Churches pack lunches for Haiti — Page 3 Sports Wet night East Rutherford sat through a long delay before beginning play in Game 2 of the Western Regional
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Jobless rate dips to 15.2 percent
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N.C. High Patrol troopers will be out in force this holiday weekend, working to help motorists get where they are going safely. Here troopers conduct a license check on a Rutherford County road.
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Safety stressed for travel By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY — Think before you drive, Sgt. Brian Gilreath of the state Highway Patrol said Friday afternoon. By 3:30 p.m. Friday, with the Memorial Day holiday just under way, Gilreath said, “The traffic volume is already thick. People are getting an early start.” “I would reiterate the same things at all holidays. Abide by the speed limit, increase your following distance and if you are going to drink, I also highly stress you get a designated driver. “We have a lot of check points and we’re
changing our tactics,” he said. “We will not sit in one place at a time for a long time. We’ll be moving around.” Troopers are looking for speeders, impaired drivers and people texting on their cell phones. Gilreath said he was in McDowell County Thursday and clocked a female driving 80 mph in a 55 mph and a driver close-by also violating traffic laws by not moving out of Gilreath’s way. He cited both drivers. “The law says upon approach of a blue light and siren, you must immediately drive to Please see Holiday, Page 6
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FOREST CITY — Rutherford County’s unemployment rate dropped to 15.2 percent in April, down 1.2 percentage points from the previous month. Even with the reduction the county still has second highest unemployment rate in the state, just below Scotland County at 15.8. But it is the lowest rate in about seven months. “It was around 14 percent in September, so this is the lowest it has been since then,” said Terry Thomas, Employment Security Commission assistant manager in Forest City. “We are the second highest in the state. There were three counties in the 14 percents.”
Unemployment rates decreased in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in April. “The positive news in the April county data is that there has been an increase in the number of workers employed throughout the state,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes. “At the same time, the news is tempered by the fact that more than half of the counties still have unemployment rates over the unadjusted rate of 10 percent. We continue to provide a variety of services in our 89 offices statewide to assist those seeking work.” Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in April, at 5.8 percent. Cleveland County’s rate was
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Bake Garman (left) and Darren Lane, energy manager for the Rutherford County Schools, check some of the figures of cost and energy use in the East Rutherford High School gymnasium.
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Schools looking for big energy savings By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY — Energy Assessor Bake Garman walked briskly through the gymnasium at East Rutherford High School Friday carrying a small computer calculating the amount of energy used by the light fixtures.
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energy and save money. Funding for the project to save on utility and fuel bills and create jobs is from the federal Recovery Act money for energy efficiency. Gov. Bev Perdue announced $5.4 million in federal Recovery Act funding was awarded recently to help 38 public school systems, including Rutherford County Schools. Schools here received $44,380 for lighting improvements, installing room occupancy sensors, heating and air condi-
tioning improvements, solar-assisted hotwater heating and other improvements. When Garman arrived at East, he was met by Darren Lane, Energy Manager for the county schools. Lane stood on a 28-foot ladder and gently removed a tiny computer from a light fixture placed there eight days ago. The computer monitored the amount of energy used and its efficiency. “He made me real nervous,” Garman Please see Savings, Page 6
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Church Notes Singing: Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, fifth Sunday night singing featuring the Golden Valley Crusaders Sunday, May 30 at 6 p.m.; in new Family Life Center; food and fellowship will follow. A love offering will be taken.; located off N.C. 108 at 583 Pleasant Hill Church Rd. Rutherfordton.
Singing: Faith Baptist Church 149 West Main Street, Forest City invites everyone to their fifth Sunday, May 30. at 2 p.m. For more information call 289-4282. Family & Friends Day: Sunday, May 30, 3 p.m. New Forest Chapel Church; pastor Rosia Landrum.
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, “Son Harvest,” Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; fun, games, music, lunch provided, petting zoo and more; concluding with a family cook out. Cane Creek Baptist Church, “Saddle Ride Ranch,” Monday-Friday, June 14-18, 6 to 8:45 p.m.
Chase Baptist Church, 50th Homecoming Jubliee, Sunday, June 6, 10:30 a.m. Celebrating 50 years of ministry. Special music with the Chase Baptist Choir and the Chase Brothers. Guest Preachers Rev. Marvin Green and Rev. Randy McCraw.
Baptist Church; Sister Christine Evans will be singing; lunch will follow the service; bring well filled baskets.
Memorial Day: June 6, 10:30 a.m. Joshua
Simple Faith (above) will present a concert of music at Adaville Baptist Church, Spindale, at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 30.
Cultivation of the Spirit Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. R.S.V. 1 John 4:7-8
If you would be a truly spirited person, you must seek the Spirit continuously and be receptive to its influence in your life. This requires, first and foremost that you truly want to live a spiritual life, and secondly, that you open your heart and soul to God. Different religious traditions may describe this process differently. Evangelical Christians may describe it as accepting Christ as their personal Saviour. Catholics have a formal confirmation procedure where young people affirm their acceptance of God’s way. Adherents of certain Eastern religions describe this receptivity as having the wisdom gate opened. James Taylor sums it up well in his song “The Secret of Life” when he says that “The secret of love is in opening up your heart.” Realize that the gate of the soul is the narrow gate, and that it takes courage to open up your heart, but there is no shortcut to having the spirit of God within you. Pursue the way of the Lord. Cultivate your inner spirit. Perform virtuous deeds. Join in the family of God.
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Gospel singing: Sunday, June 6, 2 p.m., Village Chapel Church, Forest City; guest singers Mountain Angels from Saluda. Special service: Sunday, May 30, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Temple of Jesus Church in Lake Lure; featuring Apostle Lindon Frost of Christ Fellowship International Church in Jasper, Ala. Annual Homecoming Day: Cornerstone Baptist Church, Mooresboro, June 6; Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. followed with worship at 11 a.m. and dinner on the grounds; nursery will be available. For information, call 704434-4949 or visit the church website at www. cbc-web.org. Homecoming/Memorial Day: West Memorial Baptist Church, Piedmont Road, Rutherfordton, , Sunday, May 30, 11 a.m.; covered dish lunch to follow. Rev. Charles Hall will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited to attend the service. Poor man’s supper: Saturday, May 29, 4 p.m. until, Green Hill School Community Center, 2501 US 6474A; donation only; all proceeds go toward sending the youth of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church to missions camp. Annual bazaar: Saturday, June 5, begins at 7 a.m.; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Forest City; food, baked goods, children’s games, rummage sale items, music, and a motor scooter raffle; proceeds go toward the new church. Fish fry, chicken: Saturday, June 5, begins at 10 a.m.; Sponsored by Angel
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Divine Faith Church; the sale will be held at Temple of Jesus Church in Lake Lure; $8 per plate, include drink and dessert.
Men’s yard sale: Saturday, June 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; breakfast biscuits 7 to 10:30 a.m.; Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Ball field; for additional information, contact Jeff Champion, 447-0018. Fun day: Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., High Shoal Baptist Church, 284 High Shoals Church Road, Henrietta; for all ages with games, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, dessert and drinks; proceeds to help build a well for those in need in India. For additional information, call 6576447. Revival: Johnson Memorial Baptist Church, 129 Groce Street, Forest City; June 6-June 9; Sunday services 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; MondayWednesday, 7 p.m. Speakers are: Rev. Wayne Carter, Rev. David Russ, Sunday services; Rev. Toni Clemments, Monday; Rev. Sam Henderson, Tuesday and Rev. Bill Thomas, Wednesday. Monthly food giveaway: First Baptist Church in Spindale holds a food giveaway the third Thursday of each month. Devotion and prayer service between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Bags of food given away afterwards. Open support group: “Let’s Talk About It” meets every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m., at New Life Fellowship Church, 601 E. Main St., Spindale. This group is for anyone who needs to talk about any issues. Preschool registration: Spindale United Methodist Church is now accepting fall registration for ages 2-5. Contact Gail Jones at 429-5598, or the church office at 286-2281. Preschool registration: The kindergarten preschool of First United Methodist Church, 341 East Main St., Forest City, is now taking fall registration for ages 2-5. Limited openings. Contact Preschool Director Jill Smith at 245-6446, or drop by the office. Mom’s Hope is a ministry that offers hope and support for mothers who face daily struggles and fears when their children are addicted to drugs or alcohol. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Missionary Wesleyan Church, 811 Doggett Rd., Forest City. Next meeting Feb. 11. For more information contact Chris at 287-3687. “The Way Home”: A support group for anyone recovering from an addiction; meetings are held each Monday at noon, in the basement of Harvest House Church, Big Springs Ave., Forest City; call Sheila at 828-447-1880 for more information. “Celebrate Recovery” is a weekly Christcentered program that meets every Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 1186 Hudlow Rd., Forest City. The group is open to anyone who wishes to find healing. For more information call 245-3639.
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Local/State NEW MEMORIAL UNVEILED
Paige Summers stares at her uncle’s name before placing a flower on the pile after a new memorial wall for the United States Army Special Operations Command was unveiled on Thursday in Fayetteville. Her uncle, Sergeant First Class Severin Summers, died on Aug. 2, 2009 while in Afghanistan. AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Emma Tannenbaum
At Your Leisure
The annual Arts & Crafts Festival begins in Lake Lure today and continues through Monday afternoon. The festival is sponsored by Shepherd’s Care and is held across from the Lake Lure beach area. Arts and crafts, food, entertainment and plenty of music and children’s activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists and craftspeople are featuring handcrafted pottery, paintings, watercolors, photography, wood carving, needle craft, handmade and antique jewelry, candles, kitchen crafts, handmade musical instruments and more.
Car and bike show: The 2nd annual Gilkey Summerfest Car and Bike show will be held June 5, from 4 to 10 p.m. Beach Bingo, and a dessert bake off, homemade icecream and other foods. Outdoor music includes all ranges, Bluegrass, Rock, Country and more. Bands can sign up by contacting Todd Rollins at 429-5841 or 429-5657. To preregistration for the car show, contact Dustin Roper at 289-3376, Eric Reedy at 429-7675, or Charles McClure, 864597-9348. To reserve a vendor booth, contact Michelle Reedy at 2893446.
Legal Grounds, 217 North Main St., Rutherfordton, offers the following entertainment: May 29 — TSY June 12 — Sharkadelics June 19 — Throwdown Jones June 26 — Red Eye Gravy Website www.legalgrounds.net. Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 115 W. Main St., Spindale, (no cover charge) announces the following entertainment: May 29 — Jason DeCristofaro Website www.barleystaproom.com. M Squared Restaurant, 125 West Main St., Spindale, offers the following entertainment: Tuesdays — Patio Party with Alex Thompson on keyboard Wednesdays — Trivia at 8 p.m. (half price wine bottles) Thursdays — Seafood Night (reservations 288-4641) Friday — Chef’s specials, Martini Night, Alex Thompson on key-
board Saturday — No entertainment, prime rib specials Sundays — Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar Website www. msquaredrestaurant. com. Club L.A. is a private club for members and guests, located at 319 W. Main St., Spindale. Admission — members free, guest $5. Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Each Thursday is ladies’ night and Karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Shagging every Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m. Wagon Wheel Dance Club, W.E. Padgett Rd., Bostic, offers a variety of music for line dancing, partner dancing, swing and more. Admission $7. Concessions, game room, family entertainment. Dance lessons every Tuesday night from 7:30 to 10 p.m., $3 per person. Website www.wagonwheeldanceclub.com. Next Level Gamez, 118 E. Main St., Forest City, offers: Tuesdays — Magic the
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Gathering League, 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays — New comic books arrive, Star Wars Miniatures, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays — Dungeons & Dragons, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays — Friday Night Magic starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays — Magic the Gathering tournament from 1 to 5 p.m. Website nextlevelgamez.com. Max Cruise (Ron McKinney), and Rick Mullins perform every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., at 57 Alpha Café, Rutherford County Airport. Weather permitting. Union Mills Learning Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to assist the community with its computer and printing needs. The gymnasium is also open Saturdays at 4 p.m. for pick-up basketball games and shoot-arounds. Website unionmillslearningcenter.org. Black Pearls Farm in Bostic, a non-profit Equine and CSA
Learning Center, holds open horse lessons, Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m., (call ahead). Contact Barbara Henwood at 245-0023. Website blackpearlsfarm.com. 26th Annual Dixie Rod Run: Saturday, June 5, registration 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., awards 7 p.m.; Courthouse area in downtown Shelby; registration fee $20 (1972 and older only); sponsored by the Dixie Rodders in Shelby; call 704-487-4101, or 704482-8883 for information or to register. Concerts: First & Third Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Court Square, Uptown Shelby: June 3 - Fantastic Shakers
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Some bright ideas for stockpile storage
This week, I’ll answer two e-mails from readers with stockpiling issues! Q: “I enjoy your weekly column and am fascinated by all the deals you manage to put together. Do you have any advice for the single people who don’t cook for large families or who don’t have the capacity to store multiples of products as the current coupons require? Any thoughts on couponing and the single lifestyle?” Q: “I live in Southern California and the summers are very hot. I can’t store canned goods in the garage because the heat causes the cans to bulge. A basement would be nice, but out here we just don’t have them. Do you have any ideas for us out here in hot country?” Sure! Stockpiling groceries at home is a fantastic way to “beat” the price cycles at the grocery store, which typically run on 12-week cycles. When you know that an item you would like to buy will not be at its lowest price again for almost three months, buying enough to last your household three months ensures that you won’t have to run to the store and pay a higher price. You’ll “shop from home” by using items from your stockpile, and the next time a sale comes around again, you can stock up once more. But what do you do if you’re space-challenged? Believe it or not, stockpiling can be easier if you’re a single person. While living in a smaller residence may limit your storage space, the upside is that storing three months’ worth of cereal for one person is going to take up a lot less room than three months’ worth of cereal for an entire family would. And, when household cleaners go on sale, you could easily get buy with buying one or two instead of four or five - again, you’re going to base your stockpile on your usage needs. Now, where do we put all of this stuff? My cousin started Super-Couponing last year. He is single and lives in a one-bedroom condominium where space is at a premium. I’ve watched with great interest as he has come up with some of the most creative places to store his stockpiled items! He’s utilized under-bed boxes and drawers for everything from cereal to canned goods. Another oftenoverlooked place that he’s embraced is the space above his kitchen cabinets. If you have open soffits, there is a lot of space up there that just sits unused. As a single guy, he doesn’t mind the visuals of having jars and bottles stored on top of his cabinets. If this bothers you, you could always camouflage them. Someone in a recent coupon class told me that they keep silk plants on top of their cabinets for aesthetics and for a very practical reason. Behind the plants are cans of soup and jars of peanut butter! Furniture can be a great place to “hide” stockpile items. Many people have re-appropriated old armoires, china cabinets or buffets to store stockpile items inside. Kept in the dining room, they’re still close to the kitchen and can give you some overflow space to store more items. Don’t feel like your stockpile items have to be limited to the kitchen area. During one good sale, a friend of mine filled her son’s bedroom closet shelves with boxes of cereal. I know one couple that decided to keep their sheets and towels in their master closet to free up the linen closet for use as a pantry. Clear plastic storage totes are good places to store stockpile items, too. They stack well and can sit on the floor of a closet. Even in a warm climate, you can store non-food items in the garage. Paper products such as paper towels, plates, toilet paper, facial tissue and napkins all store well on garage shelves. The key to stockpiling in any situation is to stop stockpiling when your allotted space fills up. Sales do come around again and again. It can be easy to get lured in by a great sale and take home much more than you need or use. If this happens, remember your local food pantry! Pantries will take food items, personal care and cleaning products. This is a good way to prune down your stockpile too if you find it’s starting to get too large.
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Our Views Better, but not great, jobs news
utherford County’s jobless rate ticked down again last month, but the county continues to be in dire need of jobs. The latest numbers show the county unemployment rate at 15.2 percent with about 4,500 people out of work. The county has the second highest jobless rate in the state. But that only tells part of the story. Many of those who are employed are making far less than they did before and many of those employed may be in temporary jobs, such as those working with the Census. This week, state lawmakers took up a bill to approve new incentives for several companies that are being counted on to bring jobs to the state. There is no indication that any of those will have a direct impact on Rutherford County. We must continue to hope that somewhere in the near future some of those incentives might just pay off for Rutherford County. Yet, while we wait and hope, we also have to act. This county, nor any other in the state, can wait for the state to bring companies with jobs. We have to continue to do whatever it takes to make this county the kind of place that companies want to find when they look for new opportunity. If we do not do that, someone else will.
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Get out that trombone and play! Seventy-six is a good number. It is slightly more than three quarters of a century. From a numerological point of view, it tells of a past, a present and a future. Seventy- six! In 1776, the American colonies declared freedom from England and the Declaration of Independence was written. It is a genius of a document proclaiming that it is better for men and women to be free and self-governed under God than to be oppressed by an alien government. Likewise, during the course of history, a choice comes in the life of nations and of individuals to place honor, fortune and life itself on the altar of sacrifice. This choice is made for the common good and for a destiny of unlimited possibilities. It does not come without risk and suffering amid breaking from the status quo. For those who persist, for those who dare to sacrifice for a higher good, for those willing to pay the price, freedom becomes a glorious gift. Men and women are set free, but “Freedom” brings both privilege and responsibility. Freedom demands eternal vigilance and a willingness to stand against all forces and defend faith, family and country, I think about all these things on my 76th birthday. I cherish, more than ever, faith, family and country. I celebrate the fact that I was born free and I found freedom
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of spirit and intellect in Jesus Christ. I idealize the concept of working for the common good. I am optimistic about the future despite terrorists, wars, rebellion, oil spills, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, greed, jealousy, power plays in high places and low, global warming and environmental destruction. Why am I optimistic? Because recently I visited my friend, John Walker, age 86. John is doing what he can to make family, church, community, nation and the world a better place. He knows about death — but he is steadfastly and courageously preparing for life. Thank you, John, for stirring up hope within me. Also thank you dear wife Rose and daughter Sandi for loving me and holding me accountable in the area of personal physical care. It is mine to do, utilizing the best of nutrition, medical care, diet, rest, play and a spirit of adventure. You will not let me off the hook and my days are lengthened because of you. Thank you! Now, I will get out my trombone (a trumpet with a musical slide) and join the musical “76
Trombones” by Meredith Wilson. The Broadway musical “The Music Man” was inspired by this composition. It is my understanding that the author of “76 Trombones” saw that the community in which he lived needed some help. It needed help in economic, racial, social, educational and spiritual ways. Therefore he decided he would do what he could about it. Something that would include, inspire and bless everyone … No exclusion — everyone included. He thought, “Everyone loves music and everyone can do something in a musical. Everyone can have a place and be special.” “There will be leaders and there will be followers: there will be community. The angels of music will join us and 76 trombones will play. Everyone will be blessed, families will be strengthened, faith will grow; the community will become healthy and miracles will happen!” One man had a vision — and did something about it —and the music played! At 76 years of age, I challenge myself and I challenge you to do what you can — pick up your instrument and play your trombone! By God, For God, With God, Play! For the rest of our lives, let us play! Walt Whitman said, “The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be played!”
The politics of pretense serves limited interests RALEIGH – Pubilius Syrus, a former slave whose Latin writings won the praise of Julius Caesar himself, exhibited a keen understanding of human affairs, including politics. “He who has a mind to do mischief,” Pubilius wrote, “will always find a pretense.” Anyone who watches the North Carolina General Assembly quickly becomes familiar with the politics of pretense. If a lawmaker has a bill drafted to benefit a friend, political supporter, or special interest, he finds a way to cloak it in thick layers of “creating jobs” or “helping children.” Also, many lawmakers file bills they have no expectation or even intention of passing — sometimes to fulfill a promise, sometimes to garner favorable attention during campaign season, and sometimes just to get the attention of the bill’s opponents so they will make a side deal or pony up campaign contributions. Few legislative dramas have been so full of pre-
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tense as the House of Representatives’ lickety-split passage of a bill authorizing local districts to convert failing public schools into “charter-like schools.” During the floor debate over the measure, some supporters insisted that it had nothing to do with North Carolina’s application for federal Race to the Top education funds. Although the deadline was just days away, and North Carolina had suffered during the previous round of competition for maintaining a statewide cap on charter schools, these legislators denied that the two issues were linked, arguing merely that school districts needed more authority to reform low-performing schools. Inconveniently, Gov. Beverly Perdue has publicly
supported the bill precisely because she thought it would improve the state’s Race to the Top application. And everyone in Raleigh knew that the House and Senate were fast-tracking the bill to beat Washington’s June 1 deadline — why else would such a bill be on the floor of the General Assembly so early in the 2010 session? That wasn’t the only pretense that became evident during the debate. For one thing, much of what the bill supposedly authorized district officials to do with low-performing schools was already within their purview. After all, the main reason charter schools enjoy the freedom to innovate is that they are out from under the control of districts. Another pretense was that such legislation was about improving educational opportunities for low-performing students. No, it was about protecting the education establishment from competition and accountability. How could one know this? Here was a hint: the
lobbies representing teachers, superintendents, and school boards supported the bill, while the groups representing families wanting more educational opportunities questioned it. Supporters apparently assume that the Obama administration will either be fooled by the bill or doesn’t really care about charter schools. Both assumptions seem to me to be fraught with unnecessary peril. Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, had the same thought. “North Carolina is once again positioning itself to forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars due to its inaction in moving strong on public charter school policy this legislative short session,” Allison said at the Legislative Building shortly before the initial House vote. At the same time legislative leaders were rushing to authorize “charter-like schools,” they were continuing to block legislation to authorize additional schools that were, uh, actually charter schools.
Even if they believed that North Carolina should maintain an artificial cap on the number of charter schools, and that some charters were performing so poorly that they should be shut down, you’d think they would at least agree that the state’s highest-performing charter operators ought to have the chance to replicate their success in counties with few or no educational options. Perhaps they would agree — if their true goals were to satisfy parental preferences, increase student achievement, and boost the state’s woeful graduation rate. Because their goal was really to protect the powers and jobs of the education establishment, however, then adopting the pretense rather than the reality of reform was required. As Cicero — another great stylist of Latin prose, and an experienced politician himself — had figured out two millennia ago, “the false is but an imitation of the true.” Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation.
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Churches join their forces to pack lunches for Haiti School provided labor for the set up and clean up, as well as working stations during the event and raising funds at school. Members of the First UMC and Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church made up the steering committee for the event. Preparations included a booth at Mayfest, and fund-raising events at several churches, R-S Central and Mt. Vernon Ruth Elementary School. Almost $7,000 was raised for the meals. “Pentecost was the perfect day for the event, as diverse members of the community gathered to speak one common language of love to those who are suffering,” said Rev. Ed Hillman of FUMC Rutherfordton. “It began with a comment from Linda Armentrout, a first grade teacher at Mt. Vernon Ruth Elementary School as she
Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports
n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 159 E-911 calls Thursday. n Teresa Howell reported the theft of money. n The theft of a 1997 Chevy S-10 was reported by Black’s Auto Sales, 219 Main St., Ellenboro. n Johnny E. McEntyre reported the theft of a firearm and jewelry. n Crystal Ann Hill reported the theft of a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu. n Samantha Jane Owens reported vandalism to a mailbox. n Jvonne Avery Dimsdale reported the theft of a battery charger.
n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 40 E-911 calls Thursday. n Keela Denise Blanton reported lost or stolen medications.
n The Spindale Police Department responded to 33 E-911 Thursday.
n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to 17 E-911 calls Thursday.
n The Forest City Police Department responded to 69 E-911 calls Thursday. n An employee of Forest City Quality Plus reported the theft of motor fuel. n George Dixon reported a dog bite. n An employee of WalMart reported a larceny.
Approximately 125 people from two Rutherfordton churches and the community gathered in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Pentecost Sunday to pack low-cost meals for people in Haiti.
RUTHERFORDTON Approximately 125 people from two Rutherfordton churches and the community gathered in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, to pack low-cost meals for people in Haiti. Each meal consists of rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and a vitamin/mineral supplement powder, and will feed a family of four to six a nutritional meal for a day. One station of volunteers assembled the meals into plastic bags, and another weighed the meals for proper content and sealed the bags. A third station packed the meals into boxes for shipping. In two hours the Rutherfordton volunteers packed 25,038 meals for school children in Haiti. Cadets from the JROTC program at R-S Central High
(See arrest of Cummons.) n An employee of Express Auto Sales Partnership, on South Broadway Street, reported a larceny and damage to a vehicle. n Mary Harris reported incidents of assault on a female, damage to property and interfering with emergency communication. (See arrest of Sexton.)
Arrests n William Sexton III, 40, of McArthur Street, Forest City; charged with assault on a female, injury to property and interfering with emergency communication; placed under a 48-hour hold. (FCPD) n Robert Keith Fruitticher, 58, of 2068 Rader Circle; charged with driving while impaired and speeding; freed on a custody release. (NCHP) n Tracy Dale Fowler, 49, of Chase Highway; charged with domestic criminal trespassing and breaking and/ or entering; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD) n Candace Cooley Beheler, 35, of 5058 N.C. 11; extradition/ fugitive other state; placed under a $25,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Sean Michael O’Connor, 30, of 416 Mountain Creek Road; charged with driving while impaired and operate vehicle with no insurance; released on a $500 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Katie Elizabeth Jones, 18, of 275 Penn Ave.; charged with local ordinance consume beer/ wine underage; freed on a custody release. (RCSD) n Earl Paul Bowers, 23, of 3010 U.S. 64-74A; charged with disorderly conduct;
returned from a similar event in Marion earlier in the year saying we ought to do this in Rutherfordton.” The meal packing event was through the Stop Hunger Now program, an international hunger relief organization, established in 1998, based in Raleigh, that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world.
Darrell Odell Ficklin, 73, of Newton Road, Forest City, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at Rutherford Hospital. A native of South Carolina, he was a son of the late Harry Ficklin and Irene Deadwyler Ficklin. He was manager of Bumbarger’s Inc. for 34 years; was a member of Bethany Baptist Church; and was a Naval Reserve veteran. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Lynn Ficklin of the home, two sons, Rick Ficklin of Forest City, and Roger Ficklin Charlotte; and four grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Bethany Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Green and Dr. Aubrey Folk officiating. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Padgett & King Mortuary. An interment service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Ecuador Mission Trip, Bethany Baptist Church Youth, 760 Bethany Church Rd, Forest City, NC 28043 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. An online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com.
Wade Conner Wade Clifton Conner, 82, of Union Mills, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMahan’s Funeral Home.
Carrie Dowdle Stephens, 90, of Rutherfordton, died, Friday, May 28, 2010, at The organization has a Hospice House, Forest City. state vision to end world A native of Rutherford hunger in this lifetime and County, she was a daughter a stated mission to provide of the late Alonzo Owens and food and life-saving aid to Lillie Mae Lovelace Owens. the world’s most destitute She was a member of and hungry in the most susFellowship Holiness Church tainable, efficient and effecin Spindale. tive manner. Stop Hunger She was the widow of Now’s meal packaging proBroadus McCraw and the gram has provided more Rev. David A. Dowdle. than 17 million meals. She is survived by hus“And packaging the meals band, William M. Stephens is fun, as the volunteers of Rutherfordton; sons; found out,” said Hillman. Joe Owens of Weatherford, Texas, Wade McCraw of Marion, Billy Ray Dowdle of Morganton, Donald Dowdle of Marion, Gerald Dowdle of Marion; daughters; Gaynell Bailey, Forest City, Lela Mae freed on a custody release. McCraw of Baltimore, Md., (RCSD) Vivian Lowman of Hickory; n Cortese Tramand Davis, sister, Sue Earls Gettys 19, of 25 Old Castle Lane; of Rutherford County; 21 charged with two counts grandchildren; 38 greatof communicating threats; grandchildren; 6 great-greatreleased on a $1,000 unsegrandchildren; and numercured bond. (RCSD) ous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 3 n Patricia Lynn Carpenter, p.m. Sunday at Fellowship 48, of 2105 Buffalo Creek Holiness Church in Spindale Road; charged with failure with the Revs. Leon Brown, to appear on child support; Bob Philbeck and Rocky placed under a $600 cash Williams officiating. Burial bond. (RCSD) will be in Macadonia Church n Kenny Allen Vandyke, Cemetery in Marion. 40, of 120 Sunny Slope Road; The family will receive charged with two counts of friends from 6 to 8 p.m. probation violation; placed Saturday, Kirksey Funeral under a $50,000 secured Home in Marion. bond. (RCSD) In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Hospice Citations of Rutherford County, or n Richard Cummons, 37, of Fellowship Holiness Church U.S. 64-74, Rutherfordton; cited for larceny. (FCPD) THE DAILY COURIER n Jessie Mensch, 29, of Sycamore Street, Forest City; Published Tuesday through Sunday cited for allowing a dog to mornings by Paxton Media Group LLC dba The Daily Courier USPS run at large. (FCPD)
EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 24 E-911 calls Thursday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to eight E-911 calls Thursday.
Fire Calls n Ellenboro firefighters responded to a brush fire. n Forest City firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident, a fire alarm and a vehicle fire. n Spindale firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident.
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Deaths Gary Coleman PROVO, Utah (AP) — Gary Coleman, the adorable, pintsized child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” who spent the rest of his life struggling on Hollywood’s D-list, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42. Life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. MDT with family and friends at his side. Coleman, with his sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing, became a star after “Diff’rent Strokes” debuted in 1978. He played Arnold Jackson, the younger one of a pair of African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man. “It’s unfortunate. It’s a sad day,” said Todd Bridges, who played the older brother Willis. “It’s sad that I’m the last kid alive from the show.” Dana Plato, who played the boys’ white, teenage sister, committed suicide in 1999. Bridges was tried and acquitted of attempted murder. Coleman’s popularity faded when the show ended after six seasons on NBC and two on ABC. Coleman chafed at his permanent association with “Diff’rent Strokes” but also tried to capitalize on it through minor reality shows and other TV appearances. His adult life also was marked with legal, financial and health troubles, suicide attempts and even a 2003 run for California governor. Coleman suffered continuing ill health from the kidney disease that stunted his growth. “Diff’rent Strokes” debuted on NBC in 1978 and drew most of its laughs from the tiny, 10-year-old Coleman. Race and class relations became topics on the show as much as the typical trials of growing up. Coleman was an immediate star, and his skeptical “Whatchu talkin’ ‘bout?” — usually aimed at Willis — became a catchphrase.
Carrie Dowdle Stephens Carrie Dowdle Stephens, 90, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away Friday, May 28, 2010, at Hospice House of Rutherfordton in Forest City, NC. She was born in Rutherford County to the late Alonzo Owens and Lillie Mae Lovelace Owens. She was a member of Fellowship Holiness Church in Spindle, NC. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husbands; Broadus McCraw and the Rev. David A. Dowdle; sisters; Pearl Pleasant Parker, and Thlma Painter. She is survived by husband, William M. Stephens of Rutherfordton; sons, Joe Owens of Weatherford, TX, Wade McCraw and wife Irene of Marion, Billy Ray Dowdle and wife Carolyn of Morganton, Donald Dowdle and friend Brenda Waldroup of Marion, Gerald Dowdle and wife Barbara of Marion; daughters, Gaynell Bailey and husband Willard of Forest City, Lela Mae McCraw and husband Jim of Baltimore, MD, Vivian Lowman and husband Arie of Hickory; sister, Sue Earls Gettys of Rutherford County; 21 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; six greatgreat grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, 2010, at Fellowship Holiness Church in Spindale, NC with the Rev. Leon Brown, the Rev. Bob Philbeck, and the Rev. Rocky Williams officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will be in Macadonia Church Cemetery in Marion, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, or Fellowship Holiness Church in Spindale, NC. Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family. Words of comfort may be shared with the Stephens family at www. kirkseyfhmarion.com.
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Miscellaneous Early sign ups: The Rutherfordton Raiders Football Team will hold early sign ups for football players and cheerleaders Saturday May 29, at Crestview Park in Rutherfordton. The cost is $45 per child, and $35 for two in the same family. For more information contact Tammy at 980-2059. Foothills Harvest Storewide 1/2 off Sale: Next week; Store will be closed on Memorial Day, May 31. The thrift store is located at 120 W Trade Street, Forest City. Young at Heart Senior Club will meet Saturday, May 29, at Spindale Restaurant; meeting begins at 11 a.m.; dutch treat lunch, 11:30 a.m.; fellowship and bingo; for more information, contact Roy McKain, 245-4800. Youth Summer Camp Enrollment: June 5, 10 a.m .to 2 p.m. children ages 6-12; Old Dunbar Community Center on Hardin Rd. For more information contact 828429-5624. Face painting, balloons and drawings for prizes during registration. Senior citizens club: Young at Heart Senior Club will meet Saturday, June 26, at Spindale Restaurant; meeting begins at 11 a.m.; dutch treat lunch, 11:30 a.m.; fellowship and bingo; for more information, contact Roy McKain, 245-4800. Photography Exhibition: “Through the Lens:” May 1-31, Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, 160 N. Main St., Rutherfordton; open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 288-5009. KidSenses: “Meet the Mammals” Saturday May 29 at 10 a.m. Spend the morning with our friends from Chimney Rock Park and some truly amazing mammals in Lights! Camera! Action! Get up close and personal with an opossum and some sugar gliders. KidSenses: Discovery Garden, now open for guided tours: Wed. - Fri, 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. Mobile Food Truck: Tuesday June 1, 10 a.m. Providence United Methodist Church, bring box or laundry basket for food. Car and bike show: The 2nd annual Gilkey Summerfest Car and Bike show will be held June 5, from 4 to 10 p.m. Beach Bingo, and a dessert bake off, homemade ice-cream and other foods. Outdoor music includes all ranges, Bluegrass, Rock, Country and more. Bands can sign up by contacting Todd Rollins at 429-5841 or 429-5657. To pre-registration for the car show, contact Dustin Roper at 289-3376, Eric Reedy at 429-7675, or Charles McClure, 864-597-9348. To reserve a vendor booth, contact Michelle Reedy at 289-3446. J.C. Cowan plant reunion: June 19, at Crowe Park in Forest City. The Dogwood and Forest City shelters are reserved for the event. Fellowship and socializing, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. Both have picnic areas with playground equipment for children. Bring a covered dish and drinks to share (no alcohol). Cups, plates, napkins, utensils, ice and tea provided. For more information contact Don or Jackie Wilson at 657-5021 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraisers Golf tournament: Sponsored by VFW Harold Hawkins Post 5204; Saturday, June 5, shotgun start 1 p.m., Dogwood Valley Golf Course, 328 Dogwood Valley Road, Forest City; captain’s choice; entry fee $40 per player; contact Jimmy Reynolds at 657-5645 to sign up; rain date June 12; all proceeds will be used to assist local veterans. Relay For Life: Tuesday, June 1, 4-10 p.m. at Chili’s in Forest City. The TJCA Beta Club Relay for Life Team will receive 10% of all the night’s profits. Must have the coupon/flyer and give it to your server in order for teams to get the 10% credit. Please call 828-657-9998, Ext. 7 or e-mail jenniferhoyle@tjca. org. Relay For Life: Used book sale for Rutherford County Relay for Life June 1-4 and June 7-11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation general office, 186 Hudlow Rd, Forest City. Relay for Life: “Help Putt Cancer in the Hole” Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Forest City Putt-Putt; all Proceeds Go To Benefit the Relay for Life of Rutherford County. Get tickets early, shot gun starts at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Teams of up to 4 only $20. All welcome, all ages. Contact Paula 828-287-6348 or Robin 828-287-6176 Or email email@example.com for registration and/or sponsorship forms.
ROC honor student and junior marshal, Rebecca English (left) and ROC Principal Larry King accept a Public Education Leadership Community grant check from the PPG Industries Foundation for $1,000. This grant, requested by PPG Industries employees Marie Harrill and Davey Jones, will give ROC students the opportunity to experience interactive and commemorative opportunities during their senior year. This school year, the Rutherford Opportunity Center has received $5,000 from the PELC grant program to support classroom projects for Linda Hall, high school math; Crayton Stephens and Carolyn Crosland, middle school; Vicky Jones, exceptional children; and Teresa Price, high school.
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13.2. Polk County was 8.4 percent while McDowell county saw a 12.6 percent. “I think a lot of this reduction has been due an increase in job orders,” said Thomas. “A lot of it may have to
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the right hand edge of the road and remain stopped,” Gilreath said. If a driver can’t move over, the driver must significantly reduce speed. “People ask me what is significant and I tell them, ‘If you are driving at such a speed to harm an officer, you have to slow down,’” he said. On a multi-lane road if an emergency vehicle is stopped in the right hand lane, you move to the left lane. Gilreath said the economics play a role in the way people drive a vehicle. “I tell folks you do not need to add insult to misery, financially and every other way.” “Think before you drive. You need to have your mind straight before you get on the road,” he said. “Once you
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said as he recorded the information to upload on computers. The computer provided information on the length of time the lights stayed on and how much electricity was used. The replacement T-5 fluorescent lights are expected to save at least one-half the energy cost spent in the East gym. “They are high energy, six lights, that will save money and use less energy,” Garman said. All 15 schools in the public school system are undergoing testing and alternatives to save energy costs, Lane said. Lighting has already been changed at Chase and savings are
do with some people going to work for the Census. The biggest surge was around March or April. A lot of the job orders we’re seeing are for rest care, working with the mentally disabled and handicapped. And we had some in the fast food area.” Rutherford County’s labor force in April was 27,884 with 4,233 people out of work.
“One option for job seekers is networking with their friends and all to let people know you are available,” Thomas said. “They can go to our website and see what jobs are listed through any of our offices throughout the state that’s at www.ncesc.com.”
get on the road, it’s too late.” Having an accident can be extremely expensive and if there are injuries, the consequences can be long lasting. “The fines are really high and the law is not going to say you are economically distressed so you don’t have to pay,” he said. A fine for texting while driving is over $200; speeding tickets are generally over $150 and for not moving out of the path of an emergency vehicle the fines are nearly $400.
“Troopers want to get motorists to destinations safely.” AAA says travelers will increase more than 5 percent. There will also be an increased “Click-it or ticket” campaign in full force.
Gilreath said the attitude of today’s drivers are the worst he has seen in his 21-year career. “I do not ever remember a time, where the respect was like it is now. People are so anti-government and stressed out,” he said. “But we are going to be out there memorial weekend,” he said.
being reflected. At R-S and East Rutherford, the auxiliary and main gyms are being monitored for the project. Recovery money is also being used to place occupancy sensors in all school hallways that will save more than half the money spent now lighting halls, he said. While students are in the classrooms only safety lights will be on in the halls, Garmen said, and the occupancy sensors will light the halls when needed. At Chase, the cost to keep lights on in the hall was about $1.38 per hour and the new sensors could possibly cut the costs of hall lighting by half or more. Lane said the hall sensors and other lighting changes are expected to be in place by the 2010-11 school year.
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Also motorists will catch a break at the gas pump as prices have tumbled almost every day in May, dropping Friday to a national average of $2.749 a gallon, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular unleaded is 12 cents cheaper than it was a month ago, 8 cents cheaper than just a week ago. The timing couldn’t be better for holiday travelers, says AAA. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@ thedigitalcourier.com.
Garman said most of the people who are employed by Waste Reduction Partners in Asheville are all retired engineers and scientists, donating their time for such projects as the energy saving programs in the schools. Rather than working for $100 per hour, the retirees are on contract for about $10 per hour, he said. The grants program for the Recovery Funds is administered by North Carolina Energy Office, part of the state’s Department of Commerce, to encourage energy conservation and economic investment in counties, municipalities, community colleges and public schools. Contact Gordon via e-mail at email@example.com.
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Rain, Rain Go Away! FIU’s Wittels hit streak at 51 games MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — It’s now a 51-game hitting streak for Florida International’s Garrett Wittels. The sophomore infielder singled in the first inning off South Alabama’s Garrett Harris on Friday, moving within seven games of matching Robin Ventura for the NCAA Division I record.
Hurricanes sign two to 1-year deals
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RALEIGH (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed two players to one-year contracts. The team said Friday it signed forward Jiri Tlusty and defenseman Jay Harrison.
Thunderstorms interrupted the start of the East Rutherford-Surry Central NCHSAA 2A Western Regional. The Cavs (above) used the time to loosen up. East coach Clint Walker, left, spent extra time with East’s Dakotah Thomas prior to the game. The Cavs, bottom photo, join in prayer before the game.
Rain delays start of Game 2 at East
Local Sports BASEBALL Coastal Plain League 7 p.m. Forest City Owls at Gastonia Grizzlies 2A NCHSAA Western Regional Best-of-3 Series (* if necessary) 7 p.m. Surry Central at East Rutherford, Game 3*
By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter
FOREST CITY — Heavy thunderstorms forced an hour and a half delay at the NCHSAA 2A Western Regional, hosted by East Rutherford. The Cavaliers (27-2) finally took to the field at 8:30 p.m., Friday night. Surry Central (21-9) found the scoreboard first on a two-run home run by shortstop Shane Johnson. Johnson’s blast, in the bottom of the third, broke up two hitless innings from the Cavs’ pitcher Dakotah Thomas. East exploded for eight runs in the top of the fourth including a Grand Slam off the bat of Chip Helton. East’s Trent Dorsey drove in the first run of the inning, a Surry error pushed across a second run and Drew Reynolds and Derek Deaton each added RBI singles ahead of Helton’s four-run blast as the Cavs took an 8-2 lead. Deaton drove in Taylor Greene in the fifth as East expanded the lead to seven. At press time, Surry had cut the lead to five, 9-4. Please visit thedigitalcourier.com for full game story.
On TV 10:30 a.m. (TS) College Baseball SEC Tournament, Game 11: Teams TBA. 12 p.m. (ESPN) College Softball NCAA Super Regional: Teams TBA. 12 p.m. (FSS) College Baseball ACC Tournament, Game 10: Teams TBA. 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Soccer United States vs. Turkey. From Philadelphia. 2 p.m. (TS) College Baseball SEC Tournament, Game 12: Teams TBA. 2:30 p.m. (WSOC) (WLOS) NASCAR Racing Nationwide Series: Tech-Net Auto Service 300. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) College Softball NCAA Super Regional: Teams TBA. 3 p.m. (WBTV) PGA Tour Golf Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Third Round. 3 p.m. (WYFF) Golf Senior PGA Championship, Third Round. 3 p.m. (WSPA) PGA Tour Golf Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Third Round. 4 p.m. (WHNS) MLB Baseball Regional Coverage. Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs or Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins. 4 p.m. (ESPN2) College Lacrosse NCAA Tournament, First Semifinal: Teams TBA. 4 p.m. (FSS) College Baseball ACC Tournament, Game 11: Teams TBA. 5 p.m. (ESPN) College Softball NCAA Super Regional: Teams TBA. 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Lacrosse NCAA Tournament, Second Semifinal: Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (TS) MLB Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) College Softball NCAA Super Regional: Teams TBA. 8 p.m. (FSS) College Baseball ACC Tournament, Game 12: Teams TBA. 8:30 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns. 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College Softball NCAA Super Regional: Teams TBA.
Forest City’s Josh Adams, left, delivers a pitch during the Owls’ baseball game against the Martinsville Mustangs Friday at McNair Field. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier
Forest City takes lead over Mustangs before rain delay FOREST CITY —Brandon McKinney picked a timely spot for his first career hit as an Owl. McKinney, with bases-loaded and two outs, delivered a moon shot to right-center field that found a hole between two Mustangs. The hit, which went for a double, brought Dusty Quattlebaum, Wes Walker and Jesse Cadenhead home to lift Forest City to a 4-1 lead in the first. The Mustangs battled back to knot the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the 5th. The Owls (1-1) responded with a three run outburst in the sixth to retake the lead at 8-5. Rain delayed the action in the same inning. The Owls went ahead with fireworks, but the game was not final at press time. Check thedigitalcourier.com for results.
Owls’ Konstantine Diamaduros, left, welcomes Dusty Quattlebaum (15) back to the dugout after Quattlebaum scored in the first. The Owl’s Cullen Park (12) is also pictured.
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Scoreboard BASEBALL National League
East Division W L Pct 26 20 .565 25 22 .532 25 23 .521 24 24 .500 24 24 .500 Central Division W L Pct Cincinnati 28 20 .583 St. Louis 27 22 .551 Chicago 24 25 .490 Pittsburgh 20 28 .417 Milwaukee 19 28 .404 Houston 16 31 .340 West Division W L Pct San Diego 28 19 .596 Los Angeles 26 21 .553 Colorado 25 22 .532 San Francisco 24 22 .522 Arizona 20 28 .417
Philadelphia Atlanta New York Florida Washington
GB — 1 1/2 2 3 3 GB — 1 1/2 4 1/2 8 8 1/2 11 1/2 GB — 2 3 3 1/2 8 1/2
Thursday’s Games Milwaukee 4, Houston 3, 10 innings Chicago Cubs 1, L.A. Dodgers 0 Colorado 8, Arizona 2 San Francisco 5, Washington 4 St. Louis 8, San Diego 3 Atlanta 8, Florida 3 N.Y. Mets 3, Philadelphia 0 Cincinnati 8, Pittsburgh 2 Friday’s Games St. Louis 7, Chicago Cubs 1 Houston at Cincinnati, late Philadelphia at Florida, late Pittsburgh at Atlanta, late, rain delay N.Y. Mets at Milwaukee, late L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, late Washington at San Diego, late Arizona at San Francisco, late Saturday’s Games St. Louis (Undecided) at Chicago Cubs (Silva 6-0), 4:10 p.m. Houston (Moehler 0-1) at Cincinnati (Harang 3-5), 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Nieve 1-2) at Milwaukee (M.Parra 1-3), 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 6-3) at Florida (Jo. Johnson 5-1), 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Burres 2-2) at Atlanta (Medlen 1-1), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Kuroda 5-2) at Colorado (Cook 1-3), 8:10 p.m. Washington (Martin 0-0) at San Diego (Latos 4-3), 8:35 p.m. Arizona (Buckner 0-2) at San Francisco (J.Sanchez 2-4), 9:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Houston at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Florida, 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Washington at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Philadelphia at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m. Milwaukee at Florida, 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. Washington at Houston, 2:05 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis, 4:15 p.m. Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay New York Boston Toronto Baltimore
Minnesota Detroit Chicago Kansas City Cleveland
Texas Oakland Los Angeles Seattle
American League East Division W L Pct 33 15 .688 28 19 .596 27 22 .551 27 22 .551 15 33 .313 Central Division W L Pct 27 20 .574 25 21 .543 20 27 .426 20 28 .417 17 28 .378 West Division W L Pct 26 21 .553 25 23 .521 23 26 .469 18 28 .391
GB — 4 1/2 6 1/2 6 1/2 18 GB — 1 1/2 7 7 1/2 9 GB — 1 1/2 4 7 1/2
Thursday’s Games Oakland 7, Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 5, Chicago White Sox 1 Kansas City 4, Boston 3 Minnesota 8, N.Y. Yankees 2 Friday’s Games Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees, late Oakland 5, Detroit 4 Toronto 5, Baltimore 0 Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, late Kansas City at Boston, late Texas at Minnesota, late Seattle at L.A. Angels, late Saturday’s Games Cleveland (D.Huff 2-6) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia
4-3), 1:05 p.m. Baltimore (Tillman 0-0) at Toronto (Cecil 4-2), 1:07 p.m. Seattle (Snell 0-3) at L.A. Angels (Jer.Weaver 4-2), 4:05 p.m. Texas (C.Wilson 3-2) at Minnesota (Pavano 4-5), 4:10 p.m. Oakland (Bre.Anderson 1-1) at Detroit (Porcello 4-4), 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Danks 4-3) at Tampa Bay (W.Davis 4-4), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (Greinke 1-5) at Boston (Buchholz 6-3), 7:10 p.m. Sunday’s Games Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Oakland at Detroit, 1:05 p.m. Baltimore at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Kansas City at Boston, 1:35 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m. Texas at Minnesota, 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Oakland at Detroit, 1:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Minnesota at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
BASKETBALL CONFERENCE FINALS x = if needed EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston 3, Orlando 2 Boston 92, Orlando 88 Boston 95, Orlando 92 Boston 94, Orlando 71 Orlando 96, Boston 92 Orlando 113, Boston 92 Friday, May 28: Orlando at Boston, late x-Sunday, May 30: Boston at Orlando, 8:30 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE L.A. Lakers 3, Phoenix 2 L.A. Lakers 128, Phoenix 107 L.A. Lakers 124, Phoenix 112 Phoenix 118, L.A. Lakers 109 Phoenix 115, L.A. Lakers 106 L.A. Lakers 103, Phoenix 101 Saturday, May 29: L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 8:30 p.m. x-Monday, May 31: Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m.
HOCKEY NHL Playoffs CONFERENCE FINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Philadelphia 4, Montreal 1 Sunday, May 16: Philadelphia 6, Montreal 0 Tuesday, May 18: Philadelphia 3, Montreal 0 Thursday, May 20: Montreal 5, Philadelphia 1 Saturday, May 22: Philadelphia 3, Montreal 0 Monday, May 24: Philadelphia 4, Montreal 2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Chicago 4, San Jose 0 Sunday, May 16: Chicago 2, San Jose 1 Tuesday, May 18: Chicago 4, San Jose 2 Friday, May 21: Chicago 3, San Jose 2, OT Sunday, May 23: Chicago 4, San Jose 2 STANLEY CUP FINALS Philadelphia vs. Chicago Saturday, May 29: Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Monday, May 31: Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 2: Chicago at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Friday, June 4: Chicago at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. x-Sunday, June 6: Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, June 9: Chicago at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. x-Friday, June 11: Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m.
RACING NASCAR-Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 Lineup (Car number in parentheses) 1. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 187.546 mph. 2. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 187.292. 3. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 187.188. 4. (9) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 187.169. 5. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 186.974. 6. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 186.825. 7. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 186.767. 8. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 186.728. 9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 186.528. 10. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 186.053. 11. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 186.021. 12. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 185.803. 13. (83) Casey Mears, Toyota, 185.535. 14. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 185.459. 15. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 185.452. 16. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 185.052. 17. (66) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 184.932.
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(43) AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 184.906. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 184.856. (42) J. Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 184.634. (82) Scott Speed, Toyota, 184.609. (36) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 184.464. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 184.407. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 184.344. (21) Bill Elliott, Ford, 184.344. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 184.326. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 184.181. (37) David Gilliland, Ford, 184.093. (64) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 184.049. (55) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 184.037. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 183.949. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 183.855. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, 183.586. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 183.542. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 183.306. (7) Robby Gordon, Toyota, 183.281. (12) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 182.599. (71) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 182.562. (19) Elliott Sadler, Ford, Owner Points. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, Owner Points. (38) Travis Kvapil, Ford, Owner Points. (34) Kevin Conway, Ford, Owner Points. (46) J.J. Yeley, Dodge, 183.243. IRL Indianapolis 500 line-up
ROW 1 1. (3) w-Helio Castroneves 2. (12) Will Power 3. (10) w-Dario Franchitti ROW 2 4. (6) Ryan Briscoe 5. (77) Alex Tagliani 6. (9) w-Scott Dixon ROW 3 7. (30) Graham Rahal 8. (20) Ed Carpenter 9. (06) Hideki Mutoh ROW 4 10. (99) Townsend Bell 11. (22) Justin Wilson 12. (2) Raphael Matos ROW 5 13. (32) Mario Moraes 14. (21) Davey Hamilton 15. (24) Mike Conway ROW 6 16. (26) Marco Andretti 17. (37) Ryan Hunter-Reay 18. (4) w-Dan Wheldon ROW 7 19. (8T) E.J. Viso, 20. (23) Tomas Scheckter 21. (25) r-Ana Beatriz ROW 8 22. (78) r-Simona de Silvestro 23. (7) Danica Patrick 24. (36) r-Bertrand Baguette ROW 9 25. (33) Bruno Junqueira 26. (19) Alex Lloyd 27. (34) r-Mario Romancini ROW 10 28. (43) John Andretti 29. (67) Sarah Fisher 30. (14) Vitor Meira ROW 11 31. (5) r-Takuma Sato, 33, 32. (29) r-Sebastian Saavedra 33. (11) Tony Kanaan
TRANSACTIONS Friday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League HOUSTON ASTROS—Placed RHP Bud Norris on the 15-day DL. Recalled LHP Gustavo Chacin from Round Rock (PCL). MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Recalled OF Adam Stern from Nashville (PCL). American Association GRAND PRAIRIE AIRHOGS—Signed RHP James Morrison. PENSACOLA PELICANS—Released OF Adam Darby. SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CAPTAINS— Released RHP Jason Herman. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALS—Released LHP Evan Teague. Signed LHP Luis Fernandez. HOCKEY National Hockey League CAROLINA HURRICANES—Signed F Jiri Tlusty and D Jay Harrison to one-year contracts. MONTREAL CANADIENS—Agreed to terms with D Kyle Klubertanz on a one-year contract. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNIN—Signed D Mark Barberio to a three-year contract. ECHL VICTORIA SALMON KINGS—Signed general manager and coach Mark Morrison to a contract extension through the 2011-12 season. COLLEGE ARKANSAS—Named Casey Glass assistant strength and conditioning coach. DAVIDSON—Named Michele Savage women’s basketball coach. LENOIR-RHYNE—Named Mark Johnson assistant baseball coach. PITTSBURGH—Named Pat Skerry men’s assistant basketball coach.
Ryan lifts Hokies over Clemson
GREENSBORO, (AP) — Sean Ryan’s RBI single in the eighth inning lifted Virginia Tech past Clemson 9-8 on Friday at the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament. Andrew Rash started the Hokies’ tiebreaking rally with a one-out double to left field. He came around to score two batters later on Ryan’s single to center off reliever Alex Frederick. Buddy Sonoskie homered and drove in three runs and Rash also went deep for Virginia Tech (38-19), which improved to 2-0 in the tournament’s pool format. Brad Miller homered and scored the tying run in the top of the eighth on a throwing error, and Jeff Schaus also connected. Clemson (37-21) is 0-2 this week.
Clemsons Brad Miller (13) celebrates with teammates after hitting a on Virginia Tech during the ACC college baseball tournament in Greensboro, Friday. Virginia Tech won 9-8.
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Phil Mickelson lines up a putt on the first hole during the second round of the Colonial golf tourneyment in Fort Worth, Texas Friday.
Lefty will be left out of pink and No. 1 spot FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — There will be no Phil in pink at the Colonial — and no top ranking. Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his return to Colonial after a 3-over 73 Friday put him at 4 over 144. That was only one stroke better than the worst score recorded among the 119 players who completed the first two rounds under ideal scoring conditions. “I played terrible. I don’t know what to say,” Mickelson said. “The course was in great shape, there was no wind and there were a lot of birdies out there, and I just played terrible.” A victory at the Colonial would have pushed Mickelson ahead of Tiger Woods for No. 1 in the world ranking for the first time in his career. Missing the cut will also keep Mickelson from playing during the tournament’s second “Pink Out” on Saturday. Most players joined PGA Tour and tournament officials in wearing pink for the first “Pink Out” a year ago, when Mickelson wasn’t at Hogan’s Alley to defend his 2008 Colonial title right after finding out that his wife, Amy, had breast cancer. “I wish I was going to be here to partake in that. I’ll be wearing pink tomorrow, but in San Diego,” Mickelson said. “Monday is Amy’s birthday and so it will give me a chance to spend a weekend with her to celebrate.” The only tournament Amy Mickelson attended since being diagnosed last year was the Masters last month, when she was behind the 18th green on the final day to share in Lefty’s victory.
Sharapova, Henin set up Open showdown PARIS (AP) — So much has transpired in the nearly 2 1/2 years since Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin last played each other. Sharapova needed right shoulder surgery and was off the tour for 10 months, then missed time with a right elbow injury. Henin abruptly announced her retirement and stayed away for 20 months, then returned, happier off the court and, so far, almost as good on it. The two former No. 1s, owners of a combined 10 Grand Slam titles, set up an attention-worthy showdown in the French Open’s third round Saturday by wrapping up matter-of-fact victories on a sun-soaked, busy Friday. “Comes very early, of course, third round,” Henin said. “But I feel ready for it.” Relentless rain Maria Sharapova. Thursday created a backlog of matches, meaning that nearly every big name in tennis was swinging a racket somewhere around Roland Garros a day later. Both Williams sisters; Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal; Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt — all played and won. The only upset of real significance came when defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova lost 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to 30th-seeded Maria Kirilenko in a third-round match that lasted nearly 2 1/2 hours. Even that wasn’t exactly shocking, when you consider Kirilenko already beat Kuznetsova on clay at Rome this month and knocked out Sharapova at the Australian Open in January. Plus, Kuznetsova arrived in Paris with a losing record this year and barely eked through the second round by saving four match points. “I have to move on. I have to grow and to improve,” said Kuznetsova, who will fall out of the top 10 in the rankings for the first time in four years. “I didn’t come here with my best game, but I gave it my all.” With so many other top players still around, some must start facing each other. Four-time French Open champion Nadal meets past Wimbledon and U.S. Open winner Hewitt on Saturday. That is scheduled to be followed in the main stadium by Sharapova vs. Henin, two women with decidedly different ways of looking at their most recent encounter, a straight-set win by Sharapova in the 2008 Australian Open quarterfinals. It turned out to be Henin’s last Grand Slam match before her hiatus.
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Forest City splits first two games From Staff Reports
FOREST CITY — Through Thursday, the Owls were 1-1 in their first two games of the 2010 season. The Owls picked up an 8-3 win over Gastonia Wednesday and suffered an 11-1 loss at the hands of the Thomasville Hi-Toms.
The Rutherfordton Lions Club held its 6th Annual Golf Tournament at the Meadowbrook Golf Club on May 19. John Horne, president of the club and standing on the left, presented the winning team with a $500 check and trophies. Members of the winning team, from left to right, are: Mike Stephenson (team captain), Jerry Allen, Matt Bradley, and Josh Philbeck (who also won the longest drive). All net proceeds of the tournament are used to help the visual and hearing impaired and the diabetic.
n Dusty Quattlebaum picked up his 6th RBI in Thursday’s loss to the Hi-Toms. Quattlebaum drove in Marty Gantt on a fielder’s choice in the 6th inning. n Owls starter Phillip Brannon notched his first win as a member of the Forest City club, Wednesday. Brannon worked eight innings on opening night and he struck out seven, walked two and scattered six hits for the victory.
Reutimann reflects on 600 win By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer
David Reutimann speaks as he stands by the Coca-Cola 600 trophy during a news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord Wednesday, May 12, 2010.
the standings, but only 172 points out of the 12th Chase for the Sprint Cup championship qualifying position. His ranking would be higher if not for blown motors at Atlanta, Bristol and Texas — he was running inside the top 10 in all three races — and was in seventh when he pitted at Darlington, just as the caution flag came out. “We’re ahead of where we were last year as far as performance,” Reutimann said. “But as far as finishes, we’re not even close. We haven’t been able to catch anything that would even resemble a break. I can’t explain why. The good thing is we’ve had speed and we’ve had things going in the right direction until something bad has gone wrong.” One thing that’s going well for Reutimann is the discussion on a new contract with MWR. Team owner Waltrip said this week that a new deal was “imminent” and everyone at the race team is in agreement that they want Reutimann rewarded for his patience and loyalty. Reutimann didn’t make his first NASCAR start until 2002, in the Nationwide Series, at the age of 32. His first full-time gig came in the Truck Series in 2004 for Darrell Waltrip, and Michael Waltrip gave him his first Cup ride in 2007. Reutimann was a 37-yearold rookie when he got his “big break,” but he capitalized on his opportunity even when MWR was suffering through a horrendous first season. Four years later, the team has made incredible strides and driver Martin Truex Jr. just cracked the top-12 to give MWR a Chase contender. Truex, who has been teammates with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya during his Cup career, credits Reutimann for helping him get off to a solid start in his first
“Like I’m the only guy on the planet that’s ever won a rainshortened race?” Reutimann said. “It is what it is. You always have that little star beside it. You don’t like it because people look at it different. So it just drives you more to go out there to win INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chip Ganassi won’t it the way you want to win it to choose which trophy — Daytona or Indianapolis — begin with. means more. Come Sunday, he’d rather sip the milk “Trust me, I didn’t want to win out of both. the race that way.” If Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti or Townsend Bell The irony that there’s a wins the Indianapolis 500, Ganassi would become perceived asterisk next to the first team owner to win the Indianapolis 500 Reutimann’s name is not lost on and Daytona 500 in the same season. the driver or his Michael Waltrip “It would be something, wouldn’t it?” Ganassi Racing team. No matter how said. “It’s certainly crossed my mind. But I try to well the 40-year-old driver does, stay focused on the job at hand and let other peogaining respect and recognition ple think about those kind of things.” is no easy feat. He’s not the first to pursue an unprecedented It drives his bosses at MWR IndyCar-NASCAR double. nuts, mostly because they A.J. Foyt had a chance to win both races as a couldn’t be happier with the driver in 1972. Several drivers, including John driver they call “The Franchise.” Andretti and Tony Stewart, have tried to win Indy “It’s so frustrating how little and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. Two years respect he gets,” said MWR genago, Ganassi’s longtime IndyCar nemesis, Roger eral manager Ty Norris. “This is Penske, tried to complete his own triple crown by a guy who has run well enough winning Indy, Daytona and Sebring in the same to be eighth in the points right year. now, and would be, if we hadn’t Dixon scuttled those celebration plans, winning had engine problems three the 500 by nearly 1.75 seconds. times, if he hadn’t been caught Now Penske might be ready for payback. on pit road when the caution “Roger Penske tried it and Chip ruined it for came out at Darlington. He’s him, so I think Roger probably wants to ruin it for really run very well, and he Chip,” said John Andretti, a NASCAR regular who doesn’t get any recognition for is making his 11th career Indy start. “But it’s amaz- it.” ing to even have a shot at being able to do that, to Reutimann heads into be that competitive in both series.” Sunday’s race ranked 20th in
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Ryan Newman captured 9th pole CONCORD (AP) — Ryan Newman has continued his mastery of qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway, capturing his ninth pole at the track for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Newman’s bold decision to run his lap at the top of the slick track on Thursday night paid off when he was clocked at 187.546 mph. He’ll start on the pole for the second straight year in NASCAR’s longest race. No active driver has more poles at Charlotte than Newman, who moved within five of David Pearson’s track record. Newman, though, is still looking for his first Sprint Cup victory at the track. Kurt Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star race at CMS, qualified second at 187.292 mph. Martin Truex Jr. will start third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson.
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year with MWR. “If you don’t really know David, then you need to get to know him because he’s a lot of fun,” Truex said. “I have a lot of respect for him as a race car driver after getting to work with him and see how he does it and what he does and how good he really is. I think he’s very, very underrated as a race car driver and that’s probably the most important thing that I’ve learned about him.
TJCA-CFA students were treated to a motivational assembly by former WNBA and N.C. State basketball player, Tynesha Lewis at a special assembly May 24. She played 6 years with three WNBA teams. Tynesha stressed the importance of her education, earning BA degrees in Chemistry and Biology, and an MBA in marketing. She will be conducting a basketball camp for youth at TJCA on the Henrietta campus, July 14-16. The cost is $50. For more information, call the school at 657-9998 and ask for Athletic Director Tony Helton, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONCORD — David Reutimann nervously paced pit road last season, praying that the sun would stay away and racing would not resume at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He stood in the rain an agonizing two hours, certain NASCAR would not call the race anytime soon. Sure, the forecast was bleak, but Reutimann had never been a benefactor of good luck or great timing. “These things don’t ever go our way,” he said to himself. “I don’t know why it should now.” But for the first time in his NASCAR career, Reutimann caught a break. The journeyman driver picked up the only win of his Sprint Cup Series career when NASCAR stopped the Coca-Cola 600 last season just past the halfway point. He won it on a gamble: running 14th when the leaders pitted, his crew chief told him to stay out and pray the sky would open up. The decision gave Reutimann the lead for the next five laps, all run under caution. NASCAR then called the cars to pit road for a third rain stoppage, and Reutimann stood by his Toyota the entire time. A year later, as he prepares to defend that victory Sunday, he jokes about how his spot in the record books is viewed.
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Nation Today Suspect’s past emerging
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Clues are emerging about the past of an Oregon man who used the identity of an Ohio boy killed in a kidnapping. Federal agents revealed the man’s true identity in a court filing Thursday. So far, investigators have learned Doitchin Krasev (DOY’chin KRAH’-sehv) went to college in North Carolina and lived in Colorado before moving to Oregon. Krasev claimed to be Jason Robert Evers, who was killed in Cincinnati in 1982. But a passport application check led to his arrest last month, and a national investigation finally revealed his real name. A friend in Colorado says Krasev went by the name Danny Kaiser and was an avid tennis and chess player. Investigators say they hope to release more details soon.
Officers get probation
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina police officers have avoided prison time after admitting they abused suspects while on
President Barack Obama, right, and LaFourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph take a tour of areas impacted by the Gulf Coast oil spill on Friday in Port Fourchon, La.
patrol. Greenville police officers 25-yearold Matthew Scott Jowers and 29-year-old Jeremiah Milliman each received three years of probation and were ordered to perform community service at their sentencings on Friday. Prosecutors say Jowers slammed a man into a patrol car so hard he put a dent in the vehicle, while Milliman poked a deaf, mute homeless man with a pen and poured hand sanitizer on his head.
Deputy kills man FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a Florence County sheriff’s deputy has shot and killed a man who refused to drop his gun in the parking lot of a South Carolina nightclub. Investigators say officers went to Seekers Club in Florence around 3 a.m. Friday when a fight in the club spilled into the parking lot and several shots were fired. Authorities say a deputy confronted one possible gunman in the parking lot and ordered him to drop his gun several times before fatally shooting him.
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COVINGTON, La. (AP) — The hypnotic video of mud, gas and oil billowing from the seafloor has become an Internet sensation as Americans watch to see whether BP’s effort to plug the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico succeeds. BP warned on Friday that it could be Sunday or later before the outcome of the cliffhanger becomes clear. And scientists cautioned that few conclusions can be drawn with any certainty from watching the spillcam coverage of the “top kill.” But they said the video seemed to suggest BP was gaining ground. In an operation that began Wednesday, BP has been pumping heavy drilling mud into the blownout well in hopes of choking it off and putting an end to what is already the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, at anywhere from 18 million gallons to 40 million by the government’s estimate. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said the denser-than-water mud was able to push down the oil and gas coming up at great force from underground, but it had not overwhelmed the gusher. The trick is to pump the mud with such force that it stops the upward flow of oil, and it’s impossible to know how much mud that will take. BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said Friday the top kill was going basically as planned, though the pumping has stopped several times. “The fact that it’s stopped and started is not unusual,” Suttles said. “We’re going to stay at this as long as we need to.” He said the company has also shot in assorted junk, including metal pieces and rubber balls, to try to counter pressure from the well. It seemed to be helping, Suttles said. A top kill has never been attempted 5,000 feet underwater, and public fascination is high. BP, under pressure from Congress, made available a live video feed of what is going on underwater, and about 3,000 websites were showing a version of it that the PBS “Newshour” offered for free. On Thursday alone, show spokeswoman Anne Bell said, more than a million people watched it. Many found it hypnotic. “It made me wonder how I use energy and if this situation could teach us how much energy we use ourselves,” said Jeb Banner, 38, a web design and marketing company owner in Indianapolis who has been
looking at the feed every hour or so since before the top kill started. “It felt like a historic moment.” It was difficult to tell sometimes how the top kill was going. On Friday, reporters received a note from a BP spokesman saying information on it is now considered “stock-market sensitive” and updates can be provided only in “formal settings,” though BP’s CEO talked about it on the morning news shows. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama visited the coast to see the damage as he tried to emphasize that his administration was in control of the crisis, which began April 20 when the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform blew up. Eleven workers were killed. “I’m here to tell you that you are not alone, you will not be abandoned, you will not be left behind,” he told people in Grand Isle, where the beach has been closed by gobs of oil and the frustration and anger are palpable. “The media may get tired of the story, but we will not. We will be on your side and we will see this through.” In Grand Isle, hundreds or workers hit the beaches ahead of the president’s visit, cleaning debris from the shoreline before they hopped on buses and left soon after the president arrived. “This is the cleanest I’ve ever seen the beach,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said. “We saw a surge of activity the last couple of days. Let’s hope it continues now that he’s (Obama) gone.” Watching the video could offer clues to who is winning in the battle — BP or the oil — said Tony Wood, director of the National Spill Control School at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. If the stuff coming out of the pipe is jet black, it is mostly oil and BP is losing. If it is whitish, it is mostly gas and BP is also losing. If it is muddy brown, as it was Friday, that may be a sign that BP is starting to achieve success, he said. That “may in fact mean that there’s mud coming up and mud coming down as well,” which is better than oil coming out, Wood said. Philip W. Johnson, an engineering professor at the University of Alabama, said the camera appeared to show mostly drilling mud leaking from the well Friday morning, and two of the leaks appeared a little smaller than in the past, suggesting the top kill “may have had a slight but not dramatic effect.”
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STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS
GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last Chg XinyuanRE 3.19 +.35 AmbacF pfZ12.50 +1.30 ProUMex n 26.06 +2.66 QuanexBld 19.93 +1.58 MediaGen 12.77 +.99 PrecDril 6.91 +.53 FlagstB rs 5.08 +.38 Ambac3-03n6.46 +.46 3Par 10.63 +.76 FtBcp pfA 7.34 +.49
%Chg +12.3 +11.6 +11.4 +8.6 +8.4 +8.3 +8.1 +7.7 +7.7 +7.2
LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)
GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)
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Chg +.58 +.30 +.48 +.66 +.16 +7.00 +.19 +.15 +.13 +.21
%Chg +16.4 +15.5 +11.1 +8.8 +8.7 +7.9 +5.9 +5.6 +5.2 +4.9
LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)
GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)
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Chg +.98 +.65 +.48 +.37 +.37 +.50 +.34 +1.20 +.54 +.79
%Chg +22.7 +21.7 +18.5 +17.5 +15.5 +15.4 +15.2 +14.8 +13.9 +13.2
LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)
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Name Last DJSP Ent 6.38 ReadgIntB 6.41 BlueCoat 21.47 Amertns pf 9.00 BeasleyB 5.17 CFS Bn 5.06 SurWest 6.13 ATP O&G 10.64 OakRidgeF 5.25 InfoLgx rsh 6.05
MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 5924432 3.96 -.06 S&P500ETF2725882109.37-1.39 BkofAm 1566949 15.74 -.44 SPDR Fncl 1225099 14.68 -.33 iShEMkts 1104926 38.10 -.64 iShR2K 865154 66.25 -.86 FordM 761824 11.73 -.26 DirFBear rs 729878 14.93 +.78 GenElec 690684 16.35 -.31 AmbacF h 685491 1.20 +.25
MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg JavelinPh 35365 1.69 +.14 NwGold g 26023 6.07 -.04 NA Pall g 22792 3.45 -.07 Rentech 22352 1.05 -.02 Taseko 19789 5.31 -.10 Advntrx rs 19671 2.23 +.30 GranTrra g 15587 5.28 -.12 GoldStr g 15487 4.25 -.04 NthgtM g 14269 2.95 -.05 NovaGld g 13605 7.17 -.19
MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg PwShs QQQ1226317 45.60 -.27 Intel 713604 21.42 -.34 Microsoft 663178 25.80 -.20 ETrade 553938 1.48 -.03 Cisco 495092 23.16 -.51 SiriusXM 435047 1.03 +.03 MicronT 425675 9.09 -.35 Oracle 354826 22.57 -.01 Apple Inc 280159 256.88 +3.53 Dell Inc 214390 13.33 -.07
Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume
Chg -7.63 -5.78 -1.21 -9.74 -4.84 -1.26 -.38 -2.16 -1.86 -1.26
1,003 2,089 85 3,177 24 13 5,089,801,494
Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume
225 249 41 515 4 2 77,652,421
Close: 10,136.63 Change: -122.36 (-1.2%)
%Chg -15.7 -11.1 -10.7 -10.3 -9.0 -8.6 -8.4 -8.0 -7.9 -7.6
Name Last UnvslCp 40.87 Oceaneer 46.27 TetraTech 10.06 NACCO 84.56 Dril-Quip 48.71 StoneEngy 13.41 AlliancOne 4.17 Hallibrtn 24.83 SupEnrgy 21.76 Hornbeck 15.28
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Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume
Chg -2.49 -2.34 -7.37 -1.97 -.88 -.84 -.82 -1.41 -.64 -.71
%Chg -28.1 -26.7 -25.6 -17.9 -14.5 -14.2 -11.8 -11.7 -10.9 -10.5
853 1,819 120 2,792 30 32 2,104,827,406
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YTD %Chg %Chg
-1.19 -1.05 -.17 -1.48 -.99 -.91 -1.24 -1.12 -1.21 -1.33
-2.79 +5.77 -9.25 -5.48 -2.45 -.53 -2.30 +4.97 -.71 +5.79
+19.25 +35.40 +5.92 +13.12 +10.48 +27.21 +18.52 +32.53 +21.87 +31.91
Dow Industrials 10,136.63 -122.36 Dow Transportation 4,336.06 -45.92 Dow Utilities 361.19 -.60 NYSE Composite 6,791.57 -101.72 Amex Market Value 1,780.19 -17.76 Nasdaq Composite 2,257.04 -20.64 S&P 500 1,089.41 -13.65 S&P MidCap 762.76 -8.67 Wilshire 5000 11,466.30 -139.96 Russell 2000 661.61 -8.90
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Total Assets Obj ($Mlns) NAV
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11.10 26.33 27.25 57.25 44.83 30.38 100.68 15.00 24.62 100.02 93.77 34.25 23.76 28.93 23.77 11.10 31.36 2.01 27.26 16.06 100.69 24.83 28.32 69.07 32.72 12.05 12.83 100.03 21.01 29.23 34.73 10.41 2.85 15.40 14.58
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+7.2/A +2.1/B +1.1/B +4.1/A +2.8/C +4.0/B +0.2/C +2.6/B +0.9/B +0.3/C -1.1/D +5.5/A -0.3/C +3.6/A +4.7/A +6.9/A +3.4/A +3.8/A +1.2/B +2.0/C +0.3/C +1.6/D +4.4/A +4.5/A +3.9/A +3.0/E +3.3/B +0.4/C +0.9/B +3.1/A +0.7/B +4.8/A -2.2/E +2.2/C -0.2/D
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Dow tumbles on bad news from Europe
In this file photo taken May 5, Coach store assistant manager Anna Prokopenko, center, helps customers pick out bags at a Coach retail store in Dallas. Consumer spending was stagnant in April, turning in the weakest performance in seven months. Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed out their worst month in more than a year by sliding again on more unsettling news about Europe. The Dow Jones industrials dropped 122 points Friday after Fitch Ratings gave Spain the second downgrade of its credit rating in a month. The rating agency’s action was another reminder to traders of the long-term economic problems still facing several European countries, and pehaps the rest of the continent and the global economy as well. May was difficult as persistent and intensifying worries about Europe’s debt problems sent the Dow down 7.9 percent and the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index down 8.2 percent. Both indexes had their worst monthly performance since February 2009, the month before stocks began business so far, but we anticitheir recovery from 12-year lows. The Dow had its pate that the holiday weekend biggest May drop since 1962. will more than make up for The last trading day of May fit the pattern of the it,” Edmunds analyst Jessica rest of the month. Stocks alternately plunged and Caldwell said. recovered, then dropped late in the day as invesPaul Taylor, chief economist tors facing a three-day holiday weekend decided to with the National Automobile play it safe and sell. Dealers Association, said auto Stocks were already down before the news about sales should continue rising Spain broke in early afternoon. through the summer. “People are worried about Europe and we’re see“Almost all of the economic incentives are favorable to higher ing a knee-jerk reaction, particularly ahead of a long weekend,” said Joe Heider, a principal at new car sales as the summer Rehmann in Cleveland. He said traders won’t want unfolds,” Taylor said. “Cars and trucks are simply (getting older), to be holding some investments since U.S. markets fuel prices are relatively low and are closed Monday, while European ones are open. Heider noted that the new rating, just one short low new car sales have made for of Fitch’s highest, is still quite good. a tight used car market ... that The market’s reaction was an example of how makes a late-model used car less quick investors have been to sell during May. attractive compared with the Although the day didn’t see the huge swings stocks new.” had earlier this month — including the May 6 Retailers who sell automotive plunge that took the Dow to a loss of 1,000 points replacement parts have been in less than 30 minutes — there was still plenty doing well, as penny-pinching of emotion. Greece, the most troubled European drivers opt to repair their country, has received a bailout and several compacars themselves. On Tuesday, AutoZone Inc. said third-quarter nies are cutting their budgets to make it easier for them to pay their bills, but investors fear that the net income rose 17 percent on a region’s debt problems can’t be contained. They’re 10 percent rise in revenue. also worried that austerity measures will stifle “Customers continue to shop economic growth, and that Europe’s slowdown will our stores in some cases out of economic necessity, or simply to become the world’s slowdown. The market’s drop this month has given it what’s save money,” CEO Bill Rhodes called a “correction.” That’s considered a drop of 10 told investors. percent or more from a recent high. The S&P 500, the index most watched by market pros, ended Major retailers reported solid May down 10.5 percent from its high for the year, first-quarter earnings over the reached April 23. The Dow is down 9.5 percent past two weeks. But executives said they are being cautious giv- from its 2010 high, reached April 26. The Dow has regained some ground from the low of 9,974.45 it en the economic uncertainties. Business in May is below expec- closed at on Wednesday. On Friday, the Dow fell 122.36, or 1.2 percent, tations because of cool weather and swings in the stock market, to 10,136.63. The S&P 500 index fell 13.65, or 1.2 percent, to 1,089.41, while the Nasdaq composite according to the International index dropped 20.64, or 0.9 percent, to 2,257.04. Council of Shopping Centers. The Russell 200 index of smaller companies fell Even with the flat reading 20.64, or 0.9 percent, to 661.61. for April, economists expect About two stocks fell for every one that rose on consumer spending to grow at the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came a respectable pace of around 3 to 1.45 billion shares. percent in the current quarter.
Consumers tightened belts a bit WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers don’t appear confident enough in the economy to open their wallets more freely. Their spending stalled in April. Without stronger job creation and higher pay, people are less likely to up their spending in the months ahead and invigorate the recovery. The flat level for consumer spending was the weakest showing in seven months, according to the Commerce Department report. Personal incomes rose 0.4 percent, in line with expectations but not fast enough to help generate real growth. Falling gas prices and cheaper utility bills could make people feel better about spending more over the summer. So could historically low mortgage rates. That would lead more people to refinance and leave them with more disposable income. But Nigel Gault, an economist at IHS Global Insight, said employment will be key to supporting income growth in coming months. “The consumer needs sustainable income support, so employment reports including next Friday’s will be key signals of just how robust consumption will be over the rest of 2010,” Gault said. Economists are looking for 425,000 jobs to be added in May. That would be better than April’s 290,000 increase, the biggest one-month rise in four years. The May surge is expected to include a sizable number of temporary census workers hired by the government. Still, the April jobs report showed that 15.3 million people remain out of work. Economists
say it will take at least five years for the economy to regain the nearly 8 million jobs wiped out during the recession. In the mean time, more people are holding on to their money. The savings rate rose 3.6 percent in April. People are feeling a need to rebuild savings and reduce their debt loads and this will dampen consumer spending in coming months, said Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets. But this will be offset somewhat by rising employment gains. “Although consumers stalled in April, earlier strength and improving labor markets suggest they are merely down and not out,” Guartieri said. Consumer spending is closely watched because it accounts for 70 percent of total economic activity. The unchanged level of spending came after a 0.6 percent rise in March. It also was flat despite a 0.4 percent rise in April retail sales. An early Easter holiday this year and attractive incentives offered by automakers contributed to the March increase in consumer spending. Car buying has been strengthening since late 2009. In April, sales of new cars and trucks rose 20 percent from a year earlier. Lots haven’t been as busy in May. But industry experts say Memorial Day weekend activity could boost monthly sales figures that are due next week. The automotive website Edmunds. com is forecasting an 18 percent increase for the month. “This month hasn’t been particularly good for the car
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House OKs repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday passed a defense bill that paves the way for gays to serve openly in the military for the first time, but advocates on both sides geared up for a fight in the Senate. Normally, defense bills pass by wider margins than Friday’s 229186 vote, but many Republicans and a few conservative Democrats said they would vote against it because of the gay ban, which was added to the $700 billion bill in a 234-194 vote late Thursday. House approval of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal was a victory for President Barack Obama, who has pledged to change the policy, and for gay rights groups, who have made it their top priority this year. The bill would give the Pentagon the rest of the year to study the issue before the repeal would take effect. Defense Secretary Robert Gates appealed to the military Friday not to be distracted by the political debate over gays in uniform. In an unusual direct address to troops, Gates said he wanted to assure them that their views on the divisive question still matter. The Senate is expected to take up the defense bill this summer. Supporters likely will need the votes of 60 of the 100 senators to prevent opponents from blocking it. And while supportive overall, the White House on Thursday issued a veto threat because the House version includes $485 million for an alternative engine for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Gates has sought to eliminate the second engine program, saying it is wasteful. Supporters, in addition to protecting jobs in their districts, say that the competition will save money over the life cycle of the $100 billion project. The second engine would be built by General Electric Co. and RollsRoyce in Ohio, Indiana and other states. The main F-35 engine is built in Connecticut by Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a chief backer of
Normally, defense bills pass by wider margins than Friday’s 229-186 vote, but many Republicans and a few conservative Democrats said they would vote against it because of the gay ban, which was added to the $700 billion bill in a 234194 vote late Thursday. changing the law, said at a news conference Friday most senators support ending the gay ban. “I believe a majority of the Senate, just like a majority of the country ... favor changing this policy,” he said. “It is a discriminatory policy.” He predicted that it would be hard for opponents to filibuster the defense bill over the gay rights issue because “there’s so much in here for our troops.” That includes money for security projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan, anti-terrorism programs, billions for new ships, planes and mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles and money for ballistic missile defense. The House bill has a 1.9 percent pay raise for military personnel; the Senate bill 1.4 percent. Levin’s committee on Thursday approved an amendment repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” on a 16-12 vote. One Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, voted for it while one Democrat, Jim Webb of Virginia, opposed it. Webb said he agreed with Gates and the chiefs of the four military services, who have urged Congress to put off votes until after the military review is completed in December. The House and Senate amendments stipulate that the repeal would not become law until after the study is completed and until the president, the defense secretary and the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that it will not have negative effects on the military’s fighting ability. The military would also have to first change its rules to comply with the law.
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WH used Clinton to try to get Sestak out of race WASHINGTON (AP) — Forced to disclose backstage political bargaining, President Barack Obama’s embarrassed White House said Friday it had enlisted Bill Clinton to try to ease Rep. Joe Sestak out of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary with a job offer. Nothing wrong with that, the White House said. Oh, yes, there was, Republicans countered. The administration admission — it said Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had asked the former president to call Sestak — left many questions unanswered, and it seemed unlikely the issue had been put to rest. For Obama, the revelations called into question his repeated promises to run an open government that was above back room deals. And for Sestak, they raised questions why he kept talking about up the offer — a 60-second conversation, he said Friday — in the first place. “I wasn’t interested, and that was the bottom line,” Sestak said on the steps of the Capitol. Seeking to quiet the clamor over a possible political trade, the White House released a report describing the offer that was intended to clear a path for Sen. Arlen Specter to win the Democratic nomination.
Sestak stayed in the race and eventually defeated Specter to become the Democratic nominee, ending Specter’s 30-year Senate tenure. After a week of silence, Sestak answered reporters’ questions on last summer’s offer. He said he cut Clinton short after hearing only a few words about a possible post on a presidential board and said the former president immediately dropped the subject during a phone call. “There was nothing wrong that was done,” Sestak said. White House Counsel Robert Bauer rendered his own verdict in a twopage report that said there was no improper conduct in the offer. No one in the administration discussed the offer with Sestak, Bauer said. The report did not say what, if any, contacts or promises the White House had with Specter on the matter. It also did not reveal whether Obama was aware of Clinton’s role. White House lawyers prepared the summary weeks ago and earlier this week shared it with representatives for Sestak and for Clinton. Bauer based his determination on conversations with White House officials and did not speak directly with Sestak or Clinton before reaching a conclusion.
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Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Friday. Forced to disclose backstage political bargaining, President Barack Obama’s embarrassed White House acknowledged on Friday that it enlisted Bill Clinton to try to ease Rep. Joe Sestak out of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary with a job offer.
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Sisters clash over boyfriend Dear Abby: I’m an “A” student, but my boyfriend, “Rory,” has a difficult time in school, so he often comes over for help. We work at the computer in the room my sister and I share so she listens to everything we discuss. She says we are cheating because I’m doing most of his homework for him. I don’t give Rory the answers to questions, but I do give him “hints” and tell him where he’s likely to find the answers in the textbooks. I always check that the answers are correct. With his math homework, I tell him each step he needs to take, but he actually does the math himself and then I check for accuracy. If he needs to write an essay, I suggest what he might want to write and help him with some of the edits. My sister thinks what I do goes far beyond help, and that I’m enabling him to cheat. She feels that while it may help his grades now, I am doing him no favors in the long run. W e had a big argument over this. I don’t think it’s any of her business. I’d really appreciate your opinion. —Helping Dear Helping: Thank you for asking. I’m sure you care deeply for Rory, but sometimes — with the best of
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intentions — a person can do too much. When you suggest topics for your boyfriend’s essays, then edit them so the teacher won’t see where he needs to strengthen his English skills, what you’re really doing is preventing him from learning how to properly spell or construct a sentence. If his teacher is unaware of areas like these and others where he needs help, he won’t get it And when you’re no longer around to be his filter, it’s going to become apparent. The same goes for math. If you tell Rory what steps to take to solve his math problems, he won’t master the concepts or memorize the formulas. Heaven help him if he plans to take a college entrance exam! While the argument you had with your sister was regrettable, please try not to be so defensive. She was trying to tell you something important, and it couldn’t hurt to really listen.
Teen feels parent/teacher pressure Dear Dr. Gott: I’m 17 and having difficulties meeting the expectations of my parents and teachers. The pressure is really strong and is a burden on meg. Can you help? Dear Reader: While the medical director of a local private school for 33 years, I saw the consequences of this blight. Neither the problems nor the consequences have changed much over the years and, in fact, they may have exacerbated. There seems to exist two basic classes of student pressure — external and internal. External pressure, either flamboyant or insidious, is delivered up by the environment and can be destructive if it takes the form of unrealistic expectations that students may find difficult or impossible to meet. On the other hand, internal pressure can be a positive force, as in, for example, the student who achieves because he wants to. While there are no easy answers to this problem, perhaps some students would feel better by developing a cer-
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tain amount of internal pressure that will enable them to pick appropriate goals and organize suitable methods of achieving them. External pressure is a continuing and constant feature of living in society. It can be dealt with, by putting it in perspective. I recommend you have a frank talk with your parents and teachers. Be responsive to their concerns and indicate you will attempt to meet their expectations. At the same time, explain the additional pressure creates more of a burden than you can handle. A compromise is in order. If necessary, seek the services of a guidance counselor, the clergy or other trusted adult who can guide you.
IN THE STARS Your Birthday, May 29; If you expand and build upon solid foundations that you have already laid, the results in the year ahead could be quite impressive. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Unless there is harmony of purpose, don’t look for collective endeavors to work out too well. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - With your head in the clouds and your mind unfocused on the tasks at hand, not much is likely to be accomplished. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Be careful you don’t involve yourself in anything you can ill afford. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - For the purpose of expediency, you’ll forsake your common sense. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Be careful that you don’t get off course and adopt greater faith in someone else’s judgment. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Even if you think you’re not in much of a sociable mood, don’t turn down any invitations. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - You know to trust your logic over your intuition. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Be careful not to push the panic button too quickly. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - You need to be properly motivated before responding to something, tangible or not. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - If you are too opinionated today, those who had intended to cooperate with you might turn around. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Being better at making excuses than you are at getting work done will give you an out. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - If no one calls to entice you away from your projects and work, you may accomplish what is on your to-do list.
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Having qualified as Co-Executor of the estate of CHARLES L. GRIFFITH of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said CHARLES L. GRIFFITH to present them to the undersigned on or before the 29th day of August, 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 29th day of May, 2010.
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Having qualified as Executor of the estate of INA IRENE TALENT SISK of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said INA IRENE TALENT SISK to present them to the undersigned on or before the 15th day of August, 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 15th day of May, 2010.
Having qualified as Executor of the estate of NEIDA ELIZABETH HENSON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said NEIDA ELIZABETH HENSON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 15th day of August, 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 15th day of May, 2010.
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nation/world World Today Attackers strike sect mosques
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Islamist gunmen and a suicide squad lobbed grenades, sprayed bullets from atop a minaret and took hostages Friday in attacks on two mosques packed with worshippers from a minority sect in Pakistan. At least 80 people were killed and dozens wounded. The strikes — the deadliest against the Ahmadi community — highlight the threat to minority religious groups by the same militants who have repeatedly attacked Pakistan’s U.S.-allied government and threatened to destabilize the nuclear-armed nation. The tactics echoed those militants have used against government, foreign and security targets in Pakistan, but they had never before been directed against a religious minority. Two teams of heavily armed attackers — seven men in total — staged the raids minutes apart, seizing hostages and apparently planning to fight to the death. Three died when they detonated their suicide vests. Two were captured.
N. Korea accuses South of faking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s most powerful state organ said Friday that South Korea faked the sinking of one of its own warships and warned that the Korean peninsula was edging ever closer to war. Pyongyang has made similar statements through state media since a multinational probe said last week that a torpedo fired by a North Korean submarine downed the vessel, killing 46 sailors in the worst attack on the South Korean military since the Korean War. This time, though, the comments were delivered at an extremely rare press conference in the North Korean capital presided over by a uniformed official with the secretive country’s National Defense Commission, which is headed by leader Kim Jong Il. North Korea has denied any responsibility and warned that retaliation or punishment for the sinking would mean armed conflict. So far, it has issued various threats, including one to cut off South Korean access to a joint industrial zone in the North and wage “all-out war.” South Korea’s military has reported no unusual moves by the North’s troops. “The South Korean puppet regime’s faked sinking of the Cheonan has created a very serious situation on the Korean peninsula, pushing it towards the brink of war,” Maj. Gen. Pak Rim Su, director of the commission’s policy department, said at the press conference.
Indian rescue workers search for the victims from a compartment at the site of a train crash near Sardiha, West Bengal state, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of Calcutta, India, early Friday, May 28, 2010. Associated Press
Sabotage blamed in train crash SARDIHA, India (AP) — Rescuers scoured the wreckage of a passenger express train Friday that derailed and collided with a cargo train in eastern India, killing at least 71 people and injuring hundreds. The government accused Maoist rebels of sabotaging the tracks. As night fell, railway workers and paramilitary soldiers were using two cranes to lift and pry apart train cars in search of survivors from the Jnaneswari Express, which was heading from Calcutta to suburban Mumbai when it derailed about 1:30 a.m. Friday. Railway officials said they expected the death toll to rise because bodies were still trapped between the engines of the two trains, which collided along a rural stretch of track near the small town of Sardiha, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) west of Calcutta in West Bengal state. The area is a stronghold of India’s Maoist rebels, known as Naxalites, who had called for a four-day general strike in
the area starting Friday. The Naxalites have launched repeated and often-audacious attacks in recent months — despite government claims that it was launching its own crackdown. Just 11 days ago, the rebels ambushed a bus in central India, killing 31 police officers and civilians. A few weeks before that, 76 soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush — the deadliest attack by the rebels against government forces in the 43-year insurgency. There also have been dozens of smaller attacks. On Friday, the government vowed once again to crush the Naxalites. “The Maoists have done this work,” West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters in Calcutta. “All-out efforts will be made to free the state and the country from this danger.” But analysts say the government is hobbled by vacillating policies, poorly trained and ill-armed security forces and vast tracts of India where the government has little influence
and where poverty has brought considerable support to the Naxalites, who claim to be fighting on behalf of the rural poor. The rebels, who have tapped into the poor’s anger at being left out of the country’s economic gains, are now present in 20 of the country’s 28 states and have an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 fighters, according to the Home Ministry. “There is an absence of government, there is an absence of competence in government, there is an absence of coherence in response,” said Ajai Sahni, a New Delhi-based analyst with close ties to India’s security establishment. “The purpose of the Maoists is not to resolve grievances but to harvest them, and there are numerous grievances in the country to harvest.” In Sardiha, officials said the train tracks had been sabotaged but disagreed about exactly what had happened, with some saying it was caused by an explosion but others blaming cut rail lines. Bhupinder Singh, the top
Guatemala, Ecuador volcanos are erupting GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Explosive eruptions shook two huge volcanos in Central and South America on Friday, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupting air traffic as ash drifted over major cities. Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano started erupting lava and rocks Thursday afternoon, blanketing the country’s capital with ash and forcing the closure of the international airport. A television reporter was killed by a shower of burning rocks when he got too close to the volcano, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Guatemala City. In the village of Calderas, close to the eruption, Brenda Castaneda said she and her family hid under beds and tables as marble-sized rocks thundered down on her home. “We thought we wouldn’t survive. Our houses crumbled and we’ve lost everything,” Castaneda said while waiting for rescue teams to take them to a shelter at a nearby school. Meanwhile, strong explosions rocked Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano, prompting evacuations of hundreds of people from nearby villages.
Ecuador’s National Geophysics Institute said hot volcanic material blasted down the slopes and ash plumes soared 6 miles (10 kilometers) above a crater that is already 16,479 feet (5,023 meters) above sea level. Winds blew the ash over the country’s most populous city, Guayaquil, and led aviation officials to halt flights out of the Pacific port and from Quito to Lima, Peru. Neither of the eruptions was expected to disrupt airports in neighboring countries like Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano did in Europe. In Guatemala, the ash billowing from Pacaya has been thick and falls quickly to the ground, unlike the lighter ash that spewed from the volcano in Iceland and swept over much of Europe, disrupting global air travel, said Gustavo Chigna, a volcano expert with Guatemala’s institute of seismology and volcanos. In Ecuador, the ash cloud drifted out over the Pacific Ocean and was tapering off Friday evening. Sandro Vaca, an expert at Ecuador’s National Geophysics Institute, said Tungurahua’s lat-
est eruption was not in the same league with Iceland. “The ash stretched for hundreds of kilometers, while the plume of ash from the volcano in Iceland covered nearly all of Europe for thousands of kilometers,” Vaca said. In Guatemala, at least 1,910 people from villages closest to the Pacaya volcano were moved to shelters. Some 800 homes were damaged in the initial eruption late Thursday. A second eruption at midday Friday released ash in smaller amounts from the 8,373-foot (2,552 meter) mountain, according to the Central American country’s Geophysical Research and Services Unit. The unit reported an ash plume 3,000 feet (1,000) meters high that trailed more than 12 miles (20 kilometers) to the northwest. In Guatemala City, bulldozers scraped blackened streets while residents used shovels to clean cars and roofs. The blanket of ash was three inches (7.5 centimeters) thick in some southern parts of the city. The government urged people not to leave their homes unless there was an urgent need.
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A family leaves the town of Calderas, Guatemala, Friday after the Pacaya Volcano erupted a day earlier. The volcano started erupting lava and rocks on Thursday afternoon, blanketing Guatemala City with ash and forcing the closure of the international airport.