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At what point, will we not have to make choices for ourselves? — Rebeccca Fountain

50¢ ... I think the only ones this bill helps are families and people that cannot get insurance...

I think it’ll take a year to really work it all out. I was not happy it passed.

— Charles Miller

— Hunt Cowan

Health care reactions mixed By SCOTT BAUGHMAN and JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writers

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FOREST CITY — Hailed on one side as a victory and on the other as a crushing defeat for America, President Barack Obama’s health care bill passed a bitterly divided Congress Sunday. The outcome was also met with division in Rutherford

County. “I have no idea how I’m going to be able to afford my health care now,” said Kyle Atchley of Union Mills. “First, our health care,” said Rebecca Fountain of Forest City. “Then, our

food — like, Pepsi’s low-sodium, low sugar campaign. At what point, will we not have to make choices for ourselves? Sooner than we think.” “I’ve not read the bill personally, but from other sources I think the only ones this bill helps are families and people that Please see Mixed, Page 6



Firefighters look into an attic after venting a fire at the home of Mark Padgett (far left) and his two children, Big Island Road at the Poor’s Ford Road intersection Monday afternoon. SDO, Sandy Mush and Cliffside firefighters responded to the attic fire, that caused extensive damage to the Padgett’s home. Son, Joseph Padgett, discovered the fire when he came home for lunch. The American Red Cross also responded offering emergency help to the family.

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Two stores struck by armed robbers By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Two armed robberies Sunday at two retail stores have Forest City Police, Rutherfordton Police and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputies working together to locate suspects involved in the robberies. The incidents are the second and third armed robberies in Rutherford County in the past nine days, a fact some officers can’t recall in decades. “I do not remember three armed robberies like this,” said Assistant Police Chief Bob Ward in Forest City. A clerk at Family Dollar, 428 Main Street, Ellenboro, told sheriff’s deputies someone came into the store at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday and shopped for laundry detergent. When they were payPlease see Robberies, Page 3

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Editor’s note: This is the seventh part of The Daily Courier’s 10-part series on weathering the recession. The series will be published each Tuesday.


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Refinancing option must be studied By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — A number of variables come into play when deciding whether to refinance a mortgage. These variables are the difference between a winning or a losing situation for homeowners. There are potential benefits to refinancing, but there are also costs involved. The Federal Reserve Board’s guide,

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“A Consumer’s Guide to Mortgage Refinancings,” notes, “It is not unusual to pay 3 percent to 6 percent of your outstanding principal in refinancing fees. These expenses are in addition to any prepayment penalties or other costs for paying off any mortgages you might have.” The guide also says, “When you refinance, you pay off your existing mortgage and create a new one. You may even decide to combine both a primary

mortgage and a second mortgage into a new loan. Refinancing may remind you of what you went through in obtaining your original mortgage, since you may encounter many of the same procedures—and the same types of costs—the second time around.” Unfortunately for many homeowners, at the same time that mortgage rates are falling, so is equity in their homes. Please see Option, Page 6


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Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Tuesday, March 23, 2010


County will be in pilot of school health program


From staff reports

FOREST CITY ­— Rutherford County has been named one of 16 counties that will pilot the “Healthy and Ready to Learn” initiative. The North Carolina “Healthy and Ready to Learn” (HRL) Partnership will identify uninsured children who are entering kindergarten and are eligible for Medicaid or N.C. Health Choice. “When our children enter public school, we need to ensure that they are healthy and ready to learn,” said North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. “This initiative will help us reach out to more young children across North Carolina to make sure they are receiving the care and coverage they need.” Gov. Perdue has asked the N.C. Pediatric Society Foundation to lead the HRL Partnership, which is a coalition of physicians, school nurses, School Health Advisory Councils, state agencies, Local Education Agencies and community-based stakeholders. Other key partners in the HRL initiative include: the School Nurses Association of North Carolina, N.C. Healthy Start Foundation, Action for Children, N.C. Department of Health and Human Jean Gordon/Daily Courier Services, Office of Rural Health and Community Residents of Gypsy Street and prospective new homeowners are invited to a public meeting today at Tuesday Care, N.C. Healthy Schools, the N.C. Department at 5:30 p.m. at New Bethel AME Zion Church, Forest City, to discuss a neighborhood revitalization process and of Public Instruction, the Office of the Governor owning a new home. This brick mason works on a Gypsy Street home, building an underpinning and crawl space and the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians. for the home owner. Funds are available to build new homes and renovate others. The meeting is hosted by the Year one of HRL will begin with the pilot counRutherford County Housing Initiative. ties and in year two expand statewide to all 4 and 5 year old children. The initiative is funded by a $678,210 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced in October 2009.

UNC-G students do textile history

GREENSBORO (AP) — Students at a North Carolina university have created a Web site that lets those who lived in Greensboro’s textile villages share their experiences. The News & Record of Greensboro reported that students at the University of North

Carolina at Greensboro created the site called “Community Threads: Remembering the Cone Mill Villages.” Former mill village residents are able to share their experiences and photos at a series of events that began last week and continue into April. One will be held Sunday afternoon at a read-

ing at First Friends Meeting. The textile project is in its second year and is the work of a group of 10 museum studies students.

To identify uninsured children entering kindergarten in Rutherford County Schools, there will be a place for parents to denote what type of insurance, if any, their child has on the kindergarten assessment forms, said Assistant Superintendent Janet Mason. School nurses will also be helping to identify children, she said.

Greensboro had five mill villages until 1957, when Cone Mills began selling the houses. Only one operates today.

The other pilot counties for HRL are Cleveland, Columbus, Cumberland, Davidson, Edgecombe, Gaston, Halifax, Harnett, Lenoir, Pitt, Randolph, Robeson, Vance, Wayne and Wilson counties.

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Operation Medicine Drop, an effort to dispose of unwanted prescription and overthe-counter medications, took in 17,021½ pills on Saturday in Rutherford County. The pills were dropped off by citizens from noon to 4 p.m. at the Forest City Fire Department, at Food Lion in Rutherfordton and at the Lake Lure Fire Department. Sheriff Jack Conner on Monday said he was very pleased with the large turnout and added that he hoped to hold such events every few months to safely dispose of potentially dangerous medications that could end up in the wrong hands. Shown here, from left, with some of the pills taken in at the Forest City Fire Department, are Karen Long-Moore of Drug Treatment Court in Rutherford and McDowell counties, Detective Sgt. Kelly Aldridge of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, and Lt. Chris Lovelace of the Forest City Police Department.


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This Dollar General on W. Main Street in Forest City, was robbed at gunpoint Sunday at approximately 8:40 p.m. Earlier Sunday, Family Dollar in Ellenboro was also robbed at gunpoint. The two retail store robberies and an ABC Store robbery nine days ago in Forest City, are under investigation by Forest City Police and Rutherford County Sheriff’s officers. There are similarities in the cases, officers said.

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ing for the detergent, they pointed handguns at the clerk. Rutherford County Sheriff Jack Conner said the clerk told deputies two black males, wearing hoodie sweatshirts and clear tape across their faces to hide their identities, were each carrying a hand gun. When they approached the clerk, they demanded money from her cash drawer and then a second cash drawer. While one suspect went outside of the store, the other demanded the clerk go to the store safe and open it. Conner said the clerk tried to delay opening the safe as long as possible, before handing over the cash. When suspects left, they made the woman go to the back of the store. She was not physically harmed. The Dollar General, W. Main Street, Forest City, was robbed at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Lt. Chris Lovelace reported. Officers were told a black male approached the cashier to pay for an item and then drew a handgun and robbed her. He also took the money from the safe. Lovelace said the suspect is described as a black male, 6 ft. tall weighing 180 pounds, slim build and short black hair. He was wearing a black hat, orange shirt, black coat and a fur-trimmed hood pulled up. The suspect made the woman walk out of the store with him. She was unharmed physically and was not made to go anywhere with the suspect. Lovelace said officers are unsure if there was another suspect outside the store. “There are similarities between the ABC Store robbery (March 12) and the recent two robberies,” Lovelace said. “We are still looking into that to see in fact, if we can show the same person did all three. There are similarities in the description.” Ward said the suspect who robbed the ABC store was described as a black male who is 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall. He was wearing a dark coat with a hood, blue jeans and tan boots. The robbery occurred just before closing time, March 12, at 8 p.m. Ward said another customer was in the store when the robber entered, so the suspect waited for that customer to leave before he walked up to the counter with a bottle, set it down and then came around the counter holding a gun and took money from the two cash registers. The two female employees who were in the store at the time were

MARION (AP) — Two North Carolina men have been killed when their sports car slid into the path of another vehicle, injuring a Florida couple. Multiple media outlets reported Monday that 23-year old Jeremy Bolick of Lenoir and 20-year-old passenger Charles Thomas Wright of Blowing Rock died Sunday near Marion. Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue said the men were volunteer firefighters attending a training course in McDowell County. Highway Patrol Trooper Thomas Brewer says the two died at the scene on U.S. 221 when their speeding Ford Mustang slipped on wet pavement. Brewer says Cynthia and Jeffrey Bassett of Flagler Beach, Fla., were in a car that struck the Mustang at the front passenger door.

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What to do FOREST CITY — Forest City Chief Jay Jackson suggests the following to all retail business clerks/employees in Forest City. n If approached by these suspects, or any other suspects, cooperate with them so they will get out as fast as possible; so far the suspects have not displayed a use of force. Do whatever it takes to get them out. n The manager should limit the access to the office or where the safe is located; this will limit the likelihood of the business being victimized again. n If anyone sees a suspicious person in the store, call the police department immediately. Better safe than sorry. Jackson also said in a proactive note for his department. “We will be going inside, not just the marked units, but the investigative force and plains clothes staff on a regular basis. We will be keeping an eye on the business.” Sheriff Jack Conner said anyone in retail stores should keep their eyes and ears open for any suspicious person or activity and report it. told to leave the store and walk toward Oak Street. The robber then left in the direction of Hardin Road. They flagged down passing motorists to report the robbery. Except for the need for cash, officers aren’t sure of any other motives for the robberies. Lovelace said the state of the economy could be a factor. “The way the economy is, the past news, people are involved in crimes (who haven’t been before). More and more people are reverting to crimes and that is not the way to go,” he said. Lovelace said Forest City, Rutherfordton and Rutherford County law enforcement agents met Monday morning to talk about the cases. Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact the Forest City Police Department at 245-5555 or the Tip Line at (828) 245-7771 or or the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Dept. Staff writer Larry Dale also contributed to this story. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — CharlotteMecklenburg Police say one person has been killed in a crash after a brief chase by the Highway Patrol. Highway Patrol Sgt. J.E. Brewer told The Charlotte Observer that the accident happened less than a minute after the chase started Saturday night. Brewer said 25-year-old Latia Antoinette Winchester died when her car was hit by a second car driven by 41-year-old Eddie Bernard Ellison. Brewer said Ellison’s car was being chased by a Highway Patrol car after it did a U-turn to avoid a license checkpoint. Ellison and a passenger in his car were taken to a local hospital with injuries. Winchester’s car hit the side of a house after the crash; Ellison’s hit a telephone pole.

MacDonald appeals again RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The sensational murder case that spawned the book and TV miniseries “Fatal Vision” is back before a federal appeals court in Virginia. It’s been 40 years since Army doctor Jeffrey MacDonald’s wife and two young daughters were slain in their home at Fort Bragg, N.C. MacDonald, who is serving three life

terms, has always maintained his innocence. He says four drug-crazed hippies knocked him unconscious and killed his family. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear arguments Tuesday on whether MacDonald deserves a new trial. MacDonald claims he has new evidence, including DNA tests and sworn statements by two people who are now dead, supporting his claim of innocence.

Man loses lawsuit GRAHAM (AP) — A former executive for a private North Carolina laboratory that provided DNA testing in the Duke lacrosse rape case has lost a lawsuit challenging his firing. The Times-News of Burlington reported that Superior Court Judge J.B. Allen Jr. on Friday dismissed the lawsuit by former DNA Security Inc. director Brian Meehan. The Burlington company said it terminated Meehan in 2007 for “just cause.” The lab’s initial report omitted the fact that evidence collected from the accuser matched none of the Duke lacrosse players who underwent DNA testing. Meehan later testified the lab’s report was tailored to suit former District Attorney Mike Nifong.

Court hears ed rights case RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s Supreme Court is again considering how much the state’s Constitution protects a student’s right to education. An attorney for two former Beaufort County high school sophomores suspended after a fight argued Monday that their actions did not give the school district the right to strip them of access to education. Viktoria King and Jessica Hardy were suspended for five months and denied access to an alternative school in the area. An attorney for the Beaufort County Schools superintendent said the students temporarily forfeited their education rights through misconduct. North Carolina’s top court ruled in 1997 that the state Constitution gives each child a right to a “sound basic education.”


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Our Views Positive attitude will be critical


n Rutherford County these days, it seems there are a lot of reasons for people to be gloomy, but not all the news is bad. We just have to look around us to see that during these difficult times, people are still trying to better their lives and to help neighbors in need. Much of this upbeat spirit can be attributed to all those people who volunteer their money and their time to help others. When food drives are held, people donate and others give time to help distribute the aid. When people need help on their homes, there are people willing to lend a hand. These examples could go on, but the point is that people in this community are not ready to give up. It is this spirit that we will need even more as we continue to try to rebuild our community. We may be down, but we are not out, and that is a distinction that makes all the difference.

Our readers’ views Says people should try the Retro Cinema To the editor: I am a movie fanatic and I have been going to movies in Shelby and Spartanburg, I decided last week to try the Retro Cinema in Forest City. The picture and sound was very good, the place was clean, and the staff and owner were very friendly. And to think of all that money I spent on gas, when we have an excellent theater in our own county.

the average person cannot effectively treat on their own. Fire ants build large mounds in the soil and near structural foundations. These pests pose a problem to humans because they can cause multiple, painful stings when their nests are disturbed or threatened.

People should give it a try. I am sure they won’t be disappointed. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised. Besides, we should be spending the money in our own county, not someone else’s. Gerald Melton Forest City

Fire ants are difficult to treat with home remedies because the entire colony must be killed, or it will simply move to another location. Our association urges homeowners to call a professional pest management company when treating fire ant nests. To find a qualified and trained pest management company, please contact NCPMA at www. Lee Smith N.C. Pest Management Association

Urges people to take fire ants seriously

Thanks writer for his letter about lawsuit

To the editor: In the March 5 story “Fire ant threat continues to rise in county,” the newspaper discussed the recently updated fire ant quarantine. The North Carolina Pest Management Association applauds the efforts of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture for taking the step of expanding a quarantine meant to suppress the movement of fire ants across the state. Fire ants are a problem that continues to grow in our state, and they are the type of pest that

To the editor: I would like to thank Roger “Buck” Petty for his recent thoughts concerning the TJCA vs: RCS issue. Buck deserves our gratitude and respect for a lifelong commitment to education in our County. I trust his knowledge and interpretation of this issue. Tragically, greed may cause the elimination of Head Start, a program vital to many underprivileged in our County. This is somewhat ironic in that TJCA’s namesake, Thomas

Jefferson, was chief among those of his day in championing rights of the less fortunate over those of the much more educated, wellborn, rich or powerful. Does anyone really believe that our third President would support TJCA in this endeavor? I mean really TJCA? Really! In closing, may I respond to J. Treehorn of Boiling Springs who doesn’t understand why his/ her comments offend some in Rutherford County. Although the sky is blue in both our counties, the sky doesn’t pay Rutherford County taxes. In fact, neither does anyone from Cleveland County. I support your right to address any forum you wish, but you must understand that this is a Rutherford County issue. Never would I have the audacity to interfere in a Cleveland Co. tax issue. Ron Atchley Forest City

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Bentonville and the ever changing lessons of history “It was the largest Civil War battle fought in North Carolina and the last major Confederate attack on Union forces, but its importance is still under-recognized,” Civil War expert Fred Kiger told a group sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Association visiting the Bentonville Battlefield last week. Along with tens of thousands of other visitors, the Chapel Hill group watched several thousand “re-enactors” in the uniforms of Federal and Confederate soldiers dramatically recreating a portion of the battle. If you missed this amazing production, you will get another chance in March 2015 on the occasion of the battle’s 150th anniversary. In the meantime, the battlefield, a State Historic Site, with excellent interpretive exhibits, is one of the best ways to confront our Civil War heritage. Who, you may be asking, cares about such old history?

One on One D.G. Martin

Lots of people. Ask folks at North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction what happened when word got out that they were considering focusing 11th grade history on events beginning in 1877. They learned that many North Carolinians think that study of the Civil War era is critical to an understanding our historic heritage. Speaking to a group of Chapel Hill students recently, the former British ambassador to the United States, Sir Christopher Meyer, said a familiarity with the historic experiences of Great Britain in Iraq and Afghanistan might have helped the leaders of his country and the

United States keep from making the same mistakes again. What then are the lessons to be gained from a study of history? To a certain extent, it depends on who writes the history. For instance, the Texas Board of Education has been in the news recently for its proposals to revise the social studies curriculum to put conservative ideas, leaders, and activities more positively and completely. When liberals write history, their values have influence, too. The way they write history suggests the lessons they want us to learn from it. The narratives of history and its lessons also change to reflect the values and conditions of the times in which they are written. We will be testing this assertion during the next five years as we celebrate—no, that’s the wrong word, we should say, commemorate— the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Civil War.

I remember the centennial of that war back in the early 1960s. Celebration was a big part of the remembrance. Robert Cook, author of Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965” says that it “celebrated the common courage of northern and southern whites and derided Reconstruction as an illconceived attempt to impose racial equality on gallant ex-Confederates” while it “downplayed” events like “emancipation and Lincoln’s use of African American troops, which dominated the marginalized black folk memory of the Civil War.” Cook also says that some southerners “sensed they could use the centennial to foster a distinctive Confederate memory that would bolster resistance to integration.” So, a proper subject for today’s historians is how we commemorated the Civil War 50 years ago at the same

time the heated struggle for Civil Rights was dividing the nation again. All these things make me wonder how the lessons of Civil War history will be different for us this time around. North Carolina already has a Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. Its mission is to develop “activities to commemorate, in an appropriate and historically accurate manner, the richness, diversity, and significance of the state’s participation in and contributions to the American Civil War… and to transform the interpretation of the events for a new generation.” Observing how that “transformation” of our interpretation of Civil War history takes place might turn out to be even more interesting than last week’s activities at the Bentonville Battlefield. Martin is host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch.

The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Sheriff’s Reports

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n A member of Henrietta First Baptist Church reported burglary and forcible entry; $500 in building materials were taken. n William Robert West reported damage to property. n Anthony Roberson reported the theft of a mountain bike, valued at $150. n Jeremy Walters reported damage to property. n John Pitts reported a breaking and entering; electronics were taken. n Monica Mauney reported a broken window. n Ellen Emory reported a breaking and entering to an outbuilding. n Jenny Harbin reported the larceny of several items, valued at nearly $3,000. n Elsie Brackett reported a burglary/forcible entry; nearly $500 in items were stolen.


n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 77 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday. n William Thomas Stallings Jr. reported the theft of money. n Dennis Ray Yelton Sr. reported an animal complaint. n Keela Denice Blanton reported an assault with a deadly weapon.


n The Spindale Police Department responded to 53 E-911 Saturday and Sunday.

Lake Lure

n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to one E-911 call Saturday and Sunday.

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 95 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

n An employee of B&D Thrift and Loan reported an incident of obtain property by false pretense. n Rodney Grantt reported an incident of fraud. n Wilford McDowell reported a breaking and entering and larceny. n An employee of Hibbett Sports reported a larceny. (See arrest of Wilkins.) n An employee of Dollar General reported an armed robbery and assault by pointing a gun. n An officer of the Forest City Police Department reported an incident of found property. n Tammy Scalf reported an incident of lost/stolen property. n An employee of Drop-in No. 3 reported a larceny. n An employee of Mario’s Restaurant reported a larceny.


n Travis Eugene Miller, 27, of Melody Lane, Forest City; charged with driving while impaired and left of center; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n Demetrius Devon Wilkins, 26, of Hardin Road, Forest City; charged with larceny; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (FCPD)

n Brian Eugene Whitener, 41, of Rock Corner Road, Forest City; arrested on a warrant for attempt to obtain property by false pretense and larceny; placed under a $1,500 secured bond. (FCPD) n Sherry Lynn Causby, 45, of 122 Cedar St.; charged with failure to appear and obtain property by false pretense; placed under a $15,500 secured bond. (FCPD) n Joshua Scott Green, 34, of 191 Woodchip Lane; charged with speeding and driving while impaired; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (NCHP) n Ryan Kristopher Jones, 32, of 10 Fairview St.; charged with possess/ sell



Police Notes

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 229 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

nontax-paid alcoholic beverage, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, carrying a concealed gun, driving while license revoked, failure to stop for stop sign/ flashing red light and exceeding posted speed; placed under a $3,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Lisa Ann Six, 45, of 241 Weeping Willow Court; charged with carrying a concealed gun, driving while impaired and possession of open container of alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Johnathan Lee Robinson, 25, of 661 Hopper Road; charged with probation violation; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Jeffrey Scott Buff, 47, of 323 Puzzle Creek Road; charged with assault with a deadly weapon; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD) n Becky Ann Cook, 45, of 323 Puzzle Creek Rod; charged with assault with a deadly weapon; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD) n Travis Kevin Ledford, 23, of 120 Mockingbird Lane; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Gregory Alan Whitaker, 45, of 1277 Business U.S. 74; charged with simple assault, communicating threats, surrender on shoplifting/ concealment of goods, assault on a government official and resisting a public officer; placed under a $4,500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Angelica Joan Whitaker, 30, of 166 Fleece Lane; charged with simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor larceny; placed under a $3,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Misty Dawn Holmes, 25, of 105 Neely Ave.; extradition/ fugitive from other state; placed under a $100,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Jacob Tyler Buchannon, 19, of 114 Southern Pines Drive; charged with resisting a public officer and consume alcohol by 19/20; freed on a custody release. (RCSD) n Donna Green Cobb, 44, of 444 Edward St., Rutherfordton; charged with misdemeanor larceny, possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; placed under a $2,000 secured bond. (RPD) n Travis Eugene Miller, 27, of 137 Melody Lane; charged with driving while impaired and drive left of center; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RPD) n Earl Jerome Lilly, 25, of 201 Maple St.; charged with breaking and/or entering and larceny after break/enter; placed under a $30,000 secured bond. (SPD)

Citations n Demetrius Devon Wilkins, 26, of Hardin Road, Forest City; cited for larceny; released on a written promise to appear. (FCPD)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 44 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

Barney “Bill” Hoover Hopper, 81, of Rutherfordton, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the VA Medical Center in Asheville. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late James Otto and Vada Jenkins Hopper. He was a member of Kistler’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the choir, taught the adult men’s Sunday School class, and was a church lay leader. Mr. Hopper worked at the former Union Trust Company in Forest City. He was also a U.S. Postal mail carrier for Forest City and Rutherfordton, and worked at North State Gas Company as well. He is survived by his wife, Irene Hopper of the home; one daughter, Lisa Hopper Epley of Columbus; one son, Mike Hopper of Villa Rica, Ga.; and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kistler’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Ad Hopper and Ricky Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at McMahan’s Funeral Home. The family will be at the home, 900 Hopper Road, Rutherfordton. Memorials can be made to Kistler’s Chapel UMC, Building Fund, 3060 Poors Ford Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Online condolences

Kermit Harris Henry Kermit Harris, 83, of Boiling Springs, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. A native of Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Bonner and Ester Bridges Harris, also preceded in death by his wife, Edith Branch Harris. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, a Navy veteran of World War II, and retired from Fiber Industries. He is survived by one son, Kenny Harris of Boiling Springs; three daughters, Cheryl Harris-Cole and Angela Schena, of Kings Mountain, and Denise McKee of Boiling Springs; one brother, Jerry Harris of Boiling Springs; one sister, Walda Allen of Boiling Springs; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cleveland Memorial Park with the Rev. Dennis Hester officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. Visitation will follow the service at the graveside. McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences www.mckinneylandrethfuneral

Dot Lawson

Dorothy “Dot” Terry Lawson, 74, of 1025 Sam Lattimore Road, Shelby, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at n The Volunteer Life White Oak Manor, Kings Saving and Rescue, Hickory Mountain. Nut Gorge EMS and A native of Rutherford Rutherford County Rescue County, she was a daughter responded to 30 E-911 calls of the late Gaither and May Saturday and Sunday. Erwood Terry, and also preceded in death by her husFire Calls band, Glen Green Lawson. She was a homemaker. n Bostic responded to a She is survived by three brush fire. sons, Wayne Lawson, Scott n Cliffside responded to Lawson, and Andy Lawson, three motor vehicle crashes. all of Shelby; one daughn Hudlow responded to a ter, Barbara Jenkins of carbon monoxide leak. n Rutherfordton responded Ellenboro; and three grandchildren. to a power line fire. Funeral services will n SDO responded to two be conducted at 11 a.m. motor vehicle crashes and to Wednesday at The A.C. a brush fire. n Shingle Hollow respond- McKinney Memorial Chapel ed to a brush fire, assisted by of McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home. Burial will Green Hill. n Union Mills responded to follow in The Morrow Family Cemetery. Visitation is a motor vehicle crash.

Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the home of Barbara and Bryan Jenkins, 171 Solomon Trail, Ellenboro. Online condolences

James Watson James Watson, 62, of Rutherfordton, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Rutherford Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McMahan’s Funeral Home.

Dan Mason Dan Lee Mason, 48, of Jonestown Road, Golden Valley, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Main Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Tex. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home.

Sue Butts Sue Butts, 48, of Pineland Road, Walterboro, S.C., died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the Trident Hospital in Summersville, S.C. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral Home.

Argel Canipe Argel Morrison Canipe, 71 of 280 Barnes Road, Union Mills, formerly of 326 St. Paul Church Road, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Hospice House in Forest City. Born in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Johnnie Franklin Morrison and Bessie Walker Morrison. She retired from Hoechst Celanese and was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, D.H. Canipe. She is survived by two sons, Bobby Canipe and Jerry Canipe, both of Lawndale; a daughter, Rita O’Brien of Union Mills; two brothers, Donald Morrison of Vale, and Carmie Morrison of Rhodhiss; a sister, Leonia Bradshaw of Lawndale; two step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Lawndale, with the Revs. Scott Owen and Jackie Price officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences

Deaths Frederick Heineman RALEIGH (AP) — Frederick Heineman, a law enforcement veteran who served as Raleigh’s police

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chief for 15 years before being elected to Congress, died Saturday. He was 80. Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue announced Heineman’s death in a news release Sunday morning. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Heineman served on the New York City police force for a quarter-century before becoming Raleigh police chief in 1979, according to his congressional biography. Heineman retired as chief in 1994 to run for the 4th District House seat. The Republican won, squeaking past four-term Democratic Rep. David Price by 1,215 votes. However, Price ultimately won back his seat in the Democratic-leaning district in 1996. “His work in law enforcement helped make the Capital City one of the best places in the country to live and raise a family,” Price said in a statement Sunday. “His colleagues in Congress well understood his commitment to public safety; he was known on Capitol Hill as ‘The Chief.’ Stweart Udall SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Stewart Udall, an elder in a famed political family who led the Interior Department as it promoted an expansion of public lands and helped win passage of major environmental laws, has died at the age of 90. During his 1961-1968 tenure as interior secretary, Udall sowed the seeds of the modern environmental movement. He later became a crusader for victims of radiation exposure from the government’s Cold War nuclear programs. President Obama praised Udall’s service. Udall, brother of the late 15-term congressman Morris Udall, served six years in Congress as a Democrat from Arizona, and then headed the Interior Department from 1961 through 1968 under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. His son Tom and nephew Mark also became congressmen, then both were elected to the Senate in 2008. Udall helped write several of the most far-reaching pieces of legislation, including the Wilderness Act of 1964, which protects millions of acres from logging, mining and other development. More than 60 additions were made to the National Park system during the Udall years, including Canyonlands National Park in Utah, North Cascades National Park in Washington, Redwood National Park in California and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail stretching from Georgia to Maine.

Dorothy “Dot” Terry Lawson Dorothy “Dot” Terry Lawson, 74, of 1025 Sam Lattimore Rd. Shelby died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain. A native of Rutherford County she was a daughter of the late Gaither and May Erwood Terry. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Glen Green Lawson. Dot was a homemaker. She is survived by three sons; Wayne Lawson of Shelby, Scott Lawson of Shelby, Andy Lawson and wife Connie of Shelby; one daughter, Barbara Jenkins and husband, Bryan of Ellenboro; and three grandchildren, Bryan Jenkins Jr. Keith Lawson and Stefanie Lawson. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at The A.C. McKinney Memorial Chapel at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home. Burial will follow in The Morrow Family Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday March 23, 2010 at Mckinney -Landreth Funeral Home, and at other times at the home of Barbara and Bryan Jenkins, 171 Solomon Trail, Ellenboro. McK inney-Landreth Funeral Home is serving the Lawson family. PAID OBIT


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Tommy Lamb, pharmacist at Medical Arts Pharmacy in Forest City, at the pharmacy and store he has owned for 35 years on W. Main Street in Forest City. There is still a lot of confusion about the Health Care Reform Bill, he said, and believes it will change the health care of the American people.

Meetings/other SAR monthly meeting: Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m., at the Old Tryon Geneaology Society Library, Doggett Road, Forest City. Regular meeting: RutherfordPolk-McDowell District Board of Health will meet Tuesday, March 30, 7 p.m., Rutherford County Health Department, 221 CallahanKoon Road; open to the public; contact Brenda Green at 287-6101 for more information. NA/AA meetings: Every Monday at 7 p.m., at New Life Christian Fellowship Church of God, 601 E. Main St., Spindale; contact James Keeter at 247-4681 for more information.

Miscellaneous Spring Fling: Saturday, April 3, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Forest City Foursquare Church, 178 Cornwell St., Forest City; arts, crafts, yard sale items, breakfast and lunch; women’s speakers — Amy Torvinen at 9 a.m., Pat Evans at 10 a.m., Carol Deaton at 11 a.m.

Fundraisers Yard sale: Saturday, March 27, begins at 7 a.m., at 1491 Centennial Church Road, Union Mills; large variety of items; sponsored by Centennial UMC; proceeds for church projects. Country ham, chicken pie supper: Saturday, March 27, begins at 4:30 p.m., Mt. Vernon Clubhouse; adults $8; ages 6-12, $5; ages 5 and under free; all proceeds go toward the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church children/ youth programs. Breakfast buffet: Saturday, March 27, 7 to 10 a.m., Long Branch Road Baptist Church, 621 Long Branch Road, Forest City (Shiloh community); no set price, donations accepted. Fish fry: Saturday, March 27, 4 to 7 p.m., Temple Baptist Church, Henrietta, (beside the post office); no set price, donations accepted; all proceeds go toward the Haiti mission team. Annual barbecue: Sponsored by Forest City Lions Club; Saturday, March 27, 4 to 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Forest City; adults $8; children $4; under 6 free; bag lunch ($5 each) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4-H small fruit sale: The Rutherford County 4-H Program and Cooperative Extension Service will sponsor a small fruit plant sale on Thursday, March 25. Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, grape and muscadine plants, and apple trees are available. Call 2876080 for more information. Poor man’s supper: Thursday, April 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Providence United Methodist Church (Chase Middle community); adults $5, children $3, under 6 free; proceeds will go to the Feed the Hungry ministry; bake sale proceeds go toward purchasing of a musical keyboard.

Music/concerts The Dixie Melody Boys will be in concert Sunday, March 28, at Crestview Baptist Church, Forest City. Music begins at 6 p.m. Singing: Sunday, March 28, 6 p.m., Bostic Missionary Methodist Church; featuring The Lamberts. Trojan Concert Series: “New Fire Youth Rally”; Saturday, March 27, 7 p.m.; Chase High School auditorium; $5 per person; speaker, Steve Collins, South Mountain Christian Camp; worship music by Restoration Praise Band; for more information call 245-1716, ask for Mr. Henderson. Singing: Sunday, March 28, 2 p.m.; Harris Baptist Church; featuring Point of Life from Pickens, S.C.

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cannot get insurance because of sickness or disability,” said Charles Miller of Forest City. “For every other taxpayer it is just another monthly payment regardless of whether you buy insurance or pay the fee. I think small business owners will be hit the hardest, so I am against this.” “We came down here from the north,” said Jeanne Deloach, “And fortunately we have very good health care. I just hope this will help the people who can’t afford health care and can’t buy insurance.” “I think the bill is the finest piece of legislation since Social Security,” said Ray Crawford of Rutherfordton. Dorothy Hutchins, a senior citizen, said, “I’m still undecided. It is very complicated. One day I’m for it. The next, I’m not.” Small-business owners chimed in with pros and cons for the much debated bill. “One part says it is a slight tax cut for small businesses and in another part it says it is a tax increase for small business,” said Hunt Cowan, owner of Cowan’s Tire and Battery in Rutherfordton. “Right now I already offer insurance for my employees

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The Wall Street Journal cited that problem in an article this month. “Falling home prices have left many owners with little or no equity, making it harder to qualify for refinancing,” wrote Nick Timiraos in the March 3 paper. “Moreover, stricter lending standards and higher fees by banks and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and declining incomes have made it tougher and less attractive for borrowers to seek new loans.” In fact, he writes, about a quarter of all mortgage holders are “underwater,” meaning they owe more on the house than it’s worth. For those who can do it, however, refinancing a mortgage could save a considerable amount of money in the long run. The Web site eHow advises watching advertised mortgage rates and comparing them to your current rate. The site notes, “If you can lower your mortgage by at least half a point, it may be time to refinance your home mortgage. If you can reduce it by two points, then it is almost assuredly time.” Doing the math is vitally important in deciding whether to refinance. How long you plan to reside in a home is one factor to be considered. The site eHow notes, for example, that if you are planning to stay in the residence less than two more years, it is not advisable to refinance because

Sunday School program: Sunday, March 28, 3 p.m., New Life Christian Fellowship Church of God, 601 E. Main St., Spindale; guest speaker, Rev. James Lowrance of Tryon. Revival: Through March 28, 7 nightly, Pleasant View Community Church, 129 Michael Dr., Forest City; Sunday service 11 a.m.; guest speaker, Evangelist Jared McKinney; music by Free Indeed from Chillicothe, Ohio. Old and New Testament program: Sunday, March 28, 3 p.m., Bible Way Fellowship Church, 1107 Ledbetter Road, Spindale.

“This vote means the President will sign federal funding of abortions, the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, 19 tax increases and $500 billion in Medicare cuts into law,” said 10th District Republican Patrick McHenry. “His so-called health care ‘reform’ plan raises premiums, ignores lawsuit abuse and adds billions to the federal deficit. This is an anti-jobs bill. Instead of helping businesses create jobs it will increase federal spending, raise taxes and slow economic growth.” The 11th district Democrat Heath Shuler said, “There is no question that our current health care system is broken and that we need to make significant reforms to improve it in an equitable, fiscally responsible and sustainable manner. In my opinion the bill as written does not meet those criteria. I voted against the bill because I felt that we could do better. Now that it has passed and will become law, I look forward to working with my colleagues to address specific areas that need improvement. I assure you that I will continue to work as hard as I can to fix our nation’s health care system in a fiscally responsible and compassionate way.”

you may pay more in closing costs than you will save on monthly payments. Christine Shaw, corporate communications manager for Wells Fargo, which owns Wachovia Bank, writes, “Even though a drop in interest rates makes it seem like an easy decision, borrowers shouldn’t consider any single variable on its own. Homeowners need to think about how long they plan to stay in the house, the cost to refinance their mortgage and how refinancing could support their overall financial goals.” The eHow site also notes other matters to ponder. Are you looking to lower your monthly payment, or do you want to pay the loan off in 15 years instead of 30? Do you want a fixed-rate mortgage or an adjustablerate mortgage? A fixed-rate mortgage offers more stability in monthly payments, but the site eHow says that you might want to take advantage of the low introductory rate of an adjustable-rate mortgage if you plan on refinancing your home before the promotional period ends and the adjustable rate rises. Shaw, of Wells Fargo, notes, “Homeowners benefit from refinancing in a number of ways: n First, reducing the term of a loan can lower interest expense significantly. This forces a borrower to pay off more principal each month, thereby reducing the interest paid over the life of the loan. n Lowering the monthly payment can free up cash for other expenses. n Homeowners with an adjustable-

rate mortgage can switch to a fixedrate to reduce the risk of increased monthly payments if interest rates rise. n If a borrower has built up enough equity in their home, one may eliminate the monthly premium required for private mortgage insurance.” She adds, “Knowing your breakeven point can help determine what refinancing option is right for you. To find your break-even point, divide the total cost of a new loan (points and closing costs) by the net monthly payment reduction to know how many months it will take to pay off the cost of refinancing.” The Federal Reserve Board’s guide offers yet another option when paying for your home. “Refinancing is not the only way to decrease the term of your mortgage,” the guide says. “By paying a little extra on principal each month, you will pay off the loan sooner and reduce the term of your loan. For example, adding $50 each month to your principal payment on the 30-year loan (cited) above ($200,000 at 6 percent for 30 years) reduces the term by three years and saves you more than $27,000 in interest costs.” As with all financial decisions in life, knowing the pros and cons is crucial to making the right decision.

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Religion Revival: March 28-31, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church; guest speaker, Evangelist Frank Walker; special music each night; Sunday services 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; MTW, 7 nightly; William Swink, pastor; church located 5 miles west on Hwy. 108, turn right on Pleasant Hill Church Road.

so our guys that work here have the opportunity to be insured. The prices are going to change, but I don’t trust anything I’ve heard from Washington yet because it is all just a sales pitch. I think it’ll take a year to really work it all out. I was not happy it passed.” Barbara White and her husband Keith own Forest City Paint Supply and they offer their employees health insurance. “This will destroy us. Tax wise this is going to kill us,” she said. “I am scared to death. Government has no business getting into this. Medicaid and Medicare is in a mess, why would this be any better? We need reform, but this is not what we need.” Tommy Lamb, pharmacist at Medical Arts Pharmacy, Forest City, said Monday afternoon he wishes more time had been taken on the bill that could radically change America’s health care for the “good” or “bad.” Lamb, who has owned the pharmacy 35 years said, “We’d like to see what the bill actually states. I don’t think anyone has heard all the provisions. It doesn’t apply to the small business unless they have 50 people. And remember, this is the same group of people who brought you Cash for Clunkers.” Both of Rutherford County’s congressmen voted against the bill.


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ECU hires Lebo to coach basketball GREENVILLE (AP) — East Carolina has turned to former Auburn coach Jeff Lebo to lead its long-struggling men’s basketball program. The school announced Monday it had hired Lebo to replace Mack McCarthy, who spent three seasons on the sideline for the Pirates before stepping down to take a fundraising job in the school’s athletics department. Lebo had spent the past six seasons at Auburn, going 96-93 overall before he was fired earlier this month. The 43-year-old coach played at North Carolina under Dean Smith in the late 1980s and had coached at Tennessee Tech and Chattanooga previously. The school has scheduled a news conference for Lebo on Tuesday. Lebo inherits a difficult job at East Carolina, a Conference USA school located in the shadows of instate Atlantic Coast Conference programs Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State. The program hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since making a surprise run to win the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in 1993 and hasn’t had a winning record since the 1996-97 season.

Goodell plans to meet with Roethlisberger ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he plans to meet with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about the star’s off-field problems. Goodell already has spoken with team owners about Roethlisberger, who is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old college student in a Georgia nightclub on March 5. Roethlisberger’s attorney says the quarterback committed no crime. Goodell says the league “takes this issue very seriously,” and that he is “concerned that Ben continues to put himself in this position.” Roethlisberger also is being sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel. He denies those allegations.

Local Sports BASEBALL Freedom at R-S Central 7 p.m. Burns at Chase 7 p.m. Madison at Thomas Jefferson 7 p.m. (Crowe Park) SOFTBALL Freedom at R-S Central 4 p.m. Burns at Chase 4 p.m. MEN’S TENNIS R-S Central at Shelby 4 p.m. TRACK Chase at East Rutherford 4 p.m.

On TV 1 p.m. (ESPN) MLB Preseason Baseball Atlanta Braves at New York Mets. 7 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball NIT Tournament, First Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. (ESPN2) Women’s College Basketball NCAA Tournament, Second Round: Teams TBA. (TS) NHL Hockey Boston Bruins at Atlanta Thrashers. 7:30 p.m. (FSS) NHL Hockey Carolina at Tampa Bay. 9 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball NIT Tournament, Second Quarterfinal: Teams TBA. (ESPN2) Women’s College Basketball NCAA Tournament, Second Round: Teams TBA.

Chase’s Jenae Miller (8) rushes to advance the ball up field against the Burns defense Monday during the soccer game at Chase High School.

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Lady Bulldogs shutout Lady Trojans By JACOB CONLEY Sports Reporter

HARRIS — The Burns Bulldogs scored three goals in the first half, turned the same trick in the second, and beat Chase, 6-0, in a girls’ soccer match, Monday. The Burns defense limited Chase to only two shots on goal for the contest. Burns made a bid to get on the board early in the contest, but Chase goalie, Alexis Nix, made a diving stop to her right to keep the game score-

less. The Bulldogs went on to find the back of net in the fourth minute on a penalty kick after the Trojans committed a foul in the box. Burns made the score 2-0 moments later on a breakaway when the ball was knocked past a diving Nix who came out of goal to try and make the stop. The visitors tacked on another goal just before half when Nix made the initial stop, but the ball was put in on

the rebound. Chase’s best opportunity to score in the opening frame came when Sarah Wurzbach was awarded a free kick just outside the box. The Burns defender was able to clear the ball away to leave the score 3-0 at the halftime. The Bulldogs used an offensive barrage in the second half, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes to break open the game, and the Trojans never seriously threatened.

Big men are coming to the front for Duke DURHAM (AP) — Duke’s “Big Three” handle most of the scoring. It’s the big men doing the dirty work underneath who have helped the Blue Devils advance to the round of 16. What was considered a serious liability for Duke — a lack of reliable size in the paint — has become an unsung strength. The Blue Devils are better equipped to deal with the off nights that sometimes plague teams Associated Press that thrive on 3-point shooting. Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer and Nolan Jimmie Johnson tosses a loaf of bread Smith combine to average 67 perin victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Food City 500 auto race cent of the team’s points. But in years at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, past, a cold shooting night by any of them might have led to an early exit from the NCAA tournament. That hasn’t been a problem this time. Not with center Brian Zoubek dominating the lane, gritty senior Lance Thomas playing with unmatched emotion and 6-foot-10 brothers Miles and Mason Plumlee filling valuable roles off the bench. “This team has so much talent and so much potential. Every game, somebody steps up, and that’s the exciting thing about this team,” BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The record Smith said after a second-round win book is pretty clear when it comes to against California. “We might not Bristol Motor Speedway: Kurt Busch is shoot good every game, but we play good at the bullring, Jimmie Johnson is defense and play hard, and any game, not. somebody is going to surprise you.” So of course Busch had Sunday’s race Lately, that’s been Zoubek — well, circled as a place to make up ground at least to outsiders, anyway. on Johnson, the four-time defending The 7-foot-1 senior had 14 points NASCAR champion. and 13 rebounds in the win against And Johnson, most likely, figured his Cal, and he’s reached double figannual Bristol frustrations would conures in rebounds in six of the last 12 tinue. games of his late-season surge. Both were wrong. But his value to the No. 1 seeded Johnson grabbed his first career win Blue Devils (31-5) can’t be measured Sunday at Bristol with a masterful final solely by his stat line. His presence in 10 laps, denying Busch a victory in a the paint and his knack for cleaning race he had dominated. up misses from Singler and Scheyer “To pour my heart and soul into this has given the team an added weapon, race to beat (Johnson), I was trying to with coach Mike Krzyzewski calling hit my marks every lap. I feel exhausted, him one of the team’s unsung heroes. I feel disappointed,” Busch said. The Hall of Fame coach said in the Johnson knocked Bristol off his to-do preseason that this was his biggest list by plowing from sixth to first in just team in three decades at Duke, and three laps. His previous best finish in 16 Zoubek is making that claim mean starts was third, and nine of his finishes something. Scheyer was 1-for-11 against Cal, Please see Bristol, Page 9 but Zoubek helped make up for that

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Duke’s Brian Zoubek (55) and Lance Thomas (42) start celebrating during the second half against California Sunday.

cold spell with his rebounding and his 6-for-6 shooting performance from his low-post comfort zone. Thomas added nine rebounds. “It was a really tough game inside, a lot of elbows thrown, a lot of contact,” Zoubek said. “Both teams were playing hard, and we knew that the rebounding was going to be an essential part of the game, so both teams were fighting for it. I know that (Cal’s Jamal) Boykin and (Markhuri Sanders-Frison) were really being physical underneath, and I know that, for me, without Lance being just as physical or more physical than them, I wouldn’t have gotten a lot of rebounds, and I wouldn’t have gotten a lot of stuff.” That steady play in the paint has Please see Duke, Page 9


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National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 45 24 .652 — Toronto 34 34 .500 10 1/2 New York 25 45 .357 20 1/2 Philadelphia 24 47 .338 22  New Jersey 7 63 .101 38  Southeast Division W L Pct GB x-Orlando 50 21 .704 —  Atlanta 45 24 .652 4  Miami 37 34 .514 13 1/2 Charlotte 35 34 .507 14  Washington 21 47 .309 27 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB y-Cleveland 56 15 .789 —  Milwaukee 38 30 .559 16 1/2 Chicago 32 37 .464 23  Indiana 24 46 .343 31 1/2 Detroit 23 47 .329 32 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 46 23 .667 —  San Antonio 41 27 .603 4 1/2 Houston 36 32 .529 9 1/2 Memphis 37 33 .529 9 1/2 New Orleans 33 38 .465 14  Northwest Division W L Pct GB Denver 47 23 .671 —  Utah 45 25 .643 2  Oklahoma City 42 26 .618 4  Portland 42 29 .592 5 1/2 Minnesota 14 56 .200 33  Pacific Division W L Pct GB x-L.A. Lakers 52 18 .743 —  Phoenix 44 26 .629 8  L.A. Clippers 26 44 .371 26  Sacramento 24 46 .343 28  Golden State 19 50 .275 32 1/2

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Sunday’s Games Houston 116, New York 112 Indiana 121, Oklahoma City 101 Sacramento 102, L.A. Clippers 89 Cleveland 104, Detroit 79 Atlanta 119, San Antonio 114, OT L.A. Lakers 99, Washington 92 Phoenix 93, Portland 87 Monday’s Games Orlando 109, Philadelphia 93 Miami 99, New Jersey 89 Houston at Chicago, late Atlanta at Milwaukee, late Toronto at Minnesota, late Dallas at New Orleans, late. San Antonio at Oklahoma City, late Boston at Utah, late Memphis at Sacramento, late Phoenix at Golden State, late Tuesday’s Games Charlotte at Washington, 7 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Denver at New York, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Orlando at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Denver at Boston, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Utah at Toronto, 7 p.m. Sacramento at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Cleveland at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Houston at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Memphis at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. NCAA Men’s Tournament

EAST REGIONAL First Round Kentucky 100, ETSU 71 Wake Forest 81, Texas 80, OT Washington 80, Marquette 78 New Mexico 62, Montana 57 West Virginia 77, Morgan State 50 Missouri 86, Clemson 78 Cornell 78, Temple 65 Wisconsin 53, Wofford 49 Second Round Kentucky 90, Wake Forest 60 Washington 82, New Mexico 64 West Virginia 68, Missouri 59 Cornell 87, Wisconsin 69 At The Carrier Dome Syracuse, N.Y. Regional Semifinals Thursday, March 25 Kentucky vs. Cornell winner West Virginia vs. Washington Regional Championship Saturday, March 27

SOUTH REGIONAL First Round Villanova 73, Robert Morris 70, OT Saint Mary’s, Calif. 80, Richmond 71 Old Dominion 51, Notre Dame 50 Baylor 68, Sam Houston State 59 Duke 73, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 44 California 77, Louisville 62 Purdue 72, Siena 64 Texas A&M 69, Utah State 53 Second Round Saint Mary’s, Calif. 75, Villanova 68 Baylor 76, Old Dominion 68 Duke 68, California 53 Purdue 63, Texas A&M 61 At Reliant Stadium, Houston Regional Semifinals Friday, March 26 Duke vs. Purdue Saint Mary’s, Calif. vs. Baylor Regional Championship Sunday, March 28

MIDWEST REGIONAL First Round Ohio 97, Georgetown 83 Tennessee 62, San Diego State 59 Northern Iowa 69, UNLV 66 Kansas 90 Lehigh 74 Georgia Tech 64, Oklahoma State 59 Ohio State 68, UC Santa Barbara 51 Michigan State 70, New Mexico State 67 Maryland 89, Houston 77 Second Round Tennessee 83, Ohio 68 Northern Iowa 69, Kansas 67 Ohio State 75, Georgia Tech 66 Michigan State 85, Maryland 83 At Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis Regional Semifinals Friday, March 26 Northern Iowa vs. Michigan State winner Ohio State vs. Tennessee Regional Championship Sunday, March 28

WEST REGIONAL First Round BYU 99, Florida 92, 2OT Kansas State 82, North Texas 62 Murray State 66, Vanderbilt 65 Butler 77, UTEP 59 Gonzaga 67, Florida State 60 Syracuse 79, Vermont 56 Xavier 65, Minnesota 54 Pittsburgh 89, Oakland, Mich. 66 Second Round Kansas State (27-7) vs. BYU (30-5), late Butler 54, Murray State 52 Syracuse 87, Gonzaga 65 Xavier 71, Pittsburgh 68 At Energy Solution Arena, Salt Lake City Regional Semifinals Thursday, March 25 Syracuse vs. Butler Kansas State vs. Xavier Regional Championship Saturday, March 27

Vanderbilt (23-10) vs. Xavier (28-3), 7:06 p.m. Regional semifinals and finals Saturday, March 27 and Monday, March 29 At ARCO Arena, Sacramento, Calif.

FINAL FOUR At Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis National Semifinals Saturday, April 3 East champion vs. South champion Midwest champion vs. West champion National Championship Monday, April 5

KANSAS CITY REGIONAL First Round Michigan State 72, Bowling Green 62 Kentucky 83, Liberty 77 Vermont 64, Wisconsin 55 Notre Dame 86, Cleveland State 58 Nebraska 83, Northern Iowa 44 UCLA 74, N.C. State 54 Arkansas-Little Rock 63, Georgia Tech 53 Oklahoma 68, South Dakota State 57 Second Round Monday, March 22 At Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky. Kentucky 70, Michigan State 52 Tuesday, March 23 At Williams Arena, Minneapolis Nebraska (31-1) vs. UCLA (25-8), late. At Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Okla. Arkansas-Little Rock (27-6) vs. Oklahoma (2410), late At Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Ind. Vermont (27-6) vs. Notre Dame (28-5), 7:16 p.m. Regional Semifinals and finals Sunday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 30 At Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

National Invitation Tournament First Round Connecticut 59, Northeastern 57 N.C. State 58, South Florida 57 UAB 65, Coastal Carolina 49 Texas Tech 87, Seton Hall 69 North Carolina 80, William & Mary 72 Mississippi State 81, Jackson State 67 Jacksonville 67, Arizona State 66 Kent State 75, Tulsa 74 Dayton 63, Illinois State 42 Cincinnati 76, Weber State 62 Virginia Tech 81, Quinnipiac 61 Rhode Island 76, Northwestern 64 Mississippi 84, Troy 65 Nevada 74, Wichita State 70 Illinois 76, Stony Brook 66 Memphis 73, St. John’s 71

FINAL FOUR At Alamodome, San Antonio National Semifinals Sunday, April 4 Dayton champion vs. Memphis champion Sacramento champion vs. Kansas City champion National Championship Tuesday, April 6 Semifinal winners

Second Round Mississippi 90, Memphis 81 Saturday, March 20 North Carolina 76, Mississippi State 74 Texas Tech 69, Jacksonville 64 UAB 72, N.C. State 52 Rhode Island 85, Nevada 83 Virginia Tech 65, Connecticut 63 Illinois 75, Kent State 58 Dayton at Cincinnati, late


Quarterfinals Tuesday, March 23 Texas Tech (19-15) vs. Mississippi (23-10), 7 p.m. North Carolina (18-16) vs. UAB (25-8), 9 p.m. TBD Illinois-Kent State winner vs. Dayton-Cincinnati winner, TBA Virginia Tech (25-8) vs. Rhode Island (25-9), TBA Semifinals Tuesday, March 30 At Madison Square Garden, New York Championship Thursday, April 1 Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. College Basketball Invitational First Round VCU 79, George Washington 73 Saint Louis 63, Indiana State 54 Princeton 65, Duquesne 51 IUPUI 74, Hofstra 60 Wisconsin-Green Bay 70, Akron 66 College of Charleston 82, Eastern Kentucky 79 Morehead State 74, Colorado State 60 Boston U. 96, Oregon State 78 Quarterfinals VCU 93, College of Charleston 86 Princeton 74, IUPUI 68 Boston U. 91, Morehead State 89 Wis.-Green Bay at Saint Louis, late Semifinals Wednesday, March 24 Saint Louis-Wis.-Green Bay winner vs. Virginia Commonwealth (24-9), TBA Boston U. (21-13) vs. Princeton (22-8), TBA Championship Series (Best-of-3) Monday, March 29 Wednesday, March 31 Friday, April 2 College Tournament First Round Tuesday, March 16 Fairfield 101, George Mason 96, OT Marshall 90, Western Carolina 88 Creighton 89, South Dakota 78 Wednesday, March 17 Appalachian State 93, Harvard 71 Missouri State 87, Middle Tennessee State 79 Northern Colorado 81, Portland 73 Pacific 63, Loyola Marymount 52 Louisiana Tech 66, Southern Mississippi 57 Quarterfinals Appalchian State 80, Marshall 72 Fairfield (23-10) at Creighton (17-15), late Louisiana Tech at Missouri State, late Pacific at Northern Colorado, 9:05 p.m. Semifinals Wednesday, March 24 Championship Tuesday, March 30 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament DAYTON REGIONAL First Round St. John’s 65, Princeton 47 Florida State 75, Louisiana Tech 61 Ohio State 93, St. Francis, Pa. 59 Mississippi State 68, Middle Tennessee 64 Connecticut 95, Southern U. 39 Temple 65, James Madison 53 Wisconsin-Green Bay 69, Virginia 67 Iowa State 74, Lehigh 42 Second Round Monday, March 22 Florida State 66, St. John’s 65, OT Tuesday, March 23 At Ted Constant Center, Norfolk, Va. Connecticut vs. Temple, 7:06 p.m. Ohio State vs. Mississippi State Wisconsin-Green Bay vs. Iowa State, 9:40 p.m. Regional Semifinals and finals Sunday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 30 At University of Dayton Arena Dayton, Ohio MEMPHIS REGIONAL First Rpund LSU 60, Hartford 39 Duke 72, Hampton 37 Tennessee 75, Austin Peay 42 Dayton 67, TCU 66 Georgetown 62, Marist 42 Baylor 69, Fresno State 55 San Diego State 74, Texas 63 West Virginia 58, Lamar 43 Second Round Monday, March 22 Tennessee 92, Dayton 64 At Haas Pavilion Berkeley, Calif. Georgetown (26-6) vs. Baylor (24-9), late At Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke 60, LSU 52 Tuesday, March 23 At Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas San Diego State (22-10) vs. West Virginia (295), late Regional semifinals and finals Saturday, March 27 and Monday, March 29 At FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn. Regional Championship SACRAMENTO REGIONAL First Round Texas A&M 84, Portland State 53 Gonzaga 82, North Carolina 76 Georgia 64, Tulane 59 Iowa 70, Rutgers 63 Stanford 79, UC Riverside 47 Sunday, March 21 Vanderbilt 83, DePaul 76, OT Xavier 94, ETSU 82 Second Round Monday, March 22 At Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma State (24-10) vs. Georgia (24-8), late At Maples Pavilion Stanford, Calif. Iowa (20-13) vs. Stanford (32-1), late. At Bank of America Arena, Seattle Texas A&M (26-7) vs. Gonzaga (28-4), late Tuesday, March 23 At Cintas Center, Cincinnati

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA 73 42 25 6 90 225 208 71 42 25 4 88 189 169 72 37 30 5 79 212 199 72 31 32 9 71 186 197 72 29 33 10 68 189 222 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Buffalo 71 39 22 10 88 200 180 Ottawa 73 38 30 5 81 196 212 Montreal 73 36 30 7 79 196 202 Boston 71 32 27 12 76 176 181 Toronto 72 26 34 12 64 192 238 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA y-Washington 72 48 14 10 106 283 203 Atlanta 72 32 29 11 75 218 230 Florida 71 29 31 11 69 186 209 Carolina 72 30 34 8 68 201 226 Tampa Bay 72 28 32 12 68 188 225 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 71 45 19 7 97 234 179 Nashville 73 42 26 5 89 206 203 Detroit 72 36 23 13 85 196 193 St. Louis 72 34 29 9 77 196 199 Columbus 72 29 31 12 70 187 229 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Vancouver 72 44 24 4 92 236 187 Colorado 71 40 25 6 86 213 190 Calgary 72 36 27 9 81 184 181 Minnesota 72 35 31 6 76 198 211 Edmonton 72 23 42 7 53 184 248 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Phoenix 73 46 22 5 97 201 179 San Jose 72 43 19 10 96 232 192 Los Angeles 70 41 24 5 87 207 185 Anaheim 71 34 29 8 76 203 217 Dallas 72 31 27 14 76 208 230

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NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. y-clinched division Sunday’s Games Phoenix 3, Dallas 2, SO Boston 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 Minnesota 4, Calgary 3 Buffalo 5, Carolina 3 Florida 5, Tampa Bay 2 Nashville 3, St. Louis 2 Atlanta 3, Philadelphia 1 Edmonton 5, San Jose 1 Anaheim 5, Colorado 2 Monday’s Games Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Ottawa 2, Montreal 0 Colorado at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Florida at Toronto, 7 p.m. Columbus at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Nashville, 8 p.m. San Jose at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Anaheim at Calgary, 9 p.m. Vancouver at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Wednesday’s Games N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Washington, 7 p.m. Montreal at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Colorado, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup-Food City 500 Results 1. (4) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet 2. (11) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet 3. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge 4. (25) Greg Biffle, Ford 5. (7) Matt Kenseth, Ford 6. (8) Carl Edwards, Ford 7. (18) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet 8. (17) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet 9. (38) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 10. (14) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet 11. (33) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet 12. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota 13. (36) Brad Keselowski, Dodge 14. (5) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet 15. (28) Brian Vickers, Toyota 16. (21) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet 17. (23) AJ Allmendinger, Ford 18. (12) Paul Menard, Ford 19. (15) Denny Hamlin, Toyota 20. (37) Elliott Sadler, Ford 21. (43) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet 22. (32) Robby Gordon, Toyota 23. (16) David Gilliland, Ford 24. (31) David Stremme, Ford 25. (41) Travis Kvapil, Ford 26. (6) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet 27. (1) Joey Logano, Toyota 28. (42) Kevin Conway, Ford 29. (30) David Ragan, Ford 30. (34) Casey Mears, Chevrolet 31. (29) Scott Speed, Toyota 32. (22) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge 33. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 34. (24) Kasey Kahne, Ford 35. (13) Mark Martin, Chevrolet 36. (20) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 37. (40) Terry Cook, Dodge 38. (10) David Reutimann, Toyota 39. (27) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet 40. (26) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet 41. (39) Michael Waltrip, Toyota 42. (3) Dave Blaney, Toyota 43. (35) Joe Nemechek, Toyota Top 12 in Points: 1. K.Harvick, 774; 2. M.Kenseth, 773; 3. J.Johnson, 760; 4. G.Biffle, 750; 5. T.Stewart, 685; 6. Ku.Busch, 677; 7. J.Burton, 677; 8. D.Earnhardt Jr., 621; 9. P.Menard, 614; 10. Ky.Busch, 606; 11. J.Gordon, 603; 12. C.Bowyer, 601.

Duke rallies past LSU, 60-52 DURHAM (AP) — Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points to help Duke pull away late and beat LSU 60-52 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament. Bridgette Mitchell scored 12 points for the Blue Devils (29-5), who went ahead to stay on Thomas’ layup with 3 1/2 minutes left. The typically surehanded Tigers (21-10) matched a season high with 22 turnovers and had one field goal in the final 4 minutes. Allison Hightower had 19 points and LaSondra Barrett added 12 for LSU (21-10). Katherine Graham hit two free throws with 3:49 left to give the Tigers their last lead at 47-46. Thomas drove the lane for a left-handed layup, and Keturah Jackson added a stickback to start the 10-2 run that put the Blue Devils on their way to their 12th regional semifinal berth in 13 years.

Braves McLouth looks to break out of early struggles KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Wearing a new set of contact lenses, Nate McLouth has been able to see the ball better than ever this spring. That doesn’t mean, however, that the Atlanta center fielder has been able to hit it. Mired in a 0 for 28 slump with 12 strikeouts, McLouth batted in every inning of a rain-shorted minor league game Sunday in hopes of getting on track with the start of the season two weeks away. McLouth got three hits — two more than he’s had in real spring games. Maybe the move worked. Finally, he had something positive to build on. “I just needed to step away,” said McLouth, batting .029. “Hitting is a funny thing. It can wear on you, even in spring training when numbers don’t matter — because they do. “Not necessarily numbers, but feeling well and making good contact matters. And when that’s not happening, regardless of whether it’s spring training or not, that’s frustrating.” Frustrating for McLouth and worrisome for the Braves. They are counting on him to be their leadoff hitter. How bad has McLouth been this spring? His one hit in 35 at-bats came on March 6 and he has 14 strikeouts and three walks, striking out twice in five of his past eight games. McLouth needed to take a step back before he could move forward. When manager Bobby Cox and hitting coach Terry Pendleton brought up batting every inning in a minor league game, McLouth agreed. “That’s what needed to be done,” said McLouth, who got a low-pressure situation to keep trying the things he has been working on with Pendleton. “It was good. I felt great at the plate, made good contact ... it was a big step forward.” Pendleton said that McLouth’s troubles stem from “collapsing” during his swing, a habit he fell into late last season. The left-handed hitter has been bending his knees too much during his stride, forcing him to reach for pitches. “Being on time,” McLouth said. “That’s really what I’ve been struggling with, my timing. ... It’s being on time and being in the right position when the pitch is in the zone to take a good swing. “If you’re late, then all of a sudden you’re rushing to get to the ball and things are breaking down. ... It’s not like it’s not frustrating because it’s spring training. It’s not like I’m not trying to fix it. It’s just something that’s difficult to do.” The 28-year-old McLouth didn’t hit as well as expected after being acquired from Pittsburgh in early June, but that was blamed on hamstring problems that forced him to miss time and a bout with blurred vision. Now his legs are 100 percent and his vision is improved with contacts. The only thing wrong with the former National League All-Star is his spring batting average. The Braves have Melky Cabrera, acquired from the Yankees in the deal for Javier Vazquez, available for center field, but remain committed to McLouth. “He’s just pressing a little bit,” manager Bobby Cox said. “That’s why giving him some extra atbats in a minor league game was good.” “When you’re preparing or a season, you want to feel comfortable and make progress toward opening day,” McLouth said. “I’m not going to stop working ... until I’m ready.” Notes: Jair Jurrjens pitched in a Triple-A game Monday for Gwinnett against Toledo, working four innings and throwing 55 pitches. He gave up two runs and five hits, hitting two batters and striking out three. Jurrjens, third in the National League with a 2.60 ERA last season, was sidelined by a sore shoulder at the start of camp, but is on schedule to make his first start April 7 against the Chicago Cubs. ... Monday was the Braves’ only scheduled day off of the spring.


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kept the Blue Devils immune from the upsets and close calls that have plagued so many high seeds in this year’s tournament. Duke won its first two South Regional games by 29 and 15 points to reach the regional semifinals for the 19th time under Krzyzewski, and the Blue Devils face a manageable path to their coach’s 11th Final Four and first since 2004. If they get past a fourth-seeded Purdue team in Houston that’s playing without injured star Robbie Hummel, they’ll face either No. 3 seed Baylor or upstart No. 10 seed Saint Mary’s with an invitation to Indianapolis on the line. That would fall in line with the incremental progress the seniors have made through the years. They were knocked out in the first round as freshmen in 2007, were beaten in Round 2 as sophomores and advanced to the regional semifinals last year. “We’re a better team this year. I don’t know if we’ll go any further, but this is a better team because it can play total defense,” Krzyzewski said. “Someone will say in the past, well, they relied on the 3-point shot. Well, what else were we going to rely on? We relied on it enough to win 30 games “Just because then you lose, doesn’t mean those kids underachieved. They maxed. This team is better. It’s not a great team, but it’s an excellent defensive team that hopefully can be a little bit better offensively as we go forward.”

In this photo from video, Tiger Woods responds to questions during an interview with Golf Channel broadcaster Kelly Tilghman that aired on the Golf Channel on Sunday at Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Fla. Woods answered questions on camera for the first time since his early morning car crash last November and the sex scandal that cost him sponsors and fans. Associated Press

Woods admits to nervousness about his return at Masters By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer

Tiger Woods acknowledged “living a lie,” saying he alone was responsible for the sex scandal that caused his shocking downfall from global sporting icon to late-night TV punchline. “It was all me. I’m the one who did it. I’m the one who acted the way I acted. No one knew what was going on when it was going on,” Woods told the Golf Channel in one of two interviews Sunday night. A second one was aired on ESPN, which will also televise the first two rounds of the Masters. Woods plans to end four months of seclusion and return to golf at the tournament next month. Talking about those plans marked the only time he smiled during either interview. “I’m sure if more people would have known in my inner circle, they would have stopped it or tried to put a stop to it,” he told the Golf Channel. “But I kept it all to myself.” Later in the same interview with reporter Kelly Tilghman, Woods refers to his serial adultery by saying, “I tried to stop and I couldn’t stop. And it was just, it was horrific.” Woods answered questions on camera for the first time since his early morning car crash last November, yet again divulged few details about the crash, his marriage, his stint in a rehabilitation clinic or his personal life. Woods insisted those matters would remain private, just as he had in a statement on his Web site right after his crash and again Feb. 19 when he apologized on camera in front of a hand-picked audience but took no questions. “A lot of ugly things have happened. ... I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life,” he told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

Last week, a woman who claims to be one of Woods’ mistresses released an embarrassing transcript of text messages she said he sent her. Woods admitted that four months of nearly nonstop public ridicule had caused him shame. “It was hurtful, but then again, you know what? I did it,” he told the Golf Channel. “And I’m the

one who did those things. And looking back on it now, with a more clear head, I get it. I can understand why people would say those things. Because you know what? It was disgusting behavior. It’s hard to believe that was me, looking back on it now.” Woods announced Dec. 11 that he would take an “indefinite break” from golf and was in a Mississippi clinic from the end of that month until early February. Asked by ESPN to describe the lowest point, he replied, “I’ve had a lot of low points. Just when I didn’t think it could get any lower, it got lower.” He did, however, look more comfortable and composed than he did last month, wearing golf clothes and smiling several times when talk turned to the Masters, a tournament he won four times. He resumed practicing with swing coach Hank Haney last week. Woods said he couldn’t wait to get back, though he had reservations about how he’ll be received. “I’m a little nervous about that to be honest with you,” he told ESPN. “It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there.” Augusta National will provide Woods one of the most tightly controlled environments in the sport. Tournament organizers limit the number of credentialed media and galleries traditionally are among the best-behaved in sports. Even so, CBS boss Sean McManus, whose network televises the final two rounds of the Masters, predicted it “will be the biggest media event, other than the Obama inauguration, in the past 10 or 15 years.” A number of news outlets had submitted requests to the Woods camp for interviews. Both ESPN and the Golf Channel were notified late last week that Woods would agree to a five-minute interview Sunday afternoon with no restrictions on questions. CBS was also offered an interview, but turned it down. “Depending on the specifics, we are interested in an extended interview without any restrictions on CBS,” spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade said. The interviews were conducted at Isleworth, the gated community in Windermere, Fla., where Woods lives. Golf Channel’s

Tilghman said Woods’ wife, Elin, was not present and “it’s still in question whether she will attend the Masters.” Woods had asked that the interview not be aired until the PGA tournament being played Sunday was finished. Golf Channel spokesman Dan Higgins declined to speculate whether release of the embarrassing text messages influenced the timing of the interview. “I can’t speak for them,” he said. “I have no idea.” Jim Furyk, who is both a friend and rival of Woods, called the interviews “part of that natural progression before he comes back.” Furyk was handed a transcript shortly after winning the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. He characterized what he read as “pretty much the same stuff that we already knew, but I think it’s good for him to get his face out there and have people see him. “They are going to make their judgments,” he added, “but I think it allows him to kind of move on and get focused for the next thing.” Woods last played competitive golf at the Australian Masters, a tournament he won in November for his 82nd victory worldwide. He last played on the PGA Tour in the Tour Championship in September. Woods told ESPN that being forced to confront his problems had made him stronger: “You start conquering it and you start living up to it. The strength that I feel now, I’ve never felt that type of strength.” But he also admitted being uncertain about how much he would play after coming back. “I will have more treatment and more therapy sessions. And as far as my schedule going forward, I don’t know what I’m going to do. ... I don’t know what I’m going to do in the future, either,” he told the Golf Channel. “That, to me, is a little bit bothersome, too, in the sense that I don’t like not knowing what to do. “But what I know I have to do is become a better person and that begins with going to more treatment.”

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here had been outside the top 16. “You walk into this facility and look around, and you want to run well,” Johnson said. “It’s really been a downer for me to walk through the gates, look around, ’Man, I’m going to (stink) today.’ I really had that mindset coming here.” That changed last season when Johnson led laps in both Bristol races, grabbing a pair of top-10 finishes while giving him a guide on how to get around the concrete track. “I started building my confidence,” he said. “Those two races gave us clear direction where to work, me a clear direction on how to drive the car.” And that’s all he needed with 10 laps to go after a late caution ruined Busch’s clear shot at victory. Busch led 278 of the 500 laps and had a decent gap on Johnson when NASCAR called a debris caution with 17 laps remaining. All the leaders headed to pit road, and Busch and Johnson both took four tires on the final stop. Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart all took two tires, giving them the first four positions on the restart. Busch was fifth, Johnson was sixth and the race resumed with 10 laps to go. Kenseth’s difficulty getting up to speed stacked up traffic behind him, including Busch, who lost his opportunity to leapfrog his way to the front. Not Johnson, though. He weaved through the mess up to second, Stewart moved into the lead, and Johnson needed just over one lap to pick him off, too. “When we’re winning at tracks that we’re not supposed to, boys better look out,” Johnson warned. Busch, a five-time Bristol winner who hasn’t been to Victory Lane at the bullring since 2006, was irate over his radio at the loss. He settled for third behind Johnson and Stewart, missing his chance to win his second consecutive race of the season and prove his Penske Racing team has made enough gains to run consistently with Johnson and the Hendrick Motorsports bunch. “I’d rather lose to any of the other 41 cars out there than the 48 car,” Busch said. “I thought we had him beat. I gave it my heart today, but we came up short.” It was Johnson’s third win of the season and 50th of his career. Next up for Johnson is Martinsville Speedway, where he’s won five of the last seven races, a stat not lost on Busch. “They’re going to be tough next week at Martinsville. We’ll be lucky to finish 10th,” Busch said. Biffle finished fourth and was followed by his Roush Fenway Racing teammates Kenseth and Edwards. Dale Earnhardt Jr. overcame a speeding penalty to finish seventh, Jamie McMurray was eighth and Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton rounded out the top 10. Kevin Harvick maintained his lead in the Sprint Cup Series standings by finishing 11th. Johnson became only the 12th driver in NASCAR history to win 50 races. He reached the milestone in his 296th start, and only three drivers did it faster: Jeff Gordon (232), Darrell Waltrip (278) and David Pearson (293).

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Nation Today Driver error caused crash

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Police agree with regulators that driver error caused the crash of a Toyota Prius in the New York suburbs. Capt. Anthony Marraccini (mehruh-CHEE’-nee) said Monday there was no mechanical or electrical failure in the car. He said Monday that the gas pedal was depressed all the way at the point of impact and that there was no sign of any application of the brake. The finding concurs with U.S. safety regulators who said last week that the car’s computers showed the throttle was open and the brakes were not applied.

Two officers shot

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two police officers who had pulled over a suspicious vehicle were shot and wounded by the driver, and the suspect was killed when the officers returned fire, Baltimore police said Sunday. Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said the officers will survive and are expected to undergo surgery at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. One officer was shot in the right cheek, while the other was shot in the hand. A third officer also shot at the suspect.

Burglar cooks chicken

HILLSDALE, N.J. (AP) — Police in a New Jersey town say someone broke into a restaurant and cooked a chicken and rice dish before fleeing — leaving behind a pile of dirty dishes.

Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba County Agricultural High School, center, leaves the federal courthouse in Aberdeen, Miss., Monday following a hearing regarding the ACLU’s preliminary injunction to force the prom at her high school. McMillen was told by school authorities that she could not wear a tux or bring a same sex date to the prom on April 2.

Witness: Jackson’s doctor halted CPR to find drugs

Kinston 64/43 Wilmington 64/46

Today Wednesday


Greenville 63/43

Raleigh 63/43

Fayetteville 65/43

Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

Across Our Nation

Elizabeth City 61/44

They say the hungry burglar on Saturday broke through an exhaust fan in the back wall of the Matsu Sushi Grill in Hillsdale, a town of 10,000 residents just northwest of New York City. The burglar got chicken from a freezer and cooked it with rice in a frying pan.

Fugitive found in Pa. bar PITTSBURGH (AP) — A fugitive wanted for bank robbery in Michigan is in custody after police say he walked out of a Pittsburgh hospital and into a bar wearing only his hospital gown, with an intravenous needle still his arm. Authorities say police were called to JR’s Bar Friday night after 20-year-old Elbert Lewis Thompson II walked in from Allegheny General Hospital. Thompson was taken into custody a short time later.

Md. woman gets life ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman convicted of killing two of her adopted daughters and storing their bodies in a home freezer offered no hint of what drove her to torture them, as she was sentenced Monday to two consecutive life terms, plus 75 years in prison. Renee Bowman, 44, maintained the inscrutable exterior that she displayed during the trial last month, showing no emotion even as she apologized. “I am very sorry for the abuse of the girls,” she told Montgomery County Circuit Judge Michael J. Algeo in an even voice. “It haunts me. It haunts me every day.” The judge was unconvinced.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s doctor halted CPR on the dying pop star and delayed calling paramedics so he could collect drug vials at the scene, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press that shed new light on the singer’s chaotic final moments. The explosive allegation that Dr. Conrad Murray may have tried to hide evidence is likely to be a focus as prosecutors move ahead with their involuntary manslaughter case against him. The account was given to investigators by Alberto Alvarez, Jackson’s logistics director, who was summoned to the stricken star’s side as he was dying on June 25. His statement and those from two other Jackson employees also obtained by the AP paint a grisly scene in Jackson’s bedroom. Alvarez told investigators that he rushed to Jackson’s room and saw the star lying in his bed, an IV attached to his leg. Jackson’s mouth was agape, eyes open and there was no sign of life. Murray worked frantically, at one point performing mouthto-mouth resuscitation while Alvarez took over CPR. Two of the star’s children, Prince and Paris, came in the room and cried as they saw Murray trying to save their father. A nanny was called to usher them away and they were

taken to wait outside in a vehicle. The documents also detail an odd encounter with Murray after Jackson was declared dead at a nearby hospital. Murray insisted he needed to return to the mansion to get cream that Jackson had “so the world wouldn’t find out about it,” according to the statements, which provide no elaboration. Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff, rejected the notion his client tried to hide drugs. He also noted Alvarez was interviewed twice by police and gave different accounts of what happened in Jackson’s bedroom. During the first interview, Alvarez made no mention of being told to tidy away medicine vials. “He didn’t say any of those things, then two months later, all of a sudden, the doc is throwing bottles into the bag,” Chernoff said. “Alvarez’s statement is inconsistent with his previous statement. We will deal with that at trial.” Alvarez and the others who gave the statements, Jackson’s personal assistant Michael Amir Williams and driver/bodyguard Faheem Muhammad, could be key witnesses should Murray go to trial. Except for the brief appearances by the nanny and the children, Alvarez and Muhammad were the only others in the room with Murray as he tried to save Jackson.

ACORN hits the end of road CHICAGO (AP) — The once mighty liberal activist group ACORN announced Monday it is folding amid falling revenues — six months after video footage emerged showing some of its workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute. “It’s really declining revenue in the face of a series of attacks from partisan operatives and right-wing activist that have taken away our ability to raise the resources we need,” ACORN spokesman Kevin Whelan said. Several of its largest affiliates, including ACORN New York and ACORN California, broke away this year and changed their names in a bid to ditch the tarnished image of their parent organization and restore revenue that ran dry in the wake of the video scandal. They will continue to operate under their new names and aren’t affected by ACORN’s decision to shut down. ACORN, whose network spanned some 40 states, was a favorite

Republican target even before the video brouhaha. But its financial situation and reputation went into free fall within days of the videos’ release in September, and even Democratic backers began scattering. Congress reacted by yanking ACORN’s federal funding, private donors held back cash and scores of ACORN offices closed. Earlier this month, a U.S. judge reiterated an earlier ruling that the federal law blacklisting ACORN and groups allied with it was unconstitutional because it singled them out. But that didn’t mean any money would be automatically be restored. Bertha Lewis, the CEO of ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, alluded to financial hardships in a weekend statement as the group’s board prepared to deliberate by phone. ACORN’s board decided to close remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1.

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celebrated his 3rd birthday March 21. Jackson is the son of Christopher and Cassie Byers of Forest City. Jackson enjoyed a Thomas the Train party with family and friends at Kidz Play.

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Dow Industrials 10,785.89 Dow Transportation 4,381.31 Dow Utilities 379.41 NYSE Composite 7,419.02 Amex Market Value 1,889.38 Nasdaq Composite 2,395.40 S&P 500 1,165.81 S&P MidCap 793.79 Wilshire 5000 12,196.22 Russell 2000 682.91

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Bank bill set for vote before the full Senate

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York in this file phot from last week. Stocks ended higher on Monday, led by health care companies. Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans abandoned hope of altering Wall Street legislation in a key Senate committee on Monday, clouding prospects for a bipartisan bill and leaving the fight for the full Senate. Republicans had offered more than 300 amendments to legislation proposed by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, but they withdrew them over the weekend. That cleared the way for a quick party-line committee vote on Dodd’s proposal late Monday or early Tuesday. The surprise development did nothing to mend the partisan fissures over the legislation and adds even more uncertainty to Congress’ ability to pass a sweeping rewrite of financial regulations this index rose 20.99, or 0.9 percent, year. The Senate would not take up the bill until April at the earliest. to 2,395.40. It closed at a new “You’ll have Easter recess, and that’s when, I high for the year and is at its guess, over the course of the next several weeks best level since August 2008. when the real negotiations will be taking place,” Bond prices rose, pushing said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a member of the down yields. The yield on the committee who had held negotiations with Dodd. benchmark 10-year Treasury Corker spoke on CNBC. note fell to 3.66 percent from The measure aims to avoid a recurrence of the 3.70 percent late Friday. 2008 financial crisis that helped plunge the counThe dollar fell against other try into the deepest recession since the Great major currencies. Gold fell. Depression. Crude oil rose 57 cents to With more than 300 Republican amendments $81.25 per barrel on the New and nearly 100 Democratic changes, commitYork Mercantile Exchange. tee members had prepared themselves for a long Stock fell Friday because of and arduous week of debate and votes on the bill. renewed concerns about budget problems in Greece. More ques- Instead, senators now planned to make opening remarks later Monday and then vote on Dodd’s bill. tions about Greece hurt stocks early Monday. The country’s debt That vote could be pushed back to Tuesday mornwoes have dragged down global ing. Industry lobbyists said the decision made it much stock markets on and off for more difficult to predict what the Senate would nearly two months as the country tries to cut its budget deficit. ultimately do with the legislation. Various potential outcomes were likely: Investors have been worried n The legislation would go to the floor but withthat Greece and other European out the support of at least one Republican, it would nations that use the euro, like Spain and Portugal, could strug- be blocked by procedural delays that would require 60 votes to overcome. There are 41 Republicans in gle to recover as they try to pay the Senate, enough to sustain a filibuster. down debt. That could upend a n The bill would pass out of committee on a parglobal economic recovery. ty-line vote, but Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, Questions about Greece arose agMeanwhile, retailers signaled the ranking Republican on the committee, would strike a bargain and pass a bill with bipartisan that affluent consumers are support. That is what happened last year with legstepping up spending. Jeweler islation that changed credit card rules. Tiffany & Co.’s fourth-quarter n The bill would move out of committee and profit quadrupled though earnDemocrats would seek to pick off one or two ings fell short of analysts’ foreRepublicans to support the bill and break a filibuscasts. ter.

Health companies lead market

NEW YORK (AP) — Drug and hospital companies led stocks higher Monday after House lawmakers ended months of uncertainty and approved the health care overhaul bill. The Dow Jones industrial average rose about 44 points. Broader indexes also climbed. Investors had expected the health care bill would pass the House, but the approval late Sunday removed some of the anxiety that has dogged stocks of hospitals and drug makers. A bill with changes made by the House now goes back to the Senate for approval. Debate could begin Tuesday. The 10-year, $938 billion bill will extend benefits to 32 million uninsured Americans. That will have far-reaching effects on health companies. With the bill in hand, investors could place bets on winners and losers. Hospital stocks rose on expectations they would see more business and increased revenue. Some insurers fell because of greater restrictions imposed by the changes. Many key points of the bill will not take effect for several years, though others like provisions allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26 will kick in this year.

Hospital operator Tenet Healthcare Corp. rose 9 percent, while insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. fell 3.2 percent. “You’ve got some uncertainty here lifted,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank in Chicago. Ablin noted, however, that other industries will face higher costs to pay for wider coverage. “What it really comes down to is that as a result of this bill health care is a beneficiary at the expense of every other sector.” Stocks have been rising steadily in recent weeks as investors have grown more confident in a rebound following a string of improved economic reports. At the same time, much of the advance has come on light trading volume. That signals that not all the gains are tied to increasing expectations about the economy. Some analysts say that stocks are rising in a vacuum rather than because investors strongly believe that the market is poised to go higher. The Dow rose 43.91, or 0.4 percent, to 10,785.89. It has risen 14 of the past 17 trading days and stands at its highest level since October 2008. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5.91, or 0.5 percent, to 1,165.81. The Nasdaq composite

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Tighter security comes to airports for summer ATLANTA (AP) — For those who haven’t flown in a while, be prepared to be scanned, swabbed or thoroughly patted down. Maybe all three. Many spring break travelers are about to have their first encounter with airport security measures stepped up after Christmas, when a man was accused of trying to blow up a U.S. jetliner using explosives hidden in his underwear. As the extra measures are rolled out and travel demand picks up, security lines are expected to grow. Airlines, meanwhile, worry the government will require them to pay to maintain the beefed-up security checkpoints. The Obama administration is committing tens of millions of dollars to deploy more state-of-the-art screening equipment, and it is tightening enforcement of some older security measures. For example: n There are now 44 full-image body scanners at 21 U.S. airports, a 10 percent increase from before Christmas. Chicago’s O’Hare and Boston’s Logan are the latest airports to add these. Nearly 1,000 scanners will be in use nationwide by the end of next year. n The use of “swabs,” or Explosive Trace Detection machines, has been expanded in recent weeks. Security agents are now more frequently roaming boarding areas and security lines with portable machines, which can detect traces of explosives after a cotton swab is applied to hands or luggage. n The Transportation Security Administration has sought to make screening less predictable. At some airports, passengers are asked to choose between a body scan or a pat down. A passenger who refuses a 30-second body scan may receive a two- to four-minute manual pat down. A passenger might proceed to their plane after clearing just one form of screening. Or they could run the gamut like software executive Bob Thomas did on a recent flight departing from Atlanta’s HartsfieldJackson airport.

A gum wrapper made of aluminum foil in Thomas’ pocket set off a metal detector. After that, he went into a cylindrical machine 6-foot-wide by more than 8-foot-high to have his body image taken. Next came the hand swab. Lastly, he sat down and lifted his legs for a pat down by an airport screener. All clear. For the former Marine officer, the extra few minutes were “a big waste of my time.” But he understands the agents’ predicament. “They don’t know” which passenger is a potential threat, he said. Fliers say they are understanding of the new measures, but nevertheless agitated by them. Merle Thompson, a 77-yearold retired college professor from Alexandria, Va., recently got a taste of the enhanced screening measures. Because her steel replacement knee often sets off the walk-through metal detectors, agents usually screen her with a hand wand. But that wasn’t enough ahead of a recent flight to San Francisco from Washington, D.C. “They patted me down,” Thompson said. “Which I found humorous and ridiculous.” In a recent survey of more than 3,200 U.S. air travelers by travel Web site TripAdvisor, 39 percent cited long security lines as the most annoying part of being at an airport. Security lines subsided in the slower winter months. But airlines are starting to see increased demand in March as the economy recovers and spring vacations get underway. As a result, lines are likely to grow again, said aviation expert Mark Kiefer of Charles River Associates. Because full-body scans take slightly longer to go through than a simple metal detector, that can add up to longer waits when airports are busy, Kiefer said. TSA says it doesn’t believe the scanners will “significantly” increase the wait on security lines. Some airlines advise passengers to arrive 75 minutes ahead of a domestic flight and up to three hours ahead of an international flight.

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Demonstrators march at the National Mall during a rally for immigration reform in Washington on Sunday.

Immigration rally puts spotlight back on issue WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with the lack of action to overhaul the country’s immigration system, tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied on the National Mall and marched through the streets of the capital Sunday, waving American flags and holding homemade signs in English and Spanish. Supporters traveled from around the country in hopes the rally would re-energize Congress to take up the volatile issue. Some lawmakers oppose any attempt to help an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants become U.S. citizens while others insist on stronger border controls first. President Barack Obama, who promised to make overhauling the immigration system a top priority in his first year, sought to reassure those at the rally with a video message presented on giant screens at the National Mall. The president said he was committed to working with Congress this year on a comprehensive bill to fix a “broken immigration system.” Obama said problems include families being torn apart, employers gaming the system and police officers struggling to keep communities safe. The president, whose comments were released as he worked to get last-minute votes on a health care overhaul, said he would do everything in his power to forge a bipartisan consensus on immigration reform. The House was expected to vote on the landmark health care legislation late Sunday. Some demonstrators were disappointed there hasn’t been more action a year into Obama’s term. “I understand it may not all be his (Obama’s) fault,” said Manuel Bettran, a 21-year-old college student from Chicago. “I am frustrated. I really wish not just him, but everybody, would take it more seriously. “ Bettran arrived in Washington on Sunday morning after a 13-hour bus ride. Like many, he had a personal connection to the issue. His parents were once illegal immigrants but were able to take advantage of an amnesty in the 1980s. “Fortunately, they were able to become citizens during the last amnesty, but I know many people that weren’t that lucky,” said the American-born Bettran, adding that his brother was never able to gain legal status and had to leave the U.S. Lawmakers failed to agree in 2006

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Political impact of health care reforms unclear An AP News Analysis By LIZ SIDOTI AP National Political Writer

WASHINGTON — The initial blush of President Barack Obama’s health care triumph immediately gives way to a sober political reality — he must sell the landmark legislation to an angry and unpredictable electorate, still reeling from the recession. Voters may not buy it. And that could mean a disastrous midterm election year for Obama and his fellow Democrats. “We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people,” the president said late Sunday, beginning his sales pitch from the White House one hour after Congress passed the sweeping measure. “This isn’t radical reform but it is major reform,” he added. “This is what change looks like.” Obama and the Democrats are certain to look for a much-needed political lift from the legislation, a capstone for a young presidency and a party after decades of trying to remake the nation’s health care system. But there’s no guarantee they’ll get it. For now at least, Obama is savoring victory; he looks strong, principled and effective for getting something huge done in a city many Americans detest. Still, the near-term reward could easily be forgotten come November. This campaign season already has been unforgiving for the White House and the Democratic Party, with a monumental loss in the Massachusetts Senate election and a spate of debilitating congressional retirements. And conditions seem ripe for the electorate to punish the party in power. Voters are furious. They hate Washington. They also detest incumbents. They’re concerned most about the economy. And unemployment that’s hovering near 10 percent. They’re also split over whether Obama’s health plan is good for a nation with enormous budget deficits and climbing debt. How those variables play out is anyone’s guess. Even so, Obama reassured rank-and-file Democrats before they cast what he rightly called a tough vote. Nearby, enraged tea party protesters filled the grounds and the steps of adjacent office buildings, railing against the measure and promising to fire lawmakers who backed it. Some cursed and yelled racial epithets at black lawmakers. Protesters were back Sunday, the message the same: “Kill the Bill.” Ahead of the vote, a Gallup poll showed more Americans believe the measure will make things worse rather than better for the country as a whole and for them personally. And most polls show most people don’t like the plan although some surveys showed Americans giving high marks to individual elements. “It’s very unusual that you have a major policy that doesn’t have a majority of support in the public,” said George Edwards, a Texas A&M University presidential historian. “When they enjoy the benefits of the bill, they may come around. But that may take some time.” Also unclear is how voters will treat Republicans. Some of the measure’s elements go into effect immediately, such as coverage for children on their parents’ policy until age 26 and prescription drug benefits for seniors. Republicans could be tagged obstructionists if the electorate likes these provisions and if the economy improves. From now on, Obama and the Democrats will promote the measure’s benefits while countering Republican nay-saying and griping about process. The president also will focus primarily on voters’ most pressing concern — jobs. And that may endear him to voters more than the passage of his signature domestic issue. Obama’s immediate concern is holding Democratic majorities in Congress. His own political re-election is a while off, but the White House is almost surely focused on it, too. His job-performance rating is hovering near 50 percent and may not rise even after he put so much political capital on the line. Past presidents have either seen their poll numbers stay the same or dip following passage of divisive, though history-making, measures. That was true for Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act and Great Society agenda in the 1960s, Ronald Reagan’s economic measures in the 1980s, and George W. Bush’s tax cuts in the early 2000s. The exception was Bill Clinton, who saw his support increase in the 1990s after signing a contentious budget measure and welfare reform legislation. But it eventually fell.

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President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joseph Biden at his side, makes a statement to the nation Sunday night following the final vote in the House of Representatives for comprehensive health care legislation, in the East Room of the White House in Washington,

Obama will sign health care bill and then hit the road to sell it WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is poised to sign the landmark health care bill ushering in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the nation’s history — and then he’ll hit the road to resume selling it to a reluctant public. Obama will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, on Thursday, the White House said, as he turns to seeing a companion bill through the Senate and talking up the overhaul’s benefits on behalf of House members who cast risky votes. Obama is expected to sign the bill Tuesday at the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday. A South Lawn ceremony is planned. Obama is inviting all lawmakers who supported the bill and other Americans whose stories represent the need for reformed health care, Gibbs said. “Last night we made history,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters as she signed the legislation, a formality before Obama’s own signature. “It’s on a par with passing Social Security and Medicare.” The House voted 219-212 late Sunday to send the legislation to Obama. The 10-year, $938 billion bill would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, reduce deficits and ban insurance company practices such as charging more to women and denying coverage to people with medical problems. “This is what change looks like,” Obama said after the vote, a remark echoing his 2008 campaign promise of “change we can believe in.” “We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people.” Obama’s young presidency received a much needed boost from passage of the legislation, which would touch the lives of nearly every American. The battle for the future of the health insurance system — affecting one-sixth of the economy — galvanized Republicans and conservative activists looking ahead to

November’s midterm elections. A companion package making a series of changes sought by House Democrats to the main bill, which already had passed the Senate, was approved 220211. The fix-it bill will now go to the Senate, where debate is expected to begin as early as Tuesday. Senate Democrats hope to approve it unchanged and send it directly to Obama, though Republicans plan parliamentary objections that could change the bill and require it to go back to the House. Sen. John McCain said Monday morning that Democrats have not heard the last of the health care debate, and said he was repulsed by “all this euphoria going on.” Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” McCain, who was Obama’s GOP rival in the 2008 presidential campaign, said that “outside the Beltway, the American people are very angry. They don’t like it, and we’re going to repeal this.” The complicated two-step approval process for the legislation was made necessary because Senate Democrats lost their filibuster-proof supermajority in a special election in January, a setback that caused even some Democratic lawmakers to pronounce the yearlong health care effort dead. Under the relentless prodding of Pelosi, in particular, it was gradually revived, and the fix-it bill will be considered under fast-track Senate rules that don’t allow minority party filibusters. “We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans,” said a jubilant Pelosi, D-Calif. “This is the civil rights act of the 21st century,” added Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. GOP lawmakers attacked the legislation as everything from a government takeover to the beginning of totalitarianism, and none voted in favor. “Hell no!” Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, shouted in a fiery speech. “We have failed to listen to America and we have

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Nation Health Care Timeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare law in 1965, seniors got their health insurance cards less than a year later. When President Barack Obama finally gets to hold a signing ceremony for his health care overhaul, the major expansion of coverage for uninsured workers and their families won’t come until 2014 — after the next presidential election. Parts of the plan won’t be fully phased in for a decade, but ultimately 94 percent of eligible Americans would have coverage. Here’s a timeline of some changes:

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n Sets up a high-risk health insurance pool to provide affordable coverage for uninsured people with medical problems. n Starting six months after enactment, requires all health insurance plans to maintain dependent coverage for children until they turn 26; prohibits insurers from denying coverage to children because of preexisting health problems. n Bars insurance companies from putting lifetime dollar limits on coverage, and canceling policies except for fraud. n Provides tax credits to help small businesses with up to 25 employees get and keep coverage for their employees.

n Begins narrowing the Medicare prescription coverage gap by providing a $250 rebate to seniors in the gap, which starts this year once they have spent $2,830. It would be fully closed by 2020. n Reduces projected Medicare payments to hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes, hospices and other providers. n Imposes 10 percent sales tax on indoor tanning.


n Creates a voluntary long-term care insurance program to provide a modest cash benefit helping disabled people stay in their homes, or cover nursing home costs. Benefits can begin five years after people start paying a fee for the coverage. n Provides Medicare recipients in the prescription coverage gap with a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs; begins phasing in additional drug discounts to close the gap by 2020.

n Provides 10 percent Medicare bonus to primary care doctors and general surgeons practicing in underserved areas, such as inner cities and rural communities; improves preventive coverage. n Freezes payments to Medicare Advantage plans, the first step in reducing payments to the private insurers who serve about one-fourth of seniors. The reductions would be phased in over three to seven years. n Boosts funding for community health centers, which provide basic care for many low-income and uninsured people. n Requires employers to report the value of health care benefits on employees’ W-2 tax statements. n Imposes $2.3 billion annual fee on drugmakers, increasing over time.


n Sets up program to create nonprofit insurance co-ops that would compete with commercial insurers. n Initiates Medicare payment reforms by encouraging hospitals and doctors to band together in qualitydriven “accountable care organizations� along the lines of the Mayo Clinic. Sets up a pilot program to test more efficient ways of paying hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and other providers who care for Medicare patients from admission through discharge. Successful experiments would be widely adopted.

n Penalizes hospitals with high rates of preventable readmissions by reducing Medicare payments.

2013 n Standardizes insurance company paperwork, first in a series of steps to reduce administrative costs. n Limits medical expense contributions to tax-sheltered flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to $2,500 a year, indexed for inflation. Raises threshold for claiming itemized tax deduction for medical expenses from 7.5 percent of income to 10 percent. People over 65 can still deduct medical expenses above 7.5 percent of income through 2016. n Increases Medicare payroll tax on couples making more than $250,000 and individuals making more than $200,000. The tax rate on wages above those thresholds would rise to 2.35 percent from the current 1.45 percent. Also adds a new tax of 3.8 percent on income from investments. n Imposes a 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and many everyday items bought at the drug store are exempt.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. signs the Senate Health Reform bill, Monday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

A look at the bill

Congress approved a major overhaul of the nation’s health care system for President Barack Obama’s signature. Here are some of the features of the legislation. How Many Covered: 32 million uninsured. Major coverage expansion begins in 2014. When fully phased in, 94 percent of eligible non-elderly 2014 Americans would have coverage, n Prohibits insurers from denycompared with 83 percent today. ing coverage to people with medical Cost: $938 billion over 10 years, problems, or refusing to renew their according to the Congressional policy. Health plans cannot limit cov- Budget Office. erage based on pre-existing condiInsurance Mandate: Almost tions, or charge higher rates to those everyone is required to be insured or in poor health. Premiums can only else pay a fine, which takes effect in vary by age (no more than 3-to-1), 2014. There is an exemption for lowplace of residence, family size and income people. tobacco use. Insurance Market Reforms: Starting this year, insurers would n Coverage expansion goes into be forbidden from placing lifetime high gear as states create new health insurance exchanges — supermarkets dollar limits on policies, from denying coverage to children because of for individuals and small businesses pre-existing conditions, and from to buy coverage. People who already have employer coverage won’t see any canceling policies because someone gets sick. Parents would be able to changes. keep older kids on their coverage n Provides income-based tax up to age 26. A new high-risk pool credits for most consumers in the would offer coverage to uninsured exchanges, substantially reducing people with medical problems until costs for many. Sliding scale credits 2014, when the coverage expansion phase out completely for households goes into high gear. Major consumer above four times the federal poverty safeguards would also take effect in level, about $88,000 for a family of 2014. Insurers would be prohibited four. n Medicaid expanded to cover low- from denying coverage to people with medical problems or charging them income people up to 133 percent more. Insurers could not charge of the federal poverty line, about women more. $28,300 for a family of four. Lowincome childless adults covered for Medicaid: Expands the federalthe first time. state Medicaid insurance program n Requires citizens and legal for the poor to cover people with residents to have health insurance, incomes up to 133 percent of the except in cases of financial hardship, or pay a fine to the IRS. Penalty federal poverty level, $29,327 a year starts at $95 per person in 2014, ris- for a family of four. Childless adults would be covered for the first time, ing to $695 in 2016. Family penalty starting in 2014. The federal governcapped at $2,250. Penalties indexed ment would pay 100 percent of costs for inflation after 2016. for covering newly eligible individuals through 2016. n Penalizes employers with more If the Senate approves a package than 50 workers if any of their of changes this week, a special deal workers get coverage through the that would have given Nebraska 100 exchange and receive a tax credit. The penalty is $2,000 times the total percent federal financing for newly eligible Medicaid recipients in pernumber of workers employed at the company. However, employers get to petuity would be eliminated. A different, one-time deal negotiated by deduct the first 30 workers. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu for her state, Louisiana, worth as much 2018 as $300 million, remains. n Imposes a tax on employer-sponTaxes: To make up for the lost revsored health insurance worth more enue, the bill applies an increased than $10,200 for individual coverage, Medicare payroll tax to the invest$27,500 for a family plan. The tax is ment income and to the wages 40 percent of the value of the plan of individuals making more than above the thresholds, indexed for $200,000, or married couples above inflation. $250,000. The tax on investment income would be 3.8 percent. If the Senate follows through, it would 2020 impose a 40 percent tax on high-cost n Doughnut hole coverage gap insurance plans above the threshin Medicare prescription benefit is old of $10,200 for individuals and phased out. Seniors continue to pay $27,500 for families. The tax would the standard 25 percent of their drug go into effect in 2018. costs until they reach the threshold Prescription Drugs: Gradually for Medicare catastrophic coverage, closes the “doughnut hole� coverwhen their copayments drop to 5 per- age gap in the Medicare prescription cent. drug benefit that seniors fall into once they have spent $2,830. Seniors Sources: House Energy and Commerce who hit the gap this year will receive Committee; Kaiser Family Foundation. a $250 rebate. Beginning in 2011,


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KABUL (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai held an unprecedented meeting Monday with representatives of a major Taliban-linked militant group, boosting his outreach to insurgency leaders to end the eight-year war. Less certain is whether the talks with the weakened Hizb-i-Islami faction represent a game-changer in the conflict, given its demand to rewrite the Afghan constitution and force a quick exit of foreign forces. It is the first time that high-ranking representatives of the group, led by warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, have traveled to Kabul to discuss peace. The reconciliation offer from Hekmatyar contrasts with his reputation as a ruthless extremist. Talking with the Taliban and other insurgent groups is gaining traction in Afghanistan, even as thousands of U.S. and NATO reinforcements are streaming in to reverse the insurgents’ momentum. The talks have not stemmed the fighting. NATO reported three service members were killed Monday in separate explosions in southern Afghanistan.

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BEIJING (AP) — The dust works its way through keyholes and window frames, and smells like a filthy brew of dirt, smoke and metallic particles. The sky turns magenta and whole buildings disappear. Eyes tear up and throats get sore from coughing. Northern China’s spring sandstorms blew in with particular ferocity over the weekend, bringing misery to people working outdoors Monday in Beijing and across a wide swath of the country. The storms are a product of worsening desertification in Inner Mongolia and other Gobi Desert regions hundreds of miles to the north and west of Beijing caused by overgrazing, deforestation, drought and urban sprawl. Strong winds pick up the loose dust and dirt, mixing them with industrial pollution.

N. Korea to try American

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday that it will put an American on trial for entering the communist country illegally. State-run media identified him as Aijalon Mahli Gomes, 30, of Boston, and said “his crime has been confirmed.” The brief dispatch from the Korean Central News Agency did not say when he would stand trial. A spokeswoman for the man’s family in Boston, Thaleia Schlesinger, said that Gomes had been teaching English in South Korea for about two years and that it was unclear why he would have gone to North Korea. North Korea had announced two months ago that an American was detained Jan. 25 for trespassing after crossing into the country from China and was under investigation.

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Molten lava vents from a rupture near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, as a volcano erupts early Sunday seen in this aerial photo. some hundreds of people have been evacuated from a small village in southern Iceland on Sunday after a volcanic eruption which shot ash and molten lava into the air, the first major eruption here in nearly 200 years.0

Iceland eruptions raise concerns REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Blasts of lava and ash shot out of a volcano in southern Iceland on Monday and small tremors rocked the ground, a surge in activity that raised fears of a larger explosion at the nearby Katla volcano. Scientists say history has proven that when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupts, Katla follows — the only question is how soon. And Katla, located under the massive Myrdalsjokull icecap, threatens disastrous flooding and explosive blasts when it blows. Saturday’s eruption at Eyjafjallajokull (AYA-feeyaplayurkul) — dormant for nearly 200 years — forced at least 500 people to evacuate. Most have returned to their homes, but authorities were waiting for scientific assessments to determine whether they were safe to stay. Residents of 14 farms nearest to the eruption site were told to stay away. Several small tremors were felt early Monday, followed by spurts of lava and steam rocketing into the air. Iceland sits on a large volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic’s mid-oceanic ridge. Eruptions, common throughout Iceland’s history, are often triggered by

Clinton issues demand for tougher Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Monday that the Obama administration will not accept a nuclear armed Iran and is working on sanctions “that will bite” to press it to come clean about its suspect atomic program. In remarks to a pro-Israel group, Clinton said parts of Iran’s government are “a menace” to the Iranian people and the Middle East. Israel considers Iran a mortal threat in its back yard, especially since the development of better Iranian missiles and the advancement of Iran’s nuclear program to the point where a weapon could be feasible. Iran claims it is not building a weapon. Clinton said Iran’s leaders must know there are “real consequences” for not proving their nuclear activities are peaceful. “Our aim is not incremental sanctions, but sanctions that will bite,” Clinton told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “Let me be very clear: The United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” she said. Clinton said that if Iran developed a nuclear weapon, it would embolden terrorists and spark an arms race that would destabilize the Middle East. “This is unacceptable. It is unacceptable to the United States. It is

unacceptable to Israel. It is unacceptable to the region and the international community. Iran has spurned President Barack Obama’s efforts to engage and thus far rejected incentives offered by the five permanent U.N. Security Council members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S. — and Germany to halt uranium enrichment, a process that can produce fuel for a bomb. Washington and its allies fear Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb, an accusation denied by Iran, which says its program is intended only to generate electricity. Israel regards Iran as a threat to its existence and impatience is growing in the Jewish state for fresh action against the country. Iran is already under three sets of Security Council sanctions and the U.S. and its European allies are pressing for a fourth. But China, a foe of sanctions generally, is opposed and has scuttled the administration’s plans for quick action. China has the power to block penalties with its veto power on the council. Clinton allowed that building support for new sanctions was taking time but said it was worth the wait. “It is taking time to produce these sanctions, and we believe that time is a worthwhile investment for winning the broadest possible support for our efforts,” she said.

seismic activity when the Earth’s plates move and when magma from deep underground pushes its way to the surface. Like earthquakes, predicting the timing of volcanic eruptions is an imprecise science. An eruption at the Katla volcano could be disastrous, however — both for Iceland and other nations. Iceland’s Laki volcano erupted in 1783, freeing gases that turned into smog. The smog floated across the Jet Stream, changing weather patterns. Many died from gas poisoning in the British Isles. Crop production fell in western Europe. Famine spread. Some even linked the eruption, which helped fuel famine, to the French Revolution. Painters in the 18th century illustrated fiery sunsets in their works. The winter of 1784 was also one of the longest and coldest on record in North America. New England reported a record stretch of below-zero temperatures and New Jersey reported record snow accumulation. The Mississippi River also reportedly froze in New Orleans. “These are Hollywood-sort of scenarios but possible,” said Colin Macpherson, a geologist with the University of Durham. “As the melt rises, it’s a little like

taking a cork out of a champagne bottle.” Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, a geologist at the University of Iceland who flew over the site Monday, said the beginning of Saturday’s eruption was so indistinct that it initially went undetected by geological instruments. Many of the tremors were below magnitude 2.6. Using thermal cameras and radar to map the lava flow, Gudmundsson and other scientists were able to determine that the lava from Eyjafjallajokull was flowing down a gorge and not moving toward the ice caps — reducing any threat of floods. He said he and other scientists were watching Katla but Monday’s trip was meant to assess immediate risk. “A general expectation is that because of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption, the fissure would widen and in that sense, there’s a greater risk of extending into or underneath the glaciers and prompting an eruption at Katla,” said Andy Russell with Newcastle University’s Earth Surface Processes Research Group, who went with a team to Iceland before the eruption. “From records, we know that every time Eyjafjallajokull erupts, Katla has also erupted.”

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Secretary is playing by the rules Dear Abby: I am a high school secretary, and I’m writing about your reply to “Sick of It in Iowa” (Jan. 28), who is upset at the school secretaries for questioning or commenting on her frequent absences. You were right that her medical history is of no concern to the secretary, but her attendance record is very much. The principal makes the decision regarding when a student is required to bring a doctor’s note with every absence. This procedure is called Persistent Absence, and it means someone has been out of school at least 25 days that school year, or has developed a pattern with his or her absences. School rules are governed by the state. You would be surprised how many parents receive citations and must go to court because of their student’s poor attendance. When a student has a chronic illness, backed by a physician’s statement, the school will bend over backward to work with them, ensuring they receive the best possible education available. — Diane Dear Diane: Thank you for straightening me out. It appears from the mail I have received from educators and school administrative staff that my answer left something to be desired. Mea culpa. For the benefit of parents and students who may not be aware, I’ll share a few more. Read on: Dear Abby: For your information,

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many times school secretaries are charged with the unpleasant task of having to contact the truant officer, children’s services and others in law enforcement if a child doesn’t come to school and can’t provide a valid doctor’s excuse. The principal and superintendent do these jobs, but it is up to US to track these kids and make sure they attend school as they are supposed to do. — Bothered Dear Abby: I’m a school secretary. We are required by law to ask for a doctor’s note when a student has accumulated more than five absences due to illness. When a student arrives at school more than 30 minutes late, or leaves more than 30 minutes early (three or more times), that student is considered truant. With today’s economic mess we need to know why a student is not in school. In California, schools lose more than $30 a day when a student is not in his or her seat, and that money adds up. So, yes, Abby, it IS “our business” to know a student’s medical history. — Victoria

Which calcium is best for you? Dear Dr. Gott: Is calcium citrate better than calcium carbonate? Dear Reader: For most people, no. Both types of calcium are absorbed similarly by healthy people. Calcium carbonate is more commonly available and is usually less expensive. It is more readily absorbed when taken with food. Calcium citrate is generally more expensive but is often more easily absorbed by those with lower levels of stomach acid. It is readily absorbed by the body with or without food. The supplements also contain different amounts of elemental calcium. Carbonate is 40 percent by weight, and citrate is 21 percent. Calcium absorption decreases as the amount of elemental calcium per dose increases. In order to get the most out of your calcium supplements, you should take several smaller doses. If you are taking 1,000 milligrams per day, for example, try taking 500 milligrams twice a day. Your body will use more of the calcium,


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IN THE STARS Your Birthday, March 23;

Several big things you’d like to acquire for yourself are likely to give you greater drive to work hard. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - This might start out to be a somewhat difficult day, but you’ll start smiling again. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - You could end up being miserable and a very unhappy person. Let it go, and you’ll be much happier. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - You had better hide all your credit cards and put very little money in your wallet. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Problems you’ll experience today are likely to be of your own making. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Instead of trying to see things from another person’s perspective today, chances are you’ll choose to be blind. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - It might seem like everybody is trying to impose upon you today. Go with the flow. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Be careful to whom you go for advice today. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Should you decide to attempt a do-it-yourself project you’ve never tried before, make certain you know the hazards. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - Loaning something to another that is not yours could cause big trouble for you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Vacillation could be your worst enemy today. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - You might give a few minor chores a lick and a promise today. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - There’s a good chance that when it comes to your finances today, you could be quite undisciplined. Make sure you aren’t trying to live too far above your means.


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Having qualified as Executor of the estate of PATRICIA ANN SANSING of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said PATRICIA ANN SANSING to present them to the undersigned on or before the 9th day of June, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 9th day of March, 2010.

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NORTH CAROLINA RUTHERFORD COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK 10 SP 040 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE by John B. Crotts, Substitute Trustee, of a Deed of Trust Executed by RICHARD J. BRIDGES dated January 10, 2007, and recorded January 26, 2007 in Deed of Trust Book 938 at Page 587 of the Rutherford County Registry. NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER AND BY VIRTUE of the power and authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust dated January 10, 2007 and recorded January 26, 2007 executed and delivered from RICHARD J. BRIDGES, (the "Obligor") to ROBERT LEE ATCHLEY and DORIS S. ATCHLEY, recorded in Deed of Trust, book number 938, page 587, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina; and because of default in the payment of the indebtedness secured thereby and failure to carry out and perform the stipulations and agreements contained therein and, pursuant to demand of the holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will place for sale, at public auction, the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at Rutherford County Courthouse, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, on APRIL 1, 2010 at 3:00 P.M., that parcel of land, including improvements thereon, situated, lying and being in the Town of Spindale, County of Rutherford, State of North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: (ATTACHMENT TO DEED OF TRUST FROM RICHARD J. BRIDGES TO ROBERT LEE ATCHLEY AND DORIS S. ATCHLEY DATED JANUARY 10, 2007 AND RECORDED JANUARY 26, 2007 IN THE AMOUNT OF $107,957.31) TRACT ONE: Being a part of the Old Fairground property, in the east edge of Spindale, North Carolina, and being located between U. S. Highway 74 and S. A. L. Railway Company, and being described as follows: BEGINNING at a point in the center of U. S. Highway No. 74, where the center of the old Ledbetter Mill Road intersects said highway and runs thence with the center of the highway South 77 degrees East 331 feet to a point in the center of the highway, Henry Houser corner; thence with Henry Houser’s line South 12 degrees West 114 feet to a point in the center of the S.A.L. Railway Company railway track; thence with the center of the railroad track, right-ofway North 71 degrees West 347 feet to a point in the center of said railroad, right-of-way; thence North 23 1/4 degrees East 75 feet to the place of BEGINNING. Being the same property conveyed to Eugene Haynes by deed dated the 2nd of June, 1959, from J. F. Weathers, Jr., and wife, Annabel W. Weathers, and Belle W. Weathers, widow, said deed being duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, North Carolina, in Deed Book 241, at Page 576, reference to which said deed is hereby made for all necessary purposes. THERE IS EXCEPTED HEREFROM that tract of land being a portion of the second tract of land as is described in that deed dated January 1, 1982, and recorded in Deed Book 431, Page 253 of the Rutherford County Registry, easternmost portion, and being more particularly described by metes and bounds as follows: BEGINNING at an existing iron pin in the center line of Highway 74, said iron pin lying South 70 degrees 00 seconds East 304.76 feet from that point where Highway 74 intersects with Ledbetter Road; runs thence a new line South 13 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds West 112.33 feet to a point in the center line of the Seaboard Airline Railroad, said line crossing an iron pin at 28.07 feet and 88.37 feet, respectively; runs thence South 72 degrees 04 minutes 00 seconds East with the center line of Seaboard Airline Railroad approximately 28.54 feet; thence with the western line of the first tract as is described in Deed book 431, page 253 of the Rutherford County Registry, North 12 degrees East 114 feet to a point in the center line of Highway 74; thence with the center line of said Highway 74 North 77 degrees 08 minutes 40 seconds West approximately 26.17 feet to the point and place of BEGINNING. TRACT TWO: Situate, lying and being in the Town of Spindale, bounded on the north by U.S. Highway 74, on the east by Mike Hodge, on the south by the Seaboard Railroad, and on the west by the intersection of U.S. Highway 74 and Oakland Road. Grantors, Kenneth R. Hughes and Carrol K. Hughes as referred to in quitclaim deed recorded in Deed Book 724 Page 678, Rutherford County Registry, retain the right to lease two sign structures (three advertiser spaces) to the existing sign company for a period not to exceed ten years, ending on December 30, 2008. There will not be any payment due to the owner by the grantor, even though he will collect annual rent from the sign companies. Address of Property: 1004 E. Main Street, Spindale, NC 28160 Present Record Owners: Richard J. Bridges The terms of the sale are that real property hereinbefore described will be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The Substitute Trustee reserves the right to require a cash deposit or a certified check not to exceed the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00). In the event that the Holder is exempt from paying the same, the successful bidder may also be required to pay revenue stamps on the Trustee’s Deed, any Land Transfer Tax, and the tax required by N.C.G.S. Section 7A-308(a)(1).

Electric Department Ballfield lights 1500 W Metal Halidc 6 single rack 6 light fixtures as is 2 double rack 12 light fixtures as is 8 Metal light poles (approx. 60”) for ballfield lights (direct burial type) - buyer load and haul 9 Metal light poles (approx. 35”) square (anchor base type) - buyer load and haul 2 Metal light poles (approx. 30”) round (2 fixture T top) (anchor base type) - buyer load and haul Bids will be accepted in the city clerk’s office, 128 N. Powell Street, Forest City, NC until 2:30 PM, Friday, March 26th. BIDS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN SEALED ENVELOPES CLEARLY MARKED “SEALED BID”. All property is being sold AS IS WHERE IS. The buyer may not rely on any representations of the Town of Forest City or from its employees or agents, as to the condition of the property, and the Town of Forest City makes no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the condition of the property being sold. Items will be on display at the Forest City Garage, 141 N. Broadway. The Town of Forest City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and waive technicalities.

NORTH CAROLINA RUTHERFORD COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE BEFORE THE CLERK 09 SP 571 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY DOUGLAS W. GRONDAHL, II, CYNTHIA W. GRONDAHL, GROSVENOR S. WRIGHT, AND MARGARET J. BIEDEKAPP DATED March 27, 2006 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 891, PAGE 764, RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTRY, TO BB&T COLLATERAL SERVICE CORP, TRUSTEE. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in that certain deed of trust executed by DOUGLAS W. GRONDAHL, II, CYNTHIA W. GRONDAHL, GROSVENOR S. WRIGHT, AND MARGARET J. BIEDEKAPP dated March 27, 2006 to BB&T COLLATERAL SERVICE CORPORATION, Trustee for BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST COMPANY, recorded in Book 891, Page 764, RUTHERFORD County Registry; default having been made in payment of the indebtedness thereby secured; and the necessary findings to permit foreclosure having been made by the Clerk of Superior Court of RUTHERFORD County, North Carolina; the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, the property conveyed in said deed of trust, the same lying and being in the County of RUTHERFORD and State of North Carolina, and more particularly described as follows: Situated, lying and being in Gilkey Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being all of the 1.61 acres tract shown as Lot #196 on plat entitled “Clearwater Creek Phase 8", Sheet One of Three, as shown on plat of record in Plat Book 27 at Page 67, Rutherford County Registry. Being a portion of that property conveyed in Deed from SFG Dragonfly, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company to Mtn. Creek Land Co., Inc., a North Carolina Corporation by deed dated November 15, 2004 and of record in Deed Book 860, at Page 146, Rutherford County Registry. Subject to all notes shown on plat hereinabove referred to and further subject to any restrictions or rights of way of record and subject further to all provisions and restrictions of record as set forth in Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions of Clearwater Creek dated May 4, 2005 and of record in Deed Book 872, at Page 309, Rutherford County Registry. Being the same and identical property which was conveyed by Mtn. Creek Land Co., a North Carolina corporation to Douglas W. Grondahl, II, single, Cynthia Grondhl, single and Grosvenor S. Wright and wife, Margaret J. Biedekapp by deed dated March 27, 2006 and of record in Deed Book 899 at Page 504, Rutherford County Registry. PROPERTY ADDRESS/LOCATION: Lot 196 Phase 8 Clearwater Creek Subdivision, Chimney Creek Lane, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 DATE OF SALE: March 31, 2010 TIME OF SALE: 10:30 A.M. LOCATION OF SALE: RUTHERFORD County Courthouse RECORD OWNER(S): Douglas W. Grondahl, II, Cynthia Grondahl, Grosvenor S. Wright and Margaret J. Biedekapp TERMS OF THE SALE:

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.

(1) This sale will be made subject to: (a) all prior liens, encumbrances, easements, right-of-ways, restrictive covenants or other restrictions of record affecting the property; (b) property taxes and assessments for the year in which the sale occurs, as well as any prior years; (c) federal tax liens with respect to which proper notice was not given to the Internal Revenue Service; and (d) federal tax liens to which proper notice was given to the Internal Revenue Service and to whichthe right of redemption applies. (2) The property is being sold "as is". Neither the beneficiary of the deed of trust, nor the undersigned Substitute Trustee, makes any warranties or representations concerning the property, including but not limited to, the physical or environmental condition of the property. Further, the undersigned Substitute Trustee makes no title warranties with respect to the title to the property. (3) The highest bidder will be responsible for the payment of revenue stamps payable to the Register of Deeds and any final court and/or auditing fees payable to the Clerk of Superior Court which are assessed on the high bid resulting from this foreclosure sale. (4) At the time of the sale, the highest bidder will be required to make a cash deposit of five percent (5%) of the bid, or $750.00, whichever is greater, with the remaining balance of the bid amount to be paid on the day following the expiration of the applicable ten (10) day upset bid period. (5) 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. 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. (6) An order for possession of the property being sold may be issued pursuant to N.C.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.

This is the 3rd day of March, 2010.

This the 16th day of February, 2010.

_______________________________ John B. Crotts, Substitute Trustee King Law Offices, PLLC 215 North Main Street Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139 (828) 286-3332 (828) 286-1110 (fax) NC Bar Number: 33880

SMITH DEBNAM NARRON DRAKE SAINTSING & MYERS, L.L.P. _______________________________________ Jeff D. Rogers, Substitute Trustee P. O. Box 26268 Raleigh, NC 27611-6268 (919) 250-2000 KMA 97392224

The real property hereinabove described is being offered for sale "AS IS, WHERE IS" and will be sold subject to all superior liens, unpaid taxes, and special assessments. Other conditions will be announced at the sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. 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. Reason for such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the sale and reinstatement of the loan without 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 it have merit, may declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. 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.


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