Sosa's two homers lift Cubs to win

Smoltz out for season

Underrated Bordick emerges from Ripken's shadow

Braves notes: Avery 'anxious' for first appearance

No. 5 starter job is Chen's to lose

Braves' Smoltz out for the season

Braves' Millholland adjusts to starting role

Rodriguez to stay in Seattle -- for now

Avery continues recovery

Not all new ideas are successful

Business briefs: Rural satellite TV bill wins approval

GPB to make improvements

Business briefs

GPB to make improvements
Claude Vickers has been working for nearly a year toward correcting an $8 million deficit in Georgia Public Broadcasting's budget, replacing four broadcasting directors last month as a part of ongoing restructuring moves.

Morris buys downtown property

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Top executives of U S West Inc., the Denver-based Baby Bell, have joined their counterparts at Qwest Communications Inc. at the bargaining table to negotiate a three-way tie up with Deutsche Telekom AG.

Firms discuss family issues
Sean Womack's wife phoned him at work Monday morning to tell him their year-old son badly burned his hand on their fireplace screen.

Firms discuss family issues

Morris buys downtown property
The Barrett family, which has operated its industrial pipe wholesale business on Broad Street since 1929, has contracted to sell its property to Morris Communications Corp.

Business briefs: Rural satellite TV bill wins approval
WASHINGTON -- Efforts to beam local broadcast signals into millions of rural households won unanimous approval Wednesday by the Senate Banking Committee, whose chairman sidetracked the idea last year.

Undercover officers keeping tabs on LSU's top players

Defeat ends Dogs' misery

Temple routs Virginia Tech; Tulsa, Kansas post easy wins

Cremins on last leg of tenure

Langhi propels Vandy

Syracuse upset by Georgetown in quarterfinals

ACC notes: Daunting chore for Clemson

SEC notes: Arkansas looks for NIT bid

Bearcats' Martin breaks leg

SEC could have big showing in postseason

MAC has great first run at Gund

Gamecocks top 'Bama

Tourney games won't be shown locally

Cremins handed last loss

Blue Devils set 3-point record, roll past Tigers

Hits Strawberry

Calls legislator 'well-paid lobbyist'
As the father of three daughters, my worst nightmare is that I will get a phone call informing me that one of my children has been injured or killed by a drunken driver. I dare say that all of us who are parents share that same concern.Sonny Pittman, Augusta

Wants comparative religion taught

Notes Museum of History's importance

Says McCain should apologize

Rebuts editorial on 'jail disgrace'
The Feb. 27 editorial (``Lincoln County disgrace'') was extremely harsh. We all have areas that need improvement, and the Lincoln County Jail, like most others, can always find areas that need to be improved or made more efficient. But certainly not to the extent that we are a ``disgrace to LincolnCounty, our state and our nation.''Sheriff Edwin L. Bentley, Lincolnton

License to assault?

Not on our dime

Reproves Animal Control director

Hits Animal Control operation, chief

It's Bush vs. Gore

Sympathizes with `victim' Rocker

Hits candidate's `inflammatory' words

Event celebrates Irish homeland
The Augusta Irish American Heritage Society will transform Sacred Heart Cultural Center into a slice of authentic Erin for its annual Evening in Ireland program on Saturday.

Oriental offerings
Hydrangeas have been a staple in Southern gardens for more than a century. Although many native varieties have sprouted, expanding the range of colors and shapes of hydrangeas, their origin is not Southern -- it's Japanese.

A divine diva
For more than 25 years, Chaka Khan has flexed her diva muscle. During that time, she has experimented with popular music, mixing up potent brews of soul, funk, rock, pop and jazz.

Musical Memories
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Truth be told, country music sort of irked Shelton Hank Williams III for most of his 27 years. Bearing the most hallowed name in the industry, and hearing every day that ``you are the living, spitting image of your granddaddy'' -- well, it could get on your nerves.

Actress inspired by role of famous gospel singer
Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson propelled herself to stardom on the strength of her faith, her convictions and her incredible voice. Often referred to as the greatest gospel singer ever, and the voice of the civil rights movement, Ms. Jackson established a career that continues to reverberate today.

Capsules
Migraines increased sharply during the 1980s, with 1 out of 100 women aged 20 to 29 reporting such headaches, a Mayo Clinic study has found.

World Day Celebration honors city's diversity
Augustans will be offered a free glimpse Saturday at some of the cultures that make up their diverse community.

In the know
Hold on to your hedge clippers. Brand Martha is branching out again. Coming in April to a Kmart: Martha Stewart's latest effort to add zing to the lives of mass-market shoppers: stylish outdoor furniture, garden tools, live plants, seeds and barbecue gear -- right down to the mesquite wood chips.

Production will make audiences think, actress says
Inspired by the rule of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, Ariel Dorfman's play Death and the Maiden is populated with theatrical anomalies.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tommy Scott and the "last real medicine show"
Happy memories of ``Ramblin''' Tommy Scott came to mind a couple of Sundays ago when his Oriental-inspired home in Toccoa, Ga., was featured on the Home & Garden network's Extreme Homes.

Organic gardening has many benefits
Why do we want to promote organic gardening? Because organic gardening incorporates management practices that reduce reliance on pesticides, promotes a healthy plant and saves water.

Don't knock the wind; it's a great fishing 'partner'

Calm winds lead to low scoring at Honda

Golfers earn enough to get by

Langham still reeling from Doral loss

Thee tied at 5-under par

PGA Tour should let Casey roll on

Area powerhouses try to defend titles

Flyers snap Capitals' streak

NHL announces goaltender award

Lynx continues postseason push

Goalie's status in question as team officials await report

Being quick on the faceoff is key

Not all new ideas are successful
Macaroni and cheese on a stick? It's no joke, but a real product recently praised by the Marketing Intelligence Service Ltd. of New York for its modern innovation.

Scientist: Future looks bright for isotope production
Local developers who want to pursue an isotope-production plant should be wary of pitfalls in the market, a federal scientist said Thursday. ``I need to bring a little more realism'' to some visions of the isotope industry, said Emory Collins, a senior technical adviser at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mr. Collins was the featured speaker at a breakfast hosted by Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, an SRS lobbying group. Full story" -- The Augusta Chronicle

Council to announce new award
The Greater Augusta Sports Council will announce this afternoon that it will sponsor the Ray Guy Award, a national college football award honoring the nation's top collegiate punter.

Braves' Smoltz out for the season
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The sense of disbelief was palpable in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse, an expression of incredulity registered on every player's face. The diagnosis of a torn ligament in John Smoltz's right elbow and the news that he'd miss the 2000 season rocked the team Wednesday morning as severely as news of Andres Galarraga's cancer did last spring. ``That's a big obstacle to overcome because he's a big part of the pitching staff,'' right fielder Brian Jordan said. ``It's not a good day in the neighborhood.'' Smoltz, whose torn medial collateral ligament was confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Tuesday night, will undergo Tommy John surgery to replace the ligament March 23. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Gun-control bill passed in Georgia Senate
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly passed Gov. Roy Barnes' gun-control bill Wednesday, after a coalition of Atlanta Democrats and some Republicans lost by a much closer margin a bid to make the legislation more restrictive. The bill, approved 51-3, would stiffen penalties for gun owners convicted of providing handguns to kids or bringing firearms to or near a school or school bus. It also would make it a crime for a convicted felon to try to get a firearm. But what took up most of a lengthy floor debate Wednesday was an amendment proposed by Sen. David Scott that would make it a misdemeanor to leave a handgun where a ``reasonable person'' would expect it to be accessible to children.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Investigators bust marijuana-growing operation
Narcotics investigators made one of their biggest busts in recent memory Tuesday when an ordinary building in South Augusta turned out to house the most complex marijuana lab authorities say they've ever found in the area. Based on an anonymous tip received two weeks ago, investigators moved in on the building at 1302 Clark Drive at 6 p.m. and discovered an extensive marijuana growing operation inside, Lt. Robert Partain said. Ronnie William Hall and his son, Ronnie Shedrick Hall, both of North Augusta, were arrested along with two other men Tuesday, Lt. Partain said. The men used climate-controlled rooms and lights to grow the plants since September. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Musical Memories

Production will make audiences think, actress says

Capsules

Event celebrates Irish homeland

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tommy Scott and the "last real medicine show"

A divine diva

Actress inspired by role of famous gospel singer

In the know

Organic gardening has many benefits

World Day Celebration honors city's diversity

Oriental offerings

Much said, little decided at final public meeting over zoning

Spring break

Witness declines to testify

Larmer resigns
Augusta's beleaguered animal control Director Jim Larmer resigned Thursday, but asked to stay on for six more months.

Few expect tourism slump over high gas prices
Rising gas prices might prompt some travelers to shorten their trips, eat out less while vacationing or buy fewer souvenirs, but they won't stop people from making trips to popular hot spots, according to the American Automobile Association.

Much said, little decided at final public meeting over zoning
EDGEFIELD -- Close to 200 people packed Edgefield County courthouse Thursday night to have their say at the last of six public meetings on countywide zoning.

New library receives top-priority status

Businesses feel effects of rising gas prices
Harry Siddall knows his crystal ball was a little hazy this year.

Woman left gang for graduate school

Democrats weigh in at caucuses
Far from last month's rough-and-tumble GOP contest, Thursday night's South Carolina Democratic caucuses were more about filling out paperwork and chatting with friends than choosing a president.

Council to announce new award

Spring break
Moms Amy Terry (left) and Donna Edwards chat after a picnic, as daughters, Hannah Terry, 2 (center left), and Madelyn Edwards, 2, munch on chips. The foursome was at Virginia Acres in Aiken on Thursday, enjoying the warm weather.

Woman left gang for graduate school
SAVANNAH -- Every child is an at-risk youth. That was a recurring theme during the four-day Georgia Southern University-sponsored National Youth-At-Risk Conference in Savannah.

Ceremony site gets approval
The Richmond County school board voted Thursday to continue having its 10 high school graduations at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Prices nearly double in 1 year

Landowner, city officials reach deal on dump site
They call it junkyard diplomacy.

Four men arrested in marijuana bust

Schools consider shorter lunch periods
Lunch time in a Columbia County high school often includes more than food. Students study, do homework and socialize with friends.

Savannah site named landmark

School shares blame for uproar
MONETTA -- New Yorkers who want to build a less-than-welcome private school near this tiny peach town admit they are partly to blame for a rash of rumors about the project.

Businesses feel effects of rising gas prices

Across the area: Census undercount could cost millions

School shares blame for uproar

Schools consider shorter lunch periods

Businesses feel effects of rising gas prices
Harry Siddall knows his crystal ball was a little hazy this year.

Braves' Smoltz out for the season

Across the area: Census undercount could cost millions
Augusta could lose an estimated $12.8 million in federal funds during the next decade if residents fail to return their census questionaires, a study released Thursday said.

Georgia Senate OKs gun-control measure

Larmer vacates position
Augusta's beleaguered animal control Director Jim Larmer resigned Thursday, but asked to stay on for six more months.

Aiken readies for festival
AIKEN -- Aiken is saddling up for this weekend's Festival of Horses, which will give the public a rare look at the elegant side of the city's equine industry.

Democrats weigh in at caucuses

Harbor project debated

Rank and file

PGA Tour should let Casey roll on

Sheriff candidates decide on parties

Legislators OK tobacco tax break, ban vending machines
ATLANTA -- Overcoming objections that they would be promoting the overseas marketing of tobacco to children, Georgia lawmakers Wednesday passed legislation giving income tax credits to a cigarette manufacturing plant in Macon.

Acoss the area: Passed bill based on teacher attack

Georgia Senate OKs gun-control measure
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly passed Gov. Roy Barnes' gun-control bill Wednesday, after a coalition of Atlanta Democrats and some Republicans lost by a much closer margin a bid to make the legislation more restrictive.

Scientist: Future looks bright for isotope production

Worker saved after collapse from stale air
ATHENS, Ga. - A University of Georgia worker said Tuesday ``the grace of Jesus Christ and the adrenalin'' helped him and his fellow workers rescue a co-worker who collapsed at the bottom of a campus manhole later found to contain dangerously low levels of oxygen.

Landowner, city officials reach deal on dump site

Churches mark start of Lent
Ministers made a cross of ashes on the foreheads of about 60 faithful parishioners Wednesday at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on Greene Street.

Larmer resigns

Witness declines to testify
A jury should begin deliberations today to decide if a young Augusta man participated in a drive-by shooting that killed an 83-year-old woman.

Businesses feel effects of rising gas prices

New library receives top-priority status
Although it is still a work in progress, Columbia County's plan for the next 1 cent, local-option sales tax now includes a main library as a top-priority project.

Drug factory had far reach
Drug trafficking from a south Augusta marijuana factory -- shut down in a police raid Tuesday -- extended to coastal South Carolina and possibly to Atlanta, a Richmond County sheriff's investigator said Thursday.

Landfill poses no area threat, new study says
THOMSON -- Contaminated soil and water beneath the defunct Mesena Road Landfill is confined to the site and poses no threat to nearby residents, according to a new environmental study.

Group OKs bill on stucco

Sheriff candidates decide on parties
With qualifying for November's Richmond County sheriff's election in sight, the two leading candidates have announced which political party banner they will run under.

Gun-control bill passed in Georgia Senate

Four men arrested in marijuana bust
Richmond County sheriff's narcotics investigators made one of their biggest busts in recent memory when a building in south Augusta turned out to house the most elaborate marijuana manufacturing operation authorities say they've ever found.

Landfill poses no area threat, new study says

Acoss the area: Passed bill based on teacher attack
ATLANTA -- The Senate passed a bill named for of an Augusta teacher who was attacked by one of her pupils.

Defendant acquitted in shooting
A jury deliberated less than an hour Thursday before acquitting Lorenzo Dexter Lindsey of all charges in the 1997 drive-by shooting death of an elderly Augusta woman.

Firm fined for safety breaches
Savannah River Site's top contractor faces $110,000 in fines for failing to ensure that some radioactive-waste containers and equipment met safety standards.

Savannah site named landmark
It took Jeff Reed six months to write the draft proposal to get Old Fort Jackson designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Restaurant faces discrimination suit
ST. HELENA ISLAND - Jesse Gantt's Beaufort Waffle House was ``too black,'' the St. Helena resident remembers his former boss as saying.

Group OKs bill on stucco
ATLANTA -- A Georgia Senate committee Thursday approved a new version of a House bill aimed at defective home construction, despite objections from the sponsor that it's unconstitutional.

Harbor project debated
SAVANNAH -- Deepening the Savannah harbor and channel from 42 to 48 feet probably does not threaten the area's drinking water supply; digging it any deeper might.

Ceremony site gets approval

Rank and file
Cadet Lt. Cmdr. Josh Bates, a senior at Midland Valley High School, leads his drill team at Midland Valley High School. The school's Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps held its U.S. Navy Inspection and Pass-in-Review on Wednesday before students and dignitaries.

Defendant acquitted in shooting

State officials feud over local activism
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin denied Wednesday that he told state schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko not to get involved in the Richmond County Animal Control controversy, but Mrs. Schrenko insists he did.

Larmer vacates position

Prices nearly double in 1 year
Alex and Jeanne Derrick's one-hour road trip to Augusta from Columbiacost them only about $1.45 in fuel Wednesday. Their Harley-Davidson gets 50 miles to the gallon, which is twice as economical as any of their cars.

Investigators bust marijuana-growing operation

Restaurant faces discrimination suit

Worker saved after collapse from stale air

Legislators OK tobacco tax break, ban vending machines

Firm fined for safety breaches

Few expect tourism slump over high gas prices

Spurs rout Hawks; Pacers beat Blazers

Clippers forward anxious for future

Mavericks release enigmatic Rodman

Mrs. Daisy Walker
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Daisy Lee Walker, 75, of Beech Street, died Friday, March 3, 2000.

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

Miss Anne Lyston
MILLEN, Ga. -- Miss Anne Elizabeth Lyston, 77, of South Gray Street, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Bethany Nursing Center.

Mr. Edmund Garnett
LOS ANGELES -- Mr. Edmund Garnett, 81, of Meramont Drive, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Sidney Gilmore
CONYERS, Ga. -- Mr. Sidney Lee Gilmore, 46, of Fieldstone View, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lena Corley
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lena Padgett Corley, 76, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Lester Hobbs
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Otis Lester Hobbs, 80, of King Way, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

Mr. Anthony Wiggins
Mr. Anthony J. Wiggins, 29, of Bramblewood Drive, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Eva Curry
FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Mrs. Eva Ritter Williams Curry, 81, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at C.M. Tucker Nursing Center, Columbia.

Mrs. Catherine Norman
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Catherine Jenkins Norman, of East Eighth Street, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Ms. Carolyn Jackson
Ms. Carolyn Jackson, 51, of Inwood Drive, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Gary Jones
Mr. Gary Clarence ``Big Gary'' Jones, 33, of Sullivan Road, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Leila Swann
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Leila Mae Swann, 88, of Crawfordville Road, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital, Gainesville.

Mr. Sylister Jenkins
Mr. Sylister ``Little Booster'' Jenkins, 51, of Ridgedale Road, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Janie Roberson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Janie M. Roberson, of College Street, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mable Friskey
BONEVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Mable French Friskey, 91, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Warrenton Rehabilitation Center, Warrenton.

Mrs. Louise Brown
Mrs. Louis Herrington Brown, 75, of Blanchard Road, Evans, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Sammie Ivey
ATLANTA -- Mr. Sammie D. Ivey died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Al Posey
LANGLEY -- Mr. Al Posey, 75, of Jackson Street, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Margaret McFarland
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- Mrs. Margaret Wilson McFarland, 59, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Lisa Peterson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Lisa Ann Peterson, 46, of Fox Creek Drive, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Louise Brown
Mrs. Louise Herrington Brown, 75, of Blanchard Road, Evans, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Barfield
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. John H. Barfield, of Calhoun Street, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care Center, Williston.

Ms. Bessie Heath
SPARTA, Ga. -- Ms. Bessie Mae Heath, 66, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Middle Georgia Hospital, Macon.

Mrs. Enid Nicholls
Mrs. Enid M. Nicholls, 66, of Andover Drive, Evans, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Annie Murray
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Lizzie Murray, of Carver Street, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at her residence. She was 102.

Mr. David Fulmer
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. David L. Fulmer, 79, of Ergle Street, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Baker
Mr. Robert Dennis ``Denny'' Baker, 53, of Martinez, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Dorothy Burnett
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ms. Dorothy Burnett, 49, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Luther Wilhite Jr.
Mr. Luther E. Wilhite Jr., 59, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Randy Robinson
VARNVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Randy Robinson, 22, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mr. Ralph Jones
Mr. Ralph E. Jones, 76, of Martinez, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Rose Russell
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Rose Lee Coker Russell, 82, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Shellie Sapp Sr.
Mr. Shellie Sapp Sr., of Winston Way, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Anne Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Mr. Jeffrey Stone
THOMSON -- Mr. Jeffrey Edwin Stone, 32, of Ellington Drive, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Henry Williams Jr.
BRUNSON, S.C. -- Mr. Henry Williams Jr., 93, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Lowcountry Medical General Hospital, Ridgeland.

Mrs. Mitsue Brown
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Mitsue Brown, 67, of Whaley Street, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at her residence.

Miss Essie Davis
GIBSON, Ga. -- Miss Essie Davis, 81, of County Line Road, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Warrenton Health & Rehabilitation Center, Warrenton.

Mr. Luther Wilhite Jr.

Mr. Lester Hobbs

Mr. Ralph Jones

Mr. Jeffrey Stone

Miss Anne Lyston

Mrs. Rose Russell

Mr. Charlie Key

Ms. Carolyn Jackson

Mrs. Eva Curry

Mr. Sammie Ivey

Mrs. Enid Nicholls

Mr. Shellie Sapp Sr.

Mrs. Lena Corley

Ms. Lisa Peterson

Mrs. Mitsue Brown

Mrs. Leila Swann

Mr. Sidney Gilmore

Mr. David Fulmer

Mr. Robert Baker

Ms. Bessie Heath

Mrs. Annie Murray

Mrs. Louise Brown

Mr. Sylister Jenkins

Mrs. Catherine Norman

Mr. Randy Robinson

Mr. Al Posey

Mr. Henry Williams Jr.

Mrs. Daisy Walker

N. Augusta water woe
It seems as though there's always a new water problem springing up somewhere in the area, if not in Augusta, then North Augusta. After North Augusta's March 3 water main break, residents are asking questions.

Sympathizes with `victim' Rocker
The liberal element in our society was horrified at the storm of protest generated by the humiliation of John Rocker. He reacted as any normal young man would who was viciously and personally attacked by a mindless mob. He shot back -- and since our cities are not very nice places, he had plenty of very hurtful and overwhelmingly truthful comments to make. The mind police then forced this young man to undergo psychiatric evaluation and a series of humiliating, mind-altering sessions designed to brainwash young Rocker into the Politically Correct liberal they wanted. Milton Gresham, Evans

Offers thoughts on education, water
Readers are being inundated with the political information regarding our schools, which we do need. Would it be possible to have some material from the schools themselves, such as special projects, concerts, dinners, students who excel in studies and assignments, and some human interest items (not only sports)? The school staff itself could provide you with this information. It could be titled ``Area School News'' andbe featured at least once a week ... Eleanor Farrell, Augusta

Not on our dime
Gov. Roy Barnes is using a computer program to keep track of legislators' voting habits. So what? Like it or not, in this era of information overload, computers track everything from our spending habits to our medical records. You can't drive your car these days without setting into motion a complicated system of computers. There is simply no escaping it.

Back tough abuse law
How many child abusers in South Carolina get off with light sentences because the law encourages prosecutors to accept pleas to lesser offenses?

Calls legislator 'well-paid lobbyist'
As the father of three daughters, my worst nightmare is that I will get a phone call informing me that one of my children has been injured or killed by a drunken driver. I dare say that all of us who are parents share that same concern. Sonny Pittman, Augusta

License to assault?
The National Hockey League -- and more than a few sportswriters -- are upset that Boston Bruins ``enforcer'' Marty McSorley was charged in a Canadian court for assaulting Vancouver Canucks Donald Brashear, severely injuring him.

Notes Museum of History's importance
The recent announcement of the new name of the Augusta Museum of History offers an opportunity to remind the area residents of the importance of the museum to the city of Augusta. The name change highlights the roles of the museum as a depository of information and artifacts that relate to the history of this region, and as a presenter of this material in ways that increase the understanding of this history. Gary and Rozelle Dinwiddie, Augusta

Hits lack of respect for animal life
Regarding Sylvia Cooper's March 3 Augusta Chronicle article entitled ``Animal gas chamber debated'': Irina Jocher, RN, Blythe

Urges firing of animals' 'grim reaper'
You can't begin to comprehend the horror with which I read the March 3 lead news article. The gist was that Richmond County Animal Control Director Jim Larmer hopes to reinstate the gas chamber as a method of euthanizing animals in Richmond County. Is this man insane or just a Machiavellian sadist? Jim Burcham, Hephzibah

Wants comparative religion taught
Regarding David Sisler's excellent March 4 column on teaching the Bible in public schools: Susan Pitts, Augusta

Hits Strawberry
Maybe one of the people John Rocker was referring to on the subway in New York was Yankees outfielder Daryl Strawberry. N. Carter, Evans

Asks education reform include basics
With all the talk about education reform in the news, I could not restrain myself from writing. I have two sons in elementary school, so I have experience with our public education system. Eddie B. Hulsey, Evans

Says McCain should apologize
Let it be noted that U.S. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. -- the South Carolina campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. -- has an honorary degree from Bob Jones University. Wilma Franz, Aiken

Rebuts editorial on 'jail disgrace'
The Feb. 27 editorial (``Lincoln County disgrace'') was extremely harsh. We all have areas that need improvement, and the Lincoln County Jail, like most others, can always find areas that need to be improved or made more efficient. But certainly not to the extent that we are a ``disgrace to LincolnCounty, our state and our nation.'' Sheriff Edwin L. Bentley, Lincolnton

Hits Animal Control operation, chief
I no longer can remain silent about the deplorable conditions at the Richmond County Animal Control facility. The recent senseless execution of more than 80 animals is ridiculous and just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Katherine Schrenko Cooper, Martinez

Hits candidate's `inflammatory' words
Hits candidate's `inflammatory' words These words were used at the Apollo Theatre in New York City's Harlem before a black audience last week. The words ``white extreme, rebel flag- Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Reproves Animal Control director
Why do we keep putting up with Jim Larmer? He is horrible! Lynda White, Augusta

It's Bush vs. Gore
Georgia, being one of 16 Super Tuesday primary states, didn't get nearly the attention from GOP presidential candidates that South Carolina's critical stand-alone primary did a few weeks ago. But the result was much the same -- a blowout win for Texas Gov. George W. Bush -- not only in Georgia, but in most of the other states as well.

Overtime: Reports say Marino will call it quits

Elliott switching to Dodge

Track star gives back to Butler

Overtime: Howell, Engler ranked among top collegians

Greenbrier girls coach steps down

Montana's Doug Swingley leads Iditarod teams

Hula Bowl "uninvites" Texas coach Mack Brown

Program puts fans in fast lane

ABC makes move, sets Esiason free

Villagers treating mushers royally

Sponsorships add up to speed

Rebels run away with win

British abortions rise 20 percent after millennium party season
If Britain's National Health Service experienced a similar increase in the number of abortions performed, quarterly figures due to be released at the end of March by the service could show as many as 9,000 additional women sought abortions, as compared to the same period last year.

More reasons to quit smoking
Smokers are four times more likely than nonsmokers to get life-threatening blood infections or meningitis from a type of bacteria that usually causes pneumonia, a study found.

Extinction recovery may take roughly 10 million years
For all practical purposes, when a species is gone, it's gone. Scientists analyzed fossils and calculated it takes about 10 million years after a plant or animal becomes extinct before anything resembling it reappears.

Winter flu season was not out of the ordinary, CDC says
ATLANTA -- As bad as the outbreak looked a couple of months ago, this winter's flu season was no more ferocious than any of the past five years, the government said Thursday.

Severe heart inflammation readily curable, but under-diagnosed
A rare but deadly heart disease with symptoms that mimic the flu is curable if doctors figure out what it is in time and give the heart some help, researchers say.

Teen-ager arrested on hacking charge
CONCORD, N.H. -- A 17-year-old computer hacker questioned by the FBI about crippling attacks on major Internet sites last month has been charged with vandalizing an anti-drug Web site.

SmartPump
A customer at the Shell SmartPump gets a fillup at the Shell station in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday.

Microsoft ready to announce gaming machine
Software goliath Microsoft is expected to announce Friday that it's prepared to go head-to-head with electronics giant Sony for control of the digital era's living room.

Online tax preparation usually secure
WASHINGTON -- People entering the brave new Internet world with their most personal financial information -- using online tax preparation services -- should take care to ensure the sites respect the privacy of taxpayer information and can transmit returns securely, experts warn.

Isotopes warning delivered
Local developers who want to pursue an isotope-production plant should be wary of pitfalls in the market, a federal scientist said Thursday.

Studies: Night light won't cause nearsightedness
Two new studies suggest that parents who leave the night light on won't make their children nearsighted after all.

SmartPump

Winter flu season was not out of the ordinary, CDC says

Teen-ager arrested on hacking charge

Severe heart inflammation readily curable, but under-diagnosed

More reasons to quit smoking

Extinction recovery may take roughly 10 million years

Online tax preparation usually secure

Studies: Night light won't cause nearsightedness

British abortions rise 20 percent after millennium party season

Isotopes warning delivered