Braves notebook

Pitcher slowed by stiff back

Mazeroski works with infielders, downplays Hall of Fame

Sosa shows up week late, ready to go

Millwood not out of woods in salary talks

Millwood not out of woods for salary talks

Chen first to pitch for Braves

Ebert seeks consistency

Savor life's ephemeral moments

Quick tips: Washer buy takes planning

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.

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.

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

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:

Pocket change

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

SEC among nation's best

Top 25 roundup: Stanford records 12th straight win

Jags repeat as division champs

LSU gets by Mississippi State

Ole Miss surprises No. 24 Vanderbilt

Jurkunas leads Tigers over N.C. State

College basketball notes

Gamecocks hammer Dogs

Future is unclear for Tigers' Porter

Coach questions teams dedication

Jackets' road struggles continue

Muses about S.C. crossover votes

Corps plots budget hike!

Blasts proposed education reform
Sadly, the morale of teachers across the state is at an all-time low. Every day articles in newspapers cast teachers in a negative light because of the reportedshortcomings of Georgia's education system. My fear is that parents and other taxpayers read these articles and conclude that we are uneducated, lazy and unconcerned individuals who don't care about the success of our students.Lisa Duncan, Evans

Slams S.C governor over flag issue

Seeks answers on water issues

Says British oppose EU 'superstate'

Chides media for missing Keyes story

Supports candidate 'with integrity'

Opposes removal of flag of heritage

Suggests a new cigarette warning

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

A golf hero returns home, for a DWI jail term

Clarke soars to stunning victory over Woods

Webb wins third straight Australian Ladies Masters

Summerhays leads senior event

Match play notebook

Tiger takes expected place in final

Webb angry with caddie

High school scores

Josey wins; Hephzibah eliminated

Lady Hornets begin AAAA play today

Jersey numbers can be significant

Lynx fall to Bulls

Is McSorley's swing proof of goonism?

Dumont scores game winner for Lynx

Lightning edge past Predators

Blackhawks break Blues' win streak

Blackhawks break Blues' win streak

Penguins' Jagr still hospitalized

Senators double Rangers

Lynx ledger

Canes win in OT

Blues hoping to emulate Rams

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish flair

In the know

'10th Kingdom' makes time for fantasy

The more spouses at dinner the merrier

Parade is only part of Mardi Gras fun

Big times in the Big Easy

Creation theories offer comfort, hope

Sunday treat
Chase Williams didn't let a little rainy weather outside spoil his Sunday afternoon. He went inside to enjoy some ice cream with his mom, Charlotte, at the Pink Dipper in North Augusta. Chase's favorite flavor is the blue, red and yellow colored vanilla ice cream known as ``Superman.''

Hephzibah loses in quarterfinals

Across the area: Authorities capture escaped prisoner

Mothers get help at center

Evans Town Center unites health services
Next to the extended-care facility, two doors down from the dentist's office, down the street from the ambulance bay, across the road from the pharmacy and near the University Hospital campus, a physicians' group is moving into a new two-story brick building.

Across the area: Police seek 2 men in weekend shooting

Cleanup precedes new community center

Man learns what counts

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.

McCormick school referendum fails

Man learns what counts
AIKEN -- More than 65 years after it happened, Elmer Hammonds remembers watching white children climb onto their school bus while he trudged along the side of the road.

USC pounds Georgia

Shooting at apartments endangers children
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking for a man they say opened fire Sunday on an Augusta apartment complex, sending children scrambling for cover.

Georgia's drug laws debated

Augusta conference focuses on violence
Hundreds of health and public services professionals will gather today at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta to discuss violence.

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

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.

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

New unit targets domestic violence

Children do battle in field of science

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.

Sunday treat

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.

Children do battle in field of science

New unit targets domestic violence
Think of it as homicide prevention, Richmond County State Court Solicitor Sheryl Jolly said of a domestic violence unit she is forming.

Headgates plan calls for change

Headgates plan calls for change
Ellis Bell doesn't mind more people hanging around the headgates of the Augusta Canal.

Two parties tussle over Georgia debt

Across the area: Police seek 2 men in weekend shooting
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men involved in a weekend shooting that injured a Trenton man.

Bible class scheduled for debate

District seat race draws five hopefuls
For the first time in a decade, voters in North Augusta's District 83 have a two-party race to see who will speak for them in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Coach questions teams dedication

Evans Town Center unites health services

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.

DNR defends state park

Residents revisit Confederate battle

Area blacks remember battles against ignorance

District seat race draws five hopefuls

Contest centers on heritage

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.

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.

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.

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.

Residents revisit Confederate battle

Rural hospital bill clears state Senate

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.

Bible class scheduled for debate
ATLANTA -- With much of the controversy surrounding Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill now behind the General Assembly, Georgia lawmakers are about to move into a related issue fraught with emotion: whether to teach the Bible in public schools.

Two parties tussle over Georgia debt
ATLANTA -- State Sen. Tom Price calls it his ``wrong-way thermometer,'' the visual aid he has dragged to the well of the Senate several times since the 2000 session of the General Assembly opened last month.

Zoning dispute divides community

Milwaukee looking for answers

Francis, Odom get hype, Brand's got game

Van Horn erupts in win

Carter scores 51 in Raptors win

Mavericks squeak by Nugs

Pacers handle Warriors

Mr. George Childers Jr.
Mr. George A. Childers Jr., 68, of Southgate Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Clinton Brown
Mr. Clinton B. Brown, of Grand Boulevard, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Claire Macon
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Claire Macon, 54, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

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

Mrs. Irene Turner
Mrs. Irene Powell Turner, 88, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Helen Jolley
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Hudson Jolley, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Oconee Regional Medical Center, Milledgeville.

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

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

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

Dr. Mary Fortune
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Dr. Mary Evelyne Fortune, 84, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home.

Mr. John Logue
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. John Wallace Logue, 78, of Harling Road, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

Mr. Edsel Burch
CADWELL, Ga. -- Mr. Edsel Mallery Burch, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

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

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

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. Robert Callaway
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Robert ``Bobby'' Eugene Callaway, 79, of Sunset Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Mike Betsworth
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Mike Betsworth, 51, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. James Cason
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. James A. ``Jim'' Cason, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation of Statesboro.

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

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

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

Mrs. Joyce Wood
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Joyce Vera Crooms Wood, 54, of Central Avenue, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

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

Mr. Roy Smith Sr.
COVINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Roy Thomas ``R.T.'' Smith Sr., died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000. He was 103 years old.

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

Mr. William Beiers Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. William Kenneth Beiers Sr., 72, of Amanda Court, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 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. Lorene Hendrix
Mrs. Lorene B. Hendrix, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby Schwalls
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Lee Schwalls, 80, of Georgia Highway 80 East, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Carlie Mosley
Mrs. Carlie Chaffin Mosley, 86, of East Court, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

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.

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

Mrs. Roberta Mallard

Mrs. Willie Tarver

Mrs. Lorene Hendrix

Mr. H. Lenwood Cushman

Mrs. Ruby Barrett

Mr. Ottis Braddy

Mr. Alex Findlay

Mr. Marlin Kriss

Mrs. Joyce Wood

Mrs. Anne Boliver

Mrs. Gertrude Campbell

Mrs. Claire Macon

Mr. Lewis Bostic

Mr. Roy Smith Sr.

Mr. Robert Brown

Mrs. Ruby Schwalls

Mr. Mike Betsworth

Mr. John Logue

Mr. Robert Callaway

Mr. George Childers Jr.

Mr. Albert Kendrick

Mr. Clinton Brown

Sarah O'Neal

Mrs. Irene Turner

Mr. Clyde Ellison Sr.

Mrs. Carlie Mosley

Mr. Odell Balkcum

Mr. Edsel Burch

Mr. Wiley Floyd

Mr. Jimmy Nash

Mr. Billy Warren

Mr. John Priester

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.

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

Chides media for missing Keyes story
The power of the pen is not always written in black and white; at least it seems that way when a black conservative candidate goes against the grain of the mainstream liberal media. Stephen Boan, Aiken

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

Slams S.C governor over flag issue
On Feb. 14, South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges asked the legislature to vote to remove the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse. It's a tragedy that Gov. Hodges places the value of the almighty dollar above 139 years of Southern heritage by yielding to the pressures of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People boycott to remove our flag. History proves that slavery began and ended in the North under the ``Star Spangled Banner'' instead of the Confederate flag. On that basis, if justice be served, then the U.S. flag should be removed before the Confederate flag. A.R. Fox, Belvedere

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

Says British oppose EU 'superstate'
I don't think Lowell Greenbaum (letter, Feb. 11) appreciates the situation in Europe at present. A large proportion of the European Union population objects to the formation of a superstate. In Britain over a third want out of the EU and about 70 percent oppose compromising sovereignty by further integration into such a superstate, but we do have a Socialist government intent on exactly this. Sean Shaw, 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

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.

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

It still needs work
It was an old-fashioned, no-holds-barred brawl last Thursday within Georgia Senate chambers in Atlanta. The subject: The governor's retooled education reform bill, H.R. 1187 -- dubbed by some critics as ``the governor's education micromanagement act.''

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

Questions need for hate-crime law
I confess I am perplexed concerning this proposed Georgia hate-crime legislation. Would someone enlighten me as to the difference between a hate crime and a love crime? Charlene Scharite, Augusta

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

Sees no surprise in Bauer's McCain endorsement
Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer's recent endorsement of Sen. John McCain for president did not come as a surprise. After all, Sen. McCain did say that the pro-life groups were just money-making organizations. Woodrow Lovett, Sardis

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

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.

Red China at it again
The Communist Chinese regime is not only brutal, it's none too smart, either. Maybe that explains why it is brutal.

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

Suggests a new cigarette warning
Re the Associated Press article on the Feb. 22 front page titled ``Nicotine fights brain ailments, survey says.'' John M. Reynolds, Augusta

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.

Blasts proposed education reform
Sadly, the morale of teachers across the state is at an all-time low. Every day articles in newspapers cast teachers in a negative light because of the reportedshortcomings of Georgia's education system. My fear is that parents and other taxpayers read these articles and conclude that we are uneducated, lazy and unconcerned individuals who don't care about the success of our students. Lisa Duncan, Evans

Repeal 'Security' caps
Conventional wisdom holds that nothing significant will get done in Washington this year because of partisan jockeying brought on by election-year politicking.

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.

Overtime: Bad weather leads to Pacers' loss

Falcons meet needs with free agency

Carruth's finances accounted for

Martin cruises to another win

Fords lead way in Rockingham

USA boxers to compete in Americas qualifyers

Jury out on track advantage

Drought ends for Houston

De La Hoya KOs Coley in seventh

Labonte wins at Rockingham

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Y2K the Sequel' could appear Monday
NEW YORK -- Leap year's extra day arrives Tuesday, carrying the possibility of Y2K-like glitches. But given the calm that greeted the new millennium, few computer consultants are worried this time.

Governors scramble to tap states into new economy
WASHINGTON -- The nation's governors are investing billions of dollars in technology this year, from registering cars online to providing seed money for Internet startups, in a concerted and sometimes frantic effort to tap into the new economy.

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.

Some Internet connections make computers vulnerable

'Y2K the Sequel' could appear Monday

Robots used to study radiation leak

Calculators give wrong answers

The Web goes wireless

American Cancer Society launches ad campaign