Piazza: 'I'm not gay'
PHILADELPHIA -- Responding to questions and rumors about his sexual orientation, Mike Piazza said Tuesday night that the major leagues are ready for gay players but he's not one of them.

Rocker sent to minors

Piazza: 'I'm not gay'

Ventura signs $330 million Twins stadium bill

Rocker sent to minors
DALLAS -- The Texas Rangers sent erratic reliever John Rocker to the minors for the second time this season Tuesday, yet another setback in his troubled career.

Ventura signs $330 million Twins stadium bill
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's fight to save the Twins got a big boost Wednesday when Gov. Jesse Ventura approved a financing framework for a $330 million ballpark.

Bonds says workouts, not steroids, changed his body over time

Bonds says workouts, not steroids, changed his body over time
PHOENIX -- Barry Bonds repeated his stand Tuesday that his body has been built up through strenuous workouts, not through the use of strength-enhancing steroids.

Odds and ends
SUNBURY, Pa. -- Bread, milk, eggs ... and a court summons?

Bald birds bred to beat the heat
JERUSALEM - Seedless watermelon was one thing, but a featherless chicken? An Israeli researcher is breeding bald birds that will stay cool in the sultry Middle East and other hot regions.

Braves fall to Expos in extra innings

Braves suffer blow in victory
MONTREAL - A trip that swung through three time zones and two countries suddenly felt longer than 10 days when Gary Sheffield clutched his left hamstring and winced in pain Wednesday night.

Braves notebook

Braves fall to Expos in extra innings
MONTREAL - All night, it had the feel of so many games this season, tantalizingly close, but just out of reach.

Braves notebook
MONTREAL - Atlanta Braves third baseman Vinny Castilla looks at his numbers and winces.

Braves notebook
MONTREAL - This spring, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox said he hoped for 30 home runs and 90 RBI from his trio of first basemen - B.J. Surhoff, Wes Helms, and Julio Franco.

Business briefs
LEVERKUSEN, Germany - German drug maker Bayer said Wednesday it would drop 1,300 jobs at its pharmaceuticals division, which is still suffering the aftereffects from withdrawal of a key drug last year.

Bureau aims to guide guests
Linda Gregory doesn't mind drawing maps to local restaurants for out-of-towners. As general manager of the Comfort Inn on Walton Way, she considers it part of her job.

Schools try to make deal for building
Negotiations are continuing between the owner of the H.L. Green building on Broad Street and the Richmond County Board of Education, which is trying to consolidate its administrative offices downtown.

Bureau aims to guide guests

Comcast sells AT&T block

Business briefs
HOUSTON - Shell Oil Co. will build an $87 million natural gas and crude oil pipeline project in the Gulf of Mexico to serve a development operated by Conoco Inc., the companies said Tuesday.

Business briefs

State lacks new positions
ATLANTA - The difficulty that out-of-work Georgians are having in finding new jobs will slow the whole state's recovery from the recent recession, one of Georgia's top economists predicted Wednesday.

Comcast sells AT&T block
PHILADELPHIA - Cable giant Comcast Corp. sold a 42 million-share block of AT&T Corp. - about half its position in the telecommunications company - to Salomon Smith Barney, Comcast spokesman Tim Fitzpatrick said Wednesday.

Report ties Bryant to Clemson search

Report ties Bryant to Clemson search
Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant appears to be a candidate for the same position at Clemson, according to a report in Wednesday's editions of The (Columbia) State.

John C. Hagler III

Correction

Unpardonable behavior

Appoint Guard chief

Stick to security

The truth is refreshing

From opera to outdoor art, tradition lives
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The curtain is set to rise on another edition of Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the annual arts event that, entering its 26th season, has become part of the fabric of this city of pastel houses and secluded gardens.

Going to the cellar for the good stuff
It's one of those themeless but not aimless days, as we catch up on several groups of wines I've been meaning to let readers know about but haven't had the chance.

In the know
Calling all Dads Father's Day is just around the corner, and we're getting ready.

NBC, 'Friends' are season's ratings champs
NEW YORK - NBC and its hit sitcom Friends claimed championship trophies for the 2001-02 television season. Both went out with a flourish, with NBC winning the May ratings "sweeps" and Friends drawing 35 million viewers for its season-ending episode last Thursday depicting the birth of Rachel's baby.

In the know
In honor of the newest Tonka Truck line Tonka Junior, the Hasbro toy company is looking for tough toddlers.

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 Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Small portions
Lidia is becoming one of those household names, like Emeril or Wolfgang or Cher, where a last name is no longer needed. She has successful restaurants, a successful public-television show, successful cookbooks and, now, successful food products.

News networks find car chases hard to resist
NEW YORK - For the news networks, car chases are like giving Krispy Kreme doughnuts to a dieter. You know they're bad for you. You know you should resist. But, man, they're just so tasty ...

Summer simplicity
Summer is my favorite time for spending less time in the kitchen and more time by the pool or lake. So I'm always on the lookout for del

'Spider-Man' game won't disappoint
He climbs walls. He squirts webs from his hands. He senses evil before it arrives.

Jackets put team first
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's baseball team last year had a preseason No. 1 ranking, one of the nation's top position players and a clubhouse filled with pro prospects.

Jackets fall to Clemson
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Steve Reba threw eight shutout innings and Khalil Greene hit a two-run homer as Clemson beat Georgia Tech 10-0 in ACC tournament play Wednesday.

Jackets put team first

Reliever gets the job done for Jackets
Dan Generelli jogged in from the mound at Lake Olmstead Stadium and headed straight for the corner of the dugout where Augusta GreenJackets pitching coach Dave Tomlin was stationed.

Starter carries RedStixx
The Augusta GreenJackets have yet to face the two top pitching prospects in the Cleveland Indians farm system - right-handers Dan Denham and J.D. Martin - nor will they see them during this three-game series against the Columbus RedStixx at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Let's not tell graduates about tomorrow just yet

Firefighters gather for golf, fellowship

12-year-old passes first qualifying test
DULUTH, Ga. -- Twelve-year-old Michelle Wie, trying to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, shot 6-over 78 Wednesday to advance to one of seven sectional qualifying tournaments.

Golf notebook
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Dudley Hart had no chance of winning the Colonial, but birdies on three of the last four holes certainly came in handy. Hart finished fourth, moved up 12 spots to No. 44 in the world ranking and should be a shoo-in for the U.S. Open.

Black propels Pacers
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Junior Aaron Black shared low-round honors Tuesday to help USC Aiken take second place in the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship.

Arizona State takes big first-day lead
AUBURN, Wash. -- The Arizona Wildcats, helped by three strong individual scores, took a commanding lead Tuesday in the first round of the NCAA Division I women's golf tournament.

Golf notebook

Arizona State takes big first-day lead

Nicklaus feels up to teeing it up in Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jack is back - for the 27th year in a row.

Nicklaus feels up to teeing it up in Memorial

Tiger goes for four in a row at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jack Nicklaus created the Memorial Tournament.

Tiger goes for four in a row at Memorial

Firefighters gather for golf, fellowship
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Kevin O'Brien, a 20-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, knows a few rounds of golf and a picnic lunch won't make anyone forget Sept. 11.

Montgomerie abandons pro-am but says will try to play tournament
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Colin Montgomerie dropped out of the pro-am at the Volvo PGA Championship on Wednesday because of a back injury.

Koch returns to defend Corning Classic title
CORNING, N.Y. -- There's nothing like a tournament victory to boost a golfer's confidence. Carin Koch knows all about that.

It's not entirely about the money
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Phil Mickelson is second on the PGA Tour money list with just over $2.2 million. Tiger Woods made more than that last week alone.

Koch returns to defend Corning Classic title

Simmons still winning after 41 years
CARNESVILLE, Ga. -- Relaxing on the back of a golf cart a few feet from his race car, Buck Simmons hardly had a moment to himself.

12-year-old passes first qualifying test

Black propels Pacers

Montgomerie abandons pro-am but says will try to play tournament

Reliever gets the job done for Jackets

Starter carries RedStixx

Lewis sets Cross Creek milestone

Lewis sets Cross Creek milestone
He admits the hot summers and long falls were tough on him and the rest of the seniors, but for Cross Creek's Aaron Lewis, all that hard work finally is paying off.

Hurricanes confidence grows with every clutch victory
TORONTO -- The Stanley Cup arrived in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday as part of an NHL promotional tour. The Carolina Hurricanes, with a sudden penchant for producing in the clutch, are doing their best to make sure it stays.

Quinn still in hospital

Hurricanes top Maple Leafs in overtime

Hurricanes top Maple Leafs in overtime
TORONTO -- Jeff O'Neill showed once again how potent the Carolina Hurricanes are in overtime.

Red Wings 2, Avalanche 1, OT
DENVER -- Fredrik Olausson scored his first playoff goal in 10 years at 12:44 of overtime as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Quinn still in hospital
TORONTO -- Pat Quinn remained hospitalized Wednesday with an irregular heartbeat as the Toronto Maple Leafs prepared to go at least one more game of the Eastern Conference finals without their coach behind the bench.

Maple Leafs coach in hospital
TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn was taken to the hospital Tuesday for tests for an undisclosed chest condition, keeping him out of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Hurricanes confidence grows with every clutch victory

Golfing great Sam Snead dies
Sam Snead, the golfing great known as "Slammin' Sam" who used the sweetest swing in the game to win seven major championships and a record 81 PGA Tour events, died Thursday at age 89.

GOP candidate Barrett draws raves

Media's scrutiny of Walker has become harassment

Parents must participate in schools

Need lake water to generate power

Nation focuses on wrong issues

Let's have 'milk-truck' races for charity

Successes of students and teachers noted by trustee

MOX a never-ending energy source?

Better newspaper coverage of postal food drive sought

Carter editorial is 'inappropriate'

Praises swimsuit edition

Retiring Rep. Jack Connell did a great job for Augusta

Health and fitness calendar

Small portions

Summer simplicity

Going to the cellar for the good stuff

From opera to outdoor art, tradition lives

News networks find car chases hard to resist

'Spider-Man' game won't disappoint

In the know

NBC, 'Friends' are season's ratings champs

ECHL suspends Burton

ECHL suspends Burton
The East Coast Hockey League suspended Augusta Lynx coach Jim Burton for the first five games of the 2002-03 season for a confrontation with referee Brian Thul following the team's season-ending 2-1 shootout loss to Florida on March 31.

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

News you can use
May 23, 1962 Marvin Griffin, warming up for the official July opening of his campaign for Georgia governor, is calling gubernatorial rival Carl Sanders of Augusta a tool of major financial interests and the Atlanta political machine.

Open house provides hands-on experiences
Three-year-old Matthew Rogers was in construction-vehicle heaven Wednesday morning.

Family seeks to save site
Descendants of Mary DeLaigle, the original owner of what is now the Richmond County district attorney's house, pleaded with Augusta commissioners Tuesday to protect their heritage and Augusta's history by saving the blue stucco structure on downtown's Greene Street.

Across Georgia

Neglect of car policy discovered
A 5-year-old city policy that could affect the paychecks of three high-ranking government employees was either forgotten about or ignored in recent years, the Augusta Commission learned during a Tuesday meeting.

Across South Carolina

Correction
Because of incorrect information given the newspaper, the amounts of seat-belt fines were reported incorrectly in Friday and Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. The fine for an unbuckled person 5 years old or older is $15. The penalty for not using a child restraint is $50 for the first offense and $100 for each subsequent offense. The Chronicle regrets the error.

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

Storytelling in the park
Grandpa Heck reads to more than 20 children and parents during Story Time in the Garden at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken.

Graduation test scores increase

Across South Carolina
Guard unit equipped to track missiles

Schrenko supports Barnes over rat video

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -A 7-year-old Cobb County boy died after being struck in the chest with a baseball.

Residents discuss area's destination

Across the area
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged a man with reckless conduct Tuesday after a 3-year-old boy who was left unattended was mauled in Lincolnton by a chained Rottweiler, police said.

Drowning details emerge
Details emerged Wednesday about how a Fort Gordon airman and a civilian contractor met a mentally disabled man at 3 in the morning.

Commission OKs new Martinez fire station
Martinez Fire Chief Doug Cooper can finally stop worrying about the traffic that backs up in front of his firehouse on one of the busiest parts of Washington Road.

94-year-old gets first taste of fast food
SAVANNAH - She managed to make it 94 years without a Big Mac.

Landowners talk rights in Aiken
AIKEN - The way David Lucas told it Tuesday night, when God started developing the Earth, he had to take his creation before a planning commission.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The Commerce Department won't be able to use money in a special account to buy gifts for the governor's children, maid services for the commerce secretary or furnishings for the office under new guidelines adopted Wednesday.

Board explains pupils' transfer
AIKEN - Aiken Elementary School is losing pupils.

Forecast for travel is bright
More than eight months after the Sept. 11 attacks sent the travel industry into free fall, experts say travel throughout the country is recovering just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Local nominated for marshal
James Thomas Roberts Jr., of Martinez, says he's looking forward to working for his country again and battling terrorism.

Forecast for travel is bright

Doctor gives crematory details
Speaking to a convention of funeral directors Tuesday, Georgia's chief medical examiner tried to answer the most pressing question in the Tri-State Crematory case - Why?

Drowning details emerge

Correction

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James K. Brantley of Grovetown.

News you can use

Columbia County will salute vets
It will be a day to thank those who have pledged their lives to protect their country and pay tribute to those who have given their lives in defense of it.

Slaying suspects indicted

Golfing great Sam Snead dies

Across the area

School board rejects plan for transfer
What's next: Aiken County school officials will meet with architects today to begin preliminary design work on a new elementary school. The groundbreaking is slated for May 2003.

Landowners talk rights in Aiken

North Augusta presents final plan for first phase
NORTH AUGUSTA - The much-awaited final plan for North Augusta's first phase of riverfront development drew "oohs" and "ahs" at its unveiling Wednesday.

Columbia County will salute vets

Coal ash will cost university
ATHENS, Ga. - The proper disposal of thousands of tons of coal ash found at the construction site of the University of Georgia's East Campus Village will cost between $1.9 million and $2.7 million, the university's real estate foundation director said.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
A jury in Glascock County convicted a man of murder Wednesday in the shooting of a north Georgia man at a hunting camp in September.

Around town

Correction
Because of incomplete information provided to The Augusta Chronicle, the following names were left off the lists of graduates published Sunday, May 19, in the Special Graduation Section.

Neglect of car policy discovered

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A 2-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed early Wednesday as his father struggled with a sheriff's deputy over the officer's handgun, authorities said.

Parents seek OK for seniors to march

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jeff Brooks of Belvedere.

Local nominated for marshal

Police make arrests at escort services
When Richmond County authorities arrested the owner of Lisa's Escort Service in a sting Wednesday night, they discovered Lisa was really Michael.

Man charged in land-sale fraud

Subscriber of the day

Doctor gives crematory details

Around town

Coal ash will cost university

Across the area

Family seeks to save site

School board rejects plan for transfer

Across Georgia

News you can use
MAY 22, 1954 Augusta relatives of Capt. Michael Phillip Carroll, 32, U.S. Marine Corps, were unable yesterday to give any reason why the World War II veteran killed his three children, seriously injured his wife and then ended his life with a butcher knife. The tragedy occurred in Jacksonville, N.C., late Thursday.

Schrenko supports Barnes over rat video
ATLANTA - State school Superintendent Linda Schrenko found herself in an unusual position Wednesday: defending Gov. Roy Barnes.

Slaying suspects indicted
Two men have been accused of murder in the April 18 drowning death of a man in Lake Olmstead, including a military man currently overseas in Kuwait.

Budget balances; tax rate holds
AIKEN - Clay Killian passed his first big test as county administrator Tuesday night. He presented a balanced budget to Aiken County Council with no millage increase.

2 robberies go awry in Aiken County
Apparently Aiken County convenience store robbers aren't as intimidating as their big-city counterparts.

Judge sends charges to grand jury
Gary Collins thought he would collect a $500 debt April 11. Instead, he was shot twice and robbed, an investigator testified Wednesday.

Man charged in land-sale fraud
Police say an Augusta man tried to make $30,000 from taxpayers by selling land he didn't own.

Dealer alleges corruption
More allegations of police corruption became public Wednesday, this time from a convicted drug dealer whose probation sentence last fall stirred controversy.

North Augusta presents final plan for first phase

Residents discuss area's destination
Building a better community was the focus of the Destination 2020 town hall meeting Wednesday at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

News you can use

Graduation test scores increase
ATLANTA - Scores on the Georgia High School Graduation Test inched up this year, but minority and immigrant students continued to trail their white classmates.

Forecast for travel is bright

Airport dedicates new terminal
AIKEN - Economic development officials say it's not just a new airport terminal building - it's a good first impression for business visitors.

Theatre nears fund-raising campaign goal
The Augusta Mini Theatre is only about $600,000 away from its fund-raising goal for building a new facility.

Parents seek OK for seniors to march
KINGSLAND, Ga. - About 20 Camden County High School seniors who have earned enough credits for a diploma have been barred from participating in Friday's graduation ceremony. Their parents have protested to the school board.

Spare us any more 'Celebrity Boxing' bouts
The allure of the carnival freak show - with the bearded lady, wolfman and the boy raised by monkeys - dissipated long before the era of political correctness.

Let's not tell graduates about tomorrow just yet
This is the time of year when we adults specialize in giving bad advice to young people who are graduating from high school. We burden them with long speeches that they don't need to hear.

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 race.

Kanaan a rookie in name only
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Kanaan had to laugh.

NASCAR driver Jeff Purvis remains hospitalized after crash
PHILADELPHIA -- NASCAR driver Jeff Purvis was in serious but stable condition Tuesday after he was injured in a crash at Nazareth Speedway.

Labonte will concede Iron Man title to Rudd

No merger in sight for American open-wheel series

Spotlight on Mark Martin
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Mark Martin.

No merger in sight for American open-wheel series
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League and CART shared a room Tuesday. They weren't talking merger. In fact, they weren't talking with each other at all.

Spotlight on Mark Martin
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Mark Martin.

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - Brian Vickers didn't go to his senior prom, and he didn't partake in a yearbook-signing party. About the only ritual for high school seniors that he plans to join is graduation - if there's no traffic.

Labonte will concede Iron Man title to Rudd
CONCORD, N.C. - When Ricky Rudd began his streak of consecutive starts on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, he didn't know whether he'd be racing the next week, much less in the next 655 consecutive races.

NASCAR driver Jeff Purvis remains hospitalized after crash

Kanaan a rookie in name only

NASCAR notebook

Racing facts

Spotlight on Mark Martin

Nets and Celtics have three-day break before Game 3

Thorn leads Nets behind the scenes
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Like many NBA presidents and general managers, Rod Thorn of the New Jersey Nets likes to know what's going on with other teams.

Celtics beat Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Boston Celtics did it with defense on a night when Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker weren't all that special on offense.

Jackson questions calls against O'Neal, Lakers
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Shaquille O'Neal's disapproval of the officiating in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals was echoed by Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson a day later.

Nets and Celtics have three-day break before Game 3
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics have three days to ponder the ugly-beautiful nature of their series thus far.

Celtics beat Nets

Jackson questions calls against O'Neal, Lakers

Thorn leads Nets behind the scenes

Falcons' Smith still nursing stiff shoulder

Swoopes recovering from knee injury

Featured obituary: Mr. Robert Roy Goodwin Sr.
Robert Roy Goodwin Sr. knew he was dying and wanted to make sure he left one last message to friends and family.

Mr. Franklin Harper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Maja Rowland    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Maja Rowland, 82, died Thursday, May 16, 2002. Funeral s

Mrs. Elizabeth Sturdivant    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Entered into res

Mrs. Wallace Beason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Wallace B. Beason, 88, of Stanton Drive, entered into rest Monday, May 20, 2002. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002, in the chapel of Rowland Funeral Home with Dr. James Adams officiating. Interment

Mr. Alfred Southerland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Al Southerland, 73, of Shaws Crest Drive, died T

Mr. Ralph Davis Sr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
ATLANTA, Ga. - Ralph Davis Sr., 90, was a life long resident of McDuffie County. Funeral

Mrs. Joanne ONeal    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
WINDSOR, S.C. - Mrs. Joanne F. ONeal, 65, of Clippership Loop, entered into rest Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at Universit

Mrs. Julia Mathis    (DECATUR, Ga.)
DECATUR, Ga. - Julia Frances Dixon Mathis departed this life on Saturday, May 18, 2002, in Decatur. She was a native of Hancock County and lived in Alexandria, Va. for over 60 years. Funeral services will be held

Rev. Henry Norris    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, May 19, 2002, at Jasper Memorial Hospital, Monticello. Rev. W. Henry Norris husband of of the late Dr. Eugenia Coffee Norris. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at 4

Ms. Ada Dukes    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPH

Mrs. Zella Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Dowe    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. George Henry Dowe, 69, of Hephzibah- McBean Road died Monday, May 20, 2002, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, D

Mr. Horace Pickens    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Horace Pickens passed Sunday, May 19, 2002, at the Medical College of Augusta. Funeral services will be held 2p.m. Friday, May 24, 2002, at the Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. J.T. Tate officia

Mr. Keith Bedenbaugh Sr.    (SALUDA, S.C.)
SALUDA, S.C. - William Keith Bedenbaugh Sr., 68, of Yarborough Road, died Wedne

Mrs. Marie Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zella Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at the resi

Mrs. Peggy Oliver    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for Peggy Ol

Mrs. Gertrude Tuggle    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Gertrude Hebbard Tuggle passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2002. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 23

Mrs. Helen Montcrief    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Butler Montcrief, entered into rest Wednesday, May 22, 2002, the widow of the late Mr. Marvin Montcrief. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24, 2002, at 11 a.m., at Silvercrest Bapti

Mr. James Horne    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. James Ronald Horne,

Joseph Oller M.D.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Joseph Louis Oller M.D., 79, husband of Carmen Garcia Oller, of Dunbarton Drive, entered into rest Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at University H

Mrs. Catherine Tucker    (MITCHELL, Ga.)
MITCHELL, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine M. Tucker will be held Friday, May 24, 2002 at 2p.m. at the Second Mineral Springs Baptist Church, Washington County, with Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Survivors include husband of 57 years, Willie Edward Tucker; one son, James E. Tucker, Mitchell; five daughters, Catherine A. Neal, Sandersville, Sara Neal, Mitchell, Luvenia Lane, Mitchell, Elizabeth Tucker, Hephzibah, Lisa Tucker Sandford, Augusta; one stepdaughter, Bessie Lee Jones, Wrens; one sister, Daisey Tucker, Sparta; one brother, Lee Baker, Queens, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren. Friends may call at the residence or at Dawsons Mortuary, Hopgood Street, Warrenton. (706) 465-2634.

Mr. Kenneth Long    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Kenneth "Kenny" Hugh Long, age 40, died May 21, 2002. Funeral services are 3p.m. Friday, May 24, 2002, at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Rommie Martin, Dr. K

Featured obituary: Mrs. Johnnie Rich
Johnnie Rich devoted a large part of her life to troubled children.

Mr. Marion Kitching    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, May 18, 2

Mrs. Daphyne Williams-Houston    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Virgil Kimmey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Virgil DArcy Kimmey, entered into rest Wednesday, May 2

Mr. Robert Dennis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine Johnson    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Funeral services fo

Mrs. Wallace Beason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Wa

Mrs. Hilda Johns    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Hilda Mitcham Johns will be held Friday, May 24 , 2

Mr. George Dowe    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. George Henry Dowe, 69, of Hephzibah- McBean

Mrs. Daphyne Williams-Houston    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Atrulia Youmans    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Atrulia "Trudy" Hunter Youmans, 78, of Williamson Avenue, New Ellenton, d

Mrs. Johnnie Rich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 16, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Rich, 62, of Cooney Circle. Funeral service will held Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Clyde Hill

Mrs. Myrtice Hunt    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Mrs. Myrtice Hill Hunt, 79, Dearing, entered into rest Tuesday, May 21, 2

Mrs. Thelma Coleman    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Thelma B. Coleman, age 80, resident of Swainsboro, died Monday evening in the Swainsboro Nursing Home. Mrs. Coleman was the only child of Joseph E. and Mamie B. Bacon, born May 3, 1922, in Bryan County. She wo

Mrs. Broncile Hood    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into re

Mrs. Florence Sibley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, May 20, 2002, Mrs. Florence Crosland Sibley, age 82, of Aiken, beloved wife of

Mrs. Lucille Hegler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 21, 2002, Mrs. Lucille Bowers Hegler, 80, wife of Mr. Thomas Dabney Hegler Sr. and daughter of the late Ernest and Wilma Bowers. Funeral serv

Mrs. Hilda Johns    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Hilda Mitcham Johns will be held Friday, May 24, 2002, at 11 a.m., at Co

Mrs. Mary Harris    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Simmons Harris of Dean

Mr. Eddie Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest May 21, 2002, Mr. Eddie James Holmes, 59, of Highway 88, Hephzibah. Funeral services will be held today at Calvary Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Rev. George A. Holcombe, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memori

Mr. Cecil Hamilton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest May 12, 2002, at the

Mr. Michael Gibson    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
STAPLETON, Ga. - Mr. Michael Gibso

Mrs. Mary Ward    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Alice Ward, 90, widow of Rudolph E. Ward Sr., died Sunday in the Oak View Nursing Home, Summerville. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2002, in the Barnwell County Memory Gardens with the Rev. Posey

Mr. Lonnie Free    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest

Mr. Robert Goodwin II    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Evans    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Mrs. Janie Viola McKennie Evans died on Thursday, May 16, 200

Mrs. Maggie Giddens    (HELENA, Ga.)
HELENA, Ga. - Mrs. Maggie Dianne Giddens, age 27, of McRae, passe

Mrs. Denise Simpkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Mrs. Denise Nisey Neal Simpkins of Lancaster Street, N.W., Aiken. The funeral will be today at 3 p.m., May 22, 2002, at Ocean Grove Baptist Church, Aiken, with Rev

Mr. Lonnie Free    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 21, 2002, Mr. Lonnie Free, of Bath. Survivors are a daughter, Gail Holley; and two sons, ONeal Free and Eugene Fr

Mr. Walter Burnette    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
GLOVERVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 21, 2002, Mr. Walter "Tickle" S. Burnette, of Ash Street, Gloverville. He was the brother of Louis Burnette of Clearwa

Mr. James Ellis    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Graveside services for Mr. James Thurman Ellis, 93, of Brandon Wilde, Evans, who died May 22, 2002, will be conducted Friday morning at 11:30a.m. in the Pineview Memorial Gardens. Dr. Thomas David

Mr. George Adams    (MACON, Ga.)
MACON, Ga. - Funeral services for George D. Adams, who died Sunday, May 19, 2002, in Macon, will be held at the Pettigrew Center, Fort Valley State University, Thursday, May 2

Mrs. Brenda Dunn    (JONESBORO, Ga.)
JONESBORO, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at the residence of her aunt Mrs. Brenda Pugh Dunn of North Avenue Apartment 3-E Jonesboro. Mrs. Dunn was a na

Mrs. Lula Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Augusta Hills Nursing R

Mr. Theron Dukes    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Theron E. "Jack" Dukes, age 70, of Pollett Road, Wadley

Ms. Lottie Jennings    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
UNION POINT,

Mrs. Fannie Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Fannie Elizabeth Brinson Jenkins, 87, of Jenkins Cemetery Road, entered into rest Tuesday, May 2

Mrs. Eunice Craven    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Eunice Holloway Ward Craven, 93, of Washington Hwy., Lincolnton, died Monday, May

Mrs. Gertrude Tuggle (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Davis Sr. (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Free (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Broncile Hood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. George Dowe (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Keith Bedenbaugh Sr. (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Mathis (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Dennis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Harris (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Hegler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hilda Johns (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Kitching (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Sibley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Virgil Kimmey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daphyne Williams-Houston (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Rev. Henry Norris (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Hamilton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtice Hunt (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Jenkins (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Zella Ramsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zella Ramsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine Johnson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin Harper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Long (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Evans (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Lonnie Free (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Burnette (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Robert Roy Goodwin Sr.

Mr. Michael Gibson (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. George Dowe (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Rich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Dunn (JONESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Denise Simpkins (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Wallace Beason (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Coleman (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Lottie Jennings (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. James Horne (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Maggie Giddens (HELENA, Ga.)

Ms. Ada Dukes (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Goodwin II (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Sturdivant (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Peggy Oliver (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Montcrief (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Maja Rowland (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Craven (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Ellis (EVANS, Ga.)

A plan for Jews, Palestinians to live peacefully together
"WHAT IS HATEFUL to you, do not do unto your neighbor. That is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary," opined the Babylonian-born Jewish scholar Hillel.

MOX a never-ending energy source?
Joan O. King of Sautee, Ga., seems to have discovered a never-ending energy source according to her May 17 letter, "Still opposes SRS' MOX mission." Kirby Coggin, Windsor, S.C.

The truth is refreshing
"We came to really realize that this was - as is said in the South - pure sorriness. I don't think there's insanity involved. The financial motive was really very lousy because we're talking about $50,000 or so over the course of six years."

Stick to security
The Homeland Security bill working its way through the South Carolina Senate allows the death penalty for terrorists as does the House bill, but on some other particulars the two sides are far apart.

Parents must participate in schools
After reading the article regarding an elementary school principal committing suicide, partly due to poor test results of the school's pupils, I felt a need to respond. Nita Zachow, North Augusta, S.C.

A plan for Jews, Palestinians to live peacefully together
"WHAT IS HATEFUL to you, do not do unto your neighbor. That is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary," opined the Babylonian-born Jewish scholar Hillel.

GOP candidate Barrett draws raves
State Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-Westminster, is by far the best candidate for Congress in South Carolina District 3. In a crowded primary with five other candidates, Mr. Barrett has both the experience and the traditional, conservative values needed to replace U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Rachel Meehan, Aiken, S.C.

Nation focuses on wrong issues
I am saddened by the state of this country. I feel we have become so wrapped up in "issues" that we are losing sight of what is truly important. The amount of time and money that the NAACP has spent fighting over a flag is extremely ridiculous. Whether or not the Confederate flag flies at the South Carolina capitol building has no bearing on the government officials, who are inside regulating the laws. M. McKie, Augusta

Carter editorial is 'inappropriate'
The Chronicle's May 15 editorial criticism of former President Jimmy Carter ("Enough is enough") is totally inappropriate. The poor access to the news your newspaper seems to have is really worrisome. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Correction
The May 21 editorial, "S.C. tax-cut realities," we inadvertently misstated a portion of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Sanford's plan to eliminate the state's income tax. The sentence should have read:

Media's scrutiny of Walker has become harassment
In a lifetime spent helping mankind, it has been my honor to know and work with countless dedicated public servants. My friend, state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, is one such public servant. I am writing today to defend him against the seemingly endless accusations that the media delights in making against him. Mary Bogan, Augusta

Appoint Guard chief
The South Carolina Ethics Commission has made a ruling that could lead to a long-overdue change in how the state decides who heads up its National Guard. Currently it's done by election, instead of by appointment as it is in every other state in the nation.

Retiring Rep. Jack Connell did a great job for Augusta
Fiorello H. LaGuardia once said that he could run on a "laundry ticket" and beat any of his opponents. Fortunately for the Democratic Party, Rep. Jack Connell, D-Augusta, ran as a Democrat for 34 years and, like the famed New York mayor (1934-45), beat all of his opponents. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Praises swimsuit edition
Being directly connected to the fashion industry for the past 12 years, I have to give high marks to The Chronicle on your May 19 swimsuit edition; tastefully done with excellent real-time models - not what I term "bottle babies" (those who need a ton of make-up and hair spray). Jimmy Carter, Augusta

Let's have 'milk-truck' races for charity
I agree with Alan W. Trisler in his letter of May 12, "Proposes a river 'swim-in' event." We really ought to have a swim-in on June 1. We, as Americans, owe it to ourselves to protect our natural God-given freedoms. While we're at it, bring back the annual greater Augusta raft race. And, we could also have "milk-truck races" for bicyclists - the first, annual milk-truck race. Brian Russell Brown, Augusta

Need lake water to generate power
Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems to me that you can only produce power through the dam to the extent that there is water in the lake. The Corps of Engineers keep acting like they are doing us some kind of favor to not let the lake keep dropping the way it would if they were producing full power. Jerry Clontz, Aiken, S.C.

Successes of students and teachers noted by trustee
During these times, one often hears and reads about teacher accountability, testing demands and various shortcomings and problems of today's public schools and their students. However, there are many wonderful learning experiences going on, provided by dedicated and caring personnel. An example is Tobacco Road Elementary School, where I happened to venture recently for a visit and unexpectedly came upon a grade's honors program. It was so impressive that I returned the next day for another grade's ceremony. The experience was the same. Helen Minchew, Augusta

Unpardonable behavior
Former President Bill Clinton abused his powers in giving out pardons during his final days in office. No surprise there.

John C. Hagler III
When John Carroll Hagler III died last week at age 79, Augusta was saddened at the loss of a lifetime resident, a fine businessman and a pioneering preservationist.

Better newspaper coverage of postal food drive sought
On May 11, U.S. Post Office employees staged their annual food drive in support of the local Golden Harvest Food Bank. I was surprised and disgusted that The Chronicle did not make an announcement in the paper before the food drive. The only item I saw in the paper was on the day of the food drive, when one comic strip mentioned it. Joan A. Jackson, Hephzibah, Ga.

All-star games showcase area baseball, soccer talent

Holyfield to Lewis: Don't back up if you want to beat Tyson

Success in tournament could be critical for U.S. soccer

Ali testifies at hearing as McCain proposes new boxing bill

Overtime

Ali testifies at hearing as McCain proposes new boxing bill
WASHINGTON -- Muhammad Ali upstaged a senator's speech with a right hook. Light heavyweight champ Roy Jones Jr. came out swinging against bad judging, cable television and Don King.

All-star games showcase area baseball, soccer talent
Washington County coach Dwayne Sapp never has appreciated that the Georgia Dugout Club holds its high school all-star games in Atlanta, Macon - anywhere but Augusta.

Overtime
If Ryan Leaf doesn't catch on with another NFL team, he's always got arenafootball2 to fall back on.

Overtime
USC Aiken and Aaron Black fell back in the NCAA Division II championship, but the Pacers are still in the thick of the tournament.

Success in tournament could be critical for U.S. soccer
NEW YORK -- Bruce Arena knows a successful World Cup performance by the Americans can boost soccer in this country.

Holyfield to Lewis: Don't back up if you want to beat Tyson
If Lennox Lewis wants to listen, Evander Holyfield has a few words of advice on how to beat Mike Tyson.

Falcons' Smith still nursing stiff shoulder
FLOWERY BRANCH - As poorly as the 2001 season ended for the Atlanta Falcons, few players felt worse than defensive end Brady Smith.

Spare us any more 'Celebrity Boxing' bouts

Stallions on cruise control
A last-second field goal. A fourth-quarter comeback. A pair of routs.

Technology Q & A
Q. My computer seems to be running slowly. What can I do to speed up my PC?

Game companies push online, consumers balk
LOS ANGELES - The people who make video-game consoles are obsessed with getting their customers into online gaming. The customers are obsessed with cool, new game titles, preferably linked to a Hollywood blockbuster.

Air quality study waits for pollution
A broad study of air pollution in Augusta and other Georgia cities isn't finding enough pollution to analyze, according to its principal investigator.

Rates for Internet music broadcasts rejected
WASHINGTON -- The Librarian of Congress has rejected proposed royalty rates that would have charged Internet broadcasters based on each Web user that listens in.

A fish tale
Greg Looney is no ordinary fisherman. But then his quarry -thought for 122 years to be extinct - is no ordinary fish.

Pew study finds Americans apply more skepticism to health Web sites
NEW YORK -- Nearly two in three U.S. Internet users go online for health information, and many may not be applying a healthy enough dose of skepticism to the advice they find, a new study shows.

NCAA defending champ Boeker wins first singles match

NCAA defending champ Boeker wins first singles match
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Georgia's Matias Boeker began his NCAA singles title defense Wednesday, beating Yale's Steve Berke 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.

Southern Cal upsets Georgia for championship

Bowden says Georgia assistant Rodney Garner is trouble
ATLANTA -- Former Auburn football coach Terry Bowden has gotten into a war of words with Georgia assistant coach Rodney Garner after saying his former assistant was "trouble."

Gators top Diamond Dogs
HOOVER, Ala. -- Ben Harrison hit a three-run homer and Jimmy Ramshaw pitched a complete game as Florida beat Georgia 7-2 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Wednesday.

Southern Cal upsets Georgia for championship
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Freshman Prakash Amritraj defeated Bo Hodge 7-6 (3), 7-5 Tuesday night to give Southern Cal the national title with a 4-1 upset of top-seeded Georgia in the NCAA Men's Tennis championship.

Gators top Diamond Dogs

Review board denies golfer's request for unconditional release

Gamecocks try to reverse tournament woes

Gamecocks try to reverse tournament woes
HOOVER, Ala. -- South Carolina coach Ray Tanner doesn't want his players' minds getting muddled with thoughts of the Gamecocks' past futility in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Review board denies golfer's request for unconditional release
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A review board at South Carolina has denied golfer Brent Delahoussaye's appeal for an unconditional release from his scholarship in order to transfer to Clemson and play as soon as next season.

Swoopes recovering from knee injury
HOUSTON -- Sheryl Swoopes took the pass at the left of the key, faked one way and drove the other through the lane for a layup, just an ordinary looking play during a dreary two-a-day preseason workout.

Odds and ends

Pew study finds Americans apply more skepticism to health Web sites

A fish tale

Game companies push online, consumers balk

Technology Q & A

Air quality study waits for pollution