Braves notebook: Simon wants apology from Rocker

Strawberry tests positive for cocaine

Rodriguez 'pretty firm' about becoming free agent

Screven defeats Jefferson

Red Sox ace draws crowd at workout

Braves' new coach focuses on hitters' approach to job

McGwire arrives at spring training

Greenbrier trounces Hephzibah

Gonzalez reports to camp

Avery returns to Braves

Braves notes: Rocker may go to Expos

Cashing in on gender differences

Business briefs: Unilever announces cut of 25,000 jobs

County's lack of land a hindrance, expert says
The Columbia County Development Authority has a speculative building as bait to lure industrial prospects to the community, but there is little property to show them when they get here, an economic development expert said Tuesday.

Area got 7,100 jobs in '99
State labor officials estimate 7,100 new jobs were created in the Augusta-Aiken metro area last year.

Agency will profit from timber bids
The Development Authority of Richmond County will make $525,000 this year off timber sales at its future industrial park.

Business briefs: U.S. rate increases hit foreign markets
Most European and Asian stocks fell Monday amid concerns that higher interest rates in the United States would hurt corporate profits. Much of their fear stemmed from comments made by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who indicated that more rate increases were likely if the U.S. economy did not cool down to more manageable levels.

County's lack of land a hindrance, expert says

Agency will profit from timber bids

Area got 7,100 jobs in '99

Business briefs: U.S. rate increases hit foreign markets

Business briefs: Unilever announces cut of 25,000 jobs
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Unilever, the consumer products company behind such household names as Lipton, Vaseline and Pepsodent, plans to slash 25,000 jobs, or 10 percent of its work force, during five years as it tries to reverse a slump in profits and its share price.

Baxter's 25 help Terps past Tigers

Furman coach reprimanded for remarks

Kitchings embraces new role

St. John's stops No. 22 UConn

ASU division title hopes on line tonight

FSU mounts comeback to beat Tech

Augusta State shuts down USC Spartanburg

SEC leaders control own destiny

ACC notes: Virginia hopes its bubble won't burst

Utah State on surprising run

The SRS at 50

Supports candidate with GOP values

SLF corners Clinton!

Likes 'honest, morally strong' candidate

Remembers 'child-like' point of view

Blasts Comcast for channel deletions

Raps complaints about library filing
Re: Tracy Williams' letter about her ``shocking'' trip to the library:Heather G. Getha, Evans

Criticizes McCain's `leadership'

In a heap'a trouble?

Veteran's Day?
Carlos Santana announced recently that he has created a clothing line, but he should also invest in some duffel bags. He'll need them to help carry the trophies he is expected to win at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards Wednesday night at Los Angeles' Staples Center.

Quick & hearty
Sometimes an easy recipe can be made easier. Take today's recipe for black beans and brown rice. This simple combination of sauteed onion, spices, black beans, canned tomatoes and instant brown rice is a 20-minute vegetarian meal.

In the know
Here are the nominees in major categories for this year's Grammy Awards.

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.

Augusta woman wins grand prize in Lifetime contest
Bonita Jeffries clicked the send button on her computer and forgot all about it -- until her dreams of romance were answered to the tune of $10,000 and a tony evening for two in Atlanta.

Match Play: A short week of work for half the field

Hot-streaking Campell to face Woods in match play

Match play not a typical golf game

Curtis Baptist closes in on third title

Aiken's girls win to improve playoff chances

Caps, 'Canes skate to tie

Hockey tournament marred by illegal hit

Ftorek nets Two goals in Lynx win

Ftorek nets Two goals in Lynx win

NHL suspends McSorley for attack on Brashear

Cashing in on gender differences
Another example of the differences between men and women, passed along by Aimee Elwell.

McCain in uphill fight to build wild card coalition
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. -- Janet Hess is bouncing on her toes to keep warm in the pre-dawn chill, watching George W. Bush shake hands outside a factory gate. ``I was with John McCain,'' she says, her breath forming a white stream of vapor. ``But things changed the other day.''

Astronauts reel in mast, solve last-minute problem
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- After scrutinizing three-quarters of the Earth's land area, the crew of space shuttle Endeavour switched off its eye to the planet today and reeled in the radar mast. The 197-foot mast and its antenna came in smoothly, in just 18 minutes. But after the mast folded up into a canister in the shuttle cargo bay, the astronauts had to struggle for a couple of hours more to get it to latch properly. Applause broke out in Mission Control when the problem was finally solved and the mast was latched firmly on the fourth try. Full story The Augusta Chronicle

Germans buy Sesame Street, Jim Henson's Muppet company
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Big Bird, Kermit and Miss Piggy better brush up on their German. Munich-based EM.TV and Merchandising AG is buying the Jim Henson Co., creator of the Muppet characters known to children worldwide. The Los Angeles-based company is the biggest U.S. name to go German since Chrysler was bought up by Daimler-Benz to form DaimlerChrysler AG in 1998. The cash-and-stock deal announced today is worth $680 million. ``By acquiring the Jim Henson Company, we gain some of the most powerful and enduring kids' and family brands worldwide and get access to the world's biggest and most important media market,'' said Thomas Haffa, chief executive of EM.TV. Full storyThe Augusta Chronicle

In the know

Quick & hearty

Augusta woman wins grand prize in Lifetime contest

Veteran's Day?

In the know

Senator says he didn't try to fix ticket

Senate panel slashes rail service funding

Speaker says racism common
AIKEN -- A knife has been pulled on her, her children have been spat on and her family lost its business -- all because of her candid views to end discrimination.

City leaders kick off census partnership

Council votes to settle suit with school district
North Augusta and the Aiken County School District will attempt to settle a 3-year-old lawsuit over a tax dispute.

Park to mark freedmen site

Protesters supports penalty
ATLANTA -- Sandy Martin said she believes a law punishing parents for leaving handguns where children can find them might have saved her 17-year-old son from killing himself with a hunting rifle.

University of Georgia buys downtown Athens retail property

State to examine schools
Test-score gaps among Richmond County schools has prompted the school board to ask for a state education team's help in studying low-performing schools.

Four homes damaged by blazes
Firefighters in Aiken County battled blazes all day Tuesday as flames ripped through at least four homes in unrelated fires.

Germans buy Sesame Street, Jim Henson's Muppet company

Board names school principal
Columbia County's newest middle school now has a new principal.

Repairs estimated at $1 million
The Jan. 16 drawdown of the Savannah River caused more than $1 million in damages to public and private property, according to repair estimates and claims submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers.

State to examine schools

State reviews venue-change controversy

Learning together

Man accuses jailers of wrongful treatment
Lincoln County officers face allegations this week in U.S. District Court that they violated not only the U.S. Constitution but also an international treaty concerning the treatment of people housed in jail cells.

Across the area: Police jail driver in deadly accident

City leaders kick off census partnership
AIKEN -- Ten years ago, Aiken County lost up to $62 million because approximately 2,000 residents did not stand up to be counted in the 1990 census, Aiken County Counts Chairwoman Joan Wilson said Tuesday.

Schools, businesses prepare for twisters

Protesters supports penalty

Bus driver faulted

Daytona's slow finish was a letdown

Man accuses jailers of wrongful treatment

Residents' group improves community
AIKEN -- After watching their neighborhood come back to life during the past year, Robert and Machela Knox decided to pluck the ``For Sale'' sign out of their front yard and stay put in Crosland Park.

Residents' group improves community

Historic craft slated for air show
While the Blue Angels are the main attraction, the April 1-2 Skyfest 2000 air show also will showcase military planes from the past and present and various world-class aerial acts.

Committee OKs passage of school bill

Utility job enters final stage

Council votes to settle suit with school district

House nixes electrocution

Across the area: Committee to study other governments

City asked to buy bank office tower

Doctors request mental patient's release

Bus driver faulted
A school bus driver was cited for failing to yield at a stop sign Tuesday after her bus was struck by a truck and rammed an embankment along Mike Padgett Highway. The bus driver, Doris Jarrard, 59, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for lacerations to the head. Four A. Dorothy Hains Elementary School pupils were on the special-education bus.

Repairs estimated at $1 million

University of Georgia buys downtown Athens retail property
ATHENS, Ga. -- Downtown businesses in Athens are making way for an occasional but powerful player in the precinct's real estate market: the University of Georgia.

Board names school principal

Senator says he didn't try to fix ticket
ATLANTA -- State Sen. Joey Brush lashed out from the Senate floor Tuesday at accusations that he tried to have a speeding ticket fixed, charging that the incident is an attempt to damage him politically for opposing Gov. Roy Barnes' education-reform bill.

Across the area: Police jail driver in deadly accident
A 16-year-old was killed in a two-car collision Tuesday that left traffic backed up on Mike Padgett Highway for more than an hour and a driver in jail on vehicular homicide charges.

City asked to buy bank office tower
After three years and exploring a half-dozen options for solving city hall's space problems, a new proposal is on the table -- buying the First Union Bank Building on Broad Street.

Utility job enters final stage
Any boost to Augusta's aging water system likely will come too late to head off another summertime water shortage.

Park to mark freedmen site
New flowering trees and native brush soon will blossom in the place where freed slaves prayed in Augusta.

Committee OKs passage of school bill
ATLANTA - Another day, another 40 changes to Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill, in this case just in time for the Senate Education Committee to pass it Monday.

Quadriplegic faces additional charge
The Augusta quadriplegic who began serving a seven-year prison sentence last week now faces up to 10 more years in prison after his indictment Tuesday for possession of marijuana.

State reviews venue-change controversy
ATLANTA -- Business owners and plaintiff lawyers are at it again.

Schools, businesses prepare for twisters
With this year's twister season looming and last week's deadly tornadoes in Georgia fresh in people's minds, the Augusta-Aiken area is getting prepared. Today, schools and businesses on both sides of the Savannah River are participating in tornado drills.

Doctors request mental patient's release
After more than a decade of treatment in a mental hospital, doctors report Oscar Moore, who wounded a man and then exchanged gunfire with sheriff's officers, is well enough to go home.

Speaker says racism common

Across the area: Committee to study other governments
An Augusta Commission subcommittee, appointed to study the issue of an in-house law department for the consolidated government, will look at the legal representation of other governments, such as Charlotte, N.C., and Athens-Clarke County, Ga.

Historic craft slated for air show

Senate panel slashes rail service funding
ATLANTA -- Plans for passenger-rail service in Georgia took a hit Monday when a Senate committee voted to cut funding for several projects from the state's midyear budget supplement.

Astronauts reel in mast, solve last-minute problem

House nixes electrocution
ATLANTA -- Worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may be about to declare the electric chair unconstitutional, the Georgia House voted overwhelmingly Monday to switch to lethal injection as the state's method of execution.

McCain in uphill fight to build wild card coalition

Learning together
Nikki Turner, 6, of Aiken, hangs on tightly to her dad, Michael Turner, as they attempt to in-line skate for the first time. The two spent a spring-like President's Day at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center.

Officials may close Jasper County hospital within 90 days
RIDGELAND, S.C. -- Jasper County's only emergency and 24-hour care facility is on life-support, and officials plan to pull the plug in 30 to 90 days.

Senators approve rural development plan
ATLANTA -- Georgia's Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Gov. Roy Barnes' 25-year plan to pour up to $1.6 billion into economic development efforts aimed at helping rural Georgia catch up with more prosperous urban and suburban communities.

Officials may close Jasper County hospital within 90 days

Senators approve rural development plan

Gilliam layup topples Hawks

Knicks hold off Clippers to win

Pacers squeeze out a win over Dallas

Mr. Sampson Phillips
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Sampson Phillips, 91, of East Main Street, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. James Bryant Sr.
GUYTON, Ga. -- Mr. James Edward Bryant Sr., 78, of Old Oak Road, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Gutherie
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Claire Gutherie, 41, of Bob Slack Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Gary Featherstone
AIKEN -- Mr. Gary Lee Featherstone, 49, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Swanner
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Fore Crenshaw Swanner, 90, of Rosemont Drive, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Lawrence Guerin
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Lawrence R. ``Larry'' Guerin, 55, of Castletown Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon.

Mr. Arthur Ross
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Arthur James Ross, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000.

Mrs. Elizabeth Easler
Mrs. Elizabeth Alberta Burgamy Easler, 67, of Belair Road, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruby Fanning
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Mrs. Ruby L. Butler Fanning, 78, of Invermere Road, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000.

Mrs. Frankie Rogers
BROOKLET, Ga. -- Mrs. Frankie Lee Rogers, 69, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation, Statesboro.

Mrs. Myra Arrington
MATTHEWS, Ga. -- Mrs. Myra ``Vickie'' Arrington, 52, of Campground Road, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mrs. Adella Garnett
APPLING -- Mrs. Adella Bowdre Garnett died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Select Specialty Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Miriam McMillian
Mrs. Miriam Carson McMillian, 92, of Owens Road, Evans, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Wesley Johnson
Mr. Wesley Johnson, 71, of Sparkleberry Road, Evans, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, in Augusta.

Mrs. Constance Strobridge
Mrs. Constance J. Strobridge, 39, of Cranbrook Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Myra Bolton
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Myra Burke Bolton, 78, of S. Gray Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Bethany Nursing Center.

Mr. John Scott
Mr. John Howard Scott, 63, of Lake Idylwilde Drive, Evans, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Cary Lane
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Cary Edge Lane, 83, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Ellen Jones
NORWAY, S.C. -- Mrs. Ellen Jones, 66, of Herbert Road, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Lawrence Cartrett
BELVEDERE -- Mr. Lawrence L. Cartrett, 64, of Palmetto Avenue, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Sara Johnston
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Sara Boyd Johnston, 54, of Pine Log Road, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Jack Hudson Sr.
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Jack A. Hudson Sr., 74, of McCullum Street, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Iris Cook
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Iris Yates Cook, 85, of East McCarty Street, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Washington County Extended Care Facility.

Mr. John Youngblood Sr.
Mr. John P. Youngblood Sr., 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Annie Parker
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Parker, 70, of Edenfield Road, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Alvin Bryant
Mr. Alvin Bryant, of Arcadia Court, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Select Specialty Hospital.

Mr. Roosevelt Andrews
AUSTELL, Ga. -- Mr. Roosevelt ``Chad'' Andrews, 35, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Vixie Heubel
Mrs. Vixie Tapley Heubel died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Willie Henry
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie ``Pete'' Henry, 78, of Moreland Ave., died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mr. David Crank
Mr. David Bruce Crank, 50, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Claudia Kelley
NINETY SIX, S.C. -- Mrs. Claudia Cooper Kelley, 52, of Lake Ridge Drive, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Pauline Pierce
SARDIS, Ga. -- Mrs. Pauline K. Pierce, of Highway 24 S., died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Millie Person
Mrs. Millie L. Person died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Atlanta Medical Center.

Mrs. Anabelle Batson
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Anabelle Batson, 92, of White Plains Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Georgia E. Jones
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mrs. Georgia E. Jones, 90, of North Hullin Avenue, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Elbert County Memorial Hospital.

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

Mrs. Ethel Floyd
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Ethel Bufford Floyd, 67, of Metasville Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Brown
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary C. Brown, 83, of Cooper Street, died Thursday, Feb, 17, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Carlos Warthen
Mr. Carlos Lamar Warthen, 54, of Pinnacle Way, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Miriam McMillian

Mrs. Adella Garnett

Mrs. Annie Parker

Mr. Jack Hudson Sr.

Mrs. Constance Strobridge

Mrs. Elizabeth Easler

Mr. John Scott

Mr. Alvin Bryant

Mr. John Youngblood Sr.

Mrs. Vixie Heubel

Mrs. Ruby Fanning

Mrs. Pauline Pierce

Mrs. Georgia E. Jones

Mr. Lawrence Guerin

Mr. Sampson Phillips

Mrs. Frankie Rogers

Mr. Gary Featherstone

Mrs. Mary Gutherie

Mrs. Myra Arrington

Mrs. Claudia Kelley

Mrs. Anabelle Batson

Mrs. Ellen Jones

Mr. Lawrence Cartrett

Mr. Arthur Ross

Mr. Wesley Johnson

Mrs. Millie Person

Mrs. Ethel Floyd

Message of freedom underscores Reagan birthday
FEBRUARY IS the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's 39th birthday. But because the president is suffering from advanced Alzheimer's disease, we must do the remembering for him. This golden anniversary ushers in more than heartwarming recollections of a president who truly loved his wife nad his country. It gives us more than fond memories of a principled leader who freed millions from the bonds of communist tyranny. Reagan's 89th birthday offers an opportunity to commemorate his extraordinary accomplishments by taking his message of freedom to the last bastions of socialism, American's college campuses.

Governor's reform bill needs more revision
I STRONGLY support quality education for all children and endorse progressive efforts to bring about needed educational reform. Subsequently, I have found the revised version of Georgia House Bill 1187 (the governor's education reform bill) is a step in the right direction. To that end, my colleagues across the state have pledged to continue to work with Gov. Roy Barners and his staff to improve education and this legislation in areas of mutual concern.

Raps complaints about library filing
Re: Tracy Williams' letter about her ``shocking'' trip to the library: Heather G. Getha, Evans

Wants local 'Race Unity Month'
Racism is the most challenging issue facing America today. Many efforts to improve relations between the races are not working. Racism continues to live, divide kill and cripple us as ``one nation under God.'' ... Rev. Larry Fryer, Augusta

Blasts Comcast for channel deletions
``On Feb. 15'' Comcast ``enhanced the value and diversity of `their' digital channel line-up by adding several popular, highly requested services.'' (The quotes come from a Comcast e-mail.) Barry Doick, Hephzibah

Likes 'honest, morally strong' candidate
The time is now. The opportunity is here. People keep saying that what this country needs in a leader is someone who is honest, intelligent, morally strong and fair. Dr. Alan L. Keyes is that man. He is committed to the highest standards of any candidate in the running this year. I believe with all our support the man can do what he says he will do. Rebecca M. Sieg, Augusta

McBride should go
The Kentucky firm that holds more than 140 Operation Bass fishing tournaments across the nation each year could be forgiven for last May's ugly hypocrisy at Thurmond Lake if it had taken more forceful action against ``Red Man Trail'' tournament director Randy McBride.

Perceives unwelcome change in GOP
As a lifelong conservative Republican and a Christian, I can say with assuredness that the Republican Party no longer represents me. It is not conservative, it is liberal with a couple of conservative ideas. It is not correct, it is politically correct with a few standards left. It is not pro-life, it is pro-choice with a couple of restrictions. It is not moral, It is quite immoral, with a couple of virtues it is trying to hold onto. Danny Himsey, Aiken

Remembers 'child-like' point of view
At first, I was hoping that Charles Schulz's family would change their minds and let someone else continue writing his cartoon strip. But, after thinking about it for awhile, I realize that this is a very good decision. Mr. Schulz had a unique gift for ``teaching'' us about life from a very moral, childlike point of view. He presented answers to life's questions in very simple, childlike ways, always with delightful humor that enabled one of the greatest gifts of all. We were taught to laugh at ourselves! Patty Strickland,Augusta

Governor's reform bill needs more revision
I STRONGLY support quality education for all children and endorse progressive efforts to bring about needed educational reform. Subsequently, I have found the revised version of Georgia House Bill 1187 (the governor's education reform bill) is a step in the right direction. To that end, my colleagues across the state have pledged to continue to work with Gov. Roy Barners and his staff to improve education and this legislation in areas of mutual concern.

Criticizes McCain's `leadership'
I understand that The Chronicle is a conservative newspaper and that it has a very strong bias towards the Republican Party. Still, I cannot understand how Phil Kent (column, Feb. 20) can announce that Sen. John McCain has drawn more independent and Democratic candidates than any other candidate. Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

Speaks out on Clinton, `treason,'
Just a few random thoughts: James V. Parker, North Augusta

In a heap'a trouble?
State Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, has received more than a lecture about speeding from the Georgia State Patrol. He has learned that he'd better deal with a judge about troopers who ``harass'' him, rather than contacting a high-ranking State Patrol buddy.

Faults fire chief for property loss
I have all the respect in the world for firefighters and spent many years as a firefighter, however, Augusta Fire Chief RonnieFew is trying to put the spin on the recent apartment fire situation. He blamed the heavy loss of property primarily on two situations. S. Miller, Evans

SLF corners Clinton!
If our impeached president wants to keep his status as an attorney, he may have to pass the New York bar exam -- presumably his new ``home state'' when he steps down from office next January.

Supports candidate with GOP values
I am very much concerned about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., being supported by liberal publications and social Democrats. That they prefer Sen. McCain to Texas Gov. George W. Bush is disturbing. Floyd Brown, USAF (Ret.), Evans

Backs candidate who keeps promises
I am supporting Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the Georgia GOP presidential primary on March 7. He has convinced me that he can and does deliver on his promises. How do I know this? From his record of results in Texas. He worked with Democratic legislators to form consensus on important reform programs -- programs with impressive results. Gov. Bush is a reformer with results. Leona Norton, Augusta

Message of freedom underscores Reagan birthday
FEBRUARY IS the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's 39th birthday. But because the president is suffering from advanced Alzheimer's disease, we must do the remembering for him. This golden anniversary ushers in more than heartwarming recollections of a president who truly loved his wife nad his country. It gives us more than fond memories of a principled leader who freed millions from the bonds of communist tyranny. Reagan's 89th birthday offers an opportunity to commemorate his extraordinary accomplishments by taking his message of freedom to the last bastions of socialism, American's college campuses.

The SRS at 50
We urge everyone in the two-state region to participate at some point during the next 10 months in the year-long 50th anniversary celebration at the Savannah River Site.

Gives view of flag, Bush, McCain
I know no matter how I say this, I'm going to appear racist. So be it. For this is the way these things appear to me. Patsy J. Bentler, Evans

McCain finished?
Have you ever seen a quarterback poised to throw a game-winning touchdown pass get clobbered and fumble the ball to the opposition? He's stunned and devastated.

Cross Creek denied win in first game of season

Jarrett takes a giant step in title defense

Daytona's slow finish was a letdown

Settlement reached in Ramsey dismissal

Rusedski wins opener in AXA Cup

Overtime: Panthers sign former Falcon Chuck Smith

Daytona complaints send NASCAR to wind tunnel

Overtime: Rose hopes Selig can be swayed

Kucera, Enqvist advance in AXA Cup

Judge undercuts key Microsoft defense in final arguments
WASHINGTON -- The judge in the Microsoft antitrust trial undercut an important legal defense in final arguments Tuesday before his decision.

Irradiated meat coming to some stores
WASHINGTON -- Ground beef that's been zapped to kill deadly bacteria could start showing up in supermarkets next month. New rules that allow the irradiation of raw beef, pork and lamb take effect Tuesday. To its advocates, irradiation could be one of the biggest advancements in food safety since the pasteurization of milk.

Shuttle lands with mapping data
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six returned to Earth on Tuesday with more than a week's worth of radar images that will be transformed into the finest maps of the planet.

Two weapons incinerator workers exposed to nerve agent
TOOELE, Utah -- Two workers repairing equipment at a chemical weapons incinerator were exposed to a deadly nerve agent Sunday when it leaked into a room where they were working.

DaimlerChrysler unveils sedan with high fuel economy
WASHINGTON -- In the race to develop a family-sized car that gets 80 miles per gallon, DaimlerChrysler Corp. will make a trade-off: concentrating on producing an affordable sedan consumers can buy sooner rather than wringing the final bit of fuel efficiency before going to market.

Microsoft limiting use of long-term temps
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. is limiting its temporary workers to one year of employment at a time, with 100-day intervals in between -- a move that will force up to 1,500 of its contract workers to find new jobs or seek permanent positions with the company.

Study: Estrogen not effective treatment once Alzheimer's sets in
CHICAGO -- Research has suggested that women who take estrogen are less likely to develop Alzheimer's. But a new study found that once the mind-robbing disease sets in, the female hormone offers no benefit.

Pond scum may give limitless supply of fuel
WASHINGTON -- Hydrogen may be an ideal fuel when the supply of oil and natural gas runs out, but the problem has been finding a way to produce it cheaply. Scientists now say the answer may be an ordinary pond scum.

Shuttle lands with mapping data
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six returned to Earth on Tuesday with more than a week's worth of radar images that will be transformed into the finest maps of the planet.

Judge undercuts key Microsoft defense in final arguments
WASHINGTON -- The judge in the Microsoft antitrust trial undercut an important legal defense in final arguments Tuesday before his decision.

Study: Estrogen not effective treatment once Alzheimer's sets in
CHICAGO -- Research has suggested that women who take estrogen are less likely to develop Alzheimer's. But a new study found that once the mind-robbing disease sets in, the female hormone offers no benefit.

DaimlerChrysler unveils sedan with high fuel economy
WASHINGTON -- In the race to develop a family-sized car that gets 80 miles per gallon, DaimlerChrysler Corp. will make a trade-off: concentrating on producing an affordable sedan consumers can buy sooner rather than wringing the final bit of fuel efficiency before going to market.

Your style
Brandon Crane is a sophomore at Davidson Fine Arts High School.

After-school studies
Much like eating vegetables, homework is supposed to be good for you.

Your style

Advice line
``I have a problem at school. I hang around a lot of the girls, and all of the boys say I'm gay because I hang with all the girls. I lost my best friend because he said people are giving me a bad name. What should I do?'' -- 14-year-old Hephzibah boy

The big screen
Xtreme Teen Board member, Brian Jones, gives a brief review on Reindeer Games and Wonder Boys.

Your style

Your style
Brandon Crane, 16, a sophomore at Davidson Fine Arts High School.

The big screen

After-school studies

Judge undercuts key Microsoft defense in final arguments

Shuttle lands with mapping data

DaimlerChrysler unveils sedan with high fuel economy

Judge undercuts key Microsoft defense in final arguments

Irradiated meat coming to some stores

Shuttle lands with mapping data

Pond scum may give limitless supply of fuel

DaimlerChrysler unveils sedan with high fuel economy