'January' symptoms are obvious

Broker casts venture on Net
As a young boy, Barry Wheeler spent the fall collecting pecans. One by one, he says, he gathered the small nuts until, after a few weeks, he had bags bursting with them. Then, just before Christmas, he'd sell them to the grocery store -- earning a tidy sum.

Fiber keeps company healthy
AIKEN -- It's sort of strange referring to Advanced Glassfiber Yarns as a ``start-up'' company when last year it cleared $255 million in sales and employed 1,600 around the globe.

Web alters stock market
The information age is on us, and investors are reaping the benefits, not only in the form of skyrocketing technology stocks but also with increased accessibility to the corporate records of publicly traded stocks.

Pocket change

Markets shift to cater to new clients

Basic principles still apply to investing
There is no doubt investing has become more democratic. With personal computers and the Internet, retail investors have access to the same real-time stock quotes, news and research the professionals use.

Basic principles still apply to investing

Markets shift to cater to new clients
Imagine a world where stock trades are free. Sounds like an investor's fantasyland, doesn't it? But it could be just one of many realities in the future.

Broker casts venture on Net

Web alters stock market

Fiber keeps company healthy

Pocket change
Younger people are actively investing in their future. A new study by the Investment Company Institute and the Employee Benefit Research Institute found many 401(k) participants are approaching retirement age with substantial funds.

Miller sisters lead Georgia to win

Wildcats slip past Bulldogs

Florida wins battle of ranked teams

UNC handles Tech

South Carolina officials upset about debris throwing

Bulldogs ready for Wildcats

Kentucky squeaks by Miami

Porter leads Auburn to victory

Terps cruise by Seminoles

Favors decommissioning lock and dam

Praises Washington slimeballs cartoon

Wants several politicos committed

Wants libraries to stay open longer

Notes John Rocker 'blinded by thorns'

Note leader's 'slavemaster' attire

Seeks protection if lock and dam closed

Rejoices Fonda was converted

Likes McCain

Blasts Clinton's record on war

Chides Gore, Clinton over flag issue

Frivolous Taylor suit

Hits inaccurate statistical reports

Say 'no' to scalping

Calls for 'lending a hand' to river

State of the Union: Ho-hum

In the know
Not interested in watching the Super Bowl? Here are a couple of alternatives: NBC offers The Beautician and the Beast. Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton star in this 1997 romantic comedy that can be described as The Nanny meets The Sound of Music. It airs at 9 on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

Media explored reports of eerie airships
Robert Lowen was walking his dog when he saw a strange light moving across the night sky.

Family designs a woodsy look into new home
The true beauty of Jan and Wendell Duncan's new home is its good bone structure. The massive , rough-hewn Douglas fir beams from the waterways of Quebecprovide a strong visual impact. The beams are the foundation of the home's interior design, evoking the feel of a hunting lodge, with wide-open spaces, a warm hearth, an open kitchen and view to match.

Dunk Island: A quiet escape from noisy modern civilization
DUNK ISLAND, Australia -- It's of little surprise that this little rain-forest island rising out of the Coral Sea near the Great Barrier Reef, with snorkel-friendly coral beaches and exquisite sunsets, inspired Confessions of a Beachcomber.

Wildlife Retreat
MONTAUK, N.Y. -- Barely three weeks after the winter solstice, a week after New Year's Day, the sun worshippers are hitting the beach again.

New comic offers a skewed view
As a cartoonist and a satirist, Wiley Miller's job is to apply that nudge to the ribs, pointing out the elephant in the parlor that everyone else has been ignoring.

Super show
While the annual clashing of gridiron greats may not be everybody's cup of tea, Super Bowl XXXIV organizers are going out of their way to make sure there is something in tonight's program to appeal to all tastes. With such a wide variety of performers and the help of the entertainment wizards at Disney, the pregame and halftime shows could well overshadow the game itself.

Loving gestures needn't be advertised
Dear Carson: My husband's mother passed away a year ago in November. She left four children, ages 28 to 33. When we were all together at Christmas we visited her grave.

Cutters prosper despite winter weather

Rapp, Cox add to collections

futuriy cut

Lickliter takes lead in Phoenix

Kang wins Malaysian Women's Open title

Gary Player's only skin wins Senior Skins Game

Lehman wins Phoenix Open

At every tournament, Woods creeps closer to history

Area high school scores

Lions top Pinewood; girls lose

Pee Dee skates by Augusta

Late goal puts Senators over Rangers

Lightning top Thrashers

'January' symptoms are obvious
Far be it for me to burden others with my ailments. But, if pressed, I will concede this -- I'm sick of January.

Computer problem delays shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A last-minute problem with a critical computer delayed space shuttle Endeavour's launch today on a mission to map a still-unknown planet: our own. NASA held the countdown at the 20-minute mark while engineers scrambled to solve the problem. Endeavour would not have lifted off on time anyway because of rain and thick, dark clouds. Shuttle managers had two hours this afternoon to get Endeavour off the ground with six astronauts and 13 tons of radar equipment, but it didn't look good, at least from a weather perspective. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Loving gestures needn't be advertised

In the know

Dunk Island: A quiet escape from noisy modern civilization

Media explored reports of eerie airships

Wildlife Retreat

New comic offers a skewed view

Super show

Family designs a woodsy look into new home

Agencies stand by for storm
Emergency crews across the region spent the past few days preparing for a dangerous weekend ice storm.

Family shows commitment to Southern ideals
This installment of All Things Southern looks at an Aiken County family that has lived 10 generations in the same place and has found, living amid pieces of the past, it is impossible to forget or compromise on issues such as the Confederate flag.

Compromise not easily reached on flag
AIKEN -- South Carolina lawmakers are under intense pressure to remove Confederate flags from the Statehouse, but they are finding in an election year that it's not as simple as it sounds.

Enforcement comes from military

Reaching the stars

Across the area: Convicted killer sentenced to die

Across the area: Speed, slippery road cause wreck
A woman was killed Saturday when her car exploded in a three-car accident at the intersection of Old Louisville and Wylie roads.

Across the area: Speed, slippery road cause wreck

Area events to celebrate Black history

Police keep abreast of local gangs

Tensions rise over education
ATLANTA -- As the public debate over Gov. Roy Barnes' education-reform package wears on, the combatants are growing a little testy, and the pressure on them is increasing.

Police track fugitives
When Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Danny Clark is on a warrant search, he acts as cautious as he would on a routine traffic stop. Only he can't see or hear what's going on inside the homes he's visiting.

Sheriff calls request a 'mistake'
A convicted child killer got help from high places in a near-successful bid for early parole, and a request from the sheriff secured him a spot at an Augusta minimum-security facility instead of a state prison.

Sheriff calls request a 'mistake'

Banner traced to one man
COLUMBIA -- On an April day in 1956, avowed segregationist John D. Long -- who would later defend the Ku Klux Klan on the Senate floor -- asked his colleagues in the all-white body to hang a Confederate battle flag in the chamber.

Agencies stand by for storm

Area events to celebrate Black history
This week marks the beginning of Black History Month. Throughout the country, communities will celebrate black achievements and look at the struggles blacks have faced in the nation.

The Savannah's saga

Computer problem delays shuttle launch

Augustans volunteer at Super Bowl

Variances issue hits planners' nerve

Man shares testimony with addicts

Banner traced to one man

Man shares testimony with addicts
It wasn't an enemy's weapon that caused Marvin Bowen to become paralyzed from the waist down while serving in the U.S. Army.

Proposal pays back educators

Across the area: Convicted killer sentenced to die
BRUNSWICK -- A 51-year-old McDonough man was sentenced to death Sunday in the Jan. 12, 1998, slaying of Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Lyle Dinkheller.

Variances issue hits planners' nerve
The 19 inches finally did it. One house in one Columbia County neighborhood crossed a setback line by 19 inches, touching off a brouhaha over variances that could change the way homes are built.

A weak week for soundbytes

Augustans volunteer at Super Bowl
Thirty Augusta area residents are going to the Super Bowl, and they don't have to pay a dime for tickets.

Family shows commitment to Southern ideals

Proposal pays back educators
AIKEN -- Rarely do Republicans and Democrats agree -- unless they're talking about education.

Enforcement comes from military
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Fisher Strom went to Kosovo with a yearlong mission to restore law and order to the war-torn land. He has returned home six months later, deflated of energy, shaken by the experience and frustrated with the lack of support by the United Nations.

The Savannah's saga
Bob Baurle confesses a lifelong addiction to New Savannah Bluff and its ever-changing vistas of the Savannah River.

Final minutes empitomize improbability

Reaching the stars
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Collectors of soap opera memorabilia can pick up a script signed by Jacklyn Zeman -- Bobbie on General Hospital -- at Our Lady of Peace School in North Augusta. If they're lucky, fans of John Travolta can choose an autographed copy of Propeller One-Way Night Coach, a children's book written by the actor.

Compromise not easily reached on flag

Police keep abreast of local gangs
To the average passer-by, certain graffiti in Augusta could appear to be little more than incoherent letters, shapes or statements.

Tensions rise over education

Police track fugitives

Wolves get by Jazz

Jordan makes first move from afar

Heard fired as coach in Jordan's first major move

Blazers whip up on Spurs

Magic dominate Hawks

Super Bowl Sunday is No. 1 party day

Time for the improbable matchup

Tennessee falls one yard short

Rams celebrate franchise's first NFL title

Weather ices Super Bowl practices

Super Bowl notebook

One play, one tackle puts Rams over the top

Titans' last-second march comes up inches short

One play, one tackle puts Rams over the top

Rams trip up Titans' charge

Vermeil returns to big game

A weak week for soundbytes

Wilkins drills three field goals for Rams

Final minutes empitomize improbability

Warner no stranger to success

Mrs. Sarah Cowan
BATH -- Mrs. Sarah Marlar Cowan, 71, of Railroad Street, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Walter Offermann
DEARING -- Mr. Walter Offermann, 73, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jerry Garner Sr.
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Jerry Lee ``Bill'' Garner Sr., 76, of Stephens Road, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home, Adrian.

Mr. Maurice Holmes
Mr. Maurice J. Holmes, 46, of Dianne Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. James Hendley
Mr. James V. Hendley, 70, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Villie Bennett
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Villie M. Bennett, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Mr. Vernon Ogletree
Mr. Vernon Allen Ogletree Sr., 72, of Wilkinson Circle, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Luther Reid
Mr. Luther Thomas Reid, 77, of Idlewilde Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Roland Whittle
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Roland Wesley Whittle, 61, of Yarbrough Road, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Vernon Ogletree
Mr. Vernon Allen Ogletree Sr., 72, of Wilkinson Circle, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Ester Groat
Mrs. Ester R. Groat, 95, of Evans, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, in North Augusta.

Mr. D. Wellsman Johnson, 77, retired bank president
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Mr. D. Wellsman Johnson, retired chairman and president of Bankers Trust of South Carolina, died Friday at his residence.

Mr. Jack Smith
AIKEN -- Mr. Jack A. Smith, 79, of Pine Log Road, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Margaret Fulmer
WAGENER -- Mrs. Margaret Higgingbottom Fulmer, 73, of Wagener Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. James Hendley
Mr. James V. Hendley, 70, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Charlie Anderson
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Charlie Mae Anderson, of Tobacco Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Tyra Trotty
Ms. Tyra LaWanda Trotty, 27, of Morgan Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Tyra Trotty
Ms. Tyra LaWanda Trotty, 27, of Morgan Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Dominick
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mr. John Frank Dominick, 83, of Mount Willing Road, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Helen Bilton
Mrs. Helen McCormick Bilton, 70, of Norfolk Street, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby Thomas
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ruby Griffin Thomas, 87, of West Five Notch Road, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at National Health Care.

Mrs. Virginia Dunn
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Virginia Christelle Foster Dunn, 92, of Route 3, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Putnam General Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Sayer
Mrs. Louise B. Sayer, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000.

Mrs. Ernestine McCanna
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ernestine Barnes McCanna, 81, of West Summit Avenue, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at National Health Care.

Jamarvus Lewis
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Jamarvus Jaqua Lewis, infant son of Tim Lewis and Salantria Walker, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in Milledgeville.

Mrs. Linda Briggs
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Linda Gail Briggs, of Eisenview Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Horst Ehntholt
Mr. Horst A. Ehntholt, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Humphrey
Mr. Joseph HumphreyMr. Joseph Ambry Humphrey, 71, of Martinez, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lorene Brown
LEXINGTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Lorene R. Brown, 75, of Persimmon Road, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center.

Mrs. Helen Bilton
Mrs. Helen McCormick Bilton, 70, of Norfolk Street, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Willie Johnson
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Edward Johnson, of Meadow Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Odette Daniels
ALEXANDER, Ga. -- Mrs. Odette Godbee Daniels, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Carly Adkins
Carly Mary Virginia Adkins, infant daughter of Sam and Tabatha Adkins, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Patricia Singley
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Patricia Ann ``Patsy'' Singley, 63, of Kilpatrick Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Sarah Tutt
Mrs. Sarah Bennings Tutt, of Blount Avenue, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Grace Price
Mrs. Grace J. Price, 95, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Eva Hall
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Eva F. Hall, 82, of Rita Avenue, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Emmie Young
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Emmie Young, 92, of W.A. Reel Drive, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Edgefield County Health Care Center.

Mr. Robert Turner
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Robert G. Turner, 83, of Woodville Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Lola Fairey
Lola Grace Fairey, infant daughter of Richard and Kimberly Fairey, Martinez, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999 at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sarah Tutt
Mrs. Sarah Bennings Tutt, of Blount Avenue, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Luther Reid

Mr. Robert Turner

Mr. James Hendley

Mrs. Emmie Young

Ms. Tyra Trotty

Mrs. Helen Bilton

Mrs. Linda Briggs

Mrs. Charlie Anderson

Mrs. Ernestine McCanna

Mrs. Ruby Thomas

Mrs. Odette Daniels

Mr. Willie Johnson

Mrs. Sarah Tutt

Jamarvus Lewis

Mrs. Louise Sayer

Mr. Walter Offermann

Mrs. Virginia Dunn

Mrs. Ester Groat

Ms. Tyra Trotty

Mr. Joseph Humphrey

Mr. Vernon Ogletree

Mrs. Sarah Tutt

Ms. Lola Fairey

Mr. James Hendley

Mrs. Grace Price

Mrs. Margaret Fulmer

Mr. Jack Smith

Mr. Maurice Holmes

Mrs. Sarah Cowan

Carly Adkins

Mr. Horst Ehntholt

Mrs. Eva Hall

Kent: Walker's money machine; GOP infighting
PRESIDENTIAL candidates John McCain and Bill Bradley talk about how big money and special interest contributions are ruining our national political system and shutting out the average taxpayer and voter. The same thing could be said at the state level. They should come here and look at one extraordinary example: the incredible war chest being amassed by a state officeholder -- Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta.

Hits inaccurate statistical reports
Recent news media reports of statistical information have baffled me. The Associated Press recently claimed that 46,000 people attended the anti-battle flag gathering in Columbia while the Columbia chief of police recorded only 10,000 in actual attendance. Chris Dabrowski, North Augusta

Rejoices Fonda was converted
I'm overjoyed concerning the good news that Jane Fonda came to know Christ personally. Surprised? No.Donna Boland, Waynesboro

Lauds lawmaker; jabs old opponent
This letter is in reference to the Jan. 26 article ``Lawmaker quits House for new job.'' Richard A. Wilson, Aiken

Frivolous Taylor suit
During the heat of the 1998 Georgia lieutenant governor's campaign, Democrat Mark Taylor filed a $1 million libel suit against Republican Mitch Skandalakis over a hard-hitting ad implying that Taylor had not stopped using cocaine when he said he did.

Opposes pump-back at Russell Dam
Want to hear the grandest lie so far in the 21st century? That's easy -- ``We are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and we are here to help you.'' Tom Reed, McCormick

Kent: Walker's money machine; GOP infighting
PRESIDENTIAL candidates John McCain and Bill Bradley talk about how big money and special interest contributions are ruining our national political system and shutting out the average taxpayer and voter. The same thing could be said at the state level. They should come here and look at one extraordinary example: the incredible war chest being amassed by a state officeholder -- Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta.

Chides Gore, Clinton over flag issue
Well, it looks like Al Gore and Bill Clinton are riding to the rescue again. Since they have solved all the problems of the country and have nothing else to do they are going to stick their noses into South Carolina's business and set all us evil people in our rightful places. David C. Moncus, Waynesboro

Tighten Senate ethics
The Georgia House approved an ethics code earlier this month. Now it's the Senate's turn, and that body has even a larger responsibility to OK a tough ethics agenda in the wake of last year's convictions of two senators for misappropriating state money.

Wants Confederate flag removed
If Confederate flag supporters really believe it is a historical symbol of their heritage, they should be the ones trying to get it put in a museum. Any flag that flies over a state capitol should be a flag that represents those whom the state governs. If these people are so proud of their heritage, why can't they face the truth about it? That flag represents the ideology that whites are superior and should be treated as such. F. M. Baskett, Augusta

Feds now help smoking
In the name of saving the nation's children from a fatal addiction, the Clinton administration has waged war against tobacco -- most recently filing a lawsuit that could cost the industry billions.

Note leader's 'slavemaster' attire
Imagine our surprise at finding the new National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter president Alexander Smith's photo in the Jan. 16 Sunday paper dressed as an Egyptian pharaoh. Why would he dress up as a slavemaster and march in a parade that commemorates a man who fought for racial equality? Evidently Mr. Smith has never read his Bible, in particular Genesis chapters 37-50 and Exodus chapter 1. Marsha & Thomas Blackstone, North Augusta

Say 'no' to scalping
Before this session of Georgia's General Assembly ends there is a good, albeit deplorable, chance that a scalping bill will be sent to the governor's desk. The measure passed the lower chamber last year by a whopping 159-14 margin and the Senate is expected to follow suit this year.

State of the Union: Ho-hum
Every year President Clinton's State of the Union speech gets wordier and longer. Thank heaven Thursday night was his last. He dragged on for an hour and a half. What could a lame-duck president have to say that would take up that much of America's time?

Favors decommissioning lock and dam
At the public meeting regarding the lock and dam, it was obvious that riverside property owners, and many others in the community, want to have their cake and eat it, too. Wesley Ross, Augusta

Wants several politicos committed
If Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker is forced to take some sort of Rorschach or TAT psychological exam because of some politically incorrect comments, then Al Gore, ``Louis the Lip'' Farrakhan, ``Queasy'' Mfume ... and Al ``Dullton'' (Sharpton) should be institutionalized, given Thorazine and placed on a one-to-one watch indefinitely. Mike Henchy, Hephzibah

Rips Corps for damage from drawdown
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had no right whatsoever to do a drawdown without knowing the damage it would do. For example, think about a swimming pool that you purchase from a store and put up yourself, knowing that you need a wedge surrounding the pool. If you took the liner, after filling the pool with water, and pulled it off the edge and submerged it underwater, it would cause a washout under the pool and the pool would collapse. Chuck Strickland, Augusta

Wants libraries to stay open longer
Recently you had a page on families doing things together. It also had suggestions for what parents could do with their children. One was to take small children to area libraries and listen to their storytime. Heather Powers-Snyder, Martinez

Looks for street numbers, finds trash
There seems to be a growing number of complaints about the general appearance of the city. Property owners, at very little cost, could eliminate much of the criticism. This would involve property owners properly displaying street numbers. James E. Clark, Augusta

Likes McCain
It's so sad to see the Republican Party make the same mistake again. Gov. George W. Bush is a bought-and-paid-for candidate. Witness the gross amount of money that's backing his candidacy. Larry Jarrett, USAF Retired, Warrenville

Blasts Clinton's record on war
I would like to inform Richard Renew (letter, Dec. 19) that at least Gov. George W. Bush did not protest the Vietnam War in the United States and Russia as did the president of the United States, who did not serve in any armed forces. History will prove that the only way he got elected the first time is that Ross Perot was told to get back in the race to split and draw voters away from the Republican Party. O. Rogers, Augusta

Calls for 'lending a hand' to river
Thank you for your latest editorial regarding the future of our Savannah River. I am certainly in favor of doing what we can to save her and maintain her depth. Deborah Tudor, Augusta

Look at the options
One by one, the three legislators comprising Columbia County's delegation to the Georgia General Assembly have either knocked down or turned aside various misstatements and half-truths regarding their idea for a chief executive officer/chairman, elected countywide, to preside over the present five-member County Commission (or perhaps seven commissioners).

Lashes NAACP 'quest for power'
The actions of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the flag uproar plainly show that it is not concerned with whether the flag stands for slavery, which of course it does not, but rather its undying quest for power. William C. Myles, Hephzibah

Seeks protection if lock and dam closed
River Plantation, a painting done sometime around 1855 by Thomas Addison Richards hanging in the Morris Museum of Art, depicts a broad shore-to-shore Savannah River at the very site where the museum is now located on the Augusta Riverwalk. It was not in ``riverine'' condition. Since that time, great alterations to the river have been made as people transformed not only that landscape but landscapes all over the globe. Gloria R. Greenbaum, Augusta

Notes John Rocker 'blinded by thorns'
As much as we would like it, a perfect world doesn't exist. Ronnie Johnson, Swainsboro

Praises Washington slimeballs cartoon
The recent letter complaining of the editorial cartoon about the Washington slimeballs was just too much. Were they around when The Washington Post cartoonist assaulted President Richard Nixon on an almost daily basis for months? Walter M. Kotwicki, Aiken

S.C. pointer top shooting dog; The Pilgrim is Derby champion

Cobi Jones' goal downs Chile

Overtime: Buhl dashes past Cheever in Indy 200

Coach's son enjoys positive experience

What do the 'gurus' know?

Outdoor editor calls it quits

Latecomer finally found sports

Broken promise shatters player's Division I dream

Troupe commits to Florida

Prospects market themselves

Recruiting can win the war

Tyson gets win in England

Government: Exposure sickened nuclear arms workers
WASHINGTON -- Reversing a position held for decades, the government has concluded for the first time that many workers who built America's nuclear weapons likely became ill because of exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals, officials said Saturday.

Hi-tech video recorders gaining consumer attention
WASHINGTON -- Loren Finkelstein, a self-described ``big TV watcher,'' was never home to enjoy his favorite shows. Instead, he relied on a stack of videotapes to capture them.

NASA declares Endeavour's engines safe, aims for Monday launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With only hours remaining before liftoff, NASA on Sunday declared space shuttle Endeavour's engines safe to fly despite lingering uncertainty over two fuel pump seals.

Study: Clot-busting pill no better than aspirin for heart attacks
LONDON -- A new drug many hoped would be a powerful alternative to aspirin for preventing heart attacks turns out to be no better than the old standby.

MP3 files become a decoder ring for music fans
If you're even a casual music fan, you probably have a collection of compact discs. The problem is that they're usually at home, and you're not. But if MP3.com has its way, you'll be able to play those CDs from any computer with a connection to the World Wide Web.

Freed scholar returns to America on flight from China
PHILADELPHIA -- A college librarian held in China for nearly six months on charges of smuggling state secrets returned to the United States on Saturday.

Scientists to 'rediscover' Earth with shuttle's map mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- To produce the consummate map of Earth, NASA will attempt a new feat: extending a boom from the space shuttle that's longer than the shuttle itself.

Negotiators reach agreement on genetically engineered food rules
MONTREAL -- U.N. talks here finally produced rules governing trade in genetically engineered products Saturday, nearly a year after previous talks collapsed in the face of international discord.

Another way to attack AIDS found
WASHINGTON -- Scientists at drug giant Merck & Co. have opened a long-awaited target in the hunt for new ways to attack the AIDS virus. It will take years of additional work to create a usable medication from the finding, experts cautioned.

Ancient Middle East stones originated in South America
WASHINGTON -- New tests on some of the world's best-known emeralds show that ancient miners took the stones from deposits supposedly discovered only in this century and that some gems thought to be from ancient Middle East mines actually originated in South America.

Activists target EPD veto bill
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes will introduce his green-space preservation plan early this week, to the delight of environmental activists across Georgia.

MP3 files become a decoder ring for music fans

Ancient Middle East stones originated in South America

Freed scholar returns to America on flight from China

Study: Clot-busting pill no better than aspirin for heart attacks

NASA declares Endeavour's engines safe, aims for Monday launch

Government: Exposure sickened nuclear arms workers

Another way to attack AIDS found

Activists target EPD veto bill

Hi-tech video recorders gaining consumer attention

Negotiators reach agreement on genetically engineered food rules

Scientists to 'rediscover' Earth with shuttle's map mission