Dinner theatre pays tribute to Charles Schultz
It's a clear, perfect day, blue of sky and warm of sun, the kind of day that can only be found in the Sunday comics. What could possibly go wrong on a day like this? Quite a bit if your name is Charlie Brown.

Thomson benefits from event

Augusta players recapture magic of Wizard of Oz

Augusta players recapture magic of Wizard of Oz
When it was released in 1939, The Wizard of Oz dazzled movie-goers with its Technicolor-swirl approach to the classic children's tale.

Bursting with color
The grapefruit, neatly bisected, fairly drips from the canvas. Rendered in brilliant tones and bathed in a beam of morning sunlight, the textured canvas is a burst of color and light against the nondescript gray walls of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's main gallery.

Thomson benefits from event
Born in 1901, he was never able to perform before thousands of adoring fans or bank thousands of dollars from record sales and concert dates. Like many blues musicians of his generation, Mr. McTell lived and died, in 1959, in relative anonymity.

Traveling exhibit pushes the boundaries of watercolor

Musician creates songs from a gumbo of styles

Dinner theatre pays tribute to Charles Schultz

Songwriter hears heartbeat of America in blues music

Musician creates songs from a gumbo of styles
When music legend Delbert McClinton rolls into Augusta Saturday night to play the Hot Southern Night concert for the Augusta Red Cross, he'll bring an innate understanding of musical history.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Blind Willie had a soulmate
When Ruth Kate Seabrooks died on Oct. 3, 1991, her obituary in The Augusta Chronicle indicated she had lived an everyday life.

Drumbeat of equality will sound
Dancers, singers, drummers and the merely curious will gather Saturday and Sunday at Camp Linwood Hayne off Mike Padgett Highway to celebrate the culture and traditions of American Indians.

Songwriter hears heartbeat of America in blues music
Whether delving into folk, the blues or rock anthems, Peter Case has built a career around sharp, insightful songs rooted in the idiom of American music.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Blind Willie had a soulmate

Traveling exhibit pushes the boundaries of watercolor
Putting a bold new face on an established medium, the 132nd International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society features 40 works that transcend and confound expectations of what a watercolor should be.

Braves fall to Marlins

Braves fall to Marlins rookies

Harlem times peak perfectly

Jackets' big innings too little too late

Ford extends streak in Jackets' 7-5 win

Pitcher is 1-1 since return

Braves fall to Marlins

Braves notes: Chipper Jones, Galarraga struggle for clutch hits

Barnwell adjusts enroute to final

Deion out of baseball for now

Tech, Clemson go to wire in ACC

Harlem bats lack luster

Braves notes: Galarraga trying to be patient at plate

Braves notes: Galarraga trying to be patient at plate

Bonds blasts two homers for San Fran

Late leader deserves street honor

Champion prefers International Paper's $75-a-share offer
Champion International Corp. said Wednesday that International Paper's $7.3 billion bid is ``superior'' to a competing one from Finnish paper-maker UPM-Kymmene Corp.

Local ISPs succeed against industry giants
Independent Internet service providers, those scrappy dial-up companies that sprouted up in nearly every market during the mid-1990s, are still thriving even though Big Business now rules the Net.

CD prices may fall if industry, FTC cooperate
The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday it has reached separate agreements with five major music companies that might lead to lower compact disc prices for retailers and consumers.

Sky's the limit
at 10th and Broad streets. The restaurant, which is expected to open in early June, will serve soul food with an international flare. The diner will join other recently opened restaurants and bars in that area of Broad Street.

Champion prefers International Paper's $75-a-share offer

New call waiting unveiled
BellSouth began offering a solution Tuesday to the two devices, one phone line problem. The company is offering a smart call-waiting service that will let you know someone is phoning when you are logged on the Internet.

Business briefs: Chairman seeks new auditing rules
NEW YORK -- Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt said Wednesday that the SEC will draft new rules to help prevent conflicts of interest between auditors and the companies they review for financial integrity.

Business briefs: Yarn company announces profits
Aiken-based Advanced Glassfiber Yarns on Thursday announced unaudited first-quarter earnings of $2.3 million, up from a loss of $800,000 a year ago, when the company charged off $3.6 million in extraordinary costs associated with debt.

Sky's the limit

Business briefs: Yarn company announces profits

CD prices may fall if industry, FTC cooperate

New call waiting unveiled

Local ISPs succeed against industry giants

Business briefs: Chairman seeks new auditing rules

Gamecocks focus on new season

Hoosiers should let night go

Source: Indiana might ask Knight to step down

End poor inspections

Rebel flag 'compromise' derided

Why a total gun ban wouldn't work

Paul Cook 'lays Elian case to rest'

Janet Reno raid: The Nazis are back

Mother's Day D.C. march defended

Bipartisan flag victory

Lawmaker's Tubman vote 'disgusting'

Capsules
A team led by a Tuscaloosa, Ala., plastic surgeon has found that women with large breasts are more likely to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome than their smaller-breasted counterparts.

Pedal power
Apart from getting hit by the occasional car, Brian Hughes says there are few downsides to riding your bike to work.

Lawn problems can be fixed with a little careful planning
I have several dead spots of various sizes in my centipede lawn. I don't think insects or disease is killing it. What do you think has happened and what should I do?

A rose is a rose
When your roses are drooping, turning brown or loosing leaves or buds, they are not laughing at you. They are begging for the meticulous attention they require to be robust beautiful blooming bushes.

Beware a rested Tiger

S. Aiken holds 17 shot lead

Jaguars fall one spot in college poll

Late leader deserves street honor
I'm sure someone out there is considering a lasting tribute to the late Dr. I.E. Washington, who passed away April 29 at age 91.

Found body identified
AIKEN -- An man whose decomposed body was found in deep in a wooded area of Aiken County was identified Wednesday as an Edgefield resident.

HUD encourages potential homeowners
Elaine Voltz has always wanted a lavender room. And last weekend one of the first things she did after becoming a first-time homeowner was paint one of her three bedrooms a light purple hue.

United Way provides extra funds
With the state cutting back on its mental health care budget, Phylis Holliday has seen a huge increase in the demand for the services of her United Way funded organization, Friendship Community Center. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Lawn problems can be fixed with a little careful planning

A rose is a rose

Capsules

Pedal power

Across the area: Woman arrested after son starts fire
The mother of a 5-year-old boy who started a fire in their apartment Monday was arrested Wednesday at her new residence.

Few reportedly on short list for new post

Father convicted for harming child
September Watson's first month on Earth was filled with pain, the last of which left her in a near vegetative state for which her father is responsible, a jury determined Wednesday.

Cave-in repairs
road, closed since Tuesday, was expected to reopen by this afternoon. The cave-in was larger than originally estimated.

Profits will fund event
The Augusta Aviation Commission has begun planning for Skyfest 2001, and this time the group promises to organize better and enlist more help.

Program provides homes
Elaine Voltz has always wanted a lavender room.

Media, not protesters, make noise outside hearings on Cuban boy
ATLANTA - Armed with a home video camera, Sean Means said he had expected to film protesters outside the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals angry about possible asylum for Elian Gonzalez.

Across the area: Challenge hearing moves to today
The qualifying challenge hearing for Richmond County sheriff candidate Woodrow Fryer was changed from Monday to today by the Board of Elections on Thursday.

Man faces additional charges

Bus, tow truck wreck
Denise Jones (center) escorts her daughters Caitlyn Rouse, 10, (left) and Candace Rouse, 9, from the scene of an accident on Milledgeville Road near Gordon Highway, where a Richmond County school bus hit a tow truck as it was making a turn into a parking lot. The wreck left a boy hospitalized.

Few reportedly on short list for new post
A television station in Washington reported Wednesday that Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few is at the top of the list of three fire chief candidates presented to the city's mayor.

Pulaski project stalled
SAVANNAH - The centerpiece of Savannah's once-scenic Monterey Square is a tall column wrapped in plastic, boarded up in plywood and caged in a rusty iron frame.

Parking lot will replace cottages
SAVANNAH - Backing away from the controversy it often attracts, Savannah's historic review board has chosen not to fight for two tiny historic cottages in an old, working-class neighborhood.

Official touts benefits of gun program
AIKEN - Armed with a gun control proposal he claims really works, South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon told Aiken County Republicans on Monday night that his Palmetto Exile program would get criminals with guns off the streets.

Hopeful defends candidacy
Woodrow Fryer on Wednesday rebutted the legal challenge issued this week against his candidacy for Richmond County sheriff when he produced documents showing his fingerprints have been on file since February.

Math student to go to Washington
AIKEN - Brandon Kearse has always done well in school, especially math. Today, his calculating skills are taking him all the way to Washington.

Tips help preserve greenery

Monkeying around
best of her, lowering her mask to see if anyone is watching. Lee Ann and other W.E. Parker Elementary School kindergartners practiced Thursday for next week's graduation ceremony for pupils at the school in Edgefield, S.C.

New class schedule affects student performance little

United Way provides extra funds

Found body identified

Center will receive more funding

Screening shows lungs damaged by lithium
After 47 years, former Savannah River Site worker Elton J. Bush finally knows what destroyed his lungs.

Conservation plan passes House
Landmark legislation to increase wildlife conservation funding nationwide - and funnel about $40 million in such revenues into Georgia - was passed by the U.S. House late Thursday afternoon.

North Aiken poised to grow
AIKEN -- When Don Sprawls decided to relocate his car business five years ago, everyone told him to move to the thriving south side.

Mom for a day

Revenue loss stresses Aiken medical center
WARRENVILLE -- Aiken Regional Medical Centers is feeling the stress of declining revenues and increasing demand for services, the hospital's chief executive officer told the Midland Valley Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Fire chief open to D.C. offer

Student's kitten research to be televised
WINDER, Ga. -- A University of Georgia graduate student's research on kitten behavior will be featured on an upcoming segment of National Geographic Explorer.

Physical education rule altered

Medicaid to widen medical coverage
Expanding Medicaid to cover more of the uninsured is just one strategy Georgia is pursuing to address the growing problem of the uninsured, according to Department of Community Health Commissioner Russ Toal.

Parking lot will replace cottages

Tips help preserve greenery
Charles Phillips' phone started ringing Wednesday morning with calls from Columbia County residents worried about how to save their yards now that water restrictions are in force.

Pulaski project stalled

Revenue loss stresses Aiken medical center

Profits will fund event

Committee postpones decision on galleria
Laney-Walker Development Corp. will have to wait another month to find out if it can move ahead with plans to expand the Armstrong Galleria shopping center.

Official touts benefits of gun program

New class schedule affects student performance little
ATLANTA -- An alternative class schedule featuring longer classes is having little effect on the test scores of Georgia high school students whose schools bucked the traditional school day, according to state data.

Quality of water examined

Scholar earns honor medals

Airport panel OKs new terminal plan

Group to nominate executive director

Bus, tow truck wreck

Student's kitten research to be televised

Math student to go to Washington

X-rays lead to identity

Panel seeks alterations in DFACS

S.C. House votes to remove flag
COLUMBIA -- After two days of emotional, sometimes tortured debate, South Carolina's House of Representatives voted 63-56 late Wednesday to go along with a Senate compromise that will take a Confederate flag off the Capitol dome and put an authentic battle flag on the grounds with a monument to Southern soldiers.

Across the area: Challenge hearing moves to today

X-rays lead to identity
AIKEN -- The body of a man found in an Aiken County pine thicket four days ago was identi-fied Wednesday as an Edgefield resident.

Program provides homes

Competitive spirit
Ja'waun Walker, 2, and his sister A'nya, 16 months, have a little driving competition as they race their toy trucks. The pair was waiting for their mother Wednesday afternoon in Aiken.

Cave-in repairs

School board will meet with public
Sharon Adams spends several hours a week volunteering at her daughter's Richmond County Elementary school.

Panel sends youth home

Panel seeks alterations in DFACS
ATHENS, Ga. - Sweeping changes are needed throughout the state Division of Family and Children Services to protect Georgia's children from abuse and neglect, according to a study by a 16-member task force.

Panel: SRS needs easy procedures

Group approves dry docks
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Georgia Shore Protection and Coastal Marshland Protection committees gave conditional approval yesterday to locating two floating dry docks in the Brunswick River.

Monkeying around

Scholar earns honor medals
ATHENS, Ga. -- His scientific collaborations with Central Europeans have earned him some important research findings and at least one star doctoral student for his University of Georgia team, not to mention a pretty good sense of daily life in the old Soviet bloc.

Teen writer bares his soul for best seller

Engineers suggest solutions
John Kenner lost his left leg in a cotton gin more than 50 years ago, but the 70-year-old doesn't let that slow him down.

HUD encourages potential homeowners

Businesses react to local sign ordinance
When he learned that flags and signs at his produce stand would have to come down in three weeks, Franklin Neely took the news calmly -- at first.

Mom for a day
There's something about moms that won't let them sit still - not when there's work to be done.

Stores cited for selling liquor to minors
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office wants to send a clear message to stores that sell alcohol -- don't sell to anyone underage, especially during prom season.

Project will help car flow
The Rev. Pierce Norman can't wait for completion of an intersection improvement project next to his church to be completed.

Group to nominate executive director
Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s personnel subcommittee is expected to nominate an executive director Friday.

Physical education rule altered
Georgia board's proposed change makes health, gym courses optional for middle school pupils

Businesses react to local sign ordinance

Panel: SRS needs easy procedures
Savannah River Site officials should simplify procedures designed to prevent accidental chain reactions at the federal nuclear-weapons site, a federal panel recommended Thursday.

Just what the doctor ordered

Fire chief open to D.C. offer
Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few doesn't know if he's one of three final candidates for the fire chief job in Washington, but he is willing to listen to offers, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Center will receive more funding
With the state cutting back on its mental health care budget, Phylis Holliday has seen a huge increase in the demand for the services of her United Way-funded organization, Friendship Community Center.

Panel sends youth home
If John Hoehle could change one thing about the day he and two neighborhood buddies were arrested, he would have been in class.

Man faces additional charges
One of three men indicted on bank robbery charges in federal court last week also may face armed robbery and other charges in state court.

Schools expect $10 million cost rise

Just what the doctor ordered
University Hospital radiology technicians Lucia Takacs (left) and Lisa Little take advantage of free Popsicles that were given out Wednesday afternoon as part of Hospital Week festivities.

Airport panel OKs new terminal plan
If everything falls just right, Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field could have a brand new terminal in time to welcome those arriving for the Masters Tournament in 2002.

Engineers suggest solutions

Across the area: Woman arrested after son starts fire

North Aiken poised to grow

Screening shows lungs damaged by lithium

Group approves dry docks

Competitive spirit

Teen writer bares his soul for best seller
As mind-boggling as it must be to be 20 years old and already have a story published in a national best-seller, Derek Gamba of North Augusta takes it all in stride.

Medicaid to widen medical coverage

Project will help car flow

Stores cited for selling liquor to minors

Media, not protesters, make noise outside hearings on Cuban boy

City discusses start of water limitations
As far as the city's water use rules go, the word ``restriction'' should be replaced with the word ``conservation,'' said Augusta Utilities Director Max Hicks at a public meeting at Bell Terrace Community Center on Thursday night.

Schools expect $10 million cost rise
It could take $10 million dollars more than it did last year to run Richmond County's school system.

Quality of water examined
ATLANTA - Environmental and economic repercussions across Georgia are likely to result from the search for solutions to the Atlanta area's water-quality problems, members of a new committee of business and political leaders said Thursday.

Pacers one win from sweep of Sixers

No-call, poor final play haunt Suns

Allegations against Knight continue

Hawks pursue Izzo

Brand, Francis share rookie award

Daly joins Vancouver management team

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Mr. Willie Johns
FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mr. Willie Lagree Johns, 68, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Sumner Sr.
Mr. Robert Hugh Sumner Sr., 70, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Myrtice Eubanks
Mrs. Myrtice R. Eubanks, of Fall Line Drive, Martinez, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation, Gibson.

Mr. Glenn Davenport
WAGENER - Mr. Glenn R. Davenport, 37, of Pine Street, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Palmetto Baptist Medical Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Horace Batts Sr.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Mr. Horace Lee Batts Sr., 97, of Wildwood Drive, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Sunbridge Nursing Home.

Mr. Earl Wesbey
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Earl Wesbey, of Windsor Spring Road, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Willie Marshall Sr.
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Lee Marshall Sr., 93, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Sunbridge of Cartersville.

Mrs. Westeen McBride
NEW YORK - Mrs. Westeen Mims McBride, 64, of 155th Street, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Harlem Hospital.

Mr. Charles Rawls Jr.
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Rawls Jr., 73, of Cemetery Street, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Huff-Baker
Mrs. Dorothy C. Huff-Baker, accomplished pianist, organist and songwriter, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. George Williams Sr.
Mr. George H. Williams Sr., 81, of Dent Street, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Anne Barrett
ATLANTA - Mrs. Anne Berckman Barrett, 91, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ogreta Ferguson
FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mrs. Ogreta Roberts Ferguson, 70, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruth Headstrom
AIKEN - Mrs. Ruth Leone Woleben Headstrom, 99, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Eden Gardens.

Mr. John Caldwell
Mr. John David Caldwell, of Evans, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at University Hospital. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church with the Revs. Coy Hinton and Rudolph Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Westover Memorial Park.

Mrs. Effie Yonce
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Effie Clark Hite Yonce, 92, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center, Saluda.

Mr. Virgil Raines
AIKEN -- Mr. Virgil Wayne ``Buddy'' Raines, 89, of South Boundary Avenue Southeast, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.

Mr. William Roberts
AIKEN - Mr. William Andrew Roberts, 68, of Princess Lane, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000.

Mrs. Donna Hammond
AIKEN -- Mrs. Donna Jean Hertenstein Hammond, 64, of Willow Woods Drive, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Lucille Stumpf
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Lucille Vantine Stumpf, 86, died Friday, May 5, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Neely
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Frances Sturgis Neely, 76, of Pointe Circle, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Douglas Williams
Mr. Douglas Nesbit Williams, 77, of Martinez, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Douglas Williams
Mr. Douglas Nebit Williams, 77, of Martinez, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Meryl Bennett
AIKEN -- Mrs. Meryl Elizabeth Bennett, 85, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Morgan Allen
Mr. Morgan Elmer Allen, 58, of Evans, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Nannie Aldridge
LA GRANGE, N.C. - Mrs. Nannie Holloman Aldridge, 86, of Aldridge Store Road, died Sunday, May 6, 2000, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Mr. Richard McConnell Sr.
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Richard McConnell Sr., 94, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Elmer Pickett
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Elmer Lawrence Pickett, 68, of Fox Chase Circle, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

Mrs. LaDoris Jenkins-Warren
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Mrs. LaDoris Eugenia Jenkins-Warren, 23, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Carlton Weeks
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Mr. Carlton L. Weeks died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Mr. William James
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. William James, 55, of Floyd Street, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Redena Lorentz
Mrs. Redena Slack Lorentz, of Parkway Drive, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home. She was 105.

Mr. Marvin Roberson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Marvin Leon Roberson, 38, of Idlewood Drive, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. W. Clair Warner
YOE, Pa. -- Mr. W. Clair Warner, 86, died Monday, May 8, 2000, in Martinez.

Mrs. Eunice Weber
JACKSON -- Mrs. Eunice A. Gray Weber, 73, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Sara Jones
LANGLEY - Mrs. Sara Boyd Jones, 79, of Wayland Street, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at National Health Care Nursing Center, North Augusta.

Mrs. Eunice Weber

Mr. Earl Wesbey

Mr. John Caldwell

Mrs. Huff-Baker

Mr. Willie Johns

Mrs. Ruth Headstrom

Mrs. Myrtice Eubanks

Mr. William James

Mr. Marvin Roberson

Mrs. Anne Barrett

Mr. Glenn Davenport

Mrs. Donna Hammond

Mr. Virgil Raines

Mrs. Effie Yonce

Mr. Robert Sumner Sr.

Mrs. LaDoris Jenkins-Warren

Mr. W. Clair Warner

Mrs. Lucille Stumpf

Mr. Horace Batts Sr.

Mrs. Meryl Bennett

Mr. William Roberts

Mrs. Mary Neely

Mrs. Sara Jones

Mr. Willie Marshall Sr.

Mrs. Nannie Aldridge

Mr. Morgan Allen

Mr. Douglas Williams

Mr. George Williams Sr.

Mrs. Ogreta Ferguson

IRA's 'peace offensive' a sham
The Irish Republican Army's peace initiative is another in a long line of lies and distortions that has been the highlight of this group over the last 30 years, resulting in the loss of more than 1,800 lives. Steve Grinstead, Martinez

Janet Reno raid: The Nazis are back
I'm an old World War II veteran. I was with Audie Murphy and a lot of other young men of the 3rd Infantry Division. Arnold J. Throckmorton, Hephzibah

Mother's Day D.C. march defended
What a novel solution columnist Betsy Hart proposes to the problem of children losing their lives to gun violence. I'm sure that all mothers, including those marching in the ``Million Mom March'' Sunday, are in agreement that we need father figures in our children's lives. Nancy Thompson, Augusta

Washington politicians untrustworthy
As the national election draws near, we are told by all the candidates they promise to be the very best for the position they are running for. I found out long ago that you can't trust most politicians, especially the ones in Washington. Billy Bedgood, Martinez

Motorists, be aware of motorcyclists
May has been declared by Augusta Mayor Bob Young as Motorcycle Awareness Month. But what lasts 31 days should be heeded all year long. G. Keyser, Augusta

Lawmaker's Tubman vote 'disgusting'
Our Columbia County state Rep. Ben Harbin votes to spend lottery money in the amount of $1.75 million for ``enhancements'' to the Harriett Tubman Museum in Macon. Charles L. Cheatham, Martinez

Scary Thomson mess
McDuffie County School Superintendent Dr. Ed Grisham and Board of Education trustees should hang their heads in shame after the discovery of a notoriously neglected school maintenance building and nearby storage shed.

Bipartisan flag victory
South Carolina took a giant step Wednesday night to end the long, divisive nightmare over what to do about the Confederate battle flag. The House, in a highly laudatory 63-56 vote, approved the Senate-passed compromise to take the flag down from the Statehouse dome and fly a similar banner at the monument to Confederate soldiers on the Statehouse grounds.

Paper's exemplar moms deteriorating
Sunday is Mother's Day and I anticipate that your paper, as with others in the country, will include an article about a local mother. In recent years the trend has been to honor a woman who has a lot of children, not a lot of money and no husband. Beverly Simpson, North Augusta

Putin: man of mystery
Foreign policy analysts in government and the media are poring over new Russian President Vladimir Putin's inaugural address for some clues as to where he intends to take his beleaguered nation, domestically or internationally. It's akin to reading tea leaves.

Paul Cook 'lays Elian case to rest'
Finally we can put the Elian Gonzalez situation to rest, at least in the Central Savannah River Area, because Paul Cook has weighed in (letter, April 29). Merle Burkholder, Augusta

End poor inspections
Two Augusta commissioners are to be commended for exposing shoddy city building inspections, and a Commission majority should be applauded for prompting Housing and Neighborhood Development Director Kevin Mack to initiate reform.

Law-enforcement critics anger writer
I am writing in response to Misty Cook's May 2 letter about law enforcement. O. FoxNorth, Augusta

Why a total gun ban wouldn't work
Ellen Goodman's column regarding the Million Mom March for gun control was frustrating for me to read. When well-meaning and intelligent people crusade for any cause that would be a hopeless failure if implemented, it is unfortunate. Melvin Edwards, Crawfordville

Water parley proves unsatisfactory
The May 4 meeting regarding Augusta's water problems was a disappointment. We were given 10-, 15- and 20-year projections to the water problem that has been with us for years. Ted & Ruth McIntyre, Hephzibah

Moms' march a demeaning exercise
Traditionally Mother's Day was celebrated as a family get-together to honor our mothers. Grandmothers and even great-grandmothers were there unless they were sharing honors with family members in other locations. Helen I. Bolen, North Augusta

Click-on prison tour
Have you ever toured a Georgia prison? Ever wanted to? Well, now's your chance.

No winners in Confederate flag tiff
The controversy surrounding the relocation of the Confederate battle flag continues to swell in South Carolina and is about to erupt in Georgia. Brian Green, Augusta

Rebel flag 'compromise' derided
Many South Carolina lawmakers support the Confederate battle flag ``compromise'' in the mistaken belief it will end the controversy. On the contrary, passing the compromise will only whet the appetite of those seeking to eliminate every last vestige of the Old South from public life. Gary Bunker, Aiken

Teen sex challenge
It's cause for concern that 152 girls ages 14 to 17 get pregnant every year in Aiken County. That's one almost every other day -- and appears to be the highest number among all South Carolina counties.

Ward Burton anticipates busting out

Overtime: Soccer players ready to sign with B-Parker

Overtime: Soccer players ready to sign with B-Parker

Stewart's growing weary of limelight

Sponsor puts focus on health

Summer all-star rosters released

Prices go up for Masters practice rounds

Moraetes gets shot at title

Richmond boys aim for state crown

Bluegills join the spawning ranks

Wingates sell Lunker Lodge on Lake Seminole

House passes measure to extend Internet tax
WASHINGTON -- Even though the current Internet tax moratorium does not expire until October 2001, the House today voted to extend the ban for five years but put aside for now the thornier issue of how state sales taxes should apply to electronic commerce.

N.C. sea turtle deaths puzzle scientists
More than 200 dead sea turtles have washed ashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks beaches in the past week, an unusually high number for such a short period of time.

Napster kicks off Metallica fans
SAN FRANCISCO -- Napster Inc., the online music-sharing service accused of violating recording-industry copyrights, said Wednesday it has cut off more than 300,000 users who allegedly traded songs by the heavy-metal band Metallica.

Fiber can cut diabetics' blood sugar
Many diabetics can significantly lower their blood sugar -- and maybe even reduce their medication or stop taking it altogether -- by eating lots and lots of fruits, vegetables and high-fiber grain, researchers say.

Intel expands ''streaming media'' business
NEW YORK -- Intel Corp. is investing $200 million in a new business to help Web sites meet demand for audio and video programming from a growing number of Internet users with speedy cable and DSL connections.

Some brain-injury victims can recognize liars
Some brain-injury victims who lose the ability to understand speech develop a talent that could come in handy during an election year: an uncanny ability to tell when someone is lying.

Prenatal care improves, but racial and ethnic disparities persist
ATLANTA -- White women are twice as likely as black and Hispanic ones to see a doctor in the first few months of pregnancy, a disparity that leads to more health problems for minority mothers and infants, the government reported Thursday.

Study may have accidentally infected participants
Scientists may have accidentally given hundreds of Chinese research participants the very bacterial infections they were trying to prevent during a 1994 study funded and planned by the National Cancer Institute.

AOL users have problems logging on because of software problem
WASHINGTON -- Some America Online users were unable to sign on to their Internet accounts Wednesday night because of a software problem that lasted for three hours, a company spokesman said.

Endostatin safety tests so far show little results
BOSTON -- Endostatin, a cancer drug discovered by doctors at Children's Hospital in Boston and once touted as a possible cure, has yet to show dramatic benefits after seven months of safety testing.

Maine Public Broadcasting member list hacked
LEWISTON, Maine -- A hacker broke into the computer file that holds the names, phone numbers, addresses and credit card numbers of Maine Public Broadcasting Corp.'s 21,000 members.

Investigators search for computer virus suspects
MANILA, Philippines -- A student at a Philippine computer college wrote a password-stealing program very similar to the ``ILOVEYOU'' computer virus that has struck computer systems worldwide, a school official said today.

Childhood pneumonia deaths down 97 percent
When baby boomers' parents were growing up, it wasn't uncommon to see a friend die of pneumonia before age 15. But baby boomers' children are highly unlikely to die of the disease.

Five major drug companies offer to slash prices for AIDS drugs to Africa
GENEVA -- Five major pharmaceutical companies agreed jointly today to slash the cost of drugs for treating AIDS in Africa and other developing countries, the United Nations announced.

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