Piazza fined for 'aggressive conduct'
NEW YORK -- Mets catcher Mike Piazza was fined Wednesday by the commissioner's office for confronting Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Guillermo Mota during a spring training game last week.

Baseball players break $2 billion barrier

Bonds hits two more homers
LOS ANGELES -- Barry Bonds made it four homers in two games Wednesday night, hitting a pair of mammoth blasts into the right-field pavilion at Dodger Stadium.

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

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.

Bonds hits two more homers

Piazza fined for 'aggressive conduct'

Baseball players break $2 billion barrier
NEW YORK -- Baseball salaries topped $2 billion for the first time this year, with Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez atop the list at $22 million.

Alaska bar's cap collection makes Guinness Records
KASILOF, Alaska - The Tustumena Lodge, a smoky, low-slung bar, is strewn with hats.

Riot squads in Greece get frogs instead of fights
ATHENS, Greece -- The cops had good reason to feel jumpy.

Spanish zoologists delighted by a two-headed snake
MADRID, Spain -- Scientists studying a two-headed snake found in Spain have two major questions: Does one head boss the other around? Will the creature ever find a mate?

Odds and ends
HUDSON, N.H. -- If your smoke detector works, your next pizza in this town could be free.

Braves notebook

Phillies' pitching stifles Braves
ATLANTA - One day of Atlanta Braves baseball, sunny side up, gave way to a nightmare at Turner Field on Wednesday.

Phillies' pitching stifles Braves

Braves notebook
ATLANTA -- Needing an answer for his lower back pain, Greg Maddux underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Tuesday which revealed inflammation in his facet joint.

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

Braves back Millwood

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.

U.S. 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.

Crude prices jump on Mideast conflict
LONDON -- U.S. crude prices have jumped by 36 percent since the beginning of February, and motorists are likely to see higher prices at the pump as the peak summer driving season approaches, energy analysts said Wednesday.

Business briefs

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.

Crude prices jump on Mideast conflict

Factory orders dip 0.1 percent in February

Expenses for some weight-loss programs are tax deductible

Restaurateur aims to offer elegant comfort
When restaurant entrepreneur Marco Ringer first saw the 148-year-old Victorian house downtown, he had some reservations.

Restaurateur aims to offer elegant comfort

Expenses for some weight-loss programs are tax deductible
WASHINGTON -- The cost of weight-loss programs that are part of the treatment for diseases such as obesity are tax deductible, the Internal Revenue Service ruled Tuesday.

U.S. factory orders dip 0.1 percent in February

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."

Director gives up position

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."

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Federal mediators have scheduled talks for next week between Lockheed Martin Corp. and union members who have been striking the defense contractor's Marietta plant since March 11.

The Bead Business

Director gives up position
With a mixture of "happiness and regret," Lisa Thomas announced her resignation Wednesday as the executive director of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce.

Taxable or Nontaxable?

Clemson's baseball team on top

Clemson 6, Winthrop 4

Clemson teams will start year at Anderson Civic Center
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's men's and women's basketball teams will start next season at the 5,200-seat Anderson Civic Center because of continuing renovations to Littlejohn Coliseum.

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.

Clemson 6, Winthrop 4
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Jeff Baker hit three homers, including a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to lead top-ranked Clemson past Winthrop 6-4 Wednesday.

Despite loss, Hoosiers had a good run

Williams never quit shouting

Terps fans savor title, look to future

At least 17 arrested celebrating Maryland victory

Regions Cup sees summer swell in tournament times

Pass save-baby bill

Bill has a chance

Pro-terrorist states

The Queen Mother

Bar hours long enough

Clarification

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.

Capsules
As women have moved toward equality with men in commercial and social endeavors, they also may be getting a health profile that is more masculine, new research from the Mayo Clinic suggests.

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.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

History in the making
AIKEN - Writing has always been a passion for Idella Bodie.

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

In the know
Following the death of legendary movie director Billy Wilder last week, Turner Classic Movies will present a film tribute to the filmmaker today.

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).

CBS takes weekly ratings race behind NCAA basketball
NEW YORK -- In the usual tight competition between television's two dominant networks, CBS edged NBC last week largely on the strength of the NCAA basketball tournament.

CD reissue cleans up Nitty Gritty
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The next step for fans turned on to American roots music by O Brother, Where Art Thou? could be the reissue of a 1972 album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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.

Georgia Tech 9, Georgia Southern 3
ATLANTA -- Jeff Watchko scattered eight hits over seven innings as Georgia Tech defeated Georgia Southern 9-3 Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets' 16th straight win against the Eagles.

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.

Georgia Tech 9, Georgia Southern 3

GreenJackets scouting report
Macon Braves at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

SAL teams
Here is information about the Southern Division teams.

About the GreenJackets
Here is team, game, and ticket information about the Augusta GreenJackets.

Delcarmen chases a dream
To grow up on the sandlots and high schools fields of Massachusetts is to dream of one day wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform.

Player bios
Here are player bios for the 2002 Augusta GreenJackets.

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

Baseball keeps stories going for generations

Crenshaw, Jacklin, Hagge elected to Hall of Fame

Nicklaus bows out of Masters

Nicklaus withdraws from Masters

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.

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.

Crenshaw, Jacklin, Hagge elected to Hall of Fame
Ben Crenshaw and Tony Jacklin were elected Wednesday to the World Golf Hall of Fame, another common thread in careers that produced two major championships and special memories in the Ryder Cup.

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.

Atlanta tournament struggles to find its niche
DULUTH, Ga. -- Scott McCarron won the BellSouth Classic last year, but it didn't earn him a trip to Augusta National. He spent Masters week moving into a new home.

Women's golf a victim of Tiger's success

Money tight for security at U.S. Women's Open
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Security will be tightened for the U.S. Women's Open in July. The question now is who's going to pay for it?

Ochoa tries to keep streak alive

Atlanta tournament struggles to find its niche

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.

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.

Mickelson, Langer added to WorldCom field
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Phil Mickelson, one of the game's biggest stars, will return to play in the WorldCom Classic for the first time in four years.

Impact Players

Player bios

Delcarmen chases a dream

About the GreenJackets

GreenJackets scouting report

SAL teams

Thrashers recall defenseman, send down two forwards

Avalanche blank Thrashers
DENVER -- Steven Reinprecht had three goals and an assist, and Patrick Roy posted his NHL-leading ninth shutout of the season as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Thrashers recall defenseman, send down two forwards
ATLANTA -- Defenseman Kirill Safronov was recalled from the AHL on Wednesday by the Atlanta Thrashers, who sent forwards Yuri Butsayev and Kamil Piros to the minors.

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.

Allen only serves his own interests

Maximum speed limits apply to drivers in left lanes, too

Deplores sloppy dressers at theater

Mad dogs vicious, not viscous

Reparations claims against corporations are nonsense

More motto ideas for the City of Soul

Buses should have run on Good Friday

'Taking off' by car

Ignoring speed laws sets bad example for our children

'Stars and Bars' swap won't work

Hankerson's leadership appreciated

Augusta can bridge the racial gap

'We Were Soldiers' an inspiring film

Green is most relevant color in U.S.

Piped color sounds the season's hottest look

CBS takes weekly ratings race behind NCAA basketball

A quick birdie

In the know

Elegant, affordable wines sure to wow the Masters crowd

Health calendar

Small portions

CD reissue cleans up Nitty Gritty

After onslaught come thoughtful merlots of quality

History in the making

Capsules

In the know

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

Results of raid please police

Bobby Jones improvement nears kickoff

Wreck jams traffic

Policy on gays hailed

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

News you can use
April 4, 1939 A coroner's jury found yesterday afternoon that the death of Eugene Foster Newman, 58, a collector for the doctor's agency, was the result of an accident.

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.

Clubs spruce up courses

Golf fans book up Aiken hotels

Across the area

CSRA Waste files for bankruptcy

Johnston mayor wins by 2 votes

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.

Georgia agents warn of meth labs' spread
SAVANNAH - A bony, 16-year-old girl with smeared mascara and greasy hair hollered at drug agents inside a motel room at Interstate 95 and Georgia Highway 204.

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.

Senate passes budget
ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly adopted a $16.1 billion state budget Wednesday after majority Democrats rejected nine Republican-backed attempts to change some of the spending plan's priorities.

Georgia agents warn of meth labs' spread

House Approves Provisional Voting
Registered voters who show up at the polls only to find their name not on the voter rolls would be permitted to cast provisional ballots under legislation passed overwhelmingly by the House on Wednesday.

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.

Priest sex cases acknowledged
ATLANTA -The Archdiocese of Atlanta has responded to six claims in the past 13 years accusing priests of sexually abusing boys, with some of the complaints going back to the 1960s, a lawyer for the archdiocese said Wednesday.

Beaten boy OK'd assault

LeBlanc charged again
GASTONIA, N.C. - Former Augusta resident Aaron LeBlanc has been indicted on two additional charges by a Gaston County grand jury.

Across Georgia

Reprieve sought for car fee
A $10 fee on registered vehicles that Edgefield County officials say is crucial to road maintenance may have been salvaged Wednesday.

News you can use

Booked for Change
BARNWELL, S.C. - Overdue book fees won't be enough to fund the $1.5 million needed to move the Barnwell County Public Library.

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.

Hit-and-run suspect tells his side of story
Donald Reynolds wants to clear his name.

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

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Richard Sutton Jr. of Augusta.

Priest sex cases acknowledged

Jury convicts man in baseball-bat assault
It took a Richmond County jury only nine minutes to convict a Hephzibah man of severely beating another man with a baseball bat last year.

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.

Events have goal of ending abuse
A year ago Richmond County Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale was at war with the county's Department of Family and Children Services. Standing on the steps of the municipal building Wednesday, he made his message one of unity.

Across Georgia

Results of raid please police
AIKEN - A six-month undercover investigation by five law enforcement agencies has slowed drug activity in the area, officials said Wednesday.

Jury convicts man in baseball-bat assault

General Assembly update
Registered voters who show up at the polls only to find their name not on the voter rolls would be permitted to cast provisional ballots under legislation passed overwhelmingly by the House on Wednesday.

Government revamp progresses

Chambliss stumps in Augusta
Republican U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss plans to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Max Cleland by challenging his voting record and leadership.

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.

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

Chambliss stumps in Augusta

Grocery stores display support for golf
Jerry Sapp is getting his grocery store ready for golf.

General Assembly update

Government revamp progresses
For the legislation on government structure to pass, four House members from the Augusta area still need to sign off on it.

Missing mystery unravels

Across the area
Richmond County school board President Andrew Jefferson will run for mayor next fall.

Bounty hunter under scrutiny

Across South Carolina
BLUFFTON -A middle school pupil who police say was beaten as part of an initiation rite was given a choice: suffer 12 blows to the chest or be beaten up, said H.E. McCracken Principal Richard Hitch.

Reward offered in bald eagle killing

Across Georgia
JONESBORO -The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the possibility that an inmate at the state medical prison in Augusta plotted to kill the judge who sentenced him, officials said Wednesday.

Around town

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.

Barnes writes against airfield

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

Case is support for new fetal law

Contractor is seeking Chapter 11 protection
The city's largest garbage hauler, whose owner stands accused of defrauding the city of thousands of dollars in landfill fees, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing the Augusta Commission among its top creditors.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Across the southeast

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.

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.

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

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Booked for Change

LeBlanc charged again

Reprieve sought for car fee

Events have goal of ending abuse

Grocery stores display support for golf

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.

Williams joins race for mayor

House Approves Provisional Voting

Subscriber of the day

News you can use

Kolb starts review process, drawing protest

Contractor is seeking Chapter 11 protection

Across the area

Senate passes budget

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.

Baseball keeps stories going for generations
Fifteen years ago this week, I was thinking about spring, baseball and my brand-new set of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Jordan out for season

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.

Hawks 100, Bucks 92

Jordan out for season
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan will miss the rest of the season because of nagging problems with his knee.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lobo traded to Houston for draft pick

Weinke's shoulder sore, surgery an option

Fox stresses work ethic on first day of practice

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. 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. 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. 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.

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

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

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. Yancey Lutz    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Yancey K. Lutz will be held Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 2 p.m., at Millbrook Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Mr. Lutz, 40, of Suffolk Drive, Aiken, husband of Christa

Mr. Mike Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jeanette Hoffman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Alice Hester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Doctors Hospital, Mrs. Alice Hester of Barton Chapel Road. Funeral arrangement

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. Roy Harrell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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. Florrie Griggs    (INDIAN WELLS, Calif.)

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.

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

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, Stan Blackmon and Jimmy Blackmon; the brother of Irvin Blackmon and Lois B

Mr. Mike Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Bates    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa McNair    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Rosa Prothro McNair, 86, of 3335 Wise Creek Lane, Aiken, died Tuesday, April 2, 2

Mrs. Alice McCladdie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1,

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

Mrs. Francenia Major    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Allen Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Marshall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, March 31, 2002, in New York, Mrs. Fannie Marshall, daughter of the late Deacon Sylvester and Lizzie Broadwater Marshall of Clarks Hill, S.C. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 6, 20

Ms. Louise Bates    (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral services for Ms. Louise Bates, 55, of Huston Loop, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Bean Pond Baptist Church with the Rev. David Easterling officiating. Buri

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

Mrs. Anne Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, March 31, 2002, Mrs. Anne O. Whitten, wife of Mr. William A. Whitten, of Hillsinger Road, Augusta. She was the mother of Patty W. Fiegel and William A. Whitten Jr.; the sister of Atwood Carter,

Mr. Earl Gregory    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Earl Keel Gregory will be held Friday, April 5, 2002 at 3 p.m., at Lighthouse Baptist

Mr. Glenn Pierce    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Glenn Pierce,

Mr. Hugh Godefroy, M.D    (MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.)
Hugh Godefroy, M.D . MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Dr. Hugh C. Godefroy, 82, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at his home. He was born October 28, 1919, in Java, former Dutch East Indies, the son of the late Con

Mr. Allen Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Farrer Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Barkwell    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - Services for David Harold Barkwell , 74, of Warner Robins will b

Mr. James Edwards Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Dunbar    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. James A. Dunbar of North Augusta, entered into rest Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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. John Dinkins Jr.    (MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.)

Mr. Yancey Lutz    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Hettie Deas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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. Onnie Davis    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Onnie Brown Davis, 93, of Wrens, died March 30, 2002. Funeral services will be Friday, April 5, 2002, at 3 p.m., from Stone Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Church, Stapleton, Rev. Leroy Britt officiating.

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

Mrs. Delores Coss    (School crossing guard Augusta)
School crossing guard Augusta - Entered into rest on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Mrs. Delores S. Coss, 81, of Medlar St.. wife of William S. Coss. She was proceeded in death by her parents Ed and Queen Arring

Mrs. Hettie Deas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Cleland    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Carl Cleland, age 47, died Tuesday evening at East Georgia Regional Medical Cen

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

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Mrs. Elizabeth Bedenbaugh    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - The funeral service for Mrs. Elizabeth Cato Bedenbaugh, will be conducted today, Thursday, at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Napier Funeral Home Graniteville. The interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens, Graniteville.

Courtney Carroll    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Blackston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Bobbie V. Blackston, 65, entered into rest April 2, 2002, at her residence in Augusta. Mrs. Blackston, a lifel

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

Mr. Allen Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Marshall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Bates (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Mike Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Blackmon (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa McNair (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine Sherrill (CLAIR, Ga.)

Mr. Yancey Lutz (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Henrietta Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Dunbar (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Dinkins Jr. (MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.)

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Mrs. Linda Simmons (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Mike Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Yancey Lutz (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thurlon Veal (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Courtney Carroll (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Hester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florrie Griggs (INDIAN WELLS, Calif.)

Ms. Louise Bates (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Glenn Pierce (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Cora Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Edwards Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Whitten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Blackmon (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Stephen Borkowski (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Hettie Deas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hettie Deas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Francenia Major (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Karen Moore (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. David Barkwell (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Ms. Faye Hartley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Hoffman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Farrer Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Singfield (LANCASTER, S.C.)

Mrs. Joann Ellis (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Godefroy, M.D (MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.)

Mr. James Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Elizabeth Bedenbaugh (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Onnie Davis (WRENS, Ga.)

Scandal spurs renewal of church's accountability to God, man
BISHOPS OF THE Catholic Church have come under severe scrutiny and attack for the manner in which they have handled the cases of a minority of priests who have sexually abused minors.

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.

Ignoring speed laws sets bad example for our children
Regarding Steve North's March 22 letter: Is the rule of law whatever I want it to mean? Grace G. Allen, Trenton, S.C.

Bill has a chance
Keep the mayor as the presiding member of the commission. He or she could vote in the event of a tie. This is no change from the present.

The Queen Mother
In an elegant tribute to Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth, "The Queen Mother," who died Saturday at the age of 101, Prime Minister Tony Blair recounted the importance of this woman to the nation:

'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.

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.

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

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.

More motto ideas for the City of Soul
In regard to Augusta's new slogan, here are a couple I've thought of: "Home of the Masters - Come play around with us." "The City of Medicine" plus James Brown's I Feel Good equals "Augusta - Where you feel good" or "Where you feel better." Brad Usry, Augusta

Hankerson's leadership appreciated
In response to Joseph Diggs' March 25 letter, "City paid too much for fire chief," I appreciate the Rev. Bobby Hankerson's leadership and applaud what he's doing. Rosa Thomas, Augusta

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

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

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 ..."

Scandal spurs renewal of church's accountability to God, man
BISHOPS OF THE Catholic Church have come under severe scrutiny and attack for the manner in which they have handled the cases of a minority of priests who have sexually abused minors.

'Taking off' by car
After flying out of Augusta last summer on ASA (Atlantic Southeast Airlines) and having three of four legs delayed or canceled, I drive to Hartsfield these days and save myself the hassle. I can't imagine what the Augusta Regional Airport could do to get me back into their terminal. Michael Roverse, Augusta

'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.

Buses should have run on Good Friday
The other day, someone wondered in "Rants and Raves" where the buses were on Good Friday. That person pointed out it was a holy day, but people still had to go to work. I agree with them, although I am not a bus rider. Jack Eckert, Augusta

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

Reparations claims against corporations are nonsense
The utter idiocy that is hyphenated Americanism has shrewdly and tactfully transmogrified the once-proud civil rights movement into what is now - on the surface, nothing more than aggrandized extortion and racketeering. Joshua H. Bolin, Augusta

Green is most relevant color in U.S.
The poor are often victims of social welfare, while the middle class pays the cost. The wealthy are the true beneficiaries. Roy Ellis, Augusta

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.

Racing facts

Overtime

Drivers concerned about speeds at Texas

Bulldogs run away with titles

Overtime

Boxing referee Mills Lane has stroke

Tyson prepared to register as sex offender under state laws

Spotlight on Terry Labonte

Lady Jags win a pair of shutouts

Sept. 11 memories lead to tighter security at Boston Marathon

Aquinas sees bright spot in loss

Penske signs 3-year engine pact with Toyota

NASCAR notebook

Kimbrough learns quickly in U.S. boxing amateur championships

IOC overseer demands full security plan for Athens

Heavyweight Flores learned toughness while serving church

Overtime

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

Overtime
The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday that Augusta State University senior guard Gary Boodnikoff has been named Georgia's Division II men's basketball player of the year.

Sept. 11 memories lead to tighter security at Boston Marathon
BOSTON -- With a discourse on patriotism and a defiant "Let's roll," Boston Marathon organizers and an unprecedented assembly of law enforcement officials promised a safe day for runners and spectators when the event is run for the first time since Sept. 11.

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.

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.

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.

Heavyweight Flores learned toughness while serving church
LAS VEGAS -- Some boxers discover toughness while growing up on inner city streets and protecting themselves from gangs. Amateur heavyweight champion B.J. Flores found some of his while serving a church mission in Mexico.

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.

IOC overseer demands full security plan for Athens
ATHENS, Greece -- Now, it's security that has Athens Olympic organizers in trouble with the IOC.

Spotlight on Terry Labonte
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Terry Labonte.

Bulldogs run away with titles
Butler had a 23-point lead after the first day of competition at the Richmond County Track and Field Championships, but Bulldog boys coach Derek Gilyard wasn't going to take any chances.

NASCAR notebook
FORT WORTH, Texas - Dale Jarrett is 24th in the current NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings, so change seemed imminent at Robert Yates Racing.

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.

Drivers concerned about speeds at Texas
FORT WORTH, Tex. - Part of Bobby Hamilton's preparation for this Sunday's race at the Texas Motor Speedway included a trip to the lawyer's office. Before he will get behind the wheel of his race car for at the re-paved raceway he wanted to make sure his will was in order.

Racing facts
Here are facts about the Samsung/Radio Shack 500.

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

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.

Weinke's shoulder sore, surgery an option
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke is still bothered by a sore throwing shoulder and surgery remains an option.

Maryland's win more than just a championship

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.

Farmers planting more biotech crops this year
WASHINGTON -- The government predicts farmers will sharply boost their plantings of genetically engineered crops this year, despite lingering international resistance to biotech food.

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.

Fat hormone levels may trigger clots
A hormone secreted by fat cells may be why obese people develop dangerous blood clots more readily than those who are not overweight, researchers report.

Disappointment on colon cancer advance
An anti-inflammatory drug thought to hold promise in preventing a hereditary form of colon cancer has not worked at preventing pre-cancerous polyps in younger patients, researchers have found.

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

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.

Georgia 10, Tennessee Tech 6
ATHENS, Ga. -- Ned Yost hit a solo homer and Adam Swann hit a two-run shot in a five-run fourth inning as Georgia took the lead for good in a 10-6 victory over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday.

South Carolina 11, Wofford 0
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Five South Carolina pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout Wednesday as the fourth-ranked Gamecocks defeated Wofford 11-0.

South Carolina 11, Wofford 0

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

Lobo traded to Houston for draft pick
NEW YORK -- Rebecca Lobo, a star on Connecticut's first unbeaten national champion whose pro career has been plagued by knee injuries, was traded Wednesday by the New York Liberty to the Houton Comets for a second-round draft choice.

Alaska bar's cap collection makes Guinness Records

Riot squads in Greece get frogs instead of fights

Odds and ends

Spanish zoologists delighted by a two-headed snake

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

Fat hormone levels may trigger clots

Disappointment on colon cancer advance

Pills-by-mail orders on the rise

Casting doubt on black holes

Farmers planting more biotech crops this year