MLB notebook

Early struggles don't stop Amerson

GreenJackets get first win

Washington-Wilkes clinches title

Ripken marches toward 3,000

Wood to make rehab start Thursday

GreenJackets get first win

Griffey youngest to hit 400 homers

GreenJackets take 5th loss

Harlem downs Hancock to win 3-AA subregion

MLB notebook

USC, Clemson to renew rivalry

GM concocts long-range plans

Authorities break up memorabilia ring

Braves notebook: Baylor trying to fill Cubs' holes

Braves fall to Cubs

Technology has come a long way

Business briefs

Chamber seeks entrepreneurs
Bill Polonus was an anonymous guy who picked up trash for a living.

Solutia will sell area site

Lending company expands

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.

Business briefs
LONDON -- Increased OPEC oil production and a mild winter that eased consumer demand for heating oil are contributing to at least temporary relief from painfully high crude prices, a respected industry study said Tuesday.

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.

Business briefs

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.

Wants census form but can't get one

Praises library's Talking Books program

Hits paper for publishing boys' names

Applauds benefit concert for center

Masters champ, 2000

Senate: cut the 'pork'

S.C. 'grades' improve

Praises 'world-class' Skyfest 2000

Offers hindsight, raps the mayor

Liberating seniors

Cites instances of black Confederates

Bashes Skyfest 2000 operation

Slaps men for 'controlling' women

In the Know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?

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.

Cook limits ingredients, but not flavor
SEATTLE -- After 19 years as a homemaker, Carlean Johnson suddenly found herself divorced, unemployed and with four kids to support.

Small portions
``Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don't be stingy, baby.'' That was Greta Garbo's first line in her first talking movie - but increasingly it's a line that, with variations, Europeans are speaking today.

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

Fiery Filets
Today's recipe for filet mignon with Parmesan and hot peppers will come in handy the next time you're in the mood to entertain.

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.

Recipe for a Master

Golf notes: Montgomerie considers new driver

Singh fires final salvo

Masters audience drops slightly

NHL roundup: Flyers "win" chance to play Hasek

Devils face ghosts of past failures

Blues hope to extend success

Lynx loss evens series

NHL playoff capsules: Eastern Conference

Lynx loss evens series

Lindros' now a distraction

Canes show progress despite playoff miss

Stars begin Stanley Cup defense

Thrashers encouraged despite record

Scheduling quirk helps Pens

NHL playoff capsules: Western Conference

Neilson expects to return

Leafs and Senators begin playoffs

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.

Cook limits ingredients, but not flavor

Vacation bounce-back

Age old question: Beware of telemarketing frauds

Small portions

In the Know

Fiery Filets

In the know

Farmers, employees berate poultry industry

Across the area

Cleaning up

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.

Working and talking

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.

Census Bureau readies for door-to-door count
Midnight Tuesday was the official U.S. Census mail-back deadline. Now the bureau is gearing up to send workers out for home visits.

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.

Fire destroys seafood house

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

Jury: Inspector Guilty of assault

Teen charged in father's attack

Board votes to reject changes
Columbia County's middle school program will remain unchanged next year with physical education and foreign language courses intact.

Eating out

Lawsuit filed over toxic site
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- The owners of a Burke County hazardous waste site want a jury to force chemical companies who contributed to the contamination to share in past and future cleanup costs.

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.

Use of Pepsi shirts irks parents
ATHENS, Ga. -- Pepsi's sponsorship of Monday night's Clarke County School District ``Singing for the Millennium'' raised the ire of a group of parents, prompting at least two to pull their child from the 900-pupil event.

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

Authority approves improvement funds

Lawsuit filed over toxic site

Court officials petition for space

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.

Housing authority plans to build new homes

Hunting ban on roadsides inches ahead
COLUMBIA -- Property owners who pinned their hopes on a politician's promise to ban roadside hunting statewide came up far short of their goal Tuesday.

City cut from national contest

Jury: Inspector Guilty of assault
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- A jury found an Edgefield County building inspector guilty Tuesday of assaulting a man shortly before a zoning meeting last summer.

City honors late florist

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.

Working and talking
Charlie Sams, the groundskeeper for Rosemary Hall, 103 W. Forest Ave., North Augusta, passed the time Tuesday afternoon by talking with a friend on his cell phone while finishing his duties at work.

Burglar poses as cable man
Columbia County sheriff's authorities were searching Tuesday for a man in his early 30s who posed as a cable television worker to burglarize a Harlem woman's home.

Census Bureau readies for door-to-door count

Teen takes the stand in sex assault trial
AIKEN -- The sexual history of a 15-year-old girl took center stage Tuesday during the sexual assault trial of a Clearwater man accused of raping and molesting the teen and her 7-year-old sister.

City honors late florist
Those who knew James John Harbin speak often of his love of all things beautiful -- flowers not the least among them.

ANIC officials say funds require plan
Like an expectant mother, Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. has waited nine months for its baby: $10 million in state economic development money.

Across the area
EDGEFIELD -- An Edgefield man drowned Monday after swinging from a tree rope and landing in frigid water near his home off Blair Road.

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

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.''

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

City cut from national contest
Augusta missed the cut Tuesday when officials from the National Civic League read a roll call of the 30 communities named as All-America City Award finalists for 2000.

Hunting ban on roadsides inches ahead

Grand jurors return indictments
Richmond County's grand jury issued indictments Tuesday accusing one man of murder and two others of kidnapping, robbing and sexually assaulting separate victims, one of whom is a child.

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.

Court officials petition for space
Augusta judicial officers want a real courthouse, a building not seen in this city in 44 years.

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.

ANIC officials say funds require plan

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.

SRS delays replacement bids

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.

Project's funding on hold

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.

Across the area

Newspaper plans diversity seminar

Closing shop

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.

Controversial foul helps Knicks win

Celtics edge Hawks

Campbell seals win for Hornets

Bucks rout Magic

Blazers take Sabonis off injury list

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.

Mr. Thomas Crim Jr.
Mr. Thomas Haley Crim Jr., 81, of Evans, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. George Holland
WAGENER - Mr. George Eugene Holland, 74, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

Mr. Clifford Carroll
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Clifford R. Carroll, 86, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Catherine Flynn
Mrs. Catherine Teresa Flynn, 76, of Evans, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Hudson
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Dorothy Dix Parrish Hudson, 79, of South East Street, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Greene Point Health Care Center.

Mrs. Hazel Waitt
Mrs. Hazel B. Waitt, 94, of Martinez, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.

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

Mr. Alphonzo Young Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Alphonzo Young Sr., 24, of Buttermilk Road, died Friday, April 7, 2000.

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

Mr. Ray Schreiner
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Raymond Vincent Schreiner, 62, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

Mr. James Edwards
Mr. James Edwards, of 10th Avenue, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mrs. Rosa Leverette
Mrs. Rosa Lee Leverette, of Royal Street, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Brown's Helping Hand Personal Care Home.

Mr. Hershey Edwards Jr.
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Hershey Edwards Jr., 60, of Florida Lane, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Williams Sr.
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Robert Williams Sr., 74, of Gibson Highway, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Louise Alberson
BLYTHE - Mrs. Louise Alberson, 68, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Paul Hardie
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Paul M. Hardie, 70, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Senora Prouty
SAVANNAH - Mrs. Senora M. Prouty, 77, of Norwood Avenue, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. George Anderson Sr.
Mr. George Anderson Sr., of Basin Street, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Odell Reeves
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Odell Reeves, 67, of Wiggins Street, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Edwards

Mr. Odell Reeves

Mr. Claude Proctor

Mr. James Greenway

Mrs. Donna Burgess

Mrs. Belinda Keys

Mr. Clifford Carroll

Mrs. Elizabeth Jennings

Mr. Hershey Edwards Jr.

Mrs. Helen Moody

Mrs. Dorothy Story

Miss Mary Sharp

Mr. Paul Hardie

Mrs. Virginia McElmurray

Mrs. Hazel Waitt

Mrs. Margarette May

Mr. Walter Williams

Mr. George Holland

Mr. George Anderson Sr.

Mrs. Dorothy Hudson

Rashid Thomas

Mr. Ray Schreiner

Darryl Stephens Jr.

Mrs. Rosa Leverette

Mrs. Mildred McArthur

Mr. Robert Williams Sr.

Mrs. Etta Battie

Mrs. Senora Prouty

Mrs. Louise Alberson

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

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

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

Praises 'world-class' Skyfest 2000
Not a bad seat in the house. I have nothing but praise for the Skyfest 2000 air show. I realize that many people had to stay in line for long periods of time. H. May, Evans

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

Blasts closed gate during emergency
After waiting hours to get into the Skyfest air show, I enjoyed it very much. I paid for tickets in advance, left my house at 8 a.m. and I made it to the gate by 11 a.m. I only live 15 minutes away. Still, I was not mad. Donna Nail, Augusta

Hits paper for publishing boys' names
Having come from a newspaper family, I was shocked to see that The Chronicle had printed the names and photos of the three youngsters who allegedly plotted to kill their parents. Erroll Methvin Hatcher, Augusta

Applauds benefit concert for center
It appears that Chronicle staff writer Steven Uhles completely missed the point of the Glenn Frey concert. Lisa Doick, Martinez

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.

Bashes Skyfest 2000 operation
In reference to The Chronicle's April 4 editorial that Skyfest 2000 was a success, the writer must not have waited in his car for 2' hours to drive 3' miles, knowing that was plenty early for a noon show. Gwyn Toole, Augusta

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

Senate: cut the 'pork'
What got into the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that it would vote for a porcine supplemental appropriations bill?

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

Slaps men for 'controlling' women
I've just finished reading Hubert Baker's April 9 letter. It implies the world has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Roe vs. Wade, and decided that there is more than one religion in the world besides Christianity. Carl Champlin, Aiken

Liberating seniors
President Clinton signed an important piece of legislation Friday that means a great deal to Americans between the ages of 65 and 69.

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

Relates Delta unpreparedness story
The recent front page article on Delta Air Lines reminds me of the experience my wife and I went through. We took a delayed Delta flight (1 hour, 45 minutes) from Houston to Atlanta to connect with a Delta Connection flight to Augusta. Al Ciarlone, Evans

Overtime: Hamilton pulls off tire gamble

Overtime: Rivers to play final season at W. Carolina

Judge permits undercover videos in IBF case

Hamilton wins rain-delayed Napa 250

Women's soccer league launched with eight cities

Sprinter making his mark

Montoya taking Indy tests

Trippi prepares for Derby

Teams hang hopes on draft

Weather again halts IRL action

Keyshawn Johnson trade on hold

Newly released drug fails tests
A drug that developers hoped would cure the common cold and viral meningitis has showed disappointing results in three new studies released today. The developer's stock price fell sharply on the news.

Data adds to questions about estrogen treatment and heart
CHICAGO -- Another study has added to the confusion over whether hormone supplements after menopause help or hurt women's hearts.

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.

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.''

'Spammers' New Calling: Cell Phones
WASHINGTON - Mike Malarkey, a business-development manager for educational Web developer Blackboard Inc., was in a meeting last Thursday when his Nokia cell phone chirped, sounding a bit like the low-battery warning.

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.

Official endorses disposal plan
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has lent his strongest endorsement yet to a plan for disposing of spent nuclear fuel at Savannah River Site.

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.

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.

Company mired in money troubles
WASHINGTON -- Less than two years after the government sold its uranium business, the private company it created to take on the job is mired in financial quicksand.

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.

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

Your style

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.

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.

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.

Stepping shows find strength in unity

Xtreme calendar

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

Event costs add up quickly

Official endorses disposal plan

Island nation cashes in on Internet

'Spammers' New Calling: Cell Phones

Big animals to dominate debate at endangered species conference

Scientist disputes company's DNA decoding claim

Vitamin C may reduce gallbladder disease

Data adds to questions about estrogen treatment and heart

Journalism group finds mixed bag of Internet e-politics sites

Internet users at privacy conference trying to fight Web tracking

Company mired in money troubles