Prepared Patriots rally past Bulldogs
While they were out of school all last week for spring break, Westside right fielder Barry Hall and his teammates still had work to do.

Prepared Patriots rally past Bulldogs

When the family slips away, so does the time

Sextuplets born to Kansas couple are 'healthy and strong'
WICHITA, Kan. -- Sextuplets born to a Kansas couple are "healthy and strong" and should be ready to go home in four or five weeks, one of the doctors on the delivery team said Monday.

Student made to drink homework falls ill
A Pennsylvania high school student says he drank his biology homework on orders from a security official at the Aspen airport.

Odds and Ends
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Local firefighters used to sliding down a traditional firehouse pole will soon have a new way to get to their trucks from their third-floor quarters - a plastic, spiral slide.

Long-awaited new colors hit Heinz ketchup
For years, the only debate about ketchup was the spelling dispute. Ketchup or catsup?

Marlins shut out Braves

Braves notebook
MIAMI - After playing three extra-inning games in a week, totaling 30 innings, manager Bobby Cox and pitching coach Leo Mazzone huddled Sunday morning and assessed the state of the bullpen.

Marlins shut out Braves
MIAMI - For the Braves, this is what life is like in the new century.

Mets rally to top Braves
NEW YORK -- For the Braves, the shock of losing a five-run lead Monday night probably won't wear off until they board the No. 7 train and clatter through Queens today.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
NEW YORK - Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox says leadoff man Rafael Furcal's problem is not a lack of work.

Mets rally to top Braves

3 cities vie for vehicle factory
The possibility of a new DaimlerChrysler plant in one of three Southern cities is setting the stage for an incentives pageant.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Catfish will soon be on school lunch menus, because of an effort by the Bush administration to help Southern fish farms.

It's a gift
Q: I have a question concerning my elderly parent who lives with my wife and myself. We are the primary caregivers. Is there a limit to what a person can pay to their caregivers for their care without it being treated as income or a gift? - C.Y., Memphis

Wall Street historically foreshadows turnaround

Chef cooks up plans for marketing his eclectic fare
It would seem that getting a new restaurant off the ground would be enough to occupy William Coxwell's mind.

Tips for extending the time to file taxes
If you can't meet the April 15 deadline to file your tax return, you can get a four-month extension of time from the IRS. The extension will give you extra time to get the paperwork in to the IRS, but it does not extend the time you have to pay any tax due. You will owe interest on any amounts not paid by the April deadline, plus a late payment penalty if you have paid less than 90 percent of your total tax by that date.

Hooters lawsuit nears end
Those who joined a class-action lawsuit against Hooters for sending unsolicited faxes have until next month to voice objections to a $9 million settlement deal.

Don't undermine resume with a weak cover letter

Common errors to avoid when filing your taxes

Business briefs

Wall Street historically foreshadows turnaround
NEW YORK -- Historically, economic recoveries have been forecast on Wall Street in a simple fashion: Stock prices rebound first and an earnings recovery occurs soon after. But if the market's recent performance is an accurate indicator, a business turnaround isn't any closer at this point than it was when 2002 began.

Tips for extending the time to file taxes

Here's what happens when you don't pay taxes

Managers unfazed by Mideast crisis
NEW YORK - The violence in the Middle East has made the stock market uneasy during the past week, but international fund managers have remained relatively calm.

Make sure the IRS credits your payments
When the bottom line of your tax return says, "Amount You Owe," the IRS reminds you to be sure to make your check or money order payable to the "United States Treasury." Do not mail cash with your tax return.

Avoid dumb mistakes on your tax forms
With the tax filing deadline close at hand, the IRS offers some tips for those still working on their tax forms:

Common errors to avoid when filing your taxes
The IRS recommends reviewing your entire tax return to be sure it is accurate and complete. Even a simple mistake can cause problems with your tax return, which might lead to delays in processing your return and receiving your refund.

Chef cooks up plans for marketing his eclectic fare

Don't undermine resume with a weak cover letter
FROM A COVER LETTER: "I would be prepared to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss what I can do to your company."

It's a gift

Here's what happens when you don't pay taxes
After he retired, insurance agent Robert Spears bought a $1,500 "un-taxing kit" from a promoter who promised to double his $100,000 life savings by hiding the money overseas from tax authorities.

North Carolina 12, Clemson 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina scored seven runs in the third inning and got good relief pitching from Carter Harrell as the Tar Heels beat top-ranked Clemson 12-5 on Sunday.

Legislative failure

Taxpayers' misery

Crazy defense

A masterful Tiger

Cable channels for women: A growth industry
The afternoon crowd at Centerpoint Athletic Club in Fresno, Calif., slowly grows.

Book shows teacher's love of English
When Da Chen arrived at the Beijing Language Institute in the early 1980s at age 16, his teachers and peers laughed at his English.

TBS film reunites Hamlin and Dey
Harry Hamlin and Susan Dey, who starred together in NBC's "L.A. Law" from 1986 to 1991, are reunited in "Disappearance," a TBS movie debuting Sunday at 8 p.m.

At last, a fast-food veggie burger
Oh joy. All the vegetarians who clamored for the chance to eat fast food have gotten their wish. If you want brand-name standardization and drive-through convenience just like junk-food carnivores, Burger King has come to the rescue.

Timing, trauma create doctor's TV debut
He did his best to keep his TV debut from his co-workers, but it didn't work. They all visited the TLC Web site and figured it out for themselves.

'Survivor,' week 7: Rats, sinking ship, etc.
Survivor Watch: week 7 - Days on the island -- 21 - Who's who at Soliantu -- The traditional midway merger ended the miserable Maraamu and reigning Rotu tribes. The Soliantu (Marquesan for "oh no you didn't!") tribe claimed Camp Rotu as home.

PBS embarks on 'MythQuest'
Sometimes the best TV shows come with little fanfare. They sneak up on you, bubbling up from seemingly nowhere.

'Forcing' the issue: 'Star Wars' fans hit the streets
LOS ANGELES - A handful of die-hard Star Wars fans already have started lining up to see the next movie in the sci-fi saga - more than a month before it opens.

MSNBC changes its brand
NEW YORK - MSNBC, the third-rated cable news network, is re-branding itself "America's NewsChannel" in an attempt to simultaneously tap into the country's newfound sense of patriotism and present the image of an independent-thinking channel whose politics cover the spectrum of viewpoints.

In the know
Missed the Oscars? The awards were the purpose, but the clothes were the highlight.

Hair raising
HOLLYWOOD - Discretion is a prized commodity in show biz, where things such as actors' ages and movie producers' box-office bombs are seldom discussed in

Singer got early start on stage
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tommy Shane Steiner challenged country music fans with his first single, What if She's an Angel, and managed to intrigue them.

Georgia Tech-Maryland game suspended after brawl
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A bench-clearing brawl between Maryland and Georgia Tech on Sunday prompted officials to suspend the game.

Georgia Tech-Maryland game suspended after brawl

GreenJackets scouting report
Asheville Tourists (Rockies) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

Brunner lifts Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Ryan Brunner's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Augusta GreenJackets to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus RedStixx to win the three-game series.

Woods' win boosts ratings
NEW YORK - People watch when Tiger Woods wins, even if there's little drama. That's what happened at the Masters.

Woods' win boosts ratings

Woods possesses more than title
Tiger Woods possesses something no one else in professional golf has today. Not just the 2002 Masters Tournament championship, but also an intangible that has allowed him to win seven majors in five years and back-to-back Masters titles.

Back to normal isn't the same
For as long as he can remember, today has always been the worst day of the year.

Woods possesses more than title

Back to normal isn't the same

Week was a wild ride for Howells
Charles Howell slept in his own bed last week, the one he used just before he left for college.

GreenJackets scouting report

Brunner lifts Jackets

Hurricanes 2, Thrashers 2, OT

Thrashers have hope for future
ATLANTA -- At the end of the Atlanta Thrashers' third season, rookies Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk were named the team's co-MVPs.

Thrashers have hope for future

Hurricanes 2, Thrashers 2, OT
ATLANTA -- Martin Gelinas scored on a deflection midway through the third period Sunday, helping the Carolina Hurricanes stay unbeaten in 15 games all-time against the Atlanta Thrashers with a 2-2 tie.

When the family slips away, so does the time
Well, the green coats have been put up, the guests are gone, spring break is over and it's time to get back to work.

Pair charged in carjacking, robbery that left one dead
CLYDE, N.C. -- More charges are possible against a Georgia man and a South Carolina woman arrested in a two-county crime spree that ended with a wreck that killed a Michigan woman.

Equates illegal aliens with slave era

Norwood office fails to raise U.S. flag for mission

Make room for vans

Bad first impressions

Editorial critical of commuter rail service blasted

Rejects bunker-busting nuke blasts

Claims First Tee overcharged teen

Blasts bigotry

Let Senate vote decide magistrate

Supports Israel's defense of its citizens

Yucca Mountain unsafe for waste

Waste firm will carry out obligations in pickup pact

Rips local judges, Congress for being soft on crime

Singer got early start on stage

'Survivor,' week 7: Rats, sinking ship, etc.

Timing, trauma create doctor's TV debut

MSNBC changes its brand

'Forcing' the issue: 'Star Wars' fans hit the streets

In the know

Cable channels for women: A growth industry

Hair raising

TBS film reunites Hamlin and Dey

Book shows teacher's love of English

PBS embarks on 'MythQuest'

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Kathleen Guy of Belvedere.

Marshals catch escaped con

Local officials plan fire chief welcome
Today marks the first day on the job for Augusta's new fire chief, Al Gillespie of Yakima, Wash.

Late filers are given long hours
If you haven't filed a tax return by now, you most likely owe Uncle Sam some greenbacks.

Across South Carolina
ATLANTA -The state spends nearly $60,000 a year on membership dues at 38 private clubs for staff at the Georgia Ports Authority, according to a published report.

News you can use
April 16, 1952 Georgia bankers, made to feel at home last night at a party given by Augusta's banks, were to receive an official welcome today as the business sessions of their 60th annual convention got under way at the Bon Air hotel.

Bus drivers gain charter to unionize
Some Columbia County school bus drivers have unionized, receiving a charter as a local affiliate of the Transport Workers Union.

Fugitive, Suba, captured
A former Healthmaster executive who has been a fugitive since 1998 when he walked away from a federal prison camp was captured Monday.

Walker forecasts Augusta's future

Student Gallery
The student art exhibit at USC Aiken opens tonight and will be on display for two weeks. For more information, call (803) 641-3305.

Late filers seek last-minute help

Walker faces 2nd complaint
ATLANTA - For the second time in the past six months, a citizen watchdog has filed an ethics complaint against Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker.

News you can use
April 15, 1952 Augusta Mayor Hugh Hamilton is suggesting City Council block off the 700 block of Walker Street for use as a parking lot.

Across Georgia

Fugitive, Suba, captured

Subscriber of the day

Police report finding weapon

Holding up traffic

Aiken murder trial set to begin

Burke Academy damaged
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Spring break will be extended and the prom moved from Edmund Burke Academy after fire heavily damaged classrooms and the gymnasium Sunday.

About town

Passing along knowledge
People who don't know David James would have a hard time believing he ever feared people.

Across the area

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Haulers compete for trash contract

About town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Student Gallery

Masters visitor beaten
A Masters Tournament visitor from Connecticut returned home Sunday, a day after being beaten and robbed near Surrey Center while withdrawing money from an ATM, police said.

Walking In Solitude
Tracey Smith, of Augusta, gets in her power walking along the North Augusta Greeneway. She walked about 12 miles along the trails early Sunday morning.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -Fort Benning should get a few of the Army's new Stryker multipurpose armored vehicles before long, Fort Benning commander Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton said.

Burke Academy damaged

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The state spends nearly $60,000 a year on membership dues at 38 private clubs for staff at the Georgia Ports Authority, according to a published report.

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

Haulers compete for trash contract
Now that CSRA Waste Inc., the city's largest garbage contractor, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, several other trash haulers are looking to buy the Augusta company and take over its local-government collection contract.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Two South Carolina power companies say a national environmental group miscalculated emissions at its power plants.

Marshals catch escaped con
A former Healthmaster executive who has been a fugitive since 1998 when he walked away from a federal prison camp was captured Monday.

Work resumes on historic hall
SAVANNAH - Two years ago, the hum of saws and tap of hammers coming from the oldest and grandest structure on campus generated energy and excitement at Savannah State University.

Police report finding weapon
Police recovered Sunday what they saymight be the weapon used in last week's death of a Columbia County man.

Confessors' obligation clarified
AIKEN - A state representative tried last week to clarify the role of priests who hear the confessions of child abusers.

Africa calls to cancer doctor
Water quietly trickles down from a bamboo chute inside Dr. Donald Townsend's office.

Across the area
A 17-year-old Academy of Richmond County student was arrested Monday at the school after a public safety officer found a box cutter in her purse, said Richmond County Sheriff's Office Investigator Tim Tobias.

Masters visitor beaten

Group restores low-rent housing

Walking In Solitude

Late filers are given long hours

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mary E. Cruse.

Late filers seek last-minute help
Bill Ward heaved a visible sigh of relief as he dropped his 2002 tax return off at the Evans Kroger on Monday.

Subscriber of the day

Aiken murder trial set to begin
AIKEN - The trial for the second of three Aiken men charged with robbing and killing a well-known cook will begin today.

Across South Carolina

Walker forecasts Augusta's future
In a sweeping speech about his vision for the future of Augusta, Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker offered up blunt assessments of Mayor Bob Young, commission politics and the carping of local malcontents and critical news articles.

Across the southeast

Holding up traffic
Pauline Sconyers loves to stop traffic.

Across the area
Police charged an Augusta teen-ager with arson Sunday in connection with a March fire on Markham Drive that started from a Molotov cocktail.

Africa calls to cancer doctor

School bills die in committee
ATLANTA - Two controversial school-related bills that met their deaths at the committee level were among the legislative casualties when the General Assembly adjourned on Friday.

Across the southeast
GRUNDY, Va. -Applications to the Appalachian School of Law have increased dramatically three months after the dean, a professor and a student were killed in a shooting spree at the school.

News you can use

Passing along knowledge

Across Georgia

Across the area

Work resumes on historic hall

Bus drivers gain charter to unionize

Group restores low-rent housing
SAVANNAH - "Marvelous. Gorgeous. Simply marvelous."

No question marks at top

Mr. Clarence Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Cl

Mr. Charles Milton II    (MANHATTAN, NY)

Mrs. Virginia Gheesling    (SILOAM, Ga)
SILOAM, Ga - Mrs. Virginia Andrews Gheesling of Siloam, Ga died Wednesday, Ap

Mr. Arthur Barnett    (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Arthur J. Barnett, 86, of Third Street, Jackson, who died April 11, 2002, will be conducted this Monday morning at 11

Mrs. Eula Black    (JOHNSTOWN COMM., S.C.)
JOHNSTOWN C

Mr. Sam Bagwell Jr.    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest on Sunday, Mr. Sam Bagwell Jr., 80, of Anthony Drive, hu

Eric Doughtry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, April 11, 2002, in Augusta, Eric DaShun Doughtry, 11, of A Street. Funeral ser

Mrs. Ruby Warlick    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest Sunday, April 14, 2002, Mrs. Ruby Doreen Moser Warlick, wife of Mr. Stanley Warlick, her loving husband of 62 years. Other family member include one son, Sam D. Warlick; one daughter, Jacquelyn Morris; f

Mrs. Elease Glover    ( AIKEN S.C.)
Homemaker AIKEN S.

Mrs. Opal Thompson    (TAMPA, Fla.)
TAMPA, Fla. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 9, 2002, Mrs. Opal Marie Tohill Thompson, age 88, of Tampa, formerly, Aiken, S.C., wife of

Mr. Horace Swann    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Emory Stephens    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Entered i

Mrs. Mary Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mary B. Brown, 93 of Aiken, died Monday, April 15, 2002 in Aiken Regional Medical Centers. A graveside funeral will be held Wed

Mr. Dillie Rollen Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Dillie Rollen Jr., age 93, entered into rest on Thursday, Apri

Mrs. Juanita Cummins    (THOMSON Ga)
Homemaker THOMSON Ga - Mrs. Juanita Cummins, 78, of

Mr. Billy Robinson    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Eberhardt    (WASHINGTON, Ga)
WASHINGTON, Ga - Mr. William Fred Eberhardt Jr., 64, of 2070 Big Cedar Rd., died Sunday at Wills Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be today at 5 p.m. at Resthaven Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Chapm

Mrs. Lauretha Rhodes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mrs. Lauretha L. Rhodes of Dade Street. Funeral service will be held Monday, April 15, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Good Sa

Mrs. Sadie Smalls    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Sa

Mrs. Christine Percival    (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral arrangements for Mrs.

Mrs. Jacqueline Hawkins    (AUGUSTA GA)

Mr. Thomas Ketch Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, April 12, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Thomas H. Ketch Jr. of Travis Pine

Mrs. Catherine Matlock    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. -

Mrs. Cynthia Holsonback    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 6, 2002, Mrs. Cynthia Elizabeth New Holsonback, age 96, of Lexington, N.C., formerly of Gl

Mr. Willie Stallings    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. -Entered into rest on Monday, April 15,

Mr. Bob Hardy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Buford Brown    (MARTINEZ, GA.)

Mr. Lionel Gulledge Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Brown    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest April 11, 2002 at the Medical College of Georgia. Mr. Wa

Eric Doughtry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, April 11, 200

Miss Carrie Collier    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest April 14, 2002, Miss Carrie Bell Collier, 75, of McCain Road. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Miss Collier, a native of Edgefield County, was a member of Old Piney Grove Baptist Church. Survivo

Mr. John Daniel    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas DeGennaro    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral arrangements for Mr. Thomas A. D

Mrs. Juanita Cummins    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Juanita Cummins, 78, of Guill Street, died Saturday, April 13, 2002, in Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. L

Mrs. Mable Dukes    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
AUGUSTA, Ga - Entered into rest Sunday April 14, 2002 at the Blair Nursing Home Mrs. Mable Dukes of Millegeville Road. Mrs. Dukes w

Mr. Gary Collins    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 13, 2002, in Augusta, Mr. Gary Arthur Collins of Saddlehorn Drive, Evans. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors

Mr. Cecil Gaultney    (REYNOLDS, Ga.)
REYNOLDS, Ga. - A celebration of life for Cecil Gaul

Mrs. Emily Chalker    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Emily W. Chalker died Sunday at Screven County Hospital. The Screven County native was retired from Sylvania Police Department aft

Mr. Bob Hardy    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Friday, April 12, 2002. Mr. Robert "Bob" Hardy, husband of Mrs. Elga Arwood Hardy of Lee Street, North Augusta

Mrs. Mable Brantley    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mable Phillips Brantley, age 90, of South Harris Street i

Mr. Thomas Ketch Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Anderson    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie Anderson, 86, beloved wife of Mr. George Anderson, of Fort Creek Church Road, died Monday, April 15, 2002, in the Gibson Rest Home. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002, in the Fort Creek

Mrs. Frances Lancaster    (LEXINGTON, Ky.)

Dr. Elizabeth Bell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Dr. Elizabeth S. Bell, 56, wife of Ronald Bell, died April 14, 2002, at her residence. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, at George Funeral Homes. Survivors are husband; son, Jason Bell, Louisville, Ky.; daughter, Lydia Pric

Mrs. Mary Blackston    (SALUDA, S.C.)
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Walton Blackston, age 80, of Penn Creek Road, died Saturday, April 13, 2002, in University Hospital in Augusta. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at 3 p.m. in Edgefield Mercantile Funera

Mr. Herbert Sammons    (SWAINSBORO, Ga)
SWAINSBORO, Ga - Mr. Herbert Craig Sammons, 86, died on Monday, at his residence. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary. Family

Mr. Sam Bagwell    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Mr. Sam Bagwell died Sun

Mr. Johnny Lucas    (STATESBORO, Ga)
STATESBORO, Ga - Mr. Johnny Paul Lucas died Friday, April 12, 2002. Survivors include his wife, Sam Wainfo

Ms. Wendy Williams    (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Entered into rest Sunday,

Mr. Thomas Wheelin    (MARTINEZ, Ga)

Mrs. Christine Percival    (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Toole Percival, 65 of North Silverton Street, Jackson, who died April 14, 2002, will be conducted Thursday morning at 11 a.m. from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Davis officiating.

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

Mr. Bob Hardy (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Cecil Gaultney (REYNOLDS, Ga.)

Mr. Emory Stephens (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Lucas (STATESBORO, Ga)

Eric Doughtry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Eberhardt (WASHINGTON, Ga)

Mr. Bob Hardy (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Gheesling (SILOAM, Ga)

Mrs. Christine Percival (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Elease Glover ( AIKEN S.C.)

Mrs. Opal Thompson (TAMPA, Fla.)

Dr. Elizabeth Bell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Emily Chalker (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Black (JOHNSTOWN COMM., S.C.)

Mr. Lionel Gulledge Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Wheelin (MARTINEZ, Ga)

Mr. Thomas Ketch Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lauretha Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Cummins (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Collins (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Dillie Rollen Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Warlick (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Sammons (SWAINSBORO, Ga)

Mrs. Cynthia Holsonback (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Ketch Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Brantley (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Lancaster (LEXINGTON, Ky.)

Mr. Sam Bagwell Jr. (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Juanita Cummins (THOMSON Ga)

Eric Doughtry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Carrie Collier (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Buford Brown (MARTINEZ, GA.)

Mrs. Sadie Smalls (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mable Dukes (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mr. Horace Swann (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Percival (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Wallace Brown (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Robinson (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Stallings (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Byrd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Milton II (MANHATTAN, NY)

Ms. Wendy Williams (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)

Mrs. Catherine Matlock (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Anderson (DEARING, Ga.)

It will take truth and trust to build a new Augusta
ONE ONLY NEEDS o read The Chronicle on any given day to see why the racial distrust in this community runs so deeply.

Yucca Mountain unsafe for waste
Yucca Mountain, Nev., sits on top of a vital source of drinking water. Scientists can't guarantee that the site won't leak, threatening the health of thousands in the area. Susan Bloomfield, Augusta

Norwood office fails to raise U.S. flag for mission
I'm a soldier assigned to the U.S. liaison mission to the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. Every nation represented here has their national flag flying except us, so I telephoned Rep. Charlie Norwood's, R-Ga., Augusta office and asked for a flag we could fly over our part of the compound. SSG Sam Johnson, Grovetown, Ga.

Make room for vans
Why don't people who drive small cars and trucks and use handicapped parking spaces that are clearly marked for vans 6 feet and over, understand that when they use these places, we have nowhere to go? Our high tops will not go any further than the first floor.Helen Masters, Augusta

It will take truth and trust to build a new Augusta
ONE ONLY NEEDS o read The Chronicle on any given day to see why the racial distrust in this community runs so deeply.

Crazy defense
It may become known as the Alexander Williams defense, named after the Augusta rapist and murderer who escaped the death penalty by claiming Sigourney Weaver is God. Williams faces life without parole - maybe. There are no legally binding guarantees he won't be paroled.

Rips local judges, Congress for being soft on crime
Two local judges deserve the title, "criminal coddler." Both ignored sentencing guidelines for repeat drug dealing and imposed a lesser sentence than society wants. Locking criminals up is done to protect the law-abiding majority, not to give a drug peddling, get-rich-quick parasite a vacation at home. Paul F. Beck, Martinez, Ga.

Bad first impressions
Unfortunately, first impressions of Masters visitors are probably not formed upon their arrival at local airports as Chronicle staff writer Vicky Eckenrode suggests in her April 6 article, "Airports freshen up their images." R.E. Sprayberry, Evans, Ga.

Blasts bigotry
Regarding your decision to publish the April 10 letter written by Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr. on "How Pershing stopped terrorism." Kashif Ahmed, Augusta

Let Senate vote decide magistrate
I have read several articles in Augusta and Aiken newspapers that seem to condone Sen. Greg Ryberg's, R-Aiken, actions condemning the majority vote of Sens. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, and Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington, and Gov. Jim Hodges. They all agreed on Danny Lynn to be appointed court magistrate on May 30, 2001. Johnny V. Finley, North Augusta, S.C.

Claims First Tee overcharged teen
I just dropped off my 13-year-old son and a friend at First Tee to play golf on their first day of spring break. My son called me on my cell phone, as I returned to work, and asked me to come pick them up. It seems that First Tee is charging $25 a round, instead of the usual $6, during Master's Week. Kay S. Jesse, Augusta

Rejects bunker-busting nuke blasts
I disagree with your April 1 editorial, "A new nuke policy," endorsing President George W. Bush's views that nukes should be made usable against terrorist regimes. Could I hope this was an April Fool's message? Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

Editorial critical of commuter rail service blasted
With its usual "Bar the door, Nellie" foresight, The Chroniclehas once again missed the point entirely with its April 5 editorial, "Bad rail investment." Timothy McFalls, Augusta

Waste firm will carry out obligations in pickup pact
Regarding The Chronicle's April 6 editorial, "Results of gridlock," in which you reference CSRA Waste Inc.: This is no doubt a highly charged issue with some in the community, and care must be taken to ensure the facts are not distorted or embellished. Edward J. Tarver, Augusta

Equates illegal aliens with slave era
Today's non-enforced U.S. borders with Mexico are the equivalent of early America's New England slave trade, and once again it is Northern politicians, big businessmen and white-collar criminals who want this gateway kept open. C.T. Miller, Grovetown, Ga.

A masterful Tiger
The buzz is already filling the air concerning next year's Masters Golf Tournament: Will Tiger Woods, the third golfer to win back-to-back Masters, be the first champion ever to three-peat? Don't bet against him.

Supports Israel's defense of its citizens
God may be using the Palestinians to show the left wing in Israel that there can be no just new world order that can take the place of a sovereign, nationally elected government with secure borders, nationally directed economy and trade, with laws made to suit their people's wishes. Robert F. Periano, Augusta

Legislative failure
Members of Augusta's legislative delegation worked at cross purposes this session. In spite of the fact the majority of Augustans realize their city's government is broken, even our legislators were paralyzed along racial lines.

Taxpayers' misery
This, the toughest day of the year for taxpayers, is a grim reminder of just how fouled up our tax code is. If tax experts were asked to write a tax code from scratch, they'd never come up with anything like the U.S. has.

Open Derby field has something for everyone

Overtime

Overtime

3 locals to run in Boston Marathon

NASCAR notebook

Kenyans reclaim No. 1 positions

Harvick fined $35,000, probation extended

Labonte wins in Virginia

Overtime
David Nalbandian of Argentina and Magui Serna of Spain won their first titles Sunday, capturing the men's and women's finals at the Estoril Open in Oeiras, Portugal.

Labonte wins in Virginia
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - When it comes to passing on the racetrack, Bobby Labonte prefers the passive route. That's why Sunday's victory at the Virginia 500 at the Martinsville Speedway was so improbable.

Open Derby field has something for everyone
The Wood Memorial winner once had a problem breathing. The runner-up is named after an Italian espresso.

Harvick fined $35,000, probation extended
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR fined Kevin Harvick $35,000 on Monday and extended his probation until the end of the year for rough driving at Martinsville Speedway.

Kenyans reclaim No. 1 positions
BOSTON - Kenyans are back on top of the Boston Marathon, reclaiming a winning tradition that's now as much a part of the race as Heartbreak Hill.

3 locals to run in Boston Marathon
Alan Rogers and Ale Kennedy of the Augusta Striders running club will have more in common than their age when they begin the grueling journey toward the finish line at noon today in the Boston Marathon.

Overtime
USC Aiken lose three of four games last week, but slipped only one spot in Collegiate Baseball's NCAA Division II rankings. The Pacers )31-17, 12-12 Peach Belt) are ranked No. 20 this week.

NASCAR notebook
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Now that Kevin Harvick knows he pushed NASCAR too far during Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, what he doesn't know is how long the sanctioning body plans to punish him.

No question marks at top
NEW YORK - As usual, there's little intrigue about the first pick in the NFL draft.

Cognitive ability: It's all downhill after age 17
A lot of things happen in the minds of children as they get older: expanded vocabulary, altered senses of self-worth and social status and increased cognitive ability (many parents hope).

Monsanto concerned about trace amounts of unapproved seed
WASHINGTON -- Monsanto Co. is seeking federal approval for a genetically engineered variety of canola just in case trace amounts of the cooking-oil crop are detected in U.S. seed supplies.

County seeks fiber-optics consultant
AIKEN - Aiken County has begun sinking $1.4 million into the ground.

The Force is strong in game
Blasters, photon torpedoes, fast starships, light sabers - nearly every weapon in George Lucas' imaginative armory has been generously available for some time to gamers seeking to defeat the Imperial menace in the ever-expanding universe of Star Wars games. Every weapon, that is, except one, and it's the one to rule them all: the Force.

Circumcised men less likely to carry deadly virus
Women whose sex partners are circumcised may be less likely to get cervical cancer, a study suggests.

FDA rules nicotine-spiked lollipops, lip balm illegal
TUCKER, Ga. -- When customers came to pharmacist Jon Carr desperate for a way to quit smoking, he gave them lollipops spiked with nicotine - a way to satisfy their cravings without the toxins of a cigarette.

How we differ from monkeys
Chimpanzees and humans are remarkably similar in genetic makeup, but the way the two species use those genes in the brain is drastically different, an international research team reports in the latest issue of the journal Science.

Low-fat diet, exercise help fight prostate cancer
A low-fat diet combined with exercise and stress reduction can stop or reverse early cases of prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

Mosquito fighters battle spread of virus
ALBANY, Ga. - Humans vs. mosquitoes: The South's annual war against the bloodsucking insects is usually just a battle to prevent the nasty, itchy bites the pests inflict on almost everyone who goes outside during warm weather.

LSU 13, Georgia 4

LSU 13, Georgia 4
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's Blake Gill hit a pinch-hit grand slam with a homer in the fifth inning that propelled LSU to a 13-4 victory over Georgia Sunday afternoon.

South Carolina 20, Vanderbilt 13
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brian Buscher hit two home runs Sunday to help South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 20-13.

South Carolina 20, Vanderbilt 13

Imperial rocked with music
Movies, a motorcycle and a singing gorilla.

Xtreme advice
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: There's this boy I like, and he likes me too - but he has a girlfriend. In public he walks around holding her hand, but in private he's with me. Should I continue with him or stop until he tells me who he likes the most? - 17-year-old Edgefield girl

My ride
THE FACTS: Matt Lockaby, 18, a senior at Greenbrier High School...

Question of the week

Imperial rocked with music

My ride

Over-the-top theatrics can't save 'Panic Room'

Xtreme advice

Sky's the limit
Ashley Kazimer and Lisa Higgins want to fly.

Prom style
THE FACTS: Jonathan Patton, 17, a senior at the Academy of Richmond County.

Sky's the limit

Question of the week
Q: How many hours a week do you spend on the computer?

Over-the-top theatrics can't save 'Panic Room'
With Panic Room, director David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven offers up a new attempt to cash in on his previous experimental successes. Unfortunately, the film is dreadfully dull.

Prom style

Long-awaited new colors hit Heinz ketchup

Sextuplets born to Kansas couple are 'healthy and strong'

Odds and Ends

Circumcised men less likely to carry deadly virus

Mosquito fighters battle spread of virus

The Force is strong in game

FDA rules nicotine-spiked lollipops, lip balm illegal

Low-fat diet, exercise help fight prostate cancer

How we differ from monkeys

Monsanto concerned about trace amounts of unapproved seed

County seeks fiber-optics consultant