Williams' temperament sets tone for Arizona's defense of NL West title

Mets' Pulsipher out of hospital

Braves notebook: Chen hopes to capture rotation slot

Joyner breaks foot

Henderson and Valentine meet

Strawberry could be suspended for 1 year

Hall of Famer helps fellow knuckleballer

Braves notes: Braves disciplined for early signing of player

Braves TV schedule announced

Griffey and son finally get together

Torre: No Strawberry decision until Monday at earliest

Century of living not desired

Center's owners aim high
The new owners of Walton's Corner shopping center say they hope to transform the mostly vacant west Augusta property to an upscale retail complex.

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

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

Seminar highlights technology

Business briefs
The U.S. Mint is speeding delivery of its new Sacagawea dollar coin to community banks, which had complained that the popular coins were difficult to obtain.

Business briefs: Mortgage rates fall after hitting high

College notes: Harrick Jr. investigated by police

Georgia Tech upsets UNC

Gamecocks out to avenge 28-point loss to Bulldogs

Sanchez leads Owls past St. Bonaventure

Loss to UConn among worst in Big East history

Jackets stop losing skid

SEC notes: Bulldogs, Gamecocks have much at stake

Jaguars' title hopes on the line

Aiken Tech looks for 29th win in 30 games

Target Savannah pollution

Reform the primaries

Blasts `slanted' article on game fights

Wants confederate flag lowered

Bashes idea of `disposable' children

Hits `school marmish' view of teachers

Blasts rabbi

Decries anti-immigrant position

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

Web site raises questions on commercializing God
When Pastor Rick Warren talks about serving God these days, he's talking hardware -- his new 128-bit, high-security Internet server.

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.

'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.

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

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.

Inspired, energized, singer start on the comback trail
She's back. Lexi, the gospel singer who seemed to have disappeared after her debut album was released in 1990, is not only back, but back in a big way with a new CD and a strong connection to boxer Evander Holyfield.

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

Saintly search
There's been a flurry of saintly activity at the Vatican recently. Pope John Paul II has expressed a desire to elevate more modern role models to the level of veneration, beatification or sainthood, and the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has been working feverishly to comply.

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.

Embrace harmony in church
Have you noticed that some church members are like balloons -- full of wind and ready to blow up at any time? Harmony in the church has been a challenge since its beginning. In too many churches fussing and feuding have replaced God and the gospel. Because believers are called to be partners in the faith, it is our responsibility to work together to maintain church harmony.

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.

Minnesota choir to perform sacred music in Aiken
The 65-voice National Lutheran Choir will make Aiken a stop in a mini-tour of the South this weekend.

Faith digest
LONDON -- Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, the world leader of Anglican Christians, says he cannot recognize the consecrations of two Americans as bishops because church law was violated.

Shallow water fish migration sign of spring is near

Green, Reilly win golf writing awards

Duval, Woods on a collision course in Match Play

Davies takes lead after two rounds

Garcia, Woods among 16 to survive Round 2

Sergio testing the field in the next World Golf Championship event

Tight field at Tuscon Open

Haas joins son on course

Lady Rebels make coach eat his words

Season ends for Glenn Hills

Curtis Baptist outrun by Trinity Christian

Prep basketball pairings

Lady Eagles topple Woodward Academy

Healthy Barnwell opens state play

Jones' 31 leads Blackville-Hilda girls

Silver Bluff advances

Harlem's Lewis registers 400th career triumph

Wardlaw Academy girls route Wyman King

Josey senior refuses to yield to disability

South Carolina all-state team announced

Lady Rebels meet Savannah Beach in semifinals

Briarwood bid falls short

Jagr admitted to hospital with thigh contusion

Lynx rally for win

Brashear awaits more tests

Lynx rally for win

Rangers skate past Sabres

Lynx ledger

Senators squeeze past Lightning

Pair helps Lynx run smoothly

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.

Skyfest 2000 on schedule
Last week, some members of the Augusta Aviation Commission expressed concern, even pessimism, that an air-show featuring the Blue Angels and the Golden Knights could be pulled off given the short time-span with which they were working. What a difference a week makes. Friday, Augusta Regional Airport Director Al McDill presented an updated budget to the commission showing The Skyfest 2000 Airshow on schedule and under cost. 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.

Arena league cancels season
The Arena Football League canceled its 2000 season late Thursday night, but that should not affect Augusta's entry in the new arenafootball2 league. Arena Football League owners voted in Des Moines, Iowa, to cancel the 2000 season after the league failed to reach a contract agreement with its players. A group of players had filed a class-action antitrust lawsuit on Feb. 4 in Newark, N.J., accusing league owners of conspiring to illegally limit the players' rights and salaries and restrict the ability of players to offer their services to competing employers, as athletes in other professional sports do. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Inspired, energized, singer start on the comback trail

Minnesota choir to perform sacred music in Aiken

Chimineas get homeowners

Meaty roles served up in 'The Dining Room'

Faith digest

Battle of Aiken

Concert to feature big set of pipes

Web site raises questions on commercializing God

'Tis the season to get in the dirt

Inspired, energized, singer start on the comback trail

Saintly search

Jucifer turns up the volume

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tillis got his money's worth

Embrace harmony in church

'Wolf' makes a scary ballet

SRS contractor reviews changes

Goggles' theft prompts lock-down
They sleep on cots inside a motor pool surrounded by armored fighting vehicles. They eat Army chow. And they wait for someone to confess.

HUD allocates money for area gun buyback

90-year-old doctor won't stop working
Holding his dripping hands up and away from his body, W.G. ``Curly'' Watson backs his way through the operating room door at University Hospital. It's not the way most people would celebrate a 90th birthday, but it defines Dr. Watson perfectly.

Pupils set record in skills test

Across the area
A 9-year-old Augusta boy who got a heart transplant last year is weathering a mild episode of rejection, but his father said it's just ``a bump in the road.''

Battle zone

Museum adopts new moniker
Augusta-Richmond County Museum has a new name: Augusta Museum of History. The name-changing process began three years ago when the museum's board of trustees met to create a new image for it. The trustees appointed a marketing committee to study the name change about a year ago and narrowed the list of possible names to six.

Window shootings lead to teen's arrest
Police say there's finally some good news for many of those in Columbia County who have reported having a window shot out with a BB gun in the past year.

Skyfest 2000 on schedule
Last week, some members of Augusta Aviation Commission expressed concern, even pessimism, that an air show featuring the Blue Angels and the Golden Knights could be pulled off given the short time span with which they were working.

Pamphlet outlines services of sheriff's office

Battle zone
WINDSOR -- Crystal Vanderpool was nearly faint when dawn turned to dusk Friday; temperatures that soared into the 70s made it tough to wear a hoop skirt, a stiff crinoline and a petticoat.

Bookish pursuits

Pupils set record in skills test
AIKEN -- First-graders in South Carolina scored the highest ever on school readiness tests this fall, breaking records for the fourth straight year.

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.

HUD allocates money for area gun buyback
The money's in place, and the paperwork is being signed. Now all that's needed is a plan. With $14,300 coming from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a gun buyback program, the Richmond County Sheriff's Department is calling various agencies around the state who have run similar projects to help establish a model.

Students interrupt open meeting

`Peter and the Wolf' ballet shows choreographer's skill
Fur and feathers flew in Augusta Ballet's Friday production of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, with narration by Patrick Stewart.

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.

Charity scam leaves woman $4,000 poorer
Preying on her black heritage and her belief in God, a pair of con artists bilked $4,000 from an Augusta Mall shopper in a pigeon drop scam Friday.

Inmate's sentencing trial date delayed
A new trial date has been set for an Augusta man who has been on, then off, Georgia's death row for killing a Richmond County sheriff's investigator 21 years ago.

Charity scam leaves woman $4,000 poorer

Harlem flag corps denied uniforms

Skyfest 2000 on schedule

Council discusses expansion options

Legislators face ethics violation allegation

University plans ER renovation

`Peter and the Wolf' ballet shows choreographer's skill

Revised state budget receives Senate OK

Skyfest 2000 on schedule

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.

Goggles' theft prompts lock-down

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.

Across the area

90-year-old doctor won't stop working

Uniform company probed

Arena league cancels season

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

Animal Control kills sick dogs
Richmond County Animal Control was ``depopulated'' Friday when 82 dogs were destroyed because of a distemper outbreak. City officials chose to kill almost the entire dog population that may have been infected with the fatal, airborne virus as the most ``practical'' and cheapest of three options given by the state.

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.

Inmate's sentencing trial date delayed

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

Measure requires hirings
If you're looking for a teaching job in elementary education, now is the time to apply in Richmond and Columbia counties. Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill will require Richmond County to hire at least 200 teachers in elementary grades, and Columbia County will have to hire about 90.

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

Students interrupt open meeting
ATHENS, Ga. -- A few vice presidents straggled into the meeting like students late for class. The conference room filled with a friendly murmur and the sound of ice rattling in plastic cups. Before the session could get under way, however, a band of students not featured on the agenda moved to the head of the conference table, carrying a jumbo paycheck.

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.

Legislators face ethics violation allegation
ATLANTA -- Allegations of ethical lapses are coloring this year's legislative session, with fingers pointing at both chambers' majority leaders; a senator who called a senior trooper about a speeding ticket and a representative who takes lobbyist-funded family vacations.

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.

Residents turn in firearms for cash in safety program

Training a treat for drug dogs

Lawmakers pass teen crime bill

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

British ship arrives for U.S. exercise

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.

Across the area: Local aviators get hall of fame honor

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

Jury says sheriff, county violated rights

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.

Senate passes school reforms

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

Officials work in museum

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.

Window shootings lead to teen's arrest

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.

Measure requires hirings

Gugliotta leads Suns past Wizards

Hawks activate Glover from injured list

Timberwolves top Raptors

Deadline passes with little activity

Rodman's usual antics could get usual punishment

Rookie, Rose carry Pacers to victory

Timberwolves top Clippers

Mrs. Ethel Godbee
Mrs. Ethel Mae Godbee, of Grand Boulevard, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

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

Mr. Guyton Terry Sr.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Mr. Guyton Otis Terry Sr., 91, of Muse Street, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Palmyra Medical Centers.

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

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

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

Ms. Sallie Cobbs
NEW YORK -- Ms. Sallie Evelyn Cobbs, 73, of First Avenue, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Mary Straus
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Mary Volpin Straus, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Mary McKinney
AIKEN -- Ms. Mary Rowe McKinney, 81, of Washington Circle, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000.

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

Ms. Agnes Crenshaw
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Ms. Agnes Crenshaw, 94, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Hospital, Thomson.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ida Daniels
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mrs. Ida Bell Daniels, of Cobb Street, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Wiley Douglas
THOMSON -- Mr. Wiley E. Douglas, of Gilpin Road, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Gary Craven
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Gary Richard Craven, 63, of North Alexander Avenue, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Raymond Pertile
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Raymond Verio Pertile, 84, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Patricia Cook
Ms. Patricia Ann Cook, 71, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000 at West Lake Manor Health Care Center.

Mrs. Nelva Benton
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Mrs. Nelva ``Mimi'' Foy Benton, 85, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Charleston Nursing Center, Charleston.

Mrs. Lula Overstreet
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Lula Burke Overstreet, 72, of Herndon Street, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. George Gartrell
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. George Gartrell, 64, of Lexington Avenue, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. May Walton
Mrs. May Ainsworth Walton, 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Florene Peek
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Florene T. Peek, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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.

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

Miss Rosetta Dent
Miss Rosetta Dent, 47, of Hardy McManus Road, Evans, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mrs. Holly Rielly
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Holly Anne Bennett Rielly, 45, of Pine Lane, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Hubert Simons

Mr. Guyton Terry Sr.

Mr. Raymond Pertile

Mrs. Dorothy Harris

Mrs. Florene Peek

Mrs. Bessie Weathersbee

Mr. Eugene Leopard

Mr. Andrew Irwin Sr.

Mrs. Roselle Zellars

Mrs. Dora Handberry

Ms. Agnes Crenshaw

Ms. Dena Boyd

Ms. Sallie Cobbs

Mr. Donald Adams

Mr. Eugene Fitts

Rev. Charlie Walton Jr.

Mrs. Cheryl Boatright

Mr. Willie Riddles

Mr. Billy Lott

Mr. Willie Childs

Mrs. Irene Phillips

Mrs. Shirley McNeil

Mrs. Ethel Godbee

Mrs. Margaret Strother

Ms. Patricia Cook

Mrs. May Walton

Mrs. Ida Daniels

Mrs. Nelva Benton

Mr. George Gartrell

Miss Rosetta Dent

Mr. Bennie Burton Jr.

Mr. Gary Craven

Mrs. Mary Sanders

Mrs. Lula Overstreet

Mr. McCrae Robinson Sr.

Ms. Mary McKinney

Mrs. Pauline McLendon

Mr. Ronald Wilkes

Mrs. Mary Straus

Ready for the next great disaster on Feb. 29?
THERE WERE TWO embarrassing parts about Y2K, the disaster that did not happen. Before you decide that I am a member of the procrastinator's club, or just forgetful in my dotage because I am writing at the end of February about Y2K, have patience. All will be revealed in good time.

Ready for the next great disaster on Feb. 29?
THERE WERE TWO embarrassing parts about Y2K, the disaster that did not happen. Before you decide that I am a member of the procrastinator's club, or just forgetful in my dotage because I am writing at the end of February about Y2K, have patience. All will be revealed in good time.

Reform the primaries
Every four years South Carolina is in the national GOP presidential primary spotlight for a few weeks following the New Hampshire primary. That time isn't just important to the candidates, it's important to the state.

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

Blasts `slanted' article on game fights
I was somewhat perturbed after reading the article in The Chronicle on Feb. 6, by staff writer Johnny Edwards, entitled ``Rivalry incites scuffles.'' The sub-heading stated that the incident at a high school basketball game between longtime foes resulted in fights and four arrests. Mr. Edwards went on to write that animosities between hoops fans led to brawls, shouting matches and four arrests during games between city rivals T.W. Josey and Lucy C. Laney high schools. Tom Murphy, Evans

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

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.''

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.

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.

Rips lies told about John McCain
Over the past few weeks there have been many untrue things said about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and it troubles me. Matt Brosious, Evans

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.

Decries anti-immigrant position
A reader of your recent editorial page might wonder if elements of the Austrian political climate have begun to surface in American culture. I have reference to your position that citizens should seek out and report working immigrants lest they be illegal. Dorothy Urquhart Jackson, Augusta

Hits `school marmish' view of teachers
In the early 1980s, I was a flight attendant for a southeastern airline. At that time, I was dismayed by the treatment of intelligent and hard-working women. Decision-making was out of our hands and few of us spoke up for ourselves, lending credence to the preconceived notions about our typically ``feminine'' profession. Cynthia Inlow, North Augusta

Target Savannah pollution
Every year the Savannah River is on environmental lists as one of the most polluted waterways in the nation. This year the U.S. Public Interest Research Group listed it as No. 8.

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

Bashes idea of `disposable' children
Letter writer Don Hostetler states that, in choosing between an ``unwanted'' child and an abortion, those who support the goals of Planned Parenthood reluctantly support abortion. So it is better to kill a child than have the child be ``unwanted''? Is being ``unwanted'' a crime punishable by death? Charleen Luther, Augusta

Praises `60 Minutes' for SRS story
If you sat back and watched the recent 60 Minutes objectively, you had to conclude a few things. Barry Coleman, Augusta

Harlem's Lewis registers 400th career triumph

Arena Football League cancels season

Benson hopes Daytona showing was no fluke

Martin wins another Busch Series pole

Overtime: Bulldogs' G-Day game is canceled

Flutie remains bitter toward Bills

Proctor, Bass top signees

Overtime: Coley predicts 6th-round win vs. De La Hoya

De La Hoya has boxing on his mind

Wallace wins Rockingham pole

Ruttman wins pole for Homestead race

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.

Amazon.com patents e-commerce program
SEATTLE -- In a move that could shake up electronic commerce, Internet retailer Amazon.com has patented a technology that lets other Web sites send it customers in exchange for a commission.

SRS to dispose of waste off site
Savannah River Site will be able to ship some of its radioactive waste off site for disposal, the U.S. Department of Energy has concluded.

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.

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.

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.

FBI admits its Web site fell under electronic attack
WASHINGTON -- The FBI acknowledged Friday that electronic vandals shut down its own Internet site for hours last week in the same type of attack that disrupted some of the Web's major commercial sites.

Researchers mate human cells with circuitry
SAN FRANCISCO -- Don't look for the Six Million Dollar Man just yet, but researchers say they have found a way to mate human cells with circuitry in a ``bionic chip'' that could play a key role in medicine and genetic engineering.

AT&T, IBM team up to go wireless
NEW YORK -- IBM Corp. and AT&T Corp. have formed a new alliance to enable businesses to provide traveling employees with wireless access to corporate networks and databases with mobile phones and other handheld devices.

Scientists find promising brain injury vaccine
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.

Automakers combine online efforts
WARREN, Mich. -- Forming an unprecedented alliance, General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler announced a joint venture Friday to build a network allowing them to streamline business with their vast array of suppliers.

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.

Some blame tourists for AIDS epidemic in Tobago
BUCCOO, Tobago -- Every Sunday, when the sun goes down on Buccoo village on the southwest coast of Tobago, the tourists start to gather. The locals, mainly young men, show up later. By mid-evening, thousands are mingling.

AT&T, IBM team up to go wireless

Promising brain injury vaccine discovered

Some blame tourists for AIDS epidemic in Tobago

MSNBC to run a Silicon Valley summit

FDA warns of five Chinese herb products

FBI admits its Web site fell under electronic attack

Researchers mate human cells with circuitry

Scientists find promising brain injury vaccine

Automakers combine online efforts