Perez was the 'glue' of the Big Red Machine

ACLU, baseball team settle bias dispute

Fisk, Perez make Hall of Fame

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.

Bancshares appoints officers

Alltel's service planned

Survey measures CEOs' optimism
ATLANTA -- Executives in north Georgia are slightly more optimistic about their businesses' economic prospects than are top managers in middle and south Georgia, a survey showed Wednesday.

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.

Utilities implement new billing

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: Dow, Nasdaq take fall after AOL deal

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.

Survey measures CEOs' optimism

Business briefs: Internet stocks fall amid mixed markets
NEW YORK -- Blue-chip industrial stocks once again stole the spotlight from flashier technology shares Wednesday, pushing higher as investors shied away from the slumping Internet sector.

Business briefs: Internet stocks fall amid mixed markets

Alltel's service planned
Alltel plans to offer local telephone service in Augusta and 16 other cities before the end of the year, the company announced this week.

Utilities implement new billing
A two-week bill or no bill altogether from your power company or long-distance telephone carrier should not be cause for alarm, local utility companies say.

Work begins on factory

Grant picks perfect time to turn pro

Gamecocks may be surprise of SEC

Ex-Thomson star has found a home at Long Beach St.

Jags need some time to tinker

Freshman helps No. 10 Florida drop LSU

NCAA proposal could end summer recruiting

Jackets fade in second half against No. 6 Duke

Georgia turnovers give Arkansas a win

Augusta State sweeps UNC-Pembroke

Wolfpack holds off Virginia

Injuries plague Jaguars

Criticizes photo of 'private moment'

Hits liberals; urges Rocker on

Blast bad publicity for pitcher Rocker

Columbia Co. CEO?

Says premarital sex cause of violence

Offers solutions to lock-and dam-problem

Laments failure of Y2K disaster

Sees capitalism limiting rights

Notes irony at former Yankee camp

City attorney's role

Urge debate over lock and dam

The mega-merger

Wants news, not opinion, in sports pages

Supports rights of Cuban dad

On the rocks

Advocates removal of Confederate flag

Blasts 'slime balls' editorial cartoon

Payday loan reform

Power bracelets
Stacking up on arms across the nation, power beads may be the new decade's mood rings -- with a spiritual twist.

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.

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.

They're not heavy, they're a Christian metal band
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The group few.left.standing. looks and sounds like other hard coremetal bands. Chris Stafford's arms are covered with tattoos, Jon Keegin wears a septum ring, and there are the double kick drums and the speed metal riffs.

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.

Level of Warnings Varies From Label to Label
A scan of labels on several supplements carried by a Los Angeles medical center pharmacy found a wide variation in the level of warnings about potential interactions, showing the limited information available to consumers.

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.

Woods, Duval skipping Sony Open

Lincoln County gets overtime win over Aquinas

O-W Bruins turn tables on Jackets

Lady Lions defeat rival Augusta Prep

Pee Dee wins on late goal

Ftorek anticipates turnaround

Thrashers defenseman undergoes neck surgery

Census seeks local government support
WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau is trying to drum up support among local government officials in hopes of improving public participation in the national head count. It costs the agency millions of dollars to track down and interview people who fail to mail back their census forms, so it wants state and local politicians to help remind people to fill out the questionnaires. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Twice as many Americans by 2100
WASHINGTON -- A century from now there will be twice as many Americans as today, the Census Bureau predicts. While no one knows what daily life will be like in 100 years, the new population projections being issued Thursday conjure images of twice as many cars jostling for position on the highways and twice as many shoppers crowding the aisles at Wal-Mart. From an estimated 275 million people today, the bureau projects a U.S. population of 571 million in the year 2100. That might not seem terribly crowded, however, because the nation is so sprawling. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

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

Wall Street update
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mixed today as investors again moved money away from pricey technology shares and toward blue-chip industrials that perform well when the economy is growing. In afternoon trading on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 65.15 at 11,576.23, narrowly higher than its closing record of 11,572.20 set on Monday. Broader stock indicators were slightly lower. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 1.79 at 1,436.77, and the Nasdaq composite index was off 19.54 at 3,901.65. In earlier trading, the Nasdaq was down as much as 86 points. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Italian seasonings

In the know

Stockpiled food translates into tasty meals

Small portions

They're not heavy, they're a Christian metal band

Power bracelets

Level of Warnings Varies From Label to Label

Lawmakers demand apology for flag-flap comments

Wall Street update

Aiken County has substitute shortage

Children's death files reviewed

Plumbing codes to be enforced
Trouble could be brewing in miles of pipe linking thousands of Columbia County homes to the county's sewer system.

Dry-cleaning solvent found in well

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

Leslie convicted of murder

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.

Census encourages participation
WARRENVILLE -- Nearly 2 percent of Aiken County's residents were not counted in the 1990 U.S. census.

He ain't heavy

Cannon recovered from river

Dry-cleaning solvent found in well
One of six municipal drinking water wells found to contain traces of a toxic dry-cleaning solvent has been shut down as a precaution, according to Augusta officials and state regulators.

Jags need some time to tinker

Soldier faces trial in Iowa woman's death

Tobacco money could help disabled

Gas re-regulation discouraged

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.

Across the area: Police seek man in bank robbery

Board approves arming officers

MCG Hospital affiliation OK'd

GOP criticizes money reserve

Postage up a penny in 2001

Delegation considering county chief

Children's death files reviewed
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing case files of seven children who died while in contact with the Clarke County Department of Family and Children Services. It's part of a statewide investigation focusing on 13 children's deaths in six counties, officials said.

Grant picks perfect time to turn pro

Aiken County has substitute shortage
AIKEN -- By now, the number has been repeated so often it's become a mantra: more than 2 million teachers.

Correction

Across the area: Police seek man in bank robbery
North Augusta police and federal agents are looking for a Hephzibah man in connection with a robbery at Regions Bank on 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.

Census seeks local government support

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.

Kneece loses extradition fight

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.

Events set in honor of King
Residents, businesses and organizations in the Augusta area vary on ways to commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday this year.

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.

Census encourages participation

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.

Events set in honor of King

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.

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.

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.

New program helps families learn

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.

Agency's impact on SRS vague

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.

Across the area: Officers search for masked robber

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.

Window of opportunity

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.

Gas re-regulation discouraged
ATLANTA -- Despite consumer complaints, Georgia's natural-gas industry shouldn't be re-regulated, Public Service Commissioner Lauren ``Bubba'' McDonald told lawmakers Wednesday.

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.

Cannon recovered from river
SAVANNAH -- It's hard to tell that the oyster-encrusted object pulled Tuesday from the muddy banks of the Wilmington River could have changed the course of history.

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.

Soldier faces trial in Iowa woman's death
A Fort Gordon soldier will be extradited to Britt, Iowa, this week to face charges in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old.

Bank robbery suspect arrested

Leslie convicted of murder
It took nearly five hours Wednesday for a jury to decide the only reasonable explanation for Lori Joe Hastings' terrifying death was that Sajid Leslie murdered her.

Jury to begin deliberations in Leslie trial

Kneece loses extradition fight
Etheridge Kneece will have his day in court for his alleged role in the slayings of his wife and her ex-husband, but it will not be in South Carolina.

Study: Teachers may lack skills

He ain't heavy
Allen Bailey, 5, holds onto his younger brother, Aaron, while their mother, Beth Bailey, helps them ride the wobble horse Wednesday afternoon at a park at North Augusta Community Center.

Issues stall firehouse agreement

Plumbing codes to be enforced

Hawks president promises changes

Mourning, Allen join Olympic team

Bryant, Lakers on a roll

Hornets guard killed in car crash

Carter, Raptors roll past Magic

Redskin player fined, suspended one game

Jets sold for $635 million

Dallas' Gailey loses job

Brunell hopes to play Saturday

Parcells, prospective new owner meet

'The Freak' runs away with defensive rookie award

Prosecutors petition for death penalty against Carruth

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Mrs. Minnie Williams
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Minnie Lee Williams, of Brentwood Terrace Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Burke County 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.

Mrs. Josephine Entzminger
SALLEY -- Mrs. Josephine Marshall Entzminger, 85, of Hanson Curtis Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care, Williston.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mary Deese
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Mary S. Deese, 78, of Royalette Avenue, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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. John Johnson Sr.
Mr. John Johnson Sr., of Cairo Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Robert Fields
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Robert H. Fields, 81, of Route 3, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge Billy Deal
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Judge Billy Joe Deal, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

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

Mr. James Dorn
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James Earl Dorn, 85, of Lakeview Road, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Ms. Carrie Hamilton
LAUREL SPRINGS, N.J. -- Ms. Carrie Hamilton, 99, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Johnny Cooper
THOMSON -- Mr. Johnny R. Cooper, 28, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation.

Mr. Larry Wilson
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Larry G. Wilson, 53, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Werner Jeep
Mr. Werner C. Jeep, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Dr. Carl Whipple
Dr. Carl Era Whipple, 99, of Evans, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Jeffery Coles
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mr. Jeffery Cecil Coles, 32, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Browmer
HAMPTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Ruth Mary Browmer, 81, of Ellis Street, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, at Medical University Hospital, Charleston.

Mr. James Fanning
Aiken -- Mr. James Earl Fanning, 63, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.

Mrs. Elizabeth Loudermilk
Mrs. Elizabeth Ingle ``Libby'' Loudermilk, 81, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at her residence.

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

Miss Tabathy Ishman
Miss Tabathy Ishman, 24, of Basswood Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Calvin Martin
Mr. Calvin Martin, 46, of Monroe Street, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Wylene Jackson
BLYTHE -- Mrs. Wylene P. Jackson, 70, of Deans Bridge Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Albert Smith
DEEPSTEP, Ga. -- Mr. Albert Leroy Smith, 79, of Tucker Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

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

Mr. John Johnson Sr.

Mr. Frank Adams

Mr. Larry Wilson

Mrs. Agnes Willingham

Ms. Alma Bush

Mrs. Marifaith Partridge

Dr. Carl Whipple

Mr. Grover Garrison

Mrs. Mellouise Perdue

Mr. Cecil Bryan Jr.

Mrs. Ann Kastle

Mr. Benjamin Gaines

Mr. Albert Smith

Mrs. Virginia Jackson

Mrs. Mary Deese

Mrs. Caroline Peterson

Mr. Charlie Lyons

Mr. Ralph Perdue

Mrs. Wilhelmina Dunbar

Mr. William Shelton

Mr. Stewart Nunn

Mr. Enos Lanham Jr.

Mrs. Daisy Burley

Mrs. Mary Warren

Mrs. Martha Cooper

Mrs. Josephine Entzminger

Mrs. Elizabeth Loudermilk

Mrs. Minnie Williams

Mr. Werner Jeep

Ms. Margaret Horner

Mr. James Fanning

Mrs. Wylene Jackson

Mr. Robert Fields

Mrs. Lillian Cody

Mr. Norman Brown

Dr. James Sanders

Mr. Calvin Martin

Mrs. Dorothy Rosenberg

Ms. Carrie Hamilton

Mrs. Lucinda Key

Mr. Richard McLeod

Mr. James Dorn

Defends writer, condemns message
The Chronicle recently addressed Attorney General Thurbert Baker's opinion that an elective biblical course can be of-fered in Georgia's state-funded high schools if narrowly tailored so as not to promote religion. There has since been some debate, fueled by letters from two area ministers.\rMatt Alan, 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.

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

Laments failure of Y2K disaster
Y2K struck and no computers blew up, nor was cell phone use disrupted. Darn it! I was sort of hoping that we would be forced to go back to those glorious days when the grocery store clerks would add up your order on the back of the bag or ring it up on a manual adding machine, while making pleasant conversation, after which you paid cash and didn't have to wait for somebody to write a check or run a credit card through a machine. Robert H. Rihl, Augusta

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.

Columbia Co. CEO?
What started as Christmas season ``party talk'' among Columbia County's state legislators has evolved into a constructive debate now involving county commissioners and citizens about the scope and direction of local government.

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

Advocates removal of Confederate flag
I am proud to say I am American by birth and Southern by the grace of God. Over the years I have had the rebel flag on my house, my shirts, my car and even my boat. I respect and admire the sacrifices that were made in all the wars that we as a nation have waged over the years in support of freedom and the American way, not just the Civil War. But I have been extremely disappointed in the rhetoric coming from Columbia. For instance, Sen. Arthur Ravenel, R-Charleston, calling the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ``the national association of retarded people.'' And my own Rep. Charles Sharpe, R-Aiken, calling for the rebel flag to be put above the U.S. and South Carolina flag. Rep. Sharpe's position on the flag seems to me to be even worse than that of Sen. Ravenel's. Rep. Sharpe's statement essentially likened itself to being in support of the Confederacy, not the United States or South Carolina which he swore to uphold in his oath of office. Kent Brown, New Ellenton

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.

On the rocks
When Atlanta TV mogul and Braves' owner Ted Turner and his Viet Cong sympathizer wife Jane Fonda went their separate ways, even though they both said they were committed to the long term success of their marriage, the news media reported their marriage was on the rocks.

Supports rights of Cuban dad
The Immigration and Naturalization Service made the right decision to send the Cuban boy back to his father. Sure, the United States is a better place to bring a kid up in, but the boy's father lives in Cuba -- and the boy belongs with his natural father. Jefiner Jones, Waynesboro

Rossiter: 'Disability' laws wreck havoc on education
Student's are expected to learn in school, but how can they when the classroom is constantly disrupted by the ``behaviorally disabled''?`Disability' laws wreak havoc on education

Cut S.C. food tax!
Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats over tax cuts in South Carolina, just as they are everywhere else.

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

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

Blast bad publicity for pitcher Rocker
I just finished watching an MSNBC discussion, once again, on Braves pitcher John Rocker. As I listened to the different sports-affiliated personnel and the comments from those who called in, I came to one conclusion: Mr. Rocker did screw up by voicing his opinion. Cheryl Key, Hephzibah

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

Criticizes photo of 'private moment'
In regard to Justen Wonderly's letter: Yes, I was very offended by the picture in the Jan. 2 paper. That was a private moment between a husband and his wife. The photographer had no right to interfere. How would Chronicle photographer Ron Cockerille feel if it was him in that situation? Would he like photographers taking pictures? Robin Rogers, 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.

Defends writer, condemns message
The Chronicle recently addressed Attorney General Thurbert Baker's opinion that an elective biblical course can be of-fered in Georgia's state-funded high schools if narrowly tailored so as not to promote religion. There has since been some debate, fueled by letters from two area ministers. Matt Alan, Martinez

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.

Blasts 'slime balls' editorial cartoon
I can respect anyone's opinion on politics, religion or anything else, but when I pick up the newspaper and see a cartoon like ``Slime balls spotted in the Savannah'' (Jan. 8), I can see why Southerners are sometimes depicted as ignorant country bumpkins. This cartoon was way beyond poor taste. Elaine van der Linden, Belvedere

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

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

Hall of Famer Lemon dies

Turf war begins over alleged monopoly

Overtime: Winston Cup points fund up to $10 million

Futurity expected to be bigger this year

South Carolina realigns regions

District learns Title IX applies to boys, too

Promoter says Tyson fight still on

Tyson's trainer says fighter wants Lewis

S.C. prep realignment vote is scheduled today

Players give Sydney 2000 tennis venue thumbs up

Overtime: CBS expects to complete deal with Enberg

'King of the World' movie: not the greatest

Bayer ads went too far, government says
WASHINGTON -- Think taking aspirin can prevent a heart attack? It can reduce some risk -- but not for everybody. The distinction is costing Bayer Corp. $1 million, the tab for a consumer education program announced Tuesday to settle government charges that Bayer's advertising oversold aspirin's benefits.

Philip Morris tests reaction to cigarette with lower fire risk
NEW YORK -- Philip Morris has developed a slower-burning paper that may lower the chance that a discarded or dropped cigarette will start a fire.

Health monitor
Susan Urton displays a health assistance device, called Health Buddy, which connects her to her doctor through the Internet to her physician's office from her Rocklin, Calif., home Jan. 7, 2000.

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.

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

Microsoft could be broken into three pieces
WASHINGTON -- Government lawyers in the Microsoft antitrust case want to break the software giant into three parts, arguing that lesser sanctions would be inadequate, people close to the discussions confirmed Wednesday.

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.

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.

Girl's sudden paralysis caused by tick
Tears still spring to her eyes when Wendy Ennis remembers watching her daughter Brandy Lemke struggling to breathe. The girl's sudden and mysterious deterioration left the family praying outside the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center. Their answer came in the form of a tiny, hidden culprit.

HIV rebound not always due to drug resistance
CHICAGO -- When potent drugs fail to keep HIV in check, the reason might not be that the virus has become drug-resistant, as some doctors and patients fear.

Automatic cameras reduce red-light runners
WASHINGTON -- Automatic cameras that take pictures at traffic intersections are an effective tool for reducing the number of drivers running red lights, the government says.

Girl's sudden paralysis caused by tick

Study outlines risks of routine newborn circumcision

Bayer ads went too far, government says

Automatic cameras reduce red-light runners

Historic document to be auctioned online

Philip Morris tests reaction to cigarette with lower fire risk

Poverty, superstition fuel the spread of AIDS in Africa

Microsoft could be broken into three pieces

First purely online banking-brokerage company approved