Contraction case goes to arbitrator on June 6
NEW YORK -- Baseball players and owners agreed Tuesday to submit the union's grievance against contraction to an arbitrator on June 6.

Little League board bans coach indefinitely for umpire attack

Contraction case goes to arbitrator on June 6

Little League board bans coach indefinitely for umpire attack
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Little League coach has been barred from the field indefinitely for attacking two umpires after they threw out a couple of unsafe bats.

Twins, Expos in first place

Rangers recall Rocker, place I-Rod on DL
ARLINGTON, Texas -- John Rocker was recalled Tuesday by the Texas Rangers, even though the struggling reliever never reported to his minor league assignment.

Twins, Expos in first place
MINNEAPOLIS -- When commissioner Bud Selig perused the standings Monday, he saw Minnesota leading the AL Central and Montreal heading the NL East.

Wanted: Springtime with its mild temperatures

D'backs top Braves, 5-2
ATLANTA - Jung Bong's thoughts were his own as he rested inside the team clubhouse before Tuesday night's major-league debut against defending world champion Arizona.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz on Tuesday ruled out placing Gary Sheffield on the disabled list, but conceded the team is no longer able to give a specific time frame as to when the slugging right fielder may return to the starting lineup.

Braves fall to Marlins

D'backs top Braves, 5-2

Braves notebook

Braves fall to Marlins
ATLANTA -- Chances are better than even that the 21,461 fans, the smallest crowd in Turner Field's brief history, will remember Kevin Millwood's start and the three double plays that ended rallies Monday night before they recall Andruw Jones's home run or more effective work by relievers Kevin Gryboski and Darren Holmes.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA -- It came as no surprise when the Braves decided to play it safe with righthander Jason Marquis, placing him on the 15-day disabled list Monday with shoulder tendinitis.

Braves notebook

Brunswick finds niche in automobile shipping

Wal-Mart testing out used-car businesses
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The world's largest retailer is taking a test drive in the used-car business.

Redrawing the Box
The question of where to stick it has been solved.

Anheuser-Busch prefers teaming to buyouts

Bubble tea makes slow entry in U.S. markets
Outside the colorful storefront, curious people stop and squint at the new beverage shop. Some press their faces against the glass.

Just seven nations cited as tax havens
WASHINGTON -- An international organization listed only seven countries Thursday as uncooperative tax havens, a sign that the United States and other nations are gaining ground in their effort to curb offshore financial secrecy practices.

Saddam asks Arabs to stop oil exports to U.S., Israel

Brunswick finds niche in automobile shipping
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The Port of Brunswick is riding a wave of new business into what officials predict will be another record-setting year.

Male Care concept competes for national honor
Frank and Rick Calloway knew they had stumbled onto a clever idea with their one-stop errand shop for men.

Business briefs

Anheuser-Busch prefers teaming to buyouts
Over the last year, the global beer industry has seen several large buyout deals: Interbrew's $1.6 billion purchase of Brauerei Beck GmbH & Co., the German maker of Beck's beer, and Adolph Coors Co.'s $1.7 billion acquisition of Carling, the top British beer.

Wal-Mart testing out used-car businesses

Tour addresses job market
Stemming the flow of skilled workers from outside of Georgia will be one way to attract more industry to the state, the University System of Georgia's chancellor said Tuesday.

Redrawing the Box

Just seven nations cited as tax havens

Tour addresses job market

Saddam asks Arabs to stop oil exports to U.S., Israel
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Monday called on Arab oil exporters to stop sales to the United States and Israel as well as cut their exports in half.

Bubble tea makes slow entry in U.S. markets

Business briefs
Government entities and private-sector corporations will participate in a daylong small business conference today at Augusta Technical College.

Clemson 18, Furman 7
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Khalil Greene hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs to lead top ranked Clemson to an 18-7 victory against Furman on Tuesday.

Clemson 18, Furman 7

Dantzler to join Cowboys
Former Clemson quarterback Woody Dantzler agreed to a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys as a running back and kick returner, his agent, Phil Williams, said Monday.

Back-door bar hours

Fools dare to tread

Support Clear Skies

Excuse wears thin

Uphold poker ban

New Crow CD has no cohesion
Thank goodness for the skip button.

Chardonnay, why is it we barely know you?
You may have consumed untold gallons of California chardonnay, but you probably haven't tasted the grape.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

'The Osbournes' is biggest series hit in MTV's history
NEW YORK -- "The Osbournes," the reality sitcom about rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his colorful family life, is officially the biggest hit series in MTV's 21-year history.

In the know
Before you head to the office this morning, stop and grab a little something for the one who answers the phone, sends faxes, sorts the mail and keeps the office running like a clock. Today is Administrative Professionals Day.

The Rock has No. 1 box-office sting with 'Scorpion King'
LOS ANGELES -- The Rock was ready to rumble at the box office.

In the know
In America's First River: Bill Moyers on the Hudson (10 p.m. on WEBA-TV Channel 14 and WCES-TV Channel 20, PBS), Mr. Moyers explores the Hudson River and its influence on American culture, history and environment. The finale airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on WEBA and at 10 p.m. on WCES.

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

Crockpot creation
There's nothing quite as satisfying as chicken and dumplings, but who has time to prepare it? If you've got the craving - and a crockpot - I've got the recipe.

California wine rich in flavors
Dancing Bull Zinfandel is the little brother of the great Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel. It's softer and more approachable, and is priced at under $12 a bottle.

Grape leaves a taste of simplicity
CONCORD, N.H. - Vegetarian cooking is at its best when it is at its simplest.

Getting fit for le$$
Lorri Moffatt and Michelle McBurney of Augusta have no need for gimmicky exercise equipment. They do it the old-fashioned way: they get outside and get moving.

Georgia Tech 12, Mercer 1
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's Victor Menocal had three hits and drove in four runs Tuesday night during a 12-1 victory over Mercer.

Georgia Tech 12, Mercer 1

Charleston blasts Augusta, Thigpen's struggles persist
Last summer, Josh Thigpen went from project to prospect. Now the Augusta GreenJackets right-hander hopes to avoid going from prospect to suspect.

Lefty takes care of Alley Cats
Phil Dumatrait had already proven he can handle success. Tuesday night, he quashed any doubts as to how he would handle adversity.

Golf Glance

Golf Glance
Here is a glance at this week's pro golf tournaments.

Greensboro's defending champion having eye problems
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Scott Hoch is having trouble seeing out of his right eye and might not be able to defend his Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic title this week.

Lopez accepts special exemption to 2002 U.S. Open
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Nancy Lopez, who announced last month that this will be her last full season on the LPGA Tour, accepted a special exemption to play in the 2002 U.S. Women's Open on Monday.

Shattering some myths and misperceptions

Solheim Cup team getting younger
Solheim Cup captain Patty Sheehan could wind up with a lot of fresh faces when the United States tries to win back the cup Sept. 20-22 in Minnesota.

Shattering some myths and misperceptions
One complaint Tiger Woods has with the media and the public is that they tend to exaggerate his performances, both good and bad.

Solheim Cup team getting younger

Weekend event will help youth
A golf tournament this weekend will help give disadvantaged youth the opportunity to participate in the First Tee of Augusta program.

Lefty takes care of Alley Cats

Charleston blasts Augusta, Thigpen's struggles persist

Cross Creek names new football coach

Cross Creek names new football coach
Kevin Hunt knows about homecomings - and rude awakenings.

Blues 1, Blackhawks 0
CHICAGO -- Brent Johnson keeps turning away the frustrated Chicago Blackhawks, who can't score against the St. Louis goalie.

Senators confident they can beat Flyers
OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators believe they can beat the Philadelphia Flyers in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Canadiens 5, Bruins 3

Blackhawks offense singing the Blues

Islanders 6, Maple Leafs 1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Somewhere, Mike Milbury was smiling.

Hurricanes can see Devils in rear-view mirror
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Despite having a 2-1 lead in its best-of-seven first-round playoff series, Carolina can't be too comfortable.

Devils 3, Hurricanes 1

ECHL suspends player for 18 games
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Goaltender Jason LaBarbera of the Charlotte Checkers was suspended 18 games by the East Coast Hockey League on Monday because he threw his stick and it hit a fan.

Islanders focus getting a win, not officials

Hurricanes can see Devils in rear-view mirror

Devils 3, Hurricanes 1
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur fell 2:33 short of posting consecutive shutouts but the New Jersey Devils still beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Blackhawks offense singing the Blues
CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues' defense starts by clogging up the middle of the ice, impeding any breakout chances for the Chicago Blackhawks and gumming up their offensive flow.

Canadiens 5, Bruins 3
MONTREAL -- Only a few months ago, Saku Koivu was weak from chemotherapy and in the midst of a fight with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

ECHL suspends player for 18 games

Blues 1, Blackhawks 0

Senators confident they can beat Flyers

Islanders 6, Maple Leafs 1

Islanders focus getting a win, not officials
By URSULA REEL AP Hockey Writer

Senators 3, Flyers 0
OTTAWA -- It took him 27 games, but Radek Bonk made sure his first career playoff goal was very significant.

Wanted: Springtime with its mild temperatures
I've been listening to my police scanner the past few days.

Lynx extend Burton's contract
AUGUSTA, GA -- The Augusta Lynx announced today that Jim Burton will return as head coach and director of hockey operations for the 2002-2003 season. Lynx general manager, Mike Pierson, and Coach Burton reached an agreement this morning that will extend Burton's contract through June of 2003.

Girl was not pregnant
A 16-year-old girl who, police say, was killed because her ex-boyfriend didn't want her to have his baby, was not pregnant, police said Tuesday.

NAACP should focus on things more important than flag

Golf program must raise funds somehow

Boyles fails in another promise

'Eco-illiterates' should shut up

Utilities department comes through

That's leadership?

Agrees water levels for Thurmond Lake are too low

We are all victims of child porn

Millender would make great mayor

One who got away

Baby abandonment bill lets moms avoid responsibility

Costs are steep flying from Augusta

Fund raiser keeps kids' costs down

Augusta's code authorities need a touch of compassion

Early 'happy holidays' - just in case

'The Osbournes' is biggest series hit in MTV's history

Grape leaves a taste of simplicity

The Rock has No. 1 box-office sting with 'Scorpion King'

Getting fit for le$$

Chardonnay, why is it we barely know you?

In the know

Small portions

In the know

Crockpot creation

Senior calendar

Burton signs with Augusta through 2003
The Augusta Lynx missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, but posted a record that was equal or better than seven playoff teams.

Lesson in survival
AIKEN - The sounds of a gospel spiritual broke the silence at Aiken High School's football field Monday.

2 teen-agers charged in student's slaying

Georgia high court hears video poker case
ATLANTA - The Constitution does not guarantee the right to life, liberty and video poker.

Slaying haunts police, friends
ATHENS, Ga. - Jenny Stone had a life of promise ahead of her in the spring of 1992.

Subscriber of the day

Foster parents provide service
Doge Sanders brought home a blue cap and gown Monday. His mom, of course, had him try it on.

News you can use

Slain girl was not pregnant
Stephanie Nicole Burnett might have thought she was pregnant, but an autopsy showed the Augusta teen-ager was not, authorities said Tuesday.

Condon drops fund-shift case
COLUMBIA - State Attorney General Charlie Condon said Monday that Gov. Jim Hodges used poor judgment but had no criminal intent as he redirected state funds after vetoes last year.

Slaying suspect turns himself in

News you can use

Across the southeast
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A domestic-violence detective resigned from the police department Monday after being accused of pulling his gun during a dispute with his estranged wife.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Across Georgia

Leaders embrace higher fees

Aiken extols 5 new ball fields

Across South Carolina

Around town

Across Georgia
DUBLIN -A plea for help on a restroom wall in Tennessee led to the arrest of a truck driver at a rest area on Interstate 16, where authorities said they found a woman beaten and wrapped in a blanket in the cab of the truck.

Leaders embrace higher fees
COLUMBIA - Legislators who have rejected the notion of raising taxes aren't blushing about proposed fee increases that will make doing business with government agencies and courts more expensive.

Meetings allow road plan input
Ann Clyde wanted to know when a Wrightsboro Road widening project would occur and what the outcome would mean for her home.

Correction
In Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, Evelyn Browne was misidentified in the caption of a photograph accompanying an article about USA Weekend's Make a Difference Day.

Officials OK study on pupil transfer

Augusta growth talks set to begin

Slaying haunts police, friends

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Kidnapping charges have been filed against a Clemson man in the disappearance of a Marietta couple.

Paine, other black colleges, draw few men
Colin Jamerson knows what he has to do to prepare for his future. Although athletics brought him to Paine College, the Los Angeles resident is taking his education seriously.

News you can use
April 23, 1987 Columbia County continues to have an abundance of land designated for commercial development but changes might be needed in the county's 8-year-old land-use plan, said the chairman of the Columbia County Commission.

Support troops are the unsung heroes
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The bags of worn, dusty uniforms pile up in the bombed-out building.

Experts meet on Savannah water use
Like Siamese twins dependent on a single pulse, Georgia and South Carolina must learn to share the Savannah River's resources - or face dire consequences, according to water experts in both states.

Injured deputy leaves hospital
The Columbia County sheriff's deputy who was shot Friday has been released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital after surgery and treatment for facial injuries.

Judge grants custody to slaying victim's mother

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ray Shropshire of Augusta.

News you can use
April 24, 1976 The Augusta-Richmond County Human Relations Commission will investigate the death of a man who died March 28 in an Augusta Police Department jail cell, members decided yesterday.

Support troops are the unsung heroes

Across the area
An Augusta man who, police say, was responsible for a fatal New Year's Day traffic accident was indicted Tuesday on a charge of first-degree homicide by vehicle.

Animal control struggles to contain dog fighting
ATHENS, Ga. - Patrick Rives knows the tell-tale signs of dog fighting when he sees them.

Aiken extols 5 new ball fields
Impact: City officials say new ball fields could bring significant tourism revenue to Aiken.

Schools question progress measures
ATLANTA - In Georgia, education leaders all agree that schools need to improve. There's less agreement on how to measure that improvement.

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

Correction
In Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, an article concerning congressional candidate Charles Walker Jr. erroneously ran with a photo of his father, Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker Sr. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Augusta growth talks set to begin
A group of community leaders will begin a project today that they hope will map development in the Augusta area through 2020.

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -For every $1 that South Carolina residents and businesses paid in federal taxes last year, the federal government spent $1.51.

Animal control struggles to contain dog fighting

Meetings allow road plan input

Officials OK study on pupil transfer
AIKEN - After numerous objections, the Aiken County school board voted Tuesday to have its administration study a plan to relocate some North Augusta middle school pupils.

Slain girl was not pregnant

Men testify about fake badges
Two New York men testified Monday that they had been sold phony 2001 Masters Tournament badges by a man from McBean, Ga.

Council blocks crematorium
AIKEN - There will be no crematorium on historic Hayne Avenue or any in any other Aiken neighborhood.

Jurors convict in ticket swindle

2 teen-agers charged in student's slaying
A 16-year-old Butler High School student was brutally beaten and stabbed to death because her ex-boyfriend believed she was pregnant and didn't want to be a father, police said Monday.

Across the area

Slaying suspect turns himself in
An Augusta man wanted in a Sunday slaying at Summerville Apartments surrendered to authorities Monday.

Jurors convict in ticket swindle
Ethel Davis sat shaking her head in disbelief Tuesday afternoon as a Richmond County jury convicted her husband of selling bogus 2001 Masters Tournament badges.

Search is starting for court architect
The city begins its search today for the architect who will design a new Richmond County courts complex, setting in motion what is expected to be a three-year construction and renovation project on the city's municipal building.

Blockade drill pleases Hodges

Multiple charges turn up

2 candidates lead fund race in new district
ATLANTA - Voters in the new 12th Congressional District might have a choice of many candidates in this summer's primary, but campaign contributors have narrowed the contest to just two men so far.

Paine, other black colleges, draw few men

University accepts bid
The front gate to Augusta State University's past is expected to close within four to five weeks, opening the way to an integral part of its future.

Around town

Blockade drill pleases Hodges
NEW ELLENTON - South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges declared Monday's law-enforcement exercise to practice blocking plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site a success.

Correction

Across Georgia
DECATUR -A Superior Court judge on Monday chose Albany as the site for the June murder trial of former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey.

Schools question progress measures

Across the area
Visitors to Fort Gordon will encounter beefed-up security at the gates and on post until further notice, a military spokeswoman said.

Foster parents provide service

Judge grants custody to slaying victim's mother
Faye Reeves of Thomson got one of the two things she wanted most last week - permanent custody of her 2 1/2 -year-old grandson, Joseph.

Men testify about fake badges

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jesse Belangia of Augusta.

Across the southeast

Multiple charges turn up
The woman accused of shooting a Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputy Friday is facing a number of charges in two states, is under investigation in a third and could serve up to 90 years in jail.

2 candidates lead fund race in new district

Injured deputy leaves hospital

Across the area

Correction

Georgia high court hears video poker case

Let the talk of a real Grand Slam for Tiger begin
Assuming Tiger Woods spent many hours on a beach since leaving Augusta with his Swedish girlfriend, Elin Nordegren, we can presume Woods isn't thinking much about golf.

Nets 95, Pacers 79

Nets 95, Pacers 79
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets shook off the playoff jitters with two things even more valuable in the postseason than a half-court offense - Jason Kidd and a great defense.

Role changes for Celtics' Anderson - to team player
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Kenny Anderson is scoring less and enjoying himself more now that he's in the NBA playoffs again.

Pistons want to keep home-court advantage

Sixers in a familiar position - trailing 1-0 in playoffs

Role changes for Celtics' Anderson - to team player

Pistons want to keep home-court advantage
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons worked hard to earn home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs.

Magic 111, Hornets 103, OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tracy McGrady felt fine for three quarters. When he faltered, his teammates stepped up to help the Orlando Magic even their playoff series with the Charlotte Hornets.

Sixers in a familiar position - trailing 1-0 in playoffs
PHILADELPHIA -- The Boston Celtics celebrated their first playoff victory since 1995 by skipping practice Monday.

Magic 111, Hornets 103, OT

Good drafts, bad drafts, and more

Mr. Richard Solei    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, Apri

Mr. James Glover    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - James Glover, age 62, entered into eternal rest April 22, 2002, at Blair House Nursing Home in Augusta, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and

Mr. Garous Leverett    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Garous "Sweet" Leverett of Hwy 220 East died April 20, 2002, at his residence. The funeral services will be held Wednesday April 24, 2002, at Mulberry Christian Methodist E

Mr. Michael Blackburn    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into r

Mrs. Rosa Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Feaster    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Feaster, 88, of Westgate Drive, Waynesboro, who died April 19

Mr. Benjamin Parker    (WARENVILLE, S.C.)

Dea. James Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Allean Goodwin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Allean A. Price Goodwin, 98, of Tenth Street will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 23, 2002, at New Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. James Hogan Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Old Storm Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. The remains will lie in state in the church form 1 p.m. until the hour of service. Family and friends will assemble at the residence, 1115 Tenth Street at 1:15 p.m. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Mrs. Matilda Council    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at the Doctors Hospital, Mrs. Matilda Patterson Council of Knollcr

Mr. Richard Solei    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 22, 2002, Mr. Richard Roy Solei at St. Joseph Hospital, the husband

Mr. Robert Beeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Robert L.

Mr. Brad Barnes    (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Geddes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Elizabeth Ann Newbanks Geddes, 85, who died April 21, 2002, will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at St. Johns United Methodist Church. Burial in Suns

Rev. John Smith    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Rev. John B.F. Smith of Augusta Hwy., Dearing, entered into rest April 20, 2002, at his residence. Funeral ser

Mr. Phillip Watts    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 22, 2002, Mr. Phillip Wayne Watts, beloved husband of Mrs. Lettie Garland Watts of Graniteville, S.C. The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Napier Funeral Home.

Mrs. Edith Pickrell    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Edith Dye Pickrell of Camak Road Warrenton, entered into rest April 21, 2002, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation. She was the

Featured obituary: Mr. Jim Knapp
Jim Knapp said the last six years of his life were the best he'd ever had.

Mrs. Suzanne Boggus    (DOUGLAS, Ga.)
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Mrs. Suzanne Ray McLain Boggus of Douglas, passed away Monday, April 22, 2002, at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas. Mr. Boggus, a native of Colquitt County, was born in June 5, 1949, the daugh

Featured obituary: Mr. John Smith
John Smith dreamed of a career in the ministry, but times were tough for his family when he graduated from high school.

Miss Nicole Burnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, April 22,

Nicole Burnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, April 22, 2002, Miss Stephanie Nicole Burnett, 16, of Pea

Mrs. Odessa Seigler    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 22, 2002, Mrs. Odessa Wil

Mr. Ernest Chavious    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Ernest Chavious died April 20, 2002.Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Talatha Community. Burial in the church cemetery. T

Mrs. Thora Silas    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Funeral service for Thora Williford Silas, 89, of Columbia, was held 11 a.m., Monday, April 22, 20

Mr. Auston Collier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Fr

Ronnie Phillips    (NEESES, S.C.)
NEESES, S.C. - Infant Ronnie Phillips died on Sunday, he was the son of Rob

Mr. Charles Crocker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Charles Richard Crocker, age 67, entered into rest on Sunday, April 21, 2002, at University Hospital. Gra

Mr. Carl Morris    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Carl Wesley Morris, 79, of North Gibson Street, Warrenton, entered into rest April 21, 2002, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of Marian Morris. Fune

Mr. Tom Daly    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Memorial services for Mr. Tom Charles Daly will be private. Mr. Daly, 78, husband of the late Paula Francis Dombrowski Daly

Mrs. Virginia Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, April 18, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mrs. Virginia Green of Hilltop Court. Funeral service will be held today, April 23, 2002, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. John Lockhart

Mr. Larry Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Stout    (CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J.)
CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. - Mrs. Carolyn Goodwin Stout of Cliffside Park, N.J. passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 14, 2002. Carolyn was born in Augusta, Ga., the daugh

Mr. Malcolm English    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, April 21, 2002, at University Hospital, Mrs. Bernice Williams Gibson of Gilbert Manor, widow of the late Percy Gibson. Funeral arrangeme

Mrs. Elizabeth Geddes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Elizabeth Ann Newbanks Geddes, 85, who died April 21, 2002, will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at St. Johns United Methodist Church. Burial in Sunset Me

Mr. Phillip Watts    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 22, 2002, Mr. Phillip Wayne Watts, age 52, of Graniteville, beloved husband of Mrs. Lettie Garland Watts, and son of the late

Mrs. Bernice Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brad Barnes    (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa Greene    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Funeral Mass for Theresa Mi

Rev. Willy Gary Sr.    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Rev. Willy Walter Gary Sr. died April 17, 2002. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at Blunt C.M.E. Church, Carnville, S.C., Rev. Larry Windfield,

Mr. Edward Hyman    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
NORWOOD, Ga. - Mr. Edward Gilbert Hyma

Mrs. Shirley Frank    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 22, 2002, at the University Hospital. Mrs. Shirley Frank of Kra

Mr. Bobby Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Glenn Wolfe    (SELLERSBURG, Ind.)
SELLERSBURG, Ind. - Glenn Duffin Wolfe, 73, of Sellersburg, Indiana, passed away Saturday m

Mr. Timothy Kendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Malcolm English    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Garous Leverett    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Tina Croft    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Tina Sanders Croft, 84, widow of W.J.

Mr. Frank May    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. S. Frank May, age 80, of Highway 88, died Tuesday April 23, at the Washington County Regional Medical Center. Funeral services wil

Mr. Charles Crocker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Charles Richard Crocker, age 67, entered into rest on Sunday, April 21, 2002, at University Hospital. Graveside services will beheld 3 p.m. Wednes

Mr. Noah Molar    (LANCASTER, Ohio)
LANCASTER, Ohio - Noah Molar, formerly of Lancaster, died Tuesday, Apri

Mr. Auston Collier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Parker    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Blackburn    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest April 21, 2002, at his resid

Mrs. Dolly Pettigrew    (TAMPA, Fla.)
TAMPA, Fla. - M rs. Dolly Kathleen Wiley Pettigrew, 74, wife of Fred Pettigrew, Jr., died April 23, 2002. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday at Tranquil United Met

Ms. Susan Rhodes    (GOVAN, S.C.)
GOVAN, S.C. - Services for Susan Rachelle Rhodes, 31, of Govan will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2002, at Mercer Funeral Home in Denmark. Burial will be in S

Mr. Thomas Still    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Services for Thomas Lide Still, 86, will be held Wednesday, 4 p.m. at Reedy Branch Baptist Church, Barnewell with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Folk Funeral Home, Williston.

Mrs. Shirley Frank (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Stout (CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J.)

Mrs. Virginia Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Beeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Feaster (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Brad Barnes (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Glenn Wolfe (SELLERSBURG, Ind.)

Mrs. Suzanne Boggus (DOUGLAS, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa Greene (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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Dea. James Daggett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Timothy Kendrix (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Malcolm English (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Chavious (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Matilda Council (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Noah Molar (LANCASTER, Ohio)

Rev. John Smith (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Parker (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Blackburn (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Daly (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Susan Rhodes (GOVAN, S.C.)

Miss Nicole Burnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Richard Solei (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allean Goodwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Auston Collier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Nicole Burnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank May (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Crocker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Crocker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Auston Collier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Willy Gary Sr. (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Odessa Seigler (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Garous Leverett (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ronnie Phillips (NEESES, S.C.)

Mr. Malcolm English (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Morris (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Glover (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dolly Pettigrew (TAMPA, Fla.)

Mr. Brad Barnes (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Blackburn (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Still (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Edith Pickrell (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Parker (WARENVILLE, S.C.)

NAACP should focus on things more important than flag
Doesn't the NAACP have more to concern itself with other than the Confederate flag in South Carolina? I would rather see a person who flies his flag publicly than one who flies it in hiding. The Confederate flag can serve as an indicator of the behavior one should expect when meeting its owner. However, there are exceptions. Carolyn B. Ellis, Augusta

One who got away
Many of us wonder why The Chronicle let the best high school sports writer it ever had get away? Somebody must be sleeping on the printing press. Tim Morse went to all the schools in the Central Savannah River Area. Not happening now. Johnnie Steve Norton, Wrens, Ga.

Utilities department comes through
The Augusta Utilities Department comes under fire many times a year. We wish to thank the staff for their response to our needs. Nancy and Stanley Chadwick, Augusta

We are all victims of child porn
Regarding your April 18 editorial on "Victimless porn," I totally disagree with your position. When a noose is drawn in a work place, there is not an actual lynching, and when swastikas are scrawled on a synagogue, there is not an actual gassing of a human being, yet both of these heinous acts are justly condemned by society. George P. Petrides, Martinez, Ga.

Fund raiser keeps kids' costs down
I am sure that I speak for other parents and children when I thank The First Tee for its love of kids and the game of golf. I feel that golf for my kids is indeed affordable and enjoyable at The First Tee. Michael R. Watts, Augusta

Early 'happy holidays' - just in case
I'm sending Christmas cards early this year ... For a variety of reasons, I feel it's prudent. Amy C. Trier, Aiken, S.C.

Augusta's code authorities need a touch of compassion
At what point does code enforcement become harassment? In the past 14 days, I have been contacted four times by various Augusta-Richmond County code authorities. On one of the initial contacts, I was told I had 30 days to comply with their rules, but they just keep hounding me. Alice M. Marshall, Augusta

Costs are steep flying from Augusta
I recently went searching on-line for airline tickets for my husband, myself and our 11-year-old son. What I found was what I had heard of for years; the prices from Augusta to Atlanta are outrageous. No wonder no one is flying from Augusta. Lynnell Palermo, Augusta

Millender would make great mayor
My compliments to Professor Mallory K. Millender of Paine College for an excellent presentation of "the black point of view" in his guest column on April 16. "It will take truth and trust to build a new Augusta," he wrote. Rev. J.C. Phinizy, Augusta

That's leadership?
I found Sen. Charles Walker's, D-Augusta, comment that it was time for stronger leadership in Augusta to be very amusing. Mr. Walker showed no leadership at all when he couldn't get any of his representatives to sign on to the bill he and Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, passed in the Senate in regard to Augusta's broken government. Sad leadership. Forrest Hensley Sr., Augusta

Uphold poker ban
It would be a slap in the face of the legislature if the Georgia Supreme Court upholds a lower court ruling that has kept video poker alive since September. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to ban the machines.

'Eco-illiterates' should shut up
Susan Bloomfield's letter of April 15, "Yucca Mountain unsafe for waste," is typical of the misinformed fiction being spread by "eco-illiterates." Rob Whitfield, Grovetown, Ga.

Excuse wears thin
Some Augusta public figures were red-faced after The Chronicle on Sunday reported them delinquent in their local taxes. Most, such as City Attorney Jim Wall and Circuit Court Judge Carl Brown Jr., said they didn't know about the outstanding taxes and paid up as soon as they were told.

Baby abandonment bill lets moms avoid responsibility
"Senators approve baby abandonment bill," headlined a Chronicle April 2 front-page article ... Alan Roberts, Augusta

Boyles fails in another promise
I found Augusta Commissioner Tommy Boyles' comments on our legislative delegation interesting. One of Mr. Boyles' campaign points in his election was that he had worked for state Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, in Atlanta and personally knew a lot of powerful people who could help him get things done for Augusta. Wayne Hawkins, Augusta

Support Clear Skies
It was just like old times Monday - George Bush and Al Gore delivering dueling messages. Gore, eyeing another White House bid, trashed the president's environmental policies in an Earth Day speech in Nashville, Tenn.

Agrees water levels for Thurmond Lake are too low
As a lake shore property owner, I firmly agree with Troy Johnson's April 8 letter, "Claims Thurmond Lake poorly run." It centered on the lake's low level. Al Hardy, Lincolnton, Ga.

Golf program must raise funds somehow
My comments are in response to the letter published April 15 from Kay S. Jessie, regarding green fee charges during Masters week at The First Tee. Paul S. Simon, Augusta

Fools dare to tread
Zacarias Moussaoui, the one man who faces charges for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, asked a federal judge Monday to allow him to fire his court-appointed attorneys. He wants to represent himself and hire a Muslim attorney.

Back-door bar hours
Augusta Commission member Andy Cheek won't give up on the idea of extending bar hours. He thinks those who are content with existing hours are troglodyte party poopers who wish to impede Augusta's progress.

Women again to get less at Wimbledon; prizes up 5 percent overall

Overtime

Stallions receivers try to share the wealth

Tyson-Lewis bout sanctioned by IBF after Byrd's appeal rejected

Martin reports improvement in Roush following hospital visit

Lilly sponsors racing team in wake of Viagra deal

Overtime

Lady 'Pack rise to top of region

Injured car owner in serious condition

Prep notebook

Overtime

Lazier, Scheckter released from hospital

Lazier, Scheckter improve after crash

Lady 'Pack rise to top of region
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Six years ago, the Greenbrier girls track team's ability to win anything seemed almost laughable.

Injured car owner in serious condition
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was still in serious condition Monday, three days after his small plane crashed into a lake in southern Alabama.

Prep notebook
Twenty-four teams from five states are entered in the seventh annual Joe Wyatt Memorial Golf Tournament, which begins Friday at Houndslake Country Club in Aiken.

Tyson-Lewis bout sanctioned by IBF after Byrd's appeal rejected
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Heavyweight contender Chris Byrd's bid to have champion Lennox Lewis stripped of his title was turned down by the IBF appeal tribunal.

Lazier, Scheckter released from hospital
NAZARETH, Pa. -- IRL drivers Jaques Lazier and Tomas Scheckter were released Tuesday from Lehigh Valley Hospital after treatment for injuries from their crash two days earlier at Nazareth Speedway.

Lilly sponsors racing team in wake of Viagra deal
INDIANAPOLIS -- Another drug company is trying to capitalize on the high-octane mix of sex and speed.

Overtime
Freshman Scott Brown of North Augusta sparked USC Aiken to its first Peach Belt Conference title since 1997 on Tuesday.

Lazier, Scheckter improve after crash
NAZARETH, Pa. -- Drivers Jaques Lazier and Tomas Scheckter were upgraded to good condition Monday, a day after being hospitalized for injuries from a crash in the Firestone Indy 225.

Overtime
Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol won the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday as a near unanimous pick.

Overtime
After a series victory over then No. 3 North Florida, the No. 15 USC Aiken Pacers moved up five places in this week's Collegiate Baseball Magazine Top 30 Coaches Poll, which was released Monday.

Martin reports improvement in Roush following hospital visit
Unable to talk because of the tubes in his throat, NASCAR car owner Jack Roush grabbed a notepad and wrote "1-2-3-4." He showed the numbers to driver Mark Martin, indicating he wanted to know the finishing order in the last Winston Cup race.

Women again to get less at Wimbledon; prizes up 5 percent overall
WIMBLEDON, England -- Women still will earn less than the men at Wimbledon, even though total prize money at the Grand Slam tournament is going up.

Atlanta signs Valdosta State QB Dusty Bonner
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Two-time Division II player of the year Dusty Bonner has signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

Good drafts, bad drafts, and more
NEW YORK -- It takes at least two years to determine whether a team's draft was successful.

Let the talk of a real Grand Slam for Tiger begin

Stallions receivers try to share the wealth
The talk around Augusta Stallions camp before the season was about spreading the ball around to more receivers. That mission has been accomplished.

Improving the odds
They were hoping for 100 people to show up Tuesday to become potential bone marrow donors; they got 100 in the first hour.

Three NBA video games put you on the court
For NBA fans, this is the time of the year that really matters - the playoffs.

Russian rocket readied to carry space tourist
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- As a cold wind blew across Kazakhstan's brown steppes, the Soyuz TM booster rocket that is to launch the world's second space tourist into orbit was gently guided into place Tuesday.

More computer protection needed
A new approach to improving computer security is actually very old - medieval, in fact.

Cut time between CPR and defibrillation, heart study says
Less time between CPR and a shock with automated external defibrillators may allow more people to survive after their hearts stop, according to a new study from the American Heart Association.

Gates: penalties would undermine Windows software
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates took the stand Monday for the first time in his company's antitrust case, testifying the penalties being sought by nine states would undermine software used by millions of Americans.

Atlanta cops scoot off after criminals on Segway scooters
ATLANTA -- Purse-snatchers beware: Atlanta police are riding shiny new $9,000 scooters - and it will take at least a brisk jog to get away from them.

Board to fund cancer upgrade
It's a simple fact for MCG Health Inc.: More cancer patients mean new and better machines.

Tour unveils technology to Tanzanian officials
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - If trade between the United States and Africa ever heats up, South Carolina already will have its foot in the door.

Toxic metal poses health threat to dental lab workers
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is warning dental laboratories that workers could be exposed to hazardous levels of beryllium if they inhale dust that contains the toxic metal when working on crowns or bridges.

Georgia 18, Western Carolina 11

Georgia 18, Western Carolina 11
ATHENS, Ga. -- Chaz Lytle homered to open a nine-run eighth and added a two-RBI single later in the inning as Georgia rallied from a 9-2 deficit Tuesday to beat Western Carolina 18-11 for the Bulldogs' sixth straight victory.

Gamecocks' two-deep roster full of upperclassmen
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's two-deep roster released Tuesday shows a team full of upperclassmen and experience at the skilled positions.

Gamecocks' two-deep roster full of upperclassmen

Teens work on getting jobs

Your style

Xtreme calendar

Teens work on getting jobs
While some teens are getting dizzy on roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia or are lounging by the pool, others will be diving headfirst into jobs or volunteer work.

On the charts

Mind games

Question of the week

Artists corner

Advice line

Question of the week
Q. How do you get to the prom?

Your style
THE FACTS: Melissa Lewis, 16, a junior at Cross Creek High School

Artists corner
Kelly Addis, 18, is a senior at Evans High School. She's been working with clay for two years and is a member of the Evans High National Art Honor Society. Stoneware Teapot is made of clay.

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

'High Crimes' committed in film's confusing ending

Xtreme calendar
New discs include Opaline from Dishwalla, Bloodsport from the Sneaker Pimps, Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections from Goodie Mob's Cee-Lo, and Atticus & Side One Present: Dragging the Lake, a compilation that features rare and unreleased tracks from Blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World.

My pad

Advice line
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM My best friend recently found a guy she likes, and they started going out. Since then, I have been left out. At school, she has time only for him. When I go talk to her, he shows up and she leaves. Whenever I get to talk to her, it's about him. In our last conversation, I told her to leave him out of our conversation forever. Should I just stay out of her life, or what? I don't want to get in the way of their relationship. I just want to spend some time with my friend. - 16-year-old Edgefield boy

Mind games
"Cheating" will get you everywhere. At least, that's the experience of Brandon Fogerty, an Augusta teen who started out writing "cheat" codes for his Super Nintendo games and will have his own computer game on store shelves next month.

'High Crimes' committed in film's confusing ending
Because of its outstanding cast, the excellent acting in High Crimes isn't surprising.

My pad
FACTS: Molly Knab, 17, a senior at Evans High School.

Gates: penalties would undermine Windows software

Board to fund cancer upgrade

Russian rocket readied to carry space tourist

Tour unveils technology to Tanzanian officials

More computer protection needed

Toxic metal poses health threat to dental lab workers

Three NBA video games put you on the court

Atlanta cops scoot off after criminals on Segway scooters