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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Injured Erickson eyes May return

Warriors edge Bulldogs

Martinez has first outing

Indians' Manuel out of hospital

Steinbrenner earned $135 million from merger

USC Aiken stops No. 2 Bobcats

Rangers play political hardball with Bush leaguer

Braves notes: Smoltz gets a lot of knuckleball work

Braves notebook: Ligtenberg faces first game test

Jaguars' power for naught

Griffey homers in Reds' uniform for the first time

Braves down Blue Jays

Some pets becoming fat, lazy

United Defense battles for survival

Workers use hobbies to unwind

Area unemployment rate up
Unemployment plateaued statewide in January, but joblessness was up in the Augusta area for the same month -- partly because of post-holiday layoffs and job cuts in industries that require outdoor work, the Georgia Department of Labor said.

Smoak's Bakery values tradition

Arby's executives face stiff competition

Many goods require collective action

PATENTS OVER THE YEARS:

Magazine's style makes new book difficult to read

Business briefs: Stock market's fall deletes latest gain
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell sharply Monday as the Dow Jones industrial average slid 196.70, to 10,170.50, wiping out nearly all of Friday's 202-point jump.

GIW official foresees growth
About half of GIW Industries' business is overseas, but the Grovetown-based company's recently appointed president and chief executive officer said that is sure to change in the next few years.

Briefcase

New economy relies on old values

Managers infiltrate medical practices

Shocking device helps missionaries

Home sellers embrace virtual realty

Malls continue to grow, evolve to draw crowds

Business to grow in area

Arby's brothers started out miles apart

GIW official foresees growth

Patented approach

Business briefs: Stock market's fall deletes latest gain

AREA PATENTS

Business to grow in area
The company that claims to be ``The Pharmacy America Trusts'' might soon be coming to the Augusta area.

Lady Volunteers rally to win SEC title

Freshmen make big impact in SEC

Freshmen make big impact in SEC

Johnson Auburn's struggles continue

NCAA automatic bids

Jaguars' power for naught

Kansas ekes out a win over Missouri

Gainey, Wolfpack rolls past Seminoles

Gamecocks, Bulldogs to face Alabama, Auburn

NCAA caught in middle

Duke stops UNC for ACC title

UConn women near another Big East title

Appalachian St. qualifies for dance

The Hsia conviction: Not of interest?

Rap Edgefield Co. Council's tactics

Seeks California-style initiatives

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 TV show; wants it rebroadcast
The TV show Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire? was an important diagnostic milestone for our culture. It poignantly demonstrated the gravitational pull of the two highest virtues of our society, good looks and money.John Sappington, Grovetown

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

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

Ga. primary day

Larmer off base

Slams military health care lapse

H.R 3573 for the vets

Revisit indigent care
When Augusta Commission Finance Committee members Ulmer Bridges and Steve Shepard last week questioned the amount of taxpayer money to be paid to University Hospital for indigent care, they were acting as responsible fiscal watchdogs.

Wants races to `accent the positive'

Age old question: Look for comfort, value, support in exercise wear
Q: What should I look for when purchasing exercise clothing? -- M.J., Barnwell, S.C.

Getting in Gear
Miss Walker stretches after working on her triceps. Trainers recommend stretching muscles for 40 seconds after each exercise.

In the know
COFFEE CRUNCH: Nestle Crunch has brewed up a new candy bar to the delight of chocolate and coffee lovers.The Mocha Crunch bar blends the taste of white chocolate with Mocha and crisped rice. It retails for 55 cents.

A Tiger-like victory for Furyk at Doral

Court says Martin can keep riding

Doyle wins rain-shortened Toshiba Classic Senior

PGA Tour pro predicts drunken driving arrest will follow him

Three more players invited to Masters

Blackville-Hilda up for rematch

Paintball game rough on Lambert

Hockey spectator dies one week after being hit by puck

Surging Caps could take sole control of first place

Bourque will be with Bruins Monday

Some pets becoming fat, lazy
America's pets are putting on the pounds. Animal experts say we have become a nation of fat cats, a community of lazy dogs.

Oscar arrives in Augusta
Limousines and evening wear were the order of the day Monday when Augusta rolled out the red carpet for a true Hollywood star. His friends call him Oscar. Arriving via limousine with Greater Augusta Arts Council director Brenda Durant and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences historian and representative Patrick Stockstill, the gleaming gold statuette was greeted on the steps of the Bell Auditorium by a small throng of local officials, event sponsors and fans that included Augusta Mayor Bob Young. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Getting in Gear

Age old question: Look for comfort, value, support in exercise wear

In the know

Senate narrows scope of EDP legislation
ATLANTA -- The General Assembly would gain the right to override proposed state water-quality regulations affecting animal husbandry under a bill approved overwhelmingly by the Georgia Senate on Monday.

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.

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

Mortuary measure approved

Columbia County polling places
The following are voting poll locations in the Columbia County area:

Statuette arrives in Augusta

Education requirement waived
All experienced employees at the Richmond County 911 Center will be eligible for management positions in the newly consolidated agency if its steering committee has its way.

Biddle Hall to be new museum

Statuette arrives in Augusta
Limousines and evening wear were the order of the day Monday when Augusta rolled out the red carpet for a true Hollywood star.

Across the area: Authorities seek shooting witness

Jury awards couple $6 million
AIKEN -- An Aiken County jury has awarded $6 million to a local woman and her husband, accepting arguments that an Aiken surgeon botched a 1997 operation while removing the woman's gall bladder.

Oscar arrives in Augusta

City seeks state help in cleanup
An unscientific cleanup of the former Goldberg Brothers junkyard could endanger nearby neighborhoods by disturbing hazardous materials, according to City Administrator Randy Oliver, who has asked for state assistance.

Georgia House OKs child advocate bill
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday to create an independent office as a watchdog over the state's troubled child protection agency.

SRS explores early retirement
Savannah River Site's top contractor might offer early-retirement incentives to some employees in order to shave costs at the federal nuclear-weapons site.

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.

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

Public role sought for natural history museum

Appropriations panel approves 2001 budget

SRS explores early retirement

Jury awards couple $6 million

Georgia House OKs child advocate bill

Activists to protest conditions
Animal lovers will protest conditions at the Richmond County Animal Control facility today outside the Municipal Building. Afterward, many plan to march inside and voice their concerns at the Augusta Commission meeting.

Penny tax helps build local schools

Biddle Hall to be new museum
TRENTON, S.C. -- Historic Bettis Academy's Biddle Hall is about to become the only black museum and cultural center in western South Carolina.

Councilman seeks balance

Shooting suspect's retrial set for today
The retrial of one of three men accused of killing an 83-year-old grandmother in a drive-by shooting is set to begin today.

'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.

Richmond County polling places
The following are voting poll locations in the Augusta-Richmond County area:

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.

Columbia County polling places

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.

Across the area: Authorities seek shooting witness
Investigators were looking for a man Monday who might have been in the Ninth Street area early Saturday morning before a man was shot.

Activists to protest conditions

Vote set for loan recovery

'Crossover' deadline looms for assembly

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

Hospital advocates seek help

Appropriations panel approves 2001 budget
ATLANTA -- Anti-smoking forces would lose $5 million while advocates for the mentally retarded would gain a similar amount under a $14.4 billion 2001 budget plan approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Monday.

Mortuary measure approved
ATLANTA -- Funeral homes, cemeteries and storefront casket retailers can expect the government to be looking more closely over their shoulder if a bill passing the House becomes law.

Vote set for loan recovery
The Augusta Commission is expected to decide today whether to authorize city officials to collect delinquent economic development loans the city made through its Housing and Neighborhood Development Department.

Voting likely to narrow field

Raids net 35 drug arrests
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Police worked in a makeshift assembly line to process 35 people arrested Monday on drug trafficking charges during simultaneous pre-dawn raids in neighboring Ware and Pierce counties.

Paramedic answers call to give

Voting likely to narrow field
Democrats Al Gore and Bill Bradley and Republicans George W. Bush and John McCain will find out today not only whether people like them and their message but also how much so.

Public role sought for natural history museum
ATHENS, Ga. -- Director Betsy Reitz says the Georgia Museum of Natural History is a museum without exhibits.

City seeks state help in cleanup

Raids net 35 drug arrests

More boys get left behind, study says

Senate narrows scope of EDP legislation

Man in police custody after morning pursuit
A car chase early Monday morning left two police officers slightly injured and one North Augusta man facing several charges.

Richmond County polling places

Senate approves central computer agency
ATLANTA -- Georgia taxpayers could end up with better access to state government while saving money if a bill passed by the Senate lives up to expectations.

Boiling advisory extended
North Augusta residents are advised to continue with a water boiling warning until state officials have results from biological tests taken Monday.

GBI will work with North Georgia College for lab

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

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

Across the area: Fire engulfs, guts abandoned house

Celtics top Magic; end four-game skid

Lakers continue to roll, record 15th straight win

Slumping Pistons fire coach Alvin Gentry

Raptors edge Vancouver

Malone star of show in Jazz win

Bucks sweep Hawks

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.

Mrs. Mattie Widener
WINDSOR -- Mrs. Mattie Lou Barron Widener, 84, of State Park Road, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken.

Mrs. Lois Luckett
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Lois Murray Luckett, 82, of Trolley Line Road, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Tonya Dicks
ELKO, S.C. -- Mrs. Tonya Dicks, 45, of Railroad Avenue, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Muriel Cronic
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Muriel Pate Cronic, 77, of Jacksonville Road, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

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

Mrs. Carrie Jones
HARLEM -- Mrs. Carrie Mae ``Mammy'' Jones, 81, of Kangarco Court, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Finley Gordon
PIEDMONT, S.C. -- Mr. Finley Edmond ``Eddie'' Gordon, 25, of Owens Road, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

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

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.

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

Mrs. Martha Flannery
AYER, Mass. -- Mrs. Martha J. Pritchard Flannery, 80, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, Littleton.

Mr. Conrad Rhodes
Mr. Conrad Read Rhodes, 45, of Glenwood 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.

Mr. James Wilson
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. James C. ``Whip'' Wilson, 74, of Atomic Road, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Jereta Roberson
BATH -- Mrs. Jereta Thompson Roberson, 83, of Minter Street, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at National Health Care Center, North Augusta.

Mr. Harold Puckett
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Harold Emmett Puckett, 76, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Laura Moses
Mrs. Laura McNeal Moses, 90, of Wrightsboro Road, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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. Edith Rhodes
PERKINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Edith Boyd Rhodes, 91, of Rhodes Lane, died Monday, March 6, 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. Cecil Cowart
Mr. Cecil Delmar Cowart, 71, of Martha Lane, Martinez, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Burke County Memorial Hospital, Waynesboro.

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

Mr. Thomas Coxwell
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Thomas Venson ``Jake'' Coxwell, 67, of R.J. Holder Road, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Carrie Jones

Mrs. Marie Cooper

Mr. Thomas Smoak Jr.

Mrs. Tonya Dicks

Mr. James Wilson

Mr. Cecil Cowart

Mr. Thomas Coxwell

Mrs. Blanche Cochran

Mrs. Viola Singleton

Mr. Woodrow Armfield

Mr. Michael Morell

Mr. Roger Oatman

Mrs. Lois Luckett

Mrs. Esther Boyle

Mr. Edward Miley

Mrs. Mary Willis

Mr. Finley Gordon

Mrs. Bertha Mapp

Mr. Curtis Justice Sr.

Mr. Conrad Rhodes

Mrs. Martha Flannery

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.

'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?

Hits TV show; wants it rebroadcast
The TV show Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire? was an important diagnostic milestone for our culture. It poignantly demonstrated the gravitational pull of the two highest virtues of our society, good looks and money. John Sappington, Grovetown

Slams military health care lapse
As a 20 year-plus veteran, I am wondering where the debate was when we were asked to serve ? Ken Mangel, 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.

Ga. primary day
Today is the day for Georgians to make a statement at the ballot box on the issues and controversies swirling about the presidential candidates of both major parties.

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

Rap Edgefield Co. Council's tactics
After attending the Feb. 17 Edgefield County Council public hearing on zoning, I couldn't help but come away from this meeting quite upset and disgusted with the disrespect by Council shown to the citizens (who were either pro or con) in attendance. Bill & Peggy White, Edgefield

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

Offers solution to area's pet problem
Executive Editor Dennis Sodomka recently asked for readers' help to find solutions for problems we have in our area. I would like to add pet problems to the list. Connie Lyngby, Grovetown

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

Revisit indigent care
When Augusta Commission Finance Committee members Ulmer Bridges and Steve Shepard last week questioned the amount of taxpayer money to be paid to University Hospital for indigent care, they were acting as responsible fiscal watchdogs.

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.

Larmer off base
Talk about timing. Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control Director Jim Larmer's job security has become shakier as the months go by. Yet, just the other day, he said he hoped to reinstate carbon monoxide gas as the method for killing unwanted animals.

Wants races to `accent the positive'
In response to Eric Dalton's letter where he ``asserts media reflects racial reality,'' I would like to ask him to really look at what's happening in the world. He says the negative portrayal of blacks in television and film is an accurate representation of society, then proceeds to list famous black men in trouble with the law. If black youths in America are the only criminals in the country, please explain why the FBI's serial killer profile seems to focus on white, middle class men between the ages of 30 and 45. David ``Son of Sam'' Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, The Boston Strangler, The Hillside Strangler, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacey were all white men. Nicole Tademy, 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

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

Seeks better martial arts coverage
After my most recent trip to Augusta, I was terribly disappointed that some of the local media outlets -- especially in The Chronicle sports section -- were hesitant to provide adequate coverage for the Feb. 12 ``Winter Wars 2000'' event at Fort Gordon. James Corbett, Valdosta, Ga.

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.

Storm wipes out tournament finals

No Bull, Jeff Burton's becoming a good bet

Burton wins rain shortened race

Overtime: Hooters qualifier set at River Club

Overtime: Begay gets out of jail, back on tour

Iditarod dogs take first steps on road to Nome

Rain washes out Hingis-Davenport final

Burton wins rain shortened race

Floridian rolls past top seeds to 12-under title

Youth focused on pros

Study: Too few older Americans get colon cancer screenings
WASHINGTON -- Few elderly Americans are getting screenings for early detection of colon cancer, in spite of new Medicare benefits that pay for them.

Silicon Valley overflow reaches Pacific
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- California's idyllic Central Coast, once dubbed ``the land of endless summers'' by Spanish explorers, is rapidly transforming into the ``Cybercoast'' as technology workers and corporations overflow from the neighboring Silicon Valley.

Nutrients like those in breast milk appear to make baby smarter
WASHINGTON -- Enriching bottle formula with two essential fatty acids found in mother's milk can cause a significant improvement in the mental development of babies, a new study says.

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.''

Ban on checking in youth hockey urged
MINNEAPOLIS -- The nation's largest group of pediatricians is calling for a ban on checking in youth hockey to reduce injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics cited a study that blamed checking for as much as 86 percent of youth hockey injuries. The group recommended a ban on checking in all organized games with players under 15.

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.

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.

Your style

No one should be pressuring another to give up virginity
``I've been going with this girl for six months, and she's pressuring me to have sex. I'm a virgin, and she's not. I'm afraid she'll pick on me because usually the boy is the one who's had sex, but I'm scared.''

Hanging out

No one should be pressuring another to give up virginity

Xtreme calendar
It's Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) and Super Tuesday. One is the last blast before Lent for many Christians, and the other should give us an idea who's running for president in November.

Teens fall flat when election time comes

Xtreme calendar

Hanging out
It's a statement echoed by youth everywhere: ``There's NOTHING to do in this town!''

Teens fall flat when election time comes
Today is ``Super Tuesday,'' when 16 states, including Georgia, hold presidential primaries or caucuses.

Your style
THE FACTS: Jacqueline Bowie, 17, a junior at Butler High School

Surf the Internet without touching a keyboard

Study: 200,000 online porn compulsion

Arizona proceeds with e-lection despite doubts

Nutrients like those in breast milk appear to make baby smarter

Census forms in cyberspace for first time

Ban on checking in youth hockey urged

Study: Too few older Americans get colon cancer screenings

Silicon Valley overflow reaches Pacific