Spider-Mania
Meet Wallace Andrews III, your friendly neighborhood spider-fan.

At the movies: 'Deuces Wild'
"Deuces Wild" is every bit the B-movie that its title suggests, though its ensemble cast - including Matt Dillon, Brad Renfro, Frankie Muniz, James Franco and two "Sopranos" regulars - suggests better.

Augustans can dine in Bombay
Augusta's choice of Indian restaurants is about to expand. With a planned opening in late May, Bombay Central (named after one of the busier train stations in Bombay) will serve lunch and dinner.

Spider-Mania

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JUST OUT: Ali and Not Another Teen Movie

Group stages encore of popular bluegrass ballet

Some comic heroes have conquered movies
I've often wondered at the uneasy alliance between comic strips and books and the cinema. The four-color strips would seem a natural match for the oft-unreal world of Hollywood. But, despite their best intentions, filmmakers often stumble when presented with the challenge of adapting the two-dimensional world. For every Batman success story, there are a half-dozen Judge Dredds. So, in honor of the release of Spider-Man, let's take a look at some comics-inspired movies that bucked the odds and enjoyed some artistic and commercial success.

Fans share thoughts on the movie

Standing ovations
The Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., gets a jump on Cinco de Mayo with a Latin-themed First Friday celebration. Tony Macias will perform mariachi music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the Hispanic American Cultural Association will present a bilingual poetry reading and a display of Mexican culture and history.

At the movies: 'Deuces Wild'

Applause calendar
MARGARITAVILLE: Sand Castle Society's second annual benefit for Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center; 7-11 tonight, the Boathouse, 101 Riverfront Drive; burger dinner, beverages, T-shirts and music by The Coconut Groove Band; $30, $50 per couple; 721-4004.

Concert calendar

Standing ovations

Augustans can dine in Bombay

Fans share thoughts on the movie
Comic book fans at the Augusta Book Exchange in Southgate Plaza were asked about their pre-impressions of Spider-Man's big screen debut and comic book movies in general. Here's what they had to say:

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Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer returns as headliner

Amanda's speaks French
Few places are more sedate than the French countryside, all rolling hills, lush green grass and cascading grapevines.

Club calendar

Group stages encore of popular bluegrass ballet
Buoyed by the success of last year's bluegrass and ballet experiment, the Augusta Ballet has decided to head, once more, for the hills.

Amanda's speaks French

Concert calendar
THE LEWIS FAMILY FESTIVAL: Bluegrass music noon to 11 p.m. through Saturday, Elijah Clark State Park, U.S. Highway 378 between Lincolnton, Ga., and McCormick, S.C.; headliners include Ralph Stanley and the Osborne Brothers (today) and Jim & Jesse McReynolds and Mac Wiseman (Saturday); adults $25 daily, children 6-13 $15 daily. Admission after 6 p.m. daily is $15. See the Web site thelewisfamilymusic.com, or call (706) 864-7203.

Mini reviews

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs:

Some comic heroes have conquered movies

Applause calendar

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer returns as headliner
Chely Wright performs in Augusta Sunday for the third time in three years, this time as headliner for the 17th annual Day in the Country festival at the Augusta Riverfront Marina.

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

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

Gehrig's speech to be repeated in ALS tribute

Mariners slugger hits four out of Comiskey Park
NEW YORK - With four home runs in the game already and a chance to break the record, Mike Cameron chose to follow baseball decorum instead.

Gehrig's speech to be repeated in ALS tribute
NEW YORK -- Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech, in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth," will be repeated by celebrities in 15 major league parks before games on June 1.

Knights pour it on
Evans shortstop Justin Walker hated to see the rain come Friday. After all, it killed his team's momentum and forced the Knights' best-of-three series with McIntosh to be completed today.

Prep baseball scores

Mariners slugger hits four out of Comiskey Park

Knights pour it on

Prep baseball statistics

Braves find hero in ex-Brewer

Braves battle past Cards

Braves battle past Cards
ST. LOUIS - When Braves pitcher Damian Moss, working on a seven-walk no-hitter, reached the dugout after the seventh inning Friday night, you could almost hear manager Bobby Cox mumbling to himself.

Braves notebook

Bonds offers Sheffield some helpful advice

Braves find hero in ex-Brewer
MILWAUKEE - For the Milwaukee Brewers, the shock value of Henry Blanco's game-winning home run off reliever Mike DeJean on Thursday afternoon will linger as long as Paul Bako remains the backup catcher.

Bonds offers Sheffield some helpful advice
ST. LOUIS - Barry Bonds telephoned Gary Sheffield on Friday, and the two sluggers spent an hour discussing Sheffield's slump.

Braves notebook
MILWAUKEE - There's never a psychiatrist around when you need one.

XM RADIO Rock 'n' roll via satellite
Wayne Weng doesn't mind traffic lights as much anymore.

XM RADIO Rock 'n' roll via satellite

Newcomer will challenge longtime Augusta business

Investing 101: What are mutual funds?
A mutual fund is an investment that spreads money across a diversified portfolio of securities - including stocks, bonds, or money market instruments.

Small caps shine in a difficult market

Small caps shine in a difficult market
NEW YORK -- Cobalt Corp. Boyd Gaming. Brookline Bancorp. Many investors have never heard of these companies, but for those who own them, 2002 has been a very lucrative year. The trio has been among the best performers year-to-date in a part of the market that is booming: small caps.

High jobless rate sparks selloff

Newcomer will challenge longtime Augusta business
One of Augusta's largest flea markets will have some competition in a few months.

Jobless rate jumps to 6 percent

Beef imports should have little impact on Augusta packer
The decision by McDonald's and other fast-food companies to use more imported beef has caused concern among U.S. cattlemen, but a major McDonald's supplier said the decision will have little impact.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - For the second week in a row, fewer Americans filed new claims for unemployment insurance, suggesting that the budding economic recovery is easing the pace of layoffs.

Greenspan urges changes in stock option reporting
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Friday argued that to help deal with problems raised by the costly collapse of Enron Corp., regulations should be changed to force companies to treat lucrative stock options for top executives as a business expense.

Law cracks down on fake IDs
ATLANTA - The penalties for identity theft got a little tougher in Georgia on Thursday as Gov. Roy Barnes signed legislation aimed at helping to curb one of the nation's fastest-growing crimes.

Jobless rate jumps to 6 percent
WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate jumped to 6 percent in April - the highest in nearly eight years - as job seekers streamed back into the market faster than companies added new positions.

Summer jobs prove sparse for students
Last summer, Tracey Lomrantz was a paid intern for a New York law firm. This year, with a stack of rejections from journalism internships on her desk, she figures she'll wait tables.

High jobless rate sparks selloff
NEW YORK - A spike in unemployment to the highest level in nearly eight years gave investors another reason Friday to doubt the strength of the economy and unload stocks. Tech issues fell for the third straight session, while blue chips pulled back after a three-session advance.

Investing 101: What are mutual funds?

Law cracks down on fake IDs

Greenspan urges changes in stock option reporting

New unemployment claims decline by 10,000

Business briefs

New unemployment claims decline by 10,000
WASHINGON --New claims for unemployment insurance dipped last week, suggesting that companies are laying off fewer workers as the budding economic recovery unfolds.

NCAA announces certification of three new bowl games
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three new bowl games - to be played in San Francisco, Honolulu and Charlotte, N.C. - were certified by the NCAA on Thursday, bringing the number of Division I postseason football games to 28.

NCAA announces certification of three new bowl games

Bring on the audit

Not so fast

Medicaid quandary

Let's not mince words

Sound suggestions

Water is key to mosquito control
The mosquitoes boiled up from the hedge beside Angelina Transou's driveway as Richmond County environmental health specialist Randy Wishard sprinkled a chemical into concrete blocks.

Water is key to mosquito control

Augusta blanks South Georgia
ALBANY, Ga. - Augusta's Rafael Sanchez and Jason Howell combined to shutout the South Georgia Waves, 1-0, at Paul Eames Sports Complex Thursday night.

Forsman takes first-round lead at Compaq Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- Dan Forsman, taking advantage of an early tee time on the windswept English Turn course, shot a 7-under-par 65 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Compaq Classic.

South Aiken bounces back at Southern Cross

Olander birdies eight straight, shares first-round lead

Choi leads Compaq Classic

Sorenstam turns LPGA into her personal playground
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- In some respects, Annika Sorenstam is no Tiger Woods. Hey, she doesn't even have a career Grand Slam yet.

Field chases Robbins in Chick-fil-A Championship

Sorenstam turns LPGA into her personal playground

Forsman takes first-round lead at Compaq Classic

Campaigners in Britain seek freedom for jailed golf ball retriever

Immelman French Open frontrunner
VERSAILLES, France - South Africa's Trevor Immelman shot a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 Friday for a four-shot lead after two rounds of the French Open.

Immelman French Open frontrunner

Field chases Robbins in Chick-fil-A Championship
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- After the first thunderstorm rumbled past Eagles Landing Country Club, Kelly Robbins sank a testy putt, then attacked the soft greens.

Olander birdies eight straight, shares first-round lead
VERSAILLES, France -- Marten Olander made eight straight birdies and shot a 5-under-par 67 to finish in a three-way tie for the lead after the first round of the French Open.

South Aiken bounces back at Southern Cross
AIKEN - Defending champion South Aiken rebounded from a disappointing showing in its last tournament to take the first-round lead Friday in the Southern Cross Invitational high school tournament .

Campaigners in Britain seek freedom for jailed golf ball retriever
LONDON -- For 10 years, John Collinson made a modest living diving for lost golf balls and selling them for 20 cents each. But after police caught him on a midnight expedition, a court frowned on his unusual job and jailed him for six months for theft.

Choi leads Compaq Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- South Korea's K.J. Choi shot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Dan Forsman after the second round of the Compaq Classic.

Augusta blanks South Georgia

Senators 5, Maple Leafs 0
TORONTO -- Now that the Ottawa Senators have proven they can beat Toronto in the playoffs, they're focused on the next step - beating them again.

Carolina ignoring Montreal history
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina can't approach Montreal's hockey tradition. The Canadiens have won more Stanley Cups than the Hurricanes have logged years in the NHL.

Senators 5, Maple Leafs 0

Carolina ignoring Montreal history

Looking for an epitaph? Here are some classics
Have you given thought to what it will say on your tombstone?

Storm watch issued for area
The National Weather service has issued a severe storm warning for the Augusta area.

Area recovers from storm
Debra Watkins needed to call her insurance agent, but the tree that partially covered her roof knocked out the telephone lines and power the night before.

Masters' change of policy ill-advised

Vote city leaders out to get change

Backs Hodges' plutonium stand

Aiken's NIMBY crowd anti-business

Defends daring call for reparations from corporations

When will 'The Chronicle' stop being unfair to blacks?

Britain needs an armed populace

Airports should provide security

Local biologists dispute student's snakebite claim

MCG grads bring families' inspiration to fruition
Kari Noel Jahnke would be proud. Her death in 1993 deepened a desire in her younger sister, Kelly Elizabeth Knowles, to become a doctor. Dr. Knowles was one of 640 students who graduated Friday from the Medical College of Georgia.

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Camilla Hooper is today's subscriber of the day.

College graduate earns honor

2 charged in attempt to conceal evidence

Army corps says turbines are safe for environment
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A U.S. District Court judge lifted an injunction Friday against running pump-back turbines to produce electricity at the Lake Russell Dam, the latest step in an environmental legal battle that started in 1988.

A day to say a little prayer

Parole board leaders investigated
ATLANTA - Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles has the final say on death penalty cases and decides when inmates are ready to go free. But for the past nine months, its two most prominent members have been on the flip side of the justice system, as investigators seek to determine whether the men used their positions to break the law.

Across Georgia
GRIFFIN -The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments about a school bullying case Thursday on stage in an auditorium packed with high school students.

Across Georgia

A high note for pupils

Across the area
A fight between an Augusta man and his estranged wife's new boyfriend over a knife injured two people and landed both men in jail Thursday, police said.

Club declares senior at Evans year's top youth

Across the area
A disgruntled customer who set fire to a car dealership received a 10-year prison sentence Friday for arson in the second degree.

Prison's chaplain will lose his post

Animal cruelty suspect missing
AIKEN - The woman who kept almost 200 dogs and her son in squalid conditions at her Salley home has apparently left the area.

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Organizers perfect art of lobster racing

Across Georgia

Army corps says turbines are safe for environment

Correction

Senator's supporters help son's campaign

Police seek bounty hunter
An Aiken bounty hunter was being sought by police Thursday for unlawfully entering Augusta to apprehend a fugitive, authorities said.

College graduate earns honor
LANGLEY - Mel Irish wanted to live closer to his father in Florida. But he worried about the hurricanes.

A high note for pupils
Jessye Norman was late for her news conference at St. John United Methodist Church on Thursday, but no one minded.

Atlanta named worst bike city
ATLANTA - A national magazine has ranked Atlanta the worst city in the nation for bicycling in a survey based on availability of bike lanes and trails and interviews with bikers.

A day to say a little prayer
On the first National Day of Prayer since Sept. 11, religious and civic leaders in Augusta roused believers with words from Scripture, the Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Weather puts damper on event

Correction
The name of a homicide victim was misspelled in an article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. Phalonda Howard, the daughter of Frank Howard, was killed in July 1992.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -About half the teachers and staff at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind are giving up a day's pay to ease the school's financial shortfall.

Meth maker gets 3 years
An Augusta woman whose makeshift methamphetamine labs led to fires at local hotels got a break on her prison sentence Thursday, but not as much as she might have if she hadn't worked for drug dealers while also working for narcotics agents, the judge said.

Correction
An article in Thursday's North Augusta Neighbors section gave an incorrect location for today's Strawberry Festival.

Across South Carolina

Hail and high winds sweep through area
A fast-moving storm swept across the region Friday night, dropping dime-sized hail in Evans, knocking over trees in Augusta and cutting short Aiken's popular pre-Kentucky Derby Lobster Races.

Kennel worker faces charges
A former Evans kennel employee has been linked to a string of Columbia County burglaries, including the homes of two kennel clients who were out of town, police said.

Police seek bounty hunter

Husband arrested in slaying
Authorities refused to discuss a possible motive Thursday after arresting a Swainsboro, Ga., college professor in the slaying of his wife.

Controversy surrounds youth campus' acting director

Prison's chaplain will lose his post
The change in George Coleman's role will force the jail to seek civilian help to fulfill the spiritual requirements of its inmates.

Police call robberies similar

News you can use
MAY 3, 1982 The downtown YMCA building will be shut down and its programs will be transferred in about two weeks - the first step in the YMCA's move to raise money and build a new, full-service family center on the west side of Augusta.

Agencies ask to finish fiscal year in debt

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Kathy Moore of Augusta.

Judge denies rapist's plea change

Organizers perfect art of lobster racing
AIKEN - Racing lobsters might sound like a silly way to have a good time, but in Aiken, it's a combination of careful planning, crustacean athleticism, and, on race day, a little patience.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MAY 4, 1968 An alarming increase in the number of indigent ambulance service calls has resulted in plans for a complete study of the service, Richmond County Commission Chairman Matthew W. Mulherin said yesterday.

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

Police call robberies similar
Police say a man who robbed a Circle K convenience store on Wheeler Road on Thursday bears striking similarities to the man who robbed three other stores this week.

Club declares senior at Evans year's top youth
Andrea Dobos, a senior at Evans High School, was named the Augusta Exchange Club's Youth of the Year on Thursday.

Out of the fire
Out of the fire A fire began in the deep fryer at the China Chef Chinese Restaurant in Aiken on Friday and damaged the kitchen area. No one was injured in the blaze at 159 Laurens St.

2 charged in attempt to conceal evidence
Two people face charges of attempting to conceal evidence from a homicide last month.

Weather puts damper on event
AIKEN - Lobsters aren't troublemakers. They spend most of their lives trying to stay out of hot water.

Around town

State trooper's killer dies after appeals fail
COLUMBIA - Richard Charles Johnson was put to death Friday evening for killing a state trooper in 1985, despite a confession from one of Mr. Johnson's former co-defendants.

Former workers struggle for jobs

Agencies ask to finish fiscal year in debt
COLUMBIA - The state Corrections Department is asking the Budget and Control Board to allow the agency to finish the year with a $6.1 million budget deficit.

Sheriff sues panel to get jail

Controversy surrounds youth campus' acting director
Department of Juvenile Justice Regional Administrator Pat Donaldson will fill in as acting director of the Augusta Youth Development Campus until a permanent director can be found. Three complaints against the facility filed with the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity are under review, and rulings could be made within the next two weeks.

Area recovers from storm

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The shooting deaths of two people at a shopping mall in the Buckhead area of Atlanta apparently were drug related, according to police.

Parole board leaders investigated

Residents survey storm damage
The sale of an Overton Road home was supposed to close June 15, but the tall tree arching out of the roof said differently.

Residents survey storm damage

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

MCG grads bring families' inspiration to fruition

Former workers struggle for jobs
Ronald Walker shoveled potatoes and carrots for nine hours and 16 minutes as a day laborer and took home $38.88.

News you can use

Sheriff sues panel to get jail
Oglethorpe County Sheriff Jason Lowe wants a new jail, and he's willing to sue the County Commission to get it.

Out of the fire

Senator's supporters help son's campaign
ATLANTA - Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. is welcoming but not depending on contributions from supporters of his influential father, the state Senate majority leader, in his quest for Congress.

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Storm watch issued for area

Across the area

News you can use

State trooper's killer dies after appeals fail

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Gov. Jim Hodges will not return contributions from the tobacco industry, a campaign spokesman said Thursday.

Across South Carolina

Judge denies rapist's plea change
A Grovetown man will remain in prison for the rape of an 11-year-old girl, a Columbia County Superior Court Judge ruled Friday.

Ward Burton wins pole for Pontiac 400
RICHMOND, Va. -- Ward Burton set a track qualifying record of 127.389 mph Friday night to take the pole position for the Pontiac Excitement 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race.

Sadler going for new ride

Ward Burton back on track
RICHMOND, Va. - Ward Burton's racing season needed a jump start. He found it on familiar turf.

Stewart hoping to get started in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Tony Stewart believes he's about to get in a groove. He's in the perfect place to do it.

Sadler going for new ride
RICHMOND, Va. - Wood Brothers Racing confirmed Friday that driver Elliott Sadler has asked to be released from his contract at the end of the season, which immediately prompted speculation where he would land.

Raceway might be losing its edge
RICHMOND, Va. - For years, Richmond International Raceway was a place where drivers didn't have to worry about body templates and the politics of NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing.

Earnhardt teams plan to honor singer
RICHMOND, Va. - News that autopsy photographs of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes have appeared on the Internet has prompted Dale Earnhardt Inc. to plan a tribute to the singer during tonight's NASCAR race.

Sadler says he's looking at all options for 2003

Ward Burton wins pole for Pontiac 400

Stewart hoping to get started in Richmond

Sadler says he's looking at all options for 2003
RICHMOND, Va. -- Elliott Sadler has asked to be released from his contract with Wood Brothers Racing team at the end of this season.

Raceway might be losing its edge

Ward Burton back on track

Decimated Spurs hope for Duncan's return

Idle Lakers anxious to begin Western Conference semifinals
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers' layoff is just about over.

Mavs, Kings changing the game in high-octane playoff series

Hornets headed into next round without Jamal or Jamaal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamal Mashburn's health is improving and there's a slim chance he could play in Charlotte's first game of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Bryant maturing into team player, leader
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- By becoming a team player, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant might get more individual recognition.

Decimated Spurs hope for Duncan's return
SAN ANTONIO -- As bad as it was for San Antonio to play without 7-footers Tim Duncan and David Robinson, it could get worse if the Spurs have to do it again, this time with their season on the line.

Idle Lakers anxious to begin Western Conference semifinals

Nets 120, Pacers 109, 2OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Another playoff miracle by Reggie Miller, a banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, couldn't stop Jason Kidd from leading the New Jersey Nets out of the first round for the first time in 18 years.

Mavs, Kings changing the game in high-octane playoff series
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The NBA's future might be on display in the Mavericks-Kings playoff series.

Bryant maturing into team player, leader

Hornets headed into next round without Jamal or Jamaal

Nets 120, Pacers 109, 2OT

Peppers gets bloody lip, lots of advice in Carolina debut

Seattle calls on North Augusta grad

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Mrs. Carrie Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carr

Mrs. Merle Danforth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Merle L. Danforth, 8

Ms. Patricia Kidd    (Fifth grade teacher, East Aiken Elementary Aiken, SC)
Fifth grade teacher, East Aiken Elementary Aiken, SC -- Funeral services for Patricia Joan Goad

Mr. Theolia Powell Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Theolia Powell Sr. who died A

Ms. Betty Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Camille Pendergrass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Ms. Betty J. Scott of Stephanie Lane. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 4, 2002, at 2

Miss Tama Nixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Gantt    ( WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Answered Gods call Friday, May 3, 2002, Mrs. Lizzie Barden Gantt wife of Albert B. Gantt of Warrenville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main Street, Graniteville.

Mrs. Eunice New    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Eunice Price New, died at Self Regional Health Care on May 1, 2002. She was born in McCormick, November 9, 1922. She was a member

Mrs. Eugenia Buckley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN - Mr. Billy Charles Brown, 42, of Columbia Avenue, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at his residence. The funeral wi

Mr. Robert Bruce Jr.    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Robert Lesley "Bobby" Bruce Jr., 50, of High Valley Boulevard, formerl

Mrs. Carrie Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carr

Mr. Willie Battle    (HARRISON, Ga.)
HARRISON, Ga. - Mr. Willie L. Ba

Mrs. Blanche Alchesky    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - A memorial service for Mrs. Blanche Laura "Bianca" Alchesky will be held Saturday, May 4, 2002 at 11 a

Mrs. Camille Pendergrass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 27, 2002, at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Cente

Mr. H.D. Wycoff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A memorial will be held for Dr. Harland D. Wycoff at 3 p.m., on Sunday, May

Mr. Vernon Harrell Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Verna Fortson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Verna Bowers Fortson, 89, wife of the

Mr. Rufus Lowe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, May 2, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Rufus Lowe of Old Savannah Road. Mr. Lowe was a native of Augusta and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church of which Rev.

Mrs. Julia Conaway    ( GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Answered Gods call Friday, May 3, 2002, Mrs. Julia Christine Conaway, wife of Mr. John Conaway Jr., of Graniteville, and daughter of the late Samuel Creed Sr. and the late M

Ms. Yvonne Lewis    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
BLYTHE, Ga. - Ms. Lewis, 48, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at her residence. Services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Bedford Heights, Ohio at 1 p.m., Saturday. Ms. Lew

Mr. Virgil Reed    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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, at G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary with the Rev. G.L. Brightharp officiating. Burial will be in Se

Mrs. Bonnie Jones    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Featured obituary: Vernon Harrell Sr.
Church was a family tradition for Vernon Harrell Sr.

Mr. John Humphries    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - John Bertram Humphries, 84, husband of Jacquelyn Humphries, died April 29, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2002, at George

Mrs. Marie Blalock    (CNA NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
CNA NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest May 3, 2002, Mrs. Marie Scurry Blalock, 67, of Murrah Road. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mrs. Blalock, a native of Edgefield C

Mr. Vernon Harrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ike Tarver    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Ike Lee Tarver died on Tuesday, April 3

Mrs. Mary Garrett    (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Mary Garrett of Court

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, at G.L. Brightharp

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

Mrs. Gail Meadows    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Gail Durden Meadows, age 62, of Ash Street, Wadley, died Friday morning at her

Mr. Douglas Evans    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
NEWINGTON, Ga. - Douglas H. Evans, 80, died Thursday morning May 2, 2002,

SFC Robert Holiday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on April 20, 2002, in Wash

Mr. Edwin Eidson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Garrett    (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Mary Garrett of Courtney Road died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Born in Edgefield County, she was the daughter of the la

Mrs. Mary Davis    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mary L. Davis, 93, of A School Street, Washington, Ga., died Wednesday, May 1, 2002. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Booker Chapel Bapti

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

Mrs. Lena Danielson    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 29, 2002, at the Laurel Ba

Mrs. Fannie Dunaway    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mrs. Fannie Matt Beard Dunaway, 84, of S. Hulin Ave., entered into rest Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Wills Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Tigna

Mrs. Merle Danforth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Merle L. Danforth, 8

Mr. Johnny Cooper    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 2, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Johnny Lee Cooper, of Sibley Road. Funeral arrangements will be anno

Mr. James Copeland    (VALDOSTA, Ga.)
VALDOSTA, Ga. - James B. Copeland died Monday, April 29, 2002. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie C

Mr. Lester Collier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Lester Collier, 81, of Caddenwood Drive, beloved husband of Lula Pearl Collier will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Old Piney Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Louis T. Coley Jr. officiating

Mr. Augustus Combs    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 27,2002, in Smithfield, N.C., Mr. Augustus Washington Combs of Brooklyn, N.Y. Funeral service will be held service will be held Friday, M

Mr. Billy Brown    (AIKEN)
AIKEN - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 1, 2002, Mr. Billy Charles Brown, 42, of Columbia Avenue. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2002, at St. Mary Baptist Church, Martin, with Rev. Nathaniel Odom officiat

Mrs. Millie Coleman    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Millie Coleman who died May 1, 20

Ms. Ethel Reeves    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Ms. Ethel Reeves of Sandersville, died Friday evening, April 26, 200

Mrs. Julia Byrd    (DARLINGTON, S.C.)
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Julia Hatchell Byrd, 83, of Belvedere, S.C., and f

Mr. Jutson Turman    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Funeral service for Mr. Jutson "Bo" Turman, 71, of Warrenton, who died April 29, 2002, will be held on

Mr. Franklin Bunn    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Fr

Mrs. Lucille Webb    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Webb of Sandersville, died

Mrs. Eugenia Buckley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. BettySue Walden    (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eugenia Buckley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rufus Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Humphries (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Tama Nixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Vernon Harrell Sr.

Mrs. Mary Garrett (TRENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Patricia Kidd (Fifth grade teacher, East Aiken Elementary Aiken, SC)

Mr. Theolia Powell Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Virgil Reed (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Millie Coleman (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Yvonne Lewis (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Jutson Turman (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin Bunn (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Verna Fortson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. H.D. Wycoff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Merle Danforth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leila McElhannon (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Gantt ( WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Eugenia Buckley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Copeland (VALDOSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice New (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas Evans (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ike Tarver (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Alchesky (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Price Jr. ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Price Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Brown (AIKEN)

Mrs. Merle Danforth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Webb (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Davis (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Fannie Dunaway (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Camille Pendergrass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Jones (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Gail Meadows (WADLEY, Ga.)

SFC Robert Holiday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Collier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Blalock (CNA NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. BettySue Walden (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ethel Reeves (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ruben Landrum (BOSTON, Mass.)

Mrs. Camille Pendergrass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Local biologists dispute student's snakebite claim
Regarding The Chronicle's April 30 report concerning the snakebite suffered by a 9-year-old girl: Robert N. Reed, PhD, Tony Mills Savannah River Ecology Laboratory Aiken, S.C.

Medicaid quandary
For awhile it looked like the economy would cripple South Carolina's Medicaid system, but the state Senate commendably found a way to fully fund the $183 million in programs. The House should follow the Senate's lead, though admittedly it won't be easy.

Let's not mince words
In the national discussion about priest pedophiles, the press has pussyfooted around an almost forgotten term for people like Father Paul Shanley, the Catholic priest who openly promoted the activities of the Man Boy Love Association.

Bring on the audit
Senate Minority Leader Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, has called for an audit of the $20 million of state dollars that have come to Augusta and been dispersed through the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Association.

When will 'The Chronicle' stop being unfair to blacks?
Since delivering The Chronicle during the 1940s, I have wondered when its editors would stop bad-mouthing local blacks under the guise of moral indignation and start exercising some fairness in reporting. It hasn't happened yet. T. Walton, Augusta

Sound suggestions
U.S. Catholic cardinals who gathered at the Vatican last week didn't put forward a meaningful policy to deal with priest pedophiles. Their response was confused and had to be restated more firmly after a public outcry.

Aiken's NIMBY crowd anti-business
The Chronicle's April 27 editorial, "NIMBY Madness," was interesting and insightful. Thanks for publishing it. Philip R. Merry Jr., Aiken, S.C.

Vote city leaders out to get change
I hope no one really expected Augusta's legislative delegation or city commissioners to do anything to change the local government, even if it would be greatly beneficial. If you know of anyone, let me know because I have a bridge I would love to sell them. Robert P. McConnell Jr., Hephzibah, Ga.

Not so fast
The building that houses the district attorney's old offices, at 551 Greene St., is in disrepair but shouldn't summarily be torn down for a parking lot.

Backs Hodges' plutonium stand
Letter writer Bill Elliott (April 26, "Hodges ripped for grandstanding over plutonium shipments"), needs to look at the total picture. I have never supported Gov. Jim Hodges, D-S.C., until now. Joe Nirenberg, North Augusta

Britain needs an armed populace
I read the "London police battle surge in street crime" report in the April 24 Chronicle. No wonder crime is on the rise - the British government has taken away the rights of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves. Woodrow J. Short, Aiken, S.C.

Airports should provide security
I believe all airports throughout the United States should have their own security guards. How could federal employees have a better performance? Those who fly should pay a surcharge to take care of this expense. M. Daniel Connell, Augusta

Defends daring call for reparations from corporations
Andy Chandler's May 1 letter suggests resentment of people of color for daring to call attention to over three centuries of subordination, let alone ask that corporations which benefited from that shameful period of American history be held accountable. Samuel Almon, Martinez

Masters' change of policy ill-advised
I don't totally disagree with the Masters tournament decision to curtail past champions' participation, but since they have an invitational tournament they should do it case-by-case. Mark Brannen, Augusta

Musketeers crushed

Keller wins third Busch race

128th Kentucky Derby Lineup

World soccer official calls for investigation

Foreign-based Derby runners are the 'X' factor

Long shot elevates Brazilian trainer

Increased security presence doesn't bother most Derby fans

Players show pupils sport

Buddha's out with injury, Derby field still wide open

Overtime

Buddha's out with injury, Derby field still wide open
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Buddha hung his head. So did trainer Jim Bond.

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

Overtime
Twenty-four teams have been invited to play in the 28th annual Southern Cross high school tournament at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken. The 36-hole tournament begins today and concludes Saturday. Area teams in the field are Aiken High, Augusta Prep, North Augusta High, South Aiken High and Strom Thurmond.

128th Kentucky Derby Lineup
128th Kentucky Derby Lineup

World soccer official calls for investigation
ZURICH, Switzerland - FIFA general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen called Friday for a criminal investigation into possible corruption within the world soccer governing body.

Increased security presence doesn't bother most Derby fans
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Peeking out amid the pastel outfits, wide-brimmed hats and pinstriped suits at Churchill Downs was the unmistakable olive green of military uniforms.

Musketeers crushed
With his players gathered around him Thursday, Richmond Academy boys soccer coach Scott Guinn looked at them and didn't know what to say.

HBO, Showtime set Tyson-Lewis pay-per-view; suggest $54.95
NEW YORK -- The Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis heavyweight title fight will be available on pay-per-view in about 50 million homes at a recommended price of $54.95 - both record highs.

Players show pupils sport
AIKEN - A Thursday morning demonstration by two of the best polo players in the country gave Aiken Preparatory School pupils a preview of next week's return of top-level polo competition.

Keller wins third Busch race
RICHMOND, Va. - Jason Keller passed Bobby Hamilton Jr. with 12 laps to go Friday night and won the Hardee's 250, an event that tied the Richmond International Raceway record for Busch series cautions.

Foreign-based Derby runners are the 'X' factor
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Mystery surrounds the foreign-based horses running in the Kentucky Derby. They haven't even raced in the United States this year.

Long shot elevates Brazilian trainer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Paulo Lobo can call himself an American success story.

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

Fishing report
Largemouth bass weighing 2 to 5 pounds have joined schools of hybrids chasing blueback herring in areas of Strom Thurmond Lake.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Peppers gets bloody lip, lots of advice in Carolina debut
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Julius Peppers ended his first day in the NFL with a bloody lip and an earful of advice from the veterans.

Seattle calls on North Augusta grad
He could have yelled, cried or punched a hole in the wall.

Panthers' staff members rescue residents from fire
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Fire broke out Friday in apartments overlooking the Carolina Panthers' practice field, sending three members of the team's staff into the building to rescue residents.

Faith digest
HarvestPoint United Pentecostal Church, 2020 Sibley Road, will open its annual Kids Crusade at 7:30 tonight and continue at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Only God decides if believers are true
The Apostle Paul's letter to the Corinthians in Rome begins by describing God's love for sinners and concludes by stating that we are to love fellow Christians in the same way, especially those who hold different beliefs or practice Christianity in a different way from us.

'Spider-Man' may give youth mixed message
The Amazing Spider-Man will match his web-slinging heroics against the Green Goblin in movie theaters this weekend.

Religion calendar
The Faith and Fellowship calendar carries highlights of events in the Augusta-area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

A century of service
As facilities manager for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Gary Horton comes to the Augusta area twice a month to oversee the nonprofit group's facilities here.

Defense satisfies Hold
The statistic jumps off the page, grabs you, and screams that something has gone badly wrong.

Get set for the Summer of the Shark
Despite intense media coverage of attacks last summer, experts say it's safe to go in the water - if you use common sense.

Hodges Republicans try to end dispute with legislation
South Carolina Republicans have introduced federal legislation in their own attempt to end the dispute over plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site.

MCG studies cell metamorphosis
After a stroke, stem cells from the bone marrow rally to the injured area in the brain, helping to form new blood vessels and in some cases new cells that resemble neurons, researchers at Medical College of Georgia say.

Consumers comparison-shop online, search for deals
The time for summer vacation planning is upon us, and this year, more people than ever will turn to the Internet to research and book trips.

Planning trip to Mars requires consideration of harmful contamination
WASHINGTON -- NASA faces a dilemma in planning to send people to Mars: The scientific desire to search for life there versus the need to prevent any such life from endangering the astronauts or the Earth.

Study: About half of Americans breathing polluted air
NEW YORK -- Half the country's population is breathing unhealthy amounts of air pollution, according to a survey by the American Lung Association.

Do everything possible to prevent virus infection
A computer virus that works like the AIDS virus is causing frustration, lost productivity and other grief for thousands of people.

NASA's new shuttle will eliminate pilots
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The replacement for NASA's aging space shuttles may take off like a plane, be propelled by booster rockets that fly back to Earth and, in one of the more radical moves, eliminate pilots.

Scientists use electrodes to control rats' movements
By implanting electrodes in rats' brains, scientists have created remote-controlled rodents they can command to turn left or right, climb trees and navigate piles of rubble. Someday, scientists said, rats carrying tiny video cameras might search for disaster survivors.

Women live longer with mild depression in old age
Chin up, positive mental attitude, keep plugging along, don't let it get ya down.

Webcasters want lower royalty rates
Which is worth more: A large percentage of nothing or a small share of something?

Scientists use electrodes to control rats' movements

Planning trip to Mars requires consideration of harmful contamination

Study: About half of Americans breathing polluted air

Do everything possible to prevent virus infection

NASA's new shuttle will eliminate pilots

Webcasters want lower royalty rates

Get set for the Summer of the Shark

Consumers comparison-shop online, search for deals

MCG studies cell metamorphosis

Women live longer with mild depression in old age

'Spider-Man' may give youth mixed message

Religion calendar

Faith digest

Only God decides if believers are true

A century of service