Concert calendar
Here is a listing of local shows.

Video watch
Here are reviews from Roger Ebert and other critics of some recent video releases.

Show will challenge bands' creativity
Augusta bands Neato Torpedo, the Shark DeVilles, Jemani, Horsepower and Deathstar are responding to a unique challenge with smoke machines, sequins and sonic mayhem.

A man of many talents

Club calendar
Here is a listing of activities happening in the local clubs.

Show will challenge bands' creativity

Director mastered craft
I have always loved the work of Billy Wilder: Nobody could boast the all-encompassing command of the cinematic medium like Mr. Wilder, who died March 27 at age 95.

Club calendar

Ramblin' Rhodes: Local fans not seeing 'Austin'
Here's another reason to be upset with Comcast cable for not carrying Country Music Television: CMT is airing the Best of Austin City Limits, a series culled from the 27-year-old PBS weekly concert series, with performances by the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, George Strait, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson and others.

The Stevies

Got time and $100,000? Play a round with Tiger!
What would it be like to play a round of golf with Tiger Woods?

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Local fans not seeing 'Austin'

The Stevies
One year ago, I decided that I wanted to recognize the achievements of the local arts community and instituted an annual award I egotistically dubbed the Stevies.

Got time and $100,000? Play a round with Tiger!

A man of many talents
Since first emerging as a young comedian in the early 1960s, the omnipresent Mr. Cosby, who performs Wednesday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, has made his mark in multiple fields.

Concert calendar

Standing ovations
The Fabulous Expressions will perform at the Killian's Par Three Party at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Last Call in the National Hills Shopping Center across from the Augusta National. Tickets are $6 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available at Bi-Lo stores. Call (803) 278-4TIX or visit tixonline.com.

Director mastered craft

Standing ovations

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Applause calendar

Twins seek dismissal of lawsuit over elimination threat
MINNEAPOLIS -- The lease that allowed the Minnesota Twins to play in 2002 was cited by the team Thursday as the main reason to dismiss an attempt to keep the club in the Metrodome.

Prep baseball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep baseball players.

Prep baseball statistics

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.

Super Bonds off to incredible start
LOS ANGELES -- Barry Bonds is hitting the ball so hard, there's only one way to stop him - outfielders in the bleachers.

Baseball players break $2 billion barrier

Super Bonds off to incredible start

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.

Bonds hits two more homers

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.

Spring is great, except for changing the clocks

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

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?

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

Braves notebook
ATLANTA -- The Braves will decide today whether Greg Maddux will start Sunday, but as far as the four-time Cy Young winner is concerned, he's pitching.

Braves rout Phillies, 11-2
ATLANTA -- Seven runs in one inning?

Braves rout Phillies, 11-2

Braves notebook

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.

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.

Phillies' pitching stifles Braves

U.S. factory orders dip 0.1 percent in February

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.

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.

DSM Chemicals cuts 50 positions

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.

Car tax is lower for 2002

Expenses for some weight-loss programs are tax deductible

Ten ways to avoid problems at tax time

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

DSM Chemicals cuts 50 positions
Citing the need to maintain profit margins, DSM Chemicals North America laid off 50 contract workers Wednesday at its Augusta chemical plant.

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.

Car tax is lower for 2002
Drivers who have already paid their annual vehicle tax this year have likely noticed a precipitous drop from 2001.

Director gives up position

Ten ways to avoid problems at tax time
Looking for ways to avoid the last-minute rush for doing your taxes? The IRS offers these tips...

Restaurateur aims to offer elegant comfort

Crude prices jump on Mideast conflict

Business briefs

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.

Monsanto workers await layoff news
ST. LOUIS - Monsanto Co. plans to cut less than 5 percent of its work force as the agricultural biotechnology leader works toward bringing earnings growth into double digits after next year.

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.

Clemson 6, Winthrop 4

Clemson to play spring game at Riggs Field

Clemson to play spring game at Riggs Field
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Planning on taking in Clemson's spring game Saturday at Death Valley? Better think again.

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.

Bowden eager to see more experienced players in spring game
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Bobby Bowden has seen enough of his team during spring practice to convince him that Florida State has what it takes to get back into the national title picture.

The Queen Mother

Bad rail investment

Check him for knives

Bill has a chance

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Weed-free gardening achievable

Ornamental plants have spiritual connection
We don't usually think of Poland as a center for ornamental plant breeding, nor do we connect religious life with hybridizing the most beautiful flowers in the world.

Ornamental plants have spiritual connection

Weed-free gardening achievable
Weeds are the bane of vegetable gardeners. They rob other plants of precious water and nutrients, stunt vegetables by hogging sunlight and make the garden unsightly.

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 9, Georgia Southern 3

SAL teams
Here is information about the Southern Division teams.

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

Augusta earns win in opener
Bryan Barnowski tied the Gulf Coast League record for home runs in 2000, then spent all of last season trying to prove it wasn't a fluke.

Let's Play Ball
Paul Dorey threw his first baseball in America on Thursday night, and it wasn't what he expected.

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.

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

Let's Play Ball
Paul Dorey threw his first baseball in America on Thursday night, and it wasn't what he expected.

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

Baseball keeps stories going for generations

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.

Ocean Course to undergo serious renovations

Sorenstam returns to defend still another title
TARZANA, Calif. -- Fresh off a victory in the LPGA's first major of 2002, Annika Sorenstam defends her title in the Office Depot Championship, which she won last year with an amazing comeback.

Sorenstam returns to defend still another title

Crenshaw, Jacklin, Hagge elected to Hall of Fame

Elkington leads at BellSouth, but it won't help Masters chances
DULUTH, Ga. -- Steve Elkington is trying to send a message to Augusta National.

Ocean Course to undergo serious renovations
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- As if Pete Dye's first design wasn't devilish enough, the famed golf architect will take a second crack this summer at his mysterious and challenging Ocean Course.

Sweden's Petterson leads Portuguese Open golf
FARO, Portugal -- Carl Petterson of Sweden has a four-shot lead after shooting a 6-under-par 66 Thursday in the rain-delayed first round of Portuguese Open.

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.

Elkington leads Mickelson by 1 in Bellsouth
DULUTH, Ga. - Here we go again.

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?

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.

Atlanta tournament struggles to find its niche

Elkington leads at BellSouth, but it won't help Masters chances

About the GreenJackets

Augusta earns win in opener

SAL teams

Player bios

GreenJackets scouting report

Delcarmen chases a dream

Let's Play Ball

Hephzibah taps new football coach
Since the day he resigned his Hephzibah football coach job in January, Bill Navas has pushed hard for Todd Booker to replace him.

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

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.

Spring is great, except for changing the clocks
OK, let's see.

Hankerson's leadership appreciated

Green is most relevant color in U.S.

'Taking off' by car

Suggests cleanup of Augusta area

Ignoring speed laws sets bad example for our children

Woods knows exactly who he is

Reparations claims against corporations are nonsense

Urges youth credit card counseling

More motto ideas for the City of Soul

Why the U.S. Army Special Forces are so special

Buses should have run on Good Friday

Concert at Diamond Lakes was an out-of-control mess

Scary justice in New Ellenton

CD reissue cleans up Nitty Gritty

Health calendar

Capsules

In the know

History in the making

CBS takes weekly ratings race behind NCAA basketball

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

LeBlanc charged again

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.

Across Georgia

Reprieve sought for car fee

Around town

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

Lawmakers lobby for Fort Gordon
A National Disaster Management Training Center at Fort Gordon not only could attract high-tech industry to the Augusta area, but would also protect the fort in the government's next round of base closings and realignments.

Government revamp progresses

Across the area
New Ellenton authorities are checking on reports that a missing woman with Alzheimer's disease was seen this week eating at a Hardee's restaurant in Allendale County.

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -In a somber speech to a group of Glynn County middle school pupils, the grandson of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds warned that his family's business could kill them.

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.

Across South Carolina
HARRISBURG, Pa. -Lawyers fighting a murder charge against a former York, Pa., mayor in the 1969 death of a black South Carolina woman during race riots are seeking a state appellate court's review of the case.

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.

Work crews help Augusta bloom
When spectators descend on the Augusta National Golf Club on Monday for the 66th Masters Tournament, The Garden City will be in full bloom.

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.

Study counts voting
Some local legislators have been wondering why they should change the structure of city government.

Georgia agents warn of meth labs' spread

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

Events have goal of ending abuse

Aiken has plenty of weekend diversions
AIKEN - Aiken residents have no excuse for sitting home on the couch Saturday.

Senate passes budget

Corrections
A story that ran in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about CSRA Waste Inc. filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy incorrectly portrayed the relationship between CSRA Waste and competing city hauler Augusta Disposal and Recycling. The two haulers are independent of one another.

Across the area

News you can use
April 5, 1967 The danger of overloading the city of Augusta's computer with a large general election ballot still exists, two local officials said Tuesday.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cheryl Custer of Grovetown.

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

Car accident kills Thomson leader
Thomson businessman and civic leader James Wilson Jr. died Wednesday evening after he was struck by a car while crossing Georgia Highway 10 in a golf car.

Airport starts car searches for Masters

Airport starts car searches for Masters
Security guards set up a checkpoint at Augusta Regional Airport on Thursday and began searching all vehicles as part of a plan to handle Masters Week traffic.

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.

Rescued dogs go up for adoption
AIKEN - Those who have been looking to adopt a dog after a raid on a Salley woman's home will have their chance starting Monday.

Rescued dogs go up for adoption

Maps ruling awaited
ATLANTA - By tonight, state lawmakers are expected to have a better idea of how they'll spend the final three days of their 2002 session.

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

Jury convicts man in baseball-bat assault

House Approves Provisional Voting

Across the area

News you can use

Study counts voting

Contractor is seeking Chapter 11 protection

Aiken has plenty of weekend diversions

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Priest sex cases acknowledged

Lawmakers lobby for Fort Gordon

General Assembly update

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

Chambliss stumps in Augusta

Work crews help Augusta bloom

Grocery stores display support for golf

Corrections

Booked for Change

Bike course tests officers
AIKEN - Chasing the bad guys isn't always done in a squad car with the air conditioner on.

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.

Car accident kills Thomson leader

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.

Results of raid please police

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.

News you can use

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Bike course tests officers

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.

Maps ruling awaited

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Jordan out for season

Hawks 95, Pacers 94
ATLANTA -- Reggie Miller missed a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Atlanta Hawks beat Indiana 95-94 Tuesday night, sending the Pacers to their fifth loss in six games.

Hawks 95, Pacers 94

Lobo traded to Houston for draft pick

Falcons re-sign Kozlowski

With Houston set, Panthers now on the clock

Weinke's shoulder sore, surgery an option

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Mr. John Farrer Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Courtney Carroll    (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Coss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Farrer Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Coyle    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth S. Coyle will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla., under the directio

Mr. Arthur Scurry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Allen Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

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

Mrs. Hettie Deas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Francenia Major    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Freeland    (VAN NUYS, Calif.)
VAN NUYS, Calif. - Mrs. Agnes McLandon Freeland, 89, died Thursday, March 28, 2002. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2002, at Mount Carme

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. Thomas Douglas    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The visitation for Mr. Thomas E. Dougla

Mr. Thomas Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Dinkins Jr.    (MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.)
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - John Rackley Dinkins Jr., age 46, of Mount Pleasant, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2002. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2002,

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

Mr. Oscar Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Charles Watson Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Watson of Millen, entered into rest on Sunday, March 31, 2002, at his

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. Evangeline White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered Thursday, April 4, 2002, in

Mr. Mike Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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,

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

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

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. Roy Harrell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Florrie Griggs    (INDIAN WELLS, Calif.)

Mrs. Martha Fouche    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Martha Godwin Fouche, 84, of Hillcrest Drive, entered into rest Wednesday afternoon, at Baptist Hospital in Miami, Fla. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hopkins Funeral Home.

Mr. Tommy Mulholland    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Tommy Mulholland, 39, of Edgefield Road, entered into rest Thursday, April 4, 2002, in Rock Hill. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. James Edwards Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at the residence, Mr. James Daniel Edwards Sr. of Laney Walker Blvd. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 5, 2002, at 2 p.m.,

Mrs. Mary Phillips    (STILLMORE, Ga.)
STILLMORE, Ga. - Mary Juanita Durden Phillips, age 83, of Stillmore died Thursday, April 4, 2002. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 6, 2002, at 11 a.m., in the Stillmore Missionary Baptist

Mr. James Doolittle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, April 4, 2002, Mr. James Doolittle, of Windsor Spring Road, husband of Mrs. Mary Doolittle. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced by Hatcher Funeral Home, Augusta.

Mrs. Dawn Oglesby    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Dawn Murphy Oglesby died April 2, 2002. Graveside services are Friday, April 5, 2002, at 4 p.m., Millen City Cemetery, Elder Kurt Baker and Elder Gary Johnson officiating. S

Mr. Alfred Dixon    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Alfred Dixon, 45. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 5, at Glenn Temple Cemetery, in Wadley, Ga. Garrer Funeral Home, Louisville, Ga.

Mrs. Mildred Nelson    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Gilmore Nelson died on Saturday, March 30, 2002, at the Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Funeral will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2002, at 2 p.m. at OBethel Baptist Church in B

Mr. Lawton Daniels    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr.Lawton A. Daniels, age 70, died Thursday in Augusta. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. in May and Smith Funeral Home, Sandersvi

Mrs. Frankie Mosley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mrs. Frankie Mae Mosley, age 65, of Mark Anthony Road, entered into rest April 4, 2002, at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors include husband, Richmond Mosley; two daughters, Lorez Priester, Ed

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

Mrs. Cora Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Carswell    (BRONX, N.Y.)
BRONX, N.Y. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 2002, at the Calvary Hospital, Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Walter Griffin Carswell, of Manhattan, N.Y. Funeral arrangements w

Mrs. Alice McCladdie    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Dorothy L. Smith, 76, wife of the late Forrest H. Smith Jr., died Tuesday, April 2, 2002 in Augusta. A memorial service will be held Sat

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. Neumin Tanenbaum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Whitaker    (ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn.)
ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 2002, at Franklin County Hospital, Mr. John P. Whitaker of Estill Springs, Tenn. Funeral service w

Mr. James Wilson Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. James E. Wilson Jr, 79, beloved husband of Mrs. Ruth Wilson, of Augusta Hwy., died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, in the Medical College of Georgia Medical Center. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Fr

Mrs. Barbara Wilkes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Bettis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mrs. Frances E. Bettis, 75, of Marlboro Street, N.E. Aiken, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at her residence. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 6, 2002, at 1 p.m.

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

Featured obituary: Mrs. Bobbie Blackston
Bobbie Blackston was a woman with a magnetic personality.

Mr. Alexander Mason    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Alexander Burch Mason, 73, of Lincolnton, entered into rest on April 2, 2002, at Willis Memorial Hospital, Washington. Mr. Mason was a retired educator of

Rev. Lynwood Williams    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Rev. Lynwood C. Williams, 64, husband of Mrs. Ida Williams, died Thursday. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, at George Funeral Homes.

Mrs. Fannie Marshall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leona Badonsky    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mrs. Leona Badonsky, 92, wife of the late Paul Badonsky, died April 4, 2002, at Aike

Mrs. Francenia Major    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, April 1, 2002, at the Doctors Hospital, Mrs. Francenia Bassett Major of Springview Drive. Funeral services will be held today, Friday, April 6, 2002, at 2 p.m. fro

Mr. Charlie Brooks Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charli

Mr. Bobby Knox    (APPLING, Ga.)
APPLING, Ga. - Entered into rest April 4, 2002, at his residence, Mr. James Robert "Bobby" Knox. Funeral services will

Mr. Hugar Pope    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Hugar F. Pope, age 31, of Horry Street, entered into rest April 1, 2002. Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2002, at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Troy Toney offic

Mr. Thomas Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, March 31, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center, Uptown Division, Retired First Sgt. Thomas Edison Kenne

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. Essie Jordan    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Ms. Essie Mae Jordan, 65, of Patterson Street, Allendale, died April 1, 2002. Funeral services will be held 2 p

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

Mr. Walter Holston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Enter

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

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

Mr. Walter Heyward    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the residence, Mr. Walter Heyward of Cook Road. Funera

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

Mr. Roy Harrell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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. Earl Gregory    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Earl

Mrs. Mary Grant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Mary E. "Mae" Grant, of Pecan Court, Thomson, Ga., entered into rest Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the University Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the Second Mount Moriah B

Mr. Justin Proctor Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Justin Robert Proctor Jr., will be held in Enka, N.C., under the direction of Williams Funeral Servic

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

Mr. Allen Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred Dixon (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Charles Watson Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Justin Proctor Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Evangeline White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Martha Fouche (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lawton Daniels (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Bettis (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Delores Coss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Alice Hester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Walter Holston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florrie Griggs (INDIAN WELLS, Calif.)

Mr. Walter Carswell (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mrs. Hettie Deas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Knox (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Coyle (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Fannie Marshall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Wilson Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Leona Badonsky (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Alexander Mason (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Nelson (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

Mr. Allen Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Lynwood Williams (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Harrell (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Phillips (STILLMORE, Ga.)

Mrs. Onnie Davis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dawn Oglesby (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Scurry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Cleland (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Mulholland (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Courtney Carroll (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Brooks Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Fannie Marshall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Agnes Freeland (VAN NUYS, Calif.)

Mr. David Barkwell (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Ms. Essie Jordan (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Thomas Douglas (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bobbie Blackston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Francenia Major (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Whitaker (ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn.)

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

Mr. James Doolittle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Gregory (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Francenia Major (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Heyward (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Wilkes (AUGUSTA, 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.

Suggests cleanup of Augusta area
I'm tired of hearing Augustans put down non-Augustans. No city is built without the help from outsiders. And one must be able to accept some constructive criticism in order to grow. All of us like a clean home, so why not a clean city and a cleaner state? J. Ravenscroft, Williston, S.C.

Bad rail investment
With Georgia's tax revenues dropping like a rock for most of the past year, Gov. Roy Barnes had to order 2.5 percent spending cuts in the middle of this fiscal year and call for a whopping 5 percent across-the-board cut in next year's budget.

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:

Why the U.S. Army Special Forces are so special
P.K. Fitzgerald's letter on April 1 concerning the unfortunate incident in North Carolina where two soldiers were accidentally shot by a policeman cannot go without comment. John B. Cheatham, Augusta

Concert at Diamond Lakes was an out-of-control mess
The Chronicle's Metro section story, ("Concert crowds hold up traffic," covering the traffic problem caused by the Powerfest/KISS Family Reunion at Diamond Lakes Regional Park on March 31) didn't scratch the surface. Laurie Peacock, Augusta

Woods knows exactly who he is
I am writing in reference to Wesley G. Ellis' March 27 letter, "Tiger Woods doesn't know who he is." Miss Tamara A. Allen, Johnston, 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.

Urges youth credit card counseling
Regarding an article by Ray Westbrook in the April 2 Business section of The Chronicle, "Students get financial advice from peers": Shannon Thomason Gallegos, Augusta

'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

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.

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

Check him for knives
"... the Queen was in a furious passion, and went stamping about, and shouting 'Off with his head!' or 'Off with her head!' about once in a minute."

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

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

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

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

Scary justice in New Ellenton
New Ellenton. The name suggests a revival but, in stark contrast, it is a business failure, except for one building which serves as the police department, mayor's office, courthouse and perhaps the entire government of this ignored town. It came complete with an empty vending machine, dirty, dimly-lit restrooms and a very crowded courtroom. John Wilson, Ridge Spring, S.C.

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.

Prep athletes of the week

De La Hoya-Vargas bout postponed

Role reversal for Burton on Roush team, but still in top 10

Drivers concerned about speeds at Texas

Sept. 11 memories lead to tighter security at Boston Marathon

NASCAR notebook

Spotlight on Terry Labonte

Green earns pole on fast repaved Texas track

Racing facts

Athens mascots pay tribute to Greek gods

Overtime

Bulldogs run away with titles

IOC overseer demands full security plan for Athens

Richmond Academy marches past Harlem, 4-0

Heavyweight Flores learned toughness while serving church

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.

De La Hoya-Vargas bout postponed
LAS VEGAS -- Oscar De La Hoya pulled out of his May 4 fight with rival Fernando Vargas on Thursday after a doctor recommended the WBC champion rest a hand injured in sparring last week.

Green earns pole on fast repaved Texas track
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jeff Green earned the pole for the O'Reilly 300, shattering the previous Busch series qualifying record at the repaved Texas Motor Speedway with a fast lap Thursday at 193.483 mph.

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

Richmond Academy marches past Harlem, 4-0
After Richmond Academy's third score of the night, goalkeeper Brad Webb threw his hands up in a what-could-I-have-possibly-done-about-that gesture. His frustration was understandable.

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.

Role reversal for Burton on Roush team, but still in top 10
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jeff Burton is in an unusual position.

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.

Athens mascots pay tribute to Greek gods
ATHENS, Greece -- Two ancient terra cotta dolls representing the Greek gods Apollo and Athena are the mascots for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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

Overtime
The South Carolina Junior Olympics and the South Caroli-na under-19 State Boxing Championships will be held Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m., in the North Augusta PAL Boxing Gym.

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.

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.

Prep athletes of the week
Here are profiles of the area prep athletes of the week.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
The 11th annual Parent-Child Fishing Tournament will be held April 27 at Mistletoe State Park on Thurmond Lake.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Falcons re-sign Kozlowski
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Free agent tight end Brian Kozlowski re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

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.

With Houston set, Panthers now on the clock
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NFL draft is still two weeks away, and the Carolina Panthers are on the clock.

Abiomed delays implanting device in nine more patients
BOSTON -- The maker of the world's first self-contained artificial heart said Wednesday it will not implant the device in nine more people by the end of June as originally planned so that it can take more time to study the lessons learned from the first six patients.

Misshapen proteins seen as culprit in Alzheimer's
New research suggests illnesses as diverse as Alzheimer's, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and adult-onset diabetes are caused by proteins that fold themselves into defective shapes, rather than proteins that have undergone harmful chemical changes.

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.

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.

Death count on rise
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and physician groups are trying to stem the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by discouraging inappropriate use of the drugs and reinforcing the need for proper precautions by health care workers.

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.

Maker of Botox awaits FDA approval to market toxin
LOS ANGELES -- Botox has erased women's wrinkles, smoothed the furrowed brows of middle-aged TV anchormen, and given poker faces to gamblers.

Jury indicts Georgia athletes

Greene leads quarterback sweepstakes at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Redshirt freshman D.J. Shockley has been impressive this spring, but Georgia coach Mark Richt has decided sophomore David Greene will likely start the season opener Aug. 31 against Clemson.

Georgia challenges former coach Ron Polk
ATHENS, Ga. -- When Georgia plays a three-game series at Mississippi State this weekend, the subplot may be more intriguing than how the series affects the Southeastern Conference standings.

Greene leads quarterback sweepstakes at Georgia

Three Georgia athletes indicted in rape case
ATHENS, Ga. -- Two University of Georgia athletes were indicted on rape charges Thursday and a third player was cited for aggravated assault with intent to rape.

Jury indicts Georgia athletes
Two University of Georgia student-athletes were indicted on rape charges and another on an assault charge in connection with a reported Jan. 14 sexual assault.

Georgia challenges former coach Ron Polk

Three Georgia athletes indicted in rape case

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

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

Odds and ends

Riot squads in Greece get frogs instead of fights

Spanish zoologists delighted by a two-headed snake

Disappointment on colon cancer advance

Fat hormone levels may trigger clots

Farmers planting more biotech crops this year

Maker of Botox awaits FDA approval to market toxin

Misshapen proteins seen as culprit in Alzheimer's

Death count on rise