Torre: No Strawberry decision until Monday at earliest

Braves TV schedule announced

Hall of Famer helps fellow knuckleballer

Ebert seeks consistency

Braves notebook: Chen hopes to capture rotation slot

Braves notebook

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

Pitcher slowed by stiff back

Mazeroski works with infielders, downplays Hall of Fame

Henderson and Valentine meet

Savor life's ephemeral moments

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.

Quick tips: Washer buy takes planning
People are often in a hurry when they shop for a new washing machine because their old one has decided to stop working. However, a washing machine is a major purchase that calls for some advance planning. Consider these tips:

On the move
David Darby, president of Kuhlke Construction & Associates, has been elected chairman of the board at Golden Harvest Food bank.

More people file tax returns online
Floyd Dixon is one of thousands of taxpayers who will use a computer program to help him figure out what the government owes him this year.

Quick tips: Washer buy takes planning

Pocket change
Whatever the federal government may think about it, Microsoft is the best company for people with disabilities to work, according to one magazine. In the third annual rating by WE, the lifestyle magazine

More people file tax returns online

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.

Business briefs
The Grapevine Cafe will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday at 4 p.m. The cafe, which specializes in hot breakfasts and lunches, homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and coffee drinks, is on the first floor of the Lamar Building.

Pocket change

SEC among nation's best

Top 25 roundup: Stanford records 12th straight win

LSU gets by Mississippi State

Aiken Tech looks for 29th win in 30 games

Ole Miss surprises No. 24 Vanderbilt

Gamecocks out to avenge 28-point loss to Bulldogs

Jags repeat as division champs

Jaguars' title hopes on the line

Gamecocks hammer Dogs

Coach questions teams dedication

College basketball notes

Supports candidate 'with integrity'

Target Savannah pollution

Corps plots budget hike!

Blasts `slanted' article on game fights

Decries anti-immigrant position

Reform the primaries

Opposes removal of flag of heritage

Hits `school marmish' view of teachers

Muses about S.C. crossover votes

Bashes idea of `disposable' children

Seeks answers on water issues

In the know
In next week's Your Life section we'll introduce the candidates who were selected for our Weight Loss 2000 project. And we'll provide details about how you can participate even if you weren't selected.

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.

Spanish flair
BEECH ISLAND -- Lyle and Shirley Ann Olson's rambling ranch house has a decided Spanish flavor that makes it more like houses found on the streets of Laredo than on the rural roads of Beech Island.

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.

Big times in the Big Easy
NEW ORLEANS -- No, Bourbon Street is not named for the booze consumed there.

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.

'10th Kingdom' makes time for fantasy
LONDON -- On a sound stage west of London, John Larroquette is battling a troll.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parade is only part of Mardi Gras fun
NEW ORLEANS -- Mardi Gras, the planet's biggest party, is definitely better late than never.

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.

Davies takes lead after two rounds

Haas joins son on course

Webb angry with caddie

Tiger takes expected place in final

Duval, Woods on a collision course in Match Play

Green, Reilly win golf writing awards

Match play notebook

Summerhays leads senior event

Curtis Baptist outrun by Trinity Christian

Silver Bluff advances

South Carolina all-state team announced

Josey wins; Hephzibah eliminated

Season ends for Glenn Hills

High school scores

Harlem's Lewis registers 400th career triumph

Briarwood bid falls short

Lady Rebels meet Savannah Beach in semifinals

Lady Eagles topple Woodward Academy

Wardlaw Academy girls route Wyman King

Is McSorley's swing proof of goonism?

Penguins' Jagr still hospitalized

Lynx rally for win

Blues hoping to emulate Rams

Canes win in OT

Senators double Rangers

Lynx rally for win

Rangers skate past Sabres

Jersey numbers can be significant

Lynx fall to Bulls

Lightning edge past Predators

Lynx ledger

Savor life's ephemeral moments
Sometimes, it seems, there are few joys in middle age.

Children do battle in field of science
Heather Hunnicutt, 14, of Southeast Bulloch Middle School, was sure she had a winner with her bottle rocket. ``I made my rocket with a 1-liter bottle for the body and a 2-liter bottle top for the parachute,'' she said Saturday. ``The wings are made of Plexiglas, and I taped string to the parachute with duct tape.'' Heather was one of many pupils from 18 middle schools all over Georgia who participated in the annual Science Olympiad at Augusta State University. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Residents revisit Confederate battle
AIKEN -- Pvts. Jesse Morris and Lewis Deadman never had a proper burial. No one had time to give them one. There was a battle to fight, and if the Confederates didn't win this one, Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick would destroy Aiken and the Graniteville mills and cut off the railroad clear to Augusta. Pvts. Morris and Deadman would die in 1865 -- casualties of the Battle of Aiken -- making sure that didn't happen. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

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

Rural hospital bill clears state Senate
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate passed a bill Friday that would authorize grants of up to $700,000 to rural hospitals facing potential closure. While rural health advocates cheered the unanimous vote, they are worried that, like similar legislation approved last year, the bill has no funding mechanism. ``It's terrible to have an outstanding bill out there as a teaser with no funding,'' said Jimmy Lewis, CEO for Hometown Health LLC, which lobbies for a number of rural hospitals. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

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

USC pounds Georgia
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jamel Bradley matched his career high with 19 points to lead South Carolina to an 82-66 victory over Georgia Saturday. The Gamecocks (12-15, 4-10 Southeastern Conference) led by as many as 26 in the first half and held a 44-25 lead at halftime. But the Bulldogs (10-17, 3-11) trimmed that to eight points with 12 minutes to play with a 17-6 run to open the second half. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Hephzibah loses in quarterfinals
GRAY, Ga. -- For the past several seasons, Hephzibah's girls have made Jones County High School their home away from home during the Class AAAA sectionals. On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Rebels finally wore out their welcome. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Web site raises questions on commercializing God

In the know

Inspired, energized, singer start on the comback trail

Spanish flair

Minnesota choir to perform sacred music in Aiken

Creation theories offer comfort, hope

Saintly search

Big times in the Big Easy

Parade is only part of Mardi Gras fun

The more spouses at dinner the merrier

'10th Kingdom' makes time for fantasy

Inspired, energized, singer start on the comback trail

Faith digest

Embrace harmony in church

McCormick school referendum fails

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.

HUD allocates money for area gun buyback

Battle zone

Cleanup precedes new community center
Earl and Norma Griffin decided several months ago to be willing to go knee-deep in trash if that's what it took to help their community.

Pupils set record in skills test

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.

Contest centers on heritage
With 1 minute and 54 seconds left on the clock, the score was tied at 40. Seventh-grader William McDuffie wiped his brow, looked up at the judge and helped his team to a first-place finish.

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.

Zoning dispute divides community
Clarice Wise's family owns about 600 acres in Edgefield County that will be divided by new zoning laws she opposes.

Across the area: Authorities capture escaped prisoner
A prisoner who escaped from a work site in Screven County while a guard was using the restroom was captured by authorities Saturday.

McCormick school referendum fails
McCORMICK, S.C. - Albert Bell had his mind made up 20 years ago but on Saturday he put it to paper.

90-year-old doctor won't stop working

Rural hospital bill clears state Senate

Georgia's drug laws debated

Residents revisit Confederate battle

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.

Across the area: Authorities capture escaped prisoner

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.

Hephzibah loses in quarterfinals

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.

Cleanup precedes new community center

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.''

Contest centers on heritage

Children do battle in field of science
Heather Hunnicutt, 14, of Southeast Bulloch Middle School, was sure she had a winner with her bottle rocket. ``I made my rocket with a 1-liter bottle for the body and a 2-liter bottle top for the parachute,'' she said Saturday. ``The wings are made of Plexiglas, and I taped string to the parachute with duct tape.'' Heather was one of many pupils from 18 middle schools all over Georgia who participated in the annual Science Olympiad at Augusta State University. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Area blacks remember battles against ignorance

Georgia's drug laws debated
If quadriplegic Louis Covar lived in California, he might be a free man today instead of being locked in a south Georgia prison cell.

Across the area

Mothers get help at center

Goggles' theft prompts lock-down

USC pounds Georgia

Inmate's sentencing trial date delayed

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.

Skyfest 2000 on schedule

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.

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

Arena league cancels season

Legislators face ethics violation allegation

Window shootings lead to teen's arrest

Skyfest 2000 on schedule

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.

Charity scam leaves woman $4,000 poorer

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
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.

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.

Children do battle in field of science

Mothers get help at center
When her family found her on the streets of New York, Liz had nearly reached her goal of killing herself with crack.

Students interrupt open meeting

Area blacks remember battles against ignorance
AIKEN -- When Barbara Page Morgan came South in 1945 for her great-grandmother's funeral, she was a child, taken with a peaceful place and tranquil pace unlike her home in New York.

DNR defends state park

Rural hospital bill clears state Senate
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate passed a bill Friday that would authorize grants of up to $700,000 to rural hospitals facing potential closure. While rural health advocates cheered the unanimous vote, they are worried that, like similar legislation approved last year, the bill has no funding mechanism. ``It's terrible to have an outstanding bill out there as a teaser with no funding,'' said Jimmy Lewis, CEO for Hometown Health LLC, which lobbies for a number of rural hospitals. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Rural hospital bill clears state Senate

Residents revisit Confederate battle
AIKEN -- Pvts. Jesse Morris and Lewis Deadman never had a proper burial. No one had time to give them one.

Coach questions teams dedication

DNR defends state park
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Toye Hill is quick to acknowledge that his native county lacks the interstate highways and rail lines that attract jobs and new industry.

Measure requires hirings

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.

Zoning dispute divides community

Residents revisit Confederate battle

`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.

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.

Children do battle in field of science

Mavericks squeak by Nugs

Rodman's usual antics could get usual punishment

Hawks activate Glover from injured list

Pacers handle Warriors

Timberwolves top Raptors

Milwaukee looking for answers

Francis, Odom get hype, Brand's got game

Van Horn erupts in win

Mrs. Ruby Barrett
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Inez Barrett, 92, of Meeks Road, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home, Swainsboro.

Mr. James Gallagher
Mr. James Joseph ``J.J.'' Gallagher, 68, of Augusta, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

Mr. Billy Warren
Mr. Billy John Warren, of Belair Road, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mrs. Gertrude Campbell
ABBEVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Gertrude ``Jeanette'' Tiller Campbell, 65, of Morse Avenue, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

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

Mr. Odell Balkcum
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Mr. Odell Balkcum, 74, of Hunt Avenue, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. Albert Kendrick
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Albert ``Fats'' Kendrick died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

Mr. H. Lenwood Cushman
AIKEN -- Mr. H. Lenwood Cushman, 79, of Brandy Road, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Sarah O'Neal
GROVETOWN -- Sarah Jean O'Neal, 12, of Wilkens Road, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Brown
Mr. Robert Brown, of Deans Bridge Road, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. John Priester
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. John Jacob ``Jay'' Priester, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.

Mr. Marlin Kriss
AIKEN -- Mr. Marlin G. Kriss, 65, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Roberta Mallard
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Roberta Rosier Mallard, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Lois Norman
DOVER, Ga. -- Mrs. Lois Cail Norman, 86, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Ross Memorial Health Care Center, Kennesaw.

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

Mrs. Patricia McDonald
Mrs. Patricia Ann ``Pat'' McDonald, 48, of Walton Way, Augusta, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. Clyde Ellison Sr.
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Clyde Ellison Sr., 88, of Newsom Street, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Greene Point Health Care.

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

Mrs. Anne Boliver
Mrs. Anne I. Boliver, 74, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Southeast Georgia Regional Hospital, Brunswick.

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

Mr. Wiley Floyd
SAVANNAH -- Mr. Wiley Harold Floyd, 82, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Azalealand Nursing Home.

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

Mr. Jimmy Nash
AIKEN -- Mr. Jimmy Nelson Nash, 55, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Ottis Braddy
CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- Mr. Ottis B. Braddy, 83, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Polk Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Willie Tarver
PULASKI, Ga. -- Mrs. Willie Mae Tarver, 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

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

Mr. Lewis Bostic
Mr. Lewis ``L.J.'' Bostic, 56, of 12th Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. Alex Findlay
Mr. Alex Baxter Findlay, 72, of Martinez, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center.

Mr. Guyton Terry Sr.

Mr. Gary Craven

Mr. Albert Kendrick

Mr. Raymond Pertile

Ms. Patricia Cook

Mr. George Gartrell

Mr. H. Lenwood Cushman

Mr. Lewis Bostic

Mrs. Anne Boliver

Mr. Odell Balkcum

Mrs. Ida Daniels

Mrs. Ruby Barrett

Mrs. Nelva Benton

Mr. Clyde Ellison Sr.

Mrs. Roberta Mallard

Mrs. Gertrude Campbell

Mr. Ottis Braddy

Mr. John Priester

Mr. Marlin Kriss

Ms. Mary McKinney

Mrs. Lula Overstreet

Mrs. Willie Tarver

Ms. Sallie Cobbs

Mr. Wiley Floyd

Mrs. Florene Peek

Mr. Alex Findlay

Ms. Agnes Crenshaw

Mr. Robert Brown

Mrs. Ethel Godbee

Mr. Billy Warren

Mrs. Mary Straus

Mr. Jimmy Nash

Miss Rosetta Dent

Sarah O'Neal

Kent: Ga. weak on ethics; Board's best and worst
SINCE THE DEMOCRATS have controlled the executive and legislative branches of Georgia government for a century, the fact that its General Assembly has the weakest ethics laws in the country lies squarely at the feet of that party's leadership.

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.

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 Barnes' plan to reform education
Hats off to The Chronicle! In this day of modern technology and electronics, it is the good old-fashioned newspaper that keeps the public informed on the real issues that will affect their children's education. Not one television station has covered the in-depth issue of Gov. Roy Barnes ``A+'' (or should I say ``D-'') Education Reform Bill. (They must not have children in the public school system!) If this bill is passed, all Gov. Barnes will be doing for the educational system in Columbia County is lining the pockets of the private educational system and causing Georgia test scores to drop below South Carolina's! Cherie Portinga, Evans

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

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.

Says Confederate flag should be furled
At Appomattox, Gen. Robert E. Lee furled his battle flag and made an honorable surrender. Gen. Ulysses Grant was honorable in his terms, and generous. He and his men saluted the men under Gen. Lee. Murphy W. Cooke, Sandersville

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.

Supports candidate 'with integrity'
Vice President Al Gore has recently been exposed as lying about Bill Bradley's voting record, about Mr. Gore's own previous record on abortion, about his role in the Buddhist temple fundraising scandal, about his pandering to tobacco interests and about a whole host of lies and exaggerations regarding his own past accomplishments. John Sweat, Evans

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.

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

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

Opposes removal of flag of heritage
I am writing to oppose the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse dome and the alteration of the other Southern state flags now under scrutiny by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Confederate flag is the symbol of a shared heritage of which very little still can be remembered. Susan Jurgensen, Aiken

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

Seeks answers on water issues
OK, Augusta commissioners, it is not election year. You are in office; we put you there. Now we want to see you in action. South Augusta needs representation that will better our community. What are you doing right now to avoid a water crisis this season? Why isn't the Tobacco Road water project going to be finished as promised? George J. Reckentine, Augusta

Expresses disgust over fading mural
Thousand of vehicles drive through the intersection of 13th and Broad streets every day. Most would agree that this is the main entrance to downtown Augusta's arts and business district. Maurie L. Reardon, Martinez

Muses about S.C. crossover votes
I don't understand why Democrats were voting in the Republican primary. Are South Carolina's Republican Party leaders so lame as to think that Democrats voting for John McCain now will do so in November if he is nominated? John Hopkins, North 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

Slams media bias against kickboxing
Sports are promoted through the media and advertisements, which is something that athletes who kickbox have been denied for a long time. Kickboxing gets less coverage than other sports and is certainly less acknowledged by the media. Kickboxers are being discriminated against by both newspapers and television stations alike. J. Pickett, North Augusta

The Fed vs. the stock market
Plentiful jobs, stock market gains and rising incomes have Americans spending money like it's going out of style. That was certainly reflected in the fourth quarter of last year when the U.S. economy, powered by consumer buying, surged ahead at a whopping 6.9 percent annual rate, the strongest pace in more than three years.

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

Lincoln Co. disgrace
Lincoln County taxpayers should be grateful that they're only being hit up for $100,000 after a former Danish inmate of the county jail successfully sued the local government for violating his rights under the U.S. Constitution. He should have been awarded a lot more, but it was at least enough to make a point.

Corps plots budget hike!
Imagine this. While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District seeks to cut its budget by decommissioning the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, making permanent the temporary shoreline devastation caused by last month's river drawdown, Corps of Engineers military officials in Washington ``have launched a behind-the-scenes campaign to boost the agency's $4 billion civil works budget by more than 50 percent'' over the next five years, reports The Washington Post.

Kent: Ga. weak on ethics; Board's best and worst
SINCE THE DEMOCRATS have controlled the executive and legislative branches of Georgia government for a century, the fact that its General Assembly has the weakest ethics laws in the country lies squarely at the feet of that party's leadership.

Falcons meet needs with free agency

Wallace wins Rockingham pole

Martin cruises to another win

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

Drought ends for Houston

Ruttman wins pole for Homestead race

Fords lead way in Rockingham

Harlem's Lewis registers 400th career triumph

Carruth's finances accounted for

Martin wins another Busch Series pole

Arena Football League cancels season

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.

Some Internet connections make computers vulnerable
NEW YORK -- Two weeks after he got a fast Internet connection in his home, Carey Bunks noticed he wasn't the only one using his computer.

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.

Calculators give wrong answers
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Students using state-issued calculators during crucial achievement tests got incorrect answers when math problems were entered too quickly.

New finding regarding 'dark matter'
STANFORD, Calif. -- A group of physicists said their Stanford University experiment to detect so-called ``dark matter'' particles that hold the universe together could contradict earlier findings by an Italian team.

American Cancer Society launches ad campaign
ATLANTA -- The American Cancer Society has launched an aggressive $12 million ad campaign in an effort to convince the public it does more than drum up donations for research.

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.

The Web goes wireless
NEW YORK -- With nearly 125 million Americans using the Internet and 85 million using mobile phones, it stands to reason that at least a few of them might like to do both at the same time on the same gadget.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Robots used to study radiation leak
NEW YORK -- Remote control robots began probing faulty steam generators at the Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant Saturday to determine the cause and extent of a radiation leak earlier this month, Consolidated Edison officials said.

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.

Some Internet connections make computers vulnerable

Automakers combine online efforts

American Cancer Society launches ad campaign

FBI admits its Web site fell under electronic attack

Calculators give wrong answers

Some blame tourists for AIDS epidemic in Tobago

AT&T, IBM team up to go wireless

The Web goes wireless

Researchers mate human cells with circuitry

Scientists find promising brain injury vaccine

Robots used to study radiation leak