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Randall Davidson digs through some scrap computers and electronics at the Danieltown Convenience Center Monday. Davidson and his company E-R Electronics Disposal contracts with Rutherford County Solid Waste to haul off PCs, VCRs and other e-waste.

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FOREST CITY — The average personal computer sends about 23 pounds of waste to the landfill when it dies. Randall Davidson and Eddie Hicks are hoping to cut that in half.

“We can recycle and or reuse about half of the average computer that is thrown out,” Davidson said. “I have a place here in town where I work on the old monitors and my step-father Eddie has a place in Hickory where we do the rest.”

FOREST CITY — James Wolfe, general manager of the Forest City Owls, says bringing more college baseball games to McNair Field is a win-win situation for the team and the town. At their last meeting, on March 1, Forest City Commissioners said Owls management should have received the town’s approval before booking the games, referring to the town’s charge to the county American Legion team of $500 per game to rent the field. Wolfe Some argue it is not right that the Owls don’t have to pay the town for playing host to the outside events. Wolfe was not at the meeting, but he said that the Owls organization is operating within its lease agreement with the town and that the efforts to schedule college games and other baseball events had been encouraged by the town and the community. “We have a 10-year lease, which we are in year three of, and we have a flat fee for use of the Please see Owls, Page 2

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FOREST CITY — Rutherford Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is undergoing strategic planning, and it is critical the board of directors and staff hear from the people in Rutherford County, especially those involved in the tourism industry, says its Acting Executive Director Michelle Whitaker . “If you have any interest or stake in Rutherford County tourism, we are asking you to take a brief tourism survey by April 1,” Whitaker said Thursday afternoon. The survey can be found on TDA’s website and can be accessed by going to www.TDAAlliance. com. Whitaker says the survey will take about 10

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TJCA Academic Team heads to state By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

HENRIETTA — Sarah Sievers speciality for the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Varsity Academic Team is in the realm of science. Regina Maimone likes literature. And Aren Besson, his teammates say, is the go-to guy for politics. The team — which is also comprised of Jonathan Bass and Zadok Moss — will

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be putting their academic skills to the test again this weekend when they take part in NCOAST, the North Carolina Open Academic State Tournament. The team placed fifth in the region at another recent competition, missing qualifying for nationals by one place, said Team Sponsor Ben Limehouse. The team began at Thomas Jefferson a few years back, Limehouse said. Practices

are held three days a week throughout the school year. “Being a part of the team also entails a lot of self study outside as well,” Limehouse said. The team generally takes part in around 15 competitions each year, travelling as far away as Atlanta. “But some people come a lot farther Please see Academic, Page 6


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McNair Field beginning Feb. 20. College games Continued from Page 1 also are scheduled this month and in April and ballpark,” Wolfe said, May. College baseball “and that encompasses games are scheduled any of the Owls games. for 19 dates this year at But we are also able McNair Field. to do outside events as Wolfe said the schedlong as we notify the uling of the games city and the city doesn’t should not have come have something schedas a surprise to town uled on one of those leaders, since the coldays. lege schedule was listed “And we are to pay on the packet that Owls the city 5 percent of our season ticket holders net profits from these received starting in events. That, basically, February. in our opinion, sums up and takes care of anyWolfe said his underthing that we do out standing of the lease there.” agreement is that the team merely needs to During the Council notify the town of plans discussion, town attorto fill an open date. ney David Lloyd told “That’s the underboard members that the standing that we have,” Owls should have come he said. “We actually to the town for approvwent to the city manal of the extra college ager in October, and he games, since they will said everything looked entail extra expense good, and he would for the town at the stapass it along. dium. “My understanding is College baseball we have first rights on games were played at the Owls regular season

games, 30 dates, and after that it is an open date for whoever fills it. If I want to schedule a game in March, if the city has already booked something for that date, then it’s whoever books first. Or I guess individuals, as well (since the concourse area or parking lot can be rented by individuals).” “All we’ve heard from day one since the ballpark was built, not just from the city council, but from residents, from anybody, is that the ballpark needs to be used,” Wolfe said. “There’s no sense in spending that money for building something like they did for it to be used three months out of the year. “The ballpark is being used from February to August, instead of from May to August. “To be honest, we are the only ones that are actively trying to fill dates at the ballpark

right now. I understand that there are expenses involved, but on the other hand if it is not being used at all, that’s a waste of city funds.” Any economic activity generated by the games is a boost for the town, Wolfe noted. “We also feel like that is bringing an economic benefit to the community because we are taking up more than 200 motel rooms in that time frame. When the teams are here they bring family and friends with them. So I think it is a benefit to the community. “Plus, I feel it also brings notoriety to Forest City. How else would a supporter of Niagara (a New York college team that played at McNair Field) know about Forest City or have an opportunity to come down and visit? And we’ve got some pretty big-name schools lined up in the

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future that will, I think, put Forest City a little bit more on the map as a baseball destination than what it is right now.” Both the team and the town have expenses in connection with baseball games, Wolfe noted. The Owls general manager cited staffing, inventory, the concessions, such as buying food and drinks, as expenses borne by the baseball team. “And for the some of the college teams that come in, we’ve provided motel rooms,” Wolfe said. “It’s an incentive to get teams to come in here and play. That would be our expenses with the college games. “Our regular season goes much more than that. The uniforms, travel. We have a larger staff for our office. Everything it takes for us for daily operations, 365 days a year. The expense budget is pretty large.” Wolfe said the Owls suffer when a college game doesn’t draw a good crowd. “We are taking all the risks as far as paying for motel rooms or paying for advertising and promotions to get these teams in and try to make the games successful,” he said. “Two weekends ago it was 40 degrees and windy. That’s not a great atmosphere to get people to come to the games. So we took a hit on that weekend. And we were paying for three teams to spend the weekend in motels.” Forest City provides electricity, as well as maintaining the playing surface, Wolfe noted. “We sort of go in jointly with them as far as cleanup,” he said. “We go through the stands after the game and pick up the large things, such as bottles or wrappers or such things. We will take out the trash and the recyclables. And they come in the next day and clean bathrooms and blow out the stadium for leaves or peanut shells or things like that. They clean out the dugouts.” Wolfe believes that the Owls’ 10-year lease agreement with the town helps both sides.

“Basically, we were coming out of a situation in Spartanburg with a year-to-year lease, and that makes it really tough to operate, basically with sponsors or recruiting players, on a year-to-year basis. “Now on the city’s side, building a stadium like this, you want to ensure having a team. When you put up the types of money that they did, you want to be sure that for 10 or 15 years they are covered as far as having somebody to use the park. So it is beneficial for both sides.” Wolfe said the Owls have tried to be good corporate citizens and will continue that philosophy. “We feel like the lease is in place,” he said. “If there are concerns, we are very approachable. This last year we gave the city an additional $3,000 to help cover expenses when the Hanes plant closed and a budget shortfall and layoffs. Three thousand dollars above what we are supposed to, just trying to be good citizens of the community. “We’ve always had a good relationship with the city. We are extremely fortunate to be in the situation that we are in, and that’s because of city government as well as citizens and businesses of the community.” Wolfe said the Owls organization has lived up to its commitment in the lease. “I think it is possibly just a misunderstanding, a miscommunication,” he said. “We went to the city manager; maybe we should have gone to the city council, but, nonetheless, we did notify the city. “We definitely want to maintain the good relationship with the city. The ballpark is an asset that needs to be utilized. “Obviously, our business is based on sponsorships and ticket sales, and if the economy of a community is floundering it puts a hit on us. The only way we can really impact it is by bringing outside people into the community. And that’s what we are trying to do.” Contact Dale via e-mail at ldale@thedigitalcourier. com.


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At YourLeisure Around Town

LuLu’s Country Club & Karaoke has karaoke and dancing every week, Thursday - Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover charge $3 on Thursdays, and $5 Friday and Saturday (BYOB). Ages 18 and up with valid ID. The club is located off Railroad Ave., at 156 Sunset Street in Rutherfordton.

191 Prime, located at 191 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, announces the following entertainment: Wednesdays — Tony Coccagna Thursdays — Grayson Saine Drinks specials Tuesday Friday every week. Web site www.191prime. com. M Squared Restaurant, 125 West Main St., Spindale, offers the following entertainment: Tuesdays — Soup/Sandwich Night, Alex Thompson on keyboard Wednesdays — Trivia at 8 p.m. (half price wine bottles) Thursdays — Seafood Night Friday — Alex Thompson on keyboard, $5 Martini Night Saturday — No entertainment Sundays — Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar (weekly) Web site www.msquaredrestaurant.com. Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 115 W. Main St., Spindale, (no cover charge) announces the following entertainment: March 12 — Alan Barrington March 13 — Hey Mama March 19 — Billy Gilmore March 20 — Ashleigh Caudall & Narrow Gauge Web site www.barleystaproom.com. Legal Grounds, 217 North Main St., Rutherfordton, offers the following entertainment: March 13 — Sharkadelics March 20 — TRIAD Web site www.legalgrounds.net. Club L.A. is a private club for members and guests, located at 319 W. Main St., Spindale. Admission

Positively Paper Inc., located at 121 East Main St., Forest City, offers classes in card making and scrapbooking. Web site www.positivelypaperinc.com.

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Birds of prey and reptiles are coming to KidSenses Saturday afternoon from Balsam Mountain Trust. A guest from the Balsam Mountain Trust will bring birds of prey and reptiles to KidSenses children’s museum in Rutherfordton Saturday at 2 p.m. Blair Ogburn will bring his animals for the children to meet. He will talk about North Carolina’s animal populations and where to learn more about their habitats. The “Meet the Animals Day” begin at noon. On Friday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. children will receive a free book from KidSenses “Free Book Friday” event. After 3 p.m., admission is only $3 and the museum will be open until 8 p.m.

— members free, guest $5. Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Each Thursday is ladies’ night and Karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Shagging every Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m. Memberships available (ages 25 and up). ABC permits.

Band, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission $7. Concessions, game room, family entertainment. Dance lessons every Tuesday night from 7:30 to 10 p.m., $3 per person. Web site www.wagonwheeldanceclub.com.

Wagon Wheel Dance Club, W.E. Padgett Rd., Bostic, offers a variety of music for line dancing, partner dancing, swing and more. The following entertainment is announced: March 13 — BrokenAxle

Seams to Be Fabrics, located at 256 U.S. Hwy. 74 Bsn., (beside the Moose Lodge), offers a variety of sewing classes. Web site seamstobefabrics. com.

Visual Arts Guild sponsors competition

RUTHERFORDTON — Photographers are invited to submit up to three works to “Through the Lens,” a photo competition and exhibition sponsored by the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild. Photographs will be judged on composition, creativity, photographic quality and technical expertise. Cash awards for first, second, and third place entries will be announced at the opening reception on April 30. The exhibit will run the month of May at the Visual Arts Center 160 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Applications can be downloaded from www.rcvag.com or picked up at

the Visual Arts Center. Applications due by April 20. The juror for “Through the Lens” is Allan Buitekant, who retired to Rutherford County after a distinguished career in New York City working with top photographers as creative director at the Doyle, Dane, Bernbach Advertising Agency. Photographs must have been taken by the entrant since January 1, 2007. Full information about the application process, size limits, hanging requirements, and entry fees can be found on the Rutherford County Visual Arts Guild website at www. rcvag.com or call 828-288-5009.

Women’s Lifestyle Show opens Saturday

FOREST CITY — The Foothills Women’s Lifestyle Show begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Carolina Event & Conference Center, Hudlow Road. The first 250 women arriving at the event will receive a special bag from Rutherford Hospital. Women completing a survey at the Rutherford woman exhibit is entitled to a 3 day-2 night getaway destination.

More than 30 exhibitors will present information to those attending the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Foothills Women’s Lifestyle Show will offer breakout sessions, pampering sessions, health screenings, interactive booths, entertainment, prizes and giveaways, and much more. Admission $3 per person, $5 for mom and daughter

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Off the Beaded Path, located at 120B West Trade St., Forest City, offers Tryit-Tuesdays (every Tuesday) which features brief jewelrymaking demos. The following classes are also available: March 13 — Steampunk Necklace, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 — Monthly Ornament Class, 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 16 — Easter Bling Bracelet, 6 to 8 p.m. March 20 — Hollywood Glam Bracelet, 10 a.m. to noon Web site offthebeadedpathbeadstore.com. Next Level Gamez, 118 E. Main St., Forest City, offers: Tuesdays — Magic the Gathering League, 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays — New comic books arrive, Star Wars Miniatures, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays — Dungeons & Dragons, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays — Friday Night Magic starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays — Magic the Gathering tournament from 1 to 5 p.m. Web site nextlevelgamez.com. Bo Eason’s Runt of the Litter: Friday, March 26, beginning at 8 p.m., at The Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Tickets

held for the original performance (postponed due to weather) will be honored. For more information call 828859-8322 Union Mills Learning Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to assist the community with its computer and printing needs. The gymnasium is also open Saturdays at 4 p.m. for pickup basketball games and shoot-arounds. Web site unionmillslearningcenter.org. Black Pearls Farm in Bostic, a non-profit Equine and CSA Learning Center, announces the following events: Open horse lessons — Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m., (call ahead) Contact Barbara Henwood at 245-0023. Web site blackpearlsfarm.com. The 8th Annual “Whole Bloomin’ Thing” Spring Festival committee is now accepting applications for this year’s event to be held Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Waynesville’s Frog Level. Local growers, artisans, and wellness and nature-related professionals are invited to participate. To request an application call 828-734-9777, or via email froglevelfestival@yahoo.com. Ballet Spartanburg Presents Hansel & Gretel, March 20 and 21, in the David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center. There will be two shows on Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., and one show on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are adults/$25, seniors/$20, and children/$15. To purchase tickets, call 864-583-0339 or visit the box office MondaySaturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Web site: ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.


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chools are getting a lot of attention around the nation these days, and two school districts have recently taken actions that have stood out. In Rhode Island, school officials fired all the teachers at a troubled school, and this week, Kansas City school officials voted to close 29 of the district’s 61 schools. These actions are certainly distinct, and they have to be looked at from a local viewpoint to get true understanding. Still, these decisions raise questions for schools across the country. As we have noted before, our push for school reforms and improvement over the past few decades have increased costs. Now, schools across the country are faced with real challenges when it comes to available funding. What that means is that it is going to take concerted efforts on the part of school officials and communities to see that every dollar spent in the schools is used wisely and that every expenditure is examined closely. Money should not be the only factor when we decide what to do in our schools, but has and always will be a significant one. That is a reality that everyone involved must understand.

Our readers’ views Questions reasons for double census mailing To the editor: I opened a letter from the Census Bureau Director the other day, thinking it would be the form for the 2010 Census. It was not. Instead it was a letter telling me that I would be receiving a 2010 Census form in about a week. Is a letter foretelling another letter really needed, especially when we are dealing with deficits and debt at current levels? That is, after all, our money that is being wasted. How much was the cost to write, proofread, print, have envelopes printed and stuffed, and then pay postage for the millions of “preletter-letters” to all the households in America? The upcoming Census was advertised (expensively) at the Super Bowl, is regularly advertised on TV, is in the newspapers. How much more do we need? Please join me in e-mailing the White House to encourage them to stop wasting money this way — or at least start hiring folks who understand wasteful spending and want to stop it. Pat Snyder Rutherfordton

to $575,000. I don’t understand the justice system at all. My daughter, who was pregnant, was brutally murdered in 2007, and her killer was only under a $250,000 bond. He kept her in a room for 40 minutes to an hour, stabbing her seven times and strangling her until she lost consciousness and when she would come back to, he would strangle her out again. He tortured her to death. It seems that would be worse than getting shot. It seems they put a value on each person’s life in a different aspect. My family and I valued my daughter’s life a whole lot more. I would like to know how they determine how much value to put on a person’s life? Don’t get me wrong. I hate that this happened and they should pay for what they did, but who knows what really went on that night except the ones who were there. This guy had a rap sheet yea long. My daughter had never been in trouble in her life. Her killer had harassed her and her boyfriend for at least a year. He had gone in my daughter’s boyfriend’s workplace and went after him with a knife, sliced all four

tires on his vehicle and caused him to get fired. I would like to know who comes up with these laws? Lisa Tolleson Cliffside

Says be proactive on fire ant problem

To the editor: Thank you for the article about fire ants. I have relatives in Florida that are dealing with those evil insects. Now that Spring is almost here we all need to be on alert for them. People and businesses that hire landscape companies need to make sure that they know how to eliminate fire ants instead of spreading them. State DOT mowing crews need to find out how to prevent spreading them while mowing the right-of-ways. Landowners need to keep them from spreading and notify their absent neighbors if their land is in peril. We must be proactive, the Ag Extension office (behind the Senior Center) has lots of information. Joan Murray Rutherfordton

Offers some thoughts on our judicial system To the editor: I am very upset right now. My best friend’s son was involved in the case where the six boys went to this man’s house and supposedly robbed and shot him. Well, from what I’ve been told, her son didn’t even get out of the car, but yet they’re charging him with attempted murder and attempted armed robbery. They were supposedly going to court to try to get their bond reduced. His bond was set at $350,000 and well after Thursday, it went from $350,000

Do not let past mistakes derail focus on today There’s nothing like a good bout of illness to get your priorities straight. Tuesday I was sicker than I’ve been in quite a while. Now that I’m better, I know it was a stomach virus, but at the time I felt as though I had to get well to die. At some time in the wee hours of the morning, I was — as we used to say in college — driving the porcelain bus for about the fourth time and I realized two things. One, I need to make some changes to my diet. Two, there are a whole lot of things we worry about — metaphorically speaking, things we carry around with us — that don’t matter. As I sat in my easy chair, clutching the edges of my wife’s snuggie (that’s a blanket with sleeves for those

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who don’t know) I was given to some more introspection while I sweated it out on Wednesday. It was either the illness, or the fact that I was forced to watch The View. See, the remote was way on the other side of the table and I just couldn’t muster the strength to get out of the chair to reach it. Yes, it was pitiful. Anyway, I decided there was no need in hanging on to worries about mistakes I’ve made — both in print and in my personal life.

I’ll spare you the gory details of the personal life mistakes. But as a journalist I often obsess over the mistakes I make that end up in the paper. This isn’t just about typos, because let’s face it everybody makes that caliber of mistake every so often. Sometimes you just end up typing two when you really mean too or you go off on some tangent about there, their and they’re and spell check is no help. I’m going to have to make sure I edit this column carefully, because nothing would be funnier than making such a mistake when I talked about typos up their. Awww, dang it! No, I’m talking about getting the amount of spending on a government contract

wrong. Or saying a company is near bankruptcy when it really isn’t. These kinds of mistakes are the kind that really grind my gears because sometimes they’re true when I write them, but things change — often quite literally overnight — that invalidate it. I used to really beat myself up over things like this. A college professor I had didn’t make it easier. Encouraging us to never make mistakes he once said, “Gentlemen, a doctor buries his mistakes, a lawyer sends his mistakes to jail, but a newspaperman’s mistakes stay in print forever.” Obviously, this stuck with me. And in a way it is true. But I’ve come to realize it is less true than it was before. People’s attention span just isn’t what it once was.

And with the advent of the Internet, news outlets can edit what is publicly viewable quicker than you can blink. Does this reduce our responsibility to report as accurately and timely as possible? Not at all. On Thursday I was finally able to roll out of bed and come back to work. And just as my body is healed and ready to go again, so too can I get back on the horse with writing after I do make those inevitable mistakes. Clean out your system of old regrets. You’ll feel a lot better if you just focus on doing your best one day at a time. And that’s some good news. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier. com.


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Obituaries

Man leads police on chase, arrested

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n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to three E-911 calls Wednesday.

n Joshua Tipton, 18, of Crowe Dairy Road, Forest City; charged with possession of schedule IV controlled substance and obtaining property by false pretense; released on a $1,600 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Alison Marie Davis, 32, of 111 Quinn Road; charged with two counts of hit/run leave scene of property damage; placed under a $1,500 secured bond. (FCPD) n Darrin Smith, 42, of 956 W. Main St.; charged with misdemeanor probation violation; placed under a $15,000 secured bond. (NCHP) n Ronald Joseph Simen, 33, of 144 Clubhouse Drive; extradition/ fugitive from other state; placed under a $75,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n William Mitchell Harrill, 20, of 177 S. Main St.; charged with assault and battery; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Gayle Anne Gibson, 50, of 2270 Oakland Road; charged with obtain property by false pretense and simple worthless check; released on a $15,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Kayla Ann Hill, 19, of 153 Robinhood Drive; charged with disorderly conduct; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Farrah Gwen Winters, 32, of 134 Fernwood Drive, Rutherfordton; charged with driving while license revoked, possession of controlled substance in jail/ prison and possession of methamphetamine; placed under a $50,000 secured bond. (RPD) n May Elenor Lynch, 52, of 543 Owens Chapel Road, Union Mills; charged with driving while impaired and expired registration; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (RPD) n Kimberly Michelle Prince, 24, of 500 Long St.; charged with littering no greater than 15 pounds and possession of an open container, consume alcohol in passenger area; placed under a $500 secured bond. (RPD)

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Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 182 E-911 calls Wednesday. n The theft of money was reported at East Rutherford Middle School, 259 E. Church St., Bostic.

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n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 34 E-911 calls Wednesday.

Spindale

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 28 E-911 Wednesday.

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n The Forest City Police Department responded to 47 E-911 calls Wednesday. n Robert Brown reported a larceny. n Cynthia Goode reported a fraud. n An employee of Alexander Pawn Shop, on South Broadway Street, reported an incident of obtaining property by false pretense. n Adam Carroll reported a larceny.

Arrests

n Kimberly Prince, 24, of Long Street, Rutherfordton; charged with open container and littering; placed under a $500 secured bond. (FCPD)

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SPINDALE — Officers from a number of law enforcement departments took part in a chase Wednesday night that resulted in an arrest. Antonio Lee Green, 17, of 212 Silver Plate Grill Road, was charged with flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, no operator’s license, speeding and resisting a public officer. He was placed under a $17,000 secured bond in the Rutherford County Jail. The chase began at 11:25 p.m. as Spindale Police Department officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Oakland Road to let the driver know that he had clear lights to the rear, instead of red lights, as required, Spindale Chief Andy Greenway said Thursday. The driver reportedly fled, and the chase led into Forest City, where he allegedly left the vehicle at the Jameson Inn and tried to escape on foot. He was captured and was charged by the SPD. The Forest City Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol were among those involved in the chase.

n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 22 E-911 calls Wednesday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to no E-911 calls Wednesday.

Fire Calls n Cliffside firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Rutherfordton firefighters responded to a residential fire alarm and to a smoke report. n Sandy Mush firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident.

State Today Judge keeps records secret in fatal assault

RALEIGH (AP) — A North Carolina judge has denied a request by media outlets to unseal information about an investigation into the fatal assault of a longtime state Board of Education member. Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered that the records remain secret to protect the criminal investigation into the death of Kathy Taft. Media outlets including The News & Observer of Raleigh, Capitol Broadcasting Co. and The Associated Press had asked that the judge order the release of 911 records and police documents. The 62-year-old Taft died Tuesday from injuries she suffered in a weekend assault at the Raleigh home of her boyfriend, where she had been staying. The boyfriend was in Florida at the time. Taft has been on the board since 1995.

2 men arrested in NC ordered for hearing

RALEIGH (AP) — Two men arrested in North Carolina in a sweep of arrests aimed at the Gambino organized crime family are heading to New York.

Gaetano Napoli Sr. and a son, Gaetano Napoli Jr., both said during a hearing in Raleigh on Thursday they would like to have their detention hearings in New York. They declined a court-appointed attorney before a government lawyer read the list of charges, which range from concealing assets in bankruptcy to obstruction of justice. Both were taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs and leg shackles, and a judge ordered the U.S. Marshals to take the men to New York.

Dewey Lee Ferguson, 80, of Forest City, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Hospice House in Forest City. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Eural Lee and Carrie Hutchins Ferguson. He was a Navy veteran serving in Korea, and a retired loom fixer. He is survived by two sons, Samuel Ferguson of Rutherfordton, and Douglas Ferguson of Florida; two daughters, Linda Garrett of Forest City, and Sybil Lunsford of Cherryville; one brother, Bill Ferguson of Spindale; one sister, Mary Ellen Bennett of Ellenboro; eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Second Baptist Church Family Life Center. Crowe’s Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences www. crowemortuary.com.

Mildred Conner Mildred Lee Taylor Conner, 86, of 287 Middle St., Caroleen, died Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Hospice House in Forest City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral Home.

Blanche McGinnis Blanche McGinnis, 87, of 1881 Big Island Road, Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Holly Springs Nursing Center. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late William Gus and Ethel Holmes Martin, and also preceded in death by her husband, Hoyle Robert McGinnis. She is survived by her caregivers, Shelia and Thurman Owensby; one sister, Gladys Champion of Shelby; two sisters-in-law and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at The A.C. McKinney Memorial Chapel of McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home. The Revs. John Godfrey and Jerry Ruppe will officiate. Burial will follow in the Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043; or to Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home, 1881 Big Island Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Online condolences www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com.

Faye Ledbetter Faye Byars Ledbetter, 64, of 1109 Brookwood Dr., Spartanburg, S.C., died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center of Gaffney, S.C. A native of Boiling Springs, she was a daughter of the late Marvin and Ruth Callahan Byars. Faye was a member of Flint Hill Baptist Church, a graduate of Boiling Springs

High School and a retired bookkeeper. She was formerly employed by Belue Trucking and Butte Knit and a member of Cherokee Springs Fire Department. She is survived by her husband, Herman Ledbetter; one son, Jeff Ledbetter of Boiling Springs, S.C.; one daughter, Katlyn Ledbetter of Boiling Springs; three sisters, Renee Allison and Kim France, both of Boiling Springs, and Patti Byars of Norwood; a number of nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Cleveland Memorial Park with the Rev. Keith Dixon officiating. Visitation will be held after the service in sanctuary of Flint Hill Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Flint Hill Baptist Church, 2207 Flint Hill Church Road, Shelby, NC 28152; or to Cherokee Springs Fire Department, 201 Flatwood Road, Chesnee, SC 29323. McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com.

Deaths Merlin Olsen SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, who helped form one of the NFL’s greatest defensive lines before embarking on a successful career in television, died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Olsen was a member of the Los Angeles Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” along with Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier in the 1960s. He later starred on NFL broadcasts, commercials, and as Jonathan Garvey on the TV series “Little House on the Prairie.” “He was ferocious and fearless on the football field and then the other probably more important aspect of his personality was he was a true gentleman,” said fellow Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood, his teammate with the Rams in Los Angeles. “We all know what a wonderful, tremendous football player he was, but he was so much more than that.” Utah State, Olsen’s alma mater, said he died outside of Los Angeles. He was diagnosed last year with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining often linked to asbestos. Olsen filed a lawsuit last year, claiming he contracted the disease as a result of being exposed to asbestos on construction sites where he worked as a child and young adult. “He cared deeply about people, especially those that shared the game of football with him,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Merlin was a larger-thanlife person, literally and figuratively, and leaves an enormously positive legacy.” Olsen was a consensus All-American at Utah State and won the 1961 Outland Trophy as the nation’s best THE DAILY COURIER Published Tuesday through Sunday mornings by Paxton Media Group LLC dba The Daily Courier USPS 204-920 Periodical Postage paid in Forest City, NC. Company Address: 601 Oak St., P.O. Box 1149, Forest City, NC 28043. Phone: (828) 245-6431 Fax: (828) 248-2790 Subscription rates: Single copy, daily 50¢ / Sunday $1.50. Home delivery $11.75 per month, $35.25 for three months, $70.50 for six months, $129 per year. In county rates by mail payable in advance are: $13.38 for one month, $40.14 for three months, $80.27 for six months, $160.54 per year. Outside county: $14.55 for one month, $43.64 for three months, $87.28 for six months, $174.56 per year. College students for school year subscription, $75. The Digital Courier, $6.50 a month for non-subscribers to The Daily Courier. Payment may be made at the website: www.thedigitalcourier. com The Daily Courier is not responsible for advance subscription payments made to carriers, all of who are independent contractors.

interior lineman. The Rams drafted him third overall in 1962 and he spent the next 15 years with the team, and is still the franchise’s career leader in tackles with 915. He was picked to 14 straight Pro Bowls, a string that began with his rookie year. He joined Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier on the Rams’ storied “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line known for either stopping or knocking backward whatever offenses it faced. The Rams set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed during a 14-game season in 1968. Youngblood joined the Rams as a rookie in 1971, backing up Jones as Olsen continued to anchor the other side of the line. Youngblood remembered Olsen telling him as a young player to push to be great not just on every play, but with “every heartbeat.” Olsen was voted NFC defensive lineman of the year in 1973 and the NFL MVP in 1974, and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. Henry Wittenberg NEW YORK (AP) — Henry Wittenberg, an amateur wrestler who went undefeated for more than 300 matches and won a gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics, has died. He was 91. His family said Wittenberg died Tuesday at his home in Somers, N.Y. Wittenberg began wrestling at City College, becoming a star under the tutelage of coach Joe Sapora. He graduated in 1940 and went on to dominate national and international freestyle wrestling in his weight class while working as a New York City police officer. With World War II canceling the Olympics, Wittenberg served in the Navy. He came back to win gold in the London Games at 191.5 pounds. His unbeaten streak ended when he won silver at the 1952 Helsinki Games, losing to Wiking Palm of Sweden in the title match.

Blanche McGinnis Mrs. Blanche McGinnis, 87, of 1881 Big Island Road, Rutherfordton, died on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Holly Springs Nursing Center. A native of Rutherford County, she was born on March 24, 1922, a daughter of the late William Gus and Ethel Holmes Martin. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Hoyle Robert McGinnis; three brothers, Clyde Martin, Floyd Martin, and Worse Martin; one sister, Ruth Buchanan. She was retired from Firestone Tire, Inc. of Gastonia, NC and was a member of Henrietta First Baptist Church. She is survived by her caregivers Shelia and Thurman Owensby; one sister, Gladys Champion of Shelby, NC; two sisters-in-law, Billie Martin of Rutherfordton and Margaret Martin of Easley, SC; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at The A.C. McKinney Memorial Chapel at McKinney – Landreth Funeral Home with the Rev. John Godfrey and Rev. Jerry Ruppe officiating. Burial will follow at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 at McKinney–Landreth Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or to Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home, 1881 Big Island Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. McKinney – Landreth Funeral Home is serving The McGinnis Family. An online guest register is available at: www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com

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Siemens moves power unit to NC Hospice Hospice of Rutherford County offers the following services: GRACE support groups: Meets the first Tuesday of each month at Rutherford LifeCare from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; and the third Friday of each month at the Senior Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; GRACE is for anyone caring for a loved one in the community; Program schedule — March 19, “Self Care” with Patty Olson. HOPE support group: Tuesdays for four weeks beginning March 2 at the Center of Living. This group is for any adult who has lost a loved one. Hospice Memorial service: April 22, 6 p.m., at CECC featuring Rev. Billy Honeycutt. On My Own Series workshop: Thursday, March 25, 1 p.m., at the Carolina Event and Conference Center; topic “Lawn and Yard Maintenance”; this seminar is for anyone living on their own due to the loss of a loved one to death or illness. PROMISE Support Group: This group is for parents who have lost adult children. The group is conducted for in four week increments. Call for details. Widow/Widower’s Lunch Bunch meeting: Third Friday of each month at the Carolina Event and Conference Center. Dutch treat, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone in the community who has lost a spouse. Volunteer training: April 12-14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the HNG office in Lake Lure; and April 26-29 at the Carolina Event and Conference Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Training is also available on DVD. Hospice Library: Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Hospice at 245-0095 to register for any of the support groups or events listed. Students/youth Rutherfordton Little League: Challenger Baseball sign-ups for special needs children ages 5-21 (as long as they are still in school); Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Spindale House; $25 per player, $15 for each additional player in same family; for more information contact Brian or Angie Scoggins at 287-3183.

Fundraisers Chicken pie lunch: Sunday, March 14, serving begins at 12:15 p.m., at Caroleen United Methodist Church, Mills Ave., off Boss Moore Road; adults $6; children 5-10, $3; under 5 free; chicken pie, green beans, sweet potatoes, slaw, rolls; large selection of homemade desserts; take outs available. Food sale: Saturday, March 20, beginning at 11 a.m., Mount Pisgah United Church of God; fish, chitterlins and hot dog plates; Sunday School fundraiser. Correction: The fish fry announced for March 13 at Unionville Lodge is actually Saturday, March 20, beginning at 11 a.m. Chili/soup cook-off, supper: Saturday, March 20, 4 to 8 p.m., Long Branch Road Baptist Church, 627 Long Branch Road, Forest City; sample a variety of soups and chilies, cast your vote; no set price, donations accepted; proceeds for the building fund.

Music/concerts Choir anniversary: Voices of Praise will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday, March 13, at New Bethel Independent Church, Forest City. The singing program begins at 5 p.m.

RALEIGH (AP) — German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG is consolidating production of gas turbines for electric utilities in North Carolina to position itself for an expected boom in electricity demand in the Southeast and around the world. A subsidiary of the Munich-based company, Siemens Energy Inc., said Thursday it plans to invest $135 million to build a new manufacturing plant for 60-Hertz gas turbines in Charlotte. The company was promised a package of tax breaks, grants and low-interest loans worth up to $154.75 million to make the move. Siemens will close a similar plant

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The two run E-R Electronics Disposal in Hickory, and contract with Rutherford County Solid Waste to haul off the old electronics collected at the county’s convenience centers. While not toxic initially, the e-waste can sometimes break down in landfills and produce hazardous by-products like mercury, lithium and others — toxins that Hicks knows all too well. “My full-time job is operating a water treatment plant for the town of Longview,” Hicks said. “Over the last 10 years I’ve seen it takes a lot more work to clean up the water and some of that waste comes from old computers. We don’t make a lot of money on this business, but if we can at least break even that is good enough for me. I just want to do my best to keep

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minutes to complete and will be time well spent. “It will be very beneficial to TDA in making short term and long range plans to benefit the entire county,” Whitaker said. “All are welcome to take the survey, but we especially encourage you to do so if you have ever had a connection to a lodging property, attraction, restaurant, event, or if you have a role in local government or chambers of commerce.” She also said if people want to take

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than we do,” Sievers said. Ideally, Limehouse said, each team member would know all areas. Bass said the questions typically bring together all areas you’d study in school. Questions are often long and pyramidical, Limehouse said, with each building on the previous. “The team that has the most knowledge in that area gets rewarded,” he said. At least half of the questions seem to deal with literature, Sievers said.

Singing: Sunday, March 21, 10:45 a.m., Concord Baptist Church; featuring The Royal Quartet. Singing: Sunday, March 28, 2 p.m.; Harris Baptist Church; featuring Point of Life from Pickens, S.C.

Religion Praise, Prayer and Worship service: Sunday, March 14, 4 p.m., New Forest Chapel CME Church, 137 Chapel St., Forest City; sponsored by Bernice Suber; Rosa Landrum, pastor of the church. Rainbow Tea: Sunday, March 14, 3 p.m., Union Hill AME Zion Church; sponsored by the Home Mission Department.

Siemens AG chief executive officer Peter Loescher said in a statement. The move is expected to create 825 engineering and manufacturing jobs in Charlotte within five years, paying an average wage of almost $64,000 a year. Production in the expanded plant is scheduled to start in the fall of 2011, the company said. State and local governments promised up to $35 million in tax breaks and grants. A county development entity is also prepared to lend Siemens up to $120 million in lowinterest loans, with funding coming from bonds created by last year’s federal stimulus package.

this stuff out of the landfills.” Davidson handles the collection of scraps and makes a trip to the convenience centers about every two weeks. He said this usually nets him a full truckload and several trailers full of old PCs, VCRs, DVD players and monitors. “It’s probably a couple hundred pounds of stuff in the truck every time,” Davidson said. “But we aren’t getting rich off this. You can make some good money, but that is generally only when you have tons of leftover metal to sell.”

“I’ve had some that were as thick as a car bumper, and when you get into the ones that are old it can weigh as much as 45 pounds. A lot of the older ones, the housing for the floppy drives and the CD-ROM drives, was made of aluminum, and there can be small pieces of brass. It isn’t a whole lot, but if you save it up, at the end of the year you’ll have a five-gallon bucket full.” But reselling plastic components can be tricky. “There are about eight different kinds of plastic for the keyboard, the monitor and the mouse so it is tough to find demand for all those different types,” Hicks said. “I have found one company that would take it all mixed up but they want 30,000 pounds and they want it all in bales. We can only do so much and my warehouse is only so big.”

On a good trip, Davidson said he might make about $30 over costs. Mostly, he said he just hopes to cover the cost of his gasoline. The money lies in selling the metal from cases, so the older the computer the better for scrap. “The metals comes from most of the old cases, like heavy steel,” Hicks said.

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the survey anonymously, use the following email address when the survey asks for one: rctda@rutherfordtourism.com. Sample survey questions are: n What do you believe the TDA is, and what do you believe is its role? There are six difference choices of answers such as: A PR/marketing engine to get overnight visitors to the county; an advisory group to help. n What is the most important role of TDA (six choices); n What services would you like the TDA to offer you? n What ways, in your opinion, do visitors hear about our area?

n What are the biggest attractions in our area to visitors? n What are the most important attractions? n What are the top three things you dislike about our area? Three things you personally love about our area? n What are the top three things you think visitors most often complain about concerning our area? The survey is on the website: www. TDAAlliance.com or call the TDA office at 245-1492 for more information.

Limehouse said he tries to pinpoint weaknesses for the team after each competition. “Right now those would be world geography and American poetry,” he said.

this year will be held Friday, March 26. TJCA’s team is the defending champion, beating out long-time champions R-S Central in the past years. “They are always one to watch,” Bass said of the R-S team. R-S, East High, Chase High and REaCH will take part in the challenge March 26 as well. Being a part of a quiz bowl team has given the students a broader scope on the world, Besson said. “I’m much more aware of the classical world now,” he said.

And just like in sports, there are those teams that pose a bigger threat than others. “The best teams are Raleigh Charter and Robinson,” Bass said. Raleigh Charter, Limehouse said, is in the top 20 quiz bowl teams in the nation. “The early college at Guilford is always tough too,” Limehouse added. Locally the team competes in the Isothermal Senior Challenge, which

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Protests heat up ahead of healthcare vote RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina residents supporting and rejecting President Barack Obama’s efforts to overhaul the nation’s health care system held competing rallies outside an office of U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge. Raleigh police officers watched closely Thursday as activists gath-

ered peacefully on opposite sides of Fayetteville Street, where a district office for Etheridge is located. The number of people chanting in favor of the plan pushed by Democrats outnumbered about 50 protesters arguing against the plan. Conservative activists also urged

opponents to rally Thursday at district offices of Democratic Reps. Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell. Congressional leaders are awaiting a final cost analysis that will allow them to start counting votes in earnest. House Democratic leaders want to get approved a Senate-passed bill from last year.

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Singing: Sunday, March 14, 6 p.m., Piney Knob Baptist Church; featuring In His Glory. Singing: Sunday, March 14, 6 p.m., Haynes Memorial Baptist Church, Henrietta; featuring The Reggie Sadler Family.

in Hamilton, Ontario, that employs about 450, though it’s not yet clear how many will lose their jobs and how many transfer to North Carolina over the next 18 months, spokeswoman Melanie Forbrick said. The turbines will be shipped to utilities in the Americas, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. “Over the next five years, we expect employment at the Charlotte site to grow to nearly 1,800 people, with more than 1,000 of those positions new to Charlotte. With this move we’re pushing ahead with our growth strategy in the U.S., which is our most important single-country market,”

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Real March Madness Davis, Martin in Blue-White Game FOREST CITY — Chase’s girls’ basketball coach Eric Martin and senior guard Euletha Davis will take part in the 58th Blue-White All-Star Game at TC Roberson High on Friday, March 19.

Local Sports BASEBALL 7 p.m. Chesnee at Chase 7 p.m. R-S Central at Owen 7 p.m. TJCA at WCCA SOFTBALL 4:30 p.m. Chesnee at Chase GIRL’S SOCCER 6 p.m. R-S Central at E. Henderson

On TV 12 p.m. (WBTV) (WLOS) (ESPN2) College Basketball ACC Tournament, First Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 12 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Big Ten Tournament, First Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 12 p.m. (FSS) Women’s College Basketball Big 12 Tournament, First Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 1 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball SEC Tournament, First Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 2 p.m. (WLOS) (ESPN2) College Basketball ACC Tournament, Second Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 2 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Big Ten Tournament, Second Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 2:30 p.m. (WBTV) College Basketball ACC Tournament, Second Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 2:30 p.m. (FSS) Women’s College Basketball Big 12 Tournament, Second Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 3:30 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball SEC Tournament, Second Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 4:45 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Patriot League Tournament, Final: Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (WBTV) (WLOS) (ESPN2) College Basketball ACC Tournament, Third Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Big East Tournament, First Semifinal: Teams TBA. 7:30 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball SEC Tournament, Third Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 7:30 p.m. (TS) NHL Hockey New York Rangers at Atlanta Thrashers. 9 p.m. (WLOS) (ESPN2) College Basketball ACC Tournament, Fourth Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 9 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Big East Tournament, Second Semifinal: Teams TBA. 9 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Pac-10 Tournament, First Semifinal: Teams TBA. 9:30 p.m. (WBTV) College Basketball ACC Tournament, Fourth Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 10 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball SEC Tournament, Fourth Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. 11:30 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Pac-10 Tournament, Second Semifinal: Teams TBA. 12 a.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball WAC Tournament, Second Semifinal: Teams TBA.

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Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio, right, is seen in the waning moments of an NCAA college basketball game against Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, Thursday. Miami won 83-62.

Hurricanes roll over Demon Deacons GREENSBORO (AP) — Reggie Johnson was perfect. Once again, Wake Forest was anything but. The redshirt freshman scored a season-high 22 points against his hometown school and 12th-seeded Miami routed the fifth-seeded Demon Deacons 83-62 on Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Johnson was 8-for-8 from the field,

becoming the first player not to miss in that many attempts in an ACC tournament game since Duke’s Grant Hill in 1992, and hit all six of his free throw attempts. James Dews added 15 points for the Hurricanes (19-12). Playing without injured standout Dwayne Collins, they led by 25, shot nearly 52 percent against one of the league’s toughest defenses and made a huge early run stand in advancing to

Friday’s quarterfinal matchup against fourth-seeded Virginia Tech. “Wake Forest was really aggressive (with) us and (they) were really pushing us out,” Miami coach Frank Haith said. “When you play a team like that, you’ve got to be able to drive the ball and loosen them up, to get yourself in a flow, and we were able to do that.”

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Virginia’s Mike Scott (32) goes to the hoop as Boston College’s Josh Southern (52) defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, Thursday.

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Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal, left, gets tangled with North Carolina’s Will Graves (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, Thursday.

Jackets kick Tar Heels GREENSBORO (AP) — Derrick Favors had 18 points and nine rebounds to help Georgia Tech hold off North Carolina 62-58 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday night. Gani Lawal added 12 points for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (2011), who had to fight the entire way to earn a needed victory for their shaky NCAA tournament chances. Georgia Tech trailed by 13 points in

the first half against a team it had swept during the regular season, but rallied early in the second half to tie the game before finally pushing ahead in the final 4 minutes. Favors had a huge game, hitting his first seven shots while coming up with a key block of Tyler Zeller’s layup attempt to tie it with about 2 minutes left. Zeller had 17 points and 10 Please see Tar Heels, Page 8

Virginia beats Boston College GREENSBORO (AP) — Sammy Zeglinski scored 16 of his season-high 21 points in the first half to help Virginia beat Boston College 68-62 on Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Mike Scott had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the ninth-seeded Cavaliers (15-15), who won their first game in a month and their first tournament game in four years. Virginia had lost nine straight heading into Greensboro, but pushed ahead late in the first half and led by as many as 11 points midway through the second half. Virginia hadn’t won a tournament game since beating Virginia Tech in the first round of the 2006 tournament in Greensboro.

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Scoreboard WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct 45 21 .682 37 25 .597 34 31 .523 32 31 .508 32 33 .492 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 43 21 .672 Utah 42 22 .656 Oklahoma City 39 24 .619 Portland 38 28 .576 Minnesota 14 51 .215 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Lakers 47 18 .723 Phoenix 40 25 .615 L.A. Clippers 25 40 .385 Sacramento 22 43 .338 Golden State 17 46 .270

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Dallas San Antonio Memphis Houston New Orleans

Major League Baseball Spring Training Glance Cleveland Tampa Bay Boston Toronto Kansas City Minnesota Seattle Chicago Detroit New York Oakland Los Angeles Texas Baltimore

AMERICAN W 5 9 6 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 2 2 2

LEAGUE L Pct 0 1.000 1 .900 3 .667 3 .625 3 .571 3 .571 4 .556 3 .500 5 .444 5 .444 4 .429 4 .333 4 .333 6 .250

NATIONAL LEAGUE W L San Francisco 7 2 Atlanta 6 3 Colorado 6 4 Chicago 4 3 Philadelphia 4 3 Florida 5 4 New York 6 5 Cincinnati 3 3 Houston 3 4 Los Angeles 2 3 Arizona 3 5 St. Louis 3 5 Milwaukee 3 6 Pittsburgh 3 6 San Diego 2 6 Washington 0 8

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North Carolina’s Marcus Ginyard (1) misses a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, Thursday.

Tar Heels Continued from Page 7

rebounds to lead the 10th-seeded Tar Heels (16-16), who lost their tournament opener for the first time since falling to Georgia Tech in the 2004 quarterfinals. Georgia Tech advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals to face No. 19 Maryland, the tournament’s No. 2 seed. In many ways, the game illustrated the kind of season both teams have had to this point. The Yellow Jackets did just enough to keep themselves alive in the ACC tournament, while the defending national champion Tar Heels just weren’t good enough — particularly on the perimeter — when the game came down to the critical final minutes. Zachery Peacock — who hit the winning shot in the final minute in the first meeting — put the Yellow Jackets ahead for good with a stepback jumper for a 58-56 lead with 4:04 left. A few minutes later, Favors wiped away Zeller’s seemingly easy putaway with his fifth block, and Lawal corralled a loose ball and hit a hook shot to beat the shot clock and make it 60-56 with 1:44 to play. Trailing by four in the final seconds, the Tar Heels managed a final desperation possession with Larry Drew II missing a 3-pointer and Will Graves airballing one of his own a few seconds later to seal Georgia Tech’s victory. The Tar Heels had won two straight games before last weekend, when Duke unleashed plenty of pent-up frustration and ended North Carolina’s four-year winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium in humiliating fashion: a 32-point beating that could have been much, much worse.

Hurricanes storm back, beat Pens in OT

RALEIGH (AP) — Brian Pothier scored at 23 of overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. Eric Staal and Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist each, and Zach Boychuk also scored for the Hurricanes, 13-3-1 in their last 17 games. Justin Peters made 37 saves — including a late gem on Pascal Dupuis — to help Carolina survive a 40-21 shot disadvantage. Pothier took a pass from Whitney from behind the net and snapped it past Brent Johnson to help the Hurricanes complete a rally from an early twogoal deficit. Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal and Bill Guerin scored for the Penguins, who had their post-Olympic winning streak snapped at four. Johnson made 17 saves. Pittsburgh had been 10-1-1 this season in games when it was tied after two periods before it stumbled against the team it swept in last season’s Eastern Conference final.

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Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 7, N.Y. Mets 6, 10 innings Tampa Bay 8, Boston 6 Philadelphia 4, Toronto 2 N.Y. Yankees 9, Detroit 8 St. Louis 6, Washington 4 Florida 16, Houston 4 San Diego (ss) 5, Milwaukee 4 Seattle 6, Texas 3 Cincinnati 6, L.A. Angels 0 San Francisco 5, Chicago Cubs 1 L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona 4, tie Cleveland 10, San Diego (ss) 5 Chicago White Sox 9, Oakland 5 Kansas City 5, Colorado 0 Baltimore 3, Pittsburgh 2 Thursday’s Games Tampa Bay (ss) 4, Toronto 1 Tampa Bay (ss) 16, Pittsburgh 15 Philadelphia 4, Detroit 0 St. Louis 5, Florida 3 Houston vs Washington at Viera, Fla., ccd., Rain Boston 8, N.Y. Mets 2 Chicago Cubs 8, San Diego 7 Oakland 7, Milwaukee (ss) 3 L.A. Dodgers 6, Kansas City 4 Arizona 4, L.A. Angels 1 Seattle 6, San Francisco 2 Chicago White Sox 5, Cleveland 5, tie, 10 innings Cincinnati 3, Milwaukee (ss) 1 Texas 16, Colorado 5 Atlanta vs N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., late Baltimore vs Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., late Friday’s Games Philadelphia (ss) vs Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Florida vs Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia (ss) vs Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (ss) vs L.A. Angels (ss) at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (ss) vs Milwaukee at Phoenix, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (ss) vs Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Kansas City vs Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Oakland vs Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Diego vs Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Francisco vs Colorado at Tucson, Ariz., 3:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (ss) vs Chicago Cubs (ss) at Las Vegas, Nev., 10:05 p.m. Saturday’s Games N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs Detroit (ss) at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Florida vs Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington vs Houston (ss) at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston (ss) vs St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Baltimore vs N.Y. Yankees (ss) at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Detroit (ss) vs N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. L.A. Angels vs Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Texas vs Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Francisco (ss) vs Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Oakland (ss) vs San Francisco (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Colorado vs Milwaukee at Phoenix, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Diego vs Oakland (ss) at Phoenix, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox at Las Vegas, Nev., 4:05 p.m.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct 40 23 .635 32 31 .508 23 41 .359 22 42 .344 7 57 .109

Boston Toronto Philadelphia New York New Jersey

GB —  8  17 1/2 18 1/2 33 1/2

Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 45 20 .692 Atlanta 40 23 .635 Charlotte 32 31 .508 Miami 33 32 .508 Washington 21 40 .344

GB —  4  12  12  22 

Central Division W L Pct 50 15 .769 34 29 .540 31 32 .492 22 42 .344 21 43 .328

GB —  15  18  27 1/2 28 1/2

Cleveland Milwaukee Chicago Detroit Indiana

GB —  6  10 1/2 11 1/2 12 1/2 GB —  1  3 1/2 6  29 1/2 GB —  7  22  25  29 

Wednesday’s Games Charlotte 102, Philadelphia 87 Memphis 111, Boston 91 Utah 115, Detroit 104 Miami 108, L.A. Clippers 97 Denver 110, Minnesota 102 Oklahoma City 98, New Orleans 83 Dallas 96, New Jersey 87 San Antonio 97, New York 87 Sacramento 113, Toronto 90 Thursday’s Games Atlanta 105, Washington 99 Chicago at Orlando, late Portland at Golden State, late Friday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Indiana at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Miami, 7:30 p.m. New York at Memphis, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Denver at New Orleans, 8 p.m. New Jersey at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Washington at Detroit, 8 p.m. Utah at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Portland at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Saturday’s Games Detroit at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Orlando at Washington, 7 p.m. Denver at Memphis, 8 p.m. New York at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. New Jersey at Houston, 8:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Toronto at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

National Hockey League GA 189 157 175 185 209 GA 164 190 188 168 223 GA 189 211 201 188 204

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Wednesday’s Games Phoenix 4, Vancouver 3, SO Buffalo 5, Dallas 3 New Jersey 6, N.Y. Rangers 3 Washington 4, Carolina 3, OT Chicago 3, Los Angeles 2, OT Thursday’s Games Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 3, OT St. Louis 2, N.Y. Islanders 1, SO Boston 5, Philadelphia 1 Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT Columbus 2, Atlanta 1 Montreal 5, Edmonton 4, SO Minnesota at Detroit, late Florida at Colorado, late Ottawa at Calgary, late Nashville at San Jose, late Friday’s Games Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Nashville at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Saturday’s Games Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Florida at San Jose, 4 p.m. Edmonton at Toronto, 7 p.m. Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Carolina, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Columbus, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

BASEBALL MLB—Suspended P Michael Feliz 50-games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Trestment Program.

HOCKEY

Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF 66 44 17 5 93 220 66 36 25 5 77 184 66 31 23 12 74 177 65 30 26 9 69 177 67 26 30 11 63 175 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF 67 41 23 3 85 220 66 37 23 6 80 196 66 33 24 9 75 170 65 31 28 6 68 180 66 21 39 6 48 163

GA 160 167 178 211 206

Thursday’s Sports Transactions

TOURNAMENT Big 12 Conference Quarterfinals Kansas 80, Texas Tech 68 Texas A&M 70, Nebraska 64 Big East Conference Quarterfinals Georgetown 91, Syracuse 84 Marquette 80, Villanova 76 Big Ten Conference First Round Michigan 59, Iowa 52 Northwestern 73, Indiana 58 Conference USA Quarterfinals Houston 66, Memphis 65 Southern Miss. 58, UAB 44 Mid-American Conference Quarterfinals Akron 97, E. Michigan 89, 2OT W. Michigan 69, Cent. Michigan 60 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Quarterfinals S. Carolina St. 59, Md.-Eastern Shore 53 Mountain West Conference Quarterfinals New Mexico 75, Air Force 69 San Diego St. 72, Colorado St. 71 Pacific-10 Conference Quarterfinals UCLA 75, Arizona 69 Southeastern Conference Third Place Alabama 68, South Carolina 63 First Round Tennessee 59, LSU 49 Southwestern Athletic Conference First Round Alabama St. 56, Alabama A&M 45 Western Athletic Conference First Round Louisiana Tech 74, Fresno St. 66 Utah St. 84, Boise St. 60

Chicago Nashville Detroit St. Louis Columbus

Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF 65 42 14 9 93 212 67 40 22 5 85 180 66 39 22 5 83 202 66 29 25 12 70 187 66 30 28 8 68 185

TRANSACTIONS

Atlantic Coast Conference At Greensboro Coliseum First Round Thursday, March 11 Virginia 68, Boston College 62 Miami 83, Wake Forest 62 Georgia Tech 62, North Carolina 58 Clemson vs. N.C. State, late Quarterfinals Friday, March 12 Duke vs. Virginia, Noon Virginia Tech vs. Miami, 2:30 p.m. Maryland vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. Florida State vs. Clemson-N.C. State winner, 9:30 p.m. Semifinals Saturday, March 13 Duke-Virginia winner vs. Virginia Tech-Miami winner, 1:30 p.m. Maryland-Georgia Tech winner vs. Florida StateClemson-N.C. State winner, 4 p.m. Championship Sunday, March 14 Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF Pittsburgh 66 40 22 4 84 211 New Jersey 65 39 23 3 81 175 Philadelphia 65 35 26 4 74 198 N.Y. Rangers 67 29 29 9 67 173 N.Y. Islanders 66 26 32 8 60 171 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Buffalo 65 36 20 9 81 179 Ottawa 67 37 25 5 79 185 Montreal 68 33 29 6 72 183 Boston 65 29 24 12 70 160 Toronto 66 21 33 12 54 172 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 67 45 13 9 99 264 Atlanta 65 28 27 10 66 195 Tampa Bay 65 27 27 11 65 175 Florida 65 27 28 10 64 171 Carolina 66 27 31 8 62 185

San Jose Phoenix Los Angeles Dallas Anaheim

GA 163 188 182 182 217 GA 174 176 167 188 225

American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Reassigned 3B Mike Moustakas, OF David Lough, LHP Danny Duffy, OF David Robinson, 1B Ernest Mejia, INF Mario Lisson and C Steve Lerud to their minor league camp.

National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS—Agreed to terms with RHP Bryan Augenstein, RHP Billy Buckner, RHP Juan Gutierrez, LHP Zach Kroenke, RHP Jose Marte, RHP Roque Mercedes, RHP Kevin Mulvey, LHP Jordan Norberto, RHP Daniel Stange, RHP Cesar Valdez, RHP Esmerling Vasquez, LHP Clay Zavada, INF Tony Abreu, INF Brandon Allen, INF Pedro Ciriaco, INF Ryan Roberts, INF Rusty Ryal, OF Cole Gillespie, OF Gerardo Parra and C John Hester on one-year contracts. Renewed the contracts of RHP Ian Kennedy and 3B Mark Reynolds. COLORADO ROCKIES—Agreed to terms with 1B Todd Helton on a two-year contact extension through 2013. LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Announced the retirement of OF Brian Giles. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Released LHP Eddie Guardado and RHP Shawn Estes. Reassigned RHP Logan Kensing, RHP Joel Peralta, RHP Ryan Speier, LHP Victor Garate, OF Jerry Owens and C Derek Norris to their minor league camp. LINCOLN Sandell.

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United League EDINBURG ROADRUNNERS—Traded INF Matt Imwalle to Chico (Golden) for 1B Daryl Jones. LAREDO BRONCOS—Released OF Mario Mendez, OF Juan Senreiso and INF Luis Ugueto. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETS—Returned G Will Conroy to Rio Grande Valley (NBADL). Women’s National Basketball Association SEATTLE STORM—Re-signed C Lauren Jackson. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS—Re-signed TE Joe Klopfenstein. CHICAGO BEARS—Signed S Josh Bullocks. CINCINNATI BENGALS—Signed DT Tank Johnson to a four-year contract. DETROIT LIONS—Signed T Jon Jansen and LB Vinny Ciurciu to one-year contracts. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Signed G Andy Alleman. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Signed WR Jerheme Urban. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—Re-signed LS Jason Kyle to a one-year contract. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Signed WR Chad Hall to a three-year contract. ST. LOUIS RAMS—Re-signed TE Daniel Fells. WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Signed TE Sean Ryan. Canadian Football League WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS—Agreed to terms with DB LaVar Glover, OL John Hashem, SB Scott McHenry and DB Clint Kent. HOCKEY National Hockey League LOS ANGELES KINGS—Recalled G Jonathan Bernier from Manchester (AHL) under emergency conditions.

American Hockey League HARTFORD WOLF PACK—Signed F Mike Hoffman. NORFOLK ADMIRALS—Signed D Taylor Vichorek. PROVIDENCE BRUINS—Signed F Ned Lukacevic.

ECHL ECHL—Fined Las Vegas F Alex Bourret an undisclosed amount as a result of his actions during Sunday’s game at Ontario. ELMIRA JACKALS—Traded RW Bear Trapp and future considerations to Johnstown for RW Thomas Beauregard.

SOCCER Major League Soccer CHIVAS USA—Announced the retirement of M Sasha Victorine. NEW YORK RED BULLS—Signed G Greg Sutton. Acquired M Carl Robinson from Toronto for a 2011 fourth-round draft pick.

COLLEGE GEORGIA SOUTHERN—Named Shawn Quinn linebacker coach, Orlando Mitjans, Jr. cornerbacks coach, Victor Cabral defensive line assistant coach and Lamont Seward wide receivers coach. HUNTINGDON—Announced the resignation of women’s basketball coach Tara Osborne. SAINT LOUIS—Named Mike McGinty men’s soccer coach. WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN—Fired men’s basketball coach Bill Lilly.

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Delhomme visits Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns spent another day looking for a new quarterback by meeting with an older one. Free agent Jake Delhomme, released last week after seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers, visited Thursday with the perpetually rebuilding Browns, who have been busy this week trying to improve their unstable situation at QB. The Browns confirmed the 35-yearold Delhomme spent time at the team’s offices in Berea, Ohio. They also said free agent tight end Ben Watson and running back Justin Fargas met with coach Eric Mangini and front-office personnel. The Browns have been actively shopping for a quarterback, a position they haven’t been able to adequately fill since their NFL expansion return in 1999. Earlier this Contributed Photo week, the team acquired backup Seneca Wallace in a trade from The Sharks Aquatic Club is Lindsey Martelle (front, l to r), Kaitlyn Moss, Kassidy Seattle and released Derek Anderson, Hamrick, Madelyn Martelle, Annie Shirk; Parker Campbell (middle, l to r), John who took a swipe at Cleveland fans Michael Twiggs, Austin Toney, David Roby, Ben Waldrep; Matt Campbell (back, l to r), Garrett Simpson, Ari Wallace, Abbey Bragg, Alexandra Martelle and Coach Kathi on his way out of town. Simpson. Not pictured: Davis Kennedy. The club’s interest in Delhomme seems to indicate a reluctance to hand the starting job back to Quinn, who has struggled as a pro. Quinn is just 3-9 in 12 career starts with From staff reports 50-yard Butterfly, 100- and 200Cleveland, but some of the former yard Individual Medley. She finished Notre Dame star’s inconsistency can FOREST CITY — The Sharks 5th in the 100-yard Breastroke, 10th be attributed to the Browns’ lack of Aquatic Club had 16 swimmers, in the 50-yard Breastroke, 32nd in ages 14 and under, competing in the talent, as well as coaching and frontthe 50-yard Freestyle, 24th in the 2010 NC Age Group State Swim office changes in recent years. 100-yard Freestyle, 25th in the 100Championships in Cary on February Agent Rick Smith would not yard IM, 24th in the 200-yard IM, 18-21. comment on Delhomme’s visit to and 40th in the 50-yard Butterfly. The team placed 11th out of 35 Cleveland. Lindsey received an invitation to teams represented. Rutherford Quinn was rumored to be on the attend NC Select Camp for finishing trading block last year, but the County had 4 swimmers who qualiin the top 5 in an individual event. fied for this meet. Browns didn’t find a suitable deal Alexandra Martelle, a student at and he began the 2009 season as Madelyn Martelle, a student at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar their starter. He was replaced just qualified in the 13- and 14-year olds, 2½ games in by Anderson, who School, qualified in the 10- and 50- and 100-yard Freestyle, 100couldn’t hold down the job and was Under, 50- and 100-yard Freestyle, and 200-yard Backstroke, 100- and eventually benched. 50- and 100-yard Breastroke, 200-yard Breastroke, 100-yard Fly Browns president Mike Holmgren, 50-yard Backstroke, 100- and 200and 200-yard Individual Medley. yard Individual Medley. She finished who has spent his career developShe finished 11th in both the 100 7th in the 50-yard Breastroke, 11th in ing quarterbacks, has yet to endorse and 200 Backstroke, 15th in the the 100-yard Breastroke, 20th in the Quinn, another sign the club may be 100 Breastroke, 12th in the 200 trying to trade him. 50-yard Freestyle, 34th in the 100Breastroke, 24th in the 50 Freestyle, Holmgren knows that finding a yard Freestyle, 28th in the 100-yard 18th in the 100 Freestyle, 22nd in competent quarterback is essential to IM and 35th in the 200-yard IM. the 100 Butterfly, and 17th in the any team’s success. Ari Wallace qualified in the 13- and 200 IM. She was also part of the 200 “It’s a huge decision,” Holmgren 14-year olds 50-yard Freestyle and Freestyle Relay that finished 13th in said at the scouting combine last was part of two relays. She finished the state. month. “It’s the most important deci32nd in the state and helped the Lindsey Martelle, a student at sion on the football team and the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, 200-yard Freestyle Relay finish 13th great teams have that guy.” in the state. qualified in the 11- and 12-year olds, It’s not known if the Browns have The swimmers are coached by 50- and 100- and 200-yard Freestyle, offered Delhomme a contract. If he’s Kathi Simpson and Dave Messenger. signed by the club, he could serve 50- and 100-yard Breastroke, as a mentor for Quinn or possibly take over as starter while Cleveland grooms another QB. The Browns currently have 11 draft picks, and it’s possible they could use a high one on DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods without competing before showintends to remain out of golf at least ing up at a major. The first time was until the Masters, two people with in 2006, when he didn’t play after knowledge of his plans told The the Masters while coping with his Associated Press on Thursday. father’s death, then missed the cut in Woods has been practicing at a major for the first time in the U.S. Continued from Page 7 Isleworth near his Orlando home Open at Winged Foot. Two years ago, the last two weeks, and swing coach he was out with knee surgery until Ishmael Smith had 14 points to lead Hank Haney flew there during the winning the U.S. Open at Torrey Wake Forest (19-10), which didn’t weekend to work with him. That led Pines on a shattered left knee. to speculation Thursday he was close Woods has not played since Nov. 15, get closer than 16 in the second half to playing again. when he won the Australian Masters in falling to 0-3 in ACC tournament The two people, who spoke on conin Melbourne for his 82nd career vic- games under coach Dino Gaudio. The Demon Deacons have lost five dition of anonymity because only tory. Twelve days later, he crashed of six, and that can’t help but damWoods is supposed to release such his SUV into a tree near his Florida age their seeding — if not drop them information, say he is likely to play home, setting off shocking revelaonto the NCAA tournament bubfirst at Augusta National in April. tions that he had been cheating on ble — when Selection Sunday rolls Woods twice has gone nine weeks his wife. around. “You can’t teach energy. You can’t teach emotion,” Smith said. “That’s Cavaliers, who were the talk of the something you’ve got to come out ACC in January after winning their with. We didn’t.” Continued from Page 7 first three league games and starting For the Hurricanes, who finished 5-2 after a 59-47 home win against alone at the bottom of the ACC with North Carolina State on Feb. 3. But Now the Cavaliers and first-year a 4-12 league record and came to the Cavaliers hadn’t won since, grad- Greensboro on a three-game losing coach Tony Bennett are headed to ually sliding toward the bottom half Friday’s quarterfinals to face fourthstreak, the big story was Johnson. of the standings. ranked Duke. The 6-foot-10 rookie from nearby Winston-Salem sat out last season Rakim Sanders tied a season-high Things got worse last week when while dropping 40 pounds to reach with 22 points for the eighth-seeded Bennett suspended leading scorer Eagles (15-16), who had won all four Sylven Landesberg for the rest of the his current playing weight of 295. Johnson, who had a close relationof their ACC tournament openers season due to academics issues. And ship with late Wake Forest coach before struggling in this one. BC’s Joe when they lost to Maryland to close Skip Prosser, had an ACC tournaTrapani, a third-team all-conference the regular season, the Cavaliers ment debut that certainly was one pick, finished with two points on entered Greensboro with their lonto remember. He easily surpassed 0-for-7 shooting. gest losing streak since the 1961-62 his previous high of 13 points while It was a relief-inducing win for the season.

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almost single-handedly delivering Miami’s first ACC tournament win since 2008 and sending the Demon Deacons to another one-and-done. “I actually believe that Skip was watching, but was going for the Deacs, but was with me, also,” Johnson said. “It kind of freaked me out a little bit knowing that Coach Prosser used to be the coach at Wake Forest, but I’m glad we got the win. It couldn’t be a better moment for me right now.” Johnson reeled off six consecutive points during a quick 8-0 run out of the halftime break that gave Miami its first 20-point lead. The third of his layups on three straight possessions stretched it to 49-27 with 17:20 left, and he added a highlight-reel dunk with just under 9 minutes to play that punctuated the rout. “We just didn’t guard well enough throughout to even make a run at them,” Gaudio said. Al-Farouq Aminu and Tony Woods had 11 points apiece and C.J. Harris added 10 for Wake Forest, which hasn’t won a postseason tournament game of any kind — ACC or NCAA — since the opening round of the 2007 conference tournament. They’ve lost four straight ACC tournament games, all by double figures.

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Jessica Stark, of Pearson, helps salvage items from the destroyed home of Ward and Ivajean Baldridge in Pearson, Ark., Thursday after a tornado hit the home Wednesday night. Ward Baldridge was killed and his wife and their grandson suffered serious injuries, Cleburne County sheriff said.

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NORWALK, Calif. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy who called 911 from a locked bathroom while armed robbers threatened his parents hugged and high-fived on Wednesday the sheriff’s dispatcher who took his call. The boy, identified only as Carlos, told reporters at a news conference that he remained calm during the ordeal because his mother used to make him practice dialing 911 in case of emergencies.

April 2 prom. The decision came after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded that officials change a policy banning same-sex prom dates because it violated students’ rights. And the ACLU said the district not letting McMillen wear a tuxedo violated her free expression rights. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oxford to force the school district to sponsor the prom and allow McMillen to bring whom she chooses and wear what she wants.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Constance McMillen didn’t believe her Mississippi school district would really call off her senior prom rather than allow her to show up with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. On Thursday, a day after the Itawamba County school board did just that, the 18-year-old lesbian high school senior reluctantly returned to campus to some unfriendly looks, she said. “Somebody said, ’Thanks for ruining my senior year.”’ McMillen said. The district announced Wednesday it wouldn’t host the

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Two jetliners crossed paths with flocks of Canada geese shortly after taking off from airports on consecutive days in New York and New Jersey, and the collisions with the large birds forced the pilots to make emergency landings. No one was hurt. A US Airways jet headed to Charlotte with 124 passengers and a crew of five struck several geese Thursday morning about two minutes after leaving Rochester’s airport in upstate New York.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City’s school superintendent said Thursday the plan to shutter nearly half the district’s schools, while “painful,” will move forward quickly so that all the closures will be complete by fall. The school board narrowly approved the plan Wednesday night to close 29 of the district’s 61 schools to try to stave off bankruptcy. The closures have angered many parents, students and teachers, but administrators say they had no choice because without them, the district would have been in the red by 2011. “It has been a difficult and painful and emotional process that affects our entire community,” superintendent John Covington said at a news conference. “No one likes closing schools.” Now officials have to focus on the massive job of downsizing the district — reworking school bus routes, figuring out what to do with vacant buildings and slashing its payroll. Covington said he has been working on the transition plan for several weeks and that it would be in place for the start of the school year. He gave few details, but said the plan would likely involve staggering start and class schedule times for middle school students who would attend school with high school students. “We will be moving forward with

deliberate speed to put together a transformation plan that we will be using to make sure that the quality of educational opportunities and the services that we provide for all children in the Kansas City schools that will remain open is of high quality,” Covington said. Administrators have said the closures are necessary to keep the district from plowing through what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case. Although other districts nationwide are considering closures as the recession ravages their budgets, Kansas City’s plan is striking. In rapidly shrinking Detroit, 29 schools closed before classes began this fall, but that still left the district with 172 schools. Most other districts are closing just one or two schools. Emotional board member Duane Kelly told the crowd of more than 200 people Wednesday, “This is the most painful vote I have ever cast” in 10 years on the board. Some chanted for the removal of the superintendent, while one woman asked the crowd, “Is anyone else ready to homeschool their children?” Kansas City Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks said the closure plan had prompted some housing developers to consider backing out of projects.

Second officer pleads in bridge shooting Augustus (Gus) Causby of Swainsville turned 80 years old on Nov. 28th, 2009 and his wife, Joyce, turned 80 years old on Feb. 25th, 2010. Their family helped them celebrate their birthdays. Gus had a party at Walls Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. They served hot dogs with all the trimmings, a birthday cake and a variety of other desserts. Sixty people attended. Joyce celebrated her birthday also at the Fellowship Hall. They served chicken, slaw, green beans, corn, rolls, a birthday cake and a variety of desserts. Sixty people attended. The couple has three children: Diane Williams and husband, Dickie, Jerry Causby and wife, Jenny, Mike Causby and wife, Anita and two deceased children, Barbara C. Weatherford and Kenneth H. Causby. They have seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren and one deceased granddaughter, Renee Weatherford.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A second former New Orleans police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to covering up the deadly shooting of unarmed residents after Hurricane Katrina, with a judge calling the plot a “despicable” scheme that immeasurably compounded the storm’s damage. Jeffrey Lehrmann, who left the police department in 2006 and is a special agent at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix, pleaded guilty to misprision of

a felony, which means he had knowledge of a crime and didn’t report it. Another former officer pleaded guilty last month to a conspiracy charge. “I have neither imagined or heard of more despicable conduct by law enforcement officers,” U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said of the case against the former homicide detective. Lehrmann’s attorney, Davidson Ehle III, described his client as a dedicated officer whose actions were an aberration. A court filing Thursday out-

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THE MARKET IN REVIEW

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MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 8905922 4.18 +.22 S&P500ETF1396596115.45 +.48 BkofAm 1082237 17.12 +.01 Synovus 590195 3.16 +.26 DirFBear rs 584194 14.64 -.34 FordM 583128 12.91 +.09 SPDR Fncl 573831 15.60 +.13 GenElec 532457 16.48 -.03 iShR2K 506375 67.75 +.20 AIntlGp rs 445005 35.11 -1.13

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg NovaGld g 70428 7.23 +.34 NthgtM g 51294 2.93 +.05 GoldStr g 33024 3.44 +.01 Metalico 30490 6.20 +.17 ChiArmM 22164 9.64 +.50 VangTotW 20369 43.78 +.08 LibAcq wt 18050 1.25 +.20 BootsCoots 17786 2.17 +.07 Taseko 16574 5.02 -.07 GenMoly 14494 3.50 +.01

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=WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits slipped last week, but remains above the level many economists say would signal new hiring. The four-week average of claims, which smooths volatility, rose to its highest level since November, reflecting a large jump in claims last month. “The economy is struggling to finally transition back to sustained job growth,” Abiel Reinhart, an economist at JPMorgan Chase, wrote in a note to clients. The data “continues to indicate that a shift towards robust hiring has not yet arrived.” The Labor Department said initial jobless claims fell by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 462,000. That nearly matches Wall Street analysts’ estimates and is the second straight drop. But initial claims need to fall consistently below 425,000 to signal sustained job creation, economists say. More hiring is critical to provide the income needed to sustain consumer spending and the broader economic recovery. The latest figures come after other mildly positive news on employment. Job openings rose in January to their highest level in almost a year, the department said on Tuesday. And the unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.7 percent in February, the department said last week, better than analysts expected. The jobless rate hasn’t risen since October. But the economy has a long way to go to repair the damage done by the Great Recession. The nation has lost 8.4 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. Many economists expect the unemployment rate to remain above 9.5 percent through the end of this year. The four-week average of claims rose to 475,500 last week, up from 470,500 a week earlier. The four-week average has risen by about 25,000 since the beginning of the year, after falling for most of last year. The increase has raised concerns among economists that layoffs haven’t slowed as much as hoped. But February’s employment report restored some optimism. Employers cut 36,000 jobs, less than analysts expected, and excluding the impact of the snowstorms that hit the East Coast last month, the report likely would have shown job gains, economists said.

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New worth slowly being regained WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are recovering their shrunken wealth — gradually. Household net worth rose last quarter, mainly because the healing economy boosted stock portfolios. But the gain was slight. And it was less than in the previous two quarters. The Federal Reserve said Thursday that net worth rose 1.3 percent in the fourth quarter to $54.2 trillion. It marked the third straight quarter of gains. But economists say consumers would need a stronger and more prolonged increase in their wealth to persuade them to ratchet up spending. Net worth had risen by a more robust 4.5 percent in the second quarter of 2009 and an even faster 5.5 percent in the third quarter. Net worth is the value of assets such as homes, checking accounts and investments minus debts like mortgages and credit cards. Even with the gain, Americans’ net worth would have to rise an additional 21 percent just to get back to its pre-recession peak of $65.9 trillion. That illustrates Americans’ vast loss of wealth from the worst downturn since the 1930s. Growth in stock portfolios

delivered the biggest lift to net worth in the October-toDecember period. The value of stocks rose by nearly 4 percent to $7.7 trillion. Higher home prices helped a bit. The value of real-estate holdings edged up 0.2 percent. During the recession, which began in December 2007, household net worth had plunged as low as $48.5 trillion in the first quarter of 2009. Stock holdings and home values nose-dived. As their net worth evaporated, Americans felt less inclined to spend. For all of last year, consumer spending dropped 0.6 percent. This year, as wealth, the economy and financial conditions slowly recover, consumer spending is projected to grow around a modest 2.2 percent, according to the National Association for Business Economics. By contrast, in 1983, when the economy was recovering from the 1981-82 recession, consumer spending surged 5.7 percent. Unlike past rebounds led by ordinary shoppers, this one so far has been driven more by spending from businesses, foreigners and — until it runs out — government stimulus. Consumers have been spending more lately. But they remain

cautious. “It would take a string of increases of a size that they believe can continue and that they can have faith in for consumers to really boost their spending,” said Scott Hoyt, senior director of consumer economics at Moody’s Economy. com. Each dollar increase in household wealth translates into roughly three to four cents of consumer spending over two years, Hoyt said. That isn’t much. Just ask Marcia Karon, 55, of Atlanta. She’s felt little benefit from the economic rebound or the stock market. Her family’s finances are being crimped in other ways. Her husband has taken two pay cuts in the past year, their property taxes remain high and “everything else is going up,” she says. “Things are tight,” says Karon, who works at home as a calligrapher and bookkeeper. “Over the last year we’ve had to go through what little savings we had set aside just to get by.” Not until 2012 does Hoyt think household wealth will return to its pre-recession levels. A severe setback to the economy could delay it further, he added.

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House GOP adopts earmark moratorium WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election-year appeal to voters frustrated with Washington, House Republicans promised Thursday not to stuff any of this year’s spending bills with pet projects for their districts. The promise comes a day after House Democrats banned earmarks to for-profit companies, ending a practice that in many cases created a cozy “pay-to-play” culture involving lawmakers and businesses whose Washington lobbyists often use campaign donations to help assure access. Earmarks send taxpayer dollars to projects in lawmakers’ districts outside the competitive process required for other federal spending. The House members’ actions follow a House Ethics Committee investigation of seven lawmakers for taking campaign donations from those who benefited from earmarks. The seven were absolved of wrongdoing, but the two parties are seeking political high ground with voters unhappy with Washington and out-of-control spending. The effort may run into trouble in the Senate, where many lawmakers have made clear they have no interest in House Republicans’ self-imposed moratorium or House Democrats’ ban on earmarks to for-profit companies. That could set up contentious negotiations later this year, when the House and Senate must combine their versions of spending bills. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to schedule a meeting of Senate Republicans over whether to keep seeking earmarks. A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which hands out earmarks, McConnell supports the pro-

cess. The House GOP promise is a compromise between lawmakers who oppose earmarks, such as Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, and rank-and-file Republicans who had already submitted a round of earmark requests. House Republicans promised a one-year pause in earmarks instead of a permanent ban. Boehner said Thursday that suspending earmarks shows Republicans are serious about fixing Washington. GOP lawmakers signaled signaled the practice would likely resume next year, but with new reforms. The practice of earmarking is deeply entrenched and exploded when Republicans controlled Congress as leaders saw the money as a way to reward loyal lawmakers and help them keep their seats. But now, Republicans see a potential for big gains in November elections. “We have a real possibility of regaining the majority, and I think a lot of members realize that we have to regain the voters trust somehow,” said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. “Earmarks are the most visible thing that we can do because we abused it so badly in the past.” Earmarks are easy to ridicule because they include such projects as the Lawrence Welk museum in North Dakota. But they have also gotten Congress into trouble by contributing to a “pay-to-play” culture in which campaign cash flows from earmark beneficiaries into the coffers of powerful lawmakers. The spending is a small part of the $3.7 trillion federal budget. Last year’s spending bills contained nearly 10,000 earmarks worth about $16 billion.

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In this 2009 file photo, imported cars are seen stored in a lot after being offloaded from a ship at Port Hueneme, Calif. The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly shrank in January, reflecting a big drop in imports of oil and foreign cars.

Export growth could remain U.S. bright spot WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. exports dipped in January, the government said Thursday, but economists weren’t fazed. They predict export growth will be a bright spot for American manufacturers through the rest of 2010. President Barack Obama is banking on further improvement to help meet his ambitious goal of doubling exports within five years and creating 2 million U.S. jobs. Economists question whether Obama’s goals are achievable. But many think exports will keep expanding. A rebounding global economy and a resumption in the dollar’s slide would help spark demand for U.S. goods. This is expected to occur even though the dollar has risen against the euro over worries about Europe’s debt crisis. A higher dollar makes U.S. goods more expensive for foreigners. Obama laid out his export-promotion program in a speech Thursday. He called the effort key to repairing damage from a recession that’s eliminated 8.4 million jobs. “In a time when millions of Americans are out of work, boosting our exports is a short-term imperative,” Obama said. Before Obama spoke, the Commerce Department said the U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly shrank in January to $37.3 billion. That marked a 6.6 percent drop from December’s $39.9 billion trade gap,

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Dems eying a health vote without abortion foes

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leaders abandoned a long struggle to appease the most ardent abortion opponents in their ranks, gambling Thursday that they can secure the support for President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care legislation with showdown votes looming next week. In doing so, they are all but counting out a small but potentially decisive group whose views on abortion coverage have become the principal hang-up for Democrats fighting to achieve the biggest change in American health care in generations. Congressional leaders are hoping they can find enough support from other wavering Democrats to pass legislation that only cleared the House by five votes in an earlier incarnation.

Democratic leaders are working to rally rank-and-file members around agreements on several complicated points, health insurance taxes and prescription drug coverage among them, and dozens of other sticky issues — all as Republicans stand ready to oppose the overhaul en masse. “We will finish the job,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote in a letter to his Republican counterpart describing the path ahead. Said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa: “The stars are aligning for victory on comprehensive health reform. The end is in sight.” At stake is the fate of the president’s call to expand health care to some 30 million people who lack insurance and to prohibit insurance company practices such as denial of coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. Almost every American would be affected by the legislation, which would change the ways many people receive and pay for health care, from the most routine checkup to the most expensive, lifesaving treatment. And most Americans would be required by law to get health insurance. Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, said the leadership will press ahead without reworking the abortion provision adopted by the Senate. Abortion opponents say the provision falls short in restricting taxpayer dollars for abortion coverage. Rep. Bart Stupak,

insurance tax that unions oppose, and on gradually closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap. They were not far apart on other major issues, including Medicaid financing for states that already provide aboveaverage benefits, and on improving subsidies that would be available under the plan to help individuals and families pay their premiums.

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Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., right, accompanied by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., gestures during a health care news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday.

D-Mich., has been pushing for stricter provisions and says he and a dozen or so abortion opponents would vote against the health care bill if the Senate’s version is retained. Leaders will try to peel off some of those lawmakers and make up for any remaining deficit with Democrats who opposed the health care legislation on the first round, when it passed 220-215. “Many of the pro-life members are going to support passage of the health care bill,” Waxman predicted. “They’re either satisfied enough with the Senate provision, or they decide that that’s as much as they’re going to get and they don’t want to defeat health care.” One point on which Obama may not get his way is the White House demand for a vote by March 18, a week away. Speaking to reporters after Democrats met for a status report on the emerging health care agreements, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the deadline merely “an interesting date.” Before a vote, Pelosi, D-Calif., said lawmakers must first receive a cost report from the Congressional Budget Office on changes to the bill being worked out among the White House and Democratic congressional leaders. After that, it could be a week or more before the legislation goes to the floor. House Democrats were meeting behind closed doors Thursday to hear a point-by-point briefing on the latest health care compromise from White House health reform director Nancy Ann DeParle. Pelosi asked the members whether they wanted to vote sooner rather than later. They responded with a broad shout of “Yes!” accord-

ing to lawmakers coming out of the session. It will come down to a phenomenal effort by congressional leaders and the White House to win over skittish lawmakers after a year of incendiary debate, even as Obama keeps up

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including proceeds from capital gains. Until now, the tax has solely been levied on wages. In a bit of bookkeeping, the Congressional Budget Office on Thursday released its final cost estimates for the bill the Senate passed on Christmas Eve. That 10-year, $875 billion plan would reduce the federal deficit and cover 31 million people who’d otherwise be uninsured. The Senate bill is the foundation of the proposal that Obama wants Congress to pass in the next few weeks. But the numbers will change yet again with the new version. Obama invited members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to meet him Thursday at the White House to discuss the health legislation.

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Al-Qaida seen eying less complex attacks on U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ever since al-Qaida attacked the United States in 2001, U.S. authorities have worked to detect and prevent the next big terrorist strike. But officials and counterterrorism experts say the Christmas airline plot and last November’s shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, may have shown al-Qaida that smallerscale attacks also can prove unsettling, without the complexity and risk of bigger

attempts. The Christmas Day attempt to bring down a Detroitbound flight — allegedly by a young Nigerian man with explosives in his underwear — was not successful. The attempt, however, shook the government, set agencies against each other and led to months of political secondguessing. Short of mass casualties, the attack produced the kind of reaction that al-Qaida

desires. Now it appears that the group, which has prided itself on its ideological purism, seems to be eyeing a more pragmatic and perhaps more dangerous shift in tactics. The emerging message appears to be that big successes are great, but sometimes simply trying can be just as good. It’s not clear what Osama bin Laden and his senior leaders are thinking and

plotting. But U.S.-born alQaida spokesman Adam Gadahn made a public pitch for such smaller, single acts of jihad in a recent Internet video. “Even apparently unsuccessful attacks on Western mass transportation systems can bring major cities to a halt, cost the enemy billions and send his corporations into bankruptcy,” Gadahn said in the video. Officials believe this mes-

sage has been evolving for the past year. It’s turned upside down the prevailing wisdom that the next attack must be bigger and bolder than the one on Sept. 11, 2001. “It’s pretty clear that while al-Qaida would still love to have home runs, they will take singles and doubles if they can get them,” said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Saban Center.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Co-Administrator CTA of the estate of ALICE AVANT GREENE of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said ALICE AVANT GREENE to present them to the undersigned on or before the 19th day of May, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 19th day of February, 2010. Robert Michael Newton, Co-Administrator CTA 117 Carver Lane Forest City, NC 28043 Todd Avant Newton, Co-Administrator CTA 516 Smith Grove Road Forest City, NC 28043

NOTICE OF SALE Pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 44-40, various items of personal property contained in the warehouses listed below will be sold at public auction at Reids of Forest City, Reids Mini Storage on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM, 407 U.S. Hwy 221-A, Forest City, NC 28043. Rain date will be Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 10:00 AM. Units: F, 31, 38, 47, 64, 72, 77, 88, 95, 96, 107, 117, 144, 146, 148, 156, 166, 168, 172, 184, 186, 219, 242, 249 and 266. Allan D. Reid, President Reids of Forest City Reids Mini Storage 407 U.S. Hwy 221-A Forest City, NC 28043

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Collector Mustang 1994 Indy Cobra Convertible SVT, #935, red/tan 19,800 mi. $25,000 864-680-8230

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Black with brown trim, pure bread, no papers. Born 2/4 $200 453-1876

Lost Female black & white huskey with blue eyes. 2 years old. Lost 3/1 near hospital. Please call 704-284-3474 Male Gray & white cat with black stripes. Lost 1/26 on Brooks Rd. in Sunshine area. Family misses him! 429-0803

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Yard Sales ESTATE SALE FC: 1218 Oakland Rd. Sat. 8A-1P Furniture, crystal, dishware, books, classical albums. Rain or shine! ESTATE SALE FC: 174 Kent Drive (off Oak St. & Hardin Rd.) Sat. 8A-5P Freezer, furniture, washer, household, Christmas decorations. Factory Yard Sale: Oh Suzannah, 101 Callahan-Koon Rd., Spindale Saturday, March 13, 8AM-12PM New selections, sewing supplies, finished goods, etc. HUGE YARD SALE 926 Old Henrietta Rd. (off of Chase High Rd.) Sat. 7A-until Men’s/ women’s/kids/baby clothes, all kinds of baby stuff, toys, glassware, what nots, prom dresses, wedding dress, and lots more! INDOOR YARD SALE Trinity Christian School Rutherfordton: 299 Deter St. (behind Old Ruth school)

March 13th 7A-12P In the gym LARGE Rutherfordton Green River Baptist Assoc.& Dean’s Produce Sat. 7A-1P

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the estate of VIRGINIA P. WALKER of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said VIRGINIA P. WALKER to present them to the undersigned on or before the 19th day of May, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 19th day of February, 2010. Cristina N. Byers, Executor 348 Leonard Lane Ellenboro, NC 28040


18 — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, FRIDAY, March 12, 2010 North Carolina, Rutherford County

North Carolina, Rutherford County AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 384

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 10 SP 036 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Janie E Craig, Unmarried to Scott R. Valby, Trustee(s), which was dated December 19, 2008 and recorded on December 19, 2008 in Book 1029 at Page 369, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on March 23, 2010 at 1:00PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: Lying and being on the north side of U.S Highway No. 74 about three miles east of Town of Forest City, NC and being Lot No. 6 of the Elview Subdivision as sold by W. Carl Huntley on October 4, 1962 and shown on a plat of said subdivision made by F.A. Wilkie, survey and or recorded in Plat Book 5 at Page 96, to which reference is hereby made for a more full and complete description. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as: 1623 US Highway 74 Business, Ellenboro, NC 28040 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS WHERE IS." There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Janie E. Craig. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No. 10-00378-FC01, 675312 3/12, 03/19/2010

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Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Richard E Chin aka Richard Chin, unmarried to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated January 4, 2007 and recorded on January 8, 2007 in Book 935 at Page 702, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on March 17, 2010 at 2:30PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: Located in Rutherford County, North Carolina and being all of Lot 192, Greyrock Subdivision Phase 2A, as shown on a plat recorded in Plat Book 26, Page 117, Aforesaid County Registry, said plat being one of a series of plate recorded in Plat Book 26, Pages 114 Through 118. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as: Lot 192 on Bison Meadows Road in the Grey Rock Subdivision, Lake Lure, NC 28746 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS WHERE IS." There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are The 192A Grey Rock Trust. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346, 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No. 09-17813-FC01, 670262 3/5, 03/12/2010

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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 10 SP 35 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Awad F. Suleiman aka Awad Suleiman and Nisreen S. Abutaa aka Nisreen Abutaa, Married to each other to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated November 28, 2006 and recorded on November 29, 2006 in Book 929 at Page 488, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on March 23, 2010 at 1:00PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: Being all of Lot 637 as shown on survey by R.L. Greene, PLS entitled "GreyRock Subdivision" Phase 3 C as recorded in Plat Book 27 at Page 161, said plat being one of a series of plats recorded in Plat Book 27 Page 08 through 11 revised in Plat Book 27 Pages 159 through 162, of the Rutherford County, NC Registry, reference to said recorded plats being made for a more particular description of said Lot 638. Subject to the grading easement of Scenic Park Drive and Canyon Walk to there full lengths. Together with and subject to all easements, restrictions and rights of ways of record and a non-exclusive appurtenant easement for ingress egress and regress is conveyed over and upon all private subdivision roads for GreyRock at Lake Lure as shown on the above-described plats and the plats for Phase 1A and 1B, Phase 2A and 2B, of Greyrock and the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for GreyRock at Lake Lure as recorded in Book 858, at Page 122 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and also recorded in Book 3827, Page 764 of the Buncombe County NC Registry (herein "Declarations"). BEING a portion of that property conveyed to LR Buffalo Creek, LLC a Georgia limited liability company by deeds recorded in Book 855, Page 816 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and in Book 3793, at Page 665 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as: Lot 637 Canyon Walk (Grey Rock Subdivision), Lake Lure, NC 28746 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 10 SP 023 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by William Burns and Elaine V. Burns, married to each other to PRLAP, Inc., Trustee(s), which was dated February 26, 2007 and recorded on February 27, 2007 in Book 943 at Page 117, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on March 24, 2010 at 02:00PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING ALL OF Lot 273 as shown on a survey by R.L. Greene, PLS entitled GreyRock Subdivision Phase 2A as recorded in Plat Book 26 at Page 115, said plat being one of a series of plats recorded in Plat Book 26, Page 114 through Page 118 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry, reference to said recorded plats being made for a more particular description of said Lot 273. SUBJECT TO a grading easement which runs the full length of GreyRock Parkway. TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO all easements, restrictions and rights of way of record and an non-exclusive appurtenant easement for ingress, egress and regress is conveyed over and upon all private subdivision roads for GreyRock at Lake Lure as shown on the above described plats and the plats for Phase 1A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 188 through 192, plats for 1B as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25 at Pages 205 through Page 208, plats for Phase 2A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 26, Pages 114 through Pages 118 and to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for GreyRock as recorded in Book 858, at Page 122 of the Rutherford County Registry and also being recorded in Book 3827, Page 764, of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. BEING a portion of that property conveyed to LR Buffalo Creek, LLC by deeds recorded in Deed Book 855, at Page 816, of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and as recorded in Deed Book 3793, at Page 665 of the Buncombe County NC Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as: Lot 273 Grey Rock Parkway (Grey Rock Subdivision), Lake Lure, NC 28746 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing.

Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS WHERE IS." There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are 637 Grey Rock Trust.

Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS WHERE IS." There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are The 273 Grey Rock Trust.

An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No. 10-00814-FC01, 675886 3/12, 03/19/2010

If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No. 10-00144-FC01, 676584 3/12, 03/19/2010


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nation/world World Today Greece hit by strikes, clashes

Counting and data input workers at the Independent High Electoral Commission in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday as data is calculated before an election result can be declared. Associated Press

Early results show close race

BAGHDAD (AP) — First results from Iraq’s parliamentary election showed the prime minister and his secular rival locked in an extremely tight contest Thursday amid fraud allegations by rival parties and a chaotic, unpredictable vote count. The partial tallies came from only five of Iraq’s 18 provinces. However, Iraqi officials who have seen results from across the country said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s coalition appeared to have a narrow edge, though not an outright majority. That foreshadows tough and lengthy negotiations to build a government and choose a prime minister. The partial results, posted on TV screens in Baghdad to crowds of reporters, were the first in an election that will determine who governs the country as U.S. troops go home — and whether Iraqis can put behind them deep sectarian tensions that once brought their nation to the brink of civil war. The initial tallies from Sunday’s vote suggested an exceedingly tight contest between coalitions led by alMaliki, who gained popularity

as security improved, and former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite who sharply criticized the prime minister for failing to boost reconciliation efforts between Iraq’s factions. The emerging picture was a setback to hard-line religious Shiite political leaders who saw al-Maliki make gains in two southern provinces deep on their turf. Allawi appeared to be drawing on Sunni support north of Baghdad. Results did not include the race’s big prize — Baghdad — which accounts for 70 of the parliament’s 325 seats. Thursday’s announcement set off a wave of fraud accusations, largely from Allawi’s Iraqiya coalition which said it uncovered dozens of violations. In a statement, the group said it found “rigging to an extent that would render the elections useless for reflecting the voice of the Iraqis.” Election commission officials did not respond specifically to the allegations, but said the commission had received more than 1,000 complaints about potential violations, all of which would be investigated.

Al-Maliki gained ground against hard-line religious parties in two southern provinces. In Babil, where about a third of the ballots had been counted, the prime minister’s State of Law coalition won some 69,000 votes. He also came out on top in Najaf. The tallies were a blow to alMaliki’s main Shiite competition, the religious Iraqi National Alliance, which includes a party led by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Since rising to prominence as part of a Shiite coalition that won the 2005 elections, al-Maliki has tried to recast himself as an inclusive leader for all Iraqis. Allawi’s non-sectarian Iraqiya list, which included Sunni candidates, fared better in central Iraq, where there are more Sunni voters. In Diyala province, Iraqiya received almost 43,000 votes, more than four time’s alMaliki’s take. In Salahuddin, Allawi’s list had more than 34,000 votes, about five times that of al-Maliki. Analyst Joost Hilterman of the International Crisis Group said the initial results were largely what he expected.

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Clashes between riot police and rock-throwing, masked youths broke out during a demonstration Thursday in central Athens by tens of thousands of striking workers protesting austerity measures that the Greek government has said it has no choice but to implement. The debt-ridden country is under intense pressure from both markets and the European Union to reduce its deficit from 12.7 percent of economic output in 2009 to 8.7 percent this year. Last week, Greece introduced a harsh $6.5 billion austerity package that cut civil servants’ wages, froze pensions and raised consumer taxes. The new cutbacks, added to a previous $15.24 billion austerity plan, sparked a wave of strikes and protests from labor unions whose reaction to the initial measures had been muted. Thursday’s 24-hour general strike, the second in about a week, grounded airline flights, halted public transport, suspended news broadcasts and left public hospitals working with emergency staff.

Bomb outside store kills four PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A homemade bomb placed outside a store in northwestern Pakistan where locals watch movies exploded Thursday, killing four people, including a child, said officials. The attack, which also wounded 21 people, occurred on the outskirts of Peshawar, a city near the Afghan border that experienced a wave of bombings at the end of last year but has been fairly quiet in recent months. Officials earlier said the explosion was caused by three suicide bombers who were attempting to attack a security convoy. It was unclear what prompted the erroneous report.

Friend: U.S. man longtime radical BUENA, N.J. (AP) — A former classmate of the U.S. man accused of belonging to al-Qaida and shooting up a Yemeni hospital tells The Associated Press he exhibited radical religious views in high school. Roman Castro of Landisville, N.J., says 26-year-old Sharif Mobley tried to convert him and other friends to Islam. They attended Buena (BYOO’-nah) Regional High School in New Jersey and graduated in 2002. Castro, a Roman Catholic who served in Iraq, says he attended a Muslim convention in Philadelphia with Mobley. But he says Mobley became increasingly confrontational about his beliefs and referred to him in 2006 as a “Muslim killer.” Castro says Mobley began leading pilgrimages to Mecca with other Muslims.

More earthquakes hit Chile SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The earth shook and shook Thursday as dignitaries walked in for the swearing-in of Sebastian Pinera as Chile’s president. It shook some more as they waited for him to join them. People in the balconies of the vast congressional hall in coastal Valparaiso shouted warnings as a massive light fixture rocked overhead, and heads of state nervously eyed the ceiling. But a steely calm prevailed, especially from Pinera himself as he strode in smiling. The president and his ministers then quickly swore their oaths, and the audience of 2,000 headed for the exits and the hills, joining an evacution called out of concern that Thursday’s repeated aftershocks would set off another tsunami. Inauguration Day in Chile was peppered with more than a dozen significant aftershocks that damaged some towns and sent thousands running for safety. The day amply demonstrated Pinera’s challenges in leading Chile’s recovery from last month’s magnitude-8.8 quake, one of the biggest in modern history. Chile’s first elected right-wing president in 52 years won office promising to improve the economy. Now, he says he’ll be Chile’s “reconstruction president.” His advice to his citizens: “Let’s dry our tears and put our hands to work.”

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the value of visitation I’ve have been impressed with the custom in this area to have the family “receive friends” the evening before a funeral. The funeral industry defines this activity as a “visitation period.” Some parts of the country have done away with this tradition or have scaled it down considerably. However, my experience has been that the family and the community find great value in an informal visitation process. The visitation process allows the community to express their support and concern for the family. The funeral is a more formal function and much more structured, this at time does not allow exchange with the family. Funerals are also held mostly during the day, so it is difficult for some to leave work to attend the funeral. Holding a visitation during the evening hours allows those that have to work during

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