Selig testifies as Rocker hearing opens

GreenJackets name manager, pitching coach

Correction

Correction
A headline in Wednesday's Business section of The Augusta Chronicle was incorrect. Michelle Driggers, owner of All About Flowers, has received an offer to sell her business, but not from the national Gerald Stevens chain.

Business briefs: Cisco edges giant GE in stock value
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Internet equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. briefly pushed past General Electric Co. on Wednesday to become the world's second most valuable company, further highlighting the Web's growing influence on the economy.

Business briefs: Silicon Valley wants more foreign labor

Battery plant to generate 120 new jobs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- An Italian company with American offices in Connecticut and Michigan is planning a $30 million battery manufacturing plant in Burke County that would generate about 120 new jobs.

Florist rejects chain's offer

Business briefs: Cisco edges giant GE in stock value

Barrett to sell Broad Street parcel

Battery plant to generate 120 new jobs

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.

Zaxby's plans new building for Walton Way site
Zaxby's plans to demolish its Walton Way restaurant this summer and replace it with a larger store.

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.

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.

Deacons break out against Tigers

ACC notes: Carrawell shoulders Duke leadership

Aiken Tech runs win streak to 25

Muns makes return to court at Reinhardt College

Deacons break out against Tigers

Vols top Bulldogs to notch 20th win

USC Aiken splits games at Spartanburg

Gamecocks test Ole Miss

Jackets roll past Cavaliers

Bobby Jones funding

Makes sacrifices to enrich children

Why elect lawmakers?

Go slow on H.R. 1187

Cites racism; calls for mutual respect

Cites a `revolution' in McDuffie Co.

Questions acts of father, grandmothers

Wonders how far 'PC madness' can go

Suggests changing locks' mission

Ribs forecasters about missed snow

Seek way to avoid more river disasters

P.C. hypocrisy

Bush v. McCain

Backs closing reservoir to public

Defends director of animal shelter

Old is new again
Think you've seen the last of grunge? Of jeans so ripped up and dirty they hardly hang on a body? Think again. Grunge is back and will be for some time during the next millennium.

Capsules
When it comes to helping children weather adolescence, parents may play a more important role than they think. A five-year study of 1,725 children found that although peer and school influences increase during adolescence, parental influence does not decline, said sociologist Sung Joon Jang of Ohio State University.

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.

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.

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

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.

Woods on a streak toward history

Woods on familiar ground at Torrey Pines

High school scores

Milledge rallies past Augusta Prep

Josey, Glenn Hills score upsets in tourneys

Hawks' Zissette is at 501 wins and counting

Hephzibah boys escape from long shadow

Curtis Baptist girls lose in region tourney

Lynx ledger

Pettersen awaits chance to perform at next level

New assistant brings freshness to Lynx

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

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

Old is new again

In the know

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Beefy crowd-pleaser

Small portions

Age old question: Management can help lengthen purse strings

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.

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.

MTV 'Road Rules' fans get chance to meet stars
Local fans of MTV's Road Rules have been issued a challenge that might just land them on the popular show.

Lawyers will attempt to humanize Hill
AIKEN -- Whether jurors spare David Mark Hill from the death penalty for killing three Department of Social Services workers could depend largely on how much they sympathize with the details of his life leading up to the 1996 murders.

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.

Counties cooperate on 'flim-flam' incidents
They've possibly posed as electricians, ministers, Bible salesmen and Social Security clerks in hopes of getting victims to let their guards down.

10-year-old saves family before dying in house fire
NEWINGTON, Ga. -- A 10-year-old Screven County girl counted the lives of her family more dear than her own early Tuesday morning, saving them from their burning home and losing her life in the process.

Across the area: Employee disarms would-be robber
An attempted armed robber let down his guard near his victim for a moment Tuesday and found himself staring down the barrel of his own gun.

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.

Children's services scrutinized
More than a decade ago, Julia Rankin Bloodworth watched a series of newspaper articles on child deaths spark an outcry, a task force and reform in child protective services.

Review set for lobbyist resumes

Senate may spare EPD from override
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate appears headed toward removing a section from a bill that would allow the General Assembly to override all regulations put forth by the state's Environmental Protection Division.

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.

Board yet to set date for hearing
A Richmond County teacher recently acquitted of sexually assaulting a student will have a hearing before the Richmond County School Board to determine if he has a job.

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.

Plan might save lock and dam
Several private companies are evaluating the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam as a potential source of hydropower revenues that could prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from closing the 63-year-old structure.

GOP offers package to reform state schools
ATLANTA -- When the Georgia House votes today on Gov. Roy Barnes' sweeping education-reform bill, Republicans want to give their colleagues a choice by introducing a version of their own.

Career driven
Specialist Mitchel Lunsford with the South Carolina Army National Guard (right) shows Jefferson Elementary School kindergarteners the inside of a Humvee military vehicle. The school in Clearwater is celebrating career awareness month.

Decision expected soon in RICO suit

14-year-old sentenced for weapon
AIKEN -- A 14-year-old special education pupil from Kennedy Middle School who brought a starter pistol to school will spend more than a year in a juvenile center in Columbia, Second Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan said Wednesday.

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.

Radio Cab helps police catch alleged assailant
A knock on the front door began an afternoon of terror for a 12-year-old Richmond County girl Wednesday.

Hill found guilty in shootings

Battery plant to generate 120 new jobs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- An Italian company with American offices in Connecticut and Michigan is planning a $30 million battery manufacturing plant in Burke County that would generate about 120 new jobs.

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.

Board yet to set date for hearing

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.

Career driven

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.

Battery plant to generate 120 new jobs

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.

Senate approves bill on hate crimes

Former cotton broker faces fraud, money-laundering charges

Ice show skates into Augusta
Skating their 27th performance in less than a month, it would be easy to assume that the cast of international skaters on the FTD Champions on Ice tour would be too weary to leap another leap or spin another spin.

Senate may spare EPD from override
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate appears headed toward removing a section from a bill that would allow the General Assembly to override all regulations put forth by the state's Environmental Protection Division.

Senate approves bill on hate crimes
ATLANTA -- Judges could sentence felons convicted of crimes motivated by bias to as much as five additional years in prison under a bill passed narrowly by the Georgia Senate on Wednesday.

Former clerk to pay $3,800 in settlement
A former Grovetown city court clerk has settled her sexual harassment suit against the city and agreed to pay partial restitution for nearly $5,000 missing from city coffers.

Groups criticize executions

Lead poisoning cases scrutinized

Ex-clerk settles harassment suit
A former Grovetown city court clerk has settled her sexual harassment suit against the city and agreed to pay partial restitution for nearly $5,000 missing from city coffers.

Jury deliberates David Mark Hill's fate

Children's services scrutinized

SRS chief criticized for hiring

Senate may spare EPD from override

Doctors face culture issues with patients

Ice show skates into Augusta

Committee endorses passage of education reform bill

GOP offers package to reform state schools

Across the area: Authorities indict women in thefts

Two seek tough man monikers

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.

Credits to cut stormwater fee

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.

Senate may spare EPD from override

Farmer promises lawsuit

Counties cooperate on 'flim-flam' incidents

McCain 'Express' hits town

Across the area: Employee disarms would-be robber

McCain campaigns in S.C.

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.

Band director remains in police custody

Program to benefit students
A School to Work Partnership grant will help area counties identify gaps in developing an effective work force.

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.

Lawyers will attempt to humanize Hill

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.

Program to benefit students

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.

MTV 'Road Rules' fans get chance to meet stars

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.

Plan might save lock and dam

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.

Car crashes into family home

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.

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.

Credits to cut stormwater fee
The Columbia County Board of Education's share of a stormwater disposal fee will be $2,500 a month, county officials said Wednesday.

Hilton Head officials OK cleanup of wrecked boat

Students seek more offerings

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

Rodman's return spoiled by Sonics

Behind Carter, Raptors get rare win over Hawks

High-scoring Hawks run past Rockets

A rusty Rodman can still do what he does best

Wesley charged with two misdemeanors in fatal Phills crash

Autopsy says blood clot killed Thomas

NFL star Derrick Thomas dead at 33

Marino, Dolphins void contract

Carruth's lawyers say money no motive in shooting

Thomas helped Chiefs revive the franchise

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Mr. Lawrence Mallard
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Lawrence E. Mallard, 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

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

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

Mrs. Dora Smith
Mrs. Dora Joyner Smith, 86, of Santa Rosa Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Blair House.

Mrs. Marina Hurst
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Marina Hurst, of Brooks Street, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Anne Maria Nursing Home.

Mrs. Susan Whitehead
NORCROSS, Ga. -- Mrs. Susan Cassandra Sease Whitehead, 93, of Castle Way, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000.

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

Mr. Harvey Austin Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Harvey Ray Austin Jr., of Orr Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Henrietta Bryan
PHILOMATH, Ga. -- Mrs. Henrietta Wheless Bryan, 83, of Crawfordville Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Nelie Garnto
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Nelie Elizabeth Garnto, 77, of Ferguson Avenue, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000.

Mr. Robert Brassell
NORWICH, Conn. -- Mr. Robert P. Brassell, 65, of Plumtree Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Otis Williams
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Otis ``Slick'' Williams, 55, of Boiling Springs Road, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in Fruitland, Md.

Ms. Gretchen Guy
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Gretchen R. Guy, 77, of Old Edgefield Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Marion Abner
WARD, S.C. -- Mr. Marion Floyd Abner Sr., 38, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Marie Allen
Mrs. Marie Sheppard Allen, 82, of Danville Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Select Specialty Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. Wallace Rosborough
Mr. Wallace N. Rosborough, 63, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

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

Mr. William McCary Jr.
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- Mr. William I. McCary Jr., 57, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in Ash Grove Nursing Center.

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

Mr. George Sawyer
SAVANNAH -- Mr. George Sawyer, 75, of West 40th Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Candler Hospital.

Mr. Lester Anderson
TUCKER, Ga. -- Mr. Lester L. Anderson, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000.

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

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

Mrs. Gussie Thomas
NEW YORK -- Mrs. Gussie Johnson Thomas, 89, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Harlem Hospital.

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.

Mr. Lyria Edwards
Mr. Lyria Edwards, 78, of Rachel Street, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Gwendolyn Bacon
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mrs. Gwendolyn H. Bacon died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000.

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

Mrs. Doreatha Williams
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Doreatha Brown Williams, 55, of Denny Road, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital, Louisville.

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

Dr. Hubert Anthony
Dr. Hubert F. Anthony Jr., 68, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Mary Dempsey
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Mary H. Dempsey, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000.

Mr. Terry Davenport
Mr. Terry ``Ted'' Davenport, 80, of Chesterfield Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Bille Adams
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Bille Jean Adams, 61, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Marie Allen

Mr. Judson Hood

Mr. Robert Brassell

Mrs. Mary Hydrick

Mrs. Bille Adams

Mr. Cecil Seales

Mr. Judson Hood

Mrs. Lois Taylor

Mrs. Dora Smith

Autumn Cosby

Mr. Lyria Edwards

Mr. Lemual Newman

Mr. Terry Davenport

Mrs. Christine Harrison

Mr. William McCary Jr.

Mrs. Claire Levin

Mr. Marcus Casper

Samantha Sheppard

Mrs. Gwendolyn Bacon

Mrs. Sybil Ellis

Mr. Lawrence Mallard

Mrs. Ellen Heinrich

Mr. Lester Anderson

Mrs. Gussie Thomas

Mrs. Nelie Garnto

Mr. Harvey Austin Jr.

Mr. Shon Pender

Ms. Gretchen Guy

Ms. Mary Dempsey

Mr. Wallace Rosborough

Mrs. Susan Whitehead

Mr. Marion Abner

Mr. Federico DeLeon

Mr. Otis Williams

Mr. Edward Mole

Dr. Hubert Anthony

Mrs. Marina Hurst

Mr. George Sawyer

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

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

Cites racism; calls for mutual respect
As I read the Feb. 1 letter by Paul and Anne Cook, I feel compelled to reply concerning the issue of racial division in our society. Although I've lived a mere 38 years, here are some things my siblings as well as I were taught: Always address your seniors as ``Sir, Mr., Mrs. or Ma'am'' because everyone is a human being and deserves proper respect. Alan D. Horner, Hephzibah

Hits churches' stance on flag issue
It looks like most everyone is against the battle flag above the South Carolina Statehouse -- even a lot of the churches are turning their backs on men who fought for what they thought was right (and God and country were a large part of their upbringing). James Minor, Aiken

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

Questions acts of father, grandmothers
Before the little Cuban boy Elian Gonzales is sent back to Cuba, there are some questions that need to be asked and answered. How often did Elian's father see him and how much time did he spend with him one-on-one? How much money did his father give the mother each week for child support? M. Cartledge, 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?<

Makes sacrifices to enrich children
I read with great interest the letter from a Martinez woman who wondered if our libraries might stay open longer to accommodate a working mother's schedule. She is concerned that her children may be missing out on enriching activities that take place during the day. Vicky Sloan, Harlem

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

Cites a `revolution' in McDuffie Co.
Since July of 1999 the citizens of McDuffie County have been fighting a revolution much like the one that began in July of 1776. We have ``taxation without representation!'' We have those in power here who have forgotten their sole responsibility is to listen and heed the wishes of those who electedthem to office. Hundreds of our citizens went to Planning and Commission meetings to cry out in one voice their opposition to rezoning from residential/agricul-tural to heavy/light industrial of over 400 acres of McDuffie County. The cries fell on deaf ears. Sharon T. (Terry) Rhoades, Thomson

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

Defends director of animal shelter
I don't know very much about the working conditions of the Richmond County Animal Shelter -- but I do know Director Jim Larmer. I have known him since 1979 -- over 20 years. Barbara Roach, Augusta

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

Suggests changing locks' mission
Re the Lock and Dam controversy: Ray H. Tudor, 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.

P.C. hypocrisy
The politically correct morality police are beating up on GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush for giving a speech at South Carolina's Bob Jones University, a Christian fundamentalist institution that frowns on interracial dating.

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.

Why elect lawmakers?
As expected, Georgia's House Education Committee, on a 15-9 party line vote, approved Gov. Roy Barnes' confusing, retooled 151-page education reform bill Tuesday.

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

Bobby Jones funding
Will this be the year the long-planned extension of Bobby Jones Expressway into Aiken County will finally begin to come to fruition?

Arbitrator asked to overturn Rocker suspension

Major League Soccer sports new look

Sprinter sets sights on Sydney

Evans man enjoys Daytona

Study: Supplement raises testosterone

Selig testifies as Rocker hearing opens

Jones could become highest paid Brave

Two seek tough man monikers

Kafelnikov happy to see Agassi

Overtime: Hudson wins first bout in trials

Agassi makes first stateside return to court since Open

GreenJackets name manager, pitching coach

Overtime: Lewis puts title on line against Grant

Serena Williams powers into quarters

Ex Brave says now he can hate Atlanta

Countdown begins for shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After replacing a critical space shuttle part, NASA began another launch countdown for Endeavour's long-delayed mission to map Earth.

AP and RealNetworks Inc. launch streaming news service
NEW ORLEANS -- The Associated Press and RealNetworks Inc. are launching a real-time audio and video news service for member Web sites called AP Streaming News.

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.

Amazon.com subsidiary subject of FTC probe and two lawsuits
SEATTLE -- Two lawsuits have accused an Amazon.com subsidiary of using software to track Internet users to relay customers' personal data to the online retail giant.

Web attacks bring down popular Web sites
WASHINGTON -- Internet vandals today continued an unprecedented campaign of electronic assaults against the biggest names in cyberspace, disrupting access for consumers to the some of the Web's most popular sites.

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.

Research promising for diabetes treatment
Local researchers are intrigued by the recent discovery of a technique through which genes can be tricked into storing large amounts of proteins such as insulin and later prompted by a pill to release their cache. The research marks another step toward genetic treatment of conditions such as diabetes.

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.

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.

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.

Amazon.com subsidiary subject of FTC probe and two lawsuits

Research promising for diabetes treatment

AP and RealNetworks Inc. launch streaming news service

Judge orders preliminary injunction against Canadian Web site

Charity watchdogs warn of potential for online fraud

Reuters announces new Internet strategies

Countdown begins for shuttle launch

Web attacks bring down popular Web sites