Finding the clues
Some actors might chalk up working in a traveling children's production as just another experience to put on a resume, but not Roger Kraus.

Spring fling

Club calendar

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.

Singer is Joyous onstage

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Others, From Hell and Corky Romano

Concert calendar

Spring fling
Miracle, Lil' Keke, Rasheedhah and Dynamite are among the performers for the annual Mayfest celebration, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at May Park, 622 Fourth St.

Guitarist says playing blues properly is about exploring

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

Standing ovations

Applause calendar
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Concert calendar
AARON TIPPIN AND RASCAL FLATTS: Saturday, Lake Olmstead Stadium; fund-raiser for Augusta Chapter of American Red Cross; $18 in advance, $23 day of show; 278-4TIX or tixonline.com.

History of success
Here's some trivia about Aaron Tippin: He has posed for muscle magazines, was a corporate pilot at 23, has a tattoo of South Carolina's palmetto tree on his right arm and has a Yankee colonel buried on his 300-acre farm in Tennessee.

Art galleries
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 122 Laurens St. S.W.; recreational classes include calligraphy, painting, photography and puppetry; children 2 and older may participate in watercolors, drawing and collage; (803) 641-9094.

Art galleries

Standing ovations
The Augusta Choral Society, the Augusta Chorale and the Augusta Children's Chorale will assemble for A Festival of Three Choirs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. The program will feature performances by each group and selections performed by the groups en masse. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for seniors and students. For more information, contact the Augusta Choral Society at 826-4713.

Finding the clues

'Star Wars' galaxy populated by some actors of distinction
Sometimes it's difficult to remember that those actors forcibly injected into George Lucas's Star Wars universe have careers beyond the roaring spacecraft and swishing light sabers. Harrison Ford was 32 before he ever strapped himself i

'Superstar' provides many challenges for performers

Guitarist says playing blues properly is about exploring
Guitarist Duke Robillard has never been upset about having the blues.

Applause calendar

Rascal Flatts is more than country, singer says
Lyric Street recording group Rascal Flatts refuses to be backed into a country corner.

Mini reviews

'Superstar' provides many challenges for performers
The Augusta Players had planned on closing its season with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, but when rights for the musical fell through, the organization decided to hold casting calls for a messiah instead of a madame.

History of success

Event honors blues legend
Blues legend Blind Willie McTell died in anonymity in a Milledgeville, Ga., hospital in 1959 - but that hasn't stopped him from bringing the blues to his hometown of Thomson.

'Star Wars' galaxy populated by some actors of distinction

Singer is Joyous onstage
Joyous Day Davis doesn't have years of operatic training, an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music history and forms, or a resume bristling with roles written by Puccini and Bizet.

Rascal Flatts is more than country, singer says

Greenbrier advances to quarterfinals

Evans picks off Groves

Westside wins over Harris

Westside wins over Harris
Westside found its second-round opponent in the Georgia Class AAA playoffs to be more of a challenge than its first-round foes, but the Patriots still managed to sweep Harris County 7-2 and 8-4 Wednesday at Patriots Field to advance to the state quarterfinals.

Jones County topples Lakeside
GRAY, Ga. - Daniel Benton spent almost half a day at his baseball field. Literally.

Pena is Royals' choice for new manager
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Houston Astros bench coach Tony Pena was hired Wednesday as the manager of the Kansas City Royals.

Baseball still doesn't get it

Greenbrier splits series with Heritage
After his team split a doubleheader with Heritage in the second-round of the Class AAAA state playoffs Wednesday at the Brierpatch, Greenbrier coach Ed Williams wasn't ready to show his hand.

Jones County topples Lakeside

Greenbrier advances to quarterfinals
Nick Wandless was icing his arm at Greenbrier High School on Wednesday night when he looked to coach Ed Williams and said he wanted to be on the mound for Thursday's deciding game against Heritage.

Greenbrier splits series with Heritage

Baseball still doesn't get it
Anybody who believed no news was good news knows better now.

Evans picks off Groves
Evans played the old cliche about pitching and defense to perfection Wednesday afternoon.

I asked for Georgia state slogans, and you responded

Atlanta gets win despite the ninth
SAN FRANCISCO - Mark DeRosa brought home the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single and closer John Smoltz survived the ninth inning in a 5-4 Braves' win over the San Francisco Giants before a sellout crowd of 40,236 fans at Pac Bell Park.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
SAN FRANCISCO - The Atlanta Braves breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday when reliever Darren Holmes threw in the outfield, and pronounced his sore right shoulder was healthy.

Atlanta gets win despite the ninth

Maddux carries Atlanta to victory
SAN FRANCISCO - From the moment he returned to the starting rotation, Greg Maddux has had a profound effect on Atlanta's staff and team psyche.

Maddux carries Atlanta to victory

Braves notebook
SAN FRANCISCO - Chipper Jones looked at the right field wall looming just 309 feet away from home plate at Pac Bell Park and cautioned himself not to swing for the fence.

Braves notebook

Business briefs
CHICAGO -For about 45 minutes Tuesday, United Airlines customers were able to buy round-trip tickets to U.S. cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles for as little as $5 because of an error by a computer that distributes fares for major airlines.

The discount trend
The off-brand and private-label products that line the shelves at the new Fred's discount store in Augusta represent more than just savings for bargain hunters.

Industrial park seeks factory

Georgia Power seeks to close 11 generating units
ATLANTA -- Georgia Power said Wednesday it will seek regulatory approval this summer to close 11 older generating units at three power plants.

Georgia Power seeks to close 11 generating units

Saluda readies for loss of jobs
The small town of Saluda, S.C., is working overtime to prepare for the upcoming shutdown of a textile plant.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Industrial park seeks factory
The Augusta Corporate Park is on the short list of a company interested in building a $70 million factory that would create 1,000 jobs.

Bureau orders study on need
First a new arena, then a new performing arts center, and now a state-of-the-art convention center. Feasibility studies are a hot item in Augusta.

A spot to set up shop

Officials will vote on contract
The Augusta Commissioners will determine in the next month whether to continue paying the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce to be the county's industrial recruiter.

A spot to set up shop
It's not unusual these days to see downtown Aiken's brick-bordered sidewalks busy with shoppers and diners.

FCC approves BellSouth bid

The discount trend

FCC approves BellSouth bid
Federal regulators Wednesday unanimously approved BellSouth's bid to offer long-distance service in Georgia and Louisiana, opening the company up to what analysts estimate to be a $4 billion market.

Officials will vote on contract

Industrial park seeks factory

Business briefs
ATLANTA - The number of jobs in Georgia rose in April for the third-straight month, and the state's unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent, labor officials announced Thursday.

Trahan leads Clemson to first-day lead in East Regional
ROSWELL, Ga. -- Behind the 3-under-par shooting of D.J. Trahan, Clemson took a five-stroke lead after the first round of the NCAA East Regional tournament Thursday.

Clemson athletes set GPA record
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's athletes set a school record for overall GPA with a 2.85, out of a possible 4.0.

Franklin H. Pierce

You go, girls

Cool off, HUD

McIntyre's task

Good fences, bad neighbors

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle's book club meets at 7 tonight at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. The group will discuss Praying for Sheetrock, by Atlanta writer Melissa Fay Greene ($14, Ballentine Books). The 235-page nonfiction paperback book is a tale of black families seeking to overcome dirt-poor poverty in McIntosh County Georgia in the 1970s and a sheriff who ran the county like his private fiefdom. It was chosen by the Georgia Center for the Book for a list of 25 books every Georgian should read.

'ER' leads NBC to ratings victory
NEW YORK - Nearly 29 million viewers watched the final days of Dr. Mark Greene on ER Thursday night, helping NBC to another weekly win during the May ratings "sweeps."

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

Collectors get heavenly inspiration from toys
There are monsters in Tim Campbell's basement. They cuddle up next to the armada of spacecraft, an armory of plastic weaponry and legions of heroes silently waiting to save the universe.

Young singer's jazzy sound strikes chord
NEW YORK - When Norah Jones was 11, her mother took her to a big-band jazz concert at the University of North Texas campus near their home. The college boys were cute, but Ms. Jones was transfixed by the one woman on stage.

You can easily rule the ant hill
If you want to cool off your fire-ant problem, do it now.

Rose society sponsors tour
Six gardens will be open to the public Saturday for the Augusta Rose Society's Year of the Rose Garden Tour.

You can easily rule the ant hill

Rose society sponsors tour

GreenJackets rally to beat Bombers
COLUMBIA - Russell Lewis' single in the top of the seventh inning drove in Luis Cruz, as the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Capital City Bombers 2-1 at Capital City Stadium on Wednesday.

McBride stellar against Augusta
MACON, Ga. - Sylvania native and Screven County graduate Macay McBride pitched eight solid innings, and Greg Miller extended his hitting streak to 15 games in Macon's 9-1 win over the Augusta GreenJackets at Luther Williams Field on Thursday.

Driving the state may be enlightening, confusing

Inconsistent play frustrates Kerr
After her adventurous final hole during Round 1 of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship on Thursday, Cristie Kerr didn't want to discuss her day.

Sorenstam meets challenges head-on
Annika Sorenstam watched as her ball trickled toward the cup on the 18th green.

Tournament rounds will be televised live
Last year's inaugural Asahi Ryokuken International Championship had almost everything tournament organizers had hoped for: a top-notch field with Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb, and a purse that exceeded $1 million.

Gary Player disappointed about Masters age limit
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Gary Player says he is disappointed about Augusta National's decision to set an age limit for play in the Masters.

Course fits Brit
Laura Davies' friends were right. Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club and the long-hitting Englishwomen are a good fit.

Man with a plan

Ward's team wins pro-am
Wendy Ward started off her week the right way by winning the pro-am tournament Wednesday at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.

Ward's team wins pro-am

Estes tinkers to first-round lead at Colonial

Undying Drive
Annika Sorenstam doesn't want to sound greedy or grandiose when she conceptualizes the perfect round.

Golf Channel gets up close to players
Heather Bowie had no problem walking around Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club with a microphone strapped to her.

Garcia plays as defending champion for first time on PGA Tour

Klein is off to solid start
The roof caved in on Emilee Klein the night before the first round of the inaugural Asahi Ryokuken International Championship in September.

Augustan seeks competitive Edge
Mitzi Edge swears she's trying to be easier on herself nowadays, telling herself that golf is a game of mistakes.

Jones sees motherhood and profession as time well-split
Dawn Coe-Jones calls it having the best of both worlds.

Augusta State tied for sixth
ROSWELL, Ga. - Augusta State's men's golf team is tied for sixth place after the first day of play in the NCAA East Regional tournament at Settindown Creek Golf Club.

Garcia plays as defending champion for first time on PGA Tour
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Sergio Garcia is doing more than playing as a defending champion for the first time on the PGA Tour. He's trying to match Ben Hogan.

Amateur endures 'long day'

Augusta State tied for sixth

Golf Channel gets up close to players

Morgan not optimistic about Instinet three-peat

Finding Fischer

World's best are in field
The Asahi Ryokuken International Championship golf tournament is living up to the international part of its name.

Tournament rounds will be televised live

Finding Fischer
Maybe the good vibes she gets from Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club will help Tina Fischer find what she calls the "on" switch that will jump start her dormant golf game.

Gary Player disappointed about Masters age limit

Distance an issue off the course too
As Wendy Ward wound her way down the long country road, she began to wonder whether she was really on the correct path to Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club.

Undying Drive

Man with a plan
Annika Sorenstam shoots 59.

Davies starts strong at Asahi Ryokuken

World's best are in field

Course fits Brit

Estes tinkers to first-round lead at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- All of that tinkering may be coming together for Bob Estes, who shot a 5-under-par 65 in windy conditions Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the Colonial.

Inconsistent play frustrates Kerr

Davies starts strong at Asahi Ryokuken
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Laura Davies heard last fall that Mount Vintage Plantation was her kind of course. She showed it Thursday, shooting a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead in the Asahi Ryokuken International.

Woods returns to tournament for fourth and perhaps last time

Morgan not optimistic about Instinet three-peat
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Gil Morgan is not optimistic about his chances for a third straight victory in the Instinet Classic.

Klein is off to solid start

Woods returns to tournament for fourth and perhaps last time
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Tiger Woods' fourth appearance at the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open might be his last.

Jones sees motherhood and profession as time well-split

Amateur endures 'long day'
Michelle Wie plopped herself on the fringe behind the 18th green to grab a quick breather with her dad and caddie, BJ.

Augustan seeks competitive Edge

GreenJackets rally to beat Bombers

Sharks improve, but final result doesn't

Leafs edge Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- It's hard to say just what the injury-riddled Toronto Maple Leafs are playing on - adrenaline, emotion, focus.

Leafs limping into conference finals

Leafs edge Hurricanes

Sharks improve, but final result doesn't
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks still can't make the jump.

Leafs limping into conference finals
RALEIGH, N.C. -- How much longer can the Toronto Maple Leafs limp through the Stanley Cup playoffs?

One of NHL's best rivalries back as Wings, Avs meet
DETROIT -- A rivalry once considered the nastiest in hockey resumes Saturday when the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche meet in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

One of NHL's best rivalries back as Wings, Avs meet

I asked for Georgia state slogans, and you responded
A committee is a group of men who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done.

Braves split series with Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark DeRosa hit a tiebreaking single and Chipper Jones added a three-run double in the eighth inning as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Thursday to split their four-game series.

Dooley to join GOP gathering
Reps. Sue Burmeister, George DeLoach, Ben Harbin, Sen. Joey Brush and newly announced congressional candidate Barbara Dooley are scheduled to attend a joint meeting of the Richmond County and Columbia County Republican parties Saturday morning.

Lynx's Morrow to retire
With a baby on the way and a business about to take off, Scott Morrow is ready to begin life after hockey.

Reparations seekers should pursue their dreams instead

It's right not to curb river activities

Claims Hodges a brainless terrorist

Urges Senate to OK trade authority

Carter cuddles with Castro as U.S. tries to root out evil

Keep our waterways open for all

Still opposes SRS' MOX mission

Today's great black writers ignored

City must protect the history that made Augusta great

Americans once again are ruled by a 'rich royalty'

Pay reparations to Indians, blacks

Moms are more precious than gold

'ER' leads NBC to ratings victory

Collectors get heavenly inspiration from toys

Health and fitness calendar

Young singer's jazzy sound strikes chord

Board keeps manager, loses lawyer
Come June 1, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority will officially gain a manager and lose a lawyer.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James R. Wheeler of Augusta.

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

Grand jury indicts Nuwaubian leader
EATONTON, Ga. - Dwight "Malachi" York preyed on children younger than 10, forcing them to commit all manner of sex acts with himself and others, and in some cases, videotaping the acts, a sweeping 120-count indictment returned by a Putnam County grand jury alleges.

Braves split series with Giants

Barnes signs bill to save babies
ATLANTA - A bill aimed at saving babies from being abandoned was among a long list of plans signed into law by Gov. Roy Barnes on Wednesday.

Pupil held in bomb threat
A 13-year-old Murphey Middle School pupil was being held by juvenile authorities Thursday after he allegedly took two Molotov cocktails to school and struck a match in one of his classrooms, police said.

Judges assess bridge designs
After 30 years of judging yearly bridge-building contests at North Augusta High School, engineers George Nelson and Kenneth Taylor said they have seen balsa wood and glue hold a lot of weight.

Sailors choose to stay in service
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Considerable pay and benefit increases, coupled with a surge of patriotism, are keeping more people in the Navy, leading to possible record-high retention numbers and prompting a scale-back in recruiting.

Death-penalty trial granted another delay

Judge drops sentence to 2 life prison terms
A former Augusta man who begged the judge Thursday for a chance to see freedom someday got a reduction of 130 years, leaving him two consecutive life sentences to serve for rape and child molestation.

Boaters have a real Field Day

Area lawyer will contest Burmeister

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Charlie Thomas of Martinez.

Man sentenced for selling bogus Masters badges

Man sentenced for selling bogus Masters badges
A career criminal convicted of selling bogus Masters Tournament badges was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison.

Authority will return air conditioners
Subsidized housing residents who were forced to remove air-conditioning units from their upstairs bedrooms early last month will see cooler nights soon.

Death-penalty trial granted another delay
An Augusta woman facing a death-penalty trial in a nearly 7-year-old double homicide has received yet another postponement.

Group shares ideas on area's future
Residents from several counties gathered Thursday to share concerns and expressed their hopes about the Augusta area's future.

Across South Carolina

Around town

Panel weighs water control
ROME, Ga. - The state should not ban the siphoning of water from parts of Georgia with a plentiful supply to thirsty high-growth areas such as metro Atlanta, a key member of a legislative study committee said Thursday.

Man, 79, hangs 10 as legend of surfing
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Howie Lyon has the strangest cookie jar.

News you can use
May 16, 1968 Citizens from four counties gathered here Wednesday night to honor the newly appointed judge of the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Day of remembrance
JONATHAN ERNST/STAFFDay of remembranceRichmond County sheriff's deputies wait for a peace officers memorial service to begin on Riverwalk Augusta. Mayor Bob Young laid a wreath in honor of officers killed in the line of duty.

Boyfriend arrested in shooting
AIKEN - Denise Simpkins clung to life for about 20 hours Wednesday before succumbing to a gunshot. Police say they will charge her 81-year-old boyfriend with murder.

Board keeps manager, loses lawyer

Town hall meetings open debate on future
Everyone at a town hall meeting Wednesday night agreed Augusta needs a vision for the future. The reason they were there was to figure out what that vision should be.

Subscriber of the day

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

Across Georgia

Boaters have a real Field Day
Greg Grace and Jason Handsbro had a simple strategy for winning Augusta Technical College's paper-boat race - row, row, row.

Lynx's Morrow to retire

Area lawyer will contest Burmeister
Bo Hunter, a lawyer and former Richmond County State Court solicitor, announced from the steps of his Greene Street law offices Wednesday that he is planning a second run for the state House of Representatives.

Click it or get a ticket
Hoping to curb traffic deaths during the Memorial Day weekend, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office announced a crackdown Thursday on those not wearing seat belts and child safety restraints .

Across South Carolina
EASLEY -One of two men charged with kidnapping a Pickens County woman and her daughter has led investigators to two bodies in a shallow grave in Richland County.

Attorney announces plans to run for state House seat
David Bell, a lawyer and former candidate for Congress, announced Thursday his plans to run for a seat in the state House of Representatives.

Across Georgia
SNELLVILLE -Marc Rowell was being a good husband and father - driving his pregnant wife, Stephanie, 23 miles from their home in Good Hope to a Snellville hospital for her 37-week checkup.

Across the area

Columbia County drops D.A.R.E.
The Columbia County school system is ending its decadelong association with the D.A.R.E. program.

Exercise tests response of emergency workers
Chris Carroll did exactly what he was supposed to Thursday: He ran into a toxin-filled building, passed out and died.

Across South Carolina

Westside High project
Some students at Westside High School are concerned about wasted commercial space in Augusta, and on Thursday they voiced their opinions to city officials.

Panel weighs water control

Group shares ideas on area's future

Day of remembrance

News you can use
May 17, 1966 Twenty-six Georgia counties, including Wilkes and McDuffie, have been warned that their boards of county commissioners might be illegally apportioned following the U.S. Supreme Court's one-man, one-vote mandate.

Attorney announces plans to run for state House seat

Judge grants short visits
A young man deemed not guilty by reason of insanity after he allegedly kidnapped an elderly security guard and took steps to kill him will be allowed short visits away from a mental hospital, a judge ruled Thursday.

News you can use

Health drink makes splash on course
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - In the 26 years Jariah Beard caddied for the Masters Tournament, he walked miles of turf but never considered consuming any of it.

Sailors choose to stay in service

Soldier set explosives at facility, police say
Florida police arrested a Georgia soldier last weekend after finding him armed, wearing black clothes and leaving a power plant where he allegedly left an explosive.

Westside High project

Grand jury indicts Nuwaubian leader

Man, 79, hangs 10 as legend of surfing

News you can use

Exercise tests response of emergency workers

Quenching hangout

Health drink makes splash on course

Columbia County drops D.A.R.E.

Forum discusses pregnancy
Mary Beth Pierucci knows that teen pregnancy is a problem in Richmond County. More important, she wants to do something about it.

Across the area

Across the area
Authorities searched Thursday for an inmate from Johnson State Prison who walked away from a work detail Wednesday.

Boyfriend arrested in shooting

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE -Walker County officials have received $214,397 from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the first payment of the $2.9 million the Legislature approved for expenses involved in the Tri-State Crematory recovery.

MCG Health's profits foster Harvard recruits
The hospital and clinics of the Medical College of Georgia have been setting records for patients and profitability, and they plan to continue that next year.

Click it or get a ticket

Across the area
Two men armed with a gun robbed the Master's Economy Inn on Washington Road early Wednesday, police said.

Quenching hangout
ATLANTA - Anyone who has spent much time under the gold dome of Georgia's Capitol knows where to snag a free Coca-Cola on a hot day.

Authority will return air conditioners

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A 78-year-old woman has been charged with shooting and killing her husband earlier this week.

Rookie sensation shows her age en route to firing 78
The LPGA's newest "It girl" didn't have it Thursday.

Driving the state may be enlightening, confusing
Every time I drive along River Watch Parkway and look for the river, I think about how things don't always live up to their names. Where is the river? I'm watching, but I don't see it.

Non-qualified Luyendyk looking for race speed

Old-man Marlin leads pack of young guns

Winston weighs options

Winston weighs options
CONCORD, N.C. - The city of Charlotte is still feeling the sting of losing its National Basketball Association team to New Orleans.

Racing facts

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's The Winston NASCAR race.

Spotlight on Matt Kenseth
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth.

Non-qualified Luyendyk looking for race speed
INDIANAPOLIS -- Even though Arie Luyendyk isn't qualified yet for the Indianapolis 500, it's a race-day setup that most concerns the two-time winner of the event.

Fun and Games
CONCORD, N.C. - Mike Wallace has never won a race in his Winston Cup Series career, but he will be in the starting lineup for Saturday night's The Winston all-star race.

Old-man Marlin leads pack of young guns
CONCORD, N.C. - While the NASCAR Winston Cup Series has become obsessed with reaching out to the MTV crowd, Sterling Marlin continues to make sure it doesn't forget its storied past.

Fun and Games

Spotlight on Matt Kenseth

Nets top Hornets

Hornets end era in Charlotte

Lakers, Kings prepare for playoff clash
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Before the Sacramento Kings' first practice for the Western Conference finals on Thursday, vice president Geoff Petrie had a message for the team he built expressly for the challenge of the coming days.

Pistons collapse after surprising season
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Cliff Robinson has seen 13 NBA seasons come and go. Few have contained so much surprise - and ended with so much left undone - as this one with the Detroit Pistons.

Hawks hire former Grizzlies GM

Boston savors shot at Eastern title
BOSTON -- For a change, the Boston Celtics were happy to have a day off in May.

Lakers, Kings prepare for playoff clash

Hawks hire former Grizzlies GM
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday named former Memphis Grizzlies GM Billy Knight to the newly created post of director of basketball operations.

Hornets end era in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The most telling sign that the Hornets' days in Charlotte are officially over came in a call to their offices Thursday, a day after their season ended.

Nets top Hornets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just like the team they defeated, the New Jersey Nets are headed to new territory - their first Eastern Conference finals appearance in 26 NBA seasons.

Boston savors shot at Eastern title

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Mr. George Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rowland    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Page Rowland, 91, wife of the late Luther Rowland of N. Myrtle Street., entered into rest Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at her residence. Funeral se

Mr. Noah Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday May 9, 2002 at VA Medical Center Uptown. Mr. Noah Young, beloved son of Rev. Amos Young. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2002, at 1p.m. at Rock Creek Baptist Church.

Featured obituary: Mrs. Ola Corley
Ola Corley was an evangelist. But more than leading strangers to the path of righteousness, Ms. Corley led her family to preach the gospel.

Ms. Frances Lewis    (BRONX, N.Y.)
BRONX, N.Y. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at her residence, Ms. Frances Dicks Lewis of Walton Avenue, Bronx, New York. Graveside services will be held today, Friday, May 17, 2002, at 11 a.m. from Mount Olive Memorial G

Mr. Amos Arnold    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. Amos Arnold, 71, of Magnolia Church Road, Gibson, entered into rest Monday, May 13, 2002, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Mr. Arnold was the husband of Valerie Arnold. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 17, 200

Mrs. Dorothy Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at St. Joseph Hospital, Mrs. Hazel Gibbons Mathis Allen of Nells Drive, Blythe. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are her husband, Percy Allen St.; four daughters, Sherry (Har

Mrs. Clara Tison    (MIDDLEBURG, Fla.)
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. - Funeral service for Clara E. Tison will be held 1p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, from the chapel at Jacksonville

F. Sgt. Alexander Barnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Milford    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 16, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Eva Milford. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later. Platts Funeral Home 337 N. Belair Road Evans. 860-6166.

Mr. Edward Wheatley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Horne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Burch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Robert W. Burch entered into rest May 14, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. He was formally of Byrd Road, Grace Wood, Ga. Arrangements for services will be announced later. C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Dwight Taylor    (Sylvania, Ga.)
employee by Viracon Sylvania, Ga. - Dwight David Eisenhower Taylor, 49, died Sunday, May 12, 2002 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Services are being h

F. Sgt. Alexander Barnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dolly Sims    (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho.)
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in Idaho Falls, Mrs. Dolly Lucille Altman Sims. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main Street, Graniteville, S.C.

Mrs. Cornelia Wilcher    (WALTERBORO, S.C.)
WALTERBORO, S.C. - Cornelia Wilcher, 72, died Tuesday. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday at Fred Parker Funeral Home. Burial will be 2:3

Mr. Charles Scalf    (FOREST PARK, Ga.)
FOREST PARK, Ga. - Mr. Charles Hickman Scalf, of Forest Park, died May 15, 2002, at Our Lady of Perfetual Health Care of Atlanta

Mr. David Surry    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Entered into rest May 13, 2002, Mr. David W. (Maine) Surry, 47, of 337 Morgan-Bussey Road. Funeral services will be held at 2p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Republican Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Patten Jr. off

Mrs. Mary Rowland    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
WRI

Mrs. Louise Powell    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, Mrs. Louise P. Powell, wife of Mr. Arthur David Powell, of Chaffee Street. She was the mother of two sons, Marvin E. Powell and Wayne A. Powell and of four daughters, Donna Sm

Mr. Ryan Rodgers    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Ryan Alan Rodgers, 16, beloved son of Michelle Rodgers and Mark Rodgers, of Shadowmoor Circle, died Monday, May 13, 2002. Funeral services will be at 11a.

Naprincia Major    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGU

Mr. Jordan Printup Jr.    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Jordan N. Printup Jr., 61, of Main Street, Mc

Mrs. Virginia Jennings    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia S. Jennings, 69, of West Martintown Road, North Augusta, who died May 14, 2002, will be conducted this Fri

Mrs. Louise Powell    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

F. Sgt George Williams    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Retired First Sergeant E-8 George "Jimmie" H. Williams, husband of Mrs. Carline Murray Williams, of Wymberly C

Judge Franklin Pierce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Caines Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral arrangement

Mr. Francis Peeples    (MARTIN, S.C.)
MARTIN, S.C. - Mr. Francis Ellis Peeples, husband of Eleanor McDonald Peeples, died Tuesday morning in University Hospital in Augusta. He was 82. Mr. Peeples was born in Allendale County, April 8, 1920, a son of the

Mrs. Sarah Brown    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah Gibbons Brown, departed this life May 13 in South Carolina. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 18 at 3 p.m., at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and cemetery with Rev. F. Ricks officiating. S

Mrs. Claudell Mosley-Wright    (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Entered into rest May 12, 2002, Mrs. Claudell Mosley-Wright, 59, of West 78th Street, Los Angeles. Mrs. Mosl

Mrs. Emmer Beal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services from Mrs. Emmer Beal, who died May 13, 2002, in the University Hospital, will be conducted this Saturday May 18, 2002, at 2:30p.m. from Hazel Grove Baptist Church, Beech Island, S.C. Rev. Henry Ingra

Mr. Lewis Morgan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Lewis C. Morgan, 44, of Powerhouse Road will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2002, at G.L. Bright

Mrs. Evelyn Alexander    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Evelyn Decker Alexander, 93, wife of the late William S. Alexander Sr., formerly of the Sterling House of North Augusta, entered into rest Wednesday, May 16, 2002. Graveside

Mrs. Rhonda Meyer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest May 14, 2002, Mrs. Rhonda Kay "Roo" Nichols Mey

Mr. Emanuel Williams    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Emanuel Williams, affectionately known as "Skeeter"

Mr. Charles Lord Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Mr. Charles E. Lord Sr., 61, entered into rest Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be 11a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002,

Mr. Walter Vinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Lewis    (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mr. Henry Tapley    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Henry Tapley, 74, died Friday. Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Burial in the church cemetery. Survivors

Mrs. Virginia Jennings    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia S. Jennings, 69, of West Martintown Road, North Augusta, who died May 14, 2002, w

Ms. Denise Simpkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Ms. Denise Simpkins, 35, of Lancaster Street North West died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augus

Mrs. Artie Irvin    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mrs. Artie Lou Irvin, of Adrian, died Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, at Corinth United Methodist Church. Intermen

Mrs. Juanita Read    (ROCK HILL, S.C.)
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mrs. Juanita Bartz Haynie Read, 86, of

Mrs. Irene Horne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Irene P. Horne, age 65, of Augusta, passed away, Wednesday morning, May 15, 2002 at University Hospital. A native of Midville, she had been a lifelong resident of Augusta. Mrs

Judge Franklin Pierce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elbert Holston    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
WINDSOR, S.C. - Mr. Elbert "Jake" Holston, entered into rest May 13, 2002, at the Aiken Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be Frid

Mrs. Lorene McIntosh    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Estelle Hickson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. -Entered into rest Sunday, May 12, 2002, Mrs. Estelle "Stella" Hickson, 9

Mr. Charles Lord Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Mr. Charles E. Lord Sr., 61, entered into

Mrs. Margaret Griggs    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Reese Griggs, 87, of Lincolnton Road, entered into rest Wednesday mornin

Mr. Alex Lewis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

F. Sgt. George Williams    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Rubie Howard    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Rubie McMillan Howard, 88, of Sylvania, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in St. Josephs Hospital in Savannah. She was born and lived all

Rev. Ola Corley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Selma Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeremy Brown    (ROCKY FORD, Ga.)
ROCKY FORD, Ga. - Jeremy Matthew Brown, 27, died Tuesday. He was born in Richmond County, was of the Baptist Faith, was a machine operator for

SFC Robert Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Blackwood    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Joseph W. Blackwood, 56, of Riverbend Drive, Beech Island, who died May 13, 2

Mrs. Willie Clary    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON,

Mrs. Dorothy Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon Henry Byrd Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Deacon Henry Byrd Sr. departed this life May 9 in Armstrong, Fla. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Solomon Temple Baptist Church and cemetery with Rev. P. Stark, officiating. Survivors include

Mrs. Betty Benning    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at The University Hospital, Mrs. Betty Benning of E. Kensington

Mr. George Buck Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. George Willie Buck Sr. of Sand

Mrs. Billie Avera    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at Salem Rehabilitation Center, Mrs. Billie Oliphant Avera, 67, of West Kensington Drive. Funeral arrangements will be announced late

Mr. Claud Bond Jr.    (ABBEVILLE, S.C.)
ABBEVILLE, S.C. - Claud William Bond Jr., 78, resident of McGowan Avenue, husband of the late Rebecca Baughman Bond, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the VA Medical Center in Augusta. Born in Abbeville, November 3, 1923 he was a son of the late Claud William Sr. and May Jones Bond. He had been a member of Abbeville First Baptist Church since 1938, retired as an Engineer from the Seaboard Coastline Railroad, was a founding member of IBEW of Augusta, Ga., member of the Railroad UTU, WWII Veteran of the U.S. Navy and member of the Abbeville Masonic Lodge. Surviving are one son, Claud W. Bond III of Abbeville; three daughters, Margaret Lois Wikman of Riverview, Mich., Rebecca Fernandez of Abbeville, and Marion B. Ware of Due West; ten grandchildren; the oldest grandchild, Brian Szmykowski is formerly of the home; and one great grandchild; three brothers, Francis Bond of Mount Airy, Ga., Marion Bond of Lake Alfred, Fla., and Leroy Bond of Cedar Bluff, Ala.; one sister, Lois Ashcraft of Spartanburg. He was predeceased by a brother, Jack Bond. Graveside services will e 11a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, at Melrose Cemetery with Rev. Reiny Koschel and Rev. Johnnie Waller officiating. The family respectfully request that flowers be omitted and memorials made to The Claud Bond Scholarship Fund, c/o Abbeville Seaboard System Credit Union, 603 E. Greenwood Street, Abbeville, S.C. 29620. The family is at the home of a daughter, Rebecca Fernandez, 119 McGowan Avenue, Abbeville. Harris Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.

Mr. Robert Wicker    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lee Wicker died on Sunday, May 12, 2002, at his residence in Bartow. Funeral will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2002, at 3 p.m., at Hudson Mortuary chapel in Wadley. His su

Mrs. Betty Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Ed Wheatley
In the mind of his wife, Ed Wheatley was a maverick.

Mrs. Billie Avera    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Amos Arnold    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. Amos Arnold, 71, of Magnolia Church Road, Gibson, entered into rest Monday, May 13, 2002, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Mr. Arnold was the husband o

Mr. William Berry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Judge Franklin Pierce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Lewis (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mr. Amos Arnold (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Francis Peeples (MARTIN, S.C.)

Deacon Henry Byrd Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Elbert Holston (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Rhonda Meyer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Bennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Wheatley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Amos Arnold (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Scalf (FOREST PARK, Ga.)

Mr. Claud Bond Jr. (ABBEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Powell (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dolly Sims (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho.)

Mrs. Margaret Griggs (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Judge Franklin Pierce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Claudell Mosley-Wright (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)

Mr. Lewis Morgan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Cornelia Wilcher (WALTERBORO, S.C.)

Mrs. Estelle Hickson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eva Milford (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rowland (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Caines Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Blackwood (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Rowland (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jeremy Brown (ROCKY FORD, Ga.)

Mrs. Selma Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Berry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Bennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Read (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Billie Avera (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Lord Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Lord Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Powell (LANGLEY, S.C.)

F. Sgt. George Williams (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Wicker (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Burch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Surry (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Jennings (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Emanuel Williams (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Naprincia Major (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Tapley (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Bennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

F. Sgt George Williams (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Rubie Howard (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Lewis (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. George Buck Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Noah Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Brown (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Rev. Ola Corley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Billie Avera (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dwight Taylor (Sylvania, Ga.)

F. Sgt. Alexander Barnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Tison (MIDDLEBURG, Fla.)

Mrs. Emmer Beal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Horne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Horne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Alexander (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lorene McIntosh (LANGLEY, S.C.)

You go, girls
It's time to see what the ladies of golf can do.

Pay reparations to Indians, blacks
Reparations are due. They are due first and foremost to the American Indians, the indigenous people of this continent. The Europeans drove them out of their native land. Indians are still viewed as savages in Western movies when, in truth, they were only protecting themselves and their homeland. William Sanders, Augusta

It's right not to curb river activities
The Augusta Canal Authority is on the right track in opposing the outdated ordinance prohibiting water activities in the Savannah River adjacent to the city. The overreaction of the sheriff's department to the recent drowning of a young boy in the canal is typically provincial and unnecessary. Wesley Ross, Augusta

Carter cuddles with Castro as U.S. tries to root out evil
The English philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury once wrote, "It is the hardest thing in the world to be a good thinker without being a good self-examiner." In former President Jimmy Carter's case, he has failed miserably in both respects. Joshua H. Bolin, Augusta

Cool off, HUD
The problem Hattie Nunnally is having trying to cool off her home demonstrates how unfunded federal mandates can unfairly impact ordinary people, not just business and industry.

Still opposes SRS' MOX mission
Going through my files, I found a letter to The Chronicle dated June 25, 1997. It described a meeting held June 19 to promote "...a plutonium mission for the Savannah River Site." The writer called it "...a noble concept." Joan O. King, Sautee, Ga.

Moms are more precious than gold
According to The Chronicle, Money Management International suggests that mothers are worth less than $50 because the people participating in their survey intended to spend less than $50 on Mother's Day. Terri Exum, Martinez, Ga.

Claims Hodges a brainless terrorist
Pure and simple, Gov. Jim Hodges, D-S.C., is a terrorist when he lies down in the road to prevent the plutonium shipment to the Savannah River Site. I would like to volunteer to drive the lead truck when he has his carcass in the road. The liberal buzzards could carry him home to a tall pine tree. Faber Hance, North Augusta, S.C.

Today's great black writers ignored
As a high school student, I was introduced to wonderful and fascinating black writers such as Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Richard Wright, Phyllis Wheatley and James Baldwin. These were known black writers who received national and international acclaim for their literary works. E. Maner, Augusta

Urges Senate to OK trade authority
In the next few weeks Georgia's U.S. senators will vote on a piece of legislation that will have a profound impact on the Georgia economy: The Trade Promotion Authority for President George W. Bush. This will allow the president to enter into trade agreements with other countries, while allowing an up-or-down vote by the Congress on the agreements. Joey Brush, Atlanta, Ga.

Americans once again are ruled by a 'rich royalty'
Damon Cline's excellent report (Business section, May 5) on the vast powers of the oil industry and Congress's attempt at investigating and possibly regulating inflated prices, was exceptionally honest. I wonder how many people read it and really understand the situation. Robert Periano, Augusta

Good fences, bad neighbors
The explosive conflict between Israeli Jews and Palestinians is concentrated in an area the size of New Jersey, where 9 million people sit on a powder keg of hatred.

Reparations seekers should pursue their dreams instead
I see so much about reparations. What do we really want? Why do we want it? From whom do we want it? Would we be better off if we were paid for someone else's misdeeds? Jesse Smith, Hephzibah, Ga.

McIntyre's task
The contest for mayor between incumbent Bob Young and former state Rep. Robin Williams was interesting enough, but with former mayor Ed McIntyre sending up a test balloon, things could get very interesting.

Franklin H. Pierce
Franklin H. Pierce was one of the Augusta Judicial Circuit's longest serving superior court judges, having first been elected to the bench in 1972 and serving until his death Tuesday at age 85. He will be remembered as a "conscientious, dedicated and respected judge ... always a gentleman on and off the bench," noted longtime friend and associate, Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr.

City must protect the history that made Augusta great
There is so much history in Augusta that goes unnoticed. The DeLaigle family gave much to Augusta, with the most noted being the land for Magnolia Cemetery. Not only is the building sitting across from the Municipal Building historic, it holds wondrous stories that have been shared among locals for years. Sean Joiner, Augusta

Keep our waterways open for all
I would like to add my voice to the growing number of people who are alarmed by the loss of our use of natural resources. Much has been written about swimming in the Savannah River. I would like to bring to light another such practice. Jerry N. Widener, Graniteville, S.C.

Prep athletes of the week

Serena Williams advances at Italian Open

Baffert, Lukas won't be overlooked in Preakness

Aquinas ousted in semis

Serena Williams advances to quarterfinals

What if Tyson, Lewis just box?

Eventually, Preakness favorite Medaglia d'Oro will show up

Stallions feel they can do more despite perfect record

Doctor: Hingis injuries may be career-threatening

Bulldogs one game from first state title

Lewis trainer says champion will go right after Tyson, risking it all

Overtime

Crescent forces deciding contest

Aquinas ousted in semis
When a ball finds the foot of a Lady Hornet, the ball often finds the back of the net.

Serena Williams advances at Italian Open
ROME -- Fourth-seeded Serena Williams beat Rita Grande of Italy 6-0, 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the third round of the Italian Open.

Doctor: Hingis injuries may be career-threatening
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Martina Hingis may have to give up tennis because of joint injuries, her doctor said Wednesday.

Bulldogs one game from first state title
Now, it's a mental game for Silver Bluff.

Crescent forces deciding contest
IVA, S.C. - The last time she strode to the plate with the game on the line, Crescent pinch-hitter Savannah McCracken grounded to third base to seal the Silver Bluff win Monday.

Eventually, Preakness favorite Medaglia d'Oro will show up
BALTIMORE -- His colt is the Preakness favorite, yet trainer Bobby Frankel and Medaglia d'Oro were nowhere near Pimlico two days before the race.

What if Tyson, Lewis just box?
It's a little late for outrage.

Serena Williams advances to quarterfinals
ROME -- Jennifer Capriati finished off Mary Pierce at the Italian Open before some fans reached their seats Thursday night.

Baffert, Lukas won't be overlooked in Preakness
BALTIMORE -- Don't get him wrong, D. Wayne Lukas was impressed with War Emblem's victory in the Kentucky Derby. But darn, rival trainer Bob Baffert is one fortunate fellow.

Lewis trainer says champion will go right after Tyson, risking it all
Mike Tyson may not be the only thug in the ring June 8.

Prep athletes of the week
Here are profiles of the area's prep athletes of the week.

Overtime
The Texas Rangers agreed to terms on a major-league contract Thursday with free agent catcher and Evans native Todd Greene.

Ex-magazine editor, TV producer Cobb honored
Bob Cobb, first editor of BASSMASTER magazine and producer of the award-winning The BASSMASTERS television series, will be honored May 25 as one of six inductees into the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
You'd think hybrids and striped bass would school like crazy under optimum conditions, but not much happened late Wednesday afternoon along the flats just west of the mouth of Thurmond Lake's Grays Creek.

Ex-magazine editor, TV producer Cobb honored

Fishing report

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.

Rookie sensation shows her age en route to firing 78

Stallions feel they can do more despite perfect record
The Augusta Stallions are just one win away from matching last season's 6-0 start.

Dense-boned family may hold key to treating osteoporosis
BOSTON -- Scientists studying a family with a strange and rare genetic condition that gives members square jaws and superdense bones have pinpointed a protein that could advance the quest for better osteoporosis drugs.

Ruling will stand on Russell Dam
Georgia and South Carolina will not appeal a judge's ruling to allow Russell Dam's reversible hydropower turbines to spin into commercial operation this summer.

Hodges' asks court to stop plutonium
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges asked a federal judge Thursday to stop plutonium shipments to South Carolina, saying the U.S. Department of Energy breaks promises on how the nuclear material will be processed and when it will leave the state.

Mobile fleet of technicians tirelessly checks cell quality
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tim Urton gets some satisfaction out of seeing the Verizon Wireless television pitchman traveling the backroads and repeatedly asking folks back at the office, "Can you hear me now?"

Snake patrol
JACKSON - Scott Pfaff plopped a large, sluggish reptile onto a conference room floor and stood carefully aside.

Napster executive, founder both resign as part of mounting turmoil
SAN FRANCISCO -- Napster Inc., the dorm-room experiment that revolutionized the music business, is in turmoil.

Professors in search of more reliable software
Carnegie Mellon University professors Bill Guttman and Bill Scherlis want to make computer software more reliable.

Bill presses for SRS plutonium shipments
Another combatant has joined the political war surrounding plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site.

Creating children's zone online easier said than done
NEW YORK -- To keep youngsters away from porn and other online dangers, some child-safety advocates want to create a children's zone populated only by Web sites deemed safe.

Scientists make stem cells work as liver tissue
First they made muscle. Then, stem cells taken from bone marrow helped rebuild diseased blood vessels. Next they reversed stroke damage.

Bulldogs annual meeting is tonight
The Greater Augusta Alumni Chapter of South Carolina State University will host its annual "CSRA Bulldog Night" tonight at 6 p.m. at the W.T" Johnson Center at 1610 Hunter Street.

Bulldogs annual meeting is tonight

Brewer determined to be ready for opening game

Brewer determined to be ready for opening game
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ryan Brewer, South Carolina's starting tailback, says he's determined to be ready for the Gamecocks' opening game against New Mexico State after having surgery on his ankle two weeks ago.

SEC denies JUCO's appeal to transfer to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday denied a South Carolina basketball recruit's appeal to transfer from a community college.

SEC denies JUCO's appeal to transfer to South Carolina

Ruling will stand on Russell Dam

Scientists make stem cells work as liver tissue

Snake patrol

Professors in search of more reliable software

Creating children's zone online easier said than done

Dense-boned family may hold key to treating osteoporosis

Mobile fleet of technicians tirelessly checks cell quality