Braves notes: Furcal placed on DL

AL wins round one of interleague play

Suns rally to top Jackets

LSU tops Southern Cal

Bullpen blows lead; Braves lose in 10

Yankees, Cubs discuss Sosa deal

Jackets down Suns with four-run 10th

Braves notebook

Braves top Pirates

Bullpen blows lead; Braves lose in 10

Braves notes: Furcal placed on DL

Rain washes out Clemson

Land of opportunity still exists

Chamber honors Ellison

Business nominees disclosed

Business briefs

Business briefs

Drop in retail sales not felt locally
The Commerce Department reported that retail sales are down nationwide, but local business owners said they have not seen a decline.

Drop in retail sales not felt locally

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks rose Tuesday as investors seized on the latest retail sales report as evidence that the economy is slowing just enough to persuade the Federal Reserve to leave interest rates unchanged at its next meeting.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fell sharply Monday, sending the Nasdaq composite index down more than 100 points.

Chamber honors Ellison
Lottie Ellison cut her family vacation short to attend the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's Small Businessperson of the Year award ceremony Tuesday.

Business nominees disclosed
Six local businesses are in the running for this year's Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year award.

Mumme works on damage control

Hafez Assad

The president makes writer proud

I'll be driving my kid so school

McClain's fate: Will you be next?

Restore veterans' health benefits

Hits plan to end nurse supervision

Viewer wants Turner South channel

Cut out parents

Likes Ga. House 114th candidate

South Augusta needs mass transit

Portch's malpractice

Back off of downtown

Dangerous toxins alarm ASU student

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

On the Ball
Things are looking up for George Ball Jr. as his weight continues to go down. The Weight Loss 2000 participant has lost nearly 60 pounds since he began his weight-loss program at Professional Health Control Inc. in Martinez. His beginning weight was 363 pounds. As of June 6, he weighed 303.5 pounds.

Small portions
From appetizers to desserts, a new culinary trend called ``sweet heat'' is answering our quest for bigger, bolder flavors. This combination of spicy heat balanced by sweet flavors is one of the top trends in the country, according to Flavor Trends 2000, a report by McCormick & Co.

Age old question: Spa treatments good for the inside, outside
Q: I received a spa gift certificate for my birthday. Which treatments should I request? - E.Y., Saluda

Water, water everywhere washes away the pounds
Drink more water. Diet plans almost always instruct people who want to lose weight to drink more water - usually eight to 12 glasses a day.

Tasteful gift
Tending the grill is usually a man's job. But this Father's Day, let Dad stay in the air conditioning while you man the grill and serve him today's recipe for bourbon beef kebabs.

In the know
A STAMP ABOUT NOTHING: Seinfeld, the weekly comedy on NBC that entertained a vast TV viewing audience for nine years, will be featured on a new 33-cent stamp. The show placed high in the voting by the public in the U.S. Postal Service's Celebrate the Century program for the 1990s.

Aces are wild on local courses

Thoughts of Grand Slam resurface

British Open champ withdraws from U.S. Open

Favorite son returns to Pebble Beach

Coaches' shifts kept too short

Coaching change no surprise

Wiebe leaving Augusta on good terms

Wiebe will not return to Lynx

Land of opportunity still exists
Traveling this summer? I don't have to tell you that America is a big, wonderful country where you can see almost anything, because just about anything can happen.

Third shooting suspect arrested
A third suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of a Columbia County couple more than two years ago. Jimmy Lee Rhodes, 43, who is serving a life sentence in the Calhoun State Prison in Morgan, Ga., on an unrelated crime has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of burglary and two counts of armed robbery in the Feb. 2, 1998, shooting death of Fred and Yong-Suk Walker. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Small portions

Tasteful gift

In the know

On the Ball

In the know

Water, water everywhere washes away the pounds

Candidate for sheriff disqualified
The pool of Richmond County sheriff candidates got smaller Tuesday as Woodrow Fryer was disqualified to run for the office by a Superior Court judge.

New sign law prompts protests

Residents give views about spending list

Board gives initial approval to budget
Columbia County school board members gave tentative approval to the school system's fiscal year 2001 budget during a Tuesday meeting.

Woman may get her trial
A former Columbia County employee suing over her termination seven years ago could have her day in court later this year.

Local watering schedule to stay
There's a new ripple in recent water conservation efforts.

EPD plans water restrictions
Augusta utility officials will ask state regulators if local water conservation efforts could be maintained in lieu of new statewide restrictions set to be enforced next week.

Judge rules labor laws not violated
AIKEN - A Beech Island manufacturing company did not engage in unfair labor practices when management set in motion events that led to a union sympathizer's confinement in a mental hospital against his will last July, an administrative law judge has ruled.

Across the area
A young Augusta man facing two rape charges now faces a third.

Stallions seek win

Antioch announces plans for new homes

Computer mistake leads police to arrest wrong man

Group told to omit nudity from its play
Administrators at Augusta Technical Institute have let it be known that they believe Augusta audiences aren't ready for theatrical nudity.

Court reverses order to reveal details of alibi

Parenting class has few members
Although his children have yet to finish first grade, Anthony Dukes sometimes thinks about their first day of college - and all that he will have to do between now and then to get them there.

Candidate for sheriff disqualified

License red tape plagues immigrants
ATLANTA -- Most drivers in Georgia's major cities complain about traffic, but the state's illegal immigrant workers struggle just to get behind the wheel, according to a recent report about problems facing the Latino community.

Deputies train on bicycles

Court reverses order to reveal details of alibi
The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in a Burke County death penalty case that the accused does not have to personally detail his alibi to prosecutors before trial.

Across the area

Rescue guides offered
A new Columbia County rescue dive team received a list of strict operational guidelines Tuesday as the result of a recent accident at Wildwood Park.

Lawsuit's status in question

Liquidated assets

Group told to omit nudity from its play

High court considers liability in bombing

Official: Allendale schools need oversight

WJBF-TV to name general manager
Local television station WJBF-TV (Channel 6) will welcome its new general manager today.

Rescue guides offered

Graffiti removers at work
SAVANNAH - The morning commute on Drayton Street has gotten more and more animated by the day.

Graffiti removers at work

Counties' voters go to polls today
AIKEN - Voters in Edgefield and Aiken counties go to the polls today in what promises to be a light turnout with few contested races on the ballot.

Area voters select candidates

Officials watching for virus
COLUMBIA - A deadly virus six states away from South Carolina and showing no apparent signs of migrating south still has health officials on guard.

Parenting class has few members

New sign law prompts protests
These and other signs of the times were on their way out Monday as merchants moved their sandwich boards, temporary banners and dining tables out of the public eye and into compliance with a new county ordinance.

3rd man charged in slayings
Jimmy Lee Rhodes, 43, who is serving a life sentence in Calhoun State Prison in Morgan, Ga., has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of burglary and two counts of armed robbery in the slayings of Fred and Yong-Suk Walker.

Ordinance has south Augusta firms worried

Panelists describe lifelong effects of DUI accidents

Residents give views about spending list
It was an evening of firsts. Tuesday's local-option sales tax meeting was the first time the newly formed Citizen's Advisory Committee held a public meeting to discuss its proposed project spending list.

Official: Allendale schools need oversight
COLUMBIA - Eleven months of state control have strengthened Allendale County's once-crumbling school system, but that new foundation still could cave in without more work, Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum said Tuesday.

Area voters select candidates
AIKEN - Voters in Aiken and Edgefield trickled to the polls Tuesday despite primary races in both counties that could set the stage for drastic change in No-vember elections.

Deputies train on bicycles
Under a hot summer sun Monday, local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel learned how to apply their skills with their hands on brakes and feet on pedals while cruising downtown Augusta's asphalt on bikes.

Lawsuit's status in question
Some black Savannah River Site employees are asking a federal judge to reconsider her decision to deny class-action status to their lawsuit against their employers.

Officers will remain on leave

Unstable world still a threat

Group hits media for Few squabble
A citizen's group Tuesday condemned the controversy surrounding Ronnie Few's nomination to become the next fire chief of Washington.

Counties' voters go to polls today

New sign law prompts protests

License red tape plagues immigrants

High court considers liability in bombing
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court is weighing whether a handful of corporations and the Atlanta Olympic organizers should face lawsuits filed by the victims of a fatal bombing four years ago in Centennial Park.

Across the area

Panelists describe lifelong effects of DUI accidents
ATHENS, Ga. - Every other month, Rachel Kelley recounts the worst day of her life for a roomful of strangers.

Baptist group shuns women as preachers

Lifeguards find job lacks TV glamour
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Sunglasses, splashing in the waves, killer tans and cool walkie-talkies. Those are some of Hollywood's images of the lifeguard, the always buff beach bum who makes a living chilling out in an endless summer of fun.

Lifeguards find job lacks TV glamour

Baptist group shuns women as preachers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Stacey Simpson visits the sick, ministers to poor children and preaches God's love, yet she's shunned by her peers and has been told she might be bound for hell.

Officials watching for virus

Officers will remain on leave
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Two Edgefield police officers involved in the shooting death of a man last month will remain off their beats a little longer, state officials said Monday.

EPD plans water restrictions

Antioch announces plans for new homes
Antioch Ministries certainly practices what it preaches.

3rd man charged in slayings

Search for school official under way
Lakeside High School is moving closer to having a new principal, but it could still be later this month before a final recommendation is made.

Judge rules labor laws not violated

Across the area
Customers of Talatha Water and Sewer District are being asked to boil their drinking water until further notice.

Correction
An article about Warren Baptist Church in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said First Baptist Church of North Augusta was the North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department's women's softball league and tournament winner.

Unstable world still a threat
The United States must not isolate itself from the conflicts of an unstable world, a senior Marine general told civic leaders Monday.

Computer mistake leads police to arrest wrong man
SAVANNAH - A computer error within the Chatham County criminal justice system wrongly attributed a convicted killer's criminal background to another man.

New sign law prompts protests
These and other signs of the times were on their way out Monday as merchants moved their sandwich boards, temporary banners and dining tables out of the public eye and into compliance with a new county ordinance.

Governor must disclose his investments
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes must disclose investments in his blind trust, just as other elected officials must do, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said Tuesday.

Liquidated assets
Eddie Weigle does not like October. In the past decade, his house on Avery Drive in south Augusta along Rocky Creek has flooded three times - 1990, 1994, 1998 - all during October.

Coaches' shifts kept too short

Ordinance has south Augusta firms worried
Broad Street merchants aren't the only Augusta business owners upset about the city's new sign ordinance.

Local watering schedule to stay

Smits ineffective against Lakers

Perkins wants ring before retiring

Lewis returns to Ravens field

Stabbing suspects not guilty

All-Star puts end to career

Lewis trial prosecutor takes heat

Mrs. Effie Umphrey
Mrs. Effie Umphrey, 89, died Tuesday, June 14, 2000.

Mr. Thomas Smalley
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Kimble Smalley, 48, of Elam Street, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Raymond Williams
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. Raymond J. ``Fuzzy'' Williams, 74, of Walker Street, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Viola Cartledge
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Viola Willis Cartledge, 91, of Washington Highway, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Charlie Williams
Mr. Charlie M. Williams, 66, of Laney Walker Boulevard, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Inman Olliff
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Inman Jerome Olliff, 69, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Frances Womack
Mrs. Frances Barnes Womack, of Evans, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Clyde Gibson
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Clyde Gibson, 65, of Thompson Street, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Johnnie Bowers Sr.
Mr. Johnnie James Bowers Sr., of Hiram Road, died Sunday June 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Sara Wilkins
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Greene Wilkins, 84, of Wrightsboro Road, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Beulah Rice
EASLEY, S.C. - Mrs. Beulah Watson Rice, 88, of Hitt Road, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at Cannon Memorial Hospital, Pickens.

Mrs. Frances Womack
Mrs. Frances Barnes Womack, of Evans, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Farris Wren
VIDETTE, Ga. - Mr. Farris Lamar Wren Sr., 85, died Sunday, June 11, 2000 at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Charlie Nickel
Mr. Charlie A. Nickel, 46, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Charlie Nickel
Mr. Charlie A. Nickel, 46, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Foster
BATH - Mrs. Betty Jean Greene Foster, 57, of Hill Street, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Rance Smith Jr.
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. - Mr. Rance Samuel Smith Jr. died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Charleston.

Ms. Jaunita Washington
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Ms. Jaunita Geraldine Washington, 68, of Hill Street, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Brookdale Medical Center.

Mr. Gene Adams
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Gene Higgins Adams, 82, of Miamola Avenue, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Annie Cratic
Mrs. Annie Pearl Cratic, 65, of Roosevelt Drive, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Ruby Hillary
Mrs. Ruby Hillary, of Dade Street, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Rebecca McMillan
NEW ELLENTON - Ms. Rebecca McMillan, 46, of Williston Road, died Thursday, June 8, 2000 at We Care Residential.

Mr. Thomas Simmons
DENMARK COMMUNITY, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Calvin Simmons, 80, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mr. George Bor
Mr. George Bor, 79, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Laura Bess
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Laura B. Bess, 56, of Quaker Road Drive, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Edmund Rawlins
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Edmund Rawlins, 79, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Helen Overstreet
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Pfluger Overstreet, 72, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Kate Hazel
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Kate Wertz Hazel, 88, of Church Street, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Annie Cratic

Mrs. Kate Hazel

Mr. Thomas Simmons

Mr. Edmund Rawlins

Mrs. Effie Umphrey

Mr. Inman Olliff

Mr. Thomas Smalley

Mrs. Viola Cartledge

Mrs. Ruby Hillary

Mrs. Helen Overstreet

Mrs. Frances Womack

Mrs. Betty Foster

Mrs. Beulah Rice

Mr. Clyde Gibson

Mr. Charlie Williams

Mr. Raymond Williams

Ms. Rebecca McMillan

Mr. Johnnie Bowers Sr.

Mr. George Bor

Mr. Charlie Nickel

Mr. Charlie Nickel

Mrs. Laura Bess

Ms. Jaunita Washington

Nation's Founding Fathers wouldn't recognize today's America
IN 1996, the Rev. Pierre Bynum and a small group of citizens toured the U.S. Capitol. As they were walking the historic halls in Washington, D.C., they decided to stop and clasp their hands to silently pray quietly for our nation, our president, our legislators and to offer thanks for the freedoms we all enjoy. The Capitol Police observed this so-called ``dangerous activity'' and quickly approached Bynum and his group, warning them that such activity wasn't allowed in the Capitol and must be stopped. If prayer persisted among Bynum's group, they would be arrested because such activity was considered a demonstration, and not allowed inside the Capitol. Thankfully, due to the funding efforts of the Alliance Defense Fund and other concerned Americans, Bynum's right to pray in the Capitol was recently upheld by the courts.

The NAACP reopens old wounds
OK, let's get a grip here, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. You seem to have forgotten somewhere down the line of history just what advancement means. Try this on: P. Price, Blythe

Likes Ga. House 114th candidate
Before I retired from BellSouth, my faith in my company's commitment to our shared values was reinforced when an outside panel named Sue Burmeister as one of only 100 people in our nine-state area to receive the coveted ``Good Neighbor Award.'' J.H. Strickland, Evans

Back off of downtown
File this one under ``unintended consequences.'' The sign ordinance recently adopted by the Augusta Commission will be a great help in eliminating the visual clutter on Washington Road and other commercial corridors. But it will be disastrous for downtown Augusta, if it's enforced to the letter there.

S.C. primaries today
South Carolina voters turned out in record numbers to vote in the GOP presidential primary in March, yet that election's outcome won't have as great an impact on the lives of Aiken County voters as today's primaries to nominate local decision-makers.

Writer's 'hero' definition scorned
Re Richard Renew's letter, June 10: I am not aware of the original letter which caused his misguided attempt to define military heroism, but I have never met a genuine hero ... who, like Mr. Renew, defined himself as one. There is something contemptible about that.David Pitts, Augusta

Sex registry snafu
An Augusta girl was victimized because a convicted sex offender's name never made it to the state's Sex Offender Registry. The girl's family invited Daniel T. Shaffer to move in with them last January until he could find a place of his own to live.

The president makes writer proud
I was really proud when I saw our president William J. Clinton being awarded the International Charlemagne Medal - the first American to be so highly honored. Carroll C. Kenny, Grovetown

Hits plan to end nurse supervision
I was pleased to read a recent article outlining the ongoing debate in Washington regarding elimination of the rule that requires the supervision of nurse anesthetists by a physician. This issue is of great importance, since it affects the health of our parents and grandparents. Dr. Mark Stewart, Augusta

NAACP wants power, not justice
This is in response to the Joe Nirenberg letter, which appeared June 9. Patsy J. Bentler, Evans

State mandate all wet
For the first time, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division is imposing water restrictions on the entire state, not just the 15 counties around Atlanta.

I'll be driving my kid so school
Re Busing middle and high school children together in Columbia County: K.P. West, Martinez

Nation's Founding Fathers wouldn't recognize today's America
IN 1996, the Rev. Pierre Bynum and a small group of citizens toured the U.S. Capitol. As they were walking the historic halls in Washington, D.C., they decided to stop and clasp their hands to silently pray quietly for our nation, our president, our legislators and to offer thanks for the freedoms we all enjoy. The Capitol Police observed this so-called ``dangerous activity'' and quickly approached Bynum and his group, warning them that such activity wasn't allowed in the Capitol and must be stopped. If prayer persisted among Bynum's group, they would be arrested because such activity was considered a demonstration, and not allowed inside the Capitol. Thankfully, due to the funding efforts of the Alliance Defense Fund and other concerned Americans, Bynum's right to pray in the Capitol was recently upheld by the courts.

Bible doesn't settle pastoral issue
Regarding Rev. Ray Simpson's ``Bible settles it, no women pastors,'' letter of June 7: Victor R. Scott, Grovetown

Viewer wants Turner South channel
Hey, Comcast - Why don't you use some of that money you're spending on a new building (which you don't need) and bring the Turner South channel to the Augusta area so the Atlanta Braves fans can watch all the televised games. I understand Comcast is negotiating, but by the time that gets done, the snow will be flying. Ron Chapin, Augusta

Restore veterans' health benefits
A few days ago I happened to come across an article on the front pages of The Chronicle - ``Clinton praises Chernobyl closing.'' It stated that the infamous nuclear power plant would be shutting down 14 years after the disastrous nuclear accident. Wonderful news. If only the president were sending just praise, but, no, it seems money is involved, too - $80 million of it, to be precise: ``American aid to entomb the plant forever.'' John H. Roberts, Augusta

South Augusta needs mass transit
This is in regard to the May 28 letter by Jack Eckert titled, ``No way to get to transit meeting.'' I live in Eketo Woods Subdivision in south Richmond County. My question is: Who is responsible for providing public transportation (bus service) for this area? Elmer Rogers, Augusta

McClain's fate: Will you be next?
The media coverage of Gary McClain versus Tenneco has made me feel sick and helpless. I have been a friend of Mr. McClain for nine years. My husband and Gary have been best friends since they were in fourth grade together. Thus, I'm writing this letter for both of us... Linda Weaver, Trenton

Dangerous toxins alarm ASU student
I'm writing this letter as a concerned citizen and student at Augusta State University. On June 7, my class - African American communities in Augusta - toured Hyde Park, Aragon Park, and Virginia Subdivision areas. This tour made me aware of the life-threatening conditions in which these citizens are living. Stephanie Williams, Augusta

Cut out parents
The mask slipped, and Americans (especially voters) got to hear a raw glimpse at the raw political liberal mind-set when it comes to parents and government. Listen to floor remarks by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on a Republican education bill's tutoring provisions:

Hafez Assad
Syrian President Hafez Assad was an oppressive tyrant whose lifelong goal was to unite the Arab world and isolate, if not destroy, Israel.

Defends candidate over `distortions'
The recent letters by E.J. McCarty and Kathy Thomas really typify what ails American politics. Both of these individuals have continued to air a domestic violence charge against Ron Beul when the charge was in fact disorderly conduct - a far cry from violence or abuse. Richard Rountree, Evans

Portch's malpractice
Memo to University System of Georgia Chancellor Stephen Portch:

Overtime: Raptors fire coach

Overtime: Hamilton keeps Jordan, Miami waiting

Recruits preparing for move to college

CornCam has a kernel of devotees
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Internet camera focused day and night on an Iowa cornfield has proved more interesting than watching grass grow.

WHO issues new alarm over drug-resistant germs
WASHINGTON -- The World Health Organization warned Monday that increasingly drug-resistant infections in rich and developing nations alike are threatening to make once-treatable diseases incurable.

Xtreme style
THE FACTS: Christy James (left), 18, a recent Harlem High School graduate.

Xtreme advice: Clearing air is best way to keep friendship alive
``My best friend is going out with my ex-boyfriend, and he's causing problems with our friendship. I'm not sure whether I should stop being her friend or advise her to leave him alone.'' - 16-year-old Augusta girl

Xtreme calendar
A double happy birthday to actresses Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, who turn 14.

Raucous raves
In the cavernous space of the convention center's main dance floor, dancers twist fluorescent glow sticks in their hands to loud pulsating music shaking the walls. Strobe lights and lasers permeate a white haze from smoke machines. A DJ works a mixing board and turn tables, melding sounds for an enthralled, sweaty audience.

Raucous raves

Xtreme style

Xtreme advice: Clearing air is best way to keep friendship alive

CornCam has a kernel of devotees

WHO issues new alarm over drug-resistant germs