Putting new spin on fairy tales

Young comic takes no shortcuts

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Riverwalk to serve as backdrop for poets

Musical has strong messages

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

Fischer joins Tampa Bay as team's pitching coach

Royals' late-inning dramatics continue

Manager says Jackets learning, growing

Hershiser pitches Dodgers past Reds

Mets down Phillies; Dodgers edge Giants

Braves notes: A. Jones promoted in lineup

GreenJackets close road trip with loss

Veras double lifts Braves

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

Jackets opener rained out

Posada, El Duque lift Yankees to win

Rangers top Indians; A's roll past Red Sox

Braves fall to Cubs

Americans exercise indulgence

Chain plans combo stores

Business briefs: World funds strive toward debt relief
WASHINGTON -- Collectively, the world's 41 poorest nations owe $200 billion in debt to rich countries and to institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Business briefs: World funds strive toward debt relief

Chain plans combo stores
Thirty-one flavors and there's only one place to get them -- at least for now.

WJBF general manager to leave

Business briefs: Internet education program gets funds

WJBF general manager to leave
WJBF-TV (Channel 6) General Manager Louis Wall has been hired as senior vice president for group operations at Rockford, Ill.-based Benedek Broadcasting, the company announced Friday.

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.

Gamecocks show promise in scrimmage

Tigers defense looking slow

Son: Knight feels betrayed by release of videotape

Wants Clinton-Gore ideas 'shot down'

Ga. reform, Part II

Backs 'conservative' in S.C. Dist. 82

Glenn Frey a hit

Crazy Internet stock

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

Curb online lotteries

Praises writer Pavey

Praises support for health care bill

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.

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.

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.

Working together alleviates problems
It takes a blending of God's gifts found in the pastor and the support of the congregation for a church to accomplish its mission.

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.

Keeping the faith
With a snowy Yosemite National Park as a backdrop, Augustans Micki LaVine and her family unpacked matzoh and a bottle of wine to celebrate Passover in a hotel room two years ago.

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.

Professor to speak in support of tolerance and understanding
Physics professor John R. Albright will discuss the compatibility of science and religion at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at University Hospital.

Nine area teams entered in federation test

Cold front slows fish bite

Golfers battle cold, wind at Harbour Town

Love brings top game to same old Harbour Town

Lambert has it all in control

Lynx look to regain momentum

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

Professor to speak in support of tolerance and understanding

Working together alleviates problems

Keeping the faith

Japanese anime finds American fan base

Every beautiful garden begins with a plan

In the know

Getting organized

Schools police ask for larger budget
A request by Richmond County school officials to have departments cut their budgets by 10 percent isn't sitting well with departments that say they already are strapped for cash.

Savannah officials slash school budget

Warrant issued in school bus argument
EDGEFIELD -- Edgefield County authorities were looking for a Murphy Village woman Friday on charges of interfering with the operation of a school bus, Sheriff R. Billy Parker said.

Tasty picks

City wants its share of lock and dam plan
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has asked officials in North Augusta and Aiken County to include Augusta in their proposal to take over the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Pledge on dam fought

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.

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.

MCG tries to attract minorities

NBC films series pilot on Parris Island

Teacher's recovery deemed unlikely

Airport director ousted

Schrenko fined for finances
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - State school Superintendent Linda Schrenko agreed Friday to pay a fine of $1,750 for making misleading disclosures on her 1995 campaign-finance report.

Senate party leader dismisses flag threat

Aiken man sentenced to 4 years

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.

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.

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

Across the area: Cold front brings quick chill to area

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.

Youths will stay incarcerated

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.

Barnes letter blasts Chatham's board
ATLANTA -- A Republican leader is sending copies of a letter from Gov. Roy Barnes to every school board in the state in an effort to encourage them from feeling bullied by what the governor wrote to the Chatham County board.

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.

Schrenko fined for finances

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.

City to move downtown area
SAVANNAH -- As its population tumbles, Port Wentworth is losing chunks of land to ports development and facing the loss of more than $300,000 in sales tax money.

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.

Legal service representatives to visit Georgia counties
Low-income people who might be in need of legal assistance with civil problems can speak with representatives from the Georgia Legal Services Program in the following counties:

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

MCG tests treatment

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.

Company rewards driver who saved pupil from choking

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.

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

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.

Across the area: Two extra days given for tax filing

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: Two extra days given for tax filing
If you haven't finished your tax returns yet, Uncle Sam has given you a two-day reprieve this year.

Heroism of youth rewarded

First aid

Man pleads not guilty in assault
AIKEN - A pale, thin Wesley Corbitt pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Friday to charges he tried to kill Wagener's police chief last summer.

Pre-k program popularity grows

Aiken man sentenced to 4 years
AIKEN -- Before Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper read aloud the charges the man before him faced, Danny Lee Norman closed his eyes in prayer.

Trade center walkway sinks

Heroism of youth rewarded
AIKEN -- Congress created a federal medal for children who risk their lives to save someone else because 52 years ago Tommy Gibbs, only 9 years old, pushed a playmate from the path of a speeding train on the tracks that cross York Street.

MCG tests treatment
Things got fuzzy in church for Lorraine Doyle. Now she hopes a thin, red beam and light-sensitive drug will help clear things up.

Tasty picks
Cheryl Hete and her son Shannon (left), along with her sister Norma Hochstetler, both from Denmark, S.C., brave the weather Friday to gather strawberries from J.R.'s Farm U-Pick strawberry patch in Barnwell. Farm owner Robbie Wood said he had to begin selling his strawberries March 31 because the weather caused the berries to mature earlier than normal.

Man testifies in abuse trial

Firm profiting from flag issue
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- With a wooden mallet, Johnny Harris drove brass grommets into a Confederate battle flag.

Schools police ask for larger budget

McDill: Political games rule aviation panel
Al McDill said Friday it wasn't his job performance but his unwillingness to play political games with members of the Augusta Aviation Commission that cost him his job.

Warrant issued in school bus argument

Heart attack sufferer lucky to be survivor

President boosts education plans
ATLANTA -- President Clinton came to Georgia on Friday to trumpet his administration's achievements in education and to lobby for proposals to hire 100,000 teachers and provide federal aid for school construction.

City to move downtown area

Jimmy the pig enjoys 'real thing'
``Want Coke?'' Grunt. ``Want Coke?'' Grunt. ``Want Coke?'' With that, Jimmy the Coca-Cola-drinking pig plops onto his sizable haunches to enjoy his favorite drink.

McDill: Political games rule aviation panel

Company rewards driver who saved pupil from choking
Kindergartner Sharae Williams has been riding the bus to school since the age of 4, but she still hasn't got the eating-candy-and-talking-at-the-same-time thing down.

President boosts education plans

Heart attack sufferer lucky to be survivor
Carl Hammer came to town for the final round of the Masters Tournament, but he didn't get to see Vijay Singh's winning round. As it turned out, he is lucky to be around at all.

Firm profiting from flag issue

Barnes letter blasts Chatham's board

City wants its share of lock and dam plan

Legal service representatives to visit Georgia counties

Vidalia crop coming soon
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Consumers will find the first bags of Vidalia onions appearing in stores by the weekend.

Heat glad to be home for showdown vs. Pacers

Warrick: Don't judge me on past troubles

Stallions look to even record

Witness says Lewis wasn't participant in stabbing

Falcons will miss out on first-round picks

Grant awaits NFL Draft

No easy answers in NFL draft

Mr. Frank Benhart
Mr. Frank R. Benhart, 58, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Earnest Doss Sr.
Mr. Earnest R. Doss Sr., 68, of Old Waynesboro Road, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Tommie Martin
Mr. Tommie L. Martin, 56, of Eighth Street, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Emory University Hospitals, Atlanta.

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

Mr. Bert Jennings
LOS ANGELES - Mr. Bert Jennings died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his residence.

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

Briona James
Briona Ellisia James, 3-year-old daughter of Jay Maurice and Betty Ellis James, of East Hall Street, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

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

Mrs. Gladys Brown
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Gladys Moore Brown, 87, of Edgewood Drive, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Nettie Jones
Mrs. Nettie M. Jones, 80, of Toms Drive, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

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

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.

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

Mr. James Mills
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. James Mills, 83, of Twin Oak Church Road, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Margaret Tyson
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Hannah Tyson, 64, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Emory University Hospitals, Atlanta.

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

Mrs. Rosa Bell
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Rosa Lee Bell, 85, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

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.

Mr. Butler Holmes
MODOC, S.C. - Mr. Butler S. Holmes, 31, of Cold Spring Road, died Monday, April 10, 2000, in Edgefield.

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.

Mrs. Lynn Molleur
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Lynn Gibson Molleur, 37, of Manderson Circle, died Thursday, April 13, 2000.

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. Charles Yates Jr.
McCormick, S.C. - Mr. Charles Britton Yates Jr., 71, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Greenwood Self Memorial Hospital, Greenwood.

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.

Mrs. Edith Owens
Mrs. Edith Melton Owens, 80, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Minnie Steward
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Minnie Bell Steward, 83, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

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

Mr. Milton Stack

Mr. Butler Holmes

Dr. Robert Adams

Mrs. Virginia Tuttle

Mrs. Rosa Bell

Mr. William Taylor

Mrs. Lucille Kilpatrick

Mr. Robert Perdue Jr.

Mr. Tommie Martin

Ms. Betty Milton

Briona James

Miss Frances Spires

Mr. Lindsey Holmes Jr.

Mr. Harrison Robinson

Mrs. Betty Blount

Mr. Robert Carter

Mrs. Thelma Cline

Mrs. Inez Roberts

Mr. James Mills

Mrs. Annie Poole

Mrs. Gladys Brown

Mrs. Minnie Steward

Mr. Charles Yates Jr.

Mrs. Edith Owens

Mrs. Lynn Molleur

Mr. Bert Jennings

Mrs. Margaret Tyson

Mrs. Nettie Jones

Mrs. Evelyn Sherlock

Mr. Clifford Jones

Miss Becky Jones

Mr. James Sinclair

Mr. John Sims Jr.

Mrs. Tomiko Payton

Mr. Robert Crowder Sr.

Personal responsibility? No, let's sue someone
ONE OF LIFE'S pleasures, thanks to the Internet, continues to be the daily reading of Bill Watterson's great comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. In a recent strip, the little boy and his tiger are walking in the woods. Calvin says, ``I don't believe in ethics any more. As far as I am concerned, the end justifies the means. Get what you can while the getting's good -- that's what I say. It's a dog-eat-dog world, so I'll do whatever I have to do, and let others argue about whether it's right or not.'' At that point Hobbes pushes Calvin into a large mud puddle. ``Why did you do that?'' Calvin demands. ``You were in my way,'' Hobbes says. ``Now you're not. The end justifies the means.'' Calvin, totally covered in sticky, brown mud says, ``I didn't mean for everyone, dolt! Just me!''

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

Backs 'conservative' in S.C. Dist. 82
Republicans should support Arthur Shealy for the House District 83 nomination. He has been a long-time Republican activist with many years of service to his party. He is familiar with the issues that drive our party and is acceptable to all wings of the GOP.

Glenn Frey a hit
The recent concert Glenn Frey put on at Bell Auditorium wasn't just good, it was a marvelous musical experience. The country rock pioneer certainly hasn't lost his ability to entertain since he departed California's super-popular Eagles group.

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

Praises writer Pavey
Congratulations, Augusta Chronicle. Sportsmen of the Central Savannah River Area have been blessed with an excellent outdoor page writer. Jack Flynn Jr., Martinez

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.

Supports newcomer in S.C. Dist. 82
South Carolina House District 83 voters, be sure you vote in the upcoming runoff on Tuesday. Arthur Shealy is a lifelong Republican with a strong conservative vision for the future of our district, state and country. Danny Geddes, North 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

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

Curb online lotteries
The National Governors' Association is fighting a proposal in Congress to ban the sale of lottery tickets on the Internet. South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, whose state doesn't even have a lottery yet (and still may not after November's referendum), is one of the governors leading the charge.

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.

Personal responsibility? No, let's sue someone
ONE OF LIFE'S pleasures, thanks to the Internet, continues to be the daily reading of Bill Watterson's great comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. In a recent strip, the little boy and his tiger are walking in the woods. Calvin says, ``I don't believe in ethics any more. As far as I am concerned, the end justifies the means. Get what you can while the getting's good -- that's what I say. It's a dog-eat-dog world, so I'll do whatever I have to do, and let others argue about whether it's right or not.'' At that point Hobbes pushes Calvin into a large mud puddle. ``Why did you do that?'' Calvin demands. ``You were in my way,'' Hobbes says. ``Now you're not. The end justifies the means.'' Calvin, totally covered in sticky, brown mud says, ``I didn't mean for everyone, dolt! Just me!''

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.

Wants Clinton-Gore ideas 'shot down'
They have smart bombs and now the smart guns are next on the agenda. Now if we can just get some smart people in the government who don't try to outsmart us. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

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

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

Says gun control issue is political
For those of you who still don't believe the gun control issue in America is purely a political agenda, please consider this: More people drown in this country every year than are killed by weapons. The annual number killed on the nation's highways is comparable to those servicemen and servicewomen lost during the entire Vietnam war. Jay McDaniel, Augusta

Ailing Fernandez fastest in provisional qualifying

Intrepid to be tested at Homestead

Rain throws wrench into racing

Jeffries selected national player of the year

Overtime: Smith takes Match Play title

Overtime: Williams set to speak at ASU banquet

Greenbrier girls splash to victory

Mayfield rides Talladega pole

Jackets end Evans' dominance

Microsoft engineers placed flaw in some software
NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. engineers included a secret password in Internet software that could be used to gain illegal access to hundreds of thousands of Web sites, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

Chromosome mapping project complete
SAN FRANCISCO -- In their race to blueprint the human genome, government-sponsored scientists said Thursday they have finished ``rough draft'' maps of three complete chromosomes.

American Home moving ahead with drug settlement
NEW YORK -- A national settlement of health claims against the diet-drug combination fen-phen met a milestone Thursday when drug maker American Home Products revealed that just 1 percent of the drugs' users have dropped out of the deal.

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.

Team formed to warn that steroids can be harmful
WASHINGTON -- Medical researchers are trying to find a way to warn young people and body builders that steroids are dangerous.

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.

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.

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

Microsoft engineers placed flaw in some software

Team formed to warn that steroids can be harmful

Blacks less likely than whites to get clot-busters

New hope for sufferers

Chromosome mapping project complete