Cardinals shut out Braves

Braves notebook: Belinda's debut gets rave reviews

Minor league notebook

Braves notebook: Injuries continue to plague Braves

Glavine continues win streak

Sand Gnats take Friday's game

Parental adventures bring angst

Cycle shop plans move to Evans
Street & Trail Motorsports, Inc. will soon be pulling up stakes and traveling down the road from Martinez to a new location in Evans.

Business briefs

Business briefs
Muns Welding and Mechanical Inc. has been nominated as a finalist to receive the Hardhat Award for safety performance by the Georgia Utility Contractors Association.

Pocket change
WEB RESTRICTIONS: It seems that the bigger a company is, the more concerned its managers are about employees surfing the Internet on the job.

'Green power' companies could benefit as utility bills soar

What's in a name?

On the move
NewSouth Communications Corp. has expanded its Augusta/Aiken office with the recent additions of Kristi Alexander and Jeff Biddle as account executives.

What's in a name?
Retail grocery executives have spent the past two decades trying to erase the ``G'' word from the consumer lexicon.

Pocket change

'Green power' companies could benefit as utility bills soar
SAN DIEGO -- With the deregulated power industry now shocking Californians' pocketbooks, ``green'' energy retailers say they may be able to offer rates without the price spikes of traditionally generated electricity.

Cycle shop plans move to Evans

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fluctuated for a second straight day Friday, eventually closing higher on employment data that may point to easing in the extremely tight job market.

Auburn freshmen may have impact

ACC notebook

SEC notebook: Bulldogs honing offensive line

Donnan pleased with freshmen

USC awaits newcomers

Seconds points made by former teacher of year

Irked at editorial on battle flag

Defining boundaries is not bigotry

Lauds cartoon

Stop floods; vote down tax hike

Edgefield Co. growing up

George W. wows 'em

Thomas and Tee Allgood

South's cultural genocide under way

Byne a physician of respect, dignity

Diatribe hurts families of MIAs

Christianity is the chosen religion of America

Killed kids don't justify gun locks

Bush will restore honesty, integrity

Anti-violence editorial surprises

Put nonprofits on tax list

Puerto Rico offers underground adventures
CAMUY, Puerto Rico - Jaime Figueroa dangles like a worm on a hook, suspended by rope 300 feet above Puerto Rico's Cathedral Cave and its mouthful of stalactite teeth.

Black church's legacy endures
Ruby Mosley knows by heart the story of Silver Bluff Baptist Church in Beech Island.

God's love seen in life of a friend
Bookstores are filled with ``how-to'' and ``self-help'' books. Of course, we have the Bible to turn to deal with such profound questions as ``What is life really all about?'' and ``How can I deal with one more life-threatening problem?''

Pull the plug on hucksters
Become Legally and Lawfully Tax Free! Make At Least $5,000 Every Week - Guaranteed! Get a university degree - without studying, without exams, without cracking a book. At least, that's what the e-mail messages promise.

Early 'explorer's' misadventures became legend
Giacomo Beltrami came to America in the early 19th century thinking his purpose in life was to find the source of the Mississippi River.

A light touch
Shirley Cunningham is trying to bring the outdoors into her home.

Wabakimi offers unspoiled Canada
WABAKIMI PROVINCIAL PARK, Ontario - Standing by a small wooden cabin that is the Armstrong train station, hands jammed deep in pockets to ward off the dawn chill, we looked like a scene from a century earlier.

Junk e-mailings spur House action
Spam isn't just annoying - it's bad business. That's the position of activists who have helped push the cause to outlaw spam - a push that resulted in an overwhelming vote by the U.S. House of Representatives last month to muzzle spammers. The Unsolicited Electronic Mail Act, which passed 427-1, would require people who send unsolicited commercial e-mail to identify it as unsolicited, include a valid return address and honor requests from e-mail users to stop sending spam. Spammers that ignore the requests would face a fine.

Faith digest
Bethesda Baptist Church, 5793 Old Augusta Highway in Harlem, will celebrate its centennial at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by dinner on the grounds and a gospel sing at 2:30 p.m. with Damascus Road Quartet and the Fellowship Singers.

In the know
MONUMENTAL IGNORANCE: Here's a quiz: Name the four presidents whose faces are carved on Mount Rushmore. According to a survey conducted for Unilever, only 25 percent of Americans asked that question could name all four correctly. Another 25 percent couldn't name even one. OK, time's up. The answer: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

Bibles tailored to individuals gain popularity
"Slimy-limey green'' and ``Bible'' seem an unlikely combination, but not to Thomas Nelson Bibles.

Road trips make map of memories
Summer is when many people take to the open road, hitting their favorite beaches, visiting family or heading to the mountains to escape the heat.

Marital status can be matter of choice
Dear Carson: If a woman is married for a long time (20 years), her husband dies and she remarries, but the second marriage lasts less than a year, what is her proper marital status? Can she reclaim "widowed" or does she have to use "divorced"?

Els claims early second-round lead

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Parental adventures bring angst
It's Sunday morning; do you know where your parents are? I don't.

Plane crashes near Daniel Field
AUGUSTA - Former state Sen. Thomas Allgood Sr. of Augusta and his wife, Thelma, were killed Friday morning when their small plane crashed as it was taking off from Daniel Field.

Plane crashs near Daniel Field
AUGUSTA - Former state Sen. Thomas Allgood Sr. of Augusta and his wife, Thelma, were killed Friday morning when their small plane crashed as it was taking off from Daniel Field.

Plane crashes near Daniel Village
A single engine aircraft crashed into a brick retaining wall at the Augusta Water Works Friday morning, killing three people, authorities said.

Plane crashs near Daniel Field
AUGUSTA - Former state Sen. Thomas Allgood Sr. of Augusta and his wife, Thelma, were killed Friday morning when their small plane crashed as it was taking off from Daniel Field.

Black church's legacy endures

Wabakimi offers unspoiled Canada

Road trips make map of memories

Puerto Rico offers underground adventures

Early 'explorer's' misadventures became legend

In the know

Bibles tailored to individuals gain popularity

Junk e-mailings spur House action

Pull the plug on hucksters

A light touch

Marital status can be matter of choice

God's love seen in life of a friend

Faith digest

Clear policy on alcohol sought

Across the area
A Burke County family was left without a home Saturday after fire consumed their residence.

Schools seek to clarify alcohol-related policies

Witnesses describe crash as 'inferno'
Lawrence ''Pete'' Freeman Jr. was one traffic light away from being in the middle of Friday morning's plane crash.

Officials reprioritize water woes

Plane incidents not uncommon
Since 1983, the National Transportation Safety Board has investigated 16 aircraft incidents or accidents in the Augusta area, including four fatalities.

Weary delegate readies for race
North Augusta's alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention is coming home tired but ready to work to elect George W. Bush president.

Friends recall pilot as skilled, well-liked
Friends and co-workers of pilot Stephen Ray Patterson stood in disbelief Friday morning, expressionless.

Stallions lose possession, game

Devotion to seniors characterized wife
A prominent businesswoman and active volunteer in the Augusta community, the wife of former Senate Majority Leader Thomas F. Allgood Sr. made a name for herself outside her husband's political career.

Thirsty city analyzes options
The Romans did it 2,000 years ago. New York City does it today. Could metro Atlanta be next?

Ex-senator remembered as tremendous statesman
The unexpected death of Thomas F. Allgood Sr. shocked and saddened Georgia leaders, who counted him among Augusta's greatest advocates. Friends and family, however, remember him as a man devoted to his wife, Thelma ``T'' Ray Allgood, his family and his grandchildren.

Plane crashes near Daniel Field

Augusta mourns loss of prominent residents
It could be months before investigators piece together what caused the fiery plane crash that killed three prominent Augustans on Friday.

Wife pleads guilty to killing husband

Crowds exploit tax-free weekend
Christmas came early to South Carolina back-to-school shoppers. Maybe not quite Christmas, but a moratorium on the 5 percent state sales tax on a variety of items purchased Friday through Sunday made it seem that way for many shoppers.

Schools seek to clarify alcohol-related policies
Before Columbia County high schools plan another prom, Superintendent Tommy Price wants everybody to have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

Across the area
Two Augusta men accused of having sexual relations with teen-age girls in unrelated cases pleaded guilty to statutory rape charges Friday and received probated sentences.

Ex-senator remembered as tremendous statesman

Disease recurrence blamed on cleaners
A state inspector who toured Augusta's animal shelter Friday afternoon with a local veterinarian told the county that weak disinfectant used to clean the facility's floors might be the culprit in continued outbreaks of a respiratory disease.

Friends mourn 17-year-old's death

Piper Malibu retains popularity
The airplane that crashed Friday, killing former state Sen. Thomas Allgood Sr., his wife and their pilot, was one of the most popular models in general-aviation history, an industry observer said.

Allgood legacies survive
The importance of the late Thomas F. Allgood Sr. can be seen in the difficulty friends and family members have in even describing his loss, particularly concerning education.

Disease recurrence blamed on cleaners

Stallions face Vipers in semifinal playoffs

Plane crashs near Daniel Field

Thirsty city analyzes options

Clear policy on alcohol sought
Before Columbia County high schools plan another prom, Superintendent Tommy Price wants everybody to have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

Girl found dead in Aiken subdivision

Mother denied release
The mother of a newborn baby found dead last weekend burst into tears Friday when a judge refused to grant her release on bond pending her trial.

Stallions lose possession, game

Wife pleads guilty to killing husband
An Augusta woman who shot her husband to death last year pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a five-year prison sentence Friday.

Streets drive tax debate
AIKEN - Like a drought-stricken farmer, Rose Boulware looks to the sky, praying for rain.

Corrections
Kelsey Snyder was incorrectly identified in the fishing report in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. She was fishing with her father, Mike Snyder, and her grandfather Pat Snyder.

Girl found dead in Aiken subdivision
AIKEN - A Crosland Park woman returned home Friday night to find her teen-age daughter dead inside the home, leading Aiken police to block off the street and call in state investigators.

About Tom Allgood
Tom Allgood was a senior member in the law firm of Allgood, Childs, Mehrhof & Millans in Augusta, Georgia.

Across the area

Mother denied release

Search for new chancellor narrowed to 14

Piper Malibu retains popularity

Chambers falls apart in final game

Plane crashs near Daniel Field

Devotion to seniors characterized wife

Weary delegate readies for race

Plane crash sheds light on concerns
With its sloping grade and lack of emergency options, Daniel Field airport's Runway 5 has never been a favorite takeoff point for local pilots.

Making tracks

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. An updated list of area road projects for the week appears Sundays in The Chronicle.

GOP faces tough fight for Senate seat

Police keep unsolved cases open
Juanita Clark still feels the pain as if it were yesterday. But it was four years ago. Four long years ago.

Deaths could speed changes in DUI law

Officials reprioritize water woes
For many Augustans, the irony is not lost: The city sits on the banks of the mighty Savannah River yet doesn't have enough water to keep front lawns or faucets from drying up.

Plane crash sheds light on concerns

GOP faces tough fight for Senate seat
ATLANTA - In an admittedly uphill fight to unseat new Georgia Sen. Zell Miller, Republicans aren't going to campaign against what he did during 24 years in statewide office, but they will target what he might do at the national level.

Search for new chancellor narrowed to 14
AIKEN - The panel appointed to find a chancellor for the University of South Carolina Aiken says enough people have applied to continue the selection process.

Stallions last gasp falls short

Across the area

Crowds exploit tax-free weekend

Streets drive tax debate

Deaths could speed changes in DUI law
Four months have passed since the car crash that took his wife and infant son, and three weeks since a State Court judge threw the book at the man responsible. Now, Thornton Keys is getting through each day as best he can.

About Tom Allgood

Witnesses describe crash as 'inferno'

Allgood legacies survive

Plane incidents not uncommon

Friends mourn 17-year-old's death
AIKEN - A teen-ager found slain Friday in her Brentwood Place home died from internal bleeding and lack of oxygen, an autopsy showed.

Police keep unsolved cases open

Aiken sting nets 17 arrests
AIKEN - Tired of a recent rise in the number of drug addicts doing business in the city, Pete Frommer decided it was time to play with their heads.

Friends recall pilot as skilled, well-liked

Augusta mourns loss of prominent residents

Mr. Cleant Parrish
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Cleant Stewart Parrish, 39, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at Medical Center of Central Georgia Hospital, Macon.

Mr. Thomas Kelsey Sr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Kelsey Sr., 90, of Kelsey Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mrs. Martha Hendley
GARFIELD, Ga. - Mrs. Martha Gregory Hendley, 55, of Payton Road, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Stephen Patterson
Mr. Stephen Ray Patterson, senior pilot and former Hephzibah High School teacher, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. Mr. Patterson, of Evans, was 53.

Mr. Lucius Corley
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Lucius Corley, 79, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mr. David Johnson
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. David Evans Johnson, 79, died Friday in Carl Vinson Medical Center, Dublin.

Mrs. Lee Ann Rountree
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lee Ann Rountree, 61, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mr. Willis Jolly Sr.
BAMBERG, S.C. - Mr. Willis Lanier Jolly Sr., 76, of Smoak Street, died Thursday Aug. 3, 2000, at Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.

Mrs. Juanita Hickson
Mrs. Juanita Holmes Hickson, of Dublin Drive, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Lawrence Polk
GROVETOWN - Mr. Lawrence A. Polk, 56, died Friday., Aug. 4, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Walter Annis
Mr. Walter Earl Annis, 85, of Martinez, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Fred Reddock
AIKEN - Mr. Fred Lee Reddock, 74, of Graymore Hollow Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Marvin Slayton
AIKEN - Mr. Marvin Grady Slayton, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. William Kent
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. William Cody Kent, 83, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Helen Hiers
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mrs. Helen McMillan Hiers, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at White Oak Manor Nursing Center, Charleston.

Mr. Thomas Allgood Sr.
Mr. Thomas F. Allgood Sr., former state senator and prominent attorney, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. Mr. Allgood, of Augusta, was 71.

Mr. David Curry
SAN ANTONIO - Mr. David L. Curry, 23, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mrs. Thelma Allgood
Mrs. Thelma Louise ``T'' Ray Allgood, nursing home owner and former nurse, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. Mrs. Allgood, of Augusta, was 61.

Miss Wynelle Lane
TIGNALL, Ga. - Miss Wynelle Lane, 75, of Tignall, Ga., died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Elbert County Hospital.

Mr. Alton Stephens
Mr. Alton ``Buddy'' Stephens, 65, of Mike Padgett Highway, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lizzie Thomas
Mrs. Lizzie Mae Thomas, 87, of Wallace Street, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Viola Carle
Mrs. Viola Carle, 81, of Dominion Court, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Stephen Patterson
Mr. Stephen R. Patterson, 53, of Evans, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mr. Otis Edenfield
Mr. Otis David Edenfield, 37, of Martinez, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, in Beaufort, S.C.

Mrs. Ann Peoples
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Ann V. Peoples, 55, of Columbia Road, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Winnie Jones
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Winnie Mae Jones, 81, of Old Petersburg Road, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Ellison
SARDIS, GA. - Mr. Robert Gibson Ellison, 39, of Highway 24 South, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Winnie Jones

Mr. Thomas Allgood Sr.

Mr. Otis Edenfield

Mrs. Helen Hiers

Mr. Alton Stephens

Mrs. Lee Ann Rountree

Mrs. Lizzie Thomas

Mr. Lucius Corley

Mr. David Curry

Mrs. Martha Hendley

Mr. Lawrence Polk

Mr. William Kent

Mrs. Juanita Hickson

Mr. David Johnson

Mr. Thomas Kelsey Sr.

Mr. Cleant Parrish

Miss Wynelle Lane

Mrs. Ann Peoples

Mrs. Thelma Allgood

Bush gets in some good lines; mayoral worries
PHILADELPHIA - As I prepare to leave the site of the 2000 Republican National Convention in the City of Brotherly Love, some observations:

The Bible is offensive, thank God
ONE IN EVERY eleven boxes of cereal sold in America is Cheerios, boasts General Mills.

Columbia Co.: Pay up and learn
It's a shame Elaine Matthews had to sue the Columbia County commissioners because of the way she was fired years ago. The commissioners must not be too smart to try to keep on fighting her in court, but I guess they can just keep billing residents of the county for the huge legal bills.J.F. Strickland, Augusta

Stop floods; vote down tax hike
Augusta is about to ask its residents to vote to raise our property taxes to help pay for flood-control projects on area creeks. Please vote no. Make the city own up to the mess it got us into. Joe White, Augusta

Gun buy-back program is a farce
The city of Augusta continues to work diligently and creatively for our collective welfare. As an example, we were recently treated to a so-called gun buy-back as part of a program designed by President Clinton. Phillip A. Williams, Augusta

Music distribution must change
I support the 20 million users who make up the Napster music community. I realize that what Napster's users are doing, copying and distributing copyrighted music, probably violates current law. Jason Moak, Lexington

Lauds cartoon
Re Rick McKee's July 30 Chronicle editorial cartoon: Thanks, Mr. McKee. Susan Phillips, Augusta

Delta Air bus business a ripoff
Not many folks realize Delta Air Lines is also a bus company. A few weeks ago my wife flew into Atlanta from San Francisco and was waiting at the gate for her Delta-connected flight to Augusta. Michael V. Gregory, Aiken

Killed kids don't justify gun locks
Most Democrats and a few Republicans are for more gun control and most are for trigger locks on handguns. This may save a few children's lives if the ones who were so careless in the first place don't remove the locks and forget to reinstall them, which stands to reason. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

ABA goes partisan
A generation ago the American Bar Association was a respected, impartial professional organization for lawyers, but beginning in the 1960s and early '70s the ABA began a turn to the Left and showed a bias toward Democrats.

Christianity is the chosen religion of America
I elect to be the one to answer Carl S. Champlin's questions posed in his letter to the editor in the Aug. 1 Chronicle. Don Touchton, Martinez

Columbia County property taxes rise
Does anyone remember the threats by our Columbia County commissioners last month? They warned us if the 1-cent referendum did not pass, our taxes would be raised. David Arbuckle, Grovetown

Columbia Co.: Pay up and learn
It's a shame Elaine Matthews had to sue the Columbia County commissioners because of the way she was fired years ago. The commissioners must not be too smart to try to keep on fighting her in court, but I guess they can just keep billing residents of the county for the huge legal bills. J.F. Strickland, Augusta

Defining boundaries is not bigotry
We take issue with a statement in the July 1 paper by Matt Coles, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. In reference to the recent victory by the Boy Scouts of America to disallow leadership positions to avowed homosexuals, he predicted, ``People are going to turn to their local governments and say, `This is a pack of bigots.' '' Monte Steedley & Twyla Tuten, North Augusta

Anti-violence editorial surprises
The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff has made clear on many occasions its position that guns should not be made illegal; rather people should learn how to responsibly use guns. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

Seconds points made by former teacher of year
Re Andy Baumgartner July 30 letter: He certainly deserved to be honored as National Teacher of the Year. His letter contained very important points. But you should have published all of it. Peter Gray, Aiken

Diatribe hurts families of MIAs
Regarding Joseph Diggs' July 29 letter, ``Some brave MIAs were defectors'': Lloyd W. Pate, Grovetown

George W. wows 'em
In his nationally televised acceptance speech Thursday evening, GOP presidential nominee George W. Bush's task was to dispel an image, painted by his enemies, as a good-natured but empty-headed frat boy.

The Bible is offensive, thank God
ONE IN EVERY eleven boxes of cereal sold in America is Cheerios, boasts General Mills.

Bush gets in some good lines; mayoral worries
PHILADELPHIA - As I prepare to leave the site of the 2000 Republican National Convention in the City of Brotherly Love, some observations:

Irked at editorial on battle flag
It was with outrage and indignation that I read the July 30 editorial, ``Every flag has its place.'' Milton Gresham, Evans

Strength has strength of character
A couple of Sundays ago on the editorial page I read a letter that characterized Ronnie Strength as a ``good ol' boy,'' citing the fact that he worked under Sheriff Charles Webster's direction. This is plain, old political malarkey. B. Crook, Waynesboro

Edgefield Co. growing up
Edgefield County, once known as a rural backwater, is not only growing in population, it's also growing up.

Why bring back Larmer?
Why keep Jim Larmer on the job at all? The Richmond County Animal Control director should have been removed from his post late last year when the public lost confidence in his leadership.

Bush will restore honesty, integrity
I am an active voter writing in support of George W. Bush's campaign for president of the United States. He will return respect and integrity to the highest office in the land. Chris Williams, Evans

South's cultural genocide under way
Letter-writer P.K. Fitzgerald has nothing to be ashamed of. The war has already started. It is a cultural war that means the genocide of Southern people. T.W. Highsmith, Evans

Thomas and Tee Allgood
The sudden and untimely deaths of Tom and Tee Allgood are a great loss to our community. They, along with pilot Steve Patterson, died when their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Daniel Field on Friday.

Put nonprofits on tax list
Although it's understandable that the Augusta Commission wants to fund meat-and-potatoes projects with the proposed 1-cent sales tax, it may be wise for the panel to re-examine some of the projects that it cut from the funding list last week.

Byne a physician of respect, dignity
On July 24, The Chronicle published a moving letter by Diane E. Johnson in support of Dr. Edmund Byne. Cheri Stephenson's letter for Dr. Byne appearing July 25 was also clearly from her heart. McLowery Elrod, Evans

NASCAR notebook

Overtime: Crawford declared ineligible

Like hometown, Waltrip believes

Bodine breaks track record at Brickyard

Patience pays off for Labonte

Women boxers coming to town

Overtime: Cuban star denies charge of cocaine use

Anglers search for larger fish

Forecaster lowers hurricane predictions
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Hurricane forecaster William Gray said Thursday the 2000 season will not be as bad as first predicted.

Computer export restrictions relaxed
WASHINGTON -- The computer industry is applauding the Clinton administration's decision to relax export rules for high-speed business computers, saying that being able to sell more of these machines overseas will keep the industry competitive in international markets.

Thirsty city analyzes options
The Romans did it 2,000 years ago. New York City does it today. Could metro Atlanta be next?

Takeover sheds doubt on MOX project
In the motley collection of companies selected to design a controversial nuclear-fuel plant at Savannah River Site, Stone & Webster Inc. was one of the largest jewels.

Government preparing for possible flu shot shortage
WASHINGTON -- Worried about a possible shortage of this winter's flu vaccine, federal health officials are studying whether it would be safe to stretch supplies by giving some healthy Americans half a dose, reserving full-strength vaccine for the elderly and ill who need it most.

Forecaster lowers hurricane predictions

Thirsty city analyzes options

Computer export restrictions relaxed

Takeover sheds doubt on MOX project

Government preparing for possible flu shot shortage