Braves fall to Cubs

MLB notebook

Old, young take over for Braves

GreenJackets get first win

GreenJackets get first win

Griffey youngest to hit 400 homers

Stottlemyre anticipating full recovery

Wood to make rehab start Thursday

Braves notes: Ligtenberg perfect in save situations

Washington-Wilkes clinches title

Braves notebook: Baylor trying to fill Cubs' holes

Technology has come a long way

Business briefs

Solutia will sell area site

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Technology shares slumped Monday, pulling the Nasdaq composite index down more than 250 points and proving that the volatility that shook Wall Street last week has not left the market.

Lending company expands
First Bank of Georgia on Monday announced it has acquired Premier Lending Corp.'s Augusta mortgage operations and is currently negotiating the purchase of its loan portfolio.

Lending company expands

Solutia will sell area site
Solutia Inc. said Monday that it will sell its Augusta chemical plant to Belgium-based Societe Chimique Prayon-Rupel to comply with the Federal Trade Commission's fair competition order.

Auriemma promises a parade in 2001

Blames troubles on lack of God

Offers hindsight, raps the mayor

Masters champ, 2000

Praises library's Talking Books program

Wants census form but can't get one

Suggests changes for next air show

S.C. 'grades' improve

End this grisly act

Calls pro-life a patriotic position
In a recent letter to the editor, Mary Beth Pieruci of Planned Parenthood protested the invocation of the Pledge of Allegiance by pro-life demonstrators. She stated the American flag is a ``symbol of liberty throughout the world'' that is being ``cynically appropriated'' by pro-life forces to impose a ``religious viewpoint'' on others.William J. Conkright, M.D.Augusta

Says HDTV not future of television
Is High Definition Television (or HDTV) progress or rip-off? Touted by one local TV station as being ``eagerly awaited,'' this is a perfect example of progress for progress' sake, and that alone. I have not met one person who is eagerly awaiting the chance to spend a reported $4,000 to replace each of their television sets currently owned -- and likely more on top of that to replace VCR equipment, which will also become obsolete when HDTV replaces the current transmission system.Edward H. Johnson, Augusta

Cites instances of black Confederates

In the know
HIT CRACKERS: First came basketball-themed Oreos for the NCAA basketball tournament. Now another snack food has been bitten by the sports bug.

Vacation bounce-back
She wasn't armed and dangerous enough. That's what the group leader at University Health Care System and Nutrition Center told Weight Loss 2000 participant Sabrina Sanchez when she returned from her weeklong vacation in Virginia.

Age old question: Beware of telemarketing frauds
Dear Readers: It seems telemarketers call our homes every day. Take these calls with caution.

Singh takes tournament title

Singh fires final salvo

Masters audience drops slightly

Colorado tops Detroit

NHL playoff capsules: Eastern Conference

Canes show progress despite playoff miss

Lynx loss evens series

Lambert steps up in playoffs

NHL roundup: Flyers "win" chance to play Hasek

Montreal misses playoffs again

Neilson expects to return

Lynx loss evens series

Hurricanes top Thrashers; miss playoffs

Coyotes, Stars tie

NHL playoff capsules: Western Conference

Technology has come a long way
My wife telephoned Friday from Columbia. She had taken our son to the zoo and was calling me on a cell phone as she walked in, just to let me know they got there.

Vacation bounce-back

Age old question: Beware of telemarketing frauds

In the know

Golfers, fans flood airports

Groups bolster new bill

In need of repair
North Augusta Public Works Department signal technician Mike Strauss replaces wires in a traffic signal on Georgia Avenue. Public Works Superintendent Ricky Stewart said Sunday is an ideal day to work because of less traffic.

SRS delays replacement bids

Surgeon seeks spot on show

Cleaning up

Surgeon seeks spot on show
AIKEN -- Dr. Steven Clark is an armchair millionaire. But Thursday, he'll try to become ABC's fourth big-money man -- for real.

Fire destroys seafood house

Farmers, employees berate poultry industry
ATLANTA -- Georgia poultry farmers, chicken-plant workers and environmental advocates attacked ``Big Chicken'' during a congressional forum Monday as an industry that needs reforming ``from top to bottom.''

Leaving a mark
Jesse Kirkland (left) and David Best, both of Best Painting Services, paint the roof of the Turner Keyboard building on Washington Road Monday morning. Best said they started last week and plan on finishing at the end of this week.

Teen charged in father's attack

Fire destroys seafood house
AIKEN -- Rebecca Lantrip remembered a headline Monday that announced in bold letters the opening of her seafood restaurant less than two years earlier.

In need of repair

Housing authority plans to build new homes
AIKEN -- Reggie Barner knew something had to be done when painters complained that the walls of Busch Homes, a low-income housing project, were too cold to hold any paint.

Across the area

Across the area
COLUMBIA -- A company that wants to develop 4,600 acres along the Congaree River has refused to allow Natural Resources Department scientists onto the property to conduct some tests.

Two brothers collect pros' autographs
Five hours before Vijay Singh sank a birdie putt on Augusta National Golf Club's 18th hole and won the Masters Tournament, he met Reed and Taylor Burton.

Newspaper plans diversity seminar
A weeklong effort that focuses on improving newspapers' accuracy through diversity is bringing an acclaimed speaker to Augusta next week.

Church splits with Southern Baptist Convention
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens' First Baptist Church is severing ties with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Cleaning up
Nathaniel Wiginton, 16, picks up trash along Berckmans Road on Monday. He said Masters guests didn't throw away anything exciting.

Closing shop
Regis Harrington folds a sign used for Harrington's Sportswear tent on Washington Road. He said the roadside tent is necessary to make up for the lack of business in his Fairway Square store during Masters Week.

SRS delays replacement bids
Savannah River Site will spend another year -- and up to $50 million -- studying possible replacements for a failed $500 million plant at the federal nuclear-weapons site.

Groups bolster new bill
ATLANTA -- Seventy-year-old Chuck Ware figures Georgians will be able to rest a little easier, as in eternal rest, because of legislation he helped push.

Teen charged in father's attack
A Martinez teen is accused of stabbing his father in the back with scissors Monday after the fa-ther tried to make his son go to school.

Eating out

Juvenile trial set to begin
Three Martinez boys charged in an alleged plot to kill their parents will go before a Juvenile Court judge Thursday.

Housing authority plans to build new homes

Authority approves improvement funds
For months, Bernie Silverstein has talked of how the arrival of $10 million in state economic development funds will really ``get the ball rolling'' for the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.

Two brothers collect pros' autographs

Authority approves improvement funds

Closing shop

Project's funding on hold

Across the area: Pedestrian hit near Augusta National

Farmers, employees berate poultry industry

Rural mayor to receive award
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- When Keysville Mayor Emma Gresham walks onto the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall on Friday to accept an Essence Award, the surroundings will be a far cry from her workplace, the small mobile home that serves as Keysville City Hall.

Artist sees downtown growth

Improvements sought for lock and dam
Future renovations to New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam could include accommodations to improve upstream passage of migra-tory fish, according to federal authorities.

Eating out
Clarke and Rita Holtsberry of Waynesboro, Ga., enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Monday.

Artist sees downtown growth
One of downtown Augusta's biggest cheerleaders happened to arrive at a time when it wasn't looking so hot.

Project's funding on hold
In 1982, Augusta Tomorrow developed its first master plan, a road map that helped guide the development and funding of projects such as Riverwalk Augusta and Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Golfers, fans flood airports
As Vijay Singh clinched his first green jacket and the 2000 Masters Tournament became a memory, the frenzy at Augusta's airports began.

Bureau warns of census scam
Con artists posing as census takers have attempted to get Social Security numbers and gain entry into local homes, according to the Better Business Bureau president.

Newspaper plans diversity seminar

Grand jury indicts four on drug charges
Four men accused of operating an elaborate indoor marijuana farm in south Augusta have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Across the area: Pedestrian hit near Augusta National
A New Castle, Ind., woman was hit by a car Sunday morning as she crossed Washington Road heading to enter the Augusta National Golf Club.

Blazers take Sabonis off injury list

Celtics edge Hawks

Miami's Hardaway beats buzzer, Knicks

Bucks rout Magic

Campbell seals win for Hornets

Controversial foul helps Knicks win

Rashid Thomas
Rashid Amik Thomas, 3-month-old son of Brian C. Harris and Trina F. Thomas, of 12th Street, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Samantha Beggs
MITCHELL, Ga. - Samantha Carol Beggs, infant daughter of Steven and Teresa Beggs, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Walter Williams
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Walter A. Williams, 48, of Georgia Highway 245, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Margaret Hensley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Margaret M. Hensley, 85, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Margarette May
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Margarette May, 82, of Morningside Drive, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Miss Sadie Hopkins
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Miss Sadie Mae Hopkins, 97, of La Prade Street, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Donna Burgess
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - Mrs. Donna Lou Burgess, 64, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Johnnie Kimble Sr.
Mr. Johnnie Kimble Sr., 55, of Froham Street, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Frank Donaldson
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Frank Donaldson, 56, of Apollo Circle, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Anna Harris
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mrs. Anna Jane Harris, 79, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Plantation Nursing Home.

Mr. Edward Akins Jr.
HARLEM - Mr. Ernest ``Edward'' Akins Jr., 53, of Appling-Harlem Highway, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his residence.

Katherine McBride
NORTH AUGUSTA - Katherine Hope McBride, infant daughter of Chris and Shirley McBride, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Claude Proctor
THOMSON - Mr. Claude M. Proctor, 88, of Mount Pleasant Road, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Addison
AIKEN - Mr. Willie G. Addison, 52, of Outing Club Road, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Etta Battie
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - Mrs. Etta Patricia ``Pat'' Battie, 58, of Ridgestone Drive, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Houston Medical Center.

Ms. Leada Duffy
Ms. Leada Laverne Duffy of Augusta, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Virginia McElmurray
Mrs. Virginia Kendrick McElmurray, 92, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Story
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Dorothy Cason Story, 73, of Marshall Avenue, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Elizabeth Jennings
Mrs. Elizabeth Jennings, of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Simon Lipham
JACKSON - Mr. Simon C. Lipham, 78, of Fourth Street, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Clara Smith
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Clara Smith, 70, of West Roundtree Road, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Thereasa Dixon
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Thereasa Dixon, 86, of West Roundtree Road, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Rosie Trimble
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Rosie Trimble, 86, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Old Capitol Inn Nursing Home.

Mrs. Helen Moody
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Helen Tinsley Moody, 74, of Silver Run Falls, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. James Greenway
Mr. James Greenway, 79, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Belinda Keys
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Belinda Faye Keys, 33, of Roundup Drive, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mildred McArthur
THOMSON - Mrs. Mildred McArthur, 68, of Murray Lane, Monday, April 10, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Darryl Stephens Jr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Darryl Donnell Stephens Jr., 5-month-old son of Darryl Donnell Stephens Sr., of Keg Creek Lane, and Terry Denise Kitchens, Wadley, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Mary Sharp
DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Miss Mary Elizabeth Sharp, 65, of Moores Drive, died Sunday, April 9, 2000.

Mrs. Anna Harris

Mrs. Virginia McElmurray

Mrs. Donna Burgess

Ms. Leada Duffy

Mrs. Belinda Keys

Mr. Edward Akins Jr.

Mrs. Thereasa Dixon

Mr. Simon Lipham

Mr. James Greenway

Katherine McBride

Mr. Claude Proctor

Mrs. Clara Smith

Mrs. Margaret Hensley

Samantha Beggs

Mrs. Margarette May

Mrs. Rosie Trimble

Mrs. Mildred McArthur

Miss Sadie Hopkins

Mrs. Etta Battie

Mr. Walter Williams

Mrs. Elizabeth Jennings

Rashid Thomas

Miss Mary Sharp

Darryl Stephens Jr.

Mrs. Dorothy Story

Mrs. Helen Moody

Masters champ, 2000
What a beautiful birdie putt Vijay Singh sank on the 18th hole Sunday to close out the 64th Masters.

Resents comparing golfer to God
Re ``Tigermania extends beyond golf'' in the Chronicle's ``Masters Wednesday'' edition: Now I have seen it all. Seth Benson, Millen

Blames troubles on lack of God
For many years I have heard about everyone having the right to ``to do their own thing.'' Well, it's come full circle now where the rights of the few have turned on the masses. Barbara Mohler, Augusta

Wants census form but can't get one
I've been reading and listening to all the comments on Census 2000. There are remarks about people taking a while to complete and mail their forms. I would be more than glad to complete a form, if I could get one. Sue Shearouse, Harlem

Cites instances of black Confederates
Several weeks ago Mark Gelbart of Augusta made several good points with his letter to the editor. However, he missed the boat when he wrote, ``There is no historical evidence that blacks were actually armed to fight for the Confederacy.'' Harold D. Meads, Lincolnton

Fears radical environmentalists
With the current cost of fuel having risen to unprecedented levels and slated to continue to rise, the following question needs to be asked: Why are we allowing ourselves to be held hostage to foreign sources for our energy supplies? Robert E. Smock, Hephzibah

S.C. 'grades' improve
South Carolina has finally begun to straighten out one of its most confusing educational tools: the grading of high school students.

End this grisly act
Ranking as one of the worst legacies of the Clinton-Gore administration, along with the impeachment and numerous scandals, is the president's continued, unbending approval of infanticide -- partial birth abortion.

Suggests changes for next air show
Skyfest 2000 was very poorly planned. James Foyle, Martinez

Edgefield job coup
Whenever a community recruits a firm that provides more than 100 new jobs, it's good news; when it's a small, rural community with a struggling economy, it's huge news.

Offers hindsight, raps the mayor
Kudos to Mayor Bob Young and others for their achievement of getting a premier air show to Augusta. What a great show for all to observe and enjoy. John N. Lovin, Augusta

Praises library's Talking Books program
The week of April 9 is National Library Week. We all know of the good work being done by the library and its staff of helpful people. Jack Eckert, Augusta

Urges veto power for Augusta mayor
Why does the mayor of Augusta, the head of the excutive branch of city-county government, not have the power of veto? Christie Duff, Grovetown

Restore vets' benefits
After World War II, Americans held their government in high esteem, but since then it has been mostly downhill.

Says HDTV not future of television
Is High Definition Television (or HDTV) progress or rip-off? Touted by one local TV station as being ``eagerly awaited,'' this is a perfect example of progress for progress' sake, and that alone. I have not met one person who is eagerly awaiting the chance to spend a reported $4,000 to replace each of their television sets currently owned -- and likely more on top of that to replace VCR equipment, which will also become obsolete when HDTV replaces the current transmission system. Edward H. Johnson, Augusta

Calls pro-life a patriotic position
In a recent letter to the editor, Mary Beth Pieruci of Planned Parenthood protested the invocation of the Pledge of Allegiance by pro-life demonstrators. She stated the American flag is a ``symbol of liberty throughout the world'' that is being ``cynically appropriated'' by pro-life forces to impose a ``religious viewpoint'' on others. William J. Conkright, M.D.Augusta

Montoya taking Indy tests

Overtime: Jaguars take weekend set from Pacers

Martin steals one in winning Goody's 500

Overtime: Hamilton pulls off tire gamble

Judge permits undercover videos in IBF case

Hamilton wins rain-delayed Napa 250

Women's soccer league launched with eight cities

Republicans embrace low Internet tax burden
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans rushed Thursday to embrace a federal commission's report urging that taxes not block growth of the Internet and that lawmakers repeal the 102-year-old telephone tax while extending a moratorium on new Internet taxes.

Internet users at privacy conference trying to fight Web tracking
TORONTO -- Internet users concerned about privacy are looking to technology, education and government to ease their fears about Web sites that can track their every click.

Farmer overcomes accident
ACKLEY, Iowa -- Winter or summer, before he heads out for chores, Darwin Hofmeister pulls a heavy wool sock up over much of his left arm. The colder it is, the more socks he puts on.

Island nation cashes in on Internet
PASADENA, Calif. -- The tiny, financially-strapped Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu has cashed in on the alphabetic quirk that assigned it with the ubiquitous ``.tv'' Internet country code.

Scientist disputes company's DNA decoding claim
VANCOUVER, Canada -- The chief scientist of an international organization trying to map the human genetic code has disputed a private company's claim to have already reached that target.

Journalism group finds mixed bag of Internet e-politics sites
WASHINGTON -- More and more Americans are going online to get information about this year's presidential election, according to a study that details shortcomings about political sites but discounts concern that they contain mostly ``rumor and innuendo.''

Internet users trying to fight Web tracking
TORONTO -- Internet users concerned about privacy are looking to technology, education and government to ease their fears about Web sites that can track their every click.

Big animals to dominate debate at endangered species conference
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Southern African countries were pushing for the right to sell stockpiled ivory at a conference beginning today to discuss trade in endangered animals and plants.

Men undergo mass DNA tests
SYDNEY, Australia -- Police searching for the man who raped a 91-year-old woman began Australia's first mass DNA screening today, starting tests on the entire adult male population of a small rural community.

Vitamin C may reduce gallbladder disease
CHICAGO -- A new study suggests another benefit to eating oranges: Women who don't get enough vitamin C may be prone to gallbladder disease.

Group finds worth to Internet e-politics sites
WASHINGTON -- A study on e-politics discounts as unfounded worries that the Internet is a ``vast bastion of unsubstantiated rumor and innuendo.'' One-quarter of Americans report getting at least some campaign information online.

Stepping shows find strength in unity
Many Augusta teens have experienced an exciting night at a Stomp A' Rama, but they may be unaware how this art form originated.

Xtreme calendar
The Listenfirst.com Tour brings Christian rock bands Bleach, Pax217 and Relient K to the New Hope Worship Center, 715 Old Belair Road, for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6. Call 868-6410 or send e-mail to cafeicthus@aol.com.

Advice line: Dating best friend's sister may be awkward
``My best friend's sister and I like each other. But it seems kind of odd because we're like family. I just don't know how to approach the situation and could really use some advice.'' - 16-year-old Augusta boy

Your style

Event costs add up quickly

Stepping shows find strength in unity

Xtreme calendar

Your style
Leela Hoehn, 15, a freshman at Davidson Fine Arts High School.

Event costs add up quickly
It's every girl's worst prom nightmare: You show up at the dance and someone's wearing the same dress you are wearing.

Farmer overcomes accident

Vitamin C may reduce gallbladder disease

Group finds worth to Internet e-politics sites

Scientist disputes company's DNA decoding claim

Men undergo mass DNA tests

Internet users at privacy conference trying to fight Web tracking

Internet users trying to fight Web tracking

Journalism group finds mixed bag of Internet e-politics sites

Republicans embrace low Internet tax burden

Island nation cashes in on Internet

Big animals to dominate debate at endangered species conference