Jackets' Ford hits three homers

Braves notes: Rookie delivers in pinch

Braves notebook: Ligtenberg goes down for work

Big Mac ties Mantle with 536th homer

Braves win after long delay

Tigers sweep past Yankees

Gamecocks hammer Vols for record-tying SEC win

Braves pound Phillies, win series

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

Gamecocks end season with win

Braves notes: Rookie delivers in pinch

NCAA likely to reward Gamecocks

Mothers are popular at Hallmark

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

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

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

Business briefs

Pocket change

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?

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

Augusta cleanup effort draws raves

Honor student trips over grammar

Marcie Wilhelmi touted for congress

Saying 'yes, sir' not buckling under

Chronicle, other papers 'stir manure'

Ouster of Williams, Harbin urged

Augustans: Stash petty complaints

College guide book is recommended

Flog thyself

Illusory 'Net dragon' slayed

Service of late civic leader cited

Boathouse trash

Columbia Co. GOP ballot defended

Politicizing Mother's Day

Griper gets no sympathy from him

Editorial 'tramples' parental rights

Jackpot payout was predictable

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Love, Huston share lead

Parnevik wins a real Texas shootout

Hurst gets Mother's Day gift: an LPGA title

Local colleges play for national titles

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Wizard' remake rings true to film

Couple build home to suit lofty lifestyle

Teen writerbares his soul for best seller

Dinosaurlike creature said to roam Africa

Traveling exhibit pushes the boundaries of watercolor

Mom for a day

Party faux pas not your problem

Bursting with color

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

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.

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.

Making tracks

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.

Ceremony rewards character

Supporters hope to keep store open

Family safe after house fire

Ceremony rewards character

Growing county seeks sense of community

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.

Debate continues over ADHD diagnosis

Journalist views news at ringside

Friends from war reunite

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.

Scientists work to catch, catalog creature

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

Blues lovers gather in Thomson

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.

Legacy fuels fight for flag

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.

Land values jump in growing county

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.

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.

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

Journey winding for Stallion

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.

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.

Supporters hope to keep store open

State urges input on road plans

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

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.

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.

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.

Flag backers plan campaign

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

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

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.

Four wounded in morning shooting

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.

Defense sets up Stallions victory

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.

Parties see redistricting as helpful

Across the area

Meetings to address road work

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

Gender affects prescription of Ritalin

Educators tout reading program

Residents dread water restrictions

Knicks 'Ward' off Heat

Jazz stay alive with win

76ers win extends series

Linebacker's murder trial set for today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Boyd Randall Jr.
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Boyd Dewey Randall Jr., 78, of Monarch Street, died Saturday, May 13, 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. Margaret Odum
Mrs. Margaret O'Byrne Odum, 75, of Sherwood Drive, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mattie Hannah

Mrs. Madge Cannady

Mr. O. Lester Greenway

Mrs. Thelma Isdell

Mrs. Sallie Jenkins

Mr. John Lackey Sr.

Mrs. April Warne

Mrs. Alloney Clark

Mrs. Margaret Odum

Mr. Joseph Pollard

Mrs. Frances Urdzela

Mr. Clarence Coleman

Mr. Lawton Johnston

Mr. Aubrey Bohler

Mr. David Franklin

Mrs. Martha Foskey

Mr. James Johnson

Mrs. Effie Lewis

Mrs. Ethel Reneau

Dr. Preston Conger

Mr. Merritt Lindsey

Mrs. Marjorie Burkelman

Mrs. Effie Lewis

Mr. Joseph Blandford

Mr. John Grant Sr.

Mrs. Nancy Bodiford

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:

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Sprinter captures state title

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

Ex-Musketeer set to release energy

Overtime: Maraetes drops narrow decision in Oklahoma

Olympic notes: Local rowers likely to make team

Inspiration came from unexpected source

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior

Survey disputes notion that Internet encourages isolation

World's coral reefs improving

Conquistadors likely brought ulcer bug

Software combats gunfire

Plummeting water levels stir worry

Breeding results in weaker fragrance for modern flowers

Origins of eBay painting remain a mystery