Perez was the 'glue' of the Big Red Machine

ACLU, baseball team settle bias dispute

First Amendment no shield for Rocker's racist comments

Fisk, Perez make Hall of Fame

Pregnancy is sensitive time for all

Business briefs: Dow, Nasdaq take fall after AOL deal
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average fell 61.12 Tuesday to 11,511.08, dipping below the new closing high set Monday.

Business briefs

Auto firm invades cart turf

Bancshares appoints officers
Georgia Carolina Bancshares Inc., the holding company of First Bank of Georgia, has appointed two new officers to head operations at its branches in Thomson-McDuffie County.

Work begins on factory
WAYNESBORO -- When Mayor Martin Dolin's daughter recently visited him and asked for a lint brush, he suggested that she come back in a few months.

Auto firm invades cart turf
Ford's announcement that it will begin marketing an electric golf cart was no surprise Monday to E-Z-Go executives. The company has been expecting it for months, spokesman Ron Skenes said.

Drivers will see new signs

Authority will solicit sponsors
The recently revived Downtown Development Authority, in an attempt to renew community interest in its activities, is working on a public art project that's sure to get people talking.

Work begins on factory

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Technology and media shares led the Nasdaq composite to its biggest point gain ever and the Dow Jones industrials to a new closing high Monday as investors celebrated the $160 billion planned merger of America Online and Time Warner.

Business briefs: Dow, Nasdaq take fall after AOL deal

Bancshares appoints officers

Drivers will see new signs
You may have noticed it on the drive home Monday. Interstate exits across the city were assigned new exit numbers as part of a statewide plan to nix the old sequential numbering system for one based on mile markers.

Grant picks perfect time to turn pro

Grant headed for draft

Paine splits games with Morris Brown

Hartford snaps losing streak

Injuries plague Jaguars

Win over Kentucky won't prove anything to Auburn

NCAA proposal could end summer recruiting

Cites 'hatred' against whites, South

Pass tax refund law

Hits liberals; urges Rocker on

Notes irony at former Yankee camp

Hits administrator in zoning debate

Urge debate over lock and dam

Ponders Constitution and calendar

Sees capitalism limiting rights

The mega-merger

Payday loan reform

Oppose lowering of Savannah River

Says premarital sex cause of violence

Colin Powell smeared

City attorney's role

Wants news, not opinion, in sports pages

Urges prescription-writing psychologists

Offers solutions to lock-and dam-problem

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store 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.

Small portions
Cooking in Oz (Cumberland House, $16.95) will keep fans of the Oz legends eagerly turning the paperback's pages even if they never go near the kitchen.

Early detection important to osteoporosis treatment
Q: How can I prevent osteoporosis? -- P.E., Martinez A: According to medical researchers at the University of Texas, more than 25 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis. Women experience osteoporosis more than men, and it can result from a number of factors.

Stockpiled food translates into tasty meals
PITTSBURGH -- Now that the year 2000 is routinely under way, a lot of people around the country are wondering what to do with stockpiles of blankets, battery-powered heaters, bottled water and, of course, canned food.

In the know
ABC has reopened the official contestant hotline for Regis Philbin's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The new number: 1-800-433-8321. (Good luck.)

Italian seasonings
The image of a pile of spaghetti, all covered with sauce and cheese, causes me to regress to my childhood. I'm waiting for someone to sneeze, rolling a precious meatball onto the floor and out the door.

Fort Gordon family man named Husband of the Year
Tim Gore sat in his Army fatigues rocking his 5-week-old daughter, Cassidy. She let out a small complaint and then dropped off to sleep.

New year, same story: Woods keeps winning

Woods keeps winning

Lady Lions defeat rival Augusta Prep

O-W Bruins turn tables on Jackets

Lincoln County gets overtime win over Aquinas

Wideman leads way for Lady Rebels

Augusta Lynx at the halfway point

Pee Dee wins on late goal

Lynx ledger

Pregnancy is sensitive time for all
This time of year papers are always full of photos showing New Year's babies. It's reassuring. Life is going on. Pass out the cigars.

Postage up a penny in 2001
WASHINGTON -- Expect to pay a penny more to send cards and letters starting early next year. And the cost of mailing magazines and catalogs is expected to go up significantly -- proposals that are stirring up a hornet's nest in the business community. Sending post cards and letters would cost 21 cents and 34 cents respectively under new rates proposed Tuesday by the Postal Service. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Truck overturns on Old Savannah Road
Area crews spent Monday morning cleaning up a non-toxic spill after a tanker truck overturned in front of the Procter-Gamble plant in the 3400 block of Old Savannah Road. The tanker, operated by Howard Sheppard Inc., was hauling sodium silicate liquid (also known as liquid glass) for PQ Corporation Specialty Chemical Division, 2430 Doug Barnard Parkway. Although the tank was not ruptured, the wreck did cause a Level 2 spill due to leaking diesel fuel, oil and antifreeze, according to police. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Time Warner being acquired by AOL
NEW YORK -- Time Warner, the world's largest media and entertainment company, is being acquired by America Online for about $166 billion in stock in what would be the biggest corporate merger ever. The merger announced today marks the biggest bet yet that the Internet will be one of the most dominant features in the media landscape of the future. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

Fort Gordon family man named Husband of the Year

Small portions

In the know

Early detection important to osteoporosis treatment

Stockpiled food translates into tasty meals

Italian seasonings

Storm leaves residents wet, frustrated
Flooded out and frustrated, Augusta's Chelsea Drive residents said the pool of standing water left by Monday morning's storm is a headache they have to endure too often.

Across the area: Officers search for masked robber
A masked robber with a gun and an accent held up an Aiken convenience store and video poker place Tuesday afternoon.

Fatalities on state highways increase in 1999
South Carolina's highways saw 1,045 fatalities last year, the highest count in 13 years, preliminary records show.

Condon advises giving up suspect

Board approves arming officers
Armed Columbia County school safety officers will be patrolling campuses this year.

Governor to request more health care funding

MCG Hospital affiliation OK'd
ATLANTA -- Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics moved a giant step closer to independence Tuesday with approval of its affiliation agreement with the school and the University System of Georgia board of regents.

Delegation considering county chief
A plan to add an at-large elected chairman position to the Columbia County Commission is gaining speed in Atlanta, but local politicians say they are being kept out of the loop on the idea.

Kite weather
Annalise Eberhard, 6, stands behind her mother, Beth Eberhard, with a not-so-happy expression after her kite broke. The Eberhards live in Aiken.

Georgia General Assembly begins

Agency's impact on SRS vague
The impact of a new nuclear security agency on Savannah River Site is uncertain, U.S. Department of Energy officials said this week.

Pecan crop rebounds this season

Lawmakers demand apology for flag-flap comments
COLUMBIA - Moments after a bell summoned South Carolina lawmakers back into session Tuesday, the Senate got an emotional taste of how the Confederate flag on the Capitol dome is affecting business this year when two members demanded apologies from each other for flag-related affronts -- and did not get them.

Panel expected to OK arming school officers

Pupils will see increase in math class instruction
ATLANTA -- Pupilsin 20 Georgia elementary and middle schools can look forward to twice as much time in math instruction as part of a test program to raise their understanding and test performance duringthe next 10 years.

Across the area: Officers search for masked robber

Window of opportunity
Jimmy Dobson of Augusta takes advantage of Tuesday's warm weather to wash his car in North Augusta. Today's forecast calls for more of the same warm weather, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.

Across the area: Board will discuss arming officers
Columbia County school board members may finally approve arming school safety officers with guns.

Issues stall firehouse agreement
AIKEN -- After four months of negotiations on a contract to operate Sage Mill Fire Station, the Aiken County Council and the Graniteville-Vaucluse-Warrenville Volunteer Fire Department cannot agree on fee sharing and restrictions on helping other firefighting agencies.

Officers identify body found in trunk
A woman found dead in the trunk of a car last week owed money for drugs to the man who has been charged with killing her, police said Monday.

Georgia General Assembly begins
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers Monday were reminded of the past even as the General Assembly convened for the first session of the 21st century.

Suspect denies paging victim's beeper
Just before Lori Joe Hastings saw her son for the last time, she received a page from the man accused of killing her, her son told a jury Monday.

Correction
A list in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle on meetings in Columbia County should have said the meetings will take place next week.

Kite weather

GOP criticizes money reserve

Board approves arming officers

New program helps families learn
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- The state Department of Education might have found a way to fuse family learning and fun while heightening academics in Allendale County.

Study: Teachers may lack skills

Group will assist council with horse complaints

Issues stall firehouse agreement

Agency's impact on SRS vague

Bank robbery suspect arrested
With one suspect in custody, police were still searching late Tuesday for an accomplice accused of robbing a North Augusta bank.

New program helps families learn

MCG Hospital affiliation OK'd

Bank robbery suspect arrested

Truck overturns on Old Savannah Road

Pecan crop rebounds this season
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Many cooks in the coastal Georgia area paid a little more to make homemade pecan pie this Christmas. But next year should be better because of this year's good harvest.

Suspect denies paging victim's beeper

Tanker truck overturns
Emergency crews spent Monday morning cleaning up a nontoxic spill after a tanker truck overturned in south Richmond County.

Across the area: Board will discuss arming officers

Postage up a penny in 2001

College chancellor announces retirement

Tobacco money could help disabled

Grant picks perfect time to turn pro

Jury to begin deliberations in Leslie trial

Delegation considering county chief

Window of opportunity

Tanker truck overturns

Lawmakers demand apology for flag-flap comments

Study: Teachers may lack skills
Tabitha McGee's dedication to her first-grade class at John Milledge Elementary School is one of the reasons she is the school's teacher of the year.

Condon advises giving up suspect
COLUMBIA -- Etheridge Kneece's days in South Carolina appear to be numbered.

Jury to begin deliberations in Leslie trial
It started with a simple question eight days ago in Richmond County Superior Court -- ``Who killed Lori Joe Hastings?'' -- both sides asked the jury Tuesday.

GOP criticizes money reserve
ATLANTA -- The money that Gov. Roy Barnes wants to keep ``in the bank'' in case the economy turns sour should go to Georgia taxpayers, legislative Republicans said after the governor's annual budget address to the General Assembly on Tuesday.

Group will assist council with horse complaints
IKEN -- The next time a resident complains of the odor of horse manure coming from a neighbor's property, Aiken City Council will have help counting the flies.

Tobacco money could help disabled
For Fred Partlow of Augusta, it could mean help and a little dignity in the afternoon. For many smokers in Augusta, it could mean turning the money they plunked down for a pack of smokes into a way to help them quit.

College chancellor announces retirement
AIKEN -- Robert E. Alexander, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken, is stepping down after 17 years at the local campus.

Panel expected to OK arming school officers
If the tentative vote last month is any indication, Columbia County school board members may finally give their approval to arming school safety officers with guns.

Correction

Radiation doses small, firm says
The seven Savannah River Site employees contaminated with plutonium in September are expected to receive relatively small doses of radiation from the incident.

Governor to request more health care funding
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes will ask the General Assembly today to earmark $87 million from a nationwide tobacco settlement this year to improve health-care delivery, according to budget documents released Monday.

Bryant, Lakers on a roll

Hawks president promises changes

Rodman eyes NBA return

Mourning, Allen join Olympic team

Bulls lose two guards, pick up another two

Manning tests Titans' new fan base

Long run ahead for Redskins defense

Jets sold for $635 million

Redskin player fined, suspended one game

Healthy Smith makes Vikings even more dangerous

Brunell hopes to play Saturday

Sale of coachless Jets nears

Miami's defense dominating again

Cowboys' mediocre season could cause shake-up

Dallas' Gailey loses job

Carruth in court facing new charge

'The Freak' runs away with defensive rookie award

Mr. James Hicks
Mr. James Marion ``Bo'' Hicks, 80, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Rosenberg
CLEARWATER -- Mrs. Dorothy McElhaney Rosenberg, 84, of Clearwater Village Apartments, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. James English
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mr. James Lawrence English, sheriff of Glascock County, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at University Hospital. He was 82.

Mrs. Maxine Roach
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Mrs. Maxine M. Hyer Roach, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at St. Luke's Hospital, Jacksonville.

Mrs. Mary Warren
Mrs. Mary E. Warren died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Frank Adams
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Frank L. Adams, 70, of Trafford Lane, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Candler Hospital.

Mrs. Lucinda Key
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lucinda Scott Key, 90, of Outaways Road, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Caroline Peterson
Mrs. Caroline Young Teem Peterson, 96, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Home.

Mr. George Loomis
AIKEN -- Mr. George James Loomis, 78, of Landing Drive, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Edward Fisher
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Jable Edward Fisher, 64, of Orr Road, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ann Kastle
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Mrs. Ann Elaine Kastle, 70, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Obadiah Jordan Jr.
ATLANTA -- Mr. Obadiah Jordan Jr., 67, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Fulton County Medical Center.

Mr. Cecil Bryan Jr.
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Cecil B. Bryan Jr., 74, of U.S. Highway 25 North, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Wilhelmina Dunbar
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Wilhelmina Dunbar, 94, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Fredreaker Forester
BRUNSON, S.C. -- Mrs. Fredreaker Forester, 56, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. J.C Cooper
KITE, Ga. -- Mr. J.C. Cooper, 82, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at the Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Ralph Perdue
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Ralph Perdue, 73, of Perdue Circle, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Helen Hutto
Mrs. Helen Amelia Smith Hutto, 88, of Henry Street, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mykaela Monge
Mykaela Vivianna Monge, of Grovetown, infant daughter of Tasha Thomas and Oscar Monge, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Mellouise Perdue
Mrs. Mellouise Hayden Perdue, 67, of Golden Camp Road, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lillian Cody
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillian Stewart Cody, 79, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000.

Mr. William Vaughan
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. William Bolling Vaughan, of Crosscreek Road, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Martha Cooper
Mrs. Martha L. Cooper, 72, of Kroger Road, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, Windemere Healthcare Facility.

Mr. Norman Brown
Mr. Norman Brown, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Grover Garrison
THOMSON -- Mr. Grover C. Garrison, 77, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Grover Poole
CLOVIS, N.M. -- Mr. Grover Curtis Poole, 64, of Diamondhead Drive, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Agnes Willingham
Mrs. Agnes S. Willingham, 83, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Juanita Fountain
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- Mrs. Juanita Lillian Fountain, 65, of Peach Orchard Road, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000.

Mrs. Daisy Burley
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Daisy H. Burley, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Frank Adams
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Frank L. Adams, 70, of Trafford Lane, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Candler Hospital.

Mrs. Virginia Jackson
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mrs. Virginia Coker Jackson, 69, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Kingsbrook Medical Center, Brooklyn.

Mrs. Delores Underwood
EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Mrs. Delores Jean Sapp Underwood, 64, of India Palm Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.

Mr. Enos Lanham Jr.
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Enos Clarence ``Buddy'' Lanham Jr., 85, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Dr. James Sanders
Dr. James Milton Sanders, 59, of Evans, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. William Shelton
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. William L. Shelton, 63, of Hephzibah-McBean Road, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Helen Downs
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Pulliam Downs, 76, of Georgia Highway 102 West, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Ms. Alma Bush
AIKEN -- Ms. Alma Dicks Bush, 94, of Augusta Road, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Home.

Mrs. Georgene DuBose
Mrs. Georgene H. DuBose, 87, of Cadden Road, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Denard
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Possie Danner Denard, 76, of Danburg Road, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Marcelo Rodriguez
Mr. Marcelo P. Rodriguez, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Stewart Nunn
NORTH VERNON, Ind. -- Mr. Stewart O. Nunn, 86, of Henry Street, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital.

Mr. William Stiver
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. William Henry Stiver, 82, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mr. Earnest Lamb Sr.
HARLEM -- Mr. Earnest Lamb Sr., of Stone Street, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Crawford
Mrs. Annie I. Crawford, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Marifaith Partridge
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Marifaith Teasley Partridge, 69, of Augusta Highway, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Hannah
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Willie ``Hamp'' Hannah, 71, of Matthews Street, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Richard McLeod
Mr. Richard W. McLeod, 75, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Tommie Thompson
SAN DIEGO -- Mr. Tommie Thompson, 40, of LaSena Avenue, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Paradise Valley Hospital.

Mr. Benjamin Gaines
EASLEY, S.C. -- Mr. Benjamin F. Gaines, 95, of Donald Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000.

Mrs. Juanita Touchstone
Mrs. Juanita Marie Touchstone, 71, of Broad Street, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Windemere Nursing Home.

Miss Dorothy Law
Miss Dorothy E. Law, 85, of Evans, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Ms. Margaret Horner
Ms. Margaret Mecham Horner, 82, of Windsong Way, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Charlie Lyons
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Charlie Edward ``Brother Law'' Lyons, 67, of Scout Pond Road, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. William Shelton

Mr. Charlie Lyons

Mr. Richard McLeod

Mrs. Annie Crawford

Mrs. Caroline Peterson

Mr. Earnest Lamb Sr.

Mrs. Ann Kastle

Miss Dorothy Law

Mrs. Daisy Burley

Mr. James Hicks

Mrs. Virginia Jackson

Mykaela Monge

Mrs. Wilhelmina Dunbar

Mrs. Mary Denard

Mrs. Mary Warren

Mrs. Delores Underwood

Mrs. Lucinda Key

Mr. Robert Hannah

Mr. Stewart Nunn

Mr. James English

Mr. Cecil Bryan Jr.

Mrs. Helen Hutto

Mr. Benjamin Gaines

Mr. Marcelo Rodriguez

Mrs. Lillian Cody

Mr. Norman Brown

Mrs. Agnes Willingham

Dr. James Sanders

Mr. Ralph Perdue

Mr. Grover Poole

Mrs. Martha Cooper

Mr. Frank Adams

Mr. Tommie Thompson

Mrs. Juanita Touchstone

Ms. Alma Bush

Mrs. Maxine Roach

Mr. Enos Lanham Jr.

Mrs. Georgene DuBose

Mrs. Mellouise Perdue

Mr. William Stiver

Mr. Frank Adams

Mrs. Marifaith Partridge

Mr. J.C Cooper

Mr. Grover Garrison

Mrs. Dorothy Rosenberg

Barrett: Augusta's riverfront a resource that should be preserved
THIRTY-FOUR years ago my wife, Carol, and I moved into a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Belvedere, S.C., where we would live for 14 months as we started our careers. She taught some children with special needs at Belvedere Elementary School and I served as program secretary at the Augusta YMCA on Broad Street. It seemed like the year 2000 was forever in the future.

Urges prescription-writing psychologists
A proposal in the Georgia Legislature would give prescription-writing authority to specially-trained, licensed psychologists. The major reason psychologists are seeking additional training and authority to prescribe is to provide quality care for their patients. This will avoid the usual necessity of having the patient see two professionals if they are on medication. Treatment would be more integrated and wholistic. Prescription privileges for psychologists would result in significant cost savings and stop the inconvenient and, at times, painful necessity of telling one's story again. Jeffrey M. Brandsma, Ph.D., Augusta

Cites 'hatred' against whites, South
The biggest enemy the African-American has is his hate for the white male. He is letting that control him. The Confederate flag is only a piece of cloth. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced a South Carolina boycott (over the capitol flag), and that just a few poor blacks would suffer. Why should any suffer? ... Chlody D. Meadows, Beech Island

Oppose lowering of Savannah River
Re the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decommissioningselling the dam: Pamela E. Ham, Augusta

Offers solutions to lock-and dam-problem
It appears there will be a public hearing on Jan. 20 to discuss the problem of the lock and dam. Everyone agrees it would be a tragedy if the water level of the Savannah River is lowered to the point of ruining Riverwalk and lowering the property values of all those riverfront homes. Don F. Gonella, Ph.D., Martinez

Barrett: Augusta's riverfront a resource that should be preserved
THIRTY-FOUR years ago my wife, Carol, and I moved into a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Belvedere, S.C., where we would live for 14 months as we started our careers. She taught some children with special needs at Belvedere Elementary School and I served as program secretary at the Augusta YMCA on Broad Street. It seemed like the year 2000 was forever in the future.

Pass tax refund law
Taxes are one issue over which Republicans and Democrats usually clash, but on the Augusta-Richmond County legislative delegation there appears to be strong bipartisan support for a tax refund measure that state Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, will be introducing.

The mega-merger
The mega-merger between media giant Time Warner and America Online, the nation's largest Internet service provider, is being characterized as New Media supplanting Old Media -- particularly since AOL, a relative baby, is buying out granddaddy Time War-ner, with roots dating back to 1923.

Hits liberals; urges Rocker on
It seems like the only people with a constitutional right to an opinion are gays and minorities. ... Bob Burns, Waynesboro

Payday loan reform
More than 20 states have laws or regulations governing a ``deferred payment transaction'' -- or, in plain English, a ``payday loan'' service that allows people to get a short-term, small amount of cash borrowed against their next paycheck.

Urge debate over lock and dam
With the drawdown of the river scheduled for later this month, I believe Augustans and our river neighbors need to be fully educated about the effects and options to deal with the Corps of Engineers' plans for the lock and dam. The city has too much at stake to let the Corps dictate how our riverfront will look in the future.Cameron Nixon, Augusta

City attorney's role
As the Richmond County legislative delegation in Atlanta debates straightening out the role of the Augusta attorney, let's remember that, during the consolidation debate, the intent was never to replace the new city's main attorney.

Urges protection of Savannah River
I am writing this letter out of concern for two cities that I love. Almost everything in the way of progress for many years has been centered around the Savannah River and I am concerned for the beauty and many attractions of the river and canals in Augusta and North Augusta. Lucy A. Walters, North Augusta

Sees capitalism limiting rights
I am amazed by how easily Americans are willing to give away their First Amendment rights. Why will we freely give private corporations and institutions powers we find so distasteful in government? Sure John Rocker made some incredibly ignorant and offensive remarks. I don't see why anyone who does not frequently end sentences in prepositions should even care. Yet, there are those who call on the Braves organization or organized baseball to punish Mr. Rocker for practicing his First Amendment right. These are the same people who smugly look at a socialist nation and claim we have more freedom because of capitalism. This case in point proves just the opposite is true. Michael Ledo, Windsor

Colin Powell smeared
Political operative Donna Brazile was fired from Michael Dukakis' 1988 presidential campaign for spreading rumors that George Bush had an extra-marital affair. Now she has resurfaced to run Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign.

Says premarital sex cause of violence
Your article on domestic violence (Xtreme page for teens, Jan. 4) reflects a problem found in most of our society today: lack of acknowledgement of a core reason behind such behavior. Jane H. Dennis, Augusta

Equity funding fiasco?
Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Ga., in discussing Gov. Roy Barnes' education reforms last week, said ``equity funding'' will be a key element. He described that as having every school district in the state receive the same level of local funding.

Wants news, not opinion, in sports pages
I am writing in response to another letter. I, too, am growing tired of all the negative comments sports writer Rick Dorsey has to say about John Rocker and many others. Jonathan Renew, Harlem

Hits administrator in zoning debate
I am very disappointed with the Edgefield County Council. I sincerely thought that, once Council received the proposed zoning ordinance, the citizens of Edgefield would receive a fair chance to discuss alternatives to zoning. I see now how very wrong I was. Bernadette Hudson, North Augusta

Notes irony at former Yankee camp
I agree with Curtis Choplin (letter, Dec. 27) that Andersonville had several Northern parallel prisons, one being Camp Douglas in Chicago where my husband's great-great-grandfather died of starvation and pneumonia and was buried in a mass grave. Like Point Lookout, Camp Douglas prison dead were also stacked like cordwood, tossed into graves and never identified. At least at Andersonville, the aggressors were identified and buried separately -- another reason why Southerners will never forget the war. Laurie Lane, Evans

Ponders Constitution and calendar
I heard on the news that pitcher John Rocker of the Atlanta Braves is being ordered to undergo psychological tests just for speaking his mind. Wow! ``If your viewpoints don't agree with mine then you must be crazy.'' This is ``political correctness'' run amok! What's next, re-education camps like in Red China? What happened to our collective right to speak our minds and our defending to the end our right to do so? M. Davis, Langley

Tyson's trainer says fighter wants Lewis

AOL-Time Warner merger shouldn't affect teams

Turf war begins over alleged monopoly

Woods keeps winning

Futurity expected to be bigger this year

Overtime: Hudson bids for Olympic Trials berth

Overtime: Winston Cup points fund up to $10 million

Golden Spike Tour adds to 2000 schedule

S.C. prep realignment vote is scheduled today

District learns Title IX applies to boys, too

Hamed gives up WBC title

'King of the World' movie: not the greatest

Judge agrees to unseal evidence in IBF case

Study outlines risks of routine newborn circumcision
CHICAGO -- Circumcising newborns causes virtually no medical harm, but offers practically no benefit, either, according to a study that tries to put solid numbers on the risks.

Web surfing now possible for the blind
WASHINGTON -- Charlie Crawford's computer access to the Internet helps him complete a couple of months' work in a couple of days. That would not be so unusual in today's high-tech environment, but Crawford has been blind for 30 years.

Historic document to be auctioned online
NEW YORK -- A 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence, in near mint condition, will meet the 21st century when it goes on sale on the Internet for an estimated $4 million to $6 million. The rare document, being sold by an Atlanta investment firm, will be offered on Sotheby's new auction Web site, Sothebys.com, in late spring, the auction house announced Tuesday in a full-page ad in The New York Times. Sotheby's said the copy may be the last one to come up for sale because the other owners plan to donate theirs to museums. It's expected to fetch between $4 million and $6 million, which would be a record for a historic document sold online, Sotheby's said. -- The Augusta Chronicle

Launch of key space station module delayed, again
MOSCOW -- In a major setback for the international space station, the launch of a key module will be delayed yet again after flaws were detected in a booster rocket, a top official said today.

Radiation doses small, firm says
The seven Savannah River Site employees contaminated with plutonium in September are expected to receive relatively small doses of radiation from the incident.

Poverty, superstition fuel the spread of AIDS in Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya -- AIDS killed Caroline Akinyi's parents 11 years ago, when she was 3. Yet even today, she cannot fathom a disease -- let alone a sexually transmitted one -- that killed her mother and father.

First purely online banking-brokerage company approved
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators have approved online brokerage ETrade Group Inc.'s acquisition of Telebanc Financial Corp., which will create the first purely Internet-based financial services company.

Company reports progress in DNA mapping
WASHINGTON -- A Maryland company announced Monday it has sequenced DNA that accounts for 90 percent of the human genetic pattern, another step as private laboratories and government scientists race to map all the human genes.

Ford says electric vehicles coming from Th!nk division
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co., the company that put the world on wheels powered by gasoline, will soon sell a plastic-body car, a golf cart and bicycles -- all driven by electricity.

Mexican capital boasts of best pollution record in a decade
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico City had its cleanest year of the decade in 1999, the government announced in newspaper advertisements Sunday. According to the city government, smog levels forced declaration of an emergency only three times -- covering five days -- during the year. The best previous year during the decade had been 1996, when there were 10 emergencies covering 34 days.

Attorney general envisions global 'cybercops'
STANFORD, Calif. -- Attorney General Janet Reno wants authorities to form a global, round-the-clock anti-cybercrime network to stop Internet lawbreakers.

Teen jobs offer money, responsibility

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Does the name Erin McQuatters ring a bell? She's the Augusta girl who won last year's Chanel/Seventeen New Model of the Year Contest and is currently signed with Elite, a top modeling agency.

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Rebecca Brown, 16, a junior at Evans High School.

Laws help protect teens on the job

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Work a fact of life for some

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Teen jobs offer money, responsibility
Squeezed between school, athletics and extracurricular activities, teens are going for the green -- money that is.

Work a fact of life for some
Few adults have the option of not working in today's world. Most teens don't have to work to survive, but many do so for a variety of reasons. For most, the driving force is simple: money.

Laws help protect teens on the job
It is estimated that 80 percent of all students will work sometime during high school, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Poverty, superstition fuel the spread of AIDS in Africa

Web surfing now possible for the blind

Attorney general envisions global 'cybercops'

Study outlines risks of routine newborn circumcision

Mexican capital boasts of best pollution record in a decade

Historic document to be auctioned online

First purely online banking-brokerage company approved