Dogs are often good teachers

Tax forms should arrive soon

Cereal promotes new coins

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.

Tax forms should arrive soon
State and federal tax officials say it's that time of year again: time to start thinking about filing your income tax returns.

Business briefs: Nasdaq index soars, but Dow tumbles
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks drove the Nasdaq composite index tantalizingly close to a new record Tuesday, while blue-chip shares slid as worries about rising interest rates distracted investors from strong fourth-quarter corporate earnings reports.

Business briefs: Nikkei closes high as policy unchanged

Columbia County experiencing hotel boom
A new, 60-room motel being built along Frontage Road in Co-lumbia County is more than brick and mortar. It's a money ma-chine for the county -- a way to generate tax dollars that can be pumped into tourism and leisure services.

Columbia County experiencing hotel boom

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.

Business briefs: Nasdaq index soars, but Dow tumbles

ACC Notes: Blue Devils within one of matching ACC streak

Cota, Newby case goes to mediation

Indiana tops Iowa in Alford's return

Terrapins feeling desperate for win

Early bloomer hoping to go out on good note

Lady Bulldogs stick it to No. 2 Tennessee

Conference feeling pressure over Confederate flag

Paine men win, but women lose

Tech, FSU moving in different directions; face off tonight

USC coach voices support for flag's removal

Gamecocks face tough test at Auburn

Lady Bulldogs stick it to No. 2 Tennessee

Virginia uses 2nd-half rally to top N. Carolina

Blasts Jackson over Ga. flag issue

Hits criticism of Bush's military service

Urges effort to bring circus to town

Would use lock, dam for power

Rip Jesse's attack on Rebel emblem

Blasts letter writers' inaccuracies

Analyazing H.B. 1187

Will Mays lead?

Says pill OK won't end opposition

Slams penalty for cutting down trees

Defends daughter, Velez family name

The right query

Praises Columbia County services

Tags CEO plan as 'another layer'

Expresses viewpoints on education

Hails 'Slime balls' cartoon of Clintons

Focus on Ga. ethics

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

Your favorite quick cooking recipes
After nearly a year and a half of shopping, chopping and cooking, readers have named their favorite recipes from Augusta Chronicle food columnist Karin Calloway.

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.

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.

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

Small portions
Take a trip around the world without leaving your kitchen. In World Food Cafe, Global Vegetarian Cooking (Soma Books, $28), Chris and Carolyn Caldicott showcase the wondrous meat-free food served at their namesake London restaurant.

Azinger overcomes cancer, self-doubt

Martin makes PGA debut -- with cart

International field tops Masters record

Lee's buzzer-beater lifts Aquinas

Marcus Rivera leads Barnwell in OT

Rebels move up in sub-region

Aiken falls to Orangeburg in OT

Power play goals lift Ottawa

Mason's return to Lynx unsure

Bruins rally to tie Thrashers

Canadian gov't to aid its NHL teams

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.

Clinton: Confederate flag should come down
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- President Clinton today jumped into the fight over the Confederate flag over South Carolina's Statehouse. ``He thinks the flag shouldn't be flown,'' said spokesman Joe Lockhart. He relayed Clinton's comments while flying with the president to Boston. The White House spokesman said the president recalled that the flag controversy was rooted in a 1962 decision by the Legislature, which voted to fly it in ``a symbolic act to show opposition to desegregation.'' ``He's not saying the Confederate flag ... doesn't have some historical meaning to it, but in this case it's wrong,'' Lockhart said. ``It shouldn't be flown.'' Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Bitter cold grips Northeast
Noses dripped. Cars wouldn't start. Dogs balked at a trip outside. Some people even had trouble making ice because it was so cold. It's a bitter reality check for Northeasterners who went outside in T-shirts just two weeks ago to play golf in 60-degree weather. The coldest spot in the Lower 48 states this morning wasn't International Falls, Minn., but Saranac Lake, N.Y., at 29 degrees below zero. Saranac Lake had the same dubious honor on Monday with a low of minus 26. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

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

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

Your favorite quick cooking recipes

The best things in life can be cheap

Small portions

In the know

Protesters urge removal of Confederate flag

Economic slowdown forecast for Georgia
ATLANTA -- An expected slowdown in Georgia's phenomenal economic growth is behind the conservative revenue estimate in Gov. Roy Barnes' 2001 budget, the governor's economic adviser told lawmakers Tuesday.

One-vehicle accident kills Jefferson deputy
A Jefferson County, Ga., sheriff's deputy who doubled as Bartow's chief of police was killed in a one-car accident early Tuesday after reportedly hitting an oil patch on U.S. Highway 1 south of Wrens.

Across the area: Broken valve left some without water

Concerns rise as river water level falls

46,000 protest Confederate flag

State's boating fatalities decline

Shorelines erode after drawdown

Augusta board OKs city ethics law
Augusta commissioners put some teeth back into a proposed ethics ordinance before approving it Tuesday, rehired their lawyer for the rest of the year and called for a meeting to discuss where to house city offices and the courts.

Proposal cuts rail funding

Foggy jog
Although the track around H. Odell Weeks Activity Center usually is full of skaters, runners and walkers, James Webb of Aiken has the track to himself as he jogs into the fog. Aiken was wrapped in a foggy blanket Tuesday.

NFL 'final four' showcases state of league

Lawmakers criticize reef program cuts

Editorial editor appointed

Council wants Corps to pay for damage

Edgefield father, baby killed in collision

New senator sworn in to fill vacant seat

Merger creates world's largest drugmaker

Across the area: Man robs bank in grocery store
A robber took a bag of cash from a bank inside a Kroger store Tuesday but dropped it outside the store when a dye pack exploded, police said.

Canal Authority wants road paved

Meeting to examine accident scenarios
Richmond County's largest makers and users of dangerous chemicals will offer the public an opportunity Thursday to learn about accidents that will probably never happen.

Lawmakers criticize reef program cuts
ATLANTA -- Several Coastal Georgia lawmakers Tuesday questioned a plan to cut all state funding for artificial reefs from Gov. Roy Barnes' proposed 2001 budget, eliminating what the state's top environmental official conceded has been a popular program.

Activists urge public to speak out on plans
As the Department of Energy plans MOX fuel production at Savannah River Site, area residents should let officials know what they think of the process, activists said Tuesday at a meeting in the Hyde Park community.

Concerns rise as river water level falls
Richard Carmichael was sleeping soundly when a long, metallic clang jolted him awake just after 4 a.m. Tuesday. The Goodale Landing resident soon joined neighbors roused by the sound, which came from the 1,600-foot bulkhead installed at the condominium complex 18 months ago.

State's boating fatalities decline
COLUMBIA -- Recreational boating deaths on South Carolina's waterways are the lowest they've been in 15 years, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Police seek suspect in fraud case

Across the area: Man robs bank in grocery store

Concerns rise as river water level falls
Richard Carmichael was sleeping soundly when a long, metallic clang jolted him awake just after 4 a.m. Tuesday. The Goodale Landing resident soon joined neighbors roused by the sound, which came from the 1,600-foot bulkhead installed at the condominium complex 18 months ago.

Unlikely final four duke it out

Economic slowdown forecast for Georgia

One-vehicle accident kills Jefferson deputy

Suit filed in Lively car crash

Referendum zoning now against law

King celebrations stress unity

Many blame Corps for damage
Draining a river that hasn't been drained in 63 years brought a lot of Augustans -- and some out-of-towners -- to the waterfront Tuesday.

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.

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.

Georgia boycott in works

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.

Officials closer to land plan
The Columbia County Commission took its first steps Tuesday toward a 90-day ban on developing some odd-shaped pieces of property.

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.

Officials closer to land plan

Bitter cold grips Northeast

Augusta board OKs city ethics law

Many blame Corps for damage

Corrections

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.

Referendum zoning now against law
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Residents who wanted a referendum to settle zoning issues in Edgefield County can no longer count on one.

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

Korean War veterans honored
Though some might call the Korean War the forgotten war, it certainly wasn't forgotten Tuesday night.

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.

Council wants Corps to pay for damage
AIKEN -- The federal government should pay property owners for the damage done during the test drawdown of the Savannah River, Aiken County Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie declared Tuesday.

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

Corrections
There have been five black women to reach the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army, not five in the U.S. military, as published in Saturday and Tuesday editions of The Augusta Chronicle. Three other black women have achieve

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.

Suit filed in Lively car crash
Shayna C. Lively isn't the only one liable for the deaths of a father and two babies in a drunken-driving crash, a civil lawsuit alleges.

46,000 protest Confederate flag

Concerns rise as river water level falls

Foggy jog

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.

New senator sworn in to fill vacant seat
ATLANTA -- Georgia's newest state senator already has caught the attention of the governor, who noted her energy and fashion sense.

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.

Meeting to examine accident scenarios

Payton trey lifts Seattle

76ers hold on to beat Nets

Atlanta continues to slump

Struggles continue for Hawks

NFL 'final four' showcases state of league

Unlikely final four duke it out

Lynch's physical play energizes Bucs

Titans getting used to screaming fans

Reports have Sherman taking Packers' job

Wolf sees something of Holmgren in Sherman

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

Ms. Irene Myricks
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Ms. Irene Myricks, 76, of Peppermill Lane, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, in Macon.

Mr. Bennie Chandler
AIKEN -- Mr. Bennie Chandler, 82, of Whispering Pines Terrace, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Sanford Blodgett
Mr. Sanford W. ``Sam'' Blodgett, 77, of Martinez, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. David Whitlaw Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. David Dantzler ``Buddy'' Whitlaw Sr., 56, of South Boundary Southeast, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Cashiers, N.C.

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

Mr. Grant Gunby
OCILLA, Ga. -- Mr. Grant G. Gunby, 78, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Tift General Hospital, Tifton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Colonel Nelson
DURHAM, N.C. -- Mr. Colonel W. Nelson, 85, of Stanley Road, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Walton Bailey
JACKSON -- Mr. Walton J. Bailey, 83, of Old Jackson Highway, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mildred Huie
ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, Ga. -- Mrs. Mildred Hix Huie, 93, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Maria Gavalas
Ms. Maria Anthony Gavalas, 96, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ollie Jennings
HARLEM -- Mrs. Ollie Mae Lee Jennings, 63, of White Road, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Georgia M. Few
Mrs. Georgia M. Few, of Wheeler Road, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Windermere Nursing Home.

Mr. John Garrett
CLEARWATER -- Mr. John S. Garrett, 70, of Willington Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Charles Burke
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Edward Burke, 72, of Virginia Avenue, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. H. Grady Kay
EVANS -- Mr. H. Grady Kay, 81, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Michael Mercer
OLAR, S.C. -- Mr. Michael ``Tony'' Mercer, 23, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in Hickory, N.C.

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

Mr. Julian Swindell
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Julian Richard Swindell, 47, of Tennille-Oconee Road, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000.

Mr. Mayo Wood Jr.
Mr. Mayo Halbrook Wood Jr., 57, of Walton Way, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

Mr. James Sturgis
Mr. James Sturgis, of 7th Avenue, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Solomon Johnson Jr.

Mr. Mayo Wood Jr.

Mr. Grant Gunby

Mrs. Beryl Campbell

Mr. Walton Bailey

Mrs. Joyce Doctor

Ms. Maria Gavalas

Mr. John Plott

Mr. James Heath

Mrs. Carrie Carter

Mr. John Garrett

Mr. Joseph Corbitt

Ms. Irene Myricks

Mr. David Miller

Mr. H. Grady Kay

Mrs. Mary Rosetta Walton Bruggeman

Mr. Colonel Nelson

Mr. Armand Miller Sr.

Mr. Charles Burke

Mrs. Laura Massey

Mr. David Whitlaw Sr.

Mrs. Lois Brannon

Mr. Michael Mercer

Mrs. Cassie Lamar

Mr. Wayne Hitt

Mr. James Sturgis

Mr. Julian Swindell

Rogue EPA exceeds authority with 'nuisance lawsuits'
AS IF ITS stringent motor vehicle emission controls were not enough, the Environmental Protection Agency has triggered one of the largest environmental lawsuits in U.S. history. In November it sued seven large utilities, including the Southern Company, claiming that the utilities violated the Clean Air Act by failing to upgrade pollution controls when alleged modifications were made to coal-fired power plants dating back to the early 1980s. As a result, the EPA claims that the public has been exposed illegally to contaminated air.

Praises Columbia County services
Re the Jan. 12 article on the plan to revise Columbia County government: I was totally confused after reading the comments of Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, Rep. Bill Jackson, R-Appling, and Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans. Starr Crawford, Augusta

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

Seeks salvation of Savannah River
Without the Savannah River the visitors who come to the Riverwalk will diminish. I feel we should get the people of the Central Savannah River Area involved and maybe we should collect donations to help. J. Smith, Augusta

Praises president as greatest of century
Being a fan of President Bill Clinton, I must acknowledge the fact that he is ``as bad as he wannabe.'' He wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his own full length blockbuster American production. His stellar performance brought drama, suspense, intrigue, glamour, excitement, action, mystery and adventure to what used to be a dull and boring White House. E. Maner, Augusta

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

The right query
The last paragraph in Sunday's editorial, concerning the drawdown of the Savannah River, should have read: ``Is commercial shipping the lock and dam's mission -- or is it economic development, with commercial shipping being a means to that end?''

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.

Cell phone backlash
There is a backlash of sorts, in the Augusta area as elsewhere, against drivers who use cellular phones.

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.

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

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

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

Slams penalty for cutting down trees
I have a copy of the Jan. 14 Augusta Chronicle showing the tree damage along the canal and am glad to finally see something in the paper. Billy Cooper, North 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.

Focus on Ga. ethics
It's heartening to see the Georgia Assembly start off the new year with a package of ethics reforms. A panel of Republicans and Democrats, appointed by House Speaker Tom Murphy, D-Bremen, developed a 55-page ethics document which House members approved 163-1.

Rogue EPA exceeds authority with 'nuisance lawsuits'
AS IF ITS stringent motor vehicle emission controls were not enough, the Environmental Protection Agency has triggered one of the largest environmental lawsuits in U.S. history. In November it sued seven large utilities, including the Southern Company, claiming that the utilities violated the Clean Air Act by failing to upgrade pollution controls when alleged modifications were made to coal-fired power plants dating back to the early 1980s. As a result, the EPA claims that the public has been exposed illegally to contaminated air.

Rip Jesse's attack on Rebel emblem
The Rev. Jesse Jackson should stay out of the state of Georgia; he is causing enough trouble around the country as it is. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah

Expresses viewpoints on education
As I listen to the reports and the ideas suggested by Georgia's governor, I am increasingly distressed with the recent information about education in America. ... I am not upset because American schools are in disarray but, rather, because I believe in America and in education. Kristina Schimmels, Augusta

Would use lock, dam for power
Regarding the lock and dam decommissioning: Has any consideration been given to turning the facility (partially) into a low-head hydroelectric generation facility? Stephen V. Geddes, Aiken

Hits school for trip to model U.N.
I was shocked and dismayed to read that St. Mary's Christian Catholic School sent its students to attend a model United Nations to be propagandized (brain washed). Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

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

Blasts Jackson over Ga. flag issue
We should have known it wouldn't be long before they came after our Georgia state flag. This time the charge is being led by the ambulance chaser Jesse Jackson or, I should say, garbage truck chaser. Why can't these people find a more constructive crusade and stop trying to start a race war? Kevin Key, Augusta

Anti-rape group fails in bid to expel Tyson

'Rocky' movies inspired a young boxer

Women vaulters making giant strides

Sampras serves notice on fast courts

Overtime: Evans players set to sign college grants

Overtime: Former Butler lineman signs with Stallions

S. Williams is weary, wobbly in victory

Budget cuts force Lander to drop two athletic teams

Braves avoid arbitration, sign Veras to one-year deal

Umpires, MLB to resume arbitration

Tyson says he ready for Francis and wants Lewis

Mauresmo out in opening round

A small triumph for Asian tennis

Lunar eclipse to occur Thursday
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Finally, there's an astronomical event for all of us. It won't take a telescope, filter, star chart or degree in rocket science to appreciate the total eclipse of the moon Thursday night. It will be visible above virtually all of North and South America, where the weather allows.

Start-up company wades into free-long-distance fray
By now you're probably used to seeing great deals on long-distance phone calls. Even the ``Dime Lady'' will sell you long distance for a nickel a minute at night.

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.

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.

Men say impotency followed surgery
CHICAGO -- One of the largest surveys of men who had their cancerous prostates removed found that nearly 60 percent were impotent and more than 8 percent lacked bladder control more than a year and a half later.

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.

Sam Sheppard DNA tests inconclusive
CLEVELAND -- A state-ordered DNA test aimed at trying to prove Dr. Sam Sheppard killed his wife proved inconclusive, a prosecutor said Monday.

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.

Internet-names challenge rejected by Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court today rejected a challenge to the fees charged for registering and annually renewing Internet domain names.

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

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

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

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.

Contradictory behavior should be questioned

Your style

Anti-missile test could spur decision on strategic defense

Lunar eclipse to occur Thursday

Men say impotency followed surgery

Star-Spangled Banner being restored

Sam Sheppard DNA tests inconclusive

New computer chip slated for unveiling

NASA ends Mars Polar Lander search

Start-up company wades into free-long-distance fray