Ragin' Cajuns edge Clemson

Rain washes out Clemson

Braves notes: Seanez out for rest of season

Bullpen blows lead; Braves lose in 10

Rocker back with Atlanta

Braves notes: Furcal placed on DL

Maddux pitches Braves to win

Jackets down Suns with four-run 10th

Bullpen blows lead; Braves lose in 10

Braves notes: Furcal placed on DL

WJBF names new GM

Executive forecasts slowdown

Business briefs
ATLANTA - The Coca-Cola Co. agreed Wednesday to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit it has battled for more than a year.

Drop in retail sales not felt locally

Chamber honors Ellison

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.

Executive forecasts slowdown
If a rate increase is in the works, economists say it would likely be the last one for 2000 because it's an election year.

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.

WJBF names new GM
Phil Lane, general manager of television station WRBL in Columbus, Ga., was appointed vice president and general manager of WJBF (Channel 6) on Wednesday.

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.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Barnett ready for challenge

Dangerous toxins alarm ASU student

Back off of downtown

Area traffic enforcement defended

South Augusta needs mass transit

McCain menaces defense

Portch's malpractice

Hits plan to end nurse supervision

The president makes writer proud

Editorial's `mistakes' are corrected

Appletree Homes turn dangerous

Likes Ga. House 114th candidate

Viewer wants Turner South channel

WRDW radio drowns out phone talk

Capsules
One of the major tenets of the ``French Paradox'' - the idea that the French have healthy hearts despite a high-fat diet because they drink red wine - is losing support in, of all places, France.

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
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.

Tied to a cause
This year for Father's Day, give Dad the Hantavirus. Or a really big Scotch. Or a chance to help Superman.

In the know
A DYNAMITE GIFT: We'll tell you who won cataloger Hammacher Schlemmer's contest for the most outrageous, quirky, unusual past Father's Day gift. But don't be getting any ideas. Because the win

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.

Aces are wild on local courses

Thoughts of Grand Slam resurface

Coaches' shifts kept too short

Gordon's on top of Lynx's short list

Wiebe leaving Augusta on good terms

Coaching change no surprise

Bently receives reduced sentence
With the prosecutor's willingness to back the move, a judge reduced the time an Augusta teen-ager will have to spend behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole. RaShaan Bentley, 18, still has a life sentence for armed robbery, aggravated assault and a weapon charge - crimes he pleaded guilty to in Richmond County Superior Court. But Mr. Bentley is better off than he was before Wednesday's hearing.

Hit-and-run victim returns home
The red-and-white striped outfit fit her perfectly, and the matching white hat and red socks completed the picture. Divine Germany Monroe was a sight to see Wednesday as her father, Unique, prepared to take her home from the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center. ``I had to go to Wal-Mart last night to get my baby some new clothes,'' he said.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Two shot during robbery
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating a late-night shooting that sent two brothers to an Augusta hospital Tuesday. At 11:30 p.m., police said, two men knocked on the front door of a residence on Horseshoe Bend Road. One man was armed with a handgun. When a female resident opened the door, the men demanded and received money. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Brush fire burns 20 acres
Firefighting teams from six South Carolina cities worked to put out a fire that rolled over nearly 20 acres in a Belvedere neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. At least 10 homes along the 700 block of Kershaw Drive were threatened by flames that topped 30-foot pine trees and swallowed tool sheds at about 1 p.m. While the teams doused the flames, forestry units plowed a trench around the smoldering areas and hot spots, hoping to keep the blaze contained, fire officials said.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

In the know

Capsules

Small portions

In the know

Tasteful gift

Tied to a cause

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

Local watering schedule to stay

Court reverses order to reveal details of alibi

Edgefield GOP race spawns runoff

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.

School counselors get coordinator

Wildfire burns in Belvedere
A Merriwether volunteer firefighter was rushed to University Hospital with heat exhaustion and dehydration after fighting a brush fire that rolled over nearly 20 acres in a Belvedere neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

Watering violators warned

Graffiti removers at work

County plans to answer stormwater-utility calls

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.

Judge changes teen's sentence

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.

Stallions not having hot fun in summertime

Board rejects offer from accused teacher

Hit-and-run victim comes home

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.

Hit-and-run victim returns home

Deputies train on bicycles

Evans man requests retrial in federal case

Judge rules labor laws not violated

SRS safety exhibit attracts big crowd

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

Local Baptist ministers support vote

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.

Wildfire burns in Belvedere

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.

Across the area

Area voters select candidates

Education group chief will leave

Rumors on MCG dispelled
ATLANTA - University System of Georgia Chancellor Stephen Portch said Wednesday he will launch a search effort within days for the next president of the Medical College of Georgia, a move he hopes will quell speculation that the Augusta school could be absorbed by the University of Georgia.

Rumors on MCG dispelled

SRS safety exhibit attracts big crowd

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.

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

Coalition to educate on cancer
It is a deadly disease that kills nearly a thousand men in Georgia each year and preys on black men far more than whites. Now, prostate cancer has a new enemy.

Computer mistake leads police to arrest wrong man

Watering violators warned
Columbia County officials sent a strong message Wednesday to those caught breaking water restrictions: either follow the rules or you might find that your grass isn't the only thing needing water.

Candidate for sheriff disqualified

Board rejects offer from accused teacher
Richmond County school board members voted 4-3 Wednesday to turn down a deal reached between attorneys about the fate of a Hephzibah High School math teacher fighting to keep his job.

Across the area

Edgefield GOP race spawns runoff
Joel Hudson dropped his head in disgust earlier this year when the Edgefield County Council passed one of the most debated ordinances in its history.

Rescue guides offered

School counselors get coordinator
AIKEN - Next year, pupils in Aiken County will have a new resource to turn to at school, thanks to a program the school board approved Tuesday night.

Coaches' shifts kept too short

Local Baptist ministers support vote
The ``For Men Only'' sign Southern Baptist delegates hung on their pulpits in Wednesday's vote is a gesture a number of Augusta ministers said they support.

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.

Security at SRS rebuked
Lax inspections of surplus Savannah River Site computers compromised information about security systems there, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Official: Allendale schools need oversight

Lawsuit's status in question

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.

SRS stages emergency drill
It is 11:18 a.m. Wednesday, and Savannah River Site's Emergency Operations Center looks like a physics teacher's example of ki-netic energy.

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

Education group chief will leave
The woman who has been at the helm of an education-oriented nonprofit group since its local inception six years ago resigned Tuesday to accept a position as an executive administrative assistant for an Atlanta firm.

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.

SRS safety exhibit attracts big crowd
Charles Morris was supposed to be learning the right way to put out a fire. But as he squatted to aim his water-filled fire extinguisher at plastic bowling pins, all he could think about was besting his older sister.

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.

Hit-and-run victim comes home
The red-and-white striped outfit and matching white hat fit Divine Monroe perfectly. Her father, Unique, wanted to make sure his 4-year-old daughter looked good Wednesday as she left the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center for the first time in nearly three months.

Residents give views about spending list

SRS safety exhibit attracts big crowd
Charles Morris was supposed to be learning the right way to put out a fire. But as he squatted to aim his water-filled fire extinguisher at plastic bowling pins, all he could think about was besting his older sister.

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.

County plans to answer stormwater-utility calls
When Columbia County implements a stormwater utility early next year, county officials expect property owners will have questions.

Judge changes teen's sentence
With the prosecutor's willingness to back the move, a judge reduced the time an Augusta teen-ager will have to spend behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole.

Across the area
The Aiken County school board will have an open position at the end of this year. Brent Rankin, a North Augusta resident, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election.

Security at SRS rebuked

Evans man requests retrial in federal case
Alleging he was unfairly convicted late last month in a Florida federal court, an Evans businessman has asked a judge to give him a new trial.

Brush fire burns 20 acres

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.

Group told to omit nudity from its play

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.

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.

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.

Holdsclaw jumper edges Liberty

Young Pacers making impact

Perkins wants ring before retiring

Lewis trial prosecutor takes heat

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

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

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

Mrs. Carolyn Miller
Mrs. Carolyn M. Miller, of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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. Lola Hair
NORTH, S.C. - Mrs. Lola Martin Hair, 96, of Az Road, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.

Mrs. Catherine Clark
Mrs. Catherine Clark, of Golden Avenue, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Moses Canady
RINCON, Ga. - Mr. Moses Robert Canady, 74, of Westwood Drive, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at his residence.

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

Dr. Judith L. Bostock
AIKEN - Dr. Judith Louise Bostock, of Chardonnay Lane, assistant manager for science technology and business development for Department of Energy at Savannah River Site, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Baltimore.

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.

Mr. D.J. Gibson
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. D.J. Gibson, 64, of Baltimore Road, died Thursday, June 8, 2000.

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

Mr. Paul Culpepper
Mr. Paul S. Culpepper, 86, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Eva Moore
DURHAM, N.C. - Mrs. Eva Green Moore, 70, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Rose Manor Healthcare Center.

Mr. Henry Sapp
Mr. Henry ``Boweavel'' Sapp, 87, of Moore Avenue, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at the 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. Farris Wren
VIDETTE, Ga. - Mr. Farris Lamar Wren Sr., 85, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

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

Mrs. Nell Daniel
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Nell Daniel, 94, of Evans Street, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at her residence.

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. Gussie Bennett
Mrs. Gussie Mae Bennett, 75, of Cummings Road, Evans, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mrs. Lillie Wright
SAVANNAH - Mrs. Lillie Mae Wright, 82, of Brandlewood Drive, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Savannah Specialty Care Center.

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

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

Mrs. Effie Umphrey
Mrs. Effie Umphrey, 89, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000.

Mrs. Annie Cratic

Mrs. Catherine Clark

Mrs. Laura Bess

Mr. Thomas Smalley

Mr. Paul Culpepper

Mr. Charlie Nickel

Mrs. Effie Umphrey

Mr. Henry Sapp

Mr. Raymond Williams

Mrs. Nell Daniel

Mrs. Effie Umphrey

Mr. D.J. Gibson

Mrs. Lillie Wright

Mr. Farris Wren

Mrs. Beulah Rice

Mr. Moses Canady

Mrs. Frances Womack

Mrs. Carolyn Miller

Mr. Johnnie Bowers Sr.

Mrs. Gussie Bennett

Mr. Charlie Williams

Mrs. Eva Moore

Mrs. Kate Hazel

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.

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.

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

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

Editorial's `mistakes' are corrected
Re the May 19 editorial, ``More water woes'': It had a lot of mistakes in it. The writer stated that the cause of south Augusta's water problems is an antiquated, outdated, third-world delivery system. Ronald Swank, Blythe

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.

Appletree Homes turn dangerous
You don't have to read palms to predict the following: Imagine that you are cruising down Washington Road: ... You catch the green light at Pleasant Home Road, and a minute later, the Baston Road intersection is approaching. Immediately after you pass beneath the Baston Road light, you turn on your left blinker. Katie Lovett Thompson, Augusta

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

WRDW radio drowns out phone talk
I am curious to know if anyone else in the National Hills area is having trouble with the phone lines in their homes. Carolyn K. Kershner, 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

Bemoans nuclear lab incompetents
The latest security lapse at the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory news is frightening. Not the fact that a wildfire nearly consumed the weapons laboratory, but that more sensitive information stored on hard drives is now missing. Who's in charge here? Tom Hamorsky, Millen

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

McCain menaces defense
Erstwhile presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is drawing rave reviews from the liberal media for getting his colleagues to pass an amendment to the defense authorization bill that requires disclosure to the Internal Revenue Service of contributors' names to tax-exempt organizations that, critics claim, are fronts for partisan political groups.

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

Perilous nuclear security
Perilous. That's a word Americans certainly would not want associated with our nuclear weapons programs.

Area traffic enforcement defended
Writer M. Cook was very critical of law-enforcement in his June 7 letter, headlined ``More traffic enforcement needed.''. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

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

Flag flap: Let go of the past
So here we go again? Another political attack by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? Charles Lowe, Harlem

Legislator defended against attack
I could not help but respond to the libelous attack against Joey Brush, R-Appling, in the May 24 letter by Bill Holden. U.H. Pittman, Martinez

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

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.

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

Overtime: Raptors fire coach

Nevils headed for South Georgia

Spencer tears into team

Earnhardt son learns racing lessons

Overtime: Jordan finds coach he wants in Hamilton

Recruits preparing for move to college

Pulse of the future
WASHINGTON -- Thought only cartoon superheros could see through walls to detect the villains?

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.

Pulse of the future

CornCam has a kernel of devotees