Singer will bring back the '60s at Paine concert
It's been 38 years since it topped U.S. charts, but the doo-wop classic Duke of Earl still lives on in the American psyche.

Singer has a wide variety of influences
Distilling a lifetime of listening to music isn't easy -- particularly when your list of influences is as diverse as that of New York singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz.

Bluegrass duo lived, performed in Augusta

Opera's 'Regina' is first-rate performance

Bluegrass duo lived, performed in Augusta
It surprised me to learn recently from Jim McReynolds that he and his brother Jesse lived in Augusta while performing on WGAC-AM.

Singer has a wide variety of influences

Singer will bring back the '60s at Paine concert

Opera's 'Regina' is first-rate performance
The opening-night performance of Augusta Opera's Regina by Marc Blitzstein was an event to be remembered.

Event includes more than country
Celebrating 15 years as a springtime standard, the Day in the Country festival continues its tradition of home-style family entertainment.

Event includes more than country

Breaks help Braves to No. 15

Braves notes: Hubbard's versatility pays off

Martinez suspended for beaning Alomar

Spiezio, Vaughn power Anaheim

Warren's HR carries Jackets

Giants sweep Mets

Wootton lifts Ridge Spring-Monetta

Bench strong point for Braves

For Wood, it's just the beginning

Greenbrier faces Lee County today

Gamecocks play for crown

Braves streak broken by Dodgers

Spare the expense for attraction

Comcast explores addition
Augusta's largest cable TV provider said it is negotiating to carry Turner South, an offshoot of the Turner Broadcasting System that will televise 34 Atlanta Braves games this year.

New-home starts decline in Augusta
If declines in housing starts are a measure, the Federal Reserve's efforts to slow economic growth by raising interest rates are working.

Business briefs: Euro plunges
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The euro tumbled to yet another low in its steepest selloff ever Wednesday, retreating below 89 cents.

Nonprofit tax status debated

Seminar touts online business
Online business provides a new line of communication between buyers and sellers, and small businesses need to learn how to talk the talk, a technology professor told business owners Thursday.

Business briefs: Fed chairman warns against complacency

Comcast explores addition

WAGT-TV GM quits

Business briefs: Euro plunges

WAGT-TV GM quits
Hal Edwards ended 12 years as general manager of Augusta's WAGT-TV on Wednesday, the station's parent company, Schurz Communications Inc., confirmed.

Seminar touts online business

WAGT-TV selects new chief
WAGT-TV announced Thursday that Marci Burdick will become president and general manager of Augusta's NBC affiliate on June 1. She replaces Hal Edwards, who resigned Wednesday.

Business briefs: Fed chairman warns against complacency
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that banks may be turning complacent about risks in the technology-flavored economy.

Nonprofit tax status debated
Should a privately owned nonprofit foundation pay taxes on its office equipment, furniture and fixtures?

Augusta mayor needs power of veto

NAACP, obstructionist

Columbia school board `scams' public

Local charities boosted

Perfect couple noted

Freedom depends on elected officials

Brown loss staggering

Story reveals case for 'reparations'

'Stars and Bars' the wrong call

Assault on freedoms causes alarm

Military retirees better stay healthy

James Brown not the only victim

South Augustan hits Winn Dixie closing

Reno doesn't deserve criticism

A green lawn requires a good watering system
It's been the same old story for three years: Drought and more drought.

Event allows exchange of ideas along with plants
Whether you're new to gardening or a gardening pro, the Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale is the place to be Saturday.

Beautiful rose blooms earn gardeners awards
The 38th Annual Augusta Spring Rose Show was held April 29-30 at Augusta Mall.

Small portions
Saxophone players are more likely to die for their art than other musicians, British researchers report. The study, published in the authoritative British Medical Journal, shows that among jazz musicians, playing the saxophone is a major health hazard because the way they breathe and blow notes raises blood pressure in the neck, which reduces blood flow to the brain.

Back in style
LOS ANGELES -- So there we were, two grown-ups in a bohemian boutique, and this young man was telling us to try on these little handkerchief halters. ``They're so cute,'' he gushed.

In the know
MORNING MUSIC: NBC's Today show will have 18 Friday outdoor concerts, beginning this week with a reunion of Steely Dan. Diana Ross and the revamped Supremes will do the only Monday show next week.

Row for the hungry
Starving people are all around you. What can you do as an average weekend gardener to help feed the hungry?

Stankowski takes lead by one shot

Philips has top-flight field in second year

Younger Nicklaus finally getting untracked

Five selected for golf Hall of Fame

Last-minute invitee leads French Open

Palmer returns to course he helped design

Rankin elected to LPGA Hall

Maple Leafs top Devils, pull even in series

U. S. beats France; clinches second-round berth

Lindros complains of headaches after scrimmage collision

Colorado downs Detroit in overtime

Spare the expense for attraction
Forget those expensive perfumes and colognes.

Woman dies at zoo
A North Augusta parent accompanying her child's kindergarten class on a field trip to the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia was killed Thursday morning in the zoo's parking lot when her car rolled and pinned her against a tree. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

A green lawn requires a good watering system

Row for the hungry

Small portions

Event allows exchange of ideas along with plants

Back in style

Real stars hide behind the scenes

Planned gas pipeline could aid air quality
A proposed expansion of a natural gas pipeline could lead to reduced emissions from a steam generating plant in Beech Island and lower air pollution levels in the area.

Experience helps land airport job

Retailers ready for big sales

Across the area: Woman charged in boyfriend's death
Accompanied by her attorney, an Augusta woman surrendered to authorities Thursday after being charged with murder in the death of her live-in boyfriend.

Coach better as teacher

New Web site offers prison information

Across the area: Officials suspect arson in house fire

Mother dies on zoo trip

Woman, son plead guilty to bank fraud

Augusta man recalls Cardinal O'Connor
Cardinal John O'Connor, as chief of U.S. Navy chaplains, worked in the 1970s to bring minorities fully onboard with the Navy chaplaincy, according to an Augustan who served with him.

Sheriff candidate fails qualification

Residents question water restrictions
If Thursday night was any indication, the city's water and sewer master plan might be pummeled when the government starts holding public meetings citywide next week.

Woman, son plead guilty to bank fraud
A former Burke County bank employee and her son pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering Wednesday in federal court.

Augusta man recalls Cardinal O'Connor

Experience helps land airport job
Although his ascension to airport director might have been turbulent, Tim Weegar seems to have steadied the plane that is Augusta Regional Airport and is preparing for what he hopes will be a long, smooth ride to success.

Arson confirmed in Brown office blaze

Audit: Fewer animals missing
The number of animals unaccounted for at the Richmond County animal shelter last year was 261, based on the facility's monthly reports, according to the city's internal auditors.

Woman files lawsuit for wrongful jail time

St. Joseph chief takes new post
The head of St. Joseph Hospital is leaving to take over a larger facility in North Carolina.

Students indicted in deadly crash
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- An Oconee County grand jury has indicted four University of Georgia freshmen who survived a deadly crash during a fraternity road trip.

Robber hits Security Bank
An apparently armed man robbed a North Augusta bank Wednesday morning, taking an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing on foot.

Augusta pollution rivals Pasadena
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- For years, environmentalists have warned that if something is not done to clean up Georgia's air, it will become as polluted as the infamous Los Angeles basin.

Across the area: Officials suspect arson in house fire
The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department said it believes someone set a fire that damaged a two-bedroom house Tuesday afternoon.

Mother dies on zoo trip
A North Augusta woman died Thursday in an freak accident while accompanying her son's kindergarten class on a field trip to Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.

Arson confirmed in Brown office blaze
Someone entered soul singer James Brown's west Augusta office building Friday night, spread chemicals on the floor and set a fire, the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department confirmed Wednesday.

College commencement
Steve Guthrie uses his mortarboard to question life after college as he prepared Thursday night for the graduation ceremony at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Mr. Guthrie received his degree in fine arts.

Sheriff candidate fails qualification
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Warren County's election superintendent ruled Wednesday that a candidate for sheriff did not meet qualifications when he filed the papers to run for office.

Area fire crew inducts first women into squad
For the first time in history, male Richmond County firefighters will have women battling blazes alongside them.

Junkyard dealer to move some cars

MCG guest speaks on funding, diversity

Manager awarded for works

Pressure mounts for Garcia

St. Joseph chief takes new post

New Web site offers prison information
ATLANTA -- Just by logging on to a computer, Georgia crime victims now can find out when the state prison inmate who committed the crime is about to be released.

Columbine crosses, speaker visit school

Manager awarded for works
AIKEN -- An international association has named Aiken City Manager Roger LeDuca National Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year, recognizing his innovation in financing a $6 million sewer project and an initiative for a citywide seat belt program.

Museum battling tax board

Columbine crosses, speaker visit school
With three of the Columbine memorial crosses in front of him, Jerry Johnston challenged Evans High School students to examine their own lives Wednesday.

Farewells abound at college

Farewells abound at college
AIKEN -- The University of South Carolina Aiken bids farewell today to its largest graduating class ever -- and its chancellor of 17 years.

Lobsters running in Aiken

Lobsters running in Aiken
AIKEN -- Crawling crustaceans will infiltrate Aiken on Friday for the city's favorite spoof on horse racing.

Emptied wallets a sure thing

Across the area: Woman charged in boyfriend's death

Stallions sign ex-Eagle Allen

Museum battling tax board
Should a privately owned nonprofit foundation pay taxes on its office equipment, furniture and fixtures?

Students indicted in deadly crash

Sting nets arrest for exposure

Angry Tiger can be dangerous

Singh fires final salvo

Woman files lawsuit for wrongful jail time
SAVANNAH -- Sheila Elaine Neville spent 18 months in jail for crimes she denied committing. Even after officials knew they had the wrong person, the doors did not open for her.

Three cheers for an old pal

Retailers ready for big sales
Feeling lucky? Lottery ticket buyers are four times more likely to be struck by a falling airplane than they are to win tonight's drawing for a $220 million jackpot in the Big Game lottery.

Singh fires final salvo

Sting nets arrest for exposure
AIKEN -- A television anchorman and reporter for WIS-TV in Columbia has been charged with exposing himself at an interstate rest area near Aiken, part of a continuing undercover operation by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office to discourage sexual activity there.

Residents assemble for prayer

Residents assemble for prayer
Residents across the Augusta area united in prayer Thursday on behalf of government, schools, churches and businesses on the 49th annual National Day of Prayer.

Computer virus hits e-mail systems

Felon's sentence reduced
Back in court Thursday, this time with an attorney, Bernard Raines fared much better.

Computer virus hits e-mail systems
A love bug bit e-mail users in Augusta and elsewhere Thursday, causing some electronic messaging systems to shut down temporarily while technicians eradicated it and erected new barriers to keep it out.

Getting a handout
Isabelle Holland, 2, keeps a watchful eye on a llama as she feeds it a few treats. Isabelle was visiting The Zoo at the Mitchell Center in Aiken, which opened Wednesday and will run through Sunday. The Zoo offers children and adults a chance to see a camel, tigers, monkeys and other exotic animals.

College commencement

Disney delights local woman
AIKEN -- The Minnie Mouse Mother's Day flag on the side of the house is the first clue. Next is a touch lamp in the foyer, where Mickey and Minnie hold hands on the shade.

Disney delights local woman

Junkyard dealer to move some cars
AIKEN -- A junkyard dealer whose collection dots both sides of the road at Aiken's western gateway has agreed to move some of it so the city can plant a screen of greenery on the south side of U.S. Highway 1.

An appeal to the Bear for No. 7

Getting a handout

Suddenly, Sutton has heroic aura

MCG guest speaks on funding, diversity
Teaching hospitals not only must fight to maintain federal funding, but also must diversify to meet a growing population of minority and underserved patients, said the president of a group representing medical schools.

Minnesota seeks size

Riley and Heat await that finishing touch

Webber, Williams await reckless driving charges

Suddenly, Lakers are dancing on the edge

Spurs reflect on season

Silas not sure if Hornets will keep Jones

Trail Blazers dedicate series to coach

Pacers eliminate Bucks

Jackson predicts Pacers victory

Portland has vested interest in Game 5

Jordan movie a new direction for IMAX

Decision to resign stands

Sonics beat Jazz to force Game 5

Hardaway might play Sunday

Mrs. Maxie Brooks
AIKEN - Mrs. Maxie M. Brooks, of Edgefield Avenue Northeast, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Evie Brown
AIKEN - Mrs. Evie Parker Brown, 84, of Wildwood Road, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Daisy Blakes
WASHINGTON - Mrs. Daisy Bentley Blakes died Friday, April 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Permod Agarwal
Mr. Permod K. Agarwal, 54, of Evans, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Curtis Butler Sr.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mr. Curtis Butler Sr., 76, of Able Street, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mary Page
Mrs. Mary A. Page, of Palm Court, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Ashley Rowland Jr.
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mr. Ashley ``Asa'' Rowland Jr., 75, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin.

Mr. Warren Gowers Sr.
Mr. Warren Harding Gowers Sr., 77, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Robert Ashmore
AIKEN - Mr. Robert Evans Ashmore, 85, of Interlachen Court, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Viola Reed
AIKEN - Mrs. Viola J. Reed, 51, of Edgefield Avenue Northeast, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

The Rev. C.W. Rutland
LANGLEY - The Rev. C.W. Rutland, 81, of Cato Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Laura Albright
AIKEN - Mrs. Laura Mae Johnson Albright, 50, of Sumter Street Northwest, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Dr. Isaiah Washington
Dr. Isaiah ``Ike'' Edward Washington, 91, of Kent Street, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Evelyn Reeves
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Evelyn Blackwell Reeves, 81, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lula Roberson
Mrs. Lula Roberson, 90, of Gracewood Drive, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Arthur Blystone Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Arthur Leroy Blystone Sr., 78, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lovie Evans
CINCINNATI - Mrs. Lovie Evans, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000.

Mr. Arthur Blystone Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Arthur Leroy Blystone Sr., 78, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Bobbie Burns
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Bobbie Hayes Burns, 85, of New DeLaughter Drive, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Reba Bishop
SUMMERTOWN, Ga. - Mrs. Reba Robinson Bishop, 95, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Emanuel County Nursing Home, Swainsboro.

Mrs. Helen Lewis
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Lewis, of Quaker Road, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Wilbur Phillips
DEARING - Mr. Wilbur Phillips, 65, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Frederick Williams
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Frederick Williams, 35, died Monday, May 1, 2000 at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Eunice Jackson
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Eunice Salter Jackson, 83, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital, Edgefield.

Mrs. Helen Olson
Mrs. Helen Wolfe Olson, 90, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Willie Dennis
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Willie T. Dennis, 84, of Columbia Highway, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken.

Mr. Lamar Barnes Sr.
Mr. Lamar George Barnes Sr., 76, of Hillsinger Road, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Ray Garvin
SALLEY - Mr. Ray Garvin, 80, of Wagener Road, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mrs. Nancy Cooper
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Nancy Wilkins Cooper, of Brentwood Drive, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center. She was 101.

Ms. Ruth S. Dorsey
Ms. Ruth S. Dorsey, of Anthony Road, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home. She was 102.

Mr. Willie Simpkins Jr.
Mr. Willie Simpkins Jr., 52, of North Pines Drive, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Elouise Flemister
THOMSON - Mrs. Elouise Grant Flemister, 80, of McCommons Street, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gibson.

Mr. Ralph Egan
AIKEN - Mr. Ralph M. Egan, 87, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Mathis Thomas
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Mathis ``Mack'' Thomas, of Perry Street, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Brianna Powell
HARLEM - Brianna Onita Powell, infant daughter of Jason and Melissa Powell, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Walter Walker Jr., of Crosscreek Road, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Ms. Mamie Norman-Myers
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Ms. Mamie Norman-Myers, 47, of Columbia Highway, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Palmetto Baptist Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Scott Tarity
AIKEN - Mr. Scott D. Tarity, 29, of Chime Bell Church Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Ray Garvin
SALLEY - Mr. Ray Garvin, 80, of Wagener Road, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mrs. Bernice Hutto
AIKEN - Mrs. Bernice Louise Toole Hutto, 80, of Charleston Highway, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Clara Grant
Mrs. Clara Harrison Grant, 78, of Villa Marie Apartments, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sandra Rogers
LEBANON, Ill. - Mrs. Sandra E. ``Sandi'' Rogers, 48, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at Forest Park Hospital, St. Louis.

Mr. Rhett Fulmer
AIKEN - Mr. Rhett Harvey Fulmer, 19, of Fulmer Road, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, in Edgefield County.

Allison Hall
WARD, S.C. - Allison Faye Hall, 15, of Richland Springs Community, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Hugh Waters Jr.
GLOVERVILLE - Mr. Hugh E. Waters Jr., 58, of Old Apache Lane, died Monday, May 1, 2000, in Dallas.

Mrs. Vickie Williams
NESSES, S.C. - Mrs. Vickie Lynn Duffey Williams, 50, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Lexington County Hospital, Lexington.

Mr. Matthew Bridges Jr.
LOUISVIILE, Ga. - Mr. Matthew Osborn ``M.O.'' Bridges Jr., 82, of Bridges Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000.

Mr. Willie Hampton
Mr. Willie Hampton, of Mill Street, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Eunice Jackson

Dr. Isaiah Washington

Mr. Frederick Williams

Mrs. Daisy Blakes

Mrs. Reba Bishop

Mrs. Elouise Flemister

Mrs. Bobbie Burns

Mrs. Vickie Williams

The Rev. C.W. Rutland

Mr. Matthew Bridges Jr.

Mr. Permod Agarwal

Mr. Robert Ashmore

Mrs. Mary Page

Mrs. Helen Lewis

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.

Ms. Ruth S. Dorsey

Mr. Mathis Thomas

Mr. Willie Simpkins Jr.

Mr. Hugh Waters Jr.

Mr. Ralph Egan

Mr. Wilbur Phillips

Mrs. Sandra Rogers

Ms. Mamie Norman-Myers

Mrs. Evie Brown

Mr. Ray Garvin

Mr. Ray Garvin

Mrs. Viola Reed

Mrs. Bernice Hutto

Mrs. Laura Albright

Mrs. Lovie Evans

Mr. Rhett Fulmer

Mr. Scott Tarity

Mr. Arthur Blystone Sr.

Mrs. Evelyn Reeves

Venturi ready to walk away 050500 - The Augusta Chronicle

South Augustan hits Winn Dixie closing
Once again residents of south Augusta are getting shorted. We must not allow the Winn Dixie grocery store on Tobacco Road to close. Laurie Peacock, Augusta

Absurd intimidation
The American Civil Liberties Union's court campaign against any symbol that smacks, however remotely, of state approval of religion has led to an absurd, albeit ironic, twist in Alabama.

'Stars and Bars' the wrong call
In the Sunday April 30 Chronicle, the editorial page included an editorial dealing with the Confederate flag and the Augusta/Richmond County school system. Ken Stephens, Martinez

NAACP, obstructionist
While South Carolina lawmakers are struggling to resolve the bitter dispute over where to fly the Confederate battle flag, they somehow managed to reach a compromise on another emotional issue, which optimists hope will set the tone to settle the flag fight.

Flag burning not a free speech issue
Professor Hubert P. Van Tuyll is worried about erosion of our freedom. ... It is true that the U.S. Supreme Court opened a can of worms by calling actions ``speech.'' Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Score one for the girls
Gov. Roy Barnes advanced the cause of female athletics when he signed the bipartisan Equity in Sports Act, sponsored by state Reps. Kathy Ashe, R-Atlanta, and Stephanie Stuckey, D-Decatur. It ensures that girls attending Georgia public schools will have the same sports opportunities and access to facilities as boys.

Columbia school board `scams' public
Once again, the general public has been scammed, this time by the Columbia County School Board. About a month ago, Columbia County students brought home a survey regarding a time change in the school day. Pam Smith, Martinez

Assault on freedoms causes alarm
Why is it whenever a criminal act is committed with a firearm, President Bill Clinton calls for stricter gun laws? Do laws stop a criminal from breaking laws? David Nowakowski, Waynesboro

Brown loss staggering
The best thing that could happen to James Brown this month is to lose $20,000 -- that's the reward money the internationally renowned rock star has put up to apprehend the contemptible creature who torched his West Augusta Parkway office last week.

Story reveals case for 'reparations'
Once there was a rich man. He lived in a palace with a high wall encircling it. He had the finest clothes, which he changed many times in the course of each day. His table groaned under the weight of the best foods. Lawrence Kelliher, Augusta

Cardinal O'Connor
Every generation has someone whose moral leadership brings hope to the nation. Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor was such a man.

Augusta mayor needs power of veto
I am appalled at the number of Augusta-Richmond County residents who show no concern for their government. I have followed the letters pertaining to the executive powers of the mayor, especially the power of veto, and there have been a number of details that should bother residents. Stephanie Cobb,Thomson

Military retirees better stay healthy
Mr. Williams, the best is yet to come. Once you retire on the huge salary you are drawing, Uncle Sam will deduct the housing allowance that pays your rent. Boyd Simmons, Augusta

Perfect couple noted
Thankfully, I am not associated with Marcie Wilhelmi in any capacity but it seems she gets her jollies from breaking careers and making people who disagree with her a target for her wrath. M. Don Williams, Augusta

James Brown not the only victim
The suspected arson that damaged James Brown's office building and much of his personal history and memorabilia has many victims. It is, of course, a tragedy for Mr. Brown, his family, fans and friends. Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

Freedom depends on elected officials
The Chronicle's April 19 editorial (``Protesters' message'') states that the Washington, D.C., demonstrators opposed ``... decision-making made by a narrow group of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats at the World Bank and IMF.'' Robert F. Periano, Augusta

Pray2K: Hope for U.S.
In establishing May 5 as the permanent calendar date for the National Day of Prayer, President Ronald Reagan said these words in 1987: ``On our National Day of Prayer, then, we join together as people of many faiths to petition to God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our weariness and uphold our hope, that we might live ever mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing.''

Reno doesn't deserve criticism
Janet Reno deserves a medal. To execute a warrant and recover the Elian Gonzalez without a shot being fired was a masterpiece. Allan C. Miller, Aiken

Clinton's legacy: 'jack-booted thugs'
Impeached President Bill Clinton has cast his legacy in cement. So many bad things have happened under him that it numbs the mind. Even if there were some illegal acts occurring at the Branch Davidian compound, the children surely did not deserve to have flesh roasted off their bones. McLowery Elrod, Evans

Local charities boosted
Three million dollars will be given to nonprofit organizations this year by the Augusta National Golf Club. Both local charities and national and international golf organizations will be the recipients. It's a generous donation, and much of it will benefit our Central Savannah River Area.

Paper bashed for 'arrogant' attitude
It has long been a known fact that newspapers don't care if they insult and hurt people; they only care about selling papers and making money. Rags such as the National Enquirer have lived by this philosophy for years. Carl Wilson, North Augusta

Woman cadet was wrongly punished
The Citadel is engaged in ``war games'' under the tables at the mess hall (The Chronicle story, May 1). A freshman cadet, a ``knob,'' is ordered to carry out a guerrilla attack with a specific objective, ``wiping out the shoes.'' Bob Welk, Martinez

Unity key to Westminster girls' success

Free Tennis Lesson Blitz is back

Globalize is out of Derby with freak injury

Overtime: Lady Pacers' Cornwell top freshman

Prep notes: Patriots' Nixon signs with Middle Georgia

Wallace refuses to let job consume him

Mayfield's crew chief fined again

Derby post positions determined

Trainer enters four in his Derby debut

Drivers feel stress of circuit

Real stars hide behind the scenes

Emptied wallets a sure thing

Overtime: Moraetes set for title bout

Smelly shellcrackers on lake beds

Digital `skins' show off computer users' a-peel
What do Frank Zappa, the Loch Ness Monster and powder blue have in common?

FDA announcing new steps for regulation of biotech food
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration is expected to announce new steps aimed at providing more oversight of food made from biotech crops and setting standards for labeling products that don't contain gene-altered ingredients.

Officials: 10 percent of Florida's manatees could die this summer
TAMPA, Fla. -- An average of one manatee a day is dying in Florida waters, a pace that would wipe out 10 percent of the mammal's population by the end of summer, state officials said.

'ILOVEYOU' computer bug spreads to U.S.
A new computer virus spread quickly around the world today, swamping U.S. corporate networks with e-mails entitled ``ILOVEYOU'' after crippling government and business computers in Asia and Europe.

Filmmakers go online to show their works
NEW YORK -- When movie producer Stephen Simon shopped around his latest project, he had one condition: The film must be shown on computers, not in theaters.

Passenger creates health scare on plane
SEATAC, Wash. -- An Alaska Airline passenger sparked a health scare after vomiting blood, splashing seven passengers and telling crew members he might be infected with hepatitis C.

FDA approves medical device for female sexual dysfunction
WASHINGTON -- Women with sexual problems can now try the first government-approved medical device to help them achieve orgasm by pumping blood into the clitoris.

ABC returns on Time Warner systems
NEW YORK -- Time Warner called a sudden truce Tuesday in the corporate brawl that deprived 3.5 million cable TV customers of ABC for more than 39 hours, restoring the channel in time for viewers to see ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.''

Hearings begin on proposed fen-phen settlement
PHILADELPHIA -- Opponents of a proposed $3.75 billion national settlement of health claims against the diet drug combination fen-phen called the deal inadequate Tuesday as a judge began hearing testimony on the fairness of the settlement.

Hearings begin on proposed fen-phen settlement

Filmmakers go online to show their works

Digital `skins' show off computer users' a-peel

FDA approves medical device for female sexual dysfunction

FDA announcing new steps for regulation of biotech food

Passenger creates health scare on plane

'ILOVEYOU' computer bug spreads to U.S.