MLB notebook

Lee Co. player killed in car crash

Defense, pitching key Harlem win

Jackets sweep series

Mets baffled by Dempster

Tatnall pounds Augusta Christian; advances

Jackets win second straight

Barnwell advances

Miami stops Georgia Tech

Braves' skid continues

Cubs down Brewers 12-11 in 10 innings

Braves notes: Mulholland, doctors at loss on cause of breathing problem

GreenJackets notebook: Patience is Jackets' buzzword

Gonzalez, Tigers put negotiations on hold

Braves notebook: Sanders added to disabled list

Montreal outfielder gets better with age

Braves home streak ends

Braves drop game, series to Phillies

Clemson finishes off Seminoles sweep

Kelly records milestone win

Change is always a safe bet

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.

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.

Area farmers market evolves

Quick tips: Auto leasing

Pocket change

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.

On the move

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

Business briefs

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.

Georgia Reid remembered

AIDS & U.S. security

The best judicial site

Vetoes, deletions on target

Attorney general a great military hero

ACLU blasted over Ohio motto case

'Dr. A' steps down

NAACP chief's quote draws fire

Driver opposes 'dual' bus schedule

NAACP hit for 'targeting' the South

U.S. best country to raise Cuban boy

Corps bashed for missing draining

Partial-birth abortion attacked as 'unjustified infanticide'

Liberals demonize conservative foes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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."

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

Webb leads by eight shots

Hybl falls to third with 74

Green heads jammed leaderboard

Montgomerie makes his move at French Open

Pack's Quinn defends crown

Pin placement key to success

Davies battles wind to take 3-stroke lead

Davies hangs on for two-stroke victory

Fleisher wins third title of season

Franco wins Compaq again

Thomson falls short of title

Franco wins in playoff; repeats

McCallister, Franco lead Compaq Classic

Thomson golf coach leads team to finals

U.S. ties, Finland and Canada win

Stars eyeing second straight Cup

Flyers confident but wary of Penguins comeback

Lindros suffers another concussion

Pens on the ropes?

Devils top Leafs; advance to finals

Devils edge Leafs

Allegations of dirty play making Devils' Stevens smile

Devils one win from conference finals

Flyers make quick work of Penguins

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

Shoe Match Game

If the shoe fits

Finding safe harbor

Any attire not festive is all right for funeral

Explosion of new sandal styles spells confusion

Answers to Match Game

If the shoe fits

Treasure found

In the know

Sandal styles cause confusion

Civil War couple get literary treatment

Hispanic communities battle 'goatsucker' myths

Residents dig history of county

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.

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.

Brandon Wilde resident keeps hooked on life

Victim links burglary incidents

Masters souvenir sales hot

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.

Helping hands

Building depends on rise in tax
To get a new judicial building in downtown Augusta, voters will have to extend the 1-cent special-purpose sales tax and pay higher property taxes, according to City Administrator Randy Oliver.

Across the area

Building depends on rise in tax

State aims to cut drug-benefit costs

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

Across the area: Police arrest three men in shooting

Recruits get taste of training

City resurrects old warehouse

Blacks work to make economic progress

City's racial tension endures

AP awards Chronicle staff

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.

Student beats odds to graduate
Two years ago, Keith Vandale New doubted he would ever make it to graduation. Now, Mr. New is an alumnus of Paine College.

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

Brandon Wilde resident keeps hooked on life
Residents at Brandon Wilde fondly refer to Mary Sargent as the ``Happy Hooker.'' It's her love for hooking rugs that has earned her the nickname.

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.

City resurrects old warehouse
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- When Mayor Dean Campbell looked at the old cotton warehouse beside the railroad tracks, he saw much more than century-old bricks and decaying wood.

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.

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

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.

Death of jail inmate fueled fire for riots

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.

Making tracks

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.

Minority population makes gains on whites

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.

Winner's name a mouthful

Crowd honors heritage

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.

Foundation's watchdog reputation increases

Retreat helps women heal

Growth alarms officials

Development dependent on tax increases
To get a new judicial building in downtown Augusta, voters will have to extend the 1-cent special-purpose sales tax and pay higher property taxes, according to City Administrator Randy Oliver.

Development dependent on tax increases

Across the area: Police arrest three men in shooting
Police arrested three Augusta men Sunday in connection with an early-morning shooting that wounded four people in a North Leg Road night club parking lot.

President argues against disbarment
ATLANTA -- President Clinton is vigorously fighting an effort to strip him of his license to practice law, asserting many of the same arguments used in his successful impeachment defense.

Masters souvenir sales hot
Jay Blint says he got a deal on one of the original souvenirs from the Masters Tournament -- a seat that dates back to the days when the tournament was called the Augusta National Invitational Tournament.

State aims to cut drug-benefit costs
ATLANTA -- Health advocates and doctors are hoping a plan by the state to control prescription costs won't keep millions of Georgians from getting the medicine they need.

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.

S. Korea welcomes visits of war veterans

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.

Foundation's watchdog reputation increases
ATLANTA -- Bill Clinton probably wishes he'd never heard of a small, special-interest law firm from Atlanta that is nipping at his heels like a Chihuahua.

Crowd honors heritage
AIKEN -- Tom Key wore the same rosette near his heart Sunday that his great-grandfather had pinned to his breast more than a century ago when he watched Jefferson Davis' funeral train pass on its way to his final burial in Richmond, Va., the capital of the Confederacy.

President argues against disbarment

Doctor cleared in former Celtics star's death

Suns say pressure is on Lakers

Blazers expecting different Jazz team

Miami tops Knicks; takes 1-0 series lead

Hardaway likely to start

Suns can't hang with Shaq, Lakers

Ailing Malone likely to play in Game 2

Karl proud of season, looking to future

Pacers rout Philly

Kidd's status in question

Underwood tries to take small steps with Dallas

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

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

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

Mrs. Lucille Padgett
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Johnson Padgett, 83, of Augusta Highway, died Saturday, May 6, 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.

Rev. John Busby
The Rev. John C. Busby, 82, of Loyola Drive, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. Harvey Cheely
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Harvey Allen Cheely, 90, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mrs. Mary Bentley
THOMSON - Mrs. Mary S. Bentley, 98, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

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

Mr. Joseph Moog
Mr. Joseph B. ``Joe'' Moog, 87, of Poindexter Drive, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. Furman Jenkins Jr.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Mr. Furman C. Jenkins Jr., 58, of Nymark Drive, died Friday, May 5, 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Jessie Bragg Sr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Jessie R. Bragg Sr., 58, of Perkins Road, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

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

Mr. James Ogltree Sr.
KENNESAW, Ga. - Mr. James Phillip Ogltree Sr., 78, of Randolph Circle, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Northside Hospital.

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

Mrs. Cora Thigpen
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mrs. Cora Lee Rabun Thigpen died Saturday, May 6, 2000.

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

Mr. James McNair Sr.
HARLEM - Mr. James Robert McNair Sr., 87, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mrs. Edna Myers
Mrs. Edna S. Myers, 71, of Mundy Street, died Sunday, May 7, 2000.

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

Mr. Caney Moseley
Mr. Caney Perry ``Red'' Moseley, 76, of Gordon Highway, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his residence.

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. Julia Williams
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Julia Mae Allen Williams, 69, 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.

Mrs. Mattie Smith
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Hall Smith, 84, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Crosby

Mr. Willie Floyd

Mr. James Ogltree Sr.

Mrs. Vera Goats

Mr. Robert Freeman

Mrs. Eva Wilson

Mrs. Bonnie Brown

Mr. Walter Walker Jr.

Mrs. Ruby Amos

Mrs. Dorothy Griffith

Mr. Joseph Lowe

Mr. William Marsh

Mrs. Lottie Freeman

Mr. Jay Gant

Mr. Cecil Bailey

Mrs. Mary Bentley

Mrs. Mazell Wimbley

Mrs. Julia Williams

Mrs. Jessie Brinson

Mr. Caney Moseley

Mr. Robert Deween

Mrs. Lucille Padgett

Lukas Gorry

Mr. Jessie Bragg Sr.

Mrs. Louise Cartledge

Mr. Harvey Cheely

Mrs. Deidre Bishop

Mr. Joseph Moog

Mrs. Elizabeth Webb

Mr. Furman Jenkins Jr.

Mr. Ellis Bryant

Mrs. Mattie Smith

Mrs. Elise Cooper

Mrs. Edna Myers

Mrs. Judith Hunt

Mrs. Dora Joiner

Mrs. Vera Holmes

Mrs. Maggie Faglier

Mrs. Phyllis Coates

Mr. Orin Gilyard

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.

AIDS & U.S. security
There is no greater tragedy on the planet today than the deadly AIDS epidemic sweeping Africa and south Asia, but is this disease that's killing millions really a threat to U.S. national security as the Clinton administration claims?

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

Attorney general a great military hero
She was the Marines at Iwo Jima and Chosen Reservoir and the Army at Normandy, Bastogne and Pusan. She was the Navy at Midway and the Air Force at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Richard D. Renew, Martinez

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

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.

'Dr. A' steps down
This year's graduating class marks the end of an era at the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

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.

Pets have more rights than unborn
The big story in the world today is a very political custody battle over a 6-year-old boy between two countries. Each side continues to scream its rhetoric to the TV, radio, print media and whoever else will listen. Scott Bedgood, Martinez

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.

U.S. best country to raise Cuban boy
Re Mr. Paul Cook's April 29 letter to the editor: It sounds as if Mr. Cook is being the radical, not The Chronicle. His attitude seems riddled with political partisanship to me. Bill Cobb, Martinez

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.

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

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

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

Bailing out on DUI
It just seems like the Confederate battle flag is the only issue on South Carolina's legislative plate. In fact, there are other issues, and one that set off a lot of debate, until Tuesday, was a Senate-passed driving-under-the-influence bill.

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

Liberals demonize conservative foes
Liberals do not suffer dissent gracefully. They can barely tolerate the fact that we have one of the few conservative newspapers in the entire country. Don F. Gonella, Martinez

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

Elian, dad belong in Cuba, not U.S.
Concerning this Elian Gonzalez mess, I can't understand why so much money has been spent on this ``movie,'' which will be on the screen later, making even more millions. J.M. Crow, Monetta

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

Plea made to save 'Negro spirituals'
I am well aware that not all people stand for all the same things, regardless of race. I would just like to ask the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People a favor. Richard Dixon, Hephzibah

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

S. Aiken wins tennis title

Winner's name a mouthful

Horse could skip Preakness

Overtime: Gamecocks still No. 1

Earnhardt Jr. establishing identity

Favorite comes through in Derby

Illinois, Kansas tracks added to NASCAR schedule

Overtime: Hingis regains No. 1 ranking

Williams speaks at ASU banquet

Get hip to it: Foo-sah-EE-chee

Earnhardt Jr. becomes first repeat winner

NCAA to crack down on rough play

Overtime: USC loses two straight at Arkansas

Newspaper report says Courier retiring

Hunters find success during Turkey season

Old lures hook collectors

Outdoors notebook

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.

Junked computers are toxic nightmare, recyclers' dream
PHILADELPHIA -- With faster processors and sharper flat-panel screens arriving regularly in homes and offices, a new breed of recyclers is developing across the nation to handle the glut of outdated computers and monitors and the toxic materials they contain.

NASA redrawing Mars exploration plans
PASADENA, Calif. -- After a pair of high-profile Mars mission flops, NASA is rethinking its approach to the Red Planet in an unprecedented review that includes everything from science and technology to management and bureaucracy.

IE 5 for Mac is worth the wait
Ever since Microsoft released version 5 of Internet Explorer for Windows a year ago, Mac users have patiently waited for the Mac version. A few weeks ago, their patience was rewarded - and how.

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.

Only a few online legal sites are helpful
Trying to figure out legal issues without a juris doctorate on your wall or a lawyer's phone number in your Rolodex is a daunting and potentially risky business. But sometimes all you need is a little information and not somebody on retainer.

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.

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.

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.

New York to allow needle purchase without prescription
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New Yorkers will soon be able to buy hypodermic needles without a prescription in a move aimed at inhibiting the spread of the AIDS virus.

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.

Government proposes overhaul of air bag safety rules

Steps to reduce listeria poisonings

IE 5 for Mac is worth the wait

Only a few online legal sites are helpful

Librarians file grievances over porn

Clues in e-mail virus case

Microsoft settlement predicted

NASA redrawing Mars exploration plans