the Chronicle.

Blues lovers gather in Thomson

Corps: Fort violates lake permit
Fort Gordon is violating its federal permit by using its Thurmond Lake recreation area as a venue for nationally advertised, commercial fishing tournaments, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Area native is dance pioneer

Schrenko honors reading program

Officials: $135 million needed for area schools

Debate continues over ADHD diagnosis
During the next five years, a federal agency will spend $6 million on a nationwide study on whether Ritalin is safe and effective in treating preschool-age children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Exhibits astound pupils

Educators tout reading program
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - It was a sound Carolyn Rudd expected every day after school - the front door slamming because Megan was frustrated with kindergarten.

Tax collector loses round in court

Blues lovers gather in Thomson
THOMSON - The smells of sunblock, crawfish and beer guided guests to the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival better than any road sign could.

Journey winding for Stallion

Meetings to address road work
The roads, they are a-changin'. And with millions of dollars already authorized for area roads during the next three to five years, motorists are sure to notice.

Gender affects prescription of Ritalin

Across the area

Meetings to address road work

Across the area
TWIN CITY - A chemical spill at an Emanuel County manufacturing center Friday killed a 55-year-old employee and sent workers, law enforcement officers and fire personnel to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Ceremony rewards character

Area native is dance pioneer
Augusta native Karen Brown, who has dedicated her life to the art of ballet, has been named artistic director of the Oakland Ballet, making her the first black woman to hold such a position at a major American dance company.

Making tracks

Exhibits astound pupils
NORTH AUGUSTA - Wearing goggles and oven mitts, pupils at North Augusta Elementary School drove nails into two-by-fours - using bananas as hammers.

Supporters hope to keep store open

Water restrictions start early

Wrightsboro Road will get new turn lanes

Residents dread water restrictions

Director is hired by panel

Across the area
ATLANTA - City Councilman Lee Morris has proposed an ordinance to close every drive-through window in Atlanta each May 1 through Sept. 30 in an effort to improve air quality.

Director is hired by panel
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s executive committee voted unanimously Friday afternoon to offer its top job to Robert Cooks.

State urges input on road plans

Aging inmates raise prison costs
ATLANTA - A combination of medical advances, tougher sentencing laws and fewer paroles is producing an older inmate population in Georgia, driving up the prison system's health costs substantially, according to a report released this week.

Aging inmates raise prison costs

Wrightsboro Road will get new turn lanes
It's happened to Nita Grinder one too many times. A fairly smooth drive to the mall ends when she finds herself amid several vehicles huddled at the bottom of the Bobby Jones Expressway ramp, fighting for a place in the one righthand lane leading to the Augusta Mall parking lot.

Ceremony rewards character
AIKEN - Families, friends, teachers and school administrators of 238 Aiken County pupils gathered Saturday to celebrate outstanding examples of character.

Georgia Southern graduates first black doctoral recipient
Willie Wiley, an assistant principal at Richmond County's Westside High School, makes history today. He will be the first black person to receive a doctoral degree from Georgia Southern University.

Supporters hope to keep store open
From the back of a pickup truck in a Winn-Dixie parking lot, speakers issued calls for everything from verbal and written opposition to boycotts.

Water restrictions start early
Water restrictions went into effect at midnight Friday in Augusta - 10 days earlier than planned - because of a major waterline break and the loss of two wells.

ASU holds commencement ceremony
Kristen Weber Glenn was missing from the 312 graduates at Augusta State University on Saturday, but her memory was not.

Judges find tastiest tap water in Blythe
ATLANTA - Calling something tasteless is usually not a compliment, but when it comes to drinking water, less taste is better.

State urges input on road plans
It's the stuff roadmaps are made of: a blueprint of how Georgia's highways, railroads and bike paths will change and evolve during the next quarter of a century.

Tax collector loses round in court
ATLANTA - Liberty County Tax Commissioner Carolyn Brown lost a bid Friday to end her court case without having to repay more than $1 million she paid herself in fees out of tax collections.

Residents dread water restrictions
While watching a water tank being drained Saturday near his Martinez home, David Naus began to have water restriction nightmares.

Board sides with candidate
By a unanimous decision Friday, the Richmond County Board of Elections denied a local attorney's challenge to Woodrow Fryer's candidacy for sheriff.

Panel releases youth on probation

Schrenko honors reading program
In a most fitting way, State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko honored pupils of Dearing Elementary School on Friday for their reading skills.

Supporters hope to keep store open

Panel releases youth on probation
The other 11-year-old involved in a plot to kidnap parents was released on probation this week, and his 13-year-old brother is appealing his lengthy sentence.

Judges find tastiest tap water in Blythe

76ers win extends series

Reversal of call gives Heat win over Knicks

Mrs. Ruth Headstrom
AIKEN - Mrs. Ruth Leone Woleben Headstrom, 99, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Eden Gardens.

Mr. Robert Jordan
MITCHELL, Ga. - Mr. Robert Jordan, 87, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation, Warrenton.

Miss Beatrice Sprouse
SALUDA, S.C. - Miss Dorothy Beatrice Sprouse, 88, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Mary Toole
Mrs. Mary A. Bunch Toole, 67, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Luretha Kemp
Mrs. Luretha Fielding Kemp, of Alabama Road, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Vaughn
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Fain Vaughn, 63, of Mulberry Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000.

Mrs. Sallie Jenkins
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Sallie Smith Jenkins, 74, died Thursday, May 11, 2000 at Trident of Summerville Medical Center, Summerville.

Dr. Preston Conger
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Dr. Preston Dewitt Conger, 86, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Skyland Health Center.

Mrs. Sewilla Curry
OCONEE, Ga. - Mrs. Sewilla Norris Curry, 85, of South Brown Street, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Anthony Russo
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Anthony W. ``Bill'' Russo, 74, of W.A. Reel Drive, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. John Grant Sr.
Mr. John Albert Grant Sr., 41, of Spring Glen Lane, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Lawton Johnston
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Lawton L. Johnston, 76, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Elizabeth Henry
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Elizabeth A. Henry, 71, of Hephzibah-McBean Road, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Joseph Blandford
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Joseph Rowlands Blandford, 81, of Fourth Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Johnny Ford
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Johnny ``Sport'' Ford, 59, of Wadley Coleman Lake Road, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Mr. John Lackey Sr.
Mr. John Milton Lackey Sr., 71, of Lavista Drive, Evans, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Effie Lewis
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Effie Bell Lewis died Friday, May 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Susie Drake
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Susie Johnson Drake, 96, of Cleveland Avenue, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mr. Eugene Knight
ST. CLAIR, Ga. - Mr. Arthur Eugene Knight, 65, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Dorothy C. Huff-Baker
Mrs. Dorothy C. Huff-Baker, accomplished pianist, organist and songwriter, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie Hannah
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Hannah, 86, of Center Street, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Marjorie Burkelman
Mrs. Marjorie L. Burkelman, 69, of Evans, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Nancy Bodiford
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Nancy Marks Bodiford, 54, died Friday, May 12, 2000.

Mrs. Mattie Hannah
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Hannah, 86, of Center Street, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Ruth Headstrom

Mrs. Sewilla Curry

Dr. Preston Conger

Mr. Lawton Johnston

Mr. Robert Jordan

Mr. John Grant Sr.

Mr. John Lackey Sr.

Mr. Joseph Blandford

Mrs. Mattie Hannah

Mrs. Marjorie Burkelman

Mrs. Mattie Hannah

Mrs. Effie Lewis

Mr. Eugene Knight

Mrs. Mary Toole

Dorothy C. Huff-Baker

Mrs. Elizabeth Henry

Mrs. Sallie Jenkins

Mrs. Nancy Bodiford

'Last' visit home prepares him for final one
IT WAS the best of times; but for the first time in 75 years the cedar-shingled house at 117 Shenandoah Ave. in Loch Lynn, Md., is not owned by someone whose last name is Sisler.

Kent: Flag compromise won't please everybody
REFLECTIONS ON the South Carolina House of Representatives' 63 to 56 vote on legislation shifting the Confederate battle flag from atop the Statehouse dome to flying it prominently out front by the street:

Kent: Flag compromise won't please everybody
REFLECTIONS ON the South Carolina House of Representatives' 63 to 56 vote on legislation shifting the Confederate battle flag from atop the Statehouse dome to flying it prominently out front by the street:

Lynx eliminated and so is coverage
For the most part I always enjoy The Chronicle's sports section. I am an avid fan of our Augusta Lynx hockey team and of minor league hockey. Ray Zabetta, Evans

Bradley vehicles are no rent-a-cars
Attorney General Janet Reno testified in the hearings on Waco that the Bradley infantry/cavalry fighting Vehicles that smashed through the complex should not be considered military vehicles. Instead she said they were, ``like a good rent-a-car.'' Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

Is Augusta Fire Dept. up to date?
A very interesting segment appeared on Dateline May 8. It had to do with fire departments and firefighting equipment. It caused me to wonder if the Augusta Fire Department is as up-to-date as Fire Chief Ronnie Few would like all of you to believe. Kathleen Gibson, North Augusta

Illusory 'Net dragon' slayed
In what has to be a first in U.S. history, a House committee voted last week to kill a bill that didn't exist. In fact, the bill had never even been proposed. Yet it had a sponsor, Rep. Tony Schnell, and a number, H.B. 602-P.

College guide book is recommended
I recommend the book, A Common Sense Guide for Parents Who Want to Send Their Kids to College, by Edward L. Maner. It is suggested reading for all parents of children who are college bound. Ruth B. Crawford, Augusta

Augustans: Stash petty complaints
Having just moved back to Augusta from Miami, one of my favorite things to do is read The Chronicle (The Miami Herald is simply the worst). However, this editorial page seems plagued recently by a bunch of petty, sniveling malcontents and people need to, well, cheer up. William Ryan, Jackson

Dr. Carl's dam river view draws fire
Frank Carl, who is known to express the views of the Sierra Club, attacked Sonny and Polly Goldston of North Augusta on May 9, for their reasonable concept of what the river would look like following a permanent decommissioning of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Weekly 'suppresses' dissenting view
As a private business, a newspaper has the right to choose what will be published. However, does a weekly paper in a small community have the moral right to suppress opinions that differ with the paper, particularly opinions on issues such as taxes that are of interest to taxpayers in the community it serves? Steve Tanner, Sandersville

Exercise & parenting
For years American school kids have been scrambling to catch up academically with their peers in other nations. Now new studies show they need to scramble to catch up physically, too.

Politicizing Mother's Day
If you bet on the Big Game lottery you lost, but if you bet that the Million Mom March scheduled in Washington today will not turn out a million moms, you'll win big time.

Rehashing race riot was a disservice
Your May 7 front page headline, ``City's racial tension endures,'' provides the radicals with encouragement to continue and possibly escalate their views. Wheldon Hair, Harlem

Richmond system ready
It will take $10 million more than it did last year to operate the Richmond County school system. The good news is an extra $10 million will arrive from state coffers to cover this expense.

Columbia County incumbent chided
State Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, claims great success for bringing home $50,000 for the new Columbia County library. Glenn F. Swan, Grovetown

'Last' visit home prepares him for final one
IT WAS the best of times; but for the first time in 75 years the cedar-shingled house at 117 Shenandoah Ave. in Loch Lynn, Md., is not owned by someone whose last name is Sisler.

Augusta cleanup effort draws raves
Special thanks to Augusta's License and Inspection Department for cleaning up areas in the historical Bethlehem area. Mattie Mitchell, Augusta

Editorial 'tramples' parental rights
Your May 6 editorial accuses the GOP of having cold feet on holding hearings into the federal seizure of Elian Gonzales. As a lifelong Republican, it amazes me how some people and conservative publications can be so blind. Lawrence Smith, Martinez

A 'secret' Gore plan?
According to Vice President Al Gore, all of GOP presidential rival George W. Bush's proposals are ''risky schemes'' - risky tax schemes, risky foreign policy schemes and, of course, a risky Social Security scheme.

Griper gets no sympathy from him
Re the letter, May 1, about the new Diamond Lakes Regional Park in south Augusta. I have lived in south Augusta for 35 years. We have been the red-headed stepchild in sports facilities in the past. We have Fleming complex for softball. Rupert Lambert, Augusta

Why not decommission both dams?
If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does do away with the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam and opens the river for fish to move upstream, then the corps should do the same for the Augusta diversion dam at the headgates to the Augusta Canal. Ron Swank, Blythe

Ouster of Williams, Harbin urged
Those two Georgia representatives, Ben Harbin, R-Evans, of the 113th and Robin Williams, R-Augusta, of the 112th, are really something else. Each voted to spend our lottery money to provide HOPE Scholarships to convicts while serving time in jail. Willis A. Clifton, Martinez

Chronicle editorials 'move left'
It didn't take long for the new editorial staff of this paper to show its liberal colors. They moved to the left with editorials calling for compromise on the flag and then they couldn't wait to kick young John Rocker when they thought he was down. Milton Gresham, Evans

Boathouse trash
Who's responsible for cleaning up the trash around the boathouse on the river? I tried to take my dog down there for a walk and some fresh air, but all I got was a horrible sight. Brian Smith, Augusta

Is attack on American flag next?
I am sick of hearing about the flag compromise. A compromise is not one side dictating ever-escalating, non-negotiable demands to which the other side must immediately submit or be branded as uncompromising, immoral racists. Dave Stewart, Grovetown

Harbin's newsletter called 'incomplete'
I just received in the mail state Rep. Ben Harbin's legislative newsletter for the 2000 session. Walt Sansot, Martinez

Saying 'yes, sir' not buckling under
We hear our black brethren assure those of us who don't go along with their thinking that there is no possibility of a black person harboring bitter ill will or ill manners toward whites simply because of their color; in other words ''racism.'' Andy Chandler, Augusta

Overtime

Grief evident in Adam Petty's hometown

Sprinter captures state title

Overtime: Maraetes drops narrow decision in Oklahoma

Tragedy touches Petty family again

Rowing offer chance for college

Track meet slated for Saturday

Landmark on way to fifth straight state title

Senior hurdler wins title

Gymnast eyes bid for third Games

Ex-Musketeer set to release energy

Barksdale named basketball coach at Aiken

Inspiration came from unexpected source

Coal count alters toxic site report
After years at the top of the list, Richmond County shed its distinction this year as the largest emitter of toxic chemicals among Georgia's 159 counties, according to the newest Toxic Release Inventory.

Origins of eBay painting remain a mystery
SAN FRANCISCO -- An amateur art collector has offered $135,805 for an abstract painting listed on eBay's online auction site. If it proves to be an original by the late Richard Diebenkorn, it could be a stunningly good investment.

Plummeting water levels stir worry
ELBERTA, Mich. -- Kris and Marge Mills bought a marina and fishing shop last year for half a million dollars. They've spent tens of thousands more fixing it up. Now they desperately need something money can't buy: water.

Public to be allowed to welcome solstice at Stonehenge
LONDON -- The public will be able to greet the dawn of the millennium's first summer at the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, the first time in 16 years the site has been opened for the summer solstice.

SRS sales raise ire of senator
The results of a federal inspection into the sale of surplus Savannah River Site computers has drawn the ire of U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.

E-books biz booming, and netLibrary wants to stay on top
Suddenly, the market for providing digitized books, or e-books, is getting as crowded as your local bookstore on a weekend. And Boulder, Colo.-based netLibrary is adapting to ensure it remains a top title in the industry.

Drug companies to slash prices for AIDS drugs to Africa
GENEVA -- Five major pharmaceutical companies agreed jointly today to slash the cost of drugs for treating AIDS in Africa and other developing countries, the United Nations announced.

N.C. sea turtle deaths puzzle scientists
More than 200 dead sea turtles have washed ashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks beaches in the past week, an unusually high number for such a short period of time.

Just click on Mother's Day
Joshua Rexford, calling himself ``number one son,'' put his Mother's Day sentiment this way on the Internet:

Conquistadors likely brought ulcer bug
Along with smallpox and measles, it appears that the Spanish Conquistadors brought the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers to the New World, according to a genetic study.

Breeding results in weaker fragrance for modern flowers
On Sunday, millions of mothers will unwrap bouquets and delight at the sight of an exquisite arrangement or the monochromatic richness of a dozen red roses. But after your mom puts her Mother's Day flowers in a vase, ask her to do a little test: take a good whiff and think back to when she bought flowers for her own mother.

Drug companies to slash prices for AIDS drugs to Africa

Origins of eBay painting remain a mystery

Conquistadors likely brought ulcer bug

Breeding results in weaker fragrance for modern flowers

E-books biz booming, and netLibrary wants to stay on top

Plummeting water levels stir worry

SRS sales raise ire of senator

N.C. sea turtle deaths puzzle scientists

Just click on Mother's Day

Coal count alters toxic site report

Public to be allowed to welcome solstice at Stonehenge