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.

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.

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.

Applause calendar

Bio Ritmo gives salsa some jazz, rock flavor

Video watch

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.

Concert calendar

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.

Playing the name game

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

Mini reviews

Art galleries
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Artist's work reveals the animal within

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.

Standing ovations

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

Some child stars kept growing

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.

Art galleries

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

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

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

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

Kansas, Speedwagon rock on

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.

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

Club calendar

Sosa homer ties him with Musial and Stargell

Stanford most recent champion in College World Series field

Sosa homer ties him with Musial and Stargell
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit career home run No. 475 on Friday, tying him with Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 19th place on the all-time list.

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

So far this year, vacations have been smooth sailing

Braves silence Red Sox
ATLANTA - The Boston Red Sox came to Turner Field adorned with the major league's best record.

Reliever breathes new life in Atlanta

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.

Atlanta in need of a first baseman
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves need a first baseman like the Democrats need a presidential candidate.

Braves silence Red Sox

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.

Cooling repair postponed

Federal Reserve reports moderate U.S. industry growth
WASHINGTON -- The nation's industrial sector - after being knocked down by last year's recession - is back on its feet, but isn't bursting with vitality.

Flood damage reinforces need for renters insurance
While the thought of property insurance had vaguely crossed her mind, Waralene Hopkins was so busy with work, her children and night school, she never thought of getting a policy until May 30.

Business briefs

Wholesale prices drop 0.4 percent in May

Business briefs
CONCORD, N.H. - A source with knowledge of Tyco International Ltd.'s internal investigation of former CEO Dennis Kozlowski said the company is examining the 1996 sale of a home by interim Chief Executive John Fort to Mr. Kozlowski.

Retail center changes hands

Retail center changes hands
A North Carolina company purchased the Evans Crossing shopping center Thursday, after its previous owners decided to pull out of the market.

Federal Reserve reports moderate U.S. industry growth

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.

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.

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

Clemson outlasts Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. - Jeff Baker's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Clemson an 11-10 victory over Nebraska on Friday night in the opening round of the College World Series.

A dirty deal

Election board travesty

Founders Day

On to Fourth Circuit

Let doctors sleep

Flag Day, 2002

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Solutions for grass mites

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.

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?

Gardening calendar

Couple trumpets glory of day lilies

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.

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.

Georgia Tech blanks South Carolina
OMAHA, Neb. -- Omaha native Kyle Bakker struck out nine in the first College World Series shutout in seven years as Georgia Tech beat South Carolina 11-0 Friday.

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 game report
BOMBERS 9, GREENJACKETS 8 Turning point: After breaking a 4-4 tie in the top of the sixth, the Bombers rattled off eight runs in three innings to break open the game and earn their third straight win over the Jackets, who mustered a rally in the eighth and ninth before falling.

Bombers drop GreenJackets
Manny Delcarmen had every reason to believe the bad part of his season was behind him heading into Friday's game against Capital City.

Sorenstam calls shots at Evian Masters, leads by four
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France -- Sweden's Annika Sorenstam shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday to take a four-shot lead after three rounds of the Evian Masters.

Woods widens gap at U.S. Open
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Not that this comes as a surprise to anyone, but Tiger Woods leads the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black by three strokes over Ireland's Padraig Harrington through 36 holes.

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.

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.

Sigel shoots 8-under 64 for two-stroke lead
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jay Sigel shot an 8-under-par 64 Friday, his best round this year, and held a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the BellSouth Senior Classic.

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.

Icher leads as Pak, Sorenstam make move in Evian Masters

Woods leads after one

Cink back on track in U.S. Open

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.

Goosen among the big names gobbled up by Bethpage
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Retief Goosen already turned in the U.S. Open trophy that belonged to him for the past year.

Woods charges to top at U.S. Open

Rain dampens some spirits
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Nick Price and Steve Jones may be in their 40s, but they can still hit their drivers in excess of 270 yards.

Sigel shoots 8-under 64 for two-stroke lead

Rain dampens some spirits

Sorenstam calls shots at Evian Masters, leads by four

Thompson charges up to get win

Woods widens gap at U.S. Open

Goosen among the big names gobbled up by Bethpage

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.

GreenJackets game report

Bombers drop GreenJackets

Bombers sweep doubleheader

Red Wings win Stanley Cup

So close, yet so far for Hurricanes

Red Wings a team for the times
DETROIT -- Amid the red-and-white confetti, as players piled merrily upon Dominik Hasek, and as Scotty Bowman couldn't keep a secret any longer, the champion Detroit Red Wings finally revealed why they might be one of hockey's greatest teams ever.

Red Wings a team for the times

Ratings up for ABC

Ratings up for ABC
NEW YORK - ABC's ratings for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals was up 31 percent over the comparable game last season.

So close, yet so far for Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will play the "what if" game for weeks after a closer-than-anticipated Stanley Cup series against powerhouse Detroit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rankled by AP story on gay, old man

Surgery only hope for morbidly fat

Fort Gordon concert memorable

Officials block student's transfer

Shouldn't pay for unacceptable garbage service

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

Local weather coverage exceptional

Americans thirst for blood and gore

'Conservative' label doesn't always describe candidate

Send us your picks

Put a little tomato in your life!

Story time

The Ronald McDonald House

Keep the kids entertained with the newspaper

Calendar

Take back that Spatula!

Keeping sports in perspective

About the staff

From the editor

Real Parents with real kids!

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

Taking a stroll
Judith Haskell, 86, of North Augusta, walks with the help of an empty stroller at North Augusta's Greeneway.

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.

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.

Two boys accused in beating face charges of manslaughter

Road's backers gave to Barnes
ATLANTA - Some of the most successful builders and developers in Atlanta, and landowners along the proposed route of the Northern Arc, contributed $235,000 to Gov. Roy Barnes' political campaigns, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Petition opposes ban on Sunday

Cheney stumps for Graham
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Bush administration has a lot of work ahead in the war on terrorism and U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham will serve as a strong ally in the Senate, Vice President Dick Cheney said Friday.

Pastor enters race, sets campaign plan

Police find couple dead in home
The bodies of an Augusta man and his wife who police say died Thursday in a murder-suicide have been sent to the state crime lab for autopsy.

Across Georgia

Drive-by shooting injures 2
Two men at different locations in an Augusta neighborhood were injured in drive-by shootings Friday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's sergeant.

Across South Carolina

New plan helps poor get medical treatment
Ellen Lewis sat on the exam table, flanked by a couple of brown-orange pill bottles. Another couple of bottles sat on a nearby table. It's hard even for her doctor, Angela Overstreet, to keep them straight.

Giving heat the slip

Downs pleads guilty

Subscriber of the day
Carl Tommy Miller is today's subscriber of the day.

Subscriber of the day

Savannah sells sewage for power
SAVANNAH - Flush your toilet and help keep the bathroom nightlight shining.

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.

Fire in Savannah destroys building erected in 1854
CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. - Rose Newman cried next to her husband, Paul, Thursday as they watched firefighters battle a blaze in their Factors' Walk shop in downtown Savannah's historic district.

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.

Couple say they robbed 3 banks
A North Carolina couple in an Alabama jail have confessed to robbing three banks in Georgia - including one in Appling, police said Friday.

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.

State ready to stop plutonium at border
NEW ELLENTON - A day after a judge said roadblocks would be illegal, Gov. Jim Hodges ordered state public safety officers to block any trucks capable of carrying plutonium into the Savannah River Site.

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.

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

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JUNE 15, 1982 Donald D. Thornhill, the superintendent of Columbia County Schools, will announce today his intentions to leave the county school system for a state job, school officials say.

Family moves up the Army ranks
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Col. Vincent Brooks is now part of an Army family that shares a piece of history.

Across South Carolina
CHESTER - More than two years after it was stolen and taken to Honduras, the Chester YMCA's bus is back home.

Methodist meeting

Lake suspects granted bonds
A judge granted $100,000 bonds Friday to two men accused of murder in the April drowning death at Lake Olmstead.

Couple say they robbed 3 banks

Downs pleads guilty to murder charge

Savannah sells sewage for power

Gunmen rob Aiken supermarket

State ready to stop plutonium at border

Fire in Savannah destroys building erected in 1854

News you can use

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

Cheney stumps for Graham

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Lake suspects granted bonds

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.

Police find couple dead in home

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

Road's backers gave to Barnes

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.

Hodges loses lawsuit to block plutonium

Across Georgia

Across the area

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.

4 indicted over embezzlement
COLUMBIA - Two former principals and two ex-bookkeepers at four Fairfield County schools have been indicted on embezzlement charges.

Man gets 100-year sentence
An Augusta man shot while taking part in a home invasion and gun battle received a 100-year prison sentence Friday.

Downs pleads guilty
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Augusta man who police say kidnapped and strangled a 6-year-old North Augusta boy in 1999 has admitted his guilt to a judge just days before a scheduled trial.

Plan draws protesters
The Augusta Commission meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Courtroom I on the second floor of the municipal building, 530 Greene St., and will consider the zoning request to establish an adult book store.

Road upgrades put homes in jeopardy

Across the area
A Millen, Ga., man was killed Friday when he lost control of his truck on North Herndon Road.

Across the area

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The driver of a tour bus carrying a North Carolina church youth group was struck by an oncoming car and critically injured Friday as he was inspecting a problem with the bus, police said.

Correction

Methodist meeting
Delegates to the annual convention of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist church look over conference budget figures before voting.

Around town

Gunmen rob Aiken supermarket
AIKEN - An Aiken Department of Public Safety officer said Friday the audacity of three masked gunmen who robbed a supermarket early Thursday morning has them worried the men could strike again.

Students brave trip to Manila

In the know
NAME: Bettieanne Childers Hart DOING THEN: Former state legislator and Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge.

Lake suspects granted bonds
A judge granted $100,000 bonds Friday to two men accused of murder in the April drowning death at Lake Olmstead.

Peeler, Sanford meet for debate
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Four days after a surprising primary result ended with Mark Sanford slightly ahead of Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler in the Republican gubernatorial race, the pair met in their first face-to-face debate.

Activists turn out to support Hodges

Peeler, Sanford meet for debate

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.

Family moves up the Army ranks

News you can use

Taking a stroll

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.

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

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.

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.

Locals feeling bite of Bethpage
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Facing the toughest tournament conditions any of them have ever faced, the Augusta-area threesome at the U.S. Open struggled to find the positives Friday at Bethpage Black.

Childress ready to unload Harvick

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.

Changes to greet Michigan race fans this weekend

Jarrett's on a hot streak
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Not even Mother Nature could beat Dale Jarrett during Friday's pole qualifying for the Sirius Satellite Radio 400.

Jarrett's on a hot streak

Childress ready to unload Harvick
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kevin Harvick's joyride in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, much like a streaking comet, may be dangerously close to burning out.

Lakers pledge to win a fourth

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.

Lakers pledge to win a fourth
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers celebrated their third consecutive NBA title Friday with a triumphant parade and promises to thousands of fans that the team will top its "threepeat" with a fourth championship next year.

Graham finally works out with Falcons

Falcons sign DT Tanuvasa, draft picks

Mr. Jessie Garnett    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Becton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Miss Gaynell Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lizzie Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Carolyn Dixon    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. John Fowler    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Roberta Carter-James    (FREEPORT LONG ISLAND, N.Y.)
Mr. Jessie Freeman Jr.    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mrs. Ursula Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Brenda Griffiths    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Bessie Cummings    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Carl Honaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Liggins    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Fields    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Alton Peyton    (BELLINGHAM, Wash.)
Mrs. Margaret Bevill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Philpot    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ben Sexton Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Melvin Prescott    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Celeste Wheeler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tony Rautenberg    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Julian Brown    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lula Rearden    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Carolyn Dixon    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Yvonne Kendricks    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Iris Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mr. James Wilkinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Burnice Jackson Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Thompson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Brenda Griffiths    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Smith    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jessie Freeman Jr.    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mr. Elliott Smith    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Ferko    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Daisy Rushton    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Samuel Cantey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Rentz    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Evans    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Rearden    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Marlene Schmitz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tony Rautenberg    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Smith    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Melvin Prescott    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Thompson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. David Postell    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Wilkinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Philpot    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Debra Belger    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Merkerison    (BATH , S.C.)
Mrs. Lizzie Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William McKinnon    (MARTINEZ, GA.)
Miss Gaynell Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Buford McGee Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sylvia Link    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Christopher Tucker
There was just something about Christopher Tucker, those who knew him said.

Mrs. Sylvia Link (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ursula Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Wilkinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Rautenberg (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Dixon (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Philpot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Gaynell Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Debra Belger (JACKSON, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Melvin Prescott (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Iris Jenkins (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Yvonne Kendricks (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rentz (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Alton Peyton (BELLINGHAM, Wash.)

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

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

Mrs. Carolyn Dixon (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Cummings (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Bevill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Rautenberg (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elliott Smith (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Celeste Wheeler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnny Evans (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. William McKinnon (MARTINEZ, GA.)

Mr. Ben Sexton Sr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

Mr. Julian Brown (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Honaker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Becton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Cantey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Thompson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. David Postell (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Wilkinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Gaynell Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Liggins (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Prescott (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Fowler (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lizzie Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Holloway (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jessie Garnett (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marlene Schmitz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Thompson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charlie Philpot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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."

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

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

'Conservative' label doesn't always describe candidate
As a subscriber to The Chronicle, I read the editorial page and the readers' letters regularly. I usually understand and get through it, but there is something I don't understand. Jim McGaughy, Aiken, S.C.

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

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.

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.

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

Rankled by AP story on gay, old man
Fifteen years ago my employer transferred me to this area and I have subscribed to The Augusta Chronicle ever since. While I have not always been in agreement with your editorials, I still look forward to my early morning read. G. Weschenfelder, Martinez, Ga.

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

'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.

Americans thirst for blood and gore
I have become increasingly disappointed with the national media's coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks. My disappointment reached a breaking point as I watched HBO's Memorial Day special In Memorium, a show aired to "pay tribute to the victims of Sept. 11." David Adkinson, Evans, Ga.

On to Fourth Circuit
South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges got creamed in court Thursday when a federal judge in Aiken said the U.S. government could begin shipping plutonium from Colorado to Savannah River Site.

Let doctors sleep
How do doctors in training spell relief? SLEEP.

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

Stallions closing in on af2 playoff berth

War Emblem: California, here he comes

Overtime

Poland tops U.S. in World Cup

World Cup roundup

Overtime

Navratilova to play singles for first time since '94

Anything is possible in next round

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.

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.

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.

Overtime
The New England Patriots released injury-plagued linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer on Friday.

Anything is possible in next round
YOKOHAMA, Japan - The 2002 World Cup final: Senegal vs. Paraguay?

Poland tops U.S. in World Cup
DAEJEON, South Korea -- Thanks to South Korea, the U.S. soccer team isn't packing for home just yet.

Navratilova to play singles for first time since '94
Martina Navratilova, who retired in 1994 after winning a record 167 singles titles, received a wild card Friday to play in next week's Eastbourne tournament.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or informatio

Fishing report

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.

Falcons sign DT Tanuvasa, draft picks
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons signed nine-year veteran defensive tackle Maa Tanuvasa Friday.

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.

Faith digest
Wade in the River, a Christian concert with fireworks, will open at 7 tonight at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar carries highlights of events in the Augusta area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Raising the roof
Jim Clontz's weathered straw hat does double duty - it shades him from the heat and makes it easy for fellow volunteers to see him on work sites, such as the new sanctuary for Mount Beulah Baptist Church in Windsor, S.C.

Prepare for the surprises life holds
We spend a large part of our lives fretting and worrying about problems and precious little time focusing on God's promises to save, redeem, rescue and deliver us from our troubles, be they great or small.

Give "old Dad a love pat and a smile"
The book of Exodus describes Moses returning from the mountaintop with tablets inscribed, in part, "honor thy father and thy mother so that you may live long in the land" (Exodus 20:12).

Langham returning to form

Stallions closing in on af2 playoff berth
The Augusta Stallions get a chance to do something they couldn't do last season: clinch an early playoff spot in arenafootball2.

Citibank to block online gambling with credit cards
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Citibank, the nation's largest credit card issuer, has agreed to block all online gambling transactions that use its credit cards, the state attorney general said Friday.

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.

Government battles antibiotic resistant germs

Raising the roof

Faith and fellowship calendar

Prepare for the surprises life holds

Give "old Dad a love pat and a smile"