Braves notebook: Ligtenberg faces first game test

Braves notebook: Ligtenberg returns to mound

El Duque to make first start Thursday

Braves: Jones not living up to potential

Warriors edge Bulldogs

Rose returns to baseball -- to watch son

St. Louis edges Los Angeles

Braves down Blue Jays

Gonzalez and Sosa homer; Griffey drops to 1-for-8

Martinez has first outing

Rangers play political hardball with Bush leaguer

Steflik pitches Evans to victory

Some pets becoming fat, lazy

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.

GIW official foresees growth

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

Strike possible at airline
A potential strike by flight attendants at US Airways later this month could mean trouble for service to and from Charlotte, the airline's gateway to Augusta.

Business briefs: Stock market's fall deletes latest gain

City designates enterprise zone
Hoping to create the economic stimulation needed to revitalize one of the city's more downtrodden areas, the Augusta Commission on Tuesday designated a section of the Laney-Walker district as an enterprise zone.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- A key to economic prosperity that helps keep inflation in check took its biggest leap in seven years, rising at a 6.4 percent rate at the end of 1999.

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.

State minimum wage may go up
ATLANTA - Georgians working for smaller companies could get a pay raise after House passage of a bill Tuesday that proposes an increase in the state's minimum wage.

Business to grow in area

State minimum wage may go up

City designates enterprise zone

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.

Cremins leaves to accolades

NCAA automatic bids

UConn women near another Big East title

Student group to address concerns

Duke senior unanimous all-league pick

NCAA caught in middle

Duke stops UNC for ACC title

LSU's Brady is SEC coach of year; Langhi, Swift co-players of year

Slams military health care lapse

Harbin to the rescue

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.

Backs Reform Party to fix nation's ills

Ga. primary day

Good compromise

Larmer off base

Wants action on animal control issue

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

Hits coverage of national campaign

Wants races to `accent the positive'

Rap Edgefield Co. Council's tactics

Local artist creates Payne Stewart tribute
When the Bobby Jones mural above Bill Prince's liquor store on Fifth Street started to deteriorate in the bright sunshine, Mr. Prince began to think about a new motif.

Small portions
Canned fruits and vegetables might not look as appealing as their fresh counterparts, but when it comes to nutrition both have their advantages, according to dietitians at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston.

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

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.

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.

Portable eats
Soccer season has begun, and baseball season is right around the corner. Making it to practices and games on time often requires eating on the run. Fast-food chains offer portable meals, and your grocer's freezer section stocks a bevy of hand-held entrees, including pocket sandwiches, individual pizzas and frozen burritos.

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

Court says Martin can keep riding

PGA Tour pro predicts drunken driving arrest will follow him

Pro-am kicks off tournament

Three more players invited to Masters

Tour should save its battle for another cart

Match Play Down Under: Who will go?

Blackville-Hilda up for rematch

Calhoun County ousts Barnwell

Blackville-Hilda takes Upper State title

Surging Caps could take sole control of first place

Forward settling into new home

Carolina has struggled on new home ice

Lynx ledger

McSorley faces assault charge for on-ice hit

Paintball game rough on Lambert

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

In the know

Local artist creates Payne Stewart tribute

Small portions

In the know

Portable eats

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

Getting in Gear

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.

Across the area: Broken water main disrupts service
McCORMICK -- A 10-inch water main burst Tuesday morning in McCormick County, shutting down the water system for about 600 customers and causing county officials to issue a boil advisory that lasts through this evening.

Early spring: High temperature nears record
With unseasonably high temperatures and sunny days visiting Augusta, residents are reaping the benefits of an early spring.

Accused ringleader pleads guilty in deal

Grandson describes drive-by shooting

Car tags, payouts offered to teachers

Graham: SRS job loss likely
AIKEN -- Some job losses at Savannah River Site are inevitable as the federal government tries to shrink itself, U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday.

Indigent care deal brokered

Across the area: Authorities seek shooting witness

State Democrats expect weak turnout for caucuses

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.

A banner moment

Augusta-area voters favor Bush, Gore
Local primary results mirrored those of the nation Tuesday, as both political parties' favorites won their contests.

Protesters rally against area facility

Removal bill OK'd by House
ATLANTA -- Members of the General Assembly convicted of a felony would be removed from office under a proposed constitutional amendment passed Tuesday by Georgia's House.

Campaign finance reform bill passes House

City seeks state help in cleanup

Council objects to school site

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.

Removal bill OK'd by House

Public role sought for natural history museum

Early returns favor Bush, Gore

Vote set for loan recovery

Georgia House OKs child advocate bill

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.

DNA test disputed by convict
AIKEN -- A Graniteville man sentenced to die for kidnapping and killing an elderly woman wants his nine convictions and sentences overturned because his lawyers didn't try hard enough to discredit genetic tests used in his 1994 trial.

Early returns favor Bush, Gore
Favorites were besting challengers in early election returns Tuesday in Richmond County.

A banner moment
Eddie George, with the city of Aiken Department of Public Safety Maintenance, tries for a good angle to take a photograph of one of the new banners at the intersection of Laurens Street and Park Avenue. Roger Leduc, Aiken's city manager, had requested Mr. George take the photos Tuesday in hope of getting one on the cover of the upcoming telephone book.

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.

Council objects to school site
AIKEN - A school for children with emotional or behavioral disorders should not continue with its plans to locate in Monetta or anywhere else in Aiken County, according to a resolution passed unanimously Tuesday by Aiken County Council.

Car tags, payouts offered to teachers
ATLANTA -- Teachers could get their own car tags and a $75,000 payout if disabled or killed on the job, based on a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Across the area: Broken water main disrupts service

Accused ringleader pleads guilty in deal
AIKEN -- The leader of a burglary ring that went on a stealing spree last spring in Aiken County to support its members' drug habits pleaded guilty Tuesday, ending a two-day trial that could have resulted in a life prison sentence.

DNA test disputed by convict

Jury awards couple $6 million

Columbia County polling places

Statuette arrives in Augusta

Mortuary measure approved

Activists to protest conditions

Graham: SRS job loss likely

Biddle Hall to be new museum

Early spring: High temperature nears record

SRS explores early retirement

Protesters rally against area facility
Animal activists gathered Tuesday on the front steps of the Municipal Building to protest conditions at the Richmond County Animal Control facility.

Senate narrows scope of EDP legislation

State Democrats expect weak turnout for caucuses
AIKEN -- Democrats will hold caucuses throughout the Palmetto State on Thursday in place of a presidential primary, but party officials are less than optimistic that people will attend.

Voting likely to narrow field

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.

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.

Indigent care deal brokered
In a ``spirit of cooperation,'' University Hospital officials agreed Tuesday to a once-unacceptable amount of $1.25 million to care for certified indigent in Richmond County -- a cut of $750,000.

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.

County to bypass bids
Columbia County Commissioners agreed to bypass its normal bid procedure Tuesday night, in hopes of adding 4 million more gallons of water production by the summer.

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.

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.

Squatters say they will fight eviction
The owners of the last ``squatter's cabin'' nestled on public land between the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal don't plan to leave without a fight.

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.

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

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

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.

Campaign finance reform bill passes House
ATLANTA -- Without debate, the House unanimously passed a campaign finance bill Tuesday that has a number of provisions public-interest groups favor and one -- increasing contribution limits -- that some loathe.

Man arrested in fatal shooting
One man was in custody Tuesday and two others were being sought by sheriff's investigators in the Saturday shooting of a man on Ninth Street.

Blacksmith teaches craft
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- David "Country" McWilliams' weekend work has a nice ring to it.

Task force to study county's structure
A move to add a full-time, elected head for Columbia County's government will wait until at least next year. In the meantime, a civilians' task force will study the county government's structure and make recommendations of any changes.

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

Grandson describes drive-by shooting
When Darrell Moore stepped out of his grandmother's Eighth Avenue home the night of July 11, 1997, he dropped to the ground as bullets began flying, he testified Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Richmond County polling places

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.

Raids net 35 drug arrests

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.

Appropriations panel approves 2001 budget

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.

Squatters say they will fight eviction

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.

Augusta-area voters favor Bush, Gore

Blacksmith teaches craft

Oscar arrives in Augusta

O'Neal makes case for MVP with 61 points

Bucks sweep Hawks

It was ugly, but Bulls score a win

Slumping Pistons fire coach Alvin Gentry

Free-throws carry Pacers to win

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.

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

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

Mrs. Ethel Norton
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Ethel Norton, 67, of Frederick Street, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Gibson Rest Home.

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

Mrs. Louise Flowers
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Louise ``Jinzy'' Johnson Flowers, 81, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Harper Nursing Center, Estill.

Mrs. Clarence Smith
Mrs. Clarence ``Casey'' Alford Smith died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Leroy Green
CONWAY, N.C. -- Mr. Leroy Green, 82, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Rubena Byrd
Mrs. Rubena Allen Byrd, of Collier Road, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mr. Frederick Jones
NEW YORK -- Mr. Frederick ``Freddy'' Jones died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Harlem Hospital Center.

Mr. Cecil Cowart
Mr. Cecil Delmar Cowart, 71, of Martha Lane, Martinez, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Burke County Memorial Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Charlie Key
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. Charlie Key, 74, of Augusta Road, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Nancy Barrow
THOMSON -- Mrs. Nancy D. Barrow, 59, of Grady Street, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Kathryn Childs
Mrs. Kathryn Davenport Childs, 80, of Redwood Drive, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. William Hughes
AIKEN -- Mr. William Kent Hughes, 73, of Columbia Highway North, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Scott Priester
AIKEN -- Mr. Scott Leonard Priester, 45, of Cherokee Street, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

LaJasmine Spells
MILLEN, Ga. -- LaJasmine Denise Spells, 3 months, infant daughter of LaSwan Powell and Burman Spells, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. Clyde Godbee
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Clyde Godbee, 81, of Victory Drive, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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. Lottie Walden
Louisville, Ga. -- Mrs. Lottie Walden, 67, of U.S. Highway 1, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Frances Willingham
AIKEN -- Mrs. Frances Rhoden Willingham, 70, of Parkway South, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Edith Rhodes
PERKINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Edith Boyd Rhodes, 91, of Rhodes Lane, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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. Ruby James
RUTLEDGE, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Amsbaugh Ivie James, 87, of Hawkins Avenue, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at Morgan Memorial Hospital and Transitional Care Unit.

Mrs. Frances Willingham

Mr. Frederick Jones

Mrs. Martha Flannery

Mr. Thomas Coxwell

Mrs. Louise Flowers

Mr. Finley Gordon

Mrs. Nancy Barrow

Mrs. Tonya Dicks

Mrs. Clarence Smith

Mr. Cecil Cowart

Mrs. Kathryn Childs

Mrs. Lottie Walden

Mr. Clyde Godbee

Mrs. Rubena Byrd

Mr. Leroy Green

Mr. Scott Priester

Mrs. Carrie Jones

Mrs. Ethel Norton

Mr. James Wilson

LaJasmine Spells

Mrs. Lois Luckett

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

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.

Slam S.C. legislator for comments
A year ago Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. truly impressed us with his arguments during the Clinton impeachment trial. A few times we even wished we lived onthe other side of the Savannah River so we could help re-elect him this coming November. James and Audrey Keagle, Evans

Questions statistics on abortions
It always amazes me to read the pro-lifers statistics on how many unborn babies (fetuses) are murdered every year. They say in the millions, but where do they get these figures? I always thought what went on between a patient and her physician was privileged information. Yes, there are other options, but where are the pro-lifers when these young women need help and understanding? Belle LeRoy, Belvedere

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

Says Allen's remarks misrepresented
After reading the editorial, ``Insulting Christ'' on the Feb. 25 Opinion page, I was left with the question, ``Who wasn't thinking clearly? Was it Rep. Ben Allen, D-Augusta, or the person writing the article. Melvin Lowry, Augusta

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.

Hits coverage of national campaign
The March 3 article on page 9A about the GOP debate in California illustrates the problem the American public has in becoming informed about the positions of the candidates on the issues in the campaign. Gene England, Aiken

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

Urges continuous energy conservation
The world is hanging on hopes that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will increase production so gas and heating oil prices will drop. At the same time, an e-mail message is circulating urging a three-day ``gas-out'' April 7-9 to drive down gasoline prices. Both measures fail to address the long-term solution -- consistent conservation. Estella Hernandez, Martinez

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

Denies more gun laws will stop killing
I once heard a local news person say that in days gone by, the fastest measurement of time was the speed of light, but today's measurement is the length of time that expires between a shooting and the call by Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy for more gun control. Justen Wonderly, Evans

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

Wants action on animal control issue
I question the compassion and competence of the Richmond County Animal Control Director Jim Larmer. I read in The Chronicle recently of his plans to reinstate the animal gas chamber. He mentions this would be less stressful for his employees. The Chronicle article of 1998 told of instances where animals that had been placed in the gas chamber would sometimes ``wake up'' while employees were disposing of their bodies. The employees would have to take them back to the facility and put them in the chamber again. Debra R. McKenzie, Grovetown

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.

Hike diabetes funding
Contrast these two dollar amounts: The taxpayer-funded National Institutes of Health spends up to $75 million an hour on medical research.

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.

Good compromise
The Columbia County legislative delegation to Georgia's General Assembly has struck a proper chord by proposing to appoint a panel whose mission would be to create options for a new county governmental structure, with establishment of a county-wide elected chief executive officer as their most attractive proposal.

Harbin to the rescue
Columbia County's school system recently lost track of about 150 students because of a glitch in new pupil information software installed last summer. The error might have robbed Columbia schools of nearly $340,000, even though the students were enrolled and attending classes -- that is, if state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, had not come to the rescue.

Backs Reform Party to fix nation's ills
It should please and amaze voters that our U.S. House of Representatives voted 422-0 to repeal the earning limits on senior citizens on Social Security benefits. The president said he would sign the bill if it did not have any add-on amendments like tax cuts. Robert F. Periano, Augusta

British 400-meter runner suspended

Storm wipes out tournament finals

Youth focused on pros

Gebhardt maintains lead in Iditarod, others moving up

Foul-smelling liquid may threaten Bulldogs' opener

Overtime: Tri-Cities star picks UConn

Overtime: Begay gets out of jail, back on tour

Prozac's reign as top antidepressant ending
NEW YORK -- Prozac, the drug that changed the way America thinks about mental illness and became a part of pop culture, is losing its title as the nation's top-selling antidepressant.

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.

USDA releases new national standards for organic food
WASHINGTON -- The government today released new national standards for growing and processing organic food that will bar the use of genetic engineering or irradiation.

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.

Two scientists assail book on the biology of rape
Two scientists have launched a new attack on the year's most provocative book, ``A Natural History of Rape,'' which portrays rape as a natural product of evolution and suggests all men could be rapists.

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.

Voters cast ballots in cyberspace
PHOENIX -- Mary Rose Wilcox made election history today simply by touching a computer mouse. At 12:01 a.m., the Maricopa County Supervisor voted in Arizona's Democratic presidential primary via the Internet, the nation's first such ballot cast in a binding election for public office.

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.

More good news for beta blocker use in heart failure patients
CHICAGO -- A drug that has been shown to save the lives of heart failure patients can also ease their symptoms and reduce hospitalizations, an international study of 4,000 people found.

No one should be pressuring another to give up virginity

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

Your style

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

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.

Xtreme calendar

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.''

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

Hanging out

Prozac's reign as top antidepressant ending

Two scientists assail book on the biology of rape

USDA releases new national standards for organic food

Ban on checking in youth hockey urged

More good news for beta blocker use in heart failure patients

Nutrients like those in breast milk appear to make baby smarter

Silicon Valley overflow reaches Pacific

Study: Too few older Americans get colon cancer screenings