Braves' payroll is third highest in baseball

Spring training roundup: Griffey plays first game in Reds' uniform

Braves notebook

Jeter, Yanks happy Strawberry seeking treatment

Mets sign final five

Hernandez scratched from first spring start

Rocker starts rebuilding process

Count your blessings at the pump

Count your blessings at the pump

Rising rates hurt home sales
New-home sales across the United States plunged by 4.2 percent in January as higher mortgage rates cut into demand.

Eckerd will close local store

CSRA puppet makers aim for TV ads

Business briefs: Blue-chip buyers push Dow Jones up

Weekly gas update

Retailers put hope in new strip mall

Eckerd will close local store
Eckerd will close its Walton Way Extension drugstore in late April as part of a cost-cutting program by parent company J.C. Penney Co.

Rising rates hurt home sales

CSRA puppet makers aim for TV ads
They're cute. They're catchy. Sometimes they're even a little risque. They're puppets, and a handful of them spent this week networking with area business officials, drumming up business both for the people beneath the fabric-covered hands and for the companies they hope to one day represent.

Retailers put hope in new strip mall
The tenants of a future strip mall being built adjacent to Augusta Exchange shopping center say their businesses' futures look particularly bright in the neon shadow of the Regal 20 Cinema.

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Stocks bounded higher Friday, giving the Dow industrials their best week since last July, after the government delivered a sign that the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases might finally be slowing the economy.<

Business briefs: Blue-chip buyers push Dow Jones up
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mixed in a volatile session Thursday as investors took profits from a recent rise in technology stocks but continued buying blue chips that were battered last week.

Weekly gas update
Here are gas prices of a gallon of regular unleaded gas at six area gas stations.

Late basket saves Paine

Cremins looks forward, not back, going into final game at Georgia Tech

Paine eliminated after rally fails

Dogs, Gamecocks looking to stay out of SEC cellar

SEC notes: Gators facing big obstacle on road to conference title

Loss ends season for Augusta State

Sophomore leads Knights

College basketball roundup: Lady Bulldogs open with 18-point rout

Spartans roll past Gophers

Barefield flourishes for Tech

Jags extend win streak to seven

Ga. technology authority?

Wants 'reality' about guns taught

Deflate silicone bill

Says parents key to school reform

Wants end to racial hard feelings

Blasts officials for deaths of dogs
I would like to say that I am surprised by what has happened at Richmond County Animal Control concerning the senseless deaths of 82 dogs, but I'm not. However, I would like to pin the blame, not solely on Animal Control Director Jim Larmer, but on the board members and City Administrator Randy Oliver. If these people would have acted responsibly and gotten rid of this obviously dangerous man -- Mr. Larmer -- we would probably be on the road to improvements at the facility and therefore would have spared the lives of the 82 dogs that were killed. What has to happen next for these people to see that Mr. Larmer is incapable of running our animal control?Amy Sullivent, Augusta

Bashes area's 'second-rate' politicians

'Say it ain't so'

Hits grand jury for narrow focus

`Orpheus' lightens up opera
Imagine P.J. O'Rourke teaming with David Letterman -- political humorist meets pop-culture prankster -- to write, of all things, an opera.

Competition honors artistic promise
The Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition is more than a vehicle for young artists to show their work -- it's a legacy and tribute to an artist whose life and career ended too soon.

Spring fling
Spring once was the time of year that movie studios dumped their dead weight, releasing films that could never compete in the Oscar contender-heavy fall and winter or in the big-buck action film frenzy of summer.

Play puts accent on British humor
Before Monty Python or The Full Monty, before Four Weddings and a Funeral or Mr. Bean, there was Noel Coward. His plays are the source from which all modern British comedy flows.

Light it up
Warm weather and the buzz of upcoming Masters Week parties have ignited an epidemic of spring fever and thoughts of entertaining - specifically, outdoor entertaining.

Minister will speak, perform for Belvedere congregation
Magic paid the bills for seminarian Felix Snipes in the 1950s, but he packed his tricks away after ordination.

Inventor's creativity finds its way into print
For an author, the key to success is writing about what you know -- so that's what John Bloomfield did.

Cantor, temple choir to premiere commissioned work
Marie Betcher, a certified Jewish cantor who revels in a Puccini aria, will be the guest soloist at a concert of Jewish choral music and repertoire at the Congregation Children of Israel at 8 tonight.

Museum goes international
The gallery walls at the Morris Museum of Art display the creative history of the South. Tonight, the museum will unveil new pieces of art -- the galleries themselves.

Book approaches women's issues from Spirit
The Red Hot Mamas, a support group for menopausal women, is a healthy sign to Dr. Ron Eaker that women are changing society for the better.

Faith digest
Debbie Brezina will speak on Legacy of Liberty during the Christian World View Seminar at Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Frontage Road, at 9:30 a.m. today. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Continuation of hot, dry weather predicted
Hope your garden hose is in good shape: The drought that started in May 1998 is expected to continue and even worsen through early summer.

A place to call home
Gwen and Andy Chandler trekked through 23 Augusta-area churches for a year-and-a-half before finding out a secret that could have cut months off their search for a spiritual home.

Ramblin' Rhodes: George Jones gets revenge
It looks like George Jones got the last laugh on the Country Music Association last week by winning a Grammy for best male country vocal performance for his single Choices.

Hybrids, stripers move shallow; try flukes, herring

Heart-transplant recipient debuts with par

A record day at the Doral

St. Louis lands 2004 U.S. Senior Open

2001 PGA Canadian Open going to Montreal

Argentine leads in Dubai despite strong wind

Garcia, Van de Velde withdraw from MCI Classic

Four-way tie for lead as 'Monster' shows a soft side at Doral

Foursome carries Barnwell

Lady Gators advance after beating rival

Prep basketball scores

Flames burn Ducks

Dallas Stars top Coyotes

Numminen's 360-game streak comes to an end

Rangers skate past Panthers

Thrashers beaten by St. Louis

Count your blessings at the pump
If you're like me, you have begun to realize you're paying almost twice for gasoline what you paid this time last year.

Count your blessings at the pump
If you're like me, you have begun to realize you're paying almost twice for gasoline what you paid this time last year.

Committee discusses Stallions
The Augusta Stallions have sold 1,200 season tickets and signed 18 players, but they haven't signed a lease. They've got a home field, but they don't yet have a home locker room. And suddenly, there are just six weeks before the arenafootball2 league team plays its first home game. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Local teacher nominated for award
AIKEN - Five educators were named finalists this morning for South Carolina's State Teacher of the Year. One of them is Dale Smith, who teaches fifth-grade math, science and social studies at Chukker Creek Elementary School. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Museum goes international

`Orpheus' lightens up opera

Continuation of hot, dry weather predicted

Light it up

Spring fling

Book approaches women's issues from Spirit

A place to call home

Cantor, temple choir to premiere commissioned work

Competition honors artistic promise

Play puts accent on British humor

Faith digest

Ramblin' Rhodes: George Jones gets revenge

SRS safety architect retires
The architect of Savannah River Site's approach to safety will take his expertise to the private sector. Frank R. McCoy III, the U.S. Department of Energy's second-in-command at the federal nuclear-weapons site, retired Friday after 10 years at SRS.

Teacher contends for state title

House approves bill protecting newborns
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed legislation Friday that would allow parents to abandon newborns up to a week old at health facilities without facing prosecution, as long as they haven't been harmed.

Readings celebrate Dr. Seuss

Violence lands area men in jail
Two Augusta men received prison sentences Friday for separate, violent confrontations with ex-girlfriends.

Area wastewater plant investigates sewage upset
The operator of Augusta's troubled Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant is investigating a series of ``operational upsets'' that caused poorly treated sewage to enter Butler Creek and the Savannah River.

Across the area
A five-vehicle wreck on Mike Padgett Highway left a Mercury Cougar split in two and its driver facing traffic, criminal and drug charges.

Augusta man faces life in jail for home invasion
A young Augusta man faces a lifetime behind bars after a jury convicted him Thursday of holding up an elderly man at gunpoint and taking part in an armed home evasion.

Mediator settles suit before trial

University toughens entrance standards
ATHENS, Ga. -- For students trying to gain admission to the University of Georgia, hailing from a poor county or attending a struggling Georgia high school might help.

Legislators, AMA push for patients' bill of rights
Being able to sue an HMO for denying care is a ``nonnegotiable'' element of a patients' bill of rights, such as the one backed by U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, the president of the American Medical Association said Friday.

Military goes high tech in Georgia coast training mission
SAVANNAH -- Forget about battlefield command posts where colonels found shelter in a canvas tent and studied crinkled paper maps on splintered wood tables.

Anti-profiling bill gets OK
ATLANTA -- Police in Georgia would no longer be able to use race as the only reason for deciding which motorists to stop if a bill passed Friday by the Senate becomes law.

Waterless canal remains fun
The absence of water in the Augusta Canal didn't bother Ozzie Love.

Waiver for class gets OK

Readings celebrate Dr. Seuss
Richmond County State Court Judge David D. Watkins didn't throw the book at anyone Thursday morning, but he did read from it.

Bill would aid child prodigies

Crime report reveals several decreases
More deputies on the streets, greater community involvement and a booming economy are factors local authorities say gave Richmond County another year of declining crime in 1999.

Butler student charged with making terroristic threats
A senior track team member charged with making bomb threats at Butler High School not only must stay off school property but also can't go to Atlanta for a meet this weekend, a Superior Court judge ruled.

Bill would aid child prodigies
COLUMBIA -- Nick Green could've used the news he heard Thursday two years ago, but at least someone was listening when he complained about being too smart to get a college scholarship.

SRS safety architect retires

Mayor rejects gas chamber for animals

Craft fair spurs originality

Good deal

Local police condemn racial profiling
Augusta-area law enforcement officials said Friday they have no tolerance for racial profiling by their officers and take steps to prevent the slightest appearance of the controversial practice.

House approves bill protecting newborns

Crime report reveals several decreases

Olympic hearts
Above, Dr. Marc Davis and Reggie Thomas play it up as the doctor checks out Reggie for the upcoming Special Olympics. Reggie, a pupil at South Aiken High School, was one of more than 200 Special Olympic Athletes at the University of South Carolina Aiken School of Nursing building Thursday getting physicals for the March 30 event.

Good deal
As Sarah Jolley looks for a bargain, her son Robert, 3, takes a nap. Sarah and Robert attended the American Association of University Women Book Fair on Friday, the event's first day.

Hospital chief leaves for North Carolina job
One of University Hospital's top officials is leaving to take over a North Carolina hospital system.

Military goes high tech in Georgia coast training mission

Animal gas chamber debated
Richmond County Animal Control Director Jim Larmer hopes to reinstate carbon monoxide gas as the method for killing unwanted animals, he said Thursday.

University toughens entrance standards

Crime lab plans unveiled
Solving crime in the Richmond County area might be a little easier in the future.

Hospital chief leaves for North Carolina job

Waiver for class gets OK
COLUMBIA -- Legislation allowing South Carolina schoolchildren to miss up to five days this year because of inclement weather passed the state Senate on Thursday.

Site owner rejects aid for cleanup

Increases requested for board
Legislation to increase Columbia County school board members' pay should be introduced Monday in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Mediator settles suit before trial
AIKEN -- A doctor named in eight lawsuits since 1990 has settled one of them, agreeing to an undisclosed monetary settlement with a nurse at Aiken Regional Medical Centers who claimed his obscenity-laced tirade toward her ``exceeded all bounds of possible decency.''

Site owner rejects aid for cleanup
The new owner of one of Augusta's most notorious eyesores isn't ready to allow a federally funded environmental assessment to proceed at his property.

Museum carnival has world flavor

Jurors convict Aiken man in home invasion
AIKEN -- An Aiken man who was chased down by three good Samaritans last year will spend up to 35 years in prison after a jury convicted him Thursday of breaking into a woman's home and nearly strangling her when she discovered him.

Local teacher nominated for award

Across the area: Committee OKs subdivision plan
A controversial subdivision plan gained Columbia County Planning Commission approval Thursday night, just a month after the panel unanimously rejected it.

Legislators, AMA push for patients' bill of rights

Local police condemn racial profiling

End to SRS immunity sought

Committee discusses Stallions

Across the area

Butler student charged with making terroristic threats

Mayor rejects gas chamber for animals
Make no mistake: There will be no gas chamber at the Richmond County Animal Control facility, city officials said Friday. ``As long as I'm mayor of this city, we will not have a gas chamber used to put down animals at the animal control shelter. Period,'' Mayor Bob Young said.

Stallions team lacks lease, locker rooms

Stallions team lacks lease, locker rooms
The Augusta Stallions have sold 1,200 season tickets and signed 18 players, but they haven't signed a lease. They've got a home field, but they don't yet have a home locker room.

Craft fair spurs originality
Linda Corsvall gazed at the object standing on a shelf inside Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center as if she didn't believe her eyes. Then she started to laugh.

Officials affirm call for new flag

Across the area: Committee OKs subdivision plan

Officials affirm call for new flag
ATLANTA -- Black legislators renewed their commitment Friday to changing the state flag, less than a week after Gov. Roy Barnes said on national television that he had other priorities.

Jurors convict Aiken man in home invasion

Teacher contends for state title
AIKEN -- Dale Smith already is spending $25,000 that's not officially hers -- yet. There was the haircut and manicure Friday. Then dinner for two with her husband, Mike. And she still must buy sunglasses to look the part in her BMW Z3 roadster.

Increases requested for board

Museum carnival has world flavor
For one evening, all the famous carnivals of the world visited Augusta's Morris Museum of Art. More than 550 people attended Friday's Le Bal Du Musee fund-raiser, which featured the theme Carnaval du Monde.

Area wastewater plant investigates sewage upset

End to SRS immunity sought
A South Carolina lawmaker wants to repeal a law that immunizes some Savannah River Site authorities from liability in accidents. State Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, introduced a bill in December to repeal the South Carolina law. He said he decided to pursue the legislation after learning of a motorist who was unable to collect damages because of an accident in which an SRS law-enforcement officer was at fault.

Olympic hearts

Woman admits killing husband
A Burke County woman who admitted Friday that she shot her husband to death and buried him in the back yard will spend the next seven years in prison.

Jazz tops Hornets

Hawks end losing streak

Kukoc stops by to see old pals in first trip back

Lakers rolling with 13 straight wins

Reserves help lift Magic past Hornets

Mrs. Ruthie Smith
Mrs. Ruthie Mae Smith, 78, of 12th Street, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Leo Faber
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Leo Faber, 94, of Colony West Apartments, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Stroman
DETROIT -- Mrs. Mary Tyler Stroman, 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Bush
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William Preston Bush, 79, of Victorian Drive, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Greta Walker
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Ms. Greta Lynette Walker, 31, of Bray Street, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lillie Patterson
DEVEREUX, Ga. -- Mrs. Lillie Mae Patterson, 82, of Pine Valley Road, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Earnest Washington Sr.
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Earnest J. Washington Sr., 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Heminger
THOMSON -- Mr. Robert E. Heminger, 81, of Harrison Road, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Holliday
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Gene Holliday, 59, of Stephens Street, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000.

Mrs. Hester Seymore
AIKEN -- Mrs. Hester M. Seymore, 89, of Marlboro Street, Northeast, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Irwin
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Lozier Rogers Irwin, 84, of Georgia Highway 15 North, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Betty Ansley
Mrs. Betty Jean Ansley, of Golden Avenue, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. John Smith
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Robert Smith, 58, of Georgia Highway 24 East, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Ronald Johnson Jr.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mr. Ronald Hugh Johnson Jr., 56, of Carr Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in Wanachi, Wash.

Mr. Vance Shealy
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Vance Wiley Shealy, 78, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Sara Lamb
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Sara Meeks Lamb, 85, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. John Creech
Mr. John E. Creech, of Fernwood Circle, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mrs. Lula Mobley
MIAMI -- Mrs. Lula Mae Mobley, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Aventura Hospital.

Mrs. Lula Mathis
THOMSON -- Mrs. Lula Bell Jones Mathis, 85, of Railroad Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. John Richardson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John ``J.W.'' Richardson, 64, of Lee Street, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ralph Pendrey
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Ralph A. Pendrey, 61, of Eisenview Drive, died Thursday, March 2, 2000 at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Zella Harper
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Zella Harper, 93, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mrs. Diane Britto
Mrs. Diane Helen Britto, 62, of Engle Road, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Walter B. Walker Jr., 44, of West Pine Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Grier Burke Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Hugh Grier Burke Sr., 83, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Willie Gadson
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Willie Mae Gadson, 79, of Oak Street, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Molean White
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Molean White, 86, of Molean Lane, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000.

Mr. Jerry Morrell
AIKEN -- Mr. Jerry Morrell, 77, of Murrah Avenue, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Henry Friese
JESUP, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Friese, 51, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Bowman
THOMSON -- Mr. John Andrew Bowman, of Wisham Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000.

Mr. Newman Lewis Jr.
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mr. Newman Lee Lewis Jr., 71, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Heritage Inn, Sandersville.

Mrs. Myrtis Kemp
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Myrtis Kemp, of Atomic Road, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Elizabeth Duggan
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Walker Duggan, 87, of Walker Road, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Dr. Henry Williams
Dr. Henry Allen Williams, 66, of Evans, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Lewis Slaughter
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Lewis F. ``Tula'' Slaughter, 68, of Walker Street, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Henry Stephens Sr.
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Stephens Sr., of Stephens Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Milton Andrews
Mr. Milton Andrews, 44, of Basswood Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Ipha Hainlen
THOMSON -- Mrs. Ipha Murl Hainlen, 68, of Elizabeth Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Agnes Young
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Agnes B. Young, 84, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Richard Fanning
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Richard M. ``Bubba'' Fanning, 59, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Marion Dickerson
Mr. Marion T. Dickerson, 91, of Agnes Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Louvinia Tucker
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Mrs. Louvinia Hall Tucker, 94, of Georgia Highway 102, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Gibson Nursing Home.

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

Mr. Earnest Washington Sr.
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Earnest J. Washington Sr., 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Kirkland Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Willie ``Bubba'' Kirkland Jr., 58, of Burtons Ferry Highway, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Betty Gray
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Betty Green Gray, 76, of Titt Harper Valley Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.

Miss Shanquante Kennedy
SPARTA, Ga. -- Miss Shanquante Valiste Kennedy, 18, of Dixie Street, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Hester Seymore

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.

Mr. Robert Heminger

Mrs. Lula Mobley

Mr. Willie Kirkland Jr.

Miss Shanquante Kennedy

Mrs. Lillie Patterson

Mrs. Elizabeth Duggan

Mr. Lewis Slaughter

Mr. Jerry Morrell

Mrs. Myrtis Kemp

Mrs. Mary Stroman

Mr. Henry Stephens Sr.

Dr. Henry Williams

Mr. Willie Holliday

Mr. Earnest Washington Sr.

Mrs. Lula Mathis

Mr. Newman Lewis Jr.

Mr. John Richardson

Ms. Greta Walker

Mr. William Bush

Mr. Ronald Johnson Jr.

Mr. John Smith

Mrs. Sara Lamb

Mr. Leo Faber

Mrs. Louvinia Tucker

Mrs. Ipha Hainlen

Mrs. Molean White

Mr. Henry Friese

Mr. John Bowman

Mr. Richard Fanning

Mrs. Zella Harper

Mrs. Diane Britto

Sisler: Teach the Bible at home, not in public school
The Bible is making news in Georgia this week. It would be nice if the Bible made news every week, but we will take what we can get and hope that as the Good Book is discussed it may actually be read.

Homosexuals should not be leading Scout troops
THE CASE on homosexuality before the Supreme Court right now was brought up by Eagle Scout James Dale, who attended a Boy Scout troop in New Jersey. He reached Eagle Scout in his local troop, but was dismissed from the Boy Scouts when he admitted himself to be a homosexual in the local newspaper. His Scout troop dismissed him because (they said), ``If a Boy Scout troop ... could be required to accept a leader whose avowed conduct and opinions contradict the stated mission and message of the organization, it is difficult to see what is left of freedom of association ...''

Wants end to racial hard feelings
... Suppose the American Indian or the Vietnam veterans decided that they wanted the American flag taken down because of the things that were done to them and the way they were treated? ... I do not think that would ever be considered. Virginia Syms, Augusta

Ga. technology authority?
State Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Powder Springs, is one of Gov. Roy Barnes' top legislative lieutenants in the Georgia General Assembly. Among the many legislative balls he's currently trying to juggle is a proposal to create yet another agency giving the governor expanded powers: The Georgia Technology Authority.

Sees negligence at Olmstead Homes
In regard to the recent shootings at Olmstead Homes, I am appalled by the management's continued negligence in dealing with the root of the problem. C. Tanksley, Augusta

Sisler: Teach the Bible at home, not in public school
The Bible is making news in Georgia this week. It would be nice if the Bible made news every week, but we will take what we can get and hope that as the Good Book is discussed it may actually be read.

Wants 'reality' about guns taught
I read in the Feb. 25 paper about a third grader being suspended from school for making a paper ``gun.'' Then, while reading in the Feb. 26 Chronicle about the $14,000-plus that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated for a gun buy-back program, I couldn't help but wonder if paper guns are included. Dale W. Hemman, Evans

Hits grand jury for narrow focus
As a young person I was taught to respect and to have faith in the judiciary system J.R. Riles, Augusta

Homosexuals should not be leading Scout troops
THE CASE on homosexuality before the Supreme Court right now was brought up by Eagle Scout James Dale, who attended a Boy Scout troop in New Jersey. He reached Eagle Scout in his local troop, but was dismissed from the Boy Scouts when he admitted himself to be a homosexual in the local newspaper. His Scout troop dismissed him because (they said), ``If a Boy Scout troop ... could be required to accept a leader whose avowed conduct and opinions contradict the stated mission and message of the organization, it is difficult to see what is left of freedom of association ...''

Says parents key to school reform
As a mother of two daughters in Richmond County schools, I must speak out on the reform movement by Georgia's governor. I think he is going in the right direction, but he is making the wrong people responsible for bringing up test scores. Teachers are doing a very good job in Richmond County; they, however, have their hands tied. Education reform cannot and will not be successful without parental involvement. Teachers and parents working together would do more for education then any reform movement. Patricia Bonds, Augusta

Deflate silicone bill
Clout that the trial lawyers' lobbyists have in Congress can be seen in the so-called Silicone Breast Implant Research and Information Act. As the title suggests, it calls for the government to fund research into illnesses or injuries caused by silicone implants.

Asserts pet owners share the blame
I was appalled and sickened to read about the decision made by Richmond County officials to destroy all the dogs due to an outbreak of distemper at the shelter. The decision seemed to be made on the fact that it was the cheapest solution, not necessarily the best solution. These animals deserved more than that; they deserved a second chance! Lisa Martin, Evans

Blasts officials for deaths of dogs
I would like to say that I am surprised by what has happened at Richmond County Animal Control concerning the senseless deaths of 82 dogs, but I'm not. However, I would like to pin the blame, not solely on Animal Control Director Jim Larmer, but on the board members and City Administrator Randy Oliver. If these people would have acted responsibly and gotten rid of this obviously dangerous man -- Mr. Larmer -- we would probably be on the road to improvements at the facility and therefore would have spared the lives of the 82 dogs that were killed. What has to happen next for these people to see that Mr. Larmer is incapable of running our animal control? Amy Sullivent, Augusta

Finds offense in NAACP's actions
I have watched over the years as the public has leaned down and rolled out the red carpet for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. I am offended! Rev. Todd Upchurch, Dearing

'Say it ain't so'
``As conservative reformers and members of Congress who are proud of the support we have received in our campaigns from social conservatives, we strongly urge both Sen. (John) McCain and Governor (George) Bush to abandon divisive rhetoric and return to a spirited discussion of the issues.''

Bashes area's 'second-rate' politicians
The curse of the second-rate politician strikes the Central Savannah River Area again in full force. Don Williams, Augusta

Notes dehumanizing of the unborn
Have you ever noticed the social and economic, boring, bromidic claptrap that abortionists spew out in their attempt to justify the violence that occurs at the local abattoir? Their methods are not new and have been used by other groups and, to the less enlightened, these tactics can be very convincing. Mike Henchy, Hephzibah

Bashes DOD over anthrax shots
Re the Feb. 18 Associated Press report that anthrax shots will continue in the military: Bob Cipperly, Evans

Burton brothers battle on NASCAR circuit

Seniors Tour championship moved to New York

Old-timers expected to dominate meet

NASCAR notebook: Parker outruns racing hero, wins Sam's Town 300 pole

Promoter expects a tough fight

ESPN plans $500 million expansion of world headquarters

Rudd feels like rookie again; wins pole

Hephzibah outlasts Jackets

Overtime: Tennis tourney moves to Charleston

Davenport hands Seles first 2000 loss

Overtime: Clemson gets 8th straight baseball win 030400 - The Augusta Chronicle

Mad cow disease forces slaughterhouse to fire 110 workers
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Danish Crown, Denmark's largest slaughterhouse, said Thursday it has fired 110 employees because of the drop in demand for its meat following a mad cow disease scare.

Turbine proposal attacked
Studies the Army Corps of Engineers hopes will persuade a judge to allow operation of Russell Dam's turbines are flawed and incomplete, according to the state of South Carolina.

Solo balloonist ends round-the-world attempt in Asia
CHICAGO -- American balloonist Kevin Uliassi's attempt to make history by circling the globe alone ended in disappointment Friday in a field in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, more than 13,000 miles from liftoff.

PC virus unleashed on Athens
ATHENS, Ga. -- A subspecies of virus worked its way around Athens Area Technical Institute this week, then showed up at the University of Georgia on Wednesday -- not the kind that causes a cold, but one called a trojan, spread by e-mail.

Panel recommends one brand of saline breast implants stay on market
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- Two brands of saline-filled breast implants should be allowed to stay on the market if women are properly warned that implants frequently break and leak and that many patients must undergo repeated operations, a federal advisory panel says.

Software aids class selections
In just a few minutes, Julie Bates typed her class schedule for next year using a computer at Greenbrier High School.

Court: EPA can regulate power plant emmissions
WASHINGTON -- In a major victory for the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal appeals court upheld on Friday a controversial regulation that will require 19 states to take measures to control interstate movement of smog-causing chemicals from power plants.

Boeing workers hunt dump unsuccessfully for space station parts
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Boeing Co. workers unsuccessfully combed a Huntsville landfill looking for two mistakenly discarded parts of the international space station valued at $750,000.

Doctors spot key protein in memory
Researchers at Medical College of Georgia have isolated a protein that may hold the key to how some brain cells process dopamine, an essential neurotransmitter. The findings have implications in ``working memory,'' the ability to store and process immediate information, and for disorders like schizophrenia.

Study: Vitamin C pills clog arteries faster
SAN DIEGO -- A new study raises the disturbing possibility that taking vitamin C pills may speed up hardening of the arteries.

Teen hacker denies involvement in crippling Internet assault
WOLFEBORO, N.H. -- A 17-year-old boy questioned by FBI agents about last month's crippling Internet assault acknowledged Friday he has done some ``small hacking'' but said he was only joking when he claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Software aids class selections

Solo balloonist ends round-the-world attempt in Asia

Panel recommends one brand of saline breast implants stay on market

Mad cow disease forces slaughterhouse to fire 110 workers

Court: EPA can regulate power plant emmissions

Doctors spot key protein in memory

Turbine proposal attacked

Study: Vitamin C pills clog arteries faster

PC virus unleashed on Athens

Teen hacker denies involvement in crippling Internet assault