Commissioner for a day

Yellow Jackets capture ACC title

Gamecocks fall short in title bid

Jackets continue to surge

Niekro favors change

Seminoles win keeps hopes alive

Minor League notebook: Padres have high hopes for ex-Jackets

Braves notebook: Smoltz joins broadcast team

Jackets sweep Shorebirds

Ga. Tech rallies to beat Tigers

Braves notebook: Veras out until Tuesday

Georgia Southern in SoCon title game

Braves hammer Padres

Padres end Braves win streak

Ga. Southern shuts out Furman

Jackets continue to surge

Alabama ousts Georgia

Clemson blasts three homers in victory

May Park's namesake underrated

Pocket change
Telecommuting employees do not advance as quickly as office-based workers, according to a survey of by the International Tenant Representative Alliance.

Business briefs

Demand rises for Cruiser

Quick Tips: Furnishing, decorating new home can be inexpensive
Furnishing and decorating a new home can be challenging and expensive. Before you give in to the temptation to max out your credit card by buying everything at once, consider these creative, money-saving tips from The Knot and other sources.

Georgia economist to retire
ATLANTA - When Donald Ratajczak delivered his last economic forecast Thursday, it was considerably more optimistic than his first, presented 27 years ago.

On the move

Augusta to hold first hair, beauty show
A hair show at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Sunday is designed not only to let local stylists show off their talent, but also will allow them to continue their education, increase their financial savvy, and network with other beauty industry professionals, organizers say.

Cash flow depends on viewers
The cruel irony of cable TV is that it gives you more than 100 channels, even though all you really care to watch - and pay for - is 15.

Barnes touts role of small businesses
Gov. Roy Barnes underscored the importance of small and minority businesses to Georgia's economy Friday at the Regional Small Business Conference held by Augusta Technical Institute.

Business briefs
Wallace Contracting, a Savannah River Site contractor, has been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration's Administrator's Award of Excellence for an outstanding safety record and suggestions to the U.S. Forest Service on how to reduce time and costs.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stock prices fell broadly Friday as investors resolutely refused to buy into a market facing rising interest rates.

Quick Tips: Furnishing, decorating new home can be inexpensive

Demand rises for Cruiser
Waiting lists for the retro-designed Chrysler PT Cruiser are continuing to grow at local dealerships.

Cash flow depends on viewers

Augusta to hold first hair, beauty show

Georgia economist to retire

On the move
ON THE MOVE: Archie Coleman has been named manager of technical quality assurance for piece-dyed fabrics at Avondale Mills Inc.

Kosovo failure is Clinton legacy

Who slaughtered the Caucasoids?

Mixing students on buses a bad idea

Some famous gun registration quotes

Fan proud to wear Rocker jersey

'Oil & water'

Young, Larke no-show disappoints

Crack houses aren't the real problems

Flag nightmare over

Thefts plague community center

China trade confusion

A simple definition of 'politician'

How to handle Winn-Dixie closing

Hostettler's gun lock

Just add water
Hot swimsuit styles for summer 2000 include tankinis and bikinis, and believe it or not, shorts and skirts.

Faith digest
The first eight teams to sign up will get in on the second annual Augusta Deliverance Evangelistic Church basketball tournament July 7-8.

Sign language
When Sandra Hughes goes to work at If It's Paper on Washington Road, she always checks out the sign next door at Abilene Baptist Church.

Sounds of silence
Nothing slips by the enormous brown eyes. As Cole Harley sits on the carpet in the hallway, his luminous eyes dart to the nurses walking by, then up to the face of his mothe

Strolling through history
LAVENHAM, England - Walking among the pastel-painted, half-timbered cottages of this impeccably maintained medieval village, it's hard to imagine this was once a powerhouse of European industry.

Wedding notice can be honored with a gift
Dear Carson: A friend recently sent announcements of her child's secret marriage, which had taken place six months before she knew anything about it. Some say the announcement should be treated as information, and others say that you treat it as you would a wedding invitation. Would you send the couple a gift?

Christians must exercise faith to make it stronger
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith. However, James 2:17 states, ``Even so faith, if it hath not works is dead, being alone.'' Therefore, to offer God a pleasing, living sacrifice is to offer him a working faith.

TLC turns hideous into lovely hideaway
It's only half a mile from her real home, but Barbara Smith's hideaway on the Hill feels a world away from the bustle of everyday life.

Interfaith workers to serve
Three congregations will lock arms Sunday to serve the Augusta-area community for the second annual Interfaith Mitzvah Day.

Slaves' ghostly remains said to haunt island
Sometimes late at night, when the moon is full and the wind is just right, residents along Dunbar Creek on St. Simons Island, Ga., hear a mournful chant and the ghostly clanging of chains.

Expo 2000 has something for everyone
HANOVER, Germany - From the steps of the brand-new subway station built for Expo 2000 as part of the city's multibillion-dollar face-lift, the entrance to the ``biggest world's fair in history'' doesn't look like much.

In the know
NOT GOING PLACES: Unpack the car. When 397 consumers were surveyed by Progressive, an Ohio auto-insurance company, 53 percent said the high cost of gasoline was making them rethink their summer vacation plans. Asked what they would do less of if gas prices continued to climb, 43 percent said they would drive less to visit relatives.

Marchman's putting makes breakthrough

Marchman on a roll

Flyers lead series 3-1

Roy, Avalanche shut out Stars

May Park's namesake underrated
When most people think of this weekend's annual Mayfest celebration in May Park, they think of a community get-together.

Learning the science of baseball
The batter steps to the plate and swings. The ball hits the bat near his hands. He steps out of the box and shakes his hands, trying to make the sting go away. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Fans brave the heat for music
About two thousand people braved the heat Saturday to come to Mayfest in Augusta. All ages showed up at May Park, 622 Fourth St., to watch hip-hop and soul acts such as F.A.T.E., Rah Digga, and the much anticipated performance of Augusta native Miracle. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Fires break out near Aiken
AIKEN - Drought and breezy conditions Friday turned a small brush fire into nearly 30 acres of charred brush and trees between Hillman Road and Legion Road. Jody Rowland, Chief Deputy of Aiken County Sheriff Office, said the fire began as a small trickle but whipped out of control in a matter of seconds. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Alligator spotted near Riverwalk Augusta
An alligator estimated to be 14 feet and 800 pounds has taken a fancy to Augusta's most visited stretch of the Savannah River. For the past few days, the reptile has been seen swishing past Riverwalk Augusta between the Fifth and 13th street bridges. On Saturday, it surfaced behind a patch of reeds near the Jessye Norman Amphitheater as the Georgia Lion's Club Band performed. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Reform stressed by GOP
SAVANNAH - Republicans in Congress need one of their own in the White House to finish the reforms they have begun, U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell told delegates Saturday at the state GOP convention. ``We've made a big difference,'' said Georgia's senior senator, elected to Congress in 1992, when Democrats still held the majority. ``(But) boy, do we ever need a conservative president to join up with us.'' Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Investigator suspects foul play
The body of a woman initially believed to have killed herself is being sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab as a possible homicide victim. Richmond County Deputy Coroner Grover Tuten said he will send the remains of Margie Gill, 45, to a forensic pathologist in Atlanta today. He pronounced her dead at 8:43 a.m. Saturday, killed by a gunshot to the right side of her head. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Expo 2000 has something for everyone

Wedding notice can be honored with a gift

Faith digest

Just add water

Strolling through history

Slaves' ghostly remains said to haunt island

Interfaith workers to serve

TLC turns hideous into lovely hideaway

Sign language

In the know

Sounds of silence

Survivors take victory lap
Cancer was something that happened to other people - until a routine mammogram revealed it in Pam Anderson.

Zoning issue divides hopefuls
Caught between a rock and a hard place, Danny Bishop took a stand on a controversial issue that has divided the fast-growing community he's represented for the past four years.

Museum seeks funds to upgrade collection
The Augusta Museum of History is trying to raise $1.8 million to upgrade the museum's permanent collection.

State extradites soldier
A Fort Gordon soldier has returned to North Carolina to face murder charges in the death of a Gastonia, N.C., man last month.

Science dissects baseball
The batter steps to the plate and swings. The ball hits the bat near his hands. He steps out of the box and shakes his hands, trying to make the sting go away.

Car pool
Aiken County EMS Tony Fulmer checks on Helen Armour as her husband, Charles Armour, looks at his Cadillac sitting in his backyard pool off Valley Road. Mrs. Armour lost control of the vehicle and backed it into the pool. The only injury was a blow to Mrs. Armour's pride.

State GOP convention opens
SAVANNAH - Georgia school Superintendent Linda Schrenko assaulted Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform plan Friday, mocking his approach as ``Roy-form'' and predicting voters will punish Democratic lawmakers for passing the bill.

School founder to retire
Beverly Barnhart is convinced that God gives us all a talent. ``If you don't develop your talent, then you lose it,'' she says.

'Deadbeat drivers' targeted
NORTH AUGUSTA - Adults who disregard the law and drive with unbuckled children are being given fair warning by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety: Buckle up or get a ticket.

Zoning issue divides hopefuls

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.

Learning the science of baseball

Reform stressed by GOP
SAVANNAH - Republicans in Congress need one of their own in the White House to finish the reforms they have begun, U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell told delegates Saturday at the state GOP convention.

City may explore new ordinances

Charter schools lag in diversity
ATLANTA - Georgia's charter schools have more white and wealthy students than similar schools in other Southern states, according to recent research.

Investigator suspects foul play

Suspects fail to get bonds set
Attorneys for two people recently arrested on unrelated murder charges were unable to persuade a judge to set bond Friday.

Project manager battles urban blight

SRS construction crew noted for safety
Savannah River Site construction workers haven't had many excuses to miss work lately.

Alligator spotted near Riverwalk Augusta

Body sent to GBI crime lab
The body of a woman initially believed to have killed herself is being sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab as a possible homicide victim.

Across the area

Alligator spotted near Riverwalk Augusta
An alligator estimated to be 14 feet and 800 pounds has taken a fancy to Augusta's most visited stretch of the Savannah River.

Reform stressed by GOP

Project manager battles urban blight
Donald D'Antignac said the city's cleanup program is working.

School founder to retire

Headway on flag pleases NAACP head
AIKEN - When James Gallman sees a Confederate battle flag, his mind drifts to a night half a century ago when firelight from a burning cross cast an eerie glow on flags like that.

'Deadbeat drivers' targeted

Fans brave the heat for music

Opponent shows little offense

Science stumps students
Science continues to be the thorn in the sides of students in Richmond and Columbia counties who take the state-required exit exam for the first time.

Science stumps students

Test keeps seniors from diplomas
More than 200 area seniors will not receive diplomas this year when they walk with their classmates during graduation ceremonies.

State GOP convention opens

Drought fuels Aiken brush fire
LANGLEY - Drought and breezy conditions Friday aided a small brush fire - which authorities say they fear might have been set deliberately - to char nearly 30 acres of brush and trees.

State extradites soldier

Lake levels drop with drought
Thurmond Lake, already three feet below normal, is likely to drop 7 more feet by September if current drought conditions persist, according to projections by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Across the area

Across the area
An Augusta man accidentally was hit by a car Friday morning and dragged several feet after walking in front of the vehicle in the drive-through of Wise Recycling.

Fires break out near Aiken

Aiken honors safety workers
AIKEN - The police detective responsible for investigating homicides and unusual deaths in Aiken for the past six years has been named the city's top cop.

Test keeps seniors from diplomas

Body sent to GBI crime lab

Relay likely will be last for woman

Car pool

Couple fosters love of young

Officers confess drug deal
COLUMBIA - Two former employees of Allendale Correctional Institution pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to smuggling marijuana into the prison for inmates.

A spin on the arts

Scores brave heat at Mayfest
About 2,000 people braved the heat Saturday to come to Mayfest in Augusta.

Reform stressed by GOP

Trash collection
Augusta taxpayers have paid more than $600,000 in the past three years to clean up around other people's back doors, front doors and side yards and demolish their decaying buildings.

Trash collection

Across the area
SPARTANBURG - The Miss South Carolina Pageant might be without a television audience again this year.

Survivors take victory lap

City may explore new ordinances
Augusta Mayor Bob Young stated in April that he hadn't received one complaint about the six downtown strip clubs since taking office in 1999.

'King' prepares for farewell

A spin on the arts
Mary Alice Mathis spins silk during Saturday's Garden City Folk Festival at Lake Olmstead Park. In addition to a variety of musical acts, the festivities included woodcarving and blacksmithing exhibitions.

Drought fuels Aiken brush fire

Headway on flag pleases NAACP head

Aiken honors safety workers

Defense holds Greensboro scoreless

Relay likely will be last for woman
ATHENS, Ga. - Diane Burdette and her daughter, recent University of Georgia graduate Jennifer Young, were looking forward to a lap around the university track at Friday night's Relay For Life.

Couple fosters love of young
MONTMORENCI - Soldiers never found the faux partition or the Jewish refugee hidden behind it.

Pacers eliminate 76ers

Mr. Joseph Duguay
AIKEN - Mr. Joseph D. Duguay, 69, of Smith Lane, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Ellen Rooks
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Ellen Hadden Rooks, 69, of Braswell Street, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ellen Rooks
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Ellen Hadden Rooks, 69, of Braswell Street, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Lamchuan Lyles
Ms. Lamchuan Lyles died Friday, May 19, 2000.

Mr. Joseph Duguay
AIKEN - Mr. Joseph D. Duguay, 69, of Smith Lane, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Nettie Jefferson
Mrs. Nettie Lou Jefferson, 71, of Camille Street, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Carolyn Wiley
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Carolyn Worth Wiley, 76, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mr. Eddie Bryan Sr.
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. Eddie G. ``Doodle'' Bryan Sr., 77, of Miller Street, died Friday, May 19, 2000.

Mr. Cody Reid
Mr. Cody Reid, 65, of Taylor Street, died Sunday, May 14, 2000 at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Patricia Harley
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Patricia Faye ``Patsy'' Harley, 61, of Chestnut Street, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at West Lake Nursing Center, Augusta.

Mr. Ray Scott Sr.
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Ray Morris Scott Sr., 77, of Thigpen Drive, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Dublin.

Mr. Herman Harris
SANDERSVILLE, Ga - Mr. Herman Harris, 35, of Cooper Street, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Wilkes Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Bertha Bassett
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Bertha Bassett, 87, of Jones Street, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Marilyn Camp
Mrs. Marilyn Y. Camp, 64, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Wilbert Tennison Jr.
New York, N.Y. - Mr. Wilbert ``Bat Man'' Tennison Jr., of Classon Avenue, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Wilbur Redd
PERKINS, Ga. - Mr. Wilbur R. Redd, 64, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ellen Drayton
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Ellen H. Drayton, 88, of Williston Road, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at her residence.

Madison Franklin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Madison Leigh Franklin, infant daughter of Jamie and Shannon Franklin, of Ashton Pointe Drive, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Allene Reeves
DEARING - Mrs. Allene M. Reeves, 91, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Augusta.

Mrs. Ouida Bickell
Mrs. Ouida Mae Pate Bickell, 96, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Argo Personal Care Home.

Mr. Willie Moore
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Willie Lee ``Bud'' Moore, 84, of Carolyn Street, died Friday, May 19, 2000.

Mr. George Kelly Sr.
Mr. George Dewitt Kelly Sr. died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Bacon
POOLER, Ga - Mrs. Annie Lou Strickland Bacon, 96, of Raymond Road, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at Candler Hospital, Savannah.

Mr. John Thorne Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. John Edward Thorne Jr., of Ninth Street, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Frank Schumpert
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Frank Carlton Schumpert, 72, died Friday, May 19, 2000.

Mrs. Mallie Mitchum
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Mallie Eletha Hines Mitchum, 90, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Emily C. Collins
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Emily Creech Collins, 75, died Saturday, May 20, 2000.

Mr. Robert Welcher
Mr. Robert E. Welcher, 82, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James L. Robinson
GLOVERVILLE - Mr. James Lynwood Robinson, 60, of Buttercup Lane, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Charles Piland
WOODVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charles Clifford ``RED'' Piland, 66, of South Dogwood Road, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Patricia Hodges
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Patricia Arlene Hodges, 58, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mr. George Kelly Sr.

Mr. Frank Schumpert

Mrs. Nettie Jefferson

Mrs. Ellen Drayton

Mr. Ray Scott Sr.

Mrs. Ellen Rooks

Madison Franklin

Mr. Charles Piland

Mr. Willie Moore

Mrs. Carolyn Wiley

Mr. Cody Reid

Mr. Wilbert Tennison Jr.

Mrs. Ellen Rooks

Mrs. Annie Bacon

Mrs. Patricia Harley

Mr. John Thorne Jr.

Mr. Robert Welcher

Mr. Eddie Bryan Sr.

Mr. Joseph Duguay

Mrs. Marilyn Camp

Mrs. Bertha Bassett

Ms. Lamchuan Lyles

Mr. James L. Robinson

Mr. Wilbur Redd

Mrs. Allene Reeves

Mrs. Patricia Hodges

Mrs. Ouida Bickell

Mrs. Emily C. Collins

Sisler: Who does Hollywood say Jesus is?
``I DON'T KNOW if you know this or not, but on television you don't use the name `Jesus.'`God' you can use. If you notice Touched by an Angel, they never refer to Jesus, only God.

Kent: Raze crack house; two-state musings
LT. ROBERT PARTAIN is a fine officer and narcotics investigator with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. But he is not a ``landlord'' - and it's a shame he has been put in such a position.

Bush Social Security plan a bad idea
The May 13 editorial favored Gov. George W. Bush's plan to put a small portion of Social Security into the stock market. I am confident that had it been Vice President Al Gore's plan, The Chronicle would have been opposed to it. Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro

Thefts plague community center
I am writing to request the assistance of our neighbors, the police authorities and anyone with advice or information regarding methods to prevent theft. Phylis C. Holliday. Augusta

Young, Larke no-show disappoints
I recently attended the annual awards ceremony to recognize outstanding members of local student councils of middle and high schools. Cal Williams, Augusta

Corps fishing boosts area marinas
Here we go again with the Army Corps of Engineers making another uninformed decision that the Fort Gordon Recreation Facility is in permit violation by allowing fishing tournaments to be held out of the facility and that this constitutes unfair competition with private business. Jerry Barber, Jackson

Mixing students on buses a bad idea
I am a school bus driver for Columbia County and I love my job. The children who ride my bus touch my heart every year I drive. No year is the same. Pamela Sullivent, Harlem

'Oil & water'
''Public employment is a place of public trust where union collective bargaining and strikes have no place. Labor unions and public employees do not go together any more than oil mixes with water.''

Sisler: Who does Hollywood say Jesus is?
``I DON'T KNOW if you know this or not, but on television you don't use the name `Jesus.'`God' you can use. If you notice Touched by an Angel, they never refer to Jesus, only God.

Fan proud to wear Rocker jersey
There has been enough of the John Rocker controversy. The media keeps churning out negative remarks. I am a Rocker fan, not a member of the lynch mob. Mildred W. McNair, Aiken

Radical malcontents throw mud
Just like the termites that show up the first warm day of spring, the Conservative Political Action Committee in Columbia County begins to come out of the woodwork when a presidential election comes along. Harold Mays, Grovetown

Some famous gun registration quotes
Re national gun registration, a few quotations from the past. Gary D. Weiss, Martinez

Hostettler's gun lock
The Clinton administration won't let up in its efforts to take guns away from citizens. Recently, the administration blackmailed Smith & Wesson Corp. into installing trigger locks on its guns and taking other measures to restrict gun sales.

Giuliani made right choice
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani made the right decision yesterday to drop out of the U.S. Senate race. His continued candidacy would have hurt the Republican Party's chance to beat first lady Hillary Clinton in the race to succeed longtime Democrat Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who's retiring.

How to handle Winn-Dixie closing
As the property manager for the soon to be closed Winn-Dixie Center in south Augusta, I want to thank all who came to the meeting Saturday in support of keeping Winn-Dixie open. Troy Jordan, Augusta

Critiques of march distress writer
It distressed and saddened me to see the recent attacks in The Chronicle on the Million MomMarch. The Sunday editorial not only accused the march of politicizing Mother's Day, but also misrepresented the legislation supported by the march. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

Crack houses aren't the real problems
Houses are inanimate objects. A house has never lit a crack pipe, smoked crack, or sold crack. Ross S. Snellings, Augusta

Gunning for education
The latest rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a major federal funding vehicle for the nation's public schools, is being debated in the U.S. Senate. But the debate may fade in the summery heat of presidential politics.

Who slaughtered the Caucasoids?
A letter, April 30, by Sara Lieb, an apparent ombudswoman for American Indians, seemed disgruntled over all the publicity that the flag flap was receiving. Mike Henchy, Hephzibah

Flag nightmare over
South Carolina's long national nightmare is over. ``National nightmare'' is right. The bitter fight to take the Confederate flag down from atop the Statehouse dome reverberated nationwide.

Kosovo failure is Clinton legacy
Newsweek has a five-page article on what was declared by the U.S. Defense Department as being ''the most successful air campaign ever.'' Al Kotras, Augusta

China trade confusion
When the 106th Congress fades into the mists of history next January, its place there may well be determined by its decision this week on the China trade pact.

A simple definition of 'politician'
As another election year approaches with each candidate attempting to prove he or she is best suited to represent our interests in the complex world of politics, one should remember when you break the word down to its simplest form you have ``poly'' (a prefix meaning many) and ``ticks'' (blood-sucking parasites). Carl Smith, Appling

Kent: Raze crack house; two-state musings
LT. ROBERT PARTAIN is a fine officer and narcotics investigator with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. But he is not a ``landlord'' - and it's a shame he has been put in such a position.

Repeal phone tax
The federal excise charge on telephone service is a perfect example of the adage that Congress will never repeal a tax. The ``temporary'' three percent levy, on both local and long distance calls, was passed in 1898 to help pay for the Spanish-American war.

Columbia Co. wins inaugural game

'King' prepares for farewell

Counties will battle for bragging rights

Young Earnhardt shows his worth

Overtime: Regatta begins Saturday

Elliott takes all-star pole

Senior swimmer takes his time

Winston Cup notebook

Munson sets meet record

Overtime: Impeachment runs third

Registry tracks size of deer

Physician studies tick removal

New cell transplant offers promise
WASHINGTON - Eight adults with severe diabetes were able to quit their insulin shots after Canadian scientists tried a new technique in transplanting insulin-producing pancreas cells.

New computer virus crops up
NEW YORK - A computer virus using the same mechanism as the ''Love Bug'' has started spreading and is much more destructive than its predecessor, experts said Thursday.

Rocket's launch attempt delayed
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A fishing tournament and a last-minute technical problem sank a rocket's launch attempt Saturday evening.

PR firm bans Napster from the workplace
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Chicago-based public relations firm has banned employees from using the Napster music-downloading program after it was discovered that 80 percent of one office's Internet traffic was from music downloads.

Many not ready for storms
DOUBLE BRANCHES, Ga. - George Moore III still gets comments from people he doesn't know.

Feds made plea deal with suspect before knowing damage
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government struck a plea bargain that resulted in no prison time for a nuclear scientist who confessed to passing secrets to China, rather than await an analysis that ultimately concluded he ``directly enhanced'' Beijing's weapons program, documents disclose.

Web also revolutionizing ID fakery
The Maine Republican's countenance appears on a Connecticut driver's license that displays a birth date making her 22 years old - even though she really is 47.

Nuclear powers agree to elimination of nuclear weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The five nuclear powers on the Security Council agreed Saturday to eliminate their nuclear arsenals, as part of a new disarmament agenda approved by 187 countries.

Student's cancer diagnosed after she studied cadaver
DETROIT - Years ago, Rachael Rivers noticed a mole on her back. A doctor told her not to worry about, so she didn't.

Shell Oil pays in cancer lawsuit
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A jury awarded $34.1 million to a man who claimed he got cancer after working with asbestos at a Shell Oil refinery.

Seven astronauts en route to space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After a month's delay, space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts rocketed away Friday on a mission to fix the international space station, in orbit for just 1 years but already wearing out and losing altitude.

Shell Oil pays in cancer lawsuit

Web also revolutionizing ID fakery

Seven astronauts en route to space station

New cell transplant offers promise

New computer virus crops up

Many not ready for storms

Rocket's launch attempt delayed

Feds made plea deal with suspect before knowing damage

Nuclear powers agree to elimination of nuclear weapons