Braves return to training camp

Sanders an early arrival for Reds

Business briefs: Dow takes dive; Nasdaq inches up
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mixed in volatile trading Wednesday as the Dow Jones industrial average fell 156.68 to close at 10,561.41. The Nasdaq composite index rose 6.88, to 4,427.65.

Mill's part owner plans to sell

Diversity program targets productivity

Two restaurants to open in area
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Macaroni Grill are expected to open within the next six months. The Applebee's is being built near the Evans 12 movie theater off Belair Road and Evans Town Center Road. The Macaroni Grill will be at August Exchange shopping center near the Regal 20 theater.

Business briefs: Dow takes dive; Nasdaq inches up

Mill's part owner plans to sell
The divestiture of Thomson Corp.'s U.S. newspaper business will include the sale of its only newspaper mill, Augusta Newsprint.

Diversity program targets productivity
Diversity and productivity will be increasingly intertwined as corporations head into the 21st century, and an upcoming workshop aims to ease melding of these two concepts.

Business briefs: High oil stocks fuel big jump for Dow
NEW YORK -- A rally in oil stocks and some bargain hunting buoyed the Dow Jones industrials Tuesday, which rose 198.25 to close at 10,718.09.

Resurgence a surprise for LSU Tigers

Cavaliers top Clemson

March madness picture begins to focus

Gamecocks edge Miss. St.; end skid

Francis Marion trounces Augusta State

South Florida takes division lead with win

Kentucky seeks to end skid against Alabama

Aiken Tech's win streak snaps at 27

Auburn downs Vandy; breaks Nashville losing streak

Lady Pacers look to take over second

Penn freshman making a name in Ivy League

Hopes for president with high morals
Re E. Maner's Jan. 19 letter, ``Praises president as greatest of century'':J. Tanner,Sylvania

Wonders about McCain's support of veterans
Since Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been in Washington, D.C., for so many years and is now campaigning so hard for the veterans, of which he is one, I would like to ask one question of him:Miriam Lewis,Harlem

Hears 'jackboots' in Rocker affair

Backs experience, accomplishment

Opposes removing flag from Statehouse
I do not understand all this discussion about the Confederate battle flag on top of the South Carolina Statehouse. That flag represents a deep heritage and the pride of the families whose ancestors fought in the Civil War. Kathy DeMato,Evans

Questions quality of McCain decisions

Says tests reveal educational inequality
The headline over Faith Johnson's Jan. 16 article read ``SAT shows racial, economic biases.'' Perhaps I misread it, but my first impression was that she was saying the test itself is biased as evidenced by score differences. In other words, she seemed to be giving support to the test's critics and the preachers of victimhood.Don F. Gonella, Ph.D.Martinez

Unseemly tirade from Schrenko

Costly confusion

The 'Deformed' Party

Small portions
We're full of baloney. So says the Italian city of Bologna, whose name is synonymous in this country with a pale-pink sandwich meat that only slightly resembles its noble ancestor, the mortadella sausage.

Easy Italian
If dinner on the run means another night of drive-through fast food or pizza delivery, rethink your plans. This week and next, I'll share recipes that use seasoned, diced tomatoes for quick, healthy meals that can be on the table faster than a pizza man at your front door.

In the know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Fitness Course anything but basic
LOS ANGELES -- Some of their fathers may have considered going to Canada to avoid it. Or going AWOL to end it. We're talking Army-style basic training here.

Statue coming to 'this' Augusta
Augusta Arts Council director Mindy Heusinkveld was thrilled to hear that Augusta had won a national lottery and would get an official Academy Award statuette for its Oscar-night charity celebration.

In the know
When Americans stocked up on essentials to carry them through the uncertainties of the Y2K changeover, many people apparently included peanut butter.

Endorsements help erase stigma
When actor Michael J. Fox walks away from his hit TV series to concentrate on fighting Parkinson's disease, people in Augusta who share the condition hope he will walk with them as well.

Some Oscar nominees never made it to town
When the nominations for the 72nd annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, film fans everywhere began to tally which films they had and had not seen.

Boone Valley Classic to switch to match play

Golf education group moves to Augusta

Georgia first round playoff pairs

Aiken sweeps Irmo

Midland Valley girls finally win

Underclassmen lead run to finals

Moses, Hornets climbing toward postseason berth

Hampton High hosts tournament play

Lynx win in shootout

Man's identity remains unknown
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department's is asking the public's help to identify the slain man found behind the Golden Harvest Food Bank on Feb. 6. The Richmond County Sheriff's Department released a pre-autopsy picture of the unidentified man Wednesday in the hope that someone who knew him might step forward. ``We've got someone who's missing and it's dragged on long enough,'' said Sgt. Wayne Bunton.Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Canal set for spring draining
First it was the Savannah River. Soon it'll be the Augusta Canal. The man-made waterway will be drained dry for up to two months this spring to enable contractors to scoop out hundreds of tons of silt and aquatic weeds. But unlike the Jan. 16 drawdown of the river -- during which shorelines collapsed and picnic shelters and other property were destroyed -- the canal draining is expected to be quite peaceful. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

Fitness Course anything but basic

Small portions

Some Oscar nominees never made it to town

In the know

Easy Italian

Statue coming to 'this' Augusta

Endorsements help erase stigma

Correction
A story in Wednesday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle should have said the public office won by banker Pat Cunning was a seat on the Aiken City Council.

Official wants ethics panel to rule on trips
State Rep. Robin Williams has asked the executive director of the state ethics commission to rule on what is reasonable for lobbyists to spend on a lawmaker attending a trade group's convention.

Hopefuls in Aiken for rally
AIKEN -- The crowd, by a lopsided majority Wednesday night, belonged to George W. Bush at the Aiken County Presidential Rally. But if their cheers were an indication of their affection, their hearts belonged to the long-shot candidate, Alan Keyes.

Across the area: New program to aid substance abusers

Senator to push for dam repairs
U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell wants the federal government to pay $6.8 million for repairs to New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Report faults SRS contractor

Columbia County to raise water, sewer rates
Columbia County residents can expect to pay more for their water and sewer service this year.

State Senate passes child protection act
ATLANTA -- Responding to months of reports criticizing Georgia's child protection agency, the Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would allow doctors to take temporary protective custody of children they believe are being seriously abused.

Beaufort residents greet Texas hopeful
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush made a quick swing through Beaufort County on Wednesday looking to capture the hearts of undecided voters who are still ``kicking tires.''

Damage inspection

Hill decision difficult one for jury
Instead of writing ``life'' or ``death,'' jury foreman David Adams passed around torn pieces of paper and asked his fellow jurors to scribble L or D.

McCain snubs area event

House passes measure allowing sale of stronger beers
ATLANTA --The House approved a measure Tuesday sponsored by Rep. Robin Williams to allow the state to sell beers with higher alcohol content to accommodate foreign brews.

Officials set to arm campuses

Crider to rebuild in Emanuel County

State considers weather waivers

Cleanup plan calls for draining of canal
First it was the Savannah River. Soon it'll be the Augusta Canal.

New proposal expected to save money

Robbery suspect confesses to crime spree
Federal agents lucked out Monday when they arrested a man suspected in several bank robberies in the Savannah area. He reportedly confessed to 14 more from throughout the country.

Adoption top issue for Mrs. McCain

Across the area: Police arrest teens on weapon charges
In unrelated incidents, three teen-agers at three schools were arrested on felony charges Wednesday after Richmond County school officials discovered a steak knife, a box cutter and a razor.

Committee rejects plan to require courtesy titles

Unidentified body remains a mystery
Richmond County Sheriff's Department is asking the public to help identify the slain man found behind Golden Harvest Food Bank on Feb. 6.

Man's identity remains unknown

Across the area: New program to aid substance abusers
Women who need help fighting substance abuse could soon find a new home for themselves and their children.

Hopefuls in Aiken for rally

Damage inspection
A law enforcement officer surveys damage to a tractor-trailer that overturned Tuesday while exiting Bobby Jones Expressway onto Deans Bridge Road. Phil Landrum, 30, was hauling wire spools from Dublin, Ga., when he lost control of the truck. The accident blocked traffic in the southbound lane for hours. Mr. Landrum was treated for minor injuries.

Senate OKs 'green-space' set-asides

Senate OKs 'green-space' set-asides
ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate on Tuesday quickly passed Gov. Roy Barnes' legislation to set aside 20 percent of land in the fastest-growing counties, the so-called green-space initiative.

Residents decry tree removal

South Carolina primary a close race

Senator to push for dam repairs

Bush, McCain trade charges on negative ads
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina voters had a chance Tuesday to see the top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination up close and personal -- at least as close as personal as cable TV permits.

GOP hopefuls to make last Aiken stop

Committee rejects plan to require courtesy titles
COLUMBIA - A House Education Committee rejected a bill on Wednesday that would require pupils to address teachers by courtesy titles.

Hill decision difficult one for jury

Interest grows in local races
Qualifying for July's primary elections is two months away, but the political buzz already has started.

Simulator opens students' eyes to DUI
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-area high school students are learning firsthand this week about the perils of being drunk behind the wheel.

McCain snubs area event
AIKEN -- When an Oklahoma newspaper called June Cannon's house this week to ask about ``A-Eye-ken,'' the former president of the county's Republican Party was a little taken aback.

Savannah stadium project moving slow
SAVANNAH -- The proposal to build a new baseball stadium to house the Savannah Sand Gnats is proceeding like a team with a bunch of singles' hitters: one base at a time.

New proposal expected to save money
ATLANTA -- A nonprofit affiliate of Medical College of Georgia and Emory University School of Medicine will offer managed-care coverage to state, school system and University System employees, the state Department of Community Health announced Wednesday.

Correction

Adoption top issue for Mrs. McCain
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- If her husband, John McCain, becomes president, Cindy McCain would make child adoption her cause as first lady, she said on a Wednesday campaign stop.

Judge OKs verdict in Healthmaster case

SRS shows engineering at work
On most days, the mission of Savannah River Site engineers is to research and implement new devices and methods to make the federal nuclear-weapons site go.

SRS shows engineering at work

GOP hopefuls to make last Aiken stop
AIKEN -- Just days before a critical presidential primary, two of the remaining three major Republican presidential wannabes are rolling into Aiken one more time to rally support for their cause.

Simulator opens students' eyes to DUI

Officials set to arm campuses
Columbia County school officials have set March 15 as the target date to have safety officers armed.

Across the area: Police arrest teens on weapon charges

Report faults SRS contractor
Savannah River Site's top contractor failed to follow procedures that could have prevented a Sept. 1 accident that contaminated several workers with radioactive plutonium, according to a federal report.

Beaufort residents greet Texas hopeful

Crider to rebuild in Emanuel County
A loss for Lincoln County, Ga., is a gain for Emanuel County, Ga.

Canal set for spring draining

Education debate already underway in Senate
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate won't vote on the governor's education reform bill until next week, but Republican members, led by state Sen. Joey Brush, already have begun the debate.

Official wants ethics panel to rule on trips

Residents decry tree removal
Cheryl Cheek and her Forest Creek subdivision neighbors thought tall pines separating their homes from noisy traffic along Fury's Ferry Road would be there forever.

Bill in Senate named for Augusta teacher
ATLANTA -- A Georgia Senate committee has approved legislation named in honor of Linda Gail Hendrick, an Augusta middle-school teacher brutally stabbed last fall by one of her special-education.

South Carolina primary a close race
COLUMBIA -- It's folks like the Schreiber family of Lexington who are causing front-runners to break a sweat as they head into the stretch toward Saturday's pivotal Republican presidential primary.

State considers weather waivers
AIKEN -- South Carolina's General Assembly might soon decide whether to waive three school days because of inclement weather that forced class cancellations.

Judge OKs verdict in Healthmaster case
A federal judge used the Constitution, prior cases, the facts and even Shakespeare to kill an attempt to set aside a recent jury verdict in the case of a whistle-blower and a former Augusta home-health care corporation.

Festival bricks
Paul Clayton, city maintenance technician in Aiken, shuffles bricks to find the right fit before placing them for a festival area on Newberry Street. Wednesday's chore, part of a project that began a month ago, should wrap up in six weeks.

Statesboro therapist indicted in fraud case
SAVANNAH -- Statesboro physical therapist Donald Ernest Streetman worked hard at his job -- often logging 20 hours in a single day, sometimes more than 24 hours a day.

Savannah stadium project moving slow

Columbia County to raise water, sewer rates

State Senate passes child protection act

Festival bricks

Cleanup plan calls for draining of canal

Shaq builds confidence at line brick by brick

Kukoc goes to Philly in 3-team trade

Sparks hire former Celtic as assistant coach

Bird, Celtics discuss former player's return to Boston

Dennis to David: Put 'em up

Lakers beat Bulls in Jackson's return

Honesty prompts a $1,000 reward from Raptors coach

Lewis free on $1 million bond after two weeks in jail

Fans, teammates remember Thomas

Miss Annette Barton
NORTH AUGUSTA Miss Annette Barton, 72, of Hammond Place, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Amphlett
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mrs. Mary M. Amphlett, 84, of Wilkinson Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Thomas Wilson
APPLING - Mr. Thomas Jackson Wilson, 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. William Lamar
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. William Leonard ``Len'' Lamar, 41, of East Sheraton Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Juanita Roton
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Juanita Roton, 85, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Elizabeth Mims
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Elizabeth Turner Mims, of Clearmont Drive, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Hattie Anderson
Mrs. Hattie Gould Anderson, of Montrose Court, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at National Health Care.

Mrs. Hattie Mayson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Hattie Louise H. Mayson, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at National Health Care.

Mr. Jean Pierce Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. Mr. Jean William Pierce Jr., 71, of Sims Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at his home.

Mrs. Mary Pate
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Mrs. Mary Ann Barclay Pate, 66, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Corine Stillwell
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Corine Crew Stillwell, 97, of Baltimore Road, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care Center.

Mr. William Porter
Mr. William Thomas Porter, 50, of Whisperwood Drive, Martinez, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Mary O'Barr
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Clark O'Barr, 81, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Cleburn Stokes
AIKEN -- Mr. Cleburn Stokes, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Jayana Desai
Mrs. Jayana J. Desai, 62, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Andrew Martin Sr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Andrew Millard Martin Sr., 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Ruth Montgomery
Mrs. Ruth B. Montgomery, 92, of Olive Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. William Cashin Sr.
Mr. William Anthony Cashin Sr., 98, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000.

Mr. Jeffery Bonham
Mr. Jeffery ``Jeff'' Bonham, 33, of Smith Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000.

Mr. Kenneth Murray Jr.
Mr. Kenneth Edward Murray Jr., 58, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Badger Myrick
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Badger Calhoun Myrick, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Frank Hooper Jr.
Mr. Frank Henry Hooper Jr., 81, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Floy Cofer
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Floy Williams Cofer, 95, of Ashley Avenue, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Willis Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Robert Yarbough
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Yarbough, 56, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000.

Mr. Harry L. Howard
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Harry Lee Howard, 90, of Carolina Avenue, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Sharon Patterson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Sharon Gail Patterson, 48, of Modoc Road, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Hattie Riner
BLITCHTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Hattie Bell Riner, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Dahlia Jenkins
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Dahlia Celeste Joyner Jenkins, 85, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at St. Joseph-Candler Hospital, Savannah.

Mr. William Gilbert
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mr. William Henry Gilbert, 75, of News Bridge Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin.

Mrs. Mary Reed
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Ann Reed died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Ralph Gill
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Ralph B. Gill, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter, Ga.

Mr. Jack Newman
DEARING - Mr. Jack Newman, 60, of Reeves Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Georgia Strom
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Georgia Mae Patten Strom, 82, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Edgefield City Health Care Center.

Mrs. Gladys Davis
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Gladys Davis, 80, of Norwood Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Rudy Moseley
Mr. Rudy Moseley, 65, of Goshen Lake Drive South, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. William Cashin Sr.

Mr. Rudy Moseley

Mrs. Mary Pate

Mr. William Lamar

Mr. William Gilbert

Mr. Robert Yarbough

Mr. Jeffery Bonham

Mrs. Dahlia Jenkins

Mrs. Floy Cofer

Mrs. Mary Reed

Mr. William Porter

Mrs. Ruth Montgomery

Mrs. Hattie Riner

Mrs. Hattie Anderson

Mrs. Hattie Mayson

Mr. Jean Pierce Jr.

Miss Annette Barton

Mrs. Corine Stillwell

Mr. Badger Myrick

Mrs. Jayana Desai

Mr. Ralph Gill

Mr. Harry L. Howard

Mrs. Elizabeth Mims

Mr. Jack Newman

Mrs. Mary Amphlett

Mrs. Georgia Strom

Mr. Frank Hooper Jr.

Kent: Candidate sees clear path to the Reform Party nomination
The following are excerpts of a Tuesday interview by Chronicle columnist Phil Kent with Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan in Columbia, S.C.

Hopes for president with high morals
Re E. Maner's Jan. 19 letter, ``Praises president as greatest of century'':J. Tanner,Sylvania

Lauds Gamma Knife introduction
In response to the Dec. 26 letter from Susan Hollowell Gilbreath concerning her family's difficult journey finding relief for her brother's battle with cancer, I am pleased to announce that, in April 2000, the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics will be one of 38 health care centers in the country to have a Gamma Knife - a neurosurgical device that offers an alternative to invasive brain surgery that requires no incision. Mark Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Augusta

Defends Gore's primary challenger
There are times that the South Carolina Democratic Party chairman needs to sit down and shut Kent Brown,New Ellenton

Supports 'honest and honorable man'
When deciding for whom to vote in the upcoming South Carolina primary and general election, do your own research. Do not rely on the television commercials for your information on the candidates, especially the ``negative'' ads. Erika Pracht, North Augusta

Opposes removing flag from Statehouse
I do not understand all this discussion about the Confederate battle flag on top of the South Carolina Statehouse. That flag represents a deep heritage and the pride of the families whose ancestors fought in the Civil War. Kathy DeMato,Evans

Questions quality of McCain decisions
I spent a tour in Korea and one in Vietnam. Luckily, I was not a prisoner of war, but I was wounded. I did not request a second tour in either theater. John McCain's choosing to extend his POW status, regardless of the reason, was in my book a bad decision at best. H. Piper, Augusta

Says tests reveal educational inequality
The headline over Faith Johnson's Jan. 16 article read ``SAT shows racial, economic biases.'' Perhaps I misread it, but my first impression was that she was saying the test itself is biased as evidenced by score differences. In other words, she seemed to be giving support to the test's critics and the preachers of victimhood. Don F. Gonella, Ph.D.Martinez

Unseemly tirade from Schrenko
While we agreed with some of her objections to H.R. 1187 -- the governor's education reform legislation -- Linda Schrenko let aggravation with Gov. Roy Barnes and fellow Republicans who voted for a retooled bill boil over into a temper tantrum at a Columbia Middle School forum.

The 'Deformed' Party
The Reform Party is proving to be a highly useful vehicle in demonstrating why the federal government should not be in the business of financing election campaigns.

Costly confusion
Stark discrepancies have arisen between Gov. Roy Barnes and state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko concerning the cost impact of the governor's education reform bill that just passed the Georgia House and is now before the Senate.

Blasts Rocker's 'ignorant remarks'
John Rocker got what anyone who is a public figure should deserve when making derogatory statements about others. We are all entitled to our opinions; but when you make a public statement, as he did, it is not only embarrassing but sad that we are almost into the 21st century and we still hear ignorant remarks such as this one. I.M. Jones,Martinez

Laments loss of skilled doctor, friend
The loss of Dr. Thomas W. Blanchard wasn't just a loss to the medical community. Besides hisfamily, countless numbers of friends, including all of his patients, are saddened beyond measure. Mimi Hallman, Augusta

Warns statues are the next to go
A couple of days ago you printed a photo of the South Carolina Statehouse showing the Confederate flag flying beneath the United States flag. In the foreground of the photo was a statue of Wade Hampton. Gil Allen,Augusta

Defends motive of Planned Parenthood
A recent letter questioned the motive of Planned Parenthood. The group's motive is as implied in the name, ``planned parenthood,'' or more properly ``every child a wanted child'' since many unplanned children are very much wanted. However, I suspect that all unwanted children are also unplanned and that these unplanned children are much more likely to be abused and abandoned and to live in poverty. Don Hostetler, North Augusta

Praises fire department service
I would like to express appreciation to Chief Ronnie Few and his staff of firefighters for an excellent performance in the recent fire of my home in the 1500 block of 12th Street. Lula Hampton Smith,Augusta

Backs experience, accomplishment
I am writing this letter in support of Gov. George W. Bush for president. He has a tremendous record of accomplishment from the state of Texas. He lowered taxes, restored local control of schools, and cut the growth of state spending working in a bipartisan fashion to achieve results. Ronny B. Bolton, Aiken

Claims S.C. still lives in the 1860s
I don't dispute that the Confederate flag represents a piece of history, but is it necessary to display the flag over South Carolina's Statehouse? I see no reason why we should allow a piece of cloth to divide us. The Civil War is over and the nation is one. The Civil War is taught in every American school; the war will not be forgotten by the removal of the Confederate flag, nor will the Confederate cause. History cannot be erased. Herbert A. Edney IV,Augusta

Endorses G.W. Bush for president
I believe the South Carolina Republican primary will elect the next president of the United States. I strongly feel that person should be Gov. George W. Bush. Rick Osbon, Aiken

McCain wrong on SRS
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., must be more careful when he loosely labels as ``pork'' some vital projects.

Hears 'jackboots' in Rocker affair
So, Komrade Bud Selig, the kommissar of baseball, is giving Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker over to the ``thought police'' for ``brain-washing.'' Please keep us informed as to which gulag he will be assigned. William Collier, Augusta

Bio-med plan on way
It's heartening to see Augusta's two Democrat state senators, Majority Leader Charles Walker and Don Cheeks working effectively together to bring about a statewide authority to boost medical research in Georgia and, more particularly, in Augusta.

Wonders about McCain's support of veterans
Since Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been in Washington, D.C., for so many years and is now campaigning so hard for the veterans, of which he is one, I would like to ask one question of him: Miriam Lewis,Harlem

Hits governor's assault on teachers
The governor of the great state of Georgia appears to be doing everything in his power to unionize its teachers. To eliminate due process from the dismissal procedure cries for redress. Perry O'Rourk, Martinez

Death verdict deserved
It didn't make any difference that a jury had to be imported from outside the area to judge the highly emotional David Mark Hill murder case in Aiken County.

Kent: Candidate sees clear path to the Reform Party nomination
The following are excerpts of a Tuesday interview by Chronicle columnist Phil Kent with Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan in Columbia, S.C.

Under green: Winston Cup racing at full throttle into the future

Little can slow down Earnhardt

Women's soccer league planned for 2001

New Gordon crew chief tries to make fast turnaround

Local boxer will go pro

NASCAR president still leads despite cancer

Parents forced to take sportsmanship classes

Overtime: O'Leary Jackets open against Hokies in Blacksburg

Record-holding boxer got start in Augusta

Drivers exchange words,shoves

Overtime: Wells calls Rocker 'an idiot'

NASCAR in midst of growth spurt

Marcis chases record

Correction

Earnhardt thinks his streak is racing to an end

Intel unveils 1.5 gigahertz processor
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Intel Corp. took the wraps off the world's fastest computer chip Tuesday in its latest bet that consumers and businesses will feel the need for more speed.

Online broadcasts criticized
WASHINGTON -- TV shows aired over the World Wide Web could one day offer a programming option to rival cable or satellite -- but that prospect also raises thorny licensing issues that have copyright holders fighting to protect their interests.

Jobs formalizes his leadership of Apple, unveils Internet strategy
SAN FRANCISCO -- Capping his remarkable two-year leadership of Apple Computer Inc., chief executive Steve Jobs dropped ``interim'' from his title on Wednesday and unveiled new Internet services and the next generation of his company's operating system.

Canadian trial considers whether Internet sex is prostitution
OSHAWA, Ontario -- A Canadian court this week began considering whether live images of erotic acts relayed over the Internet in exchange for money constitutes prostitution.

Hackers' invasion prompts FBI action
WASHINGTON -- The nation's top law enforcement officials Wednesday described ``fast-developing leads'' finding the electronic vandals who shut down major Internet sites last week.

Arizona Democratic plan for Internet primary in jeopardy
PHOENIX -- Arizona Democrats are struggling to save their plan to hold the nation's first Internet presidential primary.

NASA: Shuttle fuel savings almost there
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts are close to saving enough fuel to complete their 3-D mapping of the Earth, NASA said Wednesday.

Heart disease disparities puzzle researchers
Black women in the Augusta area die of heart disease at nearly twice the rate of other women in the country, according to a unique, county-by-county study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SRS shows engineering at work
On most days, the mission of Savannah River Site engineers is to research and implement new devices and methods to make the federal nuclear-weapons site go.

NASA saving 'nickel, dime, quarter' in fuel
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Brainstorming engineers have come up with ``nickel, dime, quarter'' savings in fuel aboard space shuttle Endeavour, making NASA optimistic the astronauts can complete their Earth-mapping work.

Online broadcasts criticized

Heart disease disparities puzzle researchers

Hackers' invasion prompts FBI action

NASA saving 'nickel, dime, quarter' in fuel

Canadian trial considers whether Internet sex is prostitution

SRS shows engineering at work

Jobs formalizes his leadership of Apple, unveils Internet strategy