Commissioner calls Forbes report 'pure fiction'
SEATTLE -- Commissioner Bud Selig criticized a Forbes magazine report that major league teams had an operating profit of $75 million last season - a marked difference from the $232 million in operating losses that he detailed to Congress in December.

Jags' Buffkin stops Paine on one-hitter

Spring training total attendance up, but average down

Spring training total attendance up, but average down
NEW YORK -- Total attendance at spring training rose 1 percent this year, but the average dropped 3.4 percent.

Bonds hits two opening-day homers
LOS ANGELES -- It didn't take long for Barry Bonds to show his home-run swing.

Strawberry to remain in jail while new attorney reviews case
TAMPA, Fla. -- Darryl Strawberry has to remain in jail until a judge decides his fate later this month and while his new lawyer - a local civil rights activist and former cocaine addict - reviews his case.

Jags' Buffkin stops Paine on one-hitter
Augusta State's Ricky Buffkin threw a one-hitter in the Jaguars' 9-1 win over city rival Paine College on Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Strawberry to remain in jail while new attorney reviews case

Macy's closing brings back memories of old gifts

Braves notebook
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux says it's a pain to pitch right now.

Braves notebook

Braves back Millwood

Braves rout Phillies in opener

Braves rout Phillies in opener
ATLANTA - It was just as Atlanta Braves fans had hoped, and better than they could have imagined.

Braves back Millwood
ATLANTA -- Last season Kevin Millwood won seven games, his worst total since joining the Atlanta Braves rotation in 1998.

Factory orders dip 0.1 percent in February

Manufacturing grows for second month in a row
WASHINGTON -- Manufacturing activity flashed a growth signal for the second month in a row and construction spending posted it biggest increase in a year, fresh signs that the country's economic revival is chugging ahead.

Taxable or Nontaxable?

Out of the picture

Benefits of paying the nanny tax

Manufacturing grows for second month in a row

The Bead Business

Business briefs
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board has decided against renominating dissident member Walter Hewlett, the co-founder's son who is leading the fight against HP's purchase of Compaq Computer Corp.

Students get financial advice from peers
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University's new Red to Black program has been bringing order out of chaos for students whose debts have outrun their income.

Out of the picture
One of downtown Augusta's biggest murals, and some say one of its biggest eyesores, will be gone by Wednesday.

Benefits of paying the nanny tax
You don't have to be a contender for a Cabinet post to owe "nanny taxes" on caregivers, housekeepers or other household workers.

Factory orders dip 0.1 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories dipped 0.1 percent in February as weaker demand for computers and cars eclipsed gains for household appliances and industrial machinery.

The Bead Business
Even after six months in business, Deborah Hall continues to get calls from people wondering what exactly a store named YaYa Beads sells.

Taxable or Nontaxable?
Generally, most income you receive is taxable, according to the IRS. But there are some areas where certain types of income are partially taxed or not taxed at all. A complete list is available in IRS Publication 525, "Taxable and Nontaxable Income."

Taxable or Nontaxable?
Generally, most income you receive is taxable, according to the IRS. But there are some areas where certain types of income are partially taxed or not taxed at all. A complete list is available in IRS Publication 525, "Taxable and Nontaxable Income."

Students get financial advice from peers

Clemson's baseball team on top

Clemson's baseball team on top
CLEMSON, S.C. -- When right-hander Steve Reba and shortstop Khalil Greene turned down pro contracts to play their senior seasons at Clemson, Tiger coach Jack Leggett started thinking his guys might be pretty good.

Peach Jam catapults Dixon

At least 17 arrested celebrating Maryland victory

Terps fans savor title, look to future

'Fear the Turtle'

Dixon named MVP

Final Four's 50th anniversary

Mike Davis is already a winner

Coach finally claims a title

Williams never quit shouting

Despite loss, Hoosiers had a good run

Regions Cup sees summer swell in tournament times

ANIC is on track

Pass save-baby bill

Slim hope for peace

Clarification

Bar hours long enough

Pro-terrorist states

Kid-free zones
Soon after their wedding, Lori and Tony Drawdy of Augusta started getting bombarded with questions about when they were going to have children.

Southern author's book resonates with readers
A particularly Southern voice infuses Janisse Ray's Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, book club participants decided at a discussion group held by The Augusta Chronicle Thursday.

'Survivor' watch: Week 5
Here are a few statistics to keep you Survivor fans up to date on what is happening.

Elegant, affordable wines sure to wow the Masters crowd
With friends and guests arriving in the Garden City for Masters Week, you want to have wines on hand that taste like a million dollars but will not break the bank.

Age old question
Q: How can I help my pet enjoy his golden years?

Piped color sounds the season's hottest look
NEW YORK - The Lady in Red and the Men in Black might be famous, but their single-shade fashion themes get old fast.

In the know
When is it okay to lie? Oh, those little white lies. Like fibbing on the cost of that new outfit or saying you're at the grocery store when really, you're browsing the local hardware store...

In the know
The quirky series Wolf Lake - about wolves living as humans - disappeared soon after its debut on CBS last fall. But with CBS and UPN under the same ownership, and with UPN having modest expectations in terms of ratings, the wolf/humans are back. The show airs at 9 tonight on UPN (WBEK-TV, Channel 16).

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens.

Small portions
The following are some tips and techniques for cooks from Food Network Kitchens:

After onslaught come thoughtful merlots of quality
Once Americans learned how to say "mair-low" in the early '90s, there was no turning back. Merlot became the red wine of choice in bars, restaurants and homes across the land.

A quick birdie
I was watching a rerun of Leave it to Beaver the other night, and had to laugh. June Cleaver, the mother of two boys, was cooking breakfast in a perfectly pressed dress, hose and pumps - and the clincher: pearls.

Georgia Tech 4, Georgia Southern 3, 10 innings
ATLANTA -- Jeremy Slayden homered Wes Rynders hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday night to lift Georgia Tech to a 4-3 victory over Georgia Southern, the 15th straight win for the Yellow Jackets in their new home park.

Impact Players
Once again, pitching will be the focal point of the Augusta GreenJackets in 2002.

Women's golf a victim of Tiger's success
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- There is nothing wrong with the LPGA Tour that cannot be fixed. Just get Tiger Woods to retire.

Nicklaus withdraws from Masters
Jack Nicklaus, the most dominant player at Augusta National with six green jackets won over 23 years, withdrew Tuesday from the Masters because of lingering back problems.

Sorenstam dominating golf

Sorenstam dominating golf
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The best player wears red on Sunday, and that no longer applies only to Tiger Woods.

Ochoa tries to keep streak alive
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Lorena Ochoa of Mexico was within two strokes of the lead during the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Her goal was to win, but she was all smiles with a top-10 finish in a major.

Nicklaus withdraws from Masters

Nicklaus bows out of Masters
Jack Nicklaus won't have to worry about how to approach the revamped Augusta National Golf Club this year. A recurring back problem will keep him out of the Masters Tournament, the six-time winner said Tuesday.

Ochoa tries to keep streak alive

MCG Health System returns as sponsor of Asahi Ryokuken

Women's golf a victim of Tiger's success

MCG Health System returns as sponsor of Asahi Ryokuken
Medical College of Georgia's Health System is returning as the primary corporate sponsor for the second annual Asahi Ryokuken International Championship, tournament chairman Bettis Rainsford announced Monday.

Nicklaus bows out of Masters

National snubs past champs
After the Augusta National Golf Club increased the length of its course for next week's Masters, it sent letters to several past champions who were 70 years or older, telling them they were no longer invited to play.

Impact Players

Macy's closing brings back memories of old gifts
It was a little sad, although I know that's how business works.

Nicklaus withdraws from Masters
Jack Nicklaus, the most dominant player at Augusta National with six green jackets won over 23 years, withdrew Tuesday from this year's Masters because of lingering back problems.

CSRA Waste files for bankruptcy
The city's largest contracted garbage hauler, whose owner stands indicted of defrauding for thousands of dollars in landfill fees, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing the Augusta Commission among his top creditors.

An alternative to oil is needed now

Killer cops?

Augusta can bridge the racial gap

Ryberg stymies magistrate pick

Fourth axis of evil are colleges

Allen only serves his own interests

'We Were Soldiers' an inspiring film

Maximum speed limits apply to drivers in left lanes, too

Retiree finds 'before tax savings' is an IRS ripoff

'Stars and Bars' swap won't work

Deplores sloppy dressers at theater

Mad dogs vicious, not viscous

Reports welcomed

History of the flags of the Confederacy is recounted

Piped color sounds the season's hottest look

After onslaught come thoughtful merlots of quality

Southern author's book resonates with readers

Kid-free zones

Small portions

Seniors Calendar

Elegant, affordable wines sure to wow the Masters crowd

'Survivor' watch: Week 5

Age old question

A quick birdie

In the know

In the know

Reward offered in bald eagle killing

Clubs spruce up courses
Forest Hills Golf Club undergoes a rigorous spring cleaning during the weeks leading up to the Masters Tournament.

Williams joins race for mayor
More than 200 politically minded people, including two former Augusta mayors and at least one other announced mayoral candidate, were at a Richmond County Committee for Good Government meeting Tuesday night when Robin Williams announced his candidacy for the mayor's seat.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

News you can use
April 2, 1942 There will be no wartime suspension of football at the University of Georgia or Georgia Tech unless "further emergency should develop" - or unless diminishing gate receipts indicate public disapproval.

Policy on gays hailed
SAVANNAH - It's largely a symbolic gesture, but Savannah's gay and lesbian leaders are hailing as a triumph the anticipated addition of the words "sexual orientation" to the city's nondiscrimination policy.

Across Georgia

N.C. jury indicts LeBlanc
A Gaston County, N.C., grand jury indicted former Augusta resident Aaron LeBlanc on a charge of first-degree rape Tuesday.

Wreck jams traffic

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON -The Clemson City Council and the developer of a proposed Wal-Mart site have agreed to drop pending lawsuits involving the city, the developer and Wal-Mart.

Across the area
A Gaston County, N.C., grand jury will continue work today on criminal cases that are expected to include a sexual assault charge against former Augusta resident Aaron LeBlanc.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Driver's licenses issued to foreigners should be flagged with a colored stripe the same way the state marks licenses of convicted drunken drivers, the Georgia Senate's top Republican argued Tuesday.

Senators approve baby abandonment bill
ATLANTA - Mothers of unwanted babies would have a safer option for their children under a plan approved Monday by the Georgia Senate.

Across the area

Policy on gays hailed

Subscriber of the day

Williams joins race for mayor

Correction

Case is support for new fetal law

Drive-by shooting gets man arrested

And the mayor is ...
Jim Sutherland (right) grins at Vernon Dunbar as he reads the recount of votes for mayor of New Ellenton. They were at the Aiken County Voter Registration and Election Office on Monday, and Mr. Sutherland once again came out the winner.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -As many as 1 million South Carolina taxpayers appear to be waiting until the last minute to send in their tax returns.

And the mayor is ...

Senate budget funds commuter rail
ATLANTA - A budget approved Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would pump millions of dollars into a Macon-to-Atlanta commuter rail system that the governor has said no longer is the state's top rail transportation priority.

Senators approve baby abandonment bill

Rare obscenity case on trial
ATHENS, Ga. - An adult novelty store owner is on trial this week in Clarke County State Court for allegedly violating a rarely applied Georgia obscenity statute.

Nicklaus withdraws from Masters

Vote expected on bar hours
Some Augusta officials would like to extend the hours when alcohol sales are permitted at downtown bars and restaurants.

Senate budget funds commuter rail

Golf fans book up Aiken hotels

Kolb starts review process, drawing protest
City Administrator George Kolb, in cooperation with the mayor, has initiated his own performance evaluation process, and at least one Augusta Commission member said that simply isn't sitting right with him.

Kolb starts review process, drawing protest

Missing mystery unravels
She was missing. Then she wasn't.

Barnes writes against airfield

Vote expected on bar hours

Johnston mayor wins by 2 votes

Bobby Jones improvement nears kickoff
The goal is to reconstruct and widen a path for smoother travel on Bobby Jones Expressway.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -Money spent to deter domestic violence under a federal law saved nearly 10 times the cost through reduced medical, police, court and lost work expenses, a university researcher said Tuesday.

Rare obscenity case on trial

Around town

Case is support for new fetal law
AIKEN - Attorney Brian Katonak's client, who four years earlier went into premature labor because of a beating, waited nervously Tuesday outside Aiken Family Court.

Museum director resigns
After a decade as the director of the Morris Museum of Art, Louise Keith Claussen is stepping down.

Museum director resigns

Chauffeur fleets gear up for golf traffic
Normally, Darrell Thompson works inside a fire station awaiting the chance to fight fire.

Golf fans book up Aiken hotels
AIKEN - It's not that the Masters Tournament guests making last-minute plans don't have a prayer, but hotel managers said Tuesday that the odds of getting a room in Aiken for the week are only slightly better than outshooting Tiger Woods at Amen Corner.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia House unanimously passed legislation Monday aimed at boosting state funds for local road projects.

McGhee, panel argue track status
AIKEN - Members of Aiken's Historic Preservation Commission told horse track owner Bruce McGhee on Tuesday night that his property would benefit economically as a historic landmark.

Motherly support
For the first time in a long while, Tanganika Davis feels comfortable in her surroundings.

Across the area
The Augusta Commission voted 8-2 Tuesday to revoke the business license of a local spa after one of its employees was arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on a charge of masturbation for hire.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Betty Murray of Belvedere.

Johnston mayor wins by 2 votes
The mayoral election in Johnston, S.C., was so close it left election officials sifting through absentee ballots looking for an answer.

Lead emerges in hit-and-run
Richmond County investigators have a new lead in the hit-and-run death of 5-year-old Divine Monroe.

Lead emerges in hit-and-run

Behind the Curtain
They all share a stage, and on Monday they teamed up to share their experiences and passions with Richmond County pupils.

Reward offered in bald eagle killing
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Two agencies are hoping a $1,000 reward will help them land their prey - whoever was responsible for shooting an adult American bald eagle to death last week.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Beaten boy OK'd assault
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Two boys accused of punching an eighth-grader until his heart stopped wanted to be the boy's friend, police said.

Drive-by shooting gets man arrested
AIKEN - A Sunday argument led to a drive-by shooting Monday, police said.

Dump truck hits SUV
A Columbia County woman was treated for minor injuries Tuesday after her vehicle was sideswiped by a dump truck whose driver was not licensed to drive a commercial vehicle.

Across the southeast

Barnes writes against airfield
Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has joined a growing list of politicians who oppose the Navy's plan to consider a rural corner of Burke County as a contender for a noisy military airfield.

Bounty hunter under scrutiny

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Harold Towe of Belvedere.

Clubs spruce up courses

News you can use
APRIL 3, 1954 A meeting of Augusta City Council's Finance Committee with representatives of the four city employee unions was canceled yesterday, but the union was informed that the city doesn't anticipate sufficient revenue to permit a requested pay hike for municipal employees.

Bobby Jones improvement nears kickoff

Across the area

Missing mystery unravels

Bounty hunter under scrutiny
An Aiken bounty hunter who tracked a suspect to Augusta may have his own criminal charges to face if police decide he violated Georgia law, authorities said Tuesday.

News you can use

Across Georgia

CSRA Waste files for bankruptcy

Behind the Curtain

Subscriber of the day

Motherly support

Beaten boy OK'd assault

Around town

Wreck jams traffic
Traffic on U.S. Highway 25 near Trenton, S.C., was backed up for more than 2 1/2 hours late Tuesday after a tractor-trailer jackknifed, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Daniels, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Correction
A photo caption in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said it was Rep. Jack Connell, D-Augusta, who sponsored a legislative delegation breakfast meeting to discuss proposed bills to change the structure of city government.

The boys of spring step in for heroes of the hardwood
ATLANTA - If you like big times in the big city, Monday was the biggest of them all. The ultimate sports segue of sorts.

Maryland's win more than just a championship
ATLANTA - The attitudes seemed almost nonchalant. Maryland had just won its first national championship, and the players appeared no more thrilled than if they'd just beaten Clemson in January.

Hawks 100, Bucks 92

Hawks 100, Bucks 92
ATLANTA -- DerMarr Johnson scored a career-high 28 points, and Jason Terry added 19 as the Atlanta Hawks beat Milwaukee 100-92 Tuesday night to send the Bucks to their seventh straight road loss.

'Fear the Turtle'
ATLANTA - Plenty of labels have been attached to Gary Williams during his 13-year coaching tenure at Maryland, the most frequent being Best Coach Never to Win a Championship.

Peach Jam catapults Dixon
ATLANTA - Since the first McDonald's High School All-American game in 1978, no team had one a national championship without a McDonald All-American.

Final Four's 50th anniversary
It's hard to imagine, but there was a time when the NCAA tournament wasn't that big a deal, a time when they didn't even bother gathering the final four teams in one place for the semifinals and championship game.

Williams never quit shouting
ATLANTA -- Long after it mattered or made much sense, he was still shouting instructions.

Despite loss, Hoosiers had a good run
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Hoosiers, looking glum and weary, returned from their surprising Final Four run on Tuesday to hear a simple message from their fans: Thanks.

Stock exchange, Hartford parade await UConn women
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A victory parade for Connecticut's national champion women's basketball team on Saturday will wrap up a week of honors for the Huskies.

Mike Davis is already a winner
ATLANTA -- Sometimes, the bus was too hot.

Terps fans savor title, look to future
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Wearing a net from Maryland's first-ever NCAA title around his neck, Juan Dixon had a hard time containing himself as he spoke to 5,000 cheering fans.

Early exposure critical to UConn's growth
STORRS, Conn. -- It was a laughingstock, with just one winning season in 11 years.

At least 17 arrested celebrating Maryland victory
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- At least 17 people were arrested and a police officer was among several people injured when the celebration of Maryland's NCAA basketball championship turned violent.

Coach finally claims a title
ATLANTA - The team that could never win the big one beat the program that never lost the big one.

Dixon named MVP
ATLANTA - Before college's best team is decided by the NCAA Tournament, college basketball's awards for the best player are already awarded.

Fox stresses work ethic on first day of practice

Beathard will serve as adviser to Falcons' new owner

Mrs. Rosa Franklin    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa C. Franklin, 100, who died March 29, 2002, will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 20

Mrs. Louise Street    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs.

Mrs. Henrietta Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Henrietta B. Rhodes, 76, of Vera Drive, Augusta, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at the Medical Colleg

Ms. Eunice Baggott    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Eunice L. Baggott, age 86, of Millbrook Ave., Aiken, will be today, April 2, 2002, at 3 p.m. at the chapel

Mr. John Walls    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - John Edward Walls, son of Margaret R. Walls, Bedford Drive, Augusta, entered into rest. Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. in Sunset Memory Gardens with military honors. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Louise Bates-Tolbert    (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Bates-Tolb

Mr. Fred Blackmon    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
BURNETTOWN, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, April 2, 2002, Mr. Fred Blackmon, of Augusta Road, Burnettown. He was the father of Don Blackmon, of Swansea, S.C., Stan Blackmon,

Mr. George Baxley Jr.    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- M r. George C. Baxley Jr., 70, died Easter Sunday, March 31, 2002, after a long illness. Born

Mrs. Geraldine Sherrill    (CLAIR, Ga.)
CLAIR, Ga. - M rs. Geraldine Logue Sherrill, 56, of St. Clair, wife of Gilbert Sherrill, died Sunday. Funeral

Featured obituary: Mr. Gerald Carter Sr.
HARLEM - There was no stopping Gerald Carter Sr. Nothing could get in the way of his favorite pastime, those who knew him said.

Mr. Allen Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Borkowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Stephen Borkowski, 55, of Hillwood Court, North Augusta, S.C., who died March 27, 2002, will be conducted

Joseph Echols Sr., M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Singleton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Wilkes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 200

Mr. Charles Singfield    (LANCASTER, S.C.)
LANCASTER, S.C. - Charles Singfield, 84, entered into rest Saturday, March 30, 2002, at the White Oak Health

Mrs. Louise Bates    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine Sherrill    (CLAIR, Ga.)
CLAIR, Ga. - M rs. Geraldine Logue Sherrill, 56, of St. Clair, Ga., wife of Gilbert Sherrill, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Burke Medical Center after an extended illness. She was a nativ

Mrs. Alice McCladdie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 2002, Mrs. Alice McCladdie of Martinez. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Mrs. Teri Norton    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda Simmons    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 2002, at Doctors Hospital, Mrs. Linda Davis Simmons, 54, wife of Mr. Marion L. Simmons and daughter of Mrs. Florence Baxley Davis, Martinez, and the late Mr. Theodore R. Davis.

Mr. John McManus    (MONROE, N.C.)
MONROE, N.C. - Funeral services for Mr. John Haskell McManus, age 94, who died March 30, 2002, the widower of Daisy Tart McManus, will be held 2 p.m. We

Mrs. Tessie Stroud    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Tessie L. Stroud, age 99, Swainsboro died Tuesday, April 2, 2002. Funeral services will be held Thursday, at 2 p.m., at Peebles-Curr

Mrs. Dawn Webster    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Dawn Denise Bush Webster will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at 3 p.m. in the Southside Chapel of George Funeral Homes, Inc., 3175 Whiskey Road, A

Mr. Mike Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUS

Mrs. Evelyn Waldrop    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Edney Waldrop, 86, of Reames Road, North Augusta, S.C., who died March 31, 2002, will be conducted this Tuesday

Mr. Thurlon Veal    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Thurlon S. Veal of Sandersville died Monday, April 1. Funeral services will be he

Mrs. Anne Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUS

Mrs. Florrie Griggs    (INDIAN WELLS, Calif.)

Mrs. Frances Bettis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Frances E. Bettis, 75, of Marlboro Street, N.E., Aiken, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at her residence. Funeral services to be announced by Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, Aiken. She was a native of Trenton, New Jersey. She recei

Mrs. Linda Simmons    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 2002, at Doctors

Mr. Carlton White Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO,

Featured obituary: Mr. Erasmus E. Griffin
Erasmus E. "E.E." Griffin, a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives for Glascock County and a former president of the Bank of Gibson, died Monday at University Hospital in Augusta. He was 80.

Mrs. Elsie Pentecost    (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Entered into rest March 30, 2002, Mrs. Elsie Pentecost, age 93, a native of Chicago, and widow of Clinton Pentecost and Harry R. Bal

Mrs. Bobbie Blackston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Bobbie V. Blackston, 65, entered into rest April 2, 2002, at her residence in Augusta. Mrs. Blackstone, a lifelong resident of Augusta, owned and operated a beauty shop for years. She

Ms. Karen Moore    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- Entered into rest on Saturday, March 30, 2002, Ms. Karen Jean Moore, of Duncan Road, North Augusta. She was preceded in dea

Mr. Stephen Borkowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Stephen Borkowski, 55, of Hillwood Court, North Augusta, S.C., who died March 27, 2002, will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at

Mrs. Francenia Major    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, April 1, 2002 at the Doctors Hosp

Mrs. Hettie Deas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Yancey Lutz    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Yancey K. Lu

Mr. James Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at the residence, Mr. James Daniel Edwards of Laney Walker Blvd. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are his wife, Tessie H. Edwards; sons, J.D. Edwards

Mrs. Charlotte Jones    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Graveside services for M

Mrs. Joann Ellis    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Joann Lanier Ellis, 63, died Monday, April 1, 2002. She was born in Bulloch County, a former employee of the U.S. Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service and member of Oak Hill Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be at 1

Mr. Mike Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Farrer Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday at University Hospital, Mr. John W. Farrer, Sr., 69, of Alfred Lane, husband of Mrs. Margaret Farrer. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Hatcher Funeral Home, Augusta.

Mr. Erasmus Griffin    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - M r. Erasmus E. "E.E." Griffin, 80, of Griffin Pond Road, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at the University Hospital, Augusta. The funeral will be held at 2 p.

Ms. Faye Hartley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Linda Faye Hartley entered into rest Friday, March 29, 2002. Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 1 p.m. at West View Cemetery with Eric Driggers officiating. Survivors are two sons, Stephen Flic

Mrs. Ela Dawson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ela Louise Murray Dawson who died March 29, 20

Mr. Thomas Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, March 31, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center, Uptown Division, Mr. Thomas Edison Kennedy of Stevens Creek Road. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Surviv

Mr. Solomon Cooper Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, G

Mr. Yancey Lutz    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Bedenbaugh    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 2002, Mrs. Elizabeth Cato Bedenbaugh, age 75, of Vaucluse Road, Aiken, S.C., wife of the late Kinddle Cockrell and the late Boyd

Ms. Karen Moore    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest, Ms. Karen Jean Moore, of Duncan Road, North Augusta. Ms. Moore was the daughter of the late William H. Moore Sr. and Judy P. Moore; the mother of Samantha L. Moore; the sister o

Mrs. Anne Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, March 31, 2002, Mrs. Anne O. Whitten, wife of Mr. William A. W

Mr. Hugar Pope    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr

Mr. Gerald Carter Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest March 30, 2002, in Augusta, Mr. Gerald Manning Carter Sr., preceded in death b

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Whites at the wheel
Paul L. Cook's March 14 letter stated the percentages of blacks and whites in Aiken, Columbia and Richmond counties. He said Richmond County has a black majority, and Aiken and Columbia counties have white majorities.Tony Kitchens, Augusta

ANIC is on track
Robert Cooks, Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s executive director, ought to take the complaints as a good sign.

Clarification
Editor's note: The Tony Kitchens who wrote the letter that appeared Monday, "Whites at the wheel," is not the one who works at the Department of Family and Children Services.

Augusta can bridge the racial gap
It's time for the good citizens of this community to unite for equal opportunity, racial harmony and positive change. I hear a lot of people "talk a good game" about unity. The question is, are they ready to back up the talk? Brian Green, Augusta

Allen only serves his own interests
He just doesn't get it. Rep. Ben Allen's, D-Augusta, consolidation changes amount to nothing more than a sellout of the community and people he represents. What Mr. Allen fails to realize is that he's there to serve the people. It's not the other way around. But you do get what you vote for. Jeff Stannis, Augusta

Ryberg stymies magistrate pick
With his childish "my turn" attitude, Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, has failed the people of Aiken County - the very voters he promised leadership to when he was elected. Asa Daniel Jr., North Augusta, S.C.

'We Were Soldiers' an inspiring film
In reference to Bonnie Johnston's March 16 letter, "Ashamed at vets' treatment": John Rangel Jr., Sgt. 1st Class Ret., Hephzibah, Ga.

Killer cops?
I am officially putting in my application to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. I, too, would like to become a deputy and kill a couple of people. I know I will be exonerated of all charges. William Sanders, Augusta

Deplores sloppy dressers at theater
It's great to have classy shows come to Augusta. I had the pleasure of being invited to the Bell Auditorium to see the stage show, Ragtime, on March 20. It was a beautifully presented show by a very professional group. Donald F. Wanner Jr., Martinez, Ga.

Bar hours long enough
Nothing good can be said about the proposal to extend Augusta's downtown bar hours to 4 a.m.

Maximum speed limits apply to drivers in left lanes, too
In his March 22 letter, Steve North does a wonderful job of quoting Georgia's traffic laws concerning the speed limit on multi-lane highways. His interpretation of the law, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Gene Walker, Thomson, Ga.

History of the flags of the Confederacy is recounted
The effectiveness of government re-education camps (public school system) is evident as one of its camp lieutenants, (retired school teacher) Seth Benson, shows that he knows nothing about the South's history when he calls the third national flag of the Confederacy the "Stars and Bars." (March 20 letter, "Swap battle flag for 'Stars and Bars' and everyone wins"). Lee Herron, North Augusta, S.C.

'Stars and Bars' swap won't work
I am befuddled by Seth Benson's March 20 letter on swapping the battle flag for the "Stars and Bars." As a former teacher, Mr. Benson needs to read his history. Darryl C. Drake, Midville, Ga.

Retiree finds 'before tax savings' is an IRS ripoff
For all the people who think Medicare is free, just remember that premiums last year were $50 per month, and this year are $54 per person, deducted from your Social Security check. Curtis D. Choplin, North Augusta, Ga.

Mad dogs vicious, not viscous
Whoever wrote the March 24 editorial, "Meaner than a mad dog," may really have meant the dogs were "viscous" - thick and gluey, according to the Oxford American Dictionary. After all, the owners did "stick by" them. John Turns, Augusta

Slim hope for peace
Voices are rising on both sides of the Atlantic demanding that President Bush get more personally involved in trying to bring about a cease-fire in the escalating war between Israel and the Palestinians. Even Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat - virtually at the mercy of Israeli troops - is urging that the United States lend him a hand.

Pass save-baby bill
With just minor differences to be worked out between the Senate and House, it's a virtual certainty Georgia will get a save-the-baby bill OK'd this session. The governor has promised to sign it.

Reports welcomed
Thank you for your coverage of the Winter Wars martial arts tournament ("Winter Wars event invades Augusta"), and champion wrestler and Ultimate Fighting Champion Dan "The Beast" Severn's Ultimate Grappling Seminar on March 14. Johnny Hughes, North Augusta, S.C.

Fourth axis of evil are colleges
President George W. Bush did not mention the fourth axis of evil - colleges. Parents do not seem to care about what their children learn as long as they can say, "They went to college." J. Loveless, Grovetown, Ga.

An alternative to oil is needed now
President George W. Bush has a tremendous opportunity to become one of the most important presidents in our country's history - not by being the promoter of the war on terrorism, but by marshaling the nation's strengths to develop an alternative to oil. John Walter, Johnston, S.C.

Pro-terrorist states
"Murderers are not martyrs. Targeting civilians is immoral, whatever the excuse. Terrorists have declared war on civilization, and states like Iran, Iraq and Syria are inspiring and financing a culture of political murder and suicide bombings ..."

Whites at the wheel
Paul L. Cook's March 14 letter stated the percentages of blacks and whites in Aiken, Columbia and Richmond counties. He said Richmond County has a black majority, and Aiken and Columbia counties have white majorities. Tony Kitchens, Augusta

Agassi, Federer, Serena Williams on a roll

Penske signs 3-year engine pact with Toyota

Overtime

Aquinas sees bright spot in loss

New coach looks to return U.S. boxing team to previous glory

Tyson prepared to register as sex offender under state laws

Johnson looking for first title

Boxing referee Mills Lane has stroke

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Lady Jags win a pair of shutouts

Kimbrough learns quickly in U.S. boxing amateur championships

Overtime
Augusta Lynx rookies Patrick Yetman and Lance Galbraith have been called up to the American Hockey League.

Johnson looking for first title
Cross Creek senior runner Tanita Johnson has this economics thing figured out.

Agassi, Federer, Serena Williams on a roll
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Serena Williams are on the rise as tennis makes the springtime switch to clay.

Tyson prepared to register as sex offender under state laws
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Tyson will be registered as a sex offender with Tennessee and Mississippi when he comes to Memphis to fight Lennox Lewis.

New coach looks to return U.S. boxing team to previous glory
LAS VEGAS - Emanuel Steward is about ready to begin training the heavyweight champion of the world for his fight with Mike Tyson. First, though, he's going to spend a week trying to find America some new Olympic champions.

Overtime
USC Aiken completed a season sweep of Newberry on Tuesday night, slamming the Indians 11-1. Mike Ferrell (3-0) worked five innings, allowing seven hits and one earned run while striking out four.

Stewart opts not to run in Indianapolis 500
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tony Stewart made his double-duty plans official Monday, saying he will not drive in the Indianapolis 500.

Aquinas sees bright spot in loss
There were smiles and laughter and yelps of joy - not the way you would expect the Aquinas girls soccer team to act after it suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 shootout loss. Especially to the Lady Irish's fiercest rival, Athens Academy.

Overtime
Augusta's Laura Coble starts defense of her Georgia Women's Match Play Championship on Wednesday at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton.

Boxing referee Mills Lane has stroke
RENO, Nev. -- Mills Lane, the Georgia native who has refereed some of boxing's biggest fights, was hospitalized in intensive care Tuesday after suffering a stroke.

Russell leaves with high praises
Randy Russell of Grayson, Ga., the only individual to win two events at the 53rd Annual Georgia State Bowling Tournament, made a lasting impression on Augusta Bowling Association executive director Jim Huggins.

Penske signs 3-year engine pact with Toyota
READING, Penn. -- Roger Penske's Indy cars will be powered by Toyota engines, starting in 2003.

Kimbrough learns quickly in U.S. boxing amateur championships
LAS VEGAS -- Verquan Kimbrough gained a lot of confidence by sparring and training with IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora. A quick knockout Tuesday in the first round of the U.S. national boxing championships gave him even more.

Lady Jags win a pair of shutouts
After Augusta State's doubleheader sweep of Paine College in softball Tuesday, players from both teams formed a circle around the pitching mound, held hands and prayed.

Fox stresses work ethic on first day of practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The head coach doesn't usually drag water buckets across the field. Either new Carolina coach John Fox doesn't know that or his pulling of the jugs was a sign of the work ethic he expects out of the Panthers.

Beathard will serve as adviser to Falcons' new owner
ATLANTA -- The new owner of the Atlanta Falcons is getting a high-powered adviser - veteran NFL executive Bobby Beathard.

Maryland's win more than just a championship

The boys of spring step in for heroes of the hardwood

Teaching elderly people computer skills
BEECHVIEW, Pa. - When 84-year-old Mary Hoover designed her first greeting card on a computer, she thought long and hard about what printed message would be appropriate for the card.

Casting doubt on black holes
In any rogues' gallery of astronomical evildoers, black holes would have to be the No. 1 nightmare.

Pills-by-mail orders on the rise
More and more people are buying drugs through mail-order discounters as retail prescription prices continue to soar and many patients find themselves stuck with a bigger share of the bill than ever before.

New generation of solar cells could be on horizon
Custom-tailored molecules and spray-on plastic could someday create the next generation of solar cells - more flexible, more efficient and much less expensive than existing sources of solar power.

Pinpointing the body's global positioning system
A tiny section in the back of the brain is critical for people to understand where they are in the world and how they got there, a sort of mental map that keeps location in context, scientists have found.

Small company comes to the rescue with sophisticated first-aid kits
TINTON FALLS, N.J. -- Since his days as a Vietnam War medic, Dave Hammond has seen a need for a first aid kit that could walk someone through giving emergency medical care until trained help arrives.

Georgia 3, Tennessee Tech 4

Georgia 3, Tennessee Tech 4
ATHENS, Ga. -- Cole Helms scored six strong innings and Tennessee Tech rallied for three runs in the seventh to beat Georgia 4-3 Wednesday.

Regions Cup sees summer swell in tournament times
Regions Cup golfers will have a busy summer starting in mid-July.

Your style

My pad

Advice line

My pad
THE FACTS: Jamie Love, 16, a sophomore at Butler High School

Advice line
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM I just found out I'm pregnant. Should I tell my parents or just get rid of the baby? - 18-year-old Wrens girl

Duct tape designer sticks with hobby
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Joe Mauck doesn't mind getting into sticky situations.

Duct tape designer sticks with hobby

Question of the week
Q: Which age limit would you most like to see changed?

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Your style
THE FACTS: Kelly Loudenberg, 17, a junior at Cross Creek High School

Audio best

Audio best
Associated PressWeekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

A knight of music
With instruments tuned and student musicians poised, band director Richard Brasco gives the Evans High School Wind Ensemble I the downbeat.

Question of the week

Artist's corner

Xtreme calender
TODAY: New on video and DVD: Bandits, with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton as a pair of quirky bank robbers caught in a love triangle with a hostage...

Artist's corner
Bonds, 16, is a junior at Glenn Hills High School.

Pinpointing the body's global positioning system

Pills-by-mail orders on the rise

Small company comes to the rescue with sophisticated first-aid kits

Casting doubt on black holes

Teaching elderly people computer skills