Preliminary autopsy on Kile finds blocked coronary artery
CHICAGO -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile likely died from a blockage of a coronary artery, Cook County's chief medical examiner said Sunday.

First step to healthier children? Clean their ears out

Odds and ends
CONWAY, S.C. -- Conway High School salutatorian Chris Martin has gotten his diploma a week after school officials interrupted his humorous speech at the school's graduation ceremony.

Fishermen find human arm and leg inside shark
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai commercial fishermen unloading a catch found a human leg sticking out of the mouth of a shark, Thai police said Monday.

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 .

Braves notebook

Atlanta destroys Chicago

Braves notebook

Franco's four hits lead Braves

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - If the Atlanta Braves have their way, the Mets will be buried by the All-Star break.

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.

Franco's four hits lead Braves
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves have built a sizable lead in their own division and are also running away with the American League Central.

Many wireless minutes go unused

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.

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.

Modesty is one thing; citing shortcomings is another

Tech investors pessimistic about rebound
SAN JOSE, Calif. - When the dust cleared last year from the dot-com meltdown, many in the technology industry hoped for recovery by now. Later, with indicators still flagging, the talk was of a late 2002 rebound.

Chamber should look at how it does business

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.

E-Z-Go official still going after 40 years

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?

Employer spotlight

Billions being lost on mature bonds

Flood insurance can protect homes, contents

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?

Workplace feels generation gap

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.

Business calendar

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

On the move

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.

401(k) Confusion

Tech investors pessimistic about rebound

Making it E-Z

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.

Modesty is one thing; citing shortcomings is another
"I am writing to you, as I have written to all Fortune 1000 companies every year for the past three years, to solicit employment."

Many wireless minutes go unused
NEW YORK -- Just as people enjoy the carefree gluttony of an "all-you-can-eat" salad bar, cell phone users love the feeling of liberation that comes with a whopping bucket of off-peak wireless minutes.

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

'Coach' loses battle

'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.

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

College sports notebook

No tears for Downs

Study alternatives

Vote for Sanford

Aiken: 211 for help

Define a direction

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.

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

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.

'Connie Chung Tonight' debuts on CNN
NEW YORK -- Even a veteran of network television booking battles like Connie Chung has found the last few weeks seeking guests for her new prime-time CNN news hour to be eye-opening.

Daily TV highlights for the week
This almost sounds like the lyric to a hit song from the '80s: Everybody ...

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.

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

GreenJackets notebook
Millionaire, half-millionaire or college freshman?

Jackets swept again
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston RiverDogs completed a series sweep of the Augusta GreenJackets with a doubleheader victory, 3-2 and 4-1.

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.

Golf roundup

Tunnicliff wins Great North Open two weeks after mother dies

J.C. Snead wins Greater Baltimore Classic

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.

Tunnicliff wins Great North Open two weeks after mother dies
HEXHAM, England -- Miles Tunnicliff of England shot a final-round, 3-under par 69 on Sunday and won the Great North Open for his first golf title.

J.C. Snead wins Greater Baltimore Classic
HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- J.C. Snead made a 10-foot par putt on the 18th hole Sunday to avert a four-way playoff and win the Greater Baltimore Classic by one stroke, ending a record victory drought of almost seven years.

Mickelson defends Greater Hartford Open title

Webb stuns Kim and wins at Rochester
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Karrie Webb, trailing by three shots with three holes to play, beat faltering Mi Hyun Kim by one stroke Sunday when the young Korean bogeyed the final hole at the LPGA Rochester International.

Webb stuns Kim and wins at Rochester

Mickelson defends Greater Hartford Open title
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Phil Mickelson became the first repeat winner in Greater Hartford Open history Sunday, holing a sand wedge for eagle and scrambling home in steamy conditions.

Jackets washed out again

GreenJackets notebook

Jackets swept again

Late run leads Metros to title

Mental toughness separates Floridian

NHL's have-nots take center stage at uneventful draft

NHL's have-nots take center stage at uneventful draft
TORONTO -- It's not often the Detroit Red Wings and hockey's other high-profile teams take a back seat. This weekend's NHL draft belonged to the league's have-nots.

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

Woman pleads guilty to shooting of deputy
APPLING, Ga. - The woman accused of shooting a Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy during an April escape attempt changed her not guilty plea to guilty this morning in Columbia County Superior Court in Appling.

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.

Nation must return to godly path

Williams' actions out of line

Barrett's the man of the House

Estate tax as unfair to Democrats as it is to everyone else

Embrace of draft dodger mars Cleland's record

Applauds Congresswoman McKinney's truth-telling about Sept. 11

Story missed point of porn protest

Boycott firms flying Dixie flag

Don't be critical of mom's mistake

How to stop Mideast killing cycle

Barrett will put military first

'Connie Chung Tonight' debuts on CNN

Home front

Family security

No gifts in the future, cards only for selfish family

Arts calendar

Daily TV highlights for the week

Carpenter gives new life to old wood

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

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

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

Across Georgia

Aiken studies effect of new fee

Across the area

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

ANIC open house

Owners have options when saying goodbye to pets

Results of filing satisfy parties

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

Accusations arise amid debate

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.

Hodges could win despite loss

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.

Wedding renewal

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.

SRS neighbors have mixed views

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.

Braves sweep White Sox

Answering the call

Across South Carolina

North Augusta gardener grows with his greenery

Barbecue lovers brave rain

Woman pleads guilty to shooting of deputy

Owners learn worth of soft-drink memorabilia

Owners have options when saying goodbye to pets
When Bobby and Melody Hadden, of Hephzibah, are finally laid to rest, Sport will be on one side and Princess on the other.

Educator is placing brochures in stores
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Terri Whitten knows that most people don't consider beauty shops and grocery stores important battlegrounds in the war against AIDS, but as one of the few AIDS-prevention educators in south Georgia, she has learned to reach out to people wherever she can.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Paul Merrill of Belvedere.

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -Since North Carolina's $4.6 billion in tobacco settlement money began flowing in 1999, little has gone toward health services and only a fraction toward moving tobacco farmers into other crops, The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday.

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.

Grovetown gets vote on alcohol
Grovetown residents have been eating Mexican food for nearly two years without being able to wash it down with an icy margarita.

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.

Facility named for jailer
AIKEN - Miss Doris would have loved the new place.

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.

Aiken studies effect of new fee
AIKEN - Developer Billy Ray Cantwell has been waiting with catlike patience, watching Aiken's south side grow.

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

North Augusta gardener grows with his greenery
The more Bill Adams gives away, the happier he is.

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

Across the area
A teen-ager who was sought in connection with last week's burglary and theft of high-powered rifles from a south Augusta home was arrested early Sunday at a downtown bar, police said.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -A police investigator in Spartanburg has been named the head of an organization dubbed the voice of law enforcement.

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.

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

Around town

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Three men taking pictures of small airplanes at a local airport were not terrorists, police said.

Across the southeast

Football players help build house
ATHENS, Ga. - As an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, John Brantley is used to shepherding folks with little or no construction skills through building sites.

News you can use

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.

Subscriber of the day

Answering the call
The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department will hold a recruitment day at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Station No. 7 on Central Avenue for people interested in pursuing a career in firefighting.

Educator is placing brochures in stores

News you can use
June 24, 1965 A motion was filed in U.S. District Court here Wednesday asking that the Richmond County Board of Education be restrained from operating its summer school session on a racially segregated basis.

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.

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.

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.

Team of Weaver and Dyson wins at Watkins Glen

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.

Rudd gets first win of the year
SONOMA, Calif. - Ricky Rudd finally benefited from someone who has worse luck than his Sunday in the Dodge Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway.

Rudd gets first win of the year

NASCAR notebook
SONOMA, Calif. - Rusty Wallace has a theory on how to end a condition known as "aero-push" to bring passing back to the sport.

Rudd wins Dodge-Save Mart 350

Barrichello wins European GP

Rudd wins Dodge-Save Mart 350
SONOMA, Calif. -- With the bad luck that Ricky Rudd has had, he knows how Jerry Nadeau feels.

Nascar notebook

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.

It's a new world at Sonoma track

Barrichello wins European GP
NUERBURGRING, Germany -- This time, Rubens Barrichello didn't have to make way for his teammate.

NASCAR notebook

Team of Weaver and Dyson wins at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- The team of James Weaver and Chris Dyson drove their Dyson Racing Ford-powered Riley & Scott to victory Sunday in the 6 Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

Titans and Nashville headed back to court

Mr. Jimmy Jones    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Walker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Claudia Wheelin
It has been only eight weeks since Marian Cheek Bateman's father, Thomas Joseph Wheelin, died.

Mr. James McNair    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mr. Charles McMahan    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosetta Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clifford Griffin Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary McGruder    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Patrick Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Lt. Col. Benjamin Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Norris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Trula Maltsberger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Elaine Matthews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Solt Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leila Henry    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Joshua Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Corley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Roberts Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Cassandra Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Robbins    (GREENSBORO, N.C.)
Mr. David Reed    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Dung Mai    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Aubrey Adams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Linder    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Miss Bernice Miles    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. William Joyner    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald McGill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Hosea Johnson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Trula Maltsberger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Hollows    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Christopher Hollows    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elfriede Hofmann    (BONNINGHEIM, GERMANY)
Mr. John Grimes Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Miss Bernice Miles    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Coursey Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Clifford Griffin Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Bowick    (GAINESVILLE, Fla.)
Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Weathers    (ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)
Mrs. Claudia Wheelin    (MARTINEZ, GA.)
Mr. Joshua Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosetta Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Orena Risinger    (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruth Goolsby
Ruth Goolsby served many roles in her life, including mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Nancy Pratt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Orena Risinger    (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Surgania Myrick    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Pratt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John Payer    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Norris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bernard Mulherin Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Glance    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Lt. Col. Benjamin Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Byron Florence Jr.    (WRENS, GA.)
Mr. Wallace Drumming Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Claudia Wheelin    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Elfriede Hofmann (BONNINGHEIM, GERMANY)

Mrs. Claudia Wheelin (MARTINEZ, GA.)

Mr. James McNair (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Miss Elaine Matthews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Coursey Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Aubrey Adams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Linder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. John Grimes Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Claudia Wheelin (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosetta Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joshua Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McGruder (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Robbins (GREENSBORO, N.C.)

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

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

Mr. William Joyner (GIRARD, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Claudia Wheelin

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

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

Mr. David Reed (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles McMahan (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Trula Maltsberger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Walker (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Orena Risinger (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Bernice Miles (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Gladys Bowick (GAINESVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Dung Mai (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald McGill (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Solt Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Leila Henry (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rosetta Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Bernice Miles (BATH, S.C.)

Ms. Surgania Myrick (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruth Goolsby

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

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

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

Mrs. Cassandra Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Mulherin Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Trula Maltsberger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Roberts Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Orena Risinger (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Corley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Jones (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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.

Applauds Congresswoman McKinney's truth-telling about Sept. 11
Thank God for the truth. When we read in the newspapers about U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., informing the American people that President George W. Bush and other government officials did, indeed, have advance warning about the Sept. 11 attacks, we knew for sure Ms. McKinney told the truth and nothing but the truth, so help her God. Rev. J.C. Phinizy, Augusta

Nation must return to godly path
Flag day was a time to wave the flag. For what? For freedom? I guess so - what's left of it. Wayne M. Roberts, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

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.

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.

Embrace of draft dodger mars Cleland's record
Recently, the Disabled American Veterans rightfully acknowledged U.S. Sen. Max Cleland's contribution to the nation in time of war. However, Mr. Cleland's accomplishments in public life leave a lot to be desired. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Aiken: 211 for help
Aiken County has a head start on the bioterrorism preparedness bill which Congress passed last month. The measure calls for communities to establish a 211 service; Aiken County just got its 211 service up and running.

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

Story missed point of porn protest
I was disappointed in Heidi Coryell Williams' article about residents protesting the possibility of an adult book and video store opening in their vicinity. Stephanie M. LeFort, Augusta

No tears for Downs
It's becoming clear that William "Junior" Downs' admission in court earlier this month that he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered 6-year-old Keenan O'Mailia in North Augusta three years ago is part of a larger defense strategy to avoid lethal injection - and perhaps even to stay out of prison.

Williams' actions out of line
The Augusta-Richmond County Commissioners, as a body, is responsible for establishing policies and procedures for the operation of Augusta-Richmond County. The administrator is responsible for implementing those policies and procedures. Bill Wood, Hephzibah, Ga.

Boycott firms flying Dixie flag
The good news is we have a choice. A prophet once said we must learn to live together as family or perish as fools, and it appears the Israelis and Palestinians have foolishly chosen to perish. Their mutual "eye-for-an-eye" strategy has blinded all paths to peace. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C

Estate tax as unfair to Democrats as it is to everyone else
In The Chronicle's recent editorial, "This tax must die," you referred to the permanent end of the inheritance tax. Some states have a variation of the inheritance tax (a tax obligation imposed on the right to receive inherited property), but the federal government does not. Terry Good, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Study alternatives
It wasn't long ago scientists insisted embryos were the only source for researchers to harvest stem cells that will lead to cures for everything from spinal cord injuries to Parkinson's Disease.

Familiar faces misses as Wimbledon opens

Pastime turns into profession for Florida man

Overtime

Disc Golf gives May new spark

Wimbledon '02 preview

Semifinals show shift in soccer power

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

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

Familiar faces misses as Wimbledon opens
WIMBLEDON, England -- Wimbledon will be without several familiar faces this year.

Semifinals show shift in soccer power
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- European teams have only twice failed to be in the top two in the World Cup's 72-year history - in 1930 and 1950.

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
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.

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.

State to change rules for offenders

Outdoors calendar

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

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.

Fish tale

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.

Late run leads Metros to title
The GA/LINA Lady 76ers were coasting to a Super Division (17 and under) championship in the third Garden City Roundball Classic Sunday at Riverview Park, but a late-game collapse cost them a chance to win their second title in three years.

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

Titans and Nashville headed back to court
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Negotiations have broken down between the city and the Tennessee Titans over interest money the NFL team claims it is owed.

Feedback from sports fans is a story in itself

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

You ought to meet Jay Jay
The trouble with having grown children and no grandchildren is that you lose touch with what's cool in the toddler realms.

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.

Video, your PC, and you
More and more PC users are turning their computers into video editing stations these days. Such a thing was pretty unheard of a few years ago, but the price of hardware and software has dropped so much that you can pretty much set up a professional level system in your den using a PC and a video editing card.

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.

USC falls to Texas in College World Series

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.

Gamecocks return from College World Series

Gamecocks return from College World Series
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina couldn't show off a College World Series trophy, but the Gamecocks still came home with bragging rights on Sunday.

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

Odds and ends

Fishermen find human arm and leg inside shark

Video, your PC, and you

Telecommuters trade long commutes for family

Fragments traced back to ancient asteroid collision

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

You ought to meet Jay Jay