Braves await Rocker's return, apology

Arbitrator cuts Rocker suspension, fine

Braves notes: Jones has bone chip in elbow

Late start in baseball slows trip to majors

Rocker: "Extremely sorry"

Braves notes: Cox will use most regulars in today's game vs. Georgia

Braves await Rocker's return, apology

Braves notes: Cox will use most regulars in today's game vs. Georgia

Anderson elected to Hall

Business briefs: Tech stocks lead in Dow's slim gain

New strip mall to be built
Outgrowth of Augusta Exchange shopping center in west Augusta soon will include a new strip mall, adding even more retail strength to the already burgeoning area.

Investor faces challenges

Martin Color-Fi to be sold
Martin Color-Fi announced Wednesday it has agreed to be purchased by a Philadelphia-based buyout firm.

Investor faces challenges
The Standard and Poor's 500 index is a benchmark many investors try to beat.

Business briefs

Martin Color-Fi to be sold

New strip mall to be built

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks soared higher Tuesday, propelling the Nasdaq composite index to a record and helping the Dow Jones industrial average extend its recovery from last week's steep selloff.

Business briefs: Tech stocks lead in Dow's slim gain
NEW YORK -- Soaring telecommunications and technology stocks helped the Dow Jones industrials eke out a modest gain.

Clemson returns to full strength

Patterson, Price earn top honors

Cremins' sendoff not going as hoped

NCAA slams St. John's claims of unfair treatment

Freshmen guards lead Paine women in victory

Georgia suffers its fourth loss in row

Lady Jags, Pacers up to challenge

Paine Lady Lions eliminated in tourney

Lady Jaguars eliminated early

Sports, politics mix in Southern tourney

Hawkins sets big example

In ACC country, women's hoops is a tough sell

Ex-Butler star Bolton makes All-Southern Conference team

Momentum on side of Kennesaw State

Lady Pacers sent home in 1st round

McCain desperate
John McCain's campaign for the GOP presidential nomination had grown desperate when he lambasted Pat Robertson and the Rev. Jerry Falwell on the eve of the Virginia and Washington state primaries. They are symbols of the Christian Right's influence onthe Republican Party. And the two clergymen also are longtime targets of liberal Democrats and their media allies.

Don't legalize 'pot'

Doubts effectiveness of S.C. boycott

Hits insurance rule for state employees

Fitting museum name

Blames racists for blacks' 'bad image'

Notes demise of Schulz's daily gift

McCain v. Lott

Gore lies

Explains library's shelving approach

Fears reversal of Planning Commission

Backs Alan Keyes for GOP nominee

Says congressman ignores constituents
I was proud to say that Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., received my vote and support in the lastelection. But I now have serious reservations about my continued support of his political career. Since March 22, I have tried unsuccessfully to get an appointment with him to discuss my concerns about Medicare. Rep. Graham seems to have plenty of time for Fox News, CNN and any other national news organization, but is too busy to talk with the voters of South Carolina.Elaine T. Sikes, North Augusta

Defends candidate in 'straw man' flap
The current brouhaha that the press has caused and that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has exploited over Texas Gov. George W.Bush speaking at Bob Jones University is a ``straw man'' if ever I saw one. Of course Dr. Bob Jones and other non-Catholic Christians do not subscribe to Catholic doctrine; that is what caused the Reformation; that is why the Catholics and the world call them ``Protestants.'' The Catholics are as much ``anti-Protestant'' as the reverse. Check out their policies concerning inter-faith marrying and baptism of one's children. I am not at all offended by their doctrine. I simply reject it as they do mine.Don Touchton, Martinez

Laments retirement of 'Rev. Bill'

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They tell you not to eat before surgery. Now, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is warning men not to take Viagra for 24 hours before an operation. Viagra, which uses nitric oxide to open blood vessels and relax muscles, can cause a patient's blood pressure to become dangerously low when combined with the effects of anesthesia and other drugs used during surgery, the nurses' group warns.

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Tuesday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Campaign trails & sales
Even though Tuesday's Georgia primary probably won't determine the outcome of the presidential nominating process, voters can still show their support for a candidate through campaign merchandise.

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In many ways, actors -- like the rich -- are different from you and me. But when it comes to food, they are very much like us, savoring favorite recipes and meals. In Autograph Celebrity Cookbook (DuPont), 25 stars share recipes, ranging from sauteed scallops and spring vegetables (Andy Garcia) to lamb wrapped in phyllo (Richard Belzer).

Homemade warmth
Chicken pot pie is comfort food at its best. The combination of creamy chicken and vegetables topped with a flaky crust is as welcome as a hug from your mom.

Duval tries to pick up the pace at new Doral

All eyes on Webb in Hawaii

Journey continues for golfer

Solomon School competing in national event

Derrick scores 53 in Wardlaw playoff win

Central Gwinnett ousts Josey

Josey falls in semifinals

Aiken girls visit Laurens in AAAA play

Barnwell pulls away for win

Silver Bluff knocked out by Mullins

Late goals stop Lynx

Devils deny Messier trade rumors

Late goals stop Lynx

Lindros out at least two games

Neilson to undergo stem cell transplant

Suspect in custody after shooting spree
WILKINSBURG, Pa. -- A man set his apartment on fire today, shot lunchtime customers at two fast-food restaurants, then holed up in an office building before surrendering. One person was killed and at least four critically injured.

Highway wreck leaves one dead
MARTIN, S.C. -- A Florida man died Tuesday morning when the tractor-trailer he was driving all but disintegrated on South Carolina Highway 125, three miles south of Martin in Allendale County. The tanker was loaded with 50,000 pounds of liquid nitrogen, apparently purchased from an Augusta company just hours before the fatal wreck, which strewed debris along a five-mile stretch of highway. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

First-grader reported wounded in elementary school shooting
MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A first-grader was reported shot by another pupil this morning at an elementary school. The shooting happened at about 10 a.m. at Buell Elementary School near Flint, The Flint Journal reported. It wasn't immediately clear if the shooting was accidental or on purpose. The injured pupil was being treated at Hurley Medical Center's emergency room, spokeswoman Stephanie Motschenbacher said. The child's condition was not immediately available. The other pupil was reported in custody, the newspaper said. Mount Morris Township police said they could not release any information. Full Story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Rocker's suspension reduced
NEW YORK -- John Rocker's suspension was cut in half to the first 14 days of the regular season, and he can report to the Atlanta Braves' spring training camp Thursday, The Associated Press learned today. The reliever, punished for disparaging foreigners, homosexuals and minorities in a magazine interview, could arrive in Kissimmee, Fla., in time for workouts Thursday, baseball sources familiar with the arbitrator's decision told the AP on the condition they not be identified. Shyam Das, making his first decision as baseball's independent arbitrator, also cut Rocker's $20,000 fine. The amount of the fine will be reduced to $500, one of the sources said. -- The Augusta Chronicle

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Homemade warmth

Truck wreck

Board hears paraphernalia plan
AIKEN -- Narcotics Detective Wayne Clark is tired of watching junkies go free.

House drowns measure to ease cast net laws

Cheering Dr. Seuss

Pupils learn marvel of plastic
Patsy Green stood before a class of fourth-graders Wednesday at Gracewood Elementary School preparing to stick a wooden skewer through a latex balloon.

Opponents seek probe of hearing

House OKs bill on lucrative state pensions

First-grader reported wounded in elementary school shooting

Expert warns of third year of drought

Augustans paying old water bills

Environmental issues top Georgian's lists
Clean water is the top environmental issue on the minds of Georgia voters this election year, according to a statewide survey by the League of Conservation Voters.

House OKs state green-space initiative

Environmental issues top Georgian's lists

State midyear budget wins final approval

House drowns measure to ease cast net laws
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House on Wednesday defeated legislation that would have eased regulations on cast nets used primarily by recreational shrimpers.

Group to help raise schools' test scores

Relief bill stalled by chairman
ATLANTA - A bill to extend the period for homeowners to file suit on defective construction was stalled in a Senate committee on Wednesday when the chairman ordered the sponsor to negotiate an agreement with lobbyists opposing it.

United Way celebrates good year

Suspect in custody after shooting spree

Bill would raise donation limits
ATLANTA -- Good-government groups are giving a mixed reception to a bill introduced in the Georgia House on Wednesday that would double the limits on campaign contributions to candidates for statewide office and the General Assembly.

House OKs state green-space initiative
ATLANTA -- Georgia's House put a resounding stamp of approval Tuesday on Gov. Roy Barnes' plan to use state grant money to encourage Georgia's largest and fastest-growing counties to set aside more land as green space.

Technical-school funds await governor's OK

Across the area: Police seek money taken from school
Augusta Preparatory Day School officials and Columbia County Sheriff's Office are looking for more than $1,200 missing from the school's vault.

Across the area: Panel member says fire animal director

House OKs bill on lucrative state pensions
ATLANTA -- With no debate, the Georgia House on Wednesday unanimously passed Republican-backed legislation aimed at curbing the awarding of lucrative pensions to high-ranking state employees forced to leave office.

Truck driver killed in crash

Computer causes mistake in child count
According to the Columbia County school system's computer, 150 pupils were missing.

Man tells of ex-girlfriend's desperate plan

Bill would raise donation limits

Woman guilty of kidnapping family of four
AIKEN -- Kristen Thompson faced a possible 120 years in prison after a jury convicted her Wednesday of kidnapping a North Augusta family in a scheme to take their unborn baby to sell for $10,000 or more.

Georgia teen plays jazz at Grammys
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- This week, it's back to science classes and studying and baseball practice after school.

Relief bill stalled by chairman

Taxpayers foot bill for suit against SRS

Across the area: Police seek money taken from school

Funding needed for mental illness

Man tells of ex-girlfriend's desperate plan
AIKEN -- Kidnapping suspect Kristen Thompson was so desperate to collect $10,000 in a baby-snatching scheme, she lured a North Augusta woman to her home intending to steal an unborn baby from the woman's womb, the suspect's ex-boyfriend testified Tuesday.

Expert warns of third year of drought
ATHENS, Ga. -- The drought that has gripped Georgia since 1998 is likely to enter a third year -- and grow worse, according to state climatologist David Stooksbury.

Burnettown gets grant for sidewalks
BURNETTOWN -- A $32,000 federal highway enhancement grant will enable Burnettown to construct sidewalks connecting the town's two major thoroughfares, Carline and Augusta roads.

Opponents seek probe of hearing
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Anti-zoning forces in Edgefield County say officials rigged the last public hearing to ensure that opponents of a proposed zoning ordinance would be treated unfairly.

State midyear budget wins final approval
ATLANTA -- The General Assembly on Tuesday gave final approval to a midyear budget that compromises on financing passenger-rail studies but substantially reduces funding for separate Georgia House and Senate versions of the spending plan provided to help welfare recipients enter the work force.

Across the area: Panel member says fire animal director
A 19-year-old Augusta man has been indicted on felony charges of making bomb threats.

Georgia teen plays jazz at Grammys

United Way celebrates good year
As Wachovia Bank's Robert Osborne took over the position of United Way board Chairman Tuesday, he took a lighthearted jab at outgoing Chairman J. Pierce Blanchard.

Board hears paraphernalia plan

Cheering Dr. Seuss
Augusta State University professor Ralph Watkins (left) cheers Tuesday as Michelle Livengood (front) declares him the winner of Copeland Elementary School's reading contest.

Rocker's suspension reduced

SRS facility may receive new work
Savannah River Site's aging F-Canyon plant would remain open for several more years under a proposal being considered by officials at the federal nuclear-weapons site.

Senate Democrats thwart ethics bill
ATLANTA -- Senate Democrats thwarted a Republican attempt Tuesday to prohibit Georgia legislators from accepting even a cup of coffee from lobbyists.

Augustans paying old water bills
When the Augusta Utilities De-partment began cutting people's water off for not paying their utili-ty bills, the city had to buy $7,000 worth of locks.

Woman guilty of kidnapping family of four

Vandals hit McCormick's public school campuses
McCORMICK, S.C. -- McCormick police are looking for vandals who damaged classrooms at middle and high schools during the weekend.

Barnes to review audit results
ATLANTA -- Chatham County tax officials were giving themselves preferential assessments, were slow to upgrade computer systems and failed to follow state guidelines for ensuring fair treatment of property owners, according to an audit released Wednesday by the state.

Technical-school funds await governor's OK
Columbia County's technical-school branch officially exists.

Taxpayers foot bill for suit against SRS
The U.S. Department of Energy has spent about $2.5 million in taxpayers' money to pay legal fees for four Savannah River Site contractors fighting a racial discrimination lawsuit.

Group to help raise schools' test scores
Richmond County principals say they welcome the assistance of a state group that's coming Thursday to help with pupil achievement.

Funding needed for mental illness
Lack of funding and understanding about mental illness is allowing it to flourish as a major but largely unrecognized health problem in Georgia and across the country, a new survey shows.

Mr. Popularity
Carlos Carter proves to be very popular with Kim Graham, (from left) Cory Johnson, Jessica Harmon and Jazmine Knight. When asked Wednesday about his job as physical education director with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta Inc., he said: ``I enjoy it all day long. I love it.''

RICO suit halted for lack of evidence
A former Columbia County employee can't proceed with claims of racketeering against the county, but she can continue her lawsuit on allegations county officials violated her First Amendment right, a judge has ruled.

Vandals hit McCormick's public school campuses

Truck wreck
Neil Busbee, a Davis Hauling employee, climbs down from the underside of an overturned dump truck after a Wednesday afternoon accident on Hereford Farm Road in Evans. The driver of the truck, Bennie Oliphant, 67, of Aiken, was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition, said Dale Crail, MCG's public relations director.

Truck driver killed in crash
MARTIN, S.C. -- A Tampa, Fla., man died Tuesday morning when the tractor-trailer he was driving all but disintegrated in a wreck on South Carolina Highway 125, three miles south of Martin in Allendale County.

Barnes to review audit results

Raptors get 30th win of season

Arena players in court to salvage season

Report: Victims were attacked by as many as 10 people

Mr. Oneal Rawls
SALLEY -- Mr. Oneal Rawls, 71, of Brown Pond Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Sam Baker
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mr. Sam Baker, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mrs. Carrie Caldwell
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Carrie G. Caldwell, of South Rhodes Street, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Boswell Parker Health Care Services.

Mrs. Lottie Duggan
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Lottie Duggan, 96, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, in Sandersville.

Mrs. Rosalyn Rogers
CAMDEN, S.C. -- Mrs. Rosalyn McDaniel Rogers, 70, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000.

Mr. Johnnie Brodus Jr.
MARTIN, S.C. -- Mr. Johnnie Lee Brodus Jr., 29, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.

Mr. James Williams
AIKEN -- Mr. James D. ``Jack'' Williams, 79, of Henry Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Richard Gilliland Sr.
Mr. Richard L. Gilliland Sr., 64, of Rhodes Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000.

Mr. Mel Cecchine
Mr. Mel D. Cecchine, 55, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, in Hewitt, Texas.

Mrs. Clara Johnson
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Clara Whittington Johnson, 87, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Candler County Hospital.

Mrs. Carrie Crosby
LANGLEY -- Mrs. Carrie Ellen Sapp Crosby, 75, of Piney Heights Road, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Priscilla Haire
APPLING -- Mrs. Priscilla L. Haire, 59, of Haire-Baston Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Chester Rand Jr.
Mr. Chester E. ``Chet'' Rand Jr., 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Freeman Cummings Jr.
Mr. Freeman Cummings Jr., 51, of Shadowood Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Marie Bryan
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Carolyn Marie Merchant Bryan, 25, of Pencreek Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in Greenwood County.

Mrs. Louise Edenfield
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Louise Burke Edenfield, 91, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Candler Hospital.

Mr. James Cooley
AIKEN -- Mr. James T. Cooley, 82, of Monterey Drive, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Bobby Beazley
HARLEM -- Mr. Bobby G. Beazley, 57, of Harlem Grovetown Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Zora Boyd
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Zora Boyd, 90, of Paradise Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Pearline Gundy
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Pearline Gundy, 92, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. John Cofer Jr.
WAGENER -- Mr. John Anthony Cofer Jr., 33, of Main Street, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Thomas Yonce Sr.
WINDSOR -- Mr. Thomas Brooks Yonce Sr., 61, of Middleton Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Marie Buckman
Mrs. Marie Gianakaouros Buckman, 83, of Evans, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. G.W. Ferguson
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. G.W. ``Buck'' Ferguson, 87, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Warrenton Rehabilitation Center, Warrenton.

Mrs. Sarah Rogers
Mrs. Sarah Johnson Rogers, 87, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, Ala.

Mrs. Mattie Wilkerson
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mattie Bland Wilkerson, 81, of Georgia Highway 102, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Wyman Hartley
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Wyman Hartley, 35, of Walker Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Cooley

Mrs. Clara Johnson

Mr. Wyman Hartley

Mrs. Pearline Gundy

Mr. G.W. Ferguson

Mr. Bobby Beazley

Mrs. Sarah Rogers

Mr. Johnnie Brodus Jr.

Mrs. Louise Edenfield

Mrs. Carrie Caldwell

Mrs. Rosalyn Rogers

Mrs. Zora Boyd

Mr. Freeman Cummings Jr.

Mr. Chester Rand Jr.

Mr. Thomas Yonce Sr.

Mr. Sam Baker

Mrs. Lottie Duggan

Mr. James Williams

Mr. Mel Cecchine

Mr. Richard Gilliland Sr.

Mrs. Marie Buckman

Mr. Oneal Rawls

Letters sought to serve justice, not pressure board
LOUIS BENNIE Phipps is not a ``child murderer'' as you state in your newspaper. That accusation was rejected by 12 impartial jurors in the verdict they returned in the trial of this case on March 30, 1990.

Backs Alan Keyes for GOP nominee
The concept of choosing a candidate for the presidency is actually a simple process. Besides carefully investigating the candidate's background, the voter needs to ask one question: Will this candidate: ``... faithfully execute the office of the president of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'' Eric Marcano, Augusta

McCain v. Lott
Many Republicans are still steaming over Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's half-baked January ``announcement'' (since repudiated) that, apparently due to election year politicking, no major legislation would be passed this session by the GOP-led Congress.

Don't legalize 'pot'
Special interest groups seeking to decriminalize marijuana use are making a martyr of Louis Covar. The Richmond County quadriplegic was sentenced recently to seven years at Baldwin State Prison's outpatient clinic for violating his probation on marijuana possession.

Whines about 'crybaby' sports column
Rick Dorsey's column should be called ``crybaby sports.'' Mr. Dorsey does not report sports, but whines about sports. David Mathews, Hephzibah

Defends candidate in 'straw man' flap
The current brouhaha that the press has caused and that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has exploited over Texas Gov. George W.Bush speaking at Bob Jones University is a ``straw man'' if ever I saw one. Of course Dr. Bob Jones and other non-Catholic Christians do not subscribe to Catholic doctrine; that is what caused the Reformation; that is why the Catholics and the world call them ``Protestants.'' The Catholics are as much ``anti-Protestant'' as the reverse. Check out their policies concerning inter-faith marrying and baptism of one's children. I am not at all offended by their doctrine. I simply reject it as they do mine. Don Touchton, Martinez

Fears reversal of Planning Commission
Five years ago my wife and I bought five acres on Clary Cut Road. ... We were looking to buy land in a different area, but fell in love with the beauty of Clary Cut Road. The land we bought had restrictions such as the builder had to build at least a 1,400 square-foot home and you could not have more than two out-buildings, etc. After purchasing the land, we built our first home. We were 23 years old and so proud. DeWayne & Andrea Smoak, Harlem

Explains library's shelving approach
The staff at Columbia County's Gibbs Library uses a practical and time-proven approach in the shelving of books for its youngest library users. The children's book collection at Gibbs is constantly growing and is heavily used by casual browsers and those in the Accelerated Reader program. Experience shows that in an area such as the ``picture book section,'' it is virtually impossible to keep it in perfect alphabetical order. Toddlers and even younger children select their books from this area. Karen S. Gross, Augusta

Fitting museum name
Remember Augusta's old, cramped Telfair Street museum? It had a hodgepodge of exhibits, but all too many weren't related to Augusta and there wasn't a local historical frame of reference.

Letters sought to serve justice, not pressure board
LOUIS BENNIE Phipps is not a ``child murderer'' as you state in your newspaper. That accusation was rejected by 12 impartial jurors in the verdict they returned in the trial of this case on March 30, 1990.

Slams 'genocide' of crepe myrtle
It is pruning season again and the crape myrtles are under attack. They have been sentenced to the guillotine! As I drive our Augusta city streets, it is heartbreaking to view the carnage that has happened to these beautiful trees. Dudley Baird, Augusta

Urge firm stand on Kelly Acres plat
The Columbia County Planning Commission will be faced with a monumental decision concerning the plat Tiger Realty will present today for the first phase development of Kelly Acres, which will eventually encompass more than 500 acres of property. Vickie and David Hallden, Appling

Blames racists for blacks' 'bad image'
Re Eric Dalton's Feb. 21 letter: Kellie Harper-Lee, Augusta

Doubts effectiveness of S.C. boycott
Re the Feb. 28 Associated Press article about Myrtle Beach merchants: So the vendors on Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand are removing their best-selling (Confederate) merchandise for fear of offending the perpetrators of political correctness? I must be missing something. How are the ``mostly black motorcycle enthusiasts'' going to see the offensive souvenirs if they're boycotting South Carolina? J.R. Cook, McCormick

Gore lies
Quotes (from a Feb. 20 ABC-TV interview) that the Republican presidential nominee can later use against Vice President Al Gore, courtesy of Democrat Bill Bradley:

Hits insurance rule for state employees
There is a proposal to increase Georgia's Peachcare qualification limit to $40,000 per year for a family of four. This is good news. However, I am a divorced mother of three making $21,000 per year and not eligible to receive Peachcare because I am a state employee. Diana Griffin, Augusta

Says congressman ignores constituents
I was proud to say that Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., received my vote and support in the lastelection. But I now have serious reservations about my continued support of his political career. Since March 22, I have tried unsuccessfully to get an appointment with him to discuss my concerns about Medicare. Rep. Graham seems to have plenty of time for Fox News, CNN and any other national news organization, but is too busy to talk with the voters of South Carolina. Elaine T. Sikes, North Augusta

Ga. ethics bill a start
The Georgia Senate is making some progress on the ethics front, but much more still needs to be done.

McCain desperate
John McCain's campaign for the GOP presidential nomination had grown desperate when he lambasted Pat Robertson and the Rev. Jerry Falwell on the eve of the Virginia and Washington state primaries. They are symbols of the Christian Right's influence onthe Republican Party. And the two clergymen also are longtime targets of liberal Democrats and their media allies.

Notes demise of Schulz's daily gift
It is clear from the 60 Minutes TV show that Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was himself the original ``Charlie Brown.'' He never asked any help to create all of those articles. He produced his array of colorful characters each and everyday of his life. Larry Jarrett, USAF (Ret.)Warrenville

Laments retirement of 'Rev. Bill'
It was a sad day to area outdoorsmen when ``Reverend'' Bill Babb retired as The Chronicle's Outdoors editor. His cathedral ceiling was held up by Georgia pines and the baptismal pool was any area lake, although he occasionally sprinkled his flock with heavenly showers. His sermons could be found in most Sunday Sports sections of your newspaper, next to the last page. Tyron Morris, Waynesboro

Lewis co-defendant asks for own trial

Overtime: Georgia remains unbeaten

Bowe gets 30 days in prison

Athletes try new argument in NCAA racial lawsuit

Overtime: Georgia beats Georgia Tech, stays unbeaten

Rudd leaves ownership behind

Finnish qualifier springs upset in Copenhagen

Australians, Americans lose doping appeal with FINA

Richert building from scratch

NAIA considering proposals from other cities

Fighter takes advantage of a judge's decision

FDA approves testosterone gel
WASHINGTON -- Men who suffer low testosterone until now have been treated with hormone shots or testosterone patches. Tuesday, the government approved a new option -- testosterone gel.

Donors a vital source of blood platelet supply
BALTIMORE -- Every other Friday afternoon, Peter Fort leaves his job early, drives to northwest Baltimore, lies back in a comfy chair and watches a movie -- with needles in both arms, one draining blood from his body and one sending it back.

Case says linking it together is key for consumers
NEW ORLEANS -- While consumers are fascinated by all the ways they can connect to the Internet, they also want easy solutions for linking information together, America Online chief Steve Case said Wednesday.

Computer industry: New anti-hacker laws not needed
WASHINGTON -- Congress appears eager to propose new or broader computer crime laws amid dramatic attacks on some of the Internet's flagship sites, but the technology industry is reluctant about broader government involvement even in online security.

Stem cell research offers hope, dilemmas
Inside his laboratory at Medical College of Georgia, Brian Condie can turn mouse embryo cells into brain cells or heart cells. His research and that of others may one day allow adults to grow new cells and turn around disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Implants show early promise for treating hemophilia
NEW YORK -- Thimble-size implants let guinea pigs and a monkey churn out a protein that can treat hemophilia, suggesting a new approach to treatment.

Philip Morris open to FDA regulation of tobacco
NEW YORK -- A Philip Morris Cos. executive said the nation's largest cigarette maker is willing to discuss some government regulation of the embattled tobacco industry.

Study seeks pre-processing testing of beef
WASHINGTON -- The government could reduce the chance of deadly bacteria getting into ground beef by testing cattle hides and carcasses before the meat is processed, according to a study released today.

Leap Day causes minor computer glitches
Leap Day brought scattered and minor computer glitches around the world today in perhaps the final echo of the Y2K problem that wasn't.

Marijuana compounds ease tremors in mice with MS-like disease
Marijuana-like compounds ease tremors in mice with a condition similar to multiple sclerosis, researchers say in a study that appears to corroborate patients who say pot helps them deal with the disease.

Study seeks pre-processing testing of beef

Implants show early promise for treating hemophilia

Leap Day causes minor computer glitches

Donors a vital source of blood platelet supply

Stem cell research offers hope, dilemmas

Computer industry: New anti-hacker laws not needed

Philip Morris open to FDA regulation of tobacco