Field set for College World Series

Carolina comes back; Clemson clinches

Carolina comes back; Clemson clinches

Carolina comes back; Clemson clinches
South Carolina and Clemson, two of the nation's top baseball teams all season, advanced to the College World Series on Sunday with victories in the deciding games of NCAA Super Regionals.

Field set for College World Series
OMAHA, Neb. -- The stands at the College World Series will have a decidedly red look again this year. Cornhusker red.

Spivey leads Arizona to sweep
BOSTON - The World Series champions used power and pitching to finish their sweep of this year's most successful team.

Spivey leads Arizona to sweep

Carolina comes back; Clemson clinches
South Carolina and Clemson, two of the nation's top baseball teams all season, advanced to the College World Series on Sunday with victories in the deciding games of NCAA Super Regionals.

Primary creates its own brand of generic TV ads

Odds and ends
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- An off-duty sheriff's deputy in court on bad check charges saved his job when he chased and captured a jail prisoner who fled the courtroom.

Ice cream clash chills relations
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - If there were a song that went, "Bye, Bye, Mr. Eskimo Pie," it would be a hit on Brunswick's south end.

Braves notebook
ARLINGTON, Texas - With their bullpen depleted and struggling, the Texas Rangers called Class AAA Oklahoma for reinforcements Sunday.

Braves notebook

Lopez, Castilla step up
ARLINGTON, Texas - For weeks, Gary Sheffield has repeatedly warned that when the Atlanta Braves offense starts to limber up, watch out.

Braves notebook
MINNEAPOLIS - Center fielder Andruw Jones couldn't be hotter. Left fielder Chipper Jones couldn't be colder.

Braves notebook

Minnesota outlasts Atlanta
MINNEAPOLIS - Three batters into the game, Greg Maddux trailed 1-0.

Minnesota outlasts Atlanta

Lopez, Castilla step up

Summer's a good time to evaluate business

Summer's a good time to evaluate business
NEW YORK - Getting your car ready for winter and your kids ready for school are seasonal tasks you take for granted. But what about getting your small business ready for summer?

Some items best left off resumes

Is your company 'summerized'?
NEW YORK -- Getting your car ready for winter and your kids ready for school are seasonal tasks you take for granted. But what about getting your small business ready for summer?

Graduates with debt should hold down expenses
NEW YORK -- Diplomas in hand, this year's college graduates now must face the real-world test of paying off the student loans and credit card debt they accumulated in school.

Teachers tap into real world

Graduates with debt should hold down expenses

Teachers tap into real world
Kim Gotell will have a good answer the next time her seventh-grade math pupils ask why they need to learn fractions and decimals.

Luxury carmakers soften SUV image
ATLANTA - If the roughneck Jeep Wagoneer of the early 1960s was the father of the modern sport-utility vehicle, then the new luxury SUVs roaring into the market are its haughty and extravagant offspring.

Phone services change pricing
Long-distance companies are changing their pricing strategies, hoping consumers will leave cell phones in their cars and use a land line at home.

Some items best left off resumes
"Single and willing to relocate (will fund if it is local) and to commute (can manage long drives through time management and a passion for music)."

Luxury carmakers soften SUV image

Is your company 'summerized'?

Phone services change pricing

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Taped conversations between energy traders discussing ways to boost profits from Western power markets in 2000 and 2001 have raised new questions about how traders structured deals as grid operators struggled to keep the lights on.

Clemson earns spot in CWS
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson was expected to overpower Arkansas, but it was reliever B.J. LaMura who pitched the Tigers to the College World Series.

Clemson earns spot in CWS

Feds must step in

Losing HOPE

Approach with caution

Legislators eye election

Study: TV diversity still lags in quality
LOS ANGELES -- Black characters get more television time than other minorities but they tend to be relegated to sitcoms, a study released Tuesday found.

Age old question
have allergies, and lately I have been having a lot of sinus infections. Are they a result of the allergies or a different problem altogether? - L.M. Evans

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle is inviting local youths and adults to submit artworks, poems and short essays on the topic What Being an American Means to Me.

Highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Al Roker says that barbecue, right along with religion and politics, leaves plenty of room for debate.

Readers ask for more detail
There's not enough story in the story - that was the complaint Thursday from readers who attended The Augusta Chronicle's second discussion about the paper's book club selection, Praying for Sheetrock.

Book tells of mutiny on the Batavia
Scholarly, exhilarating and exciting are apt descriptions for Mike Dash's book, Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny (Crown, 381 pages, $25).

In the company of canines
Danny and Sue Solesbee of Grovetown packed up their daughter, Sarah, and miniature schnauzer, Cloie, and headed to a pet store in Augusta for a little shopping Sunday afternoon. Their goal: a pet door.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Georgia Tech heads back to CWS
ATLANTA -- Victor Menocal and Wes Rynders didn't have a hit between them, but when it came time to talk about Georgia Tech advancing to the College World Series, coach Danny Hall wanted them there.

Georgia Tech heads back to CWS

Cooper's homers lead GreenJackets
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Matt Cooper had two home runs and four RBI for Augusta (33-30), and Phil Dumatrait held Kannapolis (33-32) to one run and five hits over eight innings, giving the GreenJackets a 9-2 victory at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium on Monday night.

Jackets lose it in ninth
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Mike Morse's RBI single in the ninth inning lifted Kannapolis to a 4-3 victory over Augusta on Sunday afternoon in a South Atlantic League game.

Zoeller ends victory drought

Len Mattiace returns home to Bethpage

Man arrested for allegedly storing explosives near U.S. Open

Man arrested for allegedly storing explosives near U.S. Open
BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- A Long Island man has been arrested for storing powerful fireworks in trailers near the site of this week's U.S. Open golf tournament, police said Monday.

A tough test awaits U.S. Open field

A tough test awaits U.S. Open field
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Some U.S. Golf Association officials hinted at record scoring in the U.S. Open, to be played for the first time on a truly public course with relatively flat greens.

Len Mattiace returns home to Bethpage
Len Mattiace can now breathe easy and let his mind wander back to happy childhood memories of warm spring days and buried lies at Bethpage State Park.

Zoeller ends victory drought
AKRON, Ohio - The drought is over for Fuzzy Zoeller - and maybe it is for the Senior PGA Tour as well.

Jackets lose it in ninth

Carolina remains confident
RALEIGH, N.C. - The death notice is headed to the printer again for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Cup finals lack scoring

Cup finals lack scoring
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hockey fans hoping to see the Detroit Red Wings put on an all-star scoring performance in the Stanley Cup finals have been sorely disappointed.

Red Wings shut out Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dominik Hasek is one victory away from no longer being the best goaltender in NHL history without a Stanley Cup championship.

Carolina remains confident

Red Wings shut out Hurricanes

Primary creates its own brand of generic TV ads
South Carolinians go to the primary polls today, and not a minute too soon. Hopefully the voting will thin out some of these TV commercials.

United States should steer clear of international court

SRS conned ignorant farmers

'The Chronicle' develops a soft spot for Ed McIntyre

The reason why our kids aren't learning

Unhappy with TV meteorologists

ASU's student service is awful

Letter writer likened to Marx

Soccer fan blasts columnist's put-down of the game

The vanishing pit bulls case

The use of condoms does not guarantee of safe sex

Steroids an ugly sign of the times

Archaeology vital to historic study

In the know

Book tells of mutiny on the Batavia

Highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Age old question

In the company of canines

Senior calendar

Study: TV diversity still lags in quality

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James L. Hinson.

Candidates make their final push

Session resolved budget, lottery
AIKEN - House and Senate members say that although some problems weren't addressed, the legislative session that ended last week was productive.

Water fees set to rise to account for growth
AIKEN - The inevitable cost of growth deadlocked the Aiken City Council much of Monday night before it settled on new water and sewer fees.

Across the southeast
ORLANDO, Fla. -A New York businessman sentenced in absentia to 845 years in prison for a scheme that bilked millions from an insurance company was extradited to Orlando on Sunday from Austria, the FBI said.

Across Georgia

News you can use
June 11, 1980 Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremonies for the $70 million W.F. Hall Printing plant near Evans was "a most significant occasion" because the plant will bring economic, technological and educational benefits to the area, Georgia Gov. George Busbee said.

New rules govern charter schools
GREENVILLE, S.C. - When schools start next fall, there will be five new charter schools in the state, and proponents say they hope new legislation will encourage the creation of more in the future.

Up and away

Around town

A senior by any other name might graduate sooner

Figures put snag in county budget

Mayor's Congress run is a mystery
SAVANNAH - Will he or won't he? And if he does, who will take his place?

Ready for Service

Markers replace chalk in schools
Columbia County is ditching the dusty green chalkboards of its past in favor of glossy white boards and colored markers.

Police tie cigarette thefts to price rise

Prices hurting shrimp
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The commercial food shrimping season will open at 7 a.m. Wednesday in South Carolina and Georgia territorial waters, which extend 3 miles offshore into the Atlantic Ocean.

Judicial center facing shortfall

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Richard W. Adams of Grovetown.

Panel supports city pay raises

Playhouse audit assesses errors

Up and away
Jennifer Weaver, of New Ellenton, pushes her son, Michael, 1, in a swing at the Virginia Acres playground. Both mother and son were having fun outdoors Monday while enjoying the cooler afternoon temperatures.

Signing in
The Rev. Joshua Loudermilk (center), of Snellville, Ga., registers for his wife with volunteers Joanne Bazemore (from left), Mildred Dinkins and Pat Williams of Wesley United Methodist Church. The United Methodists North Georgia Conference is this week at the civic center.

Figures put snag in county budget
AIKEN - The arrival of final insurance figures Monday turned the fine line that had balanced Aiken County's proposed 2002-03 budget into a trip wire.

New tax infuses budget results

Water fees set to rise to account for growth

Attack is unlikely purpose for theft
A four-passenger Cessna 172 airplane reported stolen from Daniel Field probably was taken because it's a popular model, not because terrorists needed it for their next attack, officials said Sunday.

54 animals euthanized after taken from home

A senior by any other name might graduate sooner
ATHENS, Ga. - In a bid to encourage students to finish their baccalaureate degrees in four years, the University of Georgia is asking faculty, staff and students to stop referring to students as freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

News you can use

News you can use
June 10, 1981 A dangerously eroded dam at the Goshen Lake Country Club appeared close to bursting Tuesday and threatened to inundate an exclusive residential area with millions of gallons of water before workers cut a spillway to ease pressure and avert a dam break.

Candidates get creative with name recognition

Educator brings history to life
With her endless energy and creativity, Lounelle Beecher strives to make learning fun for pupils and teachers alike.

Mayor race draws faces old and new
The city is more than five months away from this year's mayoral election, and candidates are political eons from campaign crunch time.

New tax infuses budget results
Adjusting to the new local option sales tax distribution numbers shouldn't create any headaches for Columbia County: After all, more money flows fairly easily into government budgets.

Session resolved budget, lottery

Across Georgia
GRIFFIN -A woman shot her two disabled sons at a rehabilitation center where they had been living, then waited in the lobby for police to arrive, authorities said. Both men died early Sunday.

Augusta will mark 266 years of history

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

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Dorchester County sent more convicted killers to death row in the past decade than Berkeley and Charleston counties combined, although Dorchester reported fewer murders, according to a report on South Carolina's use of capital punishment.

Scouts boost Savannah

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia

Vote requires party choice

Police tie cigarette thefts to price rise
The rising cost of cigarettes is making a pack of smokes a hot commodity on the streets. Authorities say that's probably the reason behind a recent rash of smash-and-grab thefts at Augusta convenience stores.

Signing in

Mayor race draws faces old and new

Across the area

Judicial center facing shortfall
Construction on a new Augusta judicial center won't begin for at least another year, and the building's completion is at least three years away, but city officials learned Monday they likely will need more money than expected to pay for a new Richmond County courts complex.

Scouts boost Savannah
Girl Scouts are the epitome of Savannah's perfect tourists.

Candidates make their final push
AIKEN - Monday was the last full day of campaigning for the eight races on the ballot in Aiken County, and candidates didn't let the opportunity slip by them.

News you can use

Vote requires party choice
AIKEN - South Carolina has an open primary system. That means anyone with an affiliation to any party can vote in today's primary.

Sealed records draw media suit

Augusta will mark 266 years of history
Remembering Founder's Day from the Augusta Museum of History is as easy as reading the writing on exhibit walls.

Subscriber of the day

Panel supports city pay raises
What's next: Commissioners will vote on an across-the-board pay increase for city employees at their June 18 meeting.

Educator brings history to life

Across the area
A Swainsboro, Ga., businessman accused of trying to cheat a foreign government out of $6 million has been re-indicted and accused of defrauding a Florida bank in connection with a $5 million loan made for a Wrightsville catfish-processing plant.

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina
ALCOLU - A state Highway Patrol trooper was struck by a vehicle Monday as he was assisting another motorist on Interstate 95 in Clarendon County.

54 animals euthanized after taken from home
Seven dogs, two birds and one cat remain from dozens of pets confiscated from the feces-ridden home of a Belvedere woman, authorities said Monday.

Across Georgia
DORAVILLE - A 2-year-old boy died Sunday after being hit by a pickup.

Sealed records draw media suit
COLUMBIA - Several media companies including The Associated Press have sued to keep a judge from sealing records in Gov. Jim Hodges' lawsuit to block federal shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to South Carolina.

Savannah mayor exits district race
SAVANNAH - The money wasn't there - and in the end, his heart wasn't either.

Mayor's Congress run is a mystery

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Markers replace chalk in schools

Playhouse audit assesses errors
AIKEN - A communication breakdown between groups chipping in for the construction of Aiken's downtown playhouse led to cost disparities discovered earlier this year, according to a management audit of the building's construction.

Attack is unlikely purpose for theft

Ready for Service
Columbia County will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, but this one's not for a new business or school.

Across South Carolina

Candidates get creative with name recognition
The South Carolina primary is Tuesday. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Across the area
Two people were hospitalized in good condition Sunday afternoon after an accident involving a personal watercraft on Thurmond Lake in Lincoln County, authorities said.

NASCAR: Hold off on soft walls for more testing
LOUDON, N.H. -- NASCAR officials have asked the New Hampshire International Speedway to hold off on installing new "soft walls" until further testing determines they are as safe as possible for stock cars, track owner Bob Bahre said Monday.

Jarrett wins in Pocono

NASCAR: Hold off on soft walls for more testing

Jarrett wins in Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - The strategy that carried Dale Jarrett to victory in Sunday's Pocono 500 was both by design and fate.

Schumacher wins again
MONTREAL - Michael Schumacher insists race wins and championships are no longer his main goals.

Lakers edge Nets in game 3

Lakers and Nets take a day off

Lakers and Nets take a day off
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Phil Jackson accidentally referred to team owner Jerry Buss as Jerry Krause on Monday, an indication of how easy it is for the Los Angeles Lakers to let their minds wander.

Lakers edge Nets in game 3
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just when it looked as if Jason Kidd might make the NBA Finals competitive, the budding dynasty known as the Los Angeles Lakers - no, it wasn't just Shaq - moved within one victory of its third straight championship.

NBA notebook

NBA notebook
EDS: SUBS 5th item to CORRECT Ainge to 1992 and 1993; WILL be UPDATED.

Falcons notebook

Miss Earline Harrison    (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)
Mr. Dewey Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Erica Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Erica Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Melvin Prescott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Jeanette Stringer    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Ms. Jeanette Stringer    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Trotty    (NEWARK, N.Y.)
Mr. John Brown, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S. C.)
Mr. Lester Troutman    (AIKEN, S. C.)
Mrs. Kimberly Neibel    (TAYLORS, S.C.)
Mrs. Dora Wagner    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lottie Walker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Staff Sgt. John Cartwright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Carolyn Whitman    (ANDERSON, S. C.)
Miss Mamie Hardy    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Addie Brown    (FAIRFAX, S. C.)
Mr. Gene Peek    (MCBEAN, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Sims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Blackstone Jr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lena Weathers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Bonner    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Allen    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Butch Scott    (WINFIELD, Ga.)
Miss Lucille Beneteau    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Gene Peek    (MCBEAN, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Bennings    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Preston Crafton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbert Moody Sr.    (AIKEN, S. C.)
Featured obituary: Ms. Lucille Beneteau
Lucille Beneteau focused much of her humanitarian efforts in Hong Kong, but her work and desire to help others spanned the globe.

Mr. Rick Montgomery    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Pauline Mullally    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Kimbrough    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Tucker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Lamback    (AIKEN, S. C.)
Mr. Richard Montgomery    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Olie Todd    (CONWAY, S.C.)
Mr. Douglas Huff    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Dora Wagner    (GRANITEVILLE, S. C.)
Mr. Henry Holmes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Johnson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Harrison    (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Holmes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Griffin    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Virginia Harper    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lester Stapp Sr.    (PENFIELD, Ga.)
Ms. Rosetta Evans    (ALBANY, N.Y.)
TSGT Benjamin Dukes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
TSGT Benjamin Dukes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lena Weathers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Charlotte Dare    (MACON, Ga.)
Miss Lucille Beneteau    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S. C.)
Mr. Preston Crafton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Bonner    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Barbara Calculli    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Estelle Story    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Allen (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Harrison (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Bonner (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Miss Mamie Hardy (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Trotty (NEWARK, N.Y.)

Mr. Lester Stapp Sr. (PENFIELD, Ga.)

TSGT Benjamin Dukes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dewey Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Jeanette Stringer (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora Wagner (GRANITEVILLE, S. C.)

Mr. Lester Troutman (AIKEN, S. C.)

Mr. Rick Montgomery (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. John Brown, Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S. C.)

Mr. Fred Blackstone Jr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lena Weathers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

TSGT Benjamin Dukes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Staff Sgt. John Cartwright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Holmes (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gene Peek (MCBEAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Mullally (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Montgomery (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Gene Peek (MCBEAN, Ga.)

Mr. James Griffin (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lena Weathers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Prescott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Olie Todd (CONWAY, S.C.)

Mrs. Estelle Story (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Tucker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Miss Earline Harrison (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)

Mrs. Kimberly Neibel (TAYLORS, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas Huff (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Butch Scott (WINFIELD, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Ms. Lucille Beneteau

Mr. Robert Bonner (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Rosetta Evans (ALBANY, N.Y.)

Ms. Jeanette Stringer (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Dare (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Preston Crafton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Holmes (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Lucille Beneteau (NORTH AUGUSTA, S. C.)

Mr. Preston Crafton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Harper (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Erica Reed (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Lucille Beneteau (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Addie Brown (FAIRFAX, S. C.)

Mr. James Kimbrough (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Bennings (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbert Moody Sr. (AIKEN, S. C.)

Mrs. Barbara Calculli (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Johnson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Erica Reed (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Fulmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lottie Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Lamback (AIKEN, S. C.)

The vanishing pit bulls case
The June 3 Chronicle alerts its readership to the fourth reported theft of a pit bull in the area. Like an imagined waterhole before a desert-parched traveler, the thought glistens ephemerally: If these thefts continue, eventually there will be no more pit bulls in these parts. Hmmm. R. Brown, Augusta

Letter writer likened to Marx
Michael Ledo's May 24 letter states, "When you elect a 'C' student as president, don't expect the results of an 'A' student." Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

Soccer fan blasts columnist's put-down of the game
Scott Michaux's lame soccer resume disguised as a sports column on May 31 hardly qualifies him as the almighty soothsayer proclaiming, "Soccer will never win America's heart." Tommy Guthrie, Martinez, Ga.

Feds must step in
Yet another rape has been reported at the Augusta Youth Development Campus, the detention center where teens in trouble go.

Approach with caution
Regency Mall may be at a crossroads. An Athens businessman who is evidently a risk-taker has bought the old Montgomery Ward store and is buying up the old JB White space, as well.

Steroids an ugly sign of the times
The recent bombshell that at least 50 percent of baseball players are on steroids is a sign of the times. Records, once thought unbreakable, are being shattered each season. Players, who took careers to achieve certain marks, are now having those same marks tossed by the wayside like they are little-league records. Why? David C. Herring, Aiken, S.C.

The reason why our kids aren't learning
I know a 9-year-old child who's in the fourth grade. If you do your math, you would figure out that she is a year behind. In inner-cities this is common because of the lack of resources and breakdown of the family structure. Jerome Rico Knox, Augusta

Unhappy with TV meteorologists
May 30 proves that the area TV meteorologists truly have a problem with informing the public what the approximate weather is going to be in our area. Fred and Gail Davidson, Aiken, S.C.

ASU's student service is awful
As a May 2002 graduate of Augusta State University, I have some insight into reasons why ASU is plagued with declining enrollment. Tasha Tomlin, North Augusta, S.C.

The use of condoms does not guarantee of safe sex
The Richmond County Teen Pregnancy Forum, held May 16, was limited in its treatment and discussion of the critical problems associated with teen pregnancy. Karmen Anderson, Augusta

Losing HOPE
When the HOPE scholarship program was set up in 1993, it guaranteed that any Georgia student graduating from high school with a "B" average or better could attend a Georgia state university, college or technical institute tuition-free.

United States should steer clear of international court
Contrary to Royann Warhaftig's May 13 claim in The Chronicle, the Bush administration is well advised to steer clear of the United Nations International Criminal Court. The ICC is a threat to all freedom-loving U.S. citizens.Elton T. Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

SRS conned ignorant farmers
How ironic that South Carolina welcomed the construction of a "bomb plant" (Savannah River Site) in a somewhat destitute agricultural community, and now requires monetary restitution for its presence. Harry Myers, Augusta

Archaeology vital to historic study
Many people don't realize how much history is around us or the potential that archaeology provides for the study of that history. The Central Savannah River Area is a rich area for prehistoric and historic studies. However, the puzzle pieces are disappearing due to development and the loss of artifacts. Pamela Johnson, Burnettown, S.C.

Legislators eye election
No matter what happens (or doesn't happen), lawmakers always say they had a great legislative session - especially in an election year.

'The Chronicle' develops a soft spot for Ed McIntyre
What drivel to write that the "task" of Ed McIntyre, if he decides to run for mayor of Augusta, "is to keep black contenders from joining the fray and diluting his message of unity and progress," (editorial, May 17.) Vicki McPeake, Evans, Ga.

Women's game ruled by Team Williams

Overtime

U.S. team happy with tie

Zip First wins first of Ruidoso futurities

Memphis was winner, too, in Lennox-Tyson fight, mayor says

'Chronicle' claims 10 awards

Overtime

Overtime
Canada's Walters sprints to victory Mark Walters, a Canadian competing for Navigators racing team, used a final sprint over the last yards to edge Chann McRae of U.S. Postal Service at the finish line and win the USPRO Cycling Championship on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Women's game ruled by Team Williams
PARIS -- Venus Williams was so composed after losing the French Open final to younger sister Serena that she grabbed their mother's camera to take photos of the trophy presentation.

U.S. team happy with tie
DAEGU, South Korea -- Playing 11 on 61,000, the Americans were happy with a tie.

Zip First wins first of Ruidoso futurities
RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. -- Zip First won the Ruidoso Futurity by a nose on Sunday, claiming the first of the summer's three big sprints for 2-year-old quarter horses at Ruidoso Downs.

'Chronicle' claims 10 awards
Four staff writers from The Augusta Chronicle were honored for their work in 2001 at the Georgia Sports Writers Association convention Sunday night in Macon.

Memphis was winner, too, in Lennox-Tyson fight, mayor says
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Lennox Lewis dominated the headlines, but Memphis was a winner, too.

Overtime
The Sertoma/North Augusta Country Club Junior Invitational tournament begins today and will continue through Thursday. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. each day.

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- New receiver Jeff Graham was a no-show as the Atlanta Falcons opened their voluntary passing camp Monday.

Kicker plays role in win
Keith Gispert gave the Augusta Stallions' kick coverage some time off early Saturday night.

Palm introduces new operating system
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A year ago, investors were losing faith in Palm Inc. The once high-flying company itself admitted to frailty and mistakes.

Teaching a computer common sense
AUSTIN, Texas -- Day after day since 1984, teams of programmers, linguists, theologians, mathematicians and philosophers have plugged away at a $60 million project they hope will transform human existence: teaching a computer common sense.

Dirty bomb's biggest hazard would be panic
WASHINGTON -- A "dirty bomb" is not to be confused with a nuclear explosion, but experts say such a device could release relatively small amounts of radiation over several city blocks and have its most devastating effect in the panic it probably would create.

Rally in ninth lifts USC
COLUMBIA - South Carolina, on the brink of missing out on a spot in the College World Series for a third straight year, chose the right time to awaken its dormant bats.

Rally in ninth lifts USC

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Book is frighteningly believable
The latest Tom Clancy novel made into a movie, The Sum of All Fears, once again is about the adventures and misadventures of Jack Ryan, deputy director of the CIA.

'Sum of all Fears' movie is a bomb

On the charts
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

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Artist's corner
Leland Bryant, 14, is a rising eighth-grader at Sego Middle School.

Your style

'Sum of all Fears' movie is a bomb
OK, so a crazy dude steals a bomb and blows a chunk out of America. That makes for a lousy movie.

Artist's corner

Xtreme calendar
Phinizy Swamp will hold a dusk walk, a family hike through the swamp starting just before sunset, when many swamp wildlife become active. Admission is $3, registration required. Bring water and insect repellent. Call (706) 828-2109 for information.

Brush of greatness
It looked right, it even smelled right, and when Rebecca Wiessehr came home from art class the first day after she'd tried oil paints, she knew it was something she'd have to continue.

Your style
THE FACTS: Phillip Jenkins, 17, a rising senior at Terrell Academy.

Question of the week
Q. What's your favorite lazy-day summer activity?

My pad
THE FACTS: Joanna Caruso, 14, a rising freshman at the Academy of Richmond County.

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THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been going out with my boyfriend for almost two years, and I'm suddenly starting to like other people. I don't want to break up with him, but I do like these people. I don't know what to do. - 16-year-old North Augusta girl

Odds and ends

Dirty bomb's biggest hazard would be panic

Teaching a computer common sense

Palm introduces new operating system