Negro leagues player was witness to history
CHICAGO - The long, thick fingers of Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe are bent every which way, battered so often and so thoroughly by his 36 years of catching that they're impossible to straighten.

Negro leagues player was witness to history

First step to healthier children? Clean their ears out

Atlanta destroys Chicago
ATLANTA - No one really expects the Braves' offense to be limited to three hits a night. Neither do they expect the National League's 11th-best offense to keep the scoreboard lights flashing like a pinball machine.

Bench woes don't worry Cox
ATLANTA - The worst bench in the National League? The numbers say the Braves are the not-so-proud owners of the least productive group of pinch hitters.

Furcal keeps Atlanta hot
ATLANTA - Yes, the race often belongs to the strong, like Frank Thomas. But it's not just in fables that the smallest man on the field finishes first. Just ask Rafael Furcal.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - A pall as thick as Los Angeles smog hung over the home clubhouse Saturday afternoon when the Braves learned of the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile .

Atlanta destroys Chicago

Furcal keeps Atlanta hot

Bench woes don't worry Cox

Braves notebook

Stock prices near September lows
NEW YORK - Stocks tumbled on yet another spate of bad corporate news and fears of terrorism Friday, giving Wall Street its fifth-straight losing week and pulling the major indexes closer to their post-Sept. 11 lows. The Dow Jones industrials suffered their third straight triple-digit loss.

Chamber has plan to select new boss

Stock prices near September lows

Chamber should look at how it does business
Board members of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce are working to replace chamber president Jim West who turned in his resignation Thursday.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country dipped this week, with rates for 30-year mortgages falling to their lowest level in five months, according to a nationwide survey released Thursday.

401(k) Confusion
NEW YORK - If you've ever compared 401(k) plans with a friend, you probably realize there is a wide divergence among the mutual funds offered by companies in their retirement plans.

E-Z-Go official still going after 40 years
There's been a maelstrom of changes at E-Z-Go during the past two years. Its parent company's organizational chart has been reshuffled, executives have been relocated and the golf car maker has changed presidents twice.

401(k) Confusion

Making it E-Z
Most spectators at the 1954 Masters Tournament were watching Sam Snead hold off Ben Hogan for his third green jacket.

Billions being lost on mature bonds
NEW YORK - When was the last time you looked at the U.S. savings bond your aunt gave you for your fifth birthday? Or the bonds you bought when your first child was born to help pay for college costs?

Workplace feels generation gap
People who witnessed the first man walk on the moon now share office space with those who witnessed Michael Jackson's first moonwalk.

Employer spotlight
Procter & Gamble Co. LOCATION: 3464 Mike Padgett Highway, south Richmond County PRODUCTS:Powdered detergents

Business calendar
Tuesday: Small Business Bookkeeping; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center; 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; $35; for more information, call 737-1790.

On the move
John K. Rezen has been named to the newly created position of administrative director of musculoskeletal services at MCG Health, Inc. He s responsible for creating a vision and strategic direction for the service line. He has a master's degree in Health Service Administration from the University of North Carolina.

On the move

Billions being lost on mature bonds

Business calendar

Making it E-Z

Workplace feels generation gap

Consumers must know the rules

Flood insurance can protect homes, contents

Chamber has plan to select new boss
Members of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's executive committee have worked out an exit and replacement strategy for outgoing President Jim West, but they declined to give details Friday.

E-Z-Go official still going after 40 years

Consumers must know the rules
Although it used to be cash or check at the register, now credit or debit are the more common choices.

Chamber should look at how it does business

Flood insurance can protect homes, contents
Q: I've always lived on high ground in the Northeast, but am thinking about moving to a state in another part of the country where major floods periodically inundate entire neighborhoods. Will I need flood insurance, and how much does it cost for coverage?

Employer spotlight

'Coach' loses battle
AIKEN - As a coach, Bobby Roberts forged a reputation as a fierce competitor on the basketball court, leading Clemson University to some of its most memorable wins.

Losses won't taint Clemson's accomplishments
OMAHA, Neb. -- Competitive teams don't like to lose and to lose to an arch rival is enough to ruin an otherwise great season.

Losses won't taint Clemson's accomplishments

'Coach' loses battle

College sports notebook
Kendrell Bell was in a familiar place last week at a youth football camp in Athens, Ga.

College sports notebook

Colleges call on area stars

Vote for Sanford

Define a direction

Hodges' cookie jar

Hate crimes apostle

Keystone Kop probes

Family security
When Brenda Smith's marriage ended in divorce nine years ago, she decided her life needed a makeover.

Arts calendar
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Carpenter gives new life to old wood
It's hard to see beauty in the piles of timber Larry Graham has collected around his Augusta home.

No gifts in the future, cards only for selfish family
Dear Carson: I'm in turmoil concerning out-of-state family and my daughter's wedding.

Home front
Hidden in the darkest recesses of your closet just might be your next piece of wall art. And tucked away in someone's undies drawer? Vintage handkerchiefs just begging to be given new life as curtains.

Around the horn
Catcher Brian Esposito is batting .400 (14-for-35) with three home runs, eight RBI and nine runs in his past nine games.

Jackets swept RiverDogs
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Nate Dion is fitting in nicely as the RiverDogs' new leadoff hitter.

GreenJackets notebook
Millionaire, half-millionaire or college freshman?

Jackets washed out again
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Augusta GreenJackets' game against the Charleston RiverDogs was rained out Saturday afternoon.

Golf roundup

Love grabs share of Greater Hartford Open lead

Kim ties Webb for second-round lead at Rochester
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Mi Hyun Kim found her touch a week ago at the Evian Masters. She shows no signs of losing it.

Love grabs share of Greater Hartford Open lead
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Davis Love III put his U.S. Open preparation to good use Friday in the Greater Hartford Open.

Golf roundup
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Karrie Webb never had the first shot on Saturday. That's all you need to know about how well Mi Hyun Kim played on the third round at the LPGA Rochester International.

Kim ties Webb for second-round lead at Rochester

Jackets swept RiverDogs

GreenJackets notebook

Jackets washed out again

Mental toughness separates Floridian

Thrashers will deal top draft pick if offer is right
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers have been more successful on draft day than they've been on the ice. Still, it might be time to give up one of those high picks.

Thrashers will deal top draft pick if offer is right

First step to healthier children? Clean their ears out
Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

Braves sweep White Sox
ATLANTA -- Rafael Furcal hit a leadoff homer to spark a four-run first, and the Atlanta Braves got six shutout innings from Jason Marquis to complete a sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 9-1 victory Sunday.

Backs special probe into Sept. 11

Barrett will put military first

Old Ellenton didn't welcome the takeover by SRS

Barrett's the man of the House

Don't be critical of mom's mistake

How to stop Mideast killing cycle

Barrett possesses business savvy

Arts calendar

Home front

No gifts in the future, cards only for selfish family

Carpenter gives new life to old wood

Family security

Downs to be sentenced on Monday
AIKEN - A judge ruled Friday that the Augusta man who raped and killed a North Augusta kindergartner cannot enter a plea of guilty with mental illness.

Panel OKs salaries for city workers
City employees are expected to see pay increases by their first paychecks in August.

Across South Carolina

News you can use
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will have Swamp Saturday at 9:30 a.m. July 6. Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy-trained volunteers lead groups through Phinizy Swamp Nature Park on a 2 1/2 mile, 1 1/2 hour walk.

Across the area

Families bond over fishing
Jack and Carolyn Mason patiently prepared rods and reels for their grandsons Jared, 10, and his little brother Jordan, 6.

Burned out

Owners learn worth of soft-drink memorabilia
Carolyn Blackwell figured the 20-minute drive from McBean to the Augusta State University Athletic Complex was well worth the trip.

'FBI Files' researches Edgefield County case
A national television crew will be in Edgefield County next week to revisit a case that made headlines in the mid-1990s.

Hopeful speaks at local GOP breakfast
Although Bob Irvin was the guest speaker at the Columbia County Republican Party's monthly breakfast, his appearance is not a sign of favoritism, party Chairman Alvin G. Starks said.

Center, supporter reach agreement
The New Hope Community Center is getting a second chance.

Barbecue lovers brave rain
The scattered showers that hovered over the area Saturday didn't stop John Ashton from getting himself a bowl of barbecue chili and a plate of Cajun sugar-filled hush puppies.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Colleen K. Wallace of Aiken is today's subscriber of the day.

Camden veterans clinic could ease crowds

ANIC open house
Evelyn Donahoo checks out the dishwasher in a newly remodeled home on D'Antignac Street during the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. Open House.

Nuclear material destined for SRS

Hodges could win despite loss
AIKEN - Gov. Jim Hodges lost his battle with the federal government over shipping plutonium to the Savannah River Site recently, but political scientists say he has scored major points with the public.

Youths learn to fight crime
NAHUNTA, Ga. - Shell casings littered the floor. Nearby, a crumpled dollar bill, a wadded up business card and an empty bottle formed a perimeter around a corpse hastily concealed beneath a plastic green tarp.

Youths learn to fight crime

Cooler weather marks solstice
Phil Vormelker spent time in the sun Friday enjoying the longest day of the year - even though he didn't know it.

Subscriber of the day
Mary White of Aiken is today's subscriber of the day.

Group provides foster homes for animals
Jerry and Margie Maccario have 13 dogs. Ten are theirs - the other three are foster pets, pooches that need extra care before they can go to permanent homes.

Hopefuls qualify in nick of time
ATLANTA - The choices that voters will face this year didn't come into clear focus Friday, the deadline for candidates to sign up for major party primaries, until the very last minute.

Across Georgia
FORT BENNING -A soldier stationed at Fort Benning was arrested Friday on charges related to the theft of 300 sticks of high-grade explosives from a paving company in Columbus earlier this year.

Doctors needed in rural Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia is still having trouble luring primary-care doctors to poor urban and rural communities, three years after an audit criticized the agency in charge of increasing access to health care in underserved areas.

College in Aiken to raise tuition
AIKEN - Tuition for in-state students will go up 17 percent this fall at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Councils come up short
HULL, Ga. - Although qualifying for the Aug. 20 primary and Nov. 7 general election began Wednesday, officials in some Georgia towns are lamenting the difficulties they sometimes face in finding people to serve on city councils.

Air patrol program led to drug arrests

Camden veterans clinic could ease crowds
WOODBINE, Ga. - A new veterans health clinic planned for southeastern Georgia could provide treatment closer to home for many veterans while taking pressure off existing clinics, officials said.

Aiken signs up for alcohol vote

Biologists shocking flatheads from river
WOODBINE, Ga. - The number of flathead catfish in southeast Georgia's Satilla River has been dwindling because of state efforts to fight back against the invasive Western fish.

Councils come up short

Biologists shocking flatheads from river

Cooler weather marks solstice

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A Columbus man has been sentenced to life in prison for the April 2000 murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend.

Barbecue lovers brave rain

Owners learn worth of soft-drink memorabilia

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

Across the area
An Augusta woman was robbed at gunpoint Saturday as she used a pay phone at Broad Street and Milledge Road, police said.

SRS neighbors have mixed views

Results of filing satisfy parties
ATLANTA - Like baseball teams at the end of spring training, Georgia Democrats and Republicans emerged from last week's legislative qualifying optimistic about their prospects for the coming season.

Wedding renewal

Morgue will help agencies
Augusta investigators can stop shipping bodies to Atlanta for autopsies in September. The new $4.1 million crime lab on Phinizy Road won legislative approval for a medical examiner, investigator, morgue technician and a secretary.

Hodges could win despite loss

Film premiere
The Augusta Museum of History will premiere the documentary Twice a Hero: The Jimmie Dyess Story on July 1 in the museum's History Theatre. Commentary from retired Maj. Gen. Perry M. Smith will follow.

SRS neighbors have mixed views
AIKEN, S.C. -- Harry Holston has lived a lifetime within miles of nuclear material and a new shipment of plutonium isn't going to keep him up at night.

Air patrol program led to drug arrests
A drug bust that netted more than two dozen marijuana plants in Appling was the second such discovery in the area this week and the result of a statewide program.

Survivors say stigma is waning
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Alvin Alberty lost contact with most of his friends shortly after telling them he had been diagnosed with AIDS.

Rural areas added to trash route
Augusta Commission voted Friday to add 767 homes to city garbage collection routes after discovering that several isolated neighborhoods had inadvertently been left out of the latest service expansion.

Hopefuls qualify in nick of time

Burned out
Ricky Ferguson, of Griffin's Towing, prepares to tow a burned 1991 Subaru Legacy at Interstate 20 East and Bobby Jones Expressway on Friday.

Accusations arise amid debate

News you can use
W.F. Burton Sr., outstanding Augusta merchant and president of the local unit of the Quality Service Stores Inc., was elected president of the national organization at the third annual convention at Newport News, Va. yesterday.

Teen-agers arrested in burglary
Teen-age burglars plowed down a chain-link fence outside a south Augusta residence and broke into the home, loading their car with high-powered rifles, crossbows and expensive computer equipment, authorities said Friday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A former employee of the attorney general's office has been arrested and charged with using a computer to send offensive material to a child.

Morgue will help agencies

Across the area
The Augusta Commission voted unanimously Friday to approve a $154 million revenue bond that will pay for continued improvements to the city's water and sewerage systems.

Results of filing satisfy parties

Subscriber of the day

Film premiere

Aiken signs up for alcohol vote
AIKEN - Downtown was all about choices Friday - not just where to eat or shop or fight for a parking space, but the choice of drinking alcohol in a bar or restaurant on Sundays.

Downs to be sentenced on Monday

Panel OKs salaries for city workers

ANIC open house

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The GOP gubernatorial runoff between Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler and former U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford has revived a story that Mr. Sanford asked officials at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station in 1995 to change flight patterns to accommodate two dinner parties on his farm.

Nuclear material destined for SRS
AIKEN - With a court order keeping Gov. Jim Hodges at bay, Department of Energy shipments of weapons-grade plutonium could begin rolling into Savannah River Site this weekend.

Subscriber of the day

Doctors needed in rural Georgia

Across the area

Center, supporter reach agreement

Across Georgia

Teen-agers arrested in burglary

Across South Carolina

College in Aiken to raise tuition

News you can use

Group provides foster homes for animals

Accusations arise amid debate
AIKEN - Self-proclaimed underdog Jim Klauber accused his opponent Gresham Barrett of negative campaign tactics during a debate Saturday night.

Braves sweep White Sox

Wedding renewal
AIKEN - It was 1942 when Alexander Brooks spotted Louise.

Rural areas added to trash route

Feedback from sports fans is a story in itself
One of the most popular hobbies of sports journalists is to share the wonderful feedback we get from a readership that is always so friendly and supportive.

For Clemson, it was over before it started
The best rivalries expose nerves. The best rivalries magnify every mannerism. The best rivalries can be dragged into the middle of nowhere - and anywhere in Nebraska qualifies as nowhere - and still stand up as fervently as if it was contested in their own back yards.

Nascar notebook
SONOMA, Calif. - Rusty Wallace is a big fan of NASCAR and the movies. The reason is simple: they help him maintain life and disability insurance.

Nascar notebook

Gordon feels right at home

It's a new world at Sonoma track

It's a new world at Sonoma track
SONOMA, Calif. - Things have changed so drastically at the Sears Point Raceway in the last couple years that Rusty Wallace said there is nothing familiar about it.

Gordon feels right at home
SONOMA, Calif. - A road course is exactly what Jeff Gordon needed.

Colleges call on area stars
The phone rang at 10 a.m., while Marian Whitfield was watching music videos on BET.

Falcons name sports agent Ray Anderson to front office

Mrs. Gussie McCoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Coppett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Johnson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elfriede Hofmann    (BONNINGHEIM, GERMANY)
Mrs. Claudia Wheelin    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Hollows    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Linder    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Hosea Johnson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Gibson    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. William Joyner    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mrs. Chin Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Linder    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Margie Newman    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Dung Mai    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Trula Maltaberger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wallace Drumming Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Dr. Charles Joyner Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Trula Maltsberger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Jennifer Harley    (MAYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary McGruder    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Byron Florence Jr.    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. James McNair    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Ms. Willie Brady    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Miss Bernice Miles    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Claudia Wheelin    (MARTINEZ, GA.)
Ms. Surgania Myrick    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Norris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Norris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary McGruder    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. John Payer    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Lamar Martin    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Pratt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Dung Mai    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. David Reed    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. William Joyner    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mrs. Orena Risinger    (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Hosea Johnson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Patrick Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ethel Horne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruth Goolsby
Ruth Goolsby served many roles in her life, including mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mr. Joseph Goodgame    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Berry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hubie Frazier    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Faustine Romero Jr.
"Rocky" was just one of his many nicknames. Children called him "Dad" and "Papa." Siblings called him "Junior" and "brother."

Mrs. Florence Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Joshua Chesser    (GENEVA, Fla.)
Mr. Clifford Griffin Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Glance    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Willie Cato    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosetta Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Byron Florence Jr.    (WRENS, GA.)
Mrs. Gladys Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Ken Beckum    (WAYNESVILLE, N.C.)
Mr. Joshua Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cassandra Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Benjamin Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Weathers    (ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)
Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Judith Becker    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Rev. Coleman Bennett    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Trula Maltaberger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dung Mai (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Byron Florence Jr. (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Hosea Johnson Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Cato (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James McNair (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Dr. Charles Joyner Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Goodgame (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McGruder (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Ken Beckum (WAYNESVILLE, N.C.)

Mr. Dung Mai (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. David Reed (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. John Payer (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary McGruder (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Norris (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Gussie McCoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosetta Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Berry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruth Goolsby

Mr. Rudolph Coppett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Claudia Wheelin (MARTINEZ, GA.)

Mr. Kenneth Norris (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Surgania Myrick (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Faustine Romero Jr.

Mr. William Joyner (GIRARD, Ga.)

Joshua Chesser (GENEVA, Fla.)

Mrs. Orena Risinger (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Trula Maltsberger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick Sherlock (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Chin Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elfriede Hofmann (BONNINGHEIM, GERMANY)

Mr. Hubie Frazier (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Byron Florence Jr. (WRENS, GA.)

Mrs. Margie Newman (WADLEY, Ga.)

Lt. Col. Benjamin Bailey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Martin (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Coleman Bennett (EVANS, Ga.)

Miss Bernice Miles (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Horne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Hollows (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. William Joyner (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Young (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Claudia Wheelin (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Weathers (ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)

Mr. William Gibson (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Pratt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Florence Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clifford Griffin Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jennifer Harley (MAYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joshua Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Linder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Drumming Jr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Ms. Willie Brady (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Hosea Johnson Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Glance (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Judith Becker (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Cassandra Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Linder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Johnson Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Barrett will put military first
Defending the borders of the United States is Congress' top priority. The next representative of South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District must have the background and experience to deal with these life and death issues. David Nix, Aiken, S.C.

Barrett's the man of the House
I support Gresham Barrett in the race for South Carolina's 3rd District U.S. House seat. As a former teacher, I've found Mr. Barrett's approach towards education to be the best among the candidates. Edna Daniels, North Augusta, S.C.

How to stop Mideast killing cycle
The bodies of the victims of Palestinian homicide bombers pile up faster than I can count them. And my anger increases just the same. And as I seek a solution, I am convinced the situation must be dissected into pieces. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Keystone Kop probes
The FBI is investigating how "extraordinarily sensitive" testimony given in secret to congressional intelligence committees was leaked to the media. The probe centers on the National Security Agency's Sept. 10 intercept of Arabic messages suggesting a "major event" would happen the next day. Chairmen of the intelligence committees have promised full cooperation.

Old Ellenton didn't welcome the takeover by SRS
Harry Myers' letter of June 10, "SRS conned ignorant farmers," is an untruth and is typical of super-educated transplants who came to our turf to make a living. James K. Ellis, Jackson, S.C.

Hate crimes apostle
The nation's primary apostle of Big Government activism is busy at his old stand. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., a key player in ramming through hate-crime legislation, is calling for more of same.

Don't be critical of mom's mistake
I am apalled at the critical comments of people who condemned the young mother who left her baby alone in the car. Of course no one could condone that act. It was very dangerous from many perspectives. Martha E. Lowe, Augusta

Hodges' cookie jar
South Carolina's GOP-led General Assembly came in for some well-deserved criticism from the Democratic governor for protecting the legislative budget this year while slashing state agencies' budgets up to 10 percent. But now we learn that the governor is guilty of the same kind of hypocrisy he levels at lawmakers.

Vote for Sanford
The Chronicle seldom endorses candidates in primary races unless the winner would have no opposition in the general election. On those rare occasions when we do offer an endorsement of a primary candidate who faces a general election foe, it's because we think that candidate is especially meritorious - setting an example of character and leadership excellence that must not be ignored.

Backs special probe into Sept. 11
Secrecy is not an acceptable philosophy for a democratic country. Congratulations to The Chronicle for the very welcome June 13 editorial blasting the "Bushies" for their continued attempts to hide the truth from the American people. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Barrett possesses business savvy
The tax and regulatory burden on American business is strangling job creation and economic growth. Fortunately, voters in South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District has one candidate who understands this problem and plans to remedy it: Gresham Barrett. Jan Carpenter, Aiken, S.C.

Define a direction
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce President Jim West did a lot of good things for the Central Savannah River Area, but the organization is due for a makeover, and West wisely decided that now is the time for some fresh leadership.

US players nominated for All-Star consideration

Stallions earn 10th victory

Pastime turns into profession for Florida man

Overtime

Bared bellies, flags and merriment at World Cup match

US ends World Cup play after loss to Germany

Disc Golf gives May new spark

Wimbledon '02 preview

Whitfield paces 76ers

Overtime

Stewart earns pole for Sunday's road course race

Bared bellies, flags and merriment at World Cup match
ULSAN, South Korea -- Dave Walling bared his sizable hairy belly and wobbled the letters "U-S-A" he'd shaved there. He then bellowed patriotic shrieks to the amusement of fellow fans at the World Cup quarterfinal between the United States and Germany.

Stewart earns pole for Sunday's road course race
SONOMA, Calif. -- Tony Stewart took the first step toward defending his title in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 by winning the pole Friday on the road course at Sears Point Raceway.

Overtime
Ray Whitfield of the Augusta Boxing Club defeated Ryan Schmidt of Detroit in a four-round decision Saturday at the University of Denver's Magness Center to win the National Golden Gloves 106-pound championship.

Whitfield paces 76ers
Glenn Hills senior Marian Whitfield scored 21 points and Amber Long added 17 as the GA/LINA Lady 76ers crushed the Alabama Roadrunners Under-16 team 80-37 Friday in their Garden City Roundball Classic opener at River view Park.

US ends World Cup play after loss to Germany
ULSAN, South Korea -- The best United States soccer team in 72 years finally met its match.

Wimbledon '02 preview
WIMBLEDON, England -- No one has won more Wimbledon championships than Pete Sampras. No one has won more Grand Slam singles titles.

US players nominated for All-Star consideration
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Four players from the United States have been selected for consideration for the MasterCard All-Star team at the World Cup.

Pastime turns into profession for Florida man
AIKEN - George Sharrow, of Palm City, Fla., has been rowing for 18 years. He is so passionate about the sport, he found a way to make rowing his full-time job.

Overtime
Gary Otten announced his resignation as the head football coach at West Georgia in Carrollton on Friday.

Disc Golf gives May new spark
Pete May has found a unique way to balance the elements of his life he considers most essential.

Outdoors calendar

Cooking wild
As water temperatures rise in early summer, sand sharks move inland. Cut mullet or squid fished in deep holes or in the surf is the best way to catch them. They are best when cleaned and cooked immediately, but can be kept on ice for a day or two. Edisto Beach, S.C., is my favorite place to catch small sharks.

Fish tale

Fish tale
Zach Wilson, of North Augusta, connected with this 25-pound striper during a recent outing at Thurmond Lake with fishing guide Chuck Reames. Wilson was fishing with a Luckycraft Sammy, a popular bait for open water sportfish.

Corps plan to oxygenate reservoir
Russell Dam's tailrace offers prime fishing because of an oxygen injection system installed in the 1980s in the reservoir upstream. The Corps plans to build a similar system in Thurmond Lake to improve striped bass fishing.

Outdoors calendar
SATURDAY: A free seminar on fly-fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Rivers & Glen Trading Co. in Surrey Center. Call 738-4536 for reservations.

State to change rules for offenders
Georgia is joining a 17-state Wildlife Violator Compact to ease prosecutions of non-resident game and fish offenders - and keep some of them from spending time in local jails.

Corps plan to oxygenate reservoir

State to change rules for offenders

Mental toughness separates Floridian
Rod Pearson remembers the moment he saw Dorian Williams' passion for basketball flicker.

Falcons name sports agent Ray Anderson to front office
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Ray Anderson, the agent for several NFL coaches and players, was appointed executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

Student, art grew one stitch at a time
With friends cheering him on last fall, Charles Carter stitched his way to the finish line of a six-year project - a needlepoint rendition of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.

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

Faith digest
World Changers, a coeducational mission program of the North American Mission Board and the Southern Baptist Convention, will arrive today at First Baptist Church to begin work on their Augusta project. The team will consist of students and adult counselors from the Southeast.

Parents must teach values, not mass media
At the beginning of the marriage rite of our church, the celebrant reads a description of God's purpose for Christian marriage, which contains these words: "The unio

Sauce that feeds souls
Hot sauces with names such as Lake of Fire and Good and Evil have the ring of Scripture, but they are more than a marketing gimmick for their creator, Preacher Jim.

Sing-in praises to preserve tradition
Luther-to-Bach is an informal, a cappella group open to anyone who loves to sing - no auditions, no rehearsals - but it's for summer only.

For Clemson, it was over before it started

Feedback from sports fans is a story in itself

Stallions earn 10th victory
Stallions lineman Blaine Mensch knew Columbus wasn't going to roll over.

Stallions' victory was long time in coming
Flag-happy referees contributed to the longest home game of the year for the Augusta Stallions.

Telecommuters trade long commutes for family
ATLANTA - Carolina Amero is not just the head of BellSouth's remote worker program - she's also a client.

Augusta hospitals join U.S. trend of increased emergency room traffic
The pain nagged at him for hours until finally Charlie Stout headed for the emergency room. Even though he was at an antique store in Aiken, he decided to drive to University Hospital in Augusta.

Fragments traced back to ancient asteroid collision
Scientists have identified dozens of asteroids as remnants of a larger space rock that was smashed apart a relatively recent 5.8 million years ago - a finding that could yield clues to how to destroy an asteroid headed toward Earth.

Electronics giant phasing out VHS
RICHMOND, Va. -- Circuit City Stores, the nation's second-biggest electronics chain, is phasing out movies on videotape altogether in favor of DVDs.

Gamecocks advance to college baseball finals
OMAHA, Neb. -- Now South Carolina gets to play in the ultimate elimination game.

Gamecocks advance to college baseball finals

College World Series notebook

USC falls to Texas in College World Series
OMAHA, Neb. - Texas closer Huston Street has his own national championship story to share with his dad.

College World Series notebook
The South Carolina baseball team, which finished the season with a 57-18 record after losing the College World Series title game to Texas 12-6, will be honored today at 3 p.m. at Sarge Frye Field in Columbia.

USC falls to Texas in College World Series

Augusta hospitals join U.S. trend of increased emergency room traffic

Fragments traced back to ancient asteroid collision

Telecommuters trade long commutes for family

Sauce that feeds souls

Faith and fellowship calendar

Faith digest

Student, art grew one stitch at a time