Braves notes: Rookie delivers in pinch

Gamecocks hammer Vols for record-tying SEC win

Jackets' Ford hits three homers

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

Gamecocks end season with win

Braves pound Phillies, win series

NCAA likely to reward Gamecocks

Braves notes: Rookie delivers in pinch

Braves notebook: Ligtenberg goes down for work

Big Mac ties Mantle with 536th homer

Tigers sweep past Yankees

Braves win after long delay

Mothers are popular at Hallmark

Business briefs

Pocket change

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

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?

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

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

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.

On the move

Ouster of Williams, Harbin urged

Editorial 'tramples' parental rights

Columbia Co. GOP ballot defended

College guide book is recommended

Augustans: Stash petty complaints

Augusta cleanup effort draws raves

Boathouse trash

Jackpot payout was predictable

Politicizing Mother's Day

Marcie Wilhelmi touted for congress

Illusory 'Net dragon' slayed

Flog thyself

Griper gets no sympathy from him

Honor student trips over grammar

Chronicle, other papers 'stir manure'

Service of late civic leader cited

Saying 'yes, sir' not buckling under

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Hurst gets Mother's Day gift: an LPGA title

Local colleges play for national titles

Love, Huston share lead

Parnevik wins a real Texas shootout

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traveling exhibit pushes the boundaries of watercolor

Couple build home to suit lofty lifestyle

Party faux pas not your problem

Teen writerbares his soul for best seller

Dinosaurlike creature said to roam Africa

Mom for a day

Bursting with color

'Wizard' remake rings true to film

Four wounded in morning shooting
Police issued an arrest warrant Sunday for an Augusta man in an early morning shooting that wounded four people - one critically - at a talent audition sponsored by a local radio station.

Holiday evokes memories

Journey winding for Stallion

Legacy fuels fight for flag

Parties see redistricting as helpful

Meetings to address road work

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.

Gender affects prescription of Ritalin

Four wounded in morning shooting

Residents dread water restrictions

Across the area: Officers find man's body in rock quarry

State urges input on road plans

Land values jump in growing county

Scientists work to catch, catalog creature

Across the area: Officers find man's body in rock quarry
Columbia County authorities recovered the body of a man Sunday who apparently drowned in a rock quarry outside Grovetown.

Friends from war reunite

Supporters hope to keep store open

Family safe after house fire

Journalist views news at ringside
CNN anchorwoman Judy Woodruff smiles when she says her role as a journalist has allowed her to witness history unfold. Her time in front of the camera has given her the best perspective to judge what it all means, and she is grateful.

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.

Holiday evokes memories
For Mother's Day, 79-year-old Mary Hammond was ordered to leave her home.

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.

Flag backers plan campaign

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

Defense sets up Stallions victory

Land values jump in growing county
When Vince and Rachael Robertson bought 3-1/2 acres on Washington Road in Evans, they didn't know they were buying a winning lottery ticket.

Journalist views news at ringside

Growing county seeks sense of community

Flag backers plan campaign
AIKEN - The League of the South and other groups that wanted South Carolina to keep a Confederate flag on its Statehouse dome are expected to campaign ``tooth and nail'' against lawmakers who voted to take it down this session.

Scientists work to catch, catalog creature
Two hours after the last glimmer of sunset has faded to darkness, Travis Glenn is sprawled on his belly at the bow of an air boat.

Friends from war reunite
They shook hands 55 years ago near the town of Bastogne in Belgium, after the Battle of the Bulge and hadn't seen each other again until April 30. But this time, when they met at the Augusta bus station, they didn't shake hands but embraced as tears rolled down their cheeks.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Making tracks

Supporters hope to keep store open

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.

Growing county seeks sense of community
When Ellen Hill moved to Columbia County 30 years ago from Augusta, she wanted a nice home in a quiet environment.

Across the area

Ceremony rewards character

Parties see redistricting as helpful
ATLANTA - For Republicans, next weekend's state convention in Savannah offers the first and best opportunity to show off the 2000 crop of legislative candidates, as the party launches its biennial quest to capture control of the General Assembly.

Blues lovers gather in Thomson

Debate continues over ADHD diagnosis

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.

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.

Ceremony rewards character

Educators tout reading program

Jazz stay alive with win

76ers win extends series

Knicks 'Ward' off Heat

Linebacker's murder trial set for today

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

Mr. Boyd Randall Jr.
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Boyd Dewey Randall Jr., 78, of Monarch Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Harper
Mr. James Walker Harper, 83, of Owens Road, Evans, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Clarence Coleman
GULFPORT, Miss. - Mr. Clarence Coleman, 64, of Eighth Street, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000.

Mr. David Franklin
Mr. David F. Franklin, 82, of Trafalgar Lane, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Alloney Clark
Mrs. Alloney Guin Clark, 93, of Deans Bridge Road, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Jennings Health Care Inc.

Mr. Joseph Pollard
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mr. Joseph Bryant ``Joey'' Pollard, 35, of Beattie Street, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Crouse Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Odum
Mrs. Margaret O'Byrne Odum, 75, of Sherwood Drive, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. April Warne
Mrs. April F. Warne, 66, of Bellevue Avenue, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Thelma Isdell
Mrs. Thelma Carpenter Isdell, of Higdon Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ethel Herrington
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Ethel Haeseler Herrington, 98, of Burke Street, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Martha Foskey
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mrs. Martha Foskey, 61, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Medical Center of Central Georgia.

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

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

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

Mr. Merritt Lindsey
BLYTHE - Mr. Merritt Ellison Lindsey, 77, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Frances Urdzela
HOLYOKE, Mass. - Mrs. Frances C. ``Cookie'' Skodinska Urdzela, 87, died Saturday, May 13, 2000.

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

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

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

Mr. Henry Raiford Sr.
HARLEM - Mr. Henry Lewis Raiford Sr., 63, of Gordon Highway, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at his residence.

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.

Mrs. Madge Cannady
GARFIELD, Ga. - Mrs. Madge Johnson Cannady, 85, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

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.

Mr. O. Lester Greenway
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. O. Lester Greenway died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at South West Christian Hospice, Douglasville.

Mrs. Ethel Reneau
Mrs. Ethel Batchelor Reneau, 80, of Fenwick Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.

Mr. Tom Waters
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Tom Waters, 77, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Aubrey Bohler
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Rufus Aubrey Bohler, 85, of Danburg Road, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care Center, Washington.

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

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. James Johnson
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. James Plemon Johnson, 99, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Provident Health Care.

Mrs. Mattie Hannah

Mr. Clarence Coleman

Mrs. Ethel Reneau

Mr. Joseph Pollard

Mr. John Grant Sr.

Mrs. Alloney Clark

Mrs. April Warne

Mr. Joseph Blandford

Mrs. Effie Lewis

Mr. John Lackey Sr.

Mrs. Martha Foskey

Mrs. Effie Lewis

Mrs. Sallie Jenkins

Mr. Aubrey Bohler

Mr. David Franklin

Mrs. Marjorie Burkelman

Mr. O. Lester Greenway

Mr. Lawton Johnston

Mr. Merritt Lindsey

Mr. James Johnson

Mrs. Thelma Isdell

Mrs. Margaret Odum

Mrs. Frances Urdzela

Mrs. Madge Cannady

Mrs. Nancy Bodiford

Dr. Preston Conger

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:

Chronicle, other papers 'stir manure'
Regardless of how much ink newspaper people may have, they may not be doing anything but feeding the ego of this baseball personality, John Rocker. Bill Adams, North Augusta

Honor student trips over grammar
Re report in The Chronicle's May 1 Carolina section about the students at University of South Carolina-Aiken who were graduating with 4.0 scholastic averages. Ronny B. Bolton, Aiken

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.

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

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.

Ex-gym teacher backs Strength's bid
Here's why I support Ronnie Strength for Augusta sheriff: He moved to McDowell Street when he was a little boy and his father was a police sergeant with the city police department. It was detected early that he was very responsible and dedicated to any task given him. H.J. Hogan Jr., Augusta

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:

Prosecutor 'wrong' on his thief remark
Re Chronicle's May 7 news report, ``Victim links burglary incidents,'' I came across the words of Danny Craig, our prosecutor, who was quoted as saying ``once a thief, always a thief.'' I take issue with such a comment and every informed voter should as well Keith Cross, Thomson

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

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

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

S.C. eyes 'Exile'
Project Exile has been so successful in Virginia that we're surprised more states haven't followed suit. Well, South Carolina will - if state Attorney General Charlie Condon has his way.

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

Columbia Co. GOP ballot defended
The Chronicle editorial, May 3, in which the Columbia County Republican chairman was referred to as a ``maverick'' was certainly a judgment error on the part of editorial page editor Suzanne Downing. George Shearer, Martinez

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

Jackpot payout was predictable
As I remember about two or three days ago the female who runs the Georgia lottery said in so many words that there was going to be a winner. At that time I predicted to my buddies that it was all over and the jackpot would be paid out on Tuesday night. James R. Waid, Leah

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

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.

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

Marcie Wilhelmi touted for congress
I dare say that you and others like you who do not know Augusta Aviation Commissioner Marcie Wilhelmi personally are at a great disadvantage and misinformed. E. Kay Ingalsbe, Martinez

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

Paul Cook, 'dreg' of the Democrats
An April 29 letter by Paul Cook proves his penchant for effrontery and thereby makes him a candidate for my special brand of the perfect squelch. H. Earl Thompson, Augusta

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

Floyd's lessons learned
South Carolina lawmakers are dealing with the aftermath of last year's impact of Hurricane Floyd.

Flog thyself
McDuffie County School Superintendent Dr. Ed Grisham contacted The Chronicle the other day to report on school system accountability after the embarrassing condemnation of a hazardous waste-filled school maintenance building and the dangerous spraying of poisons around student playgrounds.

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

Service of late civic leader cited
It was my pleasure to serve with Dr. Ike Washington on the board of trustees of the Augusta-Richmond County Museum. Dr. Washington served several terms on the board and wisely guided the museum in its move from Telfair Street to its present location. Raymond T. Rufo, Augusta

Rowing offer chance for college

Senior hurdler wins title

Gymnast eyes bid for third Games

Overtime: South Aiken's Cantey wins S.C. crown

Olympic notes: Local rowers likely to make team

Ex-Musketeer set to release energy

Sprinter captures state title

Overtime: Maraetes drops narrow decision in Oklahoma

Inspiration came from unexpected source

Software combats gunfire
AIKEN - Tony Bradshaw reaches across the country to save California families from stray bullets.

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.

Survey disputes notion that Internet encourages isolation
NEW YORK -- Contrary to suspicions that the Internet creates antisocial hermits, a study released Wednesday reports that friends and relatives actually communicate more frequently because of the Internet.

E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Drew Harris answered the call of MotherNature.com when the online retail company offered $20 off and free shipping for any purchase.

World's coral reefs improving
LOS ANGELES -- The world's coral reefs made a partial recovery last year after a dismal 1998 but remain threatened by overfishing and climate changes, scientists say. One marine biologist was concerned for Hawaii's reefs, which he said were being manhandled and trampled by tourists

More North Dakotans embracing wind energy
MERCER, N.D. -- As a stiff breeze stirs the grass and turns the wind turbines on Russell Makeeff's farm, he stops for a moment to marvel at how attitudes toward wind power have changed.

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.

Metals company aims to save rusty bridges with zinc 'jackets'
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis metals company is turning the destructive power of saltwater into an environmentally friendly way to protect bridges in the Alaskan wilderness.

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.

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.

Origins of eBay painting remain a mystery

Software combats gunfire

Survey disputes notion that Internet encourages isolation

Conquistadors likely brought ulcer bug

E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior

Plummeting water levels stir worry

Breeding results in weaker fragrance for modern flowers

World's coral reefs improving