Rodriguez 'pretty firm' about becoming free agent

Gonzalez reports to camp

Braves notebook: Avery happy to be throwing again

Strawberry tests positive for cocaine

Strawberry reports to camp, ordered out by league

Braves notebook: Simon wants apology from Rocker

Nearly 2,000 fans watch Griffey take BP

McGwire arrives at spring training

Diamondbacks believe move to AL might be inevitable

Avery returns to Braves

Guillen won't soon forget devastation in native country

Red Sox ace draws crowd at workout

Business briefs: Tech stock surge aids Nasdaq boost

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.

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.

Business briefs: Unilever announces cut of 25,000 jobs

Boardman sells truck fleet
Augusta-based Boardman Petroleum Inc., which sold its chain of Smile Gas convenience stores five months ago, has sold its fuel transport business to a North Carolina company.

County's lack of land a hindrance, expert says

Area got 7,100 jobs in '99

Business briefs: Tech stock surge aids Nasdaq boost
NEW YORK -- A huge rally in technology stocks Wednesday gave the Nasdaq composite index its biggest one-day point gain -- but the high-tech advance offered no help to big industrial stocks.

Waynesboro gets $1.5 million grant
Waynesboro, Ga.'s plan to expand sewage capacity in developing areas of surrounding Burke County will be aided by $1.5 million in federal money.

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.

ACC notes: Virginia hopes its bubble won't burst

Kitchings embraces new role

Lander sweeps past USC Aiken

Tigers rally to top USC

Utah State on surprising run

Paine routs Savannah State

ASU division title hopes on line tonight

Cremins hoping for strong finish

Baxter's 25 help Terps past Tigers

Florida rolls by Georgia

Hawkins leads Jaguars to win

UCLA basketball is no laughing matter

Missed trey saves Lady Jags

Syracuse crushes Villanova

A critical vote

Blasts Comcast for channel deletions

Criticizes McCain's `leadership'

In a heap'a trouble?

Urges proper use of tobacco money

SLF corners Clinton!

Opposes clear-cutting by land owners

Supports candidate with GOP values

Praises flag as `freedom's symbol'

Toy story
NEW YORK -- Barbie has a new toned-down face and figure. G.I. Joe now talks in Navajo. Dr. Laura has her own game, in which players can ``preach, teach and nag.'' And Harry Potter soon will try to upstage Pokemon in the trading-card world.

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.

In the know
3-D TV: Turner Network Television will premiere its Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2000 special on Saturday at 8 p.m. Hosts Damon Wayans and supermodel Estella Warren will give a behind-the-scenes tour of what goes into producing Sports Illustrated's most popular issue.

Creation theories offer comfort, hope
"In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth." So begins the most famous creation story ever told, read and memorized by millions of people around the world. Penned more than 5,000 years ago, the biblical account of the origins of the universe sets forth the compelling notion that all the stars and planets and every thing within the vastness of space sprang into existence on God's command at some remote moment in the past.

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.

The more spouses at dinner the merrier
Dear Carson: I work for a home-building company, and we are having an appreciation dinner for realty agents who sold our homes in 1999. We have a limited budget, so we did not state on the invitations that the Realtors could invite a date for the meal.

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.

More tabloid tales about Tiger

Match play not a typical golf game

Tiger tough in opener

Hot-streaking Campell to face Woods in match play

Aiken's girls win to improve playoff chances

Blackville's girls roar into state play

Curtis Baptist closes in on third title

NHL suspends McSorley for attack on Brashear

Ftorek nets Two goals in Lynx win

McSorley gets harshest penalty in NHL history

Shtrom awaiting chance

Ftorek nets Two goals in Lynx win

Canal authority wants squatters removed
Augusta Canal Authority wants the city of Augusta to step up efforts to remove private cabins from city property between the canal and the Savannah River.

Standoff ends peacefully
With the help of an Aiken lawyer, a standoff in North Augusta ended peacefully Wednesday after a man barricaded himself inside his home and threatened to ``blow away'' the officers surrounding it, police said. As a line cars waited along Goldman Avenue to pick up children at nearby North Augusta Elementary School just before 2 p.m., the man emerged from a one-story house screaming profanities at parents and children, according to North Augusta Department of Public Safety. When police arrived, the man wielded a pistol, ran back into his home and threatened officers, screaming that he served his country in the Vietnam War, Chief Lee Wetherington said. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Quick & hearty

The more spouses at dinner the merrier

Toy story

Augusta woman wins grand prize in Lifetime contest

In the know

Creation theories offer comfort, hope

Bus driver faulted

Killer executed by lethal injection
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Terry Sims was a career criminal for more than two decades and was living in Lake City in 1977 when he linked up with a Jacksonville gang that specialized in knocking off drugstores throughout Florida and Georgia.

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.

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.

Backers prepare for vote
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Hoping for a high turnout at the polls for Saturday's bond referendum, members of McCormick's churches and NAACP will drive people to the polls.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Aiken man arrested after standoff
With the help of an Aiken lawyer, a standoff in North Augusta ended peacefully Wednesday after a man barricaded himself inside his home and threatened to ``blow away'' the officers surrounding it, police said.

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.

Protesters supports penalty

Ukrainian doctor seeks help

Across the area: Police jail driver in deadly accident

Indigent flock to hospital

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

Killer executed by lethal injection

Officials may close Jasper County hospital within 90 days

Forgetting this coach will be easy

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.

Canal authority wants squatters removed

Ukrainian doctor seeks help
During his trip to the Garden City, a Ukrainian physician made a modest request of his Augusta colleagues: that they donate available equipment, excess medications and any usable medical necessities -- all lacking in the ill-supplied free clinic he opened in his home, Odessa, in 1995.

Local Reform Party prepares for Aiken Co. filing period

Local Reform Party prepares for Aiken Co. filing period
AIKEN -- With a pledge of allegiance and a prayer asking God to help them elect Pat Buchanan as president, 17 Aiken County residents opened the first meeting Wednesday of the new Aiken County Reform Party.

Officials settle tax dispute

City leaders kick off census partnership

Across the area: Police arrest two in shooting

Senators approve rural development plan

Georgia Senate OKs ethics legislation

Schools, businesses prepare for twisters

Inmate gives police lead in Holt slaying

Speaker says racism common

Lifetime benefits debated
A new military health care reform bill is a ``cautious'' step toward fulfilling a long-broken promise of health care for life for retirees, U.S. Sen. Max Cleland said Wednesday.

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.

Backers prepare for vote

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.

Lifetime benefits debated

Senator says he didn't try to fix ticket

Vietnam 'dodger' returns
ATLANTA -- Preston King returned to Georgia on Wednesday after 39 years in self-imposed exile to the bright lights of the national news media, hugs from his family and accolades. It was far different from the state he left to avoid imprisonment for draft evasion.

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.

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.

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.

Authority wants city to remove squatters
The Augusta Canal Authority wants city officials to step up efforts to remove private cabins from city property between the canal and the Savannah River.

Board names school principal

Tornadoes drills held statewide

Inmate gives police lead in Holt slaying
A sheriff's detective heading the investigation into the 1998 killing of Sam's Club Manager David Holt is looking into claims that the killer is already sitting in jail.

Indigent flock to hospital
A state audit showing indigent patients bypassing other to go to Medical College of Georgia Hospital might persuade state officials to change MCG's status as a dumping ground for the uninsured, officials said.

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.

Officials settle tax dispute
North Augusta city officials and the Aiken County School District have settled a 3-year-old lawsuit over the city's plan to finance development along the Savannah River.

Georgia Senate OKs ethics legislation
ATLANTA -- With little debate and even less fanfare, the Georgia Senate unanimously passed a Republican-backed ethics bill Wednesday to prohibit lawmakers from soliciting campaign contributions during the General Assembly session or using state employees to work on their campaigns during business hours.

Aiken man arrested after standoff

Tornadoes drills held statewide
At Greenbrier Elementary School in Columbia County on Wednesday morning, children huddled quietly against the walls with heads down, protected by their arms.

City asked to buy bank office tower

Park to mark freedmen site

Man accuses jailers of wrongful treatment

University of Georgia buys downtown Athens retail property

Across the area: Police arrest two in shooting
Two Augusta men were arrested early Wednesday on charges they shot at another man with whom they had a long-running argument.

More of the same for Jordan's Wizards

Stallions' turf only half right

Murder trial for Lewis, co-defendants set for May 15

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

Mrs. Cheryl Boatright
Mrs. Cheryl Quesada Boatright, 44, of Storey Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at her residence.

Miss Mary Chalker
GIBSON, Ga. -- Miss Mary Lou Chalker, 49, of Project Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Paul Bennett
Mr. Paul Eugene Bennett, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Dempsey Weaver
Mr. Dempsey Marvin Weaver, 91, of Augusta, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

Mr. James Wall III
THOMSON -- Mr. James Marion Wall III, 79, of Langham Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Hazel Stewart
Mrs. Hazel Edwards Stewart, 75, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000.

Mr. Charles Hibbitts
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Charles R. Hibbitts, 44, of Jacob McKie Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Addie Stafford
MONTVILLE, N.J. -- Mrs. Addie Stafford, of Taylortown Road, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000.

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

Mr. Clarence Rayford
THOMSON -- Mr. Clarence Reynold Rayford, 34, of Holt Street, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Lev Parker Jr.
PHILADELPHIA -- Mr. Lev Parker Jr., 75, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000.

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.

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

Mrs. Vixie Heubel
Mrs. Vixie Tapley Heubel died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 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. Barbara Covington
WEDOWEE, Ala. -- Mrs. Barbara Ann Bowman Covington, 63, of County Road 329, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 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. Gladys Blandenburg
Mrs. Gladys Blandenburg, of Arcadia Drive, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Bennie Myers
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Bennie F. Myers, 84, of Poplar Road, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Magnolia Manor Nursing Center, Rock Hill.

Mr. Albert Black
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Albert Black, 73, of Route 2, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Ms. Sheila McAllister
Ms. Sheila McAllister, of Dewitt Street, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.

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

Mr. Mark Key
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Mark Key, 44, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Olin Jackson
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mr. Olin Jasper ``O.J.'' Jackson, 77, of Roberson Bridge Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Quincy Bailey
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Quincy W. Bailey, 78, of White Rock Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

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

Mr. James Irwin
AIKEN -- Mr. James ``Ron'' Irwin, 57, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Clarence Finch
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Clarence Robinson Finch, 75, of Union Point Highway, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

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

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

Mr. David Edwards
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. David Clayton Edwards, 66, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000.

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruby Fanning

Mr. Dempsey Weaver

Mr. James Wall III

Mrs. Barbara Covington

Mr. Clarence Rayford

Mrs. Adella Garnett

Mr. Quincy Bailey

Mr. Lawrence Cartrett

Mr. Jack Hudson Sr.

Mrs. Ethel Floyd

Mrs. Addie Stafford

Mrs. Vixie Heubel

Mr. Charles Hibbitts

Mr. Lawrence Guerin

Mr. John Youngblood Sr.

Mrs. Pauline Pierce

Mr. James Irwin

Mrs. Elizabeth Easler

Mrs. Cheryl Boatright

Mr. Mark Key

Mr. Olin Jackson

Mr. David Edwards

Miss Mary Chalker

Mrs. Hazel Stewart

Mrs. Bennie Myers

Mr. Lev Parker Jr.

Mr. Alvin Bryant

Mrs. Elizabeth Easler

Mr. Wesley Johnson

Ms. Sheila McAllister

Mr. Gary Featherstone

Mr. Albert Black

Mrs. Anabelle Batson

Mrs. Gladys Blandenburg

Mrs. Frankie Rogers

Education Reform Bill a `big government, one-size-fits-all mandate'
FOR SOMEONE whose primary reason to enter politics has been a commitment to raise the quality of education in Georgia, you would think I would be happy about the governor's proposed Education Reform Bill.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Education Reform Bill a `big government, one-size-fits-all mandate'
FOR SOMEONE whose primary reason to enter politics has been a commitment to raise the quality of education in Georgia, you would think I would be happy about the governor's proposed Education Reform Bill.

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.

Opposes clear-cutting by land owners
I live in Forest Creek Subdivision and I think that we may need to change the name to simply ``Creek'' subdivision. Why? Because there is no forest anymore. Someone who owns the property all around our subdivision decided to clear-cut the trees. It is a distressing sight to see the beautiful trees cut and the animals killed or left homeless. It's an absolute rape of the land. Tracy Sprankle, Martinez

Bush still ahead (now)
John McCain's presidential campaign roared back from the brink of extinction Tuesday night with two primary victories over struggling frontrunner George W. Bush.

Wants conservative history repeated
Once upon a time there was a governor of a very large and powerful state. Devon Hope, Evans

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

Supports 'only true conservative'
Here is a comment from the Feb. 17 Metro section in regard to Alan Keyes: Eric Simpson, North Augusta

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

Urges proper use of tobacco money
We need to protect Georgia's most precious resource -- our children. In the coming months, Georgia will face a once in a lifetime opportunity and its biggest public health decision in recent history. Rebecca Inglett, 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

Defends state school superintendent
The state of Georgia has a very intelligent and knowledgable lady at the helm of the school system.She has spent her adult life in education, in the trenches as well as in management. She fought the good old boy establishment and was duly elected by the people of Georgia. She has had to fight the politicians just to keep some of the authority vested in her by the people of Georgia. She has to spend a good bit of her valuable time, which she could be spending to get our children better educated, fighting these politicians. Charles J. Connell, Augusta

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

Praises flag as `freedom's symbol'
The Rev. Thomas Shepherd (letter, Jan. 25) needs to reread the inscription on Augusta's Confederate monument: ``No nation rose so white and fair: none fell so pure of crime.'' The last word is crime -- not sin. James Isdell, 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.

Too far to the Left
Monday night's debate between Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley was great theater in Harlem's Apollo Theater. The whining and groveling before the liberal crowd was only exceeded by how far to the political Left both men veered.

A critical vote
Gov. Roy Barnes has re-written and amended his education reform bill over 100 times in two weeks. It's getting better, and worse.

The great car debate continues at Rockingham

Cross Creek denied win in first game of season

Bohler's goals lift Lakeside to victory

Sports section named to Top 10 list

Overtime: Rose hopes Selig can be swayed

Coaches accused in assaults

Settlement reached in Ramsey dismissal

Overtime: Ditka to go from sidelines back to studio

Forgetting this coach will be easy

Kucera, Enqvist advance in AXA Cup

Improvement remains goal

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.

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.

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.

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.

Digital TV standards announced
WASHINGTON -- Consumers soon can buy digital television receivers that work with their cable systems under an agreement between television makers and cable operators announced Wednesday.

Bone marrow may help doctors gauge survival chances in breast cancer
Looking for malignant cells lurking in the bone marrow of women getting breast cancer surgery may help doctors better predict patients' chances of survival, researchers say.

Balloonist making second attempt at around-the-world solo voyage
CHICAGO -- An engineer who quit his job in hopes of making the first solo voyage around the world in a hot air balloon was floating over the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, more than 1,100 miles and nearly two days into his journey.

Balloonist making second attempt at around-the-world solo voyage

Digital TV standards announced

Bone marrow may help doctors gauge survival chances in breast cancer

Judge undercuts key Microsoft defense in final arguments

DaimlerChrysler unveils sedan with high fuel economy

Shuttle lands with mapping data