Prospect gets GED, becomes free agent

Braves notes

Expos hold on, beat Braves

Braves top Expos

Braves notes: Manager's job made easier

Cox selects four Braves as All-Stars

German company eyes Sprint
The $120 billion WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp. deal is falling apart, but other mergers with the companies might be in the works, according to analysts and recently published reports.

Publisher will keep local mill
Thomson Corp., the Canadian newspaper publisher that has been transforming into an online information service, does not plan to sell its interest in Augusta Newsprint.

Publisher will keep local mill

German company eyes Sprint

Business briefs
World stocks, for the most part, were slightly down Tuesday, and U.S. financial markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Mutual fund companies should be required to give investors clear, specific information each quarter on the fees they are paying, congressional investigators are telling the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Business briefs

Democrats are not far-left Commies

Clarification

Williams brings home the bacon

Edgefield Co. setback?

No Beverly Hillbillies showed up

Another water problem: drownings

Agrees Augusta ethically challenged

Gore's issues flip-flop

Out of patience

Gun confiscation boosts crime

Why Richmond Co. should ax seal

Hudson's GOP primary win hailed

Discovery Cove opens in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - Discovery Cove, SeaWorld's exotic new sister park where guests can swim and frolic with dolphins, is more like an exclusive private club than your typically crowded Orlando tourist attraction.

Capsules
When plants feel a virus coming on, they reach for the aspirin - and it works, a new study suggests. Plants produce salicylic acid - or SA, a chemical cousin of commercial aspirin - naturally. They use it to generate heat and make flowers. Scientists also believe SA triggers plants' natural immune response to infection. The report is in the current issue of Nature Biotechnology.

Simple supper
Could an entree prepared with only four ingredients actually be good? That's a question I've asked while browsing the aisles of cookbooks in bookstores. Several cookbooks claim you can prepare delicious meals with few ingredients, usually three to five.

Capsules
If every cooking tool mentioned in The Essential Kitchen were in the kitchen, we'd have to cook somewhere else.

Brace yourself
Every wearer of tooth braces - and there are roughly 2 million of them in America alone - should be grateful they weren't born in the early 1900s.

In the know
NOT TOO HOT: ``We spend too much money on vacations for them to be ruined unnecessarily by weather conditions.'' So says AccuWeather, which has come up with a summer vacation destination forecast. Using RealFeel, which AccuWeather

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular film-processing location are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Mississippi State next stop for McKenzie

Ratcliffe returns to amateur ranks

Taylor earns Buy.com spot

In the know

Capsules

Simple supper

Discovery Cove opens in Orlando

Capsules

Brace yourself

In the know

Reform Party ready for convention, vote

Teens work toward neat streets
AIKEN - Color is creeping eastward along Richland Avenue beneath the crape myrtle, dog-woods, great oaks and towering pines that already shade Aiken's parkways.

Authorities search for murder suspect

Blind take swing at beep baseball
SAVANNAH - This isn't how Abner Doubleday envisioned baseball. Then again, the players aren't envisioning it either - they're blind.

City works to evade water woes

Charter schools struggle for rights
STATESBORO, Ga. - Kathy Harwood had a sinking suspicion she'd already lost her fight for a charter school in Bulloch County.

Republicans make inroads in campaign
The race between incumbent Georgia House 113 Representative Ben Harbin and challenger Ron Beul has become a walking marathon.

North Leg teen club put on probation
Augusta commissioners placed a North Leg Road teen nightclub - where four people were wounded in an early morning parking lot shooting in May - on six months' probation Wednesday.

Sales tax puts states' gasoline costs on par

MCG hunt for leader under way
The search for a replacement for retiring Medical College of Georgia President Francis J. Tedesco took another step forward Wednesday with the appointment of a Board of Regents search committee.

Board invites math book reviews
If you would like to help select the types of math books Georgia pupils will use next year, now's your chance.

Surgeons' care spans the globe
Without words, the hands of the surgeons move in concert around the gaping wound in the patient's chest, clipping, suctioning and stitching in an operating room at University Hospital.

Arcade license denials continue
Augusta commissioners denied two applications for arcade licenses Wednesday in an effort to keep Augusta from becoming a haven for South Carolina's outlawed video poker industry.

Residents air flood complaints
Three weeks and one day had done little to ease the tensions of homeowners who attended a town hall meeting organized by residents of west Augusta's Commonwealth subdivision.

Parades, fireworks mark day
With the first flashes of blue, green and red, Dusty Limon Navarro clapped in excitement. The 4-year-old, perched on her father's shoulders, had a perfect view of the fireworks at Riverwalk Augusta.

Pastor tries to save old church
ATHENS, Ga. - The doors are boarded shut at the old Dorsey Tabernacle Baptist Church, hiding the ragged interior of an 87-year-old sanctuary that city officials say should be torn down before it collapses from disrepair.

Experts say be wary of distance-education offers

Blind take swing at beep baseball

Across the area

Correction

Authorities charge suspect in killing
A 53-year-old Augusta man who police say shot a man to death and asked bystanders to help move the body was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday.

Residents air flood complaints

Musician enjoys the simple things in life
When Peter Mayer isn't on duty with the Parrothead army as lead guitar player in beach-bum superstar Jimmy Buffett's band, he plays music with a more reflective slant.

Business gears up for fast lane

GOP candidates vie for city council
NORTH AUGUSTA - Two Republicans are running for the seat Don Smith vacated on the North Augusta City Council when he was elected to the South Carolina Legislature in May.

No vote by board on chief

Sales tax puts states' gasoline costs on par
Area motorists are discovering gas isn't always cheaper on the other side.

Across the area

Officers absolved in death
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Two city police officers returned to work Wednesday after state officials cleared them of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of an Edgefield man six weeks ago.

Surgeons' care spans the globe

Across the area
An Augusta woman was found lying in River Watch Parkway near the Augusta Canal bridge Tuesday afternoon.

Officers absolved in death

Homeowner not told of flooding
Gail Allen shakes her head with regret when she thinks about all the chances she had to live somewhere else, anywhere that wasn't fated to flood so badly her children would have to be rescued from the attic by canoe.

Musician enjoys the simple things in life

Camp meets special needs

Charter schools battle for rights

Sheriff hopefuls address issues

Board invites math book reviews

Parades, fireworks mark day

Arcade license denials continue

Charter schools struggle for rights

Aiken County man dies in collision

Stallions notes: Stallions end season at home

North Leg teen club put on probation

Republicans make inroads in campaign

Teens work toward neat streets

Business gears up for fast lane
BRASELTON, Ga. - Growing up in Banks County, Mickey Watkins learned a thing or two about cars.

GOP candidates vie for city council

Correction
The calendar in Tuesday's Xtreme section of The Augusta Chronicle contained the incorrect date for Savage Garden's performance at Fort Gordon's Barton Field. It should have said the group will perform July 14.

Sheriff hopefuls address issues
Crime might be down in Richmond County, but that doesn't mean residents have stopped inundating the two Democratic candidates in the sheriff's race with issues and concerns.

No vote by board on chief
Although Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few officially turned in his resignation Wednesday, Augusta commissioners choose not to vote on the outgoing chief's two recommendations for an interim replacement.

Convict wins his appeal for new trial

Reform Party ready for convention, vote
AIKEN - Members of the Aiken County Reform Party are gearing up for the first primary of the party Ross Perot built. Balloting is expected to begin this week.

Aiken County man dies in collision
An Aiken County man leaving a Fourth of July celebration on his motorcycle was killed late Tuesday while passing a car full of friends on a double yellow line, authorities said.

MCG hunt for leader under way

Experts say be wary of distance-education offers
ATLANTA - Web sites, commercials and pamphlets paint a rosy picture of learning via home computer, but experts in the field warn students should study the offerings before enrolling.

Paralegal arrested in forgery
A former SunTrust executive was arrested on felony forgery charges Wednesday stemming from bank loans taken out four years ago, while he was an assistant vice president.

Convict wins his appeal for new trial
A Barnwell man convicted of robbing and killing a restaurant worker as she left with the day's earnings will get a new trial because the judge didn't allow his sister to act as one of his attorneys, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.

Across the area
Aiken County authorities arrested a man Wednesday who they say donned a Scream movie mask to rob the Food Lion store on U.S. Highway 1 on the Fourth of July.

City works to evade water woes
AIKEN - With water woes all around them and a drought in effect, Aiken city officials are implementing a long-term water supply plan that's expected to ensure adequate water supplies for the next 20 years.

Charter schools battle for rights
STATESBORO, Ga. - Kathy Harwood had a sinking suspicion she'd already lost her fight for a charter school in Bulloch County.

Camp meets special needs
At a recent outing to Brunswick bowling lanes, about 40 campers got a little help with their games.

Authorities search for murder suspect
Richmond County police Tuesday were searching for an Augusta man after they found a body next to his home.Richmond County police Tuesday were searching for an Augusta man after they found a body next to his home.

Homeowner not told of flooding

Mr. William Young
WAGENER - Mr. William ``Little Bill'' McNeil Young, 22, of Gantt Road, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.

Mrs. Mae Jones
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Mae Belle Jones, 95, of Brentwood Drive, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.

Mr. James Cosnahan Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. James Terry Cosnahan Jr., 36, of Moore Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000.

Mr. Lee Davis
GROVETOWN - Mr. Lee Roy Davis, 79, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, in Charleston, S.C.

Mrs. Myra Toole
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Myra Edwards Toole, 87, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mr. Hugh Nettles
Mr. Hugh Al Nettles, 50, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Brown Wimberly
Mr. Brown Wimberly, of Old Savannah Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jesse Zayas
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mr. Jesse Zayas, 66, died Monday, July 3, 2000.

Mrs. Estelle Canady
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Estelle Allmond Canady, 90, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ella Thompson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ella Smith Thompson, 70, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Twin View Nursing Home, Twin City.

Miss Leora Maulden
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Miss Leora Rodgers ``Ma'' Maulden, 84, of Pickens Street, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Evelyn Garwood
AIKEN - Mrs. Evelyn M. Garwood, 79, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Linda Hodges
McCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Linda Holloway Hodges, 42, of New Bordeaux Road, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Abbeville Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Dean Retzlaff Sr.
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Dean F. Retzlaff Sr., 63, of Cranbrook Drive, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Martin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Mary Sincler Bentley Martin, 89, of Hammond Place Circle, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.

Nicole M. Partlow
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Nicole M. Partlow, infant daughter of Dale Partlow and Christine Jones, of May Avenue, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Nancy Johnson
Mrs. Nancy Johnson, of Kent Street, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Julia Hagood
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Julia Montgomery Hagood, of Eighth Street, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Fell
Mr. Charles M. Fell, of Harding Court, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Nina Wren
Mrs. Nina Martin Wren, 84, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Giles
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Ida Giles, 85, of Columbia Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Miss Bertha Raysor
WILLISTON, S.C. - Miss Bertha Raysor died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. George Freeman Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. George Freeman Jr., 54, of Middleground Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Rodziques Danley
AIKEN - Rodziques Terrace Danley, 7, of Pipeline Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.

Mrs. Sue Melton
BLYTHE - Mrs. Sue F. Melton, 62, died Monday, July 3, 2000.

Mrs. Oris Smith
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Oris Dodgen Smith, 87, Donald Pearson Drive, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mr. Heinrich Arndt
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Mr. Heinrich Chandler Arndt, 66, of Ben Sawyer Boulevard, died Monday, July 3, 2000, in Charleston.

Mrs. Barbara Johnson
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Barbara Dowling Johnson died Sunday, July 2, 2000.

Ms. Riva Burns
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Ms. Riva A. Burns, of River Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Harvey Drew Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Harvey D. Drew Sr., 89, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Cecil Brown
AIKEN - Mr. Cecil ``Charlie'' Brown, 53, of Williams Lane, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Jeannette Neal
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Jeannette Youmans Neal, 84, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home, Scott.

Mr. James Elledge Jr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. James T. ``Shorty'' Elledge Jr., 79, of Fellowship Road, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Nina Wren

Mr. William Young

Mr. Brown Wimberly

Mrs. Estelle Canady

Mr. Jesse Zayas

Mr. Heinrich Arndt

Mr. Lee Davis

Mrs. Nancy Johnson

Mr. Cecil Brown

Mr. Dean Retzlaff Sr.

Mrs. Evelyn Garwood

Mr. George Freeman Jr.

Mrs. Linda Hodges

Mrs. Mary Giles

Nicole M. Partlow

Miss Leora Maulden

Ms. Riva Burns

Mrs. Sue Melton

Mrs. Ella Thompson

Mr. Hugh Nettles

Mrs. Barbara Johnson

Mrs. Mary Martin

Mrs. Jeannette Neal

Mrs. Oris Smith

Mr. James Cosnahan Jr.

Mr. James Elledge Jr.

Gun confiscation boosts crime
On June 28, CBS aired a story on the increase of crime in England. John Bryan, Wrens

Mayor Young wows 7th graders
Although Richmond County school bells ended June 2, the memory of our honorable mayor, Bob Young, lingers on in the minds and hearts of Morgan Road Middle School's 7th graders. Ruth Reddy, Augusta

Another water problem: drownings
The people of the Central Savanna River Area keep complaining about the water issue. There is never enough water. ... I wish everyone would stop complaining about it and just take time to look at water from a different view. I am the founder of Children in Heaven, dedicated to those lost to drowning, and Mother's For Water Safety.Lea Owens, Beech Island

Edgefield Co. setback?
The cause for sensible zoning policy was dealt a blow by the defeat of incumbent Danny Bishop at the hands of challenger Joel Hudson in last week's heated GOP primary race for the Merriwether/Westside District 5 Edgefield County Council seat.

Flooded by trouble
Augusta flood victims, and their sympathizers, often complain that the city protects developers, builders, real estate agents, attorneys - everybody except homeowners. And that's the reason homes get flooded in heavy rains.

Gore's issues flip-flop
After weeks of defending the status quo and demonizing George W. Bush's tax cut and Social Security plans, Vice President Al Gore is now trying to steal both issues from the Texas governor, albeit with his own twists.

One-voice anti-gun media draw fire
Many years ago French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville chronicled his tour of American cities. ``When communities have only one newspaper to describe the news and events, it will be one of the first liberties American citizens will lose.'' Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Hudson's GOP primary win hailed
In Edgefield County Council's Republican primary runoff election, I was very impressed with the winning candidate, Joel Hudson. He is definitely for the people and by the people. Janet Travis, Edgefield

Superintendent failed, should resign
I am neither Democrat nor Republican, and have never spoken out publicly, but the latest accusations by Georgia School Superintendent Linda Schrenko against Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, make me sick. Cathy Turner, Augusta

Why Richmond Co. should ax seal
Barbara Mohler's May 26 letter suggests that Christians may find it ``illegal'' to worship for fear of violating someone else's rights. It appears she is upset because of the recent attention brought to the Richmond County seal. Laura Withers, Perkins

Good health tyranny?
When federal and state governments went after the tobacco industry seeking billions in reimbursements for medical expenses associated with treating ailing smokers, the industry raised prices. Escalating costs of a pack of smokes is one reason more smokers are quitting.

No Beverly Hillbillies showed up
Regarding D.L. Tanner's June 22 letter, I am a founding member of the Concerned Citizens for Edgefield County. We do have bylaws. I know: I worded the drafting of them. They were voted in over a year ago. Roy Blackwell, Clarks Hill

Clarification
Tuesday's editorial on actor Mel Gibson's hit movie The Patriot noted that the superstar was from Australia. Actually, he was born in the U.S. and his family moved Down Under when he was a child. He holds dual American-Australian citizenship.

Democrats are not far-left Commies
After having spent most of my adult life opposing communism, including service in Vietnam, Korea and Germany and retiring from the U.S. Army Reserve, I took great offense to Robert E. Smock's June 28 letter, ``Democrats are all far-left Commies.''Chuck R. Pardue, Augusta

Why home builder licensing needed
The June 8 Walter C. Jones article, ``Assembly considers licensing home builders,'' described the hearings that the Georgia General Assembly will conduct this summer to consider legislation to license home builders. Thomas J. Konitzer, Evans

God, Jesus are no fans of the KKK
Regarding ``Klansmen defend their allegiance'' and ``KKK, flag evoke fear, controversy'' (The Chronicle, June 25), I want to say a few things to Clarence ``Shorty'' Gladden, grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and to others, such as Imperial Wizard Charles S. Beasley, who credits God with leading him to the Klan:D. Thomas, Augusta

Agrees Augusta ethically challenged
I applaud The Chronicle's past editorials concerning our so-called, ``City of Ethics.'' Here's one of my own experiences with the Augusta government. Lori Broadnax, Augusta

Williams brings home the bacon
The Georgia Democratic Party has held tight control over this state for 123 years. Unfortunately, there is a local group - some from Augusta, many more from outside our borders - who, unknowingly, would stretch that political domination out even longer. Bob Gardner, Augusta

Out of patience
``The bill approved by the Senate with nothing but Republican votes proves once again that a partisan bill cannot become law. This monstrosity is dead on arrival in the House.''

Hester to stay with Georgia women golfers

Overtime: Motorsports class-action lawsuit settled

IRL, CART secure future dates

Racing facts: New Hampshire 300

Season's first half settles little

Sampras on verge of tennis history

Fertility treatment producing multiple births
Inducing ovulation to treat infertility carries a significant risk of producing unwanted multiple births, even when doctors carefully follow the standard guidelines, a study concludes.

Study: Dementia not treated as terminal
CHICAGO - Doctors often fail to acknowledge the final stages of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia as a terminal illness and subject patients to invasive procedures when providing comfort care sometimes would be more appropriate, research suggests.

Study: Dementia not treated as terminal

Fertility treatment producing multiple births