Kent says scuffle with Bonds no big deal

Judge expects ruling on Twins documents next week

Baseball says goodbye to Kile in memorial service
ST. LOUIS -- For the second time in six days, Busch Stadium was part baseball park, part funeral home as former teammates paid their respects to Darryl Kile.

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.

Baseball says goodbye to Kile in memorial service

Astros erect plaque to honor Kile

Judge expects ruling on Twins documents next week
MINNEAPOLIS -- A judge will decide in a week how to handle 9,000 documents the Minnesota Twins turned over to a public agency as part of a lawsuit that saved the team from elimination.

Kent says scuffle with Bonds no big deal
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent have had altercations before - only this time they did it in view of a television camera.

Braves notebook

Sheffield's slam good for a win
NEW YORK - To a man, the New York Mets said they had to win the series. Not split the four games, that wasn't enough to get them back into the National League East race, they had to win three.

Braves notebook
NEW YORK - Gary Sheffield recognized a slider the moment it left Armando Benitez's right hand Tuesday night. He saw its spin, recognized that it would break off the plate, as it did, and held his swing.

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
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 fall to Mets

Braves notebook

Sheffield's slam good for a win

BMW plans parts center for Jacksonville

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - With the economic recovery losing steam, Americans can expect to see short-term interest rates - now at 40-year lows - stay that way through the summer.

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.

New-home sales jump 8.1 percent to record level
WASHINGTON -- New-home sales shot up 8.1 percent in May, the biggest advance in six months, as low mortgage rates motivated buyers.

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

New-home sales jump 8.1 percent to record level

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.

New postal rates begin Sunday
Starting Sunday, mailing a letter first class will cost 3 cents more.

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.

Consumer confidence falls to 4-month low

New postal rates begin Sunday

Business briefs

Crosby out for year after surgery
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Two-sport star Roscoe Crosby won't get to show his football skills at Clemson again this year following surgery on his right elbow Tuesday that will keep him out for the Tigers' season.

Crosby out for year after surgery

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.

A new black eye

Dirty tactics fail

Barking for AARF

The Amtrak reality

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

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.

Don't let spoiled food, critters or poisonous plants spoil the fun
As you plan your Fourth of July picnics, keep an eye out for pesky critters that love to crash the party or poison ivy lurking under the shade tree. Knowing what to look for could head off potential problems.

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

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.

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.

'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.

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).

'The Price is Right' leads CBS to ratings win
NEW YORK -- So who would have guessed that the breakthrough star of the summer would be a 78-year-old game show host who seems to have been on television forever?

Hot dog days of summer
Edie Zareck of North Augusta likes her hot dogs piled high with mustard, onions, sauerkraut and relish, the way she and her brother ordered them from New York street venders. Betty Kluttz of Augusta prefers the combination of mustard, onions, relish, chili and coleslaw.

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

Augusta prevails over Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Manny Delcarmen pitched six solid innings, and John Hattig went 2-for-4 with three RBI as the Augusta GreenJackets defeated the Savannah Sand Gnats 6-3 on Wednesday night.

GreenJackets scouting report
South Georgia Waves (Dodgers) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

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.

Seiber's absence puzzles Jackets
After 1 1/2 seasons in low-A ball, Antron Seiber finally was putting it all together. He was hitting for average. He had cut down on strikeouts. He continued to show off his defensive skills in the outfield.

Educated cave man left his mark in many ways

Gossett's challenge: Turn home course into his advantage
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- No one on the PGA Tour is more comfortable than David Gossett right now.

Gossett's challenge: Turn home course into his advantage

Tiger, those chasing him, deserve a little more credit

WorldCom reports troubling PGA Tour event
Questions about WorldCom's financial future concern the director of the company's namesake golf tournament, but Steve Wilmot simply pushes forward with plans for the 2003 PGA Tour event.

Palmer hopes to find his game at U.S. Senior Open
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- His game is a mess, the heat is oppressive and most of the competition is younger and hungrier.

WorldCom reports troubling PGA Tour event

A great course, a great vocation for troubled youth

Palmer hopes to find his game at U.S. Senior Open

Golf notebook

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.

Hart-DiMarco win 36-hole in playoff

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.

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.

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.

Jackets defeat Sand Gnats 1-0

GreenJackets scouting report

Augusta prevails over Savannah

Seiber's absence puzzles Jackets

Augusta airport courts Comair
Augusta Regional Airport is negotiating to bring back direct flights on Comair, officials announced today.

Death sentence for Downs
AIKEN - A judge this morning handed down the death penalty to a remorseful William "Junior" Downs, the Augusta man who raped and killed 6-year-old Keenan O'Mailia.

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.

Columbia Co. commissioner paves the way

EMS employees deserve better treatment

Editorial about Barr is absurd

Reader whales on Williams' column

Preservation commission infringing on McGhee's rights

Divided culture can't stand

Calling medal a 'prize' demeans

Explains Aiken Co.'s unfair status

Gov. Hodges acts like a child

Commissioners care about Augusta

Going outside mainstream of by-the-glass popularity

Take proper precautions in warm weather

'The Price is Right' leads CBS to ratings win

Small portions

Sweet taste of patriotism

Don't let spoiled food, critters or poisonous plants spoil the fun

Tasty barbecue doesn't need grill

Hot dog days of summer

'Minority Report' wins narrow victory at box office

St. Louis returning for a second season

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.

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.

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

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.

Coliseum board fires manager

Health campaigns target Hispanics

Ethics official advises candidates

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

Across the area

Airport getting federal money

Subscriber of the day

Area voters supported 2 winners

Man guilty of burning residence
An Augusta man accused of setting fire to a neighbor's home in an attempt at racial intimidation pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal crimes.

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

Web sites make dating easier, safer process
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - When Robert found out he was HIV-positive, his entire world was thrown into chaos. But at 58 years old, the south Georgia native knew he wasn't ready to give up on his social life.

Law officials honor retired investigator

Tuition increase hits students
Beginning in the fall, the University of South Carolina Aiken will increase its in-state tuition by $318 a semester.

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.

Jury hears evidence in Sears suit
In the same courtroom where a jury acquitted Barbara S. Coping of theft, another panel began hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether those who had her arrested did so with malice and without just cause.

Across South Carolina

Woman enters guilty plea
Now, the cleanup begins.

Around town

Airport getting federal money
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.

Across the area

Principal resigns before opening
The week before his contract is set to begin and months before the new school is scheduled to open, Grovetown Middle School Principal Tom McClendon has resigned, citing personal reasons.

Principal resigns before opening

Botched exams delay scheduling
A Florida testing company will begin regrading Stanford 9 tests given to Georgia pupils.

Death sentence for Downs

News you can use
JUNE 27, 1992 Augusta's Vernon Forrest will go for the gold in Barcelona this summer.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Harry B. Morris Jr. of Aiken.

Airport grant awarded

Council member charged with DUI
North Augusta City Councilman Kent Sullivan was arrested Tuesday night on drunken-driving charges for the second time in two years.

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.

Across Georgia
ALBANY -The key prosecution witness in the murder trial of former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey testified Wednesday that he had been contacted about a book deal that hinges on a conviction in the case.

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.

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

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.

Putting out the fire
Local officials are getting ready to start the first class in a program developed to prevent children from setting fires.

Jury hears evidence in Sears suit

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Authorities say 9-year-old twins who said a knife-wielding man tried to kidnap them last week made up the story.

Council member charged with DUI

Across the area
A North Augusta teen-ager died and his passenger was sent to a hospital after the vehicle they were traveling in Wednesday morning flipped several times after swerving into the median of Interstate 77 near Fairfield, S.C.

Manager had many complaints

School officials support pledge
The Pledge of Allegiance might be banned from West Coast schools, but Augusta-area officials have little doubt about its place in the classroom.

School officials support pledge

Manager had many complaints
Complaints about food service and cleanliness at Augusta's civic center might have come as a surprise to some coliseum authority members during a Tuesday board meeting, but not to several past and present tenants.

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.

Subscriber of the day

Web sites make dating easier, safer process

Putting out the fire

Correction

Botched exams delay scheduling

Hodges stalls funds, experts say

Tuition increase hits students

Across Georgia

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.

Cell transfer

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.

Robbery gets teen charged as adult

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.

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.

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.

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

Augusta airport courts Comair

Change of command

News you can use

Testing company error delays Georgia pupil results

Across Georgia

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 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.

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.

Around town

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.

Educated cave man left his mark in many ways
Across the hymnal page from Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, I spotted a familiar name.

Fines but no points in Austrian GP finish squabble

Racing facts
Here are facts about Sunday's GNC Live Well 250 race.

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

Racing facts

Racing's midterm report

Simply Stewart
ATLANTA - It is hard to decide which is more unusual: the fact Tony Stewart is challenging for the Winston Cup Series champion so early in the season or the fact he's done it without any trips to the NASCAR hauler.

Racing's midterm report
ATLANTA - While the third and final off weekend of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series isn't the mathematical midway point of the racing season, drivers traditionally have considered it the start of the second half.

Fines but no points in Austrian GP finish squabble
PARIS -- Ferrari escaped severe punishment Wednesday for manipulating the finish of last month's Austrian Grand Prix.

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.

Spotlight on Jerry Nadeau
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau.

Simply Stewart

Spotlight on Jerry Nadeau

Racing legend teaches course at ASU

Rockets free to draft Yao
HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets cleared the final hurdle in their quest to select 7-foot-5 center Yao Ming with the top pick in the NBA draft, reaching an agreement with the China Basketball Association.

Hawks willing to sit out another first round

Rockets free to draft Yao

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.

Falcons fans snapping up cheaper season tickets

Mr. Donald Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Angela Moss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Charlene Hall    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Genevieve Klos    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Nellie Pryor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joan Evans    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Evelyn Johnson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Dunn    (APPLING, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Benjamin Bailey
It was the perfect ending for Benjamin Bailey.

Rev. Robert Cunningham    (SILVER SPRING, Md.)
Mr. George Paschall    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Cliatt    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Ellen Morton    (RICHMOND, Va.)
Mr. Greg Clayton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Eddie Waters Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Edward Solt Sr.
It could have turned out very differently for Edward Solt Sr.

Mr. Felton Hawes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alma Chance    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Benjamin Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Keith Johnson    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Solt, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Brenda Inglett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Rickamer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sara Chalker    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Mildred McGruder    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Bynum Anderson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Daniel ONeal    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elaine Hoyt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. June McDonald    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Howland    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Sandra Jones    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Hiawatha Youmans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Brenda Inglett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Webb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Keelie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. June McDonald    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Gardenhire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Webb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Lanier    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Samuelson    (WAYNE, Mich.)
Mrs. Sara Chalker    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Beatrice Rouse    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Wade Frost    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Catherine Robinson    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Miss Agnes Scanlon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Hopgood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marjorie Coomer    (YORK, S.C.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Parker    (SILOAM, Ga.)
Mrs. Cynthia Morgan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Cassandra Stewart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Solt, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Gardenhire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mr. Sidney Reddick (HILTONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Rouse (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Coomer (YORK, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Chalker (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Keelie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Rickamer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. June McDonald (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Keith Johnson (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Charlene Hall (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Mildred McGruder (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Riley (CHULA VISTA, Calif.)

Ms. Brenda Inglett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ellen Morton (RICHMOND, Va.)

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

Mrs. Alma Chance (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Elaine Hoyt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Jones (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Rev. Robert Cunningham (SILVER SPRING, Md.)

Mrs. Carolyn Parker (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Howland (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Gardenhire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Chalker (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Dunn (APPLING, Ga.)

Miss Agnes Scanlon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patricia Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Evelyn Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Cassandra Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Greg Clayton (MILLEN, Ga.)

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A new black eye
The Augusta Coliseum Authority doesn't have a Civic Center manager, doesn't have an attorney, must refund $54,000 to unhappy conventioneers and is in legal hot water for apparently violating the open meetings law.

Explains Aiken Co.'s unfair status
Regarding the Aiken County government and school systems' budgets - state funding is being reduced, but do we have a common problem? John Cunningham, Aiken, S.C.

Divided culture can't stand
Robert B. Rackliffe's June 19 letter,"Immigrants should adapt to our American culture," should be refreshingly introspective for anyone who is a native American. A nation divided against itself in culture cannot stand. This a proven fact in the Middle East. Wheldon Hair, Harlem, 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

Gov. Hodges acts like a child
Gov. Jim Hodges' supporters should ask themselves this question: "Is he really looking out for our best interest?" If he his, then why weren't the S.C. Highway Patrol and Transportation Police out at the intersection of Hwy. 19 and Hwy. 278 on June 15 like they were the day before? I know why. Because all he wanted to do after he lost the court battle was to send a message to the Department of Energy, saying he's still the governor. He acted like a 10-year-old boy who got his hand slapped by his mommy.D. Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Editorial about Barr is absurd
Your June 19 editorial about U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., "Barr can't take it," is absurd. I didn't know you kept a scorecard on who files lawsuits by political affiliations. Tracy E. Williams, Augusta

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.

Preservation commission infringing on McGhee's rights
Regarding Aiken's Historic Preservation Commission's decision to deny Bruce McGhee, the owner of McGhee Mile which hosts the Aiken Harness Races, from developing his property for profitability: As a professional who has to live under the daily, onerous and burdensome dictates of our government, any intrusion into our personal or professional rights by government is anathema to me. I have seen how such "overseer-ship" has decimated the practice of medicine. Margaret H. Fitch, M.D., Aiken, S.C.

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.

Dirty tactics fail
In the end it wasn't even close. Former Congressman Mark Sanford's unlikely maverick campaign to be South Carolina's next governor took a giant step forward Tuesday when he trounced Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler by 20 points in the GOP primary.

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.

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.

Reader whales on Williams' column
Why does The Augusta Chronicle waste space with gibberish such as Walter Williams' column? In the June 23 edition, Mr. Williams takes up an entire top right side of the page to explain in a wordy fashion this simple statement: Supplying what customers want or need can be profitable. Instead of saying this, Mr. Williams goes into this long harangue about how business people inadvertently make decisions for the common good. M. Leary, Martinez, Ga.

Germany advances to World Cup finals

Overtime

Stallions notebook

Agassi, Sampras, Safin all ousted in second round

Seles makes short work of Wimbledon rookie

Brazil to face Germany in World Cup finals

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.

Agassi, Sampras, Safin all ousted in second round
WIMBLEDON, England -- First Pete Sampras, then Andre Agassi.

Brazil to face Germany in World Cup finals
SAITAMA, Japan -- The expectations are simple. Brazil must win the World Cup - and with style.

Overtime
Two-sport star Roscoe Crosby won't get to show his football skills at Clemson again this year following surgery on his right elbow Tuesday that will keep him out for the Tigers' season.

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.

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 notebook
Stallions coach Mike Hold said Wednesday that statistics don't always tell the truth.

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.

Tablet PC unveiled at TechXNY
Jeff Raikes, group vice president of Microsoft's Business and Productivity Systems, shows off the tablet PC at TechXNY, the PC Expo, in New York.

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.

Great arcade racer short on reality
You've probably dreamed of being able to drive a powerful car as fast as you want on public highways, weaving through traffic, squealing tires and triggering accidents left and right.

Frye picked to coach Olympic team

What curse?

Frye picked to coach Olympic team
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina track coach Curtis Frye has been to the Olympics, but never like this - as an assistant coach for U.S. track team.

What curse?
COLUMBIA - Some folks call him Jesus because of the way he looks. Others call him The Stomper because of the way he acts.

Microsoft discloses ambitious new security effort

Great arcade racer short on reality

Natural compound may help brain recover from stroke

Tablet PC unveiled at TechXNY