Bullpen, bench questions still plague Braves

Pitching rotations falling into place

Braves notes: Jones' swing returns

Westside rallies past Burke

Deion back with big leaguers, gets a hit

Braves notes: Seanez could start season on the DL

Mets, Cubs get off to early start

Trade rumors still surround Rocker

Japan getting taste of American pastime

Bandits get what's deserved

Technology show

Technology show
Pete Young and Joyce Brown watch BellSouth account executive Danaeha Dave (foreground) demonstrate how to create a Web site. The demonstration came Tuesday during BellSouth's Business and Internet Seminar at Sheraton Augusta Hotel on Wheeler Road at Bobby Jones Expressway. More than 300 people attended the second annual event, which showcases the latest in information technology.

Plant milestone
Bruce Siewert of North Carolina picks up his tractor at John Deere in Grovetown. On Monday, it became the 300,000th compact utility tractor off the assembly line. Workers received belt buckles for the event.

Plant milestone

Business sells off division
Monsanto Co. is selling its NutraSweet business to a Boston-based investment firm for $440 million, the company announced Monday.

Do-it-yourself selling has pros, cons
Buying or selling a home can be like blazing a trail through a dense jungle

P&G seeks to sell brand
Procter & Gamble Co. is soliciting offers for its Oxydol brand laundry detergent -- a product made in Augusta and a mainstay of the consumer products giant since 1927.

P&G seeks to sell brand

Business briefs: Microsoft lawsuit punches markets
NEW YORK -- Microsoft deflated every major stock market index Monday, falling sharply after the government reportedly rejected the company's offer to settle their antitrust case.

Magazine lists nonbrokered homes
Some people want to sell their homes without a real estate agent. Now there's a local magazine that helps them do it.

FedEx will build Aiken distribution center
AIKEN -- Federal Express, the world's largest express transportation company, is coming to Summit Business Park, opening an 18,000-square-foot distribution center in August, City Manager Roger LeDuc said Monday.

Facility management companies to join
The Houston-based company operating the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and Bell Auditorium announced Monday it is merging with SMG, a larger public facility management company based in Philadelphia.

Business sells off division

Business briefs: Microsoft lawsuit punches markets

Magazine lists nonbrokered homes

Business briefs: Analyst's advice spurs stock drop
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled Tuesday after Abby Joseph Cohen, one of Wall Street's most famously bullish analysts, recommended that clients shift some of their investments from stock to cash. Technology shares led the decline.

Business briefs: Analyst's advice spurs stock drop

Computer major gets co-op honor
Walter Goulet, a computer science major at Augusta State University, was named Co-op Student of the Year on Tuesday.

Facility management companies to join

Do-it-yourself selling has pros, cons

FedEx will build Aiken distribution center

Fogler disagrees with boss' expectations

Louisiana Tech coach's career ends with loss

Final Four: a No. 1 and three survivors

Paradise lost, Final Four found for Gators

Peppers makes name for himself on hardwood

UConn women stay alive

Penn State reaches first Final Four

Alford denies report that Knight punched him

A player's path from Sudan to Indiana to Wisconsin

Ralph, Abrosimova closer to joining the UConn lore

Irish using NIT to prove point

Lady Vols bid for seventh national title

It's homecoming at women's Final Four

Tar Heels finally getting defense down

Rips Ga. governor's education reforms

Warns liberals the 'tide is turning'

Raps lack of justice in the CSRA

Rebuts denial of black Confederates

Advocates teaching basic documents

Says his water-sewer bill unchanged

Advocates an end to abortion rights

A-NIC's magical list

Entreats voters to know the facts

Death row & DNA

Remains loyal to candidate's campaign

Hits use of pledge to protest abortion

Finds liberals eternally amusing

Choice can work

Gang stopped, for now

Urges a manned mission to Mars

Small portions
Easter is April 23, but early chicks are already pecking around for ideas. You'll find plenty in Easter Treats by Jill O'Connor (Chronicle Books, $14.95.) The book has a variety of easy-to-make holiday decorations for kids and adults. With just a little adult assistance, kids can make an egg tree or decorative eggs and prepare many of the recipes, including a bunny cake and flaky hen's nests. Other sections offer recipes and ideas for an egg hunt luncheon, brunch and dinner.

In the know
GRUNGE RETURNS: Think you've seen the last of grunge? Of jeans so ripped up and dirty they hardly hang on a body? Think again. Grunge is back and will be for some time.

The skinny on dieting
Cathe Beebe never thought she was bikini material, and she really never expected to be a super model.

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

A taste of the sea
Fish is fast food, and I'm not talking about a fillet of fish sandwich at a drive-thru. This week's recipe for Mediterranean fish fillets is a fabulous entree that's perfect for entertaining dinner guests.

Age old questions: Chronic coughing could be sign of additional problems
I've had a cough for several weeks. Is this normal? -- N.A., Grovetown

Sutton wins TPC as Tiger's chase falls short

Lynx fury surprises

Ailing Lindros replaced as Flyers' captain

Hejduk scores game-winner for Avalanche

Osgood saves 40 in Wings win

Ailing Lindros replaced as Flyers' captain

Sabres top Hurricanes

Jackson pulls even with Lynx

Bandits get what's deserved
Crime is a funny thing ... particularly when it happens to criminals.

A taste of the sea

Small portions

In the know

Age old questions: Chronic coughing could be sign of additional problems

The skinny on dieting

Board prepares to make use of state funds
If there was a theme song to Monday afternoon's meeting of the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp., it might have been Taking Care of Business.

Teachers shoot hoops for injured girl

Across the area: Two groups battle halfway-house plan

There's the rub

Company promises new jobs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- An Italian company planning a $30 million battery factory in Burke County promised residents Monday it would bring jobs -- and not pollution -- to the rural community.

Brush fire threatens homes

Jet joins lineup for Skyfest

Students who fail test will be in ceremonies
Columbia County high school seniors who have not passed the Georgia High School Graduation Test will be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.

New system boosts safety at bus stops
A hit-and-run accident that left a 4-year old girl in critical condition March 13 has encouraged a local group to bring in a system designed to inform children when buses arrive at their stops.

Local panel makes plea for repairs

Hearing begins in Tenneco case

There's the rub
University of South Carolina Aiken student Tessa Asbill gets a massage from Jan Gregory during Tuesday's Health and Fitness Fair. Participants offered health advice.

Local panel makes plea for repairs
AIKEN -- Some local residents seek to end delays of needed improvements to Savannah River Site's aging infrastructure.

Sellers not at 2nd day of hearing
AIKEN -- If an administrative law judge had the power to make it happen, Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers could be sitting in his own jail later this week for ignoring a federal subpoena.

State: Man should not be set free
AIKEN -- Billy Ray Tucker of Graniteville served five years in prison for repeatedly raping a 6-year-old boy in 1994.

Layoffs from site possible
A proposed early retirement program probably won't be the only reduction in Savannah River Site's work force, the site contractor's president said Tuesday.

Boys arrested in execution plot

Federal watchdog criticizes Energy
AIKEN -- The U.S. Department of Energy has not done enough to fulfill a 6-year-old promise to treat some radioactive materials at Savannah River Site, a federal watchdog said Tuesday.

Computer major gets co-op honor

Federal watchdog criticizes Energy

Bail is set in trial of area man

Fighting fire

Company promises new jobs

Stadium damage studied

State proposes halfway house for Phinizy Rd.
The state plans to build a 200-bed halfway house on Phinizy Road to help prisoners re-enter society, but some Augusta commissioners have reservations about extending a city bus line to make the facility possible.

New system boosts safety at bus stops

Democrat files to run for fifth Senate term
CLEARWATER - Veteran lawmaker Tommy Moore is seeking re-election to the S.C. Senate District 25 seat he has held for the past 19 years.

Brush fire threatens homes
GRANITEVILLE -- Ralph Gainey rushed home from work Tuesday after learning a fire in a nearby wooded area was dancing dangerously close to his home.

Jet joins lineup for Skyfest
Skyfest 2000 officials announced Monday that an F-15 will replace a planned F-16 tactical demonstration now off the bill at this weekend's show.

Jury: Sex offender must get treatment
AIKEN -- Convicted sex offender Billy Ray Tucker banged his left hand on a legal pad Tuesday after hearing that a jury of his peers thinks he is a sexually violent predator who should be indefinitely confined in a mental hospital.

Raceway's first tests are positive
Silver Eagle Raceway owner George Bryan gambled $1 million renovating the half-mile oval clay track formerly known as Gordon Park Speedway, and he appears to have won.

Boys arrested in execution plot
Three Martinez boys have been arrested in a plot to take their parents hostage and execute them.

Soldiers use simulators to train for battle
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- It's like a giant arcade.

Anger might generate violence in children
Local experts say adults should explore irate statements of youths to determine potential for harm

Jurors bemoan DA's quarters

Jury: Sex offender must get treatment

Officials probing bad bills
North Augusta police have joined forces with federal authorities to handle a rash of counterfeit bills turning up in banks and businesses.

Layoffs from site possible

Candidate's wife visits city's child care center

Students who fail test will be in ceremonies

State proposes halfway house for Phinizy Rd.

Across the area: Heavy rains force road closing

Absence highlights changes

State: Man should not be set free

Soldiers use simulators to train for battle

Across the area: Two groups battle halfway-house plan
Two neighborhood groups will meet this week to organize opposition to the state's proposed 200-bed halfway house for state prisoners on Phinizy Road.

Fire district lines disputed

Azaleas to be at peak for Masters
At first glance, it might look as though Augusta's famed azaleas have made an early entrance into spring, with their fiery-red and bold-pink blossoms already bursting from bushes throughout the city.

Panel OKs money for pharmacy

Crashing canopy
Onlookers examine the debris on downtown Augusta's Ellis Street after high winds Tuesday blew a section of roof from an elevated walkway crossing the street. Gusty winds swept the Augusta area.

Woodside annex OK'd

Computer major gets co-op honor
Walter Goulet, a computer science major at Augusta State University, was named Co-op Student of the Year on Tuesday.

Raceway's first tests are positive

EDP debates permits for battery factory
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Environmental regulators will make a final decision later this year on whether to approve permit requests sought by an Italian company planning a $30 million battery factory in Burke County.

Study cites lost roads funding

Bridge to get needed, costly repairs
One of Augusta's most ornate downtown landmarks needs some emergency repairs.

Bail is set in trial of area man
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Benton County Circuit Judge David Clinger set a $200,000 bail for a South Carolina man charged with paying to have his wife and her ex-husband killed.

ANIC asks for more city funds
Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. board members want Augusta to cut them a better deal.

Hearing begins in Tenneco case
AIKEN -- Officials at Tenneco Packaging are expected to testify in a labor hearing today that they feared workplace violence last July when they had veteran employee and union activist Gary McClain arrested.

Industry property is sought
The Columbia County Development Authority wants your land for new industry.

Woodside annex OK'd
AIKEN -- After delaying the project for weeks, the city council approved Monday the annexation of 22.23 acres for expansion of Woodside Plantation.

Fighting fire
Martinez firefighters battle their way through smoke, heavy brush and trees while manipulating a fire hose to extinguish a Tuesday brush fire at Fury's Ferry Road and Hardy-McManus Road.

Fire district lines disputed
BATH -- Bath Fire Chief David Cunningham wonders why it took 20 years for the Clearwater Fire Department to demand a change in fire district lines, especially when officials of both districts agreed to the coverage area assigned to the departments as recently as 1996.

Suspect to get mental evaluation
One of two men arrested in the city's first homicide of 2000 will undergo a mental examination, a judge ordered Tuesday.

Across the area: Heavy rains force road closing
The city has closed Alexander Drive for emergency repairs after heavy rains undermined the road's support. The road is expected to reopen by this weekend, City Administrator Randy Oliver said.

Stadium damage studied
ATHENS, Ga. -- The latest explanation of what has damaged Sanford Stadium's million-dollar football field could be ready in a few weeks.

Panel OKs money for pharmacy
Pharmacist Marshall Curtis says he has just the tonic for continued economic growth in the Laney-Walker neighborhood.

ANIC asks for more city funds

Fire still smolders at lumber company
A fire at Pollard Lumber Co. is still smoldering two days after it began. The good news is that the scrap lumber pile that spontaneously combusted represents no monetary loss for the company, said Andy Pollard, vice president.

Anger might generate violence in children

Teachers shoot hoops for injured girl
Staff members of Meadowbrook and Hephzibah elementary schools will trade in hall passes for basketballs during a fund-raising tournament Friday for the 4-year-old girl injured in a hit-and-run accident.

Japan getting taste of American pastime

Teachers plan trip to China
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- One year after Truett-McConnell instructors canceled a trip to China fearing backlash from the accidental NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia, three instructors from the college's Watkinsville campus will venture to the Orient for three weeks to conduct an oral English and American culture workshop.

Azaleas to be at peak for Masters

Study cites lost roads funding
ATLANTA -- More than $1 billion in state and local taxes generated each year by transportation-related activities are not being plowed back into Georgia's crucial transportation needs, the University of Georgia reported Monday.

Sellers not at 2nd day of hearing

Board prepares to make use of state funds

Officials probing bad bills

Jurors bemoan DA's quarters
The most recent group of Richmond County grand jurors to tour the district attorney's office wasn't about to venture up to the fourth floor.

Bridge to get needed, costly repairs

Candidate's wife visits city's child care center
ATLANTA -- A group of Atlanta preschoolers got a new teacher for a few minutes Tuesday afternoon .

Late free throws lift Mavs

Duncan, Robinson lead Spurs

Hawks net rare win, snap skid

Lawyers seek disqualification in Carruth case

Stallions beef up with trade

Curtailing planned celebrations on agenda

Mrs. Estella Jennings
AIKEN - Mrs. Estella Jennings, 86, of Laurens Street North, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Charlie Stampley
Mrs. Charlie Mae Combs Stampley, 80, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Roy Perryman
SHANNON, N.C. - Mr. Roy Howard Perryman, 67, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Alex Edwards
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Alex E. Edwards, 82, of Old Jackson Highway, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey died Sunday, March 26, 2000.

Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey died Sunday, March 26, 2000.

Mr. Alex Edwards
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Alex E. Edwards, 82, of Old Jackson Highway, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Norma Sikes
Mrs. Norma Tyson Sikes, 79, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Ola Edwards
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Ola Bush Edwards, 77, of Pine Log Trail, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Jesse Key
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Jesse Key, 80, of Fairwood Avenue, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Annie Able
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Annie Laura Bedenbaugh Able, 90, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Britthaven Nursing Center.

Mr. Oscar Henderson
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Oscar Henderson, 52, of Sandy Run Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Laura Williams
AIKEN - Mrs. Laura M. Williams, 69, of Silver Bluff Road, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Susie Blocker
Mrs. Susie B. Williams Blocker, of Audubon Place, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Dorothy McCoy
Mrs. Dorothy L. McCoy, 61, of Martinez, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Robert Griffis
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Robert M. Griffis, 59, of Pleasant Lane Road, died Monday, March 27, 2000, in Augusta.

Mr. Walter Woyar
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Walter Woyar, 79, of Shoulderbone Circle, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Mr. Hyman Striesfeld
AIKEN - Mr. Hyman Striesfeld, 81, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Annette Miles
Mrs. Annette Miles, 64, of Evans, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary Silliman
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Silliman, 71, of Seven Lakes Boulevard, Martinez, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Rubin Maffett
CHAPPELLS, S.C. - Mr. Rubin Milton ``Milt'' Maffett, 60, of Fairfax Road, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Russell Robinson
RICHLANDS, N.C. - Mr. Russell Price Robinson, 60, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville.

Mrs. Ruth Moody
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Mrs Ruth Sanders Moody, 91, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Methodist Oaks Nursing Home.

Mr. Eugene O'Shields
AIKEN - Mr. Eugene Calvin O'Shields, 68, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Ms. Maxine Jordan
MOUNT GILAND, N.C. - Ms. Maxine Jordan, 62, of Twin Oak Lane, died Sunday, March 26, 2000.

Mr. Rudolph Johnson Sr.
HARRISON, Ga. - Mr. Rudolph Valentino ``Rudy'' Johnson Sr., 73, of Georgia Highway 15, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Nina Brown
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mrs. Nina Wynn Brown, 71, died Saturday, March 25, 2000.

Mrs. Lois Hucks
Mrs. Lois R. Hucks, 68, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Edward Tarpley
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Edward James Tarpley, 61, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Raymond Harrell
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Mr. Raymond W. Harrell, 74, of Glendalyn Avenue, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Agnes Ronk
AIKEN - Mrs. Agnes L. Ronk, 93, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Emma Chatman
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Emma Kate Howell Chatman, 79, of James Drive, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at her residence.

Jasmine Brooks
SCOTIA, S.C. - Jasmine Nicole Brooks, infant daughter of Shalonda Gardner, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Armstrong
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Cecelia Conlon Armstrong, 86, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, in Columbia.

Mr. James Johnson Jr.
Mr. James C. ``Dobbie'' Johnson Jr., 39, died Sunday, March 25, 2000.

Mr. David Meacham
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mr. David Meacham, 64, of Mount Pleasant Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Susie Blocker
Mrs. Susie B. Williams Blocker, of Audubon Place, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Fred Jones
Mr. Fred B. Jones, 83, of Richmond Hill Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Lavada Owens
Mrs. Lavada Powell Owens, 81, of Goshen Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Forrest lake Health Care.

Mr. Jesse Key
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Jesse Key, 80, of Fairwood Avenue, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Edward Tarpley

Mrs. Lavada Owens

Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey

Mrs. Mary Armstrong

Mrs. Agnes Ronk

Mrs. Nina Brown

Mr. David Meacham

Jasmine Brooks

Mr. Walter Woyar

Mrs. Mary Silliman

Mr. Eugene O'Shields

Mr. Jesse Key

Mr. Alex Edwards

Mrs. Lois Hucks

Mr. Oscar Henderson

Mr. Roy Perryman

Mrs. Ruth Moody

Mr. Alex Edwards

Mrs. Annie Able

Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey

Ms. Maxine Jordan

Mr. Robert Griffis

Mrs. Susie Blocker

Mrs. Charlie Stampley

Mrs. Dorothy McCoy

Mr. Russell Robinson

Mr. James Johnson Jr.

Mr. Fred Jones

Mrs. Annette Miles

Mrs. Emma Chatman

Mr. Raymond Harrell

Mr. Hyman Striesfeld

Advocates an end to abortion rights
I am 13 years old and feel very strongly about ending abortion because it is murdering an innocent baby. Why would people want to kill their own baby even before the baby has had a chance to come into the world? Anna McArdle,Augusta

Raps lack of justice in the CSRA
I have lived in the Central Savannah River Area for about two years. But I've had enough. Tom WilsonAugusta

Gang stopped, for now
It might have been a typical robbery, if not for the fact that it was a gang-initiation rite. And it might have been a murder if it wasn't for a young gangster-wannabe's bad aim.

Advocates teaching basic documents
G. Edward's March 20 letter should frighten all citizens that an important principle of a free people could be taken so lightly. Woodrow Lovett, Sardis

Blames parents, not guns, for violence
G. Edwards of Martinez asked some questions in his March 20 letter about the right to bear arms. President Bill Clinton's liberals want all guns with safety locks. Roger P. Nelms, Aiken

Remains loyal to candidate's campaign
I believe if you read the information available about presidential candidate Alan Keyes' stand on the political issues, (and we do have Internet access to that information as well as the traditional sources), you will find that he is the best choice for president of the United States. Theresa Johnson Von Plinsky, Augusta

A-NIC's magical list
It would be a magic act worthy of David Copperfield: A year ago, the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. -- a public-private partnership with a 13-member board dominated by respected businesspeople -- announced with much fanfare it would collect funds to assist low- and middle-income housing development/rehabilitation and to clean up blighted acres.

Urges a manned mission to Mars
It strikes me as odd that, given the recent success of the critically panned movie Mission To Mars and the awesome interest in the 1997 rover landing on the red planet, the government -- with its sustained economic growth -- is not more receptive, if not downright excited, by the idea of a more challenging attempt at a manned mission to Mars. Anthony M. Bartholomew, Augusta

Rebuts denial of black Confederates
Once again we have so-called history monitors such as Mark Gelbart on March 18 giving us the true word on all things Southern and Confederate. K. G. Watson, Augusta

Rips Ga. governor's education reforms
Lately there have been numerous complaints about education reforms by Gov. Roy Barnes. Yet, judging from the name of these reforms, commonly known as the Education Reform Bill, it would seem that Gov. Barnes is doing exactly what Candidate Barnes promised to do. Helen A. Hurd, Martinez

Assails president's moral leadership
President Bill Clinton is getting a lot of mileage from another tragedy, the shooting of a child by a child. It is one of the truths of the present degeneration of our society just made to order for him. Felix Garrett, Augusta

Calls decision in Craft case 'unjust'
Every morning in the school year, all 37 million children in this nation are lined up to pledge allegiance to the flag in which the recitation includes the phrase ``liberty and justice for all.'' Geoffrey King, MDLangley

Says his water-sewer bill unchanged
I don't know which utility department Betty Maxwell Draughton (letter, March 21) is doing business with. Barry Doick,Hephzibah

Finds liberals eternally amusing
The liberals never cease to amaze and amuse. The Newsweek reporter who wrote the most recent biography on Vice President Al Gore sat for a lengthy interview with Fox News Director Brit Hume recently. M. Burkholder, Augusta

Warns liberals the 'tide is turning'
Paul Cook (letter, March 23) and the people like him are the reason this country is having so much trouble with guns and, for that matter, everything else. Charlie J. Connell, North Augusta

Hits use of pledge to protest abortion
One of your recent letter writers invoked the Pledge of Allegiance in an effort to recruit demonstrators against Planned Parenthood. Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

Character plan works
Isn't it fun to watch a good plan come together -- particularly a bipartisan one designed to improve public school students' attitudes and grades?

Speed up computer fix
Revelation that Augusta-Richmond County failed to collect over $2.8 million in property taxes billed in 1997 and 1998 because of inadequate computer capability is a wake-up call for the city's laggard data processing department.

Entreats voters to know the facts
This year is a time to turn our country around and do the right thing. Before Nov. 7, we of faith should forget what political party we belong to, think for ourselves and begin turning. Donna Boland, Waynesboro

Death row & DNA
The national argument over capital punishment is going full bore again in wake of Illinois Gov. George Ryan's decision to suspend executions in his state because recent DNA tests proved more than 10 death row inmates were innocent and had to be released.

Choice can work
School choice will be a battleground issue that presidential nominees-in-waiting Al Gore and George W. Bush will be fighting over for the next eight months.

King named unindicted co-conspirator

No River Race Augusta this summer

Father: V. Williams mulls retirement

Overtime: Muckler Rangers make changes, fire coach and GM

Overtime: Capriati beats Serena Williams in Ericsson

Agassi, heat too much for Rafter

Prep notes: Westside savors upset, but region playoffs are goal

Aquinas rifle team qualifies for state prep championships

Shift affects regions

Absence highlights changes

S. Williams may skip S.C. tournament

30 players picked for Olympic soccer camp

Survey: No gender gap found on the Web
There's no gender gap between boys and girls when it comes to using the Internet. But what they do online is dramatically different, with girls logging on for educational research and e-mail while boys primarily play games, according to a national survey of parents to be released Tuesday.

Internet filter product maker wins agreement from defendants
BOSTON -- Microsystems Software said Monday that two software experts it was suing had agreed not to tamper with their Internet filtering product, Cyber Patrol, and to sign over a program they wrote that would allow children to bypass it.

FCC, broadcasters duel over low-power radio stations
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators upped the ante Monday in what has become an acrimonious battle with broadcasters over a plan to license hundreds of microradio stations for community groups, churches and others.

Fastest documented extinction examined
When Maori settlers arrived in New Zealand from Polynesia in the 13th century, they were met by the sight of large, flightless birds known as moas. The settlers quickly developed a taste for the friendly creatures, and began killing and eating them in large numbers. Eventually, all 11 species of moa became extinct.

Plan cuts traffic to Yosemite by 60 percent
SAN FRANCISCO -- For generations, a family day trip to the heart of Yosemite National Park has meant piling in and out of the car at Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Much of that day might also be spent on the lookout -- not for bears or the California spotted owl -- but for the ever-elusive parking space.

New gamma ray sources found
Astronomers have spotted an unexpected and mysterious ``swarm'' of several dozen gamma ray sources where they aren't supposed to be: hovering over the Milky Way in our nearby galactic neighborhood.

Protesters stage colorful protest against biotech industry
BOSTON -- Four protesters were arrested today outside the nation's largest biotechnology conference, marring otherwise orderly demonstrations against genetically engineered crops.

MCG to offer advice in online chat room
Medical College of Georgia is hoping to garner some attention for its new consumer Web site by offering advice from 17 doctors online tonight. Just be careful what you tell them: the discussions will take place in an open chat room.

Scientists find the 'fat' gene
NEW YORK -- Scientists have created strains of mice that can chow down on a high-fat diet without getting chubby.

Elderly woman is stung by killer bees
LAS VEGAS -- A 77-year-old woman lay in critical condition Tuesday after being stung more than 500 times by a swarm of killer bees.The woman, whose name was not released, was attacked while walking along a street a few blocks from her Las Vegas home, Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski said. He said they may have been drawn to something in a bag she was carrying.

Smokers' lawyers: Tobacco companies try to avoid cause issue
MIAMI -- The tobacco industry has taken the mind-boggling position that three ailing smokers' collective 100 years of puffing was irrelevant to their cancer cases, their attorney argued today on their request for damages.

Xtreme movies

Your style

Your style
Christina Wizorek, 15, a sophomore at Barnwell High School.

Xtreme calendar
TODAY: Day of reckoning for Columbia County students as report cards go home (ugh).

Dating games

Xtreme movies
In this animated buddy flick, two con-men (Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline) win a map to the lost City of Gold, El Dorado, and seek their fortune. MPAA rated PG (for thematic elements and mild language).

Families preparing for Masters guests
Natalie Spires knows the difference between regular clean and Masters clean.

Dating games
If you're ``talking'' are you dating? Or do you have to talk for a while before you date? And if you can't drive, then what's the point? Such are the dating games that teens play.

Scientists find the 'fat' gene

New gamma ray sources found

FCC, broadcasters duel over low-power radio stations

Protesters stage colorful protest against biotech industry

Elderly woman is stung by killer bees

Survey: No gender gap found on the Web

Plan cuts traffic to Yosemite by 60 percent

Smokers' lawyers: Tobacco companies try to avoid cause issue

Internet filter product maker wins agreement from defendants

Fastest documented extinction examined

MCG to offer advice in online chat room