Caminiti: 'I won MVP on steroids'
NEW YORK -- Ken Caminiti, the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1996, says he won the award while on steroids and that at least half of major leaguers use the drugs.
No surprise: Bonds leads NL voting
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds, tied for the National League lead in batting average and home runs, tops the early balloting for the NL All-Star team.
Wolfpack's season over
Monday will be a Memorial Day the Greenbrier baseball team wants to forget.
ATLANTA - As if one platoon on the right side of the infield weren't enough, the Atlanta Braves now have a second base job-sharing program to go with their first base partnership.
Braves ride Glavine to win, share NL East
ATLANTA - Memorial Day isn't a holiday in Canada, but Braves left-hander Tom Glavine made sure the Montreal Expos took the day off, anyway.
Braves take NL East lead
ATLANTA -- Andruw Jones hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth inning, and the ailing Atlanta Braves took over sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time this season with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Expos on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones is still getting his hits. It's just that many are about 200 feet shorter than he's accustomed to getting.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ten years after moving its headquarters from Ohio to Nashville, Bridgestone/Firestone is planning another move, and the search for new office space could take the tire maker out of the city or to another state.
Biologist is named top job
AIKEN - When it comes to work, all things considered, a new book says biologists have it made in the shade.
Consumer confidence inches higher in May
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence edged up in May, though not quite as much as analysts expected, suggesting a slow economic recovery in the months ahead.
Chamber exec seeks members
As the newest member of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's executive team, Shawn Hackett has set some pretty steep goals for himself.
MUNICH, Germany - German carmaker BMW is recalling several thousand of its new luxury 7-series cars worldwide to check for potential fuel-pump and valve problems, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Greene wins player of the year
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Shortstop Khalil Greene of Clemson was named player of the year Monday in the Atlantic Coast Conference after leading the conference in most of the major batting categories.
Jan Hargrave, author of Strictly Business Body Language: Using Nonverbal Communication for Power and Success, has come up with the following characteristics of straw users:
Age old question
Q: I've been feeling empty and unhappy lately and have lost interest in activities I once enjoyed. Is depression just a normal part of aging? - C.B., North Augusta
May 11 was an important day for James Zagrodnik of Martinez. He was graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in animal science.
In the know
ASSESSMENT: "A wonderful summer red, packed full of great dark fruit flavors. The nose is delightful, starting with rose floral scents that quickly lead into hints of raspberry and other red summer fruits. It was perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of fruit in every sip."
Look high and low for best wines
You're buying a $12 bottle of wine to serve with dinner tonight, and you notice that the guy ahead of you in line is holding a bottle that costs $120 from the same producer.
No matter how much you love to cook, there's nothing worse than a hot kitchen in summer. This time of year, I tend to stick to stovetop cooking, or head outside for some grilling. This Greek tortellini salad is a cooling side dish to accompany all your grilled entrees, or it can be an entree salad.
In the know
A night devoted to five silent comedies on cable's TCM starts at 8 p.m. with Safety Last (1923), which includes Harold Lloyd's famous skyscraper-climbing scenes. You may not want to watch all night, but this strictly visual comedy is worth checking out. Other films include Girl Shy (1924) at 9:30 p.m.; Hot Water (1924) at 11 p.m.; The Kid Brother (1927) at 12:30 a.m.; and Speedy (1928) at 2 a.m.
Jackets favored at NCAA golf championship
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Mike Holder says his Oklahoma State Cowboys are no better than dark horses to win the NCAA Men's Championship this week at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
GreenJackets win fifth straight game
MACON, Ga. - The Macon Braves gave Augusta plenty of chances to win Tuesday night. As it turned out, the visiting GreenJackets needed just one.
Jackets slip past Macon
MACON, Ga. - A throwing error on a pickoff move by Matt Merricks in the ninth inning opened the door for the Augusta GreenJackets to take a 3-2 South Atlantic League victory Monday night.
Howell drops to No. 53, loses Open exemption
Augusta native Charles Howell will have to survive a rugged 36-hole sectional test in a bid to get into next month's U.S. Open.
The Memorial Tournament was one time Curtis Strange didn't mind missing the cut. It allowed him to go with wife Sarah to Sam Snead's funeral.
Courses in 'Home of Golf' mining rich female market
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- It was 1959 when someone proposed running a golf school at Pine Needles - and a golf school for women, at that.
Cook makes two Open fields
John Cook didn't win the Memorial, but he got a small consolation prize Monday - an exemption to the U.S. Open at Bethpage and the British Open at Muirfield, where he nearly won the claret jug 10 years ago.
Faldo in need of a handout
Nick Faldo shouldn't have to beg.
Woods, O'Meara get first look at Black Course
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods' preparations for the U.S. Open got underway Tuesday when he and Mark O'Meara played the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.
Jaguars a surprise in the NCAA
This figured to be a transitional year for the Augusta State men's golf team.
Hurricanes advance to Stanley Cup finals
TORONTO -- Martin Gelinas and the Carolina Hurricanes didn't let another late game-tying goal rattle them. And now they're making their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
Feisty Quinn returns in fine form
TORONTO -- Pat Quinn proved he was feeling fine by trading jokes and gruffly challenging reporters' questions on Monday, his first day back as the Toronto Maple Leafs' head coach after receiving treatment for heart problems.
Hinote breaks leg bone, will be out indefinitely
DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche forward Dan Hinote broke a bone in his left leg in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against Detroit and will be out indefinitely
Avalanche top Red Wings in overtime
DETROIT -- Peter Forsberg scored 6:24 into overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 victory over Detroit on Monday night and a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Tips for graduates on how not to apply for a job
The job market is beginning to fill with graduates - both high school and college - and they're finding jobs are hard to come by.
Washington fire chief resigns
WASHINGTON -- Washington Fire Chief Ronnie Few, formerly the fire chief in Augusta, Ga., has resigned amid questions about errors on his resume.
Aiken police arrest robbery suspect
Aiken Department of Public Safety officers and FBI agents have arrested the man they say is responsible for robbing an Aiken bank and convenience store.
Appling bank robbed
Columbia County deputies are investigating a bank robbery at a Regions Bank branch in Appling.
Aiken monsignor suspended based on sexual misconduct allegations
Catholic officials announced the suspension Tuesday of the former pastor of an Aiken church after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Rookie standout signs with Augusta
Former Springfield Falcons coach Marc Potvin called Patrick Yetman his best player during the rookie forward's two-week stint with the American Hockey League club in March.
Retired minister accused
The man who stepped forward this month to accuse an Aiken Catholic priest of sexually assaulting him as a youngster told investigators Tuesday that he wanted to prevent others from being victimized.
Across South Carolina
TRAVELERS REST - Some people who live just north of town blame their dry wells on construction of a new filtration plant for the Greenville Water System.
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about traveling with children misidentified Chris Todd. She is a professor of child and family development at the University of Georgia.
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Across the area
Columbia County commissioners are asking for help.
Journey of Hope
Even before it has begun, their journey has been grueling. But Paul Hagan and his wife, Deborah Simone, are determined to pull off their Journey of Hope across the country to raise awareness about hepatitis C.
Augusta's veterans honor the fallen
Their steps were small, their progress slow. But on Monday, Clyde Hyde and Donald Maher walked in step, slowly but surely, toward the Memorial Day observance at the All Wars Monument on Broad Street.
Across the area
Two men were robbed and their vehicle was stolen early Monday as they left an east Augusta game room, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.
Officials regulate stipend for cars
An Augusta Commission committee voted Tuesday to implement an updated city policy that regulates car allowances for government employees.
School board member ends bid for mayor
Richmond County Board of Education member Andrew Jefferson, who announced his candidacy for the 2002 mayoral election in April, said Tuesday he has pulled out of the race for personal and professional reasons.
High court pulls plug on games in Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court closed the books on video poker Tuesday, striking down a lower court's ruling that a statewide ban on the games was unconstitutional.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Officers learn new language
Aiken County Sheriff's Office employees are hoping basic training in Spanish will ease confrontations with the growing population of people who don't speak English.
Across the southeast
KEY LARGO, Fla. -Efforts to right and fully sink a retired Navy ship resumed Monday after a three-day delay because of high wind and seas.
Man sought in 3rd robbery
Columbia County Sheriff's Office investigators can't say with certainty that the man arrested in connection with the robbery of an Aiken bank and liquor store was involved in the robbery of a Columbia County bank Tuesday.
ATLANTA - An Atlanta police officer shot and killed a man he suspected of stabbing a woman near Turner Field on Sunday night.
News you can use
MAY 28, 1960 The new $2 million bridge over the Savannah River at Fifth Street was opened to traffic late Friday for the first time.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Disaster book recalls floods, fire
In March 1916, fire ravaged a booming downtown Augusta.
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Libraries offer summer passport to youths
Young readers are reading their way around the world in Aiken, Columbia and Richmond counties' summer reading programs.
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MAY 29, 1910 Despite the fact that it was Saturday night when everyone is busy shopping, a goodly crowd attended the tent services conducted by "Uncle Charlie" Wilkerson in front of the Union Depot. After a bright and cheery song service led by Glenn Allen, prayer was offered by Mr. Moore, a Christian drummer.
DECATUR -Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped two charges against Sidney Dorsey, but the former DeKalb County sheriff still faces most of the charges against him in the slaying of his elected successor.
Pool gets visit from council's members
GRANITEVILLE - It's one thing to hear about a problem, but another to see it.
Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Fewer teens were able to illegally purchase tobacco products in South Carolina this year, according to the 2002 Youth Access to Tobacco Study.
Governor's reforms have favored a few
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes will point to a record of cutting taxes and fighting restrictive health care plans when he runs for re-election this year. His claims are justified, at least as far as they go.
Letter urges lifting of ban
Swimming and wading in the Savannah River should be promoted as a tourism draw - not prohibited, the chairman of the Augusta Canal Authority says.
City to alter river swimming ban
A rarely enforced city code that bans swimming in the Savannah River will be amended to encourage better use of the waterway while protecting treacherous industrial areas.
Victim testifies in home invasion trial
As Curtis Mance lay in a hospital trauma room with five bullet wounds, he noticed something familiar about another patient a few feet away, he testified Tuesday.
Dogs, owners take plunge despite river prohibition
Zoe didn't seem worried about being arrested for swimming in the Savannah River on Monday. Neither did Georgia or Scuba, who vigorously shared the river water with everyone close by on the bank.
Latest basketball league an 'Xtremly' bad idea
In case you missed it, the annoying trend of creating a useless sports league and putting the hip letter "X" in front if it continued this weekend with the inaugural XBA draft in Columbia.
Martin relishes drought breaker
CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson could afford to think about the future after giving away an easy victory Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600 because he's got nothing but time ahead of him in his racing career.
Castroneves' Indy 500 victory upheld
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indy Racing League officials upheld Helio Castroneves' victory in the Indianapolis 500 on Monday, rejecting a protest lodged by runner-up Paul Tracy.
Martin crew chief fined $50,000
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The crew chief for Mark Martin was fined $50,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday because Martin's winning car in the Coca-Cola 600 did not pass post-race inspection.
Richmond recalls inglorious days with Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Arco Arena rarely got this loud for Mitch Richmond.
Kidd felt his family was 'in jeopardy' in Boston
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd feared for the safety of his wife and 3-year-old son because of drunken fans who taunted them during the Eastern Conference finals in Boston.
Nets top Celtics, even series
BOSTON -- There was no hangover from Game 3 for the New Jersey Nets. There might be one for Boston's Paul Pierce after Game 4.
Kings edge Lakers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mike Bibby made the big shot this time and the Sacramento Kings moved to the brink of eliminating the two-time defending NBA champions.
Mr. Jim Pontoon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, May 24, 2002, at Augusta Hill Nursing Home. Mr. Jim Pontoon of Cumming Road. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 30, 2002, at 1p.m. at Willia
Mr. Wiley Kneece (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Wiley J. Kneece, 64, of 4th Street in Olar, died Tuesday morning at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be announced later by Smith-Rhoden Funeral Home of Allendale.
Mr. William Arra Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Wi
Mr. Franklin Allen (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest May 27, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia, Retired SSG/E6 Franklin D. Allen, 66, husband of Mrs. Sue Ansley Allen. Graveside service will be held Thursday, May 30, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Bellevue Memorial Garden
Mrs. Allegra Riner (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Allegra Riner, 86, died May 27, 2002. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2002, Sardis
Mrs. Sarah Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest May 24, 2002, at Windermere Nurs
Mr. Robert Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, May 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Mr. Robert W. Harris, 52, of Meadowbrook Drive, Augusta. Funeral services will be conducted at 11a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, from New Ex
Mrs. Eunice Babb (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Eunice Knopf Padgett Babb, 74, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Frie
Sgt. Sidney Davis Jr. (ALLENHURST, Ga.)
ALLENHURST, Ga. - Sgt. Sidney A. Davis Jr., 27, of Allenhurst, died Friday, May 24, 2002, due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mr. Davis was stationed at Fort Stewart Army Base, HHC DISCOM GSO Unit. Survivors incl
Mrs. Sharon Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -
Mrs. Annie Young (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. An
Mrs. Hattie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center, F
Mrs. Eula Simpson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered in
Mrs. Sylvester Watson (GILBERT, S.C.)
GILBERT, S.C. - Homegoing services will be held today, Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at 1p.m. from Beulah Grove Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Sam Davis officiating. Interment will be in Zion Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Gilbert. The funeral proc
Mr. Ronnie Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest May 26, 2002, Mr. Ronnie Mealing, 37, of Lion Gates Drive. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Mealing, a native of Edgefield Count
Mrs. Mary Smith (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest May 27, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Mary L. Smith wife of Mr. Neil D. Smith. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, GA.
Miss Myrtle Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest May 28, 2002, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Miss Myrtle M. Jordan, 79, of Rhonda Drive.
Featured obituary: Mr. William Arra
North Augusta lost a tireless giver Saturday when William Arra, called Bill by friends, died after battling a rare form of leukemia.
Mrs. BillieJean Hamilton (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Fune
Mr. David Brinson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. David Phil Brinson, 47, died May 28, 2002. Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, May 30, 2002, in Peebles-Curry- Durden Mortuary.
Mrs. Emma Brown (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mrs. Emma Lee Brown, 67, wife of Mr. Thomas M. Brown, entered into rest,
Dr. Paul Caudill (MEMPHIS, Tenn.)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dr. R. Paul Caudill, Pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Memphis, died May 28, 2002, at West Tennessee Skilled Nursing Center in Jackson. He was 97 years old. Born in D
Mrs. Sophie Slaughter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, May 25, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mrs. Sophie E. Slaughter of Colorado Street. Funeral arr
Mr. Wayne Benson Sr. (YORK, S.C.)
YORK, S.C. - Mr. Wayne Benson Sr., age 47, of
Mrs. Lula Ruff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Lula Bell Ruff died May 24, 2002, at her residence in Augusta. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Sandy Grove A.M.E. Church
Mr. Franklin Allen (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, May 27, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia, retired SSG/E6 Franklin D. Allen, 66, husband of Mrs. Sue Ansley Allen. G
Mrs. Hattie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Cente
Mr. Jim Pontoon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest May
Mr. Hubert Welch Sr. (LANCASTER, S.C.)
LANCASTER, S.C. - Memorial services for Hubert Hoyt Welch Sr. sho died May 23, 2002, were held 3p.m. Sunday, at Convenant Baptist Church. Burial was at Bethlehem Cemetery. Survi
Mrs. Louise Moore (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Roderick Rolland (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Roderick Rolland of Lakeview Drive, Johnston, departed this life Saturday, May 25, 2002. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2002,
Mrs. Lizzie Norman (DANBURG, Ga.)
DANBURG, Ga. - Mrs. Lizzie Booth Norman, 89, of Danburg, entered into rest Tu
Mr. Roger Kidd (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Mr. Roger Allen Kidd, 64, of Evans, died on Sunday, May 26, 2002, at the residence. He is survived by his devoted wife, Mrs. Alice R. Kidd; one son, Jeffrey Allen Kidd of Atlanta; two daughters, Julie Keller
Mrs. Eleanor Kolb (JACKSON, Miss.)
JACKSON, Miss. - Eleanor Mayo Kolb, 63, died Saturday, May 25
Mr. Glyn Holton (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Glyn L. Holton, 76, of Townes Road, North Augusta, who died May 25, 2002, will be conduct
Mr. Roger Kidd (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Harden (KILINE, S.C.)
KILINE, S.C. - Mrs. Martha Morris Harden, 87 widow of Monroe K. Harden, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, in the Harter Nursing Cent
FSgt. James Johns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - First Sergeant retire
Mrs. BillieJean Hamilton (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Billie Jean Ridings Hamilton will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Rivers Funeral Home. Interment will be Thursd
Mrs. Gladys Hamilton (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Gladys Lillian Beauford Hamilton, 87, of Trent
Mr. Adron Dunaway (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Adron D
Mrs. Bertha Green (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Bertha Lue Corley Green, 87, died May 25, 2002. Funeral services will be 2p.m., May 30, 2002, at Beautiful Gate Baptist
Mr. Bobby Diles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
SSG, U.S. Army AUGUSTA - Entered into rest May 26, 2002, at University Hospital, Mr. Bobby E. Diles, 68, husband of Mrs. Janice L. Diles. Fune
Mrs. Debbie Gill (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on May 27, 2002, Mrs. Debbie Ellen Gill, wife of Mr. Kenneth Gill, of Rosemary Lane, North Augusta. She was the daughter of John Moore of Genevia, N.C. and Betty
Mr. Robert Chafin (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Graveside services for Robert S. Chafin, age 87, who died Monday, May 27, 2002, wil
Mr. Franklin Butler (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Funeral and burial services for Franklin D.R. Butler, 41, who died May 23, 2002, will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Lane
Mrs. Grace Craig (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 28, 2002, Mrs. Grace Yelvington Craig, Baker S
Mr. Mark Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Mark A. Brown, 40, of Union Church Lane, Aiken, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Fairfield Health Care Facility, Ridgeway. The fune
Mr. Emmitt Carroll III (ALEXANDRIA, Va.)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Mr. Emmitt Carroll III, entered into rest May 21 at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. He is survived by his parents, Rev. Dr. Tip and Kathy Carroll, Wrens, Ga.; one si
Mrs. Inez Bryan (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Inez Bryan will be May 30, 2002, at 11a.m. at Sparta City Cemetery. Revs
Mrs. Annie Blount (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Mae Hodges Blount, age 91, of South Harris Street in Sandersville died Sunday night May 26. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 in
Mrs. Harriet Brown (SILVER SPRING, Md.)
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 2, 2002, Mrs. Harriet L. Smith Brown
Hijacking warnings long ignored
I agree with your May 18 editorial, "Vague warnings," that warnings about our nation's security came long before 2001. They go back as far as deregulation, when pilots blew the whistle on the airline industry's many security problems - first and foremost, the lack of pilot security and safety devices. Connie Lyngby, Grovetown, Ga.
Attendance incentive necessary?
I applaud Richmond County School system officials. They have apparently solved the student attendance problem. It is so gratifying to find that it's commonplace for a child to attend school everyday, whether they have sinus problems, womanly problems or other such minor medical difficulties that may preclude attendance. Cheryl Beasley, Augusta
"Without a budget that defines your priorities and lays out a plan to fund them ... you have no priorities. It's not enough to run around saying 'I'm for this and I'm for that, and we're going to do this and we're going to do that.' You need to show h
Aiken should find money for valuable community resource
For the past two years, I have had the opportunity to work at a wonderful place with great people: The Aiken County Recreation Departments' pool on the Aiken-Augusta Highway. This pool is a haven for children in the area, giving them a place to escape the heat and be with their friends. It also gives them an opportunity to learn, get involved and to stay off the streets. Wesley Riddle, Aiken, S.C.
Avoid nuclear war
Does Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf speak with forked tongue? He gave one speech to his nation Monday that was translated into English for the rest of the world. With Pakistan and India, both nuclear powers, deploying a million troops along the Kashmir border, the world is very nervous about what will happen next.
Backs Ferrara for S.C. House seat
Those of us who live in South Carolina House District 86 have the opportunity to vote on June 11 for an outstanding man in our community. Russ Ferrara is a candidate for state House. I will be voting for Mr. Ferrara, and I recommend him to every voter in District 86. Charles A. Bishop Jr., Montmorenci, S.C.
We see no problem with law enforcement agencies being encouraged to hire more female officers, but we dismiss the "facts" recently released by the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Mount Vintage tournament was the best
It has been my privilege for many years to be associated with the LPGA in my capacity as the president of the Women's Titleholders Golf Association. I have been to many other tournaments throughout the years, and I am happy to say the tournament played at Mount Vintage recently was one of the best-run tournaments I ever attended. Augusta is truly fortunate to have the tournament in our area. I ask that those who did not attend this year make an effort to take the time next year to see the best women golfers in the world compete in our area. Bill Bottomley, Augusta
Majors' suicide play
Billionaires and multimillionaires are supposed to be pretty smart people, otherwise they wouldn't have gotten so rich. Not necessarily true, especially if they're billionaire Major League Baseball club owners or multimillionaire professional baseball players.
Urges election of a non-lawyer
Can the Republican Party hold on to Congressional District 3 this November? It all depends on who's nominated in June. A strong candidate will sweep the district, while a weak one may not. Michele Bullington, Aiken, S.C.
Ga. delegation is surely diverse
It is interesting that Georgia could have a House delegation with members as diverse as U.S. Reps. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., and Bob Barr, R-Ga. Jim Murrah, Martinez, Ga.
End S.C. secrecy
It would be a shameful dereliction of duty if the South Carolina General Assembly wound up its business June 6 without loosening disclosure requirements on the state Commerce Department.
Without God, freedom is destroyed
Lately, I have been reading news reports, letters to the editor concerning every imaginable crime, hate against one another, hate in our government, schools, homes - yes, even hate against ourselves. What seems to be total decay of the very fabric of our freedom, our homeland - it is just as it seems. Make no mistake; our country, states and cities are spiraling into eventual destruction. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta
USC Aiken outfielder Ashley Farr has been named to the NCAA Division II All-America first team after leading the Peach Belt Conference with 74 RBI and a .427 average. Pacers second baseman Demetrick Drumming and designated hitter Tavis Cummings were both named second team All-Americans.
Seles, Clijsters survive in Paris, but not Henin
PARIS -- Justine Henin, who made the semifinals at the French Open a year ago, was ousted in a first-round upset Tuesday by a qualifier ranked 179th.
Former Augusta State standouts Gary Boodnikoff and Kavossy Franklin had impressive debuts for the Sydney Kings of Australia's National Basketball League on Saturday.
French flop redux: Sampras loses in first round in Paris
PARIS -- Muttering, slouching, slamming his racket to the ground and smacking a ball into the stands, Pete Sampras was in typical French Open form Monday.
Lewis fight could be Tyson's last big payday
In the New York office of Mike Tyson's manager, a clock slowly ticks away, counting down the seconds until 11 p.m. CDT on June 8. At that moment, Tyson should step into a ring in Memphis, Tenn., to fight Lennox Lewis.
U.S. players ribbed for fashion shoot
SEOUL, South Korea -- The U.S. soccer team is hoping that clothes don't make the man.
Beasley helps lead new breed
SEOUL, South Korea -- DaMarcus Beasley remembers the taunts.
Two teachers tackle new role as female football players
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Shiloh High School biology teacher Krista Herron trades in her lab coat on Saturdays for football pads and a helmet.
Returns are not Stallions' specialty
Though the Augusta Stallions are one of two remaining arenafootball2 teams with an unblemished record, they do have one chink in their armor; special teams.
Scientists hope to clone extinct Tasmanian tiger
SYDNEY, Australia -- The extinct Tasmanian tiger may one day roar back to life, Australian scientists said Tuesday, announcing they have taken some steps to clone the animal by replicating DNA from preserved specimens.
Army's future uniform incorporates medical sensors, climate control
WASHINGTON -- Within six years, the Army plans to outfit soldiers with a new battle uniform incorporating stronger and lighter armor, a climate-control system, medical sensors and a computer display on the helmet visor.
Bionic eye seeks to follow the success of the bionic ear
NEW YORK -- When 68-year-old Robert Rosene became a bionic-eyed man, he didn't get the Six Million Dollar Man's telescoping vision.
Boeker defends NCAA title
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Georgia's Matias Boeker successfully defended his NCAA men's tennis singles title Monday, defeating Kentucky's Jesse Witten 7-5, 6-0.
Diamond Dogs get NCAA bid
ATLANTA -- Georgia's NCAA tournament berth was so unexpected, some players already had gone home for the summer.
S.C., Clemson host regionals
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina and Clemson will again be at home for the first round of the NCAA baseball tournament.
Missed putt costs teen chance at area's first 59
Gene Hollins, No. 3, 9-iron. Witnesses: Bodie Hollins, Gene Hollins Sr. and Mike Cooper.
Xtreme needs you!
Here's your chance to become a member of the Augusta Chronicle's Teen Board. Fill out the online application and e-mail it to us by July 5 at 5 p.m.
THE FACTS: Octavia Jessie, 18, a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County
Question of the week
Q: What are your plans for the summer?
Graduation ceremonies include Glenn Hills High School at 3:30 p.m., the Academy of Richmond County at 5:30 p.m. and Hephzibah High School at 8 p.m.
On the charts
Associated PressWeekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:
Keep your brain ticking this summer with easy, addictive crossword puzzles. Or for an even bigger challenge, pick up an LSAT practice book. The LSAT - a standardized test that all applicants to law school must take - is all about problem solving. Try doing a few each day. Impress friends with your genius and keep your brain happy at the same time.
Reassurances can help save a new relationship
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM - I've been going out with this guy for a couple of months. He tells me he loves me, but I don't think he really trusts me. When I'm with my best friend, who's a guy, my boyfriend thinks something's going on between us, and it's nothing like that. Someone, please help. - 16-year-old Hephzibah girl
Nothing is fake about 'Progress'
The Fake Sound of Progress is an awesome album, no ifs, ands or buts. It has just about everything you need in a good rock album: heavy licks on the guitar, a pulsating rhythm, astounding vocal work and, above all, quality.
The board room
It's that time of the year again: time for fresh high-school students to replace most of the veterans on the Xtreme teen board.
THE FACTS: Cathy Collins, 16, a rising junior at Westside High School THE CAR: 1995 Ford Mustang
Ekklesia Sumbry, 13, is a rising freshman at Butler High School. She's self-taught and has been drawing "forever," she said. This untitled drawing of a baby is pencil on paper.
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