Dogs are often good teachers

Cereal promotes new coins
Heads and tails are bobbing Cheerio-style in cereal bowls around the country. They're breakfast prizes you can bank on.

Business briefs: Nikkei closes high as policy unchanged
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose to a 29-month high in Tokyo on Monday as Japan's central bank left its monetary policy unchanged, a move that also boosted the yen against the dollar.

Cereal promotes new coins

Business briefs: Nikkei closes high as policy unchanged

Lady Bulldogs stick it to No. 2 Tennessee

Lady Bulldogs stick it to No. 2 Tennessee

USC coach voices support for flag's removal

Solomon not enough for Tigers

Duke women beat Clemson, win 15th straight

Paine men win, but women lose

Lady Tigers bitten by scoring drought

Grundy scores 30 in Wolfpack win

Purdue ends losing streak at three

Says animals deserve better at shelter

Urges effort to bring circus to town

Muses if teacher had been black

Analyazing H.B. 1187

Challenges the 'politically correct'

Will Mays lead?

Raps merchants for ignoring celebration

Blasts letter writers' inaccuracies

Hails 'Slime balls' cartoon of Clintons

Tags CEO plan as 'another layer'

Defends daughter, Velez family name

Hits criticism of Bush's military service

Says pill OK won't end opposition

Getting soft on China

The best things in life can be cheap
Some children wiggled in their seats while others sat mesmerized as pianist Awadagin Pratt played.

Age old question: Look at negative effects on heart before indulging in glass of wine
Q: Can drinking wine really help my heart? -- R.W., North Augusta

In the know
Every so often, fashion goes wild. Right now it's a jungle out there, with faux leopard, cheetah, zebra and pony prints showing their spots -- and stripes -- on hats and boots and everything in between. Not since the 1950s has fur been so hot.

Webb holds on for title

Azinger overcomes cancer, self-doubt

Azinger holds on to win Sony Open

Australia's Webb defends title by four-stroke margin

Panthers left wing injures knee again

Power play goals lift Ottawa

Rebounding Rangers top Thrashers

Capitals gain on Zednik goals

Bruins rally to tie Thrashers

Dogs are often good teachers
The youngest member of our family wants us to move to a house where he can have a dog. It seems a little extreme, but I understand.

Merger creates world's largest drugmaker
LONDON -- British pharmaceutical heavyweights Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC reached agreement to merge into the world's largest drugmaker, the companies announced Monday. The merger would create a company valued at $182.4 billion and with a 7.3 percent share of the global pharmaceutical market. The company expects $1.6 billion in pretax cost savings after three years. The group said job cuts were expected, but it released no other details. Full storu -- The Augusta Chronicle

Protesters urge removal of Confederate flag
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With signs reading ``Your heritage is my slavery,'' thousands of people marched today to protest the Confederate flag that flies above the Statehouse and demand a permanent state holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King's son, Martin Luther King III, opened the day with a prayer breakfast at the University of South Carolina. ``This is the kind of thing we need to be doing on Martin Luther King's birthday,'' King said. ``The flag is a terrible symbol that brings a lot of negative energy. And while we believe the flag has an appropriate place, it just does not belong on top of the Capitol because it is not a sign of unification.'' Demonstrators gathered at a downtown church for a service before marching to the Statehouse six blocks away, singing ``the flag is coming down'' and waving American flags. The marchers were led with a banner declaring ``A March and Rally for the Removal of the Confederate Flag.'' Full storu -- The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

The best things in life can be cheap

Age old question: Look at negative effects on heart before indulging in glass of wine

Canal Authority wants road paved
The Augusta Canal Authority wants to pave a small portion of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area.

Police seek suspect in fraud case
AIKEN -- Police are looking for a Salley woman who, while working as a saleswoman at a local automobile dealership, used customers' credit information to apply for credit cards off the Internet, authorities said Monday.

List names county sex offenders
Principals and day care directors in Aiken County are getting their first look at a list of more than 120 sex offenders who live in the area.

Proposal cuts rail funding

Drawdown attracts residents
In spite of a cold breeze and cloudy skies Sunday afternoon, spectators flocked to New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam armed with cameras.

Shorelines erode after drawdown

Across the area: Officers identify fatal crash victim
Columbia County authorities identified a man Sunday who was killed in a fiery weekend crash on Interstate 20.

Across the area: Broken valve left some without water

Husband, wife take sides on education

Protesters urge removal of Confederate flag

Substitute policy may see change

Police seek suspect in fraud case

King celebrations stress unity

46,000 protest Confederate flag

Across the area: Broken valve left some without water
A broken water line and valve left about 50 residences in south Augusta without water from midnight Saturday until Sunday afternoon, Augusta Utilities Director Max Hicks said Monday.

Governor's panels fall under fire

Alternative school caters to troubled
The staff at Hope Christian School was not having the best day.

Man turns need to express, serve into his lifework

Husband, wife take sides on education
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Like all married couples, Charlie and Tricia Smith don't agree all the time.

Across the area: Officers identify fatal crash victim

Governor's panels fall under fire
ATLANTA -- Though teachers have felt threatened by some of the provisions of Gov. Roy Barnes' education-reform proposals, perhaps the most radical changes come from his shuffling of the state's education pecking order.

List names county sex offenders

Residents get smoke detectors

46,000 protest Confederate flag
COLUMBIA -- Calling the Confederate flag a `red rag' that glorifies slavery and white supremacy, an estimated 46,000 people from several states gathered Monday at South Carolina's Capitol to urge lawmakers to take it off the dome.

Necessity of nurses heated issue for Georgia schools

Georgia boycott in works

Residents get smoke detectors
Firefighters visited residents of a small Augusta neighborhood Sunday, bearing gifts of safety and helping heal apprehension after a fire-related death last week.

Assembly will get lesson in ethics

Shorelines erode after drawdown
Water levels in the Savannah River fell Monday, and several picnic shelters at New Savannah Bluff Park weren't far behind.

Edgefield father, baby killed in collision
A 76-year-old Georgia man who was driving a tractor-trailer slammed head-on into a sport utility vehicle Monday on South Carolina Highway 19, killing an Edgefield, S.C., man and his infant son, authorities said.

46,000 protest Confederate flag
COLUMBIA -- Calling the Confederate flag a `red rag' that glorifies slavery and white supremacy, an estimated 46,000 people from several states gathered Monday at South Carolina's Capitol to urge lawmakers to take it off the dome.

Edgefield father, baby killed in collision

Georgia boycott in works
ATLANTA -- Elected officials in both parties, from the governor down, made it clear Monday they have no interest right now in removing the Confederate emblem from Georgia's flag, despite a threatened boycott by the Rev. Jesse Jackson's organization.

Proposal cuts rail funding
ATLANTA -- With the General Assembly's two spending committees set to begin hearings on Gov. Roy Barnes' $14.4 billion budget proposal today, passenger rail service is shaping up to be among the losers.

Fire rips through family's home
Fire tore apart a North Augusta home Sunday, but the blaze united a community in an effort to help the family recover what belongings they could.

46,000 protest Confederate flag

Substitute policy may see change
After seven years as a parent volunteer, Cheryl Grant wanted to substitute teach in Columbia County schools.

Editorial editor appointed

Man turns need to express, serve into his lifework
Tyrone Butler has been directing people since his days at Ursula Collins Elementary School.

Canal Authority wants road paved

Assembly will get lesson in ethics
ATLANTA -- While members of the Georgia House who aren't on the Appropriations Committee will be out of town during this week's annual budget-review recess, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor has invited senators to charm school.

Necessity of nurses heated issue for Georgia schools
SAVANNAH -- Sometimes, she discovers the small pills hidden behind the water fountain.

Fire rips through family's home

Merger creates world's largest drugmaker

NFL 'final four' showcases state of league

King celebrations stress unity
Part of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream played out Monday in Augusta as men, women and children -- black, white, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian and other denominations -- set aside differences to honor the slain civil rights leader and Baptist minister.

Editorial editor appointed
Suzanne Downing, managing editor of the Juneau Empire in Juneau, Alaska, has been named editorial page editor of The Augusta Chronicle.

Payton trey lifts Seattle

Struggles continue for Hawks

76ers hold on to beat Nets

Suns' Robinson scores 50 despite flu

Mourning turns on Heat in win over Grizzlies

Mourners pay respects to Phills

Reports have Sherman taking Packers' job

New worry for Jaguars: overconfidence

Titans edge Colts

Johnson quits as Dolphins' coach

Four NFL teams showing interest in Donahoe

Rams beat Vikings, will play for NFC title

NFL 'final four' showcases state of league

Johnson quits as Dolphins' coach

Titans getting used to screaming fans

Sore knee no hindrance to Brunell

Wannstedt faces Marino question

Mrs. Dora Myrick
AIKEN -- Mrs. Dora B. Scott Myrick, 80, of Edgefield Avenue North East, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Doris Long
Mrs. Doris Hatfield Long, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lois Brannon
Mrs. Lois ``Miss B.B.'' Goss Brannon, 86, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care Center.

Mr. Martin Berry
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Martin Luther ``Mott'' Berry, 85, of Merryville Road, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Beryl Campbell
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Beryl ``Bell'' Rumley Campbell, 77, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000.

Mr. David Miller
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. David Miller, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Toombsboro Nursing Home.

Mr. Wayne Hitt
MORGANTON, N.C. -- Mr. Wayne Wade Hitt, 87, of Silver Creek Road, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Grace Hospital.

Mr. Herman Brown
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Herman Brown, 75, of Yank Brown Road, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Helen Warren
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Joiner Warren, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Linda Bunn
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Linda Wilson Bunn, 47, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Emory University, Atlanta.

Mr. Brian Urbanek
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Mr. Brian John Urbanek, 39, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Carpenter
DEARING -- Mrs. Mary A. Carpenter, 72, of Luckey's Bridge Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Rebie Thompson
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Rebie Alice Brinson Dailey Thompson, 71, of Paramore Hill Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Duane Carter
HARLEM -- Mr. Duane Eric Carter, 31, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, in Columbia County.

Mr. Joseph Corbitt
AIKEN -- Mr. Joseph Corbitt, 82, of Green Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Mark Crosby
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Mark Joseph ``Papa Joe'' Crosby, 51, of Jarrell Pond Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. John Plott
AIKEN -- Mr. John H. Plott, 87, of Woodward Street, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000.

Mr. Raymond Dixon
Mr. Raymond Dixon, of Garlington Avenue, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Estell Williams
ST. ALBANS, N.Y. -- Mrs. Estell Mims Williams, 76, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Flushing Hospital, Queens.

Mrs. Gwendolyn Evans
BATH -- Mrs. Gwendolyn Evans, 81, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Beverly Healthcare, Aiken.

Mrs. Mary Bennett
NUNEZ, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary ``Sible'' Alcott Bennett, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Armand Miller Sr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Armand Lucien Edward ``Eddie'' Miller Sr., 49, of Teakwood Drive, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mattie Wise
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Mattie Willing Wise, 91, of Penn Street, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

Mr. James Heath
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. James T. Heath, 66, of Oak Hill Church Road, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Solomon Johnson Jr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Solomon ``Jimmy'' Johnson Jr., of Sunshine Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Bamberg County Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Rosetta Walton Bruggeman
North Augusta, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Rosetta Walton Bruggeman, died Friday, January 14, 2000.

Mrs. Joyce Doctor
VARNVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Joyce O'Della Doctor, 46, of Yemassee Highway, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, Charleston.

Mr. Forrest Holley
AIKEN -- Mr. Forrest Eugene Holley, 76, of Laurens Street, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Rev. T. Scott
STATESBORO, Ga. -- The Rev. T. Roe Scott, 86, of North Jackson Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mrs. Cassie Lamar
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Cassie Johnson Lamar, 96, of Five Notch Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Carrie Carter
MONTICELLO, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie Mae Carter, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000.

Mrs. Virginia Jones
Mrs. Virginia W. Jones, 81, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Keysville Nursing Home, Keysville.

Mrs. Laura Massey
AIKEN -- Mrs. Laura Ross Massey, 88, of Horry Street, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. Romie Woodlief
Mr. Romie O. ``Woody'' Woodlief, 61, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Raymond Dixon

Rev. T. Scott

Mr. Wayne Hitt

Mrs. Gwendolyn Evans

Mrs. Lois Brannon

Mr. Duane Carter

Mrs. Mary Bennett

Mrs. Doris Long

Mrs. Cassie Lamar

Mrs. Beryl Campbell

Mr. Romie Woodlief

Mrs. Joyce Doctor

Mrs. Helen Warren

Mr. James Heath

Mrs. Estell Williams

Mr. John Plott

Mrs. Virginia Jones

Mrs. Carrie Carter

Mr. Joseph Corbitt

Mr. David Miller

Mr. Solomon Johnson Jr.

Mrs. Mary Rosetta Walton Bruggeman

Mr. Herman Brown

Mr. Armand Miller Sr.

Mr. Forrest Holley

Mrs. Laura Massey

Mr. Mark Crosby

Mrs. Rebie Thompson

Mrs. Linda Bunn

Mrs. Mary Carpenter

A torch for the next generation of world changers
Let's inspire a new generationto carry Martin Luther King Jr.'s torch of leadership and community into the future -- ennobledand enriched by hisundiminished dream.

Muses if teacher had been black
A story on troubled children getting help and teachers working with the youngsters was on the Dec. 28 front page. Well, one of these disturbed youngsters, David Drayton, is charged with premeditation in setting up his teacher Linda Gail Hendrick and viciously stabbing her. This lady is gone forever. This monster is still cruising along in his wheelchair. Aubrey Adams, Augusta

Defends daughter, Velez family name
I am Vanessa Velez-Cruz's mother, and I am the only one authorized to speak in the name of the Velez family. Celia Velez cannot speak for this family, because she has betrayed the Velez name. Carmen Cruz Velez, Plantation, Fla.

Blasts letter writers' inaccuracies
Here they go again! Not a week after a Chronicle letter writer attacked George W. Bush for his handling of the Waco Branch Davidian uprising, even though he wasn't governor at the time, Herbert A. Edney IV (letter, Jan. 14) claims Mr. Bush has raised $160 million for his presidential campaign. The actual figure, of course, is $60 million. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Raps merchants for ignoring celebration
Congratulations and thank you to The Chronicle on doing such a wonderful job in making Celebrate 2000 a memorable event. Thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, and other participants for making the evening fun, well organized, and most importantly, safe. Cheri Noel Robinson, Augusta

Tags CEO plan as 'another layer'
What happened to the editorial editor of The Chronicle? ... The editor has always taken the position of ``less government is better government.'' Yet the Jan. 16 editorial ``Constructive debate'' takes a weak position on the issue of a new Columbia County chief executive officer. It could even be viewed as a ``flip flop.'' Ron Buel, Evans

Preserve English
It's time for the ``English First'' movement is get busy and vocal, because the academia and cultural elites are stepping up a ``diversity'' campaign to force the United States into becoming a multilingual society.

Says pill OK won't end opposition
Food and Drug Administration approval of mifepristone, the French abortion pill that abortion providers are hoping will end the abortion debate, is imminent. This approval has been delayed for several years, due mainly to legal complications arising from the fact that the license to manufacture and distribute the drug in this country was held by a man convicted of forgery. Concerns over the long-term health effects of chemically induced abortions on women do not appear to have played a significant part in the delay. Penney C. Goodman, Augusta

Getting soft on China
President Clinton is gearing up for the last big trade fight of his administration. He will try to persuade Congress to drop its annual review of whether to continue granting Red China normal trade relations status -- and to make that status permanent.

Hits criticism of Bush's military service
I must respond to the hateful Jan. 14 letter from Herbert A. Edney IV blasting Texas Gov. George W. Bush's candidacy for president. As someone who wore our country's uniform in active service for more than 20 years and who has been shot at by our country's enemies and spat upon by some of its citizens, I feel fully qualified to challenge Mr. Edney's disparaging rhetoric about Mr. Bush's National Guard service. Dale W. Hemman, Evans

Willie Brown, hero
Well-intentioned leaders are always looking to bring our community together to discuss ways to heal racial divisions and foster mutual respect.

Hails 'Slime balls' cartoon of Clintons
Elaine van der Linden's recent attack on Rick McKee's cartoon, ``Slime balls,'' began with the statement that she ``can respect anyone's opinion on politics, religion or anything else.'' She then blasts Mr. McKee's work (she really ``likes'' him), anyone who doesn't think Hillary Clinton ``an attractive lady,'' The Chronicle and ``people who yammer about Mr. Clinton's behavior.'' Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

Analyazing H.B. 1187
After wading through 125 pages of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' ``A Plus Education Reform Act of 2000,'' this newspaper finds there are exceptionally good initiatives along with some incredibly dubious ones that shift power dramatically to the state andaway from the local elected school boards and individual school principals.

Backs chief deputy for next sheriff
I believe that Chief Deputy Ronnie Strength is the most qualified sheriff's candidate, by virtue of his practical experience and training in law enforcement, to be the next sheriff of Richmond County. Sonny Pittman, Augusta

Will Mays lead?
Augusta's newly-elected mayor pro tem, Commissioner Willie Mays, has a wonderful opportunity today to provide the kind of leadership that would get the new year off to a great start.

Says animals deserve better at shelter
How sad this story was (letter Dec. 18). I too have been to this shelter where I witnessed the officers spraying the pens down, jerking little pups out by the neck and spraying them with freezing cold water. I hope for all the animals that things change fast at this shelter. I adopted a female white spitz mix. She has turned out to be my best friend and always there for me. Darla Ferrara, North Augusta

A torch for the next generation of world changers
Let's inspire a new generationto carry Martin Luther King Jr.'s torch of leadership and community into the future -- ennobledand enriched by hisundiminished dream.

Urges effort to bring circus to town
It was reported that there was a scheduling conflict at the Civic Center and, due to this, the circus would not be coming this year. (The ice would have to be taken up and this would interfere with the hockey team.) Albert Daly, Grovetown

Challenges the 'politically correct'
I am hearing a great deal about nothing. I do not know for sure what John Rocker said or did, except for bits and pieces. One thing I do know is that we now live in a police state. James R. Waid, Leah

Umpires, MLB to resume arbitration

Budget cuts force Lander to drop two athletic teams

Anti-rape group fails in bid to expel Tyson

Sampras serves notice on fast courts

A small triumph for Asian tennis

'Rocky' movies inspired a young boxer

Women vaulters making giant strides

Broken wrist fails to impede Jones

Tyson greeted in London by protesters

Overtime: Evans players set to sign college grants

Davenport blasts Australian Open officials after win

Mauresmo greeted with more respect

Anti-missile test could spur decision on strategic defense
WASHINGTON -- If successful, a test Tuesday of the Pentagon's anti-missile missile could move administration officials closer to recommending that President Clinton commit to deploying a nationwide missile defense.

Star-Spangled Banner being restored
WASHINGTON -- Lying on their stomachs in a dust-free lab, a squad of conservators armed with surgical tweezers advance thread by thread across the wool and cotton flag Americans know as the original Star-Spangled Banner.

NASA ends Mars Polar Lander search
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA on Monday gave up trying to contact the missing Mars Polar Lander, confirming what had been suspected for more than a month: The $165 million spacecraft was dead on arrival.

EPA placing restrictions on biotech corn plantings
WASHINGTON -- The government is putting new planting restrictions on genetically engineered corn to prevent insects from developing resistance to the toxin in the biotech crop.

New computer chip slated for unveiling
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A top-secret computer chip designed and funded by a powerful group of high-tech leaders is slated to be unveiled this week amid a flurry of high expectations -- and intrigue.

Russian-American missile watch center closes after 'quiet period'
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- No news was good news as a Russian-American center established last month to monitor potential Y2K-related missile mishaps closed Saturday -- with nothing to report.

Electronic ear knows what music you like
MANSFIELD, Mass. -- People going to concerts at the TweeterCenter arena know what music they like -- and an electronic ear knows what music they like, too, at least on their car radios.

Blind man perceives objects with camera wired to brain
NEW YORK -- A blind man can read large letters and navigate around big objects by using a tiny camera wired directly to his brain, the first artificial eye to provide useful vision, a researcher reports.

Contradictory behavior should be questioned

Carrey is brilliant in 'Man on the Moon'
This movie documents the rise and fall of shock comic Andy Kaufman. It follows him from the club circuit to his rise to fame through the TV show Taxi and his eventual battle with lung cancer.

Teen-agers have differing views about cursing
Words just a form of communication, some say

Your style

Contradictory behavior should be questioned
``Me and my boyfriend have been dating for four months. At school he acts like we don't even go out and doesn't pay any attention to me, but in public he's all over me.'' -- 17-year-old Augusta girl

Your style
Tiffany Linsi Smith, 15, a sophomore at Barnwell High School.

Star-Spangled Banner being restored

NASA ends Mars Polar Lander search

New computer chip slated for unveiling

Blind man perceives objects with camera wired to brain

EPA placing restrictions on biotech corn plantings

Anti-missile test could spur decision on strategic defense