Strawberry reports to camp, ordered out by league

Strawberry could be suspended for 1 year

Mets' Pulsipher out of hospital

Guillen won't soon forget devastation in native country

Diamondbacks believe move to AL might be inevitable

Nearly 2,000 fans watch Griffey take BP

Griffey and son finally get together

Braves notebook: Avery happy to be throwing again

Braves notes: Braves disciplined for early signing of player

Joyner breaks foot

Century of living not desired

Seminar highlights technology
Area business representatives attending a technology seminar Thursday got a glimpse into the future of telecommunications.

Business briefs: Mortgage rates fall after hitting high
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates edged down this week after hitting a 3'-year high the week before.

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.

Seminar highlights technology

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.

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.

Business briefs: Mortgage rates fall after hitting high

Eckerd to close two stores
Two local Eckerd drug stores will close as part of a cost-cutting program announced Thursday by parent company J.C. Penney.

Business briefs: Tech stock surge aids Nasdaq boost

SEC notes: Bulldogs, Gamecocks have much at stake

Missed trey saves Lady Jags

Hawkins leads Jaguars to win

Florida rolls by Georgia

UCLA basketball is no laughing matter

Cremins hoping for strong finish

Lander sweeps past USC Aiken

Sanchez leads Owls past St. Bonaventure

Syracuse crushes Villanova

College notes: Harrick Jr. investigated by police

Paine routs Savannah State

Jackets stop losing skid

Loss to UConn among worst in Big East history

Tigers rally to top USC

Georgia Tech upsets UNC

Wants confederate flag lowered

Opposes clear-cutting by land owners

Praises flag as `freedom's symbol'

Urges proper use of tobacco money

A critical vote

Blasts rabbi

Battle of Aiken
The last mist of morning has burned off and in the distance, a small cluster of men labor under a slate gray South Carolina sky. Quickly and efficiently, they run rope across the quiet expanse of an open field.

'Wolf' makes a scary ballet
Under the expansive, spreading canopy of an old tree, the familiar story of Peter and the Wolf is about to unfold. Its familiar soundtrack, written by Sergei Prokofiev as a child's primer to orchestral music, swells with an instrumental paean to boyhood.

Concert to feature big set of pipes
The Columbia County Choral Society, which features 45 to 55 singers each performance, will be joined by a much more formidable set of pipes today.

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.

Jucifer turns up the volume
With just two members, guitarist Amber Valentine and drummer Ed Livengood, Jucifer proves that it's not always the size of the band that matters, but rather what you do with it.

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.

Meaty roles served up in 'The Dining Room'
It's almost like the bonus question on a high school algebra test. Take 50 roles, divide by seven actors and add a single script. The answer? Playwright A.R. Gurney's examination of the American family, The Dining Room.

'Tis the season to get in the dirt
With the arrival of warmer weather comes the urge to work in the garden.

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.

Early color
In the Augusta area, camellias can grow up to 10 feet tall, although some dwarf varieties stay close to the ground.

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.

Chimineas get homeowners
Chimineas burn wood and are usually used for extra heat.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tillis got his money's worth
If his career were gone tomorrow, Mel Tillis figures he would be out $29.

Shallow water fish migration sign of spring is near

More tabloid tales about Tiger

Tiger tough in opener

Tight field at Tuscon Open

Sergio testing the field in the next World Golf Championship event

Garcia, Woods among 16 to survive Round 2

Healthy Barnwell opens state play

Jones' 31 leads Blackville-Hilda girls

Blackville's girls roar into state play

Josey senior refuses to yield to disability

Lady Rebels make coach eat his words

Prep basketball pairings

Senators squeeze past Lightning

Shtrom awaiting chance

McSorley gets harshest penalty in NHL history

Lynx ledger

Pair helps Lynx run smoothly

Jagr admitted to hospital with thigh contusion

Brashear awaits more tests

Century of living not desired
How long do you want to live? Researchers asked a bunch of Americans last year and were mildly surprised that most don't want to hang around for 100 years.

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

Harlem flag corps denied uniforms
Members of the Harlem High School flag corps have learned a difficult lesson this school year: Buyer beware.

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.

'Wolf' makes a scary ballet

Toy story

'Tis the season to get in the dirt

Concert to feature big set of pipes

The more spouses at dinner the merrier

Chimineas get homeowners

Jucifer turns up the volume

Battle of Aiken

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tillis got his money's worth

Meaty roles served up in 'The Dining Room'

Creation theories offer comfort, hope

Killer executed by lethal injection

University plans ER renovation

Uniform company probed

Training a treat for drug dogs
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Artus was happy as a puppy rolling in clover.

University plans ER renovation
Coming off a prosperous year with loads of patients walking through the door, University Hospital is looking to spiff up one of its main draws -- the emergency room.

Across the area: Local aviators get hall of fame honor
WARNER ROBINS -- Two sets of brothers -- including a duo from Augusta -- and two individuals will be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in April.

Georgia Senate OKs ethics legislation

Officials work in museum
ATHENS, Ga. -- Once a mecca for young scholars and later a way station for art lovers, the former Georgia Museum of Art at University of Georgia has opened for its next wave of occupants: university administrators.

Officials work in museum

Lifetime benefits debated

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.

Lawmakers pass teen crime bill
ATLANTA -- Responding to a brutal attack on an Augusta schoolteacher last fall, the Georgia House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill to get tough with early teen-age criminals.

SRS contractor reviews changes
Savannah River Site's top contractor continues to review ways to streamline its operation of the federal nuclear-weapons reservation.

Senate passes school reforms
ATLANTA -- Georgia senators overwhelmingly passed Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill Thursday after seven hours of debate.

Local Reform Party prepares for Aiken Co. filing period

Across the area: Police arrest two in shooting

Inmate gives police lead in Holt slaying

Ukrainian doctor seeks help

SRS contractor reviews changes

Officials settle tax dispute

Revised state budget receives Senate OK

Aiken man arrested after standoff

House considers legalizing tattoos
Georgia tattoo parlors hugging the South Carolina border will be the big losers if the South Carolina Legislature passes a bill allowing tattoo parlors to open in the Palmetto State.

Canal authority wants squatters removed

Jury says sheriff, county violated rights
Three years after a federal jury acquitted Danish citizen Flemming Ralk of criminal charges, a Georgia jury awarded him $100,000 in damages.

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.

Pamphlet outlines services of sheriff's office
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has compiled a 20-page brochure profiling the various functions and services offered to the community.

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.

Residents turn in firearms for cash in safety program
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Ralph Davis is at home with guns.

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.

Forgetting this coach will be easy

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.

Backers prepare for vote

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.

Senate passes school reforms

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.

Training a treat for drug dogs

Across the area: Local aviators get hall of fame honor

Bookish pursuits

Pamphlet outlines services of sheriff's office

British ship arrives for U.S. exercise

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.

Council discusses expansion options

Residents turn in firearms for cash in safety program

Jury says sheriff, county violated rights

Harlem flag corps denied uniforms

British ship arrives for U.S. exercise
SAVANNAH -- Her Majesty's Ship Norfolk sailed into Savannah on Wednesday for a four-day port call.

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.

Uniform company probed
Members of the Harlem High School flag corps have learned a difficult lesson this school year: buyer beware.

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.

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.

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.

Bookish pursuits
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Georgia, talks to students at Cross Creek High School. He stopped by the school Thursday togive more than 700 books to the school's library. The books were collected by his wife, Gloria, as part of her congressional spouse project.

Lawmakers pass teen crime bill

Apartment building fails to meet safety deadline
More than 60 days after being told to correct violations, an Augusta apartment complex -- the site of a destructive December fire -- is still not in compliance with fire codes, authorities said.

Indigent flock to hospital

Revised state budget receives Senate OK
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate approved Gov. Roy Barnes' midyear budget request Thursday over the objections of Republicans opposed to spending the state's budget surplus.

Tornadoes drills held statewide

Council discusses expansion options
After three years of talk and a $90,000-plus study on solving overcrowding in the Municipal Building on Greene Street, city and judicial officials met Thursday to hear what the judges had to say.

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.

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.

Timberwolves top Clippers

Gugliotta leads Suns past Wizards

More of the same for Jordan's Wizards

Deadline passes with little activity

Rookie, Rose carry Pacers to victory

Stallions' turf only half right

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

Ms. Dena Boyd
Ms. Dena M. Boyd, 82, of Eighth Avenue, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Barbara Covington
WEDOWEE, Ala. -- Mrs. Barbara Ann Bowman Covington, 63, of County Road 329, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at her residence.

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

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

Mr. Ronald Wilkes
BROOKLYN, Ga. -- Mr. Ronald Wilkes, 55, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000.

Mrs. Dorothy Harris
Mrs. Dorothy Harris of Lutheran Drive, Augusta, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Eugene Fitts
BRUNSON, S.C. -- Mr. Eugene Fitts, 80, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center, Varnville.

Mr. Bobby Woodward
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Bobby ``Peck'' Woodward, of Briarwood Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Charles Walker Sr.
HAMPTON, S.C. -- Mr. Charles Henry Walker Sr., 61, of Smalls Lane, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Baptist Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Bessie Weathersbee
BATH -- Mrs. Bessie M. Weathersbee, 93, of McKinney Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Anne Maria Nursing Center, North Augusta.

Mrs. Gladys Blandenburg
Mrs. Gladys Blandenburg, of Arcadia Drive, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Jerry Meriwether
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mr. Jerry Meriwether, 71, of Angelview Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Medical Park, Columbia.

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

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.

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

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

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

Mrs. Dora Handberry
GARFIELD, Ga. -- Mrs. Dora B. Handberry, 83, of Scuffletown Road, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

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

Mrs. Roselle Zellars
DETROIT -- Mrs. Roselle Zellars, 76, of Crossley Road, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000.

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.

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

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

Mr. Donald Adams
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Donald Lee Adams, 48, of Credille Pine Road, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

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

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

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.

Mrs. Margaret Strother
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Margaret Lindsey Strother, 50, of Spring Street, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Eugene Leopard
LANGLEY -- Mr. Eugene Burns Leopard, 66, of Cushman Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. McCrae Robinson Sr.
Mr. McCrae S. ``Sarge'' Robinson Sr., 70, of Walton Way, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000.

Mr. Sylvester Johnson
AIKEN -- Mr. Sylvester Johnson, 44, of Alex Johnson Drive, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Emmaline Bing
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Emmaline Gordon Bing, 85, of Bing Section Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Irene Phillips
Mrs. Irene McMahan Phillips, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000.

Mr. Bennie Burton Jr.
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Bennie Lee Burton Jr., 73, of Myranda Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Shirley McNeil
Mrs. Shirley A. McNeil, 37, of Amsterdam Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. James McCullough Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James Ira McCullough Sr., 81, of Crestview Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Sanders
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Louise Williamson Sanders, 53, of Columbia Highway North, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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.

Mr. Hubert Simons
THOMSON -- Mr. Hubert L. Simons, 88, of Roy Reeves Road, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

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. May Walton
Mrs. May Ainsworth Walton, 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. Billy Lott
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mr. Billy L. Lott, 58, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000.

Rev. Charlie Walton Jr.
The Rev. Charlie W. Walton Jr., of 13th Street, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Pauline McLendon
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mrs. Pauline McLendon, 87, of Bradford Road, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000.

Mr. Willie Childs
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Willie C. Childs, 62, of Blythe Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Andrew Irwin Sr.
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Andrew Irwin Sr., 44, of Shurling Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.

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

Mr. Willie Riddles
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Roger Riddles, 64, of South Racetrack Street, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Strother

Miss Mary Chalker

Ms. Sheila McAllister

Mr. Bennie Burton Jr.

Mrs. Elizabeth Easler

Mr. Hubert Simons

Mrs. Addie Stafford

Mrs. Irene Phillips

Mr. Clarence Rayford

Mr. Willie Riddles

Mr. Olin Jackson

Mrs. Roselle Zellars

Mr. Donald Adams

Mr. Billy Lott

Mr. David Edwards

Mrs. Cheryl Boatright

Mr. Charles Hibbitts

Mr. Andrew Irwin Sr.

Mr. Lev Parker Jr.

Mr. Willie Childs

Mrs. Bennie Myers

Ms. Dena Boyd

Mr. Dempsey Weaver

Mr. Eugene Leopard

Mr. Albert Black

Mrs. Pauline McLendon

Mrs. Hazel Stewart

Mr. Ronald Wilkes

Mrs. Shirley McNeil

Mrs. Mary Sanders

Mrs. May Walton

Mr. Eugene Fitts

Mrs. Gladys Blandenburg

Mr. McCrae Robinson Sr.

Mrs. Barbara Covington

Mrs. Dorothy Harris

Mr. James Wall III

Mrs. Bessie Weathersbee

Mrs. Cheryl Boatright

Mrs. Dora Handberry

Mr. Quincy Bailey

Rev. Charlie Walton Jr.

Mr. Mark Key

Mr. James Irwin

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.

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.

Boosting Burke Co.
The Burke County economy, for a long time one of Georgia's weakest, gets a huge boost from the U.S. Commerce Department's $1.5 million grant to Waynesboro.

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.

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.

Vows to display flag and heritage
I'm highly aggravated that not enough coverage was given to the march for keeping the Confederate flag flying over the South Carolina Statehouse. Joan Walker, Springfield

Blasts rabbi
I found it extremely offensive to read in the Feb. 19 Chronicle about a ``Messianic rabbi'' who came to Augusta. You cannot call yourself Jewish and believe in Christ at the same time, just as in politics you cannot be a conservative and liberal simultaneously on the same issue. Ron Blum, Augusta

Virulent strain of Islam preaches treason against the United States
AN ODD controversy briefly dominated the sports pages in March 1996. A player in the National Basketball Association, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, refused to follow the league's rule requiring that players stand in a ``dignified posture'' during the national anthem.

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

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.

TV's moral degeneracy
The fallout from the disgraced Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire? TV show centers on all the wrong issues: how the ``marriage'' collapsed following reports that the multimillionaire groom apparently was not a millionaire at all; that he had stalked and perhaps hit girl friends in the past; that the airhead bride, Darva Conger, didn't understand what she was getting into by agreeing to wed a man on national TV only minutes after she met him.

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

Insulting Christ
The Georgia House voted overwhelmingly to retire ``Ol' Sparky.'' They did it out of fear the U.S. Supreme Court will, at some point, order a costly retrial for a death row inmate on grounds of ``cruel and unusual punishment.''

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

Raps generalizations about blacks
We should have pity and strive to educate Eric Dalton (letter, Feb. 21) and others like him who have been brainwashed by the media's flood of negative images of African-Americans and other minorities. Laurence M. Mixon, Fort Gordon

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

Attacks logic of abortion ruling
Last month marked the sad and shameful anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize abortion on demand. Since that day 27 years ago, the lives of 39 million babies have been denied. John-Paul Morgante, Augusta

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

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

Wants confederate flag lowered
The Confederate flag issue is one that should not even exist. Helen Kent, Augusta

Forgetting this coach will be easy

De La Hoya has boxing on his mind

Sports section named to Top 10 list

Flutie remains bitter toward Bills

Coaches accused in assaults

Overtime: Bulldogs' G-Day game is canceled

Improvement remains goal

Proctor, Bass top signees

Bohler's goals lift Lakeside to victory

Overtime: Ditka to go from sidelines back to studio

Benson hopes Daytona showing was no fluke

The great car debate continues at Rockingham

Promising brain injury vaccine discovered
WASHINGTON -- An oral vaccine that protects brain neurons from injury caused by epilepsy seizure or by stroke has been tested successfully in rats, researchers report.

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.

A Third of Workday Spent on Computer
American workers spend 35 percent, or three hours, of their workday on a computer and 23 percent of their workday on the Internet, according to a February study on work trends. Almost three-fourths of workers surveyed, or 70 percent, report that they use computers at work at least one hour a day, with 36 percent reporting that they spend at least half of their workday on the computer.

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.

FDA warns of five Chinese herb products
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration warned diabetics Thursday not to use five brands of Chinese herbal products, saying the herbs illegally contain prescription drugs that could cause dangerous drops in blood sugar.

MSNBC to run a Silicon Valley summit
NEW YORK -- MSNBC is bringing together leaders of the Internet economy for a televised ``Summit in Silicon Valley'' next week.

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.

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

Bone marrow may help doctors gauge survival chances in breast cancer

Promising brain injury vaccine discovered

FDA warns of five Chinese herb products

MSNBC to run a Silicon Valley summit

Digital TV standards announced