Baseball and drugs: Official says Congress should regulate substance McGwire used
WASHINGTON -- A major league baseball official urged Congress on Tuesday to regulate substances such as androstenedione, the over-the-counter supplement Mark McGwire used the year he broke the single-season home run mark.

CWS semifinalists know each other well

CWS semifinalists know each other well
OMAHA, Neb. -- The semifinalists at the College World Series share no secrets.

Atlanta's Millwood triumphs
ATLANTA - When analyzing Kevin Millwood's season, it's best to ignore his overall statistics.

Tigers stop Braves
ATLANTA - Want to win a friendly wager at the office? If so, ask the name of the starting shortstop for the Detroit Tigers. Chances are, no one will be able to.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - George Lombard knew something was up when Braves manager Bobby Cox summoned him after his turn in the batting cage prior to Wednesday night's game with Detroit.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves will make a decision today regarding the future of outfielder George Lombard.

Tigers stop Braves

Braves notebook

Atlanta's Millwood triumphs

Investor returns home for program
North Augusta native Nola Maddox Falcone, one of the nation's top investment managers, is returning to the area, this time to give a presentation on value investing.

St. Joseph moves near merger
The national sponsor of St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta has taken a step toward merging with another national Catholic health-care provider.

Business briefs

Outdoor watering limit can cut costs
To say Donna Ware is an avid gardener is a bit of an oversimplification. She enjoys digging around the yard on weekends, surely, but with a doctorate in ecology her expertise extends beyond the suburban flower bed.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders are marshaling their troops for what is expected to be a close party-line vote on a trade bill that is one of President Bush's top legislative priorities.

Investor returns home for program

Air system upkeep cuts power bills
Emery Warner sees it every summer. The service manager for Davis Appliance Repair makes a house call to fix a broken air conditioner, and it turns out the unit is just dirty.

Business briefs

Business briefs
ATLANTA - The Southern Co. has agreed to acquire the Georgia customers of gas marketer New Power Co., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week.

St. Joseph moves near merger

Outdoor watering limit can cut costs

Air system upkeep cuts power bills

Hartline gets first senior victory

Blowing up peace

Turner the terrorist

First strike option

Barr can't take it

Keep out smut

Living the dream
Mike Newman used to think he had business in his blood.

Small portions
Attention, all campers! Skippy Peanut Butter has created a new twist on that old campfire favorite - s'mores.

Viewers tune in to pop stars, court cases
NEW YORK - Would-be pop stars beat lonely bachelorettes. Court cases in San Diego are more interesting than watching Boston run.

Some Napas spare us from oak, alcohol overkill
Oak and alcohol are the most important issues in the California wine industry today. Too much oak. Too much alcohol.

Racing veteran teaches class at Augusta State
In more than 40 years of racing, Donnie Allison has learned his way around the track. And though he isn't breaking the speed limit in his stock car anymore, he has plenty to say about it.

How do you dress your dog?
With the Fourth of July coming up - one of the biggest hot-dog days of the year, The Augusta Chronicle wants to know what toppings you eat on your dog.

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle wants to hear from parents. The Your Life section is starting a new feature that will give parents a sounding board for problems ranging from picky eaters to dealing with schoolyard bullies.

Kool-Aid has cool history
As Kool-Aid lore goes, 11-year-old Edwin Perkins hatched a plan in 1900 to start a mail order business out of his father's general store in Hendley, Ne

New take on chicken
Summer is a great time to get the children involved in meal preparation. So, this week and next, I'm featuring child-friendly recipes that your children can help prepare.

Wine talk
ASSESSMENT: This is another one of those great summer wines that is packed full of clean citrus flavors. It starts with a delicate aroma; hints of peach and other summer fruits dominate with clean undertones. This is a lighter-style wine than any Chardonnay, allowing for fresh ingredients to show their entire flavor, all the while complementing the wine.

How sweet it is... Kool-Aid turns 75
It might seem a bit strange to think that Kool-Aid, the unofficial drink of American kids of all ages, is turning a grandfatherly 75 this year.

Yellow Jackets look to future
OMAHA, Neb. - Given the fact that everyone will be a year older and have a College World Series berth to their credit, it's not fair to say anymore that Georgia Tech is lacking star power.

Yellow Jackets look to future

Salinas homer lifts North
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Trey Salinas of Delmarva hit a two-out three-run homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie, and the North beat the South 5-2 in the 43rd South Atlantic League All-Star Game at FirstEnergy Park on Tuesday.

Birthday parties are more complex than I recall

Golf notebook

Golf notebook
If anyone wants to stop Tiger Woods from winning the Grand Slam this year, perhaps they can find inspiration from Lee Trevino.

Laura Davies returns to defend her Rochester LPGA title

A contender gets closer to a championship

PGA championship officials busy organizing security

Whaley poised to beat the men at PGA Club Pro

Teacher Tiger: Woods gives clinic to young golfers

Garcia, Mickelson move on to Greater Hartford Open
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Sergio Garcia sized up the Greater Hartford Open in a hurry early Wednesday morning.

Garcia, Mickelson move on to Greater Hartford Open

Begay finds comeback from back injury a long struggle
DURANGO, Colo. -- While an old college teammate was winning the U.S. Open, Notah Begay III was a last-minute entry in a low-profile local tournament and still looking for his first paycheck on the PGA Tour this year.

Golf's elder statesmen say new generation - Woods excepted - lack discipline

PGA championship officials busy organizing security
CHASKA, Minn. -- Tiger Woods' chance for a Grand Slam could complicate the organization of security for the PGA Championship, but tournament and local public safety officials are up to the challenge.

Begay finds comeback from back injury a long struggle

Whaley poised to beat the men at PGA Club Pro
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Suzy Whaley wasn't expecting any special treatment at this week's PGA Club Professional Championship. Turns out she has her very own locker room.

Woods' victory is most viewed U.S. Open in history
NEW YORK -- A record 55 million viewers watched NBC's weekend coverage of Tiger Woods' victory at the U.S. Open, and Sunday's final round was the most watched golf telecast this year.

Laura Davies returns to defend her Rochester LPGA title
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A year ago, a new set of clubs helped Laura Davies find the winning edge at the Rochester International.

Golf's elder statesmen say new generation - Woods excepted - lack discipline
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's the familiar refrain of Grumpy Old Men: Kids these days.

Teacher Tiger: Woods gives clinic to young golfers
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Leave it to Tiger Woods to turn a Florida thunderstorm into a learning experience.

A contender gets closer to a championship
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Add their scores from the last six major championships, and Phil Mickelson is two strokes better than Tiger Woods.

Salinas homer lifts North

Roundball Classic begins today

Langway, Federko, Gillies and Neilson get call from hockey hall
Rod Langway had the shortest wait for this day, Bernie Federko didn't even know this was the day, and Clark Gillies and Roger Neilson had it circled on their calendars for other reasons.

Langway, Federko, Gillies and Neilson get call from hockey hall

Chamber president resigns
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce President James "Jim" West is resigning.

3 arrested in drug bust
A mother, father and son are being held at the Columbia County Detention Center after a routine air check by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources revealed more than two dozen marijuana plants.

When war actually comes, the nation will pull together

Sees prejudice in words of South Carolina NAACP leader

Peeler's opponent has poor record as leader

U.S. should stay out of U.N. globalism

Immigrants to U.S. should adapt to our Christian culture

ABC has no moral backbone

Rotten refs cheated Jersey Nets

Worry about safety before speed

Honk elicits the unexpected

Sage Mill fire station not necessary

Augusta EMT shoots down chopper plan as too expensive

Mark Sanford is proven conservative

How do you dress your dog?

How sweet it is... Kool-Aid turns 75

New take on chicken

Small portions

Some Napas spare us from oak, alcohol overkill

Racing veteran teaches class at Augusta State

Viewers tune in to pop stars, court cases

Living the dream

Wine talk

ECHL tables WCHL plan

ECHL tables WCHL plan
Contrary to a report in the Press-Telegram of Long Beach, Calif., a decision by East Coast Hockey League owners to align with the West Coast Hockey League will not be decided at the league meetings, which conclude today in Las Vegas.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A 22-month old girl named Miracle survived for up to 10 days on whatever food she could find in a pantry and cabinets after her pregnant mother died in their apartment, police said.

Across Georgia
ALBANY -Sidney Dorsey used his position as DeKalb County sheriff to force people to do his bidding, a jury was told on the second day of his trial.

News you can use

County wins its lawsuit appeal
Columbia County has prevailed in its appeal of the $385,000 jury verdict in the wrongful-termination case of Elaine Matthews.

GBI dismisses rape allegation

Reaffirmed commitment
AIKEN - When Urban Schulte dressed to renew his wedding vows, he dug deep into his closet.

Georgia bishop backs policy
South Georgia's Catholic leader says the church's new national plan on sexual abuse by priests is mostly about protecting children.

Subscriber of the day

New course opening soon

Across the area

Judge orders evaluation

Roadside stand

County wins its lawsuit appeal

Around town

Commission denies request for zoning

Subscriber of the day

Residents will face increase in taxes
AIKEN - The Aiken County school board unanimously passed its budget Tuesday night and, with it, a tax increase for all county residents owning a home or a car.

3 arrested in drug bust

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Genilla Weitzel of Aiken.

Aaron seeking to open car lot

New course opening soon
Aiken's newest golf attraction, an 18-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus, will be completed next month.

Roadside stand
Jan-Paul Acevedo, 12, tries to lure motorists to his lemonade stand at the entrance to his neighborhood off West Lake Forest Road in west Augusta. He said that he had been selling for about an hour Tuesday and that business was slow.

Chamber president resigns

Patient history to stay sealed
Allegations of chicanery flew in court Tuesday, but the judge refereed compromises that are expected to move along a civil lawsuit stemming from the actions of two convicted Medical College of Georgia researchers.

News you can use

Day-care accident lawsuit stays open
A lawsuit filed by a mother who says she doesn't believe it will provide the money to keep her severely disabled son alive will continue.

Across the area

Harlem couple still in custody
A Harlem couple remained in custody Tuesday on charges stemming from a weekend party involving alcohol, drugs and four teen-age girls, police said.

Judge bans Hodges' blockade
AIKEN - Gov. Jim Hodges' fight to stop planned plutonium shipments into Savannah River Site effectively ended Tuesday when a federal judge banned him from blocking delivery trucks.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Hattie Mae Bell of Augusta

Traffic will ease as project shifts
There just might be some hope for frustrated motorists on Interstate 20.

Postal Service ends address rumors
SAVANNAH - An upscale Savannah gated community won't receive its own exclusive mailing address, despite rumors to the contrary.

Chairman post changes hands
The Columbia County Commission chairman's gavel changed hands three times Tuesday night.

Across the area
Authorities on Wednesday were investigating vandalism at a Richmond County elementary school.

School workers to be tested
Some paraprofessionals might be returning to the classroom, this time as students.

State agencies protest more budget cuts
ATLANTA - Agencies serving Georgians with a variety of needs have borne all of the state spending cuts they can stand, nearly three dozen social-services advocates told the Board of Human Resources during a Wednesday public hearing.

MCG Health to get less money
Helping the state take advantage of a funding-opportunity window netted MCG Health Inc. an extra $4.5 million last month, officials said. With that window now closed and other cuts on the way, however, officials are looking at rougher times ahead.

Candidates line up to qualify
ATLANTA - Lines of politicians and political hopefuls filled the state Capitol on Wednesday, Day One of qualifying for this fall's state elections.

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

MCG Health to get less money

News you can use
June 20, 1943 Virginia Hutto, who has "seen so much" and "don't know anything anymore," had a birthday party at her residence, 1968 Battle Row. The party was given by her friends in the neighborhood in celebration of her 102nd birthday, which is Tuesday.

Officials blast administrator
In a letter from Mayor Bob Young and on the floor of Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting, City Administrator George Kolb came under attack from elected officials for failing to act quickly enough on constituent complaints.

Day-care accident lawsuit stays open

Judge bans Hodges' blockade

Traffic will ease as project shifts

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

Man dies after break-in

State agencies protest more budget cuts

Around town

Georgia bishop backs policy

Candidates line up to qualify

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Patient history to stay sealed

Across South Carolina

News you can use
June 19, 1925 The successful delivery of many thousands of Augusta Chronicle air mail bulletins yesterday was an epochal event in the history of American newspapers. It is the first time, so far as we are able to learn, that such a feat has been attempted.

Reaffirmed commitment

Man sentenced over drug dealing
An Augusta man with a history of drug charges received a 14-year prison sentence Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Man sentenced over drug dealing

Aaron seeking to open car lot
A former baseball star known for driving in runs hopes to have Augustans driving his cars.

Man dies after break-in
AIKEN - An Aiken man died early Tuesday morning after being shot several times during a home invasion, police said.

Judge orders evaluation
A judge ordered a mental evaluation Wednesday for a Belvedere woman who lived with 53 dogs and nine cats in a broken-down, feces-ridden home.

Across the area
An 80-year-old city ordinance that bans swimming in the Savannah River was lifted Tuesday by the Augusta Commission, a move that officials said will encourage better use of the waterway.

Officials blast administrator

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday approved the use of federal funds to help fight an Horry County wildfire.

Across South Carolina
YORK, Pa. -The state Superior Court has rejected a request by former York Mayor Charlie Robertson that the court review the merits of the murder charges against him in the death of a black South Carolina woman during the city's 1969 race riots.

Republican enters House race
Former Richmond County Board of Education member Mary Oglesby, touting a "commonsense" approach to government and improved economic development for south Augusta, announced Tuesday her candidacy for the Georgia House of Representatives.

Panel approves review changes
The Aiken Planning Commission's recommendations for the comprehensive land use plan will be reviewed by the city council at a July 8 meeting.

Commission denies request for zoning
Standing up for their beliefs left standing room only Tuesday when more than 250 people showed up at the municipal building to fight a proposed adult bookstore on Gordon Highway.

GBI dismisses rape allegation
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has ruled an allegation of rape by a 15-year-old boy at the Augusta Youth Development Campus is unfounded.

South Carolina is cursed no more
Those who believe in a pox upon the Chickens might have to reassess their dogma. The infamous Chicken Curse, if not dead, is on its last drumstick.

Birthday parties are more complex than I recall
We went to our granddaughter Emily's birthday party this month, and it was unlike any we had been to before.

Gordon finds his niche

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Dodge/Save Mart 350 race.

No. 21 team weighs options

Spotlight on Chad Knaus

No. 21 team weighs options
SONOMA, Calif. - With Elliott Sadler headed to a new team in 2003 and the No. 21 Ford enjoying a resurgence, Wood Brothers Racing has the luxury of being selective on who will drive their car.

Gordon finds his niche
SONOMA, Calif. - When Robby Gordon almost won last year's race at the Sears Point Raceway, he proved to himself he belonged on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Racing facts

Spotlight on Chad Knaus
Here is a profile of NASCAR crew chief Chad Knaus.

Hawks promise ticket holders refund if they miss playoffs
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks, who have not been to the playoffs in three seasons, are making a bet with full-season ticket holders: They will pay them $125 if the Hawks don't make the playoffs.

Swoopes, Holdsclaw lead WNBA All-Star voting

Falcons sign two draft picks, waive LB Antico Dalton

Fox cancels Panthers' last day of practice

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Augusta EMT shoots down chopper plan as too expensive
Regarding the bid process for ambulance service in Augusta/Richmond County: Commissioner Andy Cheek said he's in favor of Gold Cross because, "they have a helicopter, and that would be good for my constituents." Tim Walker, North Augusta, S.C.

When war actually comes, the nation will pull together
We are not yet a nation at war. We think we are, because we say we are. Our Muslim enemies have cascading atrocities in mind for us. At some undetermined time in the future, there is a line they will cross which will bring us all together. M. Davis, Langley, S.C.

Worry about safety before speed
It is amazing how many letters you receive about speeding on our roads. Are there that many traffic engineers in this country? Henry Jongma, Augusta

Turner the terrorist
There are very few things you can be sure of in this life. Yes, the sun will always rise in the East, Augusta summers are hot, and the kids are never as obedient as you'd like.

Mark Sanford is proven conservative
Regarding the snide, accusatory anti-Mark Sanford TV spot "Paid for by Citizens for Government Accountability," I have no way of knowing whether the accusation in that spot is true or not, but it gives the impression that Mr. Sanford and his family have been dishonest, accepting farm subsidies while Mr. Sanford voted against them. Spots like this are questionable at best because the voters have no idea who these "Citizens for Government Accountability" are. If they have a legitimate complaint, they should be willing to tell us who "they" really are - so they can also be accountable. Marilyn Montgomery, Aiken, S.C.

Blowing up peace
It never fails. Whenever the United States or Israel plans a major peace initiative, Palestinian terrorists blow it up with a mass murder-suicide.

Immigrants to U.S. should adapt to our Christian culture
I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or his culture here in the United States. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, most Americans have experienced a surge in patriotism. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining that our patriotism was offending others. Robert B. Rackliffe, Belvedere, S.C.

Barr can't take it
Someone should tell U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., that frivolous lawsuits are what Democrats are about, not Republicans.

First strike option
The feathers are hitting the fan in the nation's capital over word that the Bush administration is developing a strategic doctrine to allow the United States to strike first against terrorist states or networks with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.

Sees prejudice in words of South Carolina NAACP leader
Regarding South Carolina NAACP leader James Gallman's June 14 guest column, even though it was not lengthy, it did help me understand the organization. However, I did note two particulars that I think does his organization an extreme injustice. Teresa Callahan, Hephzibah, Ga.

Peeler's opponent has poor record as leader
Mark Sanford spent six years as Charleston's congressman, which has been his only experience in public office at any level. His votes and statements as congressman, therefore, are really all we have on which to decide his fitness for the office of governor within South Carolina. Judge for yourself - is this the record of a real "conservative" and a real "leader"? Glinda Napier, Graniteville, S.C.

Rotten refs cheated Jersey Nets
Did the New Jersey Nets have a chance? Yes, if the referees called a fair game. The Los Angeles Lakers won the last two games because of the referees not calling fair games for other teams. Annie McCorkle, Augusta

Sage Mill fire station not necessary
The Aiken County Council could balance its budget if it would stop wasting taxpayers' money on a fire station, apparatus, equipment and a payroll of four personnel. Jerry Webb, Graniteville, S.C.

U.S. should stay out of U.N. globalism
The United States is one of only two nations that has never ratified the 1989 U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, because of the resistance among some of our senators. But, as with numerous other U.N. conventions and declarations, U.S. leaders have been slyly implementing the United Nations' designs little by little. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Honk elicits the unexpected
Here I am, on the road again - Washington Road that is. You know, people do the funniest things. Marie B. Hodges, Augusta

ABC has no moral backbone
I find the recent decision by ABC to drop Toby Keith from its upcoming Fourth of July special a moral nadir for that network. What kind of network is strong-armed into such a narrow, politically correct stance? Daniel A. Hancock, Augusta

Keep out smut
There aren't many court battles worth spending taxpayer money on, but the Augusta Commission's decision to fight the establishment of an X-rated adult bookstore on Molly Pond Road at Gordon Highway is well worth opposing.

U.S. soccer team confident against Germans at World Cup

South Koreans rejoice as team advances to World Cup quarterfinals

Agassi and Sampras in same half of draw

Overtime

Retired boxer shares wisdom with youth

Germans not underestimating U.S. team

Players recovering from injuries

Overtime
Ryan Smith of Lincolnton, Ga., fired a 5-under-par 67 to easily qualify for next week's Dogwood Invitational amateur tournament at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

Germans not underestimating U.S. team
SEOGWIPO, South Korea -- The Germans are well aware of the best the U.S. team has to offer, and they aren't about to underestimate one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup.

Overtime
Ryan Smith of Lincolnton, Ga., fired a 5-under-par 67 to easily qualify for next week's Dogwood Invitational amateur tournament at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

South Koreans rejoice as team advances to World Cup quarterfinals
DAEJEON, South Korea -- Millions of red-clad South Koreans waved national flags, shouted "Oh, Korea's sure to win!" and danced Tuesday night to celebrate the country's first trip to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Agassi and Sampras in same half of draw
WIMBLEDON, England -- Lleyton Hewitt's title chances at Wimbledon will be tested early.

Retired boxer shares wisdom with youth
Frank Durst IV received a scholarship from the Augusta Boxing Club to attend the University of Tennessee in 1997. The sport took him places he never dreamed of going, but this spring, Durst returned to his roots by moving back to Augusta.

U.S. soccer team confident against Germans at World Cup
SEOUL, South Korea -- It could be a night to remember, the biggest in the history of American soccer - and perhaps the worst for a proud German team.

Roundball Classic begins today
Melanie Johnson returned from Pat Summitt's basketball camp at Tennessee, breathlessly excited.

Fox cancels Panthers' last day of practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers first-year head coach John Fox's popularity increased Wednesday when he ended the team's three-week coaching sessions a day early.

Falcons sign two draft picks, waive LB Antico Dalton
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed guard Martin Bibla and safety Kevin McCadam, a pair of mid-round draft picks, on Wednesday.

South Carolina is cursed no more

Players recovering from injuries
Dirk Lincicome couldn't have celebrated Saturday even if he wanted to.

Sudden impact made by Lyles
Louisville's trash has turned out to be Augusta's treasure.

Pine beetle infestation hits home
Several of Thurmond Lake's most scenic areas will be logged as part of an emergency response aimed at curbing one of the worst outbreaks of Southern pine beetle to hit east Georgia in decades.

Scientists say they have successfully 'teleported' data
CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian scientists said Monday they had successfully "teleported" a laser beam encoded with data, breaking it up and reconstructing an exact replica a yard away.

Astronomers spot new solar system
WASHINGTON -- A young, sun-like star with orbiting blobs of dust and rock may be forming planets, giving astronomers their first chance to observe the evolution of a planetary system like our own.

Bacteria linked to disease killing Caribbean coral
WASHINGTON -- Bacteria found in the intestines of humans and other animals have been identified as the cause of a disease killing elkhorn corals in the Caribbean Sea.

Gamecocks eliminate Jackets from CWS
OMAHA, Neb. -- Steve Thomas and Justin Harris hit home runs and South Carolina eliminated Georgia Tech 9-5 on Tuesday at the College World Series.

Gamecocks eliminate Jackets from CWS

Gamecocks rout Tigers
OMAHA, Neb. -- Trey Dyson hit two two-run homers and South Carolina stayed alive in the College World Series with a 12-4 victory over Clemson on Wednesday night.

Hartline gets first senior victory
When Charles Hartline turned 50 five years ago, everyone expected the Aiken golfer to start winning Regions Cup senior division titles at a steady rate.

Swoopes, Holdsclaw lead WNBA All-Star voting
NEW YORK -- Sheryl Swoopes of the Houston Comets and Chamique Holdsclaw of the Washington Mystics lead Western and Eastern Conference balloting, released Tuesday, for the WNBA All-Star game.

Bacteria linked to disease killing Caribbean coral

Pine beetle infestation hits home

Astronomers spot new solar system

Scientists say they have successfully 'teleported' data