Readers offer relief for digits

Florist rejects chain's offer
At the same time florist Michelle Driggers is opening her second location, a national chain has asked her to sell out.

Florist rejects chain's offer

Business briefs: Silicon Valley wants more foreign labor
WASHINGTON -- High-tech companies, desperate for workers amid a booming economy, want to hire more foreigners and are pushing Congress to expand an immigration program that will let them do just that.

Fair will expose students to jobs

Business briefs: Nasdaq continues to surpass record
NEW YORK -- Stocks diverged in familiar fashion Monday, with technology shares leading the Nasdaq composite index higher for a sixth straight session while blue-chip industrials slumped.

Barrett to sell Broad Street parcel

Lincolnton named a 'better hometown'
In the wake of the chicken plant fire that left 5 percent of Lincoln County workers unemployed, Lincolnton officials are aggressively trying to improve economic conditions.

Barrett to sell Broad Street parcel
Industrial-pipe wholesaler Barrett Supply Co. will move to a new location in April and is trying to sell the Broad Street property it has occupied for 71 years.

Fair will expose students to jobs
The Employer Expo, an annual career fair at Augusta State University, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18. The free event is for the university's students and alumni.

Business briefs: Silicon Valley wants more foreign labor

Lincolnton named a 'better hometown'

Business briefs: Nasdaq continues to surpass record

Rizzotti signs deal to coach Hartford

Paine Lions take road win

Deacons break out against Tigers

Gamecocks test Ole Miss

Charleston tops The Citadel

Aiken Tech runs win streak to 25

Seton Hall ends Syracuse's 19-game streak

ACC notes: Carrawell shoulders Duke leadership

Deacons break out against Tigers

Upcoming games crucial in race for SEC East

Blasts governor's stand on flag issue

Rebuts letter about Egyptian dress

Raps `emblem of slavery' argument

Backs closing reservoir to public

Thinks letter praising Clinton is gag

Bush v. McCain

Peacekeeping flop

Seek way to avoid more river disasters

Ribs forecasters about missed snow

Go slow on H.R. 1187

Defeat hate crime bill

Wonders how far 'PC madness' can go

Rips offensive `Boondocks' comic

Says Congress is `lawless' group

Wants city to readdress train issue

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 Tuesday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Beefy crowd-pleaser
If your children are like mine, their idea of the perfect dinner is chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese (from the box). I'm always on the lookout for ways to incorporate more vegetables and variety into their meals, and today's recipe for beefy tomato vegetable soup pleases them and their busy mother.

In the know
Clairol hair-color company, maker of Nice 'n Easy products, is searching for real women to enter its second Be on the Box contest. Three grand-prize winners will receive a three-day, two-night trip to New York for two, where they will be photographed for an upcoming print advertisement for Nice 'n Easy.

Ski Science
Science has come to the slopes. After decades of skis with sides ruled by parallel lines, ski manufacturers have turned to a shape familiar to algebra students -- the parabola.

Age old question: Management can help lengthen purse strings
Q: I would love to buy Valentine's gifts for my friends, but I live on a very tight budget. How can I buy these gifts and pay the bills too? -- R.B., Millen

Small portions
Valentine's Day is the time when lovers pull out all the flowery stuff -- bouquets and perfume and the like -- hoping to overwhelm any shyness with a cloud of fragrance.

Sports left behind in TV news

Comeback unavailable to local viewers

Woods on a streak toward history

Woods wins sixth straight, sets tourney record

Spartans sweep Round 1

Curtis Baptist girls lose in region tourney

High school scores

Milledge rallies past Augusta Prep

Josey, Glenn Hills score upsets in tourneys

Lakeside girls, Evans boys take region play-in wins

High school scores

BC Eagles blank Northeastern

New assistant brings freshness to Lynx

NHL All-Star rating is the same

Hockey in the homeland hears footsteps

NHL now a league of many nations

Readers offer relief for digits
Forget politics. Don't worry about the weather. What most people seem to want to know about these days is how to fix those painfully cracked finger tips so common this time of year.

Presiden't budget sent to Congress
Highlights of the 2001 budget that President Clinton sent to Congress today: SPENDING -- The president's $1.84 trillion proposal would be 2.5 percent more than the $1.79 trillion to be spent this year. TAXES -- Clinton would cut taxes by $351 billion over 10 years, largely for low- and middle-income Americans. It includes establishment of government-subsidized retirement savings accounts; alleviation of the ``marriage penalty'' that forces many married couples to pay higher taxes; expanding the earned-income tax credit for the working poor; a deduction for up to $10,000 in college expenses; and a $3,000 tax credit for long-term health care. To defray the cost, he would raise other levies by $100 billion, including a 25-cent-a-pack boost in cigarette taxes. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

McCain campaigns in S.C.
North Augusta -- John McCain says George W. Bush has violated their mutual pledge not to go negative as they campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, but promised to give the Texas governor tit for tat in his drive to win the crucial South Carolina primary. ``We used to be buddies, now he calls me a hypocrite and stands beside a man who said I have abandoned veterans. We'll hit back and we'll hit harder than we have been hit,`` said the Republican U.S. senator from Arizona Tuesday in North Augusta. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Jury deliberates David Mark Hill's fate
The jury has begun deliberating on the fate of David Mark Hill after the prosecution rested its case Tuesday afternoon. The defense did not call any witnesses in the death penalty trial that began Monday. Mr. Hill , 39, is accused of barging into the North Augusta office of the Department of Social Services, firing a semi-automatic handgun at three caseworkers and killing each with a bullet to the head. Police say he was upset because the agency planned to place his paraplegic 4-year-old daughter and twin sons into foster care. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Age old question: Management can help lengthen purse strings

In the know

In the know

Beefy crowd-pleaser

Small portions

Ski Science

Union wants worker back on job

Witness says one shooting based on race
AIKEN -- As he lay in a hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, David Mark Hill muttered a blunt answer when asked by an investigator why he killed Social Services caseworker Josie Curry:

Change to services bill approved
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would give some cities a break in the state's enforcement of a law that requires cities and counties to work together on providing services.

GOP supporters tout McCain's connections
From Congressman Lindsey Graham to North Augusta resident Joe Gabriel, people with local connections have jumped on John McCain's bandwagon in his drive to wrest the Republican presidential nomination from front-runner George W. Bush.

Senators criticize McCain on tax plan

McCain 'Express' hits town
John McCain says George W. Bush has violated the candidates' mutual pledge not to go negative as they campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. The Arizona senator promised Tuesday to give the Texas governor tit for tat in his drive to win the crucial South Carolina primary.

Educators cite ills in classrooms

Lead poisoning cases scrutinized
Most of Augusta's incidents of lead poisoning continue to occur in 30901, 30904 and 30906 ZIP code areas, health officials said Tuesday.

Decision expected soon in RICO suit

Sales tax could net $52 million
Columbia County could receive almost $58 million from the next round of local-option 1 cent sales tax dollars, its sales tax consultant said Tuesday night.

Projects cannot fit in budget
A proposed $130 million increase in Savannah River Site's budget still wouldn't be enough to fund a handful of important programs in fiscal year 2001, the site's chief financial officer said Monday.

Corps to revise shoreline plan
Jerry Jones can gaze across the cove from his Thurmond Lake home and see a dozen private docks owned by neighbors.

Barnwell man charged with running chop shop

Students seek more offerings
A student survey shows Columbia County high school students want the chance to take additional courses, but not if it extends their school day.

Union wants worker back on job
AIKEN -- Gary McClain's union wants a federal court to make Tenneco Packaging let him work while labor regulators decide whether he was arrested and put in a mental hospital to crush unionizing efforts at the Beech Island plastics plant.

Board to review teacher's case
Richmond County school board members will decide today the best time to hold an administrative hearing for a teacher recently acquitted of sexually assaulting a student.

Band's director charged

Review set for lobbyist resumes
For the second year, Augusta commissioners are trying to hire someone to lobby the Georgia Legislature on the city's behalf.

Barnes presents child advocate legislation
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes unveiled legislation Monday to create an independent office to act as a watchdog over Georgia's child protection agency, wracked in recent months by reports of deaths of children under its supervision.

Car crashes into family home
When Brandon Tate and Reco Dunn heard the roar of a car engine outside the living room, they knew something wasn't right.

School backs out of probe with county
ATHENS, Ga. -- Two months after vowing to unite in an independent investigation into what caused Sanford Stadium's field to become saturated with foul-smelling liquid last August, Athens-Clarke County and the University of Georgia have parted ways in the matter.

Students seek more offerings

Sludge raises concerns
The city of Augusta wants to add 558 acres of Jefferson County hayfields to the list of sites eligible to receive sewage sludge from the Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Band director remains in police custody

Across the area: GBI crime lab takes unidentified body
The body of a man found Sunday behind Golden Harvest Food Bank remained unidentified Monday evening and was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta for further identification.

McCain campaigns in S.C.

Barnes presents child advocate legislation

Review set for lobbyist resumes

Witness says one shooting based on race

McCain 'Express' hits town

Senators criticize McCain on tax plan
U.S. Sens. Paul Coverdell and Phil Gramm hammered colleague John McCain on Monday as a supporter of big taxes and big government as they stumped for Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Hill found guilty in shootings

Teachers fight bill to remove tenure

Farmer promises lawsuit

Across the area: GBI crime lab takes unidentified body

SRS chief criticized for hiring

Council reviews 20-year deals
The North Augusta City Council soon will consider entering 20-year franchise agreements with local electric companies.

Jury deliberates David Mark Hill's fate

Teachers fight bill to remove tenure
ATLANTA -- The tone of discussion on education reform is rising in pitch after hundreds of teachers took a day off from work Monday to lobby legislators against Gov. Roy Barnes' proposal to end tenure for new teachers.

Former cotton broker faces fraud, money-laundering charges

Memoir chronicles Georgia hero's wartime journey
JEFFERSON, Ga. -- Life is changing fast for Damon Gause.

Hilton Head officials OK cleanup of wrecked boat

Committee endorses passage of education reform bill

Car crashes into family home

Marshal: Candle led to dorm fire
CLEMSON, S.C. -- A fire that gutted a Clemson University dorm room this past weekend was caused by a candle, the school's fire marshal says.

Committee endorses passage of education reform bill
ATLANTA -- The House Education Committee on Tuesday voted 15-9, essentially along party lines, to recommend passage of Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill, defeating six Republican amendments.

Educators cite ills in classrooms
The answer to a question raised by an Augusta State University fraternity is yes, area educators say. But exactly how to solve the problem and who's to blame can't be easily answered.

Groups criticize executions
ATLANTA -- Twenty-five representatives of groups opposed to the death penalty rallied on the Capitol steps Tuesday to call on the state to halt executions until all questions are resolved over the erroneous condemnation of innocent people.

Barnwell man charged with running chop shop
BARNWELL, S.C. -- A Barnwell County man has been charged with operating a chop shop out of his auto-body business.

Doctors face culture issues with patients
As America grows more diverse, health care providers must know not only how to treat patients but also how to talk to them, a minority health official said Tuesday.

Grab your partner
Conor Rodman (from left), Joanne Stomer, Tyler Ellis and April Sheeks square dance during a production of Stone Soup at Blue Ridge Elementary. Pupils performed the play in the morning and at the PTO meeting.

Across the area: Authorities indict women in thefts
Two women accused of helping themselves to other people's money were indicted in multicount theft indictments Tuesday.

Olin to pay environmental fines
Olin Chemical's Augusta plant will pay $46,500 in fines for environmental violations involving the failure to submit proper documentation for how it disposes of certain hazardous wastes.

Doctors face culture issues with patients

Sports left behind in TV news

Groups criticize executions

Officials push to keep public from resevoir

Hill found guilty in shootings
AIKEN -- A York County jury found David Mark Hill guilty on all counts Tuesday night, convicting him of the 1996 workplace killing rampage through a Department of Social Services office in North Augusta.

Grab your partner

Decision expected soon in RICO suit
U.S. District Chief Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. should soon decide if a former Columbia County employee can pursue her legal claims, including racketeering, against the county.

Sludge raises concerns

Band director remains in police custody
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Bond was set at $10,000 Tuesday for a North Augusta band director charged with embezzling public funds.

Officials push to keep public from resevoir
Georgia environmental officials want the city to close Augusta's raw-water reservoir at Highland Avenue to the public. Utilities Director Max Hicks has asked city commissioners to limit access by March 15.

Band's director charged
A North Augusta High School band director was taken into police custody Monday after an investigation into a fund-raising scandal.

Pupil brings pistol to school
AIKEN -- A special education pupil has been charged with bringing a gun to Kennedy Middle School on Monday.

Farmer promises lawsuit
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- A Greene County farmer upset about proposed zoning changes has notified the county he intends to sue over the removal of a protest sign he erected that evoked the name and image of Adolf Hitler.

Elections chief calls it quits

Hilton Head officials OK cleanup of wrecked boat
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Debris from the wrecked remains of Miss Edisto -- a shrimp boat that broke loose from its anchor and drifted ashore off Hilton Head Island overnight Jan. 29 -- created a hazard strewn across the Atlantic beach, town officials said Monday.

Memoir chronicles Georgia hero's wartime journey

Former cotton broker faces fraud, money-laundering charges
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Former Statesboro cotton broker David Prosser will appear in court this week to face 84 counts of mail and wire fraud, money laundering and interstate transportation of stolen property.

Past-due bill policy reviewed
CLEARWATER -- The Clearwater Water District has only 248 customers, and of that small number, only three are more than a month overdue in paying their bills.

SRS chief criticized for hiring
ATLANTA -- The president of Westinghouse Savannah River Co. met with the Augusta legislative delegation Tuesday just to say hello but ended up debating affirmative action with Rep. Ben Allen.

Projects cannot fit in budget

Across the area: Authorities indict women in thefts

Olin to pay environmental fines

Marshal: Candle led to dorm fire

Elections chief calls it quits
AIKEN -- After much deliberation and with a heavy heart, long-time Aiken City Election Commissioner H.A. ``Mac'' McClearen turned in his resignation Monday.

Council reviews 20-year deals

School backs out of probe with county

Lead poisoning cases scrutinized

Orlando Arena gets corporate tag

A rusty Rodman can still do what he does best

Iverson's point: 50 ways to lose your critics

Behind Carter, Raptors get rare win over Hawks

Wizards coach Walker: 'I'm on the run right now'

Hornets show Knicks no mercy

Lawyer says men in car exonerate Lewis

Thomas helped Chiefs revive the franchise

NFL star Derrick Thomas dead at 33

Deion is ready to leave Cowboys

Shula joins Dolphins as QB coach

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Miss Angela Raines
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Miss Angela Cameron Raines, 24, of Woodbine Drive, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Judson Hood
DEARING, Ga. -- Mr. Judson Hood, 56, of Old Whiteoak Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Elmer Bodiford
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Elmer Cecil Bodiford, 78, of Thornwood Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Hydrick
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Whittle Hydrick, 79, of Yemassee Avenue, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Claire Levin
Mrs. Claire Levin, 95, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Cecil Seales
Mr. Cecil E. Seales, 51, of Clark Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Charles Williams
AIKEN -- Mr. Charles Williams, 85, of Monetta Street, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Samantha Sheppard
NEWINGTON, Ga. -- Samantha Lane Sheppard, 10, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Meyer Weinstein
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Meyer David ``Mike'' Weinstein, 88, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Shon Pender
FRANLINTON, N.C. -- Mr. Shon Antwaun Pender, 23, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000.

Mr. Federico DeLeon
Mr. Federico ``Fred'' DeLeon, 52, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000.

Mr. Lemual Newman
LAKE CITY, Tenn. -- Mr. Lemual Augustas Newman, 86, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

Mrs. Amanda Crane
Mrs. Amanda ``Mandy'' Crane, 53, of Floyd Street, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Storey
Mrs. Margaret Jackson Storey, 95, of Jackson Road, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at Beverly Manor.

Mrs. Frances Bell
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances Riley Bell, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000.

Mr. Edward Mole
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Edward Wilbert Mole, 65, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000.

Mr. Johnny Olliff
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Johnny R. Olliff, 64, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Howard Andrews
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Mr. Howard R. Andrews, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Earl Mitchell
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. Earl Mitchell, 70, of Route 2, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Patricia McCracken
EDISTO BEACH, S.C. -- Mrs. Patricia Joy Crabb McCracken, 70, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, in Charleston.

Mrs. Annie Farmer
Mrs. Annie Lou Doggett Farmer, 86, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Rosa Jordan
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Rosa Queen Jordan, 80, of East Church Street, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Sybil Ellis
PORTAL, Ga. -- Mrs. Sybil Thompson Ellis, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mr. Vinson Martin Jr.
Mr. Vinson A. Martin Jr., 59, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Marcus Casper
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Marcus Eugene Casper, 65, of Carlton Avenue, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Miss Martha McCracken
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Miss Martha Washington McCracken, 83, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at Sylview Nursing Home.

Mrs. Lois Taylor
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lois A. Beal Taylor, 92, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Robert Dyer
Mr. Robert W. ``Bob'' Dyer, 54, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Christine Harrison
THOMSON -- Mrs. Christine B. Harrison, 34, of Sandhill Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Ellen Heinrich
Mrs. Ellen Lowe Heinrich, 88, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Salem Nursing Home and Rehabilitation.

Miss Estelle Stribling
MACON -- Miss Estelle Stribling, 91, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in Fort Valley.

Mr. Paul Benton
AIKEN -- Mr. Paul Benton, 69, of Horry Street, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Autumn Cosby
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Autumn R'yana Cosby, 2, daughter of Ryan and Greta Cosby, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000.

Mrs. Frances Bell

Mrs. Lois Taylor

Mr. Federico DeLeon

Mrs. Rosa Jordan

Mrs. Claire Levin

Mr. Howard Andrews

Mr. Edward Mole

Mr. Paul Benton

Mrs. Mary Hydrick

Mr. Charles Williams

Mr. Lemual Newman

Mrs. Patricia McCracken

Mrs. Sybil Ellis

Mr. Earl Mitchell

Mr. Marcus Casper

Miss Estelle Stribling

Mr. Judson Hood

Mrs. Annie Farmer

Mr. Shon Pender

Miss Angela Raines

Mr. Cecil Seales

Mrs. Amanda Crane

Autumn Cosby

Mr. Meyer Weinstein

Mr. Johnny Olliff

Mr. Elmer Bodiford

Samantha Sheppard

Miss Martha McCracken

Mrs. Ellen Heinrich

Mr. Vinson Martin Jr.

Mrs. Christine Harrison

Confederate flag part of our history; shouldn't we honor both sides?
I TOOK MY children recently to a national historic site -- a pleasant experience, for the most part, spoiled only by the sight of the Stars and Stripes waving defiantly from a nearby flagpole. The American flag may mean some things to some people -- history, heritage, the Constitution, veterans' sacrifice -- but to many it must conjure up a series of indelible, and distasteful, images.

Hillary's song
What's the problem? It was the perfect theme song. Why the long faces and embarrassed apologies from Hillary Clinton's New York Senate staff when her candidacy announcement was preceded by blaring music that turned out to be Billy Joel's raunchy Captain Jack?

Blasts governor's stand on flag issue
I wrote to South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges last October to express my support to continue to flythe Confederate Naval Jack above the Statehouse in memory of those who honorably and bravely fought and died in the War of Northern Aggression. In the governor's reply he stated, ``I believe that little progress can be made at this time on this issue,'' and he wanted to channel all efforts into improving education. In his State of the State address he now says he wants the flag removed and the children of South Carolina are watching. John O. Ghann, Augusta

Says Congress is `lawless' group
Surfing down the ``information highway'' of satellites and optic cables, an amazing amount of information is available about dubious organizations and corporate welfare. Putting together the bits and pieces, a mosaic of lawlessness and immorality comes to light! Al Kotras, Augusta

Misses departed country club pro
I recently had the privilege of being invited to play a round of golf at the Augusta Country Club. The round of golf was enjoyable, as it always is, but something was missing. Lane Creech, the head professional, was no longer there. Bill Quattlebaum, Evans

Thinks letter praising Clinton is gag
Re the Jan. 18 letter by E. Maner, ``Praises president as greatest of century'': Tom Hamorsky, Millen

Backs closing reservoir to public
I see my advice I gave back in the early 1990s will probably now be taken -- only because someone else has suggested it. Joseph Bongard, Augusta

Wonders how far 'PC madness' can go
Now that the baseball commissioner has decreed that John Rocker be suspended and fined after psychological testing, some questions come to mind. Robert B. Rackliffe, Belvedere

Defeat hate crime bill
Pushed by the Senate leadership, including Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Augusta, and Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, hate crime is holding center stage in the Georgia Legislature this week.

Wants reform in school's front offices
As a retired school teacher, my ears perk up when I hear those who might have been my colleagues discussing what is happening in education today. Such was the case recently in one of the local department stores. Justen Wonderly, Evans

Hits `federal bashers' over dam flap
It's interesting to watch professed federal bashers -- notably The Chronicle and area politicians -- try to make a case for the federal government to continue to pay for maintaining the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam and its ``lake.'' These are the same folks who miss no opportunity to argue for local control where no money must come from local sources. This isn't even a case for the state governments in Atlanta and Columbia. It impacts only those fronting on a short section of the Savannah River. Victor Reilly, Aiken

Ribs forecasters about missed snow
I have a suggestion for our local television stations, especially their weather departments, that will save them millions of dollars. After having been told for several days in a row, and even as late as a few hours before the snow actually hit, that we would not get any snow here in Augusta, my suggestion is this: Get rid of the Doppler radar! It doesn't work. David Chiera, Augusta

Rips offensive `Boondocks' comic
Re the cartoon strip ``The Boondocks'' for Jan. 31: Margaret White, Augusta

Bush v. McCain
Sens. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., and Phil Gramm, R-Texas, pillars of the Republican establishment, are worried at the prospect of having their colleague, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., win their party's presidential nomination.

Rebuts letter about Egyptian dress
With all due respect to Marsha and Thomas Blackstone (letter, Jan. 30), they have their information all wrong. The Blackstones don't know what the dress that I wore, as Shishunk Hotep Re, represents. The headdress of Egypt is the great lion of Judah. Alexander Smith, Augusta

Child advocate needed
Normally, this newspaper would be opposed to Gov. Roy Barnes' proposal to create a child's advocacy office. Taxpayers are already shelling out big bucks to the Division of Family and Children Services to protect Georgia's most vulnerable children, so why fund another layer of bureaucracy?<

Peacekeeping flop
It's one thing to be told through the national media about the failures of United Nations peacekeeping missions, like that in Kosovo, and quite another when someone you know and has been a part of the action says the same thing. It drives the point home in a way that all the pundits and TV talking heads cannot.

Go slow on H.R. 1187
As if Gov. Roy Barnes' 125-page education reform bill wasn't long and complicated enough, he has retooled it again, adding 26 pages. And he sent it to the House Monday with expectations that it will pass before week's end.

Confederate flag part of our history; shouldn't we honor both sides?
I TOOK MY children recently to a national historic site -- a pleasant experience, for the most part, spoiled only by the sight of the Stars and Stripes waving defiantly from a nearby flagpole. The American flag may mean some things to some people -- history, heritage, the Constitution, veterans' sacrifice -- but to many it must conjure up a series of indelible, and distasteful, images.

Raps `emblem of slavery' argument
I've been a student of the War Between the States for the last 40 years, and I have never seen or heard of an ``Emblem of Slavery.'' I have not been able to find the word ``slavery'' mentioned anywhere in the regulations governing either of the flags that represented the Confederate government. The flags' appearance were changed for a reason, but again there is no mention of slavery. H. Meads, Lincolnton

Says South's secession wasn't treason
Ken Gott, in his letter that the Confederate flag is a symbol of treason, has been listening to revi-sionist history too much. John Bryan, Wrens

Wants city to readdress train issue
As a whole, I think our elected officials and public workers have done a wonderful job maintaining and remolding our city of Augusta. But what happened to the idea of reducing the number of railroad boxcars that run through Augusta? This still is a problem with traffic backing up, especially for emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire engines and law enforcement. Henry Hogan, Augusta

Seek way to avoid more river disasters
As residents of the Riverside Plantation neighborhood near Beech Island, we witnessed the devastating effects of what is referred to as a ``congressionally mandated experiment.'' The Corps of Engineers' drawdown of the river has left damage not only to personal property, but also to wildlife habitat. In a few short days, human decisions destroyed 60-plus years of nature's adaptation to the addition of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Rose A. and Richard P. Abee, Jackson

Judge agrees: Lewis doesn't have to fight Akinwande

Study: Supplement raises testosterone

New USOC leader begins overhaul

Sprinter sets sights on Sydney

Overtime: Lewis puts title on line against Grant

Kafelnikov happy to see Agassi

Overtime: Thurmond's Hillary to sign with Catawba

Ex Brave says now he can hate Atlanta

Jones could become highest paid Brave

Lawyer says men in car exonerate Lewis

Agassi makes first stateside return to court since Open

Arbitrator asked to overturn Rocker suspension

Charity watchdogs warn of potential for online fraud
NEW YORK -- Some questionable Web sites that have appeared since last week's Alaska Airlines crash have prompted charity watchdog groups to renew their warnings about the dangers of donating money over the Internet.

USA Today launches new Internet and TV venture
WASHINGTON -- USA Today announced Tuesday the launching of USA Today Live, a television and Internet venture that will produce news stories based on the newspaper's contents for Gannett Broadcasting's 21 television stations.

Boston hospital suspends gene therapy trials
BOSTON -- A Boston medical center has suspended its gene therapy tests because of safety concerns arising from a student's death last year in a similar trial program in Pennsylvania

Federal budget available online
WASHINGTON -- Dedicated number crunchers can read the federal budget online.

Judge orders preliminary injunction against Canadian Web site
PITTSBURGH -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a Canadian Web site to stop picking up programs from U.S. television stations and broadcasting them on the Internet where U.S. viewers can see them.

Yahoo! suffers breakdown
WASHINGTON -- Yahoo! Inc., which runs the most popular site on the Internet, suffered technical problems Monday and its flagship Web directory was inaccessible for much of the day.

Reuters announces new Internet strategies
NEW YORK -- Reuters Group announced plans Tuesday to spend $802 million to transform the 150-year-old news organization into an Internet company that delivers instant financial data to consumers as well as financial institutions worldwide.

Relatives of air bag victims want to keep warning labels
WASHINGTON -- Parents of children killed by air bags lobbied the government Monday to keep strongly worded warning labels that say the safety devices can kill young children riding in the front seat.

Study: Learning problems for preemies continue in adolescence
CHICAGO -- Children born extremely prematurely, weighing 2 pounds or less at birth, experience significant learning difficulties that persist into their teen-age years, a study found.

Frito-Lay to avoid gene-altered ingredients
Over the past year, as their counterparts in Europe have given in to consumer fears and pulled food products containing gene-altered ingredients off the shelves, major U.S. grocery chains and food producers have presented a united front.

Real love means not demanding sex

When is it really love?
People may think it's only puppy love, but for many teens falling in love is the real deal.

Your style

When is it really love?

Inventive plot and good acting lead to laughs

Real love means not demanding sex
``I've been going out with this boy for three months, and he's pressuring me to have sex. I really love him and everything, but I'm not sure I'm ready to have sex. Should I or shouldn't I?'' -- 15-year-old Hephzibah girl

Inventive plot and good acting lead to laughs
A group of actors from a science fiction show named Galaxy Quest are recruited by some friendly aliens to help defeat their arch-nemesis. The aliens think the cast is really a group of space rangers.

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Rashenah Walker, 16, a junior at Davidson Fine Arts High School.

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