Some child stars kept growing
It's bad news when stardom comes too soon. For many actors, finding fame before reaching voting age becomes a one-way ticket to obscurity. Still worse are the young thespians who, thrust into the spotlight, fall prey to the temptations that come with instant wealth and fame.

Artist's work reveals the animal within

Concert calendar

Bio Ritmo gives salsa some jazz, rock flavor

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday.

Kansas, Speedwagon rock on

Club calendar

Concert calendar
This is a listing of upcoming concerts in the area.

Mini reviews

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

Art galleries
GET LISTED:Send your art gallery or show schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Standing ovations
Gospel great Donnie McClurkin performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Joining Mr. McClurkin will be Marvin Sapp, Mike and Regina Winans and Jimmy Hill A.V.O.P. Tickets are $27.50-$32.50. For more information, call 724-2400.

Some child stars kept growing

There's nothing sedate about b.d.'s
What can you say about a restaurant that bangs gongs in its customers' ears?

At the Movies: 'The Bourne Identity'
You're thinking to yourself: another week, another spy thriller. And after "The Sum of All Fears" and "Bad Company," that's totally justified.

Ramblin' Rhodes: City Lights will welcome Gill, finally
Bill Anderson said the sixth time was the charm in getting superstar Vince Gill to perform for the City Lights Festival next weekend in Commerce, Ga.

Video watch

Artist's work reveals the animal within
For Jeff Birchill, the process of transforming a piece of rigid stone into a fluid animal sculpture isn't as much about chipping and carving as it is unveiling.

Playing the name game

Bio Ritmo gives salsa some jazz, rock flavor
Long before Latin music became the sexy new pop flavor, Bio Ritmo was serving spicy salsa to appreciative audiences.

Art galleries

Playing the name game
William Shakespeare once pondered "What's in a name?"

There's nothing sedate about b.d.'s

Kansas, Speedwagon rock on
I've never been a fan of either Kansas or REO Speedwagon. I've always considered their music vapid and overblown, unfortunate relics of a time where bigger was often confused with better. The years, I figured, had drained them of any relevance, leaving them with fond memories, blown eardrums and little else.

Applause calendar
AIKEN'S COOKIN' WITH CELEBRITY CHEFS: Aiken County Mental Health Association fund-raiser; 7-9 tonight, Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.; $20 in advance, $25 at the door; (803) 641-4164.

Applause calendar

Standing ovations

Video watch
This is a list of videos and their expected release dates plus reviews of some recent releases:

College World Series Capsules

Stanford most recent champion in College World Series field
OMAHA, Neb. -- Stanford coach Mark Marquess never gets tired of Omaha in June.

Stanford most recent champion in College World Series field

College World Series Capsules
A look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Friday at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. (coaches' records at current schools through super regionals):

So far this year, vacations have been smooth sailing

Braves notebook
MINNEAPOLIS - Atlanta Braves outfielder Darren Bragg remains puzzled by his sudden release by the New York Mets in early April.

Reliever breathes new life in Atlanta

Braves edge Twins
MINNEAPOLIS - Tom Glavine was watching the World Cup on TV the other day when Damian Moss mentioned he'd played rugby in his native Australia.

Braves edge Twins

Reliever breathes new life in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Kevin Gryboski had the seven-year itch, and he can thank the Atlanta Braves for letting him scratch it.

Braves notebook

Fed survey: economic recovery modest and uneven

Business briefs
ST. LOUIS -Monsanto Co. is lowering earnings expectations for the second quarter and all of 2002 because of economic uncertainties in Latin America and an unusually wet spring in parts of the United States.

Shopping for a living
Despite what you've seen on TV, not all women like to shop. In fact, some hate it so much they'd rather pay someone to do it for them.

Cooling repair postponed

Fed survey: economic recovery modest and uneven
WASHINGTON -- The nation's economic recovery progressed at a modest pace in late April and May, although improvements were spotty, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its latest snapshot of business activity around the country.

Shopping for a living

Business briefs

Wholesale prices drop 0.4 percent in May

Barnes picks first woman to serve on utilities panel
ATLANTA - For the first time, a woman will serve on the Georgia Public Service Commission, the five-member panel that oversees investor-owned gas, electric and telephone utilities.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -Rates for 30-year mortgages held steady this week, while rates for 15-year and one-year adjustable-rate mortgages dipped, according to a nationwide survey released Thursday.

Proposal requires council's approval
The Aiken City Council meeting to discuss the new business park is tentatively set for July 8.

Cooling repair postponed
Civic center authorities Thursday rejected three proposals from companies bidding to replace the facility's broken 650-ton chiller, opting first to retain an independent analysis of the building's cooling needs.

Wholesale prices drop 0.4 percent in May
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices fell by 0.4 percent in May, the biggest decline in five months, largely reflecting lower costs for gasoline and other energy products. But that didn't motivate consumers: retail sales fell.

Barnes picks first woman to serve on utilities panel

Clemson releases names of AD finalists
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Terry Don Phillips, Clemson's recently named athletic director, won the job over Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant, Southern Conference commissioner Danny Morrison and Clemson associate athletic director Bill D'Andrea, the school said Thursday.

Clemson releases names of AD finalists

Election board travesty

A dirty deal

Primary winners

Flag Day, 2002

No to DOE secrecy

Founders Day

About the staff
The Family Chronicles is a monthly publication of The Augusta Chronicle. It is distributed with the newspaper the second Friday of each month. An online version is available by at www.augustachronicle.com/family

Take back that Spatula!
It's 5:45. You stagger through the front door with a toddler attached to one leg. The dog leaps excitedly at your feet, anxious for a walk. The phone is ringing; the kids are hungry. You'd rather have a root canal than walk into the kitchen and contemplate what to fix for dinner, but the kids are beginning to recognize the days of the week by the night's take-out boxes. When all you have to work with are frozen blocks of ice-meat, a bunch of mismatched cans, and less than two hours to fit in dinner, homework, and baths before bedtime, the only way to pull it off is to cook smart.

Real Parents with real kids!
Always keep a small blanket or large towel handy to put under a child safety seat. It helps keep cookies and other gunk out of the upholstery.

Keep the kids entertained with the newspaper
Are you one of those parents who's still trying to find activities for the kids this summer? Well let The Augusta Chronicle's Newspaper in Education Department offer some summertime tips.

Send us your picks
Compare a Before-I-had-kids checkbook register to one today. Or look back at your date book before the little ones arrived. It's hard to believe either could have been written by the same person. Kids change everything about the way we spend money and the things we do.

From the editor
When I had my first child I turned to the experts. I bought books, read magazines, watched parenting shows and picked up every brochure available.

Put a little tomato in your life!
The average American eats 80 pounds of tomatoes per year. That's 320 pounds per family of four! Half of that is consumed by way of ketchup, but that is still a whole lot of tomatoes we Americans are eating annually. We eat more tomatoes than any other fruit or vegetable.

Story time
Kids age 8 and older, if you are looking for a great book this summer then you should read Bunnicula Strikes Again! As Bunnicula the ferocious vegetable sucking bunny tries to find his long lost mother, Chester the creepy cat tries to stop him dead in his tiny tracks with garlicthe only way to kill a vampire rabbit. But in the end Buunnicula and Chester become best buddies. I give this book 5 stars and 2 thumbs up.

What to do when your kid sticks something where it doesn't belong
From the moment they discover it's on their face, toddlers and small children are constantly putting things up their noses. It starts with fingers (after all, it is a perfect fit!), but at some point they'll graduate to putting objects up their noses as well-just to see what happens. From garden peas to bubble gum, coins to Legos, one minute it's there, and the next minute, you have a toddler making strange sniffing noises while you shamefully wonder what waded into the gene pool while your back was turned.

Calendar
Got an event coming up? We'll be glad to post it in the Family Chronicles.

Keeping sports in perspective
You've probably seen that loud-mouth father who yells from the stands when his son drops a pop fly. Or that pushy mother who badgers the coach to make sure her aspiring gymnast moves ahead of another girl.

The Ronald McDonald House
The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta is to lift children and families to a better tomorrow. The cornerstone of the Charity is the Ronald McDonald House, a 10-bedroom Victorian at 10th and Greene, which provides temporary, affordable housing and comfort for the out-of-town families of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at Augusta medical facilities. This "home away from home" is available on a sliding scale fee, never more than $10 a night. RMHC Augusta also has begun a granting program to help support services to benefit local children in the realms of health, education and the arts.

An idea that's tie-dye for!
The 70s may be all the rage now, but you have to wonder just how far nostalgia can go when it becomes an event for a kid's summertime backyard party.

In the know
Fans of Old Bay Seasoning will get a $10,000 chance to prove their love this summer.

NBA Finals a ratings disappointment for NBC
NEW YORK -- The NBA is leaving NBC with a fizzle, not a bang. The network's coverage of the National Basketball Association finals were enough to give the network a prime-time ratings victory last week. But through the first three games, it's stacking up to be the lowest-rated NBA championship since 1981, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

Stories will be inspired by experts and parents
Family Chronicles, a new publication of The Augusta Chronicle, debuts Friday, and will be inserted in the newspaper the second Friday of each month.

Avoiding doctor visit may cost more later
Drug tests. Cholesterol tests. Cancer tests. Alzheimer's tests. HIV tests. Fertility tests.

Capsules
Huge weather systems rack the surface of the sun and below, astronomers have discovered.

Health 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.

Gardening calendar

Couple trumpets glory of day lilies

Couple trumpets glory of day lilies
When Frankye Dean and Aubrey Crawford couldn't find their entries in the day lily show at Augusta Mall, they thought someone had thrown them away.

Gardening calendar
AUGUSTA ROSE SOCIETY: 7:30 p.m., third Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital, Sister Mary Louise Conference Room, 2260 Wrightsboro Road. Call Chris Randall, president, at (803) 649-7748.

Solutions for grass mites

Solutions for grass mites
Q: I have a zoysia lawn and it does not seem to be doing very well. It has thinned and has a yellow look to it. Do you know what is the problem?

Boggs leads Georgia Tech back to World Series in new position
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's Matthew Boggs doesn't look much like a third baseman, and he certainly doesn't look much like the player he replaced. At 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, Boggs appears more suited for second base, where he played for most of his college career.

Despite height, Bakker not simply a power pitcher
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech ace Kyle Bakker may be 6-foot-9, but don't expect eye-popping numbers on the radar gun when he throws.

Boggs leads Georgia Tech back to World Series in new position

Despite height, Bakker not simply a power pitcher

Bombers sweep doubleheader
On Thursday, Augusta began a five-game series with Capital City knowing it would need a sweep - and help from other teams - to keep alive its hopes of securing a guaranteed playoff berth.

GreenJackets scouting report
Capital City Bombers (Mets) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

My father never got to take off for Father's Day

Woods charges to top at U.S. Open

Cink back on track in U.S. Open
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - When last we left Stewart Cink at the U.S. Open, his mind was on disconnect.

Woods leads after one
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Starting on the 10th tee was supposed to be a handicap. Playing in the afternoon was supposed to generate tougher conditions. Facing a monstrous par-70 course was supposed to protect par.

Fans enjoy themselves - and let players know about it
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Colin Montgomerie had just brushed past the autograph seeker, who apparently didn't notice the "Be Nice to Monty" buttons being worn by the Scotsman's playing partners.

Icher leads as Pak, Sorenstam make move in Evian Masters

The par-70 jinx?
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - The rumor floating around Bethpage State Park is that the Achilles heal of Tiger Woods has finally been exposed.

Woods charges to top at U.S. Open
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- The Black Course had plenty of bite Thursday. It didn't seem to bother Tiger Woods.

Ceremony begins week
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - In an emotional ceremony Wednesday, the United States Golf Association donated an ambulance to the New York City Fire Department, and received, from a member of the NYFD, a golf ball that was found in the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center towers.

Thompson charges up to get win
As he stared down a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18, Casey Thompson didn't know the situation.

Thompson charges up to get win

Woods leads after one

Fans enjoy themselves - and let players know about it

Cink back on track in U.S. Open

The par-70 jinx?

Icher leads as Pak, Sorenstam make move in Evian Masters
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France -- Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak, winners of the LPGA's first two majors this season, moved within a stroke of the lead Thursday midway through the Evian Masters with a pair of birdie-filled rounds.

Ceremony begins week

Bombers sweep doubleheader

Red Wings win Stanley Cup
DETROIT -- Dominik Hasek asked to be traded to the Detroit Red Wings because he was sure they would take him to the Stanley Cup. Turns out it was the other way around.

Red Wings win Stanley Cup

Red Wings one victory away from being a team for the ages

Red Wings one victory away from being a team for the ages
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings were built for this moment, this day, this game.

So far this year, vacations have been smooth sailing
Ever had a bad vacation? You know, the kind we all stumbled into at one time or another.

Judge: S.C. plutonium shipments can begin
AIKEN - In dismissing a lawsuit by Gov. Jim Hodges, a federal judge in Aiken removed a legal roadblock this afternoon for surplus plutonium to begin coming to South Carolina.

S.C. plutonium lawsuit begins
AIKEN - Arguments began this morning in Gov. Jim Hodges' federal lawsuit to halt plutonium shipments from the Rocky Flats storage facility in Colorado to the Savannah River Site.

Downs pleads guilty to murder charge
NORTH AUGUSTA - Prosecutors announced Friday morning that William Downs Jr., the Augusta man who said three years ago he kidnapped and then strangled a 6-year-old North Augusta boy, has pleaded guilty to murder.

Police suspect murder-suicide
Police say that health problems might have prompted an east Augusta man to kill his wife and then turn the gun on himself.

It is blacks who are failing themselves

Local weather coverage exceptional

Why Republicans lose elections

Shouldn't pay for unacceptable garbage service

Criticizes 'Chronicle' for confusing 'Lost sheep' headline

Surgery only hope for morbidly fat

Fun for all has been foiled by few

'Good,' 'evil' are not so cut and dry as Bush uses them

Fort Gordon concert memorable

Local leaders walk in soldiers' boots

Officials block student's transfer

Catholic cartoon, editorial misled

Health calendar

In the know

Calendar

The Ronald McDonald House

Send us your picks

Take back that Spatula!

NBA Finals a ratings disappointment for NBC

Keep the kids entertained with the newspaper

What to do when your kid sticks something where it doesn't belong

Put a little tomato in your life!

Capsules

Real Parents with real kids!

Story time

From the editor

Keeping sports in perspective

Avoiding doctor visit may cost more later

About the staff

Boy's death is a homicide
BEAUFORT, S.C. - An autopsy has confirmed that a coastal South Carolina eighth-grader's death was a homicide, officials say.

Methodists celebrate unity
An actor, portraying John Wesley in flowing black robes, spoke an indictment against racism - slavery's legacy - before delegates of the United Methodist North Georgia Conference's annual gathering Wednesday.

Officials cite campaign flaws

Pastor enters race, sets campaign plan
In his race to win the state House of Representatives District 97 seat, Otis Smith, a local pastor and community activist, says he hopes not only to secure the votes of fellow Republicans, but also to find favor on the ballots of other black voters.

Across the area
Police charged an Augusta man Wednesday with stealing mail from his neighbors and stuffing it down his pants.

Road upgrades put homes in jeopardy
Ann Clyde says she isn't against progress. She's just concerned about losing her house and front yard.

Church discusses abuse case

Across the area
A Watkins Street yard littered with evicted belongings was cleaned up Thursday by the lending company that owns the home after an Augusta commissioner and the city administrator butted heads Wednesday about the trash removal.

Pastor enters race, sets campaign plan

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Pennsylvania man has been charged in an accident that killed a Highway Patrol trooper, the state Public Safety Department said Thursday.

Army considers soldier's future
The Army has not decided the military future of a Fort Stewart soldier who planted an explosive near a Florida power plant.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Embattled Pardons and Paroles Board members Bobby Whitworth and Walter Ray resigned Thursday amid a state investigation, and Gov. Roy Barnes announced that he has named a special attorney general to take over the case.

Veteran leads push to retrieve submarine
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Max Bassett can remember only "bits and pieces" of the best weekend he spent on the USS Razorback.

Two boys accused in beating face charges of manslaughter
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Two boys accused of beating a classmate until his heart stopped faced new charges of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday, two days after the South Carolina eighth-grader died.

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Lindsey H. Howard of Grovetown.

Authorities offer photo of stolen Cessna 172
Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators have released a photograph of a plane that was reported stolen from Daniel Field last weekend.

News you can use
JUNE 14, 1960 A gas fire at the Valley Fuel Oil and Butane Gas Co. in Burnettown sent one man to a doctor with first-degree burns and caused another man to injure himself while he tried to get out of the way.

Columbia County begins first phase of construction

Giving heat the slip
Michelle Robinson, 10 (right), and Anna Irish, 8, cool off in a North Augusta yard. They were playing Thursday.

FBI visits dive centers

Correction
An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified a deceased Augusta woman. The article should have said Johnnie Newman, 70, who died Monday, is survived by her husband, Bobby J. Newman; two sons, Dean Newman and Derrell Newman; two daughters-in-law, Tenna Newman and Beth Newman; and five grandchildren.

Church discusses abuse case
AIKEN - Parishioners of an Aiken church met Wednesday night to question their leaders about the suspension of their former pastor who is accused of sexually abusing a child.

Correction

Watkins eviction cleanup halted
Two days after hundreds of belongings were turned out of a Watkins Street home and into its front yard as part of an eviction proceeding, a Richmond County prison crew arrived to start cleaning it up.

Across the area

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Donna W. Griffin of Grovetown.

Road upgrades put homes in jeopardy

Alabama town debates destruction of rockets
ANNISTON, Ala. - After storing 43,000 rockets filled with deadly nerve gas near Anniston for 40 years, the Army is ready to dispose of its cache, but some people want to stop it.

Students brave trip to Manila

Columbia County begins first phase of construction
By Christmas, Marco White hopes he'll have a little less to worry about.

News you can use

Watkins eviction cleanup halted

Car accident injures two men
Two North Augusta men were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital after their sport utility vehicle ran off the road and smashed into two trees Thursday.

FBI visits dive centers
Doug Shannon said he was a bit taken aback Wednesday when an FBI agent visited his Emerald Sea Dive Center in Martinez and asked him a few questions.

Petition opposes ban on Sunday

Making a splash

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

Across the southeast

Two boys accused in beating face charges of manslaughter

Around town

Petition opposes ban on Sunday
AIKEN - For decades, residents and visitors to Aiken looking to buy a mimosa with Sunday brunch have been out of luck.

Athletic director dies after ride

Schools will see change in curriculum testing
Georgia school systems may soon have the option of throwing out the yardstick they have used in the past to measure pupil progress on a national scale.

Worship through song

Hodges loses lawsuit to block plutonium
AIKEN - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by Gov. Jim Hodges on Thursday, removing a legal roadblock for surplus plutonium to begin coming to South Carolina.

Athletic director dies after ride
The athletic director at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School died Wednesday morning after a riding accident.

Activists turn out to support Hodges
AIKEN - Gov. Jim Hodges may have been in right-leaning Aiken County, but he had lots of left-leaning support for his lawsuit Thursday against the Department of Energy.

Officials cite campaign flaws
SAVANNAH - His campaign coordinator is already packing up the office, and his treasurer is considering becoming a candidate himself.

S.C. plutonium lawsuit begins

System makes leader official
ATLANTA - More than five months after stepping into office, Tom Meredith was officially inaugurated Wednesday as head of Georgia's public colleges.

Group will design regional bike plan

Across the southeast
MACON, Ga. - Though he has been police chief of Macon for a year, Rodney Monroe was not eligible to make an arrest, carry a gun or even wear a police uniform.

Police suspect link in robberies

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

Students brave trip to Manila
Going to the Philippines - where Muslim extremists recently killed an American hostage - doesn't faze members of an Augusta medical mission leaving today.

News you can use
JUNE 13, 1983 The body of a 16-year-old Harlem girl was discovered Saturday night in a wooded area in south Columbia County.

Veteran leads push to retrieve submarine

Hodges loses lawsuit to block plutonium

Methodists celebrate unity

Activists turn out to support Hodges

News you can use

Making a splash
Preston Ruffing, 8, of Greenville, S.C., invents his own diving style while he has the children waiting to dive watch him from the dock. Preston and the other swimmers were enjoying swim time Wednesday at this week's 4-H camp at Camp Long near Aiken.

Downs pleads guilty to murder charge

Group will design regional bike plan
Augusta bicycle salesman Andy Jordan likes North Augusta's Greeneway so much, he will soon move across the river to enjoy it more.

Around town

Giving heat the slip

Across South Carolina

Police suspect link in robberies
Columbia County Sheriff's Office investigators have released the picture of a man they say is wanted in connection with five Georgia bank robberies - including two in Columbia County.

Subscriber of the day

Worship through song
Hundreds of people attending the United Methodist North Georgia Annual Conference sing Lift Every Voice and Sing as the words are projected overhead. Wednesday marked the midpoint of the conference, being held through Friday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Convicted flasher will be released

Convicted flasher will be released
With $25 and a bus ticket in his pocket, a former Augusta resident repeatedly convicted of flashing children will leave a Georgia prison today.

System makes leader official

School councils gain acceptance
Positive. That's how several Richmond County school principals describe their experiences with their newly created school councils.

Across the area

Boy's death is a homicide

Augustan Parel primed for unparalleled experience
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Scott Parel is no different than the hundreds of dreamers before him who dared to sign up for the toughest examination in golf.

Langham returning to form
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Franklin Langham is free at last - free of pain, free of panic, free to play golf without worry.

My father never got to take off for Father's Day
Father's Day has arrived before I realized it. After your father dies, it's just not that important a day anymore.

NASCAR notebook
BROOKLYN, Mich. - The soft walls at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway received a passing grade from the Indy Racing League and the scientists in charge of deflecting the energy of a crash away from the drivers.

NASCAR truck drivers endure grueling schedule

Spotlight on Tony Eury Sr.

Changes to greet Michigan race fans this weekend
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Fans attending races this summer at Michigan International Speedway will find tighter security and no sales of alcoholic beverages.

Racing facts

Spotlight on Tony Eury Sr.
Here is a profile of NASCAR crew chief Tony Eury Sr.

NASCAR truck drivers endure grueling schedule
BROOKLYN, Mich. - The sunglasses, mustache and cowboy hat makes it difficult for most people to tell a difference between Michael Butcher and his boss, Richard Petty.

Racing facts
Here are facts about the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 race.

Changes to greet Michigan race fans this weekend

Shaq wins third straight NBA Finals MVP award

Lakers win third straight title
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Proficiently and professionally, the Los Angeles Lakers finished strong, closed out the New Jersey Nets and won their third-straight NBA title with a franchise first - a 4-0 sweep in the finals.

Lakers win third straight title

Shaq wins third straight NBA Finals MVP award
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Shaq got his three-peat, too.

Sheridan on basketball: A fourth title would be dynastic
Let the Los Angeles Lakers be forewarned: No team has pulled off a four-peat in nearly four decades. If Red Auerbach ever gets in touch with Phil Jackson, he can tell him all about it.

Graham finally works out with Falcons

Mr. Melvin Prescott    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Honaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Elliott Smith    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Miss Gaynell Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Rentz    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Carolyn Dixon    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. James Whitlock    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lizzie Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Garnett    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Evans    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie Cummings    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Burnice Jackson Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Bevill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jeff Brunson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. David Postell    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Philpot    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Glenna Palmer    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Thompson    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mrs. Lenora Oliphant    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Fields    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Kimberly Neibel    (TAYLORS, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Dozier    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbert Moody Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Sherrod    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Scott Jr.    (WINFIELD, Ga.)
Mrs. Yvonne Kendricks    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Merkerison    (BATH , S.C.)
Mrs. Daisy Rushton    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. William McKinnon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Rearden    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Buford McGee Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Tony Rautenberg    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sylvia Link    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. David Postell    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Lamback    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Eva Wiggins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Iris Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Tucker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Ms. Eliza Singleton    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mrs. Peggy Stafford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Cantey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eunice Sellars    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Cantey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Honaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Roberta Carter-James    (FREEPORT LONG ISLAND, N.Y.)
Miss Earlene Harrison    (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Ferko    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Virginia Harper    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jessie Freeman Jr.    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mrs. Jane Gyles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Sims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William McKinnon    (MARTINEZ, GA.)
Mrs. Brenda Griffiths    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Gowen Sr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Merkerison    (BATH , S.C.)
Mr. Matthew Emanuel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Buford McGee Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Wilkinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Johnnie Newman
Johnnie Newman had one goal in life: Teaching others, whether it be about her Christian lifestyle or her passion for photography.

Mr. Robert Thompson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Iris Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Smith    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Elliott Smith    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Sylvia Link    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbert Moody Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Lizzie Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Honaker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Rushton (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Scott Jr. (WINFIELD, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Garnett (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Wiggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elliott Smith (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. David Postell (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Roberta Carter-James (FREEPORT LONG ISLAND, N.Y.)

Mr. William McKinnon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Dixon (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Merkerison (BATH , S.C.)

Mr. William McKinnon (MARTINEZ, GA.)

Mr. Robert Thompson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Miss Earlene Harrison (MCDONOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Smith (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Johnnie Newman

Mr. Charles Fields (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Elliott Smith (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Gaynell Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Buford McGee Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jeff Brunson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Wilkinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Buford McGee Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David Postell (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iris Jenkins (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Rearden (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Dozier (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sylvia Link (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Eliza Singleton (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Iris Jenkins (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Bevill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Ferko (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Matthew Emanuel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Evans (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Peggy Stafford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Honaker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sherrod (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Cummings (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenna Palmer (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Yvonne Kendricks (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Melvin Prescott (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Tucker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Burnice Jackson Jr. (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Thompson (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Freeman Jr. (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. William Gowen Sr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Cantey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenora Oliphant (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Philpot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sylvia Link (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Rautenberg (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Cantey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Griffiths (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jane Gyles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rentz (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Sellars (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Merkerison (BATH , S.C.)

Fort Gordon concert memorable
That Kansas-REO Speedwagon concert June 7 on the lawn at Fort Gordon was excellent. Everything about it was top drawer. Both of those bands were great, and they didn't miss a lick. Randy Potter, Augusta

Why Republicans lose elections
I am a soldier from Augusta serving in Kuwait with my Army Reserve unit. I keep up with politics back home via e-mail and the Internet. After reading Milton Gresham's letter posted on your Web site June 7, I felt compelled to reply. Brad Owens, Augusta

Fun for all has been foiled by few
Since its inception in 1950, Augustans have never doubted for a minute who calls the shots when it comes to the goings-on at Lake Thurmond. Andy Chandler, Augusta

Shouldn't pay for unacceptable garbage service
I live on Central Avenue and have no "curb cut" to my Augusta property from that street. Like my neighbors, I get home via a small alley behind my house. It is where we all must park our cars and access our homes. It is our front door. Toni Giusto, Augusta

Catholic cartoon, editorial misled
On June 6, editorial cartoonist Rick McKee depicted the Catholic Church as a decrepit-looking bishop putting his arm around a leering young man in clerical garb, and saying, "OK, so you molested one child in the past. I think we can forget about that," and a small child in the background saying, "I can't." William G. Collins Jr., Aiken, S.C.

'Good,' 'evil' are not so cut and dry as Bush uses them
President George W. Bush's simplistic characterization of people of the world as "good" or "evil" makes for a confusing and contradictory foreign policy. T. Lucien Mohammed, Aiken, S.C.

A dirty deal
When was the West Augusta Little League put in charge of determining where truckloads of mucky dirt are dumped?

Surgery only hope for morbidly fat
I read with interest "Obese Americans embrace surgery option" (April 27), pertaining to the use of bariatric surgery to induce weight loss in the morbidly obese patient. Harold Engler, M.D., Augusta

Primary winners
South Carolina's GOP establishment is in shock today following former Charleston Congressman Mark Sanford's surprise first-place finish in the gubernatorial primary - edging supposed frontrunner, Lt. Gov. Robert Peeler, 39 to 38 percent.

Officials block student's transfer
Under President George W. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education reform package, parents have the option of transferring their children to a better school if their present school fails to meet standards for two consecutive years. Lee Anderson, Augusta

It is blacks who are failing themselves
Katie Mercer refers in her letter of June 7 to black students' low SAT scores. Has she not heard that, among black students in school, they castigate their fellow black students who are trying to make good grades, telling them that good grades is a white thing? They don't want to make good grades. Charlie Connell, North Augusta, S.C.

Founders Day
"June 14th is traditionally observed as Flag Day. As Augustans, it is important that we take note that this day also marks the founding of our city. My desire is to see June 14th recognized publicly each year as a key date in the life of our city."

Flag Day, 2002
Usually June 14, Flag Day, goes by without much notice. It's not a holiday like Memorial Day or Labor Day (no long weekend); it's just a day for patriots to tastefully display - sometimes in formal ceremonies and sometimes informally - their love of country by waving the flag.

Election board travesty
The Georgia Election Board last year investigated and confirmed that U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., and her father, state Rep. Billy McKinney, D-Atlanta, broke election laws at a DeKalb County polling precinct on Election Day, 2000.

Local weather coverage exceptional
The Central Savannah River Area is fortunate to have three major television networks plus the Weather Channel to provide us with coverage during the recent bout with severe weather in May. All stations kept us updated on the approaching weather with statements and bulletins. However one station - NBC affiliate Channel 26 - took it a step further by suspending network programming and giving continuous coverage. Ken Holmes, Augusta

No to DOE secrecy
The Bush administration's penchant for secrecy is now permeating the hearing scheduled today in U.S. District Court in Aiken on Gov. Jim Hodges' motion to block the transportation of weapons-grade plutonium from Colorado to South Carolina.

Local leaders walk in soldiers' boots
It has been said that you must walk in another's boots to know what is happening in that person's life. On June 5 and 6, 20 local community leaders participated in the Augusta Army Boots Program at Fort Gordon. We spent the entire day and night dressed in full battle gear, living the life of a soldier in the field with the U.S. Army's 93rd Signal Brigade. Frank G. Spears, Evans, Ga.

Criticizes 'Chronicle' for confusing 'Lost sheep' headline
I'm hesitant when it comes to writing a letter or giving permission for my letter to appear in The Chronicle. Not that I mind the exposure, but the Forrest Gump philosophy of "You never know what you will get" seems to prevail when it comes to picking the headlines. Hanson Carter, Augusta

World Cup roundup

Overtime

Soccer twist: America the favorite

War Emblem: California, here he comes

Overtime

Jones making an impact

Japanese try to master 'soccer English'
TOKYO -- Yukie Mizukami has mastered English. That was the easy part for the 27-year-old Japanese who spent a year in Britain.

Overtime
Persimmon Hill Golf Course in Aiken is playing host to a Region's Cup Tournament this weekend.

Overtime
Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak, winners of the LPGA's first two majors this season, moved within a stroke of the lead Thursday midway through the Evian Masters in Evian-Les-Bains, France with a pair of birdie-filled rounds.

Soccer twist: America the favorite
SEOUL, South Korea -- American soccer has come a long way: The United States is the favorite going into Friday's game against Poland. The players say they won't deserve to advance to the second round of the World Cup if they can't get at least a tie.

World Cup roundup
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Like favorites France and Argentina before it, Italy couldn't win a critical game. Unlike them, it survived the first round of the World Cup.

War Emblem: California, here he comes
War Emblem is headed West for a break, and it will be a few months before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner returns to the races.

Fishing tournament news
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Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
The most consistent thing about looking for schooling hybrids and stripers on Thurmond Lake is the inconsistency in which they're being found.

Fishing report

Graham finally works out with Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Nearly seven weeks after signing as a free agent, receiver Jeff Graham finally worked out with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

Langham returning to form

Augustan Parel primed for unparalleled experience

Jones making an impact
Adrian Jones wanted to come to a winner. So he joined the Augusta Stallions last week.

Seniors use Internet market to sell crafts
Wanted: Senior artisans and crafters who need an innovative way to supplement their income and hawk their wares.

Government battles antibiotic resistant germs
WASHINGTON -- The ad shows a tantalizing glimpse of gold inside a treasure chest. No, not a pirate's doubloon: The message is that antibiotics are one of the nation's great treasures and it's everybody's responsibility - not just doctors' - to make sure they keep working.

Tainted dirt needs to go, state says
About 60 truckloads of contaminated fill dirt hauled to an Augusta baseball park must be removed, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Harris applied for pretrial intervention, heads to Omaha
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center fielder and second baseman Justin Harris planned to join his team at the College World Series on Wednesday, but his status was in doubt following his arrest for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Harris applied for pretrial intervention, heads to Omaha

Tainted dirt needs to go, state says

Seniors use Internet market to sell crafts

Government battles antibiotic resistant germs