Doctors say pitcher's fatal problem is common, preventable
CHICAGO -- The heart condition linked to the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile is common and treatable, and should have been suspected, given his family history, doctors said Monday.

Astros erect plaque to honor Kile
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros are honoring Darryl Kile, who pitched for the club from 1991 to 1997, with a memorial plaque at their ballpark.

Astros erect plaque to honor Kile

Doctors say pitcher's fatal problem is common, preventable

Today's parents turn to the Bible for boys' names

Braves fall to Mets
NEW YORK - When pitcher Albie Lopez, who had not gone to the mound as a starter since May 4, was taken deep by Roberto Alomar in the first inning Tuesday night, the Braves were reminded why Damian Moss has ousted last year's 19-game loser from the rotation.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
NEW YORK - Tom Glavine will make a third bid for career win No. 236 tonight, which would tie him with Hall of Famer Whitey Ford for 51st place on the all-time list.

Braves edge Mets

Braves notebook
NEW YORK - Not willing to tip his hand before Monday night's game, manager Bobby Cox refused to say whether Greg Maddux will start tonight's game against the Mets.

Braves fall to Mets

Braves notebook

Braves edge Mets
NEW YORK - It won't be possible, in the span of four days, to eliminate the New York Mets from the division race.

Strict rules govern collectors

Strict rules govern collectors
At Merchants Credit Bureau in Augusta, no employees are on the clock between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. or on Sundays. Federal regulations restrict debt collectors from calling debtors during those hours, and the company's policy acts as extra protection against an increasingly litigious culture.

BMW plans parts center for Jacksonville

Consumer confidence falls to 4-month low
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence declined in June to a four-month low, hurt by accounting scandals and concern about jobs, a private research firm said Tuesday.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC said it will expand the production capacity of its polyamide-imide plant in Greenville, S.C., during the next nine months. When completed, the plant's ability to produce Torlon polyamide-imide will increase by 30 percent.

BMW plans parts center for Jacksonville
The new BMW distribution center, which will create up to 50 jobs, will provide parts for dealers in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Business briefs

Business briefs
DEERFIELD, Ill. - Walgreen Co. rode steadily rising prescription sales to record earnings in the third quarter, reporting a 21 percent jump in profits even as it expands rapidly.

Consumer confidence falls to 4-month low

Tax break promotes college savings plan
A state tax deduction of up to $2,000 has residents flocking to Georgia's Higher Education Savings program, in part because financial advisers have warmed to this state's version of a 529 plan.

Business briefs

BCS makes a few minor tweaks to its formula

BCS makes a few minor tweaks to its formula
NEW YORK -- Once again, college football has changed its formula for determining which teams play in its national championship game.

Primary runoffs

Hodges' help needed

The Amtrak reality

Ann Landers

Barking for AARF

Bar refreshes patrons with scented oxygen
Finally, a bar you can breathe in, but it will cost you $5 for five minutes.

Sweet taste of patriotism
Desserts, just as much as other treats and confections, can take on a patriotic air for special occasions.

Tasty barbecue doesn't need grill
My children love to help out in the kitchen, and summer is the perfect time to give them some hands-on cooking fun. This week's recipe for Kids "Q" is a crockpot dish that they can practically prepare themselves. Plus, it's an entree they will enjoy eating.

Babies, babies and more babies
The baby boom hasn't happened - but it's coming.

Small portions
The first ripe tomato of the season is like a shiny jewel, but by summer's end, an overabundance of tomatoes may cause them to lose some of their luster.

'Minority Report' wins narrow victory at box office
LOS ANGELES -- Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report" won bragging rights as the weekend's top film, debuting with $35.7 million to edge the animated "Lilo & Stitch," which opened with $35.3 million.

Senior calendar
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Age old question
Q: Recently, my knee and hip joints have been aching. I'm wondering if I could have arthritis? - S.P. Martinez

Take proper precautions in warm weather
Summer activities tend to get children outside more. While going outside usually entails more physical activity, it also includes some summertime risks that parents should be aware of.

In the know
After months of speculation and nearly 10 million votes, purple has been chosen as the newest M&M color.

Going outside mainstream of by-the-glass popularity
Well, I'm weary of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, weary of sticker shock, weary of carping and whining about overoaked and high-alcohol wines (pretty weary of tasting them, too).

Jackets post first victory of new season
SAVANNAH - After losing their first four games to start the second-half of the South Atlantic League baseball campaign, the Augusta GreenJackets moved into the win column Monday night with a 5-3 victory over the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Jackets defeat Sand Gnats 1-0
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah managed just two hits off three Augusta pitchers, and the Sand Gnats stranded nine base runners, including five in scoring position as they fell 1-0 to the Augusta GreenJackets on Tuesday night.

A great course, a great vocation for troubled youth
CONCORDVILLE, Pa. -- They looked like typical kids holding down summer jobs at the Golf Course at Glen Mills.

Nicklaus, Snead withdraw from U.S. Senior Open

Nicklaus, Snead withdraw from U.S. Senior Open
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Jack Nicklaus has withdrawn from this week's U.S. Senior Open because of a recurring back problem.

Golf notebook

Hart-DiMarco win 36-hole in playoff
BARRINGTON, R.I. -- Dudley Hart birdied the 18th hole three times in 40 minutes Tuesday. The first forced a playoff in the CVS Charity Classic, the last won it with partner Chris DiMarco.

Tiger, those chasing him, deserve a little more credit
There was no sense of surrender in his voice, only awe and admiration when Jack Nicklaus offered his first stark appraisal of Tiger Woods.

Tiger, those chasing him, deserve a little more credit

Golf notebook
Tiger Woods might be the No. 1 player in golf, the only man to have won four professional majors in a row and the first player in 30 years to have won the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year.

A great course, a great vocation for troubled youth

Singh wins $90,000 on first day of Telus Skins Game
HUNTSVILLE, Ontario -- Defending champion Vijay Singh won five skins worth $90,000 Monday, the first day of the $360,000 Telus Skins Game.

Hart-DiMarco win 36-hole in playoff

Jackets defeat Sand Gnats 1-0

Today's parents turn to the Bible for boys' names
As much as we like to tease the younger generations, let's give them their due on baby names, where biblical sources are now an established trend for boys.

Coliseum Authority fires Williams
The Coliseum Authority fired General Manager Reggie Williams Tuesday after a contentious meeting where Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center staff were accused of poor management and shoddy service at a recent United Methodist Convention. The board also voted to refund church officials their conference bill.

S.C. unemployment rate improves
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Statewide employment numbers show South Carolina is responding to the improving economy, despite significant increases in some county numbers, the Employment Security Commission reported Wednesday.

Airport grant awarded
Augusta Regional Airport will receive a $759,004 grant from the federal government to help develop air service, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

Arnold Palmer named and defined 'The Grand Slam'

Considers Ted Turner a terrorist

Rude New York golf fans

Columbia Co. commissioner paves the way

Pearl Harbor revisited

Commissioners care about Augusta

Chides cop speeding to breakfast

Calling medal a 'prize' demeans

EMS employees deserve better treatment

Tasty barbecue doesn't need grill

Small portions

'Minority Report' wins narrow victory at box office

Bar refreshes patrons with scented oxygen

Age old question

Going outside mainstream of by-the-glass popularity

Take proper precautions in warm weather

Babies, babies and more babies

Sweet taste of patriotism

Senior calendar

Lynx General Manager resigns
The Augusta Lynx issued a news release titled "Pierson Banks on Future," but there was no way the team's owners were banking on this.

Lynx General Manager resigns

St. Louis returning for a second season
Josh St. Louis played less like a rookie and more like a dominant power forward as the season went along.

St. Louis returning for a second season

News you can use

Coliseum readiness at issue
Leaders from the United Methodist Church have been invited to attend an Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority meeting today to talk about conditions inside the civic center, where the church held a major convention earlier this month.

Downs wants death penalty
William "Junior" Downs, the man who killed 6-year-old Keenan O'Mailia, will be sentenced Thursday.

Across Georgia
ALBANY - Former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey wanted his successor strangled, but the men who carried out the slaying shot him instead to avoid a struggle, a witness testified Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
PENDLETON -Pendleton Mayor Carol Burdette says it could take a year to replace the town's police chief - the third it has lost in five years.

Robbery gets teen charged as adult
Authorities have charged a 14-year-old Augusta boy as an adult in connection with an armed robbery that occurred last week in Barton Village.

Coliseum Authority fires Williams

Testing company error delays Georgia pupil results
ATLANTA - A testing company hired to give standardized tests to almost 340,000 Georgia elementary school pupils made serious errors in grading them, delaying indefinitely the results for teachers and parents.

Across the area
The Department of Family and Children Services is investigating a claim of abuse involving a 14-year-old detainee at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

Runoff to tie up loose ends

Health campaigns target Hispanics

Across the southeast
STUART, Va. -A suspended top administrator for Henry County pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $778,000 in public money from the poor manufacturing community where he ran the local government.

Shooting suspect pleads guilty

Veterans cemetery pondered
A veterans cemetery in Augusta is again under consideration, but national officials say federal approval and funding would be tough to obtain.

Veterans cemetery pondered

Summer sacrifice
Tax incentives couldn't jump-start a renaissance in Sand Hills, but maybe Jesus will.

News you can use
JUNE 26, 1972 Kitchen police, commonly called KP, hopefully will soon be an experience of the past for Fort Gordon soldiers, according to Col. Daniel Smaw, deputy director of industrial operations.

Savannah doctor has a few admirers
SAVANNAH - Matt Damon, he's not.

Correction
The location of Augusta's Lakemont Presbyterian Church, 1000 block of Bluebird Lane, was incorrectly reported in Tuesday's editions. Also, Cathy Williams Crees, who reported a burglary at the church, is not a member.

Churches support blacks
MACON, Ga. - Dexter Zachary said he wasn't angry after discovering he had contracted HIV from his boyfriend.

School board buys downtown building
After years of negotiations, Richmond County school officials have reached an agreement with a downtown business owner to purchase the former H.L. Green building.

Before the Rain
Bobby Herring, 9, watches as his sister, Kim Herring, 10, putts during a golf lesson at the Carolina Springs Driving Range in North Augusta. Moments later, the clouds opened up and the pair grabbed their clubs and headed for shelter.

Coliseum board fires manager

Adult bookstore sues commission
As promised, a lawsuit was filed Monday against the Augusta government and commissioners over last week's denial of a special zoning request for an adult video and bookstore.

Hodges stalls funds, experts say

Correction
Joe Harris, of Washington, Ga., has qualified to run as a Republican in the race for Georgia's 78th House District. His name was omitted from a list of qualifiers in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Court's ruling delays sentence in Downs case
AIKEN - Citing an "abundance of caution," Circuit Court Judge Casey Manning on Monday halted the sentencing hearing of William "Junior" Downs, the Augusta man who raped and killed a North Augusta 6-year-old.

Shooting suspect pleads guilty
The woman accused of shooting a sheriff's deputy during an escape attempt in April changed her not-guilty plea to guilty Monday morning in Columbia County Superior Court.

Across the southeast

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Charles Braun of Aiken.

Budget bypasses tax increase

News you can use
June 25, 1930 Bishop Frederick T. Keeney, formerly resident bishop of the Atlanta area, Methodist Church, and bishop of China, will lecture in Augusta twice tonight. The first talk will be made at the First Baptist Church, of which Rev. Fred E. Smith is pastor, at 8 o'clock, and the second at Bethel A.M.E. Church at 9 o'clock.

Savannah doctor has a few admirers

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

Testing company error delays Georgia pupil results

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ammie Campbell of Grovetown.

Closed session called illegal
A closed meeting called Tuesday by members of the Augusta Coliseum Authority appears to be in violation of several state open meetings laws, a First Amendment attorney says - illegally shutting out the public from what should have been an open discussion.

Across the area
Police were investigating a shooting near a Hephzibah restaurant early Monday that sent a 23-year-old Augusta man to the hospital.

Area voters supported 2 winners
AIKEN - For many South Carolina voters in Tuesday's state and congressional runoffs, a sense of civic duty urged them to return to the polls and finish the job started by the June 11 primary.

Across Georgia

Coliseum board fires manager
The Augusta Coliseum Authority voted Tuesday to fire its general manager and refund the balance of a $54,000 civic center bill after receiving complaints from organizers of a United Methodist convention held in the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center earlier this month.

Change of command
The new commanding general of medical operations at Fort Gordon and the Southeast Regional Medical Command is upbeat about the future of Army medicine in Augusta.

Cell transfer
A corrections officer finishes his search of an inmate who has just arrived at the new Aiken County Detention Center on Wire Road.

Ethics official advises candidates

Ethics official advises candidates
Ted Lee, the director of the Georgia Ethics Commission, would rather spend time with candidates now - before he has to deal with them in an ethics hearing.

Area voters supported 2 winners

Runoff to tie up loose ends
AIKEN - Since June 11, the gloves have come off in South Carolina politics.

Correction

Cell transfer

Subscriber of the day

News you can use

Law officials honor retired investigator

Robbery gets teen charged as adult

Summer sacrifice

Across South Carolina

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

Hodges stalls funds, experts say
AIKEN - Savannah River Site is the only major nuclear installation in the country that has yet to be given an indication of what it will receive in federal accelerated cleanup funds.

Federal judge upholds ban on video poker
ROME, Ga. - A federal judge Tuesday upheld a state law banning video poker machines, paving the way for the ban to take effect July 1.

Subscriber of the day

Health campaigns target Hispanics
ATLANTA - Georgia's Hispanic population has seen remarkable growth in recent years, and health workers throughout the state are working to prevent a corresponding increase in HIV infections.

Budget bypasses tax increase
AIKEN - A final, balanced budget with no millage increase was passed by the Aiken County Council on Monday.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -The red flag fire alert has been canceled after firefighters contained a wildfire near Myrtle Beach and returned to their normal assignments, the state Forestry Commission said.

Coliseum readiness at issue

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A state committee that awards benefits for police officers killed in the line of duty changed positions Monday and decided to give $75,000 to the widow of slain Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown.

Before the Rain

Around town

Court's ruling delays sentence in Downs case

Across Georgia

Churches support blacks

Across the area

Adult bookstore sues commission

Across South Carolina

Across the area

Airport grant awarded

Correction

Change of command

Law officials honor retired investigator
Wearing a Regis Philbin suit and shoes without taps for a change, Larry Hendrix watched with tears Tuesday night as lawyers, sheriffs and even Georgia's Supreme Court chief justice spoke in his honor.

Saying goodbye to Coach Roberts
AIKEN - In the long line to say goodbye to former Clemson basketball coach Bobby Roberts, the highest tribute of all came from a South Carolina Gamecock.

Fisher signs season-long deal with Dreyer and Reinbold
INDIANAPOLIS -- Sarah Fisher - the fastest female driver in Indianapolis 500 history - will remain with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing's IRL team for the rest of this season.

Racing legend teaches course at ASU

Racing legend teaches course at ASU
Kati Leonard had a little preview of Tuesday night's continuing education course.

Hawks willing to sit out another first round
ATLANTA -- For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Hawks don't have a pick in the first round of the NBA draft, though they've heard from plenty of teams willing to fill that void.

Hawks willing to sit out another first round

Stiles endures rough second WNBA season

Falcons fans snapping up cheaper season tickets

Mr. Gilliam McKinnon Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Miss Bebe Bryant    (WAYCROSS, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Gladys Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Pauline Masters    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Aubrey Adams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Claudia Wheelin    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Mildred Wardlaw    (TROY, S.C.)
Mrs. Joan Evans    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Walker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Bernard Mulherin Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Stringfield    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Ms. Angela Moss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Solt Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Webb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joshua Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Benjamin Bailey
It was the perfect ending for Benjamin Bailey.

Mr. Grady Shealy Jr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Arvalene Young-Terrell    (DECATUR, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Howland    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Roberts Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Stephen Dobachewski    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Orena Risinger    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Clifford Griffin Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lorene Pylant    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Ms. Ellen Morton    (RICHMOND, Va.)
Lt. Col. Benjamin Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eunice Ouzts    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cynthia Morgan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. George Paschall    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Carolyn Parker    (SILOAM, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Rickamer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Solt, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Agnes Scanlon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Greg Clayton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Eddie Waters Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Cliatt    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. Robert Cunningham    (SILVER SPRING, Md.)
Mrs. Sara Chalker    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Dunn    (APPLING, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Benjamin Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joan Evans    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Burlease Braxton    (ELKO, S.C.)
Mr. Wade Frost    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Hollows    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Otis Gardenhire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Hopgood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lewis Creech    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Howland    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Dunn    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Otis Gardenhire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Reuben Haggins    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Keith Johnson    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald McGill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Genevieve Klos    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mildred Lanier    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Newman    (ROSLENDALE, Mass.)
Mrs. June McDonald    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Miss Louise Pontious    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Mildred McGruder    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joan Evans (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Greg Clayton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Newman (ROSLENDALE, Mass.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Dobachewski (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Dunn (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Stringfield (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Hopgood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mildred McGruder (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Cynthia Morgan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Ellen Morton (RICHMOND, Va.)

Mrs. Carolyn Parker (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Dunn (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Keith Johnson (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Pylant (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Joshua Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Claudia Wheelin (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Burlease Braxton (ELKO, S.C.)

Mrs. Orena Risinger (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Gardenhire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Masters (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Grady Shealy Jr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. June McDonald (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Howland (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Creech (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wade Frost (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Agnes Scanlon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gilliam McKinnon Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Rickamer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Benjamin Bailey

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

Mrs. Elaine Hoyt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Gardenhire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Chalker (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Lanier (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Cliatt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. George Paschall (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Genevieve Klos (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Angela Moss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Eddie Waters Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Reuben Haggins (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Inglett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Arvalene Young-Terrell (DECATUR, Ga.)

Miss Bebe Bryant (WAYCROSS, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Evans (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Mildred Wardlaw (TROY, S.C.)

Barking for AARF
There's People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and there's Augusta Animal Rescue Friends. If pets could talk, they'd tell you they prefer the latter.

Arnold Palmer named and defined 'The Grand Slam'
Flashback to just before the Masters 2001, Tiger Woods talks about "The Grand Slam": Steve Brock, Aiken, S.C.

Chides cop speeding to breakfast
This is in response to the statement in P. Bonds' letter in the June 16 edition of The Augusta Chronicle which reads "... every morning I am passed in the right lane ..." Does this imply that Ms. Bonds is driving in the left lane, forcing people to pass in the right lane? If this is the case, Ms. Bonds should take a look at the driver's manual as to the proper use of the left lane. D. Sterling, Augusta

The Amtrak reality
When is enough enough? During its 31-year history, Amtrak has soaked up more than $25 billion in taxpayer money, as it promised that somewhere down the line it would stand on its own feet and even be profitable.

Hodges' help needed
Gov. Jim Hodges' bid to stop plutonium shipments coming to the Savannah River Site from Colorado was dealt a severe, but not necessarily fatal, blow last week when the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals refused his request for a preliminary injunction.

EMS employees deserve better treatment
Year after year, Aiken County Emergency Medical Service employees try to get better pay or better hours, and are encouraged by the hope that, next year, it will happen - only to be shot down once again come budget time. Brandy Holder, Aiken, S.C.

Considers Ted Turner a terrorist
I agree with The Chronicle's opinion of Ted Turner. He doesn't really have a job to speak of anymore, but his wealth and notoriety provide him a platform for expressing his strange, anti-Christian and anti-American views. Ron Mathis, Martinez, Ga.

Calling medal a 'prize' demeans
I wholeheartedly agree with Earnest W. Erdman's June 18 letter pointing out that military awards are achieved by merit and are not prizes. Craig D. Bobbitt, Augusta, Ga.

Primary runoffs
The voter's work - like the housekeeper's - is never done. Two weeks ago, in a disappointingly low turnout, South Carolinians trooped to the polls to vote in the primaries.

Columbia Co. commissioner paves the way
For those of us Columbia Countians who love to ride bikes and who have wanted a Greeneway of our own, the June 13 Metro story, "Group will design regional bike plan," was wonderful news. David C. Crews, Martinez, Ga.

Pearl Harbor revisited
Terrorists are planning to attack America. Terrorists are taking flying lessons. Terrorists are planning to hijack planes. Terrorists continue to use buses, cars, trucks almost every day, as suicide bombers strike again and again. Bernard W. Clark, Keysville, Ga.

Commissioners care about Augusta
Thank God for people who care about the important things in our community. It was a joy to read about our Augusta commissioners rejecting the porn business at Molly Pond Road. Eleanor Farrell, Augusta

Rude New York golf fans
I guess living in the South we have a little more respect for tradition than most of our friends from New York. I was shocked to hear the galleries conducting themselves as if the U.S. Open was a football game. I suppose times are indeed changing. J. Lewis, Martinez, Ga.

Ann Landers
George Will, David Broder, Robert Novak, Ellen Goodman, Anna Quindlen - all fine columnists with wide readership, but none of them generate the circulation and readers' affection that Ann Landers did. Ms. Landers, whose real name was Eppie Lederer, died Saturday at age 83.

Overtime

Turks show no fear of mighty Brazil

Stallions in good position

Seles makes short work of Wimbledon rookie

Germany advances to World Cup finals

South Korea gets Monday off, win or lose

Americans sweep Wimbledon opening

Seles makes short work of Wimbledon rookie
WIMBLEDON, England -- Silverware rattled as late lunchers nibbled in the Members' Enclosure high above Court 2. Before the main course arrived, Monica Seles had finished her first-round match.

Germany advances to World Cup finals
SEOUL, South Korea -- Only one thing could have stopped the singing, swaying sea of red. It came in the 75th minute off the foot of German midfielder Michael Ballack, no stranger to breaking hearts.

Americans sweep Wimbledon opening
WIMBLEDON, England -- Andre Agassi, Serena Williams and Pete Sampras turned Centre Court into an American showcase Monday as they swept to straight-set victories on the opening day of Wimbledon.

Turks show no fear of mighty Brazil
SAITAMA, Japan -- Maybe the soccer world has this whole thing backward. Maybe it's the Turks everyone should focus on for their World Cup semifinal with Brazil.

Overtime
Lance Lamback of the Aiken-Augusta Swim League won four events and set three American records at the U.S. Disability National Championships in Federal Way, Washington, June 14-16.

South Korea gets Monday off, win or lose
SEOUL, South Korea -- Already, Monday has been declared a national holiday. The following day, a national celebration of the World Cup tournament will be held.

Falcons fans snapping up cheaper season tickets
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons sold between 8,000 and 10,000 season tickets since prices were cut last week.

Saying goodbye to Coach Roberts

Stallions in good position
With five games left in the regular season, the Augusta Stallions are where they want to be - on top of the arenafootball2 league.

Microsoft discloses ambitious new security effort
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. has disclosed an ambitious new project to improve security by creating within its Windows software a virtual "vault" where customers would conduct electronic transactions and store sensitive information.

GameCube's new 'Evil' is very good
Not much has changed since the last time you passed through Raccoon City.

Natural compound may help brain recover from stroke
WASHINGTON -- Injecting rats with a natural chemical called inosine caused the growth of new nerve tissue and the restoration of some functions lost after a stroke, researchers report.

Hackers open wider door to ID thefts
When hackers electronically invaded California state computers in April, they got access to information that included the Social Security numbers of virtually every one of the 265,000 people on California's payroll.

Stiles endures rough second WNBA season
PORTLAND, Ore. -- She was the darling of the WNBA last season, the country girl who went from women's college basketball's all-time leading scorer to professional rookie of the year. And the whole time she smiled through her purple and silver braces.

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The 2002 Georgia Music Talent Search is offering a high school musician or singer a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to perform at the 24th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards in September.

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Robby Powell, 17, is a rising senior at Greenbrier High School. He's been involved in art since he was little and is in the advanced placement art program at Greenbrier High.

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Know what to take into the dorm
For some high school graduates, the end of summer means the inevitable jump into the real world.

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Matt Vogler, 14, a rising freshman at Evans High School.

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Girl faced with tough decision
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend wants me to have sex with him, but I don't know what to do. I'm Christian, and I'm supposed to be waiting until I get married. What should I do? - 15-year-old North Augusta girl

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New discs in record stores include Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Heart, Wyclef Jean's Masquerade, Anastacia's Freak of Nature, Peter Gabriel's Long Walk Home, Papa Roach's lovehatetragedy, and the 2002 Warped Tour Compilation.

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Kimberly Hill, 15, a rising sophomore at Lakeside High School.

Girl faced with tough decision

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Classical guitarist: Keith Gehle performs at 8 p.m. at Appleby Branch Library, 2260 Walton Way. Admission is free.

'Divine Secrets' better left unsaid
Daughter hurts mother. Mother gets mad. Friends come to the rescue.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Hackers open wider door to ID thefts

GameCube's new 'Evil' is very good

Natural compound may help brain recover from stroke

Microsoft discloses ambitious new security effort