MLB notebook

Braves home streak ends

Harlem, Screven County play final game Saturday

Braves beat Phillies with Jones homer

Braves notebook: Sanders added to disabled list

GreenJackets tonight

GreenJackets notebook: Patience is Jackets' buzzword

Defense, pitching key Harlem win

Jackets win second straight

Lee County sweeps Greenbrier

Change is always a safe bet

Cumulus Media, Clear Channel complete deal
Cumulus Media Inc. will swap several radio stations with Clear Channel Communications.

On the move
Greg Luthi has been named eastern region director of sales for Glit-Microtron Inc.; Frank P. Lindsey has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing.

First phase of shopping area to start
Construction is scheduled to begin immediately on a new shopping center on Fury's Ferry Road in Columbia County.

Business briefs
Red Door Designs, a local graphic design studio, has merged with local Web site developer i Level Web Elements. The company will operate under the name Red Door Designs. Its new Web site is www.reddoor.com.

Cumulus Media, Clear Channel complete deal

Gas pices
Click on graphic to to see a larger version of local gas prices.

Business briefs

Business briefs
SAN FRANCISCO -- Venture capitalists began the year believing that the Internet remains the World Wide Windfall -- a perception industry leaders say probably will not change soon.

On the move

Gas pices

Area farmers market evolves

Area farmers market evolves
There's more for sale at Augusta's state farmers market than just Georgia peaches and Vidalia onions.

Quick tips: Auto leasing
If you have a hankering to buy a new car or truck every two to three years, short-term leasing might be for you. When you lease a car for 24 to 36 months, you pay only for the portion of the vehicle's worth that you use.

Pocket change

Pocket change
SURFING FOR SWEEPSTAKES: Forget e-mail, online bookselling and digital pornography. For the next big thing to attract customers, the Internet's entrepreneurs have turned the clock back to one of the oldest tricks in the book: sweepstakes.

Quick tips: Auto leasing

Georgia Reid remembered

Driver opposes 'dual' bus schedule

ACLU blasted over Ohio motto case

Columbia Co. lawmakers: spenders

GOP gets cold feet

Valley-Columbine cartoon 'appalling'

Vetoes, deletions on target

NRA's Australia crime data `wrong'

The best judicial site

NAACP chief's quote draws fire

Columnist hit on Bush Field view

NAACP hit for 'targeting' the South

Corps bashed for missing draining

Partial-birth abortion attacked as 'unjustified infanticide'

A broader design
Visitors enter the worship area of the new Stevens Creek Community Church on Fury's Ferry Road and get the sense that they are coming into a carpeted stadium.

Civil War couple get literary treatment
The Southern Highlands was a harsh realm of hard people in the best of times before the Civil War.

Explosion of new sandal styles spells confusion
Is wearing open-toe shoes or sandals to the office a fashion faux pas? Ellen Fruchtman, director of public relations for Rich's, says it's appropriate in some office settings.

Faith Digest
First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way, will honor its pastor, Dr. Timothy Owings, for his 10 years of leadership at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Answers to Match Game
Here are the answers to the shoe matching game in the Sunday features section.

In the know
The National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, will collect nonperishable food items such as canned soup, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice Saturday as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

In the know
PILLOW TALK: What's the ``perfect pillow''? That depends on your sleep style, according to a recent article in Natural Health.

Sandal styles cause confusion
Is wearing open-toe shoes or sandals to the office a fashion faux pas? Ellen Fruchtman, director of public relations for Rich's, says it's appropriate in some office settings.

Demise of smaller booksellers a tragedy
Remember the neighborhood bookstore? Small and musty, smelling of paper, ink and bookbinder glue? Stores where patrons would find owners and proprietors perpetually camped behind their cash registers, masters of their literary domain?

If the shoe fits
Straps, straps and more straps are ``in'' for summer, BCBG ladies shoe designer Karen Handley says.

Finding safe harbor
In the wilds of Manhattan, thousands of books are dumped on the market by hundreds of publishing houses with millions of dollars behind them. Like a literature machine, the New York publishing world supplies hungry readers with page upon printed page of novels and nonfiction, children's books and how-to guides.

Hispanic communities battle 'goatsucker' myths
For more than three decades, Puerto Ricans have reported frightening encounters with a wolflike creature known as el chupacabras, the "goatsucker."

Why can we not talk about our faith?
Confusion often reigns when one tries to give definition to one's faith. Asking ``What do you believe?'' often sparks lively debate.

Any attire not festive is all right for funeral
Dear Carson: I am 14. Recently, a good friend of mine, who was also 14, died in an accident. Should I wear all black to the funeral service, a long skirt and long-sleeved shirt?

Carpenter hopes crosses will help end the violence
Since he made his first cross in 1996 in honor of his father-in-law, a murder victim, Mr. Zanis has crafted more than 4,700 crosses to commemorate victims of violent death.

If the shoe fits
Straps, straps and more straps are ``in'' for summer, BCBG ladies shoe designer Karen Handley says.

Treasure found
A woman Ann and Russell Mullins never knew led them to their North Augusta home.

Shoe Match Game
Here are a dozen styles for spring shoes. Some are from New York designers, while others are from local department stores and discount shoe stores. See if you can match each shoe to its price.

McCallister, Franco lead Compaq Classic

Thunderstorm cuts short French Open second round

Davies battles wind to take 3-stroke lead

Franco, McCallister share Compaq lead

Montgomerie makes his move at French Open

Green heads jammed leaderboard

Webb leads by eight shots

Scottish golf body warns of powerful drivers

Davies, Turner tied for lead at Philips Invitational

Lundstrom closes strong for first-round lead

Avalanche skate past Red Wings

Pens on the ropes?

Devils edge Leafs

Jersey having a devil of a time

Change is always a safe bet
Catch any lottery fever? Not me.

Answers to Match Game

Faith Digest

Sandal styles cause confusion

In the know

If the shoe fits

Hispanic communities battle 'goatsucker' myths

Explosion of new sandal styles spells confusion

Treasure found

If the shoe fits

Any attire not festive is all right for funeral

Carpenter hopes crosses will help end the violence

Why can we not talk about our faith?

Finding safe harbor

Shoe Match Game

Civil War couple get literary treatment

A broader design

Community honors leader during service

Making tracks

City's racial tension endures
On Thursday, Augusta will celebrate an anniversary it would like to forget.

Death of jail inmate fueled fire for riots

Teens rescue suicidal woman
While most bystanders stood screaming, two teen-agers with a personal watercraft saved a woman from drowning in the Savannah River after she leaped from the Fifth Street bridge Friday.

Growth alarms officials

Across the area

AP awards Chronicle staff

Walk aids pregnancy center
AIKEN -- More than 150 people turned out Saturday for Lifewalk 2000, raising $18,000 to sup port the work of the Aiken Pregnancy Care Center, which serves the unborn and their mothers.

Blaze destroys condominium
A fire destroyed a west Augusta condominium Friday morning, but a fire wall spared neighboring units from the flame's wrath.

Teens rescue suicidal woman

Emergency workers preview terrorism drill
Local emergency workers got a sneak preview Friday of high-tech equipment they soon will see again.

State OKs purchase of historic battle site
ATLANTA -- The State Properties Commission formally approved Friday preservation of the site where Union and Confederate troops first clashed in the 1864 Civil War campaign that ended with the infamous March to the Sea.

Bus changes put focus on start times
Columbia County school board members wanted later starting times for high schools and earlier ending times for middle schools when they asked for a study of a ``double-track'' bus system.

Victim links burglary incidents
A bolt of recognition went through Williams Brooks recently while reading an article about men pleading guilty to burglary and other charges in Augusta.

EPD orders removal of waste from school
THOMSON -- Hazardous waste stored in the McDuffie County school system's recently condemned maintenance building must be removed immediately, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Helping hands

Drawdown allows fish to make safe passage
The Army Corps of Engineers is planning to lower the Savannah River again -- but only by 18 inches, and only for about three weeks.

Across the area
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina may be in for a few more months of drought before things start to look better, a state climatologist says.

Community honors leader during service
It was a reunion of comrades who had journeyed decades to reach a time when racial harmony would be commonplace.

Helping hands
Stephen Heyl takes a measurement while constructing a home for Habitat for Humanity on Weston Street in North Augusta. Mr. Heyl and about 20 other volunteers were working on the home Saturday.

Man leaves ID at crime scene, gets 20 years
If you're going out to commit a crime, it's best to leave the parole identification card at home. Just ask Darren A. Marshall.

Blacks work to make economic progress

Family shaken by loss
The 3-year-old boy who witnessed his mother's fatal accident at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden on Thursday seems to be doing fine, according to friends of the family.

Officials putting dent in insurance fraud
ATLANTA -- Government officials say they are beginning to put a dent in the epidemic of insurance-fraud cases in Georgia, with more arrests in a nine-month period than the previous year.

Correction
Because of incorrect information received from the Columbia Police Department, Amy Patrick Edwards was incorrectly identified in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Recruits get taste of training

Tip leads officials to goggles
SAVANNAH -- When investigators went to a Long County home looking for stolen Army night vision goggles, they found two pairs plus about $10,000 worth of military equipment.

Woman jailed for contempt

Woman jailed for contempt
Some people will do anything to get out of jury duty. In the case of one Clarke County juror, an attempt to shirk her civic responsibility landed her in the county jail.

Making tracks
The Augusta Chronicle, the state Department of Transportation and city traffic engineers want to keep Augustans informed about when and where road work is scheduled to occur.

Winner's name a mouthful

AP awards Chronicle staff
Of the thousands of photographs taken for Georgia newspapers each year, only a few are recognized as among the best. On Saturday night, such an honor went to a picture story by Jeff Janowski of The Augusta Chronicle.

S. Korea welcomes visits of war veterans

Ex-mayor drops bid for executive director

Across the area
The National Association of Letter Carriers, the AFL-CIO, Saturn of Augusta and Campbell's Soup Co. will hold an annual food drive May 13.

Blacks work to make economic progress
During nearly three decades of public service, state Sen. Charles Walker has seen Augusta progress toward racial harmony and equality.

Ex-mayor drops bid for executive director
Charles A. DeVaney has withdrawn his name from consideration for the executive director's position at the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.

Minority population makes gains on whites
In Richmond County and beyond, the numbers of minorities -- especially Hispanics -- are growing and gaining on the white majority.

Victim links burglary incidents

S. Korea welcomes visits of war veterans
NORTH AUGUSTA -- When Charles ``Duke'' Fletcher left Korea as a corporal in the U.S. Army, he had a feeling he had not finished what he went to the war-torn country to do.

Drawdown allows fish to make safe passage

Retreat helps women heal
AIKEN -- When Fran Marra's husband died with no warning, she didn't have to look for a support group to get her through the numbness and grief that followed. She was already involved with WOW -- Wise Outrageous Women.

Family shaken by loss

Residents dig history of county

Sex law leads to arrests

Minority population makes gains on whites

Stallions to face tough opponent

Retreat helps women heal

Auto dealer plans to foreclose on land

Emergency workers preview terrorism drill

Correction

Across the area

Hats are part of derby tradition

Sex law leads to arrests
AIKEN -- When Quentin Holston had sex with a 15-year-old, he didn't know he was breaking the law.

Lobsters race for freedom

MCG graduates turn new leaf
Angie Moore is all smiles about her honor, the prestigious John F. Beard Award, as her family celebrates at MCG's graduation ceremony at the civic center. Ms. Moore said Friday that receiving the award was an unexpected honor.

Tip leads officials to goggles

Auto dealer plans to foreclose on land
A local car dealer who was given the bank note to a Richmond County industrial park last year plans to foreclose on the property next month.

Officials putting dent in insurance fraud

EPD orders removal of waste from school

Bus changes put focus on start times

Residents dig history of county
Archaeologist Joey Smith looked at the reddish little spear point and nodded his head in approval.

City's racial tension endures

Growth alarms officials
Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field's prospects for increased service, lower fares and direct flights to major cities suddenly look a lot better, thanks to federal legislation designed to help small and medium-size airports.

Official leads effort to tidy Apple Valley
Apple Valley residents met Saturday with newly elected District 2 Augusta Commissioner Marion F. Williams to discuss cleaning up their community.

Death of jail inmate fueled fire for riots
Words spoken on a Sunday radio broadcast May 10, 1970, were fuel enough to nearly burn down the city of Augusta.

Recruits get taste of training
Sgt. 1st Class Tony E. Propes shouted out the orders.

Lobsters race for freedom
AIKEN -- They're not as sleek and graceful as the horses that break out of the starting gate in Aiken every spring, but thoroughbred lobsters drew thousands downtown Friday for spirited charity races that were only slightly subdued by a new no-liquor rule this year.

Hardaway likely to start

Pacers rout Philly

Suns say pressure is on Lakers

Rookie's high-flying abilities crucial to Suns

Milwaukee's breakout season tinged with regret

Hardaway says he'll play Sunday

Mr. Robert Deween
Mr. Robert Deween, 68, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Robert Crosby
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Robert E. ``Bobby'' Crosby, 34, died Saturday, May 6, 2000.

Mrs. Vera Goats
Mrs. Vera Mae Goats, 75, of Augusta, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Willie Floyd
AIKEN - Mr. Willie Alton Floyd, 63, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Eva Wilson
Mrs. Eva D. Wilson, 92, of Kevin Drive, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Salem Nursing & Rehab Center of Augusta.

Mrs. Judith Hunt
MULBERRY, Fla. - Mrs. Judith Randall Hunt, 59, died Saturday, May 6, 2000.

Mrs. Audette Shinaberger
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Audette Shinaberger, 95, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Vera Holmes
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Vera H. Holmes, 80, of Kinney Street, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Washington County Extended Care Facility.

Mrs. Mary Wells
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Mary Turner Wells, 56, of Breezy Hill Drive, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Dorothy Griffith
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Dorothy Marie Johnston Griffith, 68, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Marsh
GROVETOWN - Mr. William S. ``Bill'' Marsh, 63, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Elizabeth Webb
Mrs. Elizabeth Edna Webb, of Old Savannah Road, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Orin Gilyard
Mr. Orin Gilyard, 45, of Dugas Street, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. John Riner
GROVETOWN - Mr. John Frank Riner, 74, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Deidre Bishop
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Deidre Ellis Bishop, 38, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mrs. Jessie Brinson
Mrs. Jessie Bell Brinson, of Prince Road, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dora Joiner
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Dora Marshall Joiner, 88, of Colesby-Smith Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Blanch Crews
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Blanch R. Fennell Crews, 91, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mr. Earnest Long Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Earnest M. Long Sr., 72, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, in Augusta.

Mrs. Phyllis Coates
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Mrs. Phyllis Ashwell Coates, 72, died Friday, May 5, 2000.

Mrs. Amy Edwards
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Amy Patrick Edwards, 40, of Hidden Hills Drive, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Bonnie Brown
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Bonnie B. Brown, 81, of Waco Mill Road, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Ruby Wood
Mrs. Ruby Strickland Wood, 80, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Louise Cartledge
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Louise Weber Cartledge, 66, of Washington Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Elise Cooper
Mrs. Elise Cooper, 79, of Windsong Way, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Cecil Bailey
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Cecil Bailey, 93, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Columbia Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. James Chavis
AIKEN - Mr. James Chavis, 69, of New Bridge Road, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Herman Austin
Mr. Herman Edward Austin, 69, of New Moon Court, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Jay Gant
THOMSON - Mr. Jay D. Gant, 77, of Holt Street, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. John Owen
Mr. John W. Owen, 85, of Wheeler Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at his residence.

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.

Mr. Joseph Lowe
HARLEM - Mr. Joseph ``Joe Joe'' Lowe, 26, of Cook Street, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. William Westbrook
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. William Bobby Westbrook, 60, of Jordan Mill Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000.

Lukas Gorry
GROVETOWN - Lukas Noel Gorry, infant son of Janice Gorry, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mazell Wimbley
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mazell Sherman Wimbley, 57, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Columbia Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. Robert Freeman
Mr. Robert C. Freeman, of Oak Street, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Maggie Faglier
HIXSON, Tenn. - Mrs. Maggie Finch Faglier, 85, of Anchorage Lane, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Memorial North Park Hospital.

Mr. Ellis Bryant
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Ellis ``Uncle Bud'' Bryant, 90, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Ruby Amos
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Ruby B. Amos, 76, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at NHC HealthCare and Rehab.

Mrs. Lottie Freeman
Mrs. Lottie R. Freeman, 85, of Stevens Creek Road, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Edna Brown
Mrs. Edna Louise Brown, 84, of Cobbham Road, Appling, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Orin Gilyard

Mr. William Marsh

Mrs. Eva Wilson

Mr. Robert Crosby

Mrs. Ruby Amos

Mr. Ellis Bryant

Mrs. Jessie Brinson

Mr. Cecil Bailey

Mrs. Phyllis Coates

Mrs. Elise Cooper

Mr. Jay Gant

Mrs. Mazell Wimbley

Mr. Robert Deween

Mrs. Vera Holmes

Mrs. Judith Hunt

Mrs. Elizabeth Webb

Mrs. Vera Goats

Mrs. Lottie Freeman

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.

Mrs. Deidre Bishop

Mrs. Dorothy Griffith

Mr. Robert Freeman

Mrs. Dora Joiner

Mrs. Louise Cartledge

Mrs. Bonnie Brown

Mr. Joseph Lowe

Mr. Willie Floyd

Lukas Gorry

Mrs. Maggie Faglier

Kent: 'No. 2' now No. 1 at Bush; Beul bombshell
AUGUSTA AVIATION Commission member Rodger Giles, in a letter published yesterday, took umbrage to last week's column item about the firing of Bush Field director Al McDill.

Conversation's direction definitely disturbing
ONE OF THE parts of the paper I always read is the comics section. Being a creature of habit, I start with Non Sequitur (I miss

Cuban boy will miss out on freedom's promise
It's way past time for Americans to wake up to the fact that because of their own greedy and corrupt lifestyle, they have elected an evil administration -- ClintonGore. Dr. Ralph W. Buchanan, North Augusta

NAACP doesn't speak for Georgians
Now that the battle over the Georgia state flag is literally being fought right here in Augusta, I felt compelled to voice my concerns. Hugh Williams, Martinez

Just do something
Most Augustans living in the inner city area don't care who develops the area around the Armstrong Galleria, as long as somebody does something and gets the wheels turning.

Kent: 'No. 2' now No. 1 at Bush; Beul bombshell
AUGUSTA AVIATION Commission member Rodger Giles, in a letter published yesterday, took umbrage to last week's column item about the firing of Bush Field director Al McDill.

The best judicial site
A rising caseload is creating a desperate need for more space for Augusta's judges and new offices for an expanded district attorney staff. It's incredibly inefficient, for example, that there are just two Augusta courtrooms for seven Superior Court judges, the lowest ratio on the state.

Vetoes, deletions on target
Georgia's chief executive struck down a pernicious sports ticket scalping measure, obtusely championed by state Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling. He also vetoed seven other measures as well as axed five line-items in the General Assembly's $14.4 billion budget, including an allocation proposed by Lt. Gov. (and the Senate's presiding officer) Mark Taylor.

Georgia Reid remembered
As a writer of local history for Augusta Magazine, I first met Miss Reid in 1984 when the Bon Air Hotel was being renovated, and reported her memories of the structure. Tom Hunter, Augusta

Miami 'kidnapping' shocks readers
As Americans, we are in total shock over the police state-type taking of Elian Gonzalez from his Miami family. The government talked about not wanting to traumatize a 6-year-old boy. Now it needs to worry about traumatizing thousands of Americans who, via television, viewed this Bill Clinton/Janet Reno kidnapping. Larry and Peggy L. Dudley, Blythe

Valley-Columbine cartoon 'appalling'
As a graduate of Midland Valley, I am writing to show my disgust and hurt over the editorial cartoon printed in The Chronicle April 20. We must not take lightly issues of violence, and your ``cartoon'' was appalling. Jason Fulmer, Clearwater

Partial-birth abortion attacked as 'unjustified infanticide'
What's wrong with this nation? Have we become so depraved and evil that we can actually justify and legalize infanticide? Einar Waldun, Hephzibah

Columbia Co. lawmakers: spenders
All four of our local delegation members to the Georgia General Assembly are tax-and-spend liberals who act like Democrats, rather than the Republicans we thought we had elected. Larry Boyd, Martinez

American ignorance of Cuba scares writer
Regarding the Elian Gonzalez situation and some of the letters appearing in the media: If the writers were not so scary in revealing their lack of knowledge about Cuba, Castro, Cuban-American refugees, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they would be pathetic. Mike Lockwood, Augusta

Corps bashed for missing draining
I guess the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was busy with the ``Gonzalez house attack.'' That is why they missed the fact that the Augusta Canal has been drained for two months. Bill Lewis, North Augusta

NRA's Australia crime data `wrong'
The Chronicle has posted several letters claiming crime is up in Australia since it removed 640,000 firearms from the community. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

Student finds astronaut article 'outrageous'
I am outraged with the article that Faith Johnson wrote April 20 about Cross Creek High School, saying that we were more interested in ``our lunch hour'' than hearing an astronaut speak to us about his experiences in space. Patrick Hill, Hephzibah

GOP gets cold feet
Republican congressional leaders are displaying a lack of courage in backing off hearings on the Justice Department's snatch of Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives' home.

Columnist hit on Bush Field view
Re the April 30 Phil Kent column, ``Where does Bush Field go from here?'': Rodger Giles, Augusta

Foot-in-mouth disease
There's a new saying: ``Dumb as a relief pitcher.'' Relievers everywhere can thank their colleague John Rocker for that denigrating epithet.

NAACP hit for 'targeting' the South
The NAACP is on the move to kill anything to do with the Civil War, which includes the Confederate flag, symbols, statues and history itself. They have targeted South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi -- the last states to fly the Confederate flag. J. Adams, Augusta

Conversation's direction definitely disturbing
ONE OF THE parts of the paper I always read is the comics section. Being a creature of habit, I start with Non Sequitur (I miss

NAACP chief's quote draws fire
In response to the quote in the April 28 The Chronicle by Alexander Smith, president of Augusta's National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter, ``The flag is the last remnant of segregation and discrimination'': Angelynn Price, Harlem

Driver opposes 'dual' bus schedule
I am a Columbia County bus driver ... who is very concerned about having high and middle school students on the same bus. We have enough problems to deal with now ... Debra Clabey, Grovetown

ACLU blasted over Ohio motto case
Every day there is yet another case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union to get rid of the ideas and foundations on which this country was founded. Melony Stevens, North Augusta

Lukas shooting for Derby win No. 5

Albany-Cross Creek leads Burke County

S. Aiken faces Spring Valley in finals

Favorite comes through in Derby

S. Aiken wins tennis title

Two local horses in race

Olympic security chiefs launch Operation Gold

Hats are part of derby tradition

About the horses

Earnhardt Jr. becomes first repeat winner

Rusty Wallace wins pole for Pontiac 400

Winner's name a mouthful

Overtime: Hingis regains No. 1 ranking

Williams speaks at ASU banquet

Hunters find success during Turkey season

Old lures hook collectors

Outdoors notebook

Two more laptop computers are missing
WASHINGTON -- The State Department has discovered two more laptop computer to be missing. One was signed out to a senior official, Morton H. Halperin, the assistant secretary of state for policy planning.

Steps to reduce listeria poisonings
WASHINGTON -- The government will require companies that churn out hot dogs and cold cuts to test their plants for the deadly listeria bacterium, President Clinton announced Saturday. The goal is to reduce listeria-caused illnesses by one-half over five years.

Genentech warns doctors of deaths
SAN FRANCISCO -- Genentech Inc. mailed a letter to doctors Thursday warning that the breast cancer drug Herceptin has been linked to 15 deaths and 47 other adverse reactions in patients.

Government proposes overhaul of air bag safety rules
WASHINGTON -- The government is proposing sweeping changes in auto air bag safety rules to better protect young children and small women.

New aliens-and-lingerie video game incurs wrath
NEW YORK -- A video game in which sex-obsessed aliens seek photographs of lingerie-clad models has become a target of outrage and ridicule even before its release on the market.

Librarians file grievances over porn
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mary Doty stared in disbelief at the contents of the inch-thick packet of pornographic printouts delivered to her on behalf of seven Minneapolis librarians.

Microsoft settlement predicted
SEATTLE -- Some antitrust experts predict the Justice Department won't settle its landmark case against Microsoft Corp. until President Clinton leaves office.

Stroke patients fare better after early discharge
DALLAS -- Stroke victims appear to make a faster recovery if they are sent home earlier from the hospital, a study found.

Computer killed by virus disguised as love note
A software virus that seduced computer users with an e-mail note proclaiming ``ILOVEYOU'' crippled government and corporate computer networks around the world Thursday and destroyed video files and pictures.

Clues in e-mail virus case
U.S. authorities said Saturday they are helping police in the Philippines search for the creator of the most damaging computer virus ever, the ``Love Bug'' that swept around the world this week.

Area businesses recover from virus
Augusta-area businesses recently afflicted with the ``ILOVEYOU'' computer virus began returning to health Friday, even as the cyber-ailment spread elsewhere in mutated or variant strains.

Government proposes overhaul of air bag safety rules

Librarians file grievances over porn

New aliens-and-lingerie video game incurs wrath

Computer killed by virus disguised as love note

Stroke patients fare better after early discharge

Two more laptop computers are missing

Microsoft settlement predicted

Steps to reduce listeria poisonings

Clues in e-mail virus case

Area businesses recover from virus