Rivera, Johnson and Stevens lose in arbitration

Private school preseason top players

Area baseball notebook

Gamecocks three-hit Delaware State

Georgia baseball previews

Another Rivera surfaces

S.C. preseason top players

Braves beef up bench

Georgia preseason top players

Torre maintains players' union had to defend Rocker

Jaguars outscore Limestone

Reds' Griffey makes low-key arrival

S.C. baseball previews

Garth Brooks breaks in with Mets

So far, so good for Ligtenberg

Area teams loaded with pitchers

Private school previews

Braves notebook: Bonilla is ready to be a role player

Ligtenberg impressive in spring training

Can you name that president?

Business briefs
Seafood of Harlem, formerly Inland Seafood, has changed its name. The fresh fish market at 159 Milledgeville Road, off Gordon Highway, is under the same management. Store hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

Hospital system will shut doors
Employees and doctors at Charter Behavioral Health Systems hospital in Augusta say they were warned that some of the company's facilities would be closed. They just never expected theirs to be among them.

On the move
Auto Color, an auto paint, body shop supplies and equipment company, has hired the following professionals:

Pocket change
JOB JUMPING: It's the norm these days for people to think about switching jobs instead of staying with an employer for the long term. In fact, a poll of more than 2,500 college students and recent graduates showed that 78 percent said the

Pocket change

Business briefs

Hospital system will shut doors

Georgia's good effort falls short

Temple breaks Cincinatti's win streak

Poor shooting dooms ASU

ACC roundup

Men's top 25 capsules

LeMoyne-Owen sweeps past Paine College

Sharp leads Auburn to win

Women's top 25

UNC reserve to redshirt

Cremins graceful in resignation

N.C. State falls to Virginia

USC wins second straight

Lady Pacers fall victim to Columbus St.

Faults headline on Mickelson golf victory

Asks unanswered questions after debate

Offers words to teach, learn by

Vote to save tots

Asks if flag critic hides behind issue

Defends N. Augusta police officers

Rebuts charges state funds drug use

Rips pro-abortion attitude toward life

Hits idea of the presidency as entertainment

No more water promises!

Hits media for missing important story

How much is too much?

Sees abuse of special education laws
I applaud the Columbia County school administrators for having the courage to pursue the arrest of a special education student who attacked a student and a para-professional.Stephen McMillan, Grovetown

The illegal alien lobby

In the know
TV TONIGHT: Good golly! Leon, who played one of the Temptations for an NBC special, has the title role in Little Richard, a biopic directed by Robert Townsend. It airs at 9 on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

The sound of music
It's early Tuesday, and every seat is occupied. The small rehearsal space at Aldersgate United Methodist Church is a veritable sea of children in khaki and green. Their youthful singing rings through the room and out into the empty halls. At the baton, Linda Bradberry, director of the Augusta Children's Chorale, silently encourages and instructs, communicating through a complex series of reassuring smiles and nods as her hands punctuate each beat, break and breath in the music.

Performing Arts Center considered for county funding
Like the heroine in a slasher movie, just when the proposed Augusta Performing Arts Center is dead, it comes back for another round. It seems the center, which would include a 2,000-seat multipurpose theater, has wiggled its way onto the list of projects under consideration for county funds.

Find your napkin in the goblet
Dear Carson: I went to a dinner dance recently and was seated at a round table for eight. The napkins were folded prettily and placed in the coffee cups. How were we to know which napkin belonged to whom?

Heavy metal
When metal sculptor Daniel Foreman walked into an old, deserted handkerchief factory in downtown Augusta three years ago, he had no idea that he would end up spending thousands of hours there, slowly transforming the dark, two-story building into a hip nightclub. That club is Continuum, a new haven for fans of loud, industrial rock (and, on Thursdays, jazz).

Family's home life colorful
Debbe Rosenthal loves color -- the kind of vibrant hue that seems to jump off the walls.

Did a martyred Joan of Arc reappear?
Joan of Arc was 13 when she first heard voices commanding her to "go forth and do God's command."

King wins Hawaiian Ladies Open

Webb in lead after three rounds

Fleisher holds five-stroke lead in GTE Classic

Sutherland leads Nissan logjam

Triplett bags tour victory on 266th try

Orr and Price head Portuguese Golf

Victory Christian wins championship

Barnwell stops Silver Bluff to grab Class AA top seed

Warren County boys advance

Coach's reprimand fires up Hephzibah

Deerfield blows out Westminster

Josey cruises to easy win

Curtis Baptist win in OT

Florida sweeps Lynx

Canucks knock off Senators

Dallas tops Colorado

Can you name that president?
With South Carolina's presidential primary behind us and a Presidents Day holiday before us, what better time to play our annual game -- Name That President?

McCain confident despite loss
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- John McCain might have lost the skirmish that was the South Carolina presidential primary Saturday, but the Arizona senator remains confident that he will win the war for the Republican nomination.

Hyped primary a rout
COLUMBIA -- It was supposed to be a race too close to call, but before polls closed Saturday in South Carolina's crucial Republican primary, Texas Gov. George W. Bush was declared a decisive winner with a probable 3-1 victory, based on exit polls. And without a single vote yet counted, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona was conceding South Carolina in North Charleston and was packing his bags for a 9 p.m. flight to Michigan, which has its GOP primary Tuesday. That state has 58 voting delegates to the Republican National Convention. South Carolina has just 37, although its voters have never failed to select the primary candidates who eventually became the party's presidential nominee.Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Primary suspense ended abruptly
COLUMBIA -- It was supposed to be a race too close to call, but before polls closed Saturday in South Carolina's crucial Republican primary, Texas Gov. George W. Bush was declared a decisive winner, based on exit polls. And without a single vote yet counted, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona was conceding South Carolina in North Charleston and was packing his bags for a 9 p.m. flight to Michigan, which has its GOP primary Tuesday. That state has 58 voting delegates to the Republican National Convention. South Carolina had just 37, although its voters have never failed to select the primary candidates who eventually became the party's presidential nominee. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Aiken polls see large turnout
At 6:59 p.m. Saturday, John Spears walked into Aiken County Municipal Auditorium to vote. With less than one minute to spare before the polls were scheduled to close, he had just made it.

McCain confident despite loss
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- John McCain might have lost the skirmish that was the South Carolina presidential primary Saturday, but the Arizona senator remains confident that he will win the war for the Republican nomination. Conceding to Texas Gov. George W. Bush just an hour after the polls closed statewide at 7 p.m., Mr. McCain told supporters that ``we have just begin to fight.'' Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Performing Arts Center considered for county funding

Did a martyred Joan of Arc reappear?

The sound of music

Heavy metal

Family's home life colorful

In the know

Athletic family highlighted

Grand Strand tradition keeps Elvis' spirit alive
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Even before he went to that great Graceland in the sky, the King was a legend along the Grand Strand.

Leaving welfare proves difficult
Shedricka Holloway is not satisfied. She is a crew leader at Golden Corral -- the result of a promotion that she received after working there for only a month. Mrs. Holloway, deemed a success story by the state, gets a new income that will knock her off the welfare benefits eligibility list next month. Though officials are celebrating her and others who have left the welfare rolls, she has bigger things on her mind.

Battle planning starts early
AIKEN -- Pete Peters is planning a war he never will fight.

Correction
Incorrect numbers provided by The Associated Press for Sunday editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave readers incomplete Florida Lotto results.

Senators face two big votes

Tournament rules broken by director
Simply put, there was something fishy at last year's Operation Bass ``Red Man Trail'' fishing tournament at Thurmond Lake.

Across the area: Legislator to fight capital punishment

Primary suspense ended abruptly
COLUMBIA -- It was supposed to be a race too close to call, but before polls closed Saturday in South Carolina's crucial Republican primary, Texas Gov. George W. Bush was declared a decisive winner, based on exit polls.

Records: Teachers not fired

Across the area: Legislator to fight capital punishment
ATLANTA -- State House leaders sponsoring a bill to change the state's execution method probably will get more than they bargained for today: a debate over the death penalty itself.

Man forges success with childhood hobby

Aiken polls see large turnout

Officials clash on numbers

Tenure issue still in debate
ATLANTA -- Teacher groups remain opposed to ending tenure for new instructors, even though the education-reform bill now includes a compromise that guarantees a written explanation for terminations.

Correction

Suspect sought in theft of historic log cabin
John Rhoads of Duluth, Ga., had a historic log cabin. At least, that was until he decided to have it moved just one month ago to Columbia County from Spartanburg, S.C.

Tenure issue still in debate

Suspect sought in theft of historic log cabin

Paraprofessionals face uncertain future

Senators face two big votes
ATLANTA -- The two most significant pieces of legislation taken up this session by Georgia's General Assembly will come to a head this week when the Senate votes on Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill and the governor's midyear budget request.

Tenure issue still in debate

Battle planning starts early

Titanic hero's trunk goes to auction block

Man forges success with childhood hobby
With the sound of steel meshing to the smash of his hammer, John King gazed into the coal forge before him and was reminded of a familiar past.

Tenure issue still in debate
ATLANTA -- Teacher groups remain opposed to ending tenure for new instructors, even though the education-reform bill now includes a compromise that guarantees a written explanation for terminations.

Two gunmen rob furniture store

Korean War Veterans honored
BURNETTOWN -- Horse Creek and Midland Valley residents honored their combat-wounded veterans Saturday amid the plaintive sounds of bagpipes and flags whipping in the wind.

McCain confident despite loss

Nightclub owner backs zoning plan
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- If businessman Allen Curry could pick up his nightclub and move it, he would have loaded it onto a truck months ago.

Officials clash on numbers
ATLANTA -- Policy disagreement between Georgia's Republican schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko and Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes is understandable. But their math calculations don't agree either.

Man arrested in slaying
Janice Redfield says she doesn't know what happened between her brother and a woman found strangled to death in a downtown Augusta boardinghouse Saturday. She can say only one thing for certain.

Across the area: Families sought to house students
The Department of Nursing at Augusta State University is seeking host families for 20 Japanese nursing students and two teachers who will be in Augusta from March 23-31 for a nursing seminar.

JROTC drill teams put skills on display
Augusta State University's former soccer field became a military parade field Saturday as JROTC cadets showed off their skills in a preliminary drill team competition.

Principals go back to classrooms
Becky Barden begins each day at Lakeside High School as an assistant principal, but for three hours during the school day she is in class as a teacher.

Tournament rules broken by director

Athletic family highlighted
For Keven Mack, bragging rights and civil rights were won during a high school basketball game in 1968.

Limits likely to hold finance package back

Limits likely to hold finance package back
ATLANTA -- In a state where special interests already exercise a disproportionate influence over campaign financing, public interest groups are worried that the General Assembly may be about to increase contribution limits.

Across the area: Families sought to house students

McCain confident despite loss
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- John McCain might have lost the skirmish that was the South Carolina presidential primary Saturday, but the Arizona senator remains confident that he will win the war for the Republican nomination. Conceding to Texas Gov. George W. Bush just an hour after the polls closed statewide at 7 p.m., Mr. McCain told supporters that ``we have just begin to fight.'' Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Cremins graceful in resignation

Aiken polls see large turnout
At 6:59 p.m. Saturday, John Spears walked into Aiken County Municipal Auditorium to vote. With less than one minute to spare before the polls were scheduled to close, he had just made it. Mr. Spears, a seventh-grade middle school teacher in Aiken, said it was very important for him to come and vote in the Republican primary. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

McCain confident despite loss

Two gunmen rob furniture store
Other than that they were wearing all black and wielding two pistols, little is known about the two men who broke into Rhodes Furniture store and robbed two employees Saturday.

Hyped primary a rout

McCain confident despite loss

Grand Strand tradition keeps Elvis' spirit alive

Man arrested in slaying

JROTC drill teams put skills on display

Records: Teachers not fired
Teachers in Richmond and Columbia counties are either doing a great job or administrators are having a hard time firing those who are inefficient.

Leaving welfare proves difficult

Titanic hero's trunk goes to auction block
When Augusta native Archibald Butt boarded the Titanic for its fateful maiden voyage in 1912, he left something behind: a pine trunk inscribed with the hero's now-famous name.

Primary suspense ended abruptly

Nightclub owner backs zoning plan

Primary suspense ended abruptly

Paraprofessionals face uncertain future
On any given day, paraprofessionals in Columbia County schools are working with students, checking homework, supervising lunch periods and filling in when teachers are called from classrooms.

Lakers top 76ers

Marbury returns to Target Center

Jazz edge Pistons

Knicks blow out Pacers

Marbury's 39 leads Nets to win

Once a hated opponent, Starks now a Bull

Mr. William Blackmon
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. William L. ``Jack'' Blackmon, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Forest View Manor.

Bailey Wiles
TRENTON, S.C. -- Bailey Robert Wiles, of Edgefield Highway, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Clinger
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Margaret Morris Holliday Clinger, of Rawls Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.

Mrs. Jane Ellis
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Jane Stembridge Ellis, 91, of Spring Valley Road, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Darryl Medina
HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Mr. Darryl Christopher Medina, 33, of Holt Street, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000.

Mrs. Becky Maddison
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mrs. Becky ``Kitty'' Maddison, 51, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, in Augusta.

Mr. Irving Knox Sr.
Mr. Irving G. Knox Sr., 83, of Appling, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lois Surasky
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Mrs. Lois S. Surasky, 87, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Moses Cone Hospital.

Mrs. Katherine Marks
Mrs. Katherine Norvell Marks, 73, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Genera Johnson
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Genera V. Johnson, 78, of Plum Avenue, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Bulloch County Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Rucker
Mrs. Mary Juline ``Julie'' Rucker, 82, of Aumond Road, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Lewis Lott
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Lewis Comer Lott, 79, of Whaley Pond Road, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Beverly Healthcare, Augusta.

Mrs. Frances Childs
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Frances Ouzts Childs, 81, of South Carolina Highway 178 South, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Prince Wynn
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Mr. Prince Franklin Wynn, of Poinsettia Lane, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Montgomery County Hospice.

Mr. Ronnie Johnson
Mr. Ronnie Lee Johnson, 42, of South Kensington Drive, died Feb. 17, 2000, at Thomson Nursing Home.

Mrs. Helen Williams
Mrs. Helen Marie Burger Williams, 70, of Martinez, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. David Lokey
THOMSON -- Mr. David Lokey, 66, of Jackson Street, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mr. Ivery Best Sr.
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Ivery Best Sr., 81, of River Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Johnny Thomas
DECATUR, Ga. -- Mr. Johnny Wayne Thomas, 36, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, in Augusta.

Mrs. Cecil Forrester
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Cecil Page Forrester, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000 at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Lewis Baker
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Lewis David Baker, 84, of Storie Mill Road, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Edward Boykin
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Edward Jametrius Boykin, infant son of James Boykin Jr. and Rose White Boykin, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Mrs. Grace Borman
PELHAM, S.C. -- Mrs. Grace Davis Borman, 80, of Old Highway 14 South, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.

Mr. Othar Porter
CARLTON, Ga. -- Mr. Othar Porter, 62, of McCannon Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000.

Mr. Ralph Blount
SOPERTON, Ga. -- Mr. Ralph ``Willie'' Blount, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Ovie B. Cauley House.

Mr. Irving Knox Sr.
APPLING - Mr. Irving G. Knox Sr., 83, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Betty Collins
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Betty Collins, 63, of Georgia Highway 17, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Gibson Nursing Home.

Mrs. Lois McKellar
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Lois Gabriel McKellar, 78, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mrs. Bennie Woods
Mrs. Bennie Inez Woods, 81, of Greene Street, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Raymon Clark
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Raymon Alexander Clark Sr., 90, of Bulloch County, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Essie Cartledge
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Essie Ross Cartledge, 96, of Augusta Highway, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Felix Sasser
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Felix A. Sasser, 81, of Trailside Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.

Mrs. Lillie Robinson
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillie Mae Robinson, 85, of Jones Martin Road, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Dessie Fulmer
WAGENER -- Mrs. Dessie Baughman Fulmer, 89, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Pepperhill Health Care, Aiken.

Mr. Spencer Milford
HARLEM -- Mr. Spencer B. Milford, 49, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Becky Maddison

Bailey Wiles

Mrs. Lois Surasky

Mr. Raymon Clark

Mr. David Lokey

Mr. Lewis Baker

Mrs. Helen Williams

Mr. Irving Knox Sr.

Mr. Johnny Thomas

Mr. Darryl Medina

Edward Boykin

Mrs. Frances Childs

Mr. Prince Wynn

Mrs. Essie Cartledge

Mrs. Jane Ellis

Mr. Ronnie Johnson

Mr. Othar Porter

Mr. William Blackmon

Mr. Lewis Lott

Mrs. Lois McKellar

Mrs. Katherine Marks

Mr. Felix Sasser

Mrs. Genera Johnson

Mrs. Cecil Forrester

Mr. Irving Knox Sr.

Mrs. Mary Rucker

Mrs. Bennie Woods

Mrs. Lillie Robinson

Mr. Ralph Blount

Mrs. Grace Borman

Mrs. Betty Collins

Kent: Primary fallout; veto power; luring retirees
WHEN THIS IS READ, we will know the winner of South Carolina's Republican presidential primary. But whether candidate John McCain wins or comes in second, there's no question his candidacy has drawn more independents, Democrats (of varying stripes) and young people into asking for a Republican ballot.

Defends N. Augusta police officers
This is in reference to the ``whiners'' who are whining about the North Augusta Public Safety Department. Jamie Turner, North Augusta

How much is too much?
How much should Georgia legislators be allowed to accept when lobbyists pay their way to a convention?

Hits media for missing important story
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., seeks the presidency making campaign finance reform a major issue. He says he intends to break the grip of lobbyists on Washington and return government to the people. He has not stated what specific actions on campaign finance reform he will initiate. He continues to accept lobbyists' contributions to his campaign. S.K. Ching II, Martinez

Lauds Holliday's Georgia Tech choice
Re Houston County High School football prospect Hobie Holliday's comments concerning his committing to University of Alabama, then committing to Georgia Tech: Harvie Hogan, Augusta

Kent: Primary fallout; veto power; luring retirees
WHEN THIS IS READ, we will know the winner of South Carolina's Republican presidential primary. But whether candidate John McCain wins or comes in second, there's no question his candidacy has drawn more independents, Democrats (of varying stripes) and young people into asking for a Republican ballot.

Faults headline on Mickelson golf victory
The Feb. 14 paper carried a headline about Phil Mickelson's win in the Buick Invitational golf tournament. But whose name was in the headline? Tiger Woods! Gayle Dyches, Martinez

Offers words to teach, learn by
Bravos for ``the Grovetown two,'' Dr. W. Dewey Kitchens and Ward Bebe Lang, for their pithy Feb. 5 letters to the editor. Bill Craven, Waynesboro

Praises animal shelter director
I have known Richmond County Animal Control Director Jim Larmer for many years. I have the utmost respect for him and his position. I know he is doing his best to resolve any issues that he faces. Mike Remington, Hephzibah

Asks if flag critic hides behind issue
Has anyone bothered to question why Jesse Jackson is expending so much energy on a flag that in reality has no bearing on present day human rights? W. Paschal, Evans

Hits idea of the presidency as entertainment
This is in reference to the Jan. 19 letter by E. Maner. The letter praised the entertainment qualities of President Bill Clinton. Larry Stewart, Aiken

The illegal alien lobby
Unchecked illegal immigration into the United States continues to create untold problems, not the least of which are unprecedented crowding, population shifts, social strains and the displacement of American workers.

Rebuts charges state funds drug use
In regard to the Feb. 13 letter, ``State funding children's drug use,'' I cannot begin to tell you how tired I am of people who have no experience with attention deficit disorder spouting off about how horrible it is to treat these children with drugs. Pam Stewart, Hephzibah

Vote to save tots
One reason lawyers usually find themselves at the low end of popularity polls is that many are experts at finding reasons not to do things that everybody else wants to do.

Slams 'tax at work' sign in park
I am writing in response to the Feb. 6 article stating that people are more willing to give up the extra 1 percent tax if they see signs near what the money has gone to. I totally agree that these taxes go to good use and the signs are a good idea. That is not my concern. Jonathan S. Robertson, Augusta

A plan to settle S.C. flag issue
IF YOU'RE weary of the Confederate flag debate, my announcement of a new plan may have drawn a yawn -- as in, ``here we go again.''

Applauds exit of Reform's 'clown'
I couldn't agree more with Rick McKee's Feb. 12 editorial cartoon on Jesse Ventura. The so-called governor of Minnesota is truly a clown and a national political embarrassment. He calls the Reform Party a ``hopel Steve Grinstead, Martinez

Asks unanswered questions after debate
I watched the Feb. 15 television debate and was disappointed Larry King didn't ask why loyal Democrats are voting for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the primaries. Surely nobody would believe they will support him in November. Alan Tewkesbury, Aiken

Slams attack on Southern heritage
Re Jerry Scott's opprobrious Feb. 12 letter, ``Wants `symbol of tyranny' removed,'' which sullies many old and respected Southern families: Mike Lockwood, Augusta

Rips pro-abortion attitude toward life
I would like to applaud David Sisler's Feb. 12 column regarding the blind eye the majority of our citizens are turning toward the murder of our children while mourning Willie B. How can we as citizens of Georgia, South Carolina or any other of the United States of America ignore this cruel and abhorrent practice, but mourn a gorilla?! Lanette Payne, Clearwater

Sees abuse of special education laws
I applaud the Columbia County school administrators for having the courage to pursue the arrest of a special education student who attacked a student and a para-professional. Stephen McMillan, Grovetown

Asserts media reflect racial reality
The black community is constantly complaining that blacks are always portrayed in a bad light on TV and in film. I think this is only a reflection of the reality. Eric Dalton, Jackson

No more water promises!
Two years ago Augusta-Richmond County was first hit with a serious summertime water shortage. Utility officials and most elected leaders, including then-Mayor Larry Sconyers, assured residents -- many of whose lawns and gardens had been ruined by the drought -- there wouldn't be a rerun in 1999. The worst of the problems would be fixed by then.

Mourns loss of 'friend of community'
It is with sadness and a profound sense of loss that I acknowledge the passing of a friend and comrade, Robert ``Bob'' Oliver. I met Mr. Oliver during the turbulent years of the '60s. Right away I saw in him a passion for community service. He was the kind of person who would not run away from a fight, especially if it meant improving the plight of those who are so often forgotten in this community. Grady Abrams, Martinez

11th Cookin' for Kids moving to new location

Overtime: Female angler lands record lake sturgeon

CBS and 500 part ways

Late accidents shuffle Benson back

Petty and Davis teams join Dodge NASCAR effort

College football notes: Jackets' opener finalized

Elliott seeks return to glory

Jarrett over-takes Benson to win Daytona

U.S. lose on penalty kicks

Crew wins race to get car on track

Earnhardt misses top 20 finish

Overtime: Shea gets sweet win in Goodwill Games

Falcons sign free agent defensive end Brady Smith

Thousands crowd new NYC planetarium for a look at the cosmos
NEW YORK -- Thousands of people flocked Saturday to the opening of The Museum of Natural History's new $210 million planetarium complex, praised for its daring architecture and use of technology to portray a realistic picture of the cosmos.

Tournament rules broken by director
Simply put, there was something fishy at last year's Operation Bass ``Red Man Trail'' fishing tournament at Thurmond Lake.

City to vote on Internet filters at library
HOLLAND, Mich. -- In a community known more for its tulips than its politics, the question of whether the local library should install Internet filters to shield children from pornography will share space on the ballot this week with the GOP presidential contenders.

Aging spacecraft faces another dangerous encounter
PASADENA, Calif. -- Galileo will make its closest flyby of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io this week as controllers race to put it through ever riskier maneuvers before the aging spacecraft conks out.

Astronauts squeeze in another day of mapping
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts squeezed in one last day of Earth mapping on Sunday, giving scientists more radar data than they had expected a week ago.

High-tech companies targeted in visa scam
SAN ANTONIO -- Immigration authorities have dropped deportation proceedings against 23 Indian computer programmers arrested last month during a raid at an Air Force base.

Astronauts map more of the Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts mapped more of the world Saturday, while continuing to conserve fuel in orbit.

Slimeballs pose no danger
First they thought it was a bacteria called sphaerotilus.

City to vote on Internet filters at library

Astronauts squeeze in another day of mapping

Aging spacecraft faces another dangerous encounter

Slimeballs pose no danger

Tournament rules broken by director

Thousands crowd new NYC planetarium for a look at the cosmos