High-flying fun
Commercial flights coming into Bush Field this weekend might get a surprising reception, as an assembled mass of thousands, faces turned expectantly toward the sky, fill one of the airport's two runways for Skyfest 2000.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country Music Magazine will be missed
It's always sad when a good publication goes under, but the recent death of the Music City News sent shock waves through the country music world.

Blue Angels bring a passion for flying to shows

Dancer works to entertain, inspire others
When Benjamin Westafer steps onto the Imperial Theatre's stage with North Carolina Dance Theatre tonight, it will be a homecoming.

Blue Angels bring a passion for flying to shows
For more than 50 years, the distinctive blue and gold of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, has represented the pinnacle of piloting skill and aircraft technology.

Artist calls work fingerprint of spirit
As artist Brian Cote began work on his painting The Mean Reds he filled the canvas with blue.

Dancer works to entertain, inspire others

Artist calls work fingerprint of spirit

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country Music Magazine will be missed

Davidson Senior art show

Soaring like an Eagle
The National Science Center's Fort Discovery is celebrating Masters Week with an Eagle.

Soaring like an Eagle

Morris exhibit showcases
When artists of the loose-knit community of 19th-century painters known as the Hudson River School created landscapes, they were painting more than an attractive view.

High-flying fun

Morris exhibit showcases

Davidson Senior art show
Seniors at John S. Davison Fine Arts Magnet School are creating a graduation ritual that has nothing to do with prom dresses or Pomp and Circumstance.

Mays honored by new park

Schilling is making progress

Guillen could be set free

A World Cup of baseball?

Braves blank Orioles

North Augusta wins in rout

Mets win in 11, split with Cubs

Augusta Christian stymied by Brentwood

Greenbrier routs Dublin, wins title

Braves keep Furcal, release Guillen

Padres to honor military with uniform change

Braves keep Furcal, release Guillen

Masters is trying for Augustans

HDTV arrives in town
Ed Chandler usually goes to the Augusta National Golf Club to watch the masters of golf tee off. This year, he plans to stay home and see the tournament on his 73-inch high-definition television.

Complex properties
A crew from Costa Vinyl Siding of Atlanta works on the awning of the clubhouse at the new 200-unit Walden Hills apartment development, located on Alexander Drive.

Business briefs: Investors put focus on proven stocks

SMG: No layoffs expected at civic center
SMG, the company that recently acquired Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center management company LMI, said Thursday it will offer jobs to all of the merged company's employees and no layoffs are expected.

HDTV arrives in town

Synalloy will close facility
A Spartanburg, S.C.-based company announced Friday it will close its Augusta chemical plant by year's end.

Gas prices
Weekly look at area gasoline prices.

Business briefs: Investors put focus on proven stocks
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks came back from the brink Friday, pulling the Nasdaq composite index higher for the first time this week. But investors turned toward well-established computer makers and networking companies and shunned Internet businesses now seen as risky investments.

Synalloy will close facility

Complex properties

Gas prices

Business Briefs
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index narrowly averted its worst day in history Thursday, ending a volatile session sharply lower as investors bailed out of the high-tech stocks.

Regionals may be revamped

Izzo's magic formula works for Spartans

Wake Forest wins NIT

Pointer key for Rutgers

UConn tops Penn St.

Spartan's Peterson comes into his own

Forte key to Tar Heels' offense

2000 Final Four looks like 1980

Power of personality helps Donovan succeed

A look at each of the Final Four teams

Florida presents Carolina with a pressing problem

Lady Lions refuse to be intimidated

Penn St. beats N.C. State

Whoop it up at NCAA Hoop City

NCAA betting still heavy

S.C. tax lure too much

Supports candidate with integrity

Endorses experience in Dist. 83 race

Hitting home

Hits Clinton, Congress and candidates

Supports 'experience' in S.C. race

Derides writer's golf preferences

Criticizes Butler on flag position

Free speech threat

Satirizes editorial stand on tobacco

Praises retiring Tomberlin for service

Slams Clinton's NRA criticism

Wants veto power for Augusta mayor

Cry rooms becoming rare in area churches
Beulah Grove Baptist Church has one of the newest in the Augusta area. The church provided a cry room -- a glassed-in box where parents with fussy babies can see and hear but not be heard -- when it built its sanctuary three years ago.

Lantana is the perfect option for colorful gardening displays
It's a great, drought-tolerant plant. It even does well after floods. You'll also have mounds of flowers from early May to October, with peak bloom in August, without any deadheading or pruning.

Heralds of Spring
On Henry Street in the Summerville neighborhood, homes range from the quaint to regal, but they all have one thing in common: a breathtaking view of one of the Garden City's most picturesque drives.

Scriptures illustrate power of the Word
In this age of accelerating technology, we are sometimes compelled to learn new meanings for old, familiar words, even to use strange or humorous symbolic language.

Staying on course
Steve Jones and five hunting buddies chased turkeys up and down the Georgia hills near Greensboro recently to relax before Thursday's first round of the BellSouth Atlanta Classic.

Barbershop ministry provides grooming with the gospel
A combo of a free haircut, Bible study and lunch has grown from one Saturday a month to every Saturday at Trinity Outreach Mission.

Hybrid, striped bass schools on prowl near dam

Waterdogs angler's choice to catch monster bass in Texas lakes

Sindelar unlikely leader of BellSouth

Stankowski leads BellSouth

Late bloomer leads at Senior Tradition

Waiting for the green light

Cleveland Golf Classic begins today

Penguins top Caps in OT

Three games will determine Lynx fate

Devils beat Thrashers, snap skid

Jagr remains sidelined

Lynx close in on playoff slot

Lynx close in on playoff slot

Masters is trying for Augustans
We'll have a lot of people in town next week thinking Augusta is just about the best place in the world that first week in April.

Scriptures illustrate power of the Word

Cry rooms becoming rare in area churches

Lantana is the perfect option for colorful gardening displays

Staying on course

Heralds of Spring

Runner's high
Alexis Hollar, 8, gets a victory hug from her father, Rodney Hollar, after winning first place in the third-grade girls category of Friday's Fun Run at Bel Air Elementary School.

Across the area: Senate passes bill prompted by attack

Few incumbents face opposition in primary

Study: Games curb illegal bets

Residents oppose facility
County commissioners Richard Colclough and Andy Cheek urged a roomful of constituents Friday to lobby other board members to rebuff plans for a 200-bed halfway house on Phinizy Road.

Report: New rules help gas customers

Players still picking up arena rules

Census Day is not deadline for sending form

City holds rally to promote census

Computer glitches cause inaccurate notices

Indian burial area found
Utility workers have stumbled across what may be the latest evidence of a Native American village on an Ogeechee River peninsula. The crew was digging a hole for a utility pole last month when they uncovered a skull plate, teeth, and arm and knee bones that state officials say are those of a Guale Indian.

Man receives minimum sentence for robberies

Former city worker pleads guilty to theft
One of three former Augusta city government employees accused of profiting from the sale of handicapped-parking signs pleaded guilty Friday.

Across the area: Threats earn man maximum jail time

Slaying suspect out on bond
Capital murder suspect Etheridge Kneece has bonded out of the Benton County jail and will likely return to South Carolina before going to live with family in California.

City holds rally to promote census
Dancing girls sparkling in silver and red shimmied to the resounding thumps of the drummers following their lead through the restaurant.

Pilot urges audience to succeed

Developers wrangle over building site

Residents oppose facility

City holds rally to promote census

Evidence may lead to killer

Environmentalists request veto of bill
ATLANTA -- A coalition of environmental groups is appealing to Gov. Roy Barnes to veto legislation that would give the General Assembly the power to override state-imposed water-quality regulations.

Farmers confront bad year
ATHENS, Ga. -- Rains in the past two weeks of March fell far short of ending the three-year drought plaguing Georgia farmers, who now have a lot more to worry about than rainfall deficits.

Man seeks attorneys' disbarment
SAVANNAH -- The other shoe fell Wednesday -- with a bang.

Evidence may lead to killer
AIKEN -- The agency won't say what, but the Aiken County Sheriff's Office says it has new physical evidence in the death of Tiffaney Wilson that could help solve the case.

Man receives minimum sentence for robberies
An 18-year-old Augusta man received a sentence of life in prison Thursday, plus an additional 10 years, for taking part in two armed robberies.

Pilot urges audience to succeed
LANGLEY -- Students at Midland Valley High School have one of their own to thank for an unprecedented visit Friday from the Blue Angels.

Criteria for gifted program scrutinized
It will be at least four months before federal education officials release information obtained from an audit of Richmond County's gifted program.

Democrats choose delegates
AIKEN -- Pumped up by prospects of regaining their strongest foothold in years, Aiken County Democrats named 44 delegates to the state convention in May.

Company doctor testifies in labor hearing
AIKEN -- A corporate doctor for Tenneco Packaging admitted triggering events that landed a union activist at the company's Beech Island plant in a mental health facility against his will last year.

Across the area: Senate passes bill prompted by attack
ATLANTA -- The Senate has passed a bill named on behalf of an Augusta teacher who was attacked by one of her pupils, a second bill triggered by her attack.

Judge orders psychological tests
The three Martinez boys suspected of plotting to kill their parents were ordered Thursday to undergo psychological evaluations and were sent back to the Augusta Regional Youth Development Center.

Skyfest 2000 prepares for launch

Developers wrangle over building site
Members of the Laney-Walker Development Corp. are confused and shocked after learning this week their pet project -- to build phase II of the Armstrong Galleria -- is being snatched out from under them by another developer.

Company doctor testifies in labor hearing

Pilot realizes boyhood dream
For a guy with an anthropology degree, Maj. Hunter Hobson is a pretty good pilot.

Savannah targets problem areas

Runner's high

Milkman drives last route

Judge orders psychological tests

Former city worker pleads guilty to theft

Representative to run again; clerk to retire
State Rep. Bill Jackson ended months of quiet speculation this week: He is running for re-election one more time.

Across the area: Threats earn man maximum jail time
A Hephzibah man who pleaded guilty Thursday to making terroristic threats didn't improve his case by writing threatening letters to the victims.

Indian burial area found

Officials suspend chief
WAYNESBORO -- As punishment for taking on a second job as a campus police officer, Burke County's chief of fire and paramedic services has been suspended without pay.

Thousands of jellyfish jam Florida beach

Census centers offer assistance
Though South Carolina residents seem to be taking their time in filling out Census 2000 forms, Aiken County is attempting to answer questions and address language barriers.

Rally shares anti-tobacco message

City holds rally to promote census
Dancing girls sparkling in silver and red shimmied to the resounding thumps of the drummers following their lead through the restaurant.

Slaying suspect out on bond

Reform Party introduces candidates
AIKEN -- Aiken County's newest political party declared its independence Thursday from politics as usual and put area voters on notice that it's out to make a difference in local elections.

Report: New rules help gas customers
ATLANTA -- An economist concluded Georgia consumers have benefited from natural gas deregulation, but the hundreds of customers complaining of being ``slammed'' may not feel so blessed.

Few incumbents face opposition in primary
AIKEN -- The June 13 Democratic and Republican primaries promise to be largely a ho-hum affair for most incumbents. When filing ended Thursday at noon, more than half of the incumbents were given a free ride to their party's nomination, though many must face challengers in the fall.

Savannah targets problem areas
In 1990, the Savannah Police Department used Project Shield to help rid the Garden Homes community of drugs and street-level violence.

Thousands of jellyfish jam Florida beach
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Thousands of jellyfish washed ashore on the beach this week in what lifeguards and longtime beach walkers called the largest infestation of the bulbous marine animals in decades.

Hippity-hop
Brittany Reid holds on to her rabbit ears as she leads pupils from her first-grade class in the Bunny Hop at Martinez Elementary School. The children were demonstrating different dances from around the world during Friday's activity.

Rally shares anti-tobacco message
AIKEN -- Helen Richard says she might as well have eaten rat poison, shot hydrogen cyanide through her veins or swallowed formaldehyde.

Bond granted in stabbing case
A judge granted a $50,000 bond Friday to a pregnant Augusta woman accused of stabbing a young man to death three weeks ago.

Environmentalists request veto of bill

Plane jump injures mayor's wife
Gwen Fulcher Young made history Friday with the Army Golden Knights parachute team, but not the kind she wanted.

Police seize boy's computer, notes
Police seized several notebooks, computer disks and a computer during a Wednesday night search of the home of one of the three Martinez boys suspected of plotting to kill their parents.

Computer glitches cause inaccurate notices
Data entry oversights at the Georgia Department of Human Resources have erroneously canceled federal assistance waivers for disabled children statewide, including some in the Augusta area, department officials said.

Sexual assault on child leads to 5-year sentence
An Augusta man who admitted guilt Friday in his second child sexual assault case received a five-year prison sentence.

Census Day is not deadline for sending form
It's not too late.

Census centers offer assistance

Horse racing wins over vet
AIKEN -- A New York veterinarian who began harness racing at state fairs 40 years ago will compete in five of eight races today during the third and final leg of the Aiken Triple Crown.

Farmers confront bad year

Study: Games curb illegal bets
ATLANTA -- The increasing availability of legalized gambling in recent years has greatly reduced illegal betting, according to a report released Friday by a study commission made up primarily of state government officials.

Horse racing wins over vet

Milkman drives last route
Tommy Lazenby awoke at 3 a.m. Friday and lay there thinking about ending a way of life he had known for 41 years, of saying goodbye to his other family.

Officials suspend chief

Skyfest 2000 prepares for launch
After a year's worth of planning that was frantically done in 90 days, Skyfest 2000 is ready to take off today at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Reform Party introduces candidates

Pilot realizes boyhood dream

Criteria for gifted program scrutinized

Man seeks attorneys' disbarment

Plane jump injures mayor's wife

Indiana outpaces T'wolves

Wizards edge Celtics

Pitino decides not to suspend players

Atlanta coach wants to stay

Suns hand Hawks 44-point setback

League's meetings eventful

Players still picking up arena rules

Mrs. Mary Mock
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Mary Louise Dowd Mock, 77, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Mr. Lee Davis
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Lee Davis, 69, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mr. Walter Lindsey
HEIDELBERG, Germany - Mr. Walter Lindsey, 46, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000.

Mr. Cecil Byrd
BELVEDERE - Mr. W. Cecil Byrd, 88, of Clearwater Road, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Paul Ring Sr.
Mr. Paul W. Ring Sr., 70, of Glenn Hills Drive, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Raymond Anderson
DECATUR, Ga. - Mr. Raymond Anderson, 54, of Oakview Road, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000.

Mr. Elton Marchant
Mr. Elton W. ``Junior'' Marchant, 71, of Martinez, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Jessie Crouch
Ms. Jessie Mae Crouch, 75, of Boyd Lane, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Salem Nursing Home.

Mrs. Martha Brown
HANCOCK COUNTY, Ga. -- Mrs. Martha Jane Turner Brown, 82, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Hancock County Hospital.

Mrs. Donna Fowle
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Donna Lee Fowle, 59, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. E.M. Jay
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. E.M. Jay, 81, of Route 1, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

Mrs. Alfaratta O'Brien
Mrs. Alfaratta Marie Tebo Gerard O'Brien, 74, died Friday, March 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. James Linscomb
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Mr. James R. Linscomb, 53, died Wednesday, March 29, 2999, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center.

Mr. William Gardner
Mr. William ``Billy'' Aaron Gardner, 75, of Martinez, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Frank Pinkston Sr.
MACON - Mr. Frank Chapman Pinkston Sr., 77, died Monday, March 27, 2000.

Mrs. Florence Wallace
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Florence Conselyea Wallace, 82, of Hampton Avenue, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, in Plantation, Fla.

Mrs. Mamie Golphin
AIKEN - Mrs. Mamie Cook Golphin, 85, of Silver Bluff Road, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. J.C. Stephens
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. J.C. Stephens, 75, of Peachtree Drive, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Providence Health Care Center, Sparta.

Mrs. Frances Brown
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Frances Marie Brown, 72, of Dodge Lane, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Williams
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Willie Williams, 56, of Cherry Street, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Nellie Parrish
DEARING -- Mrs. Nellie Parrish, 85, of Luckeys Bridge Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Seaborn Hankerson Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Seaborn Hankerson Sr., of Utley Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Dixie Porter
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Dixie Boylston Porter, 98, of Springfield Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Barnwell County Nursing Home.

Mr. Mitchell Roberts Jr.
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Mitchell ``Jiggs'' Roberts Jr., 75, of Second Street, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Kirk
NEVILS, Ga. - Mr. John Kirk, 71, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mr. Willie Peacock
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Willie Rufus Peacock, 51, of Jackson Church Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Homer Duke
CRYSTAL RIVER, Ga. - Mr. Homer Andrew Duke, 71, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Gean Glover
EHRHARDT, S.C. - Mr. Gean Marion Glover, 25, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Gennie Smith
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Mrs. Gennie Freeman Smith, 90, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Port St. Lucie Hospital.

Mrs. Rosa Wilkerson
Mrs. Rosa Lee Wilkerson, of Tate Road, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at University Hospital.

Christopher Miles
DEARING -- Christopher Julian Miles, 18-month-old son of Christopher and Katherine S. Miles, of Randall Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Heath Jr.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mr. Willie Robert Heath Jr.. 54. of Lowe Drive, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Jones
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Joseph Jones, 86, of Sylvania Place, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. R.T. Cox
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. R.T. Cox, 60, of Oak Grove Road, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Mr. Glennwood Barlow
LONGS, S.C. - Mr. Glennwood Charles Barlow, 47, of Warrencliffe Way, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Charlie Holmes
LANSING, Mich. - Mr. Charlie Paul Holmes, 57, died Thursday, March 23, 2000.

Mr. James Cranford Jr.
NORWOOD, Ga. - Mr. James `` Bo'' C. Cranford Jr., 53, of McManus Road, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Mountain
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Willie Lewis Mountain, 57, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Charles Williams
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Charles Williams, 65, of White Hall Street, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000.

Mrs. Emma Lutz
Mrs. Emma Siedler Lutz died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lillian Giles
Mrs. Lillian Bennett Giles, 79, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Petty Officer Eric Howard
SUFFOLK, Va. - Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Tyrone Howard, 27, of Burbage Landing Circle, died Thursday, March 23, 2000.

Mrs. Edith Cheek
APPLING -- Mrs. Edith Louise Cheek, 78, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

Mr. Leadus Johnson
THOMSON - Mr. Leadus Johnson, 76, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Charlie Williams Jr.
Mr. Charlie Williams Jr., of Spruce Street, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Josie Savage
MONTEZUMA, Ga. - Mrs. Josie Bodeker Shea Savage, of South Dooly Street, died Friday, March 31, 2000.

Mrs. Mamie Golphin

Mr. Cecil Byrd

Mr. R.T. Cox

Mr. John Kirk

Mr. William Gardner

Mr. Willie Mountain

Mr. Leadus Johnson

Mr. Charles Williams

Christopher Miles

Mr. Willie Williams

Mr. Gean Glover

Mr. Joseph Jones

Mr. Homer Duke

Mr. Paul Ring Sr.

Mr. Charlie Williams Jr.

Mrs. Donna Fowle

Mrs. Martha Brown

Mrs. Josie Savage

Mrs. Mary Mock

Mr. Lee Davis

Mrs. Frances Brown

Mrs. Edith Cheek

Mr. Charlie Holmes

Mrs. Lillian Giles

Mrs. Emma Lutz

Mr. J.C. Stephens

Mr. E.M. Jay

Mrs. Florence Wallace

Petty Officer Eric Howard

Mr. Willie Heath Jr.

Mrs. Alfaratta O'Brien

Mr. Raymond Anderson

Mr. James Cranford Jr.

Mrs. Rosa Wilkerson

Sisler: Never be the first one to stop clapping
IN 1971 Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn went into exile from his native Russia. Among other works, his The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation earned him disgrace at home and high praise abroad.

Endorses experience in Dist. 83 race
All are honorable and well-intentioned members of the North Augusta community. All in their own way have served this community and the people living here. Kirk E. Baxley, North Augusta

Derides writer's golf preferences
If Rick Dorsey is so fond of Sawgrass and the Tournament Players Championship, I'm sure there are a lot of folks in Augusta who would buy him a one-way ticket to Jacksonville. Don Bell, Augusta

Free speech threat
In the never-ending defense of free speech, ABC-TV reporter John Stossel delivered a sobering assessment on March 23. Reflect on his examples where government, plaintiff's attorneys, political activists and college administrators work to subvert the First Amendment:

Gore takes false credit
Al Gore can't seem to help but take credit for programs that aren't his. This time, however, the vice president has stepped on the toes of U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga, and the good senator is not going to let him get away with it.

Slams Clinton's NRA criticism
How quick we are to accept Bill Clinton's attempts to demonize the National Rifle Association and spokesman Wayne LaPierre for observing that this president is willing to accept some level of violence to further his political agenda. Donald L. Davis, Evans

Sisler: Never be the first one to stop clapping
IN 1971 Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn went into exile from his native Russia. Among other works, his The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation earned him disgrace at home and high praise abroad.

Rips those who use suffering for politics
Lynda Luden's March 20 letter seems to confuse the ability to care about people and to respond in an immediate and very personal way to their problems with the political label placed on folks like President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Richard A. Hood, Augusta

Supports candidate with integrity
I would like to voice my support for Don Smith for South Carolina House of Representatives District 83. Donald M. Grogan, North Augusta

Hits Clinton, Congress and candidates
Is President Bill Clinton still babbling about guns? I wonder whenever ``Slick Willie'' quotes some inane statistic about gun violence, does he include the innocents his palace guards killed out in Waco? Walter Huckeba, Keysville

Backs Dist. 83 candidate with 'vision'
On April 4, the voters of House District 83 in the North Augusta area will have the opportunity to choose their next representative. I am writing this letter in support of Eddie Butler. Rick Osbon, Aiken

Wants veto power for Augusta mayor
Why is it that, as the head of the executive branch, the president has the right to veto a bill, but as the head of the executive branch of the Augusta government, the mayor does not have the right to veto a bill or ordinance? Lekha Abraham, Augusta

Criticizes Butler on flag position
There are three candidates running in the April 4 Republican primary for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 83 seat, which encompasses the North AugustaBelvedere area. Frank E. Odom, North Augusta

Supports 'experience' in S.C. race
I am writing this letter in support of Eddie Butler as a candidate for the South Carolina Statehouse seat from District 83. Mr. Butler has served the citizens of the district on County Council for over 10 years. C. W. ``Charlie'' Brown Jr., North Augusta

Offers neighbor's mess for trucks
This letter is to those that have a complaint about a road tractor parked in their neighborhood. I will swap you for one neighbor who has two to three cars that don't run in the driveway and in the backyard (the one in the backyard was hanging from a chain horse from two boards nailed to a pine tree). Jim Stringer, Martinez

Satirizes editorial stand on tobacco
I agree with the March 23 editorial that, ``until Congress declares (tobacco) illegal, the industry should be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other legal product.'' Richard A. Arnold, Augusta

Praises retiring Tomberlin for service
I would like to compliment Chief John Tomberlin, director of Public Safety for Grovetown, for his exemplary and outstanding service to our community. David G. Edmiston Sr., Grovetown

S.C. tax lure too much
In this robust economy, with jobless rates at near record lows, generous tax incentives to lure new business and industry aren't as needed as they were in the early '90s.

Hitting home
They don't makeWhen it happens in Springfield, Ore., it's one thing. If it happens in Littleton, Colo., or Paducah, Ky. or somewhere else, it's still pretty abstract.

Defends legislator's hometown 'pork'
We all hate pork, of course. We are scandalized when some government grant goes to some distant community for some seemingly obscure purpose. Bill Moore, Aiken

Overtime: Davenport regains No. 1 ranking

America qualifies 7 boxers

Overtime: Davenport regains tennis' No. 1 ranking

S.Williams will likely skip Hilton Head tourney

Eagles victorious in tri-meet

Busy day set on football fields

Earnhardt hands out tickets

Aquinas, Athens deadlock

MLS to apply to run women's league

Akers needs surgery; out three months

Sullivan, Lovett help give Cross Creek title dreams

Labonte quite at home in Texas

Overtime: Hingis pounds Seles in semis at Key Biscayne

Overtime: Hingis pounds Seles in semis at Key Biscayne

Scientists use atoms to test standard model of physics
SAN FRANCISCO -- Like pool sharks, scientists are using lasers to nudge ``clouds'' of atoms into tiny ``traps'' where the particles' properties can be studied.

California faces big clean-air decision
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The future of electric cars in the United States could well be determined when California decides whether to pursue -- or to back away from -- a requirement for pollution-free vehicles.

'Terminator' seed use to be reviewed
WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman asked an advisory committee Wednesday to review the controversial ``terminator'' technology developed by department scientists to render seeds sterile.

New rules set for children's Web sites
Federal regulations aimed at protecting children's online privacy take effect next month, forcing Web sites that cater to kids under age 13 to get parental permission before they can collect any personal information about children who visit them online.

Study: Strong link between Agent Orange and diabetes
WASHINGTON -- An Air Force study released Wednesday confirmed a connection, long suspected by Vietnam veterans, between wartime exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange and diabetes.

SEC automating system to catch online fraud, raising privacy worries
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators, on the lookout for phrases such as ``get rich quick,'' are creating an automated surveillance system to search Web sites, message boards and chat rooms for fraud.

Augusta gets cyber alter ego on the Web
Miles of Singapore is a citizen of Augusta. So is Alan of England and Marie-Christelle of Quebec, although Alan is the only one of the three who has actually visited this city in person.

Lawmakers ponder how rural areas can get fast Internet service
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers explored ways Tuesday to bring the next generation of Internet services to rural and low-income areas, offering tax credits and regulatory relief as incentives for businesses to reach those markets.

First state bans computer monitor dumping
BOSTON -- Electronics lovers on an endless search for a sharper picture will find it harder to get rid of the relics of their quest in Massachusetts, which begins the first state ban on dumping video monitors Saturday.

Type A or typo? E-mail writers delete the rules of spelling
chicago (ap) -- if you've recieved an e-mail that loks like this ... you'r NOT alone !!!!!!!!! :)

China plans drive to bring nation online
BEIJING -- China plans a campaign to bring industries, government offices and households online as part of a national strategy to make the Internet a more powerful engine for economic growth.

Anti-depressant may also help with hot flashes
Taking an anti-depressant dramatically reduced hot flashes in breast cancer survivors and might be an option for women who don't want to take estrogen for menopause symptoms, new research shows.

New rules set for children's Web sites

SEC automating system to catch online fraud, raising privacy worries

Type A or typo? E-mail writers delete the rules of spelling

Augusta gets cyber alter ego on the Web

Study: Strong link between Agent Orange and diabetes

California faces big clean-air decision

'Terminator' seed use to be reviewed

Scientists use atoms to test standard model of physics

First state bans computer monitor dumping

China plans drive to bring nation online

Lawmakers ponder how rural areas can get fast Internet service

Anti-depressant may also help with hot flashes