Putting new spin on fairy tales

Ramblin' Rhodes: Minnie didn't go to poor house
News that the late Minnie Pearl's home in Nashville, Tenn., is a stop on the Junior League's decorators showcase tour brought back a funny memory of the late country comic.

Musical has strong messages

Musical has strong messages
In the world of musical theater, The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht is an anomaly. Instead of the toe-tapping songs or lavish production numbers that anchor traditional musical theater, it uses music and drama to take audiences on a strange and unexpected journey.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Minnie didn't go to poor house

Riverwalk to serve as backdrop for poets
As dusk settles Saturday on the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, poets will gather to celebrate their craft.

Young comic takes no shortcuts

Putting new spin on fairy tales
In the imagined world of Storyland Theatre, there is no mortgage on Grandma's house, the Big Bad Wolf hasn't been laid low by a virulent case of fleas and a mysterious pumpkin blight hasn't ruined Cinderella's chances of catching a ride to the ball.

Young comic takes no shortcuts
Aries Spears is a comedy veteran at age 25. Mr. Spears developed his high-energy style of stand-up in his early teens and has countless nights of stage experience behind him.

Riverwalk to serve as backdrop for poets

Hampton leaves with bruised knee

Pitching duel lives up to billing

MLB notebook

Fischer joins Tampa Bay as team's pitching coach

GreenJackets fall in 11

GreenJackets fall in 11

Lakeside makes its move

GreenJackets close road trip with loss

Bouknight leads USC to win

Royals' late-inning dramatics continue

Braves fall to Cubs

Posada, El Duque lift Yankees to win

Manager says Jackets learning, growing

Mets down Phillies; Dodgers edge Giants

Braves notebook: Chen at home in pen

Braves notes: No.5 job Burkett's for taking

Pitchers hit hard in loss

Americans exercise indulgence

Business briefs: Internet education program gets funds
WASHINGTON -- A program to connect schools, libraries and communities nationwide to the Internet will receive $2.25 billion in funding this year, the full amount allowed under rules of the Federal Communications Commission, the agency announced Thursday.

State pushing for minority contracts
ATLANTA -- Of the $3.6 billion the state spent on medium to large contracts last year, just 3 percent went to companies owned by members of racial minorities.

Center's addition readied
The owner of Surrey Center plans to expand the upscale retail complex with the addition of a two-story building at the northwest corner.

Business briefs: Internet education program gets funds

IRS will offer late service
Internal Revenue Service agents will be burning the midnight oil Monday, helping last-minute filers get their taxes in on time.

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index continued its steep slide Wednesday, plummeting 286 points and closing below 4,000 after a Goldman Sachs analyst lowered his expectations for Microsoft's revenues during the just-ended quarter.

State pushing for minority contracts

IRS will offer late service

Son: Knight feels betrayed by release of videotape

Advocates veto power for mayor

Awaits anti-GOP spin in Elian case

Calls editorial on pedophile 'naive'

Backs 'outsider' in S.C. Dist. 83 race

Crazy Internet stock

Courtesy not racism

Praises support for health care bill

Protests noise, fans at race track

Explains use of the word 'retarded'

Ga. reform, Part II

Searching for stardom
``Intense and very real.'' That's how actress Joelle Carter, a former resident of Augusta, described the controversial and recently suspended drama Wonderland, in which she portrays an intern at a New York psychiatric hospital.

In the know
BIG BABY: A female giraffe born at Riverbanks Zoo on April 3 weighed in at 137 pounds. The giraffe, which was 5 feet 6' inches tall, joins a 2-year-old male sibling in the Africa exhibit, as well as a baby black rhino born in February.

Japanese anime finds American fan base
Dragonball Z is one of the most popular anime titles at local video stores. The show airs at 10 a.m. Saturdays on Cartoon Network.

Getting organized
When finding the tool you are looking for suddenly becomes more work than the job you need it for, it's time to think reorganization.

Capsules
A dentist can detect the warning signs of cavities, gum disease and -- perhaps -- a stroke or heart attack.

Every beautiful garden begins with a plan
I get many requests from folks seeking help in planning their home landscapes. Some have new homes, while others have moved to homes with poorly planned landscapes.

Spring fling
Put away your unisex, cargo and utility gear and spring forward in soft, flirty blouses, skirts and dresses. Femininity is back in style.

In the Know
BOOK SIGNING: Celestine Sibley Fleming will read from her book Celestine Sibley: A Granddaughter's Reminiscence at 7 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. In the book, Ms. Fleming shares

Nine area teams entered in federation test

Cold front slows fish bite

Ballesteros event kicks off

Singh tops MCI Classic field

Blues handle Sharks in opener

Lynx notebook: Florida's top goalie sidelined

Lambert has it all in control

Chouroupov could play Sunday

Maple Leafs blank Senators

Americans exercise indulgence
In Atlanta, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released an exhaustive, state-by-state survey of American health habits.

Tourney loses Williams to boycott
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Serena Williams withdrew from the Family Circle Cup on Wednesday, the biggest sports name to back NAACP's boycott of South Carolina for flying the Confederate flag. Williams, the sixth-ranked tennis player in the world, was the first to commit in January to the yearly clay court tournament at Sea Pines Racquet Club. But she rethought the decision last month when told of the flag controversy.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Gang leader gets maximum term
A young Augusta man convicted of persuading three teen-agers to rob and shoot a pawnshop manager received a prison sentence of life plus 25 years Wednesday. As he has contended since his arrest, Lawrence ``Rambo'' Miller again Wednesday insisted he was not responsible. ``I had no knowledge of what they were going to do.'' Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Getting organized

Japanese anime finds American fan base

Every beautiful garden begins with a plan

Searching for stardom

Capsules

In the know

Savannah officials slash school budget

Pledge on dam fought
Augusta commissioners are upset about a plan giving control of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam to government leaders across the river.

MCG tries to attract minorities
When they enrolled at Medical College of Georgia two years ago, Kristi Kinsey and Danielle McFarland were bucking a trend. Now, they're trying to help start one.

Workers added to compensation plan
Savannah River Site employees finally are included in federal plans to help those who were sickened from work at U.S. nuclear-weapons sites.

Flag strikes chord in Senate

Gang leader gets maximum term
A young Augusta man convicted of persuading three teen-agers to rob and shoot a pawnshop manager received a prison sentence of life plus 25 years Wednesday.

SRS to decide on layoffs in July
Savannah River Site workers will know by mid-July whether layoffs will occur at the federal nuclear-weapons site, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Youths' argument escalates
Pupils riding a bus home from Merriwether Middle School on Wednesday told sheriff's deputies that a dispute between two classmates prompted one child's mother to board the bus and threaten to kill them all.

Teacher's recovery deemed unlikely
Nearly five months after a brutal attack by one of her pupils, Linda Gail Hendrick is still in a coma and the likelihood of her recovery is very small, her doctor said Thursday.

Aiken photo will mark time
AIKEN -- Wanda Lista carted her 1-year-old son, Sam, around Aiken's streets in a wagon Wednesday, rustling up locals for the biggest family portrait ever to be taken in this town.

Gang leader gets maximum term

Politician recounts his mother's advice
Even though he had spent 31 years as a politician, speaking before national audiences, Ronald Dellums said he was a little nervous about speaking Wednesday to students at Paine College.

Youths will stay incarcerated

Sisters testify in sexual misconduct trial
AIKEN -- With her hair in pigtails and her face barely visible, an 8-year-old girl took the witness stand Wednesday and recalled being touched below her belly button by a male relative.

Teacher's recovery deemed unlikely

Flag strikes chord in Senate
COLUMBIA -- On the historic date that the Civil War began at Fort Sumter and ended four years later at Appomattox, the South Carolina Senate began debating how to remove from its Capitol dome the Confederate flag that some residents revere and some revile.

Women receive awards
Beverly Dunn buried her face in a napkin halfway through Alaine Handfinger's surprise announcement Thursday.

City, county make dam offer
Ownership of New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam could be transferred from the Army Corps of Engineers to Aiken County and the city of North Augusta under a partnership proposal unveiled Wednesday in Washington.

Gang leader gets maximum term

Afternoon collision
A sedan overturned Wednesday on the shoulder of Interstate 20 after colliding with another vehicle near Belair Road. The occupants of the sedan were taken to the hospital, but their injuries were reportedly not life-threatening.

Man testifies in abuse trial
AIKEN -- The trial of a Clearwater man accused of inappropriately touching one relative and raping another continued Thursday.

Father tends to recovering girl
Divine Germany Monroe spent her first moments out of a hospital bed Wednesday since a hit-and-run driver put her there a month ago.

MCG tries to attract minorities

Retailer sees few gas thefts
Stuckey's Amoco is bucking a trend of increased gasoline thefts.

First aid
Robin Ellis (left), with Aiken Rescue, and Christina Crowder, with Aiken County Emergency Medical Service, carefully remove Ricky Stapleton, of Buffalo, S.C., from his car after he lost control of the vehicle on a curve on Wrights Mill Road and rolled down an embankment. Mr. Stapleton was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers for treatment.

Across the area: Cold front brings quick chill to area

Across the area

High school `loner' gets probation for his threats
A former T.W. Josey High School student accused of threatening to plant bombs at the school and at a civic center graduation ceremony received five years of probation Thursday.

Trade center walkway sinks

Tourney loses Williams to boycott

Man testifies in abuse trial

Youths' argument escalates

Politician recounts his mother's advice

Workers added to compensation plan

Pre-k program popularity grows

Senate party leader dismisses flag threat

Official: Technical training needed

Airport director ousted
Airport Director Al McDill sat and watched as seven hands wiped out his job Thursday morning.

Sisters testify in sexual misconduct trial

Pledge on dam fought

First aid

Trade center walkway sinks
What started with a handful of bricks tumbling out of place has turned into a collapsed 30-foot portion of the riverwalk between the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort.

Youths will stay incarcerated
While his parents and defense attorney pleaded with a Juvenile Court judge to let him come home, 11-year-old John Hoehle sat and wept in a Columbia County courtroom Thursday.

Educator considers her return
Richmond County Board of Education Trustee Kingsley Riley says she's feeling better after her stay at Georgia Regional Hospital, but she'll let the Lord decide whether she should attend tonight's board meeting and whether to resign her seat.

Airport director ousted

Across the area
More than 200 pupils and faculty members at Richmond County's Sego Middle School will be tested Monday for possible exposure to tuberculosis after a pupil's skin test was positive.

Savannah officials slash school budget
SAVANNAH -- After a 10-hour political quagmire of unfocused discussion, bickering and backbiting Wednesday, the nine-member Chatham County Board of Education hacked $21.8 million from next year's budget.

Official: Technical training needed
WARRENVILLE -- Aiken County's economy is in good shape, with unemployment below the state average at 4.1 percent. But what for all practical purposes would seem to be good news also may come with a downside.

Senate party leader dismisses flag threat
ATLANTA -- State Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker has received a threatening letter from a Toombs County man angry about the Augusta Democrat's support for removing the Confederate emblem from Georgia's flag.

Retailer sees few gas thefts

NBC films series pilot on Parris Island
Hollywood has once again come to Beaufort, or more specifically, to Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot, where the process of making Marines will soon be the subject of a pilot for NBC's newest military drama series.

Afternoon collision

Children get lesson on the cost of crime
Eleven years ago, if someone asked Jeri Davis or anyone in her school's senior class if they knew anyone who had been in trouble with the juvenile justice system, very few would have said yes.

NBC films series pilot on Parris Island

Pre-k program popularity grows
At a back table in Martinez Elementary School's cafeteria, Allison Yawn anxiously waited for names to be drawn from a box to see if her daughter would make the cut for the school's pre-kindergarten class.

Aiken photo will mark time

Across the area: Cold front brings quick chill to area
Area temperatures dipped into the high 30s Thursday afternoon -- more than 40 degrees lower than Wednesday's high of 81.

Father tends to recovering girl

City, county make dam offer

Hardaway out with foot injury

Hornets beat Hawks by 32

Heat glad to be home for showdown vs. Pacers

Pistons rout Heat

Witness says Lewis wasn't participant in stabbing

No easy answers in NFL draft

Mr. John Sims Jr.
Mr. John Henry Sims Jr., of Ruby Drive, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Milton Stack
BATESBURG, S.C. - Mr. Milton A. Stack, 78, of Stack Road, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Annie Poole
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Lee Riner Poole, 85, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Eva Berrian
Mrs. Eva Lockhart Berrian, of Druid Park, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Dr. Robert Adams
WRENS, Ga. - Dr. Robert ``Bob'' Adams, 68, of Sand Valley Road, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Evelyn Sherlock
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Evelyn Robertson Sherlock, 81, of Kennedy Drive, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Louise Alberson
BLYTHE - Mrs. Louise Alberson, 78, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lewis Rouquie
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Mrs. Lewis Davies Rouquie, 82, of Dupree Drive, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Inez Roberts
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Inez Mincey Roberts, of Ellison Bridge Road, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Sylview Health Care.

Mr. James Fickling Jr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. James Harrison ``Harry'' Fickling Jr., 79, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, in Covington, Ga.

Mr. Leroy Hill Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. Leroy Hill Sr., 70, of Moss Drive, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Simon Toole
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Simon Mark Toole, 27, of Silver Fox Way, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lula Tyler
ATLANTA - Mrs. Lula Mae Tyler, 64, of Burbank Drive, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at College Park Health Center.

Mr. Walter Baughman Sr.
WAGENER - Mr. Walter H. Baughman Sr., 71, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Clifford Jones
PAMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Mr. Clifford Eli Jones, 62, of Palm Aire Drive North, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at North Ridge Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale.

Mrs. Elizabeth Peeples
AIKEN - Mrs. Elizabeth E. Peeples, 68, of Williamsburg Street Northeast, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Roosevelt Johnson
Mr. Roosevelt Johnson, of 12th Avenue, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Charles Shomber
Mr. Charles E. Shomber, 60, of Glenn Hills Drive, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000.

Mrs. Sara Register
CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Sara Frances Register, 71, died Saturday, April 8, 2000.

Mr. Marvin Devereaux
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Marvin Devereaux, 49, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Thelma Cline
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mrs. Thelma M. Cline, 76, of Clark Station Church Road, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

Miranda Bowman
RIVER FALLS, S.C. - Miranda Elizabeth Bowman, 10-year-old daughter of Tarra D. Sinex, of Gap Creek Road, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000.

Mr. James Sinclair
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mr. James Rudolph Sinclair, 71, of Rock Spring Road, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center, Hampton.

William Hill III
PELHAM, N.C. - William A. ``Trey'' Hill III, 9-year-old son of William A. Hill Jr. and Paula Kohlmeyer Hill, of H.C. Highway 700, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Danville Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Virginia Tuttle
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Virginia L. Henson Tuttle, 69, of Slide Hill Road, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000.

Mrs. Loraine Booras
Mrs. Loraine Spector Booras, 66, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Charles Imler Sr.
COLUMBUS, Miss. - Mr. Charles Thomas Imler Sr., 81, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Milferd Lamb
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Milferd Gene Lamb, 32, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lucille Kilpatrick
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Herndon Kilpatrick, 66, of Kilpatrick Road, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Miss Becky Jones
Miss Becky Jones, 31, of E Court, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Lindsey Holmes Jr.
Mr. Lindsey Holmes Jr., of Daniel Street, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Bertha McManus
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Bertha Mae Joslin McManus, 62, of McManus Road, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Roainer Wright
DECATUR, Ga. - Mrs. Roainer Kearse Wright, 96, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Harvest Heights Baptist Home Center.

Mr. Robert Jarvis Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Robert L. Jarvis Jr., 60, of Trimmer Place, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Chisolm
AIKEN - Mr. Robert ``Bubba'' Chisolm, 53, of Cushman Drive, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Miss Frances Spires
VAUCLUSE - Miss Frances ``Midge'' Spires, 70, of Walton Street, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. William Taylor
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. William Henry Taylor, 89, died Sunday, April 9, 2000.

Mrs. Tomiko Payton
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Tomiko Koyama Payton, 62, of Georgia Highway 220, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Perdue Jr.
Mrs. Robert L. Perdue Jr., 72, of Moore Road, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Blount
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Betty Ann Agerton Blount, 70, of Hadden Pond Road, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Harrison Robinson
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Harrison Robinson, 79, of Georgia Highway 171, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Evelyn Sherlock
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Evelyn Robertson Sherlock, 81, of Kennedy Drive, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Betty Milton
Ms. Betty M. Milton, 63, of Brayton Street, died Monday, April 10, 2000.

Mr. Robert Crowder Sr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Robert Crowder Sr., 89, of Carver Street, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Carter
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Robert N. Carter, 53, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Horace Williams
CAMILLA, Ga. - Mr. Horace Williams, 76, of River Road, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Archbold Medical Center.

Mrs. Thelma Cline

Miss Frances Spires

Mr. Robert Crowder Sr.

Mrs. Loraine Booras

Mrs. Annie Poole

Mrs. Eva Berrian

Mr. Charles Shomber

Mrs. Bertha McManus

Mr. Robert Perdue Jr.

Mrs. Betty Blount

Mr. Robert Carter

Mr. Milton Stack

Mr. James Fickling Jr.

Miss Becky Jones

Mr. Roosevelt Johnson

Mrs. Tomiko Payton

Miranda Bowman

Mrs. Inez Roberts

Mr. William Taylor

Mrs. Lucille Kilpatrick

Ms. Betty Milton

Mrs. Evelyn Sherlock

Mr. Harrison Robinson

Mrs. Elizabeth Peeples

Mr. James Sinclair

Mrs. Roainer Wright

Mr. Robert Chisolm

Mr. Marvin Devereaux

Mr. Walter Baughman Sr.

Mrs. Evelyn Sherlock

Dr. Robert Adams

Mrs. Louise Alberson

Mr. Robert Jarvis Jr.

Mr. Clifford Jones

Mr. Milferd Lamb

Mrs. Virginia Tuttle

Mr. John Sims Jr.

Mr. Lindsey Holmes Jr.

Corporate cowards
Three empty flagpoles in front of the Sheraton Augusta Hotel stand in mute testimony to the cowardice of a worldwide hotel chain's corporate management.

Awaits anti-GOP spin in Elian case
As the story of little Elian Gonzalez continues to unfold in the Cuban metropolis of Miami, I am waiting anxiously to see how the ``sharpies'' in the bowels of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will work out their plan. Raymond Hargrove, North Augusta

Calls editorial on pedophile 'naive'
Recent actions of South Carolina's legal system regarding a particularly heinous crime committed by a terribly twisted felon upon a 6-year-old boy was deemed by the March 30 The Augusta Chronicle as being ``reminiscent of how the old Soviet Union did things.'' What a curious observation. Frank Murphy, Aiken

Backs 'outsider' in S.C. Dist. 83 race
I am writing to express my support for Arthur H. Shealy as representative to South Carolina House District 83. Mr. Shealy, native to North Augusta and lifelong Republican, is the ideal candidate. Pam Brammer, North Augusta

Wants school zone limit enforced
Devine Germany Monroe was hit by a car March 13 in a school zone on Tobacco Road. It's hard to think that in order for anything to be done to make it a safer place for our children and family members, something this horrible had to happen. V.L. Herrera, Harlem

Crazy Internet stock
``Technology stocks continue volatility'' is the generic headline in many newspapers around the country this week. No wonder there's ``volatility'' when you have ``companies'' like NetJ.com.

Explains use of the word 'retarded'
This is in response to Ellyn Johnson-Burkette's April 4 letter about my use of the word ``retarded'' in a letter to the editor. To take my remarks and interpret them as a slam to the mentally retarded is totally unfair. Elaine van der Linden, Belvedere

Ga. reform, Part II
Gov. Roy Barnes is the first to admit that education reform in Georgia is far from finished. There are many pressing issues to address. However, next year's General Assembly also has an obligation to undo some of the mistakes it approved just a few weeks ago.

Supports courtesy titles in schools
How do we hope to move into the 21st century as one nation when so many are still dragging around baggage from the 19th century? Bill Trammell, Augusta

Laments loss of discipline in schools
I've watched public schools in our two-state area for years ... and nothing really has changed. School boards have been dancing around the mulberry bush ... James Parker, North Augusta

Protests noise, fans at race track
I sympathize with the protesters regarding the expansion of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church parking lot. While I am not personally affected by this particular issue, the protesters are correct in stating that the ``little people'' have no say in what happens in their own neighborhoods. Margaret Ann Hogue, Grovetown

Gas tax cut a loser
An ill-conceived bill to temporarily repeal, until pump prices come down, the 4.3-cent gas tax increase the Clinton administration got passed in 1993 is dead in Congress.

Discusses city vehicles, legal dept.
We have many people in all areas of city government who drive city vehicles home daily. These are personnel who do not have after hours need for a government vehicle. Andy Cheek, Augusta

Raps medical centers' billing system
I was given a questionnaire to fill out regarding the treatment I received at the Aiken Regional Medical Centers a few months back. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken

Advocates veto power for mayor
The position of mayor of Augusta is very weak in scope of power. The mayor ought to have the right to veto legislation passed by the Augusta Commission. For the mayor to not have this power goes against everything America stands for. Andy Riddle, Evans

Praises support for health care bill
I want to thank The Chronicle for its strong support for veterans' health care (and) our congressman, Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., for his untiring efforts to restore free health care to our military retirees. Earl E. Bunch, Augusta

Courtesy not racism
Some South Carolina lawmakers didn't like Gov. Jim Hodges' proposal that would require students to address teachers as ``Sir'' and ``Ma'am,'' because, according to the lawmakers, it is oppressive.

Hits judge for not enforcing subpoena
As a concerned citizen of Aiken County, I am alarmed that Administrative Law Judge George Carson failed to set precedence by enforcing Sheriff Howard Sellers' appearance in court to answer to a federal subpoena. Lori Jean Hudgins, Jackson

Flag peace near?
With time running out on the session, the South Carolina General Assembly is finally getting serious about finding a satisfactory compromise to take the Confederate battle flag down from atop the Statehouse dome.

Waltrip earns way into race

Tape shows Knight grabbing player

Overtime: Bucs, Johnson finalize deal of $56 million

Panthers face draft dilemma

Overtime: Williams set to speak at ASU banquet

Intrepid to be tested at Homestead

Tourney loses Williams to boycott

Benson won't repeat gamble

Jeffries selected national player of the year

O'Leary won't name starting QB

Researcher focuses on cells
Understanding the mechanism by which the body releases adrenalin to prepare for fight or flight is a key ``building block'' for researchers in understanding the mechanics of life, a Nobel Prize winner told a Medical College of Georgia audience Wednesday.

Study finds amphibians declining worldwide
The world's frogs, toads and other amphibians are vanishing, and the decline began decades before scientists first sounded the alarm in the 1980s, according to the biggest statistical study of the topic.

New clue may help predict course of hepatitis infection
WASHINGTON -- Researchers studying hepatitis C -- which affects some 170 million people worldwide -- have found a clue that may help them predict which patients will recover and which will develop the chronic form of the disease.

DNA test frees man convicted of rape
NEW ORLEANS -- A south Louisiana sheriff on Monday accused a man wrongly convicted of rape and imprisoned for 19 years of knowing that his own brother may have committed the crime.

47 years after O'Neill's death, autopsy details published
For the last 10 years of his life, the great dramatist Eugene O'Neill was as brilliant as ever, but couldn't write. Brain cells controlling voluntary movement had withered away.

Appleworks a major upgrade for Mac software
Apple's long-awaited update to the popular Appleworks productivity suite has arrived, and one thing is certain: This is a major upgrade.

Blacks less likely than whites to get clot-busters
Doctors are more likely to give clot-busting drugs to whites than to blacks who have heart attacks, a study found.

New hope for sufferers
WASHINGTON -- Scientists have used a chemical to delay the onset of Lou Gehrig's disease in mice and prolong their lives by blocking an enzyme crucial for cell death -- a finding that holds promise not just for deadly Lou Gehrig's disease but for other degenerative nerve disorders that afflict millions.

Get more vitamins from food, but beware huge doses
WASHINGTON -- While Americans should have more vitamins C and E in their diets than currently recommended, huge doses of these vitamins and other antioxidants have no proven benefit and may even be harmful, government researchers said Monday.

New hope for sufferers

47 years after O'Neill's death, autopsy details published

Study finds amphibians declining worldwide

Blacks less likely than whites to get clot-busters

Appleworks a major upgrade for Mac software

Researcher focuses on cells

DNA test frees man convicted of rape

Get more vitamins from food, but beware huge doses