Smoak's Bakery values tradition
At 3 a.m., while the rest of us are sleeping, Dan Smoak is continuing a tradition that began in 1931 when his mother, Janie Smoak, first began selling cakes and pies in Augusta.

AREA PATENTS
Area residents have patented hundreds of inventions during the past several years. Here are a few:

Arby's brothers started out miles apart
The story of how Arby's Restaurants came to be in Augusta is a tale of two brothers. They started out separated by hundreds of miles -- one in Augusta, the other in West Virginia -- but they came together for a common cause: the roast beef sandwich.

Shocking device helps missionaries
In remote areas of Africa and South America, where anti-venom is as common as frozen yogurt, some missionaries are treating snake bite victims with low-amperage electric shocks.

United Defense battles for survival
Components for some of the most notorious and feared vehicles in the world -- tanks such as the M9 Armored Combat Earthmover and the M2A3 Bradley -- are being made in an Aiken manufacturing facility.

Patented approach
Larry Holcomb narrowly missed his first chance at fame and fortune. The Johnston, S.C., retiree was living in California at the time.

Briefcase
Buying travel tickets online, which has been touted as a great way to get cheap fares, can cost more than you think. A study by Consumer Reports magazine found 12 big online travel providers charge fees that can add as much as 85 percent to the advertised price of your ticket.

New economy relies on old values
Wall Street watchers have coined a new phrase in this age of mouse clicks and e-commerce.

Arby's executives face stiff competition
Staff Writer Heidi Coryell sat down with Paul Trefz, vice president of operations for Trefz & Trefz Inc. -- the holding company for six Arby's restaurants in Augusta and 14 others in Columbia and Charlotte, N.C. -- to discuss the state of business in the fast food industry.

Managers infiltrate medical practices
Jim Rasmusson isn't a physician, but he's just as crucial to the obstetrics and gynecology practice he manages as the doctors who work there.

PATENTS OVER THE YEARS:
PATENTS OVER THE YEARS:

Malls continue to grow, evolve to draw crowds
In the mall business, bigger is still better. The mall boom of the 1980s may have slowed, but developers' desire to build even more magnificent shopping centers has not. Need proof? Just compare Georgia's largest enclosed mall in 1979 with the state's largest now.

Many goods require collective action
The study of economics can be divided into two great branches, governed by two laws. Economist Mancur Olson describes these laws.

Magazine's style makes new book difficult to read
Caveat emptor: If you're one of the people who hates the independent computer magazine Wired, this is definitely not the book for you.

Home sellers embrace virtual realty
In 1964, when Philip Brinson began his real estate career with Blanchard & Calhoun, there were no lock boxes on homes, there were no cellular phones, copy machines, pagers or fax machines, and the Internet was a figment of someone's imagination.

Workers use hobbies to unwind
Johnny Hensley is all too aware of the cliche about all work and no play, which is why as the lead singer of his own band -- Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots -- he strives to be anything but a dull boy.

Indians' Manuel out of hospital

Jaguars' power for naught

Pitchers vie for fifth spot

Braves notes: Smoltz gets a lot of knuckleball work

USC Aiken stops No. 2 Bobcats

Steinbrenner earned $135 million from merger

Braves notebook

Griffey homers in Reds' uniform for the first time

Local baseball scores

MLB notebook

Life seems normal for Big Cat

Injured Erickson eyes May return

Census was cause for celebration

Patented approach

Home sellers embrace virtual realty

Briefcase

From paycheck to paycheck

New economy relies on old values

Managers infiltrate medical practices

From paycheck to paycheck
Unemployment is down; the gross domestic product and consumer optimism are up; and, despite recent volatility, Wall Street continues to soar higher and faster than ever before.

Arby's executives face stiff competition

Poor sales blamed on Internet
Flat. That's how City Administrator Randy Oliver describes sales tax collections in Richmond County, and the Internet might be partly to blame.

United Defense battles for survival

On the move

Poor sales blamed on Internet

E-commerce hits Augusta retailers

AREA PATENTS

Workers use hobbies to unwind

Shocking device helps missionaries

Smoak's Bakery values tradition

Pocket change

Malls continue to grow, evolve to draw crowds

E-commerce hits Augusta retailers
Teresa McKeon isn't playing anymore. Like a bully on the playground, the Internet delivered a hard sucker punch at Christmas to Ms. McKeon's business, Children at Play, a toy store at Evans Towne Centre. Her sales were down by more than $30,000 during the holiday season.

Many goods require collective action

Pocket change
SUV SURPLUS Sport utility vehicles, most of which have notoriously poor fuel efficiency, were the fastest-growing segment of the national auto market last year, up 15 percent from the previous year. Throughout the 1990s, sales of SUVs climbed an average of 17 percent annually.

Arby's brothers started out miles apart

On the move
John Hart will join WJBF-TV (Channel 6) as assistant sports director.

Magazine's style makes new book difficult to read

PATENTS OVER THE YEARS:

Appalachian St. qualifies for dance

LSU top Ole Miss

Kansas ekes out a win over Missouri

Jaguars' power for naught

Aiken Tech earns trip to national tournament

Gamecocks, Bulldogs to face Alabama, Auburn

Freshmen make big impact in SEC

Gainey, Wolfpack rolls past Seminoles

Tennessee hammers Georgia

Kentucky handles Florida

Sports

Winthrop, Samford earn berths

Lady Bulldogs upset in SEC tourney semifinals

Chaney vents at NCAA

Johnson Auburn's struggles continue

Cremins bows out with victory

Freshmen make big impact in SEC

Despite loss, Jags' seniors go out on top

Four teams share women's SEC title

Cremins overwhelmed by fans

Lady Volunteers rally to win SEC title

Likes senator; thinks he'll lose
I know when Sen. John McCain took issue with Pat Robertson and the Rev. Jerry Falwell that hemay have forfeited the Republican nomination for president.Earl E. Bunch, Augusta

Urges Reagan admirers to back Bush

Opposes Barnes' education reform bill

Backs Al Gore candidacy

Hits coverage of brush with the law

Hits candidate McCain's 'boasts'

The Hsia conviction: Not of interest?

H.R 3573 for the vets

Praises Kent's political column

Defends senator in brush with police

Gives lt. gov's side of lawsuit
I would hope your newspaper collected a reasonable fee for running the Jan. 30 ``Republican'' response to Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor's successful libel suit against Mitch Skandalakis (his 1998 opponent). The article so dripped with partisan politics that I can't bring myself to call it an editorial. You misstated about every fact you purported to report on.A. Lee Parks, Atlanta

Supports 'candidate of integrity'

Says Muslims here aren't anti-U.S.
As a Muslim, I am deeply saddened by the decision to publish this irresponsible piece of journalism (guest column by Daniel Pipes, Feb. 25). Mr. Pipes and Steve Emerson are very well known to the Muslim community as Muslim-bashers. ...Shabeer Abubucker, Martinez

Hits criticism of Keyes' speech

Seeks California-style initiatives

Stabilize museum funding

Pass new balanced budget act

Compares two drug sentences

Takes offense to 'Boondocks' strip

On a health quest
It was extremely difficult to select just four candidates from the 549 who volunteered for our Weight Loss 2000 project. Virtually all the applications were from people we considered to be very suitable candidates.

Official keeps title after the term ends
Dear Carson: How does one address a former governor in a letter?

Floored by a painted carpet
It's art -- go ahead, walk on it. That's what it's there for. That's what it's there for.

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.

Center puts focus on weight, health
The large number of applicants for Weight Loss 2000 prompted the addition of another program to the project. The Medical Weight Loss Center of Augusta will be the fourth center participating in The Augusta Chronicle's effort to help area residents slim down.

Freestyle inspiration
When Adam Parsons prepares for a new painting he always has one objective in mind: to have absolutely nothing on his mind.

Project receives stunning response
We were stunned by the response to our Weight Loss 2000 project. In January, The Augusta Chronicle invited readers to volunteer to go public with their battle of the bulge by volunteering to participate in a weight-loss program.

Did sea monster prowl North Atlantic?
One sunny morning in May 1917, the British merchant steamship Hilary was cruising across the Atlantic when crew members saw a strange object floating several hundred yards away.

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.

Honor Guests introduced at Augusta Assembly ball
Fifteen young people were presented as Honor Guests at the Augusta Assembly's annual Christmas Ball on Dec. 28, 1999, at Augusta Country Club.

Langham one round away from first victory

Doyle wins rain-shortened Toshiba Classic Senior

Mr. Perry Invitational to be played March 17-19

Coceres stretches lead in Dubai

A Tiger-like victory for Furyk at Doral

Webb gets fourth straight victory

Azinger not playing Doral, but he has interest in finish

Second-tier pros head for local event

Brannen takes job as Augusta CC pro

ECHL notebook: Grrrowl's Jean pays in more ways than one

Hockey spectator dies one week after being hit by puck

Leafs edge Canadiens

Flyers blank Bruins

Fans want Bourque to win

Senators top Thrashers

Islanders double Sabres

Bourque will be with Bruins Monday

Census was cause for celebration
They'll be taking a census this year, just like they do every decade, and you're bound to read stories about how difficult it is to count everyone.

Cremins goes out with victory
ATLANTA -- In a fit of exhilaration, Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins raced to center court, flung his arms up and hopped with glee. The ``Bobby Bounce'' won't be a national craze, but it exemplified his passion and loyalty to Georgia Tech. In his Alexander Coliseum swan-song, Cremins shared his team's exuberance after a 85-69 drubbing of Clemson on Saturday. Banners commemorating three ACC Tournament championships won during Cremins' tenure hovered over the floppy-haired basketball icon as his team harnessed its emotion to provide the ACC's third-winningest coach a victory in his final home game. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

North Augusta under water warning
NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta residents remain under a boil water advisory at least through the weekend.

Aiken Tech earns trip to national tournament
LANGLEY, S.C. -- For a while, it had all the makings of a memorable championship game. Then, in the blink of an eye, Aiken Tech turned the Region 10 championship game into a massacre. The Knights romped over Rockingham Community College 104-73 Saturday to advance to the national junior college tournament, which will be played March 15-20 in Danville, Ill. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

North Augusta under water warning
NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta residents remain under a boil water advisory at least through the weekend. Samples taken from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control show no signs of contamination, however. But city officials aren't taking any chances. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Lawmaker dismisses allegations
Luckily for Joey Brush, Georgia's Senate is not like baseball: Three strikes doesn't necessarily mean he's out. A year after being accused of nodding off during a committee meeting in Atlanta, Mr. Brush has had two political swings and misses since the legislative session began in January: participating in the perceived back-door attempts to install a chief executive officer in Columbia County and allegations from one of the state's top public safety officer that the senator tried in vain to get a speeding ticket dismissed. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Investigators seek identity of slain man
Richmond County investigators sent the body of a slain man found shot off Ninth Street to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta on Saturday in hopes of identifying him. Richmond County Sheriff's Department received the call at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday from area residents who heard gunshots, Investigator Steve Tovar said. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Candidates prepare for Super Tuesday
This Tuesday, voters in many parts of the country, including Georgia, will take part in the phenomenon known as Super Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, perhaps even as early as Tuesday night, the people's preference for presidential candidates will be very much in focus: 16 states will have held primaries or caucuses elections to help choose both the Democratic and Republican party nominees in the race to become president of the United States. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Competition honors artistic promise

Floored by a painted carpet

Freestyle inspiration

Inventor's creativity finds its way into print

Did sea monster prowl North Atlantic?

Official keeps title after the term ends

Center puts focus on weight, health

Honor Guests introduced at Augusta Assembly ball

Project receives stunning response

On a health quest

'Crossover' deadline looms for assembly

Burke named head of St. Pat's parade

Cremins goes out with victory

Hospital advocates seek help

Cremins overwhelmed by fans

Lawmaker dismisses allegations

Burke named head of St. Pat's parade
The waiting list to join Augusta's prestigious club for Irish-Americans isn't half as long after an annual gala at the downtown Ramada Inn on Saturday.

Changes will close libraries
The Appleby branch library at 2260 Walton Way will be closed Friday through April 17 to allow for renovations.

Candidates prepare for Super Tuesday

More boys get left behind, study says

Candidates prepare for Super Tuesday

Across the area: Fire engulfs, guts abandoned house
A fire destroyed an abandoned home in Augusta on Sunday.

Across the area: Fire engulfs, guts abandoned house

Penny tax helps build local schools
Until fall 1998, the entire fifth grade at Blue Ridge Elementary attended school in portable classrooms.

Councilman seeks balance

More boys get left behind, study says
Though the enrollment of male and female pupils is about even in Georgia's public schools, boys are retained more than girls, according to educational statistics.

Fire station fills jugs

GBI will work with North Georgia College for lab
ATLANTA - Building on success at a Savannah college, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has decided to build its next satellite crime lab at a university in northeast Georgia.

Across the area: Man's body sent for identification

'Crossover' deadline looms for assembly
ATLANTA -- Lawmakers can expect some long days early this week as the General Assembly lurches toward ``crossover day,'' the 33rd day of the 40-day annual session.

Heart Walk raises funds for research

Hospital advocates seek help
ATLANTA -- As much as any topic other than education reform, there's been a lot of talk during the current session of the General Assembly about uniting the two Georgias, the affluent urban and suburban areas with economically depressed rural communities.

Timeless art

Community welcomes health facility
Richmond County Health Department has a new place to serve the community. More than 150 people crowded under a tent Saturday for the dedication of the newest location of the health department at 950 Laney-Walker Blvd.

Lawmaker dismisses allegations

Across the area: Man's body sent for identification
Richmond County investigators sent the body of a slain man found off Ninth Street to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta on Saturday in hopes of identifying him.

Community welcomes health facility

Counting the costs
Richmond County residents have been told annually which intersections have the most auto wrecks. Soon they will know which are the deadliest and most costly.

Water's safety still in question

Heart Walk raises funds for research
AIKEN -- It was a walk Bill Shingler couldn't have made 14 years ago. Before triple bypass surgery, treading the length of a soccer field was hell enough.

Paramedic answers call to give

Timeless art
Fredlyne Flack, of Greenville, S.C., looks over a quilt made by Martha Hartz called A Floral Tribute to the Quilter of Baltimore. The quilt took best of show at Aiken County Historical Museum's Our Future is Our Past show, on display through April 26.

Penny tax helps build local schools

GBI will work with North Georgia College for lab

Candidates prepare for Super Tuesday
This Tuesday, voters in many parts of the country, including Georgia, will take part in the phenomenon known as Super Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, perhaps even as early as Tuesday night, the people's preference for presidential candidates will be very much in focus: 16 states will have held primaries or caucuses elections to help choose both the Democratic and Republican party nominees in the race to become president of the United States. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Fire station fills jugs
NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta residents remain under a boil-water advisory at least through the weekend after a water main broke.

Councilman seeks balance
MERRIWETHER, S.C. -- Edgefield County Councilman Danny Bishop has lived within six miles of Merriwether his entire life.

Lawmaker dismisses allegations
Luckily for Joey Brush, Georgia's Senate is not like baseball: Three strikes doesn't necessarily mean he's out.

Paramedic answers call to give
On the surface, it would seem Rural/Metro paramedic Lisa Scott would rather deal out charity now than deal with death and sickness later.

Water's safety still in question
North Augusta children will be in school this morning, but they won't be allowed to drink the water, officials said Sunday.

Aiken Tech earns trip to national tournament

Raptors edge Vancouver

Wizards edge Pistons

Starks won't play while awaiting next decision

Rockets win in OT

Lakers continue to roll, record 15th straight win

Kukoc wins in return to Chicago

Malone star of show in Jazz win

Cavs get past Clips

Celtics top Magic; end four-game skid

Mr. Curtis Justice Sr.
COCHRAN, Ga. -- Mr. Curtis A. Justice Sr., 76, died Saturday, March 4, 2000.

Mr. Edward Miley
HAMPTON, S.C. -- Mr. Edward Miley, 82, of Glendale Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000.

Mrs. Viola Singleton
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Viola Bush Singleton, 90, of Ellis Street, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Frances Dunn
Mrs. Frances ``Oretha'' Dunn, 74, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Johnnie Davis
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Johnnie Nance Davis, 81, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Capitola Dickens
Mrs. Capitola Carter ``Cap'' Dickens, 87, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Jennings Health Care.

Mr. Roger Oatman
Mr. Roger Oatman, 70, of Mill Street, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sharon Gilmer
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Sharon Dasher Gilmer, 45, of Manchester Court, died Thursday, March 2, 2000.

Mrs. Esther Boyle
Mrs. Esther C. Boyle, 82, of Greene Street, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. James Adams Sr.
Mr. James A. Adams Sr., 84, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Samuel Kitchings
AIKEN -- Mr. Samuel Kitchings, 69, of Tennessee Avenue, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Steven Broward
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Steven Neal Broward, 31, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Jane Norwood
THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Jane Elloise Webb Norwood, 89, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Conrad Rhodes
Mr. Conrad Read Rhodes, 45, of Glenwood Drive, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Gertrude Manning
Mrs Gertrude Roberts Manning, of Longleaf Court, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Willis
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Mary Eidson Willis, 69, of Laurel Drive, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Lillie Williams
Mrs. Lillie V. Williams, of Ellis Street, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Michael Morell
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Michael Morell, 32, of Bell Street, died Thursday, March 2, 2000.

Mr. Harry Scott
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Harry W. Scott, 74, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Bertha Mapp
Mrs. Bertha Mae Batey Mapp, of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Dr. William Steed Sr.
Dr. William A. Steed Sr., 83, of Ingleside Drive, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Marie Cooper
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Marie Underwood Cooper, 58, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Macon Medical Center.

Mrs. Blanche Cochran
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Mrs. Blanche Zeagler Cochran, 90, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Hilton Head Medical Center.

Mr. William Bush
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William Preston Bush, 80, of Victorian Drive, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Woodrow Armfield
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mr. Woodrow Armfield, 82, of Hollywood Street, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Halifax 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. Thomas Smoak Jr.
OLAR, S.C. -- Mr. Thomas Gilbert Smoak Jr., 85, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Bamberg County Nursing Center, Bamberg.

Mrs. Orene Turner
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Orene F. Turner, 76, of County Route 2, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at McCormick Health Care Center.

Mrs. Reba Carroll
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Reba F. Carroll, 73, of Windsor Spring Road, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Richard Stout
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Richard Sprague Stout, 70, of W.A. Reel Drive, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. Preston Herlong
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Preston Bush Herlong, 79, of Two Mile Drive, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Roger Oatman

Mrs. Mary Willis

Mrs. Johnnie Davis

Mr. Michael Morell

Mr. John Richardson

Mr. James Adams Sr.

Mr. Conrad Rhodes

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.

Mrs. Sharon Gilmer

Mr. Curtis Justice Sr.

Mrs. Reba Carroll

Mrs. Lillie Williams

Mrs. Bertha Mapp

Mrs. Marie Cooper

Mrs. Esther Boyle

Mr. Harry Scott

Mr. Steven Broward

Mr. William Bush

Mrs. Gertrude Manning

Mrs. Jane Norwood

Mr. Samuel Kitchings

Mrs. Blanche Cochran

Mr. Edward Miley

Mrs. Viola Singleton

Mr. Preston Herlong

Mr. Woodrow Armfield

Mr. Thomas Smoak Jr.

Dr. William Steed Sr.

Kent: Barnes debuts; his bill gets a backlash
AFTER ARGENTINA'S Eva Peron made her European debut, the Evita song went ``Let's hear it for the rainbow tour. It's been an incredible success.'' The same could be said of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' national debut last Sunday on Meet the Press. It was an incredible success.

Microsoft breakup bad for consumers, the economy
THE TENSION is tangible as the U.S. Department of Justice sits in the hot seat of the newest game show, ``Who Wants to be a Regulator!'' They are down to one lifeline, the 50/50 choice, as host Judge Posner asks the $64,000 question: ``What do you want to do to Microsoft?'' Federal prosecutors have used their other two lifelines on two previous questions.

H.R 3573 for the vets
In 1956 Congress passed a law stipulating that Uncle Sam would furnish health care to armed forces retirees -- but it would be at a regional military treatment center if space was available. That worked fairly well until the Clinton administration. In recent years no space has been available for a growing number of veterans because of military downsizing and budget cuts.

Pass new balanced budget act
As the year progresses, Congress and President Clinton will have to deal with the spending caps imposed by the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. The caps were forced on Clinton by the GOP-led Congress as a means of balancing the federal budget by 2002.

Hits coverage of brush with the law
As a teacher I find it very disturbing that the article about Sen. Joey Brush even made it to the papers. If we ran stories on everyone who ``supposedly'' tried to fix a ticket or file a complaint about our Georgia State Patrol, we would have a 500-page novel in our driveways each morning. Stacey Hughes, Grovetown

Hits candidate McCain's 'boasts'
I would not vote for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., under any circumstance. Nellie M. Pierce, Augusta

Urges Reagan admirers to back Bush
Just days before the national elections in 1980, I was fortunate to spend some time with Ronald Reagan. I was one of his young state chairmen in Mississippi, and he was on the verge of a victory that would change the nation and the world. Merle Temple, Evans

Praises Kent's political column
I want to congratulate Phil Kent for his informative ``Politics as usual'' column in the Sunday Chronicle. He should become a nationally syndicated columnist. I take The Washington Times and he is as good or better than Cal Thomas, Paul Greenberg, William F. Buckley and William Rusher, just to name a few. Faber Hance, North Augusta

Takes offense to 'Boondocks' strip
I enjoy the comics and read them every day. The comic strip The Boondocks, however, is not a true comic strip. It belongs on the editorial page, if anywhere. Remember when you had to put Doonesberry on the editorial page? Carol Pride, Augusta

Compares two drug sentences
Augustan Louis E. Covar, who was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for possession of marijuana, is on his third drug offense. Ken Anderson, Grovetown

Supports former POW for president
Re H. Piper's Feb. 17 letter about Arizona Sen. John McCain's decision on prisoner of war status: Larry Jarrett, USAF (Ret.), Warrenville

Supports 'candidate of integrity'
Neighbors of Georgia, please remember those who served and will serve in our military in missions of peace and war. The recklessness and inexperience shown in Kosovo and in Haiti, the current lack of readiness, and the broken promises to veterans and present military people during the current administration must not continue. Wade Fulmer, Graniteville, SC

Likes senator; thinks he'll lose
I know when Sen. John McCain took issue with Pat Robertson and the Rev. Jerry Falwell that hemay have forfeited the Republican nomination for president. Earl E. Bunch, Augusta

Microsoft breakup bad for consumers, the economy
THE TENSION is tangible as the U.S. Department of Justice sits in the hot seat of the newest game show, ``Who Wants to be a Regulator!'' They are down to one lifeline, the 50/50 choice, as host Judge Posner asks the $64,000 question: ``What do you want to do to Microsoft?'' Federal prosecutors have used their other two lifelines on two previous questions.

Backs Al Gore candidacy
Politicians are saying that we have a surplus of tax money in our treasury, and that it belongs to the taxpayers. Louie L. Reddick, Waynesboro

Seeks California-style initiatives
... When I moved here from California 11 years ago, I was astounded to find out that Georgiadoes not allow voter initiatives. About two years ago, I sent a letter to Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, asking him to get the ball rolling on this issue which I believe should have been adopted a long time ago. About four months later, I received a form letter from him, pretty much giving me the ``Brush-off.'' Randy Sprague, Martinez

Kent: Barnes debuts; his bill gets a backlash
AFTER ARGENTINA'S Eva Peron made her European debut, the Evita song went ``Let's hear it for the rainbow tour. It's been an incredible success.'' The same could be said of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' national debut last Sunday on Meet the Press. It was an incredible success.

Says Muslims here aren't anti-U.S.
As a Muslim, I am deeply saddened by the decision to publish this irresponsible piece of journalism (guest column by Daniel Pipes, Feb. 25). Mr. Pipes and Steve Emerson are very well known to the Muslim community as Muslim-bashers. ... Shabeer Abubucker, Martinez

Defends senator in brush with police
How quickly we jump to condemn people when they land in an unfortunate situation. State Sen. Joey Brush's run-in with the Georgia Highway Patrol is a classic example of this unattractive human proclivity. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

Defends chief of Animal Control
Why is it that you have never worried before about the funding of the Richmond County Animal Control Center? It cares for more animals than any of the other counties in the area, and lots of times people from other counties drop their dogs in Richmond County. The shelter only gets so much money per year to run the place and when that money is gone, it is gone. What part of the word ``gone'' do you not understand? Linda M. Fairchild, Augusta

Stabilize museum funding
When Augusta implemented a penny hike in the hotel-motel tax two years ago, the idea was that the extra money should help various organizations and entities like museums to draw more visitors to Augusta.

Gives lt. gov's side of lawsuit
I would hope your newspaper collected a reasonable fee for running the Jan. 30 ``Republican'' response to Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor's successful libel suit against Mitch Skandalakis (his 1998 opponent). The article so dripped with partisan politics that I can't bring myself to call it an editorial. You misstated about every fact you purported to report on. A. Lee Parks, Atlanta

Hits criticism of Keyes' speech
In a recent editorial Republican presidential candidate Dr. Alan Keyes was referred to as a ``braying moralizer.'' Daniel Munn, Augusta

Opposes Barnes' education reform bill
The governor's education reform bill has caused considerable debate and interest during this legislative session. It is obvious the bill intends to reduce control for elected local boards and the State Department of Education. Although everyone agrees poorly performing schools must improve, politics should never be involved in such critical decisions. Kenneth Echols, Augusta

'Shifty flack'
The Augusta Boys and Girls Clubs do wonderful work and have brought in motivational speakers to banquets over the years. This year's speaker at its April ``steak and burger'' dinner, though, is one Mike McCurry. Isn't President Bill Clinton's ex-press secretary a curious choice, especially if we're looking for a role model for kids?

The Hsia conviction: Not of interest?
The Virginia-based Media Research Center reports that the three television networks last week failed in fully informing their viewers about the conviction of Maria Hsia -- a shadowy wheeler-dealer repeatedly identified in congressional testimony as ``an agent'' of Communist China.

No Bull, Jeff Burton's becoming a good bet

Soccer scores

Burton wins rain shortened race

NASCAR notebook: Yates and Parrott get fast ride

Floridian rolls past top seeds to 12-under title

Crash robs Martin of victory

Overtime: Hooters qualifier set at River Club

Overtime: Ex-Gamecock Ellerbe wins ninth title

Burton wins rain shortened race

A run in city of longshots

Iditarod dogs take first steps on road to Nome

Rain washes out Hingis-Davenport final

Bey makes annual journey

New standards may boost already soaring industry
WASHINGTON -- Americans hunger for any food promoted as natural, consuming $6 billion worth of products labeled organic, often with no guarantee they actually were grown and processed without synthetic chemicals.

Study: 200,000 online porn compulsion
NEW YORK -- At least 200,000 Internet users are hooked on porn sites, X-rated chat rooms or other sexual materials online, researchers say in one of the first studies to estimate the number of ``cybersex compulsives.''

Census forms in cyberspace for first time
WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau this year will give Americans the choice of answering their census questionnaires over the Internet, and hopes the new option will prompt more people to respond to the once-a-decade survey.

Study: Losing a little weight pays off in big health benefits
SAN DIEGO -- Overweight people who manage to lose just a little bit of weight -- even just a pound a year -- may substantially lower their risk of high blood pressure.

FDA says leader of fatal gene therapy experiment violated rules
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration accused a University of Pennsylvania researcher Friday of violating safety regulations in a gene therapy experiment in which a patient died.

Lawmakers press for satellite service in rural America
WASHINGTON -- When cable TV is unavailable and the antenna doesn't work, folks in rural America depend on satellites for local programming. But major satellite companies are under orders to beam local stations to only about one-fourth -- the largest -- of the nation's 211 media markets.

Surf the Internet without touching a keyboard
NEW ORLEANS -- Drivers yapping on their cellular phones while cruising down the street is one thing. But what about checking e-mail, getting stock quotes, even shopping online on the go?

Arizona proceeds with e-lection despite doubts
On Tuesday, Arizona Democrats will become the nation's first to cast votes online in a legally binding public election.

New Forest Service rule would make it tougher to build new roads
WASHINGTON -- The Forest Service today proposed to make it more difficult to build new roads in national forests.

Plants will aid disposal
Savannah River Site soon might take a greater role in U.S. efforts to reduce Russia's stockpile of nuclear-weapons materials.

What to do with a $50 million Y2K crisis center?
WASHINGTON -- Born out of fear that the New Year's date rollover would wreak havoc on the world's computers, the government's $50 million Y2K command center isn't commanding much these days.

Study: Losing a little weight pays off in big health benefits

New standards may boost already soaring industry

Arizona proceeds with e-lection despite doubts

Surf the Internet without touching a keyboard

Lawmakers press for satellite service in rural America

Study: 200,000 online porn compulsion

Census forms in cyberspace for first time

What to do with a $50 million Y2K crisis center?

New Forest Service rule would make it tougher to build new roads

FDA says leader of fatal gene therapy experiment violated rules

Plants will aid disposal

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