Doing homework might help get that raise
A robust economy and record-low unemployment rates are putting workers in one of the strongest bargaining positions with their bosses in years. Some haggling might be required, but this is the best time to ask for a raise.

Briefcase
A Philadelphia-based sales consulting firm said one of the most consistent errors sales personnel make is talking too much about their product and not listening to potential customers.

Keebler breaks ground for warehouse
When Keebler Foods Co. started construction on its $11 million warehouse and distribution center in Augusta, it did so with a little ``Elven Magic.''

United Way leader looks toward future
Staff Writer Frank Witsil sat down recently with Jo Maypole, the new president of the United Way of the CSRA, in her office on Ellis Street to talk about her vision of the organization. She was named president in May.

Brannen: Use caution when firing workers
The most important decision managers make is hiring employees. The most disturbing is firing employees.

United Way looks in new direction
Jo Maypole, the new president of the United Way of the CSRA, wants to lead the nonprofit organization to new heights. Three months into the job, she is talking about possibly changing how the chapter is structured.

Cover story: Living the good life for less
We've all heard Grandpa recall when a bottle of Coke cost a nickel.

Market booms for ultrasonic cleaning
Scott Levine went from selling Mercedes-Benz automobiles to cleaning blinds - but it wasn't as though he stepped down into some dusty, grimy occupation.

Cline: U.S. enters consumer golden age
I was not alive during the Great Depression. The double-digit inflation of the 1970s is a fuzzy elementary school memory.

Local woman creates market for memories
Kim Mock and her business partners scrapped their way up the ladder of success. The scrapbook business she launched out of her home just three years ago has turned into a franchise.

Bookstores give consumers more than just books
Carol Saggus was a long way from her home in Lincolnton, Ga., but just as comfortable sitting in an overstuffed chair in a quiet corner of Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Grocers fuel convenience competition
Your future grocery list might have ``tank of gas'' written under ``carton of eggs'' and ``gallon of milk.''

Augusta Business Chronicle
Believe it or not, your dollar stretches further today than ever before. Read about this and other stories online in the Augusta Business Chronicle or get a print edition inside The Augusta Chronicle on Monday.

Golf stocks let you play with your money
Business and golf are two games or professions - depending on how you look at them - that go together, and some investors have found a way to combine both passions by investing in golf-related companies.

Brauer: GDP sums can mask inequalities
The U.S. economy is doing fine. Practically everyone who wants a job can have a job. Average wages are rising, even when adjusted for inflation, because employees are productive and in demand.

Education reforms sweep Richmond County

McDuffie County school calendar

Richmond County school calendar

Richmond County undergoes changes

Aiken County school calendar

Edgefield County school calendar

Columbia County schools get new faces

Bus routes

Staff changes mean new faces in Aiken County schools

Starting times pushed back in Columbia County

Columbia County schools get new faces
Victor Lee has known Lakeside High School by reputation, and in the coming school year he'll get to know the school firsthand.

Richmond County school calendar
Guide to Richmond County schools 2000-2001.

Staff changes mean new faces in Aiken County schools
Seven Aiken County schools will have new faces at their principals' desks when school begins on Aug. 14, although only one administrator, Tim Yarborough of North Augusta, is a newcomer to the district.

McDuffie County school calendar
McDuffie County Schools Guide 2000-2001.

Starting times pushed back in Columbia County
When Columbia County students return to classes later this month, many will do so about 25 minutes later than in previous school years.

Education reforms sweep Richmond County
Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill will bring changes this year to school districts throughout the state.

Columbia County school calendar
Guide to Columbia County schools 2000-2001.

Private schools guide
Guide to private schools 2000-2001.

Richmond County undergoes changes
Richmond County schools will have 13 new principals this year and nine new assistant principals.

Aiken County school calendar
Guide to Aiken County Schools 2000-2001.

Bus routes
School systems could not provide detailed bus route information for this section. For information, please call the transportation department...

Edgefield County school calendar
Guide to Edgefield County Schools.

Braves notes: Trio of pitchers balance bullpen

Surhoff's struggles at plate are unwanted surprise

Sand Gnats sweep GreenJackets

GJax drop 3rd in row to Gnats

Braves top Cardinals

Employers could use job smarts

Doing homework might help get that raise

Brannen: Use caution when firing workers

Grocers fuel convenience competition

Golf stocks let you play with your money

State awaits data on tax holiday

Cline: U.S. enters consumer golden age

Economic developer will direct chamber

Bookstores give consumers more than just books

Economic developer will direct chamber
After six months without an executive director, Bryan Quinsey has been hired to fill the seat on the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Market booms for ultrasonic cleaning

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks rallied Monday on optimism that interest rates will remain stable in the face of recent economic data that suggests the economy is slowing down.

Cover story: Living the good life for less

State awaits data on tax holiday
Shoppers lined up for school supplies this past weekend to take advantage of South Carolina's moratorium on state and local sales tax, but data showing how well the gimmick worked won't be available until next month, state revenue officials said.

Local woman creates market for memories

Researcher changes slides
So when the former molecular and pharmacological researcher decided to start her own business, she made sure to pick one that had absolutely nothing to do with microscopes and test tubes.

United Way leader looks toward future

Checkers replaces Rally's eateries
A local couple has purchased Augusta's three Rally's fast-food restaurants and plans to convert them to Checkers franchises later this month.

Briefcase

Business briefs

Augusta Business Chronicle

Researcher changes slides

Keebler breaks ground for warehouse

Brauer: GDP sums can mask inequalities

United Way looks in new direction

Tech's Wilder returns healthy, happy

Postcards to Dorsey

Yellow Jackets prepare for season opener

Holtz: 2000 freshmen elligible

Expections high for Bulldogs

New Joe leads the way for Tech

Local author's name omitted

Elite streets get favored treatment

Etheridge's sorry salvo

Ripping off Uncle Sam

Show some support for Stallions

Keenan's grandma willing to wait

On midwifery, and a great doctor

Evolutionists still have it wrong

McKee cartoon speaks volumes

More summer classes necessary

Clinton probes wasted millions

Wilkes credible

New Bush Field terminal not needed

Moslems seek to rout Israel

Digitize nation's library

Calorie usage is based on work, size
Have you ever eaten an order of fries and wondered how long you'd have to work out to burn them off?

Age old question: Proper care keeps feet and toenails free of problems
Dear Readers: Bunions, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and even dry skin may keep many in socks year-round. Common foot problems such as these can be corrected if you are diligent in your care.

Store manager plans to exceed weight-loss plateau
George Ball is down another 13 pounds. But in the world of weight loss, even the most self-disciplined dieters hit a plateau at some point.

In the know
HARLEY STYLE: Biker chic is in, according to recent collections by Gucci, Helmut Lang and Dolce & Gabbana that feature leather clothing a la the classic 1969 film Easy Rider.

Raising Kane: Canadian gets first LPGA title

Marchman sinks 7th career win

Employers could use job smarts
Looks like the vacation gaps are irritating a few folks out there in the workplace.

Calorie usage is based on work, size

Store manager plans to exceed weight-loss plateau

Age old question: Proper care keeps feet and toenails free of problems

In the know

MCG wins distinction with clinic
Medical College of Georgia has been named a Center of Excellence for treating Parkinson's disease by a national group.

Seat-belt stop ends with forgery charge
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department has arrested a man and charged him with forgery after finding him in possession of more than $50,000 in counterfeit bills, a sheriff's lieutenant said Monday.

Groups compromise on picnic site
A $30,000 donation from the North Augusta Sertoma Club earmarked for a community picnic area has finally found a home.

University faces suit for firing
A former supervisor who tried to get to the bottom of a series of thefts at Augusta State University, a probe that reached into the Richmond County Marshal's Office, has filed suit against the school.

Striking back

Principals debate ID mandate
Columbia County school administrators agree that students will need photo identification badges this year, but they don't agree on whether students should be required to display them.

Trading pages

Grovetown heralds City Hall
Packed under two blue tents, Grovetown residents battled the heat to witness the laying of the new City Hall's cornerstone Sunday.

Panel shortens list for airport director
The search for a new director for Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field is narrowing.

Record-setting lawyer retires as judge
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - It takes a few seconds for him to answer. He forms his right index finger and thumb into an L-shape and cradles his chin and lip in it, waiting.

Home is where the heart is
HEPHZIBAH - Hamilton Neal Hilliard didn't want to upset his new neighbors when he moved onto his grandmother's land.

Across the area
Investigators continued Sunday to interview anyone who had been in recent contact with an Aiken teen found slain in her home Friday, said Aiken Department of Public Safety Capt. Tom Galardi.

Update fosters interaction at refuge

Airplane hits line with tire
A Cessna 152 under the control of a student pilot clipped a power line as it was landing Sunday morning directly over the site of Friday's crash that killed three people.

MCG wins distinction with clinic

Record-setting lawyer retires as judge
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - It takes a few seconds for him to answer. He forms his right index finger and thumb into an L-shape and cradles his chin and lip in it, waiting.

Officials will go to funeral

Polls recall North Augustans
NORTH AUGUSTA - The year 2000 has turned out to be the year of elections for North Augusta.

Commission seeks approval for millage
If Columbia County commissioners want to maintain their 7.7 millage, they've got two more public hearings to go.

Flood's damages breach boundaries
Roy Patch has lived in his Farris Road home for nearly 49 years. The 78-year-old has known he was living in a 100-year flood plain for about the past decade.

Man faces second death trial
AIKEN - A jury was seated Monday in the trial of Michael James Smith as 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan tries for a second time to convince a jury that the defendant beat his girlfriend's daughter to death.

Adjustments likely for Stallions

Board sends sales tax to voters
County commissioners' approval Monday of a sales tax extension and a property tax increase effectively secured a place for the two issues before voters this fall.

Web site puts spotlight on minorities

Design for green space plan makes headway

Across the area

Panel shortens list for airport director

Record-setting lawyer retires as judge

Seniors get active with class
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Just months ago, 81-year-old Sadell Mitchell of Kingsland had trouble crossing a room even when she had her walker.

Home is where the heart is

Project gets boost from land

Man faces second death trial

Across the area

Chiefs group covers late bill
The Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs has stepped in to pay an overdue hotel bill to avoid more publicity about debts left from the association's spring conference in Augusta.

Board sends sales tax to voters

Rainfall not significant enough to raise lake level
Recent rainfall is too little - and far too late - to bolster falling water levels at Thurmond Lake, where three more boat ramps were closed last week.

Campus crime issues prompt disclosure law

Project gets boost from land
The largest proposed housing development in Columbia County history will get a lot bigger when the property changes hands Aug. 31.

USC Aiken, India form pact
AIKEN - Educators at the University of South Carolina Aiken say their latest long-distance relationship with the Far East was forged by a ``divine power.''

Ex-backup singer sues Brown
A former backup singer for James Brown has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the entertainer.

Design for green space plan makes headway
Some of Columbia County's first steps toward getting $570,000 in state money for green space preservation will be taken by two consulting companies.

Flood's damages breach boundaries

Police seek motive for teen killing
AIKEN - As friends and family of Jessica Carpenter prepare to bury the 17-year-old today, police continue seeking who killed and the motive behind her death.

Record-setting lawyer retires as judge

Area delegate to attend Reform convention
AIKEN - The Reform Party of Aiken County is less than 6 months old, but it is sending a delegate to the party convention in Long Beach, Calif.

Principals debate ID mandate

Job at science center was one of Discovery for teen
About 40 teen-agers have spent part of their summer at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery helping out as exhibit explainers, in the science store, at the ticket counter or wherever they were needed.

Grovetown heralds City Hall

Trading pages
A copy of Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County costs about $3.99 at your local bookstore. Sounds pretty cheap, huh? Well, not so.

Commission seeks approval for millage

Striking back
Patrick Hawkins used to be a big kid. And like most big kids, he dealt with people making fun of him because of his weight.

Seniors get active with class

Groups compromise on picnic site

Panel shortens list for airport director

Reconstructing the past

Chiefs group covers late bill

Macon will join af2 league

USC Aiken, India form pact

Campus crime issues prompt disclosure law
It's easy to get lost in the serenity of a shady college campus lined with rows of stately, columned classroom buildings - just remember to look over your shoulder every once in a while.

Rainfall not significant enough to raise lake level

Update fosters interaction at refuge
OKEFENOKEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - A hidden world lies beneath the dark waters of the Okefenokee swamp.

Police seek motive for teen killing

Officials will go to funeral
The funeral Wednesday for former state Sen. Thomas F. Allgood Sr. and his wife, Thelma Louise ''T'' Ray Allgood, will be attended by a number of state dignitaries, including Gov. Roy Barnes and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller.

Seat-belt stop ends with forgery charge

Web site puts spotlight on minorities
AIKEN - Locating goods and services by minority- and women-owned businesses has just gotten a little easier, although no one thinks it solves all the problems minority-owned businesses face.

Postcards to Dorsey

Panel shortens list for airport director
The search for a new director for Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field is narrowing.

Polls recall North Augustans

Reconstructing the past
Crumbling mortar and frail stained-glass windows soon will no longer be the telltale signs of the century that's passed since Sacred Heart Cultural Center was first built.

University faces suit for firing

Airplane hits line with tire

Across the area
An Aiken couple pleaded guilty to bank fraud Monday and were ordered to repay $17,000 and serve 240 hours of community service while they spend five years on probation.

Falcons prepare for home game

Cowboys lengthen Japan losing streak

Mr. Larry Bosket Sr.
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Mr. Larry Darnell Bosket Sr., 49, of Lloydwood Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.

Mr. David Johnson
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. David T. Johnson, 69, of Azalea Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ronda McDade
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Ronda McDade, 33, of Mosley Chapel Road, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Catherine Karwisch
EATONTON, Ga. - Mrs. Catherine Powers Karwisch, of Rockville Springs Road, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000.

Mr. George Hammond Sr.
LOS ANGELES - Mr. George P. Hammond Sr., 88, of Imperial Highway, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at Imperial Crest Hospital, Hawthorne, Calif.

Mrs. Natalie Kustich
Mrs. Natalie Kustich died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Jennings Health Care.

Mr. Robert Jolin
AIKEN - Mr Robert J. Jolin, 91, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Jessica Carpenter
AIKEN - Jessica Lynne Carpenter, 17, of Brentwood Place, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Ja-Mya Williams
SYLVANIA, GA. - Ja-Mya I. Williams, infant daughter, of Joseph Williams and Lashunta Morris, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Frances Gross
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Frances Goodrich Gross, 58, of Canoochee Road, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Charles Perkins
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Charles E. Perkins, 78, of Herndon Road, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Select Specialty Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Elizabeth Storey
Ms. Elizabeth Rice Storey, 90, of Augusta, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000.

Mrs. Rosa Burt
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Rosa Mae Etheredge Burt, 63, of Edward Street, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

Mr. E. Burney Chappell Jr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. E. Burney Chappell Jr., 67, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. J. Lewis Wise
AIKEN - Mr. J. Lewis Wise, 90, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

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

Mrs. Willie Youngblood
Mrs. Willie Mae Goodwin Youngblood, 88, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mary Walker
Mrs. Mary Young Walker, 87, of McDowell Street, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sarah Crawford,
Mrs. Sarah ``Sis Crawford'' Crawford died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at Salem Nursing and Rehab Center of Augusta. Mrs. Crawford, of Scott Road, was 103.

Mr. Joseph Marby
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Joseph C. Marby, of Wednell Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon.

Mr. John Underwood
Mr. John David Underwood, 75, of Westfield Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. William Fohl
Mr. William J. Fohl, 90, of Evans, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Center.

Mrs. Carolyn Law
Mrs. Carolyn Elizabeth Law, 94, of Evans, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Allen Moore
Mr. Allen C. ``Al'' Moore, 63, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Jacob Lariscy
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Jacob Tyler Lariscy, infant son of Herschel and Bonnie Lariscy, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Estelle May
Mrs. Estelle Virginia Muns May, 85, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Albert Beasley
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Albert Dennis Beasley, 54, of Jackson Street, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mrs. Rosa Burt

Mr. Allen Moore

Mrs. Natalie Kustich

Ms. Elizabeth Storey

Mr. Robert Jolin

Mr. John Underwood

Mr. George Hammond Sr.

Mr. Larry Bosket Sr.

Mrs. Viola Carle

Mr. Joseph Marby

Mr. William Fohl

Jacob Lariscy

Mr. Albert Beasley

Mr. David Johnson

Mrs. Catherine Karwisch

Mrs. Carolyn Law

Ja-Mya Williams

Mrs. Ronda McDade

Jessica Carpenter

Mrs. Sarah Crawford,

Mr. Charles Perkins

Mrs. Estelle May

McKee cartoon speaks volumes
Congratulations on the great cartoon by Rick McKee in the July 30 Chronicle. Jeanne S. Marsh, Augusta

Etheridge's sorry salvo
When Augusta-Richmond County Human Resources Director John Etheridge penned his barn-burning letter of resignation to administrator Randy Oliver, he may have burned his own bridge instead.

New Bush Field terminal not needed
Why does the Augusta Aviation Authority want to spend $22 million to $49.5 million to replace a very adequate and attractive building? Nancy A. Lortscher, Grovetown

Clinton probes wasted millions
It appears nothing President Bill Clinton does or will ever do will be acceptable to some folks. Of all the investigations that were done, none of them ever ultimately implicated him or Hillary Clinton in any criminal wrongdoing. Ed Fierstos, Augusta

City to blame for flood lawsuits
Augusta officials are scrambling to avoid residents' flood plain lawsuits by taking funds from city departments to pay for more flood control engineering, which does not stop flooding. Michael C. White, Augusta

Evolutionists still have it wrong
Regarding Diana Black's Aug. 2 letter, ``Evolution disproves Creationism'': Foyster Wilson, Harlem

Alaska oil won't lower fuel prices
Regarding Bob Smock's Aug. 1 letter: Sam Booher, Martinez

Keenan's grandma willing to wait
We've spent an excruciatingly long time waiting to face the monster who murdered our baby. It was Keenan's death that perpetuated a series of events leading to the capture of this monster so that he could not kill again. Merrie K. Miller, Oregon

Gore's veep pick
''Somehow we will never see one without thinking of the other,'' GOP vice-presidential nominee Dick Cheney said in his acceptance speech, referring to the decline in national moral leadership during the two-term tenure of President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.

Local author's name omitted
Regarding the article in The Chronicle's July 28 ``Applause'' section, ``Book has Hollywood appeal'': Jenny F. Morris, Augusta

Post Office to charge for e-mail?
An Aug. 2 Chronicle article said the U.S. Postal Service is concerned over the loss of first-class postage and that significant numbers of people are paying their bills via the Internet ... Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Szablewski, Reynolds did her wrong
I have been following the lawsuit that Elaine Matthews filed against Columbia County. Mary Robinson, Grovetown

Show some support for Stallions
Regarding the lousy showing of support for our Stallions at the Aug. 1 playoff win over the Carolina Rhinos, I was the one with a sign that said, ``Our Stallions Who Art In Corral ... Forever and Ever. Amen.'' Adam Kleba, Ft. Gordon

More summer classes necessary
By the time this letter is published school doors will be ready to open for another academic year ... There are several things that should be read, such as a dress code for Richmond County students. Robert Ingham, Hephzibah

Elite streets get favored treatment
Clearly, there is a ``prominent address caste system'' that dictates the services Augustans can expect from the city. Sandra H. Wade, Augusta

Wilkes credible
Regarding the 33 dogs destroyed at the Augusta Animal Control Center: Sally O'Connor, Augusta

Pay those bills online
The Augusta-Richmond County government, long criticized for having too many horse-and-buggy services, is entering the Internet age. The Augusta Utilities Department offers an online service for consumers to pay water bills.

Ripping off Uncle Sam
Should the government continue to do business with companies that have been prosecuted, sued or convicted for defrauding the government?

Herbal health dangers
If the powers-that-be in the lucrative dietary supplement business have any political sense at all, they'll impose a stiff system of self-regulation on themselves. If they don't, it's certain the government will.

Digitize nation's library
The Library of Congress - the nation's richest treasure of information for researchers, historians and biographers - is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

On midwifery, and a great doctor
In response to a recent story about midwives, there certainly is a place for midwives in our society, especially when women don't have close access to a doctor or hospital. Betty Bucko, North Augusta

Moslems seek to rout Israel
I found The Chronicle's July 31 editorial about the situation in Jerusalem to be naive at best and ignorant at worst. John Craig, McCormick

Overtime: Gamecocks' hurdler passes up senior year

Venus Williams beats Seles

Lakers' West retires

NASCAR's big races fall flat

Gators used to measure Everglades water quality
LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE , Fla. - Gathering her ``team'' together at the front end of a Kline airboat, Laura A. Brandt was unsparing in describing their predicament.

Electronic soldiers
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- It is designed to make the 21st century U.S. soldier a more effective instrument of war, a veritable cyborg able to communicate with more speed and efficiency.

Russia sends goods cargo ship to space station
MOSCOW -- An unmanned cargo ship carrying supplies for the international space station was launched Sunday evening aboard a Soyuz rocket, officials said.

Deals abound when buying secondhand
Looking for new duds to wear when school starts but lack cash to splurge?

Teens will enjoy actor's many roles

Advice line: Girl who broke trust of friend must confess
``My best friend went out of town for summer vacation, and she trusted me to keep tabs on her boyfriend. We ended up getting together. I don't know what to do.'' - 15-year-old Augusta girl

Plan ahead for better dorm life

Plan ahead for better dorm life
For those of you getting ready to ship off for freshman year at college, Xtreme came up with a checklist of things to make dorm life bearable. Most rooms are already outfitted with a desk, a bed and a tiny closet. The other stuff is up to you. Good luck!

Your style

Teens will enjoy actor's many roles
Teens will enjoy the humor that Eddie Murphy creates to define each character.

Deals abound when buying secondhand

Advice line: Girl who broke trust of friend must confess

Your style
THE FACTS: Samantha West, 17, a rising junior at Lucy C. Laney High School.

Gators used to measure Everglades water quality

Russia sends goods cargo ship to space station