Gwynn reflects on All-Star seasons

Braves top Orioles

Should baseball change All-Star format?

Torre captains AL to win

Drivers, fans continue to face racing deaths

Braves notes

Ceremonies celebrate Braves

Braves look to maintain success

Dorsey: All-Star game lost its shine

Braves, Yanks make trades

Jackets hold off rally; top Bombers

Braves fare well for league

Replacement starter Jeter captures MVP

Business briefs

Business briefs

BellSouth defends practices

Barnwell company closes

Barnwell company closes
A Barnwell, S.C., start-up company bankrolled last year by two area government economic development agencies has closed its doors.

BellSouth defends practices
Several companies are nibbling at BellSouth's local telephone business, but some consumer groups say the Baby Bell still isn't doing enough to encourage competition.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stock prices surged Wednesday after a better-than-expected quarterly earnings report from Internet giant Yahoo!.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Old Economy stocks came out on top Tuesday as two stalwarts of traditional businesses - paper and aluminum - led the market higher.

Re-elect Democrat Drew in Lincoln Co.

Schrenko is too quick to criticize

Beul not to blame for tipping fees

Correction

Family man Beul draws praise

Flood costs & politics

Won't allow foul words in her home

Conger is no practicing Christian

Challenger has integrity, experience

Fires are conspiracy, not coincidence

Burmeister charge is hypocritical

Cheating scandals

Pass passengers' rights

Honoring a visionary

In the know
NOT DEAD YET: Freaks and Geeks fans who enjoyed the mini-marathon of the canceled series Saturday night on NBC will be happy to know that the high school comedy-drama expelled at the end of its freshman year has been accepted by the Fox Family Channel for fall term. But the news for the show's stars, producers and fans is bittersweet: The cable channel will air all 18 episodes, including three never seen on NBC, but will not pick up the tab for new ones. ``We'd love to,'' said Rob Sorcher, the channel's programming chief, ``but we wouldn't want to do it unless we could keep up the quality, and it's beyond our means to do that.''

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on consumer goods. This week we priced hair care services. Prices were checked Monday. Salons included are: Dillard's, Augusta Mall; JC Penney Styl

Small portions
By any name, eggplant sauteed and then baked with tomatoes and cheese is delicious. But the fact that eggplant is a vegetable doesn't make it healthful, as Sue Kreitzman points out in The Low Fat Cookbook (DK, $13.95).

Splendid side dish
When groups gather with covered dishes at picnics, potlucks and barbecues, it's usually the side dishes that receive the most raves.

Styles update for pregnant women
Halter tops, body-hugging T-shirts and miniskirts - it's the latest fashion parade ... but there's something a little different. Something a little extra.

Halfway highlights -- Tiger, and everyone else

Westin: Golf club gets clubhouse

Augusta amateur beat odds in 1969

Thompson holds off Dunne in first round

West Lake's 'Houdini Hal' always finds way

Gen. Cuviello promoted; fort welcomes new leader
Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello got his third star Tuesday. Fort Gordon got a new general. Those were the outcomes of the fort's change-of-command ceremony, held in the morning heat of the Army post's Barton Field.

In the know

In the know

Styles update for pregnant women

Small portions

Splendid side dish

Checks were written before session began
ATLANTA - Clerks are to blame for the misleading reports that led to ethics complaints filed last week, according to the lawmakers accused of improper handling of campaign funds.

Edgefield council OKs move
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- A dusty old building vacated two decades ago by the Edgefield Post Office will soon become the County Council's new chambers.

High court gives man new trial
AIKEN - An inmate with the word ``Outlaw'' tattooed on his arm will get a new murder trial because the solicitor called him an ``Outlaw'' 23 times in closing arguments and his attorney was not allowed to argue self-defense, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.

Edgefield seed fund pays back
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - A recent lecture that Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams attended on public administration has proven very valuable to the county's cash flow.

Charges against teen dismissed

Flood victims meet with officials
Michael Rush says that, in the 28 years Butler Creek has been overflowing into south Augusta homes, he and his neighbors have resigned themselves to the flood waters that accompany heavy rains.

Storm sweeps through Aiken
A powerful thunderstorm drenched Aiken County on Tues-day afternoon, causing toppled trees, flooded roadways and scat-tered power outages.

Senator says editorial depicts him inaccurately
Richmond County flood victims have been dangling like a yo-yo, and media sensationalism has been tugging the string, state Sen. Don Cheeks said Wednesday, rebutting an editorial by The Augusta Chronicle.

Commission rethinks airport plan

Lawmakers blame clerks for complaints on ethics
ATLANTA - Clerks are to blame for the misleading reports that led to ethics complaints filed last week, according to the lawmakers accused of improper handling of campaign funds.

Across the area

Flood victims meet with officials

Company might sue over sludge disposal
A Texas company whose contract to dispose of Augusta's sewage sludge was not renewed last month wants city commissioners to reconsider - or face possible legal action.

Edgefield council OKs move

Suit says firing was unlawful

Stallions notes

POLLING PLACES RICHMOND COUNTY
The following is a list of locations for voting polls in the Augusta-Richmond County area:

Camp prepares pupils for school

Rules on disabled pupils get OK

Reeves gives Stallions lift

MCG gets cost-cut measures

POLLING COLUMBIA COUNTY

Edgefield seed fund pays back

Across the area

Sheriff dies after 36 years

Commission rethinks airport plan
A few weeks ago, a delegation of Augusta commissioners traveled to Savannah for the annual Georgia Municipal Association convention.

Suit says firing was unlawful
The wrongful-termination case of a former Columbia County employee has boiled down to one question: Did Columbia County commissioners violate Elaine Matthews' First Amendment rights when they fired her and six others in June 1993?

All-Star game lost its shine

Fort Gordon sees change in commander
Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello got his third star Tuesday. Fort Gordon got a new general. Those were the outcomes of the fort's change-of-command cere-mony, held in the morning heat of the Army post's Barton Field.

Court clerk hopefuls pit law, local insight

Guidelines for flood fund made
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency has advised local officials that a $105,000 emergency flood-relief grant from the governor should be made available to residents countywide - not just to those in Commonwealth subdivision.

Flood loss avoidable with help

Committee approves biotech lab
AIKEN - A plan to build a $1.8 million biotechnology laboratory on Aiken County's Savannah River Research Campus cleared its first hurdle Tuesday night when it gained the unanimous approval of the Aiken County Administrative Committee.

Heart group honors doctor for her work

Johnston police force suspends officer
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- A Johnston police officer has been suspended with pay after allegations that he planted evidence and gave perjured testimony.

Lack of insurance trouble state
ATLANTA - Ed Miceli said the cystic fibrosis attacking his lungs isn't killing him; it's his insurance company's refusal to continue his coverage and Georgia's inability to stop them.

POLLING COLUMBIA COUNTY
The following is a list of poll locations in the Columbia County area:

Professor fears river deepening
SAVANNAH - Deepening the Savannah River, geologist Fred Rich worries, might widen cracks in the rock shielding our drinking water.

Across the area
A ruptured hose connection near a fuel-storage facility at Fort Gordon allowed about 360 gallons of diesel-type heating fuel to empty into a storm drain Wednesday.

Rape victim cannot point out attacker
ATHENS, Ga. - A 69-year-old victim of a 1996 home invasion rape who recounted her ordeal Monday to a Clarke County jury was unable to identify with certainty the suspect seated in the courtroom as her attacker.

POLLING PLACES RICHMOND COUNTY

MCG gets cost-cut measures
Turning food service management over to a private company will cut costs, and a new agreement with a struggling rural hospital will bring in more patients under plans approved Wednesday by the board of MCG Health Inc.

Checks were written before session began

Gas prices thwart bus plan
AIKEN - Fickle fuel prices might force South Carolina to forego updating its aging bus fleet this fall.

Lawmakers blame clerks for complaints on ethics

Fort Gordon sees change in commander

Committee approves biotech lab

Judge cancels docket
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Superior Court Chief Judge A. Blenn Taylor Jr. has canceled all criminal jury trials until the Glynn County Jury Commission certifies that it has an accurate jury pool.

Professor fears river deepening

Charges against teen dismissed
AIKEN - In a case that caused hysteria at Midland Valley High School, a teen-ager charged with spreading rumors of an alleged bomb plot has been freed from juvenile detention because of a lack of sufficient evidence, court officials said Tuesday.

Company might sue over sludge disposal

Jury reconvicts in murder
For the second time, it took a jury less than an hour to convict an Augusta man of murder in the strangulation death of his wife.

Judge cancels docket

Camp prepares pupils for school
Zakia Luke and Clinton Myers said they are a little intimidated about going from elementary school to middle school this fall. But they said the time they are spending at a school-related camp is helping them overcome their fears.

Gen. Cuviello promoted; fort welcomes new leader

Rules on disabled pupils get OK
ATLANTA - After three years of heated debate, committee meetings and extensive revisions, the Georgia Board of Education appears to have a set of rules for educating the state's disabled children that teachers, parents and advocates agree is fair.

High court gives man new trial

Heart group honors doctor for her work
THOMSON - Dr. Jacqueline W. Fincher leans back in her chair and for just a moment talks of herself. Then her hands start to march around on the conference table, her smile widens, and the campaign begins.

Guidelines for flood fund made

Flood loss avoidable with help
The dangers of living in a flood plain can range from property loss to death, but officials say the first step to preventing such catastrophes is awareness.

Lack of insurance trouble state

Across the area
A North Augusta man died Tuesday after an early morning collision in Merriwether community, County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said.

Sheriff dies after 36 years
One week before he was to defend his long-running tenure in a primary election, Georgia's oldest sheriff died Tuesday at an Athens, Ga., hospital.

Board of health names chairman
Richmond County Board of Health members elected Dr. Terrence Cook as the group's new chairman Tuesday night.

Court clerk hopefuls pit law, local insight
Cindy Mason is counting on her experience, but Sandra Washington is relying on her knowledge of Columbia County and its government.

Rape victim cannot point out attacker

Falcons report to camp

Mr. Raymond Lamar
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Raymond Lamar, 82, of West Road, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mr. J.P. Knox
JEFFERSON, MAINE - Mr. J.P. Knox, 36, died Monday, June 26, 2000.

Mr. Henry Mullenhard
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Henry E. ``Hank'' Mullenhard, 82, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Sylvia Greenlee
TAMPA, Fla. - Mrs. Sylvia Greenlee died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.

Mr. Tommy Hallingquest
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Tommy Hallingquest, 52, of Center Street, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. James Whitaker
Mr. James ``Alf'' Whitaker, 93, of Plemmons Road, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mildred Watkins
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Wisenbaker Watkins died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Cynthia Murray
Ms. Cynthia Faye Latson Murray, of Thomas Lane, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Lonnie Kneece
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. Lonnie Kneece, 85, of McQueen Street, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Edgefield Health Care.

Mrs. Carrie Stribling
Mrs. Carrie Harper Stribling, 98, of Anthony Road, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Winnie Green
WARRENTON, Ga. - Ms. Winnie Swint Green, 77, died Saturday, July 8, 2000.

Mrs. Nellie Brown
HARLEM - Mrs. Nellie R. Brown, 89, of Brown Circle, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Norman,
attorney, local leader

Ms. Deborah Henderson
HEPHZIBAH - Ms. Deborah Jean Henderson, 48, of Forest Road, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Mattie Cooper
Ms. Mattie Cooper, 96, of Rolling Meadows Drive, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Jennings Health Care.

Mrs. Mildred Boyce
Mrs. Mildred Gaddy Boyce, 74, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Pansy Heinrich
AIKEN - Mrs. Pansy May Olive Heinrich, 96, of Loganberry Court, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Aiken County Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Burt
Mrs. Margaret Jordan Burt, 74, of West Wheeler Road, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at Kentwood.

Mr. Julian Head
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Julian Eugene Head, 75, of Woodlawn Avenue, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000.

Mr. Roy Hooks
Mr. Roy Milton Hooks, 68, of Old Waynesboro Road, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Eddie Hart Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. Eddie James Hart Sr., 54, of Whiteoak Road, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Edward Brown
Mr. Edward Bernard Brown, 51, of Metcalf Street, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Cecil Moore
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Cecil A. Moore, 80, of Norman Road, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

Mrs. Tommie Sheppard
Mrs. Tommie W. Henry Sheppard, 70, of Trinity Church Road, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Henry Rackard Jr.
Mr. Henry Fletcher Rackard Jr., 54, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Lillie Moore
AIKEN - Mrs. Lillie ``N.C.'' Hayes Moore, 78, of Dupont Drive died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Beverly Health Care.

Mrs. Vivian Speer
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Mrs. Vivian Gibbs Speer, 85, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at her residence.

Theodore Baker
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Theodore ``Ted'' Baker, 75, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Wayne Montgomery
PRATTVILLE, Ala. - Mr. W. Wayne Montgomery, 57, of Lilac Drive, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mareen Birdsong
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Mareen W. Birdsong, of Bates Road, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Jones
Mrs. Betty Deloris Jones, 45, of Seymour Drive, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Michael Johnson Sr.
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Michael Ellis Johnson Sr., 48, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Mable Bridges
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Ms. Mable Wiley Bridges, 91, of Wiley Place, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at National Health Care, North Augusta.

Mrs. Willie Scheu
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Willie Belle Oliver Scheu, 89, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Elberta Health Care, Warner Robins.

Mr. Hal Hennis
Mr. Hal A. Hennis, 69, of Lawrence Drive, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Roy Hooks
Mr. Roy Milton Hooks, 68, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Randy Hodges
Mr. Randy Hodges, 53, of Evans, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Cynthia Murray
Ms. Cynthia Faye Latson Murray, of Thomas Lane, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Hammond Peebles Sr.
Mr. Hammond I. Peebles Sr., 72, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Clarence Scarborough
VIDALIA, Ga. - Mr. Clarence Jackson Scarborough, 82, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas Mitchell Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Leonard Mitchell Sr., 68, of Academy Avenue, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000.

Mrs. Ruth Harwood
AIKEN - Mrs. Ruth Harwood, 80, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.

Mrs. Bessie Bredenberg
Mrs. Bessie Lee Gunter Bredenberg, 92, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at Brian Center, Weaverville, N.C.

Mr. William Edwards
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. William Elmore Edwards, 81, of Trinity Road, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lenore Williamson
NINETY SIX, S.C. - Mrs. Lenore R. Williamson, 89, of Island Ford Road, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.

Mr. Jimmie Brundage
Mr. Jimmie L. Brundage, 74, of Lumpkin Road, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Julian Head

Mr. Hammond Peebles Sr.

Mr. Henry Rackard Jr.

Mrs. Sylvia Greenlee

Ms. Mattie Cooper

Mr. Thomas Mitchell Sr.

Mrs. Mildred Watkins

Mr. Michael Johnson Sr.

Mr. Raymond Lamar

Mr. James Whitaker

Mr. Roy Hooks

Mr. Edward Brown

Theodore Baker

Mrs. Lillie Moore

Mrs. Bessie Bredenberg

Mr. Lonnie Kneece

Mrs. Vivian Speer

Mr. Cecil Moore

Mrs. Carrie Stribling

Mr. Tommy Hallingquest

Ms. Mable Bridges

Mrs. Lenore Williamson

Mrs. Betty Jones

Ms. Cynthia Murray

Mr. J.P. Knox

Mr. Hal Hennis

Ms. Deborah Henderson

Mrs. Willie Scheu

Mrs. Margaret Burt

Mr. Wayne Montgomery

Mrs. Pansy Heinrich

Mrs. Mildred Boyce

Mr. Henry Mullenhard

Mrs. Mareen Birdsong

Ms. Winnie Green

Mrs. Nellie Brown

Mr. Clarence Scarborough

Mr. Eddie Hart Sr.

Mrs. Ruth Harwood

Ms. Cynthia Murray

Mr. Randy Hodges

Mr. William Edwards

Correction
Wednesday's editorial, ``Flood costs & politics'' should have stated that a press conference on flood victim assistance took place on Monday. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Re-elect Democrat Drew in Lincoln Co.
It is our responsibility to see that the government of Lincoln County continues to prosper and move forward. Therefore, it is in our best interest to vote to keep Tommy Drew as chairman of our commission. George Taylor, Lincolnton

Beul not to blame for tipping fees
Ron Beul's opposition continues the campaign to discredit him with lies, innuendoes and distortion of facts. As an example, consider Delaine Pittman's July 9 letter which attempts to make us believe Mr. Beul is responsible for increased fees at the Columbia County landfill and that he supports higher taxes for new home buyers. Neither is true. I checked. Apparently, Ms. Pittman didn't. Barbara J. Putnam, Martinez

Burmeister charge is hypocritical
Sue Burmeister's number one complaint among the many petty and narrow-minded complaints her so-called campaign has is that Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, works well with the Democrats. Loretta Johnson, Augusta

Missed the point on City of Ethics
Phil Kent's Sunday column misses the point of the Georgia Municipal Association's ``Certified Cities of Ethics'' program. It's not about passing judgment on an elected body's past behavior, but rather recognizing those cities that make a serious commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct in the future. James A. Calvin, Atlanta

Challenger has integrity, experience
We are very fortunate to have had Ron Beul serve as the chairman of the Columbia County Solid Waste Management Authority since its inception in 1994. He has demonstrated the qualities of sound financial management, integrity, technical skill and attention to detail that will make him a superb member of the Georgia House of Representatives. Natasha Bohler, Martinez

Fires are conspiracy, not coincidence
Is it only President Clinton, or is it also those in the U.S. Senate as well? The Senate appears to be after Energy Secretary Bill Richardson rather than both Richardson and the higher-ups who control him. All are corrupt. Bill Dekle, Millen

Family man Beul draws praise
I have known Ron and Becky Beul and their family for the last 10 years and know them to be a wonderful family with the same values and concerns shared by most of us. Mr. Beul has stepped forward to run for the 113th seat in the Georgia House of Representatives because of his deep concern as to what needs to be done to improve Georgia's dismal educational record of 49th in the nation. Joyce Rolwing, Evans

Cheating scandals
The downside to standardized testing of public high school students surfaced recently with startling revelations that teachers, principals and administrators in several school systems across the nation (though not in Georgia or South Carolina that we know of) have cheated to improve their students' performance.

Potter phenomenon
What makes Johnny read? Answer: Harry Potter books. The bewitching stories, by British author J.K. Rowling, mark one of the most unique publishing phenomenons in a generation.

Likes Brush, doesn't trust opponent
I am concerned about the so-called business experience of the opponent of Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, in the July 18 District 24 Republican primary race. How can anyone who contracts with government officials for business purposes ever serve Georgia taxpayers in an objective manner? Bonnie Janecke, Columbia County

Rep. Harbin's word is his bond
We live in a political climate where honesty and integrity are unfortunately not found often enough. We long for elected officials whose ``Yes will be a yes'' and ``No will be a no.'' Randy Hatcher, Martinez

Pass passengers' rights
Item: Airlines have crowded more seats onto jets, making air travel a physically painful experience for millions of passengers who cannot stretch their legs or access the aisle and who stand in long lines to use the restrooms.

Flood costs & politics
Last Friday state Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, did what he does best: He traveled to Atlanta to help constituents in need. This time, he met with Georgia's governor to assist residents of the Commonwealth subdivision who are displaced flood victims.

Schrenko is too quick to criticize
I find it hard to believe that Georgia School Superintendent Linda Schrenko has the gall to attack anyone over his or her support for the A-plus education reform bill. She has had six years to implement the needed reforms to improve our public schools and has accomplished little. Mike Rose, Augusta

John Rocker simply told the truth
Re John Rocker: Our objective media (what a joke) seem to have overlooked the fact that not only was he exercising his freedom of speech, he was also telling the truth. Ralph A. Booher, Martinez

Honoring a visionary
The Columbia County Historical Society and state Rep. Bill Jackson, R-Appling, are to be commended for over a year of successful fund-raising that led to last Saturday's unveiling of a fitting memorial to the late Columbia County School Superintendent John Pierce Blanchard.

Won't allow foul words in her home
Re the James M. Lewis letter June 18: Just read what you had to say about the ``F'' word. I agree with everything you wrote. Ann Whisnant, Blythe

Conger is no practicing Christian
As I was channel surfing recently, I noticed Darva Conger on a talk show. I paused a moment as I heard the host ask about her Christianity and her posing for Playboy magazine. Ms. Conger said she was a ``practicing Christian'' and was comfortable in what she did.David Coburn, Augusta

Brush did right; deserves re-election
After reading Phil Kent's Sunday column on the District 24 state Senate race, all I could think of is, here we go again. There's another politician (Mike Popplewell) wanting to be elected to increase his business opportunities. Cathie Richards, Evans

Disenchanted with city government
As more and more stories unfold regarding problems associated with Augusta flooding, I am becoming totally disenchanted with our city government. In regard to the problems of residents at the Commonwealth subdivision, it seems ludicrous to me for the city to issue a building permit that allows building in a flood plain, but attaches a clause absolving the city of any liability in the event of flooding. Alan Roberts, Augusta

Assessments still boosting taxes
The Columbia County tax assessors are sending tax appraisals to property owners and, as they have been doing for years, property values are higher than past years. I thought, starting this year, counties could not hide behind increasing property value assessments to raise taxes. R.M. Griffin, Martinez

Overtime: Grant agrees to terms with the Panthers

Drivers, fans continue to face racing deaths

IRL's Cheever takes quest to Atlanta

Greene ready and anxious for Johnson

Irwin remembered at funeral

School, coach decide to go separate ways

Space station module prepared for launch
BAIKONUR, Kazakstan - The rocket that will carry the long-delayed International Space Station's service module into orbit was prepared for fueling Tuesday as workers made last-minute checks to ensure a smooth launch.

Alzheimer's vaccine may be safe
WASHINGTON - Preliminary results from the first human study of a possible Alzheimer's disease vaccine seem to show it is safe for patients, a pharmaceutical company announced Tuesday. Scientists said it is far too soon to tell if the vaccine will actually do patients any good.

Drug company guilty of price-fixing
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A drug company has agreed to pay $147 million to settle lawsuits by states and the federal government that it unfairly dominated the market for two tranquilizers used mostly by the elderly.

Space station module prepared for launch

Drug company guilty of price-fixing

Alzheimer's vaccine may be safe