Astros top Dodgers

Mets rock Braves

Spring training roundup: McGwire hits first homer of spring

Yankees pound Braves

Comiskey Park to get 2003 All-Star game

Braves notebook

Ligtenberg says he still doesn't feel `normal' on mound

Overtime: Rain forces teams to try another day

DiMaggio items highlight upcoming sports auction

Pitchers eye milestones

Another good day for Irabu -- more ahead in Montreal?

MLB notebook

Braves notebook

Parent gives honest tips on dating

Area's economy slows slightly

On the move
Judy Bailey has been named personal account executive at SunTrust's Bank's Forest Hills office.

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mostly lower Friday as the Dow Jones industrial average fell 81.91 to 9,928.82, capping a highly volatile week. The Dow fell 438.38 points for the week, a loss of 4.2 percent.

Business briefs

On the move

Local gas prices

Pocket change

Local gas prices
Click on the graphic to view a larger version of list of local gas prices.

Progress, tradition sometimes clash

Area's economy slows slightly
ATLANTA -- After leading the nation for months, the Southeast's economic growth has begun to lag behind that of the rest of the country and is slowing further, according to reports released this week.

Progress, tradition sometimes clash
It's not just a Kenny Rogers song. Knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em is a gamble land owners have been taking since development began infringing on countrysides and green spaces nationwide.

Pocket change
Wouldn't it be nice to see who's at the front door without having to get off the couch? Or to check on that noise in the back yard from the easy chair? The XCam2, an inexpensive surveillance camera from X10, might be what you need.

Business briefs
Busby's Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. has received the Drugs Don't Work Business of the Year plaque from the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce for promoting and maintaining a drug-free workplace policy program.

Nation dives into the office pool

ACC roundup

Tips for filling out a bracket

Connecticut controls Georgetown

ACC notebook: James' hot hand helps send Duke into ACC finals

Tigers already looking to future

Women's college basketball roundup

Penn State defeats Ohio State

Kitchings takes game to next level

Auburn tops No. 11 Florida

Auburn too much for USC

Duke fights past Wake Forest

Grant has career game in Gamecocks' loss

Committee makes tough decisions

Duke, Maryland to meet for title

Arkansas edges LSU

Deplores `N' word at SRS

Defends competition from Web firms

Says economy no reason for slavery

Lauds Kent, enjoyed 'one big party'

Backs managed care reform

Raps 'Chronicle' for panning speaker

Backs change at Sheriff's Department
About the upcoming Richmond County Sheriff's election: Why should we even have an electionwhen all you hear around town is this election is ``sewed up.'' Does Sheriff Charlie Webster realize most of us do have a mind of our own, and that if we opt for his so-called ``best man,'' (Chief Deputy) Ronnie Strength, that Mr. Strength's past and experience speak for themselves.Brenda King, Augusta

Hits 'whining' untucked generation

Wants improvements in animal control

SRS jobs cut too deep?

Resents attorneys' 'smoke and mirrors'

Blasts publication of dog's picture

Slaps critic of politicians' pictures

The wrong Rx for nurses

Says this is Georgia, not California

Questions parents in sex charges case

Doubts report

Urges on-line voting for freedom

Cites a second teen 'hangout'

Faith digest
Some 200 Bible Bowl contenders and their sponsors will hold their monthly competition starting at 8:30 a.m. today at Fleming Christian Church, 2526 Lumpkin Road. The Georgia Bible Bowl League will have the largest representation, but players also will come from Alabama, the Carolinas and Tennessee.

The adventurous spirit of Baja
ABOARD THE SPIRIT OF ENDEAVOUR -- Sometimes the best introduction to an immense place is a small ship.

Spreading the story
Frankye Jones spent Sunday afternoon going door-to-door in her National Hills neighborhood leaving a gift she trusts will change her neighbors' lives.

Devotion, duty must be balanced
There must be some sort of connection with the name Martha and entertaining at home. I find it interesting that 2,000 years before one Martha (Martha Stewart) became renowned for her acute knowledge and skills at homemaking that another Martha was recorded in the Bible as an anxious hostess for a very special guest.

Groom is not so close a friend after all
Dear Carson: A close friend married recently and had a huge wedding and reception. We have many mutual friends who were invited, but I was not.

Hall celebrates basketball greats
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A teen-ager with a ponytail and baggy clothes tools down a hallway with photographs of his basketball idol, Michael Jordan.

Fast food service by area
Members of The Augusta Chronicle's newsroom staff visited restaurants in the Aiken-Augusta area between noon and 1 p.m. on two Fridays, Feb. 11 and 18.

Seamless sisterhood
Living with a sibling doesn't have to be like television's Marcia and Jan Brady.

Sisters break racial barriers with their songs
People used to make fun of the Kimmey sisters -- they are black but sound white.

Hunters told of swamp creature's attack
The Okefenokee Swamp was wild and dangerous in the early 1800s, a place avoided by all but the bravest and most reckless adventurers.

In the know
E-BOOK: Stephen King, whose serialized novel The Green Mile was a salute to publishing's past, is now embracing tomorrow's technology by offering his latest work for distribution exclusively on the Internet.

How fast is fast food?
Between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., the Rally's restaurant at 2609 Deans Bridge Road feels more like a military post than a hamburger joint. Manager Dwain Williams, a former Army sergeant, is barking orders to an eight-person crew hell-bent on beating the clock.

Minister teaches practical ways to show Christian love
If Jesus were here, he'd be washing cars instead of feet and showing love in other tangible ways, said Steve Sjogren, the Cincinnati pastor who started servant evangelism.

Storm haults Kandy Waters Memorial Classic

Rain holds up golfers

Green, Ahern share Audi Senior Classic lead

Hayes shoots 68 for 2-shot Honda lead

Winning doesn't just happen

Sorenstam takes lead at Tucson

Hayes takes one shot lead in Honda Classic

Muntz leads Qatar Masters

Spence moves up in Qatar Masters

Blackville-Hilda wins state title

Lady Hawks defend state title Saturday

Lynx ledger

Devils crush Thrashers

Lynx ledger

Rangers provide little resistance to Penguins

Morning skate a hockey tradition

Lynx rally for win over Tallahassee

ECHL notebook

Thrashers acquire McAlpine from Lightning for Kuparinen

Win improves Lynx playoff chances

Panthers fall to Blackhawks

Parent gives honest tips on dating
I had to speak to a lunch group last week, and in going through my file, I came across this. I have no idea where reader Aimee Elwell found it, but I think you'll enjoy it.

Victim accused of abuse
Diane Hall can say what led her pregnant daughter to allegedly plunge a 3-inch hunting knife into her boyfriend's heart just before midnight Friday: fear. ``She just got to the point where she got tired of taking all those licks,'' she said. ``Anybody will get tired of being hit.'' Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Blackville-Hilda wins championship
COLUMBIA -- An energized Carolina Coliseum crowd went numb as it watched Blackville-Hilda and McBee's girls basketball teams huddled separately in celebration at the end of Saturday's Class A state championship contest. Moments after the dramatic finish, it was the Lady Hawks who continued to jump for joy while the stunned Lady Panthers slowly exited the floor as runner-ups. Blackville-Hilda took a wild 47-45 victory over McBee to claim its second straight state title. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Stallions begin preseason camp Friday
The Augusta Stallions arenaleague2 football team begins camp on Friday at Augusta State University in preparation for their April 7 season opener at Jacksonville. The opening of Stallions camp this Friday and Saturday will run from 7:45-11:45 a.m., and will be closed to the public, coach Mike Neu said last week. The team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage at Augusta State on Sunday at 3 p.m., which will be open the public. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Census success tied to ads
Three weeks before the most advertised census in U.S. history, census workers are crossing their fingers and hoping the estimated $167 million campaign to erase undercounts will work. About 115 million form letters were delivered this past week to homes across the nation to inform people that in the next few days they would receive their forms for Census 2000. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Weather thwarts Klan rally
WAGENER -- Mayor Steve Carver breathed a sign of relief late Friday night when he was informed that the Ku Klux Klan would not be marching through the streets of Wagener nor in the neighboring town of Salley on Saturday as scheduled. ``The only relief I've had since we found out that they were planning a rally was when I learned they chose Salley too and not just Wagener,'' he said. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

Faith digest

Sisters break racial barriers with their songs

The adventurous spirit of Baja

How fast is fast food?

Fast food service by area

Hall celebrates basketball greats

Devotion, duty must be balanced

Spreading the story

Hunters told of swamp creature's attack

Seamless sisterhood

Weather thwarts Klan rally

Character, education promoted
COLUMBIA -- A new study proves that schoolchildren who are taught character make better grades, are better behaved and have a better attitude.

Blood center seeks donations for injured men
Two construction workers from Greenville, S.C., who were horribly burned in an accident are causing an emergency appeal for blood from Shepeard Community Blood Center.

Program celebrates diversity

Convict's father fights forfeiture
At age 76, Lewis Covar Sr. has never used illegal drugs or committed any felony offense, but local prosecutors have filed a forfeiture suit to take his property because his son has.

Census success tied to ads

Klansmen set march for today
SALLEY -- Folks at Salley Baptist Church have quietly prayed for the past month that Ku Klux Klan rallies today in their small town and up the road at Wagener are as peaceful as such things can be.

Eviction measure outlined
Augusta commissioners will consider an ordinance Wednesday that City Administrator Randy Oliver said neighborhood groups will love and landlords won't.

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department arrested two men Friday who were wanted for the March 4 fatal shooting of a man off Ninth Street.

Kiwanis Club picks 14 STAR students
These 14 students have been named STAR students for their respective schools. To receive the awards, the students must achieve the highest score on the SAT test and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

Burial attempts fail

Winning doesn't just happen

County panel will study government operations
Columbia County is taking the first steps to formulate a task force to study the way the county government operates. Commissioners met with other elected officials Friday asking for input into questions that will be on the November general election ballot and to request names for this task force. During the current legislative session, state representatives will present a bill to publish the questions on the ballot.

Man keeps his church in holiday festivities

Weather thwarts Klan rally

Up, up and away

Cow remains loose in residential area
All but one of a bevy of cows that caused a ruckus in North Augusta this week have been rounded up, but police and animal control officers say the heifer on the run could still be a hazard if it wanders back into the roadway.

Klansmen set march for today

Officials: Skyfest can sustain crowds
Airport and sheriff's department officials said parking and security plans for Skyfest 2000 air show will accommodate even the most generous estimates on crowd attendance.

Across the area

Augusta's gas prices among nation's lowest
Filling up your tank these days is painful, but it could be a lot worse. In fact, local residents should consider themselves lucky, because Augusta is (and has been for years) one of the cheapest places in the country to buy gas.

County panel will study government operations

Victim accused of abuse
Diane Hall can say what led her pregnant daughter to allegedly plunge a 3-inch hunting knife into her boyfriend's heart just before midnight Friday: fear.

Ill effects prompt fire inspection

Across the area: Woman arrested on murder charge
A 20-year-old pregnant woman was acting in self defense when she plunged a 3-inch hunting knife into her boyfriend's heart just before midnight Friday, her mother said.

Water bill faces opposition

Skyfest needs additional volunteers
Skyfest 2000 is on the runway and ready to take off, but it needs a little help.

Marriages turn out to be scams

Growth leads church to add second service

Illegal storm drain tracked

Census aims for accuracy

Eviction measure outlined

Illegal storm drain tracked
State environmental regulators have ordered Augusta to correct an apparent illegal sewage discharge into the Savannah River. During the Jan. 16 river drawdown, Georgia Environmental Protection Division inspectors noticed a storm drain flowing into the river below the usual water line.

Georgia's health plan steers workers to PPO

Ill effects prompt fire inspection
State health authorities are trying to find out if a fire that won't go out in rural Barnwell County is causing residents to get sick. Two people have reported respiratory problems, headaches and nausea after eight days' exposure to thick yellow smoke from a nearby pit, where debris including creosote has burned for more than a week. Davida Matthews says she also has developed lesions on her lips, mouth, throat and nostrils during the week that the fire has smoldered on property adjacent to the 15-acre tract where she and Charlie Pittman live.

Blood center seeks donations for injured men

Trees cut without permission of city
A top official in the city's Public Works Department violated a county ordinance when he had 15 trees surrounding the Municipal Building trimmed without a permit last month, Augusta officials said.

Cow remains loose in residential area

Thanks, Mom
With play time almost over, Scott Lucas, 2, is more than happy to give his mother, Colleen Lucas, a big thank-you hug.

Augusta's gas prices among nation's lowest

Water bill faces opposition
A bill that would create a water authority to take over the Augusta waterworks is expected to pass out of the Georgia House on Monday and go to the Senate.

Victim accused of abuse

Marriages turn out to be scams
It took one week to sweep Ms. Williams off her feet. Only days after meeting a charming ex-POW at a Beaufort veteran's club, she vowed to love him as long as he lived.

Blackville-Hilda wins championship

Canal cleanup uncovers hidden history
The Augusta Canal continues to yield surprises. Wells Holland, whose company was hired by the Canal Authority to dredge tons of silt and mud from the canal bottom, was surprised to strike wooden beams while working near Chafee Park.

Burial attempts fail
THOMSON -- Joyce Blevins is all too familiar with the scarred landscape half-hidden in a ravine off May Road.

Candidates speak out on flag
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The current hot-button issue in the South Carolina Legislature revolves around the Confederate flag flying above the Statehouse.

Kiwanis Club picks 14 STAR students

Program celebrates diversity
Indrani Mazumder came from Athens, Ga., to see the Indian dancers. Her friend, Alex Boyd, came to see the African dancers.

Victim accused of abuse

Up, up and away
Despite Saturday's afternoon showers, Addison Fisher, 8, of Augusta managed to get in a little kite flying at Riverview Park in North Augusta. Today's forecast calls for sunny skies.

Character, education promoted

Two men charged in BB shootings
Investigators with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office have arrested a second person believed to be involved in several BB gun shooting cases in Columbia County dating back to January 1999.

Man keeps his church in holiday festivities
Countless Irish blessings have been offered within the walls of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. But never has one been posted on its outside -- until Thursday.

Growth leads church to add second service
Finding a seat at Curtis Baptist Church will get a little easier this morning.

Georgia's health plan steers workers to PPO
ATLANTA -- State and school system employees, retirees and dependents who resist switching to managed care are in for big health-insurance premium increases under a plan approved this week.

Weather thwarts Klan rally
WAGENER -- Mayor Steve Carver breathed a sign of relief late Friday night when he was informed that the Ku Klux Klan would not be marching through the streets of Wagener nor in the neighboring town of Salley on Saturday as scheduled. ``The only relief I've had since we found out that they were planning a rally was when I learned they chose Salley too and not just Wagener,'' he said. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Convict's father fights forfeiture

Census aims for accuracy
Three weeks before the most advertised census in U.S. history, census workers are crossing their fingers and hoping the estimated $167 million campaign to erase undercounts will work. About 115 million form letters were delivered this past week to homes across the nation to inform people that in the next few days they would receive their forms for Census 2000. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Across the area: Woman arrested on murder charge

Candidates speak out on flag

Bird will wear mike, reluctantly

Suns forward needs reconstructive knee surgery, out for season

Celtics top Bulls

Blazers edge Pistons

Jackson leads Hawks to win

Calipari leaves Sixers for Memphis

Mrs. Mattie Taylor
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mattie Bell Stoble Taylor, 92, of Congaree Street, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Beverly Manor Healthcare.

Mrs. Evelle Cooper
Mrs. Evelle Whitfield Cooper, of Walnut Hill Drive, Evans, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Ena Bynum
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Ena Bynum, 22, of Dale Street, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

Mrs. Vandella Wilson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Vandella S. Wilson, 92, of Walnut Street, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mr. Junius Pitmon Jr.
Mr. Junius Leon Pitmon Jr., 74, of Postell Drive, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Arthur LaFavor
Mr. Arthur Lee LaFavor, 47, of Twiggs Street, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Cleo Tullis
Mrs. Cleo R. Tullis, 85, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Reva Williams
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Reva Oliphant Williams, 77, of Shay Street, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Shirley Glanton
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Shirley Rodgers Glanton, 52, of South Carolina Highway 378 East, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Shirley Roof
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Shirley Joanne Roof, 64, of Cottonwood Court, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. George Jackson
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. George Albert Jackson, 78, of Edward Road, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

Mrs. Ella Boykins
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ella M. Boykins, of Ninth Street, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Mary Nimmons
Ms. Mary Ann Nimmons, 89, of Ramsey Street, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Byron Carter
Mr. Byron Carter, of Olive Road, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Walter Jukes
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Walter Stanley Jukes, 86, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Willie Moore
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Willie Mae Brooks Moore, 81, of Simmons Road, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Macy Peebles
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Macy McNeely Peebles, 87, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Emanuel County Nursing Home, Swainsboro.

Mr. Thomas Redfern
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mr. Thomas Christopher ``Chris'' Redfern, 22, of Georgia Highway 15 North, died Friday, March 10, 2000.

Mr. John Fuller
KITE, Ga. -- Mr. John William ``Pete'' Fuller, 90, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Venore Hospital, Atlanta.

Mr. Henry Padgett Sr.
MONETTA, S.C. -- Mr. Henry Albert Padgett Sr., 93, died Thursday, March 9, 2000.

Mrs. Shirley Price
HARLEM -- Mrs. Shirley Price, 91, of Macks Road, died Monday, March 6, 2000.

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

Ms. Libbey Kent
ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Ms. Libbey S. Kent, 33, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Leonard Ivey
Mr. Leonard H. Ivey, died Saturday, March 11, 2000.

Mrs. Cleo Tullis
Mrs. Cleo R. Tullis, 85, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Gary Bradshaw
Mr. Gary Bradshaw, 37, of Boy Scout Court, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Miss Heather Parker
COLUMBIA -- Miss Heather D. Parker, 24, of Thornwell Court, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Providence Hospital.

Mr. R.L. Penny
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. R.L. Penny, 80, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Brown
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Louise Lloyd Brown, 67, of Ambassador Drive, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Paul Baird
AIKEN -- Mr. Paul Baird, 83, of Doral Street, died Friday, March 10, 2000.

Mr. Robert Thacker
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Robert F. Thacker, 73, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Beverly Manor, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Sheppard Sr.
HADDOCK, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Sheppard Sr., 75, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. Edward Snipes Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Edward B. ``Eddy'' Snipes Jr., 29, of Snipes Road, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Sallie Murray
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Sallie B. Murray, 73, of Ogeechee River Road, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Lloyd Allen
VARNVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Lloyd Allen, 78, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Roper Hospital, Charleston.

Michael Lantz
BEECH ISLAND -- Michael Richard Lantz, 13, of Pine Log Place, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Sue Browning
Mrs. Sue Browning, 59, of Martinez, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ella Boykins

Ms. Mary Nimmons

Mr. Byron Carter

Mr. George Jackson

Ms. Libbey Kent

Mrs. Sallie Murray

Mr. Lloyd Allen

Mrs. Louise Brown

Mr. Thomas Redfern

Mr. Robert Sheppard Sr.

Mr. Robert Thacker

Mrs. Macy Peebles

Mr. Junius Pitmon Jr.

Mr. Walter Jukes

Mr. Ena Bynum

Mrs. Cleo Tullis

Mrs. Shirley Glanton

Mr. Arthur LaFavor

Mrs. Enid Nicholls

Mrs. Shirley Price

Mrs. Sue Browning

Mrs. Mattie Taylor

Mr. R.L. Penny

Mrs. Vandella Wilson

Mr. Henry Padgett Sr.

Mr. Leonard Ivey

Mrs. Willie Moore

Mr. Paul Baird

Mr. Gary Johnson

Mrs. Cleo Tullis

Mr. Edward Snipes Jr.

Mr. John Fuller

Kent: Defining 'special interest'; Harbin on move
WHO EXACTLY ARE those ``special interests'' Sen. John McCain and Vice President Al Gore have been talking about? When you think about it, the ``special interest'' label includes the vast majority of Americans.

Sisler: Where to get help for fixing the unfixable
``HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Threescore men and threescore more cannot place Humpty Dumpty as he was before.'' In 1810, when the riddle first appeared in print, neither the king's men nor his horses attempted the repairs of the world's most famous egg. Regardless of the form in which you memorized it, the message of Humpty Dumpty is the same: Some things cannot be fixed.

Doubts report
Re March 7 Across the Area item, ``Indecent exposure reported in North Augusta'': Richard Burwell, Hephzibah

Don't bank on this deal
'`He's not going to move the accounts from the bank.'' With those defiant words, a spokesman declares that Georgia Corrections Department Commissioner Jim Wetherington has no plans to transfer millions of department dollars from two accounts in a bank that is controlled by a company in which he owns more than $100,000 in stock.

Kent: Defining 'special interest'; Harbin on move
WHO EXACTLY ARE those ``special interests'' Sen. John McCain and Vice President Al Gore have been talking about? When you think about it, the ``special interest'' label includes the vast majority of Americans.

Slaps critic of politicians' pictures
I recently read a ``Rant and Rave'' item from someone complaining about seeing a Republican politician's picture in the paper. I guess this individual was happier when he was seeing pictures of Monica and Bill Clinton during their ``struggles.'' The entire world was forced to review these minute-by-minute never-ending lies which ultimately left the world with the knowledge that America has nothing better to do than to be a witness to this sorry day in our history. Dale Sylvester, North Augusta

Backs managed care reform
I support the managed care reforms of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga. Costs would not increase substantially with qualified professionals making the decisions they are trained to make. Bob Graves, Martinez

Blasts publication of dog's picture
You should be ashamed of yourselves. It is bad enough that 82 dogs were put down, but even worse that a picture of one of these unfortunate creatures was on the Feb. 26 front page. Ann Miller, Martinez

Deplores `N' word at SRS
During the airing of a recent 60 Minutes, Westinghouse Savannah River Co. President Joseph Buggy admitted he personally witnessed a Caucasian employee call an African American employee the ``N'' word at the site without taking any formal disciplinary action. Lauretta D. Gordon, Augusta

Sisler: Where to get help for fixing the unfixable
``HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Threescore men and threescore more cannot place Humpty Dumpty as he was before.'' In 1810, when the riddle first appeared in print, neither the king's men nor his horses attempted the repairs of the world's most famous egg. Regardless of the form in which you memorized it, the message of Humpty Dumpty is the same: Some things cannot be fixed.

Urges on-line voting for freedom
Alaska and Arizona vote on-line. Can a true or direct democracy be far behind? Our founding fathers really wanted a true democracy, but couldn't figure how to implement it in the cities. They settled for second best. A representative government allows corruption, bribery, vote buying and numerous other faults. In a true democracy, the representatives would only propose laws and the voters would vote for or against these proposed laws. All the lobbyists would leave Washington, D.C., and probably most of the politicians since, in effect, they would have no power. Oren M. Folden, North Augusta

Wants `noisome squatters' evicted
Congratulations are in order to the city of Augusta for finally burning down one of the squatters' cabins and evicting the longtime residents of two other cabins. Those squatters have lived quietly and peaceably, with the ever-increasing activity in their ``yards,'' for too many years now. It is high time that the city is off to this admirable start in the eviction proceedings. Robert McCranie, Augusta

The wrong Rx for nurses
Given the choice, we all want the best doctors we can find to diagnose and treat us. We also we want the best health care we can afford.

Questions parents in sex charges case
As parents, we all want to keep our children out of harm's way. But, when we find out that our children are not as innocent as we thought, what do we do? F.H. Harrison, North Augusta

Cites a second teen 'hangout'
I find the ``Hanging Out'' article in the March 7 Xtreme section to be very biased. Tommy Bobo, North Augusta

Defends competition from Web firms
Regarding the loss of tax money to Internet sales: Why should Internet sales be any different than mail order? Local taxes are not charged on mail order when you are ordering out of state. If business on ``main street'' were as customer-friendly as businesses on the Web, then perhaps sales wouldn't be lost to the Web. E. Evonn Hopkins, North Augusta

SRS jobs cut too deep?
U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, one of the engineers of John McCain's ``Straight Talk Express,'' did some straight talking of his own to a Savannah River Site Retirees group.

Says this is Georgia, not California
It is disappointing to me that Randy Sprague (letter, Mar. 6) did not feel I answered his letter satisfactorily. State Sen. Joey Brush, Appling

Drop local partisan labels
There is absolutely no mention of ``political parties'' in the U.S. Constitution. But while we have no problem with the two major parties and others functioning in our democratic society -- and while we especially acknowledge the healthy philosophical and watchdog roles they provide at the federal and state level -- there are particular complications at the local level.

Raps 'Chronicle' for panning speaker
Shame on The Chronicle. Your March 6 editorial criticizing the Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta's choice for keynote speaker for our March 16 Steak & Burger Dinner was disappointing. Mike Toomey, Augusta

Larmer does right: resigns
Besieged Augusta animal control director Jim Larmer has done the right thing by resigning. Unfortunately, he wants to hang on for another six months before officially surrendering his post.

Lauds Kent, enjoyed 'one big party'
This will probably be the last time I will ever write to The Chronicle editorial page. Remember, I said ``probably.'' And if this is my last letter, I must acknowledge former Editorial Page Editor Phil Kent, who has taken on another newspaper venture with The Chronicle. E. Maner, Augusta

Wants flag celebrated, not removed
The South is currently receiving a lot of unjust criticism because of slavery. However, slavery was a national problem. Therefore, it should be viewed as an overlay of international involvement. Donald R. Sturkie, Ridge Spring

Resents attorneys' 'smoke and mirrors'
Re Thomas Allgood's comments about his ``child killer'' client, Louis Phipps (guest column, March 2): D. D. Smith, North Augusta

Backs change at Sheriff's Department
About the upcoming Richmond County Sheriff's election: Why should we even have an electionwhen all you hear around town is this election is ``sewed up.'' Does Sheriff Charlie Webster realize most of us do have a mind of our own, and that if we opt for his so-called ``best man,'' (Chief Deputy) Ronnie Strength, that Mr. Strength's past and experience speak for themselves. Brenda King, Augusta

Says economy no reason for slavery
This is in response to S. Hillman's Feb. 29 letter, ``Says keep `open' mind on history.'' Watson Clark, Augusta

Hits 'whining' untucked generation
When I first heard of the whole shirttail business, I took it as a joke at first. But then my laughter quickly turned into nausea when some of these kids actually started whining and looking for a shoulder to cry on, mainly because their sleeves were wet from wiping away tears, over having to tuck in their shirts. James Walden, Augusta

Wants improvements in animal control
Animal control management is due improvement. But, it is this community's neglect creating this horrible need to kill 10,000 furry victims a year -- year after year. M. Judge, Augusta

Marino to announce retirement Monday

Olympic committee's plans would include rebuilding stadium

Lawmakers debate high school competition

Jarrett finds solution to winning race poles

Drivers upset with 'boring' label

Overtime: Rain forces teams to try another day

Overtime: Lewis enters innocent plea in murder case

NASCAR notebook

Stallions begin camp Friday

Rally familiar for Bears

Thunderstorms, possible tornadoes rip path through South
Severe storms and possible tornadoes ripped through South, damaging homes and leaving thousands without power.

Warm winter shatters record
Although folks in the Midwest and Northeast may feel they're paying a price now, December through February was the warmest winter for the United States in 105 years of government record-keeping, officials at the National Climatic Data Center reported Friday.

Study: Less air may save more lives of ventilated patients
Many deaths of patients on ventilators could be avoided simply by giving them air in smaller breaths, researchers say in a study that was released early so doctors could use the life-saving technique immediately.

Report: Cutbacks threaten shuttle safety
HOUSTON -- Shrinking NASA budgets and staffing over the years have jeopardized the safety of the agency's space shuttle program, a panel of aerospace experts says.

Research suit in Florida settled for $3.8 million
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida each has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a class action suit contending experimental procedures were performed on poor pregnant women.

Largest meat-eating dinosaur unearthed
Scientists have discovered the bones of what could be largest meat-eating dinosaur ever to walk the Earth -- a needle-nosed, razor-toothed beast that may have more terrifying than even the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Film plans shooting session aboard Mir
STAR CITY, Russia -- It could be a hair-raising moment even for the crisis-ridden Mir space station -- an actor alone in the orbiting vessel as his two crewmates go for a spacewalk.

DoubleClick forms privacy advisory board
Robert Abrams, former New York attorney general, will become chairman of a privacy advisory board being established at DoubleClick Inc. as the giant Internet ad agency seeks to allay fallout from its decision to match consumers' personal information with previously anonymous data about how they use the Net.

Microsoft unveils game `box'
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Microsoft Corp.'s new X-Box entertainment game console may have gained a number of converts among skeptical developers Friday, though whether that will translate to commercial success against already formidable competition is far from certain.

Government seeks advice on new legal tools to police Internet
WASHINGTON -- A Clinton administration study group reported Thursday that law enforcement needs new tools to police the Internet but called for further advice from the private sector before endorsing specific legislation.

Microsoft unveils game `box'

Film plans shooting session aboard Mir

Report: Cutbacks threaten shuttle safety

DoubleClick forms privacy advisory board

Government seeks advice on new legal tools to police Internet

Thunderstorms, possible tornadoes rip path through South

Warm winter shatters record

Largest meat-eating dinosaur unearthed

Study: Less air may save more lives of ventilated patients