Comedy uncommon for Neil Simon
The death of a spouse, the process of grieving and a realistic portrait of marital pitfalls are not the subject matter theater-goers traditionally expect from playwright Neil Simon -- subjects that form the core of his autobiographical play Chapter Two.

Schemers fill gothic opera
Somewhere between the grandeur of Tosca and the Americana of Oklahoma, the opera Regina occupies a unique position in the opera world.

Schemers fill gothic opera

Local artist displays fascination with light

Freedom of French music appeals to Russian pianist
Following a musical path that has led from her native Russia to Tel Aviv to Germany to the concert stages of the United States, pianist Eva Ostrovsky recently triumphed in Aiken at the Sixth Annual Josef Hofmann Piano Competition.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country singer finding stardom elusive

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country singer finding stardom elusive
Gary Allan made his recording debut in 1996, but he remains mostly unknown to country music fans.

Canal to get good paddling
Originally built in 1845 to accommodate Augusta's transportation, hydropower and water needs, the Augusta Canal now serves another purpose.

Freedom of French music appeals to Russian pianist

Local artist displays fascination with light
A gable window, basking in the illumination of an eternal late afternoon. A lone figure at the beach, bisected by a shadow that draws attention away from the person and toward the luminescent pink bathing suit she wears.

Canal to get good paddling

Cubs end losing streak

Astros blank Brewers

Lakeside swept by Lowndes

Braves notes: Reliever Rivera sent to Richmond

Braves notebook: Sanders able to take long slump in stride

Bullpen stellar for Jackets

Marlins manager expects more from team

Braves top Dodgers; win 10th straight

Cape Fear ends Jackets' streak at 3

Reds topple Mets; Cubs rout Astros

Orioles' Surhoff ejected for arguing called third strike

Braves bask in new streak

Cape Fear ends Jackets' streak at 3

A perfect 10: Braves' streak lives

Trade to Padres helps former Braves players

Ex-Braves prospect swinging game's hottest bat

Luck fails to change for Henry County

Braves win streak continues

Church bloopers insightful

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Blue chip stocks fell for a third straight session Friday as investors fretted about rising interest rates, but technology shares continued their recovery and drove the Nasdaq composite index higher.

Area plant goes up for sale

Developer plans condos
Deke Copenhaver first fell in love with the Commerce Building's tall windows and striking marble facade when he was a child.

Business briefs: Tech stocks deflect interest increases

Business briefs: Tech stocks deflect interest increases
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks regained leadership of the stock market Thursday, rising sharply and helping blue-chip names shake off economic reports that suggested more interest-rate increases.

Area plant goes up for sale
BP Amoco's Augusta plant is on the market.

Rumors fly over Cumulus

Series E savings bonds reach maturity this year
Find your safe deposit box key; it may be time to look at those old savings bonds.

Series E savings bonds reach maturity this year

Developer plans condos

Augusta's unemployment rate decreases for March

Powertel Inc. sales soar in first quarter

Business briefs

Georgia Tech seminar will focus on importance of e-business
Companies, both large and small, need to recognize the advantages of e-business, according to Mike Parks, the manager of the Center for Manufacturing Information Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Rumors fly over Cumulus
Cumulus Media Inc., a Milwaukee, Wis.-based broadcast company that has aggressively taken over radio stations in Augusta and other midsize cities, might be vulnerable to an acquisition itself.

Georgia Tech seminar will focus on importance of e-business

Augusta's unemployment rate decreases for March
Augusta's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in March, down from 4.7 percent, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.

Powertel Inc. sales soar in first quarter
Powertel Inc., a West Point, Ga.-based wireless company that analysts say may be ripe for a merger with VoiceStream Wireless Corp., reported ``exceptional'' first-quarter results, company president and chief executive officer Allen E. Smith said on a conference call Thursday.

Serious disease threat

Resents cartoon attack on school

Supports rescue of Elian Gonzalez

Urges better bus service for Augusta
Since moving to Augusta 15 years ago, I've been a constant user of the city's transit system. It leaves much to be desired.John H. Roberts, Augusta

Assails students' rude behavior

Bashes Clinton over Elian's siezure

Urges Miami raid be investigated

Praises Reno `putting Elian first'

Backs asylum for Elian Gonzalez

Blasts Columbia Co. GOP chief

Voices support for Janet Reno

Gonzalez case brings back memories of Nazi thugs

Attacks cartoon about Midland Valley

Raps cartoon as `trash'

States case for military pay raise

Sees Midland Valley cartoon as garbage

Offers answer to school question

Supports use of force

Blames removal of God for violence

On school bus reforms

Dinosaurs had heart

Fort Gordon choir to make first recording
Voices of Faith choir is within a day of making its first CD, and the excitement grows with each passing hour, members say.

A lawn of a different stripe
You've seen the orderly, alternating lines of dark and light grass at the ballpark and want to make your lawn look like the Lake Olmstead Stadium outfield.

Why four Gospels, instead of one or six?
We take it for granted that there are four New Testament Gospels, but consider for a moment: Why four and not just one?

Fateful encounter put one-time biker on straighter road
A small man handing out religious tracts at a San Diego Western Union office in 1974 never seemed to notice shaggy-headed Mac Gober's filthy jeans, black biker boots or chains. He just gave him a tract.

Ground covers work well in those odd-shaped spaces
Probably the most underrated plants in the landscape, ground covers can be used to accent, blend and unify the other elements of the home garden.

Team stays focused on winning souls, not races
With a hand on the car's wheel, another on each other and their faith in God, a group of Christian men took their hobby and turned it into... Speedway gospel

Faith digest
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St., will hold a vigil in observance of Christ's resurrection starting at 11 tonight.

Love builds stronger families, friendships
Getting along with those who matter to us can be summed up in one word: love. Not just any type love, but what the Greeks called agape, which is defined for us in 1 Corinthians 13.

Cold front puts brakes on Thurmond Lake angling

First Tee golf course takes shape

Gustafson leads but Webb lurks close behind

Trio share one-shot lead

Nelson leads Bruno's senior tournament

LPGA braces for return of Karrie Webb

Lynx earn league's praises

Season ends for Lynx

Down 1-0, Flyers facing first crisis of these playoffs

Russians leave nothing to chance at worlds

Lynx pave way for other sports

Grrrowl dominated Lynx

Soling's heroics save Lynx

Avs thriving since Bourque trade

Lynx stay alive

Stars expect fiesty series with Sharks

Church bloopers insightful
The weekend is drawing nigh, and I imagine we'll see a big drop-off in church attendance after Easter.

Fateful encounter put one-time biker on straighter road

Fort Gordon choir to make first recording

Faith digest

Why four Gospels, instead of one or six?

Ground covers work well in those odd-shaped spaces

Love builds stronger families, friendships

A lawn of a different stripe

Program enforcement
Members of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office run their section of the 2000 Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Across the area
An Augusta man convicted of attempted arson for trying to burn down his mother's home while she was inside received a five-year prison sentence Friday.

Teacher faces charges of child molestation
An Augusta woman authorities say accepted money from three boys in exchange for sex was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of child molestation.

Fire hits singer's office
Flames engulfed office space and some music history Friday night when smoke and fire tore through James Brown Enterprises in west Augusta. At about 9:45 p.m., Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department received calls to report smoke billowing from the roof of the singer's office building off Augusta West Parkway.

Incumbents to face opposition this fall
ATLANTA -- Two high ranking Democrats from Augusta, Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker and House Speaker Pro Tempore Jack Connell, will face Republican challengers this fall.

Memorial stops in Barnwell
BARNWELL -- Diane Moore hasn't seen her father since she was 11 years old -- when he went to serve in the Vietnam War. Today she will touch his name and honor the sacrifice he made for his country at the Moving Wall at Barnwell County Airport.

Corps stops canal dredging
Dredging of silt from the Augusta Canal was halted Thursday over claims by the Army Corps of Engineers that the Augusta Canal Authority failed to secure necessary federal permits.

Pupils explore forests, facts
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. -- What do you get when you combine seventh-grade pupils, 12 computers, a forester and a trailer? The Georgia Forests Forever mobile classroom.

Lake will stay open to public
Fishermen won't be barred from the rear portion of a popular public lake off Lock and Dam Road, but they'll soon have to park in designated areas.

Youths' release denied

Area resident receive honors
BURNETTOWN -- The 1950s came back to life Friday night as the Midland Valley Chamber of Commerce re-created a bygone era when Elvis was king and bebop was the thing.

Parents oppose loss of P.E. requirement

Lawyer announces his run for judge's seat
Augusta attorney Ben Jackson announced Thursday he is challenging an incumbent judge in this fall's election.

Ceremony will honor aviators
Two young brothers reared in a small Tennessee town on the Mississippi River 70 years ago didn't fathom the impact their lives' work would have on the world of aviation.

Jackpot generates revenues
What would you do if you won a million dollars? How about $100 million?

Gunman not to be released
Ten years of hospitalization at a mental health facility after shooting a man and then exchanging gunfire with officers had brought Oscar Moore to the brink of mental stability and release back into the community.

Straight talk
Marty N. Martenson, managing partner of the Martenson Law Firm in Atlanta, speaks at a seminar on avoiding employee lawsuits at the Georgia Department of Labor's downtown Augusta field office. The Thursday event was sponsored by the CSRA Employer Committee.

Area resident receive honors

Training sharpens skills of law officers
It was billed by the instructor as a simple traffic stop simulation -- a video of a woman reaching into her car for her driver's license.

Plan for CEO on ballots
Widening a rift that is forming within Columbia County's Republican party, local party leaders say they'll put two questions about the potential restructuring of the county government on the July 18 ballot, four months before local legislators had planned to present their own questions to voters.

Roadway plan leads to conflict
The developers of a new apartment complex going up on Old Evans Road got a shock this week: Their estimated $11.3 million project is in the path of the River Watch Parkway extension.

Lake will stay open to public

Parents oppose loss of P.E. requirement
ATLANTA -- For three hours Friday, a parade of parents, teachers and health advocates complained during a public hearing about a state proposal that would end mandatory physical-education classes for middle schoolers.

Youths' release denied
AIKEN -- Two boys who authorities say told classmates they would bomb their high school and watch it burn, appeared Thursday for a second time in Aiken County Family Court, where a judge again ruled that they were too dangerous to go home.

City proposes water restrictions
Augusta utilities officials want to break the cycle of summer water problems before they begin. As the season that has become an Augusta tradition of sun-beaten lawns and tempers flaring over water shortages nears, the Utilities Department has proposed that the city use the experience gained from past water shortages and implement water restrictions sooner than later.

Aiken exhibit showcases area goods, services
Joann Hartley went to Aiken Expo 2000 in search of a job, but instead left feeling like a whole new woman.

Barnes vetoes bill weakening EPD

Across the area: Charge upgraded in battery incident
One of the two charges against the man authorities say attacked two women in two Augusta business' restrooms was upgraded Thursday to aggravated sexual battery.

Roadway plan leads to conflict

School board faces pressure of NAACP
The president of Augusta's NAACP chapter wants the state flags to come down from Richmond County schools.

Parties tout crop of candidates

Teacher faces charges of child molestation
An Augusta woman authorities say accepted money from three boys in exchange for sex was arrested at her home Thursday and charged with three counts of child molestation.

Site would unite pets, owners

Democrat to challenge Norwood
ATLANTA -- A Democrat from Lincoln County filed qualifying papers at the state Capitol this week to challenge U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's bid for a fourth term representing Georgia's 10th Congressional District.

Teacher faces charges of child molestation

Jury finds area teen-ager guilty of murder, robbery
Three days after Judson Harden turned 16, a jury found him guilty Thursday of murder and robbery, crimes punished in Georgia with a lifetime behind bars.

Camp helps volunteers identify birds

Ceremony will honor aviators

Lawyer announces his run for judge's seat

Fire hits singer's office

Plan for CEO on ballots

Corps stops canal dredging

Grrrowl dominated Lynx

Aiken exhibit showcases area goods, services

Memorial stops in Barnwell

Straight talk

Democrat to challenge Norwood

Parties tout crop of candidates
ATLANTA -- As candidate qualifying for federal, state and local offices ended Friday, Georgia Republicans were confident they had recruited enough quality candidates to give them a shot at taking over at least one chamber in the General Assembly.

Incumbents to face opposition this fall

Barnes vetoes bill weakening EPD
ATLANTA -- Arguing constitutional grounds, Gov. Roy Barnes on Friday vetoed a bill passed by the General Assembly last month that would have taken away the state Environmental Protection Division's ability to regulate water quality.

Neu: Richmond record is deceiving

Legislator will face opponent
ATLANTA -- Georgia Rep. Robin Williams of Augusta will face a challenge from within the Republican Party in the July 18 primary.

Training sharpens skills of law officers

Across the area

Sheriff's hopeful qualifies

Program enforcement

Across the area: Charge upgraded in battery incident

Programs aid urban districts
One of the keys to rebuilding urban neighborhoods has always been the ability to create jobs in areas with high unemployment rates.

Lynx pave way for other sports

Camp helps volunteers identify birds
By the third day of birding boot camp, Krista Weatherford was beginning to get it.

Gunman not to be released

Site would unite pets, owners
The woman who helped get Beaufort's YMCA program off the ground almost a decade ago has a new mission.

Administrative hearing set for Augusta educator
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission, a group that oversees licensing procedures for teachers, has asked to revoke the teaching license of a Hephzibah High School teacher.

Sheriff's hopeful qualifies
Woodrow Fryer said he had to leave the Richmond County Sheriff's Department 14 years ago for a job at Savannah River Site because he wasn't making enough to support his pregnant wife.

Ailing Sixers have backcourt pains

Smits suspended for Game 3

Pistons plan adjustments without Hill

NBA playoffs at a glance

Bucks get homecourt advantage against Pacers

Toronto players criticize coach for distractions

Carruth tries to block sale of assets

Mr. Timothy Wiley
WADLEY, Ga. -- Mr. Timothy ``Booster'' Wiley, 90, of Battle Street, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Lottie Finch
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mrs. Lottie Moon Finch, 69, of Woodland Court, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Greene Point Health Care.

Mrs. Lillie Warthen
NEW YORK -- Mrs. Lillie Pearl Warthen, 91, died Friday, April 21, 2000.

Mrs. Gertie Walker
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Gertie Walker, 51, of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Craig Grady
LITHONIA, Ga. -- Mr. Craig M. Grady, 38, of Sutcliffe Square, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Atlanta.

Mrs. Blanche Counts
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Blanche Jowers Counts, 84, of Samaria Road, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.

Mrs. Josephine Carthens
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Josephine Rudolph Carthens, 44, of Edwards Street, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Elizabeth Hall
AIKEN -- Mrs. Elizabeth Burwell Hall, 86, of Augustus Road, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.

Mr. Richard Swift
GRANITE FALLS, N.C. -- Mr. Richard Lawrence Swift, 59, of Villa Lane, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Hospice of Burke County.

Mr. Ray Johnson
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Ray Johnson, 73, of Rabun Road, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jesse Bradshaw Jr.
Mr. Jesse Bradshaw Jr., 67, of Augusta Avenue, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000.

Mr. David McNeil
DECATUR, Ga. -- Mr. David McNeil, 32, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at North Lake Regional Hospital, Atlanta.

Mrs. Gloria J. Henthorne
Mrs. Gloria J. Henthorne, 71, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Johnny Lowery
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Johnny E. Lowery, 42, of Peachtree Street, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Katie Neal
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mrs. Katie Mae Neal, 71, of Jackson Road, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Josie Frances Smith
HARLEM -- Mrs. Josie Frances Smith, 78, of Sanders Road, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Wade Roberts
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Wade Hampton Roberts, 74, of Hagood Avenue, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000.

Ms. Wanda Elaine Milton
Ms. Wanda Elaine Milton, 45, of Davison Drive, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Joyce Forte
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Joyce Ann Magin Forte, 56, of Timothy Road, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Gloria J. Henthorne
Mrs. Gloria J. Henthorne, 71, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Edith Hearst
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Edith Mae Hearst, 80, of Hearst-Cebo Road, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Weeks
YONGES ISLAND, S.C. -- Mr. John Wingate Weeks, 85, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. J. Elmer Reeves
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. J. Elmer Reeves, 90, of Hampton Terrace, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at National Health Care.

Mr. William Carrick
Mr. William J. Carrick, 80, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Claude Davis Jr.
Mr. Claude E. Davis Jr., 86, of Dogwood Lane, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Gertie Walker
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Gertie Walker, 51, of Martin Luther King Drive, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. LaRue Monroe
Mrs. LaRue Loyd Monroe, 88, of Owens Road, Evans, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Alda Hawkins
AIKEN -- Mrs. Alda Mae Large Hawkins, 78, of Powell Pond Road, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. John Wright Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. John Willie Wright Sr., of Georgia Highway 25 South, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Doris Barton
Mrs. Doris Reed Barton, 81, of Martinez, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Naomi Long
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Naomi Youngblood Long, 93, of Buskirk Avenue, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Roper Hospital North.

Mr. Wallace Sexton Jr.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Mr. Wallace ``Ray'' Sexton Jr., 72, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Naomi Tutt
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Mrs. Naomi Williams Tutt died Saturday, April 22, 2000.

Jessee Hartmann
Jessee Allen Hartmann, infant son of Jacob and Dana Hartmann, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at Trinity Medical Center, Davenport, Iowa.

Mr. Jesse Maddox
Mr. Jesse Henry Maddox, 80, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Earnestine Warren
Mrs. Earnestine Warren, 80, of Emmett Street, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Wallace Sexton Jr.

Mrs. Edith Hearst

Mrs. Lillie Warthen

Mrs. Doris Barton

Mr. David McNeil

Mrs. Earnestine Warren

Mrs. Gertie Walker

Mr. Jesse Bradshaw Jr.

Mrs. Joyce Forte

Mr. Craig Grady

Mrs. Gertie Walker

Mr. Richard Swift

Mrs. Blanche Counts

Mr. Ray Johnson

Mrs. Lottie Finch

Mr. William Carrick

Mrs. Josephine Carthens

Mr. Claude Davis Jr.

Jessee Hartmann

Mr. Johnny Lowery

Mr. Timothy Wiley

Mrs. Naomi Tutt

Mr. John Weeks

Mrs. Gloria J. Henthorne

Mrs. Gloria J. Henthorne

Mrs. Naomi Long

Ms. Wanda Elaine Milton

Mrs. Elizabeth Hall

Mr. John Wright Sr.

Sisler: Finally always seems to arrive right on time
FINALLY IS a long time coming.

Sisler: Finally always seems to arrive right on time
FINALLY IS a long time coming.

Hopes for Elian's protection from harm
Elian Gonzalez and his mother left Cuba for a life with freedom. Unfortunately his mother lost her life, but Elian was miraculously saved. Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Celebrates City Government Week
During the week of April 23-29, Harlem joins other cities across Georgia in celebrating Georgia City Government Week, set aside to recognize the services city governments provide and their contribution to a better quality of life. Our theme, ``Georgia's Cities: At Your Service,'' pays tribute to the role cities play. Shirley W. Tankersley, Harlem

Offers answer to school question
One question may answer your editorially-posed question (editorial, April 20) as to why there's a reluctance on the part of one or more school-level administrators to keep Sheriff Clay Whittle's people out of school investigations: Craig Spinks, Augusta

Backs asylum for Elian Gonzalez
Since conservatives oppose illegal immigration, liberals accuse conservatives of hypocrisy because of their support for 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez in this immigration case. Ralph Buchanan Jr., North Augusta

Wants religious persecution ended
I am a Christian and have been for most of my life. If school prayer is allowed in school, who decides which God the kids are to worship? Kevin G. Burns, Augusta

Serious disease threat
Just a few years ago there was great optimism that many of the world's infectious diseases would be eradicated. Polio was beat back, tuberculosis was on the retreat and no one had seen a case of bubonic plague in years.

States case for military pay raise
I've read Cindy Williams' article about how military members don't deserve a raise, and she's absolutely right. I'm an E-4 in the U.S. Air Force, proudly serving at Ft. Gordon as a linguist. Jeffrey C. Williams, North Augusta

Blasts Columbia Co. GOP chief
People like Bob Beckham make me glad I'm a Democrat. He makes a mockery of the Columbia County Republican Party. L. Johnson, Martinez

Bashes Clinton over Elian's siezure
In the dead of night, the Castro-Clinton Peoples Police Force invaded a private residence and seized a 6-year-old boy at gunpoint so the president could honor his pledge to his friend Fidel Castro. Richard Lathan, Augusta

Assails students' rude behavior
On the April 20 front page of The Chronicle was the phrase: ``Astronaut's mission involves speaking to hungry students.'' Bill Field, Augusta

Attacks cartoon about Midland Valley
I am a student at Midland Valley High School and am not ashamed of that in the least bit. That you had the audacity to draw and publish in last Thursday's editorial page cartoon was a huge mistake. Candy Maxwell, Graniteville

Urges Miami raid be investigated
I am sure you are as concerned as any law-abiding American citizen must be when he considers the actions of the Clinton Administration in taking Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' home in Miami. Gene England, Aiken

Hits cartoon critical of gun shows
A syndicated editorial cartoon appearing recently in The Chronicle perpetuates several myths and outright lies regarding gun shows and background checks for firearms sales. Mike Mitchell, Martinez

Blames removal of God for violence
I read daily about violence and disruption in the classroom, along with the government's futile attempt to blame it on lack of gun control. We are lacking as a society, but not in gun control. B. Rutland, North Augusta

Resents cartoon attack on school
As a 1995 graduate of Midland Valley High School, and a soldier serving my country in South Korea, I am utterly disgusted at how The Chronicle could find humor in the tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado, or what happened at Midland Valley High School in South Carolina. Pfc. Timothy Jones, Seoul, South Korea

Video poker's last gasp?
The U.S. Supreme Court this week drove what appears to be a stake through the heart of the gambling industry's bid to breathe life back into South Carolina's video poker vampire.

Praises Reno `putting Elian first'
As a retired Army officer and a person who works daily with prison inmates, I can tell you that the best way to bring a potentially violent situation to a close with the least danger to everyone concerned is with overwhelming force. Glenn Link, Evans

Gonzalez case brings back memories of Nazi thugs
The armed and masked federal raiders who spirited Elian Gonzalez away under the cover of darkness brought to mind my childhood memories of the Nazi Gestapo thugs who kidnapped the German Jews in the late 1930s. Bill Sherrill, Augusta

Voices support for Janet Reno
Your new editorial page chief, Suzanne Downing, has proven that she lacks even a semblance of objectivity in the Elian Gonzales matter. Her three anti-administration diatribes are knee-jerk reactions following the lead of a minority of Republican leaders who initially accused Attorney General Janet Reno of acting without a legal warrant. Gene Rickaby, Martinez

Expresses outrage over INS raid
I am outraged and sickened by the actions of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Why couldn't they have left Elian Gonzalez where he was until the appeals were over? Beth Scott, Augusta

Supports use of force
I am not and never have been a fan or supporter of President Bill Clinton or Attorney General Janet Reno. They are consistently devious in their interpretation of the ``rule of law,'' and only follow the law when it suits their purposes. Al Kotras, Augusta

Claims officials ignore public interest
Jack Ginsburg deserves a big thanks for his April 16 letter explaining his opposition to the Aldersgate Church parking lot expansion. His comments should awaken Augustans to the lack of concern exhibited by both local planning commissioners and city commissioners for neighborhood integrity and the environment in general. Virginia B. Adams, Augusta

Urges better bus service for Augusta
Since moving to Augusta 15 years ago, I've been a constant user of the city's transit system. It leaves much to be desired. John H. Roberts, Augusta

On school bus reforms
School buses are front-burner issues for both the Richmond County and Columbia County boards of education.

Sees Midland Valley cartoon as garbage
In response to the editorial cartoon in the April 20 Chronicle, I was very disappointed to see something so tasteless. Lauren Smith, North Augusta

Supports rescue of Elian Gonzalez
In spite of The Chronicle's radical right-wing criticism of Attorney General Janet Reno's action in Miami, I am thankful, as are most Americans, for what she did to rescue a 6-year-old boy and reunite him with the only person on the face of the earth who has the God-given right to decide his future: his dad. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Raps cartoon as `trash'
(Re the Midland Valley High School cartoon): That was certainly in poor taste and the students certainly could not help it. You ought to apologize to the students. It was the most distasteful thing I have ever seen in your newspaper. You need to build students up.Joe Embry, Martinez

Striking down God
The latest example of carrying the separation of church and state doctrine to illogical extremes comes from a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel voted 2-1 that Ohio's state motto -- ``With God, all things are possible'' -- unconstitutionally endorses Christianity.

Dinosaurs had heart
Sometimes a giant leap forward in scientific knowledge raises more questions than it answers.

MetroStars to host four international games

Stewart struggles in second season

Georgia Tech studies stadium expansion

Spaniards advance at home

Niners open minicamp with questions about Young, Rice

Overtime: Lewis 5-2 pick to retain title over Grant

Lakeside advances to state semifinals

Heart, determination drive Butler boys

Acevedos are sisters in soccer too

Augusta Prep runner wins 3200-meter championship

Lewis-Grant is biggest title fight ever

Grant suits up for Panthers

Overtime: Lady Jaguar tennis team regional-bound

Skinner confident after winning pole position

Simpkins, Merriweather split 100, 200

South Aiken leads golf tournament

Other Gordon aims to get back on track

NCAA joins flag boycot

Syria advances cautiously into online age
DAMASCUS, Syria -- In a liberalization effort that is remarkable by Syria's cautious standards, President Hafez Assad's government has begun embracing the information age, moving to modernize the economy and expand incentives for foreign investment.

AT&T launches record IPO
NEW YORK -- Shares of AT&T's wireless business began trading today, with bidders pricing the stock at slightly above the price set in advance in the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history.

Cyberviewing -- checking the kids from afar
NEW YORK -- Every Friday, Kimberly Sedlacek gets to watch her 4-year-old daughter's dance performance at her day care center.

Long-awaited gene therapy restores two babies to health
WASHINGTON -- In an exciting and long-awaited success, gene therapy has restored apparently normal immune systems to two French babies born with a rare, lethal immune disease sometimes called the ``bubble boy disease.''

Government asks court to break up Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department, seeking a remedy last used to dismember AT&T, asked a court today to split Microsoft into two competing companies to shatter its monopoly over the system that runs most personal computers.

New hope for those with macular degeneration
Suffering from an eye condition that has progressively blotted out his central vision, the 81-year old man sees fuzzy brown blurs where his grandchildren's faces once were.

National parks buck trend of cleaner air
LOS ANGELES -- The nation's air-quality picture improved overall from 1989 to 1998, but grew hazy in many national parks, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Case urges Internet businesses to consider society
NEW YORK -- America Online chairman Steve Case urged Internet businesses Thursday to look beyond making money to building ``a medium we could be proud of.''

Supercomputer designed to improve weather forecasts
BOULDER, Colo. -- A new supercomputer in a federal research lab soon could let people know how much rain or snow to expect in their back yard.

Feds to require lower-speed air-bag crash tests
WASHINGTON -- The federal government plans to require automakers to use a 25 mph test for air bags, an industry-backed move designed to better protect children and smaller adults, according to published reports today.

Lyme disease tracking indicates increased case numbers
ATLANTA -- The number of reported cases of Lyme disease increased by 70 percent over a six-year period ending in 1998, the federal government said.

Age doth not wither nor custom stale cow clone cells
Unlike Dolly the sheep, cloning of cows does not seem to speed up the aging process of cells, according to a new study.

Long-awaited gene therapy restores two babies to health

Supercomputer designed to improve weather forecasts

AT&T launches record IPO

Cyberviewing -- checking the kids from afar

Age doth not wither nor custom stale cow clone cells

Syria advances cautiously into online age

National parks buck trend of cleaner air

Government asks court to break up Microsoft

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