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FOREST CITY — A sixth teenager has been arrested in connection with a Jan. 16 shooting. Ricky Lamar Miller was shot in the abdomen at his home at 260 Washington St., and was transported to Cleveland Regional

Medical Center, where he underwent two surgeries. Jacob Matthew Sellars, 17, of U.S. 221A, Forest City, arrested Thursday afternoon, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent

to kill, discharging a firearm into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a minor. He is charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill because there reportedly were four people in Please see Sixth, Page 6

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By ALLISON FLYNN and JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writers

SUNSHINE – Entering the library at Sunshine Elementary these days, students never know what’s going to greet them. But they can be sure, it’ll be a one-of-a-kind design by Randy Neyer. Neyer, who’s known to students as “Ranger Randy,” has been volunteering at the school this year, helping out Media Coordinator Robin Smith in the library. Neyer contacted Smith at the end of last school year about volunteering and has taken any idea she’s thrown at him and ran with it, Smith said. “All I have to say to him is an idea and he makes these things,” Smith said, pointing to a photo of students using kaleidoscopes made from stained glass. Neyer suggested them when Smith wanted to do a lesson on fall leaves. Neyer was an environmental education specialist and worked with the Pennsylvania State Parks. He retired five years ago after an acci-

FOREST CITY — Rutherford County Schools will have 30 days to respond to a lawsuit filed on Jan. 15 against it by the board of directors of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. TJCA is suing RCS for more than $900,000, according to a release issued by RCS Board Chair John Mark Bennett on Friday. “On Jan. 15, 2010, the board of directors for Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy sued the Rutherford County Schools for over $900,000. The vast majority of the money derives from revenues restricted by the federal and state government to provide specific services to very young children in Rutherford County from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds before those children reach school age. Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy does not provide services for any of these children,” the release stated. It continued, “Our Board took an oath to safe-guard the money given to our schools for whatever purpose. It would be inappropriate, and we believe unconstitutional, for us to share restricted federal and state dollars.” Bennett also said in the release that RCS has “always shared unrestricted operating

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Sunshine Elementary volunteer Randy Neyer worked Tuesday to add touches to a mural he created on the wall of the school’s library. The mural serves as a means of displaying books on various topics. The log cabin background serves as a backdrop for Laura Ingalls Wilder books. According to Media Coordinator Robin Smith, having the art element has made students more interested in the books and other related books. Below, Neyer works on the detail of a squirrel in the mural.

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FOREST CITY — A cancer diagnosis can be devastating at any age — for 16-year-old Marcus Ingle it was like a punch in the gut. When Marcus was told he had testicular cancer in June 2009, his father Mark said it was almost too much to bear. “When you first hear of cancer with anyone — you, your parents, your children — it is a pretty big shock,” Mark said. “It just knocks the wind out of you.” But the announcement also came with hope. “One of the things I remember Dr. Powell saying is I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is he does have testicular cancer. The good news is it is highly treatable and curable,” Mark said. “In the same breath we had despair and then some real hope. It was like the bottom dropped out from under us but then the doctor told us to be very optimistic.” Like many 16-year-olds, Marcus was active and energetic before his diagnosis. And although there were warning signs, neither father nor son suspected cancer. “I had some pain,” Marcus said. “And one of my testicles began to swell. I told Please see Teen, Page 6

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The Carolina Crossmen will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 24, at Spencer Baptist Church, Spindale. Singing begins at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken. Nursery provided. The group will also sing Jan. 24, during the 11 a.m. worship service at Pleasant View Community Church, Forest City.

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Singing: Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Henrietta First Baptist Church; a love offering will be taken; Misty Roper will open.

Singing: Sunday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m., Full Gospel Revival Church, Hwy. 74, 10 miles west of Rutherfordton; featuring Joel and Janet Hall, and James Calloway.

Gospel singing: Sunday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m., Zion Hill AME Zion Church, Henrietta; various groups on program.

Gospel singing: Sunday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 130 Pleasant Grove Road, Rutherfordton; featuring In His Glory.

Higher Praise will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 24, at Sandy Mush Baptist Church. Singing begins at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken.

Singing: Sunday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m., Joshua Baptist Church, 590 US Hwy. 74 Bsn., Bostic; featuring The Searcy Family; a love offering.

Singing: Sunday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Piney Knob Baptist Church, Shingle Hollow; featuring Driven; a love offering will be taken.

The Dixie Melody Boys will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 31, at Crestview Baptist Church in Forest City. Singing begins at 6 p.m.

Singing: Sunday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m., Bostic Missionary Methodist Church; featuring The Blairs. The Royal Quartet will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 31, during the 11 a.m. worship service at Concord Baptist Church in Bostic. The quartet will also sing at 6:30 that night at Fairview Baptist Church, Golden Valley. Singing: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m., Village Chapel Church, 141 Huntley St., Forest City; featuring Servants Call from Rutherfordton. Singing: Sunday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Riverside Baptist Church, Hogan Road, Harris; featuring Winners Either Way.

The Reggie Saddler Family will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 24, at Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church, 1938 Hwy. 221-A, Caroleen. Singing begins 6 p.m. A love offering will be accepted. Public invited.

Special services Women’s Conference: “Warm Winter Day for Women”; Saturday, Jan. 23, at the First Baptist Church of Spindale, begins at 2 p.m.; United Sisters in Christ. Special service: Sunday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m., New Life Christian Fellowship Church of God, 601 E. Main St., Spindale; guest speaker, Pastor Johnny Miller from New Vernon Baptist Church, Bostic. Women’s Conference: Through Jan. 24, Wheat Creek Baptist Church; Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday services 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; various speakers on program.

Love Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. New K.J.V. 1 John 4:7 Because God is love, love is the first fruit of the Spirit. When Jesus was asked which commandment was the greatest He answered unhesitantly, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40) The entire Old and New Testament are a love story: The love of God for his people and their frequently wavering love for God and for each other. But how often we see that God’s people need to be reminded of this. And again, how often we hear the prophets reminding them, and us, that God does not want strife or sacrifice, but a loving heart. Jesus tells us repeatedly that love is about loving our enemies and turning the other cheek, and the Epistles drive home this same point again and again. Consider how much hatred and dissension there is in the modern world. Political, ethnic and religious strife, and wars around the world all show us that, contrary to the requirements of all the world’s major religions that we love one another, we are constantly failing to uphold the first and foremost of God’s commandments. We should not be deceived; we cannot be constantly filled with hatred, strife and neglect of our fellow man, and still be considered a child of God. So, we should banish hatred and strife from our life and show active goodwill toward our fellow man. We must ask God to give us a loving heart, and then go forth and do His good work.

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Guest speaker: Jan. 24-29, 7 nightly, Temple of Jesus Church, Lake Lure; guest speaker, Evangelist George T. Wright of Dayton, Ohio. The Four Gospels will be preached Sunday, Jan. 24, at Bible Way Fellowship Church, 1107 Ledbetter Road, Spindale. The service begins at 3 p.m. guest speakers include, Min. Elmer Davis, Pastor Leroy Kelly, Min. Anthony Davenport, and Min. Claude London. Young Adult celebration: Sunday, Jan. 24, New Salem CME Church, 784 Pleasant Hill Loop Road, Rutherfordton; Brother Joseph Landrum of Columbia, S.C., will speak at the 11 a.m. worship service; Rev. James Dunbar, pastor of Young Laymen CME Church, Greenville, S.C., speaks at 3:30. Special service: “Miracle and Deliverance Crusade”; Friday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., Holy Temple No. 2; Delroy Wilmont, pastor. Missionary service: Sunday, Jan. 31, New Salem CME Church, 784 Pleasant Hill Loop Road, Rutherfordton; Elder Felita Jones of Grace Cathedral, Greenville, S.C., will speak at the 11 a.m. worship service; sponsored by the Missionary Society. Revival: Jan. 31 Feb. 5, Little White Country Church, 184 Painters Gap Road, Rutherfordton; speaker, Rev. George Wright; Sunday service 6 p.m.; M-F, 7 nightly; special singing each night. Bible study: “Weaving a Tapestry of Hope” Bible study will be held at 11 a.m., each Thursday in February at First Baptist Church of Forest City. The study will be led by Brandi Powers. For more information contact the church office.

Fundraisers Breakfast Buffet: Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 to 10 a.m., Long Branch Road Baptist Church, 621 Long Branch Road, Forest City; no set price, donations accepted; proceeds for a new fellowship hall. Spaghetti supper: Saturday, Jan. 23, begins at 4 p.m., Little White Country Church, 184 Painters Gap Road, Rutherfordton; $5 per plate, all you can eat; ages 6 and under, $3; all proceeds to benefit the Neighbors Pantry.

Benefit dinner: Sunday, Jan. 24, begins at 12:30 p.m., Caroleen Baptist Church fellowship hall; ham, green beans, sweet potatoes, bread, dessert and drink; adults $6; ages 10 and under, $3; proceeds for Karen Taylor’s mission trip to China. Spaghetti supper: Friday, Jan. 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Long Branch Road Baptist Church, 621 Long Branch Road, Forest City; no set price, donations accepted; proceeds for Team Kids. Soup, chili dinner: Saturday, Jan. 30, noon to 5 p.m., Union Hill AME Zion Church; no set price, donations only; sponsored by the Stewardesses Board. Ham, chicken pie supper: Saturday, Jan. 30, begins at 4:30 p.m., Mt. Vernon Clubhouse; adults $8; ages 6-12, $5; children 5 and under; all proceeds go toward the children and youth programs at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Poor man’s supper: Thursday, Feb. 4, 4 to 7 p.m., Providence United Methodist Church, Chase Middle community; adults $5, children $3, under 6 free; proceeds will go toward Feed the Hungry Ministry; bake sale proceeds for the purchase a keyboard. Sweetheart Banquet: Saturday, Feb. 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m.; Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church; baked spaghetti, salad, dessert and drink; $12 per couple or $6 per individual; children under 6 are free; take outs available; call 6579446 to place an order; sponsored by the ladies’ auxiliary.

Other Free food: Free food will be given away to those in need Saturday, Jan. 23, Forest City Foursquare Church, noon to 3 p.m. Free clothing: Coats and blankets will be given away Saturday, Jan. 30, from noon to 3 p.m. at Holy Ground Community Church, (beside Forest City Post Office). Soup will also be served free of charge. “The Way Home”: A support group for anyone recovering from an addiction; meetings are held each Monday at noon, in the basement of Harvest House Church, Big Springs Ave., Forest City; call Sheila at 828-447-1880 for more information.


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Local LESSONS FROM HAITI

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Sophie Wiseman-Floyd, daughter of Mike Floyd and Annie Wiseman-Floyd, who are missionaries with DAnita’s Children Orphanage in Haiti, spoke to students at Sunshine Elementary Tuesday morning. The family, who have ties to Rutherford County, had planned to visit during their furlough – which coincided with the earthquake that rocked Haiti last week. Sophie is friends with the daughter of Sunshine media center coordinator Robin Smith and usually volunteers in the library when she is home. She answered questions for students and explained to them where she lives in Haiti.

FOREST CITY— Rutherford County and 14 other North Carolina North Carolina mountain counties, has been declared an emergency by Gov. Beverly Perdue. With the declaration, the 15 counties can ask or federal assistance to help pay for cleanup from the December 18 snowfall and subsequent ice and below freezing temperatures. Western parts of North Carolina got up to two feet of snow the weekend of Dec. 18, followed by heavy rains and ice a week later — knocking out power, damaging roads and stranding motorists, Perdue’s office said. Perdue’s office also said Friday recovery costs are estimated at least $12.5 million. The state wants the federal government to pay more than $9 million of the tab. Perdue’s declaration is the first step to seek federal funds. In addition to Rutherford County, the declaration covers Alleghany, Avery, Ashe, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Haywood, Jackson,

Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey counties.

Census tour in Gaffney GAFFNEY — The Portrait of America Census Road Tour will be making a stop at Prime Outlets today. The show will have educational, interactive exhibits. The purpose is to encourage people to fill out and return their census questionnaires when they arrive in mid-March so that everyone is included in the nationwide Portrait of America the census will create. The road tour event will include entertainment by the Restoration Church Ensemble Chorus, the Folkorice Ballet, and American Indian Dancers. The Gaffney High JROTC will present The Colors, and Donnie Elmore will sing the national anthem. The event will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and census job testing will take place in the mall’s food court during the same time.

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This week’s Super-Couponing secret may surprise you because it goes against just about everything shoppers believe about saving money and shopping. Are you ready for a head-scratcher? Secret #5: Smaller-Size Items are Often a Better Value Yes, you read that right. Buying the smaller size of a product, with coupons, is often a better deal than buying a larger size of the same item. When I teach my coupon classes, this statement is almost always met with disbelief. I completely understand why, because it runs contrary to just about everything shoppers believe. To get the lowest price, we are very conditioned to buy the largest size of something - the “family size” cereals, the “value-pack” of refills or just the largest package we can find. It does seem that you’ll need to buy that item less often if you buy a larger size - but you’re also likely to spend much more than you need to. When we have a fairly high-value coupon, applying it to the relatively lower price of a smaller-sized item will often result in a significantly lower per-ounce cost. I know that this surprises many people. It surprised me, too, as I became a more experienced shopper. Over time, I noticed that many of the items I was able to bring home for free or for pennies were usually in smaller-sized packages than their so-called “value” or larger counterparts. Adding to the confusion, the larger packages often tout in big, bold letters that they are the better buy! A few examples will help you understand why this works. A certain brand of aluminum foil is on sale at my local store. The 70-squarefoot box is $3.79 and the 20-square-foot box is 99 cents. With a coupon that states “$1 off any aluminum foil,” I have my choice as to which size box I’d like, the larger or the smaller. While my dollar coupon will, indeed, give me a discount on the larger box, the smaller box will be free. And I prefer free any day. The rule of thumb that it’s better to buy the smaller size especially holds true when we stack a store’s coupon and manufacturer’s coupon. With the two coupons, we receive an even larger discount on an item. For example, baby wipes are on sale at my store this week. The plastic tub contains 77 wipes and it’s on sale for $2.99. The “value-pack” of baby wipe refills contains 231 wipes and it’s on sale for $5.99. My store offers a $1.50 store coupon good on any size of the wipes. I also have a $1 manufacturer coupon for the wipes. Stacking these coupons gives me $2.50 in savings on either size item. With the coupons, the plastic tub with 77 wipes will cost just 49 cents. The “value-pack” refill will cost me $3.49 using the same coupons. The “value-pack” contains three 77-count wipe packages; that works out to about $1.16 for each 77-wipe package. I’d spend more than twice as much on baby wipes if I purchased the larger, so-called “money-saving” size. An even easier example involves coupons for items that come in a trial or travel size. A $1 coupon good for any size deodorant will certainly give you a discount on a full-size deodorant. But a 99-cent travel size will be free using the coupon. Again, any time a coupon states that it will work on any size of a product, remember that the trial and travel sizes are included. Free always makes better financial “cents” than spending more than we have to!


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Our Views Diversity needed in state economy

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orth Carolina’s jobless rate hit its historic high in December, but no one should be really surprised by that. What might be surprising is that the rate isn’t already higher than it is. Our state is one that is still heavily dependent on manufacturing for jobs, and in down economies, manufacturing is going to suffer. Add to that fact, the depth and breadth of the current downturn and the resulting impact on the state’s service and tourism industries, and the pain is definitely going to be felt. All of which leads us back to something that has been preached in economic development for years: diversify. When our state’s economy begins to improve, diversity should be high on the objective list of economic developers. We already know the problems that come with putting all of our eggs in one or two baskets.

Our readers’ views Poses question about federal pay raises To the editor: I would like someone to tell me why people on Social Security like myself did not receive a raise, when I hear that federal employees received a 2 percent raise. With Duke power, gas, supplementary insurance, groceries, utilities, etc., all going up, how is the middle-class expected to survive in such dire circumstances? After awhile even an ole burro will break down if too much weight is placed upon it. We need a change in Congress in 2010 and definitely in the presidency in 2012! Bill Brittain Ellenboro

Agrees with editorial on political status To the editor: Some months ago I decided to respond to letters from writers who are either blinded from reality by their unyielding allegiance to a political party, or their need to obtain personal gain over the betterment of society. I believe there are more and more Americans beginning to share this opinion and are open to a political alternative. I agree with The Daily Courier’s Our View in January 20th edition which states that “no one is really offering us any other solutions.” Hopefully, as the coming

months and years unfold, we will start to see valid alternatives. We political Independents must be diligent in our quest to recognize, encourage, and promote such individuals and their ideas. For those of you who missed reading Our Views on this subject, I encourage you to do so. They recognize the problem we have with the current two party system, and that our either/or vote is always going to yield the same results. I applaud your courage to express these concerns and am proud to share your opinion. Ron Atchley Forest City

Says writer’s use of Haiti comparison off To the editor: After reading our readers views 1-22, I wanted to give a view from someone who is opposed to help for Americans who are sick and have no health care. (words from Ray Crawford). How he can compare the disaster in Haiti to the health care bill is beyond me. The people in Haiti are not sick they are facing life threatening injuries and need all the help we can give them. To the other gentleman who thinks if you oppose the health care you should not take your Social Security, don’t worry according to the government, the baby boomers are going to wipe it out; as far as Medicare, its going broke, and what is left the illegal

aliens are getting. To the health care bill: If this is good for everyone, why did the party in charge have to buy votes from their own party members? And let’s not forget about the union members who got a 10-year exemption from the new taxes. I do think we need health care reform, but we need our leaders to step up and pass a bill that will help the problems, not raise premiums for the people who can barely afford it now. No one should be getting special treatment for agreeing to vote for a health bill, they should vote for it only if it is a good bill, and they need to take the time to write a good bill and not just pass anything just to say they passed a health care bill. And, they need to figure out how we are going to pay for it. Mike Crain Rutherfordton

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Dems don’t have to give up on health care reform RALEIGH – To the extent U.S. Senators from Massachusetts have ever played much of a role in North Carolina politics, it’s been as useful foils for Republicans. Ted Kennedy certainly showed up in more than his share of fundraising mailings by Jesse Helms and other conservative candidates. John Kerry picked John Edwards as his running mate in 2004 in an attempt to compete for Carolinian and Southern votes, a tactic that ended embarrassingly for all concerned. The GOP loved it. But state Sen. Scott Brown’s improbable, spectacular election Tuesday night to fill out the remainder of the late Sen. Kennedy’s term has ripple effects that will reach all the way to North Carolina. The Brown victory cannot credibly be spun as a contest settled by local issues or personalities. Everyone knows that the Senate race between Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley was a referendum on President Obama’s

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agenda for health care reform and other issues. The president certainly recognized it. That’s why he went to Massachusetts over the weekend to campaign against Brown and to link his political fate to that of Coakley. By giving Brown the thumbs-up, voters in one of America’s most liberal states gave ObamaCare the thumbs-down. Congressional leaders and the president have vowed to pass the plan, anyway. It is the act of fanatics determined to ride a sinking ship to the bottom of the ocean. Now we shall see how many rank-and-file Democrats are as willing to become martyrs to the cause of government-run health care as their leaders are. Here in North Carolina,

two Democrats in swing House seats, Larry Kissell of the 8th District and Health Shuler of the 11th, abandoned the doomed vessel months ago, along with Mike McIntyre of the more Democratic-leaning 7th. Now attention will turn to the future votes to be cast by Reps. Bob Etheridge and Brad Miller, two incumbents who represent Democraticleaning districts that, according to historical voting patterns, will only flip Republican under extraordinary circumstances. The election of a Republican senator in Massachusetts qualifies as extraordinary circumstances. As for freshman U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, she won’t stand for re-election until 2014. A vote for the final version of ObamaCare may not end her political career. But it will mark Hagan as a Democrat of the left, not the center. The ideologues who still cling to ObamaCare insist that its demise will mean an end to health care reform. Their claim is idiotic. While significant disagree-

ments persist about the merits of government-run insurance, the application of market principles to health care delivery, and the extent to which health plans should price risk accurately or simply redistribute income, there remain some areas of broad agreement that could serve as common ground for a truly bipartisan reform initiative. For example, most health policy analysts across the political spectrum recognize that the current system does not give patients the information, tools, and incentives they need to be more active participants in medical decisions. Reforming state and federal laws to encourage the publication of medical prices, the coordination of care, and the widespread adoption of flexible spending and health savings accounts would allow providers, health plans, and patients to experiment with new ways to improve both the quality and efficiency of medical care without imposing new taxes or mandates, or forcing anyone out of cur-

rent health care relationships they like. Most analysts also recognize that some state laws and regulations needlessly prevent patients from using the medical care they would freely choose, such as natural childbirth or low-cost clinics. Let’s junk these rules. Most importantly, most analysts realize that our current tax code is unfair to lower-income workers by offering full income- and payroll-tax exclusions for health insurance obtained at the workplace but not for those who buy health plans as individuals. Equalizing the tax treatment of all health-financing arrangements is good tax policy as well as good health care policy. Nervous North Carolina Democrats don’t need to abandon health care reform to save themselves from Martha Coakley’s fate. They just have to abandon the sinking ship. Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation.


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December’s jobless rate of 11.2 percent rose from 10.8 percent in November, the Employment Security Commission said Friday. “That’s a pretty significant jump in the unemployment rate when we’ve been into the recovery this long,” said Harry Davis, the chief economist for the North Carolina Bankers Association and an Appalachian State University banking professor. Many economists believe the national economy started recovering last summer. But job growth lags an economic

rebound because companies need convincing that customers won’t quickly disappear again. So unemployment may keep rising at the same time there are other indications that economic prospects are improving. December marked the eleventh straight month the state’s unemployment rate has hovered around 11 percent. In December 2008, the state rate was 8.1 percent. While December’s rate may be revised later, it is fractionally higher than the previous peak of 11.1 percent in May. The national jobless rate in December was 10 percent, the same as the previous month. Since the U.S. fell into recession in Dec. 2007, North Carolina has lost 248,000 nonfarm jobs. Manufacturers have slashed

Carolina Today Suspect wants trial moved

CARTHAGE (AP) — The North Carolina man charged in a nursing home shooting rampage that killed eight people wants his trial moved. The Fayetteville Observer reported Friday that Superior Court Judge James Webb told lawyers for Robert Kenneth Stewart they must request moving the trial out of Moore County by May. The judge denied a request by prosecutors to start the murder trial early this fall. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty. The 46-year-old Stewart is accused of walking into a Carthage nursing home last March and killing seven patients and a nurse. Stewart’s estranged wife worked at the nursing home but was unhurt after locking herself in a room. The rampage ended after Stewart and a Carthage police officer were wounded after exchanging gunfire.

Casino fighting stomach bug

CHEROKEE (AP) — A North Carolina casino is battling a highly contagious virus that has sickened hundreds of people. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday that workers at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel are cleaning slot machines every two hours with a bleach solution to control the outbreak of intestinal troubles including vomiting and diarrhea. Door knobs, escalator handrails and restrooms are being sanitized hourly.

Nearly 250 workers and guests have gotten sick, some requiring hospitalization. Casino spokesman Charles Pringle says the illnesses were caused by a norovirus that is sometimes a problem on cruise ships and at schools. State epidemiologist David Bergmire-Sweat says relatively few of the casino’s 7,500 daily visitors have gotten sick.

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95,500 workers since that time, while construction companies cut 65,800. Those two sectors shed 2,100 positions in December, but the month’s biggest loser was the 2,600 jobs cut by leisure and hospitality services like hotels and entertainment companies.

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 124 E-911 calls Thursday.

n Breanna Ledbetter, 16, of Plymouth Lane; arrested on a warrant for disorderly conduct; freed on a custody release. (FCPD) n Christopher Baber, 36, of Soloman Trail, Ellenboro; arrested on a warrant for breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and two counts of injury to personal property; released on a $30,000 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Jessie Greene, 40, of Greenfield Drive, Forest City; arrested on a fugitive warrant; placed under a $75,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n William Valls, 53, of 543 Newton Cole Rd.; charged with driving while impaired; placed under a $500 secured bond. (NCHP) n Dean Lee Polk, 47, of 2615 Fox Hills Drive; charged with driving while impaired and unsealed wine/ liquor in passenger area; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (NCHP) n Richard Zeke Freeman, 18, of 133 Martin St.; charged with driving while impaired and failure to maintain lane control; freed on a custody release. (NCHP) n Robert Joseph Benson, 42, of 703 Webb Church

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 23 E-911 Thursday.

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n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to four E-911 calls Thursday.

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n The Forest City Police Department responded to 71 E-911 calls Thursday.

n An employee of Ingles reported an incident of shoplifting/ concealment. (See arrest of Plemmons.)

n Betty Thrift reported an incident of assault on a female.

n An employee of Shoe Show reported an incident of larceny.

Catherine Padgett, 85, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 at Hospice House in Forest City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral Home.

Laddie Brackett

Leonard William Bell, 70, of Navaho Trail, died FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Fayetteville police Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Rutherford Hospital. have disciplined workers for waiting more He is survived by his wife, than an hour to send officers to a home Charlene Audrey Noll Bell; where someone made a 911 call that was cut three sons, Leonard, David off after moans and a gunshot. and Gerald Bell; two daughOfficials refused Friday to say how many ters, Beth Ann Clayton, and people were punished or what actions were Christy Lee Samford; one taken against the workers, saying it was a brother, Blaine Bell; one sispersonnel matter. ter, Patty Helewitz; 10 grandAuthorities say Billy Maxwell killed himself children; one great-grandchild; and a number of other after gunning down his wife and two chilfamily members and friends. dren in their Fayetteville home on Nov. 2. Private services will be held Someone called 911 at 6:39 p.m. No one at a later time. spoke to the operator, but a gunshot was In lieu of flowers, memoriheard. The worker called the home back als may be made to the local twice, but got no answer. Police protocol Heart Association. requires an officer be sent to investigate the Crowe’s Mortuary and call within 20 minutes. Crematory is in charge of Records show an officer wasn’t sent to the arrangements. home for 73 minutes.

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n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 14 E-911 calls Thursday.

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Laddie Brackett, 85, of Golden Valley, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 after a long illness. He was a son of the late That’s no surprise with con- George and Rebecca Queen sumers worried about their Brackett. incomes cutting back on luxHe was a member of First uries, Davis said. More losses Broad Baptist Church, where at leisure companies can be he served as an usher. He expected this year, he said. was a farmer and retired But manufacturing and millworker, and served in construction job losses have the Army during World War about bottomed out, Davis II in the Pacific. He was said. also active in the Golden “We’ve now lost most of the Valley Community Club and low-paying, low-skilled jobs named Rutherford County that are going to go overRural Development Council seas,” he said. “We’ve lost so Outstanding Man of the Year many that’s probably about in 2000. run its course.” He is survived by his wife, Elsie Rollins Brackett; three sons, Cecil Brackett of Ellenboro, Mickey Brackett of Spartanburg, S.C., and David Brackett of Golden Valley; one daughter, Lois Carolina counterpart for closed-door talks Poole of Ellenboro; a sisto settle a dispute over waterways that flow ter, Mittie “Dot” White of through both states, according to a letter Morganton; 10 grandchilreleased Friday. Attorney General Roy Cooper said in in the dren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-grandnote that he wants the discussions to take child. place in a commission appointed by both Funeral services will be states that would be made available for public held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First input. Broad Baptist Church with South Carolina’s top attorney, Henry the Revs. Kevin Towery and McMaster, had suggested in a December let- Charles Battle officiating. ter to Cooper that the two sides hold confiDaniel Brackett will provide dential discussions directly with each other. a eulogy. Burial will fol“We don’t need a confidentiality agreement low in the church cemetery. because full and open public input will be Visitation will be Saturday critical in reaching the best solution,” Cooper from 5 to 8 p.m. at Washburn wrote in a letter dated Thursday. Both sides & Dorsey Funeral Home. have indicated that they would prefer to At other times, the famcome to an out-of-court agreement. ily will be at the home of McMaster spokesman Trey Walker said David Brackett, 7130 Bostic South Carolina attorneys are not optimistic Sunshine Hwy., Golden that the commission cited by Cooper as a Valley. venue will reach a resolution any time soon, given that it has already been working on the Online condolences www.washburndorsey.com. issue for years. He suggested that the two sides sit down directly and hash out the issue “mano-a-mano.” Leonard Bell

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December’s jobless count hits historic high in N.C.

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate hit a historic high of 11.2 percent in December as the tally of jobs lost by the state’s workers since the recession started two years ago neared 250,000.

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Sue Price Rd.; charged with failure to register as a sex offender and felony probation violation; placed under a $60,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Travis M. Mauney, 24, of 147 Groce St.; charged with failure to comply on child support; no bond listed. (RCSD) n Loretta Johnson, 49, of 322 Parks St., Spindale; charged with financial card theft and larceny; placed under a $10,500 secured bond. (RPD)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 22 E-911 calls Thursday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to two E-911 calls Thursday.

Fire Calls n Cliffside, Union Mills and SDO firefighters responded to motor vehicle accidents. n Forest City firefighters responded to three motor vehicle accidents, to an electrical fire and to an industrial fire alarm.

Sue “Momma Sue” Huskey Price, 92, of Ferry Road, Cliffside, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at Hospice House in Forest City. A native of Cherokee County, she was a daughter of the late George B. and Susie Hamrick Huskey. She retired from Burlington 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.

Industries and was a member of Cliffside Baptist Church, where she taught in the primary department for more than 35 years. She also worked with the GA’s and taught the senior ladies Sunday School Class. She is survived by one son, Robert Price of Fairfield, Conn.; one daughter, Sylvia Wilkins of Rutherfordton; one sister, Louise Kale of Kannapolis; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at The A.C. McKinney Memorial Chapel of McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home with the Revs. Joey Cantrell and William Stroud officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Cliffside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 336, Cliffside, NC 28024; or to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Online condolences www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com.

Rev. John Cole The Rev. John Wesley Cole, 85, of Granite Falls, formerly of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Valdese General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Robert Grady Cole and Alma Owens Cole. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilda Ruppe Cole. Survivors include his daughters, Marsha McRary of Granite Falls, and MariLynn Sain of Vale; sons, John Tony Cole of Mooresville, and Thomas Wesley Cole of Virginia; and one brother, James Cole of Rutherfordton. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military and masonic rites. The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Pendry’s Funeral Home in Lenoir. The family will be the home of the Rev. Cole. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 5145 Burns Road, Granite Falls, NC 28630; or to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645. Online condolences www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Reverend John Wesley Cole Reverend John Wesley Cole, 85, of Granite Falls formerly of Rutherfordton, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at Valdese General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Reverend Cole was born in Rutherford County to the late Robert Grady Cole and Alma Owens Cole. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilda Ruppe Cole and a brother, Heber Cole. Survivors include his daughter, Marsha McRary and husband, Randy of Granite Falls and MariLynn Sain and husband, Arnold of Vale; sons, John Tony Cole and wife, Denise of Mooresville and Thomas Wesley Cole of Virginia and a brother, James Cole of Rutherfordton. A funeral service will be held Monday, January 25, 2010 at 4:00 pm at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military and Masonic rites. The family will receive friends Sunday from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Pendry’s Funeral Home in Lenoir. The family will be meeting at the home of Reverend Cole to receive friends open hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 5145 Burns Road, Granite Falls, NC 28630 or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645. Online condolences may be placed at: www.pendrysfuneralhome.com Pendry’s Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Cole family. Paid obit.


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Red Cross Blood drives schedule: Jan. 25 — Red Cross Chapter House, 838 Oakland Road; Forest City, 2 to 6:30 p.m., call 287-5916 for an appointment; Jan. 28 — R-S Middle School, 2 to 7:30 p.m., call 286-8314 for an appointment. Classes: The following classes are offered at the Red Cross office: Adult, Child, Infant CPR: Feb. 13, begins at 8:30 a.m. Adult CPR: Feb. 15, begins at 6 p.m. Child, Infant CPR: Feb. 16, begins at 6 p.m. First Aid: Feb. 25, begins at 6 p.m., Preventing Disease Transmission.

Health/education Health screening: Plum Natural Market will host a health screening by Medical Screening Services on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. Walk-ins welcome, or to make an appointment, call 245-6842. Community Health Clinic of Rutherford County provides access to primary medical care, wellness education, medications and preventative programs. The clinic, open Monday through Thursday, is located at 127 E. Trade St., B 100, Forest City. Patients seen by appointment only. The clinic does not accept patients with private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Call 245-0400.

Meetings/other Achievement Program: ECA Annual Achievement Program; Tuesday, Jan. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; meal and awards program at the Cooperative Extension Office, 193 Callahan Koon Road, Spindale; for more information or to attend, contact Tracy Davis at 287-6020. Rutherford 912 Group meeting: Friday, Jan. 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m., NC Cooperative Extension, Callahan Koon Road, Spindale; for more information visit http://rutherford912.org; this meeting is free and open to the public. Training program: The Employment Security Commission offers a Food and Nutrition Employment and Training Program. If you are currently receiving food stamps and nutrition benefits and looking for work, contact the FNS Coordinator at the ESC office, 245-9841, for further details. Workshop: Tier 1 N.C. MarketReady Training Workshop; Thursday, Jan. 28 - Feb. 4, 11; Cooperative Extension Office, 193 Callahan-Koon Road, Spindale; the workshop focuses on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and what it takes to obtain GAPs certification; fee $10, includes course materials and refreshments; registration deadline Jan. 25; for more information call 287-6011. Quarterly meetings: Rutherford County Nursing Home and Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee meets quarterly with the Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman to review facility visitation reports and trends/concerns of residents in long term care facilities. For more information about committee vacancies or meeting date/time, call 287-2281.

Miscellaneous Walk-in soccer registration: Spring recreational season; Saturdays, Jan. 23, and Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day; bring birth certificate; $40 first player, $35 each additional sibling; call 286-0073 for more information. Foothills Harvest Ministry will hold a 25 cents sale Jan. 25-29 on all men and women’s slacks and jeans. Located at 120 E. Trade St., Forest City. Play, supper: “Stand for Freedom” (on the American Revolutionary War) will be presented by local homeschool students on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Union Mills Learning Center; the program (free admission) begins at 6 p.m.; spaghetti supper 4:30 to 6 p.m.; adults $6, children $4; proceeds from supper go to the Learning Center; hosted by S.T.A.N.D. Homeschoolers.

the house when a shot was fired through the front door. He was placed under a $350,500 secured bond in the Rutherford County Jail. He had a first appear-

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revenue with charter schools, including Thomas Jefferson. Over the past three years, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy has received over $1,200,000 in direct payments from the Rutherford County Schools derived primarily from tax dollars allocated to the RCS by the County Commissioners, as required by law.” TJCA Attorney Richard Vinroot of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte, however, said RCS has underfunded TJCA systemically over the past four years. “They will be required to pay the money they owe,” Vinroot said. “We are asking for all the money of the past four years.” The TJCA board issued a letter to RCS dated Nov. 11, 2009, making demand for payment of the money, Vinroot said. The letter cited North Carolina General Statue that requires “the local school system (i.e., RCS) to transfer all monies it has budgeted in the current expense fund pro rata to the charter school (i.e., TJCA).” The letter also cited rulings by the North Carolina Court of Appeals in the case of Sugar Creek Charter School et. al. v. Charlotte-

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dent and moved to Rutherford County a year and a half ago. Injuries from the accident have left him in pain, and volunteering serves as an outlet, he said. In his free time, Neyer enjoys painting and drawing, saying he’s never taken an art class, and he uses both talents in volunteering in the library. “Art is what I really love to do,” he said. “My focus is really on that, on what can I do to pass on to the school and the students at the same time.” In December he created a rendering of the train from “The Polar Express” for the library wall. Since school started back in January, he’s created a log cabin on the wall, adding new details daily for students to find. “I guess this wall is the dedicated mural wall now,” Neyer said, pointing to the cabin. “It took about a week to

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my dad after a few days and he said to keep an eye on it.” Mark said he was sure his son had suffered some kind of kick to the groin while studying karate or maybe had run-in with some other boys at school. “These are kids, they like to play rough sometimes,” Mark said. “Never in a million years did I think it was cancer. I hope that if someone reads this they can know to keep a look out for the warning signs.” With the diagnosis confirmed, Marcus had to make some lifestyle changes. The first of three major surgeries came about one week after Dr. Bob Ralph told the family it was testicular cancer. With the testicle removed, doctors were hopeful they

Benefit ride: For 12-year-old Hayden Clark (diagnosed with Myoepithelioma); Saturday, March 20, at Rutherford County Moose Lodge; yard sale begins at 7 a.m.; barbecue plates, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; benefit ride starts at 2 p.m., $15 per single rider, $20 for doubles; music by Bandana and Double Cross, 6 to 9 p.m.; door prizes, T-shirts, 50/50 tickets and more; for information call 429-5195.

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In other words, the State agrees that certain moneys are restricted as to their use, and thus, cannot be shared. TJCA wants to invalidate that guidance so that it can share in money that the federal and state government has earmarked for preschool aged children. TJCA provides no services to preschool aged children. — County schools statement on lawsuit

Mecklenburg Board of Education, of which TJCA was a part. The N.C. Court of Appeals declined to hear an appeal by CMS. “We made the demand, they didn’t pay the amount owed and thus we filed suit,” Vinroot said. In its statement, RCS does not believe prior court rulings require it to share certain restricted federal and state dollars, especially money from Head Start, Smart Start and More-atFour programs, which serve children 4- years of age and younger.

recent direction from the State of North Carolina, the RCS release said. “In other words, the State agrees that certain moneys are restricted as to their use, and thus, cannot be shared,” the statement continued. “TJCA wants to invalidate that guidance so that it can share in money that the federal and state government has earmarked for preschool aged children. TJCA provides no services to preschool aged children.” The RCS statement ended, “The Rutherford County Schools will vigorously defend this lawsuit.”

“Despite the fact that Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy does not serve those children, their board asserts that we must share such funds because of ‘how’ the money was accounted for on the school system’s internal records. We do not agree,” the release from Bennett continued. TJCA is also challenging the ability of RCS to put restricted money into a designated fund in accordance with

Once RCS files an answer or complaint, Vinroot said, TJCA’s attorneys will take depositions from people and “with the facts as we believe them to be,” present them to court in Rutherford County a seek a judgement on behalf of the charter school as soon as possible. Vinroot said he believed the case could go to court within 60 to 90 days, although he was not sure.

get it finished where I could add little bits of details. Every day I add something different – sometimes it’s very obvious and sometimes very subtle.” On Tuesday, Neyer added a squirrel to a tree in the window scene, which as the month goes on will transform from winter to spring, all with a few strokes of a paintbrush. The murals don’t just serve as a means of making the library more aesthetically pleasing, Neyer said. Smith also makes sure there’s a way to tie in the art with books in the library. “Making a book display and putting books with it makes the students want to read it,” Smith said. “They all want to read Laura Ingalls Wilder now.” Neyer is just one of several volunteers who help in the library, Smith said. “I have great, great people,” Smith said of those who help her. “Because they’re doing what they are, it gives

me time to plan – because what they are doing is endless.” Neyer agreed. “It’s a full time job just shelving books in here,” he said. Having more adults in the library to help out means more that can be done with students, Smith said. “They make me be able to do what I do,” she said. “They all have different gifts.” Neyer said without volunteers, special events and activities wouldn’t be possible. “I don’t want in anyway to take away from the importance of people who get paid, but it’s a very important role volunteers play,” he said. “This is a fantastic resource, but it can’t operate with one person. “If you have time to give to the community, I’d encourage anyone to do a little volunteer work.”

had gotten all of the tumors. A second surgery came to put a port in for Marcus to have chemotherapy and a third to remove a lymph node from near his pelvis.

of me,” Marcus said. “I have my flat screen TV hooked up and I play a lot of video games. I got a PlayStation 3 for Christmas so that’s good.” Marcus said one thing gives him hope for facing this disease. “What has helped me so much going through all this is my Christian faith,” he said. “It has helped me to keep my head up and keep smiling. Without God, I know I wouldn’t have had any peace.”

“This port is a big deal, actually,” Marcus said. “I don’t really do karate any more since I have it in, even though I only have one more belt to go with Ray Rice at his school. I hope when this is over I can get back to it and finish getting my black belt.” The disease is extremely rare — affecting roughly three in 100,000 men. But the range of ages is wide with men aged 16 to 40 facing the risk. Marcus now has chemotherapy to deal with instead of school books. Each session lasts five days at a time with him staying at Rutherford Hospital for the treatments. “I usually am really nice to the nurses up there, so they take good care

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Packed House East Rutherford now taking nominations

By JACOB CONLEY Daily Courier Sports Reporter

FOREST CITY — East Rutherford High is currently seeking nominations for the Cavaliers Hall of Fame. If you want to nominate a former student-athlete please contact Bobby Reynolds at (828) 245-6424.

Teammates gather for Adams’ funeral EASLEY, S.C. (AP) — College and pro teammates of Gaines Adams were gathering Friday for the 26-year-old defensive lineman’s funeral. Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney are expected to speak at the funeral, while Adams’ coach with the Tigers, Tommy Bowden, is giving the eulogy.

Local Sports SWIMMING 3 p.m. 2010 South Mountain Conference Championships at Isothermal Community College WRESTLING 5 p.m. Hilltoppers Havoc at R-S Central

On TV 12 p.m. (WBTV) College Basketball Michigan State at Minnesota. 12 p.m. (WSPA) College Basketball Mississippi State at Alabama. 12 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Villanova at St. John’s. 1 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Middle Tennessee State at Western Kentucky. 1 p.m. (FSS) NHL Hockey Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers. 1:30 p.m. (WMYA) College Basketball Boston College at Virginia Tech. 1:30 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball Mississippi at LSU. 2 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) College Basketball Ohio State at West Virginia. 2 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Kansas at Iowa State. 2 p.m. (TS) College Basketball Davidson at Georgia Southern. 3 p.m. (ESPN2) College Football East/West Shrine Game. 4 p.m. (WBTV) (WLOS) College Basketball Virginia at Wake Forest. 4 p.m. (WSPA) College Basketball Texas at Connecticut. 4 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball Arkansas at Kentucky. 4 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Michigan at Purdue. 4 p.m. (TS) College Basketball Washington State at UCLA. 5 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Tennessee at Georgia. 6 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball South Carolina at Florida. 6 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball North Carolina State at Maryland. 7:30 p.m. (TS) NHL Hockey Atlanta Thrashers at Tampa Bay Lightning. 8 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Houston at Memphis. 8:30 p.m. (WGN-A) NBA Basketball Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets. 9 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Duke at Clemson. 9:45 p.m. (HBO) Boxing Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Steve Luevano, Featherweights 10 p.m. (ESPN2) Tennis Australian Open, Round of 16. 3 a.m. (ESPN2) Tennis Australian Open, Round of 16.

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East’s Rob Gray rises off the floor with a shot attempt while Central’s Shaq Wilkins defends during the basketball game at East Rutherford Friday.

Gray, East roll over RSC By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

FOREST CITY — The big R-S CentralEast Rutherford showdown became a 3-point contest in front of a packed house, with the Cavs winning the game, 74-60, Friday night. East buried 7-of-14 from behind the arc in the first half and held off a late Central charge for the victory at home.

East moves to 15-1 overall and is 10-0 in the confines at “The Jungle,” this season. Central could only make 1-of-10 3-pointers in the first half and just four overall. “With Devince Boykins being sick and not able to play for most of the game, I thought, Raheem (Hampton), Mikhail Please see East, Page 8

CHASE — Carlos Watkins posted 24 points, pulled 16 rebounds, and the Chase big man helped lead the Trojans over Patton, 67-61, Friday. The Trojans jumped out to an early lead only to see the Panthers come back and take the lead away. Chase used a strong final frame and Watkins’ muscle, to take the lead back and the win. “I told the guys in the locker room that they showed great composure,” said Chase Coach Ken Hines. “To lose a lead like that and still comeback and win, that was big.” Wesley Roach scored the first six points for the Trojans as Chase exploded to a 17-12 lead midway through a high-octane first quarter. The two squads cooled off in the latter stages of the frame, but Chase still finished with a 19-17 lead. “We shuffled the line-up a bit tonight and we played with great energy and it wasn’t just Carlos tonight,” said Hines. “Andrew Scruggs (18 points) had a big night. The whole team played great.” The second quarter played the exact opposite from the first as a lid seemed to be on the basket on both ends of the floor. Chase still managed to increase their lead to as many as 10 points on the strength of Scruggs’ 3-pointer. The Panthers finished on a quick 5-0 flourish, but Chase still led, 33-28, at the break. Chase began the second half much as they had the first, pushing the lead back up to 10 on buckets by Roach and Scruggs. After Patton had cut the lead to five, Watkins converted an

Please see Chase, Page 8

Patton foils Lady Trojans By JACOB CONLEY Daily Courier Sports Reporter

Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

East Rutherford’s Tamara El-Amoor (center) looks to pick up the ball as Central’s Melissa McLaughlin (left to right), Taylor Miller, and Megan Logan close in around her during the basketball game at East Rutherford Friday.

Central downs Lady Cavs By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

FOREST CITY — Central’s Shannon Hines knocked in 24 points to lead the Lady Hilltoppers over East, 72-45, Friday. East Rutherford initially earned the opening lead, but R-S Central quickly answered and kept the Lady Cavs trailing the final 31 minutes and 30 seconds.

East’s Kiziah Miller stole the ball at half-court and turned that into a lay up on the opening tip. From there, Central fired back with 3s by Taylor Gray and Mercedes Davis for a 6-2 advantage. R-S Central never relinquished the lead from that point, as East struggled from behind the arch. Central would hold a 17-13 advantage after the first Please see Central, Page 8

CHASE — Chase made a valiant comeback against the Lady Panthers of Patton, but they could not overcome a 17-2 run mid-way through the second quarter and poor foul shooting at the end, falling 74-60 in conference action. Patton jumped to an early 5-1 lead, but a Dasia Edwards putback pulled the Trojans to within two. From there, Katlyn Smart buried a baseline jumper to forge the game’s first tie at 6-6. Patton then employed a press, which resulted in a 16-8 lead for the visitors after the first quarter. Chase’s Kendra Holcombe hit a jumper to make the tally 16-10, moments into the second quarter. The Lady Panthers responded with a 17-2 run to seize control of the contest. Smart and Euletha Davis finally broke the scoring drought for Chase, but the Lady Trojans were only able to trade baskets with the Lady Panthers. As a result, Chase trailed, 38-20, at the break. Chase went on a 6-0 run to open the second half, capped by a Holcombe lay up to cut the deficit to 12. After Patton had pushed the lead back to 16, Chase responded with a 4-point possession as Smart nailed two technical free throws and Claudette Miller converted a back-door play. Chase cut the deficit to 9 on several occasions in the quarter, but ended the frame down by 11. In the fourth, the combatants traded baskets until Davis canned two free throws to cut Please see Ladies, Page 8


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Scoreboard FOOTBALL NFL Playoff Glance Wild Card Round Saturday, Jan. 9 N.Y. Jets 24, Cincinnati 14 Dallas 34, Philadelphia 14 Sunday, Jan. 10 Baltimore 33, New England 14 Arizona 51, Green Bay 45, OT Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 16 New Orleans 45, Arizona 14 Indianapolis 20, Baltimore 3 Sunday, Jan. 17 Minnesota 34, Dallas 3 N.Y. Jets 17, San Diego 14 Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 24 N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis, 3 p.m. (CBS) Minnesota at New Orleans, 6:40 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31 At Miami AFC vs. NFC, 7:20 p.m. (ESPN)

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Atlanta Hawks’ Joe Johnson (2) drives to the basket as Charlotte Bobcats’ Stephen Jackson defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, in Atlanta.

Crawford, Hawks whip Bobcats

ATLANTA (AP) — Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, Al Horford had 23 and the Atlanta Hawks overwhelmed Charlotte with dominating performances in the first and third quarters, beating the Bobcats 103-89 Friday night. The first-place Hawks made 11 straight shots in the opening period and raced to a 16-point lead. Charlotte turned it around in the second quarter, closing the gap to 47-43 by halftime. Then, just like that, Atlanta turned it back on again. The Hawks made 12-of-18 shots, converted a trio of three-point plays and stretched the margin back out to 22 points. Gerald Wallace led Charlotte with 25 points, but the Bobcats failed to set a franchise record with their seventh straight win. They settled for tying the mark of six in a row. The Hawks made 15 of 20 in the first quarter. Joe Johnson led the way with 11 points, while Charlotte had a hard time just holding on to the ball; the Bobcats turned it over seven times, leading to 12 Atlanta points. As if the first quarter wasn’t bad enough for the Bobcats, point guard Raymond Felton had to be helped off the court after spraining his right ankle in the final minute of the period. He was cutting through the lane at the offensive end when he stepped on Crawford’s left foot and twisted the ankle.

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BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct 27 13 .675 21 22 .488 17 24 .415 13 28 .317 3 38 .073 Southeast Division W L Pct Atlanta 27 14 .659 Orlando 27 15 .643 Charlotte 21 19 .525 Miami 21 20 .512 Washington 14 27 .341 Central Division W L Pct Cleveland 33 11 .750 Chicago 18 22 .450 Milwaukee 17 23 .425 Detroit 15 26 .366 Indiana 14 28 .333 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 28 14 .667 San Antonio 25 16 .610 Houston 23 18 .561 Memphis 22 19 .537 New Orleans 22 19 .537 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 28 14 .667 Portland 26 17 .605 Oklahoma City 24 18 .571 Utah 24 18 .571 Minnesota 9 34 .209 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Lakers 32 10 .762 Phoenix 25 18 .581 L.A. Clippers 19 23 .452 Sacramento 15 26 .366 Golden State 12 28 .300

TRANSACTIONS Friday’s Sports Transactions

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Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7 At Miami NFC champion vs. AFC champion, 6:25 p.m. (CBS)

Boston Toronto New York Philadelphia New Jersey

Saturday’s Games Ottawa at Boston, 1 p.m. Carolina at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Washington, 7 p.m. Toronto at Florida, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Detroit, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Columbus at Minnesota, 9 p.m. Chicago at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m. Boston at Carolina, 5 p.m. Dallas at Colorado, 8 p.m.

Orlando 100, Sacramento 84 Atlanta 103, Charlotte 89 Portland at Boston, late Oklahoma City at Memphis, late New Orleans at Minnesota, late Indiana at Detroit, late L.A. Lakers at New York, late Houston at San Antonio, late New Jersey at Golden State, late Chicago at Phoenix, late Saturday’s Games Philadelphia at Indiana, 7 p.m. Orlando at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Portland at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. New Orleans at Denver, 9 p.m. New Jersey at Utah, 9 p.m. Golden State at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Washington, 1 p.m. Dallas at New York, 1 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Toronto, 6 p.m.

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GB — 2 1/2 4  4  19 1/2 GB —  7 1/2 13  16 1/2 19 

Thursday’s Games Cleveland 93, L.A. Lakers 87 Denver 105, L.A. Clippers 85 Friday’s Games Miami 112, Washington 88 Toronto 101, Milwaukee 96 Philadelphia 92, Dallas 81

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athletic 3-point play to give Chase a 46-38 lead with 1:38 left in the 3rd. But the Panthers wouldn’t go quietly as the visitors went on a quick 4-0 run in the final minute of the third to close within four, 48-44. The teams traded buckets to open the final frame, but Patton took a 53-52 lead with just over four minutes left in the game. Kishon Crawford gave the Trojans the lead back and extended the lead to 61-56 with a mid-range jumper and swishing two from the charity stripe with 1:32 left. Crawford then broke down his defender off the dribble, cashing in from the line, and Watkins grabbed several key boards as Chase held on for the victory. Up next for the Trojans is a county tilt with R-S Central, a game that Hines and the Trojans are looking forward to. “We are a different team starting tonight,” said Hines. “We showed that we have not thrown in the towel on the season and we are going to give Central a good game.”

(Baxter), Zach (Price) and Rickey (Wilkerson) all played big tonight,” East Rutherford coach Brad Levine said. “We were able to move the basketball around Central’s zone defense and that helped us get some open looks from three.” To begin the game, the two teams started slowly, but East Rutherford’s Rob Gray nailed a 3, Baxter did the same and Gray posted a strong up-and-under, with the foul, for the 3-point play. With that exchange, the

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF New Jersey 48 33 14 1 67 133 Pittsburgh 52 31 20 1 63 166 N.Y. Rangers 51 24 20 7 55 135 N.Y. Islanders 51 23 20 8 54 137 Philadelphia 49 25 21 3 53 150 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Buffalo 49 30 12 7 67 141 Ottawa 52 27 21 4 58 145 Boston 49 23 18 8 54 125 Montreal 51 23 23 5 51 131 Toronto 52 17 25 10 44 139 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 50 32 12 6 70 191 Atlanta 50 22 21 7 51 155 Florida 51 21 21 9 51 142 Tampa Bay 50 20 20 10 50 130 Carolina 49 15 27 7 37 125 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 51 35 12 4 74 169 Nashville 50 29 18 3 61 142 Detroit 50 25 17 8 58 129 St. Louis 50 22 21 7 51 132 Columbus 53 20 24 9 49 140 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Vancouver 50 30 18 2 62 162 Colorado 49 28 15 6 62 147 Calgary 51 26 19 6 58 132 Minnesota 51 24 23 4 52 141 Edmonton 49 16 27 6 38 130 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF San Jose 52 34 10 8 76 174 Phoenix 51 29 17 5 63 137 Los Angeles 50 28 19 3 59 148 Anaheim 51 23 21 7 53 144 Dallas 50 21 18 11 53 144

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Thursday’s Games N.Y. Islanders 2, Florida 1, SO Detroit 4, Minnesota 3, SO Los Angeles 4, Buffalo 3, SO Columbus 3, Boston 2 Ottawa 3, St. Louis 2 Philadelphia 2, N.Y. Rangers 0 Carolina 5, Atlanta 2 Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 2, OT Washington 6, Pittsburgh 3 Phoenix 4, Nashville 2 Chicago 3, Calgary 1 Vancouver 4, Dallas 3 San Jose 3, Anaheim 1 Friday’s Games Montreal 3, New Jersey 1 Nashville at Colorado, late Dallas at Edmonton, late

HOCKEY National Hockey League ATLANTA THRASHERS—Assigned G Kari Lehtonen to Chicago (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS—Recalled C Ben Walter from Lowell (AHL). Placed C Rod Pelley on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 18. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS—Assigned F Nick Johnson and F Dustin Jeffrey to Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORS—Assigned F Zack Smith to Binghamton (AHL). VANCOUVER CANUCKS—Recalled D Nolan Boumgartner from Manitoba (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Assigned D John Carlson to Hershey (AHL). ECHL ELMIRA JACKALS—Announced Ottawa (NHL) assigned G Andy Chiodo to Binghamton (AHL). Waived F Mike Sgroi. READING ROYALS—Announced D Scott Fletcher has been assigned to the team from Providence (AHL). Released F Travis Whitehead. SOCCER Major League Soccer D.C. UNITED—Signed M-D Floribert N’Galula. COLLEGE LAKE ERIE—Named Nicole M. Rose swimming and diving coach. MINNESOTA—Suspended basketball guard Al Nolen from Saturday’s game against Michigan State because of academic issues. RUTGERS—Named Dan Donigan men’s soccer coach. SAN JOSE STATE—Named Bryant Young, Hugh Freeze, Tim Landis and Gary Bernardi assistant football coaches. YOUNGSTOWN STATE—Named Rick Kravitz defensive coordinator.

Cavaliers marched out to a 14-7 lead and never gave up that margin. East’s Price later rattled home a 3-ball and an inside bucket to go up by 11, 25-14, at the end of the first period. Central could only make three field goal attempts in the second quarter and East couldn’t seem to miss. Hampton blasted a 3 and Ramone Snow’s awkward 3-pointer swished, at the buzzer, to end the half with East up 42-24. Central’s Shaq Wilkins began the second half with a corner 3, but they still trailed 56-42 after the third frame.

Sharrod Hines hit two 3’s for Central to cut the East lead to 57-49 with seven minutes remaining in the game, but Gray’s answer from 30-feet moments later secured the win and took their conference record to 6-1. Gray led all scorers with 27 points, Price had 14 and Hampton added 12. Rickey Wilkerson had seven points and 11 rebounds, while Baxter earned eight rebounds for East. Central was led on the inside by Darrien Watkins with 12. Oddie Murray and Hines tossed in 10 apiece for the Hilltoppers.

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period. Hines, Gray and Davis each came up with a first-half block for Central. Hines’ throw back set up a 13-3 run. Following the block, Hines nailed her own putback in the lane and both Continued from Page 7 Alyssia Watkins and Taylor McDaniel connected in the lane on runners. Hines drained a long 25-foot 3 to end the deficit to 59-49 with 3:21 left in the contest. the run as Central led, 37-27, at the From that point, however, the game became a break. free throw contest, but Chase missed several key Both Central and East couldn’t find opportunities from the strip to narrow the Patton a basket until halfway through the advantage. third period. Hines connected from Davis led Chase with 19.

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BASEBALL American League TEXAS RANGERS—Agreed to terms with C Toby Hall on a minor league contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Agreed to terms with RHP Shawn Hill on a minor league contract. National League CINCINNATI REDS—Agreed to terms with RHP Jose Arredondo on a minor league contract. HOUSTON ASTROS—Agreed to terms with C Kevin Cash on a minor league contract. NEW YORK METS—Acquired OF Gary Matthews, Jr. and cash considerations from the L.A. Angels for RHP Brian Stokes. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Agreed to terms with CF Shane Victorino on a three-year contract. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Agreed to terms with C Bengie Molina on a one-year contract. Can-Am League SUSSEX SKYHAWKS—Signed RHP Tim Stringer. BROCKTON ROX—Signed C Dan Coury. FOOTBALL National Football League WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Named Sean McVay offensive assistant coach. Announced Steve Jackson will remain with the team as safeties coach. Canadian Football League WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS—Named Joe Mack general manager and vice president of football operations.

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the baseline twice and Gray did so as well. Hines again drove the lane for a layup for four straight baskets on four consecutive possessions for Central that left East staring up at a 52-32 deficit at the end of the third. East Rutherford only hit one field goal in the third quarter. R-S Central’s Alyssia Watkins and Cheyenne Miller stepped up defensively again on East Rutherford’s leading scorer, Shaquisha Dawkins, holding her to just five points before the guard fouled out. East was led by Watkins and Tamara El-Amoor with 10 each. Central was led by Hines’ 24 and Melissa McLaughlin punched in 13 points.

Lady Heels skin Tigers CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Italee Lucas scored 20 points to help No. 14 North Carolina beat Clemson 79-61 Friday night. Cetera DeGraffenreid added 12 points for the Tar Heels (153, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who closed the game on a 23-4 run. Lele Hardy scored 17 points to lead Clemson.

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In once-squalid Superdome, a new sweet smell of success

Associated Press

Juan Martin del Potro plays a shot from between his legs to Florian Mayer during their Men’s singles third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday.

Clijsters out, leaves Belgian hopes on Henin

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kim Clijsters came to the Australian Open as an inspiration to her countrywomen and mothers everywhere. After her unexpected win at the U.S. Open, hype about back-to-back major titles followed her to Melbourne Park for the season-opening Grand Slam. All that ended in 52 minutes Friday in her most humiliating loss: a 6-0, 6-1 third-round defeat to No. 19-ranked Nadia Petrova. Also lost was the chance of a quarterfinal against fellow Belgian Justine Henin, a former No. 1 playing her first major in two years. Defending champion Rafael Nadal also was displeased with his game, although he had a victory to show for it — a 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 decision over Germany’s Philipp Kohlscreiber at night. “In the third I started terrible, no?” the Spaniard said. “Everybody has not very good days.” U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro advanced, and No. 5 Andy Murray moved into a fourth-round match against American John Isner, who beat No. 12 Gael Monfils. Andy Roddick and Fernando Gonzalez won to set up a fourth-round pairing. No. 2 Dinara Safina and No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova went through and will be part of two all-Russian women’s matches in the last 16. Belgians Henin and Yanina Wickmayer will vie for a place in the quarterfinals. Kuznetsova, the French Open champion who no doubt expected to play Clijsters in the next round, is just happy to get a chance at fellow Russian Petrova after holding off Germany’s Angelique Kerber 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a match ending at 1:43 a.m. Henin was sitting out of a major for the seventh time when Clijsters won in New York last September. Watching the jubilant scenes of Clijsters and her toddler daughter, Jada, celebrating the championship at Flushing Meadows inspired Henin to come out of retirement herself. She’d beaten Clijsters in the final of the French and U.S. Opens in 2003 and the 2004 Australian Open. Henin found a way into the fourth round, relying on the grit that has been synonymous with the diminutive Belgian’s career. She came back from a set and a break down in a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alisa Kleybanova, earning the right to play Wickmayer. Wickmayer beat Sara Errani 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3. Safina advanced in straight sets over Britain’s Elena Baltacha and will next meet fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko, who beat Italian Roberta Vinci 7-5, 7-6 (4). Nadal, who topped Roger Federer in last year’s final, broke Kohlschreiber’s serve in the 11th game of the fourth set in the decisive game of the match. He will next play Ivo Karlovic, who downed Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7), and could play a quarterfinal against Murray, a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 winner over Florent Serra of France. But Murray has to first get past Isner, a 6-foot-9 American who last week in Auckland won his first title. No. 4 Del Potro beat Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 and No. 7 Roddick advanced 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3) over Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Three-time Australian champion Roger Federer was to play No. 31 Albert Montanes, and 2008 winner Novak Djokovic faced Denis Istomin on Saturday. Serena Williams and sister Venus play third-round matches.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If desperation has a smell, it permeated the Louisiana Superdome after Hurricane Katrina — rancid and overpowering as thousands sweltered in a cauldron of human misery. The stench was so wretched that it still haunts the people preparing the dome for one of its biggest games — the New Orleans Saints’ first home conference championship game on Sunday against Minnesota, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. “I would gag, man. It would just gag you — a smell you’ll never forget,” said Doug Thornton, who has run the Superdome since the late 1990s. “Perspiration, human feces, urine, mold, wet ceiling tiles, wet carpet.” The smell grew ever more potent as roughly 30,000 storm victims were stranded in the dome without power or plumbing, while temperatures outside rose to 95 degrees in the days after the hurricane on Aug. 29, 2005. “It looked like Armageddon,” he said. “And I thought, ’It’s over. I’ll never be back here. This is the last time I’ll see it,’ and I just cried all the way to Baton Rouge. I felt so depressed. It was an ugly sight and an awful feeling.” When the dome was finally evacuated, huge holes had been ripped in the roof. Smaller ones had been punched through drywall by evacuees who broke into luxury suites and scavenged for food and water. Mounds of trash rose in corridors, infested with flies. The storm and humanitarian crisis left in ruins a structure that had hosted so many memorable events — six Super Bowls,

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The Louisiana Superdome sits in the foreground as floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina continue to recede in New Orleans in this file photo taken Sept. 11, 2005.

so many Sugar Bowls, “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s magical days with the New Orleans Jazz. It was the place where boxer Roberto Duran told Sugar Ray Leonard “No mas” in 1980, where Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass, where George H.W. Bush gave his “thousand points of light” speech. On Sunday, it will add one more to the list — the most important game in the history of the Saints. New Orleans will face a Vikings team led by Brett Favre, who as a Green Bay Packer

won his only Super Bowl at the Superdome in 1997. A more than $200 million renovation included refurbished suites, club lounges and premium seats, and $85 million more in upgrades are scheduled before the city hosts the Super Bowl again in 2013. The Saints have won more games this year — 14, including their playoff win last week — than ever before. At their suburban training headquarters, players have worn T-shirts bearing inspirational slogans. One of them reads: “Smell Greatness.”

Jets QB Mark Sanchez borrows page from Roy Hobbs FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez is hoping lightning strikes twice. The New York Jets’ rookie quarterback showed up at his news conference Friday wearing a black T-shirt with the word “Wonderboy” printed across the chest, complete with a silver lightning bolt. “Yep, Roy Hobbs,” Sanchez said with a big smile. Hobbs, of course, is the power-hitting character played by Robert Redford in the 1984 film, “The Natural.” The movie was based on Bernard Malamud’s 1952 novel of the same name in

which Hobbs carves his beloved bat, “Wonderboy,” out of a tree that was split in half by a lightning bolt. “I’ve had it for a while,” Sanchez said. “I’m wearing everything that could bring a little something good.” New York is playing at Indianapolis in the AFC championship game Sunday. The Jets rallied to beat the then-undefeated Colts after they pulled Peyton Manning and other starters in the third quarter in Week 16. “I don’t want to go home,” Sanchez said. “This is too cool. This is too fun.”

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McNeill takes over at alma mater as ECU coach GREENVILLE (AP) — Ruffin McNeill didn’t say a word. He just walked into the room filled with reporters and fans waiting to hear from East Carolina’s new coach and repeatedly pumped his right fist in the air. He was home, back at his alma mater and in his native North Carolina. “This is my destination job,” McNeill said Friday. “Let’s get that out front right now. This is not a stepping-stone hop for Ruff. This is where I want to be until you tow me away from here. You’ll have to drag me away.” The school held a news conference for McNeill, who was hired this week after Skip Holtz left to take over at South Florida

after five seasons here. The 51-year-old spent the past 10 seasons as an assistant at Texas Tech, where he served as defensive coordinator and McNeill took over as interim coach when Mike Leach was suspended then fired just before the Alamo Bowl. A formal contract hasn’t been signed and won’t be approved until the school’s trustees meet next month. Instead, the two sides are operating under an outline for a five-year deal that

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Nation Today Two men found dead

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Police say two men have been killed in a South Carolina home by a man who then turned the gun on himself. Authorities told multiple media outlets that the gunman’s estranged wife called 911 on Thursday saying he told her he killed two people and was going to kill himself in the Darlington County home. Deputies say 38-year-old Tom Gray screwed shut the doors to the home from the inside and shot himself in the chest. He remains in the hospital and will be charged with murder when he is released. Investigators say Gray shot his roommate Tim Moran and beat landlord Larry Kelly when Kelly came to collect the rent.

Professor admits guilt LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A former Liberty University professor has pleaded guilty to a charge of inappropriately touching a female student. Joshua Young Moon of Durham, N.C., entered his plea Friday in Lynchburg to a single count of

aggravated sexual battery. At a preliminary hearing in June, the student testified that Moon gave her pressure-point massages several times for chronic pain. She said she fell asleep once and awoke to find Moon touching her inappropriately.

Explosives, guns found APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — Authorities who searched a rural Virginia residence discovered that a man charged in the killings of eight people had dozens of explosive devices and multiple firearms there. Inventory sheets filed Friday show that investigators took 42 homemade explosive devices and fuses, multiple rounds of ammunition and several assault rifles from the Appomattox home of 39-year-old Christopher Speight. The explosive devices included pipe bombs, homemade anti-personal mines and improvised hand grenades. The weapons included semiautomatic rifles and a 9 mm pistol. Police also found multiple 9 mm bullet casings at the scene. Speight is being held without bond, and so far he has only been charged with one count of murder.

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President Barack Obama gets a “high five” from a patron as he makes an unscheduled stop at Smitty’s Place, a restaurant, as part of his “White House to Main Street Tour” in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, where he will discuss the economy Friday,

Obama admits health care ran into ‘buzz saw’ WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, two days after signaling retreat on a massive health care overhaul, discounted the smallbore approach Friday and pledged to press for ambitious changes despite running into a “bit of a buzz saw” of opposition. Even as the president sought to bring the public and nervous Democrats back on board, a leading member of his party suggested Congress slow it down on health care, a sign of eroding political will in the wake of Tuesday’s Republican election upset in Massachusetts. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., who ushered the overhaul legislation through the Senate’s health committee last year after the death of his friend, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, said Obama and lawmakers could “maybe take a breather for a month, six weeks.” “Maybe we do need to take this time. Look, it didn’t work, this process,” Dodd said, adding that Obama’s leadership was needed to get things back on track. The president didn’t offer a specific prescription for moving forward Friday, but he did deliver a full-throated defense of his signature domestic issue, which threatens to stall in Congress after Massachusetts voters denied Democrats their filibuster-proof Senate majority. Lawmakers ended the week Friday having charted no clear path, with Dodd and others counseling caution over action. Just a week ago the health legislation had appeared on the cusp of passage after Obama threw himself into marathon negotiations with congressional leaders to work out differences between the House and Senate bills. “There are things that have to get done. This is our best chance to do it. We can’t keep on putting this off,” Obama said Friday at a town hall meeting in Elyria, Ohio, warning listeners that spiraling medical costs threaten to bankrupt them and the country unless Congress acts. “I am not going to walk away just because it’s hard,” the president said. He acknowledged the ugliness of the legislative process, saying that with lawmakers cutting deals to secure votes “it starts looking like just this monstrosity. And it makes people fearful.” In his remarks, Obama seemed to pull back from a suggestion he made on Wednesday that lawmakers unite behind the elements of the legislation everyone can agree on. Obama said that approach presented problems because some of the popular ideas, like new requirements on insurance companies, couldn’t be done without getting many more people insured. “A lot of these insurance reforms are connected to some other things

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CLEVELAND (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling voters in Ohio, wracked by high unemployment, that investments in clean-energy technologies will help boost the nation’s economy. Obama planned to use his visit Friday to test-drive an aggressive populist push on jobs, a top concern for voters across the country. The White House is shifting its message to emphasize the economy heading into fall elections expected to be difficult for Democrats. Before Obama landed in Cleveland Friday, the state reported that its unemployment rate climbed even higher in December, to 10.9 percent from 10.6 percent the month before. Obama was meeting with voters in the northeast part of Ohio, where steel mills have given way to rust. A town hall session was on Obama’s public schedule at Lorain County Community College, near Cleveland. He was last in the county before the state’s March 2008 presidential primary, when he delivered a speech on the economy at a drywall factory that closed two months later. Obama was expected to note such challenges as he spends a day in the state that delivered him a victory in his 2008 campaign but is shaping up to be a tough haul heading into elections for an open Senate seat and the governor’s office as well as the House delegation. Obama looked to Ohio to reset his record with a campaign-style day, complete with a tour of a wind turbine plant and visits with local leaders. He also sought to harness the energy of the campaign trail that he mastered during his two-year campaign for the presidency. we have to do to make sure that everybody has some access to coverage,” he said. For example, insurers wouldn’t be able to end a practice like denying coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions unless more people were covered. Otherwise people could wait until they got sick to buy insurance, and premiums could skyrocket.

Most California storm evacuation orders lifted

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President takes jobs message to troubled Ohio

Debbie Jo Green Kantner 1-23-56 to 11-28-08

Happy BirtHday MaMa! As hard as it is not having you here with us to celebrate your life, we know you are pain free and spending this special day with your family who met and welcomed you into heaven. We take comfort knowing that even though we can’t touch you in earth... you still continue to hold our hearts close to yours and continue to guide us on this rocky journey called life. We love and miss you dearly!

Love, Your Family

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of evacuees were allowed Friday to return to their foothill homes as Southern California’s week of lightning, vicious downpours and tornadoes dissipated into occasional thunderstorms. As rainfall drenched the region earlier in the week, the homes had faced possible debris flows from a 250-square-mile area of the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles, burned bare last summer by wildfire. However, mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for all but a handful of streets after public works experts determined that the ground was safe — for now. Only about 200 of some 2,000 homes throughout Los Angeles County remained under evacuation orders. The city of Los Angeles canceled evacuations for all but one home, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference.


The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Saturday, January 23, 2010 — 11

Business/finance

THE MARKET IN REVIEW

STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

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NYSE

7,030.61-143.85

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last FredM pfT 2.24 DirxTcBear 9.99 ChCBlood n 6.50 BkA BM RE 4.63 CitiDJaig1410.81 RiskMetric 17.07 PrUShtSem20.62 DirFBear rs19.88 Lydall 7.12 BarVixShT 31.89

Chg +.24 +1.01 +.64 +.44 +1.01 +1.55 +1.74 +1.65 +.58 +2.57

%Chg +12.0 +11.2 +10.9 +10.5 +10.3 +10.0 +9.2 +9.1 +8.9 +8.8

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Chg CapOne wt 12.76 -2.35 FstBcpPR 2.43 -.41 AMD 7.88 -1.11 CapOne 37.53 -5.17 DuoyGWt n29.26 -4.01 SLM Cp 10.40 -1.41 DirxTcBull133.97-17.60 BlueLinx 2.61 -.29 WDigital 40.74 -4.55 Gramrcy 3.49 -.38

%Chg -15.6 -14.4 -12.3 -12.1 -12.1 -11.9 -11.6 -10.0 -10.0 -9.8

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 6228787 3.25 -.02 BkofAm 3631777 14.90 -.57 SPDR 3120150 109.21 -2.49 SPDR Fncl 2044446 14.18 -.48 FordM 1587654 10.52 -.66 GenElec 1542548 16.11 +.09 JPMorgCh 1055474 39.16 -1.38 DirFBear rs1051460 19.88 +1.65 iShEMkts 1041717 39.61 -.90 Alcoa 838991 13.40 -.85 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

DIARY

564 2,546 83 3,193 75 4 6,320,591,398

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1,820.31 -27.07

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Lodgian 2.47 Libbey 9.27 SeabGld g 29.43 Arrhythm 5.84 TanzRy g 4.30 SkyPFrtJ n 6.96 VistaGold 2.39 Nevsun g 2.21 NwGold g 4.20 NTS Rlty 4.71

Chg %Chg +.70 +39.2 +.94 +11.3 +2.52 +9.4 +.49 +9.2 +.35 +8.9 +.45 +6.8 +.12 +5.3 +.11 +5.2 +.18 +4.5 +.18 +4.0

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Neuralstem 2.03 EngySvc un 3.50 TianyinPh 3.89 Intellichk 3.05 UQM Tech 5.00 BioTime wt 2.59 OrchidsPP 18.00 AmLorain n 3.20 ChMarFd n 6.19 ShengInn n 7.51

Chg -.33 -.50 -.50 -.39 -.58 -.26 -1.65 -.28 -.54 -.62

%Chg -14.0 -12.5 -11.4 -11.3 -10.4 -9.1 -8.4 -8.0 -8.0 -7.6

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg VantageDrl 106154 1.58 +.09 GoldStr g 66119 2.88 -.07 NA Pall g 49845 4.09 -.07 Taseko 47308 4.87 +.07 NovaGld g 45396 5.65 +.02 NthgtM g 39475 2.98 +.03 BPW Acq wt 34045 1.38 +.03 IsoRay 28571 1.16 -.42 NwGold g 27243 4.20 +.18 Rentech 23567 1.20 -.02 DIARY

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

186 333 45 564 12 1 162,537,505

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NASDAQ 2,205.29 -60.41

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Somaxon 2.40 GenVec 2.99 PeopEduc 2.22 Poniard h 2.61 Conexant 3.59 FstCapVA 6.40 HudsonTc 2.33 InfoLogx rs 2.84 SevenArts n 3.11 Toreador 13.05

Chg +1.08 +.60 +.40 +.47 +.64 +1.05 +.33 +.34 +.37 +1.55

%Chg +81.8 +25.1 +22.0 +22.0 +21.7 +19.6 +16.5 +13.6 +13.5 +13.5

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last ChinYida n 10.65 Curis 2.37 MdwstB pf 2.10 HanmiFncl 2.18 CarolTrBk 5.33 Irid wt13 2.58 Achillion 2.28 Synaptics 26.71 Athersys 2.66 Entegris 4.16

Chg -2.82 -.59 -.38 -.37 -.87 -.41 -.32 -3.64 -.36 -.56

%Chg -20.9 -19.9 -15.3 -14.5 -14.0 -13.7 -12.3 -12.0 -11.9 -11.9

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg PwShs QQQ1644569 44.16 -1.33 Intel 1150085 19.91 -.93 Microsoft 969212 28.96 -1.05 Cisco 700962 22.97 -1.01 HuntBnk 605031 4.69 +.16 ApldMatl 473330 12.63 -.95 MicronT 439940 9.13 -.67 ETrade 406143 1.64 -.10 FifthThird 392318 12.10 +.08 Oracle 334968 24.15 -.68 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

DIARY

727 1,977 115 2,819 45 16 2,797,904,525

DAILY DOW JONES

you talk. we listen. HAVE YOU REVIEWED YOUR 10,760 in person. Dow Jones industrials LIFE INSURANCE LATELY? Close: 10,172.98 Change: -216.90 (-2.1%)

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6,469.95 2,134.21 288.66 4,181.75 1,234.81 1,265.52 666.79 397.97 6,772.29 342.59

STOCK MARKET INDEXES Name

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Dow Industrials 10,172.98 -216.90 Dow Transportation 4,005.08 -88.74 Dow Utilities 383.99 -9.32 NYSE Composite 7,030.61 -143.85 Amex Market Value 1,820.31 -27.07 Nasdaq Composite 2,205.29 -60.41 S&P 500 1,091.76 -24.72 S&P MidCap 721.64 -15.28 Wilshire 5000 11,348.59 -250.73 Russell 2000 617.12 -11.24

YTD %Chg %Chg

-2.09 -2.17 -2.37 -2.01 -1.47 -2.67 -2.21 -2.07 -2.16 -1.79

-2.45 -2.31 -3.52 -2.15 -.25 -2.81 -2.09 -.69 -1.73 -1.32

12-mo %Chg

+25.94 +35.04 +4.86 +35.32 +33.66 +49.28 +31.23 +43.93 +35.34 +38.88

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Total Assets Obj ($Mlns) NAV

Total Return/Rank Pct Min Init 4-wk 12-mo 5-year Load Invt

CI 115,919 LG 66,116 IH 58,324 LB 58,004 LG 57,153 WS 56,527 MA 49,431 LB 49,143 LB 48,312 LB 44,401 FB 40,624 LV 39,986 LV 38,906 FV 36,757 WS 33,009 FG 32,048 LB 30,966 CI 30,268 CA 29,740 MA 29,690 LB 28,379 MA 28,289 LG 28,159 LB 27,762 CI 27,358 FB 26,043 LB 24,767 MB 24,672 LV 15,493 LB 9,880 LB 4,328 GS 1,486 LV 1,245 SR 438 LG 188

+1.5 +14.6/C -2.2 +39.9/C -1.2 +27.0/C -1.9 +37.8/B -2.2 +34.7/D -2.6 +42.6/C -1.4 +31.4/B -2.2 +33.2/D -2.2 +35.1/C -2.2 +35.2/C -2.1 +48.9/B -0.9 +43.2/A -2.0 +28.3/D -1.8 +63.6/A -2.2 +46.0/B -1.7 +45.0/D -1.7 +41.9/A +1.5 +14.4/C +0.1 +40.0/A -0.7 +28.1/C -2.2 +35.2/C -1.0 +28.4/C -2.3 +44.0/B -1.9 +37.9/B +1.6 +16.9/B -0.9 +53.4/A -2.2 +35.3/C +0.3 +48.8/B -1.8 +39.4/A -1.2 +53.5/A -1.8 +32.4/D +0.4 +4.0/B -2.0 +24.4/E -5.8 +48.0/C -1.9 +37.3/D

10.96 26.68 47.08 26.98 56.46 32.93 15.33 25.42 100.60 99.93 37.05 95.74 24.24 30.95 24.88 27.17 32.14 10.96 2.06 16.16 100.61 28.62 67.13 26.98 11.98 14.08 99.94 31.94 20.68 30.19 35.06 10.38 2.89 13.24 14.62

+7.1/A +3.1/B +3.8/C +1.4/B +4.7/A +6.0/A +3.0/B +1.9/B +0.7/C +0.8/C +7.7/A -0.1/C +0.6/C +5.5/A +6.0/A +3.8/D +4.4/A +6.9/A +4.2/A +2.4/C +0.8/C +5.1/A +5.2/A +1.4/B +2.8/E +5.5/B +0.8/C +3.9/A +1.0/B +4.1/A +1.5/B +4.8/A -1.6/E +0.4/B +0.4/D

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White House fights for Bernanke support in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced mounting Senate opposition for another four-year term Friday, and the White House worked aggressively to keep his nomination afloat. President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner were on the phone throughout the day to key senators to shore up support, said two senior administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to more freely discuss behind the scenes activity. Four Democrats say they will vote against Bernanke on the Senate floor. And at least two senators who voted for Bernanke in the Senate Banking Committee last month were weighing their support. Still, the administration’s concerns about the status of the nomination also lessened somewhat, despite the Democratic defections, by the knowledge that several Republicans were committed for Bernanke, one official said. Many others had not made their inclinations known, suggesting a vacillation in the Senate over Bernanke and his stewardship of Wall Street both before and after the financial crisis. While no one is declaring his confirmation doomed, the emergence of opposition and the shift by some to undecided illustrate just how difficult the terrain has gotten for Obama, especially since a Republican Senate victory in Massachusetts this week. In a boost for Bernanke, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada came out late Friday and endorsed him. Reid’s previous silence about his position on the Fed chief stoked concerns about the nomination. “An expert on the Great Depression, Chairman Bernanke helped steer us away from a second one,” Reid said. Still, he said Bernanke must “redouble” his efforts to help struggling Americans. But the roster arrayed against him grew Friday, with Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin announcing their opposition. “It is time for a change — it is time for Main Street to have a champion at the Fed,” Boxer said. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., who opposed Bernanke in committee, also said Friday he was opposing Bernanke’s nomination. He blamed Bernanke not only for missing signs of the smoldering crisis. “Ben Bernanke helped set the fire,” Merkley said on Friday. Democrat Byron Dorgan of North Dakota announced Thursday he would oppose Bernanke on the Senate floor. White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton, talking to reporters as Obama headed to Ohio Friday, said the president has “a great deal of confidence” in the actions Bernanke already has taken and believes he’s “the best person for the job.” Burton said the White House still believes that Bernanke, 56, will get enough votes in the Senate to run the nation’s central bank for another four years. Bernanke faces a 60-vote Senate hurdle because Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent liberal from Vermont, has placed a “hold” on the nomination.

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Obama’s stance pushes stocks lower NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market suffered its worst setback in more than 10 months as investors rejected President Barack Obama’s plans to restrict big banks and earnings reports that just weren’t good enough. The Dow Jones industrial average had its fourth big drop in five trading days Friday, sliding 217 points. Over three days, the Dow lost 552 points, or 5.2 percent, and over the past five days, it fell 537 points, including a 115-point gain Tuesday. All the major indexes fell more than 2 percent Friday. Investors are finding bad news wherever they look. Even before Obama announced his plan on Thursday, they were selling stocks on disappointing earnings and concerns that a possible slowdown in China’s economy might spread. The mood in the market was dark enough that upbeat earnings Friday from General Electric Co. and McDonald’s Corp. weren’t enough to sway investors. Another jolt to the market: Mounting Senate opposition to the reappointment of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, whose term ends Jan. 31. Stocks have had their worst showing since they began their recovery last March. The market also is seeing the the kind of volatility that dominated the market’s long slide — the Dow has had triple-digit moves in five straight days for the first time since December 2008. The Dow lost 4.1 percent this week, its worst week since it hit a 12-year low in March. It had reached its highest level since

Oct. 1, 2008, only this past Tuesday, closing at 10,725.43. John Brady, a senior vice president of global interest rates at MF Global, said concerns surrounding Obama’s plan and China’s efforts to slow its economy have investors reducing risk. Obama rattled the market Thursday after asking Congress for limits on how large big banks can be and to end some of the risky trading large financial companies have used in recent quarters to boost their profits. It’s not clear what will come of the proposed changes but investors are selling anyway. “It appears to be a move to put some shackles on risk-takers,” Mitch Schlesinger, managing partner at FBB Capital Partners in Bethesda, Md., said of the new proposals. The problem with earnings reports is that they’re not meeting investors’ high expectations. Tech stocks were among the big losers Friday after Google Inc.’s fourth-quarter revenue didn’t meet forecasts, and after a Citigroup analyst lowered his rating on the stocks of seven chip makers. The market is particularly sensitive to tech companies, since they are seen as indicators that the economy is returning to health — or possibly backsliding. But any part of any company’s earnings report has the potential to upset the market. “We expect (earnings) to be better,” said Brett D’Arcy, chief investment officer at CBIZ Wealth Management Group in San Diego. “People are being more particular.” In some respects, stocks’ big

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Dear Abby: I have chosen to celebrate my children’s birthdays with family and one friend. I want my children to understand early on that birthdays are not about getting loads of gifts, but to celebrate life with family. Because of this, I’m considering no longer giving a gift but making a donation to a charity in honor of the birthday boy or girl instead. But I’m worried about the reaction I’ll get from friends. On the other hand, I feel much better about donating to a worthwhile charity instead of another toy for children who already have so much these days. Is a donation appropriate instead of a gift? — Wondering

Dear Wondering: Your sentiments are noble, but your teaching method is heavy-handed and I don’t recommend it. If the children are in grammar school, a donation in their name to a charity will go over like a lead balloon. Teach your children proper manners by explaining how to practice them and setting a good example. By preventing them from interacting socially with their friends and classmates, you are slowing down their socialization and isolating them. Because you prefer that your children not receive “loads of gifts,” when you plan their birthday celebrations, explain your philosophy to

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your family and your one friend and also to your children. Then let your kids choose a charity and request that attendees bring an item to be donated. Dear Abby: My mother — who is 50 — divorced her husband about a year ago. I fully supported her through the divorce, but now I am beginning to regret it. I feel as if I have been taking the place of my father when, at 22, I should be finding my way and exploring the world. I hate myself for feeling this way because I love my mother. I find myself staying at home so she won’t be alone, and I know I’m missing out. Should I talk to my mother about this? — Daughter Dear Daughter: Yes. Do it now, before resentment builds and you reach the point where you say something you’ll regret. Do it when you are both in a relaxed mood and won’t be interrupted. Explain that you are worried about her and because she is now a free woman it’s time for her to develop new interests and meet new people. Encourage her to get out.

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IN THE STARS

Your Birthday, Jan. 23; You’ll have ample opportunities to accumulate worldly goods. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Don’t treat your budget as an interesting array of numbers that can be conveniently rearranged to suit your wants. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Your astute ability to determine the real value of things will only operate as long as you are realistic. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Take that offer of help as soon as possible. He who hesitates is lost. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Be optimistic in your commercial affairs, but be reasonable about how much profit you’re likely to make. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — When talking to someone who is over-exaggerating his or her accomplishments, stick to honesty. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Those who are usually on your side could become irritated if you come off as a know-it-all. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — There’s every reason to be optimistic about your chances to succeed at whatever you undertake. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Don’t hesitate to offer suggestions if the terms cause you some discomfort. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — All that wonderful progress you make all day long could come to a screeching halt. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — At a social gathering, don’t bring up business or a commercial matter. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — It’s wonderful to try to do something for another, but make sure that this person wants help in the first place. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — If you offer to help someone, take the job seriously. Halfhearted measures will be taken as an affront


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Brits increase terror alert

World Today Rescuers reach stranded ship

MOSCOW (AP) — A rescue ship reached a Russian cargo vessel stranded in icy waters off eastern Russia with 31 crew members aboard and prepared to escort it to safety, officials said Saturday. The Smolninsky refrigerated ship was battered by heavy winds Friday and listed dangerously to its port side in the Sea of Okhotsk, which separates Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula from the mainland, according to a search and rescue center on nearby Sakhalin Island. The Smolninsky’s captain sent a distress call Friday morning, and authorities directed several nearby vessels to head to the area and save the ship’s all-Russian crew.

120 al-Qaida suspects detained

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police launched a nationwide crackdown on suspected militants linked to the al-Qaida terror network on Friday, rounding up 120 people in simultaneous pre-dawn raids, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. It was not clear if Friday’s raids in 16 provinces in this NATO member and western ally country would amount to a major blow to homegrown Islamic militants. Yeni Safak newspaper this week reported that Turkish police had recently seized video recordings of alleged Turkish al-Qaida militants in Taliban camps in Afghanistan, as well as alleged plans for attacks on Turkish soldiers in Kabul and on police in Turkey. It did not cite a source for the report.

Afghanistan bans fertilizer

KABUL (AP) — The Afghan government banned a fertilizer chemical on Friday that was used in the devastating Oklahoma City bombing and in most of the homemade explosives that have killed and maimed hundreds of American soldiers here. NATO troops have seized tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer in raids over the last five months in southern Afghanistan, and the government has been discouraging farmers from using it for years for environmental reasons. NATO announced Friday that another service member was killed in a blast Friday in southern Afghanistan but did not release the victim’s nationality. Such “fertilizer bombs” have also been used in Iraq in attacks against government forces.

LONDON (AP) — Britain raised its terror threat alert to the second-highest level Friday, one of several recent moves the country has made to increase vigilance against international terrorists after a Christmas Day bombing attempt on a EuropeU.S. flight. The threat level was raised from “substantial” — where it had stood since July to indicate a strong possibility of a terrorist attack — to “severe,” meaning such an attack is considered highly likely. In making the announcement, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said the raised security level means that Britain is heightening its vigilance. But he stressed that there was no intelligence suggesting an attack is imminent. “The highest security alert is ‘critical,’ and that means an attack is imminent, and we are not at that level,” he said on British television. Johnson declined to say what intelligence the change was based on, or whether the move was related to the failed Christmas bombing attempt, when U.S. authorities say a young Nigerian named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear during a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. Abdulmutallab, who allegedly had links to extremists based in Yemen, had studied as a university student in London. “It shouldn’t be thought to be linked to Detroit, or anywhere else for that matter,” Johnson said. “We never say what the intelligence is.” He said the decision to raise the threat level was made by the U.K.’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Center. He said the center kept the security threat level under constant review and made its

judgments based on a range of factors, including the “intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the U.K. and overseas.” Friday’s changes came days after Britain suspended direct flights to Yemen’s capital in response to the growing threat from al-Qaida-affiliated militants based in that country. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said his government also was creating a new terrorist no-fly list, and targeting specific airline passengers for tougher security checks. The measures followed a discussion between Brown and President Barack Obama on Tuesday. They match similar moves made by U.S. authorities last week to enhance security at airports and on planes, as intelligence officials warned that al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen was continuing to plot attacks on the United States. The stepped-up security in the U.S. included more air marshals on flights to and within the U.S. and additional screening at airports around the world. Brown said Britain and other nations face a sharply growing threat from al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists based in Yemen and an area of north Africa that includes nations such as Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan and Ethiopia. Officials and analysts say Britain’s new alert level could be related to the emergence of a steady stream of threat information since the thwarted Christmas Day attack. In Washington, a Capitol Hill official told The Associated Press the intelligence community has detected increased terrorist “chatter” so far in 2010— that is, conversations and messages that suggest a possible elevated level of activity or planning.

One U.S. official also noted that a major international conference on Afghanistan to be held in London next week may have triggered the increased vigilance. But several said they know of no new specific threat that led to the British action. Instead, they noted that the British had lowered their threat level several months ago and were likely raising it to reflect the U.S. government’s threat level. The American officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss foreign intelligence publicly. Britain’s five-tiered alert system — which starts at “low” and passes through “moderate,” “substantial,” and “severe” before hitting “critical” — is similar to the U.S. system of color-coded terrorism advisories. The British government downgraded the alert level to “substantial” in July without explaining the decision. The level last stood at “critical” in June 2007, after authorities foiled car bomb attacks on a London nightclub and a Scottish airport. In the United States, the alert level for the aviation sector is currently at “orange,” indicating a high risk of terrorist attacks. It has not been changed since 2006, after terrorist plans to blow up jetliners en route to the U.S. from Britain were discovered. The alert level for the rest of the country is at “yellow,” indicating a significant risk. Britain’s decision to raise its terror threat alert came as India put airline passengers through extra security screenings and sky marshals were placed on flights. India put its airports on high alert amid reports that al-Qaida-linked militants planned to hijack a plane.

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NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 555 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by BEVOLYN C WILLIAMS-HAROLD, unmarried and TANISHA ADKINS aka Tanisha A. Adkins, unmarried to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated August 28, 2006 and recorded on August 31, 2006 in Book 915 at Page 775, 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 February 3, 2010 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: LYING IN CHIMNEY ROCK TOWNSHIP, RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: BEING all of Lot 133, Phase 1B, as shown on subdivision plat for GreyRock at Lake Lure Subdivision recorded in Plat Book 25, at Page 206, said plat being one of a series of plats recorded in Plat Book 25, Pages 205 through 208, all of the Rutherford County, NC Registry, reference to said plats being made for a more particular description of said lot. TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO all easements, restrictions and rights of way of record and a non-exclusive appurtenant easement from 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 to 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 in Book 3827, Page 764 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry (hereinafter "Declarations"). TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO easements for the installation, repair and maintenance of a community water system as set forth in the Declarations, said water system to consist of a shared system of wells and water line to be installed upon the lots. Each lot is coneyed together with appurtenant easements for all shared water line and wells marking up the water system as the same may or will be installed in the reserved easement areas as set forth on all recorded plats and described in the Declarations. ALSO BEING the same property as described in a Deed recorded in Book 893 at Page 728 of the aforesaid Registry.

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CLASSIFIEDS! NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 533 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by WILLIAM J FLEMING to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated February 26, 2007 and recorded on February 27, 2007 in Book 943 at Page 163, 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 January 27, 2010 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: All that certain lot or parcel of land situated in Morgan Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and more particularly described as follows: Being Lot Number 7 of Queen's Gap, Phase I, as described more fully in Plat recorded in Plat Book 27, Pages 280-292, ("the Plat"), Rutherford County Registry, to which plat reference is hereby made for a more full and accurate description. Subject to Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Queen's Gap as recorded in Book 917, Page 402-442, Rutherford County Register of Deeds, and recorded in Book 891, Page 624-664, McDowell County Register of Deeds, and any amendments and supplements thereto. Subject to all matters shown on subdivision plat of Queen's Gap, Phase I, as recorded in Plat Book 27, Pages 280-292, Rutherford County Register of Deeds, and Plat Book 13, Pages 60-72, McDowell County Register of Deeds, hereinafter referred to as "the Plat". Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record.

Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as: 7 Queens Gap, Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Said property is commonly known as: Lot 133 Horse Pasture Ridge, 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 Ronald Berg and 133B 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.

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 William J. Flemming. 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.: 09-22416-FC01

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.: 09-23187-FC01

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians are fleeing their quake-ravaged capital by the hundreds of thousands, aid officials said Friday, as their government promised to help nearly a half-million more move from squalid camps on curbsides and vacant lots into safer, cleaner tent cities. Relatives said they pulled an 84-year-old woman from the wreckage of her home on Friday, 10 days after the magnitude-7.0 quake, but some teams were giving up the search and efforts focused on expanding aid for survivors. It had been more than a day since the last person was rescued live from the rubble. Aid officials said some 200,000 people have crammed into buses, nearly swamped ferries and set out even on foot to escape the ruined capital. For those who stay, foreign engineers have started leveling land on the fringes of the city for tent cities, supposedly temporary, that are meant to house 400,000 people.

Floria Loveng, 7, hugs her teddy bear in a tent city of displaced Haitians whose homes were either destroyed or badly damaged in last week’s massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Friday. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, killing and injuring thousands and leaving many homeless.

The goal is to halt the spread of disease at hundreds of impromptu settlements that have no water and no place for sewage. Homeless families have erected tarps and tents, cardboard and scrap as shelter from the sun, but they will be useless once the summer rainy season hits. The new camps “are going to be going to places where they will have at least some adequate facilities,� Fritz Longchamp, chief of staff to President Rene Preval, told The Associated Press on Thursday. Doctors, meanwhile, were trying to save the life of 84-year-old Marie Carida Romain, whose relatives said they freed her Friday from the ruins of her house. Yves Romain, a 58-yearold telephone technician,

said he and his family were sleeping in front of the collapsed home when they heard moaning from inside and called neighbors for help. After 20 hours of digging with bare hands, he said, they freed his mother. The woman, looking skeletal and unconscious, was being treated at the capital’s General Hospital. “She is very thin. She is in a state of shock and severely dehydrated,� said Dr. Louis Auguste, who works at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. He said that while she had been buried for a long time, “there were always people who defy the norm.� Thursday was the first day since the quake in which nobody was pulled alive from the ruins, U.N. mission

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spokesman David Wimhurst said. “We all hope that others have survived and can be found, but the more days that go by without signs of life, the dimmer these hopes will become.� Armies of foreign aid donors, instead, turned their attention to expanding their pipeline of food, water and medical care for survivors. With much of Port-auPrince in ruins, there are about 600 impromptu settlements with a population of about 1 million scattered around Haiti, said Dr. Jon Angrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization. Getting the people to safer quarters could take weeks. “These settlements cannot be built overnight. There are standards that have to be

designed by experts. There is the leveling of the land, procurement and delivery of tents, as well as water and sanitation,� said Vincent Houver, the IOM’s mission chief in Haiti. The move will be voluntary and temporary, according to Elisabeth Byrs, the spokeswoman for the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva. “It’s to help them in a first move. After, the people will decide if they want to stay,� she said. Many people are just trying to get out of the capital, often back to the farms or provincial homes of relatives. The U.S. Agency for International Development said Friday that as many as 200,000 Haitians have fled

Haiti’s government estimates the Jan. 12 quake killed 200,000 people, as reported by the European Commission. It said 250,000 people were injured and 2 million homeless in the nation of 9 million. Others offer smaller estimates. The disaster has prompted what the Red Cross calls the greatest deployment of emergency responders in its 91-year history. Nations around the world have offered what they can: more than $500 million from European nations, money even from impoverished Chad and Congo, and a ton of tea from Sri Lanka. The U.N.’s World Food Program said it has distributed more than 1.4 million food rations — each with three meals, and has a fleet of trucks in bringing food and supplies. “We are planning to flood the country with food,� Myrta Kaulard, the agency’s Haiti director, told the AP.

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