Local shows
Performers visiting Augusta in the near future.

Band adds a little bit of `Sugar' to its Tonic
Never a group to take the stage in platform boots or spangled spandex, Los Angeles band Tonic has built a career focused on musical integrity rather than the trappings of rock stardom.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Mississippi has been rich musical land
Mississippi's rich musical heritage came back to me a few days ago while I was walking through the Greek Revival-style building in Jackson that was the state's Capitol from 1839 to 1903.

'Arsenic' laced with laughter

Riff Raff treated like kings by Disney

Casa di Pizza needs no frills
Casa di Pizza, nestled in the Wal-Mart shopping center in North Augusta, is so visually nondescript that people might unknowingly pass it by if it weren't for that wonderful scent wafting onto the sidewalk.

Sport skates into area
Once upon a time, Augusta-area residents could only watch the Kristi Yamaguchis and Wayne Gretzkys on television, with little hope of lacing up skates and learning ice sports themselves.

Riff Raff treated like kings by Disney
The Riff Raff Kings have, in their two-year history, opened for international acts Bush and Parliament Funkadelic, but no brush with fame could prepare the local band for a run-in with Mickey Mouse.

Clever lyrics keep pop style interesting
Pop music, really great pop music, is hard. The popular illusion that anyone with a guitar and a passing acquaintance with the Beatles can pump out the odd, achingly sweet ditty is a myth, as patently untrue as those stories I've been spinning for the kids in my neighborhood about Bigfoot in my back yard.

Club calendar

Local shows

Clever lyrics keep pop style interesting

Glittery soul era revisited
Polyester and platform shoes will be the order of the day when the Flashback Festival brings several slices of 1970s soul to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Casa di Pizza needs no frills

Club calendar
Events at clubs and other establishments in and around the Augusta area.

Sport skates into area

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Skynyrd just keeps on making music

New restaurants open in Augusta area
A number of area restaurants have opened in the past week.

Band adds a little bit of `Sugar' to its Tonic

Skynyrd just keeps on making music
It's become something of a rock cliche. Any band, at some point in its career, has had an overzealous audience member flick a trusty Zippo and send up a lusty cry for Free Bird.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Mississippi has been rich musical land

'Arsenic' laced with laughter
The kindly Brewster sisters have been poisoning nice old men and burying them in their basement. But don't worry. They have the best intentions.

Glittery soul era revisited

Health calendar

Braves top Dodgers

Jackets crush RedStixx

Jackets blank RedStixx

Jones to sign record deal

Braves notebook: Jones still waiting to sign

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Markets closed mostly lower Thursday as technology stocks slumped on fears that earnings will decline during the second half of 2000.

Tire recall produces shortage

South Carolina scolds Firestone

Gas tips reserve money

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks rose Friday as blue chips surged on encouraging economic data. Concerns for a second-half earnings slowdown kept technology stocks from broader gains.

South Carolina scolds Firestone
Bridgestone/Firestone, already under fire for making tires that may be related to accidents involving 80 injuries and 46 deaths, was criticized Thursday for how its is recalling the tires.

Tire recall produces shortage
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said Friday it is attempting to respond to customer concerns and recall 6.5 million tires as quickly as it can, but will not be able to replace all the tires immediately.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Gas tips reserve money
Fuel prices have dipped somewhat since their peak in June, but area motorists accustomed to paying 50 cents less per gallon are still looking for ways to lower their fuel bill.

'Augusta Chronicle' names new business editor
From Staff ReportsThe Augusta Chronicle this week named Damon Cline as its business editor.

Recall's schedule will stay
Bridgestone/Firestone said Friday it does not plan to change how it is recalling its tires, despite recent criticism from the attorneys general of New York and South Carolina.

Lanier honored by college hall of fame

Gamecocks' quarterback has support of Holtz

Bulldogs' Bell is ready to ring in new campaign

Herschel Walker to be enshrined

Tigers' Dantzler eager to lead

D.A. stifles gambling

Post office doesn't want e-monopoly

Potter books doing Satan's work

S.C. standards: How costly?

Richmond marshal answers article

Lieberman speech was for cover

'Skunk' Democrats shed their skin

Augusta: Vote down penny sales tax

Burke boards need black leaders

Smoking still risky

How to get U.S. out of debt

Setting the record straight on MOX

Clamp down on 'spam'

Couple makes garden second home
A blanket of lush green grass, burbling fountains and the smell of jasmine sound like heaven, right?

Groups help medical students keep the faith
The memories of long hours, little sleep and intense emotions day after day are still vivid: Medical school is a boiling pot, says Michael Shaffner.

Rot fungus winters in dead bark
Q: Can you tell me what causes brown spots on fruit such as apples and pears? What can you do to ensure that the fruit in the future will not like this?

Ministry puts focus on women
The day Vicki Balkcum looked sin in the face was the day she stopped just thinking she was a Christian.

Church and state
The Rev. John Geaney, a priest and filmmaker from Baltimore, headed for west Africa on Tuesday with a flock of seminarians, whom he'll expose to a developing country.

Greatness of family found in sacrifice
Ah, vacation. A rainy week in a beach house with 24 family members. Suffering for Jesus takes on new meaning.

Golf Channel apologizes for Tiger coverage

Austin takes Buick Open lead

TV show has hidden meaning
Several readers have passed along this little bit of insight. Remember the popular TV show Gilligan's Island?

Police search for attacker
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man who broke into a home off 9th Street Thursday afternoon and assaulted a teen-age girl.

Groups help medical students keep the faith

Greatness of family found in sacrifice

Rot fungus winters in dead bark

Couple makes garden second home

Advocate group seeks recruits
A local program geared toward helping children in foster care find permanent homes is seeking volunteers.

Ex-judge Gadsden dies at 88

Tax-free days yield $250 million boost
AIKEN - Shoppers taking advantage of the state's first sales tax holiday boosted last weekend's sales by $250 million, the South Carolina Merchants Association has estimated.

Mayor is unsettled by debts

Fish story
Robert Pregulman (left), the Georgia director of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and Sam Booher, of the Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club, visited Augusta on Friday to rally support for Gov. Roy Barnes' efforts to toughen laws governing pollution in rivers such as the Savannah.

Wheelchair fencer will join U.S. Paralympics team

Students exercise military map skill
Most people don't care to find even one proverbial needle in a haystack. On Thursday, some local high school students had to find three.

Updated squad prepares to lead

Board OKs new study of salaries

Across the area

Tradition of school threatened

Farm conference feels Coverdell's absence
ATHENS, Ga. - As America's agriculture experts gathered at the University of Georgia this week to talk about farming's uncertain future, they paused to remember the man who brought them there.

Store clerk sends robber on his way empty-handed
A plot to rob a Hephzibah convenience store using a paper bag and harsh words hit a major snag:

Tax official is indicted in fee theft
HINESVILLE, Ga. - A Liberty County grand jury indicted Tax Commissioner Carolyn Brown on Thursday on four counts of theft and one count of racketeering two years after a grand jury threw out similar accusations.

Updated squad prepares to lead
The flag of the 334th Signal Company is flying again. Dormant since 1987, the Army unit was reactivated Friday at Fort Gordon.

Drought kills campus trees
ATHENS, Ga. - The new turf in Sanford Stadium should be in excellent shape when the University of Georgia opens its football season there on Sept. 2, but some of the university's century-old trees have not been so lucky.

Tradition of school threatened
JOHNSTON, S.C. - When the Strom Thurmond High School Rebels take the field this fall, they might play the first football game in school history that does not begin with a prayer.

Board holds off on charter policy
ATLANTA - Charter school founders seeking approval from the state Board of Education have been put on hold until the board can hash out a long-delayed policy for evaluating charters.

Tattnall hospital to reopen

Commission drops airport plan

Children's doctor closes shop

Wheelchair fencer will join U.S. Paralympics team
ATHENS - Not quite four years ago, Joey Royal took up wheelchair fencing for fun. It was a new way to exercise after a 1995 accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Students exercise military map skill

Across the area
More charges were added Friday against an Appling man charged earlier this week in connection with a methamphetamine factory that authorities found on his Warren County property.

Tax official is indicted in fee theft

Child death suspect faces new charge
The Aiken County man accused in the child abuse death of his girlfriend's 15-month-old daughter in Clearwater faces criminal charges in Augusta.

County takes day cares to task

Murderer receives life sentence
For a second time, an Augusta man received a life sentence for the strangulation murder of his wife.

Altercation hospitalizes area deputy
A bloody fistfight that covered most of a city block left a Richmond County sheriff's deputy hospitalized Thursday.

County takes day cares to task
Day-care centers that repeatedly fail to comply with state immunization law will no longer be tolerated in Richmond County, state health officials said.

State names criteria for welfare extension
Augusta's 319 welfare recipients scheduled to roll off the program Jan. 1 might be eligible for an extension of their benefits if they meet certain hardship criteria.

Board OKs new study of salaries
Richmond County school officials say they will have to raise the salaries of school nurses if they are to compete with the salaries paid by private health care agencies and hospitals.

Brawler faces earlier charge
A long, bloody street brawl with a Richmond County sheriff's deputy Thursday wasn't the first time Darryl Wilson has had trouble with an officer.

Across the area

Across the area
An Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department investigator said arson may be responsible for an early-morning fire Thursday at Columns of Augusta apartments, 1814 Fayetteville Drive. Lt. G.B. Hannan said he has identified several suspects.

Stallions coach, quarterback honored

Children's doctor closes shop
AIKEN - The office on Trafalgar Lane is nearly empty now, stacked with giveaway boxes of medical supplies and other remains of 33 years in one place.

Farm conference feels Coverdell's absence

School panel delays audit review
Richmond County school board members will discuss an audit of the public safety department at a September meeting.

Gore, Lieberman visit Atlanta
ATLANTA - Al Gore and newly named running mate Joseph Lieberman hit back Thursday at Republican George W. Bush's portrayal of the Clinton-Gore era as one of ''squandered opportunities'' and ''coasting'' by the Democrats.

Board holds off on charter policy

Tattnall hospital to reopen
REIDSVILLE, Ga. - Tattnall Memorial Hospital, built as a public facility in 1974, no longer belongs to the people of Tattnall County.

Savannah rules on performers
SAVANNAH - Savannah wants to create ambience - the right kind, that is.

Ex-judge Gadsden dies at 88
SAVANNAH - Retired Superior Court Judge Eugene H. Gadsden, whose leadership and legal expertise anchored Savannah's civil rights movement, died Wednesday morning at his home.

Police search for attacker

Airline vows to improve flights
Atlantic Southeast Airlines officials vowed Thursday to bring better customer service and fewer delays and cancellations to Augusta in the future.

Police confiscate poker machines

State names criteria for welfare extension

Child death suspect faces new charge

Drought kills campus trees

Teen's death hits close to home
AIKEN - A week after the slaying of 17-year-old Jessica Carpenter, Crosland Park residents said they have lost their sense of security and are locking their doors at night and checking them twice.

Teen's death hits close to home

Augustan gets death row date
An Aug. 24 execution date has been set for Augusta native Alexander Williams, the Department of Corrections announced Friday.

Growth possibilities excite airport board

Growth possibilities excite airport board
Marcie Wilhelmi, Ernie Smith and other Augusta Aviation Commission members say now is the time for the city to invest heavily in Augusta Regional Airport's improvement plans for Bush Field.

Police confiscate poker machines
Deputies confiscated more than 50 video poker machines - including Cherry Masters, Georgia Redemption Machines and Treasure Chests - during checks of local businesses late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Shelter will sponsor all-day pet adoption

Mayor is unsettled by debts
Mayor Bob Young has asked the acting Augusta fire chiefs to speed up the investigation into why the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Conference's finances ended up in the red.

Airline vows to improve flights

Commission drops airport plan
They don't have the money, they don't have the resources and they don't have enough airlines, but that isn't stopping the Augusta Aviation Commission from seriously thinking about spending $110 million on a new terminal and a second runway at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Brawler faces earlier charge

Shelter will sponsor all-day pet adoption
By day's end Thursday, Linda Fulmer had more than 80 dogs and nearly 50 cats in the Columbia County Animal Control kennels.

Gore, Lieberman visit Atlanta

Falcons remain undefeated in preseaon

Mrs. Amanda Turner
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Amanda Jo Turner, 38, of Belvedere Road, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Frances Rich
BELVEDERE - Mrs. Frances Bingham Rich, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Maude Smith
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Mrs. Maude Helen Downs Smith, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Emilie Dukes
Mrs. Emilie Dukes, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.

Dakota Gene Dutton
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Dakota Gene Dutton, infant son of Christopher Dutton, died Aug. 2, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Seigler
AIKEN - Mrs. Mary Hite Seigler, 74, of Wire Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Hubert Hughes
THOMSON - Mr. Hubert Hughes, 78, of Carroll Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Burneise Smith
BATESBURG, S.C. - Mrs. Burneise Smith, 64, of Old 96 Indian Trail, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Jumelle Roberts
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Jumelle Rivers Roberts, 75, of Cedar Valley Farm, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Janet Halpin
DECATUR, Ga. - Mrs. Janet Anne Tefer Halpin, 53, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mrs. Nancy Harper
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Nancy Ann Harper, 47, of Woodlawn Amity Road, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charlie Daniels Jr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Charlie Daniels Jr., 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Richard Ellison Sr.
STILLMORE, Ga. - Mr. Richard ``Ricky'' Ellison Sr., 34, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, in Fitzgerald.

Mrs. Lizzie Lampkin
THOMSON - Mrs. Lizzie Kendrick Lampkin, 94, of Cherokee Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. J. Douglas Duffy Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. J. Douglas ``Doug'' Duffy Jr., 38, of Magnolia Drive, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lillie Burns-Jacobs
Mrs. Lillie Maude Burns-Jacobs, 74, of Maple Street, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Bobby Jenkins
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Bobby Loren Jenkins, 63, of Linton Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Clyde Wright Sr.
Mr. Clyde Donald Wright Sr., 49, of Gentlewind Lane, Martinez, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lee Miller
AIKEN - Mr. Lee Miller, 62, of Magnolia Lake Road, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Rosa Curry
Mrs. Rosa Mae Scurry Curry, 51, of Ellis Street, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Josie Simpson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Josie Quick Simpson, 94, of Pinecone Road, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. George Gilyard Jr.
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mr. George Gilyard Jr., 66, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Leo Dusablon
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Leo Girard Dusablon, 57, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Moore
Mrs. Mary Louise Moore, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Rebecca Dutton
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Mrs. Rebecca Elizabeth Bussell Dutton, 32, died Saturday, July 29, 2000.

Mr. John Willingham
CLEARWATER - Mr. John E. Willingham, of Willingham Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. Eddie Jones Sr.
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Eddie Lee Jones Sr., 52, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Beatrice Wilson
THOMSON - Mrs. Beatrice J. Wilson, 83, of Lincoln Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Hosea Wynn
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Hosea Wynn, 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Rose
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Patton Rose, 75, of Columbia Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mr. Oliver Wilson
NORWOOD, Ga. - Mr. Oliver Wilson, 65, of Bell Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Lorin Baker
THOMSON - Mr. Lorin A. Baker, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. William Whitfield
Mr. William Ralph Whitfield, 77, of Evans, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at Westwood Extended Care.

Mrs. Lois Anderson
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Lois Baebout Anderson, 55, of Jasmine Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Al Page
AIKEN - Mr. Al Vadis Page, 95, of Audobon Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Daisy Barrow
MATTHEWS, Ga. - Mrs. Daisy Gay Barrow, 82, of Anderson Oliver Road, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Marian Moyer
SARASOTA, Fla. - Mrs. Marian F. Moyer, 79, of Seven Oaks Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

Mr. Tommy Creech
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Tommy O'Neal Creech, 57, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Edisto Beach.

Mrs. Nancy Harper
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Nancy Ann Harper, 47, of Woodlawn Amity Road, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Christine Prosser
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Christine McCorkle Prosser, 85, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Barbara Corbin
ATLANTA - Mrs. Barbara Renfroe Corbin, 57, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000.

Mrs. Nettie Gill
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Nettie Devoe Gill, 91, of Carter Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mr. James Miller Jr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. James Eugene Miller Jr., 50, of Daniel Street, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Janie Perry
NEW ELLENTON - Ms. Janie Perry, 55, of Hickory Avenue, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Cunningham
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. John B. Cunningham, of Gill Point Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Elsie Fegan
Mrs. Elsie Lewis Fegan, 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jack Hooks
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jack Hooks, 71, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Julia Rimmer
Mrs. Julia Patton Rimmer, 88, died Wednesday, August 9, 2000, at Brandon Wilde.

Mrs. Julia Rimmer

Mr. Eddie Jones Sr.

Mrs. Daisy Barrow

Mrs. Rosa Curry

Mrs. Jumelle Roberts

Mr. Hubert Hughes

Ms. Janie Perry

Mr. Charlie Daniels Jr.

Mrs. Emilie Dukes

Mr. John Cunningham

Mr. Oliver Wilson

Mrs. Frances Rich

Mrs. Mary Rose

Mr. John Willingham

Mr. Tommy Creech

Mrs. Mary Seigler

Mr. J. Douglas Duffy Jr.

Mrs. Lizzie Lampkin

Mr. James Miller Jr.

Mr. Lorin Baker

Mrs. Nancy Harper

Mrs. Nettie Gill

Mr. Richard Ellison Sr.

Mrs. Amanda Turner

Mrs. Josie Simpson

Mrs. Nancy Harper

Mr. William Whitfield

Mrs. Christine Prosser

Mrs. Lois Anderson

Mr. George Gilyard Jr.

Mrs. Maude Smith

Mrs. Lillie Burns-Jacobs

Mr. Hosea Wynn

Mrs. Mary Moore

Mrs. Rebecca Dutton

Mrs. Beatrice Wilson

Dakota Gene Dutton

Mrs. Marian Moyer

Mr. Lee Miller

Mrs. Elsie Fegan

Mrs. Burneise Smith

Mr. Bobby Jenkins

Ban on prayer may soon extend to church
A FEW DAYS ago, I was recounting an old prayer to a friend. I told him about the time I prayed that if God would let me win the lottery, I would give God half of the winnings.

S.C. standards: How costly?
Just as children are getting ready to return to school, the South Carolina School Boards Association releases a study saying that if the state's new accountability system is to work, spending on public schools will have to be boosted from the current $3.1 billion annually to about $6 billion.

What's the deal with the grand jury?
In the Nov. 28, 1999 edition of The Chronicle, staff writer Sandy Hodson wrote: ``The Superior Court judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit voted earlier this month to grant the latest Richmond County grand jury's request - one echoed by Mayor Bob Young - to establish a special grand jury to investigate possible corruption in the city government.'' Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

Smoking still risky
The British Medical Journal has some good news for smokers who quit the habit or, if you prefer, the addiction. If they got off cigarettes, even late in life, they still greatly reduce their risk of lung cancer.

Richmond marshal answers article
The readers of the Aug. 7 Augusta Chronicle were grossly misled by Sandy Hodson's article regarding the lawsuit filed against Augusta State University by former employee Ken Jones, especially the subtitle regarding ``Theft by marshals.'' M. Steve Smith, Augusta

Reform Party melts
The most cynical charge against Ross Perot was that the Texas billionaire created the Reform Party, not as a serious long-term alternative to the two major political parties, but as a vehicle on which to hitch a couple of egomaniacal presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996.

'Skunk' Democrats shed their skin
The Democratic Party's philosophy is, ``If we can't abort the child and kill it, we can grow it into a Democrat and give it everything it needs for life.'' Jason Fish, Hephzibah

Reject alien amnesty
Eight months ago U.S. Reps. David Drier, R-Calif., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., co-sponsored legislation that would raise the annual cap on high-tech visas in order to bring in more skilled Third World workers.

Clamp down on 'spam'
The invasive and annoying advertising tactic known as e-mail ``spamming'' will have to be regulated until it's no longer profitable. Spamming is the act of sending electronic mail to a large number of e-mail addressees.

Post office doesn't want e-monopoly
Regarding the Aug. 8 letter, ``Post Office to charge for e-mail'': Alvin R. Jackson, Augusta

Editorial page hit the moral mark
The July 30 editorial page really hit the mark. The first of two items that caught my eye was the quote by Ayn Rand: Bobby D. Kaney, Langley

Potter books doing Satan's work
Where are the parents and grandparents? Where is the Christian community? Their silence is deafening. D.H. Edwards, Augusta

Cars, bikes shouldn't share the road
I've become accustomed to seeing articles in the newspaper and on television about safe and sane driving on our highways. Clint Smith, Augusta

Augusta: Vote down penny sales tax
When Augustans vote whether to continue the one cent local option sales tax in September, I hope they will consider whether we need more recreation. Louis E. Seago, Hephzibah

Ban on prayer may soon extend to church
A FEW DAYS ago, I was recounting an old prayer to a friend. I told him about the time I prayed that if God would let me win the lottery, I would give God half of the winnings.

Burke boards need black leaders
All cities, towns, counties and municipalities have their share of problems. Burke County is no different. Janis Campbell, Waynesboro

Oil pricing, profits misunderstood
Don't those government economists know the fundamentals of price and profit? Why do they put the blame for high pump prices on the oil companies? Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Lieberman speech was for cover
With the selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn,. as the vice-presidential pick of the Democrats, the nation will finally get an education in the Jewish religion, and all its many facets. Woodrow Lovett, Sardis

Setting the record straight on MOX
Once again The Chronicle has allowed one of their reporters to run amok. Brandon Haddock penned an article concerning the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) and the association of Stone & Webster EngineeringShaw Group. Richard J. Stuhler, Augusta

D.A. stifles gambling
Having a tough state ordinance against gambling doesn't mean much unless it's vigorously enforced.

How to get U.S. out of debt
Heads I win, tails you lose. This seems to be the thinking of the man occupying the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., as well as the Senate of the United States. And let's not forget the House of Representatives. John Elliott, Hephzibah

Davis breaks American record in 200 freestyle

Olympics briefs

Overtime

"Quiet Man" gets chance to make noise against Holyfield

Georgia snags Screven ace

Acres of hybrids school on Thurmond Lake

Fishing tournament news

Overtime: Clippers sign Gentry

Boxers balance sport, motherhood

Controversy surrounds Canadians

Quann is not satisfied with American records

Fuel tank problems delay X-33 spacecraft test
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Test flights of the X-33 space plane, which NASA once hoped to get off the ground in 1999, have been delayed until 2002 because of fuel tank problems.

NASA plans two Mars landings
WASHINGTON -- NASA, still recovering from back-to-back Mars mission failures last year, plans to double up on a 2003 landing expedition by sending a pair of wheeled robots to search for evidence of water on the Red Planet.

NASA plans two Mars landings

Fuel tank problems delay X-33 spacecraft test