County bids for economic development grants — Page 2 Sports Diamond stars The young ladies of Rutherford County took to the diamond at Cliffside Park to open the Senior All-Star Softball Tournament
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Public airs its concerns to board
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House OKs financial reform bill Page 12 Glenda Scruggs danced with Mike Saunders while Stephen Matheny sang “Unforgettable” to Scruggs during her retirement reception Wednesday at The Foundation at Isothermal Community College.
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Glenda Scruggs was emotional during the reception, especially after learning she’d received the 2010 Willard L. Lewis III Staff Award.
SPINDALE – A chapter in the history of Isothermal Community College closed Wednesday with the retirement of the secretary to the president, Glenda Scruggs. Scruggs, who worked at Isothermal for 38 years, was honored with a reception by faculty, staff and administrators. Scruggs came to Isothermal in 1972 after working for six years at Rutherford Hospital. During her time at Isothermal she served as secretary to four presidents and saw tremendous other changes while on campus. “I wasn’t even aware of the college before I came here,” Scruggs said. “The college was started in 1968 and I moved here. When I got here, there were three
RUTHERFORDTON — Commissioners tackled a few appointments and got an earful from concerned residents during a budget workshop meeting. Fred Bayley, chairman of the Community Pet Center board, opened the public comments section of the meeting, which was held Monday night. “There are three functions the county has in regards to the animal shelter,” Bayley said. “Those are taking animals, holding animals and the adoption of animals. How do we get the public to adopt animals from the shelter? The CPC steps forward to help the county with that third function. We are the folks that volunteer, answer over 100 calls a day and run the shelter when county employees aren’t there. Our presence allows the county employees to be cheaper. That is independent of whether we build a new shelter or not. The sheer number of animals at the current shelter mean we have problems. We take in more animals each week than we have capacity to hold.” James Brewer talked about the budget. “I propose we get a coalition together and get a balanced budget in the next election,” Brewer said. “I propose that we take away the power that some people think they have to borrow $1 million or $1.5 million without even telling you. I volunteer at churches and we have people looking for food, but yet we can spend this amount of money on buildings? That is unconscionable.” Duncan Edwards said, “We did not have all the information about the budget in early June, and more information has come out. I would like to have a public hearing with all the information available. When we do that, it will help to alleviate this appearance of what some
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Rescuers get family dog safely out of well By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
SPINDALE — At the bottom of a 50-foot abandoned, hand-dug well on Ronnie Seigle’s property, his 3-year-old boxer and pit bull mix was lying down. “Rascal,” firefighters and rescue personnel called to the dog as they stood at the top of the well discussing a rescue plan. Rascal responded to the voices, raising his head and ears. About an hour after Spindale firefighters arrived and about 15 minutes after rescue crew personnel got there, Rascal was brought out of the well in the arms of volunteer Steven Winn. He appeared
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Rutherford County Rescue volunteer Steven Winn holds the muzzled Rascal as they make their way out of abandoned well, which is in a wooded area off Brewer Holler Road in Spindale. At right, Rascal, a boxer and pit bull mix, sits calmly at the bottom of a 50-foot well he fell into sometime either Tuesday night or Wednesday.
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County qualifies for economic development grants Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY â€” Rutherford Countyâ€™s jobless rate decreased slightly since January, but the latest statistics place the county second among those with the highest unemployment in the state. Rutherford is tied with Edgecombe County at 14.8 percent. Scotland County has the highest rate of unemployment, at 16 percent. Rutherford was among 53 counties with unemployment above 10 percent and was also among 86 counties with rates decreasing in May. Aprilâ€™s jobless rate was 15.2 percent a decrease of more than one percent for March at 16.5 percent. Januaryâ€™s rate was 17.9 percent and the February rate was also 17.9 percent unemployed. Currituck County had the stateâ€™s lowest rate in May at 4.9 percent. An announcement last week by Gov. Bev Perdue could bring some hope for the troubled counties. Perdue says that 25 projects have been recommended to receive more than $5.7 million in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The projects will help bring needed jobs and economic development to 29 counties throughout Western North Carolina. Several of the recommended projects, if approved, will bring jobs to Rutherford. â€œNorth Carolina and the Appalachian Regional Commission are partners in bringing jobs and economic development to communities throughout western North Carolina,â€? Perdue said in a statement. â€œThese projects will support business and infrastructure that will strengthen local economies.â€? Project proposals were reviewed by the ARC office and project partners to ensure they were consistent with ARCâ€™s goals. The com-
mission will make the final decision whether each project receives funding. For a complete list of projects, visit nccommerce.com/en Created by Congress in 1965, ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the 420 Appalachian counties and county-equivalents in 13 states to create opportunities for self-sustaining development and growth. North Carolina counties -- in addition to Rutherford --eligible to receive funding are: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey. Projects that could affect Rutherfordâ€™s work force are: n Reducing Barriers to the Creation of Green Jobs in Building Diagnostics Applicant: Isothermal Planning and Development Commission Serves: Rutherford, McDowell and Polk counties Amount funded: $100,000 of $200,000 total cost Project Description: The program will fund the training of 30 people in the building diagnostics field. After training, people will be able to lease three sets of building diagnostics equipment, allowing them to start entrepreneurial ventures. The project will train people in building diagnostics and provides them with leasable equipment after training is completed. n N.C. Consolidated Technical Assistance Program Applicant: N.C. Department of Commerce Serves: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell,
Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties Amount funded: $500,000 of $1,056,321 total cost Project Description: Seventy percent of the funds of this grant go to provide support and technical assistance to economic, community development and long-range planning needs in ARC counties. The Western North Carolina Housing Partnership, which has introduced 600 units of affordable housing since 1988, also receives funding as does the 21st Century Communities Program, which works to support community development. n Foothills Higher Education Center Applicant: Burke County Serves: Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Rutherford, Buncombe, Alexander and Polk counties Amount Funded: $100,000 of $200,000 total cost Project Description: This project is a partnership between Western Piedmont Community College, Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University that will train and prepare workers for jobs in the health care industry. People will be able to earn bachelorâ€™s degrees in nursing, social work, recreational therapy, laboratory sciences, or health care management and receive training in professional skills development and certification courses. n Capacity Building for Asset-Based Economies in Western North Carolina Applicant: The Conservation Fund Serves: Alexander,
Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties Amount Funded: $100,000 of $227,900 total cost Project Description: This grant will fund 12 or more seed grants supporting asset-based development to community based organizations with a focus on entrepreneurial opportunities, supplemental income generation and job creation and retention. This grant will also fund two technical assistance workshops on grant writing skills and three leadership development workshops to further promote community development. n Specialty Crop and Value Added Entrepreneur Project Applicant: North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning, Inc. (NC REAL) Serves: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties Amount Funded: $35,000 of $70,000 total cost Project Description: The grant will initiate a regionwide entrepreneurial training and support network to create and expand sustainable agriculture based businesses in Western North Carolina. The project will include convening partners to discuss regional needs related to sustainable agriculture, holding sustain-
able agriculture expos and training instructors to offer specialized entrepreneurial training. n Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative Applicant: North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning, Inc. (NC REAL) Serves: Burke, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties Amount Funded: $65,000 of $108,356 total cost Project Description: This grant will create a fourcounty effort to increase entrepreneurial opportunities for young people 11 to 18 through a cooperative network of community colleges, school systems, local governments and economic developers. It will also create a regional support team consisting of more than 20 community members committed to youth entrepreneurship, train 40 teachers to incorporate entrepreneurship into the classroom and involve 600 middle and high school students in local and regional events. n Asset Management for Community and Economic Development Applicant: North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Inc. Serves: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Clay, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Wilkes and Yadkin counties Amount Funded: $43,853 of $131,560 total cost Project Description: This grant provides training and expert assistance to government officials in developing long-term asset management plans. As a direct result of this grant, 15 officials will be trained and five Appalachian communities will develop asset management plans.
June was hot and dry for Rutherford County by Cindy Jarvis
An OUTSIDE CHAnCE If you are a seller harboring doubts as to whether it is worth the effort to spruce up your yard to make your home more attractive to potential buyers, you need only ask any real estate agent. He or she will tell you that many buyers wonâ€™t even leave their vehicle to tour a home that doesnâ€™t look inviting on the out side. Most buyers use â€œcurb appealâ€? as a tool to assess how well the house has been maintained on the inside. In addition, they will consider a house that is beautifully landscaped. At least one survey of RealtorsÂŽ show that trees play a role in determining property value and that their presence or absence can affect a homeâ€™s desirability. â€œCurb appealâ€? is an important factor when marketing a property. Itâ€™s the first impression that potential buyers get, and sets the tone for how they may respond. If you are planning on selling your home, contact ODEAN KEEVER & ASSOCIATES. We can provide you with advice regarding what steps to take or assure that you will receive the best return for your real estate investment. Contact us today at (828) 286-1311. We will arrange an initial meeting, provide you with a free market analysis and discuss an individualized marketing plan with you. The office is conveniently located at 140 U.S. Highway 64, Rutherfordton. We will exceed you expectations!
FOREST CITYâ€” Hot and dry was the weather picture for June as below normal amounts of rain were recorded and a 13 day stretch of above 90 degree temperatures was documented. From the Broad River Water Plant on Union Road, plant supervisor Brad Boris said just 2.07 inches of rain was collected. At the Lake Lure Fire Department at Highway 64/74, 3.13 inches of rain was recorded. Boris said the rain data was more than 2 inches below normal for June. Rain total for the year is 25.78 inches, about 2.5 inches above average for the year. Boris also said the highest temperature for June was 98 degrees; in Lake Lure, the high was 97 degrees on June 25. â€œIn the current stretch of the past 13 days, we have been above 90 degrees every day,â€? Boris said. Wendy Craig said Lake Lure had experienced at least nine days of consecutive 90-degree days. Across the state, the N.C. Drought Monitor said 24 counties are listed as being in an abnormally dry category. Rutherford County was not on that list.
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local/region Local Briefs Filing for Rutherford candidates ends Friday SPINDALE — Filing ends Friday for the candidates seeking a seat on Rutherford County Board of Education, and two seats are also available for Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor. One seat is available in each of the three school districts. As of Wednesday, each district has one candidate filing. The races are non-partisan. Filing for District 1, R-S Central district, is incumbent Carolyn Keever of Rutherfordton; District 2, East Rutherford, Keith Price of Forest City; and filing in District 3, Chase, is Greg Millwood of Ferry Road, Mooresboro. Filing for Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor are incumbents Shannon Buckley of Freemantown Road, Rutherfordton and Dewalt Koone, Padgett Road, Union Mills.
National heritage grants program announced
ASHEVILLE — The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has announced its 2010 Heritage Grants Program, which will provide funding for projects that preserve and promote the heritage of Western North Carolina. Grants are available for the preservation, interpretation, development, and promotion of heritage resources in five thematic areas: agricultural heritage, Cherokee heritage, craft heritage, music heritage and natural heritage. The five distinctive legacies earned the region a congressional designation as a National Heritage Area in 2003. “Our grants help sustain the very things that make Western North Carolina such a special place to live and to visit,” says BRNHA Executive Director Angie Chandler. “Preserving and promoting this heritage help revitalize our towns and communities.” Nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and units of state, local, and federally-recognized tribal governments are eligible to apply. Applicants must provide at least an equal match. The total pool of funding for the 2010 grant cycle is $338,000. “Our board is especially interested in supporting projects that are regional or multi-county in scope and which involve partnerships between organizations,” says Chandler. In previous grant cycles, funds have been awarded to support historic building renovation, exhibits, oral histories, documentary films, heritage plays, trail guides and landconservation planning. Since its inception, the Blue Ridge
HIGH WATERS National Heritage Area has awarded nearly $1.2 million in grants. The awards have leveraged more than $2.2 million in state, local and private matches. The deadline for grant applications is Oct. 1. Grant information sessions will be held around the region in July. Complete information on the 2010 Heritage Grants Program can be found at www.blueridgeheritage. com.
College prep courses offered in county A series of one-week intensive study courses designed to help high school students in Rutherford County succeed in school, college and the community will be offered beginning Monday at R-S Central High School. Courses will be held 9 a.m. to noon and taught by a North Carolina and National Board Certified secondary school teacher. All courses will address 21st century skills such as public speaking, effective writing, computer and multimedia technology. Tuition for a one-week course is $100, however the SAT/ACT Prep tuition is $120, which includes text. To register, call 287-3304 or go by R-S Central High School. Courses include: Monday thorough July 9 – SAT/ ACT Prep (Focus on writing and critical reading only): Students will learn to read actively and critically, write effectively and employ multiple critical and creative thinking strategies. July 12 to 16 – Research writing (How to write a research paper from start to finish): The course will guide students through researching and writing a paper on a topic of the student’s choosing; the topic could possibly be one used for an upcoming class or for the graduation project. July 19 to 23 – Essay enrichment (How to write an effective essay for literary analysis and expository writing): Students will be taught the Jane Schafer Model, a method of writing essays that will work in any class. July 26 to 30 – Presentation skills (Giving effective presentations and using visual aids): Students in this course will learn how to research, prepare for and give a variety of speeches, as well as use 21st century skills, such as PowerPoint, multimedia and visual aids, to better present their work. Aug. 2 to 6 – Preparing for college (Writing college applications/scholarship letters, preparing your portfolio for applications and looking for scholarships): Students in this course will work closely with the instructor to write appropriate, skillful and unique college application and scholarship essays.
Travis Legette runs through a flooded street after his car stalled in the high water in Charlotte on Wednesday. Many area roadways were flooded after heavy rains swept across the area
State budget plan gets signature from Perdue
RALEIGH (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to a new state government budget that contains no raises for state employees for a second straight year and threatens to underfund pension contributions even more if extra money doesn’t arrive from Congress. The House voted 66-50 and the Senate voted 28-15 in favor of the nearly $19 billion spending plan in mostly party-line votes. Preliminary votes were taken Tuesday. About two hours after the final vote, Gov. Beverly Perdue signed the bill into law. With the start of the new fiscal year Thursday, it marked the first time a budget was approved on schedule since 2003. Democrats like Perdue said they had to narrow another larger budget gap — this time it was $800 million — due to sputtering state revenues caused by the global recession, but protected public school teacher positions. Perdue predicted the law would create or protect 20,000 jobs over the next three years in part through a small-business tax credit and new transportation fund. Last year, Democrats calculated the gap at more than $4 billion when federal stimulus money was included. “One more time, we’re doing more with less,” Perdue said in a ceremony outside the old Capitol building, which was already decked out in bunting and a large U.S. flag in advance of July 4, and surrounded by public school teachers, children, member board that oversees the legislators and Cabinet secretaries. agency and has argued for years it’s “We understood that the times an intrusion on his power to run the were tough, the choices were going state. And Wednesday, he had little appe- to be hard, just like we did last year,” Perdue said. tite for arguments that it couldn’t Republicans, who sit in the minorstand trimming. ity in both chambers, said the spend“This is sort of a case study in how government doesn’t get cut and why ing plan falls short by spending too people never want to cut it,” Sanford much during a deep recession and doesn’t prepare enough for a potensaid as the board met. tial $3 billion shortfall in mid-2011 “What I hear from agencies, is in when temporary tax increases expire many cases they view the Budget and federal stimulus money dries and Control Board as somewhat predatory in — not providing service up. GOP leaders said they’ve offered ways in recent years to save money — but frankly shaking them down or generate additional revenues for fees that they would rather have without new taxes but they’ve been go to their direct customers across the state.” The board at times has been “a storing house for folks that left office or go booted from office,” Sanford said, noting that change was coming. Sanford also questioned the agency’s spending. Linking People with Services
Sanford will try to blunt cuts
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford began finding ways Wednesday to keep much of the bureaucracy running after legislators refused to override a veto that provided money for writing the state’s budget, enforcing personnel laws and running the computer systems. While Sanford said the state Budget and Control Board has more than $60 million on hand in unused cash to cover the $29 million he voted from the budget of an agency that oversees much of the state’s bureaucracy. The board operates the state’s car fleet, owns and rents its space for agencies, pays their power bills and oversees dozens of other functions from bidding on state contracts to providing the numbers at the heart state budget writing. Sanford is chairman of the five-
dismissed by Democrats. “The truth is the majority likes to tax more and spend more, and we want to tax less and spend less,” said House Minority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake. One Democrat, Rep. Earl Jones of Guilford County, voted against the final budget Wednesday. He is unhappy the state hasn’t strongly considered reviving the video poker industry to tap into new revenues for the state. The budget bill gives local school districts and the University of North Carolina system the ability to force employees to take unpaid time off to save money, but lawmakers didn’t mandate furloughs across state government. “We’re definitely pleased to see there are no (broad) furloughs and pay cuts,” said Erica Baldwin with the State Employees Association of North Carolina. State Treasurer Janet Cowell said the state was “starting down a dangerous path” because off how little additional money was set aside to sustain the state employee pension fund. Cowell, a Democrat, told lawmakers in early 2009 the pension fund needed an additional $359 million from the Legislature during the next two years to keep it financially sound, but the two-year budget only provided a little more than half of the amount. The problem will get worse, according to Cowell, if the state doesn’t receive any of the money expected from Washington to extend a more generous Medicaid formula for six months. Lawmakers created a contingency plan in the budget that would hold back $139 million in scheduled contributions from the state to the pension plan. “That would leave the state underfunded during the two-year period by $310 million, Cowell said Wednesday. While Cowell said current monthly pension checks won’t be affected in the short term, this year’s deficit could mean lawmakers would need to set aside a whopping $1.2 billion for the retirement system in 2011.
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Our Views ICC project is a model to follow
utherford County is among several North Carolina counties qualified to receive funds for economic development grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Twenty five projects have been presented for consideration, including one from Isothermal Community College aimed at training people for entrepreneurial roles in green jobs. Most of the grant applications are focused on a similar idea: helping develop entrepreneurial skills and opportunities. This is an admirable goal, but the catch is that entrepreneurial skills alone will not solve the unemployment problems in the counties that might be covered by these grants. That problem has to be addressed through capital investment in the people who have those skills. Without the money and equipment to get a business started, skills and ideas are wasted. The communities that eventually benefit from this grant program will certainly be thankful for what they receive. It will be in the follow through and in the efforts to help these entrepreneurs get into business and create more jobs that the real test will come. The proposed ICC project has some of that follow through included. The ICC program would train 30 people in the building diagnostics field. After training, people will be able to lease three sets of building diagnostics equipment, allowing them to start entrepreneurial ventures. This project matches people with a skill that is marketable. It has easily measurable standards of success. And it includes an element to help those people put their training to work. This is the type of project that everyone should be looking at as we seek ways to create new jobs.
Our readers’ views Says educated voters are key to Democracy To the Editor: One of our founders commented that an educated populace was necessary for a successful democracy. Since I can remember, we have worked hard on getting the voters out on voting day. Seems to me it does not matter if there are 10 voters or 100 voters unless they are aware of the issues or people running for government. A large turn out usually means one thing; that we had a large turnout. Everyone will not agree on issues, but all voters should be aware of the issues. Thomas Paine felt that our “common sense” was our salvation: the sense that was common to everyone would guide us the right way. We should work hard to educate the voter before he votes on all sides of an issue. If the voter doesn’t choose to become aware, do we really desperately want him to vote? I think not. It doesn’t matter how he votes, so long as he has become aware of what he is voting on. If he has not, perhaps he should stay home. Again, a large turn out assures one thing, that we had a large turnout. Ray Crawford Rutherfordton
Says cancer awareness is critical for all To the editor: A small ad has been running in
The Daily Courier recently that I would like to comment on. Despite its small size, the event that it is announcing could have a tremendous impact on those who choose to read it, and to take appropriate action. This ad tells of an informative meeting about the Early Detection of Cancer through Cancer Screenings that will be presented by Jamie Ingraham, RN, of the Rutherford Hospital Health Program. The meeting will be held at the Lake Lure Town Hall’s Municipal Center at 10:30 a.m., July 9. In that meeting, Jamie will outline the latest recommendations for the screening of Breast, Cervical, Prostate, and Colon cancers. The NC State Center for Health Statistics has projected that there will be 385 new cancer cases diagnosed in Rutherford County in 2010, with 158 of these being either breast, colorectal, or prostate. The projections also estimate that there will be 152 deaths from cancer with 32 of these as a result of the three cancers listed above. Early detection and treatment of these cancers can greatly reduce the death rate and can dramatically improve the quality of life for people affected by these diseases. Sadly, many people will not come to this meeting in Lake Lure. Sadly, there are many people who are at risk of prostate or
breast cancer who have no insurance and will not take advantage of programs that can provide assistance for screenings. Many people, particularly those who are of African-American and Hispanic heritage are not aware of the importance of early detection and treatment. While many have been encouraged by community, civic, and church leaders to become more involved and informed in matters that are cancer-related, the message is often ignored or is put off for another time. We in Rutherford County are fortunate (or more accurately, blessed) to have medical facilities and medical professionals who are very capable of providing a level of care to those affected by cancer that rivals or surpasses many larger communities. We also have a Cancer Resource Center that is staffed by caring personnel who are more than willing to answer questions, provide information and to assist those who are newly diagnosed or those who have been involved in the cancer journey for sometime. The Resource Center can be contacted at 828-245-4596. Located in the One Source Rehab facility in the Tri-City Mall, they are there to serve all of us from 8:30 to 4 Monday through Friday Thank You for allowing me to share this information. Mike B. Lawing Forest City
What would be on your list of 10 must have books? What if you had to choose just 10 books to last you the rest of your life? It is a question I ask sometimes when I look around my room and see so many unsorted books stacked up everywhere. The bookshelves in my house are filled, and our little storage shed is piled up with them. So I ask myself, “Which ones are really precious? If I could keep just ten books, which ones?” If you have a minute, look over my selections and think about the ones that you would make if you had to choose just 10. 1. The Bible. First of all, I do not want to pretend that this is just to demonstrate my strong religious convictions. It is less than that, or maybe more than that. But, the Bible is the book that I know best. My grandmother read me all the great Bible stories when I was a boy, and I remember them. All my life I have heard it read from the pulpit at church services, weddings, and funerals. It is the source
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book and connecting link for so much of the wisdom and inspiration and comfort that others have given me. More than that, the Bible provides a key to understanding so much about our society and why we are what we are. The recent public discussion of the Koran at UNC-Chapel Hill reminded me how important scripture is to religious people — and how important it is to those who want to understand such people. Anyone who wants to understand American culture and history should become familiar with the Bible. 2. A good dictionary. Even though I have been working with the English language for many years, I discover new words every day. Many of them, once learned, become essential tools. Often I find,
upon checking, that I am misusing, misspelling, or misunderstanding words that I thought I knew well. Without a good dictionary, I would be a cripple as far as language is concerned. 3. A one-volume encyclopedia. The Columbia Encyclopedia is a treasure of information — one that I would not want to be without if I lost access to the Encyclopedia Britannica and other multi-volume reference books. 4. The World Almanac and Book of Facts. I like to have this book close by to answer questions and settle arguments, and sometimes just read for pleasure. Every time I pick it up I learn something new. 5. An Atlas. The National Geographic Atlas of the World always opens for me a whole new way to look at how our world is arranged and how particular pieces of it fit together. It shows how the mountains, oceans, deserts, and great rivers separate us and bind us together. 6. Shakespeare. Unbelievably, all of Shakespeare’s known works can
be packed into one volume, which I would take with me. As hard as Shakespeare is for me to read and understand, he is still our English language’s greatest storyteller and wordsmith. I would like to have him always close by. 7. Mark Twain’s collected works. Maybe Twain is outdated and overrated, but his stories are still classics. His descriptions of life are a key to understanding what America was like in the 19th century--and why we are what we are today. 8. A hymnbook. The old hymns, the ones that I have sung hundreds of times, are something special to me — like books of poetry and song are for others. I remember the tunes, but forget the words. So I have collected the texts of about 25 of my favorites and put them in a booklet — and it would probably be one of my ten books. (I will be glad to send you an electronic copy of “my little hymn book.” Just send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.) 9. A book of astronomy. I would want a book that
shows the constellations and how to find them in the night sky. 10. A blank book for my writing. More and more, I realize that my favorite writer is me. Reading things that I wrote earlier puts me in a conversation with myself. It reminds me of things I felt and learned and then put aside, perhaps never to have been recalled except for re-reading my own writing. Now I can almost hear you saying, “But what about history, philosophy, and science? What about the great works of fiction? What about poetry? What about books that tell you how to do things — like cookbooks? What about books of inspiration and practical guides to living? What about all the other books you left out?” All I can say is that maybe it is time for you to make your own list — and see what it tells you about yourself. D.G. Martin hosts UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, which airs Sundays at 5 p.m.
The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Thursday, July 1, 2010
Local/Obituaries/State FIVE INJURED IN ACCIDENT
Obituaries Eva Tesseneir
Five people were hurt Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 221 at Hogan Road. Ezekiel Tyler Gillespie, 28, of Observation Ridge, Rutherfordton, was headed north in a 1987 Toyota when he struck the rear of a 1995 Toyota driven by Tina Marie Dale, 35, of Mitchell Street, Forest City, said D.R. Walker of the N.C. Highway Patrol. Dale, her daughter, Corbin, who is 6, and a friend, Maranda Glyn, who is 5, Gillespie and his passenger, Michelle McEntyre, were taken to the Rutherford Hospital emergency room. The trunk of the car was in the back seat after the wreck. Dale told Walker she was trying to turn left onto Hogan Road when she was hit. Gillespie was charged with failure to reduce speed. Assisting at the scene were R-S Crime Control, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, Rutherford County EMS and Sandy Mush firefighters. Two hours later another woman was injured in a wreck less than a mile away when her car was hit in the rear at the congested DOT construction site. Saundra Allen, 17, was taken to the hospital after her vehicle she was riding in was hit by a Chevrolet driven by Megan Stacy of Mooresboro. Allen’s driver was Charles Lee Griffin of Mooresboro. Trooper Baxter Hill investigated the 4:01 accident.
Amendment vote is planned
RALEIGH (AP) — Voters in six counties decided in May they didn’t want former lawbreakers as their sheriffs. Now voters across North Carolina are poised to get a chance this November to remove them permanently from the candidate pool for the centuries-old office.
The House unanimously agreed Wednesday with the Senate’s proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit convicted felons from serving as sheriff. The chamber will need to approve the language one more time Thursday before it shows up on the Nov. 2 ballot. A majority of voters would have to agree to the amendment before it’s embossed in
the constitution. Six candidates for sheriff who are known felons ran unsuccessfully during the May 4 primary election, including ex-Washington County Sheriff Stanley James and former Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege. They all lost. But they shouldn’t be qualified to run to begin with, said Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, the bill’s chief proponent. “This shouldn’t have to be, especially if you’ve got a CEO of a large law enforcement agency,” said Bingham, who worked hard to get Hege defeated in May. “It’s a little bit different being a felon and getting a job at Hardee’s, or somewhere else.” The North Carolina
Constitution has few restrictions for people running for elected office. There are minimum ages to serve as governor or in the Legislature. Judges, district attorneys and the attorney general must be duly “authorized to practice law in the courts of this state.” Convicted felons can seek office — including sheriff — once their rights of citizenship are restored, usually when they have completed their punishment. The North Carolina Sheriffs Association has pushed for the restriction on the office, arguing it’s a matter of ethics for a county’s top elected law enforcement officer to follow the law.
Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports
n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 138 E-911 calls Tuesday. n The theft of three vehicles and other items was reported at Black’s Auto Sales, 218 Main St., Ellenboro. n Tammy Jo Terry reported the theft of two guns and money. n The theft of a paper box from 191 Main St., Ellenboro, was reported by The Daily Courier. n Wendi Fiolka reported a breaking and entering and vandalism.
n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 38 E-911 calls Tuesday.
n The Spindale Police Department responded to 38 E-911 Tuesday.
n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to eight E-911 calls Tuesday.
n The Forest City Police Department responded to 69 E-911 calls Tuesday. n Robert Martin reported a breaking and entering and larceny. n Renett Carson reported damage to property. n Kenneth Rollins reported a larceny after breaking and entering. n Kristen Snyder reported damage to property. The incident occurred on Frontage Road. n An employee of McDonalds, on Wells Drive, reported receiving a counterfeit bill. n Mozelle Lynch reported a larceny.
Arrests n Donnie Bruce McDowell,
44, of 59 Metcalf Hill Lane; charged with communicating threats; released on a $500 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Kevin Riley Day, 29, of 123 Campbell St.; charged with four counts of misdemeanor probation violation; placed under an $8,000 secured bond. (Probation) n Devin Michael Clark, 27, of 275 Walter Horn Road; charged with failure to comply, second-degree trespassing, communicating threats, harassing phone call, communicating threats and failure to appear; placed under a $2,000 secured bond and a $500 cash bond. (RCSD) n Michael Lee Ollis, 30, of 378 Nathaniel Lane; charged with simple possession of schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Amanda Ann Smith, 30, of 204 Diamond Drive; charged with obtain property by false pretense; released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Taylor Matthew Cook, 23, of 2370 Big Island Road; charged with assault by strangulation; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD) n Bobby Joe Hunt, 16, of 441 Dills Road; charged with injury to real property; freed on a custody release. (RCSD) n Stephen Oliver Reed, 73, of 190 Raven Road; charged with assault and battery; released on a written promise to appear. (RCSD) n Sherry Michelle McKillop, 42, of 227 Brentway Drive; charged with school attendance law violation; released on a written promise to appear. (RCSD) n Shurica Ann Huskey, 24, of 152 Thompson St.; charged with two counts of misdemeanor probation
Eva Tesseneir, 68, of Forest City, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Hospice House. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Summie Roland Swink and Ardie Dale Swink. She worked in textiles most of her life and was a lifetime member of Sandy Level Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Tesseneir; two daughters, Dawn Laughter of Rutherfordton and Emily Boone of Forest City; three brothers, Paul Swink of Rutherfordton and Jerry Swink and Gary Swink, both of Bostic; one sister, Gail Shropshire of Spindale; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at 5 p.m. at the Sandy Level Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Hensley and Marshall Dill officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until service time at the church on the day of the service. A celebration fellowship will follow at the church. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family of Eva Tesseneir. An online guest registry at www. harrelsonfuneralhome.com
Mamie Jones Mamie Valarie Jones, 80, of Spindale, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Rutherford Hospital. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of late Archie Holland and Hester Keeter Holland. She attended Spencer Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Bobby Jones; four daughters, Gail Leverette of Spindale, Denise Fowler of Rutherfordton, Donna Jones of Forest City and Lorrie Moore of Ellenboro;
two sons, Tim Jones of Rutherfordton and Tommy Jones of the home; a sister, Patsy Benoy of Texas; three brothers, Dazel Holland of Spindale, Steve Holland Keeter of Lake Lure and J. W. Holland of Shiloh; 11 grandchildren; 10 greatgrandchildren; one greatgreat grandchild. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at McMahan’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Spindale City Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County; P.O. Box 336, Forest City NC 28043. Online condolences at www. mcmahansfuneralhome.com.
Bertie Parker Bertie J. Parker, 86, of Bostic, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Fair Haven Home. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Claude Jones and the late Laura Nanney Greene Jones. She was a member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Forest City. She was also preceded in death by her husband, the late Reid G. Parker. Survivors include a daughter, Louise Clark of Forest City; a sister, Martha Wease of Ellenboro; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Cornerstone Fellowship Church Friday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Snellgrove officiating. McMahans Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County P.O. Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043. Online condolences at www. mcmahansfuneralhome.com.
violation; no bond listed. (RCSD) n Chelsi Marie Clayton, 20, of 450 Womack Lake Road; charged with misdemeanor probation violation; no bond listed. (RCSD)
EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 29 E-911 calls Tuesday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to 12 E-911 calls.
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Worth Bradley Worth Bradley, age 85, of Bostic-Sunshine Highway, Sunshine Community, Bostic, NC died Monday, June 28, 2010 at Hospice House of Forest City. He was born August 23, 1924 in Rutherford County and was a son of the late Esper Sims Bradley and Myra Jane Owens Bradley; a member of Mount Harmony Baptist Church where he was a former Deacon, a member of the Sunshine Community Club and the Cherry Mountain Civic Club. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy during World War II and retired as the manager of Ron & Eddy's Restaurant in Forest City after forty-two years service. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Madge McCurry Bradley of the home, a daughter, Kay Bradley Brooks and her husband, David of Bostic, and a sister, Mary Willie Spurlin of Forest City. There are also two grandchildren, Holly Toms Dedmond and her husband, Heath of Chapel Hill, NC and Chris Toms of Bostic, and two step-grandchildren, Emily Brooks of Raleigh and Kent Brooks of Asheville. Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Friday, July 2, 2010 from the Mount Harmony Baptist Church with Reverend Ad Hopper and Reverend Dr. Bobby Gantt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from six until eight o'clock Thursday evening at The Padgett and King Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, Post Office Box 336, Forest City, North Carolina 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at: www.padgettking.com Paid obit
Eva Tesseneir Eva Tesseneir, age 68, of Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at Hospice House. Eva was born December 4, 1941 in Rutherford County to the late Summie Roland Swink and Ardie Dale Swink. She worked in textiles most of her life and was a lifetime member of Sandy Level Baptist Church. Her life’s enjoyment was caring her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Tamara Denise Tesseneir; one grandson Bryan Colen Boone and by six brothers and sisters. Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Tesseneir; two daughters, Dawn Laughter and husband, Jim, of Rutherfordton and Emily Boone and husband, Troy, of Forest City; four grandchildren, Micah Laughter, Faith Boone, Moriah Laughter and Hope Boone; three brothers, Paul Swink of Rutherfordton, Jerry Swink and wife, Teresa, Gary Swink both of Bostic and one sister, Gail Shropshire of Spindale. Funeral services will be conducted at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2010 at the Sandy Level Baptist Church with Reverend Robert Hensley and Reverend Marshall Dill officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until service time at the church on the day of the service. A celebration fellowship will follow at the church following the committal. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family of Eva Tesseneir. An online guest registry is available at: www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com Paid obit
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Ongoing Camp Harmony: Monday through Friday, through July 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Callison Recreation Center. Foothills Harvest Thrift Store: Everything in the store half price this week. (Take out Saturday) Buy one, get one free sale: Through Saturday, Yokefellow Service Center; buy any clothing item, get one of equal or lesser value free, floor restocked daily; store hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; cash, credit and debit only.
Thursday, July 1 Washburn Community Outreach Center: Open Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; new center hours begin July 1 – Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. American Legion Post 74 meeting: 6 p.m. meal with meeting to follow, National Guard Armory.
Friday, July 2 Bake sale to benefit Relay for Life: State Employees Credit Union, Forest City location. Hot dog sale to benefit Relay for Life: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the sidewalk at The Hair Castle in Forest City; hot dogs, chips, lemonade and desserts for sale. SWEEP (Solid Waste Environmental Education Panel) meeting: noon at GDS at 141 Fairgrounds Road, Spindale; for all who are concerned about the envrionment and recycling in Rutherford County; for more information, visit www.sweeprecycles.com. Relay for Life team registration deadline: 5 p.m.; register online at www.relayforlife.org/rutherfordnc. Anyone wishing to have an official 2010 Relay for Life participant shirt must be registered; there will be no additional shirts this year for purchase. 912/Tea Party Group Meeting: 7 p.m., NC Cooperative Extension. For more information visit rutherford912.org.
Saturday, July 3 Kids’ Computer Corner: Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, Union Mills Learning Center; educational software and adult-supervised access to the Internet. Big Day in Ellenboro: Saturday, July 3, beginning at 9 a.m.; free entertainment for children – bouncy house, face painting, basketball shooting gallery, balloon art, sliding boards, swings; parade begins at the old school grounds at 9:15 a.m.; food, crafts, music, “pitch burst,” cake walk, Depot Museum, car show and more. American Legion Post 74 will be on hand with raffle tickets for a Rutherford County Limited Edition Historical Rifle, of which only 25 were made. Limited number of tickets to be sold. Barbecue sale: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Green Hill Fire Department.
Monday, July 5 Chase Athletic Booster meeting: 6:30 p.m., Chase office conference room. Storewide half-price sale: Through Saturday, Yokefellow Service Center; store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; cash, credit and debit only. The Rutherford County Landfill and all convenience centers will be closed today for the July Fourth holiday and will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday.
buildings — the library, administration and continuing education building.” Scruggs saw changes to campus in the realm of technology as well, saying she’d gone from carbon paper to a copier, and from a typewriter to computer. “I remember when they were going to get me a new typewriter,” Scruggs said. “And then when they started talking about getting a word processor. I begged them not to take my typewriter.” In addition to the changes in the campus, Scruggs said that over the years she’d seen changes in the offerings for students on campus. “The Powers money was a wonderful thing,” she said, speaking of a scholarship set up through the estate of Martha Jane Powers that provides scholarships. “It ensured all students could come,” Scruggs said. “The New Century Scholars is another program that is great. All faculty and staff bought into that; we all thought it was a wonderful thing.” Scruggs joked that during her tenure at Isothermal she had a baby with each president – not really, but she was pregnant three different times. “I went to a secretary’s thing at Southern Pines, and we each had to say where we were from and some-
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people see as secrecy in the county government.” In appointments, Margaret Helton was named to the Department of Social Services board. Commissioner Susan Crowe appointed Omer Causby to the Economic Development Commission board, and Commissioner Paul McIntosh re-appointed Sally Lesher to the Economic Development Commission board. Crowe appointed Bob Howard to the planning commission.
Alanon meetings: Lake Lure Alanon Family Group meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., at Lake Lure Mountains Branch Library, 150 Bills Creek Road, Lake Lure; call 625-0456 for information.
During budget deliberations, commissioners also discussed a reduction in the amount the county contributes to the 401(k) plans of county employees. “This troubles me because we aren’t treating all employees equally,” County Commission Chairman Brent Washburn said. “We are required by statute to contribute 5 percent to law enforcement. We are proposing reducing the contribution to the other employees to 3.75 percent. I propose we treat this as a temporary suspension and include in the budget ordinance a section that if anyone of these three things happen we’ll restore the
401(k) contributions back to 5 percent per employee. The first is the delinquent taxes for Grey Rock. If they’re realized, we could go back and make these employees whole. There’s the same issue for delinquent taxes from Queens Gap. And third, we haven’t budgeted increased revenue from the Duke Energy project at Cliffside Steam Station.”
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unharmed and glad to see his owner. Winn said the dog never tried to bite him and didn’t even growl. “The only problem, he liked to have licked me to death.” Seigle isn’t sure how long Rascal was in the well. He saw him Tuesday night in his dog lot, but when he came home from his job as a nurse at White Oak on Manor on Wednesday afternoon, he couldn’t find Rascal. During the day, Seigle’s mother, Rebecca Gilbert, called for him but couldn’t found him. “It never dawned on me he could be in there,” she said as he was brought to the top of the well. After Seigle arrived home and walked around the property, he headed up the hill to a wooded area, where he knew there was an abandoned well. It had been covered with plywood that apparently had rotted, and Rascal fell in. “I wondered if he was hurt,” said Seigle, who saw only the dog’s eyes when he first looked down into the well with a flashlight. “But when I called his name he looked at me and I saw his eyes,” he said. Going back to the house he got a stronger flashlight and thought about how he would rescue the dog. “I figured I needed to call the fire department,” he said. Spindale Fire Chief Jim Powell, Assistant Chief Bill Geer, firefighters
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Dog owner Ronnie Seigle, 33, holds Rascal after the pet was rescued from the bottom of a well.
Todd Revis, Andrew Kegley and Ryan Greene arrived at the scene. They called Rutherford County Animal Control and Rutherford County Rescue for assistance. Powell’s plan was to have the dog tranquilized before anyone went down into the well, but Animal Control Officer Brad Jones didn’t want to use a tranquilizer. He was afraid the medicine would harm the dog and may not help at all. Seigle was concerned that if Rascal was hurt he would bite the rescuer. “Could I go?” he asked officers. Geer said no, and Jones and Winn briefly discussed who would head into the well. Both had been vaccinat-
During her reception, Scruggs was presented the 2010 Willard L. Lewis III Staff Award, which typically is given during fall convocation. “This is an award that is selected by the staff and the selection is made without the input of the administration,” Johnson said. “Glenda is part of the fabric of Isothermal that cannot and should not be rewoven.” Scruggs was given a plaque and a check for $1,000. Vice President of Administrative Services Stephen Matheny serenaded Scruggs with Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” telling her she was truly unforgettable. Director of Customized Training and Development Mike Saunders danced with her as the music played. Scruggs, who is the mother of three daughters — Kristy, Heather and Amanda — and the grandmother of Lucy and Cade, plans to sleep in now but said she’d always feel comfortable coming to campus. “It’s been an honor to be here all these years,” she said. “I would like to come back and visit and take some continuing education classes.” Contact Flynn via e-mail at email@example.com.
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ed against rabies, but Winn thought he was the most experienced with the rescue operation. Winn carried a muzzle and asked the other rescuers to let him down in the well about halfway so he could see the dog’s reaction. As Winn was led down further, he called out, “He’s on his hind legs,” to which a rescuer called out, “Be careful.” “He’s OK,” Geer said of Rascal as he heard from Winn. Winn slipped the muzzle on the dog and said he was coming up. “Rascal’s got a new friend today,” someone said. “He was ready to get out of there,” Powell said. Just minutes after Winn was dropped into the well with a large tripod, he arrived at the top carrying the nearly 100-pound dog. Winn never hesitated about going into the well. “We’re trained to do this,” he said. The situation could have been much worse, Powell said. Seigle and his wife have two young children, who are 2 and 7. Neither was home Wednesday when the dog went missing. Seigle said he will get the well filledin as quickly as possible. In the meantime, Gilbert carried a large well cover from another area of the property. Rascal was carried back to his lot by Seigle, the dog was definitely glad to be safe. Contact Gordon via e-mail at email@example.com.
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Glenda’s job, I told them we were not looking for a Glenda replacement, because no one could replace Glenda,” Johnson said. “I feel like there’s a part of me and a part of Isothermal walking out the door.”
Rutherford County offices: Closed today in honor of the Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen on Tuesday.
GRACE support group for anyone caring for a loved one: GRACE is conducted the first Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Rutherford Life Care and the third Friday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Rutherford County Senior Center. Adult Care services are available on Tuesday evenings. Hosted by Hospice of Rutherford County.
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Rocky Yelton to jam at CPL Fan Fest FOREST CITY — Rocky Yelton and the Hired Guns will perform at McNair Field following the Coastal Plain League All-Star Fan Fest and Home Run Derby on Monday, July 19. The Fan Fest kicks off the CPL All-Star event at McNair Field. The Coastal Plain League All-Star Game will take place Tuesday, July 20 with a fireworks show post game. Tickets for the event are now on sale for $10 for general admission, $11 for reserved general admission, and $12 for box seats.
South Carolina honors CWS win COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina will honor its first College World Series championship with a celebration in Columbia. The school said the celebration would be held at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. It was originally planned for the Gamecocks’ Carolina Stadium but was relocated because of rain. The school planned a rebroadcast of Tuesday night’s 11-inning, 2-1 victory over UCLA on the stadium video screen. Each team member will be introduced when the players and coaches return from Omaha, Neb. A planned autograph session has been canceled. The win is only the second national championship in school history. The women’s track team won the NCAA outdoor title in 2002.
Cunningham’s son dies in hot tub LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 2-year-old son of former NFL star quarterback Randall Cunningham has died in what authorities on Wednesday called an apparent backyard hot tub accident. The Clark County coroner’s office identified the child as Christian Cunningham, and said the cause of death was pending. Las Vegas police Officer Marcus Martin, a department spokesman, said the death appeared to have been an accidental drowning. Cunningham, 47, is a pastor of a Las Vegas church.
Local Sports BASEBALL American Legion 7 p.m. Rutherford Post 423 at Pineville (Audrey Kell High) Coastal Plain League 7 p.m. Forest City Owls at Asheboro Copperheads SOFTBALL Little League All-Stars at Cliffside Park 6 p.m. Game 3: Polk vs. Chase 8 p.m. Game 4: Rutherfordton vs. Forest City
On TV 7 a.m. (ESPN2) Tennis Wimbledon, Women’s Semifinals. 12 p.m. (WYFF) Tennis Wimbledon, Women’s Semifinals. 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Nationwide Series: Subway Jalapeno 250, Final Practice. 7 p.m. (ESPN2) MLS Soccer Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC. 7 p.m. (TS) WNBA Basketball Minnesota Lynx at Atlanta Dream.
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Chase All-Star pitcher Devyn Gowan, middle, delivers a pitch to Rutherfordton All-Star rightfielder Shannon Kennedy, left, during the Senior Softball tournament game at Cliffside Park.
Rutherfordton ladies slam Chase, 14-0 By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter
CLIFFSIDE — Rutherfordton’s Senior League softball All-Stars used three arms to toss a complete game two-hitter to defeat Chase, 14-0, at Cliffside Park Wednesday. Rutherfordton’s starting pitcher Makayla Crain pitched two innings, struck out five and held Chase hitless. Shelby Smith threw two innings, allowed one hit and fanned two
before Adrienne Alexander threw the fifth and final inning. Alexander tossed a one-hitter in relief and struck out two. The three combined to face 19 batters and issued two walks in the game. In the first inning, Rutherfordton put up three runs with the first crossing on a passed ball that scored Crain. A double by Smith (2-for-3, 2 RBI) into left field gap pushed the
lead to two and Khadedra Hines (3-for-3, 2 RBI) singled to plate Smith for a 3-0 Rutherfordton lead. Alexander’s RBI double in the right field gap brought home Crain, who had singled to begin the third frame for Rutherfordton. Smith followed with a base hit that scored Alexander for a 5-0 lead. The lead increased to eight by the end of the third inning. Please see All-Stars, Page 8
NBA Free Agency Begins; LeBron Watch Underway
Bobcats’ Chandler staying; Felton leaving? By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE — Tyson Chandler is staying in Charlotte — for now. Tyrus Thomas is likely back — at least for one more season. Raymond Felton, though, may have played his final game with the Bobcats, which could lead to a flurry of activity to shore up the backcourt. While not a factor in the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh sweepstakes, the Michael Jordanowned Bobcats face some intrigue of their own as free agency begins Thursday. The first question was solved Wednesday morning, when agent Jeff Schwartz told the Bobcats their center Chandler wouldn’t opt out of the final year of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent. Chandler had been hoping to get a contract extension, but the Bobcats declined. With uncertainty surrounding the terms of the next labor agreement, Chandler and his representatives considered forfeiting $12.7 million due next season and search for a long-term deal elsewhere.
Charlotte Bobcats’ Tyrus Thomas takes a free throw during a game against the Please see Bobcats, Page 9 Philadelphia 76ers, in this March 10, 2010, file photo.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers will return for 2010-11 season BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics with the Celtics,” coach Doc Rivers will return for general manager another season, staying with the Danny Ainge said team he led to the NBA finals twice in the two-sentence in three years for a run at another statement. championship. Rivers did not “Doc is a fantastic coach and leader immediately return and I am thrilled he is coming back a message left at for the upcoming season,” Celtics his hotel in San owner Steve Pagliuca said Wednesday Antonio, where he in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Rivers was watching his Rivers’ decision was first reported son, Austin, play in the Boston Herald. Four hours in an international later, the Celtics released a statement under-18 tournament. confirming Rivers would return. The inability to watch his four chil“Doc is re-energized and enthusiasdren play in sports was one of the tic about coming back to make anoth- major things pulling Rivers toward er run at winning a championship taking time off from coaching. He
said at last week’s NBA draft that he was hoping there would be some compromise that would allow him to give both his personal and professional lives proper attention. Rivers lives in the Orlando area in the offseason, and his family remains there. Rivers’ decision does not mean that the nucleus of the Celtics team that won the franchise’s unprecedented 17th NBA title in 2008 will be back for a run in 2010-11. Paul Pierce has reportedly said he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent, and Ray Allen is also due to become a free agent on Thursday.
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sports McSwains Honored
Scoreboard BASEBALL AMERICAN LEGION Western Division Playoffs
July July July July July
Pineville vs. Rutherford County First Round; Best-of-5 Series 1: at Pineville, Audrey Kell High 2: at Rutherford, R-S Central High 3: at Pineville, Audrey Kell High 4 (if necessary): at Rutherford, McNair 5 (if necessary): at Pineville, Audrey Kell
COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE West Division-Overall W L T Forest City 19 10 0 Gastonia 17 12 0 Asheboro 14 15 0 Martinsville 12 17 0 Thomasville 10 18 0
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL National League East Division W L Pct 45 33 .577 43 34 .558 41 35 .539 37 40 .481 34 44 .436 Central Division W L Pct St. Louis 43 34 .558 Cincinnati 44 35 .557 Milwaukee 35 42 .455 Chicago 34 43 .442 Houston 30 48 .385 Pittsburgh 26 51 .338 West Division W L Pct San Diego 45 32 .584 Los Angeles 42 35 .545 Colorado 41 36 .532 San Francisco 40 36 .526 Arizona 30 48 .385
Atlanta New York Philadelphia Florida Washington
Chase football coach Daniel Bailey, left, presents Chuck McSwain, right, with a special plaque at the conclusion of the McCurry Deck/Ostas Football and Life Skills Camp at Chase High on Saturday, June 26. McSwain and his brother, Rodney, who was not present, were honored for their influence in the community. The McSwains played football at Chase before college and NFL careers.
Reds rally past Phillies
CINCINNATI (AP) â€” Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning off Roy Halladay, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to yet another win in their final at-bat Wednesday, 4-3 over the Philadelphia Phillies. Joey Votto also homered off Halladay (9-7), who fell to 2-4 since his perfect game on May 29. Jonny Gomes opened the eighth with a single, and Bruce connected for Cincinnatiâ€™s 25th comeback win â€” most in the majors. The Reds have 14 wins in their last at-bat, tied for the major league lead. Arthur Rhodes (3-2) pitched a perfect inning, recovering from his 10th-inning loss a few hours earlier. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 26 tries.
Pirates 2, Cubs 0
CHICAGO (AP) â€” Brad Lincoln pitched seven strong innings for his first major league win, Garrett Jones had a key RBI double and Pittsburgh continued its mastery of Chicago. The last-place Pirates have beaten the Cubs nine times in 12 meetings. One-third of their victories (27) this season have come against Chicago. Lincoln (1-2) allowed just four hits in seven innings. Joel Hanrahan pitched the eighth and Octavio Dotel the ninth for his 16th save in 19 chances to complete the five-hit shutout.
Dodgers 8, Giants 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) â€” Matt Kemp homered and drove in three runs, Vincente Padilla won his 100th game, and Los Angeles completed a threegame sweep of San Francisco. Rafael Furcal had four hits, including a home run, and drove in two for the Dodgers, who earned a sweep in San Francisco for the first time in three years.
Padres 13, Rockies 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) â€” Clayton Richard struck out a career-high 10 and drove in two runs, and Scott Hairston hit a three-run double and finished with four RBIs as San Diego routed Colorado to avoid a three-game sweep. Every Padres regular had at least one hit and everyone scored at least one run except Hairston. Hairston had four RBIs for the second time in three games and drove in his older brother, Jerry Jr., twice. Chris Denorfia scored three runs.
Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) â€” Barry Enright gave Arizona five solid innings as the fill-in for Edwin Jackson and Chris Young hit a two-run home run in a victory over St. Louis that avoided a three-game sweep.
GB â€” 1 1/2 3 7 1/2 11 GB â€” â€” 8 9 13 1/2 17 GB â€” 3 4 4 1/2 15 1/2
Tuesdayâ€™s Games Florida 7, N.Y. Mets 6 Philadelphia 9, Cincinnati 6, 10 innings Washington 7, Atlanta 2 Chicago Cubs 3, Pittsburgh 1 Milwaukee 7, Houston 5 St. Louis 8, Arizona 0 Colorado 6, San Diego 3 L.A. Dodgers 4, San Francisco 2 Wednesdayâ€™s Games Cincinnati 4, Philadelphia 3 Houston 5, Milwaukee 1 Arizona 4, St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 2, Chicago Cubs 0 San Diego 13, Colorado 3 L.A. Dodgers 8, San Francisco 2 N.Y. Mets vs. Florida at San Juan, late Atlanta 4, Washington 1 Thursdayâ€™s Games Cincinnati (T.Wood 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Silva 8-2), 2:20 p.m. N.Y. Mets (J.Santana 5-5) at Washington (L.Hernandez 6-4), 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Hamels 6-6) at Pittsburgh (D.McCutchen 0-3), 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Wolf 5-7) at St. Louis (Hawksworth 2-4), 8:15 p.m. San Francisco (Bumgarner 0-1) at Colorado (Cook 2-5), 8:40 p.m. Houston (Moehler 1-4) at San Diego (Garland 8-5), 10:05 p.m. Fridayâ€™s Games Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Florida at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado, 8:10 p.m. Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Houston at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. American League New York Boston Tampa Bay Toronto Baltimore
East Division W L Pct 47 29 .618 47 31 .603 44 32 .579 40 38 .513 23 53 .303
GB â€” 1 3 8 24
Central Division W L Pct 43 35 .551 41 36 .532 40 36 .526 33 45 .423 29 47 .382 West Division W L Pct Texas 46 30 .605 Los Angeles 44 35 .557 Oakland 38 40 .487 Seattle 32 44 .421
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GB â€” 1 1/2 2 10 13 GB â€” 3 1/2 9 14
Tuesdayâ€™s Games Oakland 4, Baltimore 2 Seattle 7, N.Y. Yankees 4 Cleveland 5, Toronto 4 Boston 8, Tampa Bay 5 Chicago White Sox 4, Kansas City 3 Minnesota 11, Detroit 4 L.A. Angels 6, Texas 5 Wednesdayâ€™s Games Minnesota 5, Detroit 1 Oakland at Baltimore, late Seattle 7, N.Y. Yankees 0 Cleveland 3, Toronto 1 Tampa Bay at Boston, late Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, late Texas at L.A. Angels, late Thursdayâ€™s Games Toronto (Marcum 7-3) at Cleveland (Masterson 2-7), 12:05 p.m. Seattle (Rowland-Smith 1-7) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 9-3), 1:05 p.m. Oakland (Cahill 7-2) at Baltimore (Arrieta 2-1), 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Niemann 6-2) at Minnesota (Pavano 9-6), 8:10 p.m. Texas (C.Wilson 6-3) at L.A. Angels (Jer.Weaver 7-3), 10:05 p.m. Fridayâ€™s Games Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Oakland at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.
SOCCER 2010 WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS Friday, July 2 At Port Elizabeth, South Africa Netherlands vs. Brazil, 10 a.m. At Johannesburg Uruguay vs. Ghana, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3 At Cape Town, South Africa Germany vs. Argentina, 10 a.m. At Johannesburg Paraguay vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. SEMIFINALS Tuesday, July 6 At Cape Town, South Africa Uruguay-Ghana winner vs. Netherlands-Brazil winner, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 At Durban, South Africa Germany-Argentina winner vs. Paraguay-Spain winner, 2:30 p.m. THIRD PLACE Saturday, July 10 At Port Elizabeth, South Africa Semifinal losers, 2:30 p.m. CHAMPIONSHIP Sunday, July 11 At Johannesburg Semifinal winners, 2:30 p.m.
TRANSACTIONS Wednesdayâ€™s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League DETROIT TIGERS_Optioned LHP Fu-Te Ni to Toledo (IL). Agreed to terms with RHP Patrick Cooper, RHP Jordan Pratt and RHP
Jeff Barfield. SEATTLE MARINERS_Sent C Eliezer Alfonzo to Tacoma (PCL). TEXAS RANGERS_Recalled RHP Omar Beltre from Oklahoma City (PCL). National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS_Selected the contract of RHP Barry Enright from Mobile (SL). Optioned RHP Carlos Rosa to Reno (PCL). CINCINNATI REDS_Optioned LHP Daniel Ray Herrera to Louisville (IL). HOUSTON ASTROS_Agreed to terms with RHP Jason Chowning and RHP Paul Gerrish. NEW YORK METS_Agreed to terms with C Blake Forsythe and assigned him to the Mets (GCL). American Association LINCOLN SALTDOGS_Released INF Jake Jadlowski and RHP Chris Britton. WICHITA WINGNUTS_Signed OF Jackson Melian. Atlantic League CAMDEN RIVERSHARKS_Signed LHP Timothy Bittner. Can-Am League QUEBEC CAPITALES_Released RHP Steeve Dube. Signed INF Brad Jackson. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association CHICAGO BULLS_Waived F Rob Kurz and F Chris Richard. PHOENIX SUNS_Announced C Amare Stoudemire has opted out of the final year of his contract. FOOTBALL National Football League DETROIT LIONS_Agreed to terms with CB Amari Spievey. HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS_Bought out the contract of D Nathan Oystrick. ATLANTA THRASHERS_Re-signed D Noah Welch. CAROLINA HURRICANES_Announced the retirement of C Rod Brindâ€™Amour. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS_Claimed LW Ethan Moreau off waivers from Edmonton. DALLAS STARS_Re-signed F Krys Barch and RW Francis Wathier to two-year contract extensions. EDMONTON OILERS_Traded F Patrick Oâ€™Sullivan to Phoenix for D Jim Vandermeer. MINNESOTA WILD_Re-signed LW Matt Kassian to a two-year contract and D Nate Prosser to a one-year contract. NEW JERSEY DEVILS_Re-signed RW David Clarkson to a multiyear contract. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS_Re-signed G Michael Leighton to a two-year contract extension. PHOENIX COYOTES_Named Mike Nealy chief operating officer. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING_Bought out the contract of LW Todd Fedoruk. COLLEGE ARKANSAS_Named Brian Pracht associate athletic director for marketing. BAYLOR_Named Jared Nuness menâ€™s basketball director of video and operations and Sam Patterson video coordinator. CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT_Named Todd Boward menâ€™s lacrosse coach. ELON_Named David Vaughn volunteer assistant football coach. GEORGIA SOUTHERN_Named Jacqueline Irwin director of student-athlete services. ILLINOIS STATE_Announced senior menâ€™s basketball G Bobby Hill has been dismissed from the university after pleading guilty to criminal sexual abuse. MARQUETTE_Announced sophomore menâ€™s basketball F Jamil Wilson is transferring from Oregon. OHIO STATE_Named Mike Stafford pitching coach. OHIO WESLEYAN_Announced the resignation of menâ€™s lacrosse coach Sean Ryan. OREGON STATE_Named Scott Rueck womenâ€™s basketball coach. TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO_Signed menâ€™s basketball coach Brooks Thompson to a contract extension through the 2014-15 season. VIRGINIA UNION_Named Jim Junot sports information director. WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE_Named Kim Blum interim athletic director. WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT_Named Megan Craig womenâ€™s track and field and cross country coach.
All-Stars Continued from Page 7
During Rutherfordtonâ€™s final at-bat in the fourth frame, they plated four of six runs on walks as the lead grew to double digits. Rutherfordton will face Forest City, today, at 8 p.m., while Chase will battle Polk beginning at 6 p.m.
Forest City 16, Polk 2 CLIFFSIDE â€” Forest City Senior softball All-Stars pounded Polk, 16-2, in Wednesdayâ€™s opening game at Cliffside Park. Forest Cityâ€™s Amber Sayre pitched three innings, surrendered three hits and two runs. Makayla Murray pitched the gamesâ€™s final two frames and kept Polk hitless.
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LeBron watch begins
NEW YORK (AP) — This summer’s biggest show in sports, kicked off at 12:01 a.m. this morning, comes from a league that won’t play for months. It’s called “LeBron James: Free Agent.” The two-time MVP known more aptly than ever as the King is one of the most sought-after players to hit the market in the NBA — or any sport. Teams have spent years jockeying to get themselves in position for this moment — slashing their payrolls and even enlisting high-profile sympathizers ranging from a music superstar to a singing governor. James, who has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers since turning pro directly out of high school seven years ago, is the biggest prize in perhaps the NBA’s deepest free agency class ever, a crop of star players who could change the course of basketball with their decisions. “I think the landscape could really shift,” former Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr said. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, James’ classmates from the 2003 draft — and future teammates in Miami if they choose — are among this year’s free agents. So are perennial All-Stars such as Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudemire and Joe Johnson. “We’ve never had anything like this in my time that I can remember,” New Jersey Nets president Rod Thorn said. “There have been bigtime free agents before, but never this many teams that are trying to woo them. So it’s unprecedented.”
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But the 7-foot-1 Chandler, who was held to 50 games last season and 45 the year before in New Orleans because of foot and ankle injuries, didn’t have bargaining power. While it means the Bobcats keep their depth at center, they’re also strapped for salary-cap space with Chandler’s contract. After giving Thomas a oneyear, $6.2 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent, the Bobcats have nearly $67 million committed to 11 players for next season. That includes an extra $1 million for bonuses Gerald Wallace received for making the All-Star team ($500,000) and all-defensive team ($500.000) that will count toward next season’s cap. With the luxury tax projected to kick in around $68-69 million — and with Jordan stating publicly he won’t exceed it — Felton’s future in Charlotte looks bleak. His uneven career — and major struggles in the playoffs — don’t help him, either. Felton averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 assists while shooting a career-best 46 percent from the field last season. But he was then thoroughly outplayed by Orlando’s Jameer Nelson in Charlotte’s first-round playoff sweep.
Brind’Amour retires, moves to front office
Gryphons Win Summer Title
By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer
The Gryphons summer team recently won the 16- and under Nations Baseball State Championship. The Gryphons are: Zac Caldwell (front, l to r), Blake Francis, Anthony Helton, Caleb Bishop, Matthew Westbrook, David Mendez; Coach Mike Caldwell (back, l to r), C.J. Brooks, Nick Triplett, Thomas Melton, Zach Condrey, Lucas Cole, McKinnon Martin, Coach Jay Bishop, Head Coach Chris White, and Coach Billy Jones.
Federer out at Wimbledon WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — For the first time in eight years, Roger Federer won’t be striding onto Centre Court for the Wimbledon final. The six-time champion was upset in the quarterfinals by big-hitting Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, stopping his bid for a recordtying seventh title at the All England Club and extending his recent stretch of disappointing play. The 12th-seeded Berdych used his big serve and forehand to beat Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, on Centre Court for the biggest victory of the Czech’s career. Berdych will meet No. 3 Novak Djokovic for a spot in the final, with No. 2 Rafael Nadal facing No. 4 Andy Murray in the other semifinal. It’s the first time since 2002 that Federer has failed to reach the final. Since losing in the first round eight years ago, Federer had played in the championship match a record seven consecutive times. He won the title six times and finished runner-up once, bolstering his reputation as the greatest player of all-time. Winner of a record 16 Grand Slam titles, Federer said he was unable to play his best tennis Wednesday because of pain in his back and right leg. “I couldn’t play the way I wanted to play,” said Federer, who had been chasing the record of seven titles won by Pete Sampras and 19th-century player William Renshaw. “I am struggling with a little bit of a back and a leg issue. That just doesn’t quite allow me to play the way I would like to play. It’s frustrating, to say the least.” Berdych said he didn’t notice anything wrong with Federer. “I don’t know if he is just looking for some excuses after the match or something like that,” he said. “I think he was 100 percent ready.” Berdych ripped a clean forehand winner on his second match point to become the first Czech to reach the men’s semifinals since Ivan Lendl in 1990. “Not many other moments can compare to this one,” Berdych said. “Standing on Centre Court here in Wimbledon, beating the sixtime champion here. It couldn’t be better. But there is still one match to feel better feelings than this one. I hope I can get to that.” Berdych will next face Djokovic, who swept past Yen-hsun Lu in straight sets to reach the semifinals for the second time. The third-seeded Djokovic never faced a break point as he beat the 82nd-ranked Taiwanese player 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in less than two hours on Court 1. Nadal, who beat Federer in the 2008 final, lost the first five games of the match but rallied to defeat No. 6 Robin Soderling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1. It was a rematch of this year’s French Open final, which the Spaniard also won. Nadal will play Murray, who defeated 10th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-2 to make the semis for the second straight year. Murray rallied after losing his first set and punctuated the victory with a vicious forehand winner on match point. Murray is bidding to become the first British player to win the men’s title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. The last British man to reach the final was Bunny Austin in 1938.
Roger Federer returns to Tomas Berdych during their men’s singles quarterfinal at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Wednesday.
With the loss, Federer will drop to No. 3 in the ATP rankings next week for the first time since Nov. 10, 2003. Since winning the Australian Open in January, he has failed to win a tournament. Federer said his leg and back have been bothering him since the grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany, the week before Wimbledon. He hadn’t previously mentioned any injury problems. “When you’re hurting, it’s just a combination of many things,” Federer said. “You just don’t feel as comfortable. You can’t concentrate on each and every point because you do feel the pain sometimes. You tend to play differently than the way you want to play. “Under the circumstances, I think I played a decent match,” he added. “But I’ve been feeling bad for the last two, three matches now. If there’s anything good about this, it’s that I’m going to get some rest.” Federer was playing in his 25th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal. He had won 23 straight, but now has lost two in a row. Federer fell to Soderling at the French Open earlier this month. Federer had won 76 of 77 grass-court matches dating to 2003 coming into this month, but has now lost two of the past six, including to Lleyton Hewitt in Halle. Federer was clearly outplayed Wednesday by a man who has always possessed enormous talent but often failed to live up to expectations. The 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) Berdych was on the offensive for most of the match, smacking first serves consistently in the 130s mph (above 210 kph), winding up to rip forehand winners and not buckling under pressure. He hit 51 winners, compared to 44 for Federer. “He played well when he had to,” Federer said.
RALEIGH — Rod Brind’Amour is retiring after 21 NHL seasons to take an unspecified job with the Carolina Hurricanes. The team’s former captain said Wednesday that his decision was made simpler after he talked with general manager Jim Rutherford and they decided the aging veteran wouldn’t Brind’Amour fit with the Hurricanes’ rebuilding plan. Trying to find a roster spot on another team “never, ever felt right,” he said, and Rutherford asked him to remain with the organization in some capacity. “The only question would be how much do I want to play” for another team, Brind’Amour said. “When I knew for sure the direction the team was going and I wasn’t going to be a part of it as a player, and (Rutherford) said, ’We want you to come on and do whatever — we’ll figure that out. Just be a part of our organization.’ “I said, ’I’m done. It’s over,”’ he added. “I don’t want to go play anymore, and certainly don’t want to play anywhere else.” The decision wasn’t entirely unexpected. The captain of Carolina’s 2006 Stanley Cup championship team, Brind’Amour turns 40 in August. Nearly three months ago, he wrapped up his worst statistical season in which he yielded his captaincy to Eric Staal and slipped to the team’s fourth line. The Hurricanes’ leading scorer since the franchise moved from Hartford in 1997, Brind’Amour had just nine goals and 10 assists last season. He finished his career with 452 goals and 732 assists in 1,484 regular-season games over 21 years with St. Louis, Philadelphia and Carolina. Additionally, he had 51 goals and 60 assists in 159 career playoff games, and scored 12 goals during the Hurricanes’ run to their only Cup. The noted workout warrior came back from a serious knee injury in February 2008 and missed only four games during the two seasons after that. With the Hurricanes’ youth movement taking root, it seemed a sensible time to call it a career for the popular, two-time Selke Trophy winner and reliable force in the face-off circle who came to Carolina in a trade with Philadelphia in 2000. Brind’Amour wore the “C” on his sweater as the Hurricanes’ captain from 2005 until January, when he stepped back to become an alternate captain. He would have made $3 million in 2010-11, and joins Glen Wesley, Tom Barrasso and Ron Francis as former Carolina players who recently have taken management positions in the organization — even if he’s not quite sure what his job will be just yet. The announcement came a day before the start of the NHL’s free agency signing period.
New cars giving Nationwide much-needed buzz By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
There was a time, when NASCAR’s brightest stars weren’t the guys in the driver’s seat but the cars they drove to Victory Lane. Richard Petty changed all that, his larger-than-life persona giving the fledgling sport a national presence 40 years ago and paving the way for the likes of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jimmie Johnson to hog center stage while the cars were relegated to secondary roles. NASCAR will start swinging the pendulum back the other way when the Nationwide Series’ revamped car
makes its debut at Daytona on Friday. It’s a welcome move long overdue said Jamie Allison, Ford’s director of North American motorsports. “We have gone through an era where obviously it was a manufacturer’s battle, and then gone to an era where the drivers were the stars,” he said. “Now we are entering an era where the cars are the stars, and I think it’s good for the sport.” Ford (Mustang), Dodge (Challenger), Toyota (Camry) and Chevrolet (Impala) will all have their respective versions of the new car on display Friday, the first of four races for the new car this season before it becomes fully integrated in
2011. Officials are quick to point out the new rides are not to be confused with the Car of Tomorrow, a moniker bestowed upon the safe but somewhat clunky platform currently used in the Cup Series. Maybe that’s because what Nationwide is using is really the Car of Yesterday. Save for the paint job, the Dodge Challenger that series points leader Brad Keselowski will take to the track on Friday looks like the one found on the sales floor at your neighborhood dealer. Same goes for the Mustang, which will have the familiar silver pony logo on the grille.
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Sun and Moon Sunrise today . . . . .6:16 Sunset tonight . . . . .8:47 Moonrise today . . .11:45 Moonset today . . . .11:03
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Asheville . . . . . . .82/59 Cape Hatteras . . .80/68 Charlotte . . . . . . .86/63 Fayetteville . . . . .86/63 Greensboro . . . . .83/59 Greenville . . . . . .83/61 Hickory . . . . . . . . . .83/61 Jacksonville . . . .84/62 Kitty Hawk . . . . . .79/68 New Bern . . . . . .84/63 Raleigh . . . . . . . .84/60 Southern Pines . .85/62 Wilmington . . . . .83/69 Winston-Salem . .83/59
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North Carolina Forecast
Forest City 85/62 Charlotte 86/63
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Today’s National Map
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Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.
Across Our Nation
Elizabeth City 84/60
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This map shows high temperatures, type of precipitation expected and location of frontal systems at noon.
Nation Today Candidates challenged
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina paralegal is questioning whether Alan Wilson should be on the general election ballot for attorney general. Democrat Nancy Seufert’s (SEE’furtz) lawsuit filed Wednesday says Republican Wilson failed to meet a state deadline to file an ethics disclosure form and that the state GOP should have never allowed him on the ballot. Her lawsuit also says Republican Bob Livingston didn’t file his papers on time. Seufert, who is from North Charleston, is suing Republican Party Chairman Karen Floyd because she was responsible for ensuring candidates met qualifications to be listed on the ballot. That includes filing forms with the State Ethics Commission. State GOP Executive Director Joel Sawyer called the lawsuit politically motivated.
MIAMI (AP) — The first Atlantic hurricane of the year has strengthened to a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of near 100 mph (155 kph) as it plows ahead toward a collision with the Mexican Gulf coast and south Texas. The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Alex will make landfall in northeastern Mexico sometime Wednesday night. The storm is far from the Gulf oil spill, but cleanup vessels were sidelined by the hurricane’s ripple effects. Six-foot waves churned up by the hurricane splattered beaches in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida with oil and tar balls. Hurricane Alex flooded roads and forced thousands of people to evacuate fishing villages. The eye was about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of La Pesca,
Mexico, and about 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of Brownsville, Texas.
Maggots delay flight ATLANTA (AP) — Maggots falling from an overhead bin from a spoiled container of meat forced a US Airways flight to return to the gate so the bin could be cleaned. Passenger Donna Adamo said she noticed a couple of flies on the Monday flight when she got to her seat but didn’t think much of it. Then, as the plane was taxiing, she heard a passenger behind her causing a commotion and refusing to take her seat. “Then I heard the word ‘maggot’ and that kind of got everybody creeped out,” she said. A passenger had the container in a carry-on bag and brought it on Monday’s flight heading from Atlanta to Charlotte, said spokesman Todd Lehmacher.
Court rules for gay mom JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Court of Appeals has for a second time struck down a judge’s ruling in a child custody agreement that prevents Angel Chandler’s partner of more than 10 years from staying overnight. According to court records, Gibson County Chancellor George Ellis imposed a paramour clause prohibiting overnight stays by Chandler’s female partner in May 2008. The restriction was not requested by the ex-husband and came despite an evaluation finding no harm to the children. The appeals court struck down Ellis’ ruling last year. Ellis issued a new ruling in March, but imposed the paramour clause again. In its Tuesday ruling, the appeals court said Ellis abused his discretion.
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Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of a program set up to compensate Gulf oil spill victims, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday before the House Small Business Committee hearing titled “Recovery in the Gulf: What the $20 Billion BP Claims Fund Means for Small Business”.
Giant oil skimmer now headed toward Gulf spill NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With hurricane-whipped waves pushing more oil onto the Gulf of Mexico’s once-white beaches, the government pinned its latest cleanup hopes Wednesday on a huge new piece of equipment: the world’s largest oilskimming vessel. The Taiwanese-flagged former tanker named the “A Whale” is the length of 3 1/2 football fields and stands 10 stories high. It just emerged from an extensive retrofitting to prepare it specifically for the Gulf, where officials hope it will be able to suck up as much as 21 million gallons of oil-fouled water per day. “It is absolutely gigantic. It’s unbelievable,” said Louisiana State University environmental sciences professor Ed Overton, who saw the ship last week in Norfolk, Va. As the monstrous vessel made its way toward the Gulf Coast, large waves churned up by distant Hurricane Alex left Alabama beaches splattered with oil and tar balls the size of apples. The rough seas forced most smaller skimming boats into port for a second consecutive day, putting many cleanup crews at a standstill. The ship looks like a typical tanker, but it takes in contaminated water through 12 vents on either side of the bow. The oil is then supposed to be separated from the water and transferred to another vessel. The water is channeled back into the sea. But the ship has never been tested, and many questions remain about how it will operate. For instance, the seawater retains trace amounts of oil, even after getting filtered, so the Environmental Protection Agency will have to sign off on allowing the treated water back into the Gulf. “This is a no-brainer,” Overton said. “You’re bringing in really dirty, oily water and you’re putting back much cleaner water.” The vessel, owned by the Taiwanese shipping firm TMT Group, was completed as a tanker earlier this year in South Korea. But after the Gulf spill, the company’s CEO and founder, Nobu Su, ordered it changed into a giant skimmer. The vessel was sent to Portugal for the refit and
embarked for the Gulf as soon as it was finished. The ship arrived Wednesday in Louisiana coastal waters, where TMT officials planned to meet with the Coast Guard to plan a tryout of the ship. The Coast Guard will have the final say in whether the vessel can operate in the Gulf. TMT will have to come to separate terms with BP, which is paying for the cleanup. “I don’t know whether it’s going to work or not, but it certainly needs to be given the opportunity,” Overton said. Meanwhile along parts of the Gulf, red flags snapped in strong gusts, warning people to stay out of the water, and long stretches of beach were stained brown from tar balls and crude oil that had been pushed as far as 60 yards from the water. Oil deposits appeared worse than in past days, and local officials feared the temporary halt to skimming operations near the coast would only make matters worse ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend. “I’m real worried about what is going to happen with those boats not running. It can’t help,” said Tony Kennon, mayor of Orange Beach, Ala. As of Wednesday, between 71.2 million and 139 million gallons of oil have gushed into the Gulf of Mexico from the leak caused by the April 20 explosion aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. The blast killed 11 oil workers on the platform, which was owned by Transocean Ltd. and leased by BP PLC. Although skimming operations and the laying of oil-corralling booms were halted across the Gulf, vessels that collect and burn oil and gas at the site of the explosion were still operating. Efforts to drill relief wells that experts hope will stop the leak also continued unabated. The weather delayed efforts to bring a third vessel, the Helix Producer, out to the broken well head. The ship can capture up to 25,000 barrels of oil a day and connects to the leak through a flexible hose that allows it to leave the site quickly in case of a hurricane.
House approves extension of homebuyer tax credit WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuyers would get an extra three months to complete their purchases and qualify for a generous tax credit under a bill overwhelmingly passed by the House on Tuesday. Under current law, homebuyers who signed purchase agreements by April 30 have until Wednesday to close on the sale to qualify for tax credits of up to $8,000. The bill would give buyers until Sept. 30 to complete their purchases. The extended deadline only applies to people who signed purchase agreements by April 30. The National Association of Realtors estimates that about 180,000 homebuyers who already signed purchase
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THE MARKET IN REVIEW
STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS
GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last Chg %Chg BkASPSt12 8.72 +.82 +10.4 FordC pfS 44.15 +3.86 +9.6 IDT Corp 12.75 +1.11 +9.5 ConcMed n 5.96 +.46 +8.4 TeucrCorn 25.94 +1.96 +8.2 BkA BM RE 3.19 +.24 +8.1 Questar wi 16.15 +1.20 +8.0 ReneSola 5.97 +.43 +7.8 BiP GCrb 28.75 +2.01 +7.5 Ambac3-03n5.77 +.40 +7.4
LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last FtBcp pfD 2.30 FtBcp pfC 2.45 GCSaba 10.51 ProUMex n 24.99 ProUPacex21.49 GlbSAllW n19.06 Acuity 36.38 Jaguar g 8.83 FtBcp pfB 2.70 GlbSAsiaxJ17.23
Chg -.47 -.48 -1.81 -3.30 -2.86 -2.45 -4.59 -1.01 -.30 -1.85
%Chg -17.0 -16.4 -14.7 -11.7 -11.7 -11.4 -11.2 -10.3 -10.0 -9.7
MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 4931253 3.76 +.03 S&P500ETF2413305103.22 -.99 FordM 1769541 10.08 +.20 BkofAm 1341604 14.37 -.20 SPDR Fncl 1222028 13.81 -.17 iShR2K 854269 61.12 -.72 iShEMkts 805369 37.32 -.25 GenElec 787883 14.42 -.06 BP PLC 612945 28.88 +1.21 DirFBear rs 584977 17.42 +.60 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume
1,130 1,951 115 3,196 29 104 5,250,866,101
GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last Servotr 9.00 Talbots wt 2.18 Innovaro 3.80 ChMarFd n 4.14 ImpacM n 2.82 CorMedix n 2.20 AvalonHld 2.50 GlblScape 2.58 BowlA 14.10 MtnPDia g 2.55
Chg %Chg +.97 +12.0 +.19 +9.5 +.30 +8.6 +.32 +8.4 +.20 +7.6 +.15 +7.3 +.16 +6.8 +.16 +6.6 +.80 +6.0 +.14 +5.8
LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last Tofutti 3.29 AdcareHlt 3.10 Gerova un 7.05 ChiArmM 2.90 AoxingP rs 3.26 OrienPap n 6.68 SuprmInd 2.16 Geokinetics 3.83 Taseko 4.28 Energy Inc 10.86
Chg -.71 -.62 -.86 -.35 -.37 -.55 -.14 -.23 -.26 -.59
%Chg -17.8 -16.7 -10.9 -10.8 -10.2 -7.6 -6.1 -5.7 -5.7 -5.2
MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg NovaGld g 31315 6.98 -.11 JavelinPh 28338 2.20 +.02 Taseko 27876 4.28 -.26 GoldStr g 23365 4.38 -.07 GranTrra g 20054 4.96 -.10 NwGold g 16234 6.19 ... ChMarFd n 14829 4.14 +.32 NthgtM g 14712 3.00 -.06 KodiakO g 13449 3.19 -.08 NA Pall g 12660 3.11 -.05 DIARY
Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume
236 249 35 520 5 15 91,556,192
DAILY DOW JONES
GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last Chg ArgonSt 34.29 +9.86 Gyrody 47.00+10.61 VlyNBc wt 4.10 +.85 FstClover 6.51 +1.26 NestCmty 5.73 +1.00 AbraxisBio 74.20+12.89 Exceed wt 2.45 +.36 IBC Cap pf 17.00 +2.49 Datalink 4.31 +.52 FstCityF 6.66 +.76
%Chg +40.4 +29.2 +26.2 +24.0 +21.1 +21.0 +17.2 +17.2 +13.7 +12.9
LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last Cowlitz rs 2.40 USecBcCA 3.64 Sapiens 2.53 DARA rs 3.46 SuperGen 2.02 JksvllBcIL 10.50 Phazar 2.74 MediciNova 4.75 MELA Sci 7.44 Peregrne rs 2.15
Chg -1.67 -.63 -.40 -.52 -.30 -1.47 -.38 -.58 -.86 -.24
%Chg -41.0 -14.8 -13.7 -13.1 -12.9 -12.3 -12.2 -10.9 -10.4 -10.0
MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg PwShs QQQ935107 42.71 -.66 Microsoft 775476 23.01 -.30 Intel 619391 19.45 -.34 Cisco 554079 21.31 -.31 MicronT 367779 8.49 -.18 Oracle 339205 21.46 -.29 Comcast 265533 17.37 -.31 Dell Inc 264942 12.06 -.21 Apple Inc 256326 251.53 -4.64 ApldMatl 251711 12.02 -.30 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume
981 1,697 128 2,806 15 157 2,138,893,889
Dow Jones industrials
Close: 9,774.02 Change: -96.28 (-1.0%)
52-Week High Low
11,258.01 4,812.87 408.57 7,743.74 1,994.20 2,535.28 1,219.80 852.90 12,847.91 745.95
8,087.19 2,988.88 342.02 5,552.82 1,497.10 1,727.05 869.32 539.03 8,900.27 473.54
STOCK MARKET INDEXES Name
Dow Industrials Dow Transportation Dow Utilities NYSE Composite Amex Market Value Nasdaq Composite S&P 500 S&P MidCap Wilshire 5000 Russell 2000
PIMCO TotRetIs American Funds GrthAmA m Vanguard TotStIdx Fidelity Contra TOCKS OF OCAL NTEREST American Funds CapIncBuA m American Funds CpWldGrIA m YTD YTD American Funds IncAmerA m Name Div Yld PE Last Chg%Chg Name Div Yld PE Last Chg %Chg Vanguard 500Inv AT&T Inc 1.68 6.9 11 24.19 -.27 -13.7 LeggPlat 1.04 5.2 21 20.06 -.37 -1.7 Vanguard InstIdxI American Funds InvCoAmA m Amazon ... ... 48 109.26 +.65 -18.8 Lowes .44 2.2 17 20.42 -.18 -12.7 Dodge & Cox Stock ArvMerit ... ... ... 13.10 +.02 +17.2 Microsoft .52 2.3 12 23.01 -.30 -24.5 American Funds WAMutInvA m American Funds EurPacGrA m BB&T Cp .60 2.3 27 26.31 -.97 +3.7 PPG 2.16 3.6 18 60.41 -.59 +3.2 Dodge & Cox IntlStk BkofAm .04 .3 68 14.37 -.20 -4.6 ParkerHan 1.04 1.9 24 55.46 -.70 +2.9 PIMCO TotRetAdm b BerkHa A ... ... 14120000.00-199.00 +21.0 ... -4.4 FrankTemp-Franklin Income A m Cisco ... ... 18 21.31 -.31 -11.0 ProgrssEn 2.48 6.3 13 39.22 American Funds NewPerspA m ... ... 62 28.94 -.45 -6.3 American Funds FnInvA m Delhaize 2.02 2.8 ... 72.50 -.26 -5.5 RedHat Dell Inc ... ... 15 12.06 -.21 -16.0 RoyalBk g 2.00 ... ... 47.79 -.46 -10.8 Vanguard TotStIAdm DukeEngy .98 6.1 13 16.00 -.15 -7.0 SaraLee .44 3.1 33 14.10 -.19 +15.8 American Funds BalA m Vanguard 500Adml ExxonMbl 1.76 3.1 13 57.07 -.22 -16.3 SonicAut ... ... 8 8.56 -.15 -17.6 Vanguard Welltn FamilyDlr .62 1.6 16 37.69 -.39 +35.4 SonocoP 1.12 3.7 18 30.48 -.48 +4.2 American Funds BondA m Fidelity GrowCo FifthThird .04 .3 19 12.29 -.66 +26.1 SpectraEn 1.00 5.0 15 20.07 -.18 -2.1 PIMCO TotRetA m FCtzBA 1.20 .6 9 192.33 +.04 +17.3 SpeedM .40 2.9 ... 13.56 -.43 -23.0 Fidelity DivrIntl d GenElec .40 2.8 15 14.42 -.06 -4.7 .52 2.0 ... 25.99 -.83 +9.6 Fidelity LowPriStk d GoldmanS 1.40 1.1 5 131.27 -2.49 -22.3 Timken Vanguard InstPlus 1.88 3.3 23 56.89 -.65 -.8 T Rowe Price EqtyInc Google ... ... 20 444.95 -9.31 -28.2 UPS B KrispKrm ... ... ... 3.37 +.02 +14.2 WalMart 1.21 2.5 13 48.07 -.83 -10.1 Hartford CapAprA m Pioneer PioneerA m Goldman Sachs ShDuGovA m Stock Footnotes: g = Dividends and earnings in Canadian dollars. h = Does not meet continued-listing standards. lf = Late filing with SEC. n = New in past 52 weeks. pf = Preferred. rs = Stock has undergone a reverse stock split of at least 50 Alliance Bernstein GrowIncA m percent within the past year. rt = Right to buy security at a specified price. s = Stock has split by at least 20 percent within the DWS-Scudder REstA m Hartford GrowthL m last year. un = Units. vj = In bankruptcy or receivership. wd = When distributed. wi = When issued. wt = Warrants.
Mutual Fund Footnotes: b = Fee covering market costs is paid from fund assets. d = Deferred sales charge, or redemption fee. f = front load (sales charges). m = Multiple fees are charged. NA = not available. p = previous day’s net asset value. s = fund split shares during the week. x = fund paid a distribution during the week.Gainers and Losers must be worth at least $2 to be listed in tables at left. Most Actives must be worth at least $1. Volume in hundreds of shares. Source: The Associated Press. Sales figures are unofficial.
9,774.02 -96.28 4,007.84 -33.65 357.74 -2.58 6,469.65 -50.44 1,795.63 -9.54 2,109.24 -25.94 1,030.71 -10.53 711.73 -5.69 10,823.31 -106.27 609.49 -6.47
YTD %Chg %Chg
-.98 -.83 -.72 -.77 -.53 -1.21 -1.01 -.79 -.97 -1.05
-6.27 -2.24 -10.12 -9.96 -1.61 -7.05 -7.57 -2.06 -6.28 -2.54
+14.93 +22.25 -1.08 +8.66 +12.69 +14.28 +11.63 +21.82 +14.15 +17.78
Total Assets Obj ($Mlns) NAV
Total Return/Rank Pct Min Init 4-wk 12-mo 5-year Load Invt
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11.26 25.14 25.59 55.39 44.11 29.38 14.63 94.91 94.29 23.45 87.91 22.69 33.97 28.39 11.26 2.00 23.26 30.00 25.59 15.56 94.91 27.49 12.18 64.73 11.26 24.30 31.16 94.29 19.62 27.63 32.66 10.44 2.71 14.57 13.45
+7.4/A +0.8/B -0.3/B +3.0/A +2.2/C +3.2/B +1.8/B -0.9/C -0.8/C -0.1/B -2.4/D -1.2/B +5.0/A +2.8/A +7.2/A +3.2 +4.1/A +2.2/A -0.2/B +1.4/C -0.8/C +3.8/A +3.2/E +3.2/A +7.0/A +0.8/E +2.3/A -0.7/C -0.4/B +1.6/A -0.4/B +4.9/A -3.1/E +0.1/C -2.0/E
NL 1,000,000 5.75 250 NL 3,000 NL 2,500 5.75 250 5.75 250 5.75 250 NL 3,000 NL 5,000,000 5.75 250 NL 2,500 5.75 250 5.75 250 NL 2,500 NL 1,000,000 4.25 1,000 5.75 250 5.75 250 NL 100,000 5.75 250 NL 100,000 NL 10,000 3.75 250 NL 2,500 3.75 1,000 NL 2,500 NL 2,500 NL200,000,000 NL 2,500 5.50 2,000 5.75 1,000 1.50 1,000 4.25 2,500 5.75 1,000 4.75 0
CA -Conservative Allocation, CI -Intermediate-Term Bond, ES -Europe Stock, FB -Foreign Large Blend, FG -Foreign LargeGrowth, FV -Foreign Large Value, IH -World Allocation, LB -Large Blend, LG -Large Growth, LV -Large Value, MA -Moderate Allocation, MB -Mid-Cap Blend, MV Mid-Cap Value, SH -Specialty-heath, WS -World Stock, Total Return: Chng in NAV with dividends reinvested. Rank: How fund performed vs. others with same objective: A is in top 20%, E in bottom 20%. Min Init Invt: Minimum $ needed to invest in fund. Source: Morningstar.
People leave the American International Building, home to AIG’s world headquarters, in this 2009 file photo taken in New York. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is turning its focus to derivatives at two days of hearings. On the hot seat will be former executives of American International Group Inc. and current officials of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Associated Press
Ex-AIG chief says he was truthful WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top executive of American International Group Inc. acknowledged Wednesday that his division more than tripled the amount of risky investments it insured in the three years leading up to the 2008 financial meltdown. But Joseph Cassano, chief executive for AIG’s key Financial Products division, rebuffed accusations from a special panel investigating the crisis that he relaxed standards to issue more credit default swaps. AIG received a $182 billion taxpayer bailout — the biggest of the federal rescues — after it nearly collapsed and helped trigger the financial crisis. “We never diluted our underwriting standards at any point in time,” Cassano told the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a bipartisan panel created by Congress, in his first public comments since the crisis. AIG’s Financial Products division sold billions of dollars of credit default swaps, guarantees on mortgage securities that ended up forcing the company to pay out billions after the housing market went bust. That pushed AIG to the brink of failure in September 2008. The inquiry panel chairman, Phil Angelides, questioned how the world’s largest insurer could raise the amount of swaps it issued, from $17 billion in 2005 to $78 billion in 2007, without compromising its standards. Martin Sullivan, a former CEO of the company, said he wasn’t
Consumer products industry stable NEW YORK (AP) — Moody’s Investors Service says the outlook for the global consumer products industry remains stable as it continues its steady growth in the near term, according to a report it released Tuesday. Janice Hofferber, Moody’s vice president and senior credit officer, said the global consumer products companies weathered the recession quite well and said the industry’s fundamentals remain strong. Growth in emerging markets and
Stocks close out painful second quarter NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out a painful second quarter Wednesday and left investors with heavy losses and far more doubts about the economy than they had just months ago. Stocks had their worst quarterly performance since the financial crisis. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, considered by many professional investors to be the best measure of the market’s health, lost 11.9 percent, while the Dow Jones industrial average lost 10 percent. Both indexes are at their lows for 2010. Meanwhile, Treasury notes and bonds soared during the quarter, driving interest rates sharply lower, as investors turning away from stocks sought a place where their money would be safe. In the early days of the quarter, the yield on the Treasury’s 10-year note, used as a base for setting rates on consumer loans including mortgages, was close to 4 percent. By the quarter’s end, it had fallen to 2.94 percent. On the last day of the April-June period, the Dow lost 96 points, and all the big indexes were down about 1 percent. Using the S&P 500 as a benchmark, stocks had their worst quarterly loss since the fourth quarter of 2008, when the index plunged 22.6 percent. For the first half, the index is down 7.8 percent, its worst first-half showing since the 13.8 percent it loss at the start of 2002. The S&P 500 lost 11.43 percent during the quarter when dividends are included. The market lost about $1.6 trillion in value during the quarter, as measured by the Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index, which tracks nearly all U.S.-based companies. Investors spent much of the quarter repeating the same questions they had a year earlier: Can the economy continue its recovery? Analysts say the answer most likely is yes but that traders are realizing it won’t be easy. After reaching its highest point since the financial crisis in April, the market began its plunging in May when investors grew fearful that Greece wouldn’t make good on debt payments. Investors who still feel burned by the losses of the financial crisis also seized on mixed economic news as an indication that the rebound was sputtering. The Dow fell 96.28, or 1 percent, to 9,774.02. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 10.53, or 1 percent, to 1,030.71, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 25.94, or 1.2 percent, to 2,109.24. Losing stocks outnumbered gainers on the New York Stock Exchange by about 2 to 1. Consolidated volume came to 5.3 billion shares, compared with 6.3 billion on Tuesday. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, went below 3 percent for the first time in more than a year on Tuesday, falling to 2.97 percent. It came off that low Wednesday, rising to 2.94 percent. Gold rose $1.70 to $1,244.10 an ounce Wednesday, and is up nearly 12 percent for the quarter.
new-product innovation are helping to offset the pressures of high unemployment, fluctuating consumer confidence and tepid growth in developed markets, the report said. Companies are also focusing on gaining market share, rather than defensively protecting profitability through cost-cutting, Moody’s noted. The industry still faces some risks from high commodity costs that can stress margins and from spending on promotions and product innovation to drive market share gains.
told until several months afterwards in 2007 that the amount had tripled. AIG and Goldman Sachs executives appeared at the hearing focused on derivatives, the complex instruments at the heart of the meltdown. The panel is also examining the relationship between AIG and Goldman, two companies that made some of the riskiest derivative trades leading up to the crisis. Cassano, who was forced to retire in March 2008, said the federal government paid too much to settle AIG’s debt. He said he could have negotiated better deals with the company’s Wall Street trading partners, if he had stayed on with the company. He also said he thought the housing market would turn around and that the company could have recouped some of the value in its investments. A major beneficiary of the AIG money was Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which received $12.9 billion. Goldman Sachs profited from its bets against the housing market before the crisis. It continued to ring up huge profits after accepting federal bailout money and other government subsidies. Its dealings in another type of derivative, known as collateralized debt obligations, have brought it harsh scrutiny by a Senate panel and in the case of one $2 billion CDO, civil fraud charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Goldman has denied any wrongdoing. “We did not bet against our
clients,” Gary Cohn, Goldman’s president and chief operating officer, told the panel. “During the two years of the financial crisis, Goldman Sachs lost $1.2 billion in its residential mortgage-related business.” The value of derivatives hinges on an underlying investment or commodity — such as currency rates, oil futures or interest rates. The derivative is designed to reduce the risk of loss from the underlying asset. After the subprime mortgage bubble burst in 2007, derivatives called credit default swaps, which insured against default of securities tied to the mortgages, collapsed. That brought the downfall of Lehman Brothers and nearly toppled AIG. New York-based AIG got an initial $85 billion infusion from the government in September 2008. Much of the federal rescue money for AIG went to meet the company’s obligations to its Wall Street trading partners on credit default swaps. The biggest beneficiary of the AIG money was Goldman, which received $12.9 billion. A CDO is a pool of securities, tied to mortgages or other types of debt that Wall Street firms packaged and sold to investors at the height of the housing boom. Buyers of CDOs, mostly banks, pension funds and other big investors, made money off the investments if the underlying debt was paid off. But as U.S. homeowners started falling behind on their mortgages and defaulted in droves in 2007, CDO buyers lost billions.
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Democrats push jobless benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to deliver more stimulus spending for President Barack Obama, Democrats in Congress are trying at least to restore jobless benefits for 1.3 million laid-off workers. Democrats in both the House and Senate planned to vote on bills Thursday that would extend unemployment benefits through the end of November for people who have been laid off for long stretches. House Democrats postponed a vote scheduled for Wednesday. Democratic leaders were hoping to pass the extension before Congress goes on a weeklong Independence Day recess. Without an extension, every week a new 200,000 of the nearly 7 million people who have been without a job for at least six months will lose their unemployment benefits. About 1.3 million have already lost benefits since the last extension ran out at the end of May, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said. “We have a basic responsibility to help our constituents respond to emergencies,” said Reid, D-Nev. “We have a fundamental obligation not to deny them the help they need when they need it the most.” Congressional Democrats began the year with an aggressive agenda of passing a series of bills designed to create jobs. Only one has become law, offering tax breaks to companies that hire unemployed workers. Others stalled as lawmakers, after hearing from angry voters, became wary of adding to the national debt, which stands at $13 trillion. Obama has urged lawmakers to spend about $50 billion to help states pay for Medicaid programs and to avoid teacher layoffs, but Democrats in Congress have been unable to come up with the votes. “This is crucial for America and crucial to the citizens of our states,” Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said at a Washington, D.C., news conference with governors from New York, Maryland, Washington, Kansas, Washington and Michigan. Rendell said Pennsylvania stands to lose $850 million in Medicaid money. Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson said his state might have to lay off 3,600 teachers. Many Democrats see state aid and unemployment benefits as insurance against the economy sliding back into recession. Solis said extending benefits for the unemployed is a good way to stimulate the economy. “It means they’ve got money in their pocket for the local grocery store, for the local gas station and the local hardware store,” Solis said. “It means more money in local economies and more job creation.” However, many Republicans and some Democrats worry about adding to the growing national debt.
House Financial Services Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, left, D-Mass., talks to Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday during a meeting with the Senate Banking Committee.
House OKs new rules for banks WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two years after a Wall Street meltdown left the economy reeling, the House on Wednesday passed a massive overhaul of financial regulations that would extend the government’s reach from storefront thrifts to the high-finance penthouses of New York City. Senate support for the farreaching bill remained in flux, however. The Senate was forced to delay its vote to mid-July, denying President Barack Obama a victory before Independence Day. Democrats struggled to secure the votes of a handful of Republican senators even after meeting their demands and backing down on a $19 billion tax on big banks and hedge funds. The legislation, swelling to more than 2,000 pages, would rewrite the nation’s regulatory books. Simple supermarket purchases and exotic derivatives trades would be subject to new laws. And the entire financial
system would be placed on a risk watch in hopes of thwarting the next threat of a financial crisis. The 237-192 House vote broke largely along party lines but attracted more support than in December when no Republicans voted for the House version of the bill. The new legislation combines the House bill with one passed by the Senate last month. “Never again, never again should Wall Street greed bring such suffering to our country,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., declared. Republicans portrayed the bill as a vast overreach of government power that would do little to prevent future bailouts of failing financial institutions. They complained that it failed to place tighter restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants forced into huge federal bailouts after their questionable lending helped trigger the housing and econom-
ic meltdowns. “This legislation is a clear attack on capital formation in America,” said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-ranking House Republican. “It purports to prevent the next financial crisis, but it does so by vastly expanding the power of the same regulators who failed to stop the last one.” As predictable as the House vote may have been, the Senate was a study in unpredictability. House and Senate negotiators were forced to reconvene Tuesday to remove a $19 billion tax on large banks and hedge funds, hoping to overcome objections from Sens. Scott Brown, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, all Republicans who voted for the Senate version last month. Democrats inserted the tax late last week as they assembled a combined HouseSenate bill, catching big banks by surprise. Brown was the first to complain and threatened to vote against the bill if the tax remained in the final measure.
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Facilities serve variety of needs DEAR ABBY: You did a disservice to the truly disabled when you advised “Jennifer in Maine” it was OK to use the handicapped restroom stall because her large size made it uncomfortable using a regular one. I am married to a disabled person. He cannot get off a toilet without the grab bars available in a designated stall. What some individuals may not know is that many disabled people also suffer from bladder and bowel control issues and are desperate to use the facilities when they enter a restroom. A minute or two delay for them can spell disaster. Finding it “difficult” to squeeze into a tiny stall is not the same as finding it impossible. The same goes for abusers of handicapped parking tags. The only persons entitled to these accommodations are the disabled -- not the lazy, not the obese, or even necessarily the elderly. We who are blessed with the gift of mobility should make sure that accommodations are always available for those who are not. -- VOICE OF REASON IN OHIO DEAR VOICE: Thank you for correcting me. I told “Jennifer” I saw nothing wrong with using the larger stall as long as she deferred to a disabled woman needing it at the same time. DEAR ABBY: Not all reasons for needing the special stall are evi-
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dent. Have you ever tried to fit two adults into a regular stall when one of them is disabled and needs assistance? This happens when someone else uses the bigger stall even though there were other ones available. It infuriates me knowing my parents suffer because people ignore disability-specific setups. -- DAUGHTER OF DISABLED DEAR ABBY: Handicapped parking spaces are legally reserved for people who have a disability. Handicapped restroom stalls are built to accommodate the disabled -not reserved for them. -- BARBARA IN SAN LUIS OBISPO DEAR ABBY: I believe the larger stalls are there for anyone who needs them. If a woman has to change clothes, that stall is helpful, but she should be quick so as not to leave a disabled person waiting. Women with small children or a baby in a stroller should use this stall and keep the kids in there with her. I was appalled when I saw a woman leave her baby in a stroller outside a small stall while she used it. -- HEDDY, OUT WEST
Analyzing blood pressure numbers DEAR DR. GOTT: My hypertension has been treated for many years with lisinopril 20 miligrams daily and amlodipine 5 milligrams daily. These medications seem to have little effect on my numbers. My systolic readings are in the range of 140 to 165, while my diastolic readings are in the 50s. I recently came across an article on the topic of isolated systolic hypertension, in which a physician pointed out that this form of hypertension can lead to serious problems -- stroke, heart disease, chronic kidney disease and dementia. The doctors and nurses who have taken my blood pressure have universally said that the diastolic reading was not a consideration; however, this report indicated that medications to control systolic hypertension should not be allowed to cause the diastolic pressure to go below 70 mmHg. I am an 82-year-old diabetic male off medications for three years now due to exercise and diet. I also have symptomfree bradycardia. I would very much appreciate your comments on this report. DEAR READER: Isolated systolic hypertension is defined as a systolic reading of greater than 140 and a diastolic reading of less
Ask Dr. Gott Dr. Peter M. Gott than 90. The condition can result from hyperthyroidism, a leaky heart valve or other causes. Of concern in patients with isolated systolic hypertension is that prescribed medications may affect the second number, lowering it to the point that it might increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. The fine line then becomes keeping the diastolic at no less than 70 mmHg, while simultaneously keeping the systolic at an appropriate figure, just as the report indicated. My guess is that your diastolic readings are too low, and that you might require medication to bring both numbers into line. Take a copy of the article to your physician for his or her review. A determination can then be made about whether you should be back on the two medications or not. No matter what, I would continue the exercise and diet modification.
IN THE STARS Your Birthday, July 1 You will be instrumental in organizing an endeavor. Take it slow, and you’ll do fine. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Keep your hands on the wheel and don’t take anything for granted. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Carefully weigh your every word. If you don’t, you could carelessly blurt out a no-no. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Conditions are ripe for a misunderstanding to occur between you and a close friend. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Show your family, especially your mate, the same tolerance you display to friends. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Take care of duty first and then join the others. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - You’ll have a much better time when you’re out with friends if you practice moderation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Don’t take on anything you can’t finish. Left undone it might become an eyesore. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Volatile topics could quickly arise if you’re not careful to avoid them. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - Be smart and mind your own business, even if asked. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Do not discuss an issue in front of others. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - You can do well as long as you don’t make any unreasonable demands on co-workers. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - You’ll make a far better impression being a good listener and a nice friend.
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Confirmation assured, Kagan ends testimony
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cruising toward confirmation, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan completed grueling Senate questioning Wednesday, unscathed by Republican challenges on abortion, gays in the military and gun rights while sidestepping partisan debate about GOP-named judges pulling the court to the right. Kagan emerged from three days of vetting by the Senate Judiciary Committee much as she had begun, declaring she’d be an independent and impartial judge and denying Republican suggestions that she would be unable to separate her political leanings from her job as a justice. Democrats said President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens was on track to become the fourth woman in Supreme Court history. “Solicitor General Kagan will be confirmed,” declared Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the panel chairman.
Republicans, despairing of their inability to get Kagan to reveal her legal views or say anything that might threaten her confirmation over more than 15 hours of questioning, acknowledged as much. “I assume she will be,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Kagan, prompted by Democratic supporters on the panel, gave a blunt denunciation of “resultsoriented judging,” deciding cases based on preconceived conclusions, but she refused to join them in applying the criticism to the current court under conservative Chief Justice John Roberts. “I’m sure that everybody up there is acting in good faith,” she said.Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the panel, said the combination of some of Kagan’s careful answers and her record “leaves me uneasy” about her confirmation. Kagan, more expansive and animated during her
third and final day in the witness chair for nationally televised hearings, relaxed enough to banter with senators about the sometimestedious proceedings, and her expectations of being confirmed. “I can’t come back?” she asked Leahy facetiously when he suggested that she should watch testimony by outside witnesses scheduled for Thursday afternoon “with your feet up” somewhere. Dodging Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s attempts to draw her into naming a judge she considered an “activist,” Kagan deadpanned, “I have a feeling if I do that, I’m going to end up doing many things that I regret.” Overall, she said of the hearings as they drew to a close, “I found it somewhat wearying but actually a great moment in my life.” On one controversial matter, Kagan defended her efforts as a domestic policy
aide to Clinton to scale back a GOP-proposed ban on a procedure opponents call partial-birth abortion — something she called “an incredibly difficult issue.” The former president, she said, “thought that this procedure should be banned in all cases except where the procedure was necessary to save the life or to prevent serious health consequences to the woman.” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, pressed Kagan about a note she wrote saying it would be “a disaster” if the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a statement saying there was no case in which the procedure was necessary, and about her intervention to prevent the group from doing so. She responded that the disaster would have been if the organization’s statement didn’t reflect its full view that in some instances, the procedure was “medically best.” “This was all done in order
to present ... both to the president and to Congress the most accurate understanding of what this important organization of doctors believed,” Kagan said. Later, responding to Graham, Kagan denied that she had tried to allow the broadest possible practice of the procedure, in line with her own views on abortion. “It’s not true. I had no agenda with respect to this issue,” Kagan said. Questioned by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on guns, Kagan said she accepts a recent ruling upholding individuals’ rights to possess firearms, but she would not say whether she believed there was a “fundamental right” — meaning one that applies to states as well as the federal government — to bear arms. A seemingly incredulous Coburn asked Kagan whether she believed in “unalienable rights,” such as those referenced in the Declaration of Independence.
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NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION Having qualified as Executrix of the estate of William Hartman Shapiro, deceased, late of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against said Estate to present them, duly verified, to the undersigned, c/o Kenneth F. Essex, Essex Richards, P.A., 1701 South Boulevard, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203, on or before the October 8, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said Estate will please make immediate settlement with the undersigned. This is the 1st day of July, 2010. Judith Calderwood Shapiro Executrix of the Estate of William Hartman Shapiro c/o Kenneth F. Essex Essex Richards, P.A. 1701 South Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203
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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the estate of BEVERLY JAN ELFERS of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said BEVERLY JAN ELFERS to present them to the undersigned on or before the 10th day of September, 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 10th day of June, 2010. James Allen Elfers, Executor 15062 S.E. 103rd St. Rd. Ocklawaha, FL 32179
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A police officer enters the central police station in the southern coastal town of Larnaca, Cyprus on Wednesday. Cypriot police say they are looking for an alleged Russian spy wanted in the United States who vanished after being released on bail in the Mediterranean island nation. Spokesman Michalis Katsounotos says 54-year-old Christopher Robert Metsos failed to report to police Wednesday according to the terms of release imposed on him Tuesday by a Cypriot court.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. and Afghan troops repelled an attack Wednesday on one of the biggest NATO bases in eastern Afghanistan by militants who used a suicide car bomb, rocketpropelled grenades and automatic weapons in a failed attempt to breach the defenses. It was the third ground assault against a major coalition base in Afghanistan in the past five weeks — a sign that the insurgents have not been cowed by U.S. efforts to ramp up the war. Eight militants were killed in the attack, which occurred at the airport base on the outskirts of Jalalabad about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Kabul on the main road between the Afghan capital and the Pakistan border. The attack began with a suicide car bomber detonating his explosives near the gate to the base, followed by a half-hour gunbattle, Afghan officials said. An Afghan soldier and one international service member were wounded, NATO said. Chief NATO spokesman Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz said the attackers were unable to penetrate the defenses. “While designed to garner media attention, this attack only temporarily disrupted operations as our forces successfully repelled the attack,” said Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, a U.S. spokeswoman. In a text message to The Associated Press in Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said six suicide attackers killed 32 foreign and Afghan security forces. The insurgents often exaggerate their claims. The Jalalabad attack followed a May 19 ground assault against the giant Bagram Air Field north of Kabul and another three days later against Kandahar Air Field in the south. Those attacks — though militarily ineffective — have raised concern in the NATO mission about the audacity of the insurgents in the face of overwhelming NATO firepower.
Suspect in Russian spy ring vanishes NEW YORK (AP) — An alleged member of a Russian spy ring that authorities say operated under deep cover in America’s suburbs vanished in Cyprus on Wednesday, a day after being released on bail. The man, who had gone by the name Christopher Metsos and was wanted in the U.S. on charges he supplied money to the spy ring, had been arrested Tuesday in the Mediterranean island nation as he tried to board a flight for Budapest, Hungary. On Wednesday, after a Cypriot judge had freed him on $32,500 bail, he failed to show for a required meeting with police, and authorities began searching for him. The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI — which spent nearly a decade gathering evidence against some of the defendants in the case — refused to comment on Metsos’ disappearance. On Sunday, 10 other people, most of them believed to be Russians living under assumed names, were arrested across the Northeast, accused of gathering information for Moscow on American business, scientific and political affairs while leading what appeared to be utterly ordinary suburban lives, right down to their well-kept lawns and the barbecues they threw on the Fourth of July. Nine of the defendants were
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