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

Riverwalk to serve as backdrop for poets

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

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.

Musical has strong messages

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.

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.

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.

Rangers top Indians; A's roll past Red Sox

Fischer joins Tampa Bay as team's pitching coach

Veras double lifts Braves

Hershiser pitches Dodgers past Reds

Royals' late-inning dramatics continue

Braves notes: A. Jones promoted in lineup

Jackets opener rained out

Mets down Phillies; Dodgers edge Giants

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

Braves fall to Cubs

Posada, El Duque lift Yankees to win

Manager says Jackets learning, growing

GreenJackets close road trip with loss

Americans exercise indulgence

WJBF general manager to leave

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.

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.

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

Chain plans combo stores

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.

Business briefs: Internet education program gets funds

Business briefs: World funds strive toward debt relief

Tigers defense looking slow

Gamecocks show promise in scrimmage

Son: Knight feels betrayed by release of videotape

Ga. reform, Part II

Praises writer Pavey

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

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

Curb online lotteries

Wants Clinton-Gore ideas 'shot down'

Crazy Internet stock

Praises support for health care bill

Glenn Frey a hit

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Cold front slows fish bite

Nine area teams entered in federation test

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.

Working together alleviates problems

Professor to speak in support of tolerance and understanding

Every beautiful garden begins with a plan

Getting organized

In the know

Japanese anime finds American fan base

Keeping the faith

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

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.

Aiken man sentenced to 4 years

Across the area: Two extra days given for tax filing

Tasty picks

Trade center walkway sinks

Company rewards driver who saved pupil from choking

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.

Barnes letter blasts Chatham's board

Legal service representatives to visit Georgia counties

Senate party leader dismisses flag threat

Savannah officials slash school budget

Heroism of youth rewarded

Warrant issued in school bus argument

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 tries to attract minorities

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.

President boosts education plans

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.

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.

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.

Teacher's recovery deemed unlikely

Pledge on dam fought

Across the area: Cold front brings quick chill to area

NBC films series pilot on Parris Island

MCG tests treatment

Airport director ousted

Schrenko fined for finances

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.

Youths will stay incarcerated

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

City wants its share of lock and dam plan

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

Firm profiting from flag issue

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.

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

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

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.

Heart attack sufferer lucky to be survivor

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

Schools police ask for larger budget

First aid

Man testifies in abuse trial

McDill: Political games rule aviation panel

Pre-k program popularity grows

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

City to move downtown area

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.

Heat glad to be home for showdown vs. Pacers

No easy answers in NFL draft

Stallions look to even record

Falcons will miss out on first-round picks

Warrick: Don't judge me on past troubles

Witness says Lewis wasn't participant in stabbing

Grant awaits NFL Draft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Betty Milton

Mrs. Margaret Tyson

Mrs. Nettie Jones

Mrs. Virginia Tuttle

Mr. James Mills

Mr. John Sims Jr.

Mr. Charles Yates Jr.

Mr. Robert Crowder Sr.

Mrs. Lynn Molleur

Mr. William Taylor

Miss Becky Jones

Mr. Robert Perdue Jr.

Mrs. Gladys Brown

Mr. Harrison Robinson

Mrs. Evelyn Sherlock

Mr. Robert Carter

Mr. Bert Jennings

Mr. James Sinclair

Briona James

Mrs. Tomiko Payton

Mrs. Rosa Bell

Mrs. Inez Roberts

Mr. Milton Stack

Mrs. Lucille Kilpatrick

Mrs. Betty Blount

Mrs. Thelma Cline

Mr. Tommie Martin

Mrs. Annie Poole

Mr. Butler Holmes

Dr. Robert Adams

Mr. Clifford Jones

Mrs. Minnie Steward

Mrs. Edith Owens

Miss Frances Spires

Mr. Lindsey Holmes Jr.

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!''

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!''

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.

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

Rain throws wrench into racing

Intrepid to be tested at Homestead

Greenbrier girls splash to victory

Jeffries selected national player of the year

Mayfield rides Talladega pole

Overtime: Williams set to speak at ASU banquet

Ailing Fernandez fastest in provisional qualifying

Jackets end Evans' dominance

Overtime: Smith takes Match Play title

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.

Microsoft engineers placed flaw in some software

Team formed to warn that steroids can be harmful

Chromosome mapping project complete

Blacks less likely than whites to get clot-busters

New hope for sufferers

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