Leap of faith
The Army's Golden Knights parachute team will demonstrate precision jumping Saturday at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

Southern comfort
As a spotlight shone on a statue of a bird in flight, the first plaintive piano figures of Free Bird, the band's signature song, rang out across Fort Gordon's well-packed Barton Field Sunday night.

Southern comfort

Ramblin Rhodes: Singer makes Majic in all kinds of music

'Arsenic' remains lethally amusing

Edgefield rockers are joyfully loud

Queens of Stone Age not throwbacks

Trail yields its tales

Trail yields its tales
Some guys stumble into a midlife crisis and cope by buying an old muscle car.

Edgefield rockers are joyfully loud
Edgefield, S.C., power trio Biting Midge has a simple agenda - play music that makes people happy.

Singer finally finds listeners
For more than a year, singer/songwriter Steven Jackson has been quietly making a name for himself in Augusta. With an eclectic style that draws from folk, country, punk and rockabilly, Mr. Jackson's emotive, grit-and-gravel baritone and high-energy guitar playing have been embraced by local audiences.

Queens of Stone Age not throwbacks
The Queens of the Stone Age would like you to label them. They are almost daring you, poking you in the chest and taunting. They want you to try to slap a descriptive on them.

'Arsenic' remains lethally amusing
There's something about the Brewster family of 1941 Brooklyn, that venerable old clan of mad murderers who kill with only the best of intentions.

Singer finally finds listeners

Leap of faith

Ramblin Rhodes: Singer makes Majic in all kinds of music
Lynn Houston must be magical: the Augusta entertainer has been able to disappear and reappear in many musical styles, including country, folk, rhythm and blues and beach music.

Braves sweep series with Padres

Furcal spurs on Braves

Jackets post second shutout in row

GreenJackets rout Hagerstown

Braves notebook: Klesko, Boone struggle during series

Jones signs record extension

Convention makes dud of politics

Community gifts stock food bank

Business briefs

Heilig-Meyers plans local store closings
Heilig-Meyers Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday and said it will close 302 stores nationwide, including three in the Augusta area.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks rose modestly Thursday as oil producers and brokerages powered the Dow, while semiconductors and fiber optics makers charged the Nasdaq.

Business briefs

Community gifts stock food bank
Mike Firmin started a charity in 1982 that has turned into a multifaceted business.

Cable to head South
Augusta's largest cable TV provider, Comcast Corp., will begin carrying the Turner South channel starting today, a Comcast spokesman announced Thursday.

First Union faces buyout
Credit card giant MBNA Corp. says it will buy First Union Corp.'s credit card business, a move that could result in up to 150 jobs lost in Augusta.

Individuals' donations aid bank County in 1998
Area food and food service companies such as Murray Biscuit Co., Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. and Tenneco Packaging are also regulars at Golden Harvest's main distribution facility on Commerce Drive.

Maker will replace bald tires
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said authorized dealers will replace all recalled tires - even those so bald that they should not be on the road - at no charge.

Maker will replace bald tires

Cable to head South

Firestone faces state lawsuit

Heilig-Meyers plans local store closings

Firestone faces state lawsuit
Forty-one state attorneys general discussed concerns during a conference call Tuesday about how Bridgestone/Firestone is recalling 6.5 million tires.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stock prices closed mixed Wednesday, as investors digested the dual effects of modest inflation brought about by a cooling economy.

Individuals' donations aid bank County in 1998

Augustan part of Jackets' turnaround

Tigers counting on Leard

Tigers' offense is a tough study

Gamecocks lose freshman QB

O'Leary happy with Tech's progress

Gators look to regain edge in SEC

A reason for missile defense

'Illusion of inclusion'

Senator excuses Clinton immorality

Firestone's flat act

Watery 'thank you'

'Chronicle' doing the wrong thing

Feels beaten deputy is penalized

S.C.'s deadly interstates

A great ASU birthday

Urges bicycle critic be curbed

Murder is worse than a safe abortion

Restates need for Stallions turnout

Abortion?

Simplify buying school supplies

GOP ticket invites Teapot Dome II

U.S. justice system is corroding

Drivers must respect cyclists' rights

Let veterans enjoy their video poker

Sink sales tax; it's too regressive

In the know
Mini Oreos hit grocery store shelves across the country Monday, joining their much larger sibling. The mini version is only an inch in diameter, one-fifth the size of the original Oreo, but features the same dark chocolate cookie and vanilla creme filling.

Imagination turns obstacle into dream
Jimmy and Debbie Morris know all about frustration and hard labor.

Capsules
An unusually high percentage of infants die of sudden infant death syndrome in child-care settings, a new study suggests.

Tomatoes need six hours in sun
I get calls this time of year from homeowners concerned about spots that appear on tree leaves. These folks are afraid that their trees are going to die if they don't do something.

Lava Lamps
Pat McAleer has had one since the 1960s. He took one to Vietnam, lost another in a divorce, in which he said the lamp was a contested item, and used a third in law school.

PGA notebook: Langham off to solid start

PGA notebook: Nicklaus mourns loss of his mother

Dorsey: Golf lacks drama these days

Woods atop PGA leaderboard

Langham hopes to continue success

Convention makes dud of politics
Now that both big political parties have had their TV shot, I've got to tell you - if they make politics any more boring, the voter turnout in November will hit a record low.

Lava Lamps

Lava Lamps

Imagination turns obstacle into dream

Tomatoes need six hours in sun

In the know

Two face charges in shooting
A name-calling contest in the Harrisburg section of Broad Street around midnight Wednesday apparently triggered a drive-by shooting that injured two men, one of them critically, a Richmond County Sheriff's Department sergeant said.

Rally charges up Georgia Democrats

Toddler dies after falling in family's pool
AIKEN - An Aiken toddler died Thursday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, two days after the girl was found floating in her family's backyard pool in Gem Lakes subdivision, authorities said.

Legality debate divides city
Allen Morris bought his first coin-operated amusement game in 1961.

Quarantine disallows new animals
It's not a pretty death. Distemper first attacks a dog's respiratory system - causing a cough, runny eyes, runny nose and fever.

New skin donor program gives burn victims hope
Fresh skin means survival and recovery for people who suffer catastrophic burns. With a fresh skin donor program launched by the National Tissue Bank-Georgia Tissue Bank, chances are better than ever.

Adams confirms plan to leave

Few pays $642 bill for calls
Former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few reimbursed the city $642 on Wednesday for personal calls he made on his city-issued cell phone this year.

Water conservation plan will continue in county

Hospital gets boost from aid
The new operating company for Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics reported a healthy $3 million surplus in its first month - thanks in part to state money.

OMI touts sewage plant savings

Army trains for handling of civilians
The Army always has trained its warriors to fight armed enemies. But this week, some Fort Gordon soldiers learned how to handle innocent bystanders.

Arena leagues wary of XFL

Across the area
The mother of a girl struck by a vehicle as she crossed the street to reach her school bus has filed suit against the car's driver and the Richmond County Board of Education.

Some flood victims will see cash relief
At least 30 Augustans are on a draft list to receive emergency relief money as a result of flash floods June 20.

Georgia delegates welcome Lieberman
LOS ANGELES - When Gloria Greenbaum of Augusta heard last week that Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore had named Sen. Joe Lieberman his running mate, she thought that putting the first Jew on a national ticket was politically shrewd.

School violence drill hones skills
It was a chaotic scene: Two gunmen entered the cafeteria at Greenbrier High School and opened fire.

Delegates share enthusiasm
LOS ANGELES - South Carolina delegates to the Democratic National Convention say even though Republicans have them outnumbered in the Palmetto State, no one can beat their enthusiasm.

Students improve ACT score
COLUMBIA - Many Aiken County seniors who took the ACT college entrance exam out-tested their state peers and came close to surpassing national scores.

Williams pleads for clemency
A week before his execution date, Augusta native Alexander Williams has written to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles admitting his guilt and asking for clemency.

Across the area

Adams confirms plan to leave
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - County Administrator Wayne Adams confirmed Wednesday that he likely will leave his post in Edgefield to accept a new job in South Carolina's Lowcountry.

Golf lacks drama these days

Sub rescue concerns area sailors
For any sailors remaining alive on board, the Russian submarine Kursk is seeming more like a tomb with each passing moment, some former submariners said Wednesday.

Rally charges up Georgia Democrats
LOS ANGELES - Georgia Democratic leaders sent the state's delegation to the party's national convention home Thursday as if they were a wave of troops ready to go into battle for Al Gore.

Farmers lobby for relief bill
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's agriculture community wants Congress to approve emergency funds next month to help farmers financially strapped by three years of drought.

Web class enrollment extended

Army trains for handling of civilians

City suspends parks director

Indigent defenders win grants
The local Indigent Defense Committee scored not one but two coups Wednesday when it received grant money to get attorneys appointed more quickly for poor people and to assist mentally ill defendants.

Advanced battalion hones its field skills
The armed soldiers carefully turned as ''Hector Gonzalez'' appeared from among the trees in Fort Gordon's training area.

Board OKs more funds for DFCS

Williams pleads for clemency

Farmers lobby for relief bill

Across the area
COLUMBIA - An Aiken County man who received a 15-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to fondling his girlfriend's daughter will get a new trial because of a technicality.

Legality debate divides city

Jamboree kicks off season
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Aiken County Jamboree tonight at North Augusta High may look more like regular-season matchups than preseason warmups.

Across the area

Water conservation plan will continue in county
After some debate, Columbia County's Water and Sewer Services Committee agreed Thursday night to continue the county's water conservation plan.

Hospital gets boost from aid

City suspends parks director
Parks and Recreation Director Tom Beck has been suspended for five days without pay after an inquiry into the department's hiring practices conducted last month.

Few pays $642 bill for calls

Quarantine disallows new animals

Delegates share enthusiasm

Jamboree kicks off season

Georgia delegates welcome Lieberman

Law will help Red Cross meet disasters

Sub rescue concerns area sailors

School violence drill hones skills

Two face charges in shooting

Board will rule on execution
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole will hear from Alexander Williams' attorney Tuesday and decide whether a stay of his execution should be granted.

Students improve ACT score

Web class enrollment extended
The state Board of Regents has extended the registration period to sign up for college courses taught over the Internet after just 29 students signed up through Monday's deadline.

Board OKs more funds for DFCS
ATLANTA - The Division of Family and Children Services could see an 18 percent increase in its budget, provided the General Assembly approves the proposed figure, which would help the troubled program reduce staff turnover and reduce caseloads.

State's Congressmen offer delegates thanks

Schools predict enrollment increases
Officials from Richmond and Columbia county schools are projecting more pupils will be enrolled this year, but first-day-of-school totals don't tell the whole story, they say.

Some flood victims will see cash relief

Dumping plan approved
Augusta's request for permits to dump sewage sludge on 558 acres of Jefferson County farmland was approved this week, despite objections from more than 250 people who protested during a public hearing in June.

Advanced battalion hones its field skills

OMI touts sewage plant savings
Private contractors hired a year ago to operate the city's troubled Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant told city commissioners Thursday they have kept the plant compliant - and saved money, too.

Law will help Red Cross meet disasters
AIKEN - Thanks to a new law in South Carolina, state employees willing to help in emergency situations may obtain the required skills and time away from work to offer their services.

State's Congressmen offer delegates thanks
LOS ANGELES - U.S. Sen. Max Cleland and U.S. Rep. John Lewis thanked Georgia delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday for their show of support when the two addressed the convention the night before.

Mrs. Virginia Blakeley
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Virginia Janette Hillman Blakeley, 65, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. R.F. Tippie
Mr. R.F. Tippie, 81, of 15th Street, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mrs. Elma Soles
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mrs. Elma Soles, 94, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home, Scott.

Mrs. Betty Wood
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Betty Rhodes Wood, 67, of Hillman Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000.

Mr. Hightower Morgan
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Hightower Morgan, 90, of North Main Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000.

Mr. Kirby Lyons
SMOAKS, S.C. - Mr. Kirby Wilkins Lyons, 68, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Frances Merritt
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mrs. Frances Kelly Merritt, 74, of Rhodes Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Sparks
GIRARD, Ga. - Mr. William Lee ``Sparky'' Sparks, 52, of Griffin Landing Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Melba Marsh
JACKSON - Mrs. Melba Jean Beasley Marsh, 72, of Blume Court, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Keith Saxon
Mr. Keith C. Saxon, 77, of Red Leaf Way, Martinez, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Henry Burt
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Mr. Henry Cecil Burt, 73, of North Whitney Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Rainbow Retirement Home.

Mrs. Virginia Blakeley
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Virginia Janette Hillman Blakeley, 65, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Ms. Harriet Pope
AIKEN - Ms. Harriet Clarke Pope, 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Molly Hiller
Mrs. Molly Spencer Hiller, 42, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Cozette Floyd
HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Cozette M. Floyd, 64, of Broad Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Miss Clara Miles
Miss Clara Miles, of Roosevelt Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Mary Brigham
Mrs. Mary Brigham, 46, of Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. David Wesby
WAYNESBORO. Ga. - Mr. David Wesby, 83, of Gray's Grove Church Road, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Muriel Colosimo
AIKEN - Mrs. Muriel M. Colosimo, 77, died Tuesday. Aug. 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Nell Thompson
Mrs. Nell Hancock Thompson, 93, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.

Mrs. Leola Mincey
Mrs. Leola Oglesby Mincey, of Walnut Street, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Roderick Howard
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Roderick Dorell Howard, 23, of First Street, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000.

Mr. Ronald Gibbons
AIKEN - Mr. Ronald Jacob Gibbons, 51, of Candy Lane, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Miss Saadia Martin
Miss Saadia Vantrell Martin, 25, of Redoubt Circle, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000.

Mrs. Louise Hinton
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Mrs. Louise Hinton, 81, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000.

Mr. Willie Bennett Sr.
Mr. Willie Bennett Sr., of 10th Avenue, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. John Oakman
AIKEN - Mr. John Oakman, 47, of Outing Club Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Dr. Wiley Flanagin Sr.
Dr. Wiley Stewart Flanagin, plastic surgeon and retired Medical College of Georgia professor, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at his residence. He was 86.

Mr. Julius Gonder
BARTOW, Ga. - Mr. Julius Gonder, 105, of Brookins Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Old Capita Inn Nursing Home, Louisville.

Mrs. Olga McCaslin
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Olga L. McCaslin, 93, of Castletown Drive, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Welford Goldston
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Welford Turner Goldston, 77, of Rawls Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000.

Mr. Jack Autry
HARLEM - Mr. Jack Clinton Autry, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Peachtree Hospice, Dunwoody.

Mrs. Ruth Wittels
ATLANTA - Mrs. Ruth W. Wittels, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000.

Mr. Wilson Grady
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Wilson Grady, 80, of Hazard Road, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Minnie Jackson
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Minnie M. Jackson, 92, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Morin
GROVETOWN - Mr. Joseph R. Morin, 68, of Fourth Avenue, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ethel Gordon
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ethel M. Gordon, of Magnolia Acres, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Willie Mae Young
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Willie Mae Young, 84, of Hilltop Court, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.

Mrs. Iris Hall
UNION POINT, Ga - Mrs. Iris Yettieve Windsor Hall, 83, of Georgia Highway 77, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

Mr. Freddie Mitchell
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Freddie Mitchell, 87, of Bromitch Lane, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Jack Johnson
SAVANNAH - Mr. Jack Johnson, 73, of Salt Creek Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Hospice Savannah.

Jeremiah Ryle
Jeremiah Everette Ryle, infant son of Jack and Shannon Ryle, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sarah McWhorter
UTICA, Ky. - Mrs. Sarah Frances McWhorter, 81, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, in Madisonville.

Mr. Pierce Luke Sr.
Mr. Pierce Luke Sr., 81, of Rosemont Road, Appling, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Bessie Davis
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Bessie Davis, 95, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000.

Mrs. Dorothy Freeman
Mrs. Dorothy Hardy Freeman, 95, of Evans, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Facility.

Mrs. Carrie Ray
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Carrie Elsie Graham Ray, 65, of Moxley Road, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Caroline Rogers
Mrs. Caroline F. Rogers, 67, of Martinez, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Virginia Johnson
Mrs. Virginia Howell Johnson, 69, of West Kensington Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Clarence Boyd
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Clarence Boyd, of Yellowtown Road, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mrs. Sarah Howie
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Sarah Grovene Howie, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Beatrice Bargeron
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. - Mrs. Beatrice C. Bargeron, 79, of Nash Mill Road, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000.

Mr. Arthur Holliday
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Arthur R. Holliday, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Edith Williamson
Mrs. Edith Marie Williamson, 75, of Biltmore Place, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at her residence.

Miss Frances Webb
NORTH AUGUSTA - Miss Frances L. Webb, 85, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Rhonda Goins
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Rhonda Lesley Goins, 41, of Stoney Brook Road, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Willie Scott
SICKLERVILLE, N.J. - Mrs. Willie Mae Scott died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000.

Mr. Sylvester Williams
Mr. Sylvester Williams, 21, of Dugas Street, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Addie Self
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Addie Lee Cartledge Self, 91, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Miss Joyce Blair
Miss Joyce Blair, of Rosier Road, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. T Madden
Mr. T Madden, 55, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Wilbur Brannen
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mr. Wilbur Arnold Brannen, 70, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Mary Brigham

Mrs. Elma Soles

Mr. Sylvester Williams

Miss Saadia Martin

Mrs. Edith Williamson

Mrs. Betty Wood

Mr. Pierce Luke Sr.

Mrs. Virginia Johnson

Mr. Hightower Morgan

Mrs. Melba Marsh

Mrs. Muriel Colosimo

Mrs. Sarah McWhorter

Mrs. Ethel Gordon

Dr. Wiley Flanagin Sr.

Mrs. Cozette Floyd

Mrs. Olga McCaslin

Mr. Arthur Holliday

Mr. Joseph Morin

Mrs. Carrie Ray

Mr. Roderick Howard

Mr. Wilbur Brannen

Mr. Jack Johnson

Mr. Keith Saxon

Mr. Willie Bennett Sr.

Mrs. Willie Scott

Mr. David Wesby

Mr. Clarence Boyd

Ms. Harriet Pope

Mrs. Rhonda Goins

Mr. Henry Burt

Mrs. Frances Merritt

Miss Frances Webb

Mrs. Addie Self

Mr. R.F. Tippie

Mr. T Madden

Miss Joyce Blair

Mrs. Dorothy Freeman

Jeremiah Ryle

Mrs. Ruth Wittels

Mr. Wilson Grady

Mrs. Willie Mae Young

Mr. Ronald Gibbons

Mr. Julius Gonder

Mr. William Sparks

Mrs. Sarah Howie

Mr. Kirby Lyons

Miss Clara Miles

Mr. Welford Goldston

Mrs. Beatrice Bargeron

Mrs. Minnie Jackson

Mrs. Virginia Blakeley

Mrs. Bessie Davis

Mrs. Molly Hiller

'Liberal night' at the convention builds up steam for campaign train
LOS ANGELES - Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention was ``Liberal Night'' typified by the Hero of Chappaquiddick - Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. - revving up the 4,338 delegates with old liberal bromides and crying crocodile tears over ``working America.''

Delegates wonder if Gore can be sold to American voters
LOS ANGELES - ``Wasn't it a great speech?'' Robert Kennedy asked about Joe Lieberman's vice presidential acceptance speech as he flashed the famous grin that was also the trademark of his assassinated father. I readily agreed, but Wall Street Journal editorial writer John Fund raised another question: ``Yes, but can he ultimately make the sale to the American voter?''

Bike club leader distraught by views
The viewpoint of Clint Smith in the Aug. 12 Chronicle concerns me greatly. I assume Mr. Smith has had a bad experience with bicyclists. But as a past president of two local bike clubs, I can assure him that the majority of cyclists are safe, law-abiding citizens. Mark Albertin, Augusta

Murder is worse than a safe abortion
Regarding John T. Petrozello's Aug. 13 letter and all who agree with him: Charles Lowe, Harlem

Let veterans enjoy their video poker
How come all of a sudden poker machines are bad for everyone? They have been here for a long time. Now, since South Carolina banned them, they are supposed to be bad for Georgia.Ricky Smith, North Augusta

A great ASU birthday
Augusta State University celebrated its 75th birthday in a big way Tuesday, dedicating the new science center. When faculty and students moved into the $19.4 million state-of-the-art facility earlier this summer, they felt like they were going from the dark ages to an age of enlightenment.

Delegates wonder if Gore can be sold to American voters
LOS ANGELES - ``Wasn't it a great speech?'' Robert Kennedy asked about Joe Lieberman's vice presidential acceptance speech as he flashed the famous grin that was also the trademark of his assassinated father. I readily agreed, but Wall Street Journal editorial writer John Fund raised another question: ``Yes, but can he ultimately make the sale to the American voter?''

S.C.'s deadly interstates
South Carolina's highway death rate is 60 percent above the national average, and a startling number of those deaths are from vehicles that cross interstate medians and collide with oncoming traffic.

Sink sales tax; it's too regressive
After South Carolina's sales tax holiday for school supplies, many proclaimed what a great idea it was. Instead of paying the seven percent sales tax in Augusta, many Georgians did their school shopping on Aiken's side of the river.Victor Reilly, Aiken

A reason for missile defense
A classified intelligence report ``leaked'' to the media says that Communist China will likely accelerate its nuclear arms buildup if the U.S. proceeds with plans to build a national missile defense system.

U.S. justice system is corroding
Our justice system gets more corroded every day. It is frightening to think what the final outcome of all this will be. B. Waters, Hephzibah

'Liberal night' at the convention builds up steam for campaign train
LOS ANGELES - Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention was ``Liberal Night'' typified by the Hero of Chappaquiddick - Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. - revving up the 4,338 delegates with old liberal bromides and crying crocodile tears over ``working America.''

Hike teacher wages
Even as schools opened this week, both the Columbia and Richmond County school systems were still scrambling to fill teacher positions - 17 in the former and 39 in the latter.

Firestone's flat act
Bridgestone-Firestone, Inc., in its efforts to contain damage during the recall of 6.5 million tires used on truck and sport utility vehicles, has one little problem: The company suspected its tires were faulty but continued to sell them anyway.

'Illusion of inclusion'
Democrats, with some justification, chided Republicans for their convention in Philadelphia, which featured a wide diversity of ethnic speakers and entertainers on stage while admiring delegates were comprised largely of middle-aged white guys.

GOP ticket invites Teapot Dome II
Republican convention delegates nominated two men who have strong ties to Big Oil. If by some chance they get elected, President Warren Harding's love feast with Big Oil would look like a Sunday school picnic. Carroll C. Kenny, Grovetown

Simplify buying school supplies
After living in Orange Park, Fla., for the past seven years, I experienced something that the county school system did there that might help the school boards of Richmond and Columbia counties. Bernice MacDonald, Martinez

Restates need for Stallions turnout
Regarding Adam Kleba's Aug. 8 letter: Jerome Wright, North Augusta

Watery 'thank you'
Last January I wrote a letter to the editor pointing out that our Augusta commissioners need to get off their rear ends and approve a measure to ensure an adequate water supply in south Augusta.George J. Reckentine, Hephzibah

GOP evil; Gore doing God's work
It should be obvious that Republicans' idea of change is to get into public office anyway you can. If you have nothing positive to run on, attack your opponent's character. Norman Groom, Martinez

Urges bicycle critic be curbed
I am an advocate for free speech, but please don't let the nation hear the ramblings of Clint Smith on the matter of bicyclists. I am ashamed at the level of ignorance and disdain for others that Mr. Smith has displayed in his comments about sharing the road with cyclists.John D. Hermann, Clarks Hill

Abortion?
Can the amazing drop in teen birth rates possibly have a connection to the proliferation of opportunities for abortion? Betty Timmerman, North Augusta

Senator excuses Clinton immorality
I must disagree with Rabbi Jordan Parr's Aug. 15. column. Some Jews are not ecstatic about the ``great moral stature'' of Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Lieberman is certainly not a role model for Judaism. In fact, as a Jew, I am disappointed in Lieberman. Lynne Howell, Evans

Feels beaten deputy is penalized
I just read the Aug. 11 article in The Augusta Chronicle about the alleged beating Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Mitchell took from Darryl Wilson. Why was Mitchell put on administrative leave? Sara Taylor, Martinez

'Chronicle' doing the wrong thing
I write in response to your editorial cartoon showing the American Civil Liberties Union as a ''Grinch'' stealing a symbol of the Ten Commandments. Nina Benedetto, Augusta

Drivers must respect cyclists' rights
In response to Clint Smith's concerns and psychiatric insights regarding cyclists in South Carolina (The Chronicle, Aug. 12): Mark A. MacDonald, Evans

Qualification should not be left to chance

NASCAR tests alternatives to plate

Overtime: Swoopes adds league MVP to collection

Overtime: Elson helps key Britain's win over U.S.

Jamboree kicks off season

Good fishing holes easy to find

Trophy mounts require careful handling

Fishing tournament news

Increase unlikely to affect harvest

Hunting fees and season

Outdoors calendar

Augustan likes Classic chances

Companies face piracy charges
ATLANTA - Two Georgia-based businesses face criminal action for allegedly distributing counterfeit Microsoft software, officials announced Wednesday, and in response the software giant launched a statewide campaign to thwart future piracy.

Donor program gives burn victims hope
Fresh skin means survival and recovery for people who suffer catastrophic burns. With a fresh skin donor program launched by the National Tissue Bank-Georgia Tissue Bank, chances are better than ever.

Web class enrollment extended
The state Board of Regents has extended the registration period to sign up for college courses taught over the Internet after just 29 students signed up through Monday's deadline.

Companies face piracy charges

Donor program gives burn victims hope

Web class enrollment extended