Paine, Erskine split two
It was something Paine centerfielder Will Howard couldn't explain.

Scoring, home runs plunge in season's first week

Paine, Erskine split two

Tigers fire Garner and Smith
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers, baseball's lone winless team, fired manager Phil Garner and general manager Randy Smith on Monday.

Tigers hire Pujols, fire 2 more coaches
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers named Luis Pujols manager for the rest of the season and fired two coaches Tuesday, one day after firing manager Phil Garner and general manager Randy Smith.

Scoring, home runs plunge in season's first week
NEW YORK -- Pitchers are striking back.

Tigers hire Pujols, fire 2 more coaches

Tigers fire Garner and Smith

Evans falls to Stockbridge, 6-3

Evans falls to Stockbridge, 6-3
Evans starting pitcher John Weir might have picked the worst time to have his best game of the year.

Matching golf cars are a sign of the times

Braves fall to Phillies, 7-4

Braves notebook
PHILADELPHIA - While Greg Maddux is preparing to start Friday, Albie Lopez won't pitch again for at least two weeks.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
PHILADELPHIA - Greg Maddux threw for 25 minutes in the bullpen Monday afternoon and came away feeling confident he'll make Friday night's start in Miami against the Marlins.

Braves edge Phillies

Braves edge Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Millwood, whose manners are as southern as his homespun drawl, should have provided Phillies third base coach John Vukovich with a sofa, reading lamp, and the latest John Grisham novel Monday night.

Braves notebook
PHILADELPHIA - While Greg Maddux is preparing to start Friday, Albie Lopez won't pitch again for at least two weeks.

Braves fall to Phillies, 7-4
PHILADELPHIA -- Atlanta Braves' giddiness lasted just one night, replaced by the throbbing headache of a 7-4 loss to the Phillies Tuesday night before a slicker-and-galoshes gathering of 13,020 at Veterans Stadium.

Braves notebook

IRA limit just got better
NEW YORK - One of the best tools for saving for retirement - the Individual Retirement Account - has just gotten better.

Local building looks promising

Reconsider retirement plan after job loss

Business briefs
CHICAGO - Executives of one of Kmart Corp.'s business partners say the financially troubled retailer might close as many as 700 more stores nationwide on top of the nearly 300 closings announced last month, according to court papers made public Monday.

The royal treatment
Economic developers are eagerly awaiting Thursday's arrival of the Red Carpet Tour, which could bring Augusta its next corporate citizen.

IRS offers last-minute help
If you're trying to beat the tax deadline, the IRS says there are several options for last-minute help. If you need a form or publication, the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov has copies available. If you discover you need more time to finish your return, get a four-month extension with Form 4868. And if you have trouble paying your tax bill, the IRS has several payment options available.

Thomson Plastics expands
McDuffie County manufacturer Thomson Plastics will construct a 50,000-square-foot building that will serve as a warehouse and for various assembly operations.

Business briefs

IRS offers last-minute help

IRA limit just got better

IBM says earnings will be far below Wall Street expectations

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Trying to close a security loophole, the Federal Aviation Administration plans to require pilots of private planes to carry photo identification cards.

Reconsider retirement plan after job loss
If you've been affected by the recent waves of layoffs - or if you think you might be - you're going to have to evaluate your finances and investments.

Local building looks promising
Single-family housing construction is up more than 25 percent in Columbia County from a year ago, and commercial building activity is up 27 percent, according to the county's planning and development department.

Yard Sale for Golfers
Typically, a quiet residential area, Berckmans Road resembled one long car lot Monday as practice rounds started for the Masters Tournament.

IBM says earnings will be far below Wall Street expectations
NEW YORK -- IBM Corp. jolted Wall Street on Monday, warning investors that its first quarter earnings per share would come in well below analysts' expectations.

The royal treatment

Thomson Plastics expands

Schools have big impact
Two schools in the state university system contributed $829 million to Augusta's economy last year, according to a report released Monday.

Oh, puh-lease

Clarification

Fort's bright future

Cell phone posse

End of an era?

Crucial mission

A piece of the action
Golf fan Raymond Pagliari was excited to visit the Augusta National Golf Course for the first time last year. To prove he had visited the sacred ground of the Masters Tournament, Mr. Pagliari went home with nearly $1,000 in souvenirs.

In the know
Cosby to bring laughs to Augusta: Bill Cosby performs at 8 tonight at The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.

The wearin' on the green
There is no mistaking Jesper Parnevik on the golf course. His signature turned-up hat, the peg behind his ear and the arresting wardrobe of argyle sweaters and bright colors distinguish him from the other players on the course.

Four ways to serve classic Augusta appetizer
When I moved to Augusta about 17 years ago, hot artichoke spread was served at nearly every party I attended. For me, the recipe became the "Augusta appetizer," and is still one of my favorites.

In the know
Concert to rock National Hills The Fabulous Expressions will play at the Killian's Red Par Three Party at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the National Hills Shopping Center, across from the Augusta National.

Imports offer many fine wine choices
Searching for a good import to serve to Masters Week guests? The leaders at this point come from Argentina, France, Germany, Italy and Australia.

Whites from world over parallel spring's whimsy
Spring is definitely, though not defiantly, here. In honor of this slightly skittish season, we'll turn today to floral-tinged white wines that provoke our senses delicately, that proclaim their virtues not with ardent avowals but with subtly wreathed hints and nods.

Winning Masters pool may be luck of the draw
You pay your money and you take your chances.

Small portions
The cookie crumble: How about a cookie that doesn't demand milk? American Vintage Wine Biscuits are nibbles we bet the kids won't be stealing.

Georgia Tech 9, Auburn 5
AUBURN, Ala. -- Georgia Tech had a seven-run sixth inning Tuesday night en route to a 9-5 victory over Auburn, the Yellow Jackets' 10th straight win.

Georgia Tech 9, Auburn 5

Jackets rally to beat RiverDogs
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Augusta GreenJackets rallied to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Charleston RiverDogs 6-5 Monday night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark.

RiverDogs defeat Jackets
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston scored two runs in the first inning, and Doug Waechter pitched six innings of two-hit ball as the RiverDogs beat the Augusta GreenJackets 2-0 at Jospeh P. Riley Jr. Ballpark.

Jackets rally to beat RiverDogs
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Augusta GreenJackets rallied to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Charleston RiverDogs 6-5 Monday night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark.

For Howell, Masters is unrivaled

Howell shows plenty of pluck for first-timer
He could have offered one of the standard cliches for rookie Masters participants, that simply being good enough to be here was good enough for him.

Howell shows plenty of pluck for first-timer

For Howell, Masters is unrivaled
Charles Howell said himself that there isn't much else to say about his first Masters appearance.

Golf is in the blood for Haas brothers

Golf is in the blood for Haas brothers
Jay Haas Jr. won't totally admit his younger brother, Bill, is better at golf.

RiverDogs defeat Jackets

Former NHL player sues team

Former NHL player sues team
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- After sitting out for two weeks with a broken foot, defenseman Dave Babych suited up for the Philadelphia Flyers' opening playoff game against the Buffalo Sabres in 1998.

Cancer survivors add special feeling to last week of NHL season

Cancer survivors add special feeling to last week of NHL season
TORONTO -- One is a player in his prime felled by cancer at the start of the season. He now returns with his team close to its first trip to the NHL playoffs in three years.

Matching golf cars are a sign of the times
Club Car's done it again. Every year this week they set their golf cars out along Washington Road, and every year they seem to figure out how to match the right car to the business where it sits.

Hephzibah couple die in wreck
A Hephzibah couple were killed late Tuesday when their vehicle plunged down an embankment in Burke County and struck a tree, officials said.

Police seek afternoon bank robber
Police were looking for a man who robbed the Regions Bank on Broad Street this afternoon.

Senator stalled until law changed

African-Americans want reparations, not handouts

Racism ousts coach

How Pershing stopped terrorism

Supports Danny Lynn for magistrate

Augusta needs a recycling program

Powerfest reunion at Diamond Lakes loud, disruptive

Ryberg just sticking by the rules

It's time to say 'enough' to Israel's violence, occupation

News story did justice to black families

Higher-ups cause priesthood decline

Winning Masters pool may be luck of the draw

Imports offer many fine wine choices

Small portions

Whites from world over parallel spring's whimsy

The wearin' on the green

A piece of the action

In the know

DFACS wants foster funds back
When Augusta commissioners were slicing and dicing the 2002 budget late last year, they unknowingly cut more than $150,000 that usually has gone to area foster children.

Around town

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to allow children with asthma to use their inhalers at school without asking a teacher or nurse.

Across Georgia

How did they kill the time?
Republicans spent Tuesday trying to gum up the works in the state Senate, hoping to prevent a vote on a new political map f

City group suggests reviewers

Augusta native solos at mayor's reception

Taliban relics still apparent in Kandahar
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Men on bicycles weave in and out of vans and horse-drawn carts. Others push carts by hand.

New deal advances '03 budget

Cink charts higher course

Police seek afternoon bank robber

Former employee charged in thefts
WINDER, Ga. - This small city west of Athens has been the victim of internal theft for five years, according to an audit report presented before the Winder City Council.

Canal Getaway
Don't tell his boss, but Frank Neal would almost take a pay cut to keep his office view.

Canal group seeks grants
The Augusta Canal Authority will seek $935,000 in matching National Park Service grants for planned improvements to the historic pumping station on the Savannah River and Chafee Park near the King/Sibley Mill complex.

Update of plan divides leaders
AIKEN - The question of who should review and update Aiken's downtown master plan divided city council members Monday night.

Off the fairway, it's the fare that draws
One of Lanny Nixon's souvenir photos from the 2002 Masters is of a half-eaten pimento cheese sandwich stuck in his right hand.

Colleges build with nonpublic financing

Cink charts higher course
PGA Tour pro Stewart Cink invited fans at Warren Baptist Church on Tuesday to close their eyes and imagine what heaven will be like.

Canal group seeks grants

Police put three scalpers in jail
Georgia legislators have legalized ticket scalping, but that hasn't kept scalpers out of jail in Augusta.

Pupils' letters included in book

City group suggests reviewers
AIKEN - The Aiken Planning Commission should handle the city's review of its downtown master plan, regardless of what two city council members say, planning commission Chairman Ronny Bolton said Tuesday.

News you can use

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

Panel approves bottle bill

Change bill passes Senate
A bill that would change the way Augusta's government works has passed the state Senate and now needs the signatures of four area House members to be approved by the General Assembly this session.

Across the area

2 severely burned in gas can accident
Two people were severely burned at a house on Perry Avenue on Tuesday when the gasoline can they were handling exploded, fire officials said.

Hephzibah couple die in wreck

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A Victoria's Secret store reported that 1,650 pairs of women's underwear were stolen from the store in two incidents in March, Greenville Police spokesman Lt. Mike Gambrell said.

Appeal denied in '69 killing
YORK, Pa. - The judge handling the prosecution of nine white men in the 1969 shooting death of a black woman has refused to recommend a higher court review of his decision not to dismiss the murder charge against the best-known of the accused, former York Mayor Charlie Robertson.

Area schools get top honor
Several Augusta-area schools achieved top rankings on a statewide report card released Tuesday by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

News you can use

Visitor of the day
Today's visitor of the day is Sandra Dunton of Rocky Mount, N.C.

GOP plans to delay district vote

News you can use
APRIL 10, 1970 The city limits of Augusta might change. The city is working to annex a tract of land on Olive Road that is the proposed site of a 150-unit public housing project. In order for it to be administered by the Augusta Housing Authority, it must be within the corporate limit.

DFACS wants foster funds back

Pupils' letters included in book
AIKEN - Thelma Thompson started Sept. 11 recovery by having her third-graders draw American flags.

Across the area

Debate dies on school-fee bill 2
Lawmakers say chances are slim for the passage of a House bill aiming to set new guidelines for the disbursement of fee-in-lieu-of-taxes proceeds to school systems.

Drill prepares for crisis

Would-be adopters flock to rescued dogs
AIKEN - After waiting for three hours Monday morning outside the Aiken County Animal Shelter, Doris Keefe kept a promise she made to her 10-year-old son, Ty.

Bathroom bills top list
ATLANTA - Another year, another batch of silly legislation under the Gold Dome, or so says the Libertarian Party of Georgia.

Execution set for trooper's killer
COLUMBIA - An execution date has been set for a man who killed a trooper during a traffic stop in 1985, state Attorney General Charlie Condon said Tuesday.

2 severely burned in gas can accident

Panel approves bottle bill
COLUMBIA - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would allow voters to decide in November whether the state's minibottle law should be scrapped.

In time, adults deal with abuse
Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Thelma Gilchrist never doubts the stories of adults who come forward to report being sexually abused as children.

GOP plans to delay district vote
ATLANTA - Georgia voters wondering who will be on their ballot this year could be frustrated by the next phase in the state's ongoing process to update legislative district lines: a filibuster.

Bathroom bills top list

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delayed the execution of condemned murderer Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman until it decides whether to hear his claim of prosecutorial misconduct.

Across South Carolina

New deal advances '03 budget
ATLANTA - Legislative negotiators struck a deal Monday on a $16.1 billion state budget, adding last-minute industrial recruitment money requested by Gov. Roy Barnes and restoring library construction money he vetoed in their last spending bill.

New map passes despite stalling
ATLANTA - After a long day of bitter arguments and political maneuvering, the Senate approved a revised map that Democratic leaders say will favor their party for years to come.

Bounty hunter lacked license
An Aiken bounty hunter was not licensed to operate in South Carolina when he crossed into Georgia and beat a fugitive with his gun, a state official said Monday.

Masters visitor of the day

Masters tickets a target in theft
Police are warning Masters Tournament ticket-holders to guard their badges closely.

Keeping an eye on it all

Masters visitor of the day
Today's Masters visitor of the day is Dan Kastener of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Masters tickets a target in theft

Dreamers buy chance at $153 million jackpot
Raymond Oliphant traveled more than 25 miles, crossing state lines, in hopes of winning $153 million in tonight's Big Game lottery jackpot.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Children with asthma would be allowed to use their inhalers at school without asking a teacher or nurse under a bill expected to pass the House today.

Southern Standby
It began with the shelling of Fort Sumter - and ended with Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox four years later.

Colleges build with nonpublic financing
ATHENS, Ga. - New student housing. Thousands of square feet of new research space. New parking decks and land.

How did they kill the time?

Chess team plays defense
ATHENS, Ga. - Dominating the Georgia high school chess world like kings and queens, the Clarke Central High School chess team captured its third state championship in a row.

Visitor of the day

Across Georgia

Former employee charged in thefts

Around town

Police put three scalpers in jail

Appeal denied in '69 killing

Keeping an eye on it all
Tournament patrons were greeted Monday morning with extra security precautions at the main entrance to Augusta National.

Bounty hunter lacked license

Augusta native solos at mayor's reception
Augusta native Charles Howell (left) was the guest of honor at Mayor Bob Young's annual Mayor's Masters Reception on Monday night.

Would-be adopters flock to rescued dogs

News you can use
April 9, 1993 A 19-year-old Augusta man heading to a basketball court with friends Thursday ended up in the hospital, shot in the stomach after an argument over a girl.

Across the area
Glascock County officials investigating a fiery one-car wreck have sent the body of the driver to the state crime lab for identification.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Canal Getaway

Across the area
Four Augusta boys stole three golf carts and a four-wheeler to go joy-riding in Apple Valley subdivision, authorities said Monday.

In time, adults deal with abuse

Debate dies on school-fee bill 2

Area schools get top honor

Taliban relics still apparent in Kandahar

New map passes despite stalling

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -South Carolina has lost more than 100 troopers in the past two years, leaving the Highway Patrol at staffing levels unseen since 1987.

Drill prepares for crisis
ATHENS, Ga. - Students gasped, screamed and wriggled on the floor as white smoke curled around their bodies.

Across the southeast

Pistons 105, Hawks 99

Pistons 105, Hawks 99
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons clinched their first division title since their championship era 12 years ago, beating the Atlanta Hawks 105-99 Monday night.

Falcons sign veteran safety Lyle

Falcons sign Weary, re-sign Jervey

Former NFL receiver alleges racial profiling

Weinke to undergo surgery

Mrs. Maggie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 8, 2002, at Country Place Drive, Mrs. Maggie W. John

Mr. William Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. William Butler of Gordon Hwy

Mrs. Ernestine Dent    (APPLING, Ga.)
APPLING, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, April 7, 2002, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Ernestine Dent of Appling. She was a member of Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Appling from which closed casket services will be conducted on Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Anna Dent Bennett, Appling; five sons, Mr. Richard Dent, Mr. Doyle Dent Jr., Mr. Alexander Dent and Mr. Billy Dent, all of Appling, Mr. Ronald Dent, Augusta; five daughters-in-law; one son-in-law; 27 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Friends may call at 5474 Tubman Road, Appling. The historic Dents Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1800s.

Mrs. Viola Wayne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 6, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Viola Wayne, 84, of Moore Road, Augusta. Funeral services will be announced later. W.H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA.; (706) 722-6401.

Mrs. Ernestine Dent    (APPLING, Ga.)
APPLING, Ga. - Entered into rest

Mr. Daniel Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - A memorial service for Daniel "Dan" Patrick Smith, 47, who died April 5, 2002, will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at the River of Life Church

Mr. Luther Nichols Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Glois Slick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roderic Bellamy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Roderic C. Bellamy, 76, who died April 6, 2002, of Ascauga Lake Road, North Augusta, S.C., will be conducted Wedn

Mrs. Doris Scoggins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Willingham    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Roberts    (AVERA, Ga.)
AVERA, Ga. - Mrs. Willie Eva Roberts, of Avera, died Sunday, April 7, 2002. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at Magnolia Baptist Church 3 p.m. with Pastor Perry Daniels Jr. officiating. Survivors include her husband, Lind

Mr. James Hutto    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Phillips    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Ralph Freeman Phillips, age 83, of Wac

Mr. Dennis McFadden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest in Atlanta, April 7, 2002, Mr. Dennis McFadden, formerly of Augusta. Mr. McFadden was a native of Richmond County, and a Navy veteran. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Johnnie Mae McFadde

Madison Nicolas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Madison D. San Nicolas, age 2, of Augusta, daughter of Scott and Micca San Nicolas of Augusta, entered into rest April 8, 2002, in F

Mrs. Patricia Raper    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - A memorial service for Mrs. Patricia Lynn Raper, 46, wife of Robert Neil Raper, who died April 5, 2002 will be held tod

Mrs. Frankie Mosley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mrs. Frankie Mae Mosley, 65, of Mark Anthony Road, entered into rest April 4, 2002, at her residence. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April

Mrs. Doris Scoggins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Dwight Mims    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
ATLANTA, Ga. - Services for Rev. Dwight Hill Mims, age 67, will be held at Johnston United Methodist Church, Thu

Mrs. Viola Wayne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 6, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Viola Wayne, 84, of Moore Road, Augusta. Funeral services will b

Rev. Dwight Mims    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
ATLANTA, Ga. - Services for Rev. Dwight Hill Mims, age 67, will be held at Johnston United Methodist Church, Thu

Mr. James Campbell Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Lee    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. James Lee, age 45, of B. Ten

Mr. William Hiles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into re

Mr. Walter Holston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home. Funeral will be today, Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 1 p.m., from Dents Un

Mrs. Barbara Hill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 6, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Barbara A. Hill of Millstone Run. Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 3 p.m., at Ebenezer Seventh Day

Mrs. Louise Hoge    (ROME, Ga.)
ROME, Ga. - Louise Arnold Hoge, 93, of Rome, died Friday, April 5, in Augusta after a short illness. She was born in Rome, October 31, 1908, and wa

Mr. Gary Johnson Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Gary Johnson Jr., 59, of St. Johns Church Road, Aiken, S.C., died Monday, April 8, 2002,at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Ga. Funeral service wil

Mr. Jack Hill    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
ATLANTA, Ga. - Mr. Jack Ryland Hill of Atlanta, died Friday, April 5, 2002. He was a charter member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, and was retired from Butler Shoe Company after 47 a

Mrs. Frances Jones    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Frances Lott Jones, died April 7, 2002. Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Thursday, at Pine Hill Baptist Church, John

Mr. William Hiles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frankie Mosley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mrs. Frankie Mae Mosley, 65, of Mark Anthony Road, entered into rest April 4, 2002, at her residence. Funeral services wi

Featured obituary: Mrs. Glois Slick
Those who knew Glois Slick say that church was the cornerstone of her life.

Mrs. Mildred Eidson    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
CLEARWATER, S.C. - Entered into rest on Sunday, April 7, 2002, Mrs. Mildred Hutto Eidson, wife of the late Mr. William Earl Eidson and mother of the late Bill Eidson. She was a former resident of Clearwater. Surviving are three sons, Dewe

Mrs. Milton Heard Jr.    (MACON, Ga.)
MACON, Ga. - Mrs. J. Milton Heard Jr. died Saturday, April 6, 2002. Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2002, at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church with the Reverends Creede Hinshaw and Diana Guyette officiatin

Ms. Brenda Duke    (ROOPVILLE, Ga.)
ROOPVILLE, Ga. - Ms. Brenda Leatha Strickland Duke, age 49, of Glenloch Road, Roopville, passed away Monday morning at her residence. She was born December 8, 1952,

Mrs. Suzanne Gary    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mrs. Suzanne B. "MaMa Sue" Gary, 87, formerly of Storm Branch Road, entered into rest Friday, April 5, 200

Mr. John Schrenk    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - John Schwend Schrenk, age 97, of Bausket Street, died Monday, April 8, 2002. Graveside services will be held Friday, April 12, 2002, at 11 a.m. Hillcrest Memorial Park in Augusta, Ga., with Rev. Rick Barbara and

Mr. Clifton Fleming Jr.    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
LEXINGTON, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Clifton A. Fleming Jr., 75, who entered into rest April 7, 2002, will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday from Overbook Cemetery, H

Mr. Isaac Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Robbie Youmans    (LEXSY, Ga.)
LEXSY, Ga. - Mrs. Robbie DeLoach Youmans, age 92, died Saturday, April 6, 2002. Survivors include sons, John Neal Youmans, and Rob

Mr. Julious Wright    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Julious Wright, age 68, entered into rest on April 5, 2002, at the Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2002, at th

Mr. Roderic Bellamy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Roderic C. Bellamy, 76, who died April 6, 2002, of Ascauga Lake Road, North Augusta, S.C., will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home, Dr. William R. J

Mr. Bryant Simpson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Entered into r

Mr. Isaac Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, April 7, 2002, at his residence. Mr. Isaac W. Black, 57, of Valley Springs Road, Augusta. Funeral services w

Mr. Walter Carswell    (MANHATTEN, N.Y.)
MANHATTEN, N.Y. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 2002, at the Calvary Hospital, Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Walter Griffin Carswell of Manhatten, N.Y. Funer

Mr. Earnest Coleman    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Earnest H. Coleman, 80, of Spring Street, Ridge Spring, died April 6, 2002 at his residence. Funeral services are 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at Ridge Hill Bapti

Mrs. Mabel Wingfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mabel Morris Wingfield died April 8, 2002, at University Hospital in Augusta. She was born in Augusta on November 2, 1900 and would have been 102 this year. Her father w

Mr. Jamarcus Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, April 5, 2002, at the Medica

Mrs. Rebecca Golphin    (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga. - En

Mrs. Bessie Bynes    (BUFFALO, N.Y.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Charles Crookham
Charles Crookham's proudest moment happened at the top of Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain) in Vietnam.

Mr. Walter Carswell    (MANHATTAN, N.Y.)
MANHATTAN, 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 service will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at 2 p.m. at St. T

Mr. V.R. Day    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest April 7, 2002, at Jennings Health Care Facility, Mr. V.R. Day, age 92, husband of the late Mrs. Lois Sorrow Day. Mr. Day was born i

Mrs. Mildred Eidson    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
CLEARWATER, S.C. - Entered into rest on Sunday, Mrs. Mildred Hutto Eidson, wife of the late Mr. William Earl Eidson and mother of the late Bill Eidson. She was a former re

Mr. James Capito    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
ADRIAN, Ga. - Peebles-Curry-

Mrs. Brenda Willingham (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca Golphin (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Phillips (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Holston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bryant Simpson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Earnest Coleman (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Frankie Mosley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Isaac Black (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Wayne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Eidson (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Glois Slick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Dwight Mims (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Wingfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Scoggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Luther Nichols Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Hiles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Hiles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jamarcus Coleman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Julious Wright (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Roderic Bellamy (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Raper (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Maggie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine Dent (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis McFadden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Wayne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Bynes (BUFFALO, N.Y.)

Mrs. Suzanne Gary (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Jones (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Hoge (ROME, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Glois Slick

Mr. Jack Hill (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Scoggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. V.R. Day (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. William Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Madison Nicolas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frankie Mosley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Roderic Bellamy (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Schrenk (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Robbie Youmans (LEXSY, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Johnson Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. James Hutto (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Lee (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Milton Heard Jr. (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Isaac Black (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Powerfest reunion at Diamond Lakes loud, disruptive
The March 30 Powerfest/KISS Family Reunion held at Diamond Lakes on Windsor Spring Road caused us many concerns, as well as a great deal of frustration. We live only about a block away from the site. Donna Robinson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Ryberg just sticking by the rules
Why is Aiken County's faithful, solid-thinking, Republican State Sen. Greg Ryberg being constantly criticized for his stand on naming a county magistrate? What about the other public officials who endorsed a gentleman not qualified? Did they not know the qualifications? This has caused all the discussion and delayed the procedure. Sarah R. Sullivan, Jackson, S.C.

Higher-ups cause priesthood decline
As all true Catholics should, I speak out against unholy priests and their followers - protectors of the higher-ups. Chandler S. Vincent, Aiken, S.C.

Cell phone posse
There's much public sentiment against drivers using hand-held cell phones. The feeling is they're a dangerous distraction - and safe driving groups, including one in Augusta, are out to prove the point by correlating careless driving moves at busy intersections with cell-phone users.

Oh, puh-lease
"I know - your husbands are the ones who write all the checks, and y'all do all the work."

Fort's bright future
Georgia congressmen seeking to put Fort Gordon at the center of a key homeland defense program aren't just whistling Dixie. They're simply getting the message that military people familiar with the Augusta area have known for years - that the fort is uniquely positioned to become a national center of excellence in disaster training.

Supports Danny Lynn for magistrate
I am writing to voice my opinion about the bond court magistrate for Aiken County. We have all heard from Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, on how he believes that Danny Lynn is not qualified to hold the magistrate position. I want to know what makes Mr. Ryberg an authority on the matter. Bobby Efird, Graniteville, S.C.

Clarification
Editor's note: The S. Christine of Augusta who wrote the letter that appeared Monday, "Teacher claims there is no teacher shortage," is not the Sheri Christine who lives in Evans.

News story did justice to black families
I applaud Chronicle staff writer Sylvia Cooper for her terrific Feb. 26 Metro article on the children of Cherry Avenue, "Neighborhood raised success stories." E. Maner, Augusta

Senator stalled until law changed
Concerning Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken: Why hasn't he said why he didn't sign off on Danny Lynn's appointment before the law changed? Jeanna Harrell, North Augusta, S.C.

Crucial mission
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's powers of diplomacy face a harsh test as he seeks a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians in the most dangerous Mideast crisis in decades.

African-Americans want reparations, not handouts
I strongly disagree with The Chronicle's position opposing reparations or any attempt to force those companies and families who profited and benefited from slavery from making any kind of restitution. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

End of an era?
As the Georgia General Assembly heads into the last three hectic days of a marathon session, all eyes are on the state budget, Senate district maps, predatory lending, natural gas reform, and a handful of other bills.

Augusta needs a recycling program
I am interested in what Augusta is doing about curbside recycling. After the recent recycling scandal (throwing away recyclables) involving a local private garbage collector, I have been ready to see some changes in the area's recycling. Mike Almeter, Augusta

It's time to say 'enough' to Israel's violence, occupation
I am writing in response to the guest column by Rabbi Jordan Parr published on March 31. I am one of those fortunate ones who received a warm welcome at the Congregation Children of Israel. We were looking forward to mutual understanding and cooperation beyond Middle East politics. Check P. Abubucker, Martinez, Ga.

How Pershing stopped terrorism
Once in U.S. history an episode of Islamic terrorism was very quickly stopped. It happened in the Philippines about 1911, when Gen. John J. Pershing was in command of the garrison. There had been numerous Islamic terrorist attacks, so "Black Jack," as they called the general, told the boys to catch the perpetrators and teach them a lesson. Rev. Timothy D. Fellows Sr., Augusta

Racism ousts coach
Racism still plays a major role in our society. We, as Americans, need to pull together and, in this time of need for our dear country, we need to support all our troops who dedicate their lives overseas for us. Wayne Dean, Augusta

Madison Square Garden dark on all fronts

Churchill Downs adds 11th race to Derby Day card

Overtime

Kenseth passes Texas test

Ferrero advances at Estoril Open

NASCAR notebook

Sprint-car racer dies of head injury at race

Overtime

Overtime
After a perfect 5-0 week, USC Aiken moved up 11 spots to No. 19 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Magazine Top 30 Coaches Poll.

NASCAR notebook
FORT WORTH, Tex. - The drivers at Roush Racing insist NASCAR's new single engine rule is one reason why they've all enjoyed a resurgence on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Ferrero advances at Estoril Open
OEIRAS, Portugal -- Defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero struggled early but recovered to beat Cedric Pioline of France 7-5, 6-2 Tuesday in the first round of the Estoril Open.

Kenseth passes Texas test
FORT WORTH, Texas - Don't tell Matt Kenseth the newly paved Texas Motor Speedway is a one groove racetrack where nobody can pass.

Churchill Downs adds 11th race to Derby Day card
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Churchill Downs is adding an 11th race to its May 4 card, shifting the Kentucky Derby to the ninth race of the day for the first time in 29 years.

Overtime
Thomson girls basketball star Monique Martin has signed a letter-of-intent to play at the University of Georgia, the director of her AAU team said Thursday night.

Sprint-car racer dies of head injury at race
ROSSBURG, Ohio -- A sprint-car driver died of a head injury after his car crashed into a wall on the first lap of a race at Eldora Speedway at more than 80 mph and rolled more than 10 times.

Madison Square Garden dark on all fronts
NEW YORK -- These are dismal days for Madison Square Garden.

Former NFL receiver alleges racial profiling
DAYTON, Ohio -- Former NFL receiver Jeff Graham filed a $10 million lawsuit, contending he was the victim of racial profiling by a sheriff's deputy.

Falcons sign veteran safety Lyle
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran free agent safety Keith Lyle on Monday.

Weinke to undergo surgery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder on Wednesday and will miss the team's three-day minicamp next month.

Falcons sign Weary, re-sign Jervey
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed free agent cornerback Fred Weary and re-signed running back Travis Jervey on Tuesday.

Breaking into the video game market
Mary Jo Reutter was riding on the back of a motorcycle in California when she imagined programming what she thought would be a sure-fire children's computer game hit: the "Home Gene Splicing Kit."

Sister city shares biotech tips
They are located in areas famous for golf. They were once heavily involved in textile manufacturing. They now employ a lot of people in call centers. Both even held powerboat races.

Mouse has retractable tail
Notebook computers are always a series of compromises in favor of weight and portability, and one of the personally most annoying has always been the widget that moves the cursor.

St. John's wart weakens punch of cancer drug
SAN FRANCISCO -- St. John's wort appears to interfere powerfully with a common cancer drug and can reduce its punch for weeks after people stop taking the herbal supplement, a study shows.

Sharing life
Carol Walker gathers the wispy blond strands still attached to her daughter's head and attempts to pull them into a ponytail.

A call-waiting modem? And other reader queries
Let's get some more letters out of the way before we head on to some product reviews next week:

Another possible hazard caused by nicotine
Scientists are warning that smokers using nicotine patches and gum in efforts to quit may face another problem - a nicotine byproduct that could be hazardous.

Battle over Internet piracy escalates
WASHINGTON - When David Reese was a kid and heard a catchy song on the radio, he'd turn on his tape recorder and hold it up to the speakers.

Georgia athletes charged in attack released on bond

Georgia 5, Clemson 4

Georgia 5, Clemson 4
ATHENS, Ga. -- David Coffey's RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night gave Georgia a 5-4 victory over Clemson.

Georgia athletes charged in attack released on bond
ATHENS, Ga. -- Three University of Georgia athletes accused in the alleged rape of a female student earlier this year were released on bond Monday.

South Carolina reports eight secondary NCAA violations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina reported eight secondary NCAA violations from May through December. Three of the violations involved the football team.

On course
The practice areas at the Augusta National Golf Club are teen territory.

My pad

Your style

Question of the week

Artist's corner
Kyle Fitzpatrick, 15, is a sophomore at Westside High School. He's been painting since he was 8. The Bent Sunshine is acrylic on canvas.

Xtreme calender

'Gutterflower' no stick in the mud
After waiting nearly four years to release new material, the Goo Goo Dolls have finally returned to the music scene - and to their punkish roots - with Gutterflower.

Course commotion is just a sign of changing times
I hear a commotion in the distance, a commotion getting louder by the minute. A commotion that could get louder than any applause Tiger Woods has ever received.

Xtreme calender
TODAY: The University of South Carolina Aiken's University Theatre will present Working at 8 p.m. at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students and children. Call (803) 641-3305.

Artist's corner

Course commotion is just a sign of changing times

My pad
THE FACTS: Brenna Phillips, 15, a freshman at Greenbrier High School

Your style
THE FACTS: Heather Ashburn, 18, a senior at Cross Creek High School

Question of the week
Q: Who would you least like to be stuck in an elevator with?

411

411
Testing, Testing What's your party style? What's your emotional age? These are just some of the wacky questions you'll see at www.emode.com. It's the self-proclaimed No. 1 destination for self-discovery.

Xtreme advice
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend has been going out with her boyfriend for more than four years. But sometimes when she's not around, he messes with me and other girls. I tried to tell her, but she s

Breaking into the video game market

Mouse has retractable tail

A call-waiting modem? And other reader queries

Another possible hazard caused by nicotine

St. John's wart weakens punch of cancer drug

Sharing life

Battle over Internet piracy escalates

Sister city shares biotech tips