Brenly, Torre reward staffs
NEW YORK - Bob Brenly and Joe Torre rewarded their own, each taking six players from their teams to the All-Star game.

Choosing All-Stars is no simple task

Brenly, Torre reward staffs

Choosing All-Stars is no simple task
Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez are no-brainers. Picking the rest of the major league All-Stars, however, is no simple task.

Remember the postcard project when you go on vacation

Floridians ribbeted by frogs in throes of love
One night earlier this week, Raymond Vence awakened to find his wife rapping on their bedroom window, attempting to scare off a vociferous tree frog stuck on the outer side of the glass.

Odds and ends
MARSHALL, Mo. -- Getting a check from the Internal Revenue Service is usually a good thing. Diana Doss has learned to think otherwise.

Beware of falling bovine
VIENNA, Austria -- Drivers in farming regions know to be on the lookout for animals that stray onto the road, but even the most cautious seldom scan the heavens for livestock.

Braves notebook
BOSTON - Atlanta pitcher Tom Glavine expected to be named an All-Star. Braves' closer John Smoltz said he'd be disappointed if he wasn't. Andruw Jones planned to go home to Curacao if he wasn't selected.

Bullpen finishes job for Millwood
BOSTON - Today it's Kevin Millwood. Tomorrow it could be Jason Marquis. The next day, it's likely to be Tom Glavine.

Eclectic group becomes baseball's most effective bullpen

Bullpen finishes job for Millwood

Timely hits help Braves sweep Sox

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
BOSTON - Upset by an 0-for-5 performance in Friday's game and feeling his lefthanded swing needed retooling, Chipper Jones arrived at Fenway Park at 9:15 Saturday morning to work with coach Ned Yost in the batting cages beneath the center field stands.

Eclectic group becomes baseball's most effective bullpen
ATLANTA -- They're an odd collection: the Cy Young starter-turned-closer, the guy who took 2 1/2 years off, the 28-year-old rookie.

Timely hits help Braves sweep Sox
BOSTON - Johnny Damon approached Atlanta manager Bobby Cox, who was seated in a corner of the visitors dugout, before Sunday afternoon's 10-inning, 7-3 Braves' win and shook his head in wonderment.

On the move

WorldCom CEO faces unexpected challenges
CLINTON, Miss. - A week ago, WorldCom Inc.'s employees and hometown supporters were hanging on encouraging words from the telecom's new chief.

Government gets stuck with mountain of milk
WASHINGTON - Want milk? The government is trying to figure out what to do with $1 billion worth of nonfat milk powder it bought in the past three years to prop up the prices paid to dairy farmers.

Pocket change

Lavished with perks, executives went for the quick bucks
Lavished with stock options and loans, executives went for the quick bucks

License to work
Inside an auto-repair garage on Telfair Street, Jim Burdeshaw is contorted under the hood of a Buick Regal, busy replacing a broken gasket on an exhaust pipe.

Watch that phraseology

Low U.S. indicators have investors turning to Japan

License to work

Business calendar
July 10: Georgia Tech Quality Training Series; Root Cause Analysis; 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; call 737-1414 for details.

Long-term care insurance is not for everyone

On the move
Elliott Davis Technology Solutions has promoted the following employees to senior network engineers: Will McGee, specialist in computer networking, wide-area network connectivity, and network/Internet security; and Jimmy Lister, specialist in network/Internet security and corporate e-mail systems.

Older workers stay in the work force
Betty Laverty took a job as a food server at the Grovetown Senior Center last year.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: John Deere Commercial Products

Long-term care insurance is not for everyone
NEW YORK - If there's an insurance product requiring that you do your homework before you buy, it's coverage for long-term health care.

Watch that phraseology
"EXPERIENCE: Have structured a well-organized and extremely critical department."

Business calendar

Low U.S. indicators have investors turning to Japan
NEW YORK - With Wall Street mired in a steep and protracted decline, it's hard to believe that the mood of mutual fund managers has improved, as a survey from Merrill Lynch & Co. indicates. But it has, and the reason is a turnaround in overseas markets including Japan.

Lavished with perks, executives went for the quick bucks

Government gets stuck with mountain of milk

WorldCom CEO faces unexpected challenges

Older workers stay in the work force

A vote of cash

A time to resign

Medicaid mess

Closure necessary?

Follow rules of displaying and handling the U.S. flag
Dear Readers: Since July Fourth is Thursday, I think it is appropriate to dedicate this last Sunday in June to July Fourth in the form of reminders in regard to the etiquette of displaying the U.S. flag:

Comics to take test drive in newspaper
There's a summer visitor coming to The Augusta Chronicle.

Selection pokes fun at all in its path
With his voluminous tweed pants, green hunting cap, be-crumbed mustache and pretentious arrogance, Ignatius J. Reilly is hardly the typical hero.

Fireworks and ice
SEWARD, Alaska - Sure it's a cliche. But legend has it that the highlight of Alaska's Independence Day celebration started as a bar bet.

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday
Singers Barry Manilow and Maureen McGovern lead the musical charge at the banks of the Charles River in Boston for "Pop Goes The Fourth" (7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 4, A&E).

Home front
Homeownership is the American dream.

PBS will air repeats of Ken Burns' best work
NEW YORK -- Taking a page from commercial networks' penchant for reruns, PBS said Monday it is turning to filmmaker Ken Burns this fall to reprise some of his best work.

Arts calendar
A listing of area events.

Making a house a home
The yellows and pinks in Lindi Taylor's bedroom quilt are the soft hues that come only from repeated washings, but those colors were enough to convince Lindi's mother, Janet Taylor, to shrug off the small tears in the fabric and buy the needlework piece.

GreenJackets scouting report
Capital City Bombers (Mets) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

Minor league notes
The boyish face looks like it belongs in the Augusta GreenJackets dugout, not in the seats with an ear pressed to a cell phone and a nose buried in paperwork.

Around the horn
WHO'S HOT Third baseman John Hattig collected nine hits in 26 at-bats during a seven-game stretch to raise his average to .264.

Waves crash in 10th
On most nights, they only need to look across the diamond and peer into the visitor's dugout to realize they are not the most talented team in the South Atlantic League.

Golf notebook
CORK, Ireland - Colin Montgomerie might be forced to withdraw from next month's British Open because of a persistent back injury.

Although in the hunt, Watson laments missed chances

Inkster leads ShopRite after two rounds

Although in the hunt, Watson laments missed chances
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Tom Watson had the type of day that every golfer experiences at one time or another.

Hnatiuk has four-stroke lead after three

Inkster leads ShopRite after two rounds
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Patience put Annika Sorenstam in position to do what seemingly does every week on the LPGA tour - win.

Hnatiuk has four-stroke lead after three
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Glen Hnatiuk had never led a PGA tournament before this week, much less won a title. He knows exactly how it feels to scramble to make a cut or finish in the top 10.

Bjorn, Fasth, Hansen share Irish Open lead
CORK, Ireland -- Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Sweden's Niklas Fasth each tied the course record with an 8-under-par 63 Saturday and shared the lead with Soren Hansen after three rounds of the Irish Open.

GreenJackets scouting report

Minor league notes

Waves crash in 10th

Remember the postcard project when you go on vacation
Here we are on the verge of July Fourth and the traditional middle of summer vacation. If you're hitting the road in the week ahead, don't forget about our summer vacation postcard project.

Phone-sale practice danger to public

Trust in God urged

Are cops picking on good kids?

Some liberals give others bad name

Injustice for 'gatekeeper' not gratifying to taxpayers

Proclaim 'under God' a basic truth

Bush on TV shows his hard work

Readers' complaints ignored

Aiken Co. positioned for security funds

Moral cancer eats away at country

Ruling demands pro-active response

If God is removed, he will leave us

Letters outrage parent of Xtreme subject

Mother only guilty of poor judgment

Highlight positive aspects of tatooing

Making a house a home

Selection pokes fun at all in its path

Home front

Follow rules of displaying and handling the U.S. flag

Comics to take test drive in newspaper

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday

Arts calendar

PBS will air repeats of Ken Burns' best work

Fireworks and ice

For this fisherman, work is paradise

Details on SRS project outlined
MOX and other projects discussed for the Savannah River Site have created questions for those outside of government and the scientific community.

Across Georgia
MACON -A Macon State College professor could know as early as this week whether mosquitoes in Georgia carry the West Nile virus.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The Greater Columbia Hotel and Motel Association sent letters to incoming university President Andrew Sorensen and state leaders opposing the University of South Carolina Foundation's plan for a 125-room hotel near campus.

Daughter plans to sue city of Harlem
The daughter of a Harlem woman who was killed by a train five months ago has put city officials on notice of her intent to sue.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged Sunday with shooting into a crowd at a party Saturday night, police said. No one was injured.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use
JULY 1, 1954Two Aiken men are being held in the Aiken City Jail on charges of breaking into a local firm before daylight this morning, Police Chief Frampton Gregory said today.

How the law is carried out varies from place to place
ATLANTA - In Georgia, if you can't shell out thousands of dollars for a lawyer, your chances in a courtroom might have as much to do with where you live as with what you did or didn't do.

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

Our newsroom has lost a fiery force
Sometimes when you meet someone, you know instantly you will like him. That happened to me when I met Jerry Sanders, our assistant sports editor who retired this week.

UGA set to cash in on name game
ATHENS, Ga. - Want a college building named in your company's honor? Got a hankering to see your name emblazoned on the doors of an academic department?

Florida attorney is model example

Officials debate changes in representation system

Senior citizens turn out for council's activities

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina

Athens office shines in legal-aid system

Rapist goes to prison for life
ATHENS, Ga. - A Jackson County man accused of raping three college-age Athens women was sentenced to six consecutive life terms plus 90 years.

Across Georgia
ATHENS -An alleged victim of child abuse by the jailed leader of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors has filed a $1 billion federal lawsuit against him.

Strapped circuit tries to improve
STATESBORO, Ga. - Jack Williamson spends a lot of time in jails.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Elizabeth Lattimore.

Pucker up, pooch
Judith Lascola, of North Augusta, gets a kiss from her Great Dane, Greta. They were involved in the face-washing contest at the Bark in the Park festival at Diamond Lakes Park on Saturday.

Hopefuls' first debate addresses safety issue
SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. - In a marked change from weeks of attack campaigning in South Carolina's gubernatorial campaign, U.S. Senate candidates Lindsey Graham and Alex Sanders spent a collegial hour Saturday debating national security.

Aiken County investigators examine string of robberies
The Aiken County Sheriff's office is investigating a series of armed robberies at Four Seasons Convenience Stores throughout Aiken County.

Holiday beckons to U.S. travelers
Although the FBI has warned of possible terrorist attacks this Fourth of July, the threat doesn't seem to be scaring away many travelers.

Comics fall within advertisements
The Sunday Comics might be difficult to spot in today's newspaper.

Across the area

Around town

Strapped circuit tries to improve

Around the town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Details on SRS project outlined

Hopefuls fight for attention of voters

Our newsroom has lost a fiery force

News you can use

Hopefuls' first debate addresses safety issue

Holiday beckons to U.S. travelers

Longtime USC head says his goodbyes
COLUMBIA - University of South Carolina President John Palms spent his last days as chief of the state's flagship college saying goodbye to close friends and remembering nearly a dozen years of leadership that many say was more successful than expected.

New laws cover crematories, security
ATLANTA - The Legislature spent much of last session passing laws in response to horrific events - terrorist attacks and the discovery of hundreds of discarded corpses at a north Georgia crematory. Many of those laws go into effect Monday, July 1, a typical start date for legislation.

Deadline nears for video poker
Allen Morris knew time was running out. Mr. Morris, the owner of Augusta's A&M Amusements, got rid of his entire gambling machine inventory Thursday, just in time for the deadline set by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Anti-gay group pickets 'Chronicle'
About 12 people from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., picketed outside The Augusta Chronicle on Saturday afternoon, against what they say is a promotion of gay lifestyles by Morris Communications Co., the parent company of The Chronicle.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Faith Wargowsky of Aiken.

Exhibit lets science fans exercise in cyberspace
A new Fort Discovery exhibit effectively blends new-millennium graphics of PlayStation2 and Xbox video games with physical activity.

Fireworks draw big crowd
AIKEN - John Moses wiped the sweat from his brow as he danced dog and raccoon puppets across the damp pavement.

Across the area
A Clearwater man was killed in a motorcycle accident early Saturday while trying to elude police.

Fourth festivities
The marina is at 4271 Old Lincolnton Road in Leah. Activities include horseshoes, races and a watermelon seed-spitting contest. Festivities begin at 2 p.m., with music by church ensembles starting at 5 and fireworks scheduled for 9:30. Admission is $6 per car, $10 per van or $15 per bus.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON -Police have charged a 24-year-old Anderson man with murder in the beating death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son.

Across Georgia

SRS fuel project gains ground
AIKEN - Despite a history of challenges, MOX gained new life at Savannah River Site last week through the passing of a Senate bill.

Around the town

Across the area

Fourth festivities

Daughter plans to sue city of Harlem

Across the southeast
MONROE, N.C. -A pregnant woman shot her grandfather, then apparently shot herself in the head, police said. Her twins were born by Caesarean section and are in critical condition.

Subscriber of the day

Rapist goes to prison for life

New laws cover crematories, security

Senior citizens turn out for council's activities
Dressed in their fancy clothes - the women in flowered dresses and one man wearing a bow tie - the guys and gals playing bingo at the Aiken Area Council On Aging aren't fooling around.

Across South Carolina

For this fisherman, work is paradise
There's a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer greeting fishermen who pull up to the Brickyard Bait & Tackle Store, which serves as the gate to Merry Brickyard Ponds.

The ecology of Thurmond Lake

Officials debate changes in representation system
ATLANTA - Even those who acknowledge there's a problem with Georgia's indigent-defense system say it won't be easy to change.

Fireworks draw big crowd

Athens office shines in legal-aid system
ATHENS, Ga. - Russell Gabriel resists the suggestion that the University of Georgia Legal Aid and Defender Clinic serves as a model for indigent defense in the state.

Longtime USC head says his goodbyes

Florida attorney is model example
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Peter Johnstone is a free man today, thanks in part to the work of defense attorney Ann Finnell.

How the law is carried out varies from place to place

Hopefuls fight for attention of voters
ATLANTA - Between now and November, four major-party candidates will vie for the right to become Georgia's next lieutenant governor.

Comics fall within advertisements

The ecology of Thurmond Lake
There are weeds from Africa and mud-loving clams that hail from Asia.

Man charged in two robberies
A man linked to two weekend robberies in Aiken County is the same one charged in a Masters Week holdup at an Aiken convenience store, authorities said.

Mental-health system to change
ATLANTA - State officials are hoping the second overhaul of Georgia's mental-health services in less than a decade will restore accountability to a system plagued by neglect, mismanagement and fraud.

Mental-health system to change

Cheap seats will be valuable to Falcons
Falling under the category of things that have never been written before: There is genius at work in the Atlanta Falcons organization.

Biffle is repeat champion

Da Matta wins third straight
CICERO, Ill. - Diminutive Cristiano da Matta has become the biggest man in CART.

Biffle wins pole for GNC Live Well 250
WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Greg Biffle took the pole, and Jim Sauter and his three sons will start in the top 10 of Sunday's GNC Live Well 250.

Da Matta wins third straight

Biffle wins pole for GNC Live Well 250

Biffle is repeat champion
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Greg Biffle won the GNC Live Well 250 for the second year in a row Sunday after leading the race for much of the way.

Mystics keep home-streak alive

Mrs. Ida Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Lucille Roberts    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Thomas Reed
Like most good golfers, Thomas Reed talked about his bad shots because there were so few of them, his family said.

Mr. Thomas Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Suzy Sears    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Charlotte McDuffee    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Patrick Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Blanche Burke    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Floyd Peck    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Thelma Elmore    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Norman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Posey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Helen McMahan    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Norman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia McGehee    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Hurd    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Jongma    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Felton Hawes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Nelle Golden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Corry    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Alvin Gadsden    (NORWALK, Calif.)
Mrs. Beatrice Rouse    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Coile    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Redd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maebelle Coleman    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Floyd Peck    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Tracy Coleman Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Earline Padgett    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Wade Dawkins Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Helen McMahan    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertha Fielding    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nelle Golden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Felton Hawes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Mitchell Goodwin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Cave Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Katherine Gunnells    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Janette Willis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Miss Allaire Hancock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Kunigunda Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pierce Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Catherine Cain    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Stapleton    (ACWORTH, Ga.)
Mr. Edwin Rice Jr.    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Catherine Cain    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Grace Wells    (ASHVILLE, N.C.)
Ms. Fanette Tate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Col. Duncan Duvall    (PORT TOWNSEND, Wash.)
Mrs. Pauline Weigle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Bertha Fielding    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Turner Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Carrie Seays    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Jamison Williams    (JONESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Corry (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Janette Willis (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Col. Duncan Duvall (PORT TOWNSEND, Wash.)

Mr. Thomas Reed (AIKEN, S.C.)

Jamison Williams (JONESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Suzy Sears (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Nelle Golden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Floyd Peck (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia McGehee (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Burke (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Peck (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wade Dawkins Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Stapleton (ACWORTH, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen McMahan (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Coile (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen McMahan (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte McDuffee (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Reed (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Seays (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Earline Padgett (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Elmore (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Turner Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Cain (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin Rice Jr. (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Weigle (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Norman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Norman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Gadsden (NORWALK, Calif.)

Mr. Tracy Coleman Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Nelle Golden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Cave Sr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Miss Allaire Hancock (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Fanette Tate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Felton Hawes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Felton Hawes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kunigunda Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Hurd (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Ms. Lucille Roberts (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Cain (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Mitchell Goodwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Thomas Reed

Mrs. Grace Wells (ASHVILLE, N.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Fielding (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Gunnells (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Maebelle Coleman (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Redd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Jongma (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Posey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Moral cancer eats away at country
I have read many articles and seen news stories about cancer statistics in America. It seems this country is being killed by cancer. David Scarlett, Belvedere, S.C.

Medicaid mess
It's impossible to quantify how much time and money hospitals lose while playing a cat-and-mouse game to maximize the funding they get from the federal government for Medicaid-eligible patients without running into trouble with the law. The rules that govern Medicare and Medicaid comprise nearly 200,000 pages; stacked on top of each other they reach five stories high.

Closure necessary?
There are problems at the Barnwell uranium processing plant, but the question is whether they are serious enough for the state's environmental agency to shut it down. Or is the closure a political ploy by Gov. Jim Hodges?

Are cops picking on good kids?
On June 23, I was sitting in my front yard with my daughter, and my son-in-law and the guy next door were playing basketball at the end of our driveway in the street. We live in a neighborhood, and it is not a busy street like a highway. While they were playing, a cop who was coming down the street stopped, told them that they could not play there and that they had to move. C. Waldron, Augusta

Trust in God urged
My letter is in response to a federal appeals court's decision to ban saying "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Russell Gray, Martinez, Ga.

Injustice for 'gatekeeper' not gratifying to taxpayers
Regarding the June 20 Chronicle article concerning the Elaine Matthews case. We were the attorneys who represented Ms. Matthews in her unsuccessful effort to obtain justice. We would like to respond to David E. Hudson's statement that the taxpayers of Columbia County are "gratified" that the case against the county has now been dismissed. Mike Brown, Augusta

Some liberals give others bad name
In 1963 a Gallup Poll indicated that 51 percent of Americans identified themselves as liberals. Today, most people would characterize themselves as conservatives or moderates. Jim Murrah, Martinez, Ga.

Bush on TV shows his hard work
On national television June 24, President George W. Bush, after describing America's honorable conditions for peace in the Middle East and a Palestinian state, had no choice but to take hammer in hand and hit the nail on the head. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Phone-sale practice danger to public
I want to comment on the ignorance of people in the Central Savannah River Area when it comes to phone scams. Michelle Batchelor, Harlem, Ga.

Highlight positive aspects of tatooing
I just read your article on tattooing. I live in Georgia, recently turned 18 and recently acquired a tattoo. I think the law stating you must be 18 is a good law, and more states should enact it. However, I highly disagree with your sanitation statements. Tracy Conrad, Loganville, Ga.

A vote of cash
Augusta Regional Airport received a much-needed grant from the federal government to help reverse the airport's misfortunes.

Aiken Co. positioned for security funds
Thanks, Chronicle, for your June 24 editorial. As president of the United Way of Aiken County, I am not only proud of our community and our 211 partners, but I am extremely pleased the with the recognition given to this effort by our local media. Michael L. Williamson, Aiken, S.C.

Mother only guilty of poor judgment
If you are a parent, have you ever done anything you later regretted and knew you shouldn't have done? Phoebe Dunn, Augusta

Letters outrage parent of Xtreme subject
I am a parent of one of the girls who was featured in the Xtreme section of the paper. I am responding not only to Randy Potter's June 3 letter, but also to Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington's reply on June 12. Judy Key, Augusta

Proclaim 'under God' a basic truth
When our glorious, free country was founded by our founding fathers and mothers, they spoke elegantly of our being made in the image of the deity, one God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky

Ruling demands pro-active response
It's disgusting that the federal court in San Francisco ruled the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. This, quite simply, is the work of cads. Bill Lesshafft, Martinez, Ga.

Readers' complaints ignored
In the "Rants and Raves" section on June 22, Chronicle Managing Editor Elizabeth Adams replied to a complaint about placing the bridge column in the classified ads section, and her long explanation or defense was nothing short of silly.H.D. Smith, Clearwater, S.C.

A time to resign
Kent Sullivan may be a fine North Augusta Council member, loving family man and an all-around nice guy, but as far as the criminal justice system is concerned, his most salient characteristic is being a menace behind the wheel.

If God is removed, he will leave us
I was appalled to read that a federal appeals court ruled that "under God" be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. Are we, as Americans and Christians, going to sit and let this happen? Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.

Sports digest

Turkey defeats South Korea in World Cup

Brazil wins fifth soccer championship

Last American man exits Wimbledon

Area announcements

Overtime

Wimbledon's week 2 starts with one certainty: Team Williams

Boys player of the year

Overtime

Players of the year

Stallions get physical

Overtime
Former South Carolina running back Derek Watson is likely headed to South Carolina State.

Kahn stands in way as Brazil chases fifth World Cup title
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The sensational Three R's vs. the unshakable Big O.

Turkey defeats South Korea in World Cup
DAEGU, South Korea -- Hakan Sukur scored the fastest opening goal in World Cup history, just 11 seconds into Turkey's 3-2 victory Saturday night over South Korea for third place in the World Cup.

Overtime
Former Burke County High pitcher Jonathan Broxton, The Augusta Chronicle's 2002 High School Baseball Player of the Year, signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.

In the know
The most popular sports at the 1999 Georgia Games in Augusta, in terms of participation, were youth track and field (752), boys basketball (644), youth swimming (642), youth baseball (630) and bowling (550). A total of 10,526 athletes competed in the championships that year.

Brazil wins fifth soccer championship
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Brazil was weak. Ronaldo was through. The World Cup title was beyond their reach.

Sports digest
Listing of sports upcoming events.

Wimbledon's week 2 starts with one certainty: Team Williams
WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams loses the opening set, composes herself, then drops just three games the rest of the way.

Last American man exits Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- The last American in the Wimbledon men's singles draw was a set down Saturday and had just broken back to tie the second when someone yelled encouragement from the stands.

Boys player of the year
The Glenn Hills boys soccer team didn't make the Georgia Class AAAA state playoffs this year. But that doesn't take away from Misathou Batiga's contributions.

Area announcements
Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga., 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Rugger has diehard spirit
If you ever happen to see the Augusta Rugby Football Club in action, you'll know which player Jason Juntunen is. He'll the one with the dirtiest uniform, showing no mercy to his opponents and playing each game like it's his last.

Players of the year
Bridget Loudermilk, Silver Bluff, Sr.Loudermilk was outstanding during the Lady Bulldogs' first

Girls player of the year
When Melanie Henkes packs up her belongings, leaves her Aiken home and travels up the road to the University of South Carolina in Columbia this fall, she's not just leaving behind a pitching legacy that will be forgotten in the next couple of years.

Cooking wild
Ground venison is low in fat and very flavorful. Combined with summer garden favorites such as vine-ripe tomatoes and sweet banana peppers, it makes a tasty platter of nachos suitable as an appetizer or main dish. Hot jalapeno peppers are optional, but I wouldn't make this dish without them.

Savannah shoals give visitors outdoor treat
Countless afternoons, while visiting the Augusta Canal headgates, I've gazed longingly over the concrete wall to the Savannah River below - and wondered.

Georgia strives to reduce holiday tickets on water
Georgia's wildlife rangers are trying to promote boating safety in hopes of writing fewer tickets this July Fourth weekend - and this season.

Savannah shoals give visitors outdoor treat

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors calendar

Georgia strives to reduce holiday tickets on water

NFL rookies learn the hard knocks
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Sitting in a ballroom overlooking a gorgeous golf course, 260 rookies hear about the pounding they could take playing in the NFL.

Cheap seats will be valuable to Falcons

Stallions get physical
The Augusta Stallions scored three touchdowns in the final seven minutes to beat Roanoke 54-44 in front of 2,054 fans Saturday at the Roanoke Civic Center.

Colon exam can be a life saver
WASHINGTON -- A colonoscopy has been called by some doctors the "save your life screening test" because the procedure is so successful in finding precancerous polyps, removing them and preventing cancer from getting started.

MCG wins $10 million grant to study stress
Elliott Buggs offered up his right arm as he lay on his back in the dim light. Sarita Vemulapalli took it and wrapped a blue cuff around it. She then watched the screen next to her glow blue and red-orange as the blood flowed through his brachial artery.

Vitamin-rich foods may reduce Alzheimer's risk
CHICAGO -- Eating nuts, leafy green vegetables and other foods rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, two studies suggest.

New digital camera is small, cool, but not for pros
NEW YORK -- It's summer, which means plenty of weekend getaways. But without pictures to wow my friends at the office, it's as if those quick trips never happened.

A fundamental premise of the Web is challenged
Nicolai Lassen considers linking such a fundamental element of the World Wide Web that he sees nothing wrong with creating a service around linking to news articles at more than 3,000 other sites.

Gamecocks' Elam gets off-field training
A grocery store doesn't rate too high on college students' lists of exotic summer vacation spots.

Gamecocks' Elam gets off-field training

Mystics keep home-streak alive
WASHINGTON -- Vicky Bullett's 3-pointer with 1:59 remaining broke a tie and lifted the Washington Mystics to a come-from-behind 56-55 win over the Charlotte Sting on Sunday.

Floridians ribbeted by frogs in throes of love

Odds and ends

Beware of falling bovine

Vitamin-rich foods may reduce Alzheimer's risk

New digital camera is small, cool, but not for pros

A fundamental premise of the Web is challenged

Colon exam can be a life saver