Oscar in town for glitzy gala

Cast goes 'Cuckoo' for play

Oscar in town for glitzy gala
It's Oscar night, and another limousine pulls up, spilling its occupants onto the red carpet. Met by a flurry of flashbulbs and the cheers of the assembled masses, the tuxedo- and evening gown-clad wave and smile before making their way into Bell Auditorium for the ceremony.

Drummer hears African beat

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer sticks to traditional country music

Drummer hears African beat
There is no couch in the Gaddy living room, nor is there an easy chair, television or coffee table. In fact, none of the standard living-room accessories seem to have found their way into the traditional home.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer sticks to traditional country music
Folks who complain that today's younger country-music artists don't perform traditional, hard-core country music need to know about Heather Myles.

Cast goes 'Cuckoo' for play
If rebellion were personified in human form, its name might be R.P. McMurphy. Writer Ken Kesey's unlikely protagonist of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest first invaded the collective unconsciousness in the early '60s.

Yankees, Marlins get into midseason form

Yankees find comfort zone with starting rotation

Braves notebook: More trades possible

Cubs and Mets get ready for L-O-O-O-N-G 'road' trip

Wood's velocity right where Cubs want it

Wolfpack whiz swings for fences

Hall of Fame to honor Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz

Barnwell off to fast start

Braves notebook: Chipper Jones prepared to leave

Seattle stadium will be blown to Kingdome come

Reporters find fraud in recipes

Business briefs

Scaling the scaffolding
Construction crews do masonry work on the Food Lion grocery store between Aiken and Augusta on Jefferson Davis Highway. The 40,000-square-foot store is part of a new strip mall scheduled to be completed this summer.

700 new jobs reported in area
Seven hundred new jobs in trade and service-related industries brought the Augusta area's unemployment rate in February down to 4.6 percent from 4.7 percent in January, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Weekly gas price survey

Banker honored for work
A professional business fraternity that has honored the heads of some of the nation's largest companies chose a local banker as its award winner for 1999.

700 new jobs reported in area

Banker honored for work

Business briefs: Tech issues' rally leads Dow advance

Weekly gas price survey
Weekly survey of area gas stations.

Airline strike could hurt travel
A pending strike against US Airways by its flight attendants has ticket holders around the country hoping for the best or scrambling to make alternate arrangements in the event the airline shuts down.

Help for new firms planned by center
The University of Georgia's Business Outreach Services office in Augusta will offer a series of courses this month to help aspiring entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.

Business briefs: Tech issues' rally leads Dow advance
NEW YORK -- Stocks advanced broadly Thursday, carrying the Dow Jones industrial average over 11,000 for the first time in seven weeks, as a rally in high-tech issues spread throughout Wall Street.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- Slackening demand for airplanes and industrial machinery helped send orders for big-ticket goods plunging in February, prompting economists to wonder whether the economy finally is beginning to slow.

State markets 'mega-sites' to big industries
ATHENS -- Two large tracts of land in Northeast Georgia will be among five ``mega-sites'' that will be marketed to international companies looking to build big industrial plants in the Southeast, the state development director says.

Help for new firms planned by center

Airline strike could hurt travel

Scaling the scaffolding

State markets 'mega-sites' to big industries

Landers likes Georgia's Final Four `hiding place'

Florida-Duke should be a scoring battle

Big Ten rematch should be slow-down slugfest

Georgia more than two-person team

Purdue knocks off Gonzaga

Cyclones advance to Midwest final

Oklahoma seeks another attention-getting victory

Tulsa, Miami make history

Florida knocks out Duke

Cavaliers coach making sure to enjoy ride

Cleaves' speech sparks Spartans

Pirates' Holloway remains hampered by ankle injury

Mexican's blunt talk

Relates needs at the Augusta jail
Whether you are guilty or innocent, there is a process you must go through after you have been charged with a crime. I experienced the grueling process a few weeks ago at the Richmond County Jail. Jimmie L. Sullivan Sr., Augusta

Foster S.C. charter schools

Praises sheriff's department for the crackdown on I-20

Remembers `real' liberal leaders

Budget post-mortem

Blasts irreverent new TV program

Be cautious with gifted

Asks Trent Lott about retiree help

Calls truck debate 'petty' issue

Criticizes `bad words' in show
My mom and I recently saw the David Copperfield show. We were very impressed with the magic tricks, but we were disappointed with the bad words, including``s---.''Morgan Carter, Augusta

Supports chief deputy for sheriff

Praises photo, article on hounds

Atlanta production brings the Passion to life
Joe Scott knows somebody will be at the Atlanta Passion Play waving tickets for sale April 8, but he won't chance it.

Festival of blooms
Spring color is showing up around Augusta as pink azaleas, white dogwoods and yellow daffodils burst into bloom.

Making peace with God at heart of Lent
The Rev. Cesar Brooks clicked open his e-mail one day to find an unexpected message - his first and only electronic confession.

In Jesus' footsteps
KORAZIM, Israel - Stepping into the pages of the New Testament, Pope John Paul II sat Friday on a lush, rock-strewn hillside near where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount and asked young believers from across the globe to spread Christian teachings of selfless love and forgiveness.

Gold Medal winners announced for 2000
I am proud to announce the Georgia Plant Selections Committee's Gold Medal winners for 2000.

Faith digest
Four Baptist leaders have taken the first legal step toward a new denomination to rival the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest U.S. Protestant body.

Islam is growing faith among college campuses
For Shaheed Carter, a senior at Howard University, every day begins with Salat-ul-Fair -- the morning prayer for Muslims.

Rabbi recalls story involving young pope
JERUSALEM -- In Pope John Paul II's first Christmas sermon, he shared his dream of making a pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan and the painful patchwork of land in between.

God calls all of his children to church
If you plan to visit Hilton Head, S.C., stop at Christ Lutheran Church to see the cross suspended above the altar.

Golf notebook: Expensive putter helps Allem to lucrative day

Sutton, Lehman rise to the occasion at TPC

Jag golfers go for another title

Sutton survives Sawgrass to take the lead

Webb leads Nabisco

Thomson freshman on par for success

Thai teen makes noise -- and cut -- in Nabisco

Pee Dee hands Lynx another loss

Lindros fires shots at Flyers organization

Filion's hiring a blessing

Devils still retooling

Lynx ledger

Pee Dee hands Lynx another loss

Lynx ledger

Tkachuk suspended two games for high sticking

Reporters find fraud in recipes
To paraphrase Dick Tracy: Sooner or later, you're gonna get caught.

Another sewage leak found
Augusta officials are working to correct yet another cross connection that has allowed raw sewage to bypass the city's treatment system and enter the Savannah River. Assistant Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier said the leak was discovered this week when a black liquid was seen emptying into the river through a storm drain near 10th Street. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Rabbi recalls story involving young pope

In Jesus' footsteps

Making peace with God at heart of Lent

Faith digest

Atlanta production brings the Passion to life

Gold Medal winners announced for 2000

Festival of blooms

God calls all of his children to church

Augusta projects fluctuate
The first $10 million installment of the state's three-year, $30 million economic development package for Augusta is expected to arrive in late June or early July.

Local leader enters hospital

Payment offered for dam

Officer is accused of crime
A Richmond County deputy is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on charges that he intimidated a possible rape victim into performing a sex act on him.

Mother, daughter face charges in court theft
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- The longtime administrator of the Effingham County State Court solicitor's office stands accused of altering records to conceal her daughter's theft of funds from the office.

Learning envisioned at swamp

Across the area

Augusta projects fluctuate

Mother, daughter face charges in court theft

Another sewage leak found

Stucco bill gets final approval
ATLANTA -- With less than an hour remaining in the 2000 General Assembly session, Georgia lawmakers gave final approval to a bill extending the deadline for homeowners to sue over damage caused by synthetic stucco.

Gun lock giveaways prove successful

Local leader enters hospital
Richmond County School Board member Kingsley Riley has been admitted to Georgia Regional Hospital in Augusta for observation.

Judge finds psychologist guilty

Learning envisioned at swamp
Jackie Maryak can gaze across the ruins of an old milking barn and envision a classroom complex where children learn about butterflies and cypress trees.

Corrections

Race lures talented horses

Executive promotes MOX plan
A proposed plutonium-processing plant at Savannah River Site will not be a $500 million experiment, said the executive in charge of its design Thursday.

Race lures talented horses
AIKEN -- Jack Flash is tired of running for the roses. He's a jumper now. In today's Aiken Steeplechase, the '97 Kentucky Derby contender makes his second start over timbers, but he isn't a home-grown. Few jumpers school in Aiken anymore. And most of the great trainers live in Maryland, Pennsylvania and even Camden, a little closer to home.

Judge finds psychologist guilty
Robert Bruce Craft's defense attorney described the child psychologist as a broken man, resigned to what came Thursday afternoon.

Suspect will face charges

Gun lock giveaways prove successful
Area authorities have had no trouble finding takers in recent gun lock giveaways, a trend sweeping the country with the growing demand for firearm safety devices.

Stucco bill gets final approval

Executive promotes MOX plan

Double slaying prompts safety concerns
SAVANNAH -- Bill Greene stopped by Hari's Food Mart on Habersham Street on Wednesday afternoon, just like he does every day, to get a Coke.

Double slaying prompts safety concerns

Suspect will face charges
A former University of Georgia employee returned to Athens on Wednesday from Fort Worth, Texas, to face charges that he stole more than $300,000 worth of postage stamps from the university over a six-year period.

Episcopal school dedicates rooms
Happy, noisy children had the best seats in the house as they filled the balcony surrounding the Episcopal Day School courtyard Friday to watch the outdoor dedication of their school's $3 million renovation project.

School punishes boy for untucked shirt
A Richmond County parent says her son was sentenced to the alternative school Thursday for not tucking in his shirt.

Firefighters honored for helping

Episcopal school dedicates rooms

Across area: Legislators pass referendum guide
A bill setting the parameters for the possible November referendum on the structure of Columbia County's government was passed by state legislators before they adjourned for the year.

University Hospital gives bonuses
University Hospital's employees will get a piece of last year's success.

Judge adds time to murderer's sentence
The Augusta man who murdered a police officer in July 1997 received an additional seven-year prison sentence Friday.

Safety chief announces retirement

Payment offered for dam
The Army Corps of Engineers has sweetened the pot -- to the tune of $2.6 million -- in its efforts to find a new owner for New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Deadline hovers over US Airways

More raw sewage discovered in river
Augusta officials are working to correct another cross connection that has allowed raw sewage to bypass the city's treatment system and enter the Savannah River.

Corrections
An article in Friday's Applause! section on country signer Heather Myles included the wrong telephone number to call to hear part of a song. To hear part of Miss Myles' You're Going To Love Me One Day, call Infoline at 442-4444 and press 8100.

Safety chief announces retirement
He'll miss most the call of the road and the excitement it brought him for more than 45 years.

Bill OKs weather closings
COLUMBIA - Legislation allowing South Carolina children to miss up to three days of school this year because of inclement weather was signed into law by the governor Thursday.

Deadline hovers over US Airways
Negotiators for US Airways and its flight attendants union worked against a midnight deadline Friday to avert a strike that would cause the nation's sixth-largest airline to cease operations.

Diplomat: Apology hoped for

Firefighters honored for helping

Across area: Legislators pass referendum guide

Two sentenced in savings theft
Michael D. Dempsey, left, and George A. Hall each received 10-year prison sentences Friday.

Businessman starts fund for neighborhood
AIKEN -- Aiken City Councilman Don Sprawls hasn't lived in Crosland Park for 17 years, but the neighborhood he moved into as a newlywed is still close to his heart.

Across the area
A 9-year-old girl has confessed to making up a story about a neighborhood boy pointing a gun at her this week, Aiken authorities said Friday.

Drug sting leads to man's arrest
AIKEN -- State drug agents arrested an area man at an Aiken apartment complex Thursday after he accepted a delivery containing about 15 pounds of marijuana, police said.

Firefighters honored for helping
A teen-ager who rescued a pregnant woman from a kitchen fire and a firefighter who tried furiously to save a strangled 7-year-old girl received top honors from University Hospital's burn center at a banquet Friday.

Diplomat: Apology hoped for
Pope John Paul II's efforts to reach out to Jews are important, but cannot replace a formal Vatican apology for its silence during the Holocaust, an Israeli diplomat said Thursday.

Firefighters honored for helping
A teen-ager who rescued a pregnant woman from a kitchen fire and a firefighter who tried furiously to save a strangled 7-year-old girl received top honors from University Hospital's burn center at a banquet Friday.

Fans get glimpse of team
Shirley Cheesman briefly lost her bearings.

Miller convicted in pawnshop robbery trial

Officer is accused of crime

Drug sting leads to man's arrest

Miller convicted in pawnshop robbery trial
After less than 30 minutes of deliberating, jurors returned a guilty verdict Thursday in the trial of the man identified as a gang leader who ordered a pawnshop robbery and shooting last February.

Rockets relieved Olajuwon getting treatment

76ers coach signs multiyear contract

Cassell has 30 in Bucks win

Rodman settles lawsuit with cocktail waitress

Rockets top Clippers

Heat tops Bucks

Judge hears appeal on agents' status

Mr. John Copelan
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mr. John Hamilton ``Hamp'' Copelan, 82, of Dolvin Avenue, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Issac Badie
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Issac Badie, 93, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Bethany Home Nursing Center.

Mrs. Wenona Averette
Mrs. Wenona Rhodes Averette, 89, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Paul Corley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Paul H. Corley, 68, of Five Notch Road, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Beverly Manor, Augusta.

Mrs. Rudell Johns
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Rudell Holland Johns, 85, of Dogwood Drive, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Holton
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert Grady Holton, 87, of Anthony Road, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Mildred Perkins
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Sasser Perkins, 75, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mr. Damien Coney
GARFIELD, Ga. - Mr. Damien ``Rock'' Coney, 20, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Essie Jackson
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Essie Mae Thomas Jackson, 78, of Josey Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Henry Moore
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Henry ``Hal'' Moore, 99, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Bill Smith
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Bill Smith, 76, died Saturday, March 18, 2000.

Mr. Robinjit Pooni
VIDALIA, Ga. - Mr. Robinjit Singh Pooni, 55, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

Mrs. Ernestine Walton
Mrs. Ernestine Rentz Walton, 92, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Rachel White
Mrs. Rachel M. White, 88, of Mauge Street, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Salem Rehabilitation Nursing Home.

Mrs. Helen Stevens
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Stevens, 90, of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Bennie Gilbert
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Bennie Coleman Gilbert, 80, of Greenwood Highway, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Perry Lariscy
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Perry Lee Daughtry Lariscy, 78, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mr. Jesse Bryant Jr.
Mr. Jesse Bryant Jr., 49, of Madrid Drive, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Eliza Webster
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Eliza Webster, 84, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at Broward County Memorial Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mrs. Myrtis Johnson
Mrs. Myrtis Warner Johnson, 73, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Sara Kimbrough
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Sara Jane Askew Kimbrough, 91, of Mabel Lane, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. K.C. Underwood
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. K.C. Underwood, 72, of Rockwood Drive, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Claude Holloway
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - Mr. Claude Holloway, 47, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, in Greenwood.

Mr. Charlie Kimbrel
GROVETOWN - Mr. Charlie Kimbrel, 73, of Langston Avenue, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Matilda Campbell
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Matilda Campbell, of Farmers Bridge Road, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Johnson
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Lou Johnson, 72, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Bertie McCravy
BATH - Mrs. Bertie Curtis McCravy, of Minter Street, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at the residence.

Mrs. Selma Broome
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Selma Graves Broome, 93, of South Alexander Avenue, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Pearlean Banks
VOORHEES, N.J. - Mrs. Pearlean S. Banks, 69, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Theodore Widener
WAGENER - Mr. Theodore Widener, 77, of Holiness Church Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Salem Nursing & Rehab Center of Augusta.

Mrs. Wenona Averette
Mrs. Wenona Rhodes Averette, 89, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Billie Cox
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Billie Durham Cox, 72, of Lake Avenue, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Gregory Murrell Sr.
Mr. Gregory Neal ``Rooney'' Murrell Sr., 45, of Warren Street, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta.

Mr. Clyde Trawick
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Clyde Trawick, 76, of Trawick Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ben Young Sr.
Mr. Ben O. Young Sr., 58, of Evans, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Raymond DeJong
LANGLEY - Mr. Raymond E. DeJong, 56, of Piney Heights Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Brookings Hospital, Brookings, S.D.

Ms. Johnnie Gresham
Ms. Johnnie Gresham, 64, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Bertie McCravy
BATH - Mrs. Bertie Curtis McCravy, 76, of Minter Street, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Elizabeth Miller
Mrs. Elizabeth Dennis Miller, 77, of Walton Way Extension, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Payne
LOS ANGELES - Mr. William L. Payne, 79, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, in California.

Mr. Eugene Nelson
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mr. Eugene ``Coot'' Nelson, 58, of Dixie Court, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at North Broward Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Knight
Mrs. Margaret T. Knight, 80, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Grady Lewis
ROUND O, S.C. - Mr. Grady Lee Lewis, 65, of Round O Road, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Charles Oliver Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Charles Oliver Jr., 23, of Buttermilk Road, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.

Katelyn Madden
Katelyn Paige Madden, infant daughter of Jason Madden and Kacey Rhodes, of Old Waynesboro Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at the residence.

Mr. Gregory Murrell Sr.

Mr. Grady Lewis

Mr. Henry Moore

Mrs. Essie Jackson

Mr. Issac Badie

Mrs. Rudell Johns

Mr. Robert Holton

Mr. Charles Oliver Jr.

Mrs. Myrtis Johnson

Mr. Paul Corley

Mr. Eugene Nelson

Mrs. Sara Kimbrough

Mr. Clyde Trawick

Mrs. Eliza Webster

Mr. Damien Coney

Mrs. Perry Lariscy

Mr. William Payne

Mrs. Bertie McCravy

Mrs. Wenona Averette

Mr. Ben Young Sr.

Mrs. Mildred Perkins

Mr. Raymond DeJong

Mr. Jesse Bryant Jr.

Mrs. Pearlean Banks

Mr. Charlie Kimbrel

Katelyn Madden

Mrs. Margaret Knight

Mrs. Ernestine Walton

Mrs. Matilda Campbell

Mrs. Selma Broome

Mr. Bill Smith

Mr. Theodore Widener

Mr. Robinjit Pooni

Mrs. Helen Stevens

Mrs. Wenona Averette

Mrs. Elizabeth Miller

Mr. Claude Holloway

Mrs. Rachel White

Mr. John Copelan

Sisler: Yellow pages reveal more than numbers
DRIVING BACK from Atlanta a few weeks ago with my son, Matthew, I happened to notice some new construction. An incredible building was going up off to our right. I nudged Matt and said, ``Look over there. Someone is building a beautiful church.'' Matt stretched the comfortable stretch of a 6-foot- something who would still rather be dozing and said, ``They are building a building. It remains to be seen if they are building a church,'' and promptly napped off.

Relates needs at the Augusta jail
Whether you are guilty or innocent, there is a process you must go through after you have been charged with a crime. I experienced the grueling process a few weeks ago at the Richmond County Jail. Jimmie L. Sullivan Sr., Augusta

Resents taxpayers paying to defend Westinghouse
We are in the midst of that short time frame during which everyone in the country is rushing about having their federal income tax returns prepared so that they can be in the mail by April 15. But, how many of us really thought that a part of the April 15 rush would be to get more money into Westinghouse Savannah River Company coffers to pay the many millions of dollars of legal bills they are incurring while defending the race discrimination lawsuit brought by its African American work force. Jimmy Walker, Aiken

Blasts irreverent new TV program
It is not enough that the humanistsocialists removed God and prayer from our public schools. For some time now, they have been conditioning us through the medium of television to accept all aspects of immorality, especially homosexuality as an alternate lifestyle. Their latest attempt at imposing their amoral lifestyle on us is a NBC program called God, the Devil, and Bob. This is no more than a subtle attempt to belittle, ridicule and make a mockery out of Christianity. Andy Windham, Wagener

Asks Trent Lott about retiree help
Does U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., care? Boyd W. Simmons, Augusta

Supports chief deputy for sheriff
The Richmond County sheriff's race is at hand. I have to admire incumbent Charlie Webster's genius in running the department in a manner that only improved Augusta and the security of families. Even though he will be sadly missed by many, the time has come that he has chosen to leave office and retire. L. Wooten, Waynesboro

Budget post-mortem
It's hard to believe that just 25 years ago Georgia's budget was just over $1 billion. This week, Georgia's General Assembly concluded by passing a record $14.4 billion state budget that, unfortunately, doesn't fund all of Gov. Roy Barnes' sweeping education bill.

Remembers `real' liberal leaders
For too many years, the word liberal has been so loosely defined that an alarming number of brain-washed citizens apparently don't know its true meaning. Archie Field, Augusta

Sisler: Yellow pages reveal more than numbers
DRIVING BACK from Atlanta a few weeks ago with my son, Matthew, I happened to notice some new construction. An incredible building was going up off to our right. I nudged Matt and said, ``Look over there. Someone is building a beautiful church.'' Matt stretched the comfortable stretch of a 6-foot- something who would still rather be dozing and said, ``They are building a building. It remains to be seen if they are building a church,'' and promptly napped off.

Calls truck debate 'petty' issue
I have lived in the Fairington subdivision for over 19 years. I have also known Raymond Dick, president of Fairington/Town & Country Subdivision Neighborhood Association, for several years, but I believe he has gone overboard in the last several months. Mr. Dick said in a news article on March 18 that trucks (parking in the subdivision) were an eyesore. I live right across the street from one and it has never bothered me. It looks much better than many beat-up cars and pick-ups that are parked in the neighborhood. Wayne A. Gossage Jr., Hephzibah

Praises photo, article on hounds
Thank you for the great picture of the hounds and their keepers, on the Metro page of The Chronicle on the first day of spring. It should've been on the front page. John P. Reichel, Martinez

Seeks return of Bible, prayer to schools
David Sisler's March 4 column suggests that since the Bible might not be taught correctly, we should outlaw prayer and the Bible in public schools. But that same Bible cries out in Psalms 9:17, ``the wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.'' Ben Brush, Appling

Cites history of Messianic movement
I am writing in response to Ron Blum's Feb. 25 letter, ``Blasts rabbi.'' Messianic Rabbi Don Lansing, Augusta

Wants `dangerous' air show canceled
Did Augusta really need another reminder that air shows are dangerous? The recent crash in Texas is one of many that I can recall in my lifetime. Debbie J. Casalie, Hephzibah

Praises sheriff's department for the crackdown on I-20
It is finally refreshing to see the intensity being applied to the crackdown on the speeding situation that you see on Interstate 20 day in and day out. John G. Biddlecome, Clarks Hill

Criticizes `bad words' in show
My mom and I recently saw the David Copperfield show. We were very impressed with the magic tricks, but we were disappointed with the bad words, including``s---.'' Morgan Carter, Augusta

Be cautious with gifted
The last thing anyone wants is for a school system to discriminate against students because of race. Unfortunately, discrimination comes in many forms, some of them quite insidious. That's why we don't object to the U.S. Department of Education looking into the enrollment policies for the nation's gifted and talented education programs.

Mexican's blunt talk
The Institutional Revolutionary Party -- the PRI -- has ruled Mexico for 71 years. While it has slowly permitted more freedom and somewhat more clean elections over the past decade, the PRI is perhaps best known for institutional corruption. Not many people of prominence are willing to say that openly in our south-of-the border neighbor. Until now.

Foster S.C. charter schools
If charter schools are to work, then South Carolinians may want to urge legislators to reject the kinds of obstacles most members of the Aiken County School Board want to put up.

Norfleet ready for truck series debut

Sapp makes good on prediction

Henderson hits $28 million lottery jackpot

Park takes pole position at Food City 500

Surprising Kanaan overcomes crash to lead CART practice

Lakeside blanks Evans

Prep baseball results

Teammates are friends and rivals

'Fastskin' bodysuit to get competitive debut

Olympic hopefuls work out on Langley Pond

Repairs won't threaten Georgia season

`Golden twilight' for Courier, who struggles to 1st-round win at Ericsson

Radioactive ammo used 'throughout Kosovo'
U.S. jets fired radioactive ammunition ``throughout Kosovo'' during NATO's 1999 war against Yugoslavia, a top NATO official has acknowledged.

Task force formed to fight cyber crime
PITTSBURGH -- With its aging population and Rust Belt image, Pittsburgh may hardly seem like the kind of town the federal government would choose as a base for its war on sophisticated cyber crime.

Biotech firms turning mice into drug making factories
NEW YORK -- They look like mice. They sound like mice. They scurry around their cages like mice. But they're more like people than you might think.

Freebie Web sites cause marketing chaos
When the owner of the Freedom Candle emporium in Granby, Conn., wanted more people to visit his store's Web site, he thought it would be a good idea to offer a free votive as a sample.

File your census online
One of the best-kept secrets of this census-gathering season is that people can file their census form via the Internet unless they've been furnished the long form.

Supplements' quality questioned
Often without realizing it, consumers who buy vitamins, minerals and herbs at the pharmacy or health-food store may be taking a leap of faith.

Committee approves new antibiotic
WASHINGTON -- A government advisory committee recommended approval of an important new type of antibiotic Friday for battling drug-resistant bacteria.

Implanted computer chip helps paralyzed man take steps
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Ten years after a car crash paralyzed him from the waist down, an implanted computer chip is helping Marc Merger regain the ability to walk.

Huge chunk of ice breaks off from Antarctica ice sheet
WASHINGTON -- An iceberg about twice the size of Delaware has broken off from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica and could drift into shipping lanes around the South Polar region.

DOE investigating allegations of radiation record tampering
WASHINGTON -- The government is investigating whether officials at federal uranium enrichment plants falsified radiation exposure records for workers, the Department of Energy's top safety official said Wednesday.

Report compares health behavior in U.S., Puerto Rico
ATLANTA -- Mississippians battle the bulge with less success than the rest of us -- 22 percent of them are obese -- while nearly 25 percent of Texans have no health insurance, and more than half of North Dakotans say they don't always wear a seat belt.

Supplements' quality questioned

DOE investigating allegations of radiation record tampering

Freebie Web sites cause marketing chaos

Implanted computer chip helps paralyzed man take steps

Radioactive ammo used 'throughout Kosovo'

Huge chunk of ice breaks off from Antarctica ice sheet

Task force formed to fight cyber crime

File your census online

Committee approves new antibiotic

Biotech firms turning mice into drug making factories