Managers falling at record pace
In the precarious business of managing a baseball team, April really did turn out to be the cruelest month.

Ripken named commissioner of Bush's T-ball league
WASHINGTON -- Cal Ripken Jr. has his eye on another consecutive-game streak. As commissioner of President Bush's T-ball league, the former Baltimore Orioles baseball star says he hopes to attend every game played at the White House.

Prep baseball scores
Here are scores from area prep baseball action.

Prep baseball scores

Managers falling at record pace

Ripken named commissioner of Bush's T-ball league

Prep baseball scores
Here are scores from area prep baseball action.

Prep baseball scores

North Augusta dealt a stinging loss by Irmo
Drew Hummel said he knew all along his North Augusta baseball team's biggest weakness - its hitting - eventually would come back to bite the Yellow Jackets.

Odds and ends
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Some neighborhood activists here are playing hardball with Mister Softee.

Foods that kill
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Resist that luscious jelly doughnut while driving to work and don't grab for the coffee. One distracting spill and you could end up in the ditch.

You're so vain - you're also busted
COVINGTON, Ky. - Vanity got the better of a Covington man, whose personalized license plate netted him 20 years behind bars.

Girls' underwear reportedly checked at dance
POWAY, Calif. -- A female vice principal allegedly lifted girls' skirts - in front of male students and adults - to make sure they weren't wearing thong underwear at a dance.

Braves notebook
MILWAUKEE - No matter how they do the math, the Atlanta Braves can't fit six pitchers into a five-man rotation.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Glavine stifles Brewers in win
MILWAUKEE - This could turn out to be the mother of all salary drives.

Surhoff to have surgery, out for season

Surhoff to have surgery, out for season
MILWAUKEE -- Atlanta Braves outfielder-first baseman B.J. Surhoff will have surgery on his right knee and miss the remainder of the season.

Braves' slump continues
MILWAUKEE - Sometimes, you lose to a guy throwing BBs. And sometimes you lose to a guy who doesn't break 87 m.p.h. and was released by the Phillies last month.

Glavine stifles Brewers in win

Braves' slump continues

Braves notebook
MILWAUKEE - A day off to collect themselves?

Airport aims to stem losses

Telemarketing restrictions could devastate newspaper industry, group says

Business briefs
CLINTON, Miss. - WorldCom Inc. said Tuesday that vice chairman John Sidgmore would succeed Bernard J. Ebbers as president and CEO.

Consumer confidence slips a little
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence dipped in April from a seven-month high, but optimism about the economy still remained higher than analysts' expectations.

Manufacturing activity gauge slips in April

Telemarketing restrictions could devastate newspaper industry, group says
WASHINGTON -- National "do-not-call" rules being considered by regulators would devastate the newspaper industry because telemarketing generates 60 percent of new subscriber sales, an industry group says.

Garden City offers variety
The last time Judy Tyler tried to open a restaurant downtown, it cost her $90,000 in building renovations and court fees and the business folded after just four months.

Consumer confidence slips a little

Manufacturing activity gauge slips in April
NEW YORK -- Manufacturing activity grew for a third straight month in April, but at a slower rate than the previous month, an industry group reported Wednesday.

Garden City offers variety

Sinking into debt

Sinking into debt
Half of all Americans fail to control spending and debt, and the result is a rise in bankruptcy filings, according to a national study by a nonprofit financial research center.

Business briefs
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. is ending the no-interest financing offer that the nation's biggest automaker used to boost sales of new cars and trucks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Business briefs

Local franchise to get face-lift
The new operator of Wendy's restaurants in the Augusta-Aiken market is embarking on a multimillion dollar plan to expand and renovate the restaurant chain.

Airport aims to stem losses
The decline in passenger levels at Augusta Regional Airport has some airport board members looking for ways to reconnect with passengers.

Business briefs

Clemson's Davis has cancer surgery
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Jim Davis had surgery for prostate cancer Monday and a school spokesman said the operation went well.

Clemson's Davis has cancer surgery

SEC image concerns coaches
The Southeastern Conference will play its 70th season of football this fall, and there's plenty to celebrate.

SEC image concerns coaches

A lawyer for Simba

No plea yet

Feds sow chaos

Kill death tax forever

Stan's still the man when it comes to 'Spider-Man'
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Spider-Man creator Stan Lee's philosophy can be summed up in one word: Excelsior!

Book tells kids about presidents
Did you know that President William Howard Taft got stuck in the bathtub?

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

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

California sampling yields the good, bad and ugly
Fresh hopes, some disappointments, expectations met or bruised.

Picnic basket
Looking for an effortless way to entertain guests, or for something elegant to take to the lake for a weekend picnic? Party-Picnic Chicken is cooked up unattended - in your crockpot, but no one will guess how simple it was to prepare.

Abandoned hospital one of the stars of 'Scrubs'
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Even in the back parking lot, it's an easy mistake to make. After all, people are wearing scrubs. Some have stethoscopes around their necks; others carry charts.

In the know
Searching for books online - be they rare, used or new - is simple with a site like BookFinder.com.

Getting out of dodge
The era of launching red rubber balls at human targets is coming to an end.

In the know
Baskin Robbins is giving away ice cream tonight (Wednesday evening). Free Scoop Night runs from 6-10 p.m. For every scoop given away, Baskin Robbins will make a donation to First Book, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting children's literacy.

CBS wins week's ratings race
NEW YORK -- CBS took the early lead as television networks began the final, nostalgia-crazed ratings "sweeps" month of the season.

Jackets, Waves split doubleheader
ALBANY, Ga. - The South Georgia Waves and the Augusta GreenJackets split a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Waves won the first game 6-0 and the GreenJackets won the nightcap, 3-2.

Qualifiers must play in 10 events

Augusta changes policy on past champions
In a rare admission that it made a mistake, Augusta National Golf Club revised its new policy on past champions Wednesday by reducing the number of tournaments they must play to be eligible for the Masters.

Qualifiers must play in 10 events
Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament chairman Hootie Johnson said three weeks ago that, when it comes to the decisions he makes, "I don't look back."

Masters orders Nicklaus into hibernation
No golf tournament anywhere in the world gets criticized about its field as long as Tiger Woods is playing. The good news for the Masters is that Woods, a three-time champion, will be allowed to tee it up for the next 39 years.

Five cities to take part in Woods' clinic
LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods won't be traveling around the country this year to conduct junior golf clinics. Instead, he's bringing the kids to him.

Single-rider cart making golf more accessible to the disabled

Single-rider cart making golf more accessible to the disabled
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Parked behind a row of conventional golf carts, the single-rider cart looks like a jet ski on wheels - handle bars instead of a steering wheel, a rack to hold the clubs in front, a seat that rotates 360 degrees.

Golf notebook
The rookie season of 17-year-old sensation Ty Tryon hardly has gone according to plan, and not just because the high school junior has failed to make a cut.

Augusta changes policy on past champions

Golf notebook

Group behind LPGA event files lawsuit

Five cities to take part in Woods' clinic

Group behind LPGA event files lawsuit
The group that brought an LPGA Tour event to Edgefield County, S.C., is suing prominent officials that operate the tournament at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club.

Jackets, Waves split doubleheader

Hasek set to keep momentum rolling
DETROIT -- After a shaky start in the playoffs, Dominik Hasek showed why the Detroit Red Wings fought other suitors - including St. Louis - to acquire the six-time Vezina Trophy winner and two-time NHL MVP.

Carolina top seed in East after first round

NHL announces trophy finalists
NEW YORK -- Calgary's Jarome Iginla, who led the NHL in goals and points this season, and goalies Patrick Roy of Colorado and Jose Theodore of Montreal are finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the league's most valuable player.

Hasek set to keep momentum rolling

Carolina top seed in East after first round
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina wasn't picked to beat the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The odds were even longer the Hurricanes would be the top seed in the Eastern Conference in May.

Maple Leafs 4, Islanders 2

Maple Leafs 4, Islanders 2
TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs weren't about to be eliminated at home, not even with some of their best players on the sidelines.

Augusta National revises tournament requirement
Hootie Johnson, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Master Tournament, today announced a revision to a recent qualification change. Last week, it was stated that, effective for the 2004 Masters, champions age of 65 or under on the first day of the Masters Tournament who actively participate in Tournament golf would be eligible to compete.

Bumpass makes court appearance
Tamika Bumpass' first appearance in a Columbia County courtroom was a two-part process: the first dealing with the forgery charges she was originally arrested with; the second dealing accusations of escape and shooting of a sheriff's deputy.

Husband charged in slaying of professor
The husband of an East Georgia College professor has been charged in her slaying, authorities said this morning.

Editorial cartoonist needs new material

Seeks help for school prayer

Swimming ban is terrible policy

Garden city, or garbage city?

Urges Augusta National to include senior Masters event

Reparations? It'll never happen

Change is happening too fast

The best cleanup plan for Augusta: Don't toss trash

Hits Moore on magistrate issue

California sampling yields the good, bad and ugly

Health calendar

Abandoned hospital one of the stars of 'Scrubs'

Book tells kids about presidents

CBS wins week's ratings race

Small portions

Picnic basket

Stan's still the man when it comes to 'Spider-Man'

In the know

Getting out of dodge

Lynx notebook
Bum knee and all, David Wilkie was the last veteran off the ice at practice every day and was in the lineup for all 72 games for the Augusta Lynx this season.

Lynx notebook

University names its 27th president
COLUMBIA - Andrew Sorensen accepted the job as the 27th president of the University of South Carolina on Tuesday, saying he is ready to lead the state's largest university through budget cuts and tough competition in higher education.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -A dredging accident had crews working to dig a temporary channel that will allow most boats to get through the Intracoastal Waterway.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Deborah P. Wakefield of Augusta.

Subscriber of the day

Outnumbered in Afghanistan, women soldiers hold their own
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - All day long, they sweat.

Autopsy reveals cause of death

News you can use
May 2, 1957 Eugene S. David of Augusta is proving a giant among workmen at the nation's first commercial atomic power plant being erected near Pittsburgh, Pa.

Train-track wreck

Singing for a cause

Road rage: Drivers report incidents

Small groups affect grading

Across the area

News you can use
May 1, 1912 The Augusta delegation will leave this morning for Savannah to escort President William H. Taft to Augusta to be present at the memorial exhibition honoring the late Maj. Archibald Butt, who went down on the fated Titanic.

Walker seeks grants review

Across the area
An Augusta woman indicted on charges of capital murder in Texas in the 1998 shooting death of her estranged husband waived extradition Wednesday.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON -Clemson University plans year-around mentoring for high school students in Allendale, Bamberg and Hampton counties to help students make it to college.

News you can use

Bumpass makes court appearance

Reflecting on the rain
Megan Gunnels, a member of the Lakeside High School tennis team, tries to dry off the courts after an early-morning shower in order for the regional tennis tournament to continue.

Shooting suspect gets hearing

Reflecting on the rain

Will Few be back in city?
Augusta officials in Washington for an annual lobbying trip Tuesday found a familiar face on the front of a D.C. newspaper.

Corrections

Canal crackdown isn't coming easy
On any given weekend, the trashcans along the Augusta Canal near the Waterworks Pumping Station are overflowing - mostly with beer cans.

History or hazard?

Senior housing complex planned for Linden Street

Event raises funds for local projects

Georgia PTA groups will meet in Augusta
At the beginning of the school year, Karen Powell was looking for a few good volunteers.

Subscriber of the day

Scattered Showers
The Rev. Eddie Moss waters the plants at North Augusta's Feed and Seed nurseries on Georgia Avenue.

Augusta National revises tournament requirement

Event raises funds for local projects
AIKEN - There's Dale Earnhardt and his son Dale Jr. Then there is 7-year-old Barrett Murphy.

Toxic mold invades offices

Corrections
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave the wrong age for Dr. Emily Pestana-Mason, the college professor who was found dead in her Swainsboro, Ga., home. She was 38.

Scattered Showers

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

Will Few be back in city?

Across Georgia
CALHOUN - Officials from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency in Atlanta were headed to Calhoun in northwest Georgia to survey damage after a fast-moving thunderstorm moved through at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Across South Carolina

History or hazard?
District Attorney Danny Craig and his legal staff won't look back with fondness for their offices at the old DeLaigle house when they move into a new space down the street later this summer.

Across the area

Around town

Across Georgia

To police, hot spot is headache
A 90-day probationary period on Super C's business license will end July 2. At that time, commissioners will review the business and the city's license department will conduct an audit.

Outnumbered in Afghanistan, women soldiers hold their own

Toxic mold invades offices
SAVANNAH - Terri Knapp and her colleagues at the county's Department of Public Works used to shrug it off with a laugh when their temples started to throb.

Private company requests hookup

Senior housing complex planned for Linden Street
An Atlanta development company already involved in two Augusta-area building projects has partnered with an inner-city revitalization group on its third project - construction of a subsidized senior housing complex in the historic Bethlehem neighborhood.

Canal crackdown isn't coming easy

Across Georgia
ALBANY -Officials locked Lee County Middle School pupils in their classroom for more than an hour Monday after three threats were reported in six days.

Walker seeks grants review
ATLANTA - Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker has joined his critics, calling for a state audit of taxpayer money that went to two community agencies in his Augusta district.

To police, hot spot is headache

Inmate loses new-trial request
A man sentenced to death in Augusta 15 years ago - a sentence his attorney said he demanded - lost a motion for a new trial Wednesday.

Across the area
Something didn't seem right about two homeless brothers carrying a pillow case full of old coins and stamps down the street, police said.

Small groups affect grading
ATLANTA - With new federal and state school reforms starting to take effect, the rankings of the many are increasingly being determined by the performance of the few.

Abuse policy attains support

Two men arrested, charged in invasion
SAVANNAH - Two men are accused of invading a south Georgia home Saturday by pretending to deliver flowers and balloons to a suspected cocaine dealer.

Private company requests hookup
AIKEN - A private waste company that was contaminating three Aiken ponds for several years has asked to connect to the city's sewer system, a move that would eliminate the pollution, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Abuse policy attains support
At their spring meeting in June, the nation's Catholic bishops will gather in Dallas to hammer out a nationwide policy on sexual misconduct.

Road work awaits Quebecor's plans
Columbia County officials say they are still a few months away from starting work on intersection improvements that helped them land a local company's $35 million expansion project.

Train-track wreck
A crew from C&B Foster Inc. cleans up engine oil from a tractor-trailer driven by Richard Johnson, of Lane Trucking of Yukon, Okla. The truck ran over a track-leveling dolly on the train tracks Wednesday morning along Georgia Highway 56 in Richmond County near the Burke County line.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Nathan Creech of North Augusta.

Man gets 6 years for shooting
An Augusta man who shot at his estranged wife and a friend after what the victims reported was months of harassment and threats received a six-year prison sentence Wednesday.

Professor found slain in home
A popular professor from East Georgia College in Swainsboro was found slain in her home late Monday, authorities said.

Road rage: Drivers report incidents
Beth Wilson pounded the horn on her red sports car after another driver cut her off and made her swerve into the grass along Peach Orchard Road last week.

Singing for a cause
Accompanied by Mark Markham on piano, Augusta native Jessye Norman sings at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Proceeds from Wednesday evening's concert will be used to renovate the chapel.

Autopsy reveals cause of death
An East Georgia College professor found slain in her Swainsboro home had been cut in the throat and died while her two young daughters were there, authorities said Wednesday.

Shooting suspect gets hearing
Columbia County authori-ties arrested the boyfriend of a woman accused of shooting a Columbia County deputy and charged him with several counts of forgery Wednesday.

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

Characters walked in, out of newspaper years
My wife and I received word recently that our old friend and former co-worker Gary had died. He had been working at his newspaper desk, they say, when a cerebral hemorrhage felled him.

Spotlight on Ryan Newman
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman.

NASCAR notebook

Changing gears

NASCAR metes out penalties to crew chief
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR officials handed out fines to eight crew chiefs for rules violations the past two weekends at Talladega Superspeedway and California Speedway.

Racing facts
Here are facts about this week's NASCAR races.

Racing facts

Sports car driver Akin dead
ATLANTA -- Two-time Sebring 12 Hours winner Bob Akin died Monday night of complications from injuries in a wreck last week at Road Atlanta.

NASCAR notebook
ATLANTA - It claims to be the first effort by a group to sell shares of a race team to fans, but Fanz Racing is another attempt at an old game.

NASCAR metes out penalties to crew chief

Sports car driver Akin dead

Changing gears
COMMERCE, Ga. - When Larry Nance, the basketball player, went head to head with brutes Kevin McHale, Charles Barkley and Dennis Rodman, he could rely on his reflexes and relentless determination to get by.

Bryant, McGrady first-timers on All-NBA team

76ers edge Celtics, force game 5
PHILADELPHIA -- After missing 17 of 20 shots, Allen Iverson came through when the Philadelphia 76ers needed him most.

Hornets 102, Magic 85
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Baron Davis' second straight triple-double meant the Hornets will get to play another playoff round in Charlotte.

Hornets 102, Magic 85

76ers edge Celtics, force game 5

Bryant, McGrady first-timers on All-NBA team
NEW YORK -- New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd became the franchise's first All-NBA selection Wednesday, joining first-time members Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady.

Cowboys to be featured on reality-based TV show

Mrs. Richie Brown    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Richie Lee Brown, 46, will b

Mrs. Laura Bradham    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Laura Hankinson Bradham, 100, of Talisman Dr

Mr. Willie Hobbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday April 28, 2002, at Wes

Mrs. Brenda Gaither    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -

Mr. Walter Clark    (GARFIELD, Ga.)
GARFIELD, Ga. - Mr. Walter H. Clark, 68, died May 1, 2002. Services will be 3 p.m., Thursday, at Mount Olivet Church. He will lie in state fr

Mrs. Margery Ferguson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Wallace    (ALCOLU, Ga.)
ALCOLU, Ga. - Henry Frank Wallace, 61, beloved husband of Linda Joyce Hudson Wallace, died Monday, April

Mrs. Lillian Feldbusch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Percy Dixon
Percy Dixon had a romance with Mother Nature, those who knew him say.

Featured obituary: Mrs. Annie Ruth Rollins
Annie Ruth Rollins was a collector of clowns. Nobody really knew why.

Mrs. Margaret Tribby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Graham Tribby, 95, wife of the late John Derry Tribby, entered into rest Friday, Apr

Mrs. Anna Farrow    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Anna Johnson Farrow, 96, died April 28, 2002. No funeral service is scheduled. Mrs. Farrow was from Ireland. She cam

Mr. Donald Busby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Eudy    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRE

Mr. Otis Price Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest April 29, 2002, Mr. Otis H. Price Jr., 71, of Talisman Drive. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Price, a native of Aike

Mrs. Barbara Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elbert Newsome Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Percy Dixon    (GIRARD, Ga.)
GIRARD, Ga. - Mr. Emory Percy Dixon, 70, of Percy Dixon Road, entered into rest Monday, April 29, 2002, at University Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Sardis Bap

Mrs. Betty Walden    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Betty Sue Walden, 55, of Griffin Street entered into rest Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at her residence. Funeral servi

Mrs. Shannon Curry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into re

Dr. Rolf Aadland    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Busby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Claire Ingram    (NEWBERRY,Fla.)
NEWBERRY,Fla. - Claire OConnell Ingram died April 22, 2002. Mrs. Ingram was a Catholic. Funeral services wer

Mrs. Annie Rollins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Collier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ente

Mrs. Leile McElhannon    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Leila Saxon McElhannon, 79, of Gough Spur Road, died Tuesd

Mr. John Clark III    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest April 24, 2002, in Wedowee, Ala., Mr. John J. Clark III, husband of the late Grace T. Clark of Augusta. Mr. Clark lived in this area for 25 years. Survivors include ste

Mrs. Claire Ingram    (TRENTON, Fla.)
TRENTON, Fla. - Claire OConnell Ingram daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis OConnell died Monday, April 22, 200

Mr. Herman Brandt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Franklin Bunn    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Franklin D. Bunn, 68, of Shady Lane, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at his residence. Grav

Mr. John Humphries    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - John " Jack" Bertram Humphries, 84, husband of Jacquelyn Humphries, died April 29, 2

Mr. Billy Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Billy Charles Brown, 42, of Columbia Avenue, Aiken, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at his r

Ms. Gail Henley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at the Unive

Mr. Frank Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Frank Clarence Wilson, 80, a resident o

Mrs. Carrie Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carrie Lou Booker, age 83, entered into rest on Sunday, April 28, 2002, at the Salem Nursing & Rehab Center. The funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, May 4, 2002, at 11 a.m., from The Stiener Grove B

Dr. Emily Pestana-Mason    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Dr. Emily Ruth Pestana-Mason, 38, died Monday, April 28, 2002. Services will be 4 p.m., Thursday, in First United Methodist Church. Burial in Eastbrook

Mr. Harold Billups    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Harold M. Billups, 84, of Cross-Green Community, expired

Mrs. Margaret Moor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs., Margaret W. Moor, 80, of Newmantown Road, Grovetown, entered into rest on Sunday, April 28, 2002, at Macon Northside Hospital, Macon. Funeral services will be held at Platts Crawford Avenue Chapel Thurs

Mrs. Bessie Massey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie M. Massey, 86, widow of Mr. Willie Massey, died Monda

Mr. Otis Price Jr.    ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Otis H. Price Jr., will be held 3 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2002,

Mrs. Mary Green    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Funeral ser

Mr. James Milburn    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. James C. Milburn, 86, of Calhoun Street, died Monday, April 29, 2002, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson. The funeral will be held at 4p.m. Wednesday at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Rev.

Mrs. Brenda Gaither    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, April 30, 2002, Mrs. Brenda Johns Gaither, wife of Mr. Homer Gaither of Dogwood Drive, North Augusta. She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Lee Gaith

Mr. Virgil Reed    ( HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Feldbusch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mrs. Lillian G. Feldbusch, 84, of Brookgreen D

Ms. Betty Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Ms. Betty J.

Mrs. Liesel Ringel    (DAVENPORT, Iowa)
DAVENPORT, Iowa - Liesel C. Ringel died Saturday, April 27, 2002. The body will be cremated. No ser

Mr. Fred Williams    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Fred Allen Williams, 83, of Morningside Apartments, Greensboro, died Saturday,

Mr. Joseph Rearden Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 29, 2002, Mr. Joseph Rearden Sr., husband of Mrs. Frances Rhinehart Rea

Mr. Jackie Wilson    (ROWESVILLE, S.C.)
ROWESVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Jackie Wilson, 40, died April 28, 2002. Services will be 3 p.m., Saturday, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Burial in Old Mill Cemetery. S

Ms. Allison Doyle    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Ms. Allison Ationette Doyle died Wednesday. Funeral services are May 5, 2002, noon, at Smith Grove Baptist Church. Int

Mr. Emanuel Barrett    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Emanuel "Bubba" Barrett died April 25, 2002. Funeral services will be Friday, May 3, 2002, at 2p.m. at St. Phillip Baptist Church. Burial in

Mr. Percy Dixon    (GIRARD, Ga.)
GIRARD, Ga. - Mr. Emory Percy Dixon, 70, of Percy Dixon Road, entered into rest Monday, April 29, 2002,

Mr. Ruben Landrum    (BOSTON, Mass.)
BOSTON, Mass. - Mr. Ruben Landrum of Boston, passed on to glory, April 25, 2002. He is the beloved brother of Mamie Patten of Edgefield, S.C. Viewing will begin at 11 a.m., at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with services following at

Mrs. Lena Danielson    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Lena Williams Danielson, 86, of Cherokee Street, S.E., Aiken, d

Mr. John Humphries    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - John Bertram Humphries, 84, husband of Jacquelyn Humphries, died April 29, 2002, at Aiken Reg

Mrs. Virginia Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Virginia Gibb Cooper, 83, of Moore Avenue, entered into rest Monday, April 29, 2002, at Lake Crossing Health Center. Graveside

Mr. Augustus Combs    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Mattie Eudy    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Eudy, 80, of South Main Street entered into rest Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at her residence. Graveside services will be Thursday, May 2, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Wrens Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Jo

Mrs. Barbara Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, April 25, 2002, at her residence Mrs. B

Ms. Deloses Houston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Delores Houston, age 49, entered into rest on Saturday, April 27

Mrs. Shannon Curry (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Liesel Ringel (DAVENPORT, Iowa)

Mr. Ruben Landrum (BOSTON, Mass.)

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Editorial cartoonist needs new material
I think by now most literate Americans are very aware of the problems the Catholic church is attempting to resolve. Was editorial cartoonist Rick McKee abused by a priest, or is it simply that he hates Catholics? It's becoming tiresome, and he needs some new, more inspired, material. Ron Mathis, Martinez, Ga.

A lawyer for Simba
If anyone thinks animal rights is still just a zany fringe movement, think again. Recent stories illustrate the inroads that the concept of equating animal rights with human rights is making into mainstream thinking.

Seeks help for school prayer
Please do something to get prayer back into our schools before it is too late. Hal Herrington Jr., Waynesboro, Ga.

Hits Moore on magistrate issue
I've been following The Chronicle's coverage on the process of selecting a magistrate in Aiken County. One point is central concerning the matter of determining the best candidate. Buddy Peacon, Gloverville, S.C.

Reparations? It'll never happen
It's hard to believe the notion of reparations or remunerations should be paid to all blacks living today for wrongs done in slavery days. I say an emphatic "no." Andy Chandler, Augusta, Ga.

Kill death tax forever
There's virtually no chance, as long as Democrats control the Senate, that Congress will make President Bush's back-loaded temporary income tax cuts, due to expire in eight years, permanent - at least not anytime soon.

Garden city, or garbage city?
Another Earth Day has come and gone and I am again reminded of the lack of environmental awareness in our city. Becky Hughes, Grovetown

Feds sow chaos
For several years the Richmond County school system has been trying to get out from under the heel of the federal court's 1972 desegregation order. With magnet schools, new construction and a reduction in the heated racial animosities of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the order seems anachronistic.

The best cleanup plan for Augusta: Don't toss trash
I've heard so many complaints about Augusta's trash that I'm compelled to comment myself. Despite the city's recent extended efforts with garbage, yard trash and recycling pickups, which have greatly improved the situation, there are still the big problems of unsightly trash lining our streets and overuse of the landfill. Rozelle E. Dinwiddie, Augusta

Change is happening too fast
So much change and chaos envelops the world today that in all the milieu that surrounds our crumbling institutions it seems as if all of humanity is tested to the limits to accommodate the incessant changes in less time than any age in history. Barbara Grear, Augusta

No plea yet
Saying you're going to plead guilty to a crime and actually doing it, are two different things. This is a distinction that must be kept in mind concerning accused serial killer Reinaldo Rivera's announcement in Richmond County Superior Court Monday that he would plead guilty to all charges filed in the rapes and slayings of four young area women.

Urges Augusta National to include senior Masters event
I was dismayed to read that the Augusta National Golf Club is amending its custom of giving former Masters champions a lifetime exemption from having to qualify for the tournament each year. Newt Goldman, Augusta

Swimming ban is terrible policy
The Savannah River is a natural resource for Augusta; however, local law enforcement wishes to limit our access to this natural beauty. Ruth Ann Oglesby, Augusta

Teams ready to race for title

Lakeside cruises in first round

Overtime

Lukas, Baffert in, Zito all but out of Saturday's Derby

Complaints lead Churchill to assess need to quarantine barn

Sale, Pelletier announce retirement from amateur skating

Lakeside starts annual trek

Harlan's Holiday draws a crowd for Derby workout

Georgia prep soccer playoff schedule

Bulldogs win region title

Lions clinch crown

Stallions not resting on wins

Georgia prep soccer playoff schedule
Here is a schedule of game times for the Georgia prep soccer playoffs.

Bulldogs win region title
Thomson boys track coach John Barnett saw his team's desire during spring break, a time when his athletes could have been doing anything else.

Lakeside starts annual trek
The Lakeside boys and girls tennis teams began their annual quest for a state championship by crushing their opponents in the first round of the Georgia Class AAAA playoffs at home Wednesday.

ABC/ESPN eliminates live coverage of six World Cup games
NEW YORK -- ABC and ESPN are eliminating live coverage of six games during the World Cup.

Harlan's Holiday draws a crowd for Derby workout
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Harlan's Holiday drew a huge crowd on Tuesday for his final workout before the Kentucky Derby.

Overtime
University of Georgia basketball players Steve Thomas and Tony Cole and football player Brandon Williams on Tuesday pleaded innocent to all charges in the alleged rape of a female student earlier this year.

Teams ready to race for title
The one thing Burke County track coach Thomas McDonald emphasized to his team as the Greenbrier girls celebrated their Region 3-AAAA title last week was this: Just because you didn't win region doesn't mean you can't win state.

Overtime
USC Aiken and Augusta State both had players named to the Peach Belt Baseball All-Conference Team on Wednesday.

Augusta State, USC Aiken honor athletes
Gary Boodnikoff and Pam Vinson have been named Augusta State University's male and female athletes of the year.

Lions clinch crown
Mike Giddens was named Class AAA Coach of the Year for his work with the Augusta Christian boys and girls tennis teams, and he backed up those accolades with some savvy lineup shuffling Wednesday at Newman Tennis Center.

Lukas, Baffert in, Zito all but out of Saturday's Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- They are the training trifecta, three names horseplayers can't ignore if they're serious about picking the Kentucky Derby winner.

Salem ends season for Lady Wolfpack
The first time Salem faced Greenbrier this season, it found the Lady Wolfpack to be an unwelcome guest. This time, the stakes were higher, and the Lady Seminoles turned the tables.

Complaints lead Churchill to assess need to quarantine barn
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Churchill Downs will look into whether it should have a quarantine barn for the Kentucky Derby after complaints from the camp of Irish contenders Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo.

Lakeside cruises in first round
It was a match devoid of drama, but Lakeside soccer coach Dave Morgan wasn't complaining after his squad's 6-0 romp over Union Grove in first-round Class AAAA state playoff action Tuesday at Panther Stadium .

Musketeers look for more
Once time ran out, all it took was one look at the scoreboard to understand why tears were running down Harlem goalkeeper Bradley Webb's face.

Sale, Pelletier announce retirement from amateur skating
TORONTO -- There will be no more judging controversies or Olympic scandals for Jamie Sale and David Pelletier.

Cowboys to be featured on reality-based TV show
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys will allow cameras an all-access look at their training camp for the second installment of a sports-based reality show on HBO.

Stallions not resting on wins
Head coach Mike Hold and defensive coordinator Bubba Diggs are still gnashing their teeth over two missed touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of last week's win over Carolina.

Breakthrough could put flexible computer screens on clothes
NEW YORK -- The day is getting closer when you might be able to unplug your full-size computer screen, roll it up and stick it in your pocket.

TV advertising effective for drug companies
WASHINGTON -- Ask a doctor for a prescription drug you saw advertised on TV, and 69 percent of the time you'll go home with it.

Why a little bacteria is good for you
A man-made version of bacterial DNA allowed mice to fight off a form of inflammatory bowel disease, researchers report in a new study.

Study: Beta blockers improve survival for bypass patients
CHICAGO -- Heart patients who are given widely used drugs called beta blockers before bypass surgery have slightly better survival rates and fewer complications, a study found.

Hubble's new camera captures views of deep universe
WASHINGTON -- The black of space is slashed with silvered streaks of stars as two fiery galaxies merge in a collision of giants. A massive pillar of dust glows in crimson in the glare of hot stars, and another nebula smolders in blues, pinks and reds from the light of stellar birth.

Creator of "Melissa" virus sentenced to 20 months
NEWARK, N.J. -- The creator of the "Melissa" virus was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in federal prison for causing millions of dollars of damage by disrupting e-mail systems worldwide in 1999.

Young adults ignoring health warning signs, study finds
Maybe young adults really do think they'll live forever. Or maybe they just believe in fate.

Company preserves human hair
SAN FRANCISCO -- As entrepreneurs cast about Silicon Valley for lucrative new ideas, Mike Blaylock thinks he has a found a gold mine in an underground vault he hopes to fill with hair.

Hodges' suit targets DOE
The courts could decide who wins the standoff over plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site.

Lawmakers join SRS plutonium fight
The political fight over plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site has intensified from a boxing match to a tag-team cage brawl.

Georgia athletes enter innocent pleas in rape case

Georgia athletes enter innocent pleas in rape case
ATHENS, Ga. -- Three University of Georgia athletes on Tuesday pleaded innocent to all rape charges involving a female student earlier this year.

Georgia 11, Furman 4

Georgia 11, Furman 4
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mickey Westphal pitched six scoreless innings and Georgia used a five-run sixth to overwhelm Furman 11-4 Tuesday.

Brewer needs surgery

South Carolina 5, Wofford 4
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Third baseman Brian Buscher's diving double-play with the bases loaded helped preserve South Carolina's 5-4 victory over Wofford on Wednesday night.

New president in the sports spotlight

New president in the sports spotlight
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's incoming president, Andrew Sorensen, led the University of Alabama to higher academic rankings and research improvements the past six years.

South Carolina tailback undergoes surgery

South Carolina tailback undergoes surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ryan Brewer, South Carolina's starting tailback, had surgery to fix tendon instability in his left ankle Wednesday.

South Carolina 5, Wofford 4

Brewer needs surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina, already thin in the offensive backfield, got more bad news Tuesday when it learned that starting tailback Ryan Brewer will need surgery to correct a left ankle injury.

Growing Pains
John Engler has hundreds of professional tournaments ahead of him in his career, so missing the first four cuts on the 2002 Buy.com Tour season wasn't nearly as much a concern to the first-year pro as it was to others.

Odds and ends

Foods that kill

You're so vain - you're also busted

Lawmakers join SRS plutonium fight

Young adults ignoring health warning signs, study finds

Hodges' suit targets DOE

Creator of "Melissa" virus sentenced to 20 months

TV advertising effective for drug companies

Hubble's new camera captures views of deep universe

Company preserves human hair

Breakthrough could put flexible computer screens on clothes

Why a little bacteria is good for you

Study: Beta blockers improve survival for bypass patients