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.

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.

Employer spotlight

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.

Modesty is one thing; citing shortcomings is another

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.

On the move

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?

Business calendar

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."

401(k) Confusion

Billions being lost on mature bonds

Workplace feels generation gap

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

Flood insurance can protect homes, contents

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.

Making it E-Z

E-Z-Go official still going after 40 years

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.

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.

Tech investors pessimistic about rebound

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

Chamber should look at how it does business

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.

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.

'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

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

Vote for Sanford

Study alternatives

No tears for Downs

Aiken: 211 for help

Define a direction

Arts calendar
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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.

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.

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

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

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.

GreenJackets notebook
Millionaire, half-millionaire or college freshman?

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

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

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.

J.C. Snead wins Greater Baltimore Classic

Mickelson defends Greater Hartford Open title

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.

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.

Webb stuns Kim and wins at Rochester

Tunnicliff wins Great North Open two weeks after mother dies

Golf roundup

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.

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.

Jackets swept again

GreenJackets notebook

Jackets washed out 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.

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.

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.

Boycott firms flying Dixie flag

Story missed point of porn protest

How to stop Mideast killing cycle

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

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

Nation must return to godly path

Don't be critical of mom's mistake

Embrace of draft dodger mars Cleland's record

Barrett will put military first

Barrett's the man of the House

Williams' actions out of line

Carpenter gives new life to old wood

Family security

No gifts in the future, cards only for selfish family

Arts calendar

Daily TV highlights for the week

Home front

'Connie Chung Tonight' debuts on CNN

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.

Across the area

Across Georgia

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

Owners have options when saying goodbye to pets

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

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

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

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

Around town

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.

ANIC open house

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.

Results of filing satisfy parties

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.

Accusations arise amid debate

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

Hodges could win despite loss

Owners learn worth of soft-drink memorabilia

Wedding renewal

North Augusta gardener grows with his greenery

SRS neighbors have mixed views

Across the southeast

Braves sweep White Sox

Answering the call

Across South Carolina

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Barbecue lovers brave rain

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.

Across Georgia

News you can use

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

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

Educator is placing brochures in stores

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.

Woman pleads guilty to shooting of deputy

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

Aiken studies effect of new fee

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.

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.

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.

Barrichello wins European GP

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.

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

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.

It's a new world at Sonoma track

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.

Team of Weaver and Dyson wins at Watkins Glen

NASCAR notebook

Nascar notebook

Rudd wins Dodge-Save Mart 350

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

Rudd gets first win of the year

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.

Titans and Nashville headed back to court

Mr. Christopher Hollows    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Aubrey Adams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Willie Weathers    (ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)
Mr. James McNair    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald McGill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosetta Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Corley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Benjamin Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Orena Risinger    (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary McGruder    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Trula Maltsberger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Trula Maltsberger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Bernice Miles    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. John Grimes Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Solt Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Claudia Wheelin
It has been only eight weeks since Marian Cheek Bateman's father, Thomas Joseph Wheelin, died.

Mr. Joshua Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joshua Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Christopher Roberts Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Walker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Dung Mai    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. John Payer    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Linder    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Charles McMahan    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. William Joyner    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Miss Elaine Matthews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hosea Johnson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Jones    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Hollows    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Leila Henry    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Elfriede Hofmann    (BONNINGHEIM, GERMANY)
Mr. Clifford Griffin Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clifford Griffin Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Coursey Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Bowick    (GAINESVILLE, Fla.)
Lt. Col. Benjamin Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Claudia Wheelin    (MARTINEZ, GA.)
Mrs. Rosetta Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cassandra Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wallace Drumming Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Patrick Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Robbins    (GREENSBORO, N.C.)
Mr. David Reed    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Orena Risinger    (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Surgania Myrick    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Pratt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Nancy Pratt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Norris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Norris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Bernard Mulherin Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Bernice Miles    (BATH, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruth Goolsby
Ruth Goolsby served many roles in her life, including mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mr. John Glance    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Byron Florence Jr.    (WRENS, GA.)
Mrs. Claudia Wheelin    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Miss Bernice Miles (BATH, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Linder (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Charles McMahan (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Miss Bernice Miles (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Elfriede Hofmann (BONNINGHEIM, GERMANY)

Mrs. Gladys Bowick (GAINESVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Mary McGruder (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ronald McGill (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Claudia Wheelin (MARTINEZ, GA.)

Mrs. Claudia Wheelin (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Joshua Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Reed (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leila Henry (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Featured obituary: Mrs. Claudia Wheelin

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

Mrs. Betty Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rosetta Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Dung Mai (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Rosetta Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Surgania Myrick (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruth Goolsby

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

Mr. James McNair (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Orena Risinger (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Joyner (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Cassandra Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Trula Maltsberger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Elaine Matthews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Orena Risinger (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Corley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Jones (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Trula Maltsberger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Pastime turns into profession for Florida man

Familiar faces misses as Wimbledon opens

Overtime

Semifinals show shift in soccer power

Wimbledon '02 preview

Disc Golf gives May new spark

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gamecocks return from College World Series

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.

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

College World Series notebook

Fishermen find human arm and leg inside shark

Odds and ends

Video, your PC, and you

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

Fragments traced back to ancient asteroid collision

Telecommuters trade long commutes for family

You ought to meet Jay Jay