Laney-Walker area will see change
With the addition of an enterprise zone to the area, city officials say the Laney-Walker neighborhood finally appears to be getting the attention it deserves.

Convention, meeting facilities grow
Finding a place to have a meeting, conference or reception in Augusta was simple a decade ago because there were few choices.

Etiquette important part of business
We're not talking about a $5 haircut; we're talking about the real effort it takes to enhance skills that will improve job perfor-mance.

Augusta airport plans showcase of high-end jets
Amid the hubbub of the Masters Tournament, traffic at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field will be a relatively small, private parade of jet planes. The occupants will be mostly corporate executives in town for what will likely be their only time this year.

Brauer: Tax system should benefit everyone
April 15 is rolling around. Time to think about taxes. In 1997, federal tax collections amounted to a bit more than $1.7 trillion dollars (or about $6,300 per citizen). Of that amount, about 44 percent came from federal personal income taxes; 38 percent came from social security and other payroll taxes; 12 percent was corporate profit taxes; and the remaining 6 percent came from federal excise taxes, import taxes (tariffs), and similar small items such as estate and gift taxes.

Author pulls stylish narrative from career
Have you ever looked around your workplace and thought to yourself, this place would make a great novel? And, God willing, someday when I make my fortune I'm going to ditch this place and write that novel?

Hokrein: Business seek work, leisure balance
How we work, and the way we think about work has changed dramatically in the past 20 years.

Bank balances technology, services
Q: How do you explain to people what First Union is? About half of the company's revenue comes from sources other than traditional banking. First Union Corp. doesn't even have the word ``bank'' in the title.

Economics to determine air show's future
Business sponsorships were abundant. Support from city officials had been pledged even before any major acts were secured.

Bank chief oversees change
As a young student at the University of South Carolina, all Charlie Rivers wanted was a car and a place of his own.

Bottle design key in selling water
With more than 700 brands of bottled water available in the United States, the Southern Beverage Packers Inc. plant manager knows his water will have to be the best dressed in order to stand out from the rest.

Travel agencies merge to stay competitive
The consolidation bug that bit countless industries during the past several years is now sinking its teeth into the travel agency business.

Cover story: A soaring industry
On any given day during Masters Week, you'll find more than 150 private planes vying for space at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Briefcase
More people are expected to cruise the friendly seas this year. The Cruise Lines International Association is forecasting a 9 percent increase in the number of North Americans taking a cruise vacation this year.

Lofton likely will be in center field

Ripken chasing 3,000-hits milestone

Additions, recoveries lift Braves

Braves set for opener

Clemson falls to UNC

Braves face battle for 9th straight division title

Joyner is adjusting to role as a reserve

Braves notes: Hunter sent to AAA

Braves set for opener

Junior era to open in Cincinnati

Braves face battle in quest for 9th division title in row

GreenJackets have new look

Foursome introduced city to golf

Needless technologies

Convention, meeting facilities grow

Augusta airport plans showcase of high-end jets

Briefcase

Economics to determine air show's future

Etiquette important part of business

Travel agencies merge to stay competitive

Hokrein: Business seek work, leisure balance

Author pulls stylish narrative from career

Needless technologies
The great thinkers of our time have some high-minded ideas about what we can do with technology. They dream about how it can improve mankind -- how it can help us live healthier, happier lives.

Cover story: A soaring industry

Bank balances technology, services

Brauer: Tax system should benefit everyone

Bottle design key in selling water

Near-record low scoring for NCAA semifinal

'Other' Gators surging

Different styles, one goal

Tennessee starter sprains ankle

Michigan St. advances to final

Gators trounce Tarheels

Coaches see defining moment in title game

Tenn., UConn also go head to head in recruiting

Protests sentence in assault case

Scandals won't quit

Notes good wrought by fatal accident

Raps paper for 'lack of objectivity'

Wants more civil discourse

Support civic leader for Dist. 83 race
I will support Arthur Shealy for the South Carolina House District 83 seat because he is arespected attorney and civic leader. His work in the community provides the experience needed to represent our area's interest in the Statehouse.Jerrie Weibel, North Augusta

Questions writer's 'heritage' facts

Insists air show accident 'improbable'

Doubts 2000 census will be accurate

Questions justice in assault case sentence

Schrenko's early agenda

Clarifies 'distorted' political history
Archie Field (letter, March 25) was all over the map in his criticism of conservatives. You can certainly tell when an election year arrives. The distortions and total lack of concern for the truth abound.Bob Gardner, Augusta

Make SRS repairs

Send in census form

Says replace guns with God in schools

Backs truckers in furor over parking

A child murder plot; a pivotal S.C. primary

Rips intrusive Census Bureau form

Backs candidates' law-and-order stand

Debate candidates in S.C. race

Denies politics motivates animal lovers
I want to correct the misinformation contained in some recent letters to the editor. For those who don't know, my wife, Linda, and I served as consecutive presidents of the Central Savannah River Area Humane Society for four years. Frank Schrenko, Grovetown

Conflicting theories abound about Roswell
On July 9, 1947, an article appeared on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record claiming that a local rancher had found the remains of an alien spacecraft that had supposedly crashed in the desert a few days earlier.

Caine award spells contest win
Only Lisa Thomason of Evans correctly named the Academy Award winners in the top six categories. Twenty-six readers tied arts and entertainment writer Steven Uhles by picking five out of six Oscar winners.

Wearing the green
Admit it. You've dreamed about winning Augusta National's legendary green jacket. You've imagined yourself slipping into that championship coat and giving the cameras a big smile. Well, now you can.

In the Know
FORCE FED: George Lucas' Stars Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace is being released on video Tuesday in the United States and Canada. The two-hour, 13-minute movie is listed at $24.98.

History: All floors in house have slant
A former home of George Walton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the expansive white clapboard house on the 2100 block of Wrightsboro Road was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Bride out of line on rehearsal dinner
Dear Carson: Our son is getting married in May. As the groom's parents, we intend to pay for the rehearsal dinner in a nice Italian restaurant.

Spanish Elegance
According to Chef Heinz Sowinski of La Maison restaurant, the dinner selection 1999 Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal made is a simple meal with an exceptional sauce.

Azaleas in bloom means catfish are biting

Hatchery a lab for hybrid bass

Thrilling to earn return trip

Rookies' practice zeal can be costly

Harrington prepares for Masters by winning

Jags take 3-shot tourney lead

Harrington wins Sao Paulo 500 Years Open

Gary Nicklaus has share of lead

Sudden-death win readies Mickelson

Mickelson takes BellSouth

Jaguars claim home-turf victory

Kite sinks putt to beat Watson at Tradition

A season of highs and lows for Lynx

Bruins, Rangers tie

Blues, Wings skate to tie

Lynx notes: Lynx to face New Orleans

Thrashers snap 17-game skid

Lynx's Shtrom strong in defeat

Lynx nail playoff berth

Final report card for Augusta Lynx

NHL reaching playoff pitch

Penguins lose in Jagr's return

Foursome introduced city to golf
This time each year the Masters Tournament attracts thousands to this part of the world.

Bride out of line on rehearsal dinner

Spanish Elegance

In the Know

Conflicting theories abound about Roswell

Caine award spells contest win

History: All floors in house have slant

Inspector safeguards county's restaurants

Masters week brings change

Reception lets fans meet golfers

Blue Angels draw crowd to airport

DNA research opens era
There is no sign in Amy Varnell's face, and only when she speaks in a slightly hoarse voice is there a clue she is somehow different.

High gas prices fail to slow SUV sales

Artist applies her horse sense
AIKEN -- Anne Lattimore painted fruit baskets and flower vases in high school with as much fervor as the next student. She couldn't wait to get home from art class to ride horses.

Across the area: First lady recovering after break

Officials declare Skyfest a success

Richmond County restaurant ratings
Here is a list of Richmond County restaurants, addresses, dates and scores of their most recent routine, surprise health department inspections for the period that ended Friday. The list is not complete, and restaurants that were not inspected last quarter or whose scores were not available are not included:

Officials declare Skyfest a success
After a rocky start Saturday with a larger than expected crowd causing huge traffic problems, Skyfest 2000 ended smoothly Sunday, with officials calling the weekend a success.

Stunt duo wows fans at Skyfest
They can't walk on water, but they perform a feat that's nearly as impressive.

Couple works to promote art, convey message
Piercing through a comfortable silence, Alvin Franklin's voice reaches a voluminous vibrato then releases a deluge of sorrow over the small gallery audience.

Columbia County restaurant ratings
Here is a list of Columbia County restaurants, addresses, dates and scores of their most recent routine, surprise health department inspections for the period that ended Friday. The list is not complete, and restaurants that were not inspected last quarter or whose scores were not available are not included:

GOP targets growing areas

Activities keep spectators grounded during air show
The air show at Skyfest 2000 may have been the headliner Saturday at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, but Jackie Thurmon could not have cared less.

Past year sees growth in area

High gas prices fail to slow SUV sales
For better or for worse, sport utility vehicle owners are not ready to trade in their tanks for more fuel-efficient models, although gas prices continue to climb, local automobile dealers say.

Couple works to promote art, convey message

Traffic plagues first day
Nearly a month ago, Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field Director Al McDill said a larger than expected crowd at Skyfest 2000 would be a welcome problem.

Traffic plagues first day

Masters week brings change
Devotees of the game of golf are flocking to Augusta.

Stunt duo wows fans at Skyfest

Inspector safeguards county's restaurants
Since January, Michael Allison has visited all of the nearly 130 restaurants along Washington Road, on Walton Way and in Surrey Center.

House hopefuls prepare for vote
Voters in South Carolina's House District 83 go to the polls Tuesday to select nominees to succeed Scott Beck, the two-term legislator who resigned in January to take a job with the state attorney general.

Garden dedicated in student's memory
Drew Goldsmith came from the University of Georgia to speak at his old high school Saturday.

Past year sees growth in area
Augusta will be a better host to Masters Tournament visitors in many ways this year.

Across the area: First lady recovering after break
After breaking her ankle in three spots in a parachuting accident Friday, Gwen Fulcher Young is recovering at University Hospital and is ``in great spirits,'' said Mark Gibbons, administrative assistant to Mayor Bob Young.

DNA research opens era

Blue Angels draw crowd to airport
Although the activity on the ground wasn't perfect, Skyfest 2000 attendees weren't disappointed with the aerial displays, exhibits and activities at the show.

Across the area: Mayor's wife still sidelined by ankle

Reception lets fans meet golfers
It's not the nineteenth hole, but Mayor Bob Young's second annual Masters Reception is as close as many Augustans will get to mingling with legendary golfers in town for the Masters Tournament.

House hopefuls prepare for vote

Activities keep spectators grounded during air show

GOP targets growing areas
ATLANTA - Republicans have little to show for the Georgia General Assembly session that ended late last month.

Columbia County restaurant ratings

Artist applies her horse sense

Richmond County restaurant ratings

Additions, recoveries lift Braves

Across the area: Mayor's wife still sidelined by ankle
Gwen Fulcher Young, wife of Mayor Bob Young, was still at University Hospital on Sunday night after breaking her ankle in three places during a Friday parachuting accident. She is expected to be released today.

NBA gives Avery a new look at life

Williams' threes lift Kings over Sixers

Year as backup frustrates Moore

Perkins has 6 treys in Pacers win

O'Neal has 34 in Lakers' win

Phoenix edges T'Wolves

Pistons trounce Nets

Former Detroit coach a winner in debut with Globetrotters

Kickoff nears for Stallions

Mrs. Lizzie Baxley
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Lizzie Mae Bragg Baxley, 82, of Baduly Street, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. John O'Donnell Sr.
Mr. John Edward O'Donnell Sr., 52, of Martin Lane, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Cara Reid
Ms. Cara Yvette Reid, 34, of Macon Avenue, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Nene Yniguez
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Nene Yniguez, 83, of Cold Spring Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. John Hunnicutt
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. John R. Hunnicutt, 77, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Marie Craig
GLOVERVILLE - Mrs. Marie C. Craig, 81, of School Street, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Gracie Samuel
MIAMI - Mrs. Gracie Lee Samuel, 62, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Cedars Medical Center.

Mr. Perry Coleman
Mr. Perry Coleman, 63, of Earl Street, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Robert Brege
Mr. Robert Harry Brege, 72, of Martinez, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Judy Guinn
AIKEN - Mrs. Judy White Guinn, 51, of Heather Way, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Eugenia Hardin
APPLING - Mrs. Eugenia L. Hardin, 94, of Ray Owens Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mr. George Nix
WHITEVILLE, N.C. - Mr. George Nix, 72, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Columbus County Hospital.

Mr. Nathan Arvin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Nathan Eli Arvin, 48, of Johnson Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Sara Garner
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Rainwater Garner, 90, of Ridgeland Drive, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Carrie Cumberlander
Mrs. Carrie Willis Cumberlander, 68, of St. John's Towers, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jose Serrano Sr.
Mr. Jose Antonio Serrano Sr., 72, of Lumpkin Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Jennings Nursing Home.

Mr. Louis O'Shields
LANGLEY - Mr. Louis Jack O'Shields, 69, of Jackson Street, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Carrie Harris
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Carrie Bell Harris, 78, of Whittle Pond Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at the residence of her daughter.

Mrs. Martha Garner
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Martha Brown Garner, 70, of Stephens Road, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Sara Garner
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Rainwater Garner, 90, of Ridgeland Drive, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Betty Koon
AIKEN - Mrs. Betty Goodwin Koon died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Jean Cipolla
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Mrs. Jean Cipolla, 76, of Fox Lane, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Sandpiper Convalescent Center.

Mrs. Mary McKay
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Mary Margaret McKay, 78, died Saturday, April 1, 2000.

Mrs. Ruby Hamilton
Mrs. Ruby E. Hamilton, 83, of J. Dewey Gray Circle, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Albert Strickland
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Albert Courtney Strickland, 78, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

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

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

Mr. Ronald Sprenkle
Mr. Ronald M. Sprenkle died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Julian Drake
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Julian Ronnie Drake, 55, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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.

Mrs. Ola Smith
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Ola Mae Smith, 74, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Richard Jones
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Richard I. Jones, 74, of Hoffmann Lane, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at his residence.

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.

Mrs. Minnie Marchant
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Minnie Eubanks Marchant, 88, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

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. Lofton Brown
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Lofton Brown, 73, died Friday, March 31, 2000.

Mrs. Diann Harper
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Diann Graham Harper, 54, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Mr. John Walden
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. John Miggle Walden, 86, of Butts Street, died Thursday, March 29, 2000, at the residence.

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

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

Mrs. Frances Brown

Mr. George Nix

Mrs. Nene Yniguez

Mr. Jose Serrano Sr.

Mrs. Lizzie Baxley

Mrs. Mary Mock

Mrs. Sara Garner

Mr. Richard Jones

Mrs. Gracie Samuel

Mrs. Nellie Parrish

Mr. Julian Drake

Mrs. Josie Savage

Christopher Miles

Mr. Louis O'Shields

Mr. Lofton Brown

Mr. Ronald Sprenkle

Mrs. Judy Guinn

Mrs. Carrie Harris

Mrs. Ruby Hamilton

Mrs. Jean Cipolla

Ms. Cara Reid

Mrs. Carrie Cumberlander

Mr. Albert Strickland

Mrs. Martha Garner

Mr. Robert Brege

Mrs. Alfaratta O'Brien

Mr. Elton Marchant

Mr. John Walden

Mr. Lee Davis

Mr. John O'Donnell Sr.

Mrs. Ola Smith

Mrs. Betty Koon

Mrs. Edith Cheek

Mrs. Sara Garner

Mrs. Mary McKay

Mr. John Hunnicutt

Mrs. Marie Craig

Mrs. Eugenia Hardin

Mrs. Diann Harper

No to phony diplomas
Should high school seniors who have failed to complete their graduation requirements be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies?

Schrenko's early agenda
Even though the 2000 Georgia General Assembly is history, and even though Gov. Roy Barnes dominated its education initiatives, State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko wasted no time in unveiling her 2001 legislative agenda. Why so early?

Protests sentence in assault case
On March 14, Dr. Shirley Madison was sentenced to 90 days in a work release program which was later changed to 45 consecutive weekends in jail for attempting to kill my grandson Adam Wilson. Although she pled guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill her own child, she received ``special'' consideration from Judge Frank Eppes. I doubt seriously that she would have been treated so gently had she been a less prominent member of the Aiken community. Evelyn D. Wilson, Martinez

A child murder plot; a pivotal S.C. primary
THERE'S LOCAL and even national soul-searching after the arrest of three Martinez boys -- two 11-year-olds and a 13-year-old -- for an elaborate plan to take two parents hostage and kill them.

Questions writer's 'heritage' facts
Many thanks to Mark Gelbart for his March 18 letter decrying the lies that appear daily on The Chronicle editorial page. John Woodson, McCormick

Debate candidates in S.C. race
Don Smith is our choice for the South Carolina District 83 House Seat. Mr. Smith, now retired, would be able to serve full-time as our representative in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Shirley & E.J. Holgate, North Augusta

Says replace guns with God in schools
How ironic. Two articles on the same day appeared in The Chronicle that show the futility of yet another Bill Clinton scheme. Donny Gray, Augusta

Supports tax opponent in S.C. race
District 83 South Carolina House candidate Arthur Shealy is right when he advocates eliminating car taxes. These taxes not only penalize the ownership of private property, but they also feed the bureaucracies in Columbia. Fay Cupstid, North Augusta

Notes good wrought by fatal accident
I would like to say thank you to a wonderful person and his store. Out of a tragic accident came a deed of kindness that will undoubtedly save lives. Thank you Ed Luckey from Luck-Es Board Shop on Broad Street. Susan W. Turner, Jackson

Support civic leader for Dist. 83 race
I will support Arthur Shealy for the South Carolina House District 83 seat because he is arespected attorney and civic leader. His work in the community provides the experience needed to represent our area's interest in the Statehouse. Jerrie Weibel, North Augusta

Rips intrusive Census Bureau form
I am writing to protest the U.S. Census. I received Form D-2. I do not know how many people got this form. Those who did need to think hard about answering all these intrusive questions. Theresa L. McTier, Augusta

Backs candidates' law-and-order stand
Arthur Shealy, candidate for the South Carolina House District 83 seat, is on target when he says jails should be made more unpleasant for convicted criminals. I. H. McKnight, North Augusta

Send in census form
Augusta area residents have so far returned about 32 percent of their census forms -- well below the national average of 44 percent, which itself is a poor return rate.

Doubts 2000 census will be accurate
I received a telephone call from the Census Bureau asking if I had completed my census form and mailed it in. When I responded ``no,'' the caller asked me why not. Geraldine Connally, Mitchell

Make SRS repairs
It's unfortunate that the Savannah River Site may let go hundreds of workers for budgetary reasons at a time when the nuclear weapons facility is in dire need of repairs.

Backs truckers in furor over parking
First, I'd like to address a statement in the March 26 edition. ``Supporters of Augusta's ordinance say public parking spaces are readily available locally and drivers should utilize them. Michele Hemingway, Augusta

Says right to life is in Constitution
I read with a strange combination of amusement and disgust the March 29 letter from Mary Beth Pierucci, the director of external affairs of Planned Parenthood, in which she attempts to portray the killing of an unborn human (abortion) as a patriotic event celebrating the U.S. Constitution. George C. Keough, Evans

It's a magic week
The world's media spotlight turns again, for the 64th year, on the Masters Tournament held on what the late Augusta National designer Bobby Jones dreamed would be the perfect golf course.

Questions justice in assault case sentence
As a neighbor of Adam Wilson's grandmother, I was horrified to read all the articles regarding the attempted murder of Adam by his mother Dr. Shirley Madison. This is a woman who had been trained for years in order to become a surgeon and then took the Hippocratic Oath to serve mankind and to treat his ills with compassion. If the attempted murder of a 7-year-old son is a compassionate and loving act by a mother who is also a doctor, then we live in a very sick society. S.F. Putnam, Martinez

Denies politics motivates animal lovers
I want to correct the misinformation contained in some recent letters to the editor. For those who don't know, my wife, Linda, and I served as consecutive presidents of the Central Savannah River Area Humane Society for four years. Frank Schrenko, Grovetown

Scandals won't quit
The Clinton-Gore administration's delight that the Independent Counsel Office, after four years of investigation, gave high White House officials a clean bill of health in the ``Filegate'' scandal didn't last long. Within a few days two major embarrassments hit the president and vice president.

Wants more civil discourse
Hoyt Goodson's suggestion (letter, March 26) to take columnist David Sisler off the editorial page because he uses religion to support his opinions could lead to a significant reduction in printable letters. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

Clarifies 'distorted' political history
Archie Field (letter, March 25) was all over the map in his criticism of conservatives. You can certainly tell when an election year arrives. The distortions and total lack of concern for the truth abound. Bob Gardner, Augusta

Insists air show accident 'improbable'
I would like to respond to the March 25 letter from Debbie Casalie that derided air shows for their ``high probability'' of danger. While an accident is certainly possible, the probability is very low. Ed Johnson, North Augusta

Raps paper for 'lack of objectivity'
According to the March 12 Chronicle, Christopher Andrews died of cardiac wounds at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital after allegedly being stabbed by Alicia Hall. I'm a lay person without a law degree, but because of the commitment to the cause of victims' rights, I've had to familiarize myself with the process of reaching a verdict in a case such as this. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

Mark Martin has knack for rain-delay victories

Larente comes away with two harness victories

Gordon sets bar for Adam Petty

Sampras gets first win of year

Texas track is special to Bobby Labonte too

New generation takes over

Athletes' group gives back to community

Kwan rallies to win third world title

Former NBA star launches Internet-only talk show
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Charles Barkley, out of basketball since a career-ending knee injury in December, has a new forum from which to spout his outrageous views: an Internet-only talk show.

Internet worries parents
Mary Ellen Price isn't willing to accept the good with the bad. She's had a computer in her Martinez home for more than a year, but she refuses to have it connected to the Internet.

Boss may be sneaking up on you in cyberspace
At CoManage Corp., a computer software company in Pine, Pa., where the employees play Foosball and race remote-control cars when they feel like it, the boss doesn't read anyone's e-mail or worry whether someone is wasting time surfing the Web on a notebook computer.

International competition squeezing German e-commerce startups
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Joerg Rheinboldt is a new breed of entrepreneur in a country where tightfisted investors usually steer clear of Internet startups and young business leaders seek shelter in well-established blue chip companies.

Inventor has taste for Internet
SAVANNAH -- You've heard of scratch-and-sniff marketing. Ellwood Ivey Jr. wants you to click and smell.

Rules for supplement claims debated
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- From strong modern vitamins to the traditional comfort of herbal teas, health experts are debating whether dietary supplements should be allowed to claim benefits for pregnant women.

Chicken pox vaccine seems able to create own booster
WASHINGTON -- The widely used chicken-pox vaccine seems to reactivate itself when an individual's immunity lessens, possibly creating its own booster mechanism, researchers have discovered.

Computer crime expert creates Internet alarm
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A leading cybercrime expert today plans to launch a new Internet burglar alarm system that analysts say may raise the bar in the burgeoning and vital field of computer security.

Internet entrepreneur spirit takes hold a la francaise
PARIS -- The line winds around the renovated former wine warehouse in a newly chic neighborhood of Paris.

Iraq launches vaccination campaign against polio
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq launched a nationwide polio vaccination campaign Tuesday, struggling to combat the re-emergence of a disease it had conquered before the Persian Gulf war and sanctions undermined its medical and sanitation systems.

Source: Microsoft proposal unraveled talks
WASHINGTON -- Talks between Microsoft Corp. and government lawyers failed after the company insisted on its own proposal to settle the antitrust lawsuit and not because of disputes between state and federal officials, people familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.

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.

Small radio station makes waves online
WATSONVILLE, Calif. -- An esoteric little radio station with no play lists and the weakest signal in its market is topping online radio charts as people around the world discover its irreverent delights.

Internet entrepreneur spirit takes hold a la francaise

Small radio station makes waves online

Boss may be sneaking up on you in cyberspace

Augusta gets cyber alter ego on the Web

Iraq launches vaccination campaign against polio

Chicken pox vaccine seems able to create own booster

Internet worries parents

International competition squeezing German e-commerce startups

Former NBA star launches Internet-only talk show

Inventor has taste for Internet

Source: Microsoft proposal unraveled talks